Daily Archives: October 17, 2020

2020-10-17: News Headlines

Ben Norton (2020-10-17). Unelected Bolivian govt detains, doxxes, threatens international observers on eve of election. thegrayzone.com Bolivia's unelected transitional administration has repeatedly threatened international electoral observers, detained monitors from Argentina in the airport, and shared the private information of Spanish supervisors with a far-right activist. By Ben Norton LA PAZ, BOLIVIA — On the eve of Bolivia's first election since a violent November 2019 military takeover that removed President Evo Morales from office, the un-elected de facto government has detained, doxxed, and threatened international electoral observers. On October 16, Bolivia's migration department shared the private information …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-17). Bolivian security forces detain Argentine deputy Federico Fagioli. peoplesdispatch.org The deputy from Frente de Todos coalition in Argentina was detained at the airport in El Alto by immigration officials, police and unidentified individuals and taken to a detention center in the airport…

WSWS (2020-10-17). US border police attack Native American protest against Arizona border wall. wsws.org Thirty protesters were shot with rubber bullets and teargassed during a ceremony Monday held at a border checkpoint on O'odham lands in southern Arizona.

Alan MacLeod (2020-10-17). In Afghanistan, American Troops Patrol the Same Routes Their Fathers Did. globalresearch.ca Thousands of US soldiers continue to pace and patrol exactly the same routes as their predecessors did in 2001, fighting a seemingly endless conflict that both the American and Afghan public have long since soured on. | *** | Nineteen years …

Prabhat Patnaik (2020-10-17). One hundred years of Indian communism. peoplesdispatch.org (October 17, 2020 marks 100 years of the founding of the Communist Party of India. The party was formed in 1920 in Tashkent. On this occasion, we bring you an analysis of the history of the Indian communist movement by noted Marxist intellectual Prabhat Patnaik) | A theoretical analysis of the prevailing situation, from which the proletariat's relationship with different segments of the bourgeoisie and the peasantry is derived, and with it the Communist Party's tactics toward other political forces, is central to the party's praxis. A study of this praxis over the last one hundred years of the existence of com…

Fight Back (2020-10-17). Minneapolis protest demands legalization for immigrants. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – Around 100 people marched through downtown Minneapolis, October 14, from Senator Amy Klobuchar's office to the Hennepin County Jail. The march was part of an ongoing campaign by the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAC) demanding legalization for all immigrants including those eligible for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), TPS (Temporary Protected Status), and DED (Deferred Enforced Departure) status. More than a million immigrants that hold these statuses are in increasing danger of deportation because of recent court rulings that open the door to the Trump administra…

MEE and agencies (2020-10-17). US condemns Turkey over reported test of Russian S-400 missile system. middleeasteye.net US condemns Turkey over reported test of Russian S-400 missile system | Ankara refuses to confirm or deny reports that it has tested the controversial air defence system near the Black Sea | Sat, 10/17/2020 – 10: 32 | Washington fears the S-400 could be used to gain intelligence on US weaponry (Reuters) | The United States condemned Turkey on Friday after reports emerged that Ankara had te…

WSWS (2020-10-17). Role of Virginia fascists in conspiracy to kill Northam and Whitmer comes into focus. wsws.org Many questions remain as to the possible role of Virginia Boogaloo members and other fascist groups in the expanding plot against Democratic governors.

Barbara Boland (2020-10-17). Top 50 U.S. Think Tanks Receive over $1Billion from US Government and Defense Contractors. globalresearch.ca The top 50 think tanks in America, as

WSWS (2020-10-17). Thai students continue protests in face of government repression. wsws.org The demonstrators have three core demands: the prime minister's resignation, a new constitution, and an end to the suppression of government critics; as well as the reform of the monarchy.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-17). Fishermen oppose release of contaminated water from Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan. peoplesdispatch.org The company which operates the plant, Tokyo Electric Power, has collected over 1.23 million tons of contaminated water since the collapse of the nuclear plant in 2011…

Jenn Zhu (2020-10-17). When Eastern Art Meets Western Arts. globalresearch.ca However beautiful an art piece might be, or however delicious the food could serve the gourmet, people never stopped to change their taste on things. It is because the human's nerves tend to gain fatigue easily when focusing on the …

Public Citizen (2020-10-17). HHS Must Release Billion Dollar Coronavirus Vaccine Contracts, Public Citizen Lawsuit Says. globalresearch.ca Public Citizen today The suit, filed in the U.S. …

Andrew Korybko (2020-10-17). Why Wasn't There Any Post-Election Turmoil in Tajikistan? globalresearch.ca 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 …

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-10-17). No Real Change Can Come If Speech Is Restricted By Monopolistic Oligarchs. thealtworld.com In a solid new article titled "

RT (2020-10-17). 'We are in a truly Orwellian culture': Amazon yanks Covid-19 skeptic's book for ominously vague 'content violations'. rt.com Amazon has joined its Big Tech fellows in ramping up censorship of any criticism of the "official" Covid-19 narrative, deploying obfuscatory excuses to justify removing journalist James Perloff's latest book, he told RT. | After selling a respectable 3,500 copies over the last two months, Perloff's book on the coronavirus pandemic and its weaponization by world governments, 'Covid-19 and the Agendas to Come: Red-Pilled,' was suddenly "banned" by Amazon.com, the writer revealed on Twitter on Thursday. | t.co/MCvENktgr4 & I offer it in bulk quantities t.co/Fl…

RT (2020-10-17). Pennsylvania rejects 300,000+ 'duplicate' mail-in ballot applications as confused voters flood election offices with calls. rt.com Hundreds of thousands of mail-in ballot applications have been scrapped by Pennsylvania election officials, with countless voters filing duplicate requests unwittingly thanks to a confusing and opaque system, ProPublica reported. | The majority of the

RT (2020-10-17). 'Garbage company': Mother Jones chief lashes out at Facebook for throttling traffic to left-leaning news site. rt.com Facebook's tinkering with its news feed has cost Mother Jones up to $600,000 a year in lost revenue, its editor-in-chief has alleged, calling the social network a "garbage company" and a "toxic cesspool" damaging the US. | Clara Jeffery said she was "enraged" after reading a Wall Street Journal 1/ I am enraged. Excellent reporting from WSJ's <...

