Daily Archives: September 1, 2020

2020-09-01: News Headlines

RT (2020-09-01). WATCH: US Navy sends own ship to watery grave during live-fire exercise at close of RIMPAC naval games. rt.com The amphibious cargo ship the USS Durham was blown to smithereens with a firestorm of ordinance from multiple ships in a striking conclusion to the Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2020 naval event held recently off Hawaii. | The Charleston-class vessel entered US Navy service on January 1, 1969 and met its explosive end on Saturday, August 30. | A barrage of Harpoon, Exocet, and Hellfire missiles, and rounds from five-inch guns from various ships from the US, Australia, Brunei and Canada concluded the naval exercise off the coast of Hawaii. The US Navy shared a video of the firestorm farewell. | | Th…

RT (2020-09-01). As Covid-19 pandemic rolls on, Russia becomes fourth country to pass one million confirmed cases, joining Brazil, India & the US. rt.com As children head back to school, Russia's coronavirus case numbers continue to break records. On Tuesday, confirmed infections in nationwide reached seven figures, becoming the first European country to break the million mark. | Behind just the US, Brazil, and India, Russia is the fourth country in the world to break the milestone nobody wanted to get near. However, when compared to these other three countries, it at least seems to be on the right track. On August 31, the US reported 38,560 new cases, India 68,770, and Brazil 48,590. Russia has had less than 5,000 per day since August 15. | Despite being fourt…

RT (2020-09-01). India accuses China of new 'provocative actions' on border amid de-escalation talks. rt.com New Delhi has accused Beijing of new provocations in a disputed border region just as the two nations were holding talks on de-escalation in the very same area. China has not commented on the accusations so far. | The Chinese troops "engaged in provocative action" on Monday, Indian Foreign Ministry's Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said in a statement. He did not provide any further details, only adding that Indian forces had prevented an attempt to "unilaterally alter the status quo." | The incident came just as both Chinese and Indian commanders held talks to ease tensions in the disputed area following the l…

Colin Todhunter (2020-09-01). From Cotton to Brinjal: Fraudulent GMO Project in India Sustained by Deception. counterpunch.org Insecticidal Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) cotton is the first and only GM (genetically modified) crop that has been approved in India. It has been cultivated in the country for more than 20 years. In a formal statement to the Supreme Court of India, the Indian government has asserted that hybrid Bt cotton is an outstanding success.

yenisafak (2020-09-01). Afghan peace bid in limbo amid political wrangling. yenisafak.com Cracks have emerged in the Afghan government's negotiating team for proposed peace talks with the Taliban, just a day after the country's president issued a decree finalizing 48 names for the key discussions.Ashraf Ghani's former political rival Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation, termed the presidential decree infringement of his authority.Abdullah's office said as per the political agreement between the two men, which helped resolve a months-long electoral dispute, the formation of the council for talks with the Taliban and appointment of its members was one of the power…

Maazi Oluchi Ibe (2020-09-01). Nigeria: The Politics of Ethnicity, Its Impact on Development and Biafra's Quest for Self-Determination. globalresearch.ca Undoubtedly, Nigeria has entered a period of political uncertainty. With the next presidential election fast approaching, some politicians and experts are strongly advocating for, among others, a constitutional review considered as the best way to preserve peace and stability in …

Nauman Sadiq (2020-09-01). How Pakistan's Military Created Rift Between Imran Khan and Modi? globalresearch.ca During his stint in power as Pakistan's prime minister until July 2017, Nawaz Sharif had nurtured cordial working relationship with India's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Narendra Modi. This, along with his role in Kargil …

Black Alliance for Peace (2020-09-01). Ending Poverty, Hunger and War = Racial Justice? globalresearch.ca The Black Lives Matter slogan and the demand for "racial justice" echo as the defining characteristic of the ongoing resistance from Portland to Kenosha. But the drama of the moment obscures the limitation of these demands. What we mean is …

Ted Galen Carpenter (2020-09-01). Are We Deliberately Trying To Provoke A Military Crisis With Russia? globalresearch.ca A dangerous vehicle collision between U.S and Russian soldiers in Northeastern Syria on Aug. 24 highlights the fragility of the relationship and the broader test of wills between the two major powers. | According to

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-01). The long road to peace in Sudan. peoplesdispatch.org On August 31, the transitional government and rebel groups signed a peace agreement in Sudan. There is a long way to go before meaningful peace can be achieved and the Sudanese government has to take a number of steps…

