Daily Archives: 2018-09-03

2018-09-03: News Headlines

teleSUR/mrs-MH (2018-09-03). Cristina Fernandez: 'Brazil's Elites Blocking Lula's Candidacy Because They Know He'd Win'. telesurtv.net The former Argentine president expressed her solidarity with Lula after the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) voted to ban the ex-president from participating in the October elections.

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-09-03). How Bannon Bought Brexit. therealnews.com Journalist and author Peter Jukes talks Cambridge Analytica, Hybrid Warfare, Brexit, Trump, Tax Havens, and Russia

Paul Cobb, Oakland Post (2018-09-03). Cat Brooks Commands, Schaaf Struggles in First Mayoral Debate. indybay.org Last Thursday evening, the first debate of the 2018 Oakland Mayor's race took place, hosted by the Democratic Party and multiple co-sponsors, and held at the Elihu Harris State Office Building auditorium in downtown Oakland.

Dr. Eric (2018-09-03). RED ALERT: ELECTION TAMPERING ASSESSMENT 100% CERTAIN FOR 2018 ELECTIONS (THEY'RE ALREADY. indybay.org The question is not "if our elections are being tampered with", but, as Diane Neal in N.Y.'s case exemplifies, "are there any elections that aren't being tampered with via Communist entities or efforts, past and present?"…The answer doesn't look good….EVERY ELECTION THAT WILL NOT WITHSTAND A GRAND/TRIAL JURY'S SCRUTINY IN ANY RESPECT, HAS BEEN TAMPERED WITH (INCLUDING ALL JURISDICTIONS WHERE GRAND JURIES AREN'T FUNCTIONING PROPERLY)..

ESCJ (2018-09-03). Please Oppose Warmonger, Execution and Torture Supporting Brett Kavanaugh. indybay.org Kavanaugh worked with G W Bush for the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan and the torture of prisoners. He supports big business over employees, wardens over prisoners, the rights of the wealthy to steal elections. He refused a detained teen the right of an abortion. He ratified a DC agency forcing medical procedures on the disabled against their will.

Shared by williampitt (2018-09-02). Capitalism Is Not the "Market System" truthout.org With the Democratic Socialists of America now counting 48,000 people within its membership and socialist candidates such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pushing for free universities and Medicare for All, Americans are once again discussing capitalism versus socialism. Fortunately, they are not doing so in the old Cold War manner of uncritically celebrating one while demonizing the other. Rather, it's a debate over the choice Americans must make now between keeping capitalism or changing the system to some form of socialism. As debates often do, this debate awakens us to problems and differences in how we understand its basic terms. For clarity and to make progress in this important debate, we need to stop conflating "capitalism" with the market. This is done far too often and on all sides of the debate. | Markets are a means of distributing resources and products, goods and services.

John Nichols (2018-09-02). Democrats Need to Show a Whole Lot of Solidarity With Labor in 2018. thenation.com Democrats Need to Show a Whole Lot of Solidarity With Labor in 2018 appeared first on The Nation.

Sher Watts Spooner, Daily Kos (2018-09-02). The Racist Stain of Donald Trump's Presidency. alternet.org Nothing will stop him from discarding the dog whistle and grabbing a bullhorn in his racist tweets and shouts. | Whatever happens to Donald Trump, however long it takes before he's out of office, there's one area where it will be hard to stop the spread of his poisonous politics: his stoking of racial hatred. Trump and Republicans keep trying to turn the murder of Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts, allegedly done by an immigrant who may. . .

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-09-02). Working Class Family Issues Could Unseat A Republican Powerhouse. therealnews.com Long Island Democratic candidate Liuba Gretchen Shirley forced the FEC to allow her to use funds for child care. Working class family issues become central to the race & threatens reign of 12-term Republican congressman Peter King

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! (2018-09-02). Obit Omit: What Corporate Media Left Out of John McCain's Record of Militarism and Misogyny. alternet.org A roundtable discussion on the life and legacy of John McCain, the Vietnam veteran and former prisoner of war, six-term senator and two-time presidential candidate. | We host a roundtable discussion on the life and legacy of John McCain, the Vietnam veteran and former prisoner of war, six-term senator and two-time presidential candidate, who died Saturday at the age of 81 of brain cancer. We speak with Mehdi Hasan, columnist for The Intercept and host. . .

