Daily Archives: September 12, 2020

2020-09-12: News Headlines

The Lancet (2020-09-12). [Editorial] Global collaboration for health: rhetoric versus reality. thelancet.com The 75th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) opens on Sept 15, 2020. Being held remotely for the first time, the meeting will inevitably be dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic, but other issues on the agenda that have resonance for global health include the climate crisis, peace, disarmament, and humanitarian assistance. Underpinning this year's agenda is the UN theme of multilateralism, under the banner "The future we want, the United Nations we need: reaffirming our collective commitment to multilateralism".

RT (2020-09-12). Dem rival of Georgia QAnon-supporting GOP candidate drops out of House race, campaign assures he's 'safe' amid threat rumors. rt.com A Democrat has suddenly bowed out of the US House race in Georgia citing "personal reasons," clearing the path for Republican contender Marjorie Taylor Greene, the alleged QAnon supporter who is now running unopposed. | Kevin Van Ausdal said he would pull out of the contest in a statement on Friday, leaving the race for Georgia's reliably red 14th Congressional District uncontested, with Greene the only candidate left in the running. | "I am heartbroken to announce that for family and personal reasons, I cannot continue this race for Congress," Van Ausdal said in a statement, adding that "stepping aside would…

news.un (2020-09-12). Historic Afghan talks present 'major opportunity' for peace: UN Secretary-General. news.un.org The first ever direct talks between Afghan Government representatives and the Taliban which began on Saturday, present "a major opportunity" to finally realise the "long-held aspirations" of the people, for a peaceful future, the UN chief has said.

yenisafak (2020-09-12). US 'doesn't seek to impose' democracy on Afghanistan. yenisafak.com After 19 years of American invasion in the name of fighting terrorist groups and democratizing Afghanistan, which led to the shattering of latter's political institutions, the US on Saturday announced that it is no longer interested in exporting democracy to the war-weary country.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's remarks came in the beginning of intra-Afghan peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents in the Qatari capital Doha.The historic talks aim to end nearly two decades of armed insurgency in Afghanistan amid pressure from US President Donald Trump's administration ahead of elections…

WSWS (2020-09-12). US jobless claims top 884,000 for second week in a row. wsws.org With no congressional relief in sight, millions of workers are seeing meager unemployment benefits expire while layoffs continue to mount.

San Mateo Peace Action (2020-09-12). Sunday 9/13: Sharat G. Lin on the Rise and Fall of U.S.-China Relations. indybay.org Online…

Staff (2020-09-12). Native American Voters Face Significant Barriers to Mail-in Voting in 2020. truthout.org Observers and pundits are predicting record-setting voter turnout in the coming election. But the number of votes from Indian Country may be underwhelming because of systemic problems. | University of Florida Political Science Professor and

yenisafak (2020-09-12). Netanyahu welcomes normalization with Bahrain. yenisafak.com Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday welcomed US President Donald Trump's annoucement of reaching a normalization deal between Israel and Bahrain. | In a news conference broadcast by the Israeli KAN TV, Netanyahu said that it took Israel 29 days to reach the agreement with Bahrain.Netanyahu also confirmed that other Arab countries will establish ties with Israel. "It is a new phase of peace," he added. | The Bahraini official news agency said that during a phone call between Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and Trump both sides agreed to establish full diplomatic ties between Tel Aviv and Ma…

yenisafak (2020-09-12). Palestinian Authority: Bahrain-Israel deal 'betrayal'. yenisafak.com The Palestinian Authority on Friday condemned Bahrain's move of normalizing relations with Israel. | "The Palestinian leadership strongly rejects and condemns the American-Bahraini-Israeli tripartite declaration on the normalization of relations between the occupying state of Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain," the Palestinian Authority said in a statement. | The statement called the move "a betrayal of Jerusalem, Al-Aqsa and the Palestinian cause". | The statement added that Bahrain's step blows up the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative and the resolutions of Arab and Islamic summits. | The Palestinian groups, including…

yenisafak (2020-09-12). Egypt's al-Sisi hails Bahrain, Israel normalization. yenisafak.com Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi on Friday said he considered the normalization agreement between Israel and Bahrain a step toward peace in the region."I value this important step towards establishing stability and peace in the Middle East, and in a way that achieves a just and permanent settlement for the Palestinian cause," al-Sisi tweeted thanking the parties involved in implementing this "historic step".Israel and Bahrain agreed to establish full diplomatic relations on Friday in a second breakthrough between Israel and its Arab neighbors after it normalized ties with the United Arab Emirates last mont…

