Daily Archives: October 22, 2019

2019-10-22: News Headlines

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-10-22). Ocasio-Cortez Endorses 'Powerful, Progressive Fighter' Jessica Cisneros in Primary Fight With Centrist Henry Cuellar. commondreams.org "When Jessica is elected, not only will I no longer be the youngest person in Congress—I'll have a strong new ally in the fight for Medicare for All, getting corporate money out of politics, and fixing our broken immigration system." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-10-22). 'Outrageous': Bernie rejects Hillary Clinton's 'foreign asset' smear on Tulsi Gabbard. rt.com Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has come to the defense of fellow Democratic contender Tulsi Gabbard, batting away claims — spread by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — that the dovish candidate is a "foreign asset." | The progressive stalwart from Vermont took to Twitter on Monday to reject any suggestion Gabbard worked for a foreign power, as Clinton implied in a recent interview, insisting her patriotic bonafides as a combat veteran were beyond question. | "Tulsi Gabbard has put her life on the line to defend…

Mark Gruenberg (2019-10-22). High Court OKs Michigan GOP's gerrymander for 2020 election. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Disappointing citizens, workers, and clean-government advocates, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Michigan's GOP-gerrymandered congressional and state legislative district lines. But the justices' one-paragraph order on Oct. 2 will cover just the 2020 election. After that, a non-partisan 13-voter commission will take over the task of drawing new districts, thanks to an overwhelming vote in last …

The Canary (2019-10-22). Shamima Begum exposed to real risk of torture or death, court told. thecanary.co The decision to revoke the British citizenship of Shamima Begum — one of three east London schoolgirls who travelled to Syria to join Daesh (Isis / Isil) — has exposed her to a "real risk" of torture or death, a court has heard.Begum left the UK in February 2015 and lived under Daesh rule for more than three years. She was found, nine months pregnant, in a Syrian refugee camp in February this year.Former home secretary Sajid Javid stripped her of her British citizenship, a decision her lawyers argue was unlawful as it rendered her stateless. Such a decision is lawful only if an individual is entitled to…

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies (2019-10-22). Trump's Fake Withdrawal From Endless War. counterpunch.org On Monday, October 7th, the U.S. withdrew 50 to 100 troops from positions near Syria's border with Turkey, and two days later Turkey invaded Rojava, the de facto autonomous Kurdish region of northeast Syria. Trump is now taking credit for a temporary, tenuous ceasefire. In a blizzard of tweets and statements, Donald Trump has portrayed More

Janine Jackson (2019-10-22). 'This Is the Latest Chapter of a Long History of US Betrayal of Kurds' – Khury Petersen-Smith on the Turkish Invasion of Syria. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed IPS's Khury Petersen-Smith about the Turkish invasion of Syria for the October 18, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Staff (2019-10-22). The US Tore the Middle East Apart. Can They Abandon It on a Whim? therealnews.com The Kurds fought in U.S. wars. Iraq and Syria are dismembered. Why is no one talking about diplomacy and aid?

Staff (2019-10-22). Russia, Turkey Seal Power in Northeast Syria With Accord. truthdig.com ANKARA, Turkey — Russia and Turkey announced an agreement Tuesday to jointly patrol almost the entire northeastern Syrian border after the withdrawal of Kurdish fighters, cementing the two countries' power in Syria in the wake of President Donald Trump's abrupt withdrawal of U.S. forces. | The announcement came as Kurdish fighters completed their pullout from a section of the Syrian-Turkish border as required by a U.S.-brokered cease-fire that was set to expire Tuesday night. Together the arrangements transform the map of northeast Syria, leaving Turkey in sole control over one section in the middle of the…

Gary Leupp (2019-10-22). The Kurds as U.S. Sacrificial Lambs. counterpunch.org How often have we heard in the last few days—from countless retired military officers and intelligence officials, security analysts, think tank talking heads—that the Kurds in Syria "died for us"? You know, sort of like Jesus on the cross?nAs though in fighting ISIL–a grotesque by-product of the criminal U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003–the Syrian Kurds were doing anything other than protecting their homeland? More

Philip Giraldi (2019-10-22). A Call for a Coup Plus a Week Like No Other for Tulsi Gabbard. globalresearch.ca There was what might be described as an extraordinary amount of nonsense being promoted by last week's media. Unfortunately, some of it was quite dangerous. Admiral William McRaven, who commanded the Navy Seals when Osama bin Laden was captured …

South Front (2019-10-22). Video: Syrian Army Takes Control of Abandoned US Bases. globalresearch.ca The northeastern Syria ceasefire, agreed by Washington and Ankara, immediately collapsed. Under the terms of the reached agreement, Turkey had to halt its Operation Peace Spring for 120 hours to allow units of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to …

WSWS (2019-10-22). US troops withdraw across Syrian border into Iraq. wsws.org While Trump has sought to strike a phony antiwar posture with his pullout order, the troops leaving Syria will remain in the Middle East.

