2020-09-07: News Headlines

_____ (2020-09-07). How Russia can help ease tensions in the Himalayas. strategic-culture.org MK BHADRAKUMAR | The legend is that Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, during his path-breaking visit to India in 1955, told the Indians that all they had to do to get Russian help was to give a shout across the Himalayas. I don't know how far this is true but it has an irrepressibly "Khrushchevian" ring about it. | This came to my mind with the news appearing that Beijing had proposed a meeting between the defense ministers of India and China, who happen to be in Moscow to attend the meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). | One would assume that the Russian hosts had done their part in facilitatin…

David Swanson (2020-09-07). Kevin Zeese: Irreplaceable. counterpunch.org Kevin Zeese was a major constant reliable presence in the movement for peace and justice. He used writing, editing, online and all other forms of communication. He organized events, protests, occupations. He risked arrest. He ran for office. He was an attorney and used the courts and shared his expertise. He thought independently. He acted

Staff (2020-09-07). Cornel West & Ben Jealous on Whether Progressives Can Push Joe Biden Leftward If He Defeats Trump. democracynow.org In a Democracy Now! special, Harvard professor Cornel West and Ben Jealous, president of People for the American Way and former president of the NAACP, discuss the 2020 DNC, Joe Biden's vow to fight systemic racism and "overcome this season of darkness in America," the historic nomination of Kamala Harris as his partner on the ticket, and how the convention was a showcase for a broad anti-Trump coalition, including prominent Republican figures given plum speaking slots, but few voices from the party's insurgent left wing. "At this moment, with the decline and fall of the American empire, it looks as if the system…

yenisafak (2020-09-07). UN sends 39 truckloads of aid to Syria's Idlib. yenisafak.com The UN on Monday sent 39 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…

Eds. (2020-09-07). When the powers that be are in contempt of the people. mronline.org After decades, the issue of contempt has come alive. For this, we have to be grateful to Prashant Bhushan and the Supreme Court of India.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-07). Rival Libyan groups meet in Morocco to discuss peace. peoplesdispatch.org Reviving the hope of peace in Libya, a meeting of representatives of the two rival governments began on Sunday, September 6, in Morocco's coastal town Bouzanika. The objective of the talks, termed "Libyan dialogue," is to discuss the mechanisms to Five delegates from each of them — the Government of National Accord based in capital Tripoli and the House of Representatives based in the eastern…

Israel Shahak (2020-09-07). "Greater Israel": The Zionist Plan for the Middle East. globalresearch.ca When viewed in the current context, the war on Iraq, the 2006 war on Lebanon, the 2011 war on Libya, the ongoing wars on Syria and Iraq, the war on Yemen, must be understood in relation to the Zionist Plan for the Middle East…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-07). India's COVID-19 Crisis Explodes. peoplesdispatch.org India now has the second highest number of cases at around 4.2 million. The steep rise displays the failure of the government's strategy to handle the disease.

George Stacey (2020-09-07). Libya and Syria: The story of civil war and regime transition. nationofchange.org One key manner by which the Libya war has affected Syria has been to move some resistance actors to wage war in the first place.

Badri Raina (2020-09-07). We All Know That India Is a Democracy. So No Questions, Please. zcomm.org After all, only that is dropped from parliamentary agenda which is inconsequential, like asking questions.

yenisafak (2020-09-07). UAE-Israel pact to be signed on Sept. 22: Report. yenisafak.com Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) plan to sign their normalization agreement at the White House on Sept. 22, according to Israeli media on Monday.The Israeli Channel 12 News said that arrangements were underway between the UAE, the US, and Israel to organize a grand official signing ceremony in Washington DC in presence of US President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed.According to the broadcaster, the ceremony was originally planned to be on Sept. 13, the same day of signing the Oslo peace accord between the Palestinians and the Israelis in 19…

yenisafak (2020-09-07). Assad says he wants to expand Russian investments to help offset US sanctions. yenisafak.com Syrian President Bashar al Assad said on Monday he was keen to expand economic and business deals with Moscow, his closest ally, to help Syria weather crippling economic sanctions.Assad, who gave the comments during a meeting in Damascus with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, said he wanted to see Russian investments in key areas of the economy that had been agreed in the past succeed.

