Daily Archives: October 7, 2020

2020-10-07: News Headlines

Aaron Mate (2020-10-07). Video: Ex-OPCW Chief Jose Bustani Reads Syria Testimony that US, UK Blocked at UN. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Aaron Maté (2020-10-07). OPCW Syria whistleblower and ex-OPCW chief attacked by US, UK, France at UN. thegrayzone.com At the UN Security Council, the US, UK and France were confronted with testimony from OPCW whistleblower Ian Henderson and ex-OPCW chief Jose Bustani that challenged the rationale for their bombing of Syria in April 2018. They responded by attacking and silencing the witnesses. Aaron Maté recaps the extraordinary events. Ian Henderson, a veteran OPCW inspector who challenged a cover-up of his organization's investigation of an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria, recently testified before the United Nations Security Council. …

Andrew Korybko (2020-10-07). The Kyrgyz Compromise: Submitting to the Color Revolution or Pragmatic Move for Peace? globalresearch.ca The Kyrgyz government's decision to annul the results of the latest elections which were exploited as the "trigger event" for the preplanned Color Revolution against it might be interpreted by some as submitting to that regime change operation even though …

MEE staff (2020-10-07). Alleged Islamic State 'Beatles' executioners set to face trial in US, says report. middleeasteye.net Alleged Islamic State 'Beatles' executioners set to face trial in US, says report | El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey face charges in the US over the alleged beheading of a number of journalists and aid workers | Wed, 10/07/2020 – 09: 34 | Pictures of El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey released shortly after their capture by Syrian Kurdish-led forces (AFP) | Two alleged members of an Islamic State (IS)…

MEE and agencies (2020-10-07). Car bomb in northern Syrian city of Al-Bab leaves many dead and injured. middleeasteye.net Car bomb in northern Syrian city of Al-Bab leaves many dead and injured | UN condemns 'indiscriminate attacks' on civilians after Turkish-controlled city struck | Wed, 10/07/2020 – 07: 40 | A picture shows an aerial view of the town of al-Bab in a rebel-held area in the north of Aleppo province (AFP) | A suspected car bomb in the Turkish-controlled Syrian town of Al-Bab has killed at least…

RT (2020-10-07). 'Former staff' of disgraced Rep. Katie Hill use ex-lawmaker's Twitter account to accuse her of 'workplace abuse'. rt.com A series of messages posted to the verified Twitter account of former Rep. Katie Hill accused her of abusing her congressional staff. Hill, who resigned following a salacious sex scandal, claims that the account was hacked. | Hill, a Democrat who vacated her seat in October 2019 following allegations that she had extramarital affairs with multiple members of her staff, once again found herself in the spotlight after it was announced on Tuesday that her memoir would be turned into a film. The Handmaid's Tale star Elisabeth Moss will play Hill in the movie, which is being produced for a streaming service. | Alt…

Pavan Kulkarni (2020-10-07). What does South Africa's general strike mean for ANC-COSATU alliance? peoplesdispatch.org COSATU, which has called for a national strike on October 7, is a traditional ally of the ruling African National Congress. The strike raises questions about the future of this alliance…

Fidel Castro Ruz (2020-10-07). Cuba Says: Doctors, Not Bombs. globalresearch.ca In a letter sent to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, the World Peace Council formally registered the candidacy of Cuba's Henry Reeve International Contingent of Doctors Specialized in Disaster Situations and Serious Epidemics for the Nobel Peace Prize. | Emphasizing the great …

_____ (2020-10-07). Ex-OPCW Chief Jose Bustani Reads Syria Testimony Blocked At UN. popularresistance.org 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 Syrian government of dropping toxic gas in Douma. OPCW inspectors later found evidence that undermined the official narrative, but were censored by their superiors under US pressure. | As the OPCW's first Director General, Bustani experienced first-hand the costs of challenging pro-war narratives.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-07). Parl. consultation peaceful way to resolve Karabakh conflict. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 07 (MNA) — The Chairman of the Executive Council of the World IPU in Iran's Parliament, in his letter to the IPU President, named Parliamentary consultations as a proper way for a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

_____ (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…

Alan MacLeod (2020-10-06). Abraham Accord: Experts Warn Trump Peace Deal a Precursor to War with Iran. thealtworld.com Experts warn that the Accord is motivated by a desire to secure a united front against Iran for a potential future war — a conflict that would likely make Iraq and Afghanistan look mild by comparison. | MPN— On paper at least, last month's U.S.-sponsored agreements between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain were all about peace. But behind the headlines, a darker, much more worrying picture of regional alliances, weapons deals, destabilization campaigns, and messianic prophecies emerge. | The Abraham Accord, as it is known, is likely to expand the power of Gulf dictatorships and increase the…

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.

