Daily Archives: October 18, 2020

2020-10-18: News Headlines

John Malkin (2020-10-18). Curtis Reliford – Santa Cruz Peace Train. indybay.org Santa Cruz activist Curtis Reliford discusses being attacked recently and his efforts to continue providing clothes and other materials to those in need across the USA.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-18). 40% discount on Chabahar-India cargo movement extended. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 18 (MNA) — The director-general of Sistan and Baluchestan Ports and Maritime Department said the 40% discount on the movement of cargo between the port Chabahar and India has been extended.

Pip Hinman (2020-10-18). Thais want Coalition gov't to sanction Thai dictatorship. greenleft.org.au Thai democracy activists took to streets after the violent police attack on a peaceful mass democracy protest in Bangkok, reports Peter Boyle.

Prabhat Patnaik (2020-10-17). One hundred years of Indian communism. peoplesdispatch.org (October 17, 2020 marks 100 years of the founding of the Communist Party of India. The party was formed in 1920 in Tashkent. On this occasion, we bring you an analysis of the history of the Indian communist movement by noted Marxist intellectual Prabhat Patnaik) | A theoretical analysis of the prevailing situation, from which the proletariat's relationship with different segments of the bourgeoisie and the peasantry is derived, and with it the Communist Party's tactics toward other political forces, is central to the party's praxis. A study of this praxis over the last one hundred years of the existence of com…

RT (2020-10-17). India gives go-ahead to domestic trial of Russia's pioneering 'Sputnik V' Covid-19 vaccine. rt.com India's vaccines regulator has given the green light for a clinical study of the Russia-developed Covid-19 vaccine. Similar trials of the formulation are underway in Russia itself and in some other nations. | The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI), a department in India's drug regulator that is responsible for licensing vaccines, has given its approval for a domestic clinical study of the Russian candidate vaccine dubbed "Sputnik V," Indian and Russian partners have announced in a joint statement. The "multi-center and randomized controlled study" will be conducted by Dr Reddy's Laboratories, a Hyderabad…

RT (2020-10-17). Iran claims victory over US as UN arms embargo expires. rt.com Iran's foreign ministry has declared the victory of "multilateralism, peace and security", claiming the UN's conventional arms embargo effectively expired on October 18, despite Washington's pressure to reimpose sanctions. | "As of today, all restrictions on the transfer of arms, related activities and financial services to and from The Islamic Republic of Iran, and all prohibitions regarding the entry or transit through territories of the United Nations Member States previously imposed on a number of Iranian citizens and military officials, are all automatically terminated," Iran's Foreign Ministry said in a…

Ralph Nader (2020-10-17). Corporatist Judge Barrett—Two More Senate Abstentions Needed to Stop Trump. commondreams.org The hearings were truly a travesty. (Photo by Demetrius Freeman – Pool/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Thomas Magstadt (2020-10-17). Supreme Court: A superstore for the super-rich? nationofchange.org This is America, after all, where rich white men can buy whatever they want, including members of Congress and Supreme Court justices.

Staff (2020-10-17). Black Civil Rights Leaders Fear Barrett "Invites a Return to a Racist Past" truthout.org After four days of confirmation hearings, Black leaders of five major civil rights organizations are lining up in opposition to the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme court and the "deeply flawed" process Senate Republicans are using to secure her confirmation just weeks ahead of a contentious presidential election. | Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, Kristen Clarke, president of the National Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law, said Barrett…

Mariah Kreutter (2020-10-17). Dianne Feinstein Was Harder on Preteen Climate Activists Than She Was on Amy Coney Barrett. commondreams.org Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., speaks as the Senate Judiciary Committee hears from legal experts on the final day of the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, on October 15, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Susan Walsh-Pool/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2020-10-17). Alarming spike of COVID-19 infections in Michigan amid ruling class push for "herd immunity" wsws.org Several Republican state senators in the Michigan Senate held an online meeting last Saturday, where they discussed steps towards the lifting of mandates to wear masks indoors despite a clear resurgence of the disease.

WSWS (2020-10-17). Student council at Leipzig University opposes invitation to German right-wing extremist professor Jà∂rg Baberowski. wsws.org It is particularly cynical for Baberowski to speak on the issue of peace in light of his trivialisation of the Holocaust and the arson attacks by neo-Nazis on refugee centres.

news.un (2020-10-17). UN chief urges inclusive, peaceful elections in Guinea. news.un.org On the eve of the presidential elections in Guinea, the UN Secretary-General has called on all national stakeholders to ensure that the polls are conducted in an inclusive and peaceful manner.

