2020-08-23: News Headlines

RT (2020-08-23). WATCH 'Give 'Em Hell' protesters smash windows & set fires across Denver, try to breach Colorado State Capitol fence. rt.com Dozens of anti-police protesters have been swarming around downtown Denver, Colorado, setting fires and smashing windows, with authorities seemingly struggling to contain the hit-and-run violence. | Police officers in riot gear were seen guarding the Denver Police Department on Saturday night, but elsewhere across downtown Denver, local reporters described "ugly scenes" of arson and vandalism. | Agitators are now trying to rip down a fence surrounding the state Capitol building

Leon Kunstenaar (2020-08-23). March for the Dead, Fight for the Living at the Golden Gate. indybay.org Police prevent peaceful march at Golden Gate Bridge…

Poor People's Campaign (2020-08-23). Monday 8/24: Call to Action: Demand McConnell & Senate Return to Pass COVID Relief, Fund USPS, Voting! indybay.org Online via livestream…

yenisafak (2020-08-23). Lebanon's challenge: Prioritize reforms or keep peace. yenisafak.com More than two weeks after devastating explosion here, the situation in the Lebanese capital remains critical, with a pervasive culture of negligence, corruption and complacency by rulers becoming more visible.The destruction of the Port of Beirut on Aug. 4 left more than 170 dead, greater than 6,000 injured and 300,000, or 5% of residents homeless.Once considered the Paris of the Middle East, Beirut now looks like a scene from a horror movie, with collapsed buildings, unsurpassable roads and broken glasses scattered everywhere.The damage caused is estimated at more than $7 billion, equivalent to 14% of the countr…

Aaron Maté (2020-08-22). Crushing US sanctions devastate Syria's people and post-war reconstruction. thegrayzone.com Leading Syria scholar Joshua Landis on how crippling US sanctions are devastating Syria's people and hindering post-war reconstruction. In a new article for Foreign Affairs, scholar Joshua Landis and former Obama administration official Steve Simon write that US sanctions on Syria "further immiserates the Syrian people, blocks reconstruction efforts, and strangles the economy that sustains …

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…

RT (2020-08-22). Board of Britain's biggest Muslim charity resigns over posts calling Hamas 'great men' and Israel 'Zionist enemy'. rt.com The entire board of the biggest Muslim charity in Britain is set to resign following anti-Semitic social media posts by its director, who was already a replacement for a trustee who had also resigned over controversial comments. | Almoutaz Tayara, the board director of the charity Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) based in Birmingham, had posted on his Facebook page in 2014 and 2015 a cartoon that depicted former US president Barack Obama wearing the Star of David with Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Assad of Syria on his lap, saying, "Death to America!" | Other posts called leaders of the Palestinian milit…

Ralph Nader (2020-08-22). Democratic Convention: New Faces, Similar Policies but Sharp Contrast with Trumpism. commondreams.org Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, his wife Dr. Jill Biden, Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris and her husband Douglas Emhoff raise their arms on stage outside the Chase Center after Biden delivered his acceptance speech on the fourth night of the Democratic National Convention from the Chase Center on August 20, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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.

Ashley Curtin (2020-08-22). Sierra Club to DNC chairman: End tax breaks and subsidies for fossil fuel companies immediately. nationofchange.org "The future of our planet depends on it. It's past time to end fossil fuel subsidies."

Fight Back (2020-08-22). Hundreds march on the DNC in Milwaukee, 'We can't breathe!'. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI – In the early evening of August 20, around 500 people gathered in Dontre Hamilton (officially Red Arrow) Park in downtown Milwaukee to mark the final day of the Democratic National Convention. The turnout in spite of the pandemic and the vastly diminished physical presence in the city for the convention was a testament to the hard work and dedication of the organizers with the Coalition to March on the DNC. | "No matter who anybody votes for, no matter who wins, we're always going to be out in the streets. We're always going to be fighting for justice," said Omar Flores, an organizer with the Milwa…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-22). Ceasefire in Libya will be key for region. peoplesdispatch.org The declaration of a ceasefire in war-torn Libya has raised hopes that a political solution can be reached and years of hostility ended. The war in Libya and the possible peace has great regional significance too.

Abdul Rahman (2020-08-22). The verdict on Rafik Hariri's assassination. peoplesdispatch.org The UN-backed International Special Tribunal for Lebanon said it found no evidence of Hezbollah or Syria's involvement in the 2005 assassination of Rafik Hariri. However, this verdict may not mark the end of the issue…

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.

_____ (2020-08-22). Reckoning With Labor Law's Racist Roots. popularresistance.org The maintenance of the racist Southern plantation system was the driving force behind the "compromise" struck by President Roosevelt and the Southern Democrats to exclude agricultural laborers from labor protections. In congressional debates this was clearly articulated. Representative Wilcox of Florida extolled, "You cannot put the Negro and the white man on the same basis and get away with it…" and Representative Cox of Georgia agreed, saying that it would be "dangerous beyond conception" to eliminate racial and social distinctions. Bargaining away racial equality, President Roosevelt and his coalition exclud…

_____ (2020-08-22). The CIA Democrats In The 2020 Elections. popularresistance.org In the course of the 2018 elections, a large group of former military-intelligence operatives entered capitalist politics as candidates seeking the Democratic Party nomination in 50 congressional seats—nearly half the seats where the Democrats were targeting Republican incumbents or open seats created by Republican retirements. | Some 30 of these candidates won primary contests and became the Democratic candidates in the November 2018 election, and 11 of them won the general election, more than one-quarter of the 40 previously Republican-held seats captured by the Democrats as they took control of the House…

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.

_____ (2020-08-22). China and the U.S.: The 21st Century's 'Great Game'. strategic-culture.org Conn M. HALLINAN | 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 the end, it was all illusion. Russia never planned to challenge British rule in India and the bloody wars settled nothing, although the arbitrary borders and ethnic tensions stoked by colonialism's strategy of divide and conquer live on today. Thus China, India, Pakistan, Afgh…

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…

Linda McQuaig (2020-08-22). NDP Should Use Its Clout to Push Vulnerable Liberals to Take Urgent Climate Action. commondreams.org Climate campaigners in Canada and beyond and protested Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's ongoing support for the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project. (Photo: Greenpeace) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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.

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 …

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). 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.

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.

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…

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.

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

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

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). '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). 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). '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 …

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

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

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.