2020-11-29: News Headlines

WSWS (2020-11-30). This week in history: November 30-December 6. wsws.org 75 years ago: General Douglas MacArthur, the effective leader of US-occupied Japan, ordered the arrest of former Prime Minister Fumimaro Konoe and eight of the country's other civilian and military leaders for war crimes, setting the stage for criminal prosecutions.

Fight Back (2020-11-30). The defeat of Trump and the road ahead. fightbacknews.org It is a good thing that a decisive majority of voters in the United States rejected Trump in his run for the White House. The massive turnout of youth, African Americans, Chicanos, Latinos, native peoples and other oppressed nationalities was critical in defeating his anti-immigrant, racist, reactionary and misogynist agenda. This defeat provides a more favorable contest to fight for and win things people desperately need and for revolutionaries to advance the struggle to end the existing order of things. | We do not have a working crystal ball to predict the future, and Trump has a demonstrated capacity for the…

WSWS (2020-11-30). Workers from Turkey defend Dr. Scalice against the attacks by Jose Sison and the CPP. wsws.org "Workers from all over the world, we must speak up to show our support for his efforts, especially in countries with a belated capitalist development such as Turkey or the Philippines."

WSWS (2020-11-30). Utopia and the cartoonishness of "conspiracy theories" wsws.org The world is not shaped by the hidden machinations of elites, but by social development, the development of the class struggle.

WSWS (2020-11-30). Despite strikes and protests over coronavirus, schools and day-care centres remain open in Germany. wsws.org Last week's Coronavirus Summit, attended by Chancellor Angela Merkel along with the 16 heads of the state governments, demonstrated one thing: businesses, schools and day-care centres are to be kept open no matter what.

WSWS (2020-11-30). Private sector and Conservative Party cronies reap over £17 billion in government contracts during pandemic. wsws.org At least 15 companies handed contracts without tendering or oversight had connections to the Conservative government in what is being described as a "chumocracy".

Jefferson Morley (2020-11-29). JFK and Mary Meyer. counterpunch.org "JFK and Mary Meyer: A Love Story" is a most unusual thing: a novel with footnotes. In the 1960s, the New Journalists adopted the techniques of novelists to spice up their reporting. Author Jesse Kornbluth offers a 21st-century variation. He imports the apparatus of academia to give ballast to the true tale of a torrid

Scott Brown (2020-11-29). As winter approaches, Denver plans massive homeless sweep, again despite CDC guidelines. liberationnews.org Liberation News previously reported on Denver's non-CDC-compliant homeless sweeps in May, and as winter approaches, the city is continuing to sweep residents. After a flurry of snowfall coated the streets of Denver on the morning of November 24, the city announced that it would carry out a massive homeless sweep of approximately 300 unhoused people …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-29). Manchester university students win rent cuts after month-long protest. peoplesdispatch.org Students of the University of Manchester have been protesting high rents and restrictions on the university campus. Following successful negotiations with authorities, the striking students ended their two-week-long occupation of a campus building…

Matthew J.L. Ehret (2020-11-29). The Art of Political Lying. dissidentvoice.org A young Queen Anne (Photo: Wikimedia) With idle tales this fills our empty ears; The next reports what from the first he hears; The rolling fictions grow in strength and size, Each author adding to the former lies. Here vain credulity, with new desires, Leads us astray, and groundless joy inspires; The dubious whispers, tumults …

Stan Cox (2020-11-29). How We Burned Through a Whole Hemisphere in Just 500 Years. counterpunch.org Donald Worster, a pioneer of the field of environmental history, held the Hall Distinguished Professorship Chair in American History at the University of Kansas from 1989 to 2012. He is currently a Professor of World History at Renmin University of China. His books have examined the politics and economics of water in the American West,

Editor (2020-11-29). NPR's Shameful Comparison of Stacey Abrams to Donald Trump. scheerpost.com TED Conference / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] By Ari Paul / FAIR It's very likely that Stacey Abrams is not governor of Georgia today because in 2018, she and thousands of the state's voters were victims of voter suppression that propelled then—Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp into the governor's office. She wasn't quiet about this, not just because the shenanigans probably cost her the election… |

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-11-29). Video: Covid-Gate, The Political Virus. globalresearch.ca The national economies of 193 countries, member states of the United Nations were ordered to close down on March 11, 2020. The order came from above, from Wall Street, the World Economic Forum, the billionaire foundations. And corrupt politicians throughout …

_____ (2020-11-29). On Contact: Fascism — America's DNA. popularresistance.org On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to Gabriel Rockhill about the undercurrents of fascism in America's DNA, and the US role in internationalizing fascism after World War II through clandestine activities such Operation Paperclip and Operation Gladio. | Rockhill is a Franco-American philosopher and the founding Director of the Critical Theory Workshop and Professor of Philosophy at Villanova University. His books include Counter-History of the Present: Untimely Interrogations into Globalization, Technology, Democracy, Interventions in Contemporary Thought: History, Politics, Aesthetics, Radical History &#03…

Steve Topple (2020-11-29). Starmer's awful week ends on an even sourer note. thecanary.co It's not

The Canary (2020-11-29). Cabbies slam 'aggressive' finance companies over repayment demands. thecanary.co Finance companies are being "absolute charlatans" by demanding taxi drivers restart vehicle payments despite a collapse in earnings, a trade body has claimed.Cabbies face "a real crisis" as payment holidays offered earlier this year following the coronavirus outbreak are being ended, according to the Licensed Taxi Drivers' Association (LTDA).Thousands of drivers in London used finance companies to purchase new electric taxis in recent years costing around £65,000 each.Hundreds of taxis are being stored in fields dotted around the edge of London due to the lack of customers (Victoria Jones/PA)Typical repayme…

Sophia Purdy-Moore (2020-11-29). Black Friday sales reveal how far we are from an ethical, sustainable future. thecanary.co Black Friday saw flash sales in fashion, beauty, technology, and beyond, in which corporations encouraged consumers to buy products at heavily reduced prices. While many took part in the nationwide spending spree, others highlighted the social and environmental costs of the mass consumption these dramatic sales encouraged. | Some took to social media to share their concerns; the GMB Union staged a protest outside Amazon's London HQ highlighting "dehumanising" working conditions at the company's warehouses. This year's Black Friday highlighted the extent of exploitative corporate behaviour. | Black Friday sale…

