2020-09-16: News Headlines

Alan MacLeod (2020-09-16). "A Disgrace": Amnesty International Blocked From Monitoring Trial of Julian Assange. thealtworld.com Amnesty International's Europe Director described the hearings against Assange as an "assault on the right to freedom of expression" that would have a "chilling effect on media freedom." | MPN— The high profile extradition hearing of publisher and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange continued in Central London today. But it did so without oversight from international human rights groups. Julia Hall, an expert on criminal justice and human rights for Amnesty International,

Andre Vltchek (2020-09-16). Guo Wengui: So Anti-Chinese that even U.S. Establishment cannot stomach him. dissidentvoice.org In some very rare cases, it is better to read British conservative, right-wing press, like The Economist or the Telegraph, instead of the mainstream liberal sheets like The Independent or The Guardian. That is if one wants to come somehow closer to the truth. The Economist is extremely biased; it is pre-historically conservative, anti-Russian, anti-Chinese, …

_____ (2020-09-16). Democrats Ignore U.S. Military's Refutation of 'Russian Bounties' Story. strategic-culture.org Caitlin JOHNSTONE | 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, comm…

yenisafak (2020-09-16). Top Russian, Saudi diplomats discuss Yemeni conflict. yenisafak.com Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday discussed the conflict in Yemen with his Saudi counterpart over the phone.Lavrov agreed with Faisal bin Farhan on the need to support UN efforts for a cease-fire in the war-torn country, as well as to implement urgent humanitarian measures and launch a settlement process between the sides, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in an online statement."Sergey Lavrov stressed that progress towards the establishment of long-awaited peace and stability in Yemen is possible only by taking into account the interests and concerns of all the leading political forces, religi…

yenisafak (2020-09-16). UN sends six aid trucks to Idlib, Syria. yenisafak.com The UN on Wednesday dispatched six trucks with humanitarian aid to northwestern Syria, where millions of people remain in need of assistance due to internal conflict.The trucks crossed over into Syria's Idlib province from the Cilvegozu border gate in Turkey's southern Hatay province.The aid will be distributed among residents of Idlib and nearby rural areas.Syria has been ravaged by a civil war since early 2011, when the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protesters.Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and more than 10 million displaced, according to UN estimates.Idlib falls within a de-escal…

Eds. (2020-09-16). 1978: Ernest Mandel — We must dream. Anticipation and hope as categories of historical materialism. mronline.org This text was the contribution of Ernest Mandel to a 1978 commemorative colloquium for the Marxist philosopher Ernst Bloch (1885—1977) and was first published in 1980.

WSWS (2020-09-16). Nurse alleges forced sterilizations, medical malpractice at Georgia immigrant detention center. wsws.org The chilling report provides further evidence of the sadistic abuse meted out by the Trump administration in its fascistic war on immigrants.

yenisafak (2020-09-16). Greece struggles to bring migrants into temporary camp after fire. yenisafak.com Greek authorities were still struggling on Wednesday to move thousands of migrants sleeping rough into a temporary camp, a week after the overcrowded Moria migrant camp burned down, while fears grew over a coronavirus outbreak on the island of Lesbos.More than 12,000 people, mostly refugees from Afghanistan, Africa and Syria, were left without shelter, proper sanitation or access to food and water by the fire that tore through Moria, Greece's biggest camp for migrants reaching its islands by sea.No one was killed or hurt in the fire, which broke out after quarantine measures were imposed following the discovery o…

Michael Berkowitz (2020-09-16). 'Five Days, Five Nights': Flight to freedom from fascist Portugal. peoplesworld.org àÅlvaro Cunhal had a little secret. It was a good thing that he did. Living under the fascist Salazar dictatorship of mid-20th-century Portugal for the first half of his life, Cunhal needed secrecy. After all, for decades he was a leader and ultimately the Secretary General of the Portuguese Communist Party, which waged a life-and-death …

Global Research News (2020-09-16). Selected Articles: Why Lockdowns Are the Wrong Policy. Sweden's COVID-19 Strategy. globalresearch.ca By As a result, over the course of the past 30 years, the need to keep the schools "safe" from drugs and …

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-09-16). Slovakia: Population Distrust US, Opposition to "Western" Intervention. globalresearch.ca GLOBSEC is probably one of the most well-known and influential political think-tanks in not only Slovakia, but also Central Europe. It aims to support a pro-Atlantic direction for Slovakia. Despite being founded in only 2005, it organizes annual events that …

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-09-16). New Initiative to Expose Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) Crimes to the World. globalresearch.ca Veterans from the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) terrorist organization feel confident that because they were once supported and backed by the US and Western Europe in their campaign to violently separate Kosovo from Serbia, they are immune from prosecution and …

Stephen Lendman (2020-09-16). Challenging the Novichok Poisoning of Navalny Hoax by Russia. globalresearch.ca Already strained EU relations with Russia potentially reached a new low over the great novichok poisoning of Alexey Navalny hoax. | On Tuesday, Russia's EU mission challenged the bloc's fake news about what happened to him, saying the following: | "In recent …

Prof. Johan Giesecke (2020-09-16). Video: Why Lockdowns Are the Wrong Policy. Sweden's Covid-19 Strategy. globalresearch.ca That was one of the more extraordinary interviews we have done here at UnHerd. | Professor Johan Giesecke, one of the world's most senior epidemiologists, advisor to the Swedish Government (he hired Anders Tegnell who is currently directing Swedish strategy), …

Dimitris Konstantakopoulos (2020-09-16). The End of the Balkans. President Vučić signs the White House Agreement. A Dark Day in the History of Serbia. globalresearch.ca The day before yesterday, Serbian President Vucic was ridiculed by signing an agreement in the White House without even

