2020-10-27: News Headlines

reenvia Red Latina sin fronteras (2020-10-27). Chile: Ana Tijoux, una voz en la revuelta. indybay.org Ana Tijoux, una voz en la revuelta chilena. Su música y sus letras son banda de sonido de la calle en rebeldà¨a.

reenvia Red Latina sin fronteras (2020-10-27). Enlaces Red Latina sin fronteras 27oct. indybay.org ENLACES de Red Latina sin fronteras 27.10.2020 | comunicaciones e información para la liberación…

news.un (2020-10-27). Equality, sustainability should guide COVID-19 recovery, say governments at regional forum. news.un.org Countries in the Latin America and the Caribbean region have called for COVID-19 recovery to be guided by the principles of inclusive development, equality and sustainability.

Max Blumenthal (2020-10-26). How Bolivia's new socialist senator resisted coup terror: Meet torture survivor Patricia Arce. thegrayzone.com The Grayzone traveled to rural Bolivia to meet Patricia Arce, a former mayor who was publicly tortured during a US-backed coup in November 2019, and is now a senator-elect from the indigenous-led Movement Toward Socialism party, which won in a historic landslide election on October 18. By Max Blumenthal Video and translation by Ben Norton Transcript MAX BLUMENTHAL: Just a few days after the dramatic landslide victory on October 18 of the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) party founded by Evo …

Max Blumenthal (2020-10-26). How Bolivia's new socialist senator resisted coup terror: Meet MAS party leader Patricia Arce. thegrayzone.com The Grayzone traveled to rural Bolivia to meet Patricia Arce, a former mayor who was publicly tortured during a US-backed coup in November 2019, and is now a senator-elect from the indigenous-led Movement Toward Socialism party, which won in a historic landslide election on October 18. By Max Blumenthal Video and translation by Ben Norton Puede leer esto en español aquí. Transcript MAX BLUMENTHAL: Just a few days after the dramatic landslide victory on October 18 of the Movement Toward …

Max Blumenthal (2020-10-26). Como la nueva senadora socialista de Bolivia resistió el terror del golpe de estado: Conozca a Patricia Arce. thegrayzone.com The Grayzone viajó al trópico de Cochabamba en Bolivia para entrevistar a Patricia Arce, la ex alcaldesa quien fue torturada durante un golpe de estado respaldado por EEUU en noviembre de 2019, y quien ahora es una senadora electa del partido Movimiento al Socialismo, que ganó las elecciones del 18 de octubre por goleada. Por Max Blumenthal Video y traducción por Benjamín Norton You can read this in English here. Transcripción MAX BLUMENTHAL: Unos días después del triunfo aplastante y …

Paul Dobson (2020-10-26). Venezuela: '100% Effective' Covid-19 Treatment Allegedly Discovered. venezuelanalysis.com The announcement came as Maduro unveiled a cabinet reshuffle and Venezuelans held an electoral dry run.

Alan Macleod (2020-10-26). In Stunning Display of Popular Will, Protests in Bolivia to Chile Force Public Reckoning of "Chicago Boy" Economics. mintpressnews.com Like in Bolivia, the strength of public opinion in Chile was so immense that the government, led by Chile's richest man Sebastian Piñera, immediately conceded.

commondreams (2020-10-26). Senate Votes Today on Trump's Anti-Worker, Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Consumer Nominee. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Areeb Ullah (2020-10-26). Lebanon court rejects new migrant worker contract to replace criticised kafala system. middleeasteye.net Lebanon court rejects new migrant worker contract to replace criticised kafala system | Officials said the new standard contract for domestic workers would be the first step needed to abolish the kafala system | Mon, 10/26/2020 – 10: 36 | Ethiopian workers let go because of Lebanon's economic crisis wait outside Ethiopia's embassy in Beirut (AFP) | A court in Lebanon has suspended the implementation of a…

Eds. (2020-10-26). What are Chileans voting for in Sunday's historic constitutional plebiscite. mronline.org Ahead of the Chilean national plebiscite, scheduled for October 25, we answer some of the key questions regarding the upcoming popular referendum.

Benjamin Dangl (2020-10-26). Ballots Defeat Bullets: MAS Wins Historic Mandate in Post-Coup Bolivian Election. counterpunch.org Against all odds, the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) party won the October 18th elections in Bolivia with 55.1% of the vote. This is better than even Evo Morales did in 2005 with 53.75% support. It gives MAS President-elect Lucho Arce one of the biggest mandates in Bolivian history, and is in part a major endorsement of MAS policies and its 14 years in power.

W. T. Whitney Jr. (2020-10-26). Cuba's triple troubles: Pandemic, blockade, and economic crisis. peoplesworld.org Buffeted for six decades by the U.S. economic blockade and recently having had to cope with restrictions on daily life and work due to COVID- 19, Cuba's already shaky economy is deteriorating. Government leaders recently outlined remedial steps leading to what they call a "new normal." The U.N.'s Economic Commission for Latin America and the …

Vijay Prashad (2020-10-26). Argentina's Veteran Ambassador Makes a Stand for the Sovereignty of Latin America. counterpunch.org Alicia Castro does not shy away from her views. She came to diplomacy from the trade union movement, where she was a leader when she was a flight attendant with Aerolíneas Argentinas. Castro spent eight years as a member of parliament in the Argentine National Congress, where she fought for the rights of working people.

Walter Smolarek (2020-10-26). Chile referendum: People's uprising smashes dictatorship-era constitution. liberationnews.org By a massive margin, Chileans voted on Sunday to scrap the country's constitution and elect a convention to write a new framework for the country's government. Hundreds of thousands of Chileans last night packed Plaza Dignidad — the iconic center of the protest movement that swept the country a year ago — to celebrate the …

W. T. Whitney (2020-10-26). Cuba Responds to Pandemic, Blockade and New Economic Troubles. counterpunch.org Buffeted for six decades by the U. S. economic blockade and recently having had to cope with restrictions on daily life and work due to COVID 19, Cuba's already shaky economy is deteriorating. Government leaders recently outlined remedial steps leading to what they call a "new normal." The UN's Economic Commission for Latin America and

RT (2020-10-26). Bolivia promises to buy Russian Covid-19 vaccine as new leader pledges to restore relations that 'deteriorated' after 2019 coup. rt.com The newly-elected President of Bolivia Luis Arce has pledged to improve ties with Russia, and plans to order its Covid-19 vaccine once it's ready for sale, saying relations with Moscow 'deteriorated' under the previous government. | In an interview with Moscow's Sputnik news agency, Arce outlined the numerous avenues for partnership with Russia that he wants to open up, including the exchange of technology, gas imports and construction of a new nuclear facility together with state energy corporation Rosatom. | Arce blamed the outgoing interim government for tainting the relationship between the two countries.

RT (2020-10-26). US threatens to destroy Iranian missiles if shipped to Venezuela as Washington slams Tehran with new oil sanctions. rt.com Washington will "eliminate" any long-range missiles shipped to Venezuela from Iran, the US envoy to both countries warned after an arms embargo on Tehran expired this month — but offered no evidence a single sale has taken place. | "The transfer of long-range missiles from Iran to Venezuela is not acceptable to the United States and will not be tolerated or permitted," Elliott Abrams, the State Department Special Representative for Iran and Venezuela

RT (2020-10-26). Bolivian court drops 'terrorism' charges against ex-President Evo Morales, withdraws arrest warrant — judge. rt.com Bolivia's regional court in La Paz has dismissed "terrorism" charges and dropped the arrest warrant issued against former President Evo Morales, arguing that his rights were violated and judicial procedures breached. | The ex-president's rights, including his right for judicial protection, have been violated, Judge Jorge Quino, the head of the Departmental Court of Justice in La Paz, said as he explained the court's decision to grant a request filed by Morales' lawyers. | He also said that judicial procedures were violated in this case since Morales was not properly summoned. The charges were dropped as the pr…

Lautaro Rivara (2020-10-26). Haiti Has a Long History of Being Assaulted by Its Latin American Neighbors. counterpunch.org Thirteen United Nations peacekeeping missions are underway in various countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Haiti has been the epicenter of the UN peacekeeping missions in Latin America and the Caribbean; there have been eight UN missions since the International Civilian Mission in Haiti (MICIVIH) was deployed in Haiti in 1993. On October

Stephen Lendman (2020-10-26). Chileans Vote Up or Down for Constitutional Change. globalresearch.ca Since the CIA elevated Augusto Pinochet to power on an earlier 9/11 day of infamy in 1973 — replacing social democracy with tyrannical fascist rule — Pinochet's ghost still haunts most Chileans. | Billionaire Sebastian Pinera governs the country with an …

Adeyinka Makinde (2020-10-26). 50 Years Ago: The Assassination of René Schneider, Chile's Constitutionalist General. globalresearch.ca The assassination of Chilean General René Schneider who died on October 25th 1970 from wounds sustained in an an attack three days earlier is worth recalling because of his stand in protecting the constitutional process in his country, as well …

WSWS (2020-10-26). COVID's deadly toll on people with Alzheimer's and dementia. wsws.org Deaths from dementia have been catastrophic as the isolation and lockdowns of nursing homes have led to cessation of vital support and treatment for this vulnerable layer of the population.

Telesur (2020-10-26). Time to Flee Bolivia? Jeanine àÅñez Asks U.S. for 350 Visas after Arce's Victory. globalresearch.ca With the victory of the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) in the Bolivian elections on October 18, the de facto coup government presided over by Jeanine àÅñez, has requested visas from the United States for its officials according to a US-based …

Swiss Propaganda Research (2020-10-26). Are Face Masks Effective? The Evidence. globalresearch.ca First published August 4, 2020 | 1. Studies on the effectiveness of face masks | So far, most studies found little to no evidence for the effectiveness of cloth face masks in the general population, neither as personal protective equipment nor as …

Tanya Wadhwa (2020-10-26). Chileans approve drafting a new constitution. peoplesdispatch.org Chileans approved the drafting of a new constitution with an overwhelming majority in Regarding the type of body that must write the new constitution, the second question that was raised in the his…

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2020-10-26). 'Let This Echo Around the World': Nearly 50 Years After US-Backed Coup, Chile Votes to Rewrite Pinochet Era Constitution. commondreams.org "This historic day belongs to those who have struggled for decades, to those who have given their lives, to the tortured, to the mutilated, and especially to those who remain imprisoned." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/chile_referendum.jpg

Simon Davis-Cohen (2020-10-26). Chile, Bolivia, El Salvador Lead On Decolonial Constitutional Change. commondreams.org People gather to celebrate the victory of the referendum, in Santiago, Chile, on October 25, 2020 that will replace its 40-year-old constitution, written during the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet, in Santiago, Chile. (Photo by Felipe Vargas Figueroa/NurPhoto via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/chile.jpg

_____ (2020-10-26). California Tribes Oppose Proposed Water Tunnel. popularresistance.org In early March, just weeks before California shut down due to COVID-19, more than 200 tribal citizens, environmentalists and others gathered in the city of Redding to protest a proposed massive water tunnel in the state. | Members of the Yurok, Hoopa Valley, Karuk, Pit River, Winnemem Wintu, Pomo and Miwok nations held an outdoor rally before speaking at a meeting on the Delta Tunnel Conveyance project, saying it would destroy water quality and devastate the state's salmon population and other important fish species in the San Joaquin Delta estuary.

_____ (2020-10-26). Learning The Lessons From Bolivia. popularresistance.org I want to pass on my congratulations to new President Luis Arce, to Evo Morales and to the whole Movement Towards Socialism (MAS). | And I would like to pay special tribute to the heroic struggle and resistance put up by the Bolivian people over the past year since the military-led coup. | These elections were won in the face of widespread repression. Since last year's coup and in the run-up to the elections there's been violence and intimidation including against the Movement Towards Socialism.

_____ (2020-10-26). Chile: Approval For A New Constitution Wins Massive Mandate. popularresistance.org Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020 – Chileans today overwhelmingly approved, at the polls, the doing away of the Constitution drafted and approved under the military regime of Augusto Pinochet and gave the green light to the creation of a Constitutional Assembly. | According to official data by Chile's official electoral body, with 45.24% of the vote counted, 77.85% percent of the voters checked the Approval box, an overwhelming figure in contrast to the 22.15% percent who chose to legitimize the current Constitution, which was supported by a majority of right-wing parties.

Ariel Dorfman (2020-10-26). A New Constitution: What the United States Can Learn From Chile. thenation.com A New Constitution: What the United States Can Learn From Chile…

Staff (2020-10-26). Survivor Deported After Speaking Out About Medical Abuse in ICE Jails. truthout.org An independent medical review team has submitted a report to Congress on a lack of informed consent and "disturbing pattern" of questionable gynecological surgical procedures at the Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia, after an account from a nurse whistleblower in September prompted congressional and federal investigations. At least 19 women, most of whom are Black and Latina, have come forward to allege they were pressured into "unnecessary" gynecological treatment and surgeries — includin…

Robert F. Kennedy Jr (2020-10-26). Video: Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.: International Message for Freedom and Hope. globalresearch.ca Today, October 24, 2020, there are many rallies around the world. Activists in these countries are joining in a common voice: Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Uruguay, Italy, Germany, Poland, Belgium, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, France, and Austria. | Citizens of …

Ben Dangl (2020-10-26). Ballots defeated bullets, now what's next in Bolivia? zcomm.org The MAS has overcome incredible challenges this year. Now they will have to navigate the disastrous pandemic, rising fascism and an economic downturn…

Bryce Greene (2020-10-25). After Socialist Victory in Bolivia, Media Still Whitewash Coup. commondreams.org Bolivia's leftist presidential candidate Luis Arce of the Movement for Socialism party celebrates with running mate David Choquehuanca early on October 19, 2020 in La Paz, Bolivia. (Photo: Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/bolivia_democracy_arce.jpg

Ricardo Vaz (2020-10-25). Venezuelan Hard Right Opposition Leader Leopoldo Lopez Flees to Spain. venezuelanalysis.com Lopez had been in the Spanish Ambassador's residence after escaping house arrest.

Ricardo Vaz (2020-10-25). [UPDATED] Venezuelan Hard Right Opposition Leader Leopoldo Lopez Flees to Spain. venezuelanalysis.com Lopez had been in the Spanish Ambassador's residence after escaping house arrest.

teleSUR (2020-10-25). Chile Plebiscite: Police Repression Prior to Polls Closing. telesurenglish.net Various social organizations denounced this Sunday repression by Carabineros (Chilean Police) against protesters who gathered in the Plaza de la Dignidad, located in Santiago de Chile, minutes after the polls closed for the constitutional plebiscite. | Although the day was developing peacefully, a group of police attacked the citizens with water and tear gas jets, preventing the people's gathering temporarily. Ultimately the police retreated, and people have taken over the square. | According to witnesses, the place is surrounded by police officers. Likewise, alternative media journalists also denounced attack…

teleSUR (2020-10-25). Bolivia: Over 50% of Elected Lawmakers Are Women. telesurenglish.net After the general elections held in Bolivia last October 18, which was won by the Movement to Socialism (MAS), there is a strong female presence in both the Chamber of Representatives and the Senate. | RELATED: | The MAS achieved a majority in the Senate with 21 seats, of which 10 are occupied by women. | The Citizens' Community won 11 seats, seven of them for women, while We Believe won four, two of them for wome…

teleSUR, CE (2020-10-25). Barbados PM Mottley Proposes New Social Contract. telesurenglish.net Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Amour Mottley, is proposing a new social contract to get Barbadians through the COVID-19 related crisis. | RELATED: | Speaking at the Barbados Labour Party's 82nd Annual Conference on Saturday, October 25, Mottely said this new protocol would be between the government, the labour movement and the private sector and would involve civil society and non-governmental organizations. | This new contract…

teleSUR, CE (2020-10-25). MAS Social Bases Celebrate in Evo's Home Region. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's social movements are carrying celebrations all through the weekend, as the country looks forward to the swearing in of President-elect Luis Arce. | RELATED: | A largely young crowd gathered in the town of Eterazama on Sunday, located in the Chapare region, also known as the Tropico of Cochabamba, where Evo Morales first became a union leader. | The highly influential Senators-elect for the department of Cochaba…

teleSUR (2020-10-25). Chile Holds Plebiscite on Rewriting Pinochet-Era Constitution. telesurenglish.net One year after the social outburst in Chile, the people this Sunday go to the polls to decide whether to change the Constitution and under what institutional modality this process would take place. | RELATED: | The national plebiscite took place because of the broad social protests, which suffered police brutality, with the death toll rising to hundreds of wounded and arrested. | One of the main tools for sustaining the p…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-25). Calls intensify for resignation of OAS secretary general Luis Almagro. peoplesdispatch.org Progressive movements across Latin America have called for the resignation of OAS secretary general Luis Almagro, pointing to his role in the coup in Bolivia in 2019 and in destabilizing democracy in the country…

teleSUR (2020-10-25). Venezuela Launches National Voting Simulation. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's national voting simulation Sunday started at 8h00 local time, with the application of all biosecurity measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic ahead of the parliamentary elections of next December 6. | RELATED: | The trial will take place this Sunday from 8h00 to 15h00 local time, for which the National Electoral Council has set up 381 polling stations throughout the country. | Today, all the technical elements of the Auto…

teleSUR (2020-10-25). Venezuela: Leopoldo Lopez Leaves Spanish Embassy in Caracas. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez Saturday left the Spanish Embassy in Caracas were he remained as a guest since April 30th last year. | RELATED: | The right-wing's representative could not apply for political asylum status from Venezuela before, since that request must be made only within Spanish territory. | Since the Venezuelan opponent could not apply for asylum, he was in the condition of a guest, a figure…

teleSUR (2020-10-25). Chile's Plebiscite 2020: Polls Have Now Closed. telesurenglish.net Results are expected shortly and Chileans will decide if they want a new constitution and the form in which they will redact it.

_____ (2020-10-25). Protests Against Greed And Inequality Are Spreading Like Wildfire Through Latin America. popularresistance.org With attention fixed on this week's events in Bolivia, you would be excused for not realizing that much of the rest of the region has for weeks also been ablaze in the flames of protest. | In Costa Rica, the neoliberal coalition government of Carlos Alverado attempted to force through a $1.75 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to deal with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. As has been its modus operandi this year, the organization offered the money attached to a host of free-market changes, including tax changes, cuts to public services, and privatization of state-owned assets, s…

Al Carroll (2020-10-25). Trump's Body Count: Could Be Over a Million. indybay.org The combined death toll from all of Trump's many crimes is not "just" the over 222,000 COVID deaths. It includes at least 40,000 Venezuelans, Syrian Christian and Yazidi refugees, Karen Christians, Rohingya, refugees from Latin America, Afghans, Iraqis, Somalis, Yemenis, and tens of thousands of Americans who died by Trump sabotaging their healthcare.

news.un (2020-10-25). UN treaty banning nuclear weapons set to enter into force in January. news.un.org In what leading campaigners are describing as "a new chapter for nuclear disarmament", the ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons will now come into force on 22 January, after Honduras became the 50th Member State to ratify on Saturday.

2020-10-26: News Headlines

Staff (2020-10-26). "They Wanted to Take My Womb Out": Survivor of Medical Abuse in ICE Jail Deported After Speaking Out. democracynow.org An independent medical review team has submitted a report to Congress on a lack of informed consent and "disturbing pattern" of questionable gynecological surgical procedures at the Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia, after an account from a nurse whistleblower in September prompted congressional and federal investigations. At least 19 women, most of whom are Black and Latina, have come forward to allege they were pressured into "unnecessary" gynecological treatment and surgeries — including procedures that left them sterile — while they were detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. We s…

Max Blumenthal (2020-10-26). How Bolivia's new socialist senator resisted coup terror: Meet torture survivor Patricia Arce. thegrayzone.com The Grayzone traveled to rural Bolivia to meet Patricia Arce, a former mayor who was publicly tortured during a US-backed coup in November 2019, and is now a senator-elect from the indigenous-led Movement Toward Socialism party, which won in a historic landslide election on October 18. By Max Blumenthal Video and translation by Ben Norton Transcript MAX BLUMENTHAL: Just a few days after the dramatic landslide victory on October 18 of the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) party founded by Evo …

Max Blumenthal (2020-10-26). How Bolivia's new socialist senator resisted coup terror: Meet MAS party leader Patricia Arce. thegrayzone.com The Grayzone traveled to rural Bolivia to meet Patricia Arce, a former mayor who was publicly tortured during a US-backed coup in November 2019, and is now a senator-elect from the indigenous-led Movement Toward Socialism party, which won in a historic landslide election on October 18. By Max Blumenthal Video and translation by Ben Norton Puede leer esto en español aquí. Transcript MAX BLUMENTHAL: Just a few days after the dramatic landslide victory on October 18 of the Movement Toward …

Max Blumenthal (2020-10-26). Como la nueva senadora socialista de Bolivia resistió el terror del golpe de estado: Conozca a Patricia Arce. thegrayzone.com The Grayzone viajó al trópico de Cochabamba en Bolivia para entrevistar a Patricia Arce, la ex alcaldesa quien fue torturada durante un golpe de estado respaldado por EEUU en noviembre de 2019, y quien ahora es una senadora electa del partido Movimiento al Socialismo, que ganó las elecciones del 18 de octubre por goleada. Por Max Blumenthal Video y traducción por Benjamín Norton You can read this in English here. Transcripción MAX BLUMENTHAL: Unos días después del triunfo aplastante y …

Alan Macleod (2020-10-26). In Stunning Display of Popular Will, Protests in Bolivia to Chile Force Public Reckoning of "Chicago Boy" Economics. mintpressnews.com Like in Bolivia, the strength of public opinion in Chile was so immense that the government, led by Chile's richest man Sebastian Piñera, immediately conceded.

Paul Dobson (2020-10-26). Venezuela: '100% Effective' Covid-19 Treatment Allegedly Discovered. venezuelanalysis.com The announcement came as Maduro unveiled a cabinet reshuffle and Venezuelans held an electoral dry run.

commondreams (2020-10-26). Senate Votes Today on Trump's Anti-Worker, Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Consumer Nominee. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Areeb Ullah (2020-10-26). Lebanon court rejects new migrant worker contract to replace criticised kafala system. middleeasteye.net Lebanon court rejects new migrant worker contract to replace criticised kafala system | Officials said the new standard contract for domestic workers would be the first step needed to abolish the kafala system | Mon, 10/26/2020 – 10: 36 | Ethiopian workers let go because of Lebanon's economic crisis wait outside Ethiopia's embassy in Beirut (AFP) | A court in Lebanon has suspended the implementation of a…

Vijay Prashad (2020-10-26). Argentina's Veteran Ambassador Makes a Stand for the Sovereignty of Latin America. counterpunch.org Alicia Castro does not shy away from her views. She came to diplomacy from the trade union movement, where she was a leader when she was a flight attendant with Aerolíneas Argentinas. Castro spent eight years as a member of parliament in the Argentine National Congress, where she fought for the rights of working people.

W. T. Whitney (2020-10-26). Cuba Responds to Pandemic, Blockade and New Economic Troubles. counterpunch.org Buffeted for six decades by the U. S. economic blockade and recently having had to cope with restrictions on daily life and work due to COVID 19, Cuba's already shaky economy is deteriorating. Government leaders recently outlined remedial steps leading to what they call a "new normal." The UN's Economic Commission for Latin America and

Eds. (2020-10-26). What are Chileans voting for in Sunday's historic constitutional plebiscite. mronline.org Ahead of the Chilean national plebiscite, scheduled for October 25, we answer some of the key questions regarding the upcoming popular referendum.

Benjamin Dangl (2020-10-26). Ballots Defeat Bullets: MAS Wins Historic Mandate in Post-Coup Bolivian Election. counterpunch.org Against all odds, the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) party won the October 18th elections in Bolivia with 55.1% of the vote. This is better than even Evo Morales did in 2005 with 53.75% support. It gives MAS President-elect Lucho Arce one of the biggest mandates in Bolivian history, and is in part a major endorsement of MAS policies and its 14 years in power.

