2020-10-10: News Headlines

Nicolas J.S. Davies (2020-10-11). How can Americans support Peace in Nagorno-Karabakh? dissidentvoice.org Americans are dealing with an upcoming general election, a pandemic that has killed over 200,000 of us, and corporate news media whose business model has degenerated to selling different versions of "The Trump Show" to their advertisers. So who has time to pay attention to a new war half way round the world? But with so much of …

Project Censored (2020-10-11). The Real News Network and Project Censored present — United States of Distraction: Fighting The Fake News Invasion A Documentary Film (64 min). projectcensored.org The Real News Network will host a screening of the new documentary film by Project Censored, the Media Freedom Foundation, and Hole in the Media Productions, followed by a panel…

Binoy Kampmark (2020-10-11). Back on the Stairway to Heaven: Led Zeppelin Wins Over Spirit. dissidentvoice.org In March, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeal upheld an original jury finding that Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven did not infringe copyright in Spirit's 1968 song Taurus. Michael Skidmore, who had filed the suit in 2014 as trustee of the estate of the late Spirit guitarist Randy Wolfe, was hoping that the US …

WSWS (2020-10-10). Trump intensifies conflict with big tech over Section 230 protections following censorship moves by Facebook and Twitter. wsws.org After Facebook and Twitter both censored Trump for falsely comparing the coronavirus to the flu, the president called for a repeal of the law protecting social media companies from liability for content posted on their platforms.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-10-10). The Covid-19 Numbers Game: The "Second Wave" is Based on Fake Statistics. globalresearch.ca "Red zones", travel bans, quarantines, "red lists". A "Second Wave". Millions of people are lining up for Covid-19 testing. The "Numbers Game". How statistics and "estimates" are used by politicians to justify the closure of the national economy and the derogation of fundamental civil rights.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-10-10). The "Smoking Guns" of a Manufactured Pandemic. globalresearch.ca Economics professor Michel Chossudovsky describes the "smoking guns" indicating that the Covid-19 pandemic is a fraud and details the devastation that already has occurred as well as what is to come with the so-called "second wave," which he says is …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-10-10). The Smoking Guns of a Manufactured Pandemic. globalresearch.ca Economics professor Michel Chossudovsky describes the "smoking guns" indicating that the Covid-19 pandemic is a fraud and details the devastation that already has occurred as well as what is to come with the so-called "second wave," which he says is …

Eds. (2020-10-10). Marxism and intersectionality. mronline.org Ashley Bohrer has provided this important piece of scholarship with her new book, Marxism and Intersectionality: Race, Gender, Class and Sexuality under Contemporary Capitalism.

Eds. (2020-10-10). Authoritarianism is creeping into classrooms. mronline.org New curriculum guidance will limit critical thinking and cement a neoliberal capitalist consensus. It should be setting off alarm bells, says Remi Joseph-Salisbury…

Eds. (2020-10-10). Xinjiang: A report and resource compilation. mronline.org In the mid-2010s, China launched far-reaching de-radicalization and economic development programs in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

James McFadden (2020-10-10). Did Deutsche Bank Leak Trump's Tax Returns? dissidentvoice.org With the initial brouhaha surrounding the leak of Trump's tax returns fading, including finger pointing at the IRS and talk of criminal charges, has anyone stopped to consider whether someone other than the IRS leaked the documents? There seems to be two criteria to consider in identifying the leaker. First, who had "access" to Trump's …

Gloria Rubac (2020-10-10). Amid claims of racism, another federal execution set. workers.org The federal government has just set its eighth execution for 2020. U.S. Attorney General William Barr directed the Federal Bureau of Prisons to schedule the execution of Orlando Cordia Hall for Nov. 19 in Tennessee. If carried out, this would place federal executions ahead of those by the states for . . . |

MEE and agencies (2020-10-10). Iran's rial hits new low against dollar as economy stumbles. middleeasteye.net Iran's rial hits new low against dollar as economy stumbles | Latest US-imposed sanctions on Iran's financial sector are another blow to the country's economy | Sat, 10/10/2020 – 11: 46 | Iranians gather inside the capital Tehran's Grand Bazaar in March 2020, as the Covid pandemic was starting to make an impact on the country (AFP) | The Iranian currency hit a new low against the US dollar…

Abdul Rahman (2020-10-10). Israel's man in Washington. peoplesdispatch.org It's election season in the United States and one aspect of president Donald Trump's record that is not up for debate is his role in sustaining and strengthening the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Trump has left no stone unturned to win the support of pro-Zionist groups in his country by subordinating US foreign policy interests to that of Israel. | Trump's use of US power, including its military and financial resources, has helped Israel achieve some of its long-term diplomatic and strategic goals. This includes recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and the "normalization" of the relationship with Arab…

RT (2020-10-10). Nearly 500,000 power outages reported across Texas & Louisiana as Hurricane Delta pummels gulf coast with 80mph gusts. rt.com Nearly a half-million residents in Texas and Louisiana have been left without power after Hurricane Delta made landfall along the US gulf coast, battering cities with winds up to 80 miles per hour. | Delta hit land in southwest Louisiana on Friday night, inflicting widespread damage and knocking out electricity for some 379,636 people in the state and another 108,402 in neighboring Texas, Footage circulating on social media showed powerful gust…

RT (2020-10-10). Actress Kirstie Alley spars with fellow celeb Rosanna Arquette after tweeting 'radical left' will be in charge if Biden wins. rt.com Conservative actress Kirstie Alley became embroiled in a war of words with fellow celebrities online after blasting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as "evil" over her attempt to create a new procedure to remove a sitting US president. | "The 'process' EVIL NANCY PELOSI speaks of is an attempt at a presidential takeover of a President by glorified BAKER ACT," Alley tweeted on Friday, adding "don't believe a word that comes out of this [witch's] mouth… and yes she gives witches a bad name." | The "process" EVIL NANCY PELOSI speaks of is an attempt at a presidential takeover of a President by glorified BAKER ACT ..

RT (2020-10-10). 'Demonic desecration': Archbishop orders to BURN altar after priest allegedly held orgy with dominatrices there. rt.com The sex act between a Catholic priest and two "dominatrices," which allegedly happened on an altar of a Louisiana church, was nothing short of demonic desecration, the archbishop has ruled. | Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans ordered the removal and burning of the altar of the Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church in Pearl River, Louisiana. The move was in response to a sex scandal involving the now-former priest of the church, who was arrested on charges of obscenity last week. Travis Clark was allegedly caught filming himself having sex with two women, described as "dominatrices" by the media, o…

RT (2020-10-10). Pelosi & husband invest up to $1 million in CrowdStrike, tech firm that launched Russiagate — report. rt.com Newly-filed financial disclosures show House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her husband have invested up to $1 million in CrowdStrike, American cybersecurity technology company and the originator of 'Russian hacking' claims. | Financial disclosures New from me: Financial disclosure forms show that Nancy and P…

Amy Littlefield (2020-10-10). Pence's Handling of COVID Is Straight Out of the Christian Right Playbook. zcomm.org Pence didn't need Trump to show him how to pursue an agenda through deception. In this case, the goal is power, and it appears Pence will apply all of the tricks in his playbook in order to hold on to it…

Thom Hartmann (2020-10-10). The GOP Is Pursuing a Public Slaughter Strategy, Known to Some as 'Herd Immunity'. zcomm.org People are acting shocked—shocked, I tell you!—that the Trump/GOP strategy on coronavirus is essentially one of promoting herd immunity with the possible downside of as many as 2.5 million dead Americans…

Tamara Pearson (2020-10-10). Guatemalan and Mexican governments use pandemic to turn back refugee caravan. zcomm.org "People who are fleeing crime and searching for a better future shouldn't be treated like this". "But there is something that we have, as migrants. We don't give up, we do everything to achieve our goals."

Centro Aztlan Chicomoztoc (2020-10-10). Monday 10/12: Indigenous Peoples Day March San Jose: Dia De La Raza y Dia De La Resistencia. indybay.org March meetup: San Jose City Hall, 200 E Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113 | NOTE: Masks and Social Distancing…

Centro Aztlan Chicomoztoc (2020-10-10). Monday 10/12: Indigenous People's Day March San Jose: Dia De La Raza y Dia De La Resistencia. indybay.org March meetup: San Jose City Hall, 200 E Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113 | NOTE: Masks and Social Distancing…

Philippe Charlier, Leandro Varison (2020-10-10). [Correspondence] Is COVID-19 being used as a weapon against Indigenous Peoples in Brazil? thelancet.com To corroborate the Editors'1 appeal for Indigenous Peoples' right to self-determination as fundamental to ensure their health, we wish to draw attention to the dire situation faced by Indigenous populations in the Amazon, and mainly in Brazil.

Alice Blukacz, Baltica Cabieses (2020-10-10). [Correspondence] COVID-19: leaving no one behind in Latin America. thelancet.com The pledge to leave no one behind has been essential in making the plight of refugees more visible1 and in highlighting the need to include migrants and refugees in national health-care systems.

