2020-08-25: News Headlines

RT (2020-08-25). Nikki Haley fuels speculation of 2024 run with GOP convention speech. rt.com Former US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley has sparked rumors that she is eyeing the White House, after using her address to support US President Donald Trump while also laying out her own vision for the country. | Haley accused Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his party of "blaming America first," and pushed back on the notion that "America is racist." | "That is a lie. America is not a racist country," Haley said. "This is personal for me." | As the daughter of Indian immigrants, Haley argued that she was able to excel despite growing up as a "brown girl in a black and white world." She noted that So…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-25). India's food delivery workers strike over drastic cuts in pay. peoplesworld.org Delivery persons working for Swiggy—one of India's largest online food ordering and delivery platforms—have been on strike in multiple cities of the country over the past week. The scale of this labor action is expanding, as an increasing number of these workers down tools in a protest against the squeeze on their earnings. While the …

Dominic DeNuzzio (2020-08-25). Outrage in Pittsburgh over police abduction of anti-racism protester. liberationnews.org At a recent march in Pittsburgh organized by the group Black Young & Educated, a peace marshal who was helping protect demonstrators by blocking off the streets was suddenly abducted by armed plain clothes thugs in an unmarked van. On the ground no one was able to verify if it was cops or right wing …

Vijay Prashad (2020-08-25). Why Cuban doctors deserve the Nobel Peace Prize. mronline.org U.S. allies in Latin America, such as Brazil, Bolivia, and Ecuador, expelled the Cuban medical missions. This would become a catastrophic decision for these countries as the COVID-19 pandemic developed across Latin America.

Patrick Cockburn (2020-08-25). Syria Faces Calamity as Trump's New Sanctions Combine With Surging Coronavirus. counterpunch.org "If I don't buy masks or medicine, I may die or survive, but if I don't buy bread for the family, we will all die of starvation," says a retired 68-year-old teacher in Damascus, explaining why he does not have masks, sterilisers or medicines. "We need two bundles of loaves every day which costs us at least 600 Syrian pounds (24 US cents), but if we buy masks, they will cost us about 1000 SP (40 cents). The choice is between bread and masks."

Steven Chovanec (2020-08-25). To Capture and Subdue: America's Theft of Syrian Oil Has Very Little To Do With Money. mintpressnews.com Years of US support to Al-Qaeda and ISIS and efforts to effect regime change in the country have culminated in the theft of Syria's oil, but is that really America's coup de gras in Syria?

Patrick Cockburn (2020-08-25). Syria's Face Calamity as Trump's New Sanctions Combine With Surging Coronavirus. counterpunch.org "If I don't buy masks or medicine, I may die or survive, but if I don't buy bread for the family, we will all die of starvation," says a retired 68-year-old teacher in Damascus, explaining why he does not have masks, sterilisers or medicines. "We need two bundles of loaves every day which costs us at least 600 Syrian pounds (24 US cents), but if we buy masks, they will cost us about 1000 SP (40 cents). The choice is between bread and masks."

RT (2020-08-25). 'Liberals' excuse to say the n-word'? 'Uncle Tom' trending as disaffected RNC viewers fail at mocking convention's speakers. rt.com The first day of the RNC featured a slate of black and female speakers. The party's Twitter critics said these people betrayed their race and gender, calling them "Uncle Tom's" to the dismay of US conservatives. | The Republican National Convention's Monday lineup featured speakers like US Senator Tim Scott, Congressman Vernon Jones and former NFL player Herschel Walker, who are all African Americans and were accused of being "Uncle Tom's". Their critics who use this derogatory term believe that they were betraying the black community by aligning with the Republican party and President Donald Trump. | "Uncle T…

RT (2020-08-25). 'You don't recognize my existence!': Former DNC head Donna Brazile has meltdown on Fox News (VIDEO). rt.com Former Democratic National Committee chairwoman Donna Brazile melted down in spectacular fashion on Fox News, accusing fellow commentator Tammy Bruce of racism and demanding she "recognize my existence." | Discussing Monday night's Republican National Convention on Tuesday morning's Fox & Friends, Brazile accused the GOP of "speaking to the choir" with their unabashedly pro-Trump lineup of speakers. Conservative contributor Tammy Bruce shot back, accusing the Democrats of being out of touch with ordinary Americans, and slamming the left for not speaking out strongly enough against the Black Lives Matter riots…

RT (2020-08-25). CBS News whitewashes Kenosha destruction as mostly 'peaceful protests' as city smolders in aftermath. rt.com To some in the mainstream media, the wave of arson and destruction that swept over Kenosha, Wisconsin was nothing more than "peaceful protest" that "gave way to clashes." Don't believe your lying eyes, they may as well have said. | The Wisconsin city of Kenosha burned for a second night in a row on Monday, as rioters defied a police curfew and torched local businesses and law enforcement buildings. Some were armed, and even as Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers called in the National Guard, furniture shops, car lots, correctional facilities, and random vehicles were razed to the ground by the mob. | Also on rt.com

