2020-11-17: News Headlines

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-17). Organizations across the globe condemn Moroccan aggression in Western Sahara. peoplesdispatch.org Progressive groups from across the world have expressed their solidarity with people of Western Sahara in the wake of Morocco's aggression and breach of three-decade long ceasefire agreement on November 13. The organizations have condemned Moroccan aggression and called the international community to intervene to resolve the issue. | On Monday, November 16, Venezuelan social movements gathered in the center of the capital Caracas to express their solidarity with the Sahrawi people and their cause and denounce Moroccan aggression. The demonstrators demanded that the UN should intervene in a more decisive way in th…

Norman Solomon (2020-11-17). Corporate Democrats are to blame for congressional losses — so naturally they're blaming progressives. nationofchange.org Those who denounce the fight for a progressive agenda are telling us that, in essence, they don't want much to change.

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2020-11-17). Japan Militarizes and Worries Russia and China. asia-pacificresearch.com

Andrew Korybko (2020-11-17). Russia's Red Sea Base in Sudan Is a Recalibration of Its Intra-Ummah Balancing Act. globalresearch.ca Russia's draft deal to open up a Red Sea naval base in Sudan amounts to a strategic recalibration of its careful "balancing" act between the GCC and Turkey after moving more closely to the latter following the end of the …

Tanya Wadhwa (2020-11-17). Colombia witnesses one of the bloodiest weekends of the year. peoplesdispatch.org Violence against social and political leaders continues at an alarming rate in Colombia. This weekend, between November 13 & 15, a family of 3 was killed in a massacre; 2 Afro-descendant people, 1 Indigenous leader, 1 social leader and 3 former combatants of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerilla group were assassinated by illegal paramilitary groups; and 2 minors were shot dead by a national army soldier. The alarming number of deaths is one of the highest death tolls registered during a weekend this year. | Estos son los trágicos hechos del fin de semana de horror en contra de la paz. En med…

Marlee Kokotovic (2020-11-17). Minnesota Permits for Line 3 Pipeline approved. Indigenous and Climate Leaders are left outraged. nationofchange.org Environmental and Indigenous groups say this construction threatens the water where Native Americans harvest wild rice and also would be a factor in increasing climate change.

John Rachel (2020-11-17). Free Press = Free Assange. dissidentvoice.org Covid-19 Global Solidarity Coalition presents an international webinar: SATURDAY November 21st — 20: 00 EST (U.S.) The panelists will discuss the UK extradition trial of Julian Assange, the 18 criminal offenses conjured by the U.S., and how the case impacts the 99%. DANIEL ELLSBERG: Legendary Pentagon Papers whistleblower, former defense analyst, activist. MARJORIE COHN: Professor Emerita Thomas …

Mark Gruenberg (2020-11-17). Newly revealed documents show Nixon, Kissinger plotted Allende overthrow from day one. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Almost from the very minute elected Socialist/Marxist President Salvador Allende took office in Chile in November 1970, Republican U.S. President Richard Nixon and his top officials were scared of his example and his impact—and determined to oust him. That's the conclusion that can be drawn from a new group of memos on the U.S. campaign …

Patrick Cockburn (2020-11-17). Robert Fisk had True Independence of Mind, Which is Why He Angered Governments and Parts of the Media. counterpunch.org Robert Fisk and I often used to discuss the merits and demerits of responding in print to personal attacks on us filled with provable falsehoods. The temptation to refute such falsehood is hard to resist, but we recognised that therein lies a trap because even the most persuasive refutation of a gross lie necessitates repeating

Erica Steib (2020-11-17). Anti-racist protesters shut down Wisconsin school board meeting. liberationnews.org School board unwilling to seriously discuss racism in the schools.

Teresa Gutierrez (2020-11-17). From the Immigration Movement, for the Left: Election 2020 lessons. workers.org San Antonio, Texas These slightly edited remarks were given on a Workers World Party Nov. 12 webinar, "What Now?" The huge voter turnout from the Latinx and the im/migrant rights movement for the 2020 presidential election must be put into the context of developments on immigration since 2006. Teresa Gutierrez. . . . |

Binoy Kampmark (2020-11-17). A Dedicated Obsession: Washington's Continuing Iran Sanctions Regime. counterpunch.org One dogma that is likely to persist in US foreign policy during a Biden presidency will be the sanctions regime adopted towards Iran. Every messianic state craves clearly scripted enemies, and the demonology about the Islamic Republic is not going to go begging. Elliot Abrams, the current US special representative for Iran, told Associated Press

James Bovard (2020-11-17). The Korean War's Forgotten Lessons on the Evil of Intervention. counterpunch.org This year is the 70th anniversary of the start of the Korean War, a conflict from which Washington policymakers learned nothing. Almost 40,000 American soldiers died in that conflict that should have permanently vaccinated the nation against the folly and evil of foreign intervention. Instead, the war was retroactively redefined. As Barack Obama declared in 2013, "That war was no tie. Korea was a victory."

Marilyn Bechtel (2020-11-17). 'Housing as a Human Right' takes center stage in Oakland's election. peoplesworld.org OAKLAND, Calif. — This city's supporters of housing as a human right, rethinking public safety, achieving racial justice, and upholding public education have a lot to be glad about as election results are finalized. Longtime Oakland resident and community organizer Carroll Fife, regional director of the Alliance for Community Empowerment for San Francisco and Oakland, …

Mark Gruenberg (2020-11-17). Robert Reich: Capitalism makes it hard to keep democracy going. peoplesworld.org BERKELEY, Calif.—Rising income inequality, to levels unseen for almost a century, makes it "hard to keep an economy" and a democracy going, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich says. Ditto for the U.S. version of the capitalist system, he adds. Reich, now a professor at the University of California at Berkeley, said the growing chasm between …

Raul Diego (2020-11-17). Our House: Why China's New South Asian Trade Deal is Making Washington Sweat. mintpressnews.com A 15-member South Asian trade agreement that includes China and Japan has put the West on notice that its influence in the region is waning and possibly done for.

Ashlie D. Stevens (2020-11-17). Candace Owens' attack on Harry Styles' masculinity reveals itself in that Marxist red herring. salon.com The conservative conflation of queer aesthetics and anti-capitalism ideology has a storied history in the U.S.

Norman Solomon (2020-11-17). Corporate Democrats Are to Blame for Congressional Losses. indybay.org So Naturally They're Blaming Progressives…

Stand.earth, Stop the Money Pipeline, more (2020-11-17). Sunday 11/22: "The Condor & The Eagle" Film & Discussion w/ Indigenous Frontline Climate Leaders. indybay.org Online screening (FREE or donation)…

San Francisco Public Library & partner (2020-11-17). Friday 11/20: Roundtable on "How We Go Home: Voices from Indigenous North America" indybay.org Online via livestream & Zoom…

Alex MacDonald (2020-11-17). Saudi activists tell UK MPs of brutal conditions facing political detainees. middleeasteye.net Saudi activists tell UK MPs of brutal conditions facing political detainees | Activists told a panel focusing on two detained princes that rape, torture and killing were commonplace in Saudi jails | Tue, 11/17/2020 – 11: 39 | Former Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef (R), pictured with current Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was arrested in March with little known publicly about his detention (AF…

Nadda Osman (2020-11-17). Muslim Pro users denounce tech firm after their data 'sold to US military'. middleeasteye.net Muslim Pro users denounce tech firm after their data 'sold to US military' | Muslims leave damning reviews online and offer alternatives to app used for prayer | Tue, 11/17/2020 – 12: 28 | Thousands of people have said they are deleting the app after it was revealed the company was selling users' personal data to brokers (Screengrab) | Muslim Pro users are posting negative reviews about the popular praye…

MEE staff (2020-11-17). Covid-19: Turkey to impose new measures to curb coronavirus surge. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Turkey to impose new measures to curb coronavirus surge | All schools will remain closed until the year-end and there will be a curfew between 10am to 8pm on weekends, President Erdogan said | Tue, 11/17/2020 – 17: 23 | Erdogan said the government needs people to cooperate with these measures in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus (AFP/File photo) | Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said…

Areeb Ullah (2020-11-17). Muslim Pro prayer app cuts ties with tech firm after US military buys user data. middleeasteye.net Muslim Pro prayer app cuts ties with tech firm after US military buys user data | Company tells MEE it is launching an investigation after revelations location data was acquired by United States counterterror branch | Tue, 11/17/2020 – 09: 28 | Muslim Pro boasts of being the most popular app in the world, with millions of downloads from users in 200 countries (Screengrab) | Muslim Pro, a popular Muslim p…

MEE staff (2020-11-17). Scores of Israelis evicted from former settlement in West Bank. middleeasteye.net Scores of Israelis evicted from former settlement in West Bank | Around 20 families, including a Likud MP, ejected from Sa-Nur by the military 15 years after first being expelled | Tue, 11/17/2020 – 12: 14 | Israeli settlers inside a property in the former settlement of Sa-Nur north of the occupied West Bank (Twitter\@EladHumi) | Scores of Israeli settlers attempting to repopulate an illegal settlement near th…

_____ (2020-11-17). The New US War On Western Sahara. popularresistance.org There is a new U.S. war in Western Sahara, being waged by Morocco with the support of the U.S. military. The U.S. military, unbeknownst to most people in the United States — it's perfectly knowable but few give a damn — arms and trains and funds the militaries of the world, including almost all of the most brutal governments of the world. I can't compare this with the outrage in the U.S. media over the U.S. government feeding a few hungry people in the United States, because there isn't any outrage over it at all.

