2020-11-25: News Headlines

James Bovard (2020-11-25). How Many Syrians Did You Vote to Kill? counterpunch.org How many Syrians did you vote to kill on Election Day? Thanks to our perverse political system, the answer will be revealed over the next four years if the Biden administration drags the U.S. back into the Syrian Civil War. But there are steps that Trump can take in his final months in office to

CFJPIME (2020-11-25). As Palestinian Refugees Face Severe Crisis, Canada Must Show Support for UNRWA. globalresearch.ca Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) and the Coalition of Canadian Palestinian Organizations (CCPO) are urging the Canadian government to take action in response to the crisis facing the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for …

Yogesh Jain (2020-11-25). How the privatization of medicine in India is accelerating its COVID-19 death toll. peoplesdispatch.org The COVID-19 crisis was an opportunity for the public systems to recapture their rightful position as the predominant health care providers in the country. But the public systems were unprepared for the task…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-25). Bombings, minefield kill 29 in pro-Turkey north Syria. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 25 (MNA) — Twenty-nine people were killed Tuesday by explosives in three separate incidents in parts of north Syria along the border with Turkey, a war monitor said.

news.un (2020-11-25). UN officials denounce bombings in northern Syria. news.un.org Two separate bomb attacks in northern Syria on Tuesday, which reportedly left at least seven civilians dead and many more wounded, have been condemned by the UN.

Azad Essa (2020-11-24). EXCLUSIVE: Ilhan Omar calls for end to American sponsorship of police brutality. middleeasteye.net EXCLUSIVE: Ilhan Omar calls for end to American sponsorship of police brutality | Congresswoman to introduce resolution condemning police brutality, which could have implications for arms sales to Egypt and Saudi Arabia, MEE can reveal | Tue, 11/24/2020 – 16: 55 | Draft resolution urges US arms manufacturers to stop the sale of lethal and non-lethal weapons to countries with documented patterns of police bruta…

Staff (2020-11-24). Groundbreaking Indigenous news and commentary show coming to The Real News Network. therealnews.com TRNN is excited to announce the upcoming launch of "Decolonized News Hour," a groundbreaking show featuring the latest stories from Indian Country, in all its underappreciated diversity, and investigations of current issues from Native perspectives.

RT (2020-11-24). Syrian state media reports 'Israeli aggression' near Damascus & in southern Quneitra. rt.com The Israeli military has allegedly struck at least two sites in Syria, including in the Damascus countryside and near villages south of Quneitra, Syrian state media reported. Only material damage was inflicted in the attacks. | Early reports indicate the strikes, launched early Wednesday morning, hit near the town of Jabal Al-Mani in a rural area around the Syrian capital, as well as the village of Ruyhaina located south of Quneitra, which straddles the border between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. It is yet unclear what munitions were used in the attacks or whether Syrian defenses attempted to…

teleSUR (2020-11-24). Guatemala Takes to the Streets to Urge Gianmattei's Resignation. telesurenglish.net Guatemala's Indigenous movements, social organizations, students, political actors, and religious authorities Tuesday called for a peaceful march to demand the resignation of President Alejandro Gianmattei for his scant efforts to combat poverty and inequality in the country. | RELATED: | "We will take to the streets against all corrupt politicians," the Xinca People's Parliament stated as it informed the demonstration will…

South Front (2020-11-24). Video: Armenia Is Trolling Russia, Digging Its Own Grave Around the Clock. globalresearch.ca As of November 23, the Russian peacekeeping force has finished its deployment in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone, that included the sending 1960 personnel and 552 units of equipment. The total number of observation posts currently kept by Russian forces in …

Stephen Lendman (2020-11-24). Big Lie that Won't Die: Russiagate Still Around. globalresearch.ca The scheme was cooked up by Obama/Biden regime Russophobes John Brennan, Hillary and the DNC — to smear Russia and discredit Trump at the same time. | It aimed to maintain and escalate US hostility toward the Russian Federation — for …

_____ (2020-11-24). Surprise! The US Is Getting Another Psycho Secretary Of State. popularresistance.org Did you know the US Department of Defense used to be called the Department of War? It would be a much more honest label today for a military which virtually never operates in any way that could be described as defensive, with its operations focusing far outside of the nation's borders against targets who pose no threat whatsoever to ordinary Americans. An even more suitable name would be the Department of Eternal War. | The State Department was meant to be the counterpart to the War Department, focusing on diplomacy and peace.

Rubin R. (2020-11-24). Aid for American Indian, Alaska Native Individuals Who Want to Quit Smoking. jamanetwork.com The Indian Health Service (IHS) recently launched SmokefreeTXT, a mobile messaging tool to help American Indian and Alaska Native individuals quit smoking.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-24). Zarif holds phone talk with Lavrov over Nagorno-Karabakh. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 24 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif held a phone talk with his Russian counterpart Lavrov on important regional issues, including the JCPOA, the Nagorno-Karabakh issue and Syria.

sputniknews (2020-11-24). Israel Strikes South of Damascus Province, Damage Inflicted, Syrian Army Says. sputniknews.com The reports follow last week's airstrikes conducted by the Israeli military, which, the IDF said, targeted Iranian Quds and Syrian Army objects in Syria. The attack resulted in three soldiers killed and one injured, Syrian media said, citing a military source.

news.un (2020-11-24). Afghanistan conference draws donor pledges and calls for lasting ceasefire. news.un.org International donors pledged financial and political support for Afghanistan's peace process at the 2020 Afghanistan Conference in Geneva on Tuesday, anticipating a sustainable ceasefire that will help the country rebuild and heal after decades of conflict.

