2020-08-28: News Headlines

Brian Cloughley (2020-08-28). Washington Schemes to Heat Up the Arctic. counterpunch.org One of the more bizarre indications that Trump Washington is interested in the Arctic was made a year ago when he said he would like to buy Greenland, a vast territory that is administered by Denmark. It is about the same size as Saudi Arabia, and slightly smaller than India — a big country in which there is

Muhammed Shabeer (2020-08-28). How a communist youth organization in Kerala raised USD 1.4 million for COVID-19 relief. peoplesdispatch.org Cadre of the Democratic Youth Federation of India in the State of Kerala raised USD 1.4 million by running a recycling campaign where they collected scrap from across the State and sold in to recyclers…

Erik Molvar (2020-08-28). William Perry Pendley Must Go. counterpunch.org William Perry Pendley's nomination to lead the Bureau of Land Management has been withdrawn and while President Trump offered no explanation for withdrawing Pendley's nomination, it seems he didn't have the votes necessary for Senate confirmation. The Senate Democrats were united against him and a few GOP Senators found themselves in an election year hot

South Front (2020-08-28). Video: US-Russia "Road War" in Northeastern Syria. globalresearch.ca Four US service members were slightly injured during a standoff with the Russian Military Police near the border-town of Al-Malikiyah in the Syrian province of al-Hasakah. According to reports, the US troops received "mild injures" after their MaxxPro MRAP vehicle …

news.un (2020-08-28). India urged to lead global push for clean energy, climate action. news.un.org India has a crucial role to play in promoting clean energy and climate action as the world looks to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Friday.

Comitato No Nato No Guerra (2020-08-28). Apelo Aos Dirigentes Dos Nove Estados Detentores De Armas Nucleares (China, Franàßa, Ândia, Israel, Coreia do Norte, Paquistà£o, Rússia, Reino Unido e Estados Unidos da América). globalresearch.ca Nós, pessoas de boa vontade, de todas as etnias e de todas as classes socioeconómicas, a viver em todos os continentes e a professar credos e religiàµes distintas, dirigimos a vossa atenàßà£o para a ameaàßa de uma guerra nuclear total …

Marlee Kokotovic (2020-08-28). Senate Dems share new climate report disappointing green groups and climate activists. nationofchange.org "The report fails to address the vital need to end the extraction, processing, and burning of fossil fuels, and instead sees a future for fossil fuels tied to the false promise of carbon capture."

Carla Stea (2020-08-28). "Modern Attilla the Hun" Ravages Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Syria, Iran… China and Russia Block The Momentum, Are They the Next Targets? globalresearch.ca In 1991-1992, just prior to, and following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the US gloated over its global supremacy which, of course guaranteed its unfettered dominance of United Nations agencies, the most powerful of which is the UN Security …

Every Protest Needs a Dance (2020-08-28). 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.

sputniknews (2020-08-28). Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi Moves to Reform Party, Keeping Party Dissenters at Bay. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): India's main opposition party Congress is grappling with an internal crisis in view of rising demand for a complete overhaul of leadership and to revive and restructure the group. The party's last full-time chief Rahul Gandhi resigned following the organisation's debacle in the 2019 parliamentary elections.

sputniknews (2020-08-28). RNC vs DNC: Though Biden Leading in Polls, Strong Economy is POTUS' 2020 Trump Card, Observers Say. sputniknews.com The 2020 Republican National Convention (RNC) ended on Thursday night with Donald Trump delivering his acceptance speech. American observers have discussed the competitive advantages and flaws of the DNC and RNC shows weighing up the GOP's chances of attracting unaffiliated voters.

sputniknews (2020-08-28). China Boosts Infrastructure, Lays 5G Net Along Indian Border Amid De-Escalation Talks, Report Says. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): India and China have been engaged in talks at the military commander and diplomatic levels to disengage their troops along the border in the Ladakh region after a fierce standoff on 15 June, in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed. The Chinese Army has withdrawn from some friction points, except for two.

sputniknews (2020-08-28). B-Town Actor's Girlfriend Summoned by India's Top Probe Agency for Questioning in his Death. sputniknews.com Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput's family has alleged the role of the actor's ex-girlfriend Rhea Chakrabory in his death and filed a case in Patna, Bihar, against her. Chakraborty has been accused of driving Rajput to suicide and taking his money by the family.

sputniknews (2020-08-28). Noise of Modi's Self-Reliant India Lacks on Ground Action to Empower 3.5 Million Weavers, Artisans. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): As India tries to bounce back from an unprecedented lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for a "Self-Reliant India (Aatmanirbhar Bharat)". In the meantime, the Ministry of Textiles has abolished all Indian handicrafts and handloom boards.

sputniknews (2020-08-28). Tip of the Iceberg: Bollywood Celebs Speak Out About Drug Culture in Glam World. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): With the new twist of an alleged drug connection in actor Sushant Singh Rajput's death case and actress Kangana Ranaut speaking out on the drug culture prevailing in Bollywood, many celebs and critics have said there is indeed rampant use of narcotics. Some feel it's just "the tip of the iceberg".

