2020-08-22: News Headlines

yenisafak (2020-08-22). Greece denying pushbacks despite evidence: Rights group. yenisafak.com In a recent interview with CNN, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis denied the accusations, saying: "They are an insult to the Greek Coast Guard that has saved tens of thousands of migrants and refugees."However, evidence and reports describing the abuses are too many to be ignored, Eva Cosse, a researcher at Human Rights Watch, said in a report.Cosse, after interviewing victims and witnesses, said that Greek authorities have been seen forcibly pushing back migrants and asylum seekers from Rhodes, Samos, and Symi islands in small inflatable boats.A victim from Syria, who used the pseudonym of Marwan, describ…

Shana East (2020-08-22). I Participated in the DNC Rules Committee. I Don't Believe the Party Is United. zcomm.org The Democratic Party is not attempting to expand — they merely want enough votes to maintain the status quo.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-22). Islamic Revolution lovers' presence in Syria defeated US. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 22 (MNA) — Deputy Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi said that the defeat of the US and its allies in Syria is due to the presence of the lovers of the Islamic Revolution.

sputniknews (2020-08-22). COVID Dampens Ganesha Festivities: Idol Sculptors Left in Lurch Over Celebration Curbs in India. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): Drenched in a glorious past and cloaked with traditions and culture, festivals showcase the spirit of the Indian way of life. As celebrations and reminders of India's secularity, its 1.35 billion people get together in at least 36 annual festivals, most of which begin after Ganesha Chaturthi.

yenisafak (2020-08-22). US House takes on Postal reforms seen as threat to mail-in ballots. yenisafak.com The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives will vote on Saturday on providing the cash-strapped Postal Service with $25 billion and block policies that have stirred concerns about mail-in balloting ahead of the Nov. 3 election.The Democratic-led chamber is widely expected to pass the bill, dubbed the "Delivering for America Act," at a rare Saturday session called by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the congressional August recess. But it is unlikely to be taken up in the Republican-controlled Senate.With mail-in voting expected to surge during the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump has alarmed De…

Peter von Dadelszen, Zulfiqar A Bhutta, Sumedha Sharma, Jeffrey Bone, Joel Singer, Hubert Wong, Mrutyunjaya B Bellad, Shivaprasad S Goudar, Tang Lee, Jing Li, Ashalata A Mallapur, Khátia Munguambe, Beth A Payne, Rahat N Qureshi, Charfudin Sacoor, Esperanàßa Sevene, Marianne Vidler, Laura A Magee, CLIP Trials Working Group (2020-08-22). [Articles] The Community-Level Interventions for Pre-eclampsia (CLIP) cluster randomised trials in Mozambique, Pakistan, and India: an individual participant-level meta-analysis. thelancet.com The CLIP intervention did not reduce adverse pregnancy outcomes. Future community-level interventions should expand the community health worker workforce, assess general (rather than condition-specific) messaging, and include health system strengthening.

Alan MacLeod (2020-08-21). Carefully Choreographed Convention Confirms Progressive Policies Not Central to Biden Bid. thealtworld.com The key message from this year's DNC is the emphasis the Biden campaign is putting on reaching out to so-called "moderate Republicans," presenting Trump as an aberration and Biden as the cure. | MPN— The Democratic National Convention continued for a fourth night last night, as the party coronates former vice president Joe Biden as its nomination for November. Originally scheduled to be held in Milwaukee, the current pandemic meant that it is mostly taking place virtually, allowing the DNC to hold a more carefully choreographed celebration than would otherwise have been possible. | One key message from the p…

Staff (2020-08-21). Headlines for August 21, 2020. democracynow.org Joe Biden Accepts Presidential Nomination, Pledging End to "Season of Darkness", CDC Director: Up to 60 Million U.S. Residents Were Infected with Coronavirus, White House Declares Teachers "Essential Workers" as Unions Threaten Strikes over Coronavirus, Stock Markets Surge Even as 1.1 Million U.S. Workers File New Unemployment Claims, Protesters Call on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to #MakeBillionairesPay, Postmaster General to Face Congressional Grilling over "Sabotage" of Postal Service, Massive California Wildfires Leave 5 Dead, 700,000 Acres Burned, Steve Bannon Arrested, Charged with Pocketing Private Border W…

