Daily Archives: October 21, 2020

2020-10-21: News Headlines

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies (2020-10-21). How Biden Flubbed Town Hall Foreign Policy Question. counterpunch.org Toward the end of Joe Biden's October 15 town hall session, a Trump supporter asked Biden the only foreign policy question of the night. "So peace is breaking out all over the world," the questioner claimed. "Our troops are coming home. Serbia is talking to Kosovo. And the Arabs and Israelis are talking peace, which

Newsclick (2020-10-21). Indian beedi workers struggle due to pandemic. peoplesdispatch.org Workers in the beedi sector in the Indian State of Tamil Nadu are facing a deep crisis as the pandemic has affected the industry and severely reduced their incomes…

Khubaka, Michael Harris (2020-10-21). Federal Juneteenth Holiday Bill Lacks Congressional Budget Office Cost Analysis. indybay.org Juneteenth our agreed upon date of a National Day to celebrate Freedom awaits a cost analysis by the "Non-Partisan" Congressional Budget Office during the election cycle for oue President, US Senate and US House of Representatives. Freedom is never free.

Michael Petrelis (2020-10-21). Wednesday 10/21: Feinstein school protest: Resign from Senate! indybay.org Feinstein Elementary School | 2550 – 25th Avenue | Btwn Ulloa & Vincente Streets…

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-21). PGCC Sec. Gen. accuses Iran of creating tension in region. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 21 (MNA) — On baseless and repetitive allegations, Secretary-General of the PGCC accused Iran of creating tensions in countries in the region such as Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen.

Aaron Maté (2020-10-20). Chomsky: OPCW cover-up of Syria probe is 'shocking'. thegrayzone.com Noam Chomsky says that the OPCW's cover-up, under US pressure, of a Syria chemical weapons probe raises "very severe suspicions." In his first public comments on the OPCW's Syria cover-up scandal, Noam Chomsky criticizes the chemical watchdog for suppressing, under US pressure, evidence that undermined the pretext for the US-led bombing of Syria in April 2018. The censorship recently extended to the UN Security Council, where the US, UK, and France blocked former OPCW Director General José Bustani from testifying …

Staff (2020-10-20). Headlines for October 20, 2020. democracynow.org Trump Continues Attack on Fauci as U.S. Coronavirus Cases Surge and Death Toll Mounts, SCOTUS Deadlock Hands Victory to Voters in Pennsylvania as Floridians Break Early Voting Record, Debate Commission Announces Changes Ahead of Final Presidential Face-Off, Evo Morales Celebrates Victory of MAS Party, Says He Will Return to Bolivia, Trump Admin to Remove Sudan from U.S. List of Terrorist States, At Least 15 People Killed as Nigerian Protests Against Police Violence Continue, WSJ: U.S. Held Talks with Syrian Intelligence About Missing U.S. Citizens, Palestinian Prisoner in Critical Condition After Nearly 3 Months…

MEE staff (2020-10-20). Ilhan Omar says Trump's attacks are posing a threat to her life. middleeasteye.net Ilhan Omar says Trump's attacks are posing a threat to her life | 'Every time the president has invoked my name, it has incited violence against me,' the congresswoman said | Tue, 10/20/2020 – 22: 13 | Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has received hundreds of death threats since being elected to office (AFP/File photo) | Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has said US President Donald Trump's repeated attacks and insults are pos…

Martha Grevatt (2020-10-20). How do we defend reproductive justice? workers.org It appears likely that the Trump wing of the ruling class will ram through the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who is racist, pro-patriarchy, anti-woman, anti-LGBTQ2S+ and anti-worker. The Senate Judiciary Committee votes on the nomination Oct. 22, and the full Senate vote is expected before the . . . |

Prabhat Patnaik (2020-10-20). One hundred years of Indian communism. mronline.org The economic programme suggested for such a front included the right to strike, banning reductions of wages and dismissals of workers, an adequate minimum wage and 8-hour day, a 50 per cent reduction in rents and banning the seizure of peasant land against debt by imperialists, native princes, zamindars and money lenders.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-20). Participants of the Minga continue to wait for a meeting with Colombian President Iván Duque. peoplesdispatch.org The organizations of the Social Minga are demanding protection for social leaders, right to defend their land, right to democracy and the construction of peace in the country…

