2020-11-18: News Headlines

WSWS (2020-11-18). Faurecia auto parts workers join calls for national shutdown to stop the spread of COVID-19 and save lives. wsws.org Workers at the Faurecia plant in Saline, Michigan, southwest of Detroit, contacted the World Socialist Web Site over the weekend to expose the way in which their company suppresses information about the spread of disease.

Vijay Prashad (2020-11-18). Why Biden will keep the US-imposed Cold War rolling. peoplesdispatch.org Will US foreign policy change significantly under the incoming Biden administration? Vijay Prashad argues that this is unlikely, especially with regard to the Cold War on China…

WSWS (2020-11-18). Fighting erupts between Morocco and Polisario in Western Sahara. wsws.org The fighting erupted amid reports of mounting protests in regions of both Morocco and Algeria near the former Spanish colonial possession of Western Sahara.

Nathaniel Chase (2020-11-18). The white vote for Trump: Is multinational working class solidarity possible? workers.org Why did nearly 73 million people vote for Trump, given his disastrous pandemic response and the economic collapse? The answer, simply put, is racism. In a country built on white supremacy, from slavery and genocide to mass incarceration and imperialist war, it should come as no surprise that a substantial . . . |

Fight Back (2020-11-18). Demand immediate release of Palestinian women's movement leader Khitam Saafin. fightbacknews.org Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) demands Israel immediately release Khitam Saafin, the president of the Union of Palestinian Women's Committees, who has been jailed without charge or trial. Saafin was taken into custody on November 2 along with six other Palestinian human rights activists. Her imprisonment is another in the long list of crimes by the callous and cruel Zionist occupiers of Palestine. | Khitam Saafin is among those who stand in the forefront of the Palestinian women's movement and is a tireless organizer for social and national liberation. She has spoken at many international venues on th…

WSWS (2020-11-18). Socialist Party's Moe Manir expels London Bus Drivers Rank-and-File Safety Committee leader from Facebook group. wsws.org The Socialist Party promotes the dangerous illusion that mass pressure from below can transform the unions into fighting organisations. But in every country the trade unions respond to mass pressure from workers by deepening their collusion with the companies and the state, and by stamping out any semblance of democracy.

John Kendall Hawkins (2020-11-18). The Shrinking Middle Class: an Interview With David Roediger. counterpunch.org In the recently released The Sinking Middle Class: A Political History, David Roediger floats the Marxist-driven notion that the American Middle Class is a misery-filled achievement, producing more Bartleby the Scriveners than East up-moving Jeffersons, and is not worth saving. He explores the language of classification and definition used by politicians and the media to

Andrew Korybko (2020-11-18). Syrian Foreign Minister Muallem Was a Multipolar Visionary. globalresearch.ca Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem passed away earlier this week, but his multipolar vision will be remembered forever. The Arab Republic's top diplomat previously served as his country's Ambassador to the US from 1990-1999 prior to becoming Assistant Foreign Minister …

Scott Ritter (2020-11-18). By failing to withdraw ALL forces from Afghanistan, Trump has killed the Afghan peace plan. thealtworld.com The US-Taliban peace plan has always been just a political cover for Trump to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. By failing to do so before he leaves office, he's guaranteed that the US will remain in Afghanistan for years to come. | In a

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2020-11-18). US Security Agency Accused of Spying on European Private Companies. globalresearch.ca A new cyber espionage scandal involving American intelligence agencies is being revealed — this time in Europe. Government's ministries and Danish private companies were targets of US espionage, according to a recent report by an anonymous informer. The US National …

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2020-11-18). Cyber-Espionage: US Security Agency Accused of Spying on European Private Companies. globalresearch.ca A new cyber espionage scandal involving American intelligence agencies is being revealed — this time in Europe. Government's ministries and Danish private companies were targets of US espionage, according to a recent report by an anonymous informer. The US National …

Stephen Lendman (2020-11-18). US Election 2020: The Moment of Truth Approaches. globalresearch.ca Joe Biden is not and never will be US president-elect legitimately. | Clear evidence shows significant election fraud in key swing states — favoring Biden/Harris over Trump. | If all US Election 2020 votes were tabulated accurately, Trump would carry key swing …

teleSUR (2020-11-18). Brazil: Supreme Court Rules Out Lula's Motion on Guaruja Case. telesurenglish.net Brazil's Supreme Court (STJ) Tuesday rejected unanimously former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's (2003-2011) appeal regarding the sentence on the Guaruja Triplex case which led to his arrest between April 2018 and November 2019. | RELATED: | The decisions was voted down by ministers Felix Fischer, Joao Otavio de Noronha, Reynaldo Soares da Fonseca, and Ribeiro Dantas. | Lula's defense team called for a change in th…

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-11-18). COVID Offices and the Religion of Remote Work. globalresearch.ca Masks can prove liberating. The hidden face affords security. Obnoxious authority breathes better and with greater assurance, hiding in comfort. Behind the material, confidence finds a home. While tens of millions of jobs have been lost to the novel coronavirus …

Editor (2020-11-18). Amazon is censoring: We need your help to distribute this book! workers.org "Capitalism on a Ventilator" is a new anthology comparing the effective Chinese response to COVID-19 to the disastrous response in the U.S. This book pushes back against the racist anti-China campaign in U.S. media. However, Amazon is currently censoring the book's distribution. We need your support to get the book . . . |

teleSUR (2020-11-18). Chile: Senate to Vote for Seats Reserved for Indigenous Peoples. telesurenglish.net Chile's Senate Wednesday will vote on the quorum required for the approval of a bill that seeks to reserve seats for representatives of Indigenous peoples to the Constitutional Convention. | RELATED: | Right wing parties and the government proposed 15 seats for representatives of Indigenous people, which represents 10 percent of the 155 Constitutional Convention seats set to draft a new Constitution. | The prop…