W. T. Whitney Jr. (2020-10-26). Cuba's triple troubles: Pandemic, blockade, and economic crisis. peoplesworld.org Buffeted for six decades by the U.S. economic blockade and recently having had to cope with restrictions on daily life and work due to COVID- 19, Cuba's already shaky economy is deteriorating. Government leaders recently outlined remedial steps leading to what they call a "new normal." The U.N.'s Economic Commission for Latin America and the …

Lautaro Rivara (2020-10-26). Haiti Has a Long History of Being Assaulted by Its Latin American Neighbors. counterpunch.org Thirteen United Nations peacekeeping missions are underway in various countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Haiti has been the epicenter of the UN peacekeeping missions in Latin America and the Caribbean; there have been eight UN missions since the International Civilian Mission in Haiti (MICIVIH) was deployed in Haiti in 1993. On October

Stephen Lendman (2020-10-26). Chileans Vote Up or Down for Constitutional Change. globalresearch.ca Since the CIA elevated Augusto Pinochet to power on an earlier 9/11 day of infamy in 1973 — replacing social democracy with tyrannical fascist rule — Pinochet's ghost still haunts most Chileans. | Billionaire Sebastian Pinera governs the country with an …

WSWS (2020-10-26). COVID's deadly toll on people with Alzheimer's and dementia. wsws.org Deaths from dementia have been catastrophic as the isolation and lockdowns of nursing homes have led to cessation of vital support and treatment for this vulnerable layer of the population.

Adeyinka Makinde (2020-10-26). 50 Years Ago: The Assassination of René Schneider, Chile's Constitutionalist General. globalresearch.ca The assassination of Chilean General René Schneider who died on October 25th 1970 from wounds sustained in an an attack three days earlier is worth recalling because of his stand in protecting the constitutional process in his country, as well …

Telesur (2020-10-26). Time to Flee Bolivia? Jeanine àÅñez Asks U.S. for 350 Visas after Arce's Victory. globalresearch.ca With the victory of the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) in the Bolivian elections on October 18, the de facto coup government presided over by Jeanine àÅñez, has requested visas from the United States for its officials according to a US-based …

Tanya Wadhwa (2020-10-26). Chileans approve drafting a new constitution. peoplesdispatch.org Chileans approved the drafting of a new constitution with an overwhelming majority in Regarding the type of body that must write the new constitution, the second question that was raised in the his…

Simon Davis-Cohen (2020-10-26). Chile, Bolivia, El Salvador Lead On Decolonial Constitutional Change. commondreams.org People gather to celebrate the victory of the referendum, in Santiago, Chile, on October 25, 2020 that will replace its 40-year-old constitution, written during the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet, in Santiago, Chile. (Photo by Felipe Vargas Figueroa/NurPhoto via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/chile.jpg

_____ (2020-10-26). Chile: Approval For A New Constitution Wins Massive Mandate. popularresistance.org Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020 – Chileans today overwhelmingly approved, at the polls, the doing away of the Constitution drafted and approved under the military regime of Augusto Pinochet and gave the green light to the creation of a Constitutional Assembly. | According to official data by Chile's official electoral body, with 45.24% of the vote counted, 77.85% percent of the voters checked the Approval box, an overwhelming figure in contrast to the 22.15% percent who chose to legitimize the current Constitution, which was supported by a majority of right-wing parties.

_____ (2020-10-26). Learning The Lessons From Bolivia. popularresistance.org I want to pass on my congratulations to new President Luis Arce, to Evo Morales and to the whole Movement Towards Socialism (MAS). | And I would like to pay special tribute to the heroic struggle and resistance put up by the Bolivian people over the past year since the military-led coup. | These elections were won in the face of widespread repression. Since last year's coup and in the run-up to the elections there's been violence and intimidation including against the Movement Towards Socialism.

_____ (2020-10-26). California Tribes Oppose Proposed Water Tunnel. popularresistance.org In early March, just weeks before California shut down due to COVID-19, more than 200 tribal citizens, environmentalists and others gathered in the city of Redding to protest a proposed massive water tunnel in the state. | Members of the Yurok, Hoopa Valley, Karuk, Pit River, Winnemem Wintu, Pomo and Miwok nations held an outdoor rally before speaking at a meeting on the Delta Tunnel Conveyance project, saying it would destroy water quality and devastate the state's salmon population and other important fish species in the San Joaquin Delta estuary.

reenvia Red Latina sin fronteras (2020-10-26). Chile: Ana Tijoux, una voz en la revuelta. indybay.org Ana Tijoux, una voz en la revuelta chilena. Su música y sus letras son banda de sonido de la calle en rebeldà¨a.

Ariel Dorfman (2020-10-26). A New Constitution: What the United States Can Learn From Chile. thenation.com A New Constitution: What the United States Can Learn From Chile…

Staff (2020-10-26). Survivor Deported After Speaking Out About Medical Abuse in ICE Jails. truthout.org An independent medical review team has submitted a report to Congress on a lack of informed consent and "disturbing pattern" of questionable gynecological surgical procedures at the Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia, after an account from a nurse whistleblower in September prompted congressional and federal investigations. At least 19 women, most of whom are Black and Latina, have come forward to allege they were pressured into "unnecessary" gynecological treatment and surgeries — includin…

Robert F. Kennedy Jr (2020-10-26). Video: Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.: International Message for Freedom and Hope. globalresearch.ca Today, October 24, 2020, there are many rallies around the world. Activists in these countries are joining in a common voice: Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Uruguay, Italy, Germany, Poland, Belgium, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, France, and Austria. | Citizens of …

Ben Dangl (2020-10-26). Ballots defeated bullets, now what's next in Bolivia? zcomm.org The MAS has overcome incredible challenges this year. Now they will have to navigate the disastrous pandemic, rising fascism and an economic downturn…

Bryce Greene (2020-10-25). After Socialist Victory in Bolivia, Media Still Whitewash Coup. commondreams.org Bolivia's leftist presidential candidate Luis Arce of the Movement for Socialism party celebrates with running mate David Choquehuanca early on October 19, 2020 in La Paz, Bolivia. (Photo: Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/bolivia_democracy_arce.jpg

Ricardo Vaz (2020-10-25). [UPDATED] Venezuelan Hard Right Opposition Leader Leopoldo Lopez Flees to Spain. venezuelanalysis.com Lopez had been in the Spanish Ambassador's residence after escaping house arrest.

Ricardo Vaz (2020-10-25). Venezuelan Hard Right Opposition Leader Leopoldo Lopez Flees to Spain. venezuelanalysis.com Lopez had been in the Spanish Ambassador's residence after escaping house arrest.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-25). Calls intensify for resignation of OAS secretary general Luis Almagro. peoplesdispatch.org Progressive movements across Latin America have called for the resignation of OAS secretary general Luis Almagro, pointing to his role in the coup in Bolivia in 2019 and in destabilizing democracy in the country…

teleSUR (2020-10-25). Bolivia: Over 50% of Elected Lawmakers Are Women. telesurenglish.net After the general elections held in Bolivia last October 18, which was won by the Movement to Socialism (MAS), there is a strong female presence in both the Chamber of Representatives and the Senate. | RELATED: | The MAS achieved a majority in the Senate with 21 seats, of which 10 are occupied by women. | The Citizens' Community won 11 seats, seven of them for women, while We Believe won four, two of them for wome…

teleSUR (2020-10-25). Chile's Plebiscite 2020: Polls Have Now Closed. telesurenglish.net Results are expected shortly and Chileans will decide if they want a new constitution and the form in which they will redact it.

teleSUR (2020-10-25). Venezuela: Leopoldo Lopez Leaves Spanish Embassy in Caracas. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez Saturday left the Spanish Embassy in Caracas were he remained as a guest since April 30th last year. | RELATED: | The right-wing's representative could not apply for political asylum status from Venezuela before, since that request must be made only within Spanish territory. | Since the Venezuelan opponent could not apply for asylum, he was in the condition of a guest, a figure…

teleSUR, CE (2020-10-25). Barbados PM Mottley Proposes New Social Contract. telesurenglish.net Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Amour Mottley, is proposing a new social contract to get Barbadians through the COVID-19 related crisis. | RELATED: | Speaking at the Barbados Labour Party's 82nd Annual Conference on Saturday, October 25, Mottely said this new protocol would be between the government, the labour movement and the private sector and would involve civil society and non-governmental organizations. | This new contract…

teleSUR (2020-10-25). Chile Holds Plebiscite on Rewriting Pinochet-Era Constitution. telesurenglish.net One year after the social outburst in Chile, the people this Sunday go to the polls to decide whether to change the Constitution and under what institutional modality this process would take place. | RELATED: | The national plebiscite took place because of the broad social protests, which suffered police brutality, with the death toll rising to hundreds of wounded and arrested. | One of the main tools for sustaining the p…

teleSUR (2020-10-25). Venezuela Launches National Voting Simulation. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's national voting simulation Sunday started at 8h00 local time, with the application of all biosecurity measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic ahead of the parliamentary elections of next December 6. | RELATED: | The trial will take place this Sunday from 8h00 to 15h00 local time, for which the National Electoral Council has set up 381 polling stations throughout the country. | Today, all the technical elements of the Auto…

teleSUR (2020-10-25). Chile Plebiscite: Police Repression Prior to Polls Closing. telesurenglish.net Various social organizations denounced this Sunday repression by Carabineros (Chilean Police) against protesters who gathered in the Plaza de la Dignidad, located in Santiago de Chile, minutes after the polls closed for the constitutional plebiscite. | Although the day was developing peacefully, a group of police attacked the citizens with water and tear gas jets, preventing the people's gathering temporarily. Ultimately the police retreated, and people have taken over the square. | According to witnesses, the place is surrounded by police officers. Likewise, alternative media journalists also denounced attack…

teleSUR, CE (2020-10-25). MAS Social Bases Celebrate in Evo's Home Region. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's social movements are carrying celebrations all through the weekend, as the country looks forward to the swearing in of President-elect Luis Arce. | RELATED: | A largely young crowd gathered in the town of Eterazama on Sunday, located in the Chapare region, also known as the Tropico of Cochabamba, where Evo Morales first became a union leader. | The highly influential Senators-elect for the department of Cochaba…

_____ (2020-10-25). Protests Against Greed And Inequality Are Spreading Like Wildfire Through Latin America. popularresistance.org With attention fixed on this week's events in Bolivia, you would be excused for not realizing that much of the rest of the region has for weeks also been ablaze in the flames of protest. | In Costa Rica, the neoliberal coalition government of Carlos Alverado attempted to force through a $1.75 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to deal with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. As has been its modus operandi this year, the organization offered the money attached to a host of free-market changes, including tax changes, cuts to public services, and privatization of state-owned assets, s…

Al Carroll (2020-10-25). Trump's Body Count: Could Be Over a Million. indybay.org The combined death toll from all of Trump's many crimes is not "just" the over 222,000 COVID deaths. It includes at least 40,000 Venezuelans, Syrian Christian and Yazidi refugees, Karen Christians, Rohingya, refugees from Latin America, Afghans, Iraqis, Somalis, Yemenis, and tens of thousands of Americans who died by Trump sabotaging their healthcare.

news.un (2020-10-25). UN treaty banning nuclear weapons set to enter into force in January. news.un.org In what leading campaigners are describing as "a new chapter for nuclear disarmament", the ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons will now come into force on 22 January, after Honduras became the 50th Member State to ratify on Saturday.

sputniknews (2020-10-25). Bolivian President Demands OAS Chief Resign Over His Part in 2019 Coup. sputniknews.com Despite formerly serving as foreign minister of his native Uruguay under president José Mujica, Luis Almagro has led the charge against governments in Latin America Since assuming leadership of the OAS in 2015.

sputniknews (2020-10-25). Vice President Pence Criticised For Violating Coronavirus Guidelines After His Aides Test Positive. sputniknews.com Pence, who is 61 years old, has a higher risk of developing severe illness from COVID-19. However, his office noted that the politician doesn't plan to quarantine himself after at least five of his aides tested positive for the disease.

teleSUR, ce (2020-10-25). Flashflood Warning in Jamaica, Landslides Likely. telesurenglish.net A weather system affecting the Central Caribbean is bringing flood waters to Jamaica. | RELATED: | The Meteorological Service of Jamaica has upgraded a flash flood watch to a flash flood warning for low-lying and flood-prone areas of Hanover, St James, Trelawny, St Ann, St Elizabeth and Westmoreland. | The flash flood warning has also been extended for low-lying and flood-prone areas of St Mary, Portland, St Thomas, Kingston,…

Democracia Abierta (2020-10-25). The Chilean referendum: getting rid of the shadow of Pinochet's dictatorship. zcomm.org Twelve months after the violent protests broke out, the Chilean people are preparing for an unprecedented process: voting to decide whether to begin drafting a new Constitution, which should be more socially equitable and economically inclusive…

WSWS (2020-10-24). Spain's "left populist" Podemos separates migrant children from their parents. wsws.org A dozen children in the Canary Islands had been separated from their mothers or relatives for months, while DNA testing was carried out to verify they were related.

Fight Back (2020-10-24). Commentary on Bolivia: How a coup failed. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – On November 10, 2019, a hastily-assembled coalition of generals, middle class liberals and fascist paramilitaries overthrew the democratic government of Evo Morales in Bolivia. Coming on the heels of a coup attempt in Venezuela and the vicious repression of a people's uprising in Chile, it seemed to many that the continental struggle against U.S. imperialism had reached a tipping point in the empire's favor. | Today, not even a year later, the official results for Bolivia's presidential elections were announced. Evo's comrade and successor Luis "Lucho" Arce received a resounding 55% of the vote…

WSWS (2020-10-24). Russian court extends prison sentence for historian of Stalinist terror to 13 years. wsws.org The brutal vendetta against Dmitriev speaks to the enormous fear of the Russian oligarchy about the growing interest in the historical truth about the October revolution and the Stalinist terror in broad sections of the population.

2020-10-25: News Headlines

Bryce Greene (2020-10-25). After Socialist Victory in Bolivia, Media Still Whitewash Coup. commondreams.org Bolivia's leftist presidential candidate Luis Arce of the Movement for Socialism party celebrates with running mate David Choquehuanca early on October 19, 2020 in La Paz, Bolivia. (Photo: Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/bolivia_democracy_arce.jpg

Ricardo Vaz (2020-10-25). Venezuelan Hard Right Opposition Leader Leopoldo Lopez Flees to Spain. venezuelanalysis.com Lopez had been in the Spanish Ambassador's residence after escaping house arrest.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-25). Calls intensify for resignation of OAS secretary general Luis Almagro. peoplesdispatch.org Progressive movements across Latin America have called for the resignation of OAS secretary general Luis Almagro, pointing to his role in the coup in Bolivia in 2019 and in destabilizing democracy in the country…

Democracia Abierta (2020-10-25). The Chilean referendum: getting rid of the shadow of Pinochet's dictatorship. zcomm.org Twelve months after the violent protests broke out, the Chilean people are preparing for an unprecedented process: voting to decide whether to begin drafting a new Constitution, which should be more socially equitable and economically inclusive…

_____ (2020-10-25). Protests Against Greed And Inequality Are Spreading Like Wildfire Through Latin America. popularresistance.org With attention fixed on this week's events in Bolivia, you would be excused for not realizing that much of the rest of the region has for weeks also been ablaze in the flames of protest. | In Costa Rica, the neoliberal coalition government of Carlos Alverado attempted to force through a $1.75 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to deal with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. As has been its modus operandi this year, the organization offered the money attached to a host of free-market changes, including tax changes, cuts to public services, and privatization of state-owned assets, s…

Al Carroll (2020-10-25). Trump's Body Count: Could Be Over a Million. indybay.org The combined death toll from all of Trump's many crimes is not "just" the over 222,000 COVID deaths. It includes at least 40,000 Venezuelans, Syrian Christian and Yazidi refugees, Karen Christians, Rohingya, refugees from Latin America, Afghans, Iraqis, Somalis, Yemenis, and tens of thousands of Americans who died by Trump sabotaging their healthcare.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2020-10-25). 'Victory for Humanity': Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons to Take Effect as Honduras Becomes 50th Nation to Ratify. commondreams.org The United States has not ratified the treaty and the Trump administration is actively urging nations to withdraw from it. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/ican_nuclear_weapons.jpg

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2020-10-25). 'Such an Insult': Doctors Furious as Trump Peddles Baseless Claim That They Are Inflating Covid Death Count for Profit. commondreams.org "We report deaths how they occur. If you did your damn job we wouldn't be reporting so many." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/trump_coronavirus_doctors.jpg

WSWS (2020-10-24). Spain's "left populist" Podemos separates migrant children from their parents. wsws.org A dozen children in the Canary Islands had been separated from their mothers or relatives for months, while DNA testing was carried out to verify they were related.

Staff (2020-10-24). The Squad Calls for UN Inquiry Into Alleged Human Rights Abuses at Trump's DHS. truthout.org The four first-term progressive congresswomen collectively called the Squad led a letter Friday calling for independent international investigation of "recent, ongoing, and credible allegations of egregious human rights abuses by the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), its components, and its private contractors." | "From the unwanted and unnecessary hysterectomies of migrant women, to the forced separation of children from their families, to the indefinite detention of immi…

RT (2020-10-24). 'I beat a Brazilian cowboy, maybe an American cowboy is next': Shavkat Rakhmonov hints at Donald Cerrone fight after UFC 254 win. rt.com Kazakhstan's undefeated Shavkat Rakhmonov claimed a notable scalp at UFC 254 as he defeated Alex "Cowboy" Oliveira, then set his sights on another fighter with that famous nickname, Donald Cerrone. | Rakhmonov finished Oliveira in the first round via guillotine choke submission to pick up a notable win on his UFC debut, then told reporters, including RT Sport, that he would be interested in facing Cerrone next. | Just like I said before the fight, if he's going to make a mistake, I'm going to capitalize on it," he said after his win. | "I felt the move was there, I didn't think much, I just went for it and got…

WSWS (2020-10-24). Russian court extends prison sentence for historian of Stalinist terror to 13 years. wsws.org The brutal vendetta against Dmitriev speaks to the enormous fear of the Russian oligarchy about the growing interest in the historical truth about the October revolution and the Stalinist terror in broad sections of the population.

Fight Back (2020-10-24). Commentary on Bolivia: How a coup failed. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – On November 10, 2019, a hastily-assembled coalition of generals, middle class liberals and fascist paramilitaries overthrew the democratic government of Evo Morales in Bolivia. Coming on the heels of a coup attempt in Venezuela and the vicious repression of a people's uprising in Chile, it seemed to many that the continental struggle against U.S. imperialism had reached a tipping point in the empire's favor. | Today, not even a year later, the official results for Bolivia's presidential elections were announced. Evo's comrade and successor Luis "Lucho" Arce received a resounding 55% of the vote…

_____ (2020-10-24). Our Fight For Quitobaquito. popularresistance.org Border wall construction is destroying the Sonoran Desert's most sacred spring. | Growing up as a Tohono O'odham woman on my ancestral homelands taught me one thing above all: Take care of the land and the land will take care of you. | When the federal government ramped up border-wall construction in Arizona, I knew I had to fight for my homelands, which are split in half by the U.S-Mexico border. I knew that meant activating my community, facing construction workers and opposing the U.S. Border Patrol and its long history of brutalizing O'odham tribal members.

_____ (2020-10-24). UN Nuclear Ban Treaty One Ratification Shy Of Taking Effect. popularresistance.org Jamaica and Nauru are the latest countries to complete the ratification procedures, the United Nations said. The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, adopted in 2017, will enter into force 90 days after it has been ratified by at least 50 countries and regions. | Although the pact will not be able to legally require nuclear power states to get rid of their arsenals, the launch of the world's first treaty banning nuclear weapons is likely to gain global momentum toward reducing stockpiles. | According to an official with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), another country is expe…

Lynda Carson (2020-10-24). Oakland's new Encampment Management Policy (EMP) threatens the unhoused. indybay.org Black, Asian, & Latino Adults Have The Most Trouble Paying The Rent During The Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic:…

Zhanlian Feng, Elena Glinskaya, Hongtu Chen, Sen Gong, Yue Qiu, Jianming Xu, Winnie Yip (2020-10-24). [Review] Long-term care system for older adults in China: policy landscape, challenges, and future prospects. thelancet.com In China, the population is rapidly ageing and the capacity of the system that cares for older people is increasingly a concern. In this Review, we provide a profile of the long-term care system and policy landscape in China. The long-term care system is characterised by rapid growth of the residential care sector, slow development of home and community-based services, and increasing involvement of the private sector. The long-term care workforce shortage and weak quality assurance are concerning.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-24). Rouhani felicitates Bolivian counterpart on election win. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 24 (MNA) — Congratulating the new Bolivian President on his election, President Rouhani expressed Iran's readiness to revive bilateral relations and expand cooperation with the Bolivian government in all fields.

Staff (2020-10-24). Puerto Rico Debt Vultures Give Big to Candidates to Influence Fiscal Board Picks. truthout.org The vulture funds profiting off of Puerto Rico's debt crisis, and the law firms that represent them, are donating to the political campaigns of the presidential candidates and key players in Congress who are involved in the selection of the members of the oversight board. | A review of the reports submitted by these candidates' campaign committees to the Federal Election Commission shows that the vulture funds and their attorneys have donated just over $1.4 million to these candidates. Th…

Benjamin Dangl (2020-10-24). Ballots Defeat Bullets: MAS Wins Historic Mandate in Post-Coup Bolivian Election. commondreams.org MAS supporters celebrate in La Paz following electoral victory. (Photo: Thomas Becker) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/bolivia.jpg

teleSUR (2020-10-23). Maduro Asks National Assembly to Consider Same-Sex Marriage. telesurenglish.net Regarding the support given by Pope Francis to civil unions between same-sex couples in the documentary "Francesco," released this Wednesday at the Rome Film Festival, the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, entrusted the next National Assembly (NA), which will be elected on December 6, with the discussion of the issue of equal marriage. | RELATED: | The Head of State said during a meeting…

Staff (2020-10-23). "It's Criminal": Biden Slams Trump as Gov't Can't Find Parents of 545 Children Separated at Border. democracynow.org During the second and final presidential debate in Nashville, Tennessee, moderator Kristen Welker asked Trump and Biden about immigration and family separation. Trump deflected questions during the debate, repeatedly stating that the Obama-Biden administration "built the cages" and falsely claiming that kids seeking asylum in the U.S. are "well taken care of." However, the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy "took children away from their families at the border," says Erika Andiola, advocacy chief at RAICES Action, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services. "He's not owning up t…

teleSUR (2020-10-23). Sea-Watch Takes Action Against Blockade of Its Rescue Ship. telesurenglish.net The German NGO Sea-Watch on Friday filed an appeal at the Palermo Administrative Court against the blockade of the Sea-Watch 4, a humanitarian vessel which has been detained in port since September. | On August 15, this humanitarian rescue ship, which is owned by Sea-Watch and Doctors Without Borders (MSF), set sail from Spain to rescue migrants in the Mediterranean. | Eleven days after carrying out its f…

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2020-10-23). Protests Against President Iván Duque Increase in Colombia. globalresearch.ca In Colombia, popular dissatisfaction with President Iván Duque's policies is growing day after day. Popular protests started late last year and peaked between September and October this year. During this period, the number of claims increased significantly, mainly due …

Al Neal (2020-10-23). Parents can't be found for 545 of Trump's kidnapped migrant children. peoplesworld.org Hidden behind the dull silver sheen of chain-link fences and concrete walls are the gut-wrenching, shallow-breathed screams of children. They watch with tear-blurred eyes as their parents are pulled away from them by Immigration and Border Control officers, unsure of what comes next or whether they will ever see, or hear, or hold their mothers …

Judy Greenspan (2020-10-23). Film review — "Belly of the Beast": Sterilizations inside the world's largest women's prison. workers.org With the world spotlight currently on the forced sterilizations of migrant women inside the ICE detention center in Georgia, the release of the documentary "Belly of the Beast" is timely. The film, by Erica Cohn, exposes the inhumane and illegal practice of sterilizations inside the Central California Women's Facility, the . . . |

_____ (2020-10-23). U.S. Spends More Than $80 Billion a Year Incarcerating 2.3 Million People. strategic-culture.org Laura FLANDERS | The U.S. today spends more than $80 billion a year incarcerating 2.3 million people in state and federal prisons, local jails, youth facilities and deportation centers. That's $80 billion that comes out of public coffers and goes into public confinement. | With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, many were shocked to see woman, children and migrants — including many pre-trial and pre-hearing — who had never been convicted of anything crammed into overcrowded lock-ups that might as well have been petri dishes for community spread of the disease. | By the middle of October, close to 150…

Staff (2020-10-23). Trump Smears Victims of Mass Family Separations as "Bad People" truthout.org Pressed during Thursday night's final 2020 presidential debate to account for his administration's record of separating immigrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border, President Donald Trump repeatedly attempted to evade responsibility by lying about the origins of the inhumane practice, smearing those harmed by it, and attempting to shift blame onto Democratic opponent Joe Biden. | In response to a question about the more than 500 parents who have yet to be found after they were separated from their children…