Staff (2020-08-21). Cornel West & Ben Jealous on the DNC and Whether Progressives Can Push Joe Biden Leftward. democracynow.org Harvard professor Cornel West and Ben Jealous, president of People for the American Way and former president of the NAACP, discuss the 2020 DNC, Joe Biden's vow to fight systemic racism and "overcome this season of darkness in America," the historic nomination of Kamala Harris as his partner on the ticket, and how the convention was a showcase for a broad anti-Trump coalition, including prominent Republican figures given plum speaking slots, but few voices from the party's insurgent left wing. "At this moment, with the decline and fall of the American empire, it looks as if the system is unable to generate enough…

Staff (2020-08-21). "Light Is More Powerful Than Dark": Biden Vows to Fight COVID, Climate, Racism & Economic Meltdown. democracynow.org We air highlights from Joe Biden's highly anticipated speech on the final night of the Democratic National Convention, in which he formally accepted the Democratic presidential nomination, focused on the dangers of President Trump's reelection and pledged to address the four simultaneous crises of systemic racism, the pandemic, the economic downturn and the climate crisis. "United, we can and will overcome this season of darkness in America," Biden said. The 25-minute speech was delivered from his home state of Delaware.

Staff (2020-08-21). Virtual 2020 DNC Wraps with Calls for Empathy, Unity & a Broad Coalition to Rally Around Joe Biden. democracynow.org The 2020 Democratic National Convention has wrapped up, with speakers on the final night including California Governor Gavin Newsom, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker and 13-year-old Brayden Harrington, who talked about how Joe Biden had personally helped him with his stutter. We air highlights from the evening's addresses.

Yousef Alhelou (2020-08-21). Israel's Blockade of 2 Million Palestinians in Gaza is making it Uninhabitable. zcomm.org Gantz, Netanyahu and others know for sure that Gazans have nothing to lose as life is unbearable under the ongoing 14-year siege, while peace on Israeli terms is a mirage…

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2020-08-21). Drug Trafficking Militias Massacre Social Leaders in Colombia. globalresearch.ca In Colombia, a terrible wave of violence affects the people and especially traditional indigenous communities. According to United Nations data, more than 40 murders of social leaders have occurred this year alone. | Last Tuesday, August 18, three Indians of the …

Jeffrey St. Clair (2020-08-21). Roaming Charges: Conventional Weapons at the DNC. counterpunch.org I can't recall a GOP convention that was as saturated with religious symbolism, moral posturing and spiritual gaslighting as the one the Democrats just inflicted on us…and they didn't even let Marianne Williamson near a camera.

Staff (2020-08-21). The DNC is over. What's next for progressives? therealnews.com DNC member Jim Zogby, who helped run Jesse Jackson's campaign in 1984, joins The Real News Network for historical perspective and analysis of Democrats and the future we face.

Staff (2020-08-21). Biden, Harris Feel The Heat Over Fossil Fuel Subsidies. therealnews.com The DNC says the platform statement calling for an end to fossil fuel subsidies was an "error" and that's why it was removed. But climate activist circles smell a rat and are calling for clarification.

Staff (2020-08-21). Representation Doesn't Equal Rights. therealnews.com Stir Crazy! Episode 80: Today we are joined by journalist, organizer, and founding executive director of Crushing Colonialism Jen Deerinwater, Miwok journalist and community organizer Desiree Kane, and journalist and community builder Johnnie Jae. Hosted by Kim Brown.

Andrew Levine (2020-08-21). Infomercial Over: Not Good, But It Could Have Been A Lot Worse. counterpunch.org Before long, this year's Democratic Party convention, its infomercial, will be a distant memory. The production values were good. For the most part, I found it watchable, even when the focus was on Biden rather than Trump. In view of what the Democrats are selling, it could have been a lot worse. There was, of

Party for LIberation and Socialism (2020-08-21). Convention: Having squelched left, DNC pivots hard right. liberationnews.org Convention highlights war makers, marginalizes progressives.

