2019-08-18: News Headlines

(2019-08-18). How Washington Is Meddling in the Affairs of Hong Kong. globalresearch.ca While there has been growing coverage of the unrest in Hong Kong, there has been minimal coverage of what may lie behind the pro-democracy protests. Even Donald Trump has entered the fray with this tweet which clearly condemns China's actions …

Andrew Korybko (2019-08-18). Russia and China Divided over Kashmir Crisis. globalresearch.ca Kashmir issue has been internationalized and Pakistan sought the meeting of UNSC and with China's backing, UNSC is convening after 50 years on Kashmir issue. Russia seems to be backing Indian claims while China went all out in Pakistan's favor….

Irwin Jerome (2019-08-18). Canada Oil Pipeline Contract Threatens Integrity of Mother Earth's Native Peoples. globalresearch.ca In a law school dictionary the definition of a Philadelphia Lawyer is, "A very sly, crafty, shrewd lawyer who is an expert in the exploitation of legal technicalities". No where more evident can this be seen than in Northern British …

RT (2019-08-17). VIDEOS show Antifa attacking bus, cornering right-wing protesters as Portland rally turns violent. rt.com Footage has emerged of several violent attacks by Antifa on right-wing demonstrators in Portland, Oregon. The new clashes come as US President Trump threatened to designated the left-wing movement as an "organization of terror."

RT (2019-08-17). VIDEOS show Antifa attacking bus, cornering right-wing protesters as Portland rally turns violent. rt.com Footage has emerged of several violent attacks by Antifa on right-wing demonstrators in Portland, Oregon. The clashes come as President Donald Trump threatened to designate the left-wing movement as an "organization of terror."

RT (2019-08-17). Antifa may be branded 'organization of terror,' Trump warns, ahead of Portland right-left showdown. rt.com Portland, Oregon, is bracing itself for a major right-wing rally — an event previously marred by clashes with anti-fascists. Warning any would-be violent counter-protesters, Donald Trump said events will be "watched very closely."

teleSUR (2019-08-17). Shell Union Coerced into Attending Trump Speech, or Lose Pay. telesurenglish.net Union workers at a Royal Dutch Shell manufacturing plant were put between a rock and a hard place, threatened with loss of pay if they refused to attend U.S. President Donald Trump's speech on Tuesday at the company's Shell Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex in Monaca, Pennsylvania. | RELATED: | 'May God Ruin Him': Rashida Tlaib's Grandma on Trump | According to the Pittsburgh Gazette, union leaders received a letter from their contractor at first informing them their attendance at the even…

WSWS (2019-08-17). State of siege in Kashmir: A warning to the international working class. wsws.org Western governments and media have maintained virtual silence over the police state crackdown against 13 million Kashmiris.

WSWS (2019-08-17). Blackwater mercenary Nicholas Slatten sentenced to life in prison for initiating 2007 Nisour Square Massacre. wsws.org Eight months after being found guilty a third time for first-degree murder, Slatten was sentenced Wednesday for his role in the notorious massacre in Baghdad during the height of the US occupation of Iraq.

teleSUR (2019-08-17). US Issues Arrest Warrant for Iranian Tanker Leaving Gibraltar. telesurenglish.net The United States issued a warrant to seize Iran's Grace 1 oil tanker before it leaves Gibraltar's waters in what appears to be a last ditch effort to prevent the vessel from continuing its journey into the Mediterranean. | RELATED: | UK Snubs Trump, Orders Release of Iranian Oil Tanker | A U.S. federal court issued the warrant this week to seize the Grace 1 in Gibraltar, along with all of its contents, which include the oil it carries and nearly US$1 million. | "A network of front comp…

WSWS (2019-08-17). Questions continue over Russian nuclear accident. wsws.org The dangers associated with the rapidly accelerating global arms race are clear, even as questions remain over the nature of the nuclear explosion that occurred in Russia's far north last week.

RT (2019-08-17). Steele dossier 'pumped myths' into the US justice system — former Trump adviser Carter Page. rt.com The former MI6 agent credited with launching Russiagate concocted dangerous lies and myths that made a mockery of the US justice system and misled the American people, former Donald Trump campaign adviser Carter Page has told RT.

Eric Buerk, member UFCW (2019-08-17). Mississippi raid shows ICE = unionbusters for the capitalist class. liberationnews.org There have also been previous allegations that ICE was serving as a private army for the capitalists.

Shawn Fremstad (2019-08-17). Trump's contempt for working-class expressed in new expanded public charge rule. nationofchange.org This week the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officially published regulations that radically expand the definition of an archaic immigration law term, public charge, to include various non-cash benefits that supplement earnings and other income, but are impossible to live on in the absence of other income. The people most impacted include millions of working-class and middle-class US citizens who plan to marry or are married to foreign nationals. | Under the longstanding law and policy that existed before the new regulati…

Staff (2019-08-17). Trump's Immigration Crackdown Is Quietly Targeting Labor Protections. truthout.org | | New Orleans — Martha came to the United States from Mexico to work in a seafood processing facility in the Gulf South on a temporary labor visa, but it's unclear if all of her fellow laborers were similarly documented. Her boss allegedly threatened to call immigration authorities and have workers deported if didn't they finish high volumes of work on time. | Workplace retaliation is against the law, regardless of where workers come from. Having attended know-your-rights trainings with labo…

Staff (2019-08-17). States Sue Trump Administration for Going After Low-Income Green Card Holders. truthout.org | | In November 2018, as the Trump administration ramped up plans to radically change public charge rules—which deem whether an immigrant or would-be immigrant is likely to end up a cash-burden to the state and thus be ineligible for permanent residency—the city of Baltimore sued the administration to prevent the change and protect its immigrant population. Three months later, the administration sought to g…

WSWS (2019-08-17). Venezuelan military court jails union official as working-class opposition grows. wsws.org The indictment of Rubén González is part of an attempt to criminalize growing social opposition among workers and the impoverished masses.

The Canary (2019-08-17). Sudanese protesters sign transition deal with army. thecanary.co Sudan's army and the country's pro-democracy movement have signed a final powersharing deal at a ceremony in the capital Khartoum.The move paves the way for a transition to civilian-led government following the overthrow of president Omar al-Bashir in April.Sealing the deal established a joint military and civilian council to rule for a little over three years until elections can be held.A military leader will head the 11-member council for the first 21 months, followed by a civilian leader for the following 18.Pro-democracy supporters headed to the capital Khartoum to celebrate (AP)The agreement will also establ…

teleSUR (2019-08-17). Sudan Reach Final Power-Sharing Agreement. telesurenglish.net The Sudanese political crisis might be reaching its final stages following an agreement between the main opposition coalition and the ruling military council on Saturday. | RELATED: | Sudan Factions Sign Pact Ushering in Transitional Government | According to a statement from the Transitional Military Council (TMC) on Saturday, a final power-sharing agreement has been reached with the main opposition opposition alliance, Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC), after strenuous negoti…

The Canary (2019-08-17). Jeremy Corbyn vows to reverse 'depressing' decline of town centres. thecanary.co Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said there is "nothing more depressing" than seeing town centres decline as shoppers turn to out-of-town warehouses for online deliveries.He wants councils to have the power to reopen abandoned shops which have been left vacant for 12 months or more and bring back into use some of the estimated 29,000 physical retail units abandoned.Under Labour's plan, local authorities will be able to turn vacant shops over to start-ups, co-operative businesses and community projects.Mr Corbyn was joined by local Labour group leader Linda Thomas, right, and Bolton West candidate Julie Hilling for…

WSWS (2019-08-17). Outrage as Colorado police returned to duty after shooting 19-year-old in the back. wsws.org The officers involved in the murder of De'Von Bailey, the 537th person killed by police in the US this year, have already been returned to active duty.

Gloria Rubac (2019-08-17). After 10 years, federal executions set to resume. workers.org Attorney General William Barr is moving the United States backward. He is taking hard-fought civil rights gains to the dumpster. Just like President Donald Trump, he has nothing but racist contempt for people caught up in the so-called criminal justice system. Barr suddenly announced in a Department of Justice press . . . | Continue reading After 10 years, federal executions set to resume at Workers.org

teleSUR -EF (2019-08-17). Bini's Lawyer: Ecuador Prosecutor's Still Have no Evidence. telesurenglish.net The lawyer to Swedish expert in open software development, Ola Bini, said Friday that the Ecuadorean government still has no evidence to support its claim that Bini has hacked any state computer systems. | RELATED: | Ecuador: Ola Bini's NGO Office Sacked, Tech Equipment Stolen | For over two months, Ecuador's administration under President Lenin Moreno held Bini in detention, claiming he tried to "hack" computers belonging to presidential of…

The Canary (2019-08-17). Hong Kong teachers' rally kicks off another weekend of protests. thecanary.co School teachers in Hong Kong are marching to the official residence of the city leader as another weekend of protests got under way.An overflow crowd rallied at a public square in the financial district before setting off for Government House, carrying signs that read "Protect the next generation" and umbrellas to ward off intermittent downpours.Teachers say they want to show their support for the protesters, many of whom are students.Pro-democracy protesters wait to cross a road during a march (Vincent Yu/AP)They said the government should answer the protesters' demands and stop using what they called police vio…

Fight Back (2019-08-17). Carnegie Library workers vote to Join United Steelworkers. fightbacknews.org Pittsburgh, PA – Workers at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh voted overwhelmingly to join the United Steelworkers (USW) union, August 14, after launching their organizing campaign in June. They are seeking a collective bargaining agreement that would cover employees across 19 branches and the library support center. | The United Library Workers began discussing unionization last summer in hopes of gaining a voice when it comes to making decisions that affect the library, the people they serve and their own working environment. | "I am so excited for us to start this next chapter and look forward to working tow…

Brian Mier (2019-08-17). Media Blackout on Brazil's Anti-Bolsonaro Protests – Why are New York Times and Guardian downplaying resistance to Brazil's far-right president? fair.org by Brian Mier August 13 protest against Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro in Belo Horizonte, one of 211 cities where demonstrations took place (photo: Dowglas Silva). | Hundreds of thousands of Brazilians took to the streets of 211 cities on August 13 to protest far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's austerity cuts and privatization plans for the public university system. It was the third in series of national education strikes, dubbed "the Educat…

RT (2019-08-17). Pentagon to name new facility after Curtis 'Bombs Away' LeMay. rt.com The US Strategic Command, which oversees America's nuclear arsenal, plans to name a new facility after the legendary but controversial bomber General Curtis LeMay, who notoriously said there are 'no innocent civilians.'

Liliana Segura (2019-08-17). "One By One, They're Dying": Activists Protest Tennessee's Fifth Execution in a Year. theintercept.com Stephen West was killed in the electric chair on August 15, and abolitionists are vowing to step up the pressure to stop executions in Tennessee.

The Canary (2019-08-17). Senior Tory says Boris Johnson's rhetoric has led directly to death threats. thecanary.co A Tory former attorney general has accused Boris Johnson of "behaving like a demagogue" and said the Prime Minister's rhetoric has led directly to him receiving death threats.Remain-supporter Dominic Grieve insisted he wanted to stay in the Conservative Party to "save" it from the likes of Mr Johnson — who he claimed was "hijacking" it.The Beaconsfield MP lambasted the PM's "tub-thumping populism", which he said had led "straightforwardly" to the death threats he has received.Mr Grieve, who said someone was arrested in respect of a death threat against him recently, told the BBC's Good Morning Scotland progr…

Johnnie Lewis and Joshua Hanks (2019-08-17). Northwest grocery workers prepare to strike. workers.org Aug. 2 — "Are you aware that Fred Meyer pays $3.53 more per hour to male workers than to female workers?" A United Steelworkers' member posed this question to a Fred Meyer grocery store shopper. Shoppers were shocked and stopped to listen. Most took flyers showing the facts and figures, . . . | Continue reading Northwest grocery workers prepare to strike at Workers.org

Brian Mier (2019-08-17). Media Blackout on Brazil's Anti-Bolsonaro Protests. commondreams.org "The issue of under-reporting and ignoring protests by Brazil's so-called 'organized left'—the labor unions and popular social movements that make up the traditional support base for the Workers Party—is a historic problem," Mier writes. (Photo: Douglas Silva) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrea Germanos (2019-08-17). Playing Role of Pesticide 'Cheerleader,' EPA Rebukes California with Ban on Warning Labels for Roundup. globalresearch.ca President Donald Trump's Environmental Protection Agency was accused of being a pesticide "cheerleader" last week after the agency said it would not approval labels that say that glyphosate—the active ingredient in Roundup and other weedkillers—is known to cause cancer. | In …

Michael Snyder (2019-08-17). According to the Federal Government, 19 Million Acres of Farmland Were Not Planted with Crops this Year. globalresearch.ca If that headline sounds really bad to you, that is because the situation that we are facing is really bad. Over the past few months, I have written article after article about the unprecedented crisis that U.S. farmers are facing …

teleSUR (2019-08-17). Open Arms Allowed to Land 27 Minors at the Lampedusa Port. telesurenglish.net Defeated by international pressure and pressured by divisions in the far-right ruling class, Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini authorized on Saturday morning the landing of 27 "unaccompanied minors" from the Open Arms ship to the Lampedura port. | RELATED: | 'Situation On Board is Dramatic', Open Arms Says | "Against my will and in another example…

WSWS (2019-08-17). Japan-South Korea conflict intensifies. wsws.org South Korea announced this week that it has removed Japan from a list of countries that qualify for accelerated supply of South Korean products, after Japan had imposed a similar measure against South Korea on August 2.

WSWS (2019-08-17). Facial recognition technology and identity politics. wsws.org The Democrats are seeking to channel mass opposition to the wholesale invasion of privacy into a campaign to regulate and "equalize" facial recognition technology.

Staff (2019-08-17). The Dangerous New US Consensus on China and the Future of US-China Relations. truthout.org | | The trade war and technological competition with China are symptomatic of a much larger issue: a dangerous gridlock in US-China relations that may become permanent, with dire consequences not just for the two countries' economies but also for the global economy and quite possibly East Asia's and international security. Martin Wolf, Financial Times columnist, is right to conclude: "Across-the-board rivalry wit…

Scott Zimmerman (2019-08-17). ALEC fails to denounce dangerous and racist views of its leaders and members. nationofchange.org It has been a banner week for extremist politicians linked to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). | ALEC's Washington State Chair, Rep. Matt Shea, promoted and maintained close ties to an extremist group training children and young men for battle in a "Biblical warfare" while schooling them in the "biblical teachings" of racist preacher John Weaver, according to a new exposé published by The Guardian. The revelations come just weeks after the W…

splcenter (2019-08-17). Weekend Read: Slavery shaped America's pathology on race and whiteness. splcenter.org Four hundred years ago this month, the White Lion, a warship commanded by English privateers, docked at Point Comfort in the colony of Virginia.

WSWS (2019-08-17). UK: Record £9.2 billion of NHS budget handed to private firms. wsws.org A third of hip replacements carried out in the NHS are now done privately and community health and mental health provision have seen five years of continual gains by the private sector.

Staff (2019-08-17). Private Prisons Face 87.4 Percent Financing Gap as Banks Continue to Flee. truthout.org | | As of August 2019, eight banks — JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, SunTrust, BNP Paribas, Fifth Third Bancorp, Barclays, and PNC — have publicly committed to ending their future financing relationships with the private prison industry, including CoreCivic and GEO Group. Together these eight banks represent an estimated $2.35 billion — or 87.4% — of the credit lines and term loans that are central to these companies' operations. | Notably, all of the banks t…

James Risen (2019-08-17). To Fight White Supremacist Violence, Let's Not Repeat the Mistakes of the War on Terror. theintercept.com National security experts are calling for a war on terror akin to the fight against Al Qaeda and ISIS. But that campaign has been a disaster.

United Nations (2019-08-17). Terrorism survivors: 'I lived in fear that I would be killed'. un.org To mark the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism this coming Wednesday, UN News travelled to Chad and the Far North region of Cameroon in West Africa to interview people who have personal stories to tell about how terrorism has shattered their lives.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-08-17). 'Bolton Is Desperate to Start a War': US Issues Warrant to Seize Iranian Oil Tanker. commondreams.org "Perfectly illustrates the U.S. trying to impose its domestic laws on the rest of the world. It should provoke worldwide outrage." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2019-08-17). Tlaib agrees to Israeli terms, then reverses herself on West Bank visit. wsws.org The events of the past two days have provided a fresh demonstration of the cowardice of the Democratic Party and the absence within it of any principled opposition to Donald Trump's authoritarian agenda.

Eugene E Ruyle (2019-08-17). The Plot to Attack Iran:‚Ä® How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Iran. indybay.org NPML, 6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland (just North of Alcatraz Ave.)…

Public Health Justice Collective & Others (2019-08-17). #CloseTheCamps: Protest by Public Health & Healthcare Workers for Migrant Rights. indybay.org Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), 630 Sansome St, San Francisco 94111…

Do No Harm Coalition, Public Health Awakening (2019-08-17). #CloseTheCamps: Protest by Healthcare & Harm Reduction Workers for Migrant Rights. indybay.org Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), | 630 Sansome St, San Francisco 94111…

Jake Johnson, Common Dreams (2019-08-17). Jewish Activists and Allies Confront Amazon for Profiting Off ICE Terror. indybay.org More than 1,000 Jewish activists and allies gathered at an Amazon book store in New York City on Sunday to protest the online retail behemoth's collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which swept up nearly 700 people last week in what was reportedly one of the agency's largest-ever raids.

Cat Bell (2019-08-17). Haight Ashbury Peace Vigil. indybay.org Corner of Masonic and Fell at the Golden Gate Park Panhandle…

Anti Police-Terror Project (2019-08-17). APTP Monthly Membership Meeting: Scott Morris on Santa Rita Jail. indybay.org East Side Arts Alliance | 2277 International Blvd. | Oakland, CA 94606…

unitedEditor (2019-08-17). Trump's 'Deal of the Century': A plan for peace, or destruction? uwidata.com Trump's 'Deal of the Century' bills itself as an effort at establishing peace between Israel and Palestine, but in reality aims at advancing Israel's interests, and fundamentally altering the geopolitical balance of the Middle East. THE US' TRUE MOTIVATIONS The US established a new strategy in the Middle East after the end of World War …

Fight Back (2019-08-17). Milwaukee VA workers fight union busting. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI – Fifty Veterans Affairs workers and supporters rallied outside the Zablocki VA hospital August 12 to protest union-busting, attacks on high-quality public veteran healthcare, and bad faith bargaining by the VA administration. | The rally was organized by the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 3 and supported by the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO, Milwaukee Area Labor Council, Veterans for Peace and elected leaders including Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, U.S. Congresswoman Gwen Moore and U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin. | AFGE members and representatives detailed shocking accounts of the ex…

Zaha Hassan (2019-08-16). Palestine: Dangerous Bill in US Congress to Crush the PLO and the PA. globalresearch.ca A bipartisan US bill currently being considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee puts at stake the ability of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) to engage diplomatic and legal channels to support Palestinian national aspirations and to seek accountability through international …

Yoav Litvin (2019-08-16). Israel Fears a Visit by Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib. counterpunch.org On July 16, Somali-American Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar, together with Representatives John Lewis and Palestinian-American Rashida Tlaib, introduced bill HR-496 which is meant to affirm Americans' "right to participate in boycotts in pursuit of civil and human rights at home and abroad, as protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution". Though not explicitly mentioned, HR-496 is at least More

teleSUR (2019-08-16). Israel Reverses Ban on US Congresswoman Tlaib. telesurenglish.net Israel has decided to reverse the ban on U.S. congresswoman Rashida Tlaib Friday after she agreed to just visit her family in the occupied West Bank on humanitarian grounds. | RELATED: | Israel Confirms Banning Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib from Visiting Palestine Over BDS Support | Tlaib, a critic of Israeli policy towards Palestinians, has agreed to respect the restrictions imposed on her during the occupied West Bank trip and will not promote the Boyco…

teleSUR (2019-08-16). Rashida Tlaib Blasts Israel for 'Oppressive Conditions'. telesurenglish.net U.S. Representative Rashida Tlaib blasted Israel on Friday for imposing "oppressive conditions" on her visit to the occupied West Bank. | RELATED: | Israel Reverses Ban on US Congresswoman Tlaib | Israel, who was conditionally allowing Tlaib to visit the occupied West Bank, issued a list of demands for the U.S. congresswoman that prohibited her from promoting the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) during her stay. | The U.S. congresswoman, in turn, said she would not visit her family there…

teleSUR (2019-08-16). Rashida Tlaib Blasts Israel for 'Oppressive Conditions'. telesurenglish.net U.S. Representative Rashida Tlaib blasted Israel on Friday for imposing "oppressive conditions" on her visit to the occupied West Bank. | RELATED: | Israel Reverses Ban on US Congresswoman Tlaib | Israel, who was conditionally allowing Tlaib to visit the occupied West Bank, issued a list of demands for the U.S. congresswoman that prohibited her from promoting the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) during her stay. | The U.S. congresswoman, in turn, said she would not visit her family there…

Staff (2019-08-16). A Wave of Solidarity With Kashmir Is Spreading Across the Globe. truthout.org | | Tragedy is unfolding in Kashmir. Split between India and Pakistan, the state has been under military occupation as a result of the partition of the subcontinent in 1947 and a war between the two powers the following year. On August 5, however, the right-wing Bha…

Aaron Maté (2019-08-16). Trump starves Venezuela, Democrats are silent. mronline.org The Trump administration is intensifying its economic warfare on the people of Venezuela with a crippling embargo—and facing no resistance from the Democratic Party. | Source

Neve Gordon (2019-08-16). It's No Wonder the Military likes Violent Video Games, They Can Help Train Civilians to Become Warriors. counterpunch.org Following the recent massacres in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, the bestselling author Keith Boykin tweeted: Trump is on TV blaming the Internet, social media, video games and mental health for the mass shootings. Nonsense! Every country has Google, Facebook, video games and people with mental health issues. What they don't have is More

Jenny Farrell (2019-08-16). Poetry selections for the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre. peoplesworld.org Percy Bysshe Shelley's lifetime was defined by the French Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars, and severe political repression in England and elsewhere in Europe. In contrast to other European countries, the power of the bourgeoisie in England had been consolidated in their own revolutionary period in the 17th century. Therefore, the ruling class in England had …

Workers World Party (2019-08-16). Trump, el capitalismo incitan tiroteos masivos. workers.org Entre el 31 de julio y el 3 de agosto, tres terroristas hombres de raza con blanca mataron e hirieron a docenas de personas en Gilroy, California; El Paso, Texas; y Dayton, Ohio. Tres tiroteos masivos en los Estados Unidos en una semana. Los locutores de televisión expresaron que esto . . . | Continue reading Trump, el capitalismo incitan tiroteos masivos at Workers.org

Adrienne Pine (2019-08-16). US Trained Honduran Police Get Medieval as Political Prisoner Edwin Espinal Released. mintpressnews.com The Honduran corruption canard keeps the focus on police resources and individuals rather than on the pangs of privatization, and so it is often the line favored by the U.S. State Department.

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-08-16). Iran's Dangerous Deterrence Policy: Trading Tankers and Another Partial Withdrawal from the JCPOA. globalresearch.ca The UK acknowledged its first defeat by Iran when it released the Iranian super tanker "Grace 1" captured by 30 Royal Navy commandos in the first week of July in response to a US request, as the Spanish Foreign …

Aaron Maté (2019-08-16). Trump worsens threat of nuclear catastrophe with Russia. thegrayzone.com MIT professor Ted Postol warns that Trump's withdrawal from the INF treaty threatens nuclear 'catastrophe.' Guest: Theodore Postol, award-winning Professor…

Aaron Maté (2019-08-16). How Obama helped Trump escalate nuclear tensions with Russia. thegrayzone.com The Trump administration has dangerously withdrawn from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF). MIT professor emeritus Ted Postol explains how…

Jim Kavanagh (2019-08-16). Dead Man's Hand: The Impeachment Gambit. counterpunch.org The two-year Mueller investigation of Donald Trump's alleged collusion ("largely synonymous with conspiracy") with Russia is over. Nothingburger. The 448-page Mueller Report has been published in full, and made into a dramatic hour-and-twenty-minute stage performance adapted by a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright with a cast of Hollywood stars. Yawn. Then there was the seven hours of More

Stephen Lendman (2019-08-16). US Waging Wars on Multiple Fronts: Cold Wars, Hot Wars, Economic Wars, Propaganda Wars … globalresearch.ca Supported by both hawkish wings of its war party, the US is waging hot wars, cold wars, economic wars, financial wars, trade wars, anti-social justice wars, anti-human rights wars, anti-democracy wars, propaganda wars, sanctions wars, tariffs wars, protest wars, homeland …

Philip Giraldi (2019-08-16). Punishing the World with Sanctions. Intended to Cause Real Pain. globalresearch.ca Sanctions are economic warfare, pure and simple. As an alternative to a direct military attack on a country that is deemed to be misbehaving they are certainly preferable, but no one should be under any illusions regarding what they actually …

teleSUR (2019-08-16). Italy: 'The Situation On Board is Dramatic', Open Arms Says. telesurenglish.net The Spanish flagged vessel Open Arms on Friday called for the evacuation "with the utmost urgency for humanitarian emergency" of all 134 migrants who are still waiting on board for Italian authorities to authorize them to disembark. | RELATED: | Italian PM Blasts Salvini for Being Obsessed with Immigration | "The psychophysical conditions of adults and minors are critical and their safety is very worrying," a medical report prepared by Emergency, an NGO delivering medical care t…

Paul Street (2019-08-16). Uncle Sam was Born Lethal. counterpunch.org One of the occupational and intellectual hazards of being a historian is that current events often seem far less new to oneself than they do to others. Recently a leftish liberal friend told me that the United States under the Donald Trump had "become a lethal society." My friend cited the neofascist Trump's: horrible family separations and concentration camps on the border; openly white-nationalist assaults on four progressive nonwhite and female Congresswomen; real and threatened roundups of undocumented immigrants; fascist-style and hate-filled "Make America Great Again" rallies; encouragement of white suprema…

teleSUR (2019-08-16). Venezuelans Caught Smuggling Gold into Dominican Republic. telesurenglish.net Six Venezuelans were captured in the Dominican Republic Friday for possible links to a gold smuggling ring, and are now in the process of been extradited. Two Dominican Republic nationals involved in the operation were also captured. | RELATED: | US: Already Interfering in Upcoming Venezuelan Elections | Venezuelan Attorney General Tarek William Saab announced Friday that the criminal gang dedicated to illegally obtaining and smuggling Venezuelan gold into the Dominican Republic h…

Nozomi Hayase (2019-08-16). The Prosecution of Julian Assange Affects Us All. counterpunch.org With the indictment of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and the imprisonment of whistleblower Chelsea Manning, we are seeing the US government's blatant attack on the First Amendment. This assault now is officially acknowledged by a US federal court, where the judge dismissed a Democratic National Committee (DNC) civil suit against WikiLeaks on the grounds of More

Ralph Nader (2019-08-16). With the Boeing 737 MAX Grounded, Top Boeing Bosses Must Testify Before Congress Now. counterpunch.org Two Boeing 737 MAX crashes, one in Indonesia last October and one in Ethiopia this past March, took a combined 346 lives. Steady scrutiny by the media reported internal company leaks and gave voice to sidelined ex-Boeing engineers and aerospace safety specialists. These experts have revealed that Boeing's executives are responsible because they chose to use an unstable structural More

Martha Rosenberg (2019-08-16). Catch and Hang Live Chickens for Slaughter: $11 an Hour Possible! counterpunch.org Koch Foods, a giant chicken processor that supplies Burger King, Kroger and Walmart (not affiliated with the Koch brothers) lost no time in replacing the five busloads of undocumented workers taken from its Mississippi plants this month due to an ICE raid. It is already holding "job fairs" to replace the workers. The August ICE More

Hans Stehling (2019-08-16). British Rail: A Mass Transport System Is an Essential Public Service Not a Get-Rich-Quick Scheme for Investors. globalresearch.ca Outdated rolling-stock, primitive or no air-conditioning, poor service, unreliable timetables and sky-high fares make Britain's railways the bad joke of Europe. | As millions of commuters are forced to use a rail system near to collapse, it serves a stark warning …

Rob Urie (2019-08-16). Neoliberalism and Environmental Calamity. counterpunch.org Current conditions represent a political emergency of sorts, meaning that ways of solving environmental and social problems will either be worked out or circumstances, led by the environment, will assume a life of their own. Given that these conditions are the result of historical processes that were decades and centuries in the making, understanding how More

Eric Draitser (2019-08-16). "Bernie is Trump" (and other Corporate Media Bullsh*t). counterpunch.org A dead-end street with a lemonade stand Where is the sky in upside down land? That question is hard if you can't see the stars I'm really not sure, ask me tomorrow — Yasiin Bey, "Education" (featured on the album "Bandana" by Freddie Gibbs) Welcome to Bizarro World where up is down, black is white, More

Evaggelos Vallianatos (2019-08-16). The War on Nature. counterpunch.org Ancient Greeks, Persians, Egyptians, Mesopotamians, Chinese and Indians respected or worshipped several gods. Those gods were usually forces of nature, which opened the mind, eyes and hearts of human beings to the mysteries, beauty and truth of the natural world. The vast human majorities of the ancient world were peasant farmers and shepherds who cultivated More

Stuart A. Newman (2019-08-16). The Biotech-Industrial Complex Gets Ready to Define What is Human. counterpunch.org Fabricating part-human-part-nonhuman animals, with features of both, seemed like something out of Greek mythology until the late 20th century. New research then on "geeps," fully developed, viable mixtures of goats and sheep, showed that constructing such "chimeras" was a real possibility. Still, the warning by H.G. Wells, a century before, in his novel "The Island of Dr. Moreau," that scientific experiments like this could go terribly awry, seemed fantastical. But this will soon change. At the end of July, it was reported that the biologist Juan Carlos Izpisúa Belmonte, director of a laboratory at the Salk Insti…

Louis Proyect (2019-08-16). The Vanity Cinema of Quentin Tarantino. counterpunch.org After being sorely disappointed by Quentin Tarantino's last two films— "The Hateful Eight" and "Django Unchained" —I decided to wait for a studio screener of "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" in November. This is when I customarily get freebies from studio publicists hoping to influence my vote in NYFCO's awards meeting in early December. More

Andrew Levine (2019-08-16). Have They No Decency? counterpunch.org Before lightening and the Electoral College struck, making Donald Trump president, he famously boasted that he could walk out onto Fifth Avenue, shoot somebody, and become even more popular than he already was with his base. He was probably right — literally, even back then, before the Trump-induced accelerated degradation of the ambient political culture More

Ron Jacobs (2019-08-16). People's Music for the Soul. counterpunch.org Folk music can mean many things. It can be songs one learned as a child from a record or a musical relative. The songs can be classic tunes with words as old as the songs themselves or the songs can be old tunes with brand new words. Or the entire tune can be a new More

Kavitha Muralidharan (2019-08-16). 'Today We Seek Those Fish in Discovery Channel'. counterpunch.org "It's past 11.40 this morning, so next comes an update on speed," announces A. Yashwanth on the Kadal Osai radio station. "For the last one week, or even a month or so, kachaan kaathu [the south wind] was very strong. The speed was as high as 40 to 60 [kilometres per hour]. Today, as if More

Nick Pemberton (2019-08-16). Is White Supremacism a Mental Illness? counterpunch.org "The most noxious element of neoliberalism is the reduction of all social issues to personal responsibility." —Henry A. Giroux "Violence is one of the most fun things to watch." — Quentin Tarantino Have you ever wondered why we [women] are not just in armed combat against you? It's not because there's a shortage of kitchen More

David Yearsley (2019-08-16). Kind of Blue at 60. counterpunch.org Miles Davis' Kind of Blue was released on August 17, 1959—sixty years ago tomorrow. That was ten years after, and ten degrees cooler, than the little big band of Miles' Birth of the Cool. With Kind of Blue the baby had grown up: sleeker, more earnest, now distrustful of irony, and also cagier, suspicious without wanting to show anything that might suggest defensiveness. Its icy hauteur sets the standard for art that draws you in by pretending it doesn't need anyone or anything but itself. More

The Canary (2019-08-16). Council withdraws threat of legal action against cyclists at cafe. thecanary.co The threat of legal action against cyclists gathering at a cafe in a small hamlet has been dropped.Velolife was set up on the site of an old pub as a cafe and bike workshop in 2016 by entrepreneur Lee Goodwin in Warren Row in Berkshire.The cafe was championed by the likes of former Olympic cyclist Chris Boardman and Team Ineos rider Chris Lawless after it was slapped with restrictions on cycle meets following noise complaints.Local cycling clubs were threatened with enforcement action by the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead for allegedly using the cafe's car park as a starting point for meets. | A joint st…

Joe Sims (2019-08-16). "Proletarian billionaire" act wears thin: Trump's war on workers. peoplesworld.org The U.S. working class has received special attention from the Trump campaign's first days; since his election, it has been singled out for special assault. "America First" was portrayed as making working-class America first; "Make America Great Again" meant reawakening the greatness of the American working class. But the Trump agenda as thus marketed had …

Ed Rampell (2019-08-16). 'Fefu and Her Friends': Fornés's feminist odyssey at the Odyssey. peoplesworld.org LOS ANGELES—Originality is among those attributes I admire and cherish most in the arts, and Maria Irene Fornés's (1930-2018) Fefu and Her Friends is singular on several fronts. First of all, the Cuban-born, Obie Award-winning playwright's characters are eight females. This is far less common than mixed-gender or all-male casts, such as in Jason Miller's …

V. Copeland (2019-08-16). 'Expanding Empire' — in 1969 and today. workers.org The following excerpt from "Expanding Empire — The global war drive of big business and the forces that will stop it" was written in 1969 during the Vietnam War. The author, Vince Copeland, was a founding member of Workers World Party and had been a militant steel worker fired in . . . | Continue reading 'Expanding Empire' — in 1969 and today at Workers.org

RT (2019-08-16). Modern medicine declares war on loneliness with drugs & bots, threatening introverts with extinction. rt.com With pharmaceutical and even robotic "cures" in the works for loneliness – a condition once considered part of the normal human emotional range but now framed as a health risk – we risk losing the ability to be alone at all.

teleSUR (2019-08-16). Brazil: Supreme Court Judges Sergio Moro's Lack of Impartiality. telesurenglish.net Brazil's Supreme Court (STF) will judge the lack of impartiality of former judge Sergio Moro in conducting trials against former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who has remained a political prisoner since April 7, 2018. | RELATED: | Students Strike, Protest Across Brazil as Moro Orders Crackdown | From August 16 to August 22, the STF judges w…

Dave Lindorff (2019-08-16). Did the US really intend to destroy the Soviet Union with its nuclear monopoly? nationofchange.org 74 years ago by the United States dropped the only two atomic bombs exploded in war on cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Today, recalling those events, remember that the US still refuses to renounce a strategy of first-strike use of its nuclear arsenal. This has me pondering two questions that should raise enormous doubts in …

teleSUR (2019-08-16). 'Brazil to Leave Mercosur if Cristina Wins', Minister Guedes. telesurenglish.net Brazil's Economic Minister Paulo Guedes threatened Thursday to leave Mercosur if Alberto Fernandez and Cristina Fernandez win the second round of the Argentinean presidential elections on October 27. | RELATED: | Bolsonaro Cites Trump's Discourse, Says Mercosur No Longer Seeks Chavez's 'Great Homeland' | "Mercosur is, of cours…

Victor Grossman (2019-08-16). Warnings, Ancient and Modern. counterpunch.org The wise priest Laocoà∂n, old legends say, vainly warned against the famous "Trojan horse". A hostile god sent giant serpents which strangled him and the big wooden present was opened. The soldiers hidden inside opened Troy's gates so the Greek battalions could rush in, kill the men, enslave the women and destroy the city. Its More

Bob Scofield (2019-08-16). Tit For Tat: Baltimore Takes Another Hit, This Time From Uruguay. counterpunch.org I imagine that however a Baltimorean feels when their city is attacked by the barbarian in the White House it has to be worse when the city is slighted by Uruguay, one of the world's most progressive countries. On August 5th the Uruguayan Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a warning to Uruguayans traveling to the More

Susan Miller (2019-08-16). That Debacle at the Border is Genocide. counterpunch.org Prepared text for at talk at Cornbread and Beans, Norman, Oklahoma. (August 9, 2019.) I'm grateful for the invitation to speak to you. I'm a Democrat and the child of Democrats, and lately, I'd vote for the yellow dog. I believe that what I'm going to talk about today is central to our mission and values More

teleSUR (2019-08-16). Myanmar 'Ready' for Repatriation of Rohingya Refugees Next Week. telesurenglish.net The Myanmar government said Friday it was prepared for Bangladesh to repatriate more than 3,600 Rohingya refugees who fled violence in the western state of Rakhine two years ago after a military-led crackdown against the Muslim minority. | RELATED: | At Least 18 Killed in Landslide at Jade Mine in Myanmar | The director-general of the international organization and economic department at Myanmar's foreign ministry, U Chan Aye, said his country was ready to start the process next Thurs…

Sarah Abed (2019-08-16). Fewer Banks in African American Neighborhoods Contribute to the U.S. Racial Wealth Gap. globalresearch.ca A new study published by McKinsey & Co on Tuesday found that one of the contributing factors to the U.S. racial wealth gap is the lack of banks in predominantly African American communities. Lack of access to mainstream financial services …

2019-08-18: Social Media Postees

How Washington Is Meddling in the Affairs of Hong Kong
| globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-18
While there has been growing coverage of the unrest in Hong Kong, there has been minimal coverage of what may lie behind the pro-democracy protests. Even Donald Trump has entered the fray with this tweet which clearly condemns China's actions …
globalresearch.ca/washington-meddling-affairs-hong-kong/5686605

Russia and China Divided over Kashmir Crisis
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-18
Kashmir issue has been internationalized and Pakistan sought the meeting of UNSC and with China's backing, UNSC is convening after 50 years on Kashmir issue. Russia seems to be backing Indian claims while China went all out in Pakistan's favor….
globalresearch.ca/alt-media-entering-new-era-russia-china-divided-kashmir/5686570

Canada Oil Pipeline Contract Threatens Integrity of Mother Earth's Native Peoples
Irwin Jerome | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-18
In a law school dictionary the definition of a Philadelphia Lawyer is, "A very sly, crafty, shrewd lawyer who is an expert in the exploitation of legal technicalities". No where more evident can this be seen than in Northern British …
globalresearch.ca/oil-pipeline-contract-threatens-integrity-mother-earths-native-peoples/5686568

Antifa may be branded 'organization of terror,' Trump warns, ahead of Portland right-left showdown
rt.com | 2019-08-17
Portland, Oregon, is bracing itself for a major right-wing rally — an event previously marred by clashes with anti-fascists. Warning any would-be violent counter-protesters, Donald Trump said events will be "watched very closely." | …
rt.com/usa/466731-antifa-branded-terrori…

VIDEOS show Antifa attacking bus, cornering right-wing protesters as Portland rally turns violent
rt.com | 2019-08-17
Footage has emerged of several violent attacks by Antifa on right-wing demonstrators in Portland, Oregon. The clashes come as President Donald Trump threatened to designate the left-wing movement as an "organization of terror." | …
rt.com/usa/466737-portland-clashes-proud…

VIDEOS show Antifa attacking bus, cornering right-wing protesters as Portland rally turns violent
rt.com | 2019-08-17
Footage has emerged of several violent attacks by Antifa on right-wing demonstrators in Portland, Oregon. The new clashes come as US President Trump threatened to designated the left-wing movement as an "organization of terror." | …
rt.com/usa/466737-portland-clashes-proud…

Shell Union Coerced into Attending Trump Speech, or Lose Pay
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-17
Union workers at a Royal Dutch Shell manufacturing plant were put between a rock and a hard place, threatened with loss of pay if they refused to attend U.S. President Donald Trump's speech on Tuesday at the company's Shell Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex in Monaca, Pennsylvania. | RELATED: | 'May God Ruin Him': Rashida Tlaib's Grandma on Trump | According to the Pittsburgh Gazette, union leaders received a letter from their contractor at first informing them their attendance at the even…
telesurenglish.net/news/Shell-Union-Coer…

State of siege in Kashmir: A warning to the international working class
wsws.org | 2019-08-17
Western governments and media have maintained virtual silence over the police state crackdown against 13 million Kashmiris.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/17/pers…

Blackwater mercenary Nicholas Slatten sentenced to life in prison for initiating 2007 Nisour Square Massacre
wsws.org | 2019-08-17
Eight months after being found guilty a third time for first-degree murder, Slatten was sentenced Wednesday for his role in the notorious massacre in Baghdad during the height of the US occupation of Iraq.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/17/slif…

US Issues Arrest Warrant for Iranian Tanker Leaving Gibraltar
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-17
The United States issued a warrant to seize Iran's Grace 1 oil tanker before it leaves Gibraltar's waters in what appears to be a last ditch effort to prevent the vessel from continuing its journey into the Mediterranean. | RELATED: | UK Snubs Trump, Orders Release of Iranian Oil Tanker | A U.S. federal court issued the warrant this week to seize the Grace 1 in Gibraltar, along with all of its contents, which include the oil it carries and nearly US$1 million. | "A network of front comp…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Issues-Arrest…

Questions continue over Russian nuclear accident
wsws.org | 2019-08-17
The dangers associated with the rapidly accelerating global arms race are clear, even as questions remain over the nature of the nuclear explosion that occurred in Russia's far north last week.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/17/nyon…

Steele dossier 'pumped myths' into the US justice system — former Trump adviser Carter Page
rt.com | 2019-08-17
The former MI6 agent credited with launching Russiagate concocted dangerous lies and myths that made a mockery of the US justice system and misled the American people, former Donald Trump campaign adviser Carter Page has told RT. | …
rt.com/usa/466725-carter-page-russiagate…

Trump's contempt for working-class expressed in new expanded public charge rule
Shawn Fremstad | nationofchange.org | 2019-08-17
This week the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officially published regulations that radically expand the definition of an archaic immigration law term, public charge, to include various non-cash benefits that supplement earnings and other income, but are impossible to live on in the absence of other income. The people most impacted include millions of working-class and middle-class US citizens who plan to marry or are married to foreign nationals. | Under the longstanding law and policy that existed before the new regulati…
nationofchange.org/2019/08/17/trumps-con…

Trump's Immigration Crackdown Is Quietly Targeting Labor Protections
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-17
| New Orleans — Martha came to the United States from Mexico to work in a seafood processing facility in the Gulf South on a temporary labor visa, but it's unclear if all of her fellow laborers were similarly documented. Her boss allegedly threatened to call immigration authorities and have workers deported if didn't they finish high volumes of work on time. | Workplace retaliation is against the law, regardless of where workers come from. Having attended know-your-rights trainings with labo…
truthout.org/articles/trumps-immigration…

Venezuelan military court jails union official as working-class opposition grows
wsws.org | 2019-08-17
The indictment of Rubén González is part of an attempt to criminalize growing social opposition among workers and the impoverished masses.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/17/vene…

Sudanese protesters sign transition deal with army
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-08-17
Sudan's army and the country's pro-democracy movement have signed a final powersharing deal at a ceremony in the capital Khartoum.The move paves the way for a transition to civilian-led government following the overthrow of president Omar al-Bashir in April.Sealing the deal established a joint military and civilian council to rule for a little over three years until elections can be held.A military leader will head the 11-member council for the first 21 months, followed by a civilian leader for the following 18.Pro-democracy supporters headed to the capital Khartoum to celebrate (AP)The agreement will also establ…
thecanary.co/breaking-news/2019/08/17/sudanese-protesters-sign-transition-deal-with-army/

Sudan Reach Final Power-Sharing Agreement
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-17
The Sudanese political crisis might be reaching its final stages following an agreement between the main opposition coalition and the ruling military council on Saturday. | RELATED: | Sudan Factions Sign Pact Ushering in Transitional Government | According to a statement from the Transitional Military Council (TMC) on Saturday, a final power-sharing agreement has been reached with the main opposition opposition alliance, Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC), after strenuous negoti…
telesurenglish.net/news/Sudan-Reach-Fina…

Jeremy Corbyn vows to reverse 'depressing' decline of town centres
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-08-17
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said there is "nothing more depressing" than seeing town centres decline as shoppers turn to out-of-town warehouses for online deliveries.He wants councils to have the power to reopen abandoned shops which have been left vacant for 12 months or more and bring back into use some of the estimated 29,000 physical retail units abandoned.Under Labour's plan, local authorities will be able to turn vacant shops over to start-ups, co-operative businesses and community projects.Mr Corbyn was joined by local Labour group leader Linda Thomas, right, and Bolton West candidate Julie Hilling for…
thecanary.co/breaking-news/2019/08/17/jeremy-corbyn-vows-to-reverse-depressing-decline-of-town-centres/

Outrage as Colorado police returned to duty after shooting 19-year-old in the back
wsws.org | 2019-08-17
The officers involved in the murder of De'Von Bailey, the 537th person killed by police in the US this year, have already been returned to active duty.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/17/colo…

Bini's Lawyer: Ecuador Prosecutor's Still Have no Evidence
teleSUR -EF | telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-17
The lawyer to Swedish expert in open software development, Ola Bini, said Friday that the Ecuadorean government still has no evidence to support its claim that Bini has hacked any state computer systems. | RELATED: | Ecuador: Ola Bini's NGO Office Sacked, Tech Equipment Stolen | For over two months, Ecuador's administration under President Lenin Moreno held Bini in detention, claiming he tried to "hack" computers belonging to presidential of…
telesurenglish.net/news/Binis-Lawyer-Ecu…

Hong Kong teachers' rally kicks off another weekend of protests
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-08-17
School teachers in Hong Kong are marching to the official residence of the city leader as another weekend of protests got under way.An overflow crowd rallied at a public square in the financial district before setting off for Government House, carrying signs that read "Protect the next generation" and umbrellas to ward off intermittent downpours.Teachers say they want to show their support for the protesters, many of whom are students.Pro-democracy protesters wait to cross a road during a march (Vincent Yu/AP)They said the government should answer the protesters' demands and stop using what they called police vio…
thecanary.co/breaking-news/2019/08/17/hong-kong-teachers-rally-kicks-off-another-weekend-of-protests/

