2020-10-23: News Headlines

Mirinda Crissman (2020-10-23). From Texas to Nigeria, end police brutality! workers.org Houston Hundreds of people gathered near Wazobia African Market on the southwest side of Houston on Oct. 14 to protest police brutality in Nigeria. They came together to draw attention to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, known in Nigeria for its extrajudicial killings, torture, extortion, frame-ups and blackmail. "End SARS" protests . . . |

Stefania Maurizi (2020-10-22). Stefania Maurizi: "This is an Unbelievable Failure of Journalism." globalresearch.ca Italian journalist Stefania Maurizi has worked for some of the country's top publications including la Repubblica, l'Espresso and, now, Il Fatto Quotidiano. In 2009, she started working with Julian Assange and WikiLeaks on secret files concerning the war in Afghanistan, …

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-10-22). 10 Years After Iraq War Logs, It's Impunity for War Criminals, War on Whistleblowers. commondreams.org WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and whistleblower Chelsea Manning have both paid a tremendous price for revealing U.S. and allied war crimes while the planners and perpetrators face no consequences. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/iwl.jpg

Staff (2020-10-22). "We Are Asking for Justice": #EndSARS Anti-Police Brutality Protests Grow as Nigerian Forces Kill 12. democracynow.org Mass protests against police brutality continue in Nigeria after security forces shot and killed 12 peaceful protesters in Lagos this week. Video widely shared on social media shows security forces firing directly into a crowd of demonstrators in Lagos singing the country's national anthem. Authorities have imposed a curfew to clamp down on the growing demonstrations, which started as a demand to disband the notorious police unit known as the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, or SARS, but which have since grown into a wider movement against police brutality and official impunity. "We are asking for justice. We are aski…

Henry Giroux (2020-10-22). Fascist Culture, Critical Pedagogy, and Resistance in Dark Times. counterpunch.org Something sinister and horrifying is happening to liberal democracies all over the globe. The global thrust towards democratization that emerged after World War II is giving way once again to authoritarian tyrannies. As alarming as the signs may be, the public cannot look away and allow the terrors of the unforeseen to be given free rein. For those who believe in democratic socialism we cannot allow the power of dreams and militant hopes to turn into ashes.

Eds. (2020-10-22). Indonesia's return to an authoritarian developmental state. mronline.org With the passing of the anti-worker Omnibus Law, President Jokowi's administration follows the path of Indonesia's dark past.

Nadda Osman (2020-10-22). Egypt: 49 executions carried out over 10 days in October. middleeasteye.net Egypt: 49 executions carried out over 10 days in October | Human Rights Watch report labels executions on the back of unfair trials a 'violation of the right to life'
| Thu, 10/22/2020 – 12: 31 | The report stated that 15 people had been executed on 3 October alone (AFP) | Egyptian authorities executed 49 people between 3 and 13 October, according to a report released by Human Rights Watch. | Accordi…

RT (2020-10-22). ISIS-linked stabbing suspect monitored on day of Dresden attack right after he left prison, police chief reveals. rt.com A man suspected of killing one person and seriously injuring another in Dresden this month was under observation by German intelligence at the time of the attack, says the region's head of police. | Law enforcement agents arrested a 20-year-old Syrian man on Tuesday in connection with the double stabbing on October 4, with prosecutors saying he has an Islamist background. | Read more | | The suspect was being monitored by Germany's domestic inte…

WSWS (2020-10-22). No to police-state rule after the terrorist killing of French teacher Samuel Paty! wsws.org The bankruptcy of communal terrorism is once more exposed. The state uses such atrocities as opportunities to whip up support for authoritarianism and nationalism.

Scott Ritter (2020-10-22). In politicizing intelligence, America is blaming everyone but itself for its self-inflicted woes. thealtworld.com In the latest episode in the US' single-minded crusade toward self-destruction, Russia and Iran are being fingered for election interference based on intelligence that doesn't pass the smell test. | You would be justified in thinking that the various news conferences put on by US law enforcement and intelligence officials in which foreign actors — Russia, China and Iran are the usual suspects — are accused of meddling in all things American are little more than a giant practical joke, a parody of how a government should behave, instead of the damning indictment of reality that they are. | The most rec…

Carl Takei (2020-10-22). When Black Mourners are Threatened with Official Violence. aclu.org In early June, as people around the globe joined in massive protests against the police brutality and racism that killed him, George Floyd was laid to rest at the same Pearland, Texas cemetery where his mother is buried. Led by a horse-drawn carriage containing his body, George Floyd's grieving family and hundreds of supporters walked slowly from the church to the burial ceremony. , , What they did not know is that on the rooftops above them, six teams of snipers were positioned to fire on the crowd of mourners. Manned surveillance aircraft and drones circled in the sky above. And hundreds of local and state…

Thomas Klikauer (2020-10-22). Trump and the Rise of Artificial News. zcomm.org For years, journalism has been increasingly replaced by the Internet, IT, algorithms, and even AI or artificial intelligence…

sputniknews (2020-10-22). DNI Ratcliffe Claims Iran is Attempting to Interfere in US Election. sputniknews.com Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe on Wednesday accused Iran of being behind emails intended to intimidate and deceive US voters.