Ryan Cristián (2019-10-22). US Stays In Syria, Kurds Call On Israel To Attack Turkey & US Says Israel Has 'Right' To Attack Iran. thelastamericanvagabond.com Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (10/21/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Stephen Lendman (2019-10-22). US Syria Pullout Leaves Troops in North and South. globalresearch.ca US aggression, occupation and control of Syrian territory is a flagrant UN Charter breach — a hard truth establishment media ignore, falsely blaming Bashar al-Assad for US-led imperial high crimes committed against his country. | The same goes for US actions …

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-10-22). Putin-Erdogan Meeting Aims to Organise Differences and Shorten the Gap Between Allies. globalresearch.ca In the first week of the month of October the US informed Turkey and Russia of its intention to withdraw from north-east Syria (NES). Turkish President Recep Tayyib Erdogan pulled out a plan prepared over a year ago to move …

Middle East Eye (2019-10-22). Turkey and Russia Agree to Create 'Safe Zone' in Syria. theantimedia.com Turkey and Russia have reached an agreement that will see the withdrawal of Syrian-Kurdish forces from areas along the Turkish border.

Eric Margolis (2019-10-22). The Mother of Messes in Syria. globalresearch.ca What a mess. The imperial cooks in Washington have turned poor Syria into a poison pit of warring factions, with disastrous results for all. | Henry Kissinger once quipped that it is more dangerous being America's ally than its enemy. A …

Paul Antonopoulos (2019-10-22). Islamic State in Asia: 'Unintentional' Consequences of Turkey's Syria Operation. globalresearch.ca Turkey began on October 9 its illegal offensive in northern Syria to expel terrorist organizations, primarily the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces and the Islamic State according to Ankara, away from the Turkish border and to establish a safe zone in …

MEMRI, Middle East Media Research Institute (2019-10-22). Syrian Journalist: The West, Led by the US, Knows Erdogan Has Been Supporting ISIS for Years, Yet Chooses to Ignore this. globalresearch.ca In an article titled "Erdogan's Terror, Which the West Ignores" in the London-based daily Al-Arab, 'Ali Qassem, a Syrian journalist residing in Tunisia, castigated the West for its stance towards Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He argued that the …

United Nations (2019-10-22). Nearly 180,000 displaced by northeast Syria fighting as needs multiply: UN refugee agency. un.org After nearly two weeks of fighting in northeast Syria, the UN's humanitarian wing has estimated that around 180,000 have been forced to leave their homes or shelters, including 80,000 children, all in desperate need of humanitarian assistance.

commondreams (2019-10-22). Congress Votes on Corporate Transparency Act. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Kate Zeller (2019-10-22). Congress Votes on Corporate Transparency Act. indybay.org Washington DC – The House of Representatives scheduled a vote for 5: 15 PM EST on the Corporate Transparency Act of 2019 (H.R. 2513). The bill reveals the true owners of "anonymous" shell companies to law enforcement.

Staff (2019-10-22). Outrage Erupts After Trump Calls Impeachment Inquiry "a Lynching" truthout.org President Donald Trump took his outrageous response to House Democrats' impeachment inquiry to a new level Tuesday morning by calling the congressional proceedings "a lynching," a term that evokes the long history of racist violence against black people in the United States. | "So some day, if a Democrat becomes president and the Republicans win the House, even by a t…

Staff (2019-10-22). Headlines for October 22, 2019. democracynow.org Erdogan Meets with Putin as Turkish Ceasefire in Syria Expires, William Taylor Testifies in Impeachment Hearings, NYT: U.S. Has Quietly Pulled Thousands of Troops Out of Afghanistan, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Held onto Power in Tight Elections, Israel: Netanyahu Fails to Form Coalition Government, Massive Protests Continue in Chile, Northern Ireland Decriminalizes Abortion & Legalizes Marriage Equality, Indonesia: Former General Prabowo Subianto to Join the Cabinet, ExxonMobil Goes on Trial in New York over Climate Change, Four Drug Companies Reach Settlement with Two Ohio Counties, Macy's to Stop Se…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-10-22). With 'Propaganda Channel' Fox News Creating Firewall for Trump, Critics Says Mass Mobilization Needed to Oust President. commondreams.org A new survey reveals just impenetrable President Donald Trump's level of support among regular Fox News viewers is, and suggests that a mass mobilization among those who support impeaching and removing Trump from office may be the only way Congress will finally hold him to account. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2019-10-22). The Stunning Hypocrisy of Congress' Syria Vote. truthdig.com This piece originally appeared on antiwar.com. | We are through the looking glass, Alice. For years now I've lambasted the U.S. Congress for shirking it's constitutionally mandated duty to actually declare and oversee America's wars. Now, in a cruel joke of sorts, it has finally decided to do so, symbolically voting to condemn the president for pull…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-10-22). Testimony by Top Diplomat Bill Taylor on Trump and Ukraine Elicits 'Holy Sh*t' Responses From Members of Congress. commondreams.org A "explosive" closed-door testimony by William Taylor, a career diplomat who sharply questioned the Trump administration's attempts over the summer to pressure Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, could begin a "sea change" in House Democrats' impeachment inquiry against the president, according to lawmakers who were in the room. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Brian Terrell (2019-10-21). The United States Air Force at Incirlik, Our National "Black Eye" counterpunch.org Current events concerning Turkey and the Kurds in Syria remind me of a conversation I had with a US Air Force colonel almost 17 years ago in a courtroom in Des Moines. To refresh my memory, I dug deep into my closet and dusted off the transcript of the case, "STATE OF IOWA, plaintiff vs. More

