Monthly Archives: September 2019

2019-09-30: News Headlines

Serge Halimi (2019-09-30). The New Evil Empire. counterpunch.org The US seems to have decided that it can't take on China and Russia at the same time, so its principal geopolitical rival in the coming decades will be China. Trump's Republican administration and the Democrats agree on this, though they are campaigning vigorously against each other ahead of next year's presidential election. China has More

FAIR (2019-09-30). What media like best about Elizabeth Warren: She's not Bernie Sanders. mronline.org If Warren ever finds herself without media's bête noire to draft off of—assuming her policy stances remain the same—the media headwinds can be expected to get much more intense for her. | Source

RT (2019-09-30). Democrats say they will ban fracking nationwide. An empty campaign promise or are they serious? rt.com Several contenders for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination have promised a nationwide ban on fracking. How viable is that proposal and do they really want to do it — or is it just a campaign promise they can never fulfil? | Banning 'fracking' — the process of extracting oil and natural gas via hydraulic fracturing — is popular among environmentalists and activists who are increasingly concerned about climate change. Among the candidates who have backed a ban are the current frontrunner Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts), as well as her colleagues Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and K…

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2019-09-30). 'Ukrainegate' teaches us more about ourselves than Trump or Biden. nationofchange.org As residents in a corrupt, corporate-controlled, imperialist country, we have a responsibility to ourselves and the world to take action to stop the US disastrous foreign policy.

Victor Grossman (2019-09-30). Playing the Trump card. mronline.org Clearly, the ingredients of anti-Trump cooking create a very mixed batter. Some spoonfuls may even contain a "Save Biden as candidate" flavor, outweighing the truly weighty reasons for baking a completely new kind of cake. | Source

RT (2019-09-30). Trump tweets quote warning that impeachment will cause 'Civil War-like fracture' in US. rt.com US President Donald Trump responded to the Democrats-led impeachment inquiry by posting an ominous quote from a church leader who warned that removing him from office would inflict "Civil War-like" wounds on the nation. | Known for regularly watching shows on Fox News, Trump apparently liked how the Southern Baptist minister and televangelist Robert Jeffress appeared on the channel on Sunday and blasted the Democrats for wanting to impeach him. | "And I do want to make this prediction this morning: If the Democrats are successful in removing the president from office, I'm afraid it will cause a Civil War-like…

Rachel M. Cohen (2019-09-30). Nina Turner, Bernie Sanders's Campaign Chair, Led Charge for Education Reform as Ohio Legislator. theintercept.com Nina Turner said she's "definitely evolved" since her time in the Ohio state Senate, but she remains proud of pro-charter policies she helped pass.

Joe Lauria (2019-09-30). The Untold Story of the Trump-Ukraine 'Scandal': The Routine Corruption of US Foreign Policy. globalresearch.ca The most crucial aspects of the Trump-Ukraine "scandal," which has led to impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump, are not being told, even by Republicans. | Trump was very likely motivated by politics if he indeed withheld military aid to Ukraine in …

Miles Mogulescu (2019-09-30). Fighting Corruption Must Be Our Focus In 2020. commondreams.org Why would Democrats want to spend even a minute during this Presidential campaign defending Biden against corruption charges, when there are plenty of other qualified Democratic candidates without this liability? (Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/joebiden_1.jpeg

United Nations (2019-09-30). DPRK reports 'little progress' since historic June 2018 summit with US. un.org Lack of progress in achieving peace on the Korean Peninsula is "entirely attributable" to the United States, a senior official from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) told the UN General Assembly on Monday.

WSWS (2019-09-30). Democrats frame impeachment drive as defense of "national security" wsws.org There is not the slightest democratic content to the Democrats' impeachment inquiry.

WSWS (2019-09-30). Democrats praise CIA whistleblower on Ukraine, persecute Manning, Assange and Snowden. wsws.org While the Democrats declare that "Congress must do all it can to protect… all whistleblowers," they support exile and prison for the men and women who have exposed the crimes of US imperialism.

Andrew Korybko (2019-09-30). The 'Hong Kong Human Rights & Democracy Act' Will Intensify the Hybrid War on China. globalresearch.ca As if the ongoing "trade war" wasn't an intense enough Hybrid War against China as it is, the US might soon pass the so-called "Hong Kong Human Rights & Democracy Act" in order to take its asymmetrical aggression even further …

Staff (2019-09-30). Private Contractors Play Key Role in US Intelligence's Creeping Authoritarianism. truthout.org | | As a whistleblower complaint against President Trump rocks Washington, Democrats begin an impeachment inquiry and Trump threatens "big consequences" for the person who came forward, we continue our conversation with one of the world's most famous whistleblowers: Edward Snowden, now in exile in Russia. Six years ago, he shocked the world when he leaked a trove of secret documents about how the United States had built a massive surveillance apparatus to collect phone calls, text messages…

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-09-30). When Convenience Counts: Leaking and Whistleblowing. Trump and the Zelensky Affair. globalresearch.ca The entire Trump presidency has been a sequence of "watch this space" moments. Dismissals and political executions; attacks and distractions; gestures of deal making and promises of apocalypse. Perhaps it was high time for another bit of material to be …

Michael Harris (2019-09-30). Media Event ~ 9th Annual Pan African Global Trade and Investment Conference. indybay.org California State Capitol Park | Camillia Grove ~ near 12th and L St | Downtown Sacramento…

Ryan McCarthy (2019-09-30). Reports on China 'organ harvesting' derive from front groups of far-right cult Falun Gong. thegrayzone.com A wave of corporate media reports on Chinese organ harvesting rely without acknowledgement on front groups connected to the far-right…

Curt Wechsler (2019-09-30). That Impeachment Inquiry? Now is the time to take to the streets. indybay.org 1590 Bryant (at 15th Street), San Francisco…

D.D. Guttenplan (2019-09-30). We Don't Have to Choose Between Warren and Sanders Yet. thenation.com We Don't Have to Choose Between Warren and Sanders Yet…

Joan Walsh (2019-09-30). Democrats Must Reject False Choices as They Pursue Impeachment. thenation.com Democrats Must Reject False Choices as They Pursue Impeachment…

Aaron Maté (2019-09-30). The Ukraine Scandal Might Be a Bad Gambit for Democrats. thenation.com The Ukraine Scandal Might Be a Bad Gambit for Democrats…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-09-30). GOP Rep. Chris Collins Resigns From Congress Amid Reports He'll Plead Guilty to Insider Trading Charges. commondreams.org Republican Congressman Chris Collins of New York, who was indicted last year for his alleged role in an insider trading scheme, resigned from his seat Monday amid reports that he will plead guilty to federal charges on Tuesday. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/rep._chris_collins_at_yahoo_0.jpg

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-09-30). Pelosi's Endorsement of Anti-Choice Henry Cuellar Over Progressive Jessica Cisneros Reveals Lack of Leadership, Justice Democrats Say. commondreams.org "The Democratic Party should be embracing our most fundamental values and put voters ahead of big corporate donors." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/pelosi_2.jpg

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-09-30). CNN Slammed for Labeling Five Centrist Democrats as 'Leaders on Impeachment' and Erasing Efforts of Progressive Women of Color. commondreams.org Progressives expressed outrage on Monday over CNN's weekend segment on five centrist freshman congresswomen who the network gave credit for their so-called "leadership" on the impeachment of President Donald Trump—just days after the lawmakers backed impeachment proceedings following months of demands from ethics watchdogs and other critics. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/picmonkey_image2.jpg

Staff (2019-09-30). Whistleblower Edward Snowden on Trump, Obama & How He Ended Up in Russia to Avoid U.S. Extradition. democracynow.org We conclude our interview with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, who has just published his memoir titled "Permanent Record." In 2013, after quitting his job at the NSA, Snowden attempted to fly from Hong Kong to Latin America in order to avoid being extradited to the United States. But the U.S. revoked his passport when he stopped through Russia, effectively stranding him there. Snowden has lived as an exile in Moscow ever since. He tells us his story.

Staff (2019-09-30). Edward Snowden: Private Contractors Play Key Role in U.S. Intelligence's "Creeping Authoritarianism" democracynow.org As a whistleblower complaint against President Trump rocks Washington, Democrats begin an impeachment inquiry and Trump threatens "big consequences" for the person who came forward, we continue our conversation with one of the world's most famous whistleblowers: Edward Snowden, now in exile in Russia. Six years ago, he shocked the world when he leaked a trove of secret documents about how the United States had built a massive surveillance apparatus to collect every single phone call, text message and email, and pry into the private lives of every person on Earth. He has just published a memoir titled "Permanent R…

Staff (2019-09-30). Snowden Reveals How He Secretly Exposed NSA Criminal Wrongdoing Without Getting Arrested. democracynow.org Edward Snowden talks about his decision to leak documents to journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras rather than WikiLeaks, and the issues with the U.S. government's response to whistleblower disclosures. His recently published memoir, "Permanent Record," tells the story of his decision to expose the system of mass surveillance. "I think it's so obvious that no harm to national security has resulted from this process of disclosure. And yet, the same criticisms, the same allegations are made to me as have been every other whistleblower," Snowden says. "What we need to understand here is not my model of publi…

Staff (2019-09-30). Headlines for September 30, 2019. democracynow.org Facing Threats from Trump, Anonymous Whistleblower to Testify on Capitol Hill, Trump Warns Impeachment Could Lead to Civil War, Calls Critics "Savages", Pompeo Subpoenaed over Ukraine; Trump Envoy for Ukraine Resigns, More Than 2 Million Take Part in Global Climate Strike, Nearly 70 Arrested at New Hampshire Coal Plant Protest, Federal Judge Blocks Trump Administration Effort to Indefinitely Detain Migrant Children, Low Turnout Reported on Election Day in Afghanistan, Egyptian Dissident Alaa Abd El-Fattah Arrested Amid Growing Crackdown, Houthis Claim to Have Killed 500 Saudi Soldiers in August Attack, El País: S…

Joshua Cho (2019-09-30). In Media Newspeak, a 'Peace Plan' for Israel/Palestine Is Anything US Proposes. fair.org by Joshua Cho | Prior to the elections in Israel/Palestine in September—marred by blatant racism posturing as the "democratic process," with millions of Palestinians living under varying degrees of Israeli rule unable to vote due to their ethnicity—Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu generated headlines for repeatedly pledging to annex nearly a third of the illegally occ…

Democracy Now! (2019-09-30). Edward Snowden Condemns Trump's Mistreatment of Whistleblower Who Exposed Ukraine Scandal. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/screen_shot_2019-09-30_at_2.51.54_pm.png

RT (2019-09-29). 'I deserve to meet my accuser!' Trump wants both Ukrainegate 'whistleblower' and his SOURCE to face him. rt.com US President Donald Trump has demanded to meet with the whistleblower who accused him of pressuring Kiev for political gain, as well as with the actual alleged source that passed the information presented in the Ukraine complaint. | With the Ukrainegate scandal gathering pace, Trump has launched another scathing attack at one of its main peddlers, House Intel Committee chair Adam Schiff, saying that he wants to see the Democratic senator tried for treason for his parody interpretation of Trump's call with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky. | Like every American, I deserve to meet my accuser, especially wh…

Ryan Grim (2019-09-29). Democratic Senators Orchestrated Infamous Caning of Slavery Opponent, According to New Book. theintercept.com Sidney Blumenthal's "All the Powers of Earth: 1856-1860," dives deep into the greatest act of physical violence ever perpetrated on the U.S. Senate floor.

Christian Sorensen (2019-09-29). The Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex Defeats Tulsi Gabbard. dissidentvoice.org The military-industrial-congressional complex (MIC) is the noxious alliance comprised of the Pentagon, the war industry, and Capitol Hill. U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard has spoken out against U.S. military interventions in such sovereign nations as Iraq, Syria, and Libya. While Gabbard's public discussion of the costs of war rankles some within the MIC, she does not …

teleSUR (2019-09-29). More Than Half in US Approve of Trump Impeachment Inquiry: Poll. telesurenglish.net More than half of the people in the United States approve for the House of Representatives to move forward with an official impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, according to a new CBS News survey conducted by YouGov. | RELATED: | Trump Did Ask Ukrainian President to Investigate Joe Biden | The poll, which was released Sunday morning, found that…

United Nations (2019-09-29). Guterres welcomes conduct of Afghan elections, commends 'all who braved security concerns to uphold their right to vote'. un.org UN Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the conduct of presidential elections in Afghanistan on 28 September and commended all Afghans "who exercised their democratic voice and upheld their right to vote, braving security concerns".

Fight Back (2019-09-29). SDS strengthens at 14th annual national convention. fightbacknews.org Jacksonville, FL — On September 20, New Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) chapters from across the United States convened at the University of North Florida to reaffirm their commitment to student organizing and to discuss ways to, "Stop Trump, Stop Racism, Stop U.S. Military and Police Terror." The conference peaked at over 80 students with a dozen chapters represented. | Speeches and applause rang through the halls all weekend. Students opened the conference chanting, "Dare to struggle, dare to win!" The conference ended with, "It is our duty to fight for each other, it is our duty to win!" | On Sat…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-09-29). As 2020 Democrats Eye Impeachment, Sanders Campaign Adjusts Slogan to Note: 'Bernie Beats Trump… (or Pence)'. commondreams.org "I look forward to seeing Donald Trump impeached as soon as possible," Sanders said on Sunday as Democrats target president following Ukraine revelations. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/bernie_beats_trump_or_pence1.jpg

The Canary (2019-09-29). Johnson blimp unveiled for protest at Tory conference. thecanary.co Hundreds of protesters have taken to the streets of Manchester as the Conservative conference gets underway.A giant Boris Johnson blimp was inflated at Castlefield Bowl ahead of a Reject Brexit — Defend Our Democracy event on Sunday afternoon.The six-metre tall inflatable depicted the prime minister dressed in blue shorts with red hearts and the word "Nigel" on, and a T-shirt showing a £350 million bus.Demonstrators gathered on Oxford Road at about midday for a Shut Down the Tories event before marching through heavy downpours to Deansgate, where a rally was due to be held.Shadow education secretary An…

Jon Schwarz (2019-09-28). Nixon's Revenge: This Time, Republicans Are Ready to Fight Impeachment. theintercept.com The right has patiently spent decades creating a system to make sure no Republican president is ever forced from office again, no matter what he does.

Vern Loomis (2019-09-28). Hell Yes, Take Them Away! dissidentvoice.org "Hell yes, we're going to take your AR-15, your AK-47!" With that unequivocal statement, Beto O'Rourke ignited right wing gun pundits who've kept some powder dry for just such a remark: "Who is this "we" he speaks of? Democrats? Liberals? Bring it, fools. Come and try to take my legally purchased guns. I double-dog dare …

RT (2019-09-28). NRA was a 'foreign asset' of Russia in 2016 election, claims report by Senate Democrats. rt.com Injecting new life into the 'Russiagate' conspiracy theory, Senate Democrats produced a report claiming that the largest US gun rights organization acted like a 'foreign asset' for the Kremlin and should lose tax-exempt status. | The 77-page document, published Friday by Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), insinuates that the National Rifle Association (NRA) abused its tax-exempt status by working with the gun rights activist Maria Butina — branded a "Russian agent" &#150…

RT (2019-09-28). 'This is war': Trump's critics & backers trade blows as Washington braces for impeachment showdown. rt.com With impeachment the talk of the town in Washington, President Donald Trump's most fierce critics and defenders are squaring off, reacting to a Democratic initiative to remove him from office over an alleged abuse of power. | On Tuesday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) said the House was "moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry," unifying ongoing investigations in six congressional committees under the umbrella of an impeachment probe. Citing a July phone call between President Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, Pelosi argued that the president abused his authority and bro…

WSWS (2019-09-28). CIA sets terms for Democrats' impeachment inquiry into Trump's crimes. wsws.org Both factions in the political warfare that has erupted in Washington are hostile to the democratic and social rights of the working class.

WSWS (2019-09-28). US Census report: Inequality grew rapidly in 2018 to record levels. wsws.org The US is now as unequal as the Democratic Republic of the Congo and less equal than Kenya, Mexico and Malaysia.

RT (2019-09-27). 'They lost the election, now they want to STEAL this one': Trump targets Democrats in impeachment ad. rt.com US President Donald Trump is blasting Democrats and "their media lapdogs" in a new campaign ad, claiming they seek to impeach him for wanting to investigate corruption in Ukraine involving former Vice President Joe Biden. | The 30-second ad that Trump tweeted out Friday afternoon opens with Biden boasting about getting a Ukrainian prosecutor fired after he threatened to withhold $1 billion from Kiev. The footage is from the former vice-president's January 2018 appearance at the Council on Foreign Relations. | I AM DRAINING THE SWAMP! pic.twitter.com/U7WxKrO6Kx— Donal…

Charles Davis (2019-09-27). Mass Killings In Afghanistan Are Acts of White Supremacy. counterpunch.org An American white nationalist killed over 30 people recently. The victims, all brown, had full lives; children, loved ones, and years, full of plans, ahead of them. But then they were incinerated. Worst of all, they were murdered while Afghan. The deaths were noted in the press, and one Democrat running for president even acknowledged More

Staff (2019-09-27). The Democratic Party Remains a Party of War, Not Peace. therealnews.com Green Party candidate Madelyn Hoffman says that even the progressive Democratic presidential candidates remain unwilling to challenge the Pentagon.

Staff (2019-09-27). The Impeachment: Will This Be Trump's Unraveling? therealnews.com Ryan Cooper, National Correspondent for The Week, joins us to look at today's testimony, the president's petulance, and what all this means for the presidential campaign.

David Daley (2019-09-27). "Worth This Investment": Memos Reveal the Scope and Racial Animus of GOP Gerrymandering Ambitions. theintercept.com In court and in public, many top Republicans have denied gerrymandering gives them any advantage at all. They've captured state legislatures and won an edge in Congress, some have suggested, due to superior candidates, better campaigns, and natural geographic sorting that clusters Democrats in urban areas and spreads Republicans more efficiently across the suburbs and rural America. | "The problem is not district lines; the proble…

Jeet Heer (2019-09-27). The Left Needs to Seize Impeachment From Centrist Elites. thenation.com The Left Needs to Seize Impeachment From Centrist Elites…

Staff (2019-09-27). James Risen: I Wrote About the Bidens and Ukraine in 2015. The Right-Wing Media Twisted My Reporting. democracynow.org Democrats are coalescing behind an effort to impeach President Trump over his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which he pressed the Ukrainian leader to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Meanwhile, Republicans have latched onto the Biden-Ukraine story as a means of smearing the former vice president as corrupt, in an attempt to damage one of Trump's political rivals. For more on the story, we speak with James Risen, senior national security correspondent for The Intercept, who first wrote about the Bidens and Ukraine in 2015, when he was a reporter for The New York Times. He says the "r…

Staff (2019-09-27). James Risen: Whistleblower Complaint Shows "Trump Is a Habitual Criminal" Abusing His Office. democracynow.org Democrats are ramping up efforts to impeach President Trump for pressing the president of Ukraine to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Nearly 90% of House Democrats now support impeachment. On Thursday, a declassified version of a complaint by an anonymous whistleblower was released, detailing his concerns about Trump's July phone call with Volodymyr Zelensky. In the complaint, the unnamed whistleblower — who has been identified as a CIA official — accused the president of "using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 202…

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…

Staff (2019-09-27). Headlines for September 27, 2019. democracynow.org Whistleblower Warned White House Tried to "Lock Down" Ukraine Call Details, Acting DNI Maguire Says Whistleblower "Acted in Good Faith", Trump Suggests Whistleblower Should Get Death Sentence for Treason, Global Youth-Led Strikes Demand Action on Climate Crisis, Study Finds Climate Crisis May Threaten 60% of World's Wheat Crop by 2100, States Challenge Trump's Rollback of Endangered Species Act, Senate Advances Confirmation of Ex-Monsanto Executive to Lead Wildlife Agency, EPA Chief Blames California's Homeless Population for Poor Water Quality, Protesters Defy Security Crackdown in Egypt, Demanding Ouster of Pre…

Jeffrey St. Clair (2019-09-27). Roaming Charges: Rough Trade Transcript. counterpunch.org I think we can all agree that refusing to send military aid to Ukraine would have been a wise decision by Trump. But trading the slaughter of civilians in eastern Ukraine for political dirt on HRC and the Bidens pretty much exposes his America First foreign policy as little more than diplomatic narcissism, which, of course, we've known all along but it's useful to have it confirmed in his own "Rough Trade Transcript"…. More

RT (2019-09-26). House Intelligence Committee releases whistleblower report on Trump-Zelensky call. rt.com The whistleblower complaint that led to the impeachment inquiry against US President Donald Trump has been released. In it, the leaker admits he did not actually hear the phone call at the center of the scandal. | Released by the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday, the complaint details the circumstances surrounding Trump's July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Democrats argue that Trump attempted to pressure Zelensky into reopening a corruption inve…

Mehdi Hasan (2019-09-26). Democrats, Please Don't Mess This Up. Impeach Trump for All His Crimes, Not Just for Ukraine. theintercept.com Impeaching Trump only for Ukraine would give him a clean bill of health on everything else, like his obstruction of the Mueller investigation.

RT (2019-09-26). Schiff's 're-telling' of Trump phone call with Ukraine head gets mocked as 'unhinged Orange-Man-Bad fan fiction'. rt.com With impeachment efforts against President Donald Trump resting on the content of a single phone call, who could blame Congressman Adam Schiff for embellishing the truth a little, all to sell his "Orange Man Bad" narrative. | Though Trump released a transcript of the call in question on Wednesday, the Democrat-controlled House Intelligence Committee pressed ahead with questioning Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire on Thursday, about his handling of the whistleblower complaint that first thrus…

Robert Mackey (2019-09-26). How Trump Pushed Ukraine's President to Probe Conspiracy Theories About Democrats. theintercept.com Donald Trump pressed Ukraine's new president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to help legitimize conspiracy theories about his Democratic rivals during a private telephone conversation in July, and again at a public meeting at the United Nations on Wednesday. | White House notes on the July call, released before the two presidents met in New York, showed that Trump urged his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate false claims about the theft of emails from the Democratic National Committee's servers in 2016, as well as former Vice Presi…

Joan Walsh (2019-09-26). The Republican Party Is Going Down With Trump. thenation.com The Republican Party Is Going Down With Trump…

Staff (2019-09-26). Edward Snowden Condemns Trump's Mistreatment of Whistleblower Who Exposed Ukraine Scandal. democracynow.org Responding to news of a whistleblower's complaint at the center of an impeachment inquiry filed against President Trump this week, famed whistleblower Edward Snowden speaks about his own decision to leak classified documents in 2013. The House Intelligence Committee has released the declassified whistleblower complaint, which details a July phone call between President Trump and the Ukrainian president. The White House is trying "to make the conversation not about the allegations," Snowden told Democracy Now! "They want to talk about the whistleblower rather than the government's own wrongdoing."

Staff (2019-09-26). "Financial Censorship Is Still Censorship": Edward Snowden Slams Justice Dept. Lawsuit Against Him. democracynow.org As a whistleblower complaint filed against President Trump rocks Washington and threatens Trump's presidency, one of the world's most famous whistleblowers, Edward Snowden, joins us from Moscow, Russia. Earlier this month, the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Snowden alleging that his newly released memoir, "Permanent Record," violates the nondisclosure agreements he signed with the federal government when he was a National Security Agency employee. The Justice Department also argued that they are entitled to all of Snowden's book profits. Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman and Juan González speak with Sno…

Staff (2019-09-26). Permanent Record: Why NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden Risked His Life to Expose Surveillance State. democracynow.org Six years ago, Edward Snowden leaked a trove of secret documents about how the United States had built a massive surveillance apparatus to spy on Americans and people across the globe. Snowden was then charged in the U.S. for violating the Espionage Act and other laws. As he attempted to flee to Latin America, Snowden became stranded in Russia after the U.S. revoked his passport. He has lived in Moscow ever since. Snowden just published his memoir, "Permanent Record," in which he writes about what led him to risk his life to expose the U.S. government's system of mass surveillance. From Moscow, he speaks to Democ…

Staff (2019-09-26). Headlines for September 26, 2019. democracynow.org Transcript Shows Trump Pressured Ukrainian Leader to Probe Joe Biden and Son, President Trump on Ukraine Phone Call: "Impeachment for That?", Majority of House Lawmakers Back Impeachment Inquiry Against Trump, Iranian President Rules Out Talks with U.S. While Sanctions Remain, Saudi-Led Coalition Airstrikes Kill 16 Civilians in Yemen, Israel's President Asks Benjamin Netanyahu to Form New Government, 2 Million Wild Animals Perish as Fires Rage in Bolivia, Climate Crisis Drives Mont Blanc Glacier Toward Collapse, 7 Arrested as San Francisco Climate Protesters Block Wells Fargo Entrance, Doctors Glue Themselves to…

Jud Lounsbury (2019-09-25). It's Time to Impeach Members of Congress for Not Impeaching Trump. progressive.org The question is no longer whether it's a good idea. It's about whether the members of Congress, Democrats and Republicans alike, will follow their oath of office to defend the Constitution.

Staff (2019-09-25). Trump Lashes Out at Iran, China & Venezuela in Nationalist Address to U.N. General Assembly. democracynow.org On Tuesday, President Trump made his third address to the United Nations General Assembly amid simmering tensions in the Middle East over recent attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities, which the United States blames on Iran. Tehran denies the allegations. Trump also lashed out at China and Venezuela. We speak with Vijay Prashad, director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research and chief editor of LeftWord Books. His latest article for Salon is headlined "World leaders gather at the UN in the face of war, climate catastrophe & global worker exploitation."

Staff (2019-09-25). Billy Bragg: What the U.K. Supreme Court's Historic Ruling Against Boris Johnson Means for Brexit. democracynow.org The U.K. Parliament has reconvened after the country's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson had unlawfully suspended Parliament in order to push through Brexit with or without a deal. Johnson made the unprecedented move late last month, asking the queen to prorogue Parliament in order to limit debate on leaving the European Union, which the U.K. is scheduled to do by October 31. Calls for Johnson's resignation are mounting since the news broke, with opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn calling for a general election and demanding Johnson apologize to the queen and to the country. For mo…

Staff (2019-09-25). "We've Reached Critical Mass": Rep. Al Green on Pelosi Vow to Impeach Trump for "Dastardly Deeds" democracynow.org Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has launched a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump following allegations from an intelligence community whistleblower that Trump sought help from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a July 25 phone call to investigate Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden and his son Hunter. On Tuesday, the Republican-controlled Senate unanimously passed a nonbinding resolution calling for the Trump administration to release the whistleblower complaint to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. We get response and look at next steps with Congressmember Al Gree…

Staff (2019-09-25). Headlines for September 25, 2019. democracynow.org Pelosi Launches Impeachment Inquiry Against President Trump, IPCC: World Must Cut Greenhouse Emissions or Face Catastrophic Sea Level Rise, Bolsonaro Faces Condemnation For Defending Deforestation of Amazon in U.N. Speech, Trump Denounces Iran, Venezuela & Calls for Countries to Embrace Nationalism at U.N., Pakistani PM Demands World to Address Crisis in Kashmir, U.K. Parliament Reconvenes After Court Declares Boris Johnson's Parliament Suspension Illegal, Egyptian Authorities Arrest At Least 900 Following Anti-Government Protests, Spain to Exhume Body of Former Dictator Francisco Franco from State Mausoleum, Nig…

Staff (2019-09-24). Nate Silver and the Pitfalls of the Corporate Pundit Class. therealnews.com Political statistician and editor-in-chief of FiveThirtyEight Nate Silver found himself in hot water recently when he seemed to refer to the diverse supporters of Bernie Sanders' campaign as "residue." Jacqueline Luqman talks to Anoa Changa about why that language, and the bias of the corporate pundit class, is an issue.

Deborah (2019-09-24). Support FAIR: Corporate Media Sidetracking Real Election Issues—Again — copy. fair.org Dear FAIR Friends, While corporate media focus on who's up/who's down in the horserace for the Democratic nomination, more substantive concerns—What are the candidates' policy proposals? Are they adequate to the scale of the problems we face? Will our votes be suppressed, or even miscounted?—go unaddressed. With so much at stake, we've got to …

Steven Schwinn (2019-09-24). Trump Seeks to Kneecap Consumer Protection Agency Advocated for by Elizabeth Warren. progressive.org We've grown accustomed to Donald Trump's relentless political attacks. but, in the end, his constitutional attacks on the administrative state could cause the most damage.

Staff (2019-09-24). Ta-Nehisi Coates on His Debut Novel "The Water Dancer," Slavery & Reparations. democracynow.org Celebrated writer Ta-Nehisi Coates's first novel, "The Water Dancer," was released today. Centering on a man named Hiram Walker, who was born into slavery in 19th century Virginia, the novel is a "crowd-pleasing exercise in breakneck and often occult storytelling," a review in The New York Times stated. Over the past decade Ta-Nehisi Coates has become one of the nation's most celebrated writers. In 2014, he wrote a piece titled "The Case for Reparations," which rejuvenated the push for the government to pay reparations to the descendants of slaves. His 2015 book, "Between the World and Me," a National Book Award…

Staff (2019-09-24). How Dare You! Greta Thunberg Slams World's Focus on Economic "Fairy Tales" While Ecosystems Collapse. democracynow.org Scores of world leaders gathered in New York on Monday for the U.N. Climate Action Summit, but the world's largest greenhouse gas emitters announced few new measures to address the climate crisis. President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence briefly attended the summit but left after just 14 minutes. At the beginning of the summit, 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg delivered an impassioned address to world leaders, explicitly naming their inaction on the climate crisis. "People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing," Greta said. "We are in the beginning of a mass ext…

Staff (2019-09-24). In Landmark UN Complaint, 16 Children Accuse Nations of Failing to Protect Them from Climate Change. democracynow.org Youth climate activists from around the world also attended the U.N. Climate Action Summit Monday, where they spoke at UNICEF about a landmark new climate complaint they filed with the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. Hailing from countries including Argentina, Brazil, Germany, the Marshall Islands and Tunisia, the young representatives spoke about why they feel compelled to act on the climate crisis. Among the youth climate activists were Alexandria Villaseñor of New York and Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg.

Staff (2019-09-24). Meet Brazil's Indigenous Leader Attacked by Bolsonaro at U.N. over Efforts to Preserve the Amazon. democracynow.org A number of indigenous leaders from Brazil traveled to New York to protest Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's push to open the Amazon rainforest for agribusiness, logging and mining. Democracy Now!'s Nermeen Shaikh spoke to Chief Raoni Metuktire of the Kayapó tribe on Monday outside the U.N. Climate Action Summit about the situation in the Amazon, including the recent outbreak of devastating fires. After the interview, Chief Raoni attempted to enter the U.N. summit, but despite support from dozens of activists, he was barred from entering. He is a nominee for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.

Staff (2019-09-24). Headlines for September 24, 2019. democracynow.org Greta Thunberg and Youth Activists Take On World Leaders at U.N. Climate Action Summit, Trump Admin Tells U.N. to Drop Term "Reproductive Health and Rights", Trump Ordered Hold on Ukrainian Aid Before Call with President Zelensky About Bidens, U.K. Supreme Court: Boris Johnson's Suspension of Parliament Is Unlawful, U.K., France & Germany Say Iran Responsible for Saudi Oil Attacks as Trump Addresses UNGA, Afghanistan: At Least 40 Civilians Killed by U.S.-Afghan Attack, Haiti: Senator Shoots AP Photographer in Face During Anti-Gov't Protests, Video of Blindfolded Prisoners in Xinjiang Adds to Fears of Mass Human R…

Julie Hollar (2019-09-23). What Media Like Best About Elizabeth Warren: She's Not Bernie Sanders. fair.org When the Washington Post's Paul Waldman ( 9/18/19) recently attempted to explain Elizabeth Warren's rise in the Democratic primary polls, he attributed it in part to media: Reporters on the campaign trail have said for some time that she is the one who generates the most enthusiastic response among voters on the ground. A…

susan_p (2019-09-23). History will judge Mugabe's legacy. greenleft.org.au Alan BroughtonIssue 1239 Zimbabwe Movement for Democratic Change MDC ZANU-PFSeptember 23, 2019Zimbabwe's independence leader and former president Robert Mugabe is remembered for his leadership of the succ…

Staff (2019-09-23). 19-Year-Old Indigenous Climate Activist Artemisa Xakriabá: "We Fight for Mother Earth" democracynow.org Friday's climate strike in New York City concluded with remarks from indigenous leaders, activists and organizers. Artemisa Xakriabá, a 19-year-old indigenous climate activist of the Xakriabá people, spoke about the increasing intensity of environmental destruction across Brazil and the interconnectedness of the fight for climate justice. "We fight for our Mother Earth because the fight for Mother Earth is the mother of all other fights," Xakriabá said. "We are fighting for your lives. We are fighting for our lives. We are fighting for our sacred territory. But we are being persecuted, threatened, murdered, only…

Staff (2019-09-23). Millions Took Part in the Youth-Led Global Climate Strike Friday. Here's Why People Marched. democracynow.org As many as a quarter-million people marched on the streets of New York City Friday for a youth-led climate strike inspired by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. Globally, as many as 4 million people took to the streets in hundreds of countries. Democracy Now! was in the streets of New York on Friday speaking with climate strikers from the United States and around the world.

Staff (2019-09-23). Bill McKibben: Youth Who Led Global Climate Strike Are Bringing a New "Spirit" to Climate Fight. democracynow.org Following Friday's youth-led climate strike — the largest-ever global protest focused on climate — we speak with Bill McKibben, longtime journalist and co-founder of 350.org. McKibben's latest piece for The New Yorker is titled "Money Is the Oxygen on Which the Fire of Global Warming Burns," and his cover piece for Time magazine is headlined "Hello from the Year 2050. We Avoided the Worst of Climate Change — But Everything Is Different." McKibben's 1989 book, "The End of Nature," was the first book for a general audience about climate change.

Staff (2019-09-23). "Our House Is on Fire": Greta Thunberg Addresses Hundreds of Thousands at NYC Climate Strike. democracynow.org Sixteen-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg spoke at Friday's climate strike in New York, where an estimated 300,000 people took to the streets. Thunberg inspired the global spread of weekly climate strikes when she started skipping school to protest outside of the Swedish parliament last year. "We will not just stand aside and watch," Thunberg told a crowd of thousands in her speech at Manhattan's Battery Park. "We are united behind the science, and we will do everything in our power to stop this crisis from getting worse."

Michael Sainato (2019-09-18). 2020: Democratic Establishment vs. Democratic Socialists. progressive.org Meet three new challengers to the entrenched old guard.

Andy Spears (2019-09-17). Tennessee Republicans in Fisticuffs Over School Vouchers. progressive.org Hot chicken, sex, and cocaine are part of the story of how Tennessee became the latest state to succumb to the Betsy DeVos-backed voucher craze. The result could determine how the GOP addresses the issue across the country.

Jud Lounsbury (2019-09-13). Democratic Debate #3: Mr. Rogers, Re-runs, and Real Talk. progressive.org A side-stepped apology from Biden, two gimmick-meisters, and seven remaining candidates who gave solid performances.

Vasuki R (2019-09-11). Pittsburgh Google contract workers start unionization process, bosses prep union-busting campaign. liberationnews.org In these crucial coming weeks, solidarity and militancy will keep the workers united as they fight for democracy and the ability to collectively bargain.

Eoin Higgins, Common Dreams (2019-09-08). New Season of Amazon's Jack Ryan Focused on Venezuela Denounced as 'Over-the-Top and Ridiculous' US Propaganda. venezuelanalysis.com The upcoming season of Amazon's Jack Ryan could have been scripted by John Bolton.

2019-09-30: Social Media Postees

Democrats say they will ban fracking nationwide. An empty campaign promise or are they serious?
rt.com | 2019-09-30
Several contenders for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination have promised a nationwide ban on fracking. How viable is that proposal and do they really want to do it — or is it just a campaign promise they can never fulfil? | Banning 'fracking' — the process of extracting oil and natural gas via hydraulic fracturing — is popular among environmentalists and activists who are increasingly concerned about climate change. Among the candidates who have backed a ban are the current frontrunner Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts), as well as her colleagues Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and K…
rt.com/usa/469917-democrats-fracking-ban-2020/

What media like best about Elizabeth Warren: She's not Bernie Sanders
FAIR | mronline.org | 2019-09-30
If Warren ever finds herself without media's bête noire to draft off of–assuming her policy stances remain the same–the media headwinds can be expected to get much more intense for her. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/09/30/what-media-like-best-about-elizabeth-warren-shes-not-bernie-sanders/

Nina Turner, Bernie Sanders's Campaign Chair, Led Charge for Education Reform as Ohio Legislator
Rachel M. Cohen | theintercept.com | 2019-09-30
Nina Turner said she's "definitely evolved" since her time in the Ohio state Senate, but she remains proud of pro-charter policies she helped pass.
theintercept.com/2019/09/30/nina-turner-cleveland-ohio-education-reform/

'Ukrainegate' teaches us more about ourselves than Trump or Biden
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers | nationofchange.org | 2019-09-30
As residents in a corrupt, corporate-controlled, imperialist country, we have a responsibility to ourselves and the world to take action to stop the US disastrous foreign policy.
nationofchange.org/2019/09/30/ukrainegate-teaches-us-more-about-ourselves-than-trump-or-biden/

The Untold Story of the Trump-Ukraine 'Scandal': The Routine Corruption of US Foreign Policy
Joe Lauria | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-30
The most crucial aspects of the Trump-Ukraine "scandal," which has led to impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump, are not being told, even by Republicans. | Trump was very likely motivated by politics if he indeed withheld military aid to Ukraine in …
globalresearch.ca/untold-story-trump-ukraine-scandal/5690573

The New Evil Empire
Serge Halimi | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-30
The US seems to have decided that it can't take on China and Russia at the same time, so its principal geopolitical rival in the coming decades will be China. Trump's Republican administration and the Democrats agree on this, though they are campaigning vigorously against each other ahead of next year's presidential election. China has…
counterpunch.org/2019/09/30/the-new-evil-empire/

Fighting Corruption Must Be Our Focus In 2020
Miles Mogulescu | commondreams.org | 2019-09-30
Why would Democrats want to spend even a minute during this Presidential campaign defending Biden against corruption charges, when there are plenty of other qualified Democratic candidates without this liability? (Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/joebiden_1.jpeg
commondreams.org/views/2019/09/30/fighting-corruption-must-be-our-focus-2020?cd-origin=rss

Playing the Trump card
Victor Grossman | mronline.org | 2019-09-30
Clearly, the ingredients of anti-Trump cooking create a very mixed batter. Some spoonfuls may even contain a "Save Biden as candidate" flavor, outweighing the truly weighty reasons for baking a completely new kind of cake. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/09/29/playing-the-trump-card/

When Convenience Counts: Leaking and Whistleblowing. Trump and the Zelensky Affair
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-30
The entire Trump presidency has been a sequence of "watch this space" moments. Dismissals and political executions; attacks and distractions; gestures of deal making and promises of apocalypse. Perhaps it was high time for another bit of material to be …
globalresearch.ca/leaking-whistleblowing-democrats/5690595

Democrats praise CIA whistleblower on Ukraine, persecute Manning, Assange and Snowden
wsws.org | 2019-09-30
While the Democrats declare that "Congress must do all it can to protect… all whistleblowers," they support exile and prison for the men and women who have exposed the crimes of US imperialism.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/30/pers-s30.html

The 'Hong Kong Human Rights & Democracy Act' Will Intensify the Hybrid War on China
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-30
As if the ongoing "trade war" wasn't an intense enough Hybrid War against China as it is, the US might soon pass the so-called "Hong Kong Human Rights & Democracy Act" in order to take its asymmetrical aggression even further …
globalresearch.ca/hong-kong-human-rights-democracy-act-intensify-hybrid-war-china/5690611

DPRK reports 'little progress' since historic June 2018 summit with US
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-30
Lack of progress in achieving peace on the Korean Peninsula is "entirely attributable" to the United States, a senior official from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) told the UN General Assembly on Monday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/09/1048232

Private Contractors Play Key Role in US Intelligence's Creeping Authoritarianism
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-30
| As a whistleblower complaint against President Trump rocks Washington, Democrats begin an impeachment inquiry and Trump threatens "big consequences" for the person who came forward, we continue our conversation with one of the world's most famous whistleblowers: Edward Snowden, now in exile in Russia. Six years ago, he shocked the world when he leaked a trove of secret documents about how the United States had built a massive surveillance apparatus to collect phone calls, text messages…
truthout.org/video/private-contractors-play-key-role-in-us-intelligences-creeping-authoritarianism/

Democrats frame impeachment drive as defense of "national security"
wsws.org | 2019-09-30
There is not the slightest democratic content to the Democrats' impeachment inquiry.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/30/impe-s30.html

In Media Newspeak, a 'Peace Plan' for Israel/Palestine Is Anything US Proposes
Joshua Cho | fair.org | 2019-09-30
by Joshua Cho | Prior to the elections in Israel/Palestine in September–marred by blatant racism posturing as the "democratic process," with millions of Palestinians living under varying degrees of Israeli rule unable to vote due to their ethnicity–Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu generated headlines for repeatedly pledging to annex nearly a third of the illegally occ…
fair.org/home/in-media-newspeak-a-peace-plan-for-israel-palestine-is-anything-us-proposes/

Trump tweets quote warning that impeachment will cause 'Civil War-like fracture' in US
rt.com | 2019-09-30
US President Donald Trump responded to the Democrats-led impeachment inquiry by posting an ominous quote from a church leader who warned that removing him from office would inflict "Civil War-like" wounds on the nation. | Known for regularly watching shows on Fox News, Trump apparently liked how the Southern Baptist minister and televangelist Robert Jeffress appeared on the channel on Sunday and blasted the Democrats for wanting to impeach him. | "And I do want to make this prediction this morning: If the Democrats are successful in removing the president from office, I'm afraid it will cause a Civil War-like…
rt.com/usa/469920-trump-impeachment-civil-war/

Media Event ~ 9th Annual Pan African Global Trade and Investment Conference
Michael Harris | indybay.org | 2019-09-30
California State Capitol Park | Camillia Grove ~ near 12th and L St | Downtown Sacramento…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/09/30/18826937.php

Reports on China 'organ harvesting' derive from front groups of far-right cult Falun Gong
Ryan McCarthy | thegrayzone.com | 2019-09-30
A wave of corporate media reports on Chinese organ harvesting rely without acknowledgement on front groups connected to the far-right…
thegrayzone.com/2019/09/30/reports-china-organ-harvesting-cult-falun-gong/

That Impeachment Inquiry? Now is the time to take to the streets
Curt Wechsler | indybay.org | 2019-09-30
1590 Bryant (at 15th Street), San Francisco…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/09/28/18826888.php

We Don't Have to Choose Between Warren and Sanders Yet
D.D. Guttenplan | thenation.com | 2019-09-30
We Don't Have to Choose Between Warren and Sanders Yet…
thenation.com/article/sanders-warren-wfp/

Democrats Must Reject False Choices as They Pursue Impeachment
Joan Walsh | thenation.com | 2019-09-30
Democrats Must Reject False Choices as They Pursue Impeachment…
thenation.com/article/democrats-impeachment-ukraine-russia-trump/

The Ukraine Scandal Might Be a Bad Gambit for Democrats
Aaron Maté | thenation.com | 2019-09-30
The Ukraine Scandal Might Be a Bad Gambit for Democrats…
thenation.com/article/ukraine-scandal-democrats/

GOP Rep. Chris Collins Resigns From Congress Amid Reports He'll Plead Guilty to Insider Trading Charges
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-09-30
Republican Congressman Chris Collins of New York, who was indicted last year for his alleged role in an insider trading scheme, resigned from his seat Monday amid reports that he will plead guilty to federal charges on Tuesday. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/rep._chris_collins_at_yahoo_0.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/09/30/gop-rep-chris-collins-resigns-congress-amid-reports-hell-plead-guilty-insider?cd-origin=rss

Pelosi's Endorsement of Anti-Choice Henry Cuellar Over Progressive Jessica Cisneros Reveals Lack of Leadership, Justice Democrats Say
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-09-30
"The Democratic Party should be embracing our most fundamental values and put voters ahead of big corporate donors." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/pelosi_2.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/09/30/pelosis-endorsement-anti-choice-henry-cuellar-over-progressive-jessica-cisneros?cd-origin=rss

CNN Slammed for Labeling Five Centrist Democrats as 'Leaders on Impeachment' and Erasing Efforts of Progressive Women of Color
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-09-30
Progressives expressed outrage on Monday over CNN's weekend segment on five centrist freshman congresswomen who the network gave credit for their so-called "leadership" on the impeachment of President Donald Trump—just days after the lawmakers backed impeachment proceedings following months of demands from ethics watchdogs and other critics. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/picmonkey_image2.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/09/30/cnn-slammed-labeling-five-centrist-democrats-leaders-impeachment-and-erasing-efforts?cd-origin=rss

Whistleblower Edward Snowden on Trump, Obama & How He Ended Up in Russia to Avoid U.S. Extradition
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-30
We conclude our interview with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, who has just published his memoir titled "Permanent Record." In 2013, after quitting his job at the NSA, Snowden attempted to fly from Hong Kong to Latin America in order to avoid being extradited to the United States. But the U.S. revoked his passport when he stopped through Russia, effectively stranding him there. Snowden has lived as an exile in Moscow ever since. He tells us his story.
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/30/how_edward_snowden_avoided_extradition_to

Snowden Reveals How He Secretly Exposed NSA Criminal Wrongdoing Without Getting Arrested
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-30
Edward Snowden talks about his decision to leak documents to journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras rather than WikiLeaks, and the issues with the U.S. government's response to whistleblower disclosures. His recently published memoir, "Permanent Record," tells the story of his decision to expose the system of mass surveillance. "I think it's so obvious that no harm to national security has resulted from this process of disclosure. And yet, the same criticisms, the same allegations are made to me as have been every other whistleblower," Snowden says. "What we need to understand here is not my model of publi…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/30/whistleblower_edward_snowden_permanent_record_nsa

Edward Snowden: Private Contractors Play Key Role in U.S. Intelligence's "Creeping Authoritarianism"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-30
As a whistleblower complaint against President Trump rocks Washington, Democrats begin an impeachment inquiry and Trump threatens "big consequences" for the person who came forward, we continue our conversation with one of the world's most famous whistleblowers: Edward Snowden, now in exile in Russia. Six years ago, he shocked the world when he leaked a trove of secret documents about how the United States had built a massive surveillance apparatus to collect every single phone call, text message and email, and pry into the private lives of every person on Earth. He has just published a memoir titled "Permanent R…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/30/edward_snowden_us_surveillance_corporate_america

Edward Snowden Condemns Trump's Mistreatment of Whistleblower Who Exposed Ukraine Scandal
Democracy Now! | commondreams.org | 2019-09-30
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The Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex Defeats Tulsi Gabbard
Christian Sorensen | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-09-29
The military-industrial-congressional complex (MIC) is the noxious alliance comprised of the Pentagon, the war industry, and Capitol Hill. U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard has spoken out against U.S. military interventions in such sovereign nations as Iraq, Syria, and Libya. While Gabbard's public discussion of the costs of war rankles some within the MIC, she does not …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/09/the-military-industrial-congressional-complex-defeats-tulsi-gabbard/

More Than Half in US Approve of Trump Impeachment Inquiry: Poll
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-29
More than half of the people in the United States approve for the House of Representatives to move forward with an official impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, according to a new CBS News survey conducted by YouGov. | RELATED: | Trump Did Ask Ukrainian President to Investigate Joe Biden | The poll, which was released Sunday morning, found that…
telesurenglish.net/news/More-Than-Half-US-Approve-of-Trump-Impeachment-Inquiry-Poll-20190929-0010.html

SDS strengthens at 14th annual national convention
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-09-29
Jacksonville, FL — On September 20, New Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) chapters from across the United States convened at the University of North Florida to reaffirm their commitment to student organizing and to discuss ways to, "Stop Trump, Stop Racism, Stop U.S. Military and Police Terror." The conference peaked at over 80 students with a dozen chapters represented. | Speeches and applause rang through the halls all weekend. Students opened the conference chanting, "Dare to struggle, dare to win!" The conference ended with, "It is our duty to fight for each other, it is our duty to win!" | On Sat…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/9/29/sds-strengthens-14th-annual-national-convention

Democratic Senators Orchestrated Infamous Caning of Slavery Opponent, According to New Book
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-09-29
Sidney Blumenthal's "All the Powers of Earth: 1856-1860," dives deep into the greatest act of physical violence ever perpetrated on the U.S. Senate floor.
theintercept.com/2019/09/29/sidney-blumenthal-book-all-powers-earth/

Guterres welcomes conduct of Afghan elections, commends 'all who braved security concerns to uphold their right to vote'
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-29
UN Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the conduct of presidential elections in Afghanistan on 28 September and commended all Afghans "who exercised their democratic voice and upheld their right to vote, braving security concerns".
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/09/1048122

'I deserve to meet my accuser!' Trump wants both Ukrainegate 'whistleblower' and his SOURCE to face him
rt.com | 2019-09-29
US President Donald Trump has demanded to meet with the whistleblower who accused him of pressuring Kiev for political gain, as well as with the actual alleged source that passed the information presented in the Ukraine complaint. | With the Ukrainegate scandal gathering pace, Trump has launched another scathing attack at one of its main peddlers, House Intel Committee chair Adam Schiff, saying that he wants to see the Democratic senator tried for treason for his parody interpretation of Trump's call with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky. | Like every American, I deserve to meet my accuser, especially wh…
rt.com/usa/469893-trump-wants-meet-whistleblower-source/

As 2020 Democrats Eye Impeachment, Sanders Campaign Adjusts Slogan to Note: 'Bernie Beats Trump… (or Pence)'
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-09-29
"I look forward to seeing Donald Trump impeached as soon as possible," Sanders said on Sunday as Democrats target president following Ukraine revelations. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/bernie_beats_trump_or_pence1.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/09/29/2020-democrats-eye-impeachment-sanders-campaign-adjusts-slogan-note-bernie-beats?cd-origin=rss

Johnson blimp unveiled for protest at Tory conference
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-09-29
Hundreds of protesters have taken to the streets of Manchester as the Conservative conference gets underway.A giant Boris Johnson blimp was inflated at Castlefield Bowl ahead of a Reject Brexit — Defend Our Democracy event on Sunday afternoon.The six-metre tall inflatable depicted the prime minister dressed in blue shorts with red hearts and the word "Nigel" on, and a T-shirt showing a £350 million bus.Demonstrators gathered on Oxford Road at about midday for a Shut Down the Tories event before marching through heavy downpours to Deansgate, where a rally was due to be held.Shadow education secretary An…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2019/09/29/johnson-blimp-unveiled-for-protest-at-tory-conference/

Nixon's Revenge: This Time, Republicans Are Ready to Fight Impeachment
Jon Schwarz | theintercept.com | 2019-09-28
The right has patiently spent decades creating a system to make sure no Republican president is ever forced from office again, no matter what he does.
theintercept.com/2019/09/28/impeachment-republicans-nixon-watergate/

