Daily Archives: October 1, 2020

2020-10-01: News Headlines

yenisafak (2020-10-01). UN sends 16 truckloads of aid to Syria's Idlib. yenisafak.com The UN on Thursday sent 16 truckloads of humanitarian aid to Idlib, northwestern Syria, where millions of people need assistance due to the worsening internal conflict.The trucks carrying supplies entered the Idlib province through the Cilvegozu border gate in Turkey's southern Hatay province. | The aid will be distributed among residents of Idlib and nearby rural areas.Syria has been ravaged by civil war since early 2011 when the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protesters. | Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed, and more than 10 million displaced, according to UN estimates.Idlib falls with…

L. Ali Khan (2020-10-01). Pakistan's Mughal Syndrome. counterpunch.org In recent years, India has begun to view the Mughals and other Muslim dynasties before them, not as natives but invaders and colonizers. Hindutva's rise sees even Islam as a foreign religion and the Mughal monuments, including the Taj Mahal, as occupiers' relics. The 1947 partition takes on new meaning as India reincarnates Hindu glories whitewashing the Muslim rule.

John Kendall Hawkins (2020-10-01). Democracy: It's Not Dark Yet, But It's Getting There. counterpunch.org "I don't see why we need to stand by and watch a country go communist due to the irresponsibility of its people. The issues are much too important for the [fill in the country] voters to be left to decide for themselves." — Henry Kissinger, Nobel Peace prize winner and war criminal Ever since the

The Alternative World (2020-10-01). Russian Defense Minister Reviews 5 Years Of Syria Operation. thealtworld.com September 30th, 2020, marked exactly 5 years since the beginning of the Russian operation in Syria. | It began after Damascus issued an official invitation for the Russian army to help the Syrian people and liberate the country from international terrorist groups. | On this day in 2015, the Federation Council gave its consent to Russian President Vladimir Putin to use the Russian Armed Forces in Syria. The decision was a response to the official appeal of the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad."In the specified period, the situation in Syria turned out to be critical. The emerging situation threatened the defeat of…

yenisafak (2020-10-01). Turkish cross-border, peacekeeping missions up for extension. yenisafak.com Turkey's parliament is due to consider a motion extending authorization to launch cross-border anti-terrorist operations in northern Iraq and Syria, as well as deploy peacekeeping forces to the countries of Lebanon, Mali, and the Central African Republic.The motion, submitted on Thursday by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government, would allow the Turkish military to carry out cross-border operations in northern Iraq and Syria for another year, from Oct. 30, 2020 until Oct. 30, 2021.The motion states that Turkey places great importance on protecting Iraq's territorial integrity, national unity, and stability."

WSWS (2020-10-01). Evasions, anti-Russian demagogy at Comey hearing before US Senate. wsws.org The former FBI director claimed dozens of times not to be aware of the details of the initial stages of the 2016 investigation into Trump and Russia.

Colin Todhunter (2020-10-01). Bt Cotton in India is a GMO Template for a 'Monumental Irreversible Catastrophe'. counterpunch.org 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 India's apex regulatory body for GM crops (the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee, GEAC), a public

WSWS (2020-10-01). Russia, France denounce Turkey as Armenian-Azeri war escalates. wsws.org As reports emerge that Turkey is sending Syrian Islamist mercenaries to Azerbaijan to fight Armenia, the risk of a Russian-Turkish clash and a broader regional war is rising.

sputniknews (2020-10-01). 'Me During Classes': Sleepy Duckling Dozing Off. sputniknews.com During these pandemic-ridden times, schoolkids are missing out on a lot of classroom fun since most classes have shifted online. To remind students of boring lectures that make them crave a nap, the official Instagram handle of YouTube India has posted an adorable video.

yenisafak (2020-10-01). Trump signs spending bill to avoid government shutdown. yenisafak.com The US President Donald Trump signed early Thursday a stopgap spending bill to avoid a government shutdown and keep it running into December. The bill, which passed the US Senate earlier with 84-10 vote, will keep the government agencies funded at the 2020 fiscal year levels through Dec. 11. The House of Representatives approved the bill last week.Trump technically missed the midnight deadline to sign the bill, however the Office of Management and Budget never ordered agencies to stop their operations, although funding to agencies temporarily lapsed.The legislation will ensure the US government will not go throug…

yenisafak (2020-10-01). Turkmenistan, Afghanistan ink deal on joint projects. yenisafak.com Turkmenistan and Afghanistan on Wednesday inked documents in the city of Kabul to facilitate the further implementation of joint infrastructure projects, according to Turkmenistan's Foreign Ministry on Thursday.The top officials of the two states in the Presidential Palace Salam Khan signed documents concerning the construction of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline, Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TAP) electric and fiber-optic communication line, as well as construction of railways.The signing ceremony was attended by the Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, members of the gover…

