Daily Archives: September 28, 2020

2020-09-28: News Headlines

Staff (2020-09-28). Planned Parenthood CEO: Trump's SCOTUS Pick Could Overturn Roe v. Wade & Kill Obamacare. democracynow.org President Trump's nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court could threaten reproductive rights across the U.S., according to Planned Parenthood president and CEO Alexis McGill Johnson. Barrett, who once called abortion "always immoral," would give conservatives a decisive 6-3 advantage on the top court if she is confirmed by the Senate, and President Trump has openly promoted her nomination by suggesting she would help overturn the landmark 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion in the U.S. Barrett "would be a huge threat to reproductive rights" on the Supreme Court, says McGill Johnson. "R…

Staff (2020-09-28). Headlines for September 28, 2020. democracynow.org Trump Nominates Amy Coney Barrett to SCOTUS; GOP-Led Senate Could Confirm Before Nov. 3, NYT: Trump Paid $750 in Fed. Income Taxes in 2016, No Income Taxes in 10 of Last 15 Years , Protests Continue over Impunity in Breonna Taylor's Case as Her Family Speaks Out, U.S. Coronavirus Cases Top 7 Million, on the Rise in Two Dozen States, Global Coronavirus Deaths Approach 1 Million; Latin America Has Half of Most Infected Nations, Armenia and Azerbaijan Declare Martial Law as Fighting Kills at Least 23 People, Belarus Protests Continue as EU and U.S. Refuse to Recognize Lukashenko as Legitimate Ruler, At Least 16 Refu…

David Swanson (2020-09-28). Two-Thirds of Presidential Debate Should Be About Militarism. counterpunch.org Source: here and here. Over half of the money that Congress decides what to do with every year is for wars and war preparations, year after year. When you add in police and prisons, and the militarization of police and prisons — and of borders and airports — and the Veterans Administration, you're talking about two-thirds of the

sputniknews (2020-09-28). Trump Calls for Probe Into Ilhan Omar Following Report of Her Allies 'Illegally Harvesting Ballots'. sputniknews.com James O'Keefe of the conservative media platform Project Veritas over the weekend claimed that supporters of Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar, central to her political base in Minnesota, illegally harvested ballots during a recent Minneapolis City Council election.

Albert Bender (2020-09-28). Wyoming Indigenous face coronavirus treatment discrimination. peoplesworld.org RIVERTON, Wyoming—There is a hotbed of controversy raging about the treatment of Tribal members of the Wind River Indian Reservation by a local hospital and inflammatory statements made by the Fremont County Commission Chairman Travis Becker. In the early days of the pandemic Northern Arapaho Tribal members of the Wind River Indian Reservation in west central …

Janice Rothstein (2020-09-28). Union leader in Southern California mayor's race. peoplesworld.org OCEANSIDE, Calif. — California's historically Republican 49th Congressional District has shifted Democratic in recent years. The change in this coastal Southern California GOP fiefdom is part of the Blue Wave that engulfed the state's Congressional delegation in the 2018 elections. Emblematic of the rupture with GOP representation and the emergence of progressive local candidates in …

Sam Pizzigati (2020-09-28). The Real Threat to Democracy: Concentrated Wealth. counterpunch.org A White House that muses openly about not counting votes. A Senate rushing to cement in place a fiercely conservative Supreme Court. We have plenty of reasons these days to despair for our democracy. The Commission on Presidential Debates has just added another. This independent blue-ribbon panel has produced every presidential debate since 1988. The

Caitlin A. Johnstone (2020-09-28). War Propaganda firm Bellingcat continues lying about Syria. mronline.org In December of 2016, the war propaganda firm Bellingcat ran an article assuring its readers that Twitter star Bana Alabed is a perfectly legitimate little Syrian girl and not at all a psyop designed to manufacture support for military interventionism against Bashar al-Assad.

Miko Peled (2020-09-28). How AOC Challenged the Myth of Yitzhak Rabin the Peacemaker. mintpressnews.com When it was publicized that AOC was pulling out of a Yitzhak Rabin memorial, Peace Now's Israel PR man called him "a warrior with skeletons turned peacemaker, a description that betrays his bloody past.

