Daily Archives: October 16, 2020

2020-10-16: News Headlines

Mike Ervin (2020-10-16). Smart Ass Cripple: Amy Coney Barrett Is a Threat to the Disabled. progressive.org Her record is one of disdain and disregard for anyone who might need an occasional helping hand.

CounterSpin (2020-10-16). Lisa Graves on the Story Behind Amy Coney Barrett. fair.org Media…

Mark Fiore (2020-10-16). Screen Shot 2020-10-15 at 12.37.31 PM.png. progressive.org President Trump and Senate Republicans are determined to shove through their SCOTUS pick before election results are decided.

ACLU (2020-10-16). Make an Informed Decision: Where the Presidential Candidates Land. aclu.org Everything we've fought for is at stake in this election. Our right to protest a broken system, our right to equal treatment at work, and even our right to vote. It's up to us to decide what comes next. The ACLU does not endorse or oppose candidates, but we do want to give you the information you need to make informed decisions. It is crucial that you study where the candidates land on the issues. See below for the presidential candidates' positions on key civil liberties issues. | IssueJoe BidenDonald Trump | Police Reform: Pledged to help hold police accountable for shooting unarmed people and other miscondu…

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2020-10-16). Questions Surround Timing and Details of Trump's Recent Yemen Prisoner Exchange. mintpressnews.com Like many aspects of the war in Yemen, and of US elections, many questions surround the freeing of two Americans in what may be one of the largest prisoner exchanges in modern history.

Mark Gruenberg (2020-10-16). Election 2020: Trump and the 1% vs. the rest of us. peoplesworld.org White nationalism. Police killings of innocent unarmed Blacks. A mass crusade for economic, social, and racial justice. The coronavirus pandemic. The worst depression since the Great Depression, with the GOP-run Senate's refusal for the last six months to help the 26 million people without jobs. A big GOP threat to everyone's health care coverage. Lack …

Al Neal (2020-10-16). Trump's Labor Dept. probes Microsoft in search of 'reverse racism' in hiring. peoplesworld.org In the eyes of the Trump administration, workers, their families, their health, and their safety are not worth defending. Workers are expendable cogs in the vast capitalist machine. They serve only one purpose: background actors for the various television ads portraying Trump's failures as victories as he aims to win (steal) re-election. The U.S. Dept. …

_____ (2020-10-16). Imagine If MSM Consistently Applied the Evidentiary Standards It's Applying to Hunter Biden's Emails. strategic-culture.org Caitlin JOHNSTONE | published by The New York Post which purports to show "smoking gun" emails from the laptop of Hunter Biden, son of Democratic nominee Joe Biden. | Both Twitter and Facebook have censored the story on their platforms, the first time we've seen the powerful social media giants deplatform a mainstream news media article, both citing concerns about the origins of the emails and an uncertainty about the veracity of the claims. | "Facebook was limiting distribution of the story while its outside fact-checkers reviewed the story's claims, spokesman Andy Stone said," RT (2020-10-16). Too little too late? Twitter announces 'hacked materials' policy update after Biden expose censorship fiasco. rt.com Twitter has issued a mea culpa after using its "hacked materials" policy to bury a controversial story alleging shady backroom dealings by the Biden family, with the platform vowing to alter its rules and how it enforces them. | "Over the last 24 hours, we've received significant feedback (from critical to supportive) about how we enforced our Hacked Materials Policy yesterday," Twitter policy head Vijaya Gadde said in a tweet on Thursday night, adding that the company would change how it applies the rule and lift its blockade on the Biden story, published on Wednesday by the New York Post. | We believe that l…

RT (2020-10-16). Twitter rolls out 'DISPUTED' warnings for users trying to post 'misleading' content after backlash over Biden emails censorship. rt.com Twitter is cracking down on the spread of what they call "misleading" content ahead of the election: users attempting to retweet anything similar to the NYPost's Hunter Biden leak will now get a warning the material is "disputed." | Attempting to retweet the offending content will trigger a prompt warning the user that the material they're trying to post is "disputed," Twitter revealed on Friday, tweeting an image of the new warning screen. The user will be able to click a button to "find out more" about why Twitter doesn't want the material shared – and then presumably post it anyway. | pic.twitter.com/KjQSnD…

RT (2020-10-16). 'Most brazen media suppression in US history': Republicans go after Twitter over censorship of NYPost's Biden bombshell. rt.com Suppressing several stories critical of Democrat candidate Joe Biden amounted to election interference and an illegal political contribution, the Republican National Committee said in a complaint to the election watchdog FEC. | The party filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission on Friday, accusing Twitter of illegally interfering with the 2020 US presidential election through its muscular censorship of a handful of articles that appeared to expose Biden's son Hunter's dodgy business dealings with Ukrainian and Chinese entities. | Twitter's unprecedented blackout, which blocked all sharing of link…

RT (2020-10-16). ABC ignores elephant in the room, asks Biden ZERO QUESTIONS about censored NY Post scoops on his son's overseas business dealings. rt.com ABC held a 90-minute town hall with Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden without asking a single question about this week's New York Post stories on alleged scandals involving his son's business dealings in Ukraine and China. | Host George Stephanopoulos steered clear of…

RT (2020-10-16). Greta Thunberg mocks US Supreme Court nominee as eco-activists paint judge's refusal to OPINE on climate change as DISQUALIFYING. rt.com Child enviro-prodigy Greta Thunberg is ripping US Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett for declining to give her opinions about the cause of climate change, likening the judge's restraint to lacking a view on gravity. | "To be fair, I don't have any views on climate change, either," Thunberg said on Thursday on Twitter, mocking Barrett's answers in her Senate confirmation hearing. "Just like I don't have any views on gravity, the fact that the earth is round, photosynthesis nor evolution. But understanding and knowing their existence really makes life in the 21st century so much easier." | To be fair, I don…

Ryan Grim (2020-10-16). Amy Coney Barrett's Take on Voting Rights Act Exposes Her Entire Legal Philosophy as a Lie. zcomm.org Barrett claims to defer to the original meaning of statutes, but when it comes to the Voting Rights Act, that deference is out the window…

Labor Video Project (2020-10-16). Rochester Labor Council Calls For General Strike If Trump Refuses to Abide By Election Res. indybay.org The Rochester Labor Council called for a national general strike if Trump does not abide by the election results. The president of the Council Dan Moloney is interviewed about why they support this action.

The Lancet (2020-10-17). [Editorial] Global health: time for radical change? thelancet.com What strategies should governments adopt to improve the health of their citizens? Amid the COVID-19 syndemic it would be easy to focus attention on global health security—at a minimum, strong public health and health-care systems. WHO has based its global health strategy on three pillars: universal health coverage, health emergencies, and better health and wellbeing. The indispensable elements of robust public health and health care are well known and endlessly rehearsed—a capable health workforce; effective, safe, and high-quality service delivery; health information systems; access to essential medi…

GBD 2019 Diseases and Injuries Collaborators (2020-10-17). [Global Health Metrics] Global burden of 369 diseases and injuries in 204 countries and territories, 1990—2019: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019. thelancet.com As disability becomes an increasingly large component of disease burden and a larger component of health expenditure, greater research and development investment is needed to identify new, more effective intervention strategies. With a rapidly ageing global population, the demands on health services to deal with disabling outcomes, which increase with age, will require policy makers to anticipate these changes. The mix of universal and more geographically specific influences on health reinforces the need for regular reporting on population health in detail and by underlying cause to help decision makers to identi…

GBD 2019 Risk Factors Collaborators (2020-10-17). [Global Health Metrics] Global burden of 87 risk factors in 204 countries and territories, 1990—2019: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019. thelancet.com Overall, the record for reducing exposure to harmful risks over the past three decades is poor. Success with reducing smoking and lead exposure through regulatory policy might point the way for a stronger role for public policy on other risks in addition to continued efforts to provide information on risk factor harm to the general public.

GBD 2019 Demographics Collaborators (2020-10-17). [Global Health Metrics] Global age-sex-specific fertility, mortality, healthy life expectancy (HALE), and population estimates in 204 countries and territories, 1950—2019: a comprehensive demographic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019. thelancet.com Over the past 20 years, fertility rates have been dropping steadily and life expectancy has been increasing, with few exceptions. Much of this change follows historical patterns linking social and economic determinants, such as those captured by the GBD Socio-demographic Index, with demographic outcomes. More recently, several countries have experienced a combination of low fertility and stagnating improvement in mortality rates, pushing more populations into the late stages of the demographic transition.

GBD 2019 Viewpoint Collaborators (2020-10-17). [Viewpoint] Five insights from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019. thelancet.com The Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study (GBD) 2019 provides a rules-based synthesis of the available evidence on levels and trends in health outcomes, a diverse set of risk factors, and health system responses. GBD 2019 covered 204 countries and territories, as well as first administrative level disaggregations for 22 countries, from 1990 to 2019. Because GBD is highly standardised and comprehensive, spanning both fatal and non-fatal outcomes, and uses a mutually exclusive and collectively exhaustive list of hierarchical disease and injury causes, the study provides a powerful basis for de…

Staff (2020-10-16). Deeply Troubling: Kristen Clarke on How Rush to Confirm Barrett Endangers Voting & Civil Rights. democracynow.org The Senate confirmation hearing for President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett ended Thursday with Republicans on the Judiciary Committee scheduling a vote on her nomination for October 22, with a full Senate vote to follow shortly thereafter — less than two weeks before the presidential election, in which the Supreme Court could play a decisive role. The right-wing judge's confirmation looks all but assured, after four rushed days of questioning in which Barrett refused to state her position on abortion rights, gay marriage, the Affordable Care Act, voting rights, climate change, and even if…

Staff (2020-10-16). Preserving Roe: West Virginia Mom Tells Abortion Story in Heartfelt Speech Against Amy Coney Barrett. democracynow.org The Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony this week from Crystal Good, who spoke about her experience of having an abortion and expressed concerns that Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation to the Supreme Court would limit access to safe, affordable care. During three days of hearings, Judge Barrett has repeatedly refused to answer questions about her views on abortion and the future of Roe v. Wade, despite her public record opposing reproductive rights. "If confirmed, Judge Barrett will be a fifth vote to eviscerate the important protections that have been afforded by Roe v. Wade," says Kristen Clarke, president…

Staff (2020-10-16). Headlines for October 16, 2020. democracynow.org COVID-19 Hospitalizations on the Rise Across U.S. as Confirmed Cases Hit 8 Million, French Police Raid Homes of Government Officials in Probe of Failed Coronavirus Response, WHO Finds Remdesivir Fails to Prevent COVID-19 Deaths, World Health Organization Warns Many Will Have to Wait Until 2022 for Vaccine, Senate on Track to Confirm Far-Right Supreme Court Nominee Amy Coney Barrett on Oct. 26, Joe Biden Defends 1994 Crime Bill and Calls for More Police Funding, President Trump Refuses to Disavow Far-Right Anti-Semitic QAnon Conspiracy Theory, Trump Celebrates Apparent Extrajudicial Killing by U.S. Marshals Carryi…

Staff (2020-10-16). Dark Money & Barrett Nomination: The Link Between Big Polluters & the War on ACA, Roe & LGBT Rights. democracynow.org During confirmation hearings this week for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island opted not to ask the judge any questions. Instead, he gave a 30-minute presentation on how right-wing groups, including the Federalist Society and Judicial Crisis Network, use dark money to shape the nation's judiciary. We air excerpts from his presentation and get reaction from Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

_____ (2020-10-16). Before the Bidens 'Did' Ukraine, There Was Iraq — and Serbia. strategic-culture.org The United States approaches the November 2020 election with growing apprehension, even dread. | Among the possibilities: | Protracted uncertainty about the presidential contest. Think Florida 2000 but with several states' results unresolved for weeks or even months ("Experts held 'war games' on the Trump vs. Biden election. Their finding? Brace for a mess"); | A disputed outcome, perhaps with Donald Trump and Joe Biden both claiming victory, compounded by a "

Staff (2020-10-16). Barrett Is Poised to Become the Most Radical Right-Wing Member of Supreme Court. truthout.org During her Supreme Court confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Amy Coney Barrett refused to say that voter intimidation is illegal, that armed poll watchers are intimidating, that voter discrimination exists, whether the president could deny someone the right to vote based on race or that Congress has a constitutional duty to protect the right to vote. | She refused to affirm that Medicare is constitutional; that married couples should not lose their right to contrace…

Staff (2020-10-16). West Virginia Mom Tells Her Abortion Story in Speech Against Amy Coney Barrett. truthout.org The Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony this week from Crystal Good, who spoke about her experience of having an abortion and expressed concerns that Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation to the Supreme Court would limit access to safe, affordable care. During three days of hearings, Judge Barrett has repeatedly refused to answer questions about her views on abortion and the future of Roe v. Wade, despite her public record opposing reproductive rights. "If confirmed, Judge Barrett will be a…

Staff (2020-10-16). Outnumbered on Supreme Court Nomination, Democrats Campaign for ACA. truthout.org Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee know that, barring something unexpected, they lack the votes to block President Donald Trump from installing his third justice in four years on the Supreme Court and creating a 6-3 conservative majority. | They also know that, in a normal year, by mid-October Congress would be out of session and members home campaigning. But 2020 is obviously no normal year. So, while the rest of Congress is home, Democratic Judiciary members are trying something very differe…

Binoy Kampmark (2020-10-16). Dropped Prosecutions: The Afghan Files, Public Interest Journalism and Dan Oakes. dissidentvoice.org In July 2017, two journalists working for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Dan Oakes and Sam Clark, wrote of a stash of incriminating documents, running into hundreds of pages. They were "secret defence force documents leaked to the ABC". These documents gave "an unprecedented insight into the clandestine operations in Australia's elite special forces in Afghanistan, …

Jeffrey St. Clair (2020-10-16). Roaming Charges: Pray, Grin and Barrett. counterpunch.org The genius of the Biden campaign is that there really is no Biden campaign. The outcome of the election will almost certainly depend on whether they can resist the temptation to start one over the next three weeks.

Sasha Abramsky (2020-10-16). Trump Is Urging Republicans to Break the Law. thenation.com Trump Is Urging Republicans to Break the Law…

MEE staff (2020-10-16). Bloomberg donates $250,000 to boost Jewish support for Biden in Florida. middleeasteye.net Bloomberg donates $250,000 to boost Jewish support for Biden in Florida | Donation to Jewish Democratic Council of America's Super PAC seeks to reinforce American Jews' support for Biden and fellow Democrats | Fri, 10/16/2020 – 20: 52 | Michael Bloomberg's $250,000 donation to go toward Jewish Democratic Council of America's digital outreach campaign targeting Florida (AFP/File photo) | Billionaire businessman…

Oliver Vargas (2020-10-16). Bolivia: First Election Since US-Backed Coup Pits Right against Left, Rich Against Poor and White against Everyone Else. mintpressnews.com This coming Sunday represents Bolivia's best chance to secure lasting peace, with a widely anticipated MAS victory expected to be a repudiation of last November's US-backed military coup.

Stephen Lendman (2020-10-16). Turkish and Israeli Weapons Fueling Conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. globalresearch.ca Weapons-makers — aka merchants of death and mass destruction — fuel conflicts when occur. | The US by far dominates the global arms trade. | According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the US accounted for 36% of major conventional …

news.un (2020-10-16). Bolivia elections, an opportunity to defuse extreme polarization: UN rights chief. news.un.org The UN's top human rights official has called on everyone active in Bolivian politics, to ensure calm on the streets, and refrain from any action that could undermine the peaceful conduct of the general elections, taking place on Sunday.

news.un (2020-10-16). UN chief calls for swift action following attacks on peacekeepers in Mali. news.un.org Authorities in Mali are being urged to act swiftly to apprehend those responsible for two separate attacks on Thursday against peacekeepers serving with the UN Mission in the country, MINUSMA.

Editor (2020-10-16). Steve Donziger: How Big Oil Weaponized Our Judicial System Against Him and the Indigenous People He Represented. scheerpost.com The epic battle by Steve Donziger to get Chevron to pay a $9.5 billion judgment he won in 2011 for its "mass industrial poisoning" of Indigenous Amazonian tribes in Ecuador has left him under house arrest for 13 months, disbarred, with, frozen bank accounts, $32 million in legal fees, a lien on his home, and no way to make a living. The judgment has not yet been paid.

_____ (2020-10-16). Scheer Intelligence: How Big Oil Weaponized The Judicial System. popularresistance.org Steve Donziger has dedicated the latter part of his life to fighting oil companies' greedy destruction of indigenous lands and peoples in the Amazon. After a decades-long legal battle against Chevron, which Chris Hedges details in a recent column for Scheerpost, Donziger was charged with misdemeanor civil contempt for refusing New York Judge Lewis A. Kaplan's orders to turn over to Chevron his client communications—which would force him to violate attorney-client privilege— his personal electronics, his passport and to cease trying to collect the $9.5 billion from Chevron for his Indigenous clients.

Andrew Korybko (2020-10-16). Why Wasn't There Any Post-Election Turmoil In Tajikistan? thealtworld.com Unlike fellow former Soviet Republics Belarus and even neighboring Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan's latest elections didn't result in any turmoil even though one might have expected it to have due to some similarly discernible risk factors, but that wasn't the case (at least not yet) for five primary reasons. | Tajikistan's

_____ (2020-10-16). Bolivian Couper Stalk International Election Observers. popularresistance.org Santa Cruz, Bolivia – Contributors to The Grayzone including Max Blumenthal, Anya Parampil, and Ben Norton traveled from the United States to Bolivia in order to join a delegation of independent international observers of the country's October 18th presidential election — the first vote since a November 2019 US-backed military coup removed the country's elected president. | Little known to us, however, was that we were being stalked on the way. A number of Bolivians covertly took photos of us as we waited for a connecting flight in the airport in Chile, snapped more as we boarded the plane, and published th…

Raul Diego (2020-10-16). David Price Takes on the CIA Over Its Secret Torture Program, But Is He Asking the Right Questions? mintpressnews.com A Congressman wrote to the CIA looking for answers about his state's role in an illegal program that unlawfully detained and tortured hundreds of Muslims, but his late and limited election-time appeal smacks of political showmanship.

David Swanson (2020-10-16). Top Poisoner of Pacific Is U.S. Military. globalresearch.ca "We're number one!" The United States famously

Eva Bartlett (2020-10-16). On the British State-Funded BBC's Pending Smear. thealtworld.com The British state-funded BBC, which has a history of perverted war propaganda against the people of Syria, a history of whitewashing the crimes of terrorists in Syria, a history of flat out lying about events in Syria, has decided to launch another smear against myself, Vanessa Beeley, researchers of the Working Group on Syria, a former ambassador to Syria, and others. | This is not just another character assassination, though, this is a serious threat against journalists and those speaking truth against establishment narratives. Thanks to those who have tweeted or spoken about this revolting attack. | On Twitter…

MEE staff (2020-10-16). Israel bans Palestinian singer Mohammed Assaf from entering Jerusalem, Gaza. middleeasteye.net Israel bans Palestinian singer Mohammed Assaf from entering Jerusalem, Gaza | Israel has imposed a travel ban on Assaf, revoking his entry permit, which he earned as an UNRWA ambassador | Fri, 10/16/2020 – 12: 12 | Palestinian "Arab Idol" winner Mohammed Assaf described the Israeli travel ban as "a continuation of the policies of oppression" (AFP/file photo) | Israel has imposed an entry ban on Mohammed Assaf,…

news.un (2020-10-16). Syria: Humanitarians 'very concerned' for thousands still living in Al Hol camp. news.un.org Humanitarians are "very concerned" about the plight of more than 64,000 people living in the restive Al Hol camp in northeast Syria, the UN Spokesperson told journalists on Friday.