Beau Peters (2020-10-23). Early Voting, Long Lines, and Voter Suppression. dissidentvoice.org November 3rd, Election Day in America, is rapidly approaching. However, early in-person voting has started in several states across the country and there are some concerning issues already coming to light this election year. Videos by voters have been circulating on social media sites such as Twitter, showing extremely long lines and long waiting periods. …

Jake Johnston (2020-10-23). Data from Bolivia's Election Add More Evidence That OAS Fabricated Last Year's Fraud Claims. counterpunch.org The MAS Received More Votes in Almost All of the OAS's 86 Suspect Precincts in 2020 than in 2019 On Sunday, October 20, Bolivians went to the polls and overwhelmingly elected Luis Arce of the MAS party president. Private quick counts released the night of the vote showed Arce receiving more than 50 percent of

IndustriALL (2020-10-23). Organizaciones sociales de Colombia marchan en apoyo a Sintracarbón. peoplesworld.org Bajo el llamado "Kato'u Wajira" ("Despierta Guajira" en lengua originaria) marcharon decenas de personas pacíficamente por las calles de Riohacha de la capital de La Guajira el 9 de octubre. El objetivo fue mostrar el apoyo de la comunidad a la huelga del Sindicato nacional de los trabajadores de la industria del carbón (Sintracarbón, afiliado …

MEE staff (2020-10-23). MBS said he would be killed by his 'own people' if Riyadh normalised ties with Israel: Report. middleeasteye.net MBS said he would be killed by his 'own people' if Riyadh normalised ties with Israel: Report | Billionaire Haim Saban claims crown prince made remarks after UAE and Bahrain's deals with Israel, Haaretz reports | Fri, 10/23/2020 – 18: 16 | US President Donald Trump has suggested Saudi Arabia may recognise Israel (AFP/File photo) | Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told Israeli-American billionaire Haim Sa…

RT (2020-10-23). Take a bite out of this: Atletico striker Luis Suarez buys 1,000 Big Macs for children's charity event. rt.com Atletico Madrid striker Luis Suarez bought and donated 1,000 Big Macs for children in his native Uruguay as part of a charity event. | The 33-year-old spent €4.75 ($5.63) on each of the burgers – which he donated to children in a youth league in Pando, a small city north west of Uruguayan capital Montevideo – raising a McDonald's Uruguayan Twitter account thanked…

RT (2020-10-23). 'Beyond proud': UFC legend Frank Mir reacts as 17yo daughter Bella overcomes adversity to win MMA debut. rt.com The apple doesn't appear to fall very far from the tree in the Mir household as Bella Mir, the 17-year-old daughter of UFC legend Frank, was successful in her professional mixed martial arts debut on Thursday. | With her father in her corner, Mir fought fellow debutant Danielle Wynn at an event in Sonora, Mexico and emerged with a unanimous decision (29-28 x3) after three rounds of action after dominating early portions of the fight with her grappling and top control. | Mir came close to securing a finish towards the end of the second round after she once again dominated the grappling and ended the frame by ra…

teleSUR (2020-10-23). Bolivia's TSE Declares Luis Arce the Elected President. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's Electoral Supreme Court (TSE) declared Luis Arce, the elected president of the Plurinational State of Bolivia and David Choquehuanca as vice-president on Friday after the official vote counting showed that Arce's party, the Movement Towards Socialism, reached a landslide victory of 55.10 percent of the votes. | RELATED: | About 6.483.893 Bolivians out of the 7.332.926 registered went to the polls, re…

Matt Sedlar (2020-10-23). Mexico at the OAS General Assembly: Almagro undermined the OAS Charter and Damaged Bolivia's Democracy. cepr.net This week in Washington, D.C. the Organization of American States (OAS) held their 50th Regular Session of the General Assembly. In these meetings the General Assembly, the highest decision-making body of the OAS, is tasked with debating the organization's course of action for the next year, as well as setting the standards of governance for …

teleSUR (2020-10-23). Chile: 'Approve' Supporters Close Campaign With Massive Flag-Waving. telesurenglish.net A flag-waving of the 'Approval' supporters in the plebiscite that will take place next Sunday was held in front of La Moneda Palace, headquarters of Chile's government. | RELATED: | Over 1,000 people and leaders of all the opposition parties took to the streets to demand that a new constitution be written to replace the one made during the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship (1973-1990). | "After months of police repression…

teleSUR (2020-10-23). Ecuador: Police Crack Down On Peaceful Protest in Quito. telesurenglish.net Ecuador's National Police officials Thursday dispersed with tear gas a demonstration called by the Workers' United Front (FUT) to protests against the economic situation and President Lenin Moreno's mismanagement of the crisis. | RELATED: | Dozens of police officers on motorcycles stormed into the crowd and dispersed hundreds of demonstrators while a helicopter flew over the area. | Amid the disturbances, the mobilized…

teleSUR (2020-10-23). Chile: A Plebiscite and a Promise. telesurenglish.net For Chilean people, October 25th could mark a political pivotal turn, and start the path for a new political landscape of cooperation and popular power. It is a long time promise to be finally accomplished. | RELATED: | 32 years between plebiscites | October and a historic vote. That is what Chile experienced in 1988 and that this 2020 is ready to repeat. Although 32 years separate these votes, both are intimately lin…

Fight Back (2020-10-23). Mother calls for justice for son killed by police. fightbacknews.org Santa Ana, CA – A press conference was held October 20 to denounce the brutal killing of David Sullivan after a traffic stop by Buena Park Police on August 19, 2019 in Orange County. Chicano attorney Humberto Guizar called for the Orange County District Attorney to reopen the investigation and file charges of murder against the two involved officers. | After the press conference Guizar, Dianne Sullivan, her daughter Samantha and supporters gave public comments at the Orange County Board of Supervisors meeting calling for justice and charges against the police. Centro CSO organizer Carlos Montes called for a new i…

teleSUR (2020-10-23). Bolivia Reaches 100% of Vote Count, MAS Reinforces Its Victory. telesurenglish.net The Bolivian Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) on Friday reached 100 percent of the electoral count, which ratified the victory of Luis Arce's Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) with over 55 percent of the votes in favor. | RELATED: | The MAS got a distance of over 26 points against the right-wing Citizen Community Party (CC), presided by Carlos Mesa. CC accumulated 29 percent of the votes. | W Believe Party, Luis Cam…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-23). It's official: Movement Towards Socialism wins landslide victory in Bolivia. peoplesdispatch.org With 100% of the votes counted, the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) presidential ticket of Luis Arce and David Choquehuanca has won 55.1% of the votes, with a lead of 26.27% over their nearest rival Carlos Mesa…

teleSUR (2020-10-23). Ex-FARC Members March Over Selective Killings Against Them. telesurenglish.net Hundreds of former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas marched from the municipality of Mesetas, in Meta Department, to protest against the targeted killing of 234 of their fellow FARC party members since the signing of the Peace Agreement. | RELATED: | The march for "Life and Peace" was organized by members of the Revolutionary Alternative Forces of the Commons (FARC), which became a legal political party after their dem…

Bree Busk (2020-10-23). Chileans mobilize in advance of a historic plebiscite. zcomm.org After seven months in quarantine, protesters have returned to the streets to reawaken the uprising they initiated the previous October…

Liza Featherstone (2020-10-23). Paulo Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed at Fifty. zcomm.org The Brazilian educator Paulo Freire's book, first published in English 50 years ago, urges viewing students as interlocutors or partners in the learning process…

_____ (2020-10-23). A New Revolutionary Alternative For The People Of Venezuela. popularresistance.org For many on the left in Britain and within the heart of the global capitalist system, Venezuela has been an example of staunch opposition to US and Nato imperialism, with a broad collection of revolutionaries fending off multiple coups, mercenary attacks and resisting an imperialist blockade of late. | This vision of defiance and tenacity has painted a very particular idea of what the experience is in Venezuela, which ultimately makes the formation of the Popular Revolutionary Alternative (APR), a new bloc of left wing groups without the ruling PSUV, quite a remarkable surprise.

_____ (2020-10-23). Movement Towards Socialism Wins Landslide Victory In Bolivia. popularresistance.org After 11 months of being ruled by a repressive coup-regime, Bolivians have finally recovered democracy. After five days of counting, the official results of the Bolivian presidential elections are finally in. The Movement Towards Socialism's (MAS) presidential ticket with Luis Arce and David Choquehuanca won 55.1% of the vote share while Carlos Mesa's Citizen Community party won just 28.83% of the vote share. The MAS also won the parliamentary elections, bagging 73 out of the 130 seats in the lower house of parliament and 21 of the 36 seats in the Senate.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-23). Winners of 4th Filmmaking Olympiad for Youth announced. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 23 (MNA) — The closing ceremony of the 4th filmmaking Olympiad for youth was held at Saba innovation center, and the winners were introduced in two parts: Ideas and Movies.

sputniknews (2020-10-23). Shh We're Debating!; MAS Fights for Peace in Bolivia; Nigeria on Fire. sputniknews.com Biden, Trump hold final, quieter debate; Nigerian civil unrests leaves 50+ dead; Will Sanders serve as Labor Secretary in Biden's cabinet?

teleSUR (2020-10-23). Mexico: AMLO Seeks Constitutional Reform on National Resources. telesurenglish.net Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador confirmed on Friday that he would seek a constitutional reform to guarantee the country's rights over its national resources. | RELATED: | "The government is not a committee at the service of private groups, individuals, corporations, banks, companies. The government is at the service of the people," Obrador stressed during a press conference. | The announcement com…

2020-10-24: News Headlines

WSWS (2020-10-24). Spain's "left populist" Podemos separates migrant children from their parents. wsws.org A dozen children in the Canary Islands had been separated from their mothers or relatives for months, while DNA testing was carried out to verify they were related.

Staff (2020-10-24). The Squad Calls for UN Inquiry Into Alleged Human Rights Abuses at Trump's DHS. truthout.org The four first-term progressive congresswomen collectively called the Squad led a letter Friday calling for independent international investigation of "recent, ongoing, and credible allegations of egregious human rights abuses by the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), its components, and its private contractors." | "From the unwanted and unnecessary hysterectomies of migrant women, to the forced separation of children from their families, to the indefinite detention of immi…

_____ (2020-10-24). After Socialist Victory In Bolivia, Media Still Whitewash Coup. popularresistance.org Bolivia's Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) party won a decisive victory in the country's presidential elections on Sunday, with its candidate Luis Arce apparently winning by a large enough margin to avoid a runoff, likely achieving an absolute majority. The leading opposing candidate, neoliberal Carlos Mesa, and the right-wing unelected President Jeanine àÅñez congratulated Arce on his victory. | Some in US corporate media, however, failed to describe what was really going on in the country. | When the Wall Street Journal (10/19/20) reported on the MAS victory, for example, it kept to the usual line…

Fight Back (2020-10-24). Commentary on Bolivia: How a coup failed. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – On November 10, 2019, a hastily-assembled coalition of generals, middle class liberals and fascist paramilitaries overthrew the democratic government of Evo Morales in Bolivia. Coming on the heels of a coup attempt in Venezuela and the vicious repression of a people's uprising in Chile, it seemed to many that the continental struggle against U.S. imperialism had reached a tipping point in the empire's favor. | Today, not even a year later, the official results for Bolivia's presidential elections were announced. Evo's comrade and successor Luis "Lucho" Arce received a resounding 55% of the vote…

_____ (2020-10-24). Our Fight For Quitobaquito. popularresistance.org Border wall construction is destroying the Sonoran Desert's most sacred spring. | Growing up as a Tohono O'odham woman on my ancestral homelands taught me one thing above all: Take care of the land and the land will take care of you. | When the federal government ramped up border-wall construction in Arizona, I knew I had to fight for my homelands, which are split in half by the U.S-Mexico border. I knew that meant activating my community, facing construction workers and opposing the U.S. Border Patrol and its long history of brutalizing O'odham tribal members.

_____ (2020-10-24). UN Nuclear Ban Treaty One Ratification Shy Of Taking Effect. popularresistance.org Jamaica and Nauru are the latest countries to complete the ratification procedures, the United Nations said. The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, adopted in 2017, will enter into force 90 days after it has been ratified by at least 50 countries and regions. | Although the pact will not be able to legally require nuclear power states to get rid of their arsenals, the launch of the world's first treaty banning nuclear weapons is likely to gain global momentum toward reducing stockpiles. | According to an official with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), another country is expe…

Lynda Carson (2020-10-24). Oakland's new Encampment Management Policy (EMP) threatens the unhoused. indybay.org Black, Asian, & Latino Adults Have The Most Trouble Paying The Rent During The Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic:…

Zhanlian Feng, Elena Glinskaya, Hongtu Chen, Sen Gong, Yue Qiu, Jianming Xu, Winnie Yip (2020-10-24). [Review] Long-term care system for older adults in China: policy landscape, challenges, and future prospects. thelancet.com In China, the population is rapidly ageing and the capacity of the system that cares for older people is increasingly a concern. In this Review, we provide a profile of the long-term care system and policy landscape in China. The long-term care system is characterised by rapid growth of the residential care sector, slow development of home and community-based services, and increasing involvement of the private sector. The long-term care workforce shortage and weak quality assurance are concerning.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-24). Rouhani felicitates Bolivian counterpart on election win. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 24 (MNA) — Congratulating the new Bolivian President on his election, President Rouhani expressed Iran's readiness to revive bilateral relations and expand cooperation with the Bolivian government in all fields.

Staff (2020-10-24). Puerto Rico Debt Vultures Give Big to Candidates to Influence Fiscal Board Picks. truthout.org The vulture funds profiting off of Puerto Rico's debt crisis, and the law firms that represent them, are donating to the political campaigns of the presidential candidates and key players in Congress who are involved in the selection of the members of the oversight board. | A review of the reports submitted by these candidates' campaign committees to the Federal Election Commission shows that the vulture funds and their attorneys have donated just over $1.4 million to these candidates. Th…

teleSUR (2020-10-23). Maduro Asks National Assembly to Consider Same-Sex Marriage. telesurenglish.net Regarding the support given by Pope Francis to civil unions between same-sex couples in the documentary "Francesco," released this Wednesday at the Rome Film Festival, the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, entrusted the next National Assembly (NA), which will be elected on December 6, with the discussion of the issue of equal marriage. | RELATED: | The Head of State said during a meeting…

Staff (2020-10-23). "It's Criminal": Biden Slams Trump as Gov't Can't Find Parents of 545 Children Separated at Border. democracynow.org During the second and final presidential debate in Nashville, Tennessee, moderator Kristen Welker asked Trump and Biden about immigration and family separation. Trump deflected questions during the debate, repeatedly stating that the Obama-Biden administration "built the cages" and falsely claiming that kids seeking asylum in the U.S. are "well taken care of." However, the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy "took children away from their families at the border," says Erika Andiola, advocacy chief at RAICES Action, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services. "He's not owning up t…

teleSUR (2020-10-23). Sea-Watch Takes Action Against Blockade of Its Rescue Ship. telesurenglish.net The German NGO Sea-Watch on Friday filed an appeal at the Palermo Administrative Court against the blockade of the Sea-Watch 4, a humanitarian vessel which has been detained in port since September. | On August 15, this humanitarian rescue ship, which is owned by Sea-Watch and Doctors Without Borders (MSF), set sail from Spain to rescue migrants in the Mediterranean. | Eleven days after carrying out its f…

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2020-10-23). Protests Against President Iván Duque Increase in Colombia. globalresearch.ca In Colombia, popular dissatisfaction with President Iván Duque's policies is growing day after day. Popular protests started late last year and peaked between September and October this year. During this period, the number of claims increased significantly, mainly due …

Al Neal (2020-10-23). Parents can't be found for 545 of Trump's kidnapped migrant children. peoplesworld.org Hidden behind the dull silver sheen of chain-link fences and concrete walls are the gut-wrenching, shallow-breathed screams of children. They watch with tear-blurred eyes as their parents are pulled away from them by Immigration and Border Control officers, unsure of what comes next or whether they will ever see, or hear, or hold their mothers …

Judy Greenspan (2020-10-23). Film review — "Belly of the Beast": Sterilizations inside the world's largest women's prison. workers.org With the world spotlight currently on the forced sterilizations of migrant women inside the ICE detention center in Georgia, the release of the documentary "Belly of the Beast" is timely. The film, by Erica Cohn, exposes the inhumane and illegal practice of sterilizations inside the Central California Women's Facility, the . . . |

_____ (2020-10-23). U.S. Spends More Than $80 Billion a Year Incarcerating 2.3 Million People. strategic-culture.org Laura FLANDERS | The U.S. today spends more than $80 billion a year incarcerating 2.3 million people in state and federal prisons, local jails, youth facilities and deportation centers. That's $80 billion that comes out of public coffers and goes into public confinement. | With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, many were shocked to see woman, children and migrants — including many pre-trial and pre-hearing — who had never been convicted of anything crammed into overcrowded lock-ups that might as well have been petri dishes for community spread of the disease. | By the middle of October, close to 150…

Staff (2020-10-23). Trump Smears Victims of Mass Family Separations as "Bad People" truthout.org Pressed during Thursday night's final 2020 presidential debate to account for his administration's record of separating immigrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border, President Donald Trump repeatedly attempted to evade responsibility by lying about the origins of the inhumane practice, smearing those harmed by it, and attempting to shift blame onto Democratic opponent Joe Biden. | In response to a question about the more than 500 parents who have yet to be found after they were separated from their children…

MEE staff (2020-10-23). MBS said he would be killed by his 'own people' if Riyadh normalised ties with Israel: Report. middleeasteye.net MBS said he would be killed by his 'own people' if Riyadh normalised ties with Israel: Report | Billionaire Haim Saban claims crown prince made remarks after UAE and Bahrain's deals with Israel, Haaretz reports | Fri, 10/23/2020 – 18: 16 | US President Donald Trump has suggested Saudi Arabia may recognise Israel (AFP/File photo) | Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told Israeli-American billionaire Haim Sa…

Beau Peters (2020-10-23). Early Voting, Long Lines, and Voter Suppression. dissidentvoice.org November 3rd, Election Day in America, is rapidly approaching. However, early in-person voting has started in several states across the country and there are some concerning issues already coming to light this election year. Videos by voters have been circulating on social media sites such as Twitter, showing extremely long lines and long waiting periods. …

IndustriALL (2020-10-23). Organizaciones sociales de Colombia marchan en apoyo a Sintracarbón. peoplesworld.org Bajo el llamado "Kato'u Wajira" ("Despierta Guajira" en lengua originaria) marcharon decenas de personas pacíficamente por las calles de Riohacha de la capital de La Guajira el 9 de octubre. El objetivo fue mostrar el apoyo de la comunidad a la huelga del Sindicato nacional de los trabajadores de la industria del carbón (Sintracarbón, afiliado …

Jake Johnston (2020-10-23). Data from Bolivia's Election Add More Evidence That OAS Fabricated Last Year's Fraud Claims. counterpunch.org The MAS Received More Votes in Almost All of the OAS's 86 Suspect Precincts in 2020 than in 2019 On Sunday, October 20, Bolivians went to the polls and overwhelmingly elected Luis Arce of the MAS party president. Private quick counts released the night of the vote showed Arce receiving more than 50 percent of

RT (2020-10-23). Take a bite out of this: Atletico striker Luis Suarez buys 1,000 Big Macs for children's charity event. rt.com Atletico Madrid striker Luis Suarez bought and donated 1,000 Big Macs for children in his native Uruguay as part of a charity event. | The 33-year-old spent €4.75 ($5.63) on each of the burgers – which he donated to children in a youth league in Pando, a small city north west of Uruguayan capital Montevideo – raising a McDonald's Uruguayan Twitter account thanked…

RT (2020-10-23). 'Beyond proud': UFC legend Frank Mir reacts as 17yo daughter Bella overcomes adversity to win MMA debut. rt.com The apple doesn't appear to fall very far from the tree in the Mir household as Bella Mir, the 17-year-old daughter of UFC legend Frank, was successful in her professional mixed martial arts debut on Thursday. | With her father in her corner, Mir fought fellow debutant Danielle Wynn at an event in Sonora, Mexico and emerged with a unanimous decision (29-28 x3) after three rounds of action after dominating early portions of the fight with her grappling and top control. | Mir came close to securing a finish towards the end of the second round after she once again dominated the grappling and ended the frame by ra…

teleSUR (2020-10-23). Bolivia's TSE Declares Luis Arce the Elected President. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's Electoral Supreme Court (TSE) declared Luis Arce, the elected president of the Plurinational State of Bolivia and David Choquehuanca as vice-president on Friday after the official vote counting showed that Arce's party, the Movement Towards Socialism, reached a landslide victory of 55.10 percent of the votes. | RELATED: | About 6.483.893 Bolivians out of the 7.332.926 registered went to the polls, re…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-23). It's official: Movement Towards Socialism wins landslide victory in Bolivia. peoplesdispatch.org With 100% of the votes counted, the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) presidential ticket of Luis Arce and David Choquehuanca has won 55.1% of the votes, with a lead of 26.27% over their nearest rival Carlos Mesa…

teleSUR (2020-10-23). Chile: A Plebiscite and a Promise. telesurenglish.net For Chilean people, October 25th could mark a political pivotal turn, and start the path for a new political landscape of cooperation and popular power. It is a long time promise to be finally accomplished. | RELATED: | 32 years between plebiscites | October and a historic vote. That is what Chile experienced in 1988 and that this 2020 is ready to repeat. Although 32 years separate these votes, both are intimately lin…

teleSUR (2020-10-23). Bolivia Reaches 100% of Vote Count, MAS Reinforces Its Victory. telesurenglish.net The Bolivian Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) on Friday reached 100 percent of the electoral count, which ratified the victory of Luis Arce's Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) with over 55 percent of the votes in favor. | RELATED: | The MAS got a distance of over 26 points against the right-wing Citizen Community Party (CC), presided by Carlos Mesa. CC accumulated 29 percent of the votes. | W Believe Party, Luis Cam…

teleSUR (2020-10-23). Ecuador: Police Crack Down On Peaceful Protest in Quito. telesurenglish.net Ecuador's National Police officials Thursday dispersed with tear gas a demonstration called by the Workers' United Front (FUT) to protests against the economic situation and President Lenin Moreno's mismanagement of the crisis. | RELATED: | Dozens of police officers on motorcycles stormed into the crowd and dispersed hundreds of demonstrators while a helicopter flew over the area. | Amid the disturbances, the mobilized…

teleSUR (2020-10-23). Ex-FARC Members March Over Selective Killings Against Them. telesurenglish.net Hundreds of former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas marched from the municipality of Mesetas, in Meta Department, to protest against the targeted killing of 234 of their fellow FARC party members since the signing of the Peace Agreement. | RELATED: | The march for "Life and Peace" was organized by members of the Revolutionary Alternative Forces of the Commons (FARC), which became a legal political party after their dem…

Matt Sedlar (2020-10-23). Mexico at the OAS General Assembly: Almagro undermined the OAS Charter and Damaged Bolivia's Democracy. cepr.net This week in Washington, D.C. the Organization of American States (OAS) held their 50th Regular Session of the General Assembly. In these meetings the General Assembly, the highest decision-making body of the OAS, is tasked with debating the organization's course of action for the next year, as well as setting the standards of governance for …

teleSUR (2020-10-23). Chile: 'Approve' Supporters Close Campaign With Massive Flag-Waving. telesurenglish.net A flag-waving of the 'Approval' supporters in the plebiscite that will take place next Sunday was held in front of La Moneda Palace, headquarters of Chile's government. | RELATED: | Over 1,000 people and leaders of all the opposition parties took to the streets to demand that a new constitution be written to replace the one made during the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship (1973-1990). | "After months of police repression…

Fight Back (2020-10-23). Mother calls for justice for son killed by police. fightbacknews.org Santa Ana, CA – A press conference was held October 20 to denounce the brutal killing of David Sullivan after a traffic stop by Buena Park Police on August 19, 2019 in Orange County. Chicano attorney Humberto Guizar called for the Orange County District Attorney to reopen the investigation and file charges of murder against the two involved officers. | After the press conference Guizar, Dianne Sullivan, her daughter Samantha and supporters gave public comments at the Orange County Board of Supervisors meeting calling for justice and charges against the police. Centro CSO organizer Carlos Montes called for a new i…

Liza Featherstone (2020-10-23). Paulo Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed at Fifty. zcomm.org The Brazilian educator Paulo Freire's book, first published in English 50 years ago, urges viewing students as interlocutors or partners in the learning process…

Bree Busk (2020-10-23). Chileans mobilize in advance of a historic plebiscite. zcomm.org After seven months in quarantine, protesters have returned to the streets to reawaken the uprising they initiated the previous October…

_____ (2020-10-23). Movement Towards Socialism Wins Landslide Victory In Bolivia. popularresistance.org After 11 months of being ruled by a repressive coup-regime, Bolivians have finally recovered democracy. After five days of counting, the official results of the Bolivian presidential elections are finally in. The Movement Towards Socialism's (MAS) presidential ticket with Luis Arce and David Choquehuanca won 55.1% of the vote share while Carlos Mesa's Citizen Community party won just 28.83% of the vote share. The MAS also won the parliamentary elections, bagging 73 out of the 130 seats in the lower house of parliament and 21 of the 36 seats in the Senate.

