2020-10-11: News Headlines

Pavan Kulkarni (2020-10-11). In Zimbabwe, teachers defy president's threat and continue protest into third week. peoplesdispatch.org Teachers in Zimbabwe, who are finding it to even difficult to travel to schools due to the decline in the value of their salaries, began staying off from work from September 28…

Kent Paterson (2020-10-11). The Long Wars Against El Paso and Ciudad Juarez. counterpunch.org Perched above the Rio Grande with a splendid view of neighboring Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, the Cielo Vista Mall is one of the commercial nerve centers of El Paso, Texas. On a normal weekend, the mall and an adjacent Walmart store bounce with shoppers, many of them middle-class customers from Juarez and northern Mexico who pump money into the local economy, support jobs and bolster Texas state tax coffers. |

Jack Delaney (2020-10-11). It's Time Nationalize Social Media And Big Tech. counterpunch.org On September 1, 2020, I received a direct message (DM) on Twitter from a reporter working with a mainstream outlet requesting comment. After a brief chat on the phone, I was informed that I was unwittingly caught up in a Russian-backed media operation, for a "publication" that had recently offered a writing opportunity. The "outlet"

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…

MEE and agencies (2020-10-11). Cairo court begins high-profile 'Egyptian MeToo' case. middleeasteye.net Cairo court begins high-profile 'Egyptian MeToo' case | Accusations against former student prompted wave of shocking revelations in Egypt | Sun, 10/11/2020 – 10: 07 | An Instagram post reveals accusations against former student Ahmed Zaki (AFP) | An Egyptian court on Saturday began hearing a high-profile case of blackmail and sexual assault that released a wave of accusations against promi…

Jack Delaney (2020-10-11). It's Time To Nationalize Social Media And Big Tech. counterpunch.org The tech oligopolies and monopolies — and particularly social media corporations — are not accountable to the public and lack meaningful regulation. The industry creates corrosive environments for democratic societies. The result allows for users and workers to be manipulated and exploited so that the industry can secure market share and profits.

Freddie Sayers (2020-10-11). Is The Guardian Planning an Attack on the Great Barrington Scientists? globalresearch.ca Last night The Guardian sent the following email to Professor Martin Kulldorff of Harvard, one of the three initial signatories of the ' . | . | The article …

MEE and agencies (2020-10-11). Israel will oppose Qatar F-35 warplane sale to ensure 'military superiority'. middleeasteye.net Israel will oppose Qatar F-35 warplane sale to ensure 'military superiority' | Qatar has formally asked to buy US fighter jet, also sought by the United Arab Emirates | Sun, 10/11/2020 – 11: 33 | Israel received F-35 fighter jets in 2016 and has opposed their sale to other countries in the region (AFP) | Israel will oppose the sale of American F-35 fighter jets to Qatar to ensure its own m…

Peter Koenig (2020-10-11). Palestine: Anniversary of the Death of a Child — 30 September 2000. globalresearch.ca Palestine under siege for 72 years. A UK-prompted UN decision in 1947 allowed David Ben-Gurion, then the head of the Jewish Agency, to proclaim on May 14, 1948, the establishment of the State of Israel. | The United Nations Partition …

Peter Koenig (2020-10-11). Climate Change — A Scam of Global Dimensions? globalresearch.ca In the context of the global controversies about the Western narrative on the so-called "Climate Change" — and the ever more visible merging of this narrative with the World Economic Forum's (WEF) declared post-covid "Great Reset", NTV, Moscow, aske me …

Newsclick (2020-10-11). Research into Black Holes Has Won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics. peoplesdispatch.org The 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to three researchers — Roger Penrose, Reinhard Genzel, and Andrea Ghez. Their research has proved the existence of black holes, and the existence of a supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way. Their research is based on the earlier work of Albert Einstein. Newsclick's Prabir Purkayastha sheds some light on the dark matter.

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 …

Julian Rose (2020-10-11). Manufactured Pandemic: Testing People for Any Strain of a Coronavirus, Not Specifically for COVID-19. globalresearch.ca First published by Global Research on March 27, 2020 | The following is from a medical forum. The writer, who is a widely respected professional scientist in the US, prefers to stay anonymous, because presenting any narrative different than the official …

Editor (2020-10-11). James Steyer: Wrestling Back Privacy From the Jaws of Big Tech. scheerpost.com Over the course of just a few decades, technology has come to play a role in nearly every single aspect of our lives. While there have been undeniable benefits to technological advances, one of the main concerns that has grown alongside its presence in daily life is how tech companies collect, use and profit from our data in ways we're often unaware of. James Steyer, a professor at Stanford… |

Andrew Korybko (2020-10-11). Several Observations About The Russian-Brokered Armenian-Azerbaijani Ceasefire. thealtworld.com It was a diplomatic coup for Russia to broker a ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan since it restored Moscow's relevance to the conflict, but for as positive of a development as this was, it's uncertain whether it'll last and will thus serve as a litmus test of exactly how much influence the Eurasian Great Power still holds over its "sphere of influence" in the South Caucasus. | Russia's Diplomatic Coup In The South Caucasus | The world is celebrating the Russian-brokered Armenian-Azerbaijani ceasefire which went into effect at noon on Saturday following over 10 hours of negotiations between Foreign Minister…

