2020-09-18: News Headlines

John Laforge (2020-09-18). Germany: US Nuclear Weapons Shamed in Nationwide Debate. counterpunch.org We need a broad public debate … about the sense and nonsense of nuclear deterrence. —Rolf Mutzenich, German Social Democratic Party Leader Public criticism of the US nuclear weapons deployed in Germany bloomed into a vigorous nationwide debate this past spring and summer focused on the controversial scheme known diplomatically as "nuclear sharing" or "nuclear

Eve Ottenberg (2020-09-18). Surprise! Still No Economic Relief from Washington. counterpunch.org With tens of millions unemployed, inevitable eviction merely postponed for a few months and low-wage jobs and small businesses drying up like the Rio Grande south of Albuquerque, you'd think the federal government could negotiate some help for stranded Americans. Democrats had a bill ready back in May. But it just sat on Mitch McConnell's

Andrew Levine (2020-09-18). Democrats: Can't Live With 'Em, Can't Live Without 'Em. counterpunch.org Like HIV or COVID-19, the Democratic Party is likely to be with us for some time to come. The best we can hope for is that it becomes more manageable. This is already the case with HIV, and there is reason to think that, despite Donald Trump's depraved indifference, the worst and most debilitating ravages

Howie Hawkins (2020-09-18). Are Environmentalists Too Compromised to Fight for Real Solutions? counterpunch.org A group of aging environmentalists is out with an Open Letter telling people: Don't vote for the Green Party. As the aging environmentalist who is the Green Party candidate for president, let me respond. The role of the environmental movement should be to make its demands on every candidate, not make compromises to provide cover for a

Roger Harris (2020-09-18). Changing the Washington Guard: What a Democratic Sweep in November Portends. counterpunch.org At the risk of counting chickens before they hatch, what would the return of Team Blue portend? As is patently obvious, the US is in trouble. Climate driven heat waves and fires grip the nation. An already faltering economy with deep contradictions could only tank given the shock of the pandemic that has necessitated varying

Repost (2020-09-18). More Anti-Democratic Nonsense By KPFA LSB Board Majority & KPFA LSB Secretary Carol Wolfle. indybay.org The KPFA LSB board majority and their LSB secretary Carol Wolfley are working to prevent democratic participation in the LSB meetings. Their corporatist operation of the station local board is connected to their failure to do any evaluations of the manager Quincy McCoy or Program Director They have been rubber stamps to the unilateral of programs at KPFA and support by the station management.

The Canary (2020-09-18). Joe Biden blasts Donald Trump's 'criminal' pandemic response. thecanary.co The Democratic presidential nominee held his first town hall on Thursday. | By | Joe Biden on Thursday went after President Donald Trump again and again over his handling of Covid-19, calling the president's downplaying of the pandemic "criminal". | "You've got to level with the American people — shoot from the shoulder. There's not been a time they've not been able to step up. The president should step down," the Democratic presidential nominee said to applause from a CNN drive-in town hall crowd in Moosic, outside his hometown of Scrant…

John Bachtell (2020-09-17). GOP election sabotage scheme using Wisconsin Green Party stalls. peoplesworld.org The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Sept. 14 against placing the Green Party on the 2020 election ballot. The decision vacated a hold the same court had put on sending ballots to municipalities and 1 million absentee ballots to voters last week. Under Wisconsin law, election officials must send more than a million requested mail-in ballots …

Walter Smolarek (2020-09-17). Senate Democrats want $350 billion to prepare for war with China. liberationnews.org Democrats in the Senate announced September 17 a massive spending bill aimed at stepping up U.S. hostility towards China to the tune of $350 billion. Introduced by leading imperialist war hawks Chuck Schumer and Bob Menendez, the legislation is intended to shore up U.S. dominance in strategic sectors of the world economy through huge government …

MEE staff (2020-09-17). US lawmakers call on Trump administration to restore aid to Yemen. middleeasteye.net US lawmakers call on Trump administration to restore aid to Yemen | Citing coronavirus concerns, Democrats in both the House and Senate describe a dire need for aid in war-torn Yemen, where virus mortality rates remain around 25 percent | Thu, 09/17/2020 – 18: 40 | Hashem Mahmoud Atin, a ten-month-old displaced Yemeni child suffering from acute malnutrition and who is unable to reach a hospital for treatment,…

RT (2020-09-17). Pennsylvania Supreme Court kicks Green Party candidate off state's November ballot. rt.com The Green Party's candidate has been disqualified from the upcoming November elections in Pennsylvania after the state's Supreme Court deemed his paperwork to have been improperly submitted. | Howie Hawkins was disqualified from the ballot on Thursday when the Supreme Court overruled an earlier decision by a lower court. | According to the top court, the Green candidate was booted from the election over improperly delivered paperwork. The minor parties have to collect signatures to nominate their candidate, and while the Green Party delivered signatures by hand by the August 3 deadline, it decided to fax in an…

