TDB Top 5 International Stories: Tuesday 18th September 2018



President Trump’s pick to join the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, declared himself ready to “defend my integrity” before the Senate against an allegationthat he sexually assaulted a 15-year-old when he was in high school.

And it looks like he’ll have to.

Kavanaugh’s path to the high court was thrown into turmoil Sunday night, when Christine Blasey Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California, came forward to tell her story. Ford claims that in the 1980s, Kavanaugh, then a 17-year-old high school student, pinned her down at a party in Montgomery County, MD, tried to forcibly remove her clothing and covered her mouth when she tried to scream.

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4: Argentina’s crisis: What went wrong and what is next

On June 7, a month after requesting a lifeline to prop up its plunging currency, Argentina declared that it had reached an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a three-year, $50bn standby lending arrangement.

The financial deal was aimed at providing breathing space for the government and reassuring nervous investors in the face of deepening concerns over a gaping fiscal deficit, skyrocketing inflation and pressing debt obligations.

Yet, things don’t seem to have gone as hoped.

In August, the peso dropped more than 25 percent against the US dollar and has now lost more than half its value since the start of the year.



THE U.S. GOVERNMENT can monitor journalists under a foreign intelligence law that allows invasive spying and operates outside the traditional court system, according to newly released documents.

Targeting members of the press under the law, known as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, requires approval from the Justice Department’s highest-ranking officials, the documents show.

In two 2015 memos for the FBI, the attorney general spells out “procedures for processing Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act applications targeting known media entities or known members of the media.” The guidelines say the attorney general, the deputy attorney general, or their delegate must sign off before the bureau can bring an application to the secretive panel of judges who approves monitoring under the 1978 act, which governs intelligence-related wiretapping and other surveillance carried out domestically and against U.S. persons abroad.

The Intercept

2: As Blasey Ford Alleges Kavanaugh Assaulted Her, Will Senate Repeat Mistakes Made with Anita Hill?

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford has come forward to accuse President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of attempted rape, throwing his nomination into question in the days before the Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on it. Blasey Ford is a professor at Palo Alto University in California and says Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were both in high school. She at first expected her story to be kept confidential, but changed her mind after it leaked. She now says she is willing to testify about her experience. In an interview published Sunday by The Washington Post, Ford said that in the early 1980s Kavanaugh and a friend were “stumbling drunk” when they pushed her into a bedroom. The Post reports, “While his friend watched, she said, Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed on her back and groped her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers and clumsily attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she wore over it. When she tried to scream, she said, he put his hand over her mouth.” We get a response from Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor at, whose latest piece is headlined “Our System Is Too Broken to Assess the Sexual Assault Claim Against Kavanaugh.”

Democracy Now

1: Asia Argento threatens legal action against Rose McGowan over ‘horrendous lies’

Asia Argento has threatened to take “immediate legal action” against Rose McGowan unless the latter retracts a statement she made on 27 Augustfollowing accusations of sexual assault against Argento by actor Jimmy Bennett.

Argento posted a statement on social media demanding that within 24 hours McGowan retract the “horrendous lies” she claimed were contained in the statement. “If you fail to address this libel I will have no option other than to take immediate legal action.”