_____ (2020-10-23). A New Revolutionary Alternative For The People Of Venezuela. popularresistance.org For many on the left in Britain and within the heart of the global capitalist system, Venezuela has been an example of staunch opposition to US and Nato imperialism, with a broad collection of revolutionaries fending off multiple coups, mercenary attacks and resisting an imperialist blockade of late. | This vision of defiance and tenacity has painted a very particular idea of what the experience is in Venezuela, which ultimately makes the formation of the Popular Revolutionary Alternative (APR), a new bloc of left wing groups without the ruling PSUV, quite a remarkable surprise.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-23). Winners of 4th Filmmaking Olympiad for Youth announced. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 23 (MNA) — The closing ceremony of the 4th filmmaking Olympiad for youth was held at Saba innovation center, and the winners were introduced in two parts: Ideas and Movies.

sputniknews (2020-10-23). Shh We're Debating!; MAS Fights for Peace in Bolivia; Nigeria on Fire. sputniknews.com Biden, Trump hold final, quieter debate; Nigerian civil unrests leaves 50+ dead; Will Sanders serve as Labor Secretary in Biden's cabinet?

teleSUR (2020-10-23). Mexico: AMLO Seeks Constitutional Reform on National Resources. telesurenglish.net Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador confirmed on Friday that he would seek a constitutional reform to guarantee the country's rights over its national resources. | RELATED: | "The government is not a committee at the service of private groups, individuals, corporations, banks, companies. The government is at the service of the people," Obrador stressed during a press conference. | The announcement com…

yenisafak (2020-10-23). Russia registers record number of daily COVID-19 cases. yenisafak.com Russia has registered a new record in the daily coronavirus cases on Friday — 17,340 people tested positive for COVID-19 over the past day. The total number of people, who have been exposed to the infection, exceeded 1.48 million, meaning over 1% of the Russian population has already contracted the virus. According to Health Minister Mikhail Murashko, the active cases stand at 335,870 and the situation has a tendency to further deteriorate.The virus has already claimed 25,525 lives in Russia, including 283 over the last 24 hours.Recoveries increased by 11,263 since Thursday to reach 1.11 million.Since the beginn…

Kit Klarenberg (2020-10-23). Leaked emails suggest shocking US mercenary plot in Bolivia. thecanary.co Bombshell leaked communications indicate scores of US military and intelligence veterans have been secretly recruited for wide-ranging covert action of an indeterminate nature in Bolivia. | The private correspondence, which has already been

Zero Hedge (2020-10-22). "A Truly Orwellian Culture" — Amazon Removes COVID Skeptic's Book for Violating Content Guidelines. globalresearch.ca Around the time Twitter

Anya Parampil (2020-10-22). How Bolivia fights fascism — It takes more than the ballot box. thegrayzone.com Anya Parampil speaks with journalist Ollie Vargas in La Paz, Bolivia about the historic victory of the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) party in the October 18 elections. Video by Ben Norton Parampil and Vargas discuss the role of Bolivia's social movements in overturning the coup regime that came to power in 2019, as well as the expectations of average people as the new government of Luis Arce takes power.

Staff (2020-10-22). Headlines for October 22, 2020. democracynow.org Columbia Researchers Say Trump's Failures Led to at Least 130,000 Coronavirus Deaths, California to Slash San Quentin Prison Population After Massive Coronavirus Outbreak, Obama Blasts Trump's Record as Candidates Head to Nashville for Final Presidential Debate, NYT: Trump Maintains Chinese Bank Account and Paid Nearly $200,000 in Taxes to China, DNI John Ratcliffe Claims Iran Is Meddling in 2020 Election to "Damage President Trump", Democrats to Boycott Senate Committee Vote on Amy Coney Barrett's SCOTUS Nomination, Billionaire Sackler Family Gets No Jail Time in $8 Billion OxyContin Settlement, In Historic Shif…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-22). Colombia witnesses massive national strike. peoplesdispatch.org On October 21, tens of thousands of workers, peasants, teachers, students, Indigenous and Afro-descendant people took part in a new national strike in Colombia to protest against the social and economic policies of President Iván Duque. Several peaceful demonstrations were held throughout the country in rejection of the economic crisis, rising unemployment, police repression, the increase in massacres, assassination of social leaders, armed group activity, among other issues. | In the capital Bogotá, hundreds of workers from diverse sectors hit the streets and marched towards the Plaza Bolívar, demanding a guaran…

Ricardo Vaz (2020-10-22). Venezuela: Trump Administration Pushed Regime Change in Secret Meeting. venezuelanalysis.com The White House wanted Maduro to step down before the US presidential elections.

_____ (2020-10-22). Colombia: National Strike Joins The Minga As Mobilization Grows. popularresistance.org Colombia woke up on Wednesday with a new national strike in the country's main cities, amidst the coronavirus crisis and the increase in the numbers of massacres and murders of social leaders and former members of the then Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People's Army (FARC-EP). | The president of the Central Workers Union (CUT), Diógenes Orjuela, explained that the strike would clarify the position of absolute rejection of the massacres and murders that have occurred in the country in recent months, as well as the repression exercised by the police.

Arnold August (2020-10-22). MAS Returns to Power in Bolivia One Year After US-backed Coup. counterpunch.org Despite a year of unbridled state repression, including massacres committed against supporters of former Bolivian President Evo Morales, who was deposed just weeks after being declared the victor in the country's October 2019 election, the left-wing Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) secured a resounding victory on October 18 for candidate Luis Arce, Morales's former finance minister.

WSWS (2020-10-22). Hundreds of migrant children torn from their families under Trump's "zero tolerance" policy yet to be reunited with parents. wsws.org More than 500 children who were taken away by the Trump administration as part of its brutal crackdown on undocumented immigrants three years ago are yet to be reunited with their families.

2020-10-23: News Headlines

Beau Peters (2020-10-23). Early Voting, Long Lines, and Voter Suppression. dissidentvoice.org November 3rd, Election Day in America, is rapidly approaching. However, early in-person voting has started in several states across the country and there are some concerning issues already coming to light this election year. Videos by voters have been circulating on social media sites such as Twitter, showing extremely long lines and long waiting periods. …

Jake Johnston (2020-10-23). Data from Bolivia's Election Add More Evidence That OAS Fabricated Last Year's Fraud Claims. counterpunch.org The MAS Received More Votes in Almost All of the OAS's 86 Suspect Precincts in 2020 than in 2019 On Sunday, October 20, Bolivians went to the polls and overwhelmingly elected Luis Arce of the MAS party president. Private quick counts released the night of the vote showed Arce receiving more than 50 percent of

Bree Busk (2020-10-23). Chileans mobilize in advance of a historic plebiscite. zcomm.org After seven months in quarantine, protesters have returned to the streets to reawaken the uprising they initiated the previous October…

Liza Featherstone (2020-10-23). Paulo Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed at Fifty. zcomm.org The Brazilian educator Paulo Freire's book, first published in English 50 years ago, urges viewing students as interlocutors or partners in the learning process…

Lynda Carson (2020-10-23). Oakland's new Encampment Management Policy (EMP) threatens the unhoused. indybay.org Black, Asian, & Latino Adults Have The Most Trouble Paying The Rent During The Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic:…

yenisafak (2020-10-23). Russia registers record number of daily COVID-19 cases. yenisafak.com Russia has registered a new record in the daily coronavirus cases on Friday — 17,340 people tested positive for COVID-19 over the past day. The total number of people, who have been exposed to the infection, exceeded 1.48 million, meaning over 1% of the Russian population has already contracted the virus. According to Health Minister Mikhail Murashko, the active cases stand at 335,870 and the situation has a tendency to further deteriorate.The virus has already claimed 25,525 lives in Russia, including 283 over the last 24 hours.Recoveries increased by 11,263 since Thursday to reach 1.11 million.Since the beginn…

Zero Hedge (2020-10-22). "A Truly Orwellian Culture" — Amazon Removes COVID Skeptic's Book for Violating Content Guidelines. globalresearch.ca Around the time Twitter

Anya Parampil (2020-10-22). How Bolivia fights fascism — It takes more than the ballot box. thegrayzone.com Anya Parampil speaks with journalist Ollie Vargas in La Paz, Bolivia about the historic victory of the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) party in the October 18 elections. Video by Ben Norton Parampil and Vargas discuss the role of Bolivia's social movements in overturning the coup regime that came to power in 2019, as well as the expectations of average people as the new government of Luis Arce takes power.

Staff (2020-10-22). Headlines for October 22, 2020. democracynow.org Columbia Researchers Say Trump's Failures Led to at Least 130,000 Coronavirus Deaths, California to Slash San Quentin Prison Population After Massive Coronavirus Outbreak, Obama Blasts Trump's Record as Candidates Head to Nashville for Final Presidential Debate, NYT: Trump Maintains Chinese Bank Account and Paid Nearly $200,000 in Taxes to China, DNI John Ratcliffe Claims Iran Is Meddling in 2020 Election to "Damage President Trump", Democrats to Boycott Senate Committee Vote on Amy Coney Barrett's SCOTUS Nomination, Billionaire Sackler Family Gets No Jail Time in $8 Billion OxyContin Settlement, In Historic Shif…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-22). Colombia witnesses massive national strike. peoplesdispatch.org On October 21, tens of thousands of workers, peasants, teachers, students, Indigenous and Afro-descendant people took part in a new national strike in Colombia to protest against the social and economic policies of President Iván Duque. Several peaceful demonstrations were held throughout the country in rejection of the economic crisis, rising unemployment, police repression, the increase in massacres, assassination of social leaders, armed group activity, among other issues. | In the capital Bogotá, hundreds of workers from diverse sectors hit the streets and marched towards the Plaza Bolívar, demanding a guaran…

_____ (2020-10-22). Morales' Socialist Party Wins Election. strategic-culture.org Ron RIDENOUR | A victory for the majority of Bolivians, a victory for the world's poor, the indigenous, and supporters of equality, world peace, bread and land for all. October 19 exit polls show that the majority's leader, Luis Arce, and running mate David Choquehuanca Céspedes, won the election. | With around a quarter of the votes counted, exit polls showed them ahead of rightest opponents with

Ricardo Vaz (2020-10-22). Venezuela: Trump Administration Pushed Regime Change in Secret Meeting. venezuelanalysis.com The White House wanted Maduro to step down before the US presidential elections.

_____ (2020-10-22). Colombia: National Strike Joins The Minga As Mobilization Grows. popularresistance.org Colombia woke up on Wednesday with a new national strike in the country's main cities, amidst the coronavirus crisis and the increase in the numbers of massacres and murders of social leaders and former members of the then Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People's Army (FARC-EP). | The president of the Central Workers Union (CUT), Diógenes Orjuela, explained that the strike would clarify the position of absolute rejection of the massacres and murders that have occurred in the country in recent months, as well as the repression exercised by the police.

Arnold August (2020-10-22). MAS Returns to Power in Bolivia One Year After US-backed Coup. counterpunch.org Despite a year of unbridled state repression, including massacres committed against supporters of former Bolivian President Evo Morales, who was deposed just weeks after being declared the victor in the country's October 2019 election, the left-wing Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) secured a resounding victory on October 18 for candidate Luis Arce, Morales's former finance minister.

WSWS (2020-10-22). Hundreds of migrant children torn from their families under Trump's "zero tolerance" policy yet to be reunited with parents. wsws.org More than 500 children who were taken away by the Trump administration as part of its brutal crackdown on undocumented immigrants three years ago are yet to be reunited with their families.

_____ (2020-10-22). Migrant Parents Separated From Their Kids Still Can't Be Found. popularresistance.org Lawyers tasked with identifying and reuniting families separated in 2017 and 2018 under the Trump administration's so-called "zero tolerance" border policy say they still haven't been able to locate the parents of at least 545 migrant children, according to a Tuesday court filing from the American Civil Liberties Union. | A majority of these parents — "approximately two-thirds," the filing said — are believed to have been deported to Central America without their children, some of whom were "just babies" at the time of the separation, ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt told CNN this week.

_____ (2020-10-22). Say Racism's Name, And Fight It With Solidarity. popularresistance.org The instability of Trump's presidency and the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement have upset the U.S. power structure. White supremacist groups such as the Proud Boys and the Boogaloo Movement have increased in number and visibility to protect the right of white America to the historic spoils of stolen land and stolen labor. These groups have found their Great White Hope in Donald Trump and his many appeals to keep them safe from Black Americans, immigrants, and oppressed nations all over the world.

John Catalinotto (2020-10-22). Millions salute election victory in Bolivia. workers.org Supporters of the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) in the streets Oct. 18 to celebrate the landslide victory of their candidate. Millions of people cheer with delight the landslide victory of the Movement toward Socialism (MAS) in the Bolivian elections. We join them. The rightists who came together for last November's . . . |

Eds. (2020-10-22). The Bolivian right: Divided, without leadership. mronline.org here are still days of uncertainty until the new government is in office. What happened in Bolivia can be described as a counter-coup, in the face of a coup with strong international support that had not arrived to remain only one year in political power.

Katharine Early (2020-10-22). Transforming Our Food Systems is the Only Way to Nourish the World. counterpunch.org The way we produce our food is under pressure like never before. And with the climate crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic now posing the greatest challenges to nourishing the expanding global population, our precious and fragile food system is fast reaching breaking point. So do we intensify the current system of farming or is there

Vijay Prashad (2020-10-22). Argentina's veteran ambassador makes a stand for the sovereignty of Latin America. mronline.org Alicia Castro does not shy away from her views. She came to diplomacy from the trade union movement, where she was a leader when she was a flight attendant with Aerolíneas Argentinas.

Matt Sedlar (2020-10-22). El MAS recibió más votos en 2020 en casi todos los 86 recintos sospechosos según la OEA en 2019. cepr.net In English El domingo 20 de octubre, los bolivianos acudieron a las urnas y, por abrumadora mayoría, eligieron como presidente a Luis Arce del partido MAS. Los conteos rápidos privados publicados la noche de la votación mostraron que Arce recibió más del 50% de los votos y tenía una ventaja de más de 20 puntos …

Morning Star (2020-10-22). Chilean Communists call for replacement of Pinochet constitution in Sunday vote. peoplesworld.org The Communist Party of Chile (CPC) has urged progressives in the country to unite behind calls for a new constitution ahead of the Oct.25 referendum on the issue. Victory in the poll would mark a decisive break with the current constitution, which was controversially introduced in 1980 under the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet. He …

RT (2020-10-22). WATCH: Colorful fireball blazes across Puerto Rican skies as Google Loon project sparks hundreds of UFO reports. rt.com As a fireball lit up the night sky in Puerto Rico, hundreds of people notified the authorities about strange objects flying above the Caribbean island. | The impressive light show took place on Tuesday night, as the Orionid meteor shower was peaking. The stunning spectacle was captured by photographer Frankie Lucena, who shared footage of the incident on social media on Wednesday. | The skywatcher speculated that the fireball was a Taurid — a type of meteor named after their radiant point in the constellation Taurus. | Colorful fireball from last night. The tail seems to be pointing in the direction of Ta…

RT (2020-10-22). France expands curfews to cover 46 million people as Covid-19 cases set new daily record. rt.com Coronavirus curfews in France will be extended to include some two-thirds of the population, with the country reporting a record 41,622 new confirmed cases of the disease on Wednesday. | French Prime Minister Jean Castex said the curfews that were imposed in Paris and eight other major cities last week will be expanded to 38 more departments. That means 46 million out of the country's 67 million population will be barred from leaving their homes between 9pm and 6am. | The country has found itself in a "serious situation" due to the second wave of the coronavirus and that is continuing to "degrade," Castex said…

Patrick Cockburn (2020-10-22). When Does Incompetence Become a Crime? zcomm.org Instead of relying on experienced public health experts with a successful record in finding, containing and isolating people infected with HIV and TB, the government handed the project over to the private sector…

Lautaro Rivara (2020-10-22). Haiti has a long history of being assaulted by its Latin American neighbors. peoplesdispatch.org A 15-year peacekeeping mission by the UN in Haiti that ended one year ago still has unanswered questions about how Latin American nations came to participate in the occupation against a small, unarmed and impoverished Caribbean nation.

Reese Erlich (2020-10-22). Foreign Correspondent: What Bolivia Can Teach the United States About Fair Elections. progressive.org The South American nation sets an example of how to undo an attempted coup.

Uriel Araujo (2020-10-22). Major Oil Discovery Puts Suriname in Global Spotlight Amid Venezuela Crisis and US-China Trade War. globalresearch.ca Although Guyana's prospects have certainly changed tremendously — its …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-22). Protests against government's economic plan continue in Costa Rica. peoplesdispatch.org Since September 30, Costa Ricans have been mobilizing in rejection of the government's possible deal with the IMF, which will force the government to implement a number of austerity measures…

Matt Sedlar (2020-10-22). The OAS Helped Facilitate Last Year's Coup Against Evo Morales. Now It's Observing Today's Bolivian Elections. cepr.net Jacobin See article on original site Today, nearly one year after Evo Morales was ousted in a coup facilitated by the Organization of American States (OAS), Bolivia will finally vote in new elections. With Luis Arce, the candidate of Morales's Movement for Socialism—Political Instrument for the Sovereignty of the Peoples (MAS) party leading in polls, …

WSWS (2020-10-22). GM victimizes Mexican worker for quarantining after catching COVID-19. wsws.org After 26 years working for GM, Sergio Contreras was fired after he quarantined, challenging the efforts of the corporation to cover up COVID-19 outbreaks and continue production.

Matt Sedlar (2020-10-22). El FMI impone más recortes para Ecuador, aunque predica lo contrario. cepr.net OpenDemocracy Ver artículo en el sitio original In English El FMI que se presenta en las reuniones anuales no es el mismo FMI que el que organiza los programas de préstamos, como se demuestra en el caso de Ecuador. En su discurso de apertura de las Reuniones Mundiales Anuales de este año, la Directora Gerente …

_____ (2020-10-22). America Has No Allies, Only Hostages. strategic-culture.org The new president-elect of Bolivia, Luis Arce, has told the Spanish international news agency EFE that he intends to restore the nation's relations with Cuba, Venezuela and Iran. This reverses the policies of the US-backed coup regime which immediately began closing embassies, kicking out doctors and severing relations with those nations after illegally seizing power last year.

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-10-22). Blasting 'Deliberate Indifference' to Inmate Health, California Court Orders San Quentin Prison to Reduce Population by Half. commondreams.org The ruling called the Covid-19 outbreak at the notorious lockup "the worst epidemiological disaster in California correctional history." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/sq.jpg

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-10-22). The Elders Call for Surge in Global Cooperation to Combat 'Current Disarray' Set Off by Covid-19, Climate Crisis. commondreams.org The global group of independent world leaders and justice advocates known as the Elders on Thursday issued a rebuke of the current failure by world leaders to employ a multilateral approach to confronting multiple existential crises facing the world population. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-1220687626_1.jpg

Heidi Shierholz (2020-10-22). With Millions of People Out of Work, the Senate's Inaction Is Not Only Cruel, It's Bad Economics. commondreams.org Due to the impact of historic and current systemic racism, Black and Latinx communities have seen more job loss in this recession and have less wealth to fall back on. (Photo: Giles Clarke/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/essential_1.jpg

Susan Price (2020-10-22). Bolivia: The people defeat the coup. greenleft.org.au Bolivians have overwhelmingly voted the left-wing Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) back into office in a resounding reversal of last year's coup, writes Federico Fuentes.

Alan Macleod (2020-10-21). Protests Against Greed and Inequality Are Spreading Like Wildfire Through Latin America. mintpressnews.com Historic protests are taking place across Latin America as people take to the streets to voice their displeasure at the IMF, government corruption, and the spread of fascism.

Staff (2020-10-21). Ex-Mexican Military Head Arrested in U.S. on Drug Charges. Should He Be Tried for Massacres, Too? democracynow.org We speak with legendary Mexican investigative journalist Anabel Hernández about a case that has sent shockwaves throughout Mexico: the U.S. arrest of Mexico's former defense secretary for allegedly working with a major drug cartel while heading Mexico's military. General Salvador Cienfuegos served as secretary of defense from 2012 to 2018 in the former government of President Enrique Peña Nieto and has long been accused of human rights abuses, including refusing to allow investigators to interview soldiers who may have been involved in the 2014 disappearance and likely massacre of 43 students from a teachers' col…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-21). 8,000 Colombians march to Bogotá demanding to meet with president Duque. peoplesdispatch.org Nearly 8,000 Indigenous and Afro-descendant people, peasants, students and women from southwestern Colombia arrived in Bogotá on October 18 to meet President Iván Duque. They are still waiting for a response. Meanwhile, four indigenous leaders were killed in other parts of the country as mobilizations took place in Bogotá.

teleSUR (2020-10-21). UK Allocated £450,000 To Opponents of Venezuela's Government. telesurenglish.net Declassified UK journalists revealed that the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) awarded £ 450,000 to "Transparencia Venezuela", an organization using the fight against corruption as a front to support the destabilizing actions that opposition politician Juan Guaido has been carrying out against the administration of President Nicolas Maduro. | RELATED: | The money transfer started in 2019 when the FCDO awarded &p…

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2020-10-21). Bolivia: Arce's Victory Does Not Represent a Return to Morales' National Project. globalresearch.ca The great victory of the Movement to Socialism (MAS) — Evo Morales' party — in Bolivia opens the way for a new era of change in the South American country. The positions on the Bolivian national political scene are currently …

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2020-10-21). Brazil Chooses US as Its Partner in 5G Technology, Refusing China. globalresearch.ca After months of controversy and discussions, Brazil has chosen to prioritize the US as a partner in 5G technology. The decision contradicts the opinion of the greatest experts on the subject, who see the choice as Brazil's alignment to Washington …

teleSUR (2020-10-21). Venezuela: President Maduro Calls For Communal Parliament Law. telesurenglish.net During a videoconference with representatives of the communes throughout the country, the Venezuelan President called for the strengthening and consolidation of the work of these social, political, and economic organizations defined by their local and participatory nature. | The Head of State informed that he would propose to the new Parliament elected next December 6, through the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) and its allies of the Great Patriotic Pole (GPPSB), legislation aimed at promoting the consultation with the communal parliament all projects and issues discussed in the nation's legislative…

Carmen Rodríguez (2020-10-21). Guilty Verdict in the Massacre of Jesuits Marks a "Milestone of Justice" for El Salvador. counterpunch.org Inocente Montano, a former deputy defense minister of El Salvador, retired military man, and ex-member of one of the bloodiest commando units operating during that Central American country's civil war of the 1980s, has become the first Salvadoran convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity. "The conviction marks a milestone of justice in the

Teresa Gutierrez (2020-10-21). Proveer agua para migrantes y aliados es un crimen para EE.UU. workers.org Trump no solo continúa llevando a cabo una vil diatriba antiinmigrante casi a diario, sino que los agentes del Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas llevaron a cabo recientemente un siniestro ataque SWAT en Arizona. Y en la ciudad de Nueva York, los agentes de ICE están arrestando a . . . |

Staff (2020-10-21). Lawyers Can't Find Parents of 545 Kids Separated by Trump's Immigration Policies. truthout.org Lawyers appointed to represent the interests of migrant children and parents who were separated from one another as a result of a program established by the Trump administration, say that the whereabouts of hundreds of parents affected by that policy remain unknown. | An anti-immigration policy called "zero tolerance"

Nadda Osman (2020-10-21). Kuwait deports Lebanese TV presenter over 'immoral' social media content. middleeasteye.net Kuwait deports Lebanese TV presenter over 'immoral' social media content | The decision to deport Sazdell has sparked a wider conversation online on what public morals are | Wed, 10/21/2020 – 12: 59 | Sazdell said she was not told of specific rules she had violated (Screengrab/Instagram) | Kuwait's Ministry of Interior has deported Sazdell El Kak, a Lebanese presenter and public figure, for "violating pu…

_____ (2020-10-21). Media Responds With Apathy, Disappointment As Coup Government Concedes Defeat. popularresistance.org Bolivia's Movement to Socialism (MAS) party is celebrating what appears to be a crushing, landslide victory in Sunday's elections. Although official vote counting is far from over, exit polls show an overwhelming triumph for the socialists, and a repudiation of the right-wing military government of Jeanine Añez, who has ruled since the coup last November. At the same time, the corporate press appears less than pleased about the return to democracy for the Andean country. | In order to win outright in the first round, the top candidate needs at least 40 percent of the popular vote and a lead of 10 points over thei…

2020-10-22: News Headlines

Anya Parampil (2020-10-22). How Bolivia fights fascism — It takes more than the ballot box. thegrayzone.com Anya Parampil speaks with journalist Ollie Vargas in La Paz, Bolivia about the historic victory of the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) party in the October 18 elections. Video by Ben Norton Parampil and Vargas discuss the role of Bolivia's social movements in overturning the coup regime that came to power in 2019, as well as the expectations of average people as the new government of Luis Arce takes power.

