2020-10-26: News Headlines

Staff (2020-10-26). "They Wanted to Take My Womb Out": Survivor of Medical Abuse in ICE Jail Deported After Speaking Out. democracynow.org An independent medical review team has submitted a report to Congress on a lack of informed consent and "disturbing pattern" of questionable gynecological surgical procedures at the Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia, after an account from a nurse whistleblower in September prompted congressional and federal investigations. At least 19 women, most of whom are Black and Latina, have come forward to allege they were pressured into "unnecessary" gynecological treatment and surgeries — including procedures that left them sterile — while they were detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. We s…

_____ (2020-10-26). Chomsky: OPCW Cover-Up of Syria Probe Is 'Shocking'. strategic-culture.org Noam Chomsky says that the OPCW's cover-up, under US pressure, of a Syria chemical weapons probe raises "very severe suspicions." | Aaron MATÉ | In his first public comments on the OPCW's Syria cover-up scandal, Noam Chomsky criticizes the chemical watchdog for suppressing, under US pressure, evidence that undermined the pretext for the US-led bombing of Syria in April 2018. The censorship recently extended to the UN Security Council, where the US, UK, and France blocked former OPCW Director General José Bustani from testifying in support of the inspectors whose findings were kept from the public. | "What happene…

David Swanson (2020-10-26). There Are Anti-War Candidates. counterpunch.org I don't have any use for PEP politicians (progressive except on the Pentagon), but there are going to be serious members of the U.S. Congress next year who aren't afraid of flags and war songs. There are going to be a lot more than (AOC+3) four of them. CORI BUSH One is going to be

commondreams (2020-10-26). Senate Votes Today on Trump's Anti-Worker, Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Consumer Nominee. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Simon Hooper (2020-10-26). Families demand repatriation of all foreign nationals from Syrian camps. middleeasteye.net Families demand repatriation of all foreign nationals from Syrian camps | Western governments facing mounting legal challenges with thousands of young children among those still stranded in Kurdish-controlled camps | Mon, 10/26/2020 – 13: 00 | Girls play with a bicycle in a section of al-Hol camp for foreign families in January 2020 (AFP) | Western governments are facing growing pressure to repatriate…

Vijay Prashad (2020-10-26). Argentina's Veteran Ambassador Makes a Stand for the Sovereignty of Latin America. counterpunch.org Alicia Castro does not shy away from her views. She came to diplomacy from the trade union movement, where she was a leader when she was a flight attendant with Aerolíneas Argentinas. Castro spent eight years as a member of parliament in the Argentine National Congress, where she fought for the rights of working people.

LGBTQ, homelessness, family, prison at 2020 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (2020-10-26). LGBTQ, homelessness, family, prison at 2020 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. peoplesworld.org In what is likely my final report from this year's Festival, here are more capsule reviews of short films from Hawaii being screened at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, which is taking place through Oct. 31. The topics include LGBTQ, homelessness, family, and prison. Gimme shelter: Strangers in their own homeland Writer/director Kimi …

news.un (2020-10-26). Coronavirus 'feeds off instability', disrupting Israel-Palestine peace efforts. news.un.org The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process reminded the Security Council on Monday of the Secretary-General's renewed appeal for a global ceasefire to respond to COVID-19, highlighting that the "the virus feeds off instability".

Lautaro Rivara (2020-10-26). Haiti Has a Long History of Being Assaulted by Its Latin American Neighbors. counterpunch.org Thirteen United Nations peacekeeping missions are underway in various countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Haiti has been the epicenter of the UN peacekeeping missions in Latin America and the Caribbean; there have been eight UN missions since the International Civilian Mission in Haiti (MICIVIH) was deployed in Haiti in 1993. On October

