Daily Archives: October 16, 2019

2019-10-16: News Headlines

Staff (2019-10-16). Sanders Blasts 2020 Democrats for Defending Health Insurance Industry. truthdig.com During a portion of Tuesday night's Democratic debate focused on healthcare, Sen. Bernie Sanders interjected to castigate some of his 2020 primary rivals—namely former vice president Joe Biden and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg—for again repeating right-wing talking points against Medicare for All and defending the primacy of the for-profit insurance industry. | "I get a little bit tired, I must say, of people defending a system which is dysfunctional, which is cruel," Sanders said, as he cast glances at Biden and Buttigieg. "Eighty-seven million uninsured, thirty-thousand people dying every…

Staff (2019-10-16). Bernie Sanders to Receive the Most Coveted Democratic Endorsement. truthdig.com Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will endorse the Vermont senator for president, a political coup for Sanders as he looks to increase his standing.

Eric Levitz (2019-10-16). Bernie Sanders's Campaign Is Alive and Well. commondreams.org Bernie 2020 has more than a pulse. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/bernie_11.jpeg

Norman Solomon (2019-10-16). The More Joe Biden Stumbles, the More Corporate Democrats Freak Out. indybay.org Harvesting big checks isn't getting the job done…

Stephen Lendman (2019-10-16). China Vows Strong Countermeasures in Response to Hostile US Legislation. globalresearch.ca The so-called US Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 was unanimously adopted by House and Senate committees. | On Tuesday, House members unanimously passed the measure, Senate adoption virtually certain, perhaps by unanimous voice vote. | The measure ignored …

Democratic Socialists of America Santa Cruz (2019-10-16). NO "Green" Capitalism. indybay.org Louden Nelson Community Center | 301 Center St, Santa Cruz…

Michael Payne (2019-10-16). Republicans see the light, no longer will submit to Trump's domination. nationofchange.org In a stunning, totally unforeseen turn of events, key Senate and House Republicans, after meeting in an 8-hour secret session, suddenly announced that Republican members of Congress will no longer bend to the iron-fisted dictates and rule of President Trump. This political bombshell came out of nowhere and has turned Washington DC upside down. The …

WSWS (2019-10-16). California Governor vetoes $2 billion affordable housing bill. wsws.org Gavin Newsom's veto exposes the Democrat as a fiscal austerity conservative in the mold of Republican governors.

WSWS (2019-10-16). Testimony highlights key role of Bolton in impeachment inquiry against Trump. wsws.org The forces with which the Democrats are aligned include Bolton, who speaks for the most rabidly militaristic factions of the neo-conservative right wing.

WSWS (2019-10-16). Opinion polls indicate Canada's elections to end in hung parliament. wsws.org Excluded from the official campaign has been any substantive discussion of the critical issues confronting working people—mounting economic insecurity and social inequality, the assault on democratic rights, rearmament and the threat of war.

Christian Elliott (2019-10-16). Both conservatives and liberals can agree on action on climate change. nationofchange.org We tend to assume that democracies, over the long arc of history, work towards progress and justice. But with an issue like climate change, we're running out of time. It may come as a surprise, but at the moment, democracy may be an obstacle to the rapid action we need on climate change. Democratic governments …

WSWS (2019-10-16). Chicago teachers expected to strike Thursday, as union pledges to limit it to a "short-term" walkout. wsws.org Despite having dropped some of the union's demands and announced "a path to a settlement" with Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot's school board, CTU leaders have said it is unlikely they can avert a strike.

Ryan Grim (2019-10-16). Joe Biden, in Stumbling Debate Performance, Claims Credit for Elizabeth Warren's Signature Achievement. theintercept.com "You did a hell of a job at your job," Biden told Elizabeth Warren, in a remark that couldn't have been more patronizing if he tried.

WSWS (2019-10-16). The Democrats support the "Forever War" wsws.org The Democratic Party's saber-rattling response to the Syrian fiasco helps Trump fraudulently posture as an opponent of war.

South Front (2019-10-16). Video: Syrian Army Taking Control of Key Positions in SDF-held Area. globalresearch.ca On October 14, units of the Syrian Army started entering areas controlled by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northeastern Syria. | The terms and conditions of the deal made by the SDF and Damascus are yet to be revealed, …

Ad Hoc Committee For Democracy, Transparency (2019-10-16). Stop The Shutdown, Union Busting & Coup at WBAI/Pacifica. indybay.org KPFA | 1929 Martin Luther King Blvd | Berkeley, CA…

Kim C. Domenico (2019-10-16). It Serves Us Right To Suffer: Breaking Down Neoliberal Complacency. counterpunch.org To be an intellectual really means to speak a truth that allows suffering to speak.. That is, it creates a vision of the world that puts into the limelight the social misery that is usually hidden or concealed by the dominant viewpoints of a society. Cornel West, Chekhov, Coltrane and Democracy Neoliberalism, like the 'spectacle' More

Common Dreams staff (2019-10-16). If Democrats 'Don't Have the Guts' To Battle For-Profit Healthcare Industry, Says Sanders, 'We Should Be Ashamed'. commondreams.org "I get a little bit tired," 2020 candidate declared during debate, "of people defending a system which is dysfunctional, which is cruel." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/sanders_medicare_for_all_dem_debate.jpg

Staff (2019-10-16). Debate Rivals Assail Warren as She Joins Democrats' Top Rank. truthdig.com A historic dozen candidates spar on stage, with several challenging the Massachusetts senator on her Medicare for All and wealth tax plans.

Ryan Cooper (2019-10-16). Pete Buttigieg's Disingenuous Attack on Medicare-For-All. commondreams.org I, for one, have had quite enough of Buttigieg's glib turbo-wonk shtick. He simply is not being straight with the American people. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/gettyimages-1181335984.jpg

Michael Harris (2019-10-16). State Capitol Camellia Grove – Pan African Global Trade and Investment Press Conference. indybay.org California State Capitol Park | Pioneer Camellia Grove | Near L Street and 12th Street | Sacramento, California…

Andrés Castro (2019-10-16). Looking Normal in Kew Gardens. counterpunch.org Looking Normal in Kew Gardens It's normal not to think about the mentally ill homeless, until one picks up a six-year-old in your neighborhood, just playing in his driveway, and smashes his head against the pavement. I heard this homeless guy screaming, down the block from my building, as he was being arrested. Didn't look More

John Nichols (2019-10-16). Bernie Sanders Is Back. thenation.com Bernie Sanders Is Back…

Joan Walsh (2019-10-16). Elizabeth Warren Learns That Being a Frontrunner Isn't All Fun and Games. thenation.com Elizabeth Warren Learns That Being a Frontrunner Isn't All Fun and Games…

Jeet Heer (2019-10-16). On a Crowded Stage, Democrats Divide Into 2 Tribes. thenation.com On a Crowded Stage, Democrats Divide Into 2 Tribes…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-10-16). 'Huge Moment in the 2020 Race': Ocasio-Cortez to Endorse Bernie Sanders for President. commondreams.org "This is a huge moment and Sanders cannot, and should not, be ignored any longer by those who continue to erase him, his candidacy, and his supporters." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/sanders_aoc_0.jpg

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-10-16). 'An Absolute Joke': Debate Moderators Condemned for Asking About Ellen and George Bush After Completely Ignoring Climate Crisis. commondreams.org "CNN thought it was more important to use Ellen hanging out with a war criminal as a jumping off point to ask about bipartisan friendships than ask about the largest existential threat facing humanity." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/moderators_democratic_debate.jpg

Staff (2019-10-16). Mehdi Hasan: "There Should Only Be Two Front-Runners Right Now: Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren" democracynow.org Twelve candidates took to the stage for the fourth round of the Democratic presidential debate in Westerville, Ohio, Tuesday to spar over healthcare, foreign policy, impeachment, gun violence, economic inequality and more. Senator Elizabeth Warren — who is now leading some national polls — repeatedly came under attack from her rivals. In the first debate since Senator Bernie Sanders suffered a heart attack two weeks ago, the Vermont senator advocated for a Green New Deal, Medicare for All and a wealth tax. Former Vice President Joe Biden attacked the proposals of both Sanders and Warren and faced scru…

Staff (2019-10-16). Warren and Sanders: A Wealth Tax Is Needed to Address Staggering Inequality. democracynow.org 2020 progressive front-runners Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren pushed for a wealth tax at the fourth Democratic debate Tuesday night. We speak with senior contributor at The Intercept, Mehdi Hasan, who hosts their "Deconstructed" podcast, and David Cay Johnston, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter. He is the founder and editor of DCReport.org.

