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2020-09-27: News Headlines

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-09-27). Why Liberals Hate Leftists. thealtworld.com They don't often admit it of course. Admitting you hate those to your left at least as much as you hate those to your right would cause a lot of cognitive dissonance for those who think of themselves as being on the left, and it would weaken their arguments considerably. | But they do. Liberals hate leftists, for a number of reasons. | Liberals hate leftists because there is a night-and-day difference between a capitalist, imperialist establishment and an ideology which wants to tear down that establishment and replace it with peace and socialism. There's more of a difference between true leftists and estab…

sputniknews (2020-09-27). Senate Judiciary Committee Reveals Amy Barrett Confirmation Hearing Details. sputniknews.com Earlier in the day, US President Donald Trump announced Amy Barrett as his Supreme Court nomination pick, in a move to fill the vacancy opened by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-27). VIDEO: IRGC unveils 'Zolfaghar Basir' naval ballistic missile. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 27 (MNA) — "Zolfaghar Basir" is a naval ballistic missile whose ground-to-ground type with a range of more than 700 kilometers was used in targeting ISIL bases in Syria and American terrorist bases in Iraq.

yenisafak (2020-09-26). India fails to curb virus despite strict lockdown. yenisafak.com India enforced one of the world's most stringent lockdowns in March to check the spread of the coronavirus.The shutdown took effect four hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's announcement and created chaos and confusion as Indians were totally unprepared.All economic activities came to a standstill. More than 140 million migrant workers in big cities were suddenly left without work as shops, factories and establishments shut down.In the COVID-19-hit months of April to June, India's GDP shrank 23.9% year-on-year. Although the pandemic turned into a financial crisis and rendered millions jobless, the virus spr…

_____ (2020-09-26). Leaked Docs Expose Massive Syria Propaganda Operation Waged by Western Govt Contractors and Media. strategic-culture.org Western government-funded intelligence cutouts trained Syrian opposition leaders, planted stories in media outlets from BBC to Al Jazeera, and ran a cadre of journalists. A trove of leaked documents exposes the propaganda network. | Ben NORTON | Leaked documents show how UK government contractors developed an advanced infrastructure of propaganda to stimulate support in the West for Syria's political and armed opposition. | Virtually every aspect of the Syrian opposition was cultivated and marketed by Western government-backed public relations firms, from their political narratives to their branding, from what th…

The Canary (2020-09-26). Breonna Taylor's family demands release of body camera footage. thecanary.co Breonna Taylor's family has demanded that Kentucky authorities release all body camera footage, police files and the transcripts of the grand jury hearings that led to no charges against police officers over her killing.The family also criticised the state's attorney general for his failure to bring charges against the officers.A diverse group, including Taylor's mother, marched through Louisville on the evening of Friday 25 September. The demonstrations were peaceful, but at one point police in riot gear fired flash bang devices reportedly to turn back a crowd on a street. Authorities said two people were arrest…

teleSUR, ce (2020-09-26). International Peace Forum Opposes US-Led New Cold War on China. telesurenglish.net Peace activists from China, the US, Britain, South Africa, India, Morocco, Bolivia and Belgium have come together for an international forum to discuss the US-led New Cold War and how to oppose it. | RELATED: | The event, organized by the No Cold War campaign, was chaired by Vijay Prashad, Director of the Tricontinental Institute and Kate Hudson, General Secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. | Deputy General Se…

teleSUR (2020-09-26). Portugal: Workers Demand Gov't Action Against Unemployment. telesurenglish.net Portuguese workers protested on Saturday to demand better salaraies and governmental action on employment protection during the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | The General Confederation of Portuguese Workers (CGTP) organized and convened peaceful demonstrations to demand that the government to raise the minimum salary from 635 euros to 850. Participants maintained social distance and wore masks. | "Workers' ri…

news.un (2020-09-26). New 'COVID-19 reality' should compel some to put aside narrow interests and seek multilateral solutions, Syrian Minister says. news.un.org As some States continue to pursue their own narrow agendas above all else, the world is straying further from the principles that underpin international norms and the work of the United Nations, the Foreign Minister of Syria told the high-level General Assembly plenary on Saturday.

WSWS (2020-09-26). Renewed mass arrests target Kurdish-nationalist HDP in Turkey. wsws.org There is growing speculation that the Turkish government is preparing a renewed military offensive against US-backed Kurdish-nationalist forces in Syria.

teleSUR (2020-09-26). Chilean Police Brutally Repress Health Workers' Peaceful Protest. telesurenglish.net Chilean Police (Carabineros) Friday repressed a demonstration called by health workers in the Chilean capital, Santiago, to demand that the government recognize their careers in the Health Code. | RELATED: | Health System's technical nursing staff (TENS) demonstrated in Plaza Baquedano, known as Plaza de la Dignidad, after several weeks demanding their professional recognition. | The demonstration was peaceful until t…

WSWS (2020-09-26). US Congress threatens to cut funding for Philippines police and military. wsws.org Congressional Democrats are attempting to establish a more pliant regime in the Philippines to join the US build-up to war against China.

news.un (2020-09-26). UN reform is 'the need of the hour': India premier. news.un.org The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, declared that United Nations reform is "the need of the hour", as he addressed world leaders in a video address to the General Debate of the General Assembly, on Saturday.