South Front (2020-11-17). Video: Russia's Diplomatic Intervention and the Armenia-Azerbaijan War. Russia's Military Presence in Armenia. globalresearch.ca Results of the Nagorno-Karabakh war continue shaping the balance of power of the South Caucasus. The ceasefire regime established as a result of the Russian diplomatic intervention and the deployment of the Russian peacekeeping force in the region nears the …

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-11-17). Albania's Attempts to Refocus Kosovo War Crime Tribunal onto Serbia Will Not Work. globalresearch.ca Kosovo Albanians via their allies in Tirana are once again attempting to antagonize Serbia, this time through the Self-Determination Movements initiative. The Movement is trying to push through the Albanian Parliament a declaration condemning the so-called "Serbian genocide in Kosovo." …

Staff (2020-11-17). Indigenous Communities on the Frontline as Two Climate Change-Fueled Hurricanes Slam Central America. democracynow.org Hurricane Iota made landfall in Nicaragua Monday as a Category 4 storm, just two weeks after Hurricane Eta devastated communities across Central America and caused widespread destruction. Iota is the strongest November hurricane to ever hit Nicaragua. "It's caused a lot of damages to the most vulnerable peoples, which tends to be Indigenous peoples, Afro-descendants and Black communities all across Central America," says Giovanni Batz, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Native American Studies at the University of California, Davis, who has been in touch with people reeling from Hurricane Eta.

Betsey Piette (2020-11-17). Kaepernick joins the call to 'Free Mumia!'. workers.org Philadelphia A virtual press conference on the critical juncture in the fight to free political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal was held here Nov. 16. A special highlight was a seven-minute message from Colin Kaepernick, expressing his support. Kaepernick sacrificed his stellar athletic career in 2016 when he began to take a . . . |

_____ (2020-11-17). Biden's transition team is filled with war profiteers, Beltway chickenhawks, and corporate consultants. strategic-culture.org A glance at the Biden-Harris agency review teams should provide a rude awakening to anyone who believed a Biden administration could be "pushed to the left." | Kevin GOSZTOLA | An eye-popping array of corporate consultants, war profiteers, and national security hawks have been appointed by President-elect Joe Biden to agency review teams that will set the agenda for his administration. A substantial percentage of them worked in the United States government when Barack Obama was president. | The

Raul Diego (2020-11-17). Yes, Election Fraud is Real. And its a Longstanding Tradition on Both Sides of the Aisle. mintpressnews.com As allegations of election fraud continue to swirl almost two weeks since the 2020 election, the contours of a galvanized bipartisan ruling class in America are beginning to emerge in the wake of democracy's demise…

C.J. Atkins (2020-11-17). How did àÅlvaro Cunhal's 'Five Days, Five Nights' get its English translation? peoplesworld.org There are only a few Communist Parties in the western world that can claim to have fought a decades-long underground battle against an actually-existing fascist regime and survived. Among them is the storied Portuguese Communist Party. From 1932 to 1974, Portugal was ruled by the nationalist and conservative regime of dictator António de Oliveira Salazar. …

Thierry Meyssan (2020-11-17). Donald Trump ne joue pas seulement au golf, il purge le Pentagone. thealtworld.com En pleine contestation des résultats de l'élection présidentielle, le président Donald Trump a entrepris de purger le Pentagone des chefs de la rébellion. Premier visé, le secrétaire à la Défense, qui n'a cessé de mentir pour cacher les réels objectifs des officiers généraux. | Une fois l'élection présidentielle terminée, le locataire de la Maison-Blanche n'a plus droit que de gérer les affaires courantes. Mais juste avant la proclamation des résultats du scrutin par la Commission électorale fédérale, le président Donald Trump a commencé une opération de nettoyage sans précédent du Pentagone. | La presse US, touj…

Anand Naidoo (2020-11-17). The Heat: RCEP Trade Deal. america.cgtn.com An historic achievement – China and 14 other Asian countries sign a massive trade agreement. We'll discuss what it means for the region and the world.

CP Editor (2020-11-17). Mexico, the Drug War, and US Imperialism in Latin America. counterpunch.org

MEE and agencies (2020-11-17). Iraq hangs 21 men for terrorism at notorious Nasiriyah prison. middleeasteye.net Iraq hangs 21 men for terrorism at notorious Nasiriyah prison | The men had been convicted under a 2005 counterterrorism law but there were no details on their specific crimes | Tue, 11/17/2020 – 08: 29 | Iraq ranks fifth among countries that carry out death sentences, according to Amnesty International (Reuters) | Iraq executed 21 men convicted of terrorism on Monday at the notorious Nasi…

Marco Terrugi (2020-11-17). Evo Morales returns to Bolivia in triumph. workers.org Chimoré airport, Bolivia First published Nov. 13 in revistacrisis.com.ar, Teruggi's article describes Evo Morales' triumphant return to Bolivia after a year in exile. Translation: John Catalinotto. [Former President] Evo Morales and [Vice President] Alvaro Garcia Linera stood before a crowd at the Chimoré airport in the heart of the Chapare. . . . |

_____ (2020-11-17). This Isn't Feminism, It's Imperialism In Pumps. strategic-culture.org Push against the celebrations of women being elevated to positions which go directly against the interests of women. Do not let mass murder and psychopathy become the landmark for success in the kind of world we are creating for our daughters. Oppose this madness and push for the kind of world we all know deep down we ought to have.

John Winstead (2020-11-17). U.S. military and private data firms join forces for spy operation targeting Muslims. liberationnews.org The U.S. military purchased app data on hundreds of thousands of people to track their location, according to a newly-released report from Motherboard. Notably, the purchased apps include a Muslim prayer application and others designed to appeal to Muslims.

Staff (2020-11-17). With COVID Vaccines on the Horizon, U.S. Urged to Help Ensure Equitable Distribution Across Globe. democracynow.org As the U.S. COVID-19 death toll nears 250,000, drugmakers Pfizer and Moderna have both announced promising vaccine trial results showing over 90% effectiveness in preventing illness. But officials and health experts warn widespread distribution of a vaccine for the coronavirus — which has killed 1.2 million people across the globe — will be tremendously difficult to store and distribute. Vaccine researcher Dr. Saad Omer calls the recent news "reassuring" but says drugmakers need to be much more transparent about their data and issue more than just press releases. "There should be a little bit more det…

Staff (2020-11-17). The real winner of Election 2020? Drugs. therealnews.com Drugs won big on Election Day, and the bipartisan divide on the war on drugs appears to be closing. With major strides in drug decriminalization and legalization taking place, we explore how states are handling these measures and how it will impact us.

Thomas Knapp (2020-11-17). How Joe Biden Can Score a Major Foreign Policy Win on Day One of his Presidency. counterpunch.org "President-elect Joe Biden has promised to rejoin the Iran nuclear deal," writes Tom O'Connor at Newsweek. "But a return is set to face challenges on both sides as they attempt to rebuild trust in a radically different environment than five years ago."

Alex MacDonald (2020-11-17). Barack Obama's legacy in the Middle East: Six things we learned from 'A Promised Land'. middleeasteye.net Barack Obama's legacy in the Middle East: Six things we learned from 'A Promised Land' | In his latest memoir, the former president discusses being pressured by the Israel lobby, Bahrain's assault on the pro-democracy movement, and the vagaries of having 12 wives | Tue, 11/17/2020 – 16: 21 | Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak (R) and his US counterpart Barack Obama take part in a welcoming ceremon…

MEE and agencies (2020-11-17). Russia to build naval base in Sudan, ushering in new foothold in Africa. middleeasteye.net Russia to build naval base in Sudan, ushering in new foothold in Africa | Port Sudan facility will be Moscow's first substantial military presence on the continent since the fall of the Soviet Union | Tue, 11/17/2020 – 12: 15 | The new facility will make it easier for the Russian navy to operate in the Indian Ocean (AFP) | Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a decree on Monday approvin…

Eds. (2020-11-17). Can we electrify our way out of climate change—or do the rich also need to consume less? mronline.org As the Artic sea ice rapidly melts and the communities across the world suffer dire consequences, we are experiencing the tragedies from emitting greenhouse gases from human activities into the atmosphere.

