2020-08-26: News Headlines

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-26). Kerala rejects handing over of airport to Adani Group. peoplesdispatch.org A massive protest was organized by the Communist Party of India (Marxist) in the Indian State of Kerala in which 3 million people took part against the anti-people policies of the Central government. The protest also marked the beginning of a campaign against the privatization of Thiruvananthapuram airport.

South Front (2020-08-26). Video: Massive Explosion Rocks Syria's Arab Gas Pipeline. Terrorist Attack. globalresearch.ca A large explosion rocked the Arab Gas Pipeline in Syria on August 24 causing a blackout in the country's capital Damascus and multiple other cities and towns. | The explosion occurred between the towns of Ad Dumayr and Adra the a …

Patrick Martin (2020-08-26). The CIA Democrats in the 2020 Elections. More Military-Intelligence and FBI Candidates. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Uriel Araujo (2020-08-26). Geopolitics of the Indo-Pacific Region: Strategic Cooperation between Indonesia and India. globalresearch.ca The Indo-Pacific Region (IPR) is a geopolitical area that comprises parts of the Indian and Pacific oceans. But there is more to it than that. The maritime domain is indeed an important theater for geopolitical competition. The rise of Chinese …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-26). Indian construction workers in Serbia protest demanding salary, food and repatriation. peoplesdispatch.org The New Communist Party of Yugoslavia (NKPJ) has expressed solidarity with the Indian workers and demanded proper action from authorities against Nikoliƒá LLC, the company which brought the workers to Serbia…

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-26). India's sugar consignment to Afghanistan arrives in Chabahar. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 26 (MNA) — A cargo ship carrying the first sugar consignment of the Indian private sector to Afghanistan has docked at the southern Iranian port of Chabahar.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-26). Iraq continuing anti-ISIL fight with Iran, Syria & Russia. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 26 (MNA) — The spokesman for the Joint Operations Command, Major General Tahsin al-Khafaji informed that the 'quadruple security center' comprised of Iraq, Iran, Russia and Syria, is continuing its fight against the ISIL.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-08-26). Syrian conflict the focus of redesigned global health degree. imperial.ac.uk Imperial's Global Health BSc focuses on one of the world's worst health crises of recent times, through collaborations with on the ground expertise…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-08-26). Syrian conflict the focus of redesigned global health degree. imperial.ac.uk Collaborations with on-the-ground expertise helped refocus Imperial's Global Health BSc on one of the world's worst health crises of recent times…

_____ (2020-08-26). Organizing Call: After The DNC And RNC — We Can't Breathe! popularresistance.org The Democratic and Republican Conventions are not confronting the crises of our times – the economic collapse, COVID pandemic, lack of access to healthcare, inequality, racism, the cost of education, and never-ending wars and more. | No matter which corporate-funded party wins the election, the people must rule from below. | The national uprising against police violence and the hundreds of wildcat strikes and rent strikes are a few examples among many that show once again that the only way to challenge this racist, militarized system is with the explosive power of people making demands and shutting the system dow…

sputniknews (2020-08-26). Troops Clash 'Unfortunate', Bilateral Ties Endured Test of Time, says Chinese Envoy to India. sputniknews.com Indian and Chinese troops clashed in a deadly skirmish in Ladakh on 15 June, leaving 20 Indian soldiers dead. There were Chinese casualties too, but no official figures have been released so far. New Delhi and Beijing have held rounds of talks at the level of military commanders and through diplomatic channels on the disengagement of troops.

sputniknews (2020-08-26). India's Anti Narcotics Body to Probe Drug Angle in Bollywood Actor Sushant's Death. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput was found hanging from the ceiling fan inside his apartment in Mumbai on 14 June. Since his death, people across the country, including actors and politicians, have been demanding a thorough investigation into the case.

sputniknews (2020-08-26). Explosives from Pakistan, Training in Afghanistan: Indian Sleuths Recreate Kashmir Suicide Bombing. sputniknews.com In one of the deadliest terror attacks in the Indian region of Kashmir, a suicide bomber in an explosive-laden car rammed a convoy of troops in February 2019, killing 44 soldiers and injuring several more, raising tension with arch-rival Pakistan. India accused Pakistan of supporting terrorists, a charge denied by Islamabad.

sputniknews (2020-08-26). Debate on Entrance Exam Rages in India Amid Complaints Over Unfair Competition, Virus Restrictions. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): More than a million medical and engineering students in India are spending days in high anxiety and stress after the government decided to go ahead with entrance exams on 13 September. #PostponeJEE_NEETinCOVID has been trending on Twitter and students are calling for the prime minister to intervene.

sputniknews (2020-08-26). Russia, Iran, Turkey Issue Joint Statement on Syria Condemning Israeli Attacks, US Theft of Oil. sputniknews.com The statement was formulated on the sidelines of the meeting of the Syrian Constitutional Committee, a United Nations-facilitated negotiating platform aimed at reconciling the Syrian government and the opposition and establishing an enduring peace in the war-torn country.

