Daily Archives: October 30, 2019

2019-10-30: News Headlines

Margaret Kimberley (2019-10-30). The Baghdadi Scam. commondreams.org Americans may snicker when Trump pays homage to an army dog that he says helped to track Baghdadi but they should remember that Bush and Obama and now Trump are responsible for far greater suffering. (Photo: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Tim Wheeler (2019-10-30). Rep. John Conyers: 53 years fighting for peace, justice, equality. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—I covered Rep. John Conyers, D., Mich., for the entire 25 years I was the Washington correspondent for the Daily World and People's Daily World. He was always in the front lines of whatever struggle was at the top of the people's agenda. Yet often, he introduced legislation years before the issue became a burning …

Miko Peled (2019-10-30). At This Year's J Street Conference, "Progressive" Pols Bow to Israel While Preaching Peace. mintpressnews.com Progressive politicians like Bernie Sanders should be credited for finally offering solutions to decades-old Israeli Human rights violations, but those solutions are often little more than talking points designed to placate their base and appease Israel.

Mark Gruenberg (2019-10-30). Senate Dems: Trump EPA attack on its workers is illegal. peoplesworld.org

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2019-10-30). In Defense of Tulsi Gabbard. truthdig.com "The trouble [with injustice] is that once you see it, you can't unsee it. And once you've seen it, keeping quiet, saying nothing, becomes as political an act as speaking out. There is no innocence. Either way, you're accountable." —Arundhati Roy | Once again, Arundhati Roy—the esteemed Indian author and activist—more eloquently described what I'm feeling than I could ever hope to. After tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, a lifetime in the Army and burying several brave young men for no goo…

Mark Taliano (2019-10-30). Fake Narratives as Cover for High Crimes. The Al Baghdadi ISIS-Daesh "Fairytale" globalresearch.ca Western stories about Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi are meant to confuse, to distract, and to strengthen fake narratives. | First, the West supports Daesh in Syria (and beyond). It isn't a secret. High profile people such as Tulsi Gabbard even admit it….

Scott Ritter (2019-10-30). Russia Isn't Getting the Recognition It Deserves on Syria. truthdig.com At a time when the credibility of the United States as either an unbiased actor or reliable ally lies in tatters, Russia has emerged as the one major power whose loyalty to its allies is unquestioned, and whose ability to serve as an honest broker between seemingly intractable opponents is unmatched. | If there is to be peace in Syria, it will be largely due to the patient efforts of Moscow employing deft negotiation, backed up as needed by military force, to shape conditions conducive for a political solution to a violent problem. If ever there was a primer for the art of diplomacy, the experience of Russia in S…

Celal Cahit Agar (2019-10-30). There's more to Turkey's invasion of northern Syria than the media's reporting. thecanary.co Dr Celal Cahit Agar is a lecturer at St Andrews University, School of Management. This article was co-authored with Steffen Bà∂hm, professor in organisation studies at the University of Exeter Business School. | Turkey's recent invasion of northern Syria — i.e. " Operation Peace Spring" — sought to displace largely Kurdish communities and establish what Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdoƒüan calls a 2…

United Nations (2019-10-30). 'Historic' new Syria talks should focus on relief for war-weary civilians, says UN negotiator. un.org Work on drafting a new foundational text for war-torn Syria officially began at the UN in Geneva on Wednesday with representatives from the Syrian Government and opposition sitting face to face and preparing to discuss the country's future for the first time in the nearly nine-year conflict.