Subodh Varma (2020-08-21). Understanding India's low COVID-19 death rate. peoplesdispatch.org Contrary to the Narendra Modi government's claims, India's low case fatality rate in the COVID-19 pandemic is not because of any well-thought out strategy. It is rather due to a relatively young population and some statistical tricks…

Rob Urie (2020-08-21). The Day After Election Day. counterpunch.org The view passed down from on high in the U.S. is that elections are the effective and legitimate means of collective decision-making in the realm of the political. Conversely, on matters of war and peace, economic distribution, environmental wellbeing, healthcare, education, housing, and social welfare— the areas where collective outcomes matter, these are either considered

A Guest Author (2020-08-21). Long live the memory of Ka Randy! workers.org By the Communist Party of the Philippines Workers World is reprinting the following statement from the Communist Party of the Phillipines that condemns the murder of Randall Echanis on Aug. 10. Since the 2016 presidential election in the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte has carried out numerous assassinations of peace activists and . . . |

RT (2020-08-21). Joe Biden delivers acceptance speech at DNC virtual convention. rt.com Presidential nominee Joe Biden is delivering an acceptance speech on the closing night of the Democratic National Convention.

RT (2020-08-21). 'You are frauds. You are the lie': Rose McGowan torches the DNC, calls Biden a rapist, inciting a horde of party defenders. rt.com Actress Rose McGowan drew fire from Democratic partisans on Twitter, after seemingly continuing her no-compromises approach to public discourse by accusing the US liberals of uselessness, and Joe Biden of being a rapist. | "You are the season of darkness," the MeToo firebrand tweeted on Thursday, referring to Joe Biden and the Democratic Party. "You are monsters," she added. "You are frauds. You are the lie." | You are the season of darkness.

RT (2020-08-21). Chris Wallace, welcome to the #Resistance? MAGA crowd CANCELS Fox News host who complimented Biden's DNC speech. rt.com Trump supporters seem to have finally decided to engage in 'cancel culture' on Twitter after Chris Wallace, a host on the traditionally pro-Republican Fox News network, praised the speech by the Democratic nominee Joe Biden. | "I thought [Biden's speech] was enormously effective," Wallace said on Thursday night, after Biden's address wrapped up the last day of the Democratic convention in Milwaukee. In Wallace's opinion, Biden effectively countered President Donald Trump's criticism that he was "mentally shot" and a "captive" of the left wing of the Democratic Party. | "And yes, Biden was reading from the tele…

RT (2020-08-21). 'Reexamine your life choices': Trump hater Soledad TRIGGERED by praise of Biden's 'conservative themes' in DNC speech. rt.com Liberal journalist Soledad O'Brien launched a pointed attack on Twitter after Joe Biden's DNC acceptance speech was deemed "conservative," a term that the Trump critic apparently found unbearable in being linked to the Democrat. | After Sarah Longwell, publisher of The Bulwark, praised Biden's speech as more conservative than any Donald Trump has given because of a focus on "family, faith and character," O'Brien jumped in to blast the commentary and tell Longwell to "reexamine" her "life choices." | "What is wrong with you? What kind of a terrible person says this? Do you not know any people of color who over-…

RT (2020-08-21). 'F**k, f**k, f**k': Dem senator caught cursing out assistant on hot mic as technology beats him (VIDEO). rt.com Democratic Party Senator Tom Carper has given Twitter something to laugh about as he got caught cursing on a hot mic at a virtual Senate hearing after getting "frustrated with technical difficulties." | The 73-year-old Carper (D-Delaware) was shown swearing at his assistant after seemingly thinking his live feed wasn't functioning properly — except it was. | "F**k, f**k, f**k," Carper is heard saying, before an aide moves in to help him. The entire exchange was livestreamed to the Senate. | Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) tried to move on to another senator for questioning while Carper dealt with his "tech…

RT (2020-08-21). Where's Tulsi? Outsider candidate Gabbard smeared by Clinton not even invited to Democratic convention. rt.com The Democratic convention featured senior never-Trump figures from the Republican Party, but Tulsi Gabbard, a primary contestant who won delegates, wasn't invited. Was that due to her anti-war rhetoric or Hillary Clinton's grudge? | This week's Democratic virtual gathering to nominate the Joe Biden/Kamala Harris ticket for the November election was a triumph of party centrism over the progressive wing. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was given a whopping 90 seconds to nominate Bernie Sanders in a technical procedure, and no members of her 'squad' were given the stage. Instead, a parade of speakers from…

