2020-09-12: News Headlines

RT (2020-09-12). Julian Assange: The Trial of the Century. dissidentvoice.org George Galloway makes cystal clear what is a no-brainer: Julian Assange revealing war crimes is the real reason for extradition. Unable to be convicted for journalism, he stands accused of trumped-up charges in what is the trial of the century.

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-09-12). The Assange Trial, And Other Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix. thealtworld.com ~ | "Assange isn't a journalist! He has an agenda!" | Every journalist in the world has an agenda. It just happens that most journalists have fame, wealth and esteem as their agenda while Assange's agenda is, in his own words, "crushing bastards". | It's crazy how there are still people who try to claim Assange isn't a journalist. He is, and it's not even debatable. Publishing information that informs the public about what's going on in the world is exactly the thing that journalism is. | ~ | The mainstream press have been far, far less critical of immensely powerful world-dominating government agencies than they…

Alan MacLeod (2020-09-12). DHS Head Chad Wolf adopts language of war in threats against Portland protesters. mronline.org The phrase "all options on the table" is largely used in politics as a code phrase conveying the most extreme violence imaginable, without having to explicitly state it. Now it's being used against American citizens.

Andre Vltchek (2020-09-12). Now West should sit on its backside, shut up, and listen to "the others"! dissidentvoice.org We were always told what to think; what is correct and what is wrong. By the white dudes living in or coming from Europe and North America. They knew everything. They were the most qualified. When I write "white," I don't mean just their race or color of their skin. To me, "white" is their …

Ben Norton (2020-09-12). Grandson of overthrown Chilean President Salvador Allende defends Venezuela against US coup attempt. thegrayzone.com The grandson of Chile's former elected socialist President Salvador Allende, who was toppled in a 1973 CIA-orchestrated military coup, has lived in Venezuela for 10 years. The Grayzone's Ben Norton interviewed Pablo Sepúlveda Allende in Caracas. Sepúlveda Allende spoke about the many similarities between the democratic revolutions in Chile and Venezuela, and why he thinks …

G. Dunkel (2020-09-12). While the stock market is booming, jobs report hides hunger. workers.org Getting enough food was hard for people working low-wage jobs before the pandemic. Now it's harder, given the huge increase in unemployment — 29 million jobless workers now live off meager unemployment insurance. Millions without work are getting nothing, and more than 50 million people are "food insecure," meaning they . . . |

Abdul Rahman (2020-09-12). Tensions flare up in eastern Mediterranean, cracks widen in NATO. peoplesdispatch.org Turkey's ambition to become a regional hegemon and European desire to have diversified access to oil and gas are creating a conflict situation in the Eastern Mediterranean region…

Monica Moorehead (2020-09-12). Voting, self-determination and social change. workers.org Below is a slightly edited talk by Monica Moorehead at the Workers World Party webinar on Sept. 3 on "Save the people's post office." Voter suppression is an issue I have both personal and political knowledge of. I was born and raised under segregation in Alabama. Black and white activists . . . |

Eds. (2020-09-12). The insidious workings of the political ratchet. mronline.org Democrats Are Joining Trump and DHS in Demonizing Anti-Fascists. Here's Why.

Eds. (2020-09-12). Gov't silent as climate change unfolds. mronline.org From megafires, extreme heat waves, summer snow storms and hurricanes, millions across the United States are witnessing the effects of climate change first hand.

Mario Carbonell (2020-09-12). Top cop resigns, Seattle mayor vetoes SPD budget cuts; cops continue brutality. liberationnews.org Regardless of who is holding the reigns at SPD, the police as an institution exist to protect and serve the interests of the capitalist class.

Eds. (2020-09-12). The COVID-19 pandemic and the dual nature of science. mronline.org Over two decades ago, Professor Richard Levins, one of the founders of Science for the People, described this phenomenon as the "dual nature" of science.(1) On one hand, scientific investigations discover truths about material reality that are independent of ideology or politics.

Walter Smolarek (2020-09-12). Colombia erupts in struggle against police murder. liberationnews.org A popular uprising against police violence has broken out across Colombia following the shockingly brutal murder of Javier Ordóñez in Bogotá on September 8. In footage taken by witnesses that quickly spread and outraged the nation, Ordóñez was pinned to the ground and shocked over and over with a taser. Ordóñez, who was unarmed, repeatedly …

Liberation Staff (2020-09-12). La Riva/Freeman gain ballot access in Rhode Island. liberationnews.org As of Sept. 11, Rhode Island becomes the 15th state to welcome socialist candidates Gloria La Riva and Sunil Freeman to the ballot for the United States presidential election on Nov. 3. This ballot access was achieved by obtaining close to 1,600 signatures — 600 more than the state's requirement. Petetioners at Kennedy plaza bus …

RT (2020-09-12). 'Surreal, depressing, dystopian s**t': CNN & Sesame Street warn kids to get their 'DISTANCING STICKS' ready for school. rt.com Preparing your kids for school this fall? Well don't forget their pencils, lunchboxes, and "distance sticks." That's what the vaguely dystopian advice from Sesame Street's Big Bird tells families watching CNN. | In a coronavirus town hall for kids and parents broadcast on Saturday, CNN enlisted the help of Sesame Street's Big Bird to help kids understand the raft of new restrictions they'll face when schools open their doors again this month. | Asked what he's packing in his schoolbag, the kids' TV favorite listed off the usual essentials — "pencils, paper and crayons" — as well as a mask, hand sanit…

RT (2020-09-12). Dem rival of Georgia QAnon-supporting GOP candidate drops out of House race, campaign assures he's 'safe' amid threat rumors. rt.com A Democrat has suddenly bowed out of the US House race in Georgia citing "personal reasons," clearing the path for Republican contender Marjorie Taylor Greene, the alleged QAnon supporter who is now running unopposed. | Kevin Van Ausdal said he would pull out of the contest in a statement on Friday, leaving the race for Georgia's reliably red 14th Congressional District uncontested, with Greene the only candidate left in the running. | "I am heartbroken to announce that for family and personal reasons, I cannot continue this race for Congress," Van Ausdal said in a statement, adding that "stepping aside would…

RT (2020-09-12). 'Makes it sound like a coffee spill': NAACP blasted as 'tone deaf' after labeling 9/11 attacks as 'horrific INCIDENT'. rt.com The NAACP has been accused of downplaying the gravity of the 9/11 attacks, with critics up in arms after the organization deemed them a "horrific incident" with no mention of terrorism in a tweet to mark their 19th anniversary. | "Today we remember all the lives lost and families affected during the horrific incident that occurred in 2001. #NeverForget," the organization wrote in a tweet on Friday, captioning an image of the New York skyline featuring the words "Always remember." | #NeverForget pic.twitter.com/63FVBl2qu8— NAACP (@NAACP) _____ (2020-09-12). Rubberhose Cryptography and the Idea Behind Wikileaks: Julian Assange as a Physics Student. strategic-culture.org Niraj LAL | The last dinner that Julian Assange had in relative freedom, 18 June 2012, was takeaway pizza and cheap red wine with a couple of the Wikileaks team and myself in a small flat in London, discussing possible trajectories of American politics for the coming decade. The next morning he walked into the Ecuadorian Embassy to claim political asylum; he hasn't seen sunlight unguarded since. | I first met Julian in the Redmond Barry Physics Lecture Theatre ten years earlier, in 2002, on our first day at the University of Melbourne. The lecturer, the affable Professor Geoff Opat with curly hair and thick-rimme…

_____ (2020-09-12). Part I: The Unannounced Death Of The Green New Deal. popularresistance.org You could say that the Green New Deal died when the Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force recommendations came through, or perhaps that was the moment we knew that the Jemez Principles and the principles of a Just Transition had been abandoned more than a year before? Perhaps they were abandoned shortly after John Washington's straight forward, perfectly articulated warning to New Consensus? Or perhaps they were abandoned as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ed Markey prepared the Green New Deal resolution with it's "clean" and "net zero" language replacing the language of fossil fuel phase outs and 100% Renewables?

_____ (2020-09-12). Saudi Arabia's Mysterious Coronavirus Survival Abilities. strategic-culture.org Since the very onset of the Coronavirus Pandemic, economists and the media have been warning the public about the damaging effects that quarantine would and is having on the financial world. The yearly "growth" that we would normally expect was negative for many nations, especially in the West. However, the most interesting tale of economic survival in 2020 would have to be Saudi Arabia. Logically and statistically their country should look like North Korea in the 90's and yet all things are quiet on the Arab front. How could this possibly be? Let's take a look at this peculiar paradox and see what is in store fo…

The Lancet (2020-09-12). [Editorial] Global collaboration for health: rhetoric versus reality. thelancet.com The 75th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) opens on Sept 15, 2020. Being held remotely for the first time, the meeting will inevitably be dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic, but other issues on the agenda that have resonance for global health include the climate crisis, peace, disarmament, and humanitarian assistance. Underpinning this year's agenda is the UN theme of multilateralism, under the banner "The future we want, the United Nations we need: reaffirming our collective commitment to multilateralism".

A Guest Author (2020-09-12). Workers and oppressed people of the world, write to us! workers.org Workers World recently received these two letters from friends in Bangladesh and Europe. Dear Comrades, Let me deliver revolutionary greetings to you and your party. I'm from Bangladesh. You're passing a transitional period of struggle and mass uprising. I would like to proclaim solidarity from the heart of the people . . . |

Anand Naidoo (2020-09-12). The Heat: 9/11 Anniversary and U.S. wars. america.cgtn.com The United States marks the 19th anniversary of the Al-Qaeda terror attacks. Plus, the U.S. led wars that followed in Afghanistan and the Middle East.