Staff (2018-09-02). Corporations Are Waging All-Out Class War. truthdig.com America's political history has been written in the fierce narrative of war. Not our country's many military clashes with foreign nations, but our own unending war for democracy in the United States. | Generation after generation of moneyed elites have persisted in trying to take wealth and power from the workaday majority and concentrate both in their own hands to establish a de facto American aristocracy. Every time, the people have rebelled in organized mass struggles against the monopolists and financial royalists, often literally battling for a little more economic fairness, social justice, and equal opportunity. | And now, the time of a new democratic rebellion is upon us again, for We the People are suddenly in the grip of a brutish level of monopolistic power. | Corporate concentration of markets, profits, workplace decision-making, political influence, and our nation's total wealth is surpassing…

Stephen Lendman (2018-09-02). Did the Trump Regime Order Donbass Leader's Murder? globalresearch.ca On August 31, Aleksandr Zakharchenko, president of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) in southeast Ukraine's Donbass region was assassinated. | DPR and the Lugansk People's Republic (LPR) broke away from Ukraine after …

Andrew Korybko (2018-09-02). The Syrian-Iranian Military Deal Strengthens Russia's "Balancing" Strategy. iranian.com No real details were publicly revealed about the new military deal that was clinched after the Iranian Defense Minister's trip to Damascus but the Islamic Republic's top military representative earlier told reporters that "No third party can affect the presence of Iranian advisers in Syria", in what was clearly a response to aggressive American and Israeli demands that Tehran […]

Rick Rozoff (2018-09-02). American Liberal Left Succumbs to Anti-Russian Hysteria. globalresearch.ca Stephen Cohen has recently characterized as being worse than during the Cuban Missile Crisis, a veritable onslaught of intense …

Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-09-02). How is Russia Being Used to Undermine the Left? Q&A (Pt 6/6). therealnews.com Part 6 of Paul Jay and Aaron Mate's interactive discussion with viewers addresses the ways in which Russia's alleged intervention in US politics is increasingly being used to undermine progressive organizing and advocacy — From a live recording on August 2nd, 2018

Press TV (2018-09-02). Video: Turkey to Acquire Russia's S-400s 'in Shortest Time' Despite US Warnings. globalresearch.ca Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country will procure Russia's S-400 air defense missile system "in the shortest time," paying no heed to warnings issued by the US, a NATO …

RT (2018-09-02). Desperate for collusion proof, FBI 'tried & failed to recruit Russian oligarchs' — report. rt.com FBI agents tried to turn Russia's once-richest man into a US mole, according to an explosive NYT report. It claims that Oleg Deripaska was one of six oligarchs targeted for information in a Russiagate-related intelligence flop.

RT (2018-09-02). 'Photo coming soon': White House coin marks Trump-Putin Helsinki summit as 'historic moment'. rt.com Although US President Donald Trump has come under fire for daring to have a conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the White House is making no apologies. It's even released a commemorative coin marking the event.

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2018-09-01). Will the Democrats Catch a "Blue Wave"? truthout.org Within of the Andrew Gillum's upset Democratic primary win to become the first-ever African American candidate for Florida governor, his Trumpite Republican opponent Ron DeSantis warned Florida voters not to "monkey up" the state by voting for Gillum. | The Trump Republicans don't even try to hide their racism behind so-called "dog whistles" (meaning when politicians use coded language that their supporters understand as racism). | Instead, they reach for the bullhorn. | Championing Medicare for All and supporting calls to abolish ICE, Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, defeated a field of "centrist" favorites to win the Democratic nomination. He had the endorsement of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and New York congressional nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. | Gillum will face a tough fight with DeSantis, who has already shown that he's willing to go into the gutter to defeat him. But his victory on…

Lee Fang (2018-09-01). Tom Carper Backs Re-Importing Drugs From Canada, After Voting Against It Repeatedly. theintercept.com Delaware Sen. Tom Carper portrayed himself as a health care populist at the Democratic primary debate this week, championing his role in writing and defending the Affordable Care Act and declaring, "We oughta re-import drugs from Canada." | The policy announcement came as the senior senator has sought to recast himself before the September 6 primary. The Carper campaign television advertisement currently blanketing the state proclaims that he "fights back" against Republican threats to the Affordable Care Act. | Carper, who has served for 41 years in elected office in Delaware, is facing a progressive challenge from Kerri Evelyn Harris, a community activist and Air Force veteran vying to be the state's Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate. | But the Delaware senator's new approach might be puzzling for some observers. Carper has generally adopted a moderate, business-friendly approach to health care.

Asad Ismi (2018-09-01). Maduro Wins Another Election, "Fraudulent and Anti-Democratic", Canada Imposes Economic Sanctions. globalresearch.ca Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro was re-elected for a second six-year term in national elections held on May 20. As the candidate of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), Maduro got …

Henry Giroux, Salon (2018-09-01). Are the Politics of 'Incivility' Paving the Road to an American Fascism? alternet.org Complaints about civility avoid the big questions of the Trump era: Why is America sliding into authoritarianism? | In the face of a nauseating and poisonous election cycle that ended with Donald Trump's presidential victory, many commentators are quick to argue that Americans have fallen prey to a culture of incivility. This is the discourse of "bad manners" parading as insight, while working, regardless of intention, to hide the effects of power, polit. . .

