Daily Archives: October 10, 2020

2020-10-10: News Headlines

MEE and agencies (2020-10-10). Iran's rial hits new low against dollar as economy stumbles. middleeasteye.net Iran's rial hits new low against dollar as economy stumbles | Latest US-imposed sanctions on Iran's financial sector are another blow to the country's economy | Sat, 10/10/2020 – 11: 46 | Iranians gather inside the capital Tehran's Grand Bazaar in March 2020, as the Covid pandemic was starting to make an impact on the country (AFP) | The Iranian currency hit a new low against the US dollar…

Disability Rights CA (2020-10-10). Tuesday 10/13: Your Right to Vote, Voice Your Choice! Webinar (Disability Rights CA). indybay.org Online webinar…

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-10). US sanctions not to affect Iran-Swiss financial channel. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 10 (MNA) — Chaiman of Iran-Switzerland Chamber of Commerce noted, "New sanctions of the US on 18 Iranian banks will not affect the Iran-Switzerland financial channel in terms of importing of cereals and pharmaceuticals."

Alan Macleod (2020-10-09). Critics Say New Iran Sanctions Designed To "Choke off Humanitarian Exports" Amid Pandemic. mintpressnews.com The Trump administration's new sanctions on Iran are so wide-reaching that many fear they are meant to directly harm the Iranian people as they struggle to cope with the coronavirus pandemic.

_____ (2020-10-09). Trump Administration Imposes Crushing New Sanctions On Iran. popularresistance.org The Trump administration on Thursday imposed a new, crushing round of sanctions that virtually blacklists Iran's entire financial sector – raising concerns it will cut off the country's ability to import humanitarian goods like food and medicine. | Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin said in a statement that the sanctions, which target 18 banks and penalize foreign institutions that do business with them, are part of efforts to cut down on "illicit access to U.S. dollars" and won't stifle humanitarian efforts.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-09). US sanctions complicate import of humanitarian items for Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 09 (MNA) — German Foreign Ministry announced on Friday that new US sanctions against Iran will further complicate the import of humanitarian items for the country.

Jeffrey St. Clair (2020-10-09). Roaming Charges: A Fly in the Anointment. counterpunch.org A return to normalcy, you say? Normalcy brought us the Iraq War, torture, assassination by drone, 607 billionaires & 600k homeless, the gutting of welfare, warrantless wiretaps, militarized police, the war on drugs, globalized fracking, the destruction of the Gulf of Mexico & an atmospheric C02 level of 411.08 ppm and rising. Screw normalcy.

Juan Cole (2020-10-09). With Crushing Sanctions on 18 Iranian Banks, Is Trump Trying to Leave a War Behind for Biden? commondreams.org So Iran gave up most of its latent nuclear deterrence and not only got nothing in return, it got the most crippling sanctions ever applied to one country by another in peacetime. (Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

ACLU (2020-10-09). Learn About the Charleston County Sheriff Candidates. aclu.org The election for Charleston County Sheriff on Nov. 3 can help shape the county's policies on the role of policing in our community, immigrants' rights, and law enforcement accountability. The Charleston County sheriff can adopt policies that will make our community safer and more just for all. | CAST AN INFORMED VOTE | Make sure you know the candidates' positions on key civil liberties and civil rights issues. The ACLU does not endorse or oppose candidates but urges you to cast an informed vote. | IssueKristin GrazianoAl Cannon (Inc) | Commits to end 287(g), a program working with the Trump administration t…

MEE staff (2020-10-09). HRW calls on UN states to vote against Saudi Arabia's bid for rights council. middleeasteye.net HRW calls on UN states to vote against Saudi Arabia's bid for rights council | New York-based group warns that lack of candidates running for UN Human Rights Council will likely result in 'problematic' countries winning seats | Fri, 10/09/2020 – 16: 53 | Bandar bin Mohammed al-Aiban, a representative of Saudi Arabia, delivers televised speech before UNHRC on 5 November 2018 (AFP/File photo) | Human Rights Watc…

Ali Harb (2020-10-09). Trump says Iran is on notice not to 'f**k around' with US. middleeasteye.net Trump says Iran is on notice not to 'f**k around' with US | President Donald Trump says 'you don't see terror' in Middle East because of his sanctions against Iran | Fri, 10/09/2020 – 22: 36 | Atlantic Council's Barbara Slavin says sweeping sanctions against Iran show lack of imagination and 'real sadistic streak' (AFP/File photo) | US President Donald Trump talked up his Iran policy in a profanity-laden tirade o…

Staff (2020-10-09). Breaking: Another cop charged with assault, another example of a broken system. therealnews.com The latest charges against a Baltimore police officer for assault and misconduct highlight the inability of police to police themselves. And we analyze the exceptional privileges afforded to officers by a special set of laws: the Law Enforcement Officers' Bill Of Rights.

