2020-12-01: News Headlines

Staff (2020-12-01). Vaccine Ethics: Doctor Warns Against Paying People to Get COVID Vaccine as U.S. Preps Distribution. democracynow.org As distribution of coronavirus vaccines draws near, a recent poll suggests that 42% of Americans are reluctant to take the vaccine. In response, some, including former Maryland congressmember and presidential candidate John Delaney, are pushing to pay people to get vaccinated, a move being discouraged by many, including Dr. Monica Peek, a physician, associate professor of medicine and health disparities researcher at the University of Chicago. She says there are major concerns about how to ensure at-risk groups get vaccinated while overcoming public doubts about the safety and efficacy of the vaccines, but paying…

Jesse Jackson (2020-12-01). The Future of the United States Is at Stake in Georgia. commondreams.org The two U.S. Senate races there are a microcosm of America's struggle to find a way forward. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Junaid S. Ahmad (2020-12-01). Palestine Solidarity Committee (PSC) Calls Upon Government of Pakistan to Refrain from Recognizing Israel. globalresearch.ca Dear friends, sisters, brothers, and comrades in the struggle for peace and justice: | We hope this finds all of you well and safe. | The Palestine Solidarity Committee (PSC)-Pakistan is deeply distressed at the way in which the US and the …

RT (2020-12-01). Berlin warns against 'rash actions' in Afghanistan, says further troop withdrawal must be linked with peace talks. rt.com The German foreign minister has called on the NATO alliance to carefully consider the impact that further troop withdrawals from Afghanistan would have on the peace process, warning against reckless actions. | Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Tuesday that North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) members must be cautious not to jeopardize the peace process in Afghanistan by withdrawing troops prematurely. | "As NATO partners, we want to ensure that we tie further troop reductions in Afghanistan to clear conditions," he said. | Maas was speaking ahead of a virtual meeting with his NATO colleagues in which tr…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-12-01). Tens of thousands of Indian farmers set up camp outside Delhi against Modi govt.'s pro-corporate laws. peoplesdispatch.org Indian farmers have gathered outside the capital New Delhi in huge numbers demanding the withdrawal of the three laws. Their stand has forced the government to call for early talks…

teleSUR (2020-12-01). Ecuador: Mayors Took to the Streets to Reject Budget Cuts. telesurenglish.net At least 80 mayors from several cities of Ecuador peacefully gathered in the capital Quito on Tuesday to demand President Lenin Moreno observe the agreements on Budget plans between the municipalities and the national government. | RELATED: | The mobilization was called by the Association of Municipalities of Ecuador (AME), which claimed the Executive branch has not respected the agreements with the town halls by cutt…

sputniknews (2020-12-01). COVID Patients Are Treated as Untouchables Once Posters Put Up Outside Their Homes: Top Indian Court. sputniknews.com Last month, India's top court asked the governing Bharatiya Janata Party government to consider issuing guidelines to do away with the practice of pasting posters outside the homes of COVID-19 patients.

sputniknews (2020-12-01). Millions of Workers on Strike Amid Friedrich Engels' 200th Birthday. sputniknews.com The assassination of top Iranian scientist sparks outrage; Millions of workers on strike in India…

Project Censored (2020-12-01). #19. Antibiotic Abuse: Pharmaceutical Profiteering Accelerates Superbugs. projectcensored.org Pharmaceutical giants Abbott and Sun Pharma are providing dangerous amounts of antibiotics to unlicensed doctors in India and incentivizing them to overprescribe. In August 2019 the Bureau of Investigative Journalism…

sputniknews (2020-12-01). 'I'm Just Gonna Sleep': Golden Retriever Puppy Naps, Ignoring Mischievous Siblings. sputniknews.com It is often said that siblings can be the most irritating creatures on Earth. They might love you and everything, but won't let you be at peace or rest.

