2020-11-23: News Headlines

Ralph Nader (2020-11-23). Trump's Massive, Lawless, and Immoral Legacy to Our Country Will Continue Unless … counterpunch.org Trump has gotten away with almost everything throughout his bankruptcy-driven business career and his corrupt, cruel, and costly political years in the White House. Things changed on November 3, when he was retired by the voters.

Binoy Kampmark (2020-11-23). The Yemen Civil War Arms Bonanza. counterpunch.org "Making billions from arms exports which fuel the conflict while providing a small fraction of that in aid to Yemen is both immoral and incoherent." So thundered Oxfam's Yemen Country Director, Muhsin Siddiquey after consulting figures from the Stockholm Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) showing that members of the G20 have exported over $17 billion worth of arms to Saudi Arabia since the Kingdom entered the conflict in Yemen. "The world's wealthiest nations cannot continue to put profits above the Yemeni people."

Eds. (2020-11-23). How do the dead celebrate? The bipartisan culture of death. mronline.org Like most political formations in the United States, Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) members and supporters represent different tendencies.

Danny Sjursen (2020-11-23). What If They Called an Election and Nothing Changed in the War State? commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Sasha Abramsky (2020-11-23). Ever-Growing Millions of Americans Face Eviction and Hunger. Will Congress Act? zcomm.org The last nine months have peeled back the veneer on a society so vastly unequal that it no longer has either the ability or the will to do right by those at the bottom of the economic pyramid…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-23). Iran keen on coop. for boosting peace, stability in Syria. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 23 (MNA) — Addressing Syrian officials in messages, the senior assistant to the Iranian FM in special political affairs stressed Iran's readiness to cooperate in strengthening peace and stability in Syria.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-23). Sustainable peace in Afghanistan requires regional consensus. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 23 (MNA) — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said that attaining sustainable peace in Afghanistan requires a regional consensus.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-23). Human rights organizations condemn police repression of protests in Guatemala. peoplesdispatch.org Various national and international human rights organizations rejected the excessive use of force by the Guatemalan state security forces against protesters during an anti-government protest in the capital Guatemala City, on November 21. | The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), through a series of tweets on November 22, condemned the violent police repression of peaceful demonstration. The Family Association of the Detained Disappeared of Guatemala (FAMDEGUA), Impunity Watch Guatemala, Former Guatemalan attorney general, Claudia Paz, and the Human Rights Ombudsman, Jordán Rodas, among others, also…

commondreams (2020-11-23). Greenpeace Response To John Kerry's Appointment as Special Presidential Envoy on Climate. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-23). Inter-Afghan talks can lead to establish 'peace', 'stability'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 23 (MNA) — Iranian Parliament Speaker said that inter-Afghan talks can lead to the establishment of peace and stability.

WSWS (2020-11-23). Nigerian government goes on offensive against youth protesting police brutality. wsws.org The repression is aimed at criminalising peaceful protests in the interest of Nigeria's kleptocrats and the transnational energy corporations that have looted the country.

_____ (2020-11-23). Massive Protests In Guatemala Against President And The Congress. popularresistance.org At least 10,000 people rallied in the central square of the country's capital, in front of the seat of government, to express their dissatisfaction after 10 months of President Alejandro Giammattei's administration and the approval of the 2021 budget — the largest budget in the country's history. These latest events are part of rising discontent in the country in response to the policies of Giammeattei's government and the right-wing party he represents, Vamos, as well as the deteriorating economic situation in Guatemala, which has been devastated by the pandemic and back-to-back hurricanes this fall.

Steven Sahiounie (2020-11-23). Obama Admits His Failure in Syria. The Sarin Gas Saga. Obama Supported Al Qaeda. globalresearch.ca Former US President Barack Obama has admitted in He was asked about the failures in his administration, and he …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-23). Following air strikes, Iran warns Israel against violating Syria's sovereignty. peoplesdispatch.org Israel carried out airstrikes inside Syria on November 18 and again on November 21. At least three Syrian soldiers and close to 15 militiamen were killed in the airstrikes…

commondreams (2020-11-23). National Congress of American Indians Calls on Insurance Companies to Adopt Free, Prior and Informed Consent Policies. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Never Forgive, Never Forget (2020-11-23). 57 Years Since 11/22/63 Kennedy Assassination. indybay.org We managed to get rid of the worst president in memory, Nazi Trump, in this year's election, but the nuclear holocaust threat remains. Instructive to all in public speaking and war & peace as a basic issue is Pres. John Kennedy's speech on 6/10/63 at American University, now on Youtube, at www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZsG4qbw_tY&#038…

repost (2020-11-22). A. Ocasio-Cortez Addresses Failure of U.S. Gov't to Address Poverty. indybay.org As New York Congressperson Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stated to an empty congressional room, on YouTube, the Senate broke for a holiday week while the workingclass of the USA starves. See www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNBeI-G3eQQ&#038… and www.commondreams.org/news/2020/11/20/bre…

