2020-09-24: News Headlines

Staff (2020-09-24). Headlines for September 24, 2020. democracynow.org Officer Who Shot into Breonna Taylor's Apartment Charged, But Not for Her Killing, Donald Trump Won't Commit to Peaceful Transfer of Power If He Loses Election, Dr. Deborah Birx Reportedly "Distressed" by Direction of WH Coronavirus Response, Dr. Anthony Fauci Warns of Long-Term Effects of COVID-19 on Survivors, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, Who Opposes Mask Mandates, Tests Positive for Coronavirus, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau Warns of Second Wave of Coronavirus Infections, Antarctic Ice Melt May Bring 8 Feet of Sea Level Rise Even If Paris Climate Goals Are Met, Climate Crisis Drives Record Fires in Brazil, Western…

Michael Jansen (2020-09-24). Failing Palestinian Self-determination. globalresearch.ca The UN is marking its 75th birthday with a virtual opening of the 75th session of the General Assembly. While UN agencies have carried out successful humanitarian assistance and research programmes, peacekeeping missions and efforts to protect the rights of …

Anthony Parker, Anita Waters (2020-09-24). Ohio activist Morgan Harper didn't make it to Congress, but she's still fighting. peoplesworld.org Since Ohio's Third Congressional District was created in 2012, covering most of Columbus, it has been represented in Congress by moderate Democrat and Black Caucus member Joyce Beatty, with no opposition from within her own party. But 2020 was different. Morgan Harper, a 36-year-old Columbus native with a formidable list of accomplishments, declared her candidacy for …

John Wojcik (2020-09-24). Trump forever? President won't commit to give up power if he loses. peoplesworld.org Donald Trump declared Wednesday that even if he loses to Joe Biden on Nov. 3, he is unwilling to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. The unprecedented declaration by a U.S. president that he will not leave the White House should he lose the election has shocked people around the world who look to …

Mike Walter (2020-09-24). The Heat: COVID-19 soars in US, UK and India. america.cgtn.com The World Health Organization says COVID-19 appears to be accelerating, with cases soaring in the United States, the United Kingdom and India.

RT (2020-09-24). Wells Fargo CEO promises more 'diversity' after woke backlash over 'limited pool of black talent' remark. rt.com The CEO of Wells Fargo offered a groveling apology for his "unconscious bias" and promised more diversity at one of the largest US banks, after a quote from an internal memo caused outrage; even some members of Congress joined in. | "I apologize for making an insensitive comment reflecting my own unconscious bias," Charlie Scharf said in a

Global Research News (2020-09-24). Selected Articles: "Second Wave" Faked on False-Positive COVID Tests. globalresearch.ca By The confrontation with Russia and the decision to boost America's military presence in Syria is but a microcosm of America's wider struggle to maintain its invasive primacy over the …

Peace and Freedom Party, Alameda County (2020-09-24). Saturday 10/3: Suds Snacks & Socialism: Elections Part 2: Socialist Perspectives on the Presidential Race. indybay.org tinyurl.com/SudsSnacksPresidents

yenisafak (2020-09-24). US to announce more Iran sanctions on Thursday, top envoy says. yenisafak.com The United States will slap new sanctions on a number of Iranian officials and entities including a judge who sentenced Iranian wrestler Navid Afkari to death, U.S. Special Representative for Iran and Venezuela Elliott Abrams told a hearing at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday.Navid Afkari was executed earlier this month after being convicted of stabbing a security guard to death during anti-government protests in 2018, Iranian state media reported, in a case that has sparked international outcry. Iran's Supreme Court rejected a review of the case in late August.

yenisafak (2020-09-24). 2020 US ELECTION: What you need to know right now. yenisafak.com Court battles over how votes are tallied have now spread to almost every competitive state, as the effect of the pandemic has led the two sides to clash over seemingly mundane issues such as witness signatures, postmarks, and the use of drop boxes for ballots.- With speculation swirling over his pick for the Supreme Court, President Donald Trump heads to Florida on Thursday, hoping to shore up support in that hotly contested state. On Wednesday, the president, who has repeatedly attempted to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the election, declined to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses.- Retired Gene…

