2019-10-29: News Headlines

Sara Flounders (2019-10-29). Pentagon's plans to stay in Syria and Iraq are in disarray. workers.org The U.S. Department of "Defense" plans to keep its troops in Syria. This may come as a surprise to those who assumed that dumping support for the Kurdish militias meant the Pentagon finally intended to withdraw. The sudden convenient execution of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi by U.S. forces on Oct. 27 . . . | Continue reading Pentagon's plans to stay in Syria and Iraq are in disarray at Workers.org

Alan Macleod (2019-10-29). Media Silent as Nobel Prize Winning OPCW Found "Fixing" its Own Findings on Syria. mintpressnews.com Judging by the minimal impact of the news, there will likely be few consequences for those who suppressed information and misled the world, nor for those who called for war on the basis of it, their assertions proving, once again, disastrously wrong.

Thomas Knapp (2019-10-29). Trump's Syria "Withdrawal": Where Less is Probably More. counterpunch.org When US president Donald Trump announced his plan to relocate a few dozen US soldiers in Syria — getting them out of the way of a pending Turkish invasion — the Washington establishment exploded in rage at what it mis-characterized as a US "withdrawal" from Syria. Instead of fighting that mis-characterization, Trump embraced it, pretending More

Bryan Carrillo (2019-10-29). NYC solidarity with Chilean uprising. liberationnews.org The crowd sang "El derecho de vivir en paz," a famous Victor Jara song that translates to "the right to live in peace."

Staff (2019-10-29). Colombia: Amid Increasing Violence, Former FARC Rebels Contest Local Elections. therealnews.com Despite signing a historic peace deal that should have ended a 50-year insurgency, Colombia is still very much a country at war.

Mark Gruenberg (2019-10-29). Communications Workers make Pro Act support litmus test for 2020 election. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—The Communications Workers board voted unanimously to make open support of the Protect The Right To Organize (Pro) Act a litmus test for the union's backing of incumbent lawmakers in next year's election. "If a sitting member of Congress or a senator doesn't vote for the Pro Act to expand workers' rights, they won't receive an …

Staff (2019-10-29). Tribute To A Persistent Progressive — Rep. John Conyers. therealnews.com Jacqueline Luqman pays tribute to John Conyers, the longest-serving Black Democrat in Congress and co-founder of the Congressional Black Caucus, died over the weekend at age 90. His political career spanned more than 50 years, and included a remarkable legacy of civil rights activism, challenging the expanding US military global footprint, and consistent support for…

RT (2019-10-29). 'Why are so many people listening in on me?' Trump slams Ukrainegate witness as 'Never Trumper,' questions call procedure. rt.com US President Donald Trump has questioned the reliability of a White House official set to testify to Congress about his infamous call with Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky, calling the witness a "Never Trumper." | The tweet is part of the Ukrainegate impeachment saga, which the Democrats have been focusing on ever since Russiagate fizzled out. The allegation is that Trump pressured Zelensky into investigating former Vice President Joe Biden over his role in ending a corruption probe into a Ukrainian energy company where his son sat on the board — and that Trump made US aid to Kiev dependent on such an…

Dan Cohen (2019-10-29). By protecting Syria's Idlib, the US created a safe haven for Baghdadi and ISIS. thegrayzone.com With the killing of self-proclaimed ISIS "caliph" Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the shoddy narrative pushed by US government officials and regime…

Ryan Cristián (2019-10-29). Distracting With Baghdadi Psyop, US Sends "Withdrawn" Troops Back Into Syria, Along With MANY More. 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 (10/28/19). 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 …

Alan Macleod (2019-10-29). Media Silent as Nobel Prize Winning OPCW Found "Fixing" Its Own Findings on Syria. theantimedia.com New evidence leaked from whistleblowers suggests the OCPW suppressed evidence and testimony that contradicted the U.S. narrative in Syria.

Rep. Ron Paul (2019-10-29). Trump Flip-Flops on Syria Withdrawal. Again. globalresearch.ca President Trump is reversing his foreign policy decisions so quickly these days that it almost seems like he overturns himself before making the decision in the first place. Last week he was very clear that the US was pulling its …

South Front (2019-10-29). Trump's "Mission Accomplished": US Forces Kill "Terror Mastermind" Al-Baghdadi? PR Success For POTUS. globalresearch.ca U.S. Special Operations forces eliminated ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi during a nighttime raid into northwestern Syria on October 26, President Donald Trump officially announced. According to the President, Baghdadi died with his 3 young children after activating his suicide …

United Nations (2019-10-29). 'Real change' involving women in peace and security, still too slow, Guterres tells Security Council. un.org The Women Peace and Security agenda must continue to be "one of the top priorities of the United Nations", Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council on Tuesday, in an open debate on how best to accelerate change.

