Daily Archives: September 21, 2020

2020-09-21: News Headlines

Staff (2020-09-21). Remembering RBG: Legal Giant's Death Sparks Furious Fight in D.C. over Vacant Supreme Court Seat. democracynow.org We look at the life and legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as well as the future of the Supreme Court, in a wide-ranging interview with Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor at Slate, where she is the senior legal correspondent and Supreme Court reporter. Ginsburg died September 18 at the age of 87 after serving 27 years as a Supreme Court justice, where she became the most prominent member of the court's liberal wing. Her death just 46 days before the November election sets up a major political battle over her replacement, with President Trump and many Senate Republicans vowing to nominate and confirm a right-wing judge to…

_____ (2020-09-21). Chiapas, The Return Of Paz Y Justicia. popularresistance.org Terror returned to Tila, Chiapas, hand in hand with the resurgence of the paramilitary group named Desarrollo, Paz y Justicia (Development, Peace and Justice). One after another, armed attacks, assassinations, sieges and all kinds of aggressions take place against the 836 ejido owners who reclaimed their territorial rights. | In the Northern Zone of Chiapas, between 1995 and 2000, Paz y Justicia assassinated more than 100 indigenous Chols, expelled at least 2,000 campesinos and their families from their communities, closed 45 Catholic churches, attacked Bishops Samuel Ruiz and Raúl Vera, stole more than 3,000 hea…

Greenpeace (2020-09-21). Facebook Suspends Hundreds of Accounts Over Online Event Targeting Coastal GasLink Pipeline. indybay.org Hundreds of individual accounts linked to Indigenous, environmental, and social justice organizations were suspended from Facebook because they were co-hosts of an online Facebook event targeting the Coastal GasLink pipeline majority funder.

MEE and agencies (2020-09-21). Russian jets strike rebel-held bastion in northwestern Syria. middleeasteye.net Russian jets strike rebel-held bastion in northwestern Syria | Witnesses say Sunday's bombings in Idlib were the most extensive since a ceasefire was agreed in March by Russia and Turkey | Mon, 09/21/2020 – 10: 39 | Smoke billows following a reported Russian air strike on the western countryside of the mostly rebel-held Syrian province of Idlib, on 20 September 2020 (AFP) | Syrian oppositi…

Marilyn Bechtel (2020-09-21). New California laws: Family leave, COVID protections, tax credits for undocumented. peoplesworld.org Among bills Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law last week are measures to strengthen family leave provisions for California workers, to require companies to tell their workers if they have been exposed to COVID-19, and to increase access to workers compensation benefits for workers exposed on the job. When Senate Bill 1383, by State Sen. …

Staff (2020-09-21). US sanctions in Syria are killing people, even if Trump never killed Assad. therealnews.com U.S. sanctions are "stopping any rebuilding of Syria" and "promoting civil wars," says Joshua Landis, a University of Oklahoma Middle East scholar. He says rather than hurting Assad, sanctions have hurt Syrian civilians.

Staff (2020-09-21). Amy McGrath raised millions after the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Is it all wasted? therealnews.com After the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Democrats around the country began donating to Senate races in an effort to remove McConnell as majority leader.

Staff (2020-09-21). Trump Spreads Misinformation With Claim That Dems Wrote Ginsburg's Dying Wish. truthout.org President Trump made false assertions on Monday regarding the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's dying wish, insinuating that her request to have her successor named after the election was crafted by leading Democrats in Congress. | The president did not provide any evidence to back up his claim. | Trump made the statement during an interview on Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program while discussing Ginsburg's passing over the weekend. When one of the hosts mentioned the late justic…

San Jose Peace & Justice Center (2020-09-21). Monday 9/21: International Peace Day: "We Are Many" Virtual Film Premiere & Q&A w/ Director & Activists. indybay.org Online via streaming anytime for 24 hours…

Stand In Peace International (2020-09-21). Monday 9/21: San Francisco: International Day of Peace Car Caravan. indybay.org Meetup location: 2055 Sunnydale Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94115…