_____ (2020-10-10). International Students Quit: 'This Isn't Sweden'. strategic-culture.org International students at the Dalarna University in Borlà§nge do not want to live in the student residence which is offered to them in the immigrant suburb Tjà§rna àÑngar, also known as "Little Mogadishu". That is what a representative for Dalarna's student union wrote in a letter to the university's board.

Anand Naidoo (2020-10-10). The Heat: did the U.S. overthrow Evo Morales? america.cgtn.com New and alarming questions over last year's Bolivian election that led to the fall of former President Evo Morales. A recent investigation suggests flaws in the audit that accused Morales of rigging the vote. Was he the victim of a coup?>

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-10). Rouhani, Putin discuss Nagorno-Karabakh over phone. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 10 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin held a phone conversation on Saturday discussing the latest developments in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

The Canary (2020-10-10). Police investigate Brexit campaigner Darren Grimes over controversial David Starkey interview. thecanary.co A police investigation has been launched into Brexit campaigner Darren Grimes over a controversial interview he published in which historian David Starkey said slavery was not genocide because there are "so many damn blacks" still around.In a statement, Metropolitan Police confirmed that "on 4 July, the Metropolitan Police Service was passed an allegation from Durham Police of a public order offence relating to a social media video posted online on 30 June."The matter is currently being investigated."No arrests have been made, the force added.Dr David Starkey faced significant backlash over his comments in the in…

Joe Glenton (2020-10-10). What ex-BBC Allegra Stratton's new job proves about the ruling class. thecanary.co The establishment revolving door is turning again. This time it's former BBC and ITV journalist Allegra Stratton who is benefitting. Stratton, as has been Stratton's appointment as press secretary to arguably the most right-wing government in my lifetime (I'm a child of Thatcher, by the way) captures some bleak truths about Britain today. Not least is Stratton's demonstrable contempt for working-class people. Although that does make her an ideal fit for her job as a Tory spokesperson.

Ricardo Vaz (2020-10-10). Venezuela: National Constituent Assembly Passes Contentious "Anti-Blockade" Law. venezuelanalysis.com Critics claim that the law paves the way for privatizations and lack of accountability.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-10). The Gunner's Dream Lives On: Roger Waters on war, corporate greed and finding hope. peoplesdispatch.org Musician Roger Waters and Vijay Prashad discuss his song, The Gunner's Dream and its relevance in today's world of war, inequality and greed. Roger Waters also talks about how to find hope amid all this gloom…

Dong Feng Collective (2020-10-10). News on China | No. 21. dissidentvoice.org This Week's News on China in 60 seconds.

WSWS (2020-10-10). Wisconsin police conduct mass arrest of protesters, journalists after announcement of no charges against killer cop. wsws.org Relatively small protests in Wauwatosa, a suburb of Milwaukee, have been met with the deployment of the National Guard and overwhelming unconstitutional police violence.

Michael Welch (2020-10-10). Coronavirus: Hydroxychloroquine — A Cure to be Suppressed. globalresearch.ca "In my opinion, tens of thousands are dying unnecessarily. Our current approach of waiting for these high-risk patients to become ill and then hospitalizing them is failing. The answer is early diagnosis of the high-risk individuals, and then treating them …

WSWS (2020-10-10). Pennsylvania educators, bus drivers and school workers launch rank-and-file safety committee to put an end to in-person instruction. wsws.org Educators across Pennsylvania have formed a new rank-and-file safety committee to mobilize the working class against the unsafe reopening of the commonwealth's schools.

WSWS (2020-10-10). Anger as UAW rams through 12-hour, 7-day schedule for FCA Sterling Heights Assembly skilled trades workers. wsws.org Skilled trades workers at the Fiat Chrysler Sterling Heights Assembly Plant are livid over the move by the UAW to force them into an inhuman work schedule without the formality of a vote.

Editor (2020-10-10). Life as a Domestic Worker in the U.S. Was Hard. Then COVID-19 Hit. scheerpost.com Jerome Olivier / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] By Rosaline John Baptiste / OtherWords For all the time I've lived in this country, I've worked hard, serving others as a domestic worker. When I first came here from Dominica, a Caribbean island, I stumbled into a world where I felt like a mop bucket for wealthier white families. I had a life. I had a family, and I was working hard to support them. |

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-10). Venezuelan National Constituent Assembly approves the Anti-Blockade Bill. peoplesdispatch.org The National Constituent Assembly (ANC) of Venezuela, in an extraordinary plenary session on October 8, approved the Anti-Blockade Bill "This law is an instrument to shield the economy of the…

WSWS (2020-10-10). Democrats and corporate media cover-up Trump's role in Michigan coup plot. wsws.org The silence of the Democratic Party and corporate media is giving Trump an opening to move forward with his plot to use fascist militia to overturn the outcome of the election.

Prabir Purkayastha (2020-10-10). The 2020 Nobel in Physics and finding a monster of a Black Hole in our galaxy. peoplesdispatch.org This year's Nobel Prize in Physics was won by Roger Penrose for his work on the theoretical basis of black holes, and Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez, two astronomers, for verifying the existence of such a black hole at the center of the Milky Way…

WSWS (2020-10-10). Keyboard virtuoso Rick Wakeman returns to outer space, progressive rock with The Red Planet. wsws.org Wakeman has released a new progressive rock album in advance of the 50th anniversary of the first successful orbit of Mars by a man-made probe.

WSWS (2020-10-10). Oppose the $900 million cuts in retroactive pay to New York City educators! wsws.org The withholding of $900 million in pay owed to NYC teachers from over ten years ago is a brazen act of blackmail and wage theft.

WSWS (2020-10-10). University and College Union moves to prevent strikes as COVID-19 cases surge on UK campuses. wsws.org Northumbria University's decision to move online prompted the University and College Union (UCU) leadership to call off strike action, while claiming a victory.

WSWS (2020-10-10). Trudeau admits US heading for post-election "disturbances," but won't condemn Trump. wsws.org The Canadian government, reports Reuters, is in consultations with the principal European imperialist powers about how they will respond to Trump's coup, which has already been set in motion.

news.un (2020-10-10). COVID-19 sparks increased demand for mental health services: UNFPA. news.un.org While the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been staggering, the full impact on health has been far greater, according to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). The agency said fear, isolation, grief, economic stress and shuttered support services have taken a toll on the mental well-being of people around the world.

Sondoss Al Assad (2020-10-10). Yemen's Ongoing Slaughter Needs to be Looked at from a Saudi Oil-Interest Perspective Says Yemeni Activist Mohamed Alzubaidi. thealtworld.com Exclusive- Impoverished Yemen has been devastated by an ongoing bloody war since March 2015, when Saudi Arabia and …

Loretta Graceffo (2020-10-10). What activists who fought the AIDS crisis can teach us about organizing during a pandemic. zcomm.org More than 30 years after ACT UP was founded, their bold activism in response to the AIDS crisis offers critical lessons for those mobilizing around COVID-19…

John Feffer (2020-10-10). The Best of All Possible Worlds? zcomm.org The powerlessness of positive thinking in the age of Trump…

Jessica Corbett (2020-10-10). #CountOnUs: Youth Organizers Have a Plan to Mobilize If Trump Tries to Steal the Election. zcomm.org "Together, we're going to vote and organize like our communities and planet are at stake, because they are."

Robert Koehler (2020-10-10). What comes next is up to us. zcomm.org What we're heading toward is a new world, and we're the ones about to create it…

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II (2020-10-10). Republicans Know They Can't Win If Everyone Casts a Ballot. zcomm.org 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."

Radha Surya (2020-10-10). This Tyrant Feeds Peacocks. zcomm.org India is burning. In the months from March to May the news and social media were flooded with heart rending stories and images of the trauma of out-of state workers who lost their livelihood overnight when the coronavirus lock down was imposed without adequate notice. With all modes of transportation brought to a halt they

_____ (2020-10-10). Blacks In LA Nearly Four Times As Likely To Be Cited By Police. popularresistance.org The Los Angeles police department (LAPD) gave 63% of its citations for "loitering while standing" to Black residents in recent years, despite African Americans making up just 7% of the city's population, a new analysis of public records has revealed. | A report released by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights analyzed low-level infractions in California between 2017 and 2019 and found that LAPD and police agencies across the state disproportionately target Black residents.