Arnold August (2020-10-22). MAS Returns to Power in Bolivia One Year After US-backed Coup. counterpunch.org Despite a year of unbridled state repression, including massacres committed against supporters of former Bolivian President Evo Morales, who was deposed just weeks after being declared the victor in the country's October 2019 election, the left-wing Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) secured a resounding victory on October 18 for candidate Luis Arce, Morales's former finance minister.

John Catalinotto (2020-10-22). Millions salute election victory in Bolivia. workers.org Supporters of the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) in the streets Oct. 18 to celebrate the landslide victory of their candidate. Millions of people cheer with delight the landslide victory of the Movement toward Socialism (MAS) in the Bolivian elections. We join them. The rightists who came together for last November's . . . |

Vijay Prashad (2020-10-22). Argentina's veteran ambassador makes a stand for the sovereignty of Latin America. mronline.org Alicia Castro does not shy away from her views. She came to diplomacy from the trade union movement, where she was a leader when she was a flight attendant with Aerolíneas Argentinas.

Eds. (2020-10-22). The Bolivian right: Divided, without leadership. mronline.org here are still days of uncertainty until the new government is in office. What happened in Bolivia can be described as a counter-coup, in the face of a coup with strong international support that had not arrived to remain only one year in political power.

Katharine Early (2020-10-22). Transforming Our Food Systems is the Only Way to Nourish the World. counterpunch.org The way we produce our food is under pressure like never before. And with the climate crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic now posing the greatest challenges to nourishing the expanding global population, our precious and fragile food system is fast reaching breaking point. So do we intensify the current system of farming or is there

Patrick Cockburn (2020-10-22). When Does Incompetence Become a Crime? zcomm.org Instead of relying on experienced public health experts with a successful record in finding, containing and isolating people infected with HIV and TB, the government handed the project over to the private sector…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-22). Protests against government's economic plan continue in Costa Rica. peoplesdispatch.org Since September 30, Costa Ricans have been mobilizing in rejection of the government's possible deal with the IMF, which will force the government to implement a number of austerity measures…

Susan Price (2020-10-22). Bolivia: The people defeat the coup. greenleft.org.au Bolivians have overwhelming voted the left-wing Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) back into office in a resounding reversal of last year's coup, writes Federico Fuentes.

Alan MacLeod (2020-10-21). Media responds with apathy, disappointment as U.S.-backed coup Gov't concedes defeat in Bolivia. mronline.org Across the spectrum, corporate media has endorsed last year's rightwing takeover of Bolivia, refusing to label it as a coup. Coverage of Sunday's historical elections hasn't been much better.

Alan Macleod (2020-10-21). Protests Against Greed and Inequality Are Spreading Like Wildfire Through Latin America. mintpressnews.com Historic protests are taking place across Latin America as people take to the streets to voice their displeasure at the IMF, government corruption, and the spread of fascism.

Staff (2020-10-21). Ex-Mexican Military Head Arrested in U.S. on Drug Charges. Should He Be Tried for Massacres, Too? democracynow.org We speak with legendary Mexican investigative journalist Anabel Hernández about a case that has sent shockwaves throughout Mexico: the U.S. arrest of Mexico's former defense secretary for allegedly working with a major drug cartel while heading Mexico's military. General Salvador Cienfuegos served as secretary of defense from 2012 to 2018 in the former government of President Enrique Peña Nieto and has long been accused of human rights abuses, including refusing to allow investigators to interview soldiers who may have been involved in the 2014 disappearance and likely massacre of 43 students from a teachers' col…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-21). 8,000 Colombians march to Bogotá demanding to meet with president Duque. peoplesdispatch.org Nearly 8,000 Indigenous and Afro-descendant people, peasants, students and women from southwestern Colombia arrived in Bogotá on October 18 to meet President Iván Duque. They are still waiting for a response. Meanwhile, four indigenous leaders were killed in other parts of the country as mobilizations took place in Bogotá.

teleSUR (2020-10-21). UK Allocated £450,000 To Opponents of Venezuela's Government. telesurenglish.net Declassified UK journalists revealed that the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) awarded £ 450,000 to "Transparencia Venezuela", an organization using the fight against corruption as a front to support the destabilizing actions that opposition politician Juan Guaido has been carrying out against the administration of President Nicolas Maduro. | RELATED: | The money transfer started in 2019 when the FCDO awarded &p…

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2020-10-21). Bolivia: Arce's Victory Does Not Represent a Return to Morales' National Project. globalresearch.ca The great victory of the Movement to Socialism (MAS) — Evo Morales' party — in Bolivia opens the way for a new era of change in the South American country. The positions on the Bolivian national political scene are currently …

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2020-10-21). Brazil Chooses US as Its Partner in 5G Technology, Refusing China. globalresearch.ca After months of controversy and discussions, Brazil has chosen to prioritize the US as a partner in 5G technology. The decision contradicts the opinion of the greatest experts on the subject, who see the choice as Brazil's alignment to Washington …

teleSUR (2020-10-21). Venezuela: President Maduro Calls For Communal Parliament Law. telesurenglish.net During a videoconference with representatives of the communes throughout the country, the Venezuelan President called for the strengthening and consolidation of the work of these social, political, and economic organizations defined by their local and participatory nature. | The Head of State informed that he would propose to the new Parliament elected next December 6, through the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) and its allies of the Great Patriotic Pole (GPPSB), legislation aimed at promoting the consultation with the communal parliament all projects and issues discussed in the nation's legislative…

Carmen Rodríguez (2020-10-21). Guilty Verdict in the Massacre of Jesuits Marks a "Milestone of Justice" for El Salvador. counterpunch.org Inocente Montano, a former deputy defense minister of El Salvador, retired military man, and ex-member of one of the bloodiest commando units operating during that Central American country's civil war of the 1980s, has become the first Salvadoran convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity. "The conviction marks a milestone of justice in the

Teresa Gutierrez (2020-10-21). Proveer agua para migrantes y aliados es un crimen para EE.UU. workers.org Trump no solo continúa llevando a cabo una vil diatriba antiinmigrante casi a diario, sino que los agentes del Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas llevaron a cabo recientemente un siniestro ataque SWAT en Arizona. Y en la ciudad de Nueva York, los agentes de ICE están arrestando a . . . |

Staff (2020-10-21). Lawyers Can't Find Parents of 545 Kids Separated by Trump's Immigration Policies. truthout.org Lawyers appointed to represent the interests of migrant children and parents who were separated from one another as a result of a program established by the Trump administration, say that the whereabouts of hundreds of parents affected by that policy remain unknown. | An anti-immigration policy called "zero tolerance"

Nadda Osman (2020-10-21). Kuwait deports Lebanese TV presenter over 'immoral' social media content. middleeasteye.net Kuwait deports Lebanese TV presenter over 'immoral' social media content | The decision to deport Sazdell has sparked a wider conversation online on what public morals are | Wed, 10/21/2020 – 12: 59 | Sazdell said she was not told of specific rules she had violated (Screengrab/Instagram) | Kuwait's Ministry of Interior has deported Sazdell El Kak, a Lebanese presenter and public figure, for "violating pu…

Jake Johnston (2020-10-21). Data from Bolivia's Election Add More Evidence That OAS Fabricated Last Year's Fraud Claims. cepr.net The MAS Received More Votes in Almost All of the OAS's 86 Suspect Precincts in 2020 than in 2019 On Sunday, October 20, Bolivians went to the polls and overwhelmingly elected Luis Arce of the MAS party president. Private quick counts released the night of the vote showed Arce receiving more than 50 percent of …

_____ (2020-10-21). Media Responds With Apathy, Disappointment As Coup Government Concedes Defeat. popularresistance.org Bolivia's Movement to Socialism (MAS) party is celebrating what appears to be a crushing, landslide victory in Sunday's elections. Although official vote counting is far from over, exit polls show an overwhelming triumph for the socialists, and a repudiation of the right-wing military government of Jeanine Añez, who has ruled since the coup last November. At the same time, the corporate press appears less than pleased about the return to democracy for the Andean country. | In order to win outright in the first round, the top candidate needs at least 40 percent of the popular vote and a lead of 10 points over thei…

Stephen Lendman (2020-10-21). Freedom Triumphs Over Fascism in Bolivia if It Sticks. globalresearch.ca In November, US orchestrated fascism replaced freedom in Bolivia. | President Evo Morales' legitimate reelection was overturned by a cadre of US recruited traitors. | Generals and others were bribed to betray their country for the right price. | Fascism tied to US …

Manuela Solé (2020-10-21). Venezuela: PDVSA to Offload Crude from Offshore Facility. venezuelanalysis.com The Nabarima floating facility has been inoperative since January 2019 and is at risk of an oil spill.

teleSUR (2020-10-21). Haiti: Gang Violence Spike Amid Widespread Insecurity. telesurenglish.net The United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH) denounced on Tuesday an upsurge of violence that affects mainly the population as hundreds of families are being relocated to shelters because the gangs have burned their homes. | RELATED: | "In the capital, armed criminal gangs are increasingly undermining state authority and have caused a sharp increase in the number of victims in some neighborhoods," warned the BINUH in a p…

Robert Wheeler (2020-10-21). Operation Moonshot: UK Says Weekly COVID Tests Could Offer "Passport to Freedom" globalresearch.ca Those who have watched the police state grow over decades have known that as the UK goes, so does the rest of the Western world. | Unfortunately, the UK population the testing grounds for intrusive and totalitarian policies that will be …

teleSUR (2020-10-21). Freedom of Expression Was Restricted in Ecuador, Report Shows. telesurenglish.net The Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) published a report that highlights that freedom of expression was violated during the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ecuador, a country where 23 journalists have died from the coronavirus so far. | RELATED: | The Standing Committee for the Defense of Human Rights warned that, under the pretext of public security and health emergency, freedom of expression was viola…

teleSUR (2020-10-21). Brazil Will Not Buy Chinese Vaccines, Bolsonaro Says. telesurenglish.net Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday said that his country will not buy the coronavirus vaccine developed by the Chinese company Sinovac. | RELATED: | This announcement was made after Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello mentioned that Brazil will allocate US$427 million for the purchase of 46 million doses of the "Coronavac" vaccine. On Tuesday, he met with different governors and signed a protocol of intentions to expand the s…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-21). The Bolivian people broke all barriers to vote in hope. peoplesdispatch.org Juan Carlos Pinto Quintanilla, sociologist and former government official during the term of Evo Morales, talks about the massive turnout during the Bolivian elections, the hopes of the people and the plans of right-wing forces…

Brett Heinz (2020-10-21). Bolivians Reclaim Their Democracy. cepr.net The Nation See article on original site The overwhelming MAS election victory is a repudiation of the racist coup regime as well as the Trump administration and the OAS, which helped install it. On Sunday, October 18, Luis Arce won the presidency of Bolivia, in a pronounced repudiation of last year's military coup, which had …

Justin Podur (2020-10-21). The Police System That Terrorizes the Poor and Minorities Is Rooted in the Colonial Past. zcomm.org The default counterinsurgency mode is a consequence of being ruled by an elite that sees the whole population as the enemy…

_____ (2020-10-21). Bolivia Is A beacon Of Light For Latin America. popularresistance.org After suffering a coup d'état that cost more than 33 lives, left thousands of people injured, and forced important political figures like President Evo Morales to go into exile to survive, official exit polls say that the Movement for Socialism (MAS) will return to power, in a way previously unheard of in Latin America, through democratic elections! | Unlike what OAS, the EU Commission and other international observers have said about the election being peaceful, in reality journalists were beaten, militant supporters of MAS were detained without justification, and many international observers were openly threate…

_____ (2020-10-21). Chile: Left-Wing Forces Seek New Start With The Plebiscite. popularresistance.org Chile's Communist Party (PC) will do everything it can to guarantee a victory in the upcoming referendum on Sunday 25, as the country gets ready to decide whether it remains with the current constitution created by Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship or starts a brand new chapter of its history instead. | The CP President Guillermo Teillier told local media outlet El Siglo that his party will support mobilization until the last day of permitted propaganda and encourage social organizations to do the same.

_____ (2020-10-21). A Debt Reckoning Is Unavoidable. popularresistance.org The late anthropologist David Graeber, who wrote about the 5,000-year history of debt, spoke about a strange paradox of being indebted. "The first effect of debt is to create isolation, shame, humiliation, a fear of even talking about it. On the other hand, if you look at history, the vast majority of revolts and insurrections are about debt. So in a sense it's incredibly effective, ideologically, at isolating people. But once people overcome that isolation, the results are always explosive." | We may be heading towards such a moment.

_____ (2020-10-21). America Has No Allies, Only Hostages. popularresistance.org The new president-elect of Bolivia, Luis Arce, has told the Spanish international news agency EFE that he intends to restore the nation's relations with Cuba, Venezuela and Iran. This reverses the policies of the US-backed coup regime which immediately began closing embassies, kicking out doctors and severing relations with those nations after illegally seizing power last year. | Arce also spoke of warm relations with Russia and China. | "We are going to reestablish all relations," he told EFE. "This government has acted very ideologically, depriving the Bolivian people of access to Cuban medicine, to Russian med…

J. Blommaert, A. Radwan, C. Sleurs, C. Maggen, M. van Gerwen, V. Wolters, D. Christiaens, R. Peeters, P. Dupont, S. Sunaert, K. Van Calsteren, S. Deprez, F. Amant (2020-10-21). The impact of cancer and chemotherapy during pregnancy on child neurodevelopment: A multimodal neuroimaging analysis. thelancet.com Prenatal exposure to maternal cancer and its treatment might affect local grey and white matter structure, but not functional connectivity or global organization. While platinum-based therapy was identified as a potential risk factor, this was not the case for chemotherapy in general.

_____ (2020-10-21). At Last, a Small Ray of Hope for Bolivia. strategic-culture.org To no one's real surprise, Bolivia's deposed President Evo Morales was The new President of Bolivia will be…

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-21). Pressure on Iran to continue regardless of election outcome. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 21 (MNA) — The US Special Representative for Iran and Venezuela claimed that Washington's so-called 'maximum pressure' policy against Iran will continue regardless of the upcoming presidential elections.

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."

commondreams (2020-10-21). Lawsuit Challenges Inadequate Federal Review of Endangered Species in Gulf of Mexico. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Sà¥nia Guajajara (2020-10-20). Amazonia: In the Flames, They See Money. counterpunch.org Sà¥nia Guajajara delivered this speech to accept the 2020 Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award on behalf of the Association of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB). The Association is standing up to powerful corporations, backed by an oppressive government, to protect indigenous rights and lands — all while fighting a deadly pandemic. On October 15, award-winning author

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-10-20). 'Long Overdue': Justice Department Sues Google in Antitrust Case. commondreams.org The filing, announced Tuesday morning, accuses the tech giant of violating law to stifle competition. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/google-doj-suit.jpg

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…

Staff (2020-10-20). "A Blow Against Neoliberalism": Socialist Wins Bolivian Election a Year After Coup Ousted Evo Morales. democracynow.org Former Bolivian President Evo Morales's political party MAS has claimed victory in the country's presidential election, with Morales's handpicked successor Luis Arce securing over 50% of the vote, according to exit polls. If confirmed, the result will put the socialist party back in power almost a year after a right-wing coup that ousted Morales and installed Jeanine àÅñez as president. The election was postponed twice, and protests rocked Bolivia for months leading up to the vote, calling out the government's use of military and police repression and violence against Indigenous communities. "It's an extrao…

Glenn Greenwald (2020-10-20). Bolivians Return Evo Morales's Party to Power One Year After a U.S.-Applauded Coup. zcomm.org Right-wing forces cheered by the U.S. tried to destroy one of Latin America's most vibrant democracies. Voters just restored it…

William Camacaro (2020-10-20). Decisive Victory of MAS in Bolivia: A Blow to Anti-Indigenous and Anti-Socialist Coups in the Americas. counterpunch.org Caracas. The decisive electoral victory of the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) in Bolivia may be a point of inflection on the continent that advances the construction of a new South American socialist bloc. After having been removed from power by a military coup with fascist, anti-Indigenous, and neoliberal elements a year ago, ex-president Evo Morales,

Dan Beeton (2020-10-20). Two Interviews on the Bolivian Coup and Its Aftermath. cepr.net In interviews recorded for a new podcast, "While We were Sleeping," host Francesca Emanuele investigates overlooked cases of state violence and the human stories behind them. Two new interviews offer useful context for the October 18 general elections just carried out in Bolivia. In the first, Emanuele interviews Jhocelin Caspa, an Indigenous Aymara woman from …

_____ (2020-10-20). Bolivia: People Power Prevails Over US-Backed Coup. popularresistance.org Last October following the re-election of indigenous president Evo Morales in Bolivia, the United States backed a coup that successfully forced him out of power. The coup regime reversed many of the gains made under Morales and waged violent and austerity policies against the people. A new presidential election was held this past weekend largely because of massive popular mobilizations over the summer that demanded them. I speak with Camila Escalante of Telesur English and Kawsachun News about the coup, the protests and the recent election.

_____ (2020-10-20). Bolivia Shows Why Imperialists Work To Keep Populations Propagandized. strategic-culture.org Bolivia has reversed the US-backed coup which saw its leftist president Evo Morales ousted from the lithium-rich nation after a landslide victory last year. Another landslide victory for a previous member of Morales' cabinet named Luis Arce has restored power to the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) party after a year of rule by the coup regime.

2020-10-21: News Headlines

Alan MacLeod (2020-10-21). Media responds with apathy, disappointment as U.S.-backed coup Gov't concedes defeat in Bolivia. mronline.org Across the spectrum, corporate media has endorsed last year's rightwing takeover of Bolivia, refusing to label it as a coup. Coverage of Sunday's historical elections hasn't been much better.

Carmen Rodríguez (2020-10-21). Guilty Verdict in the Massacre of Jesuits Marks a "Milestone of Justice" for El Salvador. counterpunch.org Inocente Montano, a former deputy defense minister of El Salvador, retired military man, and ex-member of one of the bloodiest commando units operating during that Central American country's civil war of the 1980s, has become the first Salvadoran convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity. "The conviction marks a milestone of justice in the

Teresa Gutierrez (2020-10-21). Proveer agua para migrantes y aliados es un crimen para EE.UU. workers.org Trump no solo continúa llevando a cabo una vil diatriba antiinmigrante casi a diario, sino que los agentes del Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas llevaron a cabo recientemente un siniestro ataque SWAT en Arizona. Y en la ciudad de Nueva York, los agentes de ICE están arrestando a . . . |

J. Blommaert, A. Radwan, C. Sleurs, C. Maggen, M. van Gerwen, V. Wolters, D. Christiaens, R. Peeters, P. Dupont, S. Sunaert, K. Van Calsteren, S. Deprez, F. Amant (2020-10-21). The impact of cancer and chemotherapy during pregnancy on child neurodevelopment: A multimodal neuroimaging analysis. thelancet.com Prenatal exposure to maternal cancer and its treatment might affect local grey and white matter structure, but not functional connectivity or global organization. While platinum-based therapy was identified as a potential risk factor, this was not the case for chemotherapy in general.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-21). Pressure on Iran to continue regardless of election outcome. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 21 (MNA) — The US Special Representative for Iran and Venezuela claimed that Washington's so-called 'maximum pressure' policy against Iran will continue regardless of the upcoming presidential elections.

Sà¥nia Guajajara (2020-10-20). Amazonia: In the Flames, They See Money. counterpunch.org Sà¥nia Guajajara delivered this speech to accept the 2020 Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award on behalf of the Association of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB). The Association is standing up to powerful corporations, backed by an oppressive government, to protect indigenous rights and lands — all while fighting a deadly pandemic. On October 15, award-winning author

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-10-20). 'Long Overdue': Justice Department Sues Google in Antitrust Case. commondreams.org The filing, announced Tuesday morning, accuses the tech giant of violating law to stifle competition. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/google-doj-suit.jpg

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…

Staff (2020-10-20). "A Blow Against Neoliberalism": Socialist Wins Bolivian Election a Year After Coup Ousted Evo Morales. democracynow.org Former Bolivian President Evo Morales's political party MAS has claimed victory in the country's presidential election, with Morales's handpicked successor Luis Arce securing over 50% of the vote, according to exit polls. If confirmed, the result will put the socialist party back in power almost a year after a right-wing coup that ousted Morales and installed Jeanine àÅñez as president. The election was postponed twice, and protests rocked Bolivia for months leading up to the vote, calling out the government's use of military and police repression and violence against Indigenous communities. "It's an extrao…

Glenn Greenwald (2020-10-20). Bolivians Return Evo Morales's Party to Power One Year After a U.S.-Applauded Coup. zcomm.org Right-wing forces cheered by the U.S. tried to destroy one of Latin America's most vibrant democracies. Voters just restored it…

William Camacaro (2020-10-20). Decisive Victory of MAS in Bolivia: A Blow to Anti-Indigenous and Anti-Socialist Coups in the Americas. counterpunch.org Caracas. The decisive electoral victory of the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) in Bolivia may be a point of inflection on the continent that advances the construction of a new South American socialist bloc. After having been removed from power by a military coup with fascist, anti-Indigenous, and neoliberal elements a year ago, ex-president Evo Morales,

Dan Beeton (2020-10-20). Two Interviews on the Bolivian Coup and Its Aftermath. cepr.net In interviews recorded for a new podcast, "While We were Sleeping," host Francesca Emanuele investigates overlooked cases of state violence and the human stories behind them. Two new interviews offer useful context for the October 18 general elections just carried out in Bolivia. In the first, Emanuele interviews Jhocelin Caspa, an Indigenous Aymara woman from …

_____ (2020-10-20). Bolivia: People Power Prevails Over US-Backed Coup. popularresistance.org Last October following the re-election of indigenous president Evo Morales in Bolivia, the United States backed a coup that successfully forced him out of power. The coup regime reversed many of the gains made under Morales and waged violent and austerity policies against the people. A new presidential election was held this past weekend largely because of massive popular mobilizations over the summer that demanded them. I speak with Camila Escalante of Telesur English and Kawsachun News about the coup, the protests and the recent election.

_____ (2020-10-20). Bolivia Shows Why Imperialists Work To Keep Populations Propagandized. strategic-culture.org Bolivia has reversed the US-backed coup which saw its leftist president Evo Morales ousted from the lithium-rich nation after a landslide victory last year. Another landslide victory for a previous member of Morales' cabinet named Luis Arce has restored power to the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) party after a year of rule by the coup regime.

