2020-09-08: News Headlines

Jesse Jackson (2020-09-08). Trump Leads by Division, While Biden Leads by Multiplication. commondreams.org Democratic presidential candidate and former US Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Grace Lutheran Church in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on September 3, 2020, in the aftermath of the police shooting of Jacob Blake. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-09-08). Biden to workers: 'Wall Street didn't build this country. You did.'. peoplesworld.org HARRISBURG, Pa.—With AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka beaming while looking on, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden used a Labor Day joint Zoom appearance to reiterate his strong and public pitch to unionists to support him in this fall's election. "If there's one thing the pandemic has done, it's made people realize you're the people who keep …

John Feffer (2020-09-08). Memo to the Next President. counterpunch.org Thirteen years ago, in summer 2007, I wrote a memo for the future president of the United States. The one who would take office in 2020. At the time, I had no idea who would win the 2008 elections, much less an election in the distant future. In summer 2007, Hillary Clinton was the Democratic

RT (2020-09-08). Most Americans believe US government is corrupt and unaccountable to the people, poll finds. rt.com Most US citizens believe their government, legislators and courts are corrupt and unaccountable to the public, according to a new poll. Strikingly, both Democrats and Republicans share this opinion. | Seventy-three percent of Americans say that elected officials do not face "serious consequences" for misconduct, according to a new Pew Research Center

teleSUR (2020-09-08). EU To Deploy an Election Observation Mission in Bolivia. telesurenglish.net The European Union (EU) Tuesday announced that it will deploy election observers to control Bolivia's general elections to be held on October 18. | RELATED: | "The organization of genuine and credible elections is of paramount importance for the Bolivian people, who stand ready to reaffirm their commitment to democratic values and restore the country's much-needed stability," European Union High Representative for For…

teleSUR (2020-09-08). Chile: Right-Wingers Use Jara's Song To Oppose New Constitution. telesurenglish.net Controversy Tuesday arose in Chile after the ultra-right-wing party Independent Democratic Union (UDI) used a phrase from legendary singer-songwriter Victor Jara to promote its political campaign over next October's constitutional plebiscite. | RELATED: | Telesur's correspondent in Chile Paola Dragnic explained that UDI used Jara's phrase "The right to live in peace", to call for voters to check the "reject" option in the ballot during the popular c…

Philip Farruggio (2020-09-08). My last (electoral) dance. nationofchange.org "When November comes around (even earlier as we vote by mail in Florida, where the Republican Trump stooge governor has made it ok) my vote, FOR THE LAST TIME, will be for any and all Democrats on the ballot."

Dean Baker (2020-09-08). Blue States are Not Wrong to Want to Restore the Deduction for State and Local Taxes. cepr.net Richard Reeves and Christopher Pulliam had a New York Times column complaining that Democrats want to restore the full deductibility for state and local income taxes, which was ended with the 2017 tax cut bill. They claim, rightly, that the vast majority of this deduction goes to rich people. While that is true, the point …

Paul Craig Roberts (2020-09-08). Democrats Have Planned a Coup If Trump Wins Reelection. thealtworld.com Under the pretext that President Trump will not step down if he loses reelection, Democrats and the military/security complex created the Transition Integrity Project. The plan they have worked out is to take the presidency regardless of the vote. Trump's win is to be blamed on vote fraud, and Biden/Kamala are forbidden to concede their defeat. Instead, the presstitutes will conduct a propaganda campaign against Trump alleging election fraud in order to cast Trump's reelection in doubt. | The propaganda campaign against Trump will be conducted by assertions and fake news just as was the Russiagate, Impeachgate, a…

Howie Hawkins, Angela Walker (2020-09-07). A Green New Deal for Workers. counterpunch.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

Rev. William Alberts (2020-09-07). Christianity: Empathy Versus Evangelism. counterpunch.org The Republican National Convention outdid the Democrats with God talk. Not only was America portrayed as "the light of the world;" the Republican Party itself was proclaimed as providing the "light." "God bless America" were the repeated code words for God's favorite nation. Christianity's ordination of America as the greatest nation on earth and the Republican Party as its steward were front and center.

