2020-10-29: News Headlines

Staff (2020-10-29). Pandemic Poverty: The CARES Act Kept Millions from Going Hungry. Why Won't the Senate Renew It? democracynow.org The massive $2 trillion CARES Act — which sent households one-time payments and boosted unemployment checks with an additional $600 a week through July — helped keep millions afloat, but more than 8 million people have been forced into poverty since the aid ended. "The relief was temporary, and much of it has now expired, so now we're seeing poverty rise again," says Megan Curran, a researcher at the Center on Poverty and Social Policy at Columbia University. "We know that families can be protected again, but it does require action at the federal level."

Steve Sweeney (2020-10-29). Turkey accused of shipping jihadist mercenaries into Azerbaijan-Armenia war. peoplesworld.org Jihadist groups are believed to have been present in Azerbaijan since at least February, it was claimed on Oct. 27, with Turkey accused of shipping in militia, including a Uyghur Muslim terror group, the Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP). The Islamist fighters are thought to have been mobilized from their bases in Syria to join Azeri …

news.un (2020-10-29). Guterres to Security Council: Women leaders 'essential to peace and progress for all'. news.un.org Women continue to be under-represented in key decision-making over the battle against COVID-19, the chief of the UN gender empowerment agency said on Thursday, addressing the Security Council, adding that the situation is even "worse for women in conflict areas".

Steven Sahiounie (2020-10-29). Macron's Attack on Islam Reveals "Intolerance and Hatred," Says Nobel Peace Laureate. globalresearch.ca The beheading of a teacher in France elicited inflammatory remarks from Macron is accusing Muslims of

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…

teleSUR (2020-10-28). Indian Communist Parties Denounce Military Alliance with US. telesurenglish.net The parties described the alliance as a threat to peace and stability in the region and national autonomy and sovereignty. | Specifically, the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation criticized the Basic Exchange Cooperation Agreement (BECA), signed at the third 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue on defense and foreign policy, held recently in New Delhi between India and the United States. | | RELATED: | A final d…

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 …

Mark Gruenberg (2020-10-28). Senate tossups: Maine was predicted; Iowa, Kansas and Alaska weren't. peoplesworld.org PORTLAND, Maine—U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has, unintentionally, put veteran Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, in the race of her life. That was predicted and predictable. Collins, seeking her fifth six-year term, blew her carefully cultivated independent image out of the water by providing the key vote last year to confirm Kavanaugh, GOP Oval Office …

Aaron Maté (2020-10-28). Chomsky: OPCW cover-up of Syria probe is 'shocking'. mronline.org Noam Chomsky says that the OPCW's cover-up, under U.S. pressure, of a Syria chemical weapons probe raises "very severe suspicions."

Umar A Farooq (2020-10-28). Syria and Iraq among deadliest countries for journalists. middleeasteye.net Syria and Iraq among deadliest countries for journalists | Committee to Protect Journalists says little has changed in the two countries, where investigative reporting comes with high risks | Wed, 10/28/2020 – 17: 08 | Mourners carry coffin of Yussef Sattar, journalist reportedly killed while covering anti-government protests in Iraq in January (AFP/File photo) | Syria and Iraq remain among the wor…

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 …

Jules Lobel (2020-10-28). Incensed Over Amy Coney Barrett's Confirmation? Don't Mourn—Organize and Vote. commondreams.org Supreme Court Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on October 14, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst-Pool/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-10-28). 'One Word for This: Vandalism': Six Days Before Election, Trump Finalizes Plan for 'Catastrophic' Attack on Largest National Forest. commondreams.org "Destructive development in the country's largest national forest—such as extractive logging and expansive road building—will be catastrophic for generations to come," warned Greenpeace. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Aaron Maté (2020-10-28). Draft debacle: Bellingcat smears OPCW whistleblower, journalists with false letter, farcical claims. thegrayzone.com Bellingcat claimed to have uncovered a letter that disproves OPCW inspectors and journalists who challenged the censorship of a Syria chemical weapons probe. But in one of many falsehoods, Bellingcat's "letter" was in fact only a draft that was never sent — and only further exposes the cover-up. Bellingcat, the NATO member state-funded website that has participated in a propaganda effort to accuse Syria of a chemical weapons attack in April 2018 and justify the US-led bombing that followed, has …

_____ (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.

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."

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…

Staff (2020-10-28). Tuesday's Down-Ticket Elections Are the Most Important in Generations. truthout.org Presidential contests have a quadrennial way of sucking all the oxygen out of the room, to the detriment of the local races which matter as much, if not more, as the one atop the ticket. The media enjoy covering big shiny things, and covering the nearly 500 House and Senate elections happening on the federal level alone involves encompassing a vast array of details that don't squeeze well into the two-minute dollops of wisdom proffered by the networks. | This year, of course, it isn't even a fight. F…

news.un (2020-10-28). UN builds momentum for restoring forests as world enters key decade for ecosystems. news.un.org The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is leading a push for the world to scale up efforts to restore landscapes and forests over the next decade, with eyes on a target to salvage 350 million hectares of degraded and deforested lands, an area bigger than India in total.

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 …

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 …

teleSUR (2020-10-28). National Guard Heads to Philadelphia as Protests Continue. telesurenglish.net Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf on Tuesday ordered the deployment of the state's National Guard after a series of protests engulfed the city for the second night in a row. | RELATED: | The National Guard's spokesperson Keith Hickoz announced the mobilizing of "several hundred members" to support the Philadelphia's Office of Emergency Management and help local agencies "protect life, property and the right to peacef…

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 …

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

Staff (2020-10-28). After Installing Barrett, McConnell Adjourns Senate for Recess Sans COVID Relief. truthout.org After

Finian Cunningham (2020-10-28). Russian Blitz in Syria Warns Turkey to Back Off in Caucasus. thealtworld.com For Russia and Syria to launch such a pulverizing blitz against an important Turkish asset can only be seen as an emphatic warning to Ankara. | In an unprecedented show of strength, Russian warplanes this week reportedly launched devastating attacks on a Turkish-backed militant stronghold in northern Syria, Th…

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 …

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…

_____ (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…

Jack Rasmus (2020-10-27). Barrett Confirmed, Post-Election Chaos Will Ensue. counterpunch.org Yesterday 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 of historic political instability in the USA. The dual crisis is about to become a triple

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…

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…

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.

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 …

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…

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.

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). 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.

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.

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…

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 …

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…

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

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 …

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?