US Census report: Inequality grew rapidly in 2018 to record levels
wsws.org | 2019-09-28
The US is now as unequal as the Democratic Republic of the Congo and less equal than Kenya, Mexico and Malaysia.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/28/inco-s28.html

'This is war': Trump's critics & backers trade blows as Washington braces for impeachment showdown
rt.com | 2019-09-28
With impeachment the talk of the town in Washington, President Donald Trump's most fierce critics and defenders are squaring off, reacting to a Democratic initiative to remove him from office over an alleged abuse of power. | On Tuesday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) said the House was "moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry," unifying ongoing investigations in six congressional committees under the umbrella of an impeachment probe. Citing a July phone call between President Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, Pelosi argued that the president abused his authority and bro…
rt.com/usa/469803-trump-backers-critics-impeachment-showdown/

NRA was a 'foreign asset' of Russia in 2016 election, claims report by Senate Democrats
rt.com | 2019-09-28
Injecting new life into the 'Russiagate' conspiracy theory, Senate Democrats produced a report claiming that the largest US gun rights organization acted like a 'foreign asset' for the Kremlin and should lose tax-exempt status. | The 77-page document, published Friday by Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), insinuates that the National Rifle Association (NRA) abused its tax-exempt status by working with the gun rights activist Maria Butina — branded a "Russian agent" &#150…
rt.com/usa/469798-nra-foreign-asset-russia-democrats/

Hell Yes, Take Them Away!
Vern Loomis | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-09-28
"Hell yes, we're going to take your AR-15, your AK-47!" With that unequivocal statement, Beto O'Rourke ignited right wing gun pundits who've kept some powder dry for just such a remark: "Who is this "we" he speaks of? Democrats? Liberals? Bring it, fools. Come and try to take my legally purchased guns. I double-dog dare …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/09/hell-yes-take-them-away/

CIA sets terms for Democrats' impeachment inquiry into Trump's crimes
wsws.org | 2019-09-28
Both factions in the political warfare that has erupted in Washington are hostile to the democratic and social rights of the working class.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/28/pers-s28.html

"Worth This Investment": Memos Reveal the Scope and Racial Animus of GOP Gerrymandering Ambitions
David Daley | theintercept.com | 2019-09-27
In court and in public, many top Republicans have denied gerrymandering gives them any advantage at all. They've captured state legislatures and won an edge in Congress, some have suggested, due to superior candidates, better campaigns, and natural geographic sorting that clusters Democrats in urban areas and spreads Republicans more efficiently across the suburbs and rural America. | "The problem is not district lines; the proble…
theintercept.com/2019/09/27/gerrymandering-gop-hofeller-memos/

The Democratic Party Remains a Party of War, Not Peace
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-27
Green Party candidate Madelyn Hoffman says that even the progressive Democratic presidential candidates remain unwilling to challenge the Pentagon.
therealnews.com/stories/the-democratic-party-remains-a-party-of-war-not-peace

Message to the Climate Strike Marchers in Detroit
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-27
Merge the strikes! Merge the tiers! | We are all for the Green New Deal! | Make Detroit the Arsenal for a Green Economy! | Frank Hammer | This is a historic day, especially for those of us here in Detroit. We are at the center of not one but two strikes: | The nation-wide strike by 46,000 UAW members to determine fate of GM, Ford and Chrysler autoworkers which will have ripple effects for the entire working class and gm communities, right here in Detroit and Warren, in the US and globally. The other strike, today's youth-led global climate strike, is a huge step in our fight to shape the fate of our planet, the…
therealnews.com/columns/message-to-the-climate-strike-marchers-in-detroit

'They lost the election, now they want to STEAL this one': Trump targets Democrats in impeachment ad
rt.com | 2019-09-27
US President Donald Trump is blasting Democrats and "their media lapdogs" in a new campaign ad, claiming they seek to impeach him for wanting to investigate corruption in Ukraine involving former Vice President Joe Biden. | The 30-second ad that Trump tweeted out Friday afternoon opens with Biden boasting about getting a Ukrainian prosecutor fired after he threatened to withhold $1 billion from Kiev. The footage is from the former vice-president's January 2018 appearance at the Council on Foreign Relations. | I AM DRAINING THE SWAMP! pic.twitter.com/U7WxKrO6Kx– Donal…
rt.com/usa/469793-trump-democrats-media-lapdogs-steal/

Mass Killings In Afghanistan Are Acts of White Supremacy
Charles Davis | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-27
An American white nationalist killed over 30 people recently. The victims, all brown, had full lives; children, loved ones, and years, full of plans, ahead of them. But then they were incinerated. Worst of all, they were murdered while Afghan. The deaths were noted in the press, and one Democrat running for president even acknowledged…
counterpunch.org/2019/09/27/mass-killings-in-afghanistan-are-acts-of-white-supremacy/

The Impeachment: Will This Be Trump's Unraveling?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-27
Ryan Cooper, National Correspondent for The Week, joins us to look at today's testimony, the president's petulance, and what all this means for the presidential campaign.
therealnews.com/stories/impeachment-trump-unraveling

The Left Needs to Seize Impeachment From Centrist Elites
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2019-09-27
The Left Needs to Seize Impeachment From Centrist Elites…
thenation.com/article/trump-impeachment-democrats/

James Risen: I Wrote About the Bidens and Ukraine in 2015. The Right-Wing Media Twisted My Reporting
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-27
Democrats are coalescing behind an effort to impeach President Trump over his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which he pressed the Ukrainian leader to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Meanwhile, Republicans have latched onto the Biden-Ukraine story as a means of smearing the former vice president as corrupt, in an attempt to damage one of Trump's political rivals. For more on the story, we speak with James Risen, senior national security correspondent for The Intercept, who first wrote about the Bidens and Ukraine in 2015, when he was a reporter for The New York Times. He says the "r…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/27/ukraine_president_biden_investigation

James Risen: Whistleblower Complaint Shows "Trump Is a Habitual Criminal" Abusing His Office
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-27
Democrats are ramping up efforts to impeach President Trump for pressing the president of Ukraine to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Nearly 90% of House Democrats now support impeachment. On Thursday, a declassified version of a complaint by an anonymous whistleblower was released, detailing his concerns about Trump's July phone call with Volodymyr Zelensky. In the complaint, the unnamed whistleblower — who has been identified as a CIA official — accused the president of "using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 202…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/27/trump_impeachment_inquiry_james_risen

Over 2,000 Arrested in Egypt in Growing Protests Against Sisi, Trump's "Favorite Dictator"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-27
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…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/27/egypt_protests_sharif_abdel_kouddous

Roaming Charges: Rough Trade Transcript
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-27
I think we can all agree that refusing to send military aid to Ukraine would have been a wise decision by Trump. But trading the slaughter of civilians in eastern Ukraine for political dirt on HRC and the Bidens pretty much exposes his America First foreign policy as little more than diplomatic narcissism, which, of course, we've known all along but it's useful to have it confirmed in his own "Rough Trade Transcript"….
counterpunch.org/2019/09/27/roaming-charges-rough-trade-transcript/

How Trump Pushed Ukraine's President to Probe Conspiracy Theories About Democrats
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-09-26
Donald Trump pressed Ukraine's new president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to help legitimize conspiracy theories about his Democratic rivals during a private telephone conversation in July, and again at a public meeting at the United Nations on Wednesday. | White House notes on the July call, released before the two presidents met in New York, showed that Trump urged his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate false claims about the theft of emails from the Democratic National Committee's servers in 2016, as well as former Vice Presi…
theintercept.com/2019/09/26/donald-trump-wants-ukraines-president-probe-conspiracy-theories-democrats/

Schiff's 're-telling' of Trump phone call with Ukraine head gets mocked as 'unhinged Orange-Man-Bad fan fiction'
rt.com | 2019-09-26
With impeachment efforts against President Donald Trump resting on the content of a single phone call, who could blame Congressman Adam Schiff for embellishing the truth a little, all to sell his "Orange Man Bad" narrative. | Though Trump released a transcript of the call in question on Wednesday, the Democrat-controlled House Intelligence Committee pressed ahead with questioning Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire on Thursday, about his handling of the whistleblower complaint that first thrus…
rt.com/usa/469703-schiff-trump-opening-statement/

House Intelligence Committee releases whistleblower report on Trump-Zelensky call
rt.com | 2019-09-26
The whistleblower complaint that led to the impeachment inquiry against US President Donald Trump has been released. In it, the leaker admits he did not actually hear the phone call at the center of the scandal. | Released by the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday, the complaint details the circumstances surrounding Trump's July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Democrats argue that Trump attempted to pressure Zelensky into reopening a corruption inve…
rt.com/usa/469679-trump-zelensky-whistleblower-complaint-released/

Democrats, Please Don't Mess This Up. Impeach Trump for All His Crimes, Not Just for Ukraine
Mehdi Hasan | theintercept.com | 2019-09-26
Impeaching Trump only for Ukraine would give him a clean bill of health on everything else, like his obstruction of the Mueller investigation.
theintercept.com/2019/09/26/impeachment-trump-ukraine-democrats/

The Republican Party Is Going Down With Trump
Joan Walsh | thenation.com | 2019-09-26
The Republican Party Is Going Down With Trump…
thenation.com/article/trump-republicans-ukraine-impeachment/

"Financial Censorship Is Still Censorship": Edward Snowden Slams Justice Dept. Lawsuit Against Him
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-26
As a whistleblower complaint filed against President Trump rocks Washington and threatens Trump's presidency, one of the world's most famous whistleblowers, Edward Snowden, joins us from Moscow, Russia. Earlier this month, the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Snowden alleging that his newly released memoir, "Permanent Record," violates the nondisclosure agreements he signed with the federal government when he was a National Security Agency employee. The Justice Department also argued that they are entitled to all of Snowden's book profits. Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman and Juan González speak with Sno…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/26/edward_snowden_memoir_permanent_record

Edward Snowden Condemns Trump's Mistreatment of Whistleblower Who Exposed Ukraine Scandal
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-26
Responding to news of a whistleblower's complaint at the center of an impeachment inquiry filed against President Trump this week, famed whistleblower Edward Snowden speaks about his own decision to leak classified documents in 2013. The House Intelligence Committee has released the declassified whistleblower complaint, which details a July phone call between President Trump and the Ukrainian president. The White House is trying "to make the conversation not about the allegations," Snowden told Democracy Now! "They want to talk about the whistleblower rather than the government's own wrongdoing."
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/26/edward_snowden_on_writing_his_memoir

Permanent Record: Why NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden Risked His Life to Expose Surveillance State
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-26
Six years ago, Edward Snowden leaked a trove of secret documents about how the United States had built a massive surveillance apparatus to spy on Americans and people across the globe. Snowden was then charged in the U.S. for violating the Espionage Act and other laws. As he attempted to flee to Latin America, Snowden became stranded in Russia after the U.S. revoked his passport. He has lived in Moscow ever since. Snowden just published his memoir, "Permanent Record," in which he writes about what led him to risk his life to expose the U.S. government's system of mass surveillance. From Moscow, he speaks to Democ…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/26/edward_snowden_trump_whistleblower_impeachment

It's Time to Impeach Members of Congress for Not Impeaching Trump
Jud Lounsbury | progressive.org | 2019-09-25
The question is no longer whether it's a good idea. It's about whether the members of Congress, Democrats and Republicans alike, will follow their oath of office to defend the Constitution.
progressive.org/dispatches/impeach-congress-for-not-impeaching-trump-lounsbury-190925/

Trump Lashes Out at Iran, China & Venezuela in Nationalist Address to U.N. General Assembly
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-25
On Tuesday, President Trump made his third address to the United Nations General Assembly amid simmering tensions in the Middle East over recent attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities, which the United States blames on Iran. Tehran denies the allegations. Trump also lashed out at China and Venezuela. We speak with Vijay Prashad, director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research and chief editor of LeftWord Books. His latest article for Salon is headlined "World leaders gather at the UN in the face of war, climate catastrophe & global worker exploitation."
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/25/trump_un_general_assembly_speech_vijay

Billy Bragg: What the U.K. Supreme Court's Historic Ruling Against Boris Johnson Means for Brexit
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-25
The U.K. Parliament has reconvened after the country's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson had unlawfully suspended Parliament in order to push through Brexit with or without a deal. Johnson made the unprecedented move late last month, asking the queen to prorogue Parliament in order to limit debate on leaving the European Union, which the U.K. is scheduled to do by October 31. Calls for Johnson's resignation are mounting since the news broke, with opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn calling for a general election and demanding Johnson apologize to the queen and to the country. For mo…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/25/brexit_british_parliament_billy_bragg

"We've Reached Critical Mass": Rep. Al Green on Pelosi Vow to Impeach Trump for "Dastardly Deeds"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-25
Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has launched a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump following allegations from an intelligence community whistleblower that Trump sought help from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a July 25 phone call to investigate Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden and his son Hunter. On Tuesday, the Republican-controlled Senate unanimously passed a nonbinding resolution calling for the Trump administration to release the whistleblower complaint to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. We get response and look at next steps with Congressmember Al Gree…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/25/formal_impeachment_inquiry_trump

Nate Silver and the Pitfalls of the Corporate Pundit Class
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-24
Political statistician and editor-in-chief of FiveThirtyEight Nate Silver found himself in hot water recently when he seemed to refer to the diverse supporters of Bernie Sanders' campaign as "residue." Jacqueline Luqman talks to Anoa Changa about why that language, and the bias of the corporate pundit class, is an issue.
therealnews.com/stories/nate-silver-and-the-pitfalls-of-the-corporate-pundit-class

Trump Seeks to Kneecap Consumer Protection Agency Advocated for by Elizabeth Warren
Steven Schwinn | progressive.org | 2019-09-24
We've grown accustomed to Donald Trump's relentless political attacks. but, in the end, his constitutional attacks on the administrative state could cause the most damage.
progressive.org/dispatches/trump-attacks-consumer-agencys-independence-schwinn-190924/

Support FAIR: Corporate Media Sidetracking Real Election Issues–Again — copy
Deborah | fair.org | 2019-09-24
Dear FAIR Friends, While corporate media focus on who's up/who's down in the horserace for the Democratic nomination, more substantive concerns–What are the candidates' policy proposals? Are they adequate to the scale of the problems we face? Will our votes be suppressed, or even miscounted?–go unaddressed. With so much at stake, we've got to …
fair.org/zmail/support-fair-corporate-media-sidetracking-real-election-issues-again-copy/

In Landmark UN Complaint, 16 Children Accuse Nations of Failing to Protect Them from Climate Change
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-24
Youth climate activists from around the world also attended the U.N. Climate Action Summit Monday, where they spoke at UNICEF about a landmark new climate complaint they filed with the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. Hailing from countries including Argentina, Brazil, Germany, the Marshall Islands and Tunisia, the young representatives spoke about why they feel compelled to act on the climate crisis. Among the youth climate activists were Alexandria Villaseñor of New York and Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg.
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/24/children_vs_climatecrisis

How Dare You! Greta Thunberg Slams World's Focus on Economic "Fairy Tales" While Ecosystems Collapse
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-24
Scores of world leaders gathered in New York on Monday for the U.N. Climate Action Summit, but the world's largest greenhouse gas emitters announced few new measures to address the climate crisis. President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence briefly attended the summit but left after just 14 minutes. At the beginning of the summit, 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg delivered an impassioned address to world leaders, explicitly naming their inaction on the climate crisis. "People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing," Greta said. "We are in the beginning of a mass ext…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/24/un_climate_action_summit_greta_thunberg

Ta-Nehisi Coates on His Debut Novel "The Water Dancer," Slavery & Reparations
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-24
Celebrated writer Ta-Nehisi Coates's first novel, "The Water Dancer," was released today. Centering on a man named Hiram Walker, who was born into slavery in 19th century Virginia, the novel is a "crowd-pleasing exercise in breakneck and often occult storytelling," a review in The New York Times stated. Over the past decade Ta-Nehisi Coates has become one of the nation's most celebrated writers. In 2014, he wrote a piece titled "The Case for Reparations," which rejuvenated the push for the government to pay reparations to the descendants of slaves. His 2015 book, "Between the World and Me," a National Book Award…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/24/ta_nehisi_coates_the_water_dancer

Meet Brazil's Indigenous Leader Attacked by Bolsonaro at U.N. over Efforts to Preserve the Amazon
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-24
A number of indigenous leaders from Brazil traveled to New York to protest Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's push to open the Amazon rainforest for agribusiness, logging and mining. Democracy Now!'s Nermeen Shaikh spoke to Chief Raoni Metuktire of the Kayapó tribe on Monday outside the U.N. Climate Action Summit about the situation in the Amazon, including the recent outbreak of devastating fires. After the interview, Chief Raoni attempted to enter the U.N. summit, but despite support from dozens of activists, he was barred from entering. He is a nominee for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/24/un_climate_summit_indigenous_leader_barred

What Media Like Best About Elizabeth Warren: She's Not Bernie Sanders
Julie Hollar | fair.org | 2019-09-23
When the Washington Post's Paul Waldman ( 9/18/19) recently attempted to explain Elizabeth Warren's rise in the Democratic primary polls, he attributed it in part to media: Reporters on the campaign trail have said for some time that she is the one who generates the most enthusiastic response among voters on the ground. A…
fair.org/home/what-media-like-best-about-elizabeth-warren-shes-not-bernie-sanders/

History will judge Mugabe's legacy
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-09-23
Alan BroughtonIssue 1239 Zimbabwe Movement for Democratic Change MDC ZANU-PFSeptember 23, 2019Zimbabwe's independence leader and former president Robert Mugabe is remembered for his leadership of the succ…
greenleft.org.au/content/history-will-judge-mugabe-legacy

19-Year-Old Indigenous Climate Activist Artemisa Xakriabá: "We Fight for Mother Earth"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-23
Friday's climate strike in New York City concluded with remarks from indigenous leaders, activists and organizers. Artemisa Xakriabá, a 19-year-old indigenous climate activist of the Xakriabá people, spoke about the increasing intensity of environmental destruction across Brazil and the interconnectedness of the fight for climate justice. "We fight for our Mother Earth because the fight for Mother Earth is the mother of all other fights," Xakriabá said. "We are fighting for your lives. We are fighting for our lives. We are fighting for our sacred territory. But we are being persecuted, threatened, murdered, only…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/23/brazil_indigenous_climate_activist_artemisa_xakriaba

"Our House Is on Fire": Greta Thunberg Addresses Hundreds of Thousands at NYC Climate Strike
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-23
Sixteen-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg spoke at Friday's climate strike in New York, where an estimated 300,000 people took to the streets. Thunberg inspired the global spread of weekly climate strikes when she started skipping school to protest outside of the Swedish parliament last year. "We will not just stand aside and watch," Thunberg told a crowd of thousands in her speech at Manhattan's Battery Park. "We are united behind the science, and we will do everything in our power to stop this crisis from getting worse."
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/23/new_york_city_climate_strike_greta

Bill McKibben: Youth Who Led Global Climate Strike Are Bringing a New "Spirit" to Climate Fight
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-23
Following Friday's youth-led climate strike — the largest-ever global protest focused on climate — we speak with Bill McKibben, longtime journalist and co-founder of 350.org. McKibben's latest piece for The New Yorker is titled "Money Is the Oxygen on Which the Fire of Global Warming Burns," and his cover piece for Time magazine is headlined "Hello from the Year 2050. We Avoided the Worst of Climate Change — But Everything Is Different." McKibben's 1989 book, "The End of Nature," was the first book for a general audience about climate change.
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/23/bill_mckibben_climate_crisis_global_demonstrations

Millions Took Part in the Youth-Led Global Climate Strike Friday. Here's Why People Marched
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-23
As many as a quarter-million people marched on the streets of New York City Friday for a youth-led climate strike inspired by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. Globally, as many as 4 million people took to the streets in hundreds of countries. Democracy Now! was in the streets of New York on Friday speaking with climate strikers from the United States and around the world.
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/23/climate_march_interviews_youth_protesters

2020: Democratic Establishment vs. Democratic Socialists
Michael Sainato | progressive.org | 2019-09-18
Meet three new challengers to the entrenched old guard.
progressive.org/dispatches/democratic-socialists-congress-2020-sainato-190918/

Tennessee Republicans in Fisticuffs Over School Vouchers
Andy Spears | progressive.org | 2019-09-17
Hot chicken, sex, and cocaine are part of the story of how Tennessee became the latest state to succumb to the Betsy DeVos-backed voucher craze. The result could determine how the GOP addresses the issue across the country.
progressive.org/public-school-shakedown/tennessee-republican-school-voucher-fight-spears-190917/

Democratic Debate #3: Mr. Rogers, Re-runs, and Real Talk
Jud Lounsbury | progressive.org | 2019-09-13
A side-stepped apology from Biden, two gimmick-meisters, and seven remaining candidates who gave solid performances.
progressive.org/dispatches/democratic-debate-reruns-and-real-talk-lounsbury190913/

Pittsburgh Google contract workers start unionization process, bosses prep union-busting campaign
Vasuki R | liberationnews.org | 2019-09-11
In these crucial coming weeks, solidarity and militancy will keep the workers united as they fight for democracy and the ability to collectively bargain.
liberationnews.org/pittsburgh-google-contract-workers-start-unionization-process-bosses-prep-union-busting-campaign/

New Season of Amazon's Jack Ryan Focused on Venezuela Denounced as 'Over-the-Top and Ridiculous' US Propaganda
Eoin Higgins, Common Dreams | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-09-08
The upcoming season of Amazon's Jack Ryan could have been scripted by John Bolton.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14650

2019-09-29: News Headlines

Curt Wechsler (2019-09-29). That Impeachment Inquiry? Now is the time to take to the streets. indybay.org 1590 Bryant (at 15th Street), San Francisco…

Staff (2019-09-29). Why Isn't Congress Impeaching Trump for War Crimes? truthout.org | | With a new scandal rocking the White House and a formal impeachment inquiry underway in the House, President Trump's self-serving illegal behavior is once again at the center of our political universe. Two huge questions now loom over Congress, and House Democrats in particular: Do the facts about Trump's actions warrant impeachment, and how will voters react as the process plays out? | These questions have led to a broader discussion of impeachment itself. Impeachment is not a criminal process, but a political…

Norman Solomon (2019-09-29). To Joe Biden, Trump's Potential Successor Mike Pence "Is a Decent Guy" indybay.org AstroTurf campaign yearns for bipartisanship…

Christian Sorensen (2019-09-29). The Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex Defeats Tulsi Gabbard. dissidentvoice.org The military-industrial-congressional complex (MIC) is the noxious alliance comprised of the Pentagon, the war industry, and Capitol Hill. U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard has spoken out against U.S. military interventions in such sovereign nations as Iraq, Syria, and Libya. While Gabbard's public discussion of the costs of war rankles some within the MIC, she does not …

Staff (2019-09-29). Sanders Tied for First in Nevada, Warren Second to Biden in South Carolina. truthout.org | | New CNN polls from two key early states released Sunday solidify the notion that the Democratic Party presidential primary has largely become a three-way race between Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren. | The new polling figures show that Sanders and Biden are tied for first place in Nevada (both receiving 22%), while a third-place Warren trails slightly at 18% — just fou…

Ryan Grim (2019-09-29). Democratic Senators Orchestrated Infamous Caning of Slavery Opponent, According to New Book. theintercept.com Sidney Blumenthal's "All the Powers of Earth: 1856-1860," dives deep into the greatest act of physical violence ever perpetrated on the U.S. Senate floor.

Staff (2019-09-29). Documentary Exposes Wall Street Power Behind Global Gentrification Boom. truthout.org | | PUSH, a new documentary that had its world premiere at the CPH: DOX film festival in Copenhagen in March, where it won the festival's Audience Award, is coming to the U.S., and not a moment too soon. With a large majority of Americans in favor of making the issue o…

Common Dreams staff (2019-09-29). Sanders Tied for First With Biden in Nevada While Warren Edges Bernie for Second in Carolina: Poll. commondreams.org New figures help confirm Democratic primary race solidifying into three-way contest. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/democratic_debate_winship.jpg

Fight Back (2019-09-29). SDS strengthens at 14th annual national convention. fightbacknews.org Jacksonville, FL — On September 20, New Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) chapters from across the United States convened at the University of North Florida to reaffirm their commitment to student organizing and to discuss ways to, "Stop Trump, Stop Racism, Stop U.S. Military and Police Terror." The conference peaked at over 80 students with a dozen chapters represented. | Speeches and applause rang through the halls all weekend. Students opened the conference chanting, "Dare to struggle, dare to win!" The conference ended with, "It is our duty to fight for each other, it is our duty to win!" | On Sat…

The Canary (2019-09-29). Johnson blimp unveiled for protest at Tory conference. thecanary.co Hundreds of protesters have taken to the streets of Manchester as the Conservative conference gets underway.A giant Boris Johnson blimp was inflated at Castlefield Bowl ahead of a Reject Brexit — Defend Our Democracy event on Sunday afternoon.The six-metre tall inflatable depicted the prime minister dressed in blue shorts with red hearts and the word "Nigel" on, and a T-shirt showing a £350 million bus.Demonstrators gathered on Oxford Road at about midday for a Shut Down the Tories event before marching through heavy downpours to Deansgate, where a rally was due to be held.Shadow education secretary An…

Staff (2019-09-28). Impeachment Firestorm Scorches William Barr. truthdig.com WASHINGTON—As Washington plunges into impeachment, Attorney General William Barr finds himself engulfed in the political firestorm, facing questions about his role in President Donald Trump's outreach to Ukraine and the administration's attempts to keep a whistleblower complaint from Congress. | Trump repeatedly told Ukraine's president in a telephone call that Barr and Trump personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani could help investigate Trump's Democratic rival Joe Biden, according to a rough transcript of that summertime conversation. Justice Department officials insist Barr was unaware of Trump's comments at the t…

Staff (2019-09-28). Subpoenas Mark First Concrete Steps for Trump Impeachment. truthdig.com House Democrats ask Mike Pompeo and others in State Department to appear and turn over documents; Speaker Pelosi sets no deadline on probe.

RT (2019-09-28). 'This is war': Trump's critics & backers trade blows as Washington braces for impeachment showdown. rt.com With impeachment the talk of the town in Washington, President Donald Trump's most fierce critics and defenders are squaring off, reacting to a Democratic initiative to remove him from office over an alleged abuse of power. | On Tuesday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) said the House was "moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry," unifying ongoing investigations in six congressional committees under the umbrella of an impeachment probe. Citing a July phone call between President Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, Pelosi argued that the president abused his authority and bro…

The Canary (2019-09-28). Trump's envoy to Ukraine resigns as impeachment gathers pace. thecanary.co Kurt Volker, a former US ambassador to NATO caught in the middle of a whistleblower complaint over President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine, has resigned from his post as special envoy to the Eastern European nation.The move came as House Democrats took their first concrete steps in the impeachment investigation of Trump, issuing subpoenas demanding documents from Mike Pompeo and scheduling legal depositions for other State Department officials.A US official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Volker told Secretary of State Pompeo on Friday of his decision to leave the job.The move followed disclosur…

Staff (2019-09-28). Will This Be the Scandal That Finally Prompts Republicans to Defect From Trump? truthout.org | | Donald Trump has made it clear throughout his presidency that when he's put in a corner, he'll throw his own staff under the bus in order to save himself. As the Ukraine scandal deepens, Trump's strategy will be to implicate as many people as possible; protecting Trump now becomes inextricable with protecting themselves. If Republicans circle the wagons now, they're doing so around a stick of lit dynamite. | One day after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inve…

Chris Winters (2019-09-28). Impeachment won't save our democracy. nationofchange.org So it's official: The U.S. House of Representatives, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, is moving toward impeaching President Trump. In announcing this, Pelosi finally did what many on the left thought should have been a no-brainer. Her reluctance to move the process along has been frustrating for many eager to try to stop Trump's trampling on the rule of law. | The actual announcement doesn't mean much in terms of how Congress operates. It only provides a semantic umbrella under which we can now group the numerous investigations of President Trump's behavior already underway. (U.S. House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold…

WSWS (2019-09-28). CIA sets terms for Democrats' impeachment inquiry into Trump's crimes. wsws.org Both factions in the political warfare that has erupted in Washington are hostile to the democratic and social rights of the working class.

The Canary (2019-09-28). Details of Donald Trump's calls with foreign leaders 'often concealed'. thecanary.co The White House severely restricted distribution of memos detailing President Donald Trump's calls with foreign leaders, including Russia's Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia's Mohammed bin Salman, after embarrassing leaks of his conversations early in his tenure, a former White House official said. | The White House's handling of Mr Trump's calls with foreign leaders is at the heart of House Democrats' impeachment inquiry. | A whistleblower alleges the White House tried to "lock down" Mr Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukraine's new president because officials were worried about his request for help investigating h…

Peter Dreier (2019-09-28). Can Quarterback Pelosi Bring the Democratic Team an Impeachment Victory? commondreams.org US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, announces a formal impeachment inquiry of US President Donald Trump on September 24, 2019, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/nancy_pelosi_democrats_impeach_0.png

RT (2019-09-28). NRA was a 'foreign asset' of Russia in 2016 election, claims report by Senate Democrats. rt.com Injecting new life into the 'Russiagate' conspiracy theory, Senate Democrats produced a report claiming that the largest US gun rights organization acted like a 'foreign asset' for the Kremlin and should lose tax-exempt status. | The 77-page document, published Friday by Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), insinuates that the National Rifle Association (NRA) abused its tax-exempt status by working with the gun rights activist Maria Butina — branded a "Russian agent" &#150…

Vern Loomis (2019-09-28). Hell Yes, Take Them Away! dissidentvoice.org "Hell yes, we're going to take your AR-15, your AK-47!" With that unequivocal statement, Beto O'Rourke ignited right wing gun pundits who've kept some powder dry for just such a remark: "Who is this "we" he speaks of? Democrats? Liberals? Bring it, fools. Come and try to take my legally purchased guns. I double-dog dare …

Robert S. Becker (2019-09-28). Busted deal with the devil by stooge Republicans puts Senate in play. nationofchange.org What was an improbable prospect only weeks ago — Democrats retaking the Senate — increases in direct proportion to the severity and duration of the Trump train wreck.

Bryan Dyne (2019-09-28). Millions March against Climate Change, Capitalism and War. globalresearch.ca Four million people participated in the global climate strike across every continent on Friday, many of them students who skipped school on that day. Demonstrations at more than 5,800 locations in 161 countries began in Australia and the Pacific, moved …

Negin Owliaei (2019-09-28). No one should have to bargain for health care. nationofchange.org Nearly 50,000 members of the United Auto Workers began striking earlier this month, demanding that General Motors pay them their fair share of the billions in profits the company raked in last year. | The response from General Motors was shocking. The automaker, which accepted billions in government bailouts during the last recession, cut off its payment of insurance premiums for the striking workers. | As the news broke, former Vice President Joe Biden was at an AFL-CIO event…

WSWS (2019-09-28). US Census report: Inequality grew rapidly in 2018 to record levels. wsws.org The US is now as unequal as the Democratic Republic of the Congo and less equal than Kenya, Mexico and Malaysia.

WSWS (2019-09-28). Chicago teachers vote overwhelmingly to authorize strike. wsws.org The 94 percent authorization vote is a powerful expression of opposition to the conditions imposed by decades of Democratic mayoral administrations.

Staff (2019-09-28). Union Members Demand a Voice in Presidential Endorsements. truthout.org | | This story was originally published at Labor Notes.As the first union endorsements for president trickle in, union members and leaders are fighting to shape both the outcomes and the process of how endorsements are made. | Four years ago, by September 2015, seven national unions had made endorsements in the Democratic primary, though the AFL-CIO had requested that affiliates delay action. | Six—the Teachers (AFT), Machinists, Roofers, Plumbers, Bricklayers,…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-09-28). 'I Approved This Message': Trump Releases 2020 Campaign Ad With Completely 'Fabricated' Lie About Biden. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/trump_biden_fasle_misleading_ad.jpg

The Canary (2019-09-28). Boris Johnson 'could face no-confidence vote next week'. thecanary.co Opposition parties could stage a vote of confidence in the Government next week in a bid to thwart a no-deal Brexit, a senior SNP MP has said.Stewart Hosie said the plan — to put in place an interim government to secure a Brexit extension — appeared to be the only way to ensure Britain did not "crash out" of the EU on October 31.However, he acknowledged that in order to succeed, it would require all the opposition parties to get behind it.But while the SNP have indicated they could support a temporary government led by Jeremy Corbyn, the Liberal Democrats and many of the Tory rebels who had the whip wit…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-09-28). MSNBC Pundit Who Accused Those Who Prefer Sanders to Warren of 'Sexism' Sparks Viral Outcry From #WomenforBernie. commondreams.org "Not here to be vote shamed by the 1%. I am supporting the only candidate who will always put the needs of people first." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/women_for_bernie.png

Staff (2019-09-27). The Impeachment: Will This Be Trump's Unraveling? therealnews.com Ryan Cooper, National Correspondent for The Week, joins us to look at today's testimony, the president's petulance, and what all this means for the presidential campaign.

RT (2019-09-27). 'They lost the election, now they want to STEAL this one': Trump targets Democrats in impeachment ad. rt.com US President Donald Trump is blasting Democrats and "their media lapdogs" in a new campaign ad, claiming they seek to impeach him for wanting to investigate corruption in Ukraine involving former Vice President Joe Biden. | The 30-second ad that Trump tweeted out Friday afternoon opens with Biden boasting about getting a Ukrainian prosecutor fired after he threatened to withhold $1 billion from Kiev. The footage is from the former vice-president's January 2018 appearance at the Council on Foreign Relations. | I AM DRAINING THE SWAMP! pic.twitter.com/U7WxKrO6Kx— Donal…

Peter Certo (2019-09-27). The Case for Impeachment Goes Far Beyond Ukraine. counterpunch.org "Has Trump finally gone too far?" There's a headline you've seen a thousand times. At last, Speaker Nancy Pelosi says he has. A whistleblower says Trump withheld foreign aid to Ukraine to pressure the country's new president into investigating Joe Biden's son Hunter's past business there. Trump doesn't even really deny it. Pelosi has long More

Staff (2019-09-27). The Right-Wing Media Twisted My 2015 Reporting on the Bidens and Ukraine. truthout.org | | Democrats are coalescing behind an effort to impeach President Trump over his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which he pressed the Ukrainian leader to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Meanwhile, Republicans have latched onto the Biden-Ukraine story as a means of smearing the former vice president as corrupt, in an attempt to damage one of Trump's political rivals. For more on the story, we speak with James Risen, senior national security correspondent for The Int…

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2019-09-27). The Real Purpose of the Impeachment Investigation against Trump. Political Power Play. globalresearch.ca The Democrats know that there is no impeachable offense. What they intend to do is to use the investigation to look into every aspect of Trump's life and try to make dirt out of things unrelated to his talk with …

Common Dreams staff (2019-09-27). Citing 'Troubling' Refusal, House Democrats Subpoena Pompeo for Documents as Part of Trump Impeachment Inquiry. commondreams.org The chairmen of three U.S. House committees subpoenaed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday for documents related to President Donald Trump's interaction with Ukraine's president. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/pompeo_0.jpeg

Jeet Heer (2019-09-27). The Left Needs to Seize Impeachment From Centrist Elites. thenation.com The Left Needs to Seize Impeachment From Centrist Elites…

Staff (2019-09-27). James Risen: I Wrote About the Bidens and Ukraine in 2015. The Right-Wing Media Twisted My Reporting. democracynow.org Democrats are coalescing behind an effort to impeach President Trump over his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which he pressed the Ukrainian leader to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Meanwhile, Republicans have latched onto the Biden-Ukraine story as a means of smearing the former vice president as corrupt, in an attempt to damage one of Trump's political rivals. For more on the story, we speak with James Risen, senior national security correspondent for The Intercept, who first wrote about the Bidens and Ukraine in 2015, when he was a reporter for The New York Times. He says the "r…

Staff (2019-09-27). James Risen: Whistleblower Complaint Shows "Trump Is a Habitual Criminal" Abusing His Office. democracynow.org Democrats are ramping up efforts to impeach President Trump for pressing the president of Ukraine to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Nearly 90% of House Democrats now support impeachment. On Thursday, a declassified version of a complaint by an anonymous whistleblower was released, detailing his concerns about Trump's July phone call with Volodymyr Zelensky. In the complaint, the unnamed whistleblower — who has been identified as a CIA official — accused the president of "using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 202…

Ryan Cooper (2019-09-27). The Impeachment Story Proves It Again: Trump Is No Strategic Genius. commondreams.org Trump's flailing, incompetent White House emerges quite naturally from basic aspects of Trump's personality—his vanity, his ignorance, his sloppiness, his cowardice, and above all his all-consuming narcissism. (Photo: Illustrated | SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images, JimLarkin/iStock, DickDuerrstein/iStock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/screen_shot_2019-09-27_at_2.52.04_pm.png

David Daley (2019-09-27). "Worth This Investment": Memos Reveal the Scope and Racial Animus of GOP Gerrymandering Ambitions. theintercept.com In court and in public, many top Republicans have denied gerrymandering gives them any advantage at all. They've captured state legislatures and won an edge in Congress, some have suggested, due to superior candidates, better campaigns, and natural geographic sorting that clusters Democrats in urban areas and spreads Republicans more efficiently across the suburbs and rural America. | "The problem is not district lines; the proble…

Norman Solomon (2019-09-27). To Joe Biden, Trump's Potential Successor Mike Pence "Is a Decent Guy" counterpunch.org When Joe Biden told an audience that Mike Pence "is a decent guy," Pence had already been vice president for more than two years. After the comment drew fierce criticism, Biden responded that he'd said it "in a foreign policy context" — an odd effort at damage control, given that Pence has publicly backed every one of More

Staff (2019-09-27). The Democratic Party Remains a Party of War, Not Peace. therealnews.com Green Party candidate Madelyn Hoffman says that even the progressive Democratic presidential candidates remain unwilling to challenge the Pentagon.

John Kendall Hawkins (2019-09-27). Towards a More Mature Democracy. counterpunch.org You could be forgiven (but what's the fun in that), if you were to think. Looking at Jacques-Louis David's neoclassical painting The Death of Socrates, you could believe you're seeing Socrates giving the bird to democracy and demanding that Crito give him the goddamned chalice full of hemlock, and get out of the way. There More

Charles Davis (2019-09-27). Mass Killings In Afghanistan Are Acts of White Supremacy. counterpunch.org An American white nationalist killed over 30 people recently. The victims, all brown, had full lives; children, loved ones, and years, full of plans, ahead of them. But then they were incinerated. Worst of all, they were murdered while Afghan. The deaths were noted in the press, and one Democrat running for president even acknowledged More

Mark Gruenberg (2019-09-27). Trump bans Raul Castro and his children from coming to U.S. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—In yet another manifestation of his hatred for Cuba in general and its leaders in particular, right-wing GOP President Donald Trump barred former Cuban President Raul Castro, and his four adult children, from traveling to the U.S. Castro is now First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba. The move may be largely for Trump's …

Al Ronzoni (2019-09-27). Naomi Klein v The Times Roy Scranton: Mobilization to Fight Climate Change or Surrender? counterpunch.org I have a good friend, a professor of English Literature, who I often go out with to see plays, band performances and movies. Lately, we've also been having a running text message and email debate about various political issues. In an earlier exchange, he described himself as, "not philosophically opposed to the Republicans" but since More

The Canary (2019-09-27). Laid off Wrightbus workers 'face struggle to house families'. thecanary.co Wrightbus workers face a struggle to house their families, one former employee has said. | Ryan Price, a supervisor aged 29, is married and his two children share a bedroom in a rental property. | He was bidding to buy a house and had saved a deposit but will find it difficult to access state benefits because of his savings. | The musician picked up his guitar and sang a song by Irish performer and social conscience Christy Moore about the impact of factory closures on ordinary men. | Mr Price said: "A lot of people are down and out, it is not just us, it affects other companies too. | "Morale still seems good bu…

United Nations (2019-09-27). Human Rights Briefing: Updates on Egypt, Zimbabwe, Venezuela and Saudi Arabia. un.org Here's a roundup of human rights news this Friday: UN's Bachelet urges restraint over arrests of Egypt protestors; expert calls for 'democratic shift' in Zimbabwe; Human Rights Council agrees fact-finding mission to Venezuela; independent experts urge freedom for Saudi women's rights defender, after 500 days in prison.

United Nations (2019-09-27). At UN, Modi outlines development successes, says India gave world 'Buddha, not war'. un.org In his address to the UN General Assembly's general debate on Friday, the Prime Minister of India outlined how the world's largest democracy has embodied the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in its work towards "peace, development and progress in the world".

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-09-27). Bankers "Confirm Warren's Whole Worldview" by Saying They'll Donate to Trump to Defeat Anti-Wall Street Senator in 2020. commondreams.org For the second time in three weeks, Sen. Elizabeth Warren embraced Wall Street executives' fear of her potential presidency, after CNBC reported that several anonymous bankers threatened to back President Donald Trump in the 2020 election if Warren becomes to Democratic nominee. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/warren_9.jpeg

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-09-27). 200+ Groups Denounce UN-WEF Agreement That Entrenches Corporate Interests Driving Global 'Social and Environmental Crises'. commondreams.org "It moves the world dangerously towards a privatized and undemocratic global governance." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/un-wef-agreement-denounced-corporate-capture.jpg

Michelle Zacarias (2019-09-27). Democrats host historic LGBTQ presidential forum. peoplesworld.org Last Friday Democratic candidates took the stage at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to attend the first LGBTQ presidential forum. The gathering was historic in that it was the first time that Presidential nominees got together to discuss the prevailing issues affecting LGBTQ communities across the country. The event was co-hosted by GLAAD, One …

Jeffrey St. Clair (2019-09-27). Roaming Charges: Rough Trade Transcript. counterpunch.org I think we can all agree that refusing to send military aid to Ukraine would have been a wise decision by Trump. But trading the slaughter of civilians in eastern Ukraine for political dirt on HRC and the Bidens pretty much exposes his America First foreign policy as little more than diplomatic narcissism, which, of course, we've known all along but it's useful to have it confirmed in his own "Rough Trade Transcript"…. More

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…

Staff (2019-09-27). Headlines for September 27, 2019. democracynow.org Whistleblower Warned White House Tried to "Lock Down" Ukraine Call Details, Acting DNI Maguire Says Whistleblower "Acted in Good Faith", Trump Suggests Whistleblower Should Get Death Sentence for Treason, Global Youth-Led Strikes Demand Action on Climate Crisis, Study Finds Climate Crisis May Threaten 60% of World's Wheat Crop by 2100, States Challenge Trump's Rollback of Endangered Species Act, Senate Advances Confirmation of Ex-Monsanto Executive to Lead Wildlife Agency, EPA Chief Blames California's Homeless Population for Poor Water Quality, Protesters Defy Security Crackdown in Egypt, Demanding Ouster of Pre…

John Wojcik (2019-09-26). Congress hears testimony from intel chief on "smoking gun" phone call. peoplesworld.org The impeachment process now underway in the country continued with dramatic testimony today in the House Intelligence Committee that underlined what the pro-democracy forces in America are up against. Today's hearing confirms that saving democracy in this country will require taking on a Trump-built network that uses government across all of its branches to advance …

Mehdi Hasan (2019-09-26). Democrats, Please Don't Mess This Up. Impeach Trump for All His Crimes, Not Just for Ukraine. theintercept.com Impeaching Trump only for Ukraine would give him a clean bill of health on everything else, like his obstruction of the Mueller investigation.

RT (2019-09-26). House Intelligence Committee releases whistleblower report on Trump-Zelensky call. rt.com The whistleblower complaint that led to the impeachment inquiry against US President Donald Trump has been released. In it, the leaker admits he did not actually hear the phone call at the center of the scandal. | Released by the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday, the complaint details the circumstances surrounding Trump's July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Democrats argue that Trump attempted to pressure Zelensky into reopening a corruption inve…

RT (2019-09-26). Schiff's 're-telling' of Trump phone call with Ukraine head gets mocked as 'unhinged Orange-Man-Bad fan fiction'. rt.com With impeachment efforts against President Donald Trump resting on the content of a single phone call, who could blame Congressman Adam Schiff for embellishing the truth a little, all to sell his "Orange Man Bad" narrative. | Though Trump released a transcript of the call in question on Wednesday, the Democrat-controlled House Intelligence Committee pressed ahead with questioning Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire on Thursday, about his handling of the whistleblower complaint that first thrus…

Joan Walsh (2019-09-26). The Republican Party Is Going Down With Trump. thenation.com The Republican Party Is Going Down With Trump…

Staff (2019-09-26). Edward Snowden Condemns Trump's Mistreatment of Whistleblower Who Exposed Ukraine Scandal. democracynow.org Responding to news of a whistleblower's complaint at the center of an impeachment inquiry filed against President Trump this week, famed whistleblower Edward Snowden speaks about his own decision to leak classified documents in 2013. The House Intelligence Committee has released the declassified whistleblower complaint, which details a July phone call between President Trump and the Ukrainian president. The White House is trying "to make the conversation not about the allegations," Snowden told Democracy Now! "They want to talk about the whistleblower rather than the government's own wrongdoing."

Staff (2019-09-26). Permanent Record: Why NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden Risked His Life to Expose Surveillance State. democracynow.org Six years ago, Edward Snowden leaked a trove of secret documents about how the United States had built a massive surveillance apparatus to spy on Americans and people across the globe. Snowden was then charged in the U.S. for violating the Espionage Act and other laws. As he attempted to flee to Latin America, Snowden became stranded in Russia after the U.S. revoked his passport. He has lived in Moscow ever since. Snowden just published his memoir, "Permanent Record," in which he writes about what led him to risk his life to expose the U.S. government's system of mass surveillance. From Moscow, he speaks to Democ…

Staff (2019-09-26). Headlines for September 26, 2019. democracynow.org Transcript Shows Trump Pressured Ukrainian Leader to Probe Joe Biden and Son, President Trump on Ukraine Phone Call: "Impeachment for That?", Majority of House Lawmakers Back Impeachment Inquiry Against Trump, Iranian President Rules Out Talks with U.S. While Sanctions Remain, Saudi-Led Coalition Airstrikes Kill 16 Civilians in Yemen, Israel's President Asks Benjamin Netanyahu to Form New Government, 2 Million Wild Animals Perish as Fires Rage in Bolivia, Climate Crisis Drives Mont Blanc Glacier Toward Collapse, 7 Arrested as San Francisco Climate Protesters Block Wells Fargo Entrance, Doctors Glue Themselves to…

Denis Rancourt (2019-09-26). Laws that Punish for Hypothetical Harm Must be Abolished. dissidentvoice.org Given the state of laws in Canada, it has become necessary to state the obvious: An individual legitimately can be punished solely for proven actual harm that is also proven to have been caused by the individual. In a free and democratic society, laws that punish an individual for harm that is hypothesized to have …

Robert Mackey (2019-09-26). How Trump Pushed Ukraine's President to Probe Conspiracy Theories About Democrats. theintercept.com Donald Trump pressed Ukraine's new president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to help legitimize conspiracy theories about his Democratic rivals during a private telephone conversation in July, and again at a public meeting at the United Nations on Wednesday. | White House notes on the July call, released before the two presidents met in New York, showed that Trump urged his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate false claims about the theft of emails from the Democratic National Committee's servers in 2016, as well as former Vice Presi…

Staff (2019-09-26). "Financial Censorship Is Still Censorship": Edward Snowden Slams Justice Dept. Lawsuit Against Him. democracynow.org As a whistleblower complaint filed against President Trump rocks Washington and threatens Trump's presidency, one of the world's most famous whistleblowers, Edward Snowden, joins us from Moscow, Russia. Earlier this month, the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Snowden alleging that his newly released memoir, "Permanent Record," violates the nondisclosure agreements he signed with the federal government when he was a National Security Agency employee. The Justice Department also argued that they are entitled to all of Snowden's book profits. Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman and Juan González speak with Sno…

RT (2019-09-25). 'Nothing call': Trump lashes out at Dems & media after Zelensky chat memo released. rt.com President Donald Trump has slammed his Democratic rivals for launching an impeachment probe based on a "nothing call" with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. | House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an impeachment inquiry on Tuesday, on the back of allegations that Trump threatened to withhold military aid to Ukraine, in a bid to pressure Zelensky into investigating Joe Biden's son Hunter's business dealings in the country. The Department of Justice released a transcript of the call on Wednesday, which detaile…

RT (2019-09-25). Trump impeachment proceedings based on 'nothing' phone call, but fallout will hurt America long-term. rt.com The transcript of President Donald Trump's phone call with his Ukrainian counterpart shows no pressure or threats to withhold aid. So why are Democrats and media still reading it that way, and invoking it as impeachment grounds? | For over two years, the Democrats pinned their hopes on Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who was investigating the claims of "Russian collusion" and obstruction of justice in relation to it — only to come up empty-handed back in May. | Undeterred, the party pushed impeachment anyway, arguing that the report somehow showed obstruction of justice somewhere between the lines, and pr…

Jud Lounsbury (2019-09-25). It's Time to Impeach Members of Congress for Not Impeaching Trump. progressive.org The question is no longer whether it's a good idea. It's about whether the members of Congress, Democrats and Republicans alike, will follow their oath of office to defend the Constitution.

Staff (2019-09-25). "We've Reached Critical Mass": Rep. Al Green on Pelosi Vow to Impeach Trump for "Dastardly Deeds" democracynow.org Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has launched a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump following allegations from an intelligence community whistleblower that Trump sought help from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a July 25 phone call to investigate Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden and his son Hunter. On Tuesday, the Republican-controlled Senate unanimously passed a nonbinding resolution calling for the Trump administration to release the whistleblower complaint to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. We get response and look at next steps with Congressmember Al Gree…

Staff (2019-09-25). Headlines for September 25, 2019. democracynow.org Pelosi Launches Impeachment Inquiry Against President Trump, IPCC: World Must Cut Greenhouse Emissions or Face Catastrophic Sea Level Rise, Bolsonaro Faces Condemnation For Defending Deforestation of Amazon in U.N. Speech, Trump Denounces Iran, Venezuela & Calls for Countries to Embrace Nationalism at U.N., Pakistani PM Demands World to Address Crisis in Kashmir, U.K. Parliament Reconvenes After Court Declares Boris Johnson's Parliament Suspension Illegal, Egyptian Authorities Arrest At Least 900 Following Anti-Government Protests, Spain to Exhume Body of Former Dictator Francisco Franco from State Mausoleum, Nig…

RT (2019-09-25). US Justice Dept releases much-anticipated summary of Trump's call with Ukrainian president. rt.com US President Donald Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to look into whether ex-Vice President Joe Biden blocked an investigation into his son's company, according to a summary of the call between the two leaders. | The memo was released Wednesday morning. | | "There's a lot of talk about Biden's son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great," Trump told Zelensky in a summary of the call transcript provided by the Justice Department on Wednesday. | | Democratic frontrunner Biden allegedl…

James Risen (2019-09-25). I Wrote About the Bidens and Ukraine Years Ago. Then the Right-Wing Spin Machine Turned the Story Upside Down. theintercept.com Many observers now seem to think this suddenly hot story came out of nowhere this year, but that is not true.