Ralph Nader (2020-09-07). Can the Democratic Party Rev the Engines to Topple Tyrant Trump? counterpunch.org Why can't the Democratic Party landslide the serial corporate criminal and government outlaw Donald Trump? He is a servant of Wall Street and, by his deeds favoring the powerful, a proven "enemy of the people." Why has the Democratic Party been losing again and again at the federal and state level to the worst, cruelest,

Ajamu Baraka (2020-09-07). The U.S. has long led the assault on human rights. mronline.org The historical record on U.S. human rights policies, both domestic and international, is one of hypocrisy, deceit, and denigration.

RT (2020-09-07). 'Why is CNN meddling in swing races?' Republicans roast Jake Tapper for trying to 'influence' congressional election. rt.com The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) has accused CNN of "meddling in swing races" due to a report that anchor Jake Tapper tried convincing Sean Parnell to avoid running in a district where he could flip a seat. | "So how many other districts has @jaketapper pulled this crap with? Why is CNN meddling in House swing races? This is absurd," the NRCC tweeted. | The message was in response to a Breitbart report claiming Tapper had tried on multiple occasions to convince congressional candidate and conservative author/veteran Sean Parnell to give up running in Pennsylvania's 17th district and inste…

Ralph Nader (2020-09-07). Why Can't the Democrats Seem to Land Any Blows Against Trump? counterpunch.org Why can't the Democratic Party landslide the serial corporate criminal and government outlaw Donald Trump? He is a servant of Wall Street and, by his deeds favoring the powerful, a proven "enemy of the people." Why has the Democratic Party been losing again and again at the federal and state level to the worst, cruelest,

WSWS (2020-09-07). Virginia's Democratic governor calls for drastic budget cuts amid growing social crisis caused by COVID-19. wsws.org The cuts would effectively gut the few gains that were given to workers in the previously planned budget.

WSWS (2020-09-07). The Movement for a Peoples' Party: No program, no principles, no future. wsws.org The eclectic combination of individuals brought together to form a new "People's Party" lacked a common conception, outside of a general orientation to the Democratic Party and bourgeois politics.

_____ (2020-09-07). Going Down in Style: Nancy Pelosi's Illicit 'Blow Out' Exposes Democrats as Above-the-Law Elitists. strategic-culture.org Since the beginning of the lockdown in March, hair stylists have ranked among the hardest hit service sector workers, and nowhere more than in California where a draconian anti-Covid regime forbids salons from meeting clients indoors. That did not stop House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, however, from scheduling an appointment anyways. | Pelosi, like many of her other Democratic colleagues, has demonstrated such a lack of connection and compassion with her constituency that it literally borders on the criminal. Caught red-handed on video having her hair done inside of San Francisco's eSalon — and without the de rig…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2020-09-07). Postmaster General Urged to 'Immediately Step Aside' as North Carolina AG Backs Probe Into Campaign Finance Fraud Allegations. commondreams.org "It is extraordinarily disturbing that megadonor Louis DeJoy is abusing his power as Postmaster General to help President Trump win reelection, meanwhile apparently demonstrating disregard for key campaign finance laws designed to promote the integrity of our democratic elections," said Common Cause president Karen Hobert Flynn. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Ben Norton (2020-09-06). U.S. govt-linked PR firm ran fake news networks for right-wing Latin American regimes. thegrayzone.com A Washington, DC-based PR firm linked to the US government and Democratic Party, CLS Strategies, ran a fake news network on Facebook and Instagram, spreading propaganda for Bolivia's coup regime and the right-wing opposition in Venezuela and Mexico. By Ben Norton major US PR firm located just a few blocks from the White House has …