yenisafak (2020-09-12). Bomb attacks injures 21 civilians in northeastern Syria. yenisafak.com At least 21 people were injured in two bomb attacks in Ras al-Ayn, northeastern Syria, local security sources said on Saturday.The explosives detonated near the town post office, according to the sources, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.At least 21 people — mostly children and women — were injured in the attack and referred to the closest hospital.Just after the blast, an explosives-laden motorbike exploded near the town's entrance, where no casualties were reported.The local security forces are considering the possibility that the YPG/PKK terror group might be behind the…

teleSUR (2020-09-11). Greenpeace Displays Giant Banner Against Amazon Deforestation. telesurenglish.net Greenpeace unfolded a giant banner at the headquarters of the European Commission (EC) in Brussels to denounce the deforestation of the Amazon and criticize the trade agreement between the European Union (EU) and Mercosur, which has not yet entered in force. | RELATED: |

Staff (2020-09-11). Headlines for September 11, 2020. democracynow.org 500,000 Evacuated Across Oregon as Record-Shattering Fires Rage in Western States, AstraZeneca CEO Warned Investors of Vaccine Recipient Who Became Ill, Trump Admin Fines Pork Processor $13,500 for Lapses at Plant Where 1,300 Contracted Coronavirus, India Records Another Record Daily Coronavirus Toll, Senate Coronavirus Relief Bill Fails as Another 857,000 File New Unemployment Claims, Amazon Accused of Price Gouging After Raising Prices Up to 1,000% During Lockdown, Philadelphia Activists Defy City Order to Vacate Encampment for Unhoused Residents, Joe Biden Says He May Further Increase Military Spending If Elec…

Staff (2020-09-11). Costs of War: After 9/11 Attacks, U.S. Wars Displaced at Least 37 Million People Around the World. democracynow.org As the United States marks 19 years since the September 11 terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people, a new report finds at least 37 million people in eight countries have been displaced since the start of the so-called global war on terrorism since 2001. The Costs of War Project at Brown University also found more than 800,000 people have been killed since U.S. forces began fighting in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan and Yemen, at a cost of $6.4 trillion to U.S. taxpayers. "The U.S. has played a disproportionate role in waging war, in launching war and in perpetuating war over the last 19 years," says…

Kim Petersen (2020-09-11). The Neverending Holocausts of the Neoliberal Order. dissidentvoice.org Biochemist, writer, humanitarian activist, and artist, Gideon Polya has had a selection of his essays gathered into a compendium titled US-Imposed Post-9/11 Muslim Holocaust & Muslim Genocide (Korsgaard Publishing, 2020). The compendium is important because it brings to the forefront, for anyone who cares an iota for peace and social justice, the horrible crimes of …

CounterSpin (2020-09-11). Peter Maybarduk on Covid Treatments, Kia Rahnama on the Right to Protest. fair.org Media…

Raul Diego (2020-09-11). How a Senate Inquiry Revealed the Israeli Surveillance Industry's Role in Orchestrating Russiagate. mintpressnews.com A Senate investigation reveals that a consortium of Israeli hacking and surveillance firms coordinated and facilitated meetings between Trump campaign operatives and Russia during the 2016 campaign, but they don't really want to talk about it.

Conn Hallinan (2020-09-11). The rule of big oil causes misery in the Middle East. peoplesworld.org During the reign of the Emperor Justinian I (527-565 AD), a mysterious plague spread out of the Nile Valley to Constantinople and finished off the Roman Empire. Appearing first in China and North India, the "Black Death" (Yersinia pestis) radiated throughout the Mediterranean and into Northern Europe. It may well have killed close to half …

A Guest Author (2020-09-11). Remembering Frank 'Big Black' Smith. workers.org by Ida Robinson Ida Robinson is a co-founder with Families with a Future. She is an ex-prisoner, ex-fugitive and a current activist working with women and LGBTQ2S+ people. This is an edited version of her talk during the Aug. 29 WWP webinar, "Black Lives Matter: Justice for Peaceful Soledad Prisoners." . . . |

Vijay Prashad (2020-09-11). Not just an orchard, not merely a field, we demand the whole World. mronline.org When news of the revolution in the Tsar's empire filtered into British-dominated India in 1917-1918, the reception was universal: if they could overthrow the Tsar, then we can overthrow the British Raj.