Staff (2019-10-16). Democrats Decry Trump's Syria Policy But Fail to Address Palestine, Yemen, China & Other Issues. democracynow.org At Tuesday's debate, Democratic candidates took aim at President Trump's recent move to withdraw support from the Kurds in northern Syria, paving the way for Turkey to invade the region. We speak with Intercept contributor Mehdi Hasan, host of the "Deconstructed" podcast, about the candidates' foreign policy proposals.

Staff (2019-10-16). It Was the Longest Debate So Far, But CNN & NYT Asked No Questions on Climate Crisis & Immigration. democracynow.org Despite ongoing climate chaos and a sustained humanitarian disaster at the southern border, The New York Times and CNN failed to ask candidates directly about immigration or the climate crisis at Tuesday night's Democratic presidential debate. We speak with Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, who says the lack of attention to immigraton "was a major gap in the three-hour debate." We also speak with journalist Kate Aronoff about the debate's failure to address the climate crisis.

Staff (2019-10-16). Dem Debate: "Disingenuous" Attacks on Medicare for All Distract From Cost of Today's Broken System. democracynow.org Democratic candidates sparred at Tuesday's debate over their healthcare platforms and Medicare for All. We speak with Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, a professor at CUNY-Hunter College and the co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program. Moderators in the CNN and New York Times debate repeatedly pressed Elizabeth Warren on whether taxes would increase under Medicare for All. "The framing of that question is crazy," says Dr. Woolhandler. "What really matters is how much a household is paying."

Staff (2019-10-16). Headlines for October 16, 2019. democracynow.org 12 Democratic Candidates Take to the Stage in Ohio, Pence Heads to Turkey as Erdogan Vows No Ceasefire in Northern Syria, State Dept. Official: White House Put "Three Amigos" in Charge of Ukraine Policy, Activists Arrested in D.C. over Trump Plan to Gut Refugee Resettlement, British Family Detained for a Week After Mistakenly Driving Across U.S.-Canada Border, Egypt Tortured Journalist & Activist Esraa Abdel Fattah in Custody, Worst Fires in Decades Rage Across Lebanon, Mexican Senate Slated to Vote on Bill to Legalize Marijuana, Mohawk Man Launches Hunger Strike Amid Land Dispute with Real Estate Developers, Cal…

Ron Jacobs (2019-10-15). Betrayal in the Levant. counterpunch.org Confusion reigns in certain left-leaning and anarchist circles. Pat Robertson tells Trump he will lose his mandate of heaven if he really does pull the US troops occupying northern Syria from their positions. Democrats, Republicans, neocons and neoliberals join the Pentagon and the mainstream US media to decry this possible troop redeployment. Turkey assembles its military More

Victor Grossman (2019-10-15). Thirty years later the Berlin Wall is again being "remembered" peoplesworld.org BERLIN — Remembrance Days are rewarding for journalists, especially since Google made research digging so easy. And how the German media love such days! Their favorite dates recall four events: June 17, 1953, the "Uprising" (or whatever it's labeled) by East German workers in the birthing period of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), the building …

Vijay Prashad (2019-10-15). The IMF convenes in Washington, deaf to the suffering it causes across the planet. mronline.org No one within the IMF meeting will raise the question of democracy, both in terms of the IMF's own functioning and in terms of the IMF's relationship with sovereign countries around the world. | Source

Victor Grossman (2019-10-15). The Berlin Wall, Thirty Years Later. counterpunch.org Remembrance Days are rewarding for journalists, especially since Google made research digging so easy. And how the German media love such days! Their favorite dates recall four events: June 17, 1953, the "Uprising" (or whatever it's labeled) by East German workers in the birthing period of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), the building of the Berlin Wall More

teleSUR (2019-10-15). Fernandez Stands in Solidarity With Ecuador's Leftist Leaders. telesurenglish.net Through a message on social networks, the front-runner in Argentina's presidential election, Alberto Fernandez expressed concern about the human rights situation in Ecuador and stood in solidarity with leaders of left-wing social and political organizations. | RELATED: | Jeremy Corbyn, Bernie Sanders Back Ecuador Anti-IMF Protests | "The serious events…

The Canary (2019-10-15). SNP deputy attacks 'voter suppression initiatives' of Westminster Government. thecanary.co A second Scottish independence referendum must not feature the "voter suppression initiatives" being put forward by Boris Johnson's government, SNP depute [deputy] leader Keith Brown said.While he said independence supporters were "closer now than we have ever been" to achieving their goal, he warned of the impact it could have if voters had to produce ID when they turn up at polling stations.In the Queen's speech on Monday the UK government outlined plans to require people to bring photographic proof of identity with them when they go to cast their ballot. | Brown noted that legislation setting out the rules and…

Norman Solomon (2019-10-15). The More Joe Biden Stumbles, the More Corporate Democrats Freak Out. counterpunch.org The Democratic Party's most powerful donors are running out of options in the presidential race. Their warhorse Joe Biden is stumbling, while the other corporate-minded candidates lag far behind. For party elites, with less than four months to go before voting starts in caucuses and primaries, 2020 looks like Biden or bust. A key problem More

Fight Back (2019-10-15). Coalition to March on the DNC 2020 gets off to a good start with its first action. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI – The first meeting for the Coalition to March on the DNC took place on the evening of October 11, concluding with a demonstration and rally. The coalition is comprised of many progressive activist groups united around nine demands – or points of unity – that serve as a basis and also a guide to action. Some of these points are "Legalization for all; no more deportations" and "Fight to expand union and worker rights." | The coalition plans to march during the Democratic National Convention next July. Though a request for a permit to march has been submitted, the coalition is still awaiting a respons…

WSWS (2019-10-15). Trump conference video incites violence against opponents. wsws.org The gruesome video imagines Trump using guns, knives, spears and other weapons to slaughter his critics in the media and the Democratic Party.

commondreams (2019-10-15). Democracy First, Senator Warren's New Plan. commondreams.org ______________________________…

teleSUR (2019-10-15). Bernardine Evaristo Becomes 1st Black Woman to Win Booker Prize. telesurenglish.net Margaret Atwood's "The Testaments" and Bernardine Evaristo's "Girl, Woman, Other" jointly won the Booker Prize Monday in a surprise double award in which the literary prize recognized its oldest and first black women winners. | RELATED: | Toni Morrison, First Black Woman Nobel laureate, Dies at 88 | The authors will split the 50,000 pounds (US$62,800) annual…

Katrina vanden Heuvel (2019-10-15). Sanders and Warren Are Widening the Democratic Party's Left Lane. thenation.com Sanders and Warren Are Widening the Democratic Party's Left Lane…

John Nichols (2019-10-15). Give Us One Debate About War and Peace. thenation.com Give Us One Debate About War and Peace…

Calvin Trillin (2019-10-15). On Trump Asking China to Investigate the Bidens. thenation.com On Trump Asking China to Investigate the Bidens…

Jen Sorensen (2019-10-15). Fear of a Female Wonk. thenation.com Fear of a Female Wonk…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-10-15). Women Leaders Call On Candidates to Address the #MeTooVoter Ahead of Democratic Debate. commondreams.org Ahead of the fourth Democratic primary debate in the 2020 presidential election, the founder of the #MeToo social justice movement launched a new voter mobilization campaign, urging the recognition of survivors of sexual violence and harassment as a "power base." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/32944418218_dbcb5b0bd4_o11.jpg

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-10-15). Despite Obstruction by Capitol Police, Progressive Groups Deliver 2.2 Million Petitions to Democrats Still Not Backing Medicare for All. commondreams.org "Healthcare is a right, not a privilege, and our members will continue to push for it until we get it over the finish line." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/medicare_for_all_protest.jpg

Staff (2019-10-15). Homewreckers: How Wall Street, Banks & Trump's Inner Circle Used the 2008 Housing Crash to Get Rich. democracynow.org We speak with investigative reporter Aaron Glantz about his new book "Homewreckers," which looks at the devastating legacy of the foreclosure crisis and how much of the so-called recovery is a result of large private equity firms buying up hundreds of thousands of foreclosed homes. "Homewreckers: How a Gang of Wall Street Kingpins, Hedge Fund Magnates, Crooked Banks, and Vulture Capitalists Suckered Millions Out of Their Homes and Demolished the American Dream" reveals how the 2008 housing crash decimated millions of Americans' family wealth but enriched President Donald Trump's inner circle, including Trump Cabi…

