2020-09-21: News Headlines

Andrew Korybko (2020-09-21). The US' Latest Anti-Iranian Sanctions Will Worsen the Trade War with China. globalresearch.ca The US' latest anti-Iranian sanctions won't change much when it comes to the Islamic Republic's present economic predicament but will almost certainly provoke a worsening of the so-called "trade war" with China since the real intent seems to be to …

Craig Murray (2020-09-21). Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 13. globalresearch.ca Friday gave us the most emotionally charged moments yet at the Assange hearing, showed that strange and sharp twists in the story are still arriving at the Old Bailey, and brought into sharp focus some questions about the handling and …

Lawyers for Assange (2020-09-21). They Call for Assange's Immediate Release: Lula, Rousseff, Morales, Zapatero, Corbyn, Correa, Paul, Galloway, Gravel, Varoufakis… globalresearch.ca Check As Julian Assange fights U.S. extradition at the Old Bailey in London, over one hundred eminent political figures, including 13 past and present heads of state, numerous ministers, members of parliament …

Lawyers for Assange (2020-09-21). Open Letter to the UK Prime Minister, Mr Boris Johnson, the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Robert Buckland QC, the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Dominic Raab and UK Home Secretary Priti Patel. globalresearch.ca Dear Prime Minister, | Dear Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, | Dear Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, | Dear Home Secretary, | We write to you as legal practitioners and legal academics to express our collective concerns about the violations …

Timothy Alexander Guzman (2020-09-21). Pompeo's "Humanitarian Intervention" in Latin America: Is Washington Planning A Coup In Venezuela Before The November Elections? globalresearch.ca The US and its long-time Puppet state, Colombia are moving towards another attempt for regime change against Venezuela's President, Nicolas Maduro. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's Latin American tour which included Colombia, Brazil, Guyana and Suriname, all share …

Prof. Juan Cole (2020-09-21). Israel's Knesset Votes Down Bill Guaranteeing Equality for Palestinian-Israelis, 21% of Population. globalresearch.ca

Sen. Bernie Sanders (2020-09-21). The possibility that Trump will not voluntarily leave. peoplesworld.org Yes. This is a presidential election between Joe Biden and Donald Trump. Yes. This is an election about health care, education, the economy, climate change, criminal justice, and so many other important issues. More importantly, however, this is an election about whether or not we retain American democracy. This is an election we must not …

MEE and agencies (2020-09-21). UAE central bank failed to prevent Iran sanctions evasion: Report. middleeasteye.net UAE central bank failed to prevent Iran sanctions evasion: Report | Bank failed to act on warnings about a local firm which was helping Tehran to evade sanctions, leaked files show | Mon, 09/21/2020 – 10: 44 | Suspicious transactions were flagged up to the UAE central bank, pictured, by the British bank Standard Chartered | The United Arab Emirates (UAE) central bank failed to act on warni…

Stephen Lendman (2020-09-21). The Dangers of Nuclear War: Trump Regime Sabotaging New START Extension Talks with Russia? globalresearch.ca Throughout his tenure, Trump showed he's a deal-breaker, not maker — notably by unilaterally abandoning the landmark INF Treaty and JCPOA nuclear deal. | Extending New START is jeopardized. Expiring on February 5, 2021 if not renewed, the decade-ago agreement is …

Stephen Lendman (2020-09-21). Belarus: US Sponsored "Color Revolution" or "Union State Treaty" with Russia? globalresearch.ca Longtime incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko overwhelmingly defeated opposition candidates to remain in office. | US-designated puppet-in-waiting, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya was chosen to serve Washington's imperial interests. | On Saturday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova slammed Brussels for meddling in Belarusian internal affairs, …

Nauman Sadiq (2020-09-21). Trump Administration Announces 'Third Party' Sanctions on Iran. globalresearch.ca The Trump administration

Thomas Newdick (2020-09-21). Did the US Draw up a Plan to Drop 80 Nuclear Weapons on North Korea? globalresearch.ca Current nuclear war plans are among any nuclear-armed military's most closely guarded secrets. Details of one such attack plan recently became available, however, revealing that the United States envisaged using 80 nuclear weapons in case of war with North Korea. …