_____ (2020-09-01). Why Conflict Is Escalating In Portland. popularresistance.org It's always been mythology that in the USA the First Amendment gives people the right to peacefully protest. It's always been mythology that when people commit acts of civil disobedience, such as marching or sitting down in the street, that they will generally be gingerly carried off with one cop taking each limb, carrying the arrested to an awaiting vehicle, and carefully placing them inside it. It's always been mythology that when there are two opposing groups of protesters, the police are there to act as a neutral party to keep them from hurting each other. Under certain circumstances, peaceful protests go off…

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-01). UAE normalization ties with Israel violates regional peace. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 01 (MNA) — Iranian Parliament Speaker's Special Aide for International Affairs said that United Arab Emirates' normalization of ties with the Zionist regime violates peace and security in the region.

sputniknews (2020-09-01). Woman Catches Thieving Goat 'Red-Handed' With Mail From Letter box, Video Goes Viral. sputniknews.com A video of a goat stealing letters from a letterbox and chomping on it has gone viral and is garnering a lot of funny reactions. Posted by a woman named Ila Mazingo from Alabama, United States, she witnessed this sight in the middle of a road and couldn't resist capturing it in a camera.

sputniknews (2020-09-01). Court Orders Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to Return to Pakistan. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): Nawaz Sharif is a former prime minister of Pakistan, who has allegedly been involved in several corruption cases. According to Sharif, the allegations against him are politically motivated.

sputniknews (2020-09-01). China Cites Loosely Demarcated Border as Reason For Tensions as Tanks Reach Firing Range in Ladakh. sputniknews.com Relations between India and China dipped to a new low after skirmishes in the Ladakh region on 29 August. The two sides accused each other of violating the protocols reached during military and diplomatic level talks after a violent clash in the Galwan Valley on 15 June, in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed.

sputniknews (2020-09-01). 'Good Bois Go First': Watch This Indian Cop Clear the Road for Doggo to Cross. sputniknews.com Now that many lockdown curbs have been relaxed in several parts of India to revive country's economic pulse, roads that stood deserted for months are again bustling with vehicles and people. Traffic policemen have sprung back to action, making sure the rules are followed, and that every need is met.

sputniknews (2020-09-01). Indian Man Covers Dead Wife's Body in Cow Dung to Revive Her. sputniknews.com People in remote areas and villages often fall prey to witchcraft, resulting in reports of strange practices and incidents. Such practices are deeply rooted in superstition and are sometimes criminal in nature.

sputniknews (2020-09-01). Devastation of Indian Economy Started with Demonetisation, says Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): India's principal opposition party, Congress, has been attacking the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on various issues including high oil prices, unemployment and the ongoing economic slowdown. Congress has also criticised the government's $266 billion stimulus plan to mitigate Covid-led disruptions.

Staff (2020-09-01). Uprisings Against Evictions Are Sweeping the Country Today. truthout.org Organizers and community members in at least 15 cities across the United States are set to mobilize Tuesday to "storm the streets in front of the homes and offices of Republican leaders, occupy eviction courts, and hold teach-ins on tenant protections for a nationwide day of uprisings to protest the Senate's failures to provide relief during the biggest eviction crisis the U.S. has ever faced." | The

yenisafak (2020-09-01). US, UK, Norway welcome initial peace deal in Sudan. yenisafak.com The US, the UK and Norway said Wednesday that they welcome the peace agreement between Sudan's government and a rebel alliance, describing it as "the first step in a long process to rebuild hope and stability for conflict-affected communities in Sudan.""The peace agreement lays a foundation for sustainable peace and stability in Darfur and other conflict-affected areas that is critical for Sudan's democratic transition," a joint statement by the Troika countries said.They said they "recognise the concessions all have made to conclude these negotiations" and "call on all parties to implement the agreement in good…

yenisafak (2020-09-01). India accuses China of fresh provocation during military talks over border. yenisafak.com India's Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that Chinese troops had "engaged in provocative action" on the border on Monday even as military commanders held talks to defuse tensions."Even as the ground commanders of the two sides were in discussions to de-escalate the situation, the Chinese troops again engaged in provocative action," ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava said."Due to the timely defensive action, the Indian side was able to prevent these attempts to unilaterally alter the status quo."