_____ (2020-10-10). The MEC Saga Shows That Canada Needs More Co-operation. popularresistance.org The campaign to "Save MEC" — Mountain Equipment Co-op — has rallied more than 140,000 Canadians together to save a business that is being sold to an American private equity firm. But this grassroots and groundswell campaign wasn't about saving a retailer; it was about saving a co-op. In fighting for a member-owned, democratic business, the campaign tapped into a passion in Canadians for co-operation. | That passion, which drove thousands of people to engage on social media, sign petitions, demand support from banks and donate more than $100,000 to a legal fund to challenge the sale of the co-op, prove…

_____ (2020-10-10). When Confronted By Hungry Bellies, Us Imperialists Reach For Their Guns. popularresistance.org In 1965, Ghana's Prime Minister Kwame Nkrumah published a bold book, Neo-Colonialism: The Last Stage of Imperialism. In this book, Nkrumah documented in great detail the way in which European and North American multinational firms — in close collaboration with their governments — continued to smother the aspirations of the new nations of Africa. As an example, Nkrumah took up his own country, Ghana, which had been known by the colonial name 'the Gold Coast' until 1957. | One of the old colonial companies, Ashanti Goldfields (a British company) continued to make fabulous profits from the hard labour of…

Labor Video Project (2020-10-10). Striking AHS SEIU 1021 & CNA Workers Hear Alameda Supervisors Promise To Fire AHS Bosses. indybay.org Hundreds of striking SEIU 1021 & CNA AHS workers rallied at the Alameda County Building to protest the union busting tactics of this group that runs the Alameda public health system. Two County supervisors promised to remove them from running the public healthcare system…

CDPH, Santa Clara DPH, & Alameda DPH (2020-10-10). Monday 10/12: Virtual Townhall on Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Food Access & Health Program. indybay.org Online via Zoom or FB livestream, or join by phone…

Disability Rights CA (2020-10-10). Tuesday 10/13: Your Right to Vote, Voice Your Choice! Webinar (Disability Rights CA). indybay.org Online webinar…

MoveOn (2020-10-10). Monday 10/12: MoveOn: Your Vote is Power in Action Rally! indybay.org Online via link, you must RSVP…

Santa Cruz News Network (2020-10-10). Real Estate PAC Backs Watkins, Brunner and Kalantari-Johnson for Santa Cruz City Council. indybay.org Santa Cruz Together (SCT), the political action committee heavily financed by real estate and property development interests, has endorsed three candidates for Santa Cruz City Council: Sonja Brunner, Shebreh Kalantari-Johnson, and Martine Watkins. Santa Cruz Together has reported raising more in financial contributions than any of the individual candidates, and by contributing directly to the PAC, business professionals are able to avoid the $400 cap on individual contributions in the City Council race. Santa Cruz Together has said it intends to use the funds it raises to support the three candidates through digi…

Leon Kunstenaar (2020-10-10). Late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Canonized. indybay.org Celebration of Justice Ginsburg's Life…

XR America (2020-10-10). Saturday 10/24: March Against Extinction. indybay.org Union Square, City of San Francisco…

Moms4Housing (2020-10-10). Moms 4 Housing Announces Future of Moms House. indybay.org Moms Joined by Oakland City Council Members, Labor Council and Oakland Community Land Trust…

ACCE (2020-10-10). Monday 10/12: No Confirmation Before Inauguration! indybay.org 1 Post St. San Francisco…

Women's March Action (2020-10-10). Tuesday 10/13: The Truth About Voting By Mail: Your Right to Vote Safely During COVID & the 2020 Election. indybay.org Online via Zoom…

Hendrik Stroeck (2020-10-10). More pragmatism in dealing with Corona. indybay.org Pragmatic approaches are needed to find solutions to allow life without breaks. Scientists must make their contribution. It is more important than ever that we are not only stubbornly clinging to concepts, but that we are prepared to break new ground. Also new ways of communication. A Corona traffic light would make both possible as a first step.

Direct Action Everywhere (2020-10-10). Friday 10/16: Community Discussion on Latinx Issues & Animal Agriculture. indybay.org Online. Email me for the link.

CA Poor People's Campaign (2020-10-10). Sunday 10/18: Voting is Power Unleashed! w/ CA Poor People's Campaign. indybay.org Online via Zoom…

Janet Johnson (2020-10-10). Tuesday 10/13: No Coal on the Richmond City Council! indybay.org Richmond City Hall | 450 Civic Center Plaza | Richmond, CA 94804…

LWVSF (2020-10-10). League of Women Voters Launches Essential Voter Resources to Help San Franciscans Vote. indybay.org Online programs, events, and materials continue LWVSF's 100-year tradition of nonpartisan voter services, despite the pandemic.

Brian Callender, Shirlene Obuobi, M K Czerwiec, Ian Williams (2020-10-10). [Perspectives] COVID-19, comics, and the visual culture of contagion. thelancet.com The COVID-19 pandemic is inescapable. From curtailing our daily social and professional interactions, locking down or physically distancing our communities, and drawing our anxious attention to daily updates of international case and death statistics, the lived experience of the pandemic is at once personal, local, and global. It is also a shared experience that emphasises, through the pandemic's pervasive disruption, the social interactions and behaviours that define our shared world. One cultural response to the disruption and uncertainty during an infectious disease outbreak is the construction of what Priscil…

Daniele Piovani, Stefanos Bonovas (2020-10-10). [Correspondence] Study of critically ill patients with COVID-19 in New York City. thelancet.com Cummings and colleagues1 reported the epidemiology, clinical course, and outcomes of 257 critically ill adults with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 admitted to two hospitals in New York City. The primary outcome was the rate of in-hospital death, and each patient had at least 28 days of observation. The authors report that, as of April 28, 2020, 101 (39%) of 257 patients had died, 94 (37%) remained hospitalised, four (2%) were transferred to another hospital, and 58 (23%) were discharged alive. Surprisingly, the authors show in figure 1 of their Article1 a cumulative incidence of in-hospital death of approximately…

Richard Horton (2020-10-10). [Comment] Offline: Reasons for hope. thelancet.com Fatigue. Despair. Misery. Cracks are beginning to appear in our mental resilience. 10 months of this calamity. How much more can we bear? It was always so. When the Bishop of Winchester died of plague in 1626, John Milton issued a searing cry of anguish in his Elegia Tertia. The great poet was just 17 years old, "sad…with no companion, and many sorrows clung to my soul". He sought to commemorate this "grim killing" of a revered literary figure, a "dreadful death, fearsome with her sepulchral torch".

Jessica P Cerdeña, Marie V Plaisime, Jennifer Tsai (2020-10-10). [Viewpoint] From race-based to race-conscious medicine: how anti-racist uprisings call us to act. thelancet.com The brutalisation of Jacob Blake and murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and countless others—coupled with horrifying statistics about the disproportionate burden of COVID-19 on Black and Brown communities—have forced the USA and the world to reckon with how structural racism conditions survival. Although clinicians often imagine themselves as beneficent caregivers, it is increasingly clear that medicine is not a stand-alone institution immune to racial inequities, but rather is an institution of structural racism.

Matthew J Cummings, Max R O'Donnell (2020-10-10). [Correspondence] Study of critically ill patients with COVID-19 in New York City — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We agree with Daniele Piovani and Stephanos Bonovas that informative censoring, if present, could represent a potential source of bias in the survival analyses in our Article.1 However, sensitivity analysis suggests that any such bias is likely to be minimal.

Sophie Cousins (2020-10-10). [World Report] 2 ∑5 million more child marriages due to COVID-19 pandemic. thelancet.com The COVID-19 pandemic's damage to education and the economy could reverse decades of progress on child marriage and pregnancy. Sophie Cousins reports.

Alexandre E Malek, Issam I Raad, Elias Jabbour (2020-10-10). [Correspondence] Cancer and COVID-19. thelancet.com Nicole Kuderer and colleagues1 identified several independent prognostic factors to be conferring an increased risk of 30-day all-cause mortality: increased age, male sex, being a former smoker, multiple medical comorbidities, high Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group performance status score (‚â•2), and an active cancer. However, haematological malignancies, instead of increasing 30-day all-cause mor ≠tality, were associated with severe clinical outcomes, intensive care unit admissions, and meeting composite severe illness endpoints.

Ràºdiger Groàü, Carina Conzelmann, Janis A Màºller, Frank Reister, Frank Kirchhoff, Jan Màºnch (2020-10-10). [Correspondence] Undermining breastfeeding will not alleviate the COVID-19 pandemic — Authors' reply. thelancet.com In the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, questions regarding possible methods of virus transmission, including the safety of breastfeeding by mothers who are infected, are of great importance. We reported1 the detection of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) RNA (not viral particles, as incorrectly stated by Natalie Shenker and colleagues) in consecutive milk samples from an infected mother and interpreted our findings with the greatest caution. In particular, we did not claim that SARS-CoV-2 is transmitted via contaminated breastmilk or that breastfeeding should be discontinued by mothers with…

Scott M. Alter, Dennis G. Maki, Suzanne LeBlang, Richard D. Shih, Charles H. Hennekens (2020-10-10). [Commentary] The menacing assaults on science, FDA, CDC, and health of the US public. thelancet.com While health authorities sounded early warnings concerning COVID-19 [1], the United States (US) government practised "pandemic politics" and escalated menacing assaults on science, including repeated denials of epidemic principles of mitigation and containment. The first on December 31, 2019 was that the virus would not enter the US. A second on January 20, 2020 following introduction of the first US case from Wuhan, China was that "the virus would not spread." A third on February 26 was that the 15 cases would "go away" when temperatures climbed [2].

