2020-11-20: News Headlines

Deirdre Griswold (2020-11-20). Capitalists profit off pandemic. workers.org Many countries around the world have successfully contained the coronavirus. Most notable is China, the most populous nation and the place where the virus first appeared. As of Nov. 15, China reported a total of 4,634 deaths from COVID-19 and only 13 new cases. (worldometers.info/coronavirus) Here in the United States, . . . |

C.J. Atkins (2020-11-20). Is there life after coronavirus? China proved pandemic can be controlled. peoplesworld.org TORONTO—Nine months ago, in early February, People's World interviewed Lupin, a 26-year-old man from Wuhan, China. At the time, his hometown was the epicenter of what scientists were still calling the "novel coronavirus," a pneumonia-like illness which soon sparked a pandemic that engulfed the entire world. Lupin was working overseas in Canada but had returned …

WSWS (2020-11-20). Toyota workers in India continue strike, defy state back-to-work order. wsws.org Behind the state government's strikebreaking order is the broader aim of the ruling class to make India a cheap-labor alternative to China.

Chris Woods (2020-11-20). The Credibles: How Airwars Secured the Most Comprehensive Locational Data on Civilian Harm Ever Released by the US Military. globalresearch.ca The US-led Coalition has released to Airwars

Editor (2020-11-20). How to End the War in Afghanistan (Video). scheerpost.com The U.S. war on Afghanistan is in its 19th year. Enough is enough! Ann Wright is the moderator. Panelists are Kathy Kelly, Matthew Hoh, Rory Fanning, Danny Sjursen, and Arash Azizzada. Ann Wright is a retired Army Colonel who became a US diplomat for 16 years in US Embassies in Grenada, Nicaragua, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, …

Ramzy Baroud (2020-11-20). As Israel Destroys EU Projects in Palestine, European Foreign Policy Remains Impotent. dissidentvoice.org Belgium is furious. On November 6, the Belgian government condemned Israel's destruction of Belgian-funded homes in the Occupied Palestinian West Bank. Understandably, Brussels wants the Israeli government to pay compensation for the unwarranted destruction. The Israeli response was swift: a resounding 'no'. The diplomatic row is likely to fizzle out soon; neither will Israel cease …

Alan Macleod (2020-11-20). Shocking New Figures Show How Just Much the US is Fueling the Violence in Yemen. mintpressnews.com New figures from the UN and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute show that since the war in Yemen began, the US has sold over $13 billion in high-tech weapons to Saudi Arabia, making the Kingdom a cash cow for US weapons makers.

Lee Camp (2020-11-20). Despite Media Blackout — The Elections Proved Americans Are Done With The Drug War. counterpunch.org Something seismic happened in this election and it has nothing to do with Joe Biden winning. And yes, Joe Biden did indeed win. I'm sorry for those of you Trump fans who believe the election was rigged against him. It simply wasn't. Yes, millions of Americans were indeed purged from the voter rolls — but

Stephen Lendman (2020-11-20). Possible US Strike on Iran? globalresearch.ca Since Iran ended a generation of US/UK-installed fascist tyranny in 1979, both wings of US duopoly rule waged dirty war on the country and its people by other means. | They stopped short of attacking Iranian territory militarily. | Will US hardliners …

Editor (2020-11-20). Elections Proved Americans Are Done with the Drug War. scheerpost.com By Lee Camp / Original to ScheerPost Something seismic happened in this election and it has nothing to do with Joe Biden winning. And yes, Joe Biden did indeed win. I'm sorry for those of you Trump fans who believe the election was rigged against him. It simply wasn't. Yes, millions of Americans were indeed purged from the voter rolls — but they were mostly people of color. So if MAGA Nation are… |

Editor (2020-11-20). Thomas Frank: Don't Believe Anything You Were Told About Populism. scheerpost.com The word "populism" gets a bad rap these days as corporate media warns of its alleged dangers and President Barack Obama goes so far as to blame Sarah Palin for its recent rise. But, according to Thomas Frank, the founding editor of The Baffler and author of What's the Matter with Kansas and his new book, The People, No, a detailed account about the history of populism in the United States… |

Joe Glenton (2020-11-20). Bombs not food: Labour backs massive Tory military budget. thecanary.co Labour has backed a gigantic war budget hike It is The defence of the realm is the first duty of government. | We are investin…

The Canary (2020-11-20). British Gas workers to vote on strikes over 'playground bullying tactics' on pay and conditions. thecanary.co Thousands of British Gas workers are to be balloted on strikes in a dispute over new contracts. | The GMB warned that industrial action could be held over Christmas if there is a yes vote, although it has pledged to exempt the elderly and vulnerable in homes without heating. | The union has accused the company of threatening to fire and rehire 20,000 workers if they do not accept changes to their pay and conditions. | An indicative ballot in August showed that most members would be in favour of industrial action if there was a vote. | GMB national officer Justin Bowden said: "British Gas issued an ultimatum in Ju…

_____ (2020-11-20). Don't [Mourn] Celebrate, Organize! strategic-culture.org The danger is that Joe will put us all to sleep. To show that we will continue to resist, let's start with a demand that Trump as incumbent, or Biden as President-elect, agree to sign the new START treaty , which Putin has repeatedly agreed to sign if the US does, and which expires in February? Imagine having an anti-war movement again. Don't celebrate, organize.

Betsey Piette (2020-11-20). Pennsylvania prisons: Breeding grounds for coronavirus. workers.org Philadelphia When the coronavirus first became a global pandemic in the spring of 2020, there were widespread demands, met with promises from state officials, to release particularly vulnerable incarcerated workers. Some states and municipalities did release people, but never in the numbers the situation warranted. In April, protesters in Philadelphia . . . |

Jim Sleeper (2020-11-20). Corporate capital and Trump's coup: Will business elites take a stand?>. salon.com Trump's war on democracy is clearly bad for business — but the leaders of corporate America helped create this mess…

_____ (2020-11-20). Trump Plans Series Of Actions Against China Before Biden Inauguration. popularresistance.org The Trump administration is planning a series of hardline actions against China with the aim of making it politically untenable for a Biden administration to reverse the moves, administration officials told Axios. | According to the officials, the administration plans to sanction or restrict trade with Chinese companies, officials, and government entities. The actions will be related to alleged human rights abuses in Xinjiang and Hong Kong, so-called threats to US national security, and China's fishing industry.

_____ (2020-11-20). Secwepemc Land Defenders Kanahus Manuel And Isha Jules On Trial. popularresistance.org On October 19, 2019, Manuel and Tiny House Warrior land defender Isha Jules were charged by the RCMP with mischief when they told construction workers that they did not have consent from the Secwepemc peoples to flag on Highway 5 near Moonbeam Creek, about 60 kilometres north of Blue River, British Columbia. | Manuel's wrist was fractured during the arrest. | The Tiny House Warriors have set up camps around Blue River (about 230 kilometres north of Kamloops) and Valemount (about 90 kilometres north of Blue River). Moonbeam is situated in between these two communities on Highway 5.

_____ (2020-11-20). Over 235 Organizations Call On Biden To Cancel Student Debt. popularresistance.org Washington, D.C. — Over 235 organizations sent a letter to President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris, calling on them to use executive authority to cancel federal student debt on day one of their administration. | In the letter, 238 nonprofit and community organizations highlight that cancelling student debt would stimulate the economy, help reduce the racial wealth gap, and could have a positive impact on health outcomes. The groups write that "executive action is one of the few available tools that could immediately provide a boost to upwards of 44 million borrowers and the economy…

Nicky Reid (2020-11-20). Why Artsakh Still Matters to American Anarchism. counterpunch.org The news broke like a fever last Monday night. A deal had been signed by Armenia and Azerbaijan to end the bloody month long war in Nagorno-Karabakh which had claimed the lives of thousands on both sides. This is a good thing right? How could any peace be bad? But something felt all wrong about

WSWS (2020-11-20). War crimes report: Australian special forces murdered 39 Afghans. wsws.org The report whitewashes successive governments and the military command, but the killings it documents underscore the utter criminality of the 19-year occupation of Afghanistan.

news.un (2020-11-20). 'Act urgently' to stave off catastrophic famine in Yemen: Guterres. news.un.org Yemen is in "imminent danger of the worst famine the world has seen for decades", the UN chief warned in a statement released on Friday, calling for urgent action on the part of the international community to "stave off catastrophe".

