2020-11-28: News Headlines

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-28). Assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh condemned across the globe. peoplesdispatch.org Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was attacked by unknown assailants near Tehran on Friday. Both Iranian authorities and observers around the world accused Israel of being behind the murder…

teleSUR, ce (2020-11-28). Iran Accuses Israel of Killing Nuclear Scientist. telesurenglish.net Iranian President Hasan Rohani has accused Israel of being behind the assassination of nuclear scientist Mohsen Fajrizadeh, considered to be the director of the Islamic Republic's nuclear program, and has denounced that his death was the result of an "act of terrorism." | RELATED: | In a statement, the Iranian president indicated "once again, the evil hands of global arrogance, with the usurping Zionist regime as a mercen…

Alan MacLeod (2020-11-28). "Superheroes" and "Nice" guys: Coverage of Biden's hawkish cabinet picks is predictably lacking. mronline.org 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.

Andres Kargar (2020-11-28). The Emperor Has No Clothes. dissidentvoice.org I reviewed Sra. Michelle Bachelet's Report on Venezuela, and was quite outraged at her lack of consideration and due diligence. I will, in a moment, tell everyone why this report needs to be trashed, but even before that, I think I should mention two systemic flaws about this type of reporting regardless of which country …

G. Dunkel (2020-11-28). Climate change, hurricanes and their destruction in Central America. workers.org Hurricane Iota, the 30th named storm, 13th hurricane and 6th major hurricane of 2020, made landfall in Nicaragua just 10 miles south of where Hurricane Eta struck two weeks earlier. Iota was more powerful than Eta, carried more rain and did more damage, especially to the Indigenous communities in Honduras . . . |

WSWS (2020-11-28). New ultra-right Supreme Court majority invokes religion to block COVID-19 safety measures. wsws.org The Supreme Court struck down New York's measures to control the spread of COVID-19 by limiting indoor events, including religious services, heralding the power of the new five-justice, ultra-reactionary bloc.

Walter Smolarek (2020-11-28). Revolutionary Friedrich Engels at 200. liberationnews.org Today the world is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Friedrich Engels, renowned across the globe as one of the greatest revolutionaries and theorists to ever live.

WSWS (2020-11-28). 200 years since the birth of Friedrich Engels. wsws.org Born on Nov. 28, 1820, Engels was the co-founder of scientific socialism with his friend Karl Marx, who was two-and-a-half years his senior. Two hundred years later, their life's work is of burning contemporary relevance.

Eds. (2020-11-28). Marx on exploitation: an ABC for an unequal world. mronline.org Exploitation begins with the terms on which workers sell their labour power to capital. Marx saw that 140 years ago, and it hasn't changed since.

David Zirin (2020-11-28). Diego Maradona: Comrade of the Global South. dissidentvoice.org The world mourns today following the passing of Diego Maradona, the soccer God and revolutionary from Argentina whose play inspired all manner of poetry and prose. The best description of Maradona's abilities came from the late Eduardo Galeano who wrote of Maradona in his book Soccer in Sun and Shadow, No one can predict the devilish …

Vijay Prashad (2020-11-28). We suffer from an incurable disease called hope. mronline.org The total level of global indebtedness now sits at an astronomical $277 trillion, an increase of $15 trillion since 2019. This amount is equivalent to 365% of the global gross domestic product.

Sharmila Devi (2020-11-28). [World Report] Funding crisis threatens Palestinian refugee agency. thelancet.com UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East says that a $300 million shortfall is threatening health services. Sharmila Devi reports.

Francesco Zaccardi, Kamlesh Khunti, Nikolaus Marx, Melanie J Davies (2020-11-28). [Comment] First-line treatment for type 2 diabetes: is it too early to abandon metformin? thelancet.com With the sulfonylurea gliclazide and insulin, metformin is part of the triad of antihyperglycaemic agents on the 2019 WHO list of essential medications. In most international guidelines on the management of hyperglycaemia, metformin is the recommended first-line glucose-lowering agent in patients with type 2 diabetes. The evidence that underpins these recommendations is partly based on the efficacy results in a small subgroup of the UK Prospective Diabetes Study participants, which showed a reduction in macrovascular and microvascular complications in overweight people with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes randomi…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-28). Iran calls on intl. community to condemn terror attack. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 28 (MNA) — Iranian Embassy to France on Saturday called for international community to condemn assassination of Iranian prominent nuclear scientist 'Mohsen Fakhrizadeh'.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-28). Envoy urges UK to 'condemn' Fakhrizadeh terror. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 28 (MNA) — Iran's Ambassador to the UK has urged London to 'unreservedly condemn' Friday's terror attack against Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-28). Iran not to hesitate to revenge for Fakhrizadeh assassination. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 28 (MNA) — Commenting on the assassination of top Iranian scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi, an Iranian expert says Iran will respond to Friday's assassination.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-28). Iran has always been at forefront of fight against terrorism. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 28 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister said that Islamic Republic of Iran has always been at the forefront of fight against terrorism.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-28). Changing IAEA's access requires decisions at highest levels. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 28 (MNA) — Spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said that changing access of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)'s inspectors should be decided at the highest levels.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-28). Iran Navy to unveil homegrown 'Dena' destroyer in near future. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 28 (MNA) — Commander of the Iranian Navy announced that Iran Navy is supposed to unveil the new home-made "Dena" destroyer and the "Zereh" missile launcher in the coming month.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-28). Iran to continue path of Martyr Fakhrizadeh: Sattari. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 28 (MNA) — Iran's Vice President for Science and Technology said that the Islamic Republic will continue the path of Martyr Fakhrizadeh to achieve more technological advances.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-28). COVID-19 daily deaths drop below 400 after nearly a month. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 28 (MNA) — According to the latest announced figures by the Iranian Health Ministry, daily death toll of the COVID-19 has dropped belowe 400 for the first time since Oct. 31.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-28). FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers: Iran defeats Saudi Arabia. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 28 (MNA) — Iran's national basketball team gained a 71-64 win over Saudi Arabia on matchday three of the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-28). Iran knows how to punish aggressors of scientist's attack. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 28 (MNA) — Ali Rabiei vowed that aggressors of the Friday terror attack of Iranian scientists will definitely be punished, and it is Iran that defines where and how the punishment will happen.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-28). Assassination of Iranian scientist act of terrorism: Turkey. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 28 (MNA) — Turkish parliament head said that the assassination of Iran's top nuclear scientist was an act of terror, whether committed by an illegal group or state.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-28). Intl. reactions to assassination of Iranian top scientist. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 28 (MNA) — The assassination of Iranian scientist Fakhrizadeh provoked many reactions in the region and the world but in the meantime, the silence of many human rights defenders in not condemning this assassination is debatable.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-28). Parl. to mandate gov. to reduce IAEA inspections to zero. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 28 (MNA) — An Iranian lawmaker announced that Parliament seeks to mandate the government to reduce the level of IAEA spy inspections of nuclear and military installations to zero.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-28). Iran must limit IAEA's access to its nuclear facilities. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 28 (MNA) — Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Spokesman said that the Islamic Republic must reduce IAEA's inspections to a minimum.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-28). ICRC to grant SFr 250K of aid to IRCS amid outbreak. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 28 (MNA) — ICRC will provide SFr 250,000 worth of humanitarian aid to the Iranian Red Crescent Society so as to provide home oxygen equipment for Covid-19 patients.

