2020-10-23: News Headlines

John Laforge (2020-10-23). White House Gangster Wants to Avoid Nuclear-Armed Stigma. counterpunch.org The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is about to win its 50th state ratification, the golden number needed for the treaty to "enter into force" or EIF. The list of 47 current signatories can be seen at ICAN.org, website of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize-winning coalition

Paul Street (2020-10-23). Ex-President Obama: Ten Ironies. counterpunch.org The irony on Thursday morning cable news was too delicious not to savor. MSDNC anchor Halle Jackson could barely contain her glee over how former president Barack Obama had finally "taken the gloves off" and gone after Donald Trump by name while campaigning for Joe Biden the previous day. I have no idea if Obama really did "take the gloves off" on Wednesday. I have my doubts. But whatever he did, he may have answered the bell too late.

Sam Pizzigati (2020-10-23). The Biden Tax Plan: The More Progressives Look, the More Progressives Like. zcomm.org This package of serious tax-the-rich proposals will have no easy road through Congress…

Staff (2020-10-22). Headlines for October 22, 2020. democracynow.org Columbia Researchers Say Trump's Failures Led to at Least 130,000 Coronavirus Deaths, California to Slash San Quentin Prison Population After Massive Coronavirus Outbreak, Obama Blasts Trump's Record as Candidates Head to Nashville for Final Presidential Debate, NYT: Trump Maintains Chinese Bank Account and Paid Nearly $200,000 in Taxes to China, DNI John Ratcliffe Claims Iran Is Meddling in 2020 Election to "Damage President Trump", Democrats to Boycott Senate Committee Vote on Amy Coney Barrett's SCOTUS Nomination, Billionaire Sackler Family Gets No Jail Time in $8 Billion OxyContin Settlement, In Historic Shif…

Stephanie Tromblay (2020-10-22). Indigenous Peoples Day in the time of COVID-19. workers.org "We are not your Halloween costumes! We are not your dime store Indians!" a speaker shouted from the bandstand on the Santa Fe Plaza this Indigenous Peoples Day in Santa Fe, N.M., as a colonialist obelisk was taken down by Puebloan activists To see people still celebrating Columbus in the . . . |

_____ (2020-10-22). Morales' Socialist Party Wins Election. strategic-culture.org Ron RIDENOUR | A victory for the majority of Bolivians, a victory for the world's poor, the indigenous, and supporters of equality, world peace, bread and land for all. October 19 exit polls show that the majority's leader, Luis Arce, and running mate David Choquehuanca Céspedes, won the election. | With around a quarter of the votes counted, exit polls showed them ahead of rightest opponents with

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-22). Colombia witnesses massive national strike. peoplesdispatch.org On October 21, tens of thousands of workers, peasants, teachers, students, Indigenous and Afro-descendant people took part in a new national strike in Colombia to protest against the social and economic policies of President Iván Duque. Several peaceful demonstrations were held throughout the country in rejection of the economic crisis, rising unemployment, police repression, the increase in massacres, assassination of social leaders, armed group activity, among other issues. | In the capital Bogotá, hundreds of workers from diverse sectors hit the streets and marched towards the Plaza Bolívar, demanding a guaran…

Sophia Purdy-Moore (2020-10-22). International outrage grows following the killing of peaceful protesters in Nigeria. thecanary.co Nigeria's notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) was officially Lekki toll gate massacre: | On 20 October, national polic…

MEE staff (2020-10-22). Top Senate Democrat slams Trump's foreign policy record. middleeasteye.net Top Senate Democrat slams Trump's foreign policy record | In 74-page report, Senator Bob Menendez says US president has 'profound affinity for dictators and autocrats' | Thu, 10/22/2020 – 21: 12 | Senator Bob Menendez is poised to assume chairmanship of Foreign Relations Committee if Democrats win control of Senate (AFP/File photo) | The top Democrat on the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee launched a blis…

RT (2020-10-22). ISIS-linked stabbing suspect monitored on day of Dresden attack right after he left prison, police chief reveals. rt.com A man suspected of killing one person and seriously injuring another in Dresden this month was under observation by German intelligence at the time of the attack, says the region's head of police. | Law enforcement agents arrested a 20-year-old Syrian man on Tuesday in connection with the double stabbing on October 4, with prosecutors saying he has an Islamist background. | Read more | | The suspect was being monitored by Germany's domestic inte…