The Canary (2020-08-21). Syrian NHS cleaner's plea on Channel-crossing refugees beamed onto White Cliffs of Dover. thecanary.co An emotional plea for compassion for refugees crossing the English Channel has been beamed onto the White Cliffs of Dover.The landmark was lit up with a giant video of NHS cleaner Hassan Akkad, a Syrian refugee who crossed to Britain several years ago.He highlighted the "terrifying and devastating" journeys that so many people are undertaking to reach the UK by boat. He also blamed the government for using the crisis as a distraction from the coronavirus pandemic.The giant projection is the latest stunt by Led By Donkeys, a group of activists famed for their giant billboards of politicians' tweets. | A message fr…

Conn Hallinan (2020-08-21). China and the US: the 21st Century's "Great Game" counterpunch.org From 1830 to 1895, the British and Russian empires schemed and plotted over control of Central and South Asia. At the heart of the "Great Game" was England's certainty that the Russians had designs on India. So wars were fought, borders drawn, and generations of young met death in desolate passes and lonely outposts. In

_____ (2020-08-21). Chinese Peacekeepers Provide Aid After Explosion In Beirut. popularresistance.org Chinese peacekeepers will provide medical aid to Beirut following the deadly explosion on Tuesday | that killed at least 135 people and injured 5,000 others. | Upon the request of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), the 18th batch of Chinese peacekeeping troops to Lebanon organised an emergency team of nine medical personnel from fields including surgery, internal medicine, burns and anaesthesiology, state news agency Xinhua reported on Wednesday. | The personnel and vehicles would head to Beirut, carrying medical supplies and protective equipment, the medical unit said.

South Front (2020-08-21). Video: Idlib Is Burning. New Proxy War in Deir Ezzor. globalresearch.ca The series of unfortunate events involving the US-led coalition, Turkey and Turkish proxies continues in Syria's Greater Idlib. | Late on August 19 and early on August 20, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) shelled positions of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham near Haranabush …

WSWS (2020-08-21). The CIA Democrats in the 2020 elections. wsws.org Following the example of the 2018 elections, the Democratic Party is putting forward a large new group of military-intelligence candidates for Congress in 2020.

Richard Moser (2020-08-21). Still Triangulating After All These Years. counterpunch.org While it's stunning to watch the DNC repeat the losing strategy of 2016, we should know this is part of a decades-long history of moving toward the right: aka Triangulation. It's not that the Democrats don't want to win — Wall Street, billionaires and the war profiteers are depending on them — it's just that

Ruth Conniff (2020-08-21). Joe Biden's Radical Compassion. progressive.org DNC wraps up with a call for spiritual renewal to end the era of Trump.

Varshini Prakash (2020-08-21). Dems Must Address Climate Crisis. zcomm.org DNC Drops Pledge to End Fossil Fuel Subsidies…

WSWS (2020-08-21). Millions of Indian workers strike to protest attacks by Modi government amid COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org Millions of workers have joined strikes and protests opposing the government's attacks on their wages and working conditions.

Fight Back (2020-08-21). Rockets hit U.S. base in Syria. fightbacknews.org According to Iran's authoritative FARS News Agency, several rockets exploded on Tuesday, August 18 at a U.S. military base north of Syria's Deir Ezzur province. The base is located near the Conoco oil field controlled by American troops. | "This is the first-ever attack on one of the 12 military facilities, created by the United States since 2015 in Syria's provinces of al-Hasakah, Raqqa and Deir Ezzur. U.S. forces, together with Kurdish groups, control oil-rich areas on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River, including the oil fields of Al-Omar, Tanak, Al-Jafra and Conoco, which accounted for 80% of all oil pro…

_____ (2020-08-21). The End Of The Hariri Trial. popularresistance.org Judges at a U.N.-backed tribunal said Tuesday there was no evidence the leadership of the Hezbollah militant group and Syria were involved in the 2005 suicide truck bomb assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. … | The trial centered on the alleged roles of four Hezbollah members in the suicide truck bombing that killed Hariri and 21 others and wounded 226 people. Prosecutors based their case largely on data from mobile phones allegedly used by the plotters to plan and execute the bombing. Based on that 'almost entirely circumstantial' evidence the tribunal found that only one of the accu…

