2019-10-08: News Headlines

Juan Cole (2019-10-08). Winners and Losers From Trump Throwing Syrian Kurds Under the Bus. commondreams.org It is difficult to see in what way Russia is benefited by Turkey's incursion into northeast Syria. (Photo: @LevHavryliv/Twitter) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/assad.jpeg

RT (2019-10-08). Hezbollah took over Pentagon? Defense reporters baffled by bizarre glitch on TV screens showing CNN. rt.com Reporters are scratching their heads following an odd tech glitch at the Pentagon, in which the name of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah flashed across TV screens tuned to CNN in the building's press pen. Nobody's sure why. | A number of journalists in the Defense Department press corps took to Twitter with alarm on Monday afternoon to share pictures and videos of the mysterious malfunction, some wondering aloud whether the militant group had successfully infiltrated the Pentagon. During the glitch, an image with the word "Hezbollah" in all-caps at the top and bottom of the screen, with indecipherable tex…

Staff (2019-10-08). AOC Is Talking About Prison Abolition. Will She Take Action? truthout.org | | Yesterday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted a string of comments defending the idea of prison abolition. Representative Ocasio-Cortez began by tweeting, "I know the term 'prison abolition' is breaking some people's brains. The right is already freaking out. Yet the US incarcerates more than anywhere in the world. We have more than enough room to close many of our prisons and explore just alternatives to incarceration." She went on to…

Norman Solomon (2019-10-08). Bernie's Heart. And Ours. counterpunch.org Along with being where all blood goes, the heart is an enduring metaphor. As Bernie Sanders recovers from a heart attack, now might be a good time to consider some literal and symbolic meanings. Bernie immediately used his heart trouble to advance a central mission. From the hospital, he tweeted: "I'm fortunate to have good More

Ilana Novick (2019-10-08). Twitter Rakes in Cash From Anti-Immigrant Bigots. truthdig.com The group's name is bland enough: Federation for Immigration Reform (FAIR). It doesn't explain its specific position on immigration—it could want to expand or limit it, but the word reform doesn't tell us anything either way. That meaningless name is helpful for evading scrutiny, which is perhaps why, as Alex Kotch reports in Sludge, the "prominent anti-immigrant organization has spent $934,000 on Twitter ads, and Twitter sees no problem with this." | A little under $1 million in promoted tweets over a few years might not seem like a lot of…

Thomas Knapp (2019-10-08). Instead of Explaining Greta Thunberg, Debate Her Claims. counterpunch.org What is Greta Thunberg's superpower? She obviously has one, if not more. Your average sixteen-year-old doesn't start successful global activist movements, address UN Climate Action Summits, and have those addresses go viral as death metal videos. Critics slam Thunberg as everything from "mentally ill" (a claim which got one Fox News guest blacklisted), to naive More

teleSUR (2019-10-08). Bangladeshis Protest Murder of Student by Ruling Party Workers. telesurenglish.net Thousands of Bangladeshi university students protested Monday after an undergraduate student was allegedly murdered in the capital city Dhaka by the ruling party workers. | RELATED: | Bangladesh Charges 16 for Burning Alive Sexual Abuse Survivor | Abrar Fahad, 21 – a student at the prestigious Bangladesh University of Engineering Technology (BUET) was allegedly killed over a Facebook post which criticized the government's water-sharing agreement with India. | During the visit…

John Nichols (2019-10-08). It's Not a Coup, It's the Constitution. thenation.com It's Not a Coup, It's the Constitution…

Staff (2019-10-08). Critics Use Bernie Sanders's Heart Attack to Smear Medicare for All. truthout.org | | After presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders suffered a heart attack last week, he used the experience to explain why he is pushing so hard for his Medicare for All plan. Sanders's plan would expand and improve Medicare so it covers the whole country with no fees, co-pays or deductibles. | "I am more determined than ever to fight alongside you to make health care a human right," he said in a tweet. | Yet many critics of…