Ellen Taylor (2020-11-18). The Mattole Salmon Return Ceremony. counterpunch.org Large gatherings do not find favor, during this plague-haunted time, with regulatory and administrative officials. However, increasing consciousness of indigenous peoples' rights, recognition that the land management practices of the dominant culture are failing, and their own deep desires for the restoration of historic salmon visitations to our coast, persuaded the BLM and the Humboldt County

John Catalinotto (2020-11-18). Bolivians eject coup regime, and Evo Morales returns. workers.org Nov. 16 — Evo Morales — president of Bolivia from 2006-19 before a U.S.-backed right-wing coup forced the first Indigenous president to leave both his office and his country — returned in triumph Nov. 9, as the workers and farmers of Bolivia dealt a blow to imperialist domination of their . . . |

Eds. (2020-11-18). Quebec, Canada, and the Indigenous Peoples: Toward plurinational alliances around a decolonial outlook? mronline.org Until the 1960s, the left in Canada and in Quebec was mainly Canadian and Anglophone.

Peter Koenig (2020-11-18). World Economic Forum (WEF) Step Two: "Resetting the Future of Work Agenda" After The Great Reset. dissidentvoice.org The WEF gang have just published (October 2020) a so-called White Paper, entitled "Resetting the Future of Work Agenda in a Post-Covid World". This 31-page document reads like a blueprint on how to "execute" because an execution it would be — "Covid-19 — The Great Reset" (July 2020), by Klaus Schwab, founder and CEO (since …

Prof. Juan Cole (2020-11-18). Trump Bruited Strike on Iran Civilian Nuclear Facilities, Which May Kill as Many as Did Nuclear Bombing of Hiroshima. globalresearch.ca

Staff (2020-11-18). Anti-Abortion protesters get special treatment from the police. therealnews.com Minneapolis, Louisville, Kenosha, Portland—these cities, among others, have all seen police respond with violence to protests for racial justice this year. However, anti-abortion protesters almost never elicit a police response, even with their long history of violence at clinics.

Stand.earth, Stop the Money Pipeline, more (2020-11-18). Sunday 11/22: "The Condor & The Eagle" Film & Discussion w/ Indigenous Frontline Climate Leaders. indybay.org Online screening (FREE or donation)…

South Front (2020-11-18). Video: Silent Retreat of Neo-Ottoman Forces from Syria. globalresearch.ca In October and the first half of November, the war in Syria remained in a relatively calm phase, which was not marked by any active military actions of the sides involved in the conflict. Nonetheless, this period demonstrated several trends …

Staff (2020-11-18). As COVID Deaths Soar, El Paso at Breaking Point with Hospitals & Mobile Morgues Filling Up. 18.224.45.15 Some Republican governors are dropping their resistance to mask mandates, as public health officials in the United States brace for a COVID-19 surge from the Thanksgiving holiday amid already record-high infection rates. However, Republican resistance to other public health safety measures continues as coronavirus cases in Texas reach record highs for a second time during the pandemic. El Paso County, an area along the U.S.-Mexico border where 80% of residents are Latinx, is also facing one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in the U.S. and now has 10 mobile morgues to hold bodies. Some prisoners are being paid just…

Staff (2020-11-18). As North Dakota Faces World's Deadliest Outbreak, Native Communities Condemn States' COVID Response. 18.224.45.15 As COVID-19 rampages through the U.S., we look at how the rapid spread of the disease is affecting Native American communities, which have already faced disproportionate infection and death rates throughout the pandemic. "We're having a lot of people perish. We're having a lot of death, a lot of hospitalizations," says Jodi Archambault, a citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and former special assistant to President Obama for Native American affairs. We also speak with Allie Young, founder of Protect the Sacred, who says the Navajo Nation has "worked hard to flatten the curve" of COVID-19 infections but is st…

RT (2020-11-18). Pennsylvania Supreme Court shoots down Trump campaign claims of blocking Philadelphia election observers. rt.com The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has rejected allegations by President Donald Trump's campaign team that election observers in Philadelphia were deprived of "meaningful access" to the polls, overturning a lower court's ruling. | The state's liberal-leaning Supreme Court ruled 5-2 against Trump's lawsuit on Tuesday, rebuffing claims that local election officials barred Republican poll-watchers from standing close enough to the vote-counting process to see what was happening. | "We conclude the [Philadelphia County Board of Elections] did not act contrary to law… during the precanvassing and canvassing proces…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-18). Traitors to Holy Quds have no future in region. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 18 (MNA) — Iranian Parliament Speaker's Special Aide for International Affairs said that traitors to Holy Quds and Palestine have no future in the region.

Robert Fisk (2020-11-18). Robert Fisk had True Independence of Mind. zcomm.org Which is Why He Angered Governments and Parts of the Media…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-11-18). The "Use of the Armed Forces" in America under a National Emergency. Repeal of the Posse Comitatus Act. globalresearch.ca Unrestricted & Arbitrary Powers conferred to the President & Vice President…

Eds. (2020-11-18). Peruvian government falls after two killed in anti-impeachment protests. mronline.org Less than one week after being sworn in as successor to Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra, impeached in what amounted to a parliamentary coup, the former president of the Congress, Manuel Merino, was forced to resign Sunday.

a guest author (2020-11-18). A survivor speaks: 'I had to defend myself'. workers.org This is a slightly edited version of a talk given at the webinar "Women and Oppressed Genders: Survival and Resistance" hosted by WWP's Prisoners Solidarity Committee on Sept. 24. Wendy Howard with daughters Bailey (left) and Miranda (right) in front of the office of the Kern County District Attorney. . . . |