MEE and agencies (2020-11-20). UN warns $200m needed for Ethiopian refugees fleeing into Sudan. middleeasteye.net UN warns $200m needed for Ethiopian refugees fleeing into Sudan | Ethiopians escaping Tigray region where Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has launched a military operation | Fri, 11/20/2020 – 14: 49 | Ethiopian refugees who fled fighting in Tigray province are pictured at the Um Rakuba camp in Sudan's eastern Gedaref province (AFP) | Around $200m is needed to accommodate the thousands of refugee…

Pip Hinman (2020-11-20). Socialists welcome Green New Deal motion passed in Victorian parliament. greenleft.org.au The passing of the Greens-initiated motion for a Green New Deal in the Victorian Legislative Council is a significant step forward, writes Sue Bolton.

MEE staff (2020-11-20). UN experts warn 50 people face possible executions in Iraq after unfair trials. middleeasteye.net UN experts warn 50 people face possible executions in Iraq after unfair trials | After 21 executions this week, UN experts urge Baghdad to halt mass capital punishment | Fri, 11/20/2020 – 22: 08 | Statement by UN experts notes there are currently about 4,000 prisoners slated for execution (AFP/File photo) | UN human rights experts have said 50 Iraqi prisoners face possible execution next week following convict…

RT (2020-11-20). Trudeau rules out a 'normal Christmas' as Covid-19 cases spike in Canada & health chiefs sound alarm. rt.com Canada's health system will be "in trouble" if the daily number of Covid-19 cases continues to rise, health chiefs have warned, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged the country to "hang in there" and follow the health measures. | A second wave of the virus has forced 10 Canadian provinces to reimpose restrictions, amid predictions that the number of cases could shoot from the current level of 5,000 a day to 60,000 by the end of the year if people don't further limit their social contacts. | "We are facing winter that's going to drive people inside more and more, and we're really at risk of seeing caseloads g…

Jack Rasmus (2020-11-20). US Political Crisis Just Entered More Dangerous Phase. zcomm.org Not only can the Electoral College thwart the popular vote for president; but there are even more nefarious ways for political elites to circumvent the Electoral College if they don't like it…

Kenny Stancil (2020-11-20). 'No Vaccine for Climate Change'. zcomm.org Coronavirus Has Been Disastrous, Says Red Cross, But Global Warming Poses Greater Threat…

Ralf Wurzbacker (2020-11-20). Corona containment could cause more suffering than it prevents. indybay.org In Sept 2020, UNICEF calculated that an additional 150 million children were pushed into poverty as a result of the economic collapse provoked by the quasi-global lockdown in spring. Already in July, experts from the World Food Program (WFP) warned that the Corona crisis could threaten an additional 130 million people with starvation this year.

Zachary Conti (2020-11-20). As G20 Leaders Meet, US Supports Expanding Debt Relief for Countries that IMF Says are Lef. indybay.org As G20 presidents and prime ministers convene, the IMF warns some countries are left out of the G20's new debt reduction process. Last Friday, the United States Treasury stated support for extending debt relief beyond the initial 73 poor countries which qualify for the G20 debt reduction process.

_____ (2020-11-20). Workers At Fargo Warehouse Strike Over Virus Safety Concerns. popularresistance.org Fargo – About 70 employees of a Fargo food distribution business went on strike Wednesday, Nov. 18, calling for resumption of union contract talks and drawing attention to what a union spokesman described as "lackadaisical" COVID-19 precautions at the site. | About 20 warehouse workers and truck drivers set up picket lines outside of Cash-Wa Distributing, at 4101 15th Ave. N., Fargo around 1 p.m. Wednesday amid union concerns that the warehouse could contribute to the spread of COVID-19 because of its ties to businesses and warehouses across the region, according to Brian Nowak, business agent for the Teamsters L…

Protest Facebook Coalition (2020-11-20). Saturday 11/21: Wake the ZUCK up! We won't let Facebook destroy our democracy. indybay.org Please join us outside Mark Zuckerberg's house in San Francisco. Facebook needs to stop election lies from running rampant on its platform.

Patricia Gorky (2020-11-20). Georgia emerges as central target of far right mobilization. liberationnews.org Tensions in Georgia, a state playing a key role in the outcome of the 2020 election, are rising. Far right groups continue to mobilize around the unfounded claims of widespread election fraud in the state.

Common Cause (2020-11-20). Thursday 11/19: What's Next: 2020 Election Wrap-Up Town Hall w/ Common Cause. indybay.org Online via Zoom…

Stephen Lendman (2020-11-20). A Preview of How a Biden/Harris Regime May Operate. "Hired Guns" and the Role of "Registered Lobbyists" globalresearch.ca What's coming if Biden/Harris succeed Trump begins with regime appointees. | According to the Wall Street Journal, the Biden/Harris transition team includes "at least 40 registered lobbyists" — hired guns for special interests. | Bringing them onboard is one of many examples …

Dan Cohen (2020-11-20). How Joe Biden Plans to Make The American Empire Great Again. mintpressnews.com Behind his rhetoric, Joe Biden will seek nothing less than global supremacy, escalating a new and even more dangerous arms race that risks the destruction of humanity, what he calls "decency" and "normalcy."

Uriel Araujo (2020-11-20). US Under Joe Biden Will Pursue Policy of "Countering" and "Encircling" Russia. globalresearch.ca On Sunday, there were new street demonstrations in the Belarusian capital of Minsk. Last week, two British diplomats were declared "persona non grata" by the Belarusian government. They are accused of conducting "destructive activities" — most probably related to aiding …

Quanah Brightman (2020-11-20). Monday 11/23: Demand the US GSA formally recognize Biden as president elect now! indybay.org

John Davis (2020-11-20). The Nation's New Crime Boss. counterpunch.org In this time of a recalcitrant lame duck who, it is widely proclaimed, threatened and continues to threaten 'democracy' – the fig leaf of respectability under which the nation's criminality festers – liberal triumphalism is shadowed by a residual anguish that rises to fever pitch when confronted by criticisms of Biden, or suggestions raised, in the enclaves of the enlightened, that he is not the savior whom we all seek.

David Rosen (2020-11-20). Will Biden's New FCC End the Digital Divide? progressive.org A critical first step for the President-elect to achieve universal broadband will depend on whom he selects as the new chairperson.

Staff (2020-11-20). K-9 attacks: The new (old) face of police brutality. therealnews.com Indiana mother Jennifer Fleming speaks out about the brutal and excessive police dog attack on her 19-year-old daughter, and calls for police to rethink how these animals and their handlers are trained.

Ted Rall (2020-11-20). Why The Democrats Keep Losing. counterpunch.org Why, Democrats have been asking, do so many poor white people vote for a Republican Party that doesn't care about or do anything for them? The most common reply is: Democrats are snobby coastal elites who talk down to them. Classic example, courtesy of Obama: "They [voters in the Rust Belt] get bitter, they cling to

Right Side Broadcasting Network (2020-11-20). Video: Trump Campaign Legal Team Holds Press Conference on Electoral Fraud. globalresearch.ca We bring to the attention of Global Research the video of the press conference in Washington, D.C. (November 18, 2020) with former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani and Trump Campaign Senior Legal Advisor Jenna Ellis. | Our intent is …

Refuse Fascism Bay Area (2020-11-20). Saturday 11/21: Trump: You're Fired. Now Get the Hell OUT! indybay.org Castro & Market, San Francisco…

Amanda Marcotte (2020-11-20). Republicans aren't scared of the Trump & Rudy show — they love this stuff. salon.com Republicans aren't staying quiet because they fear Trump — this clown-car coup has nothing but upside for them…

Mark Fiore (2020-11-20). Let's Give Trump A Little Help. progressive.org The only way Donald Trump will leave the White House is if we convince him he'll be better off out of office.

Alix Mayer (2020-11-20). Leading COVID Vaccine Candidates Plagued by Safety Concerns. globalresearch.ca "It works!" trumpeted the normally stoic

Derek Royden (2020-11-20). After Trump: Can the GOP sell itself as the party of the working class? nationofchange.org "The future of the [Republican] party is based on a multiethnic, multiracial working class coalition." and that, "…the free market exists to serve our people. Our people don't exist to serve the free market."