Press TV (2019-10-30). Syria: The Launch of a Constitutional Committee a Sign of Hope for Syrian People. dissidentvoice.org 29 October 2019 Peter Koenig Transcript of a PressTV Interview following a live press Conference by the Foreign Ministers of Russia, Iran and Turkey at the UN Geneva, Switzerland Background GENEVA, October 28 (Xinhua) — The UN Special Envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, said here on Monday that the Constitutional Committee's launch should be a …

Staff (2019-10-30). Chomsky: Trump's Actions on Syria Reflect the Foreign Policy of a Con Man. truthout.org Donald Trump's handling of U.S. foreign policy with Syria has baffled and angered both the diplomatic and military establishments in the United States. Nonetheless, he continues to maintain power as "an effective con man who has a good sense of what animates his voting base," Noam Chomsky argues in the exclusive interview for Truthout that follows. | Trump rose to power with the aid of vitriolic but disingenuous "anti-establishment" rhetoric that appealed to millions of disgruntled voters. Essenti…

Peter Koenig (2019-10-30). Syria: The Launch of a Constitutional Committee — A Sign of Hope for Syrian People. globalresearch.ca Background | The UN Special Envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, said here on Monday that the Constitutional Committee's launch should be a sign of hope for the long-suffering Syrian people. | Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Pedersen said that the …

Steven Sahiounie (2019-10-30). "We're Keeping the Oil" says Trump: Military Conflict Between Russia and the US Looms in Northeast Syria. globalresearch.ca U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper explained in a press conference Tuesday, that a new U.S. force will be stationed in eastern Syria to protect the oil fields. Barbara Starr, CNN's Pentagon reporter, pressed Esper on whether the US military …

James J. Zogby (2019-10-30). 'Attention Must be Paid' to the Sufferings of the Palestinian People. globalresearch.ca With mass protests roiling Lebanon and Iraq, unsettling developments in Syria and Yemen, and the latest episode of the continuing soap opera that calls itself Israeli politics, little attention is being given to the plight of the Palestinians. One consequence …

Stephen Lendman (2019-10-30). Trump's Phony Pretext to "Protect" Syria against ISIS: US Occupation and Plunder of Syrian Oil Prevails. globalresearch.ca US aggression in Syria is all about eliminating its sovereign independence, gaining another imperial trophy, installing puppet rule, plundering its resources, exploiting its people, removing an Israeli rival, and isolating Iran — ahead of stepped up hostile actions against its …

South Front (2019-10-30). Video: Kurdish SDF Withdraw, Syrian Army Reinforces Positions on Turkish Border, US Forces Remain in Eastern Bank of Euphrates. globalresearch.ca On October 27, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced that they have started withdrawal from the Turkish border in the framework of the de-escalation zone agreement reached by Presidents Erdogan and Putin. The SDF said that Syrian border guards …

Juan Cole (2019-10-30). Bernie Sanders Refuses to Bow to Israel. truthdig.com Bernie Sanders has almost single-handedly changed the discourse on Israel in the Democratic Party and in the United States more generally. But his appearance at the J-Street conference was a further tour de force, and the positions he has staked out clearly have put pressure on the other Democratic candidates to take a position on Israeli land-grabs in the Palestinian West Bank and economic strangulation of the Palestinians in Gaza. | Sanders said in his address that Palestinians also want peace. He said, said, "let me underline this" and continuing, "It is not anti-Semitism to say that the Netanyahu government h…

United Nations (2019-10-30). From 'strength to strength' UN-African Union security partnership growing, Security Council hears. un.org The Security Council highlighted the growing partnership on matters of peace and security between the United Nations and African Union (AU) on Wednesday amidst calls to bolster overall effectiveness.

Staff (2019-10-30). GOP Senators Serving as Impeachment Jurors Are Implicated in Trump's Misdeeds. truthout.org Nancy Pelosi has announced that the House will finally hold a formal vote dictating the rules for the impeachment inquiry, six weeks after it was launched by a whistleblower's complaint mysteriously withheld from Congress. And on Tuesday, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman backed up both the initial whistleblower and U.S. diplomat Bill Taylor by testifying that he too was concerned about the Trump administration's push to use congressionally-allocated military aid to Ukraine to coerce an investigatio…

teleSUR (2019-10-30). Bolivian Gov't Says OAS Audit of Elections Begins Oct. 31. telesurenglish.net The Organization of American States (OAS) audit of the electoral process in Bolivia is scheduled to begin this Thursday and its result will be binding, the Bolivian government announced Wednesday. | RELATED: | Bolivian Ruling Party Secures Majority in Chambers of Congress | Bolivian Foreign Minister Diego Pary explained to the media in La Paz that during this day the signing of the agreement between the government of the country and the OAS is planned, electronically, so that t…

WSWS (2019-10-30). Detroit Democrat John Conyers, long-standing fixture in Congress, dies at 90. wsws.org Conyers spent most of his political career using left rhetoric in an attempt to obscure the rightward evolution of the Democratic Party.