Nancy J. Altman (2020-09-07). This Labor Day, Social Security's Future Hangs in the Balance. commondreams.org "Just as justice delayed is justice denied, delaying Social Security's dedicated revenue is the foolproof way to deny Social Security benefits," writes Altman. "Denying those benefits would provide Trump and his allies in Congress enough leverage to force whatever concessions they choose to extract." (Image: iStock/via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

_____ (2020-09-06). Activist Kevin Zeese Passes Away. popularresistance.org U.S. lawyer, advocate, writer, activist-organizer and comrade, Kevin Zeese, passed away on Sunday morning. | Zeese, alongside his partner Margaret Flowers, was the Co-director of Popular Resistance, an online resource providing news and information, which brings together movements for peace and economic, racial and environmental justice. | He sat on the advisory board of Courage Foundation defending Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, Jeremy Hammond, Chelsea Manning and other whistleblowers, where he stood up for dissidents and journalists.

teleSUR (2020-09-06). US Activist and Friend to Venezuela Kevin Zeese Passes Away. telesurenglish.net U.S. lawyer, advocate, writer, activist-organizer and comrade, Kevin Zeese, passed away on Sunday morning. | RELATED: | Zeese, alongside his partner Margaret Flowers, was the Co-director of Popular Resistance, an online resource providing news and information, which brings together movements for peace and economic, racial and environmental justice. | He sat on the advisory board of Courage Foundation defending Julian Assange, Edward Snow…

teleSUR (2020-09-06). Venezuela to Inaugurate Simon Bolivar Institute for Peace. telesurenglish.net Venezuela will virtually inaugurate Saturday the Simon Bolivar Institute for Peace and Solidarity Among the Peoples which seeks to promote the work of Latin American Liberator, Simon Bolivar. | RELATED: | The Institute's main objective is to gather international support with the Bolivarian Revolution in the face of constant threats by the government of the U.S. President Donald Trump. | According to the Institute's offic…

_____ (2020-09-06). Kevin Zeese: A Giant In The World Of Activism. popularresistance.org The Hawkins/Walker campaign is very sad to report that our Press Secretary, comrade-in-arms and brother, Kevin Zeese, passed away last night. He was 64 years old. | "I lost a friend. All of us lost a prolific, tireless, and principled advocate and activist for peace and justice. My condolences go out to his partner, Margaret Flowers, also a committed activist, his family, and the many people whose lives were enriched by Kevin and his work," Howie Hawkins said. | Kevin was a giant in the world of activism, from peace and justice to cannabis legalization to healthcare to independent politics.

South Front (2020-09-06). Video: Idlib Question and Prospects of New Syrian-Turkish Confrontation. globalresearch.ca The southern part of Greater Idlib remains the main point of instability in Syria. The military situation, which had temporarily stabilized after the end of the Turkish attack on the Syrian Army codenamed "Operation Spring Shield", is once again deteriorating. …

teleSUR (2020-09-06). NYC West Indian Day & London's Notting Hill Carnival Go Virtual. telesurenglish.net Caribbean carnival has gone online this year as cities around the globe find ways to hold the annual festivities amid coronavirus restrictions. | RELATED: | New York City's West Indian American Day Parade joins the ranks of those activities whose sights and sounds will be virtual this time around. | For decades, NYC's celebrations–one of the largest showcasing Caribbean culture outside of the Caribbean–has featu…

Prabir Purkayastha (2020-09-06). Worsening epidemic and a sinking economy: Modi's mid-year balance sheet. peoplesdispatch.org Having surrendered before the epidemic, India's Narendra Modi govt. is hoping that the economy will bail it out. Unfortunately, we are likely to face the worst of both: a worsening epidemic and an economy that continues to shrink…

