2020-10-08: News Headlines

Mark Weisbrot (2020-10-08). GOP Attempts to Suppress the Vote Must be Stopped. counterpunch.org Trump has governed in some ways that no US president has ever done before. One is that he made almost no attempt to expand his support beyond his hard-core base. Even dictators generally come to a different conclusion about what is best for their political survival. But Trump has had difficulty even distancing himself from

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-10-08). Evo Morales' Ally Has Real Chance of Winning Bolivia's Upcoming Elections. globalresearch.ca A corrupt, manipulative and indolent government in Bolivia, coupled with problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, has only exacerbated the many issues the country has faced since Evo Morales was ousted from power on November 10, 2019. Interior Minister Arturo …

Ragip Soylu (2020-10-08). Turkish F-16s kept in Azerbaijan 'as deterrent against Armenian attacks'. middleeasteye.net Turkish F-16s kept in Azerbaijan 'as deterrent against Armenian attacks' | Sources say warplanes haven't participated in raids and denied that they had shot down an Armenian jet, as claimed by Yerevan | Thu, 10/08/2020 – 08: 10 | Five Turkish F-16s took part in the TurAz Eagle military drill in Azerbaijan's city of Ganja on 31 July (Azerbaijan Ministry of Defence / Screengrab) | Turkey has kept a number…

Peter Koenig (2020-10-08). The Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic: The Real Danger is "Agenda ID2020" globalresearch.ca WHO has most likely received orders from "above", from those people who also manage Trump and the "leaders" (sic) of the EU, European Union. The final decision to go ahead NOW with COVID-19 pandemic, was taken in January 2020 at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos – behind very much closed doors.

Binoy Kampmark (2020-10-08). Infectious Conspiracies: Donald Trump, Coronavirus and Reality. counterpunch.org One measure of success in politics is the degree enemies imitate you, even if done insincerely and without flattery. Insincere imitation has become the preserve of a whole panoply of Donald Trump's critics stretching from the money, corporate side of the Democrats to the sandalled warriors who believe in environmental eschatology. Most importantly for Joe

Frida Berrigan (2020-10-08). The Long Haul: Living Through Pandemic-Plus. counterpunch.org After all these months and 210,000 deaths, you'd think I'd be used to it all, but I'm not. It doesn't seem even a little normal yet. I'm still full of absences, missing so much I used to take for granted: hugs and handshakes, rooms crowded for funerals and weddings, potluck dinners and house parties. I

Tamara Pearson (2020-10-08). Guatemalan and Mexican Governments Use Pandemic to Turn Back Caravan of Thousands of Refugees. counterpunch.org Thousands of Honduran migrants and refugees have been beaten, arrested, threatened with prison, and deported as they tried to make their way through the closed borders of Guatemala and Mexico. Over the last few days the Mexican and Guatemalan governments collaborated to stop the migrant march or caravan, which left Honduras on 30 September, from reaching Mexico and the US.

Pavan Kulkarni (2020-10-08). Historic general strike in South Africa sees workers raise issues of corruption, job loss. peoplesdispatch.org The strike was called by the Congress of South African Trade Unions and was joined by the South African Federation of Trade Unions and other organizations. It may set the stage for a new phase of working class unity…

Eds. (2020-10-08). Using human rights to promote war: debunking UN's new Venezuela report. mronline.org Red Lines host Anya Parampil debunks a new report issued by the UN Human Right's Council which accuses Venezuela's government of "crimes against humanity". Transcript below.

Media Lens (2020-10-08). 'None of It Reported': How Corporate Media Buried the Assange Trial. globalresearch.ca One of the most imposing features of state-corporate propaganda is its incessant, repetitive nature. Over and over again, the 'mainstream' media have to convince the public that 'our' government prioritises the health, welfare and livelihoods of the general population, rather …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-10-08). What is Covid-19, SARS-2. How is it Tested? How is It Measured? The Fear Campaign Has No Scientific Basis. globalresearch.ca The data and concepts have been manipulated with a view to sustaining the fear campaign. The estimates are meaningless. The figures have been hyped to justify the closure of the national economy. Covid-19 is a public health concern but it is NOT a dangerous virus.

Eds. (2020-10-08). The case for a socialist Green New Deal. mronline.org Proposals for a Green New Deal (GND) were multiplying even before the pandemic, but the economic crisis triggered by Coronavirus has given them a new urgency.

Bianca Muniz (2020-10-08). Fires Raze Nearly Half of Indigenous Territories in Brazil's Pantanal. globalresearch.ca In September, 164 fires were recorded across Indigenous territories in the Brazilian Pantanal, the world's biggest wetland. In August, there were more than 200. Nearly half of the certified Indigenous areas in the region have already been subject to fires …

Andrew Korybko (2020-10-08). Does Damascus Regard the Syrian Armenians Reportedly Fighting in Azerbaijan as Traitors? globalresearch.ca The Turkish reports alleging that the Kurdish-allied Syrian-Armenian militia "Nubar Ozanyan Brigade" is fighting in Azerbaijan on the side of the separatists prompt questions about exactly how Damascus regards this armed group, but if Syria's official statements pertaining to the …

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-10-08). 'Successful' People Are Misery Super-Spreaders. thealtworld.com "We are led by the least among us — the least intelligent, the least noble, the least visionary. We are led by the least among us and we do not fight back against the dehumanizing values that are handed down as control icons." | ~ Terence McKenna | The term "super-spreader" has been popping up a lot in

RT (2020-10-08). Penelope Cruz bombarded with Nagorno-Karabakh comments on Instagram as users mistake Colombian flag on film poster for Armenia's. rt.com Hollywood star Penelope Cruz has been unwittingly dragged into an online battle over the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, after social media users falsely assumed she had posted an image of the Armenian flag. | The Spanish-born actress shared a photo of…

Mark Weisbrot (2020-10-08). Republican attempts to suppress the vote must be stopped. zcomm.org Democrats need to bring some "law and order" to these elections: people who deprive Americans of their constitutional right to vote, in order to steal an election, will be prosecuted, convicted, and imprisoned…

_____ (2020-10-08). Labor Unions File UN Complaint Over 'Outrageous' Violations Of Workers' Rights. popularresistance.org United States labor leaders representing workers in several trade unions on Wednesday filed a complaint with the United Nations' labor agency, making the case that under the Trump administration, the U.S. has violated numerous international labor laws during the coronavirus pandemic. | The AFL-CIO and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) filed the complaint in Geneva, home of the International Labor Organization (ILO), a U.N. institution dedicated to protecting workers' rights related to workplace safeguards and collective bargaining.

KPFA Radio 94.1 FM (2020-10-08). Tuesday 11/10: Chris Hedges: The Culture of Despair. indybay.org Online webinar…

Staff (2020-10-08). Rev. William Barber on Voter Suppression: Republicans Know They Can't Win If Everyone Casts a Ballot. democracynow.org During Wednesday's debate, Vice President Mike Pence refused to commit to a peaceful transition of power if Biden wins the election. Instead, he referenced the Trump administration's legal efforts to restrict mail-in voting. Rev. William Barber says the Republican Party's voter suppression efforts ahead of the November election, aimed primarily at Black and Brown voters, amount to "surgical racism with surgical precision." The Poor People's Campaign, of which Barber is co-chair, is leading a major voter mobilization effort to combat voter disenfranchisement. "They know they cannot win if everybody votes. They are…

Staff (2020-10-08). Rev. William Barber: Millions Are Struggling. So Why Do the Debates Ignore Poverty? democracynow.org Rev. William Barber says the 2020 election debates have steadfastly ignored the subject of poverty, even though it affected almost half the United States population before the COVID-19 pandemic and millions more people are struggling since then. "We have to stop saying that things were well before COVID," Barber says. "The reality is, Wall Street was well." Barber is co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign and president of Repairers of the Breach.