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-10-11). Every Presidential Election Since The Iraq War Has Featured Candidates Who Supported It. thealtworld.com The United States has done Yet there have been no consequences for it. No real changes of any kind were made to American military, governmental, political or media institution…

RT (2020-10-11). Lindsey Graham's Dem challenger reveals record-breaking fundraising after GOP incumbent's questionable remarks on black people. rt.com Democrat Jaime Harrison raised a record-breaking $57 million in the final quarter of his race against incumbent Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), who sparked recent controversy over a comment about being black in his state. | Harrison's $57 million haul blows past congressional fundraising records, and is also the largest ever three-month total for a Senate candidate ever, according to his campaign. | The support came through 1.5 million donations from over 990,000 donors, with an average contribution of $37. | Harrison's financial success comes only two days after Graham found himself in hot water durin…

Rania Khalek (2020-10-11). Aaron Maté On Western Countries Attacking OPCW Syria Testimony At The UN. thealtworld.com OPCW whistleblower Ian Henderson and former OPCW director José Bustani, who testified before the UN Security Council, were attacked by the United States, United Kingdom, France, and Germany during two UN Security Council meetings in which they provided testimony. | Bustani was blocked from reading his prepared statement on the OPCW's cover-up of what they uncovered when investigators examined the scene of an alleged chemical attack in Douma, Syria, in April 2018. | Henderson was accused of being part of a "disinformation exercise," even though he was personally involved as an investigator, and physicist Ted Posto…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-10-11). The Covid-19 Roadmap: Towards Global Economic Chaos and Societal Destruction. globalresearch.ca It is now confirmed beyond doubt that the Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction Test (RT-PCR) used to estimate COVID-19 positive cases is meaningless. It cannot detect or identify the virus. What it detects are particles or fragments of numerous viruses including …

Nicolas J.S. Davies (2020-10-11). How can Americans support peace in Nagorno-Karabakh? zcomm.org Americans should remember the people of Armenia and Azerbaijan whose lives are being lost or destroyed every day that this war rages on, and should condemn and oppose any effort to prolong or worsen their pain and suffering for U.S. geopolitical advantage…

Centro Aztlan Chicomoztoc (2020-10-11). 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…

Women's March (2020-10-11). Saturday 10/17: Alameda: Women's March for Saving the Supreme Court Seat Now! indybay.org Alameda City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda, CA 94501 | NOTE: Masks and Social Distancing…

_____ (2020-10-11). As War Danger Mounts in the Arctic, Peace Hinges on a Revival of the Wallace Doctrine. strategic-culture.org According to the Department of Defense's dismally short sighted vision for the Arctic, U.S. strategic interests were best maintained not by cooperation with Arctic partners, by rather by belligerent sabre rattling under the guise of "competition" with nations who have continuously professed a desire to work with the west as allies. | In recent weeks, this belligerence has taken the form of a new forward posture of 150 advanced U.S. fighter jets to be housed at the Eielson Airforce Base in Alaska including a mix of F22 Raptors and F35 Lighting II jets only 600 miles away from the Russia border. Each fighter plane…

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-11). W Azerbaijan province, Iran's chance to enter global market. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 11 (MNA) — Consul General of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Erzurum called the West Azerbaijan province as the gateway of Iran to the global market and the only Iranian city which shares a common border with eastern Turkish provinces.

The Canary (2020-10-11). Patel snubs factory workers 'robbed of tens of millions in wages'. thecanary.co Factory workers are being "robbed of tens of millions in wages", the home secretary has been told.Exploitation: The British Retail Consortium (BRC) and Dr Lisa Cameron MP, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Textiles and Fashion, have written to Priti Patel to demand urgent action over labour exploitation. They claim exploited garment workers have been denied £27m in lost earnings since July.A joint letter, signed by more than 50 cross-party MPs and peers — as well as a further 40 retailers, investors, and NGOs — was sent in July, calling for the government to introduce a…

Ben Bramble (2020-10-11). Why You Don't Need to Feel Sad About Donald Trump Catching COVID. commondreams.org President Donald Trump looks out from the Truman Balcony as he arrives at the White House upon his return from Walter Reed Medical Center on October 5, 2020. (Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan (2020-10-11). Donald Trump, Superspreader-in-Chief, Endangers White House Staff. commondreams.org U.S. President Donald Trump removes his mask on October 5, 2020, upon return to the White House from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he had been hospitalized after contracting COVID-19. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Steve Topple (2020-10-11). Marr outdoes himself by burying Hancock's Mail on Sunday embarrassment. thecanary.co Sunday 11 October's Andrew Marr Show was missing something. There was an unusual Mail on Sunday-shaped hole in its paper review. But it's not really a surprise, because for once the right-wing tabloid's front page poured shame on the Tories. Cue Marr burying bad news on behalf of the government. | Hancock in trouble: | Sky News

Nauman Sadiq (2020-10-11). After Bin Laden's Niece, Trump Gets Endorsement from Taliban. globalresearch.ca Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid

Ralph Lopez (2020-10-11). Chief Science Officer for Pfizer Says "Second Wave" Faked on False-Positive COVID Tests, "Pandemic Is Over" globalresearch.ca First published by Global Research on September 24, 2020 | In a stunning development, a former Chief Science Officer for the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer says "there is no science to suggest a second wave should happen." The "Big Pharma" insider asserts …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-11). South African workers strike against govt corruption, COVID-19 failures, job losses. peoplesdispatch.org A historic general strike was held in numerous cities and towns across South Africa on October 7 against corruption, job losses, govt failures during the pandemic, and its refusal to honor the wage agreement it had signed with public servants.

news.un (2020-10-11). UN in Myanmar comes together to protect people from COVID-19. news.un.org More than 20 UN agencies in Myanmar have come together to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, and staff are putting their lives on their line to support the Organization's efforts to protect lives and boost livelihoods.