The Canary (2020-09-12). 'Stop clapping, start paying': NHS workers demand better wages. thecanary.co Frontline NHS workers, many of whom have been helping to fight the coronavirus pandemic, have protested to demand better wages.Campaigners in central London held banners which read "stop clapping, start paying," "priceless yet penniless" and "640 healthcare workers dead, blood on their hands", alongside images of prime minister Boris Johnson. Many wore scrubs or other NHS uniforms.Demonstrators began a march to Trafalgar Square after a two-minute silence in honour of 640 healthcare workers who have died during the pandemic.The protest comes after nurses were excluded from the wage increase for around 900,000 publ…

The Canary (2020-09-12). UK 'on the edge of losing control' of coronavirus, scientist warns. thecanary.co A former chief scientific adviser has said the UK is "on the edge of losing control" of coronavirus (Covid-19). The public has been urged to act "in tune" with coronavirus guidelines before the "rule of six" restrictions come into force on Monday 14 September.This comes after

The Canary (2020-09-12). Anti-racism protests in UK as officers face court in US over George Floyd killing. thecanary.co Anti-racism demonstrations took place across the UK on 11 September as the four officers charged over the killing of George Floyd in the US went on trial.Protesters said they are determined to show that previous Black Lives Matter demonstrations were not "just a moment".Mass protests were staged across the world after footage emerged of officers kneeling on the neck of Floyd, a Black man, killing him.The four men are charged over the death, but it's understood they will push for separate trials in order to diminish their roles in the incident.Protesters outside the US embassy in London as part of an anti-racism d…

The Canary (2020-09-12). Thousands still homeless after Greek refugee camp fire. thecanary.co Thousands of refugees have spent a fourth night sleeping in the open on the Greek island of Lesbos. It comes after successive fires destroyed a notoriously overcrowded refugee camp during a coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown.Officials claim some camp residents deliberately started the blazes on 8-9 September. They were angry over authorities imposing quarantine and isolation orders after 35 people in the Moria camp tested positive for coronavirus.With the camp gutted, the morning of Saturday 12 September found men, women and children sleeping under improvised shelters made of reed stalks, blankets and salvaged tents…

The Canary (2020-09-12). More than 50 killed at collapsed gold mine in eastern DR Congo. thecanary.co More than 50 people have died after landslides collapsed three artisanal gold mining wells in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.The incident took place near the city of Kamituga in eastern Congo's South Kivu province on Friday 11 September, following days of heavy rains.Kamituga mayor Alexandre Bundya said: The diggers and the transporters of the stones were swallowed up by the waters. | A team of rescuers with motor pumps came to recover the bodies of the victims.There had been heavy rains for days before the tragedy ((Maisha RDC/AP)Diwa Honore, who survived the tragedy, said more than 50 people had been in th…

Staff (2020-09-12). Our Capitalist Economy's Dependence on Credit Is Driving Us Toward Fascism. truthout.org This article was produced by Viewing the GOP convention seemed a little like binge-watching the last several years' parade of none-too-subtle signs of incipient fascism. We saw extreme nationalism, scapegoating immigrants and foreigners in general, white supremacy, "strong (narcissistic)-man" government, aggressive foreign policies, and hysterical red-baiting.

yenisafak (2020-09-12). 'You cannot lecture us on humanity,' Erdogan tells Macron. yenisafak.com Recalling France's massacres in Algeria and Rwanda, the Turkish president said the French president "cannot lecture us on humanity."Recep Tayyip Erdogan's remarks came at a symposium held on Democracy and Freedom Island against coup.In a direct reference to President Emmanuel Macron, Erdogan said "You [Macron] have no knowledge of history. You do not know the history of France.""You cannot lecture us on humanity," he added, recalling the massacres in Algeria where some 1 million people were killed and in Rwanda where 800,000 people were murdered."Do not mess with Turkey and Turkish people," Erdogan added.Earlier…

yenisafak (2020-09-12). Palestine recalls its ambassador to Bahrain. yenisafak.com Palestine on Friday recalled its ambassador to Manama shortly after Bahrain signed an agreement to restore ties with Israel. Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malik "summoned the ambassador in Manama to consult and discuss the necessary steps towards the normalization agreement," according to a statement.Israel and Bahrain agreed to establish full diplomatic relations on Friday in a second breakthrough between Israel and its Arab neighbors after it normalized ties with the United Arab Emirates last month.The latest agreement was finalized during a telephone call between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Bahra…

Peter Koenig (2020-09-12). Russia: Nord Stream 2 vs. Poisoning of Alexei Navalny. dissidentvoice.org Wednesday, 2 September, all German TV channels, mainstream media were focused unilaterally on the alleged Novichok poisoning of Russian opposition critic, Alexei Navalny. This "breaking-news" poison discovery was made in Germany two weeks after he has been flown from Tomsk in Siberia to Moscow, when he fell ill on the plane and the airliner had …

_____ (2020-09-12). Scheer Intelligence: Trump Is The Sweaty Armpit Of Monopoly Capitalism. popularresistance.org Over the past several decades, the largest corporations have absorbed and destroyed all opposition—big and small—and slowly come to play a role in every aspect of Americans' lives. That's the central argument of journalist David Dayen's latest book, Monopolized: Life in the Age of Corporate Power. On this week's installment of Scheer Intelligence, the American Prospect editor joins host Robert Scheer to discuss how corporations peddle the idea that consumers have the "freedom" to buy whatever they want in order to distract the public as their rights are increasingly eroded.

Freedom Socialist Party (2020-09-12). Sunday 9/20: Devastating Climate Change—Socialist Feminist Solutions to Save Mother Earth. indybay.org Online via Zoom. | Please register in advance: http: //bit.ly/Ecosocialist_Solutions…

news.un (2020-09-12). Historic Afghan talks present 'major opportunity' for peace: UN Secretary-General. news.un.org The first ever direct talks between Afghan Government representatives and the Taliban which began on Saturday, present "a major opportunity" to finally realise the "long-held aspirations" of the people, for a peaceful future, the UN chief has said.

yenisafak (2020-09-12). Pakistan premier welcomes intra-Afghan dialogue. yenisafak.com Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday welcomed the start of much-awaited intra-Afghan talks aimed at ending the 18-year war in Afghanistan.Qatar's capital Doha is going to host the landmark direct talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban from Saturday amid fears and hopes."Finally, our combined efforts have brought forth the day that the Afghan people have been yearning for," Khan said in a statement."It is now for the Afghan leaders to seize this historic opportunity, work together constructively, and secure an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement," he said reiteratin…

yenisafak (2020-09-12). US 'doesn't seek to impose' democracy on Afghanistan. yenisafak.com After 19 years of American invasion in the name of fighting terrorist groups and democratizing Afghanistan, which led to the shattering of latter's political institutions, the US on Saturday announced that it is no longer interested in exporting democracy to the war-weary country.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's remarks came in the beginning of intra-Afghan peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents in the Qatari capital Doha.The historic talks aim to end nearly two decades of armed insurgency in Afghanistan amid pressure from US President Donald Trump's administration ahead of elections…

George Lakey (2020-09-12). What will it take to defend the election? Here's one winning strategy. nationofchange.org The way to meet a possible disaster with strength and confidence is to have a plan.

Project Censored (2020-09-12). Episode 106 — The Anatomy of Fake News and Parallax Views with J.G. Michael. projectcensored.org On today's episode, Nicholas Baham II (Dr. Dreadlocks), Janice Domingo, and Nolan Higdon discuss Higdon's latest book "The Anatomy of Fake News: A Critical News Education" and the Parallax Views…

news.un (2020-09-12). A youthful 75: next generation to carry the torch for UN values. news.un.org 75 years on from the founding of the UN, young people are being enlisted to share their visions of a better planet, and help decide the next chapter of the Organization.

Amilcar Cabral Study Group (2020-09-12). "Tell no lies, claim no easy victories": Remembering Amílcar Cabral. peoplesdispatch.org Working people across the world are struggling against the economic domination and exploitation, which has been greatly intensified amid COVID-19 pandemic. On the 96 anniversary of the birth of Amílcar Cabral, we examine the life and revolutionary contributions of Amílcar Cabral, that remind us that a well devised strategy undertaken by an organized people can become the force that unravels a decaying empire. | Fidemar (Son of the sea) : | On September 12, 1924 — just a few years before the establishment of the fascist regime of Estado Novo in colonial Portugal — Amílcar Cabral was born to a sh…

WSWS (2020-09-12). University of Michigan grad students set to extend strike as opposition grows to the US to back-to-school drive. wsws.org Nineteen of the 25 hottest outbreaks in the US are in communities with colleges that have reopened for in-person learning, sparking growing anger over the homicidal back-to-school campaign.

WSWS (2020-09-12). Revelation of US government conspiracy on COVID-19 exposes EU herd immunity policy. wsws.org Revelations that US officials conspired to lie to the public about the severity of the coronavirus pandemic also expose the politically criminal role of the EU.

WSWS (2020-09-12). US jobless claims top 884,000 for second week in a row. wsws.org With no congressional relief in sight, millions of workers are seeing meager unemployment benefits expire while layoffs continue to mount.

Editor (2020-09-12). Patton and Westy Meet in a Bar: A Play in One Act. scheerpost.com Ken Walton / By Andrew Bacevich / TomDispatch I've written a fair number of pieces for TomDispatch, but this one is a bit different — some might even say strange — so Tom asked me to introduce it myself. By almost any measure, we Americans are living through trying times. As a nation, we are long accustomed to being history's spoiled child. Now, it seems our luck may be running out. |

WSWS (2020-09-12). University of Michigan strikers speak out: "We need to resist going back to normal. Normal no longer exists" wsws.org The strike is quickly turning into a focal point of a much broader opposition to the reckless reopening of both K-12 schools and college campuses everywhere.

WSWS (2020-09-12). Mexico runs out of death certificates with 122,765 "excess deaths" reported during pandemic. wsws.org The Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has done nothing to prevent the virus from claiming the lives of tens of thousands, most of them poor workers.