Ramzy Baroud (2020-11-28). Moving past apartheid: one-state is not ideal justice, but it is just and possible. zcomm.org Once again, Europe's top diplomats expressed their 'deep concern' regarding Israel's ongoing illegal settlement expansion, again evoking the maxim that Israeli actions "threaten the viability of the two-state solution"

Tanya Wadhwa (2020-11-28). Colombians embark on a fresh national strike against Ivan Duque. zcomm.org The nationwide protest is being carried out in rejection police brutality, economic crisis, massacres and the indifference of the national government towards them…

Peter Biesterfeld (2020-11-28). Where is Canadian Media on the Assange File? dissidentvoice.org After 10 years of restricted freedom, political exile and incarceration, Julian Assange finally came face-to-face with his accusers at the Old Bailey Criminal Court in London. For three weeks in September, a team of English lawyers argued on behalf of their client, the U.S. Department of Justice, that the beleaguered WikiLeaks founder and publisher should …

Minnie Bruce Pratt (2020-11-28). Joann Little and the right to self-defense. workers.org The following remarks were given at the Sept. 24 webinar "Women and Gender Oppressed Prisoners: Survival and Resistance," hosted by the Prisoners Solidarity Committee of Workers World Party. A struggle waged in the U.S. South gives a historic lesson in how imprisoned women and gender-oppressed people have fought back. I . . . |

The Canary (2020-11-28). Police investigate 'Toilet of England' prank on Kent road signs. thecanary.co Activists behind an anti-Brexit stunt that rebranded Kent as the "Toilet of England" have said police have better things to do than investigate their prank.Park and deride: Signs across the county were changed by a group of campaigners opposed to Brexit. Where before motorists would be politely informed they were entering the Garden of England — as Kent is known — the new message read: Welcome to Kent The Toilet of England.The stunt aimed to highlight fears of huge lorry queues along the county's motorways, with suggestions that portable toilets will have to be installed on roadsides for use by de…

Max Binder (2020-11-28). Police escalate violence in Providence, Rhode Island amid calls to defund. liberationnews.org "It's very obvious the Providence Police Department and Rhode Island State Police have been essentially on a spree. Just about every action, most of them that I've attended, they have started riots."

The Canary (2020-11-28). Health experts fear rapid tests may distract from vaccine work. thecanary.co Ambitious rapid coronavirus testing plans for England threaten to become a distraction from other key goals such as the roll-out of a vaccine, prominent health officials have warned.Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised the fast mass community testing systems conducted in Liverpool — which gave results in around 20 minutes without the need for a laboratory — will be replicated in all tier three areas after lockdown ends. This covers areas with a combined population of some 23 million people.Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Liverpool — where 300,000 people have been tested in the pilot scheme…

Mike Kuhlenbeck (2020-11-28). BluSky workers in Cedar Rapids win victory against wage theft. workers.org Cedar Rapids, Iowa Nov. 24 — Six workers from Houston, Texas, hired for essential repairs on storm-damaged buildings in Cedar Rapids, won their battle against wage theft with the solidarity of labor, faith and community allies. In August, Iowa was hit by a rare hurricane-like storm known as a "derecho," . . . |

Dario Castillejos, Liza Donnelly, Felipe Galindo, Peter Kuper (2020-11-28). Creating American Carnage. thenation.com Dario Castillejos, Liza Donnelly, Felipe Galindo, Peter Kuper Our Golfer-in-Chief's parting shots at democracy.

Johnnie Lewis (2020-11-28). "We did not sign up to be raped": Women veterans fight back against military sexual trauma. workers.org The writer is a U.S. Army veteran and was an organizer of the American Servicemen's Union, 1968-69. This month two veterans, represented by the Yale Law School Veterans Legal Service Clinic, won a lawsuit against the U.S. Army for giving "bad paper" discharges to veterans with mental health diagnoses. The . . . |

Eds. (2020-11-28). Crisis & Critique: What is at stake in the parliamentary elections? mronline.org With legislative elections on the horizon, Ociel López looks at the different political forces and scenarios ahead.

Thomas Palley (2020-11-28). Diego Maradona (1960-2020): Some Bittersweet Reflections. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2020-11-28). MAS factory workers in Kilinochchi, Sri Lanka, discuss concerns over pandemic. wsws.org Workers' concerns have been deepened because of the disastrous pandemic situation globally and in Sri Lanka.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-28). Martyr Fakhrizadeh expose false supporters of human rights. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 28 (MNA) — IRGC Quds Force Commander said that Martyr Fakhrizadeh exposed the false supporters of human rights, democracy, and freedom.

Shelley K Uppal, Donovan G Kearns, Vipawee S Chat, Jashin J Wu (2020-11-28). [Correspondence] Ruxolitinib cream for the treatment of vitiligo. thelancet.com We read with interest the study by David Rosmarin and colleagues,1 which investigated the safety and efficacy of ruxolitinib cream in vitiligo. The study concluded that ruxolitinib cream is safe and effective as monotherapy in treating patients with vitiligo.1 We believe that this generalised statement cannot be concluded based on major study limitations.

Richard Horton (2020-11-28). [Comment] Offline: Europe and COVID-19—struggling with tragedy. thelancet.com The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA, publishes weekly reports on progress to control the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe. They make grim reading. The latest iteration, dated Nov 19, predicts that daily deaths from COVID-19 will continue to rise in the coming weeks, reaching a peak of over 7000 deaths per day around mid-January. Hospitals will be stretched to breaking point from December through to the end of February. COVID-19 is currently the second leading cause of death in the region—29‚Äà858 weekly deaths (ischaemic heart dis…

WSWS (2020-11-28). FCA ramps up production at Warren Truck despite death of temporary worker from COVID-19. wsws.org The worker who succumbed to the virus had been hired less than three weeks before he became sick and had told his coworkers that he had waited a long time to get the chance for a job at FCA.

Tanya Wadhwa (2020-11-28). Chilean health workers hold an indefinite national strike. peoplesdispatch.org The healthcare professionals are demanding special bonuses for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic and a greater budget for the public health sector in 2021, among other measures…

El Enemigo Común (2020-11-28). Otomí Community Maintains Takeover of Government Institution in Mexico City. indybay.org Despite lack of government response, Otomí Community carries on resistance at INPI.

Sophie Cousins (2020-11-28). [World Report] Afghanistan braced for second wave of COVID-19. thelancet.com Afghan health workers predict a second wave of COVID-19 infections, but is the health system ready? Sophie Cousins reports from Afghanistan.

Noel Chan, Magdalena Sobieraj-Teague, John W Eikelboom (2020-11-28). [Therapeutics] Direct oral anticoagulants: evidence and unresolved issues. thelancet.com Currently licenced direct oral anticoagulants selectively target thrombin (eg, dabigatran) or coagulation factor Xa (eg, apixaban, betrixaban, edoxaban, and rivaroxaban). Designed to be given in fixed doses without routine monitoring, direct oral anticoagulants have a lower propensity for food and drug interactions than do vitamin K antagonists, and in randomised controlled trials involving around 250‚Äà000 patients, they were at least as effective for prevention and treatment of thrombosis and were associated with a lower risk of life-threatening bleeding.

The Canary (2020-11-28). 'No plans' to change Hunting Act despite trail-hunting row. thecanary.co Environment secretary George Eustice said there was a "settled consensus" for the Hunting Act to remain unchanged, amid controversy that trail-hunting was being used as a "smokescreen" for the banned practice. | Suspensions: | It comes after the National Trust and Forestry England decided this week to

Lynda Carson (2020-11-28). OxyContin drug kingpin Richard Sackler gave campaign contribution to Biden for President. indybay.org Opioid Drug-Overdose Victim…

Colin Todhunter (2020-11-28). Dystopian "Great Reset": "Own Nothing and Be Happy", Being Human in 2030. globalresearch.ca The World Economic Forum's (WEF) annual meeting at the end of January in Davos, Switzerland, brings together international business and political leaders, economists and other high-profile individuals to discuss global issues. Driven by the vision of its influential CEO Klaus …

Darren Powell (2020-11-28). [Correspondence] Harmful marketing to children. thelancet.com The WHO—UNICEF—Lancet Commission1 identified an important threat to children's health and futures by stating that children across the globe are exposed to exploitative advertising and marketing by the private sector. Fast food and sugar-sweetened beverages, alcohol, tobacco, e-cigarettes, breastmilk substitutes, and gambling, were positioned as the key products that children are increasingly exposed to and harmed by. However, by focusing on the marketing of particular so-called unhealthy products, the Commission has made a critical oversight.

Shane Quinn (2020-11-28). History of World War I and Its Aftermath: The Ludendorff Dictatorship's Expansionist Policies in Europe. globalresearch.ca Shortly before midday on 9 November 1923, around 3,000 far-right insurgents began marching on Munich, Germany's second largest city in the south of the country. Before these brownshirts had set out it was clear to the Nazi Party leader, the …

Anthony Costello, Sarah L Dalglish, Anshu Banerjee, Jeremy Shiffman, Helen Clark, WHO—UNICEF—Lancet Commission (2020-11-28). [Correspondence] Harmful marketing to children — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank Darren Powell for his insightful feedback. Members of the WHO—UNICEF—Lancet Commission1 agree with Powell that marketing of any products to children might encourage potentially harmful consumption for the child, the planet, and children's futures, and that more work in both academic and political spheres is needed to highlight the risks.1 Our Commission's analysis of children's wellbeing and rights extends to the dangers of the commercialisation of childhood.