Rory Cormac, History News Network (2018-09-01). What a New Study of British Spies Reveals About the CIA. alternet.org The tables turned in the early 1960s. | Historians know a great deal about CIA history. The US government has acknowledged some 50 Cold War covert actions, from fiddling with Italian elections in the late 1940s to undermining Marxist influence in Yemen in the 1980s. Spy chiefs, practitioners, journalists, and academics have written enough Dr. Chandra Muzaffar (2018-09-01). Syria: A False Flag Operation Thwarted? globalresearch.ca An organised expose by the Syrian and Russian governments over a 3 day period starting 27th August may have thwarted a British backed plan to stage a "false flag" chemical …

Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-09-01). Does Russia Benefit If The U.S. Is Weak? Q&A (Pt 5/6). therealnews.com Part 5 of Paul Jay and Aaron Mate's interactive discussion with viewers about the real reasons Trump should be considered a traitor by the American people — From a live recording on August 2nd, 2018

Eric Zuesse (2018-09-01). Russia Squelches Trump's New Plan to Invade Syria. iranian.com On Friday, August 31st, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced that Russia has handed to the OPCW (Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons), and to the U.N., "proof" that the U.S. Government has been working with Al Qaeda to set up a chemical incident that the U.S. and its allies can then use as a supposed justification for invading […]

DPCR (2018-09-01). Provocations Have a History of Escalating into War. globalresearch.ca The Russian Government and President Putin are coming under pressure not from US sanctions, which are very good for Russia as they force Russia into independence, but from Russian patriots who …

wsws.org (2018-09-01). Is the Mueller investigation preparing to indict WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange? wsws.org The claim that Assange was part of a conspiracy to manipulate the 2016 US presidential election is based on amalgams, distortions and outright lies.

wsws.org (2018-09-01). Elissa Slotkin: A CIA Democrat runs for Congress in Michigan. wsws.org Slotkin puts herself forward not as a representative of a party, let alone an advocate for any specific program, but as a representative of the military-intelligence apparatus.

wsws.org (2018-09-01). Cambodia's autocratic regime desperately tries to legitimise its rule. wsws.org The opposition CNRP undoubtedly has ties to the US, but Hun Sen's politically bankrupt regime is resorting to blatantly anti-democratic methods to retain power.

RT (2018-09-01). 2 bads make a good? US eyeing F-22/F-35 hybrid to counter 'Russian & Chinese threats' — report. rt.com The US is reportedly looking into a hybrid of two 5th generation fighter jets — the F-22 and F-35 — to help counter "Russian and Chinese threats." The two machines, both riddled with technical issues, might not mix well.

wsws.org (2018-09-01). Amid NATO threats, Russia launches largest war games since World War II. wsws.org The exercises come amid an escalation of military conflicts and tensions across Eurasia imminently posing the danger of a direct clash between the main nuclear powers.

RT (2018-09-01). MSM one step away from McCain myth-making — well, you can learn from Lenin classic! rt.com With the US media venerating the late John McCain, one can only wonder if the stories will soon cross into the realm of pure mythology. If so, Russia's Soviet history may offer the MSM some quality myth-making inspiration. |

Arun Gupta (2018-08-31). A Tale of Two Tweets: Left Politicians' Responses to McCain's Death Show Promise and Peril of Electing Socialists to Office. counterpunch.org This is a tale of two tweets. The first is by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America who is expected to be elected to Congress from Queens this November. Following the death of Sen. John McCain, she tweeted that his "legacy represents an unparalleled example of human decency and American service. More

Andrew Stewart (2018-08-31). Grappling With the Racism of the DSA's Founders. counterpunch.org More>

Andrew Levine (2018-08-31). A Plague on Both Their Houses. counterpunch.org Donald Trump is a miscreant, worse than any president in modern times. Nevertheless, he is sometimes more right than Democrats and their media flacks. His express views on the multi-lateral institutions that regulate global trade in capitalism's current neoliberal phase are an obvious example. Trump thinks, or says that he thinks, that American workers have been getting a raw deal. He is right. More

Ralph Nader (2018-08-31). Fifteen Ways the Democrats Can Lose the November Elections. counterpunch.org 1. Focus on Donald Trump's personal scandals, the Russian interference, and Trump's outrageous and hugely distracting daily tweets. 2. Overlook what Trump's henchmen are specifically doing to cause more deaths, injuries, and disease. Ignore this administration's efforts to scuttle health and safety standards; stop law enforcement against corporate outlaws who pollute the environment, marketplace, and workplace; take More

Democracy Now! (2018-08-31). Four Days in Occupied Western Sahara—A Rare Look Inside Africa's Last Colony. democracynow.org In this exclusive broadcast, Democracy Now! breaks the media blockade and goes to occupied Western Sahara in the northwest of Africa to document the decades-long Sahrawi struggle for freedom and Morocco's violent crackdown. Morocco has occupied the territory since 1975 in defiance of the United Nations and the international community. Thousands have been tortured, imprisoned, killed and disappeared while resisting the Moroccan occupation. A 1,700-mile wall divides Sahrawis who remain under occupation from those who fled into exile. The international media has largely ignored the occupation—in part because M…

Vacy Vlanza (2018-08-31). What Did Abbas Just Say? counterpunch.org " Yet straw upon straw was laid till the last straw broke the camel's back." How many straws will it take to finally break the back of the Palestinian Authority (PA)? Well, here's three that should be the last straws to dismantle the Abbas regime and trigger democratic elections. (1) Ceasefire for Gaza: "Over my More