Staff (2020-10-16). Indigenous communities fight the border regime Trump is imposing on their lands. therealnews.com In our final First Nations Friday, we discuss the ongoing protests at Trump's U.S./Mexico border wall, where Indigenous communities call for an end to colonial borders. We also have a special announcement about a new show coming to The Real News Network!

ACLU (2020-10-16). Photographer Josué Rivas on Indigenous Representation. aclu.org This week and in recent years, a growing number of states and cities across the country celebrated Indigenous Peoples' Day. It comes as an important corrective after decades of celebrating the "discovery" of the Americas by Christopher Columbus each year. We know, of course, that no such discovery happened — what did happen was colonization, and centuries of subjugation, murder, disenfranchisement, and displacement of Native Americans. As we reflect on our history and on the stories that have been too often excluded, we consider the importance of not just what stories get told, but of who gets to tell th…

Workers World Boston bureau (2020-10-16). #SinkColumbus: Indigenous Peoples' Day now! workers.org Boston United American Indians of New England and North American Indian Center of Boston marched through Boston, several hundred strong, on Oct. 10, in honor of Indigenous Peoples' Day. The colonizers' "Columbus Day" is still scheduled by Boston and the state of Massachusetts for Oct. 12, although activists in the . . . |

Albert Bender (2020-10-16). Another Indigenous murder still unsolved: Two years and counting for Angela McConnell. peoplesworld.org REDDING, Calif.—A grim milestone has recently passed in the case of Indigenous murder victim Angela McConnell, previously covered in the media, including in this paper. Angela was taken from this world on Sept. 7, 2018, in Shasta Lake, a town in Northern California, the victim of a brutal murder. Her case is still unsolved by …

Vincent Emanuele (2020-10-16). Left Culture and Movement Prospects. zcomm.org Have you ever heard a fellow progressive, leftist, radical, or revolutionary say, "I remain on the left despite the left, not because of it"? We have.

_____ (2020-10-16). Possible Recurrence Of OAS Electoral Fraud In Bolivia. popularresistance.org Washington, DC — Bolivia's general elections on Sunday, October 18, could again be threatened by the involvement of the Organization of American States (OAS), Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) Co-Director Mark Weisbrot warns. On September 30, OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro met with the de facto interior minister of Bolivia, Arturo Murillo, at the OAS's Washington, DC headquarters. Following the meeting, Almagro Tweeted that Murillo had "conveyed his concern about the possibility of a new fraud" in Bolivia's October 18 elections.

David Ruccio (2020-10-16). Mainstream economics then: classical political economy. mronline.org Marxian economists have been quite critical of contemporary mainstream economics. As we saw in Chapter 1, and will continue to explore in the remainder of this book, Marxian economists have challenged the general approach as well as all of the major conclusions of both neoclassical and Keynesian economics.

Urooj Alavi (2020-10-16). ICE is Trying to Deport My Husband While I Treat COVID Patients. aclu.org I work as a registered nurse in an intensive care unit in Southern California. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, I've been working alongside my colleagues as we try to save the lives of the sickest patients and comfort their families. The hours have been long, and we have all seen more than our share of sorrow., , Fortunately, for most of the pandemic I had my husband to lean on. It was comforting to know that while I was in the unit, he was at home caring for our two young children and that when I came home he would be there to support me., , That changed in July, when ICE detained him during a routine check…

Teresa Gutierrez (2020-10-16). Providing water is a U.S. crime for migrants and allies. workers.org Not only does Trump continue to carry out a vile anti-immigrant diatribe almost daily, agents from Immigration and Custom Enforcement carried out an ominous SWAT attack in Arizona recently. And in New York City, ICE agents are arresting immigrants by pretending to be NYC police. No More Deaths volunteers have . . . |

Joshua Cho (2020-10-16). No, China didn't 'stall' critical Covid information at outbreak's start. mronline.org Now that some time has passed since the beginning of the outbreak, it's worth revisiting the less-conspiratorial corporate media narrative that the Chinese government maliciously or incompetently delayed the release of critical information early on, thereby causing many unnecessary deaths.

Areeb Ullah (2020-10-16). Family of Egyptian doctor paralysed by coronavirus faces possible deportation from Britain. middleeasteye.net Family of Egyptian doctor paralysed by coronavirus faces possible deportation from Britain | Dr Basem Enany served the NHS during Britain's pandemic and is now fighting for his life after contracting Covid-19 | Fri, 10/16/2020 – 15: 37 | Since his diagnosis, Enany developed paralysis in both of his legs after developing Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GoFundMe) | The family of an Egyptian doctor who worked on t…

MEE and agencies (2020-10-16). France's Sarkozy charged with criminal conspiracy over Libya money. middleeasteye.net France's Sarkozy charged with criminal conspiracy over Libya money | Nicolas Sarkozy faces charges linked to money provided by former Libyan leader Gaddafi for his election campaign | Fri, 10/16/2020 – 13: 56 | Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, poses during a studio photo session in Paris ahead of the 2017 presidential election (AFP) | Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has bee…

Mohammad Ayesh (2020-10-16). Arabic press review: What is Arab media saying about the Clinton emails? middleeasteye.net Arabic press review: What is Arab media saying about the Clinton emails? | The Clinton emails scandal has resurfaced thanks to Trump's presidential campaign – and Arab news and social media are abuzz | Fri, 10/16/2020 – 13: 54 | Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton takes questions after delivering a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations on 19 November 2015 in New York City (AFP) | The…

Dennis Laumann (2020-10-16). 'A Perfect Crime,' gripping Netflix documentary on the looting of East Germany. peoplesworld.org A Perfect Crime, a new four-part documentary series on Netflix about the 1991 assassination of German politician Detlev Rohwedder, surprisingly offers critical viewpoints about German reunification. October 3 marked the 30th anniversary of the reunification of the former German Democratic Republic (East Germany) and the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany). While German reunification is …

Staff (2020-10-16). Federal judge certifies class-action suit against US Treasury for not providing prisoners stimulus checks. therealnews.com The Trump administration was ordered to stop denying billions in pandemic relief to 1.4 million prisoners.

Rev. William Alberts (2020-10-16). Why Pray for the Renewed Health of a Tyrant Who will Merely Continue to Lie and Harm People? counterpunch.org Full disclosure: I am a non-sectarian humanist who does not engage in personal prayer. Still, as a hospital chaplain for almost 25 years, I prayed daily with patients, aware and appreciative of their particular Christian orientation and the important role of prayer in affirming, sustaining and comforting them and their loved ones. And recently, in

Liberation Staff (2020-10-16). Indonesian trade union FSEBUMI supports Denver activists: "Racism must be fought with the power of solidarity" liberationnews.org Federasi Serikat Buruh Militan (FSEBUMI) is a trade union who firmly believe in the working class struggle and the power of solidarity. We also believe in internationalism and we are against racism.

Katie Bilodeau (2020-10-16). How the Clinton-Era Roadless Rules Aid and Abet Logging. counterpunch.org The public and politicians alike commonly cite the federal government's roadless rules as great protectors of our forested wildlands. In reality, roadless rules don't protect these National Forest System wild areas. While the Clinton Administration's national 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule (RACR) might have had a strong start, environmental protection is never a one-and-done victory.

Vijay Prashad (2020-10-16). Bullets are not the seeds of life. mronline.org Bullets, as Mahjoub sang in prison, are not the seeds of life. The answers to our misery are so obvious, but they would cost the minority who control power, privilege, and property; they have a lot to lose, which is why they hold on so desperately.

Miko Peled (2020-10-16). A Historical Reckoning: Oxford Study Challenges Israel's Claims Concerning Palestinian Refugees. mintpressnews.com Pro-Israel institutions and spokespeople like to claim that the Palestinian refugee issue has passed some imaginary statute of limitations, but as a comprehensive new Oxford study shows, it "has since become even stronger."

MEE and agencies (2020-10-16). French police fatally shoot man after school teacher decapitated. middleeasteye.net French police fatally shoot man after school teacher decapitated | Authorities describe killing of teacher who showed cartoons of Prophet Muhammad as 'murder linked to a terrorist organisation' | Fri, 10/16/2020 – 20: 05 | Local mayor says attack in Paris suburb was 'incredibly violent' (AFP/File photo) | French police shot a man dead after he reportedly decapitated a middle school teacher…

Paul Street (2020-10-16). The Coup Already Underway. counterpunch.org This might be a good time for Americans to stop masochistically worshipping at the feet of their nation's authoritarian Constitution. A proto-fascistic genocidal racist maniac and anti-science eco-exterminist determined to kill two million more Americans with COVID-19 sits in the White House thanks in no small part due to the absurdly venerated 1788 United States

Randall Scott (2020-10-16). Chester County, PA activists hold "Skate for Black Lives" event. liberationnews.org Dozens came out to Skate for Black Lives on October 10 at the skatepark in Downingtown, Penn. The event was organized by the Party for Socialism and Liberation and Chester County Stands Up. Attendees brought handmade Black Lives Matter signs to show support for the national uprising against racism. The event was planned after skateboarder …

Staff (2020-10-16). The arrest of a cop watcher shows injustice is the American way. therealnews.com Disabled free speech activist Blind Justice has been held in solitary confinement for a failure to appear charge, while George Floyd's alleged murderer Derek Chauvin's was released from prison…

Grace Fan (2020-10-16). Normal is gone—where do we go from here? mronline.org Your parents at the dinner table laugh and say revolution will not happen in two months. You respond saying perhaps they are right—revolution may not occur in the next two months. But, as Che Guevara said, "the revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall."

Joe Piette (2020-10-16). March for trans liberation. workers.org Philadelphia For the tenth year in a row, several hundred people — trans, non-binary, gender non-conforming and all gender identities, expressions, and experiences — marched on Oct. 10. The march, this time in North Philadelphia, asserted loudly and clearly, "Trans lives matter!" — Report and photo by Joe Piette |

Rayhan Uddin (2020-10-16). Saad Lamjarred concert in Egypt cancelled after backlash over rape allegations. middleeasteye.net Saad Lamjarred concert in Egypt cancelled after backlash over rape allegations | Moroccan singer's performance in Cairo pulled amid widespread attention on sexual assault in Egypt | Fri, 10/16/2020 – 11: 48 | Moroccan singer Saad Lamjarred's planned performance sparked a backlash over multiple rape allegations against the singer (AFP/File photo) | A concert in Cairo by Moroccan singer Saad Lamjarred h…

MEE staff (2020-10-16). Amnesty urges participants at W20 Saudi summit to speak out for human rights. middleeasteye.net Amnesty urges participants at W20 Saudi summit to speak out for human rights | Rights groups says G20 women's summit is chance to hold Riyadh accountable for its treatment of women's rights activists | Fri, 10/16/2020 – 18: 17 | Loujain al-Hathloul, Nobel prize-nominated activist, has allegedly been tortured while in prison (AFP/File photo) | Amnesty International has urged participants at this year's Women 20…

MEE and agencies (2020-10-16). European countries 'deeply concerned' over Israeli settlement construction. middleeasteye.net European countries 'deeply concerned' over Israeli settlement construction | Israel approved the construction of more than 2,000 new illegal West Bank settlement homes on Wednesday | Fri, 10/16/2020 – 14: 13 | A Palestinian man confronts a member of the Israeli security forces as Palestinian farmers trying to access their lands to harvest olives in the West Bank village of Burqah were prev…

People's World (2020-10-16). People's World Oct. 25 Voter Town Hall: 'The People Have the Power'. peoplesworld.org Join us Sunday, Oct. 25, for a People's World event: The People Have the Power: A Voter Town Hall We're now in the home stretch, the last big push before the election, but we can't let up for a minute. Issues like COVID-19, the Heroes Act, aid for the unemployed climate change, the fight for …

Joseph Natoli (2020-10-16). Our Territory is Fractal, Our Mapping Hyperreal. counterpunch.org "The Map is not the territory." — Borges "It is not down on any map; true places never are." — Melville A fractal state of the psyche is mirrored in the fractal state of our culture but more encompassing and macro is the fractal state of reality. We live on islands of order in a sea of disorder,

Mark Gruenberg (2020-10-16). Cori Bush, nurse turned BLM leader and congressional candidate, pushes turnout. peoplesworld.org OAKLAND, Calif.—The nation's largest union of registered nurses, National Nurses United, will open a new, week-long advocacy drive for premium pay for frontline anti-coronavirus pandemic workers and protective gear for all of them on Oct. 26. The Nurse Advocacy Action drive, which will run through Nov. 1, will feature coordinated vigils outside hospitals and nursing …

Jordan Woll (2020-10-16). Two mockeries of democracy instead of one: Biden and Trump town halls replace debate. liberationnews.org Donald Trump and Joe Biden held town hall-style encounters at the same time yesterday in what columnist and political cartoonist Ted Rall described as an event, "long on drama but short on credible solutions." Trump and Biden were initially scheduled to face off in a traditional head-to-head debate. But this was called off due to …

John Horning (2020-10-16). Compassion, Wolves and America's First Wilderness. counterpunch.org When I awoke in the darkness, the first thing I felt was the soreness in my quads and calves. I wasn't sure if it was the muscle pain or the hunger pains that had woken me. Maybe it was something else entirely—something stirring outside my tent. That's what it was—a sound. Not just any sound, but a

Louis Proyect (2020-10-16). Can an Eco-Socialist Revolution Save China? counterpunch.org On August 19, 2019, I unfurled my degrowth banner in a CounterPunch article titled "Ecological Limits and the Working Class" and followed it up with a review of leading degrowth theorist Giorgos Kallis's "Limits: Why Malthus Was Wrong and Why Environmentalists Should Care" just six months later. Having read dozens of articles on degrowth over

MEE staff (2020-10-16). Informal Arab delegation visits Al-Aqsa with Israeli protection: Report. middleeasteye.net Informal Arab delegation visits Al-Aqsa with Israeli protection: Report | The visit was reportedly the first of its kind to the holy site since Bahrain and the UAE signed a normalisation deal with Israel last month | Fri, 10/16/2020 – 15: 00 | The delegation reportedly performed prayers inside the 7th century Dome of the Rock Mosque (Screengrab) | An informal Arab delegation reportedly visited the Al-Aqsa Mosq…

Eve Ottenberg (2020-10-16). How Trust in a Covid Vaccine Eroded. counterpunch.org The Trump regime has managed to scare most Americans off taking a covid vaccine, by convincing them it politicized the science to rush it to market. People have concluded it may not be safe. So much for Operation Warp Speed. It turned into Operation Warp Distrust. So what if it provides 300 million vaccine doses by early 2021 — if few people take it, that's a waste of time and effort.

Ishmael Reed (2020-10-16). The Tragedy of Stanley Crouch. counterpunch.org I had some enjoyable encounters with Stanley Crouch. He was smart and witty. His humor dark and droll. But there was something wrong with Stanley in the head. Something that his groupies in their eulogies ignore. These were white groupies whose relationship to Stanley was like that between Jim and Huckleberry Finn. Stanley seemed to be constantly searching for someone who

Richard D. Wolff (2020-10-16). How Fascism Has Converged With Capitalism to Redefine Government. counterpunch.org The looming election has brought forward intensifying debates over a capitalism in crisis, rising nationalism and state power, and the possibility of a renewed fascism. Polarized politics and ideologies alongside long-accumulated social problems and movements shape the objects and tones of debate. Can fascism happen here; is it underway? Or can current capitalism avoid a return to fascism? Such questions reflect the high stakes of the election and this moment in history.

Deirdre Griswold (2020-10-16). After 55 years of repression Indonesian workers, youth take to streets. workers.org Thousands of workers and students marched and rallied in Indonesia on Oct. 7 to protest a new antilabor law. "Labor rights activists, workers and students are protesting Indonesia's new labor law they say will undermine pay and benefits, as well as the environment. The law is part of the president's . . . |

MEE staff (2020-10-16). Saudi Arabia arrests 45 in latest 'anti-corruption' drive. middleeasteye.net Saudi Arabia arrests 45 in latest 'anti-corruption' drive | Authorities arrest dozens of people, including military officers, and seize $160m as part of kingdom's wide-ranging campaign | Fri, 10/16/2020 – 20: 31 | Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh (AFP/File photo) | Saudi authorities arrested at least 45 people, including military officers and public servants, as part of kingdom's so-called anti…

RT (2020-10-16). 'Unethical & illegal': CDC warns against mandatory virus testing in K-12 schools, says parents must decide on 'voluntary basis'. rt.com The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declared that all coronavirus screening in public schools must be "voluntary," warning that compulsory testing is a violation of both ethics and the law. | In a new set of

RT (2020-10-16). Cancel culture invited to PlayStation: Sony enables RECORDING of game chats & lets players TATTLE on each other for hate speech. rt.com Just months after getting woke on hate speech, Sony has updated its PlayStation system to record players' game-chat conversations and enable users to snitch on each other for saying things that violate the firm's code of conduct. | A software update launched this week for the

RT (2020-10-16). Biden won't rule out MANDATORY Covid-19 vaccination, but admits that enforcement would be nearly impossible. rt.com Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden said he might make a Covid-19 vaccine mandatory, depending on the "nature" of the drug, but then admitted that such a mandate probably couldn't be fully enforced. | Speaking on Thursday night at a town hall event hosted by ABC News, Biden said his decision on whether to make a Covid-19 vaccine compulsory for all Americans would depend on the "state" and "nature" of the vaccine, including whether it's seen as something that would positively affect 85 percent of the public or as a "golden key" to ending the pandemic. | Biden says you can't mandate masks and a COVID vacci…

RT (2020-10-16). Quick-thinking pilot somehow survives crash landing in parking lot, walks away after plane FLIPS onto car (VIDEO, PHOTOS). rt.com A brave and apparently skilled 53-year-old pilot is lucky to be alive after his plane lost power shortly after takeoff, forcing him to make a crash landing in a local shopping mall parking lot. | The incident took place Thursday afternoon in Puyallup in Washington state. The pilot managed to guide the plane safely down to Earth, but the aircraft flipped onto a car in the parking lot of the Sunrise Village shopping mall during the rough landing. | Eyewitness images from the scene show the aftermath of the terrifying touchdown. | Breh. A plane crashed into a car! | Crazy asf. Praying whoever was on board & drivi…

RT (2020-10-16). 'No need to quarantine': Biden says he was wearing mask, '50+ feet away' from crew member who had Covid-19 on board campaign plane. rt.com Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden said he will not quarantine after being on board the same airplane as a crew member who tested positive for the coronavirus, saying he was far away and wearing a N-95 mask. | "My COVID test from last night came back negative," Biden tweeted on Thursday evening, just before the platform unexpectedly crashed. | "Not only was the individual 50+ feet [15 meters] away and wearing a mask, but I was wearing an N-95 mask," he added. "My doctors have advised that there is no need for me to quarantine." | Not only was the individual 50+ feet away and wearing a mask, but I was w…

RT (2020-10-16). San Francisco looks to rename 44 schools, expunging the likes of Washington, Lincoln and even FEINSTEIN for their impurities. rt.com Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt are among the historical figures whose names are no longer considered honorable enough to adorn public schools in San Francisco. | The city's school board is looking to rename as many as 44 of the 125 public schools in its district after a panel of community members appointed to study the issue found their namesakes to be

RT (2020-10-16). Poll finds just 15% of Americans confident in US democracy, as partisan divisions only grow ahead of presidential vote. rt.com Less than one-sixth of US voters believe that American democracy is working "very well," while most Americans seem to agree that their society is extremely divided about its core values, a new survey has shown. | Almost three quarters of registered voters believe the nation "is headed in the wrong direction,"

Anand Naidoo (2020-10-16). The Heat: Azerbaijan-Armenia Conflict. america.cgtn.com Tensions escalate between Azerbaijan and Armenia, as both sides accuse each other of violating a fragile ceasefire.