_____ (2020-09-06). Kevin Zeese: A Giant In The World Of Activism. popularresistance.org The Hawkins/Walker campaign is very sad to report that our Press Secretary, comrade-in-arms and brother, Kevin Zeese, passed away last night. He was 64 years old. | "I lost a friend. All of us lost a prolific, tireless, and principled advocate and activist for peace and justice. My condolences go out to his partner, Margaret Flowers, also a committed activist, his family, and the many people whose lives were enriched by Kevin and his work," Howie Hawkins said. | Kevin was a giant in the world of activism, from peace and justice to cannabis legalization to healthcare to independent politics.

Muhammed Shabeer (2020-09-06). "The representatives of the Irish ruling class stand weakened" peoplesdispatch.org Peoples Dispatch talks to Eugene McCartan, General Secretary of Communist Party of Ireland (CPI), who discusses the party's position towards the new government formed in Ireland and its policies, along with other issues including COVID-19. The CPI is an all-Ireland Marxist—Leninist party, founded in 1933. This is the first part of the conversation. | Peoples Dispatch (PD): What is your take on the new government in Ireland formed through a partnership between the Fianna Fáil, Fine Gáel and the Greens? Do you perceive this as an attempt by the establishment parties to defy the mandate of the 2020 general ele…

_____ (2020-09-06). Montenegro Charts a New Course. strategic-culture.org The August 30 parliamentary elections in Montenegro are a game changing event, no matter what the immediate outcome. The three decade-old NATO-friendly regime has been dealt a blow which may not be lethal in the near term, but it certainly marks the beginning of its terminal decline. | The outcome of the electoral contest is ambiguous, as most things are in the Balkans. The ruling pro-Western DPS Party (ironically, the acronym stands for "Democratic Party of Socialists" which is the successor to the former League of Communists), if we are to go by the official count, obtained a plurality of the votes, about 35%.

RT (2020-09-06). Postmaster General DeJoy accused of committing felony by 'reimbursing former employees' GOP campaign contributions — report. rt.com Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is being accused in a Washington Post report of acting as a "straw man" for the Republican Party, and reimbursing campaign contributions that employees would make, a violation of election law. | The report cites five former employees of DeJoy's at New Breed Logistics, of which he was CEO until 2014, who claim they were "urged by DeJoy's aides or by the chief executive himself to write checks and attend fundraisers at his 15,000-square-foot gated mansion beside a Greensboro, NC country club." | Two employees allegedly familiar with the payroll systems at the company allege they wo…

RT (2020-09-06). US State Department reveals next target in scathing tweet… it's the International Cricket Council? rt.com The US State Department has gone after all sorts of entities over the years — sovereign nations, democratically elected governments, you name it. But its latest target has come from way out of left field. | The department responsible for US foreign policy announced in a tweet that the International Cricket Council was in its bad books. In a message quoting Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the department blasted the cricket governing body as "a rogue court with lawyers that are, frankly, corrupt and political." | | © Twitter | Hmm… that doesn't quite add up. It turns out the hot-shots over at the…

Dirk Adriaensens (2020-09-06). Channelling EU Money to the Military industry Under the Guise of 'Industrial Policy'. globalresearch.ca On 23 July, the vast majority of the Left Group (GUE/NGL) in the European Parliament approved, together with the social democratic (S&D), Green and rightist (EPP, Renew) parties, a resolution which opposes the 'European deal' of 21 July, in which …

Richard Falk (2020-09-06). Can U.S. Democracy Be Fixed? indybay.org To distract and divert, scapegoating becomes a core tactic of these moves away from democratic cohesion. In a world of inequalities and global warming, there has arisen a frightening receptivity to blaming the stranger or the other for the unfairness being experienced in the forms of inequality, economic displacement, and erosions of national identity.