Pranav Jani (2020-11-17). The 1857 rebellion in Colonial India. mronline.org The 1857 Rebellion against British rule in Colonial India hasn't always received the attention it deserves, despite being one of the most important uprisings of the 19th century. Pranav Jani argues it's high time we changed that.

Nur Ayoubi (2020-11-17). Covid in Lebanon: Minister's 'let women cook' in lockdown comment causes uproar. middleeasteye.net Covid in Lebanon: Minister's 'let women cook' in lockdown comment causes uproar | Interior Minister Mohammed Fahmi also said women 'too timid' to be prime minister, sparking widespread backlash | Tue, 11/17/2020 – 12: 51 | Mohammed Fahmi has come under fire for his comments (Reuters) | Social media users in Lebanon have organised a campaign challenging controversial comments made by caretaker Interior Minis…

MEE staff (2020-11-17). Palestinian Authority to restore security, financial coordination with Israel. middleeasteye.net Palestinian Authority to restore security, financial coordination with Israel | Official says President Mahmoud Abbas is ready to restore ties with Israel, a move that could disrupt reconciliation talks with Hamas | Tue, 11/17/2020 – 19: 07 | Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas holds a placard with historical maps showing Palestinian land loss during video conference with Palestinian factions on 3 September (A…

Staff (2020-11-17). "No End in Sight": 9 Months into Pandemic, Nurses Are Tired, Demoralized & Still Lack Adequate PPE. democracynow.org As the COVID-19 pandemic enters its ninth month, a new report by National Nurses United, the largest nurses' union in the United States, finds hospitals are still failing to provide adequate PPE and are unprepared as the surge is expected to get worse during the flu season. Nurses also report mental health struggles related to the pandemic. The union estimates at least 2,000 frontline healthcare workers have died due to COVID-19, with nurses of color accounting for half of those deaths, even though they're less than a quarter of the workforce. Jean Ross, president of National Nurses United, says the lack of prepa…

Tanya Wadhwa (2020-11-17). 1 year after the Sacaba massacre, Bolivians commemorate victims and demand justice. peoplesdispatch.org According to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), 36 people lost their lives in different parts of Bolivia during…

Jack Rasmus (2020-11-17). The Fed Man Song (to the music of Beatles 'The Taxman'). zcomm.org The Fed so far this year has pumped more than $7 trillion into investors, bankers, and big corporations, who then conveniently diverted most of that 'free money' into financial markets, driving up stock price values to current record levels…

teleSUR (2020-11-17). Lula Calls To Vote for Socialist Candidate in Sao Paulo. telesurenglish.net The former president of Brazil, Luiz Inacio "Lula" da Silva, on Tuesday called on the leftist electorate to vote, independently of the party for which they voted on Sunday, for the socialist candidate Guillermo Boulos, who advanced to the second round scheduled for November 29. | RELATED: | Lula's call comes after it was confirmed that a Homeless Workers Movement's militant would contest the second round of the municipal electio…

Peter Boyle (2020-11-17). Police move on hunger striker demanding Labor MP speak up against Assange extradition. greenleft.org.au Police moved on an activist who had chained himself to outside the office of the Labor MP for Sydney Tanya Plibersek to urge her to speak out against the extradition of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Peter Boyle reports.

Karen Conner (2020-11-17). "A Silent Pandemic": Racism, Negligence, and Medical Assault in ICE Detention Centers. cepr.net After a whistleblower revealed that an ICE detention facility in Georgia sterilized immigrant women without consent, members of the House Judiciary Committee and Hispanic Caucus visited the facility and heard directly from the whistleblower and immigrant women who experienced forced sterilizations at the facility. Congress members called for an investigation of the Department of …

_____ (2020-11-17). How Our Biggest ISPs Are Failing Students During COVID-19. popularresistance.org Early in the pandemic, one of our MediaJustice Network members reached out to us in hopes we could support a group of high school students in Baltimore who were trying to amplify their campaign. The students are leaders in a Latinx and immigrant student organization called Students Organizing for a Multicultural and Open Society (SOMOS), and this was their first time organizing for digital equity. | When school ended last year, SOMOS realized that many of their fellow Baltimore city schoolmates who'd relied on Comcast's Internet Essentials discount program didn't have a connection fast or reliable enough for onli…

Bob Cesca (2020-11-17). Our politics isn't about left vs. right anymore — it's about reality vs. dreadful fantasy. salon.com More than 73 million Americans just voted for a dangerous, delusional fiction. Our only choice is to defeat them…

San Francisco Public Library & partner (2020-11-17). Saturday 11/21: Shaping a New Generation of Native American Activism. indybay.org Online via livestream or Zoom…

Lauren-Brooke Eisen (2020-11-17). How Criminal Justice and Police Reform Fared in the Election. zcomm.org There was significant progress, but not across the board…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-17). Iran among top 5 in COVID-19 rapid test kit production. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 17 (MNA) — Chairman of the Coronavirus Combat Headquarter said that Iran is among the top five countries in the world in the production of COVID-19 rapid detection kit.

Jaklevic M. (2020-11-17). FDA Expands Food Safety Collaboration With Mexico. jamanetwork.com Building on a partnership signed in 2014, the FDA and its counterparts in Mexico have agreed to expand collaborative food safety efforts to cover all human food, rather than just produce, that crosses the border.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-17). Iran produces COVID-19 rapid antigen diagnostic test kits. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 18 (MNA) — The unveiling ceremony of the production line of COVID-19 rapid antigen diagnostic test kits was held in the presence of Iranian First Vice President at Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences on Tuesday.

Haymarket Books (2020-11-17). Friday 11/20: Fighting State Murder: Racism, the Police, and the Death Penalty. indybay.org Online event…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-17). Hungarian Faludi Intl Film Fest to host Iranian "Branded" en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 17 (MNA) — The short film "Branded" directed by an Iranian filmmaker is scheduled to vie at the Faludi International Film Festival in Hungary.

Jaklevic M. (2020-11-17). Nursing Homes' Next Test—Vaccinating Workers Against COVID-19. jamanetwork.com This story examines the potential roadblocks to vaccinating millions of long-term care workers against COVID-19, a task that is considered to be a critical step in protecting vulnerable nursing home residents.

John W. Whitehead (2020-11-17). Don't Call the Cops. Especially if Your Loved Ones Are Old, Disabled or Have Special Needs. globalresearch.ca "Anyone who cares for someone with a developmental disability, as well as for disabled people themselves

Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi (2020-11-17). Video: Are We Being Told the Truth About COVID-19? globalresearch.ca Professor Bhakdi is a Thai-German specialist in microbiology and co-author of Corona, False Alarm?: Facts and Figures. | According to Prof. Bhakdi, "this virus is no more deadly than a seasonal flu and for people under 70, it is even less …

Sierra Club (2020-11-17). Thursday 11/19: African Diaspora and Climate Change from Kenya to New Orleans. indybay.org Online via livestream…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-17). Libyan warring factions agree to protect oil production facilities. peoplesdispatch.org The talks in Brega led to an agreement to create a joint force to protect the facilities. The political talks that were going in parallel did not lead to an agreement on a transitional government…

Food Empowerment Project (2020-11-17). New Plant-Based Recipe Booklet From Food Empowerment Project. indybay.org NEW PLANT-BASED RECIPE BOOKLET FROM FOOD EMPOWERMENT PROJECT BRINGS RICH FILIPINO FOOD TRADITIONS TO THE VEGAN WORLD…

Oakland Privacy (2020-11-17). Wednesday 11/18: Oakland Privacy: Fighting Against the Surveillance State. indybay.org Online Via Zoom. Email contact@oaklandprivacy.org for Zoom info.

Reiner Fuellmich (2020-11-17). Video: German Lawyer Sues the World Over Coronavirus. globalresearch.ca Patrick Bet-David has a virtual sit down with consumer protection trial lawyer Reiner Fuellmich to talk about the Coronavirus and his work on the German Corona investigation committee. | Dr Reiner Fuellmich is one of four members of the German Corona …

Taylor S. (2020-11-17). Shear Forces—Work-Family Conflicts and The Importance of Balance. jamanetwork.com In this narrative medicine essay, an internist shares how the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the work-life balance she had attained and how the metaphor of aortic dissection—shear forces tearing arterial layers apart, managed with blood pressure—gave her a means to imagine how to reduce the opposing forces in her life on the way toward equilibrium.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-17). Meeting of Coronavirus Combat Headquarters in Isfahan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 17 (MNA) — The meeting of Coronavirus Combat and Prevention Headquarters was held in the presence of Iranian Health Minister Saeed Namaki at Isfahan University of Medical Sciences on Tuesday.

