2020-11-16: News Headlines

M.K. Bhadrakumar (2020-11-16). India's farewell to ASEAN as it boards RCEP train. mronline.org It comes in the specific context of the signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership [RCEP] on Sunday—the mega free trade agreement centred on the ASEAN plus China, Japan and South Korea.

Norman Solomon (2020-11-16). Corporate Democrats Are to Blame for Congressional Losses. indybay.org So Naturally They're Blaming Progressives…

Nigel Lisbon (2020-11-16). Indianapolis: Protesters take action as system lets another killer cop off the hook. liberationnews.org On Nov. 10, special prosecutor Rosemary Khoury announced that the grand jury she led to investigate the killing of Dreasjon Reed did not bring charges against killer cop Dejoure Mercer.

Staff (2020-11-16). Ceasefire Ends in Occupied Western Sahara After U.S.-Backed Moroccan Military Launches Operation. democracynow.org A nearly three-decade-old ceasefire has ended in occupied Western Sahara — what many consider to be Africa's last colony. Fighting has broken out in several areas between the Moroccan military and the Polisario Front, the Sahrawi liberation movement seeking independence, after the Moroccan military broke into a no-go buffer zone in southern Western Sahara. For the past three weeks, Sahrawi civilian protesters had blocked a Morocco-built road in the area that Sahrawis consider to be illegal. The peaceful blockade backed up traffic for miles and cut off trade between Morocco and Mauritania to the south. The P…

Ralph Nader (2020-11-16). Trump's Ongoing Crime Wave Requires a Special Prosecutor. counterpunch.org There are many reasons why loser Trump refuses to concede. Yes, delusion has been the counterfeit coin of his fantasy realm — "I won this election by a lot" he tweeted with all caps last Saturday. In his fevered mind — nourished by a bullying career — all victories are his triumphs, and all losses are fake due

George Wuerthner (2020-11-16). Protecting the Northern Yellowstone Ecosystem. counterpunch.org The Gallatin Yellowstone Wilderness Alliance (GYWA) has produced draft legislation to protect the wildlands of the Northern Yellowstone Ecosystem that we intend to get introduced into Congress. Our goal is to ensure that the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem remains functional in the future. We support designated wilderness under the 1964 Wilderness Act, the Gold Standard for

Editor (2020-11-16). There's Still No Evidence Hunter Biden's Emails Are 'Russian Disinformation'. scheerpost.com Wikimedia Commons] By Glenn Greenwald / Substack Congressman Adam Schiff, the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and, not coincidentally, the single most shameless pathological liar in the U.S. Congress by a good margin, appeared on CNN with Wolf Blitzer on October 16 to discuss The New York Post story about Hunter Biden's emails. The CNN host asked him a rhetorical question embedded… |

Andrew Korybko (2020-11-16). The Kashmir Dispute: Pakistan Accuses India of Being a State Sponsor of Terrorism. globalresearch.ca Pakistan released a detailed dossier during a press conference on Saturday making the case that India is a state sponsor of terrorism whose intelligence services have weaponized this phenomenon as part of the proxy war that they're fighting with respect …

Jan Oberg (2020-11-16). Richard Falk: A Citizen Pilgrim in Search of Justice and Peace Turns 90. globalresearch.ca At TFF, we are blessed by having a number of peace and future scholars, world-leading in their professions, who have followed world events over many decades and continue to be committed to world order change and public education. | I say …

news.un (2020-11-16). Many challenges remain for Sahel Joint Force, warns Lacroix, welcoming 'increased coordination'. news.un.org It will take a variety of different actors to confront and deal with the "daunting challenges" in the Sahel region, the head of UN peacekeeping told the Security Council on Monday.

Uriel Araujo (2020-11-16). India and US Signed a Game-changer Defence Deal, Amid the Rise of What Could be a New Bipolarity. asia-pacificresearch.com

teleSUR (2020-11-16). Argentina: Congress Debates Tax Bill on Large Fortunes. telesurenglish.net Argentina's Congress is set to debate on Tuesday a Tax Bill on Large Fortunes aimed at supporting the State's response in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | Reaching 0.08 percent of the economically active population in the country, the so-called Law of Solidarity and Extraordinary Contribution to Great Fortunes seeks that people who have a patrimony of over US$3 million pay a tax of 2 to 3 percent. | The Bill establi…