_____ (2020-09-06). The Privileged vs. the People. strategic-culture.org America's decadent elite is a plundering barbarian horde, leaving social and material destruction in its wake. | Andrew DORAN | "The Americans never use the word 'peasant,'" Alexis de Tocqueville observed, "because they have no idea of the peculiar class which that term denotes." Nor do Americans use "noble" or "aristocrat" or "barbarian." However, the basic phenomena endure, even if the class structure and therefore the terms have evolved. | Shortly after Tocqueville published his thoughts on the democratic experiment in America, Benjamin Disraeli published Sybil ∏ a novel in which he argued that England…

sputniknews (2020-09-06). Trump Denounces 'Disinformation Campaign' By Democrats And Media Over 'Loser' Veteran Comment Claims. sputniknews.com US President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Sunday to express anger over 'lies' spread by the media after days of spats with The Atlantic magazine and Fox News, formerly seen as a staunch supporter of the commander-in-chief, in the wake of a report alleging POTUS had tarnished the memory of US veterans.

Eds. (2020-09-05). Ecosocialism: the elephant in the DSA room? mronline.org Allan Todd reviews Bigger than Bernie How We Go from the Sanders Campaign to Democratic Socialism by Meagan Day and Micah Uetricht, Verso…

RT (2020-09-05). Belarusians want democratic country & 'excellent relations' with Russia — blocked opposition presidential candidate Tsepkalo. rt.com Free elections should be held in Belarus under international supervision and the country should remain a close ally of Russia. That's according to Valery Tsepkalo, one of three high-profile men barred from last month's election | Along with Viktor Babariko and Sergei Tikhanovsky, Tsepkalo tried to run for president, in opposition to the long-time incumbent Alexander Lukashenko, but authorities prevented his nomination. | Eventually Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, Sergei's wife, made it onto the ballot paper and her campaign was assisted by Tsepkalo's spouse, Veronika, and Babariko's campaign manager, Maria Kolesnikova…

Ralph Nader (2020-09-05). Can the Democratic Party Landslide the Criminal Tyrant Trump? commondreams.org Former vice-president and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden (L) and Senator from California and Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris greet supporters outside the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware, at the conclusion of the Democratic National Convention, held virtually amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, on August 20, 2020. (Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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.

Wayne Madsen (2020-09-05). A Silver Lining in the Rise of Neo-Fascism. thealtworld.com 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…

Fight Back (2020-09-05). Tampa students protest for more Black faculty at university. fightbacknews.org Tampa, FL – On September 2, students at the University of South Florida (USF) and concerned members of the Tampa community gathered at the house of Steve Currall, the current president of the USF, for a car protest demanding an increase in hiring Black faculty, specifically, professors and counselors. The protest was hosted by Tampa Bay Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). | Gareth Dawkins, a member of Tampa Bay SDS, discussed the new campaign to increase Black professors and counselors, which is coupled with a campaign to increase Black student enrollment: "USF needs to hire more Black faculty to not only i…

WSWS (2020-09-05). Washington DC's mayor and Trump trade authoritarian demands in crackdown on peaceful protesters. wsws.org The office of Washington, DC's Democratic mayor has been upbraided by the federal prosecutor's office for trying to "skirt constitutional protections and due process."

WSWS (2020-09-05). New Zealand Greens in crisis over private school funding. wsws.org The Green co-leader's decision to approve nearly $12 million in funding for an elite private school is in keeping with the pro-business politics of the party.

Dorothee Benz (2020-09-05). Democracy Dies in… Obfuscation and False Equivalences. commondreams.org Paul Benson, attending a rally for Democratic candidate Hank Gilbert in Tyler, Tex., is attacked by Blue Lives Matter protesters on July 26. Benson says he was trying to keep counter-protesters back from the speakers when he was attacked. "I didn't expect this," Benson said, "I didn't know what to expect, but I didn't expect this." (Photo: Sarah A. Miller/AP) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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…

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.

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…

_____ (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). 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…

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…

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…