True Publica (2020-09-21). The COVID-19 Crisis in the UK. Towards a Full Lockdown? globalresearch.ca Big Guns: Groups of more than six in the park are lawbreaking — but groups of 30 with big guns killing stuff is not. Who are the landowners who own England's vast grouse moors? As Who Owns England has previously …

Dr. Ronald B. Brown (2020-09-21). Schools Perpetuating "Unsupported Overreaction to the Coronavirus" globalresearch.ca In his "Students have been reprimanded and threatened for not following strict social-distancing rules at social events, even as the incumbent President of the United States flaunts the same social-distancing rules …

WSWS (2020-09-21). University of Melbourne student union enforces club affiliation requirement amid pandemic. wsws.org The student union's demands will serve only to disaffiliate clubs, compounding the destructive impact of the COVID-19 crisis on cultural and political life on campus.

WSWS (2020-09-21). New York City school bus drivers and educators face common struggle against unsafe openings. wsws.org School bus drivers will begin transporting thousands of special education children today, as the nation's largest school district prepares to restart in-person instruction by September 29.

news.un (2020-09-21). Spain violated inclusive education right of child with disabilities, independent committee finds. news.un.org Spain violated the right to inclusive education of a child with disabilities, an independent UN human rights committee, has found, calling on the country end any educational segregation of students with disabilities in both special education and mainstream schools.

Jordan Davidson (2020-09-21). Hundreds of Thousands of Migratory Birds 'Falling Out of the Sky' in the Southwest. globalresearch.ca The American Southwest is witnessing a horrific and inexplicable phenomenon, likely due to the

Center For Biological Diversity (2020-09-21). Administration Sued for Records Detailing U.S. Role on Behalf of Glyphosate-maker Bayer in Pressuring Thailand to Reverse Plan to Ban Pesticide. globalresearch.ca The Center for Biological Diversity sued the administration for public records detailing the U.S. government's efforts on behalf of Bayer, the maker of the herbicide glyphosate, to convince Thailand last year to reverse its planned ban of the cancer-linked chemical….

WSWS (2020-09-21). Los Angeles educators form rank-and-file safety committee to oppose unsafe school reopening. wsws.org The Los Angeles Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee has been established to protect the district's students, teachers and staff from the deadly virus.

Dr. Mike Yeadon (2020-09-21). Lies, Damned Lies and Health Statistics — The Deadly Danger of False Positives. globalresearch.ca

| I never expected to be writing something like this. I am an ordinary person, recently semi-retired from a career in the pharmaceutical industry and biotech, where I spent over 30 years trying to solve problems of disease understanding and seek |

tricontinental (2020-09-21). The United States' Existential Challenge against China. globalresearch.ca US President Donald Trump and his 'war council' — led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo — have

Lois Weiner (2020-09-21). What Does a "Safe Return" to School Look Like? Ask Teacher Unions. zcomm.org Powerful elites are willing to sacrifice the lives and futures of millions to feed their own profits. Teachers are fighting back…

Chayanon Phucharoen, Nichapat Sangkaew, Kristina Stosic (2020-09-21). The characteristics of COVID-19 transmission from case to high-risk contact, a statistical analysis from contact tracing data. thelancet.com Results confirmed that the quarantine policy, which mandated individual isolation in the state provided facilities for all high-risk contacts, diminished contact's chance of infection from the confirmed cases, especially in the epicenter districts. Our findings confirmed that sharing accommodation with an infected case, and exposure to a case with several documented secondary transmission, generally increased the SARS-CoV-2 infection probability. Finally, some confirmed cases do exhibit a higher risk of spreading SARS-CoV-2 to their contacts compared to a typical confirmed case.

yenisafak (2020-09-21). 77% conflict-hit people lost income amid virus: Study. yenisafak.com The Norwegian Refugee Council's report — titled Downward Spiral: the economic impact of Covid-19 on refugees and displaced people — said a survey was conducted in Afghanistan, Colombia, Iraq, Kenya, Libya, Mali, Uganda and Venezuela and additional research in Somalia, DR Congo, Lebanon, Jordan, Burkina Faso and Yemen."The devastating economic impact is tipping many into a hunger, homelessness and education crisis," it said.According to the findings from the 1,413 people surveyed, 77% of people had lost a job or income from work since March, 70% of people had to cut the number of meals for their househ…