Sondoss Al Assad (2020-10-20). Bahrain's Mounting Anger over the Monarchy's Official Formalization of Ties with Tel Aviv. thealtworld.com A joint delegation, led by US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, headed to Manama on Sunday, hoping to ink a communique that officially bolster the US-brokered normalization deal and establish the embassies in the two capitals. | According to the US Treasury, the trip focused on inking memorandums of understanding that cover trade, aviation services, telecommunications, finance as well as economic cooperation, tourism, science and technology. | Public Outrage: | Streams of citizens, from different backgrounds and affiliations, flood the streets across Bahrain in huge peaceful push to vehemently denounce the visit.

MEE staff (2020-10-20). Turkish forces exit encircled military post in northern Syria. middleeasteye.net Turkish forces exit encircled military post in northern Syria | Sources told MEE that a combination of Russian and Syrian civilian pressure had forced Turkey's hand | Tue, 10/20/2020 – 15: 35 | A Turkish military convoy vacates the Morek post in Hama's countryside on 20 October 2020 (MEE/Ali Haj Suleiman) | Turkey has evacuated an observation station in Syria's northwestern Hama province that had been encircle…

RT (2020-10-20). Dying laughing: Facebook demonetizes satirical website Babylon Bee for 'inciting violence' with Monty Python joke. rt.com Facebook has demonetized Christian satire site the Babylon Bee, saying even after a manual review that an article which used a popular Monty Python bit to skewer Senate questioning of Trump's Supreme Court pick "incites violence." | The social media behemoth told Babylon Bee CEO Seth Dillon that it "stood by" the decision to not only remove the article but demonetize the Bee's entire page on Tuesday, insisting the piece — headlined "Senator Hirono Demands ACB Be Weighed Against a Duck To See if She Is a Witch" — "incites violence," Dillon revealed on Twitter. | So after a manual review, Facebook says…

RT (2020-10-20). Portland protesters leave 'Kill the president' message on police union building & set fire to pro-cop billboard (PHOTOS, VIDEO). rt.com Demonstrators in Portland vandalized the office of the local police union and torched a billboard that expressed support for law enforcement, amid ongoing unrest in the Oregon city that has stretched for months. | Protesters marched to the Portland Police Association (PPA) building on Monday night as they chanted "No justice, no peace." The building, which had been boarded up after being repeatedly attacked by rioters during previous demonstrations, was then defaced with graffiti. Messages spray-painted on the wood panels included: "Burn this," "Cops are murderers," and "Kill the president." | Some of the new…

Tony Cartalucci (2020-10-20). US Seeks to Prolong Terrorism in Syria, Not Defeat It. globalresearch.ca Recent attacks on Syrian positions from terrorists of the self-proclaimed "Islamic State" (ISIS) and the release of thousands of prisoners in US-occupied eastern Syria illustrate how Washington is demonstratably prolonging instability in Syria as part of its promise to transform …

The Canary (2020-10-20). Violence continues to threaten Afghan peace process. thecanary.co 2020 marked the beginning of what some have hailed as "historic" peace talks between Afghanistan's US-backed government and the Taliban. But despite the Qatar based negotiations, this week has seen renewed violence in the country. | The US special envoy to Afghanistan has warned that "distressingly high" levels of violence threaten to derail ongoing peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. | Zalmay Khalilzad's comments come as days of renewed fighting have plagued Afghanistan's southern Helmand province, a long-time Taliban stronghold. The US launched airstrikes in Helmand Province on 12 October…

People's Voice (2020-10-20). When Canada became a dictatorship: 50 years after Quebec's 'October Crisis'. peoplesworld.org

news.un (2020-10-20). Safeguard human rights defenders, rights of NGOs in India, Bachelet urges. news.un.org Highlighting that India has long had a strong civil society at the forefront of "groundbreaking human rights advocacy within the country and globally", the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, raised concerns on Tuesday that "vaguely defined laws are increasingly being used to stifle these voices".

news.un (2020-10-20). 'Work in unison' to promote peace and security in the Persian Gulf region — UN chief. news.un.org Given the complex and multifaceted challenges in the Persian Gulf region, the UN chief told the Security Council on Tuesday that it is important to reflect more deeply on how everyone, particularly the Council itself, can "work in unison to promote peace and security".

