Daily Archives: October 19, 2020

2020-10-19: News Headlines

Bigots Forced to Flee (2020-10-19). Large San Francisco Counter-Protest Overwhelms Tiny Ultra-Right Rally. indybay.org On Saturday, October 17, 2020, labor union members, anti-police brutality campaigners, advocates for release of prisoners affected by COVID-19, and leftists from Oakland and San Francisco came together to form a counter-demonstration against a rally of far-right demonstrators.

Chris Floyd (2020-10-19). Rule Draconia: Tories and Labor Collude in Enabling Act for State Crimes. counterpunch.org The Tory government (with the collusion of the Labour leadership) is ramming through one of the most draconian and tyrannical laws ever seen in an ostensible democracy, a bill that will give a wide and ever-expanding number of state agencies the power to torture, rape and kill citizens without any legal consequences. This is no rhetorical exaggeration; it is the plain fact — as that notoriously far-left commie rag, the Spectator, points out.

Sameena Rahman (2020-10-19). Massive people's movement in Nigeria challenges elite SARS police unit. liberationnews.org Protests continue to take place across Nigeria after erupting earlier this month over incidents of extreme police brutality and corruption at the hands of the elite Nigerian police force, Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The protests were initially sparked after widespread online outcry after a video published online showcased a SARS officer murdering a young man …

Mohammad Ayesh (2020-10-19). Arabic press review: Tunisia investigates MP's Facebook post on French teacher beheading. middleeasteye.net Arabic press review: Tunisia investigates MP's Facebook post on French teacher beheading | Meanwhile, Arab financial support for the Palestinian government reportedly falls by 82 percent and Bahrainis protest against Israeli visit | Mon, 10/19/2020 – 14: 47 | A man holds a French flag as people gather in Paris on 18 October 2020, to remember teacher Samuel Paty, beheaded by an attacker (AFP) | <...

RT (2020-10-19). DNI Ratcliffe says 'NO EVIDENCE' of Russian interference in Hunter Biden scandal, accuses Schiff of 'politicizing intelligence'. rt.com US Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe has refuted claims that alleged emails detailing Hunter Biden's business dealings in Ukraine and China when his father was VP are part of a Russian election interference effort. | "Hunter Biden's laptop is not part of some Russian disinformation campaign," Ratcliffe said during a Monday interview on Fox Business. "The intelligence community doesn't believe that because there is no intelligence that supports that," he added. | pic.twitter.com/49SSjhfQuN— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) RT (2020-10-19). US charges six Russian 'intelligence agents' with hacking Ukraine, Georgia, France and 2018 Olympics. rt.com The US Justice Department has announced charges against six alleged officers of Russian military intelligence, accusing them of cyber attacks against Georgia, France, the UK, the OPCW, Ukraine and the 2018 Winter Olympics. | A grand jury in Pennsylvania indicted the six men for "conspiracy, computer hacking, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and false registration of a domain name," the DOJ announced on Monday, describing them as officers in Unit 74455 of the Russian Main Intelligence Directorate, or GRU. | The indictment identifies them as Yuriy Sergeyevich Andrienko, Sergey Vladimirovich Detistov, Pavel…

MEE staff (2020-10-19). Widespread abuse revealed in Islamic schools across Sudan. middleeasteye.net Widespread abuse revealed in Islamic schools across Sudan | An investigation by BBC Arabic into Sudan's khalwas has revealed that thousands of boys are routinely tortured by their teachers | Mon, 10/19/2020 – 14: 42 | As many as six or seven children are often chained together as punishment at some religious schools in Sudan (Jess Kelly/BBC News) | Thousands of boys are routinely brutally beaten, shackled and…

MEE staff (2020-10-19). UK parliament to probe reports UAE 'torture' chief could become head of Interpol. middleeasteye.net UK parliament to probe reports UAE 'torture' chief could become head of Interpol | Inquiry will hear that the global police organisation is open to manipulation by 'rogue' member states including Russia, China and the UAE | Mon, 10/19/2020 – 13: 11 | UAE security chief Nasser Ahmed al-Raisi, left, pictured in 2018 (Wikicommons) | British MPs will be told this week that Russia is a "criminal state" which is "ab…

