2019-10-14: News Headlines

Juan Cole (2019-10-14). The U.S. Could Be Forcing the Kurds Into Assad's Arms. truthdig.com American refusal to aid Kurdish allies as Turkey invades Northeastern Syria may end up inadvertently helping the government of Bashar Assad.

Jonah Raskin (2019-10-14). What Evil Empire? counterpunch.org When did the Cold War begin? In 1917! When, if ever, did it end? Never! What is its most dramatic moment? The dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki! Who if anyone won? No one! These and other questions (and the answers that follow) are prompted by the publication of a big new book More

Matt Korda (2019-10-14). When Talking About the Climate Crisis, We Can't Forget About Nuclear Weapons. thenation.com When Talking About the Climate Crisis, We Can't Forget About Nuclear Weapons…

WSWS (2019-10-14). Syrian army, Iran threaten counterattack against Turkish invasion of Syria. wsws.org A large-scale Middle East war could strangle the world's oil supply and escalate into a war between nuclear-armed powers. The working class is coming face to face with the real possibility of a Third World War.

Staff (2019-10-14). Kurds Turn to Bashar al-Assad for Protection as US Abandons Former Allies. truthout.org | | Syrian troops are massing near the Turkish border, one day after Bashar al-Assad's government reached a deal to help protect the Kurds from Turkey's deadly air and ground assault. On Sunday, the Kurds agreed, in a deal brokered by Russia, to hand over two border towns to the Syrian government in exchange for protection. The Kurds had been allied with the United States up until last week, when President Trump abruptly pulled U.S. troops from northern Syria, paving the way for Turkey's assault…

Staff (2019-10-14). Kurds Turn to Bashar al-Assad for Protection as U.S. Abandons Former Allies to Turkish Assault. democracynow.org Syrian troops are massing near the Turkish border, one day after Bashar al-Assad's government reached a deal to help protect the Kurds from Turkey's deadly air and ground assault. On Sunday, the Kurds agreed, in a deal brokered by Russia, to hand over two border towns to the Syrian government in exchange for protection. The Kurds had been allied with the United States up until last week, when President Trump abruptly pulled U.S. troops from northern Syria, paving the way for Turkey's assault. More than 130,000 people have already been displaced over the past five days since Turkey invaded northern Syria. The deat…

Staff (2019-10-14). Headlines for October 14, 2019. democracynow.org Syrian Troops Mass at Turkish Border After Striking Deal with Kurds, Pentagon Deploying Additional 1,800 Troops to Saudi Arabia, NYT: Russian Warplanes Bomb 4 Hospitals in Syria over 12 Hours, Appeals Court Rules Trump Must Turn Over Financial Records, Video Shows Fake Trump Shooting Journalists, Political Rivals, Fox News' Shepard Smith Has Quit Network, Hunter Biden to Step Down from Chinese Company Board, White Cop Kills Black Woman by Shooting Through Her Bedroom Window, Japan: 40 Have Died in Typhoon Hagibis, Ecuador: Indigenous Protests Force Government to Cancel IMF Loan, Uganda LGBT Activists Fight Possib…

Robert J. Burrowes (2019-10-13). Human Violence: Pervasive, Multi-dimensional and Extinction-threatening. dissidentvoice.org Violence is pervasive throughout human society and it has a vast range of manifestations. Moreover, some of these manifestations — particularly the threat of nuclear war (which might start regionally), the climate catastrophe and the ongoing ecological devastation, as well as geoengineering and the deployment of 5G — threaten imminent human extinction if not contained. …

teleSUR (2019-10-13). Iran's Khamenei Asks Elite Guard to Develop More Advanced Arms. telesurenglish.net Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards Sunday to develop more advanced and modern weapons, amid increasingly tense disputes with the United States and Gulf Arab states. | RELATED: | Iran Says They Are Ready For Peace Talks With Saudi Arabia | Tensions in the Gulf have risen to new highs since May 2018, when the Trump administration unilaterally withdrew from a 2015 international nuclear accord with Tehran that put limits on its nuclear program…

Sergey Maidukov (2019-10-13). The Switch from Comedy to Tragedy for Ukraine's President Zelensky. Rapprochement with Putin? globalresearch.ca The recently-elected Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky keeps saying there was "no blackmail" in a July telephone call with President Donald Trump that caused an impeachment inquiry in the USA. | He made the comments recently during an all-day press marathon held …