After 10 years, federal executions set to resume
Gloria Rubac | workers.org | 2019-08-17
Attorney General William Barr is moving the United States backward. He is taking hard-fought civil rights gains to the dumpster. Just like President Donald Trump, he has nothing but racist contempt for people caught up in the so-called criminal justice system. Barr suddenly announced in a Department of Justice press . . . | Continue reading After 10 years, federal executions set to resume at Workers.org
workers.org/2019/08/17/after-10-years-fe…

Carnegie Library workers vote to Join United Steelworkers
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-08-17
Pittsburgh, PA – Workers at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh voted overwhelmingly to join the United Steelworkers (USW) union, August 14, after launching their organizing campaign in June. They are seeking a collective bargaining agreement that would cover employees across 19 branches and the library support center. | The United Library Workers began discussing unionization last summer in hopes of gaining a voice when it comes to making decisions that affect the library, the people they serve and their own working environment. | "I am so excited for us to start this next chapter and look forward to working tow…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/8/16/carnegie…

"One By One, They're Dying": Activists Protest Tennessee's Fifth Execution in a Year
Liliana Segura | theintercept.com | 2019-08-17
Stephen West was killed in the electric chair on August 15, and abolitionists are vowing to step up the pressure to stop executions in Tennessee.
theintercept.com/2019/08/17/tennessee-de…

Media Blackout on Brazil's Anti-Bolsonaro Protests
Brian Mier | commondreams.org | 2019-08-17
"The issue of under-reporting and ignoring protests by Brazil's so-called 'organized left'—the labor unions and popular social movements that make up the traditional support base for the Workers Party—is a historic problem," Mier writes. (Photo: Douglas Silva) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/08/17/media-…

Media Blackout on Brazil's Anti-Bolsonaro Protests – Why are New York Times and Guardian downplaying resistance to Brazil's far-right president?
Brian Mier | fair.org | 2019-08-17
by Brian Mier August 13 protest against Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro in Belo Horizonte, one of 211 cities where demonstrations took place (photo: Dowglas Silva). | Hundreds of thousands of Brazilians took to the streets of 211 cities on August 13 to protest far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's austerity cuts and privatization plans for the public university system. It was the third in series of national education strikes, dubbed "the Educat…
fair.org/home/media-blackout-on-brazils-…

Pentagon to name new facility after Curtis 'Bombs Away' LeMay
rt.com | 2019-08-17
The US Strategic Command, which oversees America's nuclear arsenal, plans to name a new facility after the legendary but controversial bomber General Curtis LeMay, who notoriously said there are 'no innocent civilians.' | …
rt.com/usa/466686-base-name-bomber-nebra…

Playing Role of Pesticide 'Cheerleader,' EPA Rebukes California with Ban on Warning Labels for Roundup
Andrea Germanos | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-17
President Donald Trump's Environmental Protection Agency was accused of being a pesticide "cheerleader" last week after the agency said it would not approval labels that say that glyphosate–the active ingredient in Roundup and other weedkillers–is known to cause cancer. | In …
globalresearch.ca/epa-rebukes-california-ban-warning-labels-roundup/5686607

According to the Federal Government, 19 Million Acres of Farmland Were Not Planted with Crops this Year
Michael Snyder | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-17
If that headline sounds really bad to you, that is because the situation that we are facing is really bad. Over the past few months, I have written article after article about the unprecedented crisis that U.S. farmers are facing …
globalresearch.ca/19-million-acres-farmland-were-not-planted-crops-this-year/5686601

Open Arms Allowed to Land 27 Minors at the Lampedusa Port
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-17
Defeated by international pressure and pressured by divisions in the far-right ruling class, Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini authorized on Saturday morning the landing of 27 "unaccompanied minors" from the Open Arms ship to the Lampedura port. | RELATED: | 'Situation On Board is Dramatic', Open Arms Says | "Against my will and in another example…
telesurenglish.net/news/Open-Arms-Allowe…

Japan-South Korea conflict intensifies
wsws.org | 2019-08-17
South Korea announced this week that it has removed Japan from a list of countries that qualify for accelerated supply of South Korean products, after Japan had imposed a similar measure against South Korea on August 2.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/17/jpsk…

Facial recognition technology and identity politics
wsws.org | 2019-08-17
The Democrats are seeking to channel mass opposition to the wholesale invasion of privacy into a campaign to regulate and "equalize" facial recognition technology.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/17/face…

Northwest grocery workers prepare to strike
Johnnie Lewis and Joshua Hanks | workers.org | 2019-08-17
Aug. 2 — "Are you aware that Fred Meyer pays $3.53 more per hour to male workers than to female workers?" A United Steelworkers' member posed this question to a Fred Meyer grocery store shopper. Shoppers were shocked and stopped to listen. Most took flyers showing the facts and figures, . . . | Continue reading Northwest grocery workers prepare to strike at Workers.org
workers.org/2019/08/17/northwest-grocery…

Weekend Read: Slavery shaped America's pathology on race and whiteness
splcenter.org | 2019-08-17
Four hundred years ago this month, the White Lion, a warship commanded by English privateers, docked at Point Comfort in the colony of Virginia.
splcenter.org/news/2019/08/17/weekend-re…

The Dangerous New US Consensus on China and the Future of US-China Relations
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-17
| The trade war and technological competition with China are symptomatic of a much larger issue: a dangerous gridlock in US-China relations that may become permanent, with dire consequences not just for the two countries' economies but also for the global economy and quite possibly East Asia's and international security. Martin Wolf, Financial Times columnist, is right to conclude: "Across-the-board rivalry wit…
truthout.org/articles/the-dangerous-new-…

ALEC fails to denounce dangerous and racist views of its leaders and members
Scott Zimmerman | nationofchange.org | 2019-08-17
It has been a banner week for extremist politicians linked to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). | ALEC's Washington State Chair, Rep. Matt Shea, promoted and maintained close ties to an extremist group training children and young men for battle in a "Biblical warfare" while schooling them in the "biblical teachings" of racist preacher John Weaver, according to a new exposé published by The Guardian. The revelations come just weeks after the W…
nationofchange.org/2019/08/17/alec-fails…

Senior Tory says Boris Johnson's rhetoric has led directly to death threats
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-08-17
A Tory former attorney general has accused Boris Johnson of "behaving like a demagogue" and said the Prime Minister's rhetoric has led directly to him receiving death threats.Remain-supporter Dominic Grieve insisted he wanted to stay in the Conservative Party to "save" it from the likes of Mr Johnson — who he claimed was "hijacking" it.The Beaconsfield MP lambasted the PM's "tub-thumping populism", which he said had led "straightforwardly" to the death threats he has received.Mr Grieve, who said someone was arrested in respect of a death threat against him recently, told the BBC's Good Morning Scotland progr…
thecanary.co/breaking-news/2019/08/17/senior-tory-says-boris-johnsons-rhetoric-has-led-directly-to-death-threats/

Private Prisons Face 87.4 Percent Financing Gap as Banks Continue to Flee
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-17
| As of August 2019, eight banks — JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, SunTrust, BNP Paribas, Fifth Third Bancorp, Barclays, and PNC — have publicly committed to ending their future financing relationships with the private prison industry, including CoreCivic and GEO Group. Together these eight banks represent an estimated $2.35 billion — or 87.4% — of the credit lines and term loans that are central to these companies' operations. | Notably, all of the banks t…
truthout.org/articles/private-prisons-fa…

UK: Record £9.2 billion of NHS budget handed to private firms
wsws.org | 2019-08-17
A third of hip replacements carried out in the NHS are now done privately and community health and mental health provision have seen five years of continual gains by the private sector.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/17/nhsp…

Terrorism survivors: 'I lived in fear that I would be killed'
United Nations | un.org | 2019-08-17
To mark the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism this coming Wednesday, UN News travelled to Chad and the Far North region of Cameroon in West Africa to interview people who have personal stories to tell about how terrorism has shattered their lives.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/08/1…

To Fight White Supremacist Violence, Let's Not Repeat the Mistakes of the War on Terror
James Risen | theintercept.com | 2019-08-17
National security experts are calling for a war on terror akin to the fight against Al Qaeda and ISIS. But that campaign has been a disaster.
theintercept.com/2019/08/17/domestic-ter…

'Bolton Is Desperate to Start a War': US Issues Warrant to Seize Iranian Oil Tanker
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-08-17
"Perfectly illustrates the U.S. trying to impose its domestic laws on the rest of the world. It should provoke worldwide outrage." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/08/17/bolton-…

Tlaib agrees to Israeli terms, then reverses herself on West Bank visit
wsws.org | 2019-08-17
The events of the past two days have provided a fresh demonstration of the cowardice of the Democratic Party and the absence within it of any principled opposition to Donald Trump's authoritarian agenda.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/17/dems…

The Plot to Attack Iran:‚Ä® How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Iran
Eugene E Ruyle | indybay.org | 2019-08-17
NPML, 6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland (just North of Alcatraz Ave.)…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/15/1882550…

Jewish Activists and Allies Confront Amazon for Profiting Off ICE Terror
Jake Johnson, Common Dreams | indybay.org | 2019-08-17
More than 1,000 Jewish activists and allies gathered at an Amazon book store in New York City on Sunday to protest the online retail behemoth's collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which swept up nearly 700 people last week in what was reportedly one of the agency's largest-ever raids.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/15/1882549…

#CloseTheCamps: Protest by Public Health & Healthcare Workers for Migrant Rights
Public Health Justice Collective & Others | indybay.org | 2019-08-17
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), 630 Sansome St, San Francisco 94111…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/15/1882549…

#CloseTheCamps: Protest by Healthcare & Harm Reduction Workers for Migrant Rights
Do No Harm Coalition, Public Health Awakening | indybay.org | 2019-08-17
Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), | 630 Sansome St, San Francisco 94111…
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Haight Ashbury Peace Vigil
Cat Bell | indybay.org | 2019-08-17
Corner of Masonic and Fell at the Golden Gate Park Panhandle…
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APTP Monthly Membership Meeting: Scott Morris on Santa Rita Jail
Anti Police-Terror Project | indybay.org | 2019-08-17
East Side Arts Alliance | 2277 International Blvd. | Oakland, CA 94606…
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Trump's 'Deal of the Century': A plan for peace, or destruction?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-08-17
Trump's 'Deal of the Century' bills itself as an effort at establishing peace between Israel and Palestine, but in reality aims at advancing Israel's interests, and fundamentally altering the geopolitical balance of the Middle East. THE US' TRUE MOTIVATIONS The US established a new strategy in the Middle East after the end of World War …
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Milwaukee VA workers fight union busting
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-08-17
Milwaukee, WI – Fifty Veterans Affairs workers and supporters rallied outside the Zablocki VA hospital August 12 to protest union-busting, attacks on high-quality public veteran healthcare, and bad faith bargaining by the VA administration. | The rally was organized by the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 3 and supported by the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO, Milwaukee Area Labor Council, Veterans for Peace and elected leaders including Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, U.S. Congresswoman Gwen Moore and U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin. | AFGE members and representatives detailed shocking accounts of the ex…
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Palestine: Dangerous Bill in US Congress to Crush the PLO and the PA
Zaha Hassan | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-16
A bipartisan US bill currently being considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee puts at stake the ability of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) to engage diplomatic and legal channels to support Palestinian national aspirations and to seek accountability through international …
globalresearch.ca/dangerous-bill-congress-crush-plo-pa/5686582

Israel Fears a Visit by Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib
Yoav Litvin | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
On July 16, Somali-American Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar, together with Representatives John Lewis and Palestinian-American Rashida Tlaib, introduced bill HR-496 which is meant to affirm Americans' "right to participate in boycotts in pursuit of civil and human rights at home and abroad, as protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution". Though not explicitly mentioned, HR-496 is at least…
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Israel Reverses Ban on US Congresswoman Tlaib
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-16
Israel has decided to reverse the ban on U.S. congresswoman Rashida Tlaib Friday after she agreed to just visit her family in the occupied West Bank on humanitarian grounds. | RELATED: | Israel Confirms Banning Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib from Visiting Palestine Over BDS Support | Tlaib, a critic of Israeli policy towards Palestinians, has agreed to respect the restrictions imposed on her during the occupied West Bank trip and will not promote the Boyco…
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Rashida Tlaib Blasts Israel for 'Oppressive Conditions'
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-16
U.S. Representative Rashida Tlaib blasted Israel on Friday for imposing "oppressive conditions" on her visit to the occupied West Bank. | RELATED: | Israel Reverses Ban on US Congresswoman Tlaib | Israel, who was conditionally allowing Tlaib to visit the occupied West Bank, issued a list of demands for the U.S. congresswoman that prohibited her from promoting the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) during her stay. | The U.S. congresswoman, in turn, said she would not visit her family there…
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Rashida Tlaib Blasts Israel for 'Oppressive Conditions'
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-16
U.S. Representative Rashida Tlaib blasted Israel on Friday for imposing "oppressive conditions" on her visit to the occupied West Bank. | RELATED: | Israel Reverses Ban on US Congresswoman Tlaib | Israel, who was conditionally allowing Tlaib to visit the occupied West Bank, issued a list of demands for the U.S. congresswoman that prohibited her from promoting the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) during her stay. | The U.S. congresswoman, in turn, said she would not visit her family there…
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A Wave of Solidarity With Kashmir Is Spreading Across the Globe
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-16
| Tragedy is unfolding in Kashmir. Split between India and Pakistan, the state has been under military occupation as a result of the partition of the subcontinent in 1947 and a war between the two powers the following year. On August 5, however, the right-wing Bha…
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Trump starves Venezuela, Democrats are silent
Aaron Maté | mronline.org | 2019-08-16
The Trump administration is intensifying its economic warfare on the people of Venezuela with a crippling embargo–and facing no resistance from the Democratic Party. | Source…
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It's No Wonder the Military likes Violent Video Games, They Can Help Train Civilians to Become Warriors
Neve Gordon | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
Following the recent massacres in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, the bestselling author Keith Boykin tweeted: Trump is on TV blaming the Internet, social media, video games and mental health for the mass shootings. Nonsense! Every country has Google, Facebook, video games and people with mental health issues. What they don't have is…
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Poetry selections for the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre
Jenny Farrell | peoplesworld.org | 2019-08-16
Percy Bysshe Shelley's lifetime was defined by the French Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars, and severe political repression in England and elsewhere in Europe. In contrast to other European countries, the power of the bourgeoisie in England had been consolidated in their own revolutionary period in the 17th century. Therefore, the ruling class in England had …
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Trump, el capitalismo incitan tiroteos masivos
Workers World Party | workers.org | 2019-08-16
Entre el 31 de julio y el 3 de agosto, tres terroristas hombres de raza con blanca mataron e hirieron a docenas de personas en Gilroy, California; El Paso, Texas; y Dayton, Ohio. Tres tiroteos masivos en los Estados Unidos en una semana. Los locutores de televisión expresaron que esto . . . | Continue reading Trump, el capitalismo incitan tiroteos masivos at Workers.org
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US Trained Honduran Police Get Medieval as Political Prisoner Edwin Espinal Released
Adrienne Pine | mintpressnews.com | 2019-08-16
The Honduran corruption canard keeps the focus on police resources and individuals rather than on the pangs of privatization, and so it is often the line favored by the U.S. State Department.
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Iran's Dangerous Deterrence Policy: Trading Tankers and Another Partial Withdrawal from the JCPOA
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-16
The UK acknowledged its first defeat by Iran when it released the Iranian super tanker "Grace 1" captured by 30 Royal Navy commandos in the first week of July in response to a US request, as the Spanish Foreign …
globalresearch.ca/iran-dangerous-deterrence-policy-trading-tankers-partial-withdrawal-jcpoa/5686590

Trump worsens threat of nuclear catastrophe with Russia
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-08-16
MIT professor Ted Postol warns that Trump's withdrawal from the INF treaty threatens nuclear 'catastrophe.' Guest: Theodore Postol, award-winning Professor…
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How Obama helped Trump escalate nuclear tensions with Russia
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-08-16
The Trump administration has dangerously withdrawn from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF). MIT professor emeritus Ted Postol explains how…
thegrayzone.com/2019/08/16/how-obama-hel…

Dead Man's Hand: The Impeachment Gambit
Jim Kavanagh | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
The two-year Mueller investigation of Donald Trump's alleged collusion ("largely synonymous with conspiracy") with Russia is over. Nothingburger. The 448-page Mueller Report has been published in full, and made into a dramatic hour-and-twenty-minute stage performance adapted by a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright with a cast of Hollywood stars. Yawn. Then there was the seven hours of…
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US Waging Wars on Multiple Fronts: Cold Wars, Hot Wars, Economic Wars, Propaganda Wars
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-16
Supported by both hawkish wings of its war party, the US is waging hot wars, cold wars, economic wars, financial wars, trade wars, anti-social justice wars, anti-human rights wars, anti-democracy wars, propaganda wars, sanctions wars, tariffs wars, protest wars, homeland …
globalresearch.ca/us-waging-wars-on-multiple-fronts-cold-wars-hot-wars-economic-wars-propaganda-wars/5686511

Punishing the World with Sanctions. Intended to Cause Real Pain
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-16
Sanctions are economic warfare, pure and simple. As an alternative to a direct military attack on a country that is deemed to be misbehaving they are certainly preferable, but no one should be under any illusions regarding what they actually …
globalresearch.ca/punishing-the-world-with-sanctions-intended-to-cause-real-pain/5686517

Italy: 'The Situation On Board is Dramatic', Open Arms Says
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-16
The Spanish flagged vessel Open Arms on Friday called for the evacuation "with the utmost urgency for humanitarian emergency" of all 134 migrants who are still waiting on board for Italian authorities to authorize them to disembark. | RELATED: | Italian PM Blasts Salvini for Being Obsessed with Immigration | "The psychophysical conditions of adults and minors are critical and their safety is very worrying," a medical report prepared by Emergency, an NGO delivering medical care t…
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Uncle Sam was Born Lethal
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
One of the occupational and intellectual hazards of being a historian is that current events often seem far less new to oneself than they do to others. Recently a leftish liberal friend told me that the United States under the Donald Trump had "become a lethal society." My friend cited the neofascist Trump's: horrible family separations and concentration camps on the border; openly white-nationalist assaults on four progressive nonwhite and female Congresswomen; real and threatened roundups of undocumented immigrants; fascist-style and hate-filled "Make America Great Again" rallies; encouragement of white suprema…
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Venezuelans Caught Smuggling Gold into Dominican Republic
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-16
Six Venezuelans were captured in the Dominican Republic Friday for possible links to a gold smuggling ring, and are now in the process of been extradited. Two Dominican Republic nationals involved in the operation were also captured. | RELATED: | US: Already Interfering in Upcoming Venezuelan Elections | Venezuelan Attorney General Tarek William Saab announced Friday that the criminal gang dedicated to illegally obtaining and smuggling Venezuelan gold into the Dominican Republic h…
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The Prosecution of Julian Assange Affects Us All
Nozomi Hayase | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
With the indictment of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and the imprisonment of whistleblower Chelsea Manning, we are seeing the US government's blatant attack on the First Amendment. This assault now is officially acknowledged by a US federal court, where the judge dismissed a Democratic National Committee (DNC) civil suit against WikiLeaks on the grounds of…
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With the Boeing 737 MAX Grounded, Top Boeing Bosses Must Testify Before Congress Now
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
Two Boeing 737 MAX crashes, one in Indonesia last October and one in Ethiopia this past March, took a combined 346 lives. Steady scrutiny by the media reported internal company leaks and gave voice to sidelined ex-Boeing engineers and aerospace safety specialists. These experts have revealed that Boeing's executives are responsible because they chose to use an unstable structural…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/16/with-the-boe…

Catch and Hang Live Chickens for Slaughter: $11 an Hour Possible!
Martha Rosenberg | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
Koch Foods, a giant chicken processor that supplies Burger King, Kroger and Walmart (not affiliated with the Koch brothers) lost no time in replacing the five busloads of undocumented workers taken from its Mississippi plants this month due to an ICE raid. It is already holding "job fairs" to replace the workers. The August ICE…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/16/catch-and-ha…

British Rail: A Mass Transport System Is an Essential Public Service Not a Get-Rich-Quick Scheme for Investors
Hans Stehling | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-16
Outdated rolling-stock, primitive or no air-conditioning, poor service, unreliable timetables and sky-high fares make Britain's railways the bad joke of Europe. | As millions of commuters are forced to use a rail system near to collapse, it serves a stark warning | …
globalresearch.ca/british-rail-mass-transport-system-essential-public-service-not-get-rich-quick-scheme-investors/5686593

Brazil: Supreme Court Judges Sergio Moro's Lack of Impartiality
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-16
Brazil's Supreme Court (STF) will judge the lack of impartiality of former judge Sergio Moro in conducting trials against former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who has remained a political prisoner since April 7, 2018. | RELATED: | Students Strike, Protest Across Brazil as Moro Orders Crackdown | From August 16 to August 22, the STF judges w…
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Did the US really intend to destroy the Soviet Union with its nuclear monopoly?
Dave Lindorff | nationofchange.org | 2019-08-16
74 years ago by the United States dropped the only two atomic bombs exploded in war on cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Today, recalling those events, remember that the US still refuses to renounce a strategy of first-strike use of its nuclear arsenal. This has me pondering two questions that should raise enormous doubts in …
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"Bernie is Trump" (and other Corporate Media Bullsh*t)
Eric Draitser | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
A dead-end street with a lemonade stand Where is the sky in upside down land? That question is hard if you can't see the stars I'm really not sure, ask me tomorrow — Yasiin Bey, "Education" (featured on the album "Bandana" by Freddie Gibbs) Welcome to Bizarro World where up is down, black is white,…
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'Brazil to Leave Mercosur if Cristina Wins', Minister Guedes
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-16
Brazil's Economic Minister Paulo Guedes threatened Thursday to leave Mercosur if Alberto Fernandez and Cristina Fernandez win the second round of the Argentinean presidential elections on October 27. | RELATED: | Bolsonaro Cites Trump's Discourse, Says Mercosur No Longer Seeks Chavez's 'Great Homeland' | "Mercosur is, of cours…
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People's Music for the Soul
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
Folk music can mean many things. It can be songs one learned as a child from a record or a musical relative. The songs can be classic tunes with words as old as the songs themselves or the songs can be old tunes with brand new words. Or the entire tune can be a new…
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The Vanity Cinema of Quentin Tarantino
Louis Proyect | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
After being sorely disappointed by Quentin Tarantino's last two films– "The Hateful Eight" and "Django Unchained" –I decided to wait for a studio screener of "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" in November. This is when I customarily get freebies from studio publicists hoping to influence my vote in NYFCO's awards meeting in early December.
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Is White Supremacism a Mental Illness?
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
"The most noxious element of neoliberalism is the reduction of all social issues to personal responsibility." –Henry A. Giroux "Violence is one of the most fun things to watch." — Quentin Tarantino Have you ever wondered why we [women] are not just in armed combat against you? It's not because there's a shortage of kitchen…
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That Debacle at the Border is Genocide
Susan Miller | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
Prepared text for at talk at Cornbread and Beans, Norman, Oklahoma. (August 9, 2019.) I'm grateful for the invitation to speak to you. I'm a Democrat and the child of Democrats, and lately, I'd vote for the yellow dog. I believe that what I'm going to talk about today is central to our mission and values…
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Have They No Decency?
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
Before lightening and the Electoral College struck, making Donald Trump president, he famously boasted that he could walk out onto Fifth Avenue, shoot somebody, and become even more popular than he already was with his base. He was probably right — literally, even back then, before the Trump-induced accelerated degradation of the ambient political culture…
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Kind of Blue at 60
David Yearsley | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
Miles Davis' Kind of Blue was released on August 17, 1959–sixty years ago tomorrow. That was ten years after, and ten degrees cooler, than the little big band of Miles' Birth of the Cool. With Kind of Blue the baby had grown up: sleeker, more earnest, now distrustful of irony, and also cagier, suspicious without wanting to show anything that might suggest defensiveness. Its icy hauteur sets the standard for art that draws you in by pretending it doesn't need anyone or anything but itself.
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'Today We Seek Those Fish in Discovery Channel'
Kavitha Muralidharan | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
"It's past 11.40 this morning, so next comes an update on speed," announces A. Yashwanth on the Kadal Osai radio station.
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The War on Nature
Evaggelos Vallianatos | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
Ancient Greeks, Persians, Egyptians, Mesopotamians, Chinese and Indians respected or worshipped several gods. Those gods were usually forces of nature, which opened the mind, eyes and hearts of human beings to the mysteries, beauty and truth of the natural world. The vast human majorities of the ancient world were peasant farmers and shepherds who cultivated…
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Tit For Tat: Baltimore Takes Another Hit, This Time From Uruguay
Bob Scofield | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
I imagine that however a Baltimorean feels when their city is attacked by the barbarian in the White House it has to be worse when the city is slighted by Uruguay, one of the world's most progressive countries. On August 5th the Uruguayan Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a warning to Uruguayans traveling to the…
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Warnings, Ancient and Modern
Victor Grossman | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
The wise priest Laocoà∂n, old legends say, vainly warned against the famous "Trojan horse". A hostile god sent giant serpents which strangled him and the big wooden present was opened. The soldiers hidden inside opened Troy's gates so the Greek battalions could rush in, kill the men, enslave the women and destroy the city. Its…
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The Biotech-Industrial Complex Gets Ready to Define What is Human
Stuart A. Newman | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
Fabricating part-human-part-nonhuman animals, with features of both, seemed like something out of Greek mythology until the late 20th century. New research then on "geeps," fully developed, viable mixtures of goats and sheep, showed that constructing such "chimeras" was a real possibility. Still, the warning by H.G. Wells, a century before, in his novel "The Island of Dr. Moreau," that scientific experiments like this could go terribly awry, seemed fantastical. But this will soon change. At the end of July, it was reported that the biologist Juan Carlos Izpisúa Belmonte, director of a laboratory at the Salk Insti…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/16/the-biotech-…

Neoliberalism and Environmental Calamity
Rob Urie | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
Current conditions represent a political emergency of sorts, meaning that ways of solving environmental and social problems will either be worked out or circumstances, led by the environment, will assume a life of their own. Given that these conditions are the result of historical processes that were decades and centuries in the making, understanding how…
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Myanmar 'Ready' for Repatriation of Rohingya Refugees Next Week
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-16
The Myanmar government said Friday it was prepared for Bangladesh to repatriate more than 3,600 Rohingya refugees who fled violence in the western state of Rakhine two years ago after a military-led crackdown against the Muslim minority. | RELATED: | At Least 18 Killed in Landslide at Jade Mine in Myanmar | The director-general of the international organization and economic department at Myanmar's foreign ministry, U Chan Aye, said his country was ready to start the process next Thurs…
telesurenglish.net/news/Myanmar-Ready-fo…

Statehood Questioned at Hawaii's 60th Anniversary
Kioni Dudley | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-16
August 16, 2019, marks the 60th Anniversary of Statehood for Hawai'i. It will go little noticed. This article offers new information on illegalities and fraudulence regarding the statehood vote, and why it should not have been accepted by the …
globalresearch.ca/statehood-questioned-hawaii-60th/5686579

Fewer Banks in African American Neighborhoods Contribute to the U.S. Racial Wealth Gap
Sarah Abed | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-16
A new study published by McKinsey & Co on Tuesday found that one of the contributing factors to the U.S. racial wealth gap is the lack of banks in predominantly African American communities. Lack of access to mainstream financial services …
globalresearch.ca/fewer-banks-african-american-neighborhoods-contribute-u-s-racial-wealth-gap/5686556

Media Can't Even Tell the Truth About Canada's Foreign Policy History
Yves Engler | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-16
Media coverage of Canadian foreign policy is uniquely one-sided and biased. It's so bad that few readers, listeners or viewers will have ever seen or heard an honest analysis of this country's past, let alone current role around the world….
globalresearch.ca/media-cant-even-tell-the-truth-about-canadas-foreign-policy-history/5686502

To Defeat Fascism, We Must Dismantle Capitalism
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-08-16
"The Terror of the Unforeseen" | A book by Henry A. Giroux | Henry A. Giroux's book "The Terror of the Unforeseen" analyzes the conditions that have enabled and led to Donald Trump's rule and the consequences of that rule, which have ushered in an authoritarian version of capitalism. Giroux provides a realistic analysis that holds out the hope that, through collective efforts, change is possible and democracy can be saved. | There is an intellectual debate on whether or not the power wielded by the likes of Trump, Nigel Farage, Marine Le Pen, Viktor Orbán, Matteo Salvini, Geert Wilders, Heinz-Christian Strache, o…
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'Fefu and Her Friends': Fornés's feminist odyssey at the Odyssey
Ed Rampell | peoplesworld.org | 2019-08-16
LOS ANGELES–Originality is among those attributes I admire and cherish most in the arts, and Maria Irene Fornés's (1930-2018) Fefu and Her Friends is singular on several fronts. First of all, the Cuban-born, Obie Award-winning playwright's characters are eight females. This is far less common than mixed-gender or all-male casts, such as in Jason Miller's …
peoplesworld.org/article/fefu-and-her-fr…

Customs and Border Protection Outage Snarls Major Airports
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-08-16
DALLAS — Travelers flying into the United States on Friday ran into long lines at major airports nationwide because of a temporary computer outage that affected the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency. | Airports warned travelers — both Americans returning home and foreign visitors — of delays, and some travelers tweeted photos and videos of huge lines. | A CBP spokeswoman said the systems were running again by early evening on the East Coast. | The agency didn't precisely describe the breakdown, but the spokeswoman said there was "no indication of any nefarious activity." She said officer…
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Modern medicine declares war on loneliness with drugs & bots, threatening introverts with extinction
rt.com | 2019-08-16
With pharmaceutical and even robotic "cures" in the works for loneliness – a condition once considered part of the normal human emotional range but now framed as a health risk – we risk losing the ability to be alone at all. | …
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Financial turbulence continues as major economies move towards recession
wsws.org | 2019-08-16
The gyrations in financial markets and the growing signs of recession–threatening to set in motion a crisis even more severe than that of 2008–pose vital political issues before the working class in every country.
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2019-08-17: News Headlines

WSWS (2019-08-17). State of siege in Kashmir: A warning to the international working class. wsws.org Western governments and media have maintained virtual silence over the police state crackdown against 13 million Kashmiris.

WSWS (2019-08-17). Blackwater mercenary Nicholas Slatten sentenced to life in prison for initiating 2007 Nisour Square Massacre. wsws.org Eight months after being found guilty a third time for first-degree murder, Slatten was sentenced Wednesday for his role in the notorious massacre in Baghdad during the height of the US occupation of Iraq.

teleSUR (2019-08-17). US Issues Arrest Warrant for Iranian Tanker Leaving Gibraltar. telesurenglish.net The United States issued a warrant to seize Iran's Grace 1 oil tanker before it leaves Gibraltar's waters in what appears to be a last ditch effort to prevent the vessel from continuing its journey into the Mediterranean. | RELATED: | UK Snubs Trump, Orders Release of Iranian Oil Tanker | A U.S. federal court issued the warrant this week to seize the Grace 1 in Gibraltar, along with all of its contents, which include the oil it carries and nearly US$1 million. | "A network of front comp…

WSWS (2019-08-17). Questions continue over Russian nuclear accident. wsws.org The dangers associated with the rapidly accelerating global arms race are clear, even as questions remain over the nature of the nuclear explosion that occurred in Russia's far north last week.

RT (2019-08-17). Steele dossier 'pumped myths' into the US justice system — former Trump adviser Carter Page. rt.com The former MI6 agent credited with launching Russiagate concocted dangerous lies and myths that made a mockery of the US justice system and misled the American people, former Donald Trump campaign adviser Carter Page has told RT.

Shawn Fremstad (2019-08-17). Trump's contempt for working-class expressed in new expanded public charge rule. nationofchange.org This week the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officially published regulations that radically expand the definition of an archaic immigration law term, public charge, to include various non-cash benefits that supplement earnings and other income, but are impossible to live on in the absence of other income. The people most impacted include millions of working-class and middle-class US citizens who plan to marry or are married to foreign nationals. | Under the longstanding law and policy that existed before the new regulati…

Eric Buerk, member UFCW (2019-08-17). Mississippi raid shows ICE = unionbusters for the capitalist class. liberationnews.org There have also been previous allegations that ICE was serving as a private army for the capitalists.

Staff (2019-08-17). Trump's Immigration Crackdown Is Quietly Targeting Labor Protections. truthout.org | | New Orleans — Martha came to the United States from Mexico to work in a seafood processing facility in the Gulf South on a temporary labor visa, but it's unclear if all of her fellow laborers were similarly documented. Her boss allegedly threatened to call immigration authorities and have workers deported if didn't they finish high volumes of work on time. | Workplace retaliation is against the law, regardless of where workers come from. Having attended know-your-rights trainings with labo…

Staff (2019-08-17). States Sue Trump Administration for Going After Low-Income Green Card Holders. truthout.org | | In November 2018, as the Trump administration ramped up plans to radically change public charge rules—which deem whether an immigrant or would-be immigrant is likely to end up a cash-burden to the state and thus be ineligible for permanent residency—the city of Baltimore sued the administration to prevent the change and protect its immigrant population. Three months later, the administration sought to g…

WSWS (2019-08-17). Venezuelan military court jails union official as working-class opposition grows. wsws.org The indictment of Rubén González is part of an attempt to criminalize growing social opposition among workers and the impoverished masses.

teleSUR (2019-08-17). Sudan Reach Final Power-Sharing Agreement. telesurenglish.net The Sudanese political crisis might be reaching its final stages following an agreement between the main opposition coalition and the ruling military council on Saturday. | RELATED: | Sudan Factions Sign Pact Ushering in Transitional Government | According to a statement from the Transitional Military Council (TMC) on Saturday, a final power-sharing agreement has been reached with the main opposition opposition alliance, Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC), after strenuous negoti…

The Canary (2019-08-17). Sudanese protesters sign transition deal with army. thecanary.co Sudan's army and the country's pro-democracy movement have signed a final powersharing deal at a ceremony in the capital Khartoum.The move paves the way for a transition to civilian-led government following the overthrow of president Omar al-Bashir in April.Sealing the deal established a joint military and civilian council to rule for a little over three years until elections can be held.A military leader will head the 11-member council for the first 21 months, followed by a civilian leader for the following 18.Pro-democracy supporters headed to the capital Khartoum to celebrate (AP)The agreement will also establ…

The Canary (2019-08-17). Jeremy Corbyn vows to reverse 'depressing' decline of town centres. thecanary.co Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said there is "nothing more depressing" than seeing town centres decline as shoppers turn to out-of-town warehouses for online deliveries.He wants councils to have the power to reopen abandoned shops which have been left vacant for 12 months or more and bring back into use some of the estimated 29,000 physical retail units abandoned.Under Labour's plan, local authorities will be able to turn vacant shops over to start-ups, co-operative businesses and community projects.Mr Corbyn was joined by local Labour group leader Linda Thomas, right, and Bolton West candidate Julie Hilling for…

Fight Back (2019-08-17). Carnegie Library workers vote to Join United Steelworkers. fightbacknews.org Pittsburgh, PA – Workers at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh voted overwhelmingly to join the United Steelworkers (USW) union, August 14, after launching their organizing campaign in June. They are seeking a collective bargaining agreement that would cover employees across 19 branches and the library support center. | The United Library Workers began discussing unionization last summer in hopes of gaining a voice when it comes to making decisions that affect the library, the people they serve and their own working environment. | "I am so excited for us to start this next chapter and look forward to working tow…

The Canary (2019-08-17). Hong Kong teachers' rally kicks off another weekend of protests. thecanary.co School teachers in Hong Kong are marching to the official residence of the city leader as another weekend of protests got under way.An overflow crowd rallied at a public square in the financial district before setting off for Government House, carrying signs that read "Protect the next generation" and umbrellas to ward off intermittent downpours.Teachers say they want to show their support for the protesters, many of whom are students.Pro-democracy protesters wait to cross a road during a march (Vincent Yu/AP)They said the government should answer the protesters' demands and stop using what they called police vio…

Gloria Rubac (2019-08-17). After 10 years, federal executions set to resume. workers.org Attorney General William Barr is moving the United States backward. He is taking hard-fought civil rights gains to the dumpster. Just like President Donald Trump, he has nothing but racist contempt for people caught up in the so-called criminal justice system. Barr suddenly announced in a Department of Justice press . . . | Continue reading After 10 years, federal executions set to resume at Workers.org

WSWS (2019-08-17). Outrage as Colorado police returned to duty after shooting 19-year-old in the back. wsws.org The officers involved in the murder of De'Von Bailey, the 537th person killed by police in the US this year, have already been returned to active duty.

Brian Mier (2019-08-17). Media Blackout on Brazil's Anti-Bolsonaro Protests – Why are New York Times and Guardian downplaying resistance to Brazil's far-right president? fair.org by Brian Mier August 13 protest against Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro in Belo Horizonte, one of 211 cities where demonstrations took place (photo: Dowglas Silva). | Hundreds of thousands of Brazilians took to the streets of 211 cities on August 13 to protest far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's austerity cuts and privatization plans for the public university system. It was the third in series of national education strikes, dubbed "the Educat…

RT (2019-08-17). Pentagon to name new facility after Curtis 'Bombs Away' LeMay. rt.com The US Strategic Command, which oversees America's nuclear arsenal, plans to name a new facility after the legendary but controversial bomber General Curtis LeMay, who notoriously said there are 'no innocent civilians.'

Johnnie Lewis and Joshua Hanks (2019-08-17). Northwest grocery workers prepare to strike. workers.org Aug. 2 — "Are you aware that Fred Meyer pays $3.53 more per hour to male workers than to female workers?" A United Steelworkers' member posed this question to a Fred Meyer grocery store shopper. Shoppers were shocked and stopped to listen. Most took flyers showing the facts and figures, . . . | Continue reading Northwest grocery workers prepare to strike at Workers.org

RT (2019-08-17). Antifa may be branded 'organization of terror,' Trump warns, ahead of Portland right-left showdown. rt.com Portland, Oregon, is bracing itself for a major right-wing rally — an event previously marred by clashes with anti-fascists. Warning any would-be violent counter-protesters, Donald Trump said events will be "watched very closely."

The Canary (2019-08-17). Senior Tory says Boris Johnson's rhetoric has led directly to death threats. thecanary.co A Tory former attorney general has accused Boris Johnson of "behaving like a demagogue" and said the Prime Minister's rhetoric has led directly to him receiving death threats.Remain-supporter Dominic Grieve insisted he wanted to stay in the Conservative Party to "save" it from the likes of Mr Johnson — who he claimed was "hijacking" it.The Beaconsfield MP lambasted the PM's "tub-thumping populism", which he said had led "straightforwardly" to the death threats he has received.Mr Grieve, who said someone was arrested in respect of a death threat against him recently, told the BBC's Good Morning Scotland progr…

RT (2019-08-17). VIDEOS show Antifa attacking bus, cornering right-wing protesters as Portland rally turns violent. rt.com Footage has emerged of several violent attacks by Antifa on right-wing demonstrators in Portland, Oregon. The new clashes come as US President Trump threatened to designated the left-wing movement as an "organization of terror."

Liliana Segura (2019-08-17). "One By One, They're Dying": Activists Protest Tennessee's Fifth Execution in a Year. theintercept.com Stephen West was killed in the electric chair on August 15, and abolitionists are vowing to step up the pressure to stop executions in Tennessee.

Brian Mier (2019-08-17). Media Blackout on Brazil's Anti-Bolsonaro Protests. commondreams.org "The issue of under-reporting and ignoring protests by Brazil's so-called 'organized left'—the labor unions and popular social movements that make up the traditional support base for the Workers Party—is a historic problem," Mier writes. (Photo: Douglas Silva) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrea Germanos (2019-08-17). Playing Role of Pesticide 'Cheerleader,' EPA Rebukes California with Ban on Warning Labels for Roundup. globalresearch.ca President Donald Trump's Environmental Protection Agency was accused of being a pesticide "cheerleader" last week after the agency said it would not approval labels that say that glyphosate—the active ingredient in Roundup and other weedkillers—is known to cause cancer. | In …

Michael Snyder (2019-08-17). According to the Federal Government, 19 Million Acres of Farmland Were Not Planted with Crops this Year. globalresearch.ca If that headline sounds really bad to you, that is because the situation that we are facing is really bad. Over the past few months, I have written article after article about the unprecedented crisis that U.S. farmers are facing …

Scott Zimmerman (2019-08-17). ALEC fails to denounce dangerous and racist views of its leaders and members. nationofchange.org It has been a banner week for extremist politicians linked to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). | ALEC's Washington State Chair, Rep. Matt Shea, promoted and maintained close ties to an extremist group training children and young men for battle in a "Biblical warfare" while schooling them in the "biblical teachings" of racist preacher John Weaver, according to a new exposé published by The Guardian. The revelations come just weeks after the W…

Staff (2019-08-17). The Dangerous New US Consensus on China and the Future of US-China Relations. truthout.org | | The trade war and technological competition with China are symptomatic of a much larger issue: a dangerous gridlock in US-China relations that may become permanent, with dire consequences not just for the two countries' economies but also for the global economy and quite possibly East Asia's and international security. Martin Wolf, Financial Times columnist, is right to conclude: "Across-the-board rivalry wit…

splcenter (2019-08-17). Weekend Read: Slavery shaped America's pathology on race and whiteness. splcenter.org Four hundred years ago this month, the White Lion, a warship commanded by English privateers, docked at Point Comfort in the colony of Virginia.

Staff (2019-08-17). Private Prisons Face 87.4 Percent Financing Gap as Banks Continue to Flee. truthout.org | | As of August 2019, eight banks — JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, SunTrust, BNP Paribas, Fifth Third Bancorp, Barclays, and PNC — have publicly committed to ending their future financing relationships with the private prison industry, including CoreCivic and GEO Group. Together these eight banks represent an estimated $2.35 billion — or 87.4% — of the credit lines and term loans that are central to these companies' operations. | Notably, all of the banks t…

WSWS (2019-08-17). UK: Record £9.2 billion of NHS budget handed to private firms. wsws.org A third of hip replacements carried out in the NHS are now done privately and community health and mental health provision have seen five years of continual gains by the private sector.

WSWS (2019-08-17). Japan-South Korea conflict intensifies. wsws.org South Korea announced this week that it has removed Japan from a list of countries that qualify for accelerated supply of South Korean products, after Japan had imposed a similar measure against South Korea on August 2.

teleSUR (2019-08-17). Open Arms Allowed to Land 27 Minors at the Lampedusa Port. telesurenglish.net Defeated by international pressure and pressured by divisions in the far-right ruling class, Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini authorized on Saturday morning the landing of 27 "unaccompanied minors" from the Open Arms ship to the Lampedura port. | RELATED: | 'Situation On Board is Dramatic', Open Arms Says | "Against my will and in another example…

WSWS (2019-08-17). Facial recognition technology and identity politics. wsws.org The Democrats are seeking to channel mass opposition to the wholesale invasion of privacy into a campaign to regulate and "equalize" facial recognition technology.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-08-17). 'Bolton Is Desperate to Start a War': US Issues Warrant to Seize Iranian Oil Tanker. commondreams.org "Perfectly illustrates the U.S. trying to impose its domestic laws on the rest of the world. It should provoke worldwide outrage." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

James Risen (2019-08-17). To Fight White Supremacist Violence, Let's Not Repeat the Mistakes of the War on Terror. theintercept.com National security experts are calling for a war on terror akin to the fight against Al Qaeda and ISIS. But that campaign has been a disaster.

United Nations (2019-08-17). Terrorism survivors: 'I lived in fear that I would be killed'. un.org To mark the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism this coming Wednesday, UN News travelled to Chad and the Far North region of Cameroon in West Africa to interview people who have personal stories to tell about how terrorism has shattered their lives.

Eugene E Ruyle (2019-08-17). The Plot to Attack Iran:‚Ä® How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Iran. indybay.org NPML, 6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland (just North of Alcatraz Ave.)…

Jake Johnson, Common Dreams (2019-08-17). Jewish Activists and Allies Confront Amazon for Profiting Off ICE Terror. indybay.org More than 1,000 Jewish activists and allies gathered at an Amazon book store in New York City on Sunday to protest the online retail behemoth's collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which swept up nearly 700 people last week in what was reportedly one of the agency's largest-ever raids.

