Daily Archives: November 12, 2020

2020-11-12: News Headlines

Codepink (2020-11-12). CODEPINK Condemns False Accusations of Antisemitism Against GA Senate Candidate Rev. Warnock. zcomm.org As an organization committed to ending racism and militarism in the United States, as well as apartheid and injustice in Israel/Palestine, CODEPINK encourages Reverend Warnock to continue to speak out for freedom and equality for all in Palestine and Israel…

Andrew Korybko (2020-11-12). Syria's International Conference On Refugees Is A Masterclass In Balancing. thealtworld.com The kinetic phase of the Hybrid War of Terror on Syria has mostly drawn to a close, as evidenced by the milestone event of the country hosting an international conference on the return of refugees, which resulted in several significant outcomes that speak to the masterful execution of its "balancing" strategy and raise hope that the Arab Republic will eventually transform into the Eastern Mediterranean terminal point of China's visionary W-CPEC+ corridor across Eurasia. | Strategically Disarming "Weapons Of Mass Migration" | Syria's international conference on the return of refugees is a milestone event for the c…

Andrew Korybko (2020-11-12). Syria's International Conference on Return of Refugees. A Strategic Balancing Act. globalresearch.ca The kinetic phase of the Hybrid War of Terror on Syria has mostly drawn to a close, as evidenced by the milestone event of the country hosting an international conference on the return of refugees, which resulted in several significant …

Staff (2020-11-12). South African Activist Kumi Naidoo: Trump is Attempting a Coup to Install Minority Rule. democracynow.org We continue to look at the world's response to the U.S. election with South African activist Kumi Naidoo, a global ambassador for Africans Rising for Justice, Peace and Dignity, former secretary general of Amnesty International and former head of Greenpeace. Naidoo says President Donald Trump's loss to Joe Biden is good news, but notes that the world lost four crucial years to tackle the climate crisis and other issues because of the Trump administration. "This is a relief, but it is not something for us to — at this stage, anyway — celebrate with any great enthusiasm," he says.

Telesur (2020-11-12). Capital of Biggest US State Seeks Medical Exchange with Cuba. globalresearch.ca The Mayor and City Council of Sacramento, California passed a resolution Tuesday night urging the U.S. President and Congress to lift restrictions on access to Cuban medical expertise. | *** | The capital city of the most populous state in the United …

news.un (2020-11-11). Journalists covering conflict, essential workers for a 'durable peace' says Guterres. news.un.org Reporters and other media workers in warzones across the world, are reliable witnesses who contribute to forging peace, and must be better-protected under international humanitarian law, said the UN chief on Wednesday.

WSWS (2020-11-11). US Supreme Court justices signal support for upholding Affordable Care Act. wsws.org Most of the justices gave a skeptical hearing to arguments that Obamacare should be struck down in its entirety because Congress eliminated the tax penalty for those who did not purchase insurance.

WSWS (2020-11-11). Australian Senate passes motion acknowledging "alleged" persecution of Julian Assange. wsws.org The feckless motion did not demand Assange's freedom, nor condemn his threatened extradition to the US.

RT (2020-11-11). Libya peace process 'breakthrough': Warring parties agree to hold elections in 18 months, UN says. rt.com The two parties to Libya's long-lasting civil war have reached an agreement on holding nationwide elections in 18 months, the UN envoy to Libya has announced, calling it a "breakthrough" in the protracted peace process. | "There's real momentum and that's what we need to focus on and encourage," Stephanie Williams, acting special representative of the UN Secretary-General in Libya, said during a news conference after a round of talks between 75 UN-picked Libyan participants in Tunisia. | The representatives of the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) and Khalifa Haftar's Libyan Nation…

Kimberly Villafuerte Barzola (2020-11-11). Political crisis in Peru as president impeached amid widespread elite corruption. liberationnews.org On Nov. 9, Martín Vizcarra, President of Peru, was impeached with 105 members of Congress voting in support, surpassing the 87 required.