Zack Buck (2020-11-22). While the Supreme Court deliberates on the ACA, Congress and the White House may act. salon.com The Affordable Care Act's third date with the Supreme Court was Nov. 10, and it will be months before a decision…

The Canary (2020-11-22). Protesters torch Guatemala's congress building amid unrest. thecanary.co Hundreds of protesters broke into Guatemala's congress and burned part of the building on Saturday amid growing demonstrations against President Alejandro Giammattei and the legislature for approving a controversial budget that cut educational and health spending.The incident came as about 10,000 people were protesting in front of the National Palace in Guatemala City against corruption and the budget, which protesters say was negotiated and passed by legislators in secret while the Central American country was distracted by the fallout of back-to-back hurricanes and the Covid-19 pandemic.About 1,000 protesters w…

_____ (2020-11-22). Guatemala's Congress Burns Amid Mass Protest. popularresistance.org Guatemalans have taken to the streets for a national protest in rejection of President Alejandro Giammattei, and to demand that he veto the controversial general budget for 2021, approved by lawmakers on November 18. | A fire broke out at the Congress in the capital city, though the main protest groups maintain that the people have continued to demonstrate peacefully in the central square which is surrounded by riot police. They warn that infiltrated groups have burned down the Congress, serving as a distraction from the popular calls in rejection of corruption.

news.un (2020-11-22). First Person: Four years on, hopes of return still distant for refugee pianist. news.un.org When UN News first interviewed award-winning Palestinian pianist Aeham Ahmad in 2016, he was a recent arrival in Germany, having fled a Palestinian refugee camp in Syria. Four years on, he wants to return home, but accepts that his chances are slim.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-22). Zarif congratulates new Syrian FM on his election. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 22 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister congratulated Faisal Mekdad on his election as the new Syrian FM on Sunday.

sputniknews (2020-11-22). 'I Can't Even Be Sexy in Peace': Cardi B Daughter Kulture Crashes Her Sultry Video Moment. sputniknews.com Being a mom is not always easy. Particularly when you are a world-famous rapper and love making erotic videos in your personal alone time. The thing is, there is not always a chance to do what you love most. The baby is unlikely to accept a parent's request for a time out.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-22). Syrian president appoints new Foreign Minister. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 22 (MNA) — Syrian president appointed Faisal Mekdad as the new foreign minister and Bashar Jaafari as the country's permanent representative to the UN.

_____ (2020-11-22). People Are Rising Up Against The Elites, So Should We. popularresistance.org This weekend, ten thousand people took to the streets in Guatemala to protest the President and Congress over a proposed budget, the largest in its history, that cuts funds for health care and education as poverty rises, and provides slush funds to politicians and governments. In Colombia, the people held a national strike to protest their violent, right-wing government. In Peru, protests against a right-wing power grab have ousted one appointed president and people are demanding a new government and constitution.

_____ (2020-11-22). Lockdown To Stop The Keystone XL Pipeline. popularresistance.org Live from Sovereign Oceti Sakowin Territory in so-called Haakon county, South Dakota at one of many active and illegal KXL Crude Oil Pipeline Pump Stations. Illegal Construction on Treaty Lands. | Protectors have notified officials and filed a complaint about the unlawful construction and peace treaty violations.. but nothing has been done. The desecration & disrespect continues. | So what do we do when our leaders don't act, don't protect us and sell us out? We stand up and speak up. Peaceful resistance is the only thing we have left.

_____ (2020-11-21). Protest Marks One Month Anniversary Of Lekki Massacre In Nigeria. popularresistance.org Washington, DC – The End SAR Solidarity Network is mobilized DC area based activists to protest in front of the Embassy of Nigeria to demand justice for peaceful protestors in Nigeria who were massacred by the Nigerian army at Lekki toll gate on October 20, 2020 and demand an end to the continued repression of other activists. | On the 20th of October, 2020, the Nigerian army opened fire on peaceful protesters singing the Nigerian anthem and waving the Nigerian flag at Lekki tollgate, Alausa and other parts of Lagos.