Pepe Escobar (2020-09-16). How Xinjiang "Interferes" with the EU-China Deal. globalresearch.ca This article was originally published on A Beijing-Brussels-Berlin special: that was quite the video-summit. | From Beijing, we had President Xi Jinping. From Berlin, Chancellor Angela Merkel. And from Brussels, President of the European Council Charles Michel…

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-16). Russia says US 'fully isolated' on international scene. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 16 (MNA) — Russia's Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov in a tweet on Wednesday said the US is "practically fully isolated" on the international scene.

sputniknews (2020-09-16). Russia Must Release Former US Marine Trevor Reed, House Minority Leader McCarthy Says. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – US Congressmen from the state of Texas, Michael McCaul and Mike Conaway, also demanded that Russia release Reed.

yenisafak (2020-09-16). Turkish president congratulates new Japanese premier. yenisafak.com Turkey's president on Wednesday sent a congratulatory message to Japan's new prime minister.Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent best wishes to Yoshihide Suga, the new leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, said Turkey's Communications Directorate. | Suga replaces longtime Premier Shinzo Abe, who stepped down over health issues.Pointing to how Turkish-Japanese diplomatic relations sprang from the aftermath of the tragic Sept. 16, 1890 shipwreck of the Ertugrul frigate, and Japan's rescue efforts and the hospitality it showed the survivors, Erdogan said the date of Suga's election is meaningful and significant for bi…

yenisafak (2020-09-16). Top EU official praises Turkish ship returning to port. yenisafak.com The European Commission head on Wednesday praised a Turkish exploratory ship returning to port, saying it would help lower tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean. | "De-escalation in the Eastern Mediterranean is in our mutual interest," Ursula von der Leyen said in her annual State of the Union speech to the European Parliament in Brussels, calling the return of the Oruc Reis ship "a positive step in this direction."The ship's return was "necessary to create the much-needed space for dialogue," von der Leyen added, voicing solidarity with Greece and the Greek Cypriot administration of Southern Cyprus and pledging…

yenisafak (2020-09-16). France: Education minister upbeat on schools amid virus. yenisafak.com The state of education in France is moving forward, with only a fraction of 1% of France's 60,000 schools presently closed, said the country's education minister on Wednesday. | "The situation we have to face is the best possible given the health crisis," Jean-Michel Blanquer told LCI Radio."We have about 1,200 new cases of COVID-19 among students compared to the previous week," he said, adding, "As I speak to you, there are 81 schools or establishments that are closed, so there are a little over 2,100 classes that are closed. It's still a good start to the school year." | Blanquer said in general classes close i…

yenisafak (2020-09-16). Turkish forces nab senior terrorist in east. yenisafak.com A senior terrorist was arrested Wednesday in eastern Turkey, according to the country's Interior Ministry.Gendarmerie and anti-terror teams in eastern Van and southeastern Sirnak provinces conducted a joint operation to nab Ercan Yacan, codenamed Ferman, who was detected to be carrying out activities as the so-called team commander in northern Iraq's Qandil Goshine region last year, the ministry said on Twitter.Yacan was arrested in Van province, it added.The terrorist was active in youth branch of the organization. He received so-called special forces training in 2014, joined the rural branch of the terror group…

yenisafak (2020-09-16). Turkey repels attack on observation post in Syria. yenisafak.com Turkish security forces fended off an attack in the Idlib de-escalation zone in northwestern Syria, the country's National Defense Ministry said Wednesday.The ministry said in a statement that groups directed by the Bashar al-Assad regime but disguised as civilians approached several of Turkey's observation posts in the region.One of these groups staged an attack near a Turkish observation post and was then dispersed, it added.No damage to the observation post was reported, it said.Idlib falls within a de-escalation zone forged under an agreement between Turkey and Russia.The area has been the subject of multiple…

yenisafak (2020-09-16). TV series 'Ertugrul' fuels Pakistanis' love for Turkey. yenisafak.com On a sunny afternoon, red flags bearing a white star and crescent fluttered in the breeze as they hung from businesses and homes in northern Pakistan, a testament to the region's love for Turkey spurred by a Turkish drama series.Dirilis (Resurrection) Ertugrul is gaining wide popularity across the country after being dubbed in Urdu and broadcast on state television.A YouTube channel launched in mid-April specifically for the series has nearly 8.5 million subscribers, while its viewership had climbed to over 1.3 billion as of Sept. 15.It was after Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan visited Turkey that he ordered…

yenisafak (2020-09-16). Nord Stream 2 should not be linked to Navalny case: Kremlin. yenisafak.com Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday that the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany should not be linked to the case of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.German Chancellor Angela Merkel has faced calls to halt the nearly-complete pipeline bringing Russian gas to Germany in response to the poisoning of Navalny in Siberia last month.Moscow says it has yet to see proof he was poisoned with a nerve agent, as Berlin says. Peskov reiterated that Russia was hoping to cooperate with Germany on the case but that its efforts to do so had not met with understanding.

