2020-11-29: News Headlines

Rod Driver (2020-11-29). The War Crimes of Obama, Cameron and Hillary Clinton. zcomm.org Libya, Syria and Yemen…

_____ (2020-11-29). Why I'm Thankful For 500 Years Of Indigenous Resistance. popularresistance.org Starting in 1452, under the guise of the Papal Bull Romanus Pontifex and later the 1493 Papal Bull Inter Cetera, the Christian Doctrine of Discovery, European Christians began their efforts to expand colonial rule, and the Christian Empire, throughout the world. | These Papal Bulls sanctioned European Christian Nations to "capture, vanquish, and subdue the saracens, pagans, and other enemies of Christ, to put them into perpetual slavery, and to take all their possessions and property" and were authorized "to take possession of any lands discovered that were not under the dominion of any Christian rulers."

Editor (2020-11-29). NPR's Shameful Comparison of Stacey Abrams to Donald Trump. scheerpost.com TED Conference / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] By Ari Paul / FAIR It's very likely that Stacey Abrams is not governor of Georgia today because in 2018, she and thousands of the state's voters were victims of voter suppression that propelled then—Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp into the governor's office. She wasn't quiet about this, not just because the shenanigans probably cost her the election… |

MEE and agencies (2020-11-29). Turkey sees record Covid-19 deaths for seventh day in a row. middleeasteye.net Turkey sees record Covid-19 deaths for seventh day in a row | Surge in cases comes despite stricter efforts to contain virus, but opposition politicians accuse Erdogan of taking 'band-aid' measures | Sun, 11/29/2020 – 18: 00 | A deserted street in Istanbul's popular tourist neighbourhood of Beyoglu amid the coronavirus pandemic, 21 November 2020 (Reuters) | Coronavirus deaths in Turkey ros…

Stan Cox (2020-11-29). How We Burned Through a Whole Hemisphere in Just 500 Years. counterpunch.org Donald Worster, a pioneer of the field of environmental history, held the Hall Distinguished Professorship Chair in American History at the University of Kansas from 1989 to 2012. He is currently a Professor of World History at Renmin University of China. His books have examined the politics and economics of water in the American West,

MEE and agencies (2020-11-29). Rocket hits oil refinery in central Iraq, causing fire. middleeasteye.net Rocket hits oil refinery in central Iraq, causing fire | The latest attack, not far from the country's largest refinery, follows a lull linked to US warnings two months ago | Sun, 11/29/2020 – 16: 45 | Mine clearers working for the Halo Trust in the Baiji area of Salahuddin province, central Iraq (AFP) | A small oil refinery in central Iraq was struck by a rocket on Sunday, causing fire an…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). Comprehensive Trade System operational. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) — Iranian ICT minister announced that a Comprehensive Trade System has brcome operational.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). Rocket hits small oil refinery in northern Iraq: Report. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) — A rocket hit a small oil refinery in northern Iraq, Baiji city on Sunday, causing fire and minor damage, two refinery officials said.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). MPs call for reviving Iran's nuclear industry. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) — In a statement, MPs called for the revival of Iran's nuclear industry by halting the voluntary implementation of the Additional Protocol to NPT and preventing inspections of the IAEO of Iranian nuclear sites.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). Malaysia condemns terrorist attack on 'Mohsen Fakhrizadeh'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) — Chairman of Islamic Institutions of Malaysia entitled "Malaysian Consultative Council of Islamic Organization (MAPIM)" in a statement on Sun. condemned assassination of Iranian prominent nuclear scientist 'Mohsen Fakhrizadeh'.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). Iraq, Iran, Russia, Syria to exchange security information. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) — Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Russian Federation and Syria will exchange security information with each other.

WSWS (2020-11-29). Ethiopian military seizes control of regional capital after offensive against Tigray province. wsws.org The desperate situation confronting Ethiopia is bound up with great power rivalries between the US, Europe and China that led over the last decades to the fragmentation and disintegration of a region that includes Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia and Djibouti.