Staff (2020-10-08). Headlines for October 8, 2020. democracynow.org Kamala Harris and Mike Pence Face Off in VP Debate Separated by Plexiglass Barriers, Contagious with COVID-19, President Trump Returns to Oval Office, Trump Calls COVID-19 Diagnosis a "Blessing from God", Top Security Official "Gravely Ill" with COVID-19 as White House Coronavirus Cluster Grows to 34, White House Quietly Told Gold Star Families They May Have Been Exposed to Coronavirus, Wisconsin Restricts Indoor Gatherings Amid Record Spike in Coronavirus Cases, New England Journal of Medicine Calls on Voters to Vote Against Trump in First-Ever Endorsement, Ex-CDC Director Calls on Robert Redfield to Expose "Col…

Staff (2020-10-08). The Greatest Failure in Presidential History: Kamala Harris Slams Trump/Pence's Handling of COVID-19. democracynow.org Separated by two plates of plexiglass, Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris met Wednesday in the only vice-presidential debate of the campaign season. Pence, who heads the White House Coronavirus Task Force, repeatedly defended the Trump administration's handling of the crisis as the U.S. death toll from COVID-19 nears 212,000 and millions of people remain out of work. The debate also took place against the backdrop of a White House outbreak that has infected President Trump and dozens of other senior figures. "The White House has had more cases than the country of Yemen recently, than Vietnam, tha…

_____ (2020-10-08). OPCW Syria Whistleblower and Ex-OPCW Chief Attacked by U.S., UK, France at UN. strategic-culture.org At the UN Security Council, the US, UK and France were confronted with testimony from OPCW whistleblower Ian Henderson and ex-OPCW chief Jose Bustani that challenged the rationale for their bombing of Syria in April 2018. They responded by attacking and silencing the witnesses. Aaron Maté recaps the extraordinary events.

Andre Vltchek (2020-10-08). The Uyghur Issue: How Can the U.S. Dare Lecturing China About the Rights of the Muslims? globalresearch.ca This article by the late Andre Vltchek was first published in 2019. | In 2019, I have written a long analysis about "the Uyghur issue"; analysis which will be soon published as a book. | For some time, I have been warning …

Holly Sheppard (2020-10-08). The Heat: US President Trump returns to Oval Office. america.cgtn.com A US marine posted outside the Oval office of the White House signals US President Trump is back at work while battling COVID-19.

RT (2020-10-08). Putin invites Azerbaijani & Armenian FMs to FRIDAY talks in Moscow, urges to halt hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh. rt.com Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the top diplomats of Armenia and Azerbaijan were invited to take part in peace talks in Moscow on Friday so that a "humanitarian" ceasefire may be agreed in disputed Nagorno-Karabakh. | Putin

RT (2020-10-08). Two Russian journalists & guide injured in shelling of iconic 19th century cathedral in Nagorno-Karabakh (PHOTOS & VIDEO). rt.com Two Russian journalists and their Russian fixer have been injured in the shelling of a historic Armenian church in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, the second attack on the Ghazanchetsots cathedral in one day. | Russian military correspondents Yury Kotenok and Levon Arzanov suffered injuries during a Thursday strike on the cathedral, located in the town of Shusha, the Armenian Foreign Ministry spokesperson told news agency RIA. He added that the journalists' guide, who is also a Russian citizen, was injured as well. | | © David Ghahramanyan/NKR InfoCenter/PAN Photo/Handout via REUTERS | Kotenok is…

Global Research News (2020-10-08). Selected Articles: Assaulting Science in the Name of Science. globalresearch.ca By In The Globalization of War, Michel Chossudovsky writes of the process of "manufacturing dissent," which functions to channel the anger and frustrations of the …

South Front (2020-10-08). Video: Armenians Fight Back Against Azerbaijani Advance, Strike Strategic (BTC) Oil Pipeline. globalresearch.ca Armenian forces launched a missile attack on the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline, according to Azerbaijan. The country's prosecutors said that Armenian forces had carried out the attack, which was prevented by the Azerbaijani military, on the pipeline in Yevlah at …

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2020-10-08). Juan Guaidó Creates a Parallel Consulate in Brazil. globalresearch.ca A "parallel" Venezuelan Consulate in Brazil was condemned in a recent statement by Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza. In late September, supporters of the Venezuelan opposition leader, the self-proclaimed "interim president" Juan Guaidó, announced that they would form …

Bianca Valle (2020-10-08). 'Poder Popular' builds power with Queens, NY, working class. liberationnews.org PSL members safely provide free direct services to the people of Queens, including: dance and self- defense classes, healthy food, bags of school supplies, personal protective equipment, and also connect participants to political struggles such as the recent fight against unsafe school reopenings.

Jennifer Matsui (2020-10-08). Bland "Resistance" Punditry. counterpunch.org The Establishment Left labors under the delusion that Trump supporters, if confronted by facts, would simply drop their guns and renounce their Orange Savior. Thus they churn out ham-handed editorials and think pieces with such scintillating headlines as "Why Trump is Wrong on Jobs" and "How Trump Lost the Debate". As usual, they are pontificating

Ramzy Baroud (2020-10-08). Black Lives Should Always Matter: Delinking Social Justice from Seasonal US Politics. dissidentvoice.org After viewing the first US Presidential debate on September 29, one is left with no doubt about the degenerating political discourse among America's ruling elites. Following the debate between US President, Donald Trump, and Democratic Presidential nominee, Joe Biden, most analyses focused mainly on the personal insults and name-calling, which, deservedly, earned the event the …

MEE and agencies (2020-10-08). Turkish government orders seizure of exiled journalist's property. middleeasteye.net Turkish government orders seizure of exiled journalist's property | Turkish authorities issued an arrest warrant against former Cumhuriyet editor Can Dundar in 2018 | Thu, 10/08/2020 – 07: 31 | Turkish journalist Can Dundar (2nd R) greets a fellown participant in a meeting with German and Turkish intellectuals discussing the Mediterranean region and Turkey on 6 October 2020 in Berlin (AFP)…

Danny Towle (2020-10-08). Long Island man brutalized by police for 'illegal right turn'. liberationnews.org Rondese Hilton-Jones was driving home when police officers followed his vehicle allegedly for a traffic violation, then brutally attacked him and invented false charges.

Suadad al-Salhy (2020-10-08). 'War is imminent': Iraq's Kadhimi moves to fend off US threat to target pro-Iran groups. middleeasteye.net 'War is imminent': Iraq's Kadhimi moves to fend off US threat to target pro-Iran groups | Iraqi government scrambling to head off threatened closure of US embassy in Baghdad amid fears move could lead to political and economic collapse | Thu, 10/08/2020 – 14: 07 | Iraqi security forces stand guard in front of the US embassy in Baghdad in January 2020 (AFP) | The United States has drawn up a l…

Manuel García, Jr. (2020-10-08). Another Model of Atmospheric CO2 Accumulation. counterpunch.org I continue to model the accumulation of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere, because the topic fascinates me. This time, I constructed a global warming scenario driven by a pulse of anthropogenic CO2 emissions (mathematically, a slightly skewed Gaussian function), which launches in the year 1900, peaks in the year 2028, and disappears by year

David Rosen (2020-10-08). Protests & Provocateurs: Infiltrators are Disrupting BLM Protests. counterpunch.org Reports of agents provocateurs, outside agitators and police infiltration of protests are appearing throughout the country and involving law-enforcement agents and rightwing nationalists. The most public role of such a disruptor was detailed in Minneapolis at the time of Trump's provocative tweets and involved someone who has come to be known as the "Umbrella Man."

Staff (2020-10-08). Science denial runs deep in the GOP. therealnews.com Back in 2012, climate science denial created an A month before Hurricane Sandy reached landfall first in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and then New York City, killing 37…

Gregory Elich (2020-10-08). Race, Militarism and the US Scheme to Control the Pacific. counterpunch.org Following World War II, the United States swiftly expanded its military presence in the region and established and supported reactionary client states. It aimed to roll back socialism and pursue economic, political, and military domination throughout the region. Those goals remain unchanged to this day.