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-10-26). As Senate Dems Hold Talkathon in Protest, Warren Condemns GOP Vote on Barrett as 'Last Gasp of a Desperate Party'. commondreams.org Continuing a protest on the floor of the Senate that had begun late Sunday night, Senate Democrats on Monday morning embarked on a "talkathon" to speak out against the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court, which is expected to go ahead Monday. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-10-26). 'Prove Him Wrong': Progressives Demand Democrats Accept McConnell's Challenge, Expand Supreme Court If They Win Elections. commondreams.org Bolstered by some apparent support in the Senate Democratic caucus, progressive advocates on Monday demanded that the Democratic Party prove Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wrong about their commitment to remaking the judiciary. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2020-10-26). Amid Staff COVID Outbreak, Democrats Call on Pence to Stop Presiding Over Senate. truthout.org With multiple members of Vice President Mike Pence's senior staff now confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus — and Senate Republicans scheduled to ram through the final confirmation vote for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett as early as Monday afternoon or evening — Democratic leaders in the Senate are calling on Pence to forgo his plans to preside over the chamber in the name of public health and out of concern for all who work there. | With at least five members…

Ed Lehman (2020-10-26). Pan-Canadian Day of Action Opposes Plan to Buy Fighter Jets, Drones. globalresearch.ca On October 2 Canadian peace activists held their second pan-Canadian Day of Action against the purchase of 88 new fighter jets. At some locations activists also underscored their objections to the purchase of 12 armed drones at a projected cost …

Fight Back (2020-10-26). State attorney reduces some charges; refuses diversion to Tally 19 felony arrestees. fightbacknews.org Tallahassee, FL – All spring and summer, organized groups of anti-police crimes protesters took to the streets, including the intersection in front of the historic capitol for over an hour at a time and on many occasions. Police regularly redirected traffic at least a block in every direction. Organizers would eventually announce the conclusion of street actions, at which time attendees dispersed without incident. Having spent all summer referring to these frequent street protests as "peaceful," law enforcement agencies pivoted to making threats to crack down on "unpermitted" protesters for blocking traffic. This…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2020-10-26). With Covid-19 Rife Among VP Staffers, Democrats Says Pence Presiding Over Senate a 'Violation of Common Decency'. commondreams.org "Your presence alone could be very dangerous to many people—not just Senators, but to all the truly essential staff—both Democratic and Republican—who must be physically present inside the U.S. Capitol for it to function." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Joan Walsh (2020-10-26). Can Georgia's Jon Ossoff Finish the Job This November? thenation.com Can Georgia's Jon Ossoff Finish the Job This November?

news.un (2020-10-26). UN's mission 'more important than ever', Secretary-General says at UN Day ceremony. news.un.org Seventy-five years after world leaders united to promote global peace and progress through cooperation, representatives from the international community stood in the UN General Assembly Hall on Monday to reaffirm their commitment to this promise.

_____ (2020-10-26). Early Leaders of India and Pakistan Ignored Religious Extremism Warnings. strategic-culture.org Indian Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi and various Muslim extremist political leaders of Pakistan represent the sum of all fears expressed by leaders of princely states and their governments at the dawn of India and Pakistan in the late 1940s. Secular political leaders, including the Indian National Congress (INC) leader Jawaharlal Nehru and All-India Muslim League leader Mohammed Ali Jinnah, claimed there was nothing to worry about since both majority Hindu India and majority Muslim Pakistan would be secular republics governed by leaders committed to democratic rule, not by dictates from Hindu nat…

Staff (2020-10-26). Survivor Deported After Speaking Out About Medical Abuse in ICE Jails. truthout.org An independent medical review team has submitted a report to Congress on a lack of informed consent and "disturbing pattern" of questionable gynecological surgical procedures at the Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia, after an account from a nurse whistleblower in September prompted congressional and federal investigations. At least 19 women, most of whom are Black and Latina, have come forward to allege they were pressured into "unnecessary" gynecological treatment and surgeries — includin…

Melissa del Bosque (2020-10-26). Army Sergeants at Fort Hood Fear for the Safety of Their Soldiers. zcomm.org Noncommissioned officers at the troubled base say they have little faith that military or congressional reviews will change the toxic leadership culture…