The Canary (2020-10-16). Short, sharp lockdown considered to tackle virus in Wales. thecanary.co The Welsh government is looking "very carefully" at introducing a time-limited circuit-breaker lockdown in Wales, the first minister has confirmed. Mark Drakeford said the "short, sharp" lockdown could last for between two and three weeks, with a decision due to be announced on 19 October.The Welsh Labour leader also suggested Wales could introduce a new set of national restrictions after a successful reset of the virus, after warning around 2,500 people in the country are currently being infected every day.Lockdown: It was also confirmed that a travel ban preventing people from areas of the UK with high l…

The Canary (2020-10-16). Thousands call for new Brexit 'lorry park' to be named after Nigel Farage. thecanary.co Thousands of people are calling for a huge, new Brexit "lorry park" in Kent to be named after Nigel Farage. A tongue-in-cheek petition wants the Brexit Party leader to be recognised for his contribution to the UK leaving the EU."Diesel-soaked Valhalla": Up to 1,700 lorries will be able to park at the new facility, which is under construction next to the M20 in Ashford. While the government refers to it as an "inland border facility", the online campaign prefers to describe it as a "diesel-soaked Valhalla".As the UK approaches the end of the Brexit transition period, a number of measures are being put in pl…

RT (2020-10-16). A no-feel Sexxit? UK reintroduces sprawling casual-sex ban amid nationwide lockdown ramp-up. rt.com The UK government has warned horny citizens that getting down with someone who lives outside their household will violate strict new lockdown measures which have reanimated an unpopular policy from earlier this summer. | British couples who don't live together have once again been banned from bonking by London's coronavirus restrictions, which – as of Friday – forbid individuals living in "high risk" Tiers Two and Three regions from staying overnight at the house of someone outside their "bubble." Unlike similar regulations rolled out over the summer, even individuals in an "established relationship" are stron…

RT (2020-10-16). Mexico's ex-defense minister faces five drug trafficking charges in US. rt.com Former Mexican Defense Minister Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, who has been arrested in Los Angeles, is now facing five charges in the US related to drug trafficking, Mexico's foreign minister has said. | The arrested general is expected to be transferred to New York shortly, a senior diplomat, Marcelo Ebrard, said on Twitter, citing the country's consulate in Los Angeles. | Cienfuegos, who was in office from 2012 to 2018, was arrested late on Thursday at Los Angeles International Airport on a Drug Enforcement Administration warrant. | The high-profile arrest was praised by President Andrés Manuel Lop&eacu…

W. T. Whitney (2020-10-16). Medical Doctors Seek Social and Political Solutions for COVID 19 Crisis. counterpunch.org It didn't seem to fit. The website of the Colombian Communist Party on October 5 published a medical doctor's reflections on recharacterizing a disease. Félix León Martínez MD quoted extensively from an editorial appearing in the famous British medical journal Lancet. He and Lancet editor Richard Horton MD claim that COVID 19 is not a

Ian Cobain (2020-10-16). British MPs back bill permitting secret agents to commit crimes. middleeasteye.net British MPs back bill permitting secret agents to commit crimes | Covert Human Intelligence Sources Bill prompts split in opposition Labour party after leader Keir Starmer orders MPs to abstain | Fri, 10/16/2020 – 11: 54 | UK spy agency MI5's headquarters in London (Reuters) | A controversial new law that would allow agents recruited by the UK's security agency, MI5, to commit crimes has been passed by memb…

Ian Cobain (2020-10-16). 'Don't get yourselves caught': How the British state allowed its secret agents to commit crime. middleeasteye.net 'Don't get yourselves caught': How the British state allowed its secret agents to commit crime | Fri, 10/16/2020 – 22: 39 | The Covert Human Intelligence Sources Bill marks the UK government's latest attempt to permit its intelligence and security agencies to break the law lawfully | In the early months of 2011, as Muammar Gaddafi and the people around him fought for their lives, significant numbers of youn…

Romana Rubeo and Ramzy Baroud (2020-10-16). Zionist War on Palestinian Festival in Rome is Ominous Sign of Things to Come. dissidentvoice.org A Zionist-led war on a Palestinian cultural festival in Rome has exposed the fragility of the Italian political system when it comes to the conversation on Palestine and Israel. The sad truth is that, although Italy is not often associated with a 'powerful' pro-Israel lobby as is the case in Washington, the pro-Israel influence in …

Peter Koenig (2020-10-16). Yemen — Prisoner Swap and What May be Behind it. globalresearch.ca Background | The fourth batch of Yemeni detainees has arrived the in Sana'a as part of the largest prisoner swap between the country's warring sides. The residents in the capital received 112 prisoners after their plane landed in the Sana'a international …

Freedom Socialist Party Bay Area (2020-10-16). Saturday 10/17: Socialist and Labor Contingent to Protest Proud Boys. indybay.org Mission High School steps (3750 18th St. near Dolores), San Francisco…

ALEX (2020-10-16). Socialist Alliance maintains registration. greenleft.org.au The Australian Electoral Commission confirmed on October 16 that the

Stephen Lendman (2020-10-16). 30 Straight Weeks: Over One Million Jobless US Workers Apply for UI. globalresearch.ca What's happening in the US — with no significant relief in prospect — is unparalleled in the the nation's history. | Unemployment, growing poverty, food insecurity, and overall deprivation are growing, not easing — while politicians in Washington prioritize war-making and …

Anthony Cartalucci (2020-10-16). Thailand: Western Media Encourages Agitators — Arrests Will Continue. thealtworld.com The Western media collectively took last night's rally as "evidence" that the Thai government's crackdown on US-funded agitators "failed." In a bid to egg on future protests — concerted efforts across the Western media and with their Thai partners were made to inflate the size of the protest — claiming "tens of thousands" attended. | In reality, the area protesters occupied — an area between 10,000 and 15,000 square meters — can only accommodate at most 15,000 if crowd density was at a maximum of 1 protester per square meter across the entire area. However, this never happens since density di…

WSWS (2020-10-16). The Great Barrington Declaration: A manifesto of death. wsws.org The White House's embrace of "herd immunity" is a statement of malicious intent to allow hundreds of thousands more people to die amid a global resurgence of the pandemic.

Orinoco Tribune (2020-10-16). Victory for Cuba at the UN Human Rights Council. globalresearch.ca Today Cuba obtained a new and resounding victory in the UN Human Rights Council, gaining election to the body for the 2021-2023 period. | Despite the aggressive campaign by the United States against the Cuban candidacy for the Council, the General …

WSWS (2020-10-16). Global surge in COVID-19 cases as governments abandon efforts to contain the pandemic. wsws.org The policy of "herd immunity," effectively allowing a killer disease to run rampant, threatens to overwhelm hospitals and lead to a rising tide of deaths and suffering.

Dean Baker (2020-10-16). Waiting for a Vaccine and the Collaborative Research Alternative. cepr.net It seems increasingly likely that China will begin providing vaccines to its own people, as well as those in some other countries, by December, and possibly as early as next month. The prospect of a vaccine being available that soon has to look good to people here, now that the Trump administration's pandemic control efforts …

Fight Back (2020-10-16). Unemployment insurance claims up more than 50,000 in one week. fightbacknews.org San José, CA – On Thursday, October 15, the U.S. Department of Labor reported the biggest one week increase in new claims for unemployment insurance since late July. The latest report for the week ending October 10 saw 898,000 new claims for regular state unemployment insurance, up 53,000 from the week before. | The broadest measure of unemployment insurance – which includes those actually being paid under the regular state UI, the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, the state Extended Benefits and the federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) – fell by 215,000 for the week ending Septembe…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-16). Health workers protest in France amid new COVID-19 spike. peoplesdispatch.org In the wake of a fresh spike in COVID-19 cases, a state of health emergency has been declared in Paris. Health workers have demanded increased workforce and resources to fight the pandemic…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-16). Houthi rebels and Saudi-backed Hadi government begin prisoner swap deal in Yemen. peoplesdispatch.org The two sides had agreed to a prisoner swap deal in Switzerland last month, involving 1,081 prisoners, including 15 Saudi nationals. The deal is being implemented over Thursday and Friday…

Prof. Sam Ben-Meir (2020-10-16). Struggle: The History of the American People (1954-56). Jacob Lawrence at The New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. globalresearch.ca "The paintings which I propose to do will depict the struggles of a people to create a nation and their attempt to build a democracy" — this is how Jacob Lawrence described his project in 1954. Over sixty-five years later …

Thomas Klikauer (2020-10-16). Profits àºber Alles — MBAs in Germany. counterpunch.org Currently, German universities offer about 300 MBA or Master of Business Administration degrees. Although invented in the USA, MBA and adjacent business degrees are the new vogue in Germany. Germans use the unpronounceable term Betriebswirtschaftslehre or BWL when talking about business studies and MBAs. According to two German BWL professors — Christian Kreiàü and Heinz

WSWS (2020-10-16). Nearly 900,000 new jobless claims in US as benefit cutoffs lead to spike in poverty. wsws.org New unemployment claims reached 898,000 last week as researchers report that the cutoff of federal supplemental unemployment benefits has fueled a surge in poverty.

_____ (2020-10-16). Weekly News Review 10th — 16th October. truepublica.org.uk Editors Weekly Poke It's been another momentous week, with this weekend even more dramatic than ever. Downing Street is clearly facing an increasingly dangerous situation. Following last Tuesday's document dump from the Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (SAGE), No10's underbelly has been revealed and its gamble leaves it totally vulnerable. Those documents revealed that Boris …

Gerald E. Scorse (2020-10-16). Democrats Could Revive a Reagan Tax Reform. dissidentvoice.org Conservatives have every reason to love Ronald Reagan. He cut taxes hugely on high incomes. Once a union leader, he became a ruthless union-buster. He warred endlessly against welfare. But the darling of the Right made one sharp Left. His landmark Tax Reform Act of 1986 called for equal taxes on income from wealth and …

WSWS (2020-10-16). Amnesty International condemns Johnson government for thousands of UK care home deaths. wsws.org What occurred in care homes was mass murder due to the policy of herd immunity.

Raul Diego (2020-10-16). FCC Head and Internet's Most Hated Man Ajit Pai Just Vowed to Kill First Amendment Rights Online. mintpressnews.com FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has vowed to reinterpret Section 230 of the Communications Act on President Trump's orders in a move that threatens to curb what's left of Americans' first amendment rights online.

WSWS (2020-10-16). San Diego educators force delay in school reopenings as COVID-19 spreads in the region. wsws.org The delay to school reopenings stems directly from the actions of rank-and-file educators and parents, who have organized car caravan protests and have been increasingly outspoken on social media.

Lawrence Davidson (2020-10-16). American Jewish Progressives Declared Irrelevant. counterpunch.org The Dangers of Ideological Boundaries Ha'aretz is an Israeli newspaper and news outlet. It is considered to be the country's most liberal paper and, at least in its English presentation, often reflects "liberal Zionist" sentiments, such as questioning Israeli settlement and occupation policies. Still, the paper can get things seriously wrong, because Zionism, Israel's official ideology,

Michael Welch (2020-10-16). Coronavirus: The Trojan Vaccine. A Challenge to Health, and Freedom. globalresearch.ca " A vaccine with those reaction rates could cause grave injuries in 1.5 billion humans if administered to "every person on earth". That is the threshold that Gates has established for ending the global lockdown." | . | . | — Robert …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-16). Nigerians demand an end to police brutality. peoplesdispatch.org Massive protests have been held for the past nine days against police brutality across Nigeria.The protesters are demanding the dissolution of the SARS units of the police, and an end to all forms of police brutality in the country.

Joe Dyke (2020-10-16). Israel Stops Granting Visas to UN Human Rights Employees. globalresearch.ca Israel has stopped granting any visas to employees at the United Nations' human rights agency, effectively forcing the body's top staff to leave, Middle East Eye can reveal. | In February, Israel announced it was suspending ties with the United Nations …

Paul Joseph Watson (2020-10-16). WHO Europe Director Says Governments Should Stop Enforcing Lockdowns. globalresearch.ca The World Health Organization's Regional Director for Europe Hans Kluge says governments should stop enforcing lockdowns, unless as a "last resort," because the impact on other areas of health and mental well-being is more damaging. | In an interview with Euro …

Karen Dolan (2020-10-16). Congress Must Deliver COVID-19 Relief. progressive.org Where is the concern for the families of the more than 215,000 Americans who have lost their lives to the coronavirus?

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-16). Protests intensify in Thailand despite government's declaration of emergency. peoplesdispatch.org Thousands of protesters have gathered in the streets despite the government declaring a state of emergency, specifically to put an end to protests. Meanwhile, PM Prayuth Chan-ocha has said he will not resign…

WSWS (2020-10-16). Trump calls Whitmer "dictator" as evidence emerges of involvement of Wisconsin militia in Michigan coup plot. wsws.org A transcript of a preliminary hearing held Tuesday in the federal case against conspirators in the Michigan coup plot makes clear that only a fraction of the details have yet been exposed.

WSWS (2020-10-16). Trump administration tipped off wealthy investors about coronavirus while it downplayed threat in public. wsws.org The revelations reveal the overriding concern of the US government was the protection of the financial aristocracy at the expense of the health and safety of the population.

Global Research News (2020-10-16). This Week's Most Popular Articles. globalresearch.ca

Michael Payne (2020-10-16). October Surprise! US psychiatrists convince the media to reveal the extent of Trump's mental instability. nationofchange.org There is still time for newspapers, radio, and TV to send the psychiatrists' message relative to Trump's severe mental problems all across this country.

Andrew Emett (2020-10-16). Tennessee mayor resigns after arrested for shoplifting. nationofchange.org The store loss prevention officer "observed Mr. Blade taking multiple items and only scanning one of the items and placing these items into his shopping cart before exiting the Target store."

Dave DeCamp (2020-10-16). Esper: Pentagon School to Focus Half of Its Curriculum on China. globalresearch.ca Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said on Thursday that

Mike Ervin (2020-10-16). Smart Ass Cripple: Trump's Contempt for the Disabled. progressive.org One of the first things Trump and the Republicans tried doing to screw disabled people was obliterate the Affordable Care Act.

news.un (2020-10-16). COVID-19: 'Little or no' benefit from trials of anti-virals, says WHO. news.un.org Latest results from a UN-coordinated international trial on four COVID-19 therapeutic drugs, indicate that they have "little or no" positive impact on preventing deaths in patients infected with the new coronavirus.

news.un (2020-10-16). Misuse of terrorism laws during conflict creates 'unmitigated calamity'. news.un.org The misuse of terrorism laws during conflict situations often leads to an "unmitigated calamity" on the ground, an independent UN expert has warned.

Candice Bernd (2020-10-16). Texas Is Limiting Ballot Drop-Off Locations. Activists Are Pushing Back. zcomm.org "Education has been key to part of the success of our campaign. We're trying to educate people on every single thing that we possibly can that could happen that falls under the guise of voter suppression"

Samuel Moyn (2020-10-16). Reforming an Undemocratic Institution. zcomm.org The problem is not who is serving on the court or how long they get to stay; it's the power they have. And we need to curtail it…

Brett Wilkins (2020-10-16). Nearly 5.2 Million Americans Will Be Disenfranchised in 2020 Due to Felony Convictions. zcomm.org Black and Latinx people are disproportionately affected by disenfranchisement laws, which are still in effect in most U.S. states…

Daniel Hunter (2020-10-16). 10 things you need to know to stop a coup. zcomm.org Coups are not a time to just watch and wait until "someone else" figures it out. No matter who you are you can be a part of choosing democracy…

Steve Fraser (2020-10-16). The United States of Paranoia. zcomm.org Elites, whether theocratic or secular, may be inclined, like Mather, to resort to conspiracy mongering and even engage in their own conspiracies when the social order they preside over seems seriously out of joint…

_____ (2020-10-16). Activists Mobilize To Help Incarcerated People Get Stimulus Checks. popularresistance.org For months incarcerated people and their families heard conflicting messages about whether they were eligible to receive the pandemic stimulus payments provided by Congress as the Trump administration attempted to block prisoners from receiving their checks. Last week a federal judge slammed the administration with an order to provide the stimulus relief, and now advocates across the country are working to ensure low-income people caged in state and federal prisons can apply for the much-needed federal aid as deadlines loom.

_____ (2020-10-16). Shipt Workers Organize Targeted Protest Over Pay Model. popularresistance.org Shipt workers, frustrated with the delivery company's shift to a new, less transparent pay model, are set to strike this weekend before staging protests at both Shipt and Target's corporate headquarters on Monday. | With the pay model now instituted in every market, organizers hope this direct action will send a clear signal to Shipt and Target, which acquired the delivery company in 2017, that workers are unsatisfied by what they say is lower pay overall. | "The reason why we chose to organize is we believe that it's time for them to see the actual visual effects of shoppers that are hurting because of the pay s…

_____ (2020-10-16). Priest Sentenced To 33 Months For Protesting Nuclear Weapons. popularresistance.org Fifteen supporters in a carefully Covid masked and distanced courtroom witnessed Father Steve Kelly receive a sentence of 33 months today. After a 20 minute delay to get the telephone conference line working and properly muted 160 people listened in to the proceedings on the audio link. | Fr. Steve's sentence falls in the middle of the proposed guidelines and will likely allow his release from the Glynn County Detention Center where he is presently being detained 30 months after the action.

_____ (2020-10-16). First Nation Chief Fears For His People After Attacks On Mi'kmaw. popularresistance.org Sipekne'katik First Nation Chief Mike Sack says he worries someone will get hurt or worse after hundreds of commercial fisherman stormed two Mi'kmaw lobster facilities on Tuesday. | During a chaotic evening of violence, much of it caught on camera, commercial fisherman hurled threats, set a van ablaze and stole hundreds of lobsters. | Mi'kmaw fisherman Jason Marr filmed himself barricaded inside building, while he said mob of commercial fishermen outside were threatening to burn him out unless he handed over his lobster.

_____ (2020-10-16). Tenants Blockade Courthouse, Shut Down Much Of Eviction Docket. popularresistance.org Kansas City tenants chained themselves to the doors of the Jackson County Courthouse downtown Thursday morning and shut down virtual eviction proceedings with online disruptions. | The protest, organized by KC Tenants, drew about 100 people, who held signs saying "eviction kills" and "court's closed today." They called on Jackson County Circuit Court Presiding Judge David Byrn to halt the hearings. For months, KC Tenants has been pushing Byrn to reestablish an eviction moratorium to keep residents in their homes during the coronavirus pandemic and associated economic crisis.

Labor Video Project (2020-10-16). Jail Uber/Lyft CEO's: Workers & Unions In Rally in SF at Uber World HQ. indybay.org Hundreds of workers and trade unionists rallied at the world HQ of UBER in San Francisco to oppose their $200 million ballot initiative to undercut AB5. | UBER, Lyft and other gig workers spoke out about their conditions.

LCCHR (2020-10-16). Tuesday 10/20: Make a Voting Plan & Voting Early Webinar w/ LCCHR. indybay.org Online via livestream…

Khubaka, Michael Harris (2020-10-16). New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signs Juneteenth Holiday Legislation. indybay.org "This new public holiday will serve as a day to recognize the achievements of the Black community, while also providing an important opportunity for self-reflection on the systemic injustices that our society still faces today,"

Roland Rottenfuss (2020-10-16). Behavior and body in the sights of capital. indybay.org The proclamation of states of emergency in the spring of 2020, even if not in all countries, helped to consolidate a state crisis management system that overturned constitutions and now completely bypassed democratic decision-making processes. In the name of public health… the measures were presented as without alternative and divergent expert opinions were ignored or defamed.

