Daily Archives: September 30, 2020

2020-09-30: News Headlines

Staff (2020-09-30). Headlines for September 30, 2020. democracynow.org Trump Refuses to Condemn White Supremacists or Rule Out Post-Election Violence, New York City Coronavirus Infections Surge for First Time in Months, Indian Health Officials Claim 60 Million Coronavirus Infections Nationwide, House Democrats Unveil Pared-Down $2.2 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Bill, Texas Sheriff and Prosecutor Indicted for Evidence Tampering in Javier Ambler Police Killing, Kentucky AG Didn't Recommend Murder Charges for Breonna Taylor's Killers, Trump Plans Pre-Election ICE Raids in U.S. Sanctuary Cities, More Women Detail Forced Sterilizations, Unnecessary Surgeries at Georgia ICE Jail, World Hea…

Manuel García, Jr. (2020-09-30). Conflict and Choice for Human Survival. counterpunch.org What can you say about people for whom the beauty of Nature does not inspire, and the fear of its destruction does not motivate? People do not change unless they feel pain. Politics does not allow for social improvements unless first stung by social revolts. The idea of a spontaneous, peaceful and uneventful evolution of

Drago Bosnic (2020-09-30). Exposed: US Occupation of Syria Now Official. globalresearch.ca The United States has now sent more occupying forces into Syria in clear violation of international law. The Pentagon regime officials claim the deployment of additional occupying forces allegedly came due to a series of "incidents" between US occupying forces …

Press TV (2020-09-30). Threats of Attacks against Civilians in Syria. dissidentvoice.org On Thursday, Sept. 24, Rick Sterling, investigative journalist and member of the Steering Committee of the Syria Solidarity Movement, spoke with Press TV about a threat of terror attacks, including chemical weapons, on Syrian civilians in Idlib. Syrian authorities have alerted that Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) and the UK-US funded 'White Helmets', in …

Bay Area Poor People's Campaign (2020-09-30). Monday 10/5: San Francisco Protest Against McConnell-led Senate w/ Bay Area Poor People's Campaign. indybay.org San Francisco: Car caravan & socially distanced protest, please RSVP for meet-up location…

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-30). 17 Iranians arrive home from India after 7 months. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 30 (MNA) — 17 Iranian citizens arrived in the country after 7 months of being stuck in India due to travel restriction raised by the coronavirus pandemic.

sputniknews (2020-09-30). Despite Fresh Border Claims, India, China Agree to Ensure Stability, Avoid Misunderstandings. sputniknews.com On the side-lines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meet on 10 September, the Indian and Chinese foreign ministers met in Moscow. Both agreed to a five-point formula to cool tempers in the Ladakh region. But their armies have been positioned face-to-face along the border after engaging in one of their worst face-offs in decades in mid-June.

sputniknews (2020-09-30). Five Permanent Members of UN Security Council Ambivalent on Reforms, Says Ex-Indian Envoy. sputniknews.com India has been campaigning for a position on the UN Security Council's (UNSC) decision-making structure, while highlighting its democratic polity, demographic dividends, and contributions to the global body's operations.

yenisafak (2020-09-30). Pakistani Hindus 'sad' at Babri Mosque ruling in India. yenisafak.com The acquittal of all 32-surviving accused in the Babri Mosque demolition conspiracy case in India on Wednesday has refreshed memories of Hindus in Pakistan.On Dec. 6, 1992, soon after the news of the demolition of the historic mosque spread, charged Muslim mobs, calling for revenge had attacked dozens of Hindu temples across Pakistan.Some 30 temples across Muslim-majority Pakistan were attacked, 25 of them across the southern province of Sindh, where 85% of the Hindus in Pakistan live.Since then all these temples have been either rebuilt or repaired in Pakistan in contrast to India, where also then Prime Minister…

yenisafak (2020-09-30). Indian ruling party hails Babri Mosque verdict. yenisafak.com Government ministers and leaders of India's ruling party on Wednesday welcomed a controversial court acquittal of 32 people accused of criminal conspiracy and inciting a mob to raze a 400-year-old mosque.Lal Krishna Advani, a former ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) deputy prime minister and one of the accused, issued a video message saying: "The judgement vindicates my personal and BJP's belief and commitment towards the Ram Janmabhoomi Movement," referring to the group that tore down the Babri Mosque in 1992, claiming the site was the birthplace of the Hindu god Rama."It is a moment of happiness for all of u…