teleSUR (2020-11-16). Peruvian People Celebrate President Manuel Merino's Resignation. telesurenglish.net The Peruvian people Sunday celebrated the resignation of interim President Manuel Merino, who was removed by the resistance of citizens in the streets despite police brutality. | RELATED: | The young people took to the streets and marched to the Congress of the Republic's headquarters with the slogans "Long live Peru," "Let's go Peru," and "Yes we can." | Outside the Plaza Bolívar lie two funeral arrangements in honor of the yo…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-16). Polisario Front denounces Moroccan aggression in Western Sahara. peoplesdispatch.org Moroccan forces entered the UN-designated buffer zone in the Western Sahara on Friday to attack a peaceful demonstration of Sahrawi people demanding independence from Moroccan occupation and a referendum for self-determination…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-16). 'Moallem made great efforts to counter threats of Zionists'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 15 (MNA) — Iranian Parliament Speaker appreciated the late Syrian FM Walid al-Moallem's great efforts to counter the threats of the Zionist regime.

Zoya Teirstein (2020-11-16). Youth activists will push for climate action — even with a divided Congress. salon.com Young climate activists say they're not deterred by the congressional layout…

WSWS (2020-11-16). This week in history: November 16-22. wsws.org 25 years ago: Peres succeeds Rabin as Israeli prime ministerOn November 22, 1995, Shimon Peres officially succeeded Yitzhak Rabin as Israeli prime minister, 18 days after Rabin was assassinated by a religious Zionist fanatic. Peres's major political moves upon taking office—an appeal for new peace talks with Syrian President Hafez al-Assad and the appointment of several new cabinet ministers—demonstrated an acute awareness of the depth and explosive potential of the social and political crisis of the Zionist state.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-16). Zarif condoles with Syria over his counterpart's demise. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 16 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has offered condolences to the Syrian government over the death of his counterpart Walid al-Moallem.

RT (2020-11-15). Russian military setting up humanitarian response center in disputed Nagorno-Karabakh to assist refugees displaced by conflict. rt.com Following the Moscow-brokered armistice between Armenia and Azerbaijan, the Russian military has begun setting up a humanitarian response center in Stepanakert, the de facto capital of the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. | The conflict over the territory, which had been raging since late September, came to an abrupt end on Monday, after Russia managed to persuade Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders to agree to halt the fighting. As part of the truce, Russian peacekeepers moved into Nagorno-Karabakh to separate the warring sides and curb any possible provocations. | The Russian military has already started setti…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-15). Rupert Murdoch's News Corp under the scanner as Australian Senate to probe media monopolies. peoplesdispatch.org The senate inquiry announcement comes days after a petition by ex-prime minister Kevin Rudd to investigate Murdoch's media monopoly in Australia garnered half a million signatures…

teleSUR, ce (2020-11-15). Peru's Interim President Manuel Merino Resigns. telesurenglish.net The President of Peru, Manuel Merino, presented his resignation this Sunday, after Congress asked him to resign immediately in the framework of the demonstrations against the unstable political situation in the South American country. | RELATED: | In a nationally televised message, Merino, who replaced the dismissed Martín Vizcarra, said that he respects the country's political system and hopes that the situation in…

American Indian Resource Center at UCSC (2020-11-15). Friday 11/20: Indigethanx. indybay.org Online Event | http: //bit.ly/INDIGETHANX20…

Subodh Varma (2020-11-15). COVID-19: It's not over yet in India. peoplesdispatch.org The pandemic is still raging, with the second highest number of daily cases in the world and an ominous plateauing in the last fortnight, after weeks of fall in cases…

Sophia Purdy-Moore (2020-11-15). Activists hang giant letter from parliament demanding justice and debt cancellation for Africa. thecanary.co On 12 November, three activists scaled the Houses of Parliament to hang an oversized open letter to the people of the United Kingdom. The peaceful protest marked the launch of Africans Rising for Justice, Peace and Dignity's The campaign is supported by Action for Climate Truth and Reparation (ACTR), Black Liv…

Pip Hinman (2020-11-15). Honour the dead by ending war. greenleft.org.au Peace activists organised a vigil outside the official Armistice Day ceremony on November 11, reports Nick Deane.