Andrea Prasow (2020-09-24). U.S. War Crimes in Yemen: It's Time to Stop Looking the Other Way. counterpunch.org The longstanding involvement of the United States in the conflict in Yemen is facing renewed scrutiny. On September 16, State Department officials testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee about whether the State Department misled Congress — and the American people — by circumventing controls designed to limit arms sales and ensure congressional oversight. The

Kathryn Shihadah (2020-09-24). New Middle East Peace Plan Would Use Jobs to "Turn Palestinians Away from Violence" mintpressnews.com The Middle East Partnership for Peace Act relies heavily on the premise that the primary reasons that Israel and the Palestinians have not achieved peace are merely economic.

Tony Cartalucci (2020-09-24). America's Broken Syria Project. globalresearch.ca A recent altercation between Russian forces and US occupiers in northeastern Syria helped highlight the increasingly tenuous position Washington holds not only in Syria but across the entire Middle East. | After attempting to block Russian military vehicles, US forces found …

sputniknews (2020-09-24). Less Than One-in-Ten US Residents Immune to COVID-19, CDC Chief Warns. sputniknews.com The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention director, Robert Redfield, told a Senate hearing that the number of people who had so far been been infected with the COVID-19 virus varied from state to state, from one percent up to a quarter of the population.

sputniknews (2020-09-24). Indian Farmers Launch 'Stop Trains' Protest in Punjab Over Modi Govt's Farm Bills – Videos. sputniknews.com Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar have said several times in the past week that the system of buying crops from farmers based on the Minimum Support Price (MSP) will continue. They have clarified the recently passed Bills are aimed at giving cultivators the freedom to market their produce.

yenisafak (2020-09-24). Iran 'coordinates steps in Syria with Russia, Turkey'. yenisafak.com The Syrian issue requires an exceptional strategy, and Iran coordinates its steps in Syria with Russia and Turkey, the Iranian foreign minister said Thursday."There are serious problems in our region," Javad Zarif told Iranian media during his visit to the Russian capital Moscow."Syrian issue requires special coordination. We coordinate our steps with Turkey and Russia in Syria under Astana process."The Astana peace process to end the Syrian conflict was launched in January 2017 by Turkey, Russia, and Iran.Since the eruption of the bloody civil war in Syria in 2011, thousands of people died, millions fled the cou…

Ben Norton (2020-09-23). Leaked docs expose massive Syria propaganda operation waged by Western govt contractors and media. thegrayzone.com Western government-funded intelligence cutouts trained Syrian opposition leaders, planted stories in media outlets from BBC to Al Jazeera, and ran a cadre of journalists. A trove of leaked documents exposes the propaganda network. By Ben Norton Leaked documents show how UK government contractors developed an advanced infrastructure of propaganda to stimulate support in the West for Syria's political and armed opposition. Virtually every aspect of the Syrian opposition was cultivated and marketed by Western government-backed public relations firms, from their …

stclair (2020-09-23). Two Capitalisms: A Challenge To Democratic Socialists, Social Democrats, Progressives and Welfare State Liberals. counterpunch.org [O]n September 24, 1599, in a timbered building off Moorgate Fields, not far from where Shakespeare was struggling to complete Hamlet, a new type of company was founded. [O]wnership of the new firm, called the East India Company, was sliced into tiny pieces to be bought and sold freely…Liberalism's fatal hypocrisy was to celebrate the virtuous

MEE staff (2020-09-23). Donald Trump is spreading 'disease of hate', Ilhan Omar says. middleeasteye.net Donald Trump is spreading 'disease of hate', Ilhan Omar says | US president renews racist attacks against Omar, portraying congresswoman as foreigner telling Americans how to run their country | Wed, 09/23/2020 – 21: 10 | Omar slams Trump's 'cult rallies' ahead of November election (AFP/File photo) | Racist remarks against Muslim-American Congresswoman Ilhan Omar are becoming a regular feature of President Don…

Greenpeace (2020-09-23). Facebook Suspends Accounts Associated with Event Targeting Coastal GasLink Pipeline. zcomm.org Hundreds of individual accounts linked to Indigenous, environmental, and social justice organizations were suspended from Facebook because they were co-hosts of an online Facebook event targeting the Coastal GasLink pipeline majority funder.