History.com Editors (2020-10-19). October 1967: Che Guevara Is Executed. globalresearch.ca This article was first published on History.com in November 2009. | On October 9, 1967,

yenisafak (2020-10-19). Palestinian talks not condition for Arab ties: Israel. yenisafak.com A top Israeli intelligence official said on Monday that Israel's normalization with the Arab countries must not be conditioned with advancing negotiations with the Palestinians."The negotiations with the Palestinians must not be a condition or obstacle in front of continuing contacts for normalization with the region's states," Mossad chief Yossi Cohen told the Israeli Broadcasting Corporation.Israeli media reported earlier that Cohen was assigned with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to conduct secret contacts with heads of Arab states.Israel signed recently two normalization deals with the United Arab Emirates…

WSWS (2020-10-19). Political scandal engulfs premier in Australia's most populous state. wsws.org Behind the Berejiklian affair lies a history of "anti-corruption" inquiries, being used to execute political shifts in the state of New South Wales.

Manlio Dinucci (2020-10-18). Video: Assange Libero Per La Nostra Liberta — Camera Dei Deputati. globalresearch.ca Alla conferenza, tenutasi lo scorso 14 ottobre, hanno partecipato i rappresentanti del Comitato No Guerra No Nato, che sta adesso portando avanti la campagna "Assange Libero per la Nostra Libertà " per il sostegno alla liberazione dell'editore e giornalista perseguitato per …

Bigots Forced to Flee (2020-10-18). Large San Francisco Counter-Protest Overwhelms Tiny Proud Boys Rally. indybay.org On Saturday, October 17, 2020, labor union members, anti-police brutality campaigners, advocates for release of prisoners affected by COVID-19, and leftists from Oakland and San Francisco came together to form a counter-demonstration against a rally by the far-right Proud Boys.

RT (2020-10-18). France to 'strengthen' control on funding of Islamist groups, finance minister says after teacher killed in terrorist attack. rt.com French Economy and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire promised to "do better" in the oversight of Islamist entities, as the nation is left reeling after the shocking beheading of a school teacher by a terrorist. | Speaking on France 3 TV channel, Le Maire said that he will prepare "proposals to strengthen the control over financial flows" of Islamist groups. | "There is a problem of financing a number of Islamist associations on which I think we can and must do better," he said. | Le Maire's statement came as the latest response to the brutal murder of middle school teacher Samuel Paty in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine…

RT (2020-10-18). France mourns beheaded teacher as thousands take to Paris' streets (VIDEO). rt.com Rallies have been held across France in tribute to a history teacher beheaded in a terror attack near Paris. One of the largest gatherings was staged in the French capital, as thousands flocked to the Place de la Republique. | Central Paris was flooded with people as thousands gathered at the Place de la Republique to pay homage to Samuel Paty, a teacher from the neighboring town of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, who was killed earlier this week after showing cartoons of Islamic prophet Mohammed during a lesson. | Government officials, including Prime Minister Jean Castex, as well as Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and…

The Canary (2020-10-18). Government adviser on Islamophobia calls for unity in the wake of France attack. thecanary.co Everyone should "work together" to counter extremism following an attack on a history teacher in France, the government's Islamophobia adviser has said. | History teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded near Paris on Friday 16 October. Paty had previously been threatened for discussing caricatures of Islam's Prophet Mohammed with his class, according to French police. | The suspect, an 18-year-old Chechen refugee unknown to intelligence services, was shot dead by police. | "We must not play into their hateful rhetoric": | Qari Asim MBE, imam of Makkah Mosque and government adviser on Islamophobia, spoke out agai…

yenisafak (2020-10-18). France's Le Maire says to propose more controls on some 'Islamist' groups. yenisafak.com French finance minister Bruno Le Maire said on Sunday he would propose reinforcing controls on the financial flows of some Islamist associations, after the beheading of a teacher by a suspected Islamist attacker."There is a problem of financing a number of Islamist associations on which I think we can and must do better," he told France 3 Television.

