2019-10-06: News Headlines

Leonardo Flores (2019-10-06). The Latest on the Diplomatic War Against Venezuela. commondreams.org Venezuela's Vice President Delcy Rodríguez with U.N. Secretary General António Guterres. (Photo: Twitter) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/venezuela_2.jpg

RT (2019-10-05). Bernie Sanders says feeling 'great' after doctors confirm 78yo senator suffered heart attack. rt.com Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders suffered a heart attack before his admission into the hospital this week, his campaign and doctors have confirmed, but the Democratic presidential contender said he will remain in the 2020 race. | The senator, 78, had a "myocardial infarction" — the medical term for a heart attack — before his hospital visit in Las Vegas on Tuesday, according to a statement issued by doctors through Sanders' campaign. | After leaving the Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center on Friday, Sanders said he felt "great," and took to Twitter to confirm that he would continue campaigning for t…

The Canary (2019-10-05). Corbyn vows to 'restore dignity to people's lives' by scrapping Universal Credit. thecanary.co Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to restore "dignity to people's lives" by scrapping Universal Credit, during a pre-election rally which roused his loyal supporters.Speaking in front of 2,000 people in Newcastle, he said Labour would restore the social security system and replace the current controversial benefits scheme — which he said was "cruel and unfair".He also outlined plans to make football more democratic, with more funds from the Premier League elite being used to support the grass roots level of the game. | pic.twitter.com/UVoJnW1XsX | — Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) The Canary (2019-10-05). Thousands join pro-Scottish independence march through Edinburgh. thecanary.co Thousands of people have attended a pro-Scottish independence march through the streets of Edinburgh. | Groups and organisations who support separation from the UK joined the All Under One Banner (AUOB) procession on Saturday. | Organisers AUOB hope to get at least 100,000 people to take part in the rally. | Posted by All Under One Banner on Saturday, October 5, 2019 | Gemma MacFadyen has backed Scottish independence since she was a child. | The 34-year-old from Edinburgh said: "I'm here to suppo…

Staff (2019-10-05). Trump's Stonewalling of Impeachment Inquiry Is an Impeachable Offense. truthout.org | | As three committees of the House of Representatives proceeded with the impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump, the president tweeted, "I am coming to the conclusion that what is taking place is not an impeachment, it is a COUP." Encyclopedia Britannica defines coup d'etat as "the sudden, violent overthrow of an existing government by…

Peadar O'Cearnaigh (2019-10-05). Women of colour lead the fight against Amazon's 'poverty wages' and poor working conditions. thecanary.co On 3 October, over 50 night-shift workers walked out of an Amazon delivery station in Minnesota USA. The protest, predominantly led by East African women, demanded "respect" as well as better pay and conditions. | And while this protest lasted just two and a half hours, Amazon had to cancel their truck deliveries that night. I…

Peadar O'Cearnaigh (2019-10-05). Johnson's Brexit proposal has sold out the DUP, but the DUP's attacking the Irish government instead. thecanary.co When the EU and the Irish government effectively rejected Boris Johnson's latest Brexit proposal, it led to a furious response from the DUP. But the DUP misplaced its fury. It should, instead, have directed it towards the ludicrous nature of Johnson's proposal. Because if Johnson's deal was to be accepted, it would leave the north of…

T.J. Coles (2019-10-04). Robot Trolls on Amazon: How Fake Reviews Could Undermine Progressive Politics. counterpunch.org Every big personality or corporation uses algorithmic robots ("bots") to boost themselves and their products. Until recently, US President Donald Trump had a Twitter following of around 59 million. But nearly half of those "followers" were fake, spam, and/or dormant accounts. Twitter's purge of "Trump supporters" was actually a purge of fake accounts. (The real More

Louis Proyect (2019-10-04). The Politics of Trolling. counterpunch.org Back in the mid-90s, when the Internet was first taking off, spurred by AOL's making the web available to the masses, it was easy to become a cyber-utopian. Manuel Castells, a Spanish sociologist, became one of its prophets. In books like the 2001 "The Internet Galaxy: Reflections on the Internet, Business, and Society", Castells recognized More

Joseph Natoli (2019-10-04). The Battles Now. counterpunch.org "Now we are engaged…." — Lincoln, Gettysburg Address One real battle we are in now — human caused global warming — is a battle we realized very belatedly we are in. The other — the political one — is, in a President Trump retweet, heading toward "a Civil War like fracture in this nation" and More

teleSUR (2019-10-04). Correa: No One Voted For The IMF Or The Increase In Fuel Price. telesurenglish.net Former Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa referred to the complicated situation that his country is going through after Lenin Moreno decreed a "State of Exception" in response to protests against adjustment measures agreed with the IMF. | RELATED: | 'Madness is Over', Ecuador's President Moreno Warns Protesters | "What happens tears the soul," Correa said and also compared this social outbreak with the resistance to economic policies of…