Staff (2020-08-21). DNC Featured Most Native Speakers Ever, But Native Issues Remain Under-Addressed. truthout.org This year's Democratic National Convention (DNC) has had more Native representation than any other in the party's history. | Native delegates were included in the

Staff (2020-08-21). DeJoy Has "No Intention" to Reinstall Sorting Machines, Mailboxes. truthout.org Postmaster General Louis DeJoy told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Friday that he has no plans to reinstate mail sorting machines in U.S. Postal Service (USPS) facilities, nor to replace public mailboxes that have been removed across the country. | Questioned by Sen. Gary Peters (D-Michigan) about whether the dozens of sorting machines that were removed from USPS facilities throughout the U.S., would be restored or not, DeJoy responded in the negative. | "There's no inte…

commondreams (2020-08-21). Indiana's Absentee Ballot Signature Match Process Ruled Unconstitutional in Common Cause Challenge. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Evan Malmgren, Simon Schatzberg (2020-08-21). The DNC Was Virtual, but the Protests Were Real as Hell. thenation.com The DNC Was Virtual, but the Protests Were Real as Hell…

Tamara Toles O'Laughlin (2020-08-21). When It Comes to Climate Change, It's Joe Biden Versus the DNC. thenation.com When It Comes to Climate Change, It's Joe Biden Versus the DNC…

WSWS (2020-08-20). New Senate Intelligence Committee volume on "Russian interference" smears WikiLeaks and Julian Assange. wsws.org The one-thousand-page fifth volume of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence investigation is largely devoted to building an elaborate and false narrative against WikiLeaks.

Staff (2020-08-20). Before Kamala Harris, There Was Charlotta Bass: Remembering 1st Black Woman to Run for VP in 1952. democracynow.org Senator Kamala Harris is the first Indian American and first Black woman to be nominated for vice president on a major party ticket, but, as many historians have noted, Harris is not the first Black woman to run for vice president. That distinction belongs to the journalist and political activist Charlotta Bass, who was the editor of The California Eagle for nearly 30 years, one of the country's oldest Black newspapers, which covered women's suffrage, police brutality, the Klu Klux Klan, and discriminatory hiring and housing practices. Bass joined the Progressive Party ticket in 1952 on an antiracist platform tha…

RT (2020-08-20). German NGO sends in ambulance plane to pick up 'poisoned' Kremlin critic Navalny at Pussy Riot co-founder's request. rt.com The Berlin-based Cinema for Peace Foundation has readied an ambulance aircraft, specialized for transporting coma patients, to pick up Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny to transfer him to Germany for treatment. | The NGO said the plane will fly to Russia late on Thursday. The activists noted the transfer was requested by Navalny's fellow opposition figure, Pyotr Verzilov, best known as the co-founder of the punk band Pussy Riot. | "For humanitarian reasons, at Pussy Riots Pyotr Verzilov's request, we will send at midnight an air ambulance with medical equipment and specialists with which Navalny can be…

RT (2020-08-20). Red line? Biden rejects DNC guest Linda Sarsour's endorsement over her 'anti-Semitism' & BDS support. rt.com Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden hasn't encountered many far-left policies he won't embrace — from free healthcare for illegal aliens to free college — but he found one leftist supporter he won't abide: Linda Sarsour. | Sarsour, a Muslim activist and co-founder of the Women's March, endorsed Biden last week and spoke on Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention's "Muslim Delegates and Allies Assembly." Biden responded by denouncing her. | "Joe Biden has been a strong supporter of Israel and a vehement opponent of anti-Semitism his entire life, and he obviously condemns [Sarsour's] view…

Staff (2020-08-20). The Tight Rope #DemConvention Watch Party Ro Khanna Zephyr Teachout Howie Hawkins. therealnews.com Cornel West and Tricia Rose bring you live coverage and commentary of the final night of the 2020 #DemConvention featuring Joe Biden's speech from Wilmington, Delaware and confirmed guests Congressman Ro Khanna, Zephyr Teachout, Howie Hawkins, and Angela Walker.

Staff (2020-08-20). DNC: Performance Progressivism. therealnews.com Stir Crazy! Episode 79: Today we are joined by TRNN visual producer Andrew Corkery and organizers from the People's City Council of Los Angeles Ina Morten and Ricci Sergienko. Hosted by Kim Brown.