Peter Certo (2018-08-31). Iraq Should be a Much Bigger Part of McCain's Legacy Than "Civility" counterpunch.org In the last days of his life, an old video of John McCain surfaced on the internet. It's 2008. He's running for president and fielding questions from voters in Minnesota. A middle-aged woman takes the microphone. "I can't trust Obama," she complains of McCain's Democratic opponent. "He's an Arab." The Arizona Republican shakes his head. More

Pete Tucker (2018-08-31). The Washington Post's Campaign to Keep a Republican in the Maryland Governor's Office. counterpunch.org In 1966 Ann Todd and Fred Jealous couldn't get married in their home state of Maryland because they were an interracial couple. Five decades later their son Ben Jealous is the Democratic nominee for Maryland governor. If Jealous wins in November he will become Maryland's first African-American governor, and the nation's third-ever elected black governor. More

Robert Koehler (2018-08-31). Revisiting the Spirit of 1968. counterpunch.org I was a hippie/bicycle delivery boy living in San Francisco when the Democratic National Convention was held in Chicago 50 years ago, so I absorbed the chaos, the police riot, from half a continent away, but I knew with absolute certainty that the nation was changing and I was part of it. We were in More

Joseph Natoli (2018-08-31). A Disingenuous Congressional Election Ahead. counterpunch.org "[T]he last four decades have seen shareholders take home larger and larger slices of the economic pie." — Bryce Covert and Mike Konczal, "Economy in the Stocks," The Nation, Sept 10/17, 2018 We know why dividend recipients who live on return on investment (le ROI) and not wages are Trump supporters, though they may hold their More

Mark Gruenberg (2018-08-31). 2018 Midterms: Stakes for labor couldn't be higher. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON (PAI)—You hear it every election cycle from union leaders, workers and activists: "This election is the most crucial in" — pick one — "years" or "decades" or "ever." In 2018, they may be right, and not just because Congress could change hands. That's because the 2018 election's ou…

Glenn Greenwald (2018-08-31). Watch: Interview With One of Brazil's Leading Presidential Candidates, Ciro Gomes. theintercept.com Brazil's October 7 presidential election is rapidly approaching, and perhaps its most remarkable aspect is the utter lack of clarity about the likely outcome.

Pauline Murphy (2018-08-31). The Irishmen Who Fought in the Last Great Battle Against Spanish Fascism. counterpunch.org In the Autumn of 1938, the Battle of the Ebro signalled the death knell of the Spanish Republic. The Ebro River which flows east from Catalonia to the Mediterranean Sea played host to the last great battle of the Spanish Civil War which saw destruction and death. Thousands died, including civilians and fighters on both More

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-08-31). John McCain: Hawkish Voice of Military-Industrial Complex, Paved Way for Trump. therealnews.com John McCain was an extreme war hawk who represented the military-industrial complex on Capitol Hill. And while he sometimes clashed with Donald Trump, their politics were mostly similar, and the Republican senator opened the door by normalizing Sarah Palin and the Tea Party. Ben Norton reports

Pam Martens (2018-08-31). Republican Candidates are Paying a Fossil Fuels Conglomerate for Voter Data Mining. counterpunch.org Koch Industries is a fossil fuels conglomerate with estimated revenues of more than $100 billion annually and 130,000 employees spread around the globe. It's one of the largest, private corporations in the world with a history of funding nonprofit front groups and political candidates who are climate change skeptics. Typically, political payments go in one direction from this behemoth: from the Koch Industries Super Pac (KochPac) to Republican political candidates or political committees. Now, quietly, political payments are going in both directions, effectively creating an Orwellian campaign finance model.

Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-08-31). How Have Liberals Used Russiagate to Further American Exceptionalism? Q&A (Pt 4/6). therealnews.com Watch Part 4 of Paul Jay and Aaron Mate's interactive discussion with viewers about the real reasons Trump should be considered a traitor by the American people — From a live recording on August 2nd, 2018

RT (2018-08-31). Trump legal team to challenge Mueller probe legitimacy in counter-report. rt.com US President Donald Trump's legal team, led by his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, is working on a comprehensive report intended as a response to the conclusions of the "Russia collusion" probe, which are yet to be released.

2018-09-03: Social Media Postees

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Cristina Fernandez: 'Brazil's Elites Blocking Lula's Candidacy Because They Know He'd Win'
teleSUR/mrs-MH | telesurtv.net | 2018-09-03
The former Argentine president expressed her solidarity with Lula after the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) voted to ban the ex-president from participating in the October elections.
www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Cristina-…

How Bannon Bought Brexit
Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-09-03
Journalist and author Peter Jukes talks Cambridge Analytica, Hybrid Warfare, Brexit, Trump, Tax Havens, and Russia | The post How Bannon Bought Brexit appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/how-bannon-bough…

Cat Brooks Commands, Schaaf Struggles in First Mayoral Debate
Paul Cobb, Oakland Post | indybay.org | 2018-09-03
Last Thursday evening, the first debate of the 2018 Oakland Mayor's race took place, hosted by the Democratic Party and multiple co-sponsors, and held at the Elihu Harris State Office Building auditorium in downtown Oakland.
indybay.org/newsitems/2018/08/31/1881724…