RT (2020-11-18). NYC schools to close 'indefinitely' as city's weekly Covid-19 positive rate reaches 3%. rt.com New York City's public-school system is to close its doors "indefinitely," officials announced, after the city's seven-day coronavirus positive rate hit three percent. They won't necessarily open their doors when it dips, either. | Schools will suspend all in-person instruction on Thursday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed via tweet on Wednesday. The mayor's announcement came after schools chancellor Richard Carranza sent an email to principals warning them that New York had "reached [the three percent] threshold of test positivity citywide." | In-person classes are not expected to begin again anyt…

Manuel García, Jr. (2020-11-18). The Climate Threat From Arctic Methane Releases. counterpunch.org A friend, who is an intelligent person with no science background, asked me to explain simply what the concern expressed with alarm by many scientists and (anti) climate change activists is about the increasing rate of methane gas emissions in the Arctic. That attempted explanation follows. From even before the extinction of the dinosaurs by

Michael Berkowitz (2020-11-18). 'The Queen's Gambit': A different kind of superhero. peoplesworld.org Tired of the formulaic diet of high-density superhero fat clogging our entertainment arteries? The new Netflix series The Queen's Gambit offers a brilliant, well etched study of a different kind of superhero. Instead of non-stop fighting between cartoon characters representing good and evil, Queen's Gambit is the story of growing up in a difficult society …

Media Lens (2020-11-18). The Dead And Those About To Die: Climate Protests And The Corporate Media. dissidentvoice.org The Roman poet Horace famously declared: Dulce et decorum est pro patrie mori. It is sweet and fitting to die for one's country. Wilfred Owen, the great English poet of the First World War, described this phrase as 'the old Lie' in his famous war poem, 'Dulce et decorum est'. Patriotism so often means 'honouring' …

Chauncey K. Robinson (2020-11-18). Help People's World continue to champion the stories of working people. peoplesworld.org Battles have been won, but the work still continues. This year has not been an easy one for working people. Our collective story has been one where struggle is prominent as we try to make sense of the tragedies that have come our way this year. Yet strength has also been a major theme, as …

Ceren Sagir (2020-11-18). Thai students lead charge against military rulers and monarchy. peoplesworld.org Thailand's riot police fired water cannons and tear gas at protesters Tuesday as they tried to break through barricades outside parliament while possible changes to the constitution were discussed. Police had set up the barbed wire barricades earlier as hundreds of royalists demonstrated to call on MPs not to change the constitution. But the student-led …

Eds. (2020-11-18). Tutu, Gandhi, King descendants call for clemency for NYS imprisoned elder activist. mronline.org The Open Letter, coordinated by Fellowship of Reconciliation former Chairperson Matt Meyer, is one of many such efforts throughout the U.S. calling for relief for over-age inmates facing fatal consequences in light of multiple health crises, and throughout the world calling for freedom for all political prisoners.

CP Editor (2020-11-18). Kevin Morby — Wander. counterpunch.org

Jonathan Cook (2020-11-18). I Am Greta isn't about Climate Change. dissidentvoice.org Erich Fromm, the renowned German-Jewish social psychologist who was forced to flee his homeland in the early 1930s as the Nazis came to power, offered a disturbing insight later in life on the relationship between society and the individual. In the mid-1950s, his book The Sane Society suggested that insanity referred not simply to the …

Ralph Underhill (2020-11-18). The only kind of coronavirus contracting the government cares about. thecanary.co Image descriptionWhite text is pictured on a blue background. The headline text reads. "Imagine if the government cared as much about those contracting the virus cared about 'contracting' during the virus!".Under this are three bullet points, each illustrated with green virus with a pound sign in them. They read as follows: | £10.5 billion awarded without competition | Companies with links to to politicians or senior officials given 'high priority' | Key documentation on why suppliers chosen is missing | By

A Guest Author (2020-11-18). Colin Kaepernick: 'Free Mumia!'. workers.org EDITOR NOTES: During a virtual press conference Nov. 16 on the critical juncture in the fight to free political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal, Colin Kaepernick expressed his support. Kaepernick sacrificed his stellar athletic career in 2016 when he began to take a knee in protest against police terror during the playing . . . |

Steve Watson (2020-11-18). UK MP Suggests People Shouldn't be Allowed to Work Without COVID Vaccine. globalresearch.ca A British MP faced backlash Monday after suggesting that employees in the UK should not be allowed to go to work unless they can prove that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19, when the shot becomes available. | "If vaccination works …

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2020-11-18). BRICS 2020: Achievements and Future Challenges. Summit of Leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. globalresearch.ca On November 17, under Russia's BRICS Chairmanship, Vladimir Putin hosted the 12th BRICS Summit via videoconference. The leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa participated to discuss the state and prospects of cooperation within BRICS, discussed the global …

Pavan Kulkarni (2020-11-18). Ethiopian federal government announces final offensive against Tigray regional forces. peoplesdispatch.org Around 27,000 people are estimated to have fled from Ethiopia's Tigray region across the western border into Sudan. The UN refugee agency in Sudan estimated that an average of 4,000 refugees have been arriving daily…

Roger Sollenberger (2020-11-18). Ted Cruz calls Democratic senator "a complete ass" for asking Republican colleague to wear a mask. salon.com GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley, who is 87 years old, revealed the following day that he had tested positive for COVID-19…

WSWS (2020-11-18). Italian actress Sophia Loren returns to the screen in The Life Ahead. wsws.org The 86-year-old actress remains a magnetic presence in this worthwhile film.

