2020-08-27: News Headlines

Andrew Korybko (2020-08-27). India's Island Bases Might be a Game-Changer in Its Regional Competition with China. globalresearch.ca India's plans to construct full-fledged fighter bases in the union territories of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands (below) as well as Lakshadweep (2nd map below) might prove to be game-changers in its regional competition with China by enabling New Delhi …

David Mattson (2020-08-27). The Sturgis and Standing Rock Protests. counterpunch.org I grew up in the Black Hills of western South Dakota on a small ranch roughly 30 miles away from the small city of Sturgis and between 100 and 200 miles away from the sprawling Pine Ridge and Cheyenne River Indian Reservations. David Taylor, who homesteaded our ranch, created a sinuous inholding within the newly created Black Hills Forest Reserve, laid out to capture as much bottomland pasture as possible along aptly named Hay Creek.

Vijay Prashad (2020-08-27). Why Cuban Doctors Deserve the Nobel Peace Prize. counterpunch.org Five years ago, I read the story of Dr. Félix Báez, a Cuban doctor who had worked in West Africa to stop the spread of Ebola. Dr. Báez was one of 165 Cuban doctors of the Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade who went to Sierra Leone to fight a terrible outbreak in 2014 of a disease first detected in 1976. During his time there, Dr. Báez contracted Ebola.

Mark Gruenberg (2020-08-27). Trump's message to white supremacists: It's OK to gun down protesters. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—One of Donald Trump's "very fine people," Kyle Rittenhouse, a 17-year-old who news reports said "admires the police," was arrested August 26 for gunning down three peaceful protesters against racial repression and police violence in Kenosha, Wisconsin. One of his victims is in the hospital. The other two—one shot point-blank in the head, video shows—are …

RT (2020-08-27). 'Fiery but mostly peaceful': CNN mocked for ridiculous caption of Kenosha riots destruction. rt.com Online vigilantes lined up to spew vitriol at CNN and their reporter, who described the chaos in the riots-plagued Kenosha as "mostly peaceful" protests, while showing viewers exactly the opposite. | CNN's Omar Jimenez went live from a troubled neighborhood in Kenosha, Wisconsin, telling viewers that protests — sparked by the death of African American Jacob Blake — were "largely peaceful" during the day, but that "things began to get a little bit more contentious" when night fell. | As he spoke, buildings and vehicles burned in the background, with the scenes of destruction and chaos running contrary…

Eric A. Gordon (2020-08-27). Robbing the blind: Anti-Trump books reportedly missing from National Library's audio service. peoplesworld.org One of the programs the federal government regularly employs to serve the needs of the country's disabled community is the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled Downloadable Books and Magazines. "Almost every single book at the Library of Congress," says Juan Waters, a blind man who did not wish to be identified …

South Front (2020-08-27). Video: Russian, Syrian Forces Operation against ISIS Terrorists. globalresearch.ca Russian and Syrian forces eliminated 327 ISIS militants during a joint security operation that took place in the desert areas of Homs and Deir Ezzor from August 18 to August 24. | According to the Russian side, strikes of the Syrian …

James E. Varner (2020-08-27). Trump's Postmaster General Should be Returned to Sender. globalresearch.ca President Trump's postmaster general, Louis DeJoy, recently testified before Congress about major slowdowns in mail delivery under his watch. | As a 20-year postal veteran, I had only one reaction: DeJoy needs to be Returned to Sender. | DeJoy, a Trump …

Every Protest Needs a Dance (2020-08-27). Leap of Peace, Day of Mourning near Golden Gate Bridge. indybay.org Mourning two pandemics, COVID and racism, and calling out police for brutality…but first, the dance of peace.

_____ (2020-08-27). The Eurasian Century Has Already Begun. popularresistance.org India, China and ASEAN are the greatest market opportunities, with the greatest potential for growth in nominal terms if the dollar declines. | China, India and ASEAN also account for about 45% of the global population versus less than 5% for the US. All Eurasia accounts for more than 60%. No matter who wins the election in November, the US is not returning as the engine of global economic growth. Instead, it is adopting the mercantilist import-substitution policies that built the "miracle" economies of East Asia. Recent studies from sources such as the Pew Research Center and the University of Washington have ra…

