2020-09-14: News Headlines

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.

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.

_____ (2020-09-13). Manufacturing Disgrace: Reuters Distorts Chevron V. Donziger. popularresistance.org Independent journalist Chris Hedges (ScheerPost, 8/25/20) wrote: | The flagrant corruption and misuse of the legal system to abjectly serve corporate interests in the Donziger case illustrates the deep decay within our judiciary and democratic institutions. | One of those deeply decayed institutions is the corporate media, as a review of several years of Reuters coverage of the case illustrates. | Attorney Steven Donziger has been under house arrest since August 6 of last year.

_____ (2020-09-13). The US Is Borrowing Its Way To Fascism. popularresistance.org Viewing the GOP convention seemed a little like binge-watching the last several years' parade of none-too-subtle signs of incipient fascism. We saw extreme nationalism, scapegoating immigrants and foreigners in general, white supremacy, "strong (narcissistic)-man" government, aggressive foreign policies, and hysterical red-baiting. Those signs reflect how capitalism's deepening crisis undermines both the centre-left (Democrat) and centre-right (GOP) and shifts politics further right and further left. Trump represents the anti-centre right, Bernie Sanders the anti-centre left.

Basav Sen (2020-09-13). This Is a Climate Emergency. We Need More Than Half-Measures from Democrats. zcomm.org How to get the Democrats' climate policy from "better than the Republicans" to "sufficient to save the planet."

Sasha Abramsky (2020-09-13). Is Trump Planning a Coup d'État? zcomm.org Many observers—including Republicans—worry that he is. They're organizing now to stop him. Given the administration's record of embracing "numerous corrupt and authoritarian practices," huge numbers of Americans must be ready to take to the streets…

Alex Lawson (2020-09-13). We Must Take The Vaccine Industry Into Public Ownership. zcomm.org Only by taking the vaccine industry into full public ownership, with small "d" democratic controls in place, can we provide an internationalized response to this and future pandemics that properly recognizes vaccines as a global public good…

yenisafak (2020-09-13). Michael Bloomberg to spend $100 million in Florida to help elect Joe Biden. yenisafak.com Billionaire Michael Bloomberg, who spent $1 billion on his 2020 Democratic presidential bid before dropping out, plans to inject at least $100 million to help Democrat Joe Biden's effort against Republican President Donald Trump in the important swing state of Florida.The decision comes as Trump's initial financial supremacy over former Vice President Biden earlier this year has largely evaporated after high spending from the campaign and a surge in fundraising by Democrats.Florida is one of the biggest prizes on Election Day, and it is also the most expensive of the expected battlegrounds in which to campaign. B…

Ben Norton (2020-09-12). Grandson of overthrown Chilean President Salvador Allende defends Venezuela against US coup attempt. thegrayzone.com The grandson of Chile's former elected socialist President Salvador Allende, who was toppled in a 1973 CIA-orchestrated military coup, has lived in Venezuela for 10 years. The Grayzone's Ben Norton interviewed Pablo Sepúlveda Allende in Caracas. Sepúlveda Allende spoke about the many similarities between the democratic revolutions in Chile and Venezuela, and why he thinks …

Eds. (2020-09-12). The insidious workings of the political ratchet. mronline.org Democrats Are Joining Trump and DHS in Demonizing Anti-Fascists. Here's Why.

The Canary (2020-09-12). More than 50 killed at collapsed gold mine in eastern DR Congo. thecanary.co More than 50 people have died after landslides collapsed three artisanal gold mining wells in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.The incident took place near the city of Kamituga in eastern Congo's South Kivu province on Friday 11 September, following days of heavy rains.Kamituga mayor Alexandre Bundya said: The diggers and the transporters of the stones were swallowed up by the waters. | A team of rescuers with motor pumps came to recover the bodies of the victims.There had been heavy rains for days before the tragedy ((Maisha RDC/AP)Diwa Honore, who survived the tragedy, said more than 50 people had been in th…