_____ (2020-10-25). Federal Judges Block Efforts To Ease Rules For Mail-In Ballots. popularresistance.org In the final weeks of the 2020 election, Republican-appointed appellate judges have overturned rulings that required states to make mail-in voting easier during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tens of millions of ballots have already been cast, even as federal judges kept changing the rules. | These decisions could be reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court, which will include a 6-3 conservative majority if nominee Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed by the U.S. Senate next week as planned. So far, the court has ruled against voters in nearly every case it has reviewed.

sputniknews (2020-10-25). US Senate Votes to Limit Debate on Amy Coney Barrett's Nomination for Supreme Court Post – Video. sputniknews.com The final vote on 48-year-old Amy Coney Barrett's nomination as a new justice is expected to be held on 26 October.

teleSUR (2020-10-25). Chile Plebiscite: Police Repression Prior to Polls Closing. telesurenglish.net Various social organizations denounced this Sunday repression by Carabineros (Chilean Police) against protesters who gathered in the Plaza de la Dignidad, located in Santiago de Chile, minutes after the polls closed for the constitutional plebiscite. | Although the day was developing peacefully, a group of police attacked the citizens with water and tear gas jets, preventing the people's gathering temporarily. Ultimately the police retreated, and people have taken over the square. | According to witnesses, the place is surrounded by police officers. Likewise, alternative media journalists also denounced attack…

Carla Stea (2020-10-25). US-China Confrontation: The Hijacking of the United Nations Security Council Continues. globalresearch.ca Former OPCW Director-General Bustani Banned From Speaking At UN Security Council | October 5: Western Delegations Oppose Presentation of Evidence that OPCW Report Of Chemical Weapons Attack on Douma, Syria May Have Been Falsified. | October 21: In New York Post Article, …

teleSUR (2020-10-25). Bolivia: Over 50% of Elected Lawmakers Are Women. telesurenglish.net After the general elections held in Bolivia last October 18, which was won by the Movement to Socialism (MAS), there is a strong female presence in both the Chamber of Representatives and the Senate. | RELATED: | The MAS achieved a majority in the Senate with 21 seats, of which 10 are occupied by women. | The Citizens' Community won 11 seats, seven of them for women, while We Believe won four, two of them for wome…

Al Carroll (2020-10-25). Trump's Body Count: Could Be Over a Million. indybay.org The combined death toll from all of Trump's many crimes is not "just" the over 222,000 COVID deaths. It includes at least 40,000 Venezuelans, Syrian Christian and Yazidi refugees, Karen Christians, Rohingya, refugees from Latin America, Afghans, Iraqis, Somalis, Yemenis, and tens of thousands of Americans who died by Trump sabotaging their healthcare.

news.un (2020-10-24). UN expresses hope 'new opportunities' will arise from Sudan's recognition of Israel. news.un.org The UN chief on Saturday said he was taking note of the announcement that Sudan has agreed to normalize relations with Israel, expressing hope that further cooperation will advance international peace and prosperity.

MEE and agencies (2020-10-24). France recalls ambassador from Turkey after Erdogan jibe at Macron. middleeasteye.net France recalls ambassador from Turkey after Erdogan jibe at Macron | Turkey's leader said French president 'needs mental treatment' after comments on Islam | Sat, 10/24/2020 – 21: 24 | The two Nato allies find themselves at loggerheads over a range of issues, including Syria and Libya (AFP)
| France on Saturday said it was recalling its ambassador to Turkey for consultations after comm…

Vanessa Beeley (2020-10-24). BBC's upcoming White Helmets 'documentary' gears up to be a character assassination of those who challenge Syria war narratives. thealtworld.com The BBC is preparing an attack against journalists, former diplomats, academics and scientists who challenge the dominant …

WSWS (2020-10-24). Thousands of furloughed US aviation workers see no relief from US Congress. wsws.org Tens of thousands of airline workers remain furloughed as relief remains stalled in by US Congress.

