2020-10-10: News Headlines

Radha Surya (2020-10-10). This Tyrant Feeds Peacocks. zcomm.org India is burning. In the months from March to May the news and social media were flooded with heart rending stories and images of the trauma of out-of state workers who lost their livelihood overnight when the coronavirus lock down was imposed without adequate notice. With all modes of transportation brought to a halt they

Staff (2020-10-09). U.N. World Food Programme Wins Nobel Peace Prize for Tackling Hunger Amid War, Pandemic & Climate Crisis. democracynow.org As the World Food Programme wins the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to combat hunger around the world, we speak with Vijay Prashad, director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, who says the United Nations body is doing vital work around the world. "I couldn't be happier that the World Food Programme won the Nobel Prize for peace, because this hunger pandemic is paralyzing perhaps 2.7 billion people," he says.

Juan Cole (2020-10-09). With Crushing Sanctions on 18 Iranian Banks, Is Trump Trying to Leave a War Behind for Biden? commondreams.org So Iran gave up most of its latent nuclear deterrence and not only got nothing in return, it got the most crippling sanctions ever applied to one country by another in peacetime. (Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

MEE and agencies (2020-10-09). Yemen's Houthis slam World Food Programme's Nobel Peace Prize win. middleeasteye.net Yemen's Houthis slam World Food Programme's Nobel Peace Prize win | Shia movement says UN body has 'largely failed in the biggest task for which it was chosen, and that is combating hunger' | Fri, 10/09/2020 – 18: 03 | World Food Programme tries to feed 13 million people each month in Yemen (AFP/File photo) | Yemen's Houthi rebels accused the World Food Programme (WFP) of failing stop fami…

MEE staff (2020-10-09). World Food Programme wins Nobel Peace Prize. middleeasteye.net World Food Programme wins Nobel Peace Prize | UN body given award for its efforts in combating hunger globally | Fri, 10/09/2020 – 10: 04 | A child suffering from severe malnutrition is measured at a WFP treatment centre in the Yemeni capital Sanaa (AFP) | The World Food Programme (WFP) has been awarded the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize for efforts in fighting to end world hunger. | The WFP, a United Nations agency,…

RT (2020-10-09). Chinese military urges US to stop 'provocative actions' in South China Sea as USS John McCain enters disputed waters. rt.com Beijing has called on the US to "restrict military operations in the sea and air" in the South China Sea and to refrain from provocation, after the US destroyer John S. McCain entered waters around the disputed Paracel Islands. | "We demand the US immediately stop such provocative actions, (and) strictly control and restrict military operations in the sea and air," a Chinese military spokesperson said Friday. | The country's military will take all measures necessary to safeguard national sovereignty, as well as to maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea, the spokesperson added. | Also on rt.com

RT (2020-10-09). 'Imagine': Ex-CIA director Brennan dreams of Navalny becoming president of Russia AND befriending Joe Biden. rt.com Apparently ditching all tradecraft, former CIA chief and godfather of Russiagate John Brennan "imagined" Joe Biden in the White House and Alexey Navalny in the Kremlin as part of a (partisan) birthday tribute to John Lennon. | "Imagine prospects for world peace, prosperity, and security if Joe Biden were president of the United States and Alexei Navalny the president of Russia," Brennan "We'll soon be half…

RT (2020-10-09). 'Imagine': Ex-CIA director Brennan dreams of Navalny becoming president of Russia AND befriending Democrat challenger Joe Biden. rt.com Apparently ditching all tradecraft, former CIA chief and godfather of Russiagate John Brennan has "imagined" Joe Biden in the White House and Alexey Navalny in the Kremlin as part of a (partisan) birthday tribute to John Lennon. | "Imagine prospects for world peace, prosperity, and security if Joe Biden were president of the United States and Alexei Navalny the president of Russia," Brennan "We'll soo…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-10-09). Warning Fundamental Rights and American Lives at Stake, 5,000+ Lawyers Urge Senate to Reject Barrett. commondreams.org "Rushing to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett will cause irreparable damage to the public's faith in the Supreme Court, the rule of law, and our democracy." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Rev. Susan K. Williams Smith (2020-10-09). Amy Coney Barrett Has No Business Ruling on This Election. counterpunch.org Well before Amy Coney Barrett was nominated to the United States Supreme Court, every step in the frenzied process had seemed terribly amiss. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his party are playing by two sets of rules, ramming through Donald Trump's nomination to fill a Supreme Court vacancy during an election year, despite McConnell's