RT (2020-09-12). Dem rival of Georgia QAnon-supporting GOP candidate drops out of House race, campaign assures he's 'safe' amid threat rumors. rt.com A Democrat has suddenly bowed out of the US House race in Georgia citing "personal reasons," clearing the path for Republican contender Marjorie Taylor Greene, the alleged QAnon supporter who is now running unopposed. | Kevin Van Ausdal said he would pull out of the contest in a statement on Friday, leaving the race for Georgia's reliably red 14th Congressional District uncontested, with Greene the only candidate left in the running. | "I am heartbroken to announce that for family and personal reasons, I cannot continue this race for Congress," Van Ausdal said in a statement, adding that "stepping aside would…

yenisafak (2020-09-12). US 'doesn't seek to impose' democracy on Afghanistan. yenisafak.com After 19 years of American invasion in the name of fighting terrorist groups and democratizing Afghanistan, which led to the shattering of latter's political institutions, the US on Saturday announced that it is no longer interested in exporting democracy to the war-weary country.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's remarks came in the beginning of intra-Afghan peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents in the Qatari capital Doha.The historic talks aim to end nearly two decades of armed insurgency in Afghanistan amid pressure from US President Donald Trump's administration ahead of elections…

_____ (2020-09-12). DHS Official: Department Wanted To Down Play Far-Right Violence. popularresistance.org On September 9, the news came out that a whistleblower within the Department of Homeland Security had filed a complaint about the department's Trump-appointed leadership instructing him to downplay the threat represented by white supremacists and play up the dangers posed by anarchists and anti-fascists. Yet it has largely escaped notice how Joe Biden and other Democrats have embraced Donald Trump's talking points about anarchists and anti-fascists.

Anya Parampil (2020-09-11). US govt & Democrat-tied troll farm boosts Bolivian coup regime, meddles in Mexico, Venezuela. thegrayzone.com Red Lines host Anya Parampil speaks with The Grayzone's Ben Norton about US troll farm CLS Strategies that boosted Bolivia's coup regime and sought to destabilize leftist Venezuelan and Mexican governments. Ben Norton joined Red Lines to discuss his recent piece, "U.S. govt-linked PR firm ran fake news networks for right-wing Latin American regimes." He …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-11). Brazilian leaders Lula and Dilma express solidarity with Julian Assange, reject extradition. peoplesdispatch.org Ex-president of Brazil Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva defended the innocence of Australian journalist Lula said that the activist should have transformed into a global hero due to the work that he did to expose the war crimes committed by the US army. | "Assange should have been treated like a hero for having denounced to the world the lies of the US State Department, investigating the world, investigating the government. All of the democratic countries should cry for his freedom," declare…

Workers World Party (2020-09-11). PDF of September 10 issue. workers.org Download the 12-page PDF. Anti-racists defy police, fascist terror Fight the right with united worker action! editorial ALSO: Kevin Zeese, °presente! Capitalist 'gifts': evictions and hunger. Battling racism on many fronts Pensacola and Greensboro; Sports focus on Black lives; Tribute to Chadwick Boseman. Labor's militant rank and file Save the . . . |

Richard D. Wolff (2020-09-11). The U.S. is Borrowing Its Way to Fascism. counterpunch.org Viewing the GOP convention seemed a little like binge-watching the last several years' parade of none-too-subtle signs of incipient fascism. We saw extreme nationalism, scapegoating immigrants and foreigners in general, white supremacy, "strong (narcissistic)-man" government, aggressive foreign policies, and hysterical red-baiting. Those signs reflect how capitalism's deepening crisis undermines both the center-left (Democrat) and center-right

Bruce Lerro (2020-09-11). Political and Spiritual Cults: From Rapture to Complicity to Aftermath in the Shadow of 20th Century Yankeedom. dissidentvoice.org Saul B. Newton, founder of the cult The Sullivanians, posing with some of his "family". The party is always right, even when it's wrong — Democratic Workers Party slogan ORIENTATION Everybody knows what cults are People who join cults are mentally unstable before they join and less educated than the general population. True or false? …