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2019-10-21). US Out of Syria and the Middle East. dissidentvoice.org US Out of the Middle East, Los Angeles protest against bombing in Syria from ABC7.com. Stop The Turkish Invasion Of Syria The crisis in Syria has taken a new direction with the Turkish invasion into the Northeast ostensibly to push the Kurdish peoples out. The US has added to this crisis by its green light …

Jim Kavanagh (2019-10-21). The Empire Steps Back. counterpunch.org What everyone is most upset about with regard to Syria isn't the bloodshed or anything having [to] do with human rights. It's the decline in American control of the Middle East. This is 100% about US imperialism taking a hit. — Rania Khalek, (@RaniaKhalek) October 14, 2019 A series of Donald Trump's decisions, culminating in More

RT (2019-10-21). Ditch the Kurds, grab the oil? Trump says US 'never committed' to Syrian allies, but SecDef says Washington still committed to oil. rt.com President Donald Trump has said that the US never committed to the security of Kurds in northern Syria, ahead of the end of the Turkish ceasefire. His defense secretary meanwhile says the US troops had a job to "secure the oil."

Jeet Heer (2019-10-21). The Real Trouble With Tulsi. thenation.com The Real Trouble With Tulsi…

John Nichols (2019-10-21). There Was a Smart, Progressive Way to Withdraw From Syria. thenation.com There Was a Smart, Progressive Way to Withdraw From Syria…

Jason Ditz (2019-10-21). All US Troops Leaving Syria Will Head to Iraq. theantimedia.com According to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, the current plan is that all US troops leaving Syria will be redeployed into western Iraq.

Ryan Cristián (2019-10-21). Turkey Breaks Ceasefire, US "Secures Syria's Oil" & Assange's Torture & Violation Of Rights Exposed. thelastamericanvagabond.com Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (10/19/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

WSWS (2019-10-21). Military brass denounce Trump's withdrawal of troops from Syria. wsws.org The extraordinary intervention of high-ranking retired generals is a breach of the core constitutional principle of the subordination of the military to civilian authority.

Eliza Egret (2019-10-21). Governments remain silent as evidence mounts that Turkey is using white phosphorus. thecanary.co Warning: this article contains images that some readers may find distressing | Social media has been swamped with photos and videos of people with burns so horrific that it's a miracle they've survived. Turkey has been accused of using white phosphorus on…

Paul Dobson (2019-10-21). Venezuela Government Hosts International Commune Congress. venezuelanalysis.com Maduro affirmed that popular power is "the soul" of the Bolivarian project.

United Nations (2019-10-21). UN Security Council calls for South Sudan leaders to speed up action on peace deal. un.org In a visit to South Sudan this past weekend, members of the UN Security Council urged leaders to expedite implementation of a 2018 peace agreement aimed at ending six years of ongoing conflict.

Staff (2019-10-21). Bernie's Back: AOC Backs Sanders as 26,000 Rally in NYC at Largest Presidential Rally of 2019. democracynow.org Vermont independent senator and 2020 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders held the largest campaign rally of the primary season so far on Saturday. An estimated 26,000 supporters packed into Queensbridge Park in New York City. The event was held in the shadow of the nation's largest public housing development. It was Sanders's first campaign rally since he suffered a heart attack earlier this month. Sanders was joined on stage by three prominent supporters: Carmen Yulín Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico; filmmaker Michael Moore; and Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who volunteered on Sanders's 201…

Staff (2019-10-21). Kings Bay Plowshares 7: Trial Begins for Liz McAlister & Others for Breaking Into Nuke Sub Base. democracynow.org Seven Catholic peace activists are going on trial in Georgia today for breaking into the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base on April 4, 2018. The activists, who are known as the Kings Bay Plowshares 7, face up to 25 years in prison if convicted. The activists entered the base armed with just hammers, crime scene tape, baby bottles containing their own blood and an indictment charging the U.S. government with crimes against peace. Over the past four decades activists in the Plowshares movement have taken part in about 100 similar actions at nuclear arms facilities, beginning in 1980 at the General Electric nuclear mis…