Norman Solomon (2020-09-17). Trump's Climate Denial Gains Strength If We're in Denial About His Neo-Fascism. commondreams.org "Trump's right-wing base and leading Republicans are in lockstep with both types of denial. They embrace the most absurd claims about climate … And they refuse to recognize or deplore his autocratic moves," writes Solomon. (Photo: Oil Change International/Twitter) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-09-17). Weed Killers: Bowing to Blue Dogs, Democratic Leadership Delays 'Enormously Popular' Marijuana Legalization Bill Until After Election. commondreams.org "If you're trying to punt it as a result of a political calculation, I disagree with that calculation," Rep. Ocasio-Cortez said earlier of the MORE Act. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Paul Jay (2020-09-17). Who Will Win — a Conscious People or Anti-Democratic Elites? zcomm.org Interview about the state of the peoples' movement…

WSWS (2020-09-17). Opposition mounts as thousands of University of Illinois at Chicago nurses and workers continue strike. wsws.org The university administration and the Democratic Party are increasingly nervous over the support striking workers have elicited.

Docs4opendebate (2020-09-17). A Huge Number of Medical Doctors Ask for a Reassessment of the Corona Measures. globalresearch.ca Globally, we are seeing a massive campaign of disinformation on the main stream media that sets aside all the principles of a democratic state governed by the rule of law. | While a great number of colleagues doctors present with different …

WSWS (2020-09-17). House report on Boeing 737 Max crashes: Corporate criminality, FAA complicity, but no accountability. wsws.org Despite the incriminating evidence, the Democrats propose no actions to hold either Boeing or the FAA accountable for the deaths of 346 men, women and children.

WSWS (2020-09-17). Trump repeats threats of post-election military repression as Barr calls for charging protesters with "sedition" wsws.org While Trump and his political aides and advisers openly speak of civil war and martial law, the Democrats are largely ignoring and covering up the moves toward dictatorial forms of rule.

_____ (2020-09-17). Trump's Caudillismo Support Among Wealthy Latin American Expatriates. strategic-culture.org The U.S. political class of pundits, pollsters, columnists, and endless cable news blathering talking heads are currently putting forth the notion that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is having a problem with support from the Hispanic community. This argument is based on a disingenuously false premise that the Hispanic community is a political monolith that is gravitating, as it has in recent years, to Republican candidates. To be sure, there is a conservative base to the Hispanic vote among the mostly white European exiles in South Florida, who came to the United States to flee, along with their offs…

Staff (2020-09-17). Another Day of COVID, Another Failed Stimulus, Another Thousand Deaths. truthout.org Another COVID day of death and dismay, another day of Republican indifference, greed and spite. | "Democrats are 'heartless,'" Donald Trump

Nauman Sadiq (2020-09-17). Sign of Things to Come: Biden Patronizes Britain over Brexit. globalresearch.ca Besides former President Obama's supposed "goodwill," Joe Biden has nothing to show for his performance as former vice president, except for frequent gaffes and fake dentures. He is the weakest Democratic presidential candidate in decades and doesn't stand a chance …

WSWS (2020-09-17). Letters from Australia, the US and New Zealand defending Philippine historian Dr. Joseph Scalice. wsws.org The Communist Party of the Philippines "is scapegoating an historian for having the principles and courage to tell the truth to the whole world about the anti-democratic and anti-working class role of the Stalinists."

Lisa Newcomb, staff writer (2020-09-17). 'A Recipe for Disaster': Democrats Worry Biden Campaign Missing in Action in Battleground States. commondreams.org The Democratic candidate's campaign is sparking concern that a redux of 2016—including a lack of outreach and a dearth of voter excitement—is now underway. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-09-17). House Passes 'Historic' Legislation to Protect Pregnant Workers From Discrimination, Prompting Calls for Senate to Follow Suit. commondreams.org Labor rights and women's rights advocates called on the U.S. Senate to follow suit on Thursday after the Democratic-led House passed an historic bipartisan bill to protect the rights of pregnant workers—but expressed little hope that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would prioritize the legislation. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Joan Walsh (2020-09-17). Do Florida Democrats Want to Win the State Senate This Year? thenation.com Do Florida Democrats Want to Win the State Senate This Year?

Asiah Williams (2020-09-17). Of Course Republicans Want to Suppress the Youth Vote. thenation.com Of Course Republicans Want to Suppress the Youth Vote…

Al Neal (2020-09-16). Idaho's Indigenous Senate candidate Paulette Jordan challenges entrenched Republican power. peoplesworld.org A U.S. Senate race in the state of Idaho could bring about sweeping change to the current Republican-controlled Senate and correct a longstanding historical wrong if it's won by the Democratic opponent to incumbent Republican Sen. Jim Risch. "I'm Paulette Jordan, and I'm running to be the first female senator from the state of Idaho and the first …

yenisafak (2020-09-16). Maduro security forces committed crimes against humanity: UN. yenisafak.com Venezuelan security forces and allied groups have committed systematic human rights violations including killings and torture amounting to crimes against humanity, U.N. investigators said on Wednesday.Reasonable grounds existed to believe that President Nicolas Maduro and his interior and defence ministers ordered or contributed to the crimes documented in the report in order to silence opposition, they said.Most unlawful executions by state agents have not been prosecuted in Venezuela, where the rule of law and democratic institutions have broken down, they added.The U.N. fact-finding mission said other national…