RT (2020-11-29). Who's Killing Iranian Nuclear Scientists? dissidentvoice.org Israel denies being behind the assassination of top Iranian nuclear physicist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, and the US is keeping quiet. But the fact remains, Iranian scientists have been continuously and mysteriously murdered for at least a decade now. Who do you think is doing it?

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). Iran, Afghanistan discuss judicial coop. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) — Iranian ambassador to Kabul met and held talks with Afghanistan's Minister of Justice on the expansion of judicial cooperation and extradition of criminals.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). Turkey dispatches drones to battle against UAE in Yemen. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) — Informed sources claim that Turkey has dispatched advanced drones to the battle line in southern Yemen to confront UAE-backed forces.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). Fakhrizadeh devoted his life to his nation: Hakim. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) — Ammar al-Hakim, the leader of Iraq's National Wisdom Movement said, Iranian martyred scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, devoted his life to his nation.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). Cuban FM slams terrorist assault against Iranian Scientist. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) — Condemning the assassination of the Iranian Scientist, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez noted that his country is against all forms and manifestations of terrorism.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). Joseph Berlinger's master class in "Cinema Verite" en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) — Acclaimed American filmmaker, Joseph Berlinger is slated to hold an online master class in Iran International Documentary Film Festival known as "Cinema Verite" in Tehran.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). Leader offers condolence over demise of senior cleric. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) — Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has expressed condolences over the passing of prominent Iranian cleric and politician, Hojjatoleslam Seyyed Mohammad-Ali Shahidi.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). Jahangiri to address SCO Council of Heads of Govt. meeting. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) — Iranian 1st VP Es'hagh Jahangiri is to address the 19th meeting of the SCO Council of Heads of Government on Monday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). Jonathan Rosenbaum's online master class in "Cinema Verite" en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) — Famous American film critic and author Jonathan Rosenbaum is slated to hold an online master class in Iran International Documentary Film Festival known as "Cinema Verite" in Tehran.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). MP proposes Iran's withdrawal from NPT. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) — Iranian MP Javad Karimi Ghoddousi said Iran has to pull out from the NPT in case Europeans do not put removal of anti-Iranian sanctions on their agenda.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). No past meeting between martyr Fakhrizadeh, IAEA officials. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) — Spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said that Iran's martyred nuclear scientist 'Mohsen Fakhrizadeh' did not have any meeting with the officials of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). Iran registers 12,950 new COVID-19 infections, 389 deaths. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) — According to the Iranian Health Ministry, 12,950 new cases of COVID-19 infections have been confirmed in the country during the past 24 hours.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). Fakhrizadeh funeral process. at Hazrat Masoumeh shrine. en.mehrnews.com QOM, Nov. 29 (MNA) — The funeral procession of the Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was held on Sunday at Hazrat Masoumeh holy shrine in Qom.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). Iran, Zimbabwe emphasize strengthening bilateral coop. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) — Islamic Republic of Iran and Zimbabwe stressed the expansion of bilateral cooperation and promotion of trade-economic ties.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). Iran keen on boosting agricultural coop with Iraqi Kurdistan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) — The Iranian Consul General in Sulaimaniyah announced Iran's readiness to cooperate with the Kurdistan Region in the fields of agricultural and water projects, especially dam construction projects.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). Intelligence Min. find clues on perpetrators of terror attack. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) — Iranian Intelligence Ministry found clues on perpetrators behind assassination of top Iranian nuclear scientist 'Mohsen Fakhrizadeh'.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). Over 2 tons narcotics confiscated in SE Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 30 (MNA) — The Sistan and Baluchestan police commander announced the confiscation of over 2 tons of illicit drugs in an armed clash between police and members of a professional drug trafficking gang in Iranshahr.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). 'Fakhrizadeh assassination meant to destabalize region'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) —The Head of the Russian Federation Council committee on intl. affairs believes the assassination of Iran's Fakhrizadeh was aimed at destabilizing the situation in the region and that Iranian leadership is not to blame for this.

