Daily Archives: September 20, 2020

2020-09-20: News Headlines

Andrew Freeman (2020-09-20). Putting profit first killed Boeing MAX 737 passengers, says Congressional report. liberationnews.org Boeing management consistently placed the company's profitability and stock price ahead of all other concerns, including passenger safety.

_____ (2020-09-19). Venezuela Foils CIA Terror Plot; Pompeo On Regime Change Tour. popularresistance.org Venezuela's government has announced it has foiled a potential terror attack, arresting a former CIA operative while he was on a stakeout near the country's largest oil refining facility. | Matthew John Heath was arrested with three other Venezuelans outside the Amuay and Cardon refineries in Falcon state in the west of the country, reportedly carrying a submachine gun, a grenade launcher, four blocks of C4 explosives, a satellite phone, and stacks of U.S. dollars. He has been charged with terrorism and weapons trafficking.

sputniknews (2020-09-19). Qantas 'Flight to Nowhere' Tickets Sell Out Within 10 Minutes – Reports. sputniknews.com The company has promised passengers that they will enjoy special onboard entertainment and that a surprise celebrity host will be flying with them on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner flight.

Staff (2020-09-19). 2020 Election Could Decide Whether US Pursues Nuclear Escalation or Arms Control. truthout.org In these final weeks of the 2020 presidential campaign, U.S. voters' attention is being consumed by a maelstrom of crises — a merciless pandemic, a battered economy, a society ruptured by racist police violence and deadly structural inequalities, climate chaos and a fragile democracy. | Who has time to worry about nuclear war? | But just as warnings of a climate crisis and pandemics have been borne out, experts have long sounded the alarm about nuclear weapons, whether their use is…

John Laforge (2020-09-18). Germany: US Nuclear Weapons Shamed in Nationwide Debate. counterpunch.org We need a broad public debate … about the sense and nonsense of nuclear deterrence. —Rolf Mutzenich, German Social Democratic Party Leader Public criticism of the US nuclear weapons deployed in Germany bloomed into a vigorous nationwide debate this past spring and summer focused on the controversial scheme known diplomatically as "nuclear sharing" or "nuclear

WSWS (2020-09-18). Military research at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. wsws.org As Germany again takes up aggressive great power politics, German universities are once more serving the needs of war and dictatorship, just as they did before the First and Second World Wars. A major centre of German weapons research is the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

_____ (2020-09-18). U.S. Weighs Into Mediterranean Tensions With Weapons and Hypocrisy. strategic-culture.org Twice in the past week, the United States has clumsily weighed into mounting tensions in the East Mediterranean between Greece and Turkey. | First, Washington

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-18). Israel regime's nuclear weapons threat to world's security. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 18 (MNA) — Iran's Ambassador to the Vienna-based international organizations Kazem Gharibabadi said that the Zionist regime's acquisition of nuclear weapons is a serious threat to the security and stability of the region and the world.

sputniknews (2020-09-18). US Congress Prepares to Approve Second-Largest Taiwan Arms Sale Valued at $7 Billion. sputniknews.com US lawmakers are expected to soon approve a massive, new weapons sale to Taiwan. The deal would provide the autonomous island not just with defensive weapons, but also with offensive capabilities in the form of long-range strike missiles and combat drones.

Staff (2020-09-17). US Cuts Aid to Yemen While Fueling War and Famine. truthout.org The humanitarian crisis in Yemen is deepening amid the pandemic and cuts to international aid from the United States and its allies, leaving millions of Yemenis facing famine after years of a brutal U.S.-backed, Saudi-led bombing campaign that has devastated the country. CNN's senior international correspondent Nima Elbagir says what is happening in Yemen is not a natural disaster but a "man-made catastrophe" directly tied to U.S. policies. Elbagir says, "Not only is the U.S. profiting from the war by selling weapons to t…

Medea Benjamin (2020-09-17). Gorgon Stare: A "persistent eye in the sky" may be coming to a City near you. mronline.org The military and the drone manufacturers, principally General Atomics, are arguing that the technology has advanced far enough that flying 79-ft. wingspan, six-ton drones over populated areas and alongside commercial air traffic is safe.

Medea Benjamin, Barry Summers (2020-09-17). A "Persistent Eye in the Sky" Coming to a City Near You? counterpunch.org "Gorgon Stare will be looking at a whole city, so there will be no way for the adversary to know what we're looking at, and we can see everything." That same persistent eye in the sky may soon be deployed over U.S. cities. At the time he made that comment about surveillance drones over Afghanistan,

Miko Peled (2020-09-17). Why Arab Leaders Are Suddenly Groveling at the Chance to Normalize Ties with Israel. mintpressnews.com Arab leaders understand that relations with Israel provide access to US Empire and all that comes with it, including much desired US-made weapons and other perks such as security and economic cooperation.

_____ (2020-09-17). Occupation Of UK Factory Involved In Israeli Drone Manufacture. popularresistance.org Direct action protests against Israel's largest weapons company have escalated in the UK, with an occupation of a factory building engines for drones used by Israel's army entering its third day on Wednesday. | Protests were also held outside Elbit System UK's London headquarters and at its landlord's main offices, as new solidarity group Palestine Action escalated its campaign to shut down the company's operation in the UK. | Elbit Systems UK is part of the high-tech weapons group that supplies more than 80 percent of the Israeli army's military drones, including the Hermes 900 and Hermes 450…

WSWS (2020-09-17). House report on Boeing 737 Max crashes: Corporate criminality, FAA complicity, but no accountability. wsws.org Despite the incriminating evidence, the Democrats propose no actions to hold either Boeing or the FAA accountable for the deaths of 346 men, women and children.

Stansfield Smith (2020-09-17). Why the US Can Keep Increasing its Debt and not Suffer Inflation (Part 2). dissidentvoice.org The US Still Dominates the World Economy The US ruling class has dominated the planet since the end of World War II. Key elements of this control include its military superiority in nuclear and conventional weapons, and the stationing of over 900 military bases around the world. In addition, the US presides over the United …

yenisafak (2020-09-17). Romania receives Patriot missiles from US to boost defences. yenisafak.com The Romanian army received its first shipment of U.S. Raytheon Patriot surface-to-air missiles on Thursday, part of an effort to bolster its defences that has annoyed Russia."Romania has just become a safer nation by hosting these Patriot missiles on its territory. Romanian citizens are now better protected," Prime Minister Ludovic Orban said at the receiving ceremony at a firing range on the Black Sea shore.The missiles will form part of an integrated air defence system comprising newly acquired F-16 fighter jets as Romania brings its obsolete military equipment up to NATO standards and phases out outdated commu…

yenisafak (2020-09-16). US House report blasts Boeing, gov't in 737 MAX crashes. yenisafak.com The US House of Representatives on Wednesday blasted aerospace company Boeing and government regulators over fatal crashes of 737 MAX aircraft that rocked world air travel in early 2019.After 18 months of investigation, a 250-page report from the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure decried "serious flaws and missteps in the design, development, and certification of the aircraft."The 737 MAX aircraft — made at Boeing's factory in the US state of Washington — received certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in March 2017.Following earlier mishaps, one of the aircraf…