RT (2020-10-17). 'Garbage company': Mother Jones chief lashes out at Facebook for throttling traffic to left-leaning news site. rt.com Facebook's tinkering with its news feed has cost Mother Jones up to $600,000 a year in lost revenue, its editor-in-chief has alleged, calling the social network a "garbage company" and a "toxic cesspool" damaging the US. | Clara Jeffery said she was "enraged" after reading a Wall Street Journal @dseetharaman and

news.un (2020-10-17). Twelve migrants dead, others missing off the coast of Djibouti: IOM. news.un.org Twelve migrants have died and others are missing after being thrown off a boat by smugglers off the coast of Djibouti in the Horn of Africa, the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM) has reported.

William rivers Pitt (2020-10-17). Trump Got the Best COVID Treatment. For the Rest of Us He Wants "Herd Immunity" zcomm.org Trump is alive because he got the best treatment science can deliver, buttressed by data gathered from the corpses he has already caused…

Michelle Chen (2020-10-17). Meet the Warehouse Worker Who Took On Amazon Over Inhumane Conditions. zcomm.org Hibaq Mohamed organized her community in a fight against Amazon, protesting working conditions at a fulfillment center with one of the highest rates of injury…

Juan Cole (2020-10-17). At Townhall, Biden Promises Big Green Infrastructure and Jobs. zcomm.org Spain's Example Suggests he is Right…

Noam Chomsky (2020-10-17). The President, the Pandemic & the Election. zcomm.org The urgent problem of overcoming the existential crises—global warming, nuclear war, pandemics—has to be done within the general framework of existing institutions. We can improve them. But you won't be able to overcome them in the relevant time frame…

Peter Eisler, Linda So, Jason Szep, Grant Smith And Ned Parker (2020-10-17). Dying Inside: The Hidden Crisis in America's Jails. zcomm.org Why 4,998 died in U.S. jails without getting their day in court…

CCBCG (2020-10-17). Thursday 10/22: The Archive To Come. indybay.org Attend the opening at: | In Social VR: hubs.mozilla.com/BRLaDhW/archive-gallery | Streaming on Twitch: www.twitch.tv/tttelematiccc | See the work on-line at www.tttelematiccc.com | And / or visit our physical gallery space | Hours: Small friend groups and individuals, by appointment | Address: ‚ÄØ323 10th St., San Francisco, CA 94103…

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

MoveOn (2020-10-17). Sunday 10/18: Your Vote is Power in Action! w/ Cast Members from "Hamilton" & MoveOn. indybay.org Online via livestream…

Labor Video Project (2020-10-17). 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.

The Canary (2020-10-17). Jennifer Arcuri 'admits affair with Boris Johnson'. thecanary.co Jennifer Arcuri has reportedly admitted to having an affair with Boris Johnson, after allegations he used his position as London mayor to get the businesswoman favourable treatment.The prime minister avoided a criminal investigation after the police watchdog found no evidence that he influenced the payment of thousands of pounds of public money to Arcuri, or that he secured her participation in foreign trade trips which he led.Johnson's conduct: City Hall resumed an investigation into Johnson's conduct after the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) closed in May.The IOPC said it "would have been wi…

UFCFLP (2020-10-17). 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…

Revolution Books (2020-10-17). 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…

LCCHR (2020-10-17). Tuesday 10/20: Make a Voting Plan & Voting Early Webinar w/ LCCHR. indybay.org Online via livestream…

Posted by Lynda Carson (2020-10-17). Trump Admin Issues CDC Eviction Moratorium Guidance to Benefit Landlords over Renters. indybay.org Change's To Coronavirus Covid-19 CDC Eviction Moratorium:…

Roland Rottenfuss (2020-10-17). 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.

Pacificagate (2020-10-17). Flash! Pacificagate Tapes Of Jan Gooddem Revealed. indybay.org New Pacificagate Tapes Exposing Plan To Take-over Pacifica By "New Day Pacifica"

Robert Maxim (2020-10-17). 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.

Dolores Perez Heilbron (2020-10-17). 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…

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 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…

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 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.

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…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-10-17). Imperial Athletes: a new sports hub for clubs at Imperial. imperial.ac.uk Move Imperial and Imperial College Union (ICU) have launched Imperial Athletes, a new collaborative hub for the College's almost 100 sports clubs.

The Canary (2020-10-17). Medics 'extremely worried' about coming weeks because of coronavirus second wave. thecanary.co Medics are "extremely worried" about how the next few weeks will look in hospitals as the number of coronavirus (Covid-19) cases continues to rise, a doctor has said. | Dr Indeewar Kapila is a consultant in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine in Manchester. He said intensive care units in the North West were getting busier. And staff were bracing themselves for a difficult second wave. | "We're extremely worried": | Asked whether he's worried about where hospitals will be in a few weeks' time, Dr Kapila told the PA news agency: We're extremely worried. | I think if if the current situation continues, i…

WSWS (2020-10-17). Statements of support for Dr. Scalice continue to come in from Australia and Sri Lanka. wsws.org "Scalice's lecture provided a powerful exposure of the catastrophic consequences bequeathed to the international working class by Stalinism and its extension Maoism."