Wesley M Durand, Alan H Daniels (2020-10-10). [Clinical Picture] C4 root compression leads to phrenic nerve palsy with shortness of breath, chest pain, and elevated hemidiaphragm. thelancet.com A 50-year-old man presented to our emergency department complaining of sudden onset of shortness of breath and pain in the back of his right shoulder. Notably, he did not report any neck pain, numbness, or weakness in his arms or legs; he had no abdominal pain or fever.

The Lancet (2020-10-10). [Editorial] Mental health: time to invest in quality. thelancet.com The theme of this year's World Mental Health Day, on Oct 10, is increased investment in mental health. Why invest, and why now? The answer is simple. At the best of times, good mental health is needed for a society to thrive. During a pandemic, good mental health is more important than ever. Without a focus on mental health, any response to COVID-19 will be deficient, reducing individual and societal resilience, and impeding social, economic, and cultural recovery.

Nicole M Kuderer, Elizabeth Wulff-Burchfield, Samuel M Rubinstein, Petros Grivas, Jeremy L Warner (2020-10-10). [Correspondence] Cancer and COVID-19 — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank Dimitrios Moris and col ≠leagues and Alexandre Malek and colleagues for their insightful commentary about the CCC19 study findings.1 We value the opportunity to further characterise mortality outcomes beyond our initial report.1…

Richard Lane (2020-10-10). [Perspectives] Barbara Stoll: China Medical Board's charismatic new President. thelancet.com "Taking on a new adventure" is how Barbara Stoll views her recent appointment as President of the China Medical Board (CMB), a US-based philanthropic foundation for health development in China and southeast Asia. "I'm incredibly lucky to be given this opportunity, and will try my best to fill the large shoes of outgoing CMB President Lincoln Chen, who has done an extraordinary job over the past 14 years, building partnerships and extending CMB's reach", she says. It was Chen who helped open Stoll's eyes to the wider world of global health, encouraging her to pursue research opportunities in Bangladesh early in he…

Natalie S Shenker, Aleksandra Wesolowska, Johannes B van Goudoever, Sushma Nangia, Daniel Klotz (2020-10-10). [Correspondence] Undermining breastfeeding will not alleviate the COVID-19 pandemic. thelancet.com Breastfeeding offers numerous immunological, developmental, and psychological advantages to the infant—mother dyad. The risks posed to infant and maternal health through any loss of support for breastfeeding mean that public health messaging during the COVID-19 pandemic should be careful. As academic leads of human milk banks, we are acutely aware of the importance of understanding the risks posed by novel infectious pathogens in human milk and the mitigation of risk to susceptible infants.

_____ (2020-10-10). America's New Army: Turning Killers Into Coders. strategic-culture.org US suspends rule requiring new enlisted soldiers and officers to pass the Army Combat Fitness test | Dave MAKICHUK | The news came across in an e-mail, but it was no less shocking. | We all know, the times are changing, and, the US Army is changing too, but … | There it was… | The mighty US Army announced it has suspended a rule requiring new enlisted soldiers and officers to pass the Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) to graduate initial military training through next year, That policy also now applied to soldiers in Basic Combat Tr…

_____ (2020-10-10). Middle East leaders prefer the devil they know in US presidential elections. And yet a Biden victory might be the bitter pill needed for reform in the region. strategic-culture.org There are few leaders in the Middle East who would want Joe Biden to take office in January of next year. Considered a disciple of Obama, many consider him as a potential US president who will merely replicate Obama's policies and ostracise them from the White House as a punishment and a recalibration of US relations in the region. | Indeed, countries like Saudi Arabia — which has the most to lose — will place its defacto young leader in a pickle when faced with Iran being reinvigorated by going back to the so-called 'Iran Deal' and the lifting of sanctions, in particular on oil sales in a period wher…

_____ (2020-10-10). South America: The Escazu Agreement Requires a Change in Regional Politics. strategic-culture.org Taking into consideration the UN Sustainable Development Goals in terms of environmental matters, the The initiative was led by Chile and Costa Rica, laying the foundations for a human rights trea…

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-10). Police seize 604 kg of narcotics in Hormozgan province. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 10 (MNA) — The police chief of Hormozgan Province, south of Iran said that police forces have confiscated 604 kilograms of illicit drugs in a joint operation.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-10). VIDEO: North Korea unveils massive new ballistic missile. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 11 (MNA) — North Korea unveiled what analysts believe to be one of the world's largest ballistic missiles at a military parade celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Workers' Party broadcast on state-run television on Saturday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-10). NAM urges Zionists' withdrawal from occupied Golan territory. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 10 (MNA) — It its latest political declaration, the 120 member-strong Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) has urged the Tel Aviv regime's withdrawal from occupied Syrian territories in the Golan Heights.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-10). Motocross competition in Isfahan prov. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 10 (MNA) — A local motocross competition was held in motocross track of Isfahan on Friday in cadet and veteran categories.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-10). US Department of Justice seize al-Nujaba website. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 10 (MNA) — The US Department of Justice has issued a warrant for the seizure of the al-Nujaba website on Saturday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-10). Mazloumi resigns as Iran U19 coach to join Esteghlal. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 10 (MNA) — Parviz Mazloumi has resigned as Iran men's U19 head coach to act as Esteghlal's sporting director.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-10). Blast in Afghanistan leaves 5 dead, 9 injured. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 10 (MNA) — Afghanistan's Ministry of Defense said in a statement that five civilians have been killed in a bomb blast in Helmand province.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-10). US greatest threat to global security, stability: China. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 10 (MNA) — China's deputy permanent representative to the United Nations Geng Shuang rejected the baseless accusations made by the US representative against China on its arms control policy and COVID-19.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-10). China seeking to expand bilateral strategic ties with Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 10 (MNA) — Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said that China seeks to work with Iran to deepen its bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-10). Iran registers 3,875 new COVID-19 infections, 195 deaths. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 10 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 3,875 COVID-19 infections and 195 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-10). Zarif names his talks with Chinese FM 'fruitful'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 10 (MNA) — In a tweet on Saturday, Iranian FM Zarif named his held talks with Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on Iran-China Comprehensive Strategic Partnership as 'fruitful'.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-10). US sanctions not to affect Iran-Swiss financial channel. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 10 (MNA) — Chaiman of Iran-Switzerland Chamber of Commerce noted, "New sanctions of the US on 18 Iranian banks will not affect the Iran-Switzerland financial channel in terms of importing of cereals and pharmaceuticals."

Graham Peebles (2020-10-10). Anxiety Mindfulness and the Natural Unity of Life. dissidentvoice.org Depression and anxiety are commonplace in contemporary societies, part of everyday life; celebrities and public figures, British Royalty even, talk openly about their struggles with conditions that were hidden and dismissed just a few years ago. Most of us either suffer from one of these debilitating diseases or know someone who does; for huge numbers …

pip.hinman (2020-10-10). Solidarity sent to Indonesian workers taking action against new law. greenleft.org.au

pip.hinman (2020-10-10). Aged care royal commission calls for more staff. greenleft.org.au

Joe Glenton (2020-10-10). Undercover soldiers: how the spy cops bill could bring the war on terror home. thecanary.co Most of the debate around what's been dubbed the This focus is entirely justified given the human cost of

Sophia Purdy-Moore (2020-10-10). 'I can't breathe' UK police restraint contributed to Kevin Clarke's death, inquest finds. thecanary.co An 'I can't breathe': | Clarke, a 35-year-old Black man, died following restraint by Metropolitan Police officers in Lewisham on 9 March 2018. On body camera footage, Clarke can be heard telling officers: "I can't breathe" and "I'm going to die". | According to INQUEST, the medical cause of Clarke's death was "Acute Behavioural Disturbance…

Vijay Prashad — John Ross (2020-10-09). Why America's Economic War on China is Failing. counterpunch.org After Trump announced the tariffs against a wide range of Chinese imports, the Chinese government formally took up the matter through the WTO's dispute mechanism. After considerable study, the WTO came back with a verdict. On September 15, 2020, a three-person WTO panel found that the U.S. had violated the provisions of the 1994 General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), the treaty that established the WTO. This was a serious defeat for the United States.

Evo Morales (2020-10-09). We're Still Fighting the Multinationals Who Drove the Coup. zcomm.org The period since the military coup in November has been marked by repression, massacres of dozens of trade unionists and indigenous activists, and attempts to ban MAS from standing in the presidential election…

Andrew Korybko (2020-10-09). Armenia and Russia Are Sending Each Other Strong Signals Through the CSTO. globalresearch.ca OneWorld is publishing the original English-language version of Andrew Korybko's analysis on the titular topic that was first released in Russian at the Moscow-Baku information portal. | *** | Armenia's decision to skip next week's CSTO drills in Belarus and the bloc's …

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-09). Russian, Armenian, Azerbaijani FMs hold talks in Moscow. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 09 (MNA) — A meeting of the Russian, Azerbaijani, and Armenian Foreign Ministers – Sergey Lavrov, Jeyhun Bayramov, and Zohrab Mnatsakanyan – has started in Moscow on Friday.

sputniknews (2020-10-09). Baku, Yerevan Agree to Ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh After Negotiations in Moscow. sputniknews.com Amid the ongoing conflict in the unrecognized republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan were invited to Moscow to hold negotiations regarding a ceasefire and exchange of prisoners and the bodies of those killed.

news.un (2020-10-09). Nagorno-Karabakh: UN rights chief calls for urgent ceasefire as hostilities mount. news.un.org Amid escalating hostilities in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights appealed on Friday for an urgent ceasefire and for greater protection to be given to those caught up in the violence.

