2020-09-10: News Headlines

Binoy Kampmark (2020-09-10). Assange's Third Day at the Old Bailey: Bias, Politics and Wars on Journalism. counterpunch.org The third day of extradition proceedings against Julian Assange at the Old Bailey resumed on the point of politics. Assange as a figure of political beliefs; Assange as a target of the Trump administration precisely for having them. The man sketching the portrait was Paul Rogers, Emeritus Professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University. It

_____ (2020-09-10). New: Simón Bolívar Institute For Peace And Solidarity Among Peoples. popularresistance.org Caracas, VZ – On Sunday, September 6, 205 years since the publication of the Jamaica Letter, the Simón Bolívar Institute for Peace and Solidarity among Peoples was inaugurated as a new space for the research, dissemination, debate, solidarity and strengthening of international relations. | The inauguration took place via YouTube on the Institute's Spanish and English channels. | "Our institute is formally inaugurated today, but the truth is that it already existed. The peoples have raised their voices in favor of Venezuela, and we at the same time have raised our voices for humankind's great causes," said the Pre…

Staff (2020-09-10). "Democratic Public Health": Big Pharma Relies on Developing World While Limiting Access to Treatment. democracynow.org We look at the history of clinical vaccine trials and exploitation of vulnerable people in the U.S. and India, which recently surpassed Brazil as the country with the second most infections worldwide. Kaushik Sunder Rajan, an anthropologist at the University of Chicago, says there is a documented history of "ethical lapses" and lack of accountability in vaccine studies in India. "The critical issue here is not whether vaccines are good or bad, but … even more, I would suggest what is at stake is a democratic public health," he notes.

Staff (2020-09-10). Headlines for September 10, 2020. democracynow.org Wildfires Destroy Oregon Towns, Bringing "Apocalyptic" Orange Skies to West Coast, Human Activity Blamed for 68% Drop in Animal Population Since 1970, President Donald Trump Acknowledges Downplaying COVID-19 Threat to U.S. Public, Biden Blasts Trump's "Life-and-Death Betrayal of the American People" on COVID-19, Bob Woodward Blasted for Withholding Trump's Comments on COVID-19 for Months, NIH Director Says Politics Shouldn't Trump Science in Vaccine Development, UW-Madison Halts In-Person Classes After 1,000+ Students Test Positive for Coronavirus, India Reports Record Daily Coronavirus Infections as Global Death…

Roger Harris (2020-09-10). The Current Impasse in Belarus and the Peace Alternative. counterpunch.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

_____ (2020-09-10). Kevin Zeese: The Passing Of A Warrior For Peace And Justice. popularresistance.org Having met Kevin Zeese during the Occupy movement in September of 2011, by Merwin's metric we passed unknowing the day that had finally come for Kevin nine times. Nine times we, (Kevin, Margaret Flowers -his loving partner, and I) were engaged in the struggle in one way or another. Occupy DC, Occupy the EPA, Hands Up Don't Shoot, Justice Mondays at the Department of Justice to name a few and lastly only hours before his transition — the fight to stop the desecration of Moses African Cemetery in Bethesda, Maryland.

Marilyn Bechtel (2020-09-10). Some wins, some losses with new California policing laws. peoplesworld.org As this year's California legislative session, compressed by the COVID-19 pandemic, rushed to a close after midnight Aug. 31, a portfolio of bills to regulate policing — many inspired by recent police killings of unarmed black and Latino men and women — passed the Assembly and state Senate and headed to Gov. Gavin Newsom for …

Reese Erlich (2020-09-10). Foreign Correspondent: Trump Plays Both Sides Against the Middle. progressive.org Is he a hawk? Is he a peacenik? The President keeps us guessing.

Staff (2020-09-10). Trump Names Anti-Abortion Senators to List of Potential Supreme Court Nominees. truthout.org President Trump on Wednesday released a list of potential nominees to the Supreme Court in the event of a vacancy, which included three current far right U.S. senators. | Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) Although not without precedent, it is rare for sitting members of the Senate to be nominated to the hig…

news.un (2020-09-10). Work to achieve a culture of peace amid COVID-19 upheaval: UN Secretary-General. news.un.org As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to upend economies and societies, while also threatening to erode trust in public institutions and democracy, it is critical that people everywhere continue to pursue peace.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-10). Thousands of state-owned refinery workers demand pay settlement in India. peoplesdispatch.org Employees of state-owned Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) are fighting against a wage settlement meant to fast-track its privatization and are demanding benefits at par with other public sector oil companies…

Prof. Khalil al-Anani (2020-09-10). Israel-UAE Deal: The Emiratis Are Now Under Israel's Thumb. globalresearch.ca The "peace deal" between the UAE and Israel announced last month cannot be interpreted solely through the lens of normalisation; it is much more than that. What occurred on …

news.un (2020-09-10). Belarus: Ensure 'full respect' for workers' rights during protests, ILO urges President Lukashenko. news.un.org Voicing deep concern over detention and arrests of trade unionists in Belarus, the head of the UN International Labour Organization (ILO) called on President Alexander Lukashenko to ensure a climate free from violence and intimidation against peacefully protesting workers.

