2020-08-28: News Headlines

Thomas Knapp (2020-08-28). Nick Sandmann: GOP's Poster Child for Fake Victimhood. counterpunch.org A common complaint among Republicans is that their opponents are mainly in the business of manufacturing victims and turning those victims into Democratic voters. That complaint is true as far as it goes. Yes, Democratic politicians work overtime to get out the vote for their party by portraying society at large as having wronged members

Morning Star (2020-08-28). Second Trump term would mean disaster for U.S. and the whole world. peoplesworld.org Socialists around the world are recognizing the danger posed by the re-election of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency. Despite reservations about Democratic nominee Joe Biden, the fascist turn of the Trump administration is prompting a recognition that Trump must be defeated at all costs. On this topic, People's World presents the following guest editorial …

Erik Molvar (2020-08-28). William Perry Pendley Must Go. counterpunch.org William Perry Pendley's nomination to lead the Bureau of Land Management has been withdrawn and while President Trump offered no explanation for withdrawing Pendley's nomination, it seems he didn't have the votes necessary for Senate confirmation. The Senate Democrats were united against him and a few GOP Senators found themselves in an election year hot

Muhammed Shabeer (2020-08-28). How a communist youth organization in Kerala raised USD 1.4 million for COVID-19 relief. peoplesdispatch.org Cadre of the Democratic Youth Federation of India in the State of Kerala raised USD 1.4 million by running a recycling campaign where they collected scrap from across the State and sold in to recyclers…

Julie Varughese (2020-08-28). "Kamala Auntie": On the Vulgarity of Bourgeois Identity Politics in 2020. dissidentvoice.org Joe Biden picking Kamala Harris for his running mate kicked off a flurry of think pieces in the media. Some of these opinions have attacked the anti-Black and casteist attitudes still prevalent among South Asians in the subcontinent and in the global diaspora. The former prosecutor and attorney general-turned-2020 Democratic vice-presidential nominee has been propped …

Reese Erlich (2020-08-28). Foreign Correspondent: Biden's Troubling Foreign Policy. progressive.org An important behind-the-scenes battle is being fought over the Democratic nominee's conservative positions.

Serge Halimi (2020-08-28). Restoration in Washington? counterpunch.org In 2008, when Barack Obama chose veteran centrist Joe Biden as his vice-presidential running mate, it seemed a prudent choice: Democrats had already expressed their desire for change by choosing a progressive African American who opposed the Iraq war to succeed George W Bush. In November, it's Biden's turn to run for the top job.

news.un (2020-08-28). Myanmar: Upcoming elections an opportunity to take a new inclusive democratic path. news.un.org The Government of Myanmar should embrace upcoming national elections, scheduled for November, as an opportunity to take a new and fully inclusive democratic path, and to address the root of causes of abuses suffered by ethnic minorities, the UN human rights office (OHCHR) has urged.

Labor Video Project (2020-08-28). Post Office Privatization Scams, Corruption & Politicians With Author Peter Byrne. indybay.org Journalist and author Peter Byrne discusses the privatization of the US post offices and the role of Diane Feinstein's husband Richard Blum. He also talks about Democratic politicians including Senator Kamala Harris who is now running for Vice President with Joe Biden.

_____ (2020-08-28). Trump/Biden… Two Candidates Both Standing for War Party. strategic-culture.org How do we know there will be no change from the election of Donald Trump or Joe Biden? Because they are essentially two faces on either side of the same coin. This is more self-evident after the Republican national convention this week officially nominating Trump for the presidency which followed the Democratic convention last week putting forward Joe Biden as their candidate in the November election. | Both parties are wrapping themselves around the flag in a competition of jingoism and chauvinism. Literally. Speakers for either party have as mandatory backdrop, the ubiquitous stars and stripes bristling with na…