yenisafak (2020-09-01). US Congress hails Turkey's coronavirus aid to Maryland. yenisafak.com The US-based Turkish American National Steering Committee (TASC) said US Congressional Record recognized the contribution of the committee and Turkey in fight against coronavirus."US Congressional Record recognizes TASC and Republic of Turkey in fight against COVID-19 in Maryland and the United States," the TASC tweeted late Monday."@RepDavidTrone @StateMaryland We Turkish Americans stands with American people. Be Negative on COVID, Stay Positive on Life," the commitee added.Trone addressed the House of Representatives to express his gratitude for the "generosity" of Turkish Americans and their "gracious" suppor…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-09-01). Poll Shows Number of Unemployed People Struggling to Cover Basic Needs Has Nearly Doubled Since GOP Killed $600 Federal Boost. commondreams.org After Senate Republicans allowed a $600-per-week boost to federal unemployment benefits to expire at the end of July, the share of jobless Americans struggling to afford basic necessities in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and resulting economic crisis nearly doubled, according to polling released Tuesday by Morning Consult. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrew Korybko (2020-08-31). Is Russia Backtracking on China's "Belt and Road" (BRI)? Moscow's Balancing Act Between China and India. globalresearch.ca The critical assessment of China's Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) last month by the influential Director of the Russian Academy of Sciences' Institute of Far Eastern Studies coupled with India's eagerness all summer to court the Eurasian Great Power into …

Staff (2020-08-31). Headlines for August 31, 2020. democracynow.org Protests Continue in Kenosha as Officials Plead With Trump To Cancel Visit, One Dead in Portland as Pro-Trump Rally Clashes With Anti-Racist Protesters, U.S. Covid-19 Cases Top 6 Million, Deaths Top 183,000, Under Pressure From Trump, FDA Admits It Might Approve Vaccine Before Trials End, Gaza Extends Lockdown, India Reports Record Daily Numbers as Global Covid-19 Cases Top 25 Million, Chadwick Boseman, Beloved and Ground-Breaking Actor, Dies at 43 After Battle With Cancer, "Get Your Knee Off Our Necks" Rally Held on 57th Anniverary of March on Washington, Mustapha Adib Set to Become New Prime Minister of Lebanon…

yenisafak (2020-08-31). UN sends 16 truckloads of aid to Syria's Idlib. yenisafak.com The UN on Monday sent 16 truckloads of humanitarian aid to northwestern Syria where millions of people are in need of assistance due to internal conflict.The trucks carrying supplies entered Idlib province through the Cilvegozu border gate in Turkey's south.The aid will be distributed among residents of Idlib, and nearby rural areas.Syria has been ravaged by civil war since early 2011 when the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protesters.Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and more than 10 million displaced, according to UN estimates.Idlib falls within a de-escalation zone forged under an ag…

teleSUR (2020-08-31). Brazil: Pataxo Indigenous Families Threatened With Eviction. telesurenglish.net Members of the Pataxo da Jaqueira Indigenous Reserve in Bahia state started protests against an eviction order released by President Jair Bolsonaro's administration. | RELATED: | The eviction order arose after a hearing among the Federal Public Ministry, the National Indian Foundation, and the Sky Dream School of Pilots, a company that claims to be the legitimate owner of the land. | TeleSUR's correspondent in Brazil, Andre Vieira…

Muhammed Shabeer (2020-08-31). India's Communist youth raise $1.4 million for COVID relief with recycling drive. peoplesworld.org KERALA STATE, India—Ever since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, leftist youth organizations around the world have been in the forefront of both providing relief and resisting attempts to attack the rights of people. An instance of this has been the "Recycle Kerala" initiative launched by the communist Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), which …

RT (2020-08-31). Maduro pardons 100+ opposition lawmakers to promote 'national reconciliation' in Venezuela. rt.com Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced pardons for 110 opposition lawmakers currently facing charges, saying this should promote democracy in the country currently under US sanctions and demands for regime change. | The intent of the pardons is to "promote national reconciliation and the search for peace," Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez announced on Monday in Caracas. | The measure was proposed by the Commission for Truth, Justice and Peace and seeks to strengthen democracy and "open channels of political action" within the framework of the Venezuelan Constitution, Rodriguez added. | The gover…

