Daily Archives: October 22, 2020

2020-10-22: News Headlines

Stephanie Tromblay (2020-10-22). Indigenous Peoples Day in the time of COVID-19. workers.org "We are not your Halloween costumes! We are not your dime store Indians!" a speaker shouted from the bandstand on the Santa Fe Plaza this Indigenous Peoples Day in Santa Fe, N.M., as a colonialist obelisk was taken down by Puebloan activists To see people still celebrating Columbus in the . . . |

ACU (2020-10-22). Video: The Moment for Change Is Now. Medical Doctors Speak Out. globalresearch.ca On October 10, 2020, ACU2020.org announced the world doctors' alliance in Berlin, Germany. | It is an alliance of medical doctors, scientists and peace activists who together claim that this COVID-19 affair is just not true. | And as medical doctors, it …

Khubaka, Michael Harris (2020-10-22). 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.

yenisafak (2020-10-22). Turkey neutralizes 3 YPG/PKK terrorists in N.Syria. yenisafak.com "Three PKK/YPG terrorists, who tried to infiltrate the [Operation] Peace Spring area to disrupt the peace and security environment, were neutralized by our heroic commandos," the ministry said on Twitter.Turkish officials often use the word "neutralize" to imply the terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.Since 2016, Turkey has launched a trio of successful anti-terror operations across its border in northern Syria to prevent the formation of a terror corridor and enable the peaceful settlement of residents: Euphrates Shield (2016), Olive Branch (2018), and Peace Spring (2019).In its more th…

WSWS (2020-10-22). Statements from Canada, India and Sri Lanka in support of Dr. Scalice. wsws.org "Dr. Scalice has thoroughly exposed the politically criminal role played by the Stalinist Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) in paving the way for the anti-working class dictatorial regimes of Marcos and Duterte."

_____ (2020-10-21). Holding General Mills Accountable For Profiting From Occupation. popularresistance.org Earlier this fall, we launched our No Dough for the Occupation campaign to pressure General Mills to stop producing Pillsbury products in illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank. Last month, our campaign coalition—which includes the Palestinian Boycott National Committee, Jewish Voice for Peace, and others—held its first day of action to coincide with General Mills' annual shareholder meeting. | The day before the meeting, on the United Nations International Day of Peace, protesters gathered in front of General Mills' headquarters in Minneapolis, chanting "No Dough for the Occupation"…

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

Mark Gruenberg (2020-10-21). Senate GOP majority backs Trump appointees' stand for redlining. peoplesworld.org &nbsp…

MEE staff (2020-10-21). Syria still not sharing information on missing US journalist Austin Tice, Pompeo says. middleeasteye.net Syria still not sharing information on missing US journalist Austin Tice, Pompeo says | Secretary of State says Washington will not change policy towards Syria to obtain release of detained Americans | Wed, 10/21/2020 – 19: 24 | Austin Tice was detained checkpoint near Damascus in August 2012 while covering Syrian conflict (AFP/File photo) | The Syrian government has not shared any information on the whereabou…

RT (2020-10-21). State Department gives green light for $1.8bn arms deal to Taiwan after Beijing threatens countermeasures. rt.com The US State Department has approved a sale of advanced weaponry worth over $1.8 billion to Taiwan, the Pentagon said, leaving Congress to give final authorization as Beijing slams the deal as provocative and warns of retaliation. | The proposed arms transfer was certified by the State Department on Wednesday,

RT (2020-10-21). Thailand's PM vows to lift state of emergency, but protesters insist he must quit in 3 days. rt.com Embattled Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has promised to lift the state of emergency in Bangkok to defuse tensions with protesters, but it wasn't enough to make demonstrators retract their demand for his swift resignation. | Prayuth appeared on TV on Wednesday, insisting that he was ready to "make the first move to de-escalate this situation" in the capital, which has seen mass protests for three months. He said that he will lift "the state of severe emergency" introduced in Bangkok last week if no violent incidents occur during the ongoing gatherings. | The protests in Thailand have been mostly peacefu…

RT (2020-10-21). UK being challenged by competitors 'in the grey zone between war and peace,' defence secretary claims. rt.com The British defence secretary has stressed the importance of stepping up the UK's protective capabilities amidst constantly evolving rivalries, adding that China is intent on building the world's largest naval fleet. | Addressing the Atlantic Future Forum onboard the HMS Queen Elizabeth on Wednesday, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace spoke of the constant competition the UK was facing in the "grey zone between war and peace," while specifically singling out China as an ever-evolving rival. | China is growing the largest maritime surface and subsurface fleet in the world. | Referencing London's decision to delay it…

Ramzy Baroud (2020-10-21). Is the European Union Qualified to Broker Peace Between Israel and Palestine? mintpressnews.com In theory, Europe and the United States stand on completely opposite sides when it comes to the Israeli occupation of Palestine. While the US government has fully embraced the tragic status quo created by 53 years of Israeli military occupation, the EU In practice, however, despite the seeming rift between Washington and Brussels, the outcome is, essentially, the same. The US and Europe are Israel's largest trade pa…

sputniknews (2020-10-21). McConnell Nixes Pandemic Relief Talks to Protect Vote on Barrett Supreme Court Nomination. sputniknews.com Timely economic relief is in doubt "after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell revealed that he told the White House not to make a deal with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi before the November 3 election," the Washington Post reported Tuesday.

sputniknews (2020-10-21). Democrats to Boycott Senate Judiciary Panel Vote on Trump's Supreme Court Pick, Schumer Says. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – US Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, in a statement, said that Democrats would boycott the Senate Judiciary panel vote to advance the nomination of President Donald Trump's pick for the Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett.