Steve Pleich (2020-10-24). UNA Santa Cruz Celebrates Nobel Prize and United Nations Day. indybay.org UN World Food Program Awarded 2020 Nobel Peace Prize…

Staff (2020-10-24). Puerto Rico Debt Vultures Give Big to Candidates to Influence Fiscal Board Picks. truthout.org The vulture funds profiting off of Puerto Rico's debt crisis, and the law firms that represent them, are donating to the political campaigns of the presidential candidates and key players in Congress who are involved in the selection of the members of the oversight board. | A review of the reports submitted by these candidates' campaign committees to the Federal Election Commission shows that the vulture funds and their attorneys have donated just over $1.4 million to these candidates. Th…

teleSUR (2020-10-23). Palestinians Condemn Agreement Between Sudan, Israel. telesurenglish.net Palestinians have been outraged over the declaration of a normalization agreement between Israel and Sudan under the U.S. sponsorship. | The Palestinian Presidency affirmed in a statement its condemnation and rejection of Sudan's decision to normalize relations with Israel that seizes the land of Palestine. | "No one has the right to speak on behalf of the Palestinian people and the Palestinian cause," it said. | It also said that the path to a comprehensive and just peace must be based on international law, resolutions of international legitimacy, and specific references, in a way that leads to ending the Isr…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-10-23). Palestinian and Peace Leaders Condemn Trump's Israel-Sudan Normalization Deal as 'Stab in the Back'. commondreams.org Critics say the U.S.-brokered agreement normalizes not only relations between the former foes, but also Israel's crimes against the Palestinian people. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

sputniknews (2020-10-23). Can Biden and the Media Keep Ignoring Tony Bobulinski? sputniknews.com On today's episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan discussed current events, including the media ignoring the Hunter Biden story, Joe Biden denying taking foreign money ever in his life, Sudan announcing normalization with Israel, the Senate confirming Judge Barrett, and former Biden associate Tony Bobulinski being interviewed by the FBI.

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-10-23). Greenpeace Warns 'Potential Damage to Human DNA' at Risk With Japan's Plan to Dump Fukushima Water Into Ocean. commondreams.org "The policy of the Japanese government to dump nuclear waste into the Pacific Ocean is not based on scientific or environmental protection principles and has no justification." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Ahmad Salah (2020-10-23). Syrian Refugees Have Become a Tool of Duplicitous Politics. globalresearch.ca Since the beginning of the conflict in Syria the issue of Syrian refugees and internally displace has been the subject of countless articles and reports with international humanitarian organizations and countries involved in the Syrian conflict shifting responsibility for the …

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". The list of 47 current signatories can be seen at ICANw.org, website of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize-winning coalition that helped

Alison Weir (2020-10-23). Yes, There Is a World Zionist Congress — and It's Meeting Now. mintpressnews.com Some have the impression that 'world Zionism' is an antisemitic conspiracy theory… even while the World Zionist Congress is in session, with 720 delegates from over 30 countries.

RT (2020-10-23). FBI asks to interview former Hunter Biden business partner after he said Joe Biden was involved in son's foreign business dealings. rt.com The FBI has asked to interview investor Tony Bobulinski, the ex-business partner of Hunter Biden who alleged Thursday that Joe Biden was involved in his son's overseas deals, contrary to the presidential candidate's statements. | The Senate Homeland Security Committee

RT (2020-10-23). Biden called out for 'lying' that Republican Congress obstructed criminal justice reforms under Obama. rt.com Presidential candidate Joe Biden claimed at the final debate with Donald Trump that the Democrats couldn't pass criminal justice reform as the GOP controlled Congress, prompting online posters to point out it wasn't the case. | President Trump took a jab at his electoral challenger during the Thursday debate, asking, "Why didn't you get [criminal justice reform] done? … You know why, Joe? Because you're all talk and no action." | Biden was quick to defend the former Democratic administration's supposed inaction on the issue, saying he and former president Barack Obama's "had a Republican Congress," which hin…