Abdel Bari Atwan (2020-10-11). The Saudi campaign against the Palestinians. thealtworld.com A concerted effort is underway to prepare public opinion for normalization with Israel | In June 2006, about a week after Israel's assault on Lebanon began, a Saudi delegation visited Washington and met with President George Bush Jr., who made an exception to receive them at the White House on a Sunday. The delegation was led by the then foreign minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal, and included the national security advisor and former ambassador to Washington, Prince Bandar bin-Sultan, and the serving ambassador and ex-intelligence chief, Prince Turki al-Faisal. | The day after that meeting, the three princes sent a…

Benjamin James Davies (2020-10-11). Solidarity and resistance: how renters are fighting against unjust evictions. zcomm.org With the second wave of COVID-19 sweeping through the UK like a tsunami, a number of emerging key battlegrounds may define the future of the left…

F. Douglas Stephenson (2020-10-11). America's New Peculiar Institution: Health Care only for those who Can Afford it. zcomm.org We must immediately end our moral crime of having the greatest health system in the world, but only for those who can afford it…

Paul Cienfuegos (2020-10-11). Thoughts About Breathing and Not Breathing. zcomm.org Where Our Energies Can Best be Focused…

Editors, The Scientific American (2020-10-11). On November 3, Vote to End Attacks on Science. zcomm.org On an individual basis, the most powerful action you can take to protect science is to vote out of office a president who is trying to gut it—and to encourage people you know to do likewise, especially in the battleground states…

Keith Brower Brown (2020-10-11). East Bay Health Care Workers Strike Forces County to Disband the Boss. zcomm.org On day two of their five-day strike, Alameda Health System workers in California's East Bay won a landmark victory…

Sonali Kolhatkar (2020-10-11). Trump Is Waging War on Us—We Ignore It at Our Peril. zcomm.org The president has made clear that he intends to cling to power at all costs, including the U.S. Constitution and our democracy…

Janet Johnson (2020-10-11). Tuesday 10/13: No Coal on the Richmond City Council! indybay.org Richmond City Hall | 450 Civic Center Plaza | Richmond, CA 94804…

Center for Biological Diversity (2020-10-11). Thursday 10/15: Saving Life on Earth: Mountain Lions, Essential Wildlife Corridors & Halting Urban Sprawl. indybay.org Online via Zoom…

Women's March Sacramento (2020-10-11). Saturday 10/17: Sacramento: Women's March #AllRise Together to Demand Justice & Equity, Save SCOTUS, #GOTV. indybay.org Cesar E. Chavez Plaza, between 9th & I Streets and 10TH & J Streets, Sacramento, CA | You may also join online.

Strike Debt Bay Area (2020-10-11). Saturday 11/7: Strike Debt Bay Area Economics Book Group — Revenge Capitalism. indybay.org Online via Zoom…

Women's March (2020-10-11). Saturday 10/17: Petaluma: Women's March for Change. indybay.org Walnut Park, 201 4th street, Petaluma, CA 94952 | NOTE: Masks and Social Distancing…

Women's March (2020-10-11). Saturday 10/17: Napa: Women's March Sister Rally for Justice. indybay.org Block of the Superior Courthouse, 825 Brown Street, Napa, CA 94559 | NOTE: Masks and Social Distancing…

GAY SHAME (2020-10-11). Friday 10/30: The Night of the Living Nextdoor. indybay.org 24th BART station SF…

CA Poor People's Campaign (2020-10-11). Sunday 10/18: Voting is Power Unleashed! w/ CA Poor People's Campaign. indybay.org Online via Zoom…

XR America (2020-10-11). Saturday 10/24: March Against Extinction. indybay.org Union Square, City of San Francisco…

ACCE (2020-10-11). Monday 10/12: No Confirmation Before Inauguration! indybay.org 1 Post St. San Francisco…

Women's March Monterey Bay (2020-10-11). Saturday 10/17: Women's March Monterey Bay: Soles to the Poles #GOTV March to the Ballot Box. indybay.org Window on the Bay, 717 Del Monte Ave, Monterey, CA 93940, then march to the ballot box at Monterey Public Library | NOTE: Masks and social distancing…

Saskia Wendel, U Schmiedel & H Strommen (2020-10-11). Falling into the Spokes of the Wheel. Critique of the New Right. indybay.org Why theology needs to be political again. | Defunding…

Leon Kunstenaar (2020-10-11). Late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Canonized. indybay.org Celebration of Justice Ginsburg's Life…