The Canary (2020-11-29). Andy Burnham calls for more Government support on Tier 3. thecanary.co Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, has written to the region's 27 MPs calling for cross-party support to demand more money for areas in Tier 3 lockdowns and to get some restrictions lifted in two weeks' time.Tier 3: Greater Manchester's 2.8 million residents, along with much of the rest of the North, will be under Tier 3, the highest level of restrictions when England's national lockdown ends at midnight on 1 December. Burnham said he wants more financial support from the government for Tier 3 areas when the issue is debated in parliament on 1 December. He also said on current infection trends…

Rod Driver (2020-11-29). The War Crimes of Obama, Cameron and Hillary Clinton. zcomm.org Libya, Syria and Yemen…

news.un (2020-11-30). Consign chemical weapons to history, UN chief urges, honouring victims. news.un.org The United Nations Secretary-General has called for "renewed determination" to eliminate chemical weapons from the world.

news.un (2020-11-29). UN condemns 'brutal and callous' attack on civilians in north-east Nigeria. news.un.org Denouncing attack, on Saturday, targeting civilians in Nigeria's restive Borno state, a senior UN humanitarian official called on the authorities to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.

Pip Hinman (2020-11-30). John Shipton calls on government not to break its own rules. greenleft.org.au John Shipton, the father of jailed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, has called on the federal government to follow its own rules, reports Jim McIlroy.

Pip Hinman (2020-11-30). XR bought the love, WA police bought the rage. greenleft.org.au WA Police brutally attacked senior protesters, among others, at a Extinction Rebellion action to highlight the need to act to stop the growing climate emergency. Petrina Harley reports.

Pip Hinman (2020-11-30). Jobs for Women film proves a hit in Perth. greenleft.org.au Tickets to Women of Steel, which premiered in Perth on November 26, sold out some two weeks in advance, reports Kerry Smith.

Pip Hinman (2020-11-30). XR brought the love, WA police brought the rage. greenleft.org.au WA Police brutally attacked senior protesters, among others, at a Extinction Rebellion action to highlight the need to act to stop the growing climate emergency. Petrina Harley reports.

Pip Hinman (2020-11-30). Silent march against domestic violence. greenleft.org.au Janet Parker reports that the 30th annual Silent Domestic Violence Memorial March was held in Perth.

MEE and agencies (2020-11-29). Rocket hits oil refinery in central Iraq, causing fire. middleeasteye.net Rocket hits oil refinery in central Iraq, causing fire | The latest attack, not far from the country's largest refinery, follows a lull linked to US warnings two months ago | Sun, 11/29/2020 – 16: 45 | Mine clearers working for the Halo Trust in the Baiji area of Salahuddin province, central Iraq (AFP) | A small oil refinery in central Iraq was struck by a rocket on Sunday, causing fire an…

MEE and agencies (2020-11-29). Turkey sees record Covid-19 deaths for seventh day in a row. middleeasteye.net Turkey sees record Covid-19 deaths for seventh day in a row | Surge in cases comes despite stricter efforts to contain virus, but opposition politicians accuse Erdogan of taking 'band-aid' measures | Sun, 11/29/2020 – 18: 00 | A deserted street in Istanbul's popular tourist neighbourhood of Beyoglu amid the coronavirus pandemic, 21 November 2020 (Reuters) | Coronavirus deaths in Turkey ros…

WSWS (2020-11-30). Sri Lankan government orders schools to reopen, threatening thousands with COVID-19. wsws.org In line with its dangerous and irresponsible "new normal" coronavirus policies, the Rajapakse government is sending students and teachers back to school.

Jonathan Cook (2020-11-29). The Planet Cannot Begin to Heal Until We Rip the Mask off the West's War Machine. dissidentvoice.org Making political sense of the world can be tricky unless one understands the role of the state in capitalist societies. The state is not primarily there to represent voters or uphold democratic rights and values; it is a vehicle for facilitating and legitimating the concentration of wealth and power into fewer and fewer hands. In …

Bay Action to Free Julian Assange (2020-11-29). Thursday 12/10: Barbara Lee Support US HR 1175/1162:Drop Charges Against Assange & Snowden. indybay.org Barbara Lee's Congressional Office | Oakland Federal Building | 1301 Clay St. Oakland.

Jeffrey D. Sachs (2020-11-29). Supreme Court's Scientifically Illiterate Decision Will Cost Lives. commondreams.org Pope Francis: The common good takes precedence over simplistic appeals to "personal freedom" in protests against justified public health measures. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

_____ (2020-11-29). Why COVID-19 Granted the U.S. Most Favored Nation Status. strategic-culture.org Paul STREET | 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 the biggest global pandemic in more than a century? | The first and most obvious answer is that its government has been headed by a fascist lunatic who has fanned and fueled the pandemic in numerous overlapping ways: publicly denying its lethal impact while privately under…

_____ (2020-11-29). Indigenous Land Defenders Shut Down Port Access. popularresistance.org Vancouver, BC – A group of Indigenous land defenders have taken over the intersection of East Hastings Street and Clark Drive in Vancouver, blocking one of the access routes to the Port of Vancouver. | About 75 people first gathered at Grandview Park as part of a national week of action promoted by Indigenous leaders hoping to call attention to a number of issues including climate change and systemic racism. | "This is what we have to do. We can't sit back anymore and watch our Indigenous people being treated the way they're being treated from coast to coast," said Will George, of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation.

_____ (2020-11-29). Why I'm Thankful For 500 Years Of Indigenous Resistance. popularresistance.org Starting in 1452, under the guise of the Papal Bull Romanus Pontifex and later the 1493 Papal Bull Inter Cetera, the Christian Doctrine of Discovery, European Christians began their efforts to expand colonial rule, and the Christian Empire, throughout the world. | These Papal Bulls sanctioned European Christian Nations to "capture, vanquish, and subdue the saracens, pagans, and other enemies of Christ, to put them into perpetual slavery, and to take all their possessions and property" and were authorized "to take possession of any lands discovered that were not under the dominion of any Christian rulers."