Walter Smolarek (2020-09-28). Supreme Court: Trump seeks to lock in ultra-right supermajority with Barrett nomination. liberationnews.org Frantic efforts in the Senate are underway to install far right appeals court judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. After a short search period, Donald Trump announced Barrett's nomination in a speech at the White House on Saturday. Trump touted her commitment to "our religious liberty, our public safety" and noted "Law and …

RT (2020-09-28). Turkey hiring Syrian rebels to fight Armenians for Azerbaijan, Guardian claims as Baku calls mercenary reports 'nonsense'. rt.com Rebels from Syria's Idlib province are being recruited by Turkey to fight in Azerbaijan's conflict with Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh, just as it has done in Libya, the Guardian reported citing several of the militants. | Idlib is Syria's northwestern province, and the last bastion of the Turkish-backed militants once hoping to effect regime change in Damascus. It is there the recruitment drive for Azerbaijan began a month ago, three rebels told the Guardian's Bethan McKernan. Two brothers from Azaz said they had been summoned to a camp in Afrin on September 13 and told by a commander in the Sultan Murad Divis…

Ian Cobain (2020-09-28). EXCLUSIVE: UK government probing cyber-attack over Syria propaganda leaks. middleeasteye.net EXCLUSIVE: UK government probing cyber-attack over Syria propaganda leaks | Ministers alerted after hackers dump details of covert Foreign Office programmes online, with suspicion focusing on Russia | Mon, 09/28/2020 – 16: 22 | A Syrian rebel fighter pictured in 2016. British government contractors helped to run media offices for opposition groups, according to leaked documents (AFP) | Hackers have penetrat…

Stephen Lendman (2020-09-28). Trump Nominates Right-Wing Ideologue for Supreme Court of the United States. globalresearch.ca On Saturday, Trump nominated US 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Amy Coney Barrett for SCOTUS. | If confirmed by the GOP-controlled Senate as expected pre-November elections, it'll shift the High Court to a far-right 6 — 3 majority, potentially for …

Sonali Kolhatkar (2020-09-28). The Supreme Court Has Never Been Liberal. counterpunch.org In the hours after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died, shocked Americans speculated about whether or not Republican Senator Mitt Romney would oppose a Senate confirmation vote just weeks before the election. After all, Romney had emerged as the highest-profile Republican lawmaker critical of the president and was the lone senator from his party

yenisafak (2020-09-28). Afghan official Abdullah in Pakistan for talks on peace bid. yenisafak.com Senior Afghan peace official Abdullah Abdullah arrived in Pakistan on Monday for meetings in a country seen as vital to the success of Afghan talks aimed at ending decades of war.During his three-day visit to Islamabad, Abdullah, a former foreign minister and chairman of Afghanistan's High Council for National Reconciliation, will meet Prime Minister Imran Khan as well as Pakistan's foreign minister.Relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan have long been rocky. Afghanistan and its international allies have for years accused Pakistan of backing Taliban insurgents as a way to limit the influence of old rival Indi…

_____ (2020-09-28). Saving Local Newspapers Squeezed By Hedge Funds. popularresistance.org The conversation about the crisis in local news has tended to focus on two solutions: helping create local news startups and supporting local newspapers still in existence. Each approach has limitations and promise. Birthing nonprofit news organizations is critically important and valuable, but so far there are far too few (around 300), and their scale is small. Congress, on the other hand, has so far focused on helping existing newspapers as they often are the only source of information in a community. But as a long-term strategy that is misguided.

Kathryn Shihadah (2020-09-28). Trump Admin Poised To Gift Israel $11 Billion In Bid to Secure Another Arab-Israeli "Peace" Treaty. mintpressnews.com Trump's arrangement to sell F-35 warplanes to the United Arab Emirates has prompted Israel to issue a list of demands — including must-have advanced aircraft and other accouterments.