Staff (2019-10-21). Headlines for October 21, 2019. democracynow.org U.S. Troops Leaving Syria Headed for Iraq, Anti-Government Protests Sweep the Globe, Bolivia Presidential Election Appears to Head for a Runoff, Brother of Honduran President Found Guilty of Cocaine Trafficking, Trump Says G7 Will Not Be Held at His Private Golf Course, Hillary Clinton Accuses Jill Stein, Tulsi Gabbard of Being Linked to Russia, Landmark Trial over Opioid Epidemic in Cleveland, Ohio, Tornado Rages Through Dallas, Leaving 100,000 Without Power, Judge Temporarily Blocks Florida Law Limiting Voting by Ex-Felons…

RT (2019-10-20). Hillary Clinton's attacks on Tulsi Gabbard sow more Democratic division than Moscow could ever dream of. rt.com In her zeal to beat off challengers to her party's hardline anti-Russia orthodoxy, Hillary Clinton has only succeeded in sowing discord between the crop of Democratic presidential contenders. How very 'Putin-esque' of her. | Unfounded blaming of Russia for her own woes is nothing new from Hillary Clinton, who still blames the Kremlin for denying her the presidency three years ago. If it wasn't 'Russian hackers' leaking her emails, it was 'Russian bots' backing Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary, or Vladimir Putin convincing the Green Party's Jill Stein to mount a third-party challenge. Though none of the…

RT (2019-10-20). 'Hillary's gone Crazy!' Russian puppet Trump (almost) blows his cover standing up for Kremlin assets Gabbard & Stein. rt.com The US president has openly admitted to being a Russian puppet (not really, but who cares)! In his latest tweet, Donald Trump sympathized with Tulsi Gabbard and Jill Stein, whom Hillary Clinton called Kremlin assets and tools. | In case anyone forgot, the White House is Kremlin-controlled territory right now, and the US leader was just one tiny step away from openly admitting it by showing compassion for collateral victims of the Russiagate craze — the Green Party's Jill Stein, and the Hawaiian congresswoman and 2020 Democratic hopeful, Tulsi Gabbard. | So now Crooked Hillary is at it again! She is callin…

RT (2019-10-20). Donald Trump thanks Pentagon chief Mark 'Esperanto' for 'securing oil' in Syria, whatever that might mean. rt.com Donald Trump has fired off another typo-laden tweet, this time sharing a quote from his defense secretary, Mark "Esperanto." The US president also doubled down on his belief that the US has "secured" Syria's oil. | Trump wrote that the situation in Syria has stabilized, citing a statement from Defense Secretary Mark Esper in regards to the status of the fragile ceasefire between Turkish forces and Kurdish militias. | | The Tweeter in Chief, however, had difficulty spelling Esper's name. Another possibility: He fell victim to auto-correct. | As an added bonus, the message included another boast about how the…

Aaron Maté (2019-10-20). Max Blumenthal on why Hillary Clinton smeared Tulsi Gabbard and Jill Stein. thegrayzone.com Hillary Clinton has smeared Tulsi Gabbard and Jill Stein as Russian assets, and almost no Democratic politicians are pushing back….

Eliza Egret (2019-10-20). Noam Chomsky signs call to boycott Turkey and prevent the ethnic cleansing of Kurdish people. thecanary.co Noam Chomsky, David Graeber, and Brian Eno have joined hundreds of academics and artists around the world to sign an academic and cultural call to boycott Turkey. The call asks for: academics, artists and intellectuals around the world to oppose the Turkish invasion of north-eastern Syria [Rojava] by boycotting Turkish government sponsored academic, artistic and musical events taking place inside and outside of Turkey. | "Rojava…

Ryan Grim (2019-10-20). Sanders: I Wouldn't Make Obama's Mistake of Shutting Down Grassroots Pressure on Washington. theintercept.com Bernie Sanders said Congress needs to be as progressive as possible to pass bold legislation, but waved off talk of endorsing specific primary challenges.

Myles Hoenig (2019-10-20). Reflections on Elijah Cummings. dissidentvoice.org There aren't many politicians in America who deserve the praise that Elijah Cummings had earned over the years. He was respected by all in Congress, and by many of his Republican rivals. He was a fighter for civil right all his life, and represented the most economically exploited citizens of Baltimore, first as a member …

Rania Khalek (2019-10-20). The U.S. armed and funded extremists in Syria. mronline.org The US armed and funded extremists in Syria to overthrow the Syrian government and the media cheered. Those same extremists then attacked the Kurds on Turkey's behalf to the horror of the same media. Now what? | Source

