2020-12-01: News Headlines

RT (2020-12-01). Berlin warns against 'rash actions' in Afghanistan, says further troop withdrawal must be linked with peace talks. rt.com The German foreign minister has called on the NATO alliance to carefully consider the impact that further troop withdrawals from Afghanistan would have on the peace process, warning against reckless actions. | Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Tuesday that North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) members must be cautious not to jeopardize the peace process in Afghanistan by withdrawing troops prematurely. | "As NATO partners, we want to ensure that we tie further troop reductions in Afghanistan to clear conditions," he said. | Maas was speaking ahead of a virtual meeting with his NATO colleagues in which tr…

Junaid S. Ahmad (2020-12-01). Palestine Solidarity Committee (PSC) Calls Upon Government of Pakistan to Refrain from Recognizing Israel. globalresearch.ca Dear friends, sisters, brothers, and comrades in the struggle for peace and justice: | We hope this finds all of you well and safe. | The Palestine Solidarity Committee (PSC)-Pakistan is deeply distressed at the way in which the US and the …

sputniknews (2020-12-01). Neighbours to Planned Memorial for Anders Breivik's Victims Fear Traumatising 'Terror Tourism'. sputniknews.com The 2011 terrorist act by Anders Behring Breivik that left 77 dead, the bloodiest in the country's peacetime history, has left a deep scar on the Norwegian psyche.

news.un (2020-12-01). INTERVIEW: Economic and Social Council 'vital to promote global peace and global cooperation'. news.un.org Munir Akram wears two hats. He is Pakistan's Ambassador to the UN and was elected on 23 July as the 76th President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC); one of the three main bodies that provide the backbone of the United Nations.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-12-01). US sanctions Chinese telecom firm for links with Venezuela's CANTV. peoplesdispatch.org The United States has imposed sanctions on a major Chinese tech firm, China National Electronics Import and Export Corporation (CEIEC), for conducting business with Venezuela. The sanctions were announced on November 30, Monday, by the US Treasury Department. The move is based on allegations that the CEIEC is assisting the Venezuelan government to "suppress" dissent. | The allegations come in light of Venezuelan government-run telecom firm CANTV blocking certain websites and platforms linked with pro-coup and pro-Guaido groups. The US government stated that the contract with the CEIEC has assisted in the supposed…

teleSUR (2020-12-01). Ecuador: Mayors Took to the Streets to Reject Budget Cuts. telesurenglish.net At least 80 mayors from several cities of Ecuador peacefully gathered in the capital Quito on Tuesday to demand President Lenin Moreno observe the agreements on Budget plans between the municipalities and the national government. | RELATED: | The mobilization was called by the Association of Municipalities of Ecuador (AME), which claimed the Executive branch has not respected the agreements with the town halls by cutt…

teleSUR (2020-12-01). Venezuela Submits Report to Meet the Hague Court's Requests. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Public Ministry delivered Monday a report to respond to the requests issued by the Prosecutor Office of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in October this year. | RELATED: | Attorney General Tarek William Saab noted that the "extensive report" was submitted "in time and form" in order to meet the call voiced by the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) chairwoman Fatou Bensouda. | He also reiterated his go…

sputniknews (2020-12-01). Beijing Urges US to Lift All 'Illegal Sanctions' Amid Venezuela-Related Restrictions on Chinese Firm. sputniknews.com Washington blacklisted the China National Electronic Import-Export Company (CEIEC) for aiding the Venezuelan government, vowing to block all transactions with the firm or any entity that owns a 50 percent or higher stake in it.

sputniknews (2020-12-01). 'I'm Just Gonna Sleep': Golden Retriever Puppy Naps, Ignoring Mischievous Siblings. sputniknews.com It is often said that siblings can be the most irritating creatures on Earth. They might love you and everything, but won't let you be at peace or rest.

teleSUR (2020-12-01). Venezuela Rejects US Harassment Against Chinese Tech Company. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza called harassment the new U.S. sanctions against China Corporation of Electronic Imports and Exports (CEIEC), which provides telecommunications services in the Latin American country. | RELATED: | "We denounce the U.S. government's coercive measures which were imposed to affect projects in favor of the Venezuelan people ahead of the parliamentary elections," Arreaza tweeted. | On Mond…

sputniknews (2020-12-01). Venezuela Denounces US Sanctions Against CEIEC, Foreign Ministry States. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Caracas considers the recent US sanctions against the China National Electronic Import-Export Company (CEIEC) an attempt to destabilize the situation ahead of elections, according to a Venezuelan Foreign Ministry statement.