_____ (2020-09-21). Tony Blair's Grubby Fingerprints on Trump's Mideast Deals Spells War, Not Peace. strategic-culture.org Cynics of the "historic" peace deals signed this week at the White House between Gulf Arab rulers and Israel were further emboldened in their criticism with reports that former British premier Tony Blair was a leading mediator behind the development. | U.S. President Donald Trump

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-21). US sanctions has no effect on AEOI's peaceful activities. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 21 (MNA) — The spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi said that US new sanctions cannot stop Iran's nuclear activities.

yenisafak (2020-09-21). NATO to host 5th round of Turkish, Greek talks on Tuesday. yenisafak.com The fifth round of technical talks between Turkish and Greek military delegations at NATO headquarters will be held on Tuesday, according to Turkey's national defense minister on Monday."We are, of course, in favor of peace, stability, negotiations and dialogue. We support them but we will not allow any fait accompli [in the Eastern Mediterranean]," Hulusi Akar told a videoconference attended by Turkish commanders.The technical talks are aimed at reducing the risk of an incident amid rising tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean.The talks being held in Brussels were planned after a meeting between Turkish Presiden…

yenisafak (2020-09-21). Turkish justice minister slams insulting Greek headline. yenisafak.com Turkey's justice minister on Monday slammed an insulting and defamatory headline in a Greek newspaper about President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.In a letter to his Greek counterpart Konstantinos Tsiaras, Abdulhamit Gul stressed that he "strongly condemned" the unacceptable and despicable headline in Greek daily Dimokratia.He highlighted although it was presented as being covered by freedom of the press, the headline had nothing to do freedom or peaceful intentions.Gul said he believes Greek authorities will approach the matter sensitively and immediately take necessary actions under the rule of law towards the paper's…

commondreams (2020-09-21). Members of Congress to Introduce Resolution Supporting Juliana Climate Case Plaintiffs and Other Youths. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Subodh Varma (2020-09-20). 5 million industrial Workers, 6.2 million professional employees sacked in India in one year. peoplesdispatch.org The latest data by the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy paints a dismal picture of the Indian employment scenario as pre-existing structural issues have been accentuated by the pandemic…

Andrew Freeman (2020-09-20). Putting profit first killed Boeing MAX 737 passengers, says Congressional report. liberationnews.org Boeing management consistently placed the company's profitability and stock price ahead of all other concerns, including passenger safety.

RT (2020-09-20). Washington unilaterally reimposes UN sanctions on Iran despite opposition from UN Security Council members — including US allies. rt.com Mike Pompeo has claimed that the US is ready to punish countries that won't comply with newly reintroduced sanctions on Iran. However, the UK and France defied Washington, saying the relief agreed under the Iran deal will remain. | The secretary of state announced the unilateral return of virtually all UN sanctions against Iran late on Saturday, hailing the development as "great news for peace in the region." | Virtually all

RT (2020-09-20). From honoring Ginsburg's 'final wish' to easing political strife, Biden counts reasons HE should nominate next Supreme Court judge. rt.com Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden urged Senate Republicans to block efforts to push through a new Supreme Court justice before the November election, warning of "irreversible damage" if President Donald Trump gets his way. | "Don't vote to confirm anyone nominated under the circumstances that President Trump and Senator [Mitch] McConnell have created," Biden said on Sunday in his first major speech since Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday. | Don't go there. Hold your constitutional duty and your conscience. Let the people speak. Cool the flames that have been engulfing our country. | The speech…

sputniknews (2020-09-20). Biden Calls For Postponement of Senate Vote on Supreme Court Nominee. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is calling for waiting until after the November election to fill the Supreme Court vacancy after the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

sputniknews (2020-09-20). US Special Representative Stresses Importance of Reducing Violence Amid Afghan Peace Talks. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Violent clashes and bomb blasts have been reported in Afghanistan over the last few days despite the ongoing peace talks between the government and the Taliban* in the Qatari capital of Doha.