Dr. Jack Rasmus (2020-09-23). A Most Dire Warning. The 2020 November Elections. Chaos in America… globalresearch.ca The rumor today is that Romney will reportedly say he'll support Trump's 3rd SCOTUS vote. So there you have it! 2020 election Game Over! | Trump will now get his 3rd Supreme Court nominee accepted by McConnell's Senate—either before Nov. 3 …

Mark Taliano (2020-09-23). Elected Syrian Government, Led by President Assad, Saves Christianity in Syria. globalresearch.ca Since the beginning of the Regime Change war against Syria, Western -supported sectarian terrorists — al Qaeda, ISIS and affiliates — have actively sought to destroy and extinguish Christians and Christianity from Syria. President Assad and the Syrian people have …

Vijay Prashad (2020-09-23). Medical workers of conviction: Speaking to Cuban doctors who heal the world. mronline.org The United States government has continued attacking Cuban medical internationalism right up to the current pandemic, making wild allegations against the program that disparage the medical workers.

Eds. (2020-09-23). Senate Democrats want $350 billion to prepare for war with China. mronline.org Democrats in the Senate announced September 17 a massive spending bill aimed at stepping up U.S. hostility towards China to the tune of $350 billion.

MEE staff (2020-09-23). Saudi King Salman delivers scathing attack on Iran in UN speech. middleeasteye.net Saudi King Salman delivers scathing attack on Iran in UN speech | Saudi monarch suggests kingdom backs its Gulf neighbours' normalisation deals with Israel on second day of UN General Assembly | Wed, 09/23/2020 – 17: 09 | 'We support the efforts of the current US administration to achieve peace in the Middle East,' Saudi Arabia's Salman says (AFP/File photo) | Saudi Arabia's King Salman delivered a scathing at…

Melvin Goodman (2020-09-23). Arming the Planet: the USA as the World's Leading Weapons Dealer. counterpunch.org For the past several decades, the United States has been the world's leading producer of major weapons systems and the leader in global arms sales. More of these sales have taken place in the globe's most volatile region, the Middle East, than in any other region of the world. The so-called peace deals between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrein, which were brokered by the United States, were business deals designed to expand U.S. arms sales in the Persian Gulf.

MEE staff (2020-09-23). More than 14 million people internally displaced in first half of 2020: Report. middleeasteye.net More than 14 million people internally displaced in first half of 2020: Report | Majority of global displacements caused by natural disasters, while Syrians were biggest group displaced by conflict | Wed, 09/23/2020 – 19: 50 | Children ride in back of truck passing by internally-displaced persons camp west of Aleppo, Syria, in February (AFP/File photo) | Millions of people have been displaced by conflict and n…

Rayhan Uddin (2020-09-23). TIME top 100: Waad al-Kateab, Lina Attalah and Yousef al-Otaiba make annual 'most influential' list. middleeasteye.net TIME top 100: Waad al-Kateab, Lina Attalah and Yousef al-Otaiba make annual 'most influential' list | Syrian filmmaker and Egyptian journalist are praised for courageous documenting and reporting, while UAE ambassador gets recognition for building ties with US and Israel | Wed, 09/23/2020 – 14: 15 | (Left to right) Waad al-Kateab, Lina Attalah and Yousef al-Otaiba made the list for TIME magazine's 100…

RT (2020-09-23). Pentagon slammed for turning $1 billion 'coronavirus fund' into more military-industrial pork — but what did Congress expect? rt.com The Pentagon has defended its decision to repurpose Covid-19 preparedness funds — meant for pandemic response — to prop up weapons contractors as House Democrats slammed its double-dipping. | While the Department of Defense received $1 billion in March's CARES Act stimulus bill specifically to "prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus," it ultimately diverted most of the windfall to defense contractors, the Washington Post revealed on Tuesday. | The pandemic response fund, created under the aegis of the Defense Production Act, was supposed to be used to produce N95 masks, gloves, and other…