Mumia Abu-Jamal (2020-10-08). El lecho de muerte de Breonna. workers.org Su nombre, Breonna Taylor, se ha vuelto un llamado coreado y gritado en protestas, junto con los de muchas otras personas negras asesinadas por el Estado con absoluta impunidad. Mumia Abu-Jamal En una reciente decisión, un gran jurado* en el estado de Kentucky no dictó una sola acusación de asesinato . . . |

Whitney Webb (2020-10-08). Secretive HHS AI Platform to Predict US Covid-19 Outbreaks Weeks in Advance. thealtworld.com A new AI-powered module known as HHS Vision has been added to the controversial and secretive HHS Protect system for amassing data related to Covid-19. By year's end, this opaque, yet increasingly influential, system is set to predict Covid-19 outbreaks without traditional testing. | Two weeks ago, on September 24, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

A Guest Author (2020-10-08). Denver Area Labor Federation condemns fascism in Colorado. workers.org On Sept. 24, the Denver Area Labor Federation delegate body, representing 90,000 union members, unanimously passed the following resolution condemning the actions of Denver District Attorneys Dave Young and George Brauchler following a July 17 protest. They had arrested six protest leaders, held them for over a week without arraignment, . . . |

A Guest Author (2020-10-08). Election Defenders: call to action. workers.org Election Defenders: Call to Action: With the stakes being as high as they are, voter suppression already more rampant than ever, and the nationalist right emboldened by conspiracy theorists and the president himself, we can't depend on anyone else ensuring people are able to vote freely and safely. Election Defenders . . . |

The Canary (2020-10-08). Number of people waiting over a year for NHS treatment reaches 12-year high. thecanary.co The number of people waiting more than a year to start hospital treatment is at its highest level since 2008.Still waiting: The continuing impact of coronavirus (Covid-19) on delays to operations and treatment is shown in new NHS England data. Some 111,026 people were waiting more than 52 weeks to start hospital treatment in August, the highest number for any month since September 2008. In August 2019, the figure was just 1,236.The number of people waiting more than 18 weeks to start hospital treatment also tripled in August compared to the same month last year. Some 1.96 million people had waited more tha…

Ali Harb (2020-10-08). US elections: Four Middle East moments from Harris-Pence debate. middleeasteye.net US elections: Four Middle East moments from Harris-Pence debate | Kamala Harris and Mike Pence discussed US policy on Iran, Israel and Palestine in the first and only vice presidential debate | Thu, 10/08/2020 – 07: 11 | Plexiglass separated the two candidates on Wednesday amid coronavirus concerns (AFP) | If political debates were a sport, US vice presidential debates would be a game between the reserve teams.

RT (2020-10-08). Ukraine asks Google & Apple to make Russian social networks unavailable for download, 3 years after they were banned by Kiev. rt.com Ukraine's Security Service (SBU) has asked Google and Apple to ban applications subject to sanctions on Ukrainian territory, including VKontakte (VK), a Russian social network which is the most popular website in Europe. | The two US technology giants run the world's most popular application marketplaces, the Play Store and the App Store respectively. Both companies are often pressured by countries to remove censored apps, and they often comply. In particular, both Apple and Google regularly stop applications from being accessible in China. | The SBU also asked the country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs to cont…

RT (2020-10-08). US-China standoff creating conditions similar to pre-WWI Europe, Kissinger warns. rt.com The US needs to rethink its hegemony and talk to China about imposing limits on their competition, because the alternative is the creation of conditions similar to those that preceded World War I, Henry Kissinger has warned. | "Our leaders and their leaders have to discuss the limits beyond which they will not push threats, and how to define that," said Kissinger, a top diplomat during the Nixon administration, who is credited with orchestrating US rapprochement with China. | "You can say this is totally impossible, but if it is, we will slide into a situation similar to World War I," he warned. | Also on rt.c…

RT (2020-10-08). Siberian investigators dispute claims that Navalny's team transported Novichok-laced water bottle to Berlin. rt.com The alleged poisoning of Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny took a new twist on Thursday, when Russian investigators contradicted assertions that a bottle with traces of Novichok was sent to Germany. | Top Siberian cop Sergey Potapov said that security at Novosibirsk airport did not find any large bottles in the luggage of Navalny's associates when they flew to Tomsk after the activist was taken to hospital. The Moscow protest leader's team previously asserted that they took "everything that could be hypothetically useful [from his Omsk hotel room], and passed it on to doctors in Germany." | Also on rt.c…

RT (2020-10-08). Scores hospitalized after blaze ENGULFS 33-story apartment block in S. Korea (VIDEOS). rt.com At least 77 people have been hospitalized for smoke inhalation after a huge blaze tore through a 33-story apartment block in Ulsan, South Korea. Hundreds were evacuated from the scene. | Footage posted online showed the ferocious flames ripping through the Samhwan Art Nouveau commercial and residential building in the southern city of Ulsan. According to local VIDEO 2: Huge Fire in Reside…

RT (2020-10-08). 73-year-old Russian Church leader Patriarch Kirill to self-isolate after coming into contact with person infected by coronavirus. rt.com The head of the Russian Orthodox Church has gone into quarantine after coming into contact with a person infected by Covid-19. Patriarch Kirill is 73 years-old, putting him in an at-risk group, and so must take extra precautions. | Kirill's decision to self-isolate was announced by Vladimir Legoyda, the head of the church's media department, on his Telegram channel. There was no mention of any symptoms. | "His Holiness Patriarch Kirill had contact with a person infected with a coronavirus infection," the message

RT (2020-10-08). US slaps new sanctions on Iran as FBI seizes 92 web domains allegedly used by Tehran to wage 'global disinformation campaign'. rt.com Washington has announced a new sanctions package against Iran, hitting the country's financial sector and targeting 18 major banks. Tehran has branded the move a "crime against humanity" and an attempt to starve the country out. | The new sanctions were announced by the US Treasury Department on Thursday. The move was made to further "isolate the Iranian economy from the global financial system," which the Treasury claimed is necessary to stop Tehran from advancing its alleged "malign agenda." | "Our sanctions programs will continue until Iran stops its support of terrorist activities and ends its nuclear prog…

Eds. (2020-10-08). "Quad" alliance holds summit as U.S. pushes for more aggression vs. China. mronline.org Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in Japan today to attend a high-profile summit of top diplomats from the countries involved in the "Indo-Pacific Quad."

Eds. (2020-10-08). The revolutionary struggle against slavery. mronline.org French historian Pierre de Vaissière's description of a slave ship working the Atlantic trade in Saint-Domingue: Creole society and life under the Ancièn Regime, 1629-1789 cannot be forgotten: the hold below is hellish, naked bodies are chained, thrown back and forth by the middle passage seas, excrement is smeared about, and death feels a mere …

Nick Pemberton (2020-10-08). Donald Trump Is Not Extreme Left. counterpunch.org Donald Trump is not extreme left. Seems obvious, right? Shouldn't I be writing that Joe Biden isn't extreme left, as this is the accusation leveled against him? Still, I think when people call Joe Biden extreme left it's seen as a positive. When Noam Chomsky calls him the most progressive President since FDR we are

pip.hinman (2020-10-08). Socialist campaigner shares her vision for a democratic council. greenleft.org.au

Dr. Bischara A. Egal (2020-10-08). Corruption Inc. — Somalia Style. globalresearch.ca This article was originally published in February 2020. | Political corruption is so rampant in Africa and Somalia in particularly since the civil war 1991. Resource-rich African countries such as Angola, Algeria, DRC, Libiya, Nigeria, Somalia, and Sudan suffer from the …

Dr. Margarite Griesz-Brisson (2020-10-08). COVID-19 Masks Are a Crime Against Humanity and Child Abuse. globalresearch.ca The following is a

Center For Biological Diversity (2020-10-08). US Agriculture Department's 'Wildlife Services' Killed Approximately 1.2 Million Native Animals in 2019. globalresearch.ca The arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture known as The multimillion-dollar federal wildlife-killing program targets wolves, coyotes, cougars, birds …

John C. A. Manley (2020-10-08). Resisting Corona "New Normal" Oppression: Every Civil Rights Movement Begins with a Shunned 5%. globalresearch.ca After a TV interview on

Fight Back (2020-10-08). George Floyd's killer released on bond. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – Derek Chauvin, the cop who knelt on George Floyd's neck until he died, was released from jail October 7 on a $1 million non-cash bond. Chauvin was being jailed at a maximum security prison while he awaited a March 2021 trial. He is the last former cop – all four have been fired – to get out on bail. | DeShaun McDonald, of the Twin Cities Coalition for Justice (TCC4J) stated, "It's a shame that all four killer cops of George Floyd are eating dinner with their families, awaiting their day in court. Yet George lays six feet under. The system created by white men is not broken. It is well and functi…

WSWS (2020-10-08). Quebec educator urges teachers to build rank-and-file safety committees to oppose reckless school reopening. wsws.org There is no longer any doubt that the reopening of schools in Quebec, as across Canada, is fueling the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

WSWS (2020-10-08). Tennessee educator speaks out on unsafe conditions in schools. wsws.org While the state's governor proclaims schools are safe, the teacher reveals how her school has been unable to contain the spread of the virus and the impact this has had on educators and students alike.

Sarah Lazare (2020-10-08). US Military Bases Are Key Pieces of the Global War Machine. globalresearch.ca We don't hear about them very often, but the estimated 800 US military bases around the globe have played an essential role in turning the whole world into a bloody battlefield. Any effort to roll back US empire has to …

WSWS (2020-10-08). Contemporary politics, but semi-hysterical politics: New Order, Shorta and others. wsws.org The position of contemporary filmmaking in relation to contemporary political and social realities is very poor. Little of the advanced, convulsive state of things comes through in the films currently being made.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-08). Golden Dawn leaders and members convicted of murder of Pavlos Fyssas. peoplesdispatch.org After a 5-year-long trial, the killers of anti-fascist musician Pavlos Fyssas were convicted on October 7. Leaders of the the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party, which was heavily involved in his murder and other hate crimes, were convicted of running a criminal organization.