YOFAP (2020-10-16). Friday 10/16: Sacramento: Students on the Capitol Steps for Yes on 16 Rally. indybay.org South Steps of California State Capitol building, between Nth Street & 10th Street & L Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 | NOTE: Masks and social distancing required…

YOFAP (2020-10-16). Friday 10/16: San Jose: BLM & YES on Prop 16: Opportunity for All Rally. indybay.org Plaza de César Chávez, 1 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose, CA 95113 | NOTE: Masks & social distancing…

Revolution Books (2020-10-16). Tuesday 10/27: An Evening with Martín Espada – Poet of the Political Imagination. indybay.org Online event sponsored by Revolution Books, 2444 Durant Ave. Berkeley CA 94704…

UFCFLP (2020-10-16). Tuesday 10/27: UBER CEO Dara No More Games-Prosecute UBER CEO For Criminal Fraud. indybay.org UBER's CEO Dara Khosrowshahi Pacific Heights Mansion | 3090 Pacific Ave. | San Francisco…

Arthur Persyko (2020-10-16). Tuesday 10/20: Fighting Fascism. indybay.org us02web.zoom.us/j/84065571772?pwd=cWg1YX…

Ramona du Houx (2020-10-16). During apocalyptic fires, elected officials called on Newsom to declare state of emergency. indybay.org Climate change created drought conditions and tinder box forests yet California remains a top oil producer adding to greenhouse gas emissions.

Robert Maxim (2020-10-16). Aaron Steichen Murder Inquiry. indybay.org Mandated reporters and first responders repeatedly and willfully fail to provide emergency mental health intervention for Aaron's schizophrenic brother, Jacob. The end result is the death of a loved one after a 5 week escalation spanning a speculated 8 calls to authorities.

Posted by Lynda Carson (2020-10-16). Trump Admin Issues CDC Eviction Moratorium Guidance to Benefit Landlords over Renters. indybay.org Change's To Coronavirus Covid-19 CDC Eviction Moratorium:…

Pacificagate (2020-10-16). Flash! Pacificagate Tapes Of Jan Gooddem Revealed. indybay.org New Pacificagate Tapes Exposing Plan To Take-over Pacifica By "New Day Pacifica"

Dolores Perez Heilbron (2020-10-16). Saturday 10/24: March for Democracy. indybay.org Rally at Mission High School Steps, 3750 18th Street | Across from Dolores Park | Followed by a march to San Francisco City Hall…

Santa Cruz News (2020-10-16). There are Many Reasons to Oppose the Library/Garage/Housing Project in Downtown Santa Cruz. indybay.org Rick Longinotti of the Campaign for Sustainable Transportation has written a rebuttal to former Mayor of Santa Cruz Don Lane's blog post in support of the proposed six-story library/garage/housing project. Read Longinotti's full response below.

YOFAP (2020-10-16). Friday 10/16: Oakland: BLM & YES on Prop 16: Opportunity for All Rally. indybay.org Lake Merritt Amphitheatre, Between 12th Street and 1st Ave., Lake Merritt Blvd, Oakland, CA 94612 | NOTE: Masks & social distancing required…

Priya Morjaria, Andrew Bastawrous, Gudlavalleti Venkata Satyanarayana Murthy, Jennifer Evans, Mekala Jayanthi Sagar, Dinesh Raj Pallepogula, Kalluri Viswanath, Clare Gilbert (2020-10-16). Effectiveness of a novel mobile health (Peek) and education intervention on spectacle wear amongst children in India: Results from a randomized superiority trial in India. thelancet.com Spectacle wear was similar in both arms of the trial, one explanation being that health education for parents was not fully received. Health education messages to create behaviour change need to be targeted at the recipient and influencers in an appropriate, acceptable and accessible medium.

Jennifer M. Hah, Jodie A. Trafton, Balasubramanian Narasimhan, Partha Krishnamurthy, Heather Hilmoe, Yasamin Sharifzadeh, James I. Huddleston, Derek Amanatullah, William J. Maloney, Stuart Goodman, Ian Carroll, Sean C. Mackey (2020-10-16). Efficacy of motivational-interviewing and guided opioid tapering support for patients undergoing orthopedic surgery (MI-Opioid Taper): A prospective, assessor-blind, randomized controlled pilot trial. thelancet.com In patients undergoing total joint arthroplasty, MI-Opioid Taper is feasible and future research is needed to establish the efficacy of MI-Opioid Taper to promote postoperative opioid cessation.

Anindya S. Bhattacharjee, Samir V. Joshi, Shilpa Naik, Shashikala Sangle, Nixon M. Abraham (2020-10-16). [Research Paper] Quantitative assessment of olfactory dysfunction accurately detects asymptomatic COVID-19 carriers. thelancet.com Compromised olfactory fitness can serve as a strong basis for identifying asymptomatic COVID-19 patients. Detailed design specifications and protocols provided here should enable the development of a sensitive, fast, and economical screening strategy that can be administered to large populations to prevent the rapid spread of COVID-19.

Steve Kanters, Marco Vitoria, Michael Zoratti, Meg Doherty, Martina Penazzato, Ajay Rangaraj, Nathan Ford, Kristian Thorlund, Prof. Aslam H. Anis, Mohammad Ehsanul Karim, Lynne Mofenson, Rebecca Zash, Alexandra Calmy, Tamara Kredo, Nick Bansback (2020-10-16). Comparative efficacy, tolerability and safety of dolutegravir and efavirenz 400mg among antiretroviral therapies for first-line HIV treatment: A systematic literature review and network meta-analysis. thelancet.com The evidence supports choosing dolutegravir in combination with lamivudine/emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate as the preferred first-line regimen and low-dose efavirenz-based regimens as an alternative. Dolutegravir can be considered to be effective, safe and tolerable.

Gabrielle Campbell, Firouzeh Noghrehchi, Suzanne Nielsen, Phillip Clare, Raimondo Bruno, Nicholas Lintzeris, Milton Cohen, Fiona Blyth, Wayne Hall, Briony Larance, Phillip Hungerford, Timothy Dobbins, Michael Farrell, Louisa Degenhardt (2020-10-16). Risk factors for indicators of opioid-related harms amongst people living with chronic non-cancer pain: Findings from a 5-year prospective cohort study. thelancet.com Both patient risk factors and opioid dose are associated with problematic opioid use behaviours.

_____ (2020-10-16). Can There Be More Than One Idea of Freedom in the 21st Century? strategic-culture.org There is one thing that every revolutionary and ideologue on Earth, past and present, has fought for over the centuries — freedom. There are few things (if any) as widely accepted as universally "good" as the idea or feeling of freedom. Be they Liberals, Communists, Radical Islamists, some fringe movement or the Washington Establishment, everyone claims to be fighting for a freedom of sorts, at least for those on their side. Our interpretation of this word has certainly varied over time, but it's overwhelming acceptance as the highest of moral goals cannot be denied. However, through the years the idea of w…

_____ (2020-10-16). Why You Won't Find Us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. strategic-culture.org Dear readers of the Strategic Culture Foundation website, | In September 2020, the Strategic Culture Foundation was banned from Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube following unsubstantiated claims that it was connected with Russian intelligence services and interfered in the US presidential elections on their orders. It means that you can't find us on these platforms and, moreover, if you try to post any links leading to SCF on your personal page, you will most likely not be allowed to do that. This case provides a glimpse into the dystopian future of suppressing dissident voices by governments previously known as dem…

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-16). Loading, unloading goods at ports going on 'uninterrupted'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 16 (MNA) — Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO) in a statement on Fri. announced that loading and unloading of goods at ports of the country is underway without any interruption.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-16). Over 6,500 livelihood assistance packages distributed in Qom. en.mehrnews.com Qom, Oct. 16 (MNA) — The 6th stage of packaging more than 6,500 livelihood assistance packages within the framework of "Equality, Empathy and Sincere Assistance Maneuver" was launched in Quds Mosalla of Qom city on Fri.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-10-16). Imperial agree vaccine research and education collaboration with Indonesia. imperial.ac.uk Imperial has agreed a pioneering research and education collaboration with Indonesia to advance vaccine development and help tackle COVID-19.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-10-16). Five new women-led startups tackle global challenges. imperial.ac.uk From microplastic alternatives to portable water filters, Imperial women are at the forefront of developing game-changing businesses.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-10-16). Post-monsoon pollution and women of the Future: News from the College. imperial.ac.uk Here's a batch of fresh news and announcements from across Imperial.

The Canary (2020-10-16). Johnson's 'oven ready' Brexit deal off the menu as PM calls halt to trade talks. thecanary.co Boris Johnson has called a halt to talks with Brussels on a post-Brexit free trade agreement, warning Britain to prepare for a final no-deal break with the European Union. | Brace for Brexit: | In a statement to broadcasters, Johnson accused EU leaders of seeking to impose a series of "unacceptable" demands and called for a "fundamental change of approach" if there was to be any agreement. The immediate response from European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen was to say that the EU would carry on negotiating, with talks next week in London going ahead as planned. | However, at a briefing for journ…

Staff (2020-10-16). Trump Denies California Request for Federal Disaster Aid After Historic Fires. truthout.org After repeatedly

Staff (2020-10-16). Michigan Bans Open Carry of Guns at Polling Places to Prevent Voter Intimidation. truthout.org The state of Michigan will ban the open carry of guns at all polling locations on Election Day in order to allow residents to vote without fear or intimidation. | Michigan is considered

Staff (2020-10-16). Republican Senate Candidate Linked to Organizer of Right-Wing Militia Rally. truthout.org Michigan Republican Senate candidate John James received campaign contributions and was photographed with the organizer of the rally where conspirators accused of planning to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer James, along with Vice President Mike Pence, was photographed with Ryan D. Kelley,…

Johanna Ross (2020-10-16). UK COVID Crisis: Standoff Between North and South over Lockdown. globalresearch.ca Mayor of Manchester, Andy Burnham, is furious. In a dramatic spectacle, the mayor spoke with anger at how the Westminster government was 'treating the north with contempt' in its approach to Covid-19. The mayor has reservations over Boris Johnson's …

Derek Royden (2020-10-16). How Covid capitalism is making the pandemic worse. nationofchange.org The very existence of covid capitalism points to the essential truth of George Carlin's adage that government, "[Is] a big club and you aren't in it".

Manlio Dinucci (2020-10-16). From the EU Covid Recovery Fund Thirty Billion Goes to the War Industry. globalresearch.ca While the "Coronavirus crisis" continues to cause devastating socio-economic consequences also in Italy, a large part of the "Recovery Fund" is destined not to the most affected economic and social sectors, but to the most advanced sectors of the war …

Sarah Anderson (2020-10-16). Farmers and Meatpackers Are Teaming Up. counterpunch.org For family farmers like Hans Breitenmoser, the odds of catching COVID-19 on the job are slim. Social distancing is not exactly a challenge when you're farming more than 1,300 acres in rural Wisconsin. But Breitenmoser is one of many Wisconsin farmers who are showing solidarity with others in the food supply chain who are at

Michael Barajas, The Texas Observer (2020-10-16). Texas and the Long Tail of Voter Suppression. thenation.com Texas and the Long Tail of Voter Suppression…

Steve Phillips (2020-10-16). These Are the States to Focus on to Flip the Senate. thenation.com These Are the States to Focus on to Flip the Senate…

Steve Fraser (2020-10-16). Donald Trump Is America's First Conspiracist President. thenation.com Donald Trump Is America's First Conspiracist President…

RT (2020-10-15). Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey blames 'poor communication' in Biden story takedown, downplaying Big Tech 'censorship' scandal. rt.com Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has blamed "bad communication" and a "lack of context" in response to public outcry over his platform's censorship of a New York Post story on alleged backroom dealings of the Biden family. | "Our communication around our actions on the [New York Post] article was not great. And blocking URL sharing via tweet or DM with zero context as to why we're blocking: unacceptable," Dorsey tweeted on Wednesday, hours after Twitter began blacklisting the

RT (2020-10-15). YouTube bans 'conspiracy theories used to justify real-world violence,' including QAnon content, amid Big Tech crackdown. rt.com With every major Silicon Valley tech company expanding its censorship efforts ahead of the presidential election, YouTube is the latest to filter out 'harmful' information, including 'QAnon' and 'Pizzagate' content. | YouTube

RT (2020-10-15). Twitter CENSORS THE GOVERNMENT, briefly blocking link to GOP page on CONGRESS website with copy of NYPost's Hunter Biden story. rt.com After downplaying the censorship of links to a New York Post exposé on the Biden family's alleged murky business dealings, Twitter is still blocking links to the "unsafe" story, even ones posted by US lawmakers. | When the New York Post published a tranche of emails on Wednesday claiming to reveal Hunter and Joe Biden's alleged backroom dealings in Ukraine, the story spread like wildfire. That is, until Twitter and Facebook began preventing users from sharing links to the incriminating article. As Republicans and conservatives decried the apparent "censorship," Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey stepped in to clear the a…

sputniknews (2020-10-15). Will Twitter and Facebook Shut Down Our Ukraine Reporting? sputniknews.com On today's episode Lee Stranahan covers: C-SPAN editor Steve Scully lied about getting his Twitter account hacked, President Trump & Joe Biden are having town halls, Senate is subpoenaing Jack Dorsey for censoring New York Post article on Ukraine & Hunter Biden, and a Kamala Harris staffer has tested positive for Covid-19.

Jon Queally, staff writer (2020-10-15). Progressives Warn Against Accepting—Let Alone Applauding—Twitter Ban of "Garbage" NY Post Story. commondreams.org "Look carefully at what Twitter is saying to justify censoring the Biden story. If applied consistently, it'd mean that some of history's most consequential journalism—the Pentagon Papers, WikiLeaks' war logs, Snowden docs, Panama Papers, our Brazil Archive—would be banned." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2020-10-15). Hunter Biden pursued deals worth tens of million in China, struck bargains for 'his family,' NEW email leaks allege. rt.com Freshly leaked emails suggest that Joe Biden's son, Hunter, stood to make tens of millions of dollars working for a Chinese energy firm, and allegedly called a deal with the firm's chairman "interesting to me and my family." | The emails — supposedly recovered from a laptop in a Delaware computer repair shop — were published by the New York Post on Thursday, one day after the paper published

The Alternative World (2020-10-15). The Trial of Julian Assange featuring Roger Waters, John Pilger, Ray McGovern & hosted by Miko Peled. thealtworld.com Recently, U.S. prosecutors indicted WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange on seventeen espionage charges stemming from the disclosure of atrocities committed by the U.S. armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. With global consequences directly affecting the freedom of the press, Assange stands to be extradited from the UK to trial to the U.S. under the Espionage Act. In this upcoming online event, author and activist, Miko Peled, speaks with three prominent activists who have persistently advocated for Assange's release and freedom. | Roger Waters — Cofounder of Pink Floyd, Songwriter & Musician, Activist | John…

Brendan McQuade (2020-10-15). Police Surveillance is Criminalization and It Crushes People. counterpunch.org The Bottom of the BlueLeaks Iceberg is an Archive of Mass Supervision The media called Jesse Harvey a "recovery advocate." To others, he was "Narcan Jesus." In 2016, Harvey founded Journey House Recovery, a non-profit that today operates four low barrier, peer-run recovery houses in Southern and Central Maine. In 2018, Harvey formed Church of

Mark Gruenberg (2020-10-15). Add voting rights to list of questions ducked by Barrett. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Add voting rights, both at the polls and who has the right to vote, to the list of key issues which U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett is ducking. And as for the presidential election this fall, "occasions where courts decide elections should be [cases] where courts protect the right to vote," she said—and …

David Rosen (2020-10-15). How the Christian Right Won the Culture Wars. counterpunch.org The likely appointment of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court may mark the end of this round of the culture wars. For half-a-century, the U.S. has been a battleground over "moral" and sexual values. Key issues like abortion, health care (i.e., the ADA), gay rights and the meaning of "family" have been contested. With Barrett's appointment,

Ruth Conniff (2020-10-15). Amy Coney Barrett Is Not Pro-Life. progressive.org Trump's Supreme Court nominee has no regard for Americans protected by the Affordable Care Act.

_____ (2020-10-15). How Hitler Found His Blueprint For A German Empire. popularresistance.org Native peoples in the United States continue to struggle for justice. While this year brought some important victories, such as Washington's NFL team finally dropping its racist name and logo, and a landmark win in the Supreme Court for Native rights in McGirt v. Oklahoma, the difficult work of recognizing and redressing the country's legacy of oppressing its first inhabitants continues. | Efforts by Native and allied activists to spread observance of Indigenous Peoples' Day as an alternative to Columbus Day is an important part of this work.

Staff (2020-10-15). Amy Coney Barrett Won't Say Climate Change Is Real; Forgets 1st Amendment Protects Right to Protest. democracynow.org We air highlights from the second day of questioning of President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, who faced eight hours of questions on Wednesday about her views on issues ranging from climate change to voting rights to gay marriage and abortion, as Republicans race to confirm her ahead of the election and secure a 6-3 majority on the Supreme Court for conservatives.