Ben Lilliston (2020-09-28). Don't Grant Global Meat Corporations Immunity, Hold Them Accountable for COVID-19 Failures. globalresearch.ca As the Senate reconvenes this week, a lobbying blitz to grant corporations special immunity protection is ramping up. Global meat companies are helping lead the charge, and it's easy to see why. The

_____ (2020-09-28). U.S. Temperature Rising: The Creaking Electoral Machinery May Crack. strategic-culture.org President Trump, this Thursday, was again asked to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. He

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-28). Indian animator awarded in 16th Resistance Int. Film Fest. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 28 (MNA) — "The Saviour" by Arjun Mukherjee from India managed to snatch the Iran's 16th Resistance International Film Festival's "Health Defenders" Section's trophy and diploma of honour.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-28). Iran backs peaceful stability of all ethnic groups in Bosnia. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 28 (MNA) — Iranian ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina said that Islamic Republic of Iran supports the amicable coexistence, integrity and stability of all ethnic groups in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

sputniknews (2020-09-28). It's Symbolic: Tractor Set on Fire Near Iconic India Gate in Delhi to Protest Against Farm Bills. sputniknews.com Earlier this month, India passed three new farm laws that have led to major protests across the country, especially in agricultural states like Punjab, Haryana, and Karnataka.

sputniknews (2020-09-28). Despite Calls to Support Armenia, India Should Take Its Cues from Russia, Analysts Say. sputniknews.com Both Azerbaijan and Armenia have blamed each other for triggering the latest round of hostilities over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, which has been disputed between the two countries since the 1980s. Major powers, including Russia, Iran, and the US, have called for defusing the tensions. Turkey, on the other hand, has backed Azerbaijan.

sputniknews (2020-09-28). Weak Farmers Easy Prey for ISI: Punjab Chief Flags Security Threat, to Go Before Top Court. sputniknews.com Farmers in India have been protesting against the three bills passed by the Indian Parliament during the Monsoon session. The reforms aim to bring structural changes to the Indian agricultural sector, which farmers maintain are against their interests.

yenisafak (2020-09-28). 'Planet is dying,' India's 8-year-old climate crusader warns. yenisafak.com When 8-year-old Indian climate change activist Licypriya Kangujam is older, she wants to launch a solo mission to the moon to research ways to save planet earth.One of the world's youngest climate change activists, Kangujam was inspired by the devastating scenes she witnessed in Nepal in 2015, where as a four-year-old she helped her father deliver aid to victims of huge earthquakes that killed some 9,000 people and destroyed one million homes.Now she is leading a youth movement calling for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Indian lawmakers to pass a new law aimed at capping carbon emissions in the world's third la…

yenisafak (2020-09-28). Azerbaijan: Armenian-Syrian mercenaries helping Armenia. yenisafak.com Mercenaries of Armenian origin from Syria have been identified among Armenia's casualties, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry said Monday.Defense Ministry spokesman Anar Eyvazov said in a statement that some of the dead bodies found among the casualties of the Armenian army were determined to be mercenaries of Armenian origin who came from Syria."The Armenian side hides this information from both the local and international community," Eyvazov said.He added that the Azerbaijani army destroyed 24 tanks and armored vehicles, 15 OSA-type anti-aircraft systems and 18 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) belonging to the Armenia…

yenisafak (2020-09-28). US, Greece call for peaceful resolution of maritime disputes in east Mediterranean. yenisafak.com The United States and Greece called on Monday for a peaceful resolution of maritime disputes in the east Mediterranean as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo began a two-day trip to Greece amid increased regional tension over energy resources.NATO allies Greece and Turkey, at loggerheads on a range of issues, have agreed to resume exploratory talks over contested maritime claims following weeks of tensions."The United States and Greece … reaffirmed their belief that maritime delimitation issues should be resolved peacefully in accordance with international law," the United States and Greece, also NATO allies, s…

yenisafak (2020-09-28). Turkey says Armenia must send back foreign 'mercenaries'. yenisafak.com "Armenia must immediately halt its attacks, send back the mercenaries and terrorists it brought from abroad and withdraw from the Azerbaijan lands," said Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar, adding a ceasefire and peace are needed.Turkey has said it will support Azerbaijan in the clashes, in which fierce fire was exchanged for a second day amid reports of at least 21 killed and hundreds wounded. Yerevan said Turkey was taking part in the clashes, but Baku denies this.

