2020-11-26: News Headlines

Judi Cheng (2020-11-26). Racist police killing in Brazil sparks protests, boycott & solidarity in US. liberationnews.org According to the Black Coalition for Rights in Brazil, 75.5 percent of victims of police murder in Brazil are Black.

Anthony Cartalucci (2020-11-26). Thailand: Anti-Government Mobs Use Violence to Attack Fellow Protesters. thealtworld.com Just as US-backed anti-government protesters were dispersing from in front of Siam Commerical Bank's (SCB) headquarters in Bangkok last night — armed men who belonged to the protest's "guards" attacked fellow guards. | The suspects and victims were from opposing vocational schools notorious for their violent rivalries. | Bangkok Post in its

Ian Angus (2020-11-26). Greenhouse gases set new record, despite COVID-19 lockdown. mronline.org Top meteorologist: only a complete transformation of our industrial, energy and transport systems can stop climate change.

Kathy Kelly (2020-11-26). Like a Rocket in the Garden: the Unending War in Afghanistan. counterpunch.org Late last week, I learned from young Afghan Peace Volunteer friends in Kabul that an insurgent group firing rockets into the city center hit the home of one volunteer's relatives. Everyone inside was killed. Today, word arrived of two bomb blasts in the marketplace city of Bamiyan, in central Afghanistan, killing at least fourteen people and wounding forty-five.

Yanis Iqbal (2020-11-26). Thomas Sankara: An icon of revolution. mronline.org October 15 was the 33rd anniversary of Thomas Sankara's death. On this day, he was murdered by imperialist forces at the tender age of 37.

Jeff Klein (2020-11-26). Can We Build a Progressive Future If We Dismiss a Large Part of the Working Class? counterpunch.org I'm happy to be retired. After decades working as a machinist in New England factories and shops, I can't say I miss having to clock into the job at 7am. I don't miss the sweaty, dirty and sometimes dangerous work I had to do. And even though I have been fortunate to have jobs mostly in places with collective bargaining agreements, I surely don't miss working in a hierarchical environment where bosses and supervisors still had too much power.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-26). Greek working class unites, strikes for health, safety and rights amid COVID-19. peoplesdispatch.org Workers, teachers, doctors, students and youth groups in Greece observed a nationwide general strike on November 26, putting forward a set of urgent demands in sectors including health care, education, public transport, and other areas of employment…

Margaret Kimberley (2020-11-26). Freedom Rider: Censorship in the Biden era. mronline.org The corporate media have joined the incoming administration in deciding what we can and cannot see and hear.

Mark Fiore (2020-11-26). Giving Thanks the Turkeys Are Leaving. progressive.org It looks like the Trump Administration might go out with a whimper instead of a civil insurrection-inducing bang.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-26). Bolivian police arrest a military general implicated in the Sacaba massacre. peoplesdispatch.org On November 24, Bolivian police arrested the commander of the Cochabamba Military Garrison, General Alfredo Cuellar, in connection with The Prosecutor's Office ordered Cuellar's arrest after he gave his statement in the Sacaba massacre case yesterday. The Prosecutor's Office said that the arrest warrant was issued because there were elements of convi…

John Pilger (2020-11-26). Britain's Class War on Children. zcomm.org Study after study shows that the people who suffer and die early from the diseases of poverty brought on by a poor diet, sub-standard housing and the priorities of the political elite and its hostile "welfare" officials — are working people…

The Canary (2020-11-26). Foreign Secretary defends aid cut and outlines priorities in 'British interests'. thecanary.co Dominic Raab has denied the Government is "salami slicing" all parts of the UK's overseas aid spending as he outlined the priorities for the slashed budget.The foreign secretary said the long-term strategic aims of the country's international work will be based on "our values and grounded in the British national interests".Raab listed his top five priorities for what is left of the budget. They are tackling climate change, Covid-19, girls' education, conflict resolution and expanding in-house management of aid delivery "in order to increase the impact that our policy interventions have on the ground".Foreign Offi…

The Canary (2020-11-26). 296 people died due to 'the 'militarisation' of UK and French borders. thecanary.co The evolution of border security in and around the English Channel has been branded a "history of death" that has seen nearly 300 people lose their lives.Under successive French and UK governments, responses to the refugee crisis have become increasingly militarised, forcing people to resort to more dangerous routes, a new report claims.Calais has been turned into a "murderous border zone", while the Home Office response to small boats crossings has grown to "monstrous proportions", it argues.More people thought to be migrants were brought to Dover on Thursday (Gareth Fuller/PA)The report — believed to be th…

The Canary (2020-11-26). Government website crashes as people try and find out which tier of coronavirus restrictions they'll face. thecanary.co Almost all parts of England will face tough coronavirus curbs with a ban on households mixing indoors and restrictions on hospitality after December 2.Only the Isle of Wight, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have been placed in the lowest Tier 1 set of restrictions, with people in all other parts of England set to face more serious limits to their freedom.Large swathes of the Midlands, North East and North West are in the most restrictive Tier 3, but London will be in Tier 2. | The Liverpool City Region's move into Tier 2 is vindication of the hard work, dedication and sacrifice shown by people across our region…

WSWS (2020-11-26). Australian war crimes report points to history of military atrocities and coverups. wsws.org For all the mythology of heroic and honourable armed forces, the report outlines more than a century of illegal killings, massacres and other abuses.

MEE staff (2020-11-26). Israeli court orders eviction of 87 Palestinians from East Jerusalem neighbourhood. middleeasteye.net Israeli court orders eviction of 87 Palestinians from East Jerusalem neighbourhood | Settler group had sued residents of Batan al-Hawa, claiming land where they live was previously owned by Yemini Jews | Thu, 11/26/2020 – 13: 52 | The East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Silwan with the Dome of the Rock in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in the background (AFP/file photo) | Israel's Jerusalem District Court ratified on…

Paul Haeder (2020-11-26). On the Streets, In Union Halls, On the Frontlines: Have Guitar, Will Travel. dissidentvoice.org Each couch by the street has a story I wonder what this one maybe Did they leave their home and move into a car Or find a sofa to sleep on at a friend's house Did they stay near, or go far away Disappear without a trace […] When they come to evict your neighbor, …

Mike Bader (2020-11-26). The Last, Best Chance to Save the Northern Rockies. counterpunch.org In these times of turmoil, Americans are flocking to our public parks, forests and rivers like never before. We are quite literally seeking shelter from the storm where we can socially distance and have our spirits regenerated by the solace and beauty of wild nature. It should therefore come as no surprise that Americans overwhelmingly

Global Research News (2020-11-26). Selected Articles: Bribery and Corruption in the Covid-19 Era. globalresearch.ca By While the world is trying to limit the destruction caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are only starting to understand its long-term effects on governments, …

South Front (2020-11-26). Video: Israel Enjoys Last Weeks of Love with Trump. Azerbaijan Controls Kalbajar District in Karabakh. globalresearch.ca On November 25, Azerbaijani troops entered the district of Kalbajar in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. The district was handed over to Baku under the ceasefire deal reached between Armenia and Azerbaijan to put an end to the Second Nagorno-Karabakh War earlier …

MEE staff (2020-11-26). Google plans fiber-optic cable linking Israel and Saudi Arabia. middleeasteye.net Google plans fiber-optic cable linking Israel and Saudi Arabia | Project would mark the latest sign of warming relations between the two historical enemies | Thu, 11/26/2020 – 13: 32 | The network will be more than 8,000km long and is expected to cost $400m (AFP) | Google is planning to deploy a fiber-optic network that will run through Saudi Arabia and Israel to open a new global internet traffic corridor, ac…

MEE staff (2020-11-26). Palestinian hunger striker Maher al-Akhras released from Israeli prison. middleeasteye.net Palestinian hunger striker Maher al-Akhras released from Israeli prison | Akhras spent 103 days on hunger strike in protest against his administrative detention | Thu, 11/26/2020 – 09: 30 | Palestinian detainee Maher al-Akhras arrives at al-Najah Hospital in the West Bank city of Nablus following his release by Israeli authorities on 26 November (AFP) | Israeli authorities have released Palestinian prisoner Ma…

