2020-09-05: News Headlines

Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker (2020-09-05). A Green New Deal for Workers. dissidentvoice.org Workers in 2020 have a unique opportunity to vote to put two fellow workers in the White House. Howie is a recently retired Teamster and Angela is a dump truck driver. We know the economic realities that working people face in the United States. This Labor Day we call for a better class of people …

WSWS (2020-09-05). Trump campaign enlists army of poll-watchers to intimidate Democratic voters. wsws.org The Trump campaign hopes to mobilize among its "poll watchers" the militia and vigilante types who have been attacking those protesting police violence and racism.

Richard Moser (2020-09-04). The Last Third Party to Win: the Republicans, the Civil War, the "Slave Power," and The Current Crisis. counterpunch.org "Third parties can never win" or so you have heard a thousand times. Except — and it's one huge exception — under historical circumstances much like the conditions we currently face. We are living in a rare historical moment when the deep inner conflicts of the system can no longer be solved, compromised, or even

Teresa Gutierrez (2020-09-04). The RNC and DNC are over/ Now what to do about November? workers.org The Democratic and Republican national conventions have come and gone. If someone asks who cares, the answers would be diverse and interesting. Do these conventions matter? Does the 2020 presidential election matter? One could easily answer no; they really do not matter. However, what does matter is that almost 1,000 . . . |

John Schoonover (2020-09-04). Now is the Time for a Second Party. dissidentvoice.org Third Party Blues Today, who is a Democrat? Who is a Republican? Is there really a difference? It is no secret that the current electoral system in the United States is rigged. The two hegemonic capitalist parties have made it nearly impossible for other parties to participate in elections. The first hurdle is simply to …

RT (2020-09-04). A year after he became president with a landslide victory, fewer than half of Ukrainians now say they trust Volodymyr Zelensky. rt.com Some 49 percent of Ukrainian citizens have lost confidence in Volodymyr Zelensky, who became president with 73.22 percent of the vote last year. Nevertheless, he is still more trusted than the country's parliament and government. | According to a survey by non-governmental think tank, the Razumkov Center, along with the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation, 49 percent of polled Ukrainians distrust Zelensky, while just 44 percent still trust him. | A total of 75 percent do not trust the Verkhovna Rada, the country's parliament, and 72 percent distrust the government. Respondents also showed a lack of…

Ariel Dorfman (2020-09-04). The Meaning of Allende's Triumph. counterpunch.org Fifty years ago today, on the night of Sept. 4, 1970, I was dancing, along with a multitude of others, in the streets of Santiago de Chile. We were celebrating the election of Salvador Allende, the first democratically elected socialist leader in the world. President Allende's victory had historical significance beyond Chile. Before then, political

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-04). South Korean doctors end strike after deal with government. peoplesdispatch.org The Democratic Party government in South Korea signed a deal with the Korea Medical Association (KMA) on September 4, Friday, ending a two-week long doctors' strike in the country. A crucial part of the deal was the government agreeing to put on hold its controversial healthcare reforms during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. | Thousands of doctors, medical interns and trainees and medical students in South Korea went on strike from August 23, protesting the Democratic Party's healthcare reform plan introduced earlier this year. The uproar over the proposed reforms came at a time when the nation was grappling…

Joseph Natoli (2020-09-04). What to Expect in Trump's America. counterpunch.org "'The big backlash going on in Portland cannot be unexpected." — President Trump, Tweet President Trump is extending his narrative from Make Me Great Again to Law & Order and protecting suburban women from low renters. Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden wants to focus the narrative on the coronavirus pandemic and the economic downturn, both

WSWS (2020-09-04). Biden in Kenosha: Ignoring fascist killings, doubling down on identity politics. wsws.org The Democratic presidential candidate treated the events in Kenosha as the product of racism, saying nothing about the murders of two white protesters against police violence.