Staff (2019-10-29). Protests in Chile Sparked by a Subway Fare Hike Come After 30 Years of Crisis. truthout.org In Chile, a new set of mass protests took place Monday as President Sebastián Piñera fulfilled the promise to appoint new members to his cabinet. As Piñera addressed the nation Monday, hundreds of protesters had already gathered outside the presidential palace in Santiago, waving flags, honking horns and demanding for Piñera's resignation. The reshuffling of his cabinet came after more than a million people flooded the streets last Friday in massive peaceful demonstrations over inequality, high…

commondreams (2019-10-29). More Than 10,000 People Call on Congress to Investigate Amazon's Surveillance Empire. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Akela Lacy (2019-10-29). House Dems After Meeting With Richard Trumka: No Vote on Trump's NAFTA if Worker Concerns Go Unaddressed. theintercept.com After meeting with Reps. Nancy Pelosi and Richard Neal, Trumka assured the Congressional Progressive Caucus that he is on the same page as House leadership.

teleSUR (2019-10-29). Bolivia: Results To Be Audited by OAS, Mexico, Peru, Paraguay. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera Tuesday said that an audit of the results of the Oct. 20 presidential elections will be carried out with the participation of the Organization of American States (OAS), Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and others countries. | RELATED: | Bolivian Ruling Party Secures Majority in Chambers of Congress | "The best way to clear…

Ryan Grim (2019-10-29). Centrist Democrats Have a New Idea to Win Reelection: Ignore Labor and Give Trump a Major Trade Deal. theintercept.com The chair of DCCC, with help from Joe Crowley, has privately argued that approving Trump's free trade deal is important for vulnerable House Democrats.

Staff (2019-10-29). Protests in Chile Were Sparked By a Subway Fare Hike, But Come After "30 Years of a Social Crisis" democracynow.org In Chile, a new set of mass protests took place Monday as President Sebastián Piñera fulfilled the promise to appoint new members to his cabinet. As Piñera addressed the nation Monday, hundreds of protesters had already gathered outside the presidential palace in Santiago, waving flags, honking horns and demanding for Piñera's resignation. The reshuffling of his cabinet came after more than a million people flooded the streets last Friday in massive peaceful demonstrations over inequality, high cost of living and privatization. The protest drew more than 5% of Chile's population and followed days of widespread ci…

Staff (2019-10-29). Headlines for October 29, 2019. democracynow.org Pentagon: U.S. Will Fight for Control of Oilfields in Syria, Ukraine Expert Who Listened to Trump Phone Call to Testify in Impeachment Hearings, Iraq: Death Toll from Month of Anti-Government Protests Tops 220, Trump Officials Join Industry Executives at Davos in Desert, Boeing CEO to Testify to Congressional Committees, Sanders Endorses Chesa Boudin for San Francisco District Attorney, Facebook Workers Call on Zuckerberg to Reverse Policy of Allowing Politicians to Lie in Ads, North Carolina Court Rules Against State's Gerrymandered Congressional Maps, U.S. Extends Deportation Relief to Salvadorans to 2021, Mexi…

Stephen Lendman (2019-10-29). Endless Occupation and Plunder of Syria: U.S. Terrorism in the Name of "Going After the Terrorists" globalresearch.ca Like his predecessors, Trump operates as a frontman for the military, industrial, security complex, Wall Street, and other monied interests. | As commander-in-chief, he continues endless US wars of aggression in multiple theaters, along with economic terrorism on Iran, Venezuela, North …

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-10-29). 'Potentially Seismic for Control of Congress': Court Strikes Down North Carolina GOP's Gerrymandered Map. commondreams.org "This is huge: NC is one of the most gerrymandered states in the country." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jesse Jackson (2019-10-29). Trump Is Not Alone Among Americans In Failing to Understand What A Real Lynching Is. commondreams.org The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, informally known as the National Lynching Memorial, is a national memorial to commemorate the victims of lynching in the U. S. (Photo: Ron Cogswell/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Geoffrey Jacques (2019-10-28). Former Detroit Daily World reporter on the legacy of Rep. John Conyers. peoplesworld.org The last time I saw John Conyers, Jr., who died in Detroit early Sunday at age 90, he was hosting a mass meeting in Detroit, at a historically black and historically progressive church. It was August 2017, just a few months before scandal would force him to retire from Congress. Rep. Conyers, who served Detroit …

James Carden (2019-10-28). The Demonization of Dissent. thenation.com The Demonization of Dissent…