MEE and agencies (2020-11-26). Turkey: Leaders of 2016 coup receive multiple life sentences. middleeasteye.net Turkey: Leaders of 2016 coup receive multiple life sentences | Verdicts are the culmination of a trial that began in August 2017 and involved a total of 475 suspects | Thu, 11/26/2020 – 10: 18 | More than 250 people were killed in Turkey on 15 July 2016 when rogue soldiers commandeered warplanes, helicopters and tanks (Reuters) | A Turkish court has jailed 337 people, including pilots and…

Lily Galili (2020-11-26). The 'banal' trauma of Israel's nightly raids on Palestinian children. middleeasteye.net The 'banal' trauma of Israel's nightly raids on Palestinian children | Despite cosmetic reforms to Israeli military law in the West Bank, Palestinian children and their families are routinely abused | Thu, 11/26/2020 – 10: 00 | Israeli soldiers interrogate a Palestinian woman during a night raid in the occupied West Bank refugee camp of Jalazun, north of Ramallah, on 16 June 2014 (AFP) | A sudden noise p…

Alex MacDonald (2020-11-26). Egyptian human-rights activist dies after contracting Covid-19. middleeasteye.net Egyptian human-rights activist dies after contracting Covid-19 | Hafez Abu Seada, co-founder of Egyptian Organisation for Human Rights, was diagnosed with coronavirus in mid-November | Thu, 11/26/2020 – 16: 35 | Hafez Abu Seada and wife Nehad Abo El Komsan (Facebook) | Hafez Abu Seada, a leading Egyptian human-rights activist, has died after contracting Covid-19, his wife said on Thursday. | Sea…

Ragip Soylu (2020-11-26). Qatar to invest billions of dollars in Turkey amid currency crisis. middleeasteye.net Qatar to invest billions of dollars in Turkey amid currency crisis | Doha government will purchase a mall and shares of Istanbul stock exchange amid a deep currency crisis in Turkey | Thu, 11/26/2020 – 14: 01 | Qatari Emir Al Thani and Turkish President Erdogan pose for cameras in Ankara on 26 November, 2020 before a bilateral meeting (Turkish Presidency/Supplied) | The Qatari government has signed new i…

Alex MacDonald (2020-11-26). Egyptian human rights activist dies after contracting Covid-19. middleeasteye.net Egyptian human rights activist dies after contracting Covid-19 | Hafez Abu Seada, co-founder of the Egyptian Organisation for Human Rights, was diagnosed with coronavirus in mid-November | Thu, 11/26/2020 – 16: 35 | Hafez Abu Seada and his wife Nehad Abo El Komsan (Facebook) | Hafez Abu Seada, a Leading Egyptian human rights activist, has died after contracting Covid-19, his wife announced on Th…

MEE and agencies (2020-11-26). Gaza blockade has pushed more than one million people below poverty line. middleeasteye.net Gaza blockade has pushed more than one million people below poverty line | UN report says that 11-year blockade of the coastal enclave cost Palestinians $16.7bn | Thu, 11/26/2020 – 12: 03 | Vehicles transporting Palestinians about to cross onto the Egyptian side wait at the Rafah border crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt (AFP) | Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip has pushed more th…

MEE and agencies (2020-11-26). Morocco says Bahrain will open consulate in Western Sahara. middleeasteye.net Morocco says Bahrain will open consulate in Western Sahara | More than dozen African nations have opened consulates in Western Sahara as Rabat musters support for its control over area contested by Polisario | Thu, 11/26/2020 – 19: 55 | Decision to open consulate came after phone call between King Mohammed VI and King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa of Bahrain (AFP/File photo) | Bahrain will open…

Anand Naidoo (2020-11-26). The Heat: Crisis in Afghanistan. america.cgtn.com International donors pledge billions of dollars in aid to Afghanistan, but there's a catch.

Staff (2020-11-26). The Catholic Church Is Responding to Indigenous Protest With Exorcisms. truthout.org On this day, Indigenous activists in New England and beyond are observing a The acts…

Stephen Lendman (2020-11-26). US Propaganda War on China. globalresearch.ca US trade, legislative and propaganda war rage against China. | Will it turn hot after hawkish interventionists infesting the Biden/Harris regime's national security team take over in January? | Is what's unthinkable possible? What's gone on since the Obama/Biden regime's 2013 Asia …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-26). Major COVID-19 outbreak in Belmarsh prison, Assange's family raise alarm. peoplesdispatch.org According to Julian Assange's partner, Stella Moris, at least 56 inmates were found to be infected in the block where he is held. Assange, along with nearly 200 other inmates of his house block, had been under lockdown since November 18…

WSWS (2020-11-26). Meet the Censored: Andre Damon. wsws.org Increased content moderation has been sold as a tool to control the far right, but the World Socialist Web Site was among the first to sound the alarm.

Kathy Kelly (2020-11-26). Like a Rocket in the Garden: The Unending War in Afghanistan‚Ä®. zcomm.org People in the United States continue to pretend that the despair and futility we've caused isn't our fault…

Chuck Collins (2020-11-26). Facing Holiday Rush, Frontlines Retail Workers Urge Billionaire Bosses to Share the Wealth. counterpunch.org This Black Friday and Cyber Monday, frontline essential workers will be hustling to help holiday shoppers — while also fighting for dignity, hazard pay, and other protections as Covid-19 infection rates spike again in many regions. Rina Cummings, who works at the JFK8 Amazon Warehouse on Staten Island, feels like the billionaire owners are sending

Pablo Navarrete (2020-11-26). Campaign to 'make Amazon pay' launched today. thecanary.co This Black Friday, it is time to By

Cecilia Rikap (2020-11-26). What would a state-owned Amazon look like? Ask Argentina. zcomm.org Correo Compras promises to benefit workers, consumers and sellers, and could even use big data for the public good…

Pip Hinman (2020-11-26). Afghanistan: Charge politicians and generals responsible for war crimes. greenleft.org.au The ADF is considering charging those SAS soldiers named in the Brereton report, but as Pip Hinman argues, senior officers and political leaders responsible for the conduct of the war in Afghanistan need to be held accountable.

McEvoy Foundation for the Arts (2020-11-26). Tuesday 12/1: Abolition Then and Now: Robin D. G. Kelley and Isaac Julien. indybay.org Online via Zoom; via McEvoy Foundation for the Arts…

Peter Boyle (2020-11-26). Galilee Blockade targets Allianz. greenleft.org.au Coral Wynter reports on a campaign to pressure insurance company Allianz to withdraw all support for the controversial Adani-owned Carmichael coal mine.

jenny miller (2020-11-26). 26 Activists Say Authors of Berkeley 5G Law had Major $ Conflicts. indybay.org There has been immense opposition in Berkeley to the planned rollout of hundreds of 4G/5G "small" cell towers. Some community activists are now looking at the legal consultants hired to write Berkeley's laws, and wrote this letter to the City Council and city officials to protest the firm's conflict of interest.

Otto Koenig and Richard Detje (2020-11-26). Bolivia – the left returns to power. indybay.org The Bolivian people have proven that reason, dignity and fighting spirit cannot be suppressed either by a military coup or by government repression. The election result has implications not only for Bolivia, where it is an important step towards the restoration of democracy, but for the entire Latin American region in terms of democracy, national independence and economic and social progress.

Fight Back (2020-11-26). Chicago area nursing home workers' strike. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – 700 nursing home workers who are members SEIU Health Care Illinois/Indiana (HCII) began a second #StrikeForOurLives on November 23. Strikers walked out at 11 Infinity nursing homes across the state of Illinois. Members of SEIU have been denied adequate staffing, PPE and hazard pay.

Jonathan Cook (2020-11-26). Pompeo Spells Out the New Normal: All Criticism of Israel is "antisemitic" dissidentvoice.org It is tempting to dismiss last week's statements by Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, equating anti-Zionism with antisemitism and suggesting the global movement to boycott Israel is driven by hatred of Jews, as the last gasp of a dying administration. But that would be foolhardy. Pompeo's decision to label all but the most tepid …

Kristina Pierce (2020-11-26). Bribery and Corruption in the Covid-19 Era. globalresearch.ca While the world is trying to limit the destruction caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are only starting to understand its long-term effects on governments, economies, companies and individuals. The global crisis has exacerbated existing flaws at all levels, …

XR SF Bay (2020-11-26). Sunday 11/29: Activist Burnout Rx — Soothing the Changemaker Soul. indybay.org actionnetwork.org/events/activist-burnou…

Peter Boyle (2020-11-26). Unions call for urgent action on delivery rider deaths. greenleft.org.au The deaths of five food delivery riders in just two months prompted unions organise a vigil outside the Sydney HQ of Uber Eats, reports Jim McIlroy.