Special to People's World (2020-10-09). Robey Theatre Company releases nine scripts by Black playwrights in publishing venture. peoplesworld.org For 26 years, the Robey Theatre Company has made its mission to tell the stories of the Black global diaspora on stage. It is now also doing so in print. The Robey Theatre Company Playwriting Series currently has nine play scripts in publication, available in paperback edition and also in Kindle format. These plays, all …

Areeb Ullah (2020-10-09). Twitter suspends Saudi accounts that stoked rumours of coup in Qatar. middleeasteye.net Twitter suspends Saudi accounts that stoked rumours of coup in Qatar | Accounts purported to belong to members of Qatar's royal family and fabricated statements from Amnesty and Human Rights Watch | Fri, 10/09/2020 – 14: 51 | It remains unclear why Twitter took so long to identify the network and delete the accounts linked to Saudi Arabia (AFP) | Twitter says it has deleted more than 30 accounts that sto…

RT (2020-10-09). Margaret Atwood and Stephen King sign open letter supporting trans rights amid J K Rowling transphobia row. rt.com Authors Stephen King and Margaret Atwood are among hundreds of writers who added their names to an open letter in support of trans rights, following other artists' defense of JK Rowling, who was targeted by trans activists online. | The

Stephen Lendman (2020-10-09). US Sanctions: Weapons of War by Other Means on Targeted Nations. globalresearch.ca When unilaterally imposed by one nation on others, sanctions have no legal validity. | Along with color revolutions, old-fashioned coups, and assassinations, US sanctions are a favored tactic. | When imposed, they're all about seeking to weaken nations economically. | They also aim …

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-10-09). Warning Fundamental Rights and American Lives at Stake, 5,000+ Lawyers Urge Senate to Reject Barrett. commondreams.org "Rushing to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett will cause irreparable damage to the public's faith in the Supreme Court, the rule of law, and our democracy." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-09). Iran says fresh US sanctions on banking sector are an attempt "to starve its people" peoplesdispatch.org On Thursday, the US treasury department blacklisted 18 major Iranian banks in the latest assault as part of its so-called maximum pressure campaign against the country…

news.un (2020-10-09). Nagorno-Karabakh: UN rights chief calls for urgent ceasefire as hostilities mount. news.un.org Amid escalating hostilities in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights appealed on Friday for an urgent ceasefire and for greater protection to be given to those caught up in the violence.

Kenny Stancil (2020-10-09). US Labor Unions File UN Complaint Accusing Trump Administration of 'Outrageous' Violations of Workers' Rights. zcomm.org Covid-19 "has demonstrated that not only is the U.S. violating workers' rights, but those violations are resulting in people dying."

KPFA Radio 94.1 FM (2020-10-09). Tuesday 10/27: Gretchen Sorin: Driving While Black: African-American Travel & Civil Rights. indybay.org Online webinar…

Women's March SF & partners (2020-10-09). Saturday 10/17: Women's March SF: March for Our Rights! Demand Equality, Repro Freedom, & Save SCOTUS. indybay.org IN-PERSON: Civic Center Plaza, 335 McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA 94102, | then march to Embarcadero Plaza (march only, NO pre or post rally) | ONLINE: join the "Call to Action" via livestream…

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-09). US sanctions indicate Trump's failure in confronting Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 09 (MNA) — Iranian President's Chief of Staff Mahmoud Vaezi said that new US sanctions indicate the failure of the US policy towards the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-09). US new sanctions politically motivated: Rouhani. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 09 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that US new sanctions on Iranian banks are politically motivated.

sputniknews (2020-10-09). New Sanctions Will Further Washington's Goal of Blocking Iran's Importing of Medicine – Academic. sputniknews.com On Thursday, the US State Department announced new economic sanctions targeting 18 Iranian banks, claiming it was further depriving Iran "of funds to carry out its support for terrorist activities and nuclear extortion that threatens the world." However, the real effect will be to deprive Iranians of essential medicines, an expert told Sputnik.

sputniknews (2020-10-09). 'A Lot of Opportunities Open up' — Afrikaner Minority NGO Welcomes UN Recognition. sputniknews.com AfriForum — a South African civil rights organization, which just received a consultative status at the United Nations, was granted a permission to send its representatives to the UN's New York, Geneva and Vienna offices.