Matthew Cunningham-Cook (2020-09-26). Washington Congressional Race Lays Bare Democratic Divide on Climate Crisis. zcomm.org The outcome of the race will say much about what kind of Democratic Party will be confronting climate change in the years ahead…

Suresh Reddy, Seema Arora, Ravi Kolli, American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (2020-09-26). [Correspondence] Finding common ground in Kashmir. thelancet.com The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), representing the interests of approximately 80‚Äà000 practicing Indian physicians and 40‚Äà000 medical students, residents, and fellows in the USA, is disenchanted and disappointed with your Editorial.1AAPI, along with its counterpart in India and globally, denounces the Editorial not only as premature but biased and reprehensible for lack of due diligence in research and consultation with proprieties or stakeholders.

Rebeccah Slater, Fiona Moultrie, Ralph Bax, John van den Anker, Aomesh Bhatt (2020-09-26). [Comment] Preterm health: time to bridge the evidence gap. thelancet.com Despite the development of revolutionary life-sustaining advances in neonatal medicine, medications are frequently administered in an ad-hoc and suboptimal way. Most drugs prescribed in neonatal care have not been submitted to the stringent regulatory processes of drug licensing that are standard in adult medicine.1 Although clinical research and licensing regulations differ between countries, the scarcity of licensed medications and inevitable use of off-label drugs in neonates are universal problems1 (countries reporting these issues include the USA, Japan, China, the Netherlands, Australia, India, and Brazil).

The Lancet (2020-09-26). [Editorial] COVID-19 in India: the dangers of false optimism. thelancet.com Despite a strong response at the outset of the pandemic, as of Sept 22, India has the world's fastest growing outbreak of COVID-19 in absolute numbers according to WHO, reporting more than 5 ∑6 million infections. Restrictions began to be lifted in June, and this relaxation has continued in the face of a continuing dramatic increase in case numbers nationally. Beneath these alarming national figures, the pattern of spread in India is nuanced and complex, with marked differences between states, and between rural and urban areas.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-26). Iran, UN official discuss latest developments in Syria. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 26 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister's Senior Assistant for Special Political Affairs Ali Asghar Khaji held a phone talk with the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Geir O. Pedersen on the latest developments in Syria.

sputniknews (2020-09-26). Well-Preserved? Joe Biden Suggests He Was Elected to Senate '180 Years Ago' – Video. sputniknews.com US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is prone to slip-ups and stumbles, for which he is mocked by his Republican rival, incumbent President Donald Trump, who regularly links Biden's verbal blunders to possible issues with the Dem candidate's mental health.

sputniknews (2020-09-26). Don't Take or Promote Drugs: B-Town Filmmaker Karan Johar Slams Malicious Campaign, Netizens React. sputniknews.com Filmmaker Karan Johar's 30-second video, posted by him in July 2019 about his alleged drug party, is going viral. The clip is being investigated in relation with an ongoing probe of B-town's drug world. Former Delhi legislator Manjinder Singh Sirsa filed a police complaint on 15 September over an alleged 'drug party' at Karan's Mumbai house.

teleSUR (2020-09-26). Bolivia: TSE Officially Leaves Jeanine Añez Aside From Elections. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) Friday approved the request to dissolve the Alliance Together (Alianza Juntos) through which coup-born regime's leader Jeanine Añez intended to run for president. | RELATED: | "From this moment on, all Alliance Together candidacies are void," TSE stated as it explained that their candidates cannot run for the presidency, vice presidency, senate, and national assembly. | How…

yenisafak (2020-09-26). US continues to reinforce military bases in Syria. yenisafak.com The US Army has sent 70 trucks to Syria through the al-Waleed border crossing with Iraq, local sources said Friday.The convoy, including 12 armored vehicles, trucks with essential supplies, and several fuel tankers, went to US bases in Syria's Hasakah, Raqqa and Deir ez-Zour provinces on Thursday, according to the sources, who requested anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media.After a two-month break, the US, which supports the terrorist organization YPG/PKK in Syria, has sent at least 300 trucks in five convoys to the region via Iraq over the past two weeks.These shipments also included ammunition…

WSWS (2020-09-26). New bailout for UK corporations as COVID-19 infections rocket. wsws.org Chancellor Sunak's announcement was unveiled outside his office in Downing Street, flanked by Trades Union Congress General Secretary Frances O'Grady and Confederation of British Industry Director General Dame Carolyn Fairbairn.