Lenis AT, Lec PM, Chamie K. (2020-11-17). Patient Information: Bladder Cancer. jamanetwork.com This JAMA Patient Page summarizes treatment options for early, invasive, and advanced bladder cancer.

James J. Zogby (2020-11-17). Arab American Attitudes Towards Their Heritage and the Middle East. globalresearch.ca Any discussion of Arab Americans must consider, at the outset, both the deep diversity as well as the shared attitudes and concerns that exist within the community. As is the case with most ethnic groups, Arab Americans are not a …

Manlio Dinucci (2020-11-17). Ritornano gli euromissili nucleari. globalresearch.ca Foto : il missile sm-6 della raytheon da cui la lockheed martin derivera' il missile balistico nucleare a medio raggio da installare in europa | Oltre cinque anni fa titolammo sul Manifesto (9 giugno 2015) ´Ritornano i missili a Comiso? ª. Tale …

Thomas E. Woods, Jr. (2020-11-17). Video: The COVID Cult. "The Greatest Public Health Fiasco in World History" globalresearch.ca This is the greatest public health fiasco in the history of the world, and the media has distorted it so badly, that much of the general public is celebrating villains and hissing at heroes. And, even — perversely enough — …

The Canary (2020-11-17). Police officer faces misconduct hearing 'for sticking carrot barcode on donuts'. thecanary.co A police officer allegedly tried to buy a £9.95 box of 12 Krispy Kreme donuts for seven pence by sticking a barcode for carrots on them and going through a self-service checkout. | PC Simon Read faces a misconduct hearing over the alleged incident at Tesco Extra in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire on 10 February this year. Papers say his alleged breach of professional standards is "so serious that dismissal would be justified". | "Justifiably appalled": | It is alleged that Read entered the supermarket while in uniform and on duty and selected a cardboard tray of 12 Krispy Kreme donuts priced at £9.95,…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-17). Q&A: Encouraging responsible behaviour during the COVID-19 'infodemic'. imperial.ac.uk How can public health messaging cut through the flood of information and encourage responsible behaviour?>

Jaklevic M. (2020-11-17). Warning Concerns Respirator Decontamination System. jamanetwork.com The FDA has warned the Battelle Memorial Institute, a research and development company in Columbus, Ohio, that its adverse event reporting process for an N95 respirator decontamination system is deficient.

Project Censored (2020-11-17). Nico Perrino and John K. Roth. projectcensored.org Nico Perrino is the first guest on this week's program; the topic is "Mighty Ira," Perrino's new documentary on the life and times of Ira Glasser. Glasser led the American…

WSWS (2020-11-17). Utah teachers stage wildcat sickout to demand COVID-19 testing, online instruction as cases soar. wsws.org Teachers in Utah conducted a sickout strike opposed by the union to demand an end to in-person instruction as the pandemic spreads uncontrolled.

Shane Quinn (2020-11-17). Will Biden Seek to De-escalate Tensions with China and Russia? globalresearch.ca A crucial advantage that China enjoys over its Western rivals, principally the United States, is the country's rebuffing of neoliberalism. Under its present leadership, Beijing's influence over corporations and private power has increased substantially. | By contrast to America, almost all …

Phil Galewitz (2020-11-17). Red States' case against ACA hinges on whether they were actually harmed by the law. salon.com The Republican-led states are trying to prove they were harmed by the 2010 health law…

Zoya Teirstein (2020-11-17). These freshman House Republicans might actually care about climate change. salon.com Republicans made gains in Congress. But it's not all bad news for future climate legislation…

Fight Back (2020-11-17). 5 years after police murder of Jamar Clack, justice demanded in North Minneapolis. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – On November 14, over 150 people gathered in North Minneapolis to honor the five-year mark since Jamar Clark was killed by the Minneapolis Police department on November 15, 2015. It also marks the five-year anniversary of the heightened struggle locally against police terror and its progression to demand community control of the police to stop killer cops. | New and veteran members of Twin Cities Coalition 4 Justice 4 Jamar (TCC4J) lead the protesters from the neighborhood that Minnesota Attorney General Elision lives in, to the memorial site of Plymouth and James Avenues, where Clark was killed.

teleSUR (2020-11-17). Saudi Arabia: Nuclear Weapons to Confront Iran Is an Option. telesurenglish.net Saudi Arabia announces that it is considering as an "option" equipping itself with nuclear weapons to deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran. | "It is definitely an option. If Iran becomes a nuclear power, more countries will follow its example," said Saudi Arabia's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Adel al-Yubeir, in a recent interview with the German agency DPA. | RELATED: | Although Iran has repeatedly clarified tha…

Matt Agorist (2020-11-17). Huck Finn, To Kill a Mockingbird, Other Classic Books Banned in California Schools for "Racism" globalresearch.ca When Gutenberg introduced the printing press in 1440, the world had no idea that things were about to drastically change. Prior to the release and production of the printing press, books were incredibly expensive, rare, mostly written in Latin, and …

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-17). People protest in Nigeria in support of Sheikh Zakzaky. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 17 (MNA) — A number of people, as supporters of Nigeria's top Shia Cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, staged peaceful demonstration, demanding the immediate release of leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) and his wife.

Strike Debt Bay Area (2020-11-17). Saturday 12/5: Strike Debt Bay Area Economics Book Group — Revenge Capitalism. indybay.org Online via Zoom.

Igor Derysh (2020-11-17). Graham's pressure campaign to throw out ballots may have violated federal law, legal experts say. salon.com After Georgia's top election official says Graham suggested he toss votes, Graham admits he called two other states…

Wang J, Li Y. (2020-11-17). Testing Clinical Prediction Models. jamanetwork.com To the Editor The Viewpoint by Mr Adibi and colleagues proposed some novel approaches for evaluating the performance and utility of published CPMs.

news.un (2020-11-17). Persons living with disabilities 'have very special abilities', UN deputy chief tells young Ghanaians‚ÄØ. news.un.org During her visit to Ghana on Monday, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed met with young people living with HIV and disabilities in the capital, Accra.

John Bellamy Foster and Intan Suwandi (2020-11-17). COVID-19 and Catastrophe Capitalism. indybay.org The scale of the coronavirus pandemic and its consequences on world accumulation are unprecedented, with the global economic costs still increasing. At the end of March, some three billion people on the planet were in lockdown or social-distancing mode.36 Most corporations have no emergency plan for dealing with the multiple breaks in their supply chains.37…

Feero W. (2020-11-17). Bioinformatics, Sequencing Accuracy, and the Credibility of Clinical Genomics. jamanetwork.com The adoption of clinical exome and whole-genome sequencing based on next-generation sequencing technologies has increased rapidly over the last decade; this has been accelerated by increasing coverage of these services by private and public insurers. Examples of use include tumor and germline sequencing in patients with cancer, rapid turn-around sequencing of the genomes of critically ill neonates to diagnose mendelian conditions, and noninvasive prenatal testing for reproductive decision-making. The accuracy of sequencing results is of paramount importance to patients, clinicians, and those paying for testing se…

Freund Y, Cachanado M, Delannoy Q, et al. (2020-11-17). Effect of an Emergency Department Care Bundle on Older Adults With Acute Heart Failure. jamanetwork.com This unblinded cluster randomized trial compares the effects of an emergency department (ED)—based comprehensive, guideline-recommended care bundle vs usual care on the number of days alive and out of the hospital at 30 days in older patients with acute heart failure cared for at French hospitals.

Lewis Gordon (2020-11-17). Kim Stanley Robinson Bears Witness to Our Climate Futures. thenation.com Kim Stanley Robinson Bears Witness to Our Climate Futures…

teleSUR (2020-11-17). Hurricane Iota Wreaks Havoc in Central America. telesurenglish.net According to U.S. National Hurricane Center, hurricane Iota was downgraded to category 1 on Tuesday, while maintaining its potential to produce flash flooding and mudslides over central America. | Hurricane Iota made landfall on the coast of Nicaragua near the city of Haulover located about 30 miles south of Puerto Cabezas. It is the first Category 5 hurricane recorded in this season in the Atlantic. | At least one person died and serious damage was reported as a result of Iota's impact on the Colombia island of Providencia, which suffered the deterioration of about 98 percent of its infrastructure. | Meanwhil…

Joseph Cox (2020-11-17). How the U.S. Military Buys Location Data from Ordinary Apps. globalresearch.ca A Muslim prayer app with over 98 million downloads is one of the apps connected to a wide-ranging supply chain that sends ordinary people's personal data to brokers, contractors, and the military. | *** | The U.S. military is buying the granular …

Ruth Conniff (2020-11-17). Trump Team Seeks to 'Delay the Inevitable'. progressive.org In Wisconsin, as elsewhere, the Republicans' false claims of voter fraud are becoming undone.