Mary Green Swig, Steven L. Swig, David A. Bergeron and Richard J. Eskow (2020-09-16). How Were 46 Million People Trapped by Student Debt? The History of an Unfulfilled Promise. counterpunch.org The democratic principle of tuition-free education in our country pre-dates the founding of the United States. The first public primary education was offered in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1635, and its legislature created Harvard College the following year to make education available to all qualified students. Even before the Constitution was ratified, the Confederation

_____ (2020-09-16). Democrats Ignore U.S. Military's Refutation of 'Russian Bounties' Story. strategic-culture.org Caitlin JOHNSTONE | NBC News Two months after top Pentagon officials vowed to get to the bottom of whether the Russian government bribed the Taliban to kill American service members, the commander of troops in the region says a detailed review of all available intelligence has not been able to corroborate the existence of such a program. | "It just has not been proved to a level of certainty that satisfies me," Gen. Frank McKenzie, comm…

RT (2020-09-16). Kamala Harris' Timberland boots make unlikely headlines as Biden campaign struggles to create excitement. rt.com Footage of Democratic VP candidate Kamala Harris sauntering out of a plane in Timberland boots has Biden campaign supporters all aflutter — but even many on the Left are rolling their eyes at the brand name fetishism. | "Kamala Harris may have made Timberland boots cool again," gushed a Yahoo! News headline, one of several touting the VP pick's footwear as she alighted from a plane to visit firefighters and those displaced by the devastating wildfires in Fresno, California. | Called "Timbs" for short, the boots were ubiquitous during the 1990s and early 2000s, worn by men and women and especially popular…

Walter Smolarek (2020-09-16). New Japanese Prime Minister expected to continue far-right policies of predecessor. liberationnews.org Veteran right wing politician Yoshihide Suga took power as the new Prime Minister of Japan September 16. While his ascension to office ends the administration of Shinzo Abe, the far right policies that characterized the Abe administration are all but certain to continue under new management. Suga is a long-time leader of the Liberal Democratic …

yenisafak (2020-09-16). US congresswoman honored for helping Palestine. yenisafak.com A US congresswoman has been honored for defending the rights of Palestinians in the face of Israeli human rights abuses."Honored to receive the Champion of Palestinian Rights Award from @AMPalestine today as part of Palestine Advocacy Day," US Democratic Representative Betty McCollum said Tuesday on Twitter, referring to the group American Muslims for Palestine (AMP)."Advancing peace human rights for Palestinian children all children should be a shared priority! #HR2407."House of Representatives Resolution 2407 is the Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act, a…

WSWS (2020-09-16). Wisconsin Supreme Court blocks Green Party presidential campaign from 2020 ballot. wsws.org The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled 4-3 to reject a lawsuit by the Green Party candidates seeking an injunction against the distribution of ballots to voters without their names on them.

WSWS (2020-09-16). Strike by University of Illinois at Chicago nurses and workers continues, as Illinois Democratic governor threatens to decimate state budget. wsws.org A virtual blackout of the strikes at UIC and its hospital in the national press indicates the growing fear in ruling circles over the development of working class opposition.

_____ (2020-09-16). Democrats Campaigning To Keep Green Party Off The Ballot. popularresistance.org The 2020 presidential election is already underway — or, at least, it should be. Because of an ongoing legal battle, none of Pennsylvania's 67 counties will be sending out mail-in ballots today like they were originally scheduled to. Democrats are attempting to remove Green Party presidential candidate Howie Hawkins from the ballot because of an alleged procedural mistake his running mate Angela Walker made when informing election authorities about a change in her South Carolina address. A similar battle is raging between the two parties in Wisconsin, another key battleground state.

Thomas Knapp (2020-09-16). No One is "Mentally Fit" to be President. counterpunch.org "Most voters in six 2020 swing states," an early September CNBC/Change Research poll finds, "do not consider either President Donald Trump or Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden mentally fit to be president." In Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, 51% consider Trump mentally unfit for the office, while 52% feel the same way

Paul Craig Roberts (2020-09-16). The Democrat Ticket Is Puzzling. thealtworld.com I am puzzled, as I assume my readers are, why the powers-that-be chose the two least electable candidates for the Democrat nominations for president and vice president. It makes no sense to choose people who have little chance of winning—unless the globalists intend to rig the election and elect them, or install them after a color revolution, in order to make the US a laughing stock throughout the world as a way of removing the US, a hegemonic power, as an obstacle to the global elite. | Really, once you see Biden in action, it is difficult to believe that even white liberals can vote for the Democrat ticke…

yenisafak (2020-09-16). Turkish president congratulates new Japanese premier. yenisafak.com Turkey's president on Wednesday sent a congratulatory message to Japan's new prime minister.Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent best wishes to Yoshihide Suga, the new leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, said Turkey's Communications Directorate. | Suga replaces longtime Premier Shinzo Abe, who stepped down over health issues.Pointing to how Turkish-Japanese diplomatic relations sprang from the aftermath of the tragic Sept. 16, 1890 shipwreck of the Ertugrul frigate, and Japan's rescue efforts and the hospitality it showed the survivors, Erdogan said the date of Suga's election is meaningful and significant for bi…

