2020-09-03: News Headlines

Staff (2020-09-03). Healing Needs to Happen: Kenosha Native Rep. Mark Pocan on Trump's Visit & the U.S. "Policing Problem" democracynow.org As Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden heads to Kenosha, Wisconsin, to meet with the family of Jacob Blake, we speak with Congressmember Mark Pocan, who was born and raised in Kenosha. "Clearly, what happened — someone shot in the back seven times, close range, in front of their children, by the police — was another example of the policing problem we have in this country," Pocan says. He also discusses Attorney General Barr's attacks on mail-in voting, his proposal to cut the Pentagon budget by 10% to make more funds available for COVID-19 and unemployment relief, and calls for those behind the…

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-09-03). Russiagate Or Impeachment, Because Those Were Fake Things. indybay.org Caitlin Johnstone writes about the end of illusions. | "Peace is not everything, but without it, everything becomes nothing" (Willy Brandt). You can have peace or the US empire. You can't have both.

yenisafak (2020-09-03). UN sends 65 trucks with aid to Idlib, Syria. yenisafak.com The UN on Thursday dispatched 65 trucks with humanitarian aid to northwestern Syria, where millions of people remain in need of assistance due to internal conflict.The trucks crossed over into Syria's Idlib province from the Cilvegozu border gate in Turkey's southern Hatay province.Some 1,625 tons of basic food supplies will be distributed among residents of Idlib and nearby rural areas.Syria has been ravaged by a 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.

Phyllis Bennis (2020-09-03). The Israel-UAE Deal isn't About Peace at All. counterpunch.org In some ways, the U.S.-brokered plan for mutual recognition between Israel and the United Arab Emirates is big news. For more than a quarter of a century, only two Middle Eastern countries — Egypt and Jordan — had officially recognized Israel. None of the Gulf monarchies did. So, it was a pretty big deal when

pip.hinman (2020-09-03). Kurds have a message on World Peace Day. greenleft.org.au

Colin Todhunter (2020-09-03). From Cotton to Brinjal: Fraudulent GMO Project in India Sustained by Deception. dissidentvoice.org 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 of India, the Indian government has asserted that hybrid Bt cotton is an outstanding success. …

news.un (2020-09-03). Afghanistan: Near-record violence risks derailing imminent talks between Government and Taliban. news.un.org The UN's top official in Afghanistan has warned that with the formal launch of direct peace negotiations imminent, near-record violence in the country is creating an atmosphere of mistrust that risks derailing long-sought talks between the Government and the Taliban.

Paul Craig Roberts (2020-09-03). The November Election Is About Whiteness, Nothing Else. thealtworld.com Tucker Carlson demonstrates some of the monstrous lies that Democrats and presstitutes tell with a straight face— | These extraordinary lies reveal the great extent of collapse in the moral fabric of our society. Such blatant lies demonstrate that power is the only political virtue for Democrats and that power has crowded out integrity, of which not one ounce can be found in the Democrat Party except for Tulsi Gabbard whose honesty the Democrats reject. Politicians have always been prone to exaggerate, overpromise, and stray from the truth, but today the lies are so fantastic that I doubt even dumbshit Amer…

teleSUR (2020-09-03). US Federal Debt To Be Larger Than the Size of Economy in 2021. telesurenglish.net The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Wednesday acknowledged that U.S. federal debt is projected to exceed the size of the economy for the FY 2021, the highest level since WW2. | RELATED: | In its "An Update to the Budget Outlook: 2020 to 2030" report, the CBO projects a federal budget deficit of US$3.3 trillion in FY 2020, which ends on Sept. 30, more than triple the shortfall recorded in 2019. | "That increase is mostl…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-03). Kerala rises against political murder of communist youth activists. peoplesdispatch.org Tens of thousands of people took part in the protest against the murder of two Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) activists Haq Muhammed and Mithilaj in the Indian State of Kerala.

teleSUR (2020-09-03). Mexico: Lower House Votes to End Presidential Immunity. telesurenglish.net Mexico's Lower House Wednesday approved a constitutional reform that, if supported by the Senate, would allow ex-presidents to be removed from their immunity and tried for corruption. | RELATED: | The constitutional reform received 420 votes in favor, 15 abstentions, and no vote against. This possible amendment will be passed on to the Senate, which will have the last word to allow former presidents to be tried for treas…

