2020-11-26: News Headlines

John Pilger (2020-11-26). Britain's Class War on Children. zcomm.org Study after study shows that the people who suffer and die early from the diseases of poverty brought on by a poor diet, sub-standard housing and the priorities of the political elite and its hostile "welfare" officials — are working people…

Kathy Kelly (2020-11-26). Like a Rocket in the Garden: the Unending War in Afghanistan. counterpunch.org Late last week, I learned from young Afghan Peace Volunteer friends in Kabul that an insurgent group firing rockets into the city center hit the home of one volunteer's relatives. Everyone inside was killed. Today, word arrived of two bomb blasts in the marketplace city of Bamiyan, in central Afghanistan, killing at least fourteen people and wounding forty-five.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-26). Colombian social leader Julián Gil released after 900 days unjustly held in prison. peoplesdispatch.org "This is a victory of people's movements," declared Julián Gil as he left the prison and was greeted by dozens of family members, friends as well as militants and leaders of his organization Congreso de los Pueblos (the People's Congress). Gil, who worked as the technical secretary of the organization was arrested 902 days ago outside the organization's office and falsely accused of having participated in and planned acts of terrorism. | On Tuesday November 24, the Specialized Judge of Cundinamarca absolved Gil of all charges and declared that he should be released immediately. Gil had been accused of rebellion a…

Fight Back (2020-11-26). Chicago area nursing home workers' strike. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – 700 nursing home workers who are members SEIU Health Care Illinois/Indiana (HCII) began a second #StrikeForOurLives on November 23. Strikers walked out at 11 Infinity nursing homes across the state of Illinois. Members of SEIU have been denied adequate staffing, PPE and hazard pay.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-25). Venezuela prepares for parliamentary elections. peoplesdispatch.org On December 6, over 20 million Venezuelans will go to the polls to elect 277 representatives of the National Assembly for the period 2021-2026. According to the National Electoral Council (CNE) of Venezuela, 14,400 candidates from 107 political parties are contesting in the parliamentary elections. | The upcoming electoral process is crucial because it is a constitutional and peaceful solution to the political crisis generated, in January 2019, by the US-backed right-wing opposition leader and self-proclaimed "interim president" of Venezuela Juan Guaidó. The far-right parties supporting Guaidó have decided not to…

Pip Hinman (2020-11-25). Colombians call for human rights, peace. greenleft.org.au Human rights activists gathered to denounce the ongoing massacres and killings of social leaders in Colombia on November 21, reports Fred Fuentes.

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

Nadda Osman (2020-11-25). Israel-UAE deal: Netanyahu and Mohammed bin Zayed's Nobel Peace Prize nomination denounced. middleeasteye.net Israel-UAE deal: Netanyahu and Mohammed bin Zayed's Nobel Peace Prize nomination denounced | Social media users have called the nominations a mockery, citing human rights abuses by the leaders | Wed, 11/25/2020 – 14: 38 | Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have been put forward for the Nobel Peace Prize (AFP) | The latest nomination for the Nobel…

Nadda Osman (2020-11-25). Israel-UAE deal: Netanyahu and Mohammed bin Zayed's Nobel Peace Prize proposal denounced. middleeasteye.net Israel-UAE deal: Netanyahu and Mohammed bin Zayed's Nobel Peace Prize proposal denounced | Social media users have called the nominations a mockery, citing human rights abuses by the leaders | Wed, 11/25/2020 – 14: 38 | Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have been put forward for the Nobel Peace Prize (AFP) | The latest people named for the Nobel…

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.

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.

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…

news.un (2020-11-25). 'Incredibly hard' winter beckons for Syrians, more assistance urgently needed. news.un.org More than three million people across Syria require assistance through what is likely to be an "incredibly hard" winter, the acting deputy UN Emergency Relief Coordinator told the Security Council on Wednesday, highlighting that those displaced remain "particularly vulnerable".

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 …

Pip Hinman (2020-11-25). ADF revelations show war itself is the crime. greenleft.org.au Australia's role in Afghanistan wasn't a contribution to the cause of global peace or democracy: it helped destroy a country, argues Nick Riemer.

news.un (2020-11-25). Alert over growing use of cluster munitions, despite stockpile reductions. news.un.org Lethal cluster munitions are still being used in old and new conflicts around the world, from Syria to Libya, to Nagorno-Karabakh, a UN-backed civil society report said on Wednesday.

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 …

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…

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.

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…

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…

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 ______________________________…

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 …

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.

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.

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…

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.

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.

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

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…

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."

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…

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…

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.

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.

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

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

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 …

_____ (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.

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.

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…