Zoe Weil (2020-10-17). Four Ways to Find Equanimity When the News Is Overwhelming. commondreams.org Equanimity is defined as mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in difficult situations. (Photo by CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Manlio Dinucci (2020-10-17). Il virus nucleare di cui nessuno parla — intervista a Manlio Dinucci, giornalista. globalresearch.ca Trasmissione radiofonica. | Conducono in studio Mauro Caruso e Ludovica Di Chiara …

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.

news.un (2020-10-16). Bolivia: UN urges calm, ahead of Sunday's general elections. news.un.org Top UN officials have called on all stakeholders in Bolivia to maintain calm and commit to peaceful conduct of the general elections, taking place on Sunday.

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.

Alan MacLeod (2020-10-16). Bolivia: First Election Since US-Backed Coup Pits Right against Left, Rich Against Poor and White against Everyone Else. thealtworld.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. | MPN— Eleven months after a The last y…

_____ (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…

_____ (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.

_____ (2020-10-16). Bolivian Coupers 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…

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…

_____ (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," Rania Khalek (2020-10-16). Why is foreign policy absent from election coverage? thealtworld.com Foreign policy and our endless wars have been absent from coverage of the 2020 presidential election. Host of the Empire Files, Abby Martin and Soapbox's Rania Khalek discuss why these topics are being avoided. | What are the differences between the candidates with regard to US empire? Does it matter which party is in charge?

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.

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.

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-10-16). As Memory of 2016 Clinton Defeat Lingers, Biden Campaign Manager Warns 2020 Race 'Far Closer' Than You Think. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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

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

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). 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). 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.

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…

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,…

sputniknews (2020-10-16). Israeli Forces Launch Retaliatory Strikes on Gaza Strip – Reports. sputniknews.com Explosions were reported in the Gaza Strip early Saturday morning local time, hours after a rocket was launched from the Palestinian territory into Israel.

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 …

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.

Juan Cole (2020-10-16). Pro-Life, Judge Barrett? Climate Denialism Is Mass Murder. commondreams.org The likelihood is that Barrett will go on looking out for the interests of Big Oil. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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.

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.

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.

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies (2020-10-16). Trump's Endless Wars. counterpunch.org 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

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 . . . |

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…

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 …

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 …

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.

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…

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…

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 …

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

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 …

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.

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…

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.

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.

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 . . . |

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. …

Andrew Levine (2020-10-16). Pack the Damn Court, Joe. counterpunch.org 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

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…

Scheherezade Faramarzi (2020-10-16). Ahead of North Cyprus presidential election run-off, island's fate hangs in the balance. middleeasteye.net Ahead of North Cyprus presidential election run-off, island's fate hangs in the balance | Electorate to choose between the incumbent president and prime minister – and drastically different visions for the future of the divided island | Fri, 10/16/2020 – 17: 43 | A Turkish-Cypriot man casts his ballot at a polling station during the inconc…

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."

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). 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…

James Halbrook (2020-10-16). I Witnessed an Eco-Crime. counterpunch.org 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

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…

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

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 …

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

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.

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."

Rob Urie (2020-10-16). Who Elected Donald Trump? counterpunch.org 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

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 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…

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,

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

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.

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…

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.

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

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 was released from prison.

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). 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). '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). '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). 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 "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…

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,"

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). '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). 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). 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…

Scott Ritter (2020-10-16). Washington's 'no' to Putin's proposal of a New START extension is a political victory for Moscow. thealtworld.com Putin intervened to state clearly and directly that a one-year extension of the New START treaty was the only option. The White House declined, setting the stage for a new arms race should Trump win in November. | Less than a week after US-Russian talks on the future of the New START treaty collapsed — amid recriminations from both sides stemming from a misunderstanding, whether deliberate or otherwise, regarding Moscow's position — President Vladimir Putin intervened in a high-profile bid to inject both clarity and a sense of urgency about the future viability of the last remaining arms control agree…

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). 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…

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…

RT (2020-10-16). US threatens 'serious consequences' if Turkey puts into operation its Russian S-400 missile systems. rt.com The US State Department has warned the Turkish government of "potential serious consequences" to the two nations' security relationship should reports of Ankara testing the Russian S-400 air defense systems prove true. | "If confirmed, we would condemn in the strongest terms the S-400 test missile launch as incompatible with Turkey's responsibilities as a NATO ally and strategic partner of the United States," State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said on Friday. | Ortagus insisted that the air defense system "should not be operationalized," adding, "We have also been clear on the potential serious conseq…

RT (2020-10-16). Russian population to fall by 1.2 million by 2024, wiping around 1% off the country's total, says latest government estimates. rt.com The population of Russia is predicted to drop by 352,500 people this year, and could be reduced by a total of 1.2 million come 2024. The latest figures are a major revision of the 2020 dip of only 158,000 projected in August.