WSWS (2020-09-12). Jacksonville, Florida teacher speaks out against deadly school reopenings. wsws.org A teacher in Jacksonville, Florida, reached out to the WSWS to speak about the spread of the coronavirus across the state just two weeks into the new school year.

WSWS (2020-09-12). Wildfires devastate US West Coast. wsws.org As with the criminal mishandling of COVID-19, the mass devastation wrought by the wildfires exposes the complete inability of capitalism to address any social problem.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-12). Working class groups protest layoffs by ArcelorMittal in Luxembourg. peoplesdispatch.org The steel corporation ArcelorMittal announced that it would lay off up to 570 employees. The company is citing COVID-19 but critics say 'redundancies' were planned much before…

Andrew Emett (2020-09-12). 4 Texas police officers fired over fatal shooting. nationofchange.org "You don't get to shoot somebody 21 times, because at that time, when we discharged those 21 rounds, Mr. Chavez was at his greatest level of incapacitation."

news.un (2020-09-12). A youthful 75: New generation carries the torch for UN values. news.un.org 75 years on from the founding of the UN, young people are being enlisted to share their visions of a better planet, and help decide the next chapter of the Organization.

WSWS (2020-09-12). Biden pledges to keep troops in the Middle East and maintain record military spending. wsws.org Since Labor Day, Biden has focused on appeals for support from the military and national security establishment, along with economic nationalist demagogy and pledges to prosecute "violent" left-wing protesters.

Ashley Curtin (2020-09-12). Uber announces plan to electrify ride-hailing in US, Canada and Europe by 2030. nationofchange.org Uber announced its commitment to be a 100 percent electric vehicle ride-hailing company by 2030 in the United States, Canada and Europe and by 2040 in the rest of the world.

Sarah Cords (2020-09-12). How a U.S. Army Whistleblower Revealed 'the Apparatus of a Police State'. progressive.org In the 1960s, the military had been illegally spying on protesters until Christopher Pyle, a former Army intelligence officer, spoke out.

WSWS (2020-09-12). Why did so many poor New Yorkers die of COVID-19? wsws.org Inequality, including in-hospital care, determined whether thousands of people in New York City would die of COVID-19.

WSWS (2020-09-12). University of Michigan grad students set to extend strike as opposition grows in the US to back-to-school drive. wsws.org Nineteen of the 25 hottest outbreaks in the US are in communities with colleges that have reopened for in-person learning, sparking growing anger over the homicidal back-to-school campaign.

WSWS (2020-09-12). Latin America, epicenter of COVID-19 pandemic, on the brink of social explosion. wsws.org Latin America this week reached the grim milestones of 300,000 COVID-19 deaths and more than 8 million infections.

WSWS (2020-09-12). Wildfires turn US West Coast into an apocalyptic hellhole. wsws.org As with the criminal mishandling of COVID-19, the mass devastation wrought by the wildfires further exposes the complete inability of capitalism to address any social problem.

_____ (2020-09-12). BC: Preserving Biodiversity Now Guides Logging Policies. popularresistance.org British Columbia – B.C. Forests Minister Doug Donaldson today announced the deferral of old-growth logging within more than 350,000 hectares as well as the protection of up to 1,500 giant trees. The move came in response to a highly anticipated report also released today on the management of old-growth forests in the province. | Environmentalists, workers and First Nations representatives applauded the steps but say they leave out some of the most at-risk ancient forests as well as funding for implementation.

_____ (2020-09-12). Time To Acknowledge Hutu Genocide And Rwandan Occupation Of DR Congo. popularresistance.org My first contribution to Black Agenda Report was "Madame President? No, Madame Prisoner," a profile of Rwandan political prisoner Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza published in January 2014. Late Black Agenda Report Editor Bruce A. Dixon had asked me to write it after following my conversations with Victoire and other Rwandan dissidents for some years. Those conversations began in January 2010, when I looked into why no viable challengers to incumbent Rwandan President Paul Kagame were being allowed into that year's presidential election.

_____ (2020-09-12). 'When You Talk About White Supremacy, You've Got To Take A Hard Look At Our Culture'. popularresistance.org We are in troubling times, listeners know, with people being attacked for simply saying that Black Lives Matter and a president encouraging those attacks. It's what many feared when Trump came into office. But at the same time, we acknowledge that Trump didn't create the phenomenon of white supremacist violence. There's a whole history there that media should be using to shape their recording of present day events, give them context—and hopefully put an end to the "troubled individual" trope to describe people who are, in fact, part of something larger. CounterSpin talked about this in June of 2017 with Hei…

_____ (2020-09-12). Clear-Cuts: Cause Hot Catastrophic Wildfires. popularresistance.org Pack billions of the same-age trees close together, wait for dry-lightning or another ignition source, and you have an unnatural firebomb. The cause of thousands of annual catastrophic hot fires around the world are tree farms created by timber industry clear-cutting and fire suppression to prevent timber inventory loss. | I have seen it happen. About five years ago, driving home on Interstate 5 North of Lake Shasta, a dry-lightning storm began. It looked like the finger of God came down as lightning struck a conifer and it burst into smoke.

_____ (2020-09-12). South Pasadena Sues Dow Chemical And Shell Oil. popularresistance.org The city of South Pasadena is suing The Dow Chemical Co. and Shell Oil Co., alleging that for more than four decades both firms willfully manufactured a pesticide containing a cancer-causing chemical that has contaminated the municipality's drinking water supply. | The 25-page complaint, filed last month in U.S. District Court, contends that from the 1940s to 1980s Dow and Shell marketed a pesticide containing the chemical 1,2,3-trichloropropane, also known as TCP.

_____ (2020-09-12). It's Time For The West To Sit Down, Shut Up And Listen To 'The Others'. popularresistance.org We were always told what to think; what is correct and what is wrong. By the white dudes living in or coming from Europe and North America. They knew everything. They were the most qualified. | When I write "white," I don't mean just their race or color of their skin. To me, "white" is their culture, where they belong. Yes, their identity. | We Russians, Cubans, Venezuelans, Chinese, Iranians, Turks are not really "white," even if our color of the skin is. Not that we are dying to be white, really! We have our own way of living and thinking, and most of us are on the side of the oppressed, of the 'wretched of the…

_____ (2020-09-12). DHS Official: Department Wanted To Down Play Far-Right Violence. popularresistance.org On September 9, the news came out that a whistleblower within the Department of Homeland Security had filed a complaint about the department's Trump-appointed leadership instructing him to downplay the threat represented by white supremacists and play up the dangers posed by anarchists and anti-fascists. Yet it has largely escaped notice how Joe Biden and other Democrats have embraced Donald Trump's talking points about anarchists and anti-fascists.

_____ (2020-09-12). Sept. 26: No New Cold War International Forum. popularresistance.org For our second international webinar, we're bringing together peace activists from China, the US, Britain, South Africa, India, Morocco, Bolivia and Belgium to discuss how to oppose the US-led New Cold War. | The event will take place on Zoom, on Saturday 26 September, 2pm UK / 9pm China / 9am US Eastern / 6am US Pacific. To get a ticket to the Zoom event, register on Eventbrite. Registered users will receive a link within 24 hours of the event starting. The event will also be streamed to Youtube and Facebook.

_____ (2020-09-12). September 19: A Nationwide Day Of Protest. popularresistance.org Despite the unprecedented wave of "Justice for George Floyd" protests that put more than 20 million people in the streets in every region of the nation in June, and the appearance of "Black Lives Matter" murals on the streets of Washington DC, New York City, Seattle, Oakland, Tulsa and other cities, police killings of Blacks have continued their grisly pace. Citing the subsequent murders of Trayford Pellerin in Lafayette, Louisiana, Miguel Vega in Chicago, Dijon Kizzee in Los Angeles, "the recent evidence of the murder of Daniel Prude at the hands of Rochester police and the continued denial of Justice for Breonn…

_____ (2020-09-12). VIDEO: 9/11 19th anniversary. strategic-culture.org It has been almost two decades since the infamous terror attacks on 9/11. The towers tragically falling demanded action, but did America make the right response? Watch the video and read more in the

_____ (2020-09-12). Weekly News Review 6th — 12th September. truepublica.org.uk Editors Weekly Poke The Times reported on Monday that — "Boris Johnson has set a five-week deadline to reach a post-Brexit agreement with the EU, saying that a no-deal would be a "good outcome" for Britain" — and in true Trumpian style said Britain will "prosper mightily." And with this week's explosive news from the …

_____ (2020-09-12). Why Has Canada Fared Better Than US In The pandemic? popularresistance.org Vancouver – Why has Canada been more successful at limiting the spread of COVID-19 than our neighbours in the U.S.? | One "critically important" factor is Canada's universal health care system, B.C. health officials said Thursday. | "People don't have to pay for a test," provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said after being asked to weigh Canada's advantages. "They weren't worried that if they got sick they would not be able to get care."

_____ (2020-09-12). Navalny False-Flag Authors Invent New Twist To Cover Lies. popularresistance.org So now the Navalny poison episode takes on a new twist with German military intelligence subsequently claiming they found traces of Novichok on a bottle of water the Russian dissident had purportedly been drinking from. Rather, it sounds more like the authors of this false-flag operation have "bottled" — meaning became unnerved by the absurdities inherent in their own narrative. | Last week the German government announced that a Bundeswehr military laboratory had detected Novichok in the body fluids of Sergei Navalny.