2020-10-16: Social Media Postees

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Lisa Graves on the Story Behind Amy Coney Barrett
CounterSpin | fair.org | 2020-10-16
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Smart Ass Cripple: Amy Coney Barrett Is a Threat to the Disabled
Mike Ervin | progressive.org | 2020-10-16
Her record is one of disdain and disregard for anyone who might need an occasional helping hand.
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Mark Fiore | progressive.org | 2020-10-16
President Trump and Senate Republicans are determined to shove through their SCOTUS pick before election results are decided.
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Make an Informed Decision: Where the Presidential Candidates Land
aclu.org | 2020-10-16
Everything we've fought for is at stake in this election. Our right to protest a broken system, our right to equal treatment at work, and even our right to vote. It's up to us to decide what comes next. The ACLU does not endorse or oppose candidates, but we do want to give you the information you need to make informed decisions. It is crucial that you study where the candidates land on the issues. See below for the presidential candidates' positions on key civil liberties issues. | IssueJoe BidenDonald Trump | Police Reform: Pledged to help hold police accountable for shooting unarmed people and other miscondu…
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Trump's Labor Dept. probes Microsoft in search of 'reverse racism' in hiring
Al Neal | peoplesworld.org | 2020-10-16
In the eyes of the Trump administration, workers, their families, their health, and their safety are not worth defending. Workers are expendable cogs in the vast capitalist machine. They serve only one purpose: background actors for the various television ads portraying Trump's failures as victories as he aims to win (steal) re-election. The U.S. Dept. …
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Questions Surround Timing and Details of Trump's Recent Yemen Prisoner Exchange
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2020-10-16
Like many aspects of the war in Yemen, and of US elections, many questions surround the freeing of two Americans in what may be one of the largest prisoner exchanges in modern history.
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Election 2020: Trump and the 1% vs. the rest of us
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-10-16
White nationalism. Police killings of innocent unarmed Blacks. A mass crusade for economic, social, and racial justice. The coronavirus pandemic. The worst depression since the Great Depression, with the GOP-run Senate's refusal for the last six months to help the 26 million people without jobs. A big GOP threat to everyone's health care coverage. Lack …
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Who Elected Donald Trump?
Rob Urie | counterpunch.org | 2020-10-16
The question of who elected Donald Trump may seem redundant, irrelevant even, this close to a new election. However, four years after the 2016 election, different constituencies offer wholly unrelated answers. What is inexplicable in one explanation fits into the trajectory of an historical epoch in another. The Wall Street — DC establishment sees the…
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Twitter rolls out 'DISPUTED' warnings for users trying to post 'misleading' content after backlash over Biden emails censorship
rt.com | 2020-10-16
Twitter is cracking down on the spread of what they call "misleading" content ahead of the election: users attempting to retweet anything similar to the NYPost's Hunter Biden leak will now get a warning the material is "disputed." | Attempting to retweet the offending content will trigger a prompt warning the user that the material they're trying to post is "disputed," Twitter revealed on Friday, tweeting an image of the new warning screen. The user will be able to click a button to "find out more" about why Twitter doesn't want the material shared – and then presumably post it anyway. | pic.twitter.com/KjQSnD…
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Twitter rolls out 'DISPUTED' warnings for users trying to post 'misleading' content after backlash over Biden emails censorship
rt.com | 2020-10-16
Twitter is cracking down on the spread of "misleading" content ahead of the US election, as users attempting to retweet anything similar to the NYPost's Hunter Biden leaks will now get a warning the material is "disputed." | Attempting to retweet offending content will trigger a prompt warning the user that the material they're trying to post is "disputed," Twitter revealed on Friday, posting an image of the new warning screen. | The user will be able to click a button to "find out more" about why Twitter doesn't want the material shared, and then presumably post it anyway. | Our work to limit the spread of mi…
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'Most brazen media suppression in US history': Republicans go after Twitter over censorship of NYPost's Biden bombshell
rt.com | 2020-10-16
Suppressing several stories critical of Democrat candidate Joe Biden amounted to election interference and an illegal political contribution, the Republican National Committee said in a complaint to the election watchdog FEC. | The party filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission on Friday, accusing Twitter of illegally interfering with the 2020 US presidential election through its muscular censorship of a handful of articles that appeared to expose Biden's son Hunter's dodgy business dealings with Ukrainian and Chinese entities. | Twitter's unprecedented blackout, which blocked all sharing of link…
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Too little too late? Twitter announces 'hacked materials' policy update after Biden expose censorship fiasco
rt.com | 2020-10-16
Twitter has issued a mea culpa after using its "hacked materials" policy to bury a controversial story alleging shady backroom dealings by the Biden family, with the platform vowing to alter its rules and how it enforces them. | "Over the last 24 hours, we've received significant feedback (from critical to supportive) about how we enforced our Hacked Materials Policy yesterday," Twitter policy head Vijaya Gadde said in a tweet on Thursday night, adding that the company would change how it applies the rule and lift its blockade on the Biden story, published on Wednesday by the New York Post. | We believe that l…
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ABC ignores elephant in the room, asks Biden ZERO QUESTIONS about censored NY Post scoops on his son's overseas business dealings
rt.com | 2020-10-16
ABC held a 90-minute town hall with Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden without asking a single question about this week's New York Post stories on alleged scandals involving his son's business dealings in Ukraine and China. | Host George Stephanopoulos steered clear of…
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Greta Thunberg mocks US Supreme Court nominee as eco-activists paint judge's refusal to OPINE on climate change as DISQUALIFYING
rt.com | 2020-10-16
Child enviro-prodigy Greta Thunberg is ripping US Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett for declining to give her opinions about the cause of climate change, likening the judge's restraint to lacking a view on gravity. | "To be fair, I don't have any views on climate change, either," Thunberg said on Thursday on Twitter, mocking Barrett's answers in her Senate confirmation hearing. "Just like I don't have any views on gravity, the fact that the earth is round, photosynthesis nor evolution. But understanding and knowing their existence really makes life in the 21st century so much easier." | To be fair, I don…
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Amy Coney Barrett's Take on Voting Rights Act Exposes Her Entire Legal Philosophy as a Lie
Ryan Grim | zcomm.org | 2020-10-16
Barrett claims to defer to the original meaning of statutes, but when it comes to the Voting Rights Act, that deference is out the window…
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Calling all Handmaids!
Curt Wechsler | indybay.org | 2020-10-16
Stop the Appointment of Amy Coney Barrett | ‚Ä® | Thursday October 15 | Protest 5: 00 pm outside San Francisco City Hall | Saturday October 17 #MarchForOurRights‚Ä® | Assemble 10: 30 am outside Main Library | ‚Ä®Grove & Larkin, San Francisco‚Ä® | March down Market Street to Embarcadero Plaza‚Ä&reg…
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[Viewpoint] Five insights from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019
GBD 2019 Viewpoint Collaborators | thelancet.com | 2020-10-17
The Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study (GBD) 2019 provides a rules-based synthesis of the available evidence on levels and trends in health outcomes, a diverse set of risk factors, and health system responses. GBD 2019 covered 204 countries and territories, as well as first administrative level disaggregations for 22 countries, from 1990 to 2019. Because GBD is highly standardised and comprehensive, spanning both fatal and non-fatal outcomes, and uses a mutually exclusive and collectively exhaustive list of hierarchical disease and injury causes, the study provides a powerful basis for de…
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[Global Health Metrics] Global burden of 369 diseases and injuries in 204 countries and territories, 1990–2019: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019
GBD 2019 Diseases and Injuries Collaborators | thelancet.com | 2020-10-17
As disability becomes an increasingly large component of disease burden and a larger component of health expenditure, greater research and development investment is needed to identify new, more effective intervention strategies. With a rapidly ageing global population, the demands on health services to deal with disabling outcomes, which increase with age, will require policy makers to anticipate these changes. The mix of universal and more geographically specific influences on health reinforces the need for regular reporting on population health in detail and by underlying cause to help decision makers to identi…
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[Editorial] Global health: time for radical change?
The Lancet | thelancet.com | 2020-10-17
What strategies should governments adopt to improve the health of their citizens? Amid the COVID-19 syndemic it would be easy to focus attention on global health security–at a minimum, strong public health and health-care systems. WHO has based its global health strategy on three pillars: universal health coverage, health emergencies, and better health and wellbeing. The indispensable elements of robust public health and health care are well known and endlessly rehearsed–a capable health workforce; effective, safe, and high-quality service delivery; health information systems; access to essential medi…
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(20)32131-0/fulltext?rss=yes

[Global Health Metrics] Global burden of 87 risk factors in 204 countries and territories, 1990–2019: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019
GBD 2019 Risk Factors Collaborators | thelancet.com | 2020-10-17
Overall, the record for reducing exposure to harmful risks over the past three decades is poor. Success with reducing smoking and lead exposure through regulatory policy might point the way for a stronger role for public policy on other risks in addition to continued efforts to provide information on risk factor harm to the general public.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(20)30752-2/fulltext?rss=yes

[Global Health Metrics] Global age-sex-specific fertility, mortality, healthy life expectancy (HALE), and population estimates in 204 countries and territories, 1950–2019: a comprehensive demographic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019
GBD 2019 Demographics Collaborators | thelancet.com | 2020-10-17
Over the past 20 years, fertility rates have been dropping steadily and life expectancy has been increasing, with few exceptions. Much of this change follows historical patterns linking social and economic determinants, such as those captured by the GBD Socio-demographic Index, with demographic outcomes. More recently, several countries have experienced a combination of low fertility and stagnating improvement in mortality rates, pushing more populations into the late stages of the demographic transition.
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Dark Money & Barrett Nomination: The Link Between Big Polluters & the War on ACA, Roe & LGBT Rights
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-10-16
During confirmation hearings this week for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island opted not to ask the judge any questions. Instead, he gave a 30-minute presentation on how right-wing groups, including the Federalist Society and Judicial Crisis Network, use dark money to shape the nation's judiciary. We air excerpts from his presentation and get reaction from Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
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Preserving Roe: West Virginia Mom Tells Abortion Story in Heartfelt Speech Against Amy Coney Barrett
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-10-16
The Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony this week from Crystal Good, who spoke about her experience of having an abortion and expressed concerns that Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation to the Supreme Court would limit access to safe, affordable care. During three days of hearings, Judge Barrett has repeatedly refused to answer questions about her views on abortion and the future of Roe v. Wade, despite her public record opposing reproductive rights. "If confirmed, Judge Barrett will be a fifth vote to eviscerate the important protections that have been afforded by Roe v. Wade," says Kristen Clarke, president…
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Deeply Troubling: Kristen Clarke on How Rush to Confirm Barrett Endangers Voting & Civil Rights
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-10-16
The Senate confirmation hearing for President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett ended Thursday with Republicans on the Judiciary Committee scheduling a vote on her nomination for October 22, with a full Senate vote to follow shortly thereafter — less than two weeks before the presidential election, in which the Supreme Court could play a decisive role. The right-wing judge's confirmation looks all but assured, after four rushed days of questioning in which Barrett refused to state her position on abortion rights, gay marriage, the Affordable Care Act, voting rights, climate change, and even if…
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Barrett Is Poised to Become the Most Radical Right-Wing Member of Supreme Court
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-10-16
During her Supreme Court confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Amy Coney Barrett refused to say that voter intimidation is illegal, that armed poll watchers are intimidating, that voter discrimination exists, whether the president could deny someone the right to vote based on race or that Congress has a constitutional duty to protect the right to vote. | She refused to affirm that Medicare is constitutional; that married couples should not lose their right to contrace…
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Outnumbered on Supreme Court Nomination, Democrats Campaign for ACA
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-10-16
Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee know that, barring something unexpected, they lack the votes to block President Donald Trump from installing his third justice in four years on the Supreme Court and creating a 6-3 conservative majority. | They also know that, in a normal year, by mid-October Congress would be out of session and members home campaigning. But 2020 is obviously no normal year. So, while the rest of Congress is home, Democratic Judiciary members are trying something very differe…
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West Virginia Mom Tells Her Abortion Story in Speech Against Amy Coney Barrett
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-10-16
The Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony this week from Crystal Good, who spoke about her experience of having an abortion and expressed concerns that Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation to the Supreme Court would limit access to safe, affordable care. During three days of hearings, Judge Barrett has repeatedly refused to answer questions about her views on abortion and the future of Roe v. Wade, despite her public record opposing reproductive rights. "If confirmed, Judge Barrett will be a…
truthout.org/video/west-virginia-mom-tel…

Dropped Prosecutions: The Afghan Files, Public Interest Journalism and Dan Oakes
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2020-10-16
In July 2017, two journalists working for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Dan Oakes and Sam Clark, wrote of a stash of incriminating documents, running into hundreds of pages. They were "secret defence force documents leaked to the ABC". These documents gave…
counterpunch.org/2020/10/16/dropped-pros…

Dropped Prosecutions: The Afghan Files, Public Interest Journalism and Dan Oakes
Binoy Kampmark | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-10-16
In July 2017, two journalists working for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Dan Oakes and Sam Clark, wrote of a stash of incriminating documents, running into hundreds of pages. They were "secret defence force documents leaked to the ABC". These documents gave "an unprecedented insight into the clandestine operations in Australia's elite special forces in Afghanistan, …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/10/dropped-prose…

Roaming Charges: Pray, Grin and Barrett
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2020-10-16
The genius of the Biden campaign is that there really is no Biden campaign. The outcome of the election will almost certainly depend on whether they can resist the temptation to start one over the next three weeks.
counterpunch.org/2020/10/16/roaming-char…

Rochester Labor Council Calls For General Strike If Trump Refuses to Abide By Election Res
Labor Video Project | indybay.org | 2020-10-16
The Rochester Labor Council called for a national general strike if Trump does not abide by the election results. The president of the Council Dan Moloney is interviewed about why they support this action.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/10/14/1883756…

Before the Bidens 'Did' Ukraine, There Was Iraq — and Serbia
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2020-10-16
The United States approaches the November 2020 election with growing apprehension, even dread. | Among the possibilities: | Protracted uncertainty about the presidential contest. Think Florida 2000 but with several states' results unresolved for weeks or even months ("Experts held 'war games' on the Trump vs. Biden election. Their finding? Brace for a mess"); | A disputed outcome, perhaps with Donald Trump and Joe Biden both claiming victory, compounded by a " blue shift,"
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Trump Is Urging Republicans to Break the Law
Sasha Abramsky | thenation.com | 2020-10-16
Trump Is Urging Republicans to Break the Law…
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Bloomberg donates $250,000 to boost Jewish support for Biden in Florida
MEE staff | middleeasteye.net | 2020-10-16
Bloomberg donates $250,000 to boost Jewish support for Biden in Florida | Donation to Jewish Democratic Council of America's Super PAC seeks to reinforce American Jews' support for Biden and fellow Democrats | MEE staff | Fri, 10/16/2020 – 20: 52 | Michael Bloomberg's $250,000 donation to go toward Jewish Democratic Council of America's digital outreach campaign targeting Florida (AFP/File photo) | Billionaire businessman…
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Turkish and Israeli Weapons Fueling Conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-10-16
Weapons-makers — aka merchants of death and mass destruction — fuel conflicts when occur. | The US by far dominates the global arms trade. | According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the US accounted for 36% of major conventional …
globalresearch.ca/turkish-israeli-weapon…

Bolivia: First Election Since US-Backed Coup Pits Right against Left, Rich Against Poor and White against Everyone Else
Oliver Vargas | mintpressnews.com | 2020-10-16
This coming Sunday represents Bolivia's best chance to secure lasting peace, with a widely anticipated MAS victory expected to be a repudiation of last November's US-backed military coup.
mintpressnews.com/bolivia-election-pits-…

Bolivia elections, an opportunity to defuse extreme polarization: UN rights chief
news.un.org | 2020-10-16
The UN's top human rights official has called on all actors in Bolivia to remain calm and refrain from any action that could undermine the peaceful conduct of the general elections, taking place on Sunday.
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Bolivia elections, an opportunity to defuse extreme polarization: UN rights chief
news.un.org | 2020-10-16
The UN's top human rights official has called on everyone active in Bolivian politics, to ensure calm on the streets, and refrain from any action that could undermine the peaceful conduct of the general elections, taking place on Sunday.
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UN chief calls for swift action following attacks on peacekeepers in Mali
news.un.org | 2020-10-16
Authorities in Mali are being urged to act swiftly to apprehend those responsible for two separate attacks on Thursday against peacekeepers serving with the UN Mission in the country, MINUSMA.
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Bolivia: First Election Since US-Backed Coup Pits Right against Left, Rich Against Poor and White against Everyone Else
Alan MacLeod | thealtworld.com | 2020-10-16
This coming Sunday represents Bolivia's best chance to secure lasting peace, with a widely anticipated MAS victory expected to be a repudiation of last November's US-backed military coup. | MPN– Eleven months after a U.S-backed military coup overthrew the democratically elected Evo Morales and his Movement to Socialism (MAS) party, Bolivians will go to the polls on Sunday, offering them a chance to repudiate the coup government of Jeanine Añez, who has ruled the country since last November. | The last y…
thealtworld.com/alan_macleod/bolivia-fir…

Steve Donziger: How Big Oil Weaponized Our Judicial System Against Him and the Indigenous People He Represented
Editor | scheerpost.com | 2020-10-16
The epic battle by Steve Donziger to get Chevron to pay a $9.5 billion judgment he won in 2011 for its "mass industrial poisoning" of Indigenous Amazonian tribes in Ecuador has left him under house arrest for 13 months, disbarred, with, frozen bank accounts, $32 million in legal fees, a lien on his home, and no way to make a living. The judgment has not yet been paid.
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Scheer Intelligence: How Big Oil Weaponized The Judicial System
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-10-16
Steve Donziger has dedicated the latter part of his life to fighting oil companies' greedy destruction of indigenous lands and peoples in the Amazon. After a decades-long legal battle against Chevron, which Chris Hedges details in a recent column for Scheerpost, Donziger was charged with misdemeanor civil contempt for refusing New York Judge Lewis A. Kaplan's orders to turn over to Chevron his client communications–which would force him to violate attorney-client privilege– his personal electronics, his passport and to cease trying to collect the $9.5 billion from Chevron for his Indigenous clients.
popularresistance.org/how-big-oil-weapon…

Why Wasn't There Any Post-Election Turmoil In Tajikistan?
Andrew Korybko | thealtworld.com | 2020-10-16
Unlike fellow former Soviet Republics Belarus and even neighboring Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan's latest elections didn't result in any turmoil even though one might have expected it to have due to some similarly discernible risk factors, but that wasn't the case (at least not yet) for five primary reasons. | Tajikistan's latest elections came and went without any turmoil unlike the recent ones in fellow former Soviet Republics Belarus and even neighboring Kyrgyzstan, the first of which is now in the midst o…
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Bolivian Couper Stalk International Election Observers
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-10-16
Santa Cruz, Bolivia – Contributors to The Grayzone including Max Blumenthal, Anya Parampil, and Ben Norton traveled from the United States to Bolivia in order to join a delegation of independent international observers of the country's October 18th presidential election — the first vote since a November 2019 US-backed military coup removed the country's elected president. | Little known to us, however, was that we were being stalked on the way. A number of Bolivians covertly took photos of us as we waited for a connecting flight in the airport in Chile, snapped more as we boarded the plane, and published th…
popularresistance.org/bolivian-couper-st…

David Price Takes on the CIA Over Its Secret Torture Program, But Is He Asking the Right Questions?
Raul Diego | mintpressnews.com | 2020-10-16
A Congressman wrote to the CIA looking for answers about his state's role in an illegal program that unlawfully detained and tortured hundreds of Muslims, but his late and limited election-time appeal smacks of political showmanship.
mintpressnews.com/north-carolina-david-p…

Top Poisoner of Pacific Is U.S. Military
David Swanson | globalresearch.ca | 2020-10-16
"We're number one!" The United States famously fails to actually lead the world in anything desirable, but it does lead the world in many things, and one of them turns out to be the poisoning of the Pacific and its …
globalresearch.ca/top-poisoner-pacific-u…

On the British State-Funded BBC's Pending Smear
Eva Bartlett | thealtworld.com | 2020-10-16
The British state-funded BBC, which has a history of perverted war propaganda against the people of Syria, a history of whitewashing the crimes of terrorists in Syria, a history of flat out lying about events in Syria, has decided to launch another smear against myself, Vanessa Beeley, researchers of the Working Group on Syria, a former ambassador to Syria, and others. | This is not just another character assassination, though, this is a serious threat against journalists and those speaking truth against establishment narratives. Thanks to those who have tweeted or spoken about this revolting attack. | On Twitter…
thealtworld.com/eva_bartlett/on-the-brit…

Israel bans Palestinian singer Mohammed Assaf from entering Jerusalem, Gaza
MEE staff | middleeasteye.net | 2020-10-16
Israel bans Palestinian singer Mohammed Assaf from entering Jerusalem, Gaza | Israel has imposed a travel ban on Assaf, revoking his entry permit, which he earned as an UNRWA ambassador | MEE staff | Fri, 10/16/2020 – 12: 12 | Palestinian "Arab Idol" winner Mohammed Assaf described the Israeli travel ban as "a continuation of the policies of oppression" (AFP/file photo) | Israel has imposed an entry ban on Mohammed Assaf,…
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Syria: Humanitarians 'very concerned' for thousands still living in Al Hol camp
news.un.org | 2020-10-16
Humanitarians are "very concerned" about the plight of more than 64,000 people living in the restive Al Hol camp in northeast Syria, the UN Spokesperson told journalists on Friday.
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Indigenous communities fight the border regime Trump is imposing on their lands
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-10-16
In our final First Nations Friday, we discuss the ongoing protests at Trump's U.S./Mexico border wall, where Indigenous communities call for an end to colonial borders. We also have a special announcement about a new show coming to The Real News Network!
therealnews.com/indigenous-communities-f…

#SinkColumbus: Indigenous Peoples' Day now!
Workers World Boston bureau | workers.org | 2020-10-16
Boston United American Indians of New England and North American Indian Center of Boston marched through Boston, several hundred strong, on Oct. 10, in honor of Indigenous Peoples' Day. The colonizers' "Columbus Day" is still scheduled by Boston and the state of Massachusetts for Oct. 12, although activists in the . . . | Continue reading #SinkColumbus: Indigenous Peoples' Day now! at Workers.org
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Photographer Josué Rivas on Indigenous Representation
aclu.org | 2020-10-16
This week and in recent years, a growing number of states and cities across the country celebrated Indigenous Peoples' Day. It comes as an important corrective after decades of celebrating the "discovery" of the Americas by Christopher Columbus each year. We know, of course, that no such discovery happened — what did happen was colonization, and centuries of subjugation, murder, disenfranchisement, and displacement of Native Americans. As we reflect on our history and on the stories that have been too often excluded, we consider the importance of not just what stories get told, but of who gets to tell th…
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Another Indigenous murder still unsolved: Two years and counting for Angela McConnell
Albert Bender | peoplesworld.org | 2020-10-16
REDDING, Calif.–A grim milestone has recently passed in the case of Indigenous murder victim Angela McConnell, previously covered in the media, including in this paper. Angela was taken from this world on Sept. 7, 2018, in Shasta Lake, a town in Northern California, the victim of a brutal murder. Her case is still unsolved by …
peoplesworld.org/article/another-indigen…