T.P. Wilkinson (2020-11-28). Stop the Press: The 20 Percent Solution. dissidentvoice.org The Great Reset Hymn I have heard a lot of discussion about when the war will end that began in April 2020. Yes, war. I have spent the better part of the past ten months trying to determine what the best attitude or approach to the current unpleasantness ought to be taken. A tension has …

John Zarocostas (2020-11-28). [World Report] New international group on antimicrobial resistance. thelancet.com The One Health Global Leaders Group on Antimicrobial Resistance aims to raise awareness and political advocacy on antimicrobial resistance. John Zarocostas reports from Geneva.

Dr. Pascal Sacré (2020-11-28). Dr Pascal Sacré: Emergency Physician Unjustly Fired for His Writings on the COVID Crisis: The Right of Response. globalresearch.ca There, it happened. | For my words, my words, my writings, I was dismissed like a waste, a thief, without the right to answer. | An experienced, competent emergency physician, appreciated by his colleagues for my actions in stressful situations, fired in …

Ashley Curtin (2020-11-28). EPA warns glyphosate is likely to harm the nation's most endangered species. nationofchange.org "If we want to stop the extinction of amazing creatures like monarch butterflies, we need the EPA to take action to stop the out-of-control spraying of deadly poisons."

Dan Collyns (2020-11-28). 'The People Are Not Afraid Any More': Young Peruvians Rise Up to Demand Change. zcomm.org After a tumultuous week, Peru's burgeoning grassroots movement says it will not accept a return to business as usual…

Labor Video Project (2020-11-28). Lethridge Professor Anthony Hall & The FBI Seizure Of The American Herald Tribune Website. indybay.org Lethridge Professor Anthony Hall is interviewed about the efforts to fire him for his criticism of Israel and also the action by the FBI to shutdown is website of American Herald Tribune which he edited.

WSWS (2020-11-28). Massive spread of COVID-19 in Kentucky schools and death of 15-year-old girl prompts statewide school closures. wsws.org Almost 10,000 K-12 students and 2,000 faculty members are presently in quaratine or isolation across Kentucky.

WSWS (2020-11-28). New IRS rule will push many US small businesses to the brink. wsws.org A new ruling by the Treasury Department will affect millions of small businesses that received a portion of the total $717 billion in relief funds from the US Small Business Administration through the federal Paycheck Protection Program.

Tema Fodje, Esther Choo (2020-11-28). [Perspectives] Applying for residency in the time of COVID-19. thelancet.com This year has been one of tremendous uncertainty for medical students, especially those entering their final year. The dynamics of selecting a specialty, preparing to apply for it, and entering the application process have been disrupted. Many rotations were cancelled or changed so the opportunities to fully explore a specialty were curtailed. Other research and extracurricular activities in support of such training were also constrained. Students entered application season with only the small comfort of knowing that everyone was pretty much in the same boat.

The Lancet (2020-11-28). [Editorial] Maintaining the HIV response in a world shaped by COVID-19. thelancet.com Although global attention is dominated by COVID-19, the HIV/AIDS pandemic, as it enters its fifth decade, is far from over. Since the early 1980s, 75 ∑7 million people have become infected with HIV. 32 ∑7 million people have died from AIDS-related illnesses. HIV/AIDS remains a major public health crisis and only a few countries will meet the 90—90—90 treatment target for 2020. Much has been made of how information systems and service models in the HIV response have helped the COVID-19 response, but the COVID-19 pandemic could have knock-on effects on the HIV response and be devastating for com…

National Welfare Rights Union, NUH, partners (2020-11-28). Thursday 12/10: We Charge Genocide: Systemic Poverty in All Its Forms is Violence! indybay.org Online event…

Laurent Lantieri, Bernard Cholley, Cedric Lemogne, Romain Guillemain, Nicolas Ortonne, Philippe Grimbert, Eric Thervet, Alexandre G Lellouch (2020-11-28). [Articles] First human facial retransplantation: 30-month follow-up. thelancet.com This clinical report of the first documented human facial retransplantation is proof-of-concept that the loss of a facial transplant after CAMR can be mitigated successfully by retransplantation combined with an aggressive desensitisation process.

Prabir Purkayastha (2020-11-28). Three problems of reading Engels and the reasons why we need to. peoplesdispatch.org On this bicentenary of Friedrich Engels, we need to understand the nature of the struggle of ideas that Engels was engaged in his times, and what its significance is today…

Tom Coburg (2020-11-28). Government hyperbole and exceptionalism hides serious flaws in coronavirus programme. thecanary.co People on low income are avoiding Boris Johnson's Both are examples…

Collective 20 (2020-11-28). Transforming the Corporate System, One Step at a Time. zcomm.org If we want a different world, one that respects people and all life on earth, we should not despair. We have the solutions and a movement-wide boycott could serve as an important vehicle for implementing those solutions…

Commonwealth Club (2020-11-28). Tuesday 12/1: Alicia Garza: BLM Co-Founder & Activist on New Book, "The Purpose of Power" indybay.org Online via livestream…

Dan Bacher (2020-11-28). Department of Finance audit reveals repeated oil and gas regulation violations. indybay.org "If you thought that dining with an oil lobbyist at French Laundry showed Newsom's true colors, this audit proves you right," said Kretzmann. "Even as his own agency is calling for illegal oil and gas wells to be shut down, Newsom and his regulators continue to turn a blind eye and hand out more dangerous permits."

Michael Laslett (2020-11-28). How King County Employees Made Childcare a Union Benefit. zcomm.org Ultimately SEIU 925 and our coalition partners dream of forming a multiemployer, multi-union childcare benefits trust in Washington state, covering public and private sector employers…

David Rosmarin, Kathleen Butler, Fiona Kuo, John E Harris (2020-11-28). [Correspondence] Ruxolitinib cream for the treatment of vitiligo — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank Shelley Uppal and colleagues for their comments on the randomised phase 2 trial of ruxolitinib cream for the treatment of vitiligo,1 in which concerns over the generalisability of the study population were raised. As a phase 2 study, the goal was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of different concentrations and dosing regimens of ruxolitinib cream in patients with non-segmental vitiligo before progressing to phase 3 studies, in which generalisability would be assessed. As such, our study1 does not state that ruxolitinib cream is a safe and effective treatment for vitiligo or conclude that the study's f…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-28). This holiday season, hunger and poverty stalk the US. peoplesdispatch.org It's holiday season in the United States but the country faces an unprecedented crisis as poverty and hunger are soaring and millions face the risk of evictions…

WSWS (2020-11-28). Papua New Guinea embroiled in ongoing political turmoil. wsws.org With a deepening economic and social disaster, the defection of MPs to the opposition has pitched the James Marape-led government into crisis.

Zach Conti (2020-11-28). Biden Should Call for Emergency G20 Leaders Meeting, Says Religious Development Group. indybay.org A religious development group urges President-elect Biden to convene an emergency G20 meeting upon inauguration into the high office.

Craig Jackson (2020-11-28). Mass shootings in the US have risen sharply in 2020—why? nationofchange.org There have been 578 mass shootings so far this year, this is already significantly above the 417 mass shootings recorded in the whole of 2019.

Dr. Pascal Sacré (2020-11-28). The COVID-19 RT-PCR Test: How to Mislead All Humanity. Using a "Test" To Lock Down Society. globalresearch.ca The misuse of the RT-PCR technique is used as an intentional strategy by some governments, supported by scientific safety councils and by the dominant media, to justify the violation of a large number of constitutional rights, the destruction of the economy with the bankruptcy of entire active sectors of society,…

WSWS (2020-11-28). Michigan COVID-19 hospitalizations pushing medical facilities to occupancy limits. wsws.org The exponential surge in coronavirus cases in Michigan during the months of October and November has resulted in an alarming increase in the number of patients entering hospitals across the state with 53 facilities at 75 percent or higher bed occupancy.

Pip Hinman (2020-11-28). Residents take action for the climate, against gas. greenleft.org.au Climate-concerned residents organised actions calling for 100% renewables in Parramatta and Newtown as part of a national day of action against the federal government's gas-led recovery. Kerry Smith reports.