Public Health Justice Collective & Others (2019-08-17). #CloseTheCamps: Protest by Public Health & Healthcare Workers for Migrant Rights. indybay.org Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), 630 Sansome St, San Francisco 94111…

Do No Harm Coalition, Public Health Awakening (2019-08-17). #CloseTheCamps: Protest by Healthcare & Harm Reduction Workers for Migrant Rights. indybay.org Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), | 630 Sansome St, San Francisco 94111…

Cat Bell (2019-08-17). Haight Ashbury Peace Vigil. indybay.org Corner of Masonic and Fell at the Golden Gate Park Panhandle…

Anti Police-Terror Project (2019-08-17). APTP Monthly Membership Meeting: Scott Morris on Santa Rita Jail. indybay.org East Side Arts Alliance | 2277 International Blvd. | Oakland, CA 94606…

Fight Back (2019-08-17). Milwaukee VA workers fight union busting. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI – Fifty Veterans Affairs workers and supporters rallied outside the Zablocki VA hospital August 12 to protest union-busting, attacks on high-quality public veteran healthcare, and bad faith bargaining by the VA administration. | The rally was organized by the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 3 and supported by the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO, Milwaukee Area Labor Council, Veterans for Peace and elected leaders including Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, U.S. Congresswoman Gwen Moore and U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin. | AFGE members and representatives detailed shocking accounts of the ex…

WSWS (2019-08-17). Tlaib agrees to Israeli terms, then reverses herself on West Bank visit. wsws.org The events of the past two days have provided a fresh demonstration of the cowardice of the Democratic Party and the absence within it of any principled opposition to Donald Trump's authoritarian agenda.

unitedEditor (2019-08-17). Trump's 'Deal of the Century': A plan for peace, or destruction? uwidata.com Trump's 'Deal of the Century' bills itself as an effort at establishing peace between Israel and Palestine, but in reality aims at advancing Israel's interests, and fundamentally altering the geopolitical balance of the Middle East. THE US' TRUE MOTIVATIONS The US established a new strategy in the Middle East after the end of World War …

Zaha Hassan (2019-08-16). Palestine: Dangerous Bill in US Congress to Crush the PLO and the PA. globalresearch.ca A bipartisan US bill currently being considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee puts at stake the ability of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) to engage diplomatic and legal channels to support Palestinian national aspirations and to seek accountability through international …

teleSUR (2019-08-16). Israel Reverses Ban on US Congresswoman Tlaib. telesurenglish.net Israel has decided to reverse the ban on U.S. congresswoman Rashida Tlaib Friday after she agreed to just visit her family in the occupied West Bank on humanitarian grounds. | RELATED: | Israel Confirms Banning Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib from Visiting Palestine Over BDS Support | Tlaib, a critic of Israeli policy towards Palestinians, has agreed to respect the restrictions imposed on her during the occupied West Bank trip and will not promote the Boyco…

Yoav Litvin (2019-08-16). Israel Fears a Visit by Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib. counterpunch.org On July 16, Somali-American Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar, together with Representatives John Lewis and Palestinian-American Rashida Tlaib, introduced bill HR-496 which is meant to affirm Americans' "right to participate in boycotts in pursuit of civil and human rights at home and abroad, as protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution". Though not explicitly mentioned, HR-496 is at least More

teleSUR (2019-08-16). Rashida Tlaib Blasts Israel for 'Oppressive Conditions'. telesurenglish.net U.S. Representative Rashida Tlaib blasted Israel on Friday for imposing "oppressive conditions" on her visit to the occupied West Bank. | RELATED: | Israel Reverses Ban on US Congresswoman Tlaib | Israel, who was conditionally allowing Tlaib to visit the occupied West Bank, issued a list of demands for the U.S. congresswoman that prohibited her from promoting the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) during her stay. | The U.S. congresswoman, in turn, said she would not visit her family there…

teleSUR (2019-08-16). Rashida Tlaib Blasts Israel for 'Oppressive Conditions'. telesurenglish.net U.S. Representative Rashida Tlaib blasted Israel on Friday for imposing "oppressive conditions" on her visit to the occupied West Bank. | RELATED: | Israel Reverses Ban on US Congresswoman Tlaib | Israel, who was conditionally allowing Tlaib to visit the occupied West Bank, issued a list of demands for the U.S. congresswoman that prohibited her from promoting the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) during her stay. | The U.S. congresswoman, in turn, said she would not visit her family there…

Staff (2019-08-16). A Wave of Solidarity With Kashmir Is Spreading Across the Globe. truthout.org | | Tragedy is unfolding in Kashmir. Split between India and Pakistan, the state has been under military occupation as a result of the partition of the subcontinent in 1947 and a war between the two powers the following year. On August 5, however, the right-wing Bha…

Aaron Maté (2019-08-16). Trump starves Venezuela, Democrats are silent. mronline.org The Trump administration is intensifying its economic warfare on the people of Venezuela with a crippling embargo—and facing no resistance from the Democratic Party. | Source

Neve Gordon (2019-08-16). It's No Wonder the Military likes Violent Video Games, They Can Help Train Civilians to Become Warriors. counterpunch.org Following the recent massacres in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, the bestselling author Keith Boykin tweeted: Trump is on TV blaming the Internet, social media, video games and mental health for the mass shootings. Nonsense! Every country has Google, Facebook, video games and people with mental health issues. What they don't have is More

Jenny Farrell (2019-08-16). Poetry selections for the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre. peoplesworld.org Percy Bysshe Shelley's lifetime was defined by the French Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars, and severe political repression in England and elsewhere in Europe. In contrast to other European countries, the power of the bourgeoisie in England had been consolidated in their own revolutionary period in the 17th century. Therefore, the ruling class in England had …

Workers World Party (2019-08-16). Trump, el capitalismo incitan tiroteos masivos. workers.org Entre el 31 de julio y el 3 de agosto, tres terroristas hombres de raza con blanca mataron e hirieron a docenas de personas en Gilroy, California; El Paso, Texas; y Dayton, Ohio. Tres tiroteos masivos en los Estados Unidos en una semana. Los locutores de televisión expresaron que esto . . . | Continue reading Trump, el capitalismo incitan tiroteos masivos at Workers.org

Adrienne Pine (2019-08-16). US Trained Honduran Police Get Medieval as Political Prisoner Edwin Espinal Released. mintpressnews.com The Honduran corruption canard keeps the focus on police resources and individuals rather than on the pangs of privatization, and so it is often the line favored by the U.S. State Department.

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-08-16). Iran's Dangerous Deterrence Policy: Trading Tankers and Another Partial Withdrawal from the JCPOA. globalresearch.ca The UK acknowledged its first defeat by Iran when it released the Iranian super tanker "Grace 1" captured by 30 Royal Navy commandos in the first week of July in response to a US request, as the Spanish Foreign …

Aaron Maté (2019-08-16). How Obama helped Trump escalate nuclear tensions with Russia. thegrayzone.com The Trump administration has dangerously withdrawn from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF). MIT professor emeritus Ted Postol explains how…

Aaron Maté (2019-08-16). Trump worsens threat of nuclear catastrophe with Russia. thegrayzone.com MIT professor Ted Postol warns that Trump's withdrawal from the INF treaty threatens nuclear 'catastrophe.' Guest: Theodore Postol, award-winning Professor…

Jim Kavanagh (2019-08-16). Dead Man's Hand: The Impeachment Gambit. counterpunch.org The two-year Mueller investigation of Donald Trump's alleged collusion ("largely synonymous with conspiracy") with Russia is over. Nothingburger. The 448-page Mueller Report has been published in full, and made into a dramatic hour-and-twenty-minute stage performance adapted by a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright with a cast of Hollywood stars. Yawn. Then there was the seven hours of More

Philip Giraldi (2019-08-16). Punishing the World with Sanctions. Intended to Cause Real Pain. globalresearch.ca Sanctions are economic warfare, pure and simple. As an alternative to a direct military attack on a country that is deemed to be misbehaving they are certainly preferable, but no one should be under any illusions regarding what they actually …

Stephen Lendman (2019-08-16). US Waging Wars on Multiple Fronts: Cold Wars, Hot Wars, Economic Wars, Propaganda Wars … globalresearch.ca Supported by both hawkish wings of its war party, the US is waging hot wars, cold wars, economic wars, financial wars, trade wars, anti-social justice wars, anti-human rights wars, anti-democracy wars, propaganda wars, sanctions wars, tariffs wars, protest wars, homeland …

teleSUR (2019-08-16). Italy: 'The Situation On Board is Dramatic', Open Arms Says. telesurenglish.net The Spanish flagged vessel Open Arms on Friday called for the evacuation "with the utmost urgency for humanitarian emergency" of all 134 migrants who are still waiting on board for Italian authorities to authorize them to disembark. | RELATED: | Italian PM Blasts Salvini for Being Obsessed with Immigration | "The psychophysical conditions of adults and minors are critical and their safety is very worrying," a medical report prepared by Emergency, an NGO delivering medical care t…

Paul Street (2019-08-16). Uncle Sam was Born Lethal. counterpunch.org One of the occupational and intellectual hazards of being a historian is that current events often seem far less new to oneself than they do to others. Recently a leftish liberal friend told me that the United States under the Donald Trump had "become a lethal society." My friend cited the neofascist Trump's: horrible family separations and concentration camps on the border; openly white-nationalist assaults on four progressive nonwhite and female Congresswomen; real and threatened roundups of undocumented immigrants; fascist-style and hate-filled "Make America Great Again" rallies; encouragement of white suprema…

teleSUR (2019-08-16). Venezuelans Caught Smuggling Gold into Dominican Republic. telesurenglish.net Six Venezuelans were captured in the Dominican Republic Friday for possible links to a gold smuggling ring, and are now in the process of been extradited. Two Dominican Republic nationals involved in the operation were also captured. | RELATED: | US: Already Interfering in Upcoming Venezuelan Elections | Venezuelan Attorney General Tarek William Saab announced Friday that the criminal gang dedicated to illegally obtaining and smuggling Venezuelan gold into the Dominican Republic h…

Nozomi Hayase (2019-08-16). The Prosecution of Julian Assange Affects Us All. counterpunch.org With the indictment of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and the imprisonment of whistleblower Chelsea Manning, we are seeing the US government's blatant attack on the First Amendment. This assault now is officially acknowledged by a US federal court, where the judge dismissed a Democratic National Committee (DNC) civil suit against WikiLeaks on the grounds of More

Ralph Nader (2019-08-16). With the Boeing 737 MAX Grounded, Top Boeing Bosses Must Testify Before Congress Now. counterpunch.org Two Boeing 737 MAX crashes, one in Indonesia last October and one in Ethiopia this past March, took a combined 346 lives. Steady scrutiny by the media reported internal company leaks and gave voice to sidelined ex-Boeing engineers and aerospace safety specialists. These experts have revealed that Boeing's executives are responsible because they chose to use an unstable structural More

Hans Stehling (2019-08-16). British Rail: A Mass Transport System Is an Essential Public Service Not a Get-Rich-Quick Scheme for Investors. globalresearch.ca Outdated rolling-stock, primitive or no air-conditioning, poor service, unreliable timetables and sky-high fares make Britain's railways the bad joke of Europe. | As millions of commuters are forced to use a rail system near to collapse, it serves a stark warning …

Martha Rosenberg (2019-08-16). Catch and Hang Live Chickens for Slaughter: $11 an Hour Possible! counterpunch.org Koch Foods, a giant chicken processor that supplies Burger King, Kroger and Walmart (not affiliated with the Koch brothers) lost no time in replacing the five busloads of undocumented workers taken from its Mississippi plants this month due to an ICE raid. It is already holding "job fairs" to replace the workers. The August ICE More

The Canary (2019-08-16). Council withdraws threat of legal action against cyclists at cafe. thecanary.co The threat of legal action against cyclists gathering at a cafe in a small hamlet has been dropped.Velolife was set up on the site of an old pub as a cafe and bike workshop in 2016 by entrepreneur Lee Goodwin in Warren Row in Berkshire.The cafe was championed by the likes of former Olympic cyclist Chris Boardman and Team Ineos rider Chris Lawless after it was slapped with restrictions on cycle meets following noise complaints.Local cycling clubs were threatened with enforcement action by the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead for allegedly using the cafe's car park as a starting point for meets. | A joint st…

Joe Sims (2019-08-16). "Proletarian billionaire" act wears thin: Trump's war on workers. peoplesworld.org The U.S. working class has received special attention from the Trump campaign's first days; since his election, it has been singled out for special assault. "America First" was portrayed as making working-class America first; "Make America Great Again" meant reawakening the greatness of the American working class. But the Trump agenda as thus marketed had …

RT (2019-08-16). Modern medicine declares war on loneliness with drugs & bots, threatening introverts with extinction. rt.com With pharmaceutical and even robotic "cures" in the works for loneliness – a condition once considered part of the normal human emotional range but now framed as a health risk – we risk losing the ability to be alone at all.

V. Copeland (2019-08-16). 'Expanding Empire' — in 1969 and today. workers.org The following excerpt from "Expanding Empire — The global war drive of big business and the forces that will stop it" was written in 1969 during the Vietnam War. The author, Vince Copeland, was a founding member of Workers World Party and had been a militant steel worker fired in . . . | Continue reading 'Expanding Empire' — in 1969 and today at Workers.org

Ed Rampell (2019-08-16). 'Fefu and Her Friends': Fornés's feminist odyssey at the Odyssey. peoplesworld.org LOS ANGELES—Originality is among those attributes I admire and cherish most in the arts, and Maria Irene Fornés's (1930-2018) Fefu and Her Friends is singular on several fronts. First of all, the Cuban-born, Obie Award-winning playwright's characters are eight females. This is far less common than mixed-gender or all-male casts, such as in Jason Miller's …

Stuart A. Newman (2019-08-16). The Biotech-Industrial Complex Gets Ready to Define What is Human. counterpunch.org Fabricating part-human-part-nonhuman animals, with features of both, seemed like something out of Greek mythology until the late 20th century. New research then on "geeps," fully developed, viable mixtures of goats and sheep, showed that constructing such "chimeras" was a real possibility. Still, the warning by H.G. Wells, a century before, in his novel "The Island of Dr. Moreau," that scientific experiments like this could go terribly awry, seemed fantastical. But this will soon change. At the end of July, it was reported that the biologist Juan Carlos Izpisúa Belmonte, director of a laboratory at the Salk Insti…

Louis Proyect (2019-08-16). The Vanity Cinema of Quentin Tarantino. counterpunch.org After being sorely disappointed by Quentin Tarantino's last two films— "The Hateful Eight" and "Django Unchained" —I decided to wait for a studio screener of "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" in November. This is when I customarily get freebies from studio publicists hoping to influence my vote in NYFCO's awards meeting in early December. More

Evaggelos Vallianatos (2019-08-16). The War on Nature. counterpunch.org Ancient Greeks, Persians, Egyptians, Mesopotamians, Chinese and Indians respected or worshipped several gods. Those gods were usually forces of nature, which opened the mind, eyes and hearts of human beings to the mysteries, beauty and truth of the natural world. The vast human majorities of the ancient world were peasant farmers and shepherds who cultivated More

Nick Pemberton (2019-08-16). Is White Supremacism a Mental Illness? counterpunch.org "The most noxious element of neoliberalism is the reduction of all social issues to personal responsibility." —Henry A. Giroux "Violence is one of the most fun things to watch." — Quentin Tarantino Have you ever wondered why we [women] are not just in armed combat against you? It's not because there's a shortage of kitchen More

Eric Draitser (2019-08-16). "Bernie is Trump" (and other Corporate Media Bullsh*t). counterpunch.org A dead-end street with a lemonade stand Where is the sky in upside down land? That question is hard if you can't see the stars I'm really not sure, ask me tomorrow — Yasiin Bey, "Education" (featured on the album "Bandana" by Freddie Gibbs) Welcome to Bizarro World where up is down, black is white, More

Rob Urie (2019-08-16). Neoliberalism and Environmental Calamity. counterpunch.org Current conditions represent a political emergency of sorts, meaning that ways of solving environmental and social problems will either be worked out or circumstances, led by the environment, will assume a life of their own. Given that these conditions are the result of historical processes that were decades and centuries in the making, understanding how More

Andrew Levine (2019-08-16). Have They No Decency? counterpunch.org Before lightening and the Electoral College struck, making Donald Trump president, he famously boasted that he could walk out onto Fifth Avenue, shoot somebody, and become even more popular than he already was with his base. He was probably right — literally, even back then, before the Trump-induced accelerated degradation of the ambient political culture More

Ron Jacobs (2019-08-16). People's Music for the Soul. counterpunch.org Folk music can mean many things. It can be songs one learned as a child from a record or a musical relative. The songs can be classic tunes with words as old as the songs themselves or the songs can be old tunes with brand new words. Or the entire tune can be a new More

Kavitha Muralidharan (2019-08-16). 'Today We Seek Those Fish in Discovery Channel'. counterpunch.org "It's past 11.40 this morning, so next comes an update on speed," announces A. Yashwanth on the Kadal Osai radio station. "For the last one week, or even a month or so, kachaan kaathu [the south wind] was very strong. The speed was as high as 40 to 60 [kilometres per hour]. Today, as if More

David Yearsley (2019-08-16). Kind of Blue at 60. counterpunch.org Miles Davis' Kind of Blue was released on August 17, 1959—sixty years ago tomorrow. That was ten years after, and ten degrees cooler, than the little big band of Miles' Birth of the Cool. With Kind of Blue the baby had grown up: sleeker, more earnest, now distrustful of irony, and also cagier, suspicious without wanting to show anything that might suggest defensiveness. Its icy hauteur sets the standard for art that draws you in by pretending it doesn't need anyone or anything but itself. More

teleSUR (2019-08-16). Brazil: Supreme Court Judges Sergio Moro's Lack of Impartiality. telesurenglish.net Brazil's Supreme Court (STF) will judge the lack of impartiality of former judge Sergio Moro in conducting trials against former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who has remained a political prisoner since April 7, 2018. | RELATED: | Students Strike, Protest Across Brazil as Moro Orders Crackdown | From August 16 to August 22, the STF judges w…

Dave Lindorff (2019-08-16). Did the US really intend to destroy the Soviet Union with its nuclear monopoly? nationofchange.org 74 years ago by the United States dropped the only two atomic bombs exploded in war on cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Today, recalling those events, remember that the US still refuses to renounce a strategy of first-strike use of its nuclear arsenal. This has me pondering two questions that should raise enormous doubts in …

Yves Engler (2019-08-16). Media Can't Even Tell the Truth About Canada's Foreign Policy History. globalresearch.ca Media coverage of Canadian foreign policy is uniquely one-sided and biased. It's so bad that few readers, listeners or viewers will have ever seen or heard an honest analysis of this country's past, let alone current role around the world….

Sarah Abed (2019-08-16). Fewer Banks in African American Neighborhoods Contribute to the U.S. Racial Wealth Gap. globalresearch.ca A new study published by McKinsey & Co on Tuesday found that one of the contributing factors to the U.S. racial wealth gap is the lack of banks in predominantly African American communities. Lack of access to mainstream financial services …

Kioni Dudley (2019-08-16). Statehood Questioned at Hawaii's 60th Anniversary. globalresearch.ca August 16, 2019, marks the 60th Anniversary of Statehood for Hawai'i. It will go little noticed. This article offers new information on illegalities and fraudulence regarding the statehood vote, and why it should not have been accepted by the …

teleSUR (2019-08-16). 'Brazil to Leave Mercosur if Cristina Wins', Minister Guedes. telesurenglish.net Brazil's Economic Minister Paulo Guedes threatened Thursday to leave Mercosur if Alberto Fernandez and Cristina Fernandez win the second round of the Argentinean presidential elections on October 27. | RELATED: | Bolsonaro Cites Trump's Discourse, Says Mercosur No Longer Seeks Chavez's 'Great Homeland' | "Mercosur is, of cours…

Bob Scofield (2019-08-16). Tit For Tat: Baltimore Takes Another Hit, This Time From Uruguay. counterpunch.org I imagine that however a Baltimorean feels when their city is attacked by the barbarian in the White House it has to be worse when the city is slighted by Uruguay, one of the world's most progressive countries. On August 5th the Uruguayan Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a warning to Uruguayans traveling to the More

Staff (2019-08-16). Customs and Border Protection Outage Snarls Major Airports. truthdig.com DALLAS — Travelers flying into the United States on Friday ran into long lines at major airports nationwide because of a temporary computer outage that affected the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency. | Airports warned travelers — both Americans returning home and foreign visitors — of delays, and some travelers tweeted photos and videos of huge lines. | A CBP spokeswoman said the systems were running again by early evening on the East Coast. | The agency didn't precisely describe the breakdown, but the spokeswoman said there was "no indication of any nefarious activity." She said officer…

WSWS (2019-08-16). Financial turbulence continues as major economies move towards recession. wsws.org The gyrations in financial markets and the growing signs of recession—threatening to set in motion a crisis even more severe than that of 2008—pose vital political issues before the working class in every country.

Victor Grossman (2019-08-16). Warnings, Ancient and Modern. counterpunch.org The wise priest Laocoà∂n, old legends say, vainly warned against the famous "Trojan horse". A hostile god sent giant serpents which strangled him and the big wooden present was opened. The soldiers hidden inside opened Troy's gates so the Greek battalions could rush in, kill the men, enslave the women and destroy the city. Its More

WSWS (2019-08-16). Newark, New Jersey suspends distribution of bottled water over expiration concerns. wsws.org City officials were forced to stop distributions Tuesday in response to concerns over cases of bottled water that were labeled as expired.

Staff (2019-08-16). The Washington Post's Anti-Sanders Bias Is Irrefutable. truthdig.com Bernie Sanders has taken to calling out corporate media for their anti-progressive bias, and their feathers have gotten quite ruffled. | In a campaign event Monday in New Hampshire, Sanders told the crowd: We have pointed out over and over again that Amazon made $10 billion in profits last year. You know how much they paid in taxes? You got it, zero! Any wonder why the Washington Post is not one of my great supporters, I wonder why? New York Times not much better. | The next day, he returned to the same point: And then I wonder why the Washington Post, which is owned by Jeff Bezos, who owns Amazon, doesn't write pa…

Negin Owliaei (2019-08-16). Red States Cut Worker Pay by $1.5 Billion. commondreams.org Most of these localities also have poverty rates far higher than the U.S. average. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Ed Rampell (2019-08-16). Ironies Abound in the Obama Documentary, 'American Factory'. progressive.org A Chinese billionaire reopens a shuttered Ohio GM plant, hiring some 2,000 Americans to work side-by-side with imported Chinese workers. Culture clash or cultural revolution?

2019-08-17: Social Media Postees

State of siege in Kashmir: A warning to the international working class
wsws.org | 2019-08-17
Western governments and media have maintained virtual silence over the police state crackdown against 13 million Kashmiris.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/17/pers…

Blackwater mercenary Nicholas Slatten sentenced to life in prison for initiating 2007 Nisour Square Massacre
wsws.org | 2019-08-17
Eight months after being found guilty a third time for first-degree murder, Slatten was sentenced Wednesday for his role in the notorious massacre in Baghdad during the height of the US occupation of Iraq.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/17/slif…

US Issues Arrest Warrant for Iranian Tanker Leaving Gibraltar
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-17
The United States issued a warrant to seize Iran's Grace 1 oil tanker before it leaves Gibraltar's waters in what appears to be a last ditch effort to prevent the vessel from continuing its journey into the Mediterranean. | RELATED: | UK Snubs Trump, Orders Release of Iranian Oil Tanker | A U.S. federal court issued the warrant this week to seize the Grace 1 in Gibraltar, along with all of its contents, which include the oil it carries and nearly US$1 million. | "A network of front comp…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Issues-Arrest…

Questions continue over Russian nuclear accident
wsws.org | 2019-08-17
The dangers associated with the rapidly accelerating global arms race are clear, even as questions remain over the nature of the nuclear explosion that occurred in Russia's far north last week.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/17/nyon…

Steele dossier 'pumped myths' into the US justice system — former Trump adviser Carter Page
rt.com | 2019-08-17
The former MI6 agent credited with launching Russiagate concocted dangerous lies and myths that made a mockery of the US justice system and misled the American people, former Donald Trump campaign adviser Carter Page has told RT. | …
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Trump's Immigration Crackdown Is Quietly Targeting Labor Protections
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-17
| New Orleans — Martha came to the United States from Mexico to work in a seafood processing facility in the Gulf South on a temporary labor visa, but it's unclear if all of her fellow laborers were similarly documented. Her boss allegedly threatened to call immigration authorities and have workers deported if didn't they finish high volumes of work on time. | Workplace retaliation is against the law, regardless of where workers come from. Having attended know-your-rights trainings with labo…
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Trump's contempt for working-class expressed in new expanded public charge rule
Shawn Fremstad | nationofchange.org | 2019-08-17
This week the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officially published regulations that radically expand the definition of an archaic immigration law term, public charge, to include various non-cash benefits that supplement earnings and other income, but are impossible to live on in the absence of other income. The people most impacted include millions of working-class and middle-class US citizens who plan to marry or are married to foreign nationals. | Under the longstanding law and policy that existed before the new regulati…
nationofchange.org/2019/08/17/trumps-con…

Venezuelan military court jails union official as working-class opposition grows
wsws.org | 2019-08-17
The indictment of Rubén González is part of an attempt to criminalize growing social opposition among workers and the impoverished masses.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/17/vene…

Sudanese protesters sign transition deal with army
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-08-17
Sudan's army and the country's pro-democracy movement have signed a final powersharing deal at a ceremony in the capital Khartoum.The move paves the way for a transition to civilian-led government following the overthrow of president Omar al-Bashir in April.Sealing the deal established a joint military and civilian council to rule for a little over three years until elections can be held.A military leader will head the 11-member council for the first 21 months, followed by a civilian leader for the following 18.Pro-democracy supporters headed to the capital Khartoum to celebrate (AP)The agreement will also establ…
thecanary.co/breaking-news/2019/08/17/sudanese-protesters-sign-transition-deal-with-army/

Sudan Reach Final Power-Sharing Agreement
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-17
The Sudanese political crisis might be reaching its final stages following an agreement between the main opposition coalition and the ruling military council on Saturday. | RELATED: | Sudan Factions Sign Pact Ushering in Transitional Government | According to a statement from the Transitional Military Council (TMC) on Saturday, a final power-sharing agreement has been reached with the main opposition opposition alliance, Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC), after strenuous negoti…
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Jeremy Corbyn vows to reverse 'depressing' decline of town centres
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-08-17
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said there is "nothing more depressing" than seeing town centres decline as shoppers turn to out-of-town warehouses for online deliveries.He wants councils to have the power to reopen abandoned shops which have been left vacant for 12 months or more and bring back into use some of the estimated 29,000 physical retail units abandoned.Under Labour's plan, local authorities will be able to turn vacant shops over to start-ups, co-operative businesses and community projects.Mr Corbyn was joined by local Labour group leader Linda Thomas, right, and Bolton West candidate Julie Hilling for…
thecanary.co/breaking-news/2019/08/17/jeremy-corbyn-vows-to-reverse-depressing-decline-of-town-centres/

Carnegie Library workers vote to Join United Steelworkers
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-08-17
Pittsburgh, PA – Workers at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh voted overwhelmingly to join the United Steelworkers (USW) union, August 14, after launching their organizing campaign in June. They are seeking a collective bargaining agreement that would cover employees across 19 branches and the library support center. | The United Library Workers began discussing unionization last summer in hopes of gaining a voice when it comes to making decisions that affect the library, the people they serve and their own working environment. | "I am so excited for us to start this next chapter and look forward to working tow…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/8/16/carnegie…

After 10 years, federal executions set to resume
Gloria Rubac | workers.org | 2019-08-17
Attorney General William Barr is moving the United States backward. He is taking hard-fought civil rights gains to the dumpster. Just like President Donald Trump, he has nothing but racist contempt for people caught up in the so-called criminal justice system. Barr suddenly announced in a Department of Justice press . . . | Continue reading After 10 years, federal executions set to resume at Workers.org
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Hong Kong teachers' rally kicks off another weekend of protests
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-08-17
School teachers in Hong Kong are marching to the official residence of the city leader as another weekend of protests got under way.An overflow crowd rallied at a public square in the financial district before setting off for Government House, carrying signs that read "Protect the next generation" and umbrellas to ward off intermittent downpours.Teachers say they want to show their support for the protesters, many of whom are students.Pro-democracy protesters wait to cross a road during a march (Vincent Yu/AP)They said the government should answer the protesters' demands and stop using what they called police vio…
thecanary.co/breaking-news/2019/08/17/hong-kong-teachers-rally-kicks-off-another-weekend-of-protests/

Outrage as Colorado police returned to duty after shooting 19-year-old in the back
wsws.org | 2019-08-17
The officers involved in the murder of De'Von Bailey, the 537th person killed by police in the US this year, have already been returned to active duty.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/17/colo…

"One By One, They're Dying": Activists Protest Tennessee's Fifth Execution in a Year
Liliana Segura | theintercept.com | 2019-08-17
Stephen West was killed in the electric chair on August 15, and abolitionists are vowing to step up the pressure to stop executions in Tennessee.
theintercept.com/2019/08/17/tennessee-de…

Media Blackout on Brazil's Anti-Bolsonaro Protests – Why are New York Times and Guardian downplaying resistance to Brazil's far-right president?
Brian Mier | fair.org | 2019-08-17
by Brian Mier August 13 protest against Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro in Belo Horizonte, one of 211 cities where demonstrations took place (photo: Dowglas Silva). | Hundreds of thousands of Brazilians took to the streets of 211 cities on August 13 to protest far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's austerity cuts and privatization plans for the public university system. It was the third in series of national education strikes, dubbed "the Educat…
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Media Blackout on Brazil's Anti-Bolsonaro Protests
Brian Mier | commondreams.org | 2019-08-17
"The issue of under-reporting and ignoring protests by Brazil's so-called 'organized left'—the labor unions and popular social movements that make up the traditional support base for the Workers Party—is a historic problem," Mier writes. (Photo: Douglas Silva) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Antifa may be branded 'organization of terror,' Trump warns, ahead of Portland right-left showdown
rt.com | 2019-08-17
Portland, Oregon, is bracing itself for a major right-wing rally — an event previously marred by clashes with anti-fascists. Warning any would-be violent counter-protesters, Donald Trump said events will be "watched very closely." | …
rt.com/usa/466731-antifa-branded-terrori…

VIDEOS show Antifa attacking bus, cornering right-wing protesters as Portland rally turns violent
rt.com | 2019-08-17
Footage has emerged of several violent attacks by Antifa on right-wing demonstrators in Portland, Oregon. The new clashes come as US President Trump threatened to designated the left-wing movement as an "organization of terror." | …
rt.com/usa/466737-portland-clashes-proud…

Playing Role of Pesticide 'Cheerleader,' EPA Rebukes California with Ban on Warning Labels for Roundup
Andrea Germanos | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-17
President Donald Trump's Environmental Protection Agency was accused of being a pesticide "cheerleader" last week after the agency said it would not approval labels that say that glyphosate–the active ingredient in Roundup and other weedkillers–is known to cause cancer. | In …
globalresearch.ca/epa-rebukes-california-ban-warning-labels-roundup/5686607

According to the Federal Government, 19 Million Acres of Farmland Were Not Planted with Crops this Year
Michael Snyder | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-17
If that headline sounds really bad to you, that is because the situation that we are facing is really bad. Over the past few months, I have written article after article about the unprecedented crisis that U.S. farmers are facing …
globalresearch.ca/19-million-acres-farmland-were-not-planted-crops-this-year/5686601

Pentagon to name new facility after Curtis 'Bombs Away' LeMay
rt.com | 2019-08-17
The US Strategic Command, which oversees America's nuclear arsenal, plans to name a new facility after the legendary but controversial bomber General Curtis LeMay, who notoriously said there are 'no innocent civilians.' | …
rt.com/usa/466686-base-name-bomber-nebra…

Weekend Read: Slavery shaped America's pathology on race and whiteness
splcenter.org | 2019-08-17
Four hundred years ago this month, the White Lion, a warship commanded by English privateers, docked at Point Comfort in the colony of Virginia.
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Senior Tory says Boris Johnson's rhetoric has led directly to death threats
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-08-17
A Tory former attorney general has accused Boris Johnson of "behaving like a demagogue" and said the Prime Minister's rhetoric has led directly to him receiving death threats.Remain-supporter Dominic Grieve insisted he wanted to stay in the Conservative Party to "save" it from the likes of Mr Johnson — who he claimed was "hijacking" it.The Beaconsfield MP lambasted the PM's "tub-thumping populism", which he said had led "straightforwardly" to the death threats he has received.Mr Grieve, who said someone was arrested in respect of a death threat against him recently, told the BBC's Good Morning Scotland progr…
thecanary.co/breaking-news/2019/08/17/senior-tory-says-boris-johnsons-rhetoric-has-led-directly-to-death-threats/

ALEC fails to denounce dangerous and racist views of its leaders and members
Scott Zimmerman | nationofchange.org | 2019-08-17
It has been a banner week for extremist politicians linked to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). | ALEC's Washington State Chair, Rep. Matt Shea, promoted and maintained close ties to an extremist group training children and young men for battle in a "Biblical warfare" while schooling them in the "biblical teachings" of racist preacher John Weaver, according to a new exposé published by The Guardian. The revelations come just weeks after the W…
nationofchange.org/2019/08/17/alec-fails…

Northwest grocery workers prepare to strike
Johnnie Lewis and Joshua Hanks | workers.org | 2019-08-17
Aug. 2 — "Are you aware that Fred Meyer pays $3.53 more per hour to male workers than to female workers?" A United Steelworkers' member posed this question to a Fred Meyer grocery store shopper. Shoppers were shocked and stopped to listen. Most took flyers showing the facts and figures, . . . | Continue reading Northwest grocery workers prepare to strike at Workers.org
workers.org/2019/08/17/northwest-grocery…

The Dangerous New US Consensus on China and the Future of US-China Relations
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-17
| The trade war and technological competition with China are symptomatic of a much larger issue: a dangerous gridlock in US-China relations that may become permanent, with dire consequences not just for the two countries' economies but also for the global economy and quite possibly East Asia's and international security. Martin Wolf, Financial Times columnist, is right to conclude: "Across-the-board rivalry wit…
truthout.org/articles/the-dangerous-new-…

Private Prisons Face 87.4 Percent Financing Gap as Banks Continue to Flee
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-17
| As of August 2019, eight banks — JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, SunTrust, BNP Paribas, Fifth Third Bancorp, Barclays, and PNC — have publicly committed to ending their future financing relationships with the private prison industry, including CoreCivic and GEO Group. Together these eight banks represent an estimated $2.35 billion — or 87.4% — of the credit lines and term loans that are central to these companies' operations. | Notably, all of the banks t…
truthout.org/articles/private-prisons-fa…

UK: Record £9.2 billion of NHS budget handed to private firms
wsws.org | 2019-08-17
A third of hip replacements carried out in the NHS are now done privately and community health and mental health provision have seen five years of continual gains by the private sector.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/17/nhsp…

Japan-South Korea conflict intensifies
wsws.org | 2019-08-17
South Korea announced this week that it has removed Japan from a list of countries that qualify for accelerated supply of South Korean products, after Japan had imposed a similar measure against South Korea on August 2.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/17/jpsk…

Open Arms Allowed to Land 27 Minors at the Lampedusa Port
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-17
Defeated by international pressure and pressured by divisions in the far-right ruling class, Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini authorized on Saturday morning the landing of 27 "unaccompanied minors" from the Open Arms ship to the Lampedura port. | RELATED: | 'Situation On Board is Dramatic', Open Arms Says | "Against my will and in another example…
telesurenglish.net/news/Open-Arms-Allowe…

Facial recognition technology and identity politics
wsws.org | 2019-08-17
The Democrats are seeking to channel mass opposition to the wholesale invasion of privacy into a campaign to regulate and "equalize" facial recognition technology.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/17/face…

'Bolton Is Desperate to Start a War': US Issues Warrant to Seize Iranian Oil Tanker
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-08-17
"Perfectly illustrates the U.S. trying to impose its domestic laws on the rest of the world. It should provoke worldwide outrage." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/08/17/bolton-…

To Fight White Supremacist Violence, Let's Not Repeat the Mistakes of the War on Terror
James Risen | theintercept.com | 2019-08-17
National security experts are calling for a war on terror akin to the fight against Al Qaeda and ISIS. But that campaign has been a disaster.
theintercept.com/2019/08/17/domestic-ter…

Terrorism survivors: 'I lived in fear that I would be killed'
United Nations | un.org | 2019-08-17
To mark the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism this coming Wednesday, UN News travelled to Chad and the Far North region of Cameroon in West Africa to interview people who have personal stories to tell about how terrorism has shattered their lives.
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The Plot to Attack Iran:‚Ä® How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Iran
Eugene E Ruyle | indybay.org | 2019-08-17
NPML, 6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland (just North of Alcatraz Ave.)…
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Jewish Activists and Allies Confront Amazon for Profiting Off ICE Terror
Jake Johnson, Common Dreams | indybay.org | 2019-08-17
More than 1,000 Jewish activists and allies gathered at an Amazon book store in New York City on Sunday to protest the online retail behemoth's collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which swept up nearly 700 people last week in what was reportedly one of the agency's largest-ever raids.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/15/1882549…

#CloseTheCamps: Protest by Public Health & Healthcare Workers for Migrant Rights
Public Health Justice Collective & Others | indybay.org | 2019-08-17
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), 630 Sansome St, San Francisco 94111…
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#CloseTheCamps: Protest by Healthcare & Harm Reduction Workers for Migrant Rights
Do No Harm Coalition, Public Health Awakening | indybay.org | 2019-08-17
Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), | 630 Sansome St, San Francisco 94111…
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Haight Ashbury Peace Vigil
Cat Bell | indybay.org | 2019-08-17
Corner of Masonic and Fell at the Golden Gate Park Panhandle…
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APTP Monthly Membership Meeting: Scott Morris on Santa Rita Jail
Anti Police-Terror Project | indybay.org | 2019-08-17
East Side Arts Alliance | 2277 International Blvd. | Oakland, CA 94606…
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Milwaukee VA workers fight union busting
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-08-17
Milwaukee, WI – Fifty Veterans Affairs workers and supporters rallied outside the Zablocki VA hospital August 12 to protest union-busting, attacks on high-quality public veteran healthcare, and bad faith bargaining by the VA administration. | The rally was organized by the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 3 and supported by the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO, Milwaukee Area Labor Council, Veterans for Peace and elected leaders including Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, U.S. Congresswoman Gwen Moore and U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin. | AFGE members and representatives detailed shocking accounts of the ex…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/8/17/milwauke…

Tlaib agrees to Israeli terms, then reverses herself on West Bank visit
wsws.org | 2019-08-17
The events of the past two days have provided a fresh demonstration of the cowardice of the Democratic Party and the absence within it of any principled opposition to Donald Trump's authoritarian agenda.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/17/dems…

Trump's 'Deal of the Century': A plan for peace, or destruction?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-08-17
Trump's 'Deal of the Century' bills itself as an effort at establishing peace between Israel and Palestine, but in reality aims at advancing Israel's interests, and fundamentally altering the geopolitical balance of the Middle East. THE US' TRUE MOTIVATIONS The US established a new strategy in the Middle East after the end of World War …
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Palestine: Dangerous Bill in US Congress to Crush the PLO and the PA
Zaha Hassan | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-16
A bipartisan US bill currently being considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee puts at stake the ability of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) to engage diplomatic and legal channels to support Palestinian national aspirations and to seek accountability through international …
globalresearch.ca/dangerous-bill-congress-crush-plo-pa/5686582

Israel Reverses Ban on US Congresswoman Tlaib
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-16
Israel has decided to reverse the ban on U.S. congresswoman Rashida Tlaib Friday after she agreed to just visit her family in the occupied West Bank on humanitarian grounds. | RELATED: | Israel Confirms Banning Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib from Visiting Palestine Over BDS Support | Tlaib, a critic of Israeli policy towards Palestinians, has agreed to respect the restrictions imposed on her during the occupied West Bank trip and will not promote the Boyco…
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Israel Fears a Visit by Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib
Yoav Litvin | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
On July 16, Somali-American Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar, together with Representatives John Lewis and Palestinian-American Rashida Tlaib, introduced bill HR-496 which is meant to affirm Americans' "right to participate in boycotts in pursuit of civil and human rights at home and abroad, as protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution". Though not explicitly mentioned, HR-496 is at least…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/16/israel-fears…

Rashida Tlaib Blasts Israel for 'Oppressive Conditions'
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-16
U.S. Representative Rashida Tlaib blasted Israel on Friday for imposing "oppressive conditions" on her visit to the occupied West Bank. | RELATED: | Israel Reverses Ban on US Congresswoman Tlaib | Israel, who was conditionally allowing Tlaib to visit the occupied West Bank, issued a list of demands for the U.S. congresswoman that prohibited her from promoting the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) during her stay. | The U.S. congresswoman, in turn, said she would not visit her family there…
telesurenglish.net/english/bloggers/Rash…

Rashida Tlaib Blasts Israel for 'Oppressive Conditions'
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-16
U.S. Representative Rashida Tlaib blasted Israel on Friday for imposing "oppressive conditions" on her visit to the occupied West Bank. | RELATED: | Israel Reverses Ban on US Congresswoman Tlaib | Israel, who was conditionally allowing Tlaib to visit the occupied West Bank, issued a list of demands for the U.S. congresswoman that prohibited her from promoting the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) during her stay. | The U.S. congresswoman, in turn, said she would not visit her family there…
telesurenglish.net/news/Rashida-Tlaib-Bl…

A Wave of Solidarity With Kashmir Is Spreading Across the Globe
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-16
| Tragedy is unfolding in Kashmir. Split between India and Pakistan, the state has been under military occupation as a result of the partition of the subcontinent in 1947 and a war between the two powers the following year. On August 5, however, the right-wing Bha…
truthout.org/articles/a-wave-of-solidari…

Trump starves Venezuela, Democrats are silent
Aaron Maté | mronline.org | 2019-08-16
The Trump administration is intensifying its economic warfare on the people of Venezuela with a crippling embargo–and facing no resistance from the Democratic Party. | Source…
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It's No Wonder the Military likes Violent Video Games, They Can Help Train Civilians to Become Warriors
Neve Gordon | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
Following the recent massacres in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, the bestselling author Keith Boykin tweeted: Trump is on TV blaming the Internet, social media, video games and mental health for the mass shootings. Nonsense! Every country has Google, Facebook, video games and people with mental health issues. What they don't have is…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/16/its-no-wonde…

Poetry selections for the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre
Jenny Farrell | peoplesworld.org | 2019-08-16
Percy Bysshe Shelley's lifetime was defined by the French Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars, and severe political repression in England and elsewhere in Europe. In contrast to other European countries, the power of the bourgeoisie in England had been consolidated in their own revolutionary period in the 17th century. Therefore, the ruling class in England had …
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Trump, el capitalismo incitan tiroteos masivos
Workers World Party | workers.org | 2019-08-16
Entre el 31 de julio y el 3 de agosto, tres terroristas hombres de raza con blanca mataron e hirieron a docenas de personas en Gilroy, California; El Paso, Texas; y Dayton, Ohio. Tres tiroteos masivos en los Estados Unidos en una semana. Los locutores de televisión expresaron que esto . . . | Continue reading Trump, el capitalismo incitan tiroteos masivos at Workers.org
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US Trained Honduran Police Get Medieval as Political Prisoner Edwin Espinal Released
Adrienne Pine | mintpressnews.com | 2019-08-16
The Honduran corruption canard keeps the focus on police resources and individuals rather than on the pangs of privatization, and so it is often the line favored by the U.S. State Department.
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Iran's Dangerous Deterrence Policy: Trading Tankers and Another Partial Withdrawal from the JCPOA
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-16
The UK acknowledged its first defeat by Iran when it released the Iranian super tanker "Grace 1" captured by 30 Royal Navy commandos in the first week of July in response to a US request, as the Spanish Foreign …
globalresearch.ca/iran-dangerous-deterrence-policy-trading-tankers-partial-withdrawal-jcpoa/5686590

How Obama helped Trump escalate nuclear tensions with Russia
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-08-16
The Trump administration has dangerously withdrawn from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF). MIT professor emeritus Ted Postol explains how…
thegrayzone.com/2019/08/16/how-obama-hel…

Trump worsens threat of nuclear catastrophe with Russia
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-08-16
MIT professor Ted Postol warns that Trump's withdrawal from the INF treaty threatens nuclear 'catastrophe.' Guest: Theodore Postol, award-winning Professor…
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Dead Man's Hand: The Impeachment Gambit
Jim Kavanagh | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
The two-year Mueller investigation of Donald Trump's alleged collusion ("largely synonymous with conspiracy") with Russia is over. Nothingburger. The 448-page Mueller Report has been published in full, and made into a dramatic hour-and-twenty-minute stage performance adapted by a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright with a cast of Hollywood stars. Yawn. Then there was the seven hours of…
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Punishing the World with Sanctions. Intended to Cause Real Pain
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-16
Sanctions are economic warfare, pure and simple. As an alternative to a direct military attack on a country that is deemed to be misbehaving they are certainly preferable, but no one should be under any illusions regarding what they actually …
globalresearch.ca/punishing-the-world-with-sanctions-intended-to-cause-real-pain/5686517

US Waging Wars on Multiple Fronts: Cold Wars, Hot Wars, Economic Wars, Propaganda Wars
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-16
Supported by both hawkish wings of its war party, the US is waging hot wars, cold wars, economic wars, financial wars, trade wars, anti-social justice wars, anti-human rights wars, anti-democracy wars, propaganda wars, sanctions wars, tariffs wars, protest wars, homeland …
globalresearch.ca/us-waging-wars-on-multiple-fronts-cold-wars-hot-wars-economic-wars-propaganda-wars/5686511

Italy: 'The Situation On Board is Dramatic', Open Arms Says
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-16
The Spanish flagged vessel Open Arms on Friday called for the evacuation "with the utmost urgency for humanitarian emergency" of all 134 migrants who are still waiting on board for Italian authorities to authorize them to disembark. | RELATED: | Italian PM Blasts Salvini for Being Obsessed with Immigration | "The psychophysical conditions of adults and minors are critical and their safety is very worrying," a medical report prepared by Emergency, an NGO delivering medical care t…
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Uncle Sam was Born Lethal
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
One of the occupational and intellectual hazards of being a historian is that current events often seem far less new to oneself than they do to others. Recently a leftish liberal friend told me that the United States under the Donald Trump had "become a lethal society." My friend cited the neofascist Trump's: horrible family separations and concentration camps on the border; openly white-nationalist assaults on four progressive nonwhite and female Congresswomen; real and threatened roundups of undocumented immigrants; fascist-style and hate-filled "Make America Great Again" rallies; encouragement of white suprema…
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Venezuelans Caught Smuggling Gold into Dominican Republic
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-16
Six Venezuelans were captured in the Dominican Republic Friday for possible links to a gold smuggling ring, and are now in the process of been extradited. Two Dominican Republic nationals involved in the operation were also captured. | RELATED: | US: Already Interfering in Upcoming Venezuelan Elections | Venezuelan Attorney General Tarek William Saab announced Friday that the criminal gang dedicated to illegally obtaining and smuggling Venezuelan gold into the Dominican Republic h…
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The Prosecution of Julian Assange Affects Us All
Nozomi Hayase | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
With the indictment of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and the imprisonment of whistleblower Chelsea Manning, we are seeing the US government's blatant attack on the First Amendment. This assault now is officially acknowledged by a US federal court, where the judge dismissed a Democratic National Committee (DNC) civil suit against WikiLeaks on the grounds of…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/16/the-prosecut…