Louis Proyect (2020-09-11). Biden's Transition Team Isn't a "Team" and It's Not Promising Much of a Transition. counterpunch.org On September 5th, Joe Biden added four new members to his transition team, which was not really a team. It consisted only of Ted Kaufman, the 81-year old Democratic senator from Delaware. Considering Kaufman's reputation as a deficit hawk and his advanced age, Biden had to cover his left flank and give the appearance of

RT (2020-09-11). Pelosi ridiculed from left and right after saying 'angry Mother Earth' caused California wildfires. rt.com Top US Democrat Nancy Pelosi was bombarded with online mockery after saying that massive ongoing wildfires raging in California were the result of "Mother Earth" and her displeasure with humans. | The house speaker addressed the blazing wildfires that have engulfed her home state on Friday in an interview with MSNBC. "Mother Earth is angry," Pelosi said. "She's telling us … with hurricanes on the Gulf Coast, fires in the west, whatever it is … the climate crisis is real and has an impact." | "Mother Earth is angry," Speaker Pelosi says, discussing wildfires burning in California. "She's telling us with hur…

Howie Hawkins (2020-09-11). Reject Militarism on the Anniversary of 9/11. dissidentvoice.org Nineteen years after more than 3,000 people were killed on 9/11, there remains a bipartisan commitment to fight an endless "war on terrorism," instigate regime change coups, increase military spending, enhance US nuclear weapons, deport undocumented residents, curtail civil liberties, and militarize the police. The September 11, 2001 attacks on the US have obscured "The …

news.un (2020-09-11). WHO warns against potential Ebola spread in DR Congo and beyond. news.un.org Ebola is spreading in a western province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), raising fears that the disease could reach neighbouring Republic of Congo and even the capital, Kinshasa, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

WSWS (2020-09-11). The human cost of school reopenings: Six teachers dead in the US in the past month. wsws.org All of these deaths were absolutely unnecessary and are the direct result of criminal policies carried out by Democratic and Republican politicians at every level in the interest of protecting the profits of the financial oligarchy.

Shane Quinn (2020-09-11). Chile, September 11, 1973: The Horrors of 'the First 9/11' Are Routinely Overlooked. globalresearch.ca On September 11, 1973, Salvador Allende's democratic government in Chile was ousted by US-backed forces in one of the Cold War's defining moments. Allende himself was killed during the coup while his presidential palace, La Moneda, was extensively bombed.

teleSUR (2020-09-11). US Democrats Lead Vote-By-Mail Registers in Florida. telesurenglish.net Over 2.2 million voters for the Democratic Party in Florida have so far registered to vote by mail in the upcoming presidential elections, 717,000 more than Republicans who have opted for that mode of voting. | RELATED: | "Democrats have seen significant increases in vote-by-mail in the August primaries and we are prepared to keep our foot on the gas until November," Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo said, recalling that t…

news.un (2020-09-11). Belarus: UN chief deeply concerned over use of force against peaceful protesters. news.un.org Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday expressed deep concern over the continued use of force against peaceful protestors in Belarus and detention of those exercising their legitimate democratic rights.

sputniknews (2020-09-11). Network of Liberal 'Dark Money' Democrat Groups to 'Carpet-Bomb' 2020 Election, Report Claims. sputniknews.com The term "dark money" is used in US politics to refer to political spending by nonprofit organizations allied with both the Dems and the GOP that are allowed by federal law to receive unlimited donations from individuals and corporations without being required to disclose their donors.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-09-11). As Fires Engulf West, Democrats Not Running on Trump Climate Failures Accused of 'Political Malpractice'. commondreams.org "People are dying and losing their homes and jobs. But politicians in D.C. are sitting on their hands, and the president of the United States is telling people that the solution is to clean up their yards." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-09-11). Bernie-Inspired Organizers and Rhode Island Voters Deliver 'Crystal Clear Message' With Progressive Primary Wave. commondreams.org Progressive candidates from all over the state of Rhode Island celebrated victories Friday after 38,000 mail-in ballots were tallied in this week's primary elections, in which more than a dozen centrist Democratic incumbents were rejected by voters. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Michael Arney (2020-09-10). Progressives and the left can't hesitate in advocating a Biden-Harris vote. peoplesworld.org Progressives and democratic socialists are saying it. Leaders, organizations, media, websites, and postings warn of a terrible threat. Fascism, or neo-fascism, or the growing danger of it. If not that, a severe rollback of our democracy. A permanent increase in systemic and individual acts of racism, with a green light from the Oval Office. If …