Eric Zuesse (2020-09-21). Why It Is Likelier that the U.S. Government Had Alexei Navalny Poisoned. "Immense Propaganda Asset to US" globalresearch.ca The poisoning of Alexei Navalny has created intensified support by pro-U.S., and especially pro-NATO, officials in the European Union, to block the nearly completed NordStream 2 natural-gas pipeline from Russia to Germany, and to import into the EU, instead, far …

Andy Rowell (2020-09-21). Coal and Fossil Fuel: A Dying Industry Is Leaving a Deadly Legacy. globalresearch.ca Another day and another huge blow to the fossil fuel industry. A key investor in the new coal mine in Australia, operated by mining giant Glencore, has said it will not invest in the AUD 1.5 billion Valeria project as …

WSWS (2020-09-21). Australian university staff and students confront job cuts avalanche. wsws.org The NTEU and other trade unions are doing everything they can to prevent a nationwide strike against the escalating assault on university jobs and basic conditions.

True Publica (2020-09-21). The Reality of Britain: Brexit Was Dragged Over the Line Illegally. Brian Johnson is a Liar… A Paranoid Political Regime. globalresearch.ca If you had said to friends in 2015 that you'd had a dream and that in about five years time the government would have deliberately and very dangerously divided the nation by instigating a nasty culture war, caused economic and …

John Buell (2020-09-21). The Many Ugly Faces of Climate Science Denial. commondreams.org "Fox News, the Republican Party, and the right edge of evangelicalism take the lead, often inspiring each other to new levels of extremism." (Photo: Screenshot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Global Research News (2020-09-21). Selected Articles: Lies, Damned Lies and Health Statistics — The Deadly Danger of False Positives. globalresearch.ca We hope that by publishing diverse view points, submitted by journalists and experts dotted all over the world, the website can serve as a reminder that no matter what narrative we are presented with, things are rarely as cut and …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-09-20). Assange's Ninth Day at the Old Bailey: Torture Testimonies, Offers of Pardon and Truth Telling. globalresearch.ca The extradition trial of Julian Assange at the Old Bailey moved into a higher gear today. Testimonies spanned the importance of classified information in war journalism, the teasing offer of a pardon for Assange by US President Donald Trump, …

_____ (2020-09-20). September 18: Julian Assange Hearing Report. popularresistance.org New Zealand investigative journalist Nicky Hager took to stand to testify about using WikiLeaks documents in his work. Hager published Other People's Wars, New Zealand in Afghanistan, Iraq and the war on terror, and said that WikiLeaks-released military and diplomatic files "greatly increased my understanding of the conduct of the war. It would have been impossible to write the book without these confidential and leaked sources." | In his written testimony, Hager explained, | "It is in general impossible to research and write about war to a useful standard without access to sources that the authorities concerned…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-09-20). Michel Chossudovsky: Biographical Summary. globalresearch.ca There are a number of deliberate "errors" and omissions in Michel Chossudovsky's wikipedia entry. Defamatory statements. | The same applies to the wikipedia entry for Global Research which has been merged with Chossudovsky's entry. The objective is to smear GR. …

Dr. Jack Rasmus (2020-09-20). Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg's Death and Trump's Emerging "Legal" Coup d'Etat. Unprecedented Political Crisis. globalresearch.ca Yesterday Supreme Ct. Justice, Ginsburg, died. McConnell & Trump now moving rapidly to replace with 3rd right wing nominee to SCOTUS. Democrats mount feeble and futile defense, saying McConnell should not proceed with nomination based on McConnell's own argument back …

The Canary (2020-09-20). University town residents fear coronavirus spikes as students return. thecanary.co More than half of people living in university towns and cities fear that the return of students will lead to coronavirus (Covid-19) spikes and restrictions in their area, according to a survey.Tens of thousands of students are due back on campus in the coming days. And earlier in September, government scientific advisers warned that significant coronavirus outbreaks linked to universities are "highly likely".A new poll has now suggested 57% of people fear local restrictions will result. Nearly half (48%) indicated they will blame the government.Students have been discouraged from taking part in fresher week activ…