_____ (2020-11-29). Indigenous Women Lead Land Struggle Against Wealthiest People In The US. popularresistance.org While the United States shudders in the shambles of another election year, whether from a collective sigh of relief or fear of what's to come, a different system of governance blooms in a swath of woodlands jutting into the Atlantic Ocean. This sandy shoreline now part of what is called Long Island has always been home to the Shinnecock people. A group of Shinnecock women, organized as the Warriors of the Sunrise, are called to rise up in the face of invasive settlement. This is not their first battle. | Members of the Shinnecock Nation know of a time before there was a Southampton…

_____ (2020-11-29). Decolonizing Thanksgiving And Supporting Indigenous Peoples. popularresistance.org This week, as some people in the United States celebrated the mythical 'Thanksgiving' dinner, Indigenous Peoples held a National Day of Mourning and continued their resistance to defend the land and water. As Native American, Matt Remle, writes: | "Despite colonial efforts to exterminate, terminate, relocate, and assimilate Indigenous populations, Native communities continue to resist efforts to both desecrate Unci Maka and strip Native peoples of their languages, spirituality and communities." | Settler colonialism continues to this day in the United States…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). Rouhani condoles on passing of senior politician. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) — President Hassan Rouhani has offered condolences on the passing of senior Iranian cleric and politician, Hojjatoleslam Seyyed Mohammad-Ali Shahidi.

Extinction Rebellion Newcastle Australia (2020-11-29). Saturday 12/12: Newcastle: People's 9th Blockade of the Worlds Largest Coal Port. indybay.org Horseshoe Beach, Muloobinba (aka Newcastle)…

teleSUR, ce (2020-11-29). Cuba Condemns U.S. Operation in Havana's San Isidro. telesurenglish.net The government of Cuba says it is aware of the current involvement of the U.S. government in interference in Cuba and the logistical support supplied to a group in San Isidro by the U.S. embassy. | RELATED: | Late night Saturday, the General Director in charge of the United States of the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Carlos Fernández de Cossío, summoned the United States Charge d'Affaires Timothy Zúñiga-Brown,…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). 16 films at Cinema Verite's Entrepreneurship Doc. Section. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) — A total of 16 documentary films have been selected in the Entrepreneurship Documentary section of the 14th edition of "Cinema Verite", which is slated to be held in an online format in Tehran from Dec 8-14.

Torsten Engelbrecht (2020-11-29). COVID19 PCR Tests Are Scientifically Meaningless. globalresearch.ca First published on June 29, 2020 | Lockdowns and hygienic measures around the world are based on numbers of cases and mortality rates created by the so-called SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR tests used to identify "positive" patients, whereby "positive" is usually equated with …

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). Over 2 tons narcotics confiscated in SE Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 30 (MNA) — The Sistan and Baluchestan police commander announced the confiscation of over 2 tons of illicit drugs in an armed clash between police and members of a professional drug trafficking gang in Iranshahr.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). Rocket hits small oil refinery in northern Iraq: Report. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) — A rocket hit a small oil refinery in northern Iraq, Baiji city on Sunday, causing fire and minor damage, two refinery officials said.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). Intelligence Min. find clues on perpetrators of terror attack. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) — Iranian Intelligence Ministry found clues on perpetrators behind assassination of top Iranian nuclear scientist 'Mohsen Fakhrizadeh'.

Ashlie D. Stevens (2020-11-29). Use leftover cranberry sauce to make these two delicious, low-effort desserts. salon.com This no-bake cheesecake and cran-orange muffins balance cranberries' natural tartness with sugar…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). Iran, Afghanistan discuss judicial coop. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) — Iranian ambassador to Kabul met and held talks with Afghanistan's Minister of Justice on the expansion of judicial cooperation and extradition of criminals.

Marques Casara (2020-11-29). Racism and death at Carrefour are the tip of the iceberg involving multinationals. peoplesdispatch.org In Brazil, the Carrefour supermarket chain has been adopting racist behavior since 2009. In that year, employees at a unit in the city of Osasco beat up a black man, Januário Alves de Santana. Carrefour's claim was that Januário was trying to steal a car. Small detail: the car was owned by Januário. | In 2018, Luís Carlos Gomes, a physically disabled black man, was beaten in the bathroom of a Carrefour in the town of Sà£o Bernardo do Campo. The offense: opening a can of beer inside the store. | The most recent case occurred this fateful 2020. On the eve of Black Awareness Day, two white security guards beat…

_____ (2020-11-29). The Nuremberg Tribunal: 75 Years Later and Still the Basis for Humanity's Survival. strategic-culture.org "The wrongs which we seek to condemn and punish have been so calculated, so malignant and so devastating, that Civilization cannot tolerate their being ignored because it cannot survive their being repeated. That four great nations, flushed with victory and stung with injury, stay the hand of vengeance and voluntarily submit their captives to the judgement of law, is one of the most significant tributes that Power ever paid to reason." | -Justice Robert Jackson, Nov. 21, 1945 | It is often forgotten what sort of a battle occurred after WWII to establish the Nuremberg Trials which gave the world a revolutionary co…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). Jonathan Rosenbaum's online master class in "Cinema Verite" en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) — Famous American film critic and author Jonathan Rosenbaum is slated to hold an online master class in Iran International Documentary Film Festival known as "Cinema Verite" in Tehran.

Hunter (2020-11-29). Bleeding conservatives dry. zcomm.org The new conservative media is about selling a screaming adrenaline rush so cathartic that you need a special pillow afterward to sleep right. It's an expensive pillow, by God, but it's the only one left not infested with "antifa."

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). No doubt Zionist regime behind terror of Fakhrizadeh. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) — Washington Post quoted a senior US official as saying that Zionist regime is definitely behind the assassination of Martyr Fakhrizadeh.

National Welfare Rights Union, NUH, partners (2020-11-29). Thursday 12/10: We Charge Genocide: Systemic Poverty in All Its Forms is Violence! indybay.org Online event…

_____ (2020-11-29). Evictions Have Led To Hundreds Of Thousands Of Additional COVID-19 Cases. popularresistance.org Expiring state eviction bans have led to hundreds of thousands of additional coronavirus cases, new research finds, raising alarm about what will happen when the national eviction moratorium lapses next month. | During the pandemic, which at one point was estimated it would displace as many as 40 million people, 43 states, plus Washington, D.C., temporarily barred evictions. Many of the moratoriums lasted just 10 weeks, while some states continue to ban the proceedings. | The researchers, from the University of California, Los Angeles, University of California, San Francisco, Johns Hopkins University…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). Cuban FM slams terrorist assault against Iranian Scientist. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) — Condemning the assassination of the Iranian Scientist, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez noted that his country is against all forms and manifestations of terrorism.

