2020-08-29: News Headlines

Yanis Iqbal (2020-08-29). The nonexistent peace in Colombia. mronline.org In Colombia, a spate of killings has been going on amid the Covid-19 pandemic. On 13 August, 2020, Colombian armed forces killed two Indigenous people and injured two community members during an eviction operation in El Berraco village in the Cauca department. Journalists Abelardo Liz and Johel Rivera, part of the "Liberation of Mother Earth" movement, …

_____ (2020-08-29). A Colombian Activist Is Killed Every 20 Hours. popularresistance.org The Alliance for Global Justice is extremely concerned with the recent increase of violence in Colombia. In our June 16, 2020 action, we asked you to sign a letter asking Members of the USA Congress to act immediately to protect the lives of social leaders, peasants, indigenous and Afro Colombians victims of the violence generated by the illegal arm forces present in their communities. Unfortunately, despite our efforts, the human rights situation in Colombia has worsened to disturbing levels. | In 2020, there have been 43 massacres with most of the victims in the Colombia states of Nariño, Cauca, Valle del Cauca…

_____ (2020-08-29). CIA's Addiction to Afghanistan War. strategic-culture.org It is America's longest overseas war and shows no clear sign of ending despite a shaky peace deal underway between the Trump administration and Taliban militants. A phased withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan over the next year could yet be derailed, resulting in continued American military operations in the South Asian country — nearly two decades after President GW Bush launched Operation Enduring Freedom in October 2001. | US involvement in Afghanistan is the archetypal quagmire. Hundreds of thousands killed or maimed, trillions of dollars wasted, a failed state — despite American pretension…

Project Censored (2020-08-29). Episode 104 — What are We Voting For? Analyzing The 2020 Conventions and Platforms. projectcensored.org On today's episode, Nicholas Baham II (Dr. Dreadlocks), Janice Domingo, and Nolan Higdon analyze the DNC and RNC conventions and platforms. Along The Line is a non-profit, education-based podcast that… | On today's episode, Nicholas Baham II (Dr. Dreadlocks), Janice Domingo, and Nolan Higdon host Fordam University's Robin Andersen. Along The Line is a non-profit, education-based podcast that provides listeners with…

In SF Bay Area Protesters Say It's Not Enough, Hit the Streets (2020-08-29). Regarding Postmaster General DeJoy Temporarily Suspending Some Recent Policy Decisions. indybay.org Despite limited concessions by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy after a public outcry against mail delaying tactics, community members and postal workers rallied to demand that Congress save the US Postal Service in protests across the US. Of course the San Francisco Bay Area was no exception. On August 19, APWU National President Mark Dimondstein issued a statement saying why concessions made to assuage concerned Americans are not enough.

Monterey Peace and Justice Center (2020-08-29). Saturday 8/29: The Beginning of the End of Nuclear Weapons. indybay.org Monterey Peace & Justice Center YouTube livestream: www.youtube.com/channel/UCP1w-ymh_t13xi8… | Or join in the event via Zoom: us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_k1NG…

_____ (2020-08-29). Colombian President Duque Authorizes The Return Of US Troops. popularresistance.org Colombia's Defense Ministry Thursday informed that President Ivan Duque allowed the resumption of the U.S. Army's cooperation work in the country after it was suspended by a court order. | In July, Cundinamarca's Administrative Court ordered to suspend the U.S. Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) activities after several senators' complaints. | Over 20 lawmakers claimed that Duque had violated political controls because he did not ask the Senate's authorization to allow the transit of foreign troops in the national territory. Alternative Democratic Pole Party (PDA) Lawmaker Ivan Cepeda urged the government t…

sputniknews (2020-08-29). After 10-hour Questioning, Bollywood Actor Sushant's Ex May Face Polygraph Test, Source Says. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): Three Indian federal agencies are investigating different angles into the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput. The actor was found hanging from a ceiling fan in his apartment in India's Mumbai city on 14 June.