J.B. Gerald (2019-09-25). Genocide Warnings for Three African States. dissidentvoice.org These genocide warnings concern current threats to the peoples of Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Burundi. Beyond the primary concern for all the people in national groups, a pattern is emerging globally which should remind North Americans of past genocides against native American peoples: the masses of people forced from their homelands, the refugee …

Spencer Green (2019-09-25). The 2020 Campaign Event Where 'Everyday Iowans' Asked the Questions. thenation.com The 2020 Campaign Event Where 'Everyday Iowans' Asked the Questions…

Staff (2019-09-25). Billy Bragg: What the U.K. Supreme Court's Historic Ruling Against Boris Johnson Means for Brexit. democracynow.org The U.K. Parliament has reconvened after the country's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson had unlawfully suspended Parliament in order to push through Brexit with or without a deal. Johnson made the unprecedented move late last month, asking the queen to prorogue Parliament in order to limit debate on leaving the European Union, which the U.K. is scheduled to do by October 31. Calls for Johnson's resignation are mounting since the news broke, with opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn calling for a general election and demanding Johnson apologize to the queen and to the country. For mo…

Staff (2019-09-25). Trump Lashes Out at Iran, China & Venezuela in Nationalist Address to U.N. General Assembly. democracynow.org On Tuesday, President Trump made his third address to the United Nations General Assembly amid simmering tensions in the Middle East over recent attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities, which the United States blames on Iran. Tehran denies the allegations. Trump also lashed out at China and Venezuela. We speak with Vijay Prashad, director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research and chief editor of LeftWord Books. His latest article for Salon is headlined "World leaders gather at the UN in the face of war, climate catastrophe & global worker exploitation."

Victor Grossman (2019-09-24). The Bidens, Trump, Kiev and impeachment. mronline.org The impeachment drive is quickly gathering steam, and who can have any sympathy for that man in the Oval Office? But I wonder if some enthusiasts may not be digging deeply enough. | Source

Staff (2019-09-24). Nate Silver and the Pitfalls of the Corporate Pundit Class. therealnews.com Political statistician and editor-in-chief of FiveThirtyEight Nate Silver found himself in hot water recently when he seemed to refer to the diverse supporters of Bernie Sanders' campaign as "residue." Jacqueline Luqman talks to Anoa Changa about why that language, and the bias of the corporate pundit class, is an issue.

Deborah (2019-09-24). Support FAIR: Corporate Media Sidetracking Real Election Issues—Again — copy. fair.org Dear FAIR Friends, While corporate media focus on who's up/who's down in the horserace for the Democratic nomination, more substantive concerns—What are the candidates' policy proposals? Are they adequate to the scale of the problems we face? Will our votes be suppressed, or even miscounted?—go unaddressed. With so much at stake, we've got to …

Steven Schwinn (2019-09-24). Trump Seeks to Kneecap Consumer Protection Agency Advocated for by Elizabeth Warren. progressive.org We've grown accustomed to Donald Trump's relentless political attacks. but, in the end, his constitutional attacks on the administrative state could cause the most damage.

Joe Emersberger (2019-09-24). Reuters can't find U.S. critics to question Amazon's anti-Venezuela propaganda. mronline.org A line from the trailer for Jack Ryan, an Amazon TV drama whose second season streams on November 1, is: A nuclear Venezuela…. You will not hear about it on the news, 'cause we'll already be dead. | Source

Staff (2019-09-24). Meet Brazil's Indigenous Leader Attacked by Bolsonaro at U.N. over Efforts to Preserve the Amazon. democracynow.org A number of indigenous leaders from Brazil traveled to New York to protest Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's push to open the Amazon rainforest for agribusiness, logging and mining. Democracy Now!'s Nermeen Shaikh spoke to Chief Raoni Metuktire of the Kayapó tribe on Monday outside the U.N. Climate Action Summit about the situation in the Amazon, including the recent outbreak of devastating fires. After the interview, Chief Raoni attempted to enter the U.N. summit, but despite support from dozens of activists, he was barred from entering. He is a nominee for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.

Staff (2019-09-24). Ta-Nehisi Coates on His Debut Novel "The Water Dancer," Slavery & Reparations. democracynow.org Celebrated writer Ta-Nehisi Coates's first novel, "The Water Dancer," was released today. Centering on a man named Hiram Walker, who was born into slavery in 19th century Virginia, the novel is a "crowd-pleasing exercise in breakneck and often occult storytelling," a review in The New York Times stated. Over the past decade Ta-Nehisi Coates has become one of the nation's most celebrated writers. In 2014, he wrote a piece titled "The Case for Reparations," which rejuvenated the push for the government to pay reparations to the descendants of slaves. His 2015 book, "Between the World and Me," a National Book Award…

Staff (2019-09-24). In Landmark UN Complaint, 16 Children Accuse Nations of Failing to Protect Them from Climate Change. democracynow.org Youth climate activists from around the world also attended the U.N. Climate Action Summit Monday, where they spoke at UNICEF about a landmark new climate complaint they filed with the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. Hailing from countries including Argentina, Brazil, Germany, the Marshall Islands and Tunisia, the young representatives spoke about why they feel compelled to act on the climate crisis. Among the youth climate activists were Alexandria Villaseñor of New York and Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg.

Staff (2019-09-24). How Dare You! Greta Thunberg Slams World's Focus on Economic "Fairy Tales" While Ecosystems Collapse. democracynow.org Scores of world leaders gathered in New York on Monday for the U.N. Climate Action Summit, but the world's largest greenhouse gas emitters announced few new measures to address the climate crisis. President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence briefly attended the summit but left after just 14 minutes. At the beginning of the summit, 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg delivered an impassioned address to world leaders, explicitly naming their inaction on the climate crisis. "People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing," Greta said. "We are in the beginning of a mass ext…

Staff (2019-09-24). Headlines for September 24, 2019. democracynow.org Greta Thunberg and Youth Activists Take On World Leaders at U.N. Climate Action Summit, Trump Admin Tells U.N. to Drop Term "Reproductive Health and Rights", Trump Ordered Hold on Ukrainian Aid Before Call with President Zelensky About Bidens, U.K. Supreme Court: Boris Johnson's Suspension of Parliament Is Unlawful, U.K., France & Germany Say Iran Responsible for Saudi Oil Attacks as Trump Addresses UNGA, Afghanistan: At Least 40 Civilians Killed by U.S.-Afghan Attack, Haiti: Senator Shoots AP Photographer in Face During Anti-Gov't Protests, Video of Blindfolded Prisoners in Xinjiang Adds to Fears of Mass Human R…

Staff (2019-09-23). Headlines for September 23, 2019. democracynow.org 4 Million Take to the Streets for Global Climate Strike, Trump Admin Ignored CBP Report Linking Climate Change and Increased Migration, Honduran Woman and 21-Month-Old Son Die While Attempting to Reach U.S., New Deal Would Force Asylum Seekers to Return to El Salvador Despite Obvious Dangers, Calls for Impeachment Grow as Trump Acknowledges Ukraine Phone Call About Bidens, U.S. to Send Troops to Saudi Arabia, Impose Iran Sanctions, as Rouhani Heads to UNGA with Peace Plan, Arab Parties in Israel Back Benny Gantz in Bid to End Netanyahu's Rule, Egyptians Take to Street in Rare Protest Against President Sisi, Gov't…

Julie Hollar (2019-09-23). What Media Like Best About Elizabeth Warren: She's Not Bernie Sanders. fair.org by Julie Hollar | When the Washington Post's Paul Waldman ( 9/18/19) recently attempted to explain Elizabeth Warren's rise in the Democratic primary polls, he attributed it in part to media: Reporters on the campaign trail have said for some time that she is the one who generates the most enthusiastic response among voters o…

Staff (2019-09-23). Millions Took Part in the Youth-Led Global Climate Strike Friday. Here's Why People Marched. democracynow.org As many as a quarter-million people marched on the streets of New York City Friday for a youth-led climate strike inspired by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. Globally, as many as 4 million people took to the streets in hundreds of countries. Democracy Now! was in the streets of New York on Friday speaking with climate strikers from the United States and around the world.

Staff (2019-09-23). 19-Year-Old Indigenous Climate Activist Artemisa Xakriabá: "We Fight for Mother Earth" democracynow.org Friday's climate strike in New York City concluded with remarks from indigenous leaders, activists and organizers. Artemisa Xakriabá, a 19-year-old indigenous climate activist of the Xakriabá people, spoke about the increasing intensity of environmental destruction across Brazil and the interconnectedness of the fight for climate justice. "We fight for our Mother Earth because the fight for Mother Earth is the mother of all other fights," Xakriabá said. "We are fighting for your lives. We are fighting for our lives. We are fighting for our sacred territory. But we are being persecuted, threatened, murdered, only…

susan_p (2019-09-23). History will judge Mugabe's legacy. greenleft.org.au Alan BroughtonIssue 1239 Zimbabwe Movement for Democratic Change MDC ZANU-PFSeptember 23, 2019Zimbabwe's independence leader and former president Robert Mugabe is remembered for his leadership of the succ…

Staff (2019-09-23). "This Is Our Time. This Is Our Future." Voices from the Historic Youth Climate Strike in NYC. democracynow.org As many as 4 million people around the world took to the streets Friday in the largest day of action focused on the climate crisis. Students across the globe led climate strikes in hundreds of countries, inspired by 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. The demonstration kicked off in Foley Square, where tens of thousands of people gathered before the march. Varshini Prakash, co-founder and executive director of the Sunrise Movement, and climate activist Vic Barrett were among the handful of activists who addressed the climate strikers in Foley Square.

Staff (2019-09-23). "Our House Is on Fire": Greta Thunberg Addresses Hundreds of Thousands at NYC Climate Strike. democracynow.org Sixteen-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg spoke at Friday's climate strike in New York, where an estimated 300,000 people took to the streets. Thunberg inspired the global spread of weekly climate strikes when she started skipping school to protest outside of the Swedish parliament last year. "We will not just stand aside and watch," Thunberg told a crowd of thousands in her speech at Manhattan's Battery Park. "We are united behind the science, and we will do everything in our power to stop this crisis from getting worse."

Staff (2019-09-23). Bill McKibben: Youth Who Led Global Climate Strike Are Bringing a New "Spirit" to Climate Fight. democracynow.org Following Friday's youth-led climate strike — the largest-ever global protest focused on climate — we speak with Bill McKibben, longtime journalist and co-founder of 350.org. McKibben's latest piece for The New Yorker is titled "Money Is the Oxygen on Which the Fire of Global Warming Burns," and his cover piece for Time magazine is headlined "Hello from the Year 2050. We Avoided the Worst of Climate Change — But Everything Is Different." McKibben's 1989 book, "The End of Nature," was the first book for a general audience about climate change.

Fight Back (2019-09-22). Philippines: Resist and end Duterte's fascist regime. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following Sept. 20 statement from the Communist Party of the Philippines. | Almost five decades ago, Ferdinand Marcos placed the entire country under martial law which launched his brutal dictatorial rule. For 14 years, the Filipino people resisted valiantly and fought on all arenas of struggle. Serving as the strongest bulwark of anti-fascist resistance, the Party and the New People's Army waged underground and armed struggle, inspiring and militating the Filipino people to unite and struggle for democracy. Culminating long years of anti-fascist resistance, the Filipino…

Roger D. Harris (2019-09-21). On the Road to Damascus: International Conference in Syria on Sanctions and Its Blowback. mintpressnews.com Syrians say it's even harder now to make ends meet than it was during the height of their country's war because of intensified U.S and European sanctions.

Staff (2019-09-20). This Afghan Teen Was Set to Join First-Ever U.N. Youth Climate Summit, But U.S. Denied His Visa. democracynow.org Climate youth activist Nasratullah Elham of Afghanistan was invited to participate in the first-ever U.N. Youth Climate Summit, but the United States rejected his visa. He breaks the sound barrier to join us from Phuket, Thailand, where he is a 12th grade student, and says his activism is based on the crisis's impact on his home country. "The poor people there are very badly affected in a situation [where] they do not really have much carbon emissions," he says.

Staff (2019-09-20). Kelsey Juliana v. U.S.: Meet the Young Woman Suing the Federal Government over the Climate Crisis. democracynow.org Among those joining today's Global Climate Strike will be Kelsey Juliana, lead plaintiff in Juliana v. United States, the landmark youth climate lawsuit against the U.S. government. She joins us for a roundtable discussion, along with Jerome Foster II, White House Climate Strike organizer, founder and executive director of OneMillionOfUs.

2019-09-29: Social Media Postees

That Impeachment Inquiry? Now is the time to take to the streets
Curt Wechsler | indybay.org | 2019-09-29
1590 Bryant (at 15th Street), San Francisco…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/09/28/18826888.php

Why Isn't Congress Impeaching Trump for War Crimes?
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-29
| With a new scandal rocking the White House and a formal impeachment inquiry underway in the House, President Trump's self-serving illegal behavior is once again at the center of our political universe. Two huge questions now loom over Congress, and House Democrats in particular: Do the facts about Trump's actions warrant impeachment, and how will voters react as the process plays out? | These questions have led to a broader discussion of impeachment itself. Impeachment is not a criminal process, but a political…
truthout.org/articles/why-isnt-congress-impeaching-trump-for-war-crimes/

To Joe Biden, Trump's Potential Successor Mike Pence "Is a Decent Guy"
Norman Solomon | indybay.org | 2019-09-29
AstroTurf campaign yearns for bipartisanship…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/09/26/18826772.php

The Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex Defeats Tulsi Gabbard
Christian Sorensen | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-09-29
The military-industrial-congressional complex (MIC) is the noxious alliance comprised of the Pentagon, the war industry, and Capitol Hill. U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard has spoken out against U.S. military interventions in such sovereign nations as Iraq, Syria, and Libya. While Gabbard's public discussion of the costs of war rankles some within the MIC, she does not …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/09/the-military-industrial-congressional-complex-defeats-tulsi-gabbard/

Sanders Tied for First in Nevada, Warren Second to Biden in South Carolina
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-29
| New CNN polls from two key early states released Sunday solidify the notion that the Democratic Party presidential primary has largely become a three-way race between Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren. | The new polling figures show that Sanders and Biden are tied for first place in Nevada (both receiving 22%), while a third-place Warren trails slightly at 18% — just fou…
truthout.org/articles/sanders-tied-for-first-in-nevada-warren-second-to-biden-in-south-carolina/

Sanders Tied for First With Biden in Nevada While Warren Edges Bernie for Second in Carolina: Poll
Common Dreams staff | commondreams.org | 2019-09-29
New figures help confirm Democratic primary race solidifying into three-way contest. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/democratic_debate_winship.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/09/29/sanders-tied-first-biden-nevada-while-warren-edges-bernie-second-carolina-poll?cd-origin=rss

Democratic Senators Orchestrated Infamous Caning of Slavery Opponent, According to New Book
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-09-29
Sidney Blumenthal's "All the Powers of Earth: 1856-1860," dives deep into the greatest act of physical violence ever perpetrated on the U.S. Senate floor.
theintercept.com/2019/09/29/sidney-blumenthal-book-all-powers-earth/

SDS strengthens at 14th annual national convention
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-09-29
Jacksonville, FL — On September 20, New Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) chapters from across the United States convened at the University of North Florida to reaffirm their commitment to student organizing and to discuss ways to, "Stop Trump, Stop Racism, Stop U.S. Military and Police Terror." The conference peaked at over 80 students with a dozen chapters represented. | Speeches and applause rang through the halls all weekend. Students opened the conference chanting, "Dare to struggle, dare to win!" The conference ended with, "It is our duty to fight for each other, it is our duty to win!" | On Sat…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/9/29/sds-strengthens-14th-annual-national-convention

Johnson blimp unveiled for protest at Tory conference
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-09-29
Hundreds of protesters have taken to the streets of Manchester as the Conservative conference gets underway.A giant Boris Johnson blimp was inflated at Castlefield Bowl ahead of a Reject Brexit — Defend Our Democracy event on Sunday afternoon.The six-metre tall inflatable depicted the prime minister dressed in blue shorts with red hearts and the word "Nigel" on, and a T-shirt showing a £350 million bus.Demonstrators gathered on Oxford Road at about midday for a Shut Down the Tories event before marching through heavy downpours to Deansgate, where a rally was due to be held.Shadow education secretary An…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2019/09/29/johnson-blimp-unveiled-for-protest-at-tory-conference/

Nixon's Revenge: This Time, Republicans Are Ready to Fight Impeachment
Jon Schwarz | theintercept.com | 2019-09-28
The right has patiently spent decades creating a system to make sure no Republican president is ever forced from office again, no matter what he does.
theintercept.com/2019/09/28/impeachment-republicans-nixon-watergate/

Will This Be the Scandal That Finally Prompts Republicans to Defect From Trump?
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-28
| Donald Trump has made it clear throughout his presidency that when he's put in a corner, he'll throw his own staff under the bus in order to save himself. As the Ukraine scandal deepens, Trump's strategy will be to implicate as many people as possible; protecting Trump now becomes inextricable with protecting themselves. If Republicans circle the wagons now, they're doing so around a stick of lit dynamite. | One day after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inve…
truthout.org/articles/will-this-be-the-scandal-that-finally-prompts-republicans-to-defect-from-trump/

Impeachment Firestorm Scorches William Barr
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-09-28
WASHINGTON–As Washington plunges into impeachment, Attorney General William Barr finds himself engulfed in the political firestorm, facing questions about his role in President Donald Trump's outreach to Ukraine and the administration's attempts to keep a whistleblower complaint from Congress. | Trump repeatedly told Ukraine's president in a telephone call that Barr and Trump personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani could help investigate Trump's Democratic rival Joe Biden, according to a rough transcript of that summertime conversation. Justice Department officials insist Barr was unaware of Trump's comments at the t…
truthdig.com/articles/impeachment-firestorm-scorches-william-barr/

'This is war': Trump's critics & backers trade blows as Washington braces for impeachment showdown
rt.com | 2019-09-28
With impeachment the talk of the town in Washington, President Donald Trump's most fierce critics and defenders are squaring off, reacting to a Democratic initiative to remove him from office over an alleged abuse of power. | On Tuesday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) said the House was "moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry," unifying ongoing investigations in six congressional committees under the umbrella of an impeachment probe. Citing a July phone call between President Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, Pelosi argued that the president abused his authority and bro…
rt.com/usa/469803-trump-backers-critics-impeachment-showdown/

Trump's envoy to Ukraine resigns as impeachment gathers pace
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-09-28
Kurt Volker, a former US ambassador to NATO caught in the middle of a whistleblower complaint over President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine, has resigned from his post as special envoy to the Eastern European nation.The move came as House Democrats took their first concrete steps in the impeachment investigation of Trump, issuing subpoenas demanding documents from Mike Pompeo and scheduling legal depositions for other State Department officials.A US official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Volker told Secretary of State Pompeo on Friday of his decision to leave the job.The move followed disclosur…
thecanary.co/us/us-news-us/2019/09/28/trumps-envoy-to-ukraine-resigns-as-impeachment-gathers-pace/

Impeachment won't save our democracy
Chris Winters | nationofchange.org | 2019-09-28
So it's official: The U.S. House of Representatives, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, is moving toward impeaching President Trump. In announcing this, Pelosi finally did what many on the left thought should have been a no-brainer. Her reluctance to move the process along has been frustrating for many eager to try to stop Trump's trampling on the rule of law. | The actual announcement doesn't mean much in terms of how Congress operates. It only provides a semantic umbrella under which we can now group the numerous investigations of President Trump's behavior already underway. (U.S. House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold…
nationofchange.org/2019/09/28/impeachment-wont-save-our-democracy/

Can Quarterback Pelosi Bring the Democratic Team an Impeachment Victory?
Peter Dreier | commondreams.org | 2019-09-28
US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, announces a formal impeachment inquiry of US President Donald Trump on September 24, 2019, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/nancy_pelosi_democrats_impeach_0.png
commondreams.org/views/2019/09/28/can-quarterback-pelosi-bring-democratic-team-impeachment-victory?cd-origin=rss

Details of Donald Trump's calls with foreign leaders 'often concealed'
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-09-28
The White House severely restricted distribution of memos detailing President Donald Trump's calls with foreign leaders, including Russia's Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia's Mohammed bin Salman, after embarrassing leaks of his conversations early in his tenure, a former White House official said. | The White House's handling of Mr Trump's calls with foreign leaders is at the heart of House Democrats' impeachment inquiry. | A whistleblower alleges the White House tried to "lock down" Mr Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukraine's new president because officials were worried about his request for help investigating h…
thecanary.co/breaking-news/2019/09/28/details-of-donald-trumps-calls-with-foreign-leaders-often-concealed/

CIA sets terms for Democrats' impeachment inquiry into Trump's crimes
wsws.org | 2019-09-28
Both factions in the political warfare that has erupted in Washington are hostile to the democratic and social rights of the working class.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/28/pers-s28.html

Subpoenas Mark First Concrete Steps for Trump Impeachment
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-09-28
House Democrats ask Mike Pompeo and others in State Department to appear and turn over documents; Speaker Pelosi sets no deadline on probe.
truthdig.com/articles/subpoenas-mark-first-concrete-steps-for-trump-impeachment/

Busted deal with the devil by stooge Republicans puts Senate in play
Robert S. Becker | nationofchange.org | 2019-09-28
What was an improbable prospect only weeks ago — Democrats retaking the Senate — increases in direct proportion to the severity and duration of the Trump train wreck.
nationofchange.org/2019/09/28/busted-deal-with-the-devil-by-stooge-republicans-puts-senate-in-play/

Millions March against Climate Change, Capitalism and War
Bryan Dyne | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-28
Four million people participated in the global climate strike across every continent on Friday, many of them students who skipped school on that day. Demonstrations at more than 5,800 locations in 161 countries began in Australia and the Pacific, moved …
globalresearch.ca/millions-march-against-climate-change-capitalism-and-war/5690410

No one should have to bargain for health care
Negin Owliaei | nationofchange.org | 2019-09-28
Nearly 50,000 members of the United Auto Workers began striking earlier this month, demanding that General Motors pay them their fair share of the billions in profits the company raked in last year. | The response from General Motors was shocking. The automaker, which accepted billions in government bailouts during the last recession, cut off its payment of insurance premiums for the striking workers. | As the news broke, former Vice President Joe Biden was at an AFL-CIO event…
nationofchange.org/2019/09/28/no-one-should-have-to-bargain-for-health-care/

NRA was a 'foreign asset' of Russia in 2016 election, claims report by Senate Democrats
rt.com | 2019-09-28
Injecting new life into the 'Russiagate' conspiracy theory, Senate Democrats produced a report claiming that the largest US gun rights organization acted like a 'foreign asset' for the Kremlin and should lose tax-exempt status. | The 77-page document, published Friday by Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), insinuates that the National Rifle Association (NRA) abused its tax-exempt status by working with the gun rights activist Maria Butina — branded a "Russian agent" &#150…
rt.com/usa/469798-nra-foreign-asset-russia-democrats/

Hell Yes, Take Them Away!
Vern Loomis | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-09-28
"Hell yes, we're going to take your AR-15, your AK-47!" With that unequivocal statement, Beto O'Rourke ignited right wing gun pundits who've kept some powder dry for just such a remark: "Who is this "we" he speaks of? Democrats? Liberals? Bring it, fools. Come and try to take my legally purchased guns. I double-dog dare …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/09/hell-yes-take-them-away/

US Census report: Inequality grew rapidly in 2018 to record levels
wsws.org | 2019-09-28
The US is now as unequal as the Democratic Republic of the Congo and less equal than Kenya, Mexico and Malaysia.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/28/inco-s28.html

Chicago teachers vote overwhelmingly to authorize strike
wsws.org | 2019-09-28
The 94 percent authorization vote is a powerful expression of opposition to the conditions imposed by decades of Democratic mayoral administrations.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/28/chic-s28.html

Union Members Demand a Voice in Presidential Endorsements
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-28
| This story was originally published at Labor Notes.As the first union endorsements for president trickle in, union members and leaders are fighting to shape both the outcomes and the process of how endorsements are made. | Four years ago, by September 2015, seven national unions had made endorsements in the Democratic primary, though the AFL-CIO had requested that affiliates delay action. | Six–the Teachers (AFT), Machinists, Roofers, Plumbers, Bricklayers,…
truthout.org/articles/union-members-demand-a-voice-in-presidential-endorsements/

MSNBC Pundit Who Accused Those Who Prefer Sanders to Warren of 'Sexism' Sparks Viral Outcry From #WomenforBernie
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-09-28
"Not here to be vote shamed by the 1%. I am supporting the only candidate who will always put the needs of people first." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/women_for_bernie.png
commondreams.org/news/2019/09/28/msnbc-pundit-who-accused-those-who-prefer-sanders-warren-sexism-sparks-viral-outcry?cd-origin=rss

'I Approved This Message': Trump Releases 2020 Campaign Ad With Completely 'Fabricated' Lie About Biden
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-09-28
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Boris Johnson 'could face no-confidence vote next week'
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-09-28
Opposition parties could stage a vote of confidence in the Government next week in a bid to thwart a no-deal Brexit, a senior SNP MP has said.Stewart Hosie said the plan — to put in place an interim government to secure a Brexit extension — appeared to be the only way to ensure Britain did not "crash out" of the EU on October 31.However, he acknowledged that in order to succeed, it would require all the opposition parties to get behind it.But while the SNP have indicated they could support a temporary government led by Jeremy Corbyn, the Liberal Democrats and many of the Tory rebels who had the whip wit…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2019/09/28/boris-johnson-could-face-no-confidence-vote-next-week/

The Right-Wing Media Twisted My 2015 Reporting on the Bidens and Ukraine
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-27
| Democrats are coalescing behind an effort to impeach President Trump over his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which he pressed the Ukrainian leader to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Meanwhile, Republicans have latched onto the Biden-Ukraine story as a means of smearing the former vice president as corrupt, in an attempt to damage one of Trump's political rivals. For more on the story, we speak with James Risen, senior national security correspondent for The Int…
truthout.org/video/the-right-wing-media-twisted-my-2015-reporting-on-the-bidens-and-ukraine/

The Impeachment Story Proves It Again: Trump Is No Strategic Genius
Ryan Cooper | commondreams.org | 2019-09-27
Trump's flailing, incompetent White House emerges quite naturally from basic aspects of Trump's personality—his vanity, his ignorance, his sloppiness, his cowardice, and above all his all-consuming narcissism. (Photo: Illustrated | SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images, JimLarkin/iStock, DickDuerrstein/iStock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/screen_shot_2019-09-27_at_2.52.04_pm.png
commondreams.org/views/2019/09/27/impeachment-story-proves-it-again-trump-no-strategic-genius?cd-origin=rss

The Impeachment: Will This Be Trump's Unraveling?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-27
Ryan Cooper, National Correspondent for The Week, joins us to look at today's testimony, the president's petulance, and what all this means for the presidential campaign.
therealnews.com/stories/impeachment-trump-unraveling

The Case for Impeachment Goes Far Beyond Ukraine
Peter Certo | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-27
"Has Trump finally gone too far?" There's a headline you've seen a thousand times. At last, Speaker Nancy Pelosi says he has. A whistleblower says Trump withheld foreign aid to Ukraine to pressure the country's new president into investigating Joe Biden's son Hunter's past business there. Trump doesn't even really deny it. Pelosi has long…
counterpunch.org/2019/09/27/the-case-for-impeachment-goes-far-beyond-ukraine/

'They lost the election, now they want to STEAL this one': Trump targets Democrats in impeachment ad
rt.com | 2019-09-27
US President Donald Trump is blasting Democrats and "their media lapdogs" in a new campaign ad, claiming they seek to impeach him for wanting to investigate corruption in Ukraine involving former Vice President Joe Biden. | The 30-second ad that Trump tweeted out Friday afternoon opens with Biden boasting about getting a Ukrainian prosecutor fired after he threatened to withhold $1 billion from Kiev. The footage is from the former vice-president's January 2018 appearance at the Council on Foreign Relations. | I AM DRAINING THE SWAMP! pic.twitter.com/U7WxKrO6Kx– Donal…
rt.com/usa/469793-trump-democrats-media-lapdogs-steal/

Citing 'Troubling' Refusal, House Democrats Subpoena Pompeo for Documents as Part of Trump Impeachment Inquiry
Common Dreams staff | commondreams.org | 2019-09-27
The chairmen of three U.S. House committees subpoenaed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday for documents related to President Donald Trump's interaction with Ukraine's president. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/pompeo_0.jpeg
commondreams.org/news/2019/09/27/citing-troubling-refusal-house-democrats-subpoena-pompeo-documents-part-trump?cd-origin=rss

The Real Purpose of the Impeachment Investigation against Trump. Political Power Play
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-27
The Democrats know that there is no impeachable offense. What they intend to do is to use the investigation to look into every aspect of Trump's life and try to make dirt out of things unrelated to his talk with …
globalresearch.ca/democrats-reveal-real-purpose-impeachment-investigation/5690312

The Left Needs to Seize Impeachment From Centrist Elites
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2019-09-27
The Left Needs to Seize Impeachment From Centrist Elites…
thenation.com/article/trump-impeachment-democrats/

James Risen: I Wrote About the Bidens and Ukraine in 2015. The Right-Wing Media Twisted My Reporting
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-27
Democrats are coalescing behind an effort to impeach President Trump over his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which he pressed the Ukrainian leader to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Meanwhile, Republicans have latched onto the Biden-Ukraine story as a means of smearing the former vice president as corrupt, in an attempt to damage one of Trump's political rivals. For more on the story, we speak with James Risen, senior national security correspondent for The Intercept, who first wrote about the Bidens and Ukraine in 2015, when he was a reporter for The New York Times. He says the "r…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/27/ukraine_president_biden_investigation

James Risen: Whistleblower Complaint Shows "Trump Is a Habitual Criminal" Abusing His Office
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-27
Democrats are ramping up efforts to impeach President Trump for pressing the president of Ukraine to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Nearly 90% of House Democrats now support impeachment. On Thursday, a declassified version of a complaint by an anonymous whistleblower was released, detailing his concerns about Trump's July phone call with Volodymyr Zelensky. In the complaint, the unnamed whistleblower — who has been identified as a CIA official — accused the president of "using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 202…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/27/trump_impeachment_inquiry_james_risen

"Worth This Investment": Memos Reveal the Scope and Racial Animus of GOP Gerrymandering Ambitions
David Daley | theintercept.com | 2019-09-27
In court and in public, many top Republicans have denied gerrymandering gives them any advantage at all. They've captured state legislatures and won an edge in Congress, some have suggested, due to superior candidates, better campaigns, and natural geographic sorting that clusters Democrats in urban areas and spreads Republicans more efficiently across the suburbs and rural America. | "The problem is not district lines; the proble…
theintercept.com/2019/09/27/gerrymandering-gop-hofeller-memos/

To Joe Biden, Trump's Potential Successor Mike Pence "Is a Decent Guy"
Norman Solomon | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-27
When Joe Biden told an audience that Mike Pence "is a decent guy," Pence had already been vice president for more than two years. After the comment drew fierce criticism, Biden responded that he'd said it "in a foreign policy context" — an odd effort at damage control, given that Pence has publicly backed every one of…
counterpunch.org/2019/09/27/to-joe-biden-trumps-potential-successor-mike-pence-is-a-decent-guy/

The Democratic Party Remains a Party of War, Not Peace
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-27
Green Party candidate Madelyn Hoffman says that even the progressive Democratic presidential candidates remain unwilling to challenge the Pentagon.
therealnews.com/stories/the-democratic-party-remains-a-party-of-war-not-peace

Message to the Climate Strike Marchers in Detroit
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-27
Merge the strikes! Merge the tiers! | We are all for the Green New Deal! | Make Detroit the Arsenal for a Green Economy! | Frank Hammer | This is a historic day, especially for those of us here in Detroit. We are at the center of not one but two strikes: | The nation-wide strike by 46,000 UAW members to determine fate of GM, Ford and Chrysler autoworkers which will have ripple effects for the entire working class and gm communities, right here in Detroit and Warren, in the US and globally. The other strike, today's youth-led global climate strike, is a huge step in our fight to shape the fate of our planet, the…
therealnews.com/columns/message-to-the-climate-strike-marchers-in-detroit

Naomi Klein v The Times Roy Scranton: Mobilization to Fight Climate Change or Surrender?
Al Ronzoni | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-27
I have a good friend, a professor of English Literature, who I often go out with to see plays, band performances and movies. Lately, we've also been having a running text message and email debate about various political issues. In an earlier exchange, he described himself as, "not philosophically opposed to the Republicans" but since…
counterpunch.org/2019/09/27/naomi-klein-v-the-times-roy-scranton-mobilization-to-fight-climate-change-or-surrender/

Laid off Wrightbus workers 'face struggle to house families'
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-09-27
Wrightbus workers face a struggle to house their families, one former employee has said. | Ryan Price, a supervisor aged 29, is married and his two children share a bedroom in a rental property. | He was bidding to buy a house and had saved a deposit but will find it difficult to access state benefits because of his savings. | The musician picked up his guitar and sang a song by Irish performer and social conscience Christy Moore about the impact of factory closures on ordinary men. | Mr Price said: "A lot of people are down and out, it is not just us, it affects other companies too. | "Morale still seems good bu…
thecanary.co/breaking-news/2019/09/27/laid-off-wrightbus-workers-face-struggle-to-house-families/

Human Rights Briefing: Updates on Egypt, Zimbabwe, Venezuela and Saudi Arabia
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-27
Here's a roundup of human rights news this Friday: UN's Bachelet urges restraint over arrests of Egypt protestors; expert calls for 'democratic shift' in Zimbabwe; Human Rights Council agrees fact-finding mission to Venezuela; independent experts urge freedom for Saudi women's rights defender, after 500 days in prison.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/09/1047872

At UN, Modi outlines development successes, says India gave world 'Buddha, not war'
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-27
In his address to the UN General Assembly's general debate on Friday, the Prime Minister of India outlined how the world's largest democracy has embodied the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in its work towards "peace, development and progress in the world".
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/09/1047902

Mass Killings In Afghanistan Are Acts of White Supremacy
Charles Davis | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-27
An American white nationalist killed over 30 people recently. The victims, all brown, had full lives; children, loved ones, and years, full of plans, ahead of them. But then they were incinerated. Worst of all, they were murdered while Afghan. The deaths were noted in the press, and one Democrat running for president even acknowledged…
counterpunch.org/2019/09/27/mass-killings-in-afghanistan-are-acts-of-white-supremacy/

Towards a More Mature Democracy
John Kendall Hawkins | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-27
You could be forgiven (but what's the fun in that), if you were to think. Looking at Jacques-Louis David's neoclassical painting The Death of Socrates, you could believe you're seeing Socrates giving the bird to democracy and demanding that Crito give him the goddamned chalice full of hemlock, and get out of the way. There…
counterpunch.org/2019/09/27/towards-a-more-mature-democracy/

Trump bans Raul Castro and his children from coming to U.S
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-09-27
WASHINGTON–In yet another manifestation of his hatred for Cuba in general and its leaders in particular, right-wing GOP President Donald Trump barred former Cuban President Raul Castro, and his four adult children, from traveling to the U.S. Castro is now First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba. The move may be largely for Trump's …
peoplesworld.org/article/trump-bans-raul-castro-and-his-children-from-coming-to-u-s/

Bankers "Confirm Warren's Whole Worldview" by Saying They'll Donate to Trump to Defeat Anti-Wall Street Senator in 2020
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-09-27
For the second time in three weeks, Sen. Elizabeth Warren embraced Wall Street executives' fear of her potential presidency, after CNBC reported that several anonymous bankers threatened to back President Donald Trump in the 2020 election if Warren becomes to Democratic nominee. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/warren_9.jpeg
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200+ Groups Denounce UN-WEF Agreement That Entrenches Corporate Interests Driving Global 'Social and Environmental Crises'
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-09-27
"It moves the world dangerously towards a privatized and undemocratic global governance." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/un-wef-agreement-denounced-corporate-capture.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/09/27/200-groups-denounce-un-wef-agreement-entrenches-corporate-interests-driving-global?cd-origin=rss

Democrats host historic LGBTQ presidential forum
Michelle Zacarias | peoplesworld.org | 2019-09-27
Last Friday Democratic candidates took the stage at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to attend the first LGBTQ presidential forum. The gathering was historic in that it was the first time that Presidential nominees got together to discuss the prevailing issues affecting LGBTQ communities across the country. The event was co-hosted by GLAAD, One …
peoplesworld.org/article/democrats-host-historic-lgbtq-presidential-forum/

Roaming Charges: Rough Trade Transcript
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-27
I think we can all agree that refusing to send military aid to Ukraine would have been a wise decision by Trump. But trading the slaughter of civilians in eastern Ukraine for political dirt on HRC and the Bidens pretty much exposes his America First foreign policy as little more than diplomatic narcissism, which, of course, we've known all along but it's useful to have it confirmed in his own "Rough Trade Transcript"….
counterpunch.org/2019/09/27/roaming-charges-rough-trade-transcript/

Over 2,000 Arrested in Egypt in Growing Protests Against Sisi, Trump's "Favorite Dictator"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-27
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…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/27/egypt_protests_sharif_abdel_kouddous

Schiff's 're-telling' of Trump phone call with Ukraine head gets mocked as 'unhinged Orange-Man-Bad fan fiction'
rt.com | 2019-09-26
With impeachment efforts against President Donald Trump resting on the content of a single phone call, who could blame Congressman Adam Schiff for embellishing the truth a little, all to sell his "Orange Man Bad" narrative. | Though Trump released a transcript of the call in question on Wednesday, the Democrat-controlled House Intelligence Committee pressed ahead with questioning Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire on Thursday, about his handling of the whistleblower complaint that first thrus…
rt.com/usa/469703-schiff-trump-opening-statement/

Congress hears testimony from intel chief on "smoking gun" phone call
John Wojcik | peoplesworld.org | 2019-09-26
The impeachment process now underway in the country continued with dramatic testimony today in the House Intelligence Committee that underlined what the pro-democracy forces in America are up against. Today's hearing confirms that saving democracy in this country will require taking on a Trump-built network that uses government across all of its branches to advance …
peoplesworld.org/article/congress-hears-testimony-from-intel-chief-on-smoking-gun-phone-call/

Democrats, Please Don't Mess This Up. Impeach Trump for All His Crimes, Not Just for Ukraine
Mehdi Hasan | theintercept.com | 2019-09-26
Impeaching Trump only for Ukraine would give him a clean bill of health on everything else, like his obstruction of the Mueller investigation.
theintercept.com/2019/09/26/impeachment-trump-ukraine-democrats/

House Intelligence Committee releases whistleblower report on Trump-Zelensky call
rt.com | 2019-09-26
The whistleblower complaint that led to the impeachment inquiry against US President Donald Trump has been released. In it, the leaker admits he did not actually hear the phone call at the center of the scandal. | Released by the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday, the complaint details the circumstances surrounding Trump's July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Democrats argue that Trump attempted to pressure Zelensky into reopening a corruption inve…
rt.com/usa/469679-trump-zelensky-whistleblower-complaint-released/

The Republican Party Is Going Down With Trump
Joan Walsh | thenation.com | 2019-09-26
The Republican Party Is Going Down With Trump…
thenation.com/article/trump-republicans-ukraine-impeachment/

Edward Snowden Condemns Trump's Mistreatment of Whistleblower Who Exposed Ukraine Scandal
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-26
Responding to news of a whistleblower's complaint at the center of an impeachment inquiry filed against President Trump this week, famed whistleblower Edward Snowden speaks about his own decision to leak classified documents in 2013. The House Intelligence Committee has released the declassified whistleblower complaint, which details a July phone call between President Trump and the Ukrainian president. The White House is trying "to make the conversation not about the allegations," Snowden told Democracy Now! "They want to talk about the whistleblower rather than the government's own wrongdoing."
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/26/edward_snowden_on_writing_his_memoir

Permanent Record: Why NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden Risked His Life to Expose Surveillance State
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-26
Six years ago, Edward Snowden leaked a trove of secret documents about how the United States had built a massive surveillance apparatus to spy on Americans and people across the globe. Snowden was then charged in the U.S. for violating the Espionage Act and other laws. As he attempted to flee to Latin America, Snowden became stranded in Russia after the U.S. revoked his passport. He has lived in Moscow ever since. Snowden just published his memoir, "Permanent Record," in which he writes about what led him to risk his life to expose the U.S. government's system of mass surveillance. From Moscow, he speaks to Democ…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/26/edward_snowden_trump_whistleblower_impeachment

Laws that Punish for Hypothetical Harm Must be Abolished
Denis Rancourt | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-09-26
Given the state of laws in Canada, it has become necessary to state the obvious: An individual legitimately can be punished solely for proven actual harm that is also proven to have been caused by the individual. In a free and democratic society, laws that punish an individual for harm that is hypothesized to have …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/09/laws-that-punish-for-hypothetical-harm-must-be-abolished/

How Trump Pushed Ukraine's President to Probe Conspiracy Theories About Democrats
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-09-26
Donald Trump pressed Ukraine's new president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to help legitimize conspiracy theories about his Democratic rivals during a private telephone conversation in July, and again at a public meeting at the United Nations on Wednesday. | White House notes on the July call, released before the two presidents met in New York, showed that Trump urged his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate false claims about the theft of emails from the Democratic National Committee's servers in 2016, as well as former Vice Presi…
theintercept.com/2019/09/26/donald-trump-wants-ukraines-president-probe-conspiracy-theories-democrats/

"Financial Censorship Is Still Censorship": Edward Snowden Slams Justice Dept. Lawsuit Against Him
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-26
As a whistleblower complaint filed against President Trump rocks Washington and threatens Trump's presidency, one of the world's most famous whistleblowers, Edward Snowden, joins us from Moscow, Russia. Earlier this month, the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Snowden alleging that his newly released memoir, "Permanent Record," violates the nondisclosure agreements he signed with the federal government when he was a National Security Agency employee. The Justice Department also argued that they are entitled to all of Snowden's book profits. Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman and Juan González speak with Sno…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/26/edward_snowden_memoir_permanent_record

It's Time to Impeach Members of Congress for Not Impeaching Trump
Jud Lounsbury | progressive.org | 2019-09-25
The question is no longer whether it's a good idea. It's about whether the members of Congress, Democrats and Republicans alike, will follow their oath of office to defend the Constitution.
progressive.org/dispatches/impeach-congress-for-not-impeaching-trump-lounsbury-190925/

'Nothing call': Trump lashes out at Dems & media after Zelensky chat memo released
rt.com | 2019-09-25
President Donald Trump has slammed his Democratic rivals for launching an impeachment probe based on a "nothing call" with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. | House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an impeachment inquiry on Tuesday, on the back of allegations that Trump threatened to withhold military aid to Ukraine, in a bid to pressure Zelensky into investigating Joe Biden's son Hunter's business dealings in the country. The Department of Justice released a transcript of the call on Wednesday, which detaile…
rt.com/usa/469604-trump-transcript-press-response/

Trump impeachment proceedings based on 'nothing' phone call, but fallout will hurt America long-term
rt.com | 2019-09-25
The transcript of President Donald Trump's phone call with his Ukrainian counterpart shows no pressure or threats to withhold aid. So why are Democrats and media still reading it that way, and invoking it as impeachment grounds? | For over two years, the Democrats pinned their hopes on Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who was investigating the claims of "Russian collusion" and obstruction of justice in relation to it — only to come up empty-handed back in May. | Undeterred, the party pushed impeachment anyway, arguing that the report somehow showed obstruction of justice somewhere between the lines, and pr…
rt.com/usa/469626-trump-impeachement-transctript-democrats/

"We've Reached Critical Mass": Rep. Al Green on Pelosi Vow to Impeach Trump for "Dastardly Deeds"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-25
Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has launched a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump following allegations from an intelligence community whistleblower that Trump sought help from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a July 25 phone call to investigate Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden and his son Hunter. On Tuesday, the Republican-controlled Senate unanimously passed a nonbinding resolution calling for the Trump administration to release the whistleblower complaint to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. We get response and look at next steps with Congressmember Al Gree…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/25/formal_impeachment_inquiry_trump

I Wrote About the Bidens and Ukraine Years Ago. Then the Right-Wing Spin Machine Turned the Story Upside Down
James Risen | theintercept.com | 2019-09-25
Many observers now seem to think this suddenly hot story came out of nowhere this year, but that is not true.
theintercept.com/2019/09/25/i-wrote-about-the-bidens-and-ukraine-years-ago-then-the-right-wing-spin-machine-turned-the-story-upside-down/

US Justice Dept releases much-anticipated summary of Trump's call with Ukrainian president
rt.com | 2019-09-25
US President Donald Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to look into whether ex-Vice President Joe Biden blocked an investigation into his son's company, according to a summary of the call between the two leaders. | The memo was released Wednesday morning. | | "There's a lot of talk about Biden's son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great," Trump told Zelensky in a summary of the call transcript provided by the Justice Department on Wednesday. | | Democratic frontrunner Biden allegedl…
rt.com/usa/469593-trump-call-zelensky-release/

Genocide Warnings for Three African States
J.B. Gerald | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-09-25
These genocide warnings concern current threats to the peoples of Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Burundi. Beyond the primary concern for all the people in national groups, a pattern is emerging globally which should remind North Americans of past genocides against native American peoples: the masses of people forced from their homelands, the refugee …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/09/genocide-warnings-for-three-african-states/

The 2020 Campaign Event Where 'Everyday Iowans' Asked the Questions
Spencer Green | thenation.com | 2019-09-25
The 2020 Campaign Event Where 'Everyday Iowans' Asked the Questions…
thenation.com/article/iowa-democrats-election-2020/

Billy Bragg: What the U.K. Supreme Court's Historic Ruling Against Boris Johnson Means for Brexit
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-25
The U.K. Parliament has reconvened after the country's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson had unlawfully suspended Parliament in order to push through Brexit with or without a deal. Johnson made the unprecedented move late last month, asking the queen to prorogue Parliament in order to limit debate on leaving the European Union, which the U.K. is scheduled to do by October 31. Calls for Johnson's resignation are mounting since the news broke, with opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn calling for a general election and demanding Johnson apologize to the queen and to the country. For mo…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/25/brexit_british_parliament_billy_bragg

Trump Lashes Out at Iran, China & Venezuela in Nationalist Address to U.N. General Assembly
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-25
On Tuesday, President Trump made his third address to the United Nations General Assembly amid simmering tensions in the Middle East over recent attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities, which the United States blames on Iran. Tehran denies the allegations. Trump also lashed out at China and Venezuela. We speak with Vijay Prashad, director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research and chief editor of LeftWord Books. His latest article for Salon is headlined "World leaders gather at the UN in the face of war, climate catastrophe & global worker exploitation."
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/25/trump_un_general_assembly_speech_vijay

The Bidens, Trump, Kiev and impeachment
Victor Grossman | mronline.org | 2019-09-24
The impeachment drive is quickly gathering steam, and who can have any sympathy for that man in the Oval Office? But I wonder if some enthusiasts may not be digging deeply enough. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/09/24/the-bidens-trump-kiev-and-impeachment/

Nate Silver and the Pitfalls of the Corporate Pundit Class
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-24
Political statistician and editor-in-chief of FiveThirtyEight Nate Silver found himself in hot water recently when he seemed to refer to the diverse supporters of Bernie Sanders' campaign as "residue." Jacqueline Luqman talks to Anoa Changa about why that language, and the bias of the corporate pundit class, is an issue.
therealnews.com/stories/nate-silver-and-the-pitfalls-of-the-corporate-pundit-class

Trump Seeks to Kneecap Consumer Protection Agency Advocated for by Elizabeth Warren
Steven Schwinn | progressive.org | 2019-09-24
We've grown accustomed to Donald Trump's relentless political attacks. but, in the end, his constitutional attacks on the administrative state could cause the most damage.
progressive.org/dispatches/trump-attacks-consumer-agencys-independence-schwinn-190924/

Reuters can't find U.S. critics to question Amazon's anti-Venezuela propaganda
Joe Emersberger | mronline.org | 2019-09-24
A line from the trailer for Jack Ryan, an Amazon TV drama whose second season streams on November 1, is: A nuclear Venezuela…. You will not hear about it on the news, 'cause we'll already be dead. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/09/24/reuters-cant-find-u-s-critics-to-question-amazons-anti-venezuela-propaganda/

Support FAIR: Corporate Media Sidetracking Real Election Issues–Again — copy
Deborah | fair.org | 2019-09-24
Dear FAIR Friends, While corporate media focus on who's up/who's down in the horserace for the Democratic nomination, more substantive concerns–What are the candidates' policy proposals? Are they adequate to the scale of the problems we face? Will our votes be suppressed, or even miscounted?–go unaddressed. With so much at stake, we've got to …
fair.org/zmail/support-fair-corporate-media-sidetracking-real-election-issues-again-copy/

Meet Brazil's Indigenous Leader Attacked by Bolsonaro at U.N. over Efforts to Preserve the Amazon
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-24
A number of indigenous leaders from Brazil traveled to New York to protest Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's push to open the Amazon rainforest for agribusiness, logging and mining. Democracy Now!'s Nermeen Shaikh spoke to Chief Raoni Metuktire of the Kayapó tribe on Monday outside the U.N. Climate Action Summit about the situation in the Amazon, including the recent outbreak of devastating fires. After the interview, Chief Raoni attempted to enter the U.N. summit, but despite support from dozens of activists, he was barred from entering. He is a nominee for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/24/un_climate_summit_indigenous_leader_barred

In Landmark UN Complaint, 16 Children Accuse Nations of Failing to Protect Them from Climate Change
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-24
Youth climate activists from around the world also attended the U.N. Climate Action Summit Monday, where they spoke at UNICEF about a landmark new climate complaint they filed with the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. Hailing from countries including Argentina, Brazil, Germany, the Marshall Islands and Tunisia, the young representatives spoke about why they feel compelled to act on the climate crisis. Among the youth climate activists were Alexandria Villaseñor of New York and Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg.
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/24/children_vs_climatecrisis

Ta-Nehisi Coates on His Debut Novel "The Water Dancer," Slavery & Reparations
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-24
Celebrated writer Ta-Nehisi Coates's first novel, "The Water Dancer," was released today. Centering on a man named Hiram Walker, who was born into slavery in 19th century Virginia, the novel is a "crowd-pleasing exercise in breakneck and often occult storytelling," a review in The New York Times stated. Over the past decade Ta-Nehisi Coates has become one of the nation's most celebrated writers. In 2014, he wrote a piece titled "The Case for Reparations," which rejuvenated the push for the government to pay reparations to the descendants of slaves. His 2015 book, "Between the World and Me," a National Book Award…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/24/ta_nehisi_coates_the_water_dancer

How Dare You! Greta Thunberg Slams World's Focus on Economic "Fairy Tales" While Ecosystems Collapse
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-24
Scores of world leaders gathered in New York on Monday for the U.N. Climate Action Summit, but the world's largest greenhouse gas emitters announced few new measures to address the climate crisis. President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence briefly attended the summit but left after just 14 minutes. At the beginning of the summit, 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg delivered an impassioned address to world leaders, explicitly naming their inaction on the climate crisis. "People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing," Greta said. "We are in the beginning of a mass ext…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/24/un_climate_action_summit_greta_thunberg

What Media Like Best About Elizabeth Warren: She's Not Bernie Sanders
Julie Hollar | fair.org | 2019-09-23
by Julie Hollar | When the Washington Post's Paul Waldman ( 9/18/19) recently attempted to explain Elizabeth Warren's rise in the Democratic primary polls, he attributed it in part to media: Reporters on the campaign trail have said for some time that she is the one who generates the most enthusiastic response among voters o…
fair.org/home/what-media-like-best-about-elizabeth-warren-shes-not-bernie-sanders/

Millions Took Part in the Youth-Led Global Climate Strike Friday. Here's Why People Marched
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-23
As many as a quarter-million people marched on the streets of New York City Friday for a youth-led climate strike inspired by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. Globally, as many as 4 million people took to the streets in hundreds of countries. Democracy Now! was in the streets of New York on Friday speaking with climate strikers from the United States and around the world.
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/23/climate_march_interviews_youth_protesters

19-Year-Old Indigenous Climate Activist Artemisa Xakriabá: "We Fight for Mother Earth"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-23
Friday's climate strike in New York City concluded with remarks from indigenous leaders, activists and organizers. Artemisa Xakriabá, a 19-year-old indigenous climate activist of the Xakriabá people, spoke about the increasing intensity of environmental destruction across Brazil and the interconnectedness of the fight for climate justice. "We fight for our Mother Earth because the fight for Mother Earth is the mother of all other fights," Xakriabá said. "We are fighting for your lives. We are fighting for our lives. We are fighting for our sacred territory. But we are being persecuted, threatened, murdered, only…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/23/brazil_indigenous_climate_activist_artemisa_xakriaba

History will judge Mugabe's legacy
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-09-23
Alan BroughtonIssue 1239 Zimbabwe Movement for Democratic Change MDC ZANU-PFSeptember 23, 2019Zimbabwe's independence leader and former president Robert Mugabe is remembered for his leadership of the succ…
greenleft.org.au/content/history-will-judge-mugabe-legacy

"This Is Our Time. This Is Our Future." Voices from the Historic Youth Climate Strike in NYC
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-23
As many as 4 million people around the world took to the streets Friday in the largest day of action focused on the climate crisis. Students across the globe led climate strikes in hundreds of countries, inspired by 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. The demonstration kicked off in Foley Square, where tens of thousands of people gathered before the march. Varshini Prakash, co-founder and executive director of the Sunrise Movement, and climate activist Vic Barrett were among the handful of activists who addressed the climate strikers in Foley Square.
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/23/global_climate_strike_foley_square_speeches

"Our House Is on Fire": Greta Thunberg Addresses Hundreds of Thousands at NYC Climate Strike
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-23
Sixteen-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg spoke at Friday's climate strike in New York, where an estimated 300,000 people took to the streets. Thunberg inspired the global spread of weekly climate strikes when she started skipping school to protest outside of the Swedish parliament last year. "We will not just stand aside and watch," Thunberg told a crowd of thousands in her speech at Manhattan's Battery Park. "We are united behind the science, and we will do everything in our power to stop this crisis from getting worse."
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/23/new_york_city_climate_strike_greta

Bill McKibben: Youth Who Led Global Climate Strike Are Bringing a New "Spirit" to Climate Fight
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-23
Following Friday's youth-led climate strike — the largest-ever global protest focused on climate — we speak with Bill McKibben, longtime journalist and co-founder of 350.org. McKibben's latest piece for The New Yorker is titled "Money Is the Oxygen on Which the Fire of Global Warming Burns," and his cover piece for Time magazine is headlined "Hello from the Year 2050. We Avoided the Worst of Climate Change — But Everything Is Different." McKibben's 1989 book, "The End of Nature," was the first book for a general audience about climate change.
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/23/bill_mckibben_climate_crisis_global_demonstrations

Philippines: Resist and end Duterte's fascist regime
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-09-22
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following Sept. 20 statement from the Communist Party of the Philippines. | Almost five decades ago, Ferdinand Marcos placed the entire country under martial law which launched his brutal dictatorial rule. For 14 years, the Filipino people resisted valiantly and fought on all arenas of struggle. Serving as the strongest bulwark of anti-fascist resistance, the Party and the New People's Army waged underground and armed struggle, inspiring and militating the Filipino people to unite and struggle for democracy. Culminating long years of anti-fascist resistance, the Filipino…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/9/22/philippines-resist-and-end-duterte-s-fascist-regime

On the Road to Damascus: International Conference in Syria on Sanctions and Its Blowback
Roger D. Harris | mintpressnews.com | 2019-09-21
Syrians say it's even harder now to make ends meet than it was during the height of their country's war because of intensified U.S and European sanctions.
mintpressnews.com/international-conference-in-syria-on-sanctions-and-its-blowback/261986/

Kelsey Juliana v. U.S.: Meet the Young Woman Suing the Federal Government over the Climate Crisis
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-20
Among those joining today's Global Climate Strike will be Kelsey Juliana, lead plaintiff in Juliana v. United States, the landmark youth climate lawsuit against the U.S. government. She joins us for a roundtable discussion, along with Jerome Foster II, White House Climate Strike organizer, founder and executive director of OneMillionOfUs.
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/20/youth_climate_lawsuit_juliana_v_united

This Afghan Teen Was Set to Join First-Ever U.N. Youth Climate Summit, But U.S. Denied His Visa
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-20
Climate youth activist Nasratullah Elham of Afghanistan was invited to participate in the first-ever U.N. Youth Climate Summit, but the United States rejected his visa. He breaks the sound barrier to join us from Phuket, Thailand, where he is a 12th grade student, and says his activism is based on the crisis's impact on his home country. "The poor people there are very badly affected in a situation [where] they do not really have much carbon emissions," he says.
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/20/afghan_teen_denied_visa_global_climate

2020: Democratic Establishment vs. Democratic Socialists
Michael Sainato | progressive.org | 2019-09-18
Meet three new challengers to the entrenched old guard.
progressive.org/dispatches/democratic-socialists-congress-2020-sainato-190918/

Tennessee Republicans in Fisticuffs Over School Vouchers
Andy Spears | progressive.org | 2019-09-17
Hot chicken, sex, and cocaine are part of the story of how Tennessee became the latest state to succumb to the Betsy DeVos-backed voucher craze. The result could determine how the GOP addresses the issue across the country.
progressive.org/public-school-shakedown/tennessee-republican-school-voucher-fight-spears-190917/

Democratic Debate #3: Mr. Rogers, Re-runs, and Real Talk
Jud Lounsbury | progressive.org | 2019-09-13
A side-stepped apology from Biden, two gimmick-meisters, and seven remaining candidates who gave solid performances.
progressive.org/dispatches/democratic-debate-reruns-and-real-talk-lounsbury190913/

Pittsburgh Google contract workers start unionization process, bosses prep union-busting campaign
Vasuki R | liberationnews.org | 2019-09-11
In these crucial coming weeks, solidarity and militancy will keep the workers united as they fight for democracy and the ability to collectively bargain.
liberationnews.org/pittsburgh-google-contract-workers-start-unionization-process-bosses-prep-union-busting-campaign/

2019-09-28: News Headlines

Jon Schwarz (2019-09-28). Nixon's Revenge: This Time, Republicans Are Ready to Fight Impeachment. theintercept.com The right has patiently spent decades creating a system to make sure no Republican president is ever forced from office again, no matter what he does.