Robert Freeman (2020-10-18). Judge Trump's Worthiness by Either Past or Future. commondreams.org The president encourages white supremacist groups and rationalizes right-wing terrorism when it is carried out against peaceful, legitimate protests of police brutality. (Photo: Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/donald_7.jpeg

_____ (2020-10-17). Persecuting Assange Is A Blow To Reporting And Human Rights Advocacy. popularresistance.org If it were not for a tiny handful of journalists—ShadowProof's Kevin Gosztola preeminent among them—Americans might be utterly unaware that a London magistrate, for the last month, has been considering nothing less than whether journalists have a right to publish information the US government doesn't want them to. Not whether outlets can leak classified information, but whether they can publish that information on, as in the case of Wikileaks, US war crimes and torture and assorted malfeasance to do with, for instance, the war on Afghanistan, which just entered its 19th year, with zero US corporate me…

MEE and agencies (2020-10-17). Nine arrested over France teacher beheading. middleeasteye.net Nine arrested over France teacher beheading | The 47-year-old history teacher Samuel Paty was killed after showing his pupils cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad | Sat, 10/17/2020 – 15: 56 | The suspect was shot and killed by police near the school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, northwest of Paris (AFP) | French police have arrested nine people over the beheading of a teacher near his school in…

MEE and agencies (2020-10-17). US condemns Turkey over reported test of Russian S-400 missile system. middleeasteye.net US condemns Turkey over reported test of Russian S-400 missile system | Ankara refuses to confirm or deny reports that it has tested the controversial air defence system near the Black Sea | Sat, 10/17/2020 – 10: 32 | Washington fears the S-400 could be used to gain intelligence on US weaponry (Reuters) | The United States condemned Turkey on Friday after reports emerged that Ankara had te…

RT (2020-10-17). Born in Russia, radicalized in France? Diplomat says 'no way' for Moscow to probe French-reared terrorist, but contacts ongoing. rt.com Russian authorities have no powers to open a case against a Moscow-born attacker who beheaded a teacher in France, an embassy spokesman has said, adding that his origin is not as important as the place of his radicalization. | Russia has no plans to launch its own investigation into the brutal murder committed in the town of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, not far from the French capital, the Russian embassy said on Saturday. This is because there are no legal means to investigate a murder on French soil, Sergey Parinov, the embassy's spokesman, told RT France. | However, the embassy has contacted the French Interio…

RT (2020-10-17). Beheaded French teacher was DOXXED online, while mosque shared parent's complaint over 'naked man' caricature of Prophet Mohammed. rt.com French teacher Samuel Paty, who was brutally murdered near Paris on Friday, had his private details exposed on social media last week, after a parent complained he'd shown "naked man" cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in class. | The original complaint was reportedly lodged by the father of a 13-year-old girl who studied at the school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, where Paty taught history and geography. He said in a Facebook video that the teacher had, at some time earlier this month, shown the class a caricature of a "naked man," stating it was the "Muslim prophet." | Before displaying the offensive imagery &#…

RT (2020-10-17). 'Our children are not safe': Parents recall horror moments after teen terrorist beheaded teacher outside French school. rt.com Residents of the French suburb where history teacher Samuel Paty was brutally slain and beheaded on Friday have been shocked by the incident, with some even saying they are afraid to allow their children back to school. | "Our children are not safe, we don't know what to do. We won't allow them to school anymore," a parent of a child attending the school where the murdered teacher worked says, in a video published by RT's video agency Ruptly. | Another parent, whose child is studying in the same class where the teacher showed cartoons deemed offensive by some, gave his account of the school incident that is be…

teleSUR (2020-10-17). France: Authorities Identify Man Who Beheaded A Teacher. telesurenglish.net French authorities Friday identified the attacker who beheaded a history teacher in a Paris suburb after the professor had shown a caricature of Muhammad in a classroom. | RELATED: | The crime was committed after a father of a student posted a video on social networks denouncing that the murdered 47-year-old teacher, Samuel Paty, had shown a caricature of Muhammad in a class on freedom of expression. | France's National Anti…

sputniknews (2020-10-17). Chechen Republic's Head Slams Paris Beheading Attack, Cautions Against Focus on Criminal's Ethnicity. sputniknews.com The French prosecutor earlier in the day confirmed that the gruesome beheading attack in France on Friday was perpetrated by an 18-year-old Chechen man born in Moscow.