2019-10-22: Social Media Postees

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'Outrageous': Bernie rejects Hillary Clinton's 'foreign asset' smear on Tulsi Gabbard
rt.com | 2019-10-22
Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has come to the defense of fellow Democratic contender Tulsi Gabbard, batting away claims — spread by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — that the dovish candidate is a "foreign asset." | The progressive stalwart from Vermont took to Twitter on Monday to reject any suggestion Gabbard worked for a foreign power, as Clinton implied in a recent interview, insisting her patriotic bonafides as a combat veteran were beyond question. | "Tulsi Gabbard has put her life on the line to defend…
rt.com/usa/471480-bernie-defends-tulsi-f…

A Call for a Coup Plus a Week Like No Other for Tulsi Gabbard
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-22
There was what might be described as an extraordinary amount of nonsense being promoted by last week's media. Unfortunately, some of it was quite dangerous. Admiral William McRaven, who commanded the Navy Seals when Osama bin Laden was captured …
globalresearch.ca/call-coup-tulsi-gabbard/5692710

Video: Syrian Army Takes Control of Abandoned US Bases
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-22
The northeastern Syria ceasefire, agreed by Washington and Ankara, immediately collapsed. Under the terms of the reached agreement, Turkey had to halt its Operation Peace Spring for 120 hours to allow units of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to …
globalresearch.ca/video-syrian-army-takes-control-abandoned-us-bases/5692688

Nearly 180,000 displaced by northeast Syria fighting as needs multiply: UN refugee agency
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-22
After nearly two weeks of fighting in northeast Syria, the UN's humanitarian wing has estimated that around 180,000 have been forced to leave their homes or shelters, including 80,000 children, all in desperate need of humanitarian assistance.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/10/1…

Syrian Journalist: The West, Led by the US, Knows Erdogan Has Been Supporting ISIS for Years, Yet Chooses to Ignore this
MEMRI, Middle East Media Research Institute | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-22
In an article titled "Erdogan's Terror, Which the West Ignores" in the London-based daily Al-Arab, 'Ali Qassem, a Syrian journalist residing in Tunisia, castigated the West for its stance towards Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He argued that the …
globalresearch.ca/west-us-knows-erdogan-supporting-isis-years/5692682

Turkey and Russia Agree to Create 'Safe Zone' in Syria
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-10-22
Turkey and Russia have reached an agreement that will see the withdrawal of Syrian-Kurdish forces from areas along the Turkish border.

Turkey and Russia Agree to Create 'Safe Zone' in Syria

Islamic State in Asia: 'Unintentional' Consequences of Turkey's Syria Operation
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-22
Turkey began on October 9 its illegal offensive in northern Syria to expel terrorist organizations, primarily the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces and the Islamic State according to Ankara, away from the Turkish border and to establish a safe zone in | …
globalresearch.ca/islamic-state-asia-consequences-turkey-syria-operation/5692766

Russia, Turkey Seal Power in Northeast Syria With Accord
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-10-22
ANKARA, Turkey — Russia and Turkey announced an agreement Tuesday to jointly patrol almost the entire northeastern Syrian border after the withdrawal of Kurdish fighters, cementing the two countries' power in Syria in the wake of President Donald Trump's abrupt withdrawal of U.S. forces. | The announcement came as Kurdish fighters completed their pullout from a section of the Syrian-Turkish border as required by a U.S.-brokered cease-fire that was set to expire Tuesday night. Together the arrangements transform the map of northeast Syria, leaving Turkey in sole control over one section in the middle of the…
truthdig.com/articles/russia-turkey-seal…

The Mother of Messes in Syria
Eric Margolis | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-22
What a mess. The imperial cooks in Washington have turned poor Syria into a poison pit of warring factions, with disastrous results for all. | Henry Kissinger once quipped that it is more dangerous being America's ally than its enemy. A …
globalresearch.ca/mother-messes-syria/5692735

The US Tore the Middle East Apart. Can They Abandon It on a Whim?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-10-22
The Kurds fought in U.S. wars. Iraq and Syria are dismembered. Why is no one talking about diplomacy and aid?
therealnews.com/stories/us-middle-east-a…

US Stays In Syria, Kurds Call On Israel To Attack Turkey & US Says Israel Has 'Right' To Attack Iran
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-22
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (10/21/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …
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US troops withdraw across Syrian border into Iraq
wsws.org | 2019-10-22
While Trump has sought to strike a phony antiwar posture with his pullout order, the troops leaving Syria will remain in the Middle East.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/22/syri…

The Kurds as U.S. Sacrificial Lambs
Gary Leupp | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-22
How often have we heard in the last few days—from countless retired military officers and intelligence officials, security analysts, think tank talking heads—that the Kurds in Syria "died for us"? You know, sort of like Jesus on the cross?nAs though in fighting ISIL–a grotesque by-product of the criminal U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003–the Syrian Kurds were doing anything other than protecting their homeland?
counterpunch.org/2019/10/22/the-kurds-as…