Al Neal (2020-10-20). Supreme Court to review 'Remain in Mexico' policy; migrants face terror-filled wait. peoplesworld.org For asylum seekers and refugees forced to stay in Mexico as their requests to enter the United States enter procedural limbo, their lives are minimized to being political and legal ping-pong balls, going back and forth over the new (incomplete) border wall with every court ruling or Trump administration executive order. On Monday, Oct. 19, …

MEE staff (2020-10-20). Kuwait's parliament passes law to cut expat population. middleeasteye.net Kuwait's parliament passes law to cut expat population | The new legislation sets in motion reforms to trim its foreign residents who make up 70 percent of the population, Bloomberg reports | Tue, 10/20/2020 – 19: 58 | Kuwaiti nationals themselves constitute only 30 percent of the population, with the total expatriate population standing at 3.4 million (AFP/File photo) | Kuwait's parliament has unanimously pas…

Staff (2020-10-20). The eviction crisis is making surviving the pandemic harder. Here's how we fight back. therealnews.com Evictions are happening all across the United States, and COVID-19 has only made it worse. We look at the data surrounding evictions and what people are doing to solve this crisis. We also talk about the recent Bolivian elections.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-20). Participants of the Minga continue to wait for a meeting with Colombian President Iván Duque. peoplesdispatch.org The organizations of the Social Minga are demanding protection for social leaders, right to defend their land, right to democracy and the construction of peace in the country…

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). Horror tackle: Brazilian footballer left with blood-soaked shorts after suffering gruesome testicle injury (VIDEO). rt.com Flamengo defender Gustavo Henrique was on the receiving end of a nightmare injury on Sunday after an injury to his testicles left him bleeding through his shorts. | The center-back was After he began bleeding, the 27-year-old was ordered off the pitch by the referee so he could change into fresh shorts. | Traumatismo en el testículo. | Ese es el diagnóstico de Gustavo Henrique, defensor del Flamengo, qu…

RT (2020-10-20). Greece urges EU states to stop military exports to Turkey & consider suspending customs union deal. rt.com Athens wants EU countries to halt military exports to Turkey, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said on Tuesday, accusing Ankara of violating the criteria of integration into the bloc. | Speaking of the request to other EU members to stop the exports, Dendias claimed that "this equipment is being used in actions that destabilize our region." | "Turkey continues to violate the fundamental criteria of integration into the EU," Dendias added. Ankara's entry talks with the EU started in 1999, but have been long stalled. | The minister said that he has also written to EU Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi,…

Editor (2020-10-20). Bolivia Resoundingly Chooses Socialism in Wake of Military Coup. scheerpost.com OECD Development Centre / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] By Jake Johnson / Common Dreams Following socialist candidate Luis Arce's resounding victory in Bolivia's high-stakes and closely watched presidential election, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday applauded the people of the South American nation for persisting in their "difficult, year-long fight to restore democracy" in the wake of last year's military… |

WSWS (2020-10-20). Workers Struggles: The Americas. wsws.org Health care sector worker in Buenos Aires, Argentina march to the city government offices to press demands for nurses to attain permanent professional status, emergency raises and additional staffing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

WSWS (2020-10-20). Coup regime in Bolivia concedes electoral victory to MAS. wsws.org The ruling class sees a MAS administration as necessary to politically disarm growing workers' struggles against its devastating response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-20). Zarif felicitates victory of Bolivia against US conspiracies. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 20 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister congratulated the Bolivian people on their victory against US conspiracies on Tuesday.

Bindman A. (2020-10-20). Medicaid's Public Health Plan Options. jamanetwork.com The democratic nominee for president, former Vice President Joe Biden, has made the availability of a public option (a Medicarelike health plan operated by the federal government) a central component of his health care platform. One goal of this policy is to lower costs for consumers who purchase coverage in health insurance marketplaces. Biden would also increase population coverage by making his public option available at no cost to income-eligible adults in the 12 states that have still not expanded Medicaid as a part of the Affordable Care Act. In the states that have already expanded Medicaid to low-income a…

yenisafak (2020-10-20). India: 20 Muslims cleared of flouting virus rules. yenisafak.com A court in western on India Tuesday acquitted 20 members of a Muslim group who had been charged with violating the nationwide lockdown in April.The members of the Tablighi Jamaat, including 10 from Kyrgyzstan and 10 from Indonesia, were booked in the state of Maharashtra for attempted murder and culpable homicide not amounting to murder.The police also charged them under laws against spreading diseases and preventing disasters.Ruling in the case, Metropolitan Magistrate RR Khan said: "There was no iota of evidence with prosecution to show any contravention of order by accused persons beyond all shadow of doubt. D…

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

Susan Price (2020-10-20). From Rebel Teas to marching bands: A year of protest culture in Chile. greenleft.org.au October 18 marked one year of mass protests for systemic change in Chile, and one year of brutal repression, writes Sandra Cuffe. It has also been a year filled with a resurgence of protest art and music, neighbourhood organising, feminist influences, city-specific forms of protest, local experiments in direct democracy, and mutual aid.

Alan Macleod (2020-10-19). Media Responds With Apathy, Disappointment as US-Backed Coup Gov't Concedes Defeat in Bolivia. mintpressnews.com Across the spectrum, corporate media has endorsed last year's rightwing takeover of Bolivia, refusing to label it as a coup. Coverage of Sunday's historical elections hasn't been much better.

Staff (2020-10-19). Jeremy Scahill: Trump's Xenophobia Is Horrific, But U.S. Immigration Policy Has Always Been Racist. democracynow.org In Part 2 of our discussion of the Trump era with The Intercept's Jeremy Scahill about his new seven-part audio documentary "American Mythology," he examines how Trump's xenophobic immigration policies have been a "methodical, surgical operation" to make life miserable for both current and prospective immigrants, including asylum seekers fleeing violence. He also notes that while Trump's policies have been particularly vicious, "this country has had a racist immigration policy for a very long time, and it's bipartisan."

teleSUR (2020-10-19). Colombia: Duque Still Not Responding to Social Minga's Request. telesurenglish.net Colombia's President Ivan Duque has not yet confirmed whether he will meet with representatives of the Indigenous Minga, which arrived in Bogota on Sunday. | RELATED: | Duque assured that he does not rule out the possibility of dialogue with the social movement, which began its journey to the capital on October 14. However, he still does not define the date or place of the meeting. | "No one has to make ultimatum…

yenisafak (2020-10-19). Venezuela congrats Bolivia's Arce as he claims victory. yenisafak.com Venezuela's president on Monday congratulated the Bolivian left-wing presidential hopeful Luis Arce as he claimed victory in Sunday's poll."Great victory! The united and conscious Bolivian people defeated the coup against our brother [former President] Evo [Morales] with their votes," Nicolas Maduro said on Twitter."Congratulations to President-elect Luis Arce, Vice President David Choquehuanca and our South Indian Chief @evoespueblo. Jallalla Bolivia!" he added.Jallalla, or long live, is an expression for jubilation in Aymara — an indigenous nation to which Morales belongs.Exit polls showed that the Movement fo…

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2020-10-19). Chilean Government Agrees with New Constitution, but Vetoes New Constituent Assembly. globalresearch.ca Chile has been experiencing violent popular protests for over a year. The general dissatisfaction with the government of Sebastián Piñera and his allies has generated strong unrest in the country, which has worried the Chilean political elite. In this sense, …

Forbes West (2020-10-19). U.S. Citizenship and Immigration: Reds need not apply. peoplesworld.org Immigrants inside the United States can be denied the ability to adjust their status to "lawful permanent resident" on the grounds of membership "or affiliation" [emphasis added] with a Communist or "totalitarian" party, either foreign or domestic, according to new policy "guidance" issued Oct. 2 by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The directive refers to …

RT (2020-10-19). Greece to expand wall on Turkish border to block migrants. rt.com Athens said on Monday it had finalized plans to build a wall along Greece's border with Turkey, to prevent large numbers of migrants from crossing into the country illegally. | About 26 kilometers (16 miles) of wall will be added to an existing 10 km section of fence, government spokesman Stelios Petsas said, adding that the project is due to be completed by the end of April. The five-meter (15-foot) barrier would cost €63 million ($74 million). | The wall will be made of galvanized square steel tubes and concrete foundations, Greece's public order ministry has said. In addition, a surveillance camera net…

W. T. Whitney Jr. (2020-10-19). Socialists win big in Bolivia; Morales expected to return from exile. peoplesworld.org Luis Arce and David Choquehuanca, presidential and vice-presidential candidates, respectively, for Bolivia's Movement Toward Socialism Party (MAS), scored an overwhelming first-round election victory on Oct. 18. They won 53% of the vote, showing strength in cities and rural areas alike. MAS was formerly headed by deposed President Evo Morales. The Supreme Election Tribunal certified the …

Adan Plascencia (2020-10-19). "We've recovered our democracy": Bolivian coup regime humiliated as socialist wins landslide election. liberationnews.org The Bolivian people stood up to vote for sovereignty and regain their democracy. This is a humiliating blow to the far-right regime of coup-installed president Jeanine àÅñez and is being celebrated by the left across Latin America.

Prensa Latina (2020-10-19). MAS election victory in Bolivia generates wide repercussion. mronline.org The victory in first round of the Movement towards Socialism (MAS) party in Bolivia, according to an exit poll, has generated several reactions on Monday after surpassing what was expected in the polls.

Greta Anderson (2020-10-19). Taxpayers Shell Out Huge Subsidies to Wolf Pup-Killer's Ranching Enterprise. counterpunch.org It's been a while since there's been news about public lands rancher/wolf killer Craig Thiessen from New Mexico. He's the guy who pleaded guilty to killing a trapped Mexican gray wolf pup (named "Mia Tuk" by an Albuquerque schoolkid) with a shovel in 2015. He got off relatively easy for violating the Endangered Species Act

Zoe PC (2020-10-19). Hours before Bolivia goes the polls, early results system suspended, military mobilization in La Paz. mronline.org The first elections since the coup d'état will be held on October 18 amid a tense social and political climate. This includes a military mobilization in La Paz the night before the polls and the suspension of the DIREPRE early results system.

The Canary (2020-10-19). Socialists claim major victory in Bolivia, one year after US-backed coup. thecanary.co Evo Morales' party has claimed victory in Bolivia's presidential election. Exit polls give the Movement towards Socialism (MAS) party over 50% of the vote.To win in the first round, a candidate needs more than 50% of the vote, or 40% with a lead of at least 10 percentage points over the second-placed candidate.The election was marked by tension after Morales was deposed in a US-backed coup in November 2019. Electoral monitors reported threats and harassment from Bolivian security forces.With a private quick count of sampled polling stations favouring MAS candidate Luis Arce by a wide margin, even unelected interi…

RT (2020-10-19). US Supreme Court agrees to hear Trump's appeal on border wall funding while reviewing legality of 'stay in Mexico' policy. rt.com The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal by Donald Trump's administration over a ruling that he overstepped his constitutional boundaries when funneling military funds to border wall construction. | The legal battle around Trump's 2016 campaign cornerstone — the US-Mexico border wall — continued on Monday when the Supreme Court agreed to hear his appeal. | Back in June, a lower court ruled that the Trump administration's decision to shift military money to construction of a border wall, after Congress had refused to appropriate funds for the project, was illegal. Trump took $2.5 billion from…

RT (2020-10-19). 'What a tragedy': WWE stars SHOCKED as Mexican wrestler DIES in ring at 26 after collapsing in front of horrified opponent (VIDEO). rt.com A Mexican wrestler has died at the age of 26 after sinking to the floor following a series of blows in a match in Mexico, drawing tributes from two of the stars of the sport as the shocking footage was shared among stunned fans.

RT (2020-10-19). Bolivia's Mesa accepts election defeat after rapid vote count indicates solid victory for socialist Arce. rt.com The Bolivian presidential centrist candidate Carlos Mesa conceded the election on Monday after an unofficial rapid vote count signaled a decisive victory for the socialist candidate Luis Arce. | "The result of the quick count is very strong and very clear," Mesa, the leader of the centrist Comunidad Ciudadana coalition, said during a press conference. | "The difference between the first candidate and the Comunidad Ciudadana is wide and it is up to us, those of us who believe in democracy, to recognize that there has been a winner in this election." | The Movement for Socialism (MAS) candidate, Luis Arce, recei…

RT (2020-10-19). Gym seeks to dodge Poland's new Covid-19 lockdown by rebranding as 'Church of the Healthy Body'. rt.com With the government in Warsaw imposing strict lockdown measures on almost 70 percent of Poland's population, a gym in Krakow has found a way to operate, albeit in a severely limited capacity — by declaring itself a church. | "Since fitness classes cannot function, starting today our club will start hosting religious gatherings of the 'Church of the Healthy Body'," Marta Jamroz, manager of the Atlantic Sports Fitness in Poland's second-largest city, Hard to believe?

RT (2020-10-19). Exiled Bolivian President Morales vows to return to country 'sooner or later' after socialists' election win. rt.com Former President Evo Morales has announced his intention to return to Bolivia after his socialist ally Luis Arce secured a decisive victory in the country's presidential election. | Speaking during a press conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Monday, Morales said he would be glad to return to his home country. | "Sooner or later we are going to return to Bolivia, that is not in debate," Morales said, without giving any timeframe for his potential return. | My great desire is to return to Bolivia and enter my region. It is a matter of time. | The announcement follows Sunday's presidential election in Boliv…

teleSUR (2020-10-19). Socialist Presidential Candidate Arce Wins Bolivia's Elections. telesurenglish.net After midnight on Sunday, Bolivian authorities allowed the results of the exit polls to be known. The Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) presidential candidate Luis Arce obtained 52.4 percent of the votes, the Citizen Community (CC) candidate Carlos Mesa got 31.5 percent, and the "We Believe Alliance" candidate Luis Fernando Camacho reached 14.1 percent of the votes. | RELATED: | Bolivia's president-elect Arce thanked th…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2020-10-19). 'Democracy Has Won': Year After Right-Wing Coup Against Evo Morales, Socialist Luis Arce Declares Victory in Bolivia Election. commondreams.org "Brothers and sisters: the will of the people has been asserted," Morales declared from exile in Argentina. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/bolivia_democracy_arce.jpg

Paul Dobson (2020-10-19). Venezuela Welcomes 'Return to Democracy' in Bolivia. venezuelanalysis.com Progressive Luis Arce won the elections, putting an end to the de facto presidency of the Washington-backed Jeanine Añez.

2020-10-20: News Headlines

Sà¥nia Guajajara (2020-10-20). Amazonia: In the Flames, They See Money. counterpunch.org Sà¥nia Guajajara delivered this speech to accept the 2020 Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award on behalf of the Association of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB). The Association is standing up to powerful corporations, backed by an oppressive government, to protect indigenous rights and lands — all while fighting a deadly pandemic. On October 15, award-winning author

William Camacaro (2020-10-20). Decisive Victory of MAS in Bolivia: A Blow to Anti-Indigenous and Anti-Socialist Coups in the Americas. counterpunch.org Caracas. The decisive electoral victory of the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) in Bolivia may be a point of inflection on the continent that advances the construction of a new South American socialist bloc. After having been removed from power by a military coup with fascist, anti-Indigenous, and neoliberal elements a year ago, ex-president Evo Morales,

_____ (2020-10-20). Bolivia: People Power Prevails Over US-Backed Coup. popularresistance.org Last October following the re-election of indigenous president Evo Morales in Bolivia, the United States backed a coup that successfully forced him out of power. The coup regime reversed many of the gains made under Morales and waged violent and austerity policies against the people. A new presidential election was held this past weekend largely because of massive popular mobilizations over the summer that demanded them. I speak with Camila Escalante of Telesur English and Kawsachun News about the coup, the protests and the recent election.

WSWS (2020-10-20). Workers Struggles: The Americas. wsws.org Health care sector worker in Buenos Aires, Argentina march to the city government offices to press demands for nurses to attain permanent professional status, emergency raises and additional staffing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

yenisafak (2020-10-20). India: 20 Muslims cleared of flouting virus rules. yenisafak.com A court in western on India Tuesday acquitted 20 members of a Muslim group who had been charged with violating the nationwide lockdown in April.The members of the Tablighi Jamaat, including 10 from Kyrgyzstan and 10 from Indonesia, were booked in the state of Maharashtra for attempted murder and culpable homicide not amounting to murder.The police also charged them under laws against spreading diseases and preventing disasters.Ruling in the case, Metropolitan Magistrate RR Khan said: "There was no iota of evidence with prosecution to show any contravention of order by accused persons beyond all shadow of doubt. D…

Susan Price (2020-10-20). From Rebel Teas to marching bands: A year of protest culture in Chile. greenleft.org.au October 18 marked one year of mass protests for systemic change in Chile, and one year of brutal repression, writes Sandra Cuffe. It has also been a year filled with a resurgence of protest art and music, neighbourhood organising, feminist influences, city-specific forms of protest, local experiments in direct democracy, and mutual aid.

Staff (2020-10-19). Jeremy Scahill: Trump's Xenophobia Is Horrific, But U.S. Immigration Policy Has Always Been Racist. democracynow.org In Part 2 of our discussion of the Trump era with The Intercept's Jeremy Scahill about his new seven-part audio documentary "American Mythology," he examines how Trump's xenophobic immigration policies have been a "methodical, surgical operation" to make life miserable for both current and prospective immigrants, including asylum seekers fleeing violence. He also notes that while Trump's policies have been particularly vicious, "this country has had a racist immigration policy for a very long time, and it's bipartisan."

teleSUR (2020-10-19). Colombia: Duque Still Not Responding to Social Minga's Request. telesurenglish.net Colombia's President Ivan Duque has not yet confirmed whether he will meet with representatives of the Indigenous Minga, which arrived in Bogota on Sunday. | RELATED: | Duque assured that he does not rule out the possibility of dialogue with the social movement, which began its journey to the capital on October 14. However, he still does not define the date or place of the meeting. | "No one has to make ultimatum…

yenisafak (2020-10-19). Venezuela congrats Bolivia's Arce as he claims victory. yenisafak.com Venezuela's president on Monday congratulated the Bolivian left-wing presidential hopeful Luis Arce as he claimed victory in Sunday's poll."Great victory! The united and conscious Bolivian people defeated the coup against our brother [former President] Evo [Morales] with their votes," Nicolas Maduro said on Twitter."Congratulations to President-elect Luis Arce, Vice President David Choquehuanca and our South Indian Chief @evoespueblo. Jallalla Bolivia!" he added.Jallalla, or long live, is an expression for jubilation in Aymara — an indigenous nation to which Morales belongs.Exit polls showed that the Movement fo…

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2020-10-19). Chilean Government Agrees with New Constitution, but Vetoes New Constituent Assembly. globalresearch.ca Chile has been experiencing violent popular protests for over a year. The general dissatisfaction with the government of Sebastián Piñera and his allies has generated strong unrest in the country, which has worried the Chilean political elite. In this sense, …

Forbes West (2020-10-19). U.S. Citizenship and Immigration: Reds need not apply. peoplesworld.org Immigrants inside the United States can be denied the ability to adjust their status to "lawful permanent resident" on the grounds of membership "or affiliation" [emphasis added] with a Communist or "totalitarian" party, either foreign or domestic, according to new policy "guidance" issued Oct. 2 by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The directive refers to …

RT (2020-10-19). Greece to expand wall on Turkish border to block migrants. rt.com Athens said on Monday it had finalized plans to build a wall along Greece's border with Turkey, to prevent large numbers of migrants from crossing into the country illegally. | About 26 kilometers (16 miles) of wall will be added to an existing 10 km section of fence, government spokesman Stelios Petsas said, adding that the project is due to be completed by the end of April. The five-meter (15-foot) barrier would cost €63 million ($74 million). | The wall will be made of galvanized square steel tubes and concrete foundations, Greece's public order ministry has said. In addition, a surveillance camera net…

Prensa Latina (2020-10-19). MAS election victory in Bolivia generates wide repercussion. mronline.org The victory in first round of the Movement towards Socialism (MAS) party in Bolivia, according to an exit poll, has generated several reactions on Monday after surpassing what was expected in the polls.

Zoe PC (2020-10-19). Hours before Bolivia goes the polls, early results system suspended, military mobilization in La Paz. mronline.org The first elections since the coup d'état will be held on October 18 amid a tense social and political climate. This includes a military mobilization in La Paz the night before the polls and the suspension of the DIREPRE early results system.

Adan Plascencia (2020-10-19). "We've recovered our democracy": Bolivian coup regime humiliated as socialist wins landslide election. liberationnews.org The Bolivian people stood up to vote for sovereignty and regain their democracy. This is a humiliating blow to the far-right regime of coup-installed president Jeanine àÅñez and is being celebrated by the left across Latin America.

W. T. Whitney Jr. (2020-10-19). Socialists win big in Bolivia; Morales expected to return from exile. peoplesworld.org Luis Arce and David Choquehuanca, presidential and vice-presidential candidates, respectively, for Bolivia's Movement Toward Socialism Party (MAS), scored an overwhelming first-round election victory on Oct. 18. They won 53% of the vote, showing strength in cities and rural areas alike. MAS was formerly headed by deposed President Evo Morales. The Supreme Election Tribunal certified the …

Greta Anderson (2020-10-19). Taxpayers Shell Out Huge Subsidies to Wolf Pup-Killer's Ranching Enterprise. counterpunch.org It's been a while since there's been news about public lands rancher/wolf killer Craig Thiessen from New Mexico. He's the guy who pleaded guilty to killing a trapped Mexican gray wolf pup (named "Mia Tuk" by an Albuquerque schoolkid) with a shovel in 2015. He got off relatively easy for violating the Endangered Species Act

The Canary (2020-10-19). Socialists claim major victory in Bolivia, one year after US-backed coup. thecanary.co Evo Morales' party has claimed victory in Bolivia's presidential election. Exit polls give the Movement towards Socialism (MAS) party over 50% of the vote.To win in the first round, a candidate needs more than 50% of the vote, or 40% with a lead of at least 10 percentage points over the second-placed candidate.The election was marked by tension after Morales was deposed in a US-backed coup in November 2019. Electoral monitors reported threats and harassment from Bolivian security forces.With a private quick count of sampled polling stations favouring MAS candidate Luis Arce by a wide margin, even unelected interi…

RT (2020-10-19). US Supreme Court agrees to hear Trump's appeal on border wall funding while reviewing legality of 'stay in Mexico' policy. rt.com The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal by Donald Trump's administration over a ruling that he overstepped his constitutional boundaries when funneling military funds to border wall construction. | The legal battle around Trump's 2016 campaign cornerstone — the US-Mexico border wall — continued on Monday when the Supreme Court agreed to hear his appeal. | Back in June, a lower court ruled that the Trump administration's decision to shift military money to construction of a border wall, after Congress had refused to appropriate funds for the project, was illegal. Trump took $2.5 billion from…

RT (2020-10-19). Exiled Bolivian President Morales vows to return to country 'sooner or later' after socialists' election win. rt.com Former President Evo Morales has announced his intention to return to Bolivia after his socialist ally Luis Arce secured a decisive victory in the country's presidential election. | Speaking during a press conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Monday, Morales said he would be glad to return to his home country. | "Sooner or later we are going to return to Bolivia, that is not in debate," Morales said, without giving any timeframe for his potential return. | My great desire is to return to Bolivia and enter my region. It is a matter of time. | The announcement follows Sunday's presidential election in Boliv…

RT (2020-10-19). Bolivia's Mesa accepts election defeat after rapid vote count indicates solid victory for socialist Arce. rt.com The Bolivian presidential centrist candidate Carlos Mesa conceded the election on Monday after an unofficial rapid vote count signaled a decisive victory for the socialist candidate Luis Arce. | "The result of the quick count is very strong and very clear," Mesa, the leader of the centrist Comunidad Ciudadana coalition, said during a press conference. | "The difference between the first candidate and the Comunidad Ciudadana is wide and it is up to us, those of us who believe in democracy, to recognize that there has been a winner in this election." | The Movement for Socialism (MAS) candidate, Luis Arce, recei…

RT (2020-10-19). 'What a tragedy': WWE stars SHOCKED as Mexican wrestler DIES in ring at 26 after collapsing in front of horrified opponent (VIDEO). rt.com A Mexican wrestler has died at the age of 26 after sinking to the floor following a series of blows in a match in Mexico, drawing tributes from two of the stars of the sport as the shocking footage was shared among stunned fans.