Staff (2020-09-25). Headlines for September 25, 2020. democracynow.org Sen. Bernie Sanders Warns of an Election "Between Donald Trump and Democracy", FBI Director Sees No Evidence of Widespread Voter Fraud, 24 Arrested as Louisville Protesters Defy Curfew to Demand Justice for Breonna Taylor, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul Says Goal of Black Lives Matter Is "Terrorism", Drivers Attack Peaceful Black Lives Matter Protesters in Los Angeles, Family of Tucson Man Who Died in Police Custody Demands Charges for Officers, Virginia Officials Warn of "Severe Public Health Threat" If Trump Rally Allowed to Proceed, Iowa Slaughterhouse Fined $957 After COVID-19 Outbreak Infected Hundreds of Workers,…

Mike Miller (2020-09-25). Two Capitalisms: a Challenge to Democratic Socialists, Social Democrats, Progressives and Welfare State Liberals. counterpunch.org [O]n September 24, 1599, in a timbered building off Moorgate Fields, not far from where Shakespeare was struggling to complete Hamlet, a new type of company was founded. [O]wnership of the new firm, called the East India Company, was sliced into tiny pieces to be bought and sold freely…Liberalism's fatal hypocrisy was to celebrate the virtuous

teleSUR (2020-09-25). Far-Right Group Performs New Attack Against Bolivian Socialists. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's white supremacist, far-right group Santa Cruz Youth Union (UJC) attacked supporters of the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) in Montero city. | RELATED: | Videos posted on social networks show how these pro-coup activists shouted "Indigenous people, we're going to kill you!" to the MAS militants as they threw stones at them. | "We condemn these violent acts and demand guarantees to express ourselves peacefully," the MAS P…

MEE staff (2020-09-25). Normalisation with Israel 'violates' any 'just and lasting solution,' warns Abbas. middleeasteye.net Normalisation with Israel 'violates' any 'just and lasting solution,' warns Abbas | Palestinian president's General Assembly address calls on UN secretary general to arrange international conference on peace process | Fri, 09/25/2020 – 19: 03 | Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the UN General Assembly on 25 September (screen shot) | Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas slammed the recent US-backed d…

MEE and agencies (2020-09-25). Turkey orders scores of arrests over 2014 pro-Kurdish protests. middleeasteye.net Turkey orders scores of arrests over 2014 pro-Kurdish protests | Demonstrators had accused Turkey's army of standing by as Islamic State besieged Kobane, just over the Syrian border | Fri, 09/25/2020 – 09: 36 | The demonstrations led to the deaths of 37 people, with many more injured (AFP) | Turkish authorities on Friday issued arrest warrants for 82 people, including a mayor, over pro-Kur…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-09-25). Farm Worker tells lawmakers about undocumented, but essential, workers. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Vincente Reyes is a 20-year-old DACA recipient. He's also a United Farm Workers activist, a college student, and an "essential" worker in this era of the coronavirus pandemic. And he brought his story, and that of his parents, to a virtual congressional hearing via Zoom, declaring all of them should be able to stay in …

Ragip Soylu (2020-09-25). Tensions between Turkey and Russia rise in Idlib following failed talks. middleeasteye.net Tensions between Turkey and Russia rise in Idlib following failed talks | Turkish officials are preparing for the worst case scenario as talks in Ankara made clear that Moscow doesn't want a new deal | Fri, 09/25/2020 – 13: 06 | Smoke billows from the villages of Jabal al-Zawiya region in the northwest province of Idlib following shelling by pro-Syrian government forces on 15 September 2020 (AFP) | After…

Ali M Latifi (2020-09-25). 'Phantom force': Young Afghans fighting in Syria face uncertain future. middleeasteye.net 'Phantom force': Young Afghans fighting in Syria face uncertain future | As war in Syria wanes, refugees recruited by Iran as the Fatemiyoun Brigade may be redeployed to other countries, including their own homeland | Fri, 09/25/2020 – 11: 46 | The Fatemiyoun now reportedly number between 500 and 1,500 fighters, down from a height of up to 4,000 (Screengrab) | In 2014, when the war in Syria was at one…

MEE staff (2020-09-25). Ocasio-Cortez withdraws from participating in former Israeli PM's memorial: Report. middleeasteye.net Ocasio-Cortez withdraws from participating in former Israeli PM's memorial: Report | US congresswoman says event was promoted inaccurately, after backlash from Palestinians | Sat, 09/26/2020 – 00: 23 | Ocasio-Cortez is revered figure on US political left and vocal critic of Israeli government (AFP/File photo) | US Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has withdrawn her scheduled participation in a memorial ev…

Larry Holmes (2020-09-25). The Left, the election crisis, and the 'elephant in the room'. workers.org The writer is First Secretary of Workers World Party. The head of the U.S. Postal Service is sabotaging delivery of ballots through the mail. Trump is acting like he won't step down even if he's defeated in the elections. And it appears that right-wing and neo-fascist forces, who have guns, . . . |

Johanna Ross (2020-09-25). Hack Reveals UK's Propaganda Campaign to Drive Syrian Regime Change. globalresearch.ca When I

Stephen Lendman (2020-09-25). Trump Regime War on Cuba by Other Means. globalresearch.ca Unlawful US sanctions on nations, entities and individuals are weapons of war by other means. | Since taking office in January 2017, Trump imposed sanctions on numerous countries extrajudicially, including Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba….

