Daily Archives: October 3, 2020

2020-10-03: News Headlines

Julia Conley (2020-10-03). As polls shows climate action winning issue, green campaigners mobilize for Democrats in key Senate and House races. nationofchange.org "Arizona, Iowa, Maine, and South Carolina could hardly be more different, but solid majorities of voters in each state support building a clean energy economy."

Lucine Kasbarian (2020-10-03). Spike in Boycotts of Turkish Goods and Services. indybay.org For years, Turkey has injected itself, often militarily, into the sovereign affairs of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Greece, Cyprus, India, and now, Armenia and Artsakh. On October 2, reports emerged that Turkey is using NATO and American facilities to attack Armenia and Artsakh. Since NATO is unable or unwilling to rein in this rogue nation that many consider to be the single greatest threat to global security, public boycotts are increasingly gaining favor.

yenisafak (2020-10-03). 'US sent $400M aid to YPG/PKK terror group in Syria'. yenisafak.com The US has transferred aid worth $400 million, mostly consisting of security equipment, to the YPG/PKK terrorist organization in Syria, local sources said on Saturday.The support package, which started reaching the YPG/PKK terror group last month, will be used for military purposes, according to the sources, who requested anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media.They added that the equipment given to the terror group includes bomb detectors, fingerprint scanners, and tracking devices.On Sept. 25, top US diplomat Mike Pompeo announced that Washington will provide an extra $720 million in aid to Syria…

yenisafak (2020-10-03). Germany marks 30th unification anniversary. yenisafak.com Germany on Saturday marked the 30th anniversary of the Day of German Unity with official celebrations in the northeastern city of Potsdam.Delivering a speech at the event, Chancellor Angela Merkel hailed the "Peaceful Revolution" that ended communist rule in East Germany three decades ago, lauding the people who took to the streets in East Germany showed great courage."Today, we know that we should be brave again, especially in the COVID-19 period […] We must work bravely to overcome the differences that still exist between the east and west and for the integrity of our entire society," she noted.German Preside…

yenisafak (2020-10-03). Kashmir: Bodies of men killed in fake operation exhumed. yenisafak.com The bodies of three Kashmiri civilians killed in a staged gunfight by Indian forces in July were exhumed and handed over to their families on Saturday, officials said.The three men — Imtiyaz Ahmad, 21, Abrar Ahmad, 25, and Abrar Khatana, 18 — were shot dead in Amshipora village in Indian-administered Kashmir's Shopian district on July 18, with authorities initially claiming that they were militants.After two months of protests by their families, who said the victims were laborers with no connection to any militant outfits, the Indian military admitted its wrongdoing on Sept. 18.In a statement, the arm…

yenisafak (2020-10-03). Republican US Senator Johnson diagnosed with COVID-19: spokesman. yenisafak.com Republican U.S. Senator Ron Johnson, who heads the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, a spokesman said on Saturday.The spokesman said Johnson "feels healthy and is not experiencing symptoms" but will stay in isolation until he is cleared by a doctor. The aide did not identify the person Johnson came in contact with recently who also has COVID-19.

yenisafak (2020-10-03). India inaugurates 'world's longest' highway tunnel. yenisafak.com Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated "the longest highway tunnel in the world" built in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh that borders China.Strategically important, the tunnel named after former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is located in Himalayas at an altitude of 3000 meters (10,000 Feet) from the mean sea level (MSL).Modi travelled to Himachal Pradesh to inaugurate the tunnel.In a televised speech, the Indian premier said the tunnel will give a new strength to India's border infrastructure."The Atal tunnel will give new strength to India's border infrastructure. It is an exa…

