2020-11-08: News Headlines

Alan MacLeod (2020-11-08). Media silence marks ongoing OPCW cover-up of Syria chemical weapons scandal. mronline.org "Clearly the U.S. and its allies do not want transparency and open debate about the OPCW Douma investigation, and one can only conclude that this is the case because they know full well that their claims cannot be substantiated. Smears and censorship are the only tactics they have left." — Propaganda Expert Piers Robinson…

_____ (2020-11-08). Hundreds Of Thousands Of Jobless People Are Being Asked To Repay Benefits. popularresistance.org Ahmad Ghabboun broke into a sweat. It was a late night in August and he had just discovered an unexpected $14,990 debt posted to the online portal he uses to access his account with Washington state's unemployment agency. Since May, he had been receiving payments every week through the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, newly established by Congress to support freelancers like him. The benefits replaced the paycheck he could no longer earn after the pandemic had grounded his work delivering packages for Amazon Flex and driving the occasional shift for Uber.

South Front (2020-11-08). Video: Fate of Armenian-Azerbaijani War Is Being Decided in Battle of Shusha. globalresearch.ca Azerbaijani troops and Turkish-backed Syrian militants continue storming the town of Shusha, located just south of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic capital, Stepanakert. During the past 24 hours, infantry of the Turkish-Azerbaijani bloc under cover of intense artillery and drone strikes captured …

Ragip Soylu (2020-11-08). EXCLUSIVE: Azerbaijan, Armenia 'near ceasefire deal' on Nagorno-Karabakh. middleeasteye.net EXCLUSIVE: Azerbaijan, Armenia 'near ceasefire deal' on Nagorno-Karabakh | Draft deal forces Armenia to withdraw from some areas amid the deployment of a Turkish and Russian peacekeeping force, Turkish sources tell MEE | Sun, 11/08/2020 – 10: 12 | An Armenian soldier fires artillery during the ongoing fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces (AFP) | Azerbaijan and Armenia are close to striking a…

The Canary (2020-11-08). Indian capital struggles with surge in coronavirus cases. thecanary.co India has reported 45,674 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, with the capital coping with a sharp surge of nearly 7,000 cases a day this week.India's tally of confirmed cases — currently the second largest in the world behind the United States — has exceeded 8.5 million.The Health Ministry also reported 559 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking total fatalities to 126,121.Coronavirus testing in New Delhi (Manish Swarup/AP)India has seen an overall steady dip in new cases after touching nearly 100,000 a day in mid-September.However, the tally in New Delhi continues to hover around 7,000 a d…

F. William Engdahl (2020-11-08). Will the Turkish Economy Kill Erdogan's New Ottoman Empire? globalresearch.ca Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Turkey in the past two years has engaged in a remarkable series of active geopolitical foreign interventions from Syria to Libya to Cyprus and most recently on the side of Azerbaijan in the territory conflict with …

Peace and Freedom Party, Alameda County (2020-11-08). Saturday 11/7: Suds, Snacks & Socialism…BYO Proud Boys Standing By: How Does the Left Step Forward? indybay.org tinyurl.com/SudSnacksStandingBy

WSWS (2020-11-07). Indian Stalinists use Bihar elections to deepen their alliance with big-business Congress Party. wsws.org Under conditions of mounting social opposition, the Stalinists are doubling down on their efforts to harness the working class to the Congress and other right-wing parties.

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 …

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".

_____ (2020-11-07). Celebrate Armistice Day — Wage Peace With Renewed Energy! popularresistance.org November 11 is Armistice Day, marking the 1918 armistice that ended the First World War, on the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month." Horrified by the industrial slaughter of millions of soldiers and civilians, the people of the U.S. and the world initiated campaigns to outlaw war once and for all. In 1928 the U.S. Secretary of State and the French Foreign Minister were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for co-sponsoring the Kellogg-Briand Pact, which declared war-making illegal and called upon nations to settle their differences by peaceful means.

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.

Alan Macleod (2020-11-06). Media Silence Marks Ongoing OPCW Cover-Up of Syria Chemical Weapons Scandal. mintpressnews.com "Clearly the U.S. and its allies do not want transparency and open debate about the OPCW Douma investigation, and one can only conclude that this is the case because they know full well that their claims cannot be substantiated. Smears and censorship are the only tactics they have left." – Propaganda Expert Piers Robinson…

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.

Vijay Prashad (2020-11-06). Wage war against the philosophy of war. mronline.org In 1965, as India and Pakistan slipped into another war, Sahir Ludhianvi, one of the great Urdu poets of his generation, wrote a poem called Ai Sharif Insano ('O Nobel Souls').

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…

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.

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…

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".

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.

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.

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). 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.

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.

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 …

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

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.

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 …

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.

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 …

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…

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…

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 ______________________________…

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…

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 …

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.

_____ (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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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 …

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.

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…

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