Staff (2020-09-15). "Mass Voter Disenfranchisement": GOP Ramps Up Assault on Voting Rights Across U.S. Ahead of Election. democracynow.org With just seven weeks to go before the U.S. presidential election, the battle for the White House is increasingly being fought in courts across the country. From Wisconsin to Florida, Pennsylvania to Colorado, judges are making major rulings deciding who gets on the ballot, how a record number of mail-in ballots are handled and distributed, and who ultimately gets to vote on November 3. Ari Berman, senior writer at Mother Jones and author of "Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America," says Republicans are carrying out a nationwide attack on voting rights aimed at keeping a shrinking wh…

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-09-15). Democrats Ignore US Military's Refutation Of 'Russian Bounties' Story. thealtworld.com The US military has been unable to find any evidence that the Russian government paid bounties on US troops to Taliban-linked fighters in Afghanistan, confirming what was already obvious to anyone who hasn't had their brain stem hijacked by mass media-induced Russophobia. | NBC News Two months after top Pentagon officials vowed to get to the bottom of whether the Russian government bribed the Taliban to kill American service…

RT (2020-09-15). Dems and linked officials kick Green Party off presidential ballots in swing states, sparking concerns of political machination. rt.com The Democratic Party in the US has been blasted online for allegedly trying to disenfranchise the Green Party, which is facing an all-out political attack, losing places on several states' presidential ballots. | The Supreme Courts of Wisconsin and Montana on Monday decided against the Green Party's nominee Howie Hawkins' presence on the ballot list for the November election. In both instances, court officials linked to the Democratic Party were responsible. | This coincided with Philadelphia's Democrats currently being in a legal battle with the Greens to try and prevent Hawkins from appearing on the ballots…

Philip Giraldi (2020-09-15). 2020 Elections: Democrats Go All-Out for Israel. globalresearch.ca Those of us who have longed for an end to America's military engagement in the Middle East have hoped for a candidate who was not tied hand and foot to Israel, which is the root cause of the badly-broken and …

WSWS (2020-09-15). Mounting opposition to school reopenings as 55 New York City teachers test positive for COVID-19. wsws.org Public school educators in New York City have conducted protests and written petitions in the last several days to oppose the reckless reopening of schools by Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio.

WSWS (2020-09-15). As Bloomberg pledges $100 million, Wall Street boosts Biden campaign. wsws.org Bloomberg's announcement is only the largest pledge of support from the financial oligarchy for the Democratic campaign.

teleSUR (2020-09-15). Scientific American Endorses Democratic Candidate Joe Biden. telesurenglish.net For the first time in its 175-year history, the Scientific American (SciAm) magazine decided to position itself politically in the U.S. presidential elections and support Democratic candidate Joe Biden given that Republican candidate Donald Trump rejects the evidence of science. | RELATED: | "Trump has badly damaged the U.S. and its people — because he rejects evidence and science. The most devastating example i…

James J. Zogby (2020-09-15). "The Armageddon Election". Deep Polarization of American Society. globalresearch.ca During the weeks of uncertainty that followed the 2000 presidential election, as the tension grew amongst supporters of George W. Bush and Al Gore, my brother John Zogby conducted a poll to see how Democrats and Republicans were viewing the …

_____ (2020-09-15). Time For Unions To Give The Democratic Party An Ultimatum. popularresistance.org On Labor Day, Joe Biden did an online event with AFL-CIO pres ≠i ≠dent Richard Trum ≠ka to talk up unions. At this point in his polit ≠i ≠cal career, Biden can do these things in his sleep. His well rehearsed grab bag of pro-union lines ("My uncle in Scran ≠ton, Uncle Ed, used to say, 'Joe, you're labor from belt buck ≠le to shoe sole'") flow out eas ≠i ≠ly. The ques ≠tion for America's union mem ≠bers is whether any ≠thing tan ≠gi ≠ble will flow back to us if Biden is elect ≠ed, or if we will‚Äâ—‚Äâas has ha…

Hamilton Nolan (2020-09-15). How to Negotiate With People Who Don't Care If You Die. zcomm.org To win another stimulus bill, the Democrats need to embrace chaos…

_____ (2020-09-15). Allende's Political Program as Reference for a Sustainable Chile. strategic-culture.org This September marked 50 years since Salvador Allende's Unidad Popular triumphed in the country's democratic elections. On September 4, 1970, despite the CIA's funding of right-wing politics to sabotage the electoral process, Chile chose socialism and was well on the way to prove that revolution could be carried out through democratic means — a process that created yet another hindrance for U.S. plans in the region. Since the triumph of the Cuban Revolution, the U.S. was concerned that Cuban influence would ripple through the region, but it had not considered that the people would overtly choose to free its…