Stephen Lendman (2020-09-11). Distinct False Flag Aroma About Navalny Incident. globalresearch.ca During a Thursday Security Council session on Syria, Alexey Navalny's alleged novichok nerve agent poisoning was discussed. | So far, Germany failed to present evidence that supports its claim about his condition. | Is it because there is none? Did Russophobic …

sputniknews (2020-09-11). Afghan Government Set to Begin Historic Peace Talks With Taliban on Saturday. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – After months of delays, the Afghan government and the Taliban will open "historic" peace talks in the Qatari capital of Doha on Saturday, with the hope that the negotiations will bring the country's long-running conflict to a conclusion.

yenisafak (2020-09-11). Qatar set to host Afghan government-Taliban talks again. yenisafak.com Qatar is set to host another round of talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban on Saturday to end the ongoing war in the country.In a statement, the Afghan Presidency said negotiations with the Taliban would begin in Qatar's capital Doha.The Afghan delegation, headed by former chief of the intelligence service Masoom Stanikzai, includes 21 members from various political parties and groups.President of the Supreme Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah, acting Foreign Minister Hanif Atmar, Minister of State for Peace Affairs Sayed Sadat Mansoor Naderi and the president's Special Represent…

teleSUR (2020-09-11). China, India Reach Consensus on Easing Border Tensions. telesurenglish.net China's Foreign Affairs Minister Wang Yi and his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar reached a five-point consensus on the developments in the border areas. | RELATED: | "The two foreign ministers agreed that both sides should follow the series of consensus reached between the two countries' leaders on developing China-India relations, including not allowing differences to become disputes," a joint statement holds. | Noting th…

teleSUR (2020-09-11). Anti-Modern-Day Slavery Activist Swami Agnivesh Dies in India. telesurenglish.net Swami Agnivesh, who dedicated his life to fighting semi-slavery in India and was awarded the Alternative Nobel Prize in 2004, died at 80 in New Delhi on Friday. | RELATED: | A member of the Hindu upper caste, the Brahmins, Agnivesh in his youth gave up all his assets and his name, Vepa Shyam Rao, to dedicate his life to the defense of workers' rights. | Agnivesh is well known internationally for his fight in India f…

_____ (2020-09-11). 'Reducing Troops Not The Same As Ending Wars'. popularresistance.org The U.S. military's announcement Wednesday that thousands of troops will soon withdraw from Iraq was met with skepticism by peace activists, who were quick to note that a reduction in troop strength is not the same thing as ending the war. | U.S. Central Command (CETCOM) commander Gen. Frank McKenzie said Wednesday that the number of U.S. troops in Iraq will be reduced from 5,200 to 3,000 during the month of September, but critics said this should not be seen as President Donald Trump fulfilling his campaign promise in 2016 to end the nation's wasteful overseas wars.

Robert S. Becker (2020-09-11). Trump wants out — by losing the 'rigged' election, not by resignation, Senate conviction or frogmarched away. nationofchange.org Finding the least bad way to escape being cornered for another four years is exactly how a discredited but unrepentant con artist makes his last public scam.

teleSUR (2020-09-11). Colombia: Ex-FARC Combatant Assassinated in Antioquia. telesurenglish.net John Jairo Davila Aguirre, demobilized member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army (FARC-EP) and signer of the 2016 Peace Accords, was assassinated in the municipality of Remedios in the Colombian department of Antioquia. | RELATED: | Davila Aguirre, who led a productive project in his territory, had been kidnapped Thursday by non-identified individuals, presumably members of an illegal armed group,…

news.un (2020-09-11). Belarus: UN chief deeply concerned over use of force against peaceful protesters. news.un.org Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday expressed deep concern over the continued use of force against peaceful protestors in Belarus and detention of those exercising their legitimate democratic rights.

sputniknews (2020-09-11). US Senate Intelligence Committee Requests DHS Data After Whistleblower Complaint. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The US Senate Intelligence Committee on Friday sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requesting that it submits all intelligence assessments related to a whistleblower's complaint that the Trump administration allegedly mishandled data.

sputniknews (2020-09-11). Peru's Congress Votes to Begin Process of Removing President Vizcarra for Corruption. sputniknews.com Peru's Congress on Friday voted to begin the process of removing Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra after accusing the president of "moral incapacity."