WSWS (2020-09-04). Michigan's "Poisoner-in-Chief" endorses Biden for president. wsws.org Rick Snyder, the former Republican governor of Michigan, notorious for his role in the lead poisoning crisis in Flint, announced his support for the Democratic presidential ticket Thursday.

teleSUR (2020-09-04). Chile: Left-Wing Party Presents Bill to Prevent Police Brutality. telesurenglish.net Chile Democratic Revolution (Revolución Democrática) political party and the Foundation Eyes of Chile (Ojos de Chile) on Friday presented a bill to the Lower House to prevent Chilean Police (Carabineros) from using bullets and pellets, as well as sound and tear guns. | RELATED: | "We have presented this bill so that the tragedy of human rights violations that we saw recently and that five international reports ac…

_____ (2020-09-04). Black-Led Resistance Movements Are Paving The Way For Reparations. popularresistance.org Months after the police killing of George Floyd sparked racial justice protests around the world, Black Lives Matter activists are once again flooding the streets — this time in response to the recent police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Among the demands that continue to ring out is the call for reparations, or payment to people of African descent. Several African countries — including Namibia, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo — have also joined the call, demanding reparations from European countries for the perpetration of genocide under colonialism.

_____ (2020-09-04). US' Theft Of Syrian Oil Has Very Little To Do With Money. popularresistance.org Near the end of July, one of the most important recent developments in U.S. foreign policy was quietly disclosed during a U.S. Senate hearing. Not surprisingly, hardly anybody talked about it and most are still completely unaware that it happened. | Answering questions from Senator Lindsey Graham, Secretary of State Pompeo confirmed that the State Department had awarded an American company, Delta Crescent Energy, with a contract to begin extracting oil in northeast Syria. The area is nominally controlled by the Kurds, yet their military force, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), was formed under U.S. auspices and…

_____ (2020-09-04). A False Flag Is Biden's Only Chance to Win. strategic-culture.org The Black Revolution is in full swing in the U.S. Over the next sixty days we will be treated to the greatest political show on Earth as the Democrats and their handlers in The Davos Crowd pursue the biggest lie since Climate Change. | The events of 2020 are lining up for a climax to this story that ends with only one outcome, a contested election which fuels a coup attempt after the election results come in on November 3rd. | And because of this now obvious plan, setting up a false flag around the election is the most likely means to produce election results close enough to support this course of action. | I'm n…

_____ (2020-09-04). A Silver Lining in the Rise of Neo-Fascism. strategic-culture.org The only benefit from the rise of neo-fascist leaders in heretofore democratic nations is that the various fascist, neo-Nazi, racial and religious supremacists, and far-right terrorists have reared their ugly heads to the degree where it is now easier to identify them and their circle of contacts and organizations. When the United States, Brazil, Colombia, Poland, Turkey, and other similarly afflicted nations return to political normalcy, the forces of the far-right, already self-identified, can be rolled up, stripped of their weaponry and access to the Internet as threats to public safety. These resurgent Nazis…

yenisafak (2020-09-04). Japan to spend 700 bln yen of reserve funds on coronavirus response. yenisafak.com Hiroshi Moriyama of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party said the spending plan is based on expected vaccine purchases from pharmaceutical companies, according to the report.Budget committees in parliament will hear details of the spending plan on Tuesday, Jiji said. ($1 = 106.1800 yen)…

yenisafak (2020-09-04). Biden to assail Trump on US economy as campaign enters more intense phase. yenisafak.com Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is set to criticize President Donald Trump's stewardship of the coronavirus-ravaged economy on Friday as both campaigns kick into high gear with less than two months to go to the Nov. 3 U.S. election.Early in the day, the U.S. Labor Department is scheduled to release its monthly jobs report, a key indicator of economic health that will provide some insight into the state of the country's recovery from the downturn sparked by COVID-19.Trump has seized upon the monthly reports as evidence that the recovery has been a dramatic one. But last month's report showed some slowdow…

yenisafak (2020-09-04). New family joins sit-in against PKK in SE Turkey. yenisafak.com A father from Turkey's eastern Mus province on Friday joined the year-long sit-in protest against the YPG/PKK terror group.Mehmet Zeki Budak claimed that his son Yusuf was kidnapped and brought to the mountains by the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) on Sept. 21, 2014.Telling that he has not heard from his son for the past six years, Budak added: "I have joined the protest to reunite with my son. I want my son from the HDP and will not leave until I have him."He said his son was all he got and that his wife became blind after their son disappeared."I want my son to get married and I want to become a grandfather. I…