_____ (2020-11-17). After This Election, We Should Not Come Together. popularresistance.org Again, millions of non-white people crouched over their mobile screens. We crouched just as earlier generations of Black people crouched below window panes, wondering if they managed to outrun conservative white mobs. Mobs that the popular media, then as now, apologised for and referred to as aggrieved. | Again, we peered into our screens as if they were a rural town's night, watching for early signs of trouble. To see if the preferred candidate of the vehicle-ramming white nationalists had won or if we had been snatched to safety by the other one.

Labor Video Project (2020-11-17). "Fed Up" The SF POA Contract, Mayor Breed, Unions, The SFLC & Cops with John Crew. indybay.org Retired attorney John Crew who was ACLU Director of Police Practices talks about the effort by the Mayor of San Francisco London Breed with the leadership of the San Francisco Labor Council leadership to push through a City contract with the San Francisco Police Officers Association SF POA. He discusses the history of the SF POA including his arrest by a past president and the secret negotiations Mayor Breed and DHR Carol Eise has done with SF POA that that they are now trying to release…

Sandipan Talukdar (2020-11-17). Climate change is causing hurricanes to stay strong for longer, move further inland. peoplesdispatch.org Due to warming oceans, a hurricane will move further inland after making landfall and stay strong for a longer time, thus causing more destruction, a recent paper in Nature says…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-17). Borders of Iran, Azerbaijan to be peaceful forever: Envoy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 17 (MNA) — The Ambassador of Iran in Azerbaijan said that borders between Iran and Azerbaijan will always be peaceful due to historical and cultural similarities between the two countries.

Ben Jacob (2020-11-17). Oxford University's Ties to Nuclear Weapons Industry Revealed. globalresearch.ca Freedom of Information requests submitted by Cherwell have revealed that Oxford University accepted at least £726,706 from the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE), the designer and producer of the UK's nuclear warheads, during the years 2017-19 alone. | The majority of this …

Matthew Rozsa (2020-11-17). There's one big, important difference between Pfizer and Moderna's coronavirus vaccines. salon.com Both Pfizer and Moderna have announced promising vaccine candidates in recent days; is one better or worse?>

Naomieh Jovin, Magnum Foundation (2020-11-17). There Is a Name for Women Like My Mother. thenation.com There Is a Name for Women Like My Mother…

Sam Pizzigati (2020-11-17). Why Can't Inner-Ring Democrats Just Say 'No' to Billionaires? counterpunch.org Have you heard the latest about the strategic political genius of billionaire Michael Bloomberg? The political brilliance, you might skeptically ask, of Michael Bloomberg? The same Michael Bloomberg who had to spend a record $99 per vote to get himself elected mayor of New York in 2001, another $112 per vote four years later to

Reuben A, Elliott ML, Abraham WC, et al. (2020-11-17). Association of Childhood Lead Exposure With MRI Structural Brain Integrity in Midlife. jamanetwork.com This study examines the association of blood lead levels in childhood with MRI measures of brain integrity as well as cognitive function assessments at age 45 years in a New Zealand birth cohort.

Editor (2020-11-17). The New Elite: Dark Nights Rising. scheerpost.com By Thomas Klikauer & Nadine Campbell / Reposted from CounterPunch There is a new elite on the rise. Unlike the old traditional elite, America's new elite lives no longer from inheritance and breeding but on achievement. The old elite was based on land, property, and factories. The new elite is very different. This elite has gone through a rigorous training regime — all the way up to elite… |

Staff (2020-11-17). Poorer Countries May Have to Wait Years for a COVID Vaccine. truthout.org A COVID-19 vaccine appears to be on the way, raising plenty of questions about how much vaccines will cost and who get will get them first. | On Monday, Moderna announced initial results from a clinical trial showing that its

commondreams (2020-11-17). 2019 FBI Data Undercounts Hate Crimes. commondreams.org ______________________________…

teleSUR (2020-11-17). Biden Says US and Its Allies Need To Counter Chinese Influence. telesurenglish.net Only days away after China signed a major trade deal in the Asia Pacific area that encompasses roughly one-third of the world's gross domestic product and population, making it the largest free-trade agreement ever signed, the U.S. President-elect reacted during a news conference in Wilmington, Delaware. | RELATED: | On Monday, Biden said the United States needed to negotiate with allies to set global trading rules to…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-17). Union lawsuit wins UK workers right to picket during lockdown. peoplesdispatch.org During the proceedings in a lawsuit filed by Unite union against police and health authorities for threatening workers on strike, the UK government confirmed that workers on lawful industrial action have the right to picket their workplace during the COVID-19 lockdown…

John O'Sullivan (2020-11-17). Former Pfizer Vice-President Dr. Michael Yeadon Questions Company's Vaccine 'Breakthrough' Spin. globalresearch.ca Yesterday Pfizer announced to much media fanfare that it has a breakthrough in the search for a reliable COVID-19 vaccine claiming studies showed it can prevent 90% of people contracting the virus. But respected former vice-president of Pfizer, Dr. Michael …

Adibi A, Sadatsafavi M, Ioannidis JA. (2020-11-17). Testing Clinical Prediction Models—Reply. jamanetwork.com In Reply We agree with Drs Goldstein and Pencina about the necessity of adapting risk models to the clinical use case. We share their vision that a cloud-based platform does not have to be centralized; each practitioner will set up their own environment for the models to compete in based on the specific task at hand. In our Viewpoint, we alluded to the idea that our suggested survival-of-the-fittest approach could help clinicians "adapt models to their local settings." Models might evolve differently in different settings, based on the applicable evaluation criteria. The unique combination of clinical tasks, pati…

WSWS (2020-11-17). Australian governments impose wage freezes on public sector workers. wsws.org Coalition and Labor governments alike are exploiting the pandemic to deepen a decades-long attack on working class pay and conditions.

news.un (2020-11-17). Put digital technology to work 'for those who need it most': UN Secretary-General. news.un.org While the COVID-19 pandemic has shown the importance of digital technologies and the benefits of connectivity, it has also exacerbated inequalities, including basic online access, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday in a video message to the closing session of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF).

Kuehn BM. (2020-11-17). Dried Blood Spots May Offer Route to Wider Antibody Testing. jamanetwork.com Dried blood spot testing could allow wider, population-level testing for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) antibodies, according to a study by British researchers.

_____ (2020-11-17). Brazilian Elections — A Day Of Shame For The Far Right. popularresistance.org On Sunday, November 15, over 147 million Brazilians went to the polls in the largest round of local elections in the nation's history. One state, Amapa, had to cancel most of its elections due the fact that most of it has been without electricity for over 2 weeks because of the massive failure of the privatization of it's power grid. In the other 25 states elections went smoothly, with the biggest complaint being the 3 hour delay due to computer glitches which caused final results to be announced only 7 hours after the polls closed (watch and learn, USA).

news.un (2020-11-17). New partnership to boost maternal and newborn health in East and Southern Africa. news.un.org Some 10,000 health workers will be trained to support mothers and newborns in Africa through a partnership between the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF, and Laerdal Global Health, the non-profit arm of a Norwegian company that provides innovative training, educational and therapy solutions for emergency medical care and patient safety.

Igor Derysh (2020-11-17). To truly recover, US needs 400% more coronavirus relief than McConnell is offering. zcomm.org GOP-led delays "will increase the amount of money necessary" to save workers…

_____ (2020-11-17). Betsy DeVos's 'Voucherland' Spells Disaster For Public Schools. popularresistance.org Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, sensing perhaps the need to reaffirm her stamp on education policy, recently gave a speech at an education roundtable at Hillsdale College, a private Christian college in Michigan. The Washington Post called her remarks an "anti-government polemic" that reasserted one of her long-held beliefs: that families, rather than the federal government, should be the "sovereign sphere" for deciding how to spend public money for education. | DeVos also made a plug for her Education Freedom Scholarship Initiative, which would provide $5 billion in federal tax credits that states could use…

news.un (2020-11-17). Commitment 'crucial' to strengthen Security Council, says UN Assembly President. news.un.org Highlighting the importance of the UN Security Council to address peace and security challenges in an increasingly complex world, the President of the General Assembly has called on ambassadors to drive through "true reforms", to make the body more effective.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-17). Protecting security of borders, Ground Force's main priority. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 17 (MNA) — Commander of the Iranian Army's Ground Forces said that protecting and preserving security of borders is an important priority of Iran's Army Ground Force.