Prof. Charles McKelvey (2020-10-08). The Construction of an Alternative to "Manufactured Dissent" globalresearch.ca In The concept of manufacturing …

Michael K. Smith (2020-10-08). Let's Cut The Crap About "White Supremacy" dissidentvoice.org How many times do we need to request a meaningless "denunciation" of white supremacy? We, on what passes for a left, are supposed to be critics of corporate media, so why the dog-like obedience to its idiotic framing on this non-issue? President Trump has issued such pointless denunciations before, and did so again in the …

Freedom News (2020-10-08). Greece: Golden Dawn Trial Ends with Guilty Verdict. globalresearch.ca The heavily guarded Court of Appeals of Athens delivered the verdicts today in a five-year-long Golden Dawn trial. | Thousands gathered in an antifascist rally outside of the court this morning to await the ruling. The trial, widely covered in Greek …

Prof. Anthony J. Hall (2020-10-08). Assaulting Science in the Name of Science: Exploring the Coronavirus Crisis of 2020. globalresearch.ca There is a battle going on over who and what most credibly represents science. As the months pass, the contest over science is integral to the acrimony concerning the nature of COVID-19. In February of this year the UN's World …

Fight Back (2020-10-08). Tampa students rally against university budget cuts. fightbacknews.org Tampa, FL – On October 5, members of Tampa Bay Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) gathered near the University of South Florida (USF) to protest the university's recent budget cuts. University administration recently announced budget cuts amounting to $36.7 million, with instruction taking the bulk of the cuts and various student services comprising the rest. | Tampa Bay SDS protested these budget cuts, which would adversely affect students and workers on campus, with chants calling for USF administration to instead take significant pay cuts and to defund the university police department (USFPD). Speeches no…

WSWS (2020-10-08). Thirteen arrested in far-advanced pro-Trump conspiracy to murder Michigan's governor and overthrow the state government. wsws.org The ultra-right conspiracy in Michigan is part of a national plot inspired by the US president to defy the election results and stay in power.

WSWS (2020-10-08). SUNY students face budget gap in Excelsior Scholarship program. wsws.org With a $62 billion budget gap, some SUNY students have been charged full tuition and are unsure when their scholarship credits will be applied.

Abayomi Azikiwe (2020-10-08). Racism and the Death Penalty. globalresearch.ca Christopher Vialva, 40, was executed by the United States government on September 24 in Terra Haute, Indiana. | Vialva was the first Black person put to death by the federal criminal justice system since the resumption of executions by Washington earlier …

William Boardman (2020-10-08). Here's a Thought: Have Presidential Candidates Debate Serious Issues. dissidentvoice.org The first thing to be said about the "presidential debate" on September 29 is that there was no Presidential Debate on September 29. We don't have Presidential Debates in the United States any more and haven't for years. We have TV quiz shows of a sort that are demeaning to any serious candidate, who is …

Keith Lamb (2020-10-08). What's Wrong with Development? The Geopolitics of The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). globalresearch.ca The Belt and Road Initiative seeks to bring development to the world. Why is this a problem for the USA and some of its Western allies? Keith Lamb explains why. | *** | The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a series …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-08). Palestinian administrative detainee critical after over 70 days on hunger strike. peoplesdispatch.org Maher Akhras launched his hunger strike shortly after being arrested by the Israeli authorities on July 27. Doctors are now force-feeding him in an attempt to forcibly end his hunger strike…

T.P. Wilkinson (2020-10-08). Reflections on white elections. dissidentvoice.org In less than four weeks a nation that loves nostalgia will be entertaining an election not unlike those a century ago. The election on 3 November 2020 will be fundamentally a "white man's election", the penumbra of protest notwithstanding. Donald Trump captured the Republican nomination and the election four years ago by appealing to the …

Raul Diego (2020-10-08). New DARPA-Funded Tech Promises to Diagnose COVID-19 Through Implantable Biochip. mintpressnews.com The POC (point-of-care) diagnostics market stands at about $18.8 billion globally, according to recent market

Adam Rissien (2020-10-08). National Forest Roads and Wildfire. counterpunch.org Earlier this year we released a report titled "The Environmental Consequences of Forest Roads and Achieving a Sustainable Road System," which updated a previous literature review on this topic by adding fifty-nine new citations along with several new sections. Notably, our report demonstrates the significant harmful effects forest roads pose to fish, wildlife and the

news.un (2020-10-08). UN refugee agency condemns 'brutal and callous' killings in Burkina Faso. news.un.org The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has strongly condemned an attack, on the night of 4 October, targeting a convoy carrying internally displaced persons in Burkina Faso, in which 25 people were killed.

Paul Craig Roberts (2020-10-08). The Public Is So Misinformed About Covid That I Am Reposting: "The Covid Deception" thealtworld.com The Public Is So Misinformed About Covid That I Am Reposting: "The Covid Deception"

Marwa Osman (2020-10-08). Hezbollah Slams France—ME EP.75. thealtworld.com Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah responded to French President Emmanuel Macron's disrespect of the Lebanese people, highlighting that he should respect the Lebanese people's dignity when talking to them. Sayyed Nasrullah accused President Macron of practicing intimidation against the heads of Lebanese parties in order to pass a new government that eliminates the parliamentary blocs. To discuss this issue with us from Beirut is Ali Mourad, political commentator. | A series of rockets were launched at a base hosting US-led coalition forces inside Erbil International Airport in Iraq's semi-autonom…

Miriam Berger (2020-10-08). Teachers unions around the world clash with governments over school reopening plans. zcomm.org "We are now at a crisis moment where all over the world people are realising the centrality of public education"

Helena Smith (2020-10-08). Golden Dawn Guilty Verdicts Celebrated Across Greece. zcomm.org Ex-leader and MPs found guilty after biggest trial of fascists since Nuremberg…

Badri Raina (2020-10-08). Déjà vu: Does History Set to Repeat Itself in the Ongoing Public Resistance Movement? zcomm.org The protests against Hathras brutality and anti-farmer agriculture laws passed by the Centre have been similar to the kind of resistance that had been built against CAA and NRC. But questions remain if this public resistance can be sustained…

Ariel Dorfman (2020-10-08). How Ordinary People Can Save Their Country. zcomm.org Trump is a less fearsome figure than Pinochet and therefore should be easier to vanquish…

Arundhati Roy (2020-10-08). India's Hindu Right Are Willing to Bury Democracy. zcomm.org While India's rulers downplay the brutal murder of a Dalit teenager by an upper-caste gang and acquit Hindu nationalists guilty of historic crimes, Arundhati Roy argues, they are concocting another show trial of Muslims and progressive activists to intimidate dissenters…

Augustine Zenakos (2020-10-08). Golden Dawn is defeated: the damage to democracy is harder to repair. zcomm.org In an historic verdict, an Athens Court convicted Golden Dawn leaders of running a criminal organisation, bringing its campaign of racist murders to an end. But the political climate that legitimised this is ever present.

_____ (2020-10-08). Research Project Gave Homeless People $7,500 Each. popularresistance.org The results of a B.C. research project that gave thousands of dollars to homeless people are in and, according to one researcher, could challenge stereotypes about people "living on the margins." | The New Leaf project is a joint study started in 2018 by Foundations for Social Change, a Vancouver-based charitable organization, and the University of British Columbia. After giving homeless Lower Mainland residents cash payments of $7,500, researchers checked on them over a year to see how they were faring.

_____ (2020-10-08). Fishermen Oppose 'Catastrophic' Release Of Fukushima Water To Ocean. popularresistance.org Tokyo – Japanese fish industry representatives on Thursday urged the government not to allow the release at sea of tonnes of contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear plant, saying it would undo years of work to restore their reputation. | Tokyo Electric has collected more than a million tonnes of contaminated water since the plant was crippled by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011. | The water is stored in huge tanks that crowd the site and it says it will run out of storage room by 2022.