Lee DeVito (2020-09-04). Democrats Much Too Excited About Rick Snyder Endorsing Joe Biden. commondreams.org Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) testifies on the tainted water scandal in the city of Flint, Michigan, during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, March 17, 2016. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2020-09-04). Centrist Opponent of Medicare for All Wins Primary to Replace Kennedy After Progressives Split Vote. commondreams.org After Jake Auchincloss, a Republican until 2015, won outgoing Rep. Kennedy's Democratic House seat with only 23% of the vote in a crowded field, many are once again questioning Kennedy's decision to challenge Sen. Markey. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-09-04). Earth Defenders Warn Against Democrats Undermining 'Rights of Nature' Movement With Watered-Down Approach. commondreams.org The fresh push for recognizing ecosystems as rights-bearing entities comes as the documentary film Invisible Hand premieres worldwide. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-09-04). Armed With AR-15, QAnon-Believing GOP Candidate Threatens 'Offense' Against Progressive Squad. commondreams.org The Democratic congressional candidate running in Georgia's 14th district against Marjorie Taylor Greene, a far-right proponent of the QAnon conspiracy theory, raised alarm Thursday after Greene suggested Republicans "go on the offense" against progressives in Congress. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2020-09-04). STATEMENTS: Democratic Party Must Not Water Down 'Rights of Nature'. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-09-04). House Democrats Demand IG Probe of Pompeo's Widely Denounced RNC Speech From Jerusalem. commondreams.org The pair of lawmakers pointed out the address appeared directly at odds with policies the secretary recently sent to State Department employees. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Joan Walsh (2020-09-04). A Democratic Convention for Acknowledging Pain, and for Healing. thenation.com A Democratic Convention for Acknowledging Pain, and for Healing…

Staff (2020-09-03). Healing Needs to Happen: Kenosha Native Rep. Mark Pocan on Trump's Visit & the U.S. "Policing Problem" democracynow.org As Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden heads to Kenosha, Wisconsin, to meet with the family of Jacob Blake, we speak with Congressmember Mark Pocan, who was born and raised in Kenosha. "Clearly, what happened — someone shot in the back seven times, close range, in front of their children, by the police — was another example of the policing problem we have in this country," Pocan says. He also discusses Attorney General Barr's attacks on mail-in voting, his proposal to cut the Pentagon budget by 10% to make more funds available for COVID-19 and unemployment relief, and calls for those behind the…

Josh Schlossberg (2020-09-03). Voters Can't Get MAD Enough to Get Happy. counterpunch.org Larry Penner vouches that "the Democrats could run Mad magazine's 'What, Me Worry?' Alfred E. Neuman for president and still carry the Empire State by a wide margin" ("True blue New York," Queens Chronicle, August 27). That's a harsh assessment … of Neuman. Unlike Democratic politicians in solidly blue states, or Republicans in their red-state

Mark Gruenberg (2020-09-03). Biden slams Trump on unsafe school reopening demand. peoplesworld.org WILMINGTON, Del.—Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is slamming his GOP foe, Oval Office occupant Donald Trump, for Trump's strong-arm demand that U.S. schools reopen their bricks-and-mortar buildings before it's safe to do so in the face of the coronavirus pandemic that's still sweeping the country. Biden's scathing criticism, at a September 2 press conference in …

RT (2020-09-03). No more Red Light district? Netherlands to consider banning prostitution as government party argues it's 'hypocritical'. rt.com Amsterdam's famous Red Light district may become a thing of the past as one of the junior partners in the Netherlands' coalition government is calling for paid sex to be banned. | The Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) have breathed fresh life into the country's long-running debate on legality of prostitution with proposals to make paying for sex a punishable offence. | The motion will be debated in the lower house of the Dutch parliament this week and it comes after a Christian youth movement collected 50,000 signatures calling for prostitution to be curbed. | CDA MP Anne Kuik submitted the proposed law change…

RT (2020-09-03). Nancy Pelosi's hair stylist backs up her SALON SET-UP story, says owner was breaching Covid restrictions all along. rt.com The hair stylist who helped Nancy Pelosi defy coronavirus restrictions to get coiffed stands by the House Speaker, claiming the salon owner approved the appointment and released the tape to snare the top Democrat in a "set up." | With San Francisco still under some coronavirus lockdown measures, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi caused a public outcry this week when security camera footage surfaced showing her having a private hair appointment in a salon in the city. Pelosi, a vocal proponent of business shutdowns, did not apologize for breaking lockdown rules, and instead demanded that the salon owner apologize for…