Women's March (2020-10-11). Saturday 10/17: Brentwood: Women's March Sign Holding Against the Trump Agenda. indybay.org Brentwood City Park, 710 Second Street (corner of 2nd St. and Oak Street), Brentwood, CA 94513 | NOTE: Masks and Social Distancing…

CDPH, Santa Clara DPH, & Alameda DPH (2020-10-11). 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…

Allies of Women's March (2020-10-11). Saturday 10/17: Santa Cruz: Demand Justice For Ruth & Save SCOTUS w/ Allies of Women's March. indybay.org Santa Cruz City Hall, 809 Center St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 | NOTE: Masks and Social Distancing…

Santa Cruz News Network (2020-10-11). 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…

_____ (2020-10-11). The Shoddiness of 'Big Think' Media. strategic-culture.org On October 5th, The Atlantic, a pretentious American popular 'big think' magazine (selling

_____ (2020-10-11). Treat Your Smartphone Like Hannibal Lecter. strategic-culture.org Bill BLUNDEN | Psychopaths are a dangerous lot. They lie as easily as they breathe and when they're not busy gaslighting people they're hunting for bits of sensitive information to exploit later on. Clinical therapists recommend that the best way to deal with psychopaths is to avoid them. | Yet most people are loath to abandon the little monster that is the smartphone. Particularly denizens of the Beltway. These users would be well advised take a sober look at their mobile devices and acknowledge the true nature of what they're dealing with. | The Mighty Wurlitzer Reborn | In the years leading up to World War II…

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-11). Iran to defend Yemeni people in international arena. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 11 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister's Senior Assistant for Special Political Affairs Ali Asghar Khaji said that the Islamic Republic of Iran is employing all its power to defend the oppressed people of Yemen in the international arena.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-11). Police seize over 1 ton of illicit drugs in Yazd. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 11 (MNA) — The police forces of Yazd province in central Iran have seized over 1 ton of illicit drugs in the last 24 hours.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-11). Iran, Iraq to resume direct flights as of Monday. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 11 (MNA) — Iraqi Minister of Transport, Nasser Al-Shibli announced on Sunday that flights between Iraqi cities of Baghdad and Najaf and Iran's Mashhad and Tehran will be resumed as of Monday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-11). Iran' aerospace rank first in Islamic world ,13 in Intl level. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 11 (MNA) — The head of Aerospace Research Institute announced that in the aerospace field, Iran ranks first among Islamic countries and 13th at the international level.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-11). Official urges launching Iran-Switzerland financial channel. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 11 (MNA) — Chairman of Iran-Switzerland Joint Chamber of Commerce expressed his hope that financial mechanism between Iran and Switzerland will be launched in the first half of the next fiscal year (starts March 20, 2021).

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-11). Iran's envoy reacts to IAEA chief's comments. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 11 (MNA) — Iran's Permanent Envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said that considerable centrifugal and quality of nuclear materials have no place in the documents of IAEA.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-11). Iran inclined to boost sports, cultural ties with Oman. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 11 (MNA) — Iranian envoy to Oman Ali Najafi Khoshroudi expressed the Islamic Republic's tendency for expansion of mutual sports and cultural cooperation.with Oman.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-11). US sanctions aim at terminating Iran's exports: Hatami. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 11 (MNA) — Referring to new US sanctions, Iran's Minister of Defense Brigadier General Amir Hatami noted that Washington is afraid of Iran's exports.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-11). China calls for organizing a forum with Iran's presence in WA. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 11 (MNA) — Chinese Foreign Minister on Sunday called for holding a forum with the presence of the Islamic Republic of Iran in West Asia.

Nauman Sadiq (2020-10-11). The Yugoslav Wars: Biden's Belligerent Militarism Revisited. globalresearch.ca Ironically, while three US presidents have been accused of impeaching the Constitution for relatively minor offenses, including Bill Clinton for perjury and Donald Trump for using political influence to discredit opponents, no US president has ever been charged, let alone …

Afroze Fatima Zaidi (2020-10-11). Johnson is gaslighting us, his energy pledge is just the latest example. thecanary.co On 6 October, Boris Johnson With much fanfare and the requisite amount o…

Professor Piers Robinson (2020-10-11). The War on Truth, Dissent and Free Speech. globalresearch.ca On Saturday 13 June 2020 the Times newspaper published its third attack on academics associated with researching British government propaganda and the war in Syria. This time the attack focused on smearing myself and Professor David Miller with the objective …

Eric Stoner (2020-10-11). Get Ready to Resist the Trump Coup Attempt. commondreams.org Veteran Richard Saul carries a sign that reads "Dump Trump" as a member of the Oklahoma National Guard stands nearby ahead of a U.S. President Donald Trump campaign rally at the BOK Center on June 20, 2020 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

pip.hinman (2020-10-11). Venezuelan vice-minister reports on new solidarity initiative and ongoing US threats. greenleft.org.au

Tom Coburg (2020-10-11). Greek neo-Nazis provoked civil war, seven years later they're finally declared criminals. thecanary.co A Greek court has But there remain unanswered questions about the role of the police. And why earlier warnings that GD hoped to provoke a civil war in Greece as part of a "

