2020-11-18: News Headlines

Staff (2020-11-18). As North Dakota Faces World's Deadliest Outbreak, Native Communities Condemn States' COVID Response. 18.224.45.15 As COVID-19 rampages through the U.S., we look at how the rapid spread of the disease is affecting Native American communities, which have already faced disproportionate infection and death rates throughout the pandemic. "We're having a lot of people perish. We're having a lot of death, a lot of hospitalizations," says Jodi Archambault, a citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and former special assistant to President Obama for Native American affairs. We also speak with Allie Young, founder of Protect the Sacred, who says the Navajo Nation has "worked hard to flatten the curve" of COVID-19 infections but is st…

Eds. (2020-11-18). Peruvian government falls after two killed in anti-impeachment protests. mronline.org Less than one week after being sworn in as successor to Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra, impeached in what amounted to a parliamentary coup, the former president of the Congress, Manuel Merino, was forced to resign Sunday.

Andrew Korybko (2020-11-18). Syrian Foreign Minister Muallem Was a Multipolar Visionary. globalresearch.ca Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem passed away earlier this week, but his multipolar vision will be remembered forever. The Arab Republic's top diplomat previously served as his country's Ambassador to the US from 1990-1999 prior to becoming Assistant Foreign Minister …

South Front (2020-11-18). Video: Silent Retreat of Neo-Ottoman Forces from Syria. globalresearch.ca In October and the first half of November, the war in Syria remained in a relatively calm phase, which was not marked by any active military actions of the sides involved in the conflict. Nonetheless, this period demonstrated several trends …

teleSUR (2020-11-18). Chile: Senate to Vote for Seats Reserved for Indigenous Peoples. telesurenglish.net Chile's Senate Wednesday will vote on the quorum required for the approval of a bill that seeks to reserve seats for representatives of Indigenous peoples to the Constitutional Convention. | RELATED: | Right wing parties and the government proposed 15 seats for representatives of Indigenous people, which represents 10 percent of the 155 Constitutional Convention seats set to draft a new Constitution. | The prop…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-18). Intl. Resistance Filmfest great chance to touch Resistance. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 18 (MNA) — Stating that today the West seeks to justify its terrorist ideology, a Syrian artist said, "Resistance International Film Festival reflects the reality of the resistance and it is a great chance to watch the real resistance."

Dmitry Bokarev (2020-11-18). India and ASEAN to Create a "Belt and Road Alternative"? asia-pacificresearch.com

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2020-11-18). BRICS 2020: Achievements and Future Challenges. Summit of Leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. globalresearch.ca On November 17, under Russia's BRICS Chairmanship, Vladimir Putin hosted the 12th BRICS Summit via videoconference. The leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa participated to discuss the state and prospects of cooperation within BRICS, discussed the global …

Council of Canadians (2020-11-18). Cuban Medical Teams for 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. globalresearch.ca At the June 2020 Annual Meeting, Council of Canadians' members voted to endorse and promote a Canadian nominating process for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize to go the Henry Reeve medical teams from Cuba for their international work in the …

teleSUR (2020-11-18). Argentina: Congress Approves Extraordinary Tax on Large Fortunes. telesurenglish.net Argentina's Chamber of Deputies in the early morning of this Wednesday approved an extraordinary tax on wealth, which has as its main aim to face the effects of the coronavirus pandemic in the South American country. | RELATED: | The initiative, promoted by President Alberto Fernandez's government, will now be sent to the Senate -where the ruling party has a majority- for discussion and eventual approval. | With 133 af…

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…

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 …

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.

teleSUR (2020-11-17). Uruguay: Leftist Party Presents Proposal To Reject Budget Bill. telesurenglish.net Uruguay's left-wing Broad Front (BF) presented a document at the Senate on Monday in order to reform the 2020-2024 Budget Bill which they claim establishes several cuts in basic policies, such as education, health care, and the administration of justice. | RELATED: | "The 2020-2024 Budget presented by the Executive Branch and approved by the Coalition in the Lower Chamber turns its back on the needs of the great maj…

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 …

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.

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

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-11-17). Greenpeace Releases Far-Reaching 'Just Recovery Agenda' to Tackle Interlocking Crises of Inequality, Racial Injustice, Covid-19, and Climate Chaos. commondreams.org We must "shift from an economy that is extractive and exploitative to one that regenerates and repairs," the new report says. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

sputniknews (2020-11-17). 'This is Idiotic': Ted Cruz Bashes Fellow US Lawmaker for 'Being a Complete A**' Over Mask Dispute. sputniknews.com While masks are mandatory in the US Congress' House of Representatives, the Senate chamber does not require lawmakers to follow such rules – instead, face coverings are only recommended.

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 …

commondreams (2020-11-17). New Feminist Peace Initiative Releases Movement-Driven Foreign Policy Framework. commondreams.org ______________________________…

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.

teleSUR (2020-11-17). Argentina: Congress Debates to Tax Large Fortunes to Face Crisis. telesurenglish.net Argentina's Tuesday Congress debates whether the country could count for the first time in its history with a measure that forces the holders of great fortunes to contribute -for one time only- to ease the crisis produced by the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | The project seeks to raise more than US$37 billion for productive and sanitary plans. | The initiative contemplates that individuals with assets over 200 millio…

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

WSWS (2020-11-17). With Malabar exercise, Quad emerging as US-led, anti-China military alliance. wsws.org The Indian Ocean exercise is a clear signal that the US and its Quad allies—India, Japan and Australia—are now seeking to develop the capacity and expertise for joint military planning and action, including combat, against China.

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…

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). 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.

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

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.

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.

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… |

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). 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…

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…

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.

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). 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…

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

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…

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

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.