2020-10-31: News Headlines

Andrew Korybko (2020-10-31). The US Alliance with India: Bipartisan Issue of Strategic Importance. globalresearch.ca The US' alliance with India will remain a mainstay of its grand strategy regardless of who wins next week's elections since it's a bipartisan issue of the highest importance for its permanent military, intelligence, and diplomatic bureaucracies ("deep state"). | ***…

_____ (2020-10-31). Draft Debacle: Bellingcat Smears OPCW Whistleblower, Journalists With False Letter, Farcical Claims. strategic-culture.org 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. | Aaron MATÉ | 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 published a new falsehood-ridden attack on an OPCW whistleblower whose suppressed findings exposed…

_____ (2020-10-31). The Threat of Peace… Why America Needs War With Russia and How To Stop It. strategic-culture.org

VOTER (2020-10-31). Green Party and Peace & Freedom Party Endorsements. indybay.org Here is info on endorsements by the Green Party and the Peace & Freedom Party for President, for the State Propositions, and for local races and measures:…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-31). Why are care workers across India protesting? peoplesdispatch.org A.R. Sindhu, General Secretary of All India Federation of Anganwadi Workers and Helpers, talks about the issues faced by care workers and why they have launched a fresh wave of struggles…

Newsclick (2020-10-31). Defense agreement with US is a blow to India's strategic autonomy. peoplesdispatch.org Newsclick's Prabir Purkayastha analyzes the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) which was signed between India and the United States during the recent 2+2 ministerial dialogue in New Delhi…

Robert Koehler (2020-10-31). The parallel universe of peace. zcomm.org The guy who could start a nuclear war has, in his own mind, already dehumanized a huge percentage of the world's population. Doing so makes it so much easier to kill them when necessary…

_____ (2020-10-31). Peace Organizations Win Fight For Records On Explosives At Naval Base. popularresistance.org Washington – On August 31, 2020, Judge Ronald B. Leighton ordered the release of eleven records that the Navy had provided to Plaintiffs in 2012 in the course of a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) lawsuit that were sealed later in 2012 in a secret court hearing. Judge Leighton also lifted a gag order imposed upon Plaintiffs over seven years ago. | Following the ruling by Judge Leighton, on October 23, 2020, Judge Thomas S. Zilly in the U.S. District Court in Tacoma ordered the Navy to pay legal fees incurred by two peace…

Andrew Korybko (2020-10-30). The Sudan-Israel "Peace Deal: Lots of Behind-the-Scenes Maneuvering. globalresearch.ca The Sudanese-"Israeli" peace deal isn't a spontaneous act of reconciliation like it's misportrayed by some as being but the result of lots of behind-the-scenes maneuvering including last year's military coup and recent reports that Saudi Arabia will secretly pay Sudan's …

Staff (2020-10-30). "Fighting for Democracy": Carol Anderson on Voter Suppression & Why Georgia Could Go Blue. democracynow.org As the 2020 campaign enters its final days, we go to Georgia, where two Senate seats are up for grabs and both Republican incumbents face stiff opposition. Joe Biden is also spending significant time in the state, which no Democratic presidential candidate has won since 1992. "Georgia is truly in play," says Emory University professor Carol Anderson. "We have had grassroots organizing and mobilizing, registering folks to vote, working through getting through all of the voter suppression barriers to bring people out to the polls in unprecedented numbers." Anderson is the author of "One Person, No Vote: How Voter S…

Leonard C. Goodman (2020-10-30). The Scary Truth is Many Senate Dems Share the Same Corporate Agenda as Amy Coney Barrett. counterpunch.org On March 16, 2016, President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland for the U.S. Supreme Court to succeed Antonin Scalia, who had died one month earlier. But Senate Republicans blocked his nomination on the grounds that it was too close to the presidential election, which was then seven months away. Four and a half years later,

Virginia Rodino (2020-10-30). Why I'm Voting Green in 2020. globalresearch.ca Author's note: Kevin and I worked on this article together right before his untimely passing on September 6. I met Kevin during Ralph Nader's 2004 presidential campaign. Throughout the years since, I appreciated seeing his anti-imperialist and eco-socialist arguments strengthen …

Eric A. Gordon (2020-10-30). Battleground Arizona critical for White House and Senate races. peoplesworld.org "I never expected to be here," says Mark Kelly, running in Arizona for U.S. Senate against sitting GOP Sen. Martha McSally. "Gabby was always the member of Congress in the family, and the person who taught me everything I know about how to use policy to improve people's lives." Gabby is, of course, Gabrielle Giffords, …

Nadda Osman (2020-10-30). Saudi G20 banknote angers India by depicting independent Kashmir. middleeasteye.net Saudi G20 banknote angers India by depicting independent Kashmir | New note, which celebrates G20 summit, has been criticised by New Delhi and reignited conversations about administration of territory | Fri, 10/30/2020 – 16: 25 | Banknote has caused controversy online (Screengrab/Social media) | A new 20 riyal note issued by Saudi Arabia to commemorate the kingdom's presidency of the G20 has sparked cont…