Ed Sykes (2019-10-08). Corbyn congratulates Portugal's Socialist-led government for increasing its anti-austerity mandate in election. thecanary.co Portugal's centre-left government has increased its votes in Portugal's general election, and is poised to continue in government for another four years. | UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn congratulated the Socialist Party-led government on its victory, saying: | @antoniocostapm and the Portuguese Socialist Party on today's election success. | Your government, supported by the wider left, shows there is an alternative to austerity in Europe. #Portugal2019

Global Research News (2019-10-08). Selected Articles: US-China Telecom Warfare. globalresearch.ca Our objective at Global Research is to recruit one thousand committed "volunteers" among our more than 50,000 Newsletter subscribers to support the distribution of Global Research articles (email lists, social media, crossposts). | Do not send us money. Under Plan A

Ed Sykes (2019-10-08). MPs call for UK to 'stand against' NATO member's invasion of northern Syria. thecanary.co NATO's second largest army is currently on the verge of invading northern Syria. And a cross-party group of MPs has called for the UK to "steadfastly…

Robert Mackey (2019-10-07). Fox News in Disarray as Hosts Struggle to Digest Trump's Betrayal of the Syrian Kurds. theintercept.com Donald Trump's late-night decision to abandon the Syrian Kurds who helped the United States destroy the Islamic State caliphate in Syria prompted a rare outburst of dissent on Monday on the president's favorite television program, "Fox and Friends." | The news of Trump's complete reversal of his pledge in June to defend the Kurds from a threatened Turkish invasion of their enclave in northern Syria outraged one of the president's most die-hard boosters, Fox h…

Peadar O'Cearnaigh (2019-10-07). Corbyn renews the call to bring football back to the people and it's resonating with fans. thecanary.co During a speech in Newcastle on 5 October, Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn made a promise that shows he's with the people. He promised to: take the beautiful game away from the billionaires and hand it to the fans instead. | "Football shouldn't be just a business…let's take the beautiful game away from the billionaires and hand it to the fans instead." | During a speech in Newcastle, Jeremy Corbyn says a Labour government would make Premier League clubs pay for grass roots…

RT (2019-10-06). 'Biden family was PAID OFF, pure and simple!' Trump in latest rant over Ukrainegate. rt.com Attacking the Bidens, the Democrats and the "fake news" media in one powerful swipe, President Donald Trump has fired a volley of trademark Sunday tweets, calling Joe and Hunter Biden's involvement in Ukraine "inexcusable." | "It is INCREDIBLE to watch and read the Fake News and how they pull out all stops to protect Sleepy Joe Biden and his thrown out of the Military son, Hunter," Trump started out, before launching into a Twitterstorm of seemingly damning facts about the Bidens, Ukraine and China. | He brought up Hunter's "$100,000 a month (Plus,Plus)" income from the Ukrainian gas company Burisma "even thou…

RT (2019-10-06). 1 suspect arrested, 1 at large after Kansas City bar shooting kills 4 (PHOTOS, VIDEO). rt.com One man has been arrested following a shooting in a Kansas City bar that killed four people and injured five others. Police say that a second suspect remains at large and should be considered "armed and dangerous". | The incident took place shortly before 1: 30am at the Tequila KC bar on Central Avenue in downtown Kansas City. | A truly heartbreaking moment, a circle of woman hugging one another, crying outside at a bar where 9 people were shot, 4 died in KCK. @41actionnews pic.twitter.com/ljiyuIQRuQ—…

RT (2019-10-06). 'I feel like never before': Russian-born LA 'Subway Soprano' gives tearful INTERVIEW after her 1st big stage performance (VIDEO). rt.com 'Subway Soprano' Emily Zamourka, a homeless singer who became a viral sensation overnight, couldn't hold back tears when talking to Ruptly after her first big stage performance. She said she's starting a full-time music career. | Speaking to RT's video agency Ruptly after her performance at the opening of the New Little Italy district in Los Angeles, the Russian-born Zamourka said she felt "like never before in her entire life." She sang an aria from Italian opera composer Giacomo Puccini. | I feel this is… my chance of teaching people the real me, who I was the whole time. | It all started with a tweet o…

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…

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…

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.

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