Pepe Escobar (2020-09-03). India Implodes Its Own New Silk Road. globalresearch.ca This article was originally published on There was a time when New Delhi was proudly selling the notion of establishing its own New Silk Road — from the Gulf of Oman to the intersection of Central and …

Ruprecht Grossmann (2020-09-03). On the prohibition of the war of aggression. indybay.org Happy Anti-war Day Sept 1, 2020! | Peace is not everything but without peace, everything is nothing (Willy Brandt) | The German Basic Law mentioned in this article is equivalent to our constitution.

_____ (2020-09-03). Groups Sue Trump Administration To Protect Clean Water. popularresistance.org Washington, D.C. — American Indian and Alaska Native federally recognized Tribes and environmental groups, represented by Earthjustice, sued the Trump administration over its attempt to weaken clean water protections. The rule changes proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency would force states and Tribes to accept damaging and unwanted pipelines and other fossil fuel projects on their lands. The EPA reverses its long-standing interpretation of Section 401 of the Clean Water Act in a move that is contrary to the language, purpose, and intent of the statute.

_____ (2020-09-03). Trump Incites Vigilante Violence Against Peaceful Protests. popularresistance.org In the week since a fascistic gunman killed two protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin and seriously wounded a third, the Trump administration and its allies within the media and political establishment have defended the killings and the murderer. | The actions of Kyle Rittenhouse, a 17-year-old Trump supporter who had previously attended Trump rallies, are the direct outcome of the incitement by this administration itself. It occurred during the week of the Republican National Convention, as speaker after speaker railed against the "radical left" and demanded the restoration of "law and order" in response to the prote…

yenisafak (2020-09-03). Netflix India's 'Bad Boy Billionaires' show on hold following court order. yenisafak.com The release of a Netflix series on four Indian tycoons facing fraud allegations has been put on hold following a state court order, two sources said on Thursday, in the latest legal tussle faced by the U.S. streaming giant in a key market.The "Bad Boy Billionaires: India" documentary series about liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya, Subrata Roy of the Sahara group, founder and former head of Satyam Computer Services Ramalinga Raju and jeweller Nirav Modi was set for release this week.The Araria district court in eastern Bihar state last week ordered a stay on its release after the Sahara group argued it would damage Roy's…

yenisafak (2020-09-03). Russian FM praises 3rd round of Syrian peace talks. yenisafak.com Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov praised on Thursday the results of the third round of the Syrian peace talks in Geneva."Not everything was resolved, not everything was agreed upon, but in general, we consider the meeting fruitful and meaningful," Lavrov said at a meeting with UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen in Moscow.He urged Pedersen to step up efforts in repatriation of Syrians who want to return, saying it will help ease "the unbearable burden borne by the refugees host countries, primarily Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey".In turn, Pedersen joined Lavrov's assessments, saying he did not expect "mira…

yenisafak (2020-09-03). UN calls for probe into rights violations in Kashmir. yenisafak.com The UN has again called on India to probe alleged cases of forced disappearance and mass graves in Jammu and Kashmir. In a letter this week addressed to the Indian government, at least nine UN rapporteurs also asked New Delhi to reconsider the closure of the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) in the disputed region."We urge [India]…and local authorities in Jammu and Kashmir to undertake prompt, thorough and impartial investigations into all alleged enforced disappearances…and take measures to identify the remains in each of the thousands of unmarked graves," said the letter, which was posted to the governme…

Prabir Purkayastha (2020-09-03). Facebook's Business Model Thrives on the Virality of Hate. counterpunch.org A recent Wall Street Journal (WSJ) article, "Facebook's Hate-Speech Rules Collide With Indian Politics," has blown the lid off Facebook's unholy alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the right-wing ruling party in India. In the August 14 article, WSJ reporters Newley Purnell and Jeff Horwitz detail how Ankhi Das, Facebook's high-flying public policy director

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-09-02). Russiagate Or Impeachment, Bec ause Those Were False Things. indybay.org Caitlin Johnstone writes about the end of illusions. | "Peace is not everything, but without it, everything becomes nothing" (Willy Brandt). You can have peace or the US empire. You can't have both.

