2020-08-31: News Headlines

Andrew Korybko (2020-08-31). Is Russia Backtracking on China's "Belt and Road" (BRI)? Moscow's Balancing Act Between China and India. globalresearch.ca The critical assessment of China's Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) last month by the influential Director of the Russian Academy of Sciences' Institute of Far Eastern Studies coupled with India's eagerness all summer to court the Eurasian Great Power into …

Staff (2020-08-31). Headlines for August 31, 2020. democracynow.org Protests Continue in Kenosha as Officials Plead With Trump To Cancel Visit, One Dead in Portland as Pro-Trump Rally Clashes With Anti-Racist Protesters, U.S. Covid-19 Cases Top 6 Million, Deaths Top 183,000, Under Pressure From Trump, FDA Admits It Might Approve Vaccine Before Trials End, Gaza Extends Lockdown, India Reports Record Daily Numbers as Global Covid-19 Cases Top 25 Million, Chadwick Boseman, Beloved and Ground-Breaking Actor, Dies at 43 After Battle With Cancer, "Get Your Knee Off Our Necks" Rally Held on 57th Anniverary of March on Washington, Mustapha Adib Set to Become New Prime Minister of Lebanon…

yenisafak (2020-08-31). UN sends 16 truckloads of aid to Syria's Idlib. yenisafak.com The UN on Monday sent 16 truckloads of humanitarian aid to northwestern Syria where millions of people are in need of assistance due to internal conflict.The trucks carrying supplies entered Idlib province through the Cilvegozu border gate in Turkey's south.The aid will be distributed among residents of Idlib, and nearby rural areas.Syria has been ravaged by civil war since early 2011 when the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protesters.Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and more than 10 million displaced, according to UN estimates.Idlib falls within a de-escalation zone forged under an ag…

Muhammed Shabeer (2020-08-31). India's Communist youth raise $1.4 million for COVID relief with recycling drive. peoplesworld.org KERALA STATE, India—Ever since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, leftist youth organizations around the world have been in the forefront of both providing relief and resisting attempts to attack the rights of people. An instance of this has been the "Recycle Kerala" initiative launched by the communist Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), which …

Fight Back (2020-08-31). Hundreds march in St. Paul for clean Dream Act and legalization for all. fightbacknews.org Saint Paul, MN – Hundreds marched through the West Side of Saint Paul from Castillo Park to Senator Tina Smith's office on August 29 demanding the Senate take immediate action towards legalization for all residents. The march was part of an ongoing campaign by the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAC) demanding legalization for all immigrants eligible for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), TPS (Temporary Protective Status), and DED (Deferred Enforced Departure) status. | The Dream and Promise Act, which would accomplish that goal, has been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. For…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-08-31). Massachusetts primary pits progressives Markey and Morse vs. Kennedy and Neal. peoplesworld.org BOSTON—The Sept. 1 Democratic congressional primaries in Massachusetts feature what may be the last two rounds pitting progressives against challengers around the country—but with a twist. In one race, the progressive is the incumbent, Sen. Ed Markey. The challenger, Rep. Joe Kennedy III, claims it's time for a new generation of politicians in the Bay …

Stephen Lendman (2020-08-31). Battleground South China Sea? Growing US Hostility toward China. globalresearch.ca US hostility toward China's growing political, economic, technological, and military prominence risks possible direct confrontation between both nations. | China seeks peace and cooperative relations with other countries in stark contrast to Washington's aim for unchallenged dominance by whatever it takes …

Colin Todhunter (2020-08-31). From Cotton to Brinjal: Fraudulent GMO Project in India Sustained by Deception. globalresearch.ca Insecticidal Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) cotton is the first and only GM (genetically modified) crop that has been approved in India. It has been cultivated in the country for more than 20 years. In a formal statement to the Supreme Court …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-31). Indian people's organizations stand up to Modi govt. peoplesdispatch.org Under the banner of Hum Agar Uthe Nahi Toh (If We Do Not Rise), over 400 Indian women's groups and human rights organizations are coming together for a joint campaign.

Josh Owens (2020-08-31). Saudi Troops Join U.S. Base in Oil-Rich Northern Syria. globalresearch.ca Twenty Saudi soldiers arrived this week at a U.S. military base close to an oilfield in northeastern Syria, according to At the end of last year, Saudi …

WSWS (2020-08-31). US military will not be involved in election crisis, top general claims. wsws.org The extraordinary statement by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff came in response to a letter from two Democratic congresswomen.