yenisafak (2020-09-16). Germany offered to build LNG terminals to avert US pipeline sanctions. yenisafak.com Berlin offered to spend 1 billion euros ($1.2 billion) to build two liquid natural gas terminals in a bid to dissuade the United States from imposing sanctions over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, due to bring gas directly from Russia to Germany, Die Zeit reported on Wednesday.The weekly paper said Finance Minister Olaf Scholz made the proposal in an Aug. 7 letter before Washington imposed sanctions on companies involved in building the Baltic Sea pipeline, effectively freezing its construction.A spokesman for the German finance ministry said he could not comment on individual reports.The United States and many Europ…

yenisafak (2020-09-16). Turkish, Uzbek parliament heads discuss COVID-19 impact. yenisafak.com The Turkish parliament speaker and his Uzbek counterpart on Wednesday discussed the impact of the coronavirus pandemic by phone. | According to a statement by the office of the Turkish speaker, Mustafa Sentop and Nurdinjon Ismailov discussed the aftermath of coronavirus outbreak in the two countries. | Sentop said Turkey attaches importance to cooperation between the two countries on international issues. | He noted the "face to face meetings should immediately" start between the two countries, adding he would be pleased to host Ismailov in Turkey. | Thanking Turkey for extending medical help to his country durin…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-16). Massive rally in Belgium demands refinancing of healthcare. peoplesdispatch.org On September 13, Sunday, several thousand health workers marched in the Belgian capital Brussels, demanding massive refinancing of the health sector. The call for the march was given by a number of groups and organizations, including La Sante en Lutte, Committee for the Abolition of Illegitimate Debt (CADTM) and the General Labour Federation of Belgium (FGTB/ABVV). Participants in the rally denounced the commodification of healthcare and demanded massive refinancing of health services in the country through investments in infrastructure, increased recruitment, and a rise in the wages of health workers. An online…

Richard Horton (2020-09-16). Video: COVID-19: What Went Wrong? globalresearch.ca Hear from Richard Horton, editor of the Lancet speaking at the Keep Our NHS Public AGM 2020. | Horton asks and tentatively answers five questions: | What is the current situation with the pandemic with focus on the United Kingdom? | What …

teleSUR (2020-09-16). EU Says Poland "LGBTQ-Free Zones" Violates Gay Community Rights. telesurenglish.net European Union Chief executive Ursula Von der Leyen on Wednesday rejected bloc members' discrimination against the LGBTQ community, precisely Poland's "LGBT-free zones" policy, violating queer people's rights. | RELATED: | "LGBTQI-free zones are humanity free zones. And they have no place in our (European) Union," Von der Leyen said in her annual allocution to the European Parliament. | In August, Poland Justice Mi…

Staff (2020-09-15). Headlines for September 15, 2020. democracynow.org Trump Doubles Down on Climate Crisis Denial as West Coast Burns, World's Largest Vaccine Maker Says It Could Take 5 Years for Universal COVID-19 Vaccination, Trump Calls COVID-19 "The Plague" in April Interview with Woodward as He Called for U.S. to Reopen, Nevada City Fines Venue That Hosted Trump Rally Which Violated State's Coronavirus Restrictions, Appeals Court Gives Trump Greenlight to End Immigration Protections for 400,000 TPS Holders, Whistleblowing Nurse Says Georgia Immigration Jail Performing Forced Hysterectomies, Palestinians Form Unified Front as Israel, UAE and Bahrain Sign Deal Normalizing Relati…

Gareth Porter (2020-09-15). Dark Web Voter Database Report Casts New Doubts on Russian Election Hack Narrative. globalresearch.ca A new report showing that US state-level voter databases were publicly available calls into question the narrative that Russian intelligence "targeted" US state election-related websites in 2016. | *** | A September 1

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-09-15). Democrats Ignore US Military's Refutation Of 'Russian Bounties' Story. thealtworld.com The US military has been unable to find any evidence that the Russian government paid bounties on US troops to Taliban-linked fighters in Afghanistan, confirming what was already obvious to anyone who hasn't had their brain stem hijacked by mass media-induced Russophobia. | 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…

RT (2020-09-15). 'Humanitarian crisis' unfolds on Ukraine-Belarus border as Jewish pilgrims left stranded after Kiev tightens Covid-19 restrictions. rt.com Hundreds of Hasidim pilgrims, seeking to visit a venerated rabbi's grave in Ukraine's Uman to mark Jewish New Year, have reportedly become stuck between Belarus and Ukraine after Kiev tightened border controls over coronavirus. | Between 1,000 and 2,500 pilgrims are stranded at several border crossing points, according to media reports. Roughly a half of them crossed the Belarus frontier yet were unable to enter Ukraine, where they were met by a strong militarized border guard force. | –ù–∞ –≥—Ä–∞–Ω–∏—Ü–µ &nd…

Juan Cole (2020-09-15). Arctic Heat Wave: Block of Ice Twice as Big as Manhattan Breaks off Greenland's Largest Ice Shelf, Goes Into Ocean. commondreams.org A Copernicus Sentinel-2 image captured on July 24, 2020 shows a segment of the largest ice shelf in the Arctic break up. (Photo: European Space Agency) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/ice_shelf.jpg

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2020-09-15). Italy May Recover Historic Ties with Libya. globalresearch.ca Libya is a country of particular economic and political importance for Italy. The geographical proximity ≠and the historical ties between both nations make the African country a strategically important state for Rome. But the violent instability that has been hitting …

Mark Taliano (2020-09-15). Video: Irish Doctor Speaks Out About Covid-19 Lies. globalresearch.ca The Irish doctor featured in the video below has 35 years' experience as a practicing General Practitioner in Derry, Ireland. | She first knew the pandemic was "fake" when the WHO first declared pandemic with an announcement of 4,291 deaths globally. …