Anya Parampil (2020-10-02). US military seeks to "create new base in Syria" — Syrian journalist. thegrayzone.com Red Lines host Anya Parampil speaks with Syrian journalist Bashar Barazi, the correspondent for HispanTV in Damascus, about recent developments in the country. By Anya Parampil They discuss the impact of the new "Cesar sanctions" on the Syrian public, US and Turkish maneuvers within Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's recent visit to the country, as well as the average Syrian's response to efforts from Gulf countries to normalize relations with Israel. Barazi explains why he believes the US is …

teleSUR (2020-10-02). Chile: Indigenous People Demand Role in Constitution Draft. telesurenglish.net Representatives of Chilean Indigenous communities and organizations demanded from Congress not to prolong the discussion about native people's participation in drafting a new constitutional text if Chilean people approve it in October 25 plebiscite. | RELATED: | "We would like to ask the parliamentarians to be able to continue the discussion in the Constitution Committee of the Senate. It is fundamental to have a…

Staff (2020-10-02). Trump Ramps Up Immigration Attacks Ahead of Election. truthout.org A month before the election, the Trump lockdown against any and all immigrants is intensifying. The Trump administration has unleashed a rush of regulations to restrict student visas, especially for students from non-white, non-Christian majority countries. It is accelerating border wall building. It has proposed an offensively low ceiling of 15,000 refugee admissions in 2021 and has also been flirting with an illegal refusal to provide Congress with numbers for refugee admissions next year, which would effectively…

MEE staff (2020-10-02). EU removes east Libya powerbroker Aguila Saleh from sanctions blacklist. middleeasteye.net EU removes east Libya powerbroker Aguila Saleh from sanctions blacklist | European Union says lifting sanctions, including travel ban, is due to Saleh's 'constructive engagement' in support of peace talks | Fri, 10/02/2020 – 21: 59 | Aguila Saleh is seen as a counterweight to Khalifa Haftar in east (AFP/File photo) | The European Union has removed an east Libyan powerbroker from its sanctions blacklist to enco…

Philip Giraldi (2020-10-02). What They Are Not Talking About: War and Peace, Healthcare and Jobs Are Non-Issues. globalresearch.ca Watching the network news on television or reading about current events in the newspapers seemingly transports one to an alternate universe where nothing seems to make sense. The profit driven news cycle in the United States is admittedly a poor …

yenisafak (2020-10-02). US Supreme Court nominee Barrett tests negative for COVID: White House official. yenisafak.com President Donald Trump's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett has tested negative for the deadly coronavirus and is following government guidance on social distancing and best practices after Trump tested positive, a White House official said on Friday.Barrett was last with Trump on Saturday. This week she visited leaders in the U.S. Senate accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, who has also tested negative for the disease.

Colin Todhunter (2020-10-02). Bt Cotton in India is a GMO Template for a "monumental irreversible catastrophe" dissidentvoice.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 …

Ivan Velisavljeviƒá (2020-10-02). A New Party of the Left in Serbia. zcomm.org The Social Democratic Union's 12th congress in Belgrade marked its transformation into a new left-wing party—the Party of the Radical Left (PRL)…

_____ (2020-10-02). The Politics That Led To The 'Worst Debate'. popularresistance.org The rich man's media are calling it "the worst debate in modern American history," but that's because the truth is often painful to watch. The Biden-Trump confrontation revealed, with crystalline clarity, that the real "genius" of the American electoral process is its total imperviousness to popular demands for a healthier, more just and less economically precarious society and a peaceful, ecologically stable world. Instead, the Democratic alternative to the white supremacist Republican in the White House is — another lifelong racist, mass-incarcerating, corporate-serving, warmongering old white man.