RT (2020-10-16). 'Putin's proposal a non-starter': White House rejects Russian call to extend nuclear arms control treaty. rt.com Washington has refused President Vladimir Putin's offer to extend New START, the last remaining arms control treaty between the US and Russia, for one year without any preconditions. | "President Putin's response today to extend New START… is a non-starter," the US National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien said in response to Moscow's offer, adding that Washington hopes Russia "will reevaluate its position before a costly arms race ensues." | (2/3) This would have been a win for both sides, and we believed the Russians were willing to accept this proposal when I met with my counterpart in Geneva. President Pu…

RT (2020-10-16). Terrorism investigation launched after teacher 'decapitated' in Paris suburb attack. rt.com A man has been found decapitated in Conflans Saint-Honorine, located some 28 km northwest of Paris, according to media reports citing police sources. The suspect was reportedly shot and killed by law enforcement. | The victim was attacked and "decapitated," BFMTV reported on Friday. Other media reports suggested the individual had been "stabbed" in the throat and succumbed to his wound. | The incident reportedly occurred outside a local school, and a police spokesman has confirmed that the victim was a middle-school teacher. |

RT (2020-10-16). China 'reserves right to react' if US interferes with Confucius Institute operations. rt.com Beijing has defended its Confucius Institute program after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he hopes the Chinese cultural centers on American university campuses would be shut down by the end of this year. | The Confucius Institute operates in the US based on voluntary applications from universities under the principles of mutual respect and benefit, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Friday. They contribute to promoting cultural exchanges and have been "widely welcomed by US universities and the American people," spokesperson Zhao Lijian noted. | He accused some US politicians, including Pompeo specif…

RT (2020-10-16). WATCH scene of France attack where man 'beheaded' teacher who 'showed cartoons of Prophet Mohammed' at school. rt.com An anti-terrorism invstigation is underway in a Parisian suburb after a middle school teacher was fatally stabbed by a man who reportedly cried "Allahu Akbar" while assaulting him. | The incident occurred in Conflans Saint-Honorine at around 5pm local time on Friday. The knife-wielding suspected attacker was shot dead by police. | According to local reports, the teacher was recently the subject of complaints from parents after he showed caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed to students during class, and investigators are looking into the incident as one potential motive for the attack. | Visiting the scene on…

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…

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…

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…

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). '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…

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…

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 …

Romana Rubeo, Ramzy Baroud (2020-10-16). Zionist War on Palestinian Festival in Rome is Ominous Sign of Things to Come. counterpunch.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 …

WSWS (2020-10-16). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. wsws.org The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to

WSWS (2020-10-16). Rick Poynor's David King: Designer, Activist, Visual Historian: An important new work on the revolutionary socialist, artist and defender of historical truth. wsws.org If David King is not better known, it is attributable largely to the shift to the right in so-called intellectual circles, their hostility to the October Revolution and their growing social indifference.

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). 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 …

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 …

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…

Ruth Conniff (2020-10-16). Amy Coney Barrett Is Not Pro-Life. commondreams.org Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett. (Photo by Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-16). Palestinian administrative detainee on 'verge of death' as his hunger strike nears 90 days. peoplesdispatch.org Israeli human rights group B'Tselem says more than 350 Palestinians are currently being held under the illegal colonial-era policy of administrative detention adopted by the state of Israel…

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…

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.

WSWS (2020-10-16). University of Michigan cafeteria workers oppose reopening of dining halls as coronavirus continues to spread on campus. wsws.org In the weeks following the sellout of the graduate student strike, multiple COVID-19 clusters have been confirmed on campus, demonstrating the complete inadequacy of the university's testing regime.

WSWS (2020-10-16). Faculty union abruptly ends strike at Youngstown State University. wsws.org The faculty union at YSU announced a shutdown of a three-day strike after an "understanding" was reached with the administration.

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: 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.

Donald Monaco (2020-10-16). American Coup d'états. globalresearch.ca Joseph Biden was asked during a recent interview on

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.

WSWS (2020-10-16). Stalinist apologetics and intellectual charlatanry: A response to Teo Marasigan. wsws.org The WSWS is posting Dr. Joseph Scalice's reply to Teo Marasigan, an apologist for the Maoist Communist Party of the Philippines and its founder Jose Maria Sison. Sison has slandered Scalice as a CIA agent in response to his lecture detailing the CPP's support for the fascistic Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and explaining its roots in the reactionary politics of Stalinism.

WSWS (2020-10-16). New York University defies state COVID-19 guidelines and continues in-person classes. wsws.org The decision to not immediately halt in-person classes and work at NYU amid a resurgence of the pandemic underscores the recklessness of the university administration.

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 …

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.

Dennis Bernstein (2020-10-16). Structural Racism in Liberal Armor: Newsome's Veto Domestic Workers' Rights Bill. counterpunch.org On Thursday October 1st, self-professed Liberal Governor Gavon Newsome vetoed SB 1257, the Health and Safety for All Workers Act. The governor's action, say advocates for the three-hundred thousand domestic workers directly impacted by the veto, is reckless and racist at its very core. The workers are overwhelming women of color, already living at the

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.

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 …

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

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,

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."

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.

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…

WSWS (2020-10-16). New cluster of COVID-19 hits Faurecia Gladstone factory in Columbus, Indiana. wsws.org In spite of stonewalling by management, auto parts workers have been able to verify the infections of at least five individuals, including equipment drivers who move throughout the plant.

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). 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.

_____ (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 …

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…

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.

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). Unifor deal gives FCA Canada green light to cut jobs. wsws.org The three-year deal accepts the shrinking of the workforce in Windsor and fails to secure jobs for 3,400 workers in Brampton beyond 2023.

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.

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.

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…

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?