WSWS (2020-09-03). Markey wins Massachusetts Democratic primary with "progressive" masquerade. wsws.org The pillar of the Democratic establishment for 40 years, who voted for the Iraq war, postured as a "left" using the support of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

yenisafak (2020-09-03). Montenegro: Pro-Russia, pro-West parties win nearly same number of seats. yenisafak.com Montenegro's Sunday general election results blink an eye to the country's future policy in terms of its either Euro-Atlantic integration or tendency to lean more towards Russia and Serbia.Elections resulted in the long governing Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) winning the majority of the votes but losing in the majority in the National Assembly to the opposition wing.President Milo Djukanovic's pro-Western DPS, which ruled the country for 30 years, won 30 seats at the parliament, while the opposition For the Future of Montenegro alliance led by the Democratic Front (DF), leaning more towards Russia and Serb…

yenisafak (2020-09-03). Montenegro: Muslims threatened with genocide. yenisafak.com Muslims living in Montenegro were threatened with genocide after the Sunday general election results showed the country's future policy leaning more towards Russia and Serbia. | Elections resulted in the long-governing Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) winning majority of the votes. But it lost majority in the National Assembly to the opposition For the Future of Montenegro alliance, led by the Democratic Front (DF), leaning more towards Russia and Serbia. | The DF is known for its anti-NATO stance and closeness to the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC). | Those who gathered around the churches sang Serbian nationa…

Paul Craig Roberts (2020-09-03). The November Election Is About Whiteness, Nothing Else. thealtworld.com Tucker Carlson demonstrates some of the monstrous lies that Democrats and presstitutes tell with a straight face— | These extraordinary lies reveal the great extent of collapse in the moral fabric of our society. Such blatant lies demonstrate that power is the only political virtue for Democrats and that power has crowded out integrity, of which not one ounce can be found in the Democrat Party except for Tulsi Gabbard whose honesty the Democrats reject. Politicians have always been prone to exaggerate, overpromise, and stray from the truth, but today the lies are so fantastic that I doubt even dumbshit Amer…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-03). Kerala rises against political murder of communist youth activists. peoplesdispatch.org Tens of thousands of people took part in the protest against the murder of two Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) activists Haq Muhammed and Mithilaj in the Indian State of Kerala.

Fight Back (2020-09-03). SDS chapters from across the Midwest meet in Kenosha to protest Trump, police brutality. fightbacknews.org Kenosha, WI – In a gesture of solidarity, several Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) chapters, including Milwaukee and Minneapolis, met with Parkside SDS students to rally in protest of President Trump's visit to Kenosha on September 1. Trump, in a controversial decision, decided to assess the damage to various areas of the city in relation to civil unrest over several days. | The Kenosha uprising began August 23 in response to the near killing of Jacob Blake, 29, at the hands of Kenosha police officer Rusten Sheskey. Despite officials, including Governor Tony Evers, asking the president to postpone his…

L. Michael Hager (2020-09-03). The Politics of Good Vs. Evil. counterpunch.org Unlike former years, the election of 2020 is not just about Republican versus Democrat, the economy versus public health or fiscal conservative versus liberal and progressive. It's not about policy differences where reasonable minds may differ. Rather, this year's election is a contest of values. It pits American citizens against an administration that daily practices human disregard

teleSUR (2020-09-03). Trump Threats To Take Away Funds From Democratic Cities. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Donald Trump Wednesday signed a memo to prevent federal funds from going "anarchist jurisdictions" that fail to control social protests, among which would be New York City, Portland, Seattle, and Washington DC. | RELATED: | "My administration will not allow federal tax dollars to fund cities that allow themselves to deteriorate into lawless zones," Trump said. | His memo compels the Attorney General William Barr to dev…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-03). Chilean senators present bill to allow COVID-19 patients to vote in October plebiscite. peoplesdispatch.org Chilean senators Guido Girardi, of the Party for Democracy (PPD), and Pedro Araya, of the Christian Democratic Party (DC), on September 1, presented a reform bill that seeks to modify the recently-enacted the Safe Referendum Law, so that the people who have tested positive for COVID-19 are allowed to vote in the constitutional plebiscite scheduled for October 25. | Last week, on August 25, Chilean president Sebastián Piñera promulgated the Safe Referendum Law that gives special powers to the Electoral Service (SERVEL) to take necessary sanitary and security measures for holding safe elections. The law allows the…