Andrew Korybko (2020-10-01). Iranian Geostrategic Calculations In The Nagorno-Karabakh Crisis. thealtworld.com Iran has an extremely rare opportunity to greatly improve its regional reputation by offering to host peace talks between Armenia and Azerbaijan to replace the failed OSCE Minsk Process, though it might experience intense Russian resistance if it opts for this course of action unless Tehran can convince Moscow that its proposal stands the credible chance of being just as successful as the Astana peace process in Syria which those two and Turkey are closely cooperating on and won't reduce the Eurasian Great Power's influence. | A New War On Iran's Northern Frontier | The intense fighting between Armenia and Azerba…

Ben Norton (2020-10-01). Serious questions remain about shady 'PeaceData' website blamed on Russian trolls. thegrayzone.com As political censorship escalates on social media, American spy agencies accuse Russia of running a fake left-wing news website called PeaceData. But there is no evidence for the FBI's claims, and many questions remain unanswered. By Ben Norton US government intelligence agencies have initiated a series of smear campaigns relying on false innuendo to suggest that independent left-wing American media outlets are connected to Russia. The broad-based, longstanding operation to imply links between foreign governments and alternative news websites through …

Ben Norton (2020-10-01). Serious questions remain about mysterious 'PeaceData' website blamed on Russian trolls. thegrayzone.com As political censorship escalates on social media, American spy agencies accuse Russia of running a fake left-wing news website called PeaceData. But there is no evidence for the FBI's claims, and many questions remain unanswered. By Ben Norton US government intelligence agencies have initiated a series of smear campaigns relying on false innuendo to suggest that independent left-wing American media outlets are connected to Russia. The broad-based, longstanding operation to imply links between foreign governments and alternative news websites through …

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 Ever since the Nobel Peace prize-winning President Barack Obama had the audacity to hire as his press secretary someone with the forked-tongued name Josh Earnest (can you say, oxymoron?) back in 2014, I've given up on the hope that executive administrations will tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth ever again. Obama worked the Press. The uproarious Jonas Brothers drone joke, followed by the knee-slapping drive-by shootings of American citizens overseas a year later, turning Anwar al-Awlaki and his 16 year old son, into drone meat. Or the drone double taps: first their weddings, then their fu…

MEE staff (2020-10-01). Trump cuts US refugee admissions for 2021 to record low. middleeasteye.net Trump cuts US refugee admissions for 2021 to record low | Citing Covid-19, Trump administration advises Congress it will accept fewer than 15,000 refugees in 2021 | Thu, 10/01/2020 – 20: 28 | State Department anticipates almost 300,000 asylum and refugee claims in forthcoming year (AFP/File photo) | The Trump administration has informed Congress it intends to accept only 15,000 refugees during fiscal year 2021…

Chloé Benoist (2020-10-01). France temporarily detains relatives of citizens trapped in Syria camps. middleeasteye.net France temporarily detains relatives of citizens trapped in Syria camps | At least six people were arrested by anti-terrorism unit for sending funds to family members | Thu, 10/01/2020 – 17: 18 | A woman covers her face with a veil as she holds a manifest of names while sitting by children outside a tent at al-Roj camp, 30 September 2020 (AFP) | French authorities arrested at least six French citizen…

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…

RT (2020-10-01). US Senate committee approves subpoenaing heads of Twitter, FB & Google for hearing on tech firms' legal immunity. rt.com The US Senate Commerce Committee has unanimously agreed to subpoena the CEOs of Twitter, Google and Facebook to attend a hearing on the legal immunity enjoyed by internet companies over user content. | The committee's decision on Thursday comes after it failed to reach agreement with the companies to send their respective chief execs Jack Dorsey, Sundar Pichai and Mark Zuckerberg voluntarily. | The hearing centers around potential reforms to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which offers tech companies protection from liability over content posted online by their users. | "No provider or user of a…

Ali Harb (2020-10-01). Khashoggi murder: US lawmakers pledge to push for accountability. middleeasteye.net Khashoggi murder: US lawmakers pledge to push for accountability | Speaking at event commemorating slain journalist, members of Congress slam Trump for 'forfeiting responsibility' to protect human rights | Thu, 10/01/2020 – 17: 10 | Tom Malinowski, Ro Khanna, Chris Van Hollen and Tim Kaine (L-R) speak at POMED event honouring Khashoggi ahead of murder anniversary (AFP/File photo) | On the eve of the second annive…

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."