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). Large-scale police deployment evicts alternative housing project in Berlin, Germany. wsws.org The mobilization of thousands of police officers to evict an alternative housing project must be understood as a serious warning. In the face of social tensions and the catastrophic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, the ruling class is preparing to violently suppress any opposition from below.

2020-10-17: Social Media Postees

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Unelected Bolivian govt detains, doxxes, threatens international observers on eve of election
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2020-10-17
Bolivia's unelected transitional administration has repeatedly threatened international electoral observers, detained monitors from Argentina in the airport, and shared the private information of Spanish supervisors with a far-right activist. By Ben Norton LA PAZ, BOLIVIA — On the eve of Bolivia's first election since a violent November 2019 military takeover that removed President Evo Morales from office, the un-elected de facto government has detained, doxxed, and threatened international electoral observers. On October 16, Bolivia's migration department shared the private information …
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Bolivian security forces detain Argentine deputy Federico Fagioli
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-10-17
The deputy from Frente de Todos coalition in Argentina was detained at the airport in El Alto by immigration officials, police and unidentified individuals and taken to a detention center in the airport…
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US border police attack Native American protest against Arizona border wall
wsws.org | 2020-10-17
Thirty protesters were shot with rubber bullets and teargassed during a ceremony Monday held at a border checkpoint on O'odham lands in southern Arizona.
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In Afghanistan, American Troops Patrol the Same Routes Their Fathers Did
Alan MacLeod | globalresearch.ca | 2020-10-17
Thousands of US soldiers continue to pace and patrol exactly the same routes as their predecessors did in 2001, fighting a seemingly endless conflict that both the American and Afghan public have long since soured on. | *** | Nineteen years …
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One hundred years of Indian communism
Prabhat Patnaik | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-10-17
(October 17, 2020 marks 100 years of the founding of the Communist Party of India. The party was formed in 1920 in Tashkent. On this occasion, we bring you an analysis of the history of the Indian communist movement by noted Marxist intellectual Prabhat Patnaik) | A theoretical analysis of the prevailing situation, from which the proletariat's relationship with different segments of the bourgeoisie and the peasantry is derived, and with it the Communist Party's tactics toward other political forces, is central to the party's praxis. A study of this praxis over the last one hundred years of the existence of com…
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Minneapolis protest demands legalization for immigrants
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-10-17
Minneapolis, MN – Around 100 people marched through downtown Minneapolis, October 14, from Senator Amy Klobuchar's office to the Hennepin County Jail. The march was part of an ongoing campaign by the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAC) demanding legalization for all immigrants including those eligible for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), TPS (Temporary Protected Status), and DED (Deferred Enforced Departure) status. More than a million immigrants that hold these statuses are in increasing danger of deportation because of recent court rulings that open the door to the Trump administra…
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HHS Must Release Billion Dollar Coronavirus Vaccine Contracts, Public Citizen Lawsuit Says
Public Citizen | globalresearch.ca | 2020-10-17
Public Citizen today filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to compel disclosure of coronavirus vaccine development and manufacturing contracts with major pharmaceutical corporations worth billions of dollars. | The suit, filed in the U.S. …
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When Eastern Art Meets Western Arts
Jenn Zhu | globalresearch.ca | 2020-10-17
However beautiful an art piece might be, or however delicious the food could serve the gourmet, people never stopped to change their taste on things. It is because the human's nerves tend to gain fatigue easily when focusing on the …
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US condemns Turkey over reported test of Russian S-400 missile system
MEE and agencies | middleeasteye.net | 2020-10-17
US condemns Turkey over reported test of Russian S-400 missile system | Ankara refuses to confirm or deny reports that it has tested the controversial air defence system near the Black Sea | MEE and agencies | Sat, 10/17/2020 – 10: 32 | Washington fears the S-400 could be used to gain intelligence on US weaponry (Reuters) | The United States condemned Turkey on Friday after reports emerged that Ankara had te…
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Thai students continue protests in face of government repression
wsws.org | 2020-10-17
The demonstrators have three core demands: the prime minister's resignation, a new constitution, and an end to the suppression of government critics; as well as the reform of the monarchy.
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Top 50 U.S. Think Tanks Receive over $1Billion from US Government and Defense Contractors
Barbara Boland | globalresearch.ca | 2020-10-17
The top 50 think tanks in America, as ranked by the University of Pennsylvania's Go To Think Tank Index, received over $1 billion from U.S. government and defense contractors. The top recipients of this funding were the RAND Corporation, the …
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Role of Virginia fascists in conspiracy to kill Northam and Whitmer comes into focus
wsws.org | 2020-10-17
Many questions remain as to the possible role of Virginia Boogaloo members and other fascist groups in the expanding plot against Democratic governors.
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Fishermen oppose release of contaminated water from Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-10-17
The company which operates the plant, Tokyo Electric Power, has collected over 1.23 million tons of contaminated water since the collapse of the nuclear plant in 2011…
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Why Wasn't There Any Post-Election Turmoil in Tajikistan?
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2020-10-17
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 …
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No Real Change Can Come If Speech Is Restricted By Monopolistic Oligarchs
Caitlin Johnstone | thealtworld.com | 2020-10-17
In a solid new article titled " Facebook and Twitter Cross a Line Far More Dangerous Than What They Censor" on the cross-platform silencing of The New York Post's publication of Hunter Biden's emails, The Intercept's Glenn Greenwald writes the following: That is always how it will work: it is exclusively the voices on the fringes and the margins, the dissidents, those who reside outside of the factions of power who will be subjected to this silencing. Mainstream political and media voices,…
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'We are in a truly Orwellian culture': Amazon yanks Covid-19 skeptic's book for ominously vague 'content violations'
rt.com | 2020-10-17
Amazon has joined its Big Tech fellows in ramping up censorship of any criticism of the "official" Covid-19 narrative, deploying obfuscatory excuses to justify removing journalist James Perloff's latest book, he told RT. | After selling a respectable 3,500 copies over the last two months, Perloff's book on the coronavirus pandemic and its weaponization by world governments, 'Covid-19 and the Agendas to Come: Red-Pilled,' was suddenly "banned" by Amazon.com, the writer revealed on Twitter on Thursday. | BAD NEWS. After selling over 3,500 copies for Amazon since publication on August 20, Amazon has banned my boo…
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'We are in a truly Orwellian culture': Amazon yanks Covid-19 skeptic's book for ominously vague 'content violations'
rt.com | 2020-10-17
Amazon has joined its Big Tech fellows in ramping up censorship of any criticism of the "official" Covid-19 narrative, deploying obfuscatory excuses to justify removing journalist James Perloff's latest book, he told RT. | After selling a respectable 3,500 copies over the last two months, Perloff's book on the coronavirus pandemic and its weaponization by world governments, 'Covid-19 and the Agendas to Come: Red-Pilled,' was suddenly "banned" by Amazon.com, the writer revealed on Twitter on Thursday. | t.co/MCvENktgr4 & I offer it in bulk quantities t.co/Fl
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Pennsylvania rejects 300,000+ 'duplicate' mail-in ballot applications as confused voters flood election offices with calls
rt.com | 2020-10-17
Hundreds of thousands of mail-in ballot applications have been scrapped by Pennsylvania election officials, with countless voters filing duplicate requests unwittingly thanks to a confusing and opaque system, ProPublica reported. | The majority of the 372,000 denied ballot requests, some 90 percent, were rejected as duplicates after voters mistakenly submitted repeat applications. Many did so unaware they had already agreed to be sent a ba…
rt.com/usa/503781-pennsylvania-duplicate…