_____ (2020-10-08). Over 44,000 Meatpackers Tested Positive For COVID19. popularresistance.org According to a tracker maintained by the Food & Environment Reporting Network, more than 44,000 meatpackers have tested positive for COVID-19 and more than 200 have died from it. | Now, a new exposé by the New York Times shows how many meatpacking families have struggled to get compensated for their loved one's death on the job: | Workers' compensation has traditionally been used to address on-the-job injuries — not fatalities tied to a pandemic that has disrupted millions of lives and killed more than 200,000 people in the United States. Tracing the exact origins of individual infections can be diffic…

Refuse Fascism Bay Area (2020-10-08). Saturday 10/10: In the Street 'til this Fascist Regime is GONE! indybay.org San Francisco Civic Center Plaza, directly across from Cityall…

Santa Cruz News (2020-10-08). CPVAW Calls on Santa Cruz City Leaders to Assist Domestic Violence Victims as Part of COVID-19 Response. indybay.org The City of Santa Cruz Commission for the Prevention of Violence Against Women (CPVAW) is calling on the city to assist victims of domestic violence as part of its COVID-19 response. The issue will be discussed tonight (October 7) during the monthly CPVAW meeting, which begins online at 6: 30 pm. "Chair Simonton and Vice-Chair Burns have drafted a statement to share with the City Council requesting their support in helping share resources vital to assisting domestic violence victims with the community," the agenda for this evening's CPVAW states. View the agenda and join tonight's meeting: here. (Photo: Draft stat…

WSWS Repost (2020-10-08). Harris refuses to oppose Trump's planned 2020 election coup. indybay.org The Democratic candidate was asked what her party's response would be to Trump seeking to remain in office in defiance of the voters.

Labor Video Project (2020-10-08). SEIU1021 AHS Highland Hospital Workers Strike for PPE/To Stop Contracting Out & Privatization. indybay.org Over 3500 workers from SEIU 1021 and CNA struck the Alameda Heath System on October 7, 2020. This agency set up by the Alameda Board Of Supervisors has been attacking health and safety conditions in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, contracting out and union busting. Workers discussed the destruction of the healthcare system and demanded that this company be removed from management of public health in Alameda County.

The United Front Against Displacement (2020-10-08). Tuesday 10/13: Defend Against Illegal Evictions at Wood Street! indybay.org West Oakland Wood Street encampment. We are meeting at West Grand and Wood St.

Green Party (2020-10-08). Sunday 10/11: Voter Suppression 2020 and the Cure. indybay.org Online, on Zoom: | us02web.zoom.us/j/82620271999?pwd=S3ZwUk… | Meeting ID: 826 2027 1999 | Passcode: 2020 | One tap mobile | +16699009128,,82620271999#,,,,,,0#,,2020# US (San Jose) | +13462487799,,82620271999#,,,,,,0#,,2020# US (Houston) | Dial by your location | +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Meeting ID: 826 2027 1999 | Passcode: 2020 | Find your local number: us02web.zoom.us/u/kgrlxBN1m

ABOCT (2020-10-08). Let's boycott AJINOMOTO! Japan's largest food manufacturer. indybay.org Ajinomoto is the most successful Japanese food manufacturer since before World War II. | Animal experiments have supported and continued the success of the hemother. | Let's boycott this food company. Send an e-mail to the president.

PFAW & partners (2020-10-08). Friday 10/9: No Confirmation Before Inauguration: #WeDissent Digital Rally. indybay.org Online via livstream…

Yes on Prop 15 (2020-10-08). Monday 10/12: Yes on 15 Rally in San Francisco at Bank of America Building. indybay.org Bank of America building, 555 California St, San Francisco 94104 (Trump's SF Property)…

Dan Bacher (2020-10-08). A.G. Becerra Slams Trump Shasta Dam Raise Plan – As Newsom Fast-Tracks Delta Tunnel. indybay.org In a major conflict of interest, David Bernhardt, Trump's Secretary of Interior, is a former lobbyist for the Westlands Water District, the main proponent of the Shasta dam raise proposal.

YPOFA (2020-10-08). Thursday 10/15: Yes On Prop 16! Black Women for Affirmative Action Virtual Rally. indybay.org Online event…

Save Our Shores (2020-10-08). Wednesday 10/21: Speaker Series: Whale Entanglements in the Monterey Bay. indybay.org Online Event | www.eventbrite.com/e/120564739381…

KPFA Radio 94.1 FM (2020-10-08). Tuesday 10/20: Kimberly Jones: I'm Not Dying With You Tonight. indybay.org Online webinar…

Piedmont Diversity Film Series (2020-10-08). Wednesday 10/14: Piedmont Appreciating Diversity Film: 'Waging Change'. indybay.org Zoom from your own home…

Dan Bacher (2020-10-08). As oil drilling expands, Newsom pledges to 'conserve' 30% of land and coastal waters by 2030. indybay.org Food & Water Action California State Director Alexandra Nagy criticized Newsom for failing to deliver on climate change while his administration has issued over 2,600 oil and gas drilling permits this year so far. | "Governor Newsom needs to go back to the drawing board and tackle the state's biggest polluters head-on," said Nagy. "We're losing patience with his lack of meaningful action."

XR Oakland (2020-10-08). Saturday 10/24: March Against Extinction. indybay.org Meet at Union Square, marching to San Francisco City Hall…

KPFA Radio 94.1 FM (2020-10-08). Tuesday 10/13: Lama Rod Owens: Love and Rage. indybay.org Online webinar…

YPOFA (2020-10-08). Monday 10/12: Level the Playing Field Tour: Unity Rally for Prop 16. indybay.org North Steps of California State Capitol building, 315 10th St, Sacramento, CA 95814 | Masks and social distancing required…

David Giesen (2020-10-08). Saturday 10/10: The SF and California ballots, a property tax perspective. indybay.org Join Zoom Meeting | zoom.us/j/92178489086?pwd=eXBpa1dTV1BUVj… | Meeting ID: 921 7848 9086 | Passcode: x5DAPb…

DDAPAGP (2020-10-08). Unwelcome Party at Palantir's New Denver HQ. indybay.org Protesters gathered outside Palantir's new headquarters at 1555 Blake Street in Denver for an "unwelcome party" on September 22, one day after demonstrators staged a "good riddance party" for the data-mining company in front of its previous HQ in Palo Alto.

Heyday (2020-10-08). Sunday 10/25: 14th Annual Heyday Harvest Celebration. indybay.org Virtual.

KPFA Radio 94.1 FM (2020-10-08). Tuesday 10/27: Gretchen Sorin: Driving While Black: African-American Travel & Civil Rights. indybay.org Online webinar…

Swing Left San Francisco (2020-10-08). Wednesday 10/14: Swing Left SF October General Meeting. indybay.org Online…

No Justice Under Capitalism (2020-10-08). Saturday 10/10: Recognizing Prison Resistance : From George Jackson to the Agreement to End Hostilities. indybay.org San Quentin State Prison – West Gate, Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Meet at the Larkspur Ferry Terminal at 4: 30pm and we will march up to the West Gate at 5pm.

_____ (2020-10-08). The Rebellious Emirate of the UAE: Ras al Khaimah. strategic-culture.org Israel may view the United Arab Emirates as one of its few allies in the Arab World. However, the UAE's embrace of Israel does not enjoy universal support in the seven emirates that make up the oil-rich federation. One of the constituent emirates, Ras al Khaimah — sometimes referred to merely as "RAK" — has had a stormy relationship with the chief emirate in the unequal federation, Abu Dhabi. Israel and the Donald Trump administration may believe that the UAE is part and parcel of the Washington-Jerusalem security bulwark against Iran, but Ras al Khaimah has always marched to its own beat from the ver…

_____ (2020-10-08). Thought Control American Style: The Social Justice Warriors Will Destroy Our Basic Freedoms. strategic-culture.org Once upon a time it was possible to rely on much of the mainstream media to report on developments more or less objectively, relegating opinion pieces to the editorial page. But that was a long time ago. I remember moving to Washington back in 1976 after many years of New York Times and International Herald Tribune readership, when both those papers still possessed editorial integrity. My first experience of the Washington Post had my head spinning, wondering how front-page stories that allegedly reported the "news" could sink to the level of including editorialized comments from start to finish to place the stor…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-10-08). BMJ study confirms Imperial COVID-19 projections. imperial.ac.uk An Edinburgh University analysis of Imperial's Report 9 COVID-19 modelling has confirmed the group's key projections from March.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-10-08). Imperial part of London Alliance offering 20,500 more COVID tests a day by March. imperial.ac.uk The Alliance, set up by life science cluster MedCity, brings together world-leading London organisations to meet a need for expanded testing capacity.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-10-08). Severe COVID-19 infection linked to overactive immune cells. imperial.ac.uk Samples from the lungs of patients show a runaway immune system reaction could be one mechanism behind severe COVID-19 cases.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-10-08). Bacteria-fighting cells in the airways boosts infection risk from viruses. imperial.ac.uk Having more bacteria-fighting immune cells in the nose and throat may explain why some people are more likely to be infected by respiratory viruses.