WSWS (2020-08-31). Trump incites vigilante violence against peaceful protests in Wisconsin. wsws.org The murders in Kenosha are the first major attempt to use right-wing vigilante groups to carry out violent attacks on domestic opposition within the United States.

sputniknews (2020-08-31). Modi's Monthly Radio Address Programme Becomes Victim of "Dislikes" on YouTube. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been hosting a monthly radio programme, "Mann Ki Baat", since October 2014, wherein he addresses his countrymen on state-owned All India Radio. The recording of the same is shared on Modi's YouTube channel along with the BJP and Press Information Bureau.

sputniknews (2020-08-31). Mediterranean Crisis: Turkey Slams 'Imperialist' France Over Syria-Style 'Red Lines'. sputniknews.com On Friday, French President Emmanuel Macron announced a "red line policy" vis-à -vis Turkey amid the ongoing Turkish-Greek dispute in the Mediterranean, saying Ankara seems to only respect words backed by action. Tensions in the potentially hydrocarbons-rich body of water have escalated amid competing claims over which group of nations owns what.

sputniknews (2020-08-31). Hundreds Join Muharram Processions in India's Telangana Despite Top Court's Ban Amid COVID Pandemic. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): India's apex court last week forbid Muharram processions in the country amid a rising number of coronavirus cases there, saying it could lead to "chaos" and "targeting of a particular community for spreading COVID-19".

sputniknews (2020-08-31). China says Czech Senate Speaker to Pay 'Heavy Price' for 'Political Opportunism' of Taiwan Visit. sputniknews.com Czech Senate speaker Milos Vystrcil arrived in Taipei on 30 August on a visit to promote business links with Taiwan, dismissing anticipated objections from Beijing over a perceived violation of the European state's one-China policy.

yenisafak (2020-08-31). India's GDP shrinks by nearly one-fourth. yenisafak.com India's economy contracted by nearly a quarter from April to June, when the country went into complete lockdown to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, according to official figures released Monday.According to the Statistics and Programme Implementation Ministry, the country's gross domestic product (GDP) shrank a record 23.9% in comparison to last year.The ministry's National Statistical Office released the data for the first quarter, which starts on April 1 and ends on June 30, of the 2020-21 fiscal year.India's construction sector contracted 50.3% from last year, while the manufacturing sector registered…

yenisafak (2020-08-31). First Israeli flight flies to UAE via Saudi airspace. yenisafak.com The first-ever commercial flight flew from Israel's Ben Gurion airport on Monday to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) through Saudi airspace. | The El Al flight is carrying an Israeli delegation headed by national security adviser Meir Ben-Shabat and US diplomats led by Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and special adviser. | Kushner described the flight as "historic" that is being watched by all in the Arab and Islamic world. | "This is a very hopeful time and I believe that so much peace and prosperity is possible in this region and throughout the world," Kushner said in statements cited by the Is…

yenisafak (2020-08-31). Former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee dies at 84. yenisafak.com Former Indian president and the country's renowned political leader Pranab Mukherjee died on Monday at the age of 84."With a Heavy Heart, this is to inform you that my father Shri #PranabMukherjee has just passed away inspite of the best efforts of Doctors of RR Hospital prayers ,duas prarthanas [prayers] from people throughout India ! I thank all of You," his son Abhijit Mukherjee made the announcement on Twitter.Mukherjee was admitted to Army Hospital Research and Referral (RR) Hospital in the capital New Delhi for brain surgery earlier this month.He served as the country's President from 2012 to 2017 and was a…

yenisafak (2020-08-31). China rejects Indian claim about border violation. yenisafak.com In further escalation of tensions between India and China, New Delhi Monday said that its troops thwarted the "provocative military movements" in border areas of the Himalayan region of Ladakh, where the two countries are witnessing a heightened face-off since May this year."On the night of 29/30 August 2020, PLA [People's Liberation Army of China] troops violated the previous consensus arrived at during military and diplomatic engagements during the ongoing standoff in Eastern Ladakh and carried out provocative military movements to change the status quo," said a statement by the Indian Defense Ministry.However,…

yenisafak (2020-08-31). Germany says it supports Belarus protesters. yenisafak.com The German government supports those protesting against the results of the Aug. 9 presidential election in Belarus, a spokesperson said on Monday.Steffen Seibert, chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman, told a press conference that there were convincing reports of police detaining "peaceful protestors" in Belarus, during what he called "impressive protests" over the weekend.He hailed the protestors' courage despite pressure from President Alexander Lukashenko, and called on him to "recognize the reality in the country."There needs to be an open dialogue between the government, opposition and the society in Belarus,…