Dr. Rudolf Hà§nsel (2020-11-18). Psychologisches Manifest des gesunden Menschenverstands (Kurzfassung). globalresearch.ca Nach den Erkenntnissen der Humanwissenschaften Anthropologie, Soziologie und Psychologie besitzt der Mensch von Natur aus einen gesunden Verstand beziehungsweise ein natàºrliches Urteilsvermà∂gen. Dieser gesunde Menschenverstand arbeitet empirisch, das heiàüt, er fà§llt konkrete Urteile auf der Basis alltà§glicher Lebenserfahrung und Beobachtung. …

news.un (2020-11-18). Silent Pandemic: Overuse renders antimicrobials less effective — UN agriculture agency. news.un.org People, plants and animals around the world are dying from untreatable infections — even with the best medicines available — due to a rise in antimicrobial resistance, the UN food agriculture agency said on Wednesday, kicking off World Antimicrobial Awareness Week.

Staff (2020-11-18). Hunger Strikers Caged in the Second Wave Are "Just Trying to Survive the Winter" truthout.org "Our society created the framework for this atrocity just like the trenches of World War I created perfect incubation zones for the 1918 flu," Truthout's Kelly Hayes talks with Eric, an organizer with Oakland Abolition and Solidarity about the escalating COVID-19 outbreak at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility, where some imprisoned people have launched a hunger strike over unsafe, unlivable conditions. | TRANSCRIPT: | Note: This a rush transcript and has been lightly edi…

Dr. Joseph Mercola (2020-11-18). Why COVID-19 Testing Is a Tragic Waste. globalresearch.ca From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the clarion call has been to test, test and test some more. However, right from the start, serious questions arose about the tests being used to diagnose this infection, and questions have only …

Council of Canadians (2020-11-18). Cuban Medical Teams for 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. globalresearch.ca At the June 2020 Annual Meeting, Council of Canadians' members voted to endorse and promote a Canadian nominating process for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize to go the Henry Reeve medical teams from Cuba for their international work in the …

Igor Derysh (2020-11-18). Democrats sound alarm over possible last-minute cuts to safety-net programs by Trump administration. salon.com The Trump administration has finalized a rule making it harder for individuals denied disability benefits to appeal…

WSWS (2020-11-18). As Mexico records 1 million coronavirus cases, 53 percent of tests are coming out positive. wsws.org Mexico has reached 1 million cases and is expected to reach 100,000 deaths this week, while the country reports the highest COVID-19 positivity rate in the world.

Megan Sherman (2020-11-18). Herbert Marcuse and the End of Utopia. globalresearch.ca "Even among bourgeois economists, there is hardly a serious thinker who will deny that it is possible, by means of currently existing material and intellectual forces of production, to put an end to hunger and poverty, and that the present …

Roger Sollenberger (2020-11-18). Right-wing trolls launch Stop the Steal PAC to cash in on election lies. salon.com "Donate" button disappeared from the group's website amid alleged grift and self-dealing — so now there's a PAC…

_____ (2020-11-18). Hunger Strike Enters Third Week At California's Largest Prison. popularresistance.org In the southern part of California's Central Valley, about halfway between Bakersfield and Fresno, sits Corcoran, California—a small farming town surrounded on all sides by acres of cotton and tomato fields. | Perched at the town's southern tip are two of the state's largest prisons. Together, their denizens make up about 33% of the population of Corcoran. One of the facilities, the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility (CSATF), is the state's single largest, housing 4,481 prisoners, about 130% of its intended capacity.

Matthew Rozsa (2020-11-18). Is the pandemic making turkey more expensive?>. salon.com After outbreaks among agriculture workers, industry experts weigh in on the pandemic's effects on turkey prices…

The Coalition for Sensible Safeguards (2020-11-18). Poll: 71% of Voters Support Strong Regulation to Protect the Public. zcomm.org Poll Shows Overwhelming Bipartisan Support for Regulation Protecting Workers, Public Health, Our Environment…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-18). 75 Democrats urge Trump to show leniency on Iran Sanctions. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 18 (MNA) — Democrats on Capitol Hill are pushing back on the Trump administration's plan to unveil stepped-up sanctions against Iran, urging the outgoing US president to be flexible and allow coronavirus aid to be sent.

Kweku Toure (2020-11-18). 'If You Want to Make the Gods Laugh, Tell Them Your Plans'. thenation.com 'If You Want to Make the Gods Laugh, Tell Them Your Plans'

teleSUR (2020-11-18). Uruguay: Health Services Unions Call for a National Strike. telesurenglish.net Uruguay's National Medical Union (SMU) and the Medical Federation of the Interior (FEMI) Wednesday called for a 24-hour strike in the private sector and mobile emergencies to demand better working conditions. | RELATED: | On November 5, the General Assembly of the SMU agreed to carry out the national strike due to "the lack of progress in the negotiation with the Wage Council of the private sector." | SMU represen…

_____ (2020-11-18). New Report: 'Billionaire Wealth vs. Community Health'. popularresistance.org Washington, DC – Essential workers went underpaid, unsupported and forced to risk their health at corporations owned or operated by billionaires, even as the total wealth of America's billionaires rose by more than $1 trillion under the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), United for Respect, and Bargaining for the Common Good Network. An analysis of billionaire wealth by IPS found that 647 U.S. billionaires gained $960 billion, almost $1 trillion in wealth between March 18, 2020 and November 17, 2020.

Bolton (2020-11-18). 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.

teleSUR (2020-11-18). Argentina: Congress Approves Extraordinary Tax on Large Fortunes. telesurenglish.net Argentina's Chamber of Deputies in the early morning of this Wednesday approved an extraordinary tax on wealth, which has as its main aim to face the effects of the coronavirus pandemic in the South American country. | RELATED: | The initiative, promoted by President Alberto Fernandez's government, will now be sent to the Senate -where the ruling party has a majority- for discussion and eventual approval. | With 133 af…

Tom Conway (2020-11-18). How Mitch McConnell flouts the will of the American people. salon.com Right now, one person stands in the way of America's fight against COVID-19…

Graham Peebles (2020-11-18). The Tide is Turning: Change and the Coming of Maitreya. dissidentvoice.org For most of 2020 Covid-19 has dominated mainstream media, and whilst serious, the pandemic is but the latest in a series of dark clouds gathering upon our collective horizon: interconnected crises, from the environmental emergency to war, poverty, inequality, and social division among others. All flow from the same root — a misguided set of …

WSWS (2020-11-18). End the coverup of the outbreak at Sterling Heights Assembly Plant! Stop nonessential production with full pay for workers to contain the pandemic! wsws.org All non-essential production must stop to contain the current outbreak, which is on pace to be even worse than in the spring.