RT (2020-10-22). India completes successful test of its own 3rd-gen anti-tank missile, in bid to end reliance on foreign weapons. rt.com Amid ongoing border tensions with China, India's defense agency has completed the final test of its third-generation anti-tank missile, which is now set to be deployed by its army. | On Thursday, India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) announced that the Nag anti-tank guided missile (ATGM), intended for use in the four-kilometer range, has successfully completed its final trial and is now ready for deployment to the frontline. | Final user trial of 3rd generation Anti Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) NAG was carried out today on 22 Oct 2020 at 0645 hrs from Pokhran range. The missile was integra…

RT (2020-10-22). Chief cleric of Damascus murdered in bomb attack — Syrian state media. rt.com Sheikh Muhammad Adnan Al-Afyouni, the Mufti of Damascus, has been killed in a "terrorist explosion" near the Syrian capital, the SANA news agency reported. Al-Afyouni was one of the region's most prominent Islamic scholars. | Sheikh Al-Afyouni died in the town of Qudsaya, near Damascus, on Thursday evening. Government sources told SANA that an "explosive device" had been planted on his car. | Also on rt.com | | No terrorist group has as y…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-10-22). GOP Senate ignores 24 million unemployed workers, schedules Barrett vote first. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—The Republican Senate majority, led by Mitch McConnell, has sidelined further economic aid for millions of people, including the 24.736 million, who are either getting state or federal jobless benefits or are seeking them, according to the latest federal data. Instead, McConnell declared, senators will debate GOP Oval Office occupant Donald Trump's nomination of right-wing …

Tim Libretti (2020-10-22). Democrats right to close the door on McConnell's sham COVID rescue bills. peoplesworld.org Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell brought his two stand-alone COVID relief bills to a vote in the Senate this week two stand-alone COVID-19 relief packages. On Tuesday, he put up an extension of the Paycheck Protection Program bill to help small businesses, and on Wednesday again staged a vote on the same "skinny" $500 billion …

Lautaro Rivara (2020-10-22). Haiti has a long history of being assaulted by its Latin American neighbors. peoplesdispatch.org A 15-year peacekeeping mission by the UN in Haiti that ended one year ago still has unanswered questions about how Latin American nations came to participate in the occupation against a small, unarmed and impoverished Caribbean nation.

news.un (2020-10-22). Little progress on disputed Abyei region between Sudan and South Sudan. news.un.org Despite the strengthening of the relationship between Sudan and South Sudan, little progress has been made regarding the disputed Abyei region, the head of UN Peacekeeping told the Security Council on Thursday.

Erin McCarley and Birrion Sondahl (2020-10-22). The Assistance, Not the Resistance. dissidentvoice.org As Amy Coney Barrett is expected to be confirmed today as the next Justice to the Supreme Court, one might expect to see more news coverage of the multiple ways Congressional Democrats have tried to block her confirmation. Given the massive groundswell of anguish and fury over her nomination to replace the legendary Ruth Bader …

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2020-10-22). Saying Quiet Part 'Really Loud,' Trump Admits He Hopes Supreme Court Kills ACA as Barrett Moves Closer to Confirmation. commondreams.org "Senate Republicans who claim this was never about gutting healthcare are lying to you and Donald Trump just proved it." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

ACU (2020-10-22). Video: The Moment for Change Is Now. Medical Doctors Speak Out. globalresearch.ca On October 10, 2020, ACU2020.org announced the world doctors' alliance in Berlin, Germany. | It is an alliance of medical doctors, scientists and peace activists who together claim that this COVID-19 affair is just not true. | And as medical doctors, it …

news.un (2020-10-22). Independent UN rights experts urge Thai government to allow peaceful protests. news.un.org Calling the latest imposition of a state of emergency in Thailand, a "draconian measure", ‚ÄØUN-appointed‚ÄØhuman‚ÄØrights experts on Thursday urged the Government there to guarantee the fundamental rights of peaceful assembly and free speech.