Staff (2019-10-30). Headlines for October 30, 2019. democracynow.org Vindman: White House Transcript of Trump Phone Call Omitted Key Words, Boeing CEO Grilled by Senate Lawmakers Over 737 MAX Failures, Lebanese Prime Minister Resigns Amid Massive Protests, Tens of Thousands Pour into Baghdad's Tahrir Square as Iraq Protests Continue, Anti-Government Protests in Haiti Enter their Seventh Week, Ceasefire Between Turkey and Syrian Kurds in Northern Syria Expires, House Votes for Resolution to Recognize Armenian Genocide, Journalist Max Blumenthal Says He Was Arrested on False Charges, National Weather Service Issues "Extreme Red Flag Warning" over Fires, Protesters Slam BlackRock for…

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.

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."

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

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.

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

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…

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…

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.

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 …

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.

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.

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…

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.

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…

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…

United Nations (2019-10-28). Monday's Daily Brief: Israeli-Palestinian conflict, gender gap in Latin America, Syria talks in Geneva, human rights in Egypt, the future of digital telecommunications. un.org A recap of Monday's top stories: 'Multi-generational tragedy' in Israel and Palestine demands viable two-State solution; gender gap persists in Latin America's workforce; Syria envoy urges prisoner release ahead of talks in Geneva; Egypt urged to end repression of protesters and rights defenders; future of digital communications discussed at world conference.

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.

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). 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). 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 …

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.

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…

2019-10-30: Social Media Postees

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Fake Narratives as Cover for High Crimes. The Al Baghdadi ISIS-Daesh "Fairytale"
Mark Taliano | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-30
Western stories about Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi are meant to confuse, to distract, and to strengthen fake narratives. | First, the West supports Daesh in Syria (and beyond). It isn't a secret. High profile people such as Tulsi Gabbard even admit it….
globalresearch.ca/fake-narratives-cover-high-crimes/5693451

In Defense of Tulsi Gabbard
Maj. Danny Sjursen | truthdig.com | 2019-10-30
"The trouble [with injustice] is that once you see it, you can't unsee it. And once you've seen it, keeping quiet, saying nothing, becomes as political an act as speaking out. There is no innocence. Either way, you're accountable." –Arundhati Roy | Once again, Arundhati Roy–the esteemed Indian author and activist–more eloquently described what I'm feeling than I could ever hope to. After tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, a lifetime in the Army and burying several brave young men for no goo…
truthdig.com/articles/in-defense-of-tuls…

Russia Isn't Getting the Recognition It Deserves on Syria
Scott Ritter | truthdig.com | 2019-10-30
At a time when the credibility of the United States as either an unbiased actor or reliable ally lies in tatters, Russia has emerged as the one major power whose loyalty to its allies is unquestioned, and whose ability to serve as an honest broker between seemingly intractable opponents is unmatched. | If there is to be peace in Syria, it will be largely due to the patient efforts of Moscow employing deft negotiation, backed up as needed by military force, to shape conditions conducive for a political solution to a violent problem. If ever there was a primer for the art of diplomacy, the experience of Russia in S…
truthdig.com/articles/russia-isnt-gettin…

There's more to Turkey's invasion of northern Syria than the media's reporting
Celal Cahit Agar | thecanary.co | 2019-10-30
Dr Celal Cahit Agar is a lecturer at St Andrews University, School of Management. This article was co-authored with Steffen Bà∂hm, professor in organisation studies at the University of Exeter Business School. | Turkey's recent invasion of northern Syria — i.e. " Operation Peace Spring" — sought to displace largely Kurdish communities and establish what Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdoƒüan calls a 2…
thecanary.co/global/world-analysis/2019/10/30/theres-more-to-turkeys-invasion-of-northern-syria-than-the-medias-reporting/