Nadda Osman (2020-10-30). Syrians forced into cages to queue for bread. middleeasteye.net Syrians forced into cages to queue for bread | The photos have highlighted the deteriorating economic situation faced by many Syrians | Fri, 10/30/2020 – 11: 35 | The images have sparked anger online, with the situation described as dehumanising and humiliating (Screengrab/Twitter) | Photos of people in Damascus being forced to wait in iron cages to queue for bread have sparked condemnation online. | Th…

South Front (2020-10-30). Video: Neo-Ottoman Nights of Armenian-Azerbaijani War. globalresearch.ca Turkish Sultan-in-Chief Recep Tayyip Erdogan has come up with a justification for the deployment of Syrian militants to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone to support the war against Armenia. According to him, at least 2,000 fighters of the Kurdistan Workers' Party …

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-10-30). In Bid to Beat 'Public Health and Economic Crises,' Senate Dems Urge Utilities to Suspend Shutoffs During Pandemic. commondreams.org "Minority and low-income families who have disproportionately borne the brunt of the current economic crisis are particularly at risk." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2020-10-30). WH Chief of Staff Allegedly Gave Taxpayer Funds to Wife's Friend's Campaign. truthout.org White House chief of staff Mark Meadows appears to have tapped into federal resources to help a friend of his wife's raise money for her campaign to fill his congressional seat, government records show. | The revelation sharpens questions that election law experts raised in Salon's previous report on Meadows' possible use of tens of thousands of dollars in campaign funds for personal expenses after announcing he would not seek re-election, a crime that earned prison time for former Rep. Duncan H…

Raven Geary (2020-10-30). 'We Feel Like We're Responsible for Waukegan'. progressive.org Relatives of Marcellis Stinnette, a Black teenager killed by a police officer in Waukegan, Illinois last week, are calling for peace and justice.

news.un (2020-10-30). Cà¥te d'Ivoire: Conduct election in 'a peaceful manner' — UN chief. news.un.org On Friday, the eve of the presidential election in Cà¥te d'Ivoire, UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for all Ivorians to ensure that the polls are "conducted in a peaceful manner".

news.un (2020-10-30). Women the 'driving force' for peacebuilding in Colombia: Deputy UN chief. news.un.org The UN deputy chief has underscored the importance of the full and comprehensive implementation of Colombia's historic 2016 peace agreement, to enable sustainable and resilient communities in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2020-10-30). Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS), New Momentum in the Development of Trade and Investment. globalresearch.ca On October 28, the BRICS Business Council (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) during the forum reviewed its joint work for the previous years, discussed at length current business issues and, in particular tried to choose a path for …

Adriana Salvatierra (2020-10-30). "Now We Can Continue the Revolution in Bolivia" zcomm.org Former senate president Salvatierra told Jacobin how the restored MAS government can undo the damage caused by last year's coup — and set Bolivia back on the path to social transformation…

_____ (2020-10-30). Can You Smell What the Chinese Are Cooking? strategic-culture.org Less than a week before the game-changing U.S. presidential election, the real heart of the geopolitical and geoeconomic action is virtually invisible to the outside world. | We're talking about the fifth plenum of the 19th Chinese Communist Party (CPC) Central Committee, which started this past Monday in Beijing. | The plenum congregates the 200 members — and another 100 alternate members — of the civilization-state's top decision-making body: the equivalent, in Western liberal democracy terms, of the Chinese Congress. | The outline of what will be the 14th Chinese Five-Year-Plan (2021-2025) will be…

Scott Ritter (2020-10-30). Biden Can't Abandon US Oil Industry. thealtworld.com The challenges confronting US democracy in the upcoming presidential election are very real. With a genuine risk of post-election violence, the country's unbroken history of a peaceful transition of power may have run its course. The challenges facing the victor will also be enormous, running a broad gamut of domestic and foreign policy issues that will remain the same regardless of who wins. Energy security will be near the top of this list, given its dual characteristic as a domestic and foreign policy matter, and the critical role it plays in the economic health of both the US and the world. President Donald T…

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 …

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

WSWS (2020-10-29). Amid tense India-China border stand-off, US and India boost military-security partnership. wsws.org India's BJP government has exploited the ongoing military border standoff with China to integrate India still more fully into American imperialism's incendiary military-strategic offensive against Beijing.

Heidi Shierholz (2020-10-29). Let's Be Very Clear: Senate Republicans Have Failed Every Struggling American Family. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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".

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…

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 …

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…

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…

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."

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 …

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 …

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…

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 …

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."

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

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 …

_____ (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.

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…

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…

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