Daily Archives: October 6, 2020

2020-10-06: News Headlines

_____ (2020-10-06). Shutting Down AFRICOM, International Solidarity And The US Elections. popularresistance.org October 1, 2020, marked the twelfth anniversary of AFRICOM, the United States military's presence in Africa. An international day of action was organized to call for AFRICOM to be shut down and for the US to stop interfering in Africa. Ajamu Baraka, a human rights defender and the national organizer of the Black Alliance for Peace, which coordinated the day of action, speaks about the history of AFRICOM and its impact on the continent. He also discusses why it's necessary to be anti-imperialist and to have an internationalist perspective, the changing power dynamics in the world, the upcoming elections in the Uni…

WSWS (2020-10-06). Grayzone questions US intelligence claim of "Russian influence campaign" run by PeaceData. wsws.org An article published by Grayzone shows that the website PeaceData—which US intelligence claims was part of a Russian misinformation campaign—was likely a false flag operation aimed at linking left-wing websites with the Moscow government.

Ron Jacobs (2020-10-06). Not a Woman Judge, But a Lady Judge. counterpunch.org "God almighty made the woman and the Rockefeller gang of thieves made the ladies." —Mother Jones Despite her essential conservatism, I guess I understand why so many US residents are lamenting the death of Justice Ginsburg and demanding the Senate not confirm whomever Trump's choice is. Arguably, this focus on the Supreme Court seat is

Aaron Maté (2020-10-05). Ex-OPCW chief Jose Bustani reads Syria testimony that US, UK blocked at UN. thegrayzone.com At the UN Security Council, the US, UK, France and allies have blocked the testimony of Jose Bustani, the OPCW's first Director General, on the chemical watchdog's Syria cover-up scandal. The Grayzone has obtained Bustani's prepared statement and is publishing it in full. Jose Bustani was invited to brief the Security Council on the OPCW's cover-up of an investigation into an alleged chemical attack in Douma, Syria in April 2018. The US, UK, and France bombed Syria after accusing the …

Aaron Mate (2020-10-05). The Grayzone's Aaron Maté Testifies at UN on OPCW Syria Cover-up. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-10-05). 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 …

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-10-05). Peace Groups Blockade Creech Air Force Base to Protest 'Illegal and Inhumane Remote Killing' by US Drones. commondreams.org One CodePink protester said she hopes the week-long protest "will teach the soldiers that they must take control of and understand the consequences of their actions." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Mark Weisbrot (2020-10-05). If You Could Save a Million Lives, Would You Do It? commondreams.org The IMF leadership, and almost all of the 189 member countries — including U.S. allies such as Germany and Canada — are ready to allocate the aid that Congress is considering.(Photo: AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

MEE staff (2020-10-05). Canadian orphan 'on her way home' from Syria's al-Hol camp. middleeasteye.net Canadian orphan 'on her way home' from Syria's al-Hol camp | Five-year-old Amira is being repatriated after a year and a half spent in camp for detainees suspected of having links to Islamic State group | Mon, 10/05/2020 – 17: 28 | The Kurdish authorities running the al-Hol camp announced it would be removing all Syrians from the camp (AFP) | Amira, a five-year-old Canadian orphan who had been trapped in a Syr…

MEE and agencies (2020-10-05). Oman becomes first Gulf Arab country to reinstate ambassador to Syria. middleeasteye.net Oman becomes first Gulf Arab country to reinstate ambassador to Syria | Sultanate's move the latest in a trend of Sunni monarchies warming relations with Bashar al-Assad's government | Mon, 10/05/2020 – 14: 00 | The Syrian foreign minister, Walid Muallem, accepting the credential of Oman's new ambassador (Supplied) | Oman has become the first Gulf Arab state to reinstate its ambassador to…

MEE staff (2020-10-05). Kurdish authorities to remove Syrians from overcrowded al-Hol camp, leaving foreigners. middleeasteye.net Kurdish authorities to remove Syrians from overcrowded al-Hol camp, leaving foreigners | An official said maintaining the 68,000 inhabitants of the camp was a 'heavy burden' and that foreigners held there would no longer be the administration's responsibility | Mon, 10/05/2020 – 12: 16 | People walk past tents in the Kurdish-run al-Hol camp in the al-Hasakeh governorate in northeastern Syria (AFP) | Authoritie…

Mohammad Ayesh (2020-10-05). Arabic press review: Arab countries obstructing Palestinian reconciliation. middleeasteye.net Arabic press review: Arab countries obstructing Palestinian reconciliation | Meanwhile, Iraq faces economic collapse, Syrian forces and IS square off in sprawling desert region, and Egyptian archaeologist launches campaign to stop sale of artefacts | Mon, 10/05/2020 – 16: 35 | Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas speaks in the West Bank's Ramallah on 3 September 2020 during a video conference wit…

RT (2020-10-05). Facebook breakup would be 'complete nonstarter': memo leaked ahead of antitrust report. rt.com Separating Facebook from Instagram and WhatsApp would harm consumers, cost billions and defy US law, the social media giant argued in a memo leaked to the media ahead of a congressional report expected to advise otherwise. | The 14-page document was reviewed by the Wall Street Journal over the weekend and amounts to a preview of Facebook's defense against the pending report from the House Antitrust Subcommittee. | FB says breakup would be a "complete nonstarter" … as if theirs is the only view that matters. A breakup alone will not eliminate threat FB poses to democracy, public health, privacy, innovation, b…

Pavan Kulkarni (2020-10-05). Sudanese transitional govt. and rebel groups sign peace deal. peoplesdispatch.org The deal, which finalizes the terms agreed upon on August 31, seeks to end the civil war which has been going on for decades in the regions of Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan…

Rob Okun (2020-10-05). An Election Letter to White Male Boomers. counterpunch.org Dear Fellow White Male Boomers, We need your help to end the presidency of tax cheat Donald Trump. Even as he uses every dirty trick he can to become dictator-in-chief, white male baby boomers must help defeat him. I went to college with a lot of guys who marched for peace and justice. Guys like

Poor People's Campaign (2020-10-05). 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…

sputniknews (2020-10-05). Russian Foreign Ministry Calls Sudan Peace Agreement 'Important Step' for Reconciliation. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Russian Foreign Ministry on Monday called the recent signing of a peace deal between the Sudanese government and several rebel groups an "important step" toward national reconciliation in the African country.

commondreams (2020-10-05). SUA Condemns Senate GOP For Bulldozing Through Illegitimate SCOTUS Confirmation Process Amid Trump's COVID-19 Outbreak. commondreams.org ______________________________…

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…

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…

RT (2020-10-04). Israel defense minister accuses Turkey of working against peace efforts and 'supporting regional aggression'. rt.com Israel Defense Minister Benny Gantz has said Turkey's actions "pushes away from stability" in the region and argued "international pressure" must be used to "make sure they are pulling their hands from direct terrorism." | Speaking on a conference call put together by The Arab Council for Regional Integration, Gantz accused Turkey, a country Israel has a trade relationship with, of helping to destabilize the region and working against peace efforts, including Tel-Aviv's September deal with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which was brokered by the US. | Countries like Iran, Turkey, and Palestine have opposed th…

sputniknews (2020-10-04). Senate Minority Leader Schumer Urges Delay of Supreme Court Hearing Over COVID-19 Outbreak Among GOP. sputniknews.com Politicians close to the White House have been infected or fear being infected with coronavirus after attending meetings held by President Donald Trump, who, among other officials, has also tested positive for COVID-19.

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).

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…

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."

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.

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.