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-20). We can choose peace, security, stability for all: Zarif. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 20 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister said that countries can choose peace, security, stability, and prosperity for all.

sputniknews (2020-10-20). US Legislation Seeks Congressional Oversight Over F-35 Exports. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – US Senators Bob Menendez and Dianne Feinstein said they introduced legislation to reassert congressional oversight over the exports of F-35 fighter jets and ensure that such deals do not undermine Israel's military superiority in the Middle East.

yenisafak (2020-10-20). Bread crisis deepens in regions under Assad control. yenisafak.com The Bashar al-Assad regime, which is incapable of meeting the basic needs of the people living in the regions it controls in Syria, cannot prevent a bread crisis from worsening.The bread crisis has deepened in the last two weeks and turned into an endless ordeal to the people in regime-held areas.Due to the ongoing fuel crisis, some bakeries in crowded cities such as the capital Damascus, Aleppo, Homs and Hama have come to a standstill.The regime, which is trying to maintain its power by killing hundreds of thousands of civilians in the country, cannot provide flour for bakeries in the regions under its control.F…

yenisafak (2020-10-20). India: 20 Muslims cleared of flouting virus rules. yenisafak.com A court in western on India Tuesday acquitted 20 members of a Muslim group who had been charged with violating the nationwide lockdown in April.The members of the Tablighi Jamaat, including 10 from Kyrgyzstan and 10 from Indonesia, were booked in the state of Maharashtra for attempted murder and culpable homicide not amounting to murder.The police also charged them under laws against spreading diseases and preventing disasters.Ruling in the case, Metropolitan Magistrate RR Khan said: "There was no iota of evidence with prosecution to show any contravention of order by accused persons beyond all shadow of doubt. D…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-10-20). Trump Called 'Mass Murderer' After White House Docs Show He Lied About Recent Covid-19 Surge. commondreams.org The congressman who released the reports said they reveal "Trump's contempt for science and refusal to lead during this crisis have allowed the coronavirus to surge." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-10-20). Advocates Welcome 'Inspiring' Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act as 'Exactly What America Needs Right Now'. commondreams.org "By presenting smart, focused solutions to the climate crisis, this pioneering legislation propels the oceans into the heart of the climate debate in Congress." | www.flickr.com/photos/19779889@N00/

yenisafak (2020-10-19). Venezuela congrats Bolivia's Arce as he claims victory. yenisafak.com Venezuela's president on Monday congratulated the Bolivian left-wing presidential hopeful Luis Arce as he claimed victory in Sunday's poll."Great victory! The united and conscious Bolivian people defeated the coup against our brother [former President] Evo [Morales] with their votes," Nicolas Maduro said on Twitter."Congratulations to President-elect Luis Arce, Vice President David Choquehuanca and our South Indian Chief @evoespueblo. Jallalla Bolivia!" he added.Jallalla, or long live, is an expression for jubilation in Aymara — an indigenous nation to which Morales belongs.Exit polls showed that the Movement fo…

Ragip Soylu (2020-10-19). EXCLUSIVE: Turkey to abandon some observation stations in Syria's Idlib. middleeasteye.net EXCLUSIVE: Turkey to abandon some observation stations in Syria's Idlib | Withdrawal comes as Russians hinder resupply efforts and Damascus stokes protests against Turkish presence | Mon, 10/19/2020 – 08: 53 | A Syrian army soldier looks at a Turkish military observation post in al-Rashidin district, in Aleppo's southwestern countryside in January (AFP) | Turkey has decided to abandon some of its militar…