G. Dunkel (2020-09-15). Fire exposes desperate plight of refugees. workers.org The Sept. 8 fire that burned the largest asylum camp in Europe, the Moria Reception and Identification Camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, shows how the 13,000 people there are disregarded and disrespected. Migrant families flee burning asylum camp on island of Lesbos, Greece, Sept. 8. The camp was . . . |

teleSUR (2020-09-15). Malta Denies Port To Dock 278 Migrants Aboard the Open Arms. telesurenglish.net The Spanish NGO Open Arms denounced that Malta denied its ship a port to disembark and assistance for urgent evacuations of people with complicated health conditions. | RELATED: | "Of the 278 people on board, all of them need to disembark and immediate assistance, some for the violence suffered, others for rape, for burns. In addition, we have 50 unaccompanied minors. All of them also need psychological assistance for the…

Patrick Cockburn (2020-09-15). America's War on Terror is the True Cause of Europe's Refugee Crisis. counterpunch.org Desperate refugees crammed into cockle-shell boats landing on the shingle beaches of the south Kent coast are easily portrayed as invaders. Anti-immigrant demonstrators were exploiting such fears last weekend as they blockaded the main highway into Dover Port in order "to protect Britain's borders". Meanwhile, the home secretary, Priti Patel, blames the French for not doing enough to stop the flow of refugees across the Channel.

Staff (2020-09-15). Whistleblower on Doctor at ICE Facility: "Everybody He Sees Has a Hysterectomy" truthout.org A whistleblower complaint directed toward the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) alleges that detainees at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility in Georgia were medically neglected, including not being tested for COVID-19, and that an alarmingly large number of hysterectomies were being performed on detainees. | The complaint, filed with the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for DHS, states that the hysterectomies were performed on several immigrants held within the Irwin C…

yenisafak (2020-09-15). Germany plans to take in around 1,500 migrants from Greek islands. yenisafak.com German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Interior Minister Horst Seehofer are planning to take in around 1,500 refugees from the Greek islands, German news agency dpa reported on Tuesday.Dpa cited politicians focussed on domestic policy as saying that these would be families with children.More than 12,000 people, mostly refugees from Afghanistan, Africa and Syria, were left without shelter, proper sanitation or access to food and water after a fire tore through the overcrowded Moria migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesbos last Wednesday.

Jason Kirkpatrick (2020-09-15). On the Lasting Influences of David Graeber. counterpunch.org Influential academic David Graeber had been invited to Berlin to present his new book Debt: The First 5,000 Years, by current German President Steinmeier who at the time was preparing to run for office of German Chancellor. The year was 2012, massive debt of Greece and many other European nations were threatening a free-fall of

Anand Naidoo (2020-09-15). The Heat: China-EU summit. america.cgtn.com Chinese President Xi Jinping and leaders of the European Union meet for a second round of talks aimed at boosting trade and investment. Is the Asian economic powerhouse pivoting towards Europe?>

RT (2020-09-15). Merkel 'ashamed' of persistent anti-Semitism in Germany, as she attends anniversary of country's largest Jewish group. rt.com On the anniversary of the founding of Germany's main Jewish group, Chancellor Angela Merkel slammed the increasingly "visible and uninhibited" racism and anti-Semitism in the country. | On Tuesday, Merkel attended celebrations for the 70th birthday of the Central Council of Jews. The organization was originally formed in 1950 to represent Jews who survived the Nazi regime but also to help mend the ties between Israel and Germany. | Speaking at the event, Merkel expressed her happiness at seeing the community "flourishing," but also used the platform to condemn the persistent anti-Semitism in Germany. She calle…

RT (2020-09-15). It may be a 'living hell,' but it's a 'Russian planet': Moscow will focus efforts on exploration of Venus, space agency chief says. rt.com Moscow plans to send its own mission to Venus in addition to the planned 'Venera-D' joint mission with the US, according to the head of its space agency Dmitry Rogozin, who believes the second planet from the Sun is "Russian." | Speaking at the HeliRussia-2020 exhibition, a convention focused on the Russian helicopter industry, Rogozin announced that Roscosmos plans to focus its efforts on Venus. | Read more | | "We believe that Venus is a Ru…

RT (2020-09-15). US military reveals it can't corroborate NYT's story on Russian bounties to Taliban – months after vowing to get to bottom of it. rt.com After two months of digging for evidence that Russia's government paid bounties to Taliban forces to kill American forces in Afghanistan, as reported by the New York Times, the US military has found no corroboration. | "It just has not been proved to a level of certainty that satisfies me," General Frank McKenzie, the commander who oversees US troops in Afghanistan, reportedly The investigation alre…

RT (2020-09-15). 'Catastrophic failure': Greece supplies GIGANTIC face masks that cover whole head to schools (PHOTOS, VIDEOS). rt.com Greece's plan to supply schools nationwide with free face masks has failed spectacularly after the delivered ones turned out to be too large for both children and adults due to wrong measurements. | Greek officials admitted the failure on Tuesday, after the first batch of masks was delivered to schools this week. | "The size was too large from the start," contractor Yiannis Stathopoulos, who won the tender for 500,000 masks, told Open TV on Tuesday. The masks intended for children under 10 measured 10 by 18 centimeters, and those for older schoolchildren — whopping 12 by 22 centimeters. | Deputy health mi…

RT (2020-09-15). Does he want to end his political ambitions? Top Eurocrat Borrell calls for Navalny's name to be attached to EU 'Magnitsky List'. rt.com The EU's top diplomat, Josep Borrell, has proposed naming a new sanctions regime directed against Russia after Alexey Navalny. Such a move would surely destroy the anti-corruption campaigner's oft-stated political aspirations. | In fact, it's hard to imagine the opposition figure would approve of the idea, as it would allow his critics in Russia to paint him as a tool of the West. While English-speaking and communicative with foreign journalists, Navalny, a Russian nationalist at heart, has always rejected any notions that he's helping the US and EU further their objectives in the country — for instance,…