Staff (2019-10-15). Botham Jean, Then Atatiana Jefferson: Outrage in Texas as Police Kill Another Black Resident at Home. democracynow.org A white police officer in Fort Worth, Texas, has been arrested and charged with murder, after he shot and killed an African-American woman who was inside her own home. Officer Aaron Dean was responding to a non-emergency call for a wellness check after a neighbor had called the Fort Worth police to report that 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson's front door was open at around 2: 30 in the morning on Saturday. Soon after the officers arrived, Dean, who never identified himself to be a police officer, shouted through Jefferson's bedroom window to put her hands up, and then immediately opened fire, killing her. Minutes b…

Staff (2019-10-15). Headlines for October 15, 2019. democracynow.org Syrian Troops Advance Across Northern Syria After Deal with Kurds, Ex-Top Russia Adviser Testified Bolton Called Giuliani a "Hand Grenade", 12 Democrats Will Take the Stage for Presidential Debate in Ohio Tonight, Fort Worth Cop Charged for Murder After Killing Atatiana Jefferson, Judge: Trump Broke Law by Declaring Emergency to Secure Border Funding, Arizona: Bulldozers Destroyed Protected Cacti to Clear Way for Trump Wall, 8-Year-Old Girl Easily Scales Replica of Trump's "Impenetrable" Border Wall, Protests Erupt at Barcelona Airport over Sentencing of Catalan Leaders, Mexico: 14 Police Officers Killed in Ambus…

Rebecca Gordon (2019-10-15). The True High Crimes and Misdemeanors of Donald J. Trump. commondreams.org Despite Trump's frequently voiced desire "to get out of these ridiculous Endless Wars, many of them tribal, and bring our soldiers home," he may yet do more harm than his Republican predecessor. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/donald_trump_0_0.png

The Canary (2019-10-14). Pro-independence Catalan figures convicted in controversial Spanish trial. thecanary.co A dozen Catalan politicians and activists have been convicted on charges of sedition, misuse of public funds and disobedience for their role in a failed secession attempt for the northeastern region of Spain in 2017. The trial is considered the most important for the country since democracy was restored following the death of fascist dictator General Francisco Franco in 1975.Profound and long-lasting repercussions: Former regional vice presiden…

RT (2019-10-14). Media uproar as video depicting Trump massacring news orgs shown at conservative event. rt.com US media is up in arms after reports that a video depicting Donald Trump massacring 'fake news' agencies and his political rivals was shown at an event held at one of his resorts. | The video in question is a remake of a scene from the 2014 dark comedy 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' where Trump's head is superimposed on the main character, played by Colin Firth. It was aired at an event held by the conservative group American Priority at the Trump National Doral Miami last week. The video was first posted online in 2018. | The fake Trump is shown shooting, stabbing, and killing Democrats like Barack Obama, Hil…

Max Blumenthal (2019-10-14). DC's Atlantic Council raked in funding from Hunter Biden's corruption-stained employer while courting his VP father. thegrayzone.com The shady arrangement between the Atlantic Council and Burisma — the gas company at the center of the 'Ukrainegate' scandal…

Ryan Grim (2019-10-14). In Midst of Bankruptcy Fight, Elizabeth Warren Said "Joe Biden Should Not Be Allowed to Sell Out Women" theintercept.com Warren repeatedly singled out Biden, arguing he "should not be allowed to sell out women in the morning and be heralded as their friend in the evening."

Fight Back (2019-10-14). Tampa Bay demands Supreme Court uphold LGBT job rights. fightbacknews.org Tampa, FL – On October 7 and 8, Tampa Bay Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) rallied against the lack of federal job protections for LGBT workers. On October 8, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) began discussions on three cases that relate to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which protects against job discrimination on the basis of "race, color, religion, sex, or national origin," in order to decide whether sexual orientation and gender identity are also protected under Title VII. Tampa Bay SDS held two rallies in response to this, as a part of a National SDS call to action. SDS demanded that…

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

Staff (2019-10-14). Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed, Awarded Nobel Prize, Celebrated for "Remarkable Change" in Horn of Africa. democracynow.org Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was awarded the 100th Nobel Peace Prize in an announcement Friday morning. The prime minister last year helped broker a historic peace deal between Ethiopia and Eritrea, where leaders of the neighboring countries signed a "Joint Declaration of Peace and Friendship" and declared an end to nearly two decades of a "state of war" that lasted from 1998 to 2000 and killed 70,000 people. Soon after the peace declaration was signed, the first direct flights between Ethiopia and Eritrea in 20 years took off from Addis Ababa, headed to Eritrea's capital Asmara. Ahmed has also lifted the…

Staff (2019-10-14). "We're Still Here": Indigenous Peoples' Day Celebration Reflects Ongoing Resistance to Colonization. democracynow.org Christopher Columbus arrived in the Bahamas 527 years ago this week, unleashing a brutal genocide that killed tens of millions of Native people across the hemisphere. Cities and states across the country are acknowledging this devastating history by rejecting the federal holiday of Columbus Day and celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day instead to honor centuries of indigenous resistance. Alaska, Maine, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont and Wisconsin have all officially recognized Indigenous Peoples' Day. So have more than 130 cities and counties, from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Dallas…

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

RT (2019-10-13). 'She is a capitalist through her bones and I'm not': Sanders hits out at Warren's effort to fight sameness. rt.com Being progressive and bashing big companies is a hot trend among hopefuls for the Democratic nomination, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren has been doing just that. But her rival Bernie Sanders called her "capitalist through her bones." | Self-styled democratic socialist Sanders made progressive ideas popular in 2016 race. In the current election cycle, they have gone mainstream and Warren has been capitalizing on promises of breaking up big tech, taxing the rich, providing Medicare for all. She is now almost tied with former vice president Joe Biden, while Sanders is coming third in recent polls. | "There are differe…

RT (2019-10-13). Hunter Biden calls Trump's accusations 'a barrage of false charges'… and resigns from Chinese equity firm. rt.com Hunter Biden, son of 2020 Democratic candidate Joe Biden, has stepped down from the board of a Chinese equity company while defending his work in Ukraine — the work that President Donald Trump said was "crooked." | "He never anticipated the barrage of false charges against both him and his father by the President of the United States," Biden's lawyer George Mesires wrote in a statement released on Sunday. | Speaking through Mesires, Biden said that he is to resign from the board of a Chinese-backed private equity company, and would also "forego all foreign work" if his father is elected president next ye…

The Real News Network (2019-10-12). IRS Audits Poor People Far More Often Than the Wealthy. dissidentvoice.org Republicans gutted the IRS with New Democrat support. It ensured that the wealthy can cheat our nation with impunity, says Bill Black.

Staff (2019-10-11). Will Impeachment Change Anything for the Masses? therealnews.com Eddie Conway talks to patrons at Conscious Heads barbershop about impeachment, the rift between the Democratic and Republican Parties, whether it all just boils down to corporate interests, and if it will change things for anyone who is not a member of the 1 percent.

John Wojcik (2019-10-11). Giuliani's mobster pals arrested on campaign finance violations. peoplesworld.org Two Florida-based mobsters who funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars into a Trump PAC and tens of thousands of additional dollars into the coffers of top Republican lawmakers were arrested Wednesday night as they were attempting to flee the country. They were nabbed only hours after having lunch with Rudy Giuliani, the president's personal attorney, …

Staff (2019-10-11). IRS Audits Poor People Far More Often Than the Wealthy. therealnews.com Republicans gutted the IRS with New Democrat support. It ensured that the wealthy can cheat our nation with impunity, says Bill Black.

Staff (2019-10-11). The Stanford Sexual Assault Case Made Her "Emily Doe." In New Memoir, Chanel Miller Tells Her Story. democracynow.org We spend the hour with author Chanel Miller speaking about her recently published remarkable memoir, "Know My Name." The book chronicles how Miller reclaimed her name, her story and her life after being sexually assaulted by Brock Turner, a member of the Stanford University swim team, in 2015. At the time, she was known as "Emily Doe." The case gained national prominence when a California judge sentence Turner to just six months in a county jail after he was convicted of three counts of felony sexual assault. He ended up spending only three months locked up. The sentencing sparked outrage. Voters in California la…

Staff (2019-10-11). Headlines for October 11, 2019. democracynow.org Civilians Killed & Forced to Flee Turkish Military Offensive in Northern Syria, Two Associates of Trump's Lawyer Rudy Giuliani Arrested at Dulles Airport, Prince Estate Slams Trump for Using "Purple Rain" at Minneapolis Rally, "Trans Lives Matter": Activists Interrupt CNN Democratic Town Hall, Ethiopian Prime Minister Wins 100th Nobel Peace Prize, Olga Tokarczuk & Peter Handke Win Nobel Prize for Literature, Iranian Oil Tanker Struck in Red Sea, Ecuador: Five Killed Amid Anti-Austerity Protests, News Outlet Splinter Shutting Down, Asylum Seekers Protest "Remain in Mexico" Policy on Brownsville Bridge, Gymnast Sim…

Staff (2019-10-10). As Dems Focus on Impeachment, Trump Heads to "Imperial Governance" therealnews.com The Trump administration is undermining our nation from immigration to the environment, while his tweets and impeachment distract us. Add it all up, says our guest, we can see how he threatens what remains of U.S. democracy.