Left Culture and Movement Prospects
Vincent Emanuele | zcomm.org | 2020-10-16
Have you ever heard a fellow progressive, leftist, radical, or revolutionary say, "I remain on the left despite the left, not because of it"? We have.
zcomm.org/znetarticle/left-culture-and-m…

Possible Recurrence Of OAS Electoral Fraud In Bolivia
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-10-16
Washington, DC — Bolivia's general elections on Sunday, October 18, could again be threatened by the involvement of the Organization of American States (OAS), Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) Co-Director Mark Weisbrot warns. On September 30, OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro met with the de facto interior minister of Bolivia, Arturo Murillo, at the OAS's Washington, DC headquarters. Following the meeting, Almagro Tweeted that Murillo had "conveyed his concern about the possibility of a new fraud" in Bolivia's October 18 elections.
popularresistance.org/possible-recurrenc…

Mainstream economics then: classical political economy
David Ruccio | mronline.org | 2020-10-16
Marxian economists have been quite critical of contemporary mainstream economics. As we saw in Chapter 1, and will continue to explore in the remainder of this book, Marxian economists have challenged the general approach as well as all of the major conclusions of both neoclassical and Keynesian economics.
mronline.org/2020/10/16/mainstream-econo…

Trump's Endless Wars
Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies | counterpunch.org | 2020-10-16
In the aftermath of the attacks on 9/11, the Bush Administration invaded Iraq and tortured prisoners of war and terrorism suspects, in flagrant violation of the U.N. Charter and the Geneva Conventions. As a result, the United States lost standing among many of its traditional allies around the world. President Barack Obama's global charm offensive…
counterpunch.org/2020/10/16/trumps-endle…

Providing water is a U.S. crime for migrants and allies
Teresa Gutierrez | workers.org | 2020-10-16
Not only does Trump continue to carry out a vile anti-immigrant diatribe almost daily, agents from Immigration and Custom Enforcement carried out an ominous SWAT attack in Arizona recently. And in New York City, ICE agents are arresting immigrants by pretending to be NYC police. No More Deaths volunteers have . . . | Continue reading Providing water is a U.S. crime for migrants and allies at Workers.org
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ICE is Trying to Deport My Husband While I Treat COVID Patients
Urooj Alavi | aclu.org | 2020-10-16
I work as a registered nurse in an intensive care unit in Southern California. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, I've been working alongside my colleagues as we try to save the lives of the sickest patients and comfort their families. The hours have been long, and we have all seen more than our share of sorrow., , Fortunately, for most of the pandemic I had my husband to lean on. It was comforting to know that while I was in the unit, he was at home caring for our two young children and that when I came home he would be there to support me., , That changed in July, when ICE detained him during a routine check…
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Farmers and Meatpackers Are Teaming Up
Sarah Anderson | zcomm.org | 2020-10-16
During the pandemic and recession, farmers are realizing they have more in common with immigrant meatpackers than agribusiness CEOs…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/farmers-and-meatpa…

Informal Arab delegation visits Al-Aqsa with Israeli protection: Report
MEE staff | middleeasteye.net | 2020-10-16
Informal Arab delegation visits Al-Aqsa with Israeli protection: Report | The visit was reportedly the first of its kind to the holy site since Bahrain and the UAE signed a normalisation deal with Israel last month | MEE staff | Fri, 10/16/2020 – 15: 00 | The delegation reportedly performed prayers inside the 7th century Dome of the Rock Mosque (Screengrab) | An informal Arab delegation reportedly visited the Al-Aqsa Mosq…
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Zionist War on Palestinian Festival in Rome is Ominous Sign of Things to Come
Romana Rubeo and Ramzy Baroud | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-10-16
A Zionist-led war on a Palestinian cultural festival in Rome has exposed the fragility of the Italian political system when it comes to the conversation on Palestine and Israel. The sad truth is that, although Italy is not often associated with a 'powerful' pro-Israel lobby as is the case in Washington, the pro-Israel influence in …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/10/zionist-war-o…

Zionist War on Palestinian Festival in Rome is Ominous Sign of Things to Come
Romana Rubeo, Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2020-10-16
A Zionist-led war on a Palestinian cultural festival in Rome has exposed the fragility of the Italian political system when it comes to the conversation on Palestine and Israel. The sad truth is that, although Italy is not often associated with a 'powerful' pro-Israel lobby as is the case in Washington, the pro-Israel influence in…
counterpunch.org/2020/10/16/zionist-war-…

The Coup Already Underway
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2020-10-16
This might be a good time for Americans to stop masochistically worshipping at the feet of their nation's authoritarian Constitution. A proto-fascistic genocidal racist maniac and anti-science eco-exterminist determined to kill two million more Americans with COVID-19 sits in the White House thanks in no small part due to the absurdly venerated 1788 United States…
counterpunch.org/2020/10/16/the-coup-alr…

Yemen — Prisoner Swap and What May be Behind it
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2020-10-16
Background | The fourth batch of Yemeni detainees has arrived the in Sana'a as part of the largest prisoner swap between the country's warring sides. The residents in the capital received 112 prisoners after their plane landed in the Sana'a international …
globalresearch.ca/yemen-prisoner-swap-be…

Can an Eco-Socialist Revolution Save China?
Louis Proyect | counterpunch.org | 2020-10-16
On August 19, 2019, I unfurled my degrowth banner in a CounterPunch article titled "Ecological Limits and the Working Class" and followed it up with a review of leading degrowth theorist Giorgos Kallis's "Limits: Why Malthus Was Wrong and Why Environmentalists Should Care" just six months later. Having read dozens of articles on degrowth over…
counterpunch.org/2020/10/16/can-an-eco-s…

Saturday 10/17: Socialist and Labor Contingent to Protest Proud Boys
Freedom Socialist Party Bay Area | indybay.org | 2020-10-16
Mission High School steps (3750 18th St. near Dolores), San Francisco…
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Socialist Alliance maintains registration
ALEX | greenleft.org.au | 2020-10-16
The Australian Electoral Commission confirmed on October 16 that the Socialist Alliance will maintain electoral registration.
greenleft.org.au/content/socialist-allia…

30 Straight Weeks: Over One Million Jobless US Workers Apply for UI
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-10-16
What's happening in the US — with no significant relief in prospect — is unparalleled in the the nation's history. | Unemployment, growing poverty, food insecurity, and overall deprivation are growing, not easing — while politicians in Washington prioritize war-making and …
globalresearch.ca/30-straight-weeks-over…

Two mockeries of democracy instead of one: Biden and Trump town halls replace debate
Jordan Woll | liberationnews.org | 2020-10-16
Donald Trump and Joe Biden held town hall-style encounters at the same time yesterday in what columnist and political cartoonist Ted Rall described as an event, "long on drama but short on credible solutions." Trump and Biden were initially scheduled to face off in a traditional head-to-head debate. But this was called off due to …
liberationnews.org/two-mockeries-of-demo…

Bullets are not the seeds of life
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2020-10-16
Bullets, as Mahjoub sang in prison, are not the seeds of life. The answers to our misery are so obvious, but they would cost the minority who control power, privilege, and property; they have a lot to lose, which is why they hold on so desperately.
mronline.org/2020/10/16/bullets-are-not-…

Thailand: Western Media Encourages Agitators — Arrests Will Continue
Anthony Cartalucci | thealtworld.com | 2020-10-16
The Western media collectively took last night's rally as "evidence" that the Thai government's crackdown on US-funded agitators "failed." In a bid to egg on future protests — concerted efforts across the Western media and with their Thai partners were made to inflate the size of the protest — claiming "tens of thousands" attended. | In reality, the area protesters occupied — an area between 10,000 and 15,000 square meters — can only accommodate at most 15,000 if crowd density was at a maximum of 1 protester per square meter across the entire area. However, this never happens since density di…
thealtworld.com/anthony_cartalucci/thail…

Why Pray for the Renewed Health of a Tyrant Who will Merely Continue to Lie and Harm People?
Rev. William Alberts | counterpunch.org | 2020-10-16
Full disclosure: I am a non-sectarian humanist who does not engage in personal prayer. Still, as a hospital chaplain for almost 25 years, I prayed daily with patients, aware and appreciative of their particular Christian orientation and the important role of prayer in affirming, sustaining and comforting them and their loved ones. And recently, in…
counterpunch.org/2020/10/16/why-pray-for…

French police fatally shoot man after school teacher decapitated
MEE and agencies | middleeasteye.net | 2020-10-16
French police fatally shoot man after school teacher decapitated | Authorities describe killing of teacher who showed cartoons of Prophet Muhammad as 'murder linked to a terrorist organisation' | MEE and agencies | Fri, 10/16/2020 – 20: 05 | Local mayor says attack in Paris suburb was 'incredibly violent' (AFP/File photo) | French police shot a man dead after he reportedly decapitated a middle school teacher…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/paris-police-…

Esper: Pentagon School to Focus Half of Its Curriculum on China
Dave DeCamp | globalresearch.ca | 2020-10-16
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said on Thursday that he tasked a Pentagon-funded university to focus half of its curriculum on China. The move is a testament to the shift in the US military's focus from terrorism to so-called …
globalresearch.ca/esper-pentagon-school-…

The arrest of a cop watcher shows injustice is the American way
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-10-16
Disabled free speech activist Blind Justice has been held in solitary confinement for a failure to appear charge, while George Floyd's alleged murderer Derek Chauvin's was released from prison…
therealnews.com/the-arrest-of-a-cop-watc…

Cori Bush, nurse turned BLM leader and congressional candidate, pushes turnout
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-10-16
OAKLAND, Calif.–The nation's largest union of registered nurses, National Nurses United, will open a new, week-long advocacy drive for premium pay for frontline anti-coronavirus pandemic workers and protective gear for all of them on Oct. 26. The Nurse Advocacy Action drive, which will run through Nov. 1, will feature coordinated vigils outside hospitals and nursing …
peoplesworld.org/article/cori-bush-nurse…

After 55 years of repression Indonesian workers, youth take to streets
Deirdre Griswold | workers.org | 2020-10-16
Thousands of workers and students marched and rallied in Indonesia on Oct. 7 to protest a new antilabor law. "Labor rights activists, workers and students are protesting Indonesia's new labor law they say will undermine pay and benefits, as well as the environment. The law is part of the president's . . . | Continue reading After 55 years of repression Indonesian workers, youth take to streets at Workers.org
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Global surge in COVID-19 cases as governments abandon efforts to contain the pandemic
wsws.org | 2020-10-16
The policy of "herd immunity," effectively allowing a killer disease to run rampant, threatens to overwhelm hospitals and lead to a rising tide of deaths and suffering.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/10/16/covi…

Pack the Damn Court, Joe
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2020-10-16
While strolling down "the center lane," as The Washington Post calls it, picking up "suburban women" and other inveterate old school Republicans along the way, Joe Biden should bear in mind that once Trump is gone and the clear and present danger of the "ism" that bears the Trump name is significantly diminished, he will…
counterpunch.org/2020/10/16/pack-the-dam…

Trump administration tipped off wealthy investors about coronavirus while it downplayed threat in public
wsws.org | 2020-10-16
The revelations reveal the overriding concern of the US government was the protection of the financial aristocracy at the expense of the health and safety of the population.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/10/16/trad…

WHO Europe Director Says Governments Should Stop Enforcing Lockdowns
Paul Joseph Watson | globalresearch.ca | 2020-10-16
The World Health Organization's Regional Director for Europe Hans Kluge says governments should stop enforcing lockdowns, unless as a "last resort," because the impact on other areas of health and mental well-being is more damaging. | In an interview with Euro …
globalresearch.ca/who-europe-director-sa…

Health workers protest in France amid new COVID-19 spike
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-10-16
In the wake of a fresh spike in COVID-19 cases, a state of health emergency has been declared in Paris. Health workers have demanded increased workforce and resources to fight the pandemic…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/10/16/health-wo…

Houthi rebels and Saudi-backed Hadi government begin prisoner swap deal in Yemen
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-10-16
The two sides had agreed to a prisoner swap deal in Switzerland last month, involving 1,081 prisoners, including 15 Saudi nationals. The deal is being implemented over Thursday and Friday…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/10/16/houthi-re…

France's Sarkozy charged with criminal conspiracy over Libya money
MEE and agencies | middleeasteye.net | 2020-10-16
France's Sarkozy charged with criminal conspiracy over Libya money | Nicolas Sarkozy faces charges linked to money provided by former Libyan leader Gaddafi for his election campaign | MEE and agencies | Fri, 10/16/2020 – 13: 56 | Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, poses during a studio photo session in Paris ahead of the 2017 presidential election (AFP) | Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has bee…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/france-libya-…

What point in growth?
Michael T. Hertz | nationofchange.org | 2020-10-16
It seems to me, too, that making the spreading of wealth the goal of society, along with working to making less population another goal, would result in greater happiness for all of us.
nationofchange.org/2020/10/16/what-point…

Saad Lamjarred concert in Egypt cancelled after backlash over rape allegations
Rayhan Uddin | middleeasteye.net | 2020-10-16
Saad Lamjarred concert in Egypt cancelled after backlash over rape allegations | Moroccan singer's performance in Cairo pulled amid widespread attention on sexual assault in Egypt | Rayhan Uddin | Fri, 10/16/2020 – 11: 48 | Moroccan singer Saad Lamjarred's planned performance sparked a backlash over multiple rape allegations against the singer (AFP/File photo) | A concert in Cairo by Moroccan singer Saad Lamjarred h…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/saad-lamjarre…

Normal is gone–where do we go from here?
Grace Fan | mronline.org | 2020-10-16
Your parents at the dinner table laugh and say revolution will not happen in two months. You respond saying perhaps they are right–revolution may not occur in the next two months. But, as Che Guevara said, "the revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall."
mronline.org/2020/10/16/normal-is-gone-w…

How Trust in a Covid Vaccine Eroded
Eve Ottenberg | counterpunch.org | 2020-10-16
The Trump regime has managed to scare most Americans off taking a covid vaccine, by convincing them it politicized the science to rush it to market. People have concluded it may not be safe. So much for Operation Warp Speed. It turned into Operation Warp Distrust. So what if it provides 300 million vaccine doses by early 2021 — if few people take it, that's a waste of time and effort.
counterpunch.org/2020/10/16/how-trust-in…

Arabic press review: What is Arab media saying about the Clinton emails?
Mohammad Ayesh | middleeasteye.net | 2020-10-16
Arabic press review: What is Arab media saying about the Clinton emails? | The Clinton emails scandal has resurfaced thanks to Trump's presidential campaign – and Arab news and social media are abuzz | Mohammad Ayesh | Fri, 10/16/2020 – 13: 54 | Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton takes questions after delivering a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations on 19 November 2015 in New York City (AFP) | The…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/hillary-clint…

San Diego educators force delay in school reopenings as COVID-19 spreads in the region
wsws.org | 2020-10-16
The delay to school reopenings stems directly from the actions of rank-and-file educators and parents, who have organized car caravan protests and have been increasingly outspoken on social media.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/10/17/sand…

No, China didn't 'stall' critical Covid information at outbreak's start
Joshua Cho | mronline.org | 2020-10-16
Now that some time has passed since the beginning of the outbreak, it's worth revisiting the less-conspiratorial corporate media narrative that the Chinese government maliciously or incompetently delayed the release of critical information early on, thereby causing many unnecessary deaths.
mronline.org/2020/10/16/no-china-didnt-s…

Weekly News Review 10th — 16th October
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2020-10-16
Editors Weekly Poke It's been another momentous week, with this weekend even more dramatic than ever. Downing Street is clearly facing an increasingly dangerous situation. Following last Tuesday's document dump from the Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (SAGE), No10's underbelly has been revealed and its gamble leaves it totally vulnerable. Those documents revealed that Boris …
truepublica.org.uk/united-kingdom/weekly-news-review-10th-16th-october/

Federal judge certifies class-action suit against US Treasury for not providing prisoners stimulus checks
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-10-16
The Trump administration was ordered to stop denying billions in pandemic relief to 1.4 million prisoners.
therealnews.com/federal-judge-certifies-…

Profits àºber Alles — MBAs in Germany
Thomas Klikauer | counterpunch.org | 2020-10-16
Currently, German universities offer about 300 MBA or Master of Business Administration degrees. Although invented in the USA, MBA and adjacent business degrees are the new vogue in Germany. Germans use the unpronounceable term Betriebswirtschaftslehre or BWL when talking about business studies and MBAs. According to two German BWL professors — Christian Kreiàü and Heinz…
counterpunch.org/2020/10/16/profits-uber…

Nearly 900,000 new jobless claims in US as benefit cutoffs lead to spike in poverty
wsws.org | 2020-10-16
New unemployment claims reached 898,000 last week as researchers report that the cutoff of federal supplemental unemployment benefits has fueled a surge in poverty.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/10/16/jobs…

This Week's Most Popular Articles
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2020-10-16
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Trump calls Whitmer "dictator" as evidence emerges of involvement of Wisconsin militia in Michigan coup plot
wsws.org | 2020-10-16
A transcript of a preliminary hearing held Tuesday in the federal case against conspirators in the Michigan coup plot makes clear that only a fraction of the details have yet been exposed.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/10/16/plot…

Tennessee mayor resigns after arrested for shoplifting
Andrew Emett | nationofchange.org | 2020-10-16
The store loss prevention officer "observed Mr. Blade taking multiple items and only scanning one of the items and placing these items into his shopping cart before exiting the Target store."
nationofchange.org/2020/10/16/tennessee-…

Unemployment insurance claims up more than 50,000 in one week
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-10-16
San José, CA – On Thursday, October 15, the U.S. Department of Labor reported the biggest one week increase in new claims for unemployment insurance since late July. The latest report for the week ending October 10 saw 898,000 new claims for regular state unemployment insurance, up 53,000 from the week before. | The broadest measure of unemployment insurance – which includes those actually being paid under the regular state UI, the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, the state Extended Benefits and the federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) – fell by 215,000 for the week ending Septembe…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/10/16/unemplo…

The Tragedy of Stanley Crouch
Ishmael Reed | counterpunch.org | 2020-10-16
I had some enjoyable encounters with Stanley Crouch. He was smart and witty. His humor dark and droll. But there was something wrong with Stanley in the head. Something that his groupies in their eulogies ignore. These were white groupies whose relationship to Stanley was like that between Jim and Huckleberry Finn. Stanley seemed to be constantly searching for someone who…
counterpunch.org/2020/10/16/the-tragedy-…

Protests intensify in Thailand despite government's declaration of emergency
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-10-16
Thousands of protesters have gathered in the streets despite the government declaring a state of emergency, specifically to put an end to protests. Meanwhile, PM Prayuth Chan-ocha has said he will not resign…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/10/16/protests-…

Coronavirus: The Trojan Vaccine. A Challenge to Health, and Freedom
Michael Welch | globalresearch.ca | 2020-10-16
" A vaccine with those reaction rates could cause grave injuries in 1.5 billion humans if administered to "every person on earth". That is the threshold that Gates has established for ending the global lockdown." | . | . | — Robert …
globalresearch.ca/coronavirus-the-trojan…