"We're Keeping the Oil" says Trump: Military Conflict Between Russia and the US Looms in Northeast Syria
Steven Sahiounie | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-30
U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper explained in a press conference Tuesday, that a new U.S. force will be stationed in eastern Syria to protect the oil fields. Barbara Starr, CNN's Pentagon reporter, pressed Esper on whether the US military …
globalresearch.ca/military-conflict-between-russia-us-looms-large-deir-ez-zor/5693420

Video: Kurdish SDF Withdraw, Syrian Army Reinforces Positions on Turkish Border, US Forces Remain in Eastern Bank of Euphrates
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-30
On October 27, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced that they have started withdrawal from the Turkish border in the framework of the de-escalation zone agreement reached by Presidents Erdogan and Putin. The SDF said that Syrian border guards …
globalresearch.ca/video-army-reinforces-positions-turkish-border/5693423

'Attention Must be Paid' to the Sufferings of the Palestinian People
James J. Zogby | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-30
With mass protests roiling Lebanon and Iraq, unsettling developments in Syria and Yemen, and the latest episode of the continuing soap opera that calls itself Israeli politics, little attention is being given to the plight of the Palestinians. One consequence …
globalresearch.ca/attention-sufferings-palestinian-people/5693465

Syria: The Launch of a Constitutional Committee — A Sign of Hope for Syrian People
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-30
Background | The UN Special Envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, said here on Monday that the Constitutional Committee's launch should be a sign of hope for the long-suffering Syrian people. | Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Pedersen said that the …
globalresearch.ca/syria-launch-constitutional-committee-hope-syrian-people/5693438

Syria: The Launch of a Constitutional Committee a Sign of Hope for Syrian People
Press TV | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-10-30
29 October 2019 Peter Koenig Transcript of a PressTV Interview following a live press Conference by the Foreign Ministers of Russia, Iran and Turkey at the UN Geneva, Switzerland Background GENEVA, October 28 (Xinhua) — The UN Special Envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, said here on Monday that the Constitutional Committee's launch should be a …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/10/syria-the-lau…

Trump's Phony Pretext to "Protect" Syria against ISIS: US Occupation and Plunder of Syrian Oil Prevails
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-30
US aggression in Syria is all about eliminating its sovereign independence, gaining another imperial trophy, installing puppet rule, plundering its resources, exploiting its people, removing an Israeli rival, and isolating Iran — ahead of stepped up hostile actions against its …
globalresearch.ca/russia-iran-condemn-us-occupation-plunder-syrian-oil/5693450

Chomsky: Trump's Actions on Syria Reflect the Foreign Policy of a Con Man
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-10-30
Donald Trump's handling of U.S. foreign policy with Syria has baffled and angered both the diplomatic and military establishments in the United States. Nonetheless, he continues to maintain power as "an effective con man who has a good sense of what animates his voting base," Noam Chomsky argues in the exclusive interview for Truthout that follows. | Trump rose to power with the aid of vitriolic but disingenuous "anti-establishment" rhetoric that appealed to millions of disgruntled voters. Essenti…
truthout.org/articles/chomsky-trumps-act…

The Baghdadi Scam
Margaret Kimberley | commondreams.org | 2019-10-30
Americans may snicker when Trump pays homage to an army dog that he says helped to track Baghdadi but they should remember that Bush and Obama and now Trump are responsible for far greater suffering. (Photo: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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'Historic' new Syria talks should focus on relief for war-weary civilians, says UN negotiator
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-30
Work on drafting a new foundational text for war-torn Syria officially began at the UN in Geneva on Wednesday with representatives from the Syrian Government and opposition sitting face to face and preparing to discuss the country's future for the first time in the nearly nine-year conflict.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/10/1…

