2020-10-28: News Headlines

Stephen Lendman (2020-10-28). US versus Russia in Syria. "A Fake 'Revolution' Using Islamic Gangs" globalresearch.ca At the request of Syria's government in September 2015, Russia intervened in the country to combat ISIS and other US/NATO/Israeli-backed jihadists. | Moscow's freedom-fighting operations turned the tide of battle, enabling Syrian forces to liberate most parts of the country. | Most …

Staff (2020-10-28). Headlines for October 28, 2020. democracynow.org White House Credits Trump with "Ending the COVID-19 Pandemic" as U.S. Cases Hit Record Highs, As 54 Million U.S. Residents Struggle for Food, Senate Adjourns Without Passing Relief Bill, Family of Walter Wallace Jr. Demands Justice After Fatal Police Shooting, Grand Jurors Call Actions of Louisville Police Officers Who Killed Breonna Taylor "Criminal", Trump Mocks Media Coverage of Coronavirus Crisis, Trump on Counting Votes Beyond Election Day: "I Don't Believe That's by Our Laws", Muslims Denounce French President for Defending Caricatures of Prophet Muhammad, Yemen's Humanitarian Workers Plead for Internationa…

South Front (2020-10-28). Video:The US-brokered Humanitarian Ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh Collapsed. globalresearch.ca The US-brokered humanitarian ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh collapsed immediately after its start on the morning of October 26. Clashes between the sides did not stop even for a minute and Yerevan and Baku immediately accused each other …

Ryan Grim (2020-10-28). Congressional Progressives Are Revamping Their Caucus With an Eye Toward 2021. zcomm.org With nearly 100 members, the CPC's large size and loose requirements have been an obstacle to its ability to be a cohesive force…

_____ (2020-10-28). Russian Blitz in Syria Warns Turkey to Back Off in Caucasus. strategic-culture.org In an unprecedented show of strength, Russian warplanes this week reportedly launched devastating attacks on a Turkish-backed militant stronghold in northern Syria, The airstrikes marked the end of a seven-month ceasefire which Russia had negotiated with Turkey to maintain a de-escalation zone in Syria's northwes…

Abayomi Azikiwe (2020-10-28). Across America, Police Brutality and Racist Violence Intensifies Leading Up to Contested Elections. globalresearch.ca As millions of people in the United States cast early ballots for the upcoming presidential and Congressional elections, tensions are escalating over the future of racial politics inside the country. | On October 26, the police killing of an African American …

Andrew Corbley (2020-10-28). Congress Will Say Anything About Syria These Days. globalresearch.ca In a recent letter written to Secretary of State Pompeo, a number of Congressmen led by Eliot Engel (D—NY) and Michael McCaul (R—TX) expressed their "deep concern" as "strong supporters of the Syrian people" that various countries are attempting …

Khaled Iskef (2020-10-28). Syrians Talk About Their Suffering Inside Turkish Prisons. globalresearch.ca The Turkish authorities arbitrary arrests are no longer limited to Turkish opponents of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, inside and outside the country, but also reached Syrians within Turkish territory, whether they are displaced, opponents to the Syrian state or …

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-28). Velayati says Iran backing peace, stability in Afghanistan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 28 (MNA) — Ali Akbar Velayati said, "Iran opposes the continuation of the war in Afghanistan and it supports the establishment of peace and stability in this neighbor country."

Charles Stevenson (2020-10-28). Switzerland's Failing Democracy. counterpunch.org Last September, the Bundesplatz in Bern, over which sit the Swiss federal executive and legislative bodies, played host to the largest acts of peaceful civil disobedience in the country's history. Several hundred environmental activists were arrested after calling on the government to take the necessary action for Switzerland to fulfill its pledges in respect to

CFJPIME (2020-10-28). "Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)" against Israel: Resolution of Defamation Lawsuit by CJPME. globalresearch.ca Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) is pleased to announce that its defamation lawsuit with Ezra Levant and Rebel Media News Network Ltd. has been settled. Launched in 2016, CJPME's suit was based on a series …

_____ (2020-10-28). The Last Smash And Grab At The Federal Communications Commission. popularresistance.org When the Department of Justice successfully broke up the AT&T monopoly into regional companies, it needed Congress to pass a law to open up the regional companies (known as Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers or ILECs) to competition. To do that, the Congress passed the Telecommunications Act of 1996 that established bedrock competition law and reaffirmed non-discrimination policies that net neutrality is based on. The law Congress created a new industry that would interoperate with the ILECs.