Hiroyuki Hamada (2020-11-17). The Global Capitalist Cage and the Corona Crisis: "Solutions" by Those Who Have Created "The Problems" globalresearch.ca It's hard to talk about the myriad issues piled in our society in a cohesive way, and when we try, we often get the same response: "What is your solution?" People get frustrated and demand an instant solution to the structural problem they are very much a part of.

APWU (2020-11-17). Tuesday 11/17: Defend The Post Office-APWU National Day Of Action Celebrate postal workers – Defend. indybay.org Fox Plaza | 1390 Market Street | San Francisco, CA 94102…

Arnold DG, Stewart O, Beck T. (2020-11-17). Financial Penalties Imposed on Large Pharmaceutical Firms for Illegal Activities. jamanetwork.com This study describes financial penalties levied on pharmaceutical companies for illegal activities by type of activity and dollar value between 2003 and 2016.

Editor (2020-11-17). The New Politics of the Poor in Biden's (and McConnell's) USA. scheerpost.com McConnell Center / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] By Liz Theoharis / TomDispatch In the two weeks since Election 2020, the country has oscillated between joy and anger, hope and dread in an era of polarization sharpened by the forces of racism, nativism, and hate. Still, truth be told, though the divisive tone of this moment may only be sharpening, division in the United States of America is not a new… |

Julia Rone (2020-11-17). The discreet charm of social media and the choices we don't have. zcomm.org The curious co-existence on Netflix of 'Emily in Paris' and 'The Social Dilemma' reveals the choices that are not available to us…

Fight Back (2020-11-17). Environmental activists come out to protest Line 3 oil pipeline. fightbacknews.org St. Paul, MN – Over 500 protesters picketed outside Minnesota Governor Tim Walz mansion, November 14, to protest his decision to grant permits to allow Enbridge to build Line 3, a pipeline that would carry nearly a million barrels of tar sands a day from Alberta, Canada to Superior, Wisconsin through Minnesota. The event was organized by MN 350, and included other groups that have organized against Line 3. | The Climate Justice Committee (CJC) joined to protest Walz's decision. Katherine Gould, a CJC member explained, "We demand the people of Minnesota and Native people have a say in Line 3, not corporations tha…

WSWS (2020-11-17). New China-led trade bloc sets stage for further tensions with the US. wsws.org While relatively limited in scope, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership is a further blow to US ambitions for economic domination of the Asia-Pacific.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-17). 30,000 livelihood assistance packages distributed in Qom. en.mehrnews.com QOM, Oct. 25 (MNA) — 30,000 Livelihood foodstuff packages were prepared and distributed among the needy and underprivileged people in Qom province on Tuesday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-17). VIDEO: Factory explosion in Zionist port city. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 17 (MNA) — Two people were killed on Tuesday morning in an explosion at a metal recycling factory in the Zionist Port City of Ashdod.

_____ (2020-11-17). Free Speech Is More Complicated Than You Think. popularresistance.org The truth is — words are dangerous. | Words are the catalysts of all action — good or evil. To start with a cliché but solid example: words inspired millions of Germans to direct their ire towards Jews, Romani, LGBTQ and other state-labeled "degenerates." Words inspired the Manson family to murder innocent people. Words inspired the murder of entire villages of Vietnamese, Afghan, and Iraqi civilians. Words convinced thousands of colonizers that this land was their land and that the native people were nothing but mere savages to be removed by force in the name of a pearly white Manifest Destiny.

Fight Back (2020-11-17). NLRB hearing officer urges certification of Steelworkers election at Kumho Tire. fightbacknews.org Macon, GA – A hearing officer with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recommended certifying Kumho Tire workers' organizing victory with the United Steelworkers (USW) and dismissing the company's objections "in their entirety." | After workers at the Macon plant last year overcame Kumho's oppressive anti-union campaign and voted to join the USW, the company filed several groundless objections in an effort to overturn the election. | The NLRB regional director dismissed some of those objections months ago, citing the lack of evidence. | In a report issued November 10, NLRB Hearing Officer Brenna C. Schertz…

WSWS (2020-11-17). Workers Struggles: The Americas. wsws.org Doctors in Buenos Aires are set to strike November 17 over an insufficient pay offer while health care workers in Chile struck November 12 and 13 demanding upgrades to the system.

Pip Hinman (2020-11-17). Sexism, misogyny and workplace rights. greenleft.org.au The ABC's Four Corners on November 9 unveiled a few secrets that at least two senior Liberal Party MPs would rather have kept concealed. Mary Merkenich writes that the long-standing sexist practice of covering up bad behaviour enables it to continue.

Staff (2020-11-17). Hospitals Are Still Unprepared and Lack PPE After 9 Months of Pandemic. truthout.org As the COVID-19 pandemic enters its ninth month, a new report by National Nurses United, the largest nurses' union in the United States, finds hospitals are still failing to provide adequate PPE and are unprepared as the surge is expected to get worse during the flu season. Nurses also report mental health struggles related to the pandemic. The union estimates at least 2,000 frontline healthcare workers have died due to COVID-19, with nurses of color accounting for half of those deaths, even though th…

Amanda Marcotte (2020-11-17). Hey, Republicans — your guy lost. Can you please take the coronavirus seriously now?>. salon.com Coronavirus denialism was entirely about helping Trump win the election — so can his voters move on now it's over?>

David Klassen (2020-11-17). The Housing Crisis Is Just Getting Started; Let's Stop It. zcomm.org The Left should organize not only to ward off an eviction wave but to challenge the capitalist logic creating the housing crisis…

Pepe Escobar (2020-11-17). RCEP Hops on the New Silk Roads. globalresearch.ca This article was originally published on Ho Chi Minh, in his eternal abode, will be savoring it with a heavenly smirk. Vietnam was the — virtual — host as the 10 Asean nations, plus China, Japan, …

Kuehn BM. (2020-11-17). Partnership to Make 120 Million COVID-19 Rapid Tests Available. jamanetwork.com A global partnership plans to make 120 million coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) rapid antigen tests available in low- and middle-income countries, according to an announcement from the World Health Organization's (WHO) Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator.

Roger Sollenberger (2020-11-17). Ally of far-right Florida candidate Laura Loomer launches "Blood of Liberty" super PAC. salon.com Group's founder says the PAC's name, Sang de Liberté, refers to Thomas Jefferson and the French Revolution…

Jaklevic M. (2020-11-17). Breast Implant Manufacturers Get Labeling Guidance. jamanetwork.com New final guidance from the FDA is meant to ensure that patients have accurate, timely information on the risks and benefits associated with breast implants.

MoveOn (2020-11-17). Tuesday 11/17: #PowerInAction: Winning With Our People National Organizing Livestream w/ MoveOn. indybay.org Online event…

Jennifer Wilson (2020-11-17). The Radical Origins of Self-Help Literature. thenation.com The Radical Origins of Self-Help Literature…

Elissa Jacobs (2020-11-17). Primatology and the Post-Election. progressive.org In true chimpanzee fashion, Trump has thrown figurative poop at every potential rival.

Staff (2020-11-17). Fauci Calls for Unified, Federal Approach to Tackling COVID. truthout.org Anthony Fauci, current director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and a member of the White House's coronavirus task force, called on the federal government to take a more uniform approach to combating the pandemic, rather than relying on each state to come up with their own statewide plans or regulations. | "We need some fundamental public health measures that everyone should be adhering to, not a disjointed, 'One state says one thing, the other state says another thing,'" <...

Common Cause & partners (2020-11-17). Thursday 11/19: 270 by 2024: National Popular Vote for President Virtual Summit. indybay.org Online via Zoom…

Melanie McFarland (2020-11-17). "Last Week Tonight" is a 2020 mood — bizarre, fatalistic, and inexplicably thirsty. salon.com From an Adam Driver obsession to Trump critiques, John Oliver's troubled psyche reflected our "parade of misery"

Robert Fantina (2020-11-17). Jammu and Kashmir: Implications for Regional and Global Peace. globalresearch.ca The current situation in India's illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJ&K) is not without current, tragic precedent. Bringing non-native Kashmiris into the territory, and since April, two million non-natives have been approved to do so, with the goal of eliminating …

Gondi S, Wadhera RK. (2020-11-17). Assessing Alternative Payment Models. jamanetwork.com To the Editor Dr Navathe and colleagues suggested that alternative payment models have played a key role in slowing the growth of US health care spending despite evidence indicating they have limited effect. They posited that the true effect of alternative payment models has been underestimated in individual evaluations because these models have been compared with a declining spending baseline.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-17). What is happening in Ethiopia? peoplesdispatch.org The conflict in Ethiopia's northern region Tigray is intensifying. Hundreds have reportedly died and the fighting has now spilled across the country's national borders into neighboring countries. As the conflict spreads, it is feared that it could have a destabilizing effect on the broader region. | How did this conflict begin?