Stephen Lendman (2020-09-15). Putin Affirms Support for Lukashenko, Consolidates Russia-Belarus Cooperation against Foreign Intervention. globalresearch.ca On Monday, Vladimir Putin met with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in Sochi, Russia. | Both leaders are united against the diabolical made-in-the-USA attempt to transform Belarus into another US vassal state. | On the President of Russia website, Putin said the following: …

2020-09-15: News Headlines

Staff (2020-09-15). Headlines for September 15, 2020. democracynow.org Trump Doubles Down on Climate Crisis Denial as West Coast Burns, World's Largest Vaccine Maker Says It Could Take 5 Years for Universal COVID-19 Vaccination, Trump Calls COVID-19 "The Plague" in April Interview with Woodward as He Called for U.S. to Reopen, Nevada City Fines Venue That Hosted Trump Rally Which Violated State's Coronavirus Restrictions, Appeals Court Gives Trump Greenlight to End Immigration Protections for 400,000 TPS Holders, Whistleblowing Nurse Says Georgia Immigration Jail Performing Forced Hysterectomies, Palestinians Form Unified Front as Israel, UAE and Bahrain Sign Deal Normalizing Relati…

Gareth Porter (2020-09-15). Dark Web Voter Database Report Casts New Doubts on Russian Election Hack Narrative. globalresearch.ca A new report showing that US state-level voter databases were publicly available calls into question the narrative that Russian intelligence "targeted" US state election-related websites in 2016. | *** | A September 1

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…

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2020-09-15). Italy May Recover Historic Ties with Libya. globalresearch.ca Libya is a country of particular economic and political importance for Italy. The geographical proximity ≠and the historical ties between both nations make the African country a strategically important state for Rome. But the violent instability that has been hitting …

Mark Taliano (2020-09-15). Video: Irish Doctor Speaks Out About Covid-19 Lies. globalresearch.ca The Irish doctor featured in the video below has 35 years' experience as a practicing General Practitioner in Derry, Ireland. | She first knew the pandemic was "fake" when the WHO first declared pandemic with an announcement of 4,291 deaths globally. …

Patrick Cockburn (2020-09-15). America's War on Terror is the True Cause of Europe's Refugee Crisis. counterpunch.org Desperate refugees crammed into cockle-shell boats landing on the shingle beaches of the south Kent coast are easily portrayed as invaders. Anti-immigrant demonstrators were exploiting such fears last weekend as they blockaded the main highway into Dover Port in order "to protect Britain's borders". Meanwhile, the home secretary, Priti Patel, blames the French for not doing enough to stop the flow of refugees across the Channel.

G. Dunkel (2020-09-15). Fire exposes desperate plight of refugees. workers.org The Sept. 8 fire that burned the largest asylum camp in Europe, the Moria Reception and Identification Camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, shows how the 13,000 people there are disregarded and disrespected. Migrant families flee burning asylum camp on island of Lesbos, Greece, Sept. 8. The camp was . . . |

yenisafak (2020-09-15). Germany plans to take in around 1,500 migrants from Greek islands. yenisafak.com German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Interior Minister Horst Seehofer are planning to take in around 1,500 refugees from the Greek islands, German news agency dpa reported on Tuesday.Dpa cited politicians focussed on domestic policy as saying that these would be families with children.More than 12,000 people, mostly refugees from Afghanistan, Africa and Syria, were left without shelter, proper sanitation or access to food and water after a fire tore through the overcrowded Moria migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesbos last Wednesday.

Anand Naidoo (2020-09-15). The Heat: China-EU summit. america.cgtn.com Chinese President Xi Jinping and leaders of the European Union meet for a second round of talks aimed at boosting trade and investment. Is the Asian economic powerhouse pivoting towards Europe?>

RT (2020-09-15). US military reveals it can't corroborate NYT's story on Russian bounties to Taliban – months after vowing to get to bottom of it. rt.com After two months of digging for evidence that Russia's government paid bounties to Taliban forces to kill American forces in Afghanistan, as reported by the New York Times, the US military has found no corroboration. | "It just has not been proved to a level of certainty that satisfies me," General Frank McKenzie, the commander who oversees US troops in Afghanistan, reportedly The investigation alre…

Stephen Lendman (2020-09-15). Putin Affirms Support for Lukashenko, Consolidates Russia-Belarus Cooperation against Foreign Intervention. globalresearch.ca On Monday, Vladimir Putin met with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in Sochi, Russia. | Both leaders are united against the diabolical made-in-the-USA attempt to transform Belarus into another US vassal state. | On the President of Russia website, Putin said the following: …

Tsvetana Paraskova (2020-09-15). Iran to Link Its Power Grid to Russia, Azerbaijan. globalresearch.ca Iran's electricity grid will be connected with Russia and Azerbaijan in a few months, once grid compatibility studies are completed, Iran's Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian Iran's power grid could be linked and synchronized to connect with other …

Dr. Thorsten Pattberg (2020-09-15). Germany, France and the EU Succumb to US Digital Hegemony. globalresearch.ca It is official. President of France, Emmanuel Macron, on Monday 14, 2020, conceded that Europe has lost the battle for data security and cloud computing. The continent cannot compete against America. Not that France could have asserted any claims …

Andrey Ontikov (2020-09-15). Russia's Role in Syria, Tensions between Russia and the US. globalresearch.ca A high level Russian delegation met recently with President Assad in Damascus. In an effort to further understand the importance and implications of the meeting, Steven Sahiounie at

