Daily Archives: November 9, 2020

2020-11-09: News Headlines

Staff (2020-11-09). The End of Trump? Biden & Harris Claim Victory in Historic Election, Vowing to Heal Divided Nation. democracynow.org The Trump presidency is coming to an end. Former Vice President Joe Biden is projected to have won the election after pulling ahead in Pennsylvania, giving him more than the 270 electoral votes needed to become president. Biden's running mate Kamala Harris will make history as the first female vice president, as well as the first African American, Indian American and Asian American elected to the office. Although President Trump has so far refused to concede as his campaign files a slew of lawsuits challenging the results in several states, plans are already underway to shape the next administration and prepare f…

WSWS (2020-11-09). Migrant friend to Julian Assange dies in UK's Belmarsh prison. wsws.org The suicide of Manoel Santos has drawn attention to the UK government's criminal practice of holding people facing deportation in prisons, even in maximum security institutions.

Staff (2020-11-09). Headlines for November 9, 2020. democracynow.org Joe Biden Elected 46th U.S. President as Pennsylvania Count Seals Victory, Kamala Harris Becomes First Woman, African American, Asian American Vice President, Trump Pursues Baseless Lawsuits as GOP Splits on Their Response to Election, Senate Control Hangs on Georgia Runoffs, Most World Leaders Congratulate Biden and Harris; Brazil, Russia, Mexico and China Hold Off, Biden Unveils Coronavirus Task Force as U.S. Cases Hit 10 Million, with Over 237,000 Recorded Deaths, WH Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and at Least 5 Others Test Positive for COVID-19, ACLU Files Suit over Gov't Handling of Pandemic in Immigrant Jails…

WSWS (2020-11-09). Armed conflict in Tigray threatens break up of Ethiopia. wsws.org Despite Abiy's promise to end ethnic discrimination, ethnic violence has increased, with some 1.7 million internally displaced people living in camps as the danger grows of still bloodier ethnic violence.

Robert Maxim (2020-11-09). Realities: Vol. I. indybay.org Academic Article on Disability Discrimination and Stephen Hawking, with verified soures. Joy Division reference included.

John Whitbeck (2020-11-09). A Modest Proposal: Resign Now. counterpunch.org Now that it is finally clear, notwithstanding the manifest absurdity of the anti-democratic 18th century Electoral College system, the proliferation of desperate lawsuits and the standard recounts in very close state races, that President Trump has narrowly failed in his quest for re-election, many people are understandably worried about what a frustrated and bitter Trump

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-09). Algerian court reduces journalist Abdelkarim Zeghileche's prison sentence to one year. peoplesdispatch.org Zeghileche's reduced one-year sentence includes a six-month jail term. Since he has already been in pre-trial detention since June 23, he is expected to be released in December…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-08). Palestinian detainee Maher al-Akhras ends 104-day hunger strike, to be released on November 26. peoplesdispatch.org 49-year-old Maher al-Akhras, who has been in administrative detention since July, will be released when his current term of detention ends on November 26. He has lost over 40 kg due to his hunger strike…

Staff (2020-11-08). Students Push to Remove Police. University President Doubles Down Instead. truthout.org Student movements have always raised our current conception of justice and equity. From the civil rights movement and Vietnam War protests, to the anti-apartheid movement and calls to abolish the police, student protests on college campuses have a context and history linked to substantial change in U.S. policies and practices. This is a rite of passage from which we all benefit. | So, it is perplexing that Northwestern University (NU) President Morton Schapiro fails to recognize this as NU studen…

RT (2020-11-07). Almost half of Russians in US have experienced discrimination alongside 'unfair' portrayal of country in media — survey. rt.com A study of Russian-Americans has made clear the shocking extent of Russophobia in the US, today. The news comes after the Kremlin warned that attacks on the country were defining this week's American presidential election. | The report, published by the political lobby group Ru-PAC, found that more than 44 per cent of US-based Russians surveyed had faced discrimination on the basis of their nationality. | Around one in four reported having felt they had to hide their background. The way Russia is portrayed in the media appeared to be a cause of this, with almost 64 per cent of those responding saying coverage…

Talha Burki (2020-11-07). [World Report] Report released on Women Deliver allegations. thelancet.com An investigation into accusations of discrimination at advocacy group Women Deliver has said that rapid growth was a major cause. Talha Burki reports.

sputniknews (2020-11-07). Trump Campaign Files Lawsuit About Rejected Arizona Votes. sputniknews.com President Donald Trump's campaign has repeatedly alleged election fraud in the 2020 presidential race, insisting that Republican observers were not provided "meaningful access" to ballot-counting locations in several battleground states.