Ryan Grim (2019-10-10). The Actual Laws Trump Has Broken, Just With the Ukraine and China Affairs, Could Land Him 10 Years in Prison. theintercept.com Take 18 U.S. Code ß 872: "Extortion by officers or employees of the United States." Or 18 U.S. Code ß 610: "Coercion of political activity."

susan_p (2019-10-10). Trump impeachment inquiry reveals deep ruling class divisions. greenleft.org.au US politics Barry SheppardIssue 1240 United States Donald Trump impeachmentOctober 10, 2019The House of Representatives impeachment inquiry into United States President Donald Trump was launched by Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on September 24 an…

Staff (2019-10-10). After Trump Abandoned Kurds, Turkish Invasion Raises Fear of Kurdish Genocide & ISIS Resurgence. democracynow.org Turkey has launched an aerial and ground assault on northern Syria targeting Kurdish-controlled areas. The offensive began Wednesday, just days after President Trump ordered U.S. troops to fall back from their positions on the Turkish-Syrian border. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports at least 16 Kurds have been killed so far. Turkey is claiming the death toll is far higher. The Trump administration has faced widespread criticism from both Republican and Democratic lawmakers for abandoning the stateless Kurds who had helped the U.S. fight ISIS. Turkey is claiming the assault is needed to establish a "

Staff (2019-10-10). Justice for Kaysera: Native Teen's Mysterious Death Highlights Epidemic of Murdered Indigenous Women. democracynow.org The family of Native American teenager Kaysera Stops Pretty Places is demanding justice after she was found dead in Hardin, Montana, in late August, just two weeks after her 18th birthday. Kaysera was a member of the Crow and Northern Cheyenne tribal communities in Montana. She lived with her grandmother. According to her family, Kaysera was reported missing after she never came home on the night of August 24. On August 29, the body of a young woman was found in the town of Hardin. It wasn't until two weeks later that local law enforcement confirmed it was Kaysera. The circumstances surrounding her death and disa…

Staff (2019-10-10). Turkey Moves to Crush Rojava, the Kurds' Radical Experiment Based on Democracy, Feminism & Ecology. democracynow.org As Turkey launches an aerial and ground assault on northern Syria targeting Kurdish-controlled areas, we look at how the offensive threatens the Kurdish region of Rojava with Debbie Bookchin, co-founder of the Emergency Committee for Rojava. She is a journalist and author who co-edited a book of essays by her father, Murray Bookchin, "The Next Revolution: Popular Assemblies and the Promise of Direct Democracy." We also speak with Elif Sarican, a Kurdish Women's Movement activist and anthropologist at the London School of Economics, and Ertuƒürul Kàºrkàßàº, honorary chair of the pro-Kurdi…

Staff (2019-10-10). Headlines for October 10, 2019. democracynow.org Turkey Launches Ground Offensive in Northern Syria, WH Budget Office Refuses to Comply with Subpoena for Impeachment Probe, Biden Joins Majority of 2020 Field in Calling for Trump's Impeachment, Trump Faces Dozens of New Allegations of Sexual Misconduct, Matt Lauer Denies Raping NBC Producer Brooke Nevils in 2014, Germany: 2 Killed in Anti-Semitic Attack Outside Temple on Yom Kippur, U.N.: U.S. Military Killed 30+ Afghan Civilians in Airstrikes in May, Amnesty: Death Toll in Anti-Government Protests in Iraq Surpasses 150, Protests Erupt in Algeria over Corruption & Army's Role in Politics, Egyptian Dissident Alaa…

Staff (2019-10-09). Divided Supreme Court Hears Landmark LGBTQ Workplace Discrimination Case. democracynow.org The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in three cases that will determine whether LGBTQ people can be fired from their jobs due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. Among the court's conservative justices, only Neil Gorsuch appeared open to prohibiting such workplace discrimination. One of the cases centers on a transgender woman from Michigan named Aimee Stephens, who was fired from her job at a funeral home in 2013. The Supreme Court is expected to hand down its decision in the three cases by early next summer. We speak to James Esseks, director of the ACLU LGBT & HIV Project, who attended Tu…

Staff (2019-10-09). Julián Castro Slams Trump's "Deranged" Immigration Policies After Escorting Asylum Seekers to Border. democracynow.org On Monday, 2020 presidential candidate Julián Castro escorted a dozen asylum seekers to the U.S. port of entry at Brownsville, Texas, in a challenge to President Trump's "Remain in Mexico" policy. The group included a disabled Salvadoran woman and her relatives, as well as nine LGBTQ people from Cuba, Guatemala and Honduras. Many of them report they've been threatened and assaulted while they've been forced to wait in the Mexican border city of Matamoros. The asylum seekers were refused entry into the United States. Castro speaks with us from San Antonio, where he served as mayor from 2009 to 2014.

Staff (2019-10-09). Headlines for October 9, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Won't Cooperate with Impeachment Probe, Prompting Constitutional Crisis, Turkish Attack on Kurds in Syria Imminent After U.S. Steps Aside, Afghanistan Claims al-Qaeda Leader Died in U.S.-Led Attack That Killed 40 Civilians, Trump Admin Planning Withdrawal from Open Skies Treaty, Wife of U.S. Diplomat Claims Immunity After Crash That Killed Motorcyclist, Supreme Court Hears Arguments in LGBTQ Workplace Discrimination Cases, 800,000 Californians Face Blackouts as PG&E Cuts Power Amid Wildfire Fears, Steven Reed Elected First Black Mayor of Montgomery, Alabama, NBC Producer Says Matt Lauer Raped Her in 2014, U…

Staff (2019-10-09). Julián Castro Backs Impeachment Effort & Condemns Trump's "Betrayal" of Kurds in Northern Syria. democracynow.org Turkey's government says its troops are prepared for an imminent assault on Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, after President Trump ordered U.S. troops to fall back from their positions on the Turkish-Syrian border. Kurdish fighters said they're bracing for a "humanitarian catastrophe." This follows warnings that former Kurdish allies of the U.S. who feel betrayed by President Trump will abandon thousands of prisoners captured during the U.S.-backed war against ISIS over the past two years. We speak to former housing secretary and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro, who says Trump's move is a…

Staff (2019-10-09). Indigenous-Led Anti-Austerity Protests Shut Down Quito Forcing Ecuadorian Government to Move Capital. democracynow.org Tens of thousands of people, led by indigenous leaders, are expected to again bring Ecuador to a standstill today in massive ongoing anti-government protests. Demonstrators flooded the streets of Quito Tuesday to decry government-imposed austerity measures and a steep hike in fuel prices, despite a severe police crackdown. Civil unrest has been growing since President Lenín Moreno ended a decades-old fuel subsidy program last week as part of a so-called reform plan imposed by the International Monetary Fund after Ecuador took a $4.2 billion loan from the IMF earlier this year. Hundreds of people have been arreste…

Staff (2019-10-08). Will Chicago Teachers Be Next to Strike? Union Head Speaks Out as Walkout Date Approaches. democracynow.org In Chicago, union leaders and the nation's third-largest school district are racing to reach an agreement to avert a teachers' strike authorized to begin later this month. In late September, 25,000 educators voted overwhelmingly to authorize a work stoppage, demanding more staffing and lower class sizes. On Monday, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot accused the union of not coming to the bargaining table with a proposal to counter the offers the district has made in recent weeks. This comes as about 7,000 school support staffers with the Service Employees International Union have also made preparations for a strike, as…

Ryan Gebhardt (2019-09-30). Lancaster, PA march demands right to healthcare in the face of hospital closure, corporate profiteering. liberationnews.org Community members in Lancaster, Pennsylvania came into the streets on September 21 to march in the heat for the right to quality healthcare.

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.