2020-09-17: News Headlines

Walter Smolarek (2020-09-17). Senate Democrats want $350 billion to prepare for war with China. liberationnews.org Democrats in the Senate announced September 17 a massive spending bill aimed at stepping up U.S. hostility towards China to the tune of $350 billion. Introduced by leading imperialist war hawks Chuck Schumer and Bob Menendez, the legislation is intended to shore up U.S. dominance in strategic sectors of the world economy through huge government …

RT (2020-09-17). Pennsylvania Supreme Court kicks Green Party candidate off state's November ballot. rt.com The Green Party's candidate has been disqualified from the upcoming November elections in Pennsylvania after the state's Supreme Court deemed his paperwork to have been improperly submitted. | Howie Hawkins was disqualified from the ballot on Thursday when the Supreme Court overruled an earlier decision by a lower court. | According to the top court, the Green candidate was booted from the election over improperly delivered paperwork. The minor parties have to collect signatures to nominate their candidate, and while the Green Party delivered signatures by hand by the August 3 deadline, it decided to fax in an…

Paul Jay (2020-09-17). Who Will Win — a Conscious People or Anti-Democratic Elites? zcomm.org Interview about the state of the peoples' movement…

WSWS (2020-09-17). House report on Boeing 737 Max crashes: Corporate criminality, FAA complicity, but no accountability. wsws.org Despite the incriminating evidence, the Democrats propose no actions to hold either Boeing or the FAA accountable for the deaths of 346 men, women and children.

WSWS (2020-09-17). Trump repeats threats of post-election military repression as Barr calls for charging protesters with "sedition" wsws.org While Trump and his political aides and advisers openly speak of civil war and martial law, the Democrats are largely ignoring and covering up the moves toward dictatorial forms of rule.

Docs4opendebate (2020-09-17). A Huge Number of Medical Doctors Ask for a Reassessment of the Corona Measures. globalresearch.ca Globally, we are seeing a massive campaign of disinformation on the main stream media that sets aside all the principles of a democratic state governed by the rule of law. | While a great number of colleagues doctors present with different …

Repost (2020-09-17). More Anti-Democratic Nonsense By KPFA LSB Board Majority & KPFA LSB Secretary Carol Wolfle. indybay.org The KPFA LSB board majority and their LSB secretary Carol Wolfley are working to prevent democratic participation in the LSB meetings. Their corporatist operation of the station local board is connected to their failure to do any evaluations of the manager Quincy McCoy or Program Director They have been rubber stamps to the unilateral of programs at KPFA and support by the station management.

_____ (2020-09-17). Trump's Caudillismo Support Among Wealthy Latin American Expatriates. strategic-culture.org The U.S. political class of pundits, pollsters, columnists, and endless cable news blathering talking heads are currently putting forth the notion that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is having a problem with support from the Hispanic community. This argument is based on a disingenuously false premise that the Hispanic community is a political monolith that is gravitating, as it has in recent years, to Republican candidates. To be sure, there is a conservative base to the Hispanic vote among the mostly white European exiles in South Florida, who came to the United States to flee, along with their offs…

Nauman Sadiq (2020-09-17). Sign of Things to Come: Biden Patronizes Britain over Brexit. globalresearch.ca Besides former President Obama's supposed "goodwill," Joe Biden has nothing to show for his performance as former vice president, except for frequent gaffes and fake dentures. He is the weakest Democratic presidential candidate in decades and doesn't stand a chance …

Asiah Williams (2020-09-17). Of Course Republicans Want to Suppress the Youth Vote. thenation.com Of Course Republicans Want to Suppress the Youth Vote…

Al Neal (2020-09-16). Idaho's Indigenous Senate candidate Paulette Jordan challenges entrenched Republican power. peoplesworld.org A U.S. Senate race in the state of Idaho could bring about sweeping change to the current Republican-controlled Senate and correct a longstanding historical wrong if it's won by the Democratic opponent to incumbent Republican Sen. Jim Risch. "I'm Paulette Jordan, and I'm running to be the first female senator from the state of Idaho and the first …

yenisafak (2020-09-16). Maduro security forces committed crimes against humanity: UN. yenisafak.com Venezuelan security forces and allied groups have committed systematic human rights violations including killings and torture amounting to crimes against humanity, U.N. investigators said on Wednesday.Reasonable grounds existed to believe that President Nicolas Maduro and his interior and defence ministers ordered or contributed to the crimes documented in the report in order to silence opposition, they said.Most unlawful executions by state agents have not been prosecuted in Venezuela, where the rule of law and democratic institutions have broken down, they added.The U.N. fact-finding mission said other national…

_____ (2020-09-16). Democrats Ignore U.S. Military's Refutation of 'Russian Bounties' Story. strategic-culture.org Caitlin JOHNSTONE | NBC News Two months after top Pentagon officials vowed to get to the bottom of whether the Russian government bribed the Taliban to kill American service members, the commander of troops in the region says a detailed review of all available intelligence has not been able to corroborate the existence of such a program. | "It just has not been proved to a level of certainty that satisfies me," Gen. Frank McKenzie, comm…