At This Year's J Street Conference, "Progressive" Pols Bow to Israel While Preaching Peace
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2019-10-30
Progressive politicians like Bernie Sanders should be credited for finally offering solutions to decades-old Israeli Human rights violations, but those solutions are often little more than talking points designed to placate their base and appease Israel.
mintpressnews.com/j-street-conference-pr…

Bernie Sanders Refuses to Bow to Israel
Juan Cole | truthdig.com | 2019-10-30
Bernie Sanders has almost single-handedly changed the discourse on Israel in the Democratic Party and in the United States more generally. But his appearance at the J-Street conference was a further tour de force, and the positions he has staked out clearly have put pressure on the other Democratic candidates to take a position on Israeli land-grabs in the Palestinian West Bank and economic strangulation of the Palestinians in Gaza. | Sanders said in his address that Palestinians also want peace. He said, said, "let me underline this" and continuing, "It is not anti-Semitism to say that the Netanyahu government h…
truthdig.com/articles/bernie-sanders-ref…

Rep. John Conyers: 53 years fighting for peace, justice, equality
Tim Wheeler | peoplesworld.org | 2019-10-30
WASHINGTON–I covered Rep. John Conyers, D., Mich., for the entire 25 years I was the Washington correspondent for the Daily World and People's Daily World. He was always in the front lines of whatever struggle was at the top of the people's agenda. Yet often, he introduced legislation years before the issue became a burning …
peoplesworld.org/article/rep-john-conyer…

From 'strength to strength' UN-African Union security partnership growing, Security Council hears
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-30
The Security Council highlighted the growing partnership on matters of peace and security between the United Nations and African Union (AU) on Wednesday amidst calls to bolster overall effectiveness.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/10/1…

Senate Dems: Trump EPA attack on its workers is illegal
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-10-30
peoplesworld.org/article/senate-dems-tru…

Detroit Democrat John Conyers, long-standing fixture in Congress, dies at 90
wsws.org | 2019-10-30
Conyers spent most of his political career using left rhetoric in an attempt to obscure the rightward evolution of the Democratic Party.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/30/cony…

GOP Senators Serving as Impeachment Jurors Are Implicated in Trump's Misdeeds
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-10-30
Nancy Pelosi has announced that the House will finally hold a formal vote dictating the rules for the impeachment inquiry, six weeks after it was launched by a whistleblower's complaint mysteriously withheld from Congress. And on Tuesday, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman backed up both the initial whistleblower and U.S. diplomat Bill Taylor by testifying that he too was concerned about the Trump administration's push to use congressionally-allocated military aid to Ukraine to coerce an investigatio…
truthout.org/articles/gop-senators-servi…

Bolivian Gov't Says OAS Audit of Elections Begins Oct. 31
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-30
The Organization of American States (OAS) audit of the electoral process in Bolivia is scheduled to begin this Thursday and its result will be binding, the Bolivian government announced Wednesday. | RELATED: | Bolivian Ruling Party Secures Majority in Chambers of Congress | Bolivian Foreign Minister Diego Pary explained to the media in La Paz that during this day the signing of the agreement between the government of the country and the OAS is planned, electronically, so that t…
telesurenglish.net/news/Bolivian-Govt-Sa…

Pentagon's plans to stay in Syria and Iraq are in disarray
Sara Flounders | workers.org | 2019-10-29
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
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By protecting Syria's Idlib, the US created a safe haven for Baghdadi and ISIS
Dan Cohen | thegrayzone.com | 2019-10-29
With the killing of self-proclaimed ISIS "caliph" Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the shoddy narrative pushed by US government officials and regime…
thegrayzone.com/2019/10/29/by-protecting…

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

Media Silent as Nobel Prize Winning OPCW Found “Fixing” Its Own Findings on Syria