The Canary (2020-10-08). A maximum wage is a really simple solution to the coronavirus economic crisis. thecanary.co Excessive salaries should be capped to raise wages for lower-paid workers and to help save jobs, according to a new report. | For the many: | Thinktanks Autonomy and the High Pay Centre called on the government to take action, suggesting that a maximum wage of £100,000 could redistribute money equivalent to more than one million jobs. | If only the top 1% of earners were targeted then nine million low and middle income workers would have their wages boosted, said their report. Mass lay-offs would not be necessary during the current virus crisis if the very rich were paid a little less, it was sugges…

Nauman Sadiq (2020-10-08). The Biden Doctrine: Cheerlead Wars, Feign Ignorance Later. globalresearch.ca If we look at the track record of Joe Biden during his political career first as a senator and then as Obama's vice president, he is a typical establishment Democrat who has played into the hands of the US national …

The Nation (2020-10-08). Watch the Vice Presidential Debate Tonight With 'The Nation'. thenation.com Watch the Vice Presidential Debate Tonight With 'The Nation'

The New Arab (2020-10-08). Libya Refuses to Take Up Arab League Presidency Following Palestinian Walkout. globalresearch.ca Libya on Tuesday refused to assume the presidency of the current session of the Arab League, after Qatar …

WSWS (2020-10-08). US secretary of state lashes out against China at Quad meeting. wsws.org The US has been pushing for the transformation of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue involving Japan, India and Australia into a formal military alliance as part of its escalating war drive against China.

WSWS (2020-10-08). Australian inquiry hears Victorian quarantine hotel program plagued by "disorganisation, lack of appropriate staffing" wsws.org Health workers reveal the "shambolic" conditions that have contributed to as many as 768 deaths and 18,000 infections in the state.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-10-08). Matters of International Justice: Challenging Trump's ICC Sanctions. globalresearch.ca On September 2, US sanctions — the sort normally reserved for fully fledged terrorists and decorated drug traffickers — were imposed on the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda and her colleague Phakiso Mochochoko, head of …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-08). Students organize amid fresh pandemic outbreak in British universities. peoplesdispatch.org Over the past few weeks, there has been a surge in COVID-19 cases in universities in the United Kingdom. Student activists talk about the challenges they face and the kind of organizing that is happening…

pip.hinman (2020-10-08). Activists push back against incitement charges. greenleft.org.au

pip.hinman (2020-10-08). Greens breakthrough expected in Queensland election. greenleft.org.au

pip.hinman (2020-10-08). Dead seas or pledge to transition? Extinction Rebellion takes action. greenleft.org.au

Eliza Egret (2020-10-08). Isn't it time we address this f*cked up capitalist system instead of murdering badgers? thecanary.co It's been As the sun goes down, men with high-powered rifles, hungry for any opportunity to kill a defenceless being, pull up in Land Rovers or vans, ready to shoot. They already know where the badger setts are. And it's…

the Editors (2020-10-08). Now More Than Ever: Fill in That WFP Bubble! thenation.com Now More Than Ever: Fill in That WFP Bubble!

Xiaowei Wang (2020-10-08). How the Theatrics of Banning TikTok Enables Repression at Home. thenation.com How the Theatrics of Banning TikTok Enables Repression at Home…

Gregg Gonsalves (2020-10-08). Focused Protection, Herd Immunity, and Other Deadly Delusions. thenation.com Focused Protection, Herd Immunity, and Other Deadly Delusions…

Marcus J. Moore (2020-10-08). Kendrick Lamar's Poetic Awakening. thenation.com Kendrick Lamar's Poetic Awakening…

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-10-07). NATO Increased Warship Presence in Black Sea by 33% Compared to 2019. globalresearch.ca By strengthening the presence of warships from non-Black Sea NATO members in the Black Sea, the military bloc is attempting to demonstrate its dominance in the region and the Alliance's desire to neutralize and pressurize Russia's influence in the area. …

Steven Sahiounie (2020-10-07). Will America Turn Their Back on Armenians Again? globalresearch.ca They say, 'Timing is everything'. On Oct. 1 …

RT (2020-10-07). Cardi B branded 'terrorism supporter' & forced to apologize after unwittingly getting entangled in Nagorno-Karabakh politics. rt.com Rapper Cardi B was flooded with online attacks and forced to apologize after promoting an Armenian fundraiser amid the country's escalating conflict with the neighboring Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh territory. | The US singer, whose latest single 'WAP' topped UK charts in September, provoked backlash after she

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-07). Putin calls for immediate ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 07 (MNA) — Russian President Velademir Putin on Wednesday called for an immediate ceasefire as fighting raged between Armenian and Azerbaijani Republic forces over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Editor (2020-10-07). The West's Nagorno-Karabakh Hypocrisy Is Driven by Delusion. scheerpost.com David Stanley / CC BY 2.0] By Maj. Danny Sjursen / Antiwar Something stands out in recent U.S. and most Western reporting on the ongoing bloodletting in Nagorno-Karabakh (NK). Well, two things actually: ignorance and hypocrisy. Having shuttered most of their foreign bureaus long ago, there's a distinct lack of expertise in the mainstream press on this — and many other — regional hot spots. |

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-07). Nagorno-Karabakh conflict cannot be resolved through war. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 07 (MNA) — President's Chief of Staff said the principle in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict must be based on negotiation and mutual understanding, the territorial integrity of both states must be respected and the occupation must end.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-07). Parl. consultation peaceful way to resolve Karabakh conflict. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 07 (MNA) — The Chairman of the Executive Council of the World IPU in Iran's Parliament, in his letter to the IPU President, named Parliamentary consultations as a proper way for a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Paul Street (2020-10-07). The Virus and Voting Will Not Suffice to Fell This Beast. counterpunch.org No Sympathy for the Devil Many online liberals and lefties celebrated news that the pandemo-fascist Donald Trump contracted his own virus. I've held back. It's not that I find wishing bad things for the president morally offensive. I think doing so is politically problematic, but I don't see it as morally incorrect. Not at all.

Daniel Ellsberg (2020-10-07). 'Vote Trump Out' Daniel Ellsberg video. nationofchange.org "I urge you to vote."

Daniel Ellsberg (2020-10-07). On the Assange Extradition and Growing Fascism. zcomm.org If Assange is found guilty of the charges the U.S. government has laid against him, it means that whistleblowing and the publishing of whistleblowers revelations is dead…

Walter Smolarek (2020-10-07). Chaos in Washington kills hopes for major pre-election stimulus. liberationnews.org Donald Trump abruptly called off his administration's participation in negotiations with Congress over a highly-anticipated new pandemic relief bill that has been stalled for months. Talks between Congressional Democrats and Republicans along with senior White House officials had been revived in the days following Trump's COVID diagnosis, but Trump's move yesterday dramatically reverses the situation. …

RT (2020-10-07). Trump hints at 'standalone' $1,200 stimulus check bill after vowing to halt Covid relief talks with Democrats until November. rt.com US President Donald Trump said he would sign a bill approving another round of Covid-19 relief checks if one crossed his desk, apparently backtracking after saying he'd ended stimulus talks with Democrats until after the election. | "[If I sent] a Stand Alone Bill for Stimulus Checks ($1,200), they will go out to our great people IMMEDIATELY. I am ready to sign right now. Are you listening Nancy?" Trump tweeted on Tuesday evening amid a flurry of posts, tagging his own chief of staff Mark Meadows and leadership in both parties. | If I am sent a Stand Alone Bill for Stimulus Checks ($1,200), they will go out to…

Staff (2020-10-07). Headlines for October 7, 2020. democracynow.org Stephen Miller Tests Positive for COVID-19 as Top Pentagon Generals Quarantine, Rudy Giuliani Coughs Through TV Interview While Awaiting Coronavirus Test Result, White House Refuses Contact Tracing Help as Trump Puts Residence Staff at Risk of COVID-19, Two Presidential Valets Who Carry Nuclear Launch Codes Test Positive for Coronavirus, Six States Report Record Hospitalizations as U.S. COVID-19 Death Toll Nears 211,000, Trump Calls Off Stimulus Talks, Then Reverses Course in Erratic Series of Tweets, Facebook, Twitter Crack Down on Trump's False Claim COVID-19 Is Less Lethal Than Flu, FDA to Require Two Month Sa…

Staff (2020-10-07). Mary Trump: My Uncle Is Responsible for 210,000 Deaths and Is Now "Willfully Getting People Sick" democracynow.org As President Trump compares the deadly COVID-19 outbreak to the flu despite being hospitalized for the virus, we speak to his only niece, Mary Trump, about his increasingly erratic behavior in the final weeks of the election season and how his family views illness as a weakness. "To be treated for something is to admit that you need the treatment, and I don't see him having any self-awareness," she says. "Clearly the people closest to him don't care about his well-being. If they did, he'd still be at Walter Reed." She also warns that the "worst-case scenario" would be for President Trump to overcome his illness r…

sputniknews (2020-10-07). Video: Trump Says It Was 'Blessing From God' That He Caught COVID-19. sputniknews.com US President Donald Trump on Wednesday said it was a "blessing from God" that he caught COVID-19.

sputniknews (2020-10-07). The Real History of Angela Davis and The Shearer Family. sputniknews.com On today's episode of The Backstory host Lee Stranahan covers the media upset about Trump recovery post-COVID, Mayor Bill De Blasio made a video to counter President Trump, by putting his mask on leaving a building, Wisconsin is having new COVID restrictions, and Nancy Pelosi attacked President Trump on "The View" talk show after no stimulus bill.