2019-10-16: Social Media Postees

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Bernie Sanders's Campaign Is Alive and Well
Eric Levitz | commondreams.org | 2019-10-16
Bernie 2020 has more than a pulse. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/bernie_11.jpeg
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Sanders Blasts 2020 Democrats for Defending Health Insurance Industry
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-10-16
During a portion of Tuesday night's Democratic debate focused on healthcare, Sen. Bernie Sanders interjected to castigate some of his 2020 primary rivals–namely former vice president Joe Biden and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg–for again repeating right-wing talking points against Medicare for All and defending the primacy of the for-profit insurance industry. | "I get a little bit tired, I must say, of people defending a system which is dysfunctional, which is cruel," Sanders said, as he cast glances at Biden and Buttigieg. "Eighty-seven million uninsured, thirty-thousand people dying every…
truthdig.com/articles/sanders-blasts-2020-democrats-for-defending-health-insurance-industry/

Bernie Sanders to Receive the Most Coveted Democratic Endorsement
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-10-16
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will endorse the Vermont senator for president, a political coup for Sanders as he looks to increase his standing.
truthdig.com/articles/bernie-sanders-to-receive-the-most-coveted-democratic-endorsement/

The More Joe Biden Stumbles, the More Corporate Democrats Freak Out
Norman Solomon | indybay.org | 2019-10-16
Harvesting big checks isn't getting the job done…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/10/14/18827287.php

China Vows Strong Countermeasures in Response to Hostile US Legislation
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-16
The so-called US Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 was unanimously adopted by House and Senate committees. | On Tuesday, House members unanimously passed the measure, Senate adoption virtually certain, perhaps by unanimous voice vote. | The measure ignored …
globalresearch.ca/china-vows-strong-countermeasures-response-hostile-us-legislation/5692171

NO "Green" Capitalism
Democratic Socialists of America Santa Cruz | indybay.org | 2019-10-16
Louden Nelson Community Center | 301 Center St, Santa Cruz…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/10/13/18827258.php

California Governor vetoes $2 billion affordable housing bill
wsws.org | 2019-10-16
Gavin Newsom's veto exposes the Democrat as a fiscal austerity conservative in the mold of Republican governors.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/16/hous-o16.html

Republicans see the light, no longer will submit to Trump's domination
Michael Payne | nationofchange.org | 2019-10-16
In a stunning, totally unforeseen turn of events, key Senate and House Republicans, after meeting in an 8-hour secret session, suddenly announced that Republican members of Congress will no longer bend to the iron-fisted dictates and rule of President Trump. This political bombshell came out of nowhere and has turned Washington DC upside down. The …
nationofchange.org/2019/10/16/republicans-see-the-light-no-longer-will-submit-to-trumps-domination/

Chicago teachers expected to strike Thursday, as union pledges to limit it to a "short-term" walkout
wsws.org | 2019-10-16
Despite having dropped some of the union's demands and announced "a path to a settlement" with Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot's school board, CTU leaders have said it is unlikely they can avert a strike.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/16/ctus-o16.html

The Democrats support the "Forever War"
wsws.org | 2019-10-16
The Democratic Party's saber-rattling response to the Syrian fiasco helps Trump fraudulently posture as an opponent of war.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/16/pers-o16.html

Debate Rivals Assail Warren as She Joins Democrats' Top Rank
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-10-16
A historic dozen candidates spar on stage, with several challenging the Massachusetts senator on her Medicare for All and wealth tax plans.
truthdig.com/articles/debate-rivals-assail-warren-as-she-joins-democrats-top-rank/

Video: Syrian Army Taking Control of Key Positions in SDF-held Area
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-16
On October 14, units of the Syrian Army started entering areas controlled by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northeastern Syria. | The terms and conditions of the deal made by the SDF and Damascus are yet to be revealed, …
globalresearch.ca/video-syrian-army-taking-key-positions-sdf-held-area/5692139

Both conservatives and liberals can agree on action on climate change
Christian Elliott | nationofchange.org | 2019-10-16
We tend to assume that democracies, over the long arc of history, work towards progress and justice. But with an issue like climate change, we're running out of time. It may come as a surprise, but at the moment, democracy may be an obstacle to the rapid action we need on climate change. Democratic governments …
nationofchange.org/2019/10/16/both-conservatives-and-liberals-can-agree-on-action-on-climate-change/

Opinion polls indicate Canada's elections to end in hung parliament
wsws.org | 2019-10-16
Excluded from the official campaign has been any substantive discussion of the critical issues confronting working people–mounting economic insecurity and social inequality, the assault on democratic rights, rearmament and the threat of war.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/16/cane-o16.html

Testimony highlights key role of Bolton in impeachment inquiry against Trump
wsws.org | 2019-10-16
The forces with which the Democrats are aligned include Bolton, who speaks for the most rabidly militaristic factions of the neo-conservative right wing.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/16/trum-o16.html

Stop The Shutdown, Union Busting & Coup at WBAI/Pacifica
Ad Hoc Committee For Democracy, Transparency | indybay.org | 2019-10-16
KPFA | 1929 Martin Luther King Blvd | Berkeley, CA…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/10/15/18827333.php

Joe Biden, in Stumbling Debate Performance, Claims Credit for Elizabeth Warren's Signature Achievement
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-10-16
"You did a hell of a job at your job," Biden told Elizabeth Warren, in a remark that couldn't have been more patronizing if he tried.
theintercept.com/2019/10/16/joe-biden-elizabeth-warren-democratic-debate/

If Democrats 'Don't Have the Guts' To Battle For-Profit Healthcare Industry, Says Sanders, 'We Should Be Ashamed'
Common Dreams staff | commondreams.org | 2019-10-16
"I get a little bit tired," 2020 candidate declared during debate, "of people defending a system which is dysfunctional, which is cruel." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/sanders_medicare_for_all_dem_debate.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/10/15/if-democrats-dont-have-guts-battle-profit-healthcare-industry-says-sanders-we-should?cd-origin=rss

It Serves Us Right To Suffer: Breaking Down Neoliberal Complacency
Kim C. Domenico | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-16
To be an intellectual really means to speak a truth that allows suffering to speak.. That is, it creates a vision of the world that puts into the limelight the social misery that is usually hidden or concealed by the dominant viewpoints of a society. Cornel West, Chekhov, Coltrane and Democracy Neoliberalism, like the 'spectacle'…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/16/it-serves-us-right-to-suffer-breaking-down-neoliberal-complacency/

Pete Buttigieg's Disingenuous Attack on Medicare-For-All
Ryan Cooper | commondreams.org | 2019-10-16
I, for one, have had quite enough of Buttigieg's glib turbo-wonk shtick. He simply is not being straight with the American people. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/gettyimages-1181335984.jpg
commondreams.org/views/2019/10/16/pete-buttigiegs-disingenuous-attack-medicare-all?cd-origin=rss

State Capitol Camellia Grove – Pan African Global Trade and Investment Press Conference
Michael Harris | indybay.org | 2019-10-16
California State Capitol Park | Pioneer Camellia Grove | Near L Street and 12th Street | Sacramento, California…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/10/14/18827273.php

Looking Normal in Kew Gardens
Andrés Castro | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-16
Looking Normal in Kew Gardens It's normal not to think about the mentally ill homeless, until one picks up a six-year-old in your neighborhood, just playing in his driveway, and smashes his head against the pavement. I heard this homeless guy screaming, down the block from my building, as he was being arrested. Didn't look…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/16/looking-normal-in-kew-gardens/

Bernie Sanders Is Back
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-10-16
Bernie Sanders Is Back…
thenation.com/article/bernie-sanders-aoc-debate/

Elizabeth Warren Learns That Being a Frontrunner Isn't All Fun and Games
Joan Walsh | thenation.com | 2019-10-16
Elizabeth Warren Learns That Being a Frontrunner Isn't All Fun and Games…
thenation.com/article/elizabeth-warren-democratic-debate-medicare-all/

On a Crowded Stage, Democrats Divide Into 2 Tribes
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2019-10-16
On a Crowded Stage, Democrats Divide Into 2 Tribes…
thenation.com/article/democratic-debate-warren-biden/

'Huge Moment in the 2020 Race': Ocasio-Cortez to Endorse Bernie Sanders for President
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-16
"This is a huge moment and Sanders cannot, and should not, be ignored any longer by those who continue to erase him, his candidacy, and his supporters." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/sanders_aoc_0.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/10/15/huge-moment-2020-race-ocasio-cortez-endorse-bernie-sanders-president?cd-origin=rss

'An Absolute Joke': Debate Moderators Condemned for Asking About Ellen and George Bush After Completely Ignoring Climate Crisis
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-16
"CNN thought it was more important to use Ellen hanging out with a war criminal as a jumping off point to ask about bipartisan friendships than ask about the largest existential threat facing humanity." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/moderators_democratic_debate.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/10/16/absolute-joke-debate-moderators-condemned-asking-about-ellen-and-george-bush-after?cd-origin=rss