sputniknews (2020-08-29). Seven Terrorists, One Soldier Killed in India's Jammu and Kashmir in Security Operation. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): The issue of terrorism in India's Kashmir Valley dates back to the 1990s, when demands for independence from the country began to be made in the region. The Indian government accuses neighbouring Pakistan, which also lays claim to the region, of fuelling Kashmiri secessionism…

sputniknews (2020-08-29). 'Game of Chicken': US Risks War With Beijing by Stoking South China Sea Tensions With FONOPs. sputniknews.com Military tensions are growing between the US and China as Washington continues to pursue a policy of attempting to dominate global affairs, Mike Wong, the vice president of the San Francisco chapter of Veterans for Peace, told Radio Sputnik's Loud & Clear Friday.

yenisafak (2020-08-29). Four killed in Kashmir gunfight. yenisafak.com Three militants and an Indian army soldier were killed in a gunfight on Saturday morning in a southern district of the Indian-administered Kashmir, an army spokesman said.This was the second gunfight in the past 24 hours. Four militants were killed and another was caught alive during an operation in the southern Shopian district on Friday, according to army spokesman Col. Rajesh Kalia.Vijay Kumar, the inspector general of police, told reporters that one of the deceased in Friday's gunfight was the district commander of Al-Badr militant outfit.- Ongoing violenceDespite multiple calls for a cease-fire, violence in…

yenisafak (2020-08-29). Over 1,250 suspects held in operations across Turkey. yenisafak.com At least 1,281 suspects were nabbed in simultaneous operations across Turkey over the past 24 hours, the Interior Ministry said on Saturday.In a statement, the ministry said 63,591 security personnel were part of the "Turkey Peace Security" operations carried out in different areas of the country.It said search operations were carried out at shopping malls, abandoned buildings, fair grounds, event and entertainment venues, bus terminals and other public transport stations, piers and ports, routes leading to airports, internet cafes, and other public places.Along with the suspects arrested for various crimes, 24…

Phyllis Bennis (2020-08-28). The Israel-UAE Deal Isn't About Peace at All. commondreams.org Palestinian demonstrators burn pictures of US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a protest against a US-brokered deal between Israel and the UAE to normalize relations, in the northern Gaza Strip refugee camp of Jabalia, on August 15, 2020. (Photo: Mahmud Hams/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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

Reese Erlich (2020-08-28). Biden's Troubling Foreign Policy. commondreams.org "Biden's record on foreign policy is checkered," writes Erlich. "As a leading member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for many years, he supported the US occupations of Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003." (Photo: Ron Adar / Echoes Wire / Barcroft Media via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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 …

WSWS (2020-08-28). Build the International Youth and Students for Social Equality! wsws.org The SEP's National Congress resolved to build the IYSSE among working-class youth, as well as university and high school students, on the basis of the revolutionary traditions of Trotskyism.

Unicorn Riot (2020-08-28). Tribal Member Killed, BIA Officer Suspended, Family Knows Nothing on Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation. unicornriot.ninja Belcourt, ND — On Sunday, August 23, a Turtle Mountain Chippewa man was shot and killed by police in Belcourt, North Dakota on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation, according to a statement made by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Law enforcement is currently providing…

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."

WSWS (2020-08-28). US and Russian military units clash in Syria. wsws.org The northeastern region of Syria has become a tinderbox after Washington revealed its plans to bring in a US company to exploit Syrian oil.

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 …

Carla Stea (2020-08-28). "Modern Attila 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.

_____ (2020-08-28). Syria: What Actually Happened In Collision Between US And Russian Forces. popularresistance.org On Tuesday, four US service members were reported injured with concussion-like symptoms in an incident involving Russian forces. However, White House National Security Council spokesperson John Ullyot said on Wednesday that the injuries were the fault of the Russians, and that the US service members withdrew to deescalate – a far different story than that told by video footage of the event. | "At approximately 10 a.m. (Syria Time), Aug. 25, a routine Defeat-ISIS Coalition security patrol encountered a Russian military patrol near Dayrick, in northeast Syria. During this interaction, a Russian vehicle struck a Coa…

_____ (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…

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".

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…

commondreams (2020-08-28). Congress Must Protect Democracy, Ensure Safe Voting During COVID-19. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Miko Peled (2020-08-28). Biden's Campain and the DNC Make a Mockery of Jews, Israel, and of Course, Joe Biden. mintpressnews.com Reading through the Biden campaign's website, one wonders if the leader of the Democratic Party is in touch with the rest of the country, not to mention the rest of the world when it comes to Israel.

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.

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 …

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). 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…