_____ (2020-10-22). Bullets Are Not The Seeds Of Life. popularresistance.org On 9 October 2020, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the United Nations' World Food Programme. In the citation for the award, the Norwegian Nobel Committee pointed to the 'link between hunger and armed conflict', noting that 'war and conflict can cause food insecurity and hunger, just as hunger and food insecurity can cause latent conflicts to flare up and trigger the use of violence'. The demand for zero hunger requires 'an end to war and armed conflict', said the Nobel Committee. | During the pandemic, the numbers of those who go to bed hungry at night have dramatically escalated, with estimates showing that…

Khubaka, Michael Harris (2020-10-22). Federal Juneteenth Holiday Bill Lacks Congressional Budget Office Cost Analysis. indybay.org Juneteenth our agreed upon date of a National Day to celebrate Freedom awaits a cost analysis by the "Non-Partisan" Congressional Budget Office during the election cycle for oue President, US Senate and US House of Representatives. Freedom is never free.

sputniknews (2020-10-22). 'Diplomatic Offensive': US Cementing Stance on Quieting Israel Critics With Rumored NGO Label. sputniknews.com The US continues to ignore international law, Kim Iversen, independent journalist and host of the Kim Iversen Show on YouTube, and Nicolas Davies, peace activist and author, told Political Misfits Thursday, citing a new story alleging that the US administration plans to declare several prominent nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) as anti-Semitic.

sputniknews (2020-10-22). US, India Finalizing Military Data Sharing Pact Ahead of Pompeo Visit – State Dept. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The United States and India are finalizing a military agreement that calls for exchanging geospatial information ahead of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to New Delhi next week, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Dean Thompson told reporters on Thursday.

Staff (2020-10-22). Nigerian Forces Kill 12 as Anti-Police Brutality Protests Grow. truthout.org Mass protests against police brutality continue in Nigeria after security forces shot and killed 12 peaceful protesters in Lagos this week. Video widely shared on social media shows security forces firing directly into a crowd of demonstrators in Lagos singing the country's national anthem. Authorities have imposed a curfew to clamp down on the growing demonstrations, which started as a demand to disband the notorious police unit known as the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, or SARS, but which have since grown int…

yenisafak (2020-10-22). Turkey neutralizes 3 YPG/PKK terrorists in N.Syria. yenisafak.com "Three PKK/YPG terrorists, who tried to infiltrate the [Operation] Peace Spring area to disrupt the peace and security environment, were neutralized by our heroic commandos," the ministry said on Twitter.Turkish officials often use the word "neutralize" to imply the terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.Since 2016, Turkey has launched a trio of successful anti-terror operations across its border in northern Syria to prevent the formation of a terror corridor and enable the peaceful settlement of residents: Euphrates Shield (2016), Olive Branch (2018), and Peace Spring (2019).In its more th…

WSWS (2020-10-22). Australia joins "Quad" military exercises directed against China. wsws.org None of the latest announcements explicitly named China as the target, but they flowed from a meeting of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue between the US, India, Japan and Australia on October 6, where US Secretary of State Pompeo denounced Beijing.

Heidi Shierholz (2020-10-22). With Millions of People Out of Work, the Senate's Inaction Is Not Only Cruel, It's Bad Economics. commondreams.org Due to the impact of historic and current systemic racism, Black and Latinx communities have seen more job loss in this recession and have less wealth to fall back on. (Photo: Giles Clarke/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-10-22). Citing 'Big Mistakes' Made in Covid-19 Fight, Khanna and Warren Lead 130+ Dems Calling for Congress to Prevent the Next Pandemic. commondreams.org "The current administration's response has exposed serious flaws in the country's ability to combat large scale public health challenges." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2020-10-22). Statements from Canada, India and Sri Lanka in support of Dr. Scalice. wsws.org "Dr. Scalice has thoroughly exposed the politically criminal role played by the Stalinist Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) in paving the way for the anti-working class dictatorial regimes of Marcos and Duterte."