Lisa Newcomb, staff writer (2020-09-28). As 21 States Report Surge in Covid-19 and Flu Season Looms, Nursing Homes Implore Congress for Urgent Relief. commondreams.org "We need Congress to prioritize our vulnerable seniors and their caregivers in nursing homes and assisted living communities by passing another Covid-19 funding package before they leave town for the elections." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-09-27). Why Liberals Hate Leftists. thealtworld.com Liberals hate leftists. Hate them, hate them, hate them. | They don't often admit it of course. Admitting you hate those to your left at least as much as you hate those to your right would cause a lot of cognitive dissonance for those who think of themselves as being on the left, and it would weaken their arguments considerably. | But they do. Liberals hate leftists, for a number of reasons. | Liberals hate leftists because there is a night-and-day difference between a capitalist, imperialist establishment and an ideology which wants to tear down that establishment and replace it with peace and socialism. T…

_____ (2020-09-27). RIP Andre Vltchek: 'Western Imperialism Is World's Biggest Problem'. popularresistance.org André traveled relentlessly from one battle field to another, from one conflict zone to a war zone. He exposed innumerable atrocities committed around the world, mostly by western powers. He never wavered from revealing the truth. From Afghanistan to Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan to Argentina, Chile, Peru to Hong Kong, to Xinjiang, the Uygur Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China — André was there.

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-09-27). Progressives Demand Outside Supreme Court: 'No Confirmation Before Inauguration'. commondreams.org "The people demand that OUR NEEDS ARE MET before the Senate entertains the idea of confirming a new justice days before the most important presidential election of our lifetime." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

David Vine (2020-09-27). The U.S. 'War on Terror' Has Displaced 37 Million People. commondreams.org Syrian refugees arrive at a humanitarian camp in in Dohuk, Iraq on October 17, 2019. (Photo: Byron Smith/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Lawrence Wittner (2020-09-27). Where Does the Democratic Party Stand on War, Peace, and International Relations? zcomm.org After nearly four years of the Trump administration, U.S. voters have a pretty good idea of the policies that the President and his Republican allies champion when it comes to America's dealings with other nations. These policies include massive increases in military spending, lengthy wars abroad, threats of nuclear war, withdrawal from climate and nuclear

Nadda Osman (2020-09-27). US actor Olivia Munn criticised for role in new Syrian refugee drama. middleeasteye.net US actor Olivia Munn criticised for role in new Syrian refugee drama | Announcement draws ire online over a story to be centred on a 'UN journalist' in Syria rather than on Syrians themselves | Sun, 09/27/2020 – 12: 08 | The new drama has received a lot of backlash online (AFP) | American actress and former television host Olivia Munn has come under fire after it was announced that she is set to play the…

MEE and agencies (2020-09-27). Yemen warring parties agree to exchange over 1,000 prisoners. middleeasteye.net Yemen warring parties agree to exchange over 1,000 prisoners | The Houthis and Saudi-backed government in largest swap deal since peace talks in Stockholm in December 2018 | Sun, 09/27/2020 – 11: 57 | Houthi prisoner exchange committee head Abdulkader al-Murtada (L) shakes hands with the Yemeni delegation leader Hadi Haig, next to UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths after exchange deal talks…

sputniknews (2020-09-27). Senate Judiciary Committee Reveals Amy Barrett Confirmation Hearing Details. sputniknews.com Earlier in the day, US President Donald Trump announced Amy Barrett as his Supreme Court nomination pick, in a move to fill the vacancy opened by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Staff (2020-09-27). The First 2020 Presidential Debate Needs to Address Wealth and Income Inequality. truthout.org White House that muses openly about not counting votes. A Senate rushing to cement in place a fiercely conservative Supreme Court. We have plenty of reasons these days to despair for our democracy. The Commission on Presidential Debates has just added another. | This independent blue-ribbon panel has produced every presidential debate since 1988. The 2020 debate series will launch this coming Tuesday, and the Commission has now announced the six topics that will each get 15 minutes at the…

_____ (2020-09-27). October 1: International Day Of Action On AFRICOM. popularresistance.org October 1, 2020 is the 12th anniversary of the launch of the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), a command structure with bases that are now in dozens of African nations. Yet, the existence of AFRICOM has escaped the awareness of not only the general public in the United States and the world. When four U.S. soldiers were killed in the small African nation of Niger, even members of the U.S. Congress were unaware of the U.S. military's presence in the country and the extent of the U.S. military presence throughout Africa.

