Daily Archives: September 23, 2020

2020-09-23: News Headlines

Ben Norton (2020-09-23). Leaked docs expose massive Syria propaganda operation waged by Western govt contractors and media. thegrayzone.com Western government-funded intelligence cutouts trained Syrian opposition leaders, planted stories in media outlets from BBC to Al Jazeera, and ran a cadre of journalists. A trove of leaked documents exposes the propaganda network. By Ben Norton Leaked documents show how UK government contractors developed an advanced infrastructure of propaganda to stimulate support in the West for Syria's political and armed opposition. Virtually every aspect of the Syrian opposition was cultivated and marketed by Western government-backed public relations firms, from their …

stclair (2020-09-23). Two Capitalisms: A Challenge To Democratic Socialists, Social Democrats, Progressives and Welfare State Liberals. counterpunch.org [O]n September 24, 1599, in a timbered building off Moorgate Fields, not far from where Shakespeare was struggling to complete Hamlet, a new type of company was founded. [O]wnership of the new firm, called the East India Company, was sliced into tiny pieces to be bought and sold freely…Liberalism's fatal hypocrisy was to celebrate the virtuous

Greenpeace (2020-09-23). Facebook Suspends Accounts Associated with Event Targeting Coastal GasLink Pipeline. zcomm.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.

Dr. Jack Rasmus (2020-09-23). A Most Dire Warning. The 2020 November Elections. Chaos in America… globalresearch.ca The rumor today is that Romney will reportedly say he'll support Trump's 3rd SCOTUS vote. So there you have it! 2020 election Game Over! | Trump will now get his 3rd Supreme Court nominee accepted by McConnell's Senate—either before Nov. 3 …

Mark Taliano (2020-09-23). Elected Syrian Government, Led by President Assad, Saves Christianity in Syria. globalresearch.ca Since the beginning of the Regime Change war against Syria, Western -supported sectarian terrorists — al Qaeda, ISIS and affiliates — have actively sought to destroy and extinguish Christians and Christianity from Syria. President Assad and the Syrian people have …

Melvin Goodman (2020-09-23). Arming the Planet: the USA as the World's Leading Weapons Dealer. counterpunch.org For the past several decades, the United States has been the world's leading producer of major weapons systems and the leader in global arms sales. More of these sales have taken place in the globe's most volatile region, the Middle East, than in any other region of the world. The so-called peace deals between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrein, which were brokered by the United States, were business deals designed to expand U.S. arms sales in the Persian Gulf.

Eds. (2020-09-23). Senate Democrats want $350 billion to prepare for war with China. mronline.org Democrats in the Senate announced September 17 a massive spending bill aimed at stepping up U.S. hostility towards China to the tune of $350 billion.

MEE staff (2020-09-23). More than 14 million people internally displaced in first half of 2020: Report. middleeasteye.net More than 14 million people internally displaced in first half of 2020: Report | The majority of the displacements were caused by natural disasters across the world, while Syrians were the largest group displaced by conflict | Wed, 09/23/2020 – 19: 50 | Children ride in the back of a truck with furniture, mattresses, and blankets while passing by an internally-displaced persons (IDP) camp west of Aleppo on 16…

MEE staff (2020-09-23). Saudi King Salman delivers scathing attack on Iran in UN speech. middleeasteye.net Saudi King Salman delivers scathing attack on Iran in UN speech | Saudi monarch suggests kingdom backs its Gulf neighbours' normalisation deals with Israel on second day of UN General Assembly | Wed, 09/23/2020 – 17: 09 | 'We support the efforts of the current US administration to achieve peace in the Middle East,' Saudi Arabia's Salman says (AFP/File photo) | Saudi Arabia's King Salman delivered a scathing at…

Rayhan Uddin (2020-09-23). TIME top 100: Waad al-Kateab, Lina Attalah and Yousef al-Otaiba make annual 'most influential' list. middleeasteye.net TIME top 100: Waad al-Kateab, Lina Attalah and Yousef al-Otaiba make annual 'most influential' list | Syrian filmmaker and Egyptian journalist are praised for courageous documenting and reporting, while UAE ambassador gets recognition for building ties with US and Israel | Wed, 09/23/2020 – 14: 15 | (Left to right) Waad al-Kateab, Lina Attalah and Yousef al-Otaiba made the list for TIME magazine's 100…

RT (2020-09-23). Pentagon slammed for turning $1 billion 'coronavirus fund' into more military-industrial pork — but what did Congress expect? rt.com The Pentagon has defended its decision to repurpose Covid-19 preparedness funds — meant for pandemic response — to prop up weapons contractors as House Democrats slammed its double-dipping. | While the Department of Defense received $1 billion in March's CARES Act stimulus bill specifically to "prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus," it ultimately diverted most of the windfall to defense contractors, the Washington Post revealed on Tuesday. | The pandemic response fund, created under the aegis of the Defense Production Act, was supposed to be used to produce N95 masks, gloves, and other…

