2020-11-20: News Headlines

_____ (2020-11-20). Jewish-Led Groups Condemn Pompeo For Declaring Boycott-Divestment Movement Anti-Semitic. popularresistance.org Jewish peace activists led a wave of stinging rebuke of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Thursday after he declared the peaceful Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian human rights "anti-Semitic" while visiting an illegal Israeli settler colony built on stolen West Bank land. | Pompeo became the first top U.S. diplomat to visit an Israeli settlement in the unlawfully occupied West Bank of Palestine as he lunched at a winery in Psagot, located on a hill formerly known as Jabel Tawil until Israeli forces conquered it in 1967.

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies (2020-11-20). Ten Foreign Policy Fiascos Biden Can Fix on Day One. counterpunch.org Saudi Arabia's War in Yemen Has Failed — Council on Foreign Relations Donald Trump loves executive orders as a tool of dictatorial power, avoiding the need to work through Congress. But that works both ways, making it relatively easy for President Biden to reverse many of Trump's most disastrous decisions. Here are ten things Biden

Derek Ford (2020-11-20). Indianapolis movement defeats ruling-class attack on the poor. liberationnews.org Yet the struggle is far from over.

Staff (2020-11-20). K-9 attacks: The new (old) face of police brutality. therealnews.com Indiana mother Jennifer Fleming speaks out about the brutal and excessive police dog attack on her 19-year-old daughter, and calls for police to rethink how these animals and their handlers are trained.

Mark Gruenberg (2020-11-20). 22 million jobless, Senate Republicans go home for Thanksgiving without passing aid. peoplesworld.org &nbsp…

Alan Macleod (2020-11-20). Shocking New Figures Show How Just Much the US is Fueling the Violence in Yemen. mintpressnews.com New figures from the UN and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute show that since the war in Yemen began, the US has sold over $13 billion in high-tech weapons to Saudi Arabia, making the Kingdom a cash cow for US weapons makers.

_____ (2020-11-20). The AMA Officially Recognized Racism As A Public-Health Threat. popularresistance.org The American Medical Association has officially defined racism as a public health threat that has created substantial health inequality. | Racism, both systemic and structural, has historically perpetuated health inequality and cut short the lives of many Black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) in the US and around the world. | Over the last year, a number of county and state authorities have also labelled racism a public health threat. | Among them are county councils in San Bernardino, California, and Montgomery, Maryland, as well as authorities in Michigan, Nevada, Cleveland, Denver, and Indianapolis.

Great Game India (2020-11-20). Portuguese Court Rules PCR Tests as Unreliable & Unlawful to Quarantine People. globalresearch.ca The court stated, the test's reliability depends on the number of cycles used and the viral load present. Citing "if someone is tested by PCR as positive when a threshold of …

Pip Hinman (2020-11-20). State Bank of India must not fund Adani. greenleft.org.au Jim McIlroy and Coral Wynter report on Stop Adani's protest outside the State Bank of India, which is considering giving the mining conglomerate $1 billion.

WSWS (2020-11-20). Toyota workers in India continue strike, defy state back-to-work order. wsws.org Behind the state government's strikebreaking order is the broader aim of the ruling class to make India a cheap-labor alternative to China.

C-Span (2020-11-20). Video: Senate Hearing on COVID-19 Outpatient Treatment. globalresearch.ca The media has consistently suppressed the three top experts in early outpatient treatment of Covid. (They each have hundreds of peer-reviewed medical publications in top journals, over time.) | Testimony includes the fact that Asia and Africa are on top of …

Common Cause (2020-11-20). Thursday 12/3: What's Next for Civil Rights: Democracy in the 117th Congress Town Hall w/ Common Cause. indybay.org Online via Zoom…

Nicky Reid (2020-11-20). Why Artsakh Still Matters to American Anarchism. counterpunch.org The news broke like a fever last Monday night. A deal had been signed by Armenia and Azerbaijan to end the bloody month long war in Nagorno-Karabakh which had claimed the lives of thousands on both sides. This is a good thing right? How could any peace be bad? But something felt all wrong about

WSWS (2020-11-19). Saeb Erekat: Palestinian peace negotiator who epitomised the degeneration of the PLO (1955-2020). wsws.org While all obituaries testify to Erekat's tenacity, none could explain why he and the Palestine Liberation Organisation were in the end wholly unsuccessful.