_____ (2020-10-17). Chile To Mark First Anniversary Of Its Social Outbreak. popularresistance.org Chile's Constituent Unity Pact (CUP) called on citizens to commemorate the first anniversary of the social outbreak with pot-banging, honking, cycling, caravans, and cultural activities. | "Although the best way to remember this date will be to take part in the plebiscite, the people will also take to the streets peacefully," the CUP stated. | On Sunday, a massive rally is expected in "The Dignity Square," which has been the epicenter of demonstrations in Santiago City. | "In the last year, over a million Chileans have taken to the streets to demand their rights."

_____ (2020-10-17). Why Conflict in Caucasus Is Erdogan's Revenge for Syria. strategic-culture.org Turkey's outsize role in fueling the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan is becoming more apparent. That's why a peace deal will be hard to cut and indeed the conflict may blow up further into a protracted regional war. A war that could drag Russia into battling in the Caucasus on its southern periphery against NATO proxies. | In a phone call this week with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan

sputniknews (2020-10-17). Trump Slams Republican Senator 'Little Ben' Sasse in Response to 'Narcissist' Jibe. sputniknews.com Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse, worried that a "blue tsunami" could wipe out the Republican senate majority, laid into President Trump this week, calling him a narcissist who kisses dictators' butts and sells out the US' allies.

Jon Queally, staff writer (2020-10-17). 'Well That Is Incredibly Racist,' Says Kamala Harris Campaign After David Perdue's Dogwhistle Attack at Trump Rally. commondreams.org "This kind of vile, race-baiting trash talk is what President Trump has unleashed from sitting Republican members of the Senate," said Perdue's Democratic challenger, Jon Ossoff, in response. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2020-10-17). Senator Markey and Congressman McGovern Demand Fair Elections in Bolivia. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Raul Diego (2020-10-16). David Price Takes on the CIA Over Its Secret Torture Program, But Is He Asking the Right Questions? mintpressnews.com A Congressman wrote to the CIA looking for answers about his state's role in an illegal program that unlawfully detained and tortured hundreds of Muslims, but his late and limited election-time appeal smacks of political showmanship.

Staff (2020-10-16). Headlines for October 16, 2020. democracynow.org COVID-19 Hospitalizations on the Rise Across U.S. as Confirmed Cases Hit 8 Million, French Police Raid Homes of Government Officials in Probe of Failed Coronavirus Response, WHO Finds Remdesivir Fails to Prevent COVID-19 Deaths, World Health Organization Warns Many Will Have to Wait Until 2022 for Vaccine, Senate on Track to Confirm Far-Right Supreme Court Nominee Amy Coney Barrett on Oct. 26, Joe Biden Defends 1994 Crime Bill and Calls for More Police Funding, President Trump Refuses to Disavow Far-Right Anti-Semitic QAnon Conspiracy Theory, Trump Celebrates Apparent Extrajudicial Killing by U.S. Marshals Carryi…

Staff (2020-10-16). Deeply Troubling: Kristen Clarke on How Rush to Confirm Barrett Endangers Voting & Civil Rights. democracynow.org The Senate confirmation hearing for President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett ended Thursday with Republicans on the Judiciary Committee scheduling a vote on her nomination for October 22, with a full Senate vote to follow shortly thereafter — less than two weeks before the presidential election, in which the Supreme Court could play a decisive role. The right-wing judge's confirmation looks all but assured, after four rushed days of questioning in which Barrett refused to state her position on abortion rights, gay marriage, the Affordable Care Act, voting rights, climate change, and even if…

Staff (2020-10-16). Preserving Roe: West Virginia Mom Tells Abortion Story in Heartfelt Speech Against Amy Coney Barrett. democracynow.org The Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony this week from Crystal Good, who spoke about her experience of having an abortion and expressed concerns that Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation to the Supreme Court would limit access to safe, affordable care. During three days of hearings, Judge Barrett has repeatedly refused to answer questions about her views on abortion and the future of Roe v. Wade, despite her public record opposing reproductive rights. "If confirmed, Judge Barrett will be a fifth vote to eviscerate the important protections that have been afforded by Roe v. Wade," says Kristen Clarke, president…

Eva Bartlett (2020-10-16). On the British State-Funded BBC's Pending Smear. thealtworld.com The British state-funded BBC, which has a history of perverted war propaganda against the people of Syria, a history of whitewashing the crimes of terrorists in Syria, a history of flat out lying about events in Syria, has decided to launch another smear against myself, Vanessa Beeley, researchers of the Working Group on Syria, a former ambassador to Syria, and others. | This is not just another character assassination, though, this is a serious threat against journalists and those speaking truth against establishment narratives. Thanks to those who have tweeted or spoken about this revolting attack. | On Twitter…

news.un (2020-10-16). Syria: Humanitarians 'very concerned' for thousands still living in Al Hol camp. news.un.org Humanitarians are "very concerned" about the plight of more than 64,000 people living in the restive Al Hol camp in northeast Syria, the UN Spokesperson told journalists on Friday.