The Canary (2020-11-11). Hong Kong disqualifies four pro-democracy legislators. thecanary.co Hong Kong has disqualified four pro-democracy legislators. It comes after Beijing passed a resolution that would allow the local government to remove politicians from their positions if they're deemed a threat to national security.The disqualification came after meetings of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee on 10 and 11 November.China's official Xinhua news agency said the committee passed a resolution to disqualify those who: | Support Hong Kong's independence. | Refuse to acknowledge China's sovereignty over the city. | Commit acts that threaten national security. | Ask external forces to in…

United American Indians of New England (2020-11-11). Thursday 11/26: 50th Anniversary National Day of Mourning w/ Indigenous Leaders at Plymouth, MA. indybay.org Online via livestream from Plymouth, MA…

teleSUR (2020-11-11). Colombia: Murders of Social Leaders Reach 251 So Far This Year. telesurenglish.net Colombia's Institute of Studies for Development and Peace (INDEPAZ) Observatory of Conflicts, Peace, and Human Rights reported that the number of social leaders' assassinations of had climbed to 251 deaths so far this year in the country. | RELATED: | The Report highlighted that the indigenous people are the sector most affected by the killings while noting that 90 of the victims were Indigenous people, 70 rural workers,…

Stephen Lendman (2020-11-11). Continuity Follows All US Elections. Despite Evidence, Trump's Legal Challenges are Likely to Fail. globalresearch.ca Whenever US presidential and congressional elections are held, continuity always triumphs. | Names and faces alone change, the fundamental direction of the country doesn't miss a bit. | Presidents are figurehead fronts for imperial governance of, by, and for privileged interests at …

Leela Loha (2020-11-11). BlackRock stakeholders do not consent to bankrolling violence. nationofchange.org As BlackRock has boisterously taken up the mantle of sustainable investing, it must do more to shepherd us into a peace-based economy.

_____ (2020-11-11). Regime-Change Mission in Ethiopia by Nobel Peace Laureate. strategic-culture.org "It's like an empire crumbling before our eyes," is how one diplomat observing the crisis in Ethiopia was After two years as prime minister Abiy Ahmed has overseen the collapse of a once strong and independent country, the only nation in Africa never to have been colonized by foreign powers. | The latest eruption of violence is…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-11). 'Indian equipment for Chabahar development to arrive by Mar.'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 11 (MNA) — In an interview with Mehrnews, PMO Head Mohammad Rastad informed that the 1st consignment of the Indian equipment for the development of Chabahar Port will arrive in Iran by March 2021.

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-11-11). World Leaders Urged to 'Stand Up for Democracy' and Refuse to Meet With Pompeo After He Denies Election Outcome. commondreams.org "We cannot normalize Pompeo's threats to democratic legitimacy and the principles of a peaceful transition of power," stressed Serra Sippel of the Center for Health and Gender Equity. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Prof. Ruel F. Pepa (2020-11-11). Systemic Racial Inequity: Discrimination, Dehumanization and Destruction. globalresearch.ca "It is race, is it not, that puts the hundred millions of India under the dominion of a remote island in the north of Europe. Race avails much, if that be true, which is alleged, that all Celts are Catholics, …

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-11). Iran, Syria explore avenues for boosting coop in water sector. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 11 (MNA) — Islamic Republic of Iran and Syria explored avenues for implementing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) inked between the two countries in the field of water and wastewater.

Christian Sorensen (2020-11-11). The Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex Is Fascism. commondreams.org This Veterans Day, if you wish to honor the troops and humanity as a whole, vow to break with or challenge the MIC. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-11). Iran proposes creation of intl. fund for Syria reconstruction. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 11 (MNA) — In the Intl. Conference on the Return of Syrian Refugees, Iran proposed the establishment of an international fund for the reconstruction of Syria.

teleSUR (2020-11-11). Peru Takes to the Streets to Urge an End to Political Crisis. telesurenglish.net Thousands of people Wednesday took to the main avenues of Peru for the second day of protests against the political crisis that the country is experiencing, triggered by President Martin Vizcarra's dismissal. | RELATED: | As the social repudiation of the crisis grows, so do reports of police brutality during the protests. | With the slogans "Merino usurper" and "this Congress does not represent me," the protesters marched…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-11-11). Senate GOP Blasted for Proposing OSHA Cuts as Covid-19 Crisis 'Makes Many Jobs Much More Dangerous'. commondreams.org The proposed cut to the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program was announced on the same day as senators floated nearly $700 billion in new military spending. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

news.un (2020-11-11). UN envoy urges Yemen's warring parties to place 'a firm bet on peace', as famine threat continues. news.un.org The plight of Yemenis demands "nothing less than a firm bet on peace", the UN Special Envoy told the Security Council on Wednesday.

WSWS (2020-11-10). COVID-19 pandemic creating a social disaster in India. wsws.org Contrary to Modi's lies, a humanitarian crisis is being generated in the world's second most populous country.