Staff (2020-09-02). Headlines for September 2, 2020. democracynow.org U.S. Refuses to Join Global Effort to Develop COVID-19 Vaccine, NIH Panel: No Evidence Convalescent Plasma Works Despite FDA Approval, Florida Cuts Ties to Quest Diagnostics over Delay in COVID-19 Tests, Faced with Possible Teacher Strike, NYC Delays Reopening Schools Until Sept. 21, Russia Surpasses 1 Million COVID Cases; India Becomes New Epicenter, Trump Travels to Kenosha But Never Says Name of Jacob Blake, Trump Spreads Conspiracy Theories About Biden, "Dark Shadows" & Thugs on Airplanes, Sheriff Deputies in L.A. Shoot Dead Black Bicyclist Stopped over Alleged Bike Violation, Over 50 Black Former Franchise O…

Staff (2020-09-02). The End of Oil? Pandemic Adds to Fossil Fuel Glut, But COVID-19 Relief Money Flows to Oil Industry. democracynow.org As the coronavirus pandemic contributes to a glut of fossil fuels, groups like Greenpeace are calling on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden to ban fossil fuel interests from his campaign and administration, if he wins, even as he recently declared at a campaign stop that he "will not ban fracking." We discuss the politics of fossil fuels with reporter Antonia Juhasz, who says the end of oil could be near, and look at how the industry has profited from the COVID bailout. "The pandemic has taken essentially every weakness that already existed in the oil industry and then made each of them much, much worse,…

Staff (2020-09-02). Kenosha Journalist Quits over Coverage of Jacob Blake Protests, Citing Ignorance, Lack of Diversity. democracynow.org The mainstream media's role in perpetuating racism has come under increased scrutiny during the nationwide uprisings against injustice, leading to resignations and firings at news outlets across the country and calls for more diverse newsrooms. Daniel Thompson, the former digital editor at Kenosha News, says that's what led him to quit his job after his news outlet ran a misleading headline and article about a peaceful Jacob Blake protest that focused almost exclusively on one speaker's threat of violence. "Now more than ever for the media, it's important to try to give a full, accurate picture." says Thompson. "

Tania Siddiqi (2020-09-02). India: Aftermath of racist, anti-immigrant laws' implementation. workers.org Students try to breach a police barricade in New Delhi during a December 2019 protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act and National Register of Citizens. The Citizenship Amendment Act and National Register of Citizens have increased tension and hostility among various communities in India. In particular, these racist and anti-immigrant . . . |

Mark Gruenberg (2020-09-02). Postal worker leader Dimondstein says 'mass movements' are the key now. peoplesworld.org

The Tricontinental (2020-09-02). Dossier no. 32: One hundred years of the communist movement in India. mronline.org Through their self-effacing work, the communists have galvanised hundreds of millions of people into action in order to bring about far-reaching changes in society.

Combined Sources (2020-09-02). China plans for a 'modern socialist' Tibet. peoplesworld.org Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for continued efforts to build a "new modern socialist" Tibet "that is united, prosperous, culturally advanced, harmonious, and beautiful." Xi spoke at the two-day seventh Central Symposium on Tibet Work, which ended in Beijing on Aug. 29. Xi stressed efforts to ensure national security and enduring peace and stability, …

A Guest Author (2020-09-02). Kenosha speaks: Keep it in the streets! workers.org By Adelana Akindes This article is an edited version of a talk by Adelana Akindes during the Aug. 30 United National Antiwar Coalition Webinar: "After the DNC & RNC — We Can't Breathe! Keep it in the Streets — Against Racism, Evictions and War." Akindes is a leader with the . . . |

RT (2020-09-02). Starbucks barista fired for making 'poisonous drink with BLEACH' & wishing a 'few dead cops' in TikTok VIDEO. rt.com An employee at an Indianapolis Starbucks has been given the pink slip after filming himself preparing a toxic "Blue Lives Matter" drink containing bleach, as well as what the worker joked was the "blood of innocent black men." | A video posted to TikTok this week shows a barista holding a plastic cup labeled "Blue Lives Matter," as the worker calmly narrates: "First, we're going to start with bleach all the way to the third line," he says, pouring liquid into the cup. The employee then adds ice — "because cops love ice," of course — before mixing in a thick red substance he dubs "a little blood of in…