Please Oppose Warmonger, Execution and Torture Supporting Brett Kavanaugh
ESCJ | indybay.org | 2018-09-03
Kavanaugh worked with G W Bush for the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan and the torture of prisoners. He supports big business over employees, wardens over prisoners, the rights of the wealthy to steal elections. He refused a detained teen the right of an abortion. He ratified a DC agency forcing medical procedures on the disabled against their will.
indybay.org/newsitems/2018/08/31/1881723…

RED ALERT: ELECTION TAMPERING ASSESSMENT 100% CERTAIN FOR 2018 ELECTIONS (THEY'RE ALREADY
Dr. Eric | indybay.org | 2018-09-03
The question is not "if our elections are being tampered with", but, as Diane Neal in N.Y.'s case exemplifies, "are there any elections that aren't being tampered with via Communist entities or efforts, past and present?"…The answer doesn't look good….EVERY ELECTION THAT WILL NOT WITHSTAND A GRAND/TRIAL JURY'S SCRUTINY IN ANY RESPECT, HAS BEEN TAMPERED WITH (INCLUDING ALL JURISDICTIONS WHERE GRAND JURIES AREN'T FUNCTIONING PROPERLY)..
indybay.org/newsitems/2018/09/02/1881727…

Capitalism Is Not the "Market System"
Shared by williampitt | truthout.org | 2018-09-02
With the Democratic Socialists of America now counting 48,000 people within its membership and socialist candidates such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pushing for free universities and Medicare for All, Americans are once again discussing capitalism versus socialism. Fortunately, they are not doing so in the old Cold War manner of uncritically celebrating one while demonizing the other. Rather, it's a debate over the choice Americans must make now between keeping capitalism or changing the system to some form of socialism. As debates often do, this debate awakens us to problems and differences in how we understand its basic terms. For clarity and to make progress in this important debate, we need to stop conflating "capitalism" with the market. This is done far too often and on all sides of the debate. | Markets are a means of distributing resources and products, goods and services.
truthout.org/articles/capitalism-is-not-…

Democrats Need to Show a Whole Lot of Solidarity With Labor in 2018
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2018-09-02
Democrats Need to Show a Whole Lot of Solidarity With Labor in 2018 appeared first on The Nation.
thenation.com/article/democrats-need-to-…

The Racist Stain of Donald Trump's Presidency
Sher Watts Spooner, Daily Kos | alternet.org | 2018-09-02
Nothing will stop him from discarding the dog whistle and grabbing a bullhorn in his racist tweets and shouts. | Whatever happens to Donald Trump, however long it takes before he's out of office, there's one area where it will be hard to stop the spread of his poisonous politics: his stoking of racial hatred. Trump and Republicans keep trying to turn the murder of Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts, allegedly done by an immigrant who may. . .
alternet.org/racist-stain-donald-trumps-…

Corporations Are Waging All-Out Class War
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-09-02
America's political history has been written in the fierce narrative of war. Not our country's many military clashes with foreign nations, but our own unending war for democracy in the United States. | Generation after generation of moneyed elites have persisted in trying to take wealth and power from the workaday majority and concentrate both in their own hands to establish a de facto American aristocracy. Every time, the people have rebelled in organized mass struggles against the monopolists and financial royalists, often literally battling for a little more economic fairness, social justice, and equal opportunity. | And now, the time of a new democratic rebellion is upon us again, for We the People are suddenly in the grip of a brutish level of monopolistic power. | Corporate concentration of markets, profits, workplace decision-making, political influence, and our nation's total wealth is surpassing…
truthdig.com/articles/corporations-are-w…

Obit Omit: What Corporate Media Left Out of John McCain's Record of Militarism and Misogyny
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! | alternet.org | 2018-09-02
A roundtable discussion on the life and legacy of John McCain, the Vietnam veteran and former prisoner of war, six-term senator and two-time presidential candidate. | We host a roundtable discussion on the life and legacy of John McCain, the Vietnam veteran and former prisoner of war, six-term senator and two-time presidential candidate, who died Saturday at the age of 81 of brain cancer. We speak with Mehdi Hasan, columnist for The Intercept and host. . .
alternet.org/obit-omit-what-corporate-me…

Did the Trump Regime Order Donbass Leader's Murder?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-02
On August 31, Aleksandr Zakharchenko, president of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) in southeast Ukraine's Donbass region was assassinated. | DPR and the Lugansk People's Republic (LPR) broke away from Ukraine after …
globalresearch.ca/did-the-trump-regime-o…

The Syrian-Iranian Military Deal Strengthens Russia's "Balancing" Strategy
Andrew Korybko | iranian.com | 2018-09-02
No real details were publicly revealed about the new military deal that was clinched after the Iranian Defense Minister's trip to Damascus but the Islamic Republic's top military representative earlier told reporters that "No third party can affect the presence of Iranian advisers in Syria", in what was clearly a response to aggressive American and Israeli demands that Tehran […] | The post The Syrian-Iranian Military Deal Strengthens Russia's "Balancing" Strategy appeared first on
iranian.com/2018/09/02/syrian-iranian-mi…