Whitney Webb (2020-11-21). Anthrax To COVID: The Ongoing Anthrax Deception That Created The BioSecurity State & COVID-19. thealtworld.com Joining me today is returning guest David Meiswinkle, President Executive Director of Lawyer's Committee For 9/11 Inquiry. | On October 15th 2020, the Lawyer's Committee For 9/11 Inquiry submitted a petition to the US Congress formally requesting a "redress of grievances regarding Federal Government misconduct related to…

_____ (2020-11-21). Ten Foreign Policy Fiascos Biden Can Fix On Day One. popularresistance.org 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 can do as soon as he takes office. Each one can set the stage for broader progressive foreign policy initiatives, which we have also outlined. | 1)End the U.S. role in the Saudi-led war on Yemen and restore U.S. humanitarian aid to Yemen.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-21). West held humanitarian topics of Syria hostage: Khaji. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 21 (MNA) — The senior assistant to the Iranian foreign minister in special political affairs said that Western countries have held the humanitarian topics of Syria hostage to their political objectives.

_____ (2020-11-21). Shocking New Figures Show How Much US Is Fueling Violence In Yemen. popularresistance.org Despite presenting itself as a force for good and peace in the Middle East, the United States sells at least five times as much weaponry to Saudi Arabia than aid it donates to Yemen. The State Department constantly portrays itself as a humanitarian superpower with the welfare of the Yemeni people as its highest priority, yet figures released from the United Nations and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) show that since the war in Yemen began, the U.S. government has given $2.56 billion in aid to the country, but sold over $13 billion in high-tech weapons to Saudi Arabia, the leader of th…

Juan Cole (2020-11-21). At G20, Only India Is On Track to Meet Goals for Keeping Global Heating to 3.6 ∞ F. commondreams.org Although most of India's electricity and heating now comes from carbon-intensive coal, the country has big plans to transition to renewables. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2020-11-21). Explosion at Faurecia Gladstone auto parts plant in Indiana injures three. wsws.org A forklift driver injured in the blast was airlifted to a burn unit at a hospital in Indianapolis, 40 miles north.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-21). Feminist groups rally in support of the new abortion bill in Argentina. peoplesdispatch.org On November 18, thousands of women, feminist activists and LGBTQ community members mobilized across Argentina after President Alberto Fernandez sent a draft law on November 17 to Congress that aims at legalizing abortion…

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2020-11-21). John F. Kennedy Turned to Peace and Was Assassinated. Rejected US Military's "Operation Northwoods" False Flag. globalresearch.ca First published on July 21, 2016. In commemoration of the November 22, 1963 Assassination of JFK | Researchers who have investigated the assassination of President John F. Kennedy for 30 or more years have concluded that he was murdered by a …

news.un (2020-11-21). Appointment of AU envoys for Ethiopia's Tigray crisis an 'initiative for peace': UN chief. news.un.org UN Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the African Union's (AU) appointment of three high-level envoys to help resolve the conflict in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, calling it an "initiative for peace."

Subodh Varma (2020-11-21). India gears up for historic workers' & farmers' joint protest on Nov 26-27. peoplesdispatch.org These are the latest in a wave of protests against the refusal to increase wages, increasing contractualization of workforce, dilution and dismantling of protective labor laws, price rise and unemployment, and other such policies of the Modi govt.

news.un (2020-11-21). 'We see the sparks before they turn into fires': training women to avoid conflict in Sierra Leone. news.un.org In the West African country of Sierra Leone, the UN is supporting a government programme, training women and men to take on leadership roles in areas such as peacebuilding, with the aim of promoting peace and non-violence.

sputniknews (2020-11-21). Video: Guatemalan Congress Building Set on Fire Amid Protests Over New Budget. sputniknews.com Guatemala has been seeing protests against the country's new 2021 budget, which, according to The Associated Press, has cut spending on education and health. According to protesters, cited by The AP, the budget was negotiated and passed by the legislators in secret amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the aftermath of back-to-back hurricanes.

_____ (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.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-11-20). 'Looks Like the Crazy Lady Has Logged On': Rep. Ilhan Omar Welcomes QAnon Conspiracy Theorist Marjorie Taylor Greene to Congress. commondreams.org The incoming congresswoman attacked Omar for sparring with GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler, who faces a runoff election in Georgia this January. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

_____ (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.

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

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.

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…

WSWS (2020-11-20). India's unprecedented economic contraction deepens mass social misery. wsws.org So meager are the earnings of India's workers and toilers, three-quarters of the population in rural areas would not be able to afford the cheapest possible nutritious diet even if they spent all of their earnings on food.

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 (2020-11-20). 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.

WSWS (2020-11-20). Pompeo escalates Iran war threats in trip to Israel. wsws.org The US Secretary of State arrived in the wake of Israeli air strikes against Iranian forces in Syria, and announced yet another round of sanctions against Tehran.