RT (2020-10-19). Gym seeks to dodge Poland's new Covid-19 lockdown by rebranding as 'Church of the Healthy Body'. rt.com With the government in Warsaw imposing strict lockdown measures on almost 70 percent of Poland's population, a gym in Krakow has found a way to operate, albeit in a severely limited capacity — by declaring itself a church. | "Since fitness classes cannot function, starting today our club will start hosting religious gatherings of the 'Church of the Healthy Body'," Marta Jamroz, manager of the Atlantic Sports Fitness in Poland's second-largest city, Hard to believe?

teleSUR (2020-10-19). Socialist Presidential Candidate Arce Wins Bolivia's Elections. telesurenglish.net After midnight on Sunday, Bolivian authorities allowed the results of the exit polls to be known. The Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) presidential candidate Luis Arce obtained 52.4 percent of the votes, the Citizen Community (CC) candidate Carlos Mesa got 31.5 percent, and the "We Believe Alliance" candidate Luis Fernando Camacho reached 14.1 percent of the votes. | RELATED: | Bolivia's president-elect Arce thanked th…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2020-10-19). 'Democracy Has Won': Year After Right-Wing Coup Against Evo Morales, Socialist Luis Arce Declares Victory in Bolivia Election. commondreams.org "Brothers and sisters: the will of the people has been asserted," Morales declared from exile in Argentina. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/bolivia_democracy_arce.jpg

Paul Dobson (2020-10-19). Venezuela Welcomes 'Return to Democracy' in Bolivia. venezuelanalysis.com Progressive Luis Arce won the elections, putting an end to the de facto presidency of the Washington-backed Jeanine Añez.

teleSUR (2020-10-19). Cuba Announces Clinical Trials Of New COVID-19 Vaccine. telesurenglish.net The Cuban Public Registry of Clinical Trials (CRCT) Monday revealed that a new clinical trial with a second COVID-19 vaccine is underway in the Finlay Institute of Vaccines (IFV). | RELATED: | This is the second Cuban vaccine candidate after the IFV presented SOBERANA01 in August, which is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the only one produced as of today by a Latin American country. | So far, th…

teleSUR (2020-10-19). Peru: President Vizcarra Faces New Bribery Accusations. telesurenglish.net New witnesses Sunday accused Peru's President Martin Vizcarra of receiving about US$370,000 in bribes to favor companies that wanted to secure construction contracts while he was the governor of Moquegua between 2011 and 2014. | RELATED: | According to investigations released by the local outlets La República y El Comercio, the accusations were allegedly made by three witnesses, one of them a senior official of the previous gove…

teleSUR (2020-10-19). Luis Arce: 'We Recovered Democracy and Took Back Our Country'. telesurenglish.net The winner of Bolivia's elections Luis Arce Monday celebrated the unofficial results of the quick vote-counting as he said, "we will govern for all, we will redirect the change without hate." | RELATED: | On Sunday night, Bolivian authorities allowed the results of the exit polls to be presented to the public. There it was observed that the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) won the elections with 53 percent of the v…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-19). Battling repression, Chileans take to the streets to mark one year of protests. peoplesdispatch.org The demonstrations took place despite massive deployment of the Chilean police. Sunday's demonstrations were organized just a few days ahead of the upcoming constitutional referendum.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-19). We have regained hope, says Luis Arce as estimates show MAS victory in Bolivian presidential polls. peoplesdispatch.org The Unitel-Ciesmori estimate showed the Luis Arce-David Choquehuanca ticket of the MAS winning over 52% of the vote. Shortly after, the president of the coup regime, Jeanine Añez, acknowledged the victory of the MAS…

WSWS (2020-10-19). Chilean government mobilizes police and military on anniversary of social revolt. wsws.org In response to planned demonstrations, Chile's ultra-right government is placing tens of thousands of militarized Carabineros police, Special Forces and military troops on alert.

teleSUR (2020-10-19). Bolivia: Arce's First Measure: Anti-Hunger Bonds For Poor. telesurenglish.net Pending the official results of the elections in Bolivia, Arce is already preparing a team to organize the transition and restore the state apparatus. | The candidate for the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS), Luis Arce, who, according to the quick count of the votes, was the winner of the elections in Bolivia, expressed that the first thing he will do is give anti-hunger bonds to the poor. | RELATED: | Arce sai…

teleSUR (2020-10-19). Latin American Leaders Congratulate Arce On MAS Victory. telesurenglish.net Numerous elected leaders and heads of state in Latin America and the Caribbean, including Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, congratulated Bolivian President-elect Luis Arce as the winner in Sunday's elections. | RELATED: | In a message published on Twitter, López Obrador praised this result and congratulated the Bolivian people for resolving the country's conflict…

teleSUR (2020-10-19). US: MLB's World Series Will Start With A Rare Matchup. telesurenglish.net U.S. Major League Baseball will live an unprecedented moment on Tuesday when Los Angeles Dodgers and the Tampa Bay Rays clash in the first game of an unparalleled World Series matchup. | RELATED: | On Saturday, the Rays qualified for the decisive phase after beating the Houston Astros in the seventh game of the National League Championship series. The Cuban Rays' outfielder Randy Arozarena was elected MVP of the league. | Meanwhile, the…

Lee Schlenker (2020-10-19). The War on Cuba and Venezuela. counterpunch.org Why are Havana's food markets so empty? For the Cuban people, the U.S. War on Venezuela stands out as a clear culprit contributing to these daily frustrations and hardships. "Right now fewer trucks are coming in. Less merchandise too. And the quality isn't the same because a lot of the products are rotting the fields

WSWS (2020-10-19). Brazilian nurse speaks out against closure of COVID hospital and firing of 300 employees. wsws.org The workers of the Castanhal Regional Hospital carried out a protest last Thursday demanding their jobs back and the payment of overdue salaries.

teleSUR (2020-10-19). US: Biden Gains Latinos Confidence In The Face Of Elections. telesurenglish.net The Pew Research Center (PRC) on Monday published a study showing that Latino voters have growing confidence in Democrat candidate Joe Biden on key issues. | RELATED: | The study was based on a survey of over 11,000 registered Latino voters and found that two-thirds of those interviewed were even more supportive than four months ago of Biden's capacity to manage issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic or the economic crisis. | "The share with confidenc…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-19). In Bolivia, a mood of watchful celebration prevails. peoplesdispatch.org We talk to Zoe PC of Peoples Dispatch, who is in Bolivia as part of an election observation team, on the situation on the ground as exit polls and the main opposition candidate have acknowledged the victory of the Luis Arce-David Choquehuanca ticket of MAS…

teleSUR (2020-10-19). Bolivia: Political Figures Acknowledge Arce's Victory In The Polls. telesurenglish.net Several important voices of the Latin American's political landscape Monday acknowledged Luis Arce's victory in the Bolivian presidential elections. | RELATED: | Citizens Community Alliance (CCA) presidential candidate Carlos Mesa acknowledged the victory of the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) and said that "the difference between the first candidate and the CCA is wide and it is up to us who believe in democracy to r…

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2020-10-19). Energy Research Platform Takes Central Stage Under Russia's BRICS Chairmanship. globalresearch.ca After the Ufa declaration in 2015, BRICS, an association of five major emerging economies that includes Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, has made energy cooperation one of its priorities besides attaining an admirable significant influence on regional affairs …

teleSUR (2020-10-19). 79% of Brazilians Killed by Police in 2019 Were Black People. telesurenglish.net Brazil's Public Security Forum (FBSP) Monday informed that 79.1 percent of 6,357 persons killed by National Police in 2019 were Black people. | RELATED: | "Violence against African-descendants is increasing over the years," Public Security Annual Report admitted alluding to a comparison between 2018 and 2019. | The Forum also informed that 74.4 percent of the 47,773 intentional violent deaths reported in 2019 were Bl…

teleSUR (2020-10-19). Costa Rica: Unions Back on the Streets To Reclaim Rights. telesurenglish.net Costa Rican Unions called a march on Monday to protest against the government's intentions of imposing new taxes and the Public Employment law project that is expected to be determined on Tuesday in the Legislative Assembly. | RELATED: | The protests take place amid a so-called great national strike against President Carlos Alvarado's neoliberal initiatives, including the announcement of a $1.750 million loan from the Internatio…

teleSUR (2020-10-19). Evo Morales: 'MAS Fulfilled Its Promise, It Became Millions'. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's former president Evo Morales Monday assured from Buenos Aires (Argentina) that "sooner or later" he will return to his country as he thanked the support of the Latin American progressive governments over the last year. | RELATED: | "Bolivia was never alone. The governments of Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, and Cuba were a great support in these months of democratic absence in the country. Thanks to them, I…

teleSUR (2020-10-19). Costa Rica: National Dialogue Fails as Protests Rise Up. telesurenglish.net The failure of the national dialogue that aimed to find solutions to Costa Rica's economic crisis sparked outrage among the country's social and political movements. | RELATED: | Last week, Costa Rica's President Carlos Alvarado and Legislative Assembly President Eduardo Cruickshank convened a multi-sectoral negotiation process to seek solutions to the financial crisis. | In that negotiation, the possible application to a b…

Michael Barajas (2020-10-19). The Long Tail of Voter Suppression. zcomm.org As the growing number of Black and Latinx voters threaten the GOP's stranglehold on power, attempts to limit safe voting options during the pandemic reveal a deeper sickness in Texas politics…

_____ (2020-10-19). Bolivia Elections Live Blog. popularresistance.org Bolivians go to the polls today, Sunday, October 18, in the first general elections since the last democratically elected president, Evo Morales, was forced out in a military coup last November, two months before his term had ended and despite election results showing he had won another term in a first-round election victory. Today's elections had been postponed twice: first from May to September, and then from September to October. While Jeanine àÅñez, whose party had received just 4 percent of the vote last year, had taken office vowing to be a caretaker president until…

_____ (2020-10-19). A Milestone For South African Shack Dwellers Movement. popularresistance.org The shack dwellers' movement of South Africa marked 15 years of struggle for land, housing and dignity on October 4. It held a seminar, Sifike kanjani la? (How did we get to where we are?) and, the following day, relaunched the eKhenana branch of the movement. | The celebration of the 15th anniversary of the formation of AbM was held at the eKhenana Occupation in Cato Manor, Durban. This occupation has an office, a farm, a recreation center and a political school, which is called The Frantz Fanon Political School. The first seeds for the farm were received from the MST (Landless Workers Movement) in Brazil.

sputniknews (2020-10-19). Socialism Wins in Bolivia, Corruption is Brought to Light in France. sputniknews.com After being forced out of power, former Bolivian President Evo Morales' party returns with over 50% of the people's vote.

yenisafak (2020-10-19). Chileans turn bakers and pizza makers as pandemic sparks business boom silver lining. yenisafak.com Chilean Pedro Campos hatched a plan to bake and sell homemade sourdough bread to neighbors after riots in Santiago last year shuttered the restaurant where he worked and the coronavirus pandemic left many shops closed. Business is now booming.Campos is not alone in reinventing himself. More than 2 million Chileans have lost their jobs in the past year, the result of a one-two punch from the mass protests in 2019 and the pandemic this year.Campos told Reuters the predicament forced him to learn a new trade. "I needed to start making something," he said.Now he doubts he'll ever go back to work for someone else.The…

2020-10-19: News Headlines

Alan Macleod (2020-10-19). Media Responds With Apathy, Disappointment as US-Backed Coup Gov't Concedes Defeat in Bolivia. mintpressnews.com Across the spectrum, corporate media has endorsed last year's rightwing takeover of Bolivia, refusing to label it as a coup. Coverage of Sunday's historical elections hasn't been much better.

Staff (2020-10-19). Jeremy Scahill: Trump's Xenophobia Is Horrific, But U.S. Immigration Policy Has Always Been Racist. democracynow.org In Part 2 of our discussion of the Trump era with The Intercept's Jeremy Scahill about his new seven-part audio documentary "American Mythology," he examines how Trump's xenophobic immigration policies have been a "methodical, surgical operation" to make life miserable for both current and prospective immigrants, including asylum seekers fleeing violence. He also notes that while Trump's policies have been particularly vicious, "this country has had a racist immigration policy for a very long time, and it's bipartisan."

yenisafak (2020-10-19). Venezuela congrats Bolivia's Arce as he claims victory. yenisafak.com Venezuela's president on Monday congratulated the Bolivian left-wing presidential hopeful Luis Arce as he claimed victory in Sunday's poll."Great victory! The united and conscious Bolivian people defeated the coup against our brother [former President] Evo [Morales] with their votes," Nicolas Maduro said on Twitter."Congratulations to President-elect Luis Arce, Vice President David Choquehuanca and our South Indian Chief @evoespueblo. Jallalla Bolivia!" he added.Jallalla, or long live, is an expression for jubilation in Aymara — an indigenous nation to which Morales belongs.Exit polls showed that the Movement fo…

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2020-10-19). Chilean Government Agrees with New Constitution, but Vetoes New Constituent Assembly. globalresearch.ca Chile has been experiencing violent popular protests for over a year. The general dissatisfaction with the government of Sebastián Piñera and his allies has generated strong unrest in the country, which has worried the Chilean political elite. In this sense, …

Forbes West (2020-10-19). U.S. Citizenship and Immigration: Reds need not apply. peoplesworld.org Immigrants inside the United States can be denied the ability to adjust their status to "lawful permanent resident" on the grounds of membership "or affiliation" [emphasis added] with a Communist or "totalitarian" party, either foreign or domestic, according to new policy "guidance" issued Oct. 2 by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The directive refers to …

Greta Anderson (2020-10-19). Taxpayers Shell Out Huge Subsidies to Wolf Pup-Killer's Ranching Enterprise. counterpunch.org It's been a while since there's been news about public lands rancher/wolf killer Craig Thiessen from New Mexico. He's the guy who pleaded guilty to killing a trapped Mexican gray wolf pup (named "Mia Tuk" by an Albuquerque schoolkid) with a shovel in 2015. He got off relatively easy for violating the Endangered Species Act

Zoe PC (2020-10-19). Hours before Bolivia goes the polls, early results system suspended, military mobilization in La Paz. mronline.org The first elections since the coup d'état will be held on October 18 amid a tense social and political climate. This includes a military mobilization in La Paz the night before the polls and the suspension of the DIREPRE early results system.

Prensa Latina (2020-10-19). MAS election victory in Bolivia generates wide repercussion. mronline.org The victory in first round of the Movement towards Socialism (MAS) party in Bolivia, according to an exit poll, has generated several reactions on Monday after surpassing what was expected in the polls.

W. T. Whitney Jr. (2020-10-19). Socialists win big in Bolivia; Morales expected to return from exile. peoplesworld.org Luis Arce and David Choquehuanca, presidential and vice-presidential candidates, respectively, for Bolivia's Movement Toward Socialism Party (MAS), scored an overwhelming first-round election victory on Oct. 18. They won 53% of the vote, showing strength in cities and rural areas alike. MAS was formerly headed by deposed President Evo Morales. The Supreme Election Tribunal certified the …

Adan Plascencia (2020-10-19). "We've recovered our democracy": Bolivian coup regime humiliated as socialist wins landslide election. liberationnews.org The Bolivian people stood up to vote for sovereignty and regain their democracy. This is a humiliating blow to the far-right regime of coup-installed president Jeanine àÅñez and is being celebrated by the left across Latin America.

The Canary (2020-10-19). Socialists claim major victory in Bolivia, one year after US-backed coup. thecanary.co Evo Morales' party has claimed victory in Bolivia's presidential election. Exit polls give the Movement towards Socialism (MAS) party over 50% of the vote.To win in the first round, a candidate needs more than 50% of the vote, or 40% with a lead of at least 10 percentage points over the second-placed candidate.The election was marked by tension after Morales was deposed in a US-backed coup in November 2019. Electoral monitors reported threats and harassment from Bolivian security forces.With a private quick count of sampled polling stations favouring MAS candidate Luis Arce by a wide margin, even unelected interi…

RT (2020-10-19). US Supreme Court agrees to hear Trump's appeal on border wall funding while reviewing legality of 'stay in Mexico' policy. rt.com The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal by Donald Trump's administration over a ruling that he overstepped his constitutional boundaries when funneling military funds to border wall construction. | The legal battle around Trump's 2016 campaign cornerstone — the US-Mexico border wall — continued on Monday when the Supreme Court agreed to hear his appeal. | Back in June, a lower court ruled that the Trump administration's decision to shift military money to construction of a border wall, after Congress had refused to appropriate funds for the project, was illegal. Trump took $2.5 billion from…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2020-10-19). 'Democracy Has Won': Year After Right-Wing Coup Against Evo Morales, Socialist Luis Arce Declares Victory in Bolivia Election. commondreams.org "Brothers and sisters: the will of the people has been asserted," Morales declared from exile in Argentina. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/bolivia_democracy_arce.jpg

Paul Dobson (2020-10-19). Venezuela Welcomes 'Return to Democracy' in Bolivia. venezuelanalysis.com Progressive Luis Arce won the elections, putting an end to the de facto presidency of the Washington-backed Jeanine Añez.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-19). Battling repression, Chileans take to the streets to mark one year of protests. peoplesdispatch.org The demonstrations took place despite massive deployment of the Chilean police. Sunday's demonstrations were organized just a few days ahead of the upcoming constitutional referendum.

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2020-10-19). Energy Research Platform Takes Central Stage Under Russia's BRICS Chairmanship. globalresearch.ca After the Ufa declaration in 2015, BRICS, an association of five major emerging economies that includes Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, has made energy cooperation one of its priorities besides attaining an admirable significant influence on regional affairs …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-19). In Bolivia, a mood of watchful celebration prevails. peoplesdispatch.org We talk to Zoe PC of Peoples Dispatch, who is in Bolivia as part of an election observation team, on the situation on the ground as exit polls and the main opposition candidate have acknowledged the victory of the Luis Arce-David Choquehuanca ticket of MAS…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-19). We have regained hope, says Luis Arce as estimates show MAS victory in Bolivian presidential polls. peoplesdispatch.org The Unitel-Ciesmori estimate showed the Luis Arce-David Choquehuanca ticket of the MAS winning over 52% of the vote. Shortly after, the president of the coup regime, Jeanine Añez, acknowledged the victory of the MAS…

WSWS (2020-10-19). Brazilian nurse speaks out against closure of COVID hospital and firing of 300 employees. wsws.org The workers of the Castanhal Regional Hospital carried out a protest last Thursday demanding their jobs back and the payment of overdue salaries.

Lee Schlenker (2020-10-19). The War on Cuba and Venezuela. counterpunch.org Why are Havana's food markets so empty? For the Cuban people, the U.S. War on Venezuela stands out as a clear culprit contributing to these daily frustrations and hardships. "Right now fewer trucks are coming in. Less merchandise too. And the quality isn't the same because a lot of the products are rotting the fields

WSWS (2020-10-19). Chilean government mobilizes police and military on anniversary of social revolt. wsws.org In response to planned demonstrations, Chile's ultra-right government is placing tens of thousands of militarized Carabineros police, Special Forces and military troops on alert.

Michael Barajas (2020-10-19). The Long Tail of Voter Suppression. zcomm.org As the growing number of Black and Latinx voters threaten the GOP's stranglehold on power, attempts to limit safe voting options during the pandemic reveal a deeper sickness in Texas politics…

_____ (2020-10-19). A Milestone For South African Shack Dwellers Movement. popularresistance.org The shack dwellers' movement of South Africa marked 15 years of struggle for land, housing and dignity on October 4. It held a seminar, Sifike kanjani la? (How did we get to where we are?) and, the following day, relaunched the eKhenana branch of the movement. | The celebration of the 15th anniversary of the formation of AbM was held at the eKhenana Occupation in Cato Manor, Durban. This occupation has an office, a farm, a recreation center and a political school, which is called The Frantz Fanon Political School. The first seeds for the farm were received from the MST (Landless Workers Movement) in Brazil.

_____ (2020-10-19). Bolivia Elections Live Blog. popularresistance.org Bolivians go to the polls today, Sunday, October 18, in the first general elections since the last democratically elected president, Evo Morales, was forced out in a military coup last November, two months before his term had ended and despite election results showing he had won another term in a first-round election victory. Today's elections had been postponed twice: first from May to September, and then from September to October. While Jeanine àÅñez, whose party had received just 4 percent of the vote last year, had taken office vowing to be a caretaker president until…

yenisafak (2020-10-19). Europe braces for second COVID-19 wave with tough measures. yenisafak.com The European countries are taking new measures to stem the spread of coronavirus as the rising daily cases triggered fears of a second wave. Belgium was hit hard by the COVID-19, according to data released by the country's health authorities on Monday.Between Oct. 9 and 15, an average of 7,876 new infections a day were reported, an increase of 79% from the previous week.In the country with a population of 11.4 million, the total number of cases increased to 222,253 since the beginning of the pandemic, while 10,413 people died.Speaking to Belgian broadcaster RTL, Frank Vandenbroucke, the federal minister, said the…

yenisafak (2020-10-19). Chileans turn bakers and pizza makers as pandemic sparks business boom silver lining. yenisafak.com Chilean Pedro Campos hatched a plan to bake and sell homemade sourdough bread to neighbors after riots in Santiago last year shuttered the restaurant where he worked and the coronavirus pandemic left many shops closed. Business is now booming.Campos is not alone in reinventing himself. More than 2 million Chileans have lost their jobs in the past year, the result of a one-two punch from the mass protests in 2019 and the pandemic this year.Campos told Reuters the predicament forced him to learn a new trade. "I needed to start making something," he said.Now he doubts he'll ever go back to work for someone else.The…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-10-19). Amid US Sanctions, Venezuelan Oil Tanker at Risk of Spilling 1.3 Million Barrels and Devastating Caribbean Ecosystems. commondreams.org The companies that own a Venezuelan oil vessel that's been positioned of the country's coast for nearly two years called on the U.S. to give a "green light" to unload 1.3 million barrels of oil after local environmental advocates expressed alarm over the recent tilted appearance of the boat. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/screen_shot_2020-10-19_at_1.50.40_pm.jpg

Max Blumenthal (2020-10-18). Bolivia militarizes on election eve: Dispatch from the capital La Paz. thegrayzone.com Hours before polls opened in Bolivia, de facto Interior Minister Arturo Murillo launched a massive military show of force, praising security forces for removing "dictator" Evo Morales from power in 2019. Max Blumenthal reports from the capital La Paz Video by Ben Norton…

news.un (2020-10-18). Both sides obliged to 'spare and protect civilians' over Nagorno-Karabakh fighting declares UN's Guterres. news.un.org The UN Secretary-General on Sunday condemned "all attacks on populated areas" in and around the Nagorno-Karabakh zone of conflict, as Armenia and Azerbaijan reportedly accused each other of violating the latest humanitarian ceasefire agreement.

_____ (2020-10-18). Bolivia Elections: All You Need To Know. popularresistance.org Bolivia – According to the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, over 7.031.294 people are expected to vote out of the country's estimated population of 11.428.245 citizens. | On October 18, the Plurinational State of Bolivia will carry its first presidential elections after a coup that forced former left-wing Indigenous president Evo Morales to resign on November 10, 2019. Following the coup, Bolivia has faced continued turmoil, political instability, and killings and persecution of progressive leaders promoted by the de facto government of Jeanine Àñez, who tried to change the election date several times to cling to powe…

Joe Emersberger (2020-10-18). Latest UN report on Venezuela is not remotely honest (Part 2). zcomm.org On September 15, UN investigators ( the so called "Mission") published a 411 page report about the human rights situation in Venezuela.[1] Part 1 of my analysis of the report focused on its gross dishonesty about opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez. The Mission reviewed his career since 2000 but never mentioned his proud participation in coup

sputniknews (2020-10-18). Maduro Says Venezuela Received Thousands of Doses of Coronavirus Treatment From Russia. sputniknews.com LA PAZ (Sputnik) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says thousands of doses of a coronavirus treatment have arrived from Russia.

Susan Price (2020-10-18). Venezuela: Could rebellion in the ranks spell trouble for Maduro? greenleft.org.au Venezuela is no stranger to protests. But, unlike other recent protests, today the country is witnessing a wave of "protests of the poor" driven by the difficult situation people face, reports Federico Fuentes.

Susan Price (2020-10-18). Venezuela: Could rebellion in the ranks signal end of Maduro? greenleft.org.au Venezuela is no stranger to protests, registering thousands of demonstrations, rallies and strikes each year, reports Federico Fuentes. However, the country is witnessing a rise in protests of the poor, driven by the difficult situation people face.

Staff (2020-10-18). COVID Hit Alabama Hard. State Officials Funneled CARES Act Relief to Donors. truthout.org Now in its seventh month, Covid-19 still snakes across America. It first attacked densely packed, blighted areas like New York City and Chicago, along with prisons, immigrant jails, meat slaughterhouses, and nursing homes. It then swerved south and west — again to heavily populated areas in Florida, Texas, and Arizona. In all these areas, frontline "essential" workers and those living with them were the hardest hit. | In the second month, the virus stormed into insulated American towns we…

Dan Beeton (2020-10-18). Bolivian Elections Live Blog. cepr.net UPDATE: 12: 48 p.m. ET: De facto president Jeanine Anez has posted a message on Twitter congratulating Luis Arce and David Choquehuanca on their apparent victory in today's election. UPDATE 12: 12 p.m. ET: Just after midnight, Unitel reported results of its quick count, conducted by Ciesmori. These are unofficial results from a private company, the …

Sudip Bhattacharya (2020-10-18). The Story is US Imperialism. counterpunch.org As we continue to battle the police and those who depend on their "protection" in the U.S., including the major businesses who donate to anti-racist initiatives all the while continuing to reap gargantuan profits off our labor and limited consumer choices, there are thousands of Bolivians also standing up against a far-right wing government and

RT (2020-10-18). Taliban accuses Washington of breaching peace deal after US military conducts 'defensive' airstrikes on militants. rt.com The Taliban has accused the US of violating the landmark Doha agreement which envisions the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan. The Pentagon, however, claimed the strikes came in response to a new Taliban offensive. | The militant group bemoaned "excessive" airstrikes on Sunday, warning the US of potential consequences if the hostilities continue. | "American forces have violated the Doha agreement in various forms by carrying out excessive airstrikes following the new developments in Helmand province," Taliban spokesman Qari Muhammad Yousuf Ahmadi said in a statement. | Responsibility and consequen…

Steven Sahiounie (2020-10-18). Will the Mediterranean Sea Save Lebanon from Drowning in Debt? globalresearch.ca The Lebanese population faces between six to twelve hours of electricity cuts per day, and in some rural areas, there is simply no electricity provided by the government grid. Amid the backdrop of decrepit infrastructure, government corruption, devalued currency, and …

sputniknews (2020-10-18). Protesters Rally in Santiago Ahead of Chilean National Referendum – Video. sputniknews.com Originally, the vote was due to take place in April but was postponed until 25 October amid coronavirus pandemic.

sputniknews (2020-10-18). Voting Ends at Most Polling Stations in Bolivia, Supreme Electoral Tribunal Reports. sputniknews.com LA PAZ (Sputnik) – Voting in Bolivia's presidential election has wrapped up at most polling stations, the head of Bolivia's Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE), Salvador Romero, told journalists on Sunday afternoon.

sputniknews (2020-10-18). There's Big Chance of Morales' MAS Candidate Luis Arce Winning in First Round, Bolivian Journo Says. sputniknews.com The Sunday election is going to become a litmus test for the de-facto interim government of Jeanine Anez, who took the reins of the country in November 2019, according to Alberto Echazu, a Bolivian political analyst and journalist with La Resistencia Bolivia, who has given his prognosis with regard to the ongoing vote.