RT (2020-08-25). 'Are you a christian!?' BLM activists harass restaurant patrons who refuse to raise fists and shout slogans (VIDEOS). rt.com Disturbing videos have emerged online showing Black Lives Matter demonstrators screaming and yelling at restaurant patrons in Washington DC., demanding that they raise their fists in support of the protest movement. | In one scene which spread like wildfire on Tuesday, a large group of white protesters can be seen crowding around the table of a white woman at a Washington DC restaurant and demanding that she raise her fist to comply. | "Are you a Christian?" one activist repeatedly yells. Others yell slogans including "White Silence is Violence" and "No Justice, No Peace." As no videos have emerged showing the…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-08-25). Trump crony, Postmaster General DeJoy, lies under oath to Congress. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON — Louis DeJoy, the Trump-named Postmaster General who's ordered his minions to yank out mailboxes and dismantle sorting machines—among other moves—once again denied he's deliberately doing so to curb voting by mail this fall. "The U.S. Postal Service is fully committed to delivering ballots safely and on time," he told the House Oversight Committee …

Black Alliance for Peace (2020-08-25). The DNC and the Politics of Betrayal. Political and Moral Bankruptcy of the Democratic Party. globalresearch.ca The political and moral bankruptcy of the Democratic Party was on full display last week. First it was the convention of the Democratic Party, where the progressive wing of the party was pushed to the margins while the victorious, neoliberal …

news.un (2020-08-25). First Person: tourism in Hawaii grounded during pandemic. news.un.org Tourism is Hawaii's biggest industry, with some 10 million visitors to the lslands ever year. But that has all changed since the COVID-19 pandemic, and many businesses on the archipelago have been forced to shut down for good, according to a helicopter pilot who flies pleasure trips for tourists.

Comitato No Nato No Guerra (2020-08-25). Appello Ai Leader Dei Nove Stati Con Armi Nucleari (Cina, Francia, India, Israele, Nord Corea, Pakistan, Regno Unito, Russia, Stati Uniti). globalresearch.ca Noi, persone di buona volontà di tutti i ceti sociali, di tutti i continenti, di credo e religioni diverse, richiamiamo la vostra attenzione sulla minaccia di una guerra nucleare totale che puà≤ scoppiare molto facilmente a causa di azioni deliberate …

news.un (2020-08-25). Israel's accord with United Arab Emirates an opportunity to unlock progress on wider Middle East peace efforts, UN envoy says. news.un.org The recent agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates has the potential to change dynamics across the Middle East, the UN's top envoy in the region told the Security Council on Tuesday, urging Palestinian and Israeli leaders to re-engage in efforts to resolve their protracted conflict.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-25). Rouhani orders implementation of new Iran-India tax laws. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 25 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, on Tuesday, ordered the finance ministry to implement a new law of an agreement between Iran an India made on double-taxation avoidance and tax-evasion prevention.

_____ (2020-08-25). Koch Academic Influence Returns To Massachusetts With New Tufts University Think Tank. popularresistance.org When a new Massachusetts think tank housed at Tufts University launched earlier this year, Boston-based media described it as a "CBO-like center" (referring to the Congressional Budget Office) that would offer an "independent analysis" of proposed state policy and legislation. | But one of the main funders of this think tank, called the Center for State Policy Analysis, is a program tied financially to the petrochemical billionaire Koch family. This apparent Koch-linked funding raises questions about just how independent the center's policy analyses may be. Initial funding for this think tank, as CommonWealth rep…

_____ (2020-08-25). US Sanctions Are Starving Syria. popularresistance.org In June, the US imposed its harshest sanctions on Syria to date, prompting the World Food Programme to warn of "mass starvation or another mass exodus." The US sanctions law known as the Caesar Act openly states that its strategy is to prevent reconstruction in government-held areas where most Syrians live, in which the Syrian government now controls after defeating a decade-long, devastating proxy war waged by the US and its allies. | In a new article for Foreign Affairs, scholar Joshua Landis and former Obama administration official Steve Simon write that the current US sanctions policy, quote, "further immiser…

sputniknews (2020-08-25). Crime Meter Running at Twice the Speed: Priyanka Gandhi Slams Uttar Pradesh State Chief. sputniknews.com New Delhi (New Delhi): Priyanka Gandhi hasn't yet stepped into electoral politics, but she is strategically placed after being the general secretary of east Uttar Pradesh during the 2019 general election. With a striking resemblance to her grandmother, former prime minister Indira Gandhi, she is often portrayed as the future of the Congress party.

sputniknews (2020-08-25). Indian Multi-Storey Building Collapse: 15 Missing, Death Toll Rises to 8. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): The building collapsed on Monday evening. According to the police and local authorities, more than 70 people are feared trapped under the debris. Prime Minister Modi has expressed his condolences over the deaths.

sputniknews (2020-08-25). India, China, Pakistan Set to Participate in Wargames in Russia Next Month. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): Russia is set to host at least 18 countries, including member-states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) for the bilateral and multilateral military exercises that were delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The participating nations will have to follow COVID-19 protocols during their stay.

sputniknews (2020-08-25). Vital Aspects Will be Revealed in Bollywood Actor Sushant's Psychological Autopsy, Experts Say. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): A psychological autopsy basically means a post-mortem of the mind, involving a detailed analysis of every aspect of a person's life that includes his interactions with family and friends, behavioural patterns, mood swings, social media posts, etc.

