2020-10-12: News Headlines

Patrick Cockburn (2020-10-12). Is Syria's Idlib the Next Gaza Strip? counterpunch.org "Many relatives of mine were living in camps near the border with Turkey," says Huda Husein, a 25-year-old teacher living in the rebel-held enclave of Idlib in northwest Syria. "But last month they returned home [to the cities and villages] because they prefer dying under an airstrike to dying in the camps." A cousin told her that "we are just fleeing from danger to danger", explaining that the misery of trying to survive in cramped tents was worse than bombardment by Russia and Syrian government forces.

WSWS (2020-10-12). COVID-19 devastates Native American reservations in California and across the US. wsws.org The loss of revenue from the closure of Indian casinos and other gambling operations has led to loss of jobs and social funding for indigenous communities, while premature reopening are fueling the virus' spread.

Nicolas J S Davies (2020-10-12). How can Americans support peace in Nagorno-Karabakh? counterpunch.org Americans are dealing with an upcoming general election, a pandemic that has killed over 200,000 of us, and corporate news media whose business model has degenerated to selling different versions of "The Trump Show" to their advertisers. So who has time to pay attention to a new war half way round the world? But with so much of

C.P. Chandrasekhar (2020-10-12). It's all work and no pay for most women in India. mronline.org The NSSO's time use survey reveals striking facts about how men and women in India spend their time very differently, with women hugely burdened by unpaid work…

Raging Grannies (2020-10-12). Saturday 10/17: Women's Rally/Dance of Peace in San Mateo. indybay.org El Camino Real at Third Ave. | (300 So. El Camino Real) | San Mateo, CA 94402…

Rania Khalek (2020-10-11). Aaron Maté On Western Countries Attacking OPCW Syria Testimony At The UN. thealtworld.com OPCW whistleblower Ian Henderson and former OPCW director José Bustani, who testified before the UN Security Council, were attacked by the United States, United Kingdom, France, and Germany during two UN Security Council meetings in which they provided testimony. | Bustani was blocked from reading his prepared statement on the OPCW's cover-up of what they uncovered when investigators examined the scene of an alleged chemical attack in Douma, Syria, in April 2018. | Henderson was accused of being part of a "disinformation exercise," even though he was personally involved as an investigator, and physicist Ted Posto…

_____ (2020-10-11). As War Danger Mounts in the Arctic, Peace Hinges on a Revival of the Wallace Doctrine. strategic-culture.org According to the Department of Defense's dismally short sighted vision for the Arctic, U.S. strategic interests were best maintained not by cooperation with Arctic partners, by rather by belligerent sabre rattling under the guise of "competition" with nations who have continuously professed a desire to work with the west as allies. | In recent weeks, this belligerence has taken the form of a new forward posture of 150 advanced U.S. fighter jets to be housed at the Eielson Airforce Base in Alaska including a mix of F22 Raptors and F35 Lighting II jets only 600 miles away from the Russia border. Each fighter plane…

RT (2020-10-11). Lindsey Graham's Dem challenger reveals record-breaking fundraising after GOP incumbent's questionable remarks on black people. rt.com Democrat Jaime Harrison raised a record-breaking $57 million in the final quarter of his race against incumbent Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), who sparked recent controversy over a comment about being black in his state. | Harrison's $57 million haul blows past congressional fundraising records, and is also the largest ever three-month total for a Senate candidate ever, according to his campaign. | The support came through 1.5 million donations from over 990,000 donors, with an average contribution of $37. | Harrison's financial success comes only two days after Graham found himself in hot water durin…

Professor Piers Robinson (2020-10-11). The War on Truth, Dissent and Free Speech. globalresearch.ca On Saturday 13 June 2020 the Times newspaper published its third attack on academics associated with researching British government propaganda and the war in Syria. This time the attack focused on smearing myself and Professor David Miller with the objective …

Kaamil Ahmed (2020-10-10). Two killed as wildfires rage through Lebanon, Syria. middleeasteye.net Two killed as wildfires rage through Lebanon, Syria | Firefighters have been tackling hundreds of fires in both countries, while blazes in Israel prompt evacuations | Sat, 10/10/2020 – 15: 52 | A man watches as wildfires burn in Lebanon (Reuters) | At least two people have been killed in forest fires burning through Syria and Lebanon, state media and officials said. | Hundreds of hectares have burned…

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

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-10). NAM urges Zionists' withdrawal from occupied Golan territory. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 10 (MNA) — It its latest political declaration, the 120 member-strong Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) has urged the Tel Aviv regime's withdrawal from occupied Syrian territories in the Golan Heights.

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.

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 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…

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…

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

splcenter (2020-10-09). America wants to put the brakes on Judge Amy Coney Barrett's nomination. Senate leadership should listen. splcenter.org

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

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…

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 …

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.

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…

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.

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.

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…

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 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. …