RT (2019-10-03). Most Americans think social media has too much control over news, according to poll mainstream media quietly ignored. rt.com Some 62 percent of Americans believe social media exerts too much control over what news people see, and most think online platforms treat some news outlets differently than others for the wrong reasons, a new poll shows. | Not only do social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter distort the mix of news that reaches their users, but their actions result in a worse mix, according to 55 percent of Americans responding to a Pew Research poll published this week. Just 15 percent believe the platforms' meddling results in a better mix. | üö®NEW REPORTüö®: Americans Ar…

RT (2019-10-03). Homeless LA 'subway soprano' offered a record deal after video of her angelic singing goes viral. rt.com Emily Zamourka, a homeless Russian singer who has become an overnight internet sensation, has been offered a record deal by a Grammy-nominated music producer, signaling a reversal of fortunes for the destitute virtuoso. | Zamourka has been living on the streets of Los Angeles after falling on hard times, but a viral video of her singing Puccini in the subway has led to an outpouring of support, donations and job offers. | According to TMZ, Zamourka caught the attention of Joel Diamond, who has worked with the likes of David Hasselhoff and famed singer Engelbert Humperdinck. The producer hopes to create a "huge…

RT (2019-10-03). Twitter pulls 'look at this photograph' meme after Trump supporters snap it up. rt.com Twitter has yanked a clip featuring a photo of Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden, his son Hunter, and a Ukrainian gas exec set to a Nickelback song after the meme was tweeted by US President Donald Trump and went viral. | The platform cited copyright in its decision to remove the video, which opens with Biden denying he had ever spoken to Hunter about his "overseas business dealings," then segues through just a few seconds of the Nickelback video before zeroing in on a framed photo of the two Bidens with a "Ukrainian gas exec" and unidentified fourth man. Hearts appear drawn around their faces. | LOOK AT THIS P…

RT (2019-10-03). 'Keep up the great work': Trump jabs at Greta Thunberg in Twitter proxy battle. rt.com US President Donald Trump has taken another swipe at Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, retweeting a pro-MAGA account mocking the teenage eco-campaigner. | Thunberg's impassioned speech to world leaders at last week's UN Climate Action Summit established her as the world's leading spokesperson against climate change. But not everyone agrees with her apocalyptic message and lack of clear-cut suggestions for change. | Among the critics is Trump and some of his voters. On Thursday, the president held off directly attacking Thunberg but retweeted a post from one of his supporters calling the climate crusader…

Hatewatch Staff (2019-10-03). Militia Movement Rhetoric Elevated to National Level. splcenter.org A weekend tweet by President Donald Trump mirrors the language of a militia movement that has been calling for civil war for at least three years and gives extremist groups a powerful seal of approval.

Rob Dunn (2019-10-02). Black Dean of Students Jamie Riley fired in Alabama for telling the truth. liberationnews.org Riley fired for tweets about racist foundations of US society.

Josmar Trujillo (2019-10-02). NYT Perp Walks a Bronx Neighborhood. fair.org "Sources" gave NY1 reporter Dean Meminger (Twitter, 9/29/19) an entirely inaccurate account of a NYPD "friendly fire" incident. | Two people died in a hail of bullets last weekend in the Bronx. One, a plainclothes New York City police officer, Brian Mulkeen; the other, Antonio Williams, accused of wrestling with the cop and possessing a weapon. It turned out to be the second case this year of a fatal so-called "friendly fire" incident, but the New York Times took its cue from law enforcement officials in shaping the early narrative around…

American Herald Tribune (2019-09-30). Daniel McAdams: "The US Has Ceased Being a Republic and Has Become a National Security State" theantimedia.com Daniel McAdams, the Executive Director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, is banned from Twitter.

Middle East Eye (2019-09-30). Exposed: Twitter Executive in Charge of Middle East is British Army 'PsyOp' Officer. theantimedia.com The senior Twitter executive with editorial responsibility for the Middle East is in the British Army's psychological warfare unit.

Staff (2019-09-27). Over 2,000 Arrested in Egypt in Growing Protests Against Sisi, Trump's "Favorite Dictator" democracynow.org Demonstrations continued in Egypt Friday, with thousands taking to the streets to demand the resignation of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi over accusations of corruption. Nearly 2,000 people have been arrested over the past week amid protests in Cairo and other cities. The demonstrations were triggered by social media posts by a former army contractor accusing Sisi and other officials of misusing public money. Anti-government protests are rare in Egypt as they've been effectively banned since Sisi came to power following the 2013 overthrow of former President Mohamed Morsi and launched a widespread crackdown on d…

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