Vanita Gupta (2020-09-25). Trump and McConnell Refuse to Help Millions Amid Pandemic, But Stop at Nothing for Supreme Court Power Grab. commondreams.org The Senate's dereliction of duty to the people in this country is reprehensible. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-09-25). 'Time to Standardize and Democratize the Supreme Court': Ro Khanna Introduces Bill for Justice Term-Limits of 18 Years. commondreams.org "We can't face a national crisis every time a vacancy occurs on the Supreme Court," says the California Democrat. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Robert L. Borosage (2020-09-25). It's Not Just the Supreme Court That's at Stake. thenation.com It's Not Just the Supreme Court That's at Stake…

teleSUR (2020-09-25). India: Massive Protests Over Pro-Business Agricultural Reforms. telesurenglish.net Thousands of small farmers on Friday blocked roads and railways to protest against the new laws that will allow large companies to affect agricultural product prices and make working conditions more precarious. | RELATED: | "Farmers, citizens, and students have joined the resistance to protest across India," former Communist Party (CPIM) lawmaker Hannan Mollah said. | Prime Minister Narendra Modi's administration de…

teleSUR (2020-09-25). US Lawmakers Claim El Salvador is 'Abandoning Democracy'. telesurenglish.net Republican lawmakers Thursday published an open letter claiming that El Salvador's government is legitimizing the MS-13 gang, the Mara Salvatrucha, which is the largest and most dangerous criminal group in the United States. | RELATED: | "According to reports, El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele got engaged in a negotiation process that could further empower this criminal organization," the Republicans stated. | The…

Editor (2020-09-25). Trump's Syria Mission Is His Most Absurd Military Decision Yet. scheerpost.com By Maj. Danny Sjursen / AntiWar Mark my words: an American soldier will soon die for next to nothing in Syria. Here's a mission that takes all the absurdity of America's post-9/11 wars of choice to their logical conclusion. As such, this muddled and aimless operation must stand forever tall in the pantheon of U.S. foreign policy folly — right up there with the three Seminole Wars (1817-18, 1835-42… |

Kavaljit Singh (2020-09-25). COVID-19 and Sliding Indian Economy: What's the Way Out? counterpunch.org India has become the world's new hotspot for the COVID-19 pandemic as infection cases have surged in recent weeks. On September 22, the total number of confirmed cases surged past 5.6 million. If the current trend continues, India may soon become the world's worst-hit country, surpassing the US. With more than 90,000 people succumbing to

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-25). India resists anti-farmer laws. peoplesdispatch.org The farmers, under the banner of All India Kisan Coordination Committee, an organization of more than 250 farmers' groups, said three new laws approved by the govt. would benefit corporates at the cost of their livelihood…

WSWS (2020-09-25). Protests across the US against whitewash of Breonna Taylor murder met with police repression. wsws.org Four months of largely peaceful protests against police violence have been answered with violent repression and judicial cover-ups.

sputniknews (2020-09-25). Any Meaningful Talks With Pakistan Can Only Be Held in Atmosphere Free of Terror – India's UN Envoy. sputniknews.com Sputnik has discussed a wide array of issues with Ambassador T.S. Tirumurti, permanent representative of India to the United Nations, including India's bid for a permanent seat at the UNSC, the ongoing border tensions with China, Pakistan, the COVID-19 pandemic, and more.

sputniknews (2020-09-25). Two Terrorists Killed, Arms and Ammunition Recovered in Kashmir Encounter. sputniknews.com Indian-administered Kashmir has witnessed fewer terrorism-related incidents since the federal government overturned Article 370 of the Constitution, which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir, the country's federal Home Ministry told Parliament during the recently-concluded monsoon season session.

Staff (2020-09-25). Bernie Sanders Issues Warning About Prospect of Trump Refusing to Leave Office. truthout.org In an address to the country, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has issued a stark warning about the threat posed by President Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power after the November election. Trump, who has made spurious claims of voter fraud and election-rigging against Democrats for months, recently ramped up his efforts to discredit the election results by suggesting he will refuse to concede if he loses. "This is an election between Donald Trump and democracy. And democr…

yenisafak (2020-09-25). Iran, Russia discussing joint production of COVID-19 vaccine. yenisafak.com Iran and Russia's sovereign wealth fund RDIF are discussing the joint production of a vaccine against COVID-19, Russian news agencies cited the Iranian ambassador to Moscow as saying on Friday."We are holding talks, I spoke with the head of RDIF Kirill Dmitriev, our officials have held several rounds of consultations and we announced that we will co-operate," Ambassador to Moscow Kazem Jalali was cited as saying.Thus far, Russia has struck a manufacturing partnership deal with India, which is due to produce 300 million doses of the 'Sputnik-V' vaccine domestically. It is also discussing such partnerships with sev…

WSWS (2020-09-25). More letters from the US, Philippines, Australia, India supporting Dr. Joseph Scalice. wsws.org "Scalice's work is the best sort of history. Its objectivity is derived precisely in its dedication to its subject, the Filipino working class."