Mary Green Swig, Steven L. Swig, David A. Bergeron and Richard J. Eskow (2020-09-16). How Were 46 Million People Trapped by Student Debt? The History of an Unfulfilled Promise. counterpunch.org The democratic principle of tuition-free education in our country pre-dates the founding of the United States. The first public primary education was offered in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1635, and its legislature created Harvard College the following year to make education available to all qualified students. Even before the Constitution was ratified, the Confederation

RT (2020-09-16). Kamala Harris' Timberland boots make unlikely headlines as Biden campaign struggles to create excitement. rt.com Footage of Democratic VP candidate Kamala Harris sauntering out of a plane in Timberland boots has Biden campaign supporters all aflutter — but even many on the Left are rolling their eyes at the brand name fetishism. | "Kamala Harris may have made Timberland boots cool again," gushed a Yahoo! News headline, one of several touting the VP pick's footwear as she alighted from a plane to visit firefighters and those displaced by the devastating wildfires in Fresno, California. | Called "Timbs" for short, the boots were ubiquitous during the 1990s and early 2000s, worn by men and women and especially popular…

Walter Smolarek (2020-09-16). New Japanese Prime Minister expected to continue far-right policies of predecessor. liberationnews.org Veteran right wing politician Yoshihide Suga took power as the new Prime Minister of Japan September 16. While his ascension to office ends the administration of Shinzo Abe, the far right policies that characterized the Abe administration are all but certain to continue under new management. Suga is a long-time leader of the Liberal Democratic …

yenisafak (2020-09-16). US congresswoman honored for helping Palestine. yenisafak.com A US congresswoman has been honored for defending the rights of Palestinians in the face of Israeli human rights abuses."Honored to receive the Champion of Palestinian Rights Award from @AMPalestine today as part of Palestine Advocacy Day," US Democratic Representative Betty McCollum said Tuesday on Twitter, referring to the group American Muslims for Palestine (AMP)."Advancing peace human rights for Palestinian children all children should be a shared priority! #HR2407."House of Representatives Resolution 2407 is the Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act, a…

WSWS (2020-09-16). Wisconsin Supreme Court blocks Green Party presidential campaign from 2020 ballot. wsws.org The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled 4-3 to reject a lawsuit by the Green Party candidates seeking an injunction against the distribution of ballots to voters without their names on them.

WSWS (2020-09-16). Strike by University of Illinois at Chicago nurses and workers continues, as Illinois Democratic governor threatens to decimate state budget. wsws.org A virtual blackout of the strikes at UIC and its hospital in the national press indicates the growing fear in ruling circles over the development of working class opposition.

Thomas Knapp (2020-09-16). No One is "Mentally Fit" to be President. counterpunch.org "Most voters in six 2020 swing states," an early September CNBC/Change Research poll finds, "do not consider either President Donald Trump or Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden mentally fit to be president." In Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, 51% consider Trump mentally unfit for the office, while 52% feel the same way

_____ (2020-09-16). Democrats Campaigning To Keep Green Party Off The Ballot. popularresistance.org The 2020 presidential election is already underway — or, at least, it should be. Because of an ongoing legal battle, none of Pennsylvania's 67 counties will be sending out mail-in ballots today like they were originally scheduled to. Democrats are attempting to remove Green Party presidential candidate Howie Hawkins from the ballot because of an alleged procedural mistake his running mate Angela Walker made when informing election authorities about a change in her South Carolina address. A similar battle is raging between the two parties in Wisconsin, another key battleground state.

Paul Craig Roberts (2020-09-16). The Democrat Ticket Is Puzzling. thealtworld.com I am puzzled, as I assume my readers are, why the powers-that-be chose the two least electable candidates for the Democrat nominations for president and vice president. It makes no sense to choose people who have little chance of winning—unless the globalists intend to rig the election and elect them, or install them after a color revolution, in order to make the US a laughing stock throughout the world as a way of removing the US, a hegemonic power, as an obstacle to the global elite. | Really, once you see Biden in action, it is difficult to believe that even white liberals can vote for the Democrat ticke…

yenisafak (2020-09-16). Turkish president congratulates new Japanese premier. yenisafak.com Turkey's president on Wednesday sent a congratulatory message to Japan's new prime minister.Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent best wishes to Yoshihide Suga, the new leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, said Turkey's Communications Directorate. | Suga replaces longtime Premier Shinzo Abe, who stepped down over health issues.Pointing to how Turkish-Japanese diplomatic relations sprang from the aftermath of the tragic Sept. 16, 1890 shipwreck of the Ertugrul frigate, and Japan's rescue efforts and the hospitality it showed the survivors, Erdogan said the date of Suga's election is meaningful and significant for bi…

Staff (2020-09-15). "Mass Voter Disenfranchisement": GOP Ramps Up Assault on Voting Rights Across U.S. Ahead of Election. democracynow.org With just seven weeks to go before the U.S. presidential election, the battle for the White House is increasingly being fought in courts across the country. From Wisconsin to Florida, Pennsylvania to Colorado, judges are making major rulings deciding who gets on the ballot, how a record number of mail-in ballots are handled and distributed, and who ultimately gets to vote on November 3. Ari Berman, senior writer at Mother Jones and author of "Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America," says Republicans are carrying out a nationwide attack on voting rights aimed at keeping a shrinking wh…