yenisafak (2020-09-30). Consultations on with India over border dispute: China. yenisafak.com China and India are holding a meeting to solve their border issues, Beijing said on Wednesday."China and India are meeting on the consultation and coordination mechanism on the border issue," Foreign Ministry Spokesman Wang Wenbin told a news conference in Beijing."The meeting is focused on implementing the five-point consensus that foreign ministers of the two sides reached in Moscow to deescalate border tensions," he said, according to Chinese daily Global Times.The statement comes a day after Beijing magnified its opposition to India's Aug. 5, 2019 move scrapping the special provisions of the state of Jammu an…

yenisafak (2020-09-30). Outrage over Indian rape victims' cremation by police. yenisafak.com The covert cremation by police of the body of a 19-year-old gang-rape victim early Wednesday triggered protests and condemnations by citizens and activists in India.The Dalit (lower caste) woman was tortured and gang-raped by four men from an upper caste at her village in Hathras in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh on Sept. 14. She battled for her life for two weeks before succumbing to her injuries on Tuesday.In a video going viral on social media, the victim's mother is seen pleading with police to allow her to see her daughter one last time, and bring her body home, as the police cremated the body amid tigh…

yenisafak (2020-09-30). Turkey arrests 14 PKK terror suspects. yenisafak.com A total of 14 suspects were arrested in Turkey's southeastern Diyarbakir province on Wednesday over their alleged links to the PKK terror group.Security forces arrested the suspects in various raids across Diyarbakir after judicial authorities issued arrest warrants for 17 suspects, including Hatice Kocaman, a former deputy from Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP). She is among the arrested.The warrants were issued as part of an investigation launched by local prosecutors, with suspects having been found to be operating for the Democratic Society Congress (DTK), the so-called legislative body of the PKK terror group.

yenisafak (2020-09-30). Babri Mosque case: Pakistan slams 'shameful' acquittals. yenisafak.com Pakistan on Wednesday strongly condemned the acquittal of all the accused in the historical Babri Mosque case by an Indian court, terming it a "shameful" verdict. "Pakistan strongly condemns today's shameful acquittal of the criminals responsible for demolishing the centuries-old Babri Masjid in Ayodhya in 1992," said the country's Foreign Ministry in a statement.A special court in India on Wednesday acquitted all the 32 surviving accused in the Babri Mosque demolition case.The verdict in the criminal case related to the Babri Mosque demolition came almost 28 years after it was pulled down by a frenzied mob in th…

Aaron Maté (2020-09-29). The Grayzone's Aaron Maté testifies at UN on OPCW Syria cover-up. thegrayzone.com In remarks to the UN Security Council, The Grayzone's Aaron Maté details the OPCW's Douma cover-up scandal and urges UN members to support the chemical watchdog's inspectors whose evidence was suppressed. At an Arria-Formula Meeting of the United Nations Security Council, Aaron Maté of The Grayzone delivers remarks on the OPCW's ongoing Syria scandal. Veteran OPCW inspectors who investigated an alleged chemical attack in Douma, Syria in April 2018 say that their probe was censored and manipulated. Under direct US …

Andrea Germanos (2020-09-29). 'No Confirmation Before Inauguration'. zcomm.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."

RT (2020-09-29). Tulsi Gabbard believes Project Veritas' ballot-harvesting claims against fellow dem Ilhan Omar, causing left-wing backlash. rt.com Democratic congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard invoked the ire of her own base for siding with the conservative news organization Project Veritas, over claims of alleged ballot-harvesting voter fraud linked to Representative Ilhan Omar. | Gabbard tweeted on Monday that the allegations against Omar made by the investigative undercover news group were "further evidence of the need to ban ballot harvesting." | Such practice is also called 'ballot collecting' and involves third parties gathering mail-in ballots and delivering them to election officials. It is legal in some states, and is aimed at helping physically impair…

Lawrence Wittner (2020-09-29). Where Does the Democratic Party Stand on War, Peace, and International Relations? zcomm.org In this November's elections, American voters will have a clear choice as to what kind of role they want their country to play in the world…