'Garbage company': Mother Jones chief lashes out at Facebook for throttling traffic to left-leaning news site
rt.com | 2020-10-17
Facebook's tinkering with its news feed has cost Mother Jones up to $600,000 a year in lost revenue, its editor-in-chief has alleged, calling the social network a "garbage company" and a "toxic cesspool" damaging the US. | Clara Jeffery said she was "enraged" after reading a Wall Street Journal story about how Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has drifted away from his apolitical stance and became a seriously involved player in the last four years. | 1/ I am enraged. Excellent reporting from WSJ's
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Twelve migrants dead, others missing off the coast of Djibouti: IOM
news.un.org | 2020-10-17
Twelve migrants have died and others are missing after being thrown off a boat by smugglers off the coast of Djibouti in the Horn of Africa, the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM) has reported.
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Trump Got the Best COVID Treatment. For the Rest of Us He Wants "Herd Immunity"
William rivers Pitt | zcomm.org | 2020-10-17
Trump is alive because he got the best treatment science can deliver, buttressed by data gathered from the corpses he has already caused…
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Meet the Warehouse Worker Who Took On Amazon Over Inhumane Conditions
Michelle Chen | zcomm.org | 2020-10-17
Hibaq Mohamed organized her community in a fight against Amazon, protesting working conditions at a fulfillment center with one of the highest rates of injury…
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At Townhall, Biden Promises Big Green Infrastructure and Jobs
Juan Cole | zcomm.org | 2020-10-17
Spain's Example Suggests he is Right…
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The President, the Pandemic & the Election
Noam Chomsky | zcomm.org | 2020-10-17
The urgent problem of overcoming the existential crises–global warming, nuclear war, pandemics–has to be done within the general framework of existing institutions. We can improve them. But you won't be able to overcome them in the relevant time frame…
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Inequality in America: Far Beyond Extreme
Bob Lord | zcomm.org | 2020-10-17
The maldistribution of America's income and wealth has reached levels that our conventional economic stats have trouble revealing…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/inequality-in-amer…