Robert J. Burrowes (2019-10-13). Human Violence: Pervasive Throughout Society. "Strategic Response" to End Violence. globalresearch.ca Violence is pervasive throughout human society and it has a vast range of manifestations. Moreover, some of these manifestations — particularly the threat of nuclear war (which might start regionally), the climate catastrophe and the ongoing ecological devastation, as well …

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2019-10-13). Are You Ready to Die? The US Military/ Security Complex Wants Tensions to Increase… globalresearch.ca The Zionist Neoconservatives who run US foreign policy are now herding the US out of the remaining arms limitations agreements. It appears that Washington intends to withdraw from the Open Skies agreement with Russia. See this. | The Open Skies …

RT (2019-10-11). Trump nominates John Sullivan as US ambassador to Russia. rt.com US President Donald Trump has nominated Deputy Secretary of State John Joseph Sullivan as the new ambassador to Russia. If confirmed by the Senate, he will fill the spot vacated by the departure of Jon Huntsman. | Sullivan, 59, has served as deputy secretary since May 2017. He was acting secretary of state in March and April 2018, following the resignation of Rex Tillerson and the confirmation of current Secretary Mike Pompeo. | Most of his previous government experience has been in law, rather than diplomacy. Early on in his career, Sullivan clerked for a Fifth Circuit appeals judge and Supreme Court Justice…

Eva Bartlett (2019-10-09). Return to Russia: Crimeans Tell the Real Story of the 2014 Referendum and Their Lives Since. mintpressnews.com Eva Bartlett traveled to Crimea to see firsthand out how Crimeans have fared since 2014 when their country reunited with Russia, and what the referendum was really like.

Aaron Maté (2019-10-09). Russian social media debate: clickbait or information warfare? thegrayzone.com What is the Internet Research Agency, and are the claims of a Russian influence campaign against the U.S. well-founded? Aaron…

Middle East Eye (2019-10-08). As Turkey Readies for Invasion of Northern Syria, Russia and Iran Object. theantimedia.com Turkey has readied its forces for an offensive against Kurdish forces in northern Syria, prompting negative reactions from Iran and Russia.

Paul Dobson (2019-10-07). Venezuela Arrests Oil Exec for Corruption, Receives $4bn in Russian Investment. venezuelanalysis.com Moscow and Caracas are reportedly working on a long-term cooperation agreement set to last at least until 2030.

Staff (2019-10-07). Headlines for October 7, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Orders U.S. Troops to Step Aside for Turkish Assault on Kurdish Forces, 109 Killed and 6,000 Wounded as Anti-Government Protests Rage in Iraq, Second Whistleblower Has Firsthand Knowledge of Trump-Ukraine Scandal, Secretary of State Pompeo Calls Impeachment Inquiry "Silly Gotcha Game", Trump Calls GOP Senator Mitt Romney "Pompous" over Ukraine Rebuke, North Korea Calls Off Denuclearization Talks with the U.S., U.S. Meets with Taliban for First Time Since Trump Canceled Afghan Peace Talks, Israeli Forces Fire on Gaza Protesters, Killing One and Injuring Dozens, Protesters Call for Kavanaugh's Removal One Yea…

Ricardo Vaz (2019-09-26). Venezuela: Trump Imposes Travel Ban, Putin Backs Dialogue. venezuelanalysis.com US officials and the Venezuelan opposition have also lobbied the EU to impose harsher sanctions against Caracas.

Ricardo Vaz (2019-09-12). Venezuela Oil Production Continues Decline as China Cancels More Shipments. venezuelanalysis.com Russian oil giant Rosneft blasted threats of US sanctions as "unfair competition."

Peace Action (2019-06-25). Peace Action Endorses Ilhan Omar for Congress. peaceaction.org Washington, DC — June 25, 2019 — Peace Action has announced its endorsement of Ilhan Omar for Congress in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District. Peace Action is a national grassroots organization working to advance nuclear disarmament, promote government spending priorities that support human needs, encourage real security through international cooperation and human rights, and support nonmilitary …

Peace Action (2019-06-24). Peace Action Endorses Kara Eastman for Congress. peaceaction.org Washington, DC — June 24, 2019 — Peace Action has announced its endorsement of Kara Eastman for Congress in Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District. Peace Action is a national grassroots organization working to advance nuclear disarmament, promote government spending priorities that support human needs, encourage real security through international cooperation and human rights, and support nonmilitary …

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