2020-08-24: News Headlines

Kathryn Shihadah (2020-08-24). The Biden Campaign Walks Back its Attack on BDS… Sort Of. mintpressnews.com The Biden campaign's attack on BDS and activist Linda Sarsour shows that the DNC is not ready to truly embrace the progressive values it claims to represent.

Lilly Dragnev (2020-08-24). Meet the Candidates — Kara Eastman and Mike Siegel. peaceaction.org Join Kara Eastman and Mike Siegel LIVE Wednesday 8/26 at 8pm Eastern! Meet our peace candidates from Nebraska and Texas. Despite all the unpredictability this year has presented us with, one thing remains certain: this election will be the most important in our lifetime. I invite you to join us in the next of our …

Mark Gruenberg (2020-08-24). House passes postal aid bill as thousands protest to #SaveThePostOffice. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Sally Abrahamson wants Congress to save our democracy by saving the U.S. Postal Service from GOP President Donald Trump and his hand-picked Postmaster General, Louis DeJoy. And so does her 18-month-old son, even if he was too shy to talk. So Abrahamson's son, carried by his mother in a frontal "baby bag," wore a sign …

Fight Back (2020-08-24). MN demands 'End aid to Israel' during the DNC. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – On August 20, activists held banners from five bridges along Interstate 35W to highlight the role the U.S. plays in endorsing and funding the Israeli occupation of Palestine. The protest took place during the Democratic National Convention to draw attention to the need for the Democratic Party to break with the apartheid state of Israel. | Drivers saw banners on the 35th, 36th, 38th and 40th Street bridges on I-35W in South Minneapolis and on a bridge in Lakeville over I-35. The protest was initiated by the MN Anti-War Committee. Many groups signed on and helped make banners and organized their…

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-08-24). Despite Threats, the U.S. Will Not Sanction India over Its Relations with Russia. globalresearch.ca After Russia, the U.S. is the second largest arms exporter to India. As a major Washington defense partner, New Delhi signed two $3.5 billion arms purchase agreements earlier this year. However, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Clarke Cooper reiterated Washington's …

South Front (2020-08-24). Video: Syrian Forces Are Hunting Down ISIS Terrorists in Desert. globalresearch.ca The military situation in Syria continued deteriorating in recent days. | On August 21, the Syrian Army and its allies increased their anti-ISIS raids in the Palmyra-Deir Ezzor-Al-Mayadin triangle. According to pro-government sources, these efforts are being actively supported by …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-24). Amid recurring violence, uncertainties around peace talks continue in Afghanistan. peoplesdispatch.org Seven civilians lost their lives in Afghanistan hours before the Taliban negotiators arrived in Pakistan to discuss the way forward in the Afghan peace process. The incident took place in the Ghazni province…

FreiheitsFreund (2020-08-24). Video: Big Anti-Corona Demonstration in Berlin. Example for the Rest of the World. globalresearch.ca According to confirmation from the police of Berlin, Germany, it has been confirmed that between 500,000 and 1 million peaceful protesters (mostly without masks) demonstrate against the Corona rules. | Watch the video below. | * | Note to readers: please click the …

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-24). VIDEO:Firefighters extinguish gas pipeline explosion in Syria. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 24 (MNA) — The Syrian Minister of Electricity announced on Monday that the explosion in the gas pipeline in Rif Dimashq province which caused a power outage in the country has been extinguished.

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

sputniknews (2020-08-24). Congress Politicians Clarify Rahul Gandhi Falsely Attributed With 'Colluding with BJP' Remark. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): The Congress party is facing a crisis of leadership after interim president Sonia Gandhi is said to have declared that she wants to resign. Her decision is said to have come after key Congress party leaders demanded an overhaul at the top of the party, complaining about policy drift.

sputniknews (2020-08-24). Memes Hit Twitter Amid Speculations That Rahul Gandhi Will Take Over as Congress Party Chief Again. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): Soon after the 2019 general election results, India's Congress party chief Rahul Gandhi resigned from…

sputniknews (2020-08-24). RNC 2020: How Trump Will Reinvigorate and Entertain His Base to Narrow & Nix Biden's Lead. sputniknews.com After the virtual Democratic National Convention (DNC) came to an end with Joe Biden formally accepting the party's nomination for president, the Republican event is kicking off on 24 August. American observers have discussed how the RNC show will differ from the one streamed by its competitors.

sputniknews (2020-08-24). Watch Indian Soldiers Dance, Beat Drums in the Himalayas to Welcome Lord Ganesha. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): The annual "Ganesh Chaturthi" festival is usually celebrated in a spectacular fashion across India. During the 11-day birthday celebrations of the revered elephant-headed Hindu god Lord Ganesha, hundreds of thousands worship Him, singing His praises to the sound of drumbeats and stage processions to celebrate the occasion.

sputniknews (2020-08-24). Republicans and Democrats Clash for Funds of Wealthy Indian Americans, Professor Says. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): After the Democratic National Convention ended with former vice-president Joe Biden formally accepting the nomination last week, the Republican Convention began on 24 August, with Donald Trump again leading the GOP charge. The 2020 elections are seeing a strong presence of Indian-Americans.

sputniknews (2020-08-24). Belarusian Opposition's Own Election Monitoring Appears to Show Lukashenko Won 61% of the Vote. sputniknews.com Belarus was engulfed in a wave of protests following the August 9th presidential election in which incumbent Alexander Lukashenko comfortably secured a sixth term. Opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya refused to accept the results, accused Lukashenko of fraud, and demanded that he begin negotiations on a 'peaceful transition of power'.