Rick Sterling (2020-09-15). How the USA and Turkey Plunder and Loot Syria with Impunity. globalresearch.ca While President Trump lashes out at rioting and looting in Portland and Kenosha, half way around the world, the USA and Turkey are plundering and looting Syria on a vastly greater scale with impunity and little publicity. | Turkey Loots Syria, …

Jason Kirkpatrick (2020-09-15). On the Lasting Influences of David Graeber. counterpunch.org Influential academic David Graeber had been invited to Berlin to present his new book Debt: The First 5,000 Years, by current German President Steinmeier who at the time was preparing to run for office of German Chancellor. The year was 2012, massive debt of Greece and many other European nations were threatening a free-fall of

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-15). EU claims it has complied with its JCPOA commitments. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 15 (MNA) — the representative of the European Union claimed that the EU has complied with its JCPOA commitments and is concerned over the increase in Iran's uranium stockpile.

yenisafak (2020-09-15). MoU on Libya-Turkey cooperation approved. yenisafak.com A memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between Turkey and Libya last month has been approved, the country's Official Gazette announced on Tuesday.According to the deal, both governments emphasized the importance of continuing the execution of development projects in Libya, taking into account the country's stability and laying foundations for a genuine bilateral partnership.Turkey and Libya signed the MoU to boost trade and economic relations on Aug. 13.With strong ties dating back to the Ottoman era, Turkey and Libya last November also signed agreements on maritime boundaries, security and military cooperati…

yenisafak (2020-09-15). Belarus does not rule out 'forceful response' to military threats: TASS cites defmin. yenisafak.com The Belarusian defence ministry said on Tuesday it does not rule out a forceful response to what it perceives as military threats, the TASS news agency reported.The defence ministry said any threat would be met with a response within the framework of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO), a post-Soviet security bloc that includes Russia.It said a number of neighbouring countries were trying to damage relations between Minsk and Moscow, the day after Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed embattled Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko to Sochi.

yenisafak (2020-09-15). Turkey issues arrest warrants out for 78 FETàñ suspects. yenisafak.com Turkish prosecutors issued arrest warrants for 78 suspects across the country over their alleged links to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the group behind the 2016 defeated coup attempt, security sources said Tuesday.Local police in the Aegean Izmir province carried out simultaneous operations in 28 cities against the infiltration of the FETO terror group into the Turkish Armed Forces, said a source who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.Out of 66 suspects, accused of having contacts with "covert imams" — senior FETO members — by pay phone, 53 of them, including 48 on…

Andrew Korybko (2020-09-14). Ukraine Bans Russian Media Apps… globalresearch.ca Ukraine's demand that Apple ban several Russian media apps from that national segment of its online store is a desperate infringement of free speech which shows both how insecure Kiev's leadership is of its people having access to alternative information …

Editor (2020-09-14). Did America's War on Terror Displace 37 Million People? scheerpost.com European Parliament / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] By Juan Cole / Informed Comment The Brown University Watson Institute Costs of War Project has put out a report concluding that the US-led "War on Terror" has displaced 37 million people. While there are parts of the report I agree with, some of the argument seems to me flawed. Let me explain why that is, below. First of all, lead author David Vine and his… |

_____ (2020-09-14). Unipolar Spin: Why Imperial Leftists Vilify Russia's Social Democracy. strategic-culture.org A lie told a thousand times becomes the truth. In reading countless articles from the Atlantic Council press outlets (NYT, WaPo, VICE News, et al), we take for granted that modern Russia is a right-wing regime controlled by an authoritarian personality bent on total domination. As a result, the debate then gets framed on why or whether its right for leftists to attack it as such, since this is used to further justify collective punishment (sanctions) against a whole people. | What escapes us is why creating propaganda that will result in collective punishment is in any way the business of self-declared leftists i…

yenisafak (2020-09-14). Greece resettling stranded migrants to tent camp on Lesbos. yenisafak.com Greece has resettled hundreds of migrants in a temporary new tent facility after a fire destroyed their overcrowded refugee camp on the island of Lesbos and hopes to have moved all of them this week, government officials said on Monday.More than 12,000 people, mostly refugees from Afghanistan, Africa and Syria, are without shelter and are having to sleep out in the open without proper sanitation after the fire tore through the Moria migrant camp last Wednesday.Greece is now registering the migrants and testing them for the COVID-19 disease before channeling them into the temporary tent camp, government spokesman…

Victor Grossman (2020-09-14). Tug-of-war in Germany between forces for peace and militarists. peoplesworld.org I'll never forget the day my father's ancient jalopy got stuck boarding the New York-Jersey City ferry; two wheels on the dock, two on the boat, the motor stalled, my father frantic, my mother scolding, cars behind us honking, and me, just 6, looking at the swirling waters below. Two muscular ferrymen finally pushed us …

RT (2020-09-14). 'I'm about to die': Probe launched after broken tail light results in brutal beating and arrest. rt.com A sheriff's deputy in Georgia has been fired following an investigation into videos of an extremely violent arrest in which a black man was beaten bloody and unconscious, sparking outrage in the community and online. | The incident took place on September 11, when the unnamed Clayton County deputy pulled over an off-duty rideshare vehicle for an alleged broken taillight. | Passenger Roderick Walker, 26, was asked to show his identification, which he questioned as he was not the driver, at which point the deputies asked him to exit the car. A scuffle ensued and the deputies were filmed brutally beating Walker b…