Dan Roberts (2020-11-28). The Shortwave Report 11/27/20 Listen Globally! indybay.org A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- Highest quality broadcast, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming. NHK Japan, Spanish National Radio, Radio Havana Cuba, and Germany.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-27). Hard revenge awaiting scientist's assassination perpetrators. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 27 (MNA) — Chief of General Staff of Iranian Armed Forces said that terrorist groups and the commanders and perpetrators of the assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh should be aware that severe revenge awaits them.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-27). Israel behind attack on Iranian scientist: NY Times reports. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 27 (MNA) — New York Times quoted intelligence officials as saying that Israel regime was behind the assassination of Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.

RT (2020-11-27). Iran vows 'severe revenge' for assassination of nuclear scientist as UN chief urges 'restraint'. rt.com The masterminds and perpetrators behind the assassination of prominent Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh will face swift revenge, the Iranian military has vowed, as the UN calls for restraint to avoid escalation. | "The terrorist groups and the perpetrators of this hideous act should know that they will face severe revenge," General Mohammad Bagheri, Iran's chief of staff and a Revolutionary Guards Corps commander,

RT (2020-11-27). 'Criminal act': Ex-CIA chief urges Iran to wait on 'return of responsible US leaders' before reacting to nuclear scientist killing. rt.com Former CIA Director John Brennan has commented on the killing of a top Iranian nuclear scientist by urging Tehran to wait for "return of responsible American leadership" before taking retaliation against suspected perpetrators. | Amid speculation about the involvement of both Israel and the US in the alleged assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Brennan dubbed the death "a criminal act [and] highly reckless." | "It risks lethal retaliation & a new round of regional conflict," he said of the Friday attack, which reportedly included unknown assailants attacking Fakhrizadeh and his securi…

sputniknews (2020-11-27). Iran Says There Are 'Serious Indications of Israeli Responsibility' in Nuclear Scientist's Murder. sputniknews.com Iranian officials earlier said that its prominent Iranian nuclear physicist was targeted by the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad, calling on the international community to condemn the attack.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-27). Iranian Navy' authority nullifies dream of Global Arrogance. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 27 (MNA) — Chief of General Staff of Iranian Armed Forces said that grandeur and authority of Navy Force of Islamic Republic of Iran nullified dream of Global Arrogance and foreign powers to dominate security components of the region.

sputniknews (2020-11-27). UN Calls for Avoiding Escalation in Middle East Region Following Assassination of Iranian Scientist. sputniknews.com The Iranian government suspects that the assassination was performed by Israel's Mossad intelligence agency, though Tel-Aviv has neither confirmed nor denied the allegation.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-27). Velayati condemns assassination of Iranian scientist. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 28 (MNA) — Adviser to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution for International Affairs said that the visible and hidden perpetrators of the assassination of martyr Fakhrizadeh should wait for the revenge of Iranian nation.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-27). Iran offers full commitment to JCPOA if Biden decides to re-join the nuclear deal and lift all sanctions. peoplesdispatch.org The Trump administration unilaterally withdrew from the deal in May 2018 and imposed various sanctions against Iran without any international approval…

commondreams (2020-11-27). NIAC Statement on the Attempted Assassination of Iranian Nuclear Scientist. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-27). Scientist's assassination a coward move with Israeli role. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 27 (MNA) — Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif strongly condemned the assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist, saying the coward move had serious indications of the Israeli regime's role.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-27). SEC services obliged to identify those behind assassination. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 27 (MNA) — Condemning the assassination of Iranian scientists, Iran's Judiciary Chief said that the intelligence and security services and the relevant judicial authorities are obliged to identify those behind the assassination.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-27). Enemies not to stop plotting against Iran: Amir-Abdollahian. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 27 (MNA) — Stating that the enemies will not stop plotting against the country, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said the nuclear scientist assassination shows the US-Zionist effort to continue to hit the advancement of science in Iran.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-27). Terror attack not to set back Iran nuclear program. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 27 (MNA) — Spokesman for Iranian Parliament National Security and Foreign Policy Commission said that assassination of nuclear scientists does not set back Iran's nuclear program.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-27). COVID-19 lockdown in Iran's Sanandaj. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 27 (MNA) — A two-week plan for covid-19 restrictions started in several Iranian cities on Saturday, November 21, according to which car traffic is prohibited from 9 PM to 4 AM. The plan has been going on for a week now.

teleSUR (2020-11-27). Iran's Nuclear Program Director Killed in Terrorist Attack. telesurenglish.net Iran's Defense Ministry Friday reported that scientist Mohsen Fajrizade, who heads the country's nuclear program, was killed in a terrorist attack in Tehran. | RELATED: | "A group of armed terrorists attacked Fajrizade's vehicle," the Ministry stated as he recalled that the scientist was serving as the director of the Defense Ministry's Research and Innovation Organization. | Fajrizade was taken to a hospital…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-27). Iran to make terrorists regret their act. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 27 (MNA) — A military aide to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution said Iran will make the terrorists who are behind the assassination of its nuclear scientist regret their act.

David Schultz (2020-11-27). Trump and a Republic That We Could not Keep. counterpunch.org Donald Trump refuses to concede and claims the 2020 election was rift with fraud. American democracy is in peril. Then the GSA will fund the Biden presidential transition. His lawsuits are coming to an end. The electoral college will soon cast its ballots. And Donald Trump will no longer be president of the US. The

_____ (2020-11-27). U.S. Election 'Success'… And Hey Presto 'Russian Interference' Disappears. strategic-culture.org The United States' election victory of Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden has yet to be officially confirmed. That requires the 500-plus Electoral College comprising the 50 federal states to cast the final vote when the constitutional body meets on December 14. Biden holds a commanding lead of over 300 delegates in the Electoral College, more than 70 above Donald Trump's quota and decisively more than the 270 threshold required for election to the White House. | Nonetheless, already one thing is indisputably clear. Biden's nominal victory from the popular vote tallies is glaring proof that Russia did not i…

teleSUR (2020-11-27). Mexico: Senate Passes a Reform Set To End Presidential Immunity. telesurenglish.net Mexico's Senate approved Thursday a constitutional reform that seeks to eliminate presidential immunity by allowing the prosecutions filled against Presidents not only on treason offenses but also for corruption, electoral, and all other crimes. | RELATED: | The reform was approved with 89 votes in favor and 23 against and must now be approved by at least 17 of the 32 State legislatures in order to be endorsed…

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-11-27). Biden's Promise: America Is Back(wards). globalresearch.ca With President Donald Trump all but conceding to the transition team that will take over after January next year, interest now shifts to President-elect Joe Biden's choices for cabinet. On the national security front, the imperial-military lobby will have …

John Pilger (2020-11-27). Britain's Class War on Children. counterpunch.org When I first reported on child poverty in Britain, I was struck by the faces of children I spoke to, especially the eyes. They were different: watchful, fearful. In Hackney, in 1975, I filmed Irene Brunsden's family. Irene told me she gave her two-year-old a plate of cornflakes. "She doesn't tell me she's hungry, she

_____ (2020-11-27). Israeli blockade Has Cost Gaza $16.7 Billion. popularresistance.org Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip cost the Palestinian enclave's economy an estimated $16.7 billion in just over a decade, the United Nations said Wednesday. | The coastal enclave has been under an Israeli-enforced blockade since 2007, the year the Islamist movement Hamas took power. | In the 11 ensuing years, its economic situation deteriorated dramatically, the UN Conference on Trade and Development found in a new report. | Between 2007 and 2018, "the estimated cumulative economic cost of the Israeli occupation in Gaza under the prolonged closure and severe economic and movement restrictions and military oper…

_____ (2020-11-27). Scheer Intelligence: The California Genocide No One Talks About. popularresistance.org 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. In their conversation, Madley tells Robert Scheer why he believes these massacres did, in fact, constitute genocide in its 20th century United Nations definition. He talks about white settlers' dehumanization and paranoia about "the other," and the exceptions to that way of thinking.

WSWS (2020-11-27). Union official denounces WSWS, seeks to intimidate workers at Australia Post meeting. wsws.org At a meeting last week, a CEPU official responded to a workers' call for collective action with a hysterical outburst against the World Socialist Web Site and the Socialist Equality Party.

WSWS (2020-11-27). "Any return to 'normality' is a long way off": Musicians and technicians speak to the WSWS. wsws.org Several British artists and performance technicians spoke to the World Socialist Web Site about the impact of the pandemic on them and their work.