Warren and Sanders: A Wealth Tax Is Needed to Address Staggering Inequality
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-16
2020 progressive front-runners Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren pushed for a wealth tax at the fourth Democratic debate Tuesday night. We speak with senior contributor at The Intercept, Mehdi Hasan, who hosts their "Deconstructed" podcast, and David Cay Johnston, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter. He is the founder and editor of DCReport.org.
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/16/democratic_debate_warren_sanders_wealth_tax

Mehdi Hasan: "There Should Only Be Two Front-Runners Right Now: Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-16
Twelve candidates took to the stage for the fourth round of the Democratic presidential debate in Westerville, Ohio, Tuesday to spar over healthcare, foreign policy, impeachment, gun violence, economic inequality and more. Senator Elizabeth Warren — who is now leading some national polls — repeatedly came under attack from her rivals. In the first debate since Senator Bernie Sanders suffered a heart attack two weeks ago, the Vermont senator advocated for a Green New Deal, Medicare for All and a wealth tax. Former Vice President Joe Biden attacked the proposals of both Sanders and Warren and faced scru…
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/16/cnn_nyt_democratic_presidential_candidate_debate

Democrats Decry Trump's Syria Policy But Fail to Address Palestine, Yemen, China & Other Issues
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-16
At Tuesday's debate, Democratic candidates took aim at President Trump's recent move to withdraw support from the Kurds in northern Syria, paving the way for Turkey to invade the region. We speak with Intercept contributor Mehdi Hasan, host of the "Deconstructed" podcast, about the candidates' foreign policy proposals.
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/16/democratic_debate_foreign_policy_syria

Dem Debate: "Disingenuous" Attacks on Medicare for All Distract From Cost of Today's Broken System
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-16
Democratic candidates sparred at Tuesday's debate over their healthcare platforms and Medicare for All. We speak with Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, a professor at CUNY-Hunter College and the co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program. Moderators in the CNN and New York Times debate repeatedly pressed Elizabeth Warren on whether taxes would increase under Medicare for All. "The framing of that question is crazy," says Dr. Woolhandler. "What really matters is how much a household is paying."
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/16/sanders_warren_medicare_for_all_debate

It Was the Longest Debate So Far, But CNN & NYT Asked No Questions on Climate Crisis & Immigration
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-16
Despite ongoing climate chaos and a sustained humanitarian disaster at the southern border, The New York Times and CNN failed to ask candidates directly about immigration or the climate crisis at Tuesday night's Democratic presidential debate. We speak with Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, who says the lack of attention to immigraton "was a major gap in the three-hour debate." We also speak with journalist Kate Aronoff about the debate's failure to address the climate crisis.
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/16/no_immigration_questions_in_democratic_debate

Fernandez Stands in Solidarity With Ecuador's Leftist Leaders
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-15
Through a message on social networks, the front-runner in Argentina's presidential election, Alberto Fernandez expressed concern about the human rights situation in Ecuador and stood in solidarity with leaders of left-wing social and political organizations. | RELATED: | Jeremy Corbyn, Bernie Sanders Back Ecuador Anti-IMF Protests | "The serious events…
telesurenglish.net/news/Fernandez-Stands-in-Solidarity-With-Ecuadors-Leftist-Leaders-20191015-0010.html

SNP deputy attacks 'voter suppression initiatives' of Westminster Government
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-10-15
A second Scottish independence referendum must not feature the "voter suppression initiatives" being put forward by Boris Johnson's government, SNP depute [deputy] leader Keith Brown said.While he said independence supporters were "closer now than we have ever been" to achieving their goal, he warned of the impact it could have if voters had to produce ID when they turn up at polling stations.In the Queen's speech on Monday the UK government outlined plans to require people to bring photographic proof of identity with them when they go to cast their ballot. | Brown noted that legislation setting out the rules and…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2019/10/15/snp-deputy-attacks-voter-suppression-initiatives-of-westminster-government/

The More Joe Biden Stumbles, the More Corporate Democrats Freak Out
Norman Solomon | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-15
The Democratic Party's most powerful donors are running out of options in the presidential race. Their warhorse Joe Biden is stumbling, while the other corporate-minded candidates lag far behind. For party elites, with less than four months to go before voting starts in caucuses and primaries, 2020 looks like Biden or bust. A key problem…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/15/the-more-joe-biden-stumbles-the-more-corporate-democrats-freak-out/

The IMF convenes in Washington, deaf to the suffering it causes across the planet
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2019-10-15
No one within the IMF meeting will raise the question of democracy, both in terms of the IMF's own functioning and in terms of the IMF's relationship with sovereign countries around the world. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/10/15/the-imf-convenes-in-washington-deaf-to-the-suffering-it-causes-across-the-planet/

The True High Crimes and Misdemeanors of Donald J. Trump
Rebecca Gordon | commondreams.org | 2019-10-15
Despite Trump's frequently voiced desire "to get out of these ridiculous Endless Wars, many of them tribal, and bring our soldiers home," he may yet do more harm than his Republican predecessor. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/donald_trump_0_0.png
commondreams.org/views/2019/10/15/true-high-crimes-and-misdemeanors-donald-j-trump?cd-origin=rss

Betrayal in the Levant
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-15
Confusion reigns in certain left-leaning and anarchist circles. Pat Robertson tells Trump he will lose his mandate of heaven if he really does pull the US troops occupying northern Syria from their positions. Democrats, Republicans, neocons and neoliberals join the Pentagon and the mainstream US media to decry this possible troop redeployment. Turkey assembles its military…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/15/betrayal-in-the-levant/

The Berlin Wall, Thirty Years Later
Victor Grossman | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-15
Remembrance Days are rewarding for journalists, especially since Google made research digging so easy. And how the German media love such days! Their favorite dates recall four events: June 17, 1953, the "Uprising" (or whatever it's labeled) by East German workers in the birthing period of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), the building of the Berlin Wall…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/15/the-berlin-wall-thirty-years-later/

Coalition to March on the DNC 2020 gets off to a good start with its first action
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-10-15
Milwaukee, WI – The first meeting for the Coalition to March on the DNC took place on the evening of October 11, concluding with a demonstration and rally. The coalition is comprised of many progressive activist groups united around nine demands – or points of unity – that serve as a basis and also a guide to action. Some of these points are "Legalization for all; no more deportations" and "Fight to expand union and worker rights." | The coalition plans to march during the Democratic National Convention next July. Though a request for a permit to march has been submitted, the coalition is still awaiting a respons…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/10/15/coalition-march-dnc-2020-gets-good-start-its-first-action

Trump conference video incites violence against opponents
wsws.org | 2019-10-15
The gruesome video imagines Trump using guns, knives, spears and other weapons to slaughter his critics in the media and the Democratic Party.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/15/vide-o15.html

Democracy First, Senator Warren's New Plan
commondreams.org | 2019-10-15
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commondreams.org/newswire/2019/10/15/democracy-first-senator-warrens-new-plan?cd-origin=rss

The Supreme Court Could Spell the End of American Democracy
Bill Blum | truthdig.com | 2019-10-15
With an array of liberties and executive powers on the docket this term, nothing less than the fate of the republic hangs in the balance.
truthdig.com/articles/the-supreme-court-could-spell-the-end-of-american-democracy/

Thirty years later the Berlin Wall is again being "remembered"
Victor Grossman | peoplesworld.org | 2019-10-15
BERLIN — Remembrance Days are rewarding for journalists, especially since Google made research digging so easy. And how the German media love such days! Their favorite dates recall four events: June 17, 1953, the "Uprising" (or whatever it's labeled) by East German workers in the birthing period of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), the building …
peoplesworld.org/article/thirty-years-later-the-berlin-wall-is-again-being-remembered/

Bernardine Evaristo Becomes 1st Black Woman to Win Booker Prize
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-15
Margaret Atwood's "The Testaments" and Bernardine Evaristo's "Girl, Woman, Other" jointly won the Booker Prize Monday in a surprise double award in which the literary prize recognized its oldest and first black women winners. | RELATED: | Toni Morrison, First Black Woman Nobel laureate, Dies at 88 | The authors will split the 50,000 pounds (US$62,800) annual…
telesurenglish.net/news/Bernardine-Evaristo-Becomes-1st-Black-Woman-to-Win-Booker-Prize-20191015-0009.html

Give Us One Debate About War and Peace
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-10-15
Give Us One Debate About War and Peace…
thenation.com/article/democratic-debate-war-peace/

Sanders and Warren Are Widening the Democratic Party's Left Lane
Katrina vanden Heuvel | thenation.com | 2019-10-15
Sanders and Warren Are Widening the Democratic Party's Left Lane…
thenation.com/article/sanders-and-warren-are-widening-the-democratic-partys-left-lane/

On Trump Asking China to Investigate the Bidens
Calvin Trillin | thenation.com | 2019-10-15
On Trump Asking China to Investigate the Bidens…
thenation.com/article/jim-jordan-biden-china/