MEE and agencies (2020-10-10). Ceasefire shaken as Armenia, Azerbaijan trade accusations of attacks. middleeasteye.net Ceasefire shaken as Armenia, Azerbaijan trade accusations of attacks | The recent flare-up in Nagorno Karabakh has been the worst the contested region has seen since the 90s | Sat, 10/10/2020 – 10: 15 | The recent flare-up is the worst in Nagorno-Karabakh since the 1991-4 war (AFP) | Armenia and Azerbaijan have accused each other of violating a ceasefire only minutes after it came into eff…

RT (2020-10-10). No end in sight? Armenia & Azerbaijan accuse each other of violations, minutes after Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire supposed to begin. rt.com A Russia-brokered ceasefire was supposed to end the fighting in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region at noon local time on Saturday, but Armenia and Azerbaijan both quickly reported continued attacks on each other's positions. | Yerevan's Defense Ministry spokesperson Shushan Stepanyan said that Baku launched an offensive into Nagorno-Karabakh five minutes after the ceasefire had supposedly commenced. She later added that Azerbaijani forces were shelling the town of Hadrut. | Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry, in the meantime, reported that "despite the ceasefire agreement" Armenia had launched attacks against sev…

RT (2020-10-10). Explosions reported in Nagorno-Karabakh, Baku accuses Armenia of shelling Azerbaijani town just hours into ceasefire. rt.com Azerbaijan and Armenia have accused each other of violating the ceasefire in the Nagorno-Karabakh region late on Saturday. The capital of the self-proclaimed republic, Stepankert, has reportedly come under heavy shelling. | Azerbaijan, for its part, accused Armenia of striking the town of Terter with artillery fire. | RT correspondent Igor Zhdanov said alert sirens were heard in Stepankert, the capital of the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region, late on Saturday. Several explosions — both in the air and on the ground — were observed in the city, he added. | ‚ö°Ô∏è&sbquo…

news.un (2020-10-10). UN chief welcomes Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire. news.un.org UN Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed agreement on a ceasefire in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone following talks held in Russia on Friday.

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.

WSWS (2020-10-10). North and South Dakota record fastest growing COVID-19 outbreak in US. wsws.org As President Donald Trump returned from his Walter Reed Army Medical Center suite to tell Americans not to worry about the coronavirus, both North Dakota and South Dakota reported the highest per capita infection rates in the country this week.

Steve Horn (2020-10-10). Trump getting COVID is his Hurricane Sandy October Surprise for science denial. nationofchange.org From COVID-19 to the hurricanes of the climate crisis, even "moderate" Republicans have continually displayed a willingness to ignore and malign science.

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…

Common Dreams staff (2020-10-10). 'COVchella' at the White House: Tiny Crowd Shows Up for Trump's COVID-19 Rally. commondreams.org Dr. Scott Atlas, Trump's advisor on COVID-19, was not wearing a mask at Saturday's rally. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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.

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."

Common Dreams staff (2020-10-10). Climate Emergency Activist Greta Thunberg Endorses Biden in Rare Political Tweet. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-10-10). How Did People Have Conversations Back Before Tech Oligarchs Were There To Police Them? thealtworld.com Twitter has "Starting next week, when people attempt to Retweet a Tweet with a misleading information label, they will see a prompt directing them to credible information about the topic before they can amplify it," Twitter

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.

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 …

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…

teleSUR (2020-10-10). President Maduro: 'Venezuela Has the Widest Electoral Guarantees'. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro Saturday invited the social organizations and intellectuals gathered at the International Festival of the Peoples in Resistance to accompany the country's parliamentary elections to be held in December. | RELATED: | Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro Saturday invited the social organizations and intellectuals gathered at the International Festival of the Peoples in Resistance to a…

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.

teleSUR (2020-10-10). Colombia: Social Organizations Denounce New Massacre in Cauca. telesurenglish.net Colombia's authorities and social organizations Friday informed that a group of armed men killed four people in a rural area of Jamundi municipality in Valle del Cauca Department. | RELATED: | The victims are young Eider Gutierrez and brothers Eliceo and Edgar Campo. The fourth person remains unidentified. | "Bandits attacked the youths with firearms in La Meseta, Comuneros community," Jamundi's mayor Andres Ramirez tweet…

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.

Eds. (2020-10-10). National strike: Indonesia rises up against new anti-worker law. mronline.org Hundreds of thousands of workers and students in Indonesia have taken to the streets in a powerful wave of strikes and demonstrations opposing the enactment of a new set of laws that would dramatically weaken the rights of the working class and environmental protections.

Kaamil Ahmed (2020-10-10). Two killed as wildfires rage through Lebanon, Syria. middleeasteye.net Two killed as wildfires rage through Lebanon, Syria | Firefighters have been tackling hundreds of fires in both countries, while blazes in Israel prompt evacuations | Sat, 10/10/2020 – 15: 52 | A man watches as wildfires burn in Lebanon (Reuters) | At least two people have been killed in forest fires burning through Syria and Lebanon, state media and officials said. | Hundreds of hectares have burned…

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 …

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…

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…

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 Terre Haute, Ind. If carried out, this would place federal executions ahead of those by the . . . |

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.