Bill Lueders (2020-11-26). In Remembrance of Mark Anthony Rolo. progressive.org The late, great Native American writer from Wisconsin always found a reason to give thanks.

Max Crosby (2020-11-26). Review: Dispatches Against Displacement. indybay.org A work by a prominent San Francisco housing activist in a context of ongoing defeat for San Francisco renters…

Sophia Purdy-Moore (2020-11-26). Education secretary Gavin Williamson broke the law when removing safeguards for children in care. thecanary.co In a landmark judgement on 24 November, the Court of Appeal unanimously agreed that the education secretary Gavin Williamson unlawfully introduced changes to children's social care legislation during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic. | Statutory instrument 445: | On 23 April, proposed changes to remove or dilute legal safeguards protecting children in care (

Alexis Grenell (2020-11-26). The Collapse of the Cuomosexual. thenation.com The Collapse of the Cuomosexual…

Shani Saxon (2020-11-26). Florida Sheriff's Target Schoolchildren as Future Criminals Based on Abuse History. zcomm.org Former deputies told the news outlet that "they were ordered to harass people on the target list by visiting their homes repeatedly and looking for reasons to write tickets and make arrests. One in 10 of the people targeted have been teenagers."

Lynda Carson (2020-11-26). Thanksgiving Holiday With Food Not Bombs. indybay.org People at People's Park in Berkeley, lined up to get a free meal from the wonderful folks at Food Not Bombs:…

WSWS (2020-11-26). French National Assembly adopts "global security" ban on filming of police. wsws.org The "global security" law threatens fundamental, constitutionally-protected rights and establishes the effective framework of a permanent, fascistic police state.

Sam Pizzigati (2020-11-26). The Rain on Our Yes-We-Now-Have-a-Vaccine! Parade. zcomm.org What could be better than a drug that can stop Covid? A society that doesn't let some make billions off a drug millions can't access…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-26). Colombian social leader Julián Gil released after 900 days unjustly held in prison. peoplesdispatch.org "This is a victory of people's movements," declared Julián Gil as he left the prison and was greeted by dozens of family members, friends as well as militants and leaders of his organization Congreso de los Pueblos (the People's Congress). Gil, who worked as the technical secretary of the organization was arrested 902 days ago outside the organization's office and falsely accused of having participated in and planned acts of terrorism. | On Tuesday November 24, the Specialized Judge of Cundinamarca absolved Gil of all charges and declared that he should be released immediately. Gil had been accused of rebellion a…

Tim Anderson (2020-11-26). Australia's federal court endorses 'academic cancel culture', by Tim Anderson. thealtworld.com Statement in response to the Federal Court decision in NTEU and Anderson vs University of Sydney and others (attached below), 26 November 2020. | In a case brought against the University of Sydney by the National Tertiary Education Union of Australia (NTEU) and myself the Federal Court has decided to endorse 'academic cancel culture' where, after trolling by outside lobbies, university managers can give secret directions to academics to withdraw or modify not only their public comments but also their teaching and research materials. | Academic cancel culture works this way: (1) powerful lobbies use media allies t…

news.un (2020-11-26). Global HIV toll likely to be far higher owing to COVID-19, warns UNAIDS. news.un.org Countries should adopt ambitious new targets to tackle HIV / AIDS to avoid hundreds of thousands of additional infections and deaths linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN said on Thursday.

Press TV (2020-11-26). China's Reaction to a US Unannounced Visit to Taiwan. dissidentvoice.org PressTV Interview — expanded transcript Background China has reacted strongly to a senior U-S official's unannounced visit to Taiwan, warning that it will take legitimate and necessary action according to circumstances. The Chinese foreign ministry spokesman reiterated Beijing's firm opposition to any official ties between Taiwan and the US. The reaction came after the media …

Phil Miller (2020-11-26). UK Military's Overseas Base Network Involves 145 Sites in 42 Countries. Encircling China? Global Military Presence. globalresearch.ca The size of this global military presence is far

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-26). Rewarding outreach and awarding excellence: Education news from Imperial. imperial.ac.uk Here's a round up of education updates from across Imperial.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-26). Real-world neuroscience experiments show diversity in learning new motor skills. imperial.ac.uk Researchers at Imperial College London have shown how the whole body changes while learning new movement-based skills.

McEvoy Foundation for the Arts (2020-11-26). Thursday 11/26: New Labor Movements: Movements I and II. indybay.org Online via Zoom; via McEvoy Foundation for the Arts…

Dr. Gilbert Berdine (2020-11-26). What the COVID Vaccine Hype Fails to Mention. globalresearch.ca Pfizer recently announced that its covid vaccine was

WSWS (2020-11-26). Thai protesters defy threat of draconian lèse-majesté law. wsws.org Some 15,000 demonstrators joined the protest which was directed against the monarchy and the current King Maha Vajiralongkorn in particular, who has transferred crown assets worth an estimated $40 billion into his own hands.

DLI (2020-11-26). Bourgeois Democracy: Tyranny of the Minority. indybay.org The Nov. 3 Presidential election came close to being a third time that a minority-elected candidate got selected as the White House Occupant. Had 200,000 more ballots–less than 1/5 of 1% of total U.S. votes cast–in Michigan and Pennsylvania been cast in T-Rump's favor, the U.S. would have witnessed an absurd Tyranny of a Minority for the third time in the last 20 years. Only in the "Corporate-bin-Laden" media cocoon would the U.S. electoral system be deemed as the " beacon of democracy."

Chris Walker (2020-11-26). 4 in 10 Americans Plan to Defy CDC Guidelines on Thanksgiving. zcomm.org As of Tuesday, more than 12.4 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, with close to 260,000 having died from the virus so far…

Afro Urban Society (2020-11-26). Monday 11/30: Bakanal De Afrique (Bda) Festival. indybay.org San Francisco…

Melanie McFarland (2020-11-26). "The Flight Attendant," Kaley Cuoco's new first class thriller, is a darkly satisfying ride. salon.com The star's next act brings out all of the qualities that made her "Big Bang Theory" character winning and adds bite…

Staff (2020-11-26). Hundreds of Thousands of Students Traveled Home This Week Amid COVID Spike. truthout.org After a fall spent studying on ghost-town campuses,

Skyline Church (2020-11-26). Sunday 11/29: Transforming Gratitude to Service of Others – Sunday Worship Online. indybay.org Online via Zoom…

Pip Hinman (2020-11-26). WA Labor slashes public housing. greenleft.org.au The systematic running-down of public housing by governments over a few decades is not news. However, in Western Australia the situation has become particularly desperate, writes Sam Wainwright.

Manlio Dinucci (2020-11-26). At the UN, Italy Abstains on Nazism. globalresearch.ca The political significance of this vote is clear: NATO members and partners boycotted the Resolution which, first of all, calls into question Ukraine without naming it, whose neo-Nazi movements have been and are used by NATO for strategic purposes….

Jeremy Loffredo (2020-11-26). World Economic Forum's 'Great Reset' Plan for Big Food Benefits Industry, Not People. globalresearch.ca The World Economic Forum's (WEF)

Editor (2020-11-26). [rewind] The California Genocide No One Talks About. scheerpost.com [Editors note: This edition of the Scheer Intelligence podcast was first broadcast in September, 2016. We are reposting here for Thanksgiving.] UCLA history professor Benjamin Madley's book An American Genocide: The United States and the California Catastrophe 1846-1873 details the killing of tens of thousands of Native Americans as the state was being settled in the 19th century. |

Marlee Kokotovic (2020-11-26). Tens of thousands of farm-raised salmon escape into wild. nationofchange.org The question is… will this affect the Tasmanian ecosystem?

WSWS (2020-11-26). Thousands of US college students return home for Thanksgiving amid surging pandemic. wsws.org After the disastrous reopening of campuses this fall led to hundreds of thousands of cases, countless college students are bringing the coronavirus home with them.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-26). Saudi women's rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul to face trial in a terrorism court. peoplesdispatch.org Saudi Arabian women's rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul appeared in court and her body was shaking uncontrollably, her voice very soft and shaky, according to her sister…

Julia Conley, Common Dreams (2020-11-26). Atlas Welcomes Killing Loved Ones With Covid as This May Be 'Their Final Thanksgiving'. indybay.org Dr. Scott Atlas, a top White House coronavirus adviser, said that Americans should flout public health guidance and gather as normal for the holidays as this may be "the final Thanksgiving" for many. | Photo of Hoover Tower under Creative Commons via flicker. Scott Atlas is on leave from Stanford University's Hoover Institute while he serves under Trump.

news.un (2020-11-26). Address water scarcity 'immediately and boldly', urges UN agriculture agency chief. news.un.org More than three billion people live in agricultural areas with high levels of water shortages and scarcity, the UN agriculture agency said in a new report launched on Wednesday.