MEE and agencies (2020-10-19). White House official went to Syria seeking Americans' release. middleeasteye.net White House official went to Syria seeking Americans' release | Trump wrote to Assad in March proposing 'direct dialogue' over the release of one of the US citizens, reports WSJ | Mon, 10/19/2020 – 09: 30 | A White House official travelled to Damascus earlier this year for secret meetings with the Syrian government, a Trump administration official said on Sunday (Reuters) | A White House o…

RT (2020-10-19). US Supreme Court agrees to hear Trump's appeal on border wall funding while reviewing legality of 'stay in Mexico' policy. rt.com The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal by Donald Trump's administration over a ruling that he overstepped his constitutional boundaries when funneling military funds to border wall construction. | The legal battle around Trump's 2016 campaign cornerstone — the US-Mexico border wall — continued on Monday when the Supreme Court agreed to hear his appeal. | Back in June, a lower court ruled that the Trump administration's decision to shift military money to construction of a border wall, after Congress had refused to appropriate funds for the project, was illegal. Trump took $2.5 billion from…

Ralph Nader (2020-10-19). Corporatist Judge Barrett — Two More Senate Abstentions Needed to Stop Trump. counterpunch.org In a 1995 book review published in the University of Chicago Law Review, Elena Kagan (now Justice Kagan) wrote about judicial nominees avoiding disclosing their views on legal issues. She said, "[T]he safest and surest route to the prize lay in alternating platitudinous statement and judicious silence. Who would have done anything different, in the

sputniknews (2020-10-19). French Senator Prepares Proposal to Recognize Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. sputniknews.com PARIS (Sputnik) – French lawmaker Valerie Boyer says she will submit a proposal to the Senate to recognize the self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh (Republic of Artsakh), where a confrontation between Azerbaijan and Armenia has been ongoing since the end of last month.

Koohan Paik-Mander (2020-10-19). Hawaii's People Recognize Voting as a Matter of Survival. telesurenglish.net A robust optic of newly registered U.S. voters is pointing to a 2020 turnout that may likely shatter all records. That holds true even for Hawaii which has traditionally one of the lowest voter turnout of any U.S. state. | RELATED: | The reason for the paltry number is rooted in the fact that, according to the UN Commissioner on Human rights, Hawaii has been a nation Illegally occupied since 1893. Many in the native Hawa…

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2020-10-19). Energy Research Platform Takes Central Stage Under Russia's BRICS Chairmanship. globalresearch.ca After the Ufa declaration in 2015, BRICS, an association of five major emerging economies that includes Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, has made energy cooperation one of its priorities besides attaining an admirable significant influence on regional affairs …

Project Censored (2020-10-19). Ep112: The DNC's War on the Green Party and Traditional Versus New Media in an Election Year w/Peter Finch. projectcensored.org On today's episode, Nicholas Baham II (Dr. Dreadlocks), Janice Domingo, and Nolan Higdon discuss the DNC's war on the Green Party and traditional versus new media in an election year…

John Malkin (2020-10-19). 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.

_____ (2020-10-19). Two Deep Mysteries of the 1973 Arab-Israeli War. strategic-culture.org Eric S. MARGOLIS | Forty-seven years ago, Egypt and Syria launched a massive surprise attack on Israeli forces dug into fortifications along the Suez Canal and Golan Heights. The 'limited' Arab objective was to recapture both strategic areas that had been seized from the two Arab states in Israel's victorious 1967 War. | Re-armed with modern — but by no means top drawer — Soviet weapons, Egypt and Syria sought to drive the Israelis back, then wait for the great powers to impose a truce. It was a badly flawed strategy, which assured the heavily armed Israelis would control the military initiative with…

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-19). Iran-Syria keen of development of trade transactions. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 20 (MNA) — In a Monday meeting with the Syrian envoy to Tehran, the ICIAMA head said the implementation of the free trade agreement between Iran and Syria will bring good days in mutual trade, which is what the two countries want.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-19). US trying to abuse Afghan peace talks for electoral goals. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 19 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned that US President Donald Trump is trying to abuse the Intra-Afghan peace talks to reach his presidential election goals.