Robert Reich (2020-09-25). 6 Crucial Races That Will Flip the Senate. commondreams.org Every school board member, state representative, and congressperson you elect can be pushed to enact policies that benefit the people, not just corporate donors. (Photo: Screenshot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

2020-09-26: News Headlines

_____ (2020-09-26). Leaked Docs Expose Massive Syria Propaganda Operation Waged by Western Govt Contractors and Media. strategic-culture.org Western government-funded intelligence cutouts trained Syrian opposition leaders, planted stories in media outlets from BBC to Al Jazeera, and ran a cadre of journalists. A trove of leaked documents exposes the propaganda network. | Ben NORTON | Leaked documents show how UK government contractors developed an advanced infrastructure of propaganda to stimulate support in the West for Syria's political and armed opposition. | Virtually every aspect of the Syrian opposition was cultivated and marketed by Western government-backed public relations firms, from their political narratives to their branding, from what th…

yenisafak (2020-09-26). India fails to curb virus despite strict lockdown. yenisafak.com India enforced one of the world's most stringent lockdowns in March to check the spread of the coronavirus.The shutdown took effect four hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's announcement and created chaos and confusion as Indians were totally unprepared.All economic activities came to a standstill. More than 140 million migrant workers in big cities were suddenly left without work as shops, factories and establishments shut down.In the COVID-19-hit months of April to June, India's GDP shrank 23.9% year-on-year. Although the pandemic turned into a financial crisis and rendered millions jobless, the virus spr…

The Canary (2020-09-26). Breonna Taylor's family demands release of body camera footage. thecanary.co Breonna Taylor's family has demanded that Kentucky authorities release all body camera footage, police files and the transcripts of the grand jury hearings that led to no charges against police officers over her killing.The family also criticised the state's attorney general for his failure to bring charges against the officers.A diverse group, including Taylor's mother, marched through Louisville on the evening of Friday 25 September. The demonstrations were peaceful, but at one point police in riot gear fired flash bang devices reportedly to turn back a crowd on a street. Authorities said two people were arrest…

Matthew Cunningham-Cook (2020-09-26). Washington Congressional Race Lays Bare Democratic Divide on Climate Crisis. zcomm.org The outcome of the race will say much about what kind of Democratic Party will be confronting climate change in the years ahead…

Rebeccah Slater, Fiona Moultrie, Ralph Bax, John van den Anker, Aomesh Bhatt (2020-09-26). [Comment] Preterm health: time to bridge the evidence gap. thelancet.com Despite the development of revolutionary life-sustaining advances in neonatal medicine, medications are frequently administered in an ad-hoc and suboptimal way. Most drugs prescribed in neonatal care have not been submitted to the stringent regulatory processes of drug licensing that are standard in adult medicine.1 Although clinical research and licensing regulations differ between countries, the scarcity of licensed medications and inevitable use of off-label drugs in neonates are universal problems1 (countries reporting these issues include the USA, Japan, China, the Netherlands, Australia, India, and Brazil).

The Lancet (2020-09-26). [Editorial] COVID-19 in India: the dangers of false optimism. thelancet.com Despite a strong response at the outset of the pandemic, as of Sept 22, India has the world's fastest growing outbreak of COVID-19 in absolute numbers according to WHO, reporting more than 5 ∑6 million infections. Restrictions began to be lifted in June, and this relaxation has continued in the face of a continuing dramatic increase in case numbers nationally. Beneath these alarming national figures, the pattern of spread in India is nuanced and complex, with marked differences between states, and between rural and urban areas.

Suresh Reddy, Seema Arora, Ravi Kolli, American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (2020-09-26). [Correspondence] Finding common ground in Kashmir. thelancet.com The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), representing the interests of approximately 80‚Äà000 practicing Indian physicians and 40‚Äà000 medical students, residents, and fellows in the USA, is disenchanted and disappointed with your Editorial.1AAPI, along with its counterpart in India and globally, denounces the Editorial not only as premature but biased and reprehensible for lack of due diligence in research and consultation with proprieties or stakeholders.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-26). Iran, UN official discuss latest developments in Syria. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 26 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister's Senior Assistant for Special Political Affairs Ali Asghar Khaji held a phone talk with the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Geir O. Pedersen on the latest developments in Syria.

sputniknews (2020-09-26). Don't Take or Promote Drugs: B-Town Filmmaker Karan Johar Slams Malicious Campaign, Netizens React. sputniknews.com Filmmaker Karan Johar's 30-second video, posted by him in July 2019 about his alleged drug party, is going viral. The clip is being investigated in relation with an ongoing probe of B-town's drug world. Former Delhi legislator Manjinder Singh Sirsa filed a police complaint on 15 September over an alleged 'drug party' at Karan's Mumbai house.

yenisafak (2020-09-26). US continues to reinforce military bases in Syria. yenisafak.com The US Army has sent 70 trucks to Syria through the al-Waleed border crossing with Iraq, local sources said Friday.The convoy, including 12 armored vehicles, trucks with essential supplies, and several fuel tankers, went to US bases in Syria's Hasakah, Raqqa and Deir ez-Zour provinces on Thursday, according to the sources, who requested anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media.After a two-month break, the US, which supports the terrorist organization YPG/PKK in Syria, has sent at least 300 trucks in five convoys to the region via Iraq over the past two weeks.These shipments also included ammunition…