Staff (2020-10-22). Nigerian Forces Kill 12 as Anti-Police Brutality Protests Grow. truthout.org Mass protests against police brutality continue in Nigeria after security forces shot and killed 12 peaceful protesters in Lagos this week. Video widely shared on social media shows security forces firing directly into a crowd of demonstrators in Lagos singing the country's national anthem. Authorities have imposed a curfew to clamp down on the growing demonstrations, which started as a demand to disband the notorious police unit known as the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, or SARS, but which have since grown int…

Joe Glenton (2020-10-22). Britain's role in training the army behind the Nigerian protestor killings. thecanary.co Britain's relationship with former colony Nigeria is under the spotlight after the alleged Protests against police brutality have been underway across the country. The Nigerian Army responded to reports of violence against p…

Staff (2020-10-21). Headlines for October 21, 2020. democracynow.org Nigerian Soldiers Open Fire on Protesters Opposing Police Brutality, As U.S. Faces Third Coronavirus Surge, CDC Reports 300,000 Excess Deaths in 2020, Pope Wears Mask at Public Event for First Time as EU Coronavirus Cases Surge, Justice Department and 11 States Sue Google in Biggest Antitrust Lawsuit in Decades, ACLU Can't Find Hundreds of Asylum-Seeking Parents Separated from Children by Trump Admin, L.A. Times: Just Three of 265 Reported Crimes at California ICE Jails Led to Prosecutions, Early Voting Opens for Pretrial Prisoners in Chicago's Cook County Jail , Armed Poll Watchers Deploy to Democratic Precincts…

Paul Jay (2020-10-21). Daniel Ellsberg on the Assange extradition and growing fascism. mronline.org The week of hearings has heard evidence that exposes the charges against Assange as trumped-up and even ridiculous.

Melvin Goodman (2020-10-21). Brennan's Nuremberg Defense: One More Whitewash of the CIA's Torture Program. counterpunch.org With his disingenuous memoir, Brennan has now joined forces with former CIA directors and deputy directors such as Tenet, McLaughlin, Goss, and Michael Morell who refuse to recognize the CIA created a sadistic program that went far beyond DoJ guidelines, and then lied about the extent of the torture and the fact that nothing was learned that stopped terrorist activity.

RT (2020-10-21). Nigerian president appeals for 'calm' after soldiers fire on protesters amid chaos in the capital. rt.com President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari called for "understanding and calm" a day after soldiers opened fire on police-brutality protesters against the now dissolved Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Lagos on Tuesday night. | "The Presidency appeals for understanding and calm across the nation, as the implementation of the reforms, gathers pace at Federal and State levels," a statement delivered via the president's spokesman, Femi Adesina, and published on the Nigerian Television Authority website on Wednesday, said. | It did not address the previous day's shooting at protesters and focused largely on to the…

news.un (2020-10-21). UN chief calls for end to reported police brutality in Nigeria. news.un.org The UN Secretary-General on Wednesday said he was closely following recent developments across Nigeria, in the wake of reports that protesters had been shot dead and wounded, and called for "an end to reported police brutality and abuses."

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-21). People shot dead in public protest in Lagos, Nigeria. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 21 (MNA) — A number of people have reportedly been shot dead or wounded at a protest against police brutality in Nigeria's biggest city, Lagos.

sputniknews (2020-10-21). US Intelligence Claims Russia, Iran Acting to Influence 2020 Election. sputniknews.com Director of National Intelligence (DNI) John Ratcliffe has announced that US intelligence reflects that "two foreign actors, Iran and Russia, have taken specific actions to influence public opinion relating to [US] elections."

Staff (2020-10-21). Planning for Disaster: A Writing Exercise. truthout.org What does it take to survive a crisis? Have you ever written a personal safety plan? Kelly Hayes offers some guidance on building solutions for the situation you're in. | TRANSCRIPT: | Note: This a rush transcript and has been lightly edited for clarity. Copy may not be in its final form. | Last week we talked about community safety and navigating our fears as Trump continues his lawless pursuit of authoritarian rule. I got a lot of follow up questions about the episode. So much so that I thought we should return to the su…

Susan Price (2020-10-20). Julian Assange and the fight against digital capitalism. greenleft.org.au Julian Assange imagined a future where digital technologies would be used for collective projects of humanisation and anti-imperialist resistance, writes Yanis Iqbal. He is being brutally punished by the United States for disrupting the drive for profits from surveillance and militarism.