Staff (2020-10-21). Senate Democrats Can Still Block Barrett Confirmation by Slowing Down Process. truthout.org Fordham law professor Zephyr Teachout says Senate Democrats can still block the confirmation of President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, if they use every possible procedural method available to them to slow and frustrate the process. "A Barrett confirmation is a catastrophe," Teachout says. "A 6-3 majority on the court is basically a bomb coming at what is left of our protections against corruption in politics, against corporate money, against what is left of the Voting Righ…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-10-21). 'Final Line of Accountability Lies With You': 40+ Progressive Groups Urge House Democrats to Impeach Barr. commondreams.org More than 40 progressive groups urged the House Democrats to initiate impeachment proceedings against Attorney General Bill Barr—not only to hold his accountable, but also as a procedural tactic to keep the Senate from confirming Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Megan Sherman (2020-10-21). All Power to the Imagination: Remembering John Lennon. globalresearch.ca In 1971, early one morning on a Steinway piano on his resplendent Berkshire estate, John Lennon reflected on the seismic uprising of a peaceful counterculture, of united students and workers, which could have scared a thousand kings by reviving the …

teleSUR (2020-10-21). Romney Didn't Vote for Trump in Election: Report. telesurenglish.net U.S. Republican senator Mitt Romney didn't vote for President Donald Trump in the presidential election, U.S. media reported Wednesday. | The Hill reported that Romney's office confirmed that Trump was not on the senator's ballot, without revealing, however, whether Romney, a longtime Trump critic representing the state of Utah in the Senate, voted for Democratic candidate Joe Biden. | RELATED: | The Republican nominee for…

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…

Black Alliance for Peace (2020-10-21). Candidate Accountability: Demand a Commitment to a Peace and Human Rights Agenda. globalresearch.ca The novel coronavirus pandemic both revealed and accelerated the irreversible crisis of the global capitalist system and, consequently, the domestic conditions shaping the 2020 U.S. presidential election and every level of U.S. governance. | The Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) asserts …

teleSUR (2020-10-21). Air Pollution Killed 6.7 Million People in 2019. telesurenglish.net The organization State of Global Air revealed on Wednesday that air pollution is the 4th leading risk factor for early death worldwide and the most significant risk factor for death in India. | RELATED: | The report shows that worldwide air pollution killed 6.7 million people in 2019 alone, surpassed only by high systolic blood pressure, tobacco, and dietary risks. Also, ozone pollution accounted for nearly 365.000 deaths worldw…

WSWS (2020-10-21). Federal Reserve data shows over 100 million in US out of labor force. wsws.org The number reveals that despite claims of a falling unemployment rate, millions remain out of work as Congress refuses to pass coronavirus relief.

_____ (2020-10-21). Bolivia Is A beacon Of Light For Latin America. popularresistance.org After suffering a coup d'état that cost more than 33 lives, left thousands of people injured, and forced important political figures like President Evo Morales to go into exile to survive, official exit polls say that the Movement for Socialism (MAS) will return to power, in a way previously unheard of in Latin America, through democratic elections! | Unlike what OAS, the EU Commission and other international observers have said about the election being peaceful, in reality journalists were beaten, militant supporters of MAS were detained without justification, and many international observers were openly threate…

_____ (2020-10-21). Free Speech Under Attack In Australia. popularresistance.org Journalists and advocacy groups could face compulsory questioning by Asio as part of a proposed expansion of the spy agency's powers, according to external legal advice prepared by leading barristers. | With senior officials of Asio due to give evidence to Senate estimates hearings on Tuesday, the new advice seen by Guardian Australia argues a bill before parliament to extend the reach of questioning powers could have a "chilling effect" on the willingness of people to speak to journalists. | It also argues some of the work of civil society organisations — especially those involved in environmental and huma…

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.

Staff (2020-10-21). Looming Failure of Stimulus Exposes GOP's Double Standards on the Deficit. truthout.org With Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell coming out

commondreams (2020-10-21). Citing Pattern of "Violently Suppressing Opposition, Sabotaging a Free and Fair Election, and Rejecting a Peaceful Transfer of Power," Voting Rights Group Sues President Trump and Top Administration Officials For Voter Intimidation. commondreams.org ______________________________…

John Nichols (2020-10-21). Iowa Could Make Joe Biden President, and Give Him a Democratic Senate to Work With. thenation.com Iowa Could Make Joe Biden President, and Give Him a Democratic Senate to Work With…

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 . . . |

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…

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.

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). '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".

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".

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). 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…

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…

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…