Commonwealth Club (2020-11-29). Wednesday 12/9: Impact of COVID-19 on Refugees & Aid Workers in the Middle East. indybay.org Online via livestream (FREE)…

_____ (2020-11-29). Athletes Get COVID-19 Tests While Nurses Are Refused Testing. popularresistance.org On her day off not long ago, emergency room nurse Jane Sandoval sat with her husband and watched her favorite NFL team, the San Francisco 49ers. She's off every other Sunday, and even during the coronavirus pandemic, this is something of a ritual. Jane and Carlos watch, cheer, yell — just one couple's method of escape. | "It makes people feel normal," she says. | For Sandoval, though, it has become more and more difficult to enjoy as the season — and the pandemic — wears on.

teleSUR, ce (2020-11-29). Brazil's Left Contests in the Second Round of Municipal Elections. telesurenglish.net The voting centers in 57 Brazilian cities opened this Sunday at 7: 00 a.m. local time (10: 00 GMT) to elect the mayors of those localities, in a day that takes place under strict measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | Some 38.3 million Brazilian voters will elect the mayors of 57 large cities in this second round of elections, including in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, in which none of the candidates obtained…

_____ (2020-11-29). France: Chaos Over Police Violence And Macron's Security Bill. popularresistance.org France has protested against the bill on security promoted by the government of Emmanuel Macron into the night on Saturday. The organizers of the protests warn that the security bill approved last week by the National Assembly is an attack on freedom of expression and fundamental public freedoms. | "This bill aims to restrict the freedom of the press, the freedom to inform and be informed, the freedom of expression, in short, the fundamental public freedoms of our Republic," stated the coordinators who called the protests.

teleSUR, ce (2020-11-29). Venezuela's Voting Machines Audited Ahead of Parliamentary Elections. telesurenglish.net This Sunday, the National Electoral Council (CNE) of Venezuela carried out the pre-dispatch audit of voting machines, to validate and replicate all stages of the electoral process, sampling 0.5% of voting tables. | RELATED: | The purpose of the voting machines pre-dispatch audit is to replicate and validate all the stages of the electoral process, verifying that both the software and data, as well as the o…

Lynda Carson (2020-11-29). National Council on Disability says Congress should phase out the AbilityOne Program. indybay.org Person In Wheelchair…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). MP proposes Iran's withdrawal from NPT. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) — Iranian MP Javad Karimi Ghoddousi said Iran has to pull out from the NPT in case Europeans do not put removal of anti-Iranian sanctions on their agenda.

WSWS (2020-11-29). Ethiopian military seizes control of regional capital after offensive against Tigray province. wsws.org The desperate situation confronting Ethiopia is bound up with great power rivalries between the US, Europe and China that led over the last decades to the fragmentation and disintegration of a region that includes Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia and Djibouti.

subMedia (2020-11-29). System Fail #5: Sick of Winning. dissidentvoice.org In this episode we look at the aftermath of the 2020 US Presidential elections, leading up to the so-called "Million MAGA March" in Washington, DC. We also feature an interview with Tom Nomad, author of The Masters Tools: Warfare & Insurgent Possibility. CW: Graphic violence.

_____ (2020-11-29). Guatemalans Continue Anti-Government Protests. popularresistance.org Guatemala City, Guatemala — Guatemalans have returned to protest across the country for the second Saturday in a row, as discontent with President Alejandro Giammattei and his government continues. | More than 2,000 people gathered in Guatemala City's central plaza to demand the resignation of Giammattei and congressional representatives who had approved the country's controversial 2021 budget. | "We are demanding that they respect our rights and that all those corrupt politicians in Congress leave," Maria Fernanda Saldana, a 22-year-old university student…

AIER (2020-11-29). Cost of Lockdowns: A Preliminary Report. globalresearch.ca In the debate over coronavirus policy, there has been far too little focus on the costs of lockdowns. It's very common for the proponents of these interventions to write articles and large studies without even mentioning the downsides. | Here is …

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). Turkey dispatches drones to battle against UAE in Yemen. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) — Informed sources claim that Turkey has dispatched advanced drones to the battle line in southern Yemen to confront UAE-backed forces.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). Iran keen on boosting agricultural coop with Iraqi Kurdistan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) — The Iranian Consul General in Sulaimaniyah announced Iran's readiness to cooperate with the Kurdistan Region in the fields of agricultural and water projects, especially dam construction projects.

news.un (2020-11-29). COVID-19 threatens global progress against malaria, warns UN health agency. news.un.org Gaps in life-saving interventions are undermining efforts to curb malaria, amid fears that the coronavirus pandemic could set back the fight against the disease even further, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) has said.

Staff (2020-11-29). Precarious Working Conditions of Nursing Home Employees Foster Spread of COVID. truthout.org The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated America's nursing homes, but the reasons aren't as simple as people might think. | To understand how nursing homes became the source of The average n…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). Funeral ceremony of veteran actor Parviz Pourhosseini. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov . 29 (MNA) — The funeral ceremony of veteran stage and cinema actor Parviz Pourhosseini was held at Tehran's Behesht-e-Zahra cemetery on Sunday. Pourhosseini passed away at the age of 79 on Friday due to coronavirus disease.