William rivers Pitt (2020-09-12). Six Deadly Months Late, Bob Woodward Warns Us Trump Is Lying About COVID. zcomm.org Trump and his people treat their time in Washington D.C. as nothing more than an opportunity to loot the Treasury and enrich their friends. Their relationship to the people is entirely transactional, and is noxiously dismissive of the higher ideals of service or public responsibility…

Fred Ledley, Ekaterina Cleary, and Matthew Jackson (2020-09-12). US Tax Dollars Funded Every New Pharmaceutical in the Last Decade. zcomm.org Amid debates over costs—and profits—from a coronavirus vaccine, a new study shows that taxpayers have been footing the bill for every new drug approved between 2010 and 2019…

Robert Mackey (2020-09-12). Oregon Police Beg Public to Stop Calling In False Reports Blaming Antifa for Wildfires. zcomm.org False claims that antifascists are starting forest fires have been spread by supporters of President Donald Trump…

Humanist Community in Silicon Valley (2020-09-12). Sunday 9/13: Race, Police, and Prisons: The American Gulag. indybay.org Online…

Follow the Money (2020-09-12). 9/14/20 Trump Fund Raises in Cal While Learning of Fire Damage. indybay.org On 9/14/20, Republican Trump plans to land in Sacramento to be briefed on fire damage which has caused most of us to choke on the smoke for 28 days. Since he is cutting his staff's salaries, this can only be a fundraising trip to a wealthy state where he has no chance of winning Electoral College votes. See abc7news.com/trump-to-visit-fire-ravaged…

Institute of the Arts and Sciences, UCSC (2020-09-12). Tuesday 10/20: Visualizing Abolition: A Conversation with Angela Y. Davis and Gina Dent. indybay.org Online Event | ias.ucsc.edu/events/2020/visualizing-abo…

Party for Socialism and Liberation (2020-09-12). Friday 9/11: Online Socialism Forum – Fight the war machine at home and abroad! indybay.org

Poor People's Campaign and partners (2020-09-12). Monday 9/14: It's Time to Defend Democracy: Voting Is Power Unleashed! indybay.org Online…

Khubaka, Michael Harris (2020-09-12). 2020 Juneteenth National Holiday Convention. indybay.org Globally, Juneteenth is poised help expand a year round expression of Freedom marked by a new official United States of America, Federal Holiday that could begin on Saturday, June 19, 2021, as we stand on the shoulders of many ancestors preparing for an amazing new beginning.

R Nutting (2020-09-12). Trump has no concrete strategy for restoring economic growth or for defeating CoViD19. indybay.org Trump is faking it on the economy, just as he's faking it on the pandemic, just as he's faked everything his whole life…

San Mateo Peace Action (2020-09-12). Sunday 9/13: Sharat G. Lin on the Rise and Fall of U.S.-China Relations. indybay.org Online…

John Larkin (2020-09-12). [Correspondence] Laser treatment for glaucoma. thelancet.com Gus Gazzard and colleagues1 compared initial selective laser trabeculoplasty with eye drops in patients with open angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension.

Peter Burney, André F S Amaral (2020-09-12). [Correspondence] Asthma exacerbations, air pollution, and allergens — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank Jordi Sunyer and Josep Antó for their comments regarding our Viewpoint.1 Their ground-breaking studies in the 1980s showed that what had been reported as an association of an outbreak of asthma with an increase in ambient levels of oxides of nitrogen,2 was in fact caused by exposure to an allergen. Without identifying the specific allergen, there would have been no way of knowing that the initial report was misleading. After the epidemics had been controlled, sporadic cases of asthma exacerbations that were associated with soybean allergy continued to occur.

Marianne Leruez-Ville, Yves Ville (2020-09-12). [Comment] Secondary prevention of congenital cytomegalovirus infection. thelancet.com The burden of congenital cytomegalovirus infection is an unmet public health issue. Congenital cytomegalovirus affects 0 ∑7% of all neonates worldwide, and 15—20% of these have long-term sequelae.1 In high-income countries, around half of infected neonates are infected after maternal primary infection, and the other half after maternal non-primary infection (reactivation or reinfection).2 Since the late 1990s, the development of IgG avidity and PCR to quantify viral DNA load have improved diagnosis of maternal primary infection and of fetal infection with positive PCR in amniotic fluid retrieved by amni…

Richard Horton (2020-09-12). [Comment] Offline: The crisis of political language. thelancet.com George Orwell, in his 1945 essay Politics and the English Language, wrote that "to think clearly is a necessary first step towards political regeneration". The Moscow press briefing held last week on the Russian COVID-19 vaccine quickly turned into a platform for national rivalry. The research, led by scientists at the N F Gamaleya National Research Centre for Epidemiology and Microbiology, found encouraging evidence of an immune response using their prime boost strategy of a two-component, human recombinant adenovirus vector-based vaccine.

Laurène Dufayet, Nicolas Soussy, Charlotte Gorgiard (2020-09-12). [Correspondence] French protests: why defensive bullet launchers should be banned. thelancet.com Defensive bullet launchers were introduced to the French police force in 1995, but their use was popularised after the French riots of 2005. Since 2009, defensive bullet launchers, equipped with an ammunition launcher of 40 mm in diameter and non-spherical rubber projectiles, have been used. The projectiles are designed to deform themselves, limiting the risk of penetration into the body. The use of these defensive bullet launchers is regulated by an official bulletin from the Ministry of the Interior, which recommends aiming for the trunk or the upper limbs, and an optimal shooting distance of 30 m.

M Teresa Galán-Puchades (2020-09-12). [Correspondence] Human diphyllobothriasis. thelancet.com Hiroki Kitamoto and colleagues1 diagnosed a 23-year-old woman with Diphyllobothrium nihonkaiense in Japan. If the investigators did not have the available sophisticated and expensive diagnostic methods, a simple visual examination of the expelled white strings (probably small pieces of the tapeworm strobila) under a stereomicroscope, even without staining, could have been sufficient.

Keren Shahar-Nissan, Joseph Pardo, Orit Peled, Irit Krause, Efraim Bilavsky, Arnon Wiznitzer, Eran Hadar, Jacob Amir (2020-09-12). [Articles] Valaciclovir to prevent vertical transmission of cytomegalovirus after maternal primary infection during pregnancy: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. thelancet.com Valaciclovir is effective in reducing the rate of fetal cytomegalovirus infection after maternal primary infection acquired early in pregnancy. Early treatment of pregnant women with primary infection might prevent termination of pregnancies or delivery of infants with congenital cytomegalovirus.

Per Ashorn, Robert E Black, Joy E Lawn, Ulla Ashorn, Nigel Klein, Justus Hofmeyr, Marleen Temmerman, Sufia Askari (2020-09-12). [Comment] The Lancet Small Vulnerable Newborn Series: science for a healthy start. thelancet.com The Lancet 2020 Campaign1 on child and adolescent health is a welcome call for a renewed focus on children. With less than a decade remaining to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the campaign is a timely reminder about an unfinished agenda, reiterating the centrality of child survival and wellbeing in global development. The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic bring more urgency to the need for increased attention to children. Although COVID-19 is usually mild in children, health-service disruptions and other indirect effects of the pandemic response are having devastating impacts on the wellbeing…

Evan D Muse, Eric J Topol (2020-09-12). [Perspectives] Guiding ultrasound image capture with artificial intelligence. thelancet.com Ultrasound is one of the most widely used methods of diagnostic imaging in a broad range of subspecialties. High-quality ultrasound images provide crucial information as the foundation for expert interpretation. Artificial intelligence (AI) is starting to provide a path for automatically capturing images, even for the uninitiated.

Gus Gazzard, Evgenia Konstantakopoulou, Gareth Ambler, Rachael Hunter, Victoria Vickerstaff, LiGHT Trial Study Group (2020-09-12). [Correspondence] Laser treatment for glaucoma — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank John Larkin for his comments on our Article.1 He expresses his interest in seeing the EQ-5D scores reported to three significant figures. Although this request is not unreasonable, we feel that it is unnecessary. We feel that there is an obvious absence of a clinically important difference between the two treatment groups. The sample size was based on detecting a difference of 0 ∑05 and three significant figures are not required to see this difference; figure 2 shows that the differences with time never reach clinical significance.

Martina Merten (2020-09-12). [World Report] Tackling online child sexual abuse in the Philippines. thelancet.com The Philippines has high rates of online sexual abuse of children, causing many psychological harms. Martina Merten reports on the first support and therapy programmes on the island of Cebu.

Hiroki Kitamoto, Satoko Inoue, Shuji Yamamoto, Koji Okamoto, Tetsuro Inokuma (2020-09-12). [Correspondence] Human diphyllobothriasis — Authors' reply. thelancet.com First, we acknowledge that humans are the definitive host of the Diphyllobothrium species and apologise for mistakenly overlooking a revision error that occurred in the proofreading of the final version of our Clinical Picture.1 We appreciate M Teresa Galán-Puchades' correction.

Elizabeth C James, Iain A McNeish, Adrian D Cook, Richard Kaplan, Andrew R Clamp (2020-09-12). [Correspondence] Progression-free survival in the ICON8 trial — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank Ethan B Ludmir and colleagues, and Alexandre Andre Balieiro Anastacio da Costa and colleagues for their interest and comments on progression-free survival results from our ICON8 trial.1…

Fernando M de Benedictis, Eitan Kerem, Anne B Chang, Andrew A Colin, Heather J Zar, Andrew Bush (2020-09-12). [Review] Complicated pneumonia in children. thelancet.com Complicated community-acquired pneumonia in a previously well child is a severe illness characterised by combinations of local complications (eg, parapneumonic effusion, empyema, necrotising pneumonia, and lung abscess) and systemic complications (eg, bacteraemia, metastatic infection, multiorgan failure, acute respiratory distress syndrome, disseminated intravascular coagulation, and, rarely, death). Complicated community-acquired pneumonia should be suspected in any child with pneumonia not responding to appropriate antibiotic treatment within 48—72 h.

