2020-11-07: News Headlines

_____ (2020-11-07). Media Silence Marks Ongoing OPCW Cover-Up Of Syria Chemical Weapons Scandal. popularresistance.org This should be a global scandal," said journalist Aaron Maté on the suppression of evidence from experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in order to push for war in Syria. "This is the U.S. government bombing Syria based on allegations that were later found by the investigating team to be false. But then once that team came back to write their report they were pressured by the U.S. government and had their evidence censored." | Unfortunately, it has not become a global scandal.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-07). Terror attacks not to affect Afghans' will for building peace. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 07 (MNA) — The Iranian Parliament Speaker condemned the terrorist attack at Kabul University, noting that the path of building a peaceful Afghanistan will continue.

Aarathi Prasad (2020-11-07). [Perspectives] Roopa Dhatt: advancing gender equality in global health leadership. thelancet.com When Roopa Dhatt was 9 years old, she went into septic shock as a result of appendicitis. Her grandparents rushed her to a local hospital in India. Far from her home in the USA and apart from her émigré parents, who could not afford to join her, the experience is etched in Dhatt's memory. "In the early 1990s", she says, "the health system infrastructure [in India] was so weak, and so under-resourced, I was really fortunate that there was a paediatric surgeon in the city I was in, who was able to operate safely".

Dan Corjescu (2020-11-07). War, Peace, Wealth, and Recognition. dissidentvoice.org Is the world making more love than war these days? And if so why? It's a question that three great contemporary intellectuals have either indirectly or directly wrestled with in their life's work. The first of our intellectuals is Francis Fukuyama. In his celebrated debut book The End of History and The Last Man, Fukuyama …

Staff (2020-11-06). Puerto Ricans Vote to Narrowly Approve Controversial Statehood Referendum & Elect 4 LGBTQ Candidates. democracynow.org As most eyes were focused on the race for the White House, Puerto Rican voters on Tuesday narrowly approved a nonbinding statehood referendum. We get analysis from Democracy Now! co-host Juan González and speak with Afro-Puerto Rican human rights, feminist and LGBTQI activist Ana Irma Rivera Lassén, who was elected to the Puerto Rican Senate.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-11-06). 'I Mostly Listen': Offering Blueprint for Democrats, Green New Deal Champion Chloe Maxmin Unseats Powerful GOP Incumbent in Rural Maine. commondreams.org "I don't show up and talk about myself," says Maxmin, who this week unseated the state's Republican Senate Minority Leader. "I really try and listen and make sure that the voices that I hear are reflected in our campaign." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Prabhat Patnaik (2020-11-06). India's move toward a de facto unitary state. mronline.org India is being pushed toward a de facto unitary state, with states being kept totally out of the loop in decision-making, as seen in the new agricultural laws, goods and services tax compensation, Jammu and Kashmir bifurcation and new National Education Policy.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-06). FARC party and Colombian national government sign peace commitments. peoplesdispatch.org The agreements between the FARC party and the Colombian national government are the outcome of the Pilgrimage for Life and Peace, made by hundreds of ex-combatants demanding compliance with peace accords…

news.un (2020-11-06). Ethiopia: 'Halt the violence', resolve grievances peacefully — UN rights chief. news.un.org The UN human rights chief called on Friday for the de-escalation of violence and military clashes across parts of Ethiopia, urging all those involved to "engage in a genuine, inclusive and credible dialogue to solve any differences through peaceful means".

Fight Back (2020-11-06). New Orleans protesters march to defeat Trump, defend people's freedoms. fightbacknews.org New Orleans, LA – On November 4, a coalition of progressive groups took to the streets under the slogan "Defeat Trump!" As the rally moved through the central business district, speakers highlighted local issues and areas of action in the city. | While the march came after the national election, it made broad demands. The group united around a shared progressive agenda and the need for more coalition actions. Marchers chanted, "Count the votes!" and "No justice, no peace, no racist police!" They also shouted their demands for housing, quality healthcare, economic relief, safe education, prison abolition and more.

news.un (2020-11-06). UN chief calls for 'peaceful, orderly and credible' elections in Myanmar. news.un.org Ahead of elections in Myanmar on 8 November, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has stated his hope that the vote would help advance "inclusive sustainable development" across the country.

WSWS (2020-11-06). US schools intensify student surveillance in the COVID-19 era. wsws.org Just last month, the University of Miami was caught using facial recognition technology to track down students who attended a peaceful protest against the school's reopening plans.

WSWS (2020-11-06). Indian Magna Cosma workers continue strike against victimisation and for recognition of new union. wsws.org The strikers are challenging the Canadian conglomerate's super exploitation of a multi-tier workforce, with just 75 permanent workers alongside 350 contract workers and 200 trainees.

news.un (2020-11-06). The natural environment is also a casualty of war, Guterres warns. news.un.org The UN Secretary-General has called for better management of natural resources and ecosystems, highlighting that doing so could pave a path towards peace in war-torn societies and help crisis-affected countries boost sustainable development.

