2020-09-08: News Headlines

Staff (2020-09-08). Headlines for September 8, 2020. democracynow.org Record-Breaking Wildfires and Heat Scorch California, Rochester Protests Continue as Mayor Promises Changes After Police Killing of Daniel Prude, Major Drug Companies Pledge to Not Rush COVID-19 Vaccine as U.S. Cases Top 6.3 Million, India Becomes Second Most Infected Country; Spain First European Country to Surpass 500,000 Cases, Belarusian Opposition Leader Resists Expulsion at Border with Ukraine After Reports of Abduction, Alexei Navalny Out of Induced Coma as He Continues Recovery from Poisoning, Extradition Hearing Resumes for Julian Assange in U.K., Hundreds of Rohingya Refugees Arrive on Dry Land After Mo…

yenisafak (2020-09-08). UN sends 38 truckloads of aid to Idlib, Syria. yenisafak.com The UN on Tuesday sent 38 trucks with humanitarian aid to northwestern Syria, where millions of people remain in need of assistance due to internal conflicts. 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 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.Idlib falls within a de-escalation zone forged und…

Black Alliance for Peace (2020-09-08). °Kevin Zeese, PRESENTÉ! globalresearch.ca The anti-imperialist and anti-war movement suffered a great loss early Sunday morning with the sudden passing of activist Kevin Zeese. | Margaret Flowers, his life partner, captured the sentiments of many of us who knew Kevin and were shocked by …

Kevin Zeese (2020-09-08). The US Must Grow Up and Respect Iranian Independence. globalresearch.ca One of the lessons from our recent visit to Iran as a Peace Delegation is that Iran is a mature country. It is 2,500 years old, ten times as old as the United States and one of the world's oldest …

Felicity Arbuthnot (2020-09-08). Kevin Zeese: A Tireless, Towering Voice for Peace and Justice. globalresearch.ca A tireless, towering voice for peace and justice has departed, leaving a hole in many hearts, his unexpected loss also rendering many eloquent fellow travellers lost for words in grief and shock. | Kevin Zeese died early on Sunday 6th September …

Peter Bolton (2020-09-08). A sad loss for the peace movement as long-time activist Kevin Zeese dies at age 64. thecanary.co US activist and

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-09-08). US Wants to Convert QUAD into "Asian NATO" globalresearch.ca Speaking last week at the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum, US Deputy Defense Secretary Stephen Biegun said that the US wants the defence relations with India, Japan and Australia — known as "the QUAD" — to resemble something more closely to …

South Front (2020-09-08). Turkish Military Strikes Syrian Army, Suffers First Casualties Since March. globalresearch.ca Syrian-Turkish tensions have ramped up in the region of Greater Idlib over the past few days. | On September 5, heavy clashes between Syrian troops and Turkish-backed militants broke out near the town of Fleifel and Saraqib in southeastern Idlib, near …

yenisafak (2020-09-08). US envoy meets new Taliban chief negotiator as Afghan peace talks near. yenisafak.com U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has held a meeting in Doha with the head of the new Taliban team due to open peace talks with a team representing the Afghan government, the Islamist insurgent group said on Tuesday.The negotiations, the result of an agreement between Washington and the Taliban, are to begin in Doha after the release of the last half-dozen or so of 5,000 Taliban prisoners.The Afghan negotiators had been expected to fly from Kabul to Doha this week, but are awaiting a signal from the Afghan government that the release – to which Western governments have objected – is going ahead.In Doha, the hea…

teleSUR (2020-09-08). Chile: Right-Wingers Use Jara's Song To Oppose New Constitution. telesurenglish.net Controversy Tuesday arose in Chile after the ultra-right-wing party Independent Democratic Union (UDI) used a phrase from legendary singer-songwriter Victor Jara to promote its political campaign over next October's constitutional plebiscite. | RELATED: | Telesur's correspondent in Chile Paola Dragnic explained that UDI used Jara's phrase "The right to live in peace", to call for voters to check the "reject" option in the ballot during the popular c…

Kakani P, Chandra A, Mullainathan S, et al. (2020-09-08). Allocation of COVID-19 Relief Funding to Disproportionately Black Counties. jamanetwork.com This study describes correlations between the dollar amount of relief funding authorized by the US Congress to fund prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and to reimburse health care entities for lost revenues, and county-level Black population fraction accounting for county COVID-19 burden, comorbidity, and hospital financial health.