yenisafak (2020-08-31). Ankara slams terrorist YPG/PKK-affiliated visit to Moscow. yenisafak.com Turkey on Monday slammed a visit to Moscow by a terrorist YPG/PKK-affiliated group, saying Russia should avoid steps that serve the interests of terrorists who threaten both Turkey and Syria."We are concerned that a group consisting of elements of the so-called 'Syrian Democratic Council,' led by the terrorist group PKK/YPG, will be invited to the Russian Federation and accepted at a high level by Russian officials," the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.Reports since the statement indicate the meeting may have already happened."We expect the Russian Federation to act in accordance with the spirit of A…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-08-31). 'A Necessary Step': House Democrats to Subpoena Postmaster General Louis DeJoy for Withholding Documents. commondreams.org "He has repeatedly demonstrated an unwillingness to share documents and information with Congress, and we don't have time to wait for him to find a moral compass." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Fred Wertheimer (2020-08-31). How a Biden Win Can Sink One of Mcconnell's Top Priorities. commondreams.org "Today, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is the nation's leading opponent of Biden's public financing goal—and of just about every other campaign finance reform," writes Wertheimer. (Photo: Pete Marovich/Getty Images/adjusted with filter) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Newsclick (2020-08-31). Report says top Facebook executive in India openly backed Modi on internal company group. peoplesdispatch.org A report by Wall Street Journal revealed that Facebook's policy head for the region, Ankhi Das, had said in an internal post "We lit a fire to his (Modi) social media campaign and the rest is of course history"

news.un (2020-08-30). 'Wisdom' of Guatemala's indigenous people needed for sustainable development: A UN Resident Coordinator blog. news.un.org The wisdom and knowledge of indigenous people in Guatemala is central to the realization of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs, targets agreed by countries around the world to end poverty, maintain peace and preserve the health of the planet. In this blog, the UN Resident Coordinator in Guatemala Rebeca Arias Flores explains how sustainable development is not new, but simply a new name that draws on ancient wisdom that is renewed with each generation of indigenous people.

Subodh Varma (2020-08-30). COVID-19: How and why India is losing the battle. peoplesdispatch.org It has become customary to say that given its huge population, India is doing much better than say, the US or Europe. This is how officialdom is trying to explain away the shockingly high numbers of total confirmed cases (over 340,000 on August 29) and total deaths (nearly 63,000) — both of which put India at the third position globally, behind the US and Brazil. | However, the comparison is not really valid. India needs to be compared not with the US and Europe but to regions of the world where the population's age, economic standards and healthcare access is similar. Such a comparison reveals that, in fac…

_____ (2020-08-30). To Capture and Subdue: America's Theft of Syrian Oil Has Very Little to Do With Money. strategic-culture.org So, next time you see headlines about Exxon being in some kind of legal dispute with, say, Venezuela, ask yourself how was it that those companies became involved with the resources of that part of the world? More often than not, the answer will be similar to how this U.S. company got involved in Syria.

RT (2020-08-30). Indian dogs are majestic: PM Modi hails heroic explosive-sniffers, calls on people to pick domestic breeds for pets. rt.com India's prime minister has praised two canines serving as sniffer dogs in the national armed forces and called on his fellow citizens to favor domestic breeds of dogs when adopting them as pets. | Narendra Modi delved into the strong and loyal natures of the oldest animal domesticated by humanity during Sunday's episode of his radio program, Mann Ki Baat. In particular he praised Sophie and Vida, two canine officers who were given decorations for their service during India's Independence Day earlier this month. | Indian breeds of dogs are majestic! | Also highlighted the exemplary roles played by dogs in our s…

South Front (2020-08-30). Video: UAE and Israel Plan to Create Intelligence Bases on Yemen's Socotra Island. globalresearch.ca Israel and the United Arab Emirates are going to create a military intelligence-gathering infrastructure on Yemen's Socotra Island, according to Arab and French sources. | The 3,650km2 island, located south of the Yemeni mainland in the Indian Ocean, overlooks the Bab …

Steven Sahiounie (2020-08-30). The US and Russia Collide, while Syrians Call for US Withdrawal. globalresearch.ca Wednesday's collision between Sheiks and elders of the Arab Al-Uqaydat …

Miri Wood (2020-08-30). Syria's Pharmaceutical Industry Develops Cure to Fight Covid. globalresearch.ca Thameco Pharmaceutical has begun domestic manufacturing of azithromycin as part of Syria's fight against the COVID pandemic. Dr. Fida Ali, the company's General Manager, made this exciting announcement in an interview with SANA. | Dr. Ali noted that Thameco has …

Sandipan Talukdar (2020-08-30). Half of the world's oceans are already affected by human-induced climate change. peoplesdispatch.org A recent study of ocean depths shows that 20-55% of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans have shown an emergent human-induced signal and it is likely to increase to 40-65% and up to 80% by 2080…

Monterey Peace and Justice Center (2020-08-30). 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…

In SF Bay Area Protesters Say It's Not Enough, Hit the Streets (2020-08-30). 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.