US Syria Pullout Leaves Troops in North and South
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-22
US aggression, occupation and control of Syrian territory is a flagrant UN Charter breach — a hard truth establishment media ignore, falsely blaming Bashar al-Assad for US-led imperial high crimes committed against his country. | The same goes for US actions …
globalresearch.ca/us-syria-pullout-leaves-troops-north-south/5692746

Putin-Erdogan Meeting Aims to Organise Differences and Shorten the Gap Between Allies
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-22
In the first week of the month of October the US informed Turkey and Russia of its intention to withdraw from north-east Syria (NES). Turkish President Recep Tayyib Erdogan pulled out a plan prepared over a year ago to move …
globalresearch.ca/putin-erdogan-meeting-aims-organise-differences-shorten-gap-between-allies/5692730

Shamima Begum exposed to real risk of torture or death, court told
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-10-22
The decision to revoke the British citizenship of Shamima Begum — one of three east London schoolgirls who travelled to Syria to join Daesh (Isis / Isil) — has exposed her to a "real risk" of torture or death, a court has heard.Begum left the UK in February 2015 and lived under Daesh rule for more than three years. She was found, nine months pregnant, in a Syrian refugee camp in February this year.Former home secretary Sajid Javid stripped her of her British citizenship, a decision her lawyers argue was unlawful as it rendered her stateless. Such a decision is lawful only if an individual is entitled to…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2019/10/22/shamima-begum-exposed-to-real-risk-of-torture-or-death-court-told/

Trump's Fake Withdrawal From Endless War
Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-22
On Monday, October 7th, the U.S. withdrew 50 to 100 troops from positions near Syria's border with Turkey, and two days later Turkey invaded Rojava, the de facto autonomous Kurdish region of northeast Syria. Trump is now taking credit for a temporary, tenuous ceasefire. In a blizzard of tweets and statements, Donald Trump has portrayed…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/22/trumps-fake-…

'This Is the Latest Chapter of a Long History of US Betrayal of Kurds' – Khury Petersen-Smith on the Turkish Invasion of Syria
Janine Jackson | fair.org | 2019-10-22
Janine Jackson interviewed IPS's Khury Petersen-Smith about the Turkish invasion of Syria for the October 18, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…
fair.org/home/this-is-the-latest-chapter…

High Court OKs Michigan GOP's gerrymander for 2020 election
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-10-22
WASHINGTON–Disappointing citizens, workers, and clean-government advocates, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Michigan's GOP-gerrymandered congressional and state legislative district lines. But the justices' one-paragraph order on Oct. 2 will cover just the 2020 election. After that, a non-partisan 13-voter commission will take over the task of drawing new districts, thanks to an overwhelming vote in last …
peoplesworld.org/article/high-court-oks-…

Congress Votes on Corporate Transparency Act
Kate Zeller | indybay.org | 2019-10-22
Washington DC – The House of Representatives scheduled a vote for 5: 15 PM EST on the Corporate Transparency Act of 2019 (H.R. 2513). The bill reveals the true owners of "anonymous" shell companies to law enforcement.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/10/22/1882752…

Congress Votes on Corporate Transparency Act
commondreams.org | 2019-10-22
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Outrage Erupts After Trump Calls Impeachment Inquiry "a Lynching"
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-10-22
President Donald Trump took his outrageous response to House Democrats' impeachment inquiry to a new level Tuesday morning by calling the congressional proceedings "a lynching," a term that evokes the long history of racist violence against black people in the United States. | "So some day, if a Democrat becomes president and the Republicans win the House, even by a t…
truthout.org/articles/outrage-erupts-aft…

Ocasio-Cortez Endorses 'Powerful, Progressive Fighter' Jessica Cisneros in Primary Fight With Centrist Henry Cuellar
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-22
"When Jessica is elected, not only will I no longer be the youngest person in Congress—I'll have a strong new ally in the fight for Medicare for All, getting corporate money out of politics, and fixing our broken immigration system." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/10/22/ocasio-…

With 'Propaganda Channel' Fox News Creating Firewall for Trump, Critics Says Mass Mobilization Needed to Oust President
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-22
A new survey reveals just impenetrable President Donald Trump's level of support among regular Fox News viewers is, and suggests that a mass mobilization among those who support impeaching and removing Trump from office may be the only way Congress will finally hold him to account. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/10/22/propaga…