Phyllis Bennis (2020-11-19). With the Election Over, Congress Needs to Focus on Burning Issues. zcomm.org It's bad enough that our federal government has refused to take responsibility for a national response to the pandemic here in the United States. Even worse, it's refused to even acknowledge the necessity of international coordination…

Phyllis Bennis (2020-11-19). It's Time for Congress to Remember the Rest of the World. counterpunch.org The 2020 election will have enormous consequences for the pandemic, the planet, the economy, our democracy and people's lives. And that will be true even before the next Congress and administration take office. After the vote, the current Congress will have another six weeks or so in office. For some members, it will be a

Staff (2020-11-19). Headlines for November 19, 2020. democracynow.org U.S. COVID-19 Death Toll Passes 250,000; Nearly 1% of U.S. Population Currently Infectious, Pfizer to Seek Emergency Authorization of COVID-19 Vaccine, Touting 95% Efficacy, Lawsuit Alleges Tyson Foods Managers Wagered on Meatpackers' Coronavirus Infection Rate, COVID-19 Surge Overwhelms Hospitals as Healthcare Workers Fall Ill, Biden Says Trump's Refusal to Concede Could Set Back Vaccine Rollout by Months, Arizona Secretary of State Faces Death Threats as Trump Promotes Election Conspiracy Theories, Democratic Congressmembers Reelect Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House, Australian Military Apologizes to Afghan…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-11-19). 'We Simply Cannot Afford Half-Measures': Outside DNC, Progressives Demand Biden Go Big for Green New Deal. commondreams.org Progressives elected to Congress joined grassroots climate action leaders from across the country on Thursday, demanding that President-elect Joe Biden "be brave" and work to pass a bold agenda aimed at combating the climate crisis. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Miko Peled (2020-11-19). The Last Negotiator: The Death of Saeb Erekat Could Mark the End of Palestinian Reconciliation. mintpressnews.com Saeb Erekat was one of the last of a generation of Palestinian negotiators inspired by the conciliatory style of Yasser Arafat. His death may be the end of an era of hope that a peaceful solution with Israel is possible.

Andrea Germanos (2020-11-19). Greenpeace releases far-reaching 'just recovery agenda' to tackle interlocking crises of inequality, racial injustice, Covid-19, and climate chaos. nationofchange.org We must "shift from an economy that is extractive and exploitative to one that regenerates and repairs," the new report says.

Brett Redmayne-Titley (2020-11-19). The "Dominion" of Election Fraud? globalresearch.ca "The maintenance of Americans' constitutional rights should not depend on the good graces and sketchy ethics of a handful of well-connected corporations… who have stonewalled Congress, lied to Congress, and have questionable judgment when it comes to security…" -Sen. Ron …

Fight Back (2020-11-19). Israeli missile attack kills 3 Syrian soldiers. fightbacknews.org The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reports Israel launched an attack on Syria, November 18. Citing a military source, SANA states "at about 03: 11 a.m. on Wednesday, the Israeli enemy launched an aerial aggression from the direction of the occupied Syrian Golan that targeted the southern region as the Syrian air defenses confronted it and downed a number of rockets." | The SANA report added "three soldiers were martyred in the aggression, and a soldier was injured, in addition to causing material damages." | With U.S. backing, Israel regularly launches air assaults on Syria and is illegally occupying the Golan Hei…

WSWS (2020-11-19). Twelve million to lose unemployment benefits in December. wsws.org Seeking to blackmail workers back into dangerous workplaces, Congress continues to ignore the plight of millions of unemployed people left without aid.

Matthew Cunningham-Cook (2020-11-19). Georgia's Senate Runoff Will Determine Whether the Minimum Wage Increases. zcomm.org "Dollar stores feed more Americans than Whole Foods Market, and what we've learned is that they're not just a symptom of poverty, they are a cause of it."

Polina Aniftou (2020-11-19). "The End of the War in Syria Will Come as Part of the Agreement Between Iran and China," Says Iranian Foreign Policy Analyst. globalresearch.ca As the US changes leadership, new opportunities for re-alignment may open up for the Middle East and the wider region. To understand more fully the implications presented in conflicts ranging from the US-Iran tension, the Syrian war, and the role …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-19). Peaceful movement will prevail, says BDS in response to Pompeo calling it anti-Semitic. peoplesdispatch.org In a press conference with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo said the government would label the BDS movement as anti-Semitic and withdraw funds to organizations which are part of it…

Elise Swain (2020-11-19). Anti-Nuclear Pacifists Get Federal Prison Terms for Nonviolent Protest. zcomm.org The most dedicated peace activists you've never heard of are headed to federal prison amid a deadly pandemic…

Marlee Kokotovic (2020-11-19). Senate proposes almost $700 billion for the Pentagon while millions of Americans remain unemployed amid the pandemic. nationofchange.org With the current unemployment rate reaching roughly 6.8 million and nearly 8 million Americans facing eviction, the government should be focusing on its citizens and not a defense budget.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-19). Bill to tax large fortunes in Argentina advances to the Senate. peoplesdispatch.org The Argentine Chamber of Deputies passed the bill which seeks to collect 307 billion pesos to finance public health and productive projects by taxing large fortunes…

Abayomi Azikiwe (2020-11-19). United States Imperialism Threatening War Against Iran During Contested Presidential Elections Struggle. globalresearch.ca There have been serious threats to the Islamic Republic of Iran and its allies in the aftermath of the contested presidential and congressional elections in the United States. | Inside the U.S., the incumbent administration of President Donald J. Trump has …

news.un (2020-11-19). Libyans charting way to secure and prosperous future, but challenges lie ahead. news.un.org Following years of political instability and conflict, Libya is making substantial progress on the path to peace, the top UN official in the country told the Security Council on Thursday.