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-09-15). Democrats Ignore US Military's Refutation Of 'Russian Bounties' Story. thealtworld.com The US military has been unable to find any evidence that the Russian government paid bounties on US troops to Taliban-linked fighters in Afghanistan, confirming what was already obvious to anyone who hasn't had their brain stem hijacked by mass media-induced Russophobia. | NBC News Two months after top Pentagon officials vowed to get to the bottom of whether the Russian government bribed the Taliban to kill American service…

The Canary (2020-09-15). Deadly wildfires divide Trump and governors of West Coast states. thecanary.co Donald Trump pointed to how states manage forests and said: 'It will start getting cooler, just you watch.' | By | Deadly wildfires on the west coast of the US are dividing president Donald Trump and the states' Democratic leaders over how to prevent blazes from becoming more frequent and destructive. The governors of California, Oregon, and Washington have all said global warming is priming forests for wildfires as they become hotter and drier. | Debate: During a visit on Monday to California, Trump pointed to how states manage forests…

RT (2020-09-15). Dems and linked officials kick Green Party off presidential ballots in swing states, sparking concerns of political machination. rt.com The Democratic Party in the US has been blasted online for allegedly trying to disenfranchise the Green Party, which is facing an all-out political attack, losing places on several states' presidential ballots. | The Supreme Courts of Wisconsin and Montana on Monday decided against the Green Party's nominee Howie Hawkins' presence on the ballot list for the November election. In both instances, court officials linked to the Democratic Party were responsible. | This coincided with Philadelphia's Democrats currently being in a legal battle with the Greens to try and prevent Hawkins from appearing on the ballots…

Philip Giraldi (2020-09-15). 2020 Elections: Democrats Go All-Out for Israel. globalresearch.ca Those of us who have longed for an end to America's military engagement in the Middle East have hoped for a candidate who was not tied hand and foot to Israel, which is the root cause of the badly-broken and …

Philip Giraldi (2020-09-15). Democrats Go All-Out for Israel. thealtworld.com Those of us who have longed for an end to America's military engagement in the Middle East have hoped for a candidate who was not tied hand and foot to Israel, which is the root cause of the badly-broken and essentially pointless U.S. foreign policy in the region. But the real tragedy is that in spite of Israel's near-constant interference in government process at all levels in the United States, no candidate will mention it except in the most laudatory fashion. It will be praised as America's best friend and closest ally, but the price the U.S. has paid for all that balderdash while it has simultaneously been tu…

_____ (2020-09-15). Time For Unions To Give The Democratic Party An Ultimatum. popularresistance.org On Labor Day, Joe Biden did an online event with AFL-CIO pres ≠i ≠dent Richard Trum ≠ka to talk up unions. At this point in his polit ≠i ≠cal career, Biden can do these things in his sleep. His well rehearsed grab bag of pro-union lines ("My uncle in Scran ≠ton, Uncle Ed, used to say, 'Joe, you're labor from belt buck ≠le to shoe sole'") flow out eas ≠i ≠ly. The ques ≠tion for America's union mem ≠bers is whether any ≠thing tan ≠gi ≠ble will flow back to us if Biden is elect ≠ed, or if we will‚Äâ—‚Äâas has ha…

WSWS (2020-09-15). Mounting opposition to school reopenings as 55 New York City teachers test positive for COVID-19. wsws.org Public school educators in New York City have conducted protests and written petitions in the last several days to oppose the reckless reopening of schools by Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio.

teleSUR (2020-09-15). Scientific American Endorses Democratic Candidate Joe Biden. telesurenglish.net For the first time in its 175-year history, the Scientific American (SciAm) magazine decided to position itself politically in the U.S. presidential elections and support Democratic candidate Joe Biden given that Republican candidate Donald Trump rejects the evidence of science. | RELATED: | "Trump has badly damaged the U.S. and its people — because he rejects evidence and science. The most devastating example i…

WSWS (2020-09-15). As Bloomberg pledges $100 million, Wall Street boosts Biden campaign. wsws.org Bloomberg's announcement is only the largest pledge of support from the financial oligarchy for the Democratic campaign.

James J. Zogby (2020-09-15). "The Armageddon Election". Deep Polarization of American Society. globalresearch.ca During the weeks of uncertainty that followed the 2000 presidential election, as the tension grew amongst supporters of George W. Bush and Al Gore, my brother John Zogby conducted a poll to see how Democrats and Republicans were viewing the …

Hamilton Nolan (2020-09-15). How to Negotiate With People Who Don't Care If You Die. zcomm.org To win another stimulus bill, the Democrats need to embrace chaos…