Staff (2020-10-19). Michigan Republican Senate Candidate Has Strong Financial Ties to DeVos Family. truthout.org Michigan Republican Senate candidate James attended a fundraiser at the home of DeVos' brother-in-law, Dan, and his wife, Pamella, last month. Though James was well-dista…

yenisafak (2020-10-19). India says Chinese soldier apprehended in Ladakh, to be returned. yenisafak.com The Indian army said on Monday that it had captured a Chinese soldier after he strayed across a contested de facto border in the western Himalayan region where both countries have amassed thousands of troops after a deadly clash in June.The People's Liberation Army soldier was apprehended in the Demchok area of eastern Ladakh, and would be returned after the completion of formalities, the Indian army said in a statement."The PLA soldier has been provided medical assistance including oxygen, food and warm clothes to protect him from the vagaries of extreme altitude and harsh climatic conditions," the statement sai…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2020-10-19). With Biden Path to Victory Still Fraught, Senate Democrats Issue All-Hands-on-Deck Warning Against Trump and GOP Election Threats. commondreams.org "The reality is that this race is far closer than some of the punditry we're seeing on Twitter and on TV would suggest," Biden's campaign manager cautioned over the weekend. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2020-10-19). 'An Appalling Environmental Crime': Japan to Dump Radioactive Fukushima Water Into Pacific Ocean. commondreams.org "The moment that I hear the word 'treated' being used instead of 'contaminated,' I can't think differently than this is a kind of newspeak," said one Greenpeace official. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2020-10-19). The US Military/Security Complex Is Destroying Both Peace and the US Economy. globalresearch.ca Secretary of Defense Mark Esper is a former Raytheon lobbyist and another example of President Trump's penchant for frustrating his own policies by appointing to power people who oppose his policies. Why does Trump think he can expect a representative …

Kevin Alexander Gray (2020-10-19). Can Jamie Harrison Really Beat Lindsey Graham? thenation.com Can Jamie Harrison Really Beat Lindsey Graham?

Kevin Alexander Gray (2020-10-19). Can Jaime Harrison Really Beat Lindsey Graham? thenation.com Can Jaime Harrison Really Beat Lindsey Graham?

Aaron Maté (2020-10-18). Ex-OPCW chief defends Syria whistleblowers and reveals he was spied on before Iraq war. thegrayzone.com Exclusive: former OPCW chief José Bustani defends the whistleblowers who challenged a cover-up of their Syria probe; reacts to the US and allies recently blocking his UN testimony; and reveals he was spied on before the Bush administration ousted him over the Iraq war. In a Grayzone exclusive, José Bustani, the former head of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, speaks out in support of two veteran OPCW inspectors who challenged a US-backed cover-up of their investigation in …

_____ (2020-10-18). How Can People In The US Support Peace In Nagorno-Karabakh? popularresistance.org Americans are dealing with an upcoming general election, a pandemic that has killed over 200,000 of us, and corporate news media whose business model has degenerated to selling different versions of "The Trump Show" to their advertisers. So who has time to pay attention to a new war half way round the world? But with so much of the world afflicted by 20 years of U.S.-led wars and the resulting political, humanitarian and refugee crises, we can't afford not to pay attention to the dangerous new outbreak of war between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh.

RT (2020-10-18). Taliban accuses Washington of breaching peace deal after US military conducts 'defensive' airstrikes on militants. rt.com The Taliban has accused the US of violating the landmark Doha agreement which envisions the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan. The Pentagon, however, claimed the strikes came in response to a new Taliban offensive. | The militant group bemoaned "excessive" airstrikes on Sunday, warning the US of potential consequences if the hostilities continue. | "American forces have violated the Doha agreement in various forms by carrying out excessive airstrikes following the new developments in Helmand province," Taliban spokesman Qari Muhammad Yousuf Ahmadi said in a statement. | Responsibility and consequen…

William Cohn (2020-10-18). Amy Coney Barrett: Just Another Pro-Corporate Villain on the Court. commondreams.org Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett is sworn in on the first day of her Supreme Court confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill on October 12, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Alex Edelman-Pool/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…