Black Alliance for Peace (2020-12-01). U.S. Centrism: The Radical Betrayal of Global Solidarity. globalresearch.ca "… Somebody must say to America, America if you have contempt for life, if you exploit human beings by seeing them as less than human, if you will treat human beings as a means to an end, you thingafy those …

Paul Dobson (2020-11-30). Venezuelan Government Privatises State-run AgroPatria. venezuelanalysis.com Maduro also requested private sector help in finishing an abandoned rail construction project from 2002.

Greta Anderson (2020-11-30). What Does Coexistence with Large Carnivores Actually Mean? counterpunch.org In Mexican wolf country, ranchers and agencies bandy about the word 'coexistence' as if it means an end to conflict between humans and lobos. If only that were true, and that the playing field were somehow level. Let us review, shall we? Coexistence: 1: to exist together or at the same time 2: to live in peace

Staff (2020-11-30). A Trap? Why Assassination of Top Iranian Nuclear Scientist Could Tie Biden's Hands in Future Talks. democracynow.org Iran's top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was assassinated Friday while driving on a highway outside Tehran. Iran accuses Israel of orchestrating the killing, which is the latest in a string of assassinations targeting scientists involved with Iran's nuclear program. Between 2010 and 2012, four Iranian nuclear scientists were assassinated, and analysts say Fakhrizadeh's death was designed to make it harder for President-elect Joe Biden to rejoin the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran when he takes office. Iran has long maintained its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes. "Israel has always denied…

teleSUR (2020-11-30). US Sanctions Chinese Tech Firm for Having Ties With Venezuela. telesurenglish.net The U.S. Treasury Department on Monday sanctioned China Corporation of Electronic Imports and Exports (CEIEC) for allegedly supporting Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro to "undermine democracy" in his country. | RELATED: | An official statement argues that the Chinese technology company would give the Bolivarian government software to restrict citizens' access to the Internet and monitor their actions on the netw…

_____ (2020-11-30). Upcoming Venezuelan Election Is Another Rejection Of US Imperialism. popularresistance.org On December 6, Venezuelans will vote for a new National Assembly. Just as it has done for the past twenty years, the United States is interfering in the election process and has already falsely claimed the elections are rigged. The last National Assembly election in 2015 was marred by a vote-buying scheme in one remote region. Upon an order from the Supreme Court to redo those races, right-wing parties refused, putting the entire National Assembly in contempt of court. Latin American policy analyst, Leonardo Flores, joins me to speak about this election and the impacts of the US' efforts to interfere and overthro…

Alejandra Garcia (2020-11-30). Hostilities Won't Stop Venezuela's Upcoming Elections. telesurenglish.net The international campaign of discredit against the Venezuelan electoral process, encouraged by the U.S. and the European Union (EU), gains strength one week ahead of the legislative elections scheduled for December 6. | RELATED: | "Chavism won't guarantee biosecurity measures," "The voting machines will fail," "Maduro seeks to settle his government after the parliamentary elections," are some headlines shown by the Miami-Bogota-Ma…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-30). Silence in face of terrorist acts threatening peace in region. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 30 (MNA) — Iranian Parliament Speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf in a message to the UN Secretary General António Guterres on Monday said that silence in the face of terrorist acts threatens peace and security in the region.