Joshua Cho (2020-10-09). Evidence-free 'lab leak' speculation boosts Trump's Xenophobic approach to Coronavirus. mronline.org Ever since the outbreak of COVID-19 was first detected in Wuhan, China has been the target of relentless hostile and racist media coverage, depicting the country as a uniquely nefarious source of disease (FAIR.org, 3/24/20, 5/7/20).

Mark Fiore (2020-10-09). President Superspreader's 'Blessing From God'. progressive.org Now that Trump is a COVID-19 patient, he is even more of a scientific expert than when he ignored science and social distancing and caught coronavirus in the first place.

Kenny Stancil (2020-10-09). US Labor Unions File UN Complaint Accusing Trump Administration of 'Outrageous' Violations of Workers' Rights. zcomm.org Covid-19 "has demonstrated that not only is the U.S. violating workers' rights, but those violations are resulting in people dying."

Staff (2020-10-09). Headlines for October 9, 2020. democracynow.org 13 Charged in Far-Right Terror Plot to Kidnap Michigan Governor & Attack State Capitol, Sickened with COVID-19, Trump Rejects Remote Debate and Plans New Rallies, Trump's Erratic Behavior Sparks Fears over His Physical and Mental Health, House Speaker Pelosi Questions Trump's Fitness as Vice President Pence Returns to D.C., North Dakota Hospitals Fill to Capacity as Coronavirus Cases Surge Nationwide, White House Superspreader Event May Have Exposed Thousands to Coronavirus, Whistleblowing Vaccine Specialist Calls Out Trump's "Reckless and Deadly" Misinformation, Trump Received COVID-19 Drugs Developed Using Huma…

sputniknews (2020-10-09). 'Data Speaks': Dr Fauci Calls Supreme Court Nomination Event at White House COVID-19 'Superspreader'. sputniknews.com On 2 October, US President Donald Trump announced that just a few days following a White House event where the president revealed his Supreme Court nominee, he and the first lady, Melania Trump, had contracted the coronavirus disease. At least 37 White House staffers and "other contacts" have reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.

sputniknews (2020-10-09). US Stocks Increase as Trump, Democrats Revive Talks on Latest COVID-19 Relief Package. sputniknews.com NEW YORK (Sputnik) – Stocks increased on Friday with the technology stocks having a third straight weekly gain, after President Donald Trump said he wanted a bigger COVID-19 relief bill than previously negotiated with Democrats, reversing course on talks he canceled earlier this week.

Staff (2020-10-09). Citing Trump's COVID Diagnosis, Pelosi Plans Discussion of His Possible Removal. truthout.org House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Thursday that she and Democrats in the House of Representatives would begin discussing issues related to the 25th Amendment of the Constitution, which pertains to how the president of the United States can be removed from power if the commander in chief is deemed unfit to serve. | Pelosi said the issue was being raised because of concerns among Democratic lawmakers that President Donald Trump may not be fit to discharge his duties in office due to the…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-10-09). 'Blatant Hypocrisy': Trump Heralds Covid-19 Drugs He Took Made Possible by Fetal Cell Research His GOP Actively Works to Ban. commondreams.org The use of fetal cells "has led to immense medical breakthroughs, including the development of vaccines for polio, measles, and rubella," and critical understanding of other diseases, said one leading researcher. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2020-10-09). Weekend for Trump, Who Has Covid-19, Now Includes On-Air 'Sham Medical Exam' Friday and In-Person White House Event Saturday. commondreams.org "No proof he's not contagious yet," said epidemiologist Eric Feigl-Ding. "Dangerous." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-10-09). Second Presidential Debate Canceled After Trump's Battle With Covid-19 Spurs Fight Over Safety Protocols. commondreams.org The Commission on Presidential Debates "will turn its attention to preparations for the final presidential debate scheduled for October 22." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Alan Macleod (2020-10-09). Critics Say New Iran Sanctions Designed To "Choke off Humanitarian Exports" Amid Pandemic. mintpressnews.com The Trump administration's new sanctions on Iran are so wide-reaching that many fear they are meant to directly harm the Iranian people as they struggle to cope with the coronavirus pandemic.

Staff (2020-10-09). Trump Plans to Have On-Air Medical Evaluation on Fox News. truthout.org In his first video interview since being diagnosed with coronavirus over a week ago, President Donald Trump will reportedly receive a medical evaluation by Fox News's medical expert Marc Siegel during "Tucker Carlson Tonight." |

Stephen Lendman (2020-10-09). US Sanctions: Weapons of War by Other Means on Targeted Nations. globalresearch.ca When unilaterally imposed by one nation on others, sanctions have no legal validity. | Along with color revolutions, old-fashioned coups, and assassinations, US sanctions are a favored tactic. | When imposed, they're all about seeking to weaken nations economically. | They also aim …

Stephen Lendman (2020-10-09). Removing Trump from Office Attempt 2.0? globalresearch.ca In December 2019, Pelosi-led House Dems showed contempt for the rule of law. | Two articles of impeachment to oust Trump from office were spurious. | Accusing him of abuse of power, they falsely claimed he sought foreign interference from Ukraine in …

Editor (2020-10-09). Surviving the Pandemic In a Broken Country. scheerpost.com The National Guard / CC BY 2.0] By Frida Berrigan / TomDispatch 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 miss browsing the stacks at the… |

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2020-10-09). Four Years Ago, US Bombs Killed Hundreds at a Yemeni Funeral. Those Bombs Are Still Used Today. mintpressnews.com The bombing of the Al Kubra Funeral Hall was the deadliest single attack in Yemen's six-year war, but it wasn't the first Saudi attack on a civilian target using American weapons, nor was it the last.

Alan MacLeod (2020-10-09). World Bank: Up to 150 Million More People Will Live in Extreme Poverty by 2021. thealtworld.com The convergence of the coronavirus, combined with global conflict and climate change has put the goal of ending global poverty by 2030 virtually out of sight. | MPN— A

Staff (2020-10-09). Netflix's "American Murder" misses story of Indigenous women murdered in oil fields. therealnews.com In this week's Climate Crisis News Roundup, a closer look at a popular Netflix movie. And while Mike Pence downplayed climate change in the debate, Indiana faces dire climate threats as the Amazon turns into a savanna.

_____ (2020-10-09). Amazon Expects Employees To Operate Like Fast-Moving Machines. popularresistance.org For Sean Carlisle (a pseu ≠do ≠nym) a 32-year-old grad ≠u ≠ate stu ≠dent and native of California's Inland Empire, the last three years at his local Ama ≠zon ful ≠fill ≠ment cen ≠ter have been an edu ≠ca ≠tion. As a stu ≠dent of urban plan ≠ning, he stud ≠ies how built envi ≠ron ≠ments shape a community's behav ≠ior. As a pick ≠er, he packs items at a break ≠neck pace amid stacks of inven ≠to ≠ry and snaking con ≠vey ≠or belts while del ≠i ≠cate ≠ly prac ≠tic ≠ing strate ≠gies to raise his cowork ≠ers' polit ≠i ≠cal co…

Andrea Germanos (2020-10-09). Trump's USDA sued over mass killing of native wildlife. peoplesworld.org Days after federal data revealed taxpayers funded the killing of 1.2 million native animal species in 2019, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services program was sued Thursday over what conservation advocates decry as a cruel and misguided annual extermination spree. "Wildlife Services is infamous for the scope and cruelty of its killing campaigns across …

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-10-09). 'Maybe We Should Be': Rebuke and Ridicule After Mike Lee Says 'We Are Not a Democracy'. commondreams.org "Some of us are fighting to build a true representative democracy, and then some are Mike Lee." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-10-09). 'Be Afraid—Be Very Afraid': Methane Ruling Seen as Ominous Sign With Barrett Poised to Join Supreme Court. commondreams.org The judge delivered a "puzzling and unsupported conclusion that the Bureau of Land Management can't limit methane waste because that would reduce greenhouse gas pollution." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2020-10-09). After the Assange hearing—the fight against imperialism. wsws.org What took place at London's Old Bailey was a process of vicious retribution against a journalist who exposed the barbarism of the ruling class before the world.