Sierra Club (2020-11-18). Thursday 11/19: African Diaspora and Climate Change from Kenya to New Orleans. indybay.org Online via livestream…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-18). 'Iran not to fullfil commitments if US does not so'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 18 (MNA) — Iranian President's Chief of Staff said if the US does not return to its commitments, Iran will not be able to meet its requirements, either.

WSWS (2020-11-18). New Zealand government rejects calls to increase welfare payments. wsws.org Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern again repudiates her promise to eliminate child poverty and the housing affordability crisis.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-18). Pres. Rouhani congrats Sultanate of Oman on Natl. Day. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 18 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani felicitated the Sultanate of Oman on the arrival of National Day.

Meg Sherman (2020-11-18). The Healthcare Multinational Profiting off Fraudulent Detentions. dissidentvoice.org In July 2020, US healthcare multinational UHS Delaware reached a $122million settlement with the US federal government as the result of an investigation by the FBI into fraudulent detentions of psychiatric patients for profit. Following the resolution of the investigation and civil settlement, UHS must retain an independent monitor selected by the Office of Inspector …

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-18). Austrian RC keen on assisting IRCS amid COVID-19: Sec. Gen. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 18 (MNA) — Expressing Austrian Red Cross readiness to aid IRCS amid COVID-19, the Secretary-General of the Austrian RC stressed boycotting the Red Cross and Red Crescent societies is contrary to the international principles."

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-18). Greek protestors face police repression on anniversery of Polytechnic Uprising. peoplesdispatch.org Hundreds of protestors in Greece were met with the riot police and dozens arrested as they commemorated the 47th anniversary of the 1973 Athens Polytechnic uprising…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-18). Iranian filmmaker joins juries at Cortos en Grande fest. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 18 (MNA) — Iranian filmmaker Ghasideh Golmakani has joined the jury panel at the 3rd edition of the Cortos en Grande Short Film Festival in Chile.

Pip Hinman (2020-11-18). NSW budget privatises more public assets, cuts wages. greenleft.org.au The NSW budget claims to be about job creation but entrenches cuts to public sector workers' pay while handing windfalls to private corporations, reports Jim McIlroy.

Thomas Hon Wing Polin (2020-11-18). Hong Kong: Beijing Presses the Cleanup. counterpunch.org Is China a sovereign country? The question may seem ludicrous. But it must be asked of the US and other Western politicians and media objecting loudly to Beijing's disqualification of four opposition lawmakers in Hong Kong. That act has sparked the resignation of 15 other "pro-democracy" legislators. A sovereign nation has the unchallengeable right to

Tom Clifford (2020-11-18). The Decline of the US Does Not Mean Plain Sailing for China. globalresearch.ca Who lost China? The question, first asked when Mao's dictum about power coming from the barrel of a gun proved pertinent and Truman was in the White House, is being asked again with renewed vigor. Some in the West believed …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-18). Several injured in police action against pro-democracy protesters in Thailand. peoplesdispatch.org Protesters in Thailand are demanding a curb on the monarchy's power. The government led by prime minister Prayush Cha-ocha has resorted to repression of the protesters and arrested several leaders…

John C. A. Manley (2020-11-18). Is the CBC Drowning Itself in a Second Wave of Corona Disinformation? globalresearch.ca Almost every paragraph of a

Jonathan Cook (2020-11-18). I Am Greta isn't about climate change. It's about the elusiveness of sanity in an insane world. zcomm.org Society could become so pathological, so detached from a normative way of life, that it induced a deep-seated alienation and a form of collective insanity among its members…

Bob Master, Mark Levine (2020-11-18). It's Time for Public Banking in New York City. thenation.com It's Time for Public Banking in New York City…

WSWS (2020-11-18). Second wave of coronavirus pandemic hits New York and New Jersey. wsws.org Amid the worst-hit regions in the world during the spring, COVID-19 is resurging in New York and New Jersey.

Common Cause & partners (2020-11-18). Thursday 11/19: 270 by 2024: National Popular Vote for President Virtual Summit. indybay.org Online via Zoom…

Peadar O'Cearnaigh (2020-11-18). On the anniversary of Bloody Sunday, the British still control the narrative and the Irish police. thecanary.co Just six days before Ireland

Erin Schwartz (2020-11-18). The Horrors of Charlie Kaufman. thenation.com The Horrors of Charlie Kaufman…

Pip Hinman (2020-11-18). Solidarity shown to Peruvians taking action against coup. greenleft.org.au Solidarity is being shown to Peruvians in their campaign for a new constituent assembly and justice, reports Rachel Evans.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-18). No safe, impenetrable refuge for criminals: Shamkhani. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 18 (MNA) — Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) said that Iran's security forces will eventually terminate any aggressor or criminal.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-18). Zarif felicitates Oman on National Day. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 18 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister has congratulated his counterpart on the occasion of Oman's National Day.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-18). Iran COVID-19 cases exceed 800,000. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 10 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 13,421 COVID-19 infections in the past 24 hours, bringing the total cases in the country to 801,894.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-18). US to cut troop levels in Afghanistan, Iraq. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 18 (MNA) — United States President Donald Trump will sharply reduce the number of US forces in Afghanistan from 4,500 to 2,500 before he leaves office, the Pentagon has announced.