Alexis Goldstein (2020-09-06). Eviction Moratorium Delays Crisis Until January, When Tenants Will Owe Back Rent. zcomm.org Unless Congress or the Trump administration takes further action, millions may be spending New Year's Day being kicked out of their homes…

Peace and Freedom Party, Alameda County (2020-09-06). Saturday 9/12: Suds, Snacks, and Socialism – BYO – Elections 2020, Part 1. indybay.org This is a virtual event.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-06). Military coop. with Iran bears good impact on regional peace. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 06 (MNA) — Military and defense cooperation between Islamic Republic of Iran and Pakistan has a positive impact on the spread of peace and stability in the region.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-06). US uninvited intruder in region, Syria: Spox. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 06 (MNA) — The Spokesperson for the Iranian Mission to the UN said that Iran's role in Syria is merely to help the Syrian people and their government to fight terrorism and restore stability and security.

sputniknews (2020-09-06). Militants Shell Settlement in Syrian Province of Aleppo, Russian Military Says. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Hayat Tahrir al-Sham* terrorist group shelled a settlement in the Syrian province of Aleppo, the deputy head of the Russian Defence Ministry's Centre for Syrian Reconciliation, Rear Admiral Alexander Grinkevich, said on Sunday.

yenisafak (2020-09-06). Turkey starts 'Mediterranean Storm' military drills in Northern Cyprus. yenisafak.com Oktay wished success to the nations' soldiers, the guarantors of peace in the Mediterranean Sea. | Tensions have been running high for weeks in the region, as Greece has disputed Turkey's energy exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean.Turkey — the country with the longest coastline on the Mediterranean — has sent out drill ships to explore for energy on its continental shelf, asserting the rights of Turkey and the TRNC in the region. It has consistently opposed Greece's efforts to declare an exclusive economic zone based on small islands near Turkish shores, trying to hem in Turkish maritime territor…

yenisafak (2020-09-06). 'No peace until Kashmiris' rights are fulfilled'. yenisafak.com Peace that is not based on the principle that governments derive all their just power from the governed can never — and should never — last, speakers said at a webinar on the Kashmir issue on Friday."According to the additional protocols of the Geneva Conventions, which relate to people fighting colonial domination, alien occupation, and racist regimes for their right to self-determination, Kashmir is an international armed conflict," said Mohammad Mushtaq Ahmad, director general of the Pakistan-based Shari'ah Academy.The virtual conference, titled International Armed Conflict and Kashmir, was hosted…

yenisafak (2020-09-06). Turkey 'neutralizes' 91 PKK/YPG terrorists in 10 days. yenisafak.com At least 91 PKK/YPG terrorists were "neutralized" in Iraq and Syria over the last 10 days, Turkey's National Defense Ministry said on Sunday.In a statement, the ministry said that the Turkish armed forces neutralized 16 PKK/YPG terrorists in Iraq and Syria over the last 24 hours."Thus, in the last ten days, 91 PKK/YPG terrorists have been neutralized," it added.Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralize" to imply the terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.Since 2016, Turkey has launched a trio of successful anti-terrorist operations across its border in northern Syria to prevent the…

A Guest Author (2020-09-05). Voice from Kenosha: Electoral politics is not nearly enough. workers.org By Omar Flores This article is an edited version of a talk by Omar Flores during the Aug. 30 UNAC Webinar: "After the DNC & RNC — We Can't Breathe! Keep it in the Streets — Against Racism, Evictions and War." Flores is with the Milwaukee Alliance Against Racism and . . . |

Mike Walter (2020-09-05). The Heat: Global food security. america.cgtn.com President Xi tells the Chinese people to clean their plates in an effort to reduce food waste. Plus, we take a look at how India and countries in Africa are dealing with threats to food security.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-05). Commemorating the legacy of slain Indian journalist Gauri Lankesh. peoplesdispatch.org On the anniversary of Gauri Lankesh's assassination by religious extremists in India, her sister Kavitha Lankesh talks about the progress of the court case on her murder; the state of Indian media today, and the legacy of her sister and father as fearless journalists.