CounterSpin (2020-10-09). Mary McCord on Unlawful Militias, Chip Gibbons on Assange Extradition. fair.org Media…

pip.hinman (2020-10-09). Greg Barnes: 'The government must act to help Julian Assange'. greenleft.org.au

Jonathan Cook (2020-10-09). George Monbiot's Excuses for Not Speaking Out Loudly in Defense of Assange Simply Won't Wash. counterpunch.org Faced with a barrage of criticism from some of his followers, George Monbiot, the Guardian's supposedly fearless, leftwing 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

KPFA Radio 94.1 FM (2020-10-09). Tuesday 11/10: Chris Hedges: The Culture of Despair. indybay.org Online webinar…

Staff (2020-10-09). U.N. World Food Programme Wins Nobel Peace Prize for Tackling Hunger Amid War, Pandemic & Climate Crisis. democracynow.org As the World Food Programme wins the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to combat hunger around the world, we speak with Vijay Prashad, director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, who says the United Nations body is doing vital work around the world. "I couldn't be happier that the World Food Programme won the Nobel Prize for peace, because this hunger pandemic is paralyzing perhaps 2.7 billion people," he says.

Staff (2020-10-09). FBI Foils Right-Wing Plot to Kidnap Michigan Gov. Months After Trump Urged "Liberation" of State. democracynow.org Just months after President Trump tweeted for his supporters to "LIBERATE MICHIGAN!" the FBI has foiled an alleged plot to kidnap and take hostage Democratic Governor of Michigan Gretchen Whitmer. Authorities arrested six men Thursday involved in the kidnapping plot, and seven others who were said to be planning to storm the state Capitol in Lansing with the intent of starting a civil war. "It came as a surprise to many, but not necessarily here in Michigan, because the state has a long history of militia and white nationalist ties," says Russ McNamara, a reporter at WDET, Detroit's NPR affiliate. We also speak w…

Ramzy Baroud (2020-10-09). Despite Ambiguity in International Law, Palestinians are Winning the 'Legitimacy War'. dissidentvoice.org 'International law' remains one of the most discussed terms in the context of the Israeli occupation of Palestine. It is almost always present, whether the discussion pertains to the Israeli wars and siege on Gaza, the expansion of illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank or the encroaching apartheid throughout Israel and the Occupied Territories. …

Charlotte Dennett (2020-10-09). The Great Voter Purge: a Wisconsin Story. counterpunch.org Greg Palast, long-time investigative journalist and fearless vote protector, is at it again…or rather, he's still at it, exposing Republican vote theft right up to the November 3 election, now just a month away. His latest book, How Trump Won 2020, is his major wake-up call about the myriad ways "billionaire bandits" and their Republican

_____ (2020-10-09). Trump Administration Imposes Crushing New Sanctions On Iran. popularresistance.org The Trump administration on Thursday imposed a new, crushing round of sanctions that virtually blacklists Iran's entire financial sector – raising concerns it will cut off the country's ability to import humanitarian goods like food and medicine. | Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin said in a statement that the sanctions, which target 18 banks and penalize foreign institutions that do business with them, are part of efforts to cut down on "illicit access to U.S. dollars" and won't stifle humanitarian efforts.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-09). US sanctions complicate import of humanitarian items for Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 09 (MNA) — German Foreign Ministry announced on Friday that new US sanctions against Iran will further complicate the import of humanitarian items for the country.

Jeffrey St. Clair (2020-10-09). Roaming Charges: A Fly in the Anointment. counterpunch.org A return to normalcy, you say? Normalcy brought us the Iraq War, torture, assassination by drone, 607 billionaires & 600k homeless, the gutting of welfare, warrantless wiretaps, militarized police, the war on drugs, globalized fracking, the destruction of the Gulf of Mexico & an atmospheric C02 level of 411.08 ppm and rising. Screw normalcy.

Juan Cole (2020-10-09). With Crushing Sanctions on 18 Iranian Banks, Is Trump Trying to Leave a War Behind for Biden? commondreams.org So Iran gave up most of its latent nuclear deterrence and not only got nothing in return, it got the most crippling sanctions ever applied to one country by another in peacetime. (Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Amiad Horowitz (2020-10-09). Right wing fuses anti-Semitism with anti-communism in its conspiracy theories. peoplesworld.org It's hard for anyone reading any reactionary publication to avoid the name George Soros. Many right-wingers claim that Soros, a billionaire Jewish businessman, is funding radical leftists. They claim that Soros pays Black Lives Matter protesters, and some say he helps coordinate leftist activities around the world. Of course, anyone who does the slightest bit …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-09). "For Che, the revolution was intrinsically international" peoplesdispatch.org Marxist intellectual Aijaz Ahmad talks to Vijay Prashad of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research about Che Guevara, the iconic revolutionary. He talks about his internationalism and his role as an emissary of the revolution across the world. Professor Ahmad also reflects on Che's idea of what a revolution does, and his pursuit of a society which overcomes the distortions capitalism introduces to human nature. | On October 9, 2020, the anniversary of Che Guevara's assassination, nearly 20 publishers across the world are releasing a free e-book with two of Che's iconic works, Socialism and Man in Cuba (1965…

Eve Ottenberg (2020-10-09). Fascism's Twisted Take on Climate Change. counterpunch.org The climate catastrophe has caught fascism's evil eye. First it spawned eco-fascism, a creed founded on lies about immigrants and population control. More people migrating to first world countries, eco-fascists say, means more people with outsized carbon footprints. Better for those immigrants to stay home, having less climate impact, than coming here to indulge in

ACLU (2020-10-09). Learn About the Charleston County Sheriff Candidates. aclu.org The election for Charleston County Sheriff on Nov. 3 can help shape the county's policies on the role of policing in our community, immigrants' rights, and law enforcement accountability. The Charleston County sheriff can adopt policies that will make our community safer and more just for all. | CAST AN INFORMED VOTE | Make sure you know the candidates' positions on key civil liberties and civil rights issues. The ACLU does not endorse or oppose candidates but urges you to cast an informed vote. | IssueKristin GrazianoAl Cannon (Inc) | Commits to end 287(g), a program working with the Trump administration t…

Ramzy Baroud (2020-10-09). Black Lives Should Always Matter: Delinking Social Justice from Seasonal US Politics. counterpunch.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

Vijay Prashad (2020-10-09). When confronted by us hungry bellies, the imperialists reach for their guns. mronline.org The United States government was furious about the 'irresponsible extravagances' in Nkrumah's book and decided to punish him by refusing to allow $300 million in short-term aid to cover the costs of importing food.

Mateo Pimentel (2020-10-09). MAGA and the White Nationalist Agenda. counterpunch.org The "Make America Great Again" MAGA slogan is nothing new. On the evening of March 21, 1915, President Woodrow Wilson attended a screening of The Birth of a Nation. The "blockbuster" film was based on The Clansman, a novel written by Wilson's good friend Thomas Dixon. As in the novel, the film presented a resurgent

Azad Essa (2020-10-09). Joe Biden, Emgage and the muzzling of Muslim America. middleeasteye.net Joe Biden, Emgage and the muzzling of Muslim America | Fri, 10/09/2020 – 03: 21 | Emgage's rise to prominence during the 2020 US election is not a story of a group that advocates for Muslim communities, but rather of one that has served to mute their voices | What if he wins again? | As early voting gets underway in what has ceremoniously been dubbed the most important election in recent memory, liberal talk s…

Mohammad Ersan (2020-10-09). Under US pressure, Jordan hit by furore over Palestinian ex-prisoner's deportation. middleeasteye.net Under US pressure, Jordan hit by furore over Palestinian ex-prisoner's deportation | Hamas member's attempt to appeal to King Abdullah for her husband creates controversy when her line is cut on the radio | Fri, 10/09/2020 – 14: 37 | Ahlam Tamimi speaks to reporters upon her arrival at Queen Alia international airport in Amman on 18 October 2011 (AFP) | The Jordanian government and a popular rad…

Lawrence Ware — Chanda Prescod-Weinstein (2020-10-09). Debatable: Can Kamala Harris Tell Us Anything About the Politics of Ava DuVernay? counterpunch.org I can't believe that it was just last year that Ava DuVernay's "When They See Us" was the thing that Black folks were watching and discussing on social media. We laughed, we cried, we felt righteous indignation at the way those young men were treated, and immeasurable gratitude for the filmmaker who put their stories

John Wojcik, C.J. Atkins (2020-10-09). Trump attacks Michigan Gov. Whitmer after white supremacist kidnapping plot foiled. peoplesworld.org Shortly after a dangerous group of white supremacist terrorists were charged in a plot to kidnap Michigan's Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and put her on trial for "treason," President Trump came out with his own attack on her. The apparent motive behind the kidnapping scheme was the dislike the kidnappers had of the governor's quick and …

John Wojcik (2020-10-09). To Biden and Harris: Don't keep your best policies packed away. peoplesworld.org The Biden-Harris campaign is doing a good job of presenting a small-d democratic alternative to the neo-fascist Trump and his followers in and around the White House and Republican Party. The good job the Dems are doing in this respect was reflected in the Trump-Biden and the Pence-Harris debates. Both Biden and Harris, however, missed …

Alex MacDonald (2020-10-09). Turkey's Mount Ida: The frontline between mining giants and local people. middleeasteye.net Turkey's Mount Ida: The frontline between mining giants and local people | Activists and local residents are mobilising against mining ventures they say will threaten the region's outstanding biodiversity | Fri, 10/09/2020 – 11: 44 | Local activists hold up a banner reading 'Mount Ida is more valuable than gold' as they protest Cengiz Holding (Kazdagi Association) | Turkey is a land of outstandi…

Staff (2020-10-09). Is it time to talk about armed-self defense for Black people? therealnews.com Is there a place for armed self-defense among Black freedom fighters today? Jacqueline Luqman talks history and strategy with Dr. Akinyele Umoja.