Stephen Lendman (2020-11-27). No Thanks on Thanksgiving During US-Engineered Economic Collapse. globalresearch.ca On Thanksgiving day, throughout the year, with likely worsening times ahead, ordinary Americans are suffering through the hardest of hard times in US history. | For 36 straight weeks since March, over one million Americans sought unemployment insurance (UI) benefits. | It's …

teleSUR (2020-11-27). Israel Continues To Tear Down Houses in Occupied West Bank. telesurenglish.net The NGO Betselem denounced that Israel demolished a dozen houses in eight villages spread between the areas of Ramallah, southern Hebron, and the Jordan Valley, all of which are under Israeli security and administrative control. | RELATED: | "As part of its efforts to seize more land in the West Bank, Israel demolished on Thursday four houses where 18 people lived, including seven minors," the humanitarian NGO said. | The Israeli…

news.un (2020-11-27). First of four UN humanitarian airlifts for Ethiopia refugees lands in Khartoum. news.un.org An airplane loaded with humanitarian supplies for people fleeing violence in Ethiopia's Tigray region has arrived in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, the UN refugee agency (UNCHR) said on Friday, in an appeal for international assistance to cope with the growing numbers seeking shelter in Sudan.

Staff (2020-11-27). The double struggle of Black Native Americans. therealnews.com The legacy of slavery and anti-Black racism haunts Indian Country, too. To this day, Black descendants of Indigenous nations fight for acknowledgment and citizenship from their tribes.

_____ (2020-11-27). Venezuela Convicts Six CITGO Former Executives Of Corruption. popularresistance.org Six former executives of the CITGO Petroleum Corporation were sentenced to between eight and 13 years in prison after being found guilty of corruption. | Venezuela's Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) announced that Citgo former President Jose Pereira will be in jail for 13 years and seven months for the crimes of "intentional embezzlement and conspiracy." | Pereira also will have to pay a fine of US$2 million, equivalent to 40 percent of the value of the embezzled goods. | Former executives Tomeu Vadell, Jorge Toledo, Gustavo Cardenas, Jose Zambrano, and Alirio Zambrano will serve eight years and ten months in priso…

teleSUR (2020-11-27). Bolsonaro Declines To Testify on His Meddling With Police. telesurenglish.net Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro informed the Federal Supreme Court (STF) that he will not testify over the investigation into his alleged interference in the Federal Police's work. | RELATED: | His decision was notified on Thursday by the Attorney General's Office (AGU) which is the body in charge of the defense of the Executive branch in judicial proceedings. | STF Minister Celso de Mello ordered that Bolsonaro appear t…

True Publica (2020-11-27). The New Norm: UK Government Lawbreaking. globalresearch.ca Government lawbreaking in Boris Johnson's adminstration has now reached an unprecedented scale for a British government — and we should all be In September last year, the supreme court ruled that Boris Johnson's advice to the Queen that …

True Publica (2020-11-27). The New Norm: Government Lawbreaking. globalresearch.ca Government lawbreaking in Boris Johnson's adminstration has now reached an unprecedented scale for a British government — and we should all be In September last year, the supreme court ruled that Boris Johnson's advice to the Queen that …

Ashley Curtin (2020-11-27). Supreme Court blocks New York's restrictions on religion amid COVID-19. nationofchange.org The Supreme Court's majority ruled that "even in a pandemic, the Constitution cannot be put away and forgotten."

teleSUR (2020-11-27). House Arrest for Bolivian Military Officer Accused of Murder. telesurenglish.net A court judge in Sacaba (Cochabamba) decided on Thursday to impose house arrest for the commander of the Armed Forces, General Alfredo Cuellar, accused of murder during the massacre that occurred in November 2019 during the police-army intervention against a public march of coca growers who were trying to reach the city of Cochabamba in support of deposed President Evo Morales. | RELATED: | Cuellar, who was arrested…

Andrew Korybko (2020-11-27). Dangerous Crossroads: NATO's Attempted Infringement of Russia's Airspace and Maritime Borders. globalresearch.ca Recent attempted infringements of Russia's airspace and maritime borders by NATO are very dangerous instances of de-facto brinksmanship intended to provoke the Eurasian Great Power into reacting in a way that could then be manipulated as the "plausible pretext" for …

Rod Driver (2020-11-27). The War Crimes of Bush and Blair — Afghanistan and Iraq. globalresearch.ca "The invasion of Iraq was a bandit act, an act of blatant state terrorism, demonstrating absolute contempt for the concept of international law…We have brought torture, cluster bombs, depleted uranium, innumerable acts of random murder, misery, degradation and death to …

teleSUR (2020-11-27). Venezuela Honors Anti-Oligarchic Bolivarian Rebellion of 1992. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Bolivarian Military Aviation (AMB) Friday paid tribute at the Aragua State to the civic-military rebellion that took place on Nov. 27, 1992, against neoliberal policies imposed by Carlos Perez' administration (1974-1979). | RELATED: | As part of the tribute, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro unveiled a monument in honor of the AMB officers who lost their lives amid an insurrection which "represented the awake…

_____ (2020-11-27). Maradona: The Bolivarian Soccer Genius. popularresistance.org The fighting peoples of the world lost a humble legend yesterday. Diego Armando Maradona was 60 years old. Arguably the greatest soccer player to ever grace the pitches, the spirited striker combined unparalleled skills in his sport and an unflinching outspokenness before oppression. No other sports figure's public statements and transformation has equally captured the changing momentum across Latin America. | The hundreds of thousands of tributes being paid throughout the world portray a particular image: Maradona in close solidarity with the biggest progressive leaders of the social reformist wave embraced by t…

teleSUR (2020-11-27). Venezuela: The Road To D6 Parliamentary Elections. file:/Users/educators/Dropbox/_data/_rss/telesurenglish.net.xml On December 6, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela will celebrate the first parliamentary elections since the National Assembly, which holds legislative power, was declared "in contempt" in 2016 after the opposition majority body repeatedly violated the constitutional order. | RELATED: | According to Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, over 300 international observers are registered to participate in the elections due…

Orinoco Tribune (2020-11-27). Venezuela Presents Proposal for an International Association Against US Sanctions to Stop Crimes Against Humanity (UN Security Council). globalresearch.ca The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela's ambassador to the United Nations (UN), Samuel Moncada, intervened this Wednesday in the session of the Security Council to denounce the economic aggression of the United States against twenty-nine countries of the world, through …

Jeffrey St. Clair (2020-11-27). Roaming Charges: Dumb All Over, Again. counterpunch.org So we have the same "originalists" who used to argue that the "Constitution isn't a suicide pact" to justify torture, rendition and extrajudicial killings have now ruled that the Constitution is a murder-suicide pact when it comes to religious services during a killer pandemic.

Staff (2020-11-27). Four Days in Occupied Western Sahara — A Rare Look Inside Africa's Last Colony as Ceasefire Ends. democracynow.org In this special rebroadcast of a Democracy Now! exclusive documentary, we break the media blockade and go to occupied Western Sahara in the northwest of Africa to document the decades-long Sahrawi struggle for freedom and Morocco's violent crackdown. Morocco has occupied the territory since 1975 in defiance of the United Nations and the international community. Thousands have been tortured, imprisoned, killed and disappeared while resisting the Moroccan occupation. A 1,700-mile wall divides Sahrawis who remain under occupation from those who fled into exile. Earlier this month, a three-decade ceasefire in Western…

Paul Street (2020-11-27). Why COVID-19 Granted the U.S. Most Favored Nation Status. counterpunch.org Routinely described by its "leaders" as "the greatest country in the world" (hereafter "GCITW") and "the richest country in the world" (hereafter "RCITW"), the United States is home to 4.25% of the world's population but 21% of global COVID-19 cases and 18% of global COVID-19 deaths. Why has the GCITW fared so poorly in responding

Pepe Escobar (2020-11-27). Maradona: The Fragile God of the Global South. globalresearch.ca His life was a running planetary pop opera for the ages. From Somalia to Bangladesh, everyone is familiar with the basic contours of his story — the pibe from Villa Fiorito, a poor suburb of Buenos Aires ("I am a …

Binoy Kampmark (2020-11-27). Keeping the Empire Running: Britain's Global Military Footprint. counterpunch.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

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-11-27). France Risks More Than It Gains by Joining U.S.-led Anti-China Efforts. globalresearch.ca COVID-19, which has thus far killed over 1.4 million people globally; the alleged treatment of the Uighur minority; the neoliberal-supporting rioters in Hong Kong; and, the trade war with Washington, have all contributed to the deterioration of China's image in …

Vijay Prashad (2020-11-27). Why Imperialism is Obsolete in Latin America. counterpunch.org In September 2018, Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro visited China, where he met with China's President Xi Jinping and signed a series of important agreements on trade and culture. Toward the end of his stay, Maduro said that the two countries had built "a relationship of mutual benefit, of shared gain."