_____ (2020-11-10). Bolivia: Parliament's Committee Seeks To Prosecute Jeanine Añez. popularresistance.org Bolivia – The ministers of foreign affairs, defense, interior, and justice could also be subject to criminal proceedings. | A special committee of the Bolivian Parliament on Monday recommended starting trials against the leader of the coup-born regime Jeanine Añez and some ministers for the massacres of Sacaba and Senkata that took place in 2019. | The final report of this committee was referred to the National Congress, where it must be approved by two-thirds of its members for it to enter into force.

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-11-10). CodePink Defends Georgia Senate Candidate Raphael Warnock After GOP Opponent's 'Anti-Semitism' Smear. commondreams.org "Denouncing Israeli occupation is NOT anti-Semitic," the women-led peace group stressed after Sen. Kelly Loeffler attacked her Democratic challenger over a 2019 letter. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-10). Armenia and Azerbaijan announce agreement to end battle over Nagorno-Karabakh region. peoplesdispatch.org As per the deal mediated by Russia, Armenia will withdraw its forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Russia will also deploy a peacekeeping force for a period of five years…

Peter Oborne (2020-11-10). Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire greeted with anger and disbelief in Armenia. middleeasteye.net Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire greeted with anger and disbelief in Armenia | Parliament building stormed as protesters in Yerevan accuse government of betrayal over peace deal with Azerbaijan | Tue, 11/10/2020 – 13: 56 | Armenian police officers detain a protester during protests in Republic Square in Yerevan on 10 November (AFP) | There was a profound sense of disbelief and national bereavement on the st…

MEE staff (2020-11-10). Lebanon's Bahaa Hariri backtracks after interview with Israeli urging peace. middleeasteye.net Lebanon's Bahaa Hariri backtracks after interview with Israeli urging peace | Saudi-backed brother of the prime minister designate claims he did not know nationality or residence of prominent journalist | Tue, 11/10/2020 – 15: 03 | A screengrab of Bahaa Hariri interview with the Israeli reporter Barak Ravid from the American media outlet Axios | Bahaa al-Hariri, the brother of the Lebanese Prime Minister-desig…

RT (2020-11-10). Nagorno-Karabakh peace: Battlefield victory for Azerbaijan, diplomatic win for Russia; Armenia saved from catastrophic defeat. rt.com The Nagorno-Karabakh peace deal amounts to a triumph of Russian diplomacy, miraculously turning a lose-lose mess into win-win. The key now will be to make it stick, as Armenia licks its wounds and a triumphant Azerbaijan gloats. | On Monday morning, things were not looking good for Russia's position in the southern Caucasus. For several weeks war had been raging between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the breakaway province of Nagorno-Karabakh. Armenia, like Russia, is a member of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, making it in effect Russia's ally. But Armenia was losing the war, and losing it badly.

Charles McKelvey (2020-11-10). The Blue Wave that Never Came. counterpunch.org Some Democrats had been hoping that popular rejection of Donald Trump would lead to a clear Biden victory on election day, the taking of a majority in the Senate, and an increase in the Democratic majority in the Congress. But the anticipated Democratic landslide was not to be. Trump won the key up-for-grab states of

RT (2020-11-10). Displaced Syrians settle in ancient Roman ruin instead of 'overcrowded' refugee camps amid Covid-19 pandemic (PHOTOS). rt.com In a bid to avoid overcrowded refugee camps a family of refugees in Syria has set up home in the ruins of a Roman temple of the ancient settlement of Baquirha in the north of the war-torn country. | Abdelaziz al-Hassan, his wife and three children fled their home in Idlib last winter after a series of attacks on the city. | They now live in a tent village, pitched at the second-century temple of the ancient local god Baal, also called 'Zeus' in Greek mythology. "I chose this place because it provides peace of mind, far from overcrowded places and those riddled with disease," al-Hassan told the AFP news agency,…

RT (2020-11-10). 'Safer world?' Stoltenberg calls on international community to get rid of nukes, says NATO members should keep theirs for now. rt.com The world should "urgently pursue nuclear disarmament," NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has said, while calling nukes a pillar of international peace and arguing it is not the time for the Alliance to forgo its arsenal. | The international community needs to bolster its efforts aimed at getting rid of nuclear weapons in the world, the secretary general said on Tuesday, at NATO's annual Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) conference in Romania. | "Our ultimate goal is a world free of nuclear weapons", he

MEE and agencies (2020-11-10). Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia sign Nagorno-Karabakh peace deal. middleeasteye.net Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia sign Nagorno-Karabakh peace deal | Agreement reached to end the military conflict over the disputed region after more than a month of bloodshed | Tue, 11/10/2020 – 07: 33 | The declaration follows six weeks of heavy fighting and advancement by Azerbaijan's forces (AFP) | Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia say they have signed a deal to end the military conflict o…