RT (2020-09-14). 'Like Communist East Germany': UK minister chided for urging people to spy on neighbors for breaching Covid restrictions. rt.com UK Policing Minister Kit Malthouse has provoked a wave of public indignation by suggesting people report their neighbors to police if they violate new Covid restrictions. The idea was likened to East German police practices. | The minister has encouraged people throughout the UK to report anyone not complying with a new regulation that came into force overnight which has quickly become known as the 'rule of six'. It bans social gatherings of more than six people if they're not from the same household, and violators can face fines of between £100 and £3,200. Someone who organizes a house party could…

RT (2020-09-14). 2020 not giving up on its destructive pattern: SWARMS of winged insects INVADE Siberian city, leaving Russians stunned (VIDEOS). rt.com A truly apocalyptic vista has emerged from the Russian city of Krasnoyarsk, after a massive horde of winged insects invaded its streets, forming gargantuan clouds in the air and swarming on the pavements. | Multiple videos of the insect invasion started making the rounds online on Monday, promptly becoming a viral topic in Russia. The bug buildup began in the city over the weekend, becoming particularly intense on Monday morning. | –í –ö—Ä–∞—Å–Ω–æ—è—Ä—Å–∫–µ –&Omega…

RT (2020-09-14). Kremlin says it considers Lukashenko to be legitimate president of Belarus, as Putin agrees a $1.5 billion loan for Minsk. rt.com The Kremlin considers Alexander Lukashenko to be the legitimate president of Belarus, Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman told reporters, after the two leaders emerged from a one-on-one meeting in Sochi on Monday. | Dmitry Peskov's comments came after threats from Western-backed opposition figurehead Svetlana Tikhanovskaya that any agreements made between Moscow and Minsk would not be recognized by her movement, should it ever come to power. Describing Lukashenko as an "illegitimate" president, she said that, in her opinion, any deals he makes have no legal force. | "Mr. Lukashenko is the legitimate p…

RT (2020-09-14). Clouds of chlorine vapor rise into the sky after chemical-packed warehouse catches fire near Atlanta, Georgia (PHOTOS, VIDEO). rt.com A serious blaze has broken out inside a chemical storage facility near Atlanta, Georgia, prompting local authorities to suspend traffic along a nearby highway. This is the third such incident at the facility since 2004. | Ten pallets of dry chemicals caught fire at a warehouse in the town of Conyers in Rockdale County, local media reported, citing officials. The facility in question is said to belong to BioLab, a company dealing with pool and spa water-treatment chemicals. | Tall plumes of white smoke could be seen rising from the building. Reporters on the ground said that they were chlorine vapor clouds, and…

Stephen Lendman (2020-09-14). The US-Orchestrated Coup Plot in Belarus. globalresearch.ca There's nothing spontaneous about weeks of public demonstrations in Belarus, largely in the capital Minsk. | What's going on was Made in the USA, planned long before the August 9 Belarusian presidential election, handily won by incumbent Alexander Lukashenko. | Claims …

Prof. Valeria Z. Nollan (2020-09-14). Navalny, Nord Stream 2, Belarus, and the American Elections. globalresearch.ca The narrative is banal and so familiar: Russia is once again accused of having "poisoned" an individual trumpeted by the Western media as threatening the Russian government's interests. The minor political activist Alexei Navalny made the headlines after a suspicious …

Elijah Magnier (2020-09-14). Qu'attend la France du Liban et du Hezbollah et réalisera-t-elle ses objectifs? (3 de 3). thealtworld.com Depuis le Liban, le président franàßais Emmanuel Macron a lancé des messages dans toutes les directions. Il est clair que les USA ne se sont pas opposés à sa tentative d'intervention directe. Le Liban est un pays très complexe et la France n'a pas la base nécessaire pour apporter les changements qu'elle souhaite. Mais la France veut retrouver un ancrage solide au Pays du Cèdre, en commenàßant par le port pour ensuite conclure des accords sur le pétrole, le gaz, l'électricité et l'infrastructure, tout en remportant la faveur populaire si sa démarche aboutit. | Mais il y a une autre raison à la présence…

Elijah Magnier (2020-09-14). What does France want from Lebanon and Hezbollah, and will it achieve its goals? 3/3. thealtworld.com From Lebanon, French President Emmanuel Macron has transmitted messages in multiple directions. It is clear that America did not object to his attempt to intervene directly. Lebanon is a very complex country and that France does not have the necessary base to bring about the changes it desires. But France wants to regain a strong foothold in the Land of the Cedars, starting from the Port and ending with oil, gas, electricity and infrastructure agreements to build a robust popular base, if it succeeds in its endeavour. | However, there is another reason for the presence of France in the Middle East, from which it…

WSWS (2020-09-14). Greece buys billions in French arms amid war tensions with Turkey. wsws.org The purchase of a squadron of fighter jets and four warships marks a major escalation in the military standoff between Greece, backed by France, and Turkey.

FOIA Research (2020-09-14). Covert Action Props Up U.S.-Polish Axis Against Belarus: A Deep Dive into Far-Right Regime-Change Activists and Their Backers. globalresearch.ca In Western mainstream media, the current protests in Belarus are portrayed as a natural development, in which the country's peaceful citizens are finally standing up against an aging dictator clinging to power after the allegedly fraudulent August 9th elections. However, …

WSWS (2020-09-14). Stop the dangerous "routine operation" of schools in Germany! Prepare a nationwide general strike! wsws.org The completely unsafe routine operation of schools threatens the health and lives of millions of educators, parents, children, young people and their families.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-14). 3rd group of Iranians stranded in Bulgaria return home. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 15 (MNA) — A group of Iranian nationals stranded in Bulgaria and other Balkan countries due to the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic, left the country for Tehran on Sunday evening.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-14). Observe diplomatic etiquette! en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 14 (MNA) — Ali Bagheri, deputy of international affairs of the Judicial System of Iran, strongly condemned the interference of European embassies in Iran's internal affairs and urged them to observe the diplomatic etiquette.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-14). Iranian judge, artists in Italian art tour. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 14 (MNA) — An art tour titled "Italy in Arte" is underway in Italy with the participation of international artists including two from Iran.