RT (2020-09-20). From honoring Ginsburg's 'final wish' to easing political strife, Biden counts reasons HE should nominate next Supreme Court judge. rt.com Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden urged Senate Republicans to block efforts to push through a new Supreme Court justice before the November election, warning of "irreversible damage" if President Donald Trump gets his way. | "Don't vote to confirm anyone nominated under the circumstances that President Trump and Senator [Mitch] McConnell have created," Biden said on Sunday in his first major speech since Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday. | Don't go there. Hold your constitutional duty and your conscience. Let the people speak. Cool the flames that have been engulfing our country. | The speech…

Peter Koenig (2020-09-20). Venezuela — A Tribute for Her Endless Pursuit of Democracy. globalresearch.ca Venezuela is again the shining light of Democracy — pushing ahead with the 6 December 2020 National Assembly (NA) elections — despite the endless challenges of covid — of sanctions, of embargos, of confiscation of foreign assets, and even of …

Peter Koenig (2020-09-20). IWF und WEF — vom Groàüen Lockdown zur Groàüen Transformation COVID-19 und die Folgen. globalresearch.ca Der vom World Economic Forum (WEF) verkàºndete globale Great Reset (s. …

Stephen Lendman (2020-09-20). TikTok and Parent Company Challenge Hostile Trump Regime Actions. globalresearch.ca Since taking office, the Trump regime blacklisted scores of Chinese tech-related companies from doing business in the US. | His actions have been all about wanting China's development, growth, and prominence on the world stage undermined to give corporate America a …

Matthew Ehret-Kump (2020-09-20). History. Hyperinflation, Fascism and War: How the New World Order May be Defeated Once More. globalresearch.ca While the world's attention is absorbed by tectonic shifts unfolding across America as "a perfect storm of civil war, and

Fight Back (2020-09-20). New York City protest calls for community control of the police. fightbacknews.org New York, NY — About 50 people gathered at Union Square, September 19, to demand an end to all police crimes, the withdrawal of federal troops, and community control of the police. The rally and speak out was put by the newly formed New York Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (NYAARPR). | Last week, organizations that are part of the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression held their first event, "Teach-In and Orientation" as a first step to organize together here in New York City. The event, put on by the New Yok Community Action Project, was to get all these organizations…

_____ (2020-09-20). Sinophobia Inc: Understanding The Anti-China Industrial Complex. popularresistance.org The United States' alliance is barreling towards conflict with China. In recent months, the U.S. government has taken unprecedented steps to upend normal relations with China: sanctioning Communist Party of China officials, banning Chinese tech companies like TikTok and Huawei, interrogating and surveilling Chinese students and scientists, and even forcing the Houston Chinese consulate to close. | Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calls it an end to "blind engagement" with a Chinese state he labels an existential threat to the "free world."

John C. A. Manley (2020-09-20). Twice as Many Deaths in Lockdown England Compared to Free Sweden. globalresearch.ca The graph below is from the

OffGuardian (2020-09-20). 12 Experts Questioning the Coronavirus Panic. globalresearch.ca First crossposted in March. | Below is our list of twelve medical experts whose opinions on the Coronavirus outbreak contradict the official narratives of the MSM, and the memes so prevalent on social media. | *** |

Ron Unz (2020-09-20). Will California Restore Affirmative Action? globalresearch.ca As everyone knows, over the last couple of decades California has become a one-party Democratic state. Democrats hold a better than three-fourths hyper-majority in the State Assembly and their control is nearly as overwhelming in the State Senate. California has …

Vyacheslav Azarov (2020-09-20). Ukraine: Totalitarian Legacy of Maidan. globalresearch.ca In November 2013, after Ukrainian President Yanukovych refused to sign the Association Agreement with the EU due to its onerous conditions, members of non-governmental organizations funded by grants from Western foundations (popularly called "grant eaters") brought their supporters to the …

Nauman Sadiq (2020-09-20). Rise of Trumpism and Geoeconomic Pivot to China. globalresearch.ca Though lacking intellect and often ridiculed for frequent spelling errors on Twitter timeline, such as "unpresidented" and "covfefe," implying he gets his news feed from television talk shows and rarely reads book and articles, Donald Trump is street smart and …

Frank Scott (2020-09-20). "Billionaires Lives Matter", Far More than Yours… The Capitalist Pandemic, Fake Democracy Goes Live? globalresearch.ca First published on August 31, 2020 | As we stagger towards the ultimate expression of our fake democracy in November it's important to acknowledge what won't be changing a bit whichever of the two parties of capital come out ahead with …

Barbara Madeloni (2020-09-20). New York City Teachers Work Outdoors after a Co-Worker Tests Positive. zcomm.org When New York City educators were supposed to be in their third day of "professional development" held inside school buildings, teachers and other staffers at a Queens middle school, IS 230, took their work outside.