Jordi Sunyer, Josep M Antó (2020-09-12). [Correspondence] Asthma exacerbations, air pollution, and allergens. thelancet.com Peter Burney and André Amaral1 refer to the episodes of severe asthma epidemics in Barcelona, Spain, to suggest that aeroallergens could be more threatening for people with asthma than are urban air pollutants. The principal cause of the asthma epidemics in Barcelona was a protein from the hull of the soybean (which was dispersed from the harbour silos to the city air when the cargo was unloaded) and not urban air pollutants, such as black carbon particles or nitrogen dioxide. However, the effect of exposure to soybeans on asthma exacerbations was lower than was the effect of exposure to air pollutants in the who…

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-12). Harvesting grapes in Malayer. en.mehrnews.com MALAYER, Sep. 13 (MNA) — Every year in midst September, farmers in Malayer county, Hamedan Province, begin harvesting grapes and drying them up into raisins.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-12). VIDEO:Palestinians protest Bahrain-Israeli normalization ties. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 13 (MNA) — Palestinians protest the normalization of ties between Bahrain and the Zionist regime on Saturday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-12). Leader condoles demise of Ayatollah Saanei. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 12 (MNA) — Leader of the Islamic Revolution expressed his condolences over the demise of Ayatollah Yousef Saanei.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-12). Iran,Russia hold 1st joint tourism committee meeting. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 12 (MNA) —The first joint tourism committee meeting between Iran and Russia was held on Saturday through video conference.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-12). IRGC condemns Bahrain-Israeli tie normalization. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 12 (MNA) — Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps strongly condemned the normalization of relations between Bahrain and the Zionist Regime.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-12). 'Careless Crime' wins at 77th Venice Intl. Film Festival. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 12 (MNA) — Iranian film, 'Careless Crime' directed by Shahram Mokri has won an award in the 77th Venice International Film Festival in Italy.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-12). Majid Majidi's 'The Sun' wins at Venice Filmfest. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 12 (MNA) — Iranian film "The Sun" directed by Majid Majidi has won the Magic Lantern award at 77th Venice Film Festival in Italy.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-12). Iraqi forces kill ISIL commander in Saladin province. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 12 (MNA) — Iraqi security forces have killed the commander of ISIL terrorists along with three of his forces in Saladin province.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-12). Adviser warns UAE, Bahrain not rely on US rotten lifeline. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 12 (MNA) — Iranian Parliament Speaker's Special Aide for International Affairs warned the rulers of UAE and Bahrain not to pave the way for the Zionists' plots in West Asia and not to rely on the US rotten lifeline in this regard.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-12). 2nd round of 11th parliamentary election in Ahvaz. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 12 (MNA) — The second round of the 11th parliamentary election was held in Ahvaz on Friday with the participation of people by fully observing health protocols due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-12). IRGC eliminates base of anti-Revolutionary groups in NW. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 12 (MNA) — IRGC's Hamza Sayyid al-Shuhada Base announced that it has targeted a base of anti-Revolutionary groups situated in the Iraqi Kurdistan region in response to the groups' hostile moves against Iran.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-12). European Council President emphasizes preserving JCPOA. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 12 (MNA) — President of the European Council Charles Michel emphasized preserving and implementing JCPOA and the significance of relations between Iran and the EU.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-12). Persian leopard spotted in Behbahan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 12 (MNA) — A Persian leopard has been spotted at the ‚ÄåBadil Hunting Prohibited Area in Behbahan, Khuzestan Province, southwest of Iran, chief of the provincial department of environment said.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-12). Bahrain's normalization deal: mission of godfather's pawns. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 12 (MNA) — Saudi Arabia, the godfather, has sent off its insignificant pawns to play the chess game of "normalization of relations with Israel" first to test the waters for its own normalization of relations with the regime.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-12). Iran, Belarus stress finalizing prisoners transfer agreement. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 12 (MNA) — The Iranian ambassador to Minsk and the consular director general of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry stressed the need to finalize an agreement on the transfer of convicts between the two countries.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-12). Hezbollah denounces Bahrain-Israeli tie normalization. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 12 (MNA) — The Lebanese Hezbollah denounced the normalization of relations between Bahrain and the Zionist Regime in a statement on Saturday.

Staff (2020-09-12). The Right-Wing Worldview Is One of Scarecrows and Scapegoats. truthout.org In the 1995 movie, The American President, President Andrew Shepherd (Michael Douglas) dissects the politics of conservative Sen. Bob Rumson (Richard Dreyfuss) in a fiery White House speech. We have serious problems to solve, and we need serious people to solve them. And whatever your particular problem is, I promise you, Bob Rumson is not the least bit interested in solving it. He is interested in two things and two…

Staff (2020-09-12). Trump Aides Tried to Alter CDC COVID Reports to Fit President's False Claims. truthout.org Days after President Donald Trump

Staff (2020-09-12). Native American Voters Face Significant Barriers to Mail-in Voting in 2020. truthout.org Observers and pundits are predicting record-setting voter turnout in the coming election. But the number of votes from Indian Country may be underwhelming because of systemic problems. | University of Florida Political Science Professor and

Staff (2020-09-12). Hurricane Laura Signaled the Arrival of Climate-Intensified Toxic Disasters. truthout.org The weather system that would become history-making Hurricane Laura spun out of a tropical wave that moved into the Atlantic Ocean off the West African coast on Aug. 16. Five days later the system

yenisafak (2020-09-12). Hekmatyar blasts Macron's remarks against Turkey. yenisafak.com A veteran Afghan mujahideen leader, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, Friday blasted the French president's recent remarks against the Turkish government over the Mediterranean drilling dispute.In a Friday sermon at a mosque in his party headquarters in Kabul with hundreds of people attending, the Hezb-e-Islami party leader said Emmanuel Macron's controversial remarks stem from fears that Turkey would emerge as a stronger nation by using resources in the Mediterranean by 2023."We assure the faithful and vigilant people of Turkey that, God willing, these conspiracies will be thwarted. The believing people of Turkey and its nob…

yenisafak (2020-09-12). Turkish defense minister visits 'Kardak heroes'. yenisafak.com Turkey's defense chief and top general visited on Saturday amphibious troops who served in a 1996 flashpoint dispute with Greece which was trying to claim a number of uninhabited Aegean islets off the Turkish coast.National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Guler, along with other military officers, paid a visit to members of the elite Underwater Attack Command (SAT) known as "Kardak heroes."Referring to recent developments in the Eastern Mediterranean, where Ankara and Athens are currently in a dispute on maritime boundaries, Akar said: "There are those who try to guide us by goi…

yenisafak (2020-09-12). Palestinian Authority: Bahrain-Israel deal 'betrayal'. yenisafak.com The Palestinian Authority on Friday condemned Bahrain's move of normalizing relations with Israel. | "The Palestinian leadership strongly rejects and condemns the American-Bahraini-Israeli tripartite declaration on the normalization of relations between the occupying state of Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain," the Palestinian Authority said in a statement. | The statement called the move "a betrayal of Jerusalem, Al-Aqsa and the Palestinian cause". | The statement added that Bahrain's step blows up the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative and the resolutions of Arab and Islamic summits. | The Palestinian groups, including…

yenisafak (2020-09-12). Netanyahu welcomes normalization with Bahrain. yenisafak.com Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday welcomed US President Donald Trump's annoucement of reaching a normalization deal between Israel and Bahrain. | In a news conference broadcast by the Israeli KAN TV, Netanyahu said that it took Israel 29 days to reach the agreement with Bahrain.Netanyahu also confirmed that other Arab countries will establish ties with Israel. "It is a new phase of peace," he added. | The Bahraini official news agency said that during a phone call between Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and Trump both sides agreed to establish full diplomatic ties between Tel Aviv and Ma…

yenisafak (2020-09-12). Those plotting against Turkey to be 'frustrated'. yenisafak.com Those who are plotting against Ankara will be left frustrated, Turkey's defense minister said Friday referring to recent developments in the Eastern Mediterranean.Speaking at a military ceremony in the Aegean province of Izmir, Hulusi Akar said to defuse tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean some circles just need to stay quiet."They don't need to do anything, just keep quiet," he said, advising Greece not to let itself be used by others.Tensions have recently escalated over the issue of energy exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean.Greece has disputed Turkey's energy exploration in the region, trying to box in…

yenisafak (2020-09-12). Hamas: Israel-Bahrain pact part of Deal of Century. yenisafak.com Hamas on Friday called the normalization deal between Bahrain and Israel as an extension of the US administration's Deal of the Century which "obliterates the Palestinian cause"."Joining these countries to the path of normalization make them complicit with the Deal of the Century which is an aggression on our people," Hazim Qasim, Hamas' spokesman said referring to Bahrain and UAE.He said such normalization was a support to the Israeli occupation and a bias to the Israeli narrative.Earlier, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed US President Donald Trump's announcement of reaching a normalization deal…

yenisafak (2020-09-12). Spain sets pandemic record with 12,183 new cases. yenisafak.com The latest surge broke the previous record, which was set on Thursday, although at the beginning of the pandemic widespread testing was not available to confirm cases.Concern, however, is picking up over testing, with the rates of positive tests continuing to increase. Overall, the average positivity rate over the last week now sits at 11.8%.The World Health Organization says a country does not have the pandemic under control until the positivity rate is below 5%. Only one Spanish region — Asturias — has managed to keep it below that threshold.Deaths increased by almost 50 on Friday, leaving the count…

yenisafak (2020-09-12). Bomb attacks injures 21 civilians in northeastern Syria. yenisafak.com At least 21 people were injured in two bomb attacks in Ras al-Ayn, northeastern Syria, local security sources said on Saturday.The explosives detonated near the town post office, according to the sources, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.At least 21 people — mostly children and women — were injured in the attack and referred to the closest hospital.Just after the blast, an explosives-laden motorbike exploded near the town's entrance, where no casualties were reported.The local security forces are considering the possibility that the YPG/PKK terror group might be behind the…

yenisafak (2020-09-12). Egypt's al-Sisi hails Bahrain, Israel normalization. yenisafak.com Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi on Friday said he considered the normalization agreement between Israel and Bahrain a step toward peace in the region."I value this important step towards establishing stability and peace in the Middle East, and in a way that achieves a just and permanent settlement for the Palestinian cause," al-Sisi tweeted thanking the parties involved in implementing this "historic step".Israel and Bahrain agreed to establish full diplomatic relations on Friday in a second breakthrough between Israel and its Arab neighbors after it normalized ties with the United Arab Emirates last mont…