RT (2019-09-28). NRA was a 'foreign asset' of Russia in 2016 election, claims report by Senate Democrats. rt.com Injecting new life into the 'Russiagate' conspiracy theory, Senate Democrats produced a report claiming that the largest US gun rights organization acted like a 'foreign asset' for the Kremlin and should lose tax-exempt status. | The 77-page document, published Friday by Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), insinuates that the National Rifle Association (NRA) abused its tax-exempt status by working with the gun rights activist Maria Butina — branded a "Russian agent" &#150…

Vern Loomis (2019-09-28). Hell Yes, Take Them Away! dissidentvoice.org "Hell yes, we're going to take your AR-15, your AK-47!" With that unequivocal statement, Beto O'Rourke ignited right wing gun pundits who've kept some powder dry for just such a remark: "Who is this "we" he speaks of? Democrats? Liberals? Bring it, fools. Come and try to take my legally purchased guns. I double-dog dare …

RT (2019-09-28). 'This is war': Trump's critics & backers trade blows as Washington braces for impeachment showdown. rt.com With impeachment the talk of the town in Washington, President Donald Trump's most fierce critics and defenders are squaring off, reacting to a Democratic initiative to remove him from office over an alleged abuse of power. | On Tuesday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) said the House was "moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry," unifying ongoing investigations in six congressional committees under the umbrella of an impeachment probe. Citing a July phone call between President Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, Pelosi argued that the president abused his authority and bro…

The Canary (2019-09-28). Trump's envoy to Ukraine resigns as impeachment gathers pace. thecanary.co Kurt Volker, a former US ambassador to NATO caught in the middle of a whistleblower complaint over President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine, has resigned from his post as special envoy to the Eastern European nation.The move came as House Democrats took their first concrete steps in the impeachment investigation of Trump, issuing subpoenas demanding documents from Mike Pompeo and scheduling legal depositions for other State Department officials.A US official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Volker told Secretary of State Pompeo on Friday of his decision to leave the job.The move followed disclosur…

Staff (2019-09-28). Impeachment Firestorm Scorches William Barr. truthdig.com WASHINGTON—As Washington plunges into impeachment, Attorney General William Barr finds himself engulfed in the political firestorm, facing questions about his role in President Donald Trump's outreach to Ukraine and the administration's attempts to keep a whistleblower complaint from Congress. | Trump repeatedly told Ukraine's president in a telephone call that Barr and Trump personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani could help investigate Trump's Democratic rival Joe Biden, according to a rough transcript of that summertime conversation. Justice Department officials insist Barr was unaware of Trump's comments at the t…

Staff (2019-09-28). Subpoenas Mark First Concrete Steps for Trump Impeachment. truthdig.com House Democrats ask Mike Pompeo and others in State Department to appear and turn over documents; Speaker Pelosi sets no deadline on probe.

Norman Solomon (2019-09-28). To Joe Biden, Trump's Potential Successor Mike Pence "Is a Decent Guy" indybay.org AstroTurf campaign yearns for bipartisanship…

Staff (2019-09-28). Will This Be the Scandal That Finally Prompts Republicans to Defect From Trump? truthout.org | | Donald Trump has made it clear throughout his presidency that when he's put in a corner, he'll throw his own staff under the bus in order to save himself. As the Ukraine scandal deepens, Trump's strategy will be to implicate as many people as possible; protecting Trump now becomes inextricable with protecting themselves. If Republicans circle the wagons now, they're doing so around a stick of lit dynamite. | One day after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inve…

Robert S. Becker (2019-09-28). Busted deal with the devil by stooge Republicans puts Senate in play. nationofchange.org What was an improbable prospect only weeks ago — Democrats retaking the Senate — increases in direct proportion to the severity and duration of the Trump train wreck.

WSWS (2019-09-28). Chicago teachers vote overwhelmingly to authorize strike. wsws.org The 94 percent authorization vote is a powerful expression of opposition to the conditions imposed by decades of Democratic mayoral administrations.

Staff (2019-09-28). Union Members Demand a Voice in Presidential Endorsements. truthout.org | | This story was originally published at Labor Notes.As the first union endorsements for president trickle in, union members and leaders are fighting to shape both the outcomes and the process of how endorsements are made. | Four years ago, by September 2015, seven national unions had made endorsements in the Democratic primary, though the AFL-CIO had requested that affiliates delay action. | Six—the Teachers (AFT), Machinists, Roofers, Plumbers, Bricklayers,…

The Canary (2019-09-28). Details of Donald Trump's calls with foreign leaders 'often concealed'. thecanary.co The White House severely restricted distribution of memos detailing President Donald Trump's calls with foreign leaders, including Russia's Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia's Mohammed bin Salman, after embarrassing leaks of his conversations early in his tenure, a former White House official said. | The White House's handling of Mr Trump's calls with foreign leaders is at the heart of House Democrats' impeachment inquiry. | A whistleblower alleges the White House tried to "lock down" Mr Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukraine's new president because officials were worried about his request for help investigating h…

WSWS (2019-09-28). US Census report: Inequality grew rapidly in 2018 to record levels. wsws.org The US is now as unequal as the Democratic Republic of the Congo and less equal than Kenya, Mexico and Malaysia.

Chris Winters (2019-09-28). Impeachment won't save our democracy. nationofchange.org So it's official: The U.S. House of Representatives, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, is moving toward impeaching President Trump. In announcing this, Pelosi finally did what many on the left thought should have been a no-brainer. Her reluctance to move the process along has been frustrating for many eager to try to stop Trump's trampling on the rule of law. | The actual announcement doesn't mean much in terms of how Congress operates. It only provides a semantic umbrella under which we can now group the numerous investigations of President Trump's behavior already underway. (U.S. House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold…

WSWS (2019-09-28). CIA sets terms for Democrats' impeachment inquiry into Trump's crimes. wsws.org Both factions in the political warfare that has erupted in Washington are hostile to the democratic and social rights of the working class.

Negin Owliaei (2019-09-28). No one should have to bargain for health care. nationofchange.org Nearly 50,000 members of the United Auto Workers began striking earlier this month, demanding that General Motors pay them their fair share of the billions in profits the company raked in last year. | The response from General Motors was shocking. The automaker, which accepted billions in government bailouts during the last recession, cut off its payment of insurance premiums for the striking workers. | As the news broke, former Vice President Joe Biden was at an AFL-CIO event…

Curt Wechsler (2019-09-28). That Impeachment Inquiry? Now is the time to take to the streets. indybay.org 1590 Bryant (at 15th Street), San Francisco…

Bryan Dyne (2019-09-28). Millions March against Climate Change, Capitalism and War. globalresearch.ca Four million people participated in the global climate strike across every continent on Friday, many of them students who skipped school on that day. Demonstrations at more than 5,800 locations in 161 countries began in Australia and the Pacific, moved …

The Canary (2019-09-28). Boris Johnson 'could face no-confidence vote next week'. thecanary.co Opposition parties could stage a vote of confidence in the Government next week in a bid to thwart a no-deal Brexit, a senior SNP MP has said.Stewart Hosie said the plan — to put in place an interim government to secure a Brexit extension — appeared to be the only way to ensure Britain did not "crash out" of the EU on October 31.However, he acknowledged that in order to succeed, it would require all the opposition parties to get behind it.But while the SNP have indicated they could support a temporary government led by Jeremy Corbyn, the Liberal Democrats and many of the Tory rebels who had the whip wit…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-09-28). 'I Approved This Message': Trump Releases 2020 Campaign Ad With Completely 'Fabricated' Lie About Biden. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/trump_biden_fasle_misleading_ad.jpg

Peter Dreier (2019-09-28). Can Quarterback Pelosi Bring the Democratic Team an Impeachment Victory? commondreams.org US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, announces a formal impeachment inquiry of US President Donald Trump on September 24, 2019, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/nancy_pelosi_democrats_impeach_0.png

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-09-28). MSNBC Pundit Who Accused Those Who Prefer Sanders to Warren of 'Sexism' Sparks Viral Outcry From #WomenforBernie. commondreams.org "Not here to be vote shamed by the 1%. I am supporting the only candidate who will always put the needs of people first." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/women_for_bernie.png

Mark Gruenberg (2019-09-27). Trump bans Raul Castro and his children from coming to U.S. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—In yet another manifestation of his hatred for Cuba in general and its leaders in particular, right-wing GOP President Donald Trump barred former Cuban President Raul Castro, and his four adult children, from traveling to the U.S. Castro is now First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba. The move may be largely for Trump's …

RT (2019-09-27). 'They lost the election, now they want to STEAL this one': Trump targets Democrats in impeachment ad. rt.com US President Donald Trump is blasting Democrats and "their media lapdogs" in a new campaign ad, claiming they seek to impeach him for wanting to investigate corruption in Ukraine involving former Vice President Joe Biden. | The 30-second ad that Trump tweeted out Friday afternoon opens with Biden boasting about getting a Ukrainian prosecutor fired after he threatened to withhold $1 billion from Kiev. The footage is from the former vice-president's January 2018 appearance at the Council on Foreign Relations. | I AM DRAINING THE SWAMP! pic.twitter.com/U7WxKrO6Kx— Donal…

John Kendall Hawkins (2019-09-27). Towards a More Mature Democracy. counterpunch.org You could be forgiven (but what's the fun in that), if you were to think. Looking at Jacques-Louis David's neoclassical painting The Death of Socrates, you could believe you're seeing Socrates giving the bird to democracy and demanding that Crito give him the goddamned chalice full of hemlock, and get out of the way. There More

Staff (2019-09-27). The Democratic Party Remains a Party of War, Not Peace. therealnews.com Green Party candidate Madelyn Hoffman says that even the progressive Democratic presidential candidates remain unwilling to challenge the Pentagon.

Charles Davis (2019-09-27). Mass Killings In Afghanistan Are Acts of White Supremacy. counterpunch.org An American white nationalist killed over 30 people recently. The victims, all brown, had full lives; children, loved ones, and years, full of plans, ahead of them. But then they were incinerated. Worst of all, they were murdered while Afghan. The deaths were noted in the press, and one Democrat running for president even acknowledged More

Peter Certo (2019-09-27). The Case for Impeachment Goes Far Beyond Ukraine. counterpunch.org "Has Trump finally gone too far?" There's a headline you've seen a thousand times. At last, Speaker Nancy Pelosi says he has. A whistleblower says Trump withheld foreign aid to Ukraine to pressure the country's new president into investigating Joe Biden's son Hunter's past business there. Trump doesn't even really deny it. Pelosi has long More

Staff (2019-09-27). The Impeachment: Will This Be Trump's Unraveling? therealnews.com Ryan Cooper, National Correspondent for The Week, joins us to look at today's testimony, the president's petulance, and what all this means for the presidential campaign.

Norman Solomon (2019-09-27). To Joe Biden, Trump's Potential Successor Mike Pence "Is a Decent Guy" counterpunch.org When Joe Biden told an audience that Mike Pence "is a decent guy," Pence had already been vice president for more than two years. After the comment drew fierce criticism, Biden responded that he'd said it "in a foreign policy context" — an odd effort at damage control, given that Pence has publicly backed every one of More

David Daley (2019-09-27). "Worth This Investment": Memos Reveal the Scope and Racial Animus of GOP Gerrymandering Ambitions. theintercept.com In court and in public, many top Republicans have denied gerrymandering gives them any advantage at all. They've captured state legislatures and won an edge in Congress, some have suggested, due to superior candidates, better campaigns, and natural geographic sorting that clusters Democrats in urban areas and spreads Republicans more efficiently across the suburbs and rural America. | "The problem is not district lines; the proble…

Al Ronzoni (2019-09-27). Naomi Klein v The Times Roy Scranton: Mobilization to Fight Climate Change or Surrender? counterpunch.org I have a good friend, a professor of English Literature, who I often go out with to see plays, band performances and movies. Lately, we've also been having a running text message and email debate about various political issues. In an earlier exchange, he described himself as, "not philosophically opposed to the Republicans" but since More

Staff (2019-09-27). The Right-Wing Media Twisted My 2015 Reporting on the Bidens and Ukraine. truthout.org | | Democrats are coalescing behind an effort to impeach President Trump over his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which he pressed the Ukrainian leader to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Meanwhile, Republicans have latched onto the Biden-Ukraine story as a means of smearing the former vice president as corrupt, in an attempt to damage one of Trump's political rivals. For more on the story, we speak with James Risen, senior national security correspondent for The Int…

Common Dreams staff (2019-09-27). Citing 'Troubling' Refusal, House Democrats Subpoena Pompeo for Documents as Part of Trump Impeachment Inquiry. commondreams.org The chairmen of three U.S. House committees subpoenaed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday for documents related to President Donald Trump's interaction with Ukraine's president. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/pompeo_0.jpeg

United Nations (2019-09-27). At UN, Modi outlines development successes, says India gave world 'Buddha, not war'. un.org In his address to the UN General Assembly's general debate on Friday, the Prime Minister of India outlined how the world's largest democracy has embodied the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in its work towards "peace, development and progress in the world".

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2019-09-27). The Real Purpose of the Impeachment Investigation against Trump. Political Power Play. globalresearch.ca The Democrats know that there is no impeachable offense. What they intend to do is to use the investigation to look into every aspect of Trump's life and try to make dirt out of things unrelated to his talk with …

United Nations (2019-09-27). Human Rights Briefing: Updates on Egypt, Zimbabwe, Venezuela and Saudi Arabia. un.org Here's a roundup of human rights news this Friday: UN's Bachelet urges restraint over arrests of Egypt protestors; expert calls for 'democratic shift' in Zimbabwe; Human Rights Council agrees fact-finding mission to Venezuela; independent experts urge freedom for Saudi women's rights defender, after 500 days in prison.

The Canary (2019-09-27). Laid off Wrightbus workers 'face struggle to house families'. thecanary.co Wrightbus workers face a struggle to house their families, one former employee has said. | Ryan Price, a supervisor aged 29, is married and his two children share a bedroom in a rental property. | He was bidding to buy a house and had saved a deposit but will find it difficult to access state benefits because of his savings. | The musician picked up his guitar and sang a song by Irish performer and social conscience Christy Moore about the impact of factory closures on ordinary men. | Mr Price said: "A lot of people are down and out, it is not just us, it affects other companies too. | "Morale still seems good bu…

Jeet Heer (2019-09-27). The Left Needs to Seize Impeachment From Centrist Elites. thenation.com The Left Needs to Seize Impeachment From Centrist Elites…

Jeffrey St. Clair (2019-09-27). Roaming Charges: Rough Trade Transcript. counterpunch.org I think we can all agree that refusing to send military aid to Ukraine would have been a wise decision by Trump. But trading the slaughter of civilians in eastern Ukraine for political dirt on HRC and the Bidens pretty much exposes his America First foreign policy as little more than diplomatic narcissism, which, of course, we've known all along but it's useful to have it confirmed in his own "Rough Trade Transcript"…. More

Michelle Zacarias (2019-09-27). Democrats host historic LGBTQ presidential forum. peoplesworld.org Last Friday Democratic candidates took the stage at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to attend the first LGBTQ presidential forum. The gathering was historic in that it was the first time that Presidential nominees got together to discuss the prevailing issues affecting LGBTQ communities across the country. The event was co-hosted by GLAAD, One …

Staff (2019-09-27). James Risen: I Wrote About the Bidens and Ukraine in 2015. The Right-Wing Media Twisted My Reporting. democracynow.org Democrats are coalescing behind an effort to impeach President Trump over his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which he pressed the Ukrainian leader to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Meanwhile, Republicans have latched onto the Biden-Ukraine story as a means of smearing the former vice president as corrupt, in an attempt to damage one of Trump's political rivals. For more on the story, we speak with James Risen, senior national security correspondent for The Intercept, who first wrote about the Bidens and Ukraine in 2015, when he was a reporter for The New York Times. He says the "r…

Staff (2019-09-27). James Risen: Whistleblower Complaint Shows "Trump Is a Habitual Criminal" Abusing His Office. democracynow.org Democrats are ramping up efforts to impeach President Trump for pressing the president of Ukraine to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Nearly 90% of House Democrats now support impeachment. On Thursday, a declassified version of a complaint by an anonymous whistleblower was released, detailing his concerns about Trump's July phone call with Volodymyr Zelensky. In the complaint, the unnamed whistleblower — who has been identified as a CIA official — accused the president of "using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 202…

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…

Staff (2019-09-27). Headlines for September 27, 2019. democracynow.org Whistleblower Warned White House Tried to "Lock Down" Ukraine Call Details, Acting DNI Maguire Says Whistleblower "Acted in Good Faith", Trump Suggests Whistleblower Should Get Death Sentence for Treason, Global Youth-Led Strikes Demand Action on Climate Crisis, Study Finds Climate Crisis May Threaten 60% of World's Wheat Crop by 2100, States Challenge Trump's Rollback of Endangered Species Act, Senate Advances Confirmation of Ex-Monsanto Executive to Lead Wildlife Agency, EPA Chief Blames California's Homeless Population for Poor Water Quality, Protesters Defy Security Crackdown in Egypt, Demanding Ouster of Pre…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-09-27). Bankers "Confirm Warren's Whole Worldview" by Saying They'll Donate to Trump to Defeat Anti-Wall Street Senator in 2020. commondreams.org For the second time in three weeks, Sen. Elizabeth Warren embraced Wall Street executives' fear of her potential presidency, after CNBC reported that several anonymous bankers threatened to back President Donald Trump in the 2020 election if Warren becomes to Democratic nominee. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/warren_9.jpeg

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-09-27). 200+ Groups Denounce UN-WEF Agreement That Entrenches Corporate Interests Driving Global 'Social and Environmental Crises'. commondreams.org "It moves the world dangerously towards a privatized and undemocratic global governance." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/un-wef-agreement-denounced-corporate-capture.jpg

Ryan Cooper (2019-09-27). The Impeachment Story Proves It Again: Trump Is No Strategic Genius. commondreams.org Trump's flailing, incompetent White House emerges quite naturally from basic aspects of Trump's personality—his vanity, his ignorance, his sloppiness, his cowardice, and above all his all-consuming narcissism. (Photo: Illustrated | SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images, JimLarkin/iStock, DickDuerrstein/iStock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/screen_shot_2019-09-27_at_2.52.04_pm.png

Mehdi Hasan (2019-09-26). Democrats, Please Don't Mess This Up. Impeach Trump for All His Crimes, Not Just for Ukraine. theintercept.com Impeaching Trump only for Ukraine would give him a clean bill of health on everything else, like his obstruction of the Mueller investigation.

John Wojcik (2019-09-26). Congress hears testimony from intel chief on "smoking gun" phone call. peoplesworld.org The impeachment process now underway in the country continued with dramatic testimony today in the House Intelligence Committee that underlined what the pro-democracy forces in America are up against. Today's hearing confirms that saving democracy in this country will require taking on a Trump-built network that uses government across all of its branches to advance …

RT (2019-09-26). House Intelligence Committee releases whistleblower report on Trump-Zelensky call. rt.com The whistleblower complaint that led to the impeachment inquiry against US President Donald Trump has been released. In it, the leaker admits he did not actually hear the phone call at the center of the scandal. | Released by the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday, the complaint details the circumstances surrounding Trump's July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Democrats argue that Trump attempted to pressure Zelensky into reopening a corruption inve…

RT (2019-09-26). Schiff's 're-telling' of Trump phone call with Ukraine head gets mocked as 'unhinged Orange-Man-Bad fan fiction'. rt.com With impeachment efforts against President Donald Trump resting on the content of a single phone call, who could blame Congressman Adam Schiff for embellishing the truth a little, all to sell his "Orange Man Bad" narrative. | Though Trump released a transcript of the call in question on Wednesday, the Democrat-controlled House Intelligence Committee pressed ahead with questioning Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire on Thursday, about his handling of the whistleblower complaint that first thrus…

Denis Rancourt (2019-09-26). Laws that Punish for Hypothetical Harm Must be Abolished. dissidentvoice.org Given the state of laws in Canada, it has become necessary to state the obvious: An individual legitimately can be punished solely for proven actual harm that is also proven to have been caused by the individual. In a free and democratic society, laws that punish an individual for harm that is hypothesized to have …

Robert Mackey (2019-09-26). How Trump Pushed Ukraine's President to Probe Conspiracy Theories About Democrats. theintercept.com Donald Trump pressed Ukraine's new president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to help legitimize conspiracy theories about his Democratic rivals during a private telephone conversation in July, and again at a public meeting at the United Nations on Wednesday. | White House notes on the July call, released before the two presidents met in New York, showed that Trump urged his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate false claims about the theft of emails from the Democratic National Committee's servers in 2016, as well as former Vice Presi…

Joan Walsh (2019-09-26). The Republican Party Is Going Down With Trump. thenation.com The Republican Party Is Going Down With Trump…

Staff (2019-09-26). Permanent Record: Why NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden Risked His Life to Expose Surveillance State. democracynow.org Six years ago, Edward Snowden leaked a trove of secret documents about how the United States had built a massive surveillance apparatus to spy on Americans and people across the globe. Snowden was then charged in the U.S. for violating the Espionage Act and other laws. As he attempted to flee to Latin America, Snowden became stranded in Russia after the U.S. revoked his passport. He has lived in Moscow ever since. Snowden just published his memoir, "Permanent Record," in which he writes about what led him to risk his life to expose the U.S. government's system of mass surveillance. From Moscow, he speaks to Democ…

Staff (2019-09-26). Edward Snowden Condemns Trump's Mistreatment of Whistleblower Who Exposed Ukraine Scandal. democracynow.org Responding to news of a whistleblower's complaint at the center of an impeachment inquiry filed against President Trump this week, famed whistleblower Edward Snowden speaks about his own decision to leak classified documents in 2013. The House Intelligence Committee has released the declassified whistleblower complaint, which details a July phone call between President Trump and the Ukrainian president. The White House is trying "to make the conversation not about the allegations," Snowden told Democracy Now! "They want to talk about the whistleblower rather than the government's own wrongdoing."

Staff (2019-09-26). "Financial Censorship Is Still Censorship": Edward Snowden Slams Justice Dept. Lawsuit Against Him. democracynow.org As a whistleblower complaint filed against President Trump rocks Washington and threatens Trump's presidency, one of the world's most famous whistleblowers, Edward Snowden, joins us from Moscow, Russia. Earlier this month, the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Snowden alleging that his newly released memoir, "Permanent Record," violates the nondisclosure agreements he signed with the federal government when he was a National Security Agency employee. The Justice Department also argued that they are entitled to all of Snowden's book profits. Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman and Juan González speak with Sno…

Staff (2019-09-26). Headlines for September 26, 2019. democracynow.org Transcript Shows Trump Pressured Ukrainian Leader to Probe Joe Biden and Son, President Trump on Ukraine Phone Call: "Impeachment for That?", Majority of House Lawmakers Back Impeachment Inquiry Against Trump, Iranian President Rules Out Talks with U.S. While Sanctions Remain, Saudi-Led Coalition Airstrikes Kill 16 Civilians in Yemen, Israel's President Asks Benjamin Netanyahu to Form New Government, 2 Million Wild Animals Perish as Fires Rage in Bolivia, Climate Crisis Drives Mont Blanc Glacier Toward Collapse, 7 Arrested as San Francisco Climate Protesters Block Wells Fargo Entrance, Doctors Glue Themselves to…

RT (2019-09-25). 'If impeachment trump card doesn't work, it will guarantee Trump re-election,' civil rights lawyer tells RT. rt.com With the announcement of an official impeachment inquiry, Democrats have put all their eggs in one basket, risking losing the next election if they fail to enlist enough support, civil rights attorney Robert Patillo told RT. | Read more | | Tulsi says impeachment would be 'terribly divisive' as Trump's Republican challengers back the move | Accusing US President Donald Trump of pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to "take actions which would benefit him politically" — that is, to investigate 2020 candidate Joe Biden's son Hunt…

RT (2019-09-25). US Justice Dept releases much-anticipated summary of Trump's call with Ukrainian president. rt.com US President Donald Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to look into whether ex-Vice President Joe Biden blocked an investigation into his son's company, according to a summary of the call between the two leaders. | The memo was released Wednesday morning. | | "There's a lot of talk about Biden's son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great," Trump told Zelensky in a summary of the call transcript provided by the Justice Department on Wednesday. | | Democratic frontrunner Biden allegedl…

RT (2019-09-25). 'Nothing call': Trump lashes out at Dems & media after Zelensky chat memo released. rt.com President Donald Trump has slammed his Democratic rivals for launching an impeachment probe based on a "nothing call" with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. | House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an impeachment inquiry on Tuesday, on the back of allegations that Trump threatened to withhold military aid to Ukraine, in a bid to pressure Zelensky into investigating Joe Biden's son Hunter's business dealings in the country. The Department of Justice released a transcript of the call on Wednesday, which detaile…

James Risen (2019-09-25). I Wrote About the Bidens and Ukraine Years Ago. Then the Right-Wing Spin Machine Turned the Story Upside Down. theintercept.com Many observers now seem to think this suddenly hot story came out of nowhere this year, but that is not true.

Jud Lounsbury (2019-09-25). It's Time to Impeach Members of Congress for Not Impeaching Trump. progressive.org The question is no longer whether it's a good idea. It's about whether the members of Congress, Democrats and Republicans alike, will follow their oath of office to defend the Constitution.

J.B. Gerald (2019-09-25). Genocide Warnings for Three African States. dissidentvoice.org These genocide warnings concern current threats to the peoples of Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Burundi. Beyond the primary concern for all the people in national groups, a pattern is emerging globally which should remind North Americans of past genocides against native American peoples: the masses of people forced from their homelands, the refugee …

Spencer Green (2019-09-25). The 2020 Campaign Event Where 'Everyday Iowans' Asked the Questions. thenation.com The 2020 Campaign Event Where 'Everyday Iowans' Asked the Questions…

Staff (2019-09-25). Trump Lashes Out at Iran, China & Venezuela in Nationalist Address to U.N. General Assembly. democracynow.org On Tuesday, President Trump made his third address to the United Nations General Assembly amid simmering tensions in the Middle East over recent attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities, which the United States blames on Iran. Tehran denies the allegations. Trump also lashed out at China and Venezuela. We speak with Vijay Prashad, director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research and chief editor of LeftWord Books. His latest article for Salon is headlined "World leaders gather at the UN in the face of war, climate catastrophe & global worker exploitation."

Staff (2019-09-25). Billy Bragg: What the U.K. Supreme Court's Historic Ruling Against Boris Johnson Means for Brexit. democracynow.org The U.K. Parliament has reconvened after the country's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson had unlawfully suspended Parliament in order to push through Brexit with or without a deal. Johnson made the unprecedented move late last month, asking the queen to prorogue Parliament in order to limit debate on leaving the European Union, which the U.K. is scheduled to do by October 31. Calls for Johnson's resignation are mounting since the news broke, with opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn calling for a general election and demanding Johnson apologize to the queen and to the country. For mo…

Staff (2019-09-25). "We've Reached Critical Mass": Rep. Al Green on Pelosi Vow to Impeach Trump for "Dastardly Deeds" democracynow.org Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has launched a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump following allegations from an intelligence community whistleblower that Trump sought help from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a July 25 phone call to investigate Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden and his son Hunter. On Tuesday, the Republican-controlled Senate unanimously passed a nonbinding resolution calling for the Trump administration to release the whistleblower complaint to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. We get response and look at next steps with Congressmember Al Gree…

Staff (2019-09-25). Headlines for September 25, 2019. democracynow.org Pelosi Launches Impeachment Inquiry Against President Trump, IPCC: World Must Cut Greenhouse Emissions or Face Catastrophic Sea Level Rise, Bolsonaro Faces Condemnation For Defending Deforestation of Amazon in U.N. Speech, Trump Denounces Iran, Venezuela & Calls for Countries to Embrace Nationalism at U.N., Pakistani PM Demands World to Address Crisis in Kashmir, U.K. Parliament Reconvenes After Court Declares Boris Johnson's Parliament Suspension Illegal, Egyptian Authorities Arrest At Least 900 Following Anti-Government Protests, Spain to Exhume Body of Former Dictator Francisco Franco from State Mausoleum, Nig…

Staff (2019-09-24). Nate Silver and the Pitfalls of the Corporate Pundit Class. therealnews.com Political statistician and editor-in-chief of FiveThirtyEight Nate Silver found himself in hot water recently when he seemed to refer to the diverse supporters of Bernie Sanders' campaign as "residue." Jacqueline Luqman talks to Anoa Changa about why that language, and the bias of the corporate pundit class, is an issue.

Deborah (2019-09-24). Support FAIR: Corporate Media Sidetracking Real Election Issues—Again — copy. fair.org Dear FAIR Friends, While corporate media focus on who's up/who's down in the horserace for the Democratic nomination, more substantive concerns—What are the candidates' policy proposals? Are they adequate to the scale of the problems we face? Will our votes be suppressed, or even miscounted?—go unaddressed. With so much at stake, we've got to …

Victor Grossman (2019-09-24). The Bidens, Trump, Kiev and impeachment. mronline.org The impeachment drive is quickly gathering steam, and who can have any sympathy for that man in the Oval Office? But I wonder if some enthusiasts may not be digging deeply enough. | Source

Steven Schwinn (2019-09-24). Trump Seeks to Kneecap Consumer Protection Agency Advocated for by Elizabeth Warren. progressive.org We've grown accustomed to Donald Trump's relentless political attacks. but, in the end, his constitutional attacks on the administrative state could cause the most damage.

Joe Emersberger (2019-09-24). Reuters can't find U.S. critics to question Amazon's anti-Venezuela propaganda. mronline.org A line from the trailer for Jack Ryan, an Amazon TV drama whose second season streams on November 1, is: A nuclear Venezuela…. You will not hear about it on the news, 'cause we'll already be dead. | Source

unitedEditor (2019-09-24). BREXIT: Europe in Miniature. uwidata.com The most important question for the European Union today is whether BREXIT signals the beginning of the end for the entire bloc, or will ultimately serve to discourage other countries from attempting to cut ties. BREXIT: a denial of democracy No one was more surprised by the result of the 2016 Referendum on BREXIT than …

Staff (2019-09-24). Ta-Nehisi Coates on His Debut Novel "The Water Dancer," Slavery & Reparations. democracynow.org Celebrated writer Ta-Nehisi Coates's first novel, "The Water Dancer," was released today. Centering on a man named Hiram Walker, who was born into slavery in 19th century Virginia, the novel is a "crowd-pleasing exercise in breakneck and often occult storytelling," a review in The New York Times stated. Over the past decade Ta-Nehisi Coates has become one of the nation's most celebrated writers. In 2014, he wrote a piece titled "The Case for Reparations," which rejuvenated the push for the government to pay reparations to the descendants of slaves. His 2015 book, "Between the World and Me," a National Book Award…

Staff (2019-09-24). How Dare You! Greta Thunberg Slams World's Focus on Economic "Fairy Tales" While Ecosystems Collapse. democracynow.org Scores of world leaders gathered in New York on Monday for the U.N. Climate Action Summit, but the world's largest greenhouse gas emitters announced few new measures to address the climate crisis. President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence briefly attended the summit but left after just 14 minutes. At the beginning of the summit, 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg delivered an impassioned address to world leaders, explicitly naming their inaction on the climate crisis. "People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing," Greta said. "We are in the beginning of a mass ext…

Staff (2019-09-24). Meet Brazil's Indigenous Leader Attacked by Bolsonaro at U.N. over Efforts to Preserve the Amazon. democracynow.org A number of indigenous leaders from Brazil traveled to New York to protest Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's push to open the Amazon rainforest for agribusiness, logging and mining. Democracy Now!'s Nermeen Shaikh spoke to Chief Raoni Metuktire of the Kayapó tribe on Monday outside the U.N. Climate Action Summit about the situation in the Amazon, including the recent outbreak of devastating fires. After the interview, Chief Raoni attempted to enter the U.N. summit, but despite support from dozens of activists, he was barred from entering. He is a nominee for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.

Staff (2019-09-24). In Landmark UN Complaint, 16 Children Accuse Nations of Failing to Protect Them from Climate Change. democracynow.org Youth climate activists from around the world also attended the U.N. Climate Action Summit Monday, where they spoke at UNICEF about a landmark new climate complaint they filed with the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. Hailing from countries including Argentina, Brazil, Germany, the Marshall Islands and Tunisia, the young representatives spoke about why they feel compelled to act on the climate crisis. Among the youth climate activists were Alexandria Villaseñor of New York and Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg.

Staff (2019-09-24). Headlines for September 24, 2019. democracynow.org Greta Thunberg and Youth Activists Take On World Leaders at U.N. Climate Action Summit, Trump Admin Tells U.N. to Drop Term "Reproductive Health and Rights", Trump Ordered Hold on Ukrainian Aid Before Call with President Zelensky About Bidens, U.K. Supreme Court: Boris Johnson's Suspension of Parliament Is Unlawful, U.K., France & Germany Say Iran Responsible for Saudi Oil Attacks as Trump Addresses UNGA, Afghanistan: At Least 40 Civilians Killed by U.S.-Afghan Attack, Haiti: Senator Shoots AP Photographer in Face During Anti-Gov't Protests, Video of Blindfolded Prisoners in Xinjiang Adds to Fears of Mass Human R…

Julie Hollar (2019-09-23). What Media Like Best About Elizabeth Warren: She's Not Bernie Sanders. fair.org by Julie Hollar | When the Washington Post's Paul Waldman ( 9/18/19) recently attempted to explain Elizabeth Warren's rise in the Democratic primary polls, he attributed it in part to media: Reporters on the campaign trail have said for some time that she is the one who generates the most enthusiastic response among voters o…

Staff (2019-09-23). "Our House Is on Fire": Greta Thunberg Addresses Hundreds of Thousands at NYC Climate Strike. democracynow.org Sixteen-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg spoke at Friday's climate strike in New York, where an estimated 300,000 people took to the streets. Thunberg inspired the global spread of weekly climate strikes when she started skipping school to protest outside of the Swedish parliament last year. "We will not just stand aside and watch," Thunberg told a crowd of thousands in her speech at Manhattan's Battery Park. "We are united behind the science, and we will do everything in our power to stop this crisis from getting worse."

Staff (2019-09-23). "This Is Our Time. This Is Our Future." Voices from the Historic Youth Climate Strike in NYC. democracynow.org As many as 4 million people around the world took to the streets Friday in the largest day of action focused on the climate crisis. Students across the globe led climate strikes in hundreds of countries, inspired by 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. The demonstration kicked off in Foley Square, where tens of thousands of people gathered before the march. Varshini Prakash, co-founder and executive director of the Sunrise Movement, and climate activist Vic Barrett were among the handful of activists who addressed the climate strikers in Foley Square.

Staff (2019-09-23). Millions Took Part in the Youth-Led Global Climate Strike Friday. Here's Why People Marched. democracynow.org As many as a quarter-million people marched on the streets of New York City Friday for a youth-led climate strike inspired by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. Globally, as many as 4 million people took to the streets in hundreds of countries. Democracy Now! was in the streets of New York on Friday speaking with climate strikers from the United States and around the world.

Staff (2019-09-23). 19-Year-Old Indigenous Climate Activist Artemisa Xakriabá: "We Fight for Mother Earth" democracynow.org Friday's climate strike in New York City concluded with remarks from indigenous leaders, activists and organizers. Artemisa Xakriabá, a 19-year-old indigenous climate activist of the Xakriabá people, spoke about the increasing intensity of environmental destruction across Brazil and the interconnectedness of the fight for climate justice. "We fight for our Mother Earth because the fight for Mother Earth is the mother of all other fights," Xakriabá said. "We are fighting for your lives. We are fighting for our lives. We are fighting for our sacred territory. But we are being persecuted, threatened, murdered, only…

Staff (2019-09-23). Bill McKibben: Youth Who Led Global Climate Strike Are Bringing a New "Spirit" to Climate Fight. democracynow.org Following Friday's youth-led climate strike — the largest-ever global protest focused on climate — we speak with Bill McKibben, longtime journalist and co-founder of 350.org. McKibben's latest piece for The New Yorker is titled "Money Is the Oxygen on Which the Fire of Global Warming Burns," and his cover piece for Time magazine is headlined "Hello from the Year 2050. We Avoided the Worst of Climate Change — But Everything Is Different." McKibben's 1989 book, "The End of Nature," was the first book for a general audience about climate change.

Staff (2019-09-23). Headlines for September 23, 2019. democracynow.org 4 Million Take to the Streets for Global Climate Strike, Trump Admin Ignored CBP Report Linking Climate Change and Increased Migration, Honduran Woman and 21-Month-Old Son Die While Attempting to Reach U.S., New Deal Would Force Asylum Seekers to Return to El Salvador Despite Obvious Dangers, Calls for Impeachment Grow as Trump Acknowledges Ukraine Phone Call About Bidens, U.S. to Send Troops to Saudi Arabia, Impose Iran Sanctions, as Rouhani Heads to UNGA with Peace Plan, Arab Parties in Israel Back Benny Gantz in Bid to End Netanyahu's Rule, Egyptians Take to Street in Rare Protest Against President Sisi, Gov't…

susan_p (2019-09-23). History will judge Mugabe's legacy. greenleft.org.au Alan BroughtonIssue 1239 Zimbabwe Movement for Democratic Change MDC ZANU-PFSeptember 23, 2019Zimbabwe's independence leader and former president Robert Mugabe is remembered for his leadership of the succ…

Fight Back (2019-09-22). Philippines: Resist and end Duterte's fascist regime. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following Sept. 20 statement from the Communist Party of the Philippines. | Almost five decades ago, Ferdinand Marcos placed the entire country under martial law which launched his brutal dictatorial rule. For 14 years, the Filipino people resisted valiantly and fought on all arenas of struggle. Serving as the strongest bulwark of anti-fascist resistance, the Party and the New People's Army waged underground and armed struggle, inspiring and militating the Filipino people to unite and struggle for democracy. Culminating long years of anti-fascist resistance, the Filipino…

Roger D. Harris (2019-09-21). On the Road to Damascus: International Conference in Syria on Sanctions and Its Blowback. mintpressnews.com Syrians say it's even harder now to make ends meet than it was during the height of their country's war because of intensified U.S and European sanctions.

Staff (2019-09-20). Kelsey Juliana v. U.S.: Meet the Young Woman Suing the Federal Government over the Climate Crisis. democracynow.org Among those joining today's Global Climate Strike will be Kelsey Juliana, lead plaintiff in Juliana v. United States, the landmark youth climate lawsuit against the U.S. government. She joins us for a roundtable discussion, along with Jerome Foster II, White House Climate Strike organizer, founder and executive director of OneMillionOfUs.

Staff (2019-09-20). This Afghan Teen Was Set to Join First-Ever U.N. Youth Climate Summit, But U.S. Denied His Visa. democracynow.org Climate youth activist Nasratullah Elham of Afghanistan was invited to participate in the first-ever U.N. Youth Climate Summit, but the United States rejected his visa. He breaks the sound barrier to join us from Phuket, Thailand, where he is a 12th grade student, and says his activism is based on the crisis's impact on his home country. "The poor people there are very badly affected in a situation [where] they do not really have much carbon emissions," he says.

Michael Sainato (2019-09-18). 2020: Democratic Establishment vs. Democratic Socialists. progressive.org Meet three new challengers to the entrenched old guard.

Andy Spears (2019-09-17). Tennessee Republicans in Fisticuffs Over School Vouchers. progressive.org Hot chicken, sex, and cocaine are part of the story of how Tennessee became the latest state to succumb to the Betsy DeVos-backed voucher craze. The result could determine how the GOP addresses the issue across the country.

Jud Lounsbury (2019-09-13). Democratic Debate #3: Mr. Rogers, Re-runs, and Real Talk. progressive.org A side-stepped apology from Biden, two gimmick-meisters, and seven remaining candidates who gave solid performances.

Vasuki R (2019-09-11). Pittsburgh Google contract workers start unionization process, bosses prep union-busting campaign. liberationnews.org In these crucial coming weeks, solidarity and militancy will keep the workers united as they fight for democracy and the ability to collectively bargain.

Eoin Higgins, Common Dreams (2019-09-08). New Season of Amazon's Jack Ryan Focused on Venezuela Denounced as 'Over-the-Top and Ridiculous' US Propaganda. venezuelanalysis.com The upcoming season of Amazon's Jack Ryan could have been scripted by John Bolton.