MEE and agencies (2020-10-10). Coronavirus pandemic hits Tunisians with 165,000 job losses. middleeasteye.net Coronavirus pandemic hits Tunisians with 165,000 job losses | Key tourism industry has collapsed, with curfew latest step in bid to contain rise in Covid-19 cases | Sat, 10/10/2020 – 14: 15 | Tunisia is struggling with high unemployment amid record economic contraction (AFP) | The coronavirus pandemic has plunged Tunisia into an economic crisis that has cost tens of thousands of jobs and c…

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…

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). 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…

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?>

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…

RT (2020-10-10). Japanese man reportedly detained after staying at hotel for 10 MONTHS & failing to pay the bill. rt.com An unemployed Japanese man has been arrested by Niigata Prefectural Police after staying for some 10 months at a hotel and allegedly failing to pay the bill. | The bizarre case was reported by Nippon News Network on Friday. The suspect, said to be a 58-year-old unemployed man, was grabbed by the police after failing to pay the bill for his stay at a hotel in Myoko city. | The man checked into the hotel in late December 2019 — and has never actually paid for its services. The hotel notified the police of the situation only on Thursday, which resulted in the suspect's arrest. | The not-that-generous guest h…

RT (2020-10-10). Eyebrows raised as Lukashenko claims he 'saved' opposition candidate Tikhanovskaya, giving her $15,000 before she left Belarus. rt.com Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has dropped a bombshell by claiming that former Presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya was provided with $15,000, by the state, right before she left for exile in Lithuania. | Speaking at a government meeting on Friday, Lukashenko explained that shortly after the election the leading opposition figure requested a meeting with the country's Interior Minister Yuri Karayev, asking him to allow her to leave Belarus. | The President's version of events is different from that put forward by Tikhanovskaya, and her supporters. After the disputed August 9 election, she q…

RT (2020-10-10). Kim Jong-un says socialism saved North Korea from Covid-19, with not a single person infected. rt.com Kim Jong-un has credited the country's socialist system with supposedly protecting North Koreans from the Covid-19 pandemic, saying not a single case of the devastating global disease has been registered in his country. | The bold, if unverifiable, claim was made by Kim in a televised speech following a military parade dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party. Recorded footage broadcast by North Korean state media showed neither officials nor the troops wearing face masks during the event, in contrast with some previous public gatherings. | Kim, who at times appeared to be…

RT (2020-10-10). Belarus govt SAVED runaway candidate Tikhanovskaya by giving her $15,000 before she fled the country, Lukashenko claims. rt.com Presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya was provided with $15,000 by the Belarusian authorities right before she left the country for Lithuania after the August 9 election, President Alexander Lukashenko said. | Speaking at a government meeting on Friday, Lukashenko revealed that shortly after the election the opposition candidate requested a meeting with the country's Interior Minister Yuri Karayev, asking him to allow her to leave Belarus. | The president had said before that he tasked the country's special services with safeguarding Tikhanovskaya, as she perfectly fit the role of a potential "sacrific…

RT (2020-10-10). Pyongyang shows off BRAND NEW intercontinental ballistic missile during military parade, according to experts. rt.com The North Korean military has showcased a new mobile intercontinental ballistic missile during Saturday's military parade, one which experts say is larger than any previously demonstrated weapon of its type. | Four ICBMs of the new variety were carried by 11-axle erector-launcher vehicles, and they may be the new weapon system whose existence was hinted at by the North Korean government in December last year. | | Screenshot from a KCNA broadcast | The projectiles appeared to be a larger version of the Hwasong-15, the ICBM which had its first test in November 2017. That test sparked security fears, as experts…

RT (2020-10-10). Belarus' Lukashenko meets JAILED opposition activists, talks constitutional reform. rt.com Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has paid an unexpected visit to a detention center in Minsk, meeting incarcerated members of the so-called 'Coordination council of the opposition'. | The unusual move was reported by local media on Saturday, with a short video from the meeting emerging on social media later in the day. | Members of the opposition 'council' were detained over calls to overthrow the government amid the unrest that followed the contested August 9 presidential election. The activists are currently being held at the pre-trial detention center of the Belarus State Security Committee (KGB) i…

RT (2020-10-10). 'Western brand': more than 20 nations possess over 140 'Novichok'-type substances, Russian Foreign Ministry says. rt.com The notorious 'Novichok' nerve agent described as Russia's lethal weapon has been first presented to the world by Americans and has since been replicated by 20 of their allies, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. | The structure of a substance that has since been known to the world as 'Novichok' has been first unveiled by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology back in 1998 on the basis of the data provided by the Pentagon, the Russian Ministry said on Saturday, replying to yet another damning statement by the German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas. | Over the years, the formula was used by Americans…

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.

Bill Bramhall (2020-10-10). 31 Days Until the Election. thenation.com The death toll rises while Trump blusters.