With the Boeing 737 MAX Grounded, Top Boeing Bosses Must Testify Before Congress Now
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
Two Boeing 737 MAX crashes, one in Indonesia last October and one in Ethiopia this past March, took a combined 346 lives. Steady scrutiny by the media reported internal company leaks and gave voice to sidelined ex-Boeing engineers and aerospace safety specialists. These experts have revealed that Boeing's executives are responsible because they chose to use an unstable structural…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/16/with-the-boe…

British Rail: A Mass Transport System Is an Essential Public Service Not a Get-Rich-Quick Scheme for Investors
Hans Stehling | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-16
Outdated rolling-stock, primitive or no air-conditioning, poor service, unreliable timetables and sky-high fares make Britain's railways the bad joke of Europe. | As millions of commuters are forced to use a rail system near to collapse, it serves a stark warning | …
globalresearch.ca/british-rail-mass-transport-system-essential-public-service-not-get-rich-quick-scheme-investors/5686593

Catch and Hang Live Chickens for Slaughter: $11 an Hour Possible!
Martha Rosenberg | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
Koch Foods, a giant chicken processor that supplies Burger King, Kroger and Walmart (not affiliated with the Koch brothers) lost no time in replacing the five busloads of undocumented workers taken from its Mississippi plants this month due to an ICE raid. It is already holding "job fairs" to replace the workers. The August ICE…
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Brazil: Supreme Court Judges Sergio Moro's Lack of Impartiality
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-16
Brazil's Supreme Court (STF) will judge the lack of impartiality of former judge Sergio Moro in conducting trials against former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who has remained a political prisoner since April 7, 2018. | RELATED: | Students Strike, Protest Across Brazil as Moro Orders Crackdown | From August 16 to August 22, the STF judges w…
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"Bernie is Trump" (and other Corporate Media Bullsh*t)
Eric Draitser | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
A dead-end street with a lemonade stand Where is the sky in upside down land? That question is hard if you can't see the stars I'm really not sure, ask me tomorrow — Yasiin Bey, "Education" (featured on the album "Bandana" by Freddie Gibbs) Welcome to Bizarro World where up is down, black is white,…
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Did the US really intend to destroy the Soviet Union with its nuclear monopoly?
Dave Lindorff | nationofchange.org | 2019-08-16
74 years ago by the United States dropped the only two atomic bombs exploded in war on cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Today, recalling those events, remember that the US still refuses to renounce a strategy of first-strike use of its nuclear arsenal. This has me pondering two questions that should raise enormous doubts in …
nationofchange.org/2019/08/16/did-the-us…

Media Can't Even Tell the Truth About Canada's Foreign Policy History
Yves Engler | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-16
Media coverage of Canadian foreign policy is uniquely one-sided and biased. It's so bad that few readers, listeners or viewers will have ever seen or heard an honest analysis of this country's past, let alone current role around the world….
globalresearch.ca/media-cant-even-tell-the-truth-about-canadas-foreign-policy-history/5686502

Statehood Questioned at Hawaii's 60th Anniversary
Kioni Dudley | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-16
August 16, 2019, marks the 60th Anniversary of Statehood for Hawai'i. It will go little noticed. This article offers new information on illegalities and fraudulence regarding the statehood vote, and why it should not have been accepted by the …
globalresearch.ca/statehood-questioned-hawaii-60th/5686579

Fewer Banks in African American Neighborhoods Contribute to the U.S. Racial Wealth Gap
Sarah Abed | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-16
A new study published by McKinsey & Co on Tuesday found that one of the contributing factors to the U.S. racial wealth gap is the lack of banks in predominantly African American communities. Lack of access to mainstream financial services …
globalresearch.ca/fewer-banks-african-american-neighborhoods-contribute-u-s-racial-wealth-gap/5686556

'Brazil to Leave Mercosur if Cristina Wins', Minister Guedes
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-16
Brazil's Economic Minister Paulo Guedes threatened Thursday to leave Mercosur if Alberto Fernandez and Cristina Fernandez win the second round of the Argentinean presidential elections on October 27. | RELATED: | Bolsonaro Cites Trump's Discourse, Says Mercosur No Longer Seeks Chavez's 'Great Homeland' | "Mercosur is, of cours…
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'Expanding Empire' — in 1969 and today
V. Copeland | workers.org | 2019-08-16
The following excerpt from "Expanding Empire — The global war drive of big business and the forces that will stop it" was written in 1969 during the Vietnam War. The author, Vince Copeland, was a founding member of Workers World Party and had been a militant steel worker fired in . . . | Continue reading 'Expanding Empire' — in 1969 and today at Workers.org
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Newark, New Jersey suspends distribution of bottled water over expiration concerns
wsws.org | 2019-08-16
City officials were forced to stop distributions Tuesday in response to concerns over cases of bottled water that were labeled as expired.
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Customs and Border Protection Outage Snarls Major Airports
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-08-16
DALLAS — Travelers flying into the United States on Friday ran into long lines at major airports nationwide because of a temporary computer outage that affected the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency. | Airports warned travelers — both Americans returning home and foreign visitors — of delays, and some travelers tweeted photos and videos of huge lines. | A CBP spokeswoman said the systems were running again by early evening on the East Coast. | The agency didn't precisely describe the breakdown, but the spokeswoman said there was "no indication of any nefarious activity." She said officer…
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The Vanity Cinema of Quentin Tarantino
Louis Proyect | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
After being sorely disappointed by Quentin Tarantino's last two films– "The Hateful Eight" and "Django Unchained" –I decided to wait for a studio screener of "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" in November. This is when I customarily get freebies from studio publicists hoping to influence my vote in NYFCO's awards meeting in early December.
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'Fefu and Her Friends': Fornés's feminist odyssey at the Odyssey
Ed Rampell | peoplesworld.org | 2019-08-16
LOS ANGELES–Originality is among those attributes I admire and cherish most in the arts, and Maria Irene Fornés's (1930-2018) Fefu and Her Friends is singular on several fronts. First of all, the Cuban-born, Obie Award-winning playwright's characters are eight females. This is far less common than mixed-gender or all-male casts, such as in Jason Miller's …
peoplesworld.org/article/fefu-and-her-fr…

The War on Nature
Evaggelos Vallianatos | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
Ancient Greeks, Persians, Egyptians, Mesopotamians, Chinese and Indians respected or worshipped several gods. Those gods were usually forces of nature, which opened the mind, eyes and hearts of human beings to the mysteries, beauty and truth of the natural world. The vast human majorities of the ancient world were peasant farmers and shepherds who cultivated…
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Council withdraws threat of legal action against cyclists at cafe
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-08-16
The threat of legal action against cyclists gathering at a cafe in a small hamlet has been dropped.Velolife was set up on the site of an old pub as a cafe and bike workshop in 2016 by entrepreneur Lee Goodwin in Warren Row in Berkshire.The cafe was championed by the likes of former Olympic cyclist Chris Boardman and Team Ineos rider Chris Lawless after it was slapped with restrictions on cycle meets following noise complaints.Local cycling clubs were threatened with enforcement action by the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead for allegedly using the cafe's car park as a starting point for meets. | A joint st…
thecanary.co/breaking-news/2019/08/16/council-withdraws-threat-of-legal-action-against-cyclists-at-cafe/

Tit For Tat: Baltimore Takes Another Hit, This Time From Uruguay
Bob Scofield | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
I imagine that however a Baltimorean feels when their city is attacked by the barbarian in the White House it has to be worse when the city is slighted by Uruguay, one of the world's most progressive countries. On August 5th the Uruguayan Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a warning to Uruguayans traveling to the…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/16/tit-for-tat-…

Modern medicine declares war on loneliness with drugs & bots, threatening introverts with extinction
rt.com | 2019-08-16
With pharmaceutical and even robotic "cures" in the works for loneliness – a condition once considered part of the normal human emotional range but now framed as a health risk – we risk losing the ability to be alone at all. | …
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"Proletarian billionaire" act wears thin: Trump's war on workers
Joe Sims | peoplesworld.org | 2019-08-16
The U.S. working class has received special attention from the Trump campaign's first days; since his election, it has been singled out for special assault. "America First" was portrayed as making working-class America first; "Make America Great Again" meant reawakening the greatness of the American working class. But the Trump agenda as thus marketed had …
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Warnings, Ancient and Modern
Victor Grossman | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
The wise priest Laocoà∂n, old legends say, vainly warned against the famous "Trojan horse". A hostile god sent giant serpents which strangled him and the big wooden present was opened. The soldiers hidden inside opened Troy's gates so the Greek battalions could rush in, kill the men, enslave the women and destroy the city. Its…
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Financial turbulence continues as major economies move towards recession
wsws.org | 2019-08-16
The gyrations in financial markets and the growing signs of recession–threatening to set in motion a crisis even more severe than that of 2008–pose vital political issues before the working class in every country.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/16/mark…

The Biotech-Industrial Complex Gets Ready to Define What is Human
Stuart A. Newman | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
Fabricating part-human-part-nonhuman animals, with features of both, seemed like something out of Greek mythology until the late 20th century. New research then on "geeps," fully developed, viable mixtures of goats and sheep, showed that constructing such "chimeras" was a real possibility. Still, the warning by H.G. Wells, a century before, in his novel "The Island of Dr. Moreau," that scientific experiments like this could go terribly awry, seemed fantastical. But this will soon change. At the end of July, it was reported that the biologist Juan Carlos Izpisúa Belmonte, director of a laboratory at the Salk Insti…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/16/the-biotech-…

The Washington Post's Anti-Sanders Bias Is Irrefutable
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-08-16
Bernie Sanders has taken to calling out corporate media for their anti-progressive bias, and their feathers have gotten quite ruffled. | In a campaign event Monday in New Hampshire, Sanders told the crowd: We have pointed out over and over again that Amazon made $10 billion in profits last year. You know how much they paid in taxes? You got it, zero! Any wonder why the Washington Post is not one of my great supporters, I wonder why? New York Times not much better. | The next day, he returned to the same point: And then I wonder why the Washington Post, which is owned by Jeff Bezos, who owns Amazon, doesn't write pa…
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Ironies Abound in the Obama Documentary, 'American Factory'
Ed Rampell | progressive.org | 2019-08-16
A Chinese billionaire reopens a shuttered Ohio GM plant, hiring some 2,000 Americans to work side-by-side with imported Chinese workers. Culture clash or cultural revolution?
progressive.org/dispatches/ironies-aboun…

Red States Cut Worker Pay by $1.5 Billion
Negin Owliaei | commondreams.org | 2019-08-16
Most of these localities also have poverty rates far higher than the U.S. average. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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To Defeat Fascism, We Must Dismantle Capitalism
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-08-16
"The Terror of the Unforeseen" | A book by Henry A. Giroux | Henry A. Giroux's book "The Terror of the Unforeseen" analyzes the conditions that have enabled and led to Donald Trump's rule and the consequences of that rule, which have ushered in an authoritarian version of capitalism. Giroux provides a realistic analysis that holds out the hope that, through collective efforts, change is possible and democracy can be saved. | There is an intellectual debate on whether or not the power wielded by the likes of Trump, Nigel Farage, Marine Le Pen, Viktor Orbán, Matteo Salvini, Geert Wilders, Heinz-Christian Strache, o…
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'Today We Seek Those Fish in Discovery Channel'
Kavitha Muralidharan | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
"It's past 11.40 this morning, so next comes an update on speed," announces A. Yashwanth on the Kadal Osai radio station.
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Is White Supremacism a Mental Illness?
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
"The most noxious element of neoliberalism is the reduction of all social issues to personal responsibility." –Henry A. Giroux "Violence is one of the most fun things to watch." — Quentin Tarantino Have you ever wondered why we [women] are not just in armed combat against you? It's not because there's a shortage of kitchen…
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Neoliberalism and Environmental Calamity
Rob Urie | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
Current conditions represent a political emergency of sorts, meaning that ways of solving environmental and social problems will either be worked out or circumstances, led by the environment, will assume a life of their own. Given that these conditions are the result of historical processes that were decades and centuries in the making, understanding how…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/16/neoliberalis…

Kind of Blue at 60
David Yearsley | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
Miles Davis' Kind of Blue was released on August 17, 1959–sixty years ago tomorrow. That was ten years after, and ten degrees cooler, than the little big band of Miles' Birth of the Cool. With Kind of Blue the baby had grown up: sleeker, more earnest, now distrustful of irony, and also cagier, suspicious without wanting to show anything that might suggest defensiveness. Its icy hauteur sets the standard for art that draws you in by pretending it doesn't need anyone or anything but itself.
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That Debacle at the Border is Genocide
Susan Miller | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
Prepared text for at talk at Cornbread and Beans, Norman, Oklahoma. (August 9, 2019.) I'm grateful for the invitation to speak to you. I'm a Democrat and the child of Democrats, and lately, I'd vote for the yellow dog. I believe that what I'm going to talk about today is central to our mission and values…
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Have They No Decency?
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
Before lightening and the Electoral College struck, making Donald Trump president, he famously boasted that he could walk out onto Fifth Avenue, shoot somebody, and become even more popular than he already was with his base. He was probably right — literally, even back then, before the Trump-induced accelerated degradation of the ambient political culture…
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People's Music for the Soul
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
Folk music can mean many things. It can be songs one learned as a child from a record or a musical relative. The songs can be classic tunes with words as old as the songs themselves or the songs can be old tunes with brand new words. Or the entire tune can be a new…
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2019-08-16: News Headlines

Zaha Hassan (2019-08-16). Palestine: Dangerous Bill in US Congress to Crush the PLO and the PA. globalresearch.ca A bipartisan US bill currently being considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee puts at stake the ability of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) to engage diplomatic and legal channels to support Palestinian national aspirations and to seek accountability through international …

Staff (2019-08-16). Bernie Sanders: If Israel Bans Members of Congress, It Shouldn't Receive US Aid. truthout.org | | Sen. Bernie Sanders told MSNBC Thursday night that perhaps Israel should not be receiving billions of dollars in U.S. military aid after the right-wing government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu barred Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from entering the country. | "I wish I could tell you…that I am shocked. I am not," Sanders, a 2020 Demo…

teleSUR (2019-08-16). Israel Reverses Ban on US Congresswoman Tlaib. telesurenglish.net Israel has decided to reverse the ban on U.S. congresswoman Rashida Tlaib Friday after she agreed to just visit her family in the occupied West Bank on humanitarian grounds. | RELATED: | Israel Confirms Banning Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib from Visiting Palestine Over BDS Support | Tlaib, a critic of Israeli policy towards Palestinians, has agreed to respect the restrictions imposed on her during the occupied West Bank trip and will not promote the Boyco…

Yoav Litvin (2019-08-16). Israel Fears a Visit by Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib. counterpunch.org On July 16, Somali-American Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar, together with Representatives John Lewis and Palestinian-American Rashida Tlaib, introduced bill HR-496 which is meant to affirm Americans' "right to participate in boycotts in pursuit of civil and human rights at home and abroad, as protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution". Though not explicitly mentioned, HR-496 is at least More

teleSUR (2019-08-16). Rashida Tlaib Blasts Israel for 'Oppressive Conditions'. telesurenglish.net U.S. Representative Rashida Tlaib blasted Israel on Friday for imposing "oppressive conditions" on her visit to the occupied West Bank. | RELATED: | Israel Reverses Ban on US Congresswoman Tlaib | Israel, who was conditionally allowing Tlaib to visit the occupied West Bank, issued a list of demands for the U.S. congresswoman that prohibited her from promoting the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) during her stay. | The U.S. congresswoman, in turn, said she would not visit her family there…

Staff (2019-08-16). A Wave of Solidarity With Kashmir Is Spreading Across the Globe. truthout.org | | Tragedy is unfolding in Kashmir. Split between India and Pakistan, the state has been under military occupation as a result of the partition of the subcontinent in 1947 and a war between the two powers the following year. On August 5, however, the right-wing Bha…

Aaron Maté (2019-08-16). Trump starves Venezuela, Democrats are silent. mronline.org The Trump administration is intensifying its economic warfare on the people of Venezuela with a crippling embargo—and facing no resistance from the Democratic Party. | Source

Derek Royden (2019-08-16). Ideas from hell: The far right's weaponized conspiracy theories. nationofchange.org Since the end of April, there have been three mass shootings that can be directly tied to white nationalism. The victims of these white supremacist terrorist attacks were almost all from minority communities, including Jewish people at a synagogue in Poway, California, Muslims in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand and most recently Latinx people …

Neve Gordon (2019-08-16). It's No Wonder the Military likes Violent Video Games, They Can Help Train Civilians to Become Warriors. counterpunch.org Following the recent massacres in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, the bestselling author Keith Boykin tweeted: Trump is on TV blaming the Internet, social media, video games and mental health for the mass shootings. Nonsense! Every country has Google, Facebook, video games and people with mental health issues. What they don't have is More

Staff (2019-08-16). Walmart Employees Organize for Gun Safety at Work. truthout.org | | When a white-supremacist gunman armed with a semi-automatic assault weapon walked into a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, on Aug. 3 and killed 22 people in a shooting spree targeting Latinx people, it was just the latest incident of gun violence to take place in a Walmart store. | A few days before the El Paso massacre, two people were killed in a shooting at a Walmart in Southaven, Mi…

WSWS (2019-08-16). 200 years since the Peterloo Massacre. wsws.org A savage attack by sword-wielding cavalry on a crowd of protesters in Manchester, England in August 1819 resulted in at least 18 people being killed and some 700 injured.

Jenny Farrell (2019-08-16). Poetry selections for the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre. peoplesworld.org Percy Bysshe Shelley's lifetime was defined by the French Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars, and severe political repression in England and elsewhere in Europe. In contrast to other European countries, the power of the bourgeoisie in England had been consolidated in their own revolutionary period in the 17th century. Therefore, the ruling class in England had …

Workers World Party (2019-08-16). Trump, el capitalismo incitan tiroteos masivos. workers.org Entre el 31 de julio y el 3 de agosto, tres terroristas hombres de raza con blanca mataron e hirieron a docenas de personas en Gilroy, California; El Paso, Texas; y Dayton, Ohio. Tres tiroteos masivos en los Estados Unidos en una semana. Los locutores de televisión expresaron que esto . . . | Continue reading Trump, el capitalismo incitan tiroteos masivos at Workers.org

Adrienne Pine (2019-08-16). US Trained Honduran Police Get Medieval as Political Prisoner Edwin Espinal Released. mintpressnews.com The Honduran corruption canard keeps the focus on police resources and individuals rather than on the pangs of privatization, and so it is often the line favored by the U.S. State Department.

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-08-16). Iran's Dangerous Deterrence Policy: Trading Tankers and Another Partial Withdrawal from the JCPOA. globalresearch.ca The UK acknowledged its first defeat by Iran when it released the Iranian super tanker "Grace 1" captured by 30 Royal Navy commandos in the first week of July in response to a US request, as the Spanish Foreign …

WSWS (2019-08-16). Iran tanker released in Gibraltar despite US bid to seize it. wsws.org The decision to release the tanker, formally declared by Gibraltar, but clearly made in London, exposes rising tensions over Washington's "maximum pressure" policy.

Jim Kavanagh (2019-08-16). Dead Man's Hand: The Impeachment Gambit. counterpunch.org The two-year Mueller investigation of Donald Trump's alleged collusion ("largely synonymous with conspiracy") with Russia is over. Nothingburger. The 448-page Mueller Report has been published in full, and made into a dramatic hour-and-twenty-minute stage performance adapted by a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright with a cast of Hollywood stars. Yawn. Then there was the seven hours of More

Aaron Maté (2019-08-16). Trump worsens threat of nuclear catastrophe with Russia. thegrayzone.com MIT professor Ted Postol warns that Trump's withdrawal from the INF treaty threatens nuclear 'catastrophe.' Guest: Theodore Postol, award-winning Professor…

Stephen Lendman (2019-08-16). US Waging Wars on Multiple Fronts: Cold Wars, Hot Wars, Economic Wars, Propaganda Wars … globalresearch.ca Supported by both hawkish wings of its war party, the US is waging hot wars, cold wars, economic wars, financial wars, trade wars, anti-social justice wars, anti-human rights wars, anti-democracy wars, propaganda wars, sanctions wars, tariffs wars, protest wars, homeland …

Philip Giraldi (2019-08-16). Punishing the World with Sanctions. Intended to Cause Real Pain. globalresearch.ca Sanctions are economic warfare, pure and simple. As an alternative to a direct military attack on a country that is deemed to be misbehaving they are certainly preferable, but no one should be under any illusions regarding what they actually …

WSWS (2019-08-16). Oslo mosque targeted in attempted far-right terrorist attack. wsws.org The Norwegian political establishment has promoted the hysterical anti-immigrant atmosphere that encourages fascist attacks.

Paul Street (2019-08-16). Uncle Sam was Born Lethal. counterpunch.org One of the occupational and intellectual hazards of being a historian is that current events often seem far less new to oneself than they do to others. Recently a leftish liberal friend told me that the United States under the Donald Trump had "become a lethal society." My friend cited the neofascist Trump's: horrible family separations and concentration camps on the border; openly white-nationalist assaults on four progressive nonwhite and female Congresswomen; real and threatened roundups of undocumented immigrants; fascist-style and hate-filled "Make America Great Again" rallies; encouragement of white suprema…

Ralph Nader (2019-08-16). With the Boeing 737 MAX Grounded, Top Boeing Bosses Must Testify Before Congress Now. counterpunch.org Two Boeing 737 MAX crashes, one in Indonesia last October and one in Ethiopia this past March, took a combined 346 lives. Steady scrutiny by the media reported internal company leaks and gave voice to sidelined ex-Boeing engineers and aerospace safety specialists. These experts have revealed that Boeing's executives are responsible because they chose to use an unstable structural More

Nozomi Hayase (2019-08-16). The Prosecution of Julian Assange Affects Us All. counterpunch.org With the indictment of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and the imprisonment of whistleblower Chelsea Manning, we are seeing the US government's blatant attack on the First Amendment. This assault now is officially acknowledged by a US federal court, where the judge dismissed a Democratic National Committee (DNC) civil suit against WikiLeaks on the grounds of More

Robert Shetterly (2019-08-16). George W. Bush's Infuriating Innocence Project. commondreams.org US President George Bush addresses the nation during his State of the Union address from Capitol Hill in Washington 20 January 2004. Bush vowed that the United States "will never seek a permission slip" to go to war as he took aim in his annual State of the Union speech at critics of the invasion of Iraq. At left is Vice President Dick Cheney; at right House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-IL. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Hans Stehling (2019-08-16). British Rail: A Mass Transport System Is an Essential Public Service Not a Get-Rich-Quick Scheme for Investors. globalresearch.ca Outdated rolling-stock, primitive or no air-conditioning, poor service, unreliable timetables and sky-high fares make Britain's railways the bad joke of Europe. | As millions of commuters are forced to use a rail system near to collapse, it serves a stark warning …

Martha Rosenberg (2019-08-16). Catch and Hang Live Chickens for Slaughter: $11 an Hour Possible! counterpunch.org Koch Foods, a giant chicken processor that supplies Burger King, Kroger and Walmart (not affiliated with the Koch brothers) lost no time in replacing the five busloads of undocumented workers taken from its Mississippi plants this month due to an ICE raid. It is already holding "job fairs" to replace the workers. The August ICE More

Joe Sims (2019-08-16). "Proletarian billionaire" act wears thin: Trump's war on workers. peoplesworld.org The U.S. working class has received special attention from the Trump campaign's first days; since his election, it has been singled out for special assault. "America First" was portrayed as making working-class America first; "Make America Great Again" meant reawakening the greatness of the American working class. But the Trump agenda as thus marketed had …

Ed Rampell (2019-08-16). 'Fefu and Her Friends': Fornés's feminist odyssey at the Odyssey. peoplesworld.org LOS ANGELES—Originality is among those attributes I admire and cherish most in the arts, and Maria Irene Fornés's (1930-2018) Fefu and Her Friends is singular on several fronts. First of all, the Cuban-born, Obie Award-winning playwright's characters are eight females. This is far less common than mixed-gender or all-male casts, such as in Jason Miller's …

RT (2019-08-16). Modern medicine declares war on loneliness with drugs & bots, threatening introverts with extinction. rt.com With pharmaceutical and even robotic "cures" in the works for loneliness – a condition once considered part of the normal human emotional range but now framed as a health risk – we risk losing the ability to be alone at all.

Evaggelos Vallianatos (2019-08-16). The War on Nature. counterpunch.org Ancient Greeks, Persians, Egyptians, Mesopotamians, Chinese and Indians respected or worshipped several gods. Those gods were usually forces of nature, which opened the mind, eyes and hearts of human beings to the mysteries, beauty and truth of the natural world. The vast human majorities of the ancient world were peasant farmers and shepherds who cultivated More

Stuart A. Newman (2019-08-16). The Biotech-Industrial Complex Gets Ready to Define What is Human. counterpunch.org Fabricating part-human-part-nonhuman animals, with features of both, seemed like something out of Greek mythology until the late 20th century. New research then on "geeps," fully developed, viable mixtures of goats and sheep, showed that constructing such "chimeras" was a real possibility. Still, the warning by H.G. Wells, a century before, in his novel "The Island of Dr. Moreau," that scientific experiments like this could go terribly awry, seemed fantastical. But this will soon change. At the end of July, it was reported that the biologist Juan Carlos Izpisúa Belmonte, director of a laboratory at the Salk Insti…

Louis Proyect (2019-08-16). The Vanity Cinema of Quentin Tarantino. counterpunch.org After being sorely disappointed by Quentin Tarantino's last two films— "The Hateful Eight" and "Django Unchained" —I decided to wait for a studio screener of "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" in November. This is when I customarily get freebies from studio publicists hoping to influence my vote in NYFCO's awards meeting in early December. More

V. Copeland (2019-08-16). 'Expanding Empire' — in 1969 and today. workers.org The following excerpt from "Expanding Empire — The global war drive of big business and the forces that will stop it" was written in 1969 during the Vietnam War. The author, Vince Copeland, was a founding member of Workers World Party and had been a militant steel worker fired in . . . | Continue reading 'Expanding Empire' — in 1969 and today at Workers.org

Nick Pemberton (2019-08-16). Is White Supremacism a Mental Illness? counterpunch.org "The most noxious element of neoliberalism is the reduction of all social issues to personal responsibility." —Henry A. Giroux "Violence is one of the most fun things to watch." — Quentin Tarantino Have you ever wondered why we [women] are not just in armed combat against you? It's not because there's a shortage of kitchen More

Ron Jacobs (2019-08-16). People's Music for the Soul. counterpunch.org Folk music can mean many things. It can be songs one learned as a child from a record or a musical relative. The songs can be classic tunes with words as old as the songs themselves or the songs can be old tunes with brand new words. Or the entire tune can be a new More

David Yearsley (2019-08-16). Kind of Blue at 60. counterpunch.org Miles Davis' Kind of Blue was released on August 17, 1959—sixty years ago tomorrow. That was ten years after, and ten degrees cooler, than the little big band of Miles' Birth of the Cool. With Kind of Blue the baby had grown up: sleeker, more earnest, now distrustful of irony, and also cagier, suspicious without wanting to show anything that might suggest defensiveness. Its icy hauteur sets the standard for art that draws you in by pretending it doesn't need anyone or anything but itself. More

Eric Draitser (2019-08-16). "Bernie is Trump" (and other Corporate Media Bullsh*t). counterpunch.org A dead-end street with a lemonade stand Where is the sky in upside down land? That question is hard if you can't see the stars I'm really not sure, ask me tomorrow — Yasiin Bey, "Education" (featured on the album "Bandana" by Freddie Gibbs) Welcome to Bizarro World where up is down, black is white, More

Rob Urie (2019-08-16). Neoliberalism and Environmental Calamity. counterpunch.org Current conditions represent a political emergency of sorts, meaning that ways of solving environmental and social problems will either be worked out or circumstances, led by the environment, will assume a life of their own. Given that these conditions are the result of historical processes that were decades and centuries in the making, understanding how More

Andrew Levine (2019-08-16). Have They No Decency? counterpunch.org Before lightening and the Electoral College struck, making Donald Trump president, he famously boasted that he could walk out onto Fifth Avenue, shoot somebody, and become even more popular than he already was with his base. He was probably right — literally, even back then, before the Trump-induced accelerated degradation of the ambient political culture More

Kavitha Muralidharan (2019-08-16). 'Today We Seek Those Fish in Discovery Channel'. counterpunch.org "It's past 11.40 this morning, so next comes an update on speed," announces A. Yashwanth on the Kadal Osai radio station. "For the last one week, or even a month or so, kachaan kaathu [the south wind] was very strong. The speed was as high as 40 to 60 [kilometres per hour]. Today, as if More

teleSUR (2019-08-16). Brazil: Supreme Court Judges Sergio Moro's Lack of Impartiality. telesurenglish.net Brazil's Supreme Court (STF) will judge the lack of impartiality of former judge Sergio Moro in conducting trials against former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who has remained a political prisoner since April 7, 2018. | RELATED: | Students Strike, Protest Across Brazil as Moro Orders Crackdown | From August 16 to August 22, the STF judges w…

Dave Lindorff (2019-08-16). Did the US really intend to destroy the Soviet Union with its nuclear monopoly? nationofchange.org 74 years ago by the United States dropped the only two atomic bombs exploded in war on cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Today, recalling those events, remember that the US still refuses to renounce a strategy of first-strike use of its nuclear arsenal. This has me pondering two questions that should raise enormous doubts in …

Ed Rampell (2019-08-16). Ironies Abound in the Obama Documentary, 'American Factory'. progressive.org A Chinese billionaire reopens a shuttered Ohio GM plant, hiring some 2,000 Americans to work side-by-side with imported Chinese workers. Culture clash or cultural revolution?

Negin Owliaei (2019-08-16). Red States Cut Worker Pay by $1.5 Billion. commondreams.org Most of these localities also have poverty rates far higher than the U.S. average. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2019-08-16). Financial turbulence continues as major economies move towards recession. wsws.org The gyrations in financial markets and the growing signs of recession—threatening to set in motion a crisis even more severe than that of 2008—pose vital political issues before the working class in every country.

Victor Grossman (2019-08-16). Warnings, Ancient and Modern. counterpunch.org The wise priest Laocoà∂n, old legends say, vainly warned against the famous "Trojan horse". A hostile god sent giant serpents which strangled him and the big wooden present was opened. The soldiers hidden inside opened Troy's gates so the Greek battalions could rush in, kill the men, enslave the women and destroy the city. Its More

Bob Scofield (2019-08-16). Tit For Tat: Baltimore Takes Another Hit, This Time From Uruguay. counterpunch.org I imagine that however a Baltimorean feels when their city is attacked by the barbarian in the White House it has to be worse when the city is slighted by Uruguay, one of the world's most progressive countries. On August 5th the Uruguayan Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a warning to Uruguayans traveling to the More

Jim Hightower (2019-08-16). Where's the beef in NAFTA 2.0? nationofchange.org "MAGA," blusters Donald Trump — Make America Great Again! America's ranching families, however, would like Trump to come off his high horse and get serious about a more modest goal, namely: Make America COOL Again. COOL stands for Country-of-Origin-Labeling, a straightforward law simply requiring that agribusiness giants put labels on packages of steak, pork chops, …

WSWS (2019-08-16). Australian government boosts Special Forces despite war crimes charges. wsws.org The move is part of the preparation for war, as well as for the suppression of domestic dissent.

WSWS (2019-08-16). Newark, New Jersey suspends distribution of bottled water over expiration concerns. wsws.org City officials were forced to stop distributions Tuesday in response to concerns over cases of bottled water that were labeled as expired.

Michael T. Hertz (2019-08-16). Looking backwards: 2020-1944. nationofchange.org Perhaps you'll recognize the reference in the title to this article to a novel published in 1888. It was the third most popular American novel of the 19th century after Uncle Tom's Cabin and Ben-Hur: Looking Backward: 2000—1887, a utopian novel by Edward Bellamy. When its second edition was published in 1889, it inspired 162 …

Susan Miller (2019-08-16). That Debacle at the Border is Genocide. counterpunch.org Prepared text for at talk at Cornbread and Beans, Norman, Oklahoma. (August 9, 2019.) I'm grateful for the invitation to speak to you. I'm a Democrat and the child of Democrats, and lately, I'd vote for the yellow dog. I believe that what I'm going to talk about today is central to our mission and values More

WSWS (2019-08-16). US Kaiser Permanente workers vote overwhelmingly in favor of strike. wsws.org The 98 percent strike vote is a powerful expression of opposition to decades of attacks on workers by the multi-trillion dollar US health care industry.

Kioni Dudley (2019-08-16). Statehood Questioned at Hawaii's 60th Anniversary. globalresearch.ca August 16, 2019, marks the 60th Anniversary of Statehood for Hawai'i. It will go little noticed. This article offers new information on illegalities and fraudulence regarding the statehood vote, and why it should not have been accepted by the …

Sarah Abed (2019-08-16). Fewer Banks in African American Neighborhoods Contribute to the U.S. Racial Wealth Gap. globalresearch.ca A new study published by McKinsey & Co on Tuesday found that one of the contributing factors to the U.S. racial wealth gap is the lack of banks in predominantly African American communities. Lack of access to mainstream financial services …

Yves Engler (2019-08-16). Media Can't Even Tell the Truth About Canada's Foreign Policy History. globalresearch.ca Media coverage of Canadian foreign policy is uniquely one-sided and biased. It's so bad that few readers, listeners or viewers will have ever seen or heard an honest analysis of this country's past, let alone current role around the world….

The Canary (2019-08-16). Corbyn says 'it's not up to Jo Swinson to decide who is PM' amid leadership row. thecanary.co Jeremy Corbyn has struck out at Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson after she rejected his plan to lead an emergency government to thwart a no-deal Brexit.The Labour leader said: "It's not up to Jo Swinson to decide who the next prime minister is going to be" after she rejected his proposal to force a general election. | Ms Swinson was under increasing pressure to back Mr Corbyn's suggestion that included forcing out Boris Johnson in a vote of no confidence and securing an extension to the Brexit deadline beyond October 31. | But she maintained her stance that he was not the right politician for the job, despite a…

WSWS (2019-08-16). Corbyn makes his pitch to head a "caretaker government" to stop no-deal Brexit. wsws.org Corbyn's letter sees him bend over backward to reassure his political opponents, including the Blairites in his own party, as well as big business that he has only the "national interest" at heart.

Jeffrey St. Clair (2019-08-16). The First Dambuster: a Coyote Tale. counterpunch.org Here is a coyote tale I learned from Johnny Whizz, an old dipnet fisherman of the Yakima Tribe. Whizz told me the story a few years ago on a foggy morning as we motored in his skiff up the choppy Columbia River toward Memaloose Island, an ancient burial ground of the river tribes. It goes More

Jeffrey St. Clair (2019-08-16). Coyote, the First Dambuster. counterpunch.org Here is a coyote tale I learned from Johnny Whizz, an old dipnet fisherman of the Yakima Tribe. Whizz told me the story a few years ago on a foggy morning as we motored in his skiff up the choppy Columbia River toward Memaloose Island, an ancient burial ground of the river tribes. It goes More

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-08-16). Sanders Says If Israel Wants to Ban Members of Congress, It Should Not Receive Billions in US Military Aid. commondreams.org "The idea that a member of the United States Congress cannot visit a nation which, by the way, we support to the tune of billions and billions of dollars is clearly an outrage." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-08-16). Aid Groups Warn of 'Untold Suffering for Millions' as Trump Weighs Billions in Cuts to UN Humanitarian Programs. commondreams.org Trump's budget office reportedly sent the proposed cuts to the State Department for review despite protests from advocacy groups and Democratic lawmakers | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

susan_p (2019-08-16). White terrorism in the US — through the lens of Dayton, Ohio. greenleft.org.au mass shootings Jonathan LockhartIssue 1233 United States Ku Klux Klan White Supremacy gun violenceI was born and raised i…

Trevor Aaronson (2019-08-16). For Years, Reporters Questioned the Terror Prosecution of Hamid Hayat. Now He's Been Freed. theintercept.com After spending 14 years in prison on charges that he attended a terrorist training camp in Pakistan, Hamid Hayat was freed on August 9 following a California judge's decision to overturn the conviction. | From the start, Hayat's case had been controversial. | The government's star witness, Naseem Khan, was a fast-food worker earning $7 per hour before the FBI enlisted him as an informant and paid him nearly $230,000 over three years. Khan came to the FBI's attention about a month after the September 11 terrorist attacks by claiming to have information about a visit to the United States by Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama…

Nick Alexandrov (2019-08-16). Prevention Through Deterrence: The Strategy Shared by the El Paso Shooter and the U.S. Border Patrol. counterpunch.org It is a simple strategy. First: murder Latinos in the U.S. Second: news of the killings spreads south. Third: fear of violent death paralyzes those hoping to leave Mexico. Terror deters migrants. It appears this was Patrick Crusius' logic when he stormed an El Paso Walmart on August 3. His alleged manifesto insists "that the More

Andrew Korybko (2019-08-16). What Explains Russia and China's Differing Stances towards Kashmir? globalresearch.ca Russia and China, two of the most important Great Powers that are jointly working to accelerate the emergence of the Multipolar World Order, are on totally opposite sides when it comes to Kashmir, with their differing stances being explained by …

Andrew Korybko (2019-08-16). South Yemen Is Already Functionally Independent Even if It's Not Recognized as Such. globalresearch.ca The Southern Transitional Council's liberation of the former South Yemeni capital of Aden from the Saudi-backed Islah Islamists has restored the independence of the Old Cold War-era country. | STC vs. Islah | It was bound to happen sooner than later, but …

Martin Bright (2019-08-16). 'Official Secrets' Reveals How Little We Still Know About the Push for War in Iraq. thenation.com 'Official Secrets' Reveals How Little We Still Know About the Push for War in Iraq…

susan_p (2019-08-16). Rojava an example of ecosocialism. greenleft.org.au Make Rojava Green AgainIssue 1233 Northern Syria Rojava revolution ecosocialismIn 2011, in the context of the Arab Spring, a civil war began in Syria, pitting various armed groups against President Bashar al-Assad's regime. | Rapidly, a Kurdish-majorit…

Staff (2019-08-16). Headlines for August 16, 2019. democracynow.org Israel Bars Reps. Omar & Tlaib from Official Trip to West Bank Due to Their Support for BDS, 11 Die in Kashmir as Pakistani & Indian Troops Exchange Fire, U.S. Puts Pressure on Crew of Iranian Oil Tanker Seized in July, North Korea Test-Fires Two Missiles as It Rejects New Talks with S. Korea, NOAA: July Was Officially the Hottest Month on Record, Australia Accused of Watering Down Pacific Island Climate Agreement, Study: Surge in Methane Gas Emissions Is Linked to Fracking Boom, 270 Die, 1 Million Displaced in India from Heavy Monsoon Rains, Federal Court: Trump Admin Can't Deny Soap & Toothpaste to Migrant Chil…

Eugene E Ruyle (2019-08-16). The Plot to Attack Iran:‚Ä® How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Iran. indybay.org NPML, 6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland (just North of Alcatraz Ave.)…

Do No Harm Coalition, Public Health Awakening (2019-08-16). #CloseTheCamps: Protest by Healthcare & Harm Reduction Workers for Migrant Rights. indybay.org Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), | 630 Sansome St, San Francisco 94111…

Public Health Justice Collective & Others (2019-08-16). #CloseTheCamps: Protest by Public Health & Healthcare Workers for Migrant Rights. indybay.org Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), 630 Sansome St, San Francisco 94111…

Jake Johnson, Common Dreams (2019-08-16). Jewish Activists and Allies Confront Amazon for Profiting Off ICE Terror. indybay.org More than 1,000 Jewish activists and allies gathered at an Amazon book store in New York City on Sunday to protest the online retail behemoth's collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which swept up nearly 700 people last week in what was reportedly one of the agency's largest-ever raids.

Cat Bell (2019-08-16). Haight Ashbury Peace Vigil. indybay.org Corner of Masonic and Fell at the Golden Gate Park Panhandle…

Ramzy Baroud (2019-08-16). Manifestos of Hate: What White Terrorists Have in Common. counterpunch.org Writing under the title of "If the El Paso shooter had been Muslim", Moustafa Bayoumi stated the obvious. "If the El Paso shooter had been a Muslim," Bayoumi wrote in the British Guardian newspaper on August 6, US President Donald Trump "would be lobbing accusations such as 'Islam hates us' in the direction of Muslims More

Meena Miriam Yust, Arshad Khan (2019-08-16). The Microplastic Threat. counterpunch.org When Chelsea Rochman at the University of Toronto and colleagues began their study on medakas (small Japanese rice paddy fish), they did not expect to find what they did. They first soaked ground-up polyethylene in San Diego Bay for three months and then fed it to these fish along with a laboratory diet. They also fed the More

The Canary (2019-08-16). Warning over facial recognition 'epidemic' in the UK. thecanary.co Facial recognition technology has been used in shopping centres, museums and conference centres around the UK, an investigation has claimed. | Civil liberties group Big Brother Watch labelled use of the technology an "epidemic" and said its use on privately owned sites was "deeply disturbing". | The group said the Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield had carried out trials of the technology last year, while the World Museum in Liverpool and Millennium Point conference centre in Birmingham were also named in its investigation as locations where scans had taken place. | On Thursday, the Information Commissioner'

Carlo Fanelli (2019-08-16). Austerity without End. Neoliberal Reforms and Labour Rights. globalresearch.ca In 2019, the now 187-member International Labour Organization celebrated its 100th anniversary. As one of the oldest agencies of the United Nations, the ILO used the occasion to renew calls for improved opportunities and working conditions, social protections and collective …

Zubeida Mustafa (2019-08-15). Trump's Ignorance Touches Off a New Crisis in Kashmir. truthdig.com South Asia is again in crisis and could be on the brink of war. For the second time in six months, the world is on tenterhooks, waiting to see what turn events will take. Because the two antagonists are armed with nuclear weapons, the possibility of a confrontation is taken seriously. And as has happened before, Kashmir is at the center of the dispute that has kept India and Pakistan at loggerheads for over 70 years. | The simmering cauldron came to a boil about 10 days ago, when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, flush after a landslide electoral victory, revoked Article 370 of the Indian constitution, which e…

teleSUR (2019-08-15). US Demands UK Hand Over Seized Iran Oil Tanker. telesurenglish.net The U.S. Department of Justice has put in a special request, in the early hours of Thursday morning, demanding that they be given Iran's oil tanker, which was seized by the U.K., and which was due to be returned to Iran on Thursday. | RELATED: | US Trade Deal Could Drag Britain Into More Wars, Austerity | "The US Department of Justice has applied to seize…

teleSUR (2019-08-15). UK Snubs Trump, Orders Release of Iranian Oil Tanker. telesurenglish.net Gibraltar decided Thursday to free the Iranian oil tanker Grace 1, detained off the British overseas territory six weeks ago by Royal Marines, paving the way for a possible swap for a British-flagged tanker seized by Iran in the Gulf. | RELATE: | US Demands UK Hand Over Seized Iran Oil Tanker | The two tankers have become pawns in the standoff between Iran and the West, their fate tangled up in the diplomatic differences between the EU's big powers and the United States. | The Grace 1 was sei…

RT (2019-08-15). US Navy expert laments 'Slav' incompetence of new NATO navies in scary Russia essay. rt.com NATO's Eastern European member states have terrible navies that suffer from "legacy concepts" and equipment and can't do much against Russia, a prominent professor lamented, asking the US Navy to do something about it.

RT (2019-08-15). Russians everywhere! Biden aide cries 'spy plane' about normal treaty flight over US. rt.com A routine Russian flight to Hawaii under the Open Skies treaty has been invoked by a former senior Obama administration official to stir up panic among the 'Russiagate' holdovers, proving some conspiracies just refuse to go away.

teleSUR (2019-08-15). Russia Denounces Plan Based in Guyana to Destabilize Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Russia's Foreign Ministry reported on Thursday on a plan to train alleged Venezuelan refugees in a British military base in Guyana, this in order to deploy them in the South American country to perpetrate violent acts. | RELATED: | Maduro Says Uribe, Colombian Ambassador Plotting his Killing | The spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said that "dozens of alleged refugees from Venezuela have been transferred to a…

Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez (2019-08-15). "Give us your rich": Immigration reporter says trump admin is changing "wholesale" who gets into U.S. nationofchange.org "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" Those are the words of Emma Lazarus inscribed on the Statue of Liberty. But this week, acting Director of Citizenship …

Jesse Jackson (2019-08-15). End endless conflict and bring peace to Korea. peoplesworld.org July 27 marked the 66th anniversary of the signing of the Korean War armistice, which brought an end to hostilities that killed nearly five million people, including almost 40,000 U.S. service members. The war ended in a temporary cease-fire, which is why the United States still maintains 28,500 troops in South Korea. Nuclear missiles ring the …

Paul Rockwell (2019-08-15). Aloha from Dr. Martin Luther King and Tulsi Gabbard. mintpressnews.com "Aloha," says Gabbard, "is a powerful force that motivates us to take action for the well-being of others and our country." In King's famous words, "The arc of the moral universe is long, but bends toward justice." Gabbard seeks to bend the arc of history away from war toward peace.

John Bachtell (2019-08-15). Changing world balance of forces in new stage of globalization. peoplesworld.org This is part 7 of the full main report, "Unity to save people and planet; For full equality, democracy, peace, and green socialism," to the 31st National Convention of the Communist Party USA held in Chicago, Illinois, June 21-23, 2019. Other installments available here. The abbreviated oral presentation is available here. John Bachtell served as CPUSA national …

Ilana Novick (2019-08-15). Prison Guard Drives Truck Into Crowd of Peaceful Anti-ICE Protesters. truthdig.com Activists who were sitting at the entry to the detention facility's parking lot in Rhode Island are shaken but remain as committed as ever.