Jon Queally, staff writer (2020-10-18). Nearly One Year After 2019 'Right-Wing Coup,' Bolivians Head to the Polls for National Elections. commondreams.org "It is very important that each and every one of us calmly wait for each and every vote to be counted," said Evo Morales, the nation's ousted democratically-elected leader, from exile in Argentina. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/bolivia_elections.jpg

Ben Norton (2020-10-17). Unelected Bolivian govt detains, doxxes, threatens international observers on eve of election. thegrayzone.com Bolivia's unelected transitional administration has repeatedly threatened international electoral observers, detained monitors from Argentina in the airport, and shared the private information of Spanish supervisors with a far-right activist. By Ben Norton LA PAZ, BOLIVIA — On the eve of Bolivia's first election since a violent November 2019 military takeover that removed President Evo Morales from office, the unelected de facto government has detained, doxxed, and threatened international electoral observers. On October 16, Bolivia's migration department shared the private information …

teleSUR (2020-10-17). Bolivia: MAS Will Have Its Own Vote-Counting System. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) binomial Luis Arce and David Choquehuanca Friday presented to the international electoral observation missions the quick vote-counting system that the Party will use in the elections. | RELATED: | According to the MAS Electoral Control Direction, the quick count will provide real-time reports structured by observers at the local, departmental, and national levels. | The aim is…

Fight Back (2020-10-17). Minneapolis protest demands legalization for immigrants. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – Around 100 people marched through downtown Minneapolis, October 14, from Senator Amy Klobuchar's office to the Hennepin County Jail. The march was part of an ongoing campaign by the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAC) demanding legalization for all immigrants including those eligible for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), TPS (Temporary Protected Status), and DED (Deferred Enforced Departure) status. More than a million immigrants that hold these statuses are in increasing danger of deportation because of recent court rulings that open the door to the Trump administra…

news.un (2020-10-17). Twelve migrants dead, others missing off the coast of Djibouti: IOM. news.un.org Twelve migrants have died and others are missing after being thrown off a boat by smugglers off the coast of Djibouti in the Horn of Africa, the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM) has reported.

_____ (2020-10-17). Members Of Secwépemc Unity Camp Shut Down Trans Mountain Pipeline. popularresistance.org Canada – Several people were arrested on Thursday (Oct. 15) at the Trans Mountain construction site on Mission Flats in Kamloops. | Members of the We, the Secwépemc Unity Camp to Stop the Trans Mountain Pipeline walked across Canadian Pacific Railway tracks and onto the Trans Mountain site. There, at least two protesters sat on an excavator and called for others opposed to the pipeline expansion project to help stop the work being done. | When Trans Mountain employees told protesters they were violating a B.C. Supreme Court injunction prohibiting the obstruction of access to Trans Mountain's worksites and that th…

Dean Baker (2020-10-17). Washington Post Suffers from Which Way Is Up Problem: Repealing Section 230 is DEREGULATING Facebook. cepr.net A common problem in policy circles is that government protections that redistribute income upward are defined as part of the market, and getting rid of them or weakening them is described as government intervention. This issue comes up most frequently with government-granted patent monopolies with prescription drugs. Any measure to lower prices by weakening patent …

teleSUR (2020-10-17). Colombia: New Scandal Links Politicians With Narcotraffic. telesurenglish.net The Colombian Prosecutor's Office Saturday withdrew a pre-agreement reached with Laureano Martinez, former butler of the farm owned by the family of Colombian ex-ambassador to Uruguay Fernando Sanclemente, where authorities found a narcotics processing laboratory. | RELATED: | This statement comes after it became known that Sanclemente did know about the drug business and tried to get his employee to plead guilt…

2020-10-18: News Headlines

Max Blumenthal (2020-10-18). Bolivia militarizes on election eve: Dispatch from the capital La Paz. thegrayzone.com Hours before polls opened in Bolivia, de facto Interior Minister Arturo Murillo launched a massive military show of force, praising security forces for removing "dictator" Evo Morales from power in 2019. Max Blumenthal reports from the capital La Paz Video by Ben Norton…

Joe Emersberger (2020-10-18). Latest UN report on Venezuela is not remotely honest (Part 2). zcomm.org On September 15, UN investigators published a 411 page report about the human rights situation in Venezuela.[1] Part 1 of my analysis of the report focused on its gross dishonesty about opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez. The report reviewed his career since 2000 but never mentioned his proud participation in coup attempts, in particular the briefly

Zoe PC (2020-10-18). Hours before Bolivia goes the polls, early results system suspended, military mobilization in La Paz. peoplesdispatch.org The first elections since the coup d'état will be held on October 18 amid a tense social and political climate. This includes a military mobilization in La Paz the night before the polls and the suspension of the DIREPRE early results system…

Sudip Bhattacharya (2020-10-18). The Story is US imperialism. counterpunch.org As we continue to battle the police and those who depend on their "protection" in the U.S., including the major businesses who donate to anti-racist initiatives all the while continuing to reap gargantuan profits off our labor and limited consumer choices, there are thousands of Bolivians also standing up against a far-right wing government and

Ben Norton (2020-10-17). Unelected Bolivian govt detains, doxxes, threatens international observers on eve of election. thegrayzone.com Bolivia's unelected transitional administration has repeatedly threatened international electoral observers, detained monitors from Argentina in the airport, and shared the private information of Spanish supervisors with a far-right activist. By Ben Norton LA PAZ, BOLIVIA — On the eve of Bolivia's first election since a violent November 2019 military takeover that removed President Evo Morales from office, the un-elected de facto government has detained, doxxed, and threatened international electoral observers. On October 16, Bolivia's migration department shared the private information …

teleSUR (2020-10-17). Bolivia: MAS Will Have Its Own Vote-Counting System. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) binomial Luis Arce and David Choquehuanca Friday presented to the international electoral observation missions the quick vote-counting system that the Party will use in the elections. | RELATED: | According to the MAS Electoral Control Direction, the quick count will provide real-time reports structured by observers at the local, departmental, and national levels. | The aim is…

Fight Back (2020-10-17). Minneapolis protest demands legalization for immigrants. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – Around 100 people marched through downtown Minneapolis, October 14, from Senator Amy Klobuchar's office to the Hennepin County Jail. The march was part of an ongoing campaign by the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAC) demanding legalization for all immigrants including those eligible for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), TPS (Temporary Protected Status), and DED (Deferred Enforced Departure) status. More than a million immigrants that hold these statuses are in increasing danger of deportation because of recent court rulings that open the door to the Trump administra…

news.un (2020-10-17). Twelve migrants dead, others missing off the coast of Djibouti: IOM. news.un.org Twelve migrants have died and others are missing after being thrown off a boat by smugglers off the coast of Djibouti in the Horn of Africa, the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM) has reported.

_____ (2020-10-17). Members Of Secwépemc Unity Camp Shut Down Trans Mountain Pipeline. popularresistance.org Canada – Several people were arrested on Thursday (Oct. 15) at the Trans Mountain construction site on Mission Flats in Kamloops. | Members of the We, the Secwépemc Unity Camp to Stop the Trans Mountain Pipeline walked across Canadian Pacific Railway tracks and onto the Trans Mountain site. There, at least two protesters sat on an excavator and called for others opposed to the pipeline expansion project to help stop the work being done. | When Trans Mountain employees told protesters they were violating a B.C. Supreme Court injunction prohibiting the obstruction of access to Trans Mountain's worksites and that th…

teleSUR (2020-10-17). Alberto Fernandez Rejects Argentinean Lawmaker's Arrest in Bolivia. telesurenglish.net Argentina's President Alberto Fernandez Friday denounced the arrest of Lawmaker Federico Fagioli by police agents upon his arrival in Bolivia to observe and guarantee the transparency of next Sunday's presidential elections. | RELATED: | Through a message on Twitter, the head of state held the coup-born regime's leader Jeanine Añez responsible for the integrity of his country's delegation of lawmakers who arrived in Bolivia to observe the Octobe…

WSWS (2020-10-17). Brazil's COVID-19 deaths pass 150,000 mark amid back-to-school campaign. wsws.org After reaching the grim milestone, state governments are following Bolsonaro's homicidal back-to-school policies with the support of the unions.

teleSUR (2020-10-17). Argentinean Lawmaker Released After Being Arrested in Bolivia. telesurenglish.net Lawmaker Federico Fagioli, who is part of the Argentine delegation to observe the presidential elections in Bolivia, was released this Saturday hours after being detained upon his arrival at the airport in El Alto. | RELATED: | Fagioli, is safe at the Argentine embassy in La Paz after being mistreated by Bolivian police. | Political actors denounced on social media the arrest of Fagioli and the mistreatment…

Dean Baker (2020-10-17). Washington Post Suffers from Which Way Is Up Problem: Repealing Section 230 is DEREGULATING Facebook. cepr.net A common problem in policy circles is that government protections that redistribute income upward are defined as part of the market, and getting rid of them or weakening them is described as government intervention. This issue comes up most frequently with government-granted patent monopolies with prescription drugs. Any measure to lower prices by weakening patent …

teleSUR (2020-10-17). Bolivia: TSE Suspended The Quick-Vote Count. telesurenglish.net The Bolivian Supreme Electoral Court (TSE) Saturday decided to withdraw the new quick-count system, the Preliminary Results Dissemination System (Direpre) to avoid mistrust and confusion during Sunday's elections. | RELATED: | TSE President Salvador Romero said that the Electoral Court has carried out tests and simulations for Direpre over the last few weeks, but he "wants to inform the country that the results of t…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-17). Will free and fair elections be held in Bolivia? peoplesdispatch.org As Bolivia heads for a historic election, we look at the situation on the ground, the harassment of electoral observers from other countries and concerns regarding the system for early announcement of results…

teleSUR (2020-10-17). Chile Takes to the Streets Ahead of its Social Outbreak's Anniversary. telesurenglish.net Dozens of Chilean people Friday gathered in the renamed Dignity Square, in Santiago, two days away from the First Anniversary of the social outbreak in the country and one week away from the Constitutional Plebiscite. | RELATED: | An artistic intervention was carried out in which the traditional statue of General Baquedano was painted completely in red, as a symbol of the blood spilled in the protests started a year ago.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-17). Bolivian security forces detain Argentine deputy Federico Fagioli. peoplesdispatch.org The deputy from Frente de Todos coalition in Argentina was detained at the airport in El Alto by immigration officials, police and unidentified individuals and taken to a detention center in the airport…

_____ (2020-10-17). Bolivia: First Election Since US-Backed Coup Creates Divisions. popularresistance.org Eleven months after a U.S-backed military coup overthrew the democratically elected Evo Morales and his Movement to Socialism (MAS) party, Bolivians will go to the polls on Sunday, offering them a chance to repudiate the coup government of Jeanine Añez, who has ruled the country since last November. | The last year has been a period of constant political struggle, as the self-described "interim government" has fought to impose its rule on a rebellious population, attempting to bring sweeping changes to the Andean state.

_____ (2020-10-17). Chile To Mark First Anniversary Of Its Social Outbreak. popularresistance.org Chile's Constituent Unity Pact (CUP) called on citizens to commemorate the first anniversary of the social outbreak with pot-banging, honking, cycling, caravans, and cultural activities. | "Although the best way to remember this date will be to take part in the plebiscite, the people will also take to the streets peacefully," the CUP stated. | On Sunday, a massive rally is expected in "The Dignity Square," which has been the epicenter of demonstrations in Santiago City. | "In the last year, over a million Chileans have taken to the streets to demand their rights."

GBD 2019 Demographics Collaborators (2020-10-17). [Global Health Metrics] Global age-sex-specific fertility, mortality, healthy life expectancy (HALE), and population estimates in 204 countries and territories, 1950—2019: a comprehensive demographic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019. thelancet.com Over the past 20 years, fertility rates have been dropping steadily and life expectancy has been increasing, with few exceptions. Much of this change follows historical patterns linking social and economic determinants, such as those captured by the GBD Socio-demographic Index, with demographic outcomes. More recently, several countries have experienced a combination of low fertility and stagnating improvement in mortality rates, pushing more populations into the late stages of the demographic transition.

GBD 2019 Diseases and Injuries Collaborators (2020-10-17). [Global Health Metrics] Global burden of 369 diseases and injuries in 204 countries and territories, 1990—2019: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019. thelancet.com As disability becomes an increasingly large component of disease burden and a larger component of health expenditure, greater research and development investment is needed to identify new, more effective intervention strategies. With a rapidly ageing global population, the demands on health services to deal with disabling outcomes, which increase with age, will require policy makers to anticipate these changes. The mix of universal and more geographically specific influences on health reinforces the need for regular reporting on population health in detail and by underlying cause to help decision makers to identi…

sputniknews (2020-10-17). Peruvian Archaeologists Discover Massive Drawing of a Cat on Ground in Famous Nazca Desert. sputniknews.com The illustration will join the list of geoglyphs in Peru, which are one of the biggest mysteries in archaeology due to their quantity and size. Scientists believe these drawings produced on the ground had ritual and astronomical functions.

sputniknews (2020-10-17). Graphic Video of Aftermath of Mexican Mi-17 Helicopter Crash-Landing Released. sputniknews.com The incident resulted in no fatalities, only leaving several of the helicopter's crewmembers injured. All of the personnel are currently in stable condition.

teleSUR (2020-10-17). Colombia: Another Community Leader Murdered in Antioquia. telesurenglish.net A group of armed man Saturday killed Colombia's social leader Jairo Pulgarin, who was a farmer and served as vice president of the Community Action Board of the Tesorito village, in Antioquia Department. | RELATED: | According to local outlets, the hitmen attacked Pulgarin with stabbing weapons and firearms until he was killed. | The events took place close to the town of Barro Blanco, approximately one hour from t…

commondreams (2020-10-17). Senator Markey and Congressman McGovern Demand Fair Elections in Bolivia. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Editor (2020-10-16). Steve Donziger: How Big Oil Weaponized Our Judicial System Against Him and the Indigenous People He Represented. scheerpost.com The epic battle by Steve Donziger to get Chevron to pay a $9.5 billion judgment he won in 2011 for its "mass industrial poisoning" of Indigenous Amazonian tribes in Ecuador has left him under house arrest for 13 months, disbarred, with, frozen bank accounts, $32 million in legal fees, a lien on his home, and no way to make a living. The judgment has not yet been paid.

_____ (2020-10-16). Bolivian Couper Stalk International Election Observers. popularresistance.org Santa Cruz, Bolivia – Contributors to The Grayzone including Max Blumenthal, Anya Parampil, and Ben Norton traveled from the United States to Bolivia in order to join a delegation of independent international observers of the country's October 18th presidential election — the first vote since a November 2019 US-backed military coup removed the country's elected president. | Little known to us, however, was that we were being stalked on the way. A number of Bolivians covertly took photos of us as we waited for a connecting flight in the airport in Chile, snapped more as we boarded the plane, and published th…

_____ (2020-10-16). Bolivian Coupers Stalk International Election Observers. popularresistance.org Santa Cruz, Bolivia – Contributors to The Grayzone including Max Blumenthal, Anya Parampil, and Ben Norton traveled from the United States to Bolivia in order to join a delegation of independent international observers of the country's October 18th presidential election — the first vote since a November 2019 US-backed military coup removed the country's elected president. | Little known to us, however, was that we were being stalked on the way. A number of Bolivians covertly took photos of us as we waited for a connecting flight in the airport in Chile, snapped more as we boarded the plane, and published th…

Staff (2020-10-16). Indigenous communities fight the border regime Trump is imposing on their lands. therealnews.com In our final First Nations Friday, we discuss the ongoing protests at Trump's U.S./Mexico border wall, where Indigenous communities call for an end to colonial borders. We also have a special announcement about a new show coming to The Real News Network!

_____ (2020-10-16). Possible Recurrence Of OAS Electoral Fraud In Bolivia. popularresistance.org Washington, DC — Bolivia's general elections on Sunday, October 18, could again be threatened by the involvement of the Organization of American States (OAS), Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) Co-Director Mark Weisbrot warns. On September 30, OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro met with the de facto interior minister of Bolivia, Arturo Murillo, at the OAS's Washington, DC headquarters. Following the meeting, Almagro Tweeted that Murillo had "conveyed his concern about the possibility of a new fraud" in Bolivia's October 18 elections.

Urooj Alavi (2020-10-16). ICE is Trying to Deport My Husband While I Treat COVID Patients. aclu.org I work as a registered nurse in an intensive care unit in Southern California. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, I've been working alongside my colleagues as we try to save the lives of the sickest patients and comfort their families. The hours have been long, and we have all seen more than our share of sorrow., , Fortunately, for most of the pandemic I had my husband to lean on. It was comforting to know that while I was in the unit, he was at home caring for our two young children and that when I came home he would be there to support me., , That changed in July, when ICE detained him during a routine check…

Teresa Gutierrez (2020-10-16). Providing water is a U.S. crime for migrants and allies. workers.org Not only does Trump continue to carry out a vile anti-immigrant diatribe almost daily, agents from Immigration and Custom Enforcement carried out an ominous SWAT attack in Arizona recently. And in New York City, ICE agents are arresting immigrants by pretending to be NYC police. No More Deaths volunteers have . . . |

John Horning (2020-10-16). Compassion, Wolves and America's First Wilderness. counterpunch.org When I awoke in the darkness, the first thing I felt was the soreness in my quads and calves. I wasn't sure if it was the muscle pain or the hunger pains that had woken me. Maybe it was something else entirely—something stirring outside my tent. That's what it was—a sound. Not just any sound, but a

Oliver Vargas (2020-10-16). Bolivia: First Election Since US-Backed Coup Pits Right against Left, Rich Against Poor and White against Everyone Else. mintpressnews.com This coming Sunday represents Bolivia's best chance to secure lasting peace, with a widely anticipated MAS victory expected to be a repudiation of last November's US-backed military coup.

Anand Naidoo (2020-10-16). The Heat: Azerbaijan-Armenia Conflict. america.cgtn.com Tensions escalate between Azerbaijan and Armenia, as both sides accuse each other of violating a fragile ceasefire.

RT (2020-10-16). Mexico's ex-defense minister faces five drug trafficking charges in US. rt.com Former Mexican Defense Minister Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, who has been arrested in Los Angeles, is now facing five charges in the US related to drug trafficking, Mexico's foreign minister has said. | The arrested general is expected to be transferred to New York shortly, a senior diplomat, Marcelo Ebrard, said on Twitter, citing the country's consulate in Los Angeles. | Cienfuegos, who was in office from 2012 to 2018, was arrested late on Thursday at Los Angeles International Airport on a Drug Enforcement Administration warrant. | The high-profile arrest was praised by President Andrés Manuel Lop&eacu…

RT (2020-10-16). Russian population to fall by 1.2 million by 2024, wiping around 1% off the country's total, says latest government estimates. rt.com The population of Russia is predicted to drop by 352,500 people this year, and could be reduced by a total of 1.2 million come 2024. The latest figures are a major revision of the 2020 dip of only 158,000 projected in August.

W. T. Whitney (2020-10-16). Medical Doctors Seek Social and Political Solutions for COVID 19 Crisis. counterpunch.org It didn't seem to fit. The website of the Colombian Communist Party on October 5 published a medical doctor's reflections on recharacterizing a disease. Félix León Martínez MD quoted extensively from an editorial appearing in the famous British medical journal Lancet. He and Lancet editor Richard Horton MD claim that COVID 19 is not a

WSWS (2020-10-16). Trump administration tipped off wealthy investors about coronavirus while it downplayed threat in public. wsws.org The revelations reveal the overriding concern of the US government was the protection of the financial aristocracy at the expense of the health and safety of the population.

Orinoco Tribune (2020-10-16). Victory for Cuba at the UN Human Rights Council. globalresearch.ca Today Cuba obtained a new and resounding victory in the UN Human Rights Council, gaining election to the body for the 2021-2023 period. | Despite the aggressive campaign by the United States against the Cuban candidacy for the Council, the General …

news.un (2020-10-16). Bolivia elections, an opportunity to defuse extreme polarization: UN rights chief. news.un.org The UN's top human rights official has called on everyone active in Bolivian politics, to ensure calm on the streets, and refrain from any action that could undermine the peaceful conduct of the general elections, taking place on Sunday.

news.un (2020-10-16). Bolivia: UN urges calm, ahead of Sunday's general elections. news.un.org Top UN officials have called on all stakeholders in Bolivia to maintain calm and commit to peaceful conduct of the general elections, taking place on Sunday.

Brett Wilkins (2020-10-16). Nearly 5.2 Million Americans Will Be Disenfranchised in 2020 Due to Felony Convictions. zcomm.org Black and Latinx people are disproportionately affected by disenfranchisement laws, which are still in effect in most U.S. states…

Anindya S. Bhattacharjee, Samir V. Joshi, Shilpa Naik, Shashikala Sangle, Nixon M. Abraham (2020-10-16). [Research Paper] Quantitative assessment of olfactory dysfunction accurately detects asymptomatic COVID-19 carriers. thelancet.com Compromised olfactory fitness can serve as a strong basis for identifying asymptomatic COVID-19 patients. Detailed design specifications and protocols provided here should enable the development of a sensitive, fast, and economical screening strategy that can be administered to large populations to prevent the rapid spread of COVID-19.

teleSUR (2020-10-15). Brazil Carried Out War Games on the Border With Venezuela. telesurenglish.net During the visit of the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Brazil in September, President Jair Bolsonaro's administration conducted war drills in the jungles of the state of Amazonas on the border with Venezuela. | RELATED: | The military games cost US$1.1 million, involved 3,600 men, and carried out the launching of artillery rockets with a range of 80 kilometers. | Under the Access to Information Law, the loc…

Ben Norton (2020-10-15). Bolivian coup officials and supporters stalk international election observers, launch violent incitement campaign. thegrayzone.com By the time a team of electoral observers arrived in Bolivia — including members of The Grayzone — right-wingers had already published a flood of online threats, smearing them as "terrorists" and circulating photos captured while stalking them in the airport. By Ben Norton SANTA CRUZ, BOLIVIA — Contributors to The Grayzone including Max Blumenthal, Anya Parampil, and Ben Norton traveled from the United States to Bolivia in order to join a delegation of independent international observers of the country's …

Anya Parampil (2020-10-15). Inside Bolivia's right-wing base on eve of election. thegrayzone.com We entered the power base of Bolivia's far-right, Santa Cruz, where the 2019 coup was hatched, and where the country's elite seeks to consolidate its hold on power in the election this October 18. Anya Parampil filed this dispatch with Max Blumenthal. Video by Ben Norton…

Manuela Solé (2020-10-15). Venezuela's Maduro Vows to Train More Doctors as Covid Numbers Recede. venezuelanalysis.com A Chinese Covid-19 vaccine will soon arrive in the nation for clinical trials.

teleSUR (2020-10-15). Venezuela Starts Clinical Trials of Russia's COVID-19 Vaccine. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro informed his nation that 2,000 volunteers are already participating in the clinical trials of Sputnik, the Russian COVID-19 vaccine. | RELATED: | "The Russian vaccine is here and the tests have already begun… In addition, thousands of Chinese vaccines will come to the country," Maduro said during a program broadcast by Venezolana de Television on Wednesday. | In the first half of 2…

Ryan Devereaux (2020-10-15). Border Patrol Leaves Migrants in Remote Town as Deaths Rise. zcomm.org Dumping hundreds of migrants in the remote Mexican border town of Sasabe puts them at risk from organized crime…