2019-09-28: Social Media Postees

To Joe Biden, Trump's Potential Successor Mike Pence "Is a Decent Guy"
Norman Solomon | indybay.org | 2019-09-28
AstroTurf campaign yearns for bipartisanship…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/09/26/18826772.php

Nixon's Revenge: This Time, Republicans Are Ready to Fight Impeachment
Jon Schwarz | theintercept.com | 2019-09-28
The right has patiently spent decades creating a system to make sure no Republican president is ever forced from office again, no matter what he does.
theintercept.com/2019/09/28/impeachment-republicans-nixon-watergate/

Busted deal with the devil by stooge Republicans puts Senate in play
Robert S. Becker | nationofchange.org | 2019-09-28
What was an improbable prospect only weeks ago — Democrats retaking the Senate — increases in direct proportion to the severity and duration of the Trump train wreck.
nationofchange.org/2019/09/28/busted-deal-with-the-devil-by-stooge-republicans-puts-senate-in-play/

Will This Be the Scandal That Finally Prompts Republicans to Defect From Trump?
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-28
| Donald Trump has made it clear throughout his presidency that when he's put in a corner, he'll throw his own staff under the bus in order to save himself. As the Ukraine scandal deepens, Trump's strategy will be to implicate as many people as possible; protecting Trump now becomes inextricable with protecting themselves. If Republicans circle the wagons now, they're doing so around a stick of lit dynamite. | One day after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inve…
truthout.org/articles/will-this-be-the-scandal-that-finally-prompts-republicans-to-defect-from-trump/

'This is war': Trump's critics & backers trade blows as Washington braces for impeachment showdown
rt.com | 2019-09-28
With impeachment the talk of the town in Washington, President Donald Trump's most fierce critics and defenders are squaring off, reacting to a Democratic initiative to remove him from office over an alleged abuse of power. | On Tuesday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) said the House was "moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry," unifying ongoing investigations in six congressional committees under the umbrella of an impeachment probe. Citing a July phone call between President Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, Pelosi argued that the president abused his authority and bro…
rt.com/usa/469803-trump-backers-critics-impeachment-showdown/

Trump's envoy to Ukraine resigns as impeachment gathers pace
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-09-28
Kurt Volker, a former US ambassador to NATO caught in the middle of a whistleblower complaint over President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine, has resigned from his post as special envoy to the Eastern European nation.The move came as House Democrats took their first concrete steps in the impeachment investigation of Trump, issuing subpoenas demanding documents from Mike Pompeo and scheduling legal depositions for other State Department officials.A US official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Volker told Secretary of State Pompeo on Friday of his decision to leave the job.The move followed disclosur…
thecanary.co/us/us-news-us/2019/09/28/trumps-envoy-to-ukraine-resigns-as-impeachment-gathers-pace/

Subpoenas Mark First Concrete Steps for Trump Impeachment
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-09-28
House Democrats ask Mike Pompeo and others in State Department to appear and turn over documents; Speaker Pelosi sets no deadline on probe.
truthdig.com/articles/subpoenas-mark-first-concrete-steps-for-trump-impeachment/

Can Quarterback Pelosi Bring the Democratic Team an Impeachment Victory?
Peter Dreier | commondreams.org | 2019-09-28
US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, announces a formal impeachment inquiry of US President Donald Trump on September 24, 2019, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/nancy_pelosi_democrats_impeach_0.png
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NRA was a 'foreign asset' of Russia in 2016 election, claims report by Senate Democrats
rt.com | 2019-09-28
Injecting new life into the 'Russiagate' conspiracy theory, Senate Democrats produced a report claiming that the largest US gun rights organization acted like a 'foreign asset' for the Kremlin and should lose tax-exempt status. | The 77-page document, published Friday by Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), insinuates that the National Rifle Association (NRA) abused its tax-exempt status by working with the gun rights activist Maria Butina — branded a "Russian agent" &#150…
rt.com/usa/469798-nra-foreign-asset-russia-democrats/

Hell Yes, Take Them Away!
Vern Loomis | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-09-28
"Hell yes, we're going to take your AR-15, your AK-47!" With that unequivocal statement, Beto O'Rourke ignited right wing gun pundits who've kept some powder dry for just such a remark: "Who is this "we" he speaks of? Democrats? Liberals? Bring it, fools. Come and try to take my legally purchased guns. I double-dog dare …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/09/hell-yes-take-them-away/

Union Members Demand a Voice in Presidential Endorsements
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-28
| This story was originally published at Labor Notes.As the first union endorsements for president trickle in, union members and leaders are fighting to shape both the outcomes and the process of how endorsements are made. | Four years ago, by September 2015, seven national unions had made endorsements in the Democratic primary, though the AFL-CIO had requested that affiliates delay action. | Six–the Teachers (AFT), Machinists, Roofers, Plumbers, Bricklayers,…
truthout.org/articles/union-members-demand-a-voice-in-presidential-endorsements/

Chicago teachers vote overwhelmingly to authorize strike
wsws.org | 2019-09-28
The 94 percent authorization vote is a powerful expression of opposition to the conditions imposed by decades of Democratic mayoral administrations.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/28/chic-s28.html

Impeachment won't save our democracy
Chris Winters | nationofchange.org | 2019-09-28
So it's official: The U.S. House of Representatives, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, is moving toward impeaching President Trump. In announcing this, Pelosi finally did what many on the left thought should have been a no-brainer. Her reluctance to move the process along has been frustrating for many eager to try to stop Trump's trampling on the rule of law. | The actual announcement doesn't mean much in terms of how Congress operates. It only provides a semantic umbrella under which we can now group the numerous investigations of President Trump's behavior already underway. (U.S. House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold…
nationofchange.org/2019/09/28/impeachment-wont-save-our-democracy/

Impeachment Firestorm Scorches William Barr
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-09-28
WASHINGTON–As Washington plunges into impeachment, Attorney General William Barr finds himself engulfed in the political firestorm, facing questions about his role in President Donald Trump's outreach to Ukraine and the administration's attempts to keep a whistleblower complaint from Congress. | Trump repeatedly told Ukraine's president in a telephone call that Barr and Trump personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani could help investigate Trump's Democratic rival Joe Biden, according to a rough transcript of that summertime conversation. Justice Department officials insist Barr was unaware of Trump's comments at the t…
truthdig.com/articles/impeachment-firestorm-scorches-william-barr/

US Census report: Inequality grew rapidly in 2018 to record levels
wsws.org | 2019-09-28
The US is now as unequal as the Democratic Republic of the Congo and less equal than Kenya, Mexico and Malaysia.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/28/inco-s28.html

CIA sets terms for Democrats' impeachment inquiry into Trump's crimes
wsws.org | 2019-09-28
Both factions in the political warfare that has erupted in Washington are hostile to the democratic and social rights of the working class.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/28/pers-s28.html

Details of Donald Trump's calls with foreign leaders 'often concealed'
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-09-28
The White House severely restricted distribution of memos detailing President Donald Trump's calls with foreign leaders, including Russia's Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia's Mohammed bin Salman, after embarrassing leaks of his conversations early in his tenure, a former White House official said. | The White House's handling of Mr Trump's calls with foreign leaders is at the heart of House Democrats' impeachment inquiry. | A whistleblower alleges the White House tried to "lock down" Mr Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukraine's new president because officials were worried about his request for help investigating h…
thecanary.co/breaking-news/2019/09/28/details-of-donald-trumps-calls-with-foreign-leaders-often-concealed/

No one should have to bargain for health care
Negin Owliaei | nationofchange.org | 2019-09-28
Nearly 50,000 members of the United Auto Workers began striking earlier this month, demanding that General Motors pay them their fair share of the billions in profits the company raked in last year. | The response from General Motors was shocking. The automaker, which accepted billions in government bailouts during the last recession, cut off its payment of insurance premiums for the striking workers. | As the news broke, former Vice President Joe Biden was at an AFL-CIO event…
nationofchange.org/2019/09/28/no-one-should-have-to-bargain-for-health-care/

That Impeachment Inquiry? Now is the time to take to the streets
Curt Wechsler | indybay.org | 2019-09-28
1590 Bryant (at 15th Street), San Francisco…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/09/28/18826888.php

Millions March against Climate Change, Capitalism and War
Bryan Dyne | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-28
Four million people participated in the global climate strike across every continent on Friday, many of them students who skipped school on that day. Demonstrations at more than 5,800 locations in 161 countries began in Australia and the Pacific, moved …
globalresearch.ca/millions-march-against-climate-change-capitalism-and-war/5690410

Boris Johnson 'could face no-confidence vote next week'
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-09-28
Opposition parties could stage a vote of confidence in the Government next week in a bid to thwart a no-deal Brexit, a senior SNP MP has said.Stewart Hosie said the plan — to put in place an interim government to secure a Brexit extension — appeared to be the only way to ensure Britain did not "crash out" of the EU on October 31.However, he acknowledged that in order to succeed, it would require all the opposition parties to get behind it.But while the SNP have indicated they could support a temporary government led by Jeremy Corbyn, the Liberal Democrats and many of the Tory rebels who had the whip wit…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2019/09/28/boris-johnson-could-face-no-confidence-vote-next-week/

MSNBC Pundit Who Accused Those Who Prefer Sanders to Warren of 'Sexism' Sparks Viral Outcry From #WomenforBernie
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-09-28
"Not here to be vote shamed by the 1%. I am supporting the only candidate who will always put the needs of people first." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/women_for_bernie.png
commondreams.org/news/2019/09/28/msnbc-pundit-who-accused-those-who-prefer-sanders-warren-sexism-sparks-viral-outcry?cd-origin=rss

'I Approved This Message': Trump Releases 2020 Campaign Ad With Completely 'Fabricated' Lie About Biden
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-09-28
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To Joe Biden, Trump's Potential Successor Mike Pence "Is a Decent Guy"
Norman Solomon | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-27
When Joe Biden told an audience that Mike Pence "is a decent guy," Pence had already been vice president for more than two years. After the comment drew fierce criticism, Biden responded that he'd said it "in a foreign policy context" — an odd effort at damage control, given that Pence has publicly backed every one of…
counterpunch.org/2019/09/27/to-joe-biden-trumps-potential-successor-mike-pence-is-a-decent-guy/

"Worth This Investment": Memos Reveal the Scope and Racial Animus of GOP Gerrymandering Ambitions
David Daley | theintercept.com | 2019-09-27
In court and in public, many top Republicans have denied gerrymandering gives them any advantage at all. They've captured state legislatures and won an edge in Congress, some have suggested, due to superior candidates, better campaigns, and natural geographic sorting that clusters Democrats in urban areas and spreads Republicans more efficiently across the suburbs and rural America. | "The problem is not district lines; the proble…
theintercept.com/2019/09/27/gerrymandering-gop-hofeller-memos/

The Democratic Party Remains a Party of War, Not Peace
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-27
Green Party candidate Madelyn Hoffman says that even the progressive Democratic presidential candidates remain unwilling to challenge the Pentagon.
therealnews.com/stories/the-democratic-party-remains-a-party-of-war-not-peace

Trump bans Raul Castro and his children from coming to U.S
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-09-27
WASHINGTON–In yet another manifestation of his hatred for Cuba in general and its leaders in particular, right-wing GOP President Donald Trump barred former Cuban President Raul Castro, and his four adult children, from traveling to the U.S. Castro is now First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba. The move may be largely for Trump's …
peoplesworld.org/article/trump-bans-raul-castro-and-his-children-from-coming-to-u-s/

Message to the Climate Strike Marchers in Detroit
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-27
Merge the strikes! Merge the tiers! | We are all for the Green New Deal! | Make Detroit the Arsenal for a Green Economy! | Frank Hammer | This is a historic day, especially for those of us here in Detroit. We are at the center of not one but two strikes: | The nation-wide strike by 46,000 UAW members to determine fate of GM, Ford and Chrysler autoworkers which will have ripple effects for the entire working class and gm communities, right here in Detroit and Warren, in the US and globally. The other strike, today's youth-led global climate strike, is a huge step in our fight to shape the fate of our planet, the…
therealnews.com/columns/message-to-the-climate-strike-marchers-in-detroit

The Right-Wing Media Twisted My 2015 Reporting on the Bidens and Ukraine
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-27
| Democrats are coalescing behind an effort to impeach President Trump over his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which he pressed the Ukrainian leader to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Meanwhile, Republicans have latched onto the Biden-Ukraine story as a means of smearing the former vice president as corrupt, in an attempt to damage one of Trump's political rivals. For more on the story, we speak with James Risen, senior national security correspondent for The Int…
truthout.org/video/the-right-wing-media-twisted-my-2015-reporting-on-the-bidens-and-ukraine/

Naomi Klein v The Times Roy Scranton: Mobilization to Fight Climate Change or Surrender?
Al Ronzoni | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-27
I have a good friend, a professor of English Literature, who I often go out with to see plays, band performances and movies. Lately, we've also been having a running text message and email debate about various political issues. In an earlier exchange, he described himself as, "not philosophically opposed to the Republicans" but since…
counterpunch.org/2019/09/27/naomi-klein-v-the-times-roy-scranton-mobilization-to-fight-climate-change-or-surrender/

Towards a More Mature Democracy
John Kendall Hawkins | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-27
You could be forgiven (but what's the fun in that), if you were to think. Looking at Jacques-Louis David's neoclassical painting The Death of Socrates, you could believe you're seeing Socrates giving the bird to democracy and demanding that Crito give him the goddamned chalice full of hemlock, and get out of the way. There…
counterpunch.org/2019/09/27/towards-a-more-mature-democracy/

'They lost the election, now they want to STEAL this one': Trump targets Democrats in impeachment ad
rt.com | 2019-09-27
US President Donald Trump is blasting Democrats and "their media lapdogs" in a new campaign ad, claiming they seek to impeach him for wanting to investigate corruption in Ukraine involving former Vice President Joe Biden. | The 30-second ad that Trump tweeted out Friday afternoon opens with Biden boasting about getting a Ukrainian prosecutor fired after he threatened to withhold $1 billion from Kiev. The footage is from the former vice-president's January 2018 appearance at the Council on Foreign Relations. | I AM DRAINING THE SWAMP! pic.twitter.com/U7WxKrO6Kx– Donal…
rt.com/usa/469793-trump-democrats-media-lapdogs-steal/

Citing 'Troubling' Refusal, House Democrats Subpoena Pompeo for Documents as Part of Trump Impeachment Inquiry
Common Dreams staff | commondreams.org | 2019-09-27
The chairmen of three U.S. House committees subpoenaed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday for documents related to President Donald Trump's interaction with Ukraine's president. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/pompeo_0.jpeg
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Human Rights Briefing: Updates on Egypt, Zimbabwe, Venezuela and Saudi Arabia
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-27
Here's a roundup of human rights news this Friday: UN's Bachelet urges restraint over arrests of Egypt protestors; expert calls for 'democratic shift' in Zimbabwe; Human Rights Council agrees fact-finding mission to Venezuela; independent experts urge freedom for Saudi women's rights defender, after 500 days in prison.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/09/1047872

The Real Purpose of the Impeachment Investigation against Trump. Political Power Play
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-27
The Democrats know that there is no impeachable offense. What they intend to do is to use the investigation to look into every aspect of Trump's life and try to make dirt out of things unrelated to his talk with …
globalresearch.ca/democrats-reveal-real-purpose-impeachment-investigation/5690312

Mass Killings In Afghanistan Are Acts of White Supremacy
Charles Davis | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-27
An American white nationalist killed over 30 people recently. The victims, all brown, had full lives; children, loved ones, and years, full of plans, ahead of them. But then they were incinerated. Worst of all, they were murdered while Afghan. The deaths were noted in the press, and one Democrat running for president even acknowledged…
counterpunch.org/2019/09/27/mass-killings-in-afghanistan-are-acts-of-white-supremacy/

At UN, Modi outlines development successes, says India gave world 'Buddha, not war'
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-27
In his address to the UN General Assembly's general debate on Friday, the Prime Minister of India outlined how the world's largest democracy has embodied the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in its work towards "peace, development and progress in the world".
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/09/1047902

The Case for Impeachment Goes Far Beyond Ukraine
Peter Certo | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-27
"Has Trump finally gone too far?" There's a headline you've seen a thousand times. At last, Speaker Nancy Pelosi says he has. A whistleblower says Trump withheld foreign aid to Ukraine to pressure the country's new president into investigating Joe Biden's son Hunter's past business there. Trump doesn't even really deny it. Pelosi has long…
counterpunch.org/2019/09/27/the-case-for-impeachment-goes-far-beyond-ukraine/

Laid off Wrightbus workers 'face struggle to house families'
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-09-27
Wrightbus workers face a struggle to house their families, one former employee has said. | Ryan Price, a supervisor aged 29, is married and his two children share a bedroom in a rental property. | He was bidding to buy a house and had saved a deposit but will find it difficult to access state benefits because of his savings. | The musician picked up his guitar and sang a song by Irish performer and social conscience Christy Moore about the impact of factory closures on ordinary men. | Mr Price said: "A lot of people are down and out, it is not just us, it affects other companies too. | "Morale still seems good bu…
thecanary.co/breaking-news/2019/09/27/laid-off-wrightbus-workers-face-struggle-to-house-families/

The Impeachment Story Proves It Again: Trump Is No Strategic Genius
Ryan Cooper | commondreams.org | 2019-09-27
Trump's flailing, incompetent White House emerges quite naturally from basic aspects of Trump's personality—his vanity, his ignorance, his sloppiness, his cowardice, and above all his all-consuming narcissism. (Photo: Illustrated | SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images, JimLarkin/iStock, DickDuerrstein/iStock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/screen_shot_2019-09-27_at_2.52.04_pm.png
commondreams.org/views/2019/09/27/impeachment-story-proves-it-again-trump-no-strategic-genius?cd-origin=rss

The Impeachment: Will This Be Trump's Unraveling?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-27
Ryan Cooper, National Correspondent for The Week, joins us to look at today's testimony, the president's petulance, and what all this means for the presidential campaign.
therealnews.com/stories/impeachment-trump-unraveling

The Left Needs to Seize Impeachment From Centrist Elites
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2019-09-27
The Left Needs to Seize Impeachment From Centrist Elites…
thenation.com/article/trump-impeachment-democrats/

Roaming Charges: Rough Trade Transcript
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-27
I think we can all agree that refusing to send military aid to Ukraine would have been a wise decision by Trump. But trading the slaughter of civilians in eastern Ukraine for political dirt on HRC and the Bidens pretty much exposes his America First foreign policy as little more than diplomatic narcissism, which, of course, we've known all along but it's useful to have it confirmed in his own "Rough Trade Transcript"….
counterpunch.org/2019/09/27/roaming-charges-rough-trade-transcript/

Democrats host historic LGBTQ presidential forum
Michelle Zacarias | peoplesworld.org | 2019-09-27
Last Friday Democratic candidates took the stage at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to attend the first LGBTQ presidential forum. The gathering was historic in that it was the first time that Presidential nominees got together to discuss the prevailing issues affecting LGBTQ communities across the country. The event was co-hosted by GLAAD, One …
peoplesworld.org/article/democrats-host-historic-lgbtq-presidential-forum/

James Risen: I Wrote About the Bidens and Ukraine in 2015. The Right-Wing Media Twisted My Reporting
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-27
Democrats are coalescing behind an effort to impeach President Trump over his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which he pressed the Ukrainian leader to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Meanwhile, Republicans have latched onto the Biden-Ukraine story as a means of smearing the former vice president as corrupt, in an attempt to damage one of Trump's political rivals. For more on the story, we speak with James Risen, senior national security correspondent for The Intercept, who first wrote about the Bidens and Ukraine in 2015, when he was a reporter for The New York Times. He says the "r…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/27/ukraine_president_biden_investigation

James Risen: Whistleblower Complaint Shows "Trump Is a Habitual Criminal" Abusing His Office
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-27
Democrats are ramping up efforts to impeach President Trump for pressing the president of Ukraine to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Nearly 90% of House Democrats now support impeachment. On Thursday, a declassified version of a complaint by an anonymous whistleblower was released, detailing his concerns about Trump's July phone call with Volodymyr Zelensky. In the complaint, the unnamed whistleblower — who has been identified as a CIA official — accused the president of "using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 202…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/27/trump_impeachment_inquiry_james_risen

Over 2,000 Arrested in Egypt in Growing Protests Against Sisi, Trump's "Favorite Dictator"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-27
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…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/27/egypt_protests_sharif_abdel_kouddous

Bankers "Confirm Warren's Whole Worldview" by Saying They'll Donate to Trump to Defeat Anti-Wall Street Senator in 2020
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-09-27
For the second time in three weeks, Sen. Elizabeth Warren embraced Wall Street executives' fear of her potential presidency, after CNBC reported that several anonymous bankers threatened to back President Donald Trump in the 2020 election if Warren becomes to Democratic nominee. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/warren_9.jpeg
commondreams.org/news/2019/09/27/bankers-confirm-warrens-whole-worldview-saying-theyll-donate-trump-defeat-anti-wall?cd-origin=rss

200+ Groups Denounce UN-WEF Agreement That Entrenches Corporate Interests Driving Global 'Social and Environmental Crises'
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-09-27
"It moves the world dangerously towards a privatized and undemocratic global governance." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/un-wef-agreement-denounced-corporate-capture.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/09/27/200-groups-denounce-un-wef-agreement-entrenches-corporate-interests-driving-global?cd-origin=rss

How Trump Pushed Ukraine's President to Probe Conspiracy Theories About Democrats
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-09-26
Donald Trump pressed Ukraine's new president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to help legitimize conspiracy theories about his Democratic rivals during a private telephone conversation in July, and again at a public meeting at the United Nations on Wednesday. | White House notes on the July call, released before the two presidents met in New York, showed that Trump urged his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate false claims about the theft of emails from the Democratic National Committee's servers in 2016, as well as former Vice Presi…
theintercept.com/2019/09/26/donald-trump-wants-ukraines-president-probe-conspiracy-theories-democrats/

Congress hears testimony from intel chief on "smoking gun" phone call
John Wojcik | peoplesworld.org | 2019-09-26
The impeachment process now underway in the country continued with dramatic testimony today in the House Intelligence Committee that underlined what the pro-democracy forces in America are up against. Today's hearing confirms that saving democracy in this country will require taking on a Trump-built network that uses government across all of its branches to advance …
peoplesworld.org/article/congress-hears-testimony-from-intel-chief-on-smoking-gun-phone-call/

House Intelligence Committee releases whistleblower report on Trump-Zelensky call
rt.com | 2019-09-26
The whistleblower complaint that led to the impeachment inquiry against US President Donald Trump has been released. In it, the leaker admits he did not actually hear the phone call at the center of the scandal. | Released by the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday, the complaint details the circumstances surrounding Trump's July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Democrats argue that Trump attempted to pressure Zelensky into reopening a corruption inve…
rt.com/usa/469679-trump-zelensky-whistleblower-complaint-released/

Democrats, Please Don't Mess This Up. Impeach Trump for All His Crimes, Not Just for Ukraine
Mehdi Hasan | theintercept.com | 2019-09-26
Impeaching Trump only for Ukraine would give him a clean bill of health on everything else, like his obstruction of the Mueller investigation.
theintercept.com/2019/09/26/impeachment-trump-ukraine-democrats/

Schiff's 're-telling' of Trump phone call with Ukraine head gets mocked as 'unhinged Orange-Man-Bad fan fiction'
rt.com | 2019-09-26
With impeachment efforts against President Donald Trump resting on the content of a single phone call, who could blame Congressman Adam Schiff for embellishing the truth a little, all to sell his "Orange Man Bad" narrative. | Though Trump released a transcript of the call in question on Wednesday, the Democrat-controlled House Intelligence Committee pressed ahead with questioning Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire on Thursday, about his handling of the whistleblower complaint that first thrus…
rt.com/usa/469703-schiff-trump-opening-statement/

Laws that Punish for Hypothetical Harm Must be Abolished
Denis Rancourt | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-09-26
Given the state of laws in Canada, it has become necessary to state the obvious: An individual legitimately can be punished solely for proven actual harm that is also proven to have been caused by the individual. In a free and democratic society, laws that punish an individual for harm that is hypothesized to have …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/09/laws-that-punish-for-hypothetical-harm-must-be-abolished/

The Republican Party Is Going Down With Trump
Joan Walsh | thenation.com | 2019-09-26
The Republican Party Is Going Down With Trump…
thenation.com/article/trump-republicans-ukraine-impeachment/

Edward Snowden Condemns Trump's Mistreatment of Whistleblower Who Exposed Ukraine Scandal
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-26
Responding to news of a whistleblower's complaint at the center of an impeachment inquiry filed against President Trump this week, famed whistleblower Edward Snowden speaks about his own decision to leak classified documents in 2013. The House Intelligence Committee has released the declassified whistleblower complaint, which details a July phone call between President Trump and the Ukrainian president. The White House is trying "to make the conversation not about the allegations," Snowden told Democracy Now! "They want to talk about the whistleblower rather than the government's own wrongdoing."
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/26/edward_snowden_on_writing_his_memoir

"Financial Censorship Is Still Censorship": Edward Snowden Slams Justice Dept. Lawsuit Against Him
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-26
As a whistleblower complaint filed against President Trump rocks Washington and threatens Trump's presidency, one of the world's most famous whistleblowers, Edward Snowden, joins us from Moscow, Russia. Earlier this month, the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Snowden alleging that his newly released memoir, "Permanent Record," violates the nondisclosure agreements he signed with the federal government when he was a National Security Agency employee. The Justice Department also argued that they are entitled to all of Snowden's book profits. Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman and Juan González speak with Sno…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/26/edward_snowden_memoir_permanent_record

Permanent Record: Why NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden Risked His Life to Expose Surveillance State
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-26
Six years ago, Edward Snowden leaked a trove of secret documents about how the United States had built a massive surveillance apparatus to spy on Americans and people across the globe. Snowden was then charged in the U.S. for violating the Espionage Act and other laws. As he attempted to flee to Latin America, Snowden became stranded in Russia after the U.S. revoked his passport. He has lived in Moscow ever since. Snowden just published his memoir, "Permanent Record," in which he writes about what led him to risk his life to expose the U.S. government's system of mass surveillance. From Moscow, he speaks to Democ…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/26/edward_snowden_trump_whistleblower_impeachment

It's Time to Impeach Members of Congress for Not Impeaching Trump
Jud Lounsbury | progressive.org | 2019-09-25
The question is no longer whether it's a good idea. It's about whether the members of Congress, Democrats and Republicans alike, will follow their oath of office to defend the Constitution.
progressive.org/dispatches/impeach-congress-for-not-impeaching-trump-lounsbury-190925/

'If impeachment trump card doesn't work, it will guarantee Trump re-election,' civil rights lawyer tells RT
rt.com | 2019-09-25
With the announcement of an official impeachment inquiry, Democrats have put all their eggs in one basket, risking losing the next election if they fail to enlist enough support, civil rights attorney Robert Patillo told RT. | Read more | | Tulsi says impeachment would be 'terribly divisive' as Trump's Republican challengers back the move | Accusing US President Donald Trump of pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to "take actions which would benefit him politically" — that is, to investigate 2020 candidate Joe Biden's son Hunt…
rt.com/usa/469549-impeachement-pelosi-trump-elections/

Trump impeachment proceedings based on 'nothing' phone call, but fallout will hurt America long-term
rt.com | 2019-09-25
The transcript of President Donald Trump's phone call with his Ukrainian counterpart shows no pressure or threats to withhold aid. So why are Democrats and media still reading it that way, and invoking it as impeachment grounds? | For over two years, the Democrats pinned their hopes on Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who was investigating the claims of "Russian collusion" and obstruction of justice in relation to it — only to come up empty-handed back in May. | Undeterred, the party pushed impeachment anyway, arguing that the report somehow showed obstruction of justice somewhere between the lines, and pr…
rt.com/usa/469626-trump-impeachement-transctript-democrats/

US Justice Dept releases much-anticipated summary of Trump's call with Ukrainian president
rt.com | 2019-09-25
US President Donald Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to look into whether ex-Vice President Joe Biden blocked an investigation into his son's company, according to a summary of the call between the two leaders. | The memo was released Wednesday morning. | | "There's a lot of talk about Biden's son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great," Trump told Zelensky in a summary of the call transcript provided by the Justice Department on Wednesday. | | Democratic frontrunner Biden allegedl…
rt.com/usa/469593-trump-call-zelensky-release/

Genocide Warnings for Three African States
J.B. Gerald | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-09-25
These genocide warnings concern current threats to the peoples of Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Burundi. Beyond the primary concern for all the people in national groups, a pattern is emerging globally which should remind North Americans of past genocides against native American peoples: the masses of people forced from their homelands, the refugee …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/09/genocide-warnings-for-three-african-states/

'Nothing call': Trump lashes out at Dems & media after Zelensky chat memo released
rt.com | 2019-09-25
President Donald Trump has slammed his Democratic rivals for launching an impeachment probe based on a "nothing call" with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. | House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an impeachment inquiry on Tuesday, on the back of allegations that Trump threatened to withhold military aid to Ukraine, in a bid to pressure Zelensky into investigating Joe Biden's son Hunter's business dealings in the country. The Department of Justice released a transcript of the call on Wednesday, which detaile…
rt.com/usa/469604-trump-transcript-press-response/

I Wrote About the Bidens and Ukraine Years Ago. Then the Right-Wing Spin Machine Turned the Story Upside Down
James Risen | theintercept.com | 2019-09-25
Many observers now seem to think this suddenly hot story came out of nowhere this year, but that is not true.
theintercept.com/2019/09/25/i-wrote-about-the-bidens-and-ukraine-years-ago-then-the-right-wing-spin-machine-turned-the-story-upside-down/

The 2020 Campaign Event Where 'Everyday Iowans' Asked the Questions
Spencer Green | thenation.com | 2019-09-25
The 2020 Campaign Event Where 'Everyday Iowans' Asked the Questions…
thenation.com/article/iowa-democrats-election-2020/

Trump Lashes Out at Iran, China & Venezuela in Nationalist Address to U.N. General Assembly
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-25
On Tuesday, President Trump made his third address to the United Nations General Assembly amid simmering tensions in the Middle East over recent attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities, which the United States blames on Iran. Tehran denies the allegations. Trump also lashed out at China and Venezuela. We speak with Vijay Prashad, director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research and chief editor of LeftWord Books. His latest article for Salon is headlined "World leaders gather at the UN in the face of war, climate catastrophe & global worker exploitation."
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/25/trump_un_general_assembly_speech_vijay

Billy Bragg: What the U.K. Supreme Court's Historic Ruling Against Boris Johnson Means for Brexit
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-25
The U.K. Parliament has reconvened after the country's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson had unlawfully suspended Parliament in order to push through Brexit with or without a deal. Johnson made the unprecedented move late last month, asking the queen to prorogue Parliament in order to limit debate on leaving the European Union, which the U.K. is scheduled to do by October 31. Calls for Johnson's resignation are mounting since the news broke, with opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn calling for a general election and demanding Johnson apologize to the queen and to the country. For mo…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/25/brexit_british_parliament_billy_bragg

"We've Reached Critical Mass": Rep. Al Green on Pelosi Vow to Impeach Trump for "Dastardly Deeds"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-25
Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has launched a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump following allegations from an intelligence community whistleblower that Trump sought help from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a July 25 phone call to investigate Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden and his son Hunter. On Tuesday, the Republican-controlled Senate unanimously passed a nonbinding resolution calling for the Trump administration to release the whistleblower complaint to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. We get response and look at next steps with Congressmember Al Gree…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/25/formal_impeachment_inquiry_trump

Nate Silver and the Pitfalls of the Corporate Pundit Class
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-24
Political statistician and editor-in-chief of FiveThirtyEight Nate Silver found himself in hot water recently when he seemed to refer to the diverse supporters of Bernie Sanders' campaign as "residue." Jacqueline Luqman talks to Anoa Changa about why that language, and the bias of the corporate pundit class, is an issue.
therealnews.com/stories/nate-silver-and-the-pitfalls-of-the-corporate-pundit-class

Trump Seeks to Kneecap Consumer Protection Agency Advocated for by Elizabeth Warren
Steven Schwinn | progressive.org | 2019-09-24
We've grown accustomed to Donald Trump's relentless political attacks. but, in the end, his constitutional attacks on the administrative state could cause the most damage.
progressive.org/dispatches/trump-attacks-consumer-agencys-independence-schwinn-190924/

Support FAIR: Corporate Media Sidetracking Real Election Issues–Again — copy
Deborah | fair.org | 2019-09-24
Dear FAIR Friends, While corporate media focus on who's up/who's down in the horserace for the Democratic nomination, more substantive concerns–What are the candidates' policy proposals? Are they adequate to the scale of the problems we face? Will our votes be suppressed, or even miscounted?–go unaddressed. With so much at stake, we've got to …
fair.org/zmail/support-fair-corporate-media-sidetracking-real-election-issues-again-copy/

The Bidens, Trump, Kiev and impeachment
Victor Grossman | mronline.org | 2019-09-24
The impeachment drive is quickly gathering steam, and who can have any sympathy for that man in the Oval Office? But I wonder if some enthusiasts may not be digging deeply enough. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/09/24/the-bidens-trump-kiev-and-impeachment/

Reuters can't find U.S. critics to question Amazon's anti-Venezuela propaganda
Joe Emersberger | mronline.org | 2019-09-24
A line from the trailer for Jack Ryan, an Amazon TV drama whose second season streams on November 1, is: A nuclear Venezuela…. You will not hear about it on the news, 'cause we'll already be dead. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/09/24/reuters-cant-find-u-s-critics-to-question-amazons-anti-venezuela-propaganda/

BREXIT: Europe in Miniature
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-09-24
The most important question for the European Union today is whether BREXIT signals the beginning of the end for the entire bloc, or will ultimately serve to discourage other countries from attempting to cut ties. BREXIT: a denial of democracy No one was more surprised by the result of the 2016 Referendum on BREXIT than …
uwidata.com/5431-brexit-europe-in-miniature/

Meet Brazil's Indigenous Leader Attacked by Bolsonaro at U.N. over Efforts to Preserve the Amazon
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-24
A number of indigenous leaders from Brazil traveled to New York to protest Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's push to open the Amazon rainforest for agribusiness, logging and mining. Democracy Now!'s Nermeen Shaikh spoke to Chief Raoni Metuktire of the Kayapó tribe on Monday outside the U.N. Climate Action Summit about the situation in the Amazon, including the recent outbreak of devastating fires. After the interview, Chief Raoni attempted to enter the U.N. summit, but despite support from dozens of activists, he was barred from entering. He is a nominee for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/24/un_climate_summit_indigenous_leader_barred

How Dare You! Greta Thunberg Slams World's Focus on Economic "Fairy Tales" While Ecosystems Collapse
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-24
Scores of world leaders gathered in New York on Monday for the U.N. Climate Action Summit, but the world's largest greenhouse gas emitters announced few new measures to address the climate crisis. President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence briefly attended the summit but left after just 14 minutes. At the beginning of the summit, 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg delivered an impassioned address to world leaders, explicitly naming their inaction on the climate crisis. "People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing," Greta said. "We are in the beginning of a mass ext…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/24/un_climate_action_summit_greta_thunberg

Ta-Nehisi Coates on His Debut Novel "The Water Dancer," Slavery & Reparations
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-24
Celebrated writer Ta-Nehisi Coates's first novel, "The Water Dancer," was released today. Centering on a man named Hiram Walker, who was born into slavery in 19th century Virginia, the novel is a "crowd-pleasing exercise in breakneck and often occult storytelling," a review in The New York Times stated. Over the past decade Ta-Nehisi Coates has become one of the nation's most celebrated writers. In 2014, he wrote a piece titled "The Case for Reparations," which rejuvenated the push for the government to pay reparations to the descendants of slaves. His 2015 book, "Between the World and Me," a National Book Award…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/24/ta_nehisi_coates_the_water_dancer

In Landmark UN Complaint, 16 Children Accuse Nations of Failing to Protect Them from Climate Change
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-24
Youth climate activists from around the world also attended the U.N. Climate Action Summit Monday, where they spoke at UNICEF about a landmark new climate complaint they filed with the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. Hailing from countries including Argentina, Brazil, Germany, the Marshall Islands and Tunisia, the young representatives spoke about why they feel compelled to act on the climate crisis. Among the youth climate activists were Alexandria Villaseñor of New York and Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg.
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/24/children_vs_climatecrisis

What Media Like Best About Elizabeth Warren: She's Not Bernie Sanders
Julie Hollar | fair.org | 2019-09-23
by Julie Hollar | When the Washington Post's Paul Waldman ( 9/18/19) recently attempted to explain Elizabeth Warren's rise in the Democratic primary polls, he attributed it in part to media: Reporters on the campaign trail have said for some time that she is the one who generates the most enthusiastic response among voters o…
fair.org/home/what-media-like-best-about-elizabeth-warren-shes-not-bernie-sanders/

"Our House Is on Fire": Greta Thunberg Addresses Hundreds of Thousands at NYC Climate Strike
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-23
Sixteen-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg spoke at Friday's climate strike in New York, where an estimated 300,000 people took to the streets. Thunberg inspired the global spread of weekly climate strikes when she started skipping school to protest outside of the Swedish parliament last year. "We will not just stand aside and watch," Thunberg told a crowd of thousands in her speech at Manhattan's Battery Park. "We are united behind the science, and we will do everything in our power to stop this crisis from getting worse."
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/23/new_york_city_climate_strike_greta

19-Year-Old Indigenous Climate Activist Artemisa Xakriabá: "We Fight for Mother Earth"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-23
Friday's climate strike in New York City concluded with remarks from indigenous leaders, activists and organizers. Artemisa Xakriabá, a 19-year-old indigenous climate activist of the Xakriabá people, spoke about the increasing intensity of environmental destruction across Brazil and the interconnectedness of the fight for climate justice. "We fight for our Mother Earth because the fight for Mother Earth is the mother of all other fights," Xakriabá said. "We are fighting for your lives. We are fighting for our lives. We are fighting for our sacred territory. But we are being persecuted, threatened, murdered, only…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/23/brazil_indigenous_climate_activist_artemisa_xakriaba

Bill McKibben: Youth Who Led Global Climate Strike Are Bringing a New "Spirit" to Climate Fight
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-23
Following Friday's youth-led climate strike — the largest-ever global protest focused on climate — we speak with Bill McKibben, longtime journalist and co-founder of 350.org. McKibben's latest piece for The New Yorker is titled "Money Is the Oxygen on Which the Fire of Global Warming Burns," and his cover piece for Time magazine is headlined "Hello from the Year 2050. We Avoided the Worst of Climate Change — But Everything Is Different." McKibben's 1989 book, "The End of Nature," was the first book for a general audience about climate change.
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/23/bill_mckibben_climate_crisis_global_demonstrations

"This Is Our Time. This Is Our Future." Voices from the Historic Youth Climate Strike in NYC
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-23
As many as 4 million people around the world took to the streets Friday in the largest day of action focused on the climate crisis. Students across the globe led climate strikes in hundreds of countries, inspired by 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. The demonstration kicked off in Foley Square, where tens of thousands of people gathered before the march. Varshini Prakash, co-founder and executive director of the Sunrise Movement, and climate activist Vic Barrett were among the handful of activists who addressed the climate strikers in Foley Square.
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/23/global_climate_strike_foley_square_speeches

Millions Took Part in the Youth-Led Global Climate Strike Friday. Here's Why People Marched
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-23
As many as a quarter-million people marched on the streets of New York City Friday for a youth-led climate strike inspired by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. Globally, as many as 4 million people took to the streets in hundreds of countries. Democracy Now! was in the streets of New York on Friday speaking with climate strikers from the United States and around the world.
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/23/climate_march_interviews_youth_protesters

History will judge Mugabe's legacy
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-09-23
Alan BroughtonIssue 1239 Zimbabwe Movement for Democratic Change MDC ZANU-PFSeptember 23, 2019Zimbabwe's independence leader and former president Robert Mugabe is remembered for his leadership of the succ…
greenleft.org.au/content/history-will-judge-mugabe-legacy

Philippines: Resist and end Duterte's fascist regime
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-09-22
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following Sept. 20 statement from the Communist Party of the Philippines. | Almost five decades ago, Ferdinand Marcos placed the entire country under martial law which launched his brutal dictatorial rule. For 14 years, the Filipino people resisted valiantly and fought on all arenas of struggle. Serving as the strongest bulwark of anti-fascist resistance, the Party and the New People's Army waged underground and armed struggle, inspiring and militating the Filipino people to unite and struggle for democracy. Culminating long years of anti-fascist resistance, the Filipino…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/9/22/philippines-resist-and-end-duterte-s-fascist-regime

On the Road to Damascus: International Conference in Syria on Sanctions and Its Blowback
Roger D. Harris | mintpressnews.com | 2019-09-21
Syrians say it's even harder now to make ends meet than it was during the height of their country's war because of intensified U.S and European sanctions.
mintpressnews.com/international-conference-in-syria-on-sanctions-and-its-blowback/261986/

Kelsey Juliana v. U.S.: Meet the Young Woman Suing the Federal Government over the Climate Crisis
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-20
Among those joining today's Global Climate Strike will be Kelsey Juliana, lead plaintiff in Juliana v. United States, the landmark youth climate lawsuit against the U.S. government. She joins us for a roundtable discussion, along with Jerome Foster II, White House Climate Strike organizer, founder and executive director of OneMillionOfUs.
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/20/youth_climate_lawsuit_juliana_v_united

This Afghan Teen Was Set to Join First-Ever U.N. Youth Climate Summit, But U.S. Denied His Visa
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-20
Climate youth activist Nasratullah Elham of Afghanistan was invited to participate in the first-ever U.N. Youth Climate Summit, but the United States rejected his visa. He breaks the sound barrier to join us from Phuket, Thailand, where he is a 12th grade student, and says his activism is based on the crisis's impact on his home country. "The poor people there are very badly affected in a situation [where] they do not really have much carbon emissions," he says.
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/20/afghan_teen_denied_visa_global_climate

2020: Democratic Establishment vs. Democratic Socialists
Michael Sainato | progressive.org | 2019-09-18
Meet three new challengers to the entrenched old guard.
progressive.org/dispatches/democratic-socialists-congress-2020-sainato-190918/

Tennessee Republicans in Fisticuffs Over School Vouchers
Andy Spears | progressive.org | 2019-09-17
Hot chicken, sex, and cocaine are part of the story of how Tennessee became the latest state to succumb to the Betsy DeVos-backed voucher craze. The result could determine how the GOP addresses the issue across the country.
progressive.org/public-school-shakedown/tennessee-republican-school-voucher-fight-spears-190917/

Democratic Debate #3: Mr. Rogers, Re-runs, and Real Talk
Jud Lounsbury | progressive.org | 2019-09-13
A side-stepped apology from Biden, two gimmick-meisters, and seven remaining candidates who gave solid performances.
progressive.org/dispatches/democratic-debate-reruns-and-real-talk-lounsbury190913/

Pittsburgh Google contract workers start unionization process, bosses prep union-busting campaign
Vasuki R | liberationnews.org | 2019-09-11
In these crucial coming weeks, solidarity and militancy will keep the workers united as they fight for democracy and the ability to collectively bargain.
liberationnews.org/pittsburgh-google-contract-workers-start-unionization-process-bosses-prep-union-busting-campaign/

New Season of Amazon's Jack Ryan Focused on Venezuela Denounced as 'Over-the-Top and Ridiculous' US Propaganda
Eoin Higgins, Common Dreams | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-09-08
The upcoming season of Amazon's Jack Ryan could have been scripted by John Bolton.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14650

2019-09-27: News Headlines

Staff (2019-09-27). Message to the Climate Strike Marchers in Detroit. therealnews.com Merge the strikes! Merge the tiers! | We are all for the Green New Deal! | Make Detroit the Arsenal for a Green Economy! | Frank Hammer | This is a historic day, especially for those of us here in Detroit. We are at the center of not one but two strikes: | The nation-wide strike by 46,000 UAW members to determine fate of GM, Ford and Chrysler autoworkers which will have ripple effects for the entire working class and gm communities, right here in Detroit and Warren, in the US and globally. The other strike, today's youth-led global climate strike, is a huge step in our fight to shape the fate of our planet, the…

Peter Certo (2019-09-27). The Case for Impeachment Goes Far Beyond Ukraine. counterpunch.org "Has Trump finally gone too far?" There's a headline you've seen a thousand times. At last, Speaker Nancy Pelosi says he has. A whistleblower says Trump withheld foreign aid to Ukraine to pressure the country's new president into investigating Joe Biden's son Hunter's past business there. Trump doesn't even really deny it. Pelosi has long More

Staff (2019-09-27). Whistleblower Probe Tests GOP's Alliance with Trump. truthdig.com WASHINGTON—One Republican hadn't read the whistleblower's complaint. Another called President Donald Trump's conversation with the Ukraine leader "thin gruel" for any impeachment effort. A third said the whole thing was "blown way out of proportion." | And yet, as more details emerged about what the president said and the efforts to shield it from view, Republicans were straining Thursday under the uncertainty of being swept up in the most serious test yet of their alliance with the Trump White House. | The quickly moving events caught Republicans off stride. While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sta…

Mark Gruenberg (2019-09-27). Trump bans Raul Castro and his children from coming to U.S. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—In yet another manifestation of his hatred for Cuba in general and its leaders in particular, right-wing GOP President Donald Trump barred former Cuban President Raul Castro, and his four adult children, from traveling to the U.S. Castro is now First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba. The move may be largely for Trump's …

Staff (2019-09-27). The Impeachment: Will This Be Trump's Unraveling? therealnews.com Ryan Cooper, National Correspondent for The Week, joins us to look at today's testimony, the president's petulance, and what all this means for the presidential campaign.

John Kendall Hawkins (2019-09-27). Towards a More Mature Democracy. counterpunch.org You could be forgiven (but what's the fun in that), if you were to think. Looking at Jacques-Louis David's neoclassical painting The Death of Socrates, you could believe you're seeing Socrates giving the bird to democracy and demanding that Crito give him the goddamned chalice full of hemlock, and get out of the way. There More

Charles Davis (2019-09-27). Mass Killings In Afghanistan Are Acts of White Supremacy. counterpunch.org An American white nationalist killed over 30 people recently. The victims, all brown, had full lives; children, loved ones, and years, full of plans, ahead of them. But then they were incinerated. Worst of all, they were murdered while Afghan. The deaths were noted in the press, and one Democrat running for president even acknowledged More

Staff (2019-09-27). The Democratic Party Remains a Party of War, Not Peace. therealnews.com Green Party candidate Madelyn Hoffman says that even the progressive Democratic presidential candidates remain unwilling to challenge the Pentagon.

David Daley (2019-09-27). "Worth This Investment": Memos Reveal the Scope and Racial Animus of GOP Gerrymandering Ambitions. theintercept.com In court and in public, many top Republicans have denied gerrymandering gives them any advantage at all. They've captured state legislatures and won an edge in Congress, some have suggested, due to superior candidates, better campaigns, and natural geographic sorting that clusters Democrats in urban areas and spreads Republicans more efficiently across the suburbs and rural America. | "The problem is not district lines; the proble…

Brave New Films (2019-09-27). Watch: The voter suppression that stole Georgia's governor race in 2018. nationofchange.org In the new short film "Suppressed: The Fight to Vote," Brave New Films exposes rampant voter suppression that affected the outcome of the 2018 midterm election in Georgia and the threat it poses to our elections all across the nation in 2020. The issues Georgians faced included polling place closures, voter purges, missing absentee ballots, …

Norman Solomon (2019-09-27). To Joe Biden, Trump's Potential Successor Mike Pence "Is a Decent Guy" counterpunch.org When Joe Biden told an audience that Mike Pence "is a decent guy," Pence had already been vice president for more than two years. After the comment drew fierce criticism, Biden responded that he'd said it "in a foreign policy context" — an odd effort at damage control, given that Pence has publicly backed every one of More

Norman Solomon (2019-09-27). To Joe Biden, Trump's Potential Successor Mike Pence "Is a Decent Guy" indybay.org AstroTurf campaign yearns for bipartisanship…

Norman Solomon (2019-09-27). To Joe Biden, Trump's potential successor Mike Pence "is a decent guy" nationofchange.org When Joe Biden told an audience that Mike Pence "is a decent guy," Pence had already been vice president for more than two years. After the comment drew fierce criticism, Biden responded that he'd said it "in a foreign policy context" — an odd effort at damage control, given that Pence has publicly backed every one of …

Staff (2019-09-27). The Right-Wing Media Twisted My 2015 Reporting on the Bidens and Ukraine. truthout.org | | Democrats are coalescing behind an effort to impeach President Trump over his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which he pressed the Ukrainian leader to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Meanwhile, Republicans have latched onto the Biden-Ukraine story as a means of smearing the former vice president as corrupt, in an attempt to damage one of Trump's political rivals. For more on the story, we speak with James Risen, senior national security correspondent for The Int…

Never Forgive, Never Forget (2019-09-27). Impeach Nazi Trump Now. indybay.org There is now lots of commenting on the Democrats' true motives for impeaching Nazi Trump. Obviously, they are trying to save Biden's weak campaign for president. The fact that Nazi Ukraine was set up illegally as such by Democrat Obama is also true. It is also true that Nazi Trump must go, right now, since January 21, 2017 in fact, the day after his inauguration due to his conflicts of interest and much more.

Al Ronzoni (2019-09-27). Naomi Klein v The Times Roy Scranton: Mobilization to Fight Climate Change or Surrender? counterpunch.org I have a good friend, a professor of English Literature, who I often go out with to see plays, band performances and movies. Lately, we've also been having a running text message and email debate about various political issues. In an earlier exchange, he described himself as, "not philosophically opposed to the Republicans" but since More

The Canary (2019-09-27). Laid off Wrightbus workers 'face struggle to house families'. thecanary.co Wrightbus workers face a struggle to house their families, one former employee has said. | Ryan Price, a supervisor aged 29, is married and his two children share a bedroom in a rental property. | He was bidding to buy a house and had saved a deposit but will find it difficult to access state benefits because of his savings. | The musician picked up his guitar and sang a song by Irish performer and social conscience Christy Moore about the impact of factory closures on ordinary men. | Mr Price said: "A lot of people are down and out, it is not just us, it affects other companies too. | "Morale still seems good bu…

Jeffrey C. Isaac (2019-09-27). Slow Down. The Case for a Deliberate and Focused Impeachment Inquiry. commondreams.org Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) joins fellow House Democrats to mark 200 days since they passed H.R. 1, the For the People Act with a news conference at the U.S. Capitol September 27, 2019 in Washington, DC. Following the release of a whistle-blower complaint about abuse of power, the House Democratic leadership announced this week that it is launching a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/dont_rush_impeachment.jpg

United Nations (2019-09-27). Human Rights Briefing: Updates on Egypt, Zimbabwe, Venezuela and Saudi Arabia. un.org Here's a roundup of human rights news this Friday: UN's Bachelet urges restraint over arrests of Egypt protestors; expert calls for 'democratic shift' in Zimbabwe; Human Rights Council agrees fact-finding mission to Venezuela; independent experts urge freedom for Saudi women's rights defender, after 500 days in prison.

Trevor Timm (2019-09-27). Trump's Ukraine Scandal Shows Why Whistleblowers Are So Vital to Democracy. commondreams.org NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is just one in a long line of whistleblowers who risked life and liberty to tell the American people—and the world—about the corrupt and illegal practices of the U.S. government. (Photo: Laura Poitras) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/edward-snowden_1.jpg

United Nations (2019-09-27). At UN, Modi outlines development successes, says India gave world 'Buddha, not war'. un.org In his address to the UN General Assembly's general debate on Friday, the Prime Minister of India outlined how the world's largest democracy has embodied the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in its work towards "peace, development and progress in the world".

teleSUR (2019-09-27). US: Polls Show Increased Support for Trump's Impeachement. telesurenglish.net A Politico/Morning Consult poll argues that the number of voters supporting President Donald Trump's impeachment increased from 36 percent on September 22 to 43 percent on September 26. | RELATED: | Whistleblower Report Reveals Trump Sought Foreign Meddling for 2020 Elections | "As more information has emerged about whistleblower allega…

Jurg Muller-Muralt (2019-09-27). The Way to Authoritarianism is Paved with Lies. indybay.org Lying is part of the human condition. But democracy is in peril when politicians make lying into a "business principle." Lying is a second nature for Trump. Trump lies strategically and doesn't have a bad conscience. For Trump, the borders between true and false have largely disappeared. Liars and bullshitters undermine trust in language and calculable communication.

