Daily Archives: September 15, 2020

2020-09-15: News Headlines

_____ (2020-09-15). To Succeed, Struggles Have To Be Connected, Not Localized. popularresistance.org In this video, Vijay Prashad, director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, and Fayrouz Sharqawi, Global Mobilisation Coordinator of Grassroots Al-Quds discuss the situation in contemporary Palestine. What do the people of Palestine think in 2020? They talk about former chairman of Palestine Liberation Organization Yasser Arafat's numerous visits to India. They also talk about how Israeli army's recent airstrikes and healthcare crisis due to Covid-19 in the Gaza city are dismantling the life of the people there.

Staff (2020-09-15). Remembering Kevin Zeese: A fighter for peace and justice. therealnews.com Peace activist and human rights attorney Kevin Zeese died of a heart attack on the morning of September 6. As his life partner, Dr. Margaret Flowers, and their community grieve, they celebrate his life by carrying on the work that they began together. | Zeese was known for organizing around many human rights issues, centering opposition to U.S. imperialism abroad and mass incarceration at home. He brought national attention to

Patrick Cockburn (2020-09-15). America's War on Terror is the True Cause of Europe's Refugee Crisis. counterpunch.org Desperate refugees crammed into cockle-shell boats landing on the shingle beaches of the south Kent coast are easily portrayed as invaders. Anti-immigrant demonstrators were exploiting such fears last weekend as they blockaded the main highway into Dover Port in order "to protect Britain's borders". Meanwhile, the home secretary, Priti Patel, blames the French for not doing enough to stop the flow of refugees across the Channel.

yenisafak (2020-09-15). Germany plans to take in around 1,500 migrants from Greek islands. yenisafak.com German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Interior Minister Horst Seehofer are planning to take in around 1,500 refugees from the Greek islands, German news agency dpa reported on Tuesday.Dpa cited politicians focussed on domestic policy as saying that these would be families with children.More than 12,000 people, mostly refugees from Afghanistan, Africa and Syria, were left without shelter, proper sanitation or access to food and water after a fire tore through the overcrowded Moria migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesbos last Wednesday.

Vanessa Beeley (2020-09-15). Wildfires Rage Across Syria in Wake of Increased US-Led Economic Warfare. mintpressnews.com The combination of a ten year military war, maximum pressure economic sanctions, the deliberate destruction of essential civilian infrastructure and the blatant scorched earth policies of the American neocolonialist foreign policy-managers are designed to reduce Syria to another failed state following NATO's Libya blueprint.

A Guest Author (2020-09-15). Global Days of Rage for Jennifer Laude and all victims of U.S. military aggression! workers.org The following is adapted from a Sept. 11 announcement by GABRIELA Alliance of Filipino Women. The month of September marks the Filipino people's victory against the continuation of permanent U.S. military bases in the Philippines. On Sept. 16, 1991, with widespread call and mobilization in the country, the Philippine Senate . . . |

RT (2020-09-15). Congressmen demand Justice Dept INVESTIGATE Netflix over Cuties 'child exploitation'. rt.com Republican congressmen from Arizona and Colorado have demanded an investigation of "potential exploitation of children" in the now-infamous twerking-preteens film Cuties, arguing it encourages child sexual exploitation. | Reps. Andy Biggs (Arizona) and Ken Buck (Colorado) have urged the Justice Department to "open an investigation to ensure the film and its production uphold federal laws protecting children from exploitation," expressing their concerns in a letter to Attorney General William Barr. Buck shared the letter with his followers on Twitter on Tuesday. | "Cuties" creates an environment that encourages…

Rep. Ron Paul (2020-09-15). Public Debt Is the Real Pandemic: $3.3 Trillion Federal Deficit, Largest in US History …. globalresearch.ca According to the Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) latest "Update on the Budget Outlook," this year's $3.3 trillion federal deficit is not just three times larger than last year: it is the largest federal deficit in history. The CBO update also …

South Front (2020-09-15). Video: Syria Army Artillery Devastates Militants' Positions in Idlib as Trucks Suffer Fresh Casualties in Afrin. globalresearch.ca Turkish forces have been passing through hard times in northwestern Syria. | First a mysterious 'heart attack' that killed a Turkish general in Idlib. Then, Turkish military positions in the province of Aleppo were devastated by a series of rocket strikes. …

_____ (2020-09-15). Inside The World Uyghur Congress. popularresistance.org In recent years, few stories have generated as much outrage in the West as the condition of Uyghur Muslims in China. Reporting on the issue is typically represented through seemingly spontaneous leaks of information and expressions of resistance by Uyghur human rights activists struggling to be heard against a tyrannical Chinese government. | True or not, nearly everything that appears in Western media accounts of China's Uyghur Muslims is the product of a carefully conceived media campaign generated by an apparatus of right-wing, anti-communist Uyghur separatists funded and trained by the US government.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-15). India continues crackdown on activists, critics of govt. peoplesdispatch.org The investigation into the Delhi riots of February 2020, which led to the death of 53 people, has from the very beginning focused on critics of the government and activists who had organized anti-government protests earlier. On the other hand, right-wing leaders, including those of the ruling BJP, who made provocative speeches just ahead of the violence continue to roam free.