Staff (2020-10-20). Headlines for October 20, 2020. democracynow.org Trump Continues Attack on Fauci as U.S. Coronavirus Cases Surge and Death Toll Mounts, SCOTUS Deadlock Hands Victory to Voters in Pennsylvania as Floridians Break Early Voting Record, Debate Commission Announces Changes Ahead of Final Presidential Face-Off, Evo Morales Celebrates Victory of MAS Party, Says He Will Return to Bolivia, Trump Admin to Remove Sudan from U.S. List of Terrorist States, At Least 15 People Killed as Nigerian Protests Against Police Violence Continue, WSJ: U.S. Held Talks with Syrian Intelligence About Missing U.S. Citizens, Palestinian Prisoner in Critical Condition After Nearly 3 Months…

WSWS (2020-10-20). Nigerian government unleashes massacre against police brutality protesters. wsws.org Nigeria's protests against police brutality are also fueled by popular anger over conditions of mass unemployment, endemic poverty and unprecedented social inequality in Africa's largest country.

Ragip Soylu (2020-10-20). Turkey arrests Jordanian on suspicion of spying for UAE. middleeasteye.net Turkey arrests Jordanian on suspicion of spying for UAE | Sources tell MEE Ahmed al-Astal posed as a Muslim Brotherhood supporter to spy on Arab dissidents | Tue, 10/20/2020 – 10: 06 | Turkish police officers patrol in front of Hagia Sophia on 11 July 2020 in Istanbul (AFP) | Turkey's intelligence agency has arrested a Jordanian national on accusation of spying for the United Arab Emirates. | Turkish int…

Eds. (2020-10-20). Neoliberal 'Omnibus Law' sparks rebellion in Indonesia. mronline.org A major protest movement is underway in Indonesia against the neoliberal, authoritarian-populist regime of Joko Widodo and his collaborators in the House of Representatives. Frans Ari Prasetyo explains the so-called 'Omnibus Law' that sparked the protest, and reports on the clashes now unfolding in Bandung and many other cities.

Binoy Kampmark (2020-10-20). Britannic Impunity: Torture and the UK Overseas Operations Bill. counterpunch.org It was praised by Michael Clarke, former Director-General of the Royal United Services Institute, as "clear and entire laudable" — at least up to a point. The UK Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill would "give [British] troops serving overseas much-needed extra protection against fraudulent or frivolous claims against them of criminal behaviour." It

RT (2020-10-20). Nigerian troops open fire at anti-police brutality protesters in Lagos as 24-hour curfew kicks in — reports. rt.com Soldiers have reportedly opened fire at people protesting against police brutality in Lagos, Nigeria, shortly after a 24-hour curfew was imposed in the city over the escalating demonstrations. | Gunfire and sirens were heard in the Lekki district of Nigeria's financial capital, witnesses told Reuters. | Though there have been no official reports of fatalities or injuries, some locals shared graphic footage on social media of blood-soaked garments and flags. | "They started firing ammunition toward the crowd. They were firing into the crowd. I saw the bullet hit one or two persons," one local security officer s…

RT (2020-10-20). France will dissolve pro-Hamas Muslim group, as Islamist crackdown continues — Macron. rt.com French President Emmanuel Macron has said that a Hamas-linked Muslim group connected with the beheading of a teacher in Paris will be disbanded. Macron also promised to take "concrete actions" against radical Islamist terrorism. | "We know what needs to be done," the president told reporters in Paris on Tuesday, announcing that a Muslim group connected to Palestinian Hamas militants would be broken up. The group is believed to be linked to the beheading of history teacher Samuel Paty by a teenage Chechen refugee last week. Prior to the killing, Paty had shown his class a caricature of the Prophet Mohammed. | A…

sputniknews (2020-10-20). 'Fling Enough Mud, Some Will Stick': US Routinely Levies Hacking Accusations It Can't Prove – Journo. sputniknews.com The US has charged six Russians with working as Russian intelligence agents to direct hacking attacks around the globe, including the infamous NotPetya ransomware. However, a journalist tells Sputnik such claims are virtually impossible to prove, which is why Washington loves to throw them around.

sputniknews (2020-10-20). Two Weeks Until Election Day PLUS Google Lawsuit Filed. sputniknews.com On today's episode, Lee discussed current events, including the new Hunter Biden information to be released by Bannon and Giuliani, the Justice Department's lawsuit against Google, France's closing of a mosque after the beheading of a teacher, an H1B1 visa lawsuit filed by the Chamber of Commerce, and new debate rules announced for debates.

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2020-10-20). 'A Source of Inspiration' for Egalitarians Everywhere: Progressive International Celebrates Triumph of Democracy in Bolivia. commondreams.org "Bolivia's election not only showed the world how to defeat authoritarianism and its imperialist allies. It also revealed the power of international solidarity to defend democracy around the world." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/bolivia_victory.jpg