Askiah Adam (2020-11-10). Is Normalization with Israel without a Resolution for Palestine Justifiable? globalresearch.ca Some fifty-three years ago, in 1967, in Khartoum, Sudan, the Arab League met. Then the League adopted the moral high ground "The Three No's": no peace with Israel; no recognition of Israel; and, no negotiation with Israel. But today these …

teleSUR (2020-11-10). Peru: Dozens of People Protest Against Vizcarra's Dismissal. telesurenglish.net Dozens of Peruvians Monday demonstrated spontaneously in the streets of Lima and from their homes against the decision of Congress to remove President Martin Vizcarra. | RELATED: | Protests began after the congressional session that took place on Monday, and they continue this Tuesday over the interim president's inauguration. | On Monday, a group of young people marched through the streets near Parliament with signs that…

WSWS (2020-11-10). Auto parts workers demand full disclosure as COVID-19 cases surge at Indiana Faurecia plant. wsws.org We demand that the company and the IBEW union make public all information, including dates and locations of cases, on the spread of the coronavirus in the plant.

Prabhat Patnaik (2020-11-10). India's move toward a de facto unitary state. peoplesdispatch.org India is being pushed toward a de facto unitary state, with States being kept totally out of the loop in decision-making, as seen in the new agricultural laws, goods and services tax compensation, Jammu and Kashmir bifurcation and new National Education Policy.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-10). Protests in Armenian Parliament. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 10 (MNA) — Armenian protesters, angery with the Nagorno-Karabakh peace agreement, showed their dissatisfaction via entering state places, including the building of the Prime Minister and Parliament.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-10). Iran sees lasting security only via coop with its neighbors. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 10 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that Iran sees lasting security as possible only through cooperation, partnership, and peace with its neighbors.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-10). Peruvian Congress impeaches President Martín Vizcarra; progressive forces call it a coup. peoplesdispatch.org The Peruvian Congress impeached Martín Vizcarra on a charges of corruption from his time as governor in 2011-2014. These charges have not been proven yet. Thousands have taken to the streets against the impeachment, calling it an attack on democracy…

sputniknews (2020-11-10). Violent Protests Erupt in Peru's Lima After Congress Impeaches President Vizcarra – Videos. sputniknews.com Without waiting for the impeachment proceedings to start, Vizcarra decided to announce his resignation on Monday evening, as less than a year was left until his presidential term is over.

Julia Conley (2020-11-10). Biden urged to be #climatepresident by taking these 10 'game-changing' steps in first 10 days in office. nationofchange.org "Don't let anyone tell you that Biden's hands are tied on climate action without the Senate."

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-10). VIDEO: Arrival of Russian military forces to Nagorno-Karabakh. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 10 (MNA) — Following the agreement of Armenia made with Russian Federation and Republic of Azerbaijan to end war over Nagorno-Karabakh region, Russian peacekeepers were deployed in region in accordance with one of clauses of agreement.

The Lawyers' Committee for 9-11 Inquiry, Inc. (2020-11-10). Petition to Congress to initiate a Congressional Investigation into the 2001 Anthrax Attacks. globalresearch.ca The Lawyers' Committee for 9/11 Inquiry has recently petitioned Congress to reopen the 2001 anthrax investigations.. All 435 House of Representatives and 100 United States Senators received the Executive Summary and links to the Petition and Exhibits you are receiving. …

news.un (2020-11-10). ICC Prosecutor calls for Libya ceasefire progress, decries 'powerful forces' hampering global justice. news.un.org The Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) is urging Libya's warring parties to implement their recent historic ceasefire agreement, calling it a "welcome concrete development" for a population that has been yearning for peace.

sputniknews (2020-11-10). Nusra Terrorists Shell Syria's Idlib Deescalation Zone 33 Times. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Hayat Tahrir al-Sham terrorist group* (formerly known as the Nusra Front, banned in Russia) committed 33 shelling attacks in Syria's northern Idlib region over the past 24 hours, the deputy head of the Russian Defense Ministry's Center for Syrian Reconciliation said at a daily briefing on Tuesday.

_____ (2020-11-10). Shahid Buttar: The Crisis Is Constitutional. popularresistance.org The presidential election has been called for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. I speak with Constitutional lawyer and activist Shahid Buttar about what that means for our work on issues of social justice, his campaign to challenge House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her congressional seat, and critical issues of the day such as the media, democracy, militarization and mass surveillance. Buttar points out that the crises we face are more than political. The United States is in a Constitutional crisis and legislators such as California's Nancy Pelosi and Dianne Feinstein are at the helm.