Daily Archives: October 8, 2020

2020-10-08: News Headlines

_____ (2020-10-08). OPCW Syria Whistleblower and Ex-OPCW Chief Attacked by U.S., UK, France at UN. strategic-culture.org 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.

Andrew Korybko (2020-10-08). Does Damascus Regard the Syrian Armenians Reportedly Fighting in Azerbaijan as Traitors? globalresearch.ca The Turkish reports alleging that the Kurdish-allied Syrian-Armenian militia "Nubar Ozanyan Brigade" is fighting in Azerbaijan on the side of the separatists prompt questions about exactly how Damascus regards this armed group, but if Syria's official statements pertaining to the …

Staff (2020-10-08). Rev. William Barber on Voter Suppression: Republicans Know They Can't Win If Everyone Casts a Ballot. democracynow.org During Wednesday's debate, Vice President Mike Pence refused to commit to a peaceful transition of power if Biden wins the election. Instead, he referenced the Trump administration's legal efforts to restrict mail-in voting. Rev. William Barber says the Republican Party's voter suppression efforts ahead of the November election, aimed primarily at Black and Brown voters, amount to "surgical racism with surgical precision." The Poor People's Campaign, of which Barber is co-chair, is leading a major voter mobilization effort to combat voter disenfranchisement. "They know they cannot win if everybody votes. They are…

Gregory Elich (2020-10-08). Race, Militarism and the US Scheme to Control the Pacific. counterpunch.org Christine Hong's marvelous book, A Violent Peace: Race, U.S. Militarism, and Cultures of Democratization in Cold War Asia and the Pacific, arrives at a time when Washington's Indo Pacific Strategy is driving U.S. political, economic, and military confrontation in the Asia-Pacific, as the culmination of a long process that began in the immediate aftermath of the

Pavan Kulkarni (2020-10-08). Historic general strike in South Africa sees workers raise issues of corruption, job loss. peoplesdispatch.org The strike was called by the Congress of South African Trade Unions and was joined by the South African Federation of Trade Unions and other organizations. It may set the stage for a new phase of working class unity…

Abayomi Azikiwe (2020-10-08). Racism and the Death Penalty. globalresearch.ca Christopher Vialva, 40, was executed by the United States government on September 24 in Terra Haute, Indiana. | Vialva was the first Black person put to death by the federal criminal justice system since the resumption of executions by Washington earlier …

Arundhati Roy (2020-10-08). India's Hindu Right Are Willing to Bury Democracy. zcomm.org While India's rulers downplay the brutal murder of a Dalit teenager by an upper-caste gang and acquit Hindu nationalists guilty of historic crimes, Arundhati Roy argues, they are concocting another show trial of Muslims and progressive activists to intimidate dissenters…

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 …

Mohammed Amin (2020-10-07). Eastern Sudan rocked by protests and calls for independence. middleeasteye.net Eastern Sudan rocked by protests and calls for independence | A historically marginalised tribe leads unprecedented calls for the secession of eastern Sudan after a controversial peace deal | Wed, 10/07/2020 – 13: 16 | Workers at Port Sudan have closed its gates in protest at a peace deal between Khartoum and rebels described as unrepresentative of the local population in east Sudan (Reuters) | Eas…

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). Qatar makes formal request to US for F-35 jets: Report. middleeasteye.net Qatar makes formal request to US for F-35 jets: Report | Despite being close allies, potential Qatar deal must satisfy decades-old US agreement to maintain Israel's 'qualitative military edge' | Wed, 10/07/2020 – 22: 47 | Any F-35 sale may take years to negotiate and deliver and would also require congressional approval (AFP/File photo) | Qatar has submitted a formal request to buy US-made…

Joe Piette (2020-10-07). Philly protesters demand 'Stop racist police murders!'. workers.org Hundreds of activists gathered at the "Rocky Steps" in Philadelphia on Oct. 3 to hear speakers from Black Lives Matter Philly, Black Philly Radical Collective, Black Alliance for Peace and Mobilization4Mumia condemn the racist police murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Mya Hall and countless others. March leaders used the . . . |

Walter Smolarek (2020-10-07). Chaos in Washington kills hopes for major pre-election stimulus. liberationnews.org Donald Trump abruptly called off his administration's participation in negotiations with Congress over a highly-anticipated new pandemic relief bill that has been stalled for months. Talks between Congressional Democrats and Republicans along with senior White House officials had been revived in the days following Trump's COVID diagnosis, but Trump's move yesterday dramatically reverses the situation. …

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…

Staff (2020-10-07). The Tight Rope Live: With Cornel West, Prof. Tricia Rose, Rep. Barbara Lee, Matt Gonzalez. therealnews.com Cornel West and Tricia Rose host a live Vice Presidential Debate After Party featuring special guests Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Matt Gonzalez, and Tricia Zunker.

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…

RT (2020-10-07). 'You will never live in peace': DoJ announces terrorism indictments of 2 Islamic State 'Beatles' over US hostage killings. rt.com The US Justice Department has indicted two British Islamic State terrorists on charges related to the killing of several hostages, warning others in the group will be "pursued to the ends of the earth" if they harm any Americans. | Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, two members of a "notoriously brutal" Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) cell nicknamed 'the Beatles' for their British accents, have been charged with eight terror-related counts stemming from the murder of four American hostages, Attorney General for National Security John Demers told reporters during a press conference on Wednesday. The…

sputniknews (2020-10-07). Taliban-Kabul Talks May Stall as 40 Years of War Have 'Broken Down Idea of a Nation' in Afghanistan. sputniknews.com As talks between the Afghan government in Kabul and the Taliban rebel group continue in Doha, Qatar, one expert recalls to Sputnik that there are many forces working against a peace deal, including the negotiators' lack of knowledge about anything but war.

Staff (2020-10-07). 19 Years After US Invasion, Afghanistan's Civil War Rages Despite Peace Talks. truthout.org The United States invaded Afghanistan 19 years ago today, sparking the nation's longest-running war that has cost tens of thousands of lives and the U.S. about $2 trillion. While the U.S. originally ousted the Taliban as part of a broader anti-terrorism campaign, the Taliban and other militants have waged a bloody and arguably successful insurgency for nearly two decades. Despite billions of dollars in U.S. aid, and years of state-building and counterterrorism operations obscured by mission dr…

Granma (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 …

Nicolas J S Davies (2020-10-07). Screen Shot 2020-10-07 at 1.03.34 PM.png. progressive.org The pretend peacemaker has repeatedly endangered the nation and world.

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…

_____ (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.

sputniknews (2020-10-07). At Least 2 Injured in Massive Explosion in Syrian City of Deraa – State Media. sputniknews.com According to reports by the Syrian state-run broadcaster, Al-Ikhbariya, the explosion in the southwestern Syrian city of Deraa caused several injures.

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-10-07). 'Big Tech Must Be Broken Up': House Report on Silicon Valley Monopolies Bolsters Call for Far-Reaching Antitrust Measures. commondreams.org "The totality of the evidence produced during this investigation demonstrates the pressing need for legislative action and reform," states congressional report following a 16-month probe. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Nick Licata (2020-10-07). Could the Covid Outbreak Delay Barrett's Confirmation? counterpunch.org Sen. Mitch McConnell has delayed the convening of the full Senate until Oct. 19 because three Republican Senators have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus. But he is pushing ahead with Barrett's confirmation hearing scheduled for Oct. 12. Is it now possible that the Covid-19 virus could do what the Democrats can't do — fatally delay

_____ (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 . . . |

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

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

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…

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…

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 …