2020-09-20: News Headlines

_____ (2020-09-20). September 18: Julian Assange Hearing Report. popularresistance.org New Zealand investigative journalist Nicky Hager took to stand to testify about using WikiLeaks documents in his work. Hager published Other People's Wars, New Zealand in Afghanistan, Iraq and the war on terror, and said that WikiLeaks-released military and diplomatic files "greatly increased my understanding of the conduct of the war. It would have been impossible to write the book without these confidential and leaked sources." | In his written testimony, Hager explained, | "It is in general impossible to research and write about war to a useful standard without access to sources that the authorities concerned…

The Canary (2020-09-20). University town residents fear coronavirus spikes as students return. thecanary.co Research was carried out across England for the University and College Union. | By | More than half of people living in university towns and cities fear that the return of students will lead to coronavirus (Covid-19) spikes and restrictions in their area, according to a survey.Tens of thousands of students are due back on campus in the coming days. And earlier in September, government scientific advisers warned that significant coronavirus outbreaks linked to universities are "highly likely".A new poll has now suggested 57% of people fear local…

OffGuardian (2020-09-20). 12 Experts Questioning the Coronavirus Panic. globalresearch.ca First crossposted in March. | Below is our list of twelve medical experts whose opinions on the Coronavirus outbreak contradict the official narratives of the MSM, and the memes so prevalent on social media. | *** |

Ron Unz (2020-09-20). Will California Restore Affirmative Action? globalresearch.ca As everyone knows, over the last couple of decades California has become a one-party Democratic state. Democrats hold a better than three-fourths hyper-majority in the State Assembly and their control is nearly as overwhelming in the State Senate. California has …

Barbara Madeloni (2020-09-20). New York City Teachers Work Outdoors after a Co-Worker Tests Positive. zcomm.org When New York City educators were supposed to be in their third day of "professional development" held inside school buildings, teachers and other staffers at a Queens middle school, IS 230, took their work outside.

yenisafak (2020-09-20). Dubai's Habtoor Group to open representative office in Israel. yenisafak.com Dubai conglomerate Al Habtoor Group is to open a representative office in Israel, it said on Sunday.The United Arab Emirates and Israel last week agreed to establish bilateral diplomatic and trade ties, which officials have said would create significant economic opportunities.The family-owned conglomerate portfolio covers the hospitality, construction, education and automotive sectors.Habtoor Group, headed by prominent Emirati businessman Khalaf Ahmad al-Habtoor, is in talks with Israeli airline Israir to launch direct commercial flights to the UAE."We are preparing to reveal a few collaborations in the coming da…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-09-19). Extrajudicial Executions Portrayed as "An Instrument of Peace". Trump Wanted to "Take Out" Syria's President Assad… globalresearch.ca President Donald Trump wants to take out president Bashar Al Assad. Controversy over his statements. | "I would've rather taken him out. I had him all set"… Mattis didn't want to do it" | . | Déjà Vu: The history of extrajudicial assassinations…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-09-19). What is Covid-19, SARS-2. How is it Tested? How is It Measured? The Fear Campaign Has No Scientific Basis. globalresearch.ca The data and concepts have been manipulated with a view to sustaining the fear campaign. The estimates are meaningless. The figures have been hyped to justify the closure of the national economy. Covid-19 is a public health concern but it is NOT a dangerous virus.

Mike Whitney (2020-09-19). Treason. Towards a "Color Revolution" in America? globalresearch.ca "A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those …

Stephanie Kenefic (2020-09-19). Six teacher deaths at start of fall semester heighten public health concerns. liberationnews.org Reopening schools is by and large not a response to the needs of young people in the United States.