yenisafak (2020-08-28). Japan's Shinzo Abe: 'Tired not retired'. yenisafak.com The motto "politics demands producing results" has been the hallmark of top Japanese politician Shinzo Abe until he announced his resignation from the office of prime minister on Friday. "I have decided to step down as prime minister as poor health should not lead to wrong political decisions," said Abe, who has led the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) as the country's longest-serving premier, besting the previous record of 2,798 days held by his great uncle, Eisaku Sato (1901-1975).He added: "I will continue [my political work] and will run [for parliament] in the next elections."Abe, also Japan's youngest prime m…

yenisafak (2020-08-28). Top Turkish diplomat regrets Japan PM's resignation. yenisafak.com The Turkish foreign minister on Friday expressed sorrow at the resignation of the Japanese prime minister due to health issues.In a Twitter post, Mevlut Cavusoglu said Shinzo Abe made a great contribution in the sense of improving diplomatic ties between Turkey and Japan.Cavusoglu thanked Abe for his efforts in this regard and wished him recovery.Earlier, the 65-year-old Japanese premier announced his resignation due to health concerns, saying: "I have decided to step down as prime minister as poor health should not lead to wrong political decision."The ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) will hold a poll of se…

Marshall Auerback (2020-08-28). Time for Democratic Deficit Hawks to Go the Way of the Dodo. thenation.com Time for Democratic Deficit Hawks to Go the Way of the Dodo…

Jesse Jackson (2020-08-27). The Democrats and the Agenda Test. counterpunch.org In last week's Democratic National Convention, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris passed the character test. Now as Trump rolls out his virtual convention, they must ace the agenda test. They need to argue the case for the bold agenda that this country desperately needs, and challenge Trump for his policy failures. The Democratic National Convention

RT (2020-08-27). Campaign props! Putin wannabe! Democrats cry foul over RNC clip of Marines ushering Trump through doors. rt.com Two US Marines doing their job as part of the White House detail have found themselves targeted by outraged Democrats, after the video of President Donald Trump welcoming new US citizens was shown during the Republican convention. | In the video, two Marines can be seen opening the doors for Trump as he walks into a room where the acting homeland security secretary then administers the oath of citizenship to five immigrants. The event was aired on the second night of the Republican National Convention on Tuesday evening. | Trump's critics, obsessed with finding 'links' between him and Russia for the past four…

RT (2020-08-27). Democrat congressman faces backlash after claiming that gun owners all have 'small genitals'. rt.com A Democrat congressman from Illinois is being dragged over the coals after insinuating that gun owners have small genitals while speaking on a Zoom call with college students. | Rep. Sean Casten (D-Il) argued that anyone who would want to own a gun must be compensating for something, if they're not part of a well-trained militia. | "If you are a constitutionalist, unless you're a member of well-regulated militia, tell me why you need to own a gun, right? Having small genitals is not a sufficient reason to own a gun," Casten, a known gun control advocate, said. | The politician has pledged support for a plet…

RT (2020-08-27). White House sends 'almost 1,000' National Guard troops & 200+ federal officers to help police in violence-plagued Kenosha. rt.com The Trump administration has deployed nearly 1,000 National Guard soldiers and more than 200 federal agents to support local law enforcement in Kenosha, beset by days of rioting and unrest after the police shooting of Jacob Blake. | "President Trump condemns violence in all forms and believes we must protect all Americans from chaos and lawlessness," White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement on Wednesday night. "This is why he is encouraging Democrat governors to request the National Guard and federal law enforcement to augment their local law enforcement efforts." | We have assisted Wis…

RT (2020-08-27). 'Skulduggery': Pelosi says Biden should NOT 'dignify' Trump with a debate as president 'disrespects' office. rt.com House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, thinks her party's nominee Joe Biden shouldn't dignify President Donald Trump with a debate, because he disrespects the office and has engaged in "skulduggery" during the current election. | "I don't think there should be any debates," Pelosi (D-California) told reporters on Thursday. "I wouldn't legitimize a conversation with him, nor a debate in terms of the presidency." | | And so it begins. | PELOSI: "Don't tell anybody I told you this.. Especially don't tell Joe Biden. But I don't think th…