Staff (2020-09-25). Headlines for September 25, 2020. democracynow.org Sen. Bernie Sanders Warns of an Election "Between Donald Trump and Democracy", FBI Director Sees No Evidence of Widespread Voter Fraud, 24 Arrested as Louisville Protesters Defy Curfew to Demand Justice for Breonna Taylor, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul Says Goal of Black Lives Matter Is "Terrorism", Drivers Attack Peaceful Black Lives Matter Protesters in Los Angeles, Family of Tucson Man Who Died in Police Custody Demands Charges for Officers, Virginia Officials Warn of "Severe Public Health Threat" If Trump Rally Allowed to Proceed, Iowa Slaughterhouse Fined $957 After COVID-19 Outbreak Infected Hundreds of Workers,…

Mike Miller (2020-09-25). Two Capitalisms: a Challenge to Democratic Socialists, Social Democrats, Progressives and Welfare State Liberals. counterpunch.org [O]n September 24, 1599, in a timbered building off Moorgate Fields, not far from where Shakespeare was struggling to complete Hamlet, a new type of company was founded. [O]wnership of the new firm, called the East India Company, was sliced into tiny pieces to be bought and sold freely…Liberalism's fatal hypocrisy was to celebrate the virtuous

teleSUR (2020-09-25). Far-Right Group Performs New Attack Against Bolivian Socialists. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's white supremacist, far-right group Santa Cruz Youth Union (UJC) attacked supporters of the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) in Montero city. | RELATED: | Videos posted on social networks show how these pro-coup activists shouted "Indigenous people, we're going to kill you!" to the MAS militants as they threw stones at them. | "We condemn these violent acts and demand guarantees to express ourselves peacefully," the MAS P…

MEE staff (2020-09-25). Normalisation with Israel 'violates' any 'just and lasting solution,' warns Abbas. middleeasteye.net Normalisation with Israel 'violates' any 'just and lasting solution,' warns Abbas | Palestinian president's General Assembly address calls on UN secretary general to arrange international conference on peace process | Fri, 09/25/2020 – 19: 03 | Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the UN General Assembly on 25 September (screen shot) | Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas slammed the recent US-backed d…

MEE and agencies (2020-09-25). Turkey orders scores of arrests over 2014 pro-Kurdish protests. middleeasteye.net Turkey orders scores of arrests over 2014 pro-Kurdish protests | Demonstrators had accused Turkey's army of standing by as Islamic State besieged Kobane, just over the Syrian border | Fri, 09/25/2020 – 09: 36 | The demonstrations led to the deaths of 37 people, with many more injured (AFP) | Turkish authorities on Friday issued arrest warrants for 82 people, including a mayor, over pro-Kur…

Ali M Latifi (2020-09-25). 'Phantom force': Young Afghans fighting in Syria face uncertain future. middleeasteye.net 'Phantom force': Young Afghans fighting in Syria face uncertain future | As war in Syria wanes, refugees recruited by Iran as the Fatemiyoun Brigade may be redeployed to other countries, including their own homeland | Fri, 09/25/2020 – 11: 46 | The Fatemiyoun now reportedly number between 500 and 1,500 fighters, down from a height of up to 4,000 (Screengrab) | In 2014, when the war in Syria was at one…

MEE staff (2020-09-25). Ocasio-Cortez withdraws from participating in former Israeli PM's memorial: Report. middleeasteye.net Ocasio-Cortez withdraws from participating in former Israeli PM's memorial: Report | US congresswoman says event was promoted inaccurately, after backlash from Palestinians | Sat, 09/26/2020 – 00: 23 | Ocasio-Cortez is revered figure on US political left and vocal critic of Israeli government (AFP/File photo) | US Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has withdrawn her scheduled participation in a memorial ev…

Ragip Soylu (2020-09-25). Tensions between Turkey and Russia rise in Idlib following failed talks. middleeasteye.net Tensions between Turkey and Russia rise in Idlib following failed talks | Turkish officials are preparing for the worst case scenario as talks in Ankara made clear that Moscow doesn't want a new deal | Fri, 09/25/2020 – 13: 06 | Smoke billows from the villages of Jabal al-Zawiya region in the northwest province of Idlib following shelling by pro-Syrian government forces on 15 September 2020 (AFP) | After…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-09-25). Farm Worker tells lawmakers about undocumented, but essential, workers. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Vincente Reyes is a 20-year-old DACA recipient. He's also a United Farm Workers activist, a college student, and an "essential" worker in this era of the coronavirus pandemic. And he brought his story, and that of his parents, to a virtual congressional hearing via Zoom, declaring all of them should be able to stay in …

Larry Holmes (2020-09-25). The Left, the election crisis, and the 'elephant in the room'. workers.org The writer is First Secretary of Workers World Party. The head of the U.S. Postal Service is sabotaging delivery of ballots through the mail. Trump is acting like he won't step down even if he's defeated in the elections. And it appears that right-wing and neo-fascist forces, who have guns, . . . |

Johanna Ross (2020-09-25). Hack Reveals UK's Propaganda Campaign to Drive Syrian Regime Change. globalresearch.ca When I

Stephen Lendman (2020-09-25). Trump Regime War on Cuba by Other Means. globalresearch.ca Unlawful US sanctions on nations, entities and individuals are weapons of war by other means. | Since taking office in January 2017, Trump imposed sanctions on numerous countries extrajudicially, including Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba….