_____ (2020-09-15). On Its 27th Anniversary: Defeat Oslo, Confront Normalization, Escalate BDS. popularresistance.org The agreement signed on the White House lawn and the famous handshake of Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat was falsely billed as a promise of peace and hope for Palestinians, denied both for decades upon decades, but was in reality a program for continued and intensified colonization and the suppression of the Palestinian liberation struggle. The entire project of Oslo was always intended to intensify the repression, division and fragmentation of the Palestinian people, while imposing a Palestinian "security" framework over the Palestinian people struggling for their rights, for return and liberation.

Barbara Nimri Aziz (2020-09-15). Is Nepal Skirting, Denying or Defying the COVID Pandemic? globalresearch.ca Demonstrations in Kathmandu protesting India's territorial claim on

Rick Sterling (2020-09-15). How the USA and Turkey Plunder and Loot Syria with Impunity. globalresearch.ca While President Trump lashes out at rioting and looting in Portland and Kenosha, half way around the world, the USA and Turkey are plundering and looting Syria on a vastly greater scale with impunity and little publicity. | Turkey Loots Syria, …

Andrey Ontikov (2020-09-15). Russia's Role in Syria, Tensions between Russia and the US. globalresearch.ca A high level Russian delegation met recently with President Assad in Damascus. In an effort to further understand the importance and implications of the meeting, Steven Sahiounie at

Rick Sterling (2020-09-15). While Trump Berates Portland Looters, the US Gov't Continues to Plunder Syria with Impunity. mintpressnews.com President Trump has lashed out at rioters and looters in Portland and Kenosha, yet halfway around the world, the US military is busy plundering what's left of Syria's wealth on a vastly greater scale and with little publicity.

Raul Diego (2020-09-15). In the Face of "Normalization" Congressional Dems Lobby to Protect Israel's "Qualitative Military Edge" mintpressnews.com A group of Congressional Dems are calling attention to a key pillar of US-Israeli policy in a futile effort to stall an arms deal as Israeli-UAE normalization takes effect.

_____ (2020-09-15). Election Meddlers Find a Scapegoat. strategic-culture.org Big Tech, government agencies, and the mainstream media all locked in on a no-name site as a hub of collusion | Peter Van BUREN | Like me, until recently you got most of your news from Or maybe not. Maybe like nearly everyone on planet Earth you have no idea what I'm talking about and never looked at the now-defunct PeaceData site. Tha…

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-15). Iran ready for any assistance to peace process in Afghanistan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 15 (MNA) — Islamic Republic of Iran has voiced its readiness for any assistance to the peace process in neighboring Afghanistan.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-09-15). Majority of COVID-19 deaths in Damascus, Syria are unreported. imperial.ac.uk The majority of deaths due to COVID-19 in Damascus, Syria are not reported according to a new report by the Imperial College COVID-19 Response Team.

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-09-14). Two Dozen Progress Groups to Congress: No Secret Spy Provisions in Must-Pass Legislation. commondreams.org The organizations sound alarms about potential "dragnet surveillance of domestic internet activity." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2020-09-14). Headlines for September 14, 2020. democracynow.org Historic Climate-Fueled Wildfires Kill 35 People, Burn 5 Million+ Acres Across West Coast, Trump Holds Packed Rally as U.S. Coronavirus Deaths Near 200,000 , ICE Flew Migrant Prisoners to Virginia, Fueling Outbreak, to Skirt Rules on Flying ICE Staff, WHO Says World Saw Biggest Daily Rise in Global Cases, Court Blocks Floridians with Unpaid Felony Conviction Fines from Voting, Trump Defends Police Killing of Portland Anti-Fascist Activist, Palestinians Decry Israeli Normalization Deals with UAE and Bahrain, Intra-Afghan Peace Talks Kick Off in Doha, Salvadoran Ex-Colonel Convicted for 1989 Murder of Jesuit Priest…

yenisafak (2020-09-14). Greece resettling stranded migrants to tent camp on Lesbos. yenisafak.com Greece has resettled hundreds of migrants in a temporary new tent facility after a fire destroyed their overcrowded refugee camp on the island of Lesbos and hopes to have moved all of them this week, government officials said on Monday.More than 12,000 people, mostly refugees from Afghanistan, Africa and Syria, are without shelter and are having to sleep out in the open without proper sanitation after the fire tore through the Moria migrant camp last Wednesday.Greece is now registering the migrants and testing them for the COVID-19 disease before channeling them into the temporary tent camp, government spokesman…