The Canary (2020-08-27). New leader Davey admits a Liberal Democrat revival will not be easy. thecanary.co The Liberal Democrats have "lost touch" with voters, Ed Davey admitted as he set himself the goal of turning the party around as its new leader.The former Cabinet minister said the Lib Dems have to "wake up and smell the coffee" after a series of disappointing general election results.The Kingston and Surbiton MP, who has been acting leader since Jo Swinson lost her seat in the 2019 general election, defeated Layla Moran to win the leadership by 42,756 votes to 24,564. | I am so proud to lead the party that I love. I am determined to rebuild our party, and fight for a greener, fairer and more caring society. Than…

Editor (2020-08-27). Not being Trump is not enough. workers.org Once every four years, the two major capitalist parties in the United States get unlimited prime-time media, with much hoopla, to promote their candidates for U.S. president and vice president. The four-day Democratic National Convention that ended Aug. 20 offered far less than usual, which cannot just be blamed on . . . |

Philip Giraldi (2020-08-27). Let's Talk U.S. Foreign Policy: It Is the Root Cause of Many Evils. thealtworld.com As the United States sinks deeper into a multi-faceted global crisis that no politician seems able or even willing to address, one hears more and more often demands for radical change in who runs the country and to what end. Of course, Donald J. Trump offered such a dramatic shift in priorities four years ago, but he has been unable to deliver due to his own inability to execute and the ill-conceived machinations of those whom he has chosen as advisers. The Democrats for their part are offering little beyond a repeat of their 2016 pander to grievance groups in an effort to cobble together an unassailable majority…

David Sirota (2020-08-27). Corporate Dems Want You To Shut Up While They Get Loud. zcomm.org Progressives are told to keep quiet until after the election — meanwhile, corporate Dems are blasting out divisive ideological messages that could demoralize Democratic voters and depress turnout…

Hana Kiros (2020-08-27). A Tale of Two Teens: When White Killers Are Treated Better Than Black Victims. progressive.org Trayvon Martin, a Black teenager, was killed for walking home at night—Kyle Rittenhouse, a white teenager, is being defended by Republicans after murdering two BLM protesters.

Labor Video Project (2020-08-27). DeJoy Resign! SF Postal Workers/Supporters Of USPO Protest Privatization & Attacks. indybay.org Postal workers from APWU SF and the Mail Handlers as well as supporters of the US Post office rallied in San Francisco against the shutdown of postal sorting machines and the continued privatization of the public services that also threatens a democratic election. | The rally took place on August 25, 2020 as part of a national day of action to protect…

_____ (2020-08-27). For Democracy And Transparency In The Plurinational State Of Bolivia. popularresistance.org We are witnessing the systematic destruction of democracy at the hands of the de facto government of Jeanine AnÃÉez and its allied forces of repression in the streets, on the highways, and the communities across Bolivia. | Through this letter, the members of the Progressive International demand that you take urgent action within your mandate to restore the fundamental rights of the Bolivian people to peace, protest, and democratic self-determination. In our message to you, we emphasize the urgency of your action to protect the integrity of the electoral process in the Plurinational State, to prevent…

sputniknews (2020-08-27). Democrats Wage #TrumpChaos 'War' Campaign via Billboards in DC Amid RNC Convention. sputniknews.com The Democratic National Committee (DNC) launched the Twitter hashtag #TrumpChaos, fueling both offline and online campaigns against US President Donald Trump, attacking the president for how he uses the coronavirus pandemic and condemning him for attempting to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

sputniknews (2020-08-27). Joe Biden Ignores Nancy Pelosi's Advice, Says He Will Debate Trump and 'Fact-Check' Him on Floor. sputniknews.com The 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, whom Trump has repeatedly alleged to be losing cognitive abilities, promised he would act as a POTUS fact-checker, as Democrats accuse the president of distorting facts and giving misleading information.