_____ (2020-09-15). Allende's Political Program as Reference for a Sustainable Chile. strategic-culture.org This September marked 50 years since Salvador Allende's Unidad Popular triumphed in the country's democratic elections. On September 4, 1970, despite the CIA's funding of right-wing politics to sabotage the electoral process, Chile chose socialism and was well on the way to prove that revolution could be carried out through democratic means — a process that created yet another hindrance for U.S. plans in the region. Since the triumph of the Cuban Revolution, the U.S. was concerned that Cuban influence would ripple through the region, but it had not considered that the people would overtly choose to free its…

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-15). Biden has more chances of winning in Wisconsin, Arizona. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 15 (MNA) — The results of latest polls in the United States indicate that the Democratic Party candidate has more chance of winning than Donald Trump in November presidential election.

sputniknews (2020-09-15). Biden Woos Military Veterans in Florida, Slams Trump for Allegedly Calling Them 'Suckers'. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON, September 16 (Sputnik) – President Donald Trump has shown reprehensible behavior in denigrating US military veterans and has failed to take action to halt the epidemic of veterans' suicides running at 600 a year, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden told a campaign meeting in Tampa, Florida.

Staff (2020-09-15). Trump Touted "Refreshingly Democratic" Benefits of Vote by Mail in 2000 Op-Ed. truthout.org President Donald Trump, in "The Reform Party was my chosen vehicle because its nomination process does not involve a long string of early primaries, but instead culminates in one national primary conducted by mail…

Lisa Newcomb, staff writer (2020-09-15). McConnell Vows to Be 'Firewall' Against Progress in Senate As Democrats Mull Eliminating Filibuster. commondreams.org While lawmakers from both parties have used the tactic in the past, Democrats, hoping to flip the Senate, look to block GOP opposition in 2021. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Steve Phillips (2020-09-15). Why Are Democratic Super PACs Wasting Millions? thenation.com Why Are Democratic Super PACs Wasting Millions?

Alan MacLeod (2020-09-14). Democrats Campaigning to Keep Green Party off the Ballot in Key Swing States. thealtworld.com Voter shaming did not work for the Democrats in 2016 and with this latest attempt to bar the Green Party from even standing, Democrats are choosing a high-risk strategy that could backfire on election day. | MPN— The 2020 presidential election is already underway — or, at least, it should be. Because of an ongoing legal battle, none of Pennsylvania's 67 counties will be sending out mail-in ballots today like they were originally scheduled to. Democrats are attempting to remove Green Party presidential candidate Howie Hawkins from the ballot because of an alleged procedural mistake his running mate Ange…

WSWS (2020-09-14). Australian government, Labor opposition silent on sadistic British show-trial of Julian Assange. wsws.org The Australian political and media establishment has largely responded to the vicious attacks on Assange's legal and democratic rights by pretending that they are not occurring.

Ralph Nader (2020-09-14). Trump's Broken Promises to His Voters — He Didn't Deliver! counterpunch.org Trump voters are not inclined to change their minds. Some of them are forever Republicans and will only vote the GOP ticket; they are called hereditary voters. Others can't stand the Democratic Party nominees, won't vote for the Libertarian ticket, and will only vote for Trump. Some love Trump because of his anti-immigrant stance, deregulation

WSWS (2020-09-14). COVID-19 outbreak at Virginia migrant detention center caused by repression of anti-police brutality protesters. wsws.org The outbreak at the Farmville detention center demonstrates the capitalist class's disdain for democratic rights and the lives of the entire population.

Bradley Crowder (2020-09-14). Beating Trump isn't enough. peoplesworld.org Popular forces today are in crisis, reeling from a half century of neoliberal assault and organizational and ideological collapse. Unions are at their lowest density rates in a century. The historic gains of the democratic struggles to secure voting rights, access to reproductive health, and more are also under assault on all fronts. Now, together, …

RT (2020-09-14). The only way to stop California wildfires? Elect Joe Biden, claims former competitor Tom Steyer. rt.com Democrat activist and former presidential hopeful Tom Steyer says the wildfires in California, Oregon, and Washington are due to climate change, and the "only solution" to them is Joe Biden. | The number-one thing people can do to stop the wildfires raging, according to Steyer, is to "elect a different president who is going to recognize the problem, deal with it forcefully at home, deal with it forcefully overseas." And the "only solution" to the fires, Steyer told CNN's 'New Day,' is "honest to God, Joe Biden." | .

Esmeralda Chang (2020-09-14). The Second Installment of The Confessions and Polemics of Esmeralda "The Red" Chang. dissidentvoice.org In this segment of my confessions and polemics I discuss the following topics: Attending the Jimmy Dore Show, The 2020 Democratic Convention, and Daoist Anarchism. Attending the Jimmy Dore Show As someone in her early 70s I don't get out much, especially during the COVID quarantine. But last February before the stay-at-home orders my cousin, …

WSWS (2020-09-14). Wisconsin Supreme Court blocks mailing out of absentee ballots pending ruling on Green Party ballot access. wsws.org The Democratic party has led the charge in purging third-party candidates, including the Greens, from the November ballot.

sputniknews (2020-09-14). Wisconsin Supreme Court Lifts Hold on Absentee Ballots. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON, September 15 (Sputnik) – On September 11, the court suspended mail-in ballots pending a decision on whether to include Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins and reprint the documents.