Ron Unz (2020-09-20). Will California Restore Affirmative Action? globalresearch.ca As everyone knows, over the last couple of decades California has become a one-party Democratic state. Democrats hold a better than three-fourths hyper-majority in the State Assembly and their control is nearly as overwhelming in the State Senate. California has …

Brenda Norrell (2020-09-20). Lakotas arrested at KXL pipeline protest, police use excessive force on Cheyenne River. indybay.org Lakotas were arrested at a KXL pipeline protest on the Cheyenne River Lakota Nation on Friday by the local police and county sheriff's deputies using excessive force at the prayerful and peaceful gathering. The Zeibach County Sheriff intruded on the sovereign land of the Cheyenne River Lakota Nation.

Save the FM Bookstore Group (2020-09-20). Sunday 9/20: Peaceful Poetry Protest. indybay.org Fort Mason, Building C Ramp, 2 Marina Boulevard…

yenisafak (2020-09-20). For Kashmiris born in last 3 decades, peace far-fetched dream. yenisafak.com When my seven-year-old son's Skype class started on Thursday, a disturbing message popped up in the chat box.A parent of one of his classmates said his son could not attend the class because their neighborhood in Sringar, the capital of Indian-administered Kashmir, was tense.Police had claimed killing three militants in Batamaloo, a warren of densely populated streets inhabited by pro-freedom people. A woman was also fatally shot while accompanying her baker son to his shop.As a general practice, authorities shut internet services after such incidents to block news from spreading through social media and as a res…

Jeffrey C. Isaac (2020-09-20). Democrats, It's Time for Constitutional Jiujitsu. commondreams.org Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is flanked by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) while speaking to the media about President Donald Trump's Proposed FY 2018 budget May 23, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

_____ (2020-09-20). Abraham Accords: A Fever Dream Of Dictators. popularresistance.org On Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump, with much fanfare, hosted a ceremony for the signing of the so-called peace agreements between Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain. With smug smiles plastered on their faces, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and Foreign Minister of Bahrain Abdullatif Al Zayani together hailed the dawn of a new period in the region. According to the poetically-titled Abraham Accords, the aforementioned heads of state and their representatives will work together to achieve a "stable, peaceful and prosperous" Mi…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-09-19). Extrajudicial Executions Portrayed as "An Instrument of Peace". Trump Wanted to "Take Out" Syria's President Assad… globalresearch.ca President Donald Trump wants to take out president Bashar Al Assad. Controversy over his statements. | "I would've rather taken him out. I had him all set"… Mattis didn't want to do it" | . | Déjà Vu: The history of extrajudicial assassinations…

Juan Cole (2020-09-19). If McConnell Packs the Court on Behalf of Minority Rule, Dems Must Expand and Reform It. commondreams.org Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) looks on as Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) speaks to the media following their weekly policy luncheon on April 30, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Pete Marovich/Getty Images/adjusted with filter) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

MEE and agencies (2020-09-19). US army announces new deployments in Syria. middleeasteye.net US army announces new deployments in Syria | The move follows a collision between Russian and American vehicles which left seven American soldiers injured | Sat, 09/19/2020 – 10: 36 | Armoured vehicles have been sent as part of the reinforcements (AFP) | The US Army announced Friday it was stepping up its military deployment in northeastern Syria despite a push to limit its presence there,…

MEE and agencies (2020-09-19). Damascus berates Dutch legal action on human rights record. middleeasteye.net Damascus berates Dutch legal action on human rights record | The Netherlands has launched a bid through international bodies to hold the Syrian government to account for abuses | Sat, 09/19/2020 – 13: 36 | The Syrian government stands accused of committing widespread human rights abuses (AFP) | The Syrian government berated the Netherlands on Saturday for launching a new bid through intern…

a guest author (2020-09-19). Talib Williams/ 'Imagine a world without prisons'. workers.org By Talib Williams Talib Williams spoke from Soledad prison Aug. 29 via a recording, introduced by his spouse Tasha Williams, at the webinar "Black Lives Matter: Justice for Peaceful Black Soledad Prisoners." Williams blows the whistle on injustice inside Soledad and reaches beyond the walls to report the truth, suffering . . . |