MEE correspondent (2020-09-29). Turkey recruiting Syrians to guard troops and facilities in Azerbaijan. middleeasteye.net Turkey recruiting Syrians to guard troops and facilities in Azerbaijan | Rebels and civilians employed as security suspect they will soon be sent to fight Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh | Tue, 09/29/2020 – 12: 01 | A Turkish-backed Syrian fighter in the northwestern Syrian city of Afrin, 9 October 2018 (AFP) | Hundreds of Syrian rebels and civilians are being sent by Turkey to Azerbaijan…

Evaggelos Vallianatos (2020-09-29). On the Precipice of Tyranny. counterpunch.org As if climate change, its consuming heat and fires, and the killer pandemic plague were not enough, the country is getting closer to tyranny — by the day. Trump refuses peaceful transfer of power President Trump keeps saying the only result of the November 3 elections he will accept is his own reelection. His refusal

Staff (2020-09-29). Winner-Take-All Electoral College Could Enable Dreaded Constitutional Crisis. truthout.org Support for abolishing the Electoral College has reached its highest level in nearly 10 years as calls to reform other minoritarian structures, including the composition of the Senate and the Supreme Court, come under increasing scrutiny after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. | A Gallup survey found

yenisafak (2020-09-29). Indian court set to deliver verdict in Babri mosque demolition case. yenisafak.com A special court in India will deliver on Wednesday the verdict in the criminal case related to the Babri mosque demolition, almost 28 years after the structure in the Ayodhya town was pulled down.Last month, the Supreme Court had set Sept. 30 as the deadline to conclude the trial and pronounce the judgment.However, many senior defendants above 90 years of age may not be able to attend the court proceedings on that day due to health concerns although they are legally required to be present in court. It is not clear what arrangements the court would make for them.As many as 32 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders w…

Aruna Rodrigues (2020-09-29). Bt Cotton in India Is a GMO Template for a 'Monumental Irreversible Catastrophe'. globalresearch.ca Cotton is the only genetically modified (GM) crop that has been officially approved in India and has been cultivated (illegally then legally) in the country for more than 20 years. Although GM mustard has been approved for commercial cultivation by …

news.un (2020-09-29). Nuclear threat against North Korea 'continues unabated', UN ambassador tells Assembly. news.un.org During the past several decades, North Korea has done "everything possible" to safeguard peace and security on the Korean peninsula, the country's representative told the UN high-level General Debate on Tuesday.

news.un (2020-09-29). UAE expresses hopes for Middle East peace talks following 'historic' accord with Israel. news.un.org The historic agreement normalizing relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) should boost efforts towards achieving regional peace and a brighter future for generations to come, the UAE's Foreign Affairs Minister told the UN General Assembly in a pre-recorded speech broadcast on Tuesday.

news.un (2020-09-29). UN Middle East envoy urges sides to engage 'before it is too late'. news.un.org Israeli and Palestinian leaders, and their international partners, must urgently resume peace efforts "before it is too late", UN Middle East envoy Nikolay Mladenov told the Security Council on Tuesday, echoing the Secretary-General.

Elijah J. Magnier (2020-09-29). Russia and Iran in Syria; Iran Prepares a Move on the Israeli Borders. globalresearch.ca There has been a lot of talk about a Russian-Iranian conflict of interest in Syria and the differences of priorities, goals, and about the deployment of the Iranian forces in different Syrian provinces, in particular in the south of Syria …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-29). Collective of Sahrawi Human Rights Defenders holds founding congress. peoplesdispatch.org The Collective of Sahrawi Human Rights Defenders or CODESA was first formed in 2007, but could not take formal shape until now due to interference by the occupying Moroccan authorities…

Black Alliance for Peace (2020-09-29). Racism, Militarism and Materialism = AFRICOM. globalresearch.ca A year before the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was murdered, he declared the United States was the greatest purveyor of violence on the planet. | Some people today focus on the moral implications of this statement, disconnected from the …