news.un (2020-10-09). UN World Food Programme wins 2020 Nobel Peace Prize, as hunger mounts. news.un.org The UN World Food Programme (WFP), which provides lifesaving food assistance to millions across the world — often in extremely dangerous and hard-to-access conditions — has been awarded the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.

news.un (2020-10-09). The World Food Programme: a three-year experiment that became indispensable. news.un.org The need for the World Food Programme, the recipient of the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize, to exist is starker than ever. From conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, to flooding in South Sudan, and the civil war in Yemen, man-made and natural disasters are leaving tens of millions of people unsure if they will have enough food for themselves and their families to survive on.

news.un (2020-10-09). UN World Food Programme wins 2020 Nobel Peace Prize. news.un.org The UN World Food Programme (WFP), which provides lifesaving food assistance to millions across the world — often in extremely dangerous and hard-to-access conditions — has been awarded the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.

_____ (2020-10-09). Russia's Strategic Intervention in Syria Five Years On — An 'Unpardonable Blow' to U.S. Empire. strategic-culture.org Five years ago this month, Russia began conducting fateful military operations in Syria at the request of the government in Damascus. It was a momentous "turning point," as More than salvaging Syria from a nearly decade-long war — vitally important though that was — Russia's pivotal intervention also marked the strategic setback for a Western-b…

Walter Smolarek (2020-10-09). The Indo-Pacific "Quad" Alliance (Australia, Japan, US, India) Holds Summit as U.S. Pushes for More Aggression against China. globalresearch.ca Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in Japan today to attend a high-profile summit of top diplomats from the countries involved in the "Indo-Pacific Quad." The Quad is a U.S.-initiated alliance composed of Australia, Japan, the United States and India….

Jon Queally, staff writer (2020-10-09). 'While There Is Hunger, We Will Never Have a Peaceful World': Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to UN World Food Programme. commondreams.org "We will never achieve the goal of zero hunger unless we also put an end to war and armed conflict," said the Nobel Committee. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

_____ (2020-10-08). OPCW Syria Whistleblower and Ex-OPCW Chief Attacked by U.S., UK, France at UN. strategic-culture.org At the UN Security Council, the US, UK and France were confronted with testimony from OPCW whistleblower Ian Henderson and ex-OPCW chief Jose Bustani that challenged the rationale for their bombing of Syria in April 2018. They responded by attacking and silencing the witnesses. Aaron Maté recaps the extraordinary events.

Andrew Korybko (2020-10-08). Does Damascus Regard the Syrian Armenians Reportedly Fighting in Azerbaijan as Traitors? globalresearch.ca The Turkish reports alleging that the Kurdish-allied Syrian-Armenian militia "Nubar Ozanyan Brigade" is fighting in Azerbaijan on the side of the separatists prompt questions about exactly how Damascus regards this armed group, but if Syria's official statements pertaining to the …

Staff (2020-10-08). Rev. William Barber on Voter Suppression: Republicans Know They Can't Win If Everyone Casts a Ballot. 18.224.45.15 During Wednesday's debate, Vice President Mike Pence refused to commit to a peaceful transition of power if Biden wins the election. Instead, he referenced the Trump administration's legal efforts to restrict mail-in voting. Rev. William Barber says the Republican Party's voter suppression efforts ahead of the November election, aimed primarily at Black and Brown voters, amount to "surgical racism with surgical precision." The Poor People's Campaign, of which Barber is co-chair, is leading a major voter mobilization effort to combat voter disenfranchisement. "They know they cannot win if everybody votes. They are…

RT (2020-10-08). Putin invites Azerbaijani & Armenian FMs to FRIDAY talks in Moscow, urges halt to ongoing hostilities in disputed Nagorno-Karabakh. rt.com Russian President Vladimir Putin says the top diplomats of Armenia and Azerbaijan have been invited to take part in peace talks in Moscow on Friday so that a "humanitarian" ceasefire may be agreed in disputed Nagorno-Karabakh. | Putin