Dean Baker (2020-11-20). The Krugman Boom: Don't Bank on It. cepr.net I have largely been in agreement with Paul Krugman in his assessment of the economy over the last dozen years or so, but I think in his latest column he let the promise of a post-Trump era get the better of him. Krugman notes that the distribution of effective vaccines should allow people to return …

Kate Raines (2020-11-20). Pfizer CEO Sells Stock Same Day Positive Results of COVID-19 Vaccine Announced. globalresearch.ca Pharmaceutical company Pfizer, Inc. announced on Nov. 9, 2020 that ongoing Phase 3 clinical trial of its COVID-19 mRNA vaccine candidate suggests the vaccine may be 90 percent effective in preventing infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The news sent Pfizer's …

Reese Erlich (2020-11-20). Foreign Correspondent: The Upcoming Fights Over COVID-19 Vaccines. progressive.org Who will be vaccinated first, and in what countries?

news.un (2020-11-20). Guterres pledges support for sustainable industrial development in Africa. news.un.org The COVID-19 crisis was impacting Africa "well before the pandemic spread across the continent", the UN chief said on Friday, marking Africa Industrialization Day, arriving at a point when many economies were expanding and "poverty was in decline". ‚Ä&Oslash…

WSWS (2020-11-20). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. wsws.org Following school occupations for Covid safety measures, Greek public sector workers plan stoppage. As hospitals approach full capacity, date named for nationwide public sector strike in Greece…

news.un (2020-11-20). UN agencies uphold human rights considerations in COVID-19 data collection. news.un.org The United Nations and 15 of its agencies have underlined their support for data collection during the COVID-19 pandemic which respects the right to privacy and promotes development.

news.un (2020-11-20). UN chief to press G20 for greater solidarity and support during pandemic. news.un.org When he addresses leaders of the world's richest countries at the G20 summit on Saturday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres will deliver a simple message on the COVID-19 pandemic: "We need solidarity and cooperation. And we need concrete action now — especially for the most vulnerable."

SNS (2020-11-20). Underreported Cause Of Covid-19 Deaths. indybay.org The filthiest places in any country are the slaughterhouses. Animals are defecating and urinating in terror. Their blood spills everywhere.

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-11-20). Hungary-led Vetoes Against New EU Budget Further Fragments the Bloc's Unity. globalresearch.ca Hungary, Poland and Slovenia have blocked the EU's budget and post-COVID recovery plan in order to oppose conditions that European aid must be connected to "respecting the rule of law." Budapest, which is leading the veto, blocked the budget after …

Danielle Renwick (2020-11-20). Anger After North Dakota Governor Asks COVID-Positive Health Staff to Stay on Job. zcomm.org "We are willing to break our backs and work as hard as we physically can. But then to ask us to come in as a potential infectious source is just stunning."

C-Span (2020-11-20). Video: Senate Hearing on COVID-19 Outpatient Treatment. globalresearch.ca The media has consistently suppressed the three top experts in early outpatient treatment of Covid. (They each have hundreds of peer-reviewed medical publications in top journals, over time.) | Testimony includes the fact that Asia and Africa are on top of …

Raul Diego (2020-11-20). Predictive Programming? Israeli Publishers Have Been Writing About a COVID-Like Pandemic for Years. mintpressnews.com The general public's willing acceptance of the draconian restrictions placed on mobility and freedom of assembly due to the coronavirus was "predicted" in fictional novels and other artistic creations over the last few decades. Is it a matter of life imitating art or something more sinister?

news.un (2020-11-20). COVID cases surge amid growing threat from antimicrobial resistance — WHO chief. news.un.org More cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the past four weeks than in the first six months of the pandemic, the UN health agency chief told journalists on Friday as he launched a new report on the threat posed by antimicrobial resistance.

Anand Naidoo (2020-11-20). The Heat: Unimaginable loss in U.S. to COVID-19. america.cgtn.com An unimaginable loss in the United States, more than 250,000 Americans have now lost their lives to COVID-19.

news.un (2020-11-20). Collective, conflict-sensitive responses vital to address COVID-19 pandemic and its fallout. news.un.org The coronavirus pandemic has not only exacted a terrible toll on human lives, health and economies, it has also exacerbated existing conflicts, a UN forum heard on Thursday, with top officials urging global solidarity in the fight against COVID-19.

Emilio Gonzalez-Ayala (2020-11-20). El Paso at Breaking Point with Hospitals & Mobile Morgues Filling Up. zcomm.org El Paso County, an area along the U.S.-Mexico border where 80% of residents are Latinx, is facing one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in the U.S. and now has 10 mobile morgues to hold bodies…

Rick Moran (2020-11-20). New York Sheriffs Refuse to Enforce Cuomo's Thanksgiving COVID Order. globalresearch.ca Several county sheriffs in New York State are saying they will not enforce Governor Andrew Cuomo's executive order that limits Thanksgiving Day gatherings to 10 people or less. | Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo summed up the sheriffs' objections nicely. | "I …

WSWS (2020-11-20). Students criticize University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel over reckless reopening. wsws.org A Q&A session Monday night resulted in a debacle for Schlissel as he faced widespread criticism from participating student representatives over the disastrous reopening he has overseen amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shatha Hammad (2020-11-20). Palestinians with disabilities battling PA for vital healthcare. middleeasteye.net Palestinians with disabilities battling PA for vital healthcare | Covid-19 has exposed a deeply flawed health insurance system that lets disabled Palestinians down badly | Fri, 11/20/2020 – 16: 17 | Disability rights activists including Abdelrahman Awwad (C) and Shatha Abu Srour (R) have staged a sit-in for nearly three weeks in Ramallah. The banner reads: "We die of coronavirus and we die of medic…

The Canary (2020-11-20). Proposed £21 'coronavirus hike' on household energy bills slammed as 'shocking' and 'farcical'. thecanary.co British households may have to shoulder a hike on their energy bills from the beginning of April because of new proposals from Ofgem. The suggestion is already drawing strong criticism from groups which claim the energy companies have been "ripping us all off, plunging people into fuel poverty while raking in juicy profits". | Increase: | The regulator has proposed an increase to the maximum many households can be charged on their bills, claiming that the pandemic is putting pressure on energy companies. | Ofgem said it is considering a £21 per household coronavirus hike to the default price cap whe…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-11-20). Iowa Tyson pork plant bosses bet on how many workers coronavirus would kill. peoplesworld.org WATERLOO, Iowa—This story is unbelievable but apparently true, and it's so sick that it's no joke: Bosses at the Tyson Foods pork processing plant in Waterloo, Iowa, not only didn't protect their workers against the coronavirus, but set up a betting pool on how many workers would get sick and how many would die. The …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-11-20). Suppressing the Cult of Pope John Paul II. The Cardinal McCarrick Affair. globalresearch.ca As chief conductor of the saint factory, Pope John Paul II was always going to be, in time, canonised. Almost 500 saints were created under his watch. The previous 600 years had seen 300. But declaring him a saint in …

Binoy Kampmark (2020-11-20). Dim Halos: Suppressing the Cult of Pope John Paul II. dissidentvoice.org As chief conductor of the saint factory, Pope John Paul II was always going to be, in time, canonised. Almost 500 saints were created under his watch. The previous 600 years had seen 300. But declaring him a saint in 2014, a mere nine years after his death, was speedy by the standards of the …

La Riva (2020-11-20). La Riva for president campaign makes major strides for socialist movement. liberationnews.org The Party for Socialism and Liberation congratulates all our members and supporters who worked so hard to carry out the far-reaching socialist campaign of Gloria La Riva for President and Sunil Freeman for Vice President.

Special to People's World (2020-11-20). The shaman's message: An urgent cry from the Amazon. peoplesworld.org The entire world knows by now how urgently the Amazon rainforest needs protection from the ravages of destruction, deforestation, Western invasion and settlement. One might say, from capitalism itself. And now from a pandemic against which the Indigenous peoples have little to no defense. "The Shaman's Message" is a short (just over two minutes), newly …

Rev. William Alberts (2020-11-20). "One Nation, Indivisible, Under God . . ." But Whose God? counterpunch.org Many people take for granted what one means when he or she refers to "God." It is assumed that "God" has a common meaning . That assumption is implied in the countless generalized references to "God" made by politicians, journalists, other media persons, faith leaders, and citizens. Herein lays a shared — and dangerous —

Staff (2020-11-20). "A Huge Blow to Civil Society": Egypt Arrests Leading Human Rights Monitors in Latest Crackdown. democracynow.org In Egypt, the executive director of the country's leading human rights group has been arrested as part of an unprecedented crackdown on activists and journalists. Gasser Abdel-Razek was arrested at his home just days after two other staffers for the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights were also arrested. The move signals a major escalation of repression from the government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who has imprisoned thousands of people since he came to power after the 2013 overthrow of former President Mohamed Morsi. "These arrests are a huge blow to civil society in Egypt," says Sharif Abdel Kouddo…

_____ (2020-11-20). Jewish-Led Groups Condemn Pompeo For Declaring Boycott-Divestment Movement Anti-Semitic. popularresistance.org Jewish peace activists led a wave of stinging rebuke of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Thursday after he declared the peaceful Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian human rights "anti-Semitic" while visiting an illegal Israeli settler colony built on stolen West Bank land. | Pompeo became the first top U.S. diplomat to visit an Israeli settlement in the unlawfully occupied West Bank of Palestine as he lunched at a winery in Psagot, located on a hill formerly known as Jabel Tawil until Israeli forces conquered it in 1967.