_____ (2020-10-16). Scheer Intelligence: How Big Oil Weaponized The Judicial System. popularresistance.org Steve Donziger has dedicated the latter part of his life to fighting oil companies' greedy destruction of indigenous lands and peoples in the Amazon. After a decades-long legal battle against Chevron, which Chris Hedges details in a recent column for Scheerpost, Donziger was charged with misdemeanor civil contempt for refusing New York Judge Lewis A. Kaplan's orders to turn over to Chevron his client communications—which would force him to violate attorney-client privilege— his personal electronics, his passport and to cease trying to collect the $9.5 billion from Chevron for his Indigenous clients.

MEE staff (2020-10-16). Amnesty urges participants at W20 Saudi summit to speak out for human rights. middleeasteye.net Amnesty urges participants at W20 Saudi summit to speak out for human rights | Rights groups says G20 women's summit is chance to hold Riyadh accountable for its treatment of women's rights activists | Fri, 10/16/2020 – 18: 17 | Loujain al-Hathloul, Nobel prize-nominated activist, has allegedly been tortured while in prison (AFP/File photo) | Amnesty International has urged participants at this year's Women 20…

Paul Street (2020-10-16). The Coup Already Underway. counterpunch.org This might be a good time for Americans to stop masochistically worshipping at the feet of their nation's authoritarian Constitution. A proto-fascistic genocidal racist maniac and anti-science eco-exterminist determined to kill two million more Americans with COVID-19 sits in the White House thanks in no small part due to the absurdly venerated 1788 United States

Staff (2020-10-16). The arrest of a cop watcher shows injustice is the American way. therealnews.com Disabled free speech activist Blind Justice has been held in solitary confinement for a failure to appear charge, while George Floyd's alleged murderer Derek Chauvin was released from prison.

RT (2020-10-16). WATCH scene of France attack where man 'beheaded' teacher who 'showed cartoons of Prophet Mohammed' at school. rt.com An anti-terrorism invstigation is underway in a Parisian suburb after a middle school teacher was fatally stabbed by a man who reportedly cried "Allahu Akbar" while assaulting him. | The incident occurred in Conflans Saint-Honorine at around 5pm local time on Friday. The knife-wielding suspected attacker was shot dead by police. | According to local reports, the teacher was recently the subject of complaints from parents after he showed caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed to students during class, and investigators are looking into the incident as one potential motive for the attack. | Visiting the scene on…

RT (2020-10-16). WATCH scene of attack in France where man 'beheaded' teacher who 'showed cartoons of Prophet Mohammed' at school. rt.com An anti-terrorism investigation is underway in a Parisian suburb after a middle-school teacher was fatally stabbed by a man who reportedly cried "Allahu Akbar" while assaulting him. | The incident occurred in Conflans Saint-Honorine at around 5pm local time on Friday. The knife-wielding suspected attacker was shot dead by police. | According to local reports, the teacher was recently the subject of complaints from parents after he showed caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed to students during class, and investigators are looking into the incident as one potential motive for the attack. | Visiting the scene o…

RT (2020-10-16). Macron calls killing of 'beheaded' French teacher an 'Islamist terrorist attack'. rt.com French President Emmanuel Macron has said the teacher murdered in a Parisian suburb on Friday was "assassinated because he taught his students freedom of expression." The killing is being investigated by anti-terrorism police. | "One of our fellow citizens was assassinated because he taught his students freedom of expression," Macron said after he arrived in the Paris suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, where the attack took place. "Our compatriot was the victim of a characteristic Islamist terrorist attack." | The middle-school teacher was attacked earlier on Friday in the street of the commune, some 28km nor…