Andre Vltchek (2020-10-08). The Uyghur Issue: How Can the U.S. Dare Lecturing China About the Rights of the Muslims? globalresearch.ca This article by the late Andre Vltchek was first published in 2019. | In 2019, I have written a long analysis about "the Uyghur issue"; analysis which will be soon published as a book. | For some time, I have been warning …

MEE staff (2020-10-08). US imposes sanctions on Iran in defiance of European humanitarian concerns. middleeasteye.net US imposes sanctions on Iran in defiance of European humanitarian concerns | Treasury Department targets 18 Iranian banks, effectively blacklisting country's financial sector | Thu, 10/08/2020 – 20: 46 | In addition to sanctions, a drop in oil prices and a slump in the global economy have deepened Iran's economic crisis (AFP/File photo) | The US imposed a tranche of sanctions on Iran's financial sector on Thur…

commondreams (2020-10-08). NIAC Condemns New Iran Sanctions That Will Stifle Humanitarian Trade. commondreams.org ______________________________…

MEE staff (2020-10-08). Egypt using special terror courts to silence dissent, UN experts say. middleeasteye.net Egypt using special terror courts to silence dissent, UN experts say | Cairo accused of 'gravely endangering' activists and infringing on their fundamental rights by imprisoning them during pandemic | Thu, 10/08/2020 – 18: 39 | Egypt has jailed more than 60,000 dissidents (AFP/File photo) | UN experts have accused Egypt of using special terrorism courts to imprison human rights defenders and silence dissent, w…

Ben Chacko (2020-10-08). Indonesia: Mass strikes against 'catastrophic' assault on workers' rights and environment. peoplesworld.org Millions took strike action in Indonesia Wednesday and thousands rallied in cities across the country in protest at a new Job Creation Law that takes an axe to workers' rights and environmental protections. In Bandung, West Java, protesters blocked roads around the local parliament building and burned tires. Industrial workers rallied in Tangerang and Bekasi …

MEE staff (2020-10-08). Palestinian prisoner's hunger strike against administrative detention hits 75 days. middleeasteye.net Palestinian prisoner's hunger strike against administrative detention hits 75 days | Maher al-Akhras has refused to cease his hunger strike unless 'freedom (is granted) to my family and my children' | Thu, 10/08/2020 – 13: 52 | Maher al-Akhras with one of his children before his arrest in July by Israeli forces (Screengrab) | A Palestinian prisoner has been on a hunger strike for 75 days in protest against his…

MEE staff (2020-10-08). US senators call for sanctions on Turkey over Russian missile system. middleeasteye.net US senators call for sanctions on Turkey over Russian missile system | Under US law, sanctions must be imposed against those doing business with Russia's defence industry; Trump administration has yet to follow through | Thu, 10/08/2020 – 18: 27 | Russian military cargo plane carrying S-400 missile defence system from Russia unloads at airbase northwest of Ankara on 27 August 2019 (AFP/File photo) | A Republic…

RT (2020-10-08). Ukraine asks Google & Apple to make Russian social networks unavailable for download, 3 years after they were banned by Kiev. rt.com Ukraine's Security Service (SBU) has asked Google and Apple to ban applications subject to sanctions on Ukrainian territory, including VKontakte (VK), a Russian social network which is the most popular website in Europe. | The two US technology giants run the world's most popular application marketplaces, the Play Store and the App Store respectively. Both companies are often pressured by countries to remove censored apps, and they often comply. In particular, both Apple and Google regularly stop applications from being accessible in China. | The SBU also asked the country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs to cont…

RT (2020-10-08). FBI foils alleged militia plot to KIDNAP Michigan Governor Whitmer — by a group that called her 'tyrant b***h' over Covid-19 rules. rt.com The FBI and state police have thwarted a plan by anti-government extremists to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer to set off a "civil war" and build a new society based on the US Bill of Rights. | Thirteen men have been arrested on federal or state charges stemming from the kidnapping Six of the men, who f…

RT (2020-10-08). US slaps new sanctions on Iran as FBI seizes 92 web domains allegedly used by Tehran to wage 'global disinformation campaign'. rt.com Washington has announced a new sanctions package against Iran, hitting the country's financial sector and targeting 18 major banks. Tehran has branded the move a "crime against humanity" and an attempt to starve the country out. | The new sanctions were announced by the US Treasury Department on Thursday. The move was made to further "isolate the Iranian economy from the global financial system," which the Treasury claimed is necessary to stop Tehran from advancing its alleged "malign agenda." | "Our sanctions programs will continue until Iran stops its support of terrorist activities and ends its nuclear prog…

John C. A. Manley (2020-10-08). Resisting Corona "New Normal" Oppression: Every Civil Rights Movement Begins with a Shunned 5%. globalresearch.ca After a TV interview on

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-08). Palestinian administrative detainee critical after over 70 days on hunger strike. peoplesdispatch.org Maher Akhras launched his hunger strike shortly after being arrested by the Israeli authorities on July 27. Doctors are now force-feeding him in an attempt to forcibly end his hunger strike…

_____ (2020-10-08). Labor Unions File UN Complaint Over 'Outrageous' Violations Of Workers' Rights. popularresistance.org United States labor leaders representing workers in several trade unions on Wednesday filed a complaint with the United Nations' labor agency, making the case that under the Trump administration, the U.S. has violated numerous international labor laws during the coronavirus pandemic. | The AFL-CIO and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) filed the complaint in Geneva, home of the International Labor Organization (ILO), a U.N. institution dedicated to protecting workers' rights related to workplace safeguards and collective bargaining.