Nadda Osman (2020-10-27). Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul begins new hunger strike. middleeasteye.net Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul begins new hunger strike | Jailed women's rights campaigner protesting against restrictions on contact with her family, her sisters say | Tue, 10/27/2020 – 11: 57 | Al-Hathloul's family have expressed concern for her as she starts a hunger strike for a second time (Reuters) | Jailed Saudi women's rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul has gone on hunger strike, her family…

_____ (2020-10-27). How Bolivia's New Socialist Senator Resisted Coup Terror. popularresistance.org Just a few days after the dramatic landslide victory on October 18 of the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) party founded by Evo Morales, I traveled 3.5 hours from the Bolivian city of Cochabamba, with The Grazyone team of Ben Norton and Anya Parampil, to Chimoré, here in the tropical region of Cochabamba, that's a base of support for the MAS party. | We attended a gathering of regional party leadership, including the mayor of Chimoré; Senator-elect Leonardo Loza, who is filling the role of Evo Morales in the Senate; and Senator-elect Patricia Arce, who has become a symbol both of the terror and cruelty of the (Jea…

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-10-27). Israel Chooses to Normalize Relations with Countries Which Have Directly Supported Terrorism. globalresearch.ca A new agreement of enormous importance to the Middle East has followed Israel's peace deals with Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates — the normalization of relations between Israel and Sudan. The agreement marks a new direction in Israel's normalization …

Ralph Nader (2020-10-27). Don't Rush to Declare Victory: Implementing a Two-Week Grace Period After November 3rd So All Voters Can Be Counted. commondreams.org With such large stakes for our fragile democracy, we cannot afford to bypass such a course of action that will assure a peaceful transition in accord with the rule of law. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Dr. Jack Rasmus (2020-10-27). Barrett Confirmed by US Senate: Post-Election Chaos Now Inevitable. globalresearch.ca Today Mitch McConnell's Republican Senate confirmed its third ultra conservative Supreme Court nominee, Amy Barrett, as Supreme Court Justice. Coming in the midst of America's current dual crisis—economic and Covid health—both now worsening, the Barrett appointment ensures the emergence …

sputniknews (2020-10-27). US Senate Confirms Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court, Establishes Firm Conservative Majority. sputniknews.com The US Senate confirmed Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Monday, making her the fifth woman to serve on the high court and giving conservatives a 6-3 majority there.

Staff (2020-10-27). Now Is No Time for Cowardice. Abolish the Filibuster and Expand the Court. truthout.org Mitch McConnell and his cohort of conservative allies believe the elevation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court is the capstone move in their long game. Between Barrett creating a meaty 6-3 conservative majority on the high court and the more than 200 right-wing judges the GOP senate has elevated to the bench, they think they have cemented the rule of a wealthy, white minority for another generation at least. | Who knows? They may even be right. | There is no doubt that Justice Barrett is a…

Staff (2020-10-27). Headlines for October 27, 2020. democracynow.org Amy Coney Barrett Sworn In, Giving SCOTUS Heavy Conservative Majority Ahead of Pivotal Cases, SCOTUS Rules Wisconsin Cannot Count Ballots Received After Election Day, Surging COVID-19 Cases Trigger Curfews; Doctors Say 800,000 Children Have Been Infected, China Testing 5 Million People After One Asymptomatic Case in Xinjiang, New Lockdowns in Germany, Mask Orders in Russia as COVID-19 Cases Surge, Oxford Vaccine Shows Promising Results as New Data Suggests Antibodies in Recovered Cases Don't Last, U.S. Imposes Harsh New Sanctions on Iranian Oil, Airstrikes Kill Dozens at Training Camp in Idlib, Syria, Explosion a…

Al Carroll (2020-10-27). Trump's Body Count: Failed Brutal Wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen. indybay.org

news.un (2020-10-27). Tanzania: UN chief calls for safe, peaceful voting process. news.un.org The UN Secretary-General has called on everyone involve inTanzania's political process to ensure that Wednesday's general elections are held in a safe, inclusive and peaceful manner, amid reports of intimidation and harassment of political opponents, journalists and activists.

news.un (2020-10-27). Tanzania: UN chief calls for safe, peaceful elections. news.un.org The UN Secretary-General has called on everyone involve inTanzania's political process to ensure that Wednesday's general elections are held in a safe, inclusive and peaceful manner, amid reports of intimidation and harassment of political opponents, journalists and activists.

news.un (2020-10-27). UN Syria envoy places hope in new talks, works towards lasting ceasefire. news.un.org The UN's special envoy for war-torn Syria is hoping that a fourth round of talks on a new constitution will take place in November in Geneva, after Government and opposition negotiators failed to agree on the agenda.