Jamal Rich (2020-09-23). Poor People's Campaign and progressive allies take fight to Mitch McConnell's doorstep. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—On Monday, Sept. 21, just days after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg's death, organizers from the D.C. Poor People's Campaign and other major local organizations demonstrated by foot and car caravan outside of Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's house to demand that he not appoint yet another extreme right Supreme Court justice, that …

Fight Back (2020-09-23). Car caravan rally held in Arlington to protest UAE-Israel relations. fightbacknews.org Arlington, Texas – On September 20, over 50 people gathered at Masjid Dar El Eman, an Islamic center, for a car protest against the United Arab Emirates' and Bahrain's normalization of relations with Israel. The car caravan was organized by the Dallas Palestine Coalition; Palestinian Youth Movement-Dallas, Muslim Democratic Caucus-Texas; American Muslims for Palestine-Texas; Code Pink-Greater Dallas, and Veterans for Peace-Dallas. | After a short prayer, a car caravan drove around South Arlington. Many of the protesters attached Palestinian and American flags to their cars to call for an end to U.S. support…

Philip Giraldi (2020-09-23). TG 87: There is no peace in Trump's Mid East Peace Plan. thealtworld.com Peter Lavelle and George Szamuely gaggle with Philip Giraldi on the topic of Trump's so-called Middle East peace plan.

Peace and Freedom Party, Alameda County (2020-09-23). Saturday 10/3: Suds Snacks & Socialism: Elections Part 2: Socialist Perspectives on the Presidential Race. indybay.org tinyurl.com/SudsSnacksPresidents

South Front (2020-09-23). Video: Turkish-based Syrian Militants Prepare to Participate in Azerbaijani-Armenian Conflict. globalresearch.ca 1,000 fighters of the so-called Syrian National Army, a coalition of Turkish-funded militant groups, will be moved to Azerbaijan in September as a part of a 6-month long deployment, Syrian pro-militant media reported. According to reports, Turkish proxies will pass …

_____ (2020-09-23). Protest At Mitch McConnell's House Over Supreme Court Vacancy. popularresistance.org A crowd of protesters swarmed outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's Kentucky home after the Republican leader said he would move to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death. | About 100 protesters gathered outside McConnell's Louisville home on Saturday after he said he would push for a Senate vote on filling the seat with the presidential election is less than seven weeks away, the Louisville Courier Journal reported. | The demonstrators called out "Hey, hey, ho, ho, Mitch McConnell has got to go," "vote him out" and ditch Mitch."

yenisafak (2020-09-23). Afghanistan's top peace broker to visit Pakistan. yenisafak.com The top Afghan peace negotiator in talks with the Taliban will travel to Pakistan next week to discuss matters related to the ongoing talks in the Qatari capital, Doha.On Monday, Abdullah Abdullah will go for the first time since 2008 to Islamabad, Pakistan's capital, upon an earlier invitation by the South Asian country's Prime Minister Imran Khan, according to his office, the High Council of National Reconciliation, which is a top-level body designated to broker a peace deal with the insurgents.Addressing the US Council on Foreign Relations think tank on Tuesday, Abdullah said there is a "lot of mistrust, found…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-23). Hamas and Fatah begin reconciliation talks in Turkey. peoplesdispatch.org The meeting is a follow-up of an earlier meeting in which their general secretaries took part earlier this month. The factions have agreed to adhere to a principle of peaceful transfer of power on the basis of fresh elections…

Jenn Zhu (2020-09-23). On Proper Naming: The Reflection of Ancient Asian Philosophy on Modern Society. The Quest for Peace and Livelihood. globalresearch.ca The original article in Chinese will be available on our Chine language page | Throughout human history, no matter in the east or in the west, there would be a chaotic situation taking place every few decades in human society. In …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-23). Why are Indian farmers protesting Modi's agriculture bills? peoplesdispatch.org During this pandemic, the Narendra Modi led BJP government in India has pushed through multiple legislations that are a direct assault on people's rights. The latest among these are three bills on agriculture. The government passed these three bills brazenly flouting parliamentary rules and ignoring the protesting farmers across the country.

Aaron Gregg (2020-09-23). Pentagon Used Taxpayer Money Meant for Masks and Swabs to Make Jet Engine Parts and Body Armor. globalresearch.ca Excerpts of article from the Washington Post | "A $1 billion fund Congress gave the Pentagon in March to build up the country's supplies of medical equipment has instead been mostly funneled to defense contractors and used to make things such …

Robert Reich (2020-09-23). 6 crucial races that will flip the Senate. nationofchange.org Every school board member, state representative, and congressperson you elect can be pushed to enact policies that benefit the people, not just corporate donors.

news.un (2020-09-23). Guterres advocates for digital world that 'strengthens human rights, advances peace'. news.un.org Amidst a technological era that "beckons with vast opportunity", new risks exist to global peace, stability and development, the UN chief told a side event of the General Assembly on Wednesday, aiming to help ensure access to digital technologies for all.