Deirdre Griswold (2020-11-14). Class oppression and the virus. workers.org The United States continues to lead the world — in the number of COVID-19 cases as well as in deaths. As of Nov. 9, this rich, high-tech imperialist country has now registered 243,302 deaths from the virus. This is twice as many coronavirus deaths as in India, even though the . . . |

Finian Cunningham (2020-11-14). Nobel Prize License to Kill. thealtworld.com Civil war and a humanitarian crisis in raging in Ethiopia, but "luckily" for the country's prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last year. That prize gives him a license to get away with murder. | Western media reports on the conflict which has flared up over the past week routinely refer to Abiy as a Nobel laureate. That gives his claims credibility even when he is telling lies. It gives his actions legitimacy even they are crimes against humanity. | According to Abiy and his cabinet, the central government in Addis Ababa has launched a "law and order" operation in the northern region…

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-11-14). Unelected Officials Override The President To Continue Wars (But Only Kooks Believe In The Deep State). thealtworld.com Outgoing US envoy to Syria James Jeffrey stated in a recent interview with Defense One that US officials have been …

WSWS (2020-11-14). SEP (UK) Congress resolution The COVID-19 pandemic, the international class struggle, and the tasks of the Socialist Equality Party. wsws.org This resolution was adopted unanimously by the membership of the Socialist Equality Party in Britain at its Fifth National Congress, which was held online from October 24—27, 2020. It was amended by the incoming National Committee in consideration of fundamental contemporary developments in the United States.

Editor (2020-11-14). When Centrists Lose, Corporate Media Love to Blame the Left. scheerpost.com nrkbeta / CC BY-SA 2.0] By Julie Hollar / FAIR Joe Biden hadn't even been declared the victor of the 2020 election before establishment Democrats, in the face of poorer-than-expected results in House and Senate races, began pointing fingers at the left—with corporate media giving them a major assist. Democrats had been hoping for big wins on election night, with the possibility of winning not only… |

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-14). Yet another journalist killed in Afghanistan. peoplesdispatch.org On November 12, a journalist was killed and three others were critically wounded in an improvised bomb blast in Helmand's Lashkar Gah. 33-year-old Elyas Dayee was associated with Radio Free Afghanistan RFE/RL. | In another bomb blast last week, former Tolo news presenter Yama Siawash was killed in Kabul's Makrorayan-e-Char. Siawash had recently joined Afghanistan's central bank as an adviser. Abdullah Abdullah, who head the country's peace and reconciliation process, termed his death "an forgivable and unforgettable crime." | As many as 50 journalists and dozens of rights activists have been killed in Afghanistan…

sputniknews (2020-11-14). Nusra Terrorists Carry Out 31 Attacks in Syria's Idlib De-escalation Zone. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Hayat Tahrir al-Sham terrorist group* carried out 31 attacks in Syria's Idlib de-escalation zone over the past 24 hours, the deputy head of the Russian Defense Ministry's Center for Syrian Reconciliation, Rear Adm. Alexander Grinkevich, said on Saturday.

Prabir Purkayastha (2020-11-14). Good news on vaccines but what about its delivery? peoplesdispatch.org If we plan to vaccinate the entire Indian people, the states need to be involved in a big way, however, the Modi government has so far centralized all aspects of the management of the epidemic, treating it only as an administrative problem.

NationofChange Staff (2020-11-14). Posters for Peace & Justice — Our Future Depends on You — 2021 Wall Calendar. nationofchange.org The works in this collection are a rallying cry — a potent tool for communication and social transformation.

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-11-14). Advocacy Groups Slam 'Shameful' Deportation of ICE Medical Abuse Survivors. commondreams.org "Congress must investigate and immediately put an end to this injustice," said one attorney. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

NationofChange Staff (2020-11-14). Peace Calendar: One Earth, One Future — 2021 Wall Calendar. nationofchange.org

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-11-13). War in Ethiopia Threatens China's Economic Penetration in Africa. globalresearch.ca Less than a year after being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed launched a military operation against the country's northern Tigray province. Ethiopia is often described as the Horn of Africa's pillar of stability and …

Julie Hollar (2020-11-13). When Centrists lose, corporate media blame the left. mronline.org Joe Biden hadn't even been declared the victor of the 2020 election before establishment Democrats, in the face of poorer-than-expected results in House and Senate races, began pointing fingers at the left—with corporate media giving them a major assist.

Zoe PC (2020-11-13). Is Peru witnessing a parliamentary coup? peoplesdispatch.org What are the forces behind Peruvian president Martín Vizcarra's impeachment following a rapid and bizarre session of the Congress? Who stands to benefit? Why have thousands taken to the streets to protest?