Staff (2020-08-27). Top Democrat Demands DeJoy Turn Over All Secret Trump Campaign Communications. truthout.org A top Democratic congressman is Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), chairma…

yenisafak (2020-08-27). Britain's Lib Dems elect former minister Davey as new leader. yenisafak.com Britain's opposition Liberal Democrats elected Ed Davey as their fourth leader in five years on Thursday, with the former minister pledging to rebuild a party that has been sapped of support and suffered losses at last year's election.The Liberal Democrats, long Britain's third party, relied on its opposition to Brexit at last year's election to try to win over voters, but instead ended up with just 11 seats, with their then leader Jo Swinson losing her place in parliament.But they have been kingmakers in the past, entering the 2010 coalition government with the Conservative Party under former prime minister Davi…

Stuart Schuffman (2020-08-27). I'm a Lifelong Progressive Voting for Joe Biden—Here's Why. commondreams.org Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden appears with his running mate, Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) at Alexis I. DuPont High School in Wilmington, Del., on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. (Photo: Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Elie Mystal (2020-08-27). We Need to Talk About the GOP's 'Black Friends'. thenation.com We Need to Talk About the GOP's 'Black Friends'

_____ (2020-08-26). Chris Hedges: How Corporate Tyranny Works. popularresistance.org The persecution of the attorney Steven Donziger is a grim illustration of what happens when we confront the real centers of power, masked and unacknowledged by the divisive cant from the Trump White House or the sentimental drivel of the Democratic Party. Those, like Donziger, who name and fight the corporate control of our society on behalf of the vulnerable see the judiciary, the press and the institutions of government unite to crucify them. | "It's been a long battle, 27 years," Donziger said when I reached him by phone in his apartment in Manhattan.

Judy Greenspan (2020-08-26). Prisoners face wildfires and COVID-19. workers.org Family and supporters of prisoners at Aug. 2 demonstration at San Quentin protest the spread of COVID inside and the refusal by state authorities to release large numbers of prisoners. California is burning as the result of countless dangerous wildfires. People are being forced to evacuate their homes. But one . . . |

Mike Walter (2020-08-26). The Heat: Republican National Convention. america.cgtn.com The first night of the Republican National Convention was largely all about…. The Democrats. We will take a look at the U.S. Presidential race.

RT (2020-08-26). DOJ orders New York & other states that sent Covid-19 patients into nursing homes to turn over records. rt.com The US Justice Department is mulling civil rights investigations of four Democrat-run states whose governors forced elder care homes to take in Covid-19 patients, potentially contributing to thousands of deaths. | The governments of New York, New Jersey, Michigan, and Pennsylvania have been ordered to turn over Covid-19 data to the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division as the agency weighs whether to pursue the probes, according to a statement released on Wednesday. Investigations would be launched under the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), a law meant to protect the rights of those…

RT (2020-08-26). Al Gore says if Trump resists defeat, troops will force him out… after Hillary Clinton said Biden should 'not concede'. rt.com Democrats will either be staunch defenders of the sanctity of US elections, who believe the loser in November's presidential vote must bow out graciously to protect democracy, or they will brace to fight possible defeat in court. | It all depends on who apparently wins on election night. | Former US Vice President Al Gore, who narrowly lost the controversial 2000 election to Republican George W. Bush, told

Matthew Stevenson (2020-08-26). Notes From the Great Democratic Infomercial. counterpunch.org I can't say I was surprised that the Democrats led off their four-day Zoom summer jamboree with one of the Desperate Housewives acting as the moderator. On the same day there appeared a newspaper picture of former president Bill Clinton getting a back rub from a young blonde while both were waiting to board pedophile

WSWS (2020-08-26). Who are the Republican spymasters and war criminals who have endorsed Biden? wsws.org Republican former security officials, virtually all of whom were involved in war crimes and domestic spying, have announced that they will be voting for the Democratic presidential nominee.