_____ (2020-11-27). Police Launch Violent Crackdown On Paris Refugee Camp. popularresistance.org French riot police went on a fascistic rampage Monday evening, brutally assaulting a peaceful tent camp of some 500 refugees at the Place de la République in central Paris. | Police used teargas, kicked and beat migrants with batons, tipped refugees out of their tents and assaulted them on the ground. Journalists filming the crackdown were also assaulted. The riot officers threw dozens of confiscated tents into trucks and drove them away. | After the square was cleared, a group of several hundred homeless refugees were forced to march north until they reached the outer suburbs around the city, pursued by police t…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-27). Police brutality against protesting migrants in Paris draws widespread outrage. peoplesdispatch.org On November 23, Monday, French police brutally attacked migrants protesting at the Place de la Republique in Paris against last week's forceful evacuation of the Saint-Denis migrant camp…

Erik Molvar (2020-11-27). The Focus on Wild Horses Distracts From the Massive Damage Caused by the Livestock Industry. counterpunch.org The Washington Post Magazine recently ran a misleading story on wild horses, focusing attention on anti-federalist ranchers in Nevada and the big money behind them. By failing to look beyond the superficial personality conflicts, and missing the real and important public lands issues, this article does its readers a disservice. In the article, the writer

Mohammad Ayesh (2020-11-27). Arabic press review: 'Mass corruption' probe at Saudi defence ministry. middleeasteye.net Arabic press review: 'Mass corruption' probe at Saudi defence ministry | Meanwhile, French foreign minister says France is being defamed, a plane full of dollars arrives in Damascus from the UAE, and Egypt's prisoners denied visits | Fri, 11/27/2020 – 14: 45 | Saudi authorities are reportedly investigating 158 criminal cases involving 226 Saudi citizens and residents suspected of squandering hun…

Ragip Soylu (2020-11-27). Turkey seeking to repair Saudi relations with high-level contacts. middleeasteye.net Turkey seeking to repair Saudi relations with high-level contacts | Ankara believes it is time for both countries to move on after the fallout from Khashoggi murder | Fri, 11/27/2020 – 10: 33 | Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) meets Saudi Arabia's King Salman during Erdogan's visit to Jeddah on 23 July 2017 (AFP) | Turkey is seeking to repair relations with Riyadh and move on from the murder of…

RT (2020-11-27). 'More information needed': WHO says it needs more than just press release to assess AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine. rt.com AstraZeneca's press release on its Covid-19 vaccine's efficacy is "certainly" not enough for the World Health Organization to draw any conclusion on the matter, the UN health watchdog said, calling for more data to be made public. | "What we have seen is a press release. And what is the next most important step is that the data really needs to be evaluated on [something] more than a press release," Katherine O'Brien, the WHO director of immunization vaccines and biologicals, told a press conference on Friday. | The pediatric infectious disease physician said that the statement released by the British-Swedish c…

MEE staff (2020-11-27). Canada: Quebec court reduces mosque shooter's sentence. middleeasteye.net Canada: Quebec court reduces mosque shooter's sentence | Alexandre Bissonnette will be eligible for parole in 25 years, instead of 40, after court rules his original sentence was 'cruel and unusual' | Fri, 11/27/2020 – 21: 04 | Quebec mosque shooting sent shockwaves across country (AFP/File photo) | The man who shot and killed six worshippers at a Quebec city mosque three years ago has received a reduction in…

Louis Proyect (2020-11-27). The Rise of Black Power in Britain. counterpunch.org With striking parallels to the story Aaron Sorkin told—very problematically—in "The Trial of the Chicago 7," Steve McQueen's "Mangrove" brings to life a much more obscure historical struggle against judicial injustice. This is the first in a series of five films McQueen made for the BBC about Black life in England. The Mangrove was a

RT (2020-11-27). 'Dead to me': Eric Clapton slammed for collaborating with Van Morrison on anti-lockdown song. rt.com The announcement that Eric Clapton and Van Morrison have teamed up on a song critical of Covid-19 lockdowns has the legendary musicians facing a barrage of criticism on social media — before anyone has even heard the tune. | The single, titled 'Stand and Deliver,' was written by Morrison and performed by Clapton and will be released on December 4. Proceeds from the song will support Morrison's Lockdown Financial Hardship Fund, which provides assistance to musicians struggling financially due to lockdown measures preventing many live music performances. | Morrison's involvement should come as no surprise,…

Kareem Chehayeb (2020-11-27). Lebanon economic crisis: How a central bank audit turned into a quagmire. middleeasteye.net Lebanon economic crisis: How a central bank audit turned into a quagmire | Lebanon's rulers need to audit the bank to access vital finance – but will they risk exposing their own corruption? | Fri, 11/27/2020 – 12: 22 | Graffiti depicting the governor of Lebanon's Central Bank Riad Salame with horns, with text below reading in Arabic "down with the rule of the bank" on 12 June 2020 in Beirut…

Nadda Osman (2020-11-27). UK-based couple threaten legal action over Muslim Pro data sharing. middleeasteye.net UK-based couple threaten legal action over Muslim Pro data sharing | Couple have written to the company threatening legal action if they do not disclose what was done with their data | Fri, 11/27/2020 – 12: 05 | The app allows users to check on prayer times, and also shows the direction of Mecca ( Mohamad Elasaar) | A London-based Muslim couple who used one of the world's most popular Islamic prayer apps…

Chad Nelson (2020-11-27). Escaping the Armed Madhouse. counterpunch.org A review of Robert Anton Wilson's The Starseed Signals "To remain in the neuro-semantic insanity of larval society, without laughing hysterically or otherwise giving away the secret of one's mutation, is the path of the Boddhisattva, who, like Father Demian going to live among the lepers, steels himself against the risk of contagion and returns

CP Editor (2020-11-27). What is Happening in the United States. counterpunch.org

Gary Olson (2020-11-27). An Open Letter to Trump Voters. dissidentvoice.org This is intended for Trump voters, especially those making less than $150,000 a year and the millions who believed they were extending the middle finger salute to the establishment. Let me begin by recounting a Hillary Clinton fund raising campaign speech from 2016 in which she made some deeply disparaging comments about half your number, …

MEE and agencies (2020-11-27). Attack on protest camp leaves six dead, dozens wounded in Iraq's south. middleeasteye.net Attack on protest camp leaves six dead, dozens wounded in Iraq's south | Followers of cleric Muqtada al-Sadr attack tent camp of anti-government protesters in Nasiriyah's Haboubi Square | Fri, 11/27/2020 – 17: 45 | Tens of thousands of Sadr supporters hit the streets of Baghdad and southern city of Nasiriyah (AFP/File photo) | Six people have died and dozens of others wounded in southern I…

Cesar Chelala (2020-11-27). Maradona, Soccer's God has Died. counterpunch.org Maradona has died, and with him died one of the greatest soccer players of all time. Daniel, a manager at Ground Support, a legendary coffee house in Soho, Manhattan, expressed it well, "For us, soccer fans, it is as if for the Catholics the Pope would have died." In my travels around the world, I

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-27). 250 million people participate in countrywide strike in India. peoplesdispatch.org Despite police repression and the COVID-19 pandemic, workers and farmers and their allies across India participated in the pan-India strike action against the recent neoliberal reforms pushed through by the Narendra Modi government…

CounterSpin (2020-11-27). Ricardo Salvador on US's Dysfunctional Food System. fair.org Media…

Global Research News (2020-11-27). Selected Articles: No Thanks on Thanksgiving During US-Engineered Economic Collapse. globalresearch.ca By On Thanksgiving day, throughout the year, with likely worsening times ahead, ordinary Americans are suffering through the hardest of hard times in US history. For …