Staff (2019-09-27). Trump's Legal Manipulation Could Chill Future Whistleblower Testimony. truthout.org | | Under bipartisan pressure from Congress, an intelligence community whistleblower complaint, now the focus of an official House impeachment inquiry, was declassified and mad…

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2019-09-27). The Real Purpose of the Impeachment Investigation against Trump. Political Power Play. globalresearch.ca The Democrats know that there is no impeachable offense. What they intend to do is to use the investigation to look into every aspect of Trump's life and try to make dirt out of things unrelated to his talk with …

Jeet Heer (2019-09-27). The Left Needs to Seize Impeachment From Centrist Elites. thenation.com The Left Needs to Seize Impeachment From Centrist Elites…

Michelle Zacarias (2019-09-27). Democrats host historic LGBTQ presidential forum. peoplesworld.org Last Friday Democratic candidates took the stage at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to attend the first LGBTQ presidential forum. The gathering was historic in that it was the first time that Presidential nominees got together to discuss the prevailing issues affecting LGBTQ communities across the country. The event was co-hosted by GLAAD, One …

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-09-27). Bankers "Confirm Warren's Whole Worldview" by Saying They'll Donate to Trump to Defeat Anti-Wall Street Senator in 2020. commondreams.org For the second time in three weeks, Sen. Elizabeth Warren embraced Wall Street executives' fear of her potential presidency, after CNBC reported that several anonymous bankers threatened to back President Donald Trump in the 2020 election if Warren becomes to Democratic nominee. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/warren_9.jpeg

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-09-27). Progressives Decry Senate's Approval of Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia as 'Absolute Betrayal to the American Worker'. commondreams.org Senate Republicans are under fire from progressive advocacy groups, trade unions, and congressional Democrats for voting Thursday to confirm corporate attorney Eugene Scalia, President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the U.S. Department of Labor. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-11695451751_0.jpg

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-09-27). 200+ Global Groups Denounce UN-WEF Agreement That Entrenches Interests Driving Planet's "Social and Environmental Crises" commondreams.org "It moves the world dangerously towards a privatized and undemocratic global governance." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/un-wef-agreement-denounced-corporate-capture.jpg

Jeffrey St. Clair (2019-09-27). Roaming Charges: Rough Trade Transcript. counterpunch.org I think we can all agree that refusing to send military aid to Ukraine would have been a wise decision by Trump. But trading the slaughter of civilians in eastern Ukraine for political dirt on HRC and the Bidens pretty much exposes his America First foreign policy as little more than diplomatic narcissism, which, of course, we've known all along but it's useful to have it confirmed in his own "Rough Trade Transcript"…. More

Staff (2019-09-27). James Risen: I Wrote About the Bidens and Ukraine in 2015. The Right-Wing Media Twisted My Reporting. democracynow.org Democrats are coalescing behind an effort to impeach President Trump over his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which he pressed the Ukrainian leader to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Meanwhile, Republicans have latched onto the Biden-Ukraine story as a means of smearing the former vice president as corrupt, in an attempt to damage one of Trump's political rivals. For more on the story, we speak with James Risen, senior national security correspondent for The Intercept, who first wrote about the Bidens and Ukraine in 2015, when he was a reporter for The New York Times. He says the "r…

Staff (2019-09-27). James Risen: Whistleblower Complaint Shows "Trump Is a Habitual Criminal" Abusing His Office. democracynow.org Democrats are ramping up efforts to impeach President Trump for pressing the president of Ukraine to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Nearly 90% of House Democrats now support impeachment. On Thursday, a declassified version of a complaint by an anonymous whistleblower was released, detailing his concerns about Trump's July phone call with Volodymyr Zelensky. In the complaint, the unnamed whistleblower — who has been identified as a CIA official — accused the president of "using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 202…

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…

Staff (2019-09-27). Headlines for September 27, 2019. democracynow.org Whistleblower Warned White House Tried to "Lock Down" Ukraine Call Details, Acting DNI Maguire Says Whistleblower "Acted in Good Faith", Trump Suggests Whistleblower Should Get Death Sentence for Treason, Global Youth-Led Strikes Demand Action on Climate Crisis, Study Finds Climate Crisis May Threaten 60% of World's Wheat Crop by 2100, States Challenge Trump's Rollback of Endangered Species Act, Senate Advances Confirmation of Ex-Monsanto Executive to Lead Wildlife Agency, EPA Chief Blames California's Homeless Population for Poor Water Quality, Protesters Defy Security Crackdown in Egypt, Demanding Ouster of Pre…

Ryan Cooper (2019-09-27). The Impeachment Story Proves It Again: Trump Is No Strategic Genius. commondreams.org Trump's flailing, incompetent White House emerges quite naturally from basic aspects of Trump's personality—his vanity, his ignorance, his sloppiness, his cowardice, and above all his all-consuming narcissism. (Photo: Illustrated | SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images, JimLarkin/iStock, DickDuerrstein/iStock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/screen_shot_2019-09-27_at_2.52.04_pm.png

RT (2019-09-26). House Intelligence Committee releases whistleblower report on Trump-Zelensky call. rt.com The whistleblower complaint that led to the impeachment inquiry against US President Donald Trump has been released. In it, the leaker admits he did not actually hear the phone call at the center of the scandal. | Released by the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday, the complaint details the circumstances surrounding Trump's July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Democrats argue that Trump attempted to pressure Zelensky into reopening a corruption inve…

John Wojcik (2019-09-26). Congress hears testimony from intel chief on "smoking gun" phone call. peoplesworld.org The impeachment process now underway in the country continued with dramatic testimony today in the House Intelligence Committee that underlined what the pro-democracy forces in America are up against. Today's hearing confirms that saving democracy in this country will require taking on a Trump-built network that uses government across all of its branches to advance …

Mark Gruenberg (2019-09-26). Teachers, Service Employees become first unions to back Trump impeachment probe. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—The Teachers (AFT) and the Service Employees have become the first unions to break organized labor's long silence on starting an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. They're for it. "All Americans—no matter where we are from or what color we are—can agree that our democracy is too important for any individual to be above …

RT (2019-09-26). Schiff's 're-telling' of Trump phone call with Ukraine head gets mocked as 'unhinged Orange-Man-Bad fan fiction'. rt.com With impeachment efforts against President Donald Trump resting on the content of a single phone call, who could blame Congressman Adam Schiff for embellishing the truth a little, all to sell his "Orange Man Bad" narrative. | Though Trump released a transcript of the call in question on Wednesday, the Democrat-controlled House Intelligence Committee pressed ahead with questioning Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire on Thursday, about his handling of the whistleblower complaint that first thrus…

Mehdi Hasan (2019-09-26). Democrats, Please Don't Mess This Up. Impeach Trump for All His Crimes, Not Just for Ukraine. theintercept.com Impeaching Trump only for Ukraine would give him a clean bill of health on everything else, like his obstruction of the Mueller investigation.

WSWS (2019-09-26). In photo op at GM picket line, Sanders promotes nationalism, covers for Democrats and UAW. wsws.org Bernie Sanders put in a brief media appearance on the picket line at GM's Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant Wednesday morning.

Denis Rancourt (2019-09-26). Laws that Punish for Hypothetical Harm Must be Abolished. dissidentvoice.org Given the state of laws in Canada, it has become necessary to state the obvious: An individual legitimately can be punished solely for proven actual harm that is also proven to have been caused by the individual. In a free and democratic society, laws that punish an individual for harm that is hypothesized to have …

United Nations (2019-09-26). DR Congo President outlines vision for a 'more representative' UN Security Council. un.org With Africa at the centre of many global challenges, it is time for the continent to have a seat in the UN Security Council, the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) told world leaders on Thursday.

Robert Mackey (2019-09-26). How Trump Pushed Ukraine's President to Probe Conspiracy Theories About Democrats. theintercept.com Donald Trump pressed Ukraine's new president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to help legitimize conspiracy theories about his Democratic rivals during a private telephone conversation in July, and again at a public meeting at the United Nations on Wednesday. | White House notes on the July call, released before the two presidents met in New York, showed that Trump urged his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate false claims about the theft of emails from the Democratic National Committee's servers in 2016, as well as former Vice Presi…

Joan Walsh (2019-09-26). The Republican Party Is Going Down With Trump. thenation.com The Republican Party Is Going Down With Trump…

Staff (2019-09-26). Edward Snowden Condemns Trump's Mistreatment of Whistleblower Who Exposed Ukraine Scandal. democracynow.org Responding to news of a whistleblower's complaint at the center of an impeachment inquiry filed against President Trump this week, famed whistleblower Edward Snowden speaks about his own decision to leak classified documents in 2013. The House Intelligence Committee has released the declassified whistleblower complaint, which details a July phone call between President Trump and the Ukrainian president. The White House is trying "to make the conversation not about the allegations," Snowden told Democracy Now! "They want to talk about the whistleblower rather than the government's own wrongdoing."

Staff (2019-09-26). "Financial Censorship Is Still Censorship": Edward Snowden Slams Justice Dept. Lawsuit Against Him. democracynow.org As a whistleblower complaint filed against President Trump rocks Washington and threatens Trump's presidency, one of the world's most famous whistleblowers, Edward Snowden, joins us from Moscow, Russia. Earlier this month, the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Snowden alleging that his newly released memoir, "Permanent Record," violates the nondisclosure agreements he signed with the federal government when he was a National Security Agency employee. The Justice Department also argued that they are entitled to all of Snowden's book profits. Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman and Juan González speak with Sno…

Staff (2019-09-26). Permanent Record: Why NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden Risked His Life to Expose Surveillance State. democracynow.org Six years ago, Edward Snowden leaked a trove of secret documents about how the United States had built a massive surveillance apparatus to spy on Americans and people across the globe. Snowden was then charged in the U.S. for violating the Espionage Act and other laws. As he attempted to flee to Latin America, Snowden became stranded in Russia after the U.S. revoked his passport. He has lived in Moscow ever since. Snowden just published his memoir, "Permanent Record," in which he writes about what led him to risk his life to expose the U.S. government's system of mass surveillance. From Moscow, he speaks to Democ…

Staff (2019-09-26). Headlines for September 26, 2019. democracynow.org Transcript Shows Trump Pressured Ukrainian Leader to Probe Joe Biden and Son, President Trump on Ukraine Phone Call: "Impeachment for That?", Majority of House Lawmakers Back Impeachment Inquiry Against Trump, Iranian President Rules Out Talks with U.S. While Sanctions Remain, Saudi-Led Coalition Airstrikes Kill 16 Civilians in Yemen, Israel's President Asks Benjamin Netanyahu to Form New Government, 2 Million Wild Animals Perish as Fires Rage in Bolivia, Climate Crisis Drives Mont Blanc Glacier Toward Collapse, 7 Arrested as San Francisco Climate Protesters Block Wells Fargo Entrance, Doctors Glue Themselves to…

RT (2019-09-25). US Justice Dept releases much-anticipated summary of Trump's call with Ukrainian president. rt.com US President Donald Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to look into whether ex-Vice President Joe Biden blocked an investigation into his son's company, according to a summary of the call between the two leaders. | The memo was released Wednesday morning. | | "There's a lot of talk about Biden's son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great," Trump told Zelensky in a summary of the call transcript provided by the Justice Department on Wednesday. | | Democratic frontrunner Biden allegedl…

RT (2019-09-25). 'If impeachment trump card doesn't work, it will guarantee Trump re-election,' civil rights lawyer tells RT. rt.com With the announcement of an official impeachment inquiry, Democrats have put all their eggs in one basket, risking losing the next election if they fail to enlist enough support, civil rights attorney Robert Patillo told RT. | Read more | | Tulsi says impeachment would be 'terribly divisive' as Trump's Republican challengers back the move | Accusing US President Donald Trump of pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to "take actions which would benefit him politically" — that is, to investigate 2020 candidate Joe Biden's son Hunt…

James Risen (2019-09-25). I Wrote About the Bidens and Ukraine Years Ago. Then the Right-Wing Spin Machine Turned the Story Upside Down. theintercept.com Many observers now seem to think this suddenly hot story came out of nowhere this year, but that is not true.

RT (2019-09-25). 'Nothing call': Trump lashes out at Dems & media after Zelensky chat memo released. rt.com President Donald Trump has slammed his Democratic rivals for launching an impeachment probe based on a "nothing call" with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. | House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an impeachment inquiry on Tuesday, on the back of allegations that Trump threatened to withhold military aid to Ukraine, in a bid to pressure Zelensky into investigating Joe Biden's son Hunter's business dealings in the country. The Department of Justice released a transcript of the call on Wednesday, which detaile…

RT (2019-09-25). Tulsi says impeachment would be 'terribly divisive' as Trump's Republican challengers back the move. rt.com Swimming against the current in her own Democratic Party, 2020 candidate Tulsi Gabbard said she does not support impeachment proceedings against President Trump, amid louder calls within the party to remove him from office. | Moments before House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an impeachment inquiry into the president on Tuesday evening, Gabbard warned the move would only deepen existing divides in the country. | "I think impeachment would be terribly divisive for our already very divided country," she told CNN's Brooke Baldwin, adding, "It's important Donald Trump is voted out of office by the American people…

RT (2019-09-25). Trump impeachment proceedings based on 'nothing' phone call, but fallout will hurt America long-term. rt.com The transcript of President Donald Trump's phone call with his Ukrainian counterpart shows no pressure or threats to withhold aid. So why are Democrats and media still reading it that way, and invoking it as impeachment grounds? | For over two years, the Democrats pinned their hopes on Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who was investigating the claims of "Russian collusion" and obstruction of justice in relation to it — only to come up empty-handed back in May. | Undeterred, the party pushed impeachment anyway, arguing that the report somehow showed obstruction of justice somewhere between the lines, and pr…

RT (2019-09-25). As Democrats begin Trump impeachment, key 'Russiagate' case may be imploding. rt.com President Donald Trump's security adviser Michael Flynn was the first casualty of 'Russiagate' impeachment push, but the case against him seems weaker than ever, after a federal judge voided the conviction of his business partner. | Flynn, a retired general and former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, was forced to resign in February 2017, after less than two weeks of serving as national security adviser. He was snared in an FBI perjury trap as part of surveillance of the Trump campaign — which was predicated on claims it was "colluding" with Russia during the 2016 presidential election. | Though t…

Jud Lounsbury (2019-09-25). It's Time to Impeach Members of Congress for Not Impeaching Trump. progressive.org The question is no longer whether it's a good idea. It's about whether the members of Congress, Democrats and Republicans alike, will follow their oath of office to defend the Constitution.

J.B. Gerald (2019-09-25). Genocide Warnings for Three African States. dissidentvoice.org These genocide warnings concern current threats to the peoples of Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Burundi. Beyond the primary concern for all the people in national groups, a pattern is emerging globally which should remind North Americans of past genocides against native American peoples: the masses of people forced from their homelands, the refugee …

Spencer Green (2019-09-25). The 2020 Campaign Event Where 'Everyday Iowans' Asked the Questions. thenation.com The 2020 Campaign Event Where 'Everyday Iowans' Asked the Questions…

Staff (2019-09-25). Trump Lashes Out at Iran, China & Venezuela in Nationalist Address to U.N. General Assembly. democracynow.org On Tuesday, President Trump made his third address to the United Nations General Assembly amid simmering tensions in the Middle East over recent attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities, which the United States blames on Iran. Tehran denies the allegations. Trump also lashed out at China and Venezuela. We speak with Vijay Prashad, director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research and chief editor of LeftWord Books. His latest article for Salon is headlined "World leaders gather at the UN in the face of war, climate catastrophe & global worker exploitation."

Staff (2019-09-25). Billy Bragg: What the U.K. Supreme Court's Historic Ruling Against Boris Johnson Means for Brexit. democracynow.org The U.K. Parliament has reconvened after the country's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson had unlawfully suspended Parliament in order to push through Brexit with or without a deal. Johnson made the unprecedented move late last month, asking the queen to prorogue Parliament in order to limit debate on leaving the European Union, which the U.K. is scheduled to do by October 31. Calls for Johnson's resignation are mounting since the news broke, with opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn calling for a general election and demanding Johnson apologize to the queen and to the country. For mo…

Staff (2019-09-25). "We've Reached Critical Mass": Rep. Al Green on Pelosi Vow to Impeach Trump for "Dastardly Deeds" democracynow.org Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has launched a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump following allegations from an intelligence community whistleblower that Trump sought help from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a July 25 phone call to investigate Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden and his son Hunter. On Tuesday, the Republican-controlled Senate unanimously passed a nonbinding resolution calling for the Trump administration to release the whistleblower complaint to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. We get response and look at next steps with Congressmember Al Gree…

Staff (2019-09-25). Headlines for September 25, 2019. democracynow.org Pelosi Launches Impeachment Inquiry Against President Trump, IPCC: World Must Cut Greenhouse Emissions or Face Catastrophic Sea Level Rise, Bolsonaro Faces Condemnation For Defending Deforestation of Amazon in U.N. Speech, Trump Denounces Iran, Venezuela & Calls for Countries to Embrace Nationalism at U.N., Pakistani PM Demands World to Address Crisis in Kashmir, U.K. Parliament Reconvenes After Court Declares Boris Johnson's Parliament Suspension Illegal, Egyptian Authorities Arrest At Least 900 Following Anti-Government Protests, Spain to Exhume Body of Former Dictator Francisco Franco from State Mausoleum, Nig…

RT (2019-09-24). Trump authorizes release of 'complete' transcript of call with Ukraine's Zelensky, Dems still not happy. rt.com US President Donald Trump said a full transcript of his recent call with the Ukrainian president is to be released, but Democrats continue with calls for impeachment and plan to interview the whistleblower on the incident. | Trump tweeted on Tuesday that he had authorized the release of the "complete, fully declassified and unredacted transcript" of his conversation with Volodymyr Zelensky. In a separate tweet, he said it was a "very friendly and totally appropriate call" and he applied "no pressure" on the Ukrainian leader. | Democrats had been up in arms after a whistleblower complained that Trump had allege…

Victor Grossman (2019-09-24). The Bidens, Trump, Kiev and impeachment. mronline.org The impeachment drive is quickly gathering steam, and who can have any sympathy for that man in the Oval Office? But I wonder if some enthusiasts may not be digging deeply enough. | Source

RT (2019-09-24). 'Billionaires should not exist': Is Bernie Sanders' wealth tax too extreme for America? rt.com Democrat 2020 contender Bernie Sanders has unveiled an ambitious wealth tax proposal, promising to slash the fortunes of America's uber-rich. Is his plan an existential threat to the wealthy or mere election bluster? | The Vermont senator unveiled his plan on Tuesday, declaring on Twitter afterwards that "billionaires should not exist." If implemented, his 'Tax on Extreme Wealth' would see a progressive tax applied to couples with a net worth of $32 million, or singles with a worth of at least $16 million. These groups would give the government a one-percent cut of their fortune annually, while those with asse…

Staff (2019-09-24). Nate Silver and the Pitfalls of the Corporate Pundit Class. therealnews.com Political statistician and editor-in-chief of FiveThirtyEight Nate Silver found himself in hot water recently when he seemed to refer to the diverse supporters of Bernie Sanders' campaign as "residue." Jacqueline Luqman talks to Anoa Changa about why that language, and the bias of the corporate pundit class, is an issue.

Deborah (2019-09-24). Support FAIR: Corporate Media Sidetracking Real Election Issues—Again — copy. fair.org Dear FAIR Friends, While corporate media focus on who's up/who's down in the horserace for the Democratic nomination, more substantive concerns—What are the candidates' policy proposals? Are they adequate to the scale of the problems we face? Will our votes be suppressed, or even miscounted?—go unaddressed. With so much at stake, we've got to …

Staff (2019-09-24). Whistleblowers Save our Democracy, Says Daniel Ellsberg. therealnews.com Trump has been exposed by leakers and might face consequences, and Edward Snowden has published a book. Daniel Ellsberg reflects on the bravery of exposing the truth.

RT (2019-09-24). Pelosi announces IMPEACHMENT inquiry over Ukraine call, Trump says it will help him win elections. rt.com President Donald Trump has called a looming impeachment inquiry against him a "positive," saying it will help him "win the election." House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the investigation shortly afterwards. | Speaking to reporters at the UN General Assembly in New York, Trump said that impeachment would be "a positive for me," adding "we will win the election." | Democrats in Congress have threatened to impeach Trump countless times already — sometimes for non-offenses like "being such good friends with Putin," or making up…

Steven Schwinn (2019-09-24). Trump Seeks to Kneecap Consumer Protection Agency Advocated for by Elizabeth Warren. progressive.org We've grown accustomed to Donald Trump's relentless political attacks. but, in the end, his constitutional attacks on the administrative state could cause the most damage.

Joe Emersberger (2019-09-24). Reuters can't find U.S. critics to question Amazon's anti-Venezuela propaganda. mronline.org A line from the trailer for Jack Ryan, an Amazon TV drama whose second season streams on November 1, is: A nuclear Venezuela…. You will not hear about it on the news, 'cause we'll already be dead. | Source

Staff (2019-09-24). Meet Brazil's Indigenous Leader Attacked by Bolsonaro at U.N. over Efforts to Preserve the Amazon. democracynow.org A number of indigenous leaders from Brazil traveled to New York to protest Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's push to open the Amazon rainforest for agribusiness, logging and mining. Democracy Now!'s Nermeen Shaikh spoke to Chief Raoni Metuktire of the Kayapó tribe on Monday outside the U.N. Climate Action Summit about the situation in the Amazon, including the recent outbreak of devastating fires. After the interview, Chief Raoni attempted to enter the U.N. summit, but despite support from dozens of activists, he was barred from entering. He is a nominee for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.

unitedEditor (2019-09-24). BREXIT: Europe in Miniature. uwidata.com The most important question for the European Union today is whether BREXIT signals the beginning of the end for the entire bloc, or will ultimately serve to discourage other countries from attempting to cut ties. BREXIT: a denial of democracy No one was more surprised by the result of the 2016 Referendum on BREXIT than …

Staff (2019-09-24). In Landmark UN Complaint, 16 Children Accuse Nations of Failing to Protect Them from Climate Change. democracynow.org Youth climate activists from around the world also attended the U.N. Climate Action Summit Monday, where they spoke at UNICEF about a landmark new climate complaint they filed with the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. Hailing from countries including Argentina, Brazil, Germany, the Marshall Islands and Tunisia, the young representatives spoke about why they feel compelled to act on the climate crisis. Among the youth climate activists were Alexandria Villaseñor of New York and Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg.

Staff (2019-09-24). How Dare You! Greta Thunberg Slams World's Focus on Economic "Fairy Tales" While Ecosystems Collapse. democracynow.org Scores of world leaders gathered in New York on Monday for the U.N. Climate Action Summit, but the world's largest greenhouse gas emitters announced few new measures to address the climate crisis. President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence briefly attended the summit but left after just 14 minutes. At the beginning of the summit, 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg delivered an impassioned address to world leaders, explicitly naming their inaction on the climate crisis. "People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing," Greta said. "We are in the beginning of a mass ext…

Staff (2019-09-24). Ta-Nehisi Coates on His Debut Novel "The Water Dancer," Slavery & Reparations. democracynow.org Celebrated writer Ta-Nehisi Coates's first novel, "The Water Dancer," was released today. Centering on a man named Hiram Walker, who was born into slavery in 19th century Virginia, the novel is a "crowd-pleasing exercise in breakneck and often occult storytelling," a review in The New York Times stated. Over the past decade Ta-Nehisi Coates has become one of the nation's most celebrated writers. In 2014, he wrote a piece titled "The Case for Reparations," which rejuvenated the push for the government to pay reparations to the descendants of slaves. His 2015 book, "Between the World and Me," a National Book Award…

Staff (2019-09-24). Headlines for September 24, 2019. democracynow.org Greta Thunberg and Youth Activists Take On World Leaders at U.N. Climate Action Summit, Trump Admin Tells U.N. to Drop Term "Reproductive Health and Rights", Trump Ordered Hold on Ukrainian Aid Before Call with President Zelensky About Bidens, U.K. Supreme Court: Boris Johnson's Suspension of Parliament Is Unlawful, U.K., France & Germany Say Iran Responsible for Saudi Oil Attacks as Trump Addresses UNGA, Afghanistan: At Least 40 Civilians Killed by U.S.-Afghan Attack, Haiti: Senator Shoots AP Photographer in Face During Anti-Gov't Protests, Video of Blindfolded Prisoners in Xinjiang Adds to Fears of Mass Human R…

susan_p (2019-09-23). History will judge Mugabe's legacy. greenleft.org.au Alan BroughtonIssue 1239 Zimbabwe Movement for Democratic Change MDC ZANU-PFSeptember 23, 2019Zimbabwe's independence leader and former president Robert Mugabe is remembered for his leadership of the succ…

Staff (2019-09-23). Millions Took Part in the Youth-Led Global Climate Strike Friday. Here's Why People Marched. democracynow.org As many as a quarter-million people marched on the streets of New York City Friday for a youth-led climate strike inspired by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. Globally, as many as 4 million people took to the streets in hundreds of countries. Democracy Now! was in the streets of New York on Friday speaking with climate strikers from the United States and around the world.

Staff (2019-09-23). 19-Year-Old Indigenous Climate Activist Artemisa Xakriabá: "We Fight for Mother Earth" democracynow.org Friday's climate strike in New York City concluded with remarks from indigenous leaders, activists and organizers. Artemisa Xakriabá, a 19-year-old indigenous climate activist of the Xakriabá people, spoke about the increasing intensity of environmental destruction across Brazil and the interconnectedness of the fight for climate justice. "We fight for our Mother Earth because the fight for Mother Earth is the mother of all other fights," Xakriabá said. "We are fighting for your lives. We are fighting for our lives. We are fighting for our sacred territory. But we are being persecuted, threatened, murdered, only…

Staff (2019-09-23). "Our House Is on Fire": Greta Thunberg Addresses Hundreds of Thousands at NYC Climate Strike. democracynow.org Sixteen-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg spoke at Friday's climate strike in New York, where an estimated 300,000 people took to the streets. Thunberg inspired the global spread of weekly climate strikes when she started skipping school to protest outside of the Swedish parliament last year. "We will not just stand aside and watch," Thunberg told a crowd of thousands in her speech at Manhattan's Battery Park. "We are united behind the science, and we will do everything in our power to stop this crisis from getting worse."

Staff (2019-09-23). "This Is Our Time. This Is Our Future." Voices from the Historic Youth Climate Strike in NYC. democracynow.org As many as 4 million people around the world took to the streets Friday in the largest day of action focused on the climate crisis. Students across the globe led climate strikes in hundreds of countries, inspired by 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. The demonstration kicked off in Foley Square, where tens of thousands of people gathered before the march. Varshini Prakash, co-founder and executive director of the Sunrise Movement, and climate activist Vic Barrett were among the handful of activists who addressed the climate strikers in Foley Square.

Staff (2019-09-23). Bill McKibben: Youth Who Led Global Climate Strike Are Bringing a New "Spirit" to Climate Fight. democracynow.org Following Friday's youth-led climate strike — the largest-ever global protest focused on climate — we speak with Bill McKibben, longtime journalist and co-founder of 350.org. McKibben's latest piece for The New Yorker is titled "Money Is the Oxygen on Which the Fire of Global Warming Burns," and his cover piece for Time magazine is headlined "Hello from the Year 2050. We Avoided the Worst of Climate Change — But Everything Is Different." McKibben's 1989 book, "The End of Nature," was the first book for a general audience about climate change.

Staff (2019-09-23). Headlines for September 23, 2019. democracynow.org 4 Million Take to the Streets for Global Climate Strike, Trump Admin Ignored CBP Report Linking Climate Change and Increased Migration, Honduran Woman and 21-Month-Old Son Die While Attempting to Reach U.S., New Deal Would Force Asylum Seekers to Return to El Salvador Despite Obvious Dangers, Calls for Impeachment Grow as Trump Acknowledges Ukraine Phone Call About Bidens, U.S. to Send Troops to Saudi Arabia, Impose Iran Sanctions, as Rouhani Heads to UNGA with Peace Plan, Arab Parties in Israel Back Benny Gantz in Bid to End Netanyahu's Rule, Egyptians Take to Street in Rare Protest Against President Sisi, Gov't…

Fight Back (2019-09-22). Philippines: Resist and end Duterte's fascist regime. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following Sept. 20 statement from the Communist Party of the Philippines. | Almost five decades ago, Ferdinand Marcos placed the entire country under martial law which launched his brutal dictatorial rule. For 14 years, the Filipino people resisted valiantly and fought on all arenas of struggle. Serving as the strongest bulwark of anti-fascist resistance, the Party and the New People's Army waged underground and armed struggle, inspiring and militating the Filipino people to unite and struggle for democracy. Culminating long years of anti-fascist resistance, the Filipino…

Roger D. Harris (2019-09-21). On the Road to Damascus: International Conference in Syria on Sanctions and Its Blowback. mintpressnews.com Syrians say it's even harder now to make ends meet than it was during the height of their country's war because of intensified U.S and European sanctions.

Staff (2019-09-20). Kelsey Juliana v. U.S.: Meet the Young Woman Suing the Federal Government over the Climate Crisis. democracynow.org Among those joining today's Global Climate Strike will be Kelsey Juliana, lead plaintiff in Juliana v. United States, the landmark youth climate lawsuit against the U.S. government. She joins us for a roundtable discussion, along with Jerome Foster II, White House Climate Strike organizer, founder and executive director of OneMillionOfUs.

Staff (2019-09-20). This Afghan Teen Was Set to Join First-Ever U.N. Youth Climate Summit, But U.S. Denied His Visa. democracynow.org Climate youth activist Nasratullah Elham of Afghanistan was invited to participate in the first-ever U.N. Youth Climate Summit, but the United States rejected his visa. He breaks the sound barrier to join us from Phuket, Thailand, where he is a 12th grade student, and says his activism is based on the crisis's impact on his home country. "The poor people there are very badly affected in a situation [where] they do not really have much carbon emissions," he says.

FAIR (2019-09-19). Support FAIR: Corporate Media Sidetracking Real Election Issues—Again. fair.org Dear FAIR Friends, While corporate media focus on who's up/who's down in the horserace for the Democratic nomination, more substantive concerns—What are the candidates' policy proposals? Are they adequate to the scale of the problems we face? Will our votes be suppressed, or even miscounted?—go unaddressed. With so much at stake, we've got to …

Michael Sainato (2019-09-18). 2020: Democratic Establishment vs. Democratic Socialists. progressive.org Meet three new challengers to the entrenched old guard.

Andy Spears (2019-09-17). Tennessee Republicans in Fisticuffs Over School Vouchers. progressive.org Hot chicken, sex, and cocaine are part of the story of how Tennessee became the latest state to succumb to the Betsy DeVos-backed voucher craze. The result could determine how the GOP addresses the issue across the country.

Jud Lounsbury (2019-09-13). Democratic Debate #3: Mr. Rogers, Re-runs, and Real Talk. progressive.org A side-stepped apology from Biden, two gimmick-meisters, and seven remaining candidates who gave solid performances.

Vasuki R (2019-09-11). Pittsburgh Google contract workers start unionization process, bosses prep union-busting campaign. liberationnews.org In these crucial coming weeks, solidarity and militancy will keep the workers united as they fight for democracy and the ability to collectively bargain.

Eoin Higgins, Common Dreams (2019-09-08). New Season of Amazon's Jack Ryan Focused on Venezuela Denounced as 'Over-the-Top and Ridiculous' US Propaganda. venezuelanalysis.com The upcoming season of Amazon's Jack Ryan could have been scripted by John Bolton.

2019-09-27: Social Media Postees

"Worth This Investment": Memos Reveal the Scope and Racial Animus of GOP Gerrymandering Ambitions
David Daley | theintercept.com | 2019-09-27
In court and in public, many top Republicans have denied gerrymandering gives them any advantage at all. They've captured state legislatures and won an edge in Congress, some have suggested, due to superior candidates, better campaigns, and natural geographic sorting that clusters Democrats in urban areas and spreads Republicans more efficiently across the suburbs and rural America. | "The problem is not district lines; the proble…
theintercept.com/2019/09/27/gerrymandering-gop-hofeller-memos/

Watch: The voter suppression that stole Georgia's governor race in 2018
Brave New Films | nationofchange.org | 2019-09-27
In the new short film "Suppressed: The Fight to Vote," Brave New Films exposes rampant voter suppression that affected the outcome of the 2018 midterm election in Georgia and the threat it poses to our elections all across the nation in 2020. The issues Georgians faced included polling place closures, voter purges, missing absentee ballots, …
nationofchange.org/2019/09/27/watch-the-voter-suppression-that-stole-georgias-governor-race-in-2018/

To Joe Biden, Trump's Potential Successor Mike Pence "Is a Decent Guy"
Norman Solomon | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-27
When Joe Biden told an audience that Mike Pence "is a decent guy," Pence had already been vice president for more than two years. After the comment drew fierce criticism, Biden responded that he'd said it "in a foreign policy context" — an odd effort at damage control, given that Pence has publicly backed every one of…
counterpunch.org/2019/09/27/to-joe-biden-trumps-potential-successor-mike-pence-is-a-decent-guy/

To Joe Biden, Trump's potential successor Mike Pence "is a decent guy"
Norman Solomon | nationofchange.org | 2019-09-27
When Joe Biden told an audience that Mike Pence "is a decent guy," Pence had already been vice president for more than two years. After the comment drew fierce criticism, Biden responded that he'd said it "in a foreign policy context" — an odd effort at damage control, given that Pence has publicly backed every one of …
nationofchange.org/2019/09/27/to-joe-biden-trumps-potential-successor-mike-pence-is-a-decent-guy/

To Joe Biden, Trump's Potential Successor Mike Pence "Is a Decent Guy"
Norman Solomon | indybay.org | 2019-09-27
AstroTurf campaign yearns for bipartisanship…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/09/26/18826772.php

The Democratic Party Remains a Party of War, Not Peace
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-27
Green Party candidate Madelyn Hoffman says that even the progressive Democratic presidential candidates remain unwilling to challenge the Pentagon.
therealnews.com/stories/the-democratic-party-remains-a-party-of-war-not-peace

The Case for Impeachment Goes Far Beyond Ukraine
Peter Certo | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-27
"Has Trump finally gone too far?" There's a headline you've seen a thousand times. At last, Speaker Nancy Pelosi says he has. A whistleblower says Trump withheld foreign aid to Ukraine to pressure the country's new president into investigating Joe Biden's son Hunter's past business there. Trump doesn't even really deny it. Pelosi has long…
counterpunch.org/2019/09/27/the-case-for-impeachment-goes-far-beyond-ukraine/

Impeach Nazi Trump Now
Never Forgive, Never Forget | indybay.org | 2019-09-27
There is now lots of commenting on the Democrats' true motives for impeaching Nazi Trump. Obviously, they are trying to save Biden's weak campaign for president. The fact that Nazi Ukraine was set up illegally as such by Democrat Obama is also true. It is also true that Nazi Trump must go, right now, since January 21, 2017 in fact, the day after his inauguration due to his conflicts of interest and much…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/09/26/18826713.php

The Right-Wing Media Twisted My 2015 Reporting on the Bidens and Ukraine
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-27
| Democrats are coalescing behind an effort to impeach President Trump over his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which he pressed the Ukrainian leader to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Meanwhile, Republicans have latched onto the Biden-Ukraine story as a means of smearing the former vice president as corrupt, in an attempt to damage one of Trump's political rivals. For more on the story, we speak with James Risen, senior national security correspondent for The Int…
truthout.org/video/the-right-wing-media-twisted-my-2015-reporting-on-the-bidens-and-ukraine/

Message to the Climate Strike Marchers in Detroit
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-27
Merge the strikes! Merge the tiers! | We are all for the Green New Deal! | Make Detroit the Arsenal for a Green Economy! | Frank Hammer | This is a historic day, especially for those of us here in Detroit. We are at the center of not one but two strikes: | The nation-wide strike by 46,000 UAW members to determine fate of GM, Ford and Chrysler autoworkers which will have ripple effects for the entire working class and gm communities, right here in Detroit and Warren, in the US and globally. The other strike, today's youth-led global climate strike, is a huge step in our fight to shape the fate of our planet, the…
therealnews.com/columns/message-to-the-climate-strike-marchers-in-detroit

Naomi Klein v The Times Roy Scranton: Mobilization to Fight Climate Change or Surrender?
Al Ronzoni | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-27
I have a good friend, a professor of English Literature, who I often go out with to see plays, band performances and movies. Lately, we've also been having a running text message and email debate about various political issues. In an earlier exchange, he described himself as, "not philosophically opposed to the Republicans" but since…
counterpunch.org/2019/09/27/naomi-klein-v-the-times-roy-scranton-mobilization-to-fight-climate-change-or-surrender/

Whistleblower Probe Tests GOP's Alliance with Trump
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-09-27
WASHINGTON–One Republican hadn't read the whistleblower's complaint. Another called President Donald Trump's conversation with the Ukraine leader "thin gruel" for any impeachment effort. A third said the whole thing was "blown way out of proportion." | And yet, as more details emerged about what the president said and the efforts to shield it from view, Republicans were straining Thursday under the uncertainty of being swept up in the most serious test yet of their alliance with the Trump White House. | The quickly moving events caught Republicans off stride. While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sta…
truthdig.com/articles/whistleblower-probe-tests-gops-alliance-with-trump/

Trump bans Raul Castro and his children from coming to U.S
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-09-27
WASHINGTON–In yet another manifestation of his hatred for Cuba in general and its leaders in particular, right-wing GOP President Donald Trump barred former Cuban President Raul Castro, and his four adult children, from traveling to the U.S. Castro is now First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba. The move may be largely for Trump's …
peoplesworld.org/article/trump-bans-raul-castro-and-his-children-from-coming-to-u-s/

The Impeachment: Will This Be Trump's Unraveling?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-27
Ryan Cooper, National Correspondent for The Week, joins us to look at today's testimony, the president's petulance, and what all this means for the presidential campaign.
therealnews.com/stories/impeachment-trump-unraveling

Laid off Wrightbus workers 'face struggle to house families'
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-09-27
Wrightbus workers face a struggle to house their families, one former employee has said. | Ryan Price, a supervisor aged 29, is married and his two children share a bedroom in a rental property. | He was bidding to buy a house and had saved a deposit but will find it difficult to access state benefits because of his savings. | The musician picked up his guitar and sang a song by Irish performer and social conscience Christy Moore about the impact of factory closures on ordinary men. | Mr Price said: "A lot of people are down and out, it is not just us, it affects other companies too. | "Morale still seems good bu…
thecanary.co/breaking-news/2019/09/27/laid-off-wrightbus-workers-face-struggle-to-house-families/

The Impeachment Story Proves It Again: Trump Is No Strategic Genius
Ryan Cooper | commondreams.org | 2019-09-27
Trump's flailing, incompetent White House emerges quite naturally from basic aspects of Trump's personality—his vanity, his ignorance, his sloppiness, his cowardice, and above all his all-consuming narcissism. (Photo: Illustrated | SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images, JimLarkin/iStock, DickDuerrstein/iStock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/screen_shot_2019-09-27_at_2.52.04_pm.png
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Mass Killings In Afghanistan Are Acts of White Supremacy
Charles Davis | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-27
An American white nationalist killed over 30 people recently. The victims, all brown, had full lives; children, loved ones, and years, full of plans, ahead of them. But then they were incinerated. Worst of all, they were murdered while Afghan. The deaths were noted in the press, and one Democrat running for president even acknowledged…
counterpunch.org/2019/09/27/mass-killings-in-afghanistan-are-acts-of-white-supremacy/

The Way to Authoritarianism is Paved with Lies
Jurg Muller-Muralt | indybay.org | 2019-09-27
Lying is part of the human condition. But democracy is in peril when politicians make lying into a "business principle." Lying is a second nature for Trump. Trump lies strategically and doesn't have a bad conscience. For Trump, the borders between true and false have largely disappeared. Liars and bullshitters undermine trust in language and calculable communication.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/09/26/18826747.php

Towards a More Mature Democracy
John Kendall Hawkins | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-27
You could be forgiven (but what's the fun in that), if you were to think. Looking at Jacques-Louis David's neoclassical painting The Death of Socrates, you could believe you're seeing Socrates giving the bird to democracy and demanding that Crito give him the goddamned chalice full of hemlock, and get out of the way. There…
counterpunch.org/2019/09/27/towards-a-more-mature-democracy/

Slow Down. The Case for a Deliberate and Focused Impeachment Inquiry
Jeffrey C. Isaac | commondreams.org | 2019-09-27
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) joins fellow House Democrats to mark 200 days since they passed H.R. 1, the For the People Act with a news conference at the U.S. Capitol September 27, 2019 in Washington, DC. Following the release of a whistle-blower complaint about abuse of power, the House Democratic leadership announced this week that it is launching a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/dont_rush_impeachment.jpg
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Human Rights Briefing: Updates on Egypt, Zimbabwe, Venezuela and Saudi Arabia
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-27
Here's a roundup of human rights news this Friday: UN's Bachelet urges restraint over arrests of Egypt protestors; expert calls for 'democratic shift' in Zimbabwe; Human Rights Council agrees fact-finding mission to Venezuela; independent experts urge freedom for Saudi women's rights defender, after 500 days in prison.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/09/1047872

At UN, Modi outlines development successes, says India gave world 'Buddha, not war'
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-27
In his address to the UN General Assembly's general debate on Friday, the Prime Minister of India outlined how the world's largest democracy has embodied the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in its work towards "peace, development and progress in the world".
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/09/1047902

Trump's Ukraine Scandal Shows Why Whistleblowers Are So Vital to Democracy
Trevor Timm | commondreams.org | 2019-09-27
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is just one in a long line of whistleblowers who risked life and liberty to tell the American people—and the world—about the corrupt and illegal practices of the U.S. government. (Photo: Laura Poitras) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/edward-snowden_1.jpg
commondreams.org/views/2019/09/27/trumps-ukraine-scandal-shows-why-whistleblowers-are-so-vital-democracy?cd-origin=rss

The Real Purpose of the Impeachment Investigation against Trump. Political Power Play
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-27
The Democrats know that there is no impeachable offense. What they intend to do is to use the investigation to look into every aspect of Trump's life and try to make dirt out of things unrelated to his talk with …
globalresearch.ca/democrats-reveal-real-purpose-impeachment-investigation/5690312

The Left Needs to Seize Impeachment From Centrist Elites
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2019-09-27
The Left Needs to Seize Impeachment From Centrist Elites…
thenation.com/article/trump-impeachment-democrats/

Democrats host historic LGBTQ presidential forum
Michelle Zacarias | peoplesworld.org | 2019-09-27
Last Friday Democratic candidates took the stage at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to attend the first LGBTQ presidential forum. The gathering was historic in that it was the first time that Presidential nominees got together to discuss the prevailing issues affecting LGBTQ communities across the country. The event was co-hosted by GLAAD, One …
peoplesworld.org/article/democrats-host-historic-lgbtq-presidential-forum/

Bankers "Confirm Warren's Whole Worldview" by Saying They'll Donate to Trump to Defeat Anti-Wall Street Senator in 2020
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-09-27
For the second time in three weeks, Sen. Elizabeth Warren embraced Wall Street executives' fear of her potential presidency, after CNBC reported that several anonymous bankers threatened to back President Donald Trump in the 2020 election if Warren becomes to Democratic nominee. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/warren_9.jpeg
commondreams.org/news/2019/09/27/bankers-confirm-warrens-whole-worldview-saying-theyll-donate-trump-defeat-anti-wall?cd-origin=rss

Progressives Decry Senate's Approval of Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia as 'Absolute Betrayal to the American Worker'
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-09-27
Senate Republicans are under fire from progressive advocacy groups, trade unions, and congressional Democrats for voting Thursday to confirm corporate attorney Eugene Scalia, President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the U.S. Department of Labor. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-11695451751_0.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/09/27/progressives-decry-senates-approval-labor-secretary-eugene-scalia-absolute-betrayal?cd-origin=rss

200+ Global Groups Denounce UN-WEF Agreement That Entrenches Interests Driving Planet's "Social and Environmental Crises"
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-09-27
"It moves the world dangerously towards a privatized and undemocratic global governance." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/un-wef-agreement-denounced-corporate-capture.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/09/27/200-global-groups-denounce-un-wef-agreement-entrenches-interests-driving-planets?cd-origin=rss

Roaming Charges: Rough Trade Transcript
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-27
I think we can all agree that refusing to send military aid to Ukraine would have been a wise decision by Trump. But trading the slaughter of civilians in eastern Ukraine for political dirt on HRC and the Bidens pretty much exposes his America First foreign policy as little more than diplomatic narcissism, which, of course, we've known all along but it's useful to have it confirmed in his own "Rough Trade Transcript"….
counterpunch.org/2019/09/27/roaming-charges-rough-trade-transcript/

James Risen: I Wrote About the Bidens and Ukraine in 2015. The Right-Wing Media Twisted My Reporting
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-27
Democrats are coalescing behind an effort to impeach President Trump over his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which he pressed the Ukrainian leader to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Meanwhile, Republicans have latched onto the Biden-Ukraine story as a means of smearing the former vice president as corrupt, in an attempt to damage one of Trump's political rivals. For more on the story, we speak with James Risen, senior national security correspondent for The Intercept, who first wrote about the Bidens and Ukraine in 2015, when he was a reporter for The New York Times. He says the "r…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/27/ukraine_president_biden_investigation

James Risen: Whistleblower Complaint Shows "Trump Is a Habitual Criminal" Abusing His Office
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-27
Democrats are ramping up efforts to impeach President Trump for pressing the president of Ukraine to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Nearly 90% of House Democrats now support impeachment. On Thursday, a declassified version of a complaint by an anonymous whistleblower was released, detailing his concerns about Trump's July phone call with Volodymyr Zelensky. In the complaint, the unnamed whistleblower — who has been identified as a CIA official — accused the president of "using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 202…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/27/trump_impeachment_inquiry_james_risen

Over 2,000 Arrested in Egypt in Growing Protests Against Sisi, Trump's "Favorite Dictator"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-27
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…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/27/egypt_protests_sharif_abdel_kouddous

In photo op at GM picket line, Sanders promotes nationalism, covers for Democrats and UAW
wsws.org | 2019-09-26
Bernie Sanders put in a brief media appearance on the picket line at GM's Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant Wednesday morning.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/26/sand-s26.html

Schiff's 're-telling' of Trump phone call with Ukraine head gets mocked as 'unhinged Orange-Man-Bad fan fiction'
rt.com | 2019-09-26
With impeachment efforts against President Donald Trump resting on the content of a single phone call, who could blame Congressman Adam Schiff for embellishing the truth a little, all to sell his "Orange Man Bad" narrative. | Though Trump released a transcript of the call in question on Wednesday, the Democrat-controlled House Intelligence Committee pressed ahead with questioning Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire on Thursday, about his handling of the whistleblower complaint that first thrus…
rt.com/usa/469703-schiff-trump-opening-statement/

Teachers, Service Employees become first unions to back Trump impeachment probe
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-09-26
WASHINGTON–The Teachers (AFT) and the Service Employees have become the first unions to break organized labor's long silence on starting an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. They're for it. "All Americans–no matter where we are from or what color we are–can agree that our democracy is too important for any individual to be above …
peoplesworld.org/article/teachers-service-employees-become-first-unions-to-back-trump-impeachment-probe/

Congress hears testimony from intel chief on "smoking gun" phone call
John Wojcik | peoplesworld.org | 2019-09-26
The impeachment process now underway in the country continued with dramatic testimony today in the House Intelligence Committee that underlined what the pro-democracy forces in America are up against. Today's hearing confirms that saving democracy in this country will require taking on a Trump-built network that uses government across all of its branches to advance …
peoplesworld.org/article/congress-hears-testimony-from-intel-chief-on-smoking-gun-phone-call/

How Trump Pushed Ukraine's President to Probe Conspiracy Theories About Democrats
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-09-26
Donald Trump pressed Ukraine's new president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to help legitimize conspiracy theories about his Democratic rivals during a private telephone conversation in July, and again at a public meeting at the United Nations on Wednesday. | White House notes on the July call, released before the two presidents met in New York, showed that Trump urged his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate false claims about the theft of emails from the Democratic National Committee's servers in 2016, as well as former Vice Presi…
theintercept.com/2019/09/26/donald-trump-wants-ukraines-president-probe-conspiracy-theories-democrats/

Laws that Punish for Hypothetical Harm Must be Abolished
Denis Rancourt | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-09-26
Given the state of laws in Canada, it has become necessary to state the obvious: An individual legitimately can be punished solely for proven actual harm that is also proven to have been caused by the individual. In a free and democratic society, laws that punish an individual for harm that is hypothesized to have …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/09/laws-that-punish-for-hypothetical-harm-must-be-abolished/

DR Congo President outlines vision for a 'more representative' UN Security Council
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-26
With Africa at the centre of many global challenges, it is time for the continent to have a seat in the UN Security Council, the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) told world leaders on Thursday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/09/1047722

Democrats, Please Don't Mess This Up. Impeach Trump for All His Crimes, Not Just for Ukraine
Mehdi Hasan | theintercept.com | 2019-09-26
Impeaching Trump only for Ukraine would give him a clean bill of health on everything else, like his obstruction of the Mueller investigation.
theintercept.com/2019/09/26/impeachment-trump-ukraine-democrats/

House Intelligence Committee releases whistleblower report on Trump-Zelensky call
rt.com | 2019-09-26
The whistleblower complaint that led to the impeachment inquiry against US President Donald Trump has been released. In it, the leaker admits he did not actually hear the phone call at the center of the scandal. | Released by the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday, the complaint details the circumstances surrounding Trump's July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Democrats argue that Trump attempted to pressure Zelensky into reopening a corruption inve…
rt.com/usa/469679-trump-zelensky-whistleblower-complaint-released/

The Republican Party Is Going Down With Trump
Joan Walsh | thenation.com | 2019-09-26
The Republican Party Is Going Down With Trump…
thenation.com/article/trump-republicans-ukraine-impeachment/

Edward Snowden Condemns Trump's Mistreatment of Whistleblower Who Exposed Ukraine Scandal
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-26
Responding to news of a whistleblower's complaint at the center of an impeachment inquiry filed against President Trump this week, famed whistleblower Edward Snowden speaks about his own decision to leak classified documents in 2013. The House Intelligence Committee has released the declassified whistleblower complaint, which details a July phone call between President Trump and the Ukrainian president. The White House is trying "to make the conversation not about the allegations," Snowden told Democracy Now! "They want to talk about the whistleblower rather than the government's own wrongdoing."
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/26/edward_snowden_on_writing_his_memoir

"Financial Censorship Is Still Censorship": Edward Snowden Slams Justice Dept. Lawsuit Against Him
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-26
As a whistleblower complaint filed against President Trump rocks Washington and threatens Trump's presidency, one of the world's most famous whistleblowers, Edward Snowden, joins us from Moscow, Russia. Earlier this month, the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Snowden alleging that his newly released memoir, "Permanent Record," violates the nondisclosure agreements he signed with the federal government when he was a National Security Agency employee. The Justice Department also argued that they are entitled to all of Snowden's book profits. Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman and Juan González speak with Sno…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/26/edward_snowden_memoir_permanent_record

Permanent Record: Why NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden Risked His Life to Expose Surveillance State
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-26
Six years ago, Edward Snowden leaked a trove of secret documents about how the United States had built a massive surveillance apparatus to spy on Americans and people across the globe. Snowden was then charged in the U.S. for violating the Espionage Act and other laws. As he attempted to flee to Latin America, Snowden became stranded in Russia after the U.S. revoked his passport. He has lived in Moscow ever since. Snowden just published his memoir, "Permanent Record," in which he writes about what led him to risk his life to expose the U.S. government's system of mass surveillance. From Moscow, he speaks to Democ…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/26/edward_snowden_trump_whistleblower_impeachment

Tulsi says impeachment would be 'terribly divisive' as Trump's Republican challengers back the move
rt.com | 2019-09-25
Swimming against the current in her own Democratic Party, 2020 candidate Tulsi Gabbard said she does not support impeachment proceedings against President Trump, amid louder calls within the party to remove him from office. | Moments before House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an impeachment inquiry into the president on Tuesday evening, Gabbard warned the move would only deepen existing divides in the country. | "I think impeachment would be terribly divisive for our already very divided country," she told CNN's Brooke Baldwin, adding, "It's important Donald Trump is voted out of office by the American people…
rt.com/usa/469548-tulsi-trump-challengers-impeachment/

'If impeachment trump card doesn't work, it will guarantee Trump re-election,' civil rights lawyer tells RT
rt.com | 2019-09-25
With the announcement of an official impeachment inquiry, Democrats have put all their eggs in one basket, risking losing the next election if they fail to enlist enough support, civil rights attorney Robert Patillo told RT. | Read more | | Tulsi says impeachment would be 'terribly divisive' as Trump's Republican challengers back the move | Accusing US President Donald Trump of pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to "take actions which would benefit him politically" — that is, to investigate 2020 candidate Joe Biden's son Hunt…
rt.com/usa/469549-impeachement-pelosi-trump-elections/