_____ (2020-11-29). The Actual Effects Of Enhanced Unemployment Benefits. popularresistance.org No matter how hard they search, unemployed workers can't find jobs that don't exist. The major cause of today's high unemployment is the lack of jobs, not workers who have stopped searching for work and have left jobs unfilled. By the end of July, there were still 11.1 million fewer jobs in the U.S. economy than there had been prior to the pandemic in January 2020. | Renewing the FPUC supplemental unemployment benefits would boost spending and create jobs. Economist Mark Zandi from Moody's Analytics estimates that $1 of renewed unemployment benefits would increase economic output by $1.64…

Brett Wilkins (2020-11-29). 1 in 6 Families With Children Don't Have Enough to Eat. zcomm.org "We're now seeing families who had an emergency fund but it's gone and they're at the end of their rope," said one Texas food bank director.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). Russia seeking to build its own space station. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) — Russia's rocket and space corporation Energia on Thursday announced that it is working on the development of a new multifunctional space station.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). 25 films reached COVID-19 special section of "Cinema Verite" en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 30 (MNA) — 25 films have been reached to the Coronavirus special section of the 14th edition of "Cinema Verite" which is slated to be held in an online format in Tehran from Dec 8-14, 2020.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). Leader offers condolence over demise of senior cleric. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) — Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has expressed condolences over the passing of prominent Iranian cleric and politician, Hojjatoleslam Seyyed Mohammad-Ali Shahidi.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). Malaysia condemns terrorist attack on 'Mohsen Fakhrizadeh'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) — Chairman of Islamic Institutions of Malaysia entitled "Malaysian Consultative Council of Islamic Organization (MAPIM)" in a statement on Sun. condemned assassination of Iranian prominent nuclear scientist 'Mohsen Fakhrizadeh'.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). Joseph Berlinger's master class in "Cinema Verite" en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) — Acclaimed American filmmaker, Joseph Berlinger is slated to hold an online master class in Iran International Documentary Film Festival known as "Cinema Verite" in Tehran.

C√©sar Chelala (2020-11-29). Soccer's God has Died. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Melanie McFarland (2020-11-29). "Fargo" season 4 has spun a complex, compelling American fable of race and crime. salon.com Season 4 of "Fargo" forges a successful union between our love of mob tales and a timely fable about whiteness…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). Iran, Zimbabwe emphasize strengthening bilateral coop. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) — Islamic Republic of Iran and Zimbabwe stressed the expansion of bilateral cooperation and promotion of trade-economic ties.

Common Dreams staff (2020-11-29). Swiss Fall Short in Sunday's Vote to Hold Multinational Corporations Accountable. commondreams.org Despite winning a majority of votes, Swiss election rules—much like the US Electoral College—kills the initiative. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). No past meeting between martyr Fakhrizadeh, IAEA officials. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) — Spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said that Iran's martyred nuclear scientist 'Mohsen Fakhrizadeh' did not have any meeting with the officials of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-29). There is no quick solution to the Guatemalan crisis. peoplesdispatch.org Why were hundreds of thousands of Guatemalans on the streets over the past weeks? What is the pact of the corrupt in the country? We take a look…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). Jahangiri to address SCO Council of Heads of Govt. meeting. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) — Iranian 1st VP Es'hagh Jahangiri is to address the 19th meeting of the SCO Council of Heads of Government on Monday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). 'Fakhrizadeh assassination meant to destabalize region'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) —The Head of the Russian Federation Council committee on intl. affairs believes the assassination of Iran's Fakhrizadeh was aimed at destabilizing the situation in the region and that Iranian leadership is not to blame for this.

Paul Rosenberg (2020-11-29). Congress can wait: How Biden can reshape our future with executive action. salon.com Congressional deadlock doesn't have to mean total paralysis. Biden can change America without passing new laws…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). Iran registers 12,950 new COVID-19 infections, 389 deaths. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) — According to the Iranian Health Ministry, 12,950 new cases of COVID-19 infections have been confirmed in the country during the past 24 hours.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). Comprehensive Trade System operational. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) — Iranian ICT minister announced that a Comprehensive Trade System has brcome operational.

Cris Ericson (2020-11-29). Indybay: Please explain why you have censored & banned me for 6 years? indybay.org Indybay: Please explain why you have censored and banned me for 6 years since 2014?>

Matthew Rozsa (2020-11-29). Coronavirus mutates rapidly in mink and ferrets. Should we be afraid?>. salon.com Mink, with their human-like immune systems, are being culled en masse to prevent the spread of COVID-19 mutations…

RT (2020-11-29). Who's Killing Iranian Nuclear Scientists? dissidentvoice.org Israel denies being behind the assassination of top Iranian nuclear physicist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, and the US is keeping quiet. But the fact remains, Iranian scientists have been continuously and mysteriously murdered for at least a decade now. Who do you think is doing it?

John Malkin (2020-11-29). Tamario Smith's Death in SC County Jail – Attorneys Discuss May 10 Death & Lawsuit. indybay.org Interview with Jonathan Gettleman and Elizabeth Caballero, two Santa Cruz attorneys filing a civil rights lawsuit on behalf of Tamario Smith's family.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). MPs call for reviving Iran's nuclear industry. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) — In a statement, MPs called for the revival of Iran's nuclear industry by halting the voluntary implementation of the Additional Protocol to NPT and preventing inspections of the IAEO of Iranian nuclear sites.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). Initiating a war with Iran insanity: Former US official. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) — Former US Deputy National Security Advisor said bombing Iran's nuclear facilities will start a war in the Middle East.

Pip Hinman (2020-11-29). Stop Adani message goes down well at the cricket. greenleft.org.au Stop Adani protesters took their anti-coal message directly to the first international one-day match of the cricket season, reports Coral Wynter and Jim McIlroy.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). Fakhrizadeh funeral process. at Hazrat Masoumeh shrine. en.mehrnews.com QOM, Nov. 29 (MNA) — The funeral procession of the Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was held on Sunday at Hazrat Masoumeh holy shrine in Qom.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). Fakhrizadeh devoted his life to his nation: Hakim. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) — Ammar al-Hakim, the leader of Iraq's National Wisdom Movement said, Iranian martyred scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, devoted his life to his nation.

_____ (2020-11-29). Protesters Descend On Garcetti's House For 6th Consecutive Day. popularresistance.org Los Angeles, CA – A sixth day of demonstrations outside Mayor Eric Garcetti's official residence unfolded Sunday in an attempt to persuade President-elect Joe Biden not to appoint Garcetti to his cabinet. | Tabatha Jones Jolivet, a spokeswoman for BLM-LA, said Garcetti "has failed the people of Los Angeles in an unending number of ways — from criminalizing folks for being houseless, to refusing to stand up for people who are killed by his police force." | "We refuse to be quiet as President-elect Biden considers him for a cabinet post where his reach will extend to setting national policy," she said.