Compassion, Wolves and America's First Wilderness
John Horning | counterpunch.org | 2020-10-16
When I awoke in the darkness, the first thing I felt was the soreness in my quads and calves. I wasn't sure if it was the muscle pain or the hunger pains that had woken me. Maybe it was something else entirely–something stirring outside my tent. That's what it was–a sound. Not just any sound, but a…
counterpunch.org/2020/10/16/compassion-w…

'A Perfect Crime,' gripping Netflix documentary on the looting of East Germany
Dennis Laumann | peoplesworld.org | 2020-10-16
A Perfect Crime, a new four-part documentary series on Netflix about the 1991 assassination of German politician Detlev Rohwedder, surprisingly offers critical viewpoints about German reunification. October 3 marked the 30th anniversary of the reunification of the former German Democratic Republic (East Germany) and the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany). While German reunification is …
peoplesworld.org/article/a-perfect-crime…

March for trans liberation
Joe Piette | workers.org | 2020-10-16
Philadelphia For the tenth year in a row, several hundred people — trans, non-binary, gender non-conforming and all gender identities, expressions, and experiences — marched on Oct. 10. The march, this time in North Philadelphia, asserted loudly and clearly, "Trans lives matter!" — Report and photo by Joe Piette | Continue reading March for trans liberation at Workers.org
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Democrats Could Revive a Reagan Tax Reform
Gerald E. Scorse | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-10-16
Conservatives have every reason to love Ronald Reagan. He cut taxes hugely on high incomes. Once a union leader, he became a ruthless union-buster. He warred endlessly against welfare. But the darling of the Right made one sharp Left. His landmark Tax Reform Act of 1986 called for equal taxes on income from wealth and …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/10/democrats-cou…

The Great Barrington Declaration: A manifesto of death
wsws.org | 2020-10-16
The White House's embrace of "herd immunity" is a statement of malicious intent to allow hundreds of thousands more people to die amid a global resurgence of the pandemic.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/10/16/pers…

Indonesian trade union FSEBUMI supports Denver activists: "Racism must be fought with the power of solidarity"
Liberation Staff | liberationnews.org | 2020-10-16
Federasi Serikat Buruh Militan (FSEBUMI) is a trade union who firmly believe in the working class struggle and the power of solidarity. We also believe in internationalism and we are against racism.
liberationnews.org/indonesian-trade-unio…

FCC Head and Internet's Most Hated Man Ajit Pai Just Vowed to Kill First Amendment Rights Online
Raul Diego | mintpressnews.com | 2020-10-16
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has vowed to reinterpret Section 230 of the Communications Act on President Trump's orders in a move that threatens to curb what's left of Americans' first amendment rights online.
mintpressnews.com/ajit-pai-just-vowed-mo…

People's World Oct. 25 Voter Town Hall: 'The People Have the Power'
People's World | peoplesworld.org | 2020-10-16
Join us Sunday, Oct. 25, for a People's World event: The People Have the Power: A Voter Town Hall We're now in the home stretch, the last big push before the election, but we can't let up for a minute. Issues like COVID-19, the Heroes Act, aid for the unemployed climate change, the fight for …
peoplesworld.org/article/peoples-world-o…

Amnesty urges participants at W20 Saudi summit to speak out for human rights
MEE staff | middleeasteye.net | 2020-10-16
Amnesty urges participants at W20 Saudi summit to speak out for human rights | Rights groups says G20 women's summit is chance to hold Riyadh accountable for its treatment of women's rights activists | MEE staff | Fri, 10/16/2020 – 18: 17 | Loujain al-Hathloul, Nobel prize-nominated activist, has allegedly been tortured while in prison (AFP/File photo) | Amnesty International has urged participants at this year's Women 20…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/amnesty-saudi…

A Historical Reckoning: Oxford Study Challenges Israel's Claims Concerning Palestinian Refugees
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2020-10-16
Pro-Israel institutions and spokespeople like to claim that the Palestinian refugee issue has passed some imaginary statute of limitations, but as a comprehensive new Oxford study shows, it "has since become even stronger."
mintpressnews.com/oxford-study-reveals-s…

Congress Must Deliver COVID-19 Relief
Karen Dolan | progressive.org | 2020-10-16
Where is the concern for the families of the more than 215,000 Americans who have lost their lives to the coronavirus?
progressive.org/op-eds/congress-must-del…

I Witnessed an Eco-Crime
James Halbrook | counterpunch.org | 2020-10-16
In 2018 a wildlife habitat was destroyed on Bainbridge Island, Washington. It happened without much notice. A few dozen fir, hemlock, maple and cedar surrounding a meadow and a no-name creek were what remained of the re-growth from previous destructive binges. Our present day greed: petty, cruel and insatiable, is no different from the early…
counterpunch.org/2020/10/16/i-witnessed-…

Our Territory is Fractal, Our Mapping Hyperreal
Joseph Natoli | counterpunch.org | 2020-10-16
"The Map is not the territory." — Borges "It is not down on any map; true places never are." — Melville A fractal state of the psyche is mirrored in the fractal state of our culture but more encompassing and macro is the fractal state of reality. We live on islands of order in a sea of disorder,…
counterpunch.org/2020/10/16/our-territor…

Saudi Arabia arrests 45 in latest 'anti-corruption' drive
MEE staff | middleeasteye.net | 2020-10-16
Saudi Arabia arrests 45 in latest 'anti-corruption' drive | Authorities arrest dozens of people, including military officers, and seize $160m as part of kingdom's wide-ranging campaign | MEE staff | Fri, 10/16/2020 – 20: 31 | Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh (AFP/File photo) | Saudi authorities arrested at least 45 people, including military officers and public servants, as part of kingdom's so-called anti…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/saudi-purge-a…

Amnesty International condemns Johnson government for thousands of UK care home deaths
wsws.org | 2020-10-16
What occurred in care homes was mass murder due to the policy of herd immunity.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/10/16/amne…

Waiting for a Vaccine and the Collaborative Research Alternative
Dean Baker | cepr.net | 2020-10-16
It seems increasingly likely that China will begin providing vaccines to its own people, as well as those in some other countries, by December, and possibly as early as next month. The prospect of a vaccine being available that soon has to look good to people here, now that the Trump administration's pandemic control efforts …
cepr.net/waiting-for-a-vaccine-and-the-c…

October Surprise! US psychiatrists convince the media to reveal the extent of Trump's mental instability
Michael Payne | nationofchange.org | 2020-10-16
There is still time for newspapers, radio, and TV to send the psychiatrists' message relative to Trump's severe mental problems all across this country.
nationofchange.org/2020/10/16/october-su…

Struggle: The History of the American People (1954-56). Jacob Lawrence at The New York Metropolitan Museum of Art
Prof. Sam Ben-Meir | globalresearch.ca | 2020-10-16
"The paintings which I propose to do will depict the struggles of a people to create a nation and their attempt to build a democracy" — this is how Jacob Lawrence described his project in 1954. Over sixty-five years later …
globalresearch.ca/american-struggle-jaco…

Nigerians demand an end to police brutality
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-10-16
Massive protests have been held for the past nine days against police brutality across Nigeria.The protesters are demanding the dissolution of the SARS units of the police, and an end to all forms of police brutality in the country.
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/10/16/nigerians…

How the Clinton-Era Roadless Rules Aid and Abet Logging
Katie Bilodeau | counterpunch.org | 2020-10-16
The public and politicians alike commonly cite the federal government's roadless rules as great protectors of our forested wildlands. In reality, roadless rules don't protect these National Forest System wild areas. While the Clinton Administration's national 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule (RACR) might have had a strong start, environmental protection is never a one-and-done victory.
counterpunch.org/2020/10/16/how-the-clin…

Unemployment insurance claims up more than 50,000 in one week
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-10-16
San José, CA – On Thursday, October 15, the U.S. Department of Labor reported the biggest one week increase in new claims for unemployment insurance since late July. The latest report for the week ending October 10 saw 898,000 new claims for regular state unemployment insurance, up 53,000 from the week before. | The broadest measure of unemployment insurance – which includes those actually being paid under the regular state UI, the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, the state Extended Benefits and the federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) – fell by 215,000 for the week ending Septembe…
fightbacknews.org/2020/10/16/unemploymen…

Family of Egyptian doctor paralysed by coronavirus faces possible deportation from Britain
Areeb Ullah | middleeasteye.net | 2020-10-16
Family of Egyptian doctor paralysed by coronavirus faces possible deportation from Britain | Dr Basem Enany served the NHS during Britain's pandemic and is now fighting for his life after contracting Covid-19 | Areeb Ullah | Fri, 10/16/2020 – 15: 37 | Since his diagnosis, Enany developed paralysis in both of his legs after developing Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GoFundMe) | The family of an Egyptian doctor who worked on t…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/coronavirus-f…

The arrest of a cop watcher shows injustice is the American way
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-10-16
Disabled free speech activist Blind Justice has been held in solitary confinement for a failure to appear charge, while George Floyd's alleged murderer Derek Chauvin was released from prison.
therealnews.com/the-arrest-of-a-cop-watc…

European countries 'deeply concerned' over Israeli settlement construction
MEE and agencies | middleeasteye.net | 2020-10-16
European countries 'deeply concerned' over Israeli settlement construction | Israel approved the construction of more than 2,000 new illegal West Bank settlement homes on Wednesday | MEE and agencies | Fri, 10/16/2020 – 14: 13 | A Palestinian man confronts a member of the Israeli security forces as Palestinian farmers trying to access their lands to harvest olives in the West Bank village of Burqah were prev…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-europe…

Israel Stops Granting Visas to UN Human Rights Employees
Joe Dyke | globalresearch.ca | 2020-10-16
Israel has stopped granting any visas to employees at the United Nations' human rights agency, effectively forcing the body's top staff to leave, Middle East Eye can reveal. | In February, Israel announced it was suspending ties with the United Nations …
globalresearch.ca/israel-stops-granting-…

Smart Ass Cripple: Trump's Contempt for the Disabled
Mike Ervin | progressive.org | 2020-10-16
One of the first things Trump and the Republicans tried doing to screw disabled people was obliterate the Affordable Care Act.
progressive.org/magazine/trump-contempt-…

Victory for Cuba at the UN Human Rights Council
Orinoco Tribune | globalresearch.ca | 2020-10-16
Today Cuba obtained a new and resounding victory in the UN Human Rights Council, gaining election to the body for the 2021-2023 period. | Despite the aggressive campaign by the United States against the Cuban candidacy for the Council, the General …
globalresearch.ca/victory-cuba-un-human-…

Biden won't rule out MANDATORY Covid-19 vaccination, but admits that enforcement would be nearly impossible
rt.com | 2020-10-16
Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden said he might make a Covid-19 vaccine mandatory, depending on the "nature" of the drug, but then admitted that such a mandate probably couldn't be fully enforced. | Speaking on Thursday night at a town hall event hosted by ABC News, Biden said his decision on whether to make a Covid-19 vaccine compulsory for all Americans would depend on the "state" and "nature" of the vaccine, including whether it's seen as something that would positively affect 85 percent of the public or as a "golden key" to ending the pandemic. | Biden says you can't mandate masks and a COVID vacci…
rt.com/usa/503651-biden-mandatory-corona…

Quick-thinking pilot somehow survives crash landing in parking lot, walks away after plane FLIPS onto car (VIDEO, PHOTOS)
rt.com | 2020-10-16
A brave and apparently skilled 53-year-old pilot is lucky to be alive after his plane lost power shortly after takeoff, forcing him to make a crash landing in a local shopping mall parking lot. | The incident took place Thursday afternoon in Puyallup in Washington state. The pilot managed to guide the plane safely down to Earth, but the aircraft flipped onto a car in the parking lot of the Sunrise Village shopping mall during the rough landing. | Eyewitness images from the scene show the aftermath of the terrifying touchdown. | Breh. A plane crashed into a car! | Crazy asf. Praying whoever was on board & drivi…
rt.com/usa/503689-plucky-pilot-survives-…

Cancel culture invited to PlayStation: Sony enables RECORDING of game chats & lets players TATTLE on each other for hate speech
rt.com | 2020-10-16
Just months after getting woke on hate speech, Sony has updated its PlayStation system to record players' game-chat conversations and enable users to snitch on each other for saying things that violate the firm's code of conduct. | A software update launched this week for the PlayStation 4 video-game system included an alert, warning users that "voice chats may be recorded for moderation" and that "by joining, you agree to being recorded." A separate "safety" notice explained that ga…
rt.com/usa/503761-playstation-recording-…

San Francisco looks to rename 44 schools, expunging the likes of Washington, Lincoln and even FEINSTEIN for their impurities
rt.com | 2020-10-16
Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt are among the historical figures whose names are no longer considered honorable enough to adorn public schools in San Francisco. | The city's school board is looking to rename as many as 44 of the 125 public schools in its district after a panel of community members appointed to study the issue found their namesakes to be problematic by today's standards of woke conduct, the l…
rt.com/usa/503777-san-francisco-school-r…

'No need to quarantine': Biden says he was wearing mask, '50+ feet away' from crew member who had Covid-19 on board campaign plane
rt.com | 2020-10-16
Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden said he will not quarantine after being on board the same airplane as a crew member who tested positive for the coronavirus, saying he was far away and wearing a N-95 mask. | "My COVID test from last night came back negative," Biden tweeted on Thursday evening, just before the platform unexpectedly crashed. | "Not only was the individual 50+ feet [15 meters] away and wearing a mask, but I was wearing an N-95 mask," he added. "My doctors have advised that there is no need for me to quarantine." | Not only was the individual 50+ feet away and wearing a mask, but I was w…
rt.com/usa/503650-biden-quarantine-covid…

'Unethical & illegal': CDC warns against mandatory virus testing in K-12 schools, says parents must decide on 'voluntary basis'
rt.com | 2020-10-16
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declared that all coronavirus screening in public schools must be "voluntary," warning that compulsory testing is a violation of both ethics and the law. | In a new set of guidelines for testing in K-12 schools earlier this week, the CDC noted that administrators are required to obtain consent from parents or guardians before testing students. "If a school is implementing a testing strategy, testing should be offered on a volunt…
rt.com/usa/503658-cdc-mandatory-school-t…

Misuse of terrorism laws during conflict creates 'unmitigated calamity'
news.un.org | 2020-10-16
The misuse of terrorism laws during conflict situations often leads to an "unmitigated calamity" on the ground, an independent UN expert has warned.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/10/1…

LIVE: World Food Day
news.un.org | 2020-10-16
Hunger is rising, due to factors including conflict, climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic, which is putting a strain on food systems that are already failing in many countries. In today's LIVE blog, marking World Food Day, we will look at some of the many issues and possible solutions. | Highlights | ‚Ä¢ UN chief video message | ‚Ä¢ What is sustainable agriculture? | ‚Ä¢ Food and the COVID-19 pandemic | ‚Ä¢ The business of food | ‚Ä¢ UN commits to transforming food systems…
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/10/1…

COVID-19: 'Little or no' benefit from trials of anti-virals, says WHO
news.un.org | 2020-10-16
Latest results from a UN-coordinated international trial on four COVID-19 therapeutic drugs, indicate that they have "little or no" positive impact on preventing deaths in patients infected with the new coronavirus.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/10/1…

LIVE: World Food Day
news.un.org | 2020-10-16
Hunger is rising, due to factors including conflict, climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic, which is putting a strain on food systems that are already failing in many countries. In today's LIVE blog, marking World Food Day, we will look at some of the many issues and possible solutions. | Highlights | ‚Ä¢ UN chief announces Food Systems Summit | ‚Ä¢ Lid Is On food waste podcast | ‚Ä¢ Food and the COVID-19 pandemic | ‚Ä¢ Food and climate change…
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/10/1…

Not Proud, Boys
Rob Okun | zcomm.org | 2020-10-16
We have less than three weeks and no one is putting anything in our laps. Conventional and regressive ideas about masculinity are on the ballot; we have to vote them out…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/not-proud-boys/

The United States of Paranoia
Steve Fraser | zcomm.org | 2020-10-16
Elites, whether theocratic or secular, may be inclined, like Mather, to resort to conspiracy mongering and even engage in their own conspiracies when the social order they preside over seems seriously out of joint…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-united-states-…

Nearly 5.2 Million Americans Will Be Disenfranchised in 2020 Due to Felony Convictions
Brett Wilkins | zcomm.org | 2020-10-16
Black and Latinx people are disproportionately affected by disenfranchisement laws, which are still in effect in most U.S. states…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/nearly-5-2-million…

Texas Is Limiting Ballot Drop-Off Locations. Activists Are Pushing Back
Candice Bernd | zcomm.org | 2020-10-16
"Education has been key to part of the success of our campaign. We're trying to educate people on every single thing that we possibly can that could happen that falls under the guise of voter suppression"
zcomm.org/znetarticle/texas-is-limiting-…

Reforming an Undemocratic Institution
Samuel Moyn | zcomm.org | 2020-10-16
The problem is not who is serving on the court or how long they get to stay; it's the power they have. And we need to curtail it…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/reforming-an-undem…

10 things you need to know to stop a coup
Daniel Hunter | zcomm.org | 2020-10-16
Coups are not a time to just watch and wait until "someone else" figures it out. No matter who you are you can be a part of choosing democracy…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/10-things-you-need…

Zionist War on Palestinian Festival in Rome is Ominous Sign of Things to Come
Romana Rubeo | zcomm.org | 2020-10-16
The sad truth is that, although Italy is not often associated with a 'powerful' pro-Israel lobby as is the case in Washington, the pro-Israel influence in Italy is just as dangerous…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/zionist-war-on-pal…

Shipt Workers Organize Targeted Protest Over Pay Model
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-10-16
Shipt workers, frustrated with the delivery company's shift to a new, less transparent pay model, are set to strike this weekend before staging protests at both Shipt and Target's corporate headquarters on Monday. | With the pay model now instituted in every market, organizers hope this direct action will send a clear signal to Shipt and Target, which acquired the delivery company in 2017, that workers are unsatisfied by what they say is lower pay overall. | "The reason why we chose to organize is we believe that it's time for them to see the actual visual effects of shoppers that are hurting because of the pay s…
popularresistance.org/shipt-workers-orga…

First Nation Chief Fears For His People After Attacks On Mi'kmaw
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-10-16
Sipekne'katik First Nation Chief Mike Sack says he worries someone will get hurt or worse after hundreds of commercial fisherman stormed two Mi'kmaw lobster facilities on Tuesday. | During a chaotic evening of violence, much of it caught on camera, commercial fisherman hurled threats, set a van ablaze and stole hundreds of lobsters. | Mi'kmaw fisherman Jason Marr filmed himself barricaded inside building, while he said mob of commercial fishermen outside were threatening to burn him out unless he handed over his lobster.
popularresistance.org/first-nation-chief…

End Worker Surveillance
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-10-16
Today, workers are subjected to an unprecedented level of workplace surveillance and control. From voice monitoring to tracking applications, these systems are being introduced into workplaces that are already stacked against low-wage workers, creating an environment ripe for exploitation. Surveillance gives corporations more power over workers. When combined with automation that dictates the pace and type of work, it results in a more dangerous, punishing, and precarious workplace.
popularresistance.org/end-worker-surveil…

Tenants Blockade Courthouse, Shut Down Much Of Eviction Docket
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-10-16
Kansas City tenants chained themselves to the doors of the Jackson County Courthouse downtown Thursday morning and shut down virtual eviction proceedings with online disruptions. | The protest, organized by KC Tenants, drew about 100 people, who held signs saying "eviction kills" and "court's closed today." They called on Jackson County Circuit Court Presiding Judge David Byrn to halt the hearings. For months, KC Tenants has been pushing Byrn to reestablish an eviction moratorium to keep residents in their homes during the coronavirus pandemic and associated economic crisis.
popularresistance.org/tenants-blockade-c…

