Daily Archives: November 5, 2020

2020-11-05: News Headlines

Mohammad al-Deirawi and Ramzy Baroud (2020-11-04). "They Tried to Freeze Me to Death": Torture and Resistance in Israeli Prisons. dissidentvoice.org Mohammad Ibrahim Ali al-Deirawi was born on January 30, 1978 in Nuseirat refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. His family is originally from Bir Al-Saba', an ethnically cleansed Palestinian town located in the southern Naqab desert. Mohammad was arrested by the Israeli army at a military checkpoint in central Gaza on March 1, 2001. He …

Betsey Piette (2020-11-04). Free Ant Smith — drop the bogus charges now! workers.org Smith speaking during a march for police abolition in Philadelphia, June 28, 2016. Philadelphia Since George Floyd's death last May sparked demonstrations against police brutality across the U.S., federal prosecutors have filed over 300 felony cases against demonstrators. While a few cases charge members of right-wing groups, most are lodged . . . |

Dan Froomkin (2020-11-04). The Biggest Story of Our Time Requires an Army of Journalists to Tell. commondreams.org The role of the free press in the world's leading democracy is not to sit by and watch as authoritarianism takes root. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/local_newspapers_0_0.jpg

_____ (2020-11-03). 'The Coming War On China' — Watch John Pilger's Powerfully Relevant Documentary. strategic-culture.org Caitlin JOHNSTONE | "The aim of this film is to break a silence: the United States and China may well be on the road to war, and nuclear war is no longer unthinkable," Pilger says in his 2016 documentary The Coming War on China, which "In a few years China has become the world's second-biggest economic power," Pilger's introduction continues. "The United States is the world's biggest military power, with bases and missiles and ships covering ever…

RT (2020-11-03). UK raises terrorism threat to 'severe' after attacks in Austria & France. rt.com The UK has raised the country's terrorism threat level from "substantial" to "severe", meaning that British intelligence and security agencies now see an attack as "highly likely". | The decision, taken by the UK's Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC), moves the terrorism threat back to its second highest level, having lowered it in November 2019 after the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. | The update comes less than 24 hours after an Islamist extremist killed four people in a shooting in Vienna, Austria before being killed by police, and in the wake of a series of deadly terrorist attacks in Franc…

RT (2020-11-03). In major rule change, Russian intelligence officers to be allowed to take foreign citizenship & residency as part of missions. rt.com Russia's State Duma has moved to roll back rules that prevented many of the country's intelligence and security officers from holding residence permits, and even the citizenship, of other countries as part of their service. | Until now, employees of these agencies, like military personnel, federal civil servants, and other senior officials, had been banned from possessing these documents, and being a foreign resident or citizen constituted official grounds for dismissal. | However, a new bill introduced earlier this year by President Vladimir Putin would allow agents of the FSB and SVR, Russia's domestic and o…

sputniknews (2020-11-03). Terrorist Threat in Switzerland High, No Data About Possible Attacks, Intelligence Service Says. sputniknews.com GENEVA (Sputnik) – A terrorist threat in Switzerland remains high, but there is no information regarding an actual attack, Isabelle Graber, a spokeswoman for the country's Federal Intelligence Service (FIS), told Sputnik.

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2020-11-03). 'To Ensure That No Ballots Have Been Held Up,' Federal Judge Orders Sweeps of USPS Facilities, Rushed Delivery of Mail-In Votes. commondreams.org "If one solitary ballot goes undelivered, DeJoy should be ordered to show cause as to why he should not be held in contempt," said one legal analyst. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/ballot_sorting.jpg

teleSUR (2020-11-03). Chile: Lower Chamber Debates a Claim Against Interior Minister. telesurenglish.net Chile's Congress is set to debate on Tuesday a constitutional claim presented by a group of opposition lawmakers against the Interior Minister Victor Perez for his responsibility regarding police brutality against demonstrators. | RELATED: | The constitutional claim was admmitted by the Lower Chamber, after a policeman pushed a 16-year-old man from a bridge into the Mapocho River during the protests that took place in Santiago to su…

sputniknews (2020-11-02). US Election's Effect on Assange Case Unclear as Trump, Biden Never Debated on Free Press – Journo. sputniknews.com WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange's British extradition trial won't be decided until January, but the effect of the US presidential election on his ultimate fate is hard to predict, since his case and the dangers posed to freedom of the press was never a topic for the candidates to debate, a journalist told Sputnik.

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-11-02). Warning of 'Dark Days Ahead,' Historians of Fascism Stress 'It Is Not Too Late' to Avoid Descent Into Authoritarianism. commondreams.org "We believe that unless we take immediate action, democracy as we know it will continue in its frightening regression, irrespective of who wins the American presidency," the scholars warned. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/proud_0.jpg