Steven Sahiounie (2020-09-23). Libyan Oil Export Agreement Between GNA and LNA the First Step Toward Peace. globalresearch.ca Vice-Chairman of the Presidential Council of Libya, Ahmed Maiteeq announced that he had reached a deal on behalf of the Government of National Accord (GNA) based in Tripoli and the head of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Brigadier General Khalifa …

sputniknews (2020-09-23). 'A War Machine With a Country Attached': US Pandemic Relief Revealed as Diverted to Defense Firms. sputniknews.com A Tuesday Washington Post article revealed the US Congress gave the Pentagon $1 billion in March to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, that money has mostly been paid to defense contractors, further growing the US war machine, according to medical doctor Dr. Yolandra Hancock and investigative journalist Daniel Lazare.

sputniknews (2020-09-23). Ted Cruz Blocks Senate Tribute to RBG Over 'Dying Wish Not to Replace Her Until New POTUS Installed'. sputniknews.com Senate Democratic minority leader Chuck Schumer accused Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz of "legal sophistry" for proposing an amendment to remove late justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's valedictory wish to only be replaced by "a new president".

sputniknews (2020-09-23). Indian Markets Snap Downward Trend, Sensex Jumps 322 Points in Opening Trade. sputniknews.com India's benchmark stock index, the Sensex, shed almost 16,000 points within weeks after a nationwide lockdown was imposed in India in late March due to COVID-19. From a peak of about 42,000 in early March, the Sensex plunged to 26,000 by the end of the same month and has since recovered almost 50 percent.

sputniknews (2020-09-23). Indian Farm Reform Bills: Why Farmers & Opposition Politicians Take a Stand. sputniknews.com Farmers in India and opposition parties have been up in arms against two bills introduced by the federal government to bring farming into "a competitive pricing environment" and "modern trading system".

Staff (2020-09-23). Colleges Reopening Fueled 3,000 COVID Cases a Day, Researchers Say. truthout.org Reopening colleges drove a coronavirus surge of about 3,000 new cases a day in the United States, according to a draft study released Tuesday. | The study, done jointly by researchers at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Indiana University, the University of Washington and Davidson College, tracked cellphone data and matched it to reopening schedules at 1,400 schools, along with county infection rates. | "Our study was looking to see whether we could observe increases both in movement and in c…

Staff (2020-09-23). Voters Want to Use Climate Change Policies to Rebuild the Economy After COVID. truthout.org A majority of U.S. voters want to see corrective climate change policies and the creation of jobs in the clean energy sector as a way to recover from the mismanagement and economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new poll. | The poll, conducted by VICE Media Group and several partners, found that 54% of Americans disapprove of President Trump's handling of the pandemic, while 78% of Americans want to see Congress take a more aggressive stance in stamping out the coronavir…

yenisafak (2020-09-23). Two Pakistan Army troops killed in Kashmir border clash. yenisafak.com Two Pakistani army soldiers were killed in a clash along the Kashmir border with India, the military said on Wednesday.The clash, the latest in a string of border skirmishes, took place along the Line of Control (LoC) — a de facto border that splits the disputed region of Jammu and Kashmir between the two arch rivals."During intense exchange of fire, Sepoy Noor ul Hassan, 29, and Sepoy Waseem Ali, 25 embraced shahadat (martyrdom)," according to a statement."There have been 2,333 cease-fire violations by Indian troops in 2020, " the statement further said.Long-fraught relations between the two South Asian nuclear…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-09-22). Trump Admin. Set to Continue 'Superspreader Executions' With Sixth State-Sanctioned Killing. commondreams.org "The government's rush to kill has caused senseless risk for incarcerated people, prison staff, and everyone who lives in Terre Haute, Indiana." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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: Much Ado About Nothing, But Act 2 Is Coming Up. thealtworld.com 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 region will exclude designated enemies and the friends of those enemies, since the ties among the three parties — Israel, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain — is transparently in part an offensive alliance directed against Iran and its friends, to include Syria and Lebanon. A significant amount of the horse trading that preceded the gala signing ceremony in the White House involved who would g…

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 …

MEE staff (2020-09-22). Donald Trump touts his 'peacemaker' role in Middle East during UN address. middleeasteye.net Donald Trump touts his 'peacemaker' role in Middle East during UN address | Speaking to the UN General Assembly, US president delivered a short speech boasting about his alleged achievements in the region | Tue, 09/22/2020 – 15: 51 | Trump delivered a short speech at the annual UN General Assembly (AFP/File photo) | US President Donald Trump touted himself as a "peacemaker" at the UN General Assembly on Tuesda…

MEE staff (2020-09-22). UK shares evidence with US in case of two Islamic State 'Beatles'. middleeasteye.net UK shares evidence with US in case of two Islamic State 'Beatles' | US authorities received evidence after UK high court dismissed an appeal by mother of one of the accused | Tue, 09/22/2020 – 15: 44 | El Shafee Elsheikh, right, and Alexanda Kotey were captured by Kurdish forces in Syria in 2018 before being handed over to US (AFP/File photo) | UK authorities handed over key evidence to the US on Tuesday in th…

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

WSWS (2020-09-22). US escalates military intervention in Syria. wsws.org The bolstering of the US force with another 100 troops, armored vehicles, and air power heightens the threat of confrontation between the world's two biggest nuclear powers.

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…

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

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 …

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".