Fear of a Female Wonk
Jen Sorensen | thenation.com | 2019-10-15
Fear of a Female Wonk…
thenation.com/article/warren-wonk-policies/

Women Leaders Call On Candidates to Address the #MeTooVoter Ahead of Democratic Debate
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-15
Ahead of the fourth Democratic primary debate in the 2020 presidential election, the founder of the #MeToo social justice movement launched a new voter mobilization campaign, urging the recognition of survivors of sexual violence and harassment as a "power base." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/32944418218_dbcb5b0bd4_o11.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/10/15/women-leaders-call-candidates-address-metoovoter-ahead-democratic-debate?cd-origin=rss

Despite Obstruction by Capitol Police, Progressive Groups Deliver 2.2 Million Petitions to Democrats Still Not Backing Medicare for All
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-15
"Healthcare is a right, not a privilege, and our members will continue to push for it until we get it over the finish line." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/medicare_for_all_protest.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/10/15/despite-obstruction-capitol-police-progressive-groups-deliver-22-million-petitions?cd-origin=rss

Homewreckers: How Wall Street, Banks & Trump's Inner Circle Used the 2008 Housing Crash to Get Rich
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-15
We speak with investigative reporter Aaron Glantz about his new book "Homewreckers," which looks at the devastating legacy of the foreclosure crisis and how much of the so-called recovery is a result of large private equity firms buying up hundreds of thousands of foreclosed homes. "Homewreckers: How a Gang of Wall Street Kingpins, Hedge Fund Magnates, Crooked Banks, and Vulture Capitalists Suckered Millions Out of Their Homes and Demolished the American Dream" reveals how the 2008 housing crash decimated millions of Americans' family wealth but enriched President Donald Trump's inner circle, including Trump Cabi…
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/15/aaron_glantz_homewreckers_book_housing_crisis

Botham Jean, Then Atatiana Jefferson: Outrage in Texas as Police Kill Another Black Resident at Home
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-15
A white police officer in Fort Worth, Texas, has been arrested and charged with murder, after he shot and killed an African-American woman who was inside her own home. Officer Aaron Dean was responding to a non-emergency call for a wellness check after a neighbor had called the Fort Worth police to report that 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson's front door was open at around 2: 30 in the morning on Saturday. Soon after the officers arrived, Dean, who never identified himself to be a police officer, shouted through Jefferson's bedroom window to put her hands up, and then immediately opened fire, killing her. Minutes b…
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/15/atatiana_jefferson_killing_forth_worth_police

DC's Atlantic Council raked in funding from Hunter Biden's corruption-stained employer while courting his VP father
Max Blumenthal | thegrayzone.com | 2019-10-14
The shady arrangement between the Atlantic Council and Burisma — the gas company at the center of the 'Ukrainegate' scandal…
thegrayzone.com/2019/10/13/dcs-atlantic-council-raked-in-funding-from-hunter-bidens-corruption-stained-employer-while-courting-his-vp-father/

Media uproar as video depicting Trump massacring news orgs shown at conservative event
rt.com | 2019-10-14
US media is up in arms after reports that a video depicting Donald Trump massacring 'fake news' agencies and his political rivals was shown at an event held at one of his resorts. | The video in question is a remake of a scene from the 2014 dark comedy 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' where Trump's head is superimposed on the main character, played by Colin Firth. It was aired at an event held by the conservative group American Priority at the Trump National Doral Miami last week. The video was first posted online in 2018. | The fake Trump is shown shooting, stabbing, and killing Democrats like Barack Obama, Hil…
rt.com/usa/470888-trump-massacre-meme-video/

Pro-independence Catalan figures convicted in controversial Spanish trial
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-10-14
A dozen Catalan politicians and activists have been convicted on charges of sedition, misuse of public funds and disobedience for their role in a failed secession attempt for the northeastern region of Spain in 2017. The trial is considered the most important for the country since democracy was restored following the death of fascist dictator General Francisco Franco in 1975.Profound and long-lasting repercussions: Former regional vice presiden…
thecanary.co/global/world-news/2019/10/14/pro-independence-catalan-figures-convicted-in-controversial-spanish-secession-trial/

In Midst of Bankruptcy Fight, Elizabeth Warren Said "Joe Biden Should Not Be Allowed to Sell Out Women"
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-10-14
Warren repeatedly singled out Biden, arguing he "should not be allowed to sell out women in the morning and be heralded as their friend in the evening."
theintercept.com/2019/10/14/joe-biden-elizabeth-warren-bankruptcy-women/

Tampa Bay demands Supreme Court uphold LGBT job rights
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-10-14
Tampa, FL – On October 7 and 8, Tampa Bay Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) rallied against the lack of federal job protections for LGBT workers. On October 8, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) began discussions on three cases that relate to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which protects against job discrimination on the basis of "race, color, religion, sex, or national origin," in order to decide whether sexual orientation and gender identity are also protected under Title VII. Tampa Bay SDS held two rallies in response to this, as a part of a National SDS call to action. SDS demanded that…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/10/14/tampa-bay-demands-supreme-court-uphold-lgbt-job-rights

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

"We're Still Here": Indigenous Peoples' Day Celebration Reflects Ongoing Resistance to Colonization
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-14
Christopher Columbus arrived in the Bahamas 527 years ago this week, unleashing a brutal genocide that killed tens of millions of Native people across the hemisphere. Cities and states across the country are acknowledging this devastating history by rejecting the federal holiday of Columbus Day and celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day instead to honor centuries of indigenous resistance. Alaska, Maine, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont and Wisconsin have all officially recognized Indigenous Peoples' Day. So have more than 130 cities and counties, from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Dallas…
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/14/indigenous_peoples_day_columbus_day

Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed, Awarded Nobel Prize, Celebrated for "Remarkable Change" in Horn of Africa
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-14
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was awarded the 100th Nobel Peace Prize in an announcement Friday morning. The prime minister last year helped broker a historic peace deal between Ethiopia and Eritrea, where leaders of the neighboring countries signed a "Joint Declaration of Peace and Friendship" and declared an end to nearly two decades of a "state of war" that lasted from 1998 to 2000 and killed 70,000 people. Soon after the peace declaration was signed, the first direct flights between Ethiopia and Eritrea in 20 years took off from Addis Ababa, headed to Eritrea's capital Asmara. Ahmed has also lifted the…
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/14/awol_allo_abiy_ahmed_nobel_prize

'She is a capitalist through her bones and I'm not': Sanders hits out at Warren's effort to fight sameness
rt.com | 2019-10-13
Being progressive and bashing big companies is a hot trend among hopefuls for the Democratic nomination, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren has been doing just that. But her rival Bernie Sanders called her "capitalist through her bones." | Self-styled democratic socialist Sanders made progressive ideas popular in 2016 race. In the current election cycle, they have gone mainstream and Warren has been capitalizing on promises of breaking up big tech, taxing the rich, providing Medicare for all. She is now almost tied with former vice president Joe Biden, while Sanders is coming third in recent polls. | "There are differe…
rt.com/usa/470816-sanders-warren-capitalist-democratic/

Crisis after Crisis and Still the Citizen in Capitalism Follows the Paymaster as God
Paul Haeder | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-10-13
I've been running into a lot of soft democrats and confused environmentalists lately who are all up in arms about things that really don't mean diddly-squat in the scheme of things. You know, the presidential election (sic), all the perversity of not only Trump, but Holly-dirt, Mainlining Media, and the billionaire class, and this rotten …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/10/crisis-after-crisis-and-still-the-citizen-in-capitalism-follows-the-paymaster-as-god/

Hunter Biden calls Trump's accusations 'a barrage of false charges'… and resigns from Chinese equity firm
rt.com | 2019-10-13
Hunter Biden, son of 2020 Democratic candidate Joe Biden, has stepped down from the board of a Chinese equity company while defending his work in Ukraine — the work that President Donald Trump said was "crooked." | "He never anticipated the barrage of false charges against both him and his father by the President of the United States," Biden's lawyer George Mesires wrote in a statement released on Sunday. | Speaking through Mesires, Biden said that he is to resign from the board of a Chinese-backed private equity company, and would also "forego all foreign work" if his father is elected president next ye…
rt.com/usa/470852-hunter-biden-resigns-trump/

IRS Audits Poor People Far More Often Than the Wealthy
The Real News Network | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-10-12
Republicans gutted the IRS with New Democrat support. It ensured that the wealthy can cheat our nation with impunity, says Bill Black.
dissidentvoice.org/2019/10/irs-audits-poor-people-far-more-often-than-the-wealthy/