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…

Ralph Nader (2020-10-10). "Loser" — Pence Bullies Fabrications Through Debate Time Rules. commondreams.org People attend a drive-in watch party for the 2020 United States Vice Presidential debate in Queens Drive-In at The New York Hall of Science on October 07, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2020-10-10). Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia. wsws.org The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

sputniknews (2020-10-10). Joe Biden Says Voters 'Don't Deserve' to Know His Stance on Supreme Court Packing. sputniknews.com The issue of court packing – an idea supported by many in the Democratic party – has been one of those most acute for Democratic candidate Joe Biden and his campaign, as he has consistently been reluctant to outline his position on extending the number of Supreme Court judges.

sputniknews (2020-10-10). Afghanistan's Taliban Concerned With Trump's Health, Hope He'll Prevail Over Biden in November. sputniknews.com US President Donald Trump said Thursday that he wanted to have US troops in Afghanistan home by Christmas, after 19 years of combat in the Middle East. The assertion reportedly caught many military and civil officials by surprise and is seen by some Democrats as a way for Trump to gain additional points prior to the 3 November election.

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…

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.

teleSUR (2020-10-10). Bolivia: Luis Arce to Sue Those Who Accused Him of Corruption. telesurenglish.net Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) presidential candidate Luis Arce Saturday announced that he will file a criminal complaint with the Prosecutor's Office of La Paz against those who accused him of corruption without evidence. | RELATED: | "The complaint is already being prepared by the lawyers. On Monday morning, we are going to file it against all those who are falsely accusing me," Arce said. | The accusers have even impli…

WSWS (2020-10-10). Thirty years of German unity: Berlin increases military spending, incites nationalism and war. wsws.org The defence minister made no secret of the fact that Germany is arming itself with the deadliest weapons in order to wage war around the world in defence of its economic and geostrategic interest—increasingly against its erstwhile allies.

teleSUR-ce (2020-10-10). Bolivia's Coup President Goes on Anti-Che Guevara Tirade. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's defacto President Jeanine Añez marked the execution of Ernesto Che Guevara with an unprecedented "act of reparation" and tribute to the soldiers who participated in the killing of the revolutionary in 1967. | RELATED: | "Congratulations on the defeat of the communist invader," proclaimed Añez in a six minute anti-communist tirade in which she glorified the killing of Che Guevara, praising the Bolivian army's actions during…

teleSUR (2020-10-10). Colombian Judge Rules to Free Former President Alvaro Uribe. telesurenglish.net Bogota's Guarantee Control judge Saturday conceded the immediate freedom of Colombia's former president Alvaro Uribe because there are "no charges against him." | RELATED: | After several months in detention at his farm El Uberrimo, in Cordoba, the former president can regain his freedom through the process of bribing witnesses and procedural fraud against him. | "It is neither possible nor constitutionally permissibl…

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). 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.

WSWS (2020-10-10). Deaths of Sydney delivery drivers expose dangerous conditions in the "gig economy" wsws.org The conditions in the sector are the direct result of the destruction of permanent full-time jobs, enforced by the trade unions.

WSWS (2020-10-10). Dutch government's malign neglect accelerates resurgence of COVID-19. wsws.org The Netherlands has become a major hot-spot in western Europe for COVID-19 infections, with record numbers of confirmed infections each day.

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. |

WSWS (2020-10-10). Richest 50 Americans now have as much wealth as bottom 165 million. wsws.org Data from the Federal Reserve demonstrates that the pandemic has accelerated trends toward social inequality in the United States.

teleSUR (2020-10-10). Panama: 12 Volunteers Receive COVID Vaccine Trial. telesurenglish.net Panama's Vaccine Research Center (Cervaxin) said on Friday that 12 volunteers for the German CureVac vaccine trial have already received the shot. | RELATED: | "In Panama, we have 12 participants, eight from the first group between 18 and 60 years old, and four from the other group of over 61 years old who have already been inoculated," said the director of Cervaxin, Rodrigo De Antonio. | On September 30, CureVac started the last phase of the clinical trials…

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

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…

Daniel Brown (2020-10-10). While the Wild Rice Still Grows, a Native Culture Struggles to Survive. progressive.org As traditional crops decline due to climate change, Ojibwe fishermen in Wisconsin continue to be harassed—and even shot at—by local whites.

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). The California wildfires: A disaster of capitalism and climate change. wsws.org Even as record-breaking fires rage across the US West Coast, the ruling class has refused neither to address the climate crisis nor protect those in the path of destruction.

WSWS (2020-10-10). With more than 1 million dead, who have been the victims of the coronavirus pandemic? wsws.org More than 1 million people globally have succumbed to COVID-19. The working class has faced the brunt of this pandemic, with all indications that the worst is still to come.