Staff (2020-09-11). US Wars Displaced at Least 37 Million People Since 9/11 Attacks. truthout.org As the United States marks 19 years since the September 11 terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people, a new report finds at least 37 million people in eight countries have been displaced since the start of the so-called global war on terrorism since 2001. The Costs of War Project at Brown University also found more than 800,000 people have been killed since U.S. forces began fighting in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan and Yemen, at a cost of $6.4 trillion to U.S. taxpayers. "The U.S. has played a…

yenisafak (2020-09-11). India, China agree to 'quickly disengage, ease tensions' at border. yenisafak.com India and China agreed to quickly disengage their troops at the disputed border amid months-long ongoing faceoff, a joint statement said early Friday.Top diplomats of New Delhi and Beijing agreed at a meeting in the Russian capital Moscow on Thursday that the border troops of both sides "should continue their dialogue, quickly disengage, maintain proper distance and ease tensions," said the statement released by the Indian Foreign Ministry.The Asian giants are witnessing a heightened faceoff along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), a de facto border near the Himalayan region of Ladakh in the disputed Jammu and Kas…

yenisafak (2020-09-11). China, India agree to disengage troops on contested border. yenisafak.com China and India said they had agreed to de-escalate renewed tensions on their contested Himalayan border and take steps to restore "peace and tranquillity" following a high-level diplomatic meeting in Moscow.Chinese State Councillor Wang Yi and Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar met in Moscow on Thursday and reached a five-point consensus, including agreements the current border situation is not in their interests and that troops from both sides should quickly disengage and ease tensions, the two countries said in a joint statement.The consensus, struck on the sidelines of a Shanghai Cooperation Organisation m…

yenisafak (2020-09-11). Israel, Bahrain fully normalize diplomatic relations. yenisafak.com The latest agreement was finalized during a telephone call between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Bahrain King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, according to a joint US-Bahrain-Israel statement published on Twitter by US President Donald Trump.The statement hailed the agreement as a "historic breakthrough" that it said would further peace in the region."Opening direct dialogue and ties between these two dynamic societies and advanced economies will continue the positive transformation of the Middle East and increase stability, security and prosperity in the region," it said.Addressing reporters in the Oval…

Nauman Sadiq (2020-09-11). Bob Woodward: Trump Saved Saudi Crown Prince after Khashoggi Murder. dissidentvoice.org Besides the admission that Trump knew coronavirus was deadly yet he deliberately downplayed the outbreak, Bob Woodward has made several other startling revelations in his book Rage set to be released on September 15. President Donald Trump boasted that he protected Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman from congressional scrutiny after the brutal assassination …

_____ (2020-09-10). New: Simón Bolívar Institute For Peace And Solidarity Among Peoples. popularresistance.org Caracas, VZ – On Sunday, September 6, 205 years since the publication of the Jamaica Letter, the Simón Bolívar Institute for Peace and Solidarity among Peoples was inaugurated as a new space for the research, dissemination, debate, solidarity and strengthening of international relations. | The inauguration took place via YouTube on the Institute's Spanish and English channels. | "Our institute is formally inaugurated today, but the truth is that it already existed. The peoples have raised their voices in favor of Venezuela, and we at the same time have raised our voices for humankind's great causes," said the Pre…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-10). Venezuela launches Simón Bolívar Institute for Peace and Solidarity among Peoples. peoplesdispatch.org The Simón Bolívar Institute for Peace and Solidarity among Peoples was launched on September 6, with the presence of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. The Institute was created to strengthen the international relations between Venezuela, Latin America and the world. The launch event was held virtually and broadcasted on YouTube through the institute's official account. Around 106 political and social leaders from across the globe joined the video conference. | International activists and intellectuals including Laura Capote, a Colombian activist and member of the ALBA Movements Secretariat, Vijay Prashad, exec…

CounterPunch News Service (2020-09-10). CODEPINK Responds to Trump Troop Withdrawal: Bring ALL US Troops Home from Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria. counterpunch.org We welcome the Trump administration announcement that US troops in Iraq will be reduced from 5,200 to 3,000. Anytime US troops are brought home from ill-conceived overseas adventures is a step in the right direction. But the American people want AN END to these endless wars, not a reduction. The same goes for the Iraqi

Staff (2020-09-10). "Democratic Public Health": Big Pharma Relies on Developing World While Limiting Access to Treatment. democracynow.org We look at the history of clinical vaccine trials and exploitation of vulnerable people in the U.S. and India, which recently surpassed Brazil as the country with the second most infections worldwide. Kaushik Sunder Rajan, an anthropologist at the University of Chicago, says there is a documented history of "ethical lapses" and lack of accountability in vaccine studies in India. "The critical issue here is not whether vaccines are good or bad, but … even more, I would suggest what is at stake is a democratic public health," he notes.