Jamal Rich (2020-09-23). Poor People's Campaign and progressive allies take fight to Mitch McConnell's doorstep. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—On Monday, Sept. 21, just days after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg's death, organizers from the D.C. Poor People's Campaign and other major local organizations demonstrated by foot and car caravan outside of Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's house to demand that he not appoint yet another extreme right Supreme Court justice, that …

Fight Back (2020-09-23). Car caravan rally held in Arlington to protest UAE-Israel relations. fightbacknews.org Arlington, Texas – On September 20, over 50 people gathered at Masjid Dar El Eman, an Islamic center, for a car protest against the United Arab Emirates' and Bahrain's normalization of relations with Israel. The car caravan was organized by the Dallas Palestine Coalition; Palestinian Youth Movement-Dallas, Muslim Democratic Caucus-Texas; American Muslims for Palestine-Texas; Code Pink-Greater Dallas, and Veterans for Peace-Dallas. | After a short prayer, a car caravan drove around South Arlington. Many of the protesters attached Palestinian and American flags to their cars to call for an end to U.S. support…

Philip Giraldi (2020-09-23). TG 87: There is no peace in Trump's Mid East Peace Plan. thealtworld.com Peter Lavelle and George Szamuely gaggle with Philip Giraldi on the topic of Trump's so-called Middle East peace plan.

South Front (2020-09-23). Video: Turkish-based Syrian Militants Prepare to Participate in Azerbaijani-Armenian Conflict. globalresearch.ca 1,000 fighters of the so-called Syrian National Army, a coalition of Turkish-funded militant groups, will be moved to Azerbaijan in September as a part of a 6-month long deployment, Syrian pro-militant media reported. According to reports, Turkish proxies will pass …

_____ (2020-09-23). Protest At Mitch McConnell's House Over Supreme Court Vacancy. popularresistance.org A crowd of protesters swarmed outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's Kentucky home after the Republican leader said he would move to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death. | About 100 protesters gathered outside McConnell's Louisville home on Saturday after he said he would push for a Senate vote on filling the seat with the presidential election is less than seven weeks away, the Louisville Courier Journal reported. | The demonstrators called out "Hey, hey, ho, ho, Mitch McConnell has got to go," "vote him out" and ditch Mitch."

yenisafak (2020-09-23). Afghanistan's top peace broker to visit Pakistan. yenisafak.com The top Afghan peace negotiator in talks with the Taliban will travel to Pakistan next week to discuss matters related to the ongoing talks in the Qatari capital, Doha.On Monday, Abdullah Abdullah will go for the first time since 2008 to Islamabad, Pakistan's capital, upon an earlier invitation by the South Asian country's Prime Minister Imran Khan, according to his office, the High Council of National Reconciliation, which is a top-level body designated to broker a peace deal with the insurgents.Addressing the US Council on Foreign Relations think tank on Tuesday, Abdullah said there is a "lot of mistrust, found…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-23). Hamas and Fatah begin reconciliation talks in Turkey. peoplesdispatch.org The meeting is a follow-up of an earlier meeting in which their general secretaries took part earlier this month. The factions have agreed to adhere to a principle of peaceful transfer of power on the basis of fresh elections…

Jenn Zhu (2020-09-23). On Proper Naming: The Reflection of Ancient Asian Philosophy on Modern Society. The Quest for Peace and Livelihood. globalresearch.ca The original article in Chinese will be available on our Chine language page | Throughout human history, no matter in the east or in the west, there would be a chaotic situation taking place every few decades in human society. In …

Aaron Gregg (2020-09-23). Pentagon Used Taxpayer Money Meant for Masks and Swabs to Make Jet Engine Parts and Body Armor. globalresearch.ca Excerpts of article from the Washington Post | "A $1 billion fund Congress gave the Pentagon in March to build up the country's supplies of medical equipment has instead been mostly funneled to defense contractors and used to make things such …

news.un (2020-09-23). Guterres advocates for digital world that 'strengthens human rights, advances peace'. news.un.org Amidst a technological era that "beckons with vast opportunity", new risks exist to global peace, stability and development, the UN chief told a side event of the General Assembly on Wednesday, aiming to help ensure access to digital technologies for all.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-23). Why are Indian farmers protesting Modi's agriculture bills? peoplesdispatch.org During this pandemic, the Narendra Modi led BJP government in India has pushed through multiple legislations that are a direct assault on people's rights. The latest among these are three bills on agriculture. The government passed these three bills brazenly flouting parliamentary rules and ignoring the protesting farmers across the country.