American Liberal Left Succumbs to Anti-Russian Hysteria
Rick Rozoff | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-02
Stephen Cohen has recently characterized as being worse than during the Cuban Missile Crisis, a veritable onslaught of intense …
globalresearch.ca/american-liberal-left-…

Video: Turkey to Acquire Russia's S-400s 'in Shortest Time' Despite US Warnings
Press TV | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-02
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country will procure Russia's S-400 air defense missile system "in the shortest time," paying no heed to warnings issued by the US, a NATO …
globalresearch.ca/video-turkey-to-acquir…

Desperate for collusion proof, FBI 'tried & failed to recruit Russian oligarchs' — report
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-02
FBI agents tried to turn Russia's once-richest man into a US mole, according to an explosive NYT report. It claims that Oleg Deripaska was one of six oligarchs targeted for information in a Russiagate-related intelligence flop.
rt.com/usa/437449-trump-fbi-dossier-russ…

'Photo coming soon': White House coin marks Trump-Putin Helsinki summit as 'historic moment'
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-02
Although US President Donald Trump has come under fire for daring to have a conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the White House is making no apologies. It's even released a commemorative coin marking the event.
rt.com/usa/437455-trump-putin-summit-coi…

Will the Democrats Catch a "Blue Wave"?
Shared by Anton Woronczuk | truthout.org | 2018-09-01
Within of the Andrew Gillum's upset Democratic primary win to become the first-ever African American candidate for Florida governor, his Trumpite Republican opponent Ron DeSantis warned Florida voters not to "monkey up" the state by voting for Gillum. | The Trump Republicans don't even try to hide their racism behind so-called "dog whistles" (meaning when politicians use coded language that their supporters understand as racism). | Instead, they reach for the bullhorn. | Championing Medicare for All and supporting calls to abolish ICE, Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, defeated a field of "centrist" favorites to win the Democratic nomination. He had the endorsement of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and New York congressional nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. | Gillum will face a tough fight with DeSantis, who has already shown that he's willing to go into the gutter to defeat him. But his victory on…
truthout.org/articles/will-the-democrats…

Russia Aims to Help GOP in Midterms — And Warns It Would be 'Suicidal' for Republicans to Oppose Trump
Travis Gettys, Raw Story | alternet.org | 2018-09-01
Russian media reports that sanctions proposed by Trump will never be enforced and were just for show before the elections | The Kremlin is rooting for Republicans to keep their congressional majorities, according to a Russian media analyst — and its state TV hosts are confident they'll win. President Donald Trump hasn't done much to counter foreign efforts to influence the midterm elections, and has even suggested the Kremlin will work to benefit Democ. . .
alternet.org/russia-aims-help-gop-midter…

Maduro Wins Another Election, "Fraudulent and Anti-Democratic", Canada Imposes Economic Sanctions
Asad Ismi | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-01
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro was re-elected for a second six-year term in national elections held on May 20. As the candidate of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), Maduro got …
globalresearch.ca/maduro-wins-another-el…

Tom Carper Backs Re-Importing Drugs From Canada, After Voting Against It Repeatedly
Lee Fang | theintercept.com | 2018-09-01
Delaware Sen. Tom Carper portrayed himself as a health care populist at the Democratic primary debate this week, championing his role in writing and defending the Affordable Care Act and declaring, "We oughta re-import drugs from Canada." | The policy announcement came as the senior senator has sought to recast himself before the September 6 primary. The Carper campaign television advertisement currently blanketing the state proclaims that he "fights back" against Republican threats to the Affordable Care Act. | Carper, who has served for 41 years in elected office in Delaware, is facing a progressive challenge from Kerri Evelyn Harris, a community activist and Air Force veteran vying to be the state's Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate. | But the Delaware senator's new approach might be puzzling for some observers. Carper has generally adopted a moderate, business-friendly approach to health care.
theintercept.com/2018/09/01/tom-carper-d…