Stephen Lendman (2019-08-15). Fake News About Venezuela and the Power of Propaganda. globalresearch.ca Public ignorance and indifference about major issues let US authorities get away with mass murder and much more. | In a June 1950 commencement address, Boston University President Daniel Marsh said: | "If the (television) craze continues…we are destined to have a …

Abayomi Azikiwe (2019-08-15). Sudan's "Constitutional Declaration" Leaves Out Key Political Forces. Attempted Military Coups and Regional Intrigue. globalresearch.ca Members of the Sudanese Professional Association (SPA), a leading organization within the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC), announced on August 9 that they would have no representatives in the soon to be created transitional government. | This report comes in …

Aaron Maté (2019-08-15). Top scientist denounces smears of Tulsi Gabbard on Syria. thegrayzone.com Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has been smeared as an Assad apologist for her efforts to end the US-backed proxy war and…

Stephen Lendman (2019-08-15). Trump Regime Gutting the Endangered Species Act. globalresearch.ca Richard Nixon was a friend of the earth, Donald Trump its mortal enemy. | Following the 1969 offshore Santa Barbara, CA February oil spill, the largest in US waters to that time, (now third-ranked after the 1989 Exxon Valdez and 2010 …

Emily Apple (2019-08-15). Damning new evidence is yet another reason why selling arms to Saudi Arabia is illegal. thecanary.co New evidence that shows the Saudi-led coalition is breaking humanitarian law in Yemen has been published by the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) and Mwatana for Human Rights (Mwatana). Its research shows that the coalition: has continued to carry out apparently unlawful attacks throughout the course of the conflict, failed to credibly investigate, and whitewashed signif…

teleSUR (2019-08-15). Brazil: 8 Bodies Found in Secret Mass Grave Used by Rio Militia. telesurenglish.net Police and firefighters discovered Wednesday eight bodies in a clandestine cemetery used by far-right militias in Belford Roxo, a poor municipality ravaged by violence which is located at the Rio de Janeiro Metropolitan Region. | RELATED: | Brazil: 100,000 Daisies in Defense of Working Women's Rights | Bullet wounds were identified on most bodies, some of which were also dismembered, Commissioner Moyses Santana Gomes said to local media. | The discovery of the Belford Roxo grave, w…

Steve Sweeney (2019-08-15). Turkey: Women's group offers solidarity to Syrian refugees. peoplesworld.org Women in Turkey have come together and sent a message of solidarity with thousands of Syrian refugees being deported as authorities crack down across Istanbul. The Yoƒüurtàßu Women's Forum met in Turkey's largest city to discuss the plight of the country's 3.6 million Syrian refugees as the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government implements a …

Sharon Kelly (2019-08-15). Fracking and shale drilling caused spike in climate-warming methane pollution, says new study. nationofchange.org Climate-changing pollution reached unprecedented levels in 2018. That's both judged against the last 60 years of modern measurements and against 800,000 years of data culled from ice cores, according to the U.S. government's State of the Climate report, which was published this week with the American Meteorological Society. That pollution creates a greenhouse effect that is over 42 percent stronger than …

Staff (2019-08-15). Fracking and Shale Drilling Caused Spike in Climate-Warming Methane Pollution. truthout.org | | Climate-changing pollution reached unprecedented levels in 2018. That's both judged against the last 60 years of modern measurements and against 800,000 years of data culled from ice cores, according to the U.S. government's State of the Climate report, which was published this week with the American Meteorological Societ…

2019-08-16: Social Media Postees

Palestine: Dangerous Bill in US Congress to Crush the PLO and the PA
Zaha Hassan | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-16
A bipartisan US bill currently being considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee puts at stake the ability of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) to engage diplomatic and legal channels to support Palestinian national aspirations and to seek accountability through international …
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Bernie Sanders: If Israel Bans Members of Congress, It Shouldn't Receive US Aid
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-16
| Sen. Bernie Sanders told MSNBC Thursday night that perhaps Israel should not be receiving billions of dollars in U.S. military aid after the right-wing government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu barred Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from entering the country. | "I wish I could tell you…that I am shocked. I am not," Sanders, a 2020 Demo…
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Israel Reverses Ban on US Congresswoman Tlaib
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-16
Israel has decided to reverse the ban on U.S. congresswoman Rashida Tlaib Friday after she agreed to just visit her family in the occupied West Bank on humanitarian grounds. | RELATED: | Israel Confirms Banning Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib from Visiting Palestine Over BDS Support | Tlaib, a critic of Israeli policy towards Palestinians, has agreed to respect the restrictions imposed on her during the occupied West Bank trip and will not promote the Boyco…
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Israel Fears a Visit by Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib
Yoav Litvin | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
On July 16, Somali-American Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar, together with Representatives John Lewis and Palestinian-American Rashida Tlaib, introduced bill HR-496 which is meant to affirm Americans' "right to participate in boycotts in pursuit of civil and human rights at home and abroad, as protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution". Though not explicitly mentioned, HR-496 is at least…
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Rashida Tlaib Blasts Israel for 'Oppressive Conditions'
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-16
U.S. Representative Rashida Tlaib blasted Israel on Friday for imposing "oppressive conditions" on her visit to the occupied West Bank. | RELATED: | Israel Reverses Ban on US Congresswoman Tlaib | Israel, who was conditionally allowing Tlaib to visit the occupied West Bank, issued a list of demands for the U.S. congresswoman that prohibited her from promoting the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) during her stay. | The U.S. congresswoman, in turn, said she would not visit her family there…
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A Wave of Solidarity With Kashmir Is Spreading Across the Globe
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-16
| Tragedy is unfolding in Kashmir. Split between India and Pakistan, the state has been under military occupation as a result of the partition of the subcontinent in 1947 and a war between the two powers the following year. On August 5, however, the right-wing Bha…
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Trump starves Venezuela, Democrats are silent
Aaron Maté | mronline.org | 2019-08-16
The Trump administration is intensifying its economic warfare on the people of Venezuela with a crippling embargo–and facing no resistance from the Democratic Party. | Source…
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Ideas from hell: The far right's weaponized conspiracy theories
Derek Royden | nationofchange.org | 2019-08-16
Since the end of April, there have been three mass shootings that can be directly tied to white nationalism. The victims of these white supremacist terrorist attacks were almost all from minority communities, including Jewish people at a synagogue in Poway, California, Muslims in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand and most recently Latinx people …
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It's No Wonder the Military likes Violent Video Games, They Can Help Train Civilians to Become Warriors
Neve Gordon | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
Following the recent massacres in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, the bestselling author Keith Boykin tweeted: Trump is on TV blaming the Internet, social media, video games and mental health for the mass shootings. Nonsense! Every country has Google, Facebook, video games and people with mental health issues. What they don't have is…
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200 years since the Peterloo Massacre
wsws.org | 2019-08-16
A savage attack by sword-wielding cavalry on a crowd of protesters in Manchester, England in August 1819 resulted in at least 18 people being killed and some 700 injured.
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Walmart Employees Organize for Gun Safety at Work
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-16
| When a white-supremacist gunman armed with a semi-automatic assault weapon walked into a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, on Aug. 3 and killed 22 people in a shooting spree targeting Latinx people, it was just the latest incident of gun violence to take place in a Walmart store. | A few days before the El Paso massacre, two people were killed in a shooting at a Walmart in Southaven, Mi…
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Poetry selections for the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre
Jenny Farrell | peoplesworld.org | 2019-08-16
Percy Bysshe Shelley's lifetime was defined by the French Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars, and severe political repression in England and elsewhere in Europe. In contrast to other European countries, the power of the bourgeoisie in England had been consolidated in their own revolutionary period in the 17th century. Therefore, the ruling class in England had …
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Trump, el capitalismo incitan tiroteos masivos
Workers World Party | workers.org | 2019-08-16
Entre el 31 de julio y el 3 de agosto, tres terroristas hombres de raza con blanca mataron e hirieron a docenas de personas en Gilroy, California; El Paso, Texas; y Dayton, Ohio. Tres tiroteos masivos en los Estados Unidos en una semana. Los locutores de televisión expresaron que esto . . . | Continue reading Trump, el capitalismo incitan tiroteos masivos at Workers.org
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US Trained Honduran Police Get Medieval as Political Prisoner Edwin Espinal Released
Adrienne Pine | mintpressnews.com | 2019-08-16
The Honduran corruption canard keeps the focus on police resources and individuals rather than on the pangs of privatization, and so it is often the line favored by the U.S. State Department.
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Iran tanker released in Gibraltar despite US bid to seize it
wsws.org | 2019-08-16
The decision to release the tanker, formally declared by Gibraltar, but clearly made in London, exposes rising tensions over Washington's "maximum pressure" policy.
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Iran's Dangerous Deterrence Policy: Trading Tankers and Another Partial Withdrawal from the JCPOA
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-16
The UK acknowledged its first defeat by Iran when it released the Iranian super tanker "Grace 1" captured by 30 Royal Navy commandos in the first week of July in response to a US request, as the Spanish Foreign …
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Dead Man's Hand: The Impeachment Gambit
Jim Kavanagh | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
The two-year Mueller investigation of Donald Trump's alleged collusion ("largely synonymous with conspiracy") with Russia is over. Nothingburger. The 448-page Mueller Report has been published in full, and made into a dramatic hour-and-twenty-minute stage performance adapted by a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright with a cast of Hollywood stars. Yawn. Then there was the seven hours of…
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Trump worsens threat of nuclear catastrophe with Russia
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-08-16
MIT professor Ted Postol warns that Trump's withdrawal from the INF treaty threatens nuclear 'catastrophe.' Guest: Theodore Postol, award-winning Professor…
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US Waging Wars on Multiple Fronts: Cold Wars, Hot Wars, Economic Wars, Propaganda Wars
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-16
Supported by both hawkish wings of its war party, the US is waging hot wars, cold wars, economic wars, financial wars, trade wars, anti-social justice wars, anti-human rights wars, anti-democracy wars, propaganda wars, sanctions wars, tariffs wars, protest wars, homeland …
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Punishing the World with Sanctions. Intended to Cause Real Pain
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-16
Sanctions are economic warfare, pure and simple. As an alternative to a direct military attack on a country that is deemed to be misbehaving they are certainly preferable, but no one should be under any illusions regarding what they actually …
globalresearch.ca/punishing-the-world-with-sanctions-intended-to-cause-real-pain/5686517

Oslo mosque targeted in attempted far-right terrorist attack
wsws.org | 2019-08-16
The Norwegian political establishment has promoted the hysterical anti-immigrant atmosphere that encourages fascist attacks.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/16/oslo…

Uncle Sam was Born Lethal
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
One of the occupational and intellectual hazards of being a historian is that current events often seem far less new to oneself than they do to others. Recently a leftish liberal friend told me that the United States under the Donald Trump had "become a lethal society." My friend cited the neofascist Trump's: horrible family separations and concentration camps on the border; openly white-nationalist assaults on four progressive nonwhite and female Congresswomen; real and threatened roundups of undocumented immigrants; fascist-style and hate-filled "Make America Great Again" rallies; encouragement of white suprema…
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With the Boeing 737 MAX Grounded, Top Boeing Bosses Must Testify Before Congress Now
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
Two Boeing 737 MAX crashes, one in Indonesia last October and one in Ethiopia this past March, took a combined 346 lives. Steady scrutiny by the media reported internal company leaks and gave voice to sidelined ex-Boeing engineers and aerospace safety specialists. These experts have revealed that Boeing's executives are responsible because they chose to use an unstable structural…
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The Prosecution of Julian Assange Affects Us All
Nozomi Hayase | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
With the indictment of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and the imprisonment of whistleblower Chelsea Manning, we are seeing the US government's blatant attack on the First Amendment. This assault now is officially acknowledged by a US federal court, where the judge dismissed a Democratic National Committee (DNC) civil suit against WikiLeaks on the grounds of…
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George W. Bush's Infuriating Innocence Project
Robert Shetterly | commondreams.org | 2019-08-16
US President George Bush addresses the nation during his State of the Union address from Capitol Hill in Washington 20 January 2004. Bush vowed that the United States "will never seek a permission slip" to go to war as he took aim in his annual State of the Union speech at critics of the invasion of Iraq. At left is Vice President Dick Cheney; at right House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-IL. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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British Rail: A Mass Transport System Is an Essential Public Service Not a Get-Rich-Quick Scheme for Investors
Hans Stehling | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-16
Outdated rolling-stock, primitive or no air-conditioning, poor service, unreliable timetables and sky-high fares make Britain's railways the bad joke of Europe. | As millions of commuters are forced to use a rail system near to collapse, it serves a stark warning | …
globalresearch.ca/british-rail-mass-transport-system-essential-public-service-not-get-rich-quick-scheme-investors/5686593

Catch and Hang Live Chickens for Slaughter: $11 an Hour Possible!
Martha Rosenberg | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
Koch Foods, a giant chicken processor that supplies Burger King, Kroger and Walmart (not affiliated with the Koch brothers) lost no time in replacing the five busloads of undocumented workers taken from its Mississippi plants this month due to an ICE raid. It is already holding "job fairs" to replace the workers. The August ICE…
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Brazil: Supreme Court Judges Sergio Moro's Lack of Impartiality
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-16
Brazil's Supreme Court (STF) will judge the lack of impartiality of former judge Sergio Moro in conducting trials against former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who has remained a political prisoner since April 7, 2018. | RELATED: | Students Strike, Protest Across Brazil as Moro Orders Crackdown | From August 16 to August 22, the STF judges w…
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"Bernie is Trump" (and other Corporate Media Bullsh*t)
Eric Draitser | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
A dead-end street with a lemonade stand Where is the sky in upside down land? That question is hard if you can't see the stars I'm really not sure, ask me tomorrow — Yasiin Bey, "Education" (featured on the album "Bandana" by Freddie Gibbs) Welcome to Bizarro World where up is down, black is white,…
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Did the US really intend to destroy the Soviet Union with its nuclear monopoly?
Dave Lindorff | nationofchange.org | 2019-08-16
74 years ago by the United States dropped the only two atomic bombs exploded in war on cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Today, recalling those events, remember that the US still refuses to renounce a strategy of first-strike use of its nuclear arsenal. This has me pondering two questions that should raise enormous doubts in …
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Ironies Abound in the Obama Documentary, 'American Factory'
Ed Rampell | progressive.org | 2019-08-16
A Chinese billionaire reopens a shuttered Ohio GM plant, hiring some 2,000 Americans to work side-by-side with imported Chinese workers. Culture clash or cultural revolution?
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Red States Cut Worker Pay by $1.5 Billion
Negin Owliaei | commondreams.org | 2019-08-16
Most of these localities also have poverty rates far higher than the U.S. average. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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"Proletarian billionaire" act wears thin: Trump's war on workers
Joe Sims | peoplesworld.org | 2019-08-16
The U.S. working class has received special attention from the Trump campaign's first days; since his election, it has been singled out for special assault. "America First" was portrayed as making working-class America first; "Make America Great Again" meant reawakening the greatness of the American working class. But the Trump agenda as thus marketed had …
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The Biotech-Industrial Complex Gets Ready to Define What is Human
Stuart A. Newman | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
Fabricating part-human-part-nonhuman animals, with features of both, seemed like something out of Greek mythology until the late 20th century. New research then on "geeps," fully developed, viable mixtures of goats and sheep, showed that constructing such "chimeras" was a real possibility. Still, the warning by H.G. Wells, a century before, in his novel "The Island of Dr. Moreau," that scientific experiments like this could go terribly awry, seemed fantastical. But this will soon change. At the end of July, it was reported that the biologist Juan Carlos Izpisúa Belmonte, director of a laboratory at the Salk Insti…
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The Vanity Cinema of Quentin Tarantino
Louis Proyect | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
After being sorely disappointed by Quentin Tarantino's last two films– "The Hateful Eight" and "Django Unchained" –I decided to wait for a studio screener of "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" in November. This is when I customarily get freebies from studio publicists hoping to influence my vote in NYFCO's awards meeting in early December.
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Warnings, Ancient and Modern
Victor Grossman | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
The wise priest Laocoà∂n, old legends say, vainly warned against the famous "Trojan horse". A hostile god sent giant serpents which strangled him and the big wooden present was opened. The soldiers hidden inside opened Troy's gates so the Greek battalions could rush in, kill the men, enslave the women and destroy the city. Its…
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The War on Nature
Evaggelos Vallianatos | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
Ancient Greeks, Persians, Egyptians, Mesopotamians, Chinese and Indians respected or worshipped several gods. Those gods were usually forces of nature, which opened the mind, eyes and hearts of human beings to the mysteries, beauty and truth of the natural world. The vast human majorities of the ancient world were peasant farmers and shepherds who cultivated…
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Where's the beef in NAFTA 2.0?
Jim Hightower | nationofchange.org | 2019-08-16
"MAGA," blusters Donald Trump — Make America Great Again! America's ranching families, however, would like Trump to come off his high horse and get serious about a more modest goal, namely: Make America COOL Again. COOL stands for Country-of-Origin-Labeling, a straightforward law simply requiring that agribusiness giants put labels on packages of steak, pork chops, …
nationofchange.org/2019/08/16/wheres-the…

'Fefu and Her Friends': Fornés's feminist odyssey at the Odyssey
Ed Rampell | peoplesworld.org | 2019-08-16
LOS ANGELES–Originality is among those attributes I admire and cherish most in the arts, and Maria Irene Fornés's (1930-2018) Fefu and Her Friends is singular on several fronts. First of all, the Cuban-born, Obie Award-winning playwright's characters are eight females. This is far less common than mixed-gender or all-male casts, such as in Jason Miller's …
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Financial turbulence continues as major economies move towards recession
wsws.org | 2019-08-16
The gyrations in financial markets and the growing signs of recession–threatening to set in motion a crisis even more severe than that of 2008–pose vital political issues before the working class in every country.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/16/mark…

Australian government boosts Special Forces despite war crimes charges
wsws.org | 2019-08-16
The move is part of the preparation for war, as well as for the suppression of domestic dissent.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/16/sasf…

Looking backwards: 2020-1944
Michael T. Hertz | nationofchange.org | 2019-08-16
Perhaps you'll recognize the reference in the title to this article to a novel published in 1888. It was the third most popular American novel of the 19th century after Uncle Tom's Cabin and Ben-Hur: Looking Backward: 2000–1887, a utopian novel by Edward Bellamy. When its second edition was published in 1889, it inspired 162 …
nationofchange.org/2019/08/16/looking-ba…

Modern medicine declares war on loneliness with drugs & bots, threatening introverts with extinction
rt.com | 2019-08-16
With pharmaceutical and even robotic "cures" in the works for loneliness – a condition once considered part of the normal human emotional range but now framed as a health risk – we risk losing the ability to be alone at all. | …
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Newark, New Jersey suspends distribution of bottled water over expiration concerns
wsws.org | 2019-08-16
City officials were forced to stop distributions Tuesday in response to concerns over cases of bottled water that were labeled as expired.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/16/newa…

'Expanding Empire' — in 1969 and today
V. Copeland | workers.org | 2019-08-16
The following excerpt from "Expanding Empire — The global war drive of big business and the forces that will stop it" was written in 1969 during the Vietnam War. The author, Vince Copeland, was a founding member of Workers World Party and had been a militant steel worker fired in . . . | Continue reading 'Expanding Empire' — in 1969 and today at Workers.org
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Tit For Tat: Baltimore Takes Another Hit, This Time From Uruguay
Bob Scofield | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
I imagine that however a Baltimorean feels when their city is attacked by the barbarian in the White House it has to be worse when the city is slighted by Uruguay, one of the world's most progressive countries. On August 5th the Uruguayan Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a warning to Uruguayans traveling to the…
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Kind of Blue at 60
David Yearsley | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
Miles Davis' Kind of Blue was released on August 17, 1959–sixty years ago tomorrow. That was ten years after, and ten degrees cooler, than the little big band of Miles' Birth of the Cool. With Kind of Blue the baby had grown up: sleeker, more earnest, now distrustful of irony, and also cagier, suspicious without wanting to show anything that might suggest defensiveness. Its icy hauteur sets the standard for art that draws you in by pretending it doesn't need anyone or anything but itself.
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People's Music for the Soul
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
Folk music can mean many things. It can be songs one learned as a child from a record or a musical relative. The songs can be classic tunes with words as old as the songs themselves or the songs can be old tunes with brand new words. Or the entire tune can be a new…
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Is White Supremacism a Mental Illness?
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
"The most noxious element of neoliberalism is the reduction of all social issues to personal responsibility." –Henry A. Giroux "Violence is one of the most fun things to watch." — Quentin Tarantino Have you ever wondered why we [women] are not just in armed combat against you? It's not because there's a shortage of kitchen…
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Neoliberalism and Environmental Calamity
Rob Urie | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
Current conditions represent a political emergency of sorts, meaning that ways of solving environmental and social problems will either be worked out or circumstances, led by the environment, will assume a life of their own. Given that these conditions are the result of historical processes that were decades and centuries in the making, understanding how…
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That Debacle at the Border is Genocide
Susan Miller | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
Prepared text for at talk at Cornbread and Beans, Norman, Oklahoma. (August 9, 2019.) I'm grateful for the invitation to speak to you. I'm a Democrat and the child of Democrats, and lately, I'd vote for the yellow dog. I believe that what I'm going to talk about today is central to our mission and values…
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'Today We Seek Those Fish in Discovery Channel'
Kavitha Muralidharan | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
"It's past 11.40 this morning, so next comes an update on speed," announces A. Yashwanth on the Kadal Osai radio station.
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Have They No Decency?
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
Before lightening and the Electoral College struck, making Donald Trump president, he famously boasted that he could walk out onto Fifth Avenue, shoot somebody, and become even more popular than he already was with his base. He was probably right — literally, even back then, before the Trump-induced accelerated degradation of the ambient political culture…
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US Kaiser Permanente workers vote overwhelmingly in favor of strike
wsws.org | 2019-08-16
The 98 percent strike vote is a powerful expression of opposition to decades of attacks on workers by the multi-trillion dollar US health care industry.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/16/kais…

Statehood Questioned at Hawaii's 60th Anniversary
Kioni Dudley | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-16
August 16, 2019, marks the 60th Anniversary of Statehood for Hawai'i. It will go little noticed. This article offers new information on illegalities and fraudulence regarding the statehood vote, and why it should not have been accepted by the …
globalresearch.ca/statehood-questioned-hawaii-60th/5686579

Media Can't Even Tell the Truth About Canada's Foreign Policy History
Yves Engler | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-16
Media coverage of Canadian foreign policy is uniquely one-sided and biased. It's so bad that few readers, listeners or viewers will have ever seen or heard an honest analysis of this country's past, let alone current role around the world….
globalresearch.ca/media-cant-even-tell-the-truth-about-canadas-foreign-policy-history/5686502

Fewer Banks in African American Neighborhoods Contribute to the U.S. Racial Wealth Gap
Sarah Abed | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-16
A new study published by McKinsey & Co on Tuesday found that one of the contributing factors to the U.S. racial wealth gap is the lack of banks in predominantly African American communities. Lack of access to mainstream financial services …
globalresearch.ca/fewer-banks-african-american-neighborhoods-contribute-u-s-racial-wealth-gap/5686556

Corbyn says 'it's not up to Jo Swinson to decide who is PM' amid leadership row
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-08-16
Jeremy Corbyn has struck out at Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson after she rejected his plan to lead an emergency government to thwart a no-deal Brexit.The Labour leader said: "It's not up to Jo Swinson to decide who the next prime minister is going to be" after she rejected his proposal to force a general election. | Ms Swinson was under increasing pressure to back Mr Corbyn's suggestion that included forcing out Boris Johnson in a vote of no confidence and securing an extension to the Brexit deadline beyond October 31. | But she maintained her stance that he was not the right politician for the job, despite a…
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Corbyn makes his pitch to head a "caretaker government" to stop no-deal Brexit
wsws.org | 2019-08-16
Corbyn's letter sees him bend over backward to reassure his political opponents, including the Blairites in his own party, as well as big business that he has only the "national interest" at heart.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/16/corb…

Coyote, the First Dambuster
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
Here is a coyote tale I learned from Johnny Whizz, an old dipnet fisherman of the Yakima Tribe. Whizz told me the story a few years ago on a foggy morning as we motored in his skiff up the choppy Columbia River toward Memaloose Island, an ancient burial ground of the river tribes. It goes…
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The First Dambuster: a Coyote Tale
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
Here is a coyote tale I learned from Johnny Whizz, an old dipnet fisherman of the Yakima Tribe. Whizz told me the story a few years ago on a foggy morning as we motored in his skiff up the choppy Columbia River toward Memaloose Island, an ancient burial ground of the river tribes. It goes…
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Sanders Says If Israel Wants to Ban Members of Congress, It Should Not Receive Billions in US Military Aid
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-08-16
"The idea that a member of the United States Congress cannot visit a nation which, by the way, we support to the tune of billions and billions of dollars is clearly an outrage." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Aid Groups Warn of 'Untold Suffering for Millions' as Trump Weighs Billions in Cuts to UN Humanitarian Programs
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-08-16
Trump's budget office reportedly sent the proposed cuts to the State Department for review despite protests from advocacy groups and Democratic lawmakers | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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White terrorism in the US — through the lens of Dayton, Ohio
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-08-16
mass shootings Jonathan LockhartIssue 1233 United States Ku Klux Klan White Supremacy gun violenceI was born and raised i…
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For Years, Reporters Questioned the Terror Prosecution of Hamid Hayat. Now He's Been Freed
Trevor Aaronson | theintercept.com | 2019-08-16
After spending 14 years in prison on charges that he attended a terrorist training camp in Pakistan, Hamid Hayat was freed on August 9 following a California judge's decision to overturn the conviction. | From the start, Hayat's case had been controversial. | The government's star witness, Naseem Khan, was a fast-food worker earning $7 per hour before the FBI enlisted him as an informant and paid him nearly $230,000 over three years. Khan came to the FBI's attention about a month after the September 11 terrorist attacks by claiming to have information about a visit to the United States by Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama…
theintercept.com/2019/08/16/terrorism-se…

Prevention Through Deterrence: The Strategy Shared by the El Paso Shooter and the U.S. Border Patrol
Nick Alexandrov | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
It is a simple strategy. First: murder Latinos in the U.S. Second: news of the killings spreads south. Third: fear of violent death paralyzes those hoping to leave Mexico. Terror deters migrants. It appears this was Patrick Crusius' logic when he stormed an El Paso Walmart on August 3. His alleged manifesto insists…
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What Explains Russia and China's Differing Stances towards Kashmir?
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-16
Russia and China, two of the most important Great Powers that are jointly working to accelerate the emergence of the Multipolar World Order, are on totally opposite sides when it comes to Kashmir, with their differing stances being explained by …
globalresearch.ca/russia-china-differing-stances-kashmir/5686499

South Yemen Is Already Functionally Independent Even if It's Not Recognized as Such
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-16
The Southern Transitional Council's liberation of the former South Yemeni capital of Aden from the Saudi-backed Islah Islamists has restored the independence of the Old Cold War-era country. | STC vs. Islah | It was bound to happen sooner than later, but | …
globalresearch.ca/south-yemen-functionally-independent-not-recognized/5686573

'Official Secrets' Reveals How Little We Still Know About the Push for War in Iraq
Martin Bright | thenation.com | 2019-08-16
'Official Secrets' Reveals How Little We Still Know About the Push for War in Iraq…
thenation.com/article/official-secrets-i…

Rojava an example of ecosocialism
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-08-16
Make Rojava Green AgainIssue 1233 Northern Syria Rojava revolution ecosocialismIn 2011, in the context of the Arab Spring, a civil war began in Syria, pitting various armed groups against President Bashar al-Assad's regime. | Rapidly, a Kurdish-majorit…
greenleft.org.au/content/rojava-example-ecosocialism

The Plot to Attack Iran:‚Ä® How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Iran
Eugene E Ruyle | indybay.org | 2019-08-16
NPML, 6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland (just North of Alcatraz Ave.)…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/15/1882550…

Jewish Activists and Allies Confront Amazon for Profiting Off ICE Terror
Jake Johnson, Common Dreams | indybay.org | 2019-08-16
More than 1,000 Jewish activists and allies gathered at an Amazon book store in New York City on Sunday to protest the online retail behemoth's collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which swept up nearly 700 people last week in what was reportedly one of the agency's largest-ever raids.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/15/1882549…

#CloseTheCamps: Protest by Public Health & Healthcare Workers for Migrant Rights
Public Health Justice Collective & Others | indybay.org | 2019-08-16
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), 630 Sansome St, San Francisco 94111…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/15/1882549…

#CloseTheCamps: Protest by Healthcare & Harm Reduction Workers for Migrant Rights
Do No Harm Coalition, Public Health Awakening | indybay.org | 2019-08-16
Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), | 630 Sansome St, San Francisco 94111…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/15/1882550…

Haight Ashbury Peace Vigil
Cat Bell | indybay.org | 2019-08-16
Corner of Masonic and Fell at the Golden Gate Park Panhandle…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/14/1882549…

Manifestos of Hate: What White Terrorists Have in Common
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
Writing under the title of "If the El Paso shooter had been Muslim", Moustafa Bayoumi stated the obvious. "If the El Paso shooter had been a Muslim," Bayoumi wrote in the British Guardian newspaper on August 6, US President Donald Trump…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/16/manifestos-o…

The Microplastic Threat
Meena Miriam Yust, Arshad Khan | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
When Chelsea Rochman at the University of Toronto and colleagues began their study on medakas (small Japanese rice paddy fish), they did not expect to find what they did. They first soaked ground-up polyethylene in San Diego Bay for three months and then fed it to these fish along with a laboratory diet. They also fed the…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/16/the-micropla…

Warning over facial recognition 'epidemic' in the UK
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-08-16
Facial recognition technology has been used in shopping centres, museums and conference centres around the UK, an investigation has claimed. | Civil liberties group Big Brother Watch labelled use of the technology an "epidemic" and said its use on privately owned sites was "deeply disturbing". | The group said the Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield had carried out trials of the technology last year, while the World Museum in Liverpool and Millennium Point conference centre in Birmingham were also named in its investigation as locations where scans had taken place. | On Thursday, the Information Commissioner'…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2019/08/16/warning-over-facial-recognition-epidemic-in-the-uk/

Austerity without End. Neoliberal Reforms and Labour Rights
Carlo Fanelli | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-16
In 2019, the now 187-member International Labour Organization celebrated its 100th anniversary. As one of the oldest agencies of the United Nations, the ILO used the occasion to renew calls for improved opportunities and working conditions, social protections and collective …
globalresearch.ca/austerity-without-end-neoliberal-reforms-and-labour-rights/5686548

Trump's Ignorance Touches Off a New Crisis in Kashmir
Zubeida Mustafa | truthdig.com | 2019-08-15
South Asia is again in crisis and could be on the brink of war. For the second time in six months, the world is on tenterhooks, waiting to see what turn events will take. Because the two antagonists are armed with nuclear weapons, the possibility of a confrontation is taken seriously. And as has happened before, Kashmir is at the center of the dispute that has kept India and Pakistan at loggerheads for over 70 years. | The simmering cauldron came to a boil about 10 days ago, when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, flush after a landslide electoral victory, revoked Article 370 of the Indian constitution, which e…
truthdig.com/articles/trumps-ignorance-t…

US Demands UK Hand Over Seized Iran Oil Tanker
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-15
The U.S. Department of Justice has put in a special request, in the early hours of Thursday morning, demanding that they be given Iran's oil tanker, which was seized by the U.K., and which was due to be returned to Iran on Thursday. | RELATED: | US Trade Deal Could Drag Britain Into More Wars, Austerity | "The US Department of Justice has applied to seize…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Demands-UK-Ha…

UK Snubs Trump, Orders Release of Iranian Oil Tanker
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-15
Gibraltar decided Thursday to free the Iranian oil tanker Grace 1, detained off the British overseas territory six weeks ago by Royal Marines, paving the way for a possible swap for a British-flagged tanker seized by Iran in the Gulf. | RELATE: | US Demands UK Hand Over Seized Iran Oil Tanker | The two tankers have become pawns in the standoff between Iran and the West, their fate tangled up in the diplomatic differences between the EU's big powers and the United States. | The Grace 1 was sei…
telesurenglish.net/news/UK-Snubs-Trump-O…

US Navy expert laments 'Slav' incompetence of new NATO navies in scary Russia essay
rt.com | 2019-08-15
NATO's Eastern European member states have terrible navies that suffer from "legacy concepts" and equipment and can't do much against Russia, a prominent professor lamented, asking the US Navy to do something about it. | …
rt.com/usa/466599-nato-navy-russia-refor…

Russians everywhere! Biden aide cries 'spy plane' about normal treaty flight over US
rt.com | 2019-08-15
A routine Russian flight to Hawaii under the Open Skies treaty has been invoked by a former senior Obama administration official to stir up panic among the 'Russiagate' holdovers, proving some conspiracies just refuse to go away. | …
rt.com/usa/466591-open-skies-plane-scare…

Russia Denounces Plan Based in Guyana to Destabilize Venezuela
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-15
Russia's Foreign Ministry reported on Thursday on a plan to train alleged Venezuelan refugees in a British military base in Guyana, this in order to deploy them in the South American country to perpetrate violent acts. | RELATED: | Maduro Says Uribe, Colombian Ambassador Plotting his Killing | The spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said that "dozens of alleged refugees from Venezuela have been transferred to a…
telesurenglish.net/news/Russia-Denounces…

"Give us your rich": Immigration reporter says trump admin is changing "wholesale" who gets into U.S
Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez | nationofchange.org | 2019-08-15
"Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" Those are the words of Emma Lazarus inscribed on the Statue of Liberty. But this week, acting Director of Citizenship …
nationofchange.org/2019/08/15/give-us-yo…

End endless conflict and bring peace to Korea
Jesse Jackson | peoplesworld.org | 2019-08-15
July 27 marked the 66th anniversary of the signing of the Korean War armistice, which brought an end to hostilities that killed nearly five million people, including almost 40,000 U.S. service members. The war ended in a temporary cease-fire, which is why the United States still maintains 28,500 troops in South Korea. Nuclear missiles ring the …
peoplesworld.org/article/end-endless-con…

Aloha from Dr. Martin Luther King and Tulsi Gabbard
Paul Rockwell | mintpressnews.com | 2019-08-15
"Aloha," says Gabbard, "is a powerful force that motivates us to take action for the well-being of others and our country." In King's famous words, "The arc of the moral universe is long, but bends toward justice." Gabbard seeks to bend the arc of history away from war toward peace.
mintpressnews.com/aloha-from-dr-martin-l…

Changing world balance of forces in new stage of globalization
John Bachtell | peoplesworld.org | 2019-08-15
This is part 7 of the full main report, "Unity to save people and planet; For full equality, democracy, peace, and green socialism," to the 31st National Convention of the Communist Party USA held in Chicago, Illinois, June 21-23, 2019. Other installments available here. The abbreviated oral presentation is available here. John Bachtell served as CPUSA national …
peoplesworld.org/article/changing-the-wo…

Prison Guard Drives Truck Into Crowd of Peaceful Anti-ICE Protesters
Ilana Novick | truthdig.com | 2019-08-15
Activists who were sitting at the entry to the detention facility's parking lot in Rhode Island are shaken but remain as committed as ever.
truthdig.com/articles/prison-guard-drive…

Fake News About Venezuela and the Power of Propaganda
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-15
Public ignorance and indifference about major issues let US authorities get away with mass murder and much more. | In a June 1950 commencement address, Boston University President Daniel Marsh said: | "If the (television) craze continues…we are destined to have a | …
globalresearch.ca/fake-news-venezuela-power-propaganda/5686440

Sudan's "Constitutional Declaration" Leaves Out Key Political Forces. Attempted Military Coups and Regional Intrigue
Abayomi Azikiwe | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-15
Members of the Sudanese Professional Association (SPA), a leading organization within the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC), announced on August 9 that they would have no representatives in the soon to be created transitional government. | This report comes in …
globalresearch.ca/sudans-constitutional-declaration-leaves-out-key-political-forces-attempted-military-coups-and-regional-intrigue/5686446

Top scientist denounces smears of Tulsi Gabbard on Syria
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-08-15
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has been smeared as an Assad apologist for her efforts to end the US-backed proxy war and…
thegrayzone.com/2019/08/15/top-scientist…

Trump Regime Gutting the Endangered Species Act
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-15
Richard Nixon was a friend of the earth, Donald Trump its mortal enemy. | Following the 1969 offshore Santa Barbara, CA February oil spill, the largest in US waters to that time, (now third-ranked after the 1989 Exxon Valdez and 2010 …
globalresearch.ca/trump-regime-gutting-endangered-species-act/5686448

Damning new evidence is yet another reason why selling arms to Saudi Arabia is illegal
Emily Apple | thecanary.co | 2019-08-15
New evidence that shows the Saudi-led coalition is breaking humanitarian law in Yemen has been published by the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) and Mwatana for Human Rights (Mwatana). Its research shows that the coalition: has continued to carry out apparently unlawful attacks throughout the course of the conflict, failed to credibly investigate, and whitewashed signif…
thecanary.co/global/world-analysis/2019/08/15/damning-new-evidence-is-yet-another-reason-why-selling-arms-to-saudi-arabia-is-illegal/

Brazil: 8 Bodies Found in Secret Mass Grave Used by Rio Militia
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-15
Police and firefighters discovered Wednesday eight bodies in a clandestine cemetery used by far-right militias in Belford Roxo, a poor municipality ravaged by violence which is located at the Rio de Janeiro Metropolitan Region. | RELATED: | Brazil: 100,000 Daisies in Defense of Working Women's Rights | Bullet wounds were identified on most bodies, some of which were also dismembered, Commissioner Moyses Santana Gomes said to local media. | The discovery of the Belford Roxo grave, w…
telesurenglish.net/news/Brazil-8-Bodies-…

Turkey: Women's group offers solidarity to Syrian refugees
Steve Sweeney | peoplesworld.org | 2019-08-15
Women in Turkey have come together and sent a message of solidarity with thousands of Syrian refugees being deported as authorities crack down across Istanbul. The Yoƒüurtàßu Women's Forum met in Turkey's largest city to discuss the plight of the country's 3.6 million Syrian refugees as the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government implements a …
peoplesworld.org/article/turkey-womens-g…

Fracking and shale drilling caused spike in climate-warming methane pollution, says new study
Sharon Kelly | nationofchange.org | 2019-08-15
Climate-changing pollution reached unprecedented levels in 2018. That's both judged against the last 60 years of modern measurements and against 800,000 years of data culled from ice cores, according to the U.S. government's State of the Climate report, which was published this week with the American Meteorological Society. That pollution creates a greenhouse effect that is over 42 percent stronger than …
nationofchange.org/2019/08/15/fracking-a…

Fracking and Shale Drilling Caused Spike in Climate-Warming Methane Pollution
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-15
| Climate-changing pollution reached unprecedented levels in 2018. That's both judged against the last 60 years of modern measurements and against 800,000 years of data culled from ice cores, according to the U.S. government's State of the Climate report, which was published this week with the American Meteorological Societ…
truthout.org/articles/fracking-and-shale…

The Fading Home of Homo 'Sapiens'. Extreme Weather Events
Dr. Andrew Glikson | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-15
In front of our eyes green forests are blackened by fire, draughts turn grassy planes to brown semi-deserts, fertile fields are flooded by muddy water, white snow and ice melt to pale blue water and clear blue skies turn grey …
globalresearch.ca/the-fading-home-of-homo-sapiens-extreme-weather-events/5686459

2019-08-15: News Headlines

Stephen Lendman (2019-08-16). US Waging Wars on Multiple Fronts: Cold Wars, Hot Wars, Economic Wars, Propaganda Wars … globalresearch.ca Supported by both hawkish wings of its war party, the US is waging hot wars, cold wars, economic wars, financial wars, trade wars, anti-social justice wars, anti-human rights wars, anti-democracy wars, propaganda wars, sanctions wars, tariffs wars, protest wars, homeland …

Philip Giraldi (2019-08-16). Punishing the World with Sanctions. Intended to Cause Real Pain. globalresearch.ca Sanctions are economic warfare, pure and simple. As an alternative to a direct military attack on a country that is deemed to be misbehaving they are certainly preferable, but no one should be under any illusions regarding what they actually …

Yves Engler (2019-08-16). Media Can't Even Tell the Truth About Canada's Foreign Policy History. globalresearch.ca Media coverage of Canadian foreign policy is uniquely one-sided and biased. It's so bad that few readers, listeners or viewers will have ever seen or heard an honest analysis of this country's past, let alone current role around the world….

Andrew Korybko (2019-08-16). What Explains Russia and China's Differing Stances towards Kashmir? globalresearch.ca Russia and China, two of the most important Great Powers that are jointly working to accelerate the emergence of the Multipolar World Order, are on totally opposite sides when it comes to Kashmir, with their differing stances being explained by …

Ted Rall (2019-08-15). The Root Cause of Mass Shootings is the Rage of Alienation. counterpunch.org Mass shootings prompt simple explanations of the gunman's motivation. At Columbine High School in Colorado, the killers supposedly snapped after being bullied. The guy who shot up a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado was wild-eyed carrot-topped nuts. After a massacre at a Walmart in El Paso, an anti-immigrant manifesto posted online pointed to right-wing politics. More

Zubeida Mustafa (2019-08-15). Trump's Ignorance Touches Off a New Crisis in Kashmir. truthdig.com South Asia is again in crisis and could be on the brink of war. For the second time in six months, the world is on tenterhooks, waiting to see what turn events will take. Because the two antagonists are armed with nuclear weapons, the possibility of a confrontation is taken seriously. And as has happened before, Kashmir is at the center of the dispute that has kept India and Pakistan at loggerheads for over 70 years. | The simmering cauldron came to a boil about 10 days ago, when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, flush after a landslide electoral victory, revoked Article 370 of the Indian constitution, which e…

Prof. James Petras (2019-08-15). America's Enemies, Who's On the List? globalresearch.ca For almost 2 decades, the US pursued a list of 'enemy countries' to confront, attack, weaken & overthrow. This imperial quest to overthrow 'enemy countries' depends on two considerations: the level of priority & the degree of vulnerability for a 'regime change' operation.

Tracy Matsue Loeffelholz (2019-08-15). What an American Terrorist Looks Like. commondreams.org The rise in these public-place mass shootings and extremist violence correlates with the rise in rhetoric on White supremacy, xenophobia, and misogyny. (Photo: YES! Infographic by Tracy Matsue Loeffelholz) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-08-15). US Demands UK Hand Over Seized Iran Oil Tanker. telesurenglish.net The U.S. Department of Justice has put in a special request, in the early hours of Thursday morning, demanding that they be given Iran's oil tanker, which was seized by the U.K., and which was due to be returned to Iran on Thursday. | RELATED: | US Trade Deal Could Drag Britain Into More Wars, Austerity | "The US Department of Justice has applied to seize…

teleSUR (2019-08-15). UK Snubs Trump, Orders Release of Iranian Oil Tanker. telesurenglish.net Gibraltar decided Thursday to free the Iranian oil tanker Grace 1, detained off the British overseas territory six weeks ago by Royal Marines, paving the way for a possible swap for a British-flagged tanker seized by Iran in the Gulf. | RELATE: | US Demands UK Hand Over Seized Iran Oil Tanker | The two tankers have become pawns in the standoff between Iran and the West, their fate tangled up in the diplomatic differences between the EU's big powers and the United States. | The Grace 1 was sei…

teleSUR (2019-08-15). UK Snubs Trump, Orders Release of Iranian Oil Tanker. telesurenglish.net Gibraltar decided Thursday to free the Iranian oil tanker Grace 1, detained off the British overseas territory six weeks ago by Royal Marines, paving the way for a possible swap for a British-flagged tanker seized by Iran in the Gulf. | The two tankers have become pawns in the standoff between Iran and the West, their fate tangled up in the diplomatic differences between the EU's big powers and the United States. | The Grace 1 was seized by commandos in darkness off peninsula on July 4. | Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo decided to lift the detention order after formal written assurances from Tehran t…

teleSUR (2019-08-15). Russia Denounces Plan Based in Guyana to Destabilize Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Russia's Foreign Ministry reported on Thursday on a plan to train alleged Venezuelan refugees in a British military base in Guyana, this in order to deploy them in the South American country to perpetrate violent acts. | RELATED: | Maduro Says Uribe, Colombian Ambassador Plotting his Killing | The spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, María Zajárova, said that "dozens of alleged refugees from Venezuela have been transferred to a…

teleSUR (2019-08-15). Russia Denounces Plan Based in Guyana to Destabilize Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Russia's Foreign Ministry reported on Thursday on a plan to train alleged Venezuelan refugees in a British military base in Guyana, this in order to deploy them in the South American country to perpetrate violent acts. | RELATED: | Maduro Says Uribe, Colombian Ambassador Plotting his Killing | The spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said that "dozens of alleged refugees from Venezuela have been transferred to a…

RT (2019-08-15). US Navy expert laments 'Slav' incompetence of new NATO navies in scary Russia essay. rt.com NATO's Eastern European member states have terrible navies that suffer from "legacy concepts" and equipment and can't do much against Russia, a prominent professor lamented, asking the US Navy to do something about it.

RT (2019-08-15). Russians everywhere! Biden aide cries 'spy plane' about normal treaty flight over US. rt.com A routine Russian flight to Hawaii under the Open Skies treaty has been invoked by a former senior Obama administration official to stir up panic among the 'Russiagate' holdovers, proving some conspiracies just refuse to go away.

Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez (2019-08-15). "Give us your rich": Immigration reporter says trump admin is changing "wholesale" who gets into U.S. nationofchange.org "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" Those are the words of Emma Lazarus inscribed on the Statue of Liberty. But this week, acting Director of Citizenship …

Jesse Jackson (2019-08-15). End endless conflict and bring peace to Korea. peoplesworld.org July 27 marked the 66th anniversary of the signing of the Korean War armistice, which brought an end to hostilities that killed nearly five million people, including almost 40,000 U.S. service members. The war ended in a temporary cease-fire, which is why the United States still maintains 28,500 troops in South Korea. Nuclear missiles ring the …

John Bachtell (2019-08-15). Changing world balance of forces in new stage of globalization. peoplesworld.org This is part 7 of the full main report, "Unity to save people and planet; For full equality, democracy, peace, and green socialism," to the 31st National Convention of the Communist Party USA held in Chicago, Illinois, June 21-23, 2019. Other installments available here. The abbreviated oral presentation is available here. John Bachtell served as CPUSA national …

Paul Rockwell (2019-08-15). Aloha from Dr. Martin Luther King and Tulsi Gabbard. mintpressnews.com "Aloha," says Gabbard, "is a powerful force that motivates us to take action for the well-being of others and our country." In King's famous words, "The arc of the moral universe is long, but bends toward justice." Gabbard seeks to bend the arc of history away from war toward peace.

