2020-09-15: News Headlines

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

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-09-15). Democrats Ignore US Military's Refutation Of 'Russian Bounties' Story. thealtworld.com NBC News Two months after top Pentagon officials vowed to get to the bottom of whether the Russian government bribed the Taliban to kill American service members, the commander of troops in the region says a detailed review of all available intelligence has not been able to corroborate the existence of such a program. | "It just has not been proved to a level of certainty that satisfies me," Gen. Frank McKenzie, commander of…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Staff (2020-09-14). Sanders supporters strike surprise blow against Rhode Island's Democratic establishment. therealnews.com Progressives in Rhode Island explain how grassroots organizers, inspired by Bernie and AOC, defeated the state's powerful Democratic machine.

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

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

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

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

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

Rebecca Keetch (2020-09-14). Canadian Auto Workers Fight for Contract Transparency. globalresearch.ca As bargaining at the Detroit 3 automakers kicks off in Canada, union members are fighting back against a longstanding undemocratic contract ratification process. In an unprecedented development, the Solidarity Movement, a rank-and-file movement within Unifor, has launched a petition to …

Thom Hartmann (2020-09-14). How Should America Respond When Its President Commits Negligent Homicide? commondreams.org U.S. President Donald Trump turns around to greet supporters after speaking at a campaign event at Xtreme Manufacturing on September 13, 2020 in Henderson, Nevada. Trump's visit comes after Nevada Republicans blamed Democratic Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak for blocking other events he had planned in the state. (Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

_____ (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 …

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 . . . |

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

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? …

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 …

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.

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.

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…

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…