Tim Anderson (2020-09-05). The Collaborator's Reward: the UAE, from Syria to Israel. thealtworld.com What do Panama's Manuel Noriega, Iraq's Saddam Hussein and the UAE's Mohamad Bin Zayed (MBZ) all have in common? They dreamed that their collaboration with the imperial power would allow them the freedom to pursue their own ambitions. | Very wrong. Once Noriega was employed by the CIA to betray compatriot nationalists and to be used as a tool against independent Cuba and Nicaragua, imperialism owned him. Once Saddam was armed (including with poison gas) by NATO countries to attack Revolutionary Iran and slaughter dissident Iraqis, imperialism owned him. And once MBZ collaborated with Mossad against the Palestinia…

_____ (2020-09-05). Over 100 Protesters, Legal Observers To Sue NYPD Over Violent Arrests. popularresistance.org More than 100 protesters and legal observers trapped by police in the NYPD's violent ambush of a peaceful march in the Bronx earlier this summer are now planning to sue the city, after Mayor Bill de Blasio declined to discipline any of the officers involved in the mass arrest. | At least 107 people have filed notices of claim with the city indicating their intent to sue over the police department's actions in Mott Haven on June 4th, Gothamist has learned. The bulk of the notices were delivered this week, which marked 90 days since the night of the incident, the cutoff for initiating legal action.

WSWS (2020-09-05). India-China border tensions flare anew, posing threat of catastrophic military conflict. wsws.org India's increasingly aggressive stance against China is being stoked by Washington.

WSWS (2020-09-05). Washington DC's mayor and Trump trade authoritarian demands in crackdown on peaceful protesters. wsws.org The office of Washington, DC's Democratic mayor has been upbraided by the federal prosecutor's office for trying to "skirt constitutional protections and due process."

Pepe Escobar (2020-09-05). Ândia implode a própria Nova Rota da Seda. globalresearch.ca Houve época em que a Ândia vendia orgulhosamente a noàßà£o de que estabelecia uma Nova Rota da Seda só dela — a qual, partindo do Golfo de Om࣠para a intersecàßà£o da àÅsia Central e do Sul, permitiria acesso de …

_____ (2020-09-05). Why There Should Be A Pivot To Peace, Not War, With China. popularresistance.org A new international peace movement is being launched that opposes the new US military doctrine that is preparing this country for "major power conflict" with China. The doctrine of "major power conflict" will become a self-fulfilling prophecy unless the American people act to put the brakes on a doctrine/policy that is escalating global tensions, accelerating a new nuclear arms race, and eliminating accepted international arms treaties. While the Pentagon pivots toward preparations for major power conflict in Asia the non-stop demonization of China by the government and mainstream media has replaced an informed d…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-05). On third anniversary of Gauri Lankesh's assassination, Indian organizations vow to continue struggle. peoplesdispatch.org September 5 marks three years since progressive journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh was assassinated in front of her house. A Hindu right-wing group Sanatan Sanstha is suspected to have carried out the murder…

teleSUR (2020-09-05). India Surpasses Four Million COVID-19 Cases. telesurenglish.net India's Health Ministry Saturday informed that the country broke the barrier of four million COVID-19 infections by totaling 4,023,179 cases of coronavirus. | RELATED: | The Asian country recorded 86,432 COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the highest number of daily cases recorded in any country since the beginning of the pandemic. | Regarding to the number of deaths, the latest data show that the country has 69,…