Ilana Novick (2019-08-15). Prison Guard Drives Truck Into Crowd of Peaceful Anti-ICE Protesters. truthdig.com Activists who were sitting at the entry to the detention facility's parking lot in Rhode Island are shaken but remain as committed as ever.

Stephen Lendman (2019-08-15). Fake News About Venezuela and the Power of Propaganda. globalresearch.ca Public ignorance and indifference about major issues let US authorities get away with mass murder and much more. | In a June 1950 commencement address, Boston University President Daniel Marsh said: | "If the (television) craze continues…we are destined to have a …

Abayomi Azikiwe (2019-08-15). Sudan's "Constitutional Declaration" Leaves Out Key Political Forces. Attempted Military Coups and Regional Intrigue. globalresearch.ca Members of the Sudanese Professional Association (SPA), a leading organization within the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC), announced on August 9 that they would have no representatives in the soon to be created transitional government. | This report comes in …

Aaron Maté (2019-08-15). Top scientist denounces smears of Tulsi Gabbard on Syria. thegrayzone.com Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has been smeared as an Assad apologist for her efforts to end the US-backed proxy war and…

Stephen Lendman (2019-08-15). Trump Regime Gutting the Endangered Species Act. globalresearch.ca Richard Nixon was a friend of the earth, Donald Trump its mortal enemy. | Following the 1969 offshore Santa Barbara, CA February oil spill, the largest in US waters to that time, (now third-ranked after the 1989 Exxon Valdez and 2010 …

Emily Apple (2019-08-15). Damning new evidence is yet another reason why selling arms to Saudi Arabia is illegal. thecanary.co New evidence that shows the Saudi-led coalition is breaking humanitarian law in Yemen has been published by the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) and Mwatana for Human Rights (Mwatana). Its research shows that the coalition: has continued to carry out apparently unlawful attacks throughout the course of the conflict, failed to credibly investigate, and whitewashed signif…

Sharon Kelly (2019-08-15). Fracking and shale drilling caused spike in climate-warming methane pollution, says new study. nationofchange.org Climate-changing pollution reached unprecedented levels in 2018. That's both judged against the last 60 years of modern measurements and against 800,000 years of data culled from ice cores, according to the U.S. government's State of the Climate report, which was published this week with the American Meteorological Society. That pollution creates a greenhouse effect that is over 42 percent stronger than …

Staff (2019-08-15). Fracking and Shale Drilling Caused Spike in Climate-Warming Methane Pollution. truthout.org | | Climate-changing pollution reached unprecedented levels in 2018. That's both judged against the last 60 years of modern measurements and against 800,000 years of data culled from ice cores, according to the U.S. government's State of the Climate report, which was published this week with the American Meteorological Societ…

teleSUR (2019-08-15). Brazil: 8 Bodies Found in Secret Mass Grave Used by Rio Militia. telesurenglish.net Police and firefighters discovered Wednesday eight bodies in a clandestine cemetery used by far-right militias in Belford Roxo, a poor municipality ravaged by violence which is located at the Rio de Janeiro Metropolitan Region. | RELATED: | Brazil: 100,000 Daisies in Defense of Working Women's Rights | Bullet wounds were identified on most bodies, some of which were also dismembered, Commissioner Moyses Santana Gomes said to local media. | The discovery of the Belford Roxo grave, w…

Dr. Andrew Glikson (2019-08-15). The Fading Home of Homo 'Sapiens'. Extreme Weather Events. globalresearch.ca In front of our eyes green forests are blackened by fire, draughts turn grassy planes to brown semi-deserts, fertile fields are flooded by muddy water, white snow and ice melt to pale blue water and clear blue skies turn grey …

Steve Sweeney (2019-08-15). Turkey: Women's group offers solidarity to Syrian refugees. peoplesworld.org Women in Turkey have come together and sent a message of solidarity with thousands of Syrian refugees being deported as authorities crack down across Istanbul. The Yoƒüurtàßu Women's Forum met in Turkey's largest city to discuss the plight of the country's 3.6 million Syrian refugees as the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government implements a …

Akela Lacy (2019-08-15). 26-Year-Old Gun Violence Prevention Activist Is Taking on 26-Year Incumbent Rep. Bobby Rush. theintercept.com A 26-year-old organizer in Chicago is mounting a primary challenge to Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., who has been a member of Congress for 26 years. | Robert Emmons, whose best friend, high school classmate, and freshman roommate was shot and killed in 2015, is making gun violence prevention a cornerstone of his campaign. The Windy City experiences gun violence at alarming yet not uncommon rates, as compared to other metropolitan areas — but the number of fatal shootings is in some ways unique to Chicago, where Emmons's 21-year-ol…

Marshall Auerback (2019-08-15). It Was More Like a Couple of Asian Decades Than a Century. counterpunch.org It's become media orthodoxy to suggest that the era of U.S. hegemony is slowly slipping away and migrating to Asia—with China as its locus—as we proceed into the heart of the 21st century. There is, however, a competing narrative, one recently expressed by Michael Auslin on ForeignPolicy.com, who makes the case that the "Asian Century" "is ending far faster than anyone could have predicted. From a dramatically slowing Chinese economy to showdowns over democracy in Hong Kong and a new cold war between Japan and South Korea, the dynamism that was supposed to propel the region into a glorious future seem…

Yves Engler (2019-08-15). Canadian Prime Ministers' Sordid Imperialism. dissidentvoice.org Media coverage of Canadian foreign policy is uniquely one-sided and biased. It's so bad that few readers, listeners or viewers will have ever seen or heard an honest analysis of this country's past, let alone current role around the world. A recent Maclean's story titled "The long history of 'go back to where you came …

The Canary (2019-08-15). A-levels 'milestone' hailed as more girls than boys take science. thecanary.co Girls have overtaken boys in A-level science entries for the first time, national figures show.The gender switch was hailed as "a cause for celebration" by scientists as school leaders suggested that an increase in female role models in the subjects may be contributing to the trend.The figures came in national A-level results, published today, which showed that across all subjects, the proportion of A-level entries awarded an A grade or higher has fallen to the lowest level for more than a decade.Students celebrate their A-level results at Roedean School in Brighton (PA)Girls narrowly clawed back the lead from bo…

Richard Ward (2019-08-15). Our Lords, Their Flies. counterpunch.org As a college student, after reading Lord of the Flies for the second time (I'd first read it as a young teenager), I asked the professor in my philosophy of literature class if he thought humans were inherently evil. He responded by asking if I was pursued by daemons. Taken aback, I replied that I didn't know More

Nick Licata (2019-08-15). What Happened at Woodstock? counterpunch.org Fifty years ago, this week, close to 500,000 youth attended Woodstock. Each of us could tell a story of what happened there. This is mine. After hitchhiking a couple thousand miles around New England and Canada for the month of July 1969, I returned back to Bowling Green, Ohio, dead tired. I was met by More

John McMurtry (2019-08-15). Overpopulation a Cover Story for Money-Cancer System. counterpunch.org It is not "the rising tide of human numbers" simpliciter that loots, pollutes and destroys the life carrying capacities of the planet. It is what all over-populationists conveniently ignore: (1) the much still exponentially self-multiplying tides of private money demand on the earth's resources that drives every degenerate trend in the planet's life carrying capacities, More

George Ochenski (2019-08-15). Ominous Signs From the Hinterlands. counterpunch.org It's fair to say many people judge the state of the nation's economy and well-being by the performance of the stock market — even though only a small majority of Americans actually have a stake in the stock marker. It's also fair to say many Americans think of Montana as a hinterland "somewhere up by Canada." But More

Norman Solomon (2019-08-15). Why Bernie Sanders is Right About the Washington Post—and Corporate Media Overall. counterpunch.org Many decades ago, the great media critic George Seldes observed: "The most sacred cow of the press is the press itself." That remains true today. Bernie Sanders set off the latest round of outraged denial from elite media this week when he talked to a crowd in New Hampshire about the tax avoidance of Amazon More

Julie Hollar (2019-08-15). Here's the Evidence Corporate Media Say Is Missing of WaPo Bias Against Sanders. fair.org Bernie Sanders has taken to calling out corporate media for their anti-progressive bias, and their feathers have gotten quite ruffled. | In a campaign event Monday in New Hampshire, Sanders told the crowd: We have pointed out over and over again that Amazon made $10 billion in profits last year. You know how much they paid in taxes? You got it, zero! Any wonder why the Washington Post is not one of my great supporters, I wonder why? New York Times not much better. | The next day, he returned to the same point: And then I wonder why the Washington Post, which is owned by Jeff Bezos, who owns Amazon, doesn't write…

Staff (2019-08-15). Henry Giroux: Now Is the Time to Break the Spectacle of Ignorance and Violence. truthout.org | | This is the 31st in a series of dialogues with artists, writers, and critical thinkers on the question of violence. This conversation is with Henry A. Giroux, a renowned public intellectual, author, and critical educator, who currently holds the McMaster University Chair for Scholarship in the Public Interest at McMaster University. Giroux is the author of many books, including, most recently, American Nightmare: Facing the Challenge of Fascism (2018) and The Terror of the Unforeseen…

William Hawes (2019-08-15). Questioning the Extremely Online. dissidentvoice.org This essay is in regard to a crime that too often goes unmentioned when the conversations turn towards political analysis, the contemporary journalistic scene, and broader social critique: the crime of being extremely online. What does it mean to be extremely online? It mostly is as straightforward as it sounds. Generally, activities such as spending …

teleSUR (2019-08-15). 'Hong Kong is a Chinese Affair', China Warns the United States. telesurenglish.net The Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry reminded Thursday that Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China and "no country has the right to interfere in China's internal affairs." | RELATED: | China Journalism Association Rejects Violence Against Reporter | "We have noted that President Trump has previously said that 'Hong Kong is part of China and they have to solve it for themselves, without (external) recommendations'," Hua Chunying, the Foreign Affairs spokesperson r…

teleSUR (2019-08-15). 'Hong Kong is a Chinese Affair,' China Warns the United States. telesurenglish.net The Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry reminded Thursday that Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China and "no country has the right to interfere in China's internal affairs." | RELATED: | China Journalism Association Rejects Violence Against Reporter | "We have noted that President Trump has previously said that 'Hong Kong is part of China and they have to solve it for themselves, without (external) recommendations,'" Hua Chunying, the Foreign Affairs spokesperson r…

WSWS (2019-08-15). Australia: Pro-US ideologue brands student groups as China's "useful idiots" wsws.org Clive Hamilton's comments are a warning that Australia's involvement in the US drive to war with China will be accompanied by political repression domestically.

WSWS (2019-08-15). Trade war, falling sales take center stage at Michigan auto industry conference. wsws.org The discussions at the Management Briefing Seminar exposed the financial pressures on the auto industry that are driving demands for ever greater attacks on workers.

commondreams (2019-08-15). Federal Relief Essential for Newark and Other Communities Facing Water Crises. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Christopher Black (2019-08-15). America's "Hybrid War" against China has Entered a New Phase. globalresearch.ca The hybrid war, being conducted against China by the United States and its gaggle of puppet states from the UK to Canada to Australia, has entered a new phase. | The first stage involved the massive shift of US air and …

Jessica Corbett (2019-08-15). Planned Parenthood demands federal court intervene to stop trump attack on abortion rights and Title X program. nationofchange.org Planned Parenthood warned Wednesday that, without intervention from a federal court, it will be forced out of the Title X Family Planning Program next week because of the Trump administration's ban on health clinics receiving federal tax dollars if they provide or refer patients for abortions. The Health and Human Services Department declared last month it would …

True Publica (2019-08-15). The Truth About the UK's Special Relationship with Israel. globalresearch.ca Britain does not have a special relationship with the USA. It is, and has been since the end of the World War, a subservient inferior 'partner' doing what it is told. Britain stands next to the schoolyard thug and tries …

Kaitlin Grable (2019-08-15). Why Mauna Kea needs your protection. nationofchange.org I was born on the island of O'ahu, 98 years after the U.S. supported an illegal coup in my hometown of Honolulu to overthrow Queen Liliuokalani and steal Hawaiian land. I was born in a Hawai'i that is radically and tragically different from the Hawai'i of my ancestors. The Hawaiian word for land is 'aina. This word …

Priti Gulati Cox (2019-08-15). Was It a Thumbs Up Sign or a Finger Gun Pointing at Us? counterpunch.org I have to say it doesn't take very long for Kansas' 1st district Rep. Roger Marshall and his staff to feel like as though they are the victims of their constituents' concerns and not the other way around. This time it started on Sunday, August 4 with some singing and chalking on Rep. Marshall's sidewalk. More

Kenneth Surin (2019-08-15). The Continuing Hong Kong Impasse. counterpunch.org I was in Hong Kong 10 days ago, which is now in its tenth week of demonstrations that began as a response to a proposed extradition law, but have since expanded to include other grievances and demands for democratic reforms. These include the following: + the resignation of the territory's leader, Chief Executive Carrie Lam More

Colin Todhunter (2019-08-15). Sick to the Stomach: Pesticides and the Cocktail of Toxicity. counterpunch.org Dame Sally Davies is the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for England and recently released the CMO annual report for 2019. The report focuses on UK engagement with global health and forging partnerships. However, there appears to be no mention of cancers in the report, a serious omission according to environmental campaigner Rosemary Mason. Like many More

Michael Doliner (2019-08-15). Bill of Rights: the Last Seduction. counterpunch.org MONDAY, June 16, 1788 Mr. HENRY thought it necessary and proper that they should take a collective view of this whole section, and revert again to the first clause. He adverted to the clause which gives Congress the power of raising armies, and proceeded as follows: To me this appears a very alarming power, when unlimited. They More

teleSUR (2019-08-15). China to Counter US Tariffs, Open to Meet Halfway for Deal. telesurenglish.net China's government announced Thursday that it will implement "necessary" countermeasures in response to the United States imposing additional 10 percent tariffs on US$300 billion worth of Chinese imports starting Sept. 1. | RELATED: | US Delays Tariff on Some Chinese Goods Like Laptops Till Dec 15 | "The U.S. move seriously violated the consensus reached between the two heads of state in Argentina and Osaka, Japan, and deviated from the right track of settling difference…

WSWS (2019-08-15). Conservatives and Social Democrats court the far-right Austrian Freedom Party. wsws.org Several opinion polls show the far-right FPàñ and its lead candidate with a clear advantage, while the establishment bourgeois parties are running about equal.

Connexion (2019-08-15). French Court Rules Against Linky for Health Reasons. globalresearch.ca The tribunal de grande instance (TGI or the civil court) of Tours considered the case of 121 "anti-Linky" complainants, and threw out 108 of the claims. The remaining 13 were accepted, with the court conceding a possible link between their …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-08-15). Justin Trudeau and the Ethics of Interference. The SNC Lavalin Affair. globalresearch.ca Ethics can be a slippery matter and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has taken, rather decidedly, the option of adding more grease. His understanding over the ethics, for instance, of interfering in the decision-making process involving an Attorney-General has led …

Tara Lohan (2019-08-15). Report: 'No Evidence that Fracking Can Operate without Threatening Public Health'. globalresearch.ca In 2010 when I first started writing about hydraulic fracturing — the process of blasting a cocktail of water and chemicals into shale to release trapped hydrocarbons — there were more questions than answers about environmental and public-health threats. That …

Bryant Brown (2019-08-15). "Creating Money out of Thin Air": Public Banking and Ellen Brown's "Web of Debt" Website. globalresearch.ca You may not have heard of Ellen Brown but she is without a doubt the world's most persistent advocate for public banking. | So what, you may ask! What she is fighting for is a change in our banking system so …

Prof. John McMurtry (2019-08-15). 'Overpopulation': A Cover Story for the Money Cancer System. globalresearch.ca It is not "the rising tide of human numbers" simpliciter that loots, pollutes and destroys the life carrying capacities of the planet. It is what all over-populationists conveniently ignore: | (1) the much still exponentially self-multiplying tides of private money demand …

South Front (2019-08-15). Video: Syrian Army Reached Khan Shaykhun. globalresearch.ca Government forces are developing their advance in the southern part of the Idlib de-escalation zone. | The Syrian military has deployed a new batch of reinforcements, including battle tanks from the 4th Armoured Division, to the frontline. According to pro-government …

WSWS (2019-08-15). Taliban claim breakthrough in Afghanistan talks, US commander says operations continue. wsws.org Trump is reportedly pushing for a withdrawal of US troops before the 2020 election, while leading Republicans are pressing for a "residual force" of special forces and CIA.

teleSUR (2019-08-15). Mexico City Prison Fire Kills 3, Injures 7. telesurenglish.net A fire at a prison in eastern Mexico City on Thursday morning killed at least three men and injured seven others, the city government said in a statement. | RELATED: | Mexico Urges US to Designate El Paso Shooting Act of Terrorism | Officials were still working to determine the cause of the fire, which was detected in a sleeping area at the prison in the Iztapalapa neighborhood at 5: 25 a.m. local time, the statement said. | The three inmates killed in the fire were identified…

teleSUR (2019-08-15). 'Mexico Must Investigate All ‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚ÄãDisappearance Cases': Ex-UN Rapporteur. telesurenglish.net Former member of the United Nations Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED) and former rapporteur on the case of Mexico, Rainer Huhle, warned at a conference held in Mexico City, that the Latin American country should be investigating all the disappeared and not focus only on the case of the 43 missing Ayotzinapa students who went missing in 2014. | RELATED: | Mexico Urges US to Designate El Paso Shooting an Act of Terrorism | "I fear that the day the 43 are found, the many…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-08-15). Iran Condemns Trump Administration for 'Piracy Attempt' After Court Rejects US Effort to Seize Oil Tanker. commondreams.org "Having failed to accomplish its objectives through its economic terrorism—including depriving cancer patients of medicine—the U.S. attempted to abuse the legal system to steal our property on the high seas." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Global Research (2019-08-15). America's "War on Terrorism" and The Globalization of Poverty: Michel Chossudovsky. globalresearch.ca SPECIAL: 30$ for America's "War on Terrorism" + Globalization of Poverty: | Two Books by Michel Chossudovsky | Click here to buy! | America's War on Terrorism | To understand the complex web of deceit aimed at luring the American people and the rest …

United Nations (2019-08-15). Terrorism survivors: Forced to farm, fish, fight, 'they slaughtered three of my friends'. un.org To mark next week's International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism, UN News travelled to Chad and the Far North region of Cameroon in West Africa earlier in the year, to interview people who have personal stories to tell about how terrorism has shattered their lives.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-08-15). Cropping Out "Immigrants Welcome," Cuccinell Takes Selfie With Replica Statue of Liberty Before Removing It From DHS Headquarters. commondreams.org A day after President Donald Trump's top immigration official suggested the U.S. should only welcome immigrants who "can stand on their own two feet," administration officials removed a replica of the Statue of Liberty from the Department of Homeland Security's grounds. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-08-15). 'This Was Murder,' Says Judge, Sentencing Ex-Blackwater Guard to Life for Nisour Square Massacre. commondreams.org Rejecting claims that U.S. prosecutors scapegoated former Blackwater security guard Nicholas Slatten to improve U.S.-Iraqi relations, a federal judge sentenced Slatten to life in prison Wednesday for his role in the notorious 2007 Nisour Square massacre. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-08-15). As NJ and EPA Officials Meet Over Newark's Lead Crisis, Group Demands National Push for Water Justice. commondreams.org While officials from New Jersey and the Trump administration met in Washington, D.C. Thursday to discuss lead-contaminated drinking water in Newark, the advocacy group Food & Water Watch pointed to the emerging crisis as an example for why the federal government needs to prioritize water justice on a national scale. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-08-15). Decrying Silicon Valley's Exploitation of Gig Economy Workers, Warren Backs California Bill to Guarantee Labor Protections. commondreams.org Arguing that corporate greed among Silicon Valley executives is one of the biggest battles facing this generation of U.S. workers, Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday endorsed a bill making its way through the California state legislature, aimed at protecting workers in the so-called "gig economy." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-08-15). Global Temps Continue to Soar Upward as NOAA Confirms July 2019 Was Hottest Month Since Records Began in 1880. commondreams.org With climate scientists observing hotter and hotter temperatures, a top U.S. weather agency reported on Thursday that July 2019 was the hottest month the planet has ever experienced since the government began recording global temperatures. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-08-15). The Black Working Class and Venezuela: Fighting The Same Enemy. therealnews.com Netfa Freeman discusses the unique perspective of the Embassy Protection Collective's work through the lens of the Black working class and their connection with Venezuela…

Staff (2019-08-15). Germany Shows Signs of Recession — Is the Global Economy Next? therealnews.com Heiner Flassbeck argues that the China-US trade war is not having as much of an impact on the global economy as many assume. China's currency is not undervalued, despite its recent devaluation. Rather, the undervalued Euro gives Germany a real competitive advantage in world trade. It's actually Europe's economic weakness that is dragging down Germany,…

Jake Johnson, Common Dreams (2019-08-15). Jewish Activists and Allies Confront Amazon for Profiting Off ICE Terror. indybay.org More than 1,000 Jewish activists and allies gathered at an Amazon book store in New York City on Sunday to protest the online retail behemoth's collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which swept up nearly 700 people last week in what was reportedly one of the agency's largest-ever raids.

ACLU NorCal SCU Law Club (2019-08-15). Growing Anti-Immigrant Sentiments and Trump's Immigration Policies. indybay.org Charney Hall, Room 104. Santa Clara University School of Law | 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara 95050…

Eugene E Ruyle (2019-08-15). The Plot to Attack Iran:‚Ä® How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Iran. indybay.org NPML, 6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland (just North of Alcatraz Ave.)…

Do No Harm Coalition, Public Health Awakening (2019-08-15). #CloseTheCamps: Protest by Healthcare & Harm Reduction Workers for Migrant Rights. indybay.org Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), | 630 Sansome St, San Francisco 94111…

Public Health Justice Collective & Others (2019-08-15). #CloseTheCamps: Protest by Public Health & Healthcare Workers for Migrant Rights. indybay.org Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), 630 Sansome St, San Francisco 94111…

Cat Bell (2019-08-15). Haight Ashbury Peace Vigil. indybay.org Corner of Masonic and Fell at the Golden Gate Park Panhandle…

Yemeni Alliance Committee (2019-08-15). End the Genocide in #Yemen. indybay.org Outside Federal Building — office of Speaker Nancy Pelosi | 90 7th St. | San Francisco, CA 94103…

United Nations (2019-08-15). Three more humanitarian workers killed in Syria, with civilian death toll 'rising every day'. un.org An attack in the south of Syria's restive Idlib province that led to the deaths of a paramedic, an ambulance driver and a rescue worker, were added to the grim total on Thursday of more than 500 civilian fatalities documented in the country by the United Nations, over the past three and a half months alone.

United Nations (2019-08-15). Thursday's Daily Brief: Harrowing terrorist survivors' stories, children first in Mediterranean rescues, Yemen and Switzerland updates, new SDG Advocates speak out. un.org Our main stories today: Boko Haram terrorist survivors tell their stories; UNICEF speaks out for children adrift on the Mediterranean; UN health agency pushes to stem dengue fever in Yemen; Switzerland declines sponsorship deal with tobacco firm; new SDG Advocates on the job.

pip.hinman (2019-08-15). Australia must end its support for more US wars. greenleft.org.au Remember when Donald Trump campaigned for office in 2016 on getting the United States out of "endless wars"? He did, in part, to distinguish himself from the pro-war Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton. | Now, Trump and his band of hawks are pushing for a new war, most likely with Iran. | In July, Trump authorised missile strikes on Iran, only to back down at the last minute, after the downing of a US drone in the Persian Gulf, which Iran says was in its air space. | Then,…

pip.hinman (2019-08-15). Listening to school strikers is our greatest hope. greenleft.org.au The world recently commemorated the anniversaries of the dropping of nuclear weapons on the people of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima (August 6) and Nagasaki (August 9) in 1945. But it hasn't been a good few weeks for world peace. | Instead, we have seen a reckless and dangerous escalation of the possibility of war. | August 4 saw United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrogantly suggest during a visit to Australia that Darwin would be an ideal place to locate nuclear missiles. | Although Prime Minister Scott Morrison was in denial mode, we should be sceptical enough to realise that often on such matt…

Jonas Ecke (2019-08-15). The End of Humanitarianism? counterpunch.org Our current historical moment is characterized by a global push towards so-called "counter-humanitarian policies" that intentionally undermine hard-won rules aimed at preventing repetitions of the atrocities of the 20th century. The erosion of humanitarian norms has already changed how western countries deal with immigrants, wage war and deliver aid. Saving humanitarianism will require us to address the shortcomings of the current world order More

greenleft.org.au (2019-08-15). India's Kashmir crackdown poses risk of war. greenleft.org.au

unitedEditor (2019-08-15). The US is already interfering in the upcoming Venezuelan elections. uwidata.com US President Donald Trump has maintained strong economic pressure against Venezuela, having signed numerous decrees blocking the assets of the Venezuelan authorities within US jurisdiction. Giants such as the Central Bank of Venezuela and the state-owned oil company PDVSA were also included in the sanctions list. Now, Washington has announced it will even impose sanctions …

RT (2019-08-15). 'Like a scene that you see in war': 6 cops shot in Philadelphia drugs raid gone wrong. rt.com Philadelphia police attempting to serve a drugs warrant were drawn into an hours-long shootout after heavily-armed suspects opened fire, wounding at least 6 officers and terrifying residents in the Nicetown-Tioga neighborhood.

Atossa Araxia Abrahamian (2019-08-15). Immigration Is for Rich People. thenation.com Immigration Is for Rich People…

James Carden (2019-08-15). Progressives Are Right to Endorse a 'No First Use' Nuclear Weapons Policy. thenation.com Progressives Are Right to Endorse a 'No First Use' Nuclear Weapons Policy…

Staff (2019-08-15). Headlines for August 15, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Administration Moves to Seize Iranian Tanker Held in Gibraltar, Chinese Paramilitaries Mass on Hong Kong Border as Pro-Democracy Protests Continue, Dow Jones Plunges 800 Points on Fears of Looming Recession, Study Finds CEO Pay Increased 1,000% Since 1978 While Wages Stagnated, Facebook Hired Hundreds to Listen In on Users' Audio Messages, Mexico City Police Officers Suspended over Rape of Two Teenagers, Italian Court Allows Rescued Migrants to Disembark as Hundreds More Remain Stranded at Sea, NBC News: ICE Now Jailing 8,000 Migrants in Mississippi, Louisiana, Federal Court Weighs Fate of Protected Status…

Ben Norton (2019-08-14). PHOTOS: Venezuelans march against US embargo in enormous #NoMoreTrump protest. thegrayzone.com The Grayzone attends a massive march where hundreds of thousands took to the streets of Caracas to condemn the US…

David Macaray (2019-08-14). Random Murder in the Age of Aquarius. counterpunch.org "'Tis not contrary to reason to prefer the destruction of the whole world to the scratching of my finger." —David Hume, 1711-1776 (A Treatise on Human Nature) Most of us would agree that, on one level, random mass shootings don't make any sense whatever, no matter which approach—clinical or sociological—we take to explain them. But More

teleSUR (2019-08-14). New Zealand Man Accused of Mosque Shootings Sent Racist Letters. telesurenglish.net The Australian white supremacist accused of terror attacks at two mosques in New Zealand that killed 51 people in March, has written several letters from jail expressing his racist political and social views, prompting Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to say that should never have been allowed. | RELATED: | Norway Mosque Attacker Inspired by El Paso, New Zealand Attacks: Report | "I think every New Zealander would have an expectation that this individual should not be able…

True Publica (2019-08-14). John Bolton Visit — Forcing Britain's Hand over Huawei, Iran and China before Trade Deal. globalresearch.ca There were many public protests with the arrival of Donald Trump to the shores of Britain and contrary to his own beliefs, Trump is not well-liked at all by ordinary British citizens. What was strange though was the fact that …

Charles Kennedy (2019-08-14). Why Gold Prices Are About to Skyrocket Even Higher. globalresearch.ca The gold bears have finally caved under the deafening barrage of fiscal and geopolitical catalysts, from Fed hints to intensely brewing conflict with Iran. But there is one key trend that stands to push gold up beyond $1,700—regardless of the …

Zero Hedge (2019-08-14). Footage Captures NATO Intercept Attempt of Plane Carrying Russian Defense Minister. globalresearch.ca Russia's Defense Ministry has published dramatic video Tuesday showing another close encounter between its military planes and NATO jets over the Baltic Sea, but this time it involved a dangerous intercept as the NATO aircraft came just off the wing …

2019-08-15: Social Media Postees

US Waging Wars on Multiple Fronts: Cold Wars, Hot Wars, Economic Wars, Propaganda Wars
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-16
Supported by both hawkish wings of its war party, the US is waging hot wars, cold wars, economic wars, financial wars, trade wars, anti-social justice wars, anti-human rights wars, anti-democracy wars, propaganda wars, sanctions wars, tariffs wars, protest wars, homeland …
globalresearch.ca/us-waging-wars-on-multiple-fronts-cold-wars-hot-wars-economic-wars-propaganda-wars/5686511

Punishing the World with Sanctions. Intended to Cause Real Pain
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-16
Sanctions are economic warfare, pure and simple. As an alternative to a direct military attack on a country that is deemed to be misbehaving they are certainly preferable, but no one should be under any illusions regarding what they actually …
globalresearch.ca/punishing-the-world-with-sanctions-intended-to-cause-real-pain/5686517

Media Can't Even Tell the Truth About Canada's Foreign Policy History
Yves Engler | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-16
Media coverage of Canadian foreign policy is uniquely one-sided and biased. It's so bad that few readers, listeners or viewers will have ever seen or heard an honest analysis of this country's past, let alone current role around the world….
globalresearch.ca/media-cant-even-tell-the-truth-about-canadas-foreign-policy-history/5686502

What Explains Russia and China's Differing Stances towards Kashmir?
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-16
Russia and China, two of the most important Great Powers that are jointly working to accelerate the emergence of the Multipolar World Order, are on totally opposite sides when it comes to Kashmir, with their differing stances being explained by …
globalresearch.ca/russia-china-differing-stances-kashmir/5686499

The Root Cause of Mass Shootings is the Rage of Alienation
Ted Rall | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-15
Mass shootings prompt simple explanations of the gunman's motivation. At Columbine High School in Colorado, the killers supposedly snapped after being bullied. The guy who shot up a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado was wild-eyed carrot-topped nuts. After a massacre at a Walmart in El Paso, an anti-immigrant manifesto posted online pointed to right-wing politics.
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Trump's Ignorance Touches Off a New Crisis in Kashmir
Zubeida Mustafa | truthdig.com | 2019-08-15
South Asia is again in crisis and could be on the brink of war. For the second time in six months, the world is on tenterhooks, waiting to see what turn events will take. Because the two antagonists are armed with nuclear weapons, the possibility of a confrontation is taken seriously. And as has happened before, Kashmir is at the center of the dispute that has kept India and Pakistan at loggerheads for over 70 years. | The simmering cauldron came to a boil about 10 days ago, when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, flush after a landslide electoral victory, revoked Article 370 of the Indian constitution, which e…
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America's Enemies, Who's On the List?
Prof. James Petras | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-15
For almost 2 decades, the US pursued a list of 'enemy countries' to confront, attack, weaken & overthrow. This imperial quest to overthrow 'enemy countries' depends on two considerations: the level of priority & the degree of vulnerability for a 'regime change' operation.
globalresearch.ca/americas-enemies-whos-on-the-list/5619763

What an American Terrorist Looks Like
Tracy Matsue Loeffelholz | commondreams.org | 2019-08-15
The rise in these public-place mass shootings and extremist violence correlates with the rise in rhetoric on White supremacy, xenophobia, and misogyny. (Photo: YES! Infographic by Tracy Matsue Loeffelholz) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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US Demands UK Hand Over Seized Iran Oil Tanker
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-15
The U.S. Department of Justice has put in a special request, in the early hours of Thursday morning, demanding that they be given Iran's oil tanker, which was seized by the U.K., and which was due to be returned to Iran on Thursday. | RELATED: | US Trade Deal Could Drag Britain Into More Wars, Austerity | "The US Department of Justice has applied to seize…
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UK Snubs Trump, Orders Release of Iranian Oil Tanker
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-15
Gibraltar decided Thursday to free the Iranian oil tanker Grace 1, detained off the British overseas territory six weeks ago by Royal Marines, paving the way for a possible swap for a British-flagged tanker seized by Iran in the Gulf. | The two tankers have become pawns in the standoff between Iran and the West, their fate tangled up in the diplomatic differences between the EU's big powers and the United States. | The Grace 1 was seized by commandos in darkness off peninsula on July 4. | Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo decided to lift the detention order after formal written assurances from Tehran t…
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UK Snubs Trump, Orders Release of Iranian Oil Tanker
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-15
Gibraltar decided Thursday to free the Iranian oil tanker Grace 1, detained off the British overseas territory six weeks ago by Royal Marines, paving the way for a possible swap for a British-flagged tanker seized by Iran in the Gulf. | RELATE: | US Demands UK Hand Over Seized Iran Oil Tanker | The two tankers have become pawns in the standoff between Iran and the West, their fate tangled up in the diplomatic differences between the EU's big powers and the United States. | The Grace 1 was sei…
telesurenglish.net/news/UK-Snubs-Trump-O…

Russia Denounces Plan Based in Guyana to Destabilize Venezuela
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-15
Russia's Foreign Ministry reported on Thursday on a plan to train alleged Venezuelan refugees in a British military base in Guyana, this in order to deploy them in the South American country to perpetrate violent acts. | RELATED: | Maduro Says Uribe, Colombian Ambassador Plotting his Killing | The spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said that "dozens of alleged refugees from Venezuela have been transferred to a…
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Russia Denounces Plan Based in Guyana to Destabilize Venezuela
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-15
Russia's Foreign Ministry reported on Thursday on a plan to train alleged Venezuelan refugees in a British military base in Guyana, this in order to deploy them in the South American country to perpetrate violent acts. | RELATED: | Maduro Says Uribe, Colombian Ambassador Plotting his Killing | The spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, María Zajárova, said that "dozens of alleged refugees from Venezuela have been transferred to a…
telesurenglish.net/news/Russia-Denounces…

Russians everywhere! Biden aide cries 'spy plane' about normal treaty flight over US
rt.com | 2019-08-15
A routine Russian flight to Hawaii under the Open Skies treaty has been invoked by a former senior Obama administration official to stir up panic among the 'Russiagate' holdovers, proving some conspiracies just refuse to go away. | …
rt.com/usa/466591-open-skies-plane-scare…

US Navy expert laments 'Slav' incompetence of new NATO navies in scary Russia essay
rt.com | 2019-08-15
NATO's Eastern European member states have terrible navies that suffer from "legacy concepts" and equipment and can't do much against Russia, a prominent professor lamented, asking the US Navy to do something about it. | …
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"Give us your rich": Immigration reporter says trump admin is changing "wholesale" who gets into U.S
Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez | nationofchange.org | 2019-08-15
"Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" Those are the words of Emma Lazarus inscribed on the Statue of Liberty. But this week, acting Director of Citizenship …
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End endless conflict and bring peace to Korea
Jesse Jackson | peoplesworld.org | 2019-08-15
July 27 marked the 66th anniversary of the signing of the Korean War armistice, which brought an end to hostilities that killed nearly five million people, including almost 40,000 U.S. service members. The war ended in a temporary cease-fire, which is why the United States still maintains 28,500 troops in South Korea. Nuclear missiles ring the …
peoplesworld.org/article/end-endless-con…

Changing world balance of forces in new stage of globalization
John Bachtell | peoplesworld.org | 2019-08-15
This is part 7 of the full main report, "Unity to save people and planet; For full equality, democracy, peace, and green socialism," to the 31st National Convention of the Communist Party USA held in Chicago, Illinois, June 21-23, 2019. Other installments available here. The abbreviated oral presentation is available here. John Bachtell served as CPUSA national …
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Prison Guard Drives Truck Into Crowd of Peaceful Anti-ICE Protesters
Ilana Novick | truthdig.com | 2019-08-15
Activists who were sitting at the entry to the detention facility's parking lot in Rhode Island are shaken but remain as committed as ever.
truthdig.com/articles/prison-guard-drive…

Aloha from Dr. Martin Luther King and Tulsi Gabbard
Paul Rockwell | mintpressnews.com | 2019-08-15
"Aloha," says Gabbard, "is a powerful force that motivates us to take action for the well-being of others and our country." In King's famous words, "The arc of the moral universe is long, but bends toward justice." Gabbard seeks to bend the arc of history away from war toward peace.
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Fake News About Venezuela and the Power of Propaganda
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-15
Public ignorance and indifference about major issues let US authorities get away with mass murder and much more. | In a June 1950 commencement address, Boston University President Daniel Marsh said: | "If the (television) craze continues…we are destined to have a | …
globalresearch.ca/fake-news-venezuela-power-propaganda/5686440

Sudan's "Constitutional Declaration" Leaves Out Key Political Forces. Attempted Military Coups and Regional Intrigue
Abayomi Azikiwe | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-15
Members of the Sudanese Professional Association (SPA), a leading organization within the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC), announced on August 9 that they would have no representatives in the soon to be created transitional government. | This report comes in …
globalresearch.ca/sudans-constitutional-declaration-leaves-out-key-political-forces-attempted-military-coups-and-regional-intrigue/5686446

Top scientist denounces smears of Tulsi Gabbard on Syria
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-08-15
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has been smeared as an Assad apologist for her efforts to end the US-backed proxy war and…
thegrayzone.com/2019/08/15/top-scientist…

Trump Regime Gutting the Endangered Species Act
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-15
Richard Nixon was a friend of the earth, Donald Trump its mortal enemy. | Following the 1969 offshore Santa Barbara, CA February oil spill, the largest in US waters to that time, (now third-ranked after the 1989 Exxon Valdez and 2010 …
globalresearch.ca/trump-regime-gutting-endangered-species-act/5686448

Damning new evidence is yet another reason why selling arms to Saudi Arabia is illegal
Emily Apple | thecanary.co | 2019-08-15
New evidence that shows the Saudi-led coalition is breaking humanitarian law in Yemen has been published by the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) and Mwatana for Human Rights (Mwatana). Its research shows that the coalition: has continued to carry out apparently unlawful attacks throughout the course of the conflict, failed to credibly investigate, and whitewashed signif…
thecanary.co/global/world-analysis/2019/08/15/damning-new-evidence-is-yet-another-reason-why-selling-arms-to-saudi-arabia-is-illegal/

Fracking and Shale Drilling Caused Spike in Climate-Warming Methane Pollution
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-15
| Climate-changing pollution reached unprecedented levels in 2018. That's both judged against the last 60 years of modern measurements and against 800,000 years of data culled from ice cores, according to the U.S. government's State of the Climate report, which was published this week with the American Meteorological Societ…
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Fracking and shale drilling caused spike in climate-warming methane pollution, says new study
Sharon Kelly | nationofchange.org | 2019-08-15
Climate-changing pollution reached unprecedented levels in 2018. That's both judged against the last 60 years of modern measurements and against 800,000 years of data culled from ice cores, according to the U.S. government's State of the Climate report, which was published this week with the American Meteorological Society. That pollution creates a greenhouse effect that is over 42 percent stronger than …
nationofchange.org/2019/08/15/fracking-a…

Brazil: 8 Bodies Found in Secret Mass Grave Used by Rio Militia
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-15
Police and firefighters discovered Wednesday eight bodies in a clandestine cemetery used by far-right militias in Belford Roxo, a poor municipality ravaged by violence which is located at the Rio de Janeiro Metropolitan Region. | RELATED: | Brazil: 100,000 Daisies in Defense of Working Women's Rights | Bullet wounds were identified on most bodies, some of which were also dismembered, Commissioner Moyses Santana Gomes said to local media. | The discovery of the Belford Roxo grave, w…
telesurenglish.net/news/Brazil-8-Bodies-…

The Fading Home of Homo 'Sapiens'. Extreme Weather Events
Dr. Andrew Glikson | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-15
In front of our eyes green forests are blackened by fire, draughts turn grassy planes to brown semi-deserts, fertile fields are flooded by muddy water, white snow and ice melt to pale blue water and clear blue skies turn grey …
globalresearch.ca/the-fading-home-of-homo-sapiens-extreme-weather-events/5686459

Turkey: Women's group offers solidarity to Syrian refugees
Steve Sweeney | peoplesworld.org | 2019-08-15
Women in Turkey have come together and sent a message of solidarity with thousands of Syrian refugees being deported as authorities crack down across Istanbul. The Yoƒüurtàßu Women's Forum met in Turkey's largest city to discuss the plight of the country's 3.6 million Syrian refugees as the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government implements a …
peoplesworld.org/article/turkey-womens-g…

26-Year-Old Gun Violence Prevention Activist Is Taking on 26-Year Incumbent Rep. Bobby Rush
Akela Lacy | theintercept.com | 2019-08-15
A 26-year-old organizer in Chicago is mounting a primary challenge to Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., who has been a member of Congress for 26 years. | Robert Emmons, whose best friend, high school classmate, and freshman roommate was shot and killed in 2015, is making gun violence prevention a cornerstone of his campaign. The Windy City experiences gun violence at alarming yet not uncommon rates, as compared to other metropolitan areas — but the number of fatal shootings is in some ways unique to Chicago, where Emmons's 21-year-ol…
theintercept.com/2019/08/15/chicago-gun-…

Why Bernie Sanders is Right About the Washington Post–and Corporate Media Overall
Norman Solomon | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-15
Many decades ago, the great media critic George Seldes observed: "The most sacred cow of the press is the press itself." That remains true today. Bernie Sanders set off the latest round of outraged denial from elite media this week when he talked to a crowd in New Hampshire about the tax avoidance of Amazon…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/15/why-bernie-s…

Henry Giroux: Now Is the Time to Break the Spectacle of Ignorance and Violence
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-15
| This is the 31st in a series of dialogues with artists, writers, and critical thinkers on the question of violence. This conversation is with Henry A. Giroux, a renowned public intellectual, author, and critical educator, who currently holds the McMaster University Chair for Scholarship in the Public Interest at McMaster University. Giroux is the author of many books, including, most recently, American Nightmare: Facing the Challenge of Fascism (2018) and The Terror of the Unforeseen…
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Federal Relief Essential for Newark and Other Communities Facing Water Crises
commondreams.org | 2019-08-15
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Planned Parenthood demands federal court intervene to stop trump attack on abortion rights and Title X program
Jessica Corbett | nationofchange.org | 2019-08-15
Planned Parenthood warned Wednesday that, without intervention from a federal court, it will be forced out of the Title X Family Planning Program next week because of the Trump administration's ban on health clinics receiving federal tax dollars if they provide or refer patients for abortions. The Health and Human Services Department declared last month it would …
nationofchange.org/2019/08/15/planned-pa…

Our Lords, Their Flies
Richard Ward | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-15
As a college student, after reading Lord of the Flies for the second time (I'd first read it as a young teenager), I asked the professor in my philosophy of literature class if he thought humans were inherently evil. He responded by asking if I was pursued by daemons. Taken aback, I replied that I didn't know…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/15/our-lords-th…

Australia: Pro-US ideologue brands student groups as China's "useful idiots"
wsws.org | 2019-08-15
Clive Hamilton's comments are a warning that Australia's involvement in the US drive to war with China will be accompanied by political repression domestically.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/15/hami…

'Hong Kong is a Chinese Affair', China Warns the United States
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-15
The Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry reminded Thursday that Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China and "no country has the right to interfere in China's internal affairs." | RELATED: | China Journalism Association Rejects Violence Against Reporter | "We have noted that President Trump has previously said that 'Hong Kong is part of China and they have to solve it for themselves, without (external) recommendations'," Hua Chunying, the Foreign Affairs spokesperson r…
telesurenglish.net/news/Hong-Kong-is-a-C…

Trade war, falling sales take center stage at Michigan auto industry conference
wsws.org | 2019-08-15
The discussions at the Management Briefing Seminar exposed the financial pressures on the auto industry that are driving demands for ever greater attacks on workers.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/15/auto…

The Truth About the UK's Special Relationship with Israel
True Publica | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-15
Britain does not have a special relationship with the USA. It is, and has been since the end of the World War, a subservient inferior 'partner' doing what it is told. Britain stands next to the schoolyard thug and tries …
globalresearch.ca/uk-special-relationship-israel/5686506

America's "Hybrid War" against China has Entered a New Phase
Christopher Black | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-15
The hybrid war, being conducted against China by the United States and its gaggle of puppet states from the UK to Canada to Australia, has entered a new phase. | The first stage involved the massive shift of US air and …
globalresearch.ca/americas-hybrid-war-against-china-has-entered-a-new-phase/5686429

A-levels 'milestone' hailed as more girls than boys take science
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-08-15
Girls have overtaken boys in A-level science entries for the first time, national figures show.The gender switch was hailed as "a cause for celebration" by scientists as school leaders suggested that an increase in female role models in the subjects may be contributing to the trend.The figures came in national A-level results, published today, which showed that across all subjects, the proportion of A-level entries awarded an A grade or higher has fallen to the lowest level for more than a decade.Students celebrate their A-level results at Roedean School in Brighton (PA)Girls narrowly clawed back the lead from bo…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2019/08/15/a-levels-milestone-hailed-as-more-girls-than-boys-take-science/

Questioning the Extremely Online
William Hawes | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-08-15
This essay is in regard to a crime that too often goes unmentioned when the conversations turn towards political analysis, the contemporary journalistic scene, and broader social critique: the crime of being extremely online. What does it mean to be extremely online? It mostly is as straightforward as it sounds. Generally, activities such as spending …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/08/questioning-t…

'Hong Kong is a Chinese Affair,' China Warns the United States
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-15
The Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry reminded Thursday that Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China and "no country has the right to interfere in China's internal affairs." | RELATED: | China Journalism Association Rejects Violence Against Reporter | "We have noted that President Trump has previously said that 'Hong Kong is part of China and they have to solve it for themselves, without (external) recommendations,'" Hua Chunying, the Foreign Affairs spokesperson r…
telesurenglish.net/news/Hong-Kong-is-a-C…