The Canary (2020-09-19). As infection rate climbs, PM confirms second wave but still says no to national lockdown. thecanary.co Boris Johnson says the second wave of the pandemic has now reached the UK. | By | Ministers are considering tough new coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions as Boris Johnson said the long-feared second wave of the pandemic has arrived in the UK.With new cases of the disease in England estimated to have doubled over the past week, the prime minister said they were keeping "everything under review"."Transmission at a faster rate" with deaths expected to rise: Meanwhile, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said its latest estimate "shows…

Michael Welch (2020-09-19). Cold War Thaw? Navalny Poisoning. Belarus Political Instability. NATO on Russia's Doorstep. globalresearch.ca "We understand that not only for the Soviet Union but for other European countries as well it is important to have guarantees that if the United States keeps its presence in Germany within the framework of NATO, not an inch …

Sen. Scott Jensen (2020-09-19). US Hospitals Getting Paid More to Label Cause of Death as 'Coronavirus'. globalresearch.ca First published on April 15, 2020 | Senator Scott Jensen represents Minnesota. He's also a doctor. He appeared on Fox News with Laura Ingraham where he revealed a very disturbing piece of information. | Dr. Scott Jensen says the American Medical Association …

Rachael Rifkin (2020-09-19). Why We Need an Antiracist Education System. progressive.org In the wake of Black Lives Matter protests this summer, there's a growing movement for antiracist education across all subjects—especially history.

WSWS (2020-09-19). Casualties of "herd immunity": Three new teacher deaths in one week as US schools reopen. wsws.org The deaths are a direct result of the criminal actions by Democratic and Republican governors, as well as the Trump administration.

Dr. Pascal Sacré (2020-09-19). COVID-19: Continuous Wearing of Mask Aggravates Risk of Infection. "Psychological Terrorism"? globalresearch.ca Continuous wearing of masks aggravates the risk of infection. | This statement is based on scientific and medical analysis. | The air, once exhaled, is heated, humidified and charged with CO2. It becomes a perfect culture medium for infectious agents (bacteria, fungi, …

WSWS (2020-09-19). Teacher in Vancouver, Washington speaks out on school reopenings amid wildfires. wsws.org Despite weeks of unhealthy wildfire-fueled air quality, the Evergreen School District is preparing to reopen elementary schools for partial in-person learning.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-19). Argentinians commemorate the 44th anniversary of the Night of the Pencils. peoplesdispatch.org The night of September 16, 1976, was one of the bloodiest night of the last civic-military dictatorship in Argentina, when a group of high school students were kidnapped and tortured by the state security forces…

Nauman Sadiq (2020-09-19). Trump Had Contemplated Ordering the Assassination of Bashar al-Assad. globalresearch.ca Donald Trump

Zachary Conti (2020-09-19). White House Announces Puerto Rico Disaster Relief on Hurricane Anniversary. indybay.org The Federal Emergency Management Administration will award $13 billion in Puerto Rico disaster aid to rebuild the power grid and education facilities, announced the White House. The announcement comes near the three-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria slamming the island, taking 3000 lives and causing more than $100 billion in damage.

Sabine Kleinert, Richard Horton, Editors of the Lancet Group (2020-09-19). [Comment] Preprints with The Lancet are here to stay. thelancet.com We started our collaboration with the freely accessible preprint platform SSRN in June, 2018.1 From then on, we asked all authors of research papers across Lancet journals at submission stage whether they would like to post their paper as a preprint. We started this as a trial to learn more about uptake and the perceptions of the medical and health community, particularly as a latecomer to the preprint concept.

The Lancet (2020-09-19). [Editorial] COVID-19: a stress test for trust in science. thelancet.com Peer Review Week is the annual celebration of the importance of peer review, running Sept 21—25. The theme this year is trust in peer review, a particularly appropriate focus during the COVID-19 pandemic. Trust in research and its role in political decision making and policy changes have never been more at the forefront of public discussion and scrutiny than during the current public health crisis. But what is everyone's role in strengthening this trust?

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-19). Seminary students condemn betrayal of regional Arab rulers. en.mehrnews.com HAMEDAN, Sep. 20 (MNA) — Seminary students in Hamedan province protested against the betrayal of Arab rulers in the UAE and Bahrain to the Palestinian cause via normalizing ties with the Zionist regime.