RT (2020-10-23). 'Opposite' of Vantablack? Scientists create WHITEST paint ever, which reflects 95.5% of light & keeps buildings cool. rt.com Engineers have created a paint capable of reflecting 95.5 percent of sunlight back into space, while keeping a building cooler than the ambient temperature, which might one day dramatically reduce the need for air conditioning. | In research undertaken at Purdue University, in Indiana, engineers have produced the remarkable acrylic paint. It makes use of passive radiative cooling technology, which keeps surfaces 10 degrees Celsius below the ambient temperature at night and at least 1.7 degrees Celsius below the ambient temperature at noon. | "It's very counterintuitive for a surface in direct sunlight to be co…

teleSUR (2020-10-23). Ecuador: Police Crack Down On Peaceful Protest in Quito. telesurenglish.net Ecuador's National Police officials Thursday dispersed with tear gas a demonstration called by the Workers' United Front (FUT) to protests against the economic situation and President Lenin Moreno's mismanagement of the crisis. | RELATED: | Dozens of police officers on motorcycles stormed into the crowd and dispersed hundreds of demonstrators while a helicopter flew over the area. | Amid the disturbances, the mobilized…

Amanda Mills (2020-10-23). Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act introduced in Senate. nationofchange.org "This is the bill we have been waiting for. It draws on the latest science to tap the treasure-trove of ocean solutions to accelerate progress on climate change. The outcome? People win, the economy wins, nature wins."

teleSUR (2020-10-23). UN Chief Welcomes Libya Cease-Fire Accord. telesurenglish.net UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday welcomed the signing of a cease-fire agreement by the Libyan parties in Geneva under the auspices of the United Nations. | "This is a fundamental step toward peace and stability in Libya. I congratulate the parties for putting the interest of their nation ahead of their differences," Guterres told reporters at UN Headquarters in New York. | RELATED: | He appealed to…

teleSUR (2020-10-23). Ex-FARC Members March Over Selective Killings Against Them. telesurenglish.net Hundreds of former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas marched from the municipality of Mesetas, in Meta Department, to protest against the targeted killing of 234 of their fellow FARC party members since the signing of the Peace Agreement. | RELATED: | The march for "Life and Peace" was organized by members of the Revolutionary Alternative Forces of the Commons (FARC), which became a legal political party after their dem…

commondreams (2020-10-23). Vote Climate U.S. PAC Announces U.S. Senate Priority Candidates Hottest Races in the Country are Climate Race. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-23). 'Iran-Azerbaijan shared border to remain friendship border'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 23 (MNA) — Iran's Ambassador to Baku said that the shared border of Iran and Azerbaijan Republic will ever remain the border of friendship, peace and security.

_____ (2020-10-23). Joint Statement: US Connection In Nigeria Violence. popularresistance.org Washington, D.C.-based Pan-African Community Action (PACA) and the Black Alliance for Peace (BAP)'s U.S. Out of Africa Network (USOAN) issued a joint statement condemning what appears to be illegal police and military violence committed against unarmed, peaceful protesters in Nigeria. | PACA and the USOAN assert, however, a U.S. connection to the violence that many are not making. The Nigerian police forces and military have long histories with the United States through the U.S.-led International Police Training School and the military-to-military relations between U.S. and Nigerian militaries, a part of the U.S.

_____ (2020-10-23). Movement Towards Socialism Wins Landslide Victory In Bolivia. popularresistance.org After 11 months of being ruled by a repressive coup-regime, Bolivians have finally recovered democracy. After five days of counting, the official results of the Bolivian presidential elections are finally in. The Movement Towards Socialism's (MAS) presidential ticket with Luis Arce and David Choquehuanca won 55.1% of the vote share while Carlos Mesa's Citizen Community party won just 28.83% of the vote share. The MAS also won the parliamentary elections, bagging 73 out of the 130 seats in the lower house of parliament and 21 of the 36 seats in the Senate.