RT (2020-09-19). Tulsi Gabbard goes OFF MESSAGE from fellow Dems again, introduces bipartisan bill to deter fraud with mail-in ballots. rt.com Former Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard, branded a "Russian asset" by Hillary Clinton for her anti-war views, is again refusing to blindly follow her party's talking points — this time over fears of election fraud. | "Whether in the midst of a pandemic, as we are now, where mail-in voting is likely to drastically increase, or even in a normal election, no one should get in between a voter and the ballot box," the Hawaii congresswoman said Friday on Twitter. | Banning ballot harvesting is not a partisan issue. It's been used & abused in states like North Carolina and California & is ripe fo…

RT (2020-09-19). Obama urges GOP-led Senate to leave Supreme Court seat empty until after 2020 race following death of Justice Ginsburg. rt.com Former US President Barack Obama has called on the Republican-controlled Senate to delay its confirmation vote to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, citing the GOP's own playbook during his administration. | Celebrating Ginsburg's lengthy career on the court following her death on Friday, Obama said that even in her final days, the justice showed an "unwavering faith in our democracy and its ideals." Going forward, however, the former president said Ginsburg's empty seat should not be filled until after the 2020 election, pointing to a principle invoked by the Republicans following the death of…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-09-19). 'We Can, and Must, Fight': Death of RBG Sparks Senate Showdown and Calls for Supreme Court Reform. commondreams.org "The fate of our rights, our freedoms, our healthcare, our bodies, our lives, and our country depend on what happens over the coming months." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2020-09-19). Peace negotiations stall as ceasefire begins to fall apart in Ukraine. wsws.org Ukraine's far-right continues to oppose any negotiated settlement that could lead to the end of the six-year long civil war that has needlessly killed over 13,000.

Colin Todhunter (2020-09-19). Neoliberal Death Knell for Indian Agriculture. dissidentvoice.org In a 2017 article, I asked what might a future India look like and concluded that, if current neoliberal policies continue, there could be dozens of mega-cities with up to 40 million inhabitants and just two to three hundred million (perhaps 15-20% of the population) left in an emptied-out countryside. And it could also mean hundreds of millions of displaced …

_____ (2020-09-19). Trump's Contribution to Peace in the Middle East Wasn't Very 'Noble'. strategic-culture.org Terrorism is a very peculiar word indeed. In the Middle East, it's hard to find two people who agree on who they deem terrorist, versus who they consider a venerable freedom fighter or legitimate army. That said, one question which is being applied more to Trump these days, is did he do anything in his term to reduce terrorism? Or in fact did he merely fan the flames? Or perhaps, does he have any clue at all what he is doing in any of these so-called terror campaigns and is merely a four-year-old playing with crayons hoping that something, at some point, will become clearer? | If we are to take the limited defini…

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-19). Just peace must be based on human dignity in world: official. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 20 (MNA) — Secretary General of the Islamic World Peace Forum (IWPU) said that just peace must be created based on human dignity in the world.

yenisafak (2020-09-19). At least nine still missing after Beirut port blast: Lebanon army. yenisafak.com The Lebanese army said on Saturday that nine people were still missing after last month's explosion at the Beirut port.A military statement said that two Syrian nationals were among those still missing after the port blast."This file will not be closed as long as investigations continue," the statement said.On Aug. 4, a huge explosion in the port of Beirut rocked the city, killing 192 people and injuring over 6,000 people.The blast caused damage estimated at $15 billion, according to official figures.The explosion occurred as Lebanon was experiencing its worst economic crisis, including a dramatic drop in the val…

yenisafak (2020-09-19). Attack foiled as explosives-laden car found in NW Syria. yenisafak.com A potential terrorist attack was thwarted as authorities seized a vehicle rigged with explosives in northwestern Syria on Saturday.A car found in Syria's Afrin region was fitted with 75 kilograms (165 pounds) of explosives connected to mobile phones for remote detonation, according to a statement by the governor's office of Turkey's southern Hatay province.Police in Afrin received intelligence reports that a bomb-laden vehicle prepared in the Tal Rifat region, under the control of the PYD/YPG/PKK terrorist organization, was sent to the Operation Olive Branch area in Afrin for an attack on security forces or civil…

yenisafak (2020-09-19). Bangladesh, India agree to curb border killings. yenisafak.com Bangladesh and India on Saturday agreed to launch joint border patrols to curb killings and crimes."Both sides have agreed to extend joint border patrolling, mass awareness programs and necessary socio-economic development activities with a view to downing the incidents of murders, injuries and attacks on unarmed civilians of both countries to zero level," said a joint statement issued after a four-day conference attended by border forces of both countries in Bangladesh's capital Dhaka.A Bangladesh-based rights watchdog in a report earlier in July said that at least 25 Bangladeshi civilians were killed by the Ind…