yenisafak (2020-09-12). Bahrain and Israel foreign ministers hold phone call. yenisafak.com Bahrain's minister of foreign affairs Abdullatif Al-Zayani and Israeli counterpart Gabi Ashkenazi held a phone call on …

yenisafak (2020-09-12). Iran says Bahrain-Israel normalization deal 'shameful'. yenisafak.com Iran has decried a deal to normalize relations between Bahrain and Israel, terming the agreement as "shameful" and a "humiliating act".In a statement issued on Saturday, Iran's Foreign Ministry said Muslims worldwide and the Palestinian people would "never accept" the normalization of ties with a "usurper regime'."The government of Bahrain, making a fundamental mistake, instead of drawing legitimacy from its own people has unfortunately turned its back on them," read the statement.Manama and Tel Aviv agreed on Friday to fully normalize their diplomatic ties, in a move facilitated by US President Donald Trump. | B…

yenisafak (2020-09-12). 'Turkey supports unconditional dialogue on East Med'. yenisafak.com Ankara will always support unconditional dialogue on the Eastern Mediterranean issue since we believe that the one who is in the right does not stay away from the negotiation table, Turkey's top diplomat said on Saturday."Turkey is always in favor of dialogue. Turkey has never had its eyes on the rights of other countries, but has always defended its own rights and will continue to do so," Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said at a news conference with his Maltese counterpart Evarist Bartolo in the Mediterranean resort city of Antalya.Inviting Greece or other countries to the negotiation table is not an act of a…

yenisafak (2020-09-12). TRNC: US only visiting Greek Cypriot admin 'unacceptable'. yenisafak.com It is unacceptable that the US' top diplomat plans to visit the Greek Cypriot administration without visiting the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) as well, the country's presidency said in a statement on Sunday.TRNC President Mustafa Akinci said it would not be helpful for State Secretary Mike Pompeo to only hold meetings with the Greek Cypriot side about ongoing disputes surrounding the Eastern Mediterranean and Cyprus.This attitude would be negative 'encouragement' for the Greek Cypriot administration, Presidential Spokesman Baris Burcu said in a statement."This is a wrong decision for US diplomacy, w…

yenisafak (2020-09-12). Top Turkish, Italian diplomats discuss Libya, East Med. yenisafak.com Turkey's foreign minister held a phone conversation with his Italian counterpart on Friday, according to the diplomatic sources.Mevlut Cavusoglu and Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio discussed matters related to Libya and the Eastern Mediterranean.Tensions have recently escalated over the issue of energy exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean.Greece has disputed Turkey's energy exploration in the region, trying to box in Turkish maritime territory based on small islands near the Turkish coast. French President Emmanuel Macron has interceded in support of Athens, despite lacking any Eastern Mediterranean co…

yenisafak (2020-09-12). Head of Muslim scholars union slams Bahrain-Israel pact. yenisafak.com The Secretary-General of the International Union for Muslim Scholars (IUMS), Ali al-Qaradaghi, on Saturday decried the normalization of relations with Israel as a "treason".On Friday, Bahrain and Israel announced a US-brokered agreement to normalize their relations."How can a person concede his right and the right of the Palestinian people and all Muslims in this blessed land, in our Al-Aqsa Mosque…," al-Qaradaghi said in a video released on his Twitter account.He said the recent developments "require us to stand with the Palestinian cause by all our capabilities".In another tweet, al-Qaradaghi said that the re…

yenisafak (2020-09-12). Arab parties, groups decry Bahrain-Israel pact. yenisafak.com A deal between Bahrain and Israel to normalize their relations has invited a storm of condemnations from political parties and groups across the Arab world.On Friday, Manama and Tel Aviv announced a US-brokered agreement to establish diplomatic relations."This shameful agreement…is another stab in the heart of the Palestinian cause and a well-established treason," the National Liberation Front, the largest party in the Algerian parliament, said in a statement on Saturday.It accused the Arab League of "complexity" in drafting this agreement."This league has failed to condemn the UAE-Israel normalization deal des…

Peter Bolton (2020-09-12). Almost two decades after 9/11, the true extent of the 'War on Terror' gets exposed in new report. thecanary.co 19 years ago, the US

Ann Telnaes, Rob Rogers, Bill Bramhall (2020-09-12). 59 Days Until the Election. thenation.com Ann Telnaes, Rob Rogers, Bill Bramhall 59 Days Until the Election…

WSWS (2020-09-11). Colombian security forces massacre 10 youth protesting police murder. wsws.org The massacre in Bogotá signals the willingness of the Colombian ruling elite to turn to authoritarian rule to crush social opposition in the midst of the uncontrolled pandemic.

Richard D. Wolff (2020-09-11). The U.S. is Borrowing Its Way to Fascism. counterpunch.org Viewing the GOP convention seemed a little like binge-watching the last several years' parade of none-too-subtle signs of incipient fascism. We saw extreme nationalism, scapegoating immigrants and foreigners in general, white supremacy, "strong (narcissistic)-man" government, aggressive foreign policies, and hysterical red-baiting. Those signs reflect how capitalism's deepening crisis undermines both the center-left (Democrat) and center-right

Jack Rasmus (2020-09-11). America's Current Jobs 'Great Depression'. counterpunch.org Two well-known and highly respected mainstream economists, Carmen Reinhart, a chief economist for the World Bank, and Vincent Reinhart, chief economist for Morgan Stanley bank, have recently published an article in the widely read and influential capitalist source, Foreign Affairs, entitled 'The Pandemic Depression'. Arguing primarily from a global perspective, the economists have concluded the

T.J. Coles (2020-09-11). The War on Your Mind: A Brief History of the U.S. Surveillance-Intelligence Complex. globalresearch.ca The recent U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit vindicated the contractor-turned-whistleblower, Edward Snowden, by ruling that the National Security Agency's blanket data collection was unlawful and likely After Snowden alerted the world, t…

Workers World Party (2020-09-11). PDF of September 10 issue. workers.org Download the 12-page PDF. Anti-racists defy police, fascist terror Fight the right with united worker action! editorial ALSO: Kevin Zeese, °presente! Capitalist 'gifts': evictions and hunger. Battling racism on many fronts Pensacola and Greensboro; Sports focus on Black lives; Tribute to Chadwick Boseman. Labor's militant rank and file Save the . . . |

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-09-11). Assange's Fourth Day at the Old Bailey: COVID in the Courtroom. globalresearch.ca As James Lewis QC for the prosecution, representing the US government, revealed, "I'm just saying about my charger. It's in court and I'm going to run out of battery." It was one of those moments that said much about the …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-11). Brazilian leaders Lula and Dilma express solidarity with Julian Assange, reject extradition. peoplesdispatch.org Ex-president of Brazil Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva defended the innocence of Australian journalist Lula said that the activist should have transformed into a global hero due to the work that he did to expose the war crimes committed by the US army. | "Assange should have been treated like a hero for having denounced to the world the lies of the US State Department, investigating the world, investigating the government. All of the democratic countries should cry for his freedom," declare…

Kevin Gosztola, Shadowproof (2020-09-11). Trump's 'War On Journalism' Takes Centerstage At Julian Assange's Extradition Hearing. commondreams.org Demonstrators protest outside of the Old Bailey court in central London on September 7, 2020, as the extradition hearing for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange resumes again. (Photo: Tolga Akmen / AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

CP Editor (2020-09-11). 175 Years in a U.S. Prison? Extradition Trial of WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Begins in London. counterpunch.org

Anya Parampil (2020-09-11). Challenging pro-war Pelosi: candidate Shahid Buttar on Assange, Latin America, & Palestine. thegrayzone.com Red Lines host Anya Parampil speaks with House candidate Shahid Buttar, who is Nancy Pelosion issues of war and whistleblowers. They discuss Buttar's position on Julian Assange, Latin America, Israel, and more.

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-09-11). The US Is Doing Far Worse Than What It Accuses China Of Doing To The Uighurs. thealtworld.com Disney is the subject of controversy in mainstream circles again, not because it is a Vox "Some viewers who paid to stream the movie on Disney+ last weeke…

Alan MacLeod (2020-09-11). Oregon Can't Fight Wildfires Because Its Helicopters Were Sent To Afghanistan. thealtworld.com In a world that is dying and a society that is insane, "It's always been that way" is never a valid argument. | MPN— More than half a million Oregonians have been forced to flee their homes, as wildfires continue to ravage the West Coast of the United States. Amid record-breaking temperatures, the wildfires, which have charred

Alan MacLeod (2020-09-11). Why is the US Government Using Stolen Cash To Pay Doctors in Venezuela? thealtworld.com The US government is using cash stolen from the Venezuelan government as part of a hearts and minds campaign on behalf of opposition figure Juan Guaidó. | MPN— Venezuelan doctors currently fighting COVID-19 are receiving funding from an unlikely source: U.S. backed coup leader Juan Guaidó. Health workers, who sometimes earn less than $20 per month, are receiving $100 dollars monthly from the self-declared president of Venezuela. Where is Guaidó getting all this money from? The U.S. government, who, in turn, is using the billions of dollars it has confiscated from Venezuela to fund his latest political stunt.

teleSUR (2020-09-11). Greenpeace Displays Giant Banner Against Amazon Deforestation. telesurenglish.net Greenpeace unfolded a giant banner at the headquarters of the European Commission (EC) in Brussels to denounce the deforestation of the Amazon and criticize the trade agreement between the European Union (EU) and Mercosur, which has not yet entered in force. | RELATED: |