Workers World Boston bureau (2020-10-16). #SinkColumbus: Indigenous Peoples' Day now! workers.org Boston United American Indians of New England and North American Indian Center of Boston marched through Boston, several hundred strong, on Oct. 10, in honor of Indigenous Peoples' Day. The colonizers' "Columbus Day" is still scheduled by Boston and the state of Massachusetts for Oct. 12, although activists in the . . . |

Mark Fiore (2020-10-16). Screen Shot 2020-10-15 at 12.37.31 PM.png. progressive.org President Trump and Senate Republicans are determined to shove through their SCOTUS pick before election results are decided.

Oliver Vargas (2020-10-16). Bolivia: First Election Since US-Backed Coup Pits Right against Left, Rich Against Poor and White against Everyone Else. mintpressnews.com This coming Sunday represents Bolivia's best chance to secure lasting peace, with a widely anticipated MAS victory expected to be a repudiation of last November's US-backed military coup.

Mark Gruenberg (2020-10-16). Cori Bush, nurse turned BLM leader and congressional candidate, pushes turnout. peoplesworld.org OAKLAND, Calif.—The nation's largest union of registered nurses, National Nurses United, will open a new, week-long advocacy drive for premium pay for frontline anti-coronavirus pandemic workers and protective gear for all of them on Oct. 26. The Nurse Advocacy Action drive, which will run through Nov. 1, will feature coordinated vigils outside hospitals and nursing …

Mark Gruenberg (2020-10-16). Election 2020: Trump and the 1% vs. the rest of us. peoplesworld.org White nationalism. Police killings of innocent unarmed Blacks. A mass crusade for economic, social, and racial justice. The coronavirus pandemic. The worst depression since the Great Depression, with the GOP-run Senate's refusal for the last six months to help the 26 million people without jobs. A big GOP threat to everyone's health care coverage. Lack …

Stephen Lendman (2020-10-16). Turkish and Israeli Weapons Fueling Conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. globalresearch.ca Weapons-makers — aka merchants of death and mass destruction — fuel conflicts when occur. | The US by far dominates the global arms trade. | According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the US accounted for 36% of major conventional …

Staff (2020-10-16). West Virginia Mom Tells Her Abortion Story in Speech Against Amy Coney Barrett. truthout.org The Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony this week from Crystal Good, who spoke about her experience of having an abortion and expressed concerns that Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation to the Supreme Court would limit access to safe, affordable care. During three days of hearings, Judge Barrett has repeatedly refused to answer questions about her views on abortion and the future of Roe v. Wade, despite her public record opposing reproductive rights. "If confirmed, Judge Barrett will be a…

Staff (2020-10-16). Outnumbered on Supreme Court Nomination, Democrats Campaign for ACA. truthout.org Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee know that, barring something unexpected, they lack the votes to block President Donald Trump from installing his third justice in four years on the Supreme Court and creating a 6-3 conservative majority. | They also know that, in a normal year, by mid-October Congress would be out of session and members home campaigning. But 2020 is obviously no normal year. So, while the rest of Congress is home, Democratic Judiciary members are trying something very differe…

Staff (2020-10-16). Barrett Is Poised to Become the Most Radical Right-Wing Member of Supreme Court. truthout.org During her Supreme Court confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Amy Coney Barrett refused to say that voter intimidation is illegal, that armed poll watchers are intimidating, that voter discrimination exists, whether the president could deny someone the right to vote based on race or that Congress has a constitutional duty to protect the right to vote. | She refused to affirm that Medicare is constitutional; that married couples should not lose their right to contrace…

Karen Dolan (2020-10-16). Congress Must Deliver COVID-19 Relief. progressive.org Where is the concern for the families of the more than 215,000 Americans who have lost their lives to the coronavirus?

WSWS (2020-10-16). New cluster of COVID-19 hits Faurecia Gladstone factory in Columbus, Indiana. wsws.org In spite of stonewalling by management, auto parts workers have been able to verify the infections of at least five individuals, including equipment drivers who move throughout the plant.

news.un (2020-10-16). UN chief calls for swift action following attacks on peacekeepers in Mali. news.un.org Authorities in Mali are being urged to act swiftly to apprehend those responsible for two separate attacks on Thursday against peacekeepers serving with the UN Mission in the country, MINUSMA.

news.un (2020-10-16). Bolivia: UN urges calm, ahead of Sunday's general elections. news.un.org Top UN officials have called on all stakeholders in Bolivia to maintain calm and commit to peaceful conduct of the general elections, taking place on Sunday.

news.un (2020-10-16). Bolivia elections, an opportunity to defuse extreme polarization: UN rights chief. news.un.org The UN's top human rights official has called on everyone active in Bolivian politics, to ensure calm on the streets, and refrain from any action that could undermine the peaceful conduct of the general elections, taking place on Sunday.