Dean Baker (2020-11-29). NYT Wants to Talk About Higher Wages, but Doesn't Want to Talk About the Real Reasons Wages are Low. cepr.net It's good to see the New York Times making the case for higher wages in an editorial. Unfortunately, they get much of the story confused. First off, the essence of the case is that higher wages will lead to more consumption, which will spur growth. This is true, but higher pay is not the only …

Lynda Carson (2020-11-29). New Music Release By Lynda Carson. indybay.org

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). Iraq, Iran, Russia, Syria to exchange security information. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) — Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Russian Federation and Syria will exchange security information with each other.

_____ (2020-11-29). As Pandemic Aid Ends, Families Face Brutal New Year. popularresistance.org California – In late 2017, a house fell on Jacques Gene. | The construction foreman in Cool, east of Sacramento, was inside a half-finished home when the rolling trusses that make up the underside of the roof fell, collapsing the whole house. Gene, 46, suffered broken ribs, a punctured lung and a concussion. When his coworkers sorted through the rubble, he says, they didn't expect to find him alive. | But he found work again, earning $70,000 annually as a foreman to support his wife, their two kids and two children from a previous marriage.

Michelle Eigenheer (2020-11-29). I ditched my microwave three years ago and never looked back. salon.com Weaning myself from the microwave was surprisingly easy, but also led to being happier and healthier than before…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). Persepolis aiming 2020 ACL title: coach. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) — Persepolis head coach Yahya Golmohammadi says the team will put all-out effort to win the 2020 AFC Champions League title.

Staff (2020-11-29). Facebook Is Still Facilitating the Dissemination of Deadly Disinformation. truthout.org Facebook customizes each user's online experience. Each of us has different friends, different likes, different group affiliations and different interests. As a result, Facebook's algorithms perpetuate a different experience for each user, specifically designed to keep us hooked on the platform. That's one key to the platform's success — but it's also what makes Facebook so dangerous. This hyper-customization means each of us lives in a different reality, with a unique set of beliefs and f…

The Canary (2020-11-28). Tear gas fired as police block Warsaw march against abortion ruling. thecanary.co Police have blocked protesters from marching in Poland's capital as demonstrations took place across the country against an attempt to restrict abortion rights and recent police violence.Action: In Warsaw police set up cordons which the protesters sought to evade, pushing them to try to regroup elsewhere in the city centre.At one point, protest participants gathered on a major thoroughfare, causing traffic to back up. As drivers honked, the protesters shouted: We are sorry for the inconvenience, we have a government to overthrow.Police issued warnings that the demonstration was illegal because it had not be…

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.

RT (2020-11-28). Navalny uses meeting between EU officials & pro-West Russian opposition to call for sanctions on Kremlin-linked 'oligarchs'. rt.com Alexey Navalny has called on the EU to impose sanctions on Russian "oligarchs," rich businessmen he says are connected to the Kremlin. The opposition figure wants them to be prevented from keeping assets inside the 27-member bloc. | Navalny explicitly named Uzbek-Russian tycoon Alisher Usmanov and Israeli-Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich. Both men laid the foundations for their immense wealth during the Boris Yeltsin-era, when Western governments were encouraging privatization in Russia, and the country's integration into the global capitalist system. Finnish-Russian magnate Boris Rotenberg, who came to pr…

The Canary (2020-11-28). Tear gas fired as French protesters condemn bill outlawing use of police images. thecanary.co Thousands of people have gathered across France to protest against a proposed security law that would restrict the sharing of images of police officers.Officers in Paris who were advised to behave responsibly during the demonstrations fired tear gas to disperse rowdy protesters in a largely peaceful crowd.Dozens of rallies took place against a provision of the law that would make it a crime to publish photos or video of on-duty police officers with the intent of harming their "physical or psychological integrity".Trouble in Paris (Francois Mori/AP)Civil liberties groups and journalists are concerned that the meas…

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 . . . |

Dean Baker (2020-11-28). More Bad News About the Pandemic Recession: Longer Hours. cepr.net We know that the economy is likely to get worse in the immediate future as the pandemic is spreading out of control in most parts of the country. However, the latest data on average weekly hours indicates we may be facing a longer term issue that has not generally been anticipated. In a normal recession …

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.

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 . . . |

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."

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.

RT (2020-11-28). Close encounter: Russian, Indian satellites 'dangerously approach' each other in 'crowded' low orbit. rt.com An Indian remote sensing satellite flew "dangerously close" to a Russian one on Friday, according to Russian space agency Roscosmos. The Indian authorities, however, denied there was any risk of collision. | "The Indian CARTOSAT 2F satellite weighing over 700 kg dangerously approached the Russian Kanopus-V spacecraft," Roscosmos said in a statement on Friday, citing data provided by its automatic warning system, designed to track potentially hazardous situations in near-Earth orbit. The Russian space agency said that the distance between the two satellites was just 224 meters — quite close by space standa…

RT (2020-11-28). Covid-19-driven recession may see Russian economy contract by 4.5% & a million plunged into poverty, says finance guru Kudrin. rt.com The economic consequences of Covid-19 are becoming clearer, and they aren't good. The number of Russians in poverty is projected to grow by about a million by the end of 2020, with the overall economy due to fall as much as 4.5%.

RT (2020-11-28). Boris Johnson names business minister Nadhim Zahawi top UK official responsible for vaccine deployment. rt.com UK Conservative Party politician Nadhim Zahawi has been appointed as under secretary of state responsible for the deployment of a Covid-19 vaccine across the country, signalling a massive vaccination programme is forthcoming. | The prime minister's office said Zahawi's new position is temporary and will last until at least next summer. | According to UK media, Zahawi is expected to oversee the rollout of a vaccine across the country once it is approved. He will report to Health Secretary Matt Hancock. | Zahawi has served as parliamentary under secretary of state at the Department for Business, Energy and Indus…

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…

RT (2020-11-28). 'Important to preserve scope for talks with Iran': Germany warns against escalation after killing of top Iranian scientist. rt.com Berlin has urged "all parties" to avoid escalating tensions following the assassination of a senior Iranian scientist in what Tehran suspects to be an Israeli operation. Iran's leader has pledged to go after those responsible. | "A few weeks before the new US administration takes office, it is important to preserve the scope for talks with Iran so that the dispute over Iran's nuclear programme can be resolved through negotiations," a spokesman for the German Foreign Ministry told Reuters in an email. | We therefore urge all parties to refrain from any steps that could lead to a further escalation of the situat…