Ben Norton (2019-10-28). Trump gives $4.5 million to Syria's White Helmets, which partnered with jihadists and joined Turkey's ethnic cleansing. thegrayzone.com While touting his efforts to end US involvement in Syria, Trump approved $4.5 million more for the White Helmets. This…

teleSUR (2019-10-28). Syria: US Troops Will Strike Any Force Challenging Occupation. telesurenglish.net U.S. mechanized forces have begun deploying at Syrian oil fields, ostensibly to stop the remnants of Islamic State from seizing them, and will respond with "overwhelming force" to protect them, Reuters informed. | RELATED: | Syrian Kurdish Forces Leaving Turkish Border Area, Damascus Welcomes Move | After their withdrawal from northern Syria earlier this month, and the killing of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Saturday night, North American forces in the Pers…

teleSUR (2019-10-28). Democrat-led House to Vote on Next Steps for Trump Impeachment. telesurenglish.net Democrats in the United States House of Representatives set a Thursday vote to lay out the next steps for their impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, even as officials and Republican lawmakers refuse to cooperate. | RELATED: | US Senate Republicans Push Resolution Against Trump Impeachment Process | If the measure is approved on Thrusday it will set the stage for House investigating committees to forward evidence they have collected to the House Judiciary Committee, w…

teleSUR (2019-10-28). Bolivian Ruling Party Secures Majority in Chambers of Congress. telesurenglish.net The Movement to Socialism (MAS) secured a majority presence in the Senate and Deputy Chamber of Bolivia, Vice President of the country àÅlvaro García Linera said Monday. | RELATED: | Morales Calls on Opposition Groups To Respect Electoral Result | During a presentation explaining the final results of election day on Oct. 20, the vice president said MAS obtained 21 representatives in the senate while securing 68 lawmakers in the House of Representatives. | The Bolivian se…

United Nations (2019-10-28). 'Multi-generational tragedy' in Israel and Palestine demands political will for two-State solution. un.org Pervasive deteriorating facts on the ground in Israeli-Palestinian conflict, "are pushing us every further" from achieving a viable two-State solution, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process told the Security Council on Monday.

WSWS (2019-10-28). Court ruling declares House impeachment inquiry to be legal. wsws.org The ruling by Judge Beryl A. Howell constitutes a rebuttal of the arguments made by the White House and congressional Republicans against the constitutionality of the impeachment inquiry.

John Nichols (2019-10-28). John Conyers Carried the Civil Rights Movement Forward. thenation.com John Conyers Carried the Civil Rights Movement Forward…

Staff (2019-10-28). The Death of al-Baghdadi: ISIS Grew Out of U.S. Invasion of Iraq. What Will Happen Next? democracynow.org President Trump announced Sunday that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a U.S. special forces raid on his compound in northwestern Syria. According to Trump, al-Baghdadi detonated an explosive vest he was wearing, killing himself and three of his children. The raid began early Sunday when eight U.S. military helicopters flew from a base near Erbil, Iraq, to northwestern Syria over airspace controlled by Syria and Russia. Baghdadi had led ISIS since 2010. In 2014, he proclaimed the creation of an Islamic State or caliphate during a speech in Mosul. At its peak, ISIS controlled a large swath of land ac…

Staff (2019-10-28). One Million Take to Streets of Chile in the "Largest Mobilization Since the End of Dictatorship" democracynow.org Chilean President Sebastián Piñera has announced a major cabinet shuffle after more than one million people flooded the streets Friday in massive peaceful demonstrations over inequality, high cost of living and privatization. The protest drew more than 5% of Chile's population and followed days of widespread civil unrest that sparked a violent police and military crackdown across the country. At least 18 people have been killed and hundreds more have been shot and wounded since protests erupted Oct. 19. The protests in Chile began in response to a subway fare hike and have grown into a mass uprising against the g…

Staff (2019-10-28). Headlines for October 28, 2019. democracynow.org ISIS Leader al-Baghdadi Reportedly Dies in U.S. Raid in Syria, California Declares State of Emergency over Wildfires, Chile: Over One Million Take to Streets in Protest Against Inequality, Dozens Killed in Iraq Amid Latest Round of Anti-Government Protests, Lebanese Form Human Chain Across Country as Protests Continue, Alberto Fernandez Wins Argentine Election in Defeat for Right-Wing Incumbent, Brexit Deadline Extended Until Jan. 31, Trump Booed, Taunted at World Series Game, Pentagon Hands Microsoft a $10 Billion Contract, Chicago Teachers Strike Continues, While Support Staff Reach Tentative Deal, UAW and Gene…

Jason Ditz (2019-10-28). US Boosts Troop Numbers in East Syria to Control Oil. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — With several hundred US troops already planned to stay in Syria to "control the oil," US convoys are sending more troops into Syria Deir Ezzor Province from neighboring Iraq, and reinforcing the areas around the oil fields. Exactly how many troops are there, or how many were sent is not known. President Trump previously classified …