Cory Gunkel (2020-11-13). Blame the Democrats, Not Socialism. counterpunch.org It's no surprise a CIA officer blamed "socialism" for all the problems of a complex political situation, sowing discord and chaos amongst a putatively unified group with supposedly similar goals. In the wake of disappointing Democratic down-ballot losses in both the House and the Senate last Thursday, ex-CIA spy and current Virginia Rep. Abigail Spanberger

RT (2020-11-13). Soldiers and civilians reportedly killed as shells fired along Pakistan-India border in Kashmir (VIDEO). rt.com At least a dozen people have been killed in fighting between Pakistani and Indian forces at the disputed border in Kashmir, according to reports, in one of the deadliest encounters between the two militaries this year. | Indian officials reported the death of six civilians, three soldiers and one border guard following a day of heavy shelling between the neighboring states on Friday. | Meanwhile, Pakistan reports four civilian deaths but has not named any military fatalities, despite Indian officials claiming that they inflicted casualties among Pakistani security forces. | Both sides contend that the other in…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-11-13). About to Have His Day in Court, This American Journalist Wants to Know If He's on the US 'Kill List'. commondreams.org Award-winning war reporter Bilal Abdul Kareem, who says he has been the target of numerous U.S.-led airstrikes, was also wounded by Syrian tank fire while covering the country's civil war. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Editor (2020-11-13). Dennis Kucinich on the Real Reason the Blue Wave Never Materialized. scheerpost.com Click to subscribe on: Apple / Spotify / Google Play The 2020 U.S. general election has come and gone, and while Joe Biden has won the presidential race, the " blue wave" that Democrats were expecting in the Senate and House of Representatives doesn't seem to have materialized. On this week's installment of "Scheer Intelligence," former congress member and 53rd mayor of Cleveland Dennis Kucinich… |

Fight Back (2020-11-13). Gipp family holds angelversary for Ryan Gipp at Standing Rock Reservation. fightbacknews.org Fort Yates, ND – On October 23, 2017, the Bureau of Indian Affairs murdered 35-year-old Ryan Gipp after he was pulled over outside of Fort Yates, North Dakota. Gipp and his parents were returning home from a hunting trip and stopped at a gas station. Gipp was ejecting a shell from his shotgun, when it accidentally discharged. The family began to drive home and was pulled over by BIA officers shortly after. Gipp threw the only weapon in the vehicle, his shotgun, out the window in an effort to play it safe and present himself unarmed. BIA officers Raymond Webb and Gary Sandland Jr. then tased and shot Gipp several…

Newsclick (2020-11-13). Vaccine distribution: Cold storage requirement for potential COVID-19 vaccine a major problem. peoplesdispatch.org Newsclick's Prabir Purkayastha and immunologist Dr. Satyajit Rath discuss the challenges of taking a vaccine to the people in countries like India. They also look at the various vaccine candidates in contention…

WSWS (2020-11-13). Workers report dangerous outbreak at Fiat Chrysler transmission factory in Indiana. wsws.org Workers are reporting an outbreak of COVID-19 which is being covered up by FCA management and the United Auto Workers union.

_____ (2020-11-13). Black Cops Don't Make Policing Any Less Anti-Black. popularresistance.org Amid recent growing calls for defunding police this summer, a set of billboards appeared in Dallas, Atlanta, and New York City. Each had the words "No Police, No Peace" printed in large, bold letters next to an image of a Black police officer. Funded by a conservative right-wing think tank , the billboards captured all the hallmarks of modern pro-policing propaganda. The jarring choice of language, a deliberate corruption of the protest chant "no justice, no peace," follows a pattern we see frequently from proponents of the police state.

Brasil de Fato (2020-11-13). What's at stake in Brazil's municipal elections this Sunday. peoplesdispatch.org The municipal elections, originally scheduled for October, were postponed to Sunday November 15 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The change was approved by the National Congress in July. | The COVID-19 health crisis in the country, far from being under control, is one of the factors that might lead to greater abstention in

The Canary (2020-11-13). Tata Steel funding plans 'extremely worrying' for workers. thecanary.co Tata Steel's announcement that it will split its combined UK and Dutch operations is "extremely worrying" for UK workers, Wales' minister for the economy has said. | Jobs on the line: | Ken Skates said the steel industry was waiting for the UK government to take action to protect jobs for the company's 8,000 workforce, with most in Wales and around 4,000 alone at the firm's Port Talbot site. On 13 November, Tata Steel said it would sell the European arm of its business and attempt to make its UK business "self-sustaining without the need for any funding support from Tata Steel India in the future". | It f…

sputniknews (2020-11-13). Change of Guard in the White House Not to Affect Indo-US Relations, Analysts Say. sputniknews.com India has been closely watching the US elections, as major media outlets project the Democrats back in power even though the vote count is still underway. Joe Biden, who was declared president-elected by US media, during his campaign pledged to restore the respected leadership of America on the world stage and launched a transition team.