jamanetwork (2020-09-08). The President Outlines a Program. jamanetwork.com On September 6 President Harry S. Truman sent to the Congress an outline of the executive and legislative program which he considered desirable. He concluded his presentation:…

H. Patricia Hynes (2020-09-08). A Pandemic Within The Pandemic. zcomm.org Peace is not just the absence of war. Many women under lockdown for Covid 19 face violence where they should be safest: in their own homes…

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-08). Iran, India FMs eye boosting bilateral ties: FM spox. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 08 (MNA) — Hailing the meeting between the Foreign Ministers of Iran and India, the Foreign Ministry spokesman stated that the two counterparts reaffirmed their will to further expand bilateral relations in all dimensions.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-08). Iran emphasizes lasting stability in Afghanistan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 08 (MNA) — Iran's special envoy for Afghanistan Mohammad Ebrahim Taherian emphasized the significance of lasting stability and peace in Afghanistan.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-08). Active engagement with neighbors Iran's top priority: Zarif. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 08 (MNA) — Referring to his meeting with his Indian counterpart, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif described active engagement with neighborhood as Iran's top priority.

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.

RT (2020-09-07). 'Why is CNN meddling in swing races?' Republicans roast Jake Tapper for trying to 'influence' congressional election. rt.com The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) has accused CNN of "meddling in swing races" due to a report that anchor Jake Tapper tried convincing Sean Parnell to avoid running in a district where he could flip a seat. | "So how many other districts has @jaketapper pulled this crap with? Why is CNN meddling in House swing races? This is absurd," the NRCC tweeted. | The message was in response to a Breitbart report claiming Tapper had tried on multiple occasions to convince congressional candidate and conservative author/veteran Sean Parnell to give up running in Pennsylvania's 17th district and inste…

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…

teleSUR (2020-09-07). US: Black Man Shot by Police Sends Message From Hospital. telesurenglish.net The 29-year-old Black man Jacob Blake, who was shot seven times in the back by the U.S. police last month, sent a video message from a hospital in Louisville in Wisconsin. | RELATED: | "I feel pain 24 hours a day. It hurts to breathe, it hurts to sleep, it hurts to move around, it hurts to eat," Blake assured while he recalled that he is paralyzed from his waist down. | "Your life can change in a minute. Suddenly you…

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.

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…

teleSUR (2020-09-07). India Becomes the Second-Most COVID-19 Infected Country. telesurenglish.net India surpassed Brazil on Sunday and became the second-most infected country in the world, after the U.S. as the Asian nation reported more than 90.000 new COVID-19 cases. | RELATED: | Authorities recorded 90.802 new contagions for a total of more than 4 million cases. The death toll increased to 71.642 as 1.016 people died on September 6, 2020. | The latest data by the Ministry of Health shows that Maharashtra, Mumbai's financial capital, is the hard…

teleSUR (2020-09-07). Russia Offers Aid To Syria To Break US Economic Blockade. telesurenglish.net Russia's Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov Monday affirmed that his country will help Syria to "break" the economic blockade that President Donald Trump's administration maintains through the "Caesar Act." | RELATED: | "Some countries and foreign powers are trying to impose their own plans on Syria," Lavrov said during his first visit to the Arab country since 2012. | He also explained that the Russian delegat…

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.

sputniknews (2020-09-07). Russia's 'Sputnik V' Vaccine Among Top Searches From India in August, Google Reveals. sputniknews.com In recent months, US-based search engine giant Google has been sharing details of top searches observed around the world. Between June and August, Google searches have shown topics like Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput's death and Coronavirus prevention methods trending in India.

sputniknews (2020-09-07). India's COVID Tracker App Reveals Movement of Border Troops Sparking Fear of Chinese Surveillance. sputniknews.com A GIS expert cautioned that India's COVID tracking application, Arogya Setu, may be facilitating adversaries to track troop movements in sensitive areas like Ladakh. An Army official told Sputnik that the possibility cannot be ruled out, but strict protocols are being followed to ensure there is no breach in security due to the app.

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. …

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…

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…

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). 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.

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.

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 '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…

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…

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 . . . |