Yves Engler (2020-11-28). Canadian Media Refuses to Publish Op-ed by Venezuelan Foreign Minister. dissidentvoice.org Despite claims to objectivity and fairness, when it comes to Canadian interference in other countries' domestic affairs, there's long been only one side to the story reported in the dominant media. Even so, the pro-Ottawa slant on Venezuela is shocking. Recently Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza published an op-ed titled "Regime Change with a Human …

MEE and agencies (2020-11-28). 13 killed in Yemen clashes between separatists and pro-government forces. middleeasteye.net 13 killed in Yemen clashes between separatists and pro-government forces | Deadly fighting involving southern breakaway group follows breakdown in power-sharing talks in August | Sat, 11/28/2020 – 15: 29 | A Southern Transitional Council fighter atop a tank in Abyan province (AFP) | Clashes between southern Yemeni separatists and pro-government forces in Yemen's Abyan province killed 13 fi…

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 …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-28). Trade unions and progressive movements across the world unite to #MakeAmazonPay. peoplesdispatch.org During the pandemic, Amazon emerged as the first trillion-dollar corporation ever while its CEO Jeff Bezos became the first person to amass over USD 200 billion. Meanwhile, its workers across the world have complained of denial of rights…

Mumia Abu-Jamal (2020-11-28). Dancing in the streets. workers.org Taken from a Nov. 8 audio column on prisonradio.org. An American president loses his hard-fought reelection bid, and within moments, the streets are full of people, who are beyond exultant: they are singing, they are dancing — dancing in the streets! I've never seen such a thing, nor was it . . . |

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…

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," . . . |

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.

The Canary (2020-11-28). Mass virus testing plan for students 'flawed', warns universities union. thecanary.co A union has told of its "grave concerns" over plans for mass coronavirus testing for students, warning that "flaws" in the government's approach are a "recipe for chaos"."Flaws": A seven-day travel window has been announced so students can spend the festive period with their families, with additional testing offered before they depart. Students will be encouraged to take an asymptomatic test at "targeted" universities in England, while teaching will move online by December 9 so they have enough time to self-isolate if needed.But the University and College Union (UCU) said plans appear to have been "rushed"

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.

RT (2020-11-28). Syria condemns 'Zionist terrorist attack on science' as Israel says it has 'no clue' who was behind Iranian scientist's murder. rt.com Syria has condemned the assassination of top Iranian nuclear physicist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, calling it a chilling "terrorist attack on science", as Israel denies involvement. | Syria's Foreign Minister Faysal Mikdad While Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was a senior Iranian nuclear physicist with alleged…

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 . . . |

RT (2020-11-28). Watch as daring alpinist cleans 320m-high Russky Bridge after freak storm glazes it with ice (VIDEO). rt.com A Russian alpinist has been tasked with clearing ice from Vladivostok's Russky Bridge, the first cable-stayed bridge in the world to ice over. At 1,104 meters, it's the longest of its type in the world, making cleaning a challenge | The bridge, which connects Russky Island to the Muravyov-Amursky Peninsula, was completely iced up during last week's freak freezing rain, which left some Vladivostok residents without electricity and heat for days. A vital part of the infrastructure in Russia's Far East, the bridge was closed to all traffic on November 21, two days after the storm. Its stays became glazed with ice…

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.

Gareth Porter (2020-11-28). US & Israel pushing Iran to brink of war. thealtworld.com Red Lines host Anya Parampil & Max Blumenthal speaks with Professor Mohammad Marandi of The University of Tehran and Investigative Journalist Gareth Porter about the recent assassination of Dr. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in Tehran. | Asked during our livestream today whether a new Iran deal was likely,

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…

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"

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-28). Legal proceedings against former de-facto government officials begin in Bolivia. peoplesdispatch.org The newly elected MAS government has opened investigations against several former officials of the de-facto government for their role in crimes committed during their one year tenure after the coup détat ágainst former president Evo Morales…

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.

RT (2020-11-28). Yemen: Where America Tests its Weapons. dissidentvoice.org The US spends more on military aid to Saudi Arabia than on humanitarian aid to Yemen as the former continues to wage war on the latter. RT America's Alex Mihailovich reports. Then former UK MP George Galloway weighs in on the conflict and why it is met with such widespread ignorance and apathy in the …

_____ (2020-11-28). National Day Of Action For Palestine. popularresistance.org The Israeli government continues to press ahead with its gross violations of international law and Palestinian human rights, accelerating the ongoing colonisation of yet more Palestinian land. These include plans to proceed with formal annexation. Despite the rhetoric from some of our political leaders that the US- UAE has taken annexation off the table, Israel has made clear that its plans are merely on temporary hold . Netanyahu has stated clearly, speaking after the UAE deal, that "there is no change to my plan to extend sovereignty, our sovereignty in Judea and Samaria, in full coordination with the United St…

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.

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 …

Binoy Kampmark (2020-11-28). Not Adding Up: Australia, Iran and the Release of Kylie Moore-Gilbert. dissidentvoice.org Australia's ambassadorial offices and political leaders have a consistent record of ignoring their citizens in tight situations. David Hicks, Mamdouh Habib and Julian Assange are but a few names that come to mind in this inglorious record of indifference. In such cases, Australian public figures and officials have tacitly approved the use of abduction, torture …

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…

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.

Fight Back (2020-11-28). Engels at 200: He transformed dreams of better world into a science for liberation. fightbacknews.org November 28 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of the greatest revolutionaries of all times, Fredrick Engels. Born the son of a factory owner in Barmen, Germany, Engels, along with his comrade and friend Karl Marx, made immense contributions to the struggle for emancipation of the working class. In the U.S. today, monopoly capitalism has revealed itself a corrupt and criminal system that is unable to meet the needs of the vast majority of people. It rewards the wealthy with fabulous profits and unimaginable riches. As a result, there is renewed interest in socialism. | What has made scientific social…

WSWS (2020-11-28). Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia. wsws.org The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

_____ (2020-11-28). California Court Strikes Down Limits On Fighting Dirty Power Plants. popularresistance.org A state appeals court affirmed Friday that communities concerned about air quality and climate pollution have the right to challenge natural gas-fired and thermal power plants in the lower courts, not just in the Supreme Court, which has historically refused to take up these challenges. | The decision marks a win after about seven years of litigation by the Center for Biological Diversity, Earthjustice and Communities for a Better Environment, who argued that jurisdictional laws effectively and unconstitutionally blocked Californians from challenging power plant permits issued by the California Energy Commission.