Thomas Knapp (2020-11-26). American in Transition: What's the Hurry? counterpunch.org A November 23 headline at ABC News reads: "Joe Biden's presidential transition allowed to proceed after 16-day standoff." The 16 days in question, ABC tells us, are the 16 days since Biden "clinched the presidency." "Clinched the presidency" is ABC News-speak for "the media decided he won." In point of fact, the 2020 presidential election

Pip Hinman (2020-11-26). Victoria's new housing program falls short. greenleft.org.au Public housing activist Jacob Andrewartha reports on concerns that state funding for new public, as distinct from social, housing have not been included in the Victorian government's housing plan.

WSWS (2020-11-26). UK Chancellor launches austerity offensive: "Our economic emergency has only just begun." wsws.org The cost of this unprecedented economic collapse will be paid in its entirety by the working class.

Wet'suwet'en land defenders (2020-11-26). Wednesday 11/25: Shut Down KKR Digital Day of Action — Divest from the Coastal GasLink pipeline. indybay.org Call, email and tweet at KKR all day on Wednesday. Let them know that their investment in the Coastal GasLink pipeline project is not a good one. KKR should divest now! | San Francisco: (415) 315-3620 | Investor-Relations@kkr.com | twitter.com/KKR_Co | [more contact info below]…

Amanda Mills (2020-11-26). "It's going to be a billionaire Thanksgiving." Wealth of US richest just hit $1 trillion since the start of the pandemic. nationofchange.org "The increases in billionaire wealth continue to defy gravity in the real economy where millions have lost their jobs, health, and livelihoods."

Tom Conway (2020-11-26). How Americans can help the frontline workers battling Covid-19. nationofchange.org The pandemic highlighted the essential work that nursing home staff members perform—and the necessity of treating them as essential workers from now on.

WSWS (2020-11-26). Famed Turkish pianist, composer Timur Selàßuk dies at 74. wsws.org Selàßuk was a prominent example of the layer of Turkish intellectuals who turned to the working class amid the political radicalization and social struggles of the 1970s.

Tom Coburg (2020-11-26). Veteran anti-war activist warns that 'spycops' inquiry is unlikely to change anything. thecanary.co The Covert Human Intelligence Sources (CHIS) Bill Ironically, its passage also coincides with the

Max Parry (2020-11-26). A U.S. Color Revolution 'Comes Home to Roost' in the 2020 Election. globalresearch.ca It has been more than three weeks since election day and the incumbent U.S. president still has yet to concede defeat. Despite the media's distraction over the perspiration of his personal attorney during a bizarre press conference, the legal team …

Jeremy Loffredo (2020-11-26). COVID Vaccine Hesitancy Widespread, Even Among Medical Professionals. globalresearch.ca Public health groups, including the World Health Organization, are making a concerted effort to reduce COVID vaccine hesitancy, as many medical professionals and minority groups remain doubtful about safety and efficacy. | *** | As details on the latest

_____ (2020-11-26). Kissinger's Influence Over the U.S.-Backed Military Coup to Overthrow Socialism in Chile. strategic-culture.org New details are emerging of the Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) involvement in Chile against Salvador Allende. "We have to do everything we can to hurt [Allende] and bring him down," U.S. Secretary of Defence Melvin Laird From the day of Allende's inauguration as president, U.S. President Richard Nixon and his National Security Adviser, Henry Kissinger, schemed with the CIA to overthrown Allende, who…

Mike Parker (2020-11-26). How a Grassroots Movement is Building Political Power: Notes From Richmond, California. counterpunch.org In California, the Richmond Progressive Alliance won a stunning victory in this month's local elections. Richmond is a working class city of 110,000, 80 percent people of color, north of Oakland on the San Francisco Bay. It is home to a major Chevron refinery that has been the focus of political battles about Chevron's pollution, Chevron's

Andrew Smith (2020-11-26). UK's Military Spending Boost Will Make the World More Dangerous. globalresearch.ca 'I have decided that the era of cutting our defence budget must end, and it ends now.' | These were the words of the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, when he the biggest increase to the UK's military budget since the …

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-11-25). Victory for Tribes, Waterways, and Planet as Pebble Mine Denied Permit. commondreams.org "Sometimes a project is so bad, so indefensible, that the politics fall to the wayside and we get the right decision." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Howard Lisnoff (2020-11-25). The US Still Penalizes Thousands of Veterans. counterpunch.org The military has a very long history of denying veterans' benefits to soldiers. From a high of veterans granted benefits through the GI bill following World War II, the number of veterans who have been denied benefits beginning during the Vietnam War accelerated and reached new highs during…

Peter Koenig (2020-11-25). The Post Covid World, The WEF's Diabolical Project: "Resetting the Future of Work Agenda" — After "The Great Reset". A Horrifying Future. globalresearch.ca They call "Resetting the Future" a White Paper, meaning it's not quite a final version. It is a draft of sorts, a trial balloon, to measure people's reactions. It reads like an executioner's tale.

Danny Sjursen (2020-11-25). What President Biden Won't Touch: Foreign Policy, Sacred Cows, and the U.S. Military. counterpunch.org In this mystifying moment,…

Nadda Osman (2020-11-25). Israel-UAE deal: Netanyahu and Mohammed bin Zayed's Nobel Peace Prize proposal denounced. middleeasteye.net Israel-UAE deal: Netanyahu and Mohammed bin Zayed's Nobel Peace Prize proposal denounced | Social media users have called the nominations a mockery, citing human rights abuses by the leaders | Wed, 11/25/2020 – 14: 38 | Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have been put forward for the Nobel Peace Prize (AFP) | The latest people named for the Nobel…

Betsey Piette (2020-11-25). Trump pushes ANWR drilling — what will Biden do? workers.org Defend the Sacred Alaska — Arctic Refuge rally, Fairbanks, Alaska, March 7, 2018. Since Nov. 7, corporate media has focused on President Donald Trump's refusal to accept his election defeat, labeling his actions "damaging to [the myth of bourgeois] democracy." Yet one of Trump's few concrete actions since the election . . . |

The Canary (2020-11-25). Scientists warn of third wave risk over Christmas bubble plan. thecanary.co Easing coronavirus restrictions over Christmas could lead to a third wave of the pandemic and another lockdown, scientists have warned.Boris Johnson has told families they must make a "personal judgment" about the risks of coronavirus to vulnerable loved ones when forming a Christmas bubble.The prime minister urged the public to "think carefully" over the festive period after it was confirmed that three households will be able to mix from December 23 to 27.The UK government and devolved administrations have agreed a joint plan to relax social distancing rules over the festive period, allowing friends and family t…

David Gilbert (2020-11-25). Letters of life from slow death row. mronline.org Tiyo Attallah Salah-El's exemplary life (without parole) is testament to the human spirit and the cause of abolition.

Mark Gruenberg (2020-11-25). 'Essential' workers? Companies more interested in protecting profits than people. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Three front-line workers whose lives and livelihoods are under constant pressure from the threat of the coronavirus pandemic say their employers—a grocery chain and an acute-care facility—first hailed them as "essential" and treated them well. But after an initial burst of recognition, the companies are now more interested in profits than in people. But in …

Eds. (2020-11-25). U.S.-China relations: Beijing slams State Department report 'concocted by Cold War fossils'. mronline.org China has described a U.S. report on how Washington should confront and contain Beijing as having been "concocted by Cold War fossils" who are destined to be "swept into the garbage dump of history".