_____ (2020-08-28). When Is a Peace Deal Not a Peace Deal? When It Is a War Deal. strategic-culture.org President Trump called it "historical" citing previous peace agreements in the region (the last one being between Jordan and Israel in 1994) while his son-in-law, awkwardly, heaped praise on him in a White House moment which made the president look like a belligerent tyrant of an African state and Jared Kushner his overpaid media consultant flown in for the event. | And yet, the only thing really which can be trumpeted as "historical" is the level of how far Trump, Nethanyahu and MbZ in the UAE are prepared to go in pulling off a great sham and deceiving us all about what this "peace deal" really is. The problem…

yenisafak (2020-08-28). Pakistan lauds Turkey's support on Kashmir. yenisafak.com Pakistan on Thursday praised Turkey for its support for the people of Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir.Following a meeting in the capital Islamabad with Turkey's envoy to the South Asian country, the chairman of Pakistan's Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir, Shehryar Afridi, said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's stance on Kashmir has helped internationally highlight the issue."President Erdogan has played vital role in exposing Hindutva designs against the people of Kashmir and Indian minorities as the goons of proscribed Rashtariya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) were lynching Muslims, Christians, Sikhs and…

yenisafak (2020-08-28). Foreign missions condemn rights abuses in Zimbabwe. yenisafak.com In a joint statement issued Friday, the envoys urged Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa to walk the talk, after pledging two years ago to work with all citizens."It is in this spirit that the Heads of Mission express their deep concern with the current political, economic, social, and health crisis that most Zimbabweans are facing today."The Heads of Mission stand by the people of Zimbabwe in their desire for a peaceful and prosperous democracy," the joint statement read.The mission heads noted that the government was criticizing almost everyone including the Catholic Bishops for raising their voices against h…

yenisafak (2020-08-28). Turkey says determined to preserve Idlib de-escalation zone. yenisafak.com Turkey is determined to preserve the de-escalation zone in Idlib, Syria despite the violations of cease-fire and the brutality of Assad regime, the country's presidential spokesman said on Friday.Turkey's Ibrahim Kalin met visiting US special envoy for Syria James Jeffrey and his delegation in Istanbul.The Syria crisis, especially Idlib, political process in the war-torn country, works of Syrian Constitutional Committee, anti-terrorism efforts, asylum seekers, and bilateral and regional issues were the items of the meeting's agenda.During the talks, Kalin stressed that any political, economic, military support to…

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 …

WSWS (2020-08-27). Free Julian Assange! Defend Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden! wsws.org The SEP's recent National Congress committed to "intensifying the fight for the unconditional freedom of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange" and the defence of all persecuted journalists and whistleblowers.

news.un (2020-08-27). 'Widespread' COVID-19 transmission, limited testing, deepen Syria's humanitarian woes. news.un.org COVID-19 is having a dramatic impact on health services in Syria, where limited testing is obscuring the real extent of the pandemic, the UN's Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator said on Thursday.

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.

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 …

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.

RT (2020-08-27). Democrat congressman faces backlash after claiming that gun owners all have 'small genitals'. rt.com A Democrat congressman from Illinois is being dragged over the coals after insinuating that gun owners have small genitals while speaking on a Zoom call with college students. | Rep. Sean Casten (D-Il) argued that anyone who would want to own a gun must be compensating for something, if they're not part of a well-trained militia. | "If you are a constitutionalist, unless you're a member of well-regulated militia, tell me why you need to own a gun, right? Having small genitals is not a sufficient reason to own a gun," Casten, a known gun control advocate, said. | The politician has pledged support for a plet…

RT (2020-08-27). Minnesota governor calls in National Guard as looters tear up Minneapolis over rumors of police shooting (VIDEOS). rt.com Governor Tim Walz has mobilized the Minnesota National Guard in response to widespread looting in Minneapolis, reportedly sparked by false allegations that the city's police had shot and killed a black man earlier in the day. | Restaurants, shops, and other businesses were vandalized and robbed in Minneapolis hours after a murder suspect shot himself after being confronted by police. A rumor spread alleging that the man had been killed by law enforcement officers, leading to rioting in the city, according to reports. | Citing the chaos in downtown Minneapolis, Waltz declared a 'peacetime emergency' and said he…

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…

RT (2020-08-27). DOJ launches civil rights investigation into Jacob Blake shooting, urges 'everyone to act peacefully'. rt.com A federal civil rights investigation has been opened into the shooting of Jacob Blake by a police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The incident sparked protests that quickly escalated into riots in which two people were killed. | According to the Department of Justice, prosecutors from the US Attorney's Office and the Civil Rights Division will oversee the proceedings, with the investigation carried out by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and involving Wisconsin's justice department, among other local authorities. | U.S. Department of Justice Confirms Federal Civil Rights Investigation Into Shooting of Mr. Ja…

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 …

_____ (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). 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). 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). 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.

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.

Staff (2020-08-27). Top Democrat Demands DeJoy Turn Over All Secret Trump Campaign Communications. truthout.org A top Democratic congressman is Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), chairma…

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…

commondreams (2020-08-27). Small Businesses and Paid Leave Advocates Urge Congress to Take Action on Paid Family and Medical Leave. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2020-08-27). 'Climate Denial Is Not a Victimless Crime' – Greenpeace Response to Hurricane Laura. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-08-27). Citing 'Unbreakable Commitment,' Harris Vows Biden Would Never Place Conditions on US Military Aid to Israel. commondreams.org "Unconditional military aid to Israel," one critic wryly noted, "puts Biden/Harris far to the right of notorious peacenik George H.W. Bush." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Heidi Shierholz (2020-08-27). UI Claims Remain Historically High and the President's Executive Memorandum Is Doing More Harm Than Good. commondreams.org Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) conducts a news conference after the Senate Republican Policy luncheon in the Hart Building on Tuesday, July 21, 2020. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc. via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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.