Kuehn BM. (2020-11-17). Global Mental Health Services Are Collapsing as Demand Grows. jamanetwork.com The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has disrupted mental health, neurological, and substance abuse services in 93% of 130 countries surveyed by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-17). Jury members of Main Competition section announced. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 18 (MNA) — The 16th Resistance International Film Festival announced the jury members of selecting documentary films of Main Competition section.

news.un (2020-11-17). UN warns of catastrophe as second hurricane in two weeks hits Central America‚ÄØ. news.un.org The United Nations warned on Tuesday of catastrophic consequences from Hurricane Iota, the second major tropical cyclone to hit Central America this month. ‚Ä&Oslash…

Venezuela Analysis (2020-11-17). EU extends sanctions against Venezuela. peoplesdispatch.org The European Council has extended all sanctions against Venezuela for another year. The measures include travel bans, asset freezes and trade restrictions and will now be in place until November 2021. | According to a European Union (EU)

Bolton (2020-11-17). Was Jair Bolsonaro Right about the Plot? indybay.org If you're paranoid, it doesn't mean you aren't being followed. As it turned out, that thesis is fully applicable to President Bolsonaro.

The GLBT Historical Society (2020-11-17). Tuesday 12/1: World AIDS Day: Fighting Back: Lessons from AIDS for COVID-19. indybay.org Online event via livestream (FREE or donation)…

Richard Kreitner (2020-11-17). American Democracy Was Never Supposed to Work. thenation.com American Democracy Was Never Supposed to Work…

news.un (2020-11-17). UN releases $100 million to guard against famine. news.un.org The United Nations released $100 million of emergency funding on Tuesday to stave off the risk of famine in seven countries most at risk from a hunger epidemic fueled by conflict, economic decline, climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic.

_____ (2020-11-17). Nigerian Government Revealing Its True Character In Response To Youth Protests. popularresistance.org Youth protests against police violence in Nigeria, the #EndSARS movement, gained international attention with solidarity protests around the world. To understand those protests and the context of the political, economic and social environment in Nigeria, I speak with Comrade Abiodun Aremu, the general secretary of the Joint Action Front and the co-coordinator of the Amil …

Timothy Alexander Guzman (2020-11-17). Hollywood's 'Songbird': "Puts the Scare" in People during a "Pandemic" globalresearch.ca Hollywood knows how to put the scare in people. Songbird, a new film produced by Michael Bay and directed by Adam Mason exploits the Covid-19 pandemic which complements the mainstream-media's (MSM) fear campaign among its audience. Last month, The …

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-17). Vaccines give us light at end of the tunnel, Neil Ferguson tells Paris Forum. imperial.ac.uk Imperial's Professor Neil Ferguson says that the promise of effective COVID-19 vaccines is very encouraging but we may need restrictions until then.

Dr. Pascal Sacré (2020-11-17). The COVID-19 Vaccine. The Imposition of Compulsory Vaccination with a Biometric Health Passport? globalresearch.ca The COVID-19 vaccine… Is this THE final goal of this crisis, to impose a compulsory vaccination on everyone, with a biometric health passport and without it, the impossibility to move, to buy, to eat? The near future will tell.

Pip Hinman (2020-11-17). Questions raised about who will benefit from new regional trade deal. greenleft.org.au The

Peter Boyle (2020-11-17). Solidarity with activist Ben Pennings sued by Adani. greenleft.org.au Adani Corporation's attempt to bankrupt activist Ben Pennings won't silence Stop Adani activists, writes Coral Wynter.

Staff (2020-11-16). Ceasefire Ends in Occupied Western Sahara After U.S.-Backed Moroccan Military Launches Operation. democracynow.org A nearly three-decade-old ceasefire has ended in occupied Western Sahara — what many consider to be Africa's last colony. Fighting has broken out in several areas between the Moroccan military and the Polisario Front, the Sahrawi liberation movement seeking independence, after the Moroccan military broke into a no-go buffer zone in southern Western Sahara. For the past three weeks, Sahrawi civilian protesters had blocked a Morocco-built road in the area that Sahrawis consider to be illegal. The peaceful blockade backed up traffic for miles and cut off trade between Morocco and Mauritania to the south. The P…

Jordan Woll (2020-11-16). Country reels from explosion in COVID cases. liberationnews.org The COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to spiral out of control across the country. The seven-day moving average of new Coronavirus cases has increased by 80 percent in the most recent two weeks, currently standing at 153,000.

Paul Street (2020-11-16). This Regime Must Go NOW: Three Reasons. counterpunch.org The Trump campaign and White House are scheming to get the Republican-controlled state legislatures of Wisconsin, Michigan, Georgia, Arizona and Pennsylvania to declare invalid the mail-in ballots required by the pandemic Trump fueled and fanned across the nation. This would be the pretext for some or all those legislatures trying to install (over the protests of Democratic governors in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan) un-elected slates of Trump electors to the Electoral College, claiming that Trump won the "legal" popular vote in their states. The murky legal and constitutional tangle that could result fro…

Margaret Flowers (2020-11-16). The Imperative To Achieve National Improved Medicare For All. dissidentvoice.org NOTE: The Kevin Zeese Emerging Activists Fund is accepting applicants for an unrestricted grant of $20,000 until December 13, 2020. Learn more at PopularResistance.org/kevin-zeese/. And join us for a webinar with Venezuelan social movements on November 18 to hear about their upcoming elections and how we can support their struggle against US intervention. Details at …

M.K. Bhadrakumar (2020-11-16). India's farewell to ASEAN as it boards RCEP train. mronline.org It comes in the specific context of the signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership [RCEP] on Sunday—the mega free trade agreement centred on the ASEAN plus China, Japan and South Korea.

news.un (2020-11-16). Many challenges remain for Sahel Joint Force, warns Lacroix, welcoming 'increased coordination'. news.un.org It will take a variety of different actors to confront and deal with the "daunting challenges" in the Sahel region, the head of UN peacekeeping told the Security Council on Monday.

teleSUR (2020-11-16). Havana Arrives at 501 Years, Expanding Eusebio Leal's Legacy. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro celebrated on Monday the 501 anniversary of the founding of Havana. This World Heritage city is also a model of an avant-garde restoration process in Latin America and the world. | RELATED: | "From Venezuela, we celebrate 501 years of history and resistance of Havana. A city that houses the rebellion, the joy, the music, and the verses of the heroic Cuban people in its streets. We hope to enjoy its warmth…

Staff (2020-11-16). 'The' Black/Latinx vote is a myth. therealnews.com TRNN Editor-in-Chief Maximillian Alvarez interviews Ben Jealous, president of People for the American Way, about the media's rush to draw conclusions from 2020 exit polls and make sweeping generalizations about Black and Latinx voters.

Staff (2020-11-16). The law enforcement lies distorting the 'Defund the Police' movement. therealnews.com PAR takes a deep dive into the deliberately misleading rhetoric surrounding the 'Defund the Police' debate and uncovers data that reveals which political party really loves policing.

Staff (2020-11-16). Florida 'rights of nature' amendment protects ecosystems and the right to clean water. therealnews.com Chuck O'Neal of the Florida Rights of Nature Network and Thomas Linzey of the Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights joined TRNN on Election Day to discuss how regulation of environmental destruction isn't enough to protect ecosystems for future generations.