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-11-05). Belarusian Protests Are Spilling over into Poland but Warsaw Is Beginning to Blame Russia. globalresearch.ca Polish leaders at all levels continue to speak with enthusiasm about the need to fully support "peaceful protests" in Belarus and to help them morally and financially. However, with widespread protests across Poland now, the same national leaders are angrily …

South Front (2020-11-05). Video: Presence of Turkish-backed Syrian Militants in Nagorno-Karabakh Gives Armenia Additional Chances in War. globalresearch.ca The Azerbaijani Armed Forces and their allies continue to storm Armenian positions in the mountainous terrain near Shusha and the Lachin corridor in Nagorno-Karabakh. After making rapid advances, the Azerbaijani forces now appear to be stuck in a kind of …

Eds. (2020-11-05). Climate Crisis and Imperialism: The Unfair Demonization of the East. mronline.org Last week in the presidential debate, Donald Trump said "Look at China, how filthy it is. Look at Russia. Look at India. It's filthy. The air is filthy," when asked about his decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord.

WSWS repost (2020-11-05). Google admits to censoring the World Socialist Web Site. indybay.org In an extraordinary public admission, Google CEO Sundar Pichai stated during congressional testimony on October 28 that the online search giant has been censoring content from the World Socialist Web Site.

Ralph Nader — Bruce Fein (2020-11-05). How Trump, Hannity and Limbaugh Violated Election Law. counterpunch.org Conservative media celebrities Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh have flagrantly violated the federal election law prohibition of donating anything of value exceeding $2,800 to a presidential candidate. The ongoing strategic collaboration between Trump, Hannity and Limbaugh is obvious and has been widely documented in newspapers and books. Both Hannity and Limbaugh have collaborated with President

Andrew Corbley (2020-11-05). US Congress Tries to Restrict F-35 Sales to UAE for All the Wrong Reasons. globalresearch.ca Congressmen Eliot Engel (D-NY) and a number of his colleagues from both sides of the isle have introduced legislation into the House that would prohibit the sale of F-35 fighter jets to the UAE unless a long list of conditions …

Abdel Bari Atwan (2020-11-05). Thank you, President Trump. thealtworld.com for accelerating the decline of the USA as a global power | For the past half-century or more, most administrations in Washington have taken action to change regimes that oppose US political or military hegemony and even to redraw national borders, whether by the military, political or economic means. The USA now seems to be getting a self-administered dose of its own medicine. Change is coming to America, in terms both of its national identity and domestic politics and its status as a global superpower. And it is changed for the worse. | The peaceful transfer of power after elections was the bedrock of the U…

Umar A Farooq (2020-11-05). US Elections 2020: A Who's Who of Joe Biden's Foreign Policy Team. globalresearch.ca Democratic nominee's advisers consist of many former Obama-era officials, some who helped craft the Iran nuclear deal, drone strikes programmes and sanctions on Syria and Libya | *** | As a two-term vice-president under President Barack Obama, Joe Biden played a leading …

Khaled Iskef (2020-11-05). The Arab World and the US Elections. Who Will Succeed in Controlling the White House? globalresearch.ca The exit of the American forces from Iraq and Syria, finding a solution to the Palestinian issue and the Syrian and Libyan crisis and ending the war in Yemen is what the Arab World wants, in addition to ending the …

Hatewatch Staff (2020-11-05). Coming to a Town Near You: Taxpayer Funded Extremism. splcenter.org Marjorie Taylor Greene, a newly elected congresswoman from Northwest Georgia with ties to QAnon, wasted no time engaging in presidential election conspiracy theories.

news.un (2020-11-05). Bosnia and Herzegovina: Some politicians still ignore 'core European values' 25 years after peace deal. news.un.org Despite significant progress made in Bosnia and Herzegovina since the signing of a peace deal 25 years ago this month, some politicians continue to ignore "core European values" and even glorify war criminals, the international community's High Representative for the country told the Security Council on Thursday.

teleSUR (2020-11-05). Colombia: Commitment Reached To Meet 2016 Peace Accords. telesurenglish.net Representatives from the Common Alternative Revolutionary Force (FARC) announced on Wednesday that six commitments were reached with Colombian authorities in order to observe the fulfillment of the 2016 Peace Accord. | RELATED: | The announcement comes after several violations of the peace agreement voiced by former combatants of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People's Army (FARC-EP) who have staged a march in Defense…

teleSUR (2020-11-05). 'New Peru' Leader Veronika Mendoza Will Run in 2021 Elections. telesurenglish.net The New Peru leader and former congresswoman Veronika Mendoza on Thursday officially announced her candidacy for the elections to take place in April 2021. | RELATED: | She made the announcement in the city of El Cusco on the occasion of the 240th anniversary of the beginning of the revolution undertaken by Tupac Amaru and Micaela Bastida. | She will run for Together for Peru and her Vice president posts will be a…

Jessica Corbett (2020-11-05). While World Awaits Presidential Result, Progressive 'Squad' Expands in the House. zcomm.org The four congresswomen are joined by Jamaal Bowman and Mondaire Jones, both of New York, along with Missouri's Cori Bush and Marie Newman in Illinois…

news.un (2020-11-05). Syria: No justification for chemical weapon use 'under any circumstances' — UN disarmament chief. news.un.org The top UN disarmament official on Thursday briefed the Security Council on progress made by Syria towards eliminating its chemicals weapons programme, complicated by the coronavirus pandemic.