Staff (2020-09-11). Headlines for September 11, 2020. democracynow.org 500,000 Evacuated Across Oregon as Record-Shattering Fires Rage in Western States, AstraZeneca CEO Warned Investors of Vaccine Recipient Who Became Ill, Trump Admin Fines Pork Processor $13,500 for Lapses at Plant Where 1,300 Contracted Coronavirus, India Records Another Record Daily Coronavirus Toll, Senate Coronavirus Relief Bill Fails as Another 857,000 File New Unemployment Claims, Amazon Accused of Price Gouging After Raising Prices Up to 1,000% During Lockdown, Philadelphia Activists Defy City Order to Vacate Encampment for Unhoused Residents, Joe Biden Says He May Further Increase Military Spending If Elec…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-09-11). Federal Court Blocks 'Nakedly Partisan' Trump Effort to Exclude Undocumented Immigrants From Census. commondreams.org "President Trump has tried and failed yet again to weaponize the census against immigrant communities." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-09-11). Fires Ravaging US West a 'Bellwether of the Future,' Says Oregon Governor as Half a Million Residents Evacuate. commondreams.org "I wish the 2020 wildfires were an anomaly—but this will not be a one-time event." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Anya Parampil (2020-09-11). US govt & Democrat-tied troll farm boosts Bolivian coup regime, meddles in Mexico, Venezuela. thegrayzone.com Red Lines host Anya Parampil speaks with The Grayzone's Ben Norton about US troll farm CLS Strategies that boosted Bolivia's coup regime and sought to destabilize leftist Venezuelan and Mexican governments. Ben Norton joined Red Lines to discuss his recent piece, "U.S. govt-linked PR firm ran fake news networks for right-wing Latin American regimes." He …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-09-11). Chile, September 11, 1973: The Inauguration of Neoliberalism,"Shock Treatment" and the Instruments of Economic Repression: The Junta's Deadly "Economic Medicine" globalresearch.ca The Junta ordered a hike in the price of bread from 11 to 40 escudos. While food prices had skyrocketed, wages had been frozen. From one day to the next, an entire country had been precipitated into abysmal poverty; in less than a year the price of bread in Chile increased thirty-six fold.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-09-11). The Truth behind 9/11: Who Is Osama Bin Laden? globalresearch.ca At 11 o'clock, on the morning of 911, the Bush administration had already announced that Al Qaeda was responsible for the attacks. That same evening at 9.30 pm, a "War Cabinet" was formed and at 11.00 pm, the "War on Terrorism" was officially launched.

Dave Lindorff (2020-09-11). Screwing with the Unemployment Statistics. dissidentvoice.org Unemployment benefits application line at noon running for half a block out onto the sidewalk in Brooklyn, NY (photo by Tricia Wang ÁéãÂú£Êç∑ is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) Something is screwy about unemployment numbers coming out of Washington. In late July, just before the end of the supplemental $600 weekly checks for people collecting …

Staff (2020-09-11). Barbara Smith: The U.S. "Functions with White Supremacy as Its Engine." Here's How We Dismantle It. democracynow.org Since the police killing of George Floyd in May sparked a nationwide uprising against police brutality, armed white supremacists have taken to the streets of U.S. cities in response to Black Lives Matter protests. Organizing against systemic racism has been met with apparent attempts by the Trump administration to cover up white supremacist violence. We speak to legendary Black feminist scholar Barbara Smith, founder of the Combahee River Collective, about her proposal for an antiracist program called the Hamer-Baker Plan — named for Fannie Lou Hamer and Ella Baker — to eradicate white supremacy in th…

Staff (2020-09-11). What Went Wrong with AstraZeneca's Vaccine Trial? CEO Only Shares Details with Investors. democracynow.org As the world races to find a COVID-19 vaccine, one of the most promising vaccine trials has hit a major roadblock. AstraZeneca paused its Phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine trial after a woman in the trial developed severe neurological symptoms consistent with transverse myelitis, or inflammation of the spinal cord. Details were only revealed during a CEO call with investors, and "everyone was left to guess what went wrong," writes Ed Silverman, senior writer at the health news site STAT, which broke the story. Silverman says the halting of the U.K. trial raises several issues, including whether pharmaceutical companies ar…

Staff (2020-09-11). Costs of War: After 9/11 Attacks, U.S. Wars Displaced at Least 37 Million People Around the World. democracynow.org As the United States marks 19 years since the September 11 terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people, a new report finds at least 37 million people in eight countries have been displaced since the start of the so-called global war on terrorism since 2001. The Costs of War Project at Brown University also found more than 800,000 people have been killed since U.S. forces began fighting in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan and Yemen, at a cost of $6.4 trillion to U.S. taxpayers. "The U.S. has played a disproportionate role in waging war, in launching war and in perpetuating war over the last 19 years," says…

sputniknews (2020-09-11). Palestine, Iran Denounce Bahrain's Recognition of Israel as 'Betrayal' of Palestinians. sputniknews.com GAZA (Sputnik) – The Palestinian Authority rejected on Friday the US-brokered agreement between Bahrain and Israel on the establishment of diplomatic relations, calling it a "betrayal" of the Palestinian cause.

teleSUR (2020-09-11). Beirut's Explosion Aggravates Lebanon Food Shortage Crisis. telesurenglish.net The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warned on Thursday that food intake to Lebanon has dropped since the explosion. Hence accessing affordable food has become a significant concern in the aftermath of the blast. | RELATED: | The OCHA's latest report explains that "the loss of livelihoods compounded by the current COVID-19 outbreak and economic crisis has created an urgent need for co…

Kim Petersen (2020-09-11). The Neverending Holocausts of the Neoliberal Order. dissidentvoice.org Biochemist, writer, humanitarian activist, and artist, Gideon Polya has had a selection of his essays gathered into a compendium titled US-Imposed Post-9/11 Muslim Holocaust & Muslim Genocide (Korsgaard Publishing, 2020). The compendium is important because it brings to the forefront, for anyone who cares an iota for peace and social justice, the horrible crimes of …

Chauncey K. Robinson (2020-09-11). 'Gather': Despite America's history of violence, Indigenous food sovereignty carries on. peoplesworld.org

Jeffrey St. Clair (2020-09-11). Roaming Charges: Under Furious Skies. counterpunch.org + I'm writing this late on Thursday afternoon. The sky is the color of rust. Neil Young's live rust. The sun is a crimson orb that occasionally bores through the enveloping pall, then recedes. We are under evacuation orders. The fires which have steadily gnawed their way toward us since Monday have reached the upper

Steven Salaita (2020-09-11). Regular People: Who Are They? Why Don't They Ever Speak for Themselves? counterpunch.org Regular people. Normal people. Ordinary people. Average people. Everyday people. (No, not the song whose chorus is likely stuck in your head right now.) The masses. Salt of the earth. The working class. "Regular people." "The working class." We hear a lot about them in leftist discourses (of the North American variety). Who are they?

sputniknews (2020-09-11). Venezuela's Maduro Announces Capture of Alleged US Spy Planning Explosion. sputniknews.com Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced on Friday that a US spy who had been targeting the country's oil refineries for an attack has been captured.

RT (2020-09-11). Venezuela says it captured 'US spy' targeting two oil refineries with 'heavy, specialized' weapons. rt.com President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela has announced the capture of "an American spy" with heavy weapons and money near two refineries in the state of Falcon. The man is said to be a Marine who worked for the CIA in Iraq.

Mark Fiore (2020-09-11). Screen Shot 2020-09-10 at 10.39.29 AM.png. progressive.org We already knew Trump didn't have much regard for military service; we just didn't know how awful and cruel he can be.

Martha Grevatt (2020-09-11). Outrage over death of Black trans woman in Cleveland jail. workers.org Cleveland Anger over the tragic death of 28-year-old Lea Rayshon Daye in Cleveland's Cuyahoga County Jail came out forcefully in a virtual press conference held Sept. 4. Daye's was the second jail death here in less than two months and the 11th in two years. Found unresponsive in her cell . . . |

Ted Kelly (2020-09-11). George Jackson: Marxist-Leninist, abolitionist, revolutionary! workers.org As we commemorate the 49th anniversary of the Attica Uprising of 1971, the Prisoners Solidarity Committee of Workers World Party is inspired to once again raise the name of our comrade George Jackson. A revolutionary philosopher and communist militant, Jackson's writings have inspired workers on both sides of the prison . . . |

teleSUR (2020-09-11). Salvadoran Ex-Colonel Sentenced to Jail Over Priests' Massacre. telesurenglish.net Spain's High Court Friday sentenced Salvadoran former colonel Inocente Montano to 133 years in prison for the murder of five Spanish Jesuit priests in 1989. | RELATED: | Montano, 77, was accused of "terrorism" before the justice system for being responsible for planning and ordering the killings of the Jesuits during El Salvador's civil war. | He was the only Salvadoran officer judged for the five crimes, for which h…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-09-11). 'Reckless, Violent, Massacre' of 570 Wolves and Wolf Pups in Idaho Bolsters Alarm Over Trump Attack on Species Protections. commondreams.org Wildlife advocates warn that if a Trump administration effort to lift nationwide protections proceeds, "this cruelty could extend to all wolves within our country's borders." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

ACLU (2020-09-11). The Myth of the "Bad" Immigrant. aclu.org Immigrant communities are often asked to "get right with the law," but is the law right in the first place? That's what Alina Das asks in her new book, No Justice in the Shadows. She delves into her experience as the daughter of immigrants, an immigration attorney, and a clinical law professor to explore the intersection of immigration and the criminal justice system. , , Too often, she argues, our immigration system is used as a tool of discrimination and oppression, rather than as a tool of justice, and the consequences are dire. Our current immigration system is breaking up families, and forcing people to f…

news.un (2020-09-11). New fires at Greek island refugee camp destroy last remaining shelters. news.un.org Fresh fires at a Greek island centre for thousands of refugees and migrants, have destroyed all remaining accommodation for those affected by the initial blaze on Tuesday evening.