I Wrote About the Bidens and Ukraine Years Ago. Then the Right-Wing Spin Machine Turned the Story Upside Down
James Risen | theintercept.com | 2019-09-25
Many observers now seem to think this suddenly hot story came out of nowhere this year, but that is not true.
theintercept.com/2019/09/25/i-wrote-about-the-bidens-and-ukraine-years-ago-then-the-right-wing-spin-machine-turned-the-story-upside-down/

'Nothing call': Trump lashes out at Dems & media after Zelensky chat memo released
rt.com | 2019-09-25
President Donald Trump has slammed his Democratic rivals for launching an impeachment probe based on a "nothing call" with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. | House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an impeachment inquiry on Tuesday, on the back of allegations that Trump threatened to withhold military aid to Ukraine, in a bid to pressure Zelensky into investigating Joe Biden's son Hunter's business dealings in the country. The Department of Justice released a transcript of the call on Wednesday, which detaile…
rt.com/usa/469604-trump-transcript-press-response/

US Justice Dept releases much-anticipated summary of Trump's call with Ukrainian president
rt.com | 2019-09-25
US President Donald Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to look into whether ex-Vice President Joe Biden blocked an investigation into his son's company, according to a summary of the call between the two leaders. | The memo was released Wednesday morning. | | "There's a lot of talk about Biden's son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great," Trump told Zelensky in a summary of the call transcript provided by the Justice Department on Wednesday. | | Democratic frontrunner Biden allegedl…
rt.com/usa/469593-trump-call-zelensky-release/

It's Time to Impeach Members of Congress for Not Impeaching Trump
Jud Lounsbury | progressive.org | 2019-09-25
The question is no longer whether it's a good idea. It's about whether the members of Congress, Democrats and Republicans alike, will follow their oath of office to defend the Constitution.
progressive.org/dispatches/impeach-congress-for-not-impeaching-trump-lounsbury-190925/

As Democrats begin Trump impeachment, key 'Russiagate' case may be imploding
rt.com | 2019-09-25
President Donald Trump's security adviser Michael Flynn was the first casualty of 'Russiagate' impeachment push, but the case against him seems weaker than ever, after a federal judge voided the conviction of his business partner. | Flynn, a retired general and former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, was forced to resign in February 2017, after less than two weeks of serving as national security adviser. He was snared in an FBI perjury trap as part of surveillance of the Trump campaign — which was predicated on claims it was "colluding" with Russia during the 2016 presidential election. | Though t…
rt.com/usa/469544-flynn-russiagate-rafiekian-impeachment/

Trump impeachment proceedings based on 'nothing' phone call, but fallout will hurt America long-term
rt.com | 2019-09-25
The transcript of President Donald Trump's phone call with his Ukrainian counterpart shows no pressure or threats to withhold aid. So why are Democrats and media still reading it that way, and invoking it as impeachment grounds? | For over two years, the Democrats pinned their hopes on Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who was investigating the claims of "Russian collusion" and obstruction of justice in relation to it — only to come up empty-handed back in May. | Undeterred, the party pushed impeachment anyway, arguing that the report somehow showed obstruction of justice somewhere between the lines, and pr…
rt.com/usa/469626-trump-impeachement-transctript-democrats/

Genocide Warnings for Three African States
J.B. Gerald | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-09-25
These genocide warnings concern current threats to the peoples of Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Burundi. Beyond the primary concern for all the people in national groups, a pattern is emerging globally which should remind North Americans of past genocides against native American peoples: the masses of people forced from their homelands, the refugee …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/09/genocide-warnings-for-three-african-states/

The 2020 Campaign Event Where 'Everyday Iowans' Asked the Questions
Spencer Green | thenation.com | 2019-09-25
The 2020 Campaign Event Where 'Everyday Iowans' Asked the Questions…
thenation.com/article/iowa-democrats-election-2020/

Trump Lashes Out at Iran, China & Venezuela in Nationalist Address to U.N. General Assembly
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-25
On Tuesday, President Trump made his third address to the United Nations General Assembly amid simmering tensions in the Middle East over recent attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities, which the United States blames on Iran. Tehran denies the allegations. Trump also lashed out at China and Venezuela. We speak with Vijay Prashad, director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research and chief editor of LeftWord Books. His latest article for Salon is headlined "World leaders gather at the UN in the face of war, climate catastrophe & global worker exploitation."
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/25/trump_un_general_assembly_speech_vijay

Billy Bragg: What the U.K. Supreme Court's Historic Ruling Against Boris Johnson Means for Brexit
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-25
The U.K. Parliament has reconvened after the country's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson had unlawfully suspended Parliament in order to push through Brexit with or without a deal. Johnson made the unprecedented move late last month, asking the queen to prorogue Parliament in order to limit debate on leaving the European Union, which the U.K. is scheduled to do by October 31. Calls for Johnson's resignation are mounting since the news broke, with opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn calling for a general election and demanding Johnson apologize to the queen and to the country. For mo…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/25/brexit_british_parliament_billy_bragg

"We've Reached Critical Mass": Rep. Al Green on Pelosi Vow to Impeach Trump for "Dastardly Deeds"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-25
Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has launched a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump following allegations from an intelligence community whistleblower that Trump sought help from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a July 25 phone call to investigate Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden and his son Hunter. On Tuesday, the Republican-controlled Senate unanimously passed a nonbinding resolution calling for the Trump administration to release the whistleblower complaint to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. We get response and look at next steps with Congressmember Al Gree…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/25/formal_impeachment_inquiry_trump

'Billionaires should not exist': Is Bernie Sanders' wealth tax too extreme for America?
rt.com | 2019-09-24
Democrat 2020 contender Bernie Sanders has unveiled an ambitious wealth tax proposal, promising to slash the fortunes of America's uber-rich. Is his plan an existential threat to the wealthy or mere election bluster? | The Vermont senator unveiled his plan on Tuesday, declaring on Twitter afterwards that "billionaires should not exist." If implemented, his 'Tax on Extreme Wealth' would see a progressive tax applied to couples with a net worth of $32 million, or singles with a worth of at least $16 million. These groups would give the government a one-percent cut of their fortune annually, while those with asse…
rt.com/usa/469533-sanders-wealth-tax-billionaires/

Nate Silver and the Pitfalls of the Corporate Pundit Class
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-24
Political statistician and editor-in-chief of FiveThirtyEight Nate Silver found himself in hot water recently when he seemed to refer to the diverse supporters of Bernie Sanders' campaign as "residue." Jacqueline Luqman talks to Anoa Changa about why that language, and the bias of the corporate pundit class, is an issue.
therealnews.com/stories/nate-silver-and-the-pitfalls-of-the-corporate-pundit-class

Whistleblowers Save our Democracy, Says Daniel Ellsberg
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-24
Trump has been exposed by leakers and might face consequences, and Edward Snowden has published a book. Daniel Ellsberg reflects on the bravery of exposing the truth.
therealnews.com/stories/dly092319_ellsberg_whistleblower

Trump authorizes release of 'complete' transcript of call with Ukraine's Zelensky, Dems still not happy
rt.com | 2019-09-24
US President Donald Trump said a full transcript of his recent call with the Ukrainian president is to be released, but Democrats continue with calls for impeachment and plan to interview the whistleblower on the incident. | Trump tweeted on Tuesday that he had authorized the release of the "complete, fully declassified and unredacted transcript" of his conversation with Volodymyr Zelensky. In a separate tweet, he said it was a "very friendly and totally appropriate call" and he applied "no pressure" on the Ukrainian leader. | Democrats had been up in arms after a whistleblower complained that Trump had allege…
rt.com/usa/469532-trump-zelensky-biden-transcript/

The Bidens, Trump, Kiev and impeachment
Victor Grossman | mronline.org | 2019-09-24
The impeachment drive is quickly gathering steam, and who can have any sympathy for that man in the Oval Office? But I wonder if some enthusiasts may not be digging deeply enough. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/09/24/the-bidens-trump-kiev-and-impeachment/

Trump Seeks to Kneecap Consumer Protection Agency Advocated for by Elizabeth Warren
Steven Schwinn | progressive.org | 2019-09-24
We've grown accustomed to Donald Trump's relentless political attacks. but, in the end, his constitutional attacks on the administrative state could cause the most damage.
progressive.org/dispatches/trump-attacks-consumer-agencys-independence-schwinn-190924/

Reuters can't find U.S. critics to question Amazon's anti-Venezuela propaganda
Joe Emersberger | mronline.org | 2019-09-24
A line from the trailer for Jack Ryan, an Amazon TV drama whose second season streams on November 1, is: A nuclear Venezuela…. You will not hear about it on the news, 'cause we'll already be dead. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/09/24/reuters-cant-find-u-s-critics-to-question-amazons-anti-venezuela-propaganda/

Support FAIR: Corporate Media Sidetracking Real Election Issues–Again — copy
Deborah | fair.org | 2019-09-24
Dear FAIR Friends, While corporate media focus on who's up/who's down in the horserace for the Democratic nomination, more substantive concerns–What are the candidates' policy proposals? Are they adequate to the scale of the problems we face? Will our votes be suppressed, or even miscounted?–go unaddressed. With so much at stake, we've got to …
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Pelosi announces IMPEACHMENT inquiry over Ukraine call, Trump says it will help him win elections
rt.com | 2019-09-24
President Donald Trump has called a looming impeachment inquiry against him a "positive," saying it will help him "win the election." House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the investigation shortly afterwards. | Speaking to reporters at the UN General Assembly in New York, Trump said that impeachment would be "a positive for me," adding "we will win the election." | Democrats in Congress have threatened to impeach Trump countless times already — sometimes for non-offenses like "being such good friends with Putin," or making up…
rt.com/usa/469537-trump-pelosi-impeach-election/

Meet Brazil's Indigenous Leader Attacked by Bolsonaro at U.N. over Efforts to Preserve the Amazon
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-24
A number of indigenous leaders from Brazil traveled to New York to protest Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's push to open the Amazon rainforest for agribusiness, logging and mining. Democracy Now!'s Nermeen Shaikh spoke to Chief Raoni Metuktire of the Kayapó tribe on Monday outside the U.N. Climate Action Summit about the situation in the Amazon, including the recent outbreak of devastating fires. After the interview, Chief Raoni attempted to enter the U.N. summit, but despite support from dozens of activists, he was barred from entering. He is a nominee for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/24/un_climate_summit_indigenous_leader_barred

BREXIT: Europe in Miniature
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-09-24
The most important question for the European Union today is whether BREXIT signals the beginning of the end for the entire bloc, or will ultimately serve to discourage other countries from attempting to cut ties. BREXIT: a denial of democracy No one was more surprised by the result of the 2016 Referendum on BREXIT than …
uwidata.com/5431-brexit-europe-in-miniature/

Ta-Nehisi Coates on His Debut Novel "The Water Dancer," Slavery & Reparations
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-24
Celebrated writer Ta-Nehisi Coates's first novel, "The Water Dancer," was released today. Centering on a man named Hiram Walker, who was born into slavery in 19th century Virginia, the novel is a "crowd-pleasing exercise in breakneck and often occult storytelling," a review in The New York Times stated. Over the past decade Ta-Nehisi Coates has become one of the nation's most celebrated writers. In 2014, he wrote a piece titled "The Case for Reparations," which rejuvenated the push for the government to pay reparations to the descendants of slaves. His 2015 book, "Between the World and Me," a National Book Award…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/24/ta_nehisi_coates_the_water_dancer

How Dare You! Greta Thunberg Slams World's Focus on Economic "Fairy Tales" While Ecosystems Collapse
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-24
Scores of world leaders gathered in New York on Monday for the U.N. Climate Action Summit, but the world's largest greenhouse gas emitters announced few new measures to address the climate crisis. President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence briefly attended the summit but left after just 14 minutes. At the beginning of the summit, 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg delivered an impassioned address to world leaders, explicitly naming their inaction on the climate crisis. "People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing," Greta said. "We are in the beginning of a mass ext…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/24/un_climate_action_summit_greta_thunberg

In Landmark UN Complaint, 16 Children Accuse Nations of Failing to Protect Them from Climate Change
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-24
Youth climate activists from around the world also attended the U.N. Climate Action Summit Monday, where they spoke at UNICEF about a landmark new climate complaint they filed with the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. Hailing from countries including Argentina, Brazil, Germany, the Marshall Islands and Tunisia, the young representatives spoke about why they feel compelled to act on the climate crisis. Among the youth climate activists were Alexandria Villaseñor of New York and Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg.
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/24/children_vs_climatecrisis

What Media Like Best About Elizabeth Warren: She's Not Bernie Sanders
Julie Hollar | fair.org | 2019-09-23
by Julie Hollar | When the Washington Post's Paul Waldman ( 9/18/19) recently attempted to explain Elizabeth Warren's rise in the Democratic primary polls, he attributed it in part to media: Reporters on the campaign trail have said for some time that she is the one who generates the most enthusiastic response among voters o…
fair.org/home/what-media-like-best-about-elizabeth-warren-shes-not-bernie-sanders/

History will judge Mugabe's legacy
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-09-23
Alan BroughtonIssue 1239 Zimbabwe Movement for Democratic Change MDC ZANU-PFSeptember 23, 2019Zimbabwe's independence leader and former president Robert Mugabe is remembered for his leadership of the succ…
greenleft.org.au/content/history-will-judge-mugabe-legacy

Millions Took Part in the Youth-Led Global Climate Strike Friday. Here's Why People Marched
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-23
As many as a quarter-million people marched on the streets of New York City Friday for a youth-led climate strike inspired by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. Globally, as many as 4 million people took to the streets in hundreds of countries. Democracy Now! was in the streets of New York on Friday speaking with climate strikers from the United States and around the world.
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/23/climate_march_interviews_youth_protesters

19-Year-Old Indigenous Climate Activist Artemisa Xakriabá: "We Fight for Mother Earth"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-23
Friday's climate strike in New York City concluded with remarks from indigenous leaders, activists and organizers. Artemisa Xakriabá, a 19-year-old indigenous climate activist of the Xakriabá people, spoke about the increasing intensity of environmental destruction across Brazil and the interconnectedness of the fight for climate justice. "We fight for our Mother Earth because the fight for Mother Earth is the mother of all other fights," Xakriabá said. "We are fighting for your lives. We are fighting for our lives. We are fighting for our sacred territory. But we are being persecuted, threatened, murdered, only…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/23/brazil_indigenous_climate_activist_artemisa_xakriaba

Bill McKibben: Youth Who Led Global Climate Strike Are Bringing a New "Spirit" to Climate Fight
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-23
Following Friday's youth-led climate strike — the largest-ever global protest focused on climate — we speak with Bill McKibben, longtime journalist and co-founder of 350.org. McKibben's latest piece for The New Yorker is titled "Money Is the Oxygen on Which the Fire of Global Warming Burns," and his cover piece for Time magazine is headlined "Hello from the Year 2050. We Avoided the Worst of Climate Change — But Everything Is Different." McKibben's 1989 book, "The End of Nature," was the first book for a general audience about climate change.
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/23/bill_mckibben_climate_crisis_global_demonstrations

"Our House Is on Fire": Greta Thunberg Addresses Hundreds of Thousands at NYC Climate Strike
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-23
Sixteen-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg spoke at Friday's climate strike in New York, where an estimated 300,000 people took to the streets. Thunberg inspired the global spread of weekly climate strikes when she started skipping school to protest outside of the Swedish parliament last year. "We will not just stand aside and watch," Thunberg told a crowd of thousands in her speech at Manhattan's Battery Park. "We are united behind the science, and we will do everything in our power to stop this crisis from getting worse."
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/23/new_york_city_climate_strike_greta

"This Is Our Time. This Is Our Future." Voices from the Historic Youth Climate Strike in NYC
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-23
As many as 4 million people around the world took to the streets Friday in the largest day of action focused on the climate crisis. Students across the globe led climate strikes in hundreds of countries, inspired by 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. The demonstration kicked off in Foley Square, where tens of thousands of people gathered before the march. Varshini Prakash, co-founder and executive director of the Sunrise Movement, and climate activist Vic Barrett were among the handful of activists who addressed the climate strikers in Foley Square.
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/23/global_climate_strike_foley_square_speeches

Philippines: Resist and end Duterte's fascist regime
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-09-22
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following Sept. 20 statement from the Communist Party of the Philippines. | Almost five decades ago, Ferdinand Marcos placed the entire country under martial law which launched his brutal dictatorial rule. For 14 years, the Filipino people resisted valiantly and fought on all arenas of struggle. Serving as the strongest bulwark of anti-fascist resistance, the Party and the New People's Army waged underground and armed struggle, inspiring and militating the Filipino people to unite and struggle for democracy. Culminating long years of anti-fascist resistance, the Filipino…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/9/22/philippines-resist-and-end-duterte-s-fascist-regime

On the Road to Damascus: International Conference in Syria on Sanctions and Its Blowback
Roger D. Harris | mintpressnews.com | 2019-09-21
Syrians say it's even harder now to make ends meet than it was during the height of their country's war because of intensified U.S and European sanctions.
mintpressnews.com/international-conference-in-syria-on-sanctions-and-its-blowback/261986/

This Afghan Teen Was Set to Join First-Ever U.N. Youth Climate Summit, But U.S. Denied His Visa
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-20
Climate youth activist Nasratullah Elham of Afghanistan was invited to participate in the first-ever U.N. Youth Climate Summit, but the United States rejected his visa. He breaks the sound barrier to join us from Phuket, Thailand, where he is a 12th grade student, and says his activism is based on the crisis's impact on his home country. "The poor people there are very badly affected in a situation [where] they do not really have much carbon emissions," he says.
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/20/afghan_teen_denied_visa_global_climate

Kelsey Juliana v. U.S.: Meet the Young Woman Suing the Federal Government over the Climate Crisis
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-20
Among those joining today's Global Climate Strike will be Kelsey Juliana, lead plaintiff in Juliana v. United States, the landmark youth climate lawsuit against the U.S. government. She joins us for a roundtable discussion, along with Jerome Foster II, White House Climate Strike organizer, founder and executive director of OneMillionOfUs.
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/20/youth_climate_lawsuit_juliana_v_united

Support FAIR: Corporate Media Sidetracking Real Election Issues–Again
fair.org | 2019-09-19
Dear FAIR Friends, While corporate media focus on who's up/who's down in the horserace for the Democratic nomination, more substantive concerns–What are the candidates' policy proposals? Are they adequate to the scale of the problems we face? Will our votes be suppressed, or even miscounted?–go unaddressed. With so much at stake, we've got to …
fair.org/home/fundraiser-corporate-media-sidetracking-real-election-issues-again/

2020: Democratic Establishment vs. Democratic Socialists
Michael Sainato | progressive.org | 2019-09-18
Meet three new challengers to the entrenched old guard.
progressive.org/dispatches/democratic-socialists-congress-2020-sainato-190918/

Tennessee Republicans in Fisticuffs Over School Vouchers
Andy Spears | progressive.org | 2019-09-17
Hot chicken, sex, and cocaine are part of the story of how Tennessee became the latest state to succumb to the Betsy DeVos-backed voucher craze. The result could determine how the GOP addresses the issue across the country.
progressive.org/public-school-shakedown/tennessee-republican-school-voucher-fight-spears-190917/

Democratic Debate #3: Mr. Rogers, Re-runs, and Real Talk
Jud Lounsbury | progressive.org | 2019-09-13
A side-stepped apology from Biden, two gimmick-meisters, and seven remaining candidates who gave solid performances.
progressive.org/dispatches/democratic-debate-reruns-and-real-talk-lounsbury190913/

Pittsburgh Google contract workers start unionization process, bosses prep union-busting campaign
Vasuki R | liberationnews.org | 2019-09-11
In these crucial coming weeks, solidarity and militancy will keep the workers united as they fight for democracy and the ability to collectively bargain.
liberationnews.org/pittsburgh-google-contract-workers-start-unionization-process-bosses-prep-union-busting-campaign/

New Season of Amazon's Jack Ryan Focused on Venezuela Denounced as 'Over-the-Top and Ridiculous' US Propaganda
Eoin Higgins, Common Dreams | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-09-08
The upcoming season of Amazon's Jack Ryan could have been scripted by John Bolton.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14650

2019-09-26: News Headlines

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-09-26). Calls for Democrats to 'Immediately Get to Work' as Majority of House Lawmakers Now Support Trump Impeachment Proceedings. commondreams.org "The American people cannot afford to wait for Donald Trump to be impeached, and Congress cannot slow walk this process." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/impeach_trump1.jpg

RT (2019-09-26). House Intelligence Committee releases whistleblower report on Trump-Zelensky call. rt.com The whistleblower complaint that led to the impeachment inquiry against US President Donald Trump has been released. In it, the leaker admits he did not actually hear the phone call at the center of the scandal. | Released by the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday, the complaint details the circumstances surrounding Trump's July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Democrats argue that Trump attempted to pressure Zelensky into reopening a corruption inve…

Mark Gruenberg (2019-09-26). House panel passes Pro Act, pro-worker labor law rewrite. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—By a 26-21 party-line vote on Sept. 25, the Democratic-run House Education and Labor Committee passed the Protect the Right to Organize (Pro) Act, the most-comprehensive pro-worker rewrite of U.S. labor law in decades. The measure, co-written by top lawmakers and union legislative representatives, would restore many of the freedoms and protections workers gained under …

WSWS (2019-09-26). In photo op at GM picket line, Sanders promotes nationalism, covers for Democrats and UAW. wsws.org Bernie Sanders put in a brief media appearance on the picket line at GM's Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant Wednesday morning.

WSWS (2019-09-26). Impeachment drive against Trump deepens US political crisis. wsws.org The working class must break free of both reactionary political factions—the Democratic Party, aligned with the military-intelligence apparatus and Wall Street, and the Trump administration.

Leonardo Flores (2019-09-26). Dialogue in Venezuela is a Missed Opportunity for Democrats. counterpunch.org Days after the Democratic presidential candidates missed yet another opportunity to challenge President Donald Trump's failed Venezuela policy on the debate stage on September 12, President Nicolás Maduro signed an important agreement with four opposition parties. These events offer insight into the differing perspectives on the economic, social and political crises in Venezuela — one More

Denis Rancourt (2019-09-26). Laws that Punish for Hypothetical Harm Must be Abolished. dissidentvoice.org Given the state of laws in Canada, it has become necessary to state the obvious: An individual legitimately can be punished solely for proven actual harm that is also proven to have been caused by the individual. In a free and democratic society, laws that punish an individual for harm that is hypothesized to have …

David Schultz (2019-09-26). The 2020 Democratic Impeachment Strategy and Why it Makes Sense Now. counterpunch.org For so long "If to impeach the president?" was the question, now the question is "When?" Maybe thus far Speaker Nancy Pelosi's decision not to pursue impeachment of Donald Trump made electoral sense. But increasingly a 2020 impeachment next summer just as the presidential general election is kicking into high gear makes sense both as More

Never Forgive, Never Forget (2019-09-26). Impeach Nazi Trump Now. indybay.org There is now lots of commenting on the Democrats' true motives for impeaching Nazi Trump. Obviously, they are trying to save Biden's weak campaign for president. The fact that Nazi Ukraine was set up illegally as such by Democrat Obama is also true. It is also true that Nazi Trump must go, right now, since January 21, 2017 in fact, the day after his inauguration due to his conflicts of interest and much more.

Labor Video Project (2019-09-26). ILWU Local 10 West Oakland Community Meeting Speak Out On Fisher A's Stadium Scheme. indybay.org At a community labor meeting in West Oakland Speakers and community and labor people spoke out against A's billionaire owner John Fisher's scheme to build a new stadium on port property and with a hotel and 4,000 $1 million condos. | Also Democratic politicians Nancy Skinner and Ron Bonta have pushed state legislation to help the billionaire Fisher to raise taxes to pay for his development project…

Joan Walsh (2019-09-26). The Republican Party Is Going Down With Trump. thenation.com The president has so thoroughly annexed the GOP that it's going to be hard for its leaders to cut their losses—even as he flails.

Staff (2019-09-26). "Financial Censorship Is Still Censorship": Edward Snowden Slams Justice Dept. Lawsuit Against Him. democracynow.org As a whistleblower complaint filed against President Trump rocks Washington and threatens Trump's presidency, one of the world's most famous whistleblowers, Edward Snowden, joins us from Moscow, Russia. Earlier this month, the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Snowden alleging that his newly released memoir, "Permanent Record," violates the nondisclosure agreements he signed with the federal government when he was a National Security Agency employee. The Justice Department also argued that they are entitled to all of Snowden's book profits. Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman and Juan González speak with Sno…

Staff (2019-09-26). Edward Snowden Condemns Trump's Mistreatment of Whistleblower Who Exposed Ukraine Scandal. democracynow.org Responding to news of a whistleblower's complaint at the center of an impeachment inquiry filed against President Trump this week, famed whistleblower Edward Snowden speaks about his own decision to leak classified documents in 2013. The House Intelligence Committee has released the declassified whistleblower complaint, which details a July phone call between President Trump and the Ukrainian president. The White House is trying "to make the conversation not about the allegations," Snowden told Democracy Now! "They want to talk about the whistleblower rather than the government's own wrongdoing."

Staff (2019-09-26). Permanent Record: Why NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden Risked His Life to Expose Surveillance State. democracynow.org Six years ago, Edward Snowden leaked a trove of secret documents about how the United States had built a massive surveillance apparatus to spy on Americans and people across the globe. Snowden was then charged in the U.S. for violating the Espionage Act and other laws. As he attempted to flee to Latin America, Snowden became stranded in Russia after the U.S. revoked his passport. He has lived in Moscow ever since. Snowden just published his memoir, "Permanent Record," in which he writes about what led him to risk his life to expose the U.S. government's system of mass surveillance. From Moscow, he speaks to Democ…

Staff (2019-09-26). Headlines for September 26, 2019. democracynow.org Transcript Shows Trump Pressured Ukrainian Leader to Probe Joe Biden and Son, President Trump on Ukraine Phone Call: "Impeachment for That?", Majority of House Lawmakers Back Impeachment Inquiry Against Trump, Iranian President Rules Out Talks with U.S. While Sanctions Remain, Saudi-Led Coalition Airstrikes Kill 16 Civilians in Yemen, Israel's President Asks Benjamin Netanyahu to Form New Government, 2 Million Wild Animals Perish as Fires Rage in Bolivia, Climate Crisis Drives Mont Blanc Glacier Toward Collapse, 7 Arrested as San Francisco Climate Protesters Block Wells Fargo Entrance, Doctors Glue Themselves to…

Robert Mackey (2019-09-26). How Trump Pushed Ukraine's President to Probe Conspiracy Theories About Democrats. theintercept.com Donald Trump pressed Ukraine's new president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to help legitimize conspiracy theories about his Democratic rivals during a private telephone conversation in July, and again at a public meeting at the United Nations on Wednesday. | White House notes on the July call, released before the two presidents met in New York, showed that Trump urged his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate false claims about the theft of emails from the Democratic National Committee's servers in 2016 and about former Vice Preside…

RT (2019-09-25). 'Nothing call': Trump lashes out at Dems & media after Zelensky chat memo released. rt.com President Donald Trump has slammed his Democratic rivals for launching an impeachment probe based on a "nothing call" with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. | House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an impeachment inquiry on Tuesday, on the back of allegations that Trump threatened to withhold military aid to Ukraine, in a bid to pressure Zelensky into investigating Joe Biden's son Hunter's business dealings in the country. The Department of Justice released a transcript of the call on Wednesday, which detaile…

RT (2019-09-25). Tulsi says impeachment would be 'terribly divisive' as Trump's Republican challengers back the move. rt.com Swimming against the current in her own Democratic Party, 2020 candidate Tulsi Gabbard said she does not support impeachment proceedings against President Trump, amid louder calls within the party to remove him from office. | Moments before House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an impeachment inquiry into the president on Tuesday evening, Gabbard warned the move would only deepen existing divides in the country. | "I think impeachment would be terribly divisive for our already very divided country," she told CNN's Brooke Baldwin, adding, "It's important Donald Trump is voted out of office by the American people…

Staff (2019-09-25). The Case for Impeachment Goes Way Beyond Ukraine. truthdig.com If Democrats let the president skate on his other crimes, they risk sending a dangerous message to voters ahead of the 2020 elections.

RT (2019-09-25). Trump impeachment proceedings based on 'nothing' phone call, but fallout will hurt America long-term. rt.com The transcript of President Donald Trump's phone call with his Ukrainian counterpart shows no pressure or threats to withhold aid. So why are Democrats and media still reading it that way, and invoking it as impeachment grounds? | For over two years, the Democrats pinned their hopes on Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who was investigating the claims of "Russian collusion" and obstruction of justice in relation to it — only to come up empty-handed back in May. | Undeterred, the party pushed impeachment anyway, arguing that the report somehow showed obstruction of justice somewhere between the lines, and pr…

Staff (2019-09-25). Daniel Ellsberg: Whistleblowers Preserve American Democracy. truthdig.com What follows is a conversation between famed whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and Marc Steiner of The Real News Network. Read a transcript of their conversation below or watch the video at the bottom of…

RT (2019-09-25). As Democrats begin Trump impeachment, key 'Russiagate' case may be imploding. rt.com President Donald Trump's security adviser Michael Flynn was the first casualty of 'Russiagate' impeachment push, but the case against him seems weaker than ever, after a federal judge voided the conviction of his business partner. | Flynn, a retired general and former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, was forced to resign in February 2017, after less than two weeks of serving as national security adviser. He was snared in an FBI perjury trap as part of surveillance of the Trump campaign — which was predicated on claims it was "colluding" with Russia during the 2016 presidential election. | Though t…

Saad Hafiz (2019-09-25). The Boys in the Boots. counterpunch.org Pakistan's generals should be happy men. They are the self-appointed guardians of the state with an iron grip on the country. Instead of a social welfare democracy seen by the founding fathers, Pakistan has become a national security state. Sixty years after the coup d'état that brought General Ayub Khan to power in 1958, the civilian leadership More

Mark Gruenberg (2019-09-25). Impeachment inquiry follows rising popular demands for action. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Whatever you may think of Ukraine's government—mired in corruption, red-baiting, xenophobia, and pro-Nazi anti-Semitism—Donald Trump's ultimatum to that nation's new president to dig up dirt on U.S. political foe Joe Biden, in return for foreign aid, was the trigger that pushed Democratic leaders to yield to the rising demand for the GOP incumbent's impeachment. The …

RT (2019-09-25). 'If impeachment trump card doesn't work, it will guarantee Trump re-election,' civil rights lawyer tells RT. rt.com With the announcement of an official impeachment inquiry, Democrats have put all their eggs in one basket, risking losing the next election if they fail to enlist enough support, civil rights attorney Robert Patillo told RT. | Read more | | Tulsi says impeachment would be 'terribly divisive' as Trump's Republican challengers back the move | Accusing US President Donald Trump of pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to "take actions which would benefit him politically" — that is, to investigate 2020 candidate Joe Biden's son Hunt…

Staff (2019-09-25). Democrats Are Blowing A Huge Opportunity on Venezuela. truthdig.com Days after the Democratic presidential candidates missed yet another opportunity to challenge President Donald Trump's failed Venezuela policy on the debate stage on September 12, President Nicolás Maduro signed an important agreement with four opposition parties. These events offer insight into the differing perspectives on the economic, social and political crises in Venezuela—one perspective from the Washington political establishment, the other from Venezuelans. | The Trump administration has applied brutal economic sanctions on Venezuela that functionally create a…

RT (2019-09-25). US Justice Dept releases much-anticipated summary of Trump's call with Ukrainian president. rt.com US President Donald Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to look into whether ex-Vice President Joe Biden blocked an investigation into his son's company, according to a summary of the call between the two leaders. | The memo was released Wednesday morning. | | "There's a lot of talk about Biden's son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great," Trump told Zelensky in a summary of the call transcript provided by the Justice Department on Wednesday. | | Democratic frontrunner Biden allegedl…

James Risen (2019-09-25). I Wrote About the Bidens and Ukraine Years Ago. Then the Right-Wing Spin Machine Turned the Story Upside Down. theintercept.com Many observers now seem to think this suddenly hot story came out of nowhere this year, but that is not true.

Julie Hollar (2019-09-25). What media like best about Elizabeth Warren: She's not Bernie Sanders. nationofchange.org When the Washington Post's Paul Waldman (9/18/19) recently attempted to explain Elizabeth Warren's rise in the Democratic primary polls, he attributed it in part to media: Reporters on the campaign trail have said for some time that she is the one who generates the most enthusiastic response among voters on the ground. A rise in her poll standing …

Alexandra Jacobo (2019-09-25). Bernie Sanders becomes the first presidential candidate to visit the Comanche Nation in over 100 years. nationofchange.org Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders traveled to Oklahoma over the weekend to address the 28th annual Comanche Nation Fair Powwow, making him the first presidential candidate to visit the Comanche Nation since Theodore Roosevelt. | "Thank you so much for allowing me to be part of this beautiful, beautiful celebration. I have been, needless to say, to many events in my political career, but I do not believe that I've been to anything as beautiful and as moving as this event," said Sanders. "So thank you so much for allowing me to be with you." | Senator Sanders discussed several important topics dur…

Jud Lounsbury (2019-09-25). It's Time to Impeach Members of Congress for Not Impeaching Trump. progressive.org The question is no longer whether it's a good idea. It's about whether the members of Congress, Democrats and Republicans alike, will follow their oath of office to defend the Constitution.

United Nations (2019-09-25). Signs DR Congo Ebola outbreak finally 'on the retreat' but risk of international spread, 'still high'. un.org The second worst Ebola outbreak in history is "on the retreat" said the UN's health agency chief on Wednesday, warning however that there is no room for complacency, with dozens of new cases each week still being recorded in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Andrew Korybko (2019-09-25). Ukrainegate Is Just The Democrats' Latest Gambit To Unseat Trump. globalresearch.ca A manufactured scandal is rapidly growing to epic proportions in the US surrounding one of Trump's recent conversations with new Ukrainian President Zelensky after a whistleblower alleged what the Mainstream Media is reporting to be the American leader's supposedly unethical …

WSWS (2019-09-25). The fascist network behind the murder of Walter Làºbcke. wsws.org Three months after the murder of Kassel's regional president, there is mounting evidence that the Christian Democratic politician was the victim of an extreme right-wing network reaching deep into the state security apparatus.

J.B. Gerald (2019-09-25). Genocide Warnings for Three African States. dissidentvoice.org These genocide warnings concern current threats to the peoples of Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Burundi. Beyond the primary concern for all the people in national groups, a pattern is emerging globally which should remind North Americans of past genocides against native American peoples: the masses of people forced from their homelands, the refugee …

teleSUR (2019-09-25). Trump Did Ask Ukrainian President to Investigate Joe Biden. telesurenglish.net United States President Donald Trump did ask his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate a political rival Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, in coordination with the U.S. attorney general and Trump's personal lawyer, according to a summary of call released by the Trump administration Wednesday. | RELATED: | US: House Democrats Begin Official Trump Impeachment Inquiry | According to the summary of the half-hour July 25 call, Trump told Zelenskiy that At…

Charles Davis (2019-09-25). Mass killings in Afghanistan are acts of white supremacy. nationofchange.org An American white nationalist killed over 30 people recently. The victims, all brown, had full lives; children, loved ones, and years, full of plans, ahead of them. But then they were incinerated. Worst of all, they were murdered while Afghan. The deaths were noted in the press, and one Democrat running for president even acknowledged …

WSWS (2019-09-25). House Democrats launch formal impeachment inquiry against Trump. wsws.org The action is a major escalation in the factional warfare within the US ruling elite, which revolves largely around differences over foreign policy.

Staff (2019-09-25). Rep. Al Green: "We've Reached Critical Mass" to Impeach Trump. truthout.org | | Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has launched a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump following allegations from an intelligence community whistleblower that Trump sought help from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a July 25 phone call to investigate Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden and his son Hunter. On Tuesday, the Republican-controlled Senate unanimously passed a nonbinding resolution calling for the Trump administration to release the whistleblower complaint to the H…

Anna Massoglia and Karl Evers-Hillstrom (2019-09-25). Trump's Ukraine call raises questions about campaign finance rules on foreign interference. nationofchange.org President Donald Trump acknowledged this weekend that he discussed former Vice President Joe Biden and his son during a July phone call with Ukraine's president, leading critics to question whether Trump is courting foreign interference ahead of the 2020 presidential election. Trump reportedly urged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate his potential 2020 opponent over an unsubstantiated claim that …

Spencer Green (2019-09-25). The 2020 Campaign Event Where 'Everyday Iowans' Asked the Questions. thenation.com The 2020 Campaign Event Where 'Everyday Iowans' Asked the Questions…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-09-25). 'Impeachment? For That?' Trump Describes Blatant Violations as 'Perfect' Conversation in Rambling, Falsehood-Laden Press Conference. commondreams.org While critics of the president assert his behavior is in blatant violation of the law and sworn duty, Trump claims request for Ukraine president to dig up dirt on Joe Biden—the leading Democratic candidate at the time—was a "beautiful" chat. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/trump_nuts.jpg

Staff (2019-09-25). Trump Lashes Out at Iran, China & Venezuela in Nationalist Address to U.N. General Assembly. democracynow.org On Tuesday, President Trump made his third address to the United Nations General Assembly amid simmering tensions in the Middle East over recent attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities, which the United States blames on Iran. Tehran denies the allegations. Trump also lashed out at China and Venezuela. We speak with Vijay Prashad, director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research and chief editor of LeftWord Books. His latest article for Salon is headlined "World leaders gather at the UN in the face of war, climate catastrophe & global worker exploitation."

Staff (2019-09-25). "We've Reached Critical Mass": Rep. Al Green on Pelosi Vow to Impeach Trump for "Dastardly Deeds" democracynow.org Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has launched a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump following allegations from an intelligence community whistleblower that Trump sought help from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a July 25 phone call to investigate Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden and his son Hunter. On Tuesday, the Republican-controlled Senate unanimously passed a nonbinding resolution calling for the Trump administration to release the whistleblower complaint to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. We get response and look at next steps with Congressmember Al Gree…

Staff (2019-09-25). Billy Bragg: What the U.K. Supreme Court's Historic Ruling Against Boris Johnson Means for Brexit. democracynow.org The U.K. Parliament has reconvened after the country's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson had unlawfully suspended Parliament in order to push through Brexit with or without a deal. Johnson made the unprecedented move late last month, asking the queen to prorogue Parliament in order to limit debate on leaving the European Union, which the U.K. is scheduled to do by October 31. Calls for Johnson's resignation are mounting since the news broke, with opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn calling for a general election and demanding Johnson apologize to the queen and to the country. For mo…

Staff (2019-09-25). Headlines for September 25, 2019. democracynow.org Pelosi Launches Impeachment Inquiry Against President Trump, IPCC: World Must Cut Greenhouse Emissions or Face Catastrophic Sea Level Rise, Bolsonaro Faces Condemnation For Defending Deforestation of Amazon in U.N. Speech, Trump Denounces Iran, Venezuela & Calls for Countries to Embrace Nationalism at U.N., Pakistani PM Demands World to Address Crisis in Kashmir, U.K. Parliament Reconvenes After Court Declares Boris Johnson's Parliament Suspension Illegal, Egyptian Authorities Arrest At Least 900 Following Anti-Government Protests, Spain to Exhume Body of Former Dictator Francisco Franco from State Mausoleum, Nig…

Victor Grossman (2019-09-25). The Bidens, Trump, Kiev and Impeachment. counterpunch.org The impeachment drive is quickly gathering steam, and who can have any sympathy for that man in the Oval Office? But I wonder if some enthusiasts may not be digging deeply enough. Has anyone noticed how often the media, in condemning Trump's treachery, swiftly and inconspicuously brush off the "unsubstantiated" and "vague" accusations against Hunter More

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-09-25). As Impeach Trump Momentum Builds, Grassroots Groups Target Undecided Members of Congress. commondreams.org After House Speaker Nancy Pelosi finally caved to pressure from a growing cohort of Democratic lawmakers and formally launched an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump Tuesday evening, grassroots groups on Wednesday announced new efforts to urge undecided members of Congress to back "impeachment now!" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/impeach_trump_0.png

RT (2019-09-24). 'Billionaires should not exist': Is Bernie Sanders' wealth tax too extreme for America? rt.com Democrat 2020 contender Bernie Sanders has unveiled an ambitious wealth tax proposal, promising to slash the fortunes of America's uber-rich. Is his plan an existential threat to the wealthy or mere election bluster? | The Vermont senator unveiled his plan on Tuesday, declaring on Twitter afterwards that "billionaires should not exist." If implemented, his 'Tax on Extreme Wealth' would see a progressive tax applied to couples with a net worth of $32 million, or singles with a worth of at least $16 million. These groups would give the government a one-percent cut of their fortune annually, while those with asse…

RT (2019-09-24). Pelosi announces IMPEACHMENT inquiry over Ukraine call, Trump says it will help him win elections. rt.com President Donald Trump has called a looming impeachment inquiry against him a "positive," saying it will help him "win the election." House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the investigation shortly afterwards. | Speaking to reporters at the UN General Assembly in New York, Trump said that impeachment would be "a positive for me," adding "we will win the election." | Democrats in Congress have threatened to impeach Trump countless times already — sometimes for non-offenses like "being such good friends with Putin," or making up…

Staff (2019-09-24). Whistleblowers Save our Democracy, Says Daniel Ellsberg. therealnews.com Trump has been exposed by leakers and might face consequences, and Edward Snowden has published a book. Daniel Ellsberg reflects on the bravery of exposing the truth.

RT (2019-09-24). Trump authorizes release of 'complete' transcript of call with Ukraine's Zelensky, Dems still not happy. rt.com US President Donald Trump said a full transcript of his recent call with the Ukrainian president is to be released, but Democrats continue with calls for impeachment and plan to interview the whistleblower on the incident. | Trump tweeted on Tuesday that he had authorized the release of the "complete, fully declassified and unredacted transcript" of his conversation with Volodymyr Zelensky. In a separate tweet, he said it was a "very friendly and totally appropriate call" and he applied "no pressure" on the Ukrainian leader. | Democrats had been up in arms after a whistleblower complained that Trump had allege…

Deborah (2019-09-24). Support FAIR: Corporate Media Sidetracking Real Election Issues—Again — copy. fair.org Dear FAIR Friends, While corporate media focus on who's up/who's down in the horserace for the Democratic nomination, more substantive concerns—What are the candidates' policy proposals? Are they adequate to the scale of the problems we face? Will our votes be suppressed, or even miscounted?—go unaddressed. With so much at stake, we've got to …

Staff (2019-09-24). Nate Silver and the Pitfalls of the Corporate Pundit Class. therealnews.com Political statistician and editor-in-chief of FiveThirtyEight Nate Silver found himself in hot water recently when he seemed to refer to the diverse supporters of Bernie Sanders' campaign as "residue." Jacqueline Luqman talks to Anoa Changa about why that language, and the bias of the corporate pundit class, is an issue.

Ben Sears (2019-09-24). Philly labor hosts first ever "Workers' Presidential Summit" peoplesworld.org PHILADELPHIA —Last spring Pat Eiding, President of the Philadelphia AFL-CIO Council, urged his members to start getting ready for the 2020 Presidential campaign; he also expressed some concern about the apparent early surge of support for former Vice President Joe Biden saying "this whole thing is happening too fast." Several union leaders and activists responded …

Victor Grossman (2019-09-24). The Bidens, Trump, Kiev and impeachment. mronline.org The impeachment drive is quickly gathering steam, and who can have any sympathy for that man in the Oval Office? But I wonder if some enthusiasts may not be digging deeply enough. | Source

Steven Schwinn (2019-09-24). Trump Seeks to Kneecap Consumer Protection Agency Advocated for by Elizabeth Warren. progressive.org We've grown accustomed to Donald Trump's relentless political attacks. but, in the end, his constitutional attacks on the administrative state could cause the most damage.

Mohamed Elmaazi (2019-09-24). EXCLUSIVE: Palestinian member of Israeli Knesset puts antisemitism smears against Corbyn into context. thecanary.co A Palestinian former member of the Israeli Knesset (parliament) has blasted the antisemitism smears against Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. Haneen Zoabi said the claims against Corbyn and his supporters are a product of long-standing policies of the Israeli state. Zoabi left the Knesset in 2019 after serving 10 years with the progressive National Democratic Assembly (aka the Balad party). While i…

John Nichols (2019-09-24). Impeachment Is the Cure for a Constitutional Crisis. thenation.com Impeachment Is the Cure for a Constitutional Crisis…

Katrina vanden Heuvel (2019-09-24). Biden Might Not Be the One to Beat Trump. thenation.com Biden Might Not Be the One to Beat Trump…

Staff (2019-09-24). Meet Brazil's Indigenous Leader Attacked by Bolsonaro at U.N. over Efforts to Preserve the Amazon. democracynow.org A number of indigenous leaders from Brazil traveled to New York to protest Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's push to open the Amazon rainforest for agribusiness, logging and mining. Democracy Now!'s Nermeen Shaikh spoke to Chief Raoni Metuktire of the Kayapó tribe on Monday outside the U.N. Climate Action Summit about the situation in the Amazon, including the recent outbreak of devastating fires. After the interview, Chief Raoni attempted to enter the U.N. summit, but despite support from dozens of activists, he was barred from entering. He is a nominee for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.

Staff (2019-09-24). How Dare You! Greta Thunberg Slams World's Focus on Economic "Fairy Tales" While Ecosystems Collapse. democracynow.org Scores of world leaders gathered in New York on Monday for the U.N. Climate Action Summit, but the world's largest greenhouse gas emitters announced few new measures to address the climate crisis. President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence briefly attended the summit but left after just 14 minutes. At the beginning of the summit, 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg delivered an impassioned address to world leaders, explicitly naming their inaction on the climate crisis. "People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing," Greta said. "We are in the beginning of a mass ext…

Staff (2019-09-24). Ta-Nehisi Coates on His Debut Novel "The Water Dancer," Slavery & Reparations. democracynow.org Celebrated writer Ta-Nehisi Coates's first novel, "The Water Dancer," was released today. Centering on a man named Hiram Walker, who was born into slavery in 19th century Virginia, the novel is a "crowd-pleasing exercise in breakneck and often occult storytelling," a review in The New York Times stated. Over the past decade Ta-Nehisi Coates has become one of the nation's most celebrated writers. In 2014, he wrote a piece titled "The Case for Reparations," which rejuvenated the push for the government to pay reparations to the descendants of slaves. His 2015 book, "Between the World and Me," a National Book Award…

Staff (2019-09-24). In Landmark UN Complaint, 16 Children Accuse Nations of Failing to Protect Them from Climate Change. democracynow.org Youth climate activists from around the world also attended the U.N. Climate Action Summit Monday, where they spoke at UNICEF about a landmark new climate complaint they filed with the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. Hailing from countries including Argentina, Brazil, Germany, the Marshall Islands and Tunisia, the young representatives spoke about why they feel compelled to act on the climate crisis. Among the youth climate activists were Alexandria Villaseñor of New York and Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg.

Staff (2019-09-24). Headlines for September 24, 2019. democracynow.org Greta Thunberg and Youth Activists Take On World Leaders at U.N. Climate Action Summit, Trump Admin Tells U.N. to Drop Term "Reproductive Health and Rights", Trump Ordered Hold on Ukrainian Aid Before Call with President Zelensky About Bidens, U.K. Supreme Court: Boris Johnson's Suspension of Parliament Is Unlawful, U.K., France & Germany Say Iran Responsible for Saudi Oil Attacks as Trump Addresses UNGA, Afghanistan: At Least 40 Civilians Killed by U.S.-Afghan Attack, Haiti: Senator Shoots AP Photographer in Face During Anti-Gov't Protests, Video of Blindfolded Prisoners in Xinjiang Adds to Fears of Mass Human R…

unitedEditor (2019-09-24). BREXIT: Europe in Miniature. uwidata.com The most important question for the European Union today is whether BREXIT signals the beginning of the end for the entire bloc, or will ultimately serve to discourage other countries from attempting to cut ties. BREXIT: a denial of democracy No one was more surprised by the result of the 2016 Referendum on BREXIT than …

Julie Hollar (2019-09-23). What Media Like Best About Elizabeth Warren: She's Not Bernie Sanders. fair.org by Julie Hollar | When the Washington Post's Paul Waldman ( 9/18/19) recently attempted to explain Elizabeth Warren's rise in the Democratic primary polls, he attributed it in part to media: Reporters on the campaign trail have said for some time that she is the one who generates the most enthusiastic response among voters o…

David Daley (2019-09-23). GOP Racial Gerrymandering Mastermind Participated in Redistricting in More States Than Previously Known, Files Reveal. theintercept.com Thomas Hofeller and GOP strategists experimented with using race as the primary factor in drawing districts in Alabama, Florida, and West Virginia.

Robert Mackey (2019-09-23). Reporters Should Stop Helping Donald Trump Spread Lies About Joe Biden and Ukraine. theintercept.com By reporting on a conspiracy theory promoted by the president as a political story, with two sides, journalists are helping to weaponize disinformation.

Staff (2019-09-23). Millions Took Part in the Youth-Led Global Climate Strike Friday. Here's Why People Marched. democracynow.org As many as a quarter-million people marched on the streets of New York City Friday for a youth-led climate strike inspired by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. Globally, as many as 4 million people took to the streets in hundreds of countries. Democracy Now! was in the streets of New York on Friday speaking with climate strikers from the United States and around the world.

Staff (2019-09-23). 19-Year-Old Indigenous Climate Activist Artemisa Xakriabá: "We Fight for Mother Earth" democracynow.org Friday's climate strike in New York City concluded with remarks from indigenous leaders, activists and organizers. Artemisa Xakriabá, a 19-year-old indigenous climate activist of the Xakriabá people, spoke about the increasing intensity of environmental destruction across Brazil and the interconnectedness of the fight for climate justice. "We fight for our Mother Earth because the fight for Mother Earth is the mother of all other fights," Xakriabá said. "We are fighting for your lives. We are fighting for our lives. We are fighting for our sacred territory. But we are being persecuted, threatened, murdered, only…

Staff (2019-09-23). "This Is Our Time. This Is Our Future." Voices from the Historic Youth Climate Strike in NYC. democracynow.org As many as 4 million people around the world took to the streets Friday in the largest day of action focused on the climate crisis. Students across the globe led climate strikes in hundreds of countries, inspired by 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. The demonstration kicked off in Foley Square, where tens of thousands of people gathered before the march. Varshini Prakash, co-founder and executive director of the Sunrise Movement, and climate activist Vic Barrett were among the handful of activists who addressed the climate strikers in Foley Square.

Staff (2019-09-23). Bill McKibben: Youth Who Led Global Climate Strike Are Bringing a New "Spirit" to Climate Fight. democracynow.org Following Friday's youth-led climate strike — the largest-ever global protest focused on climate — we speak with Bill McKibben, longtime journalist and co-founder of 350.org. McKibben's latest piece for The New Yorker is titled "Money Is the Oxygen on Which the Fire of Global Warming Burns," and his cover piece for Time magazine is headlined "Hello from the Year 2050. We Avoided the Worst of Climate Change — But Everything Is Different." McKibben's 1989 book, "The End of Nature," was the first book for a general audience about climate change.