Liberation Staff (2020-10-09). Harris vs. Pence debate: No real choice under capitalist "democracy" liberationnews.org The Vice-Presidential debate this week served as further evidence that both the Democratic and Republican parties have nothing of substance to offer for the working class. Neither Kamala Harris nor Mike Pence were willing to even consider the type of dramatic changes to the economic and political order necessary to address the dire crises facing …

MEE and agencies (2020-10-09). Yemen's Houthis slam World Food Programme's Nobel Peace Prize win. middleeasteye.net Yemen's Houthis slam World Food Programme's Nobel Peace Prize win | Shia movement says UN body has 'largely failed in the biggest task for which it was chosen, and that is combating hunger' | Fri, 10/09/2020 – 18: 03 | World Food Programme tries to feed 13 million people each month in Yemen (AFP/File photo) | Yemen's Houthi rebels accused the World Food Programme (WFP) of failing stop fami…

Rob Urie (2020-10-09). Power and Class in the 21st Century. counterpunch.org The preeminence of capitalism, with various agglomerations of economically captured states, nominally private institutions such as corporations, and so-called markets, represents fundamentally different form and function of Western societies than existed only a few short decades ago. The singular nature of this organization, along with the sense that it represents a relatively fixed and external

Kareem Chehayeb (2020-10-09). In Lebanon, students hit by coronavirus, Beirut blast and continuing economic woes. middleeasteye.net In Lebanon, students hit by coronavirus, Beirut blast and continuing economic woes | Organisations warn of increased risk of school dropouts, as the country reels from the effects of the explosion | Fri, 10/09/2020 – 14: 10 | A Lebanese pupil at Our Lady of Lourdes school in the Lebanese city of Zahle on 30 June 2020 (AFP) | "I asked you to call me at this time because that's when my son has…

Becky Grant (2020-10-09). It's a Sink or Swim Year for CounterPunch. counterpunch.org CounterPunch was born as a tiny, hand-copied and folded newsletter. Fast forward from those humble beginnings, when Alexander Cockburn and Ken Silverstein were at the helm, to now and you'll see the incredible evolution of CounterPunch. Our shiny, brand new website is not an excessive luxury. It's a necessity to keep up with the frenetic pace of the ever-changing digital realm, so we can continue to disseminate CounterPunch to as many people as possible.

Shatha Hammad (2020-10-09). Israel's school demolition order leaves Palestinian children in limbo. middleeasteye.net Israel's school demolition order leaves Palestinian children in limbo | The EU-supported project in Ramallah has seen daily intimidation by settlers and serves 50 students | Fri, 10/09/2020 – 10: 03 | Palestinian children from the primary school in Ras al-Tin, eastern Ramallah, that is facing demolition (Shatha Hammad) | An Israeli court rejected on Thursday an appeal against the demolition of an E…

Ali Harb (2020-10-09). Trump says Iran is on notice not to 'f**k around' with US. middleeasteye.net Trump says Iran is on notice not to 'f**k around' with US | President Donald Trump says 'you don't see terror' in Middle East because of his sanctions against Iran | Fri, 10/09/2020 – 22: 36 | Atlantic Council's Barbara Slavin says sweeping sanctions against Iran show lack of imagination and 'real sadistic streak' (AFP/File photo) | US President Donald Trump talked up his Iran policy in a profanity-laden tirade o…

Daniel Beaumont (2020-10-09). The Most Important Patient In The World. counterpunch.org So he was dubbed by many commentators on TV and the Internet. Finally a large number of independent thinkers agreed with something the patient has long known. He is the most important something in the world. The vortex we've lived in since—was it January or February?—that downward spiral grew and accelerated last Thursday. The pace

Marilyn Bechtel (2020-10-09). District Attorney says Oscar Grant police murder case to be reopened. peoplesworld.org

MEE staff (2020-10-09). Coronavirus: Oman introduces two-week night curfew after uptick in cases. middleeasteye.net Coronavirus: Oman introduces two-week night curfew after uptick in cases | Those who fail to follow guidelines will be named and shamed, warns committee responsible for country's Covid-19 task force | Fri, 10/09/2020 – 19: 58 | Empty road near Bahwan Mosque in Omani capital, Muscat, amid lockdown to prevent spread of coronavirus on 27 July (AFP/File photo) | Oman ordered a two-week curfew following an uptick i…

MEE staff (2020-10-09). Palestinians outraged by Saudi prince's barbed criticism of leadership. middleeasteye.net Palestinians outraged by Saudi prince's barbed criticism of leadership | Ex-Saudi spy chief's rant prompts suspicions Riyadh is clearing the way for Israeli normalisation | Fri, 10/09/2020 – 13: 26 | Bandar bin Sultan during an interview with Al-Arabiya channel (Screengrab) | Palestinians have reacted furiously to comments by top Saudi royal, Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, a former Saudi spy chief and…

Special to People's World (2020-10-09). Robey Theatre Company releases nine scripts by Black playwrights in publishing venture. peoplesworld.org For 26 years, the Robey Theatre Company has made its mission to tell the stories of the Black global diaspora on stage. It is now also doing so in print. The Robey Theatre Company Playwriting Series currently has nine play scripts in publication, available in paperback edition and also in Kindle format. These plays, all …

Bill Meyer (2020-10-09). 'The New Corporation' at TIFF: No such thing as corporate social responsibility. peoplesworld.org Another most fitting film to premiere at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival is the Canadian "unfortunately necessary" sequel to Mark Achbar's The Corporation, the 2 Ω hour blockbuster doc released back in 2003 at TIFF. It went on to win several awards and become the ultimate filmic analysis of the most dominant institution in modern …

Brian Cloughley (2020-10-09). Britain is on the Skids, Economically and Morally. counterpunch.org Countless millions in Britain are suffering economically and/or medically from the effects of the government's erratic whack-a-mole approach to the Covid-19 crisis. On the other hand, criminal gangs and some very rich citizens have prospered greatly from the effects of the pandemic, and morally it is difficult to draw a line between these elements of the

Alex MacDonald (2020-10-09). Turkish prosecutors seek 'aggravated' life sentence for philanthropist Osman Kavala. middleeasteye.net Turkish prosecutors seek 'aggravated' life sentence for philanthropist Osman Kavala | New indictment also targets American academic Henri Barkey as conspirator in 2016 coup attempt | Fri, 10/09/2020 – 07: 30 | A journalist stands in front of a poster featuring jailed businessman and philanthropist Osman Kavala during a press conference of his lawyers (AFP) | Turkish prosecutors are seeking an "a…

Chauncey K. Robinson (2020-10-09). Kentucky A.G. Cameron seeks to silence jurors in Breonna Taylor case. peoplesworld.org Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron claimed weeks ago, when announcing the grand jury's decision in Breonna Taylor's shooting death, that justice only answered "to the facts and to the law." Cameron's recent motion to keep jurors who ruled on the case from speaking publicly about the proceedings, however, has many wondering whether the "facts" he …

MEE staff (2020-10-09). World Food Programme wins Nobel Peace Prize. middleeasteye.net World Food Programme wins Nobel Peace Prize | UN body given award for its efforts in combating hunger globally | Fri, 10/09/2020 – 10: 04 | A child suffering from severe malnutrition is measured at a WFP treatment centre in the Yemeni capital Sanaa (AFP) | The World Food Programme (WFP) has been awarded the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize for efforts in fighting to end world hunger. | The WFP, a United Nations agency,…

Robert Penner (2020-10-09). Killer cop let off the hook for a third time in Milwaukee. liberationnews.org Liberation News eyewitness to massive state repression of protest against racist police terror.

Staff (2020-10-09). Breaking: Another cop charged with assault, another example of a broken system. therealnews.com The latest charges against a Baltimore police officer for assault and misconduct highlight the inability of police to police themselves. And we analyze the exceptional privileges afforded to officers by a special set of laws: the Law Enforcement Officers' Bill Of Rights.