Martha Grevatt (2020-11-20). Yet another death in Cleveland jail. workers.org Cleveland On Nov. 9 Shone Trawick became the third person to die in Cleveland's Cuyahoga County Jail this year and the 12th jail death since June 2018. Trawick is the first casualty to be blamed on violence by another prisoner. Those in nearby cells reportedly screamed for help on hearing . . . |

Noam Chomsky (2020-11-20). Statement by Noam Chomsky and Vijay Prashad on the Tata Lit Fest. peoplesdispatch.org Noam Chomsky and Vijay Prashad issue a statement following the abrupt cancellation of the dialogue that was scheduled to be held as part of the Mumbai (Tata) Lit Fest on Friday…

MEE and agencies (2020-11-20). Macron accuses Turkey of stoking anti-France sentiment in Africa. middleeasteye.net Macron accuses Turkey of stoking anti-France sentiment in Africa | Tensions have risen between Paris and Ankara over the French president's defence of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad | Fri, 11/20/2020 – 13: 57 | Macron at a press conference at the G5 Sahel summit on 30 June 2020 in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott (AFP) | French President Emmanuel Macron accused Turkey on Friday of p…

Jane Cutter (2020-11-20). Tacoma, Wa. activists take over vacant school for emergency housing. liberationnews.org Liberation News eyewitness report!

Barbara Russum (2020-11-20). People's World will always be there with the real news. peoplesworld.org I first encountered the Daily World at a rally to free Angela Davis in 1971. An elderly Black gentleman wearing a suit and tie offered me a paper and we chatted a while. I worked in the Chicago Loop and happened upon the rally. Other papers were handed out, but the Daily World was the …

Beau Peters (2020-11-20). Ways You Can Help Eliminate Global Poverty. dissidentvoice.org Image Source: Pexels The planet may feel like a smaller place, thanks to the ease of travel and the internet, but the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that "approximately 1.2 billion people in the world live in extreme poverty" and earn less than a single dollar per day. Poverty affects the health and livelihood of …

Mark Gruenberg (2020-11-20). People's World takes sides. Yours. peoplesworld.org Dear People's World readers: First things first…THANK YOU! Thank you for reading People's World and the news we bring you from a worker's point of view. Thank you for reading People's World to find information and analysis the mainstream media doesn't cover. And thank you for giving us at People's World the freedom to …

Dennis Broe (2020-11-20). 'Lovecraft Country': Liberating 1950s apartheid America one monster at a time. peoplesworld.org It's now a done deal with the series already out in its entirety, but the best pilot and one of the best shows of the year is HBO's Lovecraft Country. The series is a second stunner by showrunner Misha Green after the too quickly aborted success of Underground, about the underground railroad. Lovecraft Country refashions …

Al Neal (2020-11-20). A Broader View: Those at risk on our streets. peoplesworld.org In the early morning hours, our eyes adjust to the golden haze beneath an indifferent city skyline. The flicker of red taillights, the smell of noxious exhaust fumes, and the orchestral cadence of honking and revving engines assault our senses. It isolates us within a car's four doors and obscures the life happening all around …

Simon Hooper (2020-11-20). EU trained Algeria and Morocco police in online disinformation tactics. middleeasteye.net EU trained Algeria and Morocco police in online disinformation tactics | Courses funded by European Union taught surveillance methods including data harvesting and use of 'sock puppets' | Fri, 11/20/2020 – 13: 09 | Algerian security forces face protesters during a demonstration in Algiers in March 2019 (AFP) | The European Union is training police and security forces in North African countries in surv…

Derek Ford (2020-11-20). Indianapolis movement defeats ruling-class attack on the poor. liberationnews.org Yet the struggle is far from over.

Greg Kearney (2020-11-20). Newspapers everywhere are in financial trouble, so is People's World. peoplesworld.org

MEE staff (2020-11-20). US senators urge Egypt to take action in case of detained Christian activist. middleeasteye.net US senators urge Egypt to take action in case of detained Christian activist | Legislators ask Cairo to allow fair trial for Ramy Kamel or drop charges and release him | Fri, 11/20/2020 – 19: 02 | Ramy Kamel is prominent Coptic Christian activist and founder of rights group Maspero Youth Union (Twitter) | A pair of bipartisan senators called on the Egyptian government to take action in the case of an imprisone…

Prabhat Patnaik (2020-11-20). Capitalism and inheritance. mronline.org IT is often believed that the ability to pass on property to one's progeny is an essential element of capitalism, without which the capitalists' incentives will dry up and the system will lose its dynamism.

Arielle Robinson (2020-11-20). Marietta, Ga., demonstrators demand 'Justice for Vincent Truitt,' Black youth gunned down by police. workers.org Marietta, Ga. About 75 demonstrators rallied at Marietta Square on Nov. 14, demanding justice for 17-year-old Vincent Truitt, a Black teenager who had been killed by Cobb County Police. He was shot twice in the back by an unidentified police officer on July 13, as he ran away from the . . . |

Jonathan Cook (2020-11-20). "I Am Greta" isn't About Climate Change. It's About the Elusiveness of Sanity in an Insane World. counterpunch.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

Global Research News (2020-11-20). Selected Articles: Nuclear Euromissiles Are Back. globalresearch.ca By A few days ago, on November 6, Lockheed Martin (the same company that produces the F-35s) signed a first $ 340 million contract with the US Army for the …

a guest author (2020-11-20). 'Accelerate our efforts' to free Mumia. workers.org By Angela Davis Professor Angela Davis, herself once a political prisoner, is a founding member of Critical Resistance, a national organization dedicated to dismantling the prison industrial complex. On Nov. 16, Davis delivered the following remarks during the virtual press conference "Freedom & Abolition: A critical moment in the fight . . . |

Sheren Khalel (2020-11-20). Campaigns to boycott Saudi Arabia G20 summit gain momentum. middleeasteye.net Campaigns to boycott Saudi Arabia G20 summit gain momentum | From hashtags to petitions, damning statements and full-page newspaper ads, human rights groups demand kingdom be held accountable | Fri, 11/20/2020 – 17: 12 | G20 logo is projected at historical al-Tarif in Diriyah district on outskirts of Saudi capital, Riyadh, on 20 November (AFP) | Human rights groups and activists have intensified ca…

Sheren Khalel (2020-11-20). 'The French government has no right': CAIR slams Macron's 'ultimatum' to Muslims. middleeasteye.net 'The French government has no right': CAIR slams Macron's 'ultimatum' to Muslims | Muslim-American civil rights group labels French president's order to establish 'National Council of Imams' under government parameters 'hypocritical and dangerous' | Fri, 11/20/2020 – 19: 58 | "> | The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) condemned French President Emmanuel Macro…

Robert Hunziker (2020-11-20). Expert IPCC Reviewer Speaks Out. counterpunch.org Expert IPCC Reviewer Speaks Out Roger Hallam, co-founder of Extinction Rebellion/XR recently interviewed Peter Carter, M.D., who has the distinguished title — Expert IPCC Reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The interview was conducted to get to the bottom of what science says about the state of affairs, specifically the health of the

Vijay Prashad (2020-11-20). It is freedom, only freedom which can quench our thirst. mronline.org In the 1980s, after Mozambique won its independence from Portugal in 1974, the South African apartheid regime and the settler-colonial army of Rhodesia backed an anti-communist faction against the government of the Mozambique Liberation Front (FRELIMO).

Mark Gruenberg (2020-11-20). 22 million jobless, Senate Republicans go home for Thanksgiving without passing aid. peoplesworld.org &nbsp…

Peter Koenig (2020-11-20). The Secret Agenda of the World Bank and IMF. dissidentvoice.org The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) work hand in glove — smoothly. Not only are they regularly lending huge sums of money to horror regimes around the world, but they blackmail poor nations into accepting draconian conditions imposed by the west. In other words, the WB and the IMF are guilty of …

_____ (2020-11-20). The AMA Officially Recognized Racism As A Public-Health Threat. popularresistance.org The American Medical Association has officially defined racism as a public health threat that has created substantial health inequality. | Racism, both systemic and structural, has historically perpetuated health inequality and cut short the lives of many Black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) in the US and around the world. | Over the last year, a number of county and state authorities have also labelled racism a public health threat. | Among them are county councils in San Bernardino, California, and Montgomery, Maryland, as well as authorities in Michigan, Nevada, Cleveland, Denver, and Indianapolis.