_____ (2020-11-30). Venezuela Sentences Former Citgo Executives For Corruption. popularresistance.org Merida – Six former oil executives were sentenced for corruption on Thursday by a Venezuelan court. | They were detained in November 2017 in Caracas on charges of embezzlement, money laundering and conspiracy at state oil company PDVSA's US subsidiary, Citgo. | Attorney General Tarek William Saab stated at the time that the accused had signed contracts without government permission which "jeopardized the country's assets." Refinancing plans with Frontier Group Management and Apollo Global Management allegedly had draconian conditions and offered the company itself as collateral.

_____ (2020-11-30). Venezuela Calls On UNSC To Reject Unilateral Sanctions. popularresistance.org "All countries suffering from this type of aggression inflicted by economic means must cooperate to put an end to the suffering of our peoples," Ambassador Moncada stressed. | Speaking at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Wednesday, Venezuela's Ambassador Samuel Moncada proposed the formation of an "International Alliance Against Unilateral Coercive Measures" to halt the crimes against humanity committed by the U.S. government, which keeps arbitrary economic sanctions against 29 countries.

teleSUR, ce (2020-11-29). Venezuela's Voting Machines Audited Ahead of Parliamentary Elections. telesurenglish.net This Sunday, the National Electoral Council (CNE) of Venezuela carried out the pre-dispatch audit of voting machines, to validate and replicate all stages of the electoral process, sampling 0.5% of voting tables. | RELATED: | The purpose of the voting machines pre-dispatch audit is to replicate and validate all the stages of the electoral process, verifying that both the software and data, as well as the o…

The Canary (2020-11-28). Tear gas fired as French protesters condemn bill outlawing use of police images. thecanary.co Thousands of people have gathered across France to protest against a proposed security law that would restrict the sharing of images of police officers.Officers in Paris who were advised to behave responsibly during the demonstrations fired tear gas to disperse rowdy protesters in a largely peaceful crowd.Dozens of rallies took place against a provision of the law that would make it a crime to publish photos or video of on-duty police officers with the intent of harming their "physical or psychological integrity".Trouble in Paris (Francois Mori/AP)Civil liberties groups and journalists are concerned that the meas…

Andres Kargar (2020-11-28). The Emperor Has No Clothes. dissidentvoice.org I reviewed Sra. Michelle Bachelet's Report on Venezuela, and was quite outraged at her lack of consideration and due diligence. I will, in a moment, tell everyone why this report needs to be trashed, but even before that, I think I should mention two systemic flaws about this type of reporting regardless of which country …

2020-11-30: News Headlines

Staff (2020-11-30). A Trap? Why Assassination of Top Iranian Nuclear Scientist Could Tie Biden's Hands in Future Talks. 18.224.45.15 Iran's top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was assassinated Friday while driving on a highway outside Tehran. Iran accuses Israel of orchestrating the killing, which is the latest in a string of assassinations targeting scientists involved with Iran's nuclear program. Between 2010 and 2012, four Iranian nuclear scientists were assassinated, and analysts say Fakhrizadeh's death was designed to make it harder for President-elect Joe Biden to rejoin the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran when he takes office. Iran has long maintained its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes. "Israel has always denied…

Staff (2020-11-30). A Trap? Why Assassination of Top Iranian Nuclear Scientist Could Tie Biden's Hands in Future Talks. democracynow.org Iran's top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was assassinated Friday while driving on a highway outside Tehran. Iran accuses Israel of orchestrating the killing, which is the latest in a string of assassinations targeting scientists involved with Iran's nuclear program. Between 2010 and 2012, four Iranian nuclear scientists were assassinated, and analysts say Fakhrizadeh's death was designed to make it harder for President-elect Joe Biden to rejoin the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran when he takes office. Iran has long maintained its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes. "Israel has always denied…

Greta Anderson (2020-11-30). What Does Coexistence with Large Carnivores Actually Mean? counterpunch.org In Mexican wolf country, ranchers and agencies bandy about the word 'coexistence' as if it means an end to conflict between humans and lobos. If only that were true, and that the playing field were somehow level. Let us review, shall we? Coexistence: 1: to exist together or at the same time 2: to live in peace