Medea Benjamin, Leonardo Flores (2020-09-10). Biden Urged to Adopt a Good Neighbor Policy Toward Latin America. counterpunch.org Election season is a difficult time to develop good policies towards Latin America, since both Democrats and Republicans cater to the small, but organized, conservative factions of the Latinx community in Florida, vying for their votes. But if Biden wins the White House, there is a chance to reverse the Trump administration policies that have

RT (2020-09-10). 'Orwellian in the extreme': Conservatives slam media for appearing to blame GOP for Dems' decision to tank Covid-19 relief bill. rt.com Conservatives are slamming mainstream media outlets after their almost identical coverage of the Senate Democrats' decision to vote against a coronavirus relief bill appeared to blame Republicans for the "failure." | After months of negotiations, a coronavirus stimulus package, which included funding for schools and Covid-19 testing, unemployment benefits, and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), was voted down by every Democrat in the Senate on Thursday. The only Republican to join them was Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky). | Needing 60 votes to pass, the bill earned a 52-47 outcome and it's now unlikely a coron…

_____ (2020-09-10). US Sanctions Targeting International Criminal Court Are An Outrage. popularresistance.org On 2 September 2020, U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo announced the imposition of sanctions on Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and prosecution jurisdiction director for authorizing such an investigation, including war crimes committed by U.S. forces, for which U.S. officials bear responsibility. | These sanctions were based on a declaration by U.S. President Trump of a national emergency on this subject in June of 2020. | The International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL) rejects as outrageous these sanctions on senior prosecution officials of the International Criminal Court.

Marlee Kokotovic (2020-09-10). Senate Republicans propose new 'relief' bill that ignores struggling Americans and gives aid to coal industry. nationofchange.org "The pandemic is already widening social and economic divisions. Shielding corporations from accountability will endanger workers, consumers, and patients, and make the pandemic even worse."

WSWS (2020-09-10). Speaking before auto union bureaucrats in Michigan, Biden makes nationalist appeal. wsws.org The Democratic nominee sought to maintain one of the most pernicious fictions of capitalist politics—that the union executives represent the working class, rather than serving as a corporate police force.

WSWS (2020-09-10). New York City educators launch safety committee to halt the reopening of schools. wsws.org In launching this committee, we stand wholly independent of both the Democrats and Republicans, as well as the United Federation of Teachers and its backers, all of whom have conspired to enforce the reopening of schools.

WSWS (2020-09-10). Democrats and media silent on execution of Michael Reinoehl by US Marshals. wsws.org New details on the September 3 killing of Michael Reinoehl by a task force led by federal Marshals confirm that the Portland protester was executed in a hail of police bullets.

sputniknews (2020-09-10). Trump vs Biden: Who Do US Evangelicals, Catholics Believe Christ Would Vote For in 2020 Election? sputniknews.com As US Election Day approaches, Americans prepare to give their voices to either incumbent Republican President Donald Trump or his Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden. But who would Jesus Christ vote for in the November 2020 presidential election? A recent poll conducted among religiously-motivated voters offers a clue.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-09-10). After 'Disgraceful' GOP Coronavirus Package Defeated, Progressives Demand McConnell 'Get Serious' About Relief. commondreams.org After Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's attempt at passing the Republicans' "skinny" coronavirus relief plan—prioritizing corporations over the health, safety, and livelihoods of working families—failed on Thursday, advocacy groups demanded that the Senate "get serious" about providing relief to Americans. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…