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.

teleSUR, ce (2020-11-28). Brazilian Justice Extends Investigation Against Bolsonaro. telesurenglish.net The Supreme Federal Court (STF) of Brazil extended the investigations against President Jair Bolsonaro this Friday for 60 days. | RELATED: | Supreme Court Judge Alexandre de Moraes decided to extend the investigations against Bolsonaro for his alleged political interference in the Federal Police and also gave the Attorney General, Augusto Aras, five days to rule on the requirement for the President to give a statement. | Bo…

WSWS (2020-11-28). Israel's siege means death for Gaza's COVID-19 patients. wsws.org The Hamas government has said the Gaza Strip "lacks oxygen-generating machines, ventilators, protective gear, and hygiene materials. Thirty-two percent of basic drugs and 62 percent of drugs and materials for medical laboratories are not available."

sputniknews (2020-11-28). Tech Entrepreneur And Retired Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh Dies in Connecticut Mansion Blaze. sputniknews.com Tony Hsieh joined Zappos – then called ShoeSite.com – back in 1999, when it was a small online shoe store before transforming the company into an internet giant, which was sold to Amazon for $1.2 billion. Hsieh recently stepped down as CEO of Zappos earlier this year with an estimated $840 million fortune.

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 …

Manuela Solé (2020-11-28). Venezuela Sentences Former Citgo Executives for Corruption. venezuelanalysis.com The so-called "Citgo six" had been arrested in 2017 and their lawyers will appeal the ruling.

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…

_____ (2020-11-28). Greek General Strike Against Attacks On Right To Demonstrate. popularresistance.org The mood in the international working class is strained to the breaking point. As millions of people were demonstrating against the government across India on Thursday, tens of thousands of public sector workers and employees in Greece also went on a nationwide 24-hour general strike. | They were protesting against the devastating coronavirus policies and demanded better protective measures, the confiscation of private hospitals, mass hiring of health workers and salary increases. This week, the total number of infections in Greece exceeded the 100,000 mark and the death toll rose to over 2,000.

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 …

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…

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…

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.

Amanda Lee (2020-11-28). Advice for "Emily in Paris" season 2: Drop the Americanized fantasy and get to know the real city. salon.com Working- and middle-class Parisians, the city's diverse multi-cultural residents, are all but erased in season 1…

Common Dreams staff (2020-11-28). The Revolving Door: Biden's National Security Nominees Want Back In After Cashing Out Of Government Service. commondreams.org Top Biden advisers Tony Blinken, Michele Flournoy, and Lloyd Austin face new scrutiny. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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). 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.

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.

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.

Robert Reich (2020-11-28). How Mitch McConnell's do nothing Republicans are killing you. salon.com Mitch McConnell has refused to lift a finger for months, and Senate Republicans have been happy to follow his lead…

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,…

news.un (2020-11-28). Renew commitment to Palestinian people, UN chief urges, marking International Day. news.un.org Commemorating the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, UN Secretary-General António Guterres urged Israeli and Palestinian leaders to explore every opening to "restore hope" for a two-State solution.

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…

sputniknews (2020-11-28). Ethiopian National Defense Forces Gain Control of Tigray's Capital. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF) have gained full control of the Tigray region's capital of Mekelle, passing the further prosecution of the local breakaway authorities, the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), on to the federal police, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali said on Saturday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-28). 'Warehouse' nominated at Brazil's GIMFA. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) — Iranian short film 'Warehouse' (Original title in Persian: Anbar) has been nominated for awards at Brazil's GIMFA (Gralha International Monthly Film Awards).

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.

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.

_____ (2020-11-28). Demonstrators Rally Against French Security Bill In Paris. popularresistance.org French parliament late on Tuesday passed a bill on global security, criminalising the publication of images of police officers online, despite the recent riots against the legislation being criticised for possibly infringing on the freedom of the press. | Live from Paris as protesters rally against the 'Global Security' bill in France. | Article 24 of the bill, which has come under especial criticism as it makes it illegal to distribute videos and photos identifying law enforcement officers and thereby violate their "physical or mental integrity," was approved by the parliament, against the backdrop of demonstrat…

Joseph Neese (2020-11-28). Win the holiday baking swap with this spirited new take on classic raspberry thumbprint cookies. salon.com Amaretto enhances the almond notes in this traditional holiday bake — and it will keep Santa coming back for more…

sputniknews (2020-11-28). UK's Typhoon Jets Scrambled to Intercept Two Russian Tu-142 Over North Sea, RAF Says. sputniknews.com The Russian military aircraft operating near the British border did not violate the UK's airspace but the Royal Air Force (RAF) said that they could create a "hazard" by causing civilian airlines to change routes in order to avoid flying to close to the aircraft.

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."

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.

Ashlie D. Stevens (2020-11-28). The delight of HBO's bizarre docuseries "How to With John Wilson" is found in the detours. salon.com Meticulously captured B-roll poignantly transforms into a beautiful series that will remind you of pre-COVID life…

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.

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.

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.

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…

sputniknews (2020-11-28). At Least 3 People Killed, 1 Missing as Floods Hit Italy's Sardinia Island, Report Says. sputniknews.com ROME (Sputnik) – Floods in the Nuoro province of Italy's Sardinia island have left at least three people killed and one missing, local media reported on Saturday.

Mat Ward (2020-11-28). 10 new political albums that sum up 2020. greenleft.org.au Mat Ward looks back at November's political news and the best new music that related to it.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-28). 'American Bull' wins award at Chilean, Turkish film festivals. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) — Iranian short 'American Bull' directed by Fateme Tousi, has won awards at two international film festivals in Chile and Turkey.

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.

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.

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…

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…

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'.

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

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.

Shawgi Tell (2020-11-28). Why Are Embezzlement, Fraud, and Indictments So Rampant in the Charter School Sector? dissidentvoice.org The simple answer is that there are lax standards, poor oversight, and little accountability in the segregated charter school sector. This decades-old set-up is consciously built into many charter school laws, which exist in 44 states, Washington DC, Puerto Rico, and Guam. It is no accident that charter schools are deregulated schools.1 Charter schools …

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…