_____ (2020-11-30). Upcoming Venezuelan Election Is Another Rejection Of US Imperialism. popularresistance.org On December 6, Venezuelans will vote for a new National Assembly. Just as it has done for the past twenty years, the United States is interfering in the election process and has already falsely claimed the elections are rigged. The last National Assembly election in 2015 was marred by a vote-buying scheme in one remote region. Upon an order from the Supreme Court to redo those races, right-wing parties refused, putting the entire National Assembly in contempt of court. Latin American policy analyst, Leonardo Flores, joins me to speak about this election and the impacts of the US' efforts to interfere and overthro…

_____ (2020-11-30). Venezuela Sentences Former Citgo Executives For Corruption. popularresistance.org Merida – Six former oil executives were sentenced for corruption on Thursday by a Venezuelan court. | They were detained in November 2017 in Caracas on charges of embezzlement, money laundering and conspiracy at state oil company PDVSA's US subsidiary, Citgo. | Attorney General Tarek William Saab stated at the time that the accused had signed contracts without government permission which "jeopardized the country's assets." Refinancing plans with Frontier Group Management and Apollo Global Management allegedly had draconian conditions and offered the company itself as collateral.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-30). Silence in face of terrorist acts threatening peace in region. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 30 (MNA) — Iranian Parliament Speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf in a message to the UN Secretary General António Guterres on Monday said that silence in the face of terrorist acts threatens peace and security in the region.

_____ (2020-11-30). Venezuela Calls On UNSC To Reject Unilateral Sanctions. popularresistance.org "All countries suffering from this type of aggression inflicted by economic means must cooperate to put an end to the suffering of our peoples," Ambassador Moncada stressed. | Speaking at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Wednesday, Venezuela's Ambassador Samuel Moncada proposed the formation of an "International Alliance Against Unilateral Coercive Measures" to halt the crimes against humanity committed by the U.S. government, which keeps arbitrary economic sanctions against 29 countries.

teleSUR, ce (2020-11-29). Venezuela's Voting Machines Audited Ahead of Parliamentary Elections. telesurenglish.net This Sunday, the National Electoral Council (CNE) of Venezuela carried out the pre-dispatch audit of voting machines, to validate and replicate all stages of the electoral process, sampling 0.5% of voting tables. | RELATED: | The purpose of the voting machines pre-dispatch audit is to replicate and validate all the stages of the electoral process, verifying that both the software and data, as well as the o…

Andres Kargar (2020-11-28). The Emperor Has No Clothes. dissidentvoice.org I reviewed Sra. Michelle Bachelet's Report on Venezuela, and was quite outraged at her lack of consideration and due diligence. I will, in a moment, tell everyone why this report needs to be trashed, but even before that, I think I should mention two systemic flaws about this type of reporting regardless of which country …

The Canary (2020-11-28). Tear gas fired as French protesters condemn bill outlawing use of police images. thecanary.co Thousands of people have gathered across France to protest against a proposed security law that would restrict the sharing of images of police officers.Officers in Paris who were advised to behave responsibly during the demonstrations fired tear gas to disperse rowdy protesters in a largely peaceful crowd.Dozens of rallies took place against a provision of the law that would make it a crime to publish photos or video of on-duty police officers with the intent of harming their "physical or psychological integrity".Trouble in Paris (Francois Mori/AP)Civil liberties groups and journalists are concerned that the meas…

Yves Engler (2020-11-28). Canadian Media Refuses to Publish Op-ed by Venezuelan Foreign Minister. dissidentvoice.org Despite claims to objectivity and fairness, when it comes to Canadian interference in other countries' domestic affairs, there's long been only one side to the story reported in the dominant media. Even so, the pro-Ottawa slant on Venezuela is shocking. Recently Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza published an op-ed titled "Regime Change with a Human …

Manuela Solé (2020-11-28). Venezuela Sentences Former Citgo Executives for Corruption. venezuelanalysis.com The so-called "Citgo six" had been arrested in 2017 and their lawyers will appeal the ruling.