Pip Hinman (2020-11-20). State Bank of India must not fund Adani. greenleft.org.au Jim McIlroy and Coral Wynter report on Stop Adani's protest outside the State Bank of India, which is considering giving the mining conglomerate $1 billion.

Direct Action Everywhere (2020-11-20). Monday 12/7: Together Against Factory Farming – December Day of Action. indybay.org Crocker Park, 211 O St, Sacramento, CA 95814…

Poor People's Campaign (2020-11-20). Monday 11/23: In Their Remembrance: From Mourning to a Moral Mandate Pandemic Interfaith Vigil w/ PPC. indybay.org Online via livestream direct from Washington D.C.

Ed Lehman (2020-11-20). A New Era for Nuclear Disarmament. globalresearch.ca On Oct. 25 the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons announced: "Honduras has become the 50th country to ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons so it will now come into force in 90 days time." | This treaty …

repost (2020-11-20). KPFA PNB Rep/KPFA Management Supporter & WBAI Coupster Sabrina Jacobs Gets Demand For Apo. indybay.org KPFA PNB Rep/KPFA Management Supporter & WBAI Coupster Sabrina Jacobs Gets Demand For Apology On Nicaragua Story…

Direct Action Everywhere (2020-11-20). Tuesday 11/24: Community Discussion: Anticolonialism. indybay.org Zoom online…

_____ (2020-11-20). The Triumph of Mankind Over the Great Reset: Guns, Books, and the Social Contract. strategic-culture.org In

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-20). RCEP signed despite opposition from social movements. peoplesdispatch.org Once in full effect, the agreement will cover close to 30% of the global population and GDP. However, trade unions and people's movements have been opposing the deal for years…

Direct Action Everywhere (2020-11-20). Thursday 11/26: Unlearn "Thanksgiving": Documentary & Discussion. indybay.org Online Zoom…

Great Game India (2020-11-20). Portuguese Court Rules PCR Tests as Unreliable & Unlawful to Quarantine People. globalresearch.ca The court stated, the test's reliability depends on the number of cycles used and the viral load present. Citing "if someone is tested by PCR as positive when a threshold of …

The Canary (2020-11-20). Labour demands release of full findings of Patel bullying inquiry. thecanary.co Labour is demanding the publication of the full inquiry findings into allegations of bullying by Priti Patel amid reports she was found to have broken the rules for ministers. | Reassured: | Boris Johnson Normally ministers are expected to resign if they bre…

Timothy Pratt (2020-11-20). Why Georgia's Unscientific Recount 'Horrified' Experts. thenation.com Why Georgia's Unscientific Recount 'Horrified' Experts…

news.un (2020-11-20). This World Children's Day, 'reimagine a better future', for every child. news.un.org The global community is marking World Children's Day on Friday, calling for societies to "reimagine a better future" for every child, where each one has the opportunity to thrive.

Karl Grossman (2020-11-20). BNL lawsuit and the impacts of national nuclear laboratory. nationofchange.org Brookhaven National Laboratory "continues to show almost no regard for its neighbors…Is this any way for a government-funded agency to treat its neighbors?"

WSWS (2020-11-20). UPS worker dies of injuries at Louisville Worldport facility as holiday package crush begins. wsws.org David Platt, 28, a mechanic working for UPS, was killed Wednesday at the Centennial hub sorting facility.

Staff (2020-11-20). As Stimulus Runs Out, 56% of US Household Are Worried About Affording Food. truthout.org More than half of households in the United States are not "very confident" that they can afford to put food on the table as the holidays approach, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has so far refused to take up a $2.2 trillion econ…

Oceana (2020-11-20). Plastic Entangling, Choking 1,800 Marine Animals in U.S. Waters. globalresearch.ca In a

UC Santa Cruz (2020-11-20). Tuesday 12/1: UCSC's African-American Theater Arts Troupe: Building Community for 30 Years. indybay.org Online, virtual event…

Global Research News (2020-11-20). This Week's Most Popular Articles. globalresearch.ca

Gary M. Kramer (2020-11-20). "Collective" is an urgent exposé of killer corruption & how journalism and the people fought back. salon.com Salon spoke to the filmmaker about the investigation into the lies that cost lives & sparked protests in Romania…

CLBSUB (2020-11-20). Monday 11/23: Paul Celan: Honoring the 100th Birthday of the Poet & Holocaust Survivor. indybay.org Online event (FREE)…

Tanya Wadhwa (2020-11-20). Colombians embark on a fresh national strike against Ivan Duque. peoplesdispatch.org On November 19, hundreds of thousands of Colombians began

Common Cause (2020-11-20). Thursday 12/3: What's Next for Civil Rights: Democracy in the 117th Congress Town Hall w/ Common Cause. indybay.org Online via Zoom…

Sasha Abramsky (2020-11-20). The GOP Is in a State of Terminal Decay. thenation.com The GOP Is in a State of Terminal Decay…

Manlio Dinucci (2020-11-20). Nuclear Euromissiles Are Back. globalresearch.ca Over five years ago we titled in the Manifesto ((9 June 2015) "Are missiles returning to Comiso? (Sicily)." This hypothesis was ignored by the entire political spectrum and dismissed by some self-styled expert as "alarmist." The alarm, unfortunately, was well …

Oakland Privacy (2020-11-20). Wednesday 12/16: Oakland Privacy: Fighting Against the Surveillance State. indybay.org Online via Zoom.

news.un (2020-11-20). FROM THE FIELD: From President to shepherd, the dreams of displaced children of the Sahel. news.un.org Engineer, nurse, breakdancer, shepherd, human rights lawyer, journalist, musician and president are just some of the future dreams harboured by young displaced people in the Sahel region of Africa.

Joe Glenton (2020-11-20). Local Labour parties show 'unjust' Keir Starmer won't get rid of Jeremy Corbyn without a fight. thecanary.co If Keir Starmer wants to get rid of Jeremy Corbyn, it seems he's going to have to fight his own party. Up and down the country, Constituency Labour Parties (CLPs) have Corbyn was originally

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-20). New breast cancer treatment and climate voices: News from the College. imperial.ac.uk Here's a batch of fresh news and announcements from across Imperial.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-20). Lab-in-a-box and remote experiments: Education news from Imperial. imperial.ac.uk Here's a round up of education updates from across Imperial.

Lynda Carson (2020-11-20). John Harris donates fabulous guitar collection to San Francisco Conservatory of Music. indybay.org The Harris Guitar Collection:…

Thomas Magstadt (2020-11-20). The most dangerous man in America. nationofchange.org "Anyone can ride a train, only a wise man knows when to get off."

Eleni Schirmer (2020-11-20). It's Not Just Students Drowning in Debt. Colleges Are Too! thenation.com It's Not Just Students Drowning in Debt. Colleges Are Too!

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-20). New French security bill could make it harder to hold police accountable. peoplesdispatch.org Protests took place across France to oppose the recently introduced Global Security bill. This bill criminalizes filming on-duty police officers if they are identifiable and if harm is intended.

David Giesen (2020-11-20). Saturday 11/21: Playing Monopoly for keeps: take the land, the money, or the housing? indybay.org Join Zoom Meeting | zoom.us/j/93956009800?pwd=SkIvZ01jdDltaX…

Yuri Martins Fontes (2020-11-20). Golpe colorido na Bielorrússia : a planificaàßà£o social de Lukashenko. globalresearch.ca Nestes primeiros vinte anos do século, presenciamos um surpreendente avanàßo tecnológico em setores como informática, telecomunicaàßàµes, indústria militar e também na tecnologia dos golpes de estado. Nà£o só os aparelhos telefà¥nicos e computadores sà£o hoje mais potentes e discretos, mas …

_____ (2020-11-20). Challenging EPA's Failure To Protect People And The Environment From Atrazine. popularresistance.org The herbicide atrazine is likely to adversely affect over half of endangered species listed in the United States, according to a report released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as part of a legal agreement with the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD). Based on both adverse human health and environmental threats, Beyond Pesticides joined with Center for Food Safety, CBD, and other public-interest groups in October to sue EPA over its decision to reapprove atrazine, an endocrine-disrupting herbicide banned across much of the world.