Michael Jansen (2020-09-10). Sanctions in the Middle East: Against Iran, Iraq, Syria. globalresearch.ca Sanctions are a blunt weapon used by the mighty against the weak to compel them to capitulate to political demands, but almost always put pressure on populations rather than rulers who concede nothing. Although sanctions have been liberally used in …

Marlee Kokotovic (2020-09-10). Senate Republicans propose new 'relief' bill that ignores struggling Americans and gives aid to coal industry. nationofchange.org "The pandemic is already widening social and economic divisions. Shielding corporations from accountability will endanger workers, consumers, and patients, and make the pandemic even worse."

Ariel Gold (2020-09-10). Peace through weapons sales to the UAE. nationofchange.org If the American people really want to pursue peace in the Middle East and instead use our taxes to build up U.S. infrastructure, healthcare, education and address the climate crisis, then we must immediately pressure our Congressional representatives to make sure that the U.S.-UAE weapons sales deal does not go through.

news.un (2020-09-10). Issues surrounding Syria's chemical weapons programme must be resolved, to restore global confidence. news.un.org Until outstanding issues related to Syria's initial declaration of its chemical weapons stockpile and programme are resolved, the international community cannot have full confidence that its activities have ended, the UN's top disarmament expert told the Security Council on Thursday.

Staff (2020-09-10). Vanessa Guillén Family Wants Fort Hood Shut Down Over Its Rape Culture Cover-Up. truthout.org The family of U.S. Army Spc. Vanessa Guillén, a Houston native whose murder has sparked a national outcry over the military's handling of sexual harassment and assault, say last week's leadership shakeup at Fort Hood, in which the base's top general was demoted, isn't good enough. The family and their lawyer are set to release the final draft of a forthcoming bill in Guillén's name as soon as today. | The family marched to the Texas Capitol building Monday to demand an independent congress…

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 …

Andrew Korybko (2020-09-09). India Lost Its Last Chance To 'Save Face' Before China. thealtworld.com 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 extremely dangerous situation that it's entirely responsible for provoking, but it declined doing so since it's seemingly more important for Modi to "save face" before his domestic audience even if it leads to a disastrous "war by miscalculation" with China. | India Ignored A Priceless Opportunity For Peace | The security situation between India and China…

_____ (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…

commondreams (2020-09-09). CODEPINK Responds to Trump Troop Withdrawal: Bring ALL US Troops Home from Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-09-09). 'Reducing Troops Not the Same as Ending Wars': Peace Activists Say Trump Drawdown in Iraq Not Nearly Enough. commondreams.org "Trump is trying to convince voters that is now following through on a campaign promise that he failed to keep in four years and will not fulfill with half measures," says CodePink's Medea Benjamin. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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…

_____ (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). 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,

RT (2020-09-09). Pelosi warns London there will be 'absolutely no chance' of UK-US trade deal if it violates Brexit protocol on Northern Ireland. rt.com Any violation the Good Friday Agreement by London will make a trade deal between the UK and the US totally impossible, Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi has warned. | Pelosi issued a strongly-worded statement on Wednesday after British authorities admitted that their new 'Internal Market Bill' could violate international law in a "limited way." The bill would allow the UK to circumvent its Brexit withdrawal agreement with Brussels, particularly in relation to the protocol on Northern Ireland. | "The Good Friday Agreement is the bedrock of peace in Northern Ireland and an inspiration for t…

RT (2020-09-09). US the 'main driver' of South China Sea militarization, top Chinese diplomat says. rt.com Washington is directly intervening into maritime and territorial disputes in the troubled South China Sea region and becoming the main driver of militarization there to suit its own agenda, a senior Chinese diplomat has said. | Speaking during a video conference with foreign ministers at an ASEAN summit on Wednesday, State Councilor Wang Yi accused the US of fuelling tensions in the region for the sake of its own political gain. | "Peace and stability is China's greatest strategic interest in the South China Sea. It is also the common strategic aspiration of China and ASEAN countries," the diplomat said. | Ch…

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…

WSWS (2020-09-09). India now second only to US in number of COVID-19 cases, yet continues to expand "reopening" wsws.org With 90,802 new infections on Monday, India registered more COVID-19 cases just on one day than China has recorded since the beginning of the pandemic.

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…

commondreams (2020-09-09). New Legislation Is the Latest Attempt by Trump and His Congressional Allies to Bend Online Platforms to Their Political Will. commondreams.org ______________________________…

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 …

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 …

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 …

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…

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:…

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.

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.