Vanita Gupta (2020-09-25). Trump and McConnell Refuse to Help Millions Amid Pandemic, But Stop at Nothing for Supreme Court Power Grab. commondreams.org The Senate's dereliction of duty to the people in this country is reprehensible. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-09-25). 'Time to Standardize and Democratize the Supreme Court': Ro Khanna Introduces Bill for Justice Term-Limits of 18 Years. commondreams.org "We can't face a national crisis every time a vacancy occurs on the Supreme Court," says the California Democrat. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Robert L. Borosage (2020-09-25). It's Not Just the Supreme Court That's at Stake. thenation.com It's Not Just the Supreme Court That's at Stake…

Kavaljit Singh (2020-09-25). COVID-19 and Sliding Indian Economy: What's the Way Out? counterpunch.org India has become the world's new hotspot for the COVID-19 pandemic as infection cases have surged in recent weeks. On September 22, the total number of confirmed cases surged past 5.6 million. If the current trend continues, India may soon become the world's worst-hit country, surpassing the US. With more than 90,000 people succumbing to

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-25). India resists anti-farmer laws. peoplesdispatch.org The farmers, under the banner of All India Kisan Coordination Committee, an organization of more than 250 farmers' groups, said three new laws approved by the govt. would benefit corporates at the cost of their livelihood…

teleSUR (2020-09-25). India: Massive Protests Over Pro-Business Agricultural Reforms. telesurenglish.net Thousands of small farmers on Friday blocked roads and railways to protest against the new laws that will allow large companies to affect agricultural product prices and make working conditions more precarious. | RELATED: | "Farmers, citizens, and students have joined the resistance to protest across India," former Communist Party (CPIM) lawmaker Hannan Mollah said. | Prime Minister Narendra Modi's administration de…

teleSUR (2020-09-25). US Lawmakers Claim El Salvador is 'Abandoning Democracy'. telesurenglish.net Republican lawmakers Thursday published an open letter claiming that El Salvador's government is legitimizing the MS-13 gang, the Mara Salvatrucha, which is the largest and most dangerous criminal group in the United States. | RELATED: | "According to reports, El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele got engaged in a negotiation process that could further empower this criminal organization," the Republicans stated. | The…

WSWS (2020-09-25). Protests across the US against whitewash of Breonna Taylor murder met with police repression. wsws.org Four months of largely peaceful protests against police violence have been answered with violent repression and judicial cover-ups.

Editor (2020-09-25). Trump's Syria Mission Is His Most Absurd Military Decision Yet. scheerpost.com By Maj. Danny Sjursen / AntiWar Mark my words: an American soldier will soon die for next to nothing in Syria. Here's a mission that takes all the absurdity of America's post-9/11 wars of choice to their logical conclusion. As such, this muddled and aimless operation must stand forever tall in the pantheon of U.S. foreign policy folly — right up there with the three Seminole Wars (1817-18, 1835-42… |

sputniknews (2020-09-25). Two Terrorists Killed, Arms and Ammunition Recovered in Kashmir Encounter. sputniknews.com Indian-administered Kashmir has witnessed fewer terrorism-related incidents since the federal government overturned Article 370 of the Constitution, which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir, the country's federal Home Ministry told Parliament during the recently-concluded monsoon season session.

sputniknews (2020-09-25). Any Meaningful Talks With Pakistan Can Only Be Held in Atmosphere Free of Terror – India's UN Envoy. sputniknews.com Sputnik has discussed a wide array of issues with Ambassador T.S. Tirumurti, permanent representative of India to the United Nations, including India's bid for a permanent seat at the UNSC, the ongoing border tensions with China, Pakistan, the COVID-19 pandemic, and more.

Staff (2020-09-25). Bernie Sanders Issues Warning About Prospect of Trump Refusing to Leave Office. truthout.org In an address to the country, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has issued a stark warning about the threat posed by President Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power after the November election. Trump, who has made spurious claims of voter fraud and election-rigging against Democrats for months, recently ramped up his efforts to discredit the election results by suggesting he will refuse to concede if he loses. "This is an election between Donald Trump and democracy. And democr…

yenisafak (2020-09-25). Iran, Russia discussing joint production of COVID-19 vaccine. yenisafak.com Iran and Russia's sovereign wealth fund RDIF are discussing the joint production of a vaccine against COVID-19, Russian news agencies cited the Iranian ambassador to Moscow as saying on Friday."We are holding talks, I spoke with the head of RDIF Kirill Dmitriev, our officials have held several rounds of consultations and we announced that we will co-operate," Ambassador to Moscow Kazem Jalali was cited as saying.Thus far, Russia has struck a manufacturing partnership deal with India, which is due to produce 300 million doses of the 'Sputnik-V' vaccine domestically. It is also discussing such partnerships with sev…

WSWS (2020-09-25). More letters from the US, Philippines, Australia, India supporting Dr. Joseph Scalice. wsws.org "Scalice's work is the best sort of history. Its objectivity is derived precisely in its dedication to its subject, the Filipino working class."