RT (2020-10-08). Putin invites Azerbaijani & Armenian FMs to FRIDAY talks in Moscow, urges to halt hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh. rt.com Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the top diplomats of Armenia and Azerbaijan were invited to take part in peace talks in Moscow on Friday so that a "humanitarian" ceasefire may be agreed in disputed Nagorno-Karabakh. | Putin

RT (2020-10-08). Putin invites Azerbaijani & Armenian FMs to FRIDAY talks in Moscow, urges halt to hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh. rt.com Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the top diplomats of Armenia and Azerbaijan were invited to take part in peace talks in Moscow on Friday so that a "humanitarian" ceasefire may be agreed in disputed Nagorno-Karabakh. | Putin

Gordon Duff (2020-10-08). NEO: Will it be Biden and Putin, Making the New World? thealtworld.com The current situation between Armenia and Azerbaijan has shown the world the dangers of secret pacts and ancient grudges, as a new "August 1914" moves toward reality. | As early as 2012, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Israel and the Gulf States began arming al Qaeda and ISIS, deploying them against both Syria and Iraq. | Other nations aided as well, not just the US, France and Britain. There was also Georgia, Azerbaijan, Romania and, above all, Ukraine. | We will cover the backstory on this but what is clear is this, the Trump era replacement for NATO, where supposed enemies work in concert seamlessly, presents challenges…

Rayhan Uddin (2020-10-08). Nobel Peace Prize 2020: The Middle East names and stories to look out for. middleeasteye.net Nobel Peace Prize 2020: The Middle East names and stories to look out for | In an unprecedented year of a global pandemic, MEE takes a look at some of the names being discussed for the prestigious peace award | Thu, 10/08/2020 – 15: 54 | Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul, US President Donald Trump and Sudanese protester Alaa Salah are in contention for this year's Nobel Peace Prize (AFP) | The winner…

Gregory Elich (2020-10-08). Race, Militarism and the US Scheme to Control the Pacific. counterpunch.org Following World War II, the United States swiftly expanded its military presence in the region and established and supported reactionary client states. It aimed to roll back socialism and pursue economic, political, and military domination throughout the region. Those goals remain unchanged to this day.

Al Neal (2020-10-08). GOP voter suppression efforts pop up in Texas, Indiana, North Carolina courts. peoplesworld.org With three weeks to go until Election Day, over four million voters have already cast their ballots—more than 50 times the 75,000 early ballots cast in October 2016, and those statistics are projected to grow as the nation grips for another wave of coronavirus to hit. The current projection for voter turnout is around 150 million, about …

news.un (2020-10-08). Guterres: UN working 'relentlessly' to advance women, peace and security agenda. news.un.org Armed conflict has a disproportionate impact on women and girls — a key reason why women's "full, equal and meaningful participation" in UN peacekeeping is such a priority, the Secretary-General said on Thursday.

Abayomi Azikiwe (2020-10-08). Racism and the Death Penalty. globalresearch.ca Christopher Vialva, 40, was executed by the United States government on September 24 in Terra Haute, Indiana. | Vialva was the first Black person put to death by the federal criminal justice system since the resumption of executions by Washington earlier …

Pavan Kulkarni (2020-10-08). Historic general strike in South Africa sees workers raise issues of corruption, job loss. peoplesdispatch.org The strike was called by the Congress of South African Trade Unions and was joined by the South African Federation of Trade Unions and other organizations. It may set the stage for a new phase of working class unity…

WSWS (2020-10-08). COVID-19 cuts a swathe through official Washington. wsws.org The coronavirus is cutting a swathe through official Washington, hitting dozens of White House aides, the entire Joint Chiefs of Staff and well over a hundred members of Congress and their staff.