_____ (2020-10-08). Dangerous Use Of Crowd-Control Weapons Against Protestors And Medics. popularresistance.org Portland, OR – Regardless of where we are, we are living in a reign of violence in which "we can't breathe." We are witnessing a global downward trend in terms of respect for fundamental human rights, freedom, democracy, and the rule of law. In most parts of the world, the human rights environment is radically transforming in a way that brings into question the basic concept of human rights: holding, possessing, claiming, and asserting rights legally as a human being. This deterioration in the human rights environment has accelerated over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.

sputniknews (2020-10-08). Apparently There Was a Vice Presidential Debate? sputniknews.com On today's episode host Lee Stranahan covers; The Vice Presidential debate, the Presidential debate is now scheduled to be virtual, 7 militiamen plotted to kidnap Michigan Governor, Democrats have rejected the airline bailout bill, Harris explained she and Biden are going to continue fracking, and Steve Mnuchin announced more Iran sanctions.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-10-08). Matters of International Justice: Challenging Trump's ICC Sanctions. globalresearch.ca On September 2, US sanctions — the sort normally reserved for fully fledged terrorists and decorated drug traffickers — were imposed on the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda and her colleague Phakiso Mochochoko, head of …

commondreams (2020-10-07). Center Applauds UN's Adoption of Landmark Resolution on Women's and Girls' Human Rights in Humanitarian Situations. commondreams.org ______________________________…

_____ (2020-10-07). Drop All Charges Against Activists And Protestors. popularresistance.org I add my voice to the millions here in our country and throughout the world who call for an end to fascist-driven police violence and repression in Black, Latinx and Indigenous communities. | Whether we call for community control, defunding, or ultimate abolition of the police, we are united in our demand for an immediate end to the state-sanctioned racist violence that routinely claims the lives of so many of our people. | Although many of us have protested, demonstrated, and organized over the decades to end racism and all its inequalities, injustices and collective pain, we have never experienced anything like…

Kent Paterson (2020-10-07). Hearts on Fire for the 43 of Ayoztinapa. counterpunch.org Six years after the Night of Iguala, the case of the 43 perhaps stands as the litmus test in determining the nature of the Mexican State. What will prevail? A viable State committed to human rights, justice and democracy or an endlessly corrupted and brutal version of it?

Editor (2020-10-07). Voting rights: 'Capitalist charity' vs workers' democracy. workers.org During this U.S. election season, many people are still fighting to get access to the universal bourgeois right to vote, supposedly a cornerstone of capitalist "democracy." It's been an uphill struggle since 1776 when only propertied white men who were Protestants could legally vote. Everyone else was denied — Catholics, . . . |

MEE staff (2020-10-07). Saudi trial resumes for Palestinian Hamas members detained by kingdom. middleeasteye.net Saudi trial resumes for Palestinian Hamas members detained by kingdom | At least 68 Palestinians – including veteran Hamas middleman Mohammed al-Khoudary – are standing trial on unknown charges with no access to lawyers, right group says | Wed, 10/07/2020 – 12: 18 | Mohammed Saleh al-Khoudary, and his eldest Hani have been in a Saudi prison since April 2019 (Screengrab) | Rights groups continue to raise the al…

Walter Smolarek (2020-10-07). National strike: Indonesia rises up against new anti-worker law. liberationnews.org Hundreds of thousands of workers and students in Indonesia have taken to the streets in a powerful wave of strikes and demonstrations opposing the enactment of a new set of laws that would dramatically weaken the rights of the working class and environmental protections. The government of president Joko Widodo pushed through this "omnibus" act …

RT (2020-10-07). Russian monastery run by excommunicated criminal cop-turned-monk under investigation for torture & systematic beating of children. rt.com Russian authorities have opened a child torture criminal case against the Sredneuralsk Convent, an Orthodox Christian community run by the controversial excommunicated monk Sergius. The clergyman already has a murder conviction. |

RT (2020-10-07). Germany, France & UK to propose sanctions on Russia over alleged poisoning of opposition figure Navalny. rt.com Germany, France and the UK will push for EU sanctions on Russian individuals over the alleged poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny, saying they see no other "credible explanation" for the incident than Moscow's involvement. | The proposals will target "individuals deemed responsible for this crime and breach of international norms" as well as "an entity involved in the Novichok program," the French and German foreign ministries said in a joint statement on Wednesday. | "No credible explanation has been provided by Russia so far. In this context, we consider that there is no other plausible explanation fo…