Dennis Broe (2020-11-25). France bans citizens from filming and identifying violent police officers. peoplesworld.org PARIS — Against a backdrop of street protest—even in the midst of a COVID lockdown—and increasing police violence and repression, France Tuesday passed the draconian Global Security Law which could make it an offense punishable by a year in jail and a 45,000 euro fine to film, post, and identify police officers committing violent actions. …

Editor (2020-11-25). Crimes against humanity: We charge genocide! workers.org On Friday, Nov. 20, over 200,000 new cases of the COVID-19 were diagnosed in the U.S. — on that one day! Since the virus began to travel through the country in late January — at first undetected — over 260,000 people have died, and over 12,250,000 people have contracted the . . . |

MEE and agencies (2020-11-25). 'Faint and shaky' Loujain al-Hathloul transferred to Saudi terrorism court. middleeasteye.net 'Faint and shaky' Loujain al-Hathloul transferred to Saudi terrorism court | Family warns that women's rights activist looks visibly weak after more than two years in jail | Wed, 11/25/2020 – 16: 33 | Undated photograph released on 6 August 2019 on Facebook page of Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul shows her at undisclosed location (AFP) | Imprisoned Saudi women's rights activist Loujain…

Chauncey K. Robinson, Matt Bernico (2020-11-25). PW Podcast: U.S. imperialism hinders Cuban COVID-19 vaccine. peoplesworld.org Beyond the Page is a companion podcast to the award-winning publication People's World. With every episode, we'll take you deeper into the topics covered at PeoplesWorld.org. Our program brings you in-depth interviews with journalists and activists on the most pressing stories in progressive politics, labor, and the struggle for socialism in the United States. The …

Jenny Farrell (2020-11-25). A statue in verse for Friedrich Engels's partner Mary Burns. peoplesworld.org Friedrich Engels, whose 200th birthday falls on November 28, 2020, had a very personal connection with Ireland. The moment he set foot in Manchester, in 1843, sent by his father to help run the family textile factory, he met the then 20-year-old Mary Burns, daughter of an Irish dyer, and herself a worker in the …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-25). Venezuela prepares for parliamentary elections. peoplesdispatch.org On December 6, over 20 million Venezuelans will go to the polls to elect 277 representatives of the National Assembly for the period 2021-2026. According to the National Electoral Council (CNE) of Venezuela, 14,400 candidates from 107 political parties are contesting in the parliamentary elections. | The upcoming electoral process is crucial because it is a constitutional and peaceful solution to the political crisis generated, in January 2019, by the US-backed right-wing opposition leader and self-proclaimed "interim president" of Venezuela Juan Guaidó. The far-right parties supporting Guaidó have decided not to…

RT (2020-11-25). 'Average' effectiveness & unexplained side effects: 7 QUESTIONS that AstraZeneca needs to answer about its Covid-19 vaccine. rt.com The drug manufacturer AstraZeneca said on Monday it would seek emergency authorization for its coronavirus vaccine with various regulators. However, it might first have to answer a number of serious questions about its jab. | The British-Swedish company, which has developed its candidate vaccine together with the University of Oxford, "will begin the submission of the clinical data to regulators around the world that have a framework in place for emergency use or conditional approval," its spokesman said on Monday, adding that the list of the regulators that will receive the application particularly includes t…

Staff (2020-11-25). Nigerians reject US imperialism with #EndSARS protests. therealnews.com At the root of Nigeria's #EndSARS movement is a popular rejection of corruption, exploitation, and the abuse of poor and working-class people. But the movement is also a rejection of neoliberalism, militarism, and a bloody history of U.S. imperialism and European colonization.

Eds. (2020-11-25). The marketisation of truth. mronline.org As Trump continues to contest the validity of the U.S. election, it's time we look deeper at the causes of our post-truth malaise, argues Marcus Gilroy-Ware…

Eds. (2020-11-25). Creeping fascism after the U.S. election: Trump's march to Gilead. mronline.org Phil Hearse responds to socialist critics of the creeping fascism thesis who put their faith in parliamentary democracy and liberals like Joe Biden.

Steve Topple (2020-11-25). 'Smoke and mirrors' sums up Rishi Sunak's Spending Review. thecanary.co Chancellor Rishi Sunak's Spending Review was a fine bit of electioneering, if you're a Tory. Otherwise, as one person "Smoke and mirrors": | First up, and it was Richard Vaughn from the iPaper who

Princess Harmony (2020-11-25). Living with addiction and COVID-19 — a WW commentary. workers.org In the countrywide COVID-19 epidemic, it is easy to forget that the most vulnerable among us include those with opioid addictions who use the medications methadone (Diskets, Methadose) and buprenorphine (Suboxone, Subutex, Sublocade, Zubsolv, Bunavail). These people, who are reliant on constant and steady dosing of their medicines to stave . . . |

Manlio Dinucci (2020-11-25). Are U.S. nuclear missiles returning to Europe? workers.org U.S. nuclear missiles to threaten Russia, Europe? Published Nov. 17 in the Italian daily newspaper, Il Manifesto, where Dinucci analyzes military developments. Translation by John Catalinotto. More than five years ago we published a headline in the [June 9, 2015] issue of Il Manifesto: "Are the missiles coming back to . . . |

Kenneth Surin (2020-11-25). How the UK Became a Chumocracy. counterpunch.org Boris "BoJo" Johnson survived his bout with Covid-19 after spending time in intensive-care a few months ago. BoJo's survival notwithstanding, he's now having to self-isolate—again– as a result of meeting with a group of Tory MPs, many casual about social distancing and mask-wearing, who subsequently tested positive for the virus.

RT (2020-11-25). Puzzling higher AstraZeneca vaccine efficacy for smaller dosage explained: It was reportedly tested on people only under 56. rt.com A seemingly strange phenomenon of a smaller dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine being more effective than a bigger one is reportedly explained by it first being tested on a younger group. | On Monday, the pharmacological company

RT (2020-11-25). 'Infection level far too high': Germany extends 'partial' Covid-19 lockdown, leaving small exception for Christmas. rt.com Chancellor Angela Merkel and the leaders of Germany's 16 states have agreed to prolong the country's Covid-19 restrictions for at least another four weeks, but made special exemptions for close family and friends on Christmas. | The holidays will be an "important" but "difficult" time for the Germans, Merkel said, announcing the government's decision as she called on the nation to make "one more" push in the battle against the virus. She called the previous measures, dubbed a "light" lockdown, a "partial success," but said they were simply not enough. | "The exponential growth of infection numbers has been bro…

Bruce Lesnick (2020-11-25). COVID Economy: A Deliberate Disaster. counterpunch.org With nearly 12 million cases and a quarter million deaths in the US so far (over 55 million cases and 1.3 million deaths world-wide), the COVID 19 pandemic is ravaging civilization. The disease is on track to be the deadliest epidemic since 1918. The economic fallout for the working class has been severe. In the

Workers World Portland, Oregon, bureau (2020-11-25). Portland disabled Black Lives Matter protesters demand rights under ADA. workers.org A claim was filed in U.S. District Court here on Nov. 1 charging that disabled people are being denied their right to protest against "systemic racism" by local, state, and federal police agencies. The claim cites Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). August 2020 protest. Joining in . . . |

Vijay Prashad (2020-11-25). Why imperialism is obsolete in Latin America. mronline.org An interview with Jorge Arreaza, foreign minister of Venezuela.

Nadda Osman (2020-11-25). Israel-UAE deal: Netanyahu and Mohammed bin Zayed's Nobel Peace Prize nomination denounced. middleeasteye.net Israel-UAE deal: Netanyahu and Mohammed bin Zayed's Nobel Peace Prize nomination denounced | Social media users have called the nominations a mockery, citing human rights abuses by the leaders | Wed, 11/25/2020 – 14: 38 | Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have been put forward for the Nobel Peace Prize (AFP) | The latest nomination for the Nobel…

RT (2020-11-25). Brussels to permit launch of Sputnik V? EU will consider recommending Russian Covid-19 vaccine, application for approval filed. rt.com The European Medicines Agency (EMA) announced on Wednesday that it has begun negotiations with the manufacturers of Russia's pioneering Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine. | According to an official from the EU body, which licenses medicines and vaccines within the bloc, "the developer has contacted EMA and they are in early discussions now." Regulators will assess data on Sputnik V before publishing a recommendation on whether it can be used by healthcare systems within EU member states. | According to Kirill Dmitriev, the head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, which bankrolled the development of the formula,…

Daniel Hilton (2020-11-25). Libya: US sanctions Kaniyat militia suspected of killing hundreds. middleeasteye.net Libya: US sanctions Kaniyat militia suspected of killing hundreds | Armed group, which is part of Haftar's LNA, accused of human rights abuses in the Libyan town of Tarhuna | Wed, 11/25/2020 – 15: 27 | Mohammed al-Kani and his brother Abdul Rahman al-Kani (Social media) | The United States on Wednesday unilaterally sanctioned the Kaniyat, a militia accused of murdering hundreds of civilians in the…

Staff (2020-11-25). Indigenous Groups Vow to Keep Resisting as Construction Is Approved for Enbridge Tar Sands Pipeline. democracynow.org A massive fight is brewing in Minnesota against the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approved a permit for the project this week. After years of resistance, pipeline construction is now set to begin by the end of the month despite the concerns of Indigenous communities, who say it would violate tribal sovereignty and contaminate the land and water. The controversial proposed pipeline would carry tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada, to a terminal in Superior, Wisconsin, cutting through Indigenous territory in Minnesota and running under more than 200 streams. Construction could also b…

Staff (2020-11-25). Thanksgiving is going to kill a lot of people, again. therealnews.com Amid a terrifying surge in COVID-19 cases, millions are defying public health warnings and traveling for Thanksgiving—a grimly fitting situation, given the central role of contagious diseases in the genocide of this continent's Native people.