Staff (2020-08-24). Black Workers Face Higher Joblessness, But Are Less Likely to Get Unemployment. truthout.org Record numbers of Americans are receiving unemployment insurance during the pandemic. That's because of the enormous scale of jobs lost — but also because Congress greatly expanded the number of workers eligible for benefits. For the first time, thanks to the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, part-timers, independent contractors and gig workers qualify for unemployment payments. Black workers are overrepresented in these nontraditional positions, which in the past has contribut…

WSWS (2020-08-24). Postmaster General testifies before a Senate Committee on mail crisis. wsws.org Louis DeJoy spoke before a Senate Committee on the bipartisan manufactured crisis of the United States Postal Service and possible election fraud.

RT (2020-08-23). WATCH heroic Indian doctor rescue Covid-19 patient who attempted to jump FOUR FLOORS down from hospital building. rt.com Video shows an Indian doctor in full protective gear risking his own life as he climbed out of the window to save a distraught Covid-19 patient who wanted to jump to their near-certain death after escaping from the hospital. | The incident took place at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College Hospital in the central city of Jabalpur. According to the hospital's social media account, a Covid-19 patient had crawled out of the fourth-floor window and "tried to jump." | Police were quickly called in, and people brought out a cloth with which to try and catch the man. However, after a conversation with doct…

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

RT (2020-08-23). Americans criticizing Biden may be 'unwittingly' spreading 'Kremlin disinformation', top Russiagate peddler warns. rt.com US citizens may "unwittingly" become Russian agents and spread "disinformation" about Joe Biden, Senator Mark Warner has warned, urging the intelligence community to be more vocal and tell the public what to do. | According to the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, one should be particularly vigilant about the Russian trolls, lurking around the social media feeds, as Kremlin is allegedly once again seeking to prop up President Donald Trump and help him secure re-election in November. | Speaking to NBC News' "Meet the Press" on Sunday, the Senator warned that if one is not careful enough, he can…

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-08-23). Echo Chamber US Politics: The "All About Trump" Democratic National Convention. globalresearch.ca It was hard to stomach. The usual suspects, the usual scripts tatty from overuse. The 2020 Democratic National Convention was a prolonged display of avoidance, evasion and theatrical amnesia. There were moments of formality masquerading as promise: Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez…

Stephen Lendman (2020-08-23). Senate Voting Record of Kamala Harris. Pro-Big Money, Pro-Israel, Pro-War Dem Foot Soldier. globalresearch.ca The US political season never ends. It'll be in high gear post-conventions this month. | According to the Center for Responsive Politics, US 2020 presidential aspirants, groups working on their behalf, "leadership PACs, super PACs, dark money outlets," and other sources …

_____ (2020-08-23). Voter Suppression Has Haunted The United States Since It Was Founded. popularresistance.org In 1787, the Founding Fathers wrestled over how to address suffrage in the U.S. Constitution. At the time, voting was restricted to wealthy white landowners. The framers debated whether it should be extended to commoners who had joined arms with them in the American Revolution, but who might overrule their interests. Ultimately, the question was punted to the states in Article I, Section 4, of the Constitution, which declares: "The times, places and manner of holding elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each state by the legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by law ma…

_____ (2020-08-23). DNC Featured Native Speakers But Their Issues Remain Under-addressed. popularresistance.org The various caucus meeting speakers repeatedly stated that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be good for Indian Country. Some Native people are skeptical, though. Harris has a record of going against the sovereign interests of California tribal nations. Many Native people haven't forgotten the broken promises made by the Obama-Biden administration. Not only did the administration advance the Keystone XL Pipeline, but it also sat silently for months as Native people, accomplices and media were arrested, brutalized, and physically and sexually assaulted while trying to defeat the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).

_____ (2020-08-23). Haudenosaunee Land Defenders Call For Peace And Safety. popularresistance.org On August 20, the land defenders at 1492 Land Back Lane tweeted: "We call on our allies to continue to amplify our demand for peace and safety." | These Six Nations land defenders began a re-occupation of their territory on July 19 to uphold their right to free, prior and informed consent and in opposition to the construction of the McKenzie Meadows housing development on unceded lands near the city of Caledonia in the province of Ontario in central Canada. | The 1492 Land Back Lane tweet further notes: "We fear that instead of engaging with us in good faith, [settler politicians including Ontario Premier Doug Fo…

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…

commondreams (2020-08-23). Common Cause Calls on the Senate to Join the House Passing the Delivering for America Act. commondreams.org ______________________________…

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…

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…

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."

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.

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. mintpressnews.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.

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). "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.