2020-11-17: News Headlines

Norman Solomon (2020-11-17). Corporate Democrats Are to Blame for Congressional Losses. indybay.org So Naturally They're Blaming Progressives…

Norman Solomon (2020-11-17). Corporate Democrats are to blame for congressional losses — so naturally they're blaming progressives. nationofchange.org Those who denounce the fight for a progressive agenda are telling us that, in essence, they don't want much to change.

South Front (2020-11-17). Video: Russia's Diplomatic Intervention and the Armenia-Azerbaijan War. Russia's Military Presence in Armenia. globalresearch.ca Results of the Nagorno-Karabakh war continue shaping the balance of power of the South Caucasus. The ceasefire regime established as a result of the Russian diplomatic intervention and the deployment of the Russian peacekeeping force in the region nears the …

MEE and agencies (2020-11-17). Russia to build naval base in Sudan, ushering in new foothold in Africa. middleeasteye.net Russia to build naval base in Sudan, ushering in new foothold in Africa | Port Sudan facility will be Moscow's first substantial military presence on the continent since the fall of the Soviet Union | Tue, 11/17/2020 – 12: 15 | The new facility will make it easier for the Russian navy to operate in the Indian Ocean (AFP) | Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a decree on Monday approvin…

Pranav Jani (2020-11-17). The 1857 rebellion in Colonial India. mronline.org The 1857 Rebellion against British rule in Colonial India hasn't always received the attention it deserves, despite being one of the most important uprisings of the 19th century. Pranav Jani argues it's high time we changed that.

Karen Conner (2020-11-17). "A Silent Pandemic": Racism, Negligence, and Medical Assault in ICE Detention Centers. cepr.net After a whistleblower revealed that an ICE detention facility in Georgia sterilized immigrant women without consent, members of the House Judiciary Committee and Hispanic Caucus visited the facility and heard directly from the whistleblower and immigrant women who experienced forced sterilizations at the facility. Congress members called for an investigation of the Department of …

Robert Fantina (2020-11-17). Jammu and Kashmir: Implications for Regional and Global Peace. globalresearch.ca The current situation in India's illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJ&K) is not without current, tragic precedent. Bringing non-native Kashmiris into the territory, and since April, two million non-natives have been approved to do so, with the goal of eliminating …

Richard Kreitner (2020-11-17). American Democracy Was Never Supposed to Work. thenation.com American Democracy Was Never Supposed to Work…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-17). People protest in Nigeria in support of Sheikh Zakzaky. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 17 (MNA) — A number of people, as supporters of Nigeria's top Shia Cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, staged peaceful demonstration, demanding the immediate release of leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) and his wife.

news.un (2020-11-17). Commitment 'crucial' to strengthen Security Council, says UN Assembly President. news.un.org Highlighting the importance of the UN Security Council to address peace and security challenges in an increasingly complex world, the President of the General Assembly has called on ambassadors to drive through "true reforms", to make the body more effective.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-17). Borders of Iran, Azerbaijan to be peaceful forever: Envoy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 17 (MNA) — The Ambassador of Iran in Azerbaijan said that borders between Iran and Azerbaijan will always be peaceful due to historical and cultural similarities between the two countries.

Zoya Teirstein (2020-11-17). These freshman House Republicans might actually care about climate change. salon.com Republicans made gains in Congress. But it's not all bad news for future climate legislation…

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… |

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.

Zoe PC (2020-11-16). Peru has a new interim president but social movements demand 'refoundation'. peoplesdispatch.org Francisco Sagasti was chosen as interim president by Congress on Monday. This follows the resignation of interim president Manuel Merino after mass outrage over the assassination of two protesters by the police on Saturday…

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…

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

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.

news.un (2020-11-16). Rising hunger, 'an outrage in a world of plenty': Guterres. news.un.org "Hunger is an outrage in a world of plenty", the UN chief told the governing body of the Organization's food agency on Monday, highlighting the important role of food security in cementing peace.

teleSUR (2020-11-16). Chile: Senate To Vote on Claim Against Ex-Interior Minister. telesurenglish.net Chile's Senate on Monday is set to debate a constitutional claim over police brutality against former Interior Minister Victor Perez who could be suspended from public office for up to five years. | RELATED: | The president of the Senate Adriana Muñoz noted that the debate will allow Perez's defense from the accusations and the interventions by each one of the senators in order to carry out the final vote. | Pe…

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…

commondreams (2020-11-16). Cuba's Heroic COVID Response Medical Teams Deserve Nobel Peace Prize. commondreams.org ______________________________…

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…

sputniknews (2020-11-16). Lavrov Offers Condolences to Damascus Over Death of Foreign Minister Walid Muallem. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov extended his condolences to Damascus on Monday over the death of Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem.

commondreams (2020-11-16). Greenpeace Urges Joe Biden To Reject Ernest Moniz and Choose Climate Champions for Cabinet. commondreams.org ______________________________…

teleSUR (2020-11-16). Francisco Sagasti Elected New Interim President of Peru. telesurenglish.net The Peruvian Congress on Monday elected Francisco Sagasti as the new leader of its Board of Directors, which at the same time makes him the new successor to the former president, Manuel Merino, at the head of the country's presidency. | RELATED: | Along with Sagasti are Congresswoman for the Frente Amplio, Mirtha Vásquez, for Acción Popular, Luis Roel, and for Somos Perú, Matilde Fernández, in the first, second a…

sputniknews (2020-11-16). Sudanese Rebel Holdout Reportedly Preparing to Join Peace Talks in Juba. sputniknews.com Many of the rebel groups that refused to lay down arms after the 2019 overthrow of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir have recently signed peace agreements with the new government, but others with more hardline positions have remained ambivalent about giving up the fight.

teleSUR (2020-11-16). Syria Mourns Death of Foreign Minister, Deputy PM Walid Muallem. telesurenglish.net According to the Syrian news agency SANA, Muallem died at dawn on Monday and was laid to rest later on Monday in Damascus. | Although no details were provided for the cause of death, Muallem has been suffering from a heart condition for years. | According to sources close to Damascus's government, Faisal Mekdad is expected to be named Syria's new Foreign Minister. | RELATED: | The veteran diplomat has held severa…