Daily Archives: October 4, 2020

2020-10-04: News Headlines

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-10-04). Combating The Virus: Mass Unemployment is Not the Solution. globalresearch.ca Image: India unemployment at record high | Millions of people around the World are victims of the fear campaign. Panic prevails. Day after day, the persistent impact of media disinformation concerning the Killer Virus is overwhelming. | Fear and panic, coupled …

RT (2020-10-04). Senate Democrats' leader Schumer slams idea of virtual hearing for SCOTUS pick – but not all the other virtual Senate hearings. rt.com "A virtual hearing is virtually no hearing at all," the New York Senator says, suggesting the decision on Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett should be postponed, despite Senate already using the practice throughout pandemic. | "If it's not safe for the Senate to meet in session, it's not safe for the hearings to go forward," Chuck Schumer said at a Sunday press conference. | The Senate has already cancelled meetings this week due to several senators, including two on the judiciary committee, revealing they are positive for Covid-19. | The idea of virtual hearings has been suggested, but Democrats have bee…

Pavan Kulkarni (2020-10-04). South African unions prepare for historic strike on October 7. peoplesdispatch.org The strike has been called by the Congress of South African Trade Unions, the largest trade union confederation in the country and a traditional ally of the ruling ANC. The union now says the ANC has betrayed the working class…

news.un (2020-10-04). Greening of India's railway network on track. news.un.org An ambitious plan to make one of the world's largest and most complex railway networks a net zero carbon emitter by 2030 is moving full steam ahead, although without the steam, thanks, in part, to support from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).

Poor People's Campaign (2020-10-04). Monday 10/5: Nationwide Digital Protest Against Mitch McConnell-Led Senate w/ Poor People's Campaign. indybay.org Online via livestream and protest actions via phone, email, faxing, social media…

Lucine Kasbarian (2020-10-04). 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.

MEE and agencies (2020-10-03). Syrian rebels sign up to fight for Azeris to feed families. middleeasteye.net Syrian rebels sign up to fight for Azeris to feed families | At least 36 Syrian rebel fighters killed in Nagorno-Karabakh in past 48 hours, according to war monitor, as Damascus claims 'blatant Turkish interference' in the conflict | Sat, 10/03/2020 – 19: 47 | Azeri troops fire artillery shells towards Armenian positions on 28 September (AFP) | Desperate to help his family displaced by Syr…

RT (2020-10-03). A bit too late? Senate committee to grill Google, Facebook & Twitter CEOs on 'domination & legal liability' days before election. rt.com The heads of major Big Tech firms have agreed to testify to a Senate panel later this month, where they'll address legal liability for online platforms, privacy and "media domination" just days before the US election. | The CEOs of Google, Twitter and Facebook are set to testify to the Senate's Commerce Committee on October 28. The tech bigwigs will speak to lawmakers virtually during the hearing, which is scheduled only 6 days before Americans head to the polls to elect the next president. | While the Commerce Committee voted unanimously on Thursday to authorize subpoenas to force the executives to attend the…

Fight Back (2020-10-03). Communist and Workers Party's declaration for the repatriation and freedom of Simon Trinidad. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following declaration demanding the release of Ricardo Palmera (Simon Trinidad). Freedom Road Socialist Organization is one of the signers. | The Communist Parties and Workers signed by this declaration, we demand from the Government of the United States of America the immediate repatriation and release of political prisoner Ricardo Palmera Pineda, better known as Simon Trinidad in his militancy in the insurgent organization FARC-EP. | Simón Trinidad was captured in January 2004 in Quito, Ecuador, while advancing contacts for future peace talks. It was immediately hande…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-10-03). 'Postpone the Hearing': Democrats Demand Delay in Barrett's Confirmation Process After Third GOP Senator Tests Positive for Covid-19. commondreams.org Democratic lawmakers and progressive advocates demanded on Friday and into Saturday that the Senate Judiciary Committee postpone Judge Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation hearing for the U.S. Supreme Court after at least three Republican senators tested positive for the coronavirus. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2020-10-03). Modi government rams half-dozen anti-worker, anti-farmer laws through India's parliament. wsws.org The BJP's labour "reform" abolishes restrictions on the use of contract labour, job cuts, and plant closures, and illegalises most worker job action.

Julián Inzaugarat (2020-10-03). "The housing deficit is solved by comprehensive policies," says Federico Fagioli. peoplesdispatch.org At only 28 years of age, Federico Fagioli is a national deputy for the Buenos Aires Province for the ruling center-left coalition, Frente de Todos. The legislator lives in Pueblo Unido, a working-class neighborhood in a settlement built on land that was occupied and taken over by the organized community. Fagioli himself helped lead the land occupation and has helped provide housing to many people. | Fagioli's political journey is linked to the workers of the popular economy and the struggle for right to housing policies. "From the neighborhood to the Congress" was his campaign slogan, and once he arrived, he didn…

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."

sputniknews (2020-10-03). Democratic Senate Candidate Admits to Sending Intimate Texts to Strategist, Won't Drop Out of Race. sputniknews.com The text screenshots revealed that the Senate candidate discussed "kisses" and an intimate relationship with a public relations strategist from California, though he is actually married and a father of two.

Christopher Brauchli (2020-10-03). The Politician and the Pandemic. commondreams.org Former Trump campaign official Michael Caputo arrives at the Hart Senate Office building to be interviewed by Senate Intelligence Committee staffers on May 1, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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 …

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.

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 …

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 …

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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 …

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 …

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.

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.

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…

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 …

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

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

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

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 ______________________________…

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…