2020-11-09: News Headlines

Staff (2020-11-09). Headlines for November 9, 2020. democracynow.org Joe Biden Elected 46th U.S. President as Pennsylvania Count Seals Victory, Kamala Harris Becomes First Woman, African American, Asian American Vice President, Trump Pursues Baseless Lawsuits as GOP Splits on Their Response to Election, Senate Control Hangs on Georgia Runoffs, Most World Leaders Congratulate Biden and Harris; Brazil, Russia, Mexico and China Hold Off, Biden Unveils Coronavirus Task Force as U.S. Cases Hit 10 Million, with Over 237,000 Recorded Deaths, WH Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and at Least 5 Others Test Positive for COVID-19, ACLU Files Suit over Gov't Handling of Pandemic in Immigrant Jails…

Staff (2020-11-09). The End of Trump? Biden & Harris Claim Victory in Historic Election, Vowing to Heal Divided Nation. democracynow.org The Trump presidency is coming to an end. Former Vice President Joe Biden is projected to have won the election after pulling ahead in Pennsylvania, giving him more than the 270 electoral votes needed to become president. Biden's running mate Kamala Harris will make history as the first female vice president, as well as the first African American, Indian American and Asian American elected to the office. Although President Trump has so far refused to concede as his campaign files a slew of lawsuits challenging the results in several states, plans are already underway to shape the next administration and prepare f…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-09). Luis Arce and David Choquehuanca take office in Bolivia. peoplesdispatch.org Luis Arce of the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) was sworn in as the president of the Plurinational State of Bolivia on November 8. The same day, David Choquehuanca also took office as the vice president of the Latin American country. Their inauguration marked the return of democracy in Bolivia almost a year after the coup d'état of November 2019. The The president of the senate, Andrónico Rodrígue…

Steven Sahiounie (2020-11-09). Lebanon Economy is Sinking and Pulling Syria Down with Them. globalresearch.ca

_____ (2020-11-09). The Bush/Cheney Administration Was Far Worse Than Trump. popularresistance.org That the liberal belief in and fear of a Trump-led fascist dictatorship and violent coup is actually a fantasy — a longing, a desire, a craving — has long been obvious. | The Democrats' own actions proved that they never believed their own melodramatic and self-glorifying rhetoric about Trump as The New Hitler — from their leaders joining with the GOP to increase The Fascist Dictator's domestic spying powers and military spending to their (correct) belief that the way to oust The Neo-Nazi Tyrant was through a peaceful and lawfully conducted democratic election in which vote totals and, if necess…

Nicolas J S Davies (2020-11-09). Will the Biden Administration be Warmongers or Peacemakers? progressive.org Biden's cabinet appointments will be an early test of his promise to make diplomacy the premier tool of American foreign policy.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-11-09). Biden Urged to Be #ClimatePresident by Taking These 10 'Game-Changing' Steps in First 10 Days in Office. commondreams.org A coalition of more than a dozen climate action groups are calling on Joe Biden to take every possible step he can to help solve the planetary emergency without the approval of Congress. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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 …

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…

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 …

_____ (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.

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

Israel Shahak (2020-11-08). "Greater Israel": The Zionist Plan for the Middle East. globalresearch.ca When viewed in the current context, the war on Iraq, the 2006 war on Lebanon, the 2011 war on Libya, the ongoing wars on Syria and Iraq, the war on Yemen, must be understood in relation to the Zionist Plan for the Middle East…

_____ (2020-11-08). We Were All Wrong About Trump. Even the Mooch. What? Doesn't Anyone Believe in Come-Backs? strategic-culture.org We shouldn't be asking ourselves what just happened. We shouldn't be asking ourselves what now for Donald Trump. What we should be mulling over is what happens to the brand which was pipped at the finish line. What we have learnt, and I dare say Trump himself learnt, in three days in early November is that Trumpism itself is alive and well. In fact, it is positively thriving. And so, 2024 should be a date etched in our memories as Joe Biden takes on one of the toughest presidencies to date and tries to undo the madness of Donald Trump, both in the Far East (China), the Middle East (Iran, Lebanon, Syria and even A…

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.

_____ (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.

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 …

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.

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…

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.

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). 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.

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). 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".

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 …

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 …

_____ (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…

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). '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…