_____ (2020-11-05). The US Inability To Count Votes Is A National Disgrace. popularresistance.org The richest and most powerful country on earth — whether due to ineptitude, choice or some combination of both — has no ability to perform the simple task of counting votes in a minimally efficient or confidence-inspiring manner. As a result, the credibility of the voting process is severely impaired, and any residual authority the U.S. claims to "spread" democracy to lucky recipients of its benevolence around the world is close to obliterated. | At 7: 30 a.m. ET on Wednesday, the day after the 2020 presidential elections, the results of the presidential race, as well as control of the Senate, are very…

Dean Baker (2020-11-05). New York Times Feeds Us Pablum on Our Social Problems. zcomm.org The reason we don't have this world where the lowest paid workers get $48,000 a year is because of decisions made by our presidents and Congresses. We really don't need people like Levin trying to hide that fact…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-05). Mass detention of health workers in India; union to continue fight. peoplesdispatch.org As many as 2,000 Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) were forcefully detained in the State of Andhra Pradesh on November 2. They were staging protests to demand the implementation of the National Health Mission guidelines…

Rebecca Gordon (2020-11-05). Our Work Is Just Beginning. commondreams.org "It's only afterwards, once we've won, that the real difficulties begin. In short, there is still much to do." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2020-11-05). Thirty Members of Congress Call For FBI to Investigate Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, and Others for Possible Criminal Violations Involving Election Interference. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Umar A Farooq (2020-11-04). US elections 2020: Anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist wins seat in Congress. middleeasteye.net US elections 2020: Anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist wins seat in Congress | Marjorie Taylor Greene becomes first official to serve in US Congress who openly supports QAnon far-right conspiracy | Wed, 11/04/2020 – 17: 56 | FBI labelled QAnon a domestic terror threat in 2019 (Reuters/File photo) | Anti-Muslim candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene is the first supporter of the far-right QAnon conspiracy the…

Gloria Rubac (2020-11-04). Indigenous nations in Oklahoma win Supreme Court ruling. workers.org A surprisingly progressive Supreme Court decision found that over one-third of Oklahoma still falls into "Indian Country" under federal law for the Muscogee Creek Tribe and other Oklahoma tribes. The court ruled July 9 in McGirt v. Oklahoma that under treaties dating back two centuries, much of eastern Oklahoma is . . . |

news.un (2020-11-04). UN Police 'vital' across spectrum of peacekeeping, Security Council hears. news.un.org The Security Council on Wednesday was briefed on the "vital role" UN Police play across the whole spectrum of the world body's work, from "conflict prevention to peacekeeping to peacebuilding".

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-04). Mobilizations in Colombia intensify in defense of life and peace. peoplesdispatch.org In Colombia, mobilizations have intensified demanding an end to escalating violence against social movements and political activists. The objective of is to draw the national government's attention to the humanitarian crisis faced by Afro-descendant, Indigenous, human rights, peasant and social organizations. Meanwhile, ex-combatants of the FARC are demanding that the national government comply with the peace agreements signed between the former government and the FARC in Havana, Cuba, in 2016.

Editor (2020-11-04). How Will the U.S. Election Change the Mideast? scheerpost.com By Juan Cole / Informed Comment If Joe Biden wins the presidency and the Democrats sweep to power in both houses of Congress, it will have a huge impact on domestic policies, on everything from health care to workers' rights to green energy. But the impact on foreign policy would be equally significant. The biggest foreign loser in such a sea change will be Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is a country… |

sputniknews (2020-11-04). Election 2020: Don't Dream It's Over. sputniknews.com On today's episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan discussed current events, including Republicans holding on to the Senate, Joe Biden leading in the polls, Philadelphia voter intimidation, and President Trump announcing legal action in Wisconsin vote counting.

_____ (2020-11-04). VIDEO: The Threat of Peace… Why America Needs War With Russia and How To Stop It. strategic-culture.org

Wollman Productions (2020-11-04). Video: The Plot Against the President. globalresearch.ca In the 2020 documentary film, The Plot Against the President, filmmaker Amanda Milius examines the conspiracy to sabotage President Donald Trump. | "The true story of how Congressman Devin Nunes uncovered the operation to bring down the President of the …

Staff (2020-11-04). McConnell Elicits Outrage by Invoking MLK in His Reelection Acceptance Speech. truthout.org Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell won reelection to his office on Tuesday night, with voters in Kentucky sending him back to Washington for a record-setting seventh term. | During his acceptance speech, which he gave shortly after polls in his home state closed on Tuesday nig…