_____ (2020-11-29). Protesters Descend On Garcetti's House For 6th Consecutive Day. popularresistance.org Los Angeles, CA – A sixth day of demonstrations outside Mayor Eric Garcetti's official residence unfolded Sunday in an attempt to persuade President-elect Joe Biden not to appoint Garcetti to his cabinet. | Tabatha Jones Jolivet, a spokeswoman for BLM-LA, said Garcetti "has failed the people of Los Angeles in an unending number of ways — from criminalizing folks for being houseless, to refusing to stand up for people who are killed by his police force." | "We refuse to be quiet as President-elect Biden considers him for a cabinet post where his reach will extend to setting national policy," she said.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). Rouhani condoles on passing of senior politician. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) — President Hassan Rouhani has offered condolences on the passing of senior Iranian cleric and politician, Hojjatoleslam Seyyed Mohammad-Ali Shahidi.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). Initiating a war with Iran insanity: Former US official. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) — Former US Deputy National Security Advisor said bombing Iran's nuclear facilities will start a war in the Middle East.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). Russia seeking to build its own space station. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) — Russia's rocket and space corporation Energia on Thursday announced that it is working on the development of a new multifunctional space station.

Gareth Porter (2020-11-28). US & Israel pushing Iran to brink of war. thealtworld.com Red Lines host Anya Parampil & Max Blumenthal speaks with Professor Mohammad Marandi of The University of Tehran and Investigative Journalist Gareth Porter about the recent assassination of Dr. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in Tehran. | Asked during our livestream today whether a new Iran deal was likely,

Binoy Kampmark (2020-11-28). Not Adding Up: Australia, Iran and the Release of Kylie Moore-Gilbert. dissidentvoice.org Australia's ambassadorial offices and political leaders have a consistent record of ignoring their citizens in tight situations. David Hicks, Mamdouh Habib and Julian Assange are but a few names that come to mind in this inglorious record of indifference. In such cases, Australian public figures and officials have tacitly approved the use of abduction, torture …

RT (2020-11-28). Yemen: Where America Tests its Weapons. dissidentvoice.org The US spends more on military aid to Saudi Arabia than on humanitarian aid to Yemen as the former continues to wage war on the latter. RT America's Alex Mihailovich reports. Then former UK MP George Galloway weighs in on the conflict and why it is met with such widespread ignorance and apathy in the …

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-28). ICRC to grant SFr 250K of aid to IRCS amid outbreak. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 28 (MNA) — ICRC will provide SFr 250,000 worth of humanitarian aid to the Iranian Red Crescent Society so as to provide home oxygen equipment for Covid-19 patients.

Alan MacLeod (2020-11-28). "Superheroes" and "Nice" guys: Coverage of Biden's hawkish cabinet picks is predictably lacking. mronline.org Just as they failed to hold power to account in the run-up to the disastrous wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, corporate media is refusing to ask the hard questions about Biden's hawkish cabinet picks.

WSWS (2020-11-28). Israel's siege means death for Gaza's COVID-19 patients. wsws.org The Hamas government has said the Gaza Strip "lacks oxygen-generating machines, ventilators, protective gear, and hygiene materials. Thirty-two percent of basic drugs and 62 percent of drugs and materials for medical laboratories are not available."

WSWS (2020-11-28). Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia. wsws.org The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

RT (2020-11-28). Navalny uses meeting between EU officials & pro-West Russian opposition to call for sanctions on Kremlin-linked 'oligarchs'. rt.com Alexey Navalny has called on the EU to impose sanctions on Russian "oligarchs," rich businessmen he says are connected to the Kremlin. The opposition figure wants them to be prevented from keeping assets inside the 27-member bloc. | Navalny explicitly named Uzbek-Russian tycoon Alisher Usmanov and Israeli-Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich. Both men laid the foundations for their immense wealth during the Boris Yeltsin-era, when Western governments were encouraging privatization in Russia, and the country's integration into the global capitalist system. Finnish-Russian magnate Boris Rotenberg, who came to pr…