Robert C. Koehler (2020-11-19). Beyond Simplistic 'Peace'. commondreams.org My God, if complexity were brought into the news—e.g., bombs kill, people suffer, no one ever wins, wars never end—the trillion-dollar annual military budget would be in danger. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Phyllis Bennis (2020-11-18). With the Election Over, Congress Must Remember the Rest of the World. commondreams.org Even a lame-duck Congress must remember their actions have global consequences too. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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.

RT (2020-11-18). 'Testament to transparency'? Pentagon reveals data on 'confirmed' civilian casualties of intervention against IS in Syria & Iraq. rt.com The Pentagon has released "the most comprehensive" data on civilian casualties of the US-led coalition operations against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, Airwars has said. Only officially conceded deaths are in it, though. | The UK-based conflict monitoring group Airwars said "more than three years of extensive engagement" with the US military allowed it to obtain the "most accurate and comprehensive data ever publicly revealed" by the Pentagon about civilian casualties inflicted by the US-led coalition operations in Syria and Iraq over the last five years. | New: Following several years of patient engagement…

Scott Ritter (2020-11-18). By failing to withdraw ALL forces from Afghanistan, Trump has killed the Afghan peace plan. thealtworld.com The US-Taliban peace plan has always been just a political cover for Trump to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. By failing to do so before he leaves office, he's guaranteed that the US will remain in Afghanistan for years to come. | In a

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 …

Jesse Jackson (2020-11-18). Senate Runoffs in Georgia Offer a Clear Choice. commondreams.org The races will be determined by whether Georgia's voters choose to embrace and build a New South coalition or revert to the Old South. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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 …

Ralph Nader (2020-11-18). Abdicating to Boeing: An Open Letter to FAA Administrator Stephen Dickson. counterpunch.org November 13, 2020 Stephen Dickson, Administrator Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) U.S. Department of Transportation 800 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20591 Dear Mr. Dickson, It is now abundantly clear that instead of clearing out top Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) operatives who have worked to make the FAA safe for Boeing, you have thrown in your

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…

Roger Sollenberger (2020-11-18). Kelly Loeffler under fire for soliciting campaign cash in halls of the Senate — an apparent crime. salon.com A similar move by Lindsey Graham was called "a crime in plain sight" by a member of Congress earlier this year…

Simone Chun (2020-11-18). Demand That the UN Command Stop Infringing on Korea's Sovereignty. counterpunch.org In an emergency press conference on November 10, 2020, Gyeonggi Vice Governor for Peace Lee Jae-gang protested against the UNC Command's rejection of his request to set up a peace office in a 6-person tent in front of Dora Observatory, which overlooks the Kaesong Industrial Complex from South Korea: "It is a terrible thing when

Robert Reich (2020-11-18). Georgia Runoffs: How You Can Help Flip the Senate. commondreams.org The stakes couldn't be higher. Let's bring this home, flip the Senate, and usher in the transformative change this nation requires. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2020-11-18). Peru: President Sagasti Apologizes for People Killed by Police. telesurenglish.net Peru's interim president Francisco Sagasti apologized to the parents of Bryan Pintado and Inti Sotelo, the two young people who were killed by police repression on the November 14 protests against the Congressional coup. | RELATED: | "We cannot bring these young people back to life, but we can prevent violent incidents from happening again. Also, we can decisively support the injured, some of them are grave," said Sagasti. | In…

teleSUR (2020-11-18). Chile: Second Fund Withdrawal Bill Goes Into a Debate. telesurenglish.net Chile's Senate Constitution Commission (TC) voted to open the debate on the constitutional reform bill that seeks to allow the second withdrawal of funds by affiliates to the Pension Fund Administrators (AFP). | RELATED: | The debate was approved by three votes in favor and two against. The votes against were those of senators Luz Ebensperger and Rodrigo Galilea; while the votes in favor were given by senators Pedro Ar…

commondreams (2020-11-18). Progressive Groups Pushing for Ro Khanna to Fill Harris Senate Seat. commondreams.org ______________________________…

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…