Trump's Syria "Withdrawal": Where Less is Probably More
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-29
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…
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Distracting With Baghdadi Psyop, US Sends "Withdrawn" Troops Back Into Syria, Along With MANY More
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-29
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 …
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Media Silent as Nobel Prize Winning OPCW Found "Fixing" its Own Findings on Syria
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2019-10-29
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.
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NYC solidarity with Chilean uprising
Bryan Carrillo | liberationnews.org | 2019-10-29
The crowd sang "El derecho de vivir en paz," a famous Victor Jara song that translates to "the right to live in peace."
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'Real change' involving women in peace and security, still too slow, Guterres tells Security Council
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-29
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.
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Colombia: Amid Increasing Violence, Former FARC Rebels Contest Local Elections
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-10-29
Despite signing a historic peace deal that should have ended a 50-year insurgency, Colombia is still very much a country at war.
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Centrist Democrats Have a New Idea to Win Reelection: Ignore Labor and Give Trump a Major Trade Deal
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-10-29
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.
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'Why are so many people listening in on me?' Trump slams Ukrainegate witness as 'Never Trumper,' questions call procedure
rt.com | 2019-10-29
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…
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House Dems After Meeting With Richard Trumka: No Vote on Trump's NAFTA if Worker Concerns Go Unaddressed
Akela Lacy | theintercept.com | 2019-10-29
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.
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Tribute To A Persistent Progressive — Rep. John Conyers
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-10-29
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…
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Bolivia: Results To Be Audited by OAS, Mexico, Peru, Paraguay
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-29
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…
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Protests in Chile Were Sparked By a Subway Fare Hike, But Come After "30 Years of a Social Crisis"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-29
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…
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Trump gives $4.5 million to Syria's White Helmets, which partnered with jihadists and joined Turkey's ethnic cleansing
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2019-10-28
While touting his efforts to end US involvement in Syria, Trump approved $4.5 million more for the White Helmets. This…
thegrayzone.com/2019/10/28/trump-million…

Monday's Daily Brief: Israeli-Palestinian conflict, gender gap in Latin America, Syria talks in Geneva, human rights in Egypt, the future of digital telecommunications
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-28
A recap of Monday's top stories: 'Multi-generational tragedy' in Israel and Palestine demands viable two-State solution; gender gap persists in Latin America's workforce; Syria envoy urges prisoner release ahead of talks in Geneva; Egypt urged to end repression of protesters and rights defenders; future of digital communications discussed at world conference.
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'Multi-generational tragedy' in Israel and Palestine demands political will for two-State solution
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-28
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.
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The Death of al-Baghdadi: ISIS Grew Out of U.S. Invasion of Iraq. What Will Happen Next?
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-28
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…
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One Million Take to Streets of Chile in the "Largest Mobilization Since the End of Dictatorship"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-28
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…
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US Boosts Troop Numbers in East Syria to Control Oil
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-10-28
(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 …

US Boosts Troop Numbers in East Syria to Control Oil

Russia Has 'Proof' US Is Smuggling Oil In Syria & Did Israel/US Create A Civil War In Lebanon?
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-26
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 …
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More Troops/Tanks To Syria Confirmed, OPCW Whistleblower, Barr's PreCrime & Mossad Clinton Blackmail
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-26
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 …
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Everyone Is Denouncing the Syrian Rebels Now Slaughtering Kurds. But Didn't the U.S. Once Support Some of Them?
Mehdi Hasan | theintercept.com | 2019-10-26
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.
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Blowback: US-armed 'moderate rebels' slaughter Kurds in Syria
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-10-25
Amid outrage over Turkey's atrocities against Kurdish civilians northern Syria, Max Blumenthal discusses how some of the Syrian militias committing…
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Trump To Send Possibly Thousands Of Troops & Tanks To "Secure Syria's Oil" & Iraq Goes To UN Over US
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-25
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Central African Republic: 'Transform dreams of peace into reality': mission chief tells Security Council
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-25
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".
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A Public Relations Scam: J Street Conference Attracts War Criminals and Zionist Liberals Alike
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2019-10-25
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.
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Kings Bay Plowshares 7 Found Found Guilty of Conspiracy at Naval Base Housing Nuclear Arsenal
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-25
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…
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