Arundhati Roy (2020-10-08). India's Hindu Right Are Willing to Bury Democracy. zcomm.org While India's rulers downplay the brutal murder of a Dalit teenager by an upper-caste gang and acquit Hindu nationalists guilty of historic crimes, Arundhati Roy argues, they are concocting another show trial of Muslims and progressive activists to intimidate dissenters…

Staff (2020-10-08). Senate Race Between Lindsey Graham and Jaime Harrison Shifts to a "Toss-Up" truthout.org Sen.

Staff (2020-10-08). Rev. William Barber: Republicans Can't Win Without Voter Suppression. truthout.org During Wednesday's debate, Vice President Mike Pence refused to commit to a peaceful transition of power if Biden wins the election. Instead, he referenced the Trump administration's legal efforts to restrict mail-in voting. Rev. William Barber says the Republican Party's voter suppression efforts ahead of the November election, aimed primarily at Black and Brown voters, amount to "surgical racism with surgical precision." The Poor People's Campaign, of which Barber is co-chair, is leading a major voter mo…

WSWS (2020-10-08). US secretary of state lashes out against China at Quad meeting. wsws.org The US has been pushing for the transformation of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue involving Japan, India and Australia into a formal military alliance as part of its escalating war drive against China.

Aaron Mate (2020-10-07). Video: Ex-OPCW Chief Jose Bustani Reads Syria Testimony that US, UK Blocked at UN. globalresearch.ca At the UN Security Council, the US, UK, France and allies have blocked the testimony of Jose Bustani, the OPCW's first Director General, on the chemical watchdog's Syria cover-up scandal. The Grayzone has obtained Bustani's prepared statement and is publishing …

Aaron Maté (2020-10-07). OPCW Syria whistleblower and ex-OPCW chief attacked by US, UK, France at UN. thegrayzone.com At the UN Security Council, the US, UK and France were confronted with testimony from OPCW whistleblower Ian Henderson and ex-OPCW chief Jose Bustani that challenged the rationale for their bombing of Syria in April 2018. They responded by attacking and silencing the witnesses. Aaron Maté recaps the extraordinary events. Ian Henderson, a veteran OPCW inspector who challenged a cover-up of his organization's investigation of an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria, recently testified before the United Nations Security Council. …

Andrew Korybko (2020-10-07). The Kyrgyz Compromise: Submitting to the Color Revolution or Pragmatic Move for Peace? globalresearch.ca The Kyrgyz government's decision to annul the results of the latest elections which were exploited as the "trigger event" for the preplanned Color Revolution against it might be interpreted by some as submitting to that regime change operation even though …

MEE staff (2020-10-07). Alleged Islamic State 'Beatles' executioners set to face trial in US, says report. middleeasteye.net Alleged Islamic State 'Beatles' executioners set to face trial in US, says report | El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey face charges in the US over the alleged beheading of a number of journalists and aid workers | Wed, 10/07/2020 – 09: 34 | Pictures of El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey released shortly after their capture by Syrian Kurdish-led forces (AFP) | Two alleged members of an Islamic State (IS)…

MEE and agencies (2020-10-07). Qatar makes formal request to US for F-35 jets: Report. middleeasteye.net Qatar makes formal request to US for F-35 jets: Report | Despite being close allies, potential Qatar deal must satisfy decades-old US agreement to maintain Israel's 'qualitative military edge' | Wed, 10/07/2020 – 22: 47 | Any F-35 sale may take years to negotiate and deliver and would also require congressional approval (AFP/File photo) | Qatar has submitted a formal request to buy US-made…

MEE and agencies (2020-10-07). Car bomb in northern Syrian city of Al-Bab leaves many dead and injured. middleeasteye.net Car bomb in northern Syrian city of Al-Bab leaves many dead and injured | UN condemns 'indiscriminate attacks' on civilians after Turkish-controlled city struck | Wed, 10/07/2020 – 07: 40 | A picture shows an aerial view of the town of al-Bab in a rebel-held area in the north of Aleppo province (AFP) | A suspected car bomb in the Turkish-controlled Syrian town of Al-Bab has killed at least…