Yanis Iqbal (2020-11-24). The Implosion of Capitalism in Guatemala. dissidentvoice.org On 21 November, 2020, thousands of Guatemalans rallied in the central square of the country's capital, took over the Congress and set fire to several rooms inside. The immediate trigger for this outburst of anger was the 2021 budget — now revoked by the Congress after sustained protests — which, despite being the largest in …

Newsclick (2020-11-24). Two days ahead of historic strike, Indian trade unionists and farmers' leaders arrested. peoplesdispatch.org Organizers of the historic general strike said the arrest of 31 leaders of trade unions and farmers' movements in the State of Haryana would not dampen the protests. Over 200 million workers and hundreds of thousands of farmers will take part in the protest…

commondreams (2020-11-24). Democracy 21 Calls on Democratic Representatives to Again Vote for the For the People Act in the New Congress. commondreams.org ______________________________…

WSWS (2020-11-24). North Carolina pastor who led peaceful march to polls charged with felony assault. wsws.org Three weeks after police assaulted peaceful marchers on their way to register to vote, the county sheriff's office announced felony and misdemeanor charges against organizer Reverend Greg Drumwright.

Staff (2020-11-24). Top Campaign Spenders Won 88 Percent of 2020 Races. truthout.org As it has for the past two decades, money performed well this election cycle, helping candidates from both sides of the aisle win. Across the board, 88 percent of congressional races were won by the candidate who spent the most. | Historically, this

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-24). Car bomb explodes in al-Baba district , NE Aleppo. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 24 (MNA) — Syrian sources reported that a car bomb had exploded in the city of Al-Bab, northeast of Aleppo in northern Syria but they did not mention the details.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-24). Second round of UN-sponsored peace talks between Libyan factions kicks off. peoplesdispatch.org The talks, which are being held virtually, aim to identify criteria for selecting authorities to administer the country till the elections. In the first round of talks, it was decided that elections will be held in December 2021…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-24). VIDEO: Car bomb blasts in Syria's Afrin. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 24 (MNA) — A car bomb was exploded in Syrian town of Afrin on Tue.

Vanessa Beeley (2020-11-23). Did the BBC use a Nour Al Din Zinki supporter as researcher for Mayday series? thealtworld.com Abd AlKader Habak was a researcher on the BBC series Mayday, produced by Chloe Hadjimatheou. While western audiences were swamped by images of him supposedly saving a child from the Rashideen massacre in April 2017, survivor testimonies that I gathered placed him prior to the planned suicide attack, chatting amicably with the armed groups led by Nusra Front or Al Qaeda in Syria. | Can Habak or Hi would you please let me know what happened to this child. Where was the child taken for treatment? Was the child return…

RT (2020-11-23). India, Pakistan & Bangladesh should be MERGED, Indian minister suggests. rt.com Former British colonies India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, which have been entangled in decades of bitter rivalry, should actually be "merged" into a single state, a regional Indian minister has suggested. | The surprise suggestion was floated by Maharashtra state Cabinet Minister Nawab Malik, the Mumbai president of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), on Sunday. The politician was asked to provide a comment on an earlier remark by Devendra Fadnavis, leader of a local chapter of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), who said Pakistan's city of Karachi will be a part of India one day. | "We have been sayi…

RT (2020-11-23). Ethiopian forces surround Tigray region capital ahead of surrender deadline. rt.com Federal forces in Ethiopia have surrounded the Tigray region's capital, after the country's government gave the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) a 72-hour deadline to surrender. | If the TPLF does not surrender within that time frame, Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has threatened to begin a military offensive on the capital, amassing tanks and armed forces in the nearby city of Mekelle. | Military figures had earlier told local media that anyone who chooses to remain in the city after the deadline has expired, without peacefully surrendering, will be shown "no mercy" when the assault begins. | Sha…

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.

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.

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…

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

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

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.

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…

teleSUR (2020-11-23). Guatemala's Congress to Revoke Budget That Sparked Protests. telesurenglish.net Guatemala's Congress President Allan Rodriguez Monday announced the reversal of the 2021 state budget, which approval last week gave rise to a massive demonstration and the burning of part of Parliament on Saturday. | RELATED: | Rodriguez and 16 other lawmakers announced the decision in a message broadcast through the Congress' communication channels in the early hours of Monday morning. | "We have agreed to suspend the processing of the income and e…

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.

_____ (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.

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.

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…

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.

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 …

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…

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…

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…

_____ (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.

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.

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.