Daily Archives: September 22, 2020

2020-09-22: News Headlines

Staff (2020-09-22). Headlines for September 22, 2020. democracynow.org GOP, Trump Charge Forward with Effort to Replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Supreme Court, DOJ Designates New York City, Seattle, Portland as "Anarchist" Cities, CDC Again Retracts Information About Coronavirus on Website; HHS Head Azar Exerts Control Over FDA, 150+ Countries, Not Including the U.S., Join U.N.'s Effort to Fairly Distribute COVID-19 Vaccine, House Report Finds Immigrant Prisoners Denied Access to Essential Care, Forced into Labor, Mexican National Dies in Georgia Immigration Prison, One Week into Peace Talks, Scores Killed in Bloody Day of Fighting Across Afghanistan, 6 People Killed in Colombian Mass…

Philip Giraldi (2020-09-22). A Peace Deal Like No Other. globalresearch.ca It is odd that the White House is gloating over its claimed peace agreement in the Middle East at the same time as one of the signatories is bombing Syria, Lebanon and Gaza. It all suggests that peace in the …

Greenpeace (2020-09-22). 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.

Editor (2020-09-22). Trump Gets History About as Much as He Understands Epidemics. scheerpost.com By Juan Cole / Informed Comment Trump has a long history of proclaiming that he understands things better than the people who are experts in those things. When Dr. Robert Redfield, the head of the Centers for Disease Control, testified to Congress that mask-wearing is even more effective against Covid-19 than a vaccine is likely to be. The next day Trump contradicted him. Redfield is an eminent… |

Juan Cole (2020-09-22). If McConnell Packs the Court on behalf of Minority Rule, Dems must Expand and Reform it. zcomm.org If the Democrats win both the presidency and the senate, they must do something about the dictatorship of the minority on the court…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-09-22). House panel subpoenas NLRB documents on ethics violations. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Add the National Labor Relations Board to the list of Trump-controlled agencies that defy congressional oversight. It thus joins an infamous crowd, headed by GOP Oval Office occupant Donald Trump's Justice Department. Following 18 months of rebuffs and refusals to testify from NLRB Chair John Ring—a former right-wing GOP congressional aide infamous for drafting anti-worker …

yenisafak (2020-09-22). Palestine refuses to chair Arab League over Muslim states' deals with Israel. yenisafak.com Palestine on Tuesday relinquished its right to take the rotating presidency of the Arab League in protest of recent deals to normalize relations between the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Israel. | "This decision was taken after the Arab League Secretariat took a supporting position to the UAE and Bahrain, which normalized their relations with Israel in violation of the Arab Peace Initiative," Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki told a press conference in Ramallah. | "Some influential Arab states refused to condemn the violation of the Arab Peace initiative," he said. | Al-Maliki, however, stressed that Pa…

Staff (2020-09-22). Front-Runner for Supreme Court Criticized "Roe v. Wade" and Affordable Care Act. truthout.org Democrats sounded the alarm about the potential Supreme Court nomination of federal appeals court Despite opposing former President Barack Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland 11 months ahead of the 2016 election, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell…

Thomas Knapp (2020-09-22). Supreme Court: Playing for Time vs. Advise and Consent. counterpunch.org "The American people," US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said in 2016, "should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president." McConnell took that position in response to President Barack Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to replace

news.un (2020-09-22). US delivering 'peace through strength': President Trump tells UN. news.un.org Speaking on Tuesday, United States President Donald Trump lauded the military power of his country, which, he said, demonstrates that the country is "fulfilling its destiny as peacemaker, but it is peace through strength".

Matthew Ehret-Kump (2020-09-22). Avenue towards Peace: Kennedy's U.S.-Russia Joint Space Vision Must be Revived. globalresearch.ca September 20th marks the anniversary

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-22). United Nations celebrates 75th anniversary amidst rising concerns of unilateralism. peoplesdispatch.org Formed after the second world war, the UN as a multilateral forum to preserve world peace and security is facing the growing challenge of US unilateralism and its complete disregard for international laws…

Black Alliance for Peace (2020-09-22). International Day of Peace: Without Justice, There will be no Peace. globalresearch.ca Since 1981, September 21st has been used to focus and re-dedicate global efforts toward achieving peace. But like many days created by the United Nations and global civil society to reflect the highest values and aspirations of collective humanity, the …

_____ (2020-09-22). Black People's March On The White House. popularresistance.org The Black is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations (BiBC) is calling on colonized and unrepresented people of the U.S. to join us Nov. 6-8 for the Black Power Matters march on the White House opposing the reactionary U.S. agenda being imposed on Africans and others within the U.S. and around the world. | Millions of people within the U.S. have been pushed out of legitimate political life by the rulers of this country. The two ruling parties have both put on their ritual shows called conventions, formally nominating their respective representatives for U.S. president and unveiling their two tame…

Badri Raina (2020-09-22). Some Cacti Are Blooming in the Dreary Desert Sands of Indian Unreason. zcomm.org I trust the soul of the nation to find tongue again, and, in simple but decisive syllables, say no to hate and bigotry, and yes to love and camaraderie…

San Jose Peace & Justice Center (2020-09-22). 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 (2020-09-22). Monday 9/21: San Francisco: International Day of Peace Car Caravan. indybay.org Meetup location: 2055 Sunnydale Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94115…

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-22). Zarif tweets a verse on World Peace Day. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 22 (MNA) — On the occasion of World Peace Day, Iranian FM posted a of a poem by Rumi on twitter.

sputniknews (2020-09-22). Indian Markets Plunge Amid Sell-Off Across Sectors, Sensex Down 386 Points in Opening Trade. sputniknews.com Under the impact of a nationwide lockdown imposed in India in late March due to COVID-19, the country's benchmark stock index, Sensex, shed almost 16,000 points in a matter of weeks. From 42,000 levels in early March, Sensex plunged to 26,000 by the end of the same month.