Staff (2020-09-19). DeVos's Attack on Trans Athletes Is Not About Equity — It's About Social Control. truthout.org The Trump administration's With the election looming, the admin…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-09-19). Massive 'Climate Clock' Urging Governments to #ActInTime Unveiled on Metronome in New York City. commondreams.org "The clock is a way to speak science to power," says a project co-founder. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Manlio Dinucci (2020-09-19). The Reason Why Italy Deploys Its Fighters in Lithuania. globalresearch.ca In Europe civil air traffic is expected to drop by 60% this year compared to 2019, due to Covid-19 restrictions, putting more than 7 million jobs at risk. On the other hand, military air traffic is growing. | On Friday, August …

Maryam Jameela (2020-09-19). With the onset of a second wave, university staff speak out about their fears. thecanary.co The restart of university teaching across UK campuses will see students and staff travelling for face-to-face learning that risks compromising public health. Teaching unions … | By | The restart of university teaching across UK campuses will see students and staff travelling for face-to-face learning that risks compromising public health. | Teaching unions and scientific groups have e…

Kevin Gosztola (2020-09-18). Good Ellsberg, Bad Assange: At Extradition Trial, Pentagon Papers Whistleblower Dismantles False Narrative. globalresearch.ca Opponents of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange often hold up Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg as an example of someone who was responsible for a good leak. They insist WikiLeaks is not like the Pentagon Papers because supposedly Assange was reckless …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-09-18). Assange's Eighth Day at the Old Bailey: Software Redactions, the Iraq Logs and the Extradition Act. globalresearch.ca The extradition trial of Julian Assange at the Old Bailey struck similar notes to the previous day's proceedings: the documentary work and practise of WikiLeaks, the method of redactions, and the legacy of exposing war crimes. In the afternoon, the …

Craig Murray (2020-09-18). Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 12. globalresearch.ca A less dramatic day, but marked by a brazen and persistent display of this US Government's insistence that it has the right to prosecute any journalist and publication, anywhere in the world, for publication of US classified information. This explicitly …

Staff (2020-09-18). Trump Calls Howard Zinn's Work "Propaganda." Hear the Legendary Historian in His Own Words. democracynow.org This week President Trump described the work of the legendary historian Howard Zinn, who died in 2010, as "propaganda" meant to "make students ashamed of their own history." But Zinn believed the opposite, that teaching the unvarnished truth about history was the best way to combat propaganda and unexamined received wisdom. We air excerpts from a 2009 interview with Zinn in which he explained his approach to education. "We should be honest with young people; we should not deceive them. We should be honest about the history of our country," Zinn said.

Juan Cole (2020-09-18). Trump doesn't Understand History any more than he Understands Epidemics. zcomm.org Professional historians have always been skeptical and the very tools of their profession are seditious, because history teaches us that things could have been different (contingency) and can still be different…

Mark Fiore (2020-09-18). Denialism: Not Just For Climate Change Anymore! progressive.org Not only is Trump anti-science, he is clearly anti-empathy.

Louis Proyect (2020-09-18). Nature, Science and Revolutionary Struggle. counterpunch.org Working my way through John Bellamy Foster's magisterial "The Return of Nature: Socialism and Ecology," it dawned on me that there was a gap in my knowledge. I knew that Marx and Engels were consumed with ecological problems, even though the word wasn't in their vocabulary. To a large extent, my awareness came from reading

Yasmina Allouche (2020-09-18). French MP leads assembly walkout over student representative wearing hijab. middleeasteye.net French MP leads assembly walkout over student representative wearing hijab | Anne-Christine Lang, of Macron's En Marche party, criticised after saying she viewed the hijab as a 'symbol of submission' | Fri, 09/18/2020 – 12: 40 | Maryam Pougetoux is the spokesperson of the National Union of Students in France (AFP) | An MP from French President Emmanuel Macron's La Republique En Marche part…

Russell Contreras (2020-09-18). Underground Railroad to Mexico: The other escape route from slavery. peoplesworld.org HOUSTON (AP)—While researching U.S. Civil War history in South Texas, Roseann Bacha-Garza came across the two unique families of the Jacksons and the Webbers living along the Rio Grande. White men headed both families. Both of their wives were Black, emancipated slaves. But Bacha-Garza, a historian, wondered what they were doing there in the mid-1800s. …