yenisafak (2020-09-14). Belarusian leader Lukashenko begins talks with Putin in Russia's Sochi. yenisafak.com Embattled Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko began talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday in the Black Sea region of Sochi, the TASS news agency cited the Kremlin as saying.Lukashenko flew to Russia earlier on Monday to try to win Putin's help to survive weeks of mass protests against his 26-year-rule.

yenisafak (2020-09-14). Turkey hails Bangladesh for hosting Rohingya refugees. yenisafak.com Turkey's top diplomat praised Bangladesh on Monday for its efforts to host Rohingya refugees.In a joint news conference following a meeting with his Bangladeshi counterpart AK Abdul Momen, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu thanked Dhaka for their hosting of millions of Rohingya refugees."We know that this is a huge burden and huge responsibility for Bangladesh. More than 4 million refugees are actually hosted by Bangladesh in total, so this is a huge responsibility on their shoulders. We appreciate their efforts," he told reporters in the Turkish capital Ankara.Cavusoglu pointed out that Turkey, with its all orga…

yenisafak (2020-09-14). Kosovo-Serbia 'Agreement': Lots of noise, little substance. yenisafak.com On September 4, the Trump Administration hosted Kosovo and Serbia's delegations in the White House to culminate a normalization process between the two countries, which has been crooked since the very beginning. In the glitzy signing ceremony held at the Oval Office, Serbia and Kosovo agreed to move forward with "economic normalization" by signing up to a number of undertakings. However, there was not a single document that both sides signed, but actually two fairly similar separate documents which Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo's Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti signed individually. Equally important…

yenisafak (2020-09-14). 'Turkey will not compromise on rights in E.Med'. yenisafak.com The Turkish defense minister said on Monday that "sacrificing our rights in the Eastern Mediterranean is out of question"."We have rights, concerns, and interests in the Eastern Mediterranean. Some countries are making counter moves and taking actions against them. We follow them with great patience," Hulusi Akar said following the Distinguished Observer Day activities of the Mediterranean Storm — a five-day military exercise.Stressing that Turkey will resolutely continue to do what is necessary to protect its rights, Akar said it is out of question to sacrifice and give up rights in the region."We are in favor…

Andrew Korybko (2020-09-13). It Would be a Big Deal if Russia Promised India Not to Sell Arms to Pakistan. globalresearch.ca Indian media reported over the weekend that Russia promised Defense Minister Singh that it won't sell arms to Pakistan out of respect for New Delhi's security interests, which if true, it wouldn't matter all that much in terms of the …

_____ (2020-09-13). US Demands Hinder Spanish Probe Into Security Firm That Spied On Assange. popularresistance.org There will be no judicial cooperation forthcoming from the United States unless a Spanish judge reveals his information sources in an investigation into alleged espionage against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange while he was living in the Ecuadorean embassy in London. | Judge José de la Mata of Spain's High Court (Audiencia Nacional) has sent a request for judicial cooperation to US authorities as part of his probe into a Spanish private security company named UC Global S.L. and its owner David Morales, on allegations that this firm secretly recorded Assange's private meetings with lawyers, politicians, relatives…

yenisafak (2020-09-13). Syrian girl allegedly injured by Greek soldier at Turkish border. yenisafak.com An eight-year-old Syrian girl was injured by two rubber bullets allegedly fired by a Greek soldier at the Turkish border on Sunday.Turkish security forces were informed of nine Syrian migrants, including one who was injured, in the Meric district of the northwestern Edirne province, bordering Greece.Gazin Abdu, who had been injured by rubber bullets was referred to the hospital.Her 19-year-old brother Hazar Abdu told Anadolu Agency that they had arrived at the Greek border hoping to cross into Europe."A Greek soldier opened fire on us. My sister was injured in her foot by two rubber bullets, and then they insulte…

_____ (2020-09-13). The Historic Clash of Two Opposing Geopolitical Paradigms. strategic-culture.org Compared the great initiatives taken on behalf of freedom and anti colonialism throughout the past 260 years, today's America appears to be a strange and foolish creature running roughshod over the dignity of people and nations in a race for mass nuclear extermination. | Such is the image projected by Mike Pompeo's ranting anti-China attacks or the relentless demonization of Russia sweeping across mainstream media ever day- both nations who have repeatedly called for cooperation and friendship with the USA. If it were simply belligerent words then we could brush off these childish attacks as mere foolish rhetoric…

RT (2020-09-13). SECOND WAVE of Covid-19 already looming in Austria as new infections rise 'day by day' — Chancellor Kurz. rt.com The Covid-19 pandemic is already making a comeback in Austria, where infection rates are surging and the forthcoming winter promises to be "tough for us all," Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has warned in an appeal to the nation. | The Alpine country recorded 350 new infections per day two weeks ago, but this figure had jumped to over 869 by last Saturday, Kurz said. He What we are experiencing is the beginning of the…

Philip Giraldi (2020-09-13). A Truly Poisonous Foreign Policy: A Ridiculous Proposal from the New York Times. thealtworld.com If one had been reading America's leading newspapers and magazines over the past several weeks the series of featured stories suggesting that Russia's President Vladimir Putin is some kind of latter day Lucrezia Borgia would have been