_____ (2020-08-26). Syria Faces Calamity as Trump's New Sanctions Combine With Surging Coronavirus. strategic-culture.org The number of Syrians who are food insecure has risen in the last six months by 1.4 million to 9.3 million, more than half the population, according to the WFP. The Caesar Act and coronavirus do not appear to be weakening Assad, Russia and Iran, but there is every sign they are together plunging ordinary Syrians into a deep and lethal quagmire.

yenisafak (2020-08-26). Protesters rounded up in Belarus; Nobel-winning writer due for questioning. yenisafak.com Belarusian police have rounded up dozens of protesters heading home from peaceful demonstrations, rights groups said on Wednesday, after days in which the authorities exercised comparative restraint towards mass anti-government rallies.The country's most celebrated writer, Nobel Prize-winner Svetlana Alexievich, was expected to appear for questioning later on Wednesday in a criminal investigation into an opposition council, two of whose leaders were jailed this week.President Alexander Lukashenko has faced more than two weeks of mass demonstrations against his 26-year rule since an election which his opponents sa…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-08-25). 'Underwhelming and Inadequate': Green Groups Slam New Senate Democrats' Climate Report. commondreams.org The Green New Deal is mentioned only once in the 263-page report—in the footnotes. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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 …

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."

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."

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.

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?

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). Teachers shot by pellet guns during 'active shooter' drills sue Indiana sheriff over physical & psychological distress. rt.com Eight schoolteachers from Meadowlawn Elementary School in Indiana have sued the local sheriff's department after a traumatizing course of "active shooter" training allegedly left them physically and psychologically scarred. | Active shooter training with the White County Sheriff's Department was "one of the most terrifying experiences of [their lives]," the educators alleged in a lawsuit filed last week, claiming they were shot at point-blank range with airsoft guns and otherwise terrorized above and beyond the normal active-shooter drill procedure. They have demanded a jury trial, with some saying the experie…

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 …

Marco Carnelos (2020-08-25). What does UAE stand to gain from peace with Israel? thealtworld.com Abu Dhabi's crown prince may be surprised to discover that the signing of a peace deal with Netanyahu is not enough to buy Israel's trust | Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince While it is true that most of his regional "initiatives" have not been fully successful, he, nonetheless, remains committed to "saving" the Arab world from two existential threats: Iran and its Axis of Resistance, and the ol…

Binoy Kampmark (2020-08-25). Echo Chamber Politics. counterpunch.org 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 nominating Senator Bernie Sanders for presidential candidate. But it was not to be. The decision

Vijay Prashad (2020-08-25). Why Cuban doctors deserve the Nobel Peace Prize. peoplesdispatch.org Amid continued attacks on Cuban doctors who are on the front-lines of battling COVID-19 across the world, Vijay Prashad makes a case for why they deserve the Nobel Peace Prize…

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.

WSWS (2020-08-25). US stages military buildup to enforce deal to steal Syria's oil. wsws.org The handing over of Syria's oil fields for exploitation by a US company constitutes a war crime, and has escalated dangerous tensions between American and Russian military forces.

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). #SaveThePostOffice Call-In Day! Wednesday, August 26. popularresistance.org Since the Coronavirus crisis hit, USPS has become more essential than ever, from delivering life-saving medicine, to sustaining our democracy through mail-in voting. It has also become more endangered than ever, facing a massive budget crisis. Postal workers and the public are united in urging Congress to pass $25 billion in emergency COVID-related relief for USPS. | Through mass public outcry, we've begun to roll back Trump's new appointee Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's most recent plans to reduce service.

_____ (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). 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.

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.

_____ (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…

Morris Pearl (2020-08-25). Why the DNC's Platform Will Guarantee a Loss If Democrats Don't Do More. commondreams.org Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris confer 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: Win McNamee/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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…