2020-09-11: News Headlines

Staff (2020-09-11). Headlines for September 11, 2020. democracynow.org 500,000 Evacuated Across Oregon as Record-Shattering Fires Rage in Western States, AstraZeneca CEO Warned Investors of Vaccine Recipient Who Became Ill, Trump Admin Fines Pork Processor $13,500 for Lapses at Plant Where 1,300 Contracted Coronavirus, India Records Another Record Daily Coronavirus Toll, Senate Coronavirus Relief Bill Fails as Another 857,000 File New Unemployment Claims, Amazon Accused of Price Gouging After Raising Prices Up to 1,000% During Lockdown, Philadelphia Activists Defy City Order to Vacate Encampment for Unhoused Residents, Joe Biden Says He May Further Increase Military Spending If Elec…

Staff (2020-09-11). Costs of War: After 9/11 Attacks, U.S. Wars Displaced at Least 37 Million People Around the World. democracynow.org As the United States marks 19 years since the September 11 terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people, a new report finds at least 37 million people in eight countries have been displaced since the start of the so-called global war on terrorism since 2001. The Costs of War Project at Brown University also found more than 800,000 people have been killed since U.S. forces began fighting in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan and Yemen, at a cost of $6.4 trillion to U.S. taxpayers. "The U.S. has played a disproportionate role in waging war, in launching war and in perpetuating war over the last 19 years," says…

CounterSpin (2020-09-11). Peter Maybarduk on Covid Treatments, Kia Rahnama on the Right to Protest. fair.org Media…

Vijay Prashad (2020-09-11). Not just an orchard, not merely a field, we demand the whole World. mronline.org When news of the revolution in the Tsar's empire filtered into British-dominated India in 1917-1918, the reception was universal: if they could overthrow the Tsar, then we can overthrow the British Raj.

Stephen Lendman (2020-09-11). Distinct False Flag Aroma About Navalny Incident. globalresearch.ca During a Thursday Security Council session on Syria, Alexey Navalny's alleged novichok nerve agent poisoning was discussed. | So far, Germany failed to present evidence that supports its claim about his condition. | Is it because there is none? Did Russophobic …

yenisafak (2020-09-11). Qatar set to host Afghan government-Taliban talks again. yenisafak.com Qatar is set to host another round of talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban on Saturday to end the ongoing war in the country.In a statement, the Afghan Presidency said negotiations with the Taliban would begin in Qatar's capital Doha.The Afghan delegation, headed by former chief of the intelligence service Masoom Stanikzai, includes 21 members from various political parties and groups.President of the Supreme Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah, acting Foreign Minister Hanif Atmar, Minister of State for Peace Affairs Sayed Sadat Mansoor Naderi and the president's Special Represent…

Staff (2020-09-11). US Wars Displaced at Least 37 Million People Since 9/11 Attacks. truthout.org As the United States marks 19 years since the September 11 terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people, a new report finds at least 37 million people in eight countries have been displaced since the start of the so-called global war on terrorism since 2001. The Costs of War Project at Brown University also found more than 800,000 people have been killed since U.S. forces began fighting in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan and Yemen, at a cost of $6.4 trillion to U.S. taxpayers. "The U.S. has played a…

yenisafak (2020-09-11). India, China agree to 'quickly disengage, ease tensions' at border. yenisafak.com India and China agreed to quickly disengage their troops at the disputed border amid months-long ongoing faceoff, a joint statement said early Friday.Top diplomats of New Delhi and Beijing agreed at a meeting in the Russian capital Moscow on Thursday that the border troops of both sides "should continue their dialogue, quickly disengage, maintain proper distance and ease tensions," said the statement released by the Indian Foreign Ministry.The Asian giants are witnessing a heightened faceoff along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), a de facto border near the Himalayan region of Ladakh in the disputed Jammu and Kas…

yenisafak (2020-09-11). China, India agree to disengage troops on contested border. yenisafak.com China and India said they had agreed to de-escalate renewed tensions on their contested Himalayan border and take steps to restore "peace and tranquillity" following a high-level diplomatic meeting in Moscow.Chinese State Councillor Wang Yi and Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar met in Moscow on Thursday and reached a five-point consensus, including agreements the current border situation is not in their interests and that troops from both sides should quickly disengage and ease tensions, the two countries said in a joint statement.The consensus, struck on the sidelines of a Shanghai Cooperation Organisation m…