Staff (2020-10-21). "A Barrett Confirmation Is a Catastrophe": What Democrats Can Do to Block Trump's Supreme Court Pick. democracynow.org Fordham law professor Zephyr Teachout says Senate Democrats can still block the confirmation of President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, if they use every possible procedural method available to them to slow and frustrate the process. "A Barrett confirmation is a catastrophe," Teachout says. "A 6-3 majority on the court is basically a bomb coming at what is left of our protections against corruption in politics, against corporate money, against what is left of the Voting Rights Act."

_____ (2020-10-21). Holding General Mills Accountable For Profiting From Occupation. popularresistance.org Earlier this fall, we launched our No Dough for the Occupation campaign to pressure General Mills to stop producing Pillsbury products in illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank. Last month, our campaign coalition—which includes the Palestinian Boycott National Committee, Jewish Voice for Peace, and others—held its first day of action to coincide with General Mills' annual shareholder meeting. | The day before the meeting, on the United Nations International Day of Peace, protesters gathered in front of General Mills' headquarters in Minneapolis, chanting "No Dough for the Occupation"…

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies (2020-10-21). How Biden Flubbed Town Hall Foreign Policy Question. counterpunch.org Toward the end of Joe Biden's October 15 town hall session, a Trump supporter asked Biden the only foreign policy question of the night. "So peace is breaking out all over the world," the questioner claimed. "Our troops are coming home. Serbia is talking to Kosovo. And the Arabs and Israelis are talking peace, which

Mark Gruenberg (2020-10-21). Senate GOP majority backs Trump appointees' stand for redlining. peoplesworld.org &nbsp…

MEE staff (2020-10-21). Syria still not sharing information on missing US journalist Austin Tice, Pompeo says. middleeasteye.net Syria still not sharing information on missing US journalist Austin Tice, Pompeo says | Secretary of State says Washington will not change policy towards Syria to obtain release of detained Americans | Wed, 10/21/2020 – 19: 24 | Austin Tice was detained checkpoint near Damascus in August 2012 while covering Syrian conflict (AFP/File photo) | The Syrian government has not shared any information on the whereabou…

RT (2020-10-21). UK being challenged by competitors 'in the grey zone between war and peace,' defence secretary claims. rt.com The British defence secretary has stressed the importance of stepping up the UK's protective capabilities amidst constantly evolving rivalries, adding that China is intent on building the world's largest naval fleet. | Addressing the Atlantic Future Forum onboard the HMS Queen Elizabeth on Wednesday, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace spoke of the constant competition the UK was facing in the "grey zone between war and peace," while specifically singling out China as an ever-evolving rival. | China is growing the largest maritime surface and subsurface fleet in the world. | Referencing London's decision to delay it…

RT (2020-10-21). State Department gives green light for $1.8bn arms deal to Taiwan after Beijing threatens countermeasures. rt.com The US State Department has approved a sale of advanced weaponry worth over $1.8 billion to Taiwan, the Pentagon said, leaving Congress to give final authorization as Beijing slams the deal as provocative and warns of retaliation. | The proposed arms transfer was certified by the State Department on Wednesday,

RT (2020-10-21). Thailand's PM vows to lift state of emergency, but protesters insist he must quit in 3 days. rt.com Embattled Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has promised to lift the state of emergency in Bangkok to defuse tensions with protesters, but it wasn't enough to make demonstrators retract their demand for his swift resignation. | Prayuth appeared on TV on Wednesday, insisting that he was ready to "make the first move to de-escalate this situation" in the capital, which has seen mass protests for three months. He said that he will lift "the state of severe emergency" introduced in Bangkok last week if no violent incidents occur during the ongoing gatherings. | The protests in Thailand have been mostly peacefu…

Ramzy Baroud (2020-10-21). Is the European Union Qualified to Broker Peace Between Israel and Palestine? mintpressnews.com In theory, Europe and the United States stand on completely opposite sides when it comes to the Israeli occupation of Palestine. While the US government has fully embraced the tragic status quo created by 53 years of Israeli military occupation, the EU In practice, however, despite the seeming rift between Washington and Brussels, the outcome is, essentially, the same. The US and Europe are Israel's largest trade pa…

sputniknews (2020-10-21). Democrats to Boycott Senate Judiciary Panel Vote on Trump's Supreme Court Pick, Schumer Says. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – US Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, in a statement, said that Democrats would boycott the Senate Judiciary panel vote to advance the nomination of President Donald Trump's pick for the Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett.

sputniknews (2020-10-21). McConnell Nixes Pandemic Relief Talks to Protect Vote on Barrett Supreme Court Nomination. sputniknews.com Timely economic relief is in doubt "after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell revealed that he told the White House not to make a deal with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi before the November 3 election," the Washington Post reported Tuesday.