_____ (2020-08-30). Navajo Nation And White Mountain Apache Tribe Chase Down A Virus. popularresistance.org On a mild morning in April at Arizona's Whiteriver Indian Hospital, Dr. Ryan Close tested nasal swabs from two members of an eight-person household on the Fort Apache Reservation northwest of Phoenix. About half of the family had a runny nose and cough and had lost their sense of taste and smell — all symptoms of COVID-19 — and, by late morning, the two tests had come back positive. Close's contact-tracing work began. | For Close and his team, each day begins like this: with a list of new COVID-19 cases — new sources that may have spread the virus.

_____ (2020-08-30). Senate Democrats' New Climate Report Disappoints. popularresistance.org Senate Democrats released a climate action report earlier this week leaving green groups, environmental activists, and progressive campaigners disappointed. | Critics of the report are saying there is not nearly enough action involved to fight the threat of global heating that is caused by human activity. "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."

sputniknews (2020-08-30). 'Team up for Toys': Narendra Modi Urges Indians to Prop up Domestic Producers in Blow to China. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): India imports around 90 percent of its needs of plastic toys from China. The initiative to curb Chinese imports comes at a time when New Delhi and Beijing are accusing each other of disturbing the years-old peace and tranquillity at the border by various means.

yenisafak (2020-08-30). Burst of success for progressive challengers in US congressional races may fizzle in Massachusetts. yenisafak.com A solid year for progressive Democrats who have defeated at least three incumbents in the U.S. Congress in primaries could fizzle out this week in Massachusetts where three party stalwarts were set to fend off challengers.The progressive model for success has seen an array of mostly young candidates, sometimes minorities, toppling older establishment incumbents. But the most prominent race on Tuesday turns things upside down with an older, veteran lawmaker claiming the progressive mantle from his younger challenger.Senator Ed Markey, 74, appeared to be holding off 39-year-old Representative Joe Kennedy III by tou…

yenisafak (2020-08-30). Turkey to start space trials of domestic rocket engines, says Erdogan. yenisafak.com Turkey will start space trials of its liquid-propellant rocket engines, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday."I would like to announce the start of the first space trials of domestically developed liquid-propellant rocket engine technology," Erdogan said at the opening ceremony of Turkey's leading defense company Roketsan's production facility and research center in the capital Ankara.Early this year, Erdogan promised the launch of a national space program in 2020 joining the ranks of China, the US, India and Russia.

yenisafak (2020-08-30). Missing persons in Syria near 100,000: Watchdog. yenisafak.com In a report released on the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said a vast majority of these people were picked up by the Syrian regime forces, followed by the ISIS/Daesh.A total of 84,371 were forcibly disappeared by the Syrian regime forces, including 1,738 children and 4,982 women, it said.An additional 8,648 individuals, including 319 children and 225 women, were disappeared by ISIS [Daesh], the report added.Stating that disappearances were on the rise since 2011, the report said 991 people according to the Syrian regime died in detention. T…

yenisafak (2020-08-30). S.African president Ramaphosa to appear before ruling party's integrity commission. yenisafak.com South African president Cyril Ramaphosa will appear before the governing African National Congress party's integrity commission over controversial campaign donations, the deputy secretary of the ruling party said on Sunday.Ramaphosa has staked his reputation on cleaning up South African politics since he replaced former president Jacob Zuma 2-1/2 years ago, but he has been constrained by factional battles in the ANC, where a section of the party remains loyal to Zuma."He has made contact with the integrity committee and he will be presenting himself there for a discussion on the CR17 funds," said ANC deputy secre…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-08-30). Amid Violence in Portland, Biden and Progressive Critics Blame 'Trump's America' for Chaos. commondreams.org Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has consistently called for peaceful protests and condemned violence, but still faces accusations that he's allowed Trump to claim the "law and order" mantle. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

_____ (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…

_____ (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). '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.

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). 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.