Dying Inside: The Hidden Crisis in America's Jails
Peter Eisler, Linda So, Jason Szep, Grant Smith And Ned Parker | zcomm.org | 2020-10-17
Why 4,998 died in U.S. jails without getting their day in court…
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Thursday 10/22: The Archive To Come
CCBCG | indybay.org | 2020-10-17
Attend the opening at: | In Social VR: hubs.mozilla.com/BRLaDhW/archive-gallery | Streaming on Twitch: www.twitch.tv/tttelematiccc | See the work on-line at www.tttelematiccc.com | And / or visit our physical gallery space | Hours: Small friend groups and individuals, by appointment | Address: ‚ÄØ323 10th St., San Francisco, CA 94103…
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Saturday 10/17: Socialist and Labor Contingent to Protest Proud Boys
Freedom Socialist Party Bay Area | indybay.org | 2020-10-17
Mission High School steps (3750 18th St. near Dolores), San Francisco…
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Tuesday 10/20: Make a Voting Plan & Voting Early Webinar w/ LCCHR
LCCHR | indybay.org | 2020-10-17
Online via livestream…
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Sunday 10/18: Your Vote is Power in Action! w/ Cast Members from "Hamilton" & MoveOn
MoveOn | indybay.org | 2020-10-17
Online via livestream…
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Flash! Pacificagate Tapes Of Jan Gooddem Revealed
Pacificagate | indybay.org | 2020-10-17
New Pacificagate Tapes Exposing Plan To Take-over Pacifica By "New Day Pacifica"
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the con-vid coup
ALETH | indybay.org | 2020-10-17
there is no "covid" : the ultimate evidence…
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Jail Uber/Lyft CEO's: Workers & Unions In Rally in SF at Uber World HQ
Labor Video Project | indybay.org | 2020-10-17
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.
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Saturday 10/24: March for Democracy
Dolores Perez Heilbron | indybay.org | 2020-10-17
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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Aaron Steichen Murder Inquiry
Robert Maxim | indybay.org | 2020-10-17
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.
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Behavior and body in the sights of capital
Roland Rottenfuss | indybay.org | 2020-10-17
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.
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Trump Admin Issues CDC Eviction Moratorium Guidance to Benefit Landlords over Renters
Posted by Lynda Carson | indybay.org | 2020-10-17
Change's To Coronavirus Covid-19 CDC Eviction Moratorium:…
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Tuesday 10/27: UBER CEO Dara No More Games-Prosecute UBER CEO For Criminal Fraud
UFCFLP | indybay.org | 2020-10-17
UBER's CEO Dara Khosrowshahi Pacific Heights Mansion | 3090 Pacific Ave. | San Francisco…
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Tuesday 10/27: An Evening with Martín Espada – Poet of the Political Imagination
Revolution Books | indybay.org | 2020-10-17
Online event sponsored by Revolution Books, 2444 Durant Ave. Berkeley CA 94704…
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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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[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.
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[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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[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…
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Imperial Athletes: a new sports hub for clubs at Imperial
imperial.ac.uk | 2020-10-17
Move Imperial and Imperial College Union (ICU) have launched Imperial Athletes, a new collaborative hub for the College's almost 100 sports clubs.
imperial.ac.uk/news/206793/imperial-athletes-sports-clubs-imperial

Medics 'extremely worried' about coming weeks because of coronavirus second wave
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-10-17
Medics are "extremely worried" about how the next few weeks will look in hospitals as the number of coronavirus (Covid-19) cases continues to rise, a doctor has said. | Dr Indeewar Kapila is a consultant in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine in Manchester. He said intensive care units in the North West were getting busier. And staff were bracing themselves for a difficult second wave. | "We're extremely worried": | Asked whether he's worried about where hospitals will be in a few weeks' time, Dr Kapila told the PA news agency: We're extremely worried. | I think if if the current situation continues, i…
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Jennifer Arcuri 'admits affair with Boris Johnson'
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-10-17
Jennifer Arcuri has reportedly admitted to having an affair with Boris Johnson, after allegations he used his position as London mayor to get the businesswoman favourable treatment.The prime minister avoided a criminal investigation after the police watchdog found no evidence that he influenced the payment of thousands of pounds of public money to Arcuri, or that he secured her participation in foreign trade trips which he led.Johnson's conduct: City Hall resumed an investigation into Johnson's conduct after the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) closed in May.The IOPC said it "would have been wi…
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Statements of support for Dr. Scalice continue to come in from Australia and Sri Lanka
wsws.org | 2020-10-17
"Scalice's lecture provided a powerful exposure of the catastrophic consequences bequeathed to the international working class by Stalinism and its extension Maoism."
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Four Ways to Find Equanimity When the News Is Overwhelming
Zoe Weil | commondreams.org | 2020-10-17
Equanimity is defined as mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in difficult situations. (Photo by CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Il virus nucleare di cui nessuno parla — intervista a Manlio Dinucci, giornalista
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2020-10-17
Trasmissione radiofonica. | Conducono in studio Mauro Caruso e Ludovica Di Chiara | …
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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.
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Bolivia: UN urges calm, ahead of Sunday's general elections
news.un.org | 2020-10-16
Top UN officials have called on all stakeholders in Bolivia to maintain calm and commit to 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 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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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…
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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…
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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.
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Bolivian Coupers 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…
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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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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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Why is foreign policy absent from election coverage?
Rania Khalek | thealtworld.com | 2020-10-16
Foreign policy and our endless wars have been absent from coverage of the 2020 presidential election. Host of the Empire Files, Abby Martin and Soapbox's Rania Khalek discuss why these topics are being avoided. | What are the differences between the candidates with regard to US empire? Does it matter which party is in charge?
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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.
mintpressnews.com/questions-surround-tim…

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.
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As Memory of 2016 Clinton Defeat Lingers, Biden Campaign Manager Warns 2020 Race 'Far Closer' Than You Think
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-10-16
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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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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.
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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 …
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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…

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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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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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…
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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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Israeli Forces Launch Retaliatory Strikes on Gaza Strip – Reports
sputniknews.com | 2020-10-16
Explosions were reported in the Gaza Strip early Saturday morning local time, hours after a rocket was launched from the Palestinian territory into Israel.
sputniknews.com/middleeast/2020101610807…

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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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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#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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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!
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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 …
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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…

Pro-Life, Judge Barrett? Climate Denialism Is Mass Murder
Juan Cole | commondreams.org | 2020-10-16
The likelihood is that Barrett will go on looking out for the interests of Big Oil. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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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.
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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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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…
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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…
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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 …
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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…
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Rick Poynor's David King: Designer, Activist, Visual Historian: An important new work on the revolutionary socialist, artist and defender of historical truth
wsws.org | 2020-10-16
If David King is not better known, it is attributable largely to the shift to the right in so-called intellectual circles, their hostility to the October Revolution and their growing social indifference.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/10/16/king…