It Was More Like a Couple of Asian Decades Than a Century
Marshall Auerback | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-15
It's become media orthodoxy to suggest that the era of U.S. hegemony is slowly slipping away and migrating to Asia–with China as its locus–as we proceed into the heart of the 21st century. There is, however, a competing narrative, one recently expressed by Michael Auslin on ForeignPolicy.com, who makes the case that the "Asian Century" "is ending far faster than anyone could have predicted. From a dramatically slowing Chinese economy to showdowns over democracy in Hong Kong and a new cold war between Japan and South Korea, the dynamism that was supposed to propel the region into a glorious future seem…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/15/it-was-more-…

Why Mauna Kea needs your protection
Kaitlin Grable | nationofchange.org | 2019-08-15
I was born on the island of O'ahu, 98 years after the U.S. supported an illegal coup in my hometown of Honolulu to overthrow Queen Liliuokalani and steal Hawaiian land. I was born in a Hawai'i that is radically and tragically different from the Hawai'i of my ancestors. The Hawaiian word for land is 'aina. This word …
nationofchange.org/2019/08/15/why-mauna-…

What Happened at Woodstock?
Nick Licata | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-15
Fifty years ago, this week, close to 500,000 youth attended Woodstock. Each of us could tell a story of what happened there. This is mine. After hitchhiking a couple thousand miles around New England and Canada for the month of July 1969, I returned back to Bowling Green, Ohio, dead tired. I was met by…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/15/what-happene…

The Continuing Hong Kong Impasse
Kenneth Surin | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-15
I was in Hong Kong 10 days ago, which is now in its tenth week of demonstrations that began as a response to a proposed extradition law, but have since expanded to include other grievances and demands for democratic reforms. These include the following: + the resignation of the territory's leader, Chief Executive Carrie Lam…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/15/the-continui…

Was It a Thumbs Up Sign or a Finger Gun Pointing at Us?
Priti Gulati Cox | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-15
I have to say it doesn't take very long for Kansas' 1st district Rep. Roger Marshall and his staff to feel like as though they are the victims of their constituents' concerns and not the other way around. This time it started on Sunday, August 4 with some singing and chalking on Rep. Marshall's sidewalk.
counterpunch.org/2019/08/15/was-it-a-thu…

Overpopulation a Cover Story for Money-Cancer System
John McMurtry | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-15
It is not "the rising tide of human numbers" simpliciter that loots, pollutes and destroys the life carrying capacities of the planet. It is what all over-populationists conveniently ignore: (1) the much still exponentially self-multiplying tides of private money demand on the earth's resources that drives every degenerate trend in the planet's life carrying capacities,…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/15/overpopulati…

Ominous Signs From the Hinterlands
George Ochenski | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-15
It's fair to say many people judge the state of the nation's economy and well-being by the performance of the stock market — even though only a small majority of Americans actually have a stake in the stock marker. It's also fair to say many Americans think of Montana as a hinterland "somewhere up by Canada." But…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/15/ominous-sign…

Sick to the Stomach: Pesticides and the Cocktail of Toxicity
Colin Todhunter | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-15
Dame Sally Davies is the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for England and recently released the CMO annual report for 2019. The report focuses on UK engagement with global health and forging partnerships. However, there appears to be no mention of cancers in the report, a serious omission according to environmental campaigner Rosemary Mason. Like many…
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Bill of Rights: the Last Seduction
Michael Doliner | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-15
MONDAY, June 16, 1788 Mr. HENRY thought it necessary and proper that they should take a collective view of this whole section, and revert again to the first clause. He adverted to the clause which gives Congress the power of raising armies, and proceeded as follows: To me this appears a very alarming power, when unlimited. They…
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Here's the Evidence Corporate Media Say Is Missing of WaPo Bias Against Sanders
Julie Hollar | fair.org | 2019-08-15
Bernie Sanders has taken to calling out corporate media for their anti-progressive bias, and their feathers have gotten quite ruffled. | In a campaign event Monday in New Hampshire, Sanders told the crowd: We have pointed out over and over again that Amazon made $10 billion in profits last year. You know how much they paid in taxes? You got it, zero! Any wonder why the Washington Post is not one of my great supporters, I wonder why? New York Times not much better. | The next day, he returned to the same point: And then I wonder why the Washington Post, which is owned by Jeff Bezos, who owns Amazon, doesn't write…
fair.org/home/heres-the-evidence-corpora…

China to Counter US Tariffs, Open to Meet Halfway for Deal
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-15
China's government announced Thursday that it will implement "necessary" countermeasures in response to the United States imposing additional 10 percent tariffs on US$300 billion worth of Chinese imports starting Sept. 1. | RELATED: | US Delays Tariff on Some Chinese Goods Like Laptops Till Dec 15 | "The U.S. move seriously violated the consensus reached between the two heads of state in Argentina and Osaka, Japan, and deviated from the right track of settling difference…
telesurenglish.net/news/China-to-Counter…

Conservatives and Social Democrats court the far-right Austrian Freedom Party
wsws.org | 2019-08-15
Several opinion polls show the far-right FPàñ and its lead candidate with a clear advantage, while the establishment bourgeois parties are running about equal.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/15/aust…

"Creating Money out of Thin Air": Public Banking and Ellen Brown's "Web of Debt" Website
Bryant Brown | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-15
You may not have heard of Ellen Brown but she is without a doubt the world's most persistent advocate for public banking. | So what, you may ask! What she is fighting for is a change in our banking system so …
globalresearch.ca/web-debt-blog/5686433

Video: Syrian Army Reached Khan Shaykhun
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-15
Government forces are developing their advance in the southern part of the Idlib de-escalation zone. | The Syrian military has deployed a new batch of reinforcements, including battle tanks from the 4th Armoured Division, to the frontline. According to pro-government …
globalresearch.ca/video-syrian-army-reached-khan-shaykhun/5686426

'Overpopulation': A Cover Story for the Money Cancer System
Prof. John McMurtry | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-15
It is not "the rising tide of human numbers" simpliciter that loots, pollutes and destroys the life carrying capacities of the planet. It is what all over-populationists conveniently ignore: | (1) the much still exponentially self-multiplying tides of private money demand | …
globalresearch.ca/overpopulation-cover-story-money-cancer-system/5686456

French Court Rules Against Linky for Health Reasons
Connexion | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-15
The tribunal de grande instance (TGI or the civil court) of Tours considered the case of 121 "anti-Linky" complainants, and threw out 108 of the claims. The remaining 13 were accepted, with the court conceding a possible link between their …
globalresearch.ca/french-court-rules-against-linky-health-reasons/5686498

US Meddling Continues in Cambodia, but with Setbacks
Joseph Thomas | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-15
Two Cambodian employees of US government-funded "Radio Free Asia" (RFA) face espionage charges for continuing to work for the foreign information operation even after the Cambodian government ordered it closed. | Qatari state media, Al Jazeera, in their article, " Espionage …
globalresearch.ca/us-meddling-continues-cambodia-setbacks/5686480

Report: 'No Evidence that Fracking Can Operate without Threatening Public Health'
Tara Lohan | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-15
In 2010 when I first started writing about hydraulic fracturing — the process of blasting a cocktail of water and chemicals into shale to release trapped hydrocarbons — there were more questions than answers about environmental and public-health threats. That …
globalresearch.ca/report-no-evidence-fracking-can-operate-without-threatening-public-health/5686504

Justin Trudeau and the Ethics of Interference. The SNC Lavalin Affair
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-15
Ethics can be a slippery matter and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has taken, rather decidedly, the option of adding more grease. His understanding over the ethics, for instance, of interfering in the decision-making process involving an Attorney-General has led …
globalresearch.ca/justin-trudeau-ethics-interference/5686479

Taliban claim breakthrough in Afghanistan talks, US commander says operations continue
wsws.org | 2019-08-15
Trump is reportedly pushing for a withdrawal of US troops before the 2020 election, while leading Republicans are pressing for a "residual force" of special forces and CIA.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/15/afgh…

Mexico City Prison Fire Kills 3, Injures 7
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-15
A fire at a prison in eastern Mexico City on Thursday morning killed at least three men and injured seven others, the city government said in a statement. | RELATED: | Mexico Urges US to Designate El Paso Shooting Act of Terrorism | Officials were still working to determine the cause of the fire, which was detected in a sleeping area at the prison in the Iztapalapa neighborhood at 5: 25 a.m. local time, the statement said. | The three inmates killed in the fire were identified…
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'Mexico Must Investigate All ‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚ÄãDisappearance Cases': Ex-UN Rapporteur
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-15
Former member of the United Nations Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED) and former rapporteur on the case of Mexico, Rainer Huhle, warned at a conference held in Mexico City, that the Latin American country should be investigating all the disappeared and not focus only on the case of the 43 missing Ayotzinapa students who went missing in 2014. | RELATED: | Mexico Urges US to Designate El Paso Shooting an Act of Terrorism | "I fear that the day the 43 are found, the many…
telesurenglish.net/news/Mexico-Must-Inve…

Iran Condemns Trump Administration for 'Piracy Attempt' After Court Rejects US Effort to Seize Oil Tanker
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-08-15
"Having failed to accomplish its objectives through its economic terrorism—including depriving cancer patients of medicine—the U.S. attempted to abuse the legal system to steal our property on the high seas." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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America's "War on Terrorism" and The Globalization of Poverty: Michel Chossudovsky
Global Research | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-15
SPECIAL: 30$ for America's "War on Terrorism" + Globalization of Poverty: | Two Books by Michel Chossudovsky | Click here to buy! | America's War on Terrorism | To understand the complex web of deceit aimed at luring the American people and the rest …
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Terrorism survivors: Forced to farm, fish, fight, 'they slaughtered three of my friends'
United Nations | un.org | 2019-08-15
To mark next week's International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism, UN News travelled to Chad and the Far North region of Cameroon in West Africa earlier in the year, to interview people who have personal stories to tell about how terrorism has shattered their lives.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/08/1…

Cropping Out "Immigrants Welcome," Cuccinell Takes Selfie With Replica Statue of Liberty Before Removing It From DHS Headquarters
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-08-15
A day after President Donald Trump's top immigration official suggested the U.S. should only welcome immigrants who "can stand on their own two feet," administration officials removed a replica of the Statue of Liberty from the Department of Homeland Security's grounds. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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'This Was Murder,' Says Judge, Sentencing Ex-Blackwater Guard to Life for Nisour Square Massacre
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-08-15
Rejecting claims that U.S. prosecutors scapegoated former Blackwater security guard Nicholas Slatten to improve U.S.-Iraqi relations, a federal judge sentenced Slatten to life in prison Wednesday for his role in the notorious 2007 Nisour Square massacre. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/08/15/was-mur…

As NJ and EPA Officials Meet Over Newark's Lead Crisis, Group Demands National Push for Water Justice
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-08-15
While officials from New Jersey and the Trump administration met in Washington, D.C. Thursday to discuss lead-contaminated drinking water in Newark, the advocacy group Food & Water Watch pointed to the emerging crisis as an example for why the federal government needs to prioritize water justice on a national scale. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/08/15/nj-and-…

Global Temps Continue to Soar Upward as NOAA Confirms July 2019 Was Hottest Month Since Records Began in 1880
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-08-15
With climate scientists observing hotter and hotter temperatures, a top U.S. weather agency reported on Thursday that July 2019 was the hottest month the planet has ever experienced since the government began recording global temperatures. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/08/15/global-…

Decrying Silicon Valley's Exploitation of Gig Economy Workers, Warren Backs California Bill to Guarantee Labor Protections
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-08-15
Arguing that corporate greed among Silicon Valley executives is one of the biggest battles facing this generation of U.S. workers, Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday endorsed a bill making its way through the California state legislature, aimed at protecting workers in the so-called "gig economy." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/08/15/decryin…

The Black Working Class and Venezuela: Fighting The Same Enemy
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-08-15
Netfa Freeman discusses the unique perspective of the Embassy Protection Collective's work through the lens of the Black working class and their connection with Venezuela…
therealnews.com/stories/the-black-workin…

Germany Shows Signs of Recession — Is the Global Economy Next?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-08-15
Heiner Flassbeck argues that the China-US trade war is not having as much of an impact on the global economy as many assume. China's currency is not undervalued, despite its recent devaluation. Rather, the undervalued Euro gives Germany a real competitive advantage in world trade. It's actually Europe's economic weakness that is dragging down Germany,…
therealnews.com/stories/germany-shows-si…

Jewish Activists and Allies Confront Amazon for Profiting Off ICE Terror
Jake Johnson, Common Dreams | indybay.org | 2019-08-15
More than 1,000 Jewish activists and allies gathered at an Amazon book store in New York City on Sunday to protest the online retail behemoth's collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which swept up nearly 700 people last week in what was reportedly one of the agency's largest-ever raids.
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Growing Anti-Immigrant Sentiments and Trump's Immigration Policies
ACLU NorCal SCU Law Club | indybay.org | 2019-08-15
Charney Hall, Room 104. Santa Clara University School of Law | 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara 95050…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/13/1882545…

The Plot to Attack Iran:‚Ä® How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Iran
Eugene E Ruyle | indybay.org | 2019-08-15
NPML, 6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland (just North of Alcatraz Ave.)…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/15/1882550…

#CloseTheCamps: Protest by Public Health & Healthcare Workers for Migrant Rights
Public Health Justice Collective & Others | indybay.org | 2019-08-15
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), 630 Sansome St, San Francisco 94111…
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#CloseTheCamps: Protest by Healthcare & Harm Reduction Workers for Migrant Rights
Do No Harm Coalition, Public Health Awakening | indybay.org | 2019-08-15
Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), | 630 Sansome St, San Francisco 94111…
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Haight Ashbury Peace Vigil
Cat Bell | indybay.org | 2019-08-15
Corner of Masonic and Fell at the Golden Gate Park Panhandle…
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End the Genocide in #Yemen
Yemeni Alliance Committee | indybay.org | 2019-08-15
Outside Federal Building — office of Speaker Nancy Pelosi | 90 7th St. | San Francisco, CA 94103…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/13/1882545…

Three more humanitarian workers killed in Syria, with civilian death toll 'rising every day'
United Nations | un.org | 2019-08-15
An attack in the south of Syria's restive Idlib province that led to the deaths of a paramedic, an ambulance driver and a rescue worker, were added to the grim total on Thursday of more than 500 civilian fatalities documented in the country by the United Nations, over the past three and a half months alone.
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Thursday's Daily Brief: Harrowing terrorist survivors' stories, children first in Mediterranean rescues, Yemen and Switzerland updates, new SDG Advocates speak out
United Nations | un.org | 2019-08-15
Our main stories today: Boko Haram terrorist survivors tell their stories; UNICEF speaks out for children adrift on the Mediterranean; UN health agency pushes to stem dengue fever in Yemen; Switzerland declines sponsorship deal with tobacco firm; new SDG Advocates on the job.
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Australia must end its support for more US wars
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-08-15
Remember when Donald Trump campaigned for office in 2016 on getting the United States out of "endless wars"? He did, in part, to distinguish himself from the pro-war Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton. | Now, Trump and his band of hawks are pushing for a new war, most likely with Iran. | In July, Trump authorised missile strikes on Iran, only to back down at the last minute, after the downing of a US drone in the Persian Gulf, which Iran says was in its air space. | Then,…
greenleft.org.au/content/australia-must-end-its-support-more-us-wars

Listening to school strikers is our greatest hope
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-08-15
The world recently commemorated the anniversaries of the dropping of nuclear weapons on the people of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima (August 6) and Nagasaki (August 9) in 1945. But it hasn't been a good few weeks for world peace. | Instead, we have seen a reckless and dangerous escalation of the possibility of war. | August 4 saw United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrogantly suggest during a visit to Australia that Darwin would be an ideal place to locate nuclear missiles. | Although Prime Minister Scott Morrison was in denial mode, we should be sceptical enough to realise that often on such matt…
greenleft.org.au/content/listening-school-strikers-our-greatest-hope

The End of Humanitarianism?
Jonas Ecke | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-15
Our current historical moment is characterized by a global push towards so-called "counter-humanitarian policies" that intentionally undermine hard-won rules aimed at preventing repetitions of the atrocities of the 20th century. The erosion of humanitarian norms has already changed how western countries deal with immigrants, wage war and deliver aid. Saving humanitarianism will require us to address the shortcomings of the current world order…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/15/the-end-of-h…

India's Kashmir crackdown poses risk of war
greenleft.org.au | 2019-08-15
greenleft.org.au/content/india-kashmir-crackdown-poses-risk-war

The US is already interfering in the upcoming Venezuelan elections
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-08-15
US President Donald Trump has maintained strong economic pressure against Venezuela, having signed numerous decrees blocking the assets of the Venezuelan authorities within US jurisdiction. Giants such as the Central Bank of Venezuela and the state-owned oil company PDVSA were also included in the sanctions list. Now, Washington has announced it will even impose sanctions …
uwidata.com/4894-the-us-is-already-inter…

'Like a scene that you see in war': 6 cops shot in Philadelphia drugs raid gone wrong
rt.com | 2019-08-15
Philadelphia police attempting to serve a drugs warrant were drawn into an hours-long shootout after heavily-armed suspects opened fire, wounding at least 6 officers and terrifying residents in the Nicetown-Tioga neighborhood. | …
rt.com/usa/466522-philadelphia-police-sh…

Immigration Is for Rich People
Atossa Araxia Abrahamian | thenation.com | 2019-08-15
Immigration Is for Rich People…
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Progressives Are Right to Endorse a 'No First Use' Nuclear Weapons Policy
James Carden | thenation.com | 2019-08-15
Progressives Are Right to Endorse a 'No First Use' Nuclear Weapons Policy…
thenation.com/article/nuclear-weapons-no…

PHOTOS: Venezuelans march against US embargo in enormous #NoMoreTrump protest
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2019-08-14
The Grayzone attends a massive march where hundreds of thousands took to the streets of Caracas to condemn the US…
thegrayzone.com/2019/08/14/photos-venezu…

Random Murder in the Age of Aquarius
David Macaray | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-14
"'Tis not contrary to reason to prefer the destruction of the whole world to the scratching of my finger." –David Hume, 1711-1776 (A Treatise on Human Nature) Most of us would agree that, on one level, random mass shootings don't make any sense whatever, no matter which approach–clinical or sociological–we take to explain them. But…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/14/random-murde…

New Zealand Man Accused of Mosque Shootings Sent Racist Letters
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-14
The Australian white supremacist accused of terror attacks at two mosques in New Zealand that killed 51 people in March, has written several letters from jail expressing his racist political and social views, prompting Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to say that should never have been allowed. | RELATED: | Norway Mosque Attacker Inspired by El Paso, New Zealand Attacks: Report | "I think every New Zealander would have an expectation that this individual should not be able…
telesurenglish.net/news/New-Zealand-Man-…

John Bolton Visit — Forcing Britain's Hand over Huawei, Iran and China before Trade Deal
True Publica | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-14
There were many public protests with the arrival of Donald Trump to the shores of Britain and contrary to his own beliefs, Trump is not well-liked at all by ordinary British citizens. What was strange though was the fact that …
globalresearch.ca/john-bolton-visit-forcing-britain-hand-over-huawei-iran-china-before-trade-deal/5686408

Why Gold Prices Are About to Skyrocket Even Higher
Charles Kennedy | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-14
The gold bears have finally caved under the deafening barrage of fiscal and geopolitical catalysts, from Fed hints to intensely brewing conflict with Iran. But there is one key trend that stands to push gold up beyond $1,700–regardless of the …
globalresearch.ca/why-gold-prices-about-skyrocket-even-higher/5686403

Footage Captures NATO Intercept Attempt of Plane Carrying Russian Defense Minister
Zero Hedge | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-14
Russia's Defense Ministry has published dramatic video Tuesday showing another close encounter between its military planes and NATO jets over the Baltic Sea, but this time it involved a dangerous intercept as the NATO aircraft came just off the wing …
globalresearch.ca/footage-captures-nato-intercept-attempt-plane-carrying-russian-defense-minister/5686410

Russian Blast Points to Danger of New Nuclear Arms Race
Jeremy Kuzmarov | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-14
On Thursday August 8th, an explosion at the Nenoksa Missile test site in northern Russia during testing of a new type of nuclear propelled cruise missile resulted in the death of at least seven people, including scientists and was followed by a spike in radiation in the atmosphere. Analysts in Washington and Europe are of the belief that the explosion may offer a glimpse of technological weaknesses in Russia's new arms program.
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2019-08-14: News Headlines

RT (2019-08-15). 'Like a scene that you see in war': 6 cops shot in Philadelphia drugs raid gone wrong. rt.com Philadelphia police attempting to serve a drugs warrant were drawn into an hours-long shootout after heavily-armed suspects opened fire, wounding at least 6 officers and terrifying residents in the Nicetown-Tioga neighborhood.

Prof. James Petras (2019-08-15). America's Enemies, Who's On the List? globalresearch.ca For almost 2 decades, the US pursued a list of 'enemy countries' to confront, attack, weaken & overthrow. This imperial quest to overthrow 'enemy countries' depends on two considerations: the level of priority & the degree of vulnerability for a 'regime change' operation.

Staff (2019-08-14). Immigrants Swept Up in Mississippi Raids Face Courts That Deport Most Defendants. truthout.org | | Hundreds of immigrants swept up in mass raids at meatpacking plants in Mississippi last week are now being held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at privately run jails hours away in western Mississippi and Louisiana. Waves of hunger strikes have swept through an expanding network of immigration jails in the region as immigrants and asylum seekers protest against…

Staff (2019-08-14). Immigrants Welcome to the US as Long as They Are White and Wealthy. therealnews.com The Trump's administration's Kenneth Cuccinelli rewrites Emma Lazarus's words on the Statue of Liberty, telling the poor and oppressed they're no longer welcome. This comes right after Trump proposes to limit legal migration to the US. We speak to Michael Paarlberg of IPS…

teleSUR (2019-08-14). Won't Block Venezuela Ships Despite US Sanctions, Panama Claims. telesurenglish.net The Panama Canal will continue authorizing vessels coming from Venezuela provided they present the necessary paperwork, the waterway's chief said on Wednesday, suggesting a new round of U.S. sanctions on the South American nation should not make a difference to canal traffic. | RELATED: | Food Shipment Destined For Venezuela Seized Due to US Blockade

Steve Sweeney (2019-08-14). 13 Million Expected to Sign Petition Against US's Venezuela Blockade. globalresearch.ca As many as 13 million people are expected to sign a petition opposing the US economic blockade of Venezuela and the "genocidal, racist, xenophobe" Donald Trump, according to the Bolivarian government. | Tables have been organised in public squares in …

Ben Norton (2019-08-14). PHOTOS: Venezuelans march against US embargo in enormous #NoMoreTrump protest. thegrayzone.com The Grayzone attends a massive march where hundreds of thousands took to the streets of Caracas to condemn the US…

David Macaray (2019-08-14). Random Murder in the Age of Aquarius. counterpunch.org "'Tis not contrary to reason to prefer the destruction of the whole world to the scratching of my finger." —David Hume, 1711-1776 (A Treatise on Human Nature) Most of us would agree that, on one level, random mass shootings don't make any sense whatever, no matter which approach—clinical or sociological—we take to explain them. But More

Renee Parsons (2019-08-14). Are Hate Crimes Linked to Mind Control? Trump Asks the Death Penalty. globalresearch.ca As part of Remarks by President Trump on Mass Shootings in Texas and Ohio on August 5th, President Donald Trump announced that: | "Today, I am also directing the Department of Justice to propose legislation ensuring that …

teleSUR (2019-08-14). New Zealand Man Accused of Mosque Shootings Sent Racist Letters. telesurenglish.net The Australian white supremacist accused of terror attacks at two mosques in New Zealand that killed 51 people in March, has written several letters from jail expressing his racist political and social views, prompting Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to say that should never have been allowed. | RELATED: | Norway Mosque Attacker Inspired by El Paso, New Zealand Attacks: Report | "I think every New Zealander would have an expectation that this individual should not be able…

Staff (2019-08-14). United States and Turkey Agree to a Syrian "Safe Zone," Betraying the Kurds. therealnews.com Baris Karaagac discusses how the U.S allowed the Turkish government seize land in northern Syria to counter Russian and Iranian influence in spite of former Kurdish allies…

Charles Kennedy (2019-08-14). Why Gold Prices Are About to Skyrocket Even Higher. globalresearch.ca The gold bears have finally caved under the deafening barrage of fiscal and geopolitical catalysts, from Fed hints to intensely brewing conflict with Iran. But there is one key trend that stands to push gold up beyond $1,700—regardless of the …

True Publica (2019-08-14). John Bolton Visit — Forcing Britain's Hand over Huawei, Iran and China before Trade Deal. globalresearch.ca There were many public protests with the arrival of Donald Trump to the shores of Britain and contrary to his own beliefs, Trump is not well-liked at all by ordinary British citizens. What was strange though was the fact that …

Jeremy Kuzmarov (2019-08-14). Russian Blast Points to Danger of New Nuclear Arms Race. counterpunch.org On Thursday August 8th, an explosion at the Nenoksa Missile test site in northern Russia during testing of a new type of nuclear propelled cruise missile resulted in the death of at least seven people, including scientists and was followed by a spike in radiation in the atmosphere. Analysts in Washington and Europe are of the belief that the explosion may offer a glimpse of technological weaknesses in Russia's new arms program. More

Zero Hedge (2019-08-14). Footage Captures NATO Intercept Attempt of Plane Carrying Russian Defense Minister. globalresearch.ca Russia's Defense Ministry has published dramatic video Tuesday showing another close encounter between its military planes and NATO jets over the Baltic Sea, but this time it involved a dangerous intercept as the NATO aircraft came just off the wing …

Staff (2019-08-14). "Give Us Your Rich": Trump Is Changing Wholesale Who Gets Into the US. truthout.org | | "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" Those are the words of Emma Lazarus inscribed on the Statue of Liberty. But this week, acting Director of Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli attempted to rewrite the poem to make a case for limiting immigration to the United States. He told NPR's Rachel Martin on Tuesday that the St…

teleSUR (2019-08-14). Court Overrides Salvini, Allows Migrant Ship in Italian Waters. telesurenglish.net An administrative court in Rome ruled Wednesday that a Spanish rescue ship carrying around 150 migrants should be allowed to enter Italian territorial waters in defiance of a ban imposed by Interior Minister Matteo Salvini. | RELATED: | Salvini Orders Italian Coast Guard Not to Rescue 135 Migrants | Salvini, leader of the far-right League party, quic…

Ricardo Vaz (2019-08-14). Venezuela's Maduro Reshuffles Cabinet as Supreme Court Strips Three Opposition Lawmakers of Immunity. venezuelanalysis.com The National Constituent Assembly will also evaluate bringing forward legislative elections.

TeleSUR English (2019-08-14). Venezuelan Opposition Journalist Served as Agent for US, UK Gov't. venezuelanalysis.com In a U.S. diplomatic cable, Bocaranda is dubbed a "reliable source" and to be "strictly protected."

Nino Pagliccia (2019-08-14). Venezuela Retains Political Control after New US Coercive Measures. globalresearch.ca In political terms the government of Venezuela had a good month of July while managing very critical economic circumstances. Reps of 120 Non Aligned Movement (NAM) countries attended their ministerial meeting in Caracas, and more than 700 delegates from dozens …

Stephen Lendman (2019-08-14). Killing Julian Assange Slowly. globalresearch.ca Since April 11 when unlawfully dragged from Ecuador's London embassy to captivity, Assange has languished under draconian conditions in a UK dungeon at the behest of the Trump regime, wanting him tried in the US for the "crime" of truth-telling …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-08-14). The Downing of Malaysian Airlines MH17: The Quest for Truth and Justice. Review of the Evidence. globalresearch.ca The MH17 Inquiry has been conducted in an insidious fashion. Important pieces of evidence including eye witness reports, audio & video material transmitted through Ukraine Intelligence (SBU) have been manipulated or excluded from the Dutch inquiry, which largely endorses Washington's accusations directed against Moscow.

Patrick Cockburn (2019-08-14). Boris Johnson Recklessly Picks at the Scabs of Ireland's Violent Past. counterpunch.org On 8 May 1987 a Provisional IRA unit of eight men attacked a police station in the village of Loughgall in county Armagh 15 miles from the Irish border. One man drove a digger with a bomb in its bucket towards the building, half of which was destroyed in the explosion. But British forces had More

The Canary (2019-08-14). One homeless person dies every 19 hours, campaigners warn. thecanary.co Calls have been made to tackle the rough sleeping crisis after campaigners claimed one homeless person is dying on average every 19 hours. | The Museum of Homelessness (MoH) suggested the figure after it said its research found at least 235 people "affected by homelessness" had died in the last six months. | The social justice group used freedom of information requests, local authorities' figures, coroners' records and testimonies from families as well as details from media coverage to gather the data — but believe the true figure could be "significantly higher". | It has called for official bodies to recor…

Staff (2019-08-14). Six Officers Shot by Gunman in Philadelphia Released From Hospital. truthdig.com PHILADELPHIA — The Latest on several police officers shot in Philadelphia (all times local): | 10: 45 p.m. | Police say all six officers wounded by gunfire from a man who has barricaded himself inside a north Philadelphia building have been released from the hospital. | Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross says "it's nothing short of a miracle that we don't have multiple officers killed today." | Ross says the situation that began about 4: 30 p.m. Wednesday has "gone from a hostage situation to a barricade." | Sgt. Eric Gripp said the suspect was "still armed and inside" the house. But Ross said poli…

Dean Baker (2019-08-14). In a Tight Labor Market, the Profit Share of Income is Falling. counterpunch.org Last month's GDP report also included revisions to previously reported profit data for the last three years. The earlier reports showed a slight increase in the profit share in 2018; the revised data showed that the profit share of corporate income had fallen by 0.4 percentage points from the prior year. This is important both More

M. G. Piety (2019-08-14). Educating Ourselves About Violence. counterpunch.org I'm at a loss to say whether Educated: A Memoir, Tara Westover's highly-celebrated account of her escape from a fundamentalist, survivalist, home-schooled upbringing in Idaho to earn a Ph.D. from Cambridge University, is a good book. What I can say without hesitation is that it's a disturbing book. It took me awhile to get through More

CP Editor (2019-08-14). What's Left After Liberalism? counterpunch.org

Jonah Raskin (2019-08-14). Woodstock Nation Revisited: Abbie Hoffman, Joan Baez and the Culture Vultures of Capitalism. counterpunch.org The Woodstock music festival, now a legendary event, took place a long time ago and memories have largely faded. Folksinger Joan Baez can't really be faulted for saying recently that at Woodstock, "Nobody was really thinking about the serious issues." True, not many, but not nobody, either. Baez also suggested in a recent interview with More

Karl Grossman (2019-08-14). Lyme Disease and Biowarfare. counterpunch.org "Pentagon May Have Released Weaponized Ticks That Helped Spread of Lyme Disease: Investigation Ordered" was the Newsweek headline last month. The article below it was about the U.S. House of Representatives having "quietly passed a bill requiring the Inspector General of the Department of Defense to conduct a review into whether the Pentagon experimented with More

Elliot Sperber (2019-08-14). The New Mayor of New York. counterpunch.org (The following is a transcript of a speech delivered Monday, August 12, by Eon Pig Eon, the self-proclaimed new Mayor of New York City.) Esteemed guests, thank you for coming. I'll get right to the point. The city, and the country, and the planet are in the midst of an unprecedented set of crises at More

Editor (2019-08-14). Mueller e ilusiones. workers.org Cualquiera que se aferró a la ilusión de que el testimonio de Robert Mueller del 22 de julio ante los comités de la Cámara de Justicia e Inteligencia pondría a POTUS en apuros tenía que decepcionarse. Ahora debe quedar claro: no habrá atajos para hacer retroceder al presidente, y mucho . . . | Continue reading Mueller e ilusiones at Workers.org

Staff (2019-08-14). Brazil's Student Movement Mobilizes to Oppose Bolsonaro's Education Privatization. therealnews.com Students rallied and marched in 207 municipalities of Brazil, to declare their opposition to right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro's education reform that would privatize much of Brazil's higher education. Mike Fox reports…

Victor Grossman (2019-08-14). Warnings ancient and modern. mronline.org Before the Berlin Wall was torn down we all made sarcastic jokes about its official designation by East German (GDR) party leaders as "anti-fascist protective barrier". But hearing racist ranting by AfD leaders now hoping for victories and seeing gangs of marching thugs with barely—paraphrased Nazi slogans, from East Berlin to southern Saxony, we must […] | Source

Fred Goldstein (2019-08-14). The new Cold War against China. workers.org During the Cold War and the struggle that put the USSR and China on one side and imperialism, headed by Washington, on the other, revolutionaries used to characterize the conflict as a class war between two irreconcilable social systems. On one side was the socialist camp, based upon socialized property, . . . | Continue reading The new Cold War against China at Workers.org

Eds. (2019-08-14). Why Marx matters: capitalism and the Metabolic Rift. mronline.org CO2 was identified as a prime driver of global warming in the 1950s and has been the subject of many international meetings over the past 30 years. Despite increasing calls to reduce carbon emissions, they continue to rise faster and faster. | Source

Brenda Ryan (2019-08-14). Michael Brown remembered. workers.org New York — Exactly five years after 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a cop in Ferguson, Mo., Shut It Down NYC called an Aug. 9 demonstration — "Fists Up, Fight Back!" — in his memory. Protesters marched from Grand Central Terminal through midtown Manhattan chanting: "Eric Garner, . . . | Continue reading Michael Brown remembered at Workers.org

teleSUR (2019-08-14). Tunisia's Electoral Body Announces 26 Presidential Candidates. telesurenglish.net Tunisia's electoral body announced Wednesday a list of 26 presidential candidates for the third free elections to be held next month in the country. Almost 100 applicants had presented their candidacy in hopes to become the next country's leader. | RELATED: | Tunisians Launch Historic Protest To Welcome Saudi Prince MbS | "71 nomination papers were rejected, including 51 on the grounds of lack of sponsorships and deposit guarantees and 14 for the lack of endorsements," Nabil Ba…

teleSUR (2019-08-14). Brazil: 100,000 Daisies in Defense of Working Women's Rights. telesurenglish.net Women from all over Brazil met at the Ministries Square in Brasilia on Wednesday to hold the "Daisies March," an even to defend agrarian reform and women's rights and reject gender violence and President Jair Bolsonaro. | RELATED: | Students Strike, Protest Across Brazil as Moro Orders Crackdown | "Brazilian women have a broad agenda of demands which…

WSWS (2019-08-14). Far-right government elected in Guatemala. wsws.org Marked by low participation and mass protests, the vote was overshadowed by the popular outrage against the "third safe country" agreement imposed by Trump.

John W. Whitehead (2019-08-14). We're All Enemies of the State. counterpunch.org "The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary." —H.L. Mencken We've been down this road many times before. If the government is consistent about any one thing, it is this: it has an More

Kollibri terre Sonnenblume (2019-08-14). The Case Against Voting for President. counterpunch.org As individuals, our choices make very little difference to the state of the world, often virtually none. Nonetheless, those same choices can have significant effects on ourselves, sometimes profoundly. For example: One can give up driving for biking, and though this will make no difference to global pollution output, the profits of oil companies or More

Robert Jensen (2019-08-14). From the Royal to the Prophetic to the Apocalyptic: The Case for a Saving Remnant. counterpunch.org The royal, prophetic, and apocalyptic traditions in the Hebrew and Christian bibles provide a compelling framework for understanding progressive intellectual and political work today, as we face the task not only of struggling to create a just and sustainable world but also imagining a saving remnant that will negotiate a radically different future in which More

teleSUR (2019-08-14). Ecuador Assembly Deposes Democratically-Elected Council Members. telesurenglish.net Ecuador's National Assembly voted Wednesday to depose four democratically elected members of the Citizen Participation and Social Control Council in a highly questioned political move as they pledged to investigate President Lenin Moreno's administration. | RELATED: | 'Real Coup': Ecuador Removes Constitutional Court Judges | With 84 votes in favor, 32 against and eight abstentions, lawmakers approved a motion of censure and deposed Jose Tuarez, Rosa Chala, Victoria Desintonio and Walt…

teleSUR (2019-08-14). Brazilian House Approves Economic Freedom Measure's Text. telesurenglish.net Brazilian house approved Tuesday by 345 votes to 76 a substitute text to the so-called "Economic Freedom PM (Provisional Measure)," allowing work on Sundays and public holidays. | RELATED: | Brazil: Bolsonaro Ends Lula's Pro-Workers Minimun Wage Policy | "The provisional measure contains many unconstitutional points, including work on Sundays regardless of the labor law. The Constitution states that Sundays are rest days and the provisional measure contradicts this point, also pr…

WSWS (2019-08-14). Three-star general stands for far-right Alternative for Germany in mayoral election. wsws.org The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) has selected Joachim Wundrak, a former Luftwaffe lieutenant-general, as its candidate for the Hannover mayoral election on October 27.

WSWS (2019-08-14). Italy: Democrats, Five-Star Movement call for technocratic government. wsws.org On August 20, the Senate will hold a confidence vote on the current government, after far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini broke the governing alliance.

Staff (2019-08-14). Stacey Abrams Applauded for #FairFight2020 Initiative Against Voter Suppression. truthout.org | | After experiencing firsthand how voter suppression impacts elections in her narrowly unsuccessful Georgia gubernatorial race against Republican Brian Kemp, Stacey Abrams on Tuesday launched an initiative aimed at bolstering voter protections nationwide ahead of the 2020 elections. | "There are only two things stopping us in 2020: that people have…

teleSUR (2019-08-14). US Trade Deal Could Drag Britain Into More Wars, Austerity. telesurenglish.net

teleSUR (2019-08-14). Coffee, Cacao Combat Chronic Heart Disease, Cancer. telesurenglish.net Eating flavonoids, certain nutrients found in plants, might help humans live longer, especially those who smoke and drink, according to a new study by researchers at the Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Australia. | RELATED: | Trade War: China Suspends Purchases of US Agricultural Products | Scientists have been discovering the health benefits of flavonoids over the past two decades. However, this study, conducted by the ECU's School of Medical and Health Sciences, is the first…

WSWS (2019-08-14). Bottled water distributions begin as lead water poisoning crisis erupts in Newark, New Jersey. wsws.org After three years of cover-up, city and state officials were forced to begin distributing bottled water to residents on Monday.

Jeff Carter (2019-08-14). Nuclear Weapons, No First Use: "It Makes the World Safer" globalresearch.ca Jeff Carter is Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility. | In a statement released today, he said: | "During the second 2020 presidential debate, Senator Elizabeth Warren reiterated her support for a 'No First Use' policy on nuclear weapons, stating, 'It …

Dr. Chandra Muzaffar (2019-08-14). Paul Findley: A Man of Courage. globalresearch.ca Paul Findley one of the most remarkable Congressmen that the US House of Representatives had produced since the Second World War passed away on the 9th of August 2019. He was 98 years old. He was first elected to …

teleSUR (2019-08-14). At Least Six Killed After Houses Collapse in Chile's Valparaiso. telesurenglish.net At least six people have died after two houses collapsed in the historic Chilean port city of Valparaiso late on Tuesday. The city's authorities have confirmed and a regional official said the death toll could rise further. | RELATED: | 74% of Chileans Back Reduction of Workweek to 40 Hours | Rescue workers combed through the rubble to look for four other missing people overnight on Tuesday and on Wednesday morning beneath one of the many steep hills of the city's historic quarter, a UN…

Rossen Vassilev Jr. (2019-08-14). The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster and Its Tragic Aftermath. globalresearch.ca The three meltdowns and at least four big core explosions at the Fukushima nuclear-power plant's six American-designed Daiichi reactors in March 2011 still constitute the world's worst nuclear nightmare so far, surpassing even the Chernobyl #4 reactor's explosion and meltdown …

Gregory Kulacki (2019-08-14). The Next Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Nuclear Weapons and US — Japan — China Relations. globalresearch.ca Japan was the first, the last and the only nation to be attacked with nuclear weapons. If it continues along the path set by Prime Minister Abe and the national security bureaucrats of his Liberal Democrat Party (LDP), it may …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-08-14). Australia's Pacific Play: Denying Climate Change and Boosting China's Threat. globalresearch.ca Australia has always nursed a contradictory, repressive relationship with its Pacific neighbours. Being a satrap of great powers, it has performed the role of gate keeper and monitor of regional instability, a condescending, often paternalistic agent. At stages, it has …

Henry McLeish (2019-08-14). How English Nationalist Boris Johnson Is Turning the UK into a "US Colony" globalresearch.ca Boris Johnson and the right-wing Tories in Cabinet are English nationalists who hope to turn UK into a US 'colony', a country where EU regulations are replaced by limited welfare, minimum standards, low taxes and low pay, writes Henry McLeish….

True Publica (2019-08-14). UK Government Is Pushing Ahead with Extreme US Trade Deal. globalresearch.ca Currently, Britain has a Prime Minister who was elected not by the public, but by around 90,000 Conservative party members. With a majority in the House of Commons of just one seat, without any real political mandate, Britain is being …

Dr. Jack Rasmus (2019-08-14). Argentina & the Next Global Financial Crisis. globalresearch.ca On August 12, 2019, financial markets in Argentina crashed. The stock market contracted 38% in just one day. The currency, the Peso, fell 20% after falling as low as 30% and recovered to 20% only when Argentina's central bank raised …

(2019-08-14). Trump Finalizes Disastrous Weakening of Endangered Species Act. globalresearch.ca In a massive attack on imperiled wildlife, the Trump administration today finalized rollbacks to regulations implementing key provisions of the Endangered Species Act. The changes, which could lead to extinction for hundreds of animals and plants, are illegal and will …

Robert F. Kennedy Jr (2019-08-14). Vaccines and the Liberal Mind. globalresearch.ca This article was originally published in June 2018. | Instead of demanding blue-ribbon safety science and encouraging honest, open and responsible debate on the science, too many online outlets are silencing critics and shutting down discussion on this key public health …

Staff (2019-08-14). The Government Relies on False "Evidence" Against Migrants. truthout.org | | Laura Peña could see that her 36-year-old client was wasting away. Gaunt and haggard after nearly two months in jail, he ran his fingers through his hair and opened his hands to show her the clumps that were falling out. He was so distraught that his two young children had been taken from him at the border, he could barely speak without weeping. | After Carlos requested political asylum, border and immigration agents had accused him of being a member of the notorious MS-13 gang in El Salvador [mdas…

Global Research News (2019-08-14). Selected Articles: Brexit Conundrum. globalresearch.ca A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer" | . | . | | | If, like us, this is …

Tom Coburg (2019-08-14). When even arch-Brexiteers warn of no-deal danger to the economy, you know it's time to worry. thecanary.co A cross-party House of Commons report, co-authored by arch-Brexiteers such as Jacob Rees-Mogg, warns of the dangers of a no-deal Brexit. The report was published in July, prior to Boris Johnson becoming prime minister, but has only recently been made public. And its conclusions are worrying, to say the least. | Tory MP and leader of the house Rees-Mogg, meanwhile, is not the only hypocrite in all t…

Nation.Cymru (2019-08-14). Irish Newspaper Calls for Union between Ireland, Wales and Scotland. globalresearch.ca Wales, Ireland and Scotland should form a 'Celtic pact' and leave England behind to sort out Brexit for itself, according to the Irish Mirror. | Writing for the newspaper, Jason O'Toole suggests that a pact of the four nations — Ireland, …

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-08-14). 'Just Reciting White Nationalist Talking Points': Trump Immigration Chief Says Statue of Liberty Poem Only About Europeans. commondreams.org "This administration finally admitted what we've known all along: They think the Statue of Liberty only applies to white people." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-08-14). 'More Important Than Ever': Stacey Abrams Applauded for #FairFight2020 Initiative Against Voter Suppression. commondreams.org "Creating a government of the people, by the people, and for the people will happen only when we hear every voice from the people." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

ACLU NorCal SCU Law Club (2019-08-14). Growing Anti-Immigrant Sentiments and Trump's Immigration Policies. indybay.org Charney Hall, Room 104. Santa Clara University School of Law | 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara 95050…

Peninsula Peace & Justice Center (2019-08-14). Climate Strike: Downtown Palo Alto. indybay.org Lytton Plaza, intersection of University Ave. & Emerson Street, Palo Alto 94301…

CHICANO MEXICANO RESISTANCE (2019-08-14). Commemorate 1970 Chicano Moratorium March. indybay.org SAN JOSE PEACE AND JUSTICE CENTER | 48 S. 7th Street | San Jose, Calif. 95112 | Near corner of 7th and Santa Clara Streets.