sputniknews (2020-09-22). Rats Reportedly Mutilate COVID-19 Victim's Dead Body at Private Hospital in India. sputniknews.com The incident has sparked political outrage in an Indian state, with former Madhya Pradesh State Chief Kamal Nath taking to Twitter to condemn the alleged medical negligence on the part of hospital authorities.

sputniknews (2020-09-22). Death Toll From Building Collapse in India Swells to 20 as Rescue Efforts Continue for Over 24 Hours. sputniknews.com In the early hours of Monday, a three-storey residential building in Bhiwandi, a city near Mumbai in India's Maharashtra state collapsed, leaving many people under the rubble.

sputniknews (2020-09-22). Indian PM in Awe Over Parliament Deputy Chief's Gesture to Offer Tea to Protesting MPs. sputniknews.com Eight Indian parliamentarians were suspended on Monday while protesting Sunday's passage of two contentious farm bills. Chairman of the House M. Venkaiah Naidu, while announcing their suspension, said their action "defies logic. It is a bad day for the Rajya Sabha".

sputniknews (2020-09-22). Part of Bigger Strategy? China's Military Build-up Along India's Border Doubles in 3 Years – Report. sputniknews.com India expressed concern over the presence of Chinese troops in the Ladakh region during the meeting of foreign ministers in Moscow on the side-lines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation on 10 September. New Delhi pointed out that there was no credible explanation for the deployment from the Chinese side.

yenisafak (2020-09-22). Archaeologists unearth stunning mosaics in ancient church in Turkey. yenisafak.com Archeologists in southeastern Turkey initiated an excavation to unearth mosaics belonging to a 1600-year-old church.Built in 396 A.D. in Mardin's Goktas village, the church was discovered on Sept. 18, 2019 and the area was declared as an archeological site.Abdulgani Tarkan, head of the excavation and the director of Mardin Museum, told Anadolu Agency that the church is structured on a basilica plan with a mosaic base.The base was decorated with a nine-line inscription written in Estrangelo, or Ancient Syriac alphabet, Tarkan said."The mosaics are also decorated with animal depictions, geometric ornaments and huma…

yenisafak (2020-09-22). US pleased with YPG/PKK-ENKS talks in Syria: KRG. yenisafak.com President of the semi-autonomous Kurdish region, Nechirvan Barzani, held a meeting with US special envoy for Syria James Jeffrey during which the latter stated that his country was pleased with the talks for rapprochement, the KRG said.The meeting held in KRG's capital Erbil tackled the situation of foreign forces in Syria and security developments.The two sides also discussed developments regarding the coronavirus outbreak in Syria and Iraq as well as relations between Erbil and Baghdad and the Kurdish problem in Syria, the statement said.According to the statement, Jeffrey thanked Barzani and the KRG for their…

yenisafak (2020-09-22). ANALYSIS: What do the Abraham Accords entail for the Middle East and North Africa? yenisafak.com After the normalization ceremony in Washington on Sept. 15, where Israel officially established full diplomatic relations with both Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the United States and some commentators labelled this as a sign of Middle East peace. Other observers meanwhile suggested that a new front against Iran and Turkey was being established.Much of this coverage, however, misses their developing relations, under the surface, for several years, and how the agreement will advance Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv's geopolitical cooperation.While the UAE's initial acceptance of normalization on Aug. 14 was un…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-09-22). In Secretly-Recorded 'Pebble Tapes,' Mining Execs Reveal True Scope of 200-Year Project Planned for One of Earth's 'Most Pristine Ecosystems'. commondreams.org Tapes secretly recorded by the Environmental Investigation Agency reveal that two large mining companies in Alaska have far more expansive plans for a mine near the Bristol Bay fishery than they have publicly acknowledged in statements to the U.S. Congress and the Army Corps of Engineers. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Lawyers for Assange (2020-09-21). They Call for Assange's Immediate Release: Heads of state, prime ministers, parliamentarians, members of Congress, … demand Assange be set free. globalresearch.ca Check As Julian Assange fights U.S. extradition at the Old Bailey in London, over one hundred eminent political figures, including 13 past and present heads of state, numerous ministers, members of parliament …

_____ (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…

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.

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…

RT (2020-09-21). US playing 'very reckless' games with Kurdish separatists in Syria, risks exploding entire Middle Eastern region — Russian FM. rt.com Washington must think beyond the upcoming US presidential vote and keep the future of the Middle East in mind when its encourages separatism in Syria's Kurdish population, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has warned. | After almost a decade-long bloody civil war, peace has been restored on almost all Syrian territory, Lavrov said in a lengthy and exclusive interview with the Dubai-based broadcaster Al Arabiya. "The military confrontation between the government and the opposition is over," he pointed out, adding that "only two hotbeds" now remain in the country. | The first one was northwestern Idlib pro…

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…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-09-21). With Planet and the Future on the Line, Sunrise Movement Doubles Down on 2020 After RBG's Death. commondreams.org The Sunrise Movement on Monday launched a new swing state mobilization campaign, aiming to lead the way as Democrats fight to get out the vote among young Americans, pressure Republican senators to delay a vote on a new U.S. Supreme Court justice, and flip the Senate and the White House on November 3. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

news.un (2020-09-21). Stand together and build a just world, UN chief says in message for International Day of Peace. news.un.org Even amid the upheaval of the COVID-19 pandemic, people everywhere must continue to make peace a priority, the UN Secretary-General said on Monday.

_____ (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.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-21). US sanctions have 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). 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…

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…

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). 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…

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

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 …