The Canary (2020-11-25). Foreign Office minister resigns over plans to slash aid budget. thecanary.co A Foreign Office minister has resigned in protest against the government's decision to cut the overseas aid budget, saying such a move is "fundamentally wrong". | Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the aid budget will be cut to 0.5% of gross national income in 2021 — in spite of promises not to reduce it in the Conservative manifesto — adding the Government's "intention" is to return it to 0.7% when the fiscal situation allows. | Baroness Sugg, whose brief included sustainable development, said promises should be kept in the "tough times as well as the good". | In a letter to the Prime Minister, she wro…

MEE staff (2020-11-25). UAE's Fatwa Council denounces Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organisation. middleeasteye.net UAE's Fatwa Council denounces Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organisation | Ruling backs a similar announcement by the Council of Senior Scholars of Saudi Arabia earlier this month | Wed, 11/25/2020 – 12: 47 | A genral view taken on May 29, 2019 shows the sea front promenade in the Emirati capital Abu Dhabi (AFP) | The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Fatwa Council has denounced the Muslim Brotherhood as a terror…

CP Editor (2020-11-25). Neil Finn — "Heroes" counterpunch.org

MEE and agencies (2020-11-25). Covid-19: Turkey announces figures for asymptomatic cases for first time since July. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Turkey announces figures for asymptomatic cases for first time since July | Country shatters previous record-high numbers as inclusion of asymptomatic cases reveal scale of outbreak | Wed, 11/25/2020 – 19: 43 | Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca says 80 percent who test positive are either asymptomatic or show slight symptoms (AFP/File photo) | Turkey has recorded 28,351 new…

PAI (2020-11-25). COVID Thanksgiving: Jobs crisis brings unhappy Turkey Day for millions. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—The latest joblessness figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveal an unhappy Thanksgiving "Turkey Day," as some 20.45 million workers still drew state or federal unemployment checks as of Nov. 7—and the despair could increase even more as the December holidays approach. That's because a key source of money for those workers, federal aid, …

Staff (2020-11-25). Barbara Ransby & David Sirota Warn of Close Links Between Biden's Cabinet Picks & Corporate Power. democracynow.org President-elect Joe Biden declared "America is back" this week as he revealed some of the people who will staff his administration in key national security posts, vowing to roll back Donald Trump's "America First" foreign policy and embrace multilateralism. Among his picks are longtime adviser Tony Blinken for secretary of state, diplomatic veteran Linda Thomas-Greenfield as ambassador to the United Nations, and former Secretary of State John Kerry for a new Cabinet post as climate czar. Historian, author and activist Barbara Ransby says Biden's picks so far mostly come from the centrist establishment of the Demo…

Kamran Siddiqi (2020-11-25). Chicago: Neighbors help neighbors survive with food distribution. liberationnews.org Eight months into the pandemic, with no relief in sight from the federal government, the working-class and oppressed people of the United States have been confronted with multiple crises at once.

Ragip Soylu (2020-11-25). Turkey: Erdogan demands legal probe into calls for release of Kurdish leader. middleeasteye.net Turkey: Erdogan demands legal probe into calls for release of Kurdish leader | Angry president attacked former ally Bulent Arinc, who resigned after asking that political prisoners, including Selahattin Demirtas, be freed | Wed, 11/25/2020 – 11: 26 | Erdogan addressed his ruling AK Party group at the Turkish parliament on 25 November 2020 (Turkish Presidency) | In a fiery speech on Wednesday, Turkish Pre…

David Trujillo (2020-11-25). Activistas: A continued call for community action. peoplesworld.org In this election cycle, politicians testified that a change in our country is needed. They claimed that a change would come. For years the Latino community has been waiting for this change to happen. Our community is uniquely aware that not much has changed in the streets and neighborhoods in which we live. There needs …

Raul Diego (2020-11-25). A Trojan Horse? PathCheck's Contact Tracing App Coming to Minnesota and the World. mintpressnews.com Another contact tracing app is being rolled out in the state of Minnesota. This brought to you by MIT Media Lab spinoff PathCheck, who intends to be the global leader of "precision medicine" for minorities.

G. Dunkel (2020-11-25). Growing threats to workers' homes. workers.org A rent-controlled apartment building, Washington, DC. In March and April, over 22 million workers in the United States lost their jobs. So far, the stumbling economic recovery has brought 12 million back, but 10 million workers — 90% of them in the low-paid service sector — still do not have . . . |

Sameena Rahman (2020-11-25). COVID explodes inside prisons, but only guards to get first doses of vaccine. liberationnews.org Over the past week, 14,697 new cases of Coronavirus infection were reported inside of state and federal prisons — the highest level since the pandemic began.

RT (2020-11-25). 'Stick Grandpa by the window': Irish immunologist urges festive revelers to mothball family traditions… because, Covid-19. rt.com It is possible to celebrate Christmas and Thanksgiving safely, an Irish immunologist has told a skittish public— you just have to cut out all physical contact and socializing, forget hugging, and avoid after-dinner conversation. | Professor Luke O'Neill of Trinity College in Dublin has reassured pandemic-fearing families that they don't necessarily need to call off their holiday celebrations — they just need to drain the gatherings of all human connection and camaraderie. | Children can hug their grandparents, he ventured during a Tuesday interview with RTÉ, but only "briefly outdoors while w…

Editor (2020-11-25). La pandemia se eleva y la economía se afloja. workers.org Realmente es bastante repugnante. La burguesía calcula las pérdidas y ganancias con insensible desprecio por las masas que sufren tanto por el aumento vertiginoso de los casos de COVID como por el colapso del mercado laboral. Ahora, muchos de los que quedaron desempleados en la primavera se están quedando sin . . . |

Margaret Flowers (2020-11-25). People Are Rising Up Against The Elites, So Should We. dissidentvoice.org Protest in Peru: The people demand neither corruption or exploitation This weekend, ten thousand people took to the streets in Guatemala to protest the President and Congress over a proposed budget, the largest in its history, that cuts funds for health care and education as poverty rises, and provides slush funds to politicians and governments. …

Mark Gruenberg (2020-11-25). Nebraska kosher meat packing plant leaves workers trayf—unclean—vs. coronavirus. peoplesworld.org HASTINGS, Neb.—When it comes to protecting workers against the coronavirus, the Noah's Ark kosher meat plant in Hastings, Neb., leaves its employees, most of them workers of color, the opposite of kosher: The Yiddish word trayf. It means "ritually unclean." And unclean—or, to be precise, endangered due to lack of personal protective equipment, unsanitary conditions, …

Akram Al-Waara (2020-11-25). Israeli soldiers attack medics treating injured Palestinian in Jordan Valley. middleeasteye.net Israeli soldiers attack medics treating injured Palestinian in Jordan Valley | The disturbing video footage of the attack went viral on Palestinian social media overnight, sparking an uproar by human rights advocates | Wed, 11/25/2020 – 14: 03 | "> | An Israeli soldier fires teargas against Palestinian protesters during a protest against Jewish settlements on 24 Nove…

James Bovard (2020-11-25). How Many Syrians Did You Vote to Kill? counterpunch.org How many Syrians did you vote to kill on Election Day? Thanks to our perverse political system, the answer will be revealed over the next four years if the Biden administration drags the U.S. back into the Syrian Civil War. But there are steps that Trump can take in his final months in office to