Patralekha Chatterjee (2020-09-05). [World Report] Is India missing COVID-19 deaths? thelancet.com Experts have questioned shortcomings and lack of clarity in vital registration, testing practices, and classification of COVID-19 deaths. Patralekha Chatterjee reports from New Delhi.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-05). US unilateralism, hegemony violating world peace, justice. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 05 (MNA) — Criticizing the western countries' approach to peace and justice, a member of the Islamic World Peace Forum called on the pro-multilateralism countries to stand up against US unilateral and hegemonic moves.

sputniknews (2020-09-05). Militants Shell Settlements in Syria's Latakia, Aleppo Provinces, Russian Military Says. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Hayat Tahrir al-Sham* terrorist group shelled settlements in the Syrian provinces of Latakia and Aleppo, the deputy head of the Russian Defence Ministry's Centre for Syrian Reconciliation, Rear Admiral Alexander Grinkevich, said on Saturday.

sputniknews (2020-09-05). Got It All Figured Out For Us, Didn't You? US Says Iran Must Withdraw From Syria, Russia Can Stay. sputniknews.com Washington has maintained its deployment of troops in the Arab Republic despite having no legal grounds for it as per international law. The US has been ignoring criticism from Damascus and Moscow, which condemned both the illegal deployment and the White House's "stealing" of the country's resources.

Andrew Korybko (2020-09-04). Is the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) (Australia, India, Japan, US) Intent of Provoking Proxy War with China in the Solomon Islands? globalresearch.ca The leader of the Solomon Islands province of Malaita announced earlier this week that his region will seek independence from the central government due to its disagreement with the capital over the latter's recognition of Beijing last year as the …

Andrew Korybko (2020-09-04). Is the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) (US, Australia, India, Japan) Intent on Provoking Proxy War with China in the Solomon Islands? globalresearch.ca The leader of the Solomon Islands province of Malaita announced earlier this week that his region will seek independence from the central government due to its disagreement with the capital over the latter's recognition of Beijing last year as the …

Staff (2020-09-04). "Death Is on the Ballot": Lessons for the US, 50 Years After Allende's Socialist Revolution in Chile. democracynow.org Today marks the 50th anniversary of the election of socialist President Salvador Allende in Chile, a significant moment in the history of political revolutions. We speak with Chilean American author, human rights defender and poet Ariel Dorfman, who was cultural and press adviser to Allende's chief of staff in the last months of his presidency, about how the revolution used peaceful means to bring about radical change in Chile and beyond. "Allende's revolution, which was a peaceful revolution, was the attempt to put the resources of the country and the future of the country into the hands of the majority," Dorfma…

Bruce E. Levine (2020-09-04). The Zyprexa Papers: A Legal System for Drug Companies and Lawyers…Not the Public. counterpunch.org On November 28, 2006, attorney Jim Gottstein received a phone call that would change his life. It would propel Gottstein into a legal war against the giant pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, who would retaliate against him for his release of Lilly's own documents about its drug Zyprexa. A U.S. District Court would rule that Gottstein had conspired to steal these documents, and Lilly would threaten Gottstein with criminal contempt charges.

Teresa Gutierrez (2020-09-04). The RNC and DNC are over/ Now what to do about November? workers.org The Democratic and Republican national conventions have come and gone. If someone asks who cares, the answers would be diverse and interesting. Do these conventions matter? Does the 2020 presidential election matter? One could easily answer no; they really do not matter. However, what does matter is that almost 1,000 . . . |

Chris Krupp (2020-09-04). Wrecking Utah: No 4-Lane Highway Through the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area. counterpunch.org State and local officials in southwest Utah are asking the federal Bureau of Land Management to approve the bulldozing and carving of a new 4-lane highway through the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area. The request comes less than a dozen years after Congress designated the conservation area to protect habitat for the imperiled Mojave desert tortoise,

South Front (2020-09-04). Video: Israeli Forces Rain Down Missiles on Syria. globalresearch.ca The Israeli Air Force conducted a second round of missiles strikes on Syria in less than a week. | Late on September 2, Israeli warplanes launched missiles at the T4 airport in the province of Homs. According to Syria's state media, …