Victor Grossman (2020-09-14). Tug-of-war in Germany between forces for peace and militarists. peoplesworld.org I'll never forget the day my father's ancient jalopy got stuck boarding the New York-Jersey City ferry; two wheels on the dock, two on the boat, the motor stalled, my father frantic, my mother scolding, cars behind us honking, and me, just 6, looking at the swirling waters below. Two muscular ferrymen finally pushed us …

Lee Ballinger (2020-09-14). Poor Whites and Slavery in the Antebellum South. counterpunch.org For years there was a long-running struggle in Charlottesville, Virginia, to remove a 26-foot-high statue of Robert E. Lee from a local park. On August 12, 2017, during a Unite the Right rally, clashes broke out between supporters of the statue, who marched under Confederate flags, and peaceful counter-protesters. During the rally, counter-protester Heather Heyer

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-09-14). Afghan Peace Talks Could be Trump's Final Major Foreign Policy Victory Before November's Elections. globalresearch.ca Talks between Afghan authorities and the Taliban, which began in Doha on Saturday with the goal of ensuring lasting peace in Afghanistan and the withdrawal of American and NATO troops after almost 19 years, were called historical by US Secretary …

news.un (2020-09-14). UN peacekeeping chief outlines reforms needed to keep operations fit-for-purpose. news.un.org Over the next 10 years, the world could well be transformed by potentially lethal new technologies, climate disruptions and disruption caused by expanding cities, the UN peacekeeping chief told the Security Council on Monday, outlining the adaptations required to keep the Organization's flagship enterprise fit-for-purpose as it confronts daunting new security threats.

sputniknews (2020-09-14). Taliban, Afghan Government Begin Talks: Are They Really Negotiating for Peace? sputniknews.com On this edition of The Critical Hour, co-hosts Dr. Wilmer Leon and Garland Nixon talk to Dr. Marvin Weinbaum, director of the Middle East Institute's Center for Pakistan and Afghanistan Studies, about the peace talks in Afghanistan.

Zero Hedge (2020-09-14). Chinese Military Calls US "Destroyer of World Peace", Citing Millions Dead & Displaced in Iraq, Syria, Libya. globalresearch.ca Following the US and China imposing tit-for-tat restrictions on each other's diplomats and embassy staff, China's defense ministry on Sunday The statements are specifically in response to the Department of …

WSWS (2020-09-14). This week in history: September 14-20. wsws.org 25 years ago: Clinton, Congress "end welfare as we know it"On September 19, 1995, the United States Senate voted 87-12 to terminate the federal assistance program, Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), and to slash $70 billion from Food Stamps and other welfare programs. For the first time, an entitlement program, one of the handful of key social programs that provided guaranteed benefits for all those eligible, was being abolished. AFDC was eventually replaced in 1997 by the much more restrictive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

Abdel Bari Atwan (2020-09-14). UAE-Israel Deal: 'Peace-for-Protection'…? globalresearch.ca It was no surprise to hear US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declare at the weekend that the UAE and Israel have agreed to form a security and military alliance against Iran to 'protect' US interests and the Middle East …

WSWS (2020-09-14). Wildcat strike over COVID-19 at Lear auto parts plant in Indiana. wsws.org Lear workers refused to work for several hours Friday night after learning of potential COVID-19 cases in the facility, halting production also at the nearby Ford Chicago Assembly Plant.

WSWS (2020-09-14). Congressional investigation opened into deaths of 27 soldiers this year at Fort Hood, Texas. wsws.org The military newspaper Stars and Stripes has dubbed the base the US Army's "most crime ridden post."

FOIA Research (2020-09-14). Covert Action Props Up U.S.-Polish Axis Against Belarus: A Deep Dive into Far-Right Regime-Change Activists and Their Backers. globalresearch.ca In Western mainstream media, the current protests in Belarus are portrayed as a natural development, in which the country's peaceful citizens are finally standing up against an aging dictator clinging to power after the allegedly fraudulent August 9th elections. However, …

Badri Raina (2020-09-14). Is It a Crime To Peacefully Protest Against the Government's Policies? zcomm.org With several eminent activists and academics named in the Delhi Police's supplementary chargesheet, it is best to be told in black and white who may speak and who may not…