Staff (2020-09-02). Markey beats back Kennedy while Trump spins conspiracy theories about Black Lives Matter and Antifa. therealnews.com Progressives protect a key Senate seat despite a Pelosi-backed challenge as Trump visits Kenosha despite being asked to stay away one week after a teenage supporter shot dead two protestors…

South Front (2020-09-02). Video: Israeli Missiles Target Iran-Hezbollah backed Forces in Southern Syria. globalresearch.ca Late on August 31, air defense forces of Syria were activated to repel Israeli missile strikes on the countryside of the Syrian capital of Damascus and the southern part of the country. According to reports, Israeli missiles targeted positions of …

Vanessa Beeley (2020-09-02). In Syria, White Helmets to be supplanted by trafficking cartel's members. thealtworld.com A journalist closely probing the criminal activities of so-called civil defense forces, known as the White Helmets that has been deployed to Syria by the West, says the group is to be ousted for members of a still Western-backed international cartel that makes money from human and organ trafficking. |

WSWS (2020-09-02). Second call-in meeting of the Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee attracts large audience across the US. wsws.org Educators and workers from New York, Florida, Michigan, Indiana, Oklahoma, Colorado, Texas, Arizona, California, Hawaii, and many other states, as well as Britain, Germany, and South Korea participated in the meeting.

teleSUR (2020-09-02). Chile: The Senate Passes a Remarriage Law in Favor of Women. telesurenglish.net Chile Lower Chamber on Tuesday passed a bill that revokes a mandatory waiting term for divorced women to remarry. | RELATED: | "Good news for women and a big step in building a fairer Chile: Second Marriage is Law, will allow men and women to have the freedom to rebuild our lives without discrimination. We must end all anachronistic rules that affect women," Minister of Woman and Gender Equity Monica Zalaquett said. | The mo…

Irene Kai (2020-09-02). Systemic Change Starts with Us. counterpunch.org The first World Peace Flame in North America was installed in the lobby of the Civil Rights Museum, at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee in 2002. The World Peace Flame is eternal as the ideals and inspiration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. are universal and timeless. In the current times, his words are

teleSUR (2020-09-02). AMLO Won't Raise Taxes Rather "Tighten Government's Belt" telesurenglish.net Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador assured on Wednesday that his government would not raise taxes in the 2021 budget plan to be presented before Congress on September 9. | RELATED: | Although the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a devastating effect on the economy, Obrador emphasized that to recover, other alternatives have to be found, but raising taxes or increasing the public debt is not an option. | AMLO reca…

news.un (2020-09-02). COVID-19: 'Game-changer for international peace and security' — UN chief. news.un.org The world has "entered a volatile and unstable new phase" in terms of the impact of COVID-19 on peace and security, the UN chief told a virtual meeting with world leaders on Wednesday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-02). Iranian short 'Tumor' nominated for award at Syrian filmfest. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 02 (MNA) — Iranian short film 'Tumor' has been nominated for an award at the first edition of the Afrin International Short Film Festival in Syria.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-02). Royan International Virtual Congress. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 02 (MNA) — The Royan Virtual Congress (2020) which comprised of two congresses of the 21st Congress on Reproductive Biomedicine and the 16th Congress on Stem Cell Biology & Technology, kicked off on Wednesday morning in Tehran.

sputniknews (2020-09-02). CBO Estimates US 2020 Budget Deficit to Reach $3.3Tln, Triple Last Year's Shortfall. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The US budget deficit is expected to more than triple from last year's level to reach a record $3.3 trillion in 2020 due to COVID-19 costs and the recession forced by the pandemic, the Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday.

sputniknews (2020-09-02). US Admiral Davidson Calls China 'Strategic Threat' in WWII Victory Anniversary Address. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – US Indo-Pacific fleet Commander Admiral Philip Davidson during the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Hawaii accused China of attempting to undermine the international order and characterized the country as being "a strategic threat".