Carla Stea (2020-09-27). The Weaponization of Human Rights. globalresearch.ca China's Communist "Dictatorship" Lifts 700 Million Chinese Citizens Out Of Poverty: Yet India is Adored by Western Pundits, While China is Demonized and Sanctioned | *** | "The first human right is the right to life." Wang Yi, Minister of Foreign …

Richard Falk (2020-09-27). UAE/Bahrain Normalization: Peace or Geopolitics? zcomm.org I think the willingness to endorse these normalization agreements in the White House setting was a dramatic expression of identification with Trump's regional diplomacy in the Middle East and a formalized repudiation of Palestinian aspirations for a sustainable peace…

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-27). VIDEO: IRGC unveils 'Zolfaghar Basir' naval ballistic missile. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 27 (MNA) — "Zolfaghar Basir" is a naval ballistic missile whose ground-to-ground type with a range of more than 700 kilometers was used in targeting ISIL bases in Syria and American terrorist bases in Iraq.

_____ (2020-09-26). Leaked Docs Expose Massive Syria Propaganda Operation Waged by Western Govt Contractors and Media. strategic-culture.org 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. | 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 political narratives to their branding, from what th…

yenisafak (2020-09-26). India fails to curb virus despite strict lockdown. yenisafak.com India enforced one of the world's most stringent lockdowns in March to check the spread of the coronavirus.The shutdown took effect four hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's announcement and created chaos and confusion as Indians were totally unprepared.All economic activities came to a standstill. More than 140 million migrant workers in big cities were suddenly left without work as shops, factories and establishments shut down.In the COVID-19-hit months of April to June, India's GDP shrank 23.9% year-on-year. Although the pandemic turned into a financial crisis and rendered millions jobless, the virus spr…

The Canary (2020-09-26). Breonna Taylor's family demands release of body camera footage. thecanary.co Breonna Taylor's family has demanded that Kentucky authorities release all body camera footage, police files and the transcripts of the grand jury hearings that led to no charges against police officers over her killing.The family also criticised the state's attorney general for his failure to bring charges against the officers.A diverse group, including Taylor's mother, marched through Louisville on the evening of Friday 25 September. The demonstrations were peaceful, but at one point police in riot gear fired flash bang devices reportedly to turn back a crowd on a street. Authorities said two people were arrest…

teleSUR, ce (2020-09-26). International Peace Forum Opposes US-Led New Cold War on China. telesurenglish.net Peace activists from China, the US, Britain, South Africa, India, Morocco, Bolivia and Belgium have come together for an international forum to discuss the US-led New Cold War and how to oppose it. | RELATED: | The event, organized by the No Cold War campaign, was chaired by Vijay Prashad, Director of the Tricontinental Institute and Kate Hudson, General Secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. | Deputy General Se…

teleSUR (2020-09-26). Portugal: Workers Demand Gov't Action Against Unemployment. telesurenglish.net Portuguese workers protested on Saturday to demand better salaraies and governmental action on employment protection during the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | The General Confederation of Portuguese Workers (CGTP) organized and convened peaceful demonstrations to demand that the government to raise the minimum salary from 635 euros to 850. Participants maintained social distance and wore masks. | "Workers' ri…

WSWS (2020-09-26). Renewed mass arrests target Kurdish-nationalist HDP in Turkey. wsws.org There is growing speculation that the Turkish government is preparing a renewed military offensive against US-backed Kurdish-nationalist forces in Syria.

WSWS (2020-09-26). US Congress threatens to cut funding for Philippines police and military. wsws.org Congressional Democrats are attempting to establish a more pliant regime in the Philippines to join the US build-up to war against China.

teleSUR (2020-09-26). Chilean Police Brutally Repress Health Workers' Peaceful Protest. telesurenglish.net Chilean Police (Carabineros) Friday repressed a demonstration called by health workers in the Chilean capital, Santiago, to demand that the government recognize their careers in the Health Code. | RELATED: | Health System's technical nursing staff (TENS) demonstrated in Plaza Baquedano, known as Plaza de la Dignidad, after several weeks demanding their professional recognition. | The demonstration was peaceful until t…