Santa Cruz News Network (2020-09-14). Monterey Bay Central Labor Council Endorses Brown, Hill and Kumar for Santa Cruz City Council. indybay.org One of the Monterey Bay area's largest labor organizations, Monterey Bay Central Labor Council AFL-CIO, has endorsed Sandy Brown, Kelsey Hill, and Kayla Kumar for Santa Cruz City Council in the November 2020 election. The Monterey Bay Central Labor Council (MBCLC) is the local body of the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), representing more than 39,000 union members and their families from the Monterey Bay Area.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-14). World must boycott those who only pretend to favor peace. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 14 (MNA) —The Commander of Iran Army's University of Command and Staff said that the world should move towards peace, and in this regard, those who are are making a pretense of being adherent to peace should be boycotted.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-14). Peace agreements signed between longstanding allies. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 14 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Peace agreements' being signed are not between foes but longstanding allies.

sputniknews (2020-09-14). Chinese Military Labels US 'Destroyer of World Peace' in Rebuke to Pentagon Report. sputniknews.com The Chinese military has pushed back against a recent Pentagon report delivered to the US Congress, arguing that it is Washington – not Beijing – that poses a major threat to world peace.

Staff (2020-09-14). Black Lives Matter Is a Continuum of Black Protest Over Centuries. truthout.org The world is watching as Donald Trump and his team incite violence against nonwhite Americans across the United States. Trump's team spans a broad array of warriors: his core staffers at the White House, senior Justice Department officers, many police departments across the country, key politicians in Congress, Fox News and other extreme media outlets, invisible right-wing trolls behind keyboards, armed vigilante militias, and many others. Their violent rhetoric spawns physical violence and emotional tr…

Staff (2020-09-14). Years of Neglect Have Created Devastating Consequences for Tribal Colleges. truthout.org As students return to college this fall, Americans committed to racial equity and justice must awaken to the situation beyond the walls of their own institutions and alma maters. As usual, challenges facing predominantly white institutions are dominating public dialogue, Congressional hearings and dinner conversations. | Meanwhile, significant threats to

Staff (2020-09-14). Trump's Main Strategy for Winning the Election Is to Discredit It. truthout.org Donald Trump recently held his first indoor rally since the super-spreader event in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in June. The campaign sent out If you can join tens of thousands of people protesting in the streets, gamble in a casino, or burn down small businesses in riots, you can gather peacefully under the 1st Amendment to hear from the President of the United States. | The protes…

Binoy Kampmark (2020-09-14). Rio Tinto turns Cultural Vandal: The Destruction of the Juukan Gorge Caves. dissidentvoice.org It was a calamity in cultural terms likened to the destruction of the Buddhist statues of Bamyan and the ancient city of Palmyra. The explosive eradication of two Aboriginal sites in West Australia's Juukan Gorge in May, said to be 46,000 years old, moved Peter Stone, the UNESCO chair in Cultural Property Protection and Peace, …

Mandy Smithberger (2020-09-14). National (In)Security and the Pentagon Budget. commondreams.org "Continuing to prioritize the Pentagon over the needs of every other agency and Americans more generally keeps us on a glidepath to disaster," writes Smithberger. (Photo: Peace Education Center/Flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-09-14). Bye Bye, Big Oil? BP Admits Demand May Have Already Peaked, Predicts Growth of Renewable Energy. commondreams.org Welcoming news that oil demand may never recover to pre-pandemic levels, Greenpeace noted that "a #GreenRecovery will hasten its demise." | www.flickr.com/photos/26287008@N05/48166…

commondreams (2020-09-14). New York Senate Attacks the American Monopoly Crisis. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2020-09-14). Millions of People Demand Congressional Action on COVID-19 Relief. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Uriel Araujo (2020-09-14). India-Japan "Mutual Naval Logistic Pact": Directed against China's Expansion in Africa. globalresearch.ca This Thursday (10) India and Japan held a summit dialogue (over the telephone) and announced their new Mutual Logistic Pact (for their navies). This agreement will further facilitate cooperation between Japanese and Indian Armed Forces, allowing, for example the Indian …

Andrew Korybko (2020-09-13). It Would be a Big Deal if Russia Promised India Not to Sell Arms to Pakistan. globalresearch.ca Indian media reported over the weekend that Russia promised Defense Minister Singh that it won't sell arms to Pakistan out of respect for New Delhi's security interests, which if true, it wouldn't matter all that much in terms of the …

yenisafak (2020-09-13). Syrian girl allegedly injured by Greek soldier at Turkish border. yenisafak.com An eight-year-old Syrian girl was injured by two rubber bullets allegedly fired by a Greek soldier at the Turkish border on Sunday.Turkish security forces were informed of nine Syrian migrants, including one who was injured, in the Meric district of the northwestern Edirne province, bordering Greece.Gazin Abdu, who had been injured by rubber bullets was referred to the hospital.Her 19-year-old brother Hazar Abdu told Anadolu Agency that they had arrived at the Greek border hoping to cross into Europe."A Greek soldier opened fire on us. My sister was injured in her foot by two rubber bullets, and then they insulte…