MEE and agencies (2020-11-27). Clashes between rival protesters leaves four dead, dozens wounded in Iraq's south. middleeasteye.net Clashes between rival protesters leaves four dead, dozens wounded in Iraq's south | Followers of cleric Muqtada al-Sadr attacked a tent camp of anti-government protesters in Nasiriyah's Haboubi Square | Fri, 11/27/2020 – 17: 45 | Tens of thousands of Sadr supporters hit the streets of Baghdad and the southern city of Nasiriyah (AFP/File photo) | Four people were shot dead and dozens of oth…

The Canary (2020-11-27). Police to pay out £875,000 over the arrest of two journalists. thecanary.co Police have agreed to pay significant damages to two journalists inappropriately arrested over material that appeared in a documentary on the conflict in the north of Ireland.It is understood the PSNI has also agreed to delete material it seized from Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey and they raided their homes and offices in August 2018.The PA news agency understands that the PSNI has agreed to pay out £875,000.The total includes £600,000 to Fine Point Films, £150,000 to Birney and £125,000 to McCaffrey.The news a settlement had been reached was announced during a brief hearing at Belfast…

_____ (2020-11-27). International Coalition Of Activists Launches Protest Against Amazon. popularresistance.org An international group of climate activists and Amazon warehouse workers have launched an online campaign called "Make Amazon Pay," calling on the tech giant to provide better working conditions for its employees and to reduce its expanding carbon footprint. The protests come just as the New York Times reports that the Seattle-based company has been on a hiring spree this year, expanding its global workforce. | "During the Covid-19 pandemic, Amazon became a trillion dollar corporation, with CEO Jeff Bezos becoming the first person in history to amass $200 billion in personal wealth," the campaign states on its we…

Casper Gelderblom (2020-11-27). This Black Friday, it is time to #MakeAmazonPay. zcomm.org Starting this Black Friday, the Progressive International is mobilizing with Amazon workers and their allies around the world. Here's why…

Bernadette Demientieff (2020-11-27). As Gwich'in, We Will Never Stop Fighting for Our Land. commondreams.org We are mothers and grandmothers. And we are not asking for anything but the ability to live and thrive off the land that the Creator blessed us with. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2020-11-27). Layoffs leave New York City-area nursing homes unprepared as the pandemic intensifies. wsws.org Faced with increased costs, care facilities are cutting staff, jeopardizing the lives of elderly residents.

Melanie McFarland (2020-11-27). How the "Great British Baking Show" flaked out on us when we needed it most. salon.com Those craving stability and something purely sweet may feel like the latest season came up short. But … is it us?>

WSWS (2020-11-27). Australian PM seeks to protect revenue from China while reasserting US alliance. wsws.org Morrison pleaded that Australia should not have to choose between its "enduring alliance" with the US and a "beneficial relationship" with China.

sputniknews (2020-11-27). Black Friday: How COVID Pandemic Changed Shopping Habits in 2020. sputniknews.com Covid-19 has changed people's behaviour in many different ways but Christmas is still Christmas and presents still need to be bought which means that Black Friday will remain the key date in the shopping calendar – even as millions of people remain stuck at home.

WSWS (2020-11-27). The anti-refugee police riot in Paris: A warning to the working class. wsws.org An irrepressible conflict is emerging between the working class and the financial aristocracy, powerful sections of which support building a fascist police state…

Tony Cartalucci (2020-11-27). Taiwan: A US Foothold Before a Chinese Tidal Wave. globalresearch.ca Taiwan has found itself increasingly in the middle of the growing power struggle between a waning US and a rising China. | Taiwan is recognized by both the UN and the vast majority of the world's nations including (officially) the United …

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-27). Blue Plaque unveiled for Nobel Prize-winner Abdus Salam. imperial.ac.uk English Heritage have unveiled a Blue Plaque to mark the home of Professor Abdus Salam, who founded the Theoretical Physics Department at Imperial.

Christopher Robertson (2020-11-27). Conservatives backed the ideas behind Obamacare, so how did they come to hate it?>. salon.com Republicans like Newt Gingrich were the ones who came up with the blueprint for the Affordable Care Act…

teleSUR (2020-11-27). Cuba: Researchers Develop 2 New COVID-19 Vaccine Candidates. telesurenglish.net Cuba's Center for Control of Drugs, Equipment, and Medical Devices (Cecmed) authorized the beginning of clinical trials of two new COVID-19 vaccine candidates, which were named Mambisa (CIGB-669) and Abdala (CIGB-66). | RELATED: | The Mambisa vaccine will be applied as a nasal spray and its clinical trials will be carried out in Havana, while Abdala will be administered as an intramuscular injection and will be res…

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2020-11-27). 'Bleak Milestone': More Than 100,000 Nursing Home Residents and Staff Killed by Pandemic. commondreams.org Forty percent of all Covid-19 deaths in the United States have occurred in long-term care facilities. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eliza Egret (2020-11-27). A nationwide university rent strike is sweeping the country as more students join the movement. thecanary.co Cambridge and Nottingham university students have joined students in Bristol and Manchester in declaring that they're on rent strike. And as other students from campuses across the UK threaten to take the same action, the movement could soon become massive. | Mo…

Michael Payne (2020-11-27). STUNNING NEWS! Trump experiences an Enlightenment, takes actions to end his term with positive endeavors. nationofchange.org If you believed that Trump had had an enlightenment and had become a completely changed man. If you were suckered into buying into that, then I have to tell you this: it was all a huge hoax, nothing more than fake news.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-27). Court in Tunisia sentences blogger to two years in prison over social media posts. peoplesdispatch.org Blogger Wajdi Mahouechi was reportedly arrested after he criticized the public prosecutor in Tunisia. On November 12, the Tunis First Instance Court convicted him of all charges and sentenced him to two years in prison along with a fine of 1,000 Tunisian Dinars (USD 300)…

Editor (2020-11-27). What Simon & Schuster's Acquisition Would Mean for American Publishing. scheerpost.com Dan DeLuca / CC BY 2.0] By Steve Wasserman / Original to ScheerPost The recent news that Bertelsmann, the German owner of the publishing empire PenguinRandomHouse, has made an all-cash offer of $2 billion to acquire Simon & Schuster, continues the relentless conglomeration that has marked global publishing for the past forty-plus years. If approved, the deal will leave only four gigantic… |

The Canary (2020-11-27). Tier 3 areas will reach breaking point without extra financial help, says Labour. thecanary.co Labour has warned that parts of England under the most stringent coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions will be stretched to "breaking point" without the support of a key business grant. | Critical situation: | Shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds is set to urge her opposite number Rishi Sunak to bring forward additional help and will suggest the government extends its Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) in Tier 3 areas. | ARG funding was given to local authorities when they entered Tier 3 under the first regionalised lockdown restrictions, and was available to all other areas when England entered a national lo…

_____ (2020-11-27). Trump Administration Is Rushing To Mine Sacred Tribal Land. popularresistance.org In yet another attack on the environment before leaving office, the Trump administration is seeking to transfer ownership of San Carlos Apache holy ground in Oak Flat, Arizona, to a copper mining company. | The administration pushed to finish the environmental review process, a necessary step to transfer ownership to copper mining company Resolution Copper, and its two parent companies Rio Tinto and BHP, to December 2020, almost a full year ahead of the planned completion. | "The Trump administration is cutting corners and doing a rushed job just to take care of Rio Tinto…"

teleSUR (2020-11-27). Chile: Police Quell New Protests Demanding Piñera Step Down. telesurenglish.net On Friday, Chilean police used force against thousands of demonstrators who were trying to approach the Palacio de la Moneda, the seat of the national government, to demand the resignation of President Sebastián Piñera as well as the freedom of those detained during the social unrest that rocked the South American country in October 2019. | RELATED: | The police forces attacked the crowd using water cannons and tear g…

_____ (2020-11-27). VIDEO: Zero Point: Our 4th Industrial Revolution Against Their Great Reset. strategic-culture.org Freedom of the Internet of any sort could drift forever into the past. But most importantly, why do we need to reset society because of the low-lethality plague? Watch the video and read more in the

Roger Sollenberger (2020-11-27). Perdue traded hundreds of thousands worth of bank stocks while on Senate Banking Committee. salon.com Georgia senator co-sponsored 14 bills benefiting finance industry, and got millions in campaign contributions…