Editor (2020-11-18). There's One Issue Joe Biden Has Refused to Follow the Science On. scheerpost.com jlhervàs / CC BY 2.0] By Jeff Cohen One of the keys to Joe Biden's victory over Donald Trump was his constant and accurate accusation that Trump "refuses to follow the science" on COVID-19 — that "he won't listen to the scientists." It proved to be a winning campaign theme. Indeed, it's sobering to realize that without COVID — both Trump's mishandling of it and the accompanying economic downturn… |

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-18). Iran, Uzbekistan to establish Joint Trade Committee. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 18 (MNA) — The Presidents of the Iran-Uzbekistan Chambers of Commerce, in a video conference, signed an MoU to establish the joint trade committee of the two sides.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-18). MoU inked between Allameh Tabataba'i, D-8 Intl Universities. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 18 (MNA) — A memorandum of understanding on joint educational cooperation was inked between presidents of Allameh Tabataba'i University and D-8 International University.

Andrew Emett (2020-11-18). Lawsuit filed against Fort Worth and police officer who killed innocent woman. nationofchange.org "Defendant Dean in his prowl around the backyard of her home caused Atatiana fear and uncertainty. Dean shot Atatiana, causing pain and suffering. Dean failed to render medical aid to Atatiana."

Edmund Phelps (2020-11-18). The US economy needs Joe Biden. indybay.org The economic and socio-political record of US President Donald Trump is devastating. Wages stagnated even before the Corona crisis. Instead, the national debt increased because he lowered taxes for the rich – without any economic benefit. Joe Biden knows the reasons for the misery and knows what to do.

Labor Video Project (2020-11-18). "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…

Gavan McCormack (2020-11-18). Japan, Australia, and the Rejigging of Asia-Pacific Alliances. asia-pacificresearch.com

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

_____ (2020-11-18). A Typical Democratic Official On The Pentagon And War. popularresistance.org Jeh Johnson, formerly homeland security secretary under President Obama, showed how a typical Democratic official approaches the Pentagon and war as he spoke on ABC's This Week on Sunday (11/15). For Johnson, the Pentagon "is typically an island of stability" in the U.S. government, but President Trump was destabilizing that island because of recent changes to Pentagon personnel. Trump's changes could be driven by his desire to get U.S. troops out of Afghanistan, speculated Johnson, which was not a good thing:…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-18). Intl. Resistance Filmfest great chance to touch Resistance. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 18 (MNA) — Stating that today the West seeks to justify its terrorist ideology, a Syrian artist said, "Resistance International Film Festival reflects the reality of the resistance and it is a great chance to watch the real resistance."

_____ (2020-11-18). More Money For Coup Groups From US Agency For International Development. popularresistance.org Organizations that led the coup attempt in 2018 against the constitutional government of President Daniel Ortega, continue to receive foreign funding from the United States and some European countries. The latest information on USAID funding of the US-directed opposition was made available by journalist William Grigsby on Radio La Primerísima's Sin Fronteras Magazine. | USAID fiscal year 2021 (Oct. 1, 2020-Sept. 30, 2021) foreign assistance includes "funds to support the restoration of democracy and human rights in the region."

_____ (2020-11-18). Afghanistan War: A Troop Drawdown is Welcome, But It's Not Enough. popularresistance.org "A drawdown of U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq is a long-overdue and welcome step in the right direction. But let's be clear: this is just a step, not an end to these long wars. Maintaining thousands of troops in indefinite occupation is far from a rethinking of the logic of militarism, particularly when past drawdowns have been repeatedly undermined by troop surges, redeployments to nearby countries, increased reliance on private contractors, and the dramatic growth of aerial warfare, resulting in massive increases in civilian deaths.

WSWS (2020-11-18). Homicide investigation under way after weeks of police negligence in the death of black Louisiana teen. wsws.org Quawan Charles, 15, was found dead in a field days after police ignored his family's please to report him missing.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-18). Iranian film 'The Enemies' goes to Estonian festival. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 18 (MNA) — Iranian film 'The Enemies' directed by Ali Derakhshandeh has been accepted into the 2020 Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in Estonia.

Dan Froomkin (2020-11-18). Enough with "both sides"! Faux-neutral journalism is no way to fight the truth-deniers. salon.com With Trump defeated, journalists can't just retreat back to "objectivity" — not with America's future at stake…

teleSUR (2020-11-18). Iota Leaves at Least 12 People Dead in Central America. telesurenglish.net Hurricane Iota, which reached category 5, the maximum on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale, left at least 12 people dead and incalculable material damage during its passage through Central America and the Caribbean. | RELATED: | At 21h00 local time this Tuesday, the weather phenomenon, already a tropical storm, was weakening rapidly in southeastern Honduras, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center (CNH). | Iota had maximum sustained winds of…

WSWS (2020-11-18). German unions offer Lufthansa up to 50 percent compensation reduction. wsws.org According to their own statements, the unons are offering the Lufthansa board of directors a 1.2 billion euro cut in the income of union members.

Historic Preservation Commission (2020-11-18). Wednesday 11/18: Discussion of Removing Mission Bells from the City of Santa Cruz. indybay.org Online, join meeting here: | ecm.cityofsantacruz.com/OnBaseAgendaOnli…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-18). Defying police deployment, Greeks commemorate 47th anniversary of Polytechnic uprising. peoplesdispatch.org The Athens Polytechnic uprising of 1973 was a key moment in the resistance to the right-wing junta that then ruled Greece. This year, the New Democracy government had tried to ban commemorative gatherings citing COVID-19…

_____ (2020-11-18). Lecturers Show Solidarity With Students Following 'Racial Profiling'. popularresistance.org University of Manchester, UK – Teaching staff held a show of solidarity with their students following a 'racial profiling' row at the University of Manchester. | Lecturers also voiced their support for students protesting at the university's handling of the coronavirus crisis. | A group of staff read out a statement at the Fallowfield Campus on Tuesday afternoon telling students: 'We are with you. We are here for you'. | And they told black students and students of colour 'who may be feeling particularly hurt and excluded from the university at the moment' that 'you do belong here'.