Activists Mobilize To Help Incarcerated People Get Stimulus Checks
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-10-16
For months incarcerated people and their families heard conflicting messages about whether they were eligible to receive the pandemic stimulus payments provided by Congress as the Trump administration attempted to block prisoners from receiving their checks. Last week a federal judge slammed the administration with an order to provide the stimulus relief, and now advocates across the country are working to ensure low-income people caged in state and federal prisons can apply for the much-needed federal aid as deadlines loom.
popularresistance.org/activists-mobilize…

Priest Sentenced To 33 Months For Protesting Nuclear Weapons
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-10-16
Fifteen supporters in a carefully Covid masked and distanced courtroom witnessed Father Steve Kelly receive a sentence of 33 months today. After a 20 minute delay to get the telephone conference line working and properly muted 160 people listened in to the proceedings on the audio link. | Fr. Steve's sentence falls in the middle of the proposed guidelines and will likely allow his release from the Glynn County Detention Center where he is presently being detained 30 months after the action.
popularresistance.org/priest-sentenced-t…

Trump Admin Issues CDC Eviction Moratorium Guidance to Benefit Landlords over Renters
Posted by Lynda Carson | indybay.org | 2020-10-16
Change's To Coronavirus Covid-19 CDC Eviction Moratorium:…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/10/16/1883760…

Friday 10/16: San Jose: BLM & YES on Prop 16: Opportunity for All Rally
YOFAP | indybay.org | 2020-10-16
Plaza de César Chávez, 1 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose, CA 95113 | NOTE: Masks & social distancing…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/10/15/1883757…

Friday 10/16: Sacramento: Students on the Capitol Steps for Yes on 16 Rally
YOFAP | indybay.org | 2020-10-16
South Steps of California State Capitol building, between Nth Street & 10th Street & L Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 | NOTE: Masks and social distancing required…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/10/15/1883757…

Aaron Steichen Murder Inquiry
Robert Maxim | indybay.org | 2020-10-16
Mandated reporters and first responders repeatedly and willfully fail to provide emergency mental health intervention for Aaron's schizophrenic brother, Jacob. The end result is the death of a loved one after a 5 week escalation spanning a speculated 8 calls to authorities.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/10/16/1883759…

Tuesday 10/27: An Evening with Martín Espada – Poet of the Political Imagination
Revolution Books | indybay.org | 2020-10-16
Online event sponsored by Revolution Books, 2444 Durant Ave. Berkeley CA 94704…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/10/16/1883759…

Tuesday 10/20: Make a Voting Plan & Voting Early Webinar w/ LCCHR
LCCHR | indybay.org | 2020-10-16
Online via livestream…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/10/16/1883759…

Tuesday 10/27: UBER CEO Dara No More Games-Prosecute UBER CEO For Criminal Fraud
UFCFLP | indybay.org | 2020-10-16
UBER's CEO Dara Khosrowshahi Pacific Heights Mansion | 3090 Pacific Ave. | San Francisco…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/10/16/1883759…

Saturday 10/24: March for Democracy
Dolores Perez Heilbron | indybay.org | 2020-10-16
Rally at Mission High School Steps, 3750 18th Street | Across from Dolores Park | Followed by a march to San Francisco City Hall…
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During apocalyptic fires, elected officials called on Newsom to declare state of emergency
Ramona du Houx | indybay.org | 2020-10-16
Climate change created drought conditions and tinder box forests yet California remains a top oil producer adding to greenhouse gas emissions.
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Behavior and body in the sights of capital
Roland Rottenfuss | indybay.org | 2020-10-16
The proclamation of states of emergency in the spring of 2020, even if not in all countries, helped to consolidate a state crisis management system that overturned constitutions and now completely bypassed democratic decision-making processes. In the name of public health… the measures were presented as without alternative and divergent expert opinions were ignored or defamed.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/10/16/1883759…

Flash! Pacificagate Tapes Of Jan Gooddem Revealed
Pacificagate | indybay.org | 2020-10-16
New Pacificagate Tapes Exposing Plan To Take-over Pacifica By "New Day Pacifica"
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/10/16/1883760…

Jail Uber/Lyft CEO's: Workers & Unions In Rally in SF at Uber World HQ
Labor Video Project | indybay.org | 2020-10-16
Hundreds of workers and trade unionists rallied at the world HQ of UBER in San Francisco to oppose their $200 million ballot initiative to undercut AB5. | UBER, Lyft and other gig workers spoke out about their conditions.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/10/15/1883758…

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signs Juneteenth Holiday Legislation
Khubaka, Michael Harris | indybay.org | 2020-10-16
"This new public holiday will serve as a day to recognize the achievements of the Black community, while also providing an important opportunity for self-reflection on the systemic injustices that our society still faces today,"
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There are Many Reasons to Oppose the Library/Garage/Housing Project in Downtown Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz News | indybay.org | 2020-10-16
Rick Longinotti of the Campaign for Sustainable Transportation has written a rebuttal to former Mayor of Santa Cruz Don Lane's blog post in support of the proposed six-story library/garage/housing project. Read Longinotti's full response below.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/10/14/1883756…

Tuesday 10/20: Fighting Fascism
Arthur Persyko | indybay.org | 2020-10-16
us02web.zoom.us/j/84065571772?pwd=cWg1YX…

Friday 10/16: Oakland: BLM & YES on Prop 16: Opportunity for All Rally
YOFAP | indybay.org | 2020-10-16
Lake Merritt Amphitheatre, Between 12th Street and 1st Ave., Lake Merritt Blvd, Oakland, CA 94612 | NOTE: Masks & social distancing required…
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Efficacy of motivational-interviewing and guided opioid tapering support for patients undergoing orthopedic surgery (MI-Opioid Taper): A prospective, assessor-blind, randomized controlled pilot trial
Jennifer M. Hah, Jodie A. Trafton, Balasubramanian Narasimhan, Partha Krishnamurthy, Heather Hilmoe, Yasamin Sharifzadeh, James I. Huddleston, Derek Amanatullah, William J. Maloney, Stuart Goodman, Ian Carroll, Sean C. Mackey | thelancet.com | 2020-10-16
In patients undergoing total joint arthroplasty, MI-Opioid Taper is feasible and future research is needed to establish the efficacy of MI-Opioid Taper to promote postoperative opioid cessation.
thelancet.com/journals/eclinm/article/PI…(20)30340-0/fulltext?rss=yes

Comparative efficacy, tolerability and safety of dolutegravir and efavirenz 400mg among antiretroviral therapies for first-line HIV treatment: A systematic literature review and network meta-analysis
Steve Kanters, Marco Vitoria, Michael Zoratti, Meg Doherty, Martina Penazzato, Ajay Rangaraj, Nathan Ford, Kristian Thorlund, Prof. Aslam H. Anis, Mohammad Ehsanul Karim, Lynne Mofenson, Rebecca Zash, Alexandra Calmy, Tamara Kredo, Nick Bansback | thelancet.com | 2020-10-16
The evidence supports choosing dolutegravir in combination with lamivudine/emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate as the preferred first-line regimen and low-dose efavirenz-based regimens as an alternative. Dolutegravir can be considered to be effective, safe and tolerable.
thelancet.com/journals/eclinm/article/PI…(20)30317-5/fulltext?rss=yes

[Research Paper] Quantitative assessment of olfactory dysfunction accurately detects asymptomatic COVID-19 carriers
Anindya S. Bhattacharjee, Samir V. Joshi, Shilpa Naik, Shashikala Sangle, Nixon M. Abraham | thelancet.com | 2020-10-16
Compromised olfactory fitness can serve as a strong basis for identifying asymptomatic COVID-19 patients. Detailed design specifications and protocols provided here should enable the development of a sensitive, fast, and economical screening strategy that can be administered to large populations to prevent the rapid spread of COVID-19.
thelancet.com/journals/eclinm/article/PI…(20)30319-9/fulltext?rss=yes

Risk factors for indicators of opioid-related harms amongst people living with chronic non-cancer pain: Findings from a 5-year prospective cohort study
Gabrielle Campbell, Firouzeh Noghrehchi, Suzanne Nielsen, Phillip Clare, Raimondo Bruno, Nicholas Lintzeris, Milton Cohen, Fiona Blyth, Wayne Hall, Briony Larance, Phillip Hungerford, Timothy Dobbins, Michael Farrell, Louisa Degenhardt | thelancet.com | 2020-10-16
Both patient risk factors and opioid dose are associated with problematic opioid use behaviours.
thelancet.com/journals/eclinm/article/PI…(20)30336-9/fulltext?rss=yes

Effectiveness of a novel mobile health (Peek) and education intervention on spectacle wear amongst children in India: Results from a randomized superiority trial in India
Priya Morjaria, Andrew Bastawrous, Gudlavalleti Venkata Satyanarayana Murthy, Jennifer Evans, Mekala Jayanthi Sagar, Dinesh Raj Pallepogula, Kalluri Viswanath, Clare Gilbert | thelancet.com | 2020-10-16
Spectacle wear was similar in both arms of the trial, one explanation being that health education for parents was not fully received. Health education messages to create behaviour change need to be targeted at the recipient and influencers in an appropriate, acceptable and accessible medium.
thelancet.com/journals/eclinm/article/PI…(20)30338-2/fulltext?rss=yes

Why You Won't Find Us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2020-10-16
Dear readers of the Strategic Culture Foundation website, | In September 2020, the Strategic Culture Foundation was banned from Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube following unsubstantiated claims that it was connected with Russian intelligence services and interfered in the US presidential elections on their orders. It means that you can't find us on these platforms and, moreover, if you try to post any links leading to SCF on your personal page, you will most likely not be allowed to do that. This case provides a glimpse into the dystopian future of suppressing dissident voices by governments previously known as dem…
strategic-culture.org/news/2020/10/16/wh…

Can There Be More Than One Idea of Freedom in the 21st Century?
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2020-10-16
There is one thing that every revolutionary and ideologue on Earth, past and present, has fought for over the centuries — freedom. There are few things (if any) as widely accepted as universally "good" as the idea or feeling of freedom. Be they Liberals, Communists, Radical Islamists, some fringe movement or the Washington Establishment, everyone claims to be fighting for a freedom of sorts, at least for those on their side. Our interpretation of this word has certainly varied over time, but it's overwhelming acceptance as the highest of moral goals cannot be denied. However, through the years the idea of w…
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The Heat: Azerbaijan-Armenia Conflict
Anand Naidoo | america.cgtn.com | 2020-10-16
Tensions escalate between Azerbaijan and Armenia, as both sides accuse each other of violating a fragile ceasefire.
america.cgtn.com/2020/10/16/the-heat-aze…

Loading, unloading goods at ports going on 'uninterrupted'
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-10-16
TEHRAN, Oct. 16 (MNA) — Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO) in a statement on Fri. announced that loading and unloading of goods at ports of the country is underway without any interruption.
en.mehrnews.com/news/164779/Loading-unlo…

Over 6,500 livelihood assistance packages distributed in Qom
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-10-16
Qom, Oct. 16 (MNA) — The 6th stage of packaging more than 6,500 livelihood assistance packages within the framework of "Equality, Empathy and Sincere Assistance Maneuver" was launched in Quds Mosalla of Qom city on Fri.
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Post-monsoon pollution and women of the Future: News from the College
imperial.ac.uk | 2020-10-16
Here's a batch of fresh news and announcements from across Imperial.
imperial.ac.uk/news/206733/post-monsoon-pollution-women-future-news-from

Five new women-led startups tackle global challenges
imperial.ac.uk | 2020-10-16
From microplastic alternatives to portable water filters, Imperial women are at the forefront of developing game-changing businesses.
imperial.ac.uk/news/206753/five-women-led-startups-tackle-global-challenges

Imperial agree vaccine research and education collaboration with Indonesia
imperial.ac.uk | 2020-10-16
Imperial has agreed a pioneering research and education collaboration with Indonesia to advance vaccine development and help tackle COVID-19.
imperial.ac.uk/news/206634/imperial-agree-vaccine-research-education-collaboration

Short, sharp lockdown considered to tackle virus in Wales
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-10-16
The Welsh government is looking "very carefully" at introducing a time-limited circuit-breaker lockdown in Wales, the first minister has confirmed. Mark Drakeford said the "short, sharp" lockdown could last for between two and three weeks, with a decision due to be announced on 19 October.The Welsh Labour leader also suggested Wales could introduce a new set of national restrictions after a successful reset of the virus, after warning around 2,500 people in the country are currently being infected every day.Lockdown: It was also confirmed that a travel ban preventing people from areas of the UK with high l…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2020/10/16/short-sh…

Johnson's 'oven ready' Brexit deal off the menu as PM calls halt to trade talks
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-10-16
Boris Johnson has called a halt to talks with Brussels on a post-Brexit free trade agreement, warning Britain to prepare for a final no-deal break with the European Union. | Brace for Brexit: | In a statement to broadcasters, Johnson accused EU leaders of seeking to impose a series of "unacceptable" demands and called for a "fundamental change of approach" if there was to be any agreement. The immediate response from European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen was to say that the EU would carry on negotiating, with talks next week in London going ahead as planned. | However, at a briefing for journ…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2020/10/16/johnsons…

Thousands call for new Brexit 'lorry park' to be named after Nigel Farage
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-10-16
Thousands of people are calling for a huge, new Brexit "lorry park" in Kent to be named after Nigel Farage. A tongue-in-cheek petition wants the Brexit Party leader to be recognised for his contribution to the UK leaving the EU."Diesel-soaked Valhalla": Up to 1,700 lorries will be able to park at the new facility, which is under construction next to the M20 in Ashford. While the government refers to it as an "inland border facility", the online campaign prefers to describe it as a "diesel-soaked Valhalla".As the UK approaches the end of the Brexit transition period, a number of measures are being put in pl…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2020/10/16/thousand…

Michigan Bans Open Carry of Guns at Polling Places to Prevent Voter Intimidation
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-10-16
The state of Michigan will ban the open carry of guns at all polling locations on Election Day in order to allow residents to vote without fear or intimidation. | Michigan is considered an "open carry" state, which means that there's no legal repercussions for carrying a weapon in public areas in many circumstances, unless otherwise proscribed by law. The new guidance forbidding the ca…
truthout.org/articles/michigan-bans-open…

Trump Denies California Request for Federal Disaster Aid After Historic Fires
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-10-16
After repeatedly downplaying the catastrophic wildfires that have ravaged California in recent months and falsely attributing the blazes to poor "forest management," the Trump administration this week denied Gov. Gavin Newsom's request for federal disaster assistance needed to r…
truthout.org/articles/trump-denies-calif…

Republican Senate Candidate Linked to Organizer of Right-Wing Militia Rally
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-10-16
Michigan Republican Senate candidate John James received campaign contributions and was photographed with the organizer of the rally where conspirators accused of planning to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer allegedly plotted with a militia to recruit more members. | James, along with Vice President Mike Pence, was photographed with Ryan D. Kelley,…
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A no-feel Sexxit? UK reintroduces sprawling casual-sex ban amid nationwide lockdown ramp-up
rt.com | 2020-10-16
The UK government has warned horny citizens that getting down with someone who lives outside their household will violate strict new lockdown measures which have reanimated an unpopular policy from earlier this summer. | British couples who don't live together have once again been banned from bonking by London's coronavirus restrictions, which – as of Friday – forbid individuals living in "high risk" Tiers Two and Three regions from staying overnight at the house of someone outside their "bubble." Unlike similar regulations rolled out over the summer, even individuals in an "established relationship" are stron…
rt.com/uk/503755-sex-ban-couples-not-liv…

Mexico's ex-defense minister faces five drug trafficking charges in US
rt.com | 2020-10-16
Former Mexican Defense Minister Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, who has been arrested in Los Angeles, is now facing five charges in the US related to drug trafficking, Mexico's foreign minister has said. | The arrested general is expected to be transferred to New York shortly, a senior diplomat, Marcelo Ebrard, said on Twitter, citing the country's consulate in Los Angeles. | Cienfuegos, who was in office from 2012 to 2018, was arrested late on Thursday at Los Angeles International Airport on a Drug Enforcement Administration warrant. | The high-profile arrest was praised by President Andrés Manuel Lop&eacu…
rt.com/news/503732-mexico-defense-minist…

UK COVID Crisis: Standoff Between North and South over Lockdown
Johanna Ross | globalresearch.ca | 2020-10-16
Mayor of Manchester, Andy Burnham, is furious. In a dramatic spectacle, the mayor spoke with anger at how the Westminster government was 'treating the north with contempt' in its approach to Covid-19. The mayor has reservations over Boris Johnson's | …
globalresearch.ca/uk-covid-crisis-stando…

'Don't get yourselves caught': How the British state allowed its secret agents to commit crime
Ian Cobain | middleeasteye.net | 2020-10-16
'Don't get yourselves caught': How the British state allowed its secret agents to commit crime | Ian Cobain | Fri, 10/16/2020 – 22: 39 | The Covert Human Intelligence Sources Bill marks the UK government's latest attempt to permit its intelligence and security agencies to break the law lawfully | In the early months of 2011, as Muammar Gaddafi and the people around him fought for their lives, significant numbers of youn…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/uk-covert-hum…

Medical Doctors Seek Social and Political Solutions for COVID 19 Crisis
W. T. Whitney | counterpunch.org | 2020-10-16
It didn't seem to fit. The website of the Colombian Communist Party on October 5 published a medical doctor's reflections on recharacterizing a disease. Félix León Martínez MD quoted extensively from an editorial appearing in the famous British medical journal Lancet. He and Lancet editor Richard Horton MD claim that COVID 19 is not a…
counterpunch.org/2020/10/16/medical-doct…

British MPs back bill permitting secret agents to commit crimes
Ian Cobain | middleeasteye.net | 2020-10-16
British MPs back bill permitting secret agents to commit crimes | Covert Human Intelligence Sources Bill prompts split in opposition Labour party after leader Keir Starmer orders MPs to abstain | Ian Cobain | Fri, 10/16/2020 – 11: 54 | UK spy agency MI5's headquarters in London (Reuters) | A controversial new law that would allow agents recruited by the UK's security agency, MI5, to commit crimes has been passed by memb…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/british-mps-b…

How Covid capitalism is making the pandemic worse
Derek Royden | nationofchange.org | 2020-10-16
The very existence of covid capitalism points to the essential truth of George Carlin's adage that government, "[Is] a big club and you aren't in it".
nationofchange.org/2020/10/16/how-covid-…

From the EU Covid Recovery Fund Thirty Billion Goes to the War Industry
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2020-10-16
While the "Coronavirus crisis" continues to cause devastating socio-economic consequences also in Italy, a large part of the "Recovery Fund" is destined not to the most affected economic and social sectors, but to the most advanced sectors of the war …
globalresearch.ca/from-the-eu-covid-reco…

Farmers and Meatpackers Are Teaming Up
Sarah Anderson | counterpunch.org | 2020-10-16
For family farmers like Hans Breitenmoser, the odds of catching COVID-19 on the job are slim. Social distancing is not exactly a challenge when you're farming more than 1,300 acres in rural Wisconsin. But Breitenmoser is one of many Wisconsin farmers who are showing solidarity with others in the food supply chain who are at…
counterpunch.org/2020/10/16/farmers-and-…

NBA Bubble Postmortem
Dave Zirin | thenation.com | 2020-10-16
NBA Bubble Postmortem…
thenation.com/article/society/nba-season…

These Are the States to Focus on to Flip the Senate
Steve Phillips | thenation.com | 2020-10-16
These Are the States to Focus on to Flip the Senate…
thenation.com/article/politics/elections…

Eyes Wide Shut
Steve Brodner | thenation.com | 2020-10-16
Eyes Wide Shut…
thenation.com/article/politics/tgq-10162…