_____ (2020-11-27). Police Launch Violent Crackdown On Paris Refugee Camp. popularresistance.org French riot police went on a fascistic rampage Monday evening, brutally assaulting a peaceful tent camp of some 500 refugees at the Place de la République in central Paris. | Police used teargas, kicked and beat migrants with batons, tipped refugees out of their tents and assaulted them on the ground. Journalists filming the crackdown were also assaulted. The riot officers threw dozens of confiscated tents into trucks and drove them away. | After the square was cleared, a group of several hundred homeless refugees were forced to march north until they reached the outer suburbs around the city, pursued by police t…

teleSUR (2020-11-27). Venezuela Honors Anti-Oligarchic Bolivarian Rebellion of 1992. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Bolivarian Military Aviation (AMB) Friday paid tribute at the Aragua State to the civic-military rebellion that took place on Nov. 27, 1992, against neoliberal policies imposed by Carlos Perez' administration (1974-1979). | RELATED: | As part of the tribute, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro unveiled a monument in honor of the AMB officers who lost their lives amid an insurrection which "represented the awake…

John Pilger (2020-11-27). Britain's Class War on Children. counterpunch.org When I first reported on child poverty in Britain, I was struck by the faces of children I spoke to, especially the eyes. They were different: watchful, fearful. In Hackney, in 1975, I filmed Irene Brunsden's family. Irene told me she gave her two-year-old a plate of cornflakes. "She doesn't tell me she's hungry, she

teleSUR (2020-11-27). Venezuela: The Road To D6 Parliamentary Elections. file:/Users/educators/Dropbox/_data/_rss/telesurenglish.net.xml On December 6, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela will celebrate the first parliamentary elections since the National Assembly, which holds legislative power, was declared "in contempt" in 2016 after the opposition majority body repeatedly violated the constitutional order. | RELATED: | According to Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, over 300 international observers are registered to participate in the elections due…

Orinoco Tribune (2020-11-27). Venezuela Presents Proposal for an International Association Against US Sanctions to Stop Crimes Against Humanity (UN Security Council). globalresearch.ca The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela's ambassador to the United Nations (UN), Samuel Moncada, intervened this Wednesday in the session of the Security Council to denounce the economic aggression of the United States against twenty-nine countries of the world, through …

_____ (2020-11-27). Venezuela Convicts Six CITGO Former Executives Of Corruption. popularresistance.org Six former executives of the CITGO Petroleum Corporation were sentenced to between eight and 13 years in prison after being found guilty of corruption. | Venezuela's Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) announced that Citgo former President Jose Pereira will be in jail for 13 years and seven months for the crimes of "intentional embezzlement and conspiracy." | Pereira also will have to pay a fine of US$2 million, equivalent to 40 percent of the value of the embezzled goods. | Former executives Tomeu Vadell, Jorge Toledo, Gustavo Cardenas, Jose Zambrano, and Alirio Zambrano will serve eight years and ten months in priso…

teleSUR (2020-11-27). Venezuela Resumes Sending Oil to China Despite U.S. Sanctions. telesurenglish.net British news agency Reuters informed as such this Friday, citing tracking data of Refinitiv Eikon's ships and the state owned company Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA). | The news comes after illegal U.S. sanctions, which since 2019 prevented the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) and the PetroChina refinery from loading crude oil and fuels in Venezuelan ports. | RELATED: | According to the source, the first tank…

teleSUR (2020-11-27). Argentine Police Clashes With Fans During Maradona's Farewell. telesurenglish.net Buenos Aires Police Thursday unleashed violent repression against thousands of people that were waiting for hours to bid farewell to Argentine soccer idol Diego Maradona at the Pink House. | RELATED: | His funeral honors, which began orderly and peacefully, ended "among rubber bullets and tear gas, knocked down fences, people wounded, and dozens of detainees," journalist Javier Alvarez reported. | The confrontations began at 13h00 local time when the Ci…