Nauman Sadiq (2020-09-11). Bob Woodward: Trump Saved Saudi Crown Prince after Khashoggi Murder. dissidentvoice.org Besides the admission that Trump knew coronavirus was deadly yet he deliberately downplayed the outbreak, Bob Woodward has made several other startling revelations in his book Rage set to be released on September 15. President Donald Trump boasted that he protected Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman from congressional scrutiny after the brutal assassination …

_____ (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…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-10). Venezuela launches Simón Bolívar Institute for Peace and Solidarity among Peoples. peoplesdispatch.org The Simón Bolívar Institute for Peace and Solidarity among Peoples was launched on September 6, with the presence of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. The Institute was created to strengthen the international relations between Venezuela, Latin America and the world. The launch event was held virtually and broadcasted on YouTube through the institute's official account. Around 106 political and social leaders from across the globe joined the video conference. | International activists and intellectuals including Laura Capote, a Colombian activist and member of the ALBA Movements Secretariat, Vijay Prashad, exec…

CounterPunch News Service (2020-09-10). CODEPINK Responds to Trump Troop Withdrawal: Bring ALL US Troops Home from Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria. counterpunch.org We welcome the Trump administration announcement that US troops in Iraq will be reduced from 5,200 to 3,000. Anytime US troops are brought home from ill-conceived overseas adventures is a step in the right direction. But the American people want AN END to these endless wars, not a reduction. The same goes for the Iraqi

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…

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.

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 …

RT (2020-09-10). 'Orwellian in the extreme': Conservatives slam media for appearing to blame GOP for Dems' decision to tank Covid-19 relief bill. rt.com Conservatives are slamming mainstream media outlets after their almost identical coverage of the Senate Democrats' decision to vote against a coronavirus relief bill appeared to blame Republicans for the "failure." | After months of negotiations, a coronavirus stimulus package, which included funding for schools and Covid-19 testing, unemployment benefits, and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), was voted down by every Democrat in the Senate on Thursday. The only Republican to join them was Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky). | Needing 60 votes to pass, the bill earned a 52-47 outcome and it's now unlikely a coron…

RT (2020-09-10). OPCW should not be a 'geopolitical tool,' Russian envoy tells UN Security Council as Germany seeks to involve it in Navalny case. rt.com Russia's ambassador to the UN Vasily Nebenzya slammed on Thursday Germany for withholding information about the health of activist Alexey Navalny and condemned Western attempts to politicize chemical weapons watchdog, the OPCW. | "Russia is deeply concerned by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons becoming an instrument in the geopolitical struggle," Nebenzya said at the United Nations Security Council session on the use of chemical weapons in Syria. | He

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…

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 …

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). 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.

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.

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…

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.

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 …

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."

sputniknews (2020-09-10). Foreign Ministers of Russia, India, China Stress Importance of 'Common Development'. sputniknews.com MOSCOW/NEW DELHI (Sputnik) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov along with his Chinese and Indian counterparts, Wang Yi and Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, emphasized the importance of common development and cooperation between their countries to facilitate the global economic growth and stability, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

sputniknews (2020-09-10). Video: Syrian Air Defenses Engage Hostile Targets Near Aleppo – State TV. sputniknews.com Syrian state media reported early Friday morning that air defense systems near Aleppo had engaged hostile targets.

sputniknews (2020-09-10). Chinese Bombers, Paratroopers Practice High-Altitude Drills as Himalayan Tensions With India Heat Up. sputniknews.com Several reports of new military drills and deployments in western China point to Beijing preparing for the dispute on the Indian border to become a wider conflict.

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…

commondreams (2020-09-10). Senate's Inadequate Relief Bill Failed. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Nancy J. Altman (2020-09-10). Fact Checking the Fact Checkers: Trump Does Indeed Plan To Destroy Social Security. commondreams.org "Though few seem to realize it, Trump has provided the nation with a roadmap of how he could unilaterally destroy Social Security, without the need for Congress, once the election is over," writes Altman. (Photo: Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2020-09-10). States Already Out of Unemployment Cash Helps Prove Much-Predicted Failure of Trump's Executive Action on Covid-19 Relief. commondreams.org "America's economy is getting hammered, but when those who need help most look to Washington they see Senate Republicans posturing with bad legislation and the White House refusing to negotiate." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-09-10). After 'Disgraceful' GOP Coronavirus Package Defeated, Progressives Demand McConnell 'Get Serious' About Relief. commondreams.org After Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's attempt at passing the Republicans' "skinny" coronavirus relief plan—prioritizing corporations over the health, safety, and livelihoods of working families—failed on Thursday, advocacy groups demanded that the Senate "get serious" about providing relief to Americans. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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 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…

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…

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…