yenisafak (2020-09-03). Turkey: Family reunites with son kidnapped by PKK. yenisafak.com One more family on Thursday reunited with its son kidnapped by the PKK terrorist organization in southeastern Turkey.An aggrieved family's longing has come to an end as Erkan Akkus, abducted and took to the mountains by the terrorists four years ago, surrendered to the Turkish security forces.The Akkus family was known for joining a sit-in protest against the YPG/PKK terror group in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir, outside the office of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), which the government accuses of having links to the terrorist organization.The protest began on Sept. 3 last year in Diyarbakir when Fevzi…

Mitch Jones (2020-09-03). What 2020 Politicians and Pundits Get Wrong About Fracking. commondreams.org "The reality is that neither candidate nor their respective parties support a ban on fracking, even though that position happens to be supported by rank and file Democrats," writes Jones. (Photo: Food & Water Watch/Flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Tom Goldtooth (2020-09-03). A Message to Senate Democrats: Tribal Lands Are Not Carbon Dumping Grounds. commondreams.org Casey Camp-Horinek, Ponca Councilwoman, Ponca Nation of Oklahoma, speaking outside the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit in California. (Photo: Christopher D. Cook) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Paul Craig Roberts (2020-09-03). Paul Craig Roberts — Fed Will Have Problem When Gold Hits $3,000. thealtworld.com Former Assistant Treasury Secretary in the Reagan Administration and award winning journalist Dr. Paul Craig Roberts says the ideology fueling riots in America is "dangerous and anti-white." Dr. Roberts explains, "They are trying to give impunity to violence that is conducted in the name of opposing white racism. If you want to take action against white racism, which includes all white people because, by definition, if you are white, you are a racist. So, any violence against white racism is, therefore, tolerated because it would be illegitimate to try to stop that violence. This is the reason the Democrats have…

Dave Lindorff (2020-09-02). If Social Security matters to you, can you trust Trump? zcomm.org Older Voters, especially Republicans, Need to Think Before They Vote…

Staff (2020-09-02). Green New Deal Champion Ed Markey Defeats Joe Kennedy III in Massachusetts. truthout.org Bolstered by an energized climate movement, small-dollar donors, and support from prominent progressive lawmakers like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Green New Deal champion Sen. Ed Markey on Tuesday fended off a Democratic primary challenge from Rep. Joe Kennedy III, whose name recognition and late

RT (2020-09-02). More than Hillary or Obama: Biden gets endorsements from 81 Nobel laureates, who cite his 'willingness to listen' to expert orders. rt.com Dozens of Nobel Prize winners have signed a letter endorsing Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, praising the ex-VP's track record of doing what he's told by experts — an asset they say has never been more important. | Hailing not only Biden's "willingness to listen to experts," but his "understanding of the value of international collaboration in research" and his "respect for the contribution that immigrants make to the intellectual life of our country," 81 laureates in physics, chemistry and medicine lent their names to the open letter, published Wednesday, endorsing the Democrat as president…

John Bachtell (2020-09-02). Movement to defend the 2020 vote growing by the day. peoplesworld.org Groups inside and outside the Democratic Party are linking arms in what is literally a growing national movement to protect the 2020 vote and thereby oust Trump in November. The massive effort to protect democracy is necessitated, in part, because a record number of votes could well be cast in the 2020 elections. Even under …

Maxximilian Seijo (2020-09-02). Resisting Predatory Finance with Raúl Carrillo. mronline.org Organizer for economic justice and scholar of law, race, and money, Raúl Carrillo, joins Money on the Left to explore the promise of the public money framework for advancing antiracist, anti-imperialist, and democratic politics across the world. We discuss how the public money or MMT perspective shapes his work as an attorney fighting against predatory …

Judy Greenspan (2020-09-02). COVID and wildfires fuel call for mass prisoner releases. workers.org Demonstrators speak out at house of CDC Secretary Diaz on Aug. 30. Sacramento — Spiking COVID-19 levels in California state prisons, coupled with raging wildfires and dangerously poor air quality, have fueled a statewide movement demanding the mass release of prisoners. On Aug. 30, a boisterous and angry coalition of . . . |