Staff (2020-09-10). Headlines for September 10, 2020. democracynow.org Wildfires Destroy Oregon Towns, Bringing "Apocalyptic" Orange Skies to West Coast, Human Activity Blamed for 68% Drop in Animal Population Since 1970, President Donald Trump Acknowledges Downplaying COVID-19 Threat to U.S. Public, Biden Blasts Trump's "Life-and-Death Betrayal of the American People" on COVID-19, Bob Woodward Blasted for Withholding Trump's Comments on COVID-19 for Months, NIH Director Says Politics Shouldn't Trump Science in Vaccine Development, UW-Madison Halts In-Person Classes After 1,000+ Students Test Positive for Coronavirus, India Reports Record Daily Coronavirus Infections as Global Death…

Roger Harris (2020-09-10). The Current Impasse in Belarus and the Peace Alternative. counterpunch.org Back in the 1970s, the left and even many liberals were clear that Nixon's dropping napalm on Vietnamese villages was an abomination. By the 1990s, some thought Bill Clinton's bombing of Yugoslavia was, perhaps, humanitarian. Fast forward to the present, there is sentiment that the US has a global "responsibility to protect" the less enlightened

_____ (2020-09-10). Kevin Zeese: The Passing Of A Warrior For Peace And Justice. popularresistance.org Having met Kevin Zeese during the Occupy movement in September of 2011, by Merwin's metric we passed unknowing the day that had finally come for Kevin nine times. Nine times we, (Kevin, Margaret Flowers -his loving partner, and I) were engaged in the struggle in one way or another. Occupy DC, Occupy the EPA, Hands Up Don't Shoot, Justice Mondays at the Department of Justice to name a few and lastly only hours before his transition — the fight to stop the desecration of Moses African Cemetery in Bethesda, Maryland.

Marilyn Bechtel (2020-09-10). Some wins, some losses with new California policing laws. peoplesworld.org As this year's California legislative session, compressed by the COVID-19 pandemic, rushed to a close after midnight Aug. 31, a portfolio of bills to regulate policing — many inspired by recent police killings of unarmed black and Latino men and women — passed the Assembly and state Senate and headed to Gov. Gavin Newsom for …

RT (2020-09-10). OPCW should not be a 'geopolitical tool,' Russian envoy tells UN Security Council as Germany seeks to involve it in Navalny case. rt.com Russia's ambassador to the UN Vasily Nebenzya slammed on Thursday Germany for withholding information about the health of activist Alexey Navalny and condemned Western attempts to politicize chemical weapons watchdog, the OPCW. | "Russia is deeply concerned by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons becoming an instrument in the geopolitical struggle," Nebenzya said at the United Nations Security Council session on the use of chemical weapons in Syria. | He

RT (2020-09-10). 'Orwellian in the extreme': Conservatives slam media for appearing to blame GOP for Dems' decision to tank Covid-19 relief bill. rt.com Conservatives are slamming mainstream media outlets after their almost identical coverage of the Senate Democrats' decision to vote against a coronavirus relief bill appeared to blame Republicans for the "failure." | After months of negotiations, a coronavirus stimulus package, which included funding for schools and Covid-19 testing, unemployment benefits, and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), was voted down by every Democrat in the Senate on Thursday. The only Republican to join them was Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky). | Needing 60 votes to pass, the bill earned a 52-47 outcome and it's now unlikely a coron…

Reese Erlich (2020-09-10). Foreign Correspondent: Trump Plays Both Sides Against the Middle. progressive.org Is he a hawk? Is he a peacenik? The President keeps us guessing.

Staff (2020-09-10). Trump Names Anti-Abortion Senators to List of Potential Supreme Court Nominees. truthout.org President Trump on Wednesday released a list of potential nominees to the Supreme Court in the event of a vacancy, which included three current far right U.S. senators. | Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) Although not without precedent, it is rare for sitting members of the Senate to be nominated to the hig…

Marlee Kokotovic (2020-09-10). Senate Republicans propose new 'relief' bill that ignores struggling Americans and gives aid to coal industry. nationofchange.org "The pandemic is already widening social and economic divisions. Shielding corporations from accountability will endanger workers, consumers, and patients, and make the pandemic even worse."

Michael Jansen (2020-09-10). Sanctions in the Middle East: Against Iran, Iraq, Syria. globalresearch.ca Sanctions are a blunt weapon used by the mighty against the weak to compel them to capitulate to political demands, but almost always put pressure on populations rather than rulers who concede nothing. Although sanctions have been liberally used in …