Drillminister (2020-11-16). Politicians are parasites feeding off corporations. Enough is enough. thecanary.co Boom. Bam. You know who it is. Yung Drilly, aka Drillminister — writing for Pfizer: on the make: Take the corporations that only give you a vaccine for coronavirus (Covid-19) if you're rich enough. Pfizer has already

RT (2020-11-16). Hang on to your joystick: Gaming is GOOD for mental health, Oxford study claims. rt.com Whether it's Minecraft or Call of Duty, an Oxford University study says gaming may not be a time-wasting pastime but could in fact boost your well-being. This is according to data gathered with the help of gaming companies. | The team at the university's Oxford Internet Institute looked at some 3,200 gamers in the UK, US and Canada, who were playing Animal Crossing by Nintendo and Plants vs Zombies: Battle for Neighborville by Electronic Arts. | They presented their results in a

George Wuerthner (2020-11-16). Protecting the Northern Yellowstone Ecosystem. counterpunch.org The Gallatin Yellowstone Wilderness Alliance (GYWA) has produced draft legislation to protect the wildlands of the Northern Yellowstone Ecosystem that we intend to get introduced into Congress. Our goal is to ensure that the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem remains functional in the future. We support designated wilderness under the 1964 Wilderness Act, the Gold Standard for

The Canary (2020-11-16). Demand for food parcels from cancer patients spikes since onset of pandemic. thecanary.co Cancer patients are at increasing risk of poverty because of coronavirus (Covid-19), a charity has warned. | Irish Cancer charity, Purple House Cancer Support Centre said calls to its helpline service from patients seeking food parcels have spiked since the onset of the pandemic. | The charity

Dennis Laumann (2020-11-16). Jerry John Rawlings, 73; revolutionary leader of Ghana. peoplesworld.org The revolutionary and statesman Jerry John Rawlings, former President of Ghana, died on Thursday at the age of 73 and after a short illness. Seven days of mourning have been declared in the West African nation and campaigning for next month's general elections has been suspended. African Union Commission chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat declared: "Africa …

CP Editor (2020-11-16). Zappa — Official Trailer. counterpunch.org

RT (2020-11-16). 'Founding principles HAVE BEEN LOST': Macron blasts US media for legitimizing Islamist violence after wave of terrorist attacks. rt.com French President Emmanuel Macron has accused the US media of "legitimizing" Islamist violence and smearing his country as racist after a series of terrorist attacks that began with the beheading of a schoolteacher in October. | Macron reportedly called New York Times columnist Ben Smith on Thursday to complain about media coverage of France's latest round of Islamist violence, contrasting reaction around the world to the outpouring of international support for France following the terrorist attacks that killed 130 people in November 2015. | "When I see, in that context, several newspapers which I believe are f…

RT (2020-11-16). Biden says 'ONLY REASON' Americans question Covid-19 vaccines is Trump. rt.com Saying he would personally take a coronavirus vaccine if Dr. Anthony Fauci and its makers told him it was safe, Democrat Joe Biden claimed the only reason Americans would distrust the jab is — President Donald Trump. | "I wouldn't hesitate to get the vaccine, if in fact Dr. Fauci [and Moderna or Pfizer] conclude it's safe," Biden said on Monday in Wilmington, Delaware, addressing the media who have anointed him president-elect. | Pfizer announced a "90 percent effective" jab last week, followed by Moderna's

RT (2020-11-16). 'It's unrecognizable': Booming Crimea better off in Russia as Moscow pours in cash, says ally of Ukrainian President Zelensky. rt.com A Ukrainian lawmaker from President Volodymyr Zelensky's own ruling party has raised eyebrows in Kiev after arguing that her native Crimean Peninsula has changed for the better since returning to Moscow's control in 2014. | Elizaveta Bogutskaya, a member of the Ukrainian parliament for the governing 'Servant of the People', made the explosive claims as part of an interview with a TV news station. "A lot of people are satisfied and happy", she said of those living in the region, many of whom had been Ukrainian citizens before Crimea voted to join Russia in 2014. | "Compared to here on the mainland… people are…

RT (2020-11-16). Merkel forced to postpone further Covid-19 restrictions amid pushback from German regional leaders. rt.com The decision on more coronavirus curbs in Germany has been delayed to November 25 after the leaders of the country's 16 federal states rejected Chancellor Angela Merkel's demands to widen the current partial lockdown. | "I could have imagined imposing further contact restrictions today," Merkel told a press-conference in Berlin, adding that the federal government and regional leaders couldn't find common ground on the issue. | Germany already introduced a partial lockdown two weeks ago in an attempt to stem the second wave of the virus. Under those measures, bars and restaurants have closed, but schools and sh…

RT (2020-11-16). Thought police: Russian law enforcement seeks funding for development of $720 million 'virtual brain' to help catch criminals. rt.com It may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but Russia's Ministry of Internal Affairs has requested funding for a new project that would use so-called neural networks to help identify those involved in crimes. | The plans were presented at a strategic session chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko last week, with officials seeking more than 55 billion roubles (almost $720 million) to fund the scheme. | According to the project's roadmap, the artificial intelligence tool, which supposedly mimics the way the human brain operates, will be used to help search for repeat offenders. The ministry pr…

Nigel Lisbon (2020-11-16). Indianapolis: Protesters take action as system lets another killer cop off the hook. liberationnews.org On Nov. 10, special prosecutor Rosemary Khoury announced that the grand jury she led to investigate the killing of Dreasjon Reed did not bring charges against killer cop Dejoure Mercer.

Dean Baker (2020-11-16). Lowering the Bar on Success: Megan McArdle on Drug Development. counterpunch.org Washington Post columnist Megan McArdle was anxious to tell readers that drug development in the pandemic has been a great success story. After all, look at all the treatments we have, and now it appears that Pfizer/BioNtech have developed a highly effective vaccine. What could be better than that? Well, first we need a bit

Staff (2020-11-16). "I Need That Pardon": Ronnie Long, Free After 44 Years, Demands Justice for His Wrongful Conviction. democracynow.org "It's a blessing within itself for me to even be sitting here right now," says Ronnie Long, free after 44 years behind bars for a crime he did not commit. Long, who is African American, was convicted in 1976 of raping a white woman by an all-white jury and sentenced to 80 years in prison. In 2015, his lawyers learned that investigators had withheld exculpatory evidence proving his innocence — including semen samples and fingerprints taken from the crime scene that did not match his own — and witnesses for the state committed perjury at his trial. It would take several more years and a ruling by the 4t…

Zoe PC (2020-11-16). Peru has a new interim president but social movements demand 'refoundation'. peoplesdispatch.org Francisco Sagasti was chosen as interim president by Congress on Monday. This follows the resignation of interim president Manuel Merino after mass outrage over the assassination of two protesters by the police on Saturday…

Staff (2020-11-16). The American government's campaign to criminalize BLM. therealnews.com In the wake of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and other Black people at the hands of police, activists around the country have mobilized in record numbers. Rather than address the systemic injustices these activists are highlighting, law enforcement and lawmakers have found new ways to criminalize their actions.

Eds. (2020-11-16). Scientists say net zero by 2050 is too late. mronline.org Climate scientists now believe their predictions about the rate of the global temperature increase have been too conservative, and stronger and more decisive action is needed to reduce dangerous greenhouse gas emissions.

RT (2020-11-16). Watch: British diplomat in China DIVES INTO RIVER to save drowning girl. rt.com Stephen Ellison, British Consul General in the Chinese Chongqing municipality, has been hailed as a hero after being filmed jumping into a river and saving a woman from drowning. | The official Twitter channel for the British Embassy in Beijing tweeted on Monday the UK foreign affairs community was "immensely proud" of Ellison's Saturday act. | We are all immensely proud of our Chongqing Consul General, Stephen Ellison, who dived into a river on Saturday to rescue a drowning student and swim her to safety.

MEE staff (2020-11-16). Khashoggi's fiancee calls on world leaders to boycott G20 summit. middleeasteye.net Khashoggi's fiancee calls on world leaders to boycott G20 summit | Hatice Cengiz says Jamal Khashoggi's murder alerted international community to 'ill-treatment of women and prisoners of conscience' | Mon, 11/16/2020 – 22: 10 | Cengiz said the awareness spread by journalists and reporters about Khashoggi's murder has helped shed light on Riyadh's other abuses (AFP/File photo) | Hatice Cengiz, the fiancee of sl…

Lance Olsen (2020-11-16). An Awkward Era for the Commercial Timber Industry. counterpunch.org We live in an awkward era where many a politician puts the economy at risk while claiming to save it. The gist of the story is that the fossil fuel industry is at risk to the extent that fossil fuels stay sequestered, in the ground, and that everything else is at risk if they don't.

Lawrence Davidson (2020-11-16). Insulting Islam: an Encore for Charlie Hebdo. counterpunch.org In mid-October 2020 a French schoolteacher, 47-year-old Samuel Paty, decided to show his Freedom of Speech class cartoons demeaning Islam's founding prophet, Mohammed. The cartoons were the same ones originally published by the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo (Charlie Weekly) in 2014-2015. At that time, the magazine's actions resulted in the murder of twelve of its staff, including the editor, Stephane Charbonnier. The murders were committed by Muslim extremists associated with al-Qaeda. Samuel Paty's fate turned out to be similar. Shortly after having shown the caricatures of the founder of Islam, the teacher w…