Yemeni Alliance Committee (2019-08-14). End the Genocide in #Yemen. indybay.org Outside Federal Building — office of Speaker Nancy Pelosi | 90 7th St. | San Francisco, CA 94103…

Dan Bacher (2019-08-14). Salmon advocates slam Trump rules slashing Endangered Species Act protections. indybay.org "Here in California we're likely to see salmon, sturgeon, steelhead trout, wolves, wolverines, kit fox and many others all slide towards extinction as a result of today's action by the Trump White House," said John McManus, Executive Director of the Golden Gate Salmon Association.

teleSUR (2019-08-14). Saudi Woman Activist Refuses to Deny Torture in Prison. telesurenglish.net Imprisoned women's rights activist Loujain Hathloul rejected Saudi Arabia's proposal to secure her release from prison in exchange for a video statement denying reports she was tortured in custody, her family said Tuesday. | RELATED: | Nicki Minaj Cancels Saudi Concert Citing Women, LGBT Rights | Hathloul, along with at least a dozen other women's rights activists, was arrested over a year ago as Saudi Arabia ended a ban on women driving cars, which many of the detainees had lon…

Staff (2019-08-14). "Give Us Your Rich": Immigration Reporter Says Trump Admin Is Changing "Wholesale" Who Gets into U.S. democracynow.org "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" Those are the words of Emma Lazarus inscribed on the Statue of Liberty. But this week, acting Director of Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli attempted to rewrite the poem to make a case for limiting immigration to the United States. He told NPR's Rachel Martin on Tuesday that the Statue of Liberty's message is "Give me your tired and your poor, who can stand on their own two feet and who will…

teleSUR (2019-08-14). Cardi B Meets Bernie Sanders, Talks Minimum Wage, Unemployment. telesurenglish.net Singer and rapper Cardi B interviewed the U.S. Senator and 2020 Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders about the economy, union, unemployment. | RELATED: | US 2020 Presidential Elections: Buttigieg has 24 Billionaire Donors, Harris 18, Biden 13, Sanders 0 | In a video shared by the singer Tuesday, the two could be seen talki…

teleSUR (2019-08-14). Violations Against Children Are 'New Normal' in Mali: UN. telesurenglish.net Acts of grave violence against children are escalating in Mali where more than 150 children have been killed so far in 2019 and more than 75 injured due to violent attacks and the use of child soldiers, according to a report published Tuesday by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). | RELATED: | Mali: Thousands Protest Inter-Ethnic Violence in Call for Peace | The number of child soldiers in armed groups within the country has increased drastically while more than 900 s…

susan_p (2019-08-14). Australia 'tips petrol on the fire' at Pacific Islands Forum. greenleft.org.au Australia's bullying behaviour was in full view again at the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) this week in Tuvalu, as it ignored pleas to take climate change seriously. | Phil Glendenning, who is attending the PIF for the Edmund Rice Centre, told Green Left Weekly on August 13: "When someone's house is burning, you're not being a good neighbour by tipping more petrol on the flames." | "It doesn't matter if you have a hose handy while you're pouring the petrol," he added, a reference to Australia's pretence at concern. | Glendenning said Australia had ruled out giving more to help with climate abatement because the $50…

Ramzy Baroud (2019-08-14). Manifestos of Hate: What White Terrorists Have in Common. mintpressnews.com Writing under the title of "If the El Paso shooter had been Muslim", Moustafa Bayoumi stated the obvious. | "If the El Paso shooter had been a Muslim," Bayoumi wrote in the British Guardian newspaper on August 6, US President Donald Trump "would be lobbing accusations such as 'Islam hates us' in the direction of Muslims and not lecturing the public about video games." | Bayoumi was referring to the double standards that define much of western official and media discourses regarding violence. When the allege…

Adam Lynch (2019-08-13). When ICE hit Mississippi, its citizens showed up for immigrant families. nationofchange.org The Mississippi immigration raid detained hundreds and left children stranded on the first day of school. It also evoked a massive humanitarian response in a state not traditionally friendly to immigrants.

John Marciano (2019-08-13). Massacres at Home and Abroad. counterpunch.org On August 5, former President Obama released a powerful statement in response to the latest gun massacres in Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton that left scores dead and wounded—including children who were shopping for school supplies at Walmart with their mothers, and with their families at the wonderful Gilroy Garlic Festival. He decried the madness of violence that has been fueled by Trump's vile pronouncements and policies that help spread anti-immigrant and racist poison across the nation. More

Al Neal (2019-08-13). Trump rule can deny legal status for immigrants using public assistance. peoplesworld.org At every turn the Trump administration takes regarding immigration, there's only one tangible goal: Fear produced by inhumane tactics aimed at deterring migration to the U.S. from Central America and Mexico. On Aug. 3, 22 people were killed by a domestic terrorist in a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas. The shooter targeted Mexicans and …

Staff (2019-08-13). Trump Keeps Cracking Down on Legal Immigration Because His Base Loves Cruelty. truthout.org | | When Democrats dismissed the Fox News-led fear-mongering about "hordes" of undocumented immigrants "invading" the United States from the south as a manufactured crisis, they were pilloried by Republicans and the mainstream media alike for not taking the issue seriously. Hardly anyone demonstrated an understanding of Democrats' nuanced argument. | Illegal immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border appeared much more substantial precisely because the Trump administration had choked off acces…

splcenter (2019-08-13). SPLC joins brief opposing Kansas law targeting immigrants. splcenter.org The SPLC and 29 worker and immigrant rights organizations filed an amicus brief today urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a court decision stating that a Kansas identity theft law cannot be used to turn local law enforcement into immigration agents.

WSWS (2019-08-13). Trump imposes new class-based immigration restrictions. wsws.org The draconian regulation change means immigrants will be denied permanent residency if they have a low credit score, for example.

teleSUR (2019-08-13). NYPD Arrest 44 On 2nd Day of Protests Against Amazon-ICE Links. telesurenglish.net Hundreds of demonstrators gathered at Amazon Books in Manhattan Sunday to protest the company's involvement with the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement. On the second day of protests, 44 protestors were detained by New York's Police. | RELATED: | Labor Abuse Allegations Surrounded Factory Raided by ICE | The demonstration was organized by local Jewish leaders, who say Amazon provides technology that helps ICE make detentions and has contracts with the Department of Hom…

Staff (2019-08-13). From Hong Kong to Kashmir to the US, Authoritarianism Is Rising. truthout.org | | Over the past couple weeks, the global pattern of authoritarianism has become particularly visible, and particularly gut-wrenching. Global politics is changing quickly, with political discourse becoming increasingly degraded and dangerous in one country after the next. | In Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's ruling party boasted of the mass book burning and destruction that it has, apparen…

Andrew Korybko (2019-08-13). Why Don't Activists Care About the Kashmiris as Much as the Rohingyas? globalresearch.ca It's certainly peculiar that the international activist community cares more for the Rohingyas than the Kashmiris despite both of these people being Muslim minorities that are facing a similar threat of ethnic cleansing, which suggests that there must be more …

teleSUR (2019-08-13). French Activists Call for an End to the Blockade of Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Activists and citizens from France and other parts of the world signed on Tuesday in this capital a letter addressed to the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, to denounce the blockade imposed on Venezuela by the United States. | RELATED: | Venezuela: Court Charges 3 Assembly Members with Treason | The Venezuelan Embassy hosted the first of seven days dedicated to gathering support for the statement, which was backed this Tuesday by French, Venezuelan, Brazilian, Cuban, Salvadoran…

RT (2019-08-13). Family of El Paso shooting victims says they received death threats over photo with Trump. rt.com Relatives of a married couple killed in the El Paso, Texas mass shooting say they have been swept up in a wave of hate and criticism — including death threats — after being photographed with US President Donald Trump.

John Feffer (2019-08-13). Is America crazy? nationofchange.org The United States witnessed three mass shootings in one week recently in California, Texas, and Ohio. There have been more than 250 mass shootings so far in 2019, more than one a day. This year in America, more than 33,000 shooting incidents have killed more than 8,700 people. | America is the richest country in the world, but it has more than half a million homeless and 28 million people without health insurance — out of a population of around 325 million. The…

Editor (2019-08-13). Trump, el capitalismo incitan tiroteos masivos. workers.org Entre el 31 de julio y el 3 de agosto, tres terroristas hombres de raza con blanca mataron e hirieron a docenas de personas en Gilroy, California; El Paso, Texas; y Dayton, Ohio. Tres tiroteos masivos en los Estados Unidos en una semana. Los locutores de televisión expresaron que esto . . . | Continue reading Trump, el capitalismo incitan tiroteos masivos at Workers.org

patrick (2019-08-13). BDS movement condemns U.S. Congress' anti-BDS resolution. bdsmovement.net BDS movement condemns U.S. Congress' anti-BDS resolution: UpdateThe resolution is based on lies and aims to to demonize peaceful resistance to Israel's military occupation and apartheid. | Right To BoycottJuly 23, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)

Pepe Escobar (2019-08-13). How Tehran Fits into Russia-China Strategy. globalresearch.ca Complex doesn't even begin to describe the positioning of Iran-Russia in the geopolitical chessboard. What's clear in our current, volatile moment is that they're partners, as I previously reported. Although not strategic partners, as in the Russia-China tie-up, Russia-China-Iran …

Jordan Michael Smith (2019-08-13). How Voice of America Persian Became a Trump Administration PR Machine. theintercept.com As an Iranian American journalist covering the Iran-U.S. relationship, Negar Mortazavi is accustomed to receiving vitriol on social media. Still, she found it unusual when she saw on Twitter that someone had called her a "treasonous criminal" and "a spy and an enemy of the people." The tweets got darker: "If the U.S. had laws of the Middle Ages like Iran, this mouthpiece of the corrupt regime would have been executed," one read, in Farsi. | What made the tweets unusua…

teleSUR (2019-08-13). UK Expected To Release Illegally Seized Iranian Tanker. telesurenglish.net Iran is celebrating a diplomatic victory, as they claim the U.K. is expected to release the seized Iranian tanker, following negotiations. Iranian maritime authorities said Tuesday that they had been in talks with the U.K. government, and showed documents that prove that Iran did not violate sanctions against Syria, the reason given by the U.K. for the seizure. | RELATED: | UK Wants European Force to Police Persian Gulf | Jalil Eslami, deputy head of Iran's Ports and Maritime Organization, s…

teleSUR (2019-08-13). World Commemorates Fidel Castro's Birthday. telesurenglish.net Governments and social movements around the world have come together to commemorate the birthday of revolutionary icon Fidel Castro, on what would have been his 93rd birthday. | RELATED: | 60 Years of Defending Cuba Against a Barbarous Empire | On Tuesday morning, members of China's Communist Youth attended an event at the Cuban embassy in Beijing to commemorate the Cuban revolutionary hero. Other Cuban embassies also hosted events. In Russia, there was a talk on Fidel along with an…

WSWS (2019-08-13). Explosions at Russian military facilities leave eight dead. wsws.org Bound up with the accelerating global arms race, blasts at a nuclear weapons testing facility in Russia's far north and an ammunitions depot in Siberia have injured dozens.

Gary Leupp (2019-08-13). MSNBC and the Next Election: Racism is the Issue. dissidentvoice.org After Donald Trump unexpectedly won the 2016 election, the Democrats and the mainstream media they shape sought to explain the disaster as a result of Russian meddling. Such meddling, which had been alleged for months, was documented in an (unconvincing) intelligence report prepared by the lame-duck Obama administration, made public Jan. 6, 2017; Congress followed …

Emily Apple (2019-08-13). The government is making an obscene profit from the hostile environment. thecanary.co An investigation by the Times has revealed that the Home Office is making a massive profit from the hostile environment. According to its figures, the Home Office made £500m in 2018, with profits rising 91% in the last five years. | The Times tweeted graphs showing how the government is raking money in: | Profit from the hostile envi…

2019-08-14: Social Media Postees

'Like a scene that you see in war': 6 cops shot in Philadelphia drugs raid gone wrong
rt.com | 2019-08-15
Philadelphia police attempting to serve a drugs warrant were drawn into an hours-long shootout after heavily-armed suspects opened fire, wounding at least 6 officers and terrifying residents in the Nicetown-Tioga neighborhood. | …
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America's Enemies, Who's On the List?
Prof. James Petras | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-15
For almost 2 decades, the US pursued a list of 'enemy countries' to confront, attack, weaken & overthrow. This imperial quest to overthrow 'enemy countries' depends on two considerations: the level of priority & the degree of vulnerability for a 'regime change' operation.
globalresearch.ca/americas-enemies-whos-on-the-list/5619763

Immigrants Swept Up in Mississippi Raids Face Courts That Deport Most Defendants
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-14
| Hundreds of immigrants swept up in mass raids at meatpacking plants in Mississippi last week are now being held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at privately run jails hours away in western Mississippi and Louisiana. Waves of hunger strikes have swept through an expanding network of immigration jails in the region as immigrants and asylum seekers protest against…
truthout.org/articles/immigrants-swept-u…

Won't Block Venezuela Ships Despite US Sanctions, Panama Claims
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-14
The Panama Canal will continue authorizing vessels coming from Venezuela provided they present the necessary paperwork, the waterway's chief said on Wednesday, suggesting a new round of U.S. sanctions on the South American nation should not make a difference to canal traffic. | RELATED: | Food Shipment Destined For Venezuela Seized Due to US Blockade…
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13 Million Expected to Sign Petition Against US's Venezuela Blockade
Steve Sweeney | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-14
As many as 13 million people are expected to sign a petition opposing the US economic blockade of Venezuela and the "genocidal, racist, xenophobe" Donald Trump, according to the Bolivarian government. | Tables have been organised in public squares in …
globalresearch.ca/13-million-expected-sign-petition-against-us-venezuela-blockade/5686360

PHOTOS: Venezuelans march against US embargo in enormous #NoMoreTrump protest
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2019-08-14
The Grayzone attends a massive march where hundreds of thousands took to the streets of Caracas to condemn the US…
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Random Murder in the Age of Aquarius
David Macaray | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-14
"'Tis not contrary to reason to prefer the destruction of the whole world to the scratching of my finger." –David Hume, 1711-1776 (A Treatise on Human Nature) Most of us would agree that, on one level, random mass shootings don't make any sense whatever, no matter which approach–clinical or sociological–we take to explain them. But…
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Are Hate Crimes Linked to Mind Control? Trump Asks the Death Penalty
Renee Parsons | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-14
As part of Remarks by President Trump on Mass Shootings in Texas and Ohio on August 5th, President Donald Trump announced that: | "Today, I am also directing the Department of Justice to propose legislation ensuring that | …
globalresearch.ca/hate-crimes-linked-mind-control-trump-asks-death-penalty/5686383

New Zealand Man Accused of Mosque Shootings Sent Racist Letters
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-14
The Australian white supremacist accused of terror attacks at two mosques in New Zealand that killed 51 people in March, has written several letters from jail expressing his racist political and social views, prompting Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to say that should never have been allowed. | RELATED: | Norway Mosque Attacker Inspired by El Paso, New Zealand Attacks: Report | "I think every New Zealander would have an expectation that this individual should not be able…
telesurenglish.net/news/New-Zealand-Man-…

Why Gold Prices Are About to Skyrocket Even Higher
Charles Kennedy | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-14
The gold bears have finally caved under the deafening barrage of fiscal and geopolitical catalysts, from Fed hints to intensely brewing conflict with Iran. But there is one key trend that stands to push gold up beyond $1,700–regardless of the …
globalresearch.ca/why-gold-prices-about-skyrocket-even-higher/5686403

United States and Turkey Agree to a Syrian "Safe Zone," Betraying the Kurds
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-08-14
Baris Karaagac discusses how the U.S allowed the Turkish government seize land in northern Syria to counter Russian and Iranian influence in spite of former Kurdish allies…
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John Bolton Visit — Forcing Britain's Hand over Huawei, Iran and China before Trade Deal
True Publica | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-14
There were many public protests with the arrival of Donald Trump to the shores of Britain and contrary to his own beliefs, Trump is not well-liked at all by ordinary British citizens. What was strange though was the fact that …
globalresearch.ca/john-bolton-visit-forcing-britain-hand-over-huawei-iran-china-before-trade-deal/5686408

Russian Blast Points to Danger of New Nuclear Arms Race
Jeremy Kuzmarov | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-14
On Thursday August 8th, an explosion at the Nenoksa Missile test site in northern Russia during testing of a new type of nuclear propelled cruise missile resulted in the death of at least seven people, including scientists and was followed by a spike in radiation in the atmosphere. Analysts in Washington and Europe are of the belief that the explosion may offer a glimpse of technological weaknesses in Russia's new arms program.
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Footage Captures NATO Intercept Attempt of Plane Carrying Russian Defense Minister
Zero Hedge | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-14
Russia's Defense Ministry has published dramatic video Tuesday showing another close encounter between its military planes and NATO jets over the Baltic Sea, but this time it involved a dangerous intercept as the NATO aircraft came just off the wing …
globalresearch.ca/footage-captures-nato-intercept-attempt-plane-carrying-russian-defense-minister/5686410

"Give Us Your Rich": Trump Is Changing Wholesale Who Gets Into the US
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-14
| "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" Those are the words of Emma Lazarus inscribed on the Statue of Liberty. But this week, acting Director of Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli attempted to rewrite the poem to make a case for limiting immigration to the United States. He told NPR's Rachel Martin on Tuesday that the St…
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Court Overrides Salvini, Allows Migrant Ship in Italian Waters
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-14
An administrative court in Rome ruled Wednesday that a Spanish rescue ship carrying around 150 migrants should be allowed to enter Italian territorial waters in defiance of a ban imposed by Interior Minister Matteo Salvini. | RELATED: | Salvini Orders Italian Coast Guard Not to Rescue 135 Migrants | Salvini, leader of the far-right League party, quic…
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Venezuelan Opposition Journalist Served as Agent for US, UK Gov't
TeleSUR English | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-08-14
In a U.S. diplomatic cable, Bocaranda is dubbed a "reliable source" and to be "strictly protected."
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14627

Venezuela's Maduro Reshuffles Cabinet as Supreme Court Strips Three Opposition Lawmakers of Immunity
Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-08-14
The National Constituent Assembly will also evaluate bringing forward legislative elections.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14628

Venezuela Retains Political Control after New US Coercive Measures
Nino Pagliccia | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-14
In political terms the government of Venezuela had a good month of July while managing very critical economic circumstances. Reps of 120 Non Aligned Movement (NAM) countries attended their ministerial meeting in Caracas, and more than 700 delegates from dozens …
globalresearch.ca/venezuela-retains-political-control-new-us-coercive-measures/5686354

Killing Julian Assange Slowly
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-14
Since April 11 when unlawfully dragged from Ecuador's London embassy to captivity, Assange has languished under draconian conditions in a UK dungeon at the behest of the Trump regime, wanting him tried in the US for the "crime" of truth-telling …
globalresearch.ca/killing-julian-assange-slowly/5686297

The Downing of Malaysian Airlines MH17: The Quest for Truth and Justice. Review of the Evidence
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-14
The MH17 Inquiry has been conducted in an insidious fashion. Important pieces of evidence including eye witness reports, audio & video material transmitted through Ukraine Intelligence (SBU) have been manipulated or excluded from the Dutch inquiry, which largely endorses Washington's accusations directed against Moscow.
globalresearch.ca/the-downing-of-malaysian-airlines-mh17-the-quest-for-truth-and-justice/5684127

Boris Johnson Recklessly Picks at the Scabs of Ireland's Violent Past
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-14
On 8 May 1987 a Provisional IRA unit of eight men attacked a police station in the village of Loughgall in county Armagh 15 miles from the Irish border. One man drove a digger with a bomb in its bucket towards the building, half of which was destroyed in the explosion. But British forces had…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/14/boris-johnso…

One homeless person dies every 19 hours, campaigners warn
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-08-14
Calls have been made to tackle the rough sleeping crisis after campaigners claimed one homeless person is dying on average every 19 hours. | The Museum of Homelessness (MoH) suggested the figure after it said its research found at least 235 people "affected by homelessness" had died in the last six months. | The social justice group used freedom of information requests, local authorities' figures, coroners' records and testimonies from families as well as details from media coverage to gather the data — but believe the true figure could be "significantly higher". | It has called for official bodies to recor…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2019/08/14/one-homeless-person-dies-every-19-hours-campaigners-warn/

Six Officers Shot by Gunman in Philadelphia Released From Hospital
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-08-14
PHILADELPHIA — The Latest on several police officers shot in Philadelphia (all times local): | 10: 45 p.m. | Police say all six officers wounded by gunfire from a man who has barricaded himself inside a north Philadelphia building have been released from the hospital. | Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross says "it's nothing short of a miracle that we don't have multiple officers killed today." | Ross says the situation that began about 4: 30 p.m. Wednesday has "gone from a hostage situation to a barricade." | Sgt. Eric Gripp said the suspect was "still armed and inside" the house. But Ross said poli…
truthdig.com/articles/several-police-off…

Tunisia's Electoral Body Announces 26 Presidential Candidates
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-14
Tunisia's electoral body announced Wednesday a list of 26 presidential candidates for the third free elections to be held next month in the country. Almost 100 applicants had presented their candidacy in hopes to become the next country's leader. | RELATED: | Tunisians Launch Historic Protest To Welcome Saudi Prince MbS | "71 nomination papers were rejected, including 51 on the grounds of lack of sponsorships and deposit guarantees and 14 for the lack of endorsements," Nabil Ba…
telesurenglish.net/news/Tunisia-Electora…

Brazil: 100,000 Daisies in Defense of Working Women's Rights
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-14
Women from all over Brazil met at the Ministries Square in Brasilia on Wednesday to hold the "Daisies March," an even to defend agrarian reform and women's rights and reject gender violence and President Jair Bolsonaro. | RELATED: | Students Strike, Protest Across Brazil as Moro Orders Crackdown | "Brazilian women have a broad agenda of demands which…
telesurenglish.net/news/Brazil-100000-Da…

Far-right government elected in Guatemala
wsws.org | 2019-08-14
Marked by low participation and mass protests, the vote was overshadowed by the popular outrage against the "third safe country" agreement imposed by Trump.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/14/guat…

Michael Brown remembered
Brenda Ryan | workers.org | 2019-08-14
New York — Exactly five years after 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a cop in Ferguson, Mo., Shut It Down NYC called an Aug. 9 demonstration — "Fists Up, Fight Back!" — in his memory. Protesters marched from Grand Central Terminal through midtown Manhattan chanting: "Eric Garner, . . . | Continue reading Michael Brown remembered at Workers.org
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What's Left After Liberalism?
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-14
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The New Mayor of New York
Elliot Sperber | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-14
(The following is a transcript of a speech delivered Monday, August 12, by Eon Pig Eon, the self-proclaimed new Mayor of New York City.) Esteemed guests, thank you for coming. I'll get right to the point. The city, and the country, and the planet are in the midst of an unprecedented set of crises at…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/14/the-new-mayo…

The Case Against Voting for President
Kollibri terre Sonnenblume | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-14
As individuals, our choices make very little difference to the state of the world, often virtually none. Nonetheless, those same choices can have significant effects on ourselves, sometimes profoundly. For example: One can give up driving for biking, and though this will make no difference to global pollution output, the profits of oil companies or…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/14/the-case-aga…

In a Tight Labor Market, the Profit Share of Income is Falling
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-14
Last month's GDP report also included revisions to previously reported profit data for the last three years. The earlier reports showed a slight increase in the profit share in 2018; the revised data showed that the profit share of corporate income had fallen by 0.4 percentage points from the prior year. This is important both…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/14/in-a-tight-l…

From the Royal to the Prophetic to the Apocalyptic: The Case for a Saving Remnant
Robert Jensen | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-14
The royal, prophetic, and apocalyptic traditions in the Hebrew and Christian bibles provide a compelling framework for understanding progressive intellectual and political work today, as we face the task not only of struggling to create a just and sustainable world but also imagining a saving remnant that will negotiate a radically different future in which…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/14/from-the-roy…

Woodstock Nation Revisited: Abbie Hoffman, Joan Baez and the Culture Vultures of Capitalism
Jonah Raskin | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-14
The Woodstock music festival, now a legendary event, took place a long time ago and memories have largely faded. Folksinger Joan Baez can't really be faulted for saying recently that at Woodstock, "Nobody was really thinking about the serious issues." True, not many, but not nobody, either. Baez also suggested in a recent interview with…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/14/woodstock-na…

Lyme Disease and Biowarfare
Karl Grossman | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-14
"Pentagon May Have Released Weaponized Ticks That Helped Spread of Lyme Disease: Investigation Ordered" was the Newsweek headline last month. The article below it was about the U.S. House of Representatives having…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/14/lyme-disease…

We're All Enemies of the State
John W. Whitehead | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-14
"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary." –H.L. Mencken We've been down this road many times before. If the government is consistent about any one thing, it is this: it has an…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/14/were-all-ene…

Educating Ourselves About Violence
M. G. Piety | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-14
I'm at a loss to say whether Educated: A Memoir, Tara Westover's highly-celebrated account of her escape from a fundamentalist, survivalist, home-schooled upbringing in Idaho to earn a Ph.D. from Cambridge University, is a good book. What I can say without hesitation is that it's a disturbing book. It took me awhile to get through…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/14/educating-ou…

Mueller e ilusiones
Editor | workers.org | 2019-08-14
Cualquiera que se aferró a la ilusión de que el testimonio de Robert Mueller del 22 de julio ante los comités de la Cámara de Justicia e Inteligencia pondría a POTUS en apuros tenía que decepcionarse. Ahora debe quedar claro: no habrá atajos para hacer retroceder al presidente, y mucho . . . | Continue reading Mueller e ilusiones at Workers.org
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Ecuador Assembly Deposes Democratically-Elected Council Members
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-14
Ecuador's National Assembly voted Wednesday to depose four democratically elected members of the Citizen Participation and Social Control Council in a highly questioned political move as they pledged to investigate President Lenin Moreno's administration. | RELATED: | 'Real Coup': Ecuador Removes Constitutional Court Judges | With 84 votes in favor, 32 against and eight abstentions, lawmakers approved a motion of censure and deposed Jose Tuarez, Rosa Chala, Victoria Desintonio and Walt…
telesurenglish.net/news/Ecuador-Assembly…

Brazil's Student Movement Mobilizes to Oppose Bolsonaro's Education Privatization
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-08-14
Students rallied and marched in 207 municipalities of Brazil, to declare their opposition to right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro's education reform that would privatize much of Brazil's higher education. Mike Fox reports…
therealnews.com/stories/brazils-student-…

Brazilian House Approves Economic Freedom Measure's Text
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-14
Brazilian house approved Tuesday by 345 votes to 76 a substitute text to the so-called "Economic Freedom PM (Provisional Measure)," allowing work on Sundays and public holidays. | RELATED: | Brazil: Bolsonaro Ends Lula's Pro-Workers Minimun Wage Policy | "The provisional measure contains many unconstitutional points, including work on Sundays regardless of the labor law. The Constitution states that Sundays are rest days and the provisional measure contradicts this point, also pr…
telesurenglish.net/news/Brazilian-House-…

Italy: Democrats, Five-Star Movement call for technocratic government
wsws.org | 2019-08-14
On August 20, the Senate will hold a confidence vote on the current government, after far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini broke the governing alliance.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/14/ital…

Three-star general stands for far-right Alternative for Germany in mayoral election
wsws.org | 2019-08-14
The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) has selected Joachim Wundrak, a former Luftwaffe lieutenant-general, as its candidate for the Hannover mayoral election on October 27.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/14/gene…

Stacey Abrams Applauded for #FairFight2020 Initiative Against Voter Suppression
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-14
| After experiencing firsthand how voter suppression impacts elections in her narrowly unsuccessful Georgia gubernatorial race against Republican Brian Kemp, Stacey Abrams on Tuesday launched an initiative aimed at bolstering voter protections nationwide ahead of the 2020 elections. | "There are only two things stopping us in 2020: that people have…
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Why Marx matters: capitalism and the Metabolic Rift
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-08-14
CO2 was identified as a prime driver of global warming in the 1950s and has been the subject of many international meetings over the past 30 years. Despite increasing calls to reduce carbon emissions, they continue to rise faster and faster. | Source…
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Coffee, Cacao Combat Chronic Heart Disease, Cancer
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-14
Eating flavonoids, certain nutrients found in plants, might help humans live longer, especially those who smoke and drink, according to a new study by researchers at the Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Australia. | RELATED: | Trade War: China Suspends Purchases of US Agricultural Products | Scientists have been discovering the health benefits of flavonoids over the past two decades. However, this study, conducted by the ECU's School of Medical and Health Sciences, is the first…
telesurenglish.net/news/Coffee-Cacao-Com…

Paul Findley: A Man of Courage
Dr. Chandra Muzaffar | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-14
Paul Findley one of the most remarkable Congressmen that the US House of Representatives had produced since the Second World War passed away on the 9th of August 2019. He was 98 years old. He was first elected to …
globalresearch.ca/man-courage/5686352

US Trade Deal Could Drag Britain Into More Wars, Austerity
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-14
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Trade-Deal-Co…

The new Cold War against China
Fred Goldstein | workers.org | 2019-08-14
During the Cold War and the struggle that put the USSR and China on one side and imperialism, headed by Washington, on the other, revolutionaries used to characterize the conflict as a class war between two irreconcilable social systems. On one side was the socialist camp, based upon socialized property, . . . | Continue reading The new Cold War against China at Workers.org
workers.org/2019/08/14/the-new-cold-war-…

Bottled water distributions begin as lead water poisoning crisis erupts in Newark, New Jersey
wsws.org | 2019-08-14
After three years of cover-up, city and state officials were forced to begin distributing bottled water to residents on Monday.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/14/newa…

Warnings ancient and modern
Victor Grossman | mronline.org | 2019-08-14
Before the Berlin Wall was torn down we all made sarcastic jokes about its official designation by East German (GDR) party leaders as "anti-fascist protective barrier". But hearing racist ranting by AfD leaders now hoping for victories and seeing gangs of marching thugs with barely–paraphrased Nazi slogans, from East Berlin to southern Saxony, we must […] | Source…
mronline.org/2019/08/14/warnings-ancient…

Nuclear Weapons, No First Use: "It Makes the World Safer"
Jeff Carter | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-14
Jeff Carter is Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility. | In a statement released today, he said: | "During the second 2020 presidential debate, Senator Elizabeth Warren reiterated her support for a 'No First Use' policy on nuclear weapons, stating, 'It | …
globalresearch.ca/nuclear-weapons-no-first-use-it-makes-world-safer/5686363

At Least Six Killed After Houses Collapse in Chile's Valparaiso
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-14
At least six people have died after two houses collapsed in the historic Chilean port city of Valparaiso late on Tuesday. The city's authorities have confirmed and a regional official said the death toll could rise further. | RELATED: | 74% of Chileans Back Reduction of Workweek to 40 Hours | Rescue workers combed through the rubble to look for four other missing people overnight on Tuesday and on Wednesday morning beneath one of the many steep hills of the city's historic quarter, a UN…
telesurenglish.net/news/At-Least-Six-Kil…

The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster and Its Tragic Aftermath
Rossen Vassilev Jr. | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-14
The three meltdowns and at least four big core explosions at the Fukushima nuclear-power plant's six American-designed Daiichi reactors in March 2011 still constitute the world's worst nuclear nightmare so far, surpassing even the Chernobyl #4 reactor's explosion and meltdown …
globalresearch.ca/fukushima-nuclear-disaster-tragic-aftermath/5686404

The Next Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Nuclear Weapons and US — Japan — China Relations
Gregory Kulacki | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-14
Japan was the first, the last and the only nation to be attacked with nuclear weapons. If it continues along the path set by Prime Minister Abe and the national security bureaucrats of his Liberal Democrat Party (LDP), it may …
globalresearch.ca/next-hiroshima-nagasaki/5686380

UK Government Is Pushing Ahead with Extreme US Trade Deal
True Publica | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-14
Currently, Britain has a Prime Minister who was elected not by the public, but by around 90,000 Conservative party members. With a majority in the House of Commons of just one seat, without any real political mandate, Britain is being …
globalresearch.ca/uk-government-pushing-ahead-extreme-us-trade-deal/5686366

Australia's Pacific Play: Denying Climate Change and Boosting China's Threat
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-14
Australia has always nursed a contradictory, repressive relationship with its Pacific neighbours. Being a satrap of great powers, it has performed the role of gate keeper and monitor of regional instability, a condescending, often paternalistic agent. At stages, it has …
globalresearch.ca/australias-pacific-play-denying-climate-change-boosting-china-threat/5686391

How English Nationalist Boris Johnson Is Turning the UK into a "US Colony"
Henry McLeish | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-14
Boris Johnson and the right-wing Tories in Cabinet are English nationalists who hope to turn UK into a US 'colony', a country where EU regulations are replaced by limited welfare, minimum standards, low taxes and low pay, writes Henry McLeish….
globalresearch.ca/english-nationalist-boris-johnson-turning-uk-us-colony/5686376

Argentina & the Next Global Financial Crisis
Dr. Jack Rasmus | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-14
On August 12, 2019, financial markets in Argentina crashed. The stock market contracted 38% in just one day. The currency, the Peso, fell 20% after falling as low as 30% and recovered to 20% only when Argentina's central bank raised …
globalresearch.ca/argentina-next-global-financial-crisis/5686356

Vaccines and the Liberal Mind
Robert F. Kennedy Jr | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-14
This article was originally published in June 2018. | Instead of demanding blue-ribbon safety science and encouraging honest, open and responsible debate on the science, too many online outlets are silencing critics and shutting down discussion on this key public health …
globalresearch.ca/vaccines-liberal-mind/5686389

Trump Finalizes Disastrous Weakening of Endangered Species Act

| globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-14
In a massive attack on imperiled wildlife, the Trump administration today finalized rollbacks to regulations implementing key provisions of the Endangered Species Act. The changes, which could lead to extinction for hundreds of animals and plants, are illegal and will …
globalresearch.ca/trump-finalizes-disastrous-weakening-endangered-species-act/5686418

The Government Relies on False "Evidence" Against Migrants
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-14
| Laura Peña could see that her 36-year-old client was wasting away. Gaunt and haggard after nearly two months in jail, he ran his fingers through his hair and opened his hands to show her the clumps that were falling out. He was so distraught that his two young children had been taken from him at the border, he could barely speak without weeping. | After Carlos requested political asylum, border and immigration agents had accused him of being a member of the notorious MS-13 gang in El Salvador [mdas…
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Selected Articles: Brexit Conundrum
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-14
A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer" | . | . | | | If, like us, this is …
globalresearch.ca/selected-articles-brexit-conundrum/5686412

When even arch-Brexiteers warn of no-deal danger to the economy, you know it's time to worry
Tom Coburg | thecanary.co | 2019-08-14
A cross-party House of Commons report, co-authored by arch-Brexiteers such as Jacob Rees-Mogg, warns of the dangers of a no-deal Brexit. The report was published in July, prior to Boris Johnson becoming prime minister, but has only recently been made public. And its conclusions are worrying, to say the least. | Tory MP and leader of the house Rees-Mogg, meanwhile, is not the only hypocrite in all t…
thecanary.co/uk/analysis/2019/08/14/when-even-arch-brexiteers-warn-of-no-deal-danger-to-the-economy-you-know-its-time-to-worry/

Irish Newspaper Calls for Union between Ireland, Wales and Scotland
Nation.Cymru | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-14
Wales, Ireland and Scotland should form a 'Celtic pact' and leave England behind to sort out Brexit for itself, according to the Irish Mirror. | Writing for the newspaper, Jason O'Toole suggests that a pact of the four nations — Ireland, …
globalresearch.ca/irish-newspaper-calls-union-between-ireland-wales-scotland/5686378

'Just Reciting White Nationalist Talking Points': Trump Immigration Chief Says Statue of Liberty Poem Only About Europeans
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-08-14
"This administration finally admitted what we've known all along: They think the Statue of Liberty only applies to white people." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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'More Important Than Ever': Stacey Abrams Applauded for #FairFight2020 Initiative Against Voter Suppression
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-08-14
"Creating a government of the people, by the people, and for the people will happen only when we hear every voice from the people." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Growing Anti-Immigrant Sentiments and Trump's Immigration Policies
ACLU NorCal SCU Law Club | indybay.org | 2019-08-14
Charney Hall, Room 104. Santa Clara University School of Law | 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara 95050…
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Climate Strike: Downtown Palo Alto
Peninsula Peace & Justice Center | indybay.org | 2019-08-14
Lytton Plaza, intersection of University Ave. & Emerson Street, Palo Alto 94301…
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Commemorate 1970 Chicano Moratorium March
CHICANO MEXICANO RESISTANCE | indybay.org | 2019-08-14
SAN JOSE PEACE AND JUSTICE CENTER | 48 S. 7th Street | San Jose, Calif. 95112 | Near corner of 7th and Santa Clara Streets.
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End the Genocide in #Yemen
Yemeni Alliance Committee | indybay.org | 2019-08-14
Outside Federal Building — office of Speaker Nancy Pelosi | 90 7th St. | San Francisco, CA 94103…
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Salmon advocates slam Trump rules slashing Endangered Species Act protections
Dan Bacher | indybay.org | 2019-08-14
"Here in California we're likely to see salmon, sturgeon, steelhead trout, wolves, wolverines, kit fox and many others all slide towards extinction as a result of today's action by the Trump White House," said John McManus, Executive Director of the Golden Gate Salmon Association.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/13/1882545…

Saudi Woman Activist Refuses to Deny Torture in Prison
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-14
Imprisoned women's rights activist Loujain Hathloul rejected Saudi Arabia's proposal to secure her release from prison in exchange for a video statement denying reports she was tortured in custody, her family said Tuesday. | RELATED: | Nicki Minaj Cancels Saudi Concert Citing Women, LGBT Rights | Hathloul, along with at least a dozen other women's rights activists, was arrested over a year ago as Saudi Arabia ended a ban on women driving cars, which many of the detainees had lon…
telesurenglish.net/news/Saudi-Govt-Offer…

"Give Us Your Rich": Immigration Reporter Says Trump Admin Is Changing "Wholesale" Who Gets into U.S
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-14
"Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" Those are the words of Emma Lazarus inscribed on the Statue of Liberty. But this week, acting Director of Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli attempted to rewrite the poem to make a case for limiting immigration to the United States. He told NPR's Rachel Martin on Tuesday that the Statue of Liberty's message is "Give me your tired and your poor, who can stand on their own two feet and who will…
www.democracynow.org/2019/8/14/ken_cucci…

Cardi B Meets Bernie Sanders, Talks Minimum Wage, Unemployment
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-14
Singer and rapper Cardi B interviewed the U.S. Senator and 2020 Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders about the economy, union, unemployment. | RELATED: | US 2020 Presidential Elections: Buttigieg has 24 Billionaire Donors, Harris 18, Biden 13, Sanders 0 | In a video shared by the singer Tuesday, the two could be seen talki…
telesurenglish.net/news/Cardi-B-Meets-Be…

Violations Against Children Are 'New Normal' in Mali: UN
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-14
Acts of grave violence against children are escalating in Mali where more than 150 children have been killed so far in 2019 and more than 75 injured due to violent attacks and the use of child soldiers, according to a report published Tuesday by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). | RELATED: | Mali: Thousands Protest Inter-Ethnic Violence in Call for Peace | The number of child soldiers in armed groups within the country has increased drastically while more than 900 s…
telesurenglish.net/news/Violations-Again…

Australia 'tips petrol on the fire' at Pacific Islands Forum
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-08-14
Australia's bullying behaviour was in full view again at the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) this week in Tuvalu, as it ignored pleas to take climate change seriously. | Phil Glendenning, who is attending the PIF for the Edmund Rice Centre, told Green Left Weekly on August 13: "When someone's house is burning, you're not being a good neighbour by tipping more petrol on the flames." | "It doesn't matter if you have a hose handy while you're pouring the petrol," he added, a reference to Australia's pretence at concern. | Glendenning said Australia had ruled out giving more to help with climate abatement because the $50…
greenleft.org.au/content/australia-tips-petrol-fire-pacific-islands-forum

Manifestos of Hate: What White Terrorists Have in Common
Ramzy Baroud | mintpressnews.com | 2019-08-14
Writing under the title of "If the El Paso shooter had been Muslim", Moustafa Bayoumi stated the obvious. | "If the El Paso shooter had been a Muslim," Bayoumi wrote in the British Guardian newspaper on August 6, US President Donald Trump "would be lobbing accusations such as 'Islam hates us' in the direction of Muslims and not lecturing the public about video games." | Bayoumi was referring to the double standards that define much of western official and media discourses regarding violence. When the allege…
mintpressnews.com/manifestos-of-hate-wha…

When ICE hit Mississippi, its citizens showed up for immigrant families
Adam Lynch | nationofchange.org | 2019-08-13
The Mississippi immigration raid detained hundreds and left children stranded on the first day of school. It also evoked a massive humanitarian response in a state not traditionally friendly to immigrants.
nationofchange.org/2019/08/13/when-ice-h…

Massacres at Home and Abroad
John Marciano | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-13
On August 5, former President Obama released a powerful statement in response to the latest gun massacres in Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton that left scores dead and wounded–including children who were shopping for school supplies at Walmart with their mothers, and with their families at the wonderful Gilroy Garlic Festival. He decried the madness of violence that has been fueled by Trump's vile pronouncements and policies that help spread anti-immigrant and racist poison across the nation.
counterpunch.org/2019/08/13/massacres-at…

Trump rule can deny legal status for immigrants using public assistance
Al Neal | peoplesworld.org | 2019-08-13
At every turn the Trump administration takes regarding immigration, there's only one tangible goal: Fear produced by inhumane tactics aimed at deterring migration to the U.S. from Central America and Mexico. On Aug. 3, 22 people were killed by a domestic terrorist in a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas. The shooter targeted Mexicans and …
peoplesworld.org/article/trump-rule-can-…

SPLC joins brief opposing Kansas law targeting immigrants
splcenter.org | 2019-08-13
The SPLC and 29 worker and immigrant rights organizations filed an amicus brief today urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a court decision stating that a Kansas identity theft law cannot be used to turn local law enforcement into immigration agents.
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Trump Keeps Cracking Down on Legal Immigration Because His Base Loves Cruelty
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-13
| When Democrats dismissed the Fox News-led fear-mongering about "hordes" of undocumented immigrants "invading" the United States from the south as a manufactured crisis, they were pilloried by Republicans and the mainstream media alike for not taking the issue seriously. Hardly anyone demonstrated an understanding of Democrats' nuanced argument. | Illegal immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border appeared much more substantial precisely because the Trump administration had choked off acces…
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Trump imposes new class-based immigration restrictions
wsws.org | 2019-08-13
The draconian regulation change means immigrants will be denied permanent residency if they have a low credit score, for example.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/13/immi…

NYPD Arrest 44 On 2nd Day of Protests Against Amazon-ICE Links
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-13
Hundreds of demonstrators gathered at Amazon Books in Manhattan Sunday to protest the company's involvement with the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement. On the second day of protests, 44 protestors were detained by New York's Police. | RELATED: | Labor Abuse Allegations Surrounded Factory Raided by ICE | The demonstration was organized by local Jewish leaders, who say Amazon provides technology that helps ICE make detentions and has contracts with the Department of Hom…
telesurenglish.net/news/NYPD-Arrest-44-O…

From Hong Kong to Kashmir to the US, Authoritarianism Is Rising
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-13
| Over the past couple weeks, the global pattern of authoritarianism has become particularly visible, and particularly gut-wrenching. Global politics is changing quickly, with political discourse becoming increasingly degraded and dangerous in one country after the next. | In Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdo?an's ruling party boasted of the mass book burning and destruction that it has, apparen…
truthout.org/articles/from-hong-kong-to-…

Why Don't Activists Care About the Kashmiris as Much as the Rohingyas?
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-13
It's certainly peculiar that the international activist community cares more for the Rohingyas than the Kashmiris despite both of these people being Muslim minorities that are facing a similar threat of ethnic cleansing, which suggests that there must be more …
globalresearch.ca/why-dont-activists-care-about-kashmiris-as-much-as-rohingyas/5686321

French Activists Call for an End to the Blockade of Venezuela
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-13
Activists and citizens from France and other parts of the world signed on Tuesday in this capital a letter addressed to the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, to denounce the blockade imposed on Venezuela by the United States. | RELATED: | Venezuela: Court Charges 3 Assembly Members with Treason | The Venezuelan Embassy hosted the first of seven days dedicated to gathering support for the statement, which was backed this Tuesday by French, Venezuelan, Brazilian, Cuban, Salvadoran…
telesurenglish.net/news/French-Activists…

Family of El Paso shooting victims says they received death threats over photo with Trump
rt.com | 2019-08-13
Relatives of a married couple killed in the El Paso, Texas mass shooting say they have been swept up in a wave of hate and criticism — including death threats — after being photographed with US President Donald Trump. | …
rt.com/usa/466361-el-paso-victim-family-…

Is America crazy?
John Feffer | nationofchange.org | 2019-08-13
The United States witnessed three mass shootings in one week recently in California, Texas, and Ohio. There have been more than 250 mass shootings so far in 2019, more than one a day. This year in America, more than 33,000 shooting incidents have killed more than 8,700 people. | America is the richest country in the world, but it has more than half a million homeless and 28 million people without health insurance — out of a population of around 325 million. The…
nationofchange.org/2019/08/13/is-america…

Trump, el capitalismo incitan tiroteos masivos
Editor | workers.org | 2019-08-13
Entre el 31 de julio y el 3 de agosto, tres terroristas hombres de raza con blanca mataron e hirieron a docenas de personas en Gilroy, California; El Paso, Texas; y Dayton, Ohio. Tres tiroteos masivos en los Estados Unidos en una semana. Los locutores de televisión expresaron que esto . . . | Continue reading Trump, el capitalismo incitan tiroteos masivos at Workers.org
workers.org/2019/08/13/trump-el-capitali…

BDS movement condemns U.S. Congress' anti-BDS resolution
patrick | bdsmovement.net | 2019-08-13
BDS movement condemns U.S. Congress' anti-BDS resolution: UpdateThe resolution is based on lies and aims to to demonize peaceful resistance to Israel's military occupation and apartheid. | Right To BoycottJuly 23, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) …
bdsmovement.net/news/bds-movement-condem…

How Voice of America Persian Became a Trump Administration PR Machine
Jordan Michael Smith | theintercept.com | 2019-08-13
As an Iranian American journalist covering the Iran-U.S. relationship, Negar Mortazavi is accustomed to receiving vitriol on social media. Still, she found it unusual when she saw on Twitter that someone had called her a "treasonous criminal" and "a spy and an enemy of the people." The tweets got darker: "If the U.S. had laws of the Middle Ages like Iran, this mouthpiece of the corrupt regime would have been executed," one read, in Farsi. | What made the tweets unusua…
theintercept.com/2019/08/13/trump-voa-pe…

UK Expected To Release Illegally Seized Iranian Tanker
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-13
Iran is celebrating a diplomatic victory, as they claim the U.K. is expected to release the seized Iranian tanker, following negotiations. Iranian maritime authorities said Tuesday that they had been in talks with the U.K. government, and showed documents that prove that Iran did not violate sanctions against Syria, the reason given by the U.K. for the seizure. | RELATED: | UK Wants European Force to Police Persian Gulf | Jalil Eslami, deputy head of Iran's Ports and Maritime Organization, s…
telesurenglish.net/news/UK-Expected-To-R…

How Tehran Fits into Russia-China Strategy
Pepe Escobar | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-13
Complex doesn't even begin to describe the positioning of Iran-Russia in the geopolitical chessboard. What's clear in our current, volatile moment is that they're partners, as I previously reported. Although not strategic partners, as in the Russia-China tie-up, Russia-China-Iran …
globalresearch.ca/how-tehran-fits-russia-china-strategy/5686