WSWS (2020-11-20). The Endless Trench: Hiding for decades from the Spanish fascists. wsws.org The film fictionally treats an actual phenomenon, the dozens or more of left-wing opponents of Franco, known as "moles," who concealed themselves in their own homes for 30 years following the defeat of the Republican forces in 1939.

Thomas Madreiter (2020-11-20). Vienna: The Most Livable City of the World. indybay.org As early as the zero hour, about ten years ago, we developed the vision of the Smart City with the involvement of civil society. There were countless workshops with politicians, scientists, business people and, of course, the city's residents. They all dealt with the question: What kind of Vienna do we want to live in by 2050? Citizens have said quite clearly: cars out, public transport and pedestrians in.

Common Cause (2020-11-20). Thursday 12/10: 2021 Planned Actions at State Level & Post Census Redistricting Town Hall w/ Common Cause. indybay.org Online via Zoom…

Shawgi Tell (2020-11-20). Obsession With "Academic Performance" is Charter School Disinformation. dissidentvoice.org Promoters of privately-operated non-profit and for-profit charter schools are obsessed with students' scores on punitive and curriculum-narrowing high-stakes tests produced by big corporations. They think that test scores on these unsound tests are the end-all and be-all. They have even convinced themselves that the more technical and professional their "academic performance" reports look and feel …

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-20). Hear from Imperial's new Director of Academic Services. imperial.ac.uk We speak to Richard Martin, who has recently taken up the role of Director of Academic Services.

_____ (2020-11-20). Attacking Iran Would Be Colossally Stupid. strategic-culture.org Daniel LARISON | Last week, the president The president's Iran obsession has bee…

Andrew Pasquier (2020-11-20). Poland's Women Are in the Streets. thenation.com Poland's Women Are in the Streets…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-20). New non-invasive technology could spot early signs of motor disorders in babies. imperial.ac.uk Imperial College London scientists have created the world's first non-invasive way to map how baby movements are generated on a neuronal level.

Staff (2020-11-20). Dozens of Racial Justice Protesters Held by Feds for Months Pretrial. truthout.org This story was reported in collaboration with Just after midnight on May 31 in downtown Las Vegas, Ricardo Densmore broke off from a larger group of demonstrators and used his phone to record two other protesters lighting a squad car on fire. Densmore, a 24-year-old former security guard, had felt called to action after watching the video of George Floyd being killed by Minneapolis police and joined tho…

WSWS (2020-11-20). Youth suicides and mental health disorders on the rise amid pandemic depression. wsws.org One of the impacts of the pandemic is a rising mental health crisis, particularly among youth, for which no faction of the ruling class proposes any solution.

Direct Action Everywhere (2020-11-20). Friday 11/27: Solidarity Speaker: Direct Action for Farmworkers. indybay.org Online Zoom…

_____ (2020-11-20). Dozens File Federal Suit Alleging Chicago Police Abuse This Year. popularresistance.org "The (Chicago Police Department) and other city agencies responded to these demonstrations with brutal, violent, and unconstitutional tactics that are clearly intended to injure, silence and intimidate plaintiffs and other protesters," according to the more than 200-page lawsuit. "These abuse tactics include beating protesters with batons — often striking them in the head; tackling and beating protesters while on the ground; using chemical agents against protesters; falsely arresting protesters; and trapping protesters in enclosed areas."

Almira Tanner (2020-11-20). Five reasons why a moratorium is the right next step in our fight to #CancelAnimalAg. indybay.org If you're reading this, I likely don't need to tell you that something is deeply wrong and unjust about animal agriculture. This industry tortures and kills trillions of animals each year, forces marginalized people to work in unsafe and traumatizing environments, and is a leading contributor of greenhouse gases, ocean dead zones, and pandemic-causing zoonotic diseases. We need to completely abolish animal agriculture and transition to a more just, plant-based food system, but it's not going to happen overnight.

Polina Aniftou (2020-11-19). "The End of the War in Syria Will Come as Part of the Agreement Between Iran and China," Says Iranian Foreign Policy Analyst. globalresearch.ca As the US changes leadership, new opportunities for re-alignment may open up for the Middle East and the wider region. To understand more fully the implications presented in conflicts ranging from the US-Iran tension, the Syrian war, and the role …

sputniknews (2020-11-19). China Warns Intel Alliance 'Their Eyes Will Be Plucked Out' if Not Careful With Hong Kong Affairs. sputniknews.com The Five Eyes alliance, established after World War II, involves the US, UK, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. It's main objective is the sharing of intelligence information between parties.

Cassandra Stimpson, Holly Zhang (2020-11-19). A Washington Echo Chamber for a New Cold War. commondreams.org A rising China is also guaranteed to lift all boats (submarines, aircraft carriers, and surface ships) as well as fighter planes aiding the military-industrial complex on a planet increasingly at war with itself. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

sputniknews (2020-11-19). 'Contested Warfighting Domain': New UK Space Command Long Prepared to Follow US Space Force Lead. sputniknews.com The UK's newly announced Space Command is likely to pick up a number of projects already begun with its creation in mind and to partner closely with the US Space Force as part of a larger military confrontation with Russia and China in space.

sputniknews (2020-11-19). US Navy Secretary Wants New Fleet at Indo-Pacific 'Crossroads' in Case of 'Dust-Up' With China. sputniknews.com A new proposal to recreate a defunct US Navy fleet in the western Pacific could provide the US with another way to confront China in the South China Sea, but could also alienate regional partners at the same time.

Robert C. Koehler (2020-11-19). Beyond Simplistic 'Peace'. commondreams.org My God, if complexity were brought into the news—e.g., bombs kill, people suffer, no one ever wins, wars never end—the trillion-dollar annual military budget would be in danger. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-19). New York City schools shut again due to second COVID-19 wave. peoplesdispatch.org Schools were opened up in phases in September and October, months after they were shut down in mid-March. The State's governor has warned of a tremendous spike in the coming weeks…

Glen Ford (2020-11-19). Black "Misleaders" Back Susan Rice as Top Diplomat. Black Democrats See Her a Role Model. globalresearch.ca Genocide in Congo and militarization of the African continent are Susan Rice's specialties, but Black Democrats see her as a "role model." | "Rice cultivated relations with every pro-U.S. warlord in Africa." | No one in high levels of U.S. government …

Linda McQuaig (2020-11-19). Long-Term Care Fiasco a Warning About Private Ownership. commondreams.org The private sector almost always does things to make a profit, and that can leave the rest of us paying a high price—in dollars and deaths. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Abayomi Azikiwe (2020-11-19). United States Imperialism Threatening War Against Iran During Contested Presidential Elections Struggle. globalresearch.ca There have been serious threats to the Islamic Republic of Iran and its allies in the aftermath of the contested presidential and congressional elections in the United States. | Inside the U.S., the incumbent administration of President Donald J. Trump has …

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-19). Iran questions US double standards on nuclear verification. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 19 (MNA) — Referring to the US behaviour towards KSA, UAE, and Israel regime's nuclear activities, Kazem Gharibabadi questioned the US double standards on nuclear verification.

Pip Hinman (2020-11-19). Thoughts towards a synthesis between ecosocialism and ecoanarchism. greenleft.org.au In arriving at a synthesis between ecosocialism and ecoanarchism, Ted Trainer argues that the kind of socialism he supports avoids domination, hierarchy, authoritarianism, centralisation and top-down power.

Tim Pelzer (2020-11-19). Confession from the profession: 'Presstitutes' in the service of the CIA. peoplesworld.org It is well documented that the CIA uses the media to spread disinformation. After 1945, the agency, in what is known as "Operation Mockingbird," recruited journalists in major U.S. media to promote its Cold War anti-Communist perspective. According to former CIA agent turned whistleblower Philip Agee, the agency had journalists on its payroll across Latin …

WSWS (2020-11-19). New York City educators and parents must take control over online learning! Schools must stay closed until the pandemic is contained! wsws.org Our committee warns that the closure of schools is a temporary maneuver and we call on educators, parents and students to demand no resumption of in-person learning until a proven vaccine has been verified and distributed free of charge.

Keith Lamb (2020-11-19). Why Trump Has Been Unable to End Endless Wars. US Troop Withdrawals from Afghanistan? globalresearch.ca The

David L. McCollum (2020-11-19). Coronavirus relief funds could easily pay to stop the worst of climate change while rebooting economies. zcomm.org Like with so many things, the question seems to be one of political will — are governments and companies willing and able to turn toward a cleaner, more prosperous future to the benefit of all?>

news.un (2020-11-19). Future of an entire generation at risk, as COVID-19 pandemic drags on. news.un.org While symptoms among children infected with COVID-19 mostly remain mild, infections are rising and the longer-term impact on the education, nutrition and well-being of an entire generation of young people can be life-altering, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has warned.