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…

Lawrence Wittner (2020-09-30). Where Does the Democratic Party Stand on War, Peace, and International Relations? counterpunch.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

MEE staff (2020-09-30). US imposes sanctions on 'key enablers' of Syria's Assad government. middleeasteye.net US imposes sanctions on 'key enablers' of Syria's Assad government | Washington blacklists head of Syrian General Intelligence Directorate and governor of Central Bank of Syria | Wed, 09/30/2020 – 15: 56 | US says its main goal is not regime change, but to force Assad government to adhere to international standards (AFP/File photo) | The United States slapped sanctions on several "key enablers" of President Ba…

Jeff Jurgens (2020-09-30). Meet the Candidates — Sri Kulkarni and Dana Balter. peaceaction.org Join pro-peace candidates Sri Kulkarni (TX-22) and Dana Balter (NY-24) LIVE Thursday 10/1 at 8pm Eastern! Despite all the unpredictability this year has presented us with, one thing remains certain: this election will be the most important in our lifetime. We invite you to join us in the final of our "Meet the Candidates" series …

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

RT (2020-09-30). Fokin fired: Ukraine's Zelensky sacks ex-PM from his Donbass peace delegation for saying Russia is not at war with Kiev. rt.com Former Prime Minister Vitold Fokin has been removed from Ukraine's delegation to the contact group tasked with regulating the Donbass conflict after remarks he made in Kiev's parliament that were deemed to be supportive of Russia. | The comments, which Ukrainian president Vladimir Zelensky's office called "appalling," were delivered in the Verkhovnaya Rada on Tuesday, where Fokin, Ukraine's first prime minister, was outlining his vision for how to achieve peace in the Donbass. | "I see no signs of a war [in the east of the country] between the Russian Federation and Ukraine," he replied in answer to a question…

RT (2020-09-30). Russia 'deeply concerned' about reports of mercenaries from Syria & Libya being sent to fight in disputed Nagorno-Karabakh. rt.com Moscow has condemned the alleged use of "foreign mercenaries and terrorists" in the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh, calling them a threat to the entire region that must "immediately" be withdrawn. | "Militants of illegal armed groups, in particular from Syria and Libya" have been transported to the conflict zone "in order to directly participate in the hostilities," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a Wednesday statement commenting on the recent reports, adding it was "deeply concerned" about the development that creates "long-term threats to the security of all countries in t…

Stephen Lendman (2020-09-30). Pre-Scripted Trump v. Biden Spitting Match Theater. globalresearch.ca The US political process is money controlled, Big Money running things. | According to the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP), over $6 billion was spent by US presidential and congressional candidates in 2016. | A record amount is expected this year to …

_____ (2020-09-30). Canada Has A War Crimes Problem. popularresistance.org Two new reports on Canadian weapons exports reveal that Canadian-based corporate entities (and, by extension, government agencies that support and encourage their exports) are complicit in the commission of war crimes in Yemen, Turkey, Libya, Syria and Iraq. | These findings build on previously raised concerns that the Canadian military was complicit in war crimes during the occupation of Afghanistan (including when current Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan operated there as a soldier). | Earlier this month, the United Nations criticized Canada, among other nations, for continuing to export weapons to all parties th…

Ian Cobain (2020-09-30). UK Government Probing Cyber-attack over Syria Propaganda Leaks. globalresearch.ca Hackers have penetrated the computer systems of the UK's foreign ministry and taken hundreds of files detailing the country's controversial propaganda programmes in war-torn Syria. | In a security breach of enormous proportions, the hackers appear to have deliberately targeted files …

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 …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-30). Amnesty shuts its offices in India alleging harassment by government. peoplesdispatch.org As per Amnesty International, constant harassment by government agencies has forced them to let go of their staff in India and wind down ongoing campaigns and research work…

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 …

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…

_____ (2020-09-30). Turkey Fuels Azerbaijan-Armenian Conflict With Terror Proxies From Syria. strategic-culture.org Thousands of Turkish-backed militants from Syria's Idlib province have been recruited as mercenaries to support Azerbaijan in its conflict with Armenia. | Several Azerbaijan and Armenia are each blaming the other for the eruption of violence which unconfirmed reports suggest has…

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). 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…

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). 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). 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). 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…

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…

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

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…

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…

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 …

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 …

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.

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…

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). 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.

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.