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-09-18). Arctic Tensions Rise as Britain Leads Show of Force Against Russia in the Barents Sea. globalresearch.ca In the first such operation of its kind in 20 years, the British Navy were joined by American, Danish and Norwegian forces to supposedly demonstrate freedom of navigation against "Russian attempts" to control the Barents Sea in the Arctic, the …

Philip Giraldi (2020-09-18). New US Ambassador to Germany Attracts the Usual Enemies: Doug Macgregor Feels the Wrath of the Pro-Israeli Lobby. globalresearch.ca There is an old saying that allegedly came out of the French Revolution, that revolution, like the god Saturn, devours its own children. It was reportedly uttered by Georges Danton at the trial that preceded his execution and could be …

Stephen Lendman (2020-09-18). Weekly for Six Months, US Unemployment Claims Exceeded One Million. globalresearch.ca The economic state of the US is worse than during the depths of the 1930s Great Depression. | Economic collapse grips the country. Tens of millions of working-age Americans are unemployed, most others way underemployed earning poverty wages. | The Economic Collapse …

Stephen Lendman (2020-09-18). Novichok in Navalny's Water Bottle? globalresearch.ca Alice's "curiouser and curiouser" remark in Lewis Carroll's Adventures in Wonderland applies to dubious twists in the Navalny novichok poisoning hoax. | No evidence or motive links Russia to what happened to him. | Was the August 20 Tomsk, Russia incident made-in-the-USA?…

news.un (2020-09-18). Sustainable Development goals are 'the future' Malala tells major UN event, urging countries to get on track. news.un.org The Global Goals represent the future for millions of girls who want education, women who fight for equality, and youth fighting for clean air, UN Messenger of Peace Malala Yousafzai said on Friday, at a side event of the General Assembly, challenging Member States, "when are you planning to do the work"?

_____ (2020-09-18). What Does WWII Have To Do With Military Spending. popularresistance.org "I'm going to perform a magic trick by reading your mind," I tell a class of students or an auditorium or video call full of people. I write something down. "Name a war that was justified," I say. Someone says "World War Two." I show them what I wrote: "WWII." Magic![i] | If I insist on additional answers, they're almost always wars even further in the past than WWII.[ii] If I ask why WWII is the answer, the response is virtually always "Hitler" or "Holocaust" or words to that effect. | This predictable exchange, in which I get to pretend to have magical powers, is part of a lecture or workshop that I typically b…

René Wadlow (2020-09-18). Truth and Nonviolence, Tolstoy and Gandhi: Light as Darkness Approached. globalresearch.ca "We possess a single infallible guide, the Universal Spirit that lives in men as a whole, and in each one of us, which makes us aspire to what we should aspire: it is the Spirit that commands the tree to …

Ryan McMaken (2020-09-18). Governments Will Impose New Lockdowns if They Think They Can Get Away with It. globalresearch.ca This year's stay-at-home orders and lockdowns imposed by governments on their populations represent a watershed moment in the history of the modern state. | Before March 2020, it is unlikely that many politicians—let alone many ordinary people—thought it would be feasible …

WSWS (2020-09-18). Boston-area colleges and universities report COVID cases and outbreaks despite testing programs. wsws.org Colleges and universities across the Greater Boston area have made the reckless, profit-driven decision to reopen their campuses, endangering the lives of not only university students, faculty and staff, but area residents.

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WSWS (2020-09-18). Oppose the unsafe reopening of UK schools and universities! Attend Online Educators Rank-and-File Committee meeting. wsws.org We urge educators and students in Britain to register and participate in the online forum being held on Saturday, September 19 at 2 p.m.

WSWS (2020-09-18). COVID-19 "long-haulers" publish patient-led research paper drawing attention to chronic illness. wsws.org COVID-19 survivors who continue to experience symptoms weeks to months after initial infection have organized themselves online, seeking to understand the phenomenon of their extended illness.

Monica Pinn (2020-09-18). The Debate over 5G in Switzerland. globalresearch.ca The prospect of adverse However, …

WSWS (2020-09-18). Brazilian teachers call strikes against back-to-school drive. wsws.org Brazil's fascistic President Bolsonaro declared: "We are the country with the highest number of days of lockdown of schools. This is absurd."