WSWS (2020-08-26). New York City preparing to lay off 400 EMS workers in advance of looming second wave of pandemic. wsws.org New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, is preparing to place the burden of the pandemic-triggered budgetary crisis on workers, including frontline health care workers.

Binoy Kampmark (2020-08-26). Hymn for a Broken Empire: Republican National Security Officials for Biden. dissidentvoice.org If fodder is needed for the argument that a Deep State is running wild and determined to depose President Donald J. Trump, this will surely help. In a statement by self-titled "former Republican National Security Officials", a hand-on-heart allegiance is made to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. The authors are intent on moving the incumbent …

Patrick Martin (2020-08-26). The CIA Democrats in the 2020 Elections. More Military-Intelligence and FBI Candidates. globalresearch.ca In the course of the 2018 elections, a large group of former military-intelligence operatives entered capitalist politics as candidates seeking the Democratic Party nomination in 50 congressional seats—nearly half the seats where the Democrats were targeting Republican incumbents or open …

WSWS (2020-08-26). Trump continues assault on democratic norms at Republican convention. wsws.org The event marks the evolution of one of the two major parties of American capitalism into an instrument for the development of a personalist and authoritarian movement with increasingly fascistic characteristics.

WSWS Repost (2020-08-26). The Republican convention: Four nights of fascist filth begin. indybay.org While the Democratic Party is running the 2020 election with the same strategy as 2016, Trump has a program—the forcible suppression of social contradictions using fascist methods.

_____ (2020-08-26). Organizing Call: After The DNC And RNC — We Can't Breathe! popularresistance.org The Democratic and Republican Conventions are not confronting the crises of our times – the economic collapse, COVID pandemic, lack of access to healthcare, inequality, racism, the cost of education, and never-ending wars and more. | No matter which corporate-funded party wins the election, the people must rule from below. | The national uprising against police violence and the hundreds of wildcat strikes and rent strikes are a few examples among many that show once again that the only way to challenge this racist, militarized system is with the explosive power of people making demands and shutting the system dow…

_____ (2020-08-26). The Most Cynical Campaign In History. strategic-culture.org Peter Van BUREN | With the Democratic convention history and the Republican one lurching forward, excitement among voters ranges from lukewarm to semi-lukewarm. Political cynicism scrapes at the nation like a sleeping man being shaved by a drunk barber. | Both conventions make one thing clear as a slug trail: the Democratic candidate is Not Trump. Just vote for the one named "Trump" or the one named "Not Trump." It's easy. In fact

Ira Allen (2020-08-26). Voting for Biden Without Lying to Yourself. commondreams.org A protestor interrupts Democratic presidential candidate, former vice President Joe Biden during a town hall on November 21, 2019 in Greenwood, South Carolina. (Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

yenisafak (2020-08-26). Biden | campaign says China's treatment of Uighur Muslims is 'genocide'. yenisafak.com A spokesperson for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden issued a statement on Tuesday referring to China's oppression of Uighur Muslims and other ethnic minorities in the western Xinjiang province as a "genocide," according to the U.S. publication

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-08-26). Despite DNC Focus on Winning 'Biden Republicans,' New Poll Suggests Beating Trump 'All About Democratic Turnout'. commondreams.org Progressives on Tuesday raised alarm over new poll results from CBS News, which suggested that the Democratic Party's courting of moderate Republican votes and sidelining of broadly popular progressive proposals has not so far resulted in a groundswell of support for Joe Biden outside the party. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-08-25). 'Underwhelming and Inadequate': Green Groups Slam New Senate Democrats' Climate Report. commondreams.org The Green New Deal is mentioned only once in the 263-page report—in the footnotes. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2020-08-25). Trump warns of a rigged election as he undercuts the post office. therealnews.com Postmaster General Louis DeJoy was grilled by Democrats over his undermining of the U.S. Postal Service's ability to deliver ballots on time.