RT (2020-11-19). Tehran adds 'aircraft carrier warship' to Iran's navy amid rising tensions with Washington. rt.com Iranian military officials claim the country has bolstered its navy with the introduction of a new warship capable of carrying aircraft, drones, helicopters, and missiles, according to a statement issued on Thursday. | The 150-meter Shahid Roudaki vessel is "ready to carry out missions," Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said in a statement on its website. | The IRGC's existing fleet mainly comprises small vessels off the Iranian coast and near the Strait of Hormuz, a strategic choke point on a major international oil and gas shipping route. | The announcement of the new addition to the fleet com…

The Canary (2020-11-19). Local authorities 'braced for second wave of homelessness' anticipate 'absolute train wreck'. thecanary.co Local authorities are braced for an "absolute train wreck" as they anticipate a second wave of homelessness of people hit by the pandemic's economic fall out, a report warns. | Rising demand: | English councils fear they may run out of emergency accommodation over the winter months, amid concerns that government funding will not be sufficient to allow them to meet rising demand. A report by the homelessness charity Crisis said councils in England, Scotland, and Wales have seen a continued new flow of people since the pandemic started. | Services are now concerned about a newly emerging need for support as…

Pip Hinman (2020-11-19). Towards an anti-capitalist synthesis: what can ecosocialists learn from ecoanarchists? greenleft.org.au Ecosocialists and ecoanarchists share an anti-capitalist stance, both viewing capitalism as the root of numerous social and environmental problems, writes Hans Baer.

A Guest Author (2020-11-19). Alaskan and Caribbean storms increase dangers for Indigenous peoples, workers. workers.org People in Honduras deluged after 2020 hurricanes. By Paddy Colligan and G. Dunkel Nov. 16 — The storms battering the north and northwest coast of Alaska and the hurricanes rampaging through the Caribbean and southeastern North America may or may not be produced by human-generated global warming. Scientists differ on . . . |

The Canary (2020-11-19). Priti Patel likely to face 'robust criticisms' in bullying allegations investigation. thecanary.co A long-awaited investigation into allegations of bullying by Priti Patel must be published without delay, Labour has demanded as it labelled reports that the Home Secretary will be issued with a warning as "incredibly serious". | The Financial Times said that the probe would be concluded "imminently" but that Boris Johnson would only issue Patel with a written warning, rather than dismissing her from the Cabinet. | Citing unnamed Whitehall officials, the paper said the prime minister was intending to "fudge" the outcome of the report which has "robust criticisms" of Patel's behaviour. | Shadow home secretary Nick…

news.un (2020-11-19). Development funding and trade transparency needed, to stop COVID-19 dividing the world. news.un.org The pandemic has redefined the world economy in ways that will deepen inequality and can only be reversed if a global transformation in attitudes towards trade and development allows the whole world to recover together, the UN trade body UNCTAD said, in a report published on Thursday.

D. Watkins (2020-11-19). Poet Nikki Giovanni shares her wisdom about Biden, cowardly racism, and why love is a pineapple. salon.com The acclaimed activist and educator returned to "Salon Talks" to discuss the presidency & the writing process…

Kim Petersen (2020-11-19). Understanding The History of the Korean War (1950-1953). globalresearch.ca Education is supposed to encourage critical thinking. However, if critical thinking ever were a part of the education curriculum, it usually goes out the window around Remembrance Day. | Take, for instance, Canada Remembers Times the Veterans' Week Special Edition (5-11 …

Alex Bainbridge (2020-11-19). Death squads trained at Duntroon — not just a few bad apples. greenleft.org.au Alex Bainbridge writes that the release of the report into Australian war crimes in Afghanistan should be shocking — but it isn't.

Dr. Zuhair Sabbagh (2020-11-19). Forbidden Weapons and Israeli War Crimes. globalresearch.ca In the period 2008-2014, Zionist settler colonialists launched three aggressive wars against the Palestinians of the Gaza Strip: (1) Dec 2008-Jan 2009, (2) 14 Nov 2012, and (3) July-August 2014. During these aggressive wars, the Israeli military used a number …

Hajira Asghar (2020-11-19). Palestinians, Iran in the crosshairs as Pompeo makes farewell visit to Israel. liberationnews.org Pompeo used the occasion to deepen two of the most odious features of U.S. foreign policy: support for the colonial occupation of Palestinian land, and warmongering against Iran.

Tim Wheeler (2020-11-19). Karl Yoneda and Elaine Black—star-crossed lovers in a class war. peoplesworld.org In October 1987, I covered a rally in Washington, D.C., for the People's Daily World celebrating the federal government's apology for the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. The event, which drew hundreds to the U.S. Capitol steps, was sponsored by the Japanese American Citizens League. Among those who flew into town …

The Canary (2020-11-19). Africa records two million coronavirus cases amid fears of fresh surge. thecanary.co Africa has surpassed two million confirmed coronavirus (Covid-19) cases as health officials warn of infections starting to creep up again into a second surge.Second wave: The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Thursday that the 54-country continent has seen more than 48,000 deaths from coronavirus. The continent of 1.3bn people is being warned against "prevention fatigue" as countries loosen pandemic restrictions to ease their economies' suffering and more people travel.The Africa CDC director this week openly worried that the level of mask-wearing has gone down and called that…

WSWS (2020-11-19). Socialist Equality Party (UK) meeting discussion addresses critical issues on the failure of Corbynism. wsws.org SEP National Secretary Chris Marsden told the meeting, "Jeremy Corbyn describes politics as some sort of cricket match. He encourages us to say, 'Well, this isn't fair'. Well, politics isn't a cricket match, politics is war."

progressive (2020-11-19). Smoking Gun: Crisis? What Crisis? progressive.org A timeline of the pandemic warning signs ignored by the Trump Administration.

_____ (2020-11-19). The U.S. Working Class Meets the Elections and Loses Ground. strategic-culture.org W. T. WHITNEY | The recent election campaign pitted one capitalist-oriented political party against another. But class conflict continued and working people did not fare well. | The election period was show-time for U.S. racial antagonisms. Candidates of both parties responded variously to racism. With working-class voters filling the ranks of each one, the U.S. working class was shown to be divided as it responded to racism. These are divisions that weaken the working class. | The police killing of George Floyd occurred in late May. Soon crowds of white and Black people were protesting together in little towns a…

Phyllis Bennis (2020-11-19). With the Election Over, Congress Needs to Focus on Burning Issues. zcomm.org It's bad enough that our federal government has refused to take responsibility for a national response to the pandemic here in the United States. Even worse, it's refused to even acknowledge the necessity of international coordination…

sputniknews (2020-11-19). Trump's Refusal to Concede US Election 'Puts Our Country at Peril,' Says Former Obama Adviser. sputniknews.com Valerie Jarrett served as a senior adviser to former US President Barack Obama and also co-chaired the incoming administration's transition team in 2008, as officials prepared for a smooth changing of the guard in the White House.

Phyllis Bennis (2020-11-19). It's Time for Congress to Remember the Rest of the World. counterpunch.org The 2020 election will have enormous consequences for the pandemic, the planet, the economy, our democracy and people's lives. And that will be true even before the next Congress and administration take office. After the vote, the current Congress will have another six weeks or so in office. For some members, it will be a

William Stroock (2020-11-19). Biden 'Wins' Trump Contests. globalresearch.ca A few days before the presidential election, this observer predicted President Trump would win about 50% of the popular vote and around 325 electoral votes. Obviously that didn't happen. But most polls and poll aggregates predicted a Blue Wave leading …

Brett Redmayne-Titley (2020-11-19). The "Dominion" of Election Fraud? globalresearch.ca "The maintenance of Americans' constitutional rights should not depend on the good graces and sketchy ethics of a handful of well-connected corporations… who have stonewalled Congress, lied to Congress, and have questionable judgment when it comes to security…" -Sen. Ron …

Chris Marshall (2020-11-19). Are you sure Trump's plan to steal the election has failed? You shouldn't be. salon.com Surely Republicans would never stage a ludicrous constitutional end-around with Brett Kavanaugh's help, would they?>

Sofia Perez (2020-11-19). Why Venezuela's Dec. 6 election is legitimate. liberationnews.org On December 6, Venezuela will hold parliamentary elections to choose new deputies for the National Assembly, the country's legislature.