Testimony by Top Diplomat Bill Taylor on Trump and Ukraine Elicits 'Holy Sh*t' Responses From Members of Congress
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-22
A "explosive" closed-door testimony by William Taylor, a career diplomat who sharply questioned the Trump administration's attempts over the summer to pressure Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, could begin a "sea change" in House Democrats' impeachment inquiry against the president, according to lawmakers who were in the room. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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The Stunning Hypocrisy of Congress' Syria Vote
Maj. Danny Sjursen | truthdig.com | 2019-10-22
This piece originally appeared on antiwar.com. | We are through the looking glass, Alice. For years now I've lambasted the U.S. Congress for shirking it's constitutionally mandated duty to actually declare and oversee America's wars. Now, in a cruel joke of sorts, it has finally decided to do so, symbolically voting to condemn the president for pull…
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The Real Trouble With Tulsi
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2019-10-21
The Real Trouble With Tulsi…
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US Out of Syria and the Middle East
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-10-21
US Out of the Middle East, Los Angeles protest against bombing in Syria from ABC7.com. Stop The Turkish Invasion Of Syria The crisis in Syria has taken a new direction with the Turkish invasion into the Northeast ostensibly to push the Kurdish peoples out. The US has added to this crisis by its green light …
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All US Troops Leaving Syria Will Head to Iraq
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-10-21
According to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, the current plan is that all US troops leaving Syria will be redeployed into western Iraq.

All US Troops Leaving Syria Will Head to Iraq

Ditch the Kurds, grab the oil? Trump says US 'never committed' to Syrian allies, but SecDef says Washington still committed to oil
rt.com | 2019-10-21
President Donald Trump has said that the US never committed to the security of Kurds in northern Syria, ahead of the end of the Turkish ceasefire. His defense secretary meanwhile says the US troops had a job to "secure the oil." | …
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There Was a Smart, Progressive Way to Withdraw From Syria
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-10-21
There Was a Smart, Progressive Way to Withdraw From Syria…
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The Empire Steps Back
Jim Kavanagh | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-21
What everyone is most upset about with regard to Syria isn't the bloodshed or anything having [to] do with human rights. It's the decline in American control of the Middle East. This is 100% about US imperialism taking a hit. — Rania Khalek, (@RaniaKhalek) October 14, 2019 A series of Donald Trump's decisions, culminating in…
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Military brass denounce Trump's withdrawal of troops from Syria
wsws.org | 2019-10-21
The extraordinary intervention of high-ranking retired generals is a breach of the core constitutional principle of the subordination of the military to civilian authority.
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Turkey Breaks Ceasefire, US "Secures Syria's Oil" & Assange's Torture & Violation Of Rights Exposed
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-21
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (10/19/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …
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The United States Air Force at Incirlik, Our National "Black Eye"
Brian Terrell | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-21
Current events concerning Turkey and the Kurds in Syria remind me of a conversation I had with a US Air Force colonel almost 17 years ago in a courtroom in Des Moines. To refresh my memory, I dug deep into my closet and dusted off the transcript of the case,…
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Venezuela Government Hosts International Commune Congress
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-10-21
Maduro affirmed that popular power is "the soul" of the Bolivarian project.
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UN Security Council calls for South Sudan leaders to speed up action on peace deal
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-21
In a visit to South Sudan this past weekend, members of the UN Security Council urged leaders to expedite implementation of a 2018 peace agreement aimed at ending six years of ongoing conflict.
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Bernie's Back: AOC Backs Sanders as 26,000 Rally in NYC at Largest Presidential Rally of 2019
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-21
Vermont independent senator and 2020 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders held the largest campaign rally of the primary season so far on Saturday. An estimated 26,000 supporters packed into Queensbridge Park in New York City. The event was held in the shadow of the nation's largest public housing development. It was Sanders's first campaign rally since he suffered a heart attack earlier this month. Sanders was joined on stage by three prominent supporters: Carmen Yulín Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico; filmmaker Michael Moore; and Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who volunteered on Sanders's 201…
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Kings Bay Plowshares 7: Trial Begins for Liz McAlister & Others for Breaking Into Nuke Sub Base
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-21
Seven Catholic peace activists are going on trial in Georgia today for breaking into the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base on April 4, 2018. The activists, who are known as the Kings Bay Plowshares 7, face up to 25 years in prison if convicted. The activists entered the base armed with just hammers, crime scene tape, baby bottles containing their own blood and an indictment charging the U.S. government with crimes against peace. Over the past four decades activists in the Plowshares movement have taken part in about 100 similar actions at nuclear arms facilities, beginning in 1980 at the General Electric nuclear mis…
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'Hillary's gone Crazy!' Russian puppet Trump (almost) blows his cover standing up for Kremlin assets Gabbard & Stein
rt.com | 2019-10-20
The US president has openly admitted to being a Russian puppet (not really, but who cares)! In his latest tweet, Donald Trump sympathized with Tulsi Gabbard and Jill Stein, whom Hillary Clinton called Kremlin assets and tools. | In case anyone forgot, the White House is Kremlin-controlled territory right now, and the US leader was just one tiny step away from openly admitting it by showing compassion for collateral victims of the Russiagate craze — the Green Party's Jill Stein, and the Hawaiian congresswoman and 2020 Democratic hopeful, Tulsi Gabbard. | So now Crooked Hillary is at it again! She is callin…
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Hillary Clinton's attacks on Tulsi Gabbard sow more Democratic division than Moscow could ever dream of
rt.com | 2019-10-20
In her zeal to beat off challengers to her party's hardline anti-Russia orthodoxy, Hillary Clinton has only succeeded in sowing discord between the crop of Democratic presidential contenders. How very 'Putin-esque' of her. | Unfounded blaming of Russia for her own woes is nothing new from Hillary Clinton, who still blames the Kremlin for denying her the presidency three years ago. If it wasn't 'Russian hackers' leaking her emails, it was 'Russian bots' backing Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary, or Vladimir Putin convincing the Green Party's Jill Stein to mount a third-party challenge. Though none of the…
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Max Blumenthal on why Hillary Clinton smeared Tulsi Gabbard and Jill Stein
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-10-20
Hillary Clinton has smeared Tulsi Gabbard and Jill Stein as Russian assets, and almost no Democratic politicians are pushing back….
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Noam Chomsky signs call to boycott Turkey and prevent the ethnic cleansing of Kurdish people
Eliza Egret | thecanary.co | 2019-10-20
Noam Chomsky, David Graeber, and Brian Eno have joined hundreds of academics and artists around the world to sign an academic and cultural call to boycott Turkey. The call asks for: academics, artists and intellectuals around the world to oppose the Turkish invasion of north-eastern Syria [Rojava] by boycotting Turkish government sponsored academic, artistic and musical events taking place inside and outside of Turkey. | "Rojava…
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Donald Trump thanks Pentagon chief Mark 'Esperanto' for 'securing oil' in Syria, whatever that might mean
rt.com | 2019-10-20
Donald Trump has fired off another typo-laden tweet, this time sharing a quote from his defense secretary, Mark "Esperanto." The US president also doubled down on his belief that the US has "secured" Syria's oil. | Trump wrote that the situation in Syria has stabilized, citing a statement from Defense Secretary Mark Esper in regards to the status of the fragile ceasefire between Turkish forces and Kurdish militias. | | The Tweeter in Chief, however, had difficulty spelling Esper's name. Another possibility: He fell victim to auto-correct. | As an added bonus, the message included another boast about how the…
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The U.S. armed and funded extremists in Syria
Rania Khalek | mronline.org | 2019-10-20
The US armed and funded extremists in Syria to overthrow the Syrian government and the media cheered. Those same extremists then attacked the Kurds on Turkey's behalf to the horror of the same media. Now what? | Source…
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Reflections on Elijah Cummings
Myles Hoenig | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-10-20
There aren't many politicians in America who deserve the praise that Elijah Cummings had earned over the years. He was respected by all in Congress, and by many of his Republican rivals. He was a fighter for civil right all his life, and represented the most economically exploited citizens of Baltimore, first as a member …
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Sanders: I Wouldn't Make Obama's Mistake of Shutting Down Grassroots Pressure on Washington
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-10-20
Bernie Sanders said Congress needs to be as progressive as possible to pass bold legislation, but waved off talk of endorsing specific primary challenges.
theintercept.com/2019/10/20/bernie-sande…