The Canary (2020-09-18). Assange 'offered win-win deal by Trump to avoid extradition. thecanary.co The WikiLeaks founder's extradition hearing was told that Trump associates sought the source of leaks from the Democratic National Committee. | By | WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was offered a "win-win" deal by Donald Trump to avoid extradition by revealing the source of the hacking of Democratic party emails, a court has heard. | Trump approval: | Barrister Jennifer Robinson said she was asked to attend the meeting by her client, Assange, with Republican congressman Dana Rohrabacher and Trump associate Charles Johnson at the Ecuador…

MEE and agencies (2020-09-18). UN calls on Turkey to investigate possible war crimes in northern Syria. middleeasteye.net UN calls on Turkey to investigate possible war crimes in northern Syria | UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said there was an 'alarming pattern in recent months of grave violations' | Fri, 09/18/2020 – 21: 51 | The UN said increased infighting among the various Turkish-affiliated armed groups was causing civilian casualties (AFP/File photo) | The United Nations on Friday urged Turkey t…

Harun al-Aswad (2020-09-18). Coups on allies: HTS rids Syria's Idlib of opponents. middleeasteye.net Coups on allies: HTS rids Syria's Idlib of opponents | HTS was a magnet for foreign fighters from Europe, but now they are in its prisons as part of the group's efforts to gain international support | Fri, 09/18/2020 – 11: 59 | The car of a Hurras al-Deen second-ranked leader after being targeted in Idlib by the international coalition on 14 September (MEE/Ali Haj Suleiman)
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RT (2020-09-18). Washington deploys armored vehicles to Syria & steps up air patrols after dust-up with Russian forces. rt.com The Pentagon has sent a number of armored vehicles, radar systems and additional troops to Syria in a show of force, bolstering the US military presence in the country following a run-in with Russian forces last month. | The deployments, accompanied by increased air patrols over eastern Syria, were announced by US Central Command on Friday. | "The United States has deployed Sentinel radar, increased the frequency of US fighter patrols over US forces, and deployed Bradley Fighting Vehicles to augment US forces in the Eastern Syria Security Area (ESSA)," CENTCOM spokesman Captain Bill Urban said in a statement,…

WSWS (2020-09-18). Trump's Middle East deal and the dead end of bourgeois nationalism. wsws.org The so-called "peace" agreements between Israel and two Arab monarchies signed on the White House lawn Tuesday are only the latest in the long record of betrayals of the Palestinian people.

Elijah Magnier (2020-09-18). Russia breaks the US 'Caesar Act' and Syria refuses the Lebanese & Iraqi models. thealtworld.com Russia is showing its willingness to consolidate its role as a superpower and its readiness to challenge the United States of America. Moscow will not return to the lethargy that began after Perestroika and lasted for two long decades (from 1991 until 2011). Its decision to wake up and return to the world stage began in Syria. It was 2015 when it sent its military forces to protect its interests and allies and to fight terrorism in the Levant. Today, it has sent its ´ diplomatic heavies ª to Damascus, President Vladimir Putin's envoy, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavro…

news.un (2020-09-18). 'Substantive' talks on new constitution bring hope of forging path out of Syria's near decade-long conflict. news.un.org While deep distrust persists among warring parties in Syria, a "faint but real ray of hope" emerged with the convening in Geneva of the Constitutional Committee after a nine-month hiatus, the top UN envoy helping chart a path out of the near decade-long conflict, told the Security Council on Friday.

Ed Rampell (2020-09-18). A Cast of Millions: The Demonstrations Will Be Televised. progressive.org An anti-Iraq War documentary about protest, power, and peace continues to reverberate—and berate the powers-that-be.