Will Impeachment Change Anything for the Masses?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-10-11
Eddie Conway talks to patrons at Conscious Heads barbershop about impeachment, the rift between the Democratic and Republican Parties, whether it all just boils down to corporate interests, and if it will change things for anyone who is not a member of the 1 percent.
therealnews.com/stories/will-impeachment-change-anything

Giuliani's mobster pals arrested on campaign finance violations
John Wojcik | peoplesworld.org | 2019-10-11
Two Florida-based mobsters who funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars into a Trump PAC and tens of thousands of additional dollars into the coffers of top Republican lawmakers were arrested Wednesday night as they were attempting to flee the country. They were nabbed only hours after having lunch with Rudy Giuliani, the president's personal attorney, …
peoplesworld.org/article/giulianis-mobster-pals-arrested-on-campaign-finance-violations/

IRS Audits Poor People Far More Often Than the Wealthy
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-10-11
Republicans gutted the IRS with New Democrat support. It ensured that the wealthy can cheat our nation with impunity, says Bill Black.
therealnews.com/stories/irs-audits-poor-more-often-than-wealthy

The Stanford Sexual Assault Case Made Her "Emily Doe." In New Memoir, Chanel Miller Tells Her Story
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-11
We spend the hour with author Chanel Miller speaking about her recently published remarkable memoir, "Know My Name." The book chronicles how Miller reclaimed her name, her story and her life after being sexually assaulted by Brock Turner, a member of the Stanford University swim team, in 2015. At the time, she was known as "Emily Doe." The case gained national prominence when a California judge sentence Turner to just six months in a county jail after he was convicted of three counts of felony sexual assault. He ended up spending only three months locked up. The sentencing sparked outrage. Voters in California la…
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/11/chanel_miller_know_my_name_interview

As Dems Focus on Impeachment, Trump Heads to "Imperial Governance"
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-10-10
The Trump administration is undermining our nation from immigration to the environment, while his tweets and impeachment distract us. Add it all up, says our guest, we can see how he threatens what remains of U.S. democracy.
therealnews.com/stories/trump-alters-us-impeachment

The Actual Laws Trump Has Broken, Just With the Ukraine and China Affairs, Could Land Him 10 Years in Prison
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-10-10
Take 18 U.S. Code ß 872: "Extortion by officers or employees of the United States." Or 18 U.S. Code ß 610: "Coercion of political activity."
theintercept.com/2019/10/10/trump-crimes-law/

Trump impeachment inquiry reveals deep ruling class divisions
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-10-10
US politics Barry SheppardIssue 1240 United States Donald Trump impeachmentOctober 10, 2019The House of Representatives impeachment inquiry into United States President Donald Trump was launched by Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on September 24 an…
greenleft.org.au/content/trump-impeachment-inquiry-reveals-deep-ruling-class-divisions

After Trump Abandoned Kurds, Turkish Invasion Raises Fear of Kurdish Genocide & ISIS Resurgence
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-10
Turkey has launched an aerial and ground assault on northern Syria targeting Kurdish-controlled areas. The offensive began Wednesday, just days after President Trump ordered U.S. troops to fall back from their positions on the Turkish-Syrian border. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports at least 16 Kurds have been killed so far. Turkey is claiming the death toll is far higher. The Trump administration has faced widespread criticism from both Republican and Democratic lawmakers for abandoning the stateless Kurds who had helped the U.S. fight ISIS. Turkey is claiming the assault is needed to establish a "
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/10/turkey_assault_northern_syria_trump_kurds

Justice for Kaysera: Native Teen's Mysterious Death Highlights Epidemic of Murdered Indigenous Women
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-10
The family of Native American teenager Kaysera Stops Pretty Places is demanding justice after she was found dead in Hardin, Montana, in late August, just two weeks after her 18th birthday. Kaysera was a member of the Crow and Northern Cheyenne tribal communities in Montana. She lived with her grandmother. According to her family, Kaysera was reported missing after she never came home on the night of August 24. On August 29, the body of a young woman was found in the town of Hardin. It wasn't until two weeks later that local law enforcement confirmed it was Kaysera. The circumstances surrounding her death and disa…
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/10/kaysera_stops_pretty_places_family_justice

Turkey Moves to Crush Rojava, the Kurds' Radical Experiment Based on Democracy, Feminism & Ecology
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-10
As Turkey launches an aerial and ground assault on northern Syria targeting Kurdish-controlled areas, we look at how the offensive threatens the Kurdish region of Rojava with Debbie Bookchin, co-founder of the Emergency Committee for Rojava. She is a journalist and author who co-edited a book of essays by her father, Murray Bookchin, "The Next Revolution: Popular Assemblies and the Promise of Direct Democracy." We also speak with Elif Sarican, a Kurdish Women's Movement activist and anthropologist at the London School of Economics, and Ertuƒürul Kàºrkàßàº, honorary chair of the pro-Kurdi…
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/10/turkey_assault_northern_syria_kurds_rojava

Julián Castro Slams Trump's "Deranged" Immigration Policies After Escorting Asylum Seekers to Border
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-09
On Monday, 2020 presidential candidate Julián Castro escorted a dozen asylum seekers to the U.S. port of entry at Brownsville, Texas, in a challenge to President Trump's "Remain in Mexico" policy. The group included a disabled Salvadoran woman and her relatives, as well as nine LGBTQ people from Cuba, Guatemala and Honduras. Many of them report they've been threatened and assaulted while they've been forced to wait in the Mexican border city of Matamoros. The asylum seekers were refused entry into the United States. Castro speaks with us from San Antonio, where he served as mayor from 2009 to 2014.
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/9/julian_castro_asylum_seekers_remain_in

Divided Supreme Court Hears Landmark LGBTQ Workplace Discrimination Case
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-09
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in three cases that will determine whether LGBTQ people can be fired from their jobs due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. Among the court's conservative justices, only Neil Gorsuch appeared open to prohibiting such workplace discrimination. One of the cases centers on a transgender woman from Michigan named Aimee Stephens, who was fired from her job at a funeral home in 2013. The Supreme Court is expected to hand down its decision in the three cases by early next summer. We speak to James Esseks, director of the ACLU LGBT & HIV Project, who attended Tu…
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/9/supreme_court_lgbtq_sex_discrimination_cases

Indigenous-Led Anti-Austerity Protests Shut Down Quito Forcing Ecuadorian Government to Move Capital
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-09
Tens of thousands of people, led by indigenous leaders, are expected to again bring Ecuador to a standstill today in massive ongoing anti-government protests. Demonstrators flooded the streets of Quito Tuesday to decry government-imposed austerity measures and a steep hike in fuel prices, despite a severe police crackdown. Civil unrest has been growing since President Lenín Moreno ended a decades-old fuel subsidy program last week as part of a so-called reform plan imposed by the International Monetary Fund after Ecuador took a $4.2 billion loan from the IMF earlier this year. Hundreds of people have been arreste…
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/9/ecuador_indigenous_led_protests_lenin_moreno

Julián Castro Backs Impeachment Effort & Condemns Trump's "Betrayal" of Kurds in Northern Syria
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-09
Turkey's government says its troops are prepared for an imminent assault on Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, after President Trump ordered U.S. troops to fall back from their positions on the Turkish-Syrian border. Kurdish fighters said they're bracing for a "humanitarian catastrophe." This follows warnings that former Kurdish allies of the U.S. who feel betrayed by President Trump will abandon thousands of prisoners captured during the U.S.-backed war against ISIS over the past two years. We speak to former housing secretary and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro, who says Trump's move is a…
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/9/2020_presidential_candidate_julian_castro_syria

Will Chicago Teachers Be Next to Strike? Union Head Speaks Out as Walkout Date Approaches
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-08
In Chicago, union leaders and the nation's third-largest school district are racing to reach an agreement to avert a teachers' strike authorized to begin later this month. In late September, 25,000 educators voted overwhelmingly to authorize a work stoppage, demanding more staffing and lower class sizes. On Monday, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot accused the union of not coming to the bargaining table with a proposal to counter the offers the district has made in recent weeks. This comes as about 7,000 school support staffers with the Service Employees International Union have also made preparations for a strike, as…
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/8/chicago_teachers_union_jesse_sharkey

Lancaster, PA march demands right to healthcare in the face of hospital closure, corporate profiteering
Ryan Gebhardt | liberationnews.org | 2019-09-30
Community members in Lancaster, Pennsylvania came into the streets on September 21 to march in the heat for the right to quality healthcare.
liberationnews.org/lancaster-pa-march-demands-right-to-healthcare-in-the-face-of-hospital-closure-corporate-profiteering/