Staff (2019-09-23). "Our House Is on Fire": Greta Thunberg Addresses Hundreds of Thousands at NYC Climate Strike. democracynow.org Sixteen-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg spoke at Friday's climate strike in New York, where an estimated 300,000 people took to the streets. Thunberg inspired the global spread of weekly climate strikes when she started skipping school to protest outside of the Swedish parliament last year. "We will not just stand aside and watch," Thunberg told a crowd of thousands in her speech at Manhattan's Battery Park. "We are united behind the science, and we will do everything in our power to stop this crisis from getting worse."

Staff (2019-09-23). Headlines for September 23, 2019. democracynow.org 4 Million Take to the Streets for Global Climate Strike, Trump Admin Ignored CBP Report Linking Climate Change and Increased Migration, Honduran Woman and 21-Month-Old Son Die While Attempting to Reach U.S., New Deal Would Force Asylum Seekers to Return to El Salvador Despite Obvious Dangers, Calls for Impeachment Grow as Trump Acknowledges Ukraine Phone Call About Bidens, U.S. to Send Troops to Saudi Arabia, Impose Iran Sanctions, as Rouhani Heads to UNGA with Peace Plan, Arab Parties in Israel Back Benny Gantz in Bid to End Netanyahu's Rule, Egyptians Take to Street in Rare Protest Against President Sisi, Gov't…

susan_p (2019-09-23). History will judge Mugabe's legacy. greenleft.org.au Alan BroughtonIssue 1239 Zimbabwe Movement for Democratic Change MDC ZANU-PFSeptember 23, 2019Zimbabwe's independence leader and former president Robert Mugabe is remembered for his leadership of the succ…

Peter Maass (2019-09-22). Why Is Bill De Blasio Trying to Kill Me? New York's Mayor Claims to Be Progressive but Favors Drivers Over Bicyclists. theintercept.com I never expected that my skills as a war reporter would be relevant to my life as a dad in a Brooklyn, but that was before I started biking to work.

Fight Back (2019-09-22). Philippines: Resist and end Duterte's fascist regime. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following Sept. 20 statement from the Communist Party of the Philippines. | Almost five decades ago, Ferdinand Marcos placed the entire country under martial law which launched his brutal dictatorial rule. For 14 years, the Filipino people resisted valiantly and fought on all arenas of struggle. Serving as the strongest bulwark of anti-fascist resistance, the Party and the New People's Army waged underground and armed struggle, inspiring and militating the Filipino people to unite and struggle for democracy. Culminating long years of anti-fascist resistance, the Filipino…

Roger D. Harris (2019-09-21). On the Road to Damascus: International Conference in Syria on Sanctions and Its Blowback. mintpressnews.com Syrians say it's even harder now to make ends meet than it was during the height of their country's war because of intensified U.S and European sanctions.

susan_p (2019-09-21). Italy: new government to stop the far-right. greenleft.org.au Italian politics Daniele FulviIssue 1238 Spain anti-racism anti-fascismSeptember 21, 2019Following weeks of negotiations, Italy's 5 Star Movement (M5S) and the Democratic Party (PD) have agreed to form a…

Jimmysllama (2019-09-20). Through the Eyes of Jesselyn Radack: A Look at the Vital Role of Whistleblowers and Their Attorneys. mintpressnews.com "By protecting whistleblowers, sources, and online activists, we facilitate robust investigative journalism, hold government to account, protect the freedoms of speech, privacy and the press, and foster the most critical component of democratic society: an informed citizenry." — Whistleblower and Source Protection Program…

Staff (2019-09-20). Kelsey Juliana v. U.S.: Meet the Young Woman Suing the Federal Government over the Climate Crisis. democracynow.org Among those joining today's Global Climate Strike will be Kelsey Juliana, lead plaintiff in Juliana v. United States, the landmark youth climate lawsuit against the U.S. government. She joins us for a roundtable discussion, along with Jerome Foster II, White House Climate Strike organizer, founder and executive director of OneMillionOfUs.

Staff (2019-09-20). "Young People Have Had Enough": Global Climate Strike Youth Activists on Why They Are Marching Today. democracynow.org Today is the Global Climate Strike, inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. As people took to the streets in Africa, Asia, Europe and Australia, we host a roundtable discussion with youth activists organizing marches in the United States — in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Minneapolis — ahead of next week's U.N. Climate Action Summit. We are joined by Xiye Bastida, a 17-year-old climate justice activist originally from Mexico who is an organizer with Fridays for Future New York and a student at Beacon High School in New York; Katie Eder, a 19-year-old climate justice activist wh…

Staff (2019-09-20). This Afghan Teen Was Set to Join First-Ever U.N. Youth Climate Summit, But U.S. Denied His Visa. democracynow.org Climate youth activist Nasratullah Elham of Afghanistan was invited to participate in the first-ever U.N. Youth Climate Summit, but the United States rejected his visa. He breaks the sound barrier to join us from Phuket, Thailand, where he is a 12th grade student, and says his activism is based on the crisis's impact on his home country. "The poor people there are very badly affected in a situation [where] they do not really have much carbon emissions," he says.

Staff (2019-09-20). Headlines for September 20, 2019. democracynow.org Students Across the World Walk Out of Classes in Global Climate Strike, Two Die in Texas as Storm Dumps 40 Inches of Rain on Houston Area, Red Cross: 2 Million Need Humanitarian Aid Every Week Due to Climate Crisis, Bird Population in U.S. & Canada Dropped by Nearly 3 Billion Since 1970, Benny Gantz Declares Victory, Rejects Overture from Netanyahu, Trudeau Apologizes Again as New Blackface Photos Emerge, Funeral Held in Afghanistan After U.S. Drone Strike Killed 30 Civilians, Mostly Farmers, Kashmiris Sue Modi in U.S. Court as Trump Prepares to Appear with Indian PM at Texas Rally, Report: Whistleblower Complain…

FAIR (2019-09-19). Support FAIR: Corporate Media Sidetracking Real Election Issues—Again. fair.org Dear FAIR Friends, While corporate media focus on who's up/who's down in the horserace for the Democratic nomination, more substantive concerns—What are the candidates' policy proposals? Are they adequate to the scale of the problems we face? Will our votes be suppressed, or even miscounted?—go unaddressed. With so much at stake, we've got to …

Staff (2019-09-19). Meet the Beauty Queen Who Inspired Gambia's Me Too Movement After Accusing Ex-Dictator of Rape. democracynow.org In Gambia, an ongoing public truth and reconciliation commission is investigating the atrocities of former President Yahya Jammeh, who ruled the West African country of 2 million people for 22 years before his regime ended in 2016. In widely shared public testimony that has been live-streamed to tens of thousands of people, survivors and members of Jammeh's death squad who killed migrants, journalists and civilians during the president's reign are telling their stories for the world to hear. One such survivor is Fatou "Toufah" Jallow, who says the former president raped her in 2015. We speak with Jallow, a Gambia…

Staff (2019-09-19). Amnesty Head: Climate Crisis Is a "Death Penalty" for Humanity. Leaders Need Political Will to Act. democracynow.org More than a million students are expected to walk out of class on Friday in a Global Climate Strike, with more than 800 climate strikes scheduled in the United States alone. Strikes are also being organized in another 150 countries around the world. In our New York studio, we speak to Amnesty International's Secretary General Kumi Naidoo, who has urged school districts across the globe to allow students to walk out of school on Friday without facing punishment. In a letter, Naidoo, who is also the former executive director of Greenpeace, writes, "Children should not be punished for speaking out about the great in…

Michael Sainato (2019-09-18). 2020: Democratic Establishment vs. Democratic Socialists. progressive.org Meet three new challengers to the entrenched old guard.

Andy Spears (2019-09-17). Tennessee Republicans in Fisticuffs Over School Vouchers. progressive.org Hot chicken, sex, and cocaine are part of the story of how Tennessee became the latest state to succumb to the Betsy DeVos-backed voucher craze. The result could determine how the GOP addresses the issue across the country.

Anya Parampil (2019-09-16). La hipocresía de Hausmann: Ganando dinero de dictaduras mientras promueve 'democracia' en Venezuela. thegrayzone.com Ricardo Hausmann arremetió contra bancos por hacer negocios con el negocio electo de Venezuela. Pero sus declaraciones financieras a Harvard…

Jud Lounsbury (2019-09-13). Democratic Debate #3: Mr. Rogers, Re-runs, and Real Talk. progressive.org A side-stepped apology from Biden, two gimmick-meisters, and seven remaining candidates who gave solid performances.

Vasuki R (2019-09-11). Pittsburgh Google contract workers start unionization process, bosses prep union-busting campaign. liberationnews.org In these crucial coming weeks, solidarity and militancy will keep the workers united as they fight for democracy and the ability to collectively bargain.

Eoin Higgins, Common Dreams (2019-09-08). New Season of Amazon's Jack Ryan Focused on Venezuela Denounced as 'Over-the-Top and Ridiculous' US Propaganda. venezuelanalysis.com The upcoming season of Amazon's Jack Ryan could have been scripted by John Bolton.

2019-09-26: Social Media Postees

In photo op at GM picket line, Sanders promotes nationalism, covers for Democrats and UAW
wsws.org | 2019-09-26
Bernie Sanders put in a brief media appearance on the picket line at GM's Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant Wednesday morning.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/26/sand-s26.html

House Intelligence Committee releases whistleblower report on Trump-Zelensky call
rt.com | 2019-09-26
The whistleblower complaint that led to the impeachment inquiry against US President Donald Trump has been released. In it, the leaker admits he did not actually hear the phone call at the center of the scandal. | Released by the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday, the complaint details the circumstances surrounding Trump's July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Democrats argue that Trump attempted to pressure Zelensky into reopening a corruption inve…
rt.com/usa/469679-trump-zelensky-whistleblower-complaint-released/

Impeachment drive against Trump deepens US political crisis
wsws.org | 2019-09-26
The working class must break free of both reactionary political factions–the Democratic Party, aligned with the military-intelligence apparatus and Wall Street, and the Trump administration.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/26/pers-s26.html

House panel passes Pro Act, pro-worker labor law rewrite
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-09-26
WASHINGTON–By a 26-21 party-line vote on Sept. 25, the Democratic-run House Education and Labor Committee passed the Protect the Right to Organize (Pro) Act, the most-comprehensive pro-worker rewrite of U.S. labor law in decades. The measure, co-written by top lawmakers and union legislative representatives, would restore many of the freedoms and protections workers gained under …
peoplesworld.org/article/house-panel-passes-pro-act-pro-worker-labor-law-rewrite/

Dialogue in Venezuela is a Missed Opportunity for Democrats
Leonardo Flores | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-26
Days after the Democratic presidential candidates missed yet another opportunity to challenge President Donald Trump's failed Venezuela policy on the debate stage on September 12, President Nicolás Maduro signed an important agreement with four opposition parties. These events offer insight into the differing perspectives on the economic, social and political crises in Venezuela — one…
counterpunch.org/2019/09/26/dialogue-in-venezuela-is-a-missed-opportunity-for-democrats/

Impeach Nazi Trump Now
Never Forgive, Never Forget | indybay.org | 2019-09-26
There is now lots of commenting on the Democrats' true motives for impeaching Nazi Trump. Obviously, they are trying to save Biden's weak campaign for president. The fact that Nazi Ukraine was set up illegally as such by Democrat Obama is also true. It is also true that Nazi Trump must go, right now, since January 21, 2017 in fact, the day after his inauguration due to his conflicts of interest and much…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/09/26/18826713.php

The 2020 Democratic Impeachment Strategy and Why it Makes Sense Now
David Schultz | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-26
For so long "If to impeach the president?" was the question, now the question is "When?" Maybe thus far Speaker Nancy Pelosi's decision not to pursue impeachment of Donald Trump made electoral sense. But increasingly a 2020 impeachment next summer just as the presidential general election is kicking into high gear makes sense both as…
counterpunch.org/2019/09/26/the-2020-democratic-impeachment-strategy-and-why-it-makes-sense-now/

Laws that Punish for Hypothetical Harm Must be Abolished
Denis Rancourt | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-09-26
Given the state of laws in Canada, it has become necessary to state the obvious: An individual legitimately can be punished solely for proven actual harm that is also proven to have been caused by the individual. In a free and democratic society, laws that punish an individual for harm that is hypothesized to have …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/09/laws-that-punish-for-hypothetical-harm-must-be-abolished/

How Trump Pushed Ukraine's President to Probe Conspiracy Theories About Democrats
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-09-26
Donald Trump pressed Ukraine's new president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to help legitimize conspiracy theories about his Democratic rivals during a private telephone conversation in July, and again at a public meeting at the United Nations on Wednesday. | White House notes on the July call, released before the two presidents met in New York, showed that Trump urged his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate false claims about the theft of emails from the Democratic National Committee's servers in 2016 and about former Vice Preside…
theintercept.com/2019/09/26/donald-trump-wants-ukraines-president-probe-conspiracy-theories-democrats/

ILWU Local 10 West Oakland Community Meeting Speak Out On Fisher A's Stadium Scheme
Labor Video Project | indybay.org | 2019-09-26
At a community labor meeting in West Oakland Speakers and community and labor people spoke out against A's billionaire owner John Fisher's scheme to build a new stadium on port property and with a hotel and 4,000 $1 million condos. | Also Democratic politicians Nancy Skinner and Ron Bonta have pushed state legislation to help the billionaire Fisher to raise taxes to pay for his development project…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/09/25/18826690.php

The Republican Party Is Going Down With Trump
Joan Walsh | thenation.com | 2019-09-26
The president has so thoroughly annexed the GOP that it's going to be hard for its leaders to cut their losses–even as he flails.
thenation.com/article/trump-republicans-ukraine-impeachment/

Calls for Democrats to 'Immediately Get to Work' as Majority of House Lawmakers Now Support Trump Impeachment Proceedings
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-09-26
"The American people cannot afford to wait for Donald Trump to be impeached, and Congress cannot slow walk this process." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/impeach_trump1.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/09/26/calls-democrats-immediately-get-work-majority-house-lawmakers-now-support-trump?cd-origin=rss

"Financial Censorship Is Still Censorship": Edward Snowden Slams Justice Dept. Lawsuit Against Him
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-26
As a whistleblower complaint filed against President Trump rocks Washington and threatens Trump's presidency, one of the world's most famous whistleblowers, Edward Snowden, joins us from Moscow, Russia. Earlier this month, the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Snowden alleging that his newly released memoir, "Permanent Record," violates the nondisclosure agreements he signed with the federal government when he was a National Security Agency employee. The Justice Department also argued that they are entitled to all of Snowden's book profits. Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman and Juan González speak with Sno…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/26/edward_snowden_memoir_permanent_record

Edward Snowden Condemns Trump's Mistreatment of Whistleblower Who Exposed Ukraine Scandal
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-26
Responding to news of a whistleblower's complaint at the center of an impeachment inquiry filed against President Trump this week, famed whistleblower Edward Snowden speaks about his own decision to leak classified documents in 2013. The House Intelligence Committee has released the declassified whistleblower complaint, which details a July phone call between President Trump and the Ukrainian president. The White House is trying "to make the conversation not about the allegations," Snowden told Democracy Now! "They want to talk about the whistleblower rather than the government's own wrongdoing."
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/26/edward_snowden_on_writing_his_memoir

Permanent Record: Why NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden Risked His Life to Expose Surveillance State
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-26
Six years ago, Edward Snowden leaked a trove of secret documents about how the United States had built a massive surveillance apparatus to spy on Americans and people across the globe. Snowden was then charged in the U.S. for violating the Espionage Act and other laws. As he attempted to flee to Latin America, Snowden became stranded in Russia after the U.S. revoked his passport. He has lived in Moscow ever since. Snowden just published his memoir, "Permanent Record," in which he writes about what led him to risk his life to expose the U.S. government's system of mass surveillance. From Moscow, he speaks to Democ…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/26/edward_snowden_trump_whistleblower_impeachment

Tulsi says impeachment would be 'terribly divisive' as Trump's Republican challengers back the move
rt.com | 2019-09-25
Swimming against the current in her own Democratic Party, 2020 candidate Tulsi Gabbard said she does not support impeachment proceedings against President Trump, amid louder calls within the party to remove him from office. | Moments before House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an impeachment inquiry into the president on Tuesday evening, Gabbard warned the move would only deepen existing divides in the country. | "I think impeachment would be terribly divisive for our already very divided country," she told CNN's Brooke Baldwin, adding, "It's important Donald Trump is voted out of office by the American people…
rt.com/usa/469548-tulsi-trump-challengers-impeachment/

What media like best about Elizabeth Warren: She's not Bernie Sanders
Julie Hollar | nationofchange.org | 2019-09-25
When the Washington Post's Paul Waldman (9/18/19) recently attempted to explain Elizabeth Warren's rise in the Democratic primary polls, he attributed it in part to media: Reporters on the campaign trail have said for some time that she is the one who generates the most enthusiastic response among voters on the ground. A rise in her poll standing …
nationofchange.org/2019/09/25/what-media-like-best-about-elizabeth-warren-shes-not-bernie-sanders/

Bernie Sanders becomes the first presidential candidate to visit the Comanche Nation in over 100 years
Alexandra Jacobo | nationofchange.org | 2019-09-25
Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders traveled to Oklahoma over the weekend to address the 28th annual Comanche Nation Fair Powwow, making him the first presidential candidate to visit the Comanche Nation since Theodore Roosevelt. | "Thank you so much for allowing me to be part of this beautiful, beautiful celebration. I have been, needless to say, to many events in my political career, but I do not believe that I've been to anything as beautiful and as moving as this event," said Sanders. "So thank you so much for allowing me to be with you." | Senator Sanders discussed several important topics dur…
nationofchange.org/2019/09/25/bernie-sanders-becomes-the-first-presidential-candidate-to-visit-the-comanche-nation-in-over-100-years/

Daniel Ellsberg: Whistleblowers Preserve American Democracy
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-09-25
What follows is a conversation between famed whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and Marc Steiner of The Real News Network. Read a transcript of their conversation below or watch the video at the bottom of…
truthdig.com/articles/daniel-ellsberg-whistleblowers-preserve-american-democracy/

Genocide Warnings for Three African States
J.B. Gerald | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-09-25
These genocide warnings concern current threats to the peoples of Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Burundi. Beyond the primary concern for all the people in national groups, a pattern is emerging globally which should remind North Americans of past genocides against native American peoples: the masses of people forced from their homelands, the refugee …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/09/genocide-warnings-for-three-african-states/

Ukrainegate Is Just The Democrats' Latest Gambit To Unseat Trump
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-25
A manufactured scandal is rapidly growing to epic proportions in the US surrounding one of Trump's recent conversations with new Ukrainian President Zelensky after a whistleblower alleged what the Mainstream Media is reporting to be the American leader's supposedly unethical …
globalresearch.ca/ukrainegate-is-just-the-democrats-latest-gambit-to-unseat-trump/5690041

Rep. Al Green: "We've Reached Critical Mass" to Impeach Trump
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-25
| Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has launched a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump following allegations from an intelligence community whistleblower that Trump sought help from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a July 25 phone call to investigate Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden and his son Hunter. On Tuesday, the Republican-controlled Senate unanimously passed a nonbinding resolution calling for the Trump administration to release the whistleblower complaint to the H…
truthout.org/video/rep-al-green-weve-reached-critical-mass-to-impeach-trump/

The fascist network behind the murder of Walter Làºbcke
wsws.org | 2019-09-25
Three months after the murder of Kassel's regional president, there is mounting evidence that the Christian Democratic politician was the victim of an extreme right-wing network reaching deep into the state security apparatus.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/25/lueb-s25.html

'Nothing call': Trump lashes out at Dems & media after Zelensky chat memo released
rt.com | 2019-09-25
President Donald Trump has slammed his Democratic rivals for launching an impeachment probe based on a "nothing call" with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. | House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an impeachment inquiry on Tuesday, on the back of allegations that Trump threatened to withhold military aid to Ukraine, in a bid to pressure Zelensky into investigating Joe Biden's son Hunter's business dealings in the country. The Department of Justice released a transcript of the call on Wednesday, which detaile…
rt.com/usa/469604-trump-transcript-press-response/

'If impeachment trump card doesn't work, it will guarantee Trump re-election,' civil rights lawyer tells RT
rt.com | 2019-09-25
With the announcement of an official impeachment inquiry, Democrats have put all their eggs in one basket, risking losing the next election if they fail to enlist enough support, civil rights attorney Robert Patillo told RT. | Read more | | Tulsi says impeachment would be 'terribly divisive' as Trump's Republican challengers back the move | Accusing US President Donald Trump of pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to "take actions which would benefit him politically" — that is, to investigate 2020 candidate Joe Biden's son Hunt…
rt.com/usa/469549-impeachement-pelosi-trump-elections/

Signs DR Congo Ebola outbreak finally 'on the retreat' but risk of international spread, 'still high'
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-25
The second worst Ebola outbreak in history is "on the retreat" said the UN's health agency chief on Wednesday, warning however that there is no room for complacency, with dozens of new cases each week still being recorded in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/09/1047552

Impeachment inquiry follows rising popular demands for action
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-09-25
WASHINGTON–Whatever you may think of Ukraine's government–mired in corruption, red-baiting, xenophobia, and pro-Nazi anti-Semitism–Donald Trump's ultimatum to that nation's new president to dig up dirt on U.S. political foe Joe Biden, in return for foreign aid, was the trigger that pushed Democratic leaders to yield to the rising demand for the GOP incumbent's impeachment. The …
peoplesworld.org/article/impeachment-inquiry-follows-rising-popular-demands-for-action/

As Democrats begin Trump impeachment, key 'Russiagate' case may be imploding
rt.com | 2019-09-25
President Donald Trump's security adviser Michael Flynn was the first casualty of 'Russiagate' impeachment push, but the case against him seems weaker than ever, after a federal judge voided the conviction of his business partner. | Flynn, a retired general and former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, was forced to resign in February 2017, after less than two weeks of serving as national security adviser. He was snared in an FBI perjury trap as part of surveillance of the Trump campaign — which was predicated on claims it was "colluding" with Russia during the 2016 presidential election. | Though t…
rt.com/usa/469544-flynn-russiagate-rafiekian-impeachment/

Democrats Are Blowing A Huge Opportunity on Venezuela
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-09-25
Days after the Democratic presidential candidates missed yet another opportunity to challenge President Donald Trump's failed Venezuela policy on the debate stage on September 12, President Nicolás Maduro signed an important agreement with four opposition parties. These events offer insight into the differing perspectives on the economic, social and political crises in Venezuela–one perspective from the Washington political establishment, the other from Venezuelans. | The Trump administration has applied brutal economic sanctions on Venezuela that functionally create a…
truthdig.com/articles/democrats-are-blowing-a-huge-opportunity-on-venezuela/

The Boys in the Boots
Saad Hafiz | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-25
Pakistan's generals should be happy men. They are the self-appointed guardians of the state with an iron grip on the country. Instead of a social welfare democracy seen by the founding fathers, Pakistan has become a national security state. Sixty years after the coup d'état that brought General Ayub Khan to power in 1958, the civilian leadership…
counterpunch.org/2019/09/25/the-boys-in-the-boots/

US Justice Dept releases much-anticipated summary of Trump's call with Ukrainian president
rt.com | 2019-09-25
US President Donald Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to look into whether ex-Vice President Joe Biden blocked an investigation into his son's company, according to a summary of the call between the two leaders. | The memo was released Wednesday morning. | | "There's a lot of talk about Biden's son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great," Trump told Zelensky in a summary of the call transcript provided by the Justice Department on Wednesday. | | Democratic frontrunner Biden allegedl…
rt.com/usa/469593-trump-call-zelensky-release/

Trump Did Ask Ukrainian President to Investigate Joe Biden
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-25
United States President Donald Trump did ask his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate a political rival Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, in coordination with the U.S. attorney general and Trump's personal lawyer, according to a summary of call released by the Trump administration Wednesday. | RELATED: | US: House Democrats Begin Official Trump Impeachment Inquiry | According to the summary of the half-hour July 25 call, Trump told Zelenskiy that At…
telesurenglish.net/news/Trump-Did-Ask-Ukrainian-President-to-Investigate-Joe-Biden-20190925-0018.html

It's Time to Impeach Members of Congress for Not Impeaching Trump
Jud Lounsbury | progressive.org | 2019-09-25
The question is no longer whether it's a good idea. It's about whether the members of Congress, Democrats and Republicans alike, will follow their oath of office to defend the Constitution.
progressive.org/dispatches/impeach-congress-for-not-impeaching-trump-lounsbury-190925/

House Democrats launch formal impeachment inquiry against Trump
wsws.org | 2019-09-25
The action is a major escalation in the factional warfare within the US ruling elite, which revolves largely around differences over foreign policy.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/25/impe-s25.html

Mass killings in Afghanistan are acts of white supremacy
Charles Davis | nationofchange.org | 2019-09-25
An American white nationalist killed over 30 people recently. The victims, all brown, had full lives; children, loved ones, and years, full of plans, ahead of them. But then they were incinerated. Worst of all, they were murdered while Afghan. The deaths were noted in the press, and one Democrat running for president even acknowledged …
nationofchange.org/2019/09/25/mass-killings-in-afghanistan-are-acts-of-white-supremacy/

Trump impeachment proceedings based on 'nothing' phone call, but fallout will hurt America long-term
rt.com | 2019-09-25
The transcript of President Donald Trump's phone call with his Ukrainian counterpart shows no pressure or threats to withhold aid. So why are Democrats and media still reading it that way, and invoking it as impeachment grounds? | For over two years, the Democrats pinned their hopes on Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who was investigating the claims of "Russian collusion" and obstruction of justice in relation to it — only to come up empty-handed back in May. | Undeterred, the party pushed impeachment anyway, arguing that the report somehow showed obstruction of justice somewhere between the lines, and pr…
rt.com/usa/469626-trump-impeachement-transctript-democrats/

The Case for Impeachment Goes Way Beyond Ukraine
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-09-25
If Democrats let the president skate on his other crimes, they risk sending a dangerous message to voters ahead of the 2020 elections.
truthdig.com/articles/the-case-for-impeachment-goes-way-beyond-ukraine/

I Wrote About the Bidens and Ukraine Years Ago. Then the Right-Wing Spin Machine Turned the Story Upside Down
James Risen | theintercept.com | 2019-09-25
Many observers now seem to think this suddenly hot story came out of nowhere this year, but that is not true.
theintercept.com/2019/09/25/i-wrote-about-the-bidens-and-ukraine-years-ago-then-the-right-wing-spin-machine-turned-the-story-upside-down/

The Bidens, Trump, Kiev and Impeachment
Victor Grossman | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-25
The impeachment drive is quickly gathering steam, and who can have any sympathy for that man in the Oval Office? But I wonder if some enthusiasts may not be digging deeply enough. Has anyone noticed how often the media, in condemning Trump's treachery, swiftly and inconspicuously brush off the "unsubstantiated" and "vague" accusations against Hunter…
counterpunch.org/2019/09/25/the-bidens-trump-kiev-and-impeachment/

Impeaching Trump: Finally convinced, Pelosi opens formal inquiry
C.J. Atkins | peoplesworld.org | 2019-09-25
With the explosive whistleblower revelation that Trump allegedly threatened to withhold military aid from Ukraine to get dirt on the family of Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced the launching of a formal impeachment inquiry against the President of the United States. Speaking at the Capitol Tuesday evening, Pelosi said that Trump's "enlistment …
peoplesworld.org/article/impeaching-trump-finally-convinced-pelosi-opens-formal-inquiry/

Trump's Ukraine call raises questions about campaign finance rules on foreign interference
Anna Massoglia and Karl Evers-Hillstrom | nationofchange.org | 2019-09-25
President Donald Trump acknowledged this weekend that he discussed former Vice President Joe Biden and his son during a July phone call with Ukraine's president, leading critics to question whether Trump is courting foreign interference ahead of the 2020 presidential election. Trump reportedly urged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate his potential 2020 opponent over an unsubstantiated claim that …
nationofchange.org/2019/09/25/trumps-ukraine-call-raises-questions-about-campaign-finance-rules-on-foreign-interference/

The 2020 Campaign Event Where 'Everyday Iowans' Asked the Questions
Spencer Green | thenation.com | 2019-09-25
The 2020 Campaign Event Where 'Everyday Iowans' Asked the Questions…
thenation.com/article/iowa-democrats-election-2020/

'Impeachment? For That?' Trump Describes Blatant Violations as 'Perfect' Conversation in Rambling, Falsehood-Laden Press Conference
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-09-25
While critics of the president assert his behavior is in blatant violation of the law and sworn duty, Trump claims request for Ukraine president to dig up dirt on Joe Biden—the leading Democratic candidate at the time—was a "beautiful" chat. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/trump_nuts.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/09/25/impeachment-trump-describes-blatant-violations-perfect-conversation-rambling?cd-origin=rss

As Impeach Trump Momentum Builds, Grassroots Groups Target Undecided Members of Congress
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-09-25
After House Speaker Nancy Pelosi finally caved to pressure from a growing cohort of Democratic lawmakers and formally launched an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump Tuesday evening, grassroots groups on Wednesday announced new efforts to urge undecided members of Congress to back "impeachment now!" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/impeach_trump_0.png
commondreams.org/news/2019/09/25/impeach-trump-momentum-builds-grassroots-groups-target-undecided-members-congress?cd-origin=rss

Trump Lashes Out at Iran, China & Venezuela in Nationalist Address to U.N. General Assembly
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-25
On Tuesday, President Trump made his third address to the United Nations General Assembly amid simmering tensions in the Middle East over recent attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities, which the United States blames on Iran. Tehran denies the allegations. Trump also lashed out at China and Venezuela. We speak with Vijay Prashad, director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research and chief editor of LeftWord Books. His latest article for Salon is headlined "World leaders gather at the UN in the face of war, climate catastrophe & global worker exploitation."
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/25/trump_un_general_assembly_speech_vijay

"We've Reached Critical Mass": Rep. Al Green on Pelosi Vow to Impeach Trump for "Dastardly Deeds"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-25
Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has launched a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump following allegations from an intelligence community whistleblower that Trump sought help from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a July 25 phone call to investigate Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden and his son Hunter. On Tuesday, the Republican-controlled Senate unanimously passed a nonbinding resolution calling for the Trump administration to release the whistleblower complaint to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. We get response and look at next steps with Congressmember Al Gree…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/25/formal_impeachment_inquiry_trump

Billy Bragg: What the U.K. Supreme Court's Historic Ruling Against Boris Johnson Means for Brexit
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-25
The U.K. Parliament has reconvened after the country's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson had unlawfully suspended Parliament in order to push through Brexit with or without a deal. Johnson made the unprecedented move late last month, asking the queen to prorogue Parliament in order to limit debate on leaving the European Union, which the U.K. is scheduled to do by October 31. Calls for Johnson's resignation are mounting since the news broke, with opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn calling for a general election and demanding Johnson apologize to the queen and to the country. For mo…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/25/brexit_british_parliament_billy_bragg

'Billionaires should not exist': Is Bernie Sanders' wealth tax too extreme for America?
rt.com | 2019-09-24
Democrat 2020 contender Bernie Sanders has unveiled an ambitious wealth tax proposal, promising to slash the fortunes of America's uber-rich. Is his plan an existential threat to the wealthy or mere election bluster? | The Vermont senator unveiled his plan on Tuesday, declaring on Twitter afterwards that "billionaires should not exist." If implemented, his 'Tax on Extreme Wealth' would see a progressive tax applied to couples with a net worth of $32 million, or singles with a worth of at least $16 million. These groups would give the government a one-percent cut of their fortune annually, while those with asse…
rt.com/usa/469533-sanders-wealth-tax-billionaires/

Nate Silver and the Pitfalls of the Corporate Pundit Class
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-24
Political statistician and editor-in-chief of FiveThirtyEight Nate Silver found himself in hot water recently when he seemed to refer to the diverse supporters of Bernie Sanders' campaign as "residue." Jacqueline Luqman talks to Anoa Changa about why that language, and the bias of the corporate pundit class, is an issue.
therealnews.com/stories/nate-silver-and-the-pitfalls-of-the-corporate-pundit-class

Whistleblowers Save our Democracy, Says Daniel Ellsberg
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-24
Trump has been exposed by leakers and might face consequences, and Edward Snowden has published a book. Daniel Ellsberg reflects on the bravery of exposing the truth.
therealnews.com/stories/dly092319_ellsberg_whistleblower

Trump Seeks to Kneecap Consumer Protection Agency Advocated for by Elizabeth Warren
Steven Schwinn | progressive.org | 2019-09-24
We've grown accustomed to Donald Trump's relentless political attacks. but, in the end, his constitutional attacks on the administrative state could cause the most damage.
progressive.org/dispatches/trump-attacks-consumer-agencys-independence-schwinn-190924/

Support FAIR: Corporate Media Sidetracking Real Election Issues–Again — copy
Deborah | fair.org | 2019-09-24
Dear FAIR Friends, While corporate media focus on who's up/who's down in the horserace for the Democratic nomination, more substantive concerns–What are the candidates' policy proposals? Are they adequate to the scale of the problems we face? Will our votes be suppressed, or even miscounted?–go unaddressed. With so much at stake, we've got to …
fair.org/zmail/support-fair-corporate-media-sidetracking-real-election-issues-again-copy/

Pelosi announces IMPEACHMENT inquiry over Ukraine call, Trump says it will help him win elections
rt.com | 2019-09-24
President Donald Trump has called a looming impeachment inquiry against him a "positive," saying it will help him "win the election." House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the investigation shortly afterwards. | Speaking to reporters at the UN General Assembly in New York, Trump said that impeachment would be "a positive for me," adding "we will win the election." | Democrats in Congress have threatened to impeach Trump countless times already — sometimes for non-offenses like "being such good friends with Putin," or making up…
rt.com/usa/469537-trump-pelosi-impeach-election/

EXCLUSIVE: Palestinian member of Israeli Knesset puts antisemitism smears against Corbyn into context
Mohamed Elmaazi | thecanary.co | 2019-09-24
A Palestinian former member of the Israeli Knesset (parliament) has blasted the antisemitism smears against Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. Haneen Zoabi said the claims against Corbyn and his supporters are a product of long-standing policies of the Israeli state. Zoabi left the Knesset in 2019 after serving 10 years with the progressive National Democratic Assembly (aka the Balad party). While i…
thecanary.co/exclusive/2019/09/24/exclusive-palestinian-member-of-israeli-knesset-puts-antisemitism-smears-against-corbyn-into-context/

Trump authorizes release of 'complete' transcript of call with Ukraine's Zelensky, Dems still not happy
rt.com | 2019-09-24
US President Donald Trump said a full transcript of his recent call with the Ukrainian president is to be released, but Democrats continue with calls for impeachment and plan to interview the whistleblower on the incident. | Trump tweeted on Tuesday that he had authorized the release of the "complete, fully declassified and unredacted transcript" of his conversation with Volodymyr Zelensky. In a separate tweet, he said it was a "very friendly and totally appropriate call" and he applied "no pressure" on the Ukrainian leader. | Democrats had been up in arms after a whistleblower complained that Trump had allege…
rt.com/usa/469532-trump-zelensky-biden-transcript/

Philly labor hosts first ever "Workers' Presidential Summit"
Ben Sears | peoplesworld.org | 2019-09-24
PHILADELPHIA –Last spring Pat Eiding, President of the Philadelphia AFL-CIO Council, urged his members to start getting ready for the 2020 Presidential campaign; he also expressed some concern about the apparent early surge of support for former Vice President Joe Biden saying "this whole thing is happening too fast." Several union leaders and activists responded …
peoplesworld.org/article/philly-labor-hosts-first-ever-workers-presidential-summit/

The Bidens, Trump, Kiev and impeachment
Victor Grossman | mronline.org | 2019-09-24
The impeachment drive is quickly gathering steam, and who can have any sympathy for that man in the Oval Office? But I wonder if some enthusiasts may not be digging deeply enough. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/09/24/the-bidens-trump-kiev-and-impeachment/

Impeachment Is the Cure for a Constitutional Crisis
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-09-24
Impeachment Is the Cure for a Constitutional Crisis…
thenation.com/article/impeachment-warren/

Biden Might Not Be the One to Beat Trump
Katrina vanden Heuvel | thenation.com | 2019-09-24
Biden Might Not Be the One to Beat Trump…
thenation.com/article/biden-might-not-be-the-one-to-beat-trump/

Meet Brazil's Indigenous Leader Attacked by Bolsonaro at U.N. over Efforts to Preserve the Amazon
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-24
A number of indigenous leaders from Brazil traveled to New York to protest Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's push to open the Amazon rainforest for agribusiness, logging and mining. Democracy Now!'s Nermeen Shaikh spoke to Chief Raoni Metuktire of the Kayapó tribe on Monday outside the U.N. Climate Action Summit about the situation in the Amazon, including the recent outbreak of devastating fires. After the interview, Chief Raoni attempted to enter the U.N. summit, but despite support from dozens of activists, he was barred from entering. He is a nominee for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/24/un_climate_summit_indigenous_leader_barred

How Dare You! Greta Thunberg Slams World's Focus on Economic "Fairy Tales" While Ecosystems Collapse
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-24
Scores of world leaders gathered in New York on Monday for the U.N. Climate Action Summit, but the world's largest greenhouse gas emitters announced few new measures to address the climate crisis. President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence briefly attended the summit but left after just 14 minutes. At the beginning of the summit, 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg delivered an impassioned address to world leaders, explicitly naming their inaction on the climate crisis. "People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing," Greta said. "We are in the beginning of a mass ext…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/24/un_climate_action_summit_greta_thunberg

Ta-Nehisi Coates on His Debut Novel "The Water Dancer," Slavery & Reparations
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-24
Celebrated writer Ta-Nehisi Coates's first novel, "The Water Dancer," was released today. Centering on a man named Hiram Walker, who was born into slavery in 19th century Virginia, the novel is a "crowd-pleasing exercise in breakneck and often occult storytelling," a review in The New York Times stated. Over the past decade Ta-Nehisi Coates has become one of the nation's most celebrated writers. In 2014, he wrote a piece titled "The Case for Reparations," which rejuvenated the push for the government to pay reparations to the descendants of slaves. His 2015 book, "Between the World and Me," a National Book Award…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/24/ta_nehisi_coates_the_water_dancer

In Landmark UN Complaint, 16 Children Accuse Nations of Failing to Protect Them from Climate Change
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-24
Youth climate activists from around the world also attended the U.N. Climate Action Summit Monday, where they spoke at UNICEF about a landmark new climate complaint they filed with the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. Hailing from countries including Argentina, Brazil, Germany, the Marshall Islands and Tunisia, the young representatives spoke about why they feel compelled to act on the climate crisis. Among the youth climate activists were Alexandria Villaseñor of New York and Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg.
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/24/children_vs_climatecrisis

BREXIT: Europe in Miniature
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-09-24
The most important question for the European Union today is whether BREXIT signals the beginning of the end for the entire bloc, or will ultimately serve to discourage other countries from attempting to cut ties. BREXIT: a denial of democracy No one was more surprised by the result of the 2016 Referendum on BREXIT than …
uwidata.com/5431-brexit-europe-in-miniature/

GOP Racial Gerrymandering Mastermind Participated in Redistricting in More States Than Previously Known, Files Reveal
David Daley | theintercept.com | 2019-09-23
Thomas Hofeller and GOP strategists experimented with using race as the primary factor in drawing districts in Alabama, Florida, and West Virginia.
theintercept.com/2019/09/23/gerrymandering-gop-west-virginia-florida-alabama/

What Media Like Best About Elizabeth Warren: She's Not Bernie Sanders
Julie Hollar | fair.org | 2019-09-23
by Julie Hollar | When the Washington Post's Paul Waldman ( 9/18/19) recently attempted to explain Elizabeth Warren's rise in the Democratic primary polls, he attributed it in part to media: Reporters on the campaign trail have said for some time that she is the one who generates the most enthusiastic response among voters o…
fair.org/home/what-media-like-best-about-elizabeth-warren-shes-not-bernie-sanders/

Reporters Should Stop Helping Donald Trump Spread Lies About Joe Biden and Ukraine
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-09-23
By reporting on a conspiracy theory promoted by the president as a political story, with two sides, journalists are helping to weaponize disinformation.
theintercept.com/2019/09/22/reporters-stop-helping-donald-trump-spread-lies-joe-biden-ukraine/

Millions Took Part in the Youth-Led Global Climate Strike Friday. Here's Why People Marched
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-23
As many as a quarter-million people marched on the streets of New York City Friday for a youth-led climate strike inspired by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. Globally, as many as 4 million people took to the streets in hundreds of countries. Democracy Now! was in the streets of New York on Friday speaking with climate strikers from the United States and around the world.
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/23/climate_march_interviews_youth_protesters

19-Year-Old Indigenous Climate Activist Artemisa Xakriabá: "We Fight for Mother Earth"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-23
Friday's climate strike in New York City concluded with remarks from indigenous leaders, activists and organizers. Artemisa Xakriabá, a 19-year-old indigenous climate activist of the Xakriabá people, spoke about the increasing intensity of environmental destruction across Brazil and the interconnectedness of the fight for climate justice. "We fight for our Mother Earth because the fight for Mother Earth is the mother of all other fights," Xakriabá said. "We are fighting for your lives. We are fighting for our lives. We are fighting for our sacred territory. But we are being persecuted, threatened, murdered, only…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/23/brazil_indigenous_climate_activist_artemisa_xakriaba

Bill McKibben: Youth Who Led Global Climate Strike Are Bringing a New "Spirit" to Climate Fight
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-23
Following Friday's youth-led climate strike — the largest-ever global protest focused on climate — we speak with Bill McKibben, longtime journalist and co-founder of 350.org. McKibben's latest piece for The New Yorker is titled "Money Is the Oxygen on Which the Fire of Global Warming Burns," and his cover piece for Time magazine is headlined "Hello from the Year 2050. We Avoided the Worst of Climate Change — But Everything Is Different." McKibben's 1989 book, "The End of Nature," was the first book for a general audience about climate change.
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/23/bill_mckibben_climate_crisis_global_demonstrations

"This Is Our Time. This Is Our Future." Voices from the Historic Youth Climate Strike in NYC
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-23
As many as 4 million people around the world took to the streets Friday in the largest day of action focused on the climate crisis. Students across the globe led climate strikes in hundreds of countries, inspired by 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. The demonstration kicked off in Foley Square, where tens of thousands of people gathered before the march. Varshini Prakash, co-founder and executive director of the Sunrise Movement, and climate activist Vic Barrett were among the handful of activists who addressed the climate strikers in Foley Square.
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/23/global_climate_strike_foley_square_speeches

"Our House Is on Fire": Greta Thunberg Addresses Hundreds of Thousands at NYC Climate Strike
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-23
Sixteen-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg spoke at Friday's climate strike in New York, where an estimated 300,000 people took to the streets. Thunberg inspired the global spread of weekly climate strikes when she started skipping school to protest outside of the Swedish parliament last year. "We will not just stand aside and watch," Thunberg told a crowd of thousands in her speech at Manhattan's Battery Park. "We are united behind the science, and we will do everything in our power to stop this crisis from getting worse."
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/23/new_york_city_climate_strike_greta

History will judge Mugabe's legacy
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-09-23
Alan BroughtonIssue 1239 Zimbabwe Movement for Democratic Change MDC ZANU-PFSeptember 23, 2019Zimbabwe's independence leader and former president Robert Mugabe is remembered for his leadership of the succ…
greenleft.org.au/content/history-will-judge-mugabe-legacy

Why Is Bill De Blasio Trying to Kill Me? New York's Mayor Claims to Be Progressive but Favors Drivers Over Bicyclists
Peter Maass | theintercept.com | 2019-09-22
I never expected that my skills as a war reporter would be relevant to my life as a dad in a Brooklyn, but that was before I started biking to work.
theintercept.com/2019/09/22/new-york-city-cars-bicycles-de-blasio/

Philippines: Resist and end Duterte's fascist regime
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-09-22
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following Sept. 20 statement from the Communist Party of the Philippines. | Almost five decades ago, Ferdinand Marcos placed the entire country under martial law which launched his brutal dictatorial rule. For 14 years, the Filipino people resisted valiantly and fought on all arenas of struggle. Serving as the strongest bulwark of anti-fascist resistance, the Party and the New People's Army waged underground and armed struggle, inspiring and militating the Filipino people to unite and struggle for democracy. Culminating long years of anti-fascist resistance, the Filipino…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/9/22/philippines-resist-and-end-duterte-s-fascist-regime

On the Road to Damascus: International Conference in Syria on Sanctions and Its Blowback
Roger D. Harris | mintpressnews.com | 2019-09-21
Syrians say it's even harder now to make ends meet than it was during the height of their country's war because of intensified U.S and European sanctions.
mintpressnews.com/international-conference-in-syria-on-sanctions-and-its-blowback/261986/

Italy: new government to stop the far-right
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-09-21
Italian politics Daniele FulviIssue 1238 Spain anti-racism anti-fascismSeptember 21, 2019Following weeks of negotiations, Italy's 5 Star Movement (M5S) and the Democratic Party (PD) have agreed to form a…
greenleft.org.au/content/italy-new-government-stop-far-right

Through the Eyes of Jesselyn Radack: A Look at the Vital Role of Whistleblowers and Their Attorneys
Jimmysllama | mintpressnews.com | 2019-09-20
"By protecting whistleblowers, sources, and online activists, we facilitate robust investigative journalism, hold government to account, protect the freedoms of speech, privacy and the press, and foster the most critical component of democratic society: an informed citizenry." — Whistleblower and Source Protection Program…
mintpressnews.com/jesselyn-radack-whistleblowers-attorneys/261941/

This Afghan Teen Was Set to Join First-Ever U.N. Youth Climate Summit, But U.S. Denied His Visa
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-20
Climate youth activist Nasratullah Elham of Afghanistan was invited to participate in the first-ever U.N. Youth Climate Summit, but the United States rejected his visa. He breaks the sound barrier to join us from Phuket, Thailand, where he is a 12th grade student, and says his activism is based on the crisis's impact on his home country. "The poor people there are very badly affected in a situation [where] they do not really have much carbon emissions," he says.
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/20/afghan_teen_denied_visa_global_climate

"Young People Have Had Enough": Global Climate Strike Youth Activists on Why They Are Marching Today
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-20
Today is the Global Climate Strike, inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. As people took to the streets in Africa, Asia, Europe and Australia, we host a roundtable discussion with youth activists organizing marches in the United States — in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Minneapolis — ahead of next week's U.N. Climate Action Summit. We are joined by Xiye Bastida, a 17-year-old climate justice activist originally from Mexico who is an organizer with Fridays for Future New York and a student at Beacon High School in New York; Katie Eder, a 19-year-old climate justice activist wh…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/20/global_climate_strike_new_york_minnesota

Kelsey Juliana v. U.S.: Meet the Young Woman Suing the Federal Government over the Climate Crisis
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-20
Among those joining today's Global Climate Strike will be Kelsey Juliana, lead plaintiff in Juliana v. United States, the landmark youth climate lawsuit against the U.S. government. She joins us for a roundtable discussion, along with Jerome Foster II, White House Climate Strike organizer, founder and executive director of OneMillionOfUs.
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/20/youth_climate_lawsuit_juliana_v_united

Support FAIR: Corporate Media Sidetracking Real Election Issues–Again
fair.org | 2019-09-19
Dear FAIR Friends, While corporate media focus on who's up/who's down in the horserace for the Democratic nomination, more substantive concerns–What are the candidates' policy proposals? Are they adequate to the scale of the problems we face? Will our votes be suppressed, or even miscounted?–go unaddressed. With so much at stake, we've got to …
fair.org/home/fundraiser-corporate-media-sidetracking-real-election-issues-again/

Meet the Beauty Queen Who Inspired Gambia's Me Too Movement After Accusing Ex-Dictator of Rape
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-19
In Gambia, an ongoing public truth and reconciliation commission is investigating the atrocities of former President Yahya Jammeh, who ruled the West African country of 2 million people for 22 years before his regime ended in 2016. In widely shared public testimony that has been live-streamed to tens of thousands of people, survivors and members of Jammeh's death squad who killed migrants, journalists and civilians during the president's reign are telling their stories for the world to hear. One such survivor is Fatou "Toufah" Jallow, who says the former president raped her in 2015. We speak with Jallow, a Gambia…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/19/gambia_truth_reconciliation_commission_atrocities

Amnesty Head: Climate Crisis Is a "Death Penalty" for Humanity. Leaders Need Political Will to Act
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-19
More than a million students are expected to walk out of class on Friday in a Global Climate Strike, with more than 800 climate strikes scheduled in the United States alone. Strikes are also being organized in another 150 countries around the world. In our New York studio, we speak to Amnesty International's Secretary General Kumi Naidoo, who has urged school districts across the globe to allow students to walk out of school on Friday without facing punishment. In a letter, Naidoo, who is also the former executive director of Greenpeace, writes, "Children should not be punished for speaking out about the great in…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/19/kumi_naidoo_climate_change_global_strikes

2020: Democratic Establishment vs. Democratic Socialists
Michael Sainato | progressive.org | 2019-09-18
Meet three new challengers to the entrenched old guard.
progressive.org/dispatches/democratic-socialists-congress-2020-sainato-190918/

Tennessee Republicans in Fisticuffs Over School Vouchers
Andy Spears | progressive.org | 2019-09-17
Hot chicken, sex, and cocaine are part of the story of how Tennessee became the latest state to succumb to the Betsy DeVos-backed voucher craze. The result could determine how the GOP addresses the issue across the country.
progressive.org/public-school-shakedown/tennessee-republican-school-voucher-fight-spears-190917/

La hipocresía de Hausmann: Ganando dinero de dictaduras mientras promueve 'democracia' en Venezuela
Anya Parampil | thegrayzone.com | 2019-09-16
Ricardo Hausmann arremetió contra bancos por hacer negocios con el negocio electo de Venezuela. Pero sus declaraciones financieras a Harvard…
thegrayzone.com/2019/09/16/ricardo-hausmann-dinero-dictaduras-venezuela/

Democratic Debate #3: Mr. Rogers, Re-runs, and Real Talk
Jud Lounsbury | progressive.org | 2019-09-13
A side-stepped apology from Biden, two gimmick-meisters, and seven remaining candidates who gave solid performances.
progressive.org/dispatches/democratic-debate-reruns-and-real-talk-lounsbury190913/

Pittsburgh Google contract workers start unionization process, bosses prep union-busting campaign
Vasuki R | liberationnews.org | 2019-09-11
In these crucial coming weeks, solidarity and militancy will keep the workers united as they fight for democracy and the ability to collectively bargain.
liberationnews.org/pittsburgh-google-contract-workers-start-unionization-process-bosses-prep-union-busting-campaign/

New Season of Amazon's Jack Ryan Focused on Venezuela Denounced as 'Over-the-Top and Ridiculous' US Propaganda
Eoin Higgins, Common Dreams | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-09-08
The upcoming season of Amazon's Jack Ryan could have been scripted by John Bolton.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14650