Ralph Underhill (2020-11-25). Unwanted Christmas presence. thecanary.co Scientists have warned of the risk of a third wave of the coronavirus pandemic in light of the government's Christmas bubble plan. Read more about that By

MEE staff (2020-11-25). Israeli press review: Netanyahu-MBS meeting kept secret from Israeli ministers. middleeasteye.net Israeli press review: Netanyahu-MBS meeting kept secret from Israeli ministers | Meanwhile, Israelis on the verge of heading to a fourth election since April 2019 as political factions look into bill to dissolve Knesset in December | Wed, 11/25/2020 – 12: 58 | Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and his coalition partner Defence Minister Benny Gantz (AFP) | Netanyahu-MBS meeting causes a stir

Stephen F. Eisenman (2020-11-25). Trump Scheduled to Meet Devil at Manhattan Crossroads. counterpunch.org Return of soul expected, No change in U.S. politics anticipated Washington, November 24: Mephistopheles, the prince of darkness, announced today through his press spokesperson, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, that he would meet on Thursday "with his old friend" President Trump and return to him his soul. The transfer is expected to take place at noon at the

RT (2020-11-25). Newly discovered MAGNETAR signal alters understanding of mysterious deep-space radio bursts. rt.com Bursts of radio and X-ray activity from a star with an extremely powerful magnetic field may have handed astronomers a fresh clue in unravelling the mystery of 'fast radio burst' signals from outer space. | The puzzling phenomena of fast radio bursts have left astronomers scratching their heads since they were first discovered in 2007. The bizarre blasts can emit as much power as 500 million suns but they last only a few milliseconds and arrive without any warning. | A widely-held explanation for the fascinating signals remains elusive. Because of their remarkable brightness, some experts believe they must be…

Special to People's World (2020-11-25). Historians challenge false narrative behind St. Louis 'Victims of Communism' resolution. peoplesworld.org ST. LOUIS—The Board of Aldermen in the city of St. Louis recently passed a resolution allegedly honoring so-called "victims of communism." As has been the case in other localities where similar resolutions and statements have been passed, the real goal has been to attack and undermine the grassroots coalition work carried out by communists, socialists, …

RT (2020-11-25). WATCH: Australian teen choked UNCONSCIOUS by pub guard, head hits floor with a THUD, video used as ANTI-MASK political fodder. rt.com The sound of an Australian teenager's head hitting the floor in a video circulating on social media might be called the thud heard 'round the world, but the footage was spun falsely as the latest example of Covid-19 mask tyranny. | The video, which made the rounds on social media on Wednesday, starts with a skinny and unconscious teenager being carried from behind in a chokehold by a portly security guard. The guard throws the teen down, leading to his head hitting the floor with a loud thud, then picks him up like a ragdoll by his shirt and trousers, carrying his lifeless-looking body out the door. | It tu…

Steve Watson (2020-11-25). UK Supreme Court Judge Slams 'Totalitarian' COVID 'Control Freaks' in Government. globalresearch.ca A British Supreme Court judge has slammed the UK government as 'control freaks' for attempting to control people's lives under the guise of COVID, and labeled it "morally and constitutionally indefensible" to define what freedoms the public should and shouldn't …

South Front (2020-11-25). Video: Yemeni Houthis New Generation Quds-2 Cruise Missile Strike against Saudi Arabia. globalresearch.ca The Yemeni Houthis have fired their new cruise missile, the Quds-2, at a Saudi Aramco oil company distribution station in the kingdom's city of Jeddah, the group's media news wing announced early on November 23. A spokesperson for the Armed …

Pip Hinman (2020-11-25). Colombians call for human rights, peace. greenleft.org.au Human rights activists gathered to denounce the ongoing massacres and killings of social leaders in Colombia on November 21, reports Fred Fuentes.

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-11-25). With Brutal Memories of Standing Rock, Stop Line 3 Campaigners Wary of Rule Barring 'Counterinsurgency Tactics'. commondreams.org "I've been followed for hundreds of miles along the line by different trucks," said one Indigenous organizer. "I don't know if that's counterinsurgency, but it's certainly surveillance." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2020-11-25). 350 US Supports Demands for Indigenous Sovereignty. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Tiya Miles (2020-11-25). Indigenous Slavery and the Thanksgiving Difference. splcenter.org &nbsp…

_____ (2020-11-25). Indigenous Activists Are Occupying The Hamptons Until Thanksgiving. popularresistance.org Between the Atlantic Ocean and the Peconic Bay of Long Island, there is an isthmus known as Canoe Place. Thousands of years ago, the land was where the native Shinnecock tribe carried their canoes during travel. Today, the territory is surrounded by the glitzy luxury housing of the Hamptons. It is also the site of Sovereignty Camp 2020, where Indigenous Shinnecock activists have been demanding justice for their people since the beginning of November. | The occupation is being led by the Warriors of the Sunrise, a group made up mostly of Shinnecock elders who are affectionately known by their community as "the Gra…

Food Tank (2020-11-25). 10 organizations honoring Native peoples' history and future on Thanksgiving. nationofchange.org Food Tank is standing with and highlighting organizations renouncing the traditional story of Thanksgiving and honoring Indigenous communities.

WSWS (2020-11-25). Spain's PSOE-Podemos government builds migrant concentration camps on Canary Islands. wsws.org Like Syriza in Greece, the "left populist" Podemos party is supporting the building of mass internment camps to imprison thousands of refugees.

Prof. Marjorie Cohn (2020-11-25). Biden's Victory Does Not Guarantee a Progressive Agenda. We Must Fight for It. globalresearch.ca Joe Biden's victory over Donald Trump is monumental. After four years of nonstop cruelty against workers, the poor, people of color, women, LBGTQ folks, immigrants, Muslims, the environment, the climate, and the foreign victims of Trump's bombs, we can …

sputniknews (2020-11-25). Israeli Army Says Held Drills Near Border With Gaza Strip. sputniknews.com TEL AVIV (Sputnik) — The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said that they held a military exercise near the border with the Gaza Strip involving the Gaza Division, as well as units of the Air and Space Force, Navy, Cyber Defense and intelligence.

news.un (2020-11-25). UN report finds Gaza suffered $16.7 billion loss from siege and occupation. news.un.org Israel's military operations and prolonged closure of Gaza, has caused economic damage of $16.7 billion between 2007 and 2018, driving the poverty rate up almost fourfold compared to what it might have otherwise been, the UN trade and development agency UNCTAD said in a report published on Wednesday.

Stephen Lendman (2020-11-25). Beyond Orwell and Huxley: Brave New World Unfolding? Compulsory Vaccination, Digital Passports? globalresearch.ca Today's brave new world may be heading in directions beyond what Orwell and Huxley imagined. | It's facilitated by made-in-the USA covid and economic collapse. | For ordinary Americans, it created worse hard times than during the Great Depression. | It's facilitating the …

Stephen Lendman (2020-11-25). Neoliberal Janet Yellen: Biden/Harris Regime's Choice for Treasury Secretary. globalresearch.ca In response to her selection, the Dow topped 30,000 for the first time in market history. | The disconnect between equity prices and Main Street reality is stark. | Since valuations plunged last winter, they've gone hyperbolic to record or near-record highs….

Ricardo Vaz (2020-11-25). Venezuela: Guaido Calls for Regime Change 'Bipartisan Support'. venezuelanalysis.com The opposition leader has called for a "popular consultation" and boycotted upcoming legislative elections.