David Swanson (2019-10-28). What Does the U.S. Public Think of Its Government Arming and Bombing the World? counterpunch.org Data for Progress for quite a while appeared to be yet another U.S. PEP group (Progressive Except for Peace). They were producing useful polling reports on all sorts of topics as if 96% of humanity didn't exist. Foreign policy just couldn't be found. They told me they were just getting around to it. You still More

John Feffer (2019-10-28). The Art of the Backpedal. counterpunch.org In the past, Trump has been forced to scale back on his proposals by the courts (Muslim ban), by Congress (the border wall), by lobbyists (gun control). Through it all, the Republican Party has gone along with varying degrees of enthusiasm ranging from mild toadyism to personality-cult devotion. But Trump's standing within his party after more than two years of see-no-evil and hear-no-evil compliance with the chief is finally begin to slip. More

RT (2019-10-27). World leaders praise al-Baghdadi's death, warn fight not over, #resistance rages at Trump for talking to Russia. rt.com President Donald Trump cheered the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, but not everyone was in a celebratory mood. World leaders were cautiously optimistic, while the anti-Trump #resistance raged as usual. | On Sunday morning Trump revealed that the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) mastermind had met his demise the night before, detonating a suicide vest as American special forces entered his compound in northwestern Syria. The self-proclaimed caliph of a genocidal terrorist organization that once reigned over much of Iraq and Syria, Baghdadi's death was greeted with triumph by Trump, and caut…

RT (2019-10-27). ISIS leader al-Baghdadi killed in US raid in Syria, Trump confirms. rt.com US President Donald Trump has announced that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed during a US military raid in northwest Syria, confirming an avalanche of rumors on the terrorist's death. | "Al-Baghdadi has been killed… in a daring nighttime raid," Trump said in a live address from the White House. | "The United States brought the world's No.1 terrorist leader to justice." | The troops involved in the elimination of the terrorist "accomplished the mission in grand style," while the IS leader met his end "crying and screaming" due to being terrified by Americans might, Trump boasted. | He died…

Mehdi Hasan (2019-10-26). Everyone Is Denouncing the Syrian Rebels Now Slaughtering Kurds. But Didn't the U.S. Once Support Some of Them? theintercept.com It's a lazy, cynical rewriting of history to pretend these groups have nothing to do with the U.S., or were never backed by the U.S., in their current form.

Eds. (2019-10-26). Globalisation's corroding edifice. mronline.org The World Bank's World Development Report (WDR), published every year since 1978, plays a similar role to that of the state of the union address in the US, in which the president hopes to keep the faith of the Congress and public. | Source

Ryan Cristián (2019-10-26). More Troops/Tanks To Syria Confirmed, OPCW Whistleblower, Barr's PreCrime & Mossad Clinton Blackmail. 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 (10/25/19). 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 …

Ryan Cristián (2019-10-26). Russia Has 'Proof' US Is Smuggling Oil In Syria & Did Israel/US Create A Civil War In Lebanon? 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 (10/26/19). 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 …

Miko Peled (2019-10-25). A Public Relations Scam: J Street Conference Attracts War Criminals and Zionist Liberals Alike. mintpressnews.com J Street was designed to make Zionists, particularly Israeli liberals, feel good about themselves and look good to the outside world without actually having to commit to peace.

Aaron Maté (2019-10-25). Blowback: US-armed 'moderate rebels' slaughter Kurds in Syria. thegrayzone.com Amid outrage over Turkey's atrocities against Kurdish civilians northern Syria, Max Blumenthal discusses how some of the Syrian militias committing…

Ryan Cristián (2019-10-25). Trump To Send Possibly Thousands Of Troops & Tanks To "Secure Syria's Oil" & Iraq Goes To UN Over US. 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 (10/24/19). 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 …

United Nations (2019-10-25). Central African Republic: 'Transform dreams of peace into reality': mission chief tells Security Council. un.org Updating the Security Council on the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) on Friday, the head of the UN Mission in the country, MINUSCA, called on the country's friends and partners, including the Council, to "transform the dreams of peace, prosperity and development of millions of Central Africans into a lasting reality".

Staff (2019-10-25). Kings Bay Plowshares 7 Found Found Guilty of Conspiracy at Naval Base Housing Nuclear Arsenal. democracynow.org In Georgia, a federal grand jury on Thursday found seven Catholic peace activists guilty on three felony counts and a misdemeanor charge for breaking into the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base on April 4, 2018. The activists, known as the Kings Bay Plowshares 7, entered the base armed with hammers, crime scene tape, baby bottles containing their own blood, and an indictment charging the U.S. government with crimes against peace. The base is home to at least six nuclear ballistic missile submarines, each of which carries 20 Trident thermonuclear weapons. The activists said they were following the prophet Isaiah's com…