Fight Back (2020-08-31). Hundreds march in St. Paul for clean Dream Act and legalization for all. fightbacknews.org Saint Paul, MN – Hundreds marched through the West Side of Saint Paul from Castillo Park to Senator Tina Smith's office on August 29 demanding the Senate take immediate action towards legalization for all residents. The march was part of an ongoing campaign by the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAC) demanding legalization for all immigrants eligible for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), TPS (Temporary Protective Status), and DED (Deferred Enforced Departure) status. | The Dream and Promise Act, which would accomplish that goal, has been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. For…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-08-31). Massachusetts primary pits progressives Markey and Morse vs. Kennedy and Neal. peoplesworld.org BOSTON—The Sept. 1 Democratic congressional primaries in Massachusetts feature what may be the last two rounds pitting progressives against challengers around the country—but with a twist. In one race, the progressive is the incumbent, Sen. Ed Markey. The challenger, Rep. Joe Kennedy III, claims it's time for a new generation of politicians in the Bay …

RT (2020-08-31). China accuses India of violating country's borders, urges it to withdraw troops. rt.com Beijing has reported a new border incident with India in the contested region of Aksai Chin, accusing New Delhi of intrusion into Chinese territory on Monday. China's military warned it was getting ready for any possible scenario. | Indian troops have broken their promise and trespassed over China's border again, Senior Colonel Zhang Shuili, spokesperson for the People's Liberation Army (PLA) said in a statement. | The official urged India to withdraw its troops from the Chinese-controlled area and "control" them to avoid such incidents in the future. The Chinese military is taking all measures necessary to de…

Stephen Lendman (2020-08-31). Battleground South China Sea? Growing US Hostility toward China. globalresearch.ca US hostility toward China's growing political, economic, technological, and military prominence risks possible direct confrontation between both nations. | China seeks peace and cooperative relations with other countries in stark contrast to Washington's aim for unchallenged dominance by whatever it takes …

Vanessa Beeley (2020-08-31). Meet the "Violet" Successors to the White Helmets' Syria Propaganda Throne. thealtworld.com Meet the Violet organization, a new "Syrian" NGO pushed into the limelight by neocolonialist media outlets, which works alongside the terrorist-linked White Helmets and in areas occupied by Al Qaeda affiliates and rebrands. | Violet gallery | While the world is distracted by the Covid-19 crisis, scant attention has been paid to events in Syria. The US-led coalition is maintaining a savage multispectrum war on the country, but few are aware of the suffering of the Syrian people as the media have barely reported on the starvation, economic catastrophe, Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-31). Sudanese government and majority of the rebel forces sign peace agreement. peoplesdispatch.org The transitional government and the bulk of groups that make up the Sudanese Revolutionary Front signed a peace agreement in Juba, South Sudan, after months of talks…

WSWS (2020-08-31). Trump incites vigilante violence against peaceful protests in Wisconsin. wsws.org The murders in Kenosha are the first major attempt to use right-wing vigilante groups to carry out violent attacks on domestic opposition within the United States.

teleSUR (2020-08-31). Mexico: Parties Collect Signatures To Prosecute Ex-Presidents. telesurenglish.net Mexico's National Regeneration Movement Party (MORENA) and the Labor Party (PT) Sunday started a signature collection campaign for Congress to request a referendum through which citizens decide whether three former presidents can be tried for acts of corruption. | RELATED: | The referendum, which must be supported by at least 43 lawmakers, seeks to start a legal process against former presidents Carlos Salinas de G…

WSWS (2020-08-31). US military will not be involved in election crisis, top general claims. wsws.org The extraordinary statement by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff came in response to a letter from two Democratic congresswomen.

teleSUR (2020-08-31). India Record's Highest Single-Day COVID-19 Infections. telesurenglish.net India recorded on Sunday the world's highest single-day increase in COVID-19 infections as authorities reported 78.761 new cases. | RELATED: | The country also has the fastest-growing number of recorded cases, with 3.5 million overall contagions. Hence, India has become the third worst-hit country by the COVID-19 pandemic, after the U.S. and Brazil. | However, in recent days the government has eased restriction measures to open…

Josh Owens (2020-08-31). Saudi Troops Join U.S. Base in Oil-Rich Northern Syria. globalresearch.ca Twenty Saudi soldiers arrived this week at a U.S. military base close to an oilfield in northeastern Syria, according to At the end of last year, Saudi …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-31). Indian people's organizations stand up to Modi govt. peoplesdispatch.org Under the banner of Hum Agar Uthe Nahi Toh (If We Do Not Rise), over 400 Indian women's groups and human rights organizations are coming together for a joint campaign.