Are the Politics of 'Incivility' Paving the Road to an American Fascism?
Henry Giroux, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-09-01
Complaints about civility avoid the big questions of the Trump era: Why is America sliding into authoritarianism? | In the face of a nauseating and poisonous election cycle that ended with Donald Trump's presidential victory, many commentators are quick to argue that Americans have fallen prey to a culture of incivility. This is the discourse of "bad manners" parading as insight, while working, regardless of intention, to hide the effects of power, polit. . .
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Syria: A False Flag Operation Thwarted?
Dr. Chandra Muzaffar | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-01
An organised expose by the Syrian and Russian governments over a 3 day period starting 27th August may have thwarted a British backed plan to stage a "false flag" chemical …
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Provocations Have a History of Escalating into War
DPCR | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-01
The Russian Government and President Putin are coming under pressure not from US sanctions, which are very good for Russia as they force Russia into independence, but from Russian patriots who …
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Russia Squelches Trump's New Plan to Invade Syria
Eric Zuesse | iranian.com | 2018-09-01
On Friday, August 31st, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced that Russia has handed to the OPCW (Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons), and to the U.N., "proof" that the U.S. Government has been working with Al Qaeda to set up a chemical incident that the U.S. and its allies can then use as a supposed justification for invading […] | The post Russia Squelches Trump's New Plan to Invade Syria appeared first on The Iranian.
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Does Russia Benefit If The U.S. Is Weak? Q&A (Pt 5/6)
Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2018-09-01
Part 5 of Paul Jay and Aaron Mate's interactive discussion with viewers about the real reasons Trump should be considered a traitor by the American people — From a live recording on August 2nd, 2018 | The post Does Russia Benefit If The U.S. Is Weak? Q&A (Pt 5/6) appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Elissa Slotkin: A CIA Democrat runs for Congress in Michigan
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-09-01
Slotkin puts herself forward not as a representative of a party, let alone an advocate for any specific program, but as a representative of the military-intelligence apparatus.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/09/01/slot…

2 bads make a good? US eyeing F-22/F-35 hybrid to counter 'Russian & Chinese threats' — report
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-01
The US is reportedly looking into a hybrid of two 5th generation fighter jets — the F-22 and F-35 — to help counter "Russian and Chinese threats." The two machines, both riddled with technical issues, might not mix well.
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Amid NATO threats, Russia launches largest war games since World War II
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-09-01
The exercises come amid an escalation of military conflicts and tensions across Eurasia imminently posing the danger of a direct clash between the main nuclear powers.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/09/01/russ…

Cambodia's autocratic regime desperately tries to legitimise its rule
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-09-01
The opposition CNRP undoubtedly has ties to the US, but Hun Sen's politically bankrupt regime is resorting to blatantly anti-democratic methods to retain power.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/09/01/camb…

MSM one step away from McCain myth-making — well, you can learn from Lenin classic!
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-01
With the US media venerating the late John McCain, one can only wonder if the stories will soon cross into the realm of pure mythology. If so, Russia's Soviet history may offer the MSM some quality myth-making inspiration.
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Is the Mueller investigation preparing to indict WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange?
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-09-01
The claim that Assange was part of a conspiracy to manipulate the 2016 US presidential election is based on amalgams, distortions and outright lies.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/09/01/assa…

A Tale of Two Tweets: Left Politicians' Responses to McCain's Death Show Promise and Peril of Electing Socialists to Office
Arun Gupta | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-31
This is a tale of two tweets. The first is by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America who is expected to be elected to Congress from Queens this November. Following the death of Sen. John McCain, she tweeted that his…
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A Plague on Both Their Houses
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-31
Donald Trump is a miscreant, worse than any president in modern times. Nevertheless, he is sometimes more right than Democrats and their media flacks. His express views on the multi-lateral institutions that regulate global trade in capitalism's current neoliberal phase are an obvious example. Trump thinks, or says that he thinks, that American workers have been getting a raw deal. He is right.
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Fifteen Ways the Democrats Can Lose the November Elections
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-31
1. Focus on Donald Trump's personal scandals, the Russian interference, and Trump's outrageous and hugely distracting daily tweets. 2. Overlook what Trump's henchmen are specifically doing to cause more deaths, injuries, and disease. Ignore this administration's efforts to scuttle health and safety standards; stop law enforcement against corporate outlaws who pollute the environment, marketplace, and workplace; take…
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Four Days in Occupied Western Sahara–A Rare Look Inside Africa's Last Colony
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-08-31
In this exclusive broadcast, Democracy Now! breaks the media blockade and goes to occupied Western Sahara in the northwest of Africa to document the decades-long Sahrawi struggle for freedom and Morocco's violent crackdown. Morocco has occupied the territory since 1975 in defiance of the United Nations and the international community. Thousands have been tortured, imprisoned, killed and disappeared while resisting the Moroccan occupation. A 1,700-mile wall divides Sahrawis who remain under occupation from those who fled into exile. The international media has largely ignored the occupation–in part because M…
www.democracynow.org/2018/8/31/four_days…