_____ (2020-08-27). For Democracy And Transparency In The Plurinational State Of Bolivia. popularresistance.org We are witnessing the systematic destruction of democracy at the hands of the de facto government of Jeanine AnÃÉez and its allied forces of repression in the streets, on the highways, and the communities across Bolivia. | Through this letter, the members of the Progressive International demand that you take urgent action within your mandate to restore the fundamental rights of the Bolivian people to peace, protest, and democratic self-determination. In our message to you, we emphasize the urgency of your action to protect the integrity of the electoral process in the Plurinational State, to prevent…

_____ (2020-08-27). Lebanon: Inconvenient Truths About Syria, Iran, Hezbollah And The Shia 'Street'. popularresistance.org There's been a lot of nonsense passing as truth in post-blast Lebanon reporting. Most centers around alarmism about Hezbollah's nefarious influence, the West's "opportunity" to destroy it, and the supposed struggle with Russia, China, and Iran for paternalist-preeminence in a country that isn't ours (or theirs) to preside over in the first place. There's little discussion in most mainstream reporting on the minor matter of why Hezbollah gained influence in the first place. Shia Muslims are difficult to provoke and almost impossible to suppress once aroused. Long led by a more "quietist" strand of conservative, ap…

sputniknews (2020-08-27). Democrats Wage #TrumpChaos 'War' Campaign via Billboards in DC Amid RNC Convention. sputniknews.com The Democratic National Committee (DNC) launched the Twitter hashtag #TrumpChaos, fueling both offline and online campaigns against US President Donald Trump, attacking the president for how he uses the coronavirus pandemic and condemning him for attempting to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

sputniknews (2020-08-27). Malicious Propaganda: Pakistan Rejects India's Claim Pulwama Attack Executed at Islamabad's Behest. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): On 25 August, India's top investigative agency filed its first charge sheet in the deadly February 2019 Pulwama suicide bombing case, naming 19 people for carrying out the attack at "Pakistan's behest".

sputniknews (2020-08-27). Twitterstorm as India's Apex Court Disallows Muharram Processions, Saying Muslims Could Be Targeted. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): Shia Muslims observe Muharram by mourning the death of the Prophet Muhammad's grandson, Hussein Ibn Ali, on the 10th day of the first month of the Islamic calendar, falling on 29 August. People gather in streets for processions with decorated "Tazia" – a replica of a coffin – and perform ceremonial chest-beating.

sputniknews (2020-08-27). Indian Prime Minister's Home State Top-Ranked in Export Readiness in Gov't Think Tank Report. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): India's exports have been badly hit by the ongoing global pandemic with major economies in the world completely shutting down operations. According to Trade Ministry data, overall exports in April-July are estimated to be $141.82 billion, showing a negative growth of minus 21.99 percent over the same period in 2019.

sputniknews (2020-08-27). Teenage Indian-American Girl Designs Vibrating Cap That Beeps, Alerts to Maintain Social Distance. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): The COVID-19 pandemic has taken the world by surprise in the last few months, however people have now come to terms with the difficult life that has become the new normal due to restrictions introduced in the wake of the outbreak.

yenisafak (2020-08-27). India's daily virus cases soar over 75,000. yenisafak.com India reported over 75,000 new coronavirus cases and more than 1,000 fatalities on Thursday.At least 75,760 more people tested positive for COVID-19, the country's highest daily figure to date, taking the total past 3.31 million, according to the Health Ministry's latest data.The nationwide death toll increased by 1,023 in the past day and now stands at 60,472.With 718,711 infections, the western state of Maharashtra remains India's worst-hit region.At least 106 members of the state police force tested positive for COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, the Maharashtra police said.A total of 14,295 police personnel hav…

yenisafak (2020-08-27). US' Pompeo pays surprise visit to Oman. yenisafak.com US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Oman Thursday for an unannounced stopover."Arrived in Oman and will meet with Omani Sultan Haitham bin Tarik Al Said," Pompeo wrote on his Twitter account.Before Oman, Pompeo paid a visit Israel, Sudan, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) during his Mideast tour."I look forward to discussing efforts to build unity among the Gulf Cooperation Council and build on the momentum to advance regional peace and prosperity," Pompeo added.Although his visit was not announced by the State Department, some media reports revealed that Pompeo is visiting two countries within…

Chris Hedges (2020-08-26). How Corporate Tyranny Works. commondreams.org Oil sludge from one of the hundreds of waste pits that Chevron left in the Ecuadorean Amazon. (Photo: via Indian Country News) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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.

WSWS (2020-08-26). Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee defends immigrant workers at Indiana parts plant, opposes back-to-school drive. wsws.org Workers at the plant are refusing leadership positions on the shop floor and others are leaving the factory in response to forced overtime and the disregard of medical work restrictions.