teleSUR (2020-09-11). Spanish NGO Rescues Over 276 Migrants in the Mediterranean. telesurenglish.net Spanish non-governmental organization (NGO) Open Arms rescued 116 migrants that were left unprotected in international waters in the Mediterranean sea on Friday. | RELATED: | This is the third rescue in the area in recent days as the ship already has 276 shipwrecked people on board. According to the NGO's founder Oscar Camps, the Maltese authorities had prevented a merchant boat from assisting the vessel, so they reported t…

yenisafak (2020-09-11). Trump administration seeks sweeping DNA collection of immigrants, US sponsors. yenisafak.com The Trump administration on Friday formally proposed a sweeping expansion of its collection of DNA and other biometric data of immigrants, to go beyond detained migrants in order to include U.S. citizen sponsors and others.Its proposal also vastly expands the biological information that the Department of Homeland Security collects beyond genetic material to include eye scans, voice prints, and palm prints, the department's U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said in a notice published in the Federal Register.The plan is the latest move by President Donald Trump, who won office in part with his anti-immigran…

yenisafak (2020-09-11). For Greek camp migrants, COVID-19 quarantine was spark. yenisafak.com For asylum-seekers trapped in the overcrowded facility on Greece's island of Lesbos, Moria was hell most days. But a coronavirus quarantine was the final straw.It was just before midnight on Tuesday when eight migrants who tested positive for COVID-19 were told by authorities they would be isolated to an area just beyond the gated compound, according to witnesses and government officials.Their relatives would also be moved into the fenced unit, about 40 small wooden houses on a hill inside Greece's biggest migrant settlement set up to deal with any breakout of COVID-19, for further testing.The news did not go dow…

yenisafak (2020-09-11). Children sleeping among the graves as Moria devastation mounts on Lesbos. yenisafak.com Greece began setting up tents on Friday for thousands of increasingly desperate migrants left without shelter on the island of Lesbos after a fire destroyed Greece's biggest refugee camp on Wednesday.With more than 12,000 former occupants of the notoriously overcrowded Moria camp now camping out in fields and along roadsides without food or water and threatened by a possible spread of coronavirus infections, the need for a solution has become increasingly urgent.But the Greek government has been forced to tread warily due to growing anger among residents of an island whose location a few miles (km) off the Turkis…

Prensa Latina (2020-09-11). Ofrendas florales en Chile en recordación a Salvador Allende. peoplesworld.org SANTIAGO DE CHILE, 11 sep (Prensa Latina) El monumento a Salvador Allende, frente al palacio de La Moneda, se cubrió hoy de flores en homenaje al presidente mártir en el 47 aniversario del golpe de Estado contra el gobierno de la Unidad Popular. A pesar de las limitaciones en la participación a causa de las …

Tina Nannarone (2020-09-11). Parents, students, teachers hit Cuomo's school cuts. peoplesworld.org

Staff (2020-09-11). California is burning because we have changed the climate. therealnews.com Climate change is making wildfires stronger while global warming makes heat waves more frequent, intense and longer-lasting. | As multiple wildfires rage across western states, including California, Oregon, and Washington, scientists warn that climate change is delaying the onset of winter rains in California, which will result in a prolonged wildfire season along the coast. | Making matters worse is the early start of the strong, extremely dry windy conditions known as the Santa Ana winds, along with back-to-back heatwaves, before California's wildfire season arrives. | According to the California Department of…

T.J. Coles (2020-09-11). The War on You: How the Pentagon is Militarizing Social Control. counterpunch.org Neoliberalism benefits the few and makes life for the many increasingly impossible. Big data and blanket surveillance give state and corporate intelligence confidence that they can pre-empt and manage mass, social reactions to neoliberalism. This article is an excerpt from my new book, The War on You. TARGET: "EVERYONE" In 1997, the U.S. Space Command

David Rosen (2020-09-11). From Hoovervilles to Trumpvilles: Homeless Crisis Deepens. counterpunch.org Nearly a century ago, when the Great Depression descended on New York in 1929, Gotham, like cities around the country, sprouted Hoovervilles, homeless encampments. In New York, a dozen or so were in Central Park and dubbed "Hoover Valley," "Shanty Town," "Squatters Village," "Forgotten Men's Gulch" and "Rockside Inn." Other Manhattan encampments included "Hardlucksville," the

Jamal Rich (2020-09-11). Free college was once the norm all over America. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON— When people involved in the fight to cancel student debt demand free college education they are not calling for a new, radical idea. Countless numbers of lawmakers, for example, got their educations at free colleges that they now say are out of reach to the nation's students. One of the best examples was the …

Eric Zuesse (2020-09-11). The South China Sea: What's Really at Issue. dissidentvoice.org The South China Sea is basically China's export waterway to Africa and to Europe (among other markets), but in order for China's enemy (aspiring conqueror), America, to harm and weaken China maximally, and to use the United Nations assisting in that aggression, America and its allies have cast this vital trade-waterway as being instead basically …

Ramzy Baroud (2020-09-11). As Washington Retreats, Eastern Mediterranean Conflict Further Marginalizes NATO. counterpunch.org The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is an alliance in name alone. Recent events notwithstanding, the brewing conflict over territorial waters in the Eastern Mediterranean indicates that the military union between mostly Western countries is faltering. The current Turkish-Greek tension is only one facet of a much larger conflict involving, aside from the two Mediterranean

Editor (2020-09-11). Housing is a right for all! workers.org Even before the COVID pandemic hit, the U.S. was in a deep housing crisis. Not a stock market property crisis. The crisis of hundreds of thousands of people living in grossly inadequate housing — or actually houseless, with no access at all to permanent shelter. In recent years, homelessness in . . . |

Bruce Lerro (2020-09-11). Political and Spiritual Cults: From Rapture to Complicity to Aftermath in the Shadow of 20th Century Yankeedom. dissidentvoice.org Saul B. Newton, founder of the cult The Sullivanians, posing with some of his "family". The party is always right, even when it's wrong — Democratic Workers Party slogan ORIENTATION Everybody knows what cults are People who join cults are mentally unstable before they join and less educated than the general population. True or false? …

Mark Gruenberg (2020-09-11). University of Illinois-Chicago nurses and support staff around state set to strike. peoplesworld.org CHICAGO — Short-staffing, lack of protective gear against the coronavirus, and other issues where bosses refused to budge, have forced 1,400 union nurses and 2,000 unionized support staffers to strike the University of Illinois-Chicago Hospital system in mid-September. The system's 1,400 RNs, represented by the Illinois Nurses Association (INA), sent the legally required 10-day strike …

CounterSpin (2020-09-11). Peter Maybarduk on Covid Treatments, Kia Rahnama on the Right to Protest. fair.org Media…

Staff (2020-09-11). Why Are We Just Hearing Evidence Trump Knew Dangers of COVID Now? therealnews.com Trump said he didn't want to cause 'panic' while he stokes false fears about Antifa coming to the suburbs and an election that's rigged against him. Meanwhile author Bob Woodward has come under fire for holding onto the tapes for months despite Trump's public denials over COVID and the growing deathtoll.

Michael Lebron (2020-09-11). A Daughter of Beirut Recovers the Memory of Her Father, Lost to Espionage at the Dawn of the Modern Oil Age. counterpunch.org Have you ever put down a Tom Clancy novel and wondered what the work of a real spy is like? Charlotte Dennett's new book, "The Crash of Flight 3804: A Lost Spy, a Daughter's Quest, and the Deadly Politics of the Great Game for Oil" provides a riveting, personal glimpse of what this world was about at

Eve Ottenberg (2020-09-11). Trump Tries to Change the Subject From Covid to Violence. counterpunch.org With over 185,000 covid corpses in the U.S., Trump needs to change the subject. What better way than promoting mayhem in American cities by routinely portraying Black Lives Matter protesters as violent, angry mobs intent on looting? Granted he gets a big assist on this from Fox News, which has screamed about black insurrection for

Jeff Klein (2020-09-11). Americans Have Always Been "Suckers" for War. counterpunch.org Trump's reported comments about the dead soldiers of World War I as "suckers" and "losers" has caused a well-deserved uproar. We may never know whether Trump actually said those things, but the sentiments are certainly in line with the brute cruelty and lack of empathy that marks his long career in business and politics. However,

C.J. Atkins (2020-09-11). Nearly two decades after 9/11, military-industrial complex is stronger than ever. peoplesworld.org It has been almost 20 years since Al Qaeda terrorists flew hijacked planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and crashed another into a field in Pennsylvania after a passenger revolt. On that day, 2,977 people lost their lives, leaving behind hundreds of thousands of grieving family members, friends, co-workers, and neighbors. First …

Walter Smolarek (2020-09-11). One in ten residents of Oregon forced to flee enormous wildfires. liberationnews.org Oregon is reeling from devastation caused by over 30 wildfires that have collectively burned nearly one million acres of land in the state. As a result, 500,000 residents — over 10 percent of Oregon's population — have been forced to flee for their lives as the fires approach their homes. While wildfires in general are …

Conn Hallinan (2020-09-11). The rule of big oil causes misery in the Middle East. peoplesworld.org During the reign of the Emperor Justinian I (527-565 AD), a mysterious plague spread out of the Nile Valley to Constantinople and finished off the Roman Empire. Appearing first in China and North India, the "Black Death" (Yersinia pestis) radiated throughout the Mediterranean and into Northern Europe. It may well have killed close to half …

People's World (2020-09-11). ELECTION 2020: All the information you need about voting in your state. peoplesworld.org Find all the information you need to know about voting in your state — deadlines, dates, and rules — at the links below. >>You have the right to vote. If anyone tries to stop you, call the Election Protection Hotline at 1-866-687-8683 and check out this guide outlining your voting rights. Alabama: Election deadlines, dates, and …

Danny Haiphong (2020-09-11). The NBA strike brings the counterinsurgency war on Black Liberation Movement to basketball. mronline.org When NBA players threatened to disrupt business as usual the ruling class deployed perhaps its most effective weapon of counterinsurgency: Barack Obama.