The Washington Post's Campaign to Keep a Republican in the Maryland Governor's Office
Pete Tucker | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-31
In 1966 Ann Todd and Fred Jealous couldn't get married in their home state of Maryland because they were an interracial couple. Five decades later their son Ben Jealous is the Democratic nominee for Maryland governor. If Jealous wins in November he will become Maryland's first African-American governor, and the nation's third-ever elected black governor.
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What Did Abbas Just Say?
Vacy Vlanza | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-31
" Yet straw upon straw was laid till the last straw broke the camel's back." How many straws will it take to finally break the back of the Palestinian Authority (PA)? Well, here's three that should be the last straws to dismantle the Abbas regime and trigger democratic elections. (1) Ceasefire for Gaza:…
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Revisiting the Spirit of 1968
Robert Koehler | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-31
I was a hippie/bicycle delivery boy living in San Francisco when the Democratic National Convention was held in Chicago 50 years ago, so I absorbed the chaos, the police riot, from half a continent away, but I knew with absolute certainty that the nation was changing and I was part of it. We were in…
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Iraq Should be a Much Bigger Part of McCain's Legacy Than "Civility"
Peter Certo | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-31
In the last days of his life, an old video of John McCain surfaced on the internet. It's 2008. He's running for president and fielding questions from voters in Minnesota. A middle-aged woman takes the microphone. "I can't trust Obama," she complains of McCain's Democratic opponent. "He's an Arab." The Arizona Republican shakes his head.
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Watch: Interview With One of Brazil's Leading Presidential Candidates, Ciro Gomes
Glenn Greenwald | theintercept.com | 2018-08-31
Brazil's October 7 presidential election is rapidly approaching, and perhaps its most remarkable aspect is the utter lack of clarity about the likely outcome. | The post Watch: Interview With One of Brazil's Leading Presidential Candidates, Ciro Gomes appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2018/08/31/watch-interv…

A Disingenuous Congressional Election Ahead
Joseph Natoli | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-31
"[T]he last four decades have seen shareholders take home larger and larger slices of the economic pie." — Bryce Covert and Mike Konczal, "Economy in the Stocks," The Nation, Sept 10/17, 2018 We know why dividend recipients who live on return on investment (le ROI) and not wages are Trump supporters, though they may hold their…
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2018 Midterms: Stakes for labor couldn't be higher
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2018-08-31
WASHINGTON (PAI)–You hear it every election cycle from union leaders, workers and activists: "This election is the most crucial in" — pick one — "years" or "decades" or "ever." In 2018, they may be right, and not just because Congress could change hands. That's because the 2018 election's ou…
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Republican Candidates are Paying a Fossil Fuels Conglomerate for Voter Data Mining
Pam Martens | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-31
Koch Industries is a fossil fuels conglomerate with estimated revenues of more than $100 billion annually and 130,000 employees spread around the globe. It's one of the largest, private corporations in the world with a history of funding nonprofit front groups and political candidates who are climate change skeptics. Typically, political payments go in one direction from this behemoth: from the Koch Industries Super Pac (KochPac) to Republican political candidates or political committees. Now, quietly, political payments are going in both directions, effectively creating an Orwellian campaign finance model.
counterpunch.org/2018/08/31/republican-c…

The Irishmen Who Fought in the Last Great Battle Against Spanish Fascism
Pauline Murphy | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-31
In the Autumn of 1938, the Battle of the Ebro signalled the death knell of the Spanish Republic. The Ebro River which flows east from Catalonia to the Mediterranean Sea played host to the last great battle of the Spanish Civil War which saw destruction and death. Thousands died, including civilians and fighters on both…
counterpunch.org/2018/08/31/the-irishmen…

John McCain: Hawkish Voice of Military-Industrial Complex, Paved Way for Trump
Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-08-31
John McCain was an extreme war hawk who represented the military-industrial complex on Capitol Hill. And while he sometimes clashed with Donald Trump, their politics were mostly similar, and the Republican senator opened the door by normalizing Sarah Palin and the Tea Party. Ben Norton reports | The post John McCain: Hawkish Voice of Military-Industrial Co…
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China Daily derides Trump's Twitter rants as 'messages from some alternative universe'
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-31
In a Friday editorial, China Daily said that US President Donald Trump's social media rants are "from some alternative universe," following his claim that China hacked Hillary Clinton's email server.
rt.com/usa/437346-trumps-tweets-alternat…

'Smart' Putin & election loans: 5 must-read Clinton-Yeltsin exchanges released
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-31
Election influence, NATO expansion and Vladimir Putin were just some of the hot button topics discussed twenty years ago by US President Bill Clinton and Russian leader Boris Yeltsin, newly released transcripts reveal.
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Democratic Congressional candidate says Trump is like Bin Laden — audio recording
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-31
A recording in which an Illinois Democrat running for Congress appears to say US President Donald Trump and Al-Qaeda founder Osama Bin Laden have "a tremendous amount in common," has been made public.
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Trump legal team to challenge Mueller probe legitimacy in counter-report
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-31
US President Donald Trump's legal team, led by his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, is working on a comprehensive report intended as a response to the conclusions of the "Russia collusion" probe, which are yet to be released.
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NYC DSA, Ocasio-Cortez Stand by State Senate Candidate Julia Salazar, Despite Story Disputing Her Biography
Zaid Jilani | theintercept.com | 2018-08-30
The state Senate campaign of Julia Salazar, a prominent member of the New York City Democratic Socialists of America, was jolted last week when Tablet Magazine published a story casting doubt on several parts of the candidate's biography — from self-describing as an immigrant to her claim of Jewish lineage. | The controversy represents a new chapter for DSA, as it grows from a marginal player on the fringes of politics into an organization with serious political clout. The group grew during the 2016 primary campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders and then surged in the wake of the election of Donald Trump, as activists looked to take down not just the agenda of the new president, but also the political and economic system that created him. The June victory of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez cemented the organization's place in New York politics, leading Cynthia…
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