Project Censored (2020-12-01). 4. Congressional Investments and Conflicts of Interest. projectcensored.org In January 2020 the Center for Public Integrity and Vox reported that the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which granted corporations a 14 percent reduction in taxes, also helped…

Black Alliance for Peace (2020-12-01). U.S. Centrism: The Radical Betrayal of Global Solidarity. globalresearch.ca "… Somebody must say to America, America if you have contempt for life, if you exploit human beings by seeing them as less than human, if you will treat human beings as a means to an end, you thingafy those …

sputniknews (2020-12-01). Indian Filmmaker Onir Talks About 'My Brother Nikhil' Breaking Stigma of HIV/AIDS. sputniknews.com Apart from entertainment, cinema is also a great tool to spread awareness about sensitive subjects. And Indian Filmmaker Onir did just that with his iconic Bollywood movie "My Brother Nikhil" (2005), which created a movement and triggered conversations about HIV/AIDS and same-sex relationships across the globe.

sputniknews (2020-12-01). Neighbours to Planned Memorial for Anders Breivik's Victims Fear Traumatising 'Terror Tourism'. sputniknews.com The 2011 terrorist act by Anders Behring Breivik that left 77 dead, the bloodiest in the country's peacetime history, has left a deep scar on the Norwegian psyche.

sputniknews (2020-12-01). US Lawmakers Introduce $908Bln Bipartisan COVID-19 Relief Bill – Senator. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON, (Sputnik) – A bipartisan group of US lawmakers pushed on Tuesday for quick congressional approval of a COVID-19 fiscal relief of just over $900 billion, criticizing legislators for going on a break when the nation was in the midst of financial stress caused by the pandemic.

news.un (2020-12-01). INTERVIEW: Economic and Social Council 'vital to promote global peace and global cooperation'. news.un.org Munir Akram wears two hats. He is Pakistan's Ambassador to the UN and was elected on 23 July as the 76th President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC); one of the three main bodies that provide the backbone of the United Nations.

sputniknews (2020-12-01). Rumors of IRGC Commander's Killing in Drone Strike in Iraq False, Iranian Media Says. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Informed sources have denied reports that an airstrike by a drone had killed a commander of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in western Iraq on the border with Syria, Tasnim news agency said.

Bay Action to Free Julian Assange (2020-11-30). Thursday 12/10: Barbara Lee Support US HR 1175/1162:Drop Charges Against Assange & Snowden. indybay.org Barbara Lee's Congressional Office | Oakland Federal Building | 1301 Clay St. Oakland.

Bay Action to Free Julian Assange (2020-11-30). Thursday 12/10: Barbara Lee Support US HR 1175/1162: Drop Charges Against Assange & Snowden. indybay.org Barbara Lee's Congressional Office | Oakland Federal Building | 1301 Clay St. Oakland.

WSWS (2020-11-30). Migrants protest in India demanding right to return to New Zealand. wsws.org An estimated 2,000 work NZ visa holders have been stuck in India for nine months, many of whom have lost their jobs and are in severe hardship.

_____ (2020-11-30). Questions for BBC on New White Helmets Podcast Series Attacking OPCW Whistleblowers. strategic-culture.org Aaron MATÉ | A new BBC podcast, "Mayday," uses smears, gaping omissions, leaps of logic, and factual errors in a desperate attempt to repair the image of late White Helmets founder James Le Mesurier, and discredit the OPCW inspectors who challenged a cover-up of their Syria chemical weapons probe. Mayday's producer has failed to answer the following questions. | The new BBC podcast

Greta Anderson (2020-11-30). What Does Coexistence with Large Carnivores Actually Mean? counterpunch.org In Mexican wolf country, ranchers and agencies bandy about the word 'coexistence' as if it means an end to conflict between humans and lobos. If only that were true, and that the playing field were somehow level. Let us review, shall we? Coexistence: 1: to exist together or at the same time 2: to live in peace

Sameena Rahman (2020-11-30). Why did a quarter of a billion workers go on strike in India? liberationnews.org On Nov. 26, farmers were joined by both public and private sector employees for a nationwide general strike in India in response to anti-labor and anti-farmer policies enacted by the far-right government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