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-09-25). 'Knives Out on SCOTUS': Patriotic Millionaires Open Letter Pushes Senate Dems to Fight 'Nakedly Illegitimate' Nomination Attempt. commondreams.org Citing Trump's signals that he may try to remain in office regardless of the election results, the group tells lawmakers, "to be clear, you no longer have the option to stand idly by and wait for things to 'play out.'" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2020-09-25). Amy Coney Barrett is Being Illegitimately Jammed Through Senate to Pack The Court, Strip Away Rights and Freedoms. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Robert Reich (2020-09-25). 6 Crucial Races That Will Flip the Senate. commondreams.org Every school board member, state representative, and congressperson you elect can be pushed to enact policies that benefit the people, not just corporate donors. (Photo: Screenshot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-09-25). 40 Groups Demand Congress Probe 'Gross Misuse' of $1 Billion in Covid-19 Funding by Pentagon. commondreams.org "It's unconscionable that the department would prioritize defense contractor wish lists over the health and safety of the American people." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2020-09-24). Headlines for September 24, 2020. democracynow.org Officer Who Shot into Breonna Taylor's Apartment Charged, But Not for Her Killing, Donald Trump Won't Commit to Peaceful Transfer of Power If He Loses Election, Dr. Deborah Birx Reportedly "Distressed" by Direction of WH Coronavirus Response, Dr. Anthony Fauci Warns of Long-Term Effects of COVID-19 on Survivors, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, Who Opposes Mask Mandates, Tests Positive for Coronavirus, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau Warns of Second Wave of Coronavirus Infections, Antarctic Ice Melt May Bring 8 Feet of Sea Level Rise Even If Paris Climate Goals Are Met, Climate Crisis Drives Record Fires in Brazil, Western…

Michael Jansen (2020-09-24). Failing Palestinian Self-determination. globalresearch.ca The UN is marking its 75th birthday with a virtual opening of the 75th session of the General Assembly. While UN agencies have carried out successful humanitarian assistance and research programmes, peacekeeping missions and efforts to protect the rights of …

WSWS (2020-09-24). Senate confirmation hearing for Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf reveals bipartisan support. wsws.org Democratic as well as Republican senators thanked Wolf for his "service," neglecting to question him on unconstitutional kidnappings, the mass incarceration of immigrants, and the state assassination of a Portland protester.

Ali Harb (2020-09-24). Arab states are forging ties with Israel to please US, Ted Cruz says. middleeasteye.net Arab states are forging ties with Israel to please US, Ted Cruz says | US senator rejects criticism of Saudi Arabia's human rights record, says Riyadh played 'major role' in brokering Arab peace with Israel | Thu, 09/24/2020 – 18: 34 | Cruz says Donald Trump's 'clarity' in favouring Israel pushed Arab countries to embrace normalisation (AFP/File photo) | Ambassadors of the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia in…

John Wojcik (2020-09-24). Trump forever? President won't commit to give up power if he loses. peoplesworld.org Donald Trump declared Wednesday that even if he loses to Joe Biden on Nov. 3, he is unwilling to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. The unprecedented declaration by a U.S. president that he will not leave the White House should he lose the election has shocked people around the world who look to …

Anthony Parker, Anita Waters (2020-09-24). Ohio activist Morgan Harper didn't make it to Congress, but she's still fighting. peoplesworld.org Since Ohio's Third Congressional District was created in 2012, covering most of Columbus, it has been represented in Congress by moderate Democrat and Black Caucus member Joyce Beatty, with no opposition from within her own party. But 2020 was different. Morgan Harper, a 36-year-old Columbus native with a formidable list of accomplishments, declared her candidacy for …

Umar A Farooq (2020-09-24). US congressman calls for 'UAE 94' prisoner's release. middleeasteye.net US congressman calls for 'UAE 94' prisoner's release | Abdulsalam Mohamed Darwish al-Marzooqi was handed 10-year sentence in 2013 after being accused of planning to overthrow Emirati government | Thu, 09/24/2020 – 17: 16 | While in prison, Marzooqi has been reportedly been subject to abuse, including solitary confinement and beatings (AFP/File photo) | A US congressman has called for the release of…

Gordon Duff (2020-09-24). Feet First? Trump Says He Won't Leave White House When He Loses Election. thealtworld.com 'We're going to have to see what happens,' says US president, again raising concerns over integrity of mail-in-ballots despite no evidence of fraud | "Get rid of the ballots and you'll have a very peaceful — there won't be a transfer, frankly. There will be a continuation. The ballots are out of control. You know it. And you know who knows it better than anybody else? The Democrats know it better than anybody else.": | WASHINGTON (Times of Israel) — US President Donald Trump on Wednesday again declined to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the Nov. 3 presidential election. | "

Mark Gruenberg (2020-09-24). Millions kicked off unemployment, but Senate Republicans still won't renew $600. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Some 3.72 million people lost their jobless benefits at the end of August, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Sept. 24. And even though those jobless workers were thrown off the aid rolls, millions still remain. Through the end of August, more than 26 million workers received state-funded benefits, federally-funded benefits, or benefits from …

Mike Walter (2020-09-24). The Heat: COVID-19 soars in US, UK and India. america.cgtn.com The World Health Organization says COVID-19 appears to be accelerating, with cases soaring in the United States, the United Kingdom and India.