Walter Smolarek (2020-10-07). Chaos in Washington kills hopes for major pre-election stimulus. liberationnews.org Donald Trump abruptly called off his administration's participation in negotiations with Congress over a highly-anticipated new pandemic relief bill that has been stalled for months. Talks between Congressional Democrats and Republicans along with senior White House officials had been revived in the days following Trump's COVID diagnosis, but Trump's move yesterday dramatically reverses the situation. …

Joe Piette (2020-10-07). Philly protesters demand 'Stop racist police murders!'. workers.org Hundreds of activists gathered at the "Rocky Steps" in Philadelphia on Oct. 3 to hear speakers from Black Lives Matter Philly, Black Philly Radical Collective, Black Alliance for Peace and Mobilization4Mumia condemn the racist police murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Mya Hall and countless others. March leaders used the . . . |

Mohammed Amin (2020-10-07). Eastern Sudan rocked by protests and calls for independence. middleeasteye.net Eastern Sudan rocked by protests and calls for independence | A historically marginalised tribe leads unprecedented calls for the secession of eastern Sudan after a controversial peace deal | Wed, 10/07/2020 – 13: 16 | Workers at Port Sudan have closed its gates in protest at a peace deal between Khartoum and rebels described as unrepresentative of the local population in east Sudan (Reuters) | Eas…

Staff (2020-10-07). The Tight Rope Live: With Cornel West, Prof. Tricia Rose, Rep. Barbara Lee, Matt Gonzalez. therealnews.com Cornel West and Tricia Rose host a live Vice Presidential Debate After Party featuring special guests Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Matt Gonzalez, and Tricia Zunker.

RT (2020-10-07). 'Former staff' of disgraced Rep. Katie Hill use ex-lawmaker's Twitter account to accuse her of 'workplace abuse'. rt.com A series of messages posted to the verified Twitter account of former Rep. Katie Hill accused her of abusing her congressional staff. Hill, who resigned following a salacious sex scandal, claims that the account was hacked. | Hill, a Democrat who vacated her seat in October 2019 following allegations that she had extramarital affairs with multiple members of her staff, once again found herself in the spotlight after it was announced on Tuesday that her memoir would be turned into a film. The Handmaid's Tale star Elisabeth Moss will play Hill in the movie, which is being produced for a streaming service. | Alt…

RT (2020-10-07). 'You will never live in peace': DoJ announces terrorism indictments of 2 Islamic State 'Beatles' over US hostage killings. rt.com The US Justice Department has indicted two British Islamic State terrorists on charges related to the killing of several hostages, warning others in the group will be "pursued to the ends of the earth" if they harm any Americans. | Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, two members of a "notoriously brutal" Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) cell nicknamed 'the Beatles' for their British accents, have been charged with eight terror-related counts stemming from the murder of four American hostages, Attorney General for National Security John Demers told reporters during a press conference on Wednesday. The…

sputniknews (2020-10-07). Taliban-Kabul Talks May Stall as 40 Years of War Have 'Broken Down Idea of a Nation' in Afghanistan. sputniknews.com As talks between the Afghan government in Kabul and the Taliban rebel group continue in Doha, Qatar, one expert recalls to Sputnik that there are many forces working against a peace deal, including the negotiators' lack of knowledge about anything but war.

Staff (2020-10-07). 19 Years After US Invasion, Afghanistan's Civil War Rages Despite Peace Talks. truthout.org The United States invaded Afghanistan 19 years ago today, sparking the nation's longest-running war that has cost tens of thousands of lives and the U.S. about $2 trillion. While the U.S. originally ousted the Taliban as part of a broader anti-terrorism campaign, the Taliban and other militants have waged a bloody and arguably successful insurgency for nearly two decades. Despite billions of dollars in U.S. aid, and years of state-building and counterterrorism operations obscured by mission dr…

Nicolas J S Davies (2020-10-07). Screen Shot 2020-10-07 at 1.03.34 PM.png. progressive.org The pretend peacemaker has repeatedly endangered the nation and world.

Granma (2020-10-07). Cuba Says: Doctors, Not Bombs. globalresearch.ca In a letter sent to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, the World Peace Council formally registered the candidacy of Cuba's Henry Reeve International Contingent of Doctors Specialized in Disaster Situations and Serious Epidemics for the Nobel Peace Prize. | Emphasizing the great …