Staff (2020-10-21). Senate Democrats Can Still Block Barrett Confirmation by Slowing Down Process. truthout.org Fordham law professor Zephyr Teachout says Senate Democrats can still block the confirmation of President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, if they use every possible procedural method available to them to slow and frustrate the process. "A Barrett confirmation is a catastrophe," Teachout says. "A 6-3 majority on the court is basically a bomb coming at what is left of our protections against corruption in politics, against corporate money, against what is left of the Voting Righ…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-10-21). 'Final Line of Accountability Lies With You': 40+ Progressive Groups Urge House Democrats to Impeach Barr. commondreams.org More than 40 progressive groups urged the House Democrats to initiate impeachment proceedings against Attorney General Bill Barr—not only to hold his accountable, but also as a procedural tactic to keep the Senate from confirming Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Black Alliance for Peace (2020-10-21). Candidate Accountability: Demand a Commitment to a Peace and Human Rights Agenda. globalresearch.ca The novel coronavirus pandemic both revealed and accelerated the irreversible crisis of the global capitalist system and, consequently, the domestic conditions shaping the 2020 U.S. presidential election and every level of U.S. governance. | The Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) asserts …

Newsclick (2020-10-21). Indian beedi workers struggle due to pandemic. peoplesdispatch.org Workers in the beedi sector in the Indian State of Tamil Nadu are facing a deep crisis as the pandemic has affected the industry and severely reduced their incomes…

Elijah Magnier (2020-10-21). The US proposed a partial withdrawal and ease in sanctions, Damascus rejected the offer. thealtworld.com Damascus confirmed the visit of President Donald Trump's Special envoy for Hostage Affairs Roger Carstens and Senior Director for Counterterrorism Kash Patel to Syria and their meeting with the Syrian Director of the National Security Ali Mamluk (sanctioned by the European Union and the US administration). It was the last of three visits the US took to Damascus where the first one was in 2017 when the United Arab Emirates arranged for a visit of a political and a military US delegation whose plane landed at Damascus airport and met with Mamluk. | The title of the US visit concerned the release of US prisoners arr…

teleSUR (2020-10-21). Romney Didn't Vote for Trump in Election: Report. telesurenglish.net U.S. Republican senator Mitt Romney didn't vote for President Donald Trump in the presidential election, U.S. media reported Wednesday. | The Hill reported that Romney's office confirmed that Trump was not on the senator's ballot, without revealing, however, whether Romney, a longtime Trump critic representing the state of Utah in the Senate, voted for Democratic candidate Joe Biden. | RELATED: | The Republican nominee for…

WSWS (2020-10-21). Federal Reserve data shows over 100 million in US out of labor force. wsws.org The number reveals that despite claims of a falling unemployment rate, millions remain out of work as Congress refuses to pass coronavirus relief.

teleSUR (2020-10-21). Air Pollution Killed 6.7 Million People in 2019. telesurenglish.net The organization State of Global Air revealed on Wednesday that air pollution is the 4th leading risk factor for early death worldwide and the most significant risk factor for death in India. | RELATED: | The report shows that worldwide air pollution killed 6.7 million people in 2019 alone, surpassed only by high systolic blood pressure, tobacco, and dietary risks. Also, ozone pollution accounted for nearly 365.000 deaths worldw…

Megan Sherman (2020-10-21). All Power to the Imagination: Remembering John Lennon. globalresearch.ca In 1971, early one morning on a Steinway piano on his resplendent Berkshire estate, John Lennon reflected on the seismic uprising of a peaceful counterculture, of united students and workers, which could have scared a thousand kings by reviving the …