2020-09-09: News Headlines

Alan Macleod (2020-09-09). As Trump Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize, Here Are Some of Its Worst Winners. mintpressnews.com While there have been some worthy winners in its 119-year history, the Nobel Peace Prize has very often been handed to some of the world's worst warmongers and war criminals.

Andrew Korybko (2020-09-09). India-China Relations: India Ignored A Priceless Opportunity For Peace. globalresearch.ca India could have followed the Chinese Defense Ministry's suggestion to investigate the first-ever firearm discharge near the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in almost half a century, which could have helped New Delhi "save face" before Beijing by de-escalating this …

_____ (2020-09-09). Julian Assange Hearing: Day Three. popularresistance.org Paul Rogers, Emeritus Professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University, took the stand by video link to testify about Julian Assange's political views and how they factor into the Trump administration's prosecution of Assange for publishing. | Rogers reviewed Assange's speeches, including an anti-war speech in 2011 in London and a speech to the UN following the release of Iraq and Afghan war logs, as well as Mairead Maguire's nomination of Assange for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019. LINKs. Rogers concluded that Assange's views don't fall into traditional liberal or conservative belief systems but are rather more…

Staff (2020-09-09). Headlines for September 9, 2020. democracynow.org California Governor Has "No Patience for Climate Change Deniers" Amid Historic Fires, Report Estimates Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Led to Quarter-Million COVID-19 Cases, Peru COVID-19 Death Toll Reaches 30,000, Senate Republicans Abandon New Stimulus Checks Despite Economic Crisis, Tropical Storm Rene Forms, Continuing Record Atlantic Hurricane Season, Sudan Under State of Emergency as Nile River Flooding Sets Records, Senegal's Capital Partially Submerged Following Record-Shattering Rainfall, Trump Extends Offshore Drilling Bans in Republican-Led States, DOJ Seeks to Defend Trump from Rape Accuser's Defamation Laws…

Roger D. Harris (2020-09-09). The Current Impasse in Belarus and the Peace Alternative. dissidentvoice.org Back in the 1970s, the left and even many liberals were clear that Nixon's dropping napalm on Vietnamese villages was an abomination. By the 1990s, some thought Bill Clinton's bombing of Yugoslavia was, perhaps, humanitarian. Fast forward to the present, there is sentiment that the US has a global "responsibility to protect" the less enlightened …

_____ (2020-09-09). Remembering Kevin Zeese, Tireless Fighter For Our Democracy. popularresistance.org Defending Rights & Dissent was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Kevin Zeese over the weekend. Over his life, he was on the frontlines of many causes—whistleblower protections, election integrity, single payer healthcare, net neutrality, reforming our criminal justice system, environmental justice, and peace. He was the press secretary for Ralph Nader's 2004 presidential campaign and in 2006 ran for Senate in Maryland with the backing of both the Green and Libertarian Parties.

Staff (2020-09-09). In Memoriam: Kevin Zeese Is Irreplaceable. truthout.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 collaboratively. He maintained good relations with those he disagreed with — even those he disagreed with over that most disagreeable of topics in a collapsing oligarchy: elections. | K…

Roger D. Harris (2020-09-09). Belarus: A Catalyst for Regime Change and the Peace Alternative. mintpressnews.com Opposition elements in Belarus have long planned to use the September 9 presidential election as a catalyst for regime change, and thanks to broad and genuine discontent with president Lukashenko, they might just succeed.

RT (2020-09-09). Democrats & Republicans agree: Politicians & corporations should be spared from prosecution over killer Covid-19 care homes. rt.com Republican and Democrat politicians have both embraced legislation to immunize themselves and their deep-pocketed corporate donors from legal liability for ill-thought-out pandemic policies blamed for the deaths of thousands. | Republicans in the Senate have all but plagiarized a controversial provision from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo that will offer legal immunity to corporations that ran the care homes in which hundreds of thousands of elderly Americans died with the coronavirus over the last six months, according to a trio of progressive journalists who compared the texts and interviewed some of the lob…

RT (2020-09-09). US senator's solution to 'Make Senate Great'? Cut the cameras, don't let popular vote elect lawmakers, expand terms to 12 years. rt.com Republican Senator Ben Sasse is at the center of a national online discussion after his ideas to reform the US Senate according to the Founding Fathers' supposed wishes were critiqued as both undemocratic and simply "weird." | Sasse's Wall Street Journal opinion piece,

news.un (2020-09-09). Distrust of public institutions, health inequities could push more countries into conflict, UN political affairs chief warns. news.un.org The erosion of trust in public institutions, unequal access to health care and tensions around delicate peace negotiations, are among the risks amplified by COVID-19, which if not mitigated, could push more countries into violence, the UN political affairs chief told the Security Council on Wednesday.

news.un (2020-09-09). Attacks on education during times of conflict must stop: UN chief. news.un.org Education is a fundamental human right and an essential driver for peace and development, yet armed attacks targeting teachers, students and education facilities are on the rise, with some 11,000 incidents reported between 2015 and 2019, the UN Secretary-General said on Wednesday.

_____ (2020-09-09). How to Save a Dying Republic: Lincoln and the Greenbacks. strategic-culture.org While some onlookers have found themselves cheering on this impending meltdown of the "great American empire", I think it is wiser to take a more measured approach to the tragedy now unfolding in America and across the entire trans-Atlantic Community. After all, what would we expect to see under conditions of dissolution of the union into civil war and economic collapse? Would the danger of war go away? Would economic injustice disappear as the Eurasian multipolar alliance swept the world to restore peace and win-win development on everyone? | I tend to think that this is overly simplistic wishful thinking and it…

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…

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 …

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 …

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…

Freddy Cruz and Brett Barrouquere (2020-09-08). Congressional Candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene Has Several Ties to Conspiracy, Hate Groups. splcenter.org QAnon follower Marjorie Taylor Greene has prevailed in a primary runoff in Georgia's heavily Republican 14th Congressional District.

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…

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:…

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.

WSWS (2020-09-08). Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee warns against use of convict labor. wsws.org The Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee has issued a statement denouncing the management threat to use convict labor at the plant 40 miles south of Indianapolis, Indiana and is calling for the establishment of safe and humane working conditions.

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 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). 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). 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.

Robert Reich (2020-09-08). Labor Day 2020: The Power Shift. commondreams.org "Large corporations, Wall Street banks, and a relative handful of exceedingly rich individuals have gained enough political power to game the system," writes Reich. (Photo: Stephen Melkisethian/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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). 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…

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…

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). 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.

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.

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.

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…

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…