_____ (2020-11-07). Racism, Repression, And Fightback In The USA. popularresistance.org A re-surged movement against police brutality, white supremacy, and state violence — come to be known as the largest sustained mobilization in modern history in the United States — continues to reignite public discourse around issues of systemic racism and the need to organize collectively across race lines for transformative change. | It follows that this new wave of resistance has been met with violent and ruthless political repression: the militarization of police forces, a rise in mass arrests and indefinite detentions, hyper-criminalization of the right to protest…

_____ (2020-11-07). Palestinian Maher al-Akhras Wins Freedom After 103 Day Hunger Strike. popularresistance.org The Palestinian Prisoner Club said in a statement on Friday, "After 103 days of the heroic hunger strike by the prisoner Maher Al-Akhras, which brought the issue of the captive movement and administrative arrests back to the fore, as this strike was accompanied by a popular mass movement in all places of our Palestinian people. | The statement continued: "In light of the orientation of our people, the prisoner movement and leaders of our people, and with the efforts of the Palestinian National Authority and the brothers in the Supreme Follow-up Committee for the Arab masses at home and…

Kate Aronoff (2020-11-07). The Philadelphia Left Holds the Line. zcomm.org After decades of voter suppression, organizing efforts pay off…

MEE staff (2020-11-06). Palestinian ends 103-day hunger strike after Israel agrees not to extend detention. middleeasteye.net Palestinian ends 103-day hunger strike after Israel agrees not to extend detention | Maher al-Akhras, set to be released at end of November, has spent nearly four months in detention without charge or trial | Fri, 11/06/2020 – 16: 56 | Palestinians carry placards demanding release of Maher al-Akhras at demonstration in Hebron (AFP) | Palestinian political prisoner Maher al-Akhras, who had been held without cha…

Jeffrey St. Clair (2020-11-06). Roaming Charges: the Fog of Bores. counterpunch.org I keep hoping that one day there'll be a presidential candidate who just says very plainly: I don't want to invade anyone else's country or drone their wedding parties; I don't want to torture anyone; I don't want your family to go bankrupt from the bills for your daughter's chemo; I want you to be paid fairly for the work you do and not be preyed upon by bill collectors when you're unemployed; I want you to have a roof over your head and clean water to drink; I don't want your kids to go hungry at school or be thrown in jail for smoking grass or be shot by the police while walking home from the 7/11; I want you…

Daniel Beaumont (2020-11-06). Prison, the Plague, Writing and Exile: an Interview With Aslı Erdogan. counterpunch.org This interview with the Turkish author Aslı Erdogan was conducted by mail in recent weeks. She is a renowned author in Turkey, and well known in Europe where works have been translated into English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and possibly some other languages. Her works have won numerous international literary prizes. She is also

Staff (2020-11-06). Headlines for November 6, 2020. democracynow.org Biden Takes Lead in Georgia & Pennsylvania, Moving Him Closer to Presidency, Biden Calls for Counting Every Ballot; Trump Claims Dems Are Stealing Election, Trump Campaign Faces Legal Setbacks in Election-Related Lawsuits, Trump Campaign Adviser: "Hopefully Amy Coney Barrett Will Come Through" to Help Trump Win Election, Sen. Graham: State GOP Lawmakers Should Consider Invalidating Election Results, Philly Police Foil QAnon-Linked Plot to Attack Ballot-Counting Site, Bannon Calls for Beheading of Dr. Fauci & FBI Director Wray, 18 Protesters Arrested in NYC in Demo Against Trump Stealing Election, Georgia May Have…

Fight Back (2020-11-06). New Orleans protesters march to defeat Trump, defend people's freedoms. fightbacknews.org New Orleans, LA – On November 4, a coalition of progressive groups took to the streets under the slogan "Defeat Trump!" As the rally moved through the central business district, speakers highlighted local issues and areas of action in the city. | While the march came after the national election, it made broad demands. The group united around a shared progressive agenda and the need for more coalition actions. Marchers chanted, "Count the votes!" and "No justice, no peace, no racist police!" They also shouted their demands for housing, quality healthcare, economic relief, safe education, prison abolition and more.