WSWS (2020-10-10). Reopening of German schools leads to explosion of COVID-19 infections. wsws.org The ruling class knows that it is preparing a catastrophe with its ruthless policy of opening up the economy and its refusal to take serious measures to contain the virus.

teleSUR (2020-10-10). Mexico Pays Covax ~160 Million to Ensure a COVID Vaccine. telesurenglish.net Mexico's government announced on Saturday that it paid about 160 million dollars in advance to the World Health Organization (WHO) to secure 51 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from the COVAX initiative. | RELATED: | "With this payment, Mexico ensures having options to acquire doses of a successful vaccine against COVID-19 within the Covax portfolio", Mexico's Foreign Ministry said. | Mexico officially joined C…

WSWS (2020-10-10). State of emergency declared in Madrid as COVID-19 resurgence sweeps Europe. wsws.org New daily infections in Europe Friday surpassed the 100,000 mark for the second day running.

teleSUR (2020-10-10). Russia Will Take Its COVID-19 Vaccine to Another LATAM Country. telesurenglish.net As a measure to counteract Bolivia's sanitary crisis, Sigma laboratory Friday sealed an alliance with Russia to produce and export to other Latin American countries a medicine for patients with COVID-19 and to distribute the new Russian vaccine 'Sputnik V'. | RELATED: | The Bolivian company Sigma Corp. will import the new Russian COVID-19 vaccine, which was announced to the world in August by President Vladimir Putin. | Sigma will also begin to produce in Bolivia the anti…

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). US imposes draconian new sanctions against Iran amid spiraling COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org The sweeping sanctions announced on Thursday are aimed at denying Iran all access to the financial markets, thus cutting off the country's access to desperately needed food and medicine.

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 …

Ashley Curtin (2020-10-10). Horseshoe crab blood key to COVID-19 vaccine despite negative impact it could have on ecosystem. nationofchange.org "An estimated 50,000 of them die in the [vaccine] process and human interference also means that the species is now vulnerable to extinction."

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.

WSWS (2020-10-10). New Zealand debates reveal bipartisan support for austerity and US alliance. wsws.org Both Labour Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and opposition leader Judith Collins pledged continued support for the US, as it prepares for war against China, while proposing nothing to stop the worst social crisis since the Great Depression.

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). 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.

WSWS (2020-10-10). Stephen F. Cohen, biographer of Nikolai Bukharin, dead at 81. wsws.org Cohen's academic and political biography was bound up with his 1973 biography of Nikolai Bukharin, the first comprehensive English biography of the leading Bolshevik.

WSWS (2020-10-10). Canadian autoworkers union "rowing in the same direction" as Ford and political establishment. wsws.org While Unifor has demanded that hundreds of millions of dollars be handed over to Ford so it can continue to fund lavish payouts to its wealthy shareholders, the union is also supporting the restructuring of the auto sector at the expense of workers.

teleSUR (2020-10-10). Tourism Authority Gives El Salvador Thumbs Up Amid COVID. telesurenglish.net The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has granted El Salvador the condition of safe tourism destination in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Tourism Ministry of the Central American nation. | RELATED: | "El Salvador is among the first countries in the region to obtain this seal of compliance with global protocols for the safe reactivation of tourism and the recovery of travelers' confidence," the Tour…

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.

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 …

Paul Craig Roberts (2020-10-10). Masks Are a Political Agenda, Not a Protection Against Covid or Flu. thealtworld.com This 39-minute interview with two experts is the best information available on the efficacy and dangers of masks. As I have reported from the beginning, unless the mask is N95 it provides zero protection against inhalation and exhalation of viruses: | All masks raise C02 levels, reduce oxygen levels, and, if you are infected, increase the viral load that you are breathing. If a N95 mask has an exhalation valve, the C02 and contaminant levels are lower, but if you are infected…

Tim Anderson (2020-10-10). The Great VIRAL Debate: Dr Anderson's Opening Statement. thealtworld.com Dr Piers Robinson is our Chair. Off-Guardian is your host. The proposition to be debated is: : SARS-COV-2 merits suppression measures in order to combat the virus rather than the herd/community immunity approach | Dr Anderson responds in support of the proposition: : | Iask readers to reflect a little on health systems and the ideas behind them, and not just react to particular measures. To simply react to the crisis as 'lockdown vs no lockdown', and complain how it affects individual liberties, misses that. | The 2020 pandemic has shown us massive failures in western neoliberal health systems [mdash…

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

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…

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."

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

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…

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."

_____ (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…

_____ (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…

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

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…

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

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…

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.

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.

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…

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

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…

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

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.

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".

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…

Mirja Mittermaier, Philipp Pickerodt, Florian Kurth, Laure Bosquillon de Jarcy, Alexander Uhrig, Carmen Garcia, Felix Machleidt, Panagiotis Pergantis, Susanne Weber, Yaosi Li, Astrid Breitbart, Felix Bremer, Philipp Knape, Marc Dewey, Felix Doellinger, Steffen Weber-Carstens, Arthur S. Slutsky, Wolfgang M. Kuebler, Norbert Suttorp, Holger Màºller-Redetzky (2020-10-10). Evaluation of PEEP and prone positioning in early COVID-19 ARDS. thelancet.com In early COVID-19 ARDS, substantial PEEP values were required for optimizing oxygenation. Pulmonary opacities resolved during mechanical ventilation with high PEEP suggesting recruitment of lung volume.

Dimitrios Moris, Diamantis I Tsilimigras, Dimitrios Schizas (2020-10-10). [Correspondence] Cancer and COVID-19. thelancet.com We read, with great interest, about the outcomes in a cohort of patients with cancer and COVID-19 by Nicole Kuderer and colleagues.1 The authors showed that among patients with cancer and COVID-19, 30-day all-cause mortality was high and associated with general and cancer-specific risk factors, with a mortality of 13 ∑3%.

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].

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…

_____ (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…

_____ (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…