#IamTulsi trending after Gabbard hands Hillary Clinton brutal smackdown
rt.com | 2019-10-19
2020 candidate Tulsi Gabbard is trending on Twitter, after the Hawaiian lawmaker scorched Hillary Clinton with a devastating put-down. Nevertheless, Hillary fans still maintain Tulsi's popularity is the work of 'Russian bots'. | Gabbard unloaded on Clinton on Friday, after the failed 2016 presidential contender suggested that "the Russians" were "grooming" her to run as a third-party candidate next year to split the Democratic vote. | "Great! Thank you Hillary Clinton," Gabbard tweeted in response. "You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Dem…
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'We don't own Syria': Lee Camp shreds media's 'manipulative' coverage of US troop withdrawal (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2019-10-19
President Trump's decision to pull troops out of northern Syria sent the mainstream media into a full-blown meltdown, Redacted Tonight's Lee Camp said, slamming their hawkish coverage as mindless and deceitful. | The withdrawal of US forces stationed in the region prompted the New York Times to run a front-page headline decrying how Syrian forces would soon take control of the "US void"… in their own country. | None of this makes sense, Camp argued. | There are certain things you will never hear from the mainstream media. For one thing, we don't own Syria. This is an illegal invasion of ours… The way they…
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'Queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption': Tulsi Gabbard DRAGS Hillary Clinton after 'Russian asset' claim
rt.com | 2019-10-18
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) has accused Hillary Clinton of being behind a 'concerted campaign' to destroy her reputation and challenged her to stop hiding and enter the 2020 presidential race. | "Great! Thank you Hillary Clinton," Gabbard tweeted on Friday afternoon. "You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long, have finally come out from behind the curtain." | "From the day I announced my candidacy, there has been a concerted campaign to destroy my reputation. We wondered who was behind it and why. Now we…
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