Sunday’s news links – Nov. 22, 2020

Trump Sends Bombers to Middle East KFYR TV

It is unclear where the B-52H bombers went in the Middle East on Saturday, but they left from Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota. Minot Air Force Base is the only base in the United States that houses both intercontinental ballistic missiles in underground silos as well as a fleet of bombers also capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

Trump Administration Accused of Trying to Bully Banks Into Financing Arctic Fossil Fuel Extraction Common Dreams

Cops Deploy Tear Gas During Protest Over Omaha Police Shooting Daily Beast

FBI and DOJ prepared takedown of “Iranian” American Herald Tribune website with years of legal chicanery Grayzone

My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell helps bail out Kenosha shooting suspect Bring Me The News

Voter suppression

Trump calls on GOP state legislatures to overturn election results Politico

President Donald Trump requests recount of votes in Georgia presidential race after results show Joe Biden winning state Washington Post

Milwaukee officials accuse Trump observers of obstructing recount TheHill

After meeting with Trump, Michigan and national GOP seek to delay certification Detroit News

RNC chair urges Michigan board to pause certification of election results Politico

GOP Group Files Pennsylvania Lawsuit to Invalidate State’s Mail-in Ballots—All of Them Newsweek

Republican Pa. congressman seeks court order throwing out all mail ballots in long-shot suit The Inquirer

NAACP LDF Sues Trump on Behalf of Black Detroit Residents, Allege Voting Rights Act Violation for Interfering in Michigan’s Vote Certification The Root

Police Who Pepper Sprayed Rally to the Polls in Alamance County, N.C. to File Felony Assault Charges Against Reverend Organizer The Root


In California, 1 million people lack access to clean water High Country News

Thousands of cars form lines to collect food in Covid-hit Texas CNN

L.A. Times Disowns Reporter Outed as a CIA Collaborator HuffPost


Death on eve of Brazil’s Black Consciousness Day sparks fury AP


Protests in Guatemala Against President Giammattei – Congress Set on Fire (VP Proposes Joint Resignation) Orinoco Tribune


The NYT’s Trump Iran ‘attack’ story and the failures of foreign policy reporting

G20: the debt solution Michael Roberts

This weekend, the G20 leaders’ summit takes place – not physically of course, but by video link. Proudly hosted by Saudi Arabia, that bastion of democracy and civil rights, the G20 leaders are focusing on the impact on the world economy from the COVID-19 pandemic.

In particular, the leaders are alarmed by the huge increase in government spending engendered by the slump forced on the major capitalist governments to ameliorate the impact on businesses, large and small, and on the wider working population. The IMF estimates that the combined fiscal and monetary stimulus delivered by advanced economies has been equal to 20 per cent of their gross domestic product. Middle income countries in the developing world have been able to do less but they still put together a combined response equal to 6 or 7 per cent of GDP, according to the IMF. For the poorest countries, however, the reaction has been much more modest. Together they injected spending equal to just 2 per cent of their much smaller national output in reaction to the pandemic. That has left their economies much more vulnerable to a prolonged slump, potentially pushing millions of people into poverty.

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