_____ (2020-11-27). Iowa Tribe Creates National Park. popularresistance.org Lincoln, NE — The Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska is creating the nation's largest tribal national park on a forested bluff overlooking the Missouri River and a historic site of its people. | The 444-acre park will allow the tribe to tell the story of the Ioway people and provide a rustic getaway where people can hike, camp and bird-watch, said Lance Foster, the tribe's vice chairman. | "We've been here for 1,000 years now and, unlike other people who can buy and sell land and move away, we can never move away," Foster said. "This is our land forever. And we'll be here for another 1,000 years."

sputniknews (2020-11-27). China's New Tariffs on Australia Show a Worsening Relationship Between the Two Nations, Says Expert. sputniknews.com China has announced that from Saturday, it will impose taxes on Australian wine of up to 212%, in an escalation of trade tensions between the two countries.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-27). Hit by second COVID-19 wave, Pakistan shuts educational institutions. peoplesdispatch.org Fresh cases of infection have started rising in the country, with over 3,000 cases being reported daily during the course of the week. Cases had substantially reduced in September, prompting educational institutions to reopen…

sputniknews (2020-11-27). Several Hundred Inmates Involved in Massive Riot at Arizona Prison. sputniknews.com The incident happened after 'several hundred inmates grouped together around staff and refused to disperse'. Corrections officers deployed 'nonlethal munitions' including pepper balls and rubber bullets but it remains unclear what caused the riot itself.

XR SF Bay (2020-11-27). Sunday 11/29: Activist Burnout Rx — Soothing the Changemaker Soul. indybay.org actionnetwork.org/events/activist-burnou…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-27). Resistance cinema enjoys long life as cinema history. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 27 (MNA) — Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance sent a message on the occasion of the closing ceremony of the 16th Resistance International Film Festival.

Armen Tigranakert (2020-11-27). European Sanctions Against Turkey Are More Likely than Ever. globalresearch.ca Another scandal erupted in relations between Turkey and the EU — on November 22, the Turkish merchant vessel, Roseline A, was detained and fully inspected by personnel of German frigate Hamburg in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, 160 nautical miles north …

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-27). Assassination perpetrators definitely to be punished. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 27 (MNA) — Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) said that the perpetrators of the great crime of the assassination of Martyr Fakhrizadeh will definitely be punished.

Tom Clifford (2020-11-27). China Stabilizes as the West Dithers. counterpunch.org Beijing. It isn't about what happened, it's about what will happen. Our time has come is the catchphrase, a rallying cry. The people are told they have been cheated. It won't happen again. We are the justice seekers. Upend the global trade order, it is skewed against us. This is heady stuff. These are not

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-27). '16th Resistance Int'l FilmFest festival of wonders'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 27 (MNA) — Director of the 16th Resistance International Film Festival Mahdi Azimi-Mirabadi said this international cinematic event was the festival of wonders.

WSWS (2020-11-27). Amid COVID-19 disaster on university campuses, students must build campus safety committees! wsws.org Students are being treated as little more than cash cows for a marketised higher education system and scapegoats for a programme of "herd immunity".

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-27). Readiness of Armed Forces, 'deterrent': Defense Ministry. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 27 (MNA) — The Political-Ideological Director of the Ministry of Defense said that readiness of the Armed Forces is 'deterrent'.

Pete Dolack (2020-11-27). Far From a Change, RCEP Agreement is More Capitalism as Usual. counterpunch.org The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership is being called a new model of trade agreements. Such paeans appear to be premature, and we might better hold off on uncorking the champagne. It is best to remember that so-called "free trade" agreements are products of neoliberal assaults on any and all efforts to protect people and the

Sonali Kolhatkar (2020-11-27). Will Biden Ensure My Family is Reunited? counterpunch.org Millions of Americans are celebrating Donald Trump's election loss. But for some of us, it's also deeply personal. To my family, Trump's loss means the possibility of reunification. My parents, who are Indian citizens living in the United Arab Emirates, have been waiting to spend their golden years with their daughter and grandchildren—a reward for

WSWS (2020-11-27). British government's pandemic response threatens art and culture. wsws.org The initial wage furlough scheme made no provision for self-employed and freelance workers, who make up the bulk of arts workers. When the government did eventually introduce its Self-Employed Income Support Scheme, many artists did not benefit.

teleSUR (2020-11-27). Bolivia: Court Lifts Photojournalist Facundo Molares' Arrest. telesurenglish.net In Bolivia, Montero City's Criminal ruled the cessation of preventive detention measures against Facundo Molares, an Argentine photojournalist who is being investigated for crimes committed during…

news.un (2020-11-27). African nations 'far from ready' for COVID-19 vaccination drive, says UN health agency. news.un.org As efforts to find safe and effective vaccines for COVID-19 are showing increasing promise, the African continent is "far from ready" to roll out what will be its largest ever immunization drive, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

D. Watkins (2020-11-27). Thanksgiving and "The Wire": My true Baltimore story about the streets, writing and TV. salon.com The year "The Wire" ended, I had never seen it, even though it reflected my own life in Baltimore at the time…

teleSUR (2020-11-27). Germany: 12th Country to Surpass One Million COVID-19 Cases. telesurenglish.net The number of COVID-19 infections in Germany surpassed the one million mark. The daily death toll hit a record of 426, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Friday. | RELATED: | The figures reflected the reality that Germany was at best keeping new infections stable, which Chancellor Angela Merkel has said would not suffice to ease restrictions and eliminate the risk of ove…

_____ (2020-11-27). Community Wants Justice For Mother Of Three Killed By Teen Driver. popularresistance.org Saint Paul, MN — A small crowd gathered on the West Side of St. Paul Sunday afternoon to demand justice for a woman who was fatally run over by a teenage driver. According to family and witnesses, Karina Chosa, a 35-year-old mother of three fell in the street and was fatally hit by a 16-year-old driver who has not been charged. The incident took place November 17, around 6 p.m. near the corner of George Street and Stryker Avenue in Saint Paul. Karina's mother, Michelle Gonzalez, said that the vehicle dragged her body down the road before stopping, leaving Karina with more than a dozen broken bones.

Timothy Alexander Guzman (2020-11-27). Lies, "Yellow Journalism" and the Death of the Mainstream Media. globalresearch.ca During the era of Yellow Journalism in the U.S. which defined the type of journalism that existed before the start of Spanish-American War in 1898. The term, 'Yellow Journalism' was associated with various major newspapers that held no journalistic principals …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-27). Palestinian administrative detainee Maher al-Akhras free at last. peoplesdispatch.org Palestinian administrative detainee Maher al-Akhras was finally released from Israeli custody on November 26, Thursday. Al-Akhras had earlier been on a 104-day hunger strike to protest his illegal administrative detention by Israel and to demand his release. He agreed to end his hunger strike after successfully securing an agreement for his release at the end of his current term of administration detention, which would have otherwise most likely been renewed for another term. | Since reaching the agreement, al-Akhras has been treated at the Israeli Kaplan hospital. He was transferred there from prison due to a dr…

_____ (2020-11-27). Canada's Housing Co-ops Find Success Despite Covid-19 Challenges. popularresistance.org Housing co-ops in Canada remain positive about the future, despite the challenges posed by Covid-19 this year. | A recent survey conducted by the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada (CHF Canada) during a virtual town hall held last month revealed that 96% of co-op managers and staff were 'doing well'. | Most housing co-ops in Canada are rental co-ops developed during the 1970s and 80s under government social housing programmes targeting people with low to moderate incomes. Across Canada, over 2,200 non-profit housing co‚Äëops are home to about a quarter of a million people in over 90,000 hou…

sputniknews (2020-11-27). WHO Wants to See 'More Than a Press Release' on AstraZeneca's Vaccine. sputniknews.com Doubts have emerged about the vaccine's efficiency after AstraZeneca released interim results of its candidate vaccine on Monday showing two different levels of efficacy depending on the dosing regimen.

WSWS (2020-11-27). COVID-19 death of Ontario youth worker—a tragic outcome of the ruling elite's criminal school reopening policy. wsws.org Ingrid Salt was employed as a child and youth worker at a school in a low-income north-west Toronto neighbourhood.

sputniknews (2020-11-27). Informal OPEC+ Committee Consultations Postponed to November 29, Source Says. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Informal consultations of members of the OPEC+ joint ministerial monitoring committee have been postponed to November 29, a source in one of the alliance's delegations told Sputnik.