MEE staff (2020-11-30). New Delhi accuses OIC of indulging in anti-India propaganda. middleeasteye.net New Delhi accuses OIC of indulging in anti-India propaganda | Indian government issues strong rebuke of Organisation of Islamic Conference following resolutions passed on Kashmir during annual meeting in Niger | Mon, 11/30/2020 – 17: 52 | The OIC is the world's second-largest inter-governmental organisation after the UN, with 57 member states (AFP/File photo) | The Indian government has issued a strong rebuke…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-11-30). 'Another World Is Possible': Ocasio-Cortez Uses Video Gaming Platform to Raise $200,000 for Fight Against Hunger, Evictions. commondreams.org The congresswoman was joined by Canadian progressive leader Jagmeet Singh, who spoke about bold, far-reaching policies in Canada. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-30). As COVID-19 cases soar in Turkey, demands for fresh lockdown gain momentum. peoplesdispatch.org Turkey has been hit by a second wave of COVID-19 and recorded more new cases on Sunday than Brazil and Russia, standing just behind the US and India…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-30). Silence in face of terrorist acts threatening peace in region. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 30 (MNA) — Iranian Parliament Speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf in a message to the UN Secretary General António Guterres on Monday said that silence in the face of terrorist acts threatens peace and security in the region.

Lynda Carson (2020-11-30). National Council on Disability says Congress should phase out the AbilityOne Program. indybay.org Person In Wheelchair…

commondreams (2020-11-30). Goodbye, Ajit Pai. The Senate Should Reject Nathan Simington and Let the FCC Get Back To Work. commondreams.org ______________________________…

_____ (2020-11-30). Public Health Council Unanimously Passes Motion Opposing Biomass Plant. popularresistance.org The Public Health Council of Springfield on Saturday, November 21, sent a letter to the chairs of the House-Senate Climate Change Conference requesting that there be no incentives written into the legislation under consideration promoting the building of biomass as a source of electricity. According to the letter signed by the Public Health Council Environmental Health Chair Dr. Jeffrey Scavron, "The Public Health Council urges you to do all you can to not allow the construction of a Biomass Furnace in our city.

commondreams (2020-11-30). People's Action Announces New Deep Canvassing Campaign in Georgia to Flip the Senate. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Rod Driver (2020-11-29). The War Crimes of Obama, Cameron and Hillary Clinton. zcomm.org Libya, Syria and Yemen…

Paul Rosenberg (2020-11-29). Congress can wait: How Biden can reshape our future with executive action. salon.com Congressional deadlock doesn't have to mean total paralysis. Biden can change America without passing new laws…

_____ (2020-11-29). Guatemalans Continue Anti-Government Protests. popularresistance.org Guatemala City, Guatemala — Guatemalans have returned to protest across the country for the second Saturday in a row, as discontent with President Alejandro Giammattei and his government continues. | More than 2,000 people gathered in Guatemala City's central plaza to demand the resignation of Giammattei and congressional representatives who had approved the country's controversial 2021 budget. | "We are demanding that they respect our rights and that all those corrupt politicians in Congress leave," Maria Fernanda Saldana, a 22-year-old university student…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). Iraq, Iran, Russia, Syria to exchange security information. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) — Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Russian Federation and Syria will exchange security information with each other.

The Canary (2020-11-28). Tear gas fired as French protesters condemn bill outlawing use of police images. thecanary.co Thousands of people have gathered across France to protest against a proposed security law that would restrict the sharing of images of police officers.Officers in Paris who were advised to behave responsibly during the demonstrations fired tear gas to disperse rowdy protesters in a largely peaceful crowd.Dozens of rallies took place against a provision of the law that would make it a crime to publish photos or video of on-duty police officers with the intent of harming their "physical or psychological integrity".Trouble in Paris (Francois Mori/AP)Civil liberties groups and journalists are concerned that the meas…

RT (2020-11-28). Syria condemns 'Zionist terrorist attack on science' as Israel says it has 'no clue' who was behind Iranian scientist's murder. rt.com Syria has condemned the assassination of top Iranian nuclear physicist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, calling it a chilling "terrorist attack on science", as Israel denies involvement. | Syria's Foreign Minister Faysal Mikdad While Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was a senior Iranian nuclear physicist with alleged…