RT (2020-10-06). 'He was setting me up': Project Veritas accused of offering $10,000 for activist to say Ilhan Omar involved in voter fraud scheme. rt.com A ballot collector featured heavily in a Project Veritas 'exposé' that alleges Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar was involved in voter fraud has claimed he was offered $10,000 to say he was illegally 'harvesting' ballots for her. | Liban Osman was at the center of the conservative group's recent investigation claiming that Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar was linked to a cash-for-ballots scheme in Minnesota. | The 17-minute video released by Project Veritas (PV) last month showed Osman in snapchat videos appearing to admit to the scheme. He told Fox 9 KMSP, however, that the clips were maliciously edited and claims…

Teresa Gutierrez (2020-10-06). Trump, 'Get your hands off Somali refugees!'. workers.org Before being admitted to the hospital for coronavirus infection, Donald Trump spent the last two weeks on yet another vile anti-immigrant tirade. Both in a policy statement to Congress and on a campaign stop in Minnesota, Trump veered to his campaign cornerstone to send yet another message to his racist . . . |

Areeb Ullah (2020-10-06). Human rights groups press Germany to investigate sarin gas attacks in Syria. middleeasteye.net Human rights groups press Germany to investigate sarin gas attacks in Syria | The criminal complaint includes an investigation into how Syrian officials ordered the use of sarin gas against civilians | Tue, 10/06/2020 – 10: 41 | The chemical attacks in Eastern Ghouta and Khan Sheikhoun killed at least 1,500 people (AFP) | Human rights groups submitted a criminal complaint to the German courts on Monday t…

Bill Meyer (2020-10-06). 'The Inconvenient Indian' at 2020 Toronto International Film Festival. peoplesworld.org

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

C.J. Atkins (2020-10-06). Republican senator uses People's World in anti-communist smear attack. peoplesworld.org The Republican Party's anti-communist election crusade is still going strong, although it doesn't appear to be winning over many voters. The latest target of the modern-day McCarthyite witch-hunt is Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Jon Ossoff. His opponent, Trump loyalist Sen. David Perdue, has accused Ossoff of being backed by the Communist Party USA. The evidence …

RT (2020-10-06). Russia slams 'disgraceful' ban on founding OPCW chief speaking at UN Security Council on Syria, PUBLISHES his speech unilateraly. rt.com An ex-OPCW chief, sacked under US pressure, has been barred from briefing the UN Security Council about a controversial probe into an alleged 2018 chemical attack in Syria. Russia called it a "shame" and published his speech. | Jose Bustani, a Brazilian diplomat who led the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) from 1997 until 2002, was invited by Moscow to speak at a UN Security Council meeting about the so-called "Syrian chemical dossier," but his appearance was blocked at the last minute by Belgium, Germany, Estonia, France, the US and the UK. | "What has happened now is yet more sad…

Walter Smolarek (2020-10-06). "Quad" alliance holds summit as U.S. pushes for more aggression vs. China. liberationnews.org Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in Japan today to attend a high-profile summit of top diplomats from the countries involved in the "Indo-Pacific Quad." The Quad is a U.S.-initiated alliance composed of Australia, Japan, the United States and India. It is an important pillar of the Trump administration's strategy to ratchet up confrontation with …

news.un (2020-10-06). DR Congo's fragile detente 'could yet unravel', Security Council warned. news.un.org Planning for a drawdown of the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is well underway, but much work still remains to be done to put the country firmly on the path to long-term stability and sustainable development, the Security Council heard today.

Bashar al Assad (2020-10-06). Syria's President Bashar al-Assad on the "Role of Russia" in Syria War. globalresearch.ca President Bashar al-Assad gave an interview to the Russian Zvezda TV Station, following is the full text. | *** | Journalist: Mr. President, thank you very much for giving us this opportunity and meeting with us. We are here in Syria on …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-06). Greek trade unionists, peace activists protest visit of NATO Secretary General. peoplesdispatch.org NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg's visit to Greece and Turkey comes in the backdrop of escalating tensions between the two countries over maritime and energy rights in the Eastern Mediterranean region…

WSWS (2020-10-06). India to reopen schools, despite COVID-19 death toll surging past 100,000. wsws.org The Modi government long ago abandoned any effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, and is insisting workers be forced back on the job to produce profits for big business, whatever the cost in human lives.

jamanetwork (2020-10-06). Update to Conference Dates. jamanetwork.com In the Editorial titled "The Ninth International Congress on Peer Review and Scientific Publication: A Call for Research," published in the November 5, 2019, issue of JAMA, the dates of the Ninth International Congress on Peer Review and Scientific Publication were updated to September 8-10, 2022. Also, 2 members were added to the list of the conference's advisory board members. This article was corrected online.

_____ (2020-10-06). Missile Defense Has Bipartisan Support Even Though It Wastes Money. popularresistance.org The program to develop a missile defense system to protect the United States mainland has existed in one form or another for nearly six decades. Though it was controversial from the beginning and faced nearly unsurmountable technical challenges, it has enjoyed bipartisan support and continued funding in Congress for more than 20 years. | In July, both the House of Representatives and the Senate passed their own versions of a defense authorization bill for 2021. By a wide majority, both chambers authorized more than $740 billion for defense spending next year.

_____ (2020-10-06). Vandalizing The Post Office. popularresistance.org Undermining democracy to win elections and protect investors and property interests in the United States is well documented and has been a consistent part of our history. However, Donald Trump's attacks on our democracy, including his effort to privatize and disparage the public Post Office are unprecedented, and unpopular with most voters. Article 1 of the Constitution requires Congress to establish…

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-06). VIDEO: Blast in Syria leaves 7 dead, 30 injured. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 07 (MNA) — A number of media outlets reported that a car explosion in the city of Al-Bab in the Syrian province of Aleppo have left 7 people dead and more than 30 injured on Tuesday.

sputniknews (2020-10-06). 'Persistent Eye in the Sky': Spy Drones Deployed Abroad Are Being Modified to Police US Cities. sputniknews.com Spy drones developed for use in US foreign wars have begun appearing over US cities as police forces and defense contractors push for new, lucrative contracts. One peace activist told Sputnik that the fights against their use abroad and their use at home should never have been separate, and are intricately linked to the Black Lives Matter movement.

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 …

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 …

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…

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…

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 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…

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…

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 argues 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…

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

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…

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…