Jonathan Cook (2020-11-18). "I Am Greta" Isn't About Climate Change. It's About the Elusiveness of Sanity in an Insane World. globalresearch.ca Erich Fromm, the renowned German-Jewish social psychologist who was forced to flee his homeland in the early 1930s as the Nazis came to power, offered a disturbing insight later in life on the relationship between society and the individual. | In …

news.un (2020-11-18). Violence, insecurity continues to plague South Sudan communities. news.un.org Over 1,000 people have been killed and more than 400 abducted in the past six months in intercommunal violence in South Sudan, amid fears that tensions may worsen with the onset of the dry season, the UN envoy for the country has said.

Mike Powers (2020-11-18). Jan Myrdal, the Eternal Rebel, Dies at 93. globalresearch.ca "Even as many cultural figures in Sweden after his death were quick to witness to his importance, they pissed on his memory by pointing out the many issues they disagreed with him. Their problem was often that they never read …

Wendy Snyder (2020-11-18). Saturday 11/21: Learn about and support the Amah Mutsun Tribal Land Trust. indybay.org Virtual event on Zoom and Facebook…

Colin Todhunter and Rosemary Mason (2020-11-18). Crisis, What Crisis? Hypocrisy and Public Health in the UK. dissidentvoice.org On 12 March 2020, British PM Boris Johnson, referring to COVID-19, informed the public: We've all got to be clear; this is the worst public health crisis for a generation. Since that time, we have seen lockdowns, an ongoing government-backed fear campaign, fundamental rights being stripped away, dissent censored, inflated COVID-19 death numbers and the …

LaborFest (2020-11-18). Thursday 11/19: Press Conference-Defend The Bernard Zakheim UCSF Toland Hall Murals On History Of Medicine. indybay.org UCSF Hospital | 505 Parnassus | San Francisco…

Xia Zhijian (2020-11-18). How Can the Belt and Road Better Protect Biodiversity? asia-pacificresearch.com

Andrew Corbley (2020-11-18). Trump's New Pentagon — Divisive Duo Will Frustrate Doves and Hawks Alike. globalresearch.ca After last week's firing of various Pentagon officials including Sec. of Defense Mark Esper, the Undersecretaries of Intelligence and Policy, and Chief of Staff to the Sec of Defense, Democrats and Republicans, eager to get back to a status …

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-18). PMO representatives attend 75th MEPC session. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 18 (MNA) — The 75th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) kicked off on Monday and will go on through Friday (November 16-20).

Lisa Song (2020-11-18). Rapid testing for the coronavirus is less accurate than the government wants to admit. salon.com The federal government pushed it out without a plan, and then spent weeks denying problems with false positives…

John Bellamy Foster and Intan Suwandi (2020-11-18). 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…

_____ (2020-11-18). Why A 58-day vigil Is Going On Outside The Governor's House. popularresistance.org Demonstrators gathered outside the Executive Mansion on Sunday to demand that Gov. Roy Cooper use his powers of pardon and clemency to protect people who are incarcerated during the pandemic. | Members of Decarcerate Now NC, a coalition of organizations which say they're working to end to mass incarceration, have been holding daily vigils outside the governor's mansion since Election Day and plan to continue through Jan. 1, when Cooper begins his second term. That's a total of 58 days. | "We stand vigil to bring attention to your Administration's ongoing failure to prioritize and appropriately protect Black lives…

Roger Sollenberger (2020-11-18). Tucker Carlson dispels rumor he's leaving Fox for Newsmax, says show will expand company wide. salon.com The apparent expansion of his show comes weeks after the network announced a round of layoffs amid a restructuring…

_____ (2020-11-18). Order Out of Chaos: Who Will Replace 'President Biden'? strategic-culture.org Mathew MAAVAK | "If you count the legal votes, I easily win. If you count the illegal votes, they can try to steal the election from us." That statement by US President Donald J. Trump is actually posted on the official White House Before the 46th President o…

news.un (2020-11-18). Extortion, bio-warfare and terrorism: Extremists are exploiting the pandemic, says UN report. news.un.org Criminals and violent extremists are exploiting the pandemic to build their support networks, undermine trust in government and even weaponize the virus, according to a research report published on Wednesday by the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI).

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-18). Business School launches new app to help measure personal COVID-19 risk. imperial.ac.uk Academics from the Business School have created a research tool to calculate personal risk from coronavirus based on everyday activities.

teleSUR (2020-11-18). Paraguay Prepares for the 27th Ibero-American Summit. telesurenglish.net Authorities from Paraguay and Andorra Tuesday held a working meeting as part of the preparations for the 27th Ibero-American Summit to take place on April 21 and 22 next year. | RELATED: | Paraguay's Foreign Minister Federico Gonzalez and his Andorran counterpart Maria Ubach Font debated virtually on the economic and social measures to be adopted in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic as part of the topic to be discuss…

Jessica Corbett (2020-11-18). Michigan Gov. Moves to Shut Down Line 5 Pipeline to Protect Great Lakes. zcomm.org "Enbridge has imposed on the people of Michigan an unacceptable risk of a catastrophic oil spill in the Great Lakes that could devastate our economy and way of life."

WSWS (2020-11-18). Situation critical as COVID-19 spreads through US auto plants. wsws.org Workers are daily reporting the spread of COVID-19 cases in auto plants, with an apparent major outbreak now reported at the Ford Avon Lake, Ohio facility.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-18). Iran can reach $300b market via EAEU agreement. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 10 (MNA) — Iran's ambassador to Moscow says accession to the Free Trade Agreement with the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) can be an opportunity to reach a $300-billion worth market.