Mark Devlin (2020-10-27). Video: Stand Up, Say No to "New Normal". Leeds Protest Speech by Mark Devlin. globalresearch.ca Here's my speech to the crowd in attendance at the Stand Up X protest event in Millennium Square, Leeds, on Sunday 18th October 2020. (I would have said 'peaceful protest,' but the order-following thug police saw to it that things …

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-27). Muslims not to bear any insults to Prophet of Mercy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 27 (MNA) — Iran Embassy in Moscow stated that Muslims will never allow enemies of Islam to reach their evil goals through insulting the holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) who's the messenger of love and peace.

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

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.

Finian Cunningham (2020-10-26). Russia's Threat… Of Peace. thealtworld.com Here we go again. Joe Biden is whipping up Russophobia by claiming that Russia is the "biggest threat" to American security. | In a media interview at the weekend, the Democrat politician said: "I think the biggest threat to America right now in terms of breaking up our — our security and our alliances is Russia." | That a presidential candidate can

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…

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 …

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…

MEE staff (2020-10-26). US lawmakers urge Pompeo to speak out against allies restoring Syria ties. middleeasteye.net US lawmakers urge Pompeo to speak out against allies restoring Syria ties | More than 30 legislators, across both major parties, have warned against the trend of establishing relations with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad | Mon, 10/26/2020 – 20: 40 | People wave Syrian national flags and pictures of President Bashar al-Assad as they protest against US sanctions on the country, at Umayyad Square in central Dam…

RT (2020-10-26). Turkish F-16s in Azerbaijan are not currently involved in fighting but will be used if there is 'foreign aggression,' says Baku. rt.com Azerbaijan will use Turkish F-16 fighter jets to defend itself from "foreign aggression," President Ilham Aliyev said on Monday, insisting that the planes were in the country prior to the recent fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh. | F-16s are supersonic fighter aircraft built in the US by Lockheed Martin. In recent years, the jets have been used extensively, by Ankara, in battles with Kurdish insurgents, as well as in the Syrian Civil War. Famously, in 2015, a Turkish F-16 shot down a Russian Sukhoi Su-24 near the Syrian-Turkish border. | According to Aliyev, the planes are currently sitting idle in Azerbaijan and…

_____ (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…

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

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".

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…

Kevin Martin (2020-10-26). Nuclear Weapons Prohibition Treaty Enters Into Force. peaceaction.org Peace Action Statement on the Entry Into Force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Kevin Martin, President of Peace Action and Peace Action Education Fund, issued the following statement: "A distinct honor in my work is representing Peace Action at peace and disarmament conferences at the United Nations. I was there in …

Wayne Madsen (2020-10-26). Early Leaders of India and Pakistan Ignored Religious Extremism Warnings. thealtworld.com One thing that was not endemic among the rulers of the princely states was religious extremism. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of the current prime minister of India and the radical Islamist political leaders of Pakistan. | 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 le…

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?

sputniknews (2020-10-26). Trump Informs Congress US Rescinds Sudan's Designation as Sponsor of Terrorism. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON(Sputnik) – US President Donald Trump has sent Congress a letter formally informing the lawmakers that his administration has rescinded Sudan's designation as a state sponsor of terrorism.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-10-26). As Congress Drags Feet on Covid-19 Relief, 120+ Groups Urge CDC Director to Issue National Water Shutoff Moratorium. commondreams.org "Water is essential for disinfecting and controlling the spread of Covid-19. This is a basic matter of public health." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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 …

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…

John Laforge (2020-10-26). 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

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.

sputniknews (2020-10-26). Media Silence on Hunter Biden. sputniknews.com On today's episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan discussed current events, including Rasmussen's polling having President Trump ahead, 44 states' rising COVID-19 cases, Tropical Storm Zeta hitting the Gulf, Judge Barrett being confirmed by the Senate, and the LA Dodgers leading the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 in the World Series.

commondreams (2020-10-26). 350.org on Senate Confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett. commondreams.org ______________________________…

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…