_____ (2020-08-25). White Flight or Fight? Either Way, the American Dream Is Turning Into a Nightmare. strategic-culture.org Amid rampant violence, urban decay and racial strife across much of the ultra-Liberal heartland, more and more Whites are migrating to the suburbs and rural areas. However, as disaffection for the pale-face tribe continues to climb, this demographic is facing some unexpected hurdles along the road. | For even the most progressive liberal, the daunting problems plaguing America's inner cities — homelessness, homicide, racial tensions and of course Covid lockdowns — is becoming too much to bear. Now, an increasing number of Americans are pulling up stakes out of Dodge for some semblance of peace and sec…

yenisafak (2020-08-25). Syria's Assad designates Arnous to form a new government, presidency says. yenisafak.com Syrian President Bashar al-Assad designated Hussein Arnous to form a new government, the Syrian presidency said on Tuesday, following a parliamentary election in July.Hussein Arnous was prime minister in the outgoing government, appointed by Assad in June to replace Imad Khamis as Syria grappled with a major economic crisis and plunging currency.

yenisafak (2020-08-25). Pakistani charity builds school in southeastern Turkey. yenisafak.com A Pakistani charity has helped establish a school for Syrian children in southeastern Turkey.The primary school, which opened on Monday in the Gaziantep province near the Syrian border, has been funded by Pakistan's Baitussalam Welfare Trust with the support of Kuwait's Said association, said Ali Sahin, the chairman of Turkey-Pakistan Inter-parliamentary Friendship Group."Thanks for my Pakistani brothers for being in Gaziantep," he tweeted.The project is part of the "100 philanthropists in the 100th year" campaign which marks the centenary of Gaziantep's liberation.Gaziantep Governor Davut Gul said nearly 500,000…

Global Research News (2020-08-25). Selected Articles: COVID-19: Trigger for a New World Order. Economic Stagnation and Social Destruction. globalresearch.ca We hope that by publishing diverse view points, submitted by journalists and experts dotted all over the world, the website can serve as a reminder that no matter what narrative we are presented with, things are rarely as cut and …

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 …

RT (2020-08-24). Pelosi calls Trump & Republicans 'enemies of the state' in diatribe about elections and postal service. rt.com House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, labeled US President Donald Trump and the Republican party "domestic enemies" and "enemies of the state," escalating the rhetoric about voting by mail in the upcoming election. | "Sadly, the domestic enemies to our voting system are right at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with their allies in the Congress," Pelosi (D-California) said in an appearance on MSNBC on Monday afternoon, referring to the address of the White House in Washington, DC. | "They're doing everything they can to suppress the vote, scare people by intimidation," she argued, calling Trump and the Republicans "

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…

Finian Cunningham (2020-08-24). F-35 Bailout Behind 'Peace'. thealtworld.com No sooner had the news broken of a "historic" peace accord between the United Arab Emirates and Israel, then came reports of the Arab country's purchase of the American F-35 stealth combat jet. | The UAE foreign minister Anwar Gargash told reporters last week that the oil-rich Gulf state had now earned the right to buy the F-35 because it was at peace with Israel. "We have legitimate requests… We ought to get them… the whole idea of a state of belligerency or war with Israel no longer exists," said Gargash. | Plans for the purchase were also confirmed by US President Donald Trump who said the UAE was seeking…

teleSUR (2020-08-24). Panama: Nurses on Strike To Demand Wages and Biosecurity. telesurenglish.net The National Association of Nurses of Panama (ANEP) Monday will hold a protest to denounce exhausting work hours, lack of personal protective equipment, and failure to pay salaries to professionals hired during the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | The ANAP president Ana Reyes called on citizens to support the peaceful demonstrations that will take place in different health institutions. | "Although we had meetings with the a…

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 …

teleSUR (2020-08-24). Ivory Coast: President Ouattara to Run for a Third Term. telesurenglish.net Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara announced on Monday that he would run for a third term in October's general election, despite protesters and opposition claims. | RELATED: | "I have a vision for our country. A vision of stability, a vision of security, a vision of peace for all Ivorians," Outtara said in his way out the Independent Election Commission (CEI) in Abidjan after he formally submitted his application…

teleSUR (2020-08-24). Belarus: New Day of Protests Against President Lukashenko. telesurenglish.net On Sunday, citizens took to the streets of Minsk to protest against Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko. | RELATED: | Over 100,000 people gathered at the Independence Square, where the Government House and the Central Electoral Commission headquarters are located. | "The protest was peaceful, and it had no intervention from the police forces that were deployed in the area," journalist Alex Kokcharov tweeted. | T…

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…