MEE and agencies (2020-11-28). 13 killed in Yemen clashes between separatists and pro-government forces. middleeasteye.net 13 killed in Yemen clashes between separatists and pro-government forces | Deadly fighting involving southern breakaway group follows breakdown in power-sharing talks in August | Sat, 11/28/2020 – 15: 29 | A Southern Transitional Council fighter atop a tank in Abyan province (AFP) | Clashes between southern Yemeni separatists and pro-government forces in Yemen's Abyan province killed 13 fi…

RT (2020-11-28). Syria condemns 'Zionist terrorist attack on science' as Israel says it has 'no clue' who was behind Iranian scientist's murder. rt.com Syria has condemned the assassination of top Iranian nuclear physicist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, calling it a chilling "terrorist attack on science", as Israel denies involvement. | Syria's Foreign Minister Faysal Mikdad While Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was a senior Iranian nuclear physicist with alleged…

RT (2020-11-28). Watch as daring alpinist cleans 320m-high Russky Bridge after freak storm glazes it with ice (VIDEO). rt.com A Russian alpinist has been tasked with clearing ice from Vladivostok's Russky Bridge, the first cable-stayed bridge in the world to ice over. At 1,104 meters, it's the longest of its type in the world, making cleaning a challenge | The bridge, which connects Russky Island to the Muravyov-Amursky Peninsula, was completely iced up during last week's freak freezing rain, which left some Vladivostok residents without electricity and heat for days. A vital part of the infrastructure in Russia's Far East, the bridge was closed to all traffic on November 21, two days after the storm. Its stays became glazed with ice…

RT (2020-11-28). 'Important to preserve scope for talks with Iran': Germany warns against escalation after killing of top Iranian scientist. rt.com Berlin has urged "all parties" to avoid escalating tensions following the assassination of a senior Iranian scientist in what Tehran suspects to be an Israeli operation. Iran's leader has pledged to go after those responsible. | "A few weeks before the new US administration takes office, it is important to preserve the scope for talks with Iran so that the dispute over Iran's nuclear programme can be resolved through negotiations," a spokesman for the German Foreign Ministry told Reuters in an email. | We therefore urge all parties to refrain from any steps that could lead to a further escalation of the situat…

RT (2020-11-28). Covid-19-driven recession may see Russian economy contract by 4.5% & a million plunged into poverty, says finance guru Kudrin. rt.com The economic consequences of Covid-19 are becoming clearer, and they aren't good. The number of Russians in poverty is projected to grow by about a million by the end of 2020, with the overall economy due to fall as much as 4.5%.

RT (2020-11-28). Close encounter: Russian, Indian satellites 'dangerously approach' each other in 'crowded' low orbit. rt.com An Indian remote sensing satellite flew "dangerously close" to a Russian one on Friday, according to Russian space agency Roscosmos. The Indian authorities, however, denied there was any risk of collision. | "The Indian CARTOSAT 2F satellite weighing over 700 kg dangerously approached the Russian Kanopus-V spacecraft," Roscosmos said in a statement on Friday, citing data provided by its automatic warning system, designed to track potentially hazardous situations in near-Earth orbit. The Russian space agency said that the distance between the two satellites was just 224 meters — quite close by space standa…

_____ (2020-11-28). National Day Of Action For Palestine. popularresistance.org The Israeli government continues to press ahead with its gross violations of international law and Palestinian human rights, accelerating the ongoing colonisation of yet more Palestinian land. These include plans to proceed with formal annexation. Despite the rhetoric from some of our political leaders that the US- UAE has taken annexation off the table, Israel has made clear that its plans are merely on temporary hold . Netanyahu has stated clearly, speaking after the UAE deal, that "there is no change to my plan to extend sovereignty, our sovereignty in Judea and Samaria, in full coordination with the United St…

Sharmila Devi (2020-11-28). [World Report] Funding crisis threatens Palestinian refugee agency. thelancet.com UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East says that a $300 million shortfall is threatening health services. Sharmila Devi reports.