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa
wsws.org | 2020-10-16
The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/10/16/work…

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…

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…

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…
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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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Amy Coney Barrett Is Not Pro-Life
Ruth Conniff | commondreams.org | 2020-10-16
Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett. (Photo by Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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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…
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Large-scale police deployment evicts alternative housing project in Berlin, Germany
wsws.org | 2020-10-16
The mobilization of thousands of police officers to evict an alternative housing project must be understood as a serious warning. In the face of social tensions and the catastrophic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, the ruling class is preparing to violently suppress any opposition from below.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/10/16/lieb…

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 …
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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…
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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.
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Structural Racism in Liberal Armor: Newsome's Veto Domestic Workers' Rights Bill
Dennis Bernstein | counterpunch.org | 2020-10-16
On Thursday October 1st, self-professed Liberal Governor Gavon Newsome vetoed SB 1257, the Health and Safety for All Workers Act. The governor's action, say advocates for the three-hundred thousand domestic workers directly impacted by the veto, is reckless and racist at its very core. The workers are overwhelming women of color, already living at the…
counterpunch.org/2020/10/16/structural-r…

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…
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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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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…

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…

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…
counterpunch.org/2020/10/16/who-elected-…

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…

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. …
peoplesworld.org/article/trumps-labor-de…

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…

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…

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 …
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Protests against police brutality in Nigeria amid economic catastrophe
wsws.org | 2020-10-16
The protests were sparked by the killing of a young man in Delta State, in southern Nigeria, during a stop-and-search operation on October 3, although the police denied that Special Anti-Robbery Squad officers were involved.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/10/16/nige…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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-…

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…

Palestinian administrative detainee on 'verge of death' as his hunger strike nears 90 days
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-10-16
Israeli human rights group B'Tselem says more than 350 Palestinians are currently being held under the illegal colonial-era policy of administrative detention adopted by the state of Israel…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/10/16/palestini…

University of Michigan cafeteria workers oppose reopening of dining halls as coronavirus continues to spread on campus
wsws.org | 2020-10-16
In the weeks following the sellout of the graduate student strike, multiple COVID-19 clusters have been confirmed on campus, demonstrating the complete inadequacy of the university's testing regime.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/10/16/mdin…

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…

IMF reports on global economy: Political conclusions
wsws.org | 2020-10-16
The IMF has forecast that the cumulative loss of global output compared to the pre-pandemic path will to grow from $11 trillion in 2020–21 to $28 trillion in the period 2020–2025.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/10/16/imfr…

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-…

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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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…

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-…

Ahead of North Cyprus presidential election run-off, island's fate hangs in the balance
Scheherezade Faramarzi | middleeasteye.net | 2020-10-16
Ahead of North Cyprus presidential election run-off, island's fate hangs in the balance | Electorate to choose between the incumbent president and prime minister – and drastically different visions for the future of the divided island | Scheherezade Faramarzi | Fri, 10/16/2020 – 17: 43 | A Turkish-Cypriot man casts his ballot at a polling station during the inconc…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/north-cyprus-…

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…

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…

'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…

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…

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/

Unifor deal gives FCA Canada green light to cut jobs
wsws.org | 2020-10-16
The three-year deal accepts the shrinking of the workforce in Windsor and fails to secure jobs for 3,400 workers in Brampton beyond 2023.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/10/16/caau…

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-…

San Diego educators launch rank-and-file safety committee to halt school reopenings and save lives
wsws.org | 2020-10-16
Our committee answers directly to the interests of the working class, not to the major corporations, their political representatives in the Democratic and Republican parties, or the teachers unions which have facilitated school reopenings.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/10/16/sdrf…

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…

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 …
peoplesworld.org/article/election-2020-t…

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-…

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…

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…

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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 …
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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…
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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-…

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…

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…
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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…

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…
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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.
progressive.org/dispatches/amy-coney-bar…

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…

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…

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 …
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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…
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New York University defies state COVID-19 guidelines and continues in-person classes
wsws.org | 2020-10-16
The decision to not immediately halt in-person classes and work at NYU amid a resurgence of the pandemic underscores the recklessness of the university administration.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/10/16/nyuc…

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…
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Faculty union abruptly ends strike at Youngstown State University
wsws.org | 2020-10-16
The faculty union at YSU announced a shutdown of a three-day strike after an "understanding" was reached with the administration.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/10/16/ysu3…

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…
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Lisa Graves on the Story Behind Amy Coney Barrett
CounterSpin | fair.org | 2020-10-16
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New cluster of COVID-19 hits Faurecia Gladstone factory in Columbus, Indiana
wsws.org | 2020-10-16
In spite of stonewalling by management, auto parts workers have been able to verify the infections of at least five individuals, including equipment drivers who move throughout the plant.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/10/16/faur…

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.
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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 …
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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 …
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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."
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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…
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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…

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.
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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 …
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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 …
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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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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…

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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.
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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…
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Stalinist apologetics and intellectual charlatanry: A response to Teo Marasigan
wsws.org | 2020-10-16
The WSWS is posting Dr. Joseph Scalice's reply to Teo Marasigan, an apologist for the Maoist Communist Party of the Philippines and its founder Jose Maria Sison. Sison has slandered Scalice as a CIA agent in response to his lecture detailing the CPP's support for the fascistic Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and explaining its roots in the reactionary politics of Stalinism.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/10/16/mara…

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…
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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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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-…

'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…
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'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…
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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…
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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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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…
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