Dr. Chandra Muzaffar (2020-11-18). The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Augurs Hope. globalresearch.ca In the mist of the gloom generated by the twin health and economic crises, the birth of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is a ray of light auguring hope. | More than a million lives have been lost world-wide as …

On the Picket Line (2020-11-18). International Union of Operating Engineers Local 39 Strike at Macy's. indybay.org Striking IUOE Local 39 stationary engineers at the Macy's main store in San Francisco's Union Square.

Dmitry Bokarev (2020-11-18). India and ASEAN to Create a "Belt and Road Alternative"? asia-pacificresearch.com

Jonah Raskin (2020-11-18). Trump: the King of Denial and a Savvy Saboteur. counterpunch.org "The president is an elected king. The fact that he is elected has proved to be of far less significance in the course of political evolution than the fact that he is pragmatically a king." — Randolph Bourne, "The State." Are we having fun folks? Are we there yet? On a recent edition of the

Prof. Ruel F. Pepa (2020-11-18). The Effects of Technology on Society. globalresearch.ca Judging the effects of something on a state of affairs requires a standard scale characterized by a spectrum that separates two opposite axiological points: the positive and the negative. The context of the present issue brings us to the question, …

news.un (2020-11-18). Backed by space technology, Asia-Pacific countries power sustainable development. news.un.org Asian and Pacific nations are increasingly leveraging space technology and geospatial information to respond to challenges on the ground, including in their efforts to contain the spread and mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new United Nations report.

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…

_____ (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.

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 …

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…

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 …

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…

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…

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.

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.

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." …

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 …

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…

Staff (2020-11-17). Indigenous Communities on the Frontline as Two Climate Change-Fueled Hurricanes Slam Central America. 18.224.45.15 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.

Staff (2020-11-17). With COVID Vaccines on the Horizon, U.S. Urged to Help Ensure Equitable Distribution Across Globe. 18.224.45.15 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…

teleSUR (2020-11-17). Uruguay: Leftist Party Presents Proposal To Reject Budget Bill. telesurenglish.net Uruguay's left-wing Broad Front (BF) presented a document at the Senate on Monday in order to reform the 2020-2024 Budget Bill which they claim establishes several cuts in basic policies, such as education, health care, and the administration of justice. | RELATED: | "The 2020-2024 Budget presented by the Executive Branch and approved by the Coalition in the Lower Chamber turns its back on the needs of the great maj…

_____ (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

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

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

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-11-17). Greenpeace Releases Far-Reaching 'Just Recovery Agenda' to Tackle Interlocking Crises of Inequality, Racial Injustice, Covid-19, and Climate Chaos. commondreams.org We must "shift from an economy that is extractive and exploitative to one that regenerates and repairs," the new report says. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

sputniknews (2020-11-17). Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules Philadelphia Did Not Violate State Election Law – Filing. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The Pennsylvania Supreme Court said in a ruling that the city of Philadelphia did not violate state election law when it restricted the distance poll observers had to maintain to observe the processing of mail-in ballots due to the novel coronavirus, a court document revealed.

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…

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

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…

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 …

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.

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-11-17). 'Disaster for Climate and Indigenous Rights': Coalition Urges Bank of America to End Financing of Arctic Drilling. commondreams.org "Despite risks to the climate, Indigenous rights, and their own bottom line, Bank of America is the only big U.S. bank that hasn't ruled out funding for drilling in the Arctic Refuge," noted the Sierra Club. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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…

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.

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

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-11-17). House Progressives Call on Pompeo to Condemn Israeli Demolition of West Bank Village That Left Dozens Homeless. commondreams.org "This is a grave humanitarian issue that demands your immediate attention and our collective condemnation," the lawmakers told the outgoing secretary of state, who is visiting the region this week. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2020-11-17). Second major hurricane hits Central America in two weeks. wsws.org Combined with the pandemic and the effects of storm Eta, Category 5 Hurricane Iota is expected to greatly deepen an ongoing humanitarian crisis and mass migration.

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…

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.

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…

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."

George Wuerthner (2020-11-17). How Livestock Impacts Ecosystems. counterpunch.org Livestock production is one of the most ubiquitous human activities around the globe. It is particularly detrimental to arid lands, and much of the western public lands are arid. Typically most livestock advocates, which also includes far too many conservation organizations, focus on one or two areas where livestock impacts can be mitigated (not eliminated)

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.

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, …

RT (2020-11-17). Russian parliament approves plan making Putin & Medvedev 'senators for life' as possible 2024 Kremlin departure date approaches. rt.com Russia's State Duma has ratified a Bill that may give Russian President Vladimir Putin a permanent post in the powerful Federation Council for life. Putin has previously indicated he may stand down at the end of his current term. | The new legislation, which passed its first reading on Tuesday, states that "a President of the Russian Federation, after terminating his powers due to the expiration of his term of office, or his resignation" would automatically be granted a seat on the body, which also includes two representatives from each political division of the country. The president will also be able to appo…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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 . . . |

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…

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. . . . |

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."

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.

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.

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 …

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. …

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.

RT (2020-11-17). Russia to produce freeze-dried Covid-19 vaccine to solve challenge of keeping formula cold while being moved around vast country. rt.com Russia plans to switch the production of its first Covid-19 vaccine, Sputnik V, to a freeze-dried form, as the country looks to find a solution for the logistical challenges of transporting it throughout the country and abroad. | The problem of storage is not unique to Sputnik V. Two Western vaccine producers also face the challenge of keeping theirs sufficiently cold. In particular, the formula proposed by American pharmaceutical giant Pfizer needs to be stored at -70 degrees Celsius (-94 degrees Fahrenheit). | Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) boss Kirill Dmitriev told Reuters the freeze-dried vaccine wo…

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.

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…

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…