Sarah Toce (2020-11-19). "Abuse of office": Graham hit with formal ethics complaint amid allegations of election meddling. salon.com "If these allegations are true, Senator Graham's conduct constitutes . . . conduct unbecoming of a senator"

Staff (2020-11-19). Headlines for November 19, 2020. democracynow.org U.S. COVID-19 Death Toll Passes 250,000; Nearly 1% of U.S. Population Currently Infectious, Pfizer to Seek Emergency Authorization of COVID-19 Vaccine, Touting 95% Efficacy, Lawsuit Alleges Tyson Foods Managers Wagered on Meatpackers' Coronavirus Infection Rate, COVID-19 Surge Overwhelms Hospitals as Healthcare Workers Fall Ill, Biden Says Trump's Refusal to Concede Could Set Back Vaccine Rollout by Months, Arizona Secretary of State Faces Death Threats as Trump Promotes Election Conspiracy Theories, Democratic Congressmembers Reelect Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House, Australian Military Apologizes to Afghan…

John P. Geyman (2020-11-19). Beyond COVID-19: the Power Struggle Over Alternatives for Health Care Reform. counterpunch.org Today we face the COVID-19 pandemic, with its resultant economic downturn and systemic racism—the triple crises that have exposed the serious problems of U. S. health care. It is now obvious to most observers that the system is broken, raising the question of how it can be put together through the political process after a hotly contested election season filled with disinformation and confusion about potential reform alternatives.

Futher Column, By Abby Zimet, Staff Writer (2020-11-19). My Cousin Rudy Is Melting But He Can Still Smell Election Crimes With the Deranged Help Of His Elite Strike Force. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Liz Theoharis (2020-11-19). The New Politics of the Poor in Joe Biden's (and Mitch McConnell's) USA. counterpunch.org 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

Peter Lackowski (2020-11-19). 'Election fraud': A strategy comes home to roost. peoplesworld.org Traveling around Venezuela in 2005, it occurred to me that paint merchants must be doing very well. There had been a recall referendum the year before. The question on the ballot was a simple yes or no: Shall President Hugo Chávez be recalled? The word "NO" was still painted on walls, pillars, even random rocks …

Jeff Cohen (2020-11-19). Time for Biden to Follow the Science. counterpunch.org 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

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-11-19). 'We Simply Cannot Afford Half-Measures': Outside DNC, Progressives Demand Biden Go Big for Green New Deal. commondreams.org Progressives elected to Congress joined grassroots climate action leaders from across the country on Thursday, demanding that President-elect Joe Biden "be brave" and work to pass a bold agenda aimed at combating the climate crisis. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2020-11-19). Joe Biden Must Keep Anti-Social Security Bruce Reed Far Away From His Administration. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-19). Reproducing soft, hard power key to lifting sanctions. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 19 (MNA) — Stressing that Biden is not Iran's friend and master key, Iranian Parliament Speaker's Special Aide for International Affairs said that reproducing soft and hard power is key to lifting sanctions.

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-11-19). Social Security Defenders Tell Biden to Keep Austerity-Obsessed Bruce Reed Far Away From the White House. commondreams.org "In this time of national crisis with millions struggling to get by, we cannot afford to grant positions of power to austerity hawks." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Caitlin A. Johnstone (2020-11-19). Biden will likely be worse than Obama. The left must lead the backlash, or the right will. mronline.org It looks like a safe bet that Joe Biden will be sworn in on January 20th after successfully campaigning on returning the murderous and oppressive Orwellian US empire back to its pre-Trump "normal".

Edmund Phelps (2020-11-19). 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.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-11-19). As Trump Pursues Strategy of Chaos and Confusion, Biden Urged to 'Go Big and Fast' to Fix 'Broken' Government. commondreams.org "The arsonist in chief, who spent the past four years being as reckless as humanly possible, is lighting a whole bunch more fires with the GOAL of them being impossible to put out." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

George Ochenski (2020-11-19). Time to End Trump's Incredible Damage to Our Nation. counterpunch.org For four long years, the United States of America has suffered the presidency of a narcissistic reality-TV actor incompetently playing his role as president. But finally this embarrassing charade of governance has come to an end. Yet, incapable of handling the truth of his loss to president-elect Joe Biden, this spoiled man-child has spent the

Jeff Abbott (2020-11-19). The Other Americans: What Joe Biden's Win Means for Central America. progressive.org Though it might undo many of Trump's policies, the Biden Administration will likely return to an Obama-era approach in the region.

Igor Derysh (2020-11-19). Trump campaign avoids $8M bill by limiting Wisconsin recount to cities with large Black populations. salon.com Campaign dodges $8 million statewide recount bill by targeting two cities home to 74% of state's Black residents…

Sophia Tesfaye (2020-11-19). A new #Resistance hero emerges amid the Trump endgame: The dutiful civil servant. salon.com We hadn't heard of Brad Raffensperger or Chris Krebs a week ago. Now they're heroes standing tall for democracy…

commondreams (2020-11-19). Trump Administration Proposes Last Minute Plan to Make Arctic Offshore Drilling More Dangerous. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Andrew Korybko (2020-11-19). Trump's Decision to Withdraw US Troops From Afghanistan. globalresearch.ca Trump's decision to cut the number of US troops in Afghanistan from 4500 to 2500 raised questions about whether he's simply fulfilling a campaign promise out of principle or whether he's hedging his bets in a Machiavellian way by preemptively …

commondreams (2020-11-19). CODEPINK Appalled at the Trump Administration's Labeling of BDS as Antisemitic. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Roger Sollenberger (2020-11-19). McEnany tells "Fox Friends" that COVID-19 restrictions are "Orwellian" as pandemic surges across US. salon.com "We don't lose our freedom in this country," McEnany tells hosts of Trump's favorite morning show "Fox & Friends"

RT (2020-11-19). Karabakh truce was about 'saving lives, not scoring political points': Russia's Lavrov addresses 'wounded pride' of US & France. rt.com The aim of the Moscow-brokered armistice between Azerbaijan and Armenia was to stop the violence in Nagorno-Karabakh as soon as possible, Russia's Foreign Minister has told RT, adding that there was no time for third-party talks. | The ceasefire was not a result of Moscow's desire to gain some international prestige, but that of a wish to preserve human life and end the military clashes on its doorstep, Sergey Lavrov said. The foreign minister also called concerns expressed by the US and France over the deal somewhat misplaced. | In a situation when every minute counted and every such minute cost human lives,…

Matthew Rozsa (2020-11-19). A third COVID vaccine candidate, this one from Oxford University, clears a crucial hurdle. salon.com Oxford's vaccine joins Pfizer's and Moderna's in the list of candidates that have passed clinical safety tests…

Children's Health Defense (2020-11-19). Media Hypes Moderna's COVID Vaccine, Downplays Risks. globalresearch.ca For the second time in a week, news of a "promising"

Robert F. Kennedy Jr (2020-11-19). Gates' Globalist Vaccine Agenda: A Win-Win for Pharma and Mandatory Vaccination. globalresearch.ca First posted on GR on April 13, 2020 | Vaccines, for Bill Gates, are a strategic philanthropy that feed his many vaccine-related businesses (including Microsoft's ambition to control a

RT (2020-11-19). (WATCH) First European Union nation gets Russia's Sputnik V vaccine to fight Covid-19, as samples arrive in Budapest. rt.com Hungary has become the first country in the European Union to receive a batch of Russia's Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine as a container with samples arrived in Budapest, on Thursday, and was handed over to Hungarian medics. | "Vaccine samples manufactured in Russia have arrived in Budapest," Hungary's Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto An exclusiv…

Dean Baker (2020-11-19). Moderna Vaccine Follows Pfizer with Very Strong Results on Effectiveness: What This Means. cepr.net Last week, we got the very good news that preliminary results from its Phase 3 trial showed that Pfizer's vaccine had an effectiveness rate of 92 percent. (We now have final results that put it at 95 percent.) This week, Moderna released results showing that its vaccine also has a 95 percent effectiveness rate. In …

Stephen Lendman (2020-11-19). Covid Vaccine, Hazardous to Human Health? Big Pharma's Rush to Cash in on Multibillion Bonanza. globalresearch.ca All vaccines are toxic and hazardous to human health. | The great covid vaccines to the rescue scheme risks widespread harm, not protection. | In cahoots with Big Government, Big Pharma prioritizes maximum profits over human health. | Drug companies are rushing to …