Staff (2020-10-07). "Don't Fear the Virus" Is Genocidal Rhetoric. We Mourn in Rebellion. truthout.org Trump holds up his recovery as evidence that the time for fear has passed. But migrant children and others caged in the path of COVID-19 will not be flown to Walter Reed Hospital. In this episode, Kelly Hayes explains why "don't fear the virus" is genocidal rhetoric. | In recognition of the National Week of Mourning for victims of COVID-19, and the plight of imprisoned people, this episode also features an audio vigil for people who have been lost to the coronavirus. "Let this Radicalize You: A COVID Memoria…

Staff (2020-10-07). "Super-Spreader" Trump Returns to Oval Office Despite Being Contagious. truthout.org At every turn, Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers have opted to hide information around COVID-19 diagnoses rather than disclose it, despite the enormous health risks this creates for everyone around them. In his latest selfish act of endangerment, Trump, still infected with coronavirus, left isolation Wednesday afternoon and

Staff (2020-10-07). Former CDC Chief Urges Current Director to Denounce Trump's Handling of COVID-19. truthout.org In a

Staff (2020-10-07). Pence takes on Harris in high stakes vice presidential debate. therealnews.com With Trump infected with COVID-19, Wednesday's sole vice presidential debate could be the most important of all time. Real News will recap it live at 11PM EST on 10/7.

Staff (2020-10-07). 2020 Vice Presidential Debate Recap. therealnews.com Trump's battle with COVID-19 has raised the stakes for the VP debate between Kamala Harris and Mike Pence.

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-10-07). 'Makes Me Puke': Analysis Shows Trump Covid-19 Treatment Would Cost Regular Folks $100K. commondreams.org "We paid for this with our taxes. He doesn't even pay taxes." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Gwynne Dyer (2020-10-07). Trump and Covid-19—The Odds. commondreams.org In this handout provided by The White House, President Donald J. Trump works in the Presidential Suite at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after testing positive for COVID-19 on October 3, 2020 in Bethesda, Maryland. President Trump's medical team says the President's oxygen levels dropped and he took a steroid treatment of dexamethasone. (Photo: Joyce N. Boghosian/The White House via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-10-07). If Trump 'Still Has Covid, We Shouldn't Have a Debate,' Biden Says of Next Week's Town Hall Event. commondreams.org Out of concern for the health of voters planning to attend the next presidential debate on Oct. 15 as well as his own and that of his campaign staff, Democratic candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday evening said the event should not go forward as long as President Donald Trump still has Covid-19. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-10-07). As Trump Kills Covid-19 Relief Talks, Census Data Shows Millions of Americans Expecting to Lose Wages, Job, or Home. commondreams.org "When it comes to relief for struggling families, he's nothing but selfish and vindictive," Sen. Elizabeth Warren says of the president. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2020-10-07). US Labor Unions File UN Complaint Accusing Trump Administration of "Outrageous" Violations of Workers' Rights Amid Pandemic. commondreams.org Covid-19 "has demonstrated that not only is the U.S. violating workers' rights, but those violations are resulting in people dying." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-10-07). AFL-CIO: Deregulation, lack of health enforcement worsened coronavirus pandemic. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—The GOP Trump administration's massive job safety and health deregulation and its lack of enforcement have worsened the toll of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., the AFL-CIO says. In a Zoom press conference on Death On The Job, the Federation's 29th annual report on job safety and health, federation President Richard Trumka blamed GOP …

Matt Sedlar (2020-10-07). The Biden Transition's Ethics Pledge Is a Paper Tiger. cepr.net The American Prospect See article on original site For all of his failures—at business, governing, and even just sitting still and receiving proper medical care for a deadly virus—the American public can always count on Donald Trump to put on a show. For four years, he has gripped the country's attention with an unending stream …

Mark Gruenberg (2020-10-07). Nationwide outrage forces Trump shift on rescue package cutoff. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Outrage forced GOP White House occupant Donald Trump to shift positions on a financial rescue package for the millions of jobless people left high and dry by the depression he forced on the country after the coronavirus pandemic struck. But Trump didn't agree to the whole thing, just to three specific bits and pieces. And …

Norman Solomon (2020-10-07). The Man Who Would Be President: Mike Pence, Corporate Theocrat. counterpunch.org If President Trump dies from the coronavirus that has killed more than 200,000 Americans largely due to his deliberate negligence, the man replacing him will be no less dangerous. While Mike Pence has eluded tough media scrutiny — in part because he exhibits such a low-key style in contrast to Trump — the pair has

MEE staff (2020-10-07). Trump shares tweet calling New York City mayor 'an anti-Semite thug'. middleeasteye.net Trump shares tweet calling New York City mayor 'an anti-Semite thug' | President suggests New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is antisemitic after night of demonstrations by Orthodox Jews that saw some burn their masks | Wed, 10/07/2020 – 17: 51 | Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men in Borough Park section of Brooklyn in New York City on 6 October (Reuters) | US President Donald Trump suggested that New York's Democratic mayo…

Frida Berrigan (2020-10-07). How to Cope With Daily Life During a Pandemic. thenation.com How to Cope With Daily Life During a Pandemic…

Stephen Lendman (2020-10-07). Trump Halts Talks on New Economic Stimulus. globalresearch.ca At a time of dire economic conditions — worse than during the Great Depression with real unemployment at 26.9% and likely to rise ahead — Republicans and Dems remain at odds over federal aid to jobless Americans, small businesses, states, …

Stephen Lendman (2020-10-07). OPCW Rubber-Stamps Novichok Poisoning of Navalny Hoax. globalresearch.ca Operating as an imperial tool, the chemical watchdog OPCW transformed itself into a pro-Western lapdog. | Abandoning its mandate for higher priorities, the organization no longer can be taken seriously. | Replacing the OPCW with an independent chemical watchdog — free from …

Pavan Kulkarni (2020-10-07). What does South Africa's general strike mean for ANC-COSATU alliance? peoplesdispatch.org COSATU, which has called for a national strike on October 7, is a traditional ally of the ruling African National Congress. The strike raises questions about the future of this alliance…

_____ (2020-10-07). U.S. Politics Isn't 'Polarized'; It's In Almost Universal Agreement. strategic-culture.org Caitlin JOHNSTONE | When you look at US politics, it appears as though there are two mainstream political factions that very strongly disagree with one another. "Divided" is a word that comes up a lot. "Polarized" is another. | It is of course true that a whole lot of emotion flows between these two factions, and most of it is indeed negative. The hot topics of any given news cycle in America will typically involve more than one story pertaining to the vitriolic enmity between them. | But beneath all the hurled insults and heated debates, these two factions are actually furiously agreeing with one another. They'r…

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-10-07). US Politics Isn't 'Polarized'; It's In Almost Universal Agreement. thealtworld.com When you look at US politics, it appears as though there are two mainstream political factions that very strongly disagree with one another. "Divided" is a word that comes up a lot. "Polarized" is another. | It is of course true that a whole lot of emotion flows between these two factions, and most of it is indeed negative. The hot topics of any given news cycle in America will typically involve more than one story pertaining to the vitriolic enmity between them. | But beneath all the hurled insults and heated debates, these two factions are actually furiously agreeing with one another. They're agreeing the entir…