James McFadden (2020-10-09). Did Someone at Deutsche Bank Leak Trump's Tax Returns? counterpunch.org With the initial brouhaha surrounding the leak of Trump's tax returns fading, including finger pointing at the IRS and talk of criminal charges, has anyone stopped to consider whether someone other than the IRS leaked the documents? There seems to be two criteria to consider in identifying the leaker. First, who had "access" to Trump's

MEE staff (2020-10-09). HRW calls on UN states to vote against Saudi Arabia's bid for rights council. middleeasteye.net HRW calls on UN states to vote against Saudi Arabia's bid for rights council | New York-based group warns that lack of candidates running for UN Human Rights Council will likely result in 'problematic' countries winning seats | Fri, 10/09/2020 – 16: 53 | Bandar bin Mohammed al-Aiban, a representative of Saudi Arabia, delivers televised speech before UNHRC on 5 November 2018 (AFP/File photo) | Human Rights Watc…

Staff (2020-10-09). Is it time to talk about armed self-defense for Black people? therealnews.com Is there a place for armed self-defense among Black freedom fighters today? Jacqueline Luqman talks history and strategy with Dr. Akinyele Umoja.

Anthony DiMaggio (2020-10-09). The Case Against Social Media: Mass Misinformation in the Covid-19 Era. counterpunch.org Americans are now witnessing a new era of conspiracy mongering and fake news via the rise of the fringe "QAnon" movement, among a plethora of paranoid claims that Covid-19 is an elite-fueled hoax and that it was secretly created by powerful people working in the shadows.

ACLU (2020-10-09). Mental Health Treatment is on the Ballot: Cast an Informed Vote for Montana Governor. aclu.org More than 90 percent of Montanans with substance use disorders

Mark Gruenberg (2020-10-09). GOP refusal to back rescue package could push thousands of jobless down to $5 a week. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Can you imagine trying to live, or feed your family on five bucks a week? How about $10, or $15, or $25? Tens of thousands of jobless workers could face that fate in December unless Trump gets a bill for and signs into law $600 in federal jobless benefits for workers who don't qualify for …

Nadda Osman (2020-10-09). Iranians mourn iconic musician Mohammad Reza Shajarian. middleeasteye.net Iranians mourn iconic musician Mohammad Reza Shajarian | Thousands of fans paid tribute to the singer and maestro, who died in a Tehran hospital at the age of 80 | Fri, 10/09/2020 – 12: 20 | The legendary singer was known for his distinctive voice and classical style (AFP) | Iconic Iranian singer and vocalist Mohammad Reza Shajarian died after a long illness on Thursday at the age of 80, leaving many Ira…

Bruce Lerro (2020-10-09). "Totalitarian" Anti-Communism: Loaded Language Straight Out of CIA, Neo-Con Playbook. dissidentvoice.org ORIENTATION Forms of language manipulation As most of us know, verbal language is both a tool and a weapon. Verbal language allows our species to talk about the past and the future. It allows us to label mental and physical illnesses and provides us with diagnosis and prognosis. It allows us to communicate more precisely …

John Feffer (2020-10-09). Nukes and North Korea: a New Direction. counterpunch.org North Korea's acquisition of nuclear weapons has changed the nuclear balance in Northeast Asia. But it hasn't altered the way politicians and diplomats approach the question of arms control and disarmament in the region. The debate among influencers continues to revolve around two versions of "more of the same." Containment advocates argue that North Korea

RT (2020-10-09). Pentagon to dish out $600mn in contracts for '5G dual-use EXPERIMENTATION' at 5 US military sites, including to 'aid lethality'. rt.com The US military has partnered with more than a dozen companies for "large-scale experimentation" with 5G technology, including efforts to enhance the "lethality" of certain systems, in what's slated to be a $600 million project. | Dubbing 5G tech a "foundational enabler for all US defense modernization," the Pentagon

RT (2020-10-09). Check with MSM first: Twitter rolls out new rules for candidates to claim victory in US election. rt.com Twitter has rolled out a set of changes to its rules ahead of the upcoming US presidential election. From now on, users — including candidates — cannot claim victory until it's called by at least two "authoritative" news outlets. | The updated rules were unveiled by the social media platform on Friday. While an earlier version of the rules said election candidates could not claim victory on the platform until the results were "certified," now they are allowed to do so when the results are merely "authoritatively called." The general twitterati are barred from prematurely hailing the victory of a ca…

RT (2020-10-09). DOJ slaps Yale with lawsuit over 'at least 50 years' of discrimination, claiming it put WHITE & Asian applicants at disadvantage. rt.com The US Department of Justice has sued Yale University for racial discrimination in its admissions process, arguing the school deliberately put Asian and white applicants at a disadvantage for decades. | Filed in the US District Court in Connecticut on Thursday, the

RT (2020-10-09). ISIS 'Beatles' plead NOT GUILTY to killings of US hostages, request jury trial. rt.com Two British Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) militants have appeared before a court in Virginia in the US, pleading not guilty to charges relating to murder of several American hostages by the terrorist group. | The two accused, Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, were brought before court on Friday. Both pleaded not guilty to the charges and requested trial by jury. They are expected to appear before court in January to have the date of trial set. | Earlier this week, the duo was charged on eight terrorism-related counts over the killing of four US hostages, two of whom were beheaded on camera. While the…

_____ (2020-10-09). Systemic Racism At Wells Fargo & Microsoft. strategic-culture.org Rod DREHER | Here's a letter the US Labor Department sent to Wells Fargo recently. (I had to screenshot it in parts, which is why it's broken up here): | The Labor Department sent a similar letter to Microsoft: | There is no chance at all that a Biden administration Labor Department would investigate major corporations for anti-white discrimination. Keep that in mind. Naturally, there has been negative press coverage.

Anand Naidoo (2020-10-09). The Heat: U.S. vice presidential debate. america.cgtn.com The two U.S. vice presidential candidates take the debate stage. Plus President Trump pulls out of the next presidential debate.

Areeb Ullah (2020-10-09). Twitter suspends Saudi accounts that stoked rumours of coup in Qatar. middleeasteye.net Twitter suspends Saudi accounts that stoked rumours of coup in Qatar | Accounts purported to belong to members of Qatar's royal family and fabricated statements from Amnesty and Human Rights Watch | Fri, 10/09/2020 – 14: 51 | It remains unclear why Twitter took so long to identify the network and delete the accounts linked to Saudi Arabia (AFP) | Twitter says it has deleted more than 30 accounts that sto…

RT (2020-10-09). 'Imagine': Ex-CIA director Brennan dreams of Navalny becoming president of Russia AND befriending Joe Biden. rt.com Apparently ditching all tradecraft, former CIA chief and godfather of Russiagate John Brennan "imagined" Joe Biden in the White House and Alexey Navalny in the Kremlin as part of a (partisan) birthday tribute to John Lennon. | "Imagine prospects for world peace, prosperity, and security if Joe Biden were president of the United States and Alexei Navalny the president of Russia," Brennan "We'll soon be half…

RT (2020-10-09). Chinese military urges US to stop 'provocative actions' in South China Sea as USS John McCain enters disputed waters. rt.com Beijing has called on the US to "restrict military operations in the sea and air" in the South China Sea and to refrain from provocation, after the US destroyer John S. McCain entered waters around the disputed Paracel Islands. | "We demand the US immediately stop such provocative actions, (and) strictly control and restrict military operations in the sea and air," a Chinese military spokesperson said Friday. | The country's military will take all measures necessary to safeguard national sovereignty, as well as to maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea, the spokesperson added. | Also on rt.com

RT (2020-10-09). Danish politicians spoke for FORTY MINUTES with fake 'Svetlana Tikhanovskaya' via video link – 'animal brothels' were discussed. rt.com The Danish Parliament has revealed that a supposed online meeting featuring leading Belarusian opposition figure Svetlana Tikhanovskaya actually involved an unknown prankster, who spoke to them about "animal brothels." | In an embarrassing turn of events for Copenhagen, on Tuesday, a group of the country's MPs were taken for a ride for an entire 40 minutes before they realized something was wrong. And that was despite the obvious giveaway that the fake Tikhanovskaya could not appear on camera, citing technical difficulties. | According to local media, reality dawned after over half an hour of questioning, when…

RT (2020-10-09). 4 killed, dozens injured in gas tank explosion in Beirut neighborhood (VIDEOS). rt.com The Lebanese capital Beirut has been rocked by a powerful blast after a diesel tank blew up in a densely-populated residential area. At least four people died and scores were injured in the explosion and subsequent fire. | Photos and videos published on social media show streets littered with debris and rubble, as well as damaged buildings, as firefighters try to extinguish blazes raging at what appears to be the scene of the blast. | ŸÅŸàÿ¨ ÿßÿ∑ŸÅÿßÿ° ÿ®Ÿäÿ±Ÿàÿ™ Ÿ&agrav…

RT (2020-10-09). Margaret Atwood and Stephen King sign open letter supporting trans rights amid J K Rowling transphobia row. rt.com Authors Stephen King and Margaret Atwood are among hundreds of writers who added their names to an open letter in support of trans rights, following other artists' defense of JK Rowling, who was targeted by trans activists online. | The