_____ (2020-10-16). Activists Mobilize To Help Incarcerated People Get Stimulus Checks. popularresistance.org For months incarcerated people and their families heard conflicting messages about whether they were eligible to receive the pandemic stimulus payments provided by Congress as the Trump administration attempted to block prisoners from receiving their checks. Last week a federal judge slammed the administration with an order to provide the stimulus relief, and now advocates across the country are working to ensure low-income people caged in state and federal prisons can apply for the much-needed federal aid as deadlines loom.

Priya Morjaria, Andrew Bastawrous, Gudlavalleti Venkata Satyanarayana Murthy, Jennifer Evans, Mekala Jayanthi Sagar, Dinesh Raj Pallepogula, Kalluri Viswanath, Clare Gilbert (2020-10-16). Effectiveness of a novel mobile health (Peek) and education intervention on spectacle wear amongst children in India: Results from a randomized superiority trial in India. thelancet.com Spectacle wear was similar in both arms of the trial, one explanation being that health education for parents was not fully received. Health education messages to create behaviour change need to be targeted at the recipient and influencers in an appropriate, acceptable and accessible medium.

Staff (2020-10-16). Republican Senate Candidate Linked to Organizer of Right-Wing Militia Rally. truthout.org Michigan Republican Senate candidate John James received campaign contributions and was photographed with the organizer of the rally where conspirators accused of planning to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer James, along with Vice President Mike Pence, was photographed with Ryan D. Kelley,…

Natalie Shure (2020-10-16). The Squad Is Growing: A New Crew of Left Challengers Is Bringing Movement Politics to Congress. commondreams.org Move­ment politi­cians under­stand that real change comes from peo­ple demand­ing it in the streets. (Photo: Ryan Olbrysh/In These Times) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Miles Mogulescu (2020-10-16). Biden Can't Let Republican Court Packers Intimidate Him Into Pledging Not to Unpack the Courts. commondreams.org If Biden wins the Presidency and Democrats flip the Senate, their aim should be to unpack the courts. (Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Steve Phillips (2020-10-16). These Are the States to Focus on to Flip the Senate. thenation.com These Are the States to Focus on to Flip the Senate…

Aaron Maté (2020-10-15). OPCW Syria whistleblower and ex-director attacked by U.S., UK, France at UN. mronline.org 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 (2020-10-15). Scenario Forecasting: What Could a Russian Intervention in Nagorno-Karabakh Look Like? globalresearch.ca Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov's suggestion to deploy Russian peacekeepers and military observers into the universally recognized Azerbaijani territory of Nagorno-Karabakh and its seven surrounding districts under Armenian occupation pending both sides' agreement raises the prospect of Moscow's military intervention in …

Mark Hertsgaard (2020-10-15). Journalists Must Demystify The Green New Deal. commondreams.org Climate Activists Protest Against Senate Leader Chuck Schumer Demanding He Sign On To Green New Deal. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jan Oberg (2020-10-15). The Lost Peace Discourse and the Arts as a Possible Way Out? globalresearch.ca The discourse about, or for, peace has mostly disappeared over the last 2-3 decades. It applies to research (and its non-governmental funding possibilities), to politics in general and to the media. | In foreign and security politics, the intellectual level is …

MEE staff (2020-10-15). Kurdish-led forces release hundreds of prisoners in northeast Syria. middleeasteye.net Kurdish-led forces release hundreds of prisoners in northeast Syria | Those released were Syrian citizens who had served at least half of their sentences, says co-chair of the Syrian Democratic Council | Thu, 10/15/2020 – 18: 27 | Earlier this month, Kurdish authorities said they planned to release all Syrians from al-Hol camp and relinquish any responsibility for foreign nationals held there (AFP) | Kurdish-l…

Prabhat Patnaik (2020-10-15). How Modi is Changing Laws to Help Imperialists Dominate India's Agriculture. counterpunch.org The two bills rushed through India's parliament on September 20 were objectionable in every conceivable sense. The very fact that they were being rammed through the Rajya Sabha, without being put to vote despite demands for a division, was grossly anti-democratic. The fact that the Center made unilateral and fundamental changes in agricultural marketing arrangements