Aaron Maté (2020-10-07). OPCW Syria whistleblower and ex-OPCW chief attacked by US, UK, France at UN. thegrayzone.com At the UN Security Council, the US, UK and France were confronted with testimony from OPCW whistleblower Ian Henderson and ex-OPCW chief Jose Bustani that challenged the rationale for their bombing of Syria in April 2018. They responded by attacking and silencing the witnesses. Aaron Maté recaps the extraordinary events. Ian Henderson, a veteran OPCW inspector who challenged a cover-up of his organization's investigation of an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria, recently testified before the United Nations Security Council. …

Aaron Mate (2020-10-07). Video: Ex-OPCW Chief Jose Bustani Reads Syria Testimony that US, UK Blocked at UN. globalresearch.ca At the UN Security Council, the US, UK, France and allies have blocked the testimony of Jose Bustani, the OPCW's first Director General, on the chemical watchdog's Syria cover-up scandal. The Grayzone has obtained Bustani's prepared statement and is publishing …

Alan Macleod (2020-10-07). Flint-Linked Veolia Merger Brings Water Privatization Closer to "Global Reality" mintpressnews.com "This lack of competition will lead to unaffordable costs for families, slack maintenance and safety procedures, loss of union jobs, and potentially rampant corruption." – Food and Water Watch…

Alan Macleod (2020-10-07). Following US Pressure, Aid to Yemen Falls to Just 25 Cents Per Day. mintpressnews.com Secretary of State Pompeo successfully pressured the UN to significantly cut back aid to one of the world's poorest countries, claiming it could fall into rebel hands.

Alan MacLeod (2020-10-07). UK Court Decision on Venezuela Gold Deals, Blow to Regime Change Efforts. One Billion Dollars of Country's Gold to be Released. globalresearch.ca A UK court ruled that the administration of Boris Johnson's position that Juan Guaidó is the legitimate ruler of Venezuela is far from equivocal, paving the way for over $1 billion of the country's gold to be released. | *** | A…

C.J. Atkins (2020-10-07). Empire of High Technology: Amazon, Apple, Google, Facebook achieve 'monopoly power'. peoplesworld.org In the middle of the last century, Marxist economist Victor Perlo described the U.S. economy as an "empire of high finance." If he were writing today, he'd probably update his assessment to say U.S. capitalism has also become an "empire of high technology." The U.S. House Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust essentially dances around that conclusion …

Mitch Stoltz (2020-10-07). House Antitrust Report Is a Bold Prescription for Curing Big Tech's Ills. commondreams.org Following a year of hearings and research, the staff of the Subcommittee on Antitrust found that Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple all have either significant market power or outright monopoly power in a variety of markets. (Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrew Korybko (2020-10-07). The Kyrgyz Compromise: Submitting to the Color Revolution or Pragmatic Move for Peace? globalresearch.ca The Kyrgyz government's decision to annul the results of the latest elections which were exploited as the "trigger event" for the preplanned Color Revolution against it might be interpreted by some as submitting to that regime change operation even though …

Media Lens (2020-10-07). "None Of It Reported": How Corporate Media Buried The Assange Trial. dissidentvoice.org One of the most imposing features of state-corporate propaganda is its incessant, repetitive nature. Over and over again, the 'mainstream' media have to convince the public that 'our' government prioritises the health, welfare and livelihoods of the general population, rather than the private interests of an elite stratum of society that owns and runs all …

Jonathan Cook (2020-10-07). George Monbiot's Excuses for Not Speaking out Loudly in Defence of Assange Simply Won't Wash. dissidentvoice.org Faced with a barrage of criticism from some of his followers, George Monbiot, the Guardian's supposedly fearless, left-wing columnist, offered up two extraordinarily feeble excuses this week for failing to provide more than cursory support for Julian Assange over the past month, as the Wikileaks founder has endured extradition hearings in a London courtroom. The …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-10-07). COVID-19 Coronavirus: The Crisis. "You Simulate and Then You Go Live" globalresearch.ca On January 30th 2020, the WHO Director General declared a Public Health Emergency (PHEIC) in relation to China's novel coronavirus. This far-reaching decision was taken without the support of expert opinion. There were 150 confirmed cases outside China, when the decision was taken. 6 in the US, 3 in Canada, 2 in the UK, etc.

Staff (2020-10-07). Greensboro Massacre: City Apologizes 41 Years After Cops Allowed Klan, Nazis to Kill 5 Antiracists. democracynow.org Nearly 41 years after Ku Klux Klansmen and American Nazis shot dead five antiracist activists in the town of Greensboro, North Carolina, the City Council there has passed a resolution apologizing for the attack and the police department's complicity in the killings. We speak with two survivors of the 1979 attack, Reverend Nelson Johnson and Joyce Hobson Johnson, who say the city's apology acknowledges "the police knew and chose to do nothing. In fact, they facilitated what we name now as a North American death squad."

CJ Polychroniou (2020-10-07). A Global Green New Deal Project. zcomm.org Why a Global Green New Deal Project is the only way to address climate change…

commondreams (2020-10-07). Center Applauds UN's Adoption of Landmark Resolution on Women's and Girls' Human Rights in Humanitarian Situations. commondreams.org ______________________________…

_____ (2020-10-07). Drop All Charges Against Activists And Protestors. popularresistance.org I add my voice to the millions here in our country and throughout the world who call for an end to fascist-driven police violence and repression in Black, Latinx and Indigenous communities. | Whether we call for community control, defunding, or ultimate abolition of the police, we are united in our demand for an immediate end to the state-sanctioned racist violence that routinely claims the lives of so many of our people. | Although many of us have protested, demonstrated, and organized over the decades to end racism and all its inequalities, injustices and collective pain, we have never experienced anything like…

_____ (2020-10-07). Protesters Block Highway Near Border Wall Construction. popularresistance.org Tucson – Activists and allies of two O'odham groups protesting the construction of a border wall along ancestral tribal lands in southern Arizona temporarily blocked the highway leading to construction sites in the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. | Members of the two groups, the O'odham Anti Border Collective and Defend O'odham Jewed, and non-Indigenous allies set up early Monday morning what they described as a "soft blockade" of State Route 85, using caution tape and canopy tents to stop traffic, some of which also was headed to the Lukeville border crossing with Mexico.

Jack Rasmus (2020-10-07). Trump Scuttles A Fiscal Stimulus Deal—Again. zcomm.org Trump has already begun moving his political chess pieces to challenge the election and refuse to leave office…

Jack Rasmus (2020-10-07). Trump Scuttles a Fiscal Stimulus Deal…Again! counterpunch.org This past Tuesday, October 6, Trump pulled the plug once again—a second time—on negotiations on a fiscal stimulus between House speaker, Pelosi, and his Treasury Secretary, Steve Mnuchin. This past week Pelosi and Mnuchin had reportedly been quietly negotiating toward a compromise fiscal stimulus package and were making progress while Trump was in the hospital

Dr. Jack Rasmus (2020-10-07). Trump Scuttles a Fiscal Stimulus—Again! globalresearch.ca This past week Pelosi and Mnuchin had reportedly been quietly negotiating toward …

Eds. (2020-10-07). Trump's turn from immigration to the enemy within. mronline.org Trump's shift from demonizing immigrants to targeting leftists is straight out of the fascist playbook.

Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez (2020-10-07). Greensboro Massacre: City apologizes 41 years after cops allowed Klan, Nazis to kill 5 anti-racists. nationofchange.org "The city's apology acknowledges "The police knew and chose to do nothing. In fact, they facilitated what we name now as a North American death squad."

Telesur (2020-10-07). Neo-McCarthy Policies: US Bans Communist Immigrants from Ever Becoming US Citizens. globalresearch.ca New guidance on immigration laws released Friday by the United States Citizens and Immigration Services (USCIS) makes it almost impossible for members of a Communist or similar party to be granted permanent residence or U.S. citizenship. | *** | In a policy …

MEE and agencies (2020-10-07). 'Senseless crime': Nigerian migrant burned alive in Libyan capital. middleeasteye.net 'Senseless crime': Nigerian migrant burned alive in Libyan capital | Three other migrants suffer burns, are treated in nearby hospital as alleged perpetrators are arrested | Wed, 10/07/2020 – 19: 51 | More than 100,000 migrants tried to cross the Mediterranean last year, with at least 1,200 dying in attempt (AFP/File photo) | A Nigerian migrant worker was burned to death by three Libyans i…

WSWS (2020-10-07). Honduran migrant caravan broken up by Guatemalan troops, as devastation grows across Central America. wsws.org The caravan, disbanded with the assistance of the Mexican government, signals that growing layers of the population in Honduras and the region have reached a new level of social desperation.