Steven Sahiounie (2020-09-23). Libyan Oil Export Agreement Between GNA and LNA the First Step Toward Peace. globalresearch.ca Vice-Chairman of the Presidential Council of Libya, Ahmed Maiteeq announced that he had reached a deal on behalf of the Government of National Accord (GNA) based in Tripoli and the head of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Brigadier General Khalifa …

Robert Reich (2020-09-23). 6 crucial races that will flip the Senate. nationofchange.org Every school board member, state representative, and congressperson you elect can be pushed to enact policies that benefit the people, not just corporate donors.

sputniknews (2020-09-23). Ted Cruz Blocks Senate Tribute to RBG Over 'Dying Wish Not to Replace Her Until New POTUS Installed'. sputniknews.com Senate Democratic minority leader Chuck Schumer accused Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz of "legal sophistry" for proposing an amendment to remove late justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's valedictory wish to only be replaced by "a new president".

sputniknews (2020-09-23). 'A War Machine With a Country Attached': US Pandemic Relief Revealed as Diverted to Defense Firms. sputniknews.com A Tuesday Washington Post article revealed the US Congress gave the Pentagon $1 billion in March to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, that money has mostly been paid to defense contractors, further growing the US war machine, according to medical doctor Dr. Yolandra Hancock and investigative journalist Daniel Lazare.

sputniknews (2020-09-23). Indian Markets Snap Downward Trend, Sensex Jumps 322 Points in Opening Trade. sputniknews.com India's benchmark stock index, the Sensex, shed almost 16,000 points within weeks after a nationwide lockdown was imposed in India in late March due to COVID-19. From a peak of about 42,000 in early March, the Sensex plunged to 26,000 by the end of the same month and has since recovered almost 50 percent.

sputniknews (2020-09-23). Indian Farm Reform Bills: Why Farmers & Opposition Politicians Take a Stand. sputniknews.com Farmers in India and opposition parties have been up in arms against two bills introduced by the federal government to bring farming into "a competitive pricing environment" and "modern trading system".

Staff (2020-09-23). Colleges Reopening Fueled 3,000 COVID Cases a Day, Researchers Say. truthout.org Reopening colleges drove a coronavirus surge of about 3,000 new cases a day in the United States, according to a draft study released Tuesday. | The study, done jointly by researchers at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Indiana University, the University of Washington and Davidson College, tracked cellphone data and matched it to reopening schedules at 1,400 schools, along with county infection rates. | "Our study was looking to see whether we could observe increases both in movement and in c…

Staff (2020-09-23). Voters Want to Use Climate Change Policies to Rebuild the Economy After COVID. truthout.org A majority of U.S. voters want to see corrective climate change policies and the creation of jobs in the clean energy sector as a way to recover from the mismanagement and economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new poll. | The poll, conducted by VICE Media Group and several partners, found that 54% of Americans disapprove of President Trump's handling of the pandemic, while 78% of Americans want to see Congress take a more aggressive stance in stamping out the coronavir…

yenisafak (2020-09-23). Two Pakistan Army troops killed in Kashmir border clash. yenisafak.com Two Pakistani army soldiers were killed in a clash along the Kashmir border with India, the military said on Wednesday.The clash, the latest in a string of border skirmishes, took place along the Line of Control (LoC) — a de facto border that splits the disputed region of Jammu and Kashmir between the two arch rivals."During intense exchange of fire, Sepoy Noor ul Hassan, 29, and Sepoy Waseem Ali, 25 embraced shahadat (martyrdom)," according to a statement."There have been 2,333 cease-fire violations by Indian troops in 2020, " the statement further said.Long-fraught relations between the two South Asian nuclear…

commondreams (2020-09-23). Federal Court Protects Indiana Voters' Ability to Extend Polling-Place Hours in November. commondreams.org ______________________________…