Stephen Lendman (2020-10-01). Russia vs. US Imperial Aims in Syria. globalresearch.ca Former NATO commander General Wesley Clark earlier explained that the US underwent a post-9/11 transformation. A "policy coup" occurred. | With no public debate or acknowledgement, hardliners in Washington usurped power. | Days after 9/11, Clark learned from Pentagon commanders that plans …

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.

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.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-01). US announces fresh sanctions on war-ravaged Syria. peoplesdispatch.org The newly imposed unilateral sanctions by the US are likely to harm the Syrian government's efforts to rejuvenate the economy. Already existing EU and US sanctions are seen as among the main hurdles to the reconstruction process in Syria…

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

Black Alliance for Peace (2020-10-01). Black Alliance for Peace: International Day of Action on AFRICOM. globalresearch.ca We demand: | The complete withdrawal of U.S. forces from Africa, | The demilitarization of the African continent, | The closure of U.S. bases throughout the world, and | The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) oppose U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) and conduct hearings on AFRICOM's …

Steven Sahiounie (2020-10-01). Russia-Turkey Agreement over Idlib Faces Collapse. globalresearch.ca Hayat Tahir Sham (HTS), formerly known as Jibhat al Nusra, the Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria, began demanding the evacuation of civilians in Agrabat in the Idlib province recently, or they would be moved by force. HTS is supported by …

news.un (2020-10-01). Central African Republic: elections are 'unique opportunity' for peace – Guterres. news.un.org The UN Secretary-General has called for parties in the Central African Republic (CAR) to prioritize national dialogue and consensus-building ahead of elections scheduled to begin in December.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-01). Damascus rules out any agreements Israeli regime. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 01 (MNA) — Syria has underlined its rejection of any agreement with the Israeli regime, noting that the regime is harming the Arab cause and especially the Palestinian cause.

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.

Staff (2020-10-01). India Hits 6 Million COVID Cases as Modi Government Represses Dissent. truthout.org As India becomes just the second country to hit 6 million confirmed COVID-19 cases, we speak to journalist Rana Ayyub in Mumbai, who was recently hospitalized after testing positive for the disease. India's lead pandemic agency says an antibody study suggests more than 60 million people in the country have already been infected with the coronavirus — 10 times the official count but still a small fraction of its population of 1.3 billion. "It doesn't feel like India is even talking about the pande…

CounterPunch News Service (2020-10-01). Pendley Lawsuit Proceeds Toward Removing "De Facto" Park Service Director. counterpunch.org Washington, DC Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt's series of efforts to evade Senate confirmation for the National Park Service's (NPS) top official Margaret Everson requires her prompt removal, according to an expedited motion filed in a DC District Court lawsuit yesterday by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and Western Watersheds Project (WWP). Bernhardt

yenisafak (2020-10-01). Merkel calls for 'constructive' relations with Turkey. yenisafak.com German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday called for a diplomatic solution to tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean and underlined the importance of developing "constructive" relations with Turkey.Speaking to reporters in Brussels ahead of a key summit of European leaders, Merkel said Germany's EU term presidency will continue its efforts to find a peaceful solution to rising tensions in the region."Our relations with Turkey is highly complex. Despite all the difficulties, the EU has a great interest in developing constructive relations with Turkey," she stressed.Merkel reiterated the bloc's solidarity with EU…

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…

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…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-10-01). 2020 Right Livelihood Laureates Honored for Fighting 'Increasing Threats to Democracy' Across Globe. commondreams.org Human rights defenders in Iran, the U.S., Nicaragua, and Belarus were recognized this year for what is known as the "Alternative Nobel Peace Prize." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2020-10-01). House to Pass New COVID Relief Package, Senate Must Follow Suit. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2020-10-01). New Poll: Majorities Across Senate Battleground Back Bold Action on Climate. commondreams.org ______________________________…

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

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 …

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…