Anthony Cartalucci (2020-08-26). US-Funded Mobs Attempt to Block Thai-Chinese Submarine Deal. thealtworld.com The protesters' argument is childish, but Washington's reason for wanting the deal dropped is much more obvious. | Diesel electric subs are quiet, launch anti-ship cruise missiles out of range of enemy anti-sub capabilities; | At least 2-3 submarines firing missiles in a coordinated attack would have a chance at breaching an enemy vessel's air-defense weapons; | Deal would build significant military ties with China — already Thailand's most important economic partner; | US seeks to encircle and contain China with a united front comprised of Australia, Japan, India, and even the UK and France; | China and pot…

WSWS (2020-08-26). The coronavirus pandemic, the crisis of capitalism and the tasks of the SEP. wsws.org Published here is the main resolution that was discussed and adopted unanimously at the Fifth National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) held on August 14-16, 2020.

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 …

yenisafak (2020-08-26). Pakistan's Imran Khan phones Afghan head of peace talks. yenisafak.com Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday telephoned Abdullah Abdullah, the Afghan government representative who will lead talks with the Taliban aimed at ending the 19-year war in Afghanistan.Khan said bilateral relations between the countries are based on commonalities of faith and culture, according to a statement from his office.The phone call came after a Taliban delegation held talks Tuesday with Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and spy chief Lt. Gen. Faiz Hameed."Highlighting Pakistan's positive contribution to the Afghan peace process, the prime minister stressed that the Afghan le…

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 …

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…

WSWS (2020-08-26). India emerges as a global epicenter of COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org India is the third country to surpass 3 million registered coronavirus cases, and its official death toll, widely considered to be an underestimation, is approaching 60,000.

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 …

WSWS (2020-08-26). Police riot in Detroit against peaceful protesters. wsws.org On Saturday night, the Detroit Police Department went on a rampage against peaceful protesters, arresting 44 after tear-gassing and beating people in the streets for unlawful assembly.

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 Collaborations with on-the-ground expertise helped refocus Imperial's Global Health BSc on one of the world's worst health crises.

_____ (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…

_____ (2020-08-26). Might Belarus Become The Next Syria? popularresistance.org There are signs that Russia is intervening in the Belarusian crisis (finally!) | First and foremost, we can see a truly radical change in Lukashenko's policies: if his initial instinct was to unleash brutal repression of both the violent rioters and the peaceful demonstrators, now he has made a 180 and the outcome is quite amazing: on Sunday there were large anti-Lukashenko demonstrations yet not a single person was detained. Not one. Even more amazing is this: the Polish-run Nexta Telagram channel (which is the main medium used by the Empire to overthrow Lukashenko) initially called for a peaceful protest, but a…

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). 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). 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). 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.

James E. Varner (2020-08-26). Trump's Postmaster General Should Be Returned To Sender. commondreams.org "Congress must approve crisis relief for USPS," writes Varner, "and reverse DeJoy's disastrous service cuts altogether." (Photo: Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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…

yenisafak (2020-08-26). Pompeo in UAE says hopeful to build on UAE-Israel accord momentum. yenisafak.com U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a short visit to the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday as part of a Middle East tour following a U.S.-brokered deal on normalising relations between Israel and the UAE announced on Aug. 13."Excited to arrive in the United Arab Emirates and congratulate the Emirati people on the historic Abraham Accords— the most significant step toward peace in the Middle East in over 25 years. Hopeful we will‚ÄØ build on this momentum towards regional peace," Pompeo said on Twitter, referring to the UAE-Israel agreement aimed at normalising relations.Pompeo visited…

WSWS (2020-08-26). SEP (Australia) holds successful fifth national congress. wsws.org Delegates discussed and unanimously adopted a major resolution outlining the deepening crisis of Australian and world capitalism and the tasks of the party over the next two years, and elected a new national leadership.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-08-26). Despite DNC Focus on Winning 'Biden Republicans,' New Poll Suggests Beating Trump 'All About Democratic Turnout'. commondreams.org Progressives on Tuesday raised alarm over new poll results from CBS News, which suggested that the Democratic Party's courting of moderate Republican votes and sidelining of broadly popular progressive proposals has not so far resulted in a groundswell of support for Joe Biden outside the party. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2020-08-26). Heavy Weaponry Used in Libya To Disperse Peaceful Protesters Demanding Economic Rights. commondreams.org ______________________________…

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 …