Badri Raina (2020-09-29). The Post-Truth Requirements of 'Development' and Parliament as an Artifact. zcomm.org Although India is still saddled with a parliament, a colonial bugbear, the last six years or so have seen a gradual, but now more rapid, informal switch over to a desired and desirable presidential form.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-29). Terrorists' defeat in Syria like Liberation of Khorramshahr. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 29 (MNA) — Hailing Iran's recent victories at the international level, the Commander of Iran Air Force likened the failure of the terrorist group in Syria to the victory of Iran in liberating Khorramshahr during the Imposed War.

sputniknews (2020-09-29). Pundit on Trump: I'll Vote for Man Who'll Bring Peace Back to US Regardless of What He Paid in Taxes. sputniknews.com On 27 September, The New York Times published an "investigation", in which it claimed that Donald Trump's tax bill was only $750 in both 2016 and 2017 – after he became US president. According to the newspaper, Trump paid no federal income taxes in 10 of the last 15 years.

Staff (2020-09-29). Democrats Present GOP With Yet Another Opportunity to Pass COVID Relief. truthout.org Progressive advocacy groups and labor leaders are urging Senate Republicans and the Trump White House to stop

yenisafak (2020-09-29). China again opposes Ladakh as India's union territory. yenisafak.com China on Tuesday once again criticized India's unilateral move of Aug. 5, 2019, which downgraded and divided the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region. "China does not recognize the so-called Union Territory of Ladakh illegally established by India," the state-run Global Times newspaper quoted China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin as saying.Beijing, he said, "opposes infrastructure construction in disputed border areas for military control purposes."Last year, the Indian government revoked various provisions under Article 370 and 35A from its Constitution, scrapping the Muslim-majority region's minimal auton…

yenisafak (2020-09-29). Turkish parliament to open for 4th legislative session. yenisafak.com Turkish parliament will on Thursday start the fourth legislative session of its 27th term.The general assembly will convene at 2.00 p.m. local time (1100GMT) under the gavel of Parliament Speaker Mustafa Sentop.Later, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will deliver an opening speech at the assembly.This year, Sentop will not host an opening reception in the parliament due to novel coronavirus outbreak.On Oct. 6 and 7, the general assembly is scheduled to debate motions to extend the state's authority to launch cross-border military operations in northern Iraq and Syria for another year.Marathon deliberations on the 2…

yenisafak (2020-09-29). Germany calls on Armenia, Azerbaijan to end fighting. yenisafak.com Germany on Tuesday called for an immediate cease-fire between Azerbaijan and Armenia, amid the heaviest clashes in years in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose country currently holds the rotating presidency of the European Union, spoke on the phone with presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia on the recently escalated conflict, and called for a peaceful solution, the government spokesman said on Twitter."The Chancellor has underlined the urgent need for an immediate cease-fire and return to the negotiation table," Steffen Seibert said, adding that Germany supports diplomatic efforts of OSCE…

yenisafak (2020-09-29). Pakistan: 2 killed in border clash with India. yenisafak.com A Pakistani army soldier and a civilian were killed in a clash along the Kashmir border with India, the military said on Tuesday. | 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 longstanding rivals. | "Indian Army resorted to unprovoked fire in Baroh and Tandar Sectors along LOC targeting civilian population. A 15-year-old boy embraced shahdat [martyrdom] while four civilians including a woman and an 80-year-old male got injured," said a statement from the Pakistan Army.

news.un (2020-09-29). To UN, Israeli Prime Minister says 'no doubt' more Arab countries will soon join 'circle of peace'. news.un.org While telling the UN General Assembly on Tuesday there was "good news" to report about the "expanding circle of peace" between Israel and some Arab countries, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also accused Hezbollah militants of storing weapons in a residential area of Beirut.

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 …

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.

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.

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…

RT (2020-09-28). Turkey hiring Syrian rebels to fight Armenians for Azerbaijan, Guardian claims, as Baku calls reports on mercenaries 'nonsense'. rt.com In an echo of events in Libya, rebels from Syria's Idlib province are being recruited by Turkey to fight for Azerbaijan in its conflict with Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh, The Guardian has reported, citing several militants. | Idlib is Syria's northwestern province, and the last bastion of the Turkish-backed militants who once hoped to effect regime change in Damascus. It is there the recruitment drive for Azerbaijan began a month ago, three rebels told the Guardian's correspondent Bethan McKernan. Her story was published on Monday evening. | Two brothers from Azaz said they had been summoned to a camp in Afri…

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…