Binoy Kampmark (2020-11-25). Keeping the Empire Running: Britain's Global Military Footprint. dissidentvoice.org A few nostalgic types still believe that the Union Jack continues to flutter to sighs and reverence over outposts of the world, from the tropics to the desert. They would be right, if only to a point. Britain, it turns out, has a rather expansive global reach when it comes to bases, military installations and …

Binoy Kampmark (2020-11-25). Skewed Responsibility: Australian War Crimes in Afghanistan. counterpunch.org The Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force Afghanistan Inquiry was always going to make for a gruesome read — and that was only the redacted version. The findings of the four-year investigation, led by New South Wales Court of Appeal Justice and Army Reserve Major-General Paul Brereton, point to "credible evidence" that 39 Afghan non-combatants

Dave Zirin (2020-11-25). Diego Maradona: Comrade of the Global South. thenation.com Diego Maradona: Comrade of the Global South…

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2020-11-25). Return of Great Game in Post-Soviet Central Asia. globalresearch.ca The recent Issue Brief by the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission entitled

Dr. Jack Rasmus (2020-11-25). Behind the US Treasury vs. Federal Reserve 'Rift'. Just What is the $455 Billion? globalresearch.ca This past week the US Treasury and the US Federal Reserve Bank engaged in a rare public disagreement. US Treasury Secretary, Mnuchin, in a letter to Jerome Powell, chair of the Federal Reserve, last week directed the Fed to …

Russell Mokhiber (2020-11-25). Liberals Economists and Corporations: an Interview with Evan Jones. counterpunch.org In the academic discussion of liberalism, the corporation is generally ignored. The character of the corporation is rarely up for discussion. It's completely absent in the entire economics profession. In political science, it is generally ignored. That's the take of Evan Jones of the University of Sydney Department of Political Economy. Why do liberals in

WSWS (2020-11-25). Assange's life in danger as major COVID-19 outbreak hits Belmarsh Prison. wsws.org Assange's partner Stella Moris has reported a mass outbreak in the house block where the WikiLeaks founder is imprisoned, with 56 prisoners and staff testing positive to the coronavirus.

Staff (2020-11-25). Headlines for November 25, 2020. democracynow.org U.S. Sees Deadliest Day in Pandemic in Over 6 Months as Hospitalizations Reach Record High, U.S. to Begin Pfizer Vaccine Distribution by Mid-December, France Readies to Ease Restrictions as Italy and Spain Record Highest Death Tolls of Second Wave, Russia Says Sputnik Vaccine Over 95% Effective, Biden National Security Appointments Focus on Multilateralism, International Cooperation, Trump Takes Credit for Historic Dow Jones Surge, Plans Election Hearing with Giuliani at Gettysburg, Donors Pledge $12 Billion in Afghan Aid as 14 Killed in Bamiyan in Latest Act of Violence, Ethiopia Warns of Imminent Attack in Tigr…

Dr. Birsen Filip (2020-11-25). Cuba Successfully Halts Its COVID-19 Outbreak: A Reflection of the Socialist Revolution and the Legacy of Fidel Castro's Vision of Health Care. globalresearch.ca 'Private medicine grants privileges to those who have money to the detriment of those who do not have it and nothing could be more inhumane than that. It is unbelievable that rich societies that apply this and many other similar …

WSWS (2020-11-25). The "Zero-Covid" campaign by Britain's pseudo-left: a political cover for Labour and the TUC's back-to-work drive. wsws.org The Socialist Campaign Group of Labour MPs around Corbyn finally, in August, announced its support for a Zero-Covid policy, but its statement was careful to make clear that the measures proposed were in the best interests of capital.

WSWS (2020-11-25). UK mother whose children all contracted COVID-19 speaks out to demand school closures: "I agree you must close schools and universities to save lives" wsws.org World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to Linda, a parent of three school children, who all tested positive for coronavirus at the end of October.

Kathy Kelly (2020-11-25). The Unending War in Afghanistan Is America's Shame. commondreams.org People in the United States continue to pretend that the despair and futility we've caused isn't our fault. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

_____ (2020-11-25). Biggest Trade Deal in History Excludes United States. strategic-culture.org Anya PARAMPIL | Red Lines host Anya Parampil speaks with Beijing-based journalist Ian Goodrum about the recent signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership in Asia. |

_____ (2020-11-25). CIA Partners With Google, Amazon And IBM. popularresistance.org AWS currently holds the sole contract to provide cloud computing services to a number of intelligence agencies, including the FBI and the NSA. That contract is set to expire in 2023 and this new award — managed by the CIA — will further weaken Amazon's once privileged position in the federal money sweepstakes, which had already taken a hard hit when Microsoft was unexpectedly chosen over Bezos' company for the Department of Defense's own cloud services contract for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) program.

WSWS (2020-11-25). Amazon announces the opening of its online pharmacy. wsws.org Amazon's entry into the pharmaceutical industry underscores the conglomerate's accelerating domination over sector after sector of the US and global economy.

Alan Macleod (2020-11-25). "Superheroes" and "Nice" Guys: Coverage of Biden's Hawkish Cabinet Picks is Predictably Lacking. mintpressnews.com Just as they failed to hold power to account in the run-up to the disastrous wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, corporate media is refusing to ask the hard questions about Biden's hawkish cabinet picks.

Norman Solomon (2020-11-25). Hey Joe, Where You Going With That Pentagon in Your Hands? counterpunch.org By all accounts, the frontrunner to be Joe Biden's pick for Secretary of Defense is Michèle Flournoy. It's a prospect that should do more than set off alarm bells — it should be understood as a scenario for the president-elect to stick his middle fingers in the eyes of Americans who are fed up with endless war

Peter Boyle (2020-11-25). Australia's war crimes in Afghanistan protested. greenleft.org.au A snap protest outside Australian Department of Defence offices called for the total withdrawal of troops to Afghanistan, reports Peter Boyle.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-25). New book argues official statistics need to live up to their promise. imperial.ac.uk Imperial academics lay out how national statistics offices can better engage with the public, businesses, and civil society in a new book.

news.un (2020-11-25). UN experts decry Iran's reported plan to execute Iranian-Swedish academic. news.un.org Iran must halt any planned execution of Iranian-Swedish academic Ahmadreza Djalali, who has not been given a fair trial and was forced to confess under torture, two experts advising the UN Human Rights Council said on Wednesday.

_____ (2020-11-25). Framing Climate Change as a "National Security Priority" Isn't A Clever Maneuver To Get People To Care. popularresistance.org On November 23, President-elect Joe Biden announced that former Senator and Secretary of State John Kerry will serve as special envoy on climate and have a seat on the National Security Council. Kerry immediately followed the news with a tweet that declared, "America will soon have a government that treats the climate crisis as the urgent national security threat it is." | As laid out in Episode 122 of Citations Needed (the podcast I co-host), this "national security" approach to climate is loaded down with contradictions, PR spin, and potential dangers.

commondreams (2020-11-25). Trump Administration Denies Permit To Controversial Pebble Mine Proposal in Bristol Bay Watershed. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-25). Iran's investment capacities in foreign countries introduced. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 25 (MNA) — Iran's envoy to Beijing, in a conference held in China, introduced Iran's investment capacities in…

WSWS (2020-11-25). As virus surges in North Dakota, Fargo food distribution workers strike over lack of COVID-19 protections. wsws.org Workers at the Cash-Wa food distribution operation in Fargo, North Dakota are on strike over health and safety in an area that is experiencing the highest COVID-19 death rate in the world.

WSWS (2020-11-25). Mass layoffs loom for Silicon Valley service workers. wsws.org With many white-collar workers working from home, tech giants are threatening the jobs of thousands of cafeteria, janitorial, transportation and other service workers.

Pip Hinman (2020-11-25). ADF revelations show war itself is the crime. greenleft.org.au Australia's role in Afghanistan wasn't a contribution to the cause of global peace or democracy: it helped destroy a country, argues Nick Riemer.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-25). VIDEO: Qari Bridge a historical stone bridge in Tabriz. en.mehrnews.com TABRIZ, Nov. 25 (MNA) — Being registered in the National Registry of Cultural Monuments, Qari Bridge is a famous, historical stone-made bridge in West Azarbaijan province of Iran which has been built during the Qajar dynasty.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-25). UK Spending Review 2020: Imperial experts respond. imperial.ac.uk Academics and researchers from across Imperial College London have provided analysis of the UK Spending Review 2020.

Dan Froomkin (2020-11-25). Biden's incoming press secretary needs to throw open the White House windows. salon.com There's an antidote to the lies, con games and cover-ups of the Trump era. But it's not getting back to "normal"

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-11-25). Calling for End of 'Shadow Pandemic,' Rallies Across Globe to Mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. commondreams.org "Men's violence against women is also a pandemic—one that pre-dates the virus and will outlive it." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2020-11-25). Earthworks Statement on the Denial of Pebble Mine. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-25). Thai protesters face charges of insulting monarchy on eve of planned rally. peoplesdispatch.org 15 protesters have been summoned to face lèse-majesté charges that can carry upto to 15 years in prison if found guilty. The summons were sent to some of the most prominent faces of the nearly four-month long protest movement…

Not My Dirty Money Coalition (2020-11-25). Sunday 12/6: Not My Dirty Money: Youth Power in Divestment to Fight the Climate Emergency. indybay.org Online via Zoom…