RT (2020-10-16). Terrorism investigation launched after teacher 'decapitated' in Paris suburb attack. rt.com A man has been found decapitated in Conflans Saint-Honorine, located some 28 km northwest of Paris, according to media reports citing police sources. The suspect was reportedly shot and killed by law enforcement. | The victim was attacked and "decapitated," BFMTV reported on Friday. Other media reports suggested the individual had been "stabbed" in the throat and succumbed to his wound. | The incident reportedly occurred outside a local school, and a police spokesman has confirmed that the victim was a middle-school teacher. |

Ian Cobain (2020-10-16). 'Don't get yourselves caught': How the British state allowed its secret agents to commit crime. middleeasteye.net 'Don't get yourselves caught': How the British state allowed its secret agents to commit crime | Fri, 10/16/2020 – 22: 39 | The Covert Human Intelligence Sources Bill marks the UK government's latest attempt to permit its intelligence and security agencies to break the law lawfully | In the early months of 2011, as Muammar Gaddafi and the people around him fought for their lives, significant numbers of youn…

Ian Cobain (2020-10-16). British MPs back bill permitting secret agents to commit crimes. middleeasteye.net British MPs back bill permitting secret agents to commit crimes | Covert Human Intelligence Sources Bill prompts split in opposition Labour party after leader Keir Starmer orders MPs to abstain | Fri, 10/16/2020 – 11: 54 | UK spy agency MI5's headquarters in London (Reuters) | A controversial new law that would allow agents recruited by the UK's security agency, MI5, to commit crimes has been passed by memb…

WSWS (2020-10-16). Protests against police brutality in Nigeria amid economic catastrophe. wsws.org The protests were sparked by the killing of a young man in Delta State, in southern Nigeria, during a stop-and-search operation on October 3, although the police denied that Special Anti-Robbery Squad officers were involved.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-16). Nigerians demand an end to police brutality. peoplesdispatch.org Massive protests have been held for the past nine days against police brutality across Nigeria.The protesters are demanding the dissolution of the SARS units of the police, and an end to all forms of police brutality in the country.

_____ (2020-10-16). Why You Won't Find Us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. strategic-culture.org Dear readers of the Strategic Culture Foundation website, | In September 2020, the Strategic Culture Foundation was banned from Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube following unsubstantiated claims that it was connected with Russian intelligence services and interfered in the US presidential elections on their orders. It means that you can't find us on these platforms and, moreover, if you try to post any links leading to SCF on your personal page, you will most likely not be allowed to do that. This case provides a glimpse into the dystopian future of suppressing dissident voices by governments previously known as dem…

sputniknews (2020-10-16). 2016 Plot to Install Biden Plus a Tale of Two Town Halls. sputniknews.com On today's episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan discussed current events, including the Democrats' plot to install Biden, the beheading of a teacher in Paris, Savannah Guthrie's town hall performance, the desecration of an altar in Louisiana, a drone strike in Idlib, and the latest on the START nuclear treaty.

sputniknews (2020-10-16). Four People Detained as Part of Investigation Into Teacher's Killing Near Paris – Report. sputniknews.com Earlier in the day, media reported that an unknown criminal beheaded a middle school history teacher near an educational institution in the commune of Conflans-Saint-Honorine. He was later shot dead by police officers.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2020-10-16). 'Sadistic and Depraved': Trump Rejects California Request for Federal Disaster Aid to Recover From Catastrophic Wildfires. commondreams.org "That a sitting president—of any party—would deny their own citizens help during their time of greatest need, amid literal hellfire raining down on American cities, is beyond shameful." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/trump_california_fires.jpg

Michael T. Klare (2020-10-15). Command (C2) Systems Powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI): The Pentagon's AI 'Ghost Fleet' Is More than Just Scary — It's Unwise. globalresearch.ca In an October