Taylor Pendergrass (2020-11-06). Criminal Justice Reform Takes Another Big, Messy Step Forward in 2020 Elections. aclu.org Criminal justice reform was a key issue in Tuesday night's elections, from the presidential race all the way down to municipal ballot initiatives., , One exciting indication of just how far the movement to end mass incarceration has come? On Election Day it used to be possible to round up all reform-related electoral results in a few bullet points, but this week, there were so many criminal justice victories that it is impossible to summarize them all in a few paragraphs., , Below are some of the highlights we were tracked most closely on election night. These results show a vibrant movement growing in stren…

ACLU (2020-11-06). Friday 11/6: Post-Election Town Hall w/ ACLU Leaders in Battle Ground States. indybay.org Online/virtual town hall…

Fight Back (2020-11-06). Pro-cop DA Jackie Lacey defeated, millions vote in Los Angeles. fightbacknews.org Los Angeles, CA – More than 3 million voted by mail and in person on November 3 in Los Angeles. District Attorney Jackie Lacey was defeated in a hard-fought race for district attorney of Los Angeles County, the most populous in the United States. Reform candidate George Gascon beat Lacey. | For the past three years, Black Lives Matter-LA has led weekly protest rallies at the 'Hall of Injustice' office demanding prosecution of killer cops and chanting, "Jackie Lacey must go! Jackie Lacey will go!" The weekly protests were attended by many Black and Chicano families whose sons and daughters have been killed by LAP…

Yasmina Allouche (2020-11-05). Even in death, Algerian war veteran and Hirak activist defies authorities. middleeasteye.net Even in death, Algerian war veteran and Hirak activist defies authorities | Lakhdar Bouregaa's record as a freedom fighter was smeared by the state, after he was imprisoned for six months following anti-corruption protests in 2019 | Thu, 11/05/2020 – 12: 21 | Bouregaa was a senior military official in the National Liberation Army and founded the Socialist Forces Front (Ryad Kramdi/AFP) | C…

Staff (2020-11-05). There is no democracy without felon voting rights. therealnews.com TRNN Editor-in-Chief Maximillian Alvarez talks with Executive Producer and host of Rattling the Bars Eddie Conway about prisoners' right to vote, or lack thereof, and about the obstacles ex-prisoners face in securing their voting rights, particularly in Florida.

Staff (2020-11-05). Bruce Franklin 40 years ago: 'American empire is coming undone'. therealnews.com In 1980, TRNN's Eddie Conway helped organize a prisoners' educational outreach program called "Say Their Own Word," where thinkers and scholars came to Maryland Penitentiary and spoke about topics like impending US fascism, the prison-industrial complex, capitalism, increasing surveillance, and many other issues that have become even more pressing today. These speakers included Amiri Baraka, Askia Muhammad, Bruce Franklin, Nijole Benokraitis, and Charlie Cobb. As part of a series, TRNN will be speaking with these individuals about their predictions in 1980 and how they resonate today. This interview is with…

Zafar Syed Zaffsyed (2020-11-05). "I Found Out that My Father Was Imprisoned in Guantánamo on Google" globalresearch.ca The article below was written by Zafar Syed Zaffsyed for the Pakistan Independent and published on November 2, 2020. The original is available Our thanks to Reprieve for bringing this …

news.un (2020-11-05). UN rights experts call for release of Saudi activist championing women's right to drive. news.un.org The deteriorating health‚ÄØof Saudi women's rights activist Loujain Al-Hathloul is‚ÄØ"deeply alarming", UN-appointed rights experts said on Wednesday, calling for her release along with "all other women human rights defenders in detention".

WSWS (2020-11-05). Three short films—including The Present, about the brutality of Israeli checkpoints. wsws.org Oppression of the Palestinians, child hunger and the COVID-19 pandemic are dealt with in two short films and an hour-long documentary.