Staff (2020-09-02). Kenosha Journalist Quits Over Misleading Coverage of Jacob Blake Protests. truthout.org The mainstream media's role in perpetuating racism has come under increased scrutiny during the nationwide uprisings against injustice, leading to resignations and firings at news outlets across the country and calls for more diverse newsrooms. Daniel Thompson, the former digital editor at Kenosha News, says that's what led him to quit his job after his news outlet ran a misleading headline and article about a peaceful Jacob Blake protest that focused almost exclusively on one speaker's threat of v…

teleSUR (2020-09-02). Bolivia: The Añez Regime is Reluctant To Publish Senate's Laws. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's coup-born regime led by President Jeanine Añez Tuesday returned the three laws on leases, hyperimmune plasma donation, and free care in private clinics enacted by Senate President Eva Copa on August 27. | RELATED: | The Presidency's Government Coordination Vice Minister Israel Alanoca assured that the rules promoted by the Senate, which is dominated by the Movement for Socialism (MAS), are not valid and…

Robert Delaney (2020-09-02). US Seeks Formal Alliance Similar to NATO with India, Japan and Australia. globalresearch.ca Washington's goal is to get countries in the Indo-Pacific region to work together as a bulwark against 'a potential challenge from China', says the US official- He says the four nations are expected to meet in Delhi sometime this autumn…

Jeffrey C. Isaac (2020-09-02). We Need to Prepare for an Election Crisis By Proactively Seeking Assurances from Responsible Local Authorities That They Will Protect Our Constitutional Rights. commondreams.org There is a "need to seek proactive and public assurances from responsible local authorities that our constitutionally-protected rights to vote and to peacefully assemble will be protected by local law enforcement agencies," writes Isaac. (Photo: Scout Tufankjian / Polaris) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Lisa Newcomb, staff writer (2020-09-02). Congress Urged to Enact 'Emergency Charity Stimulus' to Unlock Profits of the Rich to Serve Common Good. commondreams.org "The world of philanthropy must step up and do more, faster. Congress must insist on it." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Fran Quigley (2020-09-02). "Break Glass in Case of Emergency": We Must Break Pharma Monopolies to Lower Drug Prices. commondreams.org "Congress long ago created a 'Break Glass in Case of Emergency' box," explains Quigley. "It passed laws giving the federal government 'compulsory licensing' power. That means we can bypass the barriers of privately-held patents and allow the government to either directly manufacture the patented drugs or license someone else to manufacture them, usually with a limited fee paid to the patent-holder. That would guarantee we have the medicines we need at prices we can afford." (Image: Jon Sham/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2020-09-01). WATCH: US Navy sends own ship to watery grave during live-fire exercise at close of RIMPAC naval games. rt.com The amphibious cargo ship the USS Durham was blown to smithereens with a firestorm of ordinance from multiple ships in a striking conclusion to the Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2020 naval event held recently off Hawaii. | The Charleston-class vessel entered US Navy service on January 1, 1969 and met its explosive end on Saturday, August 30. | A barrage of Harpoon, Exocet, and Hellfire missiles, and rounds from five-inch guns from various ships from the US, Australia, Brunei and Canada concluded the naval exercise off the coast of Hawaii. The US Navy shared a video of the firestorm farewell. | | Th…

RT (2020-09-01). India accuses China of new 'provocative actions' on border amid de-escalation talks. rt.com New Delhi has accused Beijing of new provocations in a disputed border region just as the two nations were holding talks on de-escalation in the very same area. China has not commented on the accusations so far. | The Chinese troops "engaged in provocative action" on Monday, Indian Foreign Ministry's Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said in a statement. He did not provide any further details, only adding that Indian forces had prevented an attempt to "unilaterally alter the status quo." | The incident came just as both Chinese and Indian commanders held talks to ease tensions in the disputed area following the l…

RT (2020-09-01). As Covid-19 pandemic rolls on, Russia becomes fourth country to pass one million confirmed cases, joining Brazil, India & the US. rt.com As children head back to school, Russia's coronavirus case numbers continue to break records. On Tuesday, confirmed infections in nationwide reached seven figures, becoming the first European country to break the million mark. | Behind just the US, Brazil, and India, Russia is the fourth country in the world to break the milestone nobody wanted to get near. However, when compared to these other three countries, it at least seems to be on the right track. On August 31, the US reported 38,560 new cases, India 68,770, and Brazil 48,590. Russia has had less than 5,000 per day since August 15. | Despite being fourt…