sputniknews (2020-08-31). Hundreds Join Muharram Processions in India's Telangana Despite Top Court's Ban Amid COVID Pandemic. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): India's apex court last week forbid Muharram processions in the country amid a rising number of coronavirus cases there, saying it could lead to "chaos" and "targeting of a particular community for spreading COVID-19".

sputniknews (2020-08-31). China says Czech Senate Speaker to Pay 'Heavy Price' for 'Political Opportunism' of Taiwan Visit. sputniknews.com Czech Senate speaker Milos Vystrcil arrived in Taipei on 30 August on a visit to promote business links with Taiwan, dismissing anticipated objections from Beijing over a perceived violation of the European state's one-China policy.

sputniknews (2020-08-31). Modi's Monthly Radio Address Programme Becomes Victim of "Dislikes" on YouTube. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been hosting a monthly radio programme, "Mann Ki Baat", since October 2014, wherein he addresses his countrymen on state-owned All India Radio. The recording of the same is shared on Modi's YouTube channel along with the BJP and Press Information Bureau.

sputniknews (2020-08-31). Mediterranean Crisis: Turkey Slams 'Imperialist' France Over Syria-Style 'Red Lines'. sputniknews.com On Friday, French President Emmanuel Macron announced a "red line policy" vis-à -vis Turkey amid the ongoing Turkish-Greek dispute in the Mediterranean, saying Ankara seems to only respect words backed by action. Tensions in the potentially hydrocarbons-rich body of water have escalated amid competing claims over which group of nations owns what.

Staff (2020-08-31). USPS Board Chairman Revealed as Director of McConnell, Trump-Linked Super PACs. truthout.org The United States Postal Service (USPS) Board of Governors Chairman, Robert M. Duncan, is a director of the Mitch McConnell-allied Senate Leadership Fund Super PAC, as

yenisafak (2020-08-31). Former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee dies at 84. yenisafak.com Former Indian president and the country's renowned political leader Pranab Mukherjee died on Monday at the age of 84."With a Heavy Heart, this is to inform you that my father Shri #PranabMukherjee has just passed away inspite of the best efforts of Doctors of RR Hospital prayers ,duas prarthanas [prayers] from people throughout India ! I thank all of You," his son Abhijit Mukherjee made the announcement on Twitter.Mukherjee was admitted to Army Hospital Research and Referral (RR) Hospital in the capital New Delhi for brain surgery earlier this month.He served as the country's President from 2012 to 2017 and was a…

yenisafak (2020-08-31). Germany says it supports Belarus protesters. yenisafak.com The German government supports those protesting against the results of the Aug. 9 presidential election in Belarus, a spokesperson said on Monday.Steffen Seibert, chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman, told a press conference that there were convincing reports of police detaining "peaceful protestors" in Belarus, during what he called "impressive protests" over the weekend.He hailed the protestors' courage despite pressure from President Alexander Lukashenko, and called on him to "recognize the reality in the country."There needs to be an open dialogue between the government, opposition and the society in Belarus,…

yenisafak (2020-08-31). Ankara slams terrorist YPG/PKK-affiliated visit to Moscow. yenisafak.com Turkey on Monday slammed a visit to Moscow by a terrorist YPG/PKK-affiliated group, saying Russia should avoid steps that serve the interests of terrorists who threaten both Turkey and Syria."We are concerned that a group consisting of elements of the so-called 'Syrian Democratic Council,' led by the terrorist group PKK/YPG, will be invited to the Russian Federation and accepted at a high level by Russian officials," the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.Reports since the statement indicate the meeting may have already happened."We expect the Russian Federation to act in accordance with the spirit of A…

yenisafak (2020-08-31). First Israeli flight flies to UAE via Saudi airspace. yenisafak.com The first-ever commercial flight flew from Israel's Ben Gurion airport on Monday to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) through Saudi airspace. | The El Al flight is carrying an Israeli delegation headed by national security adviser Meir Ben-Shabat and US diplomats led by Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and special adviser. | Kushner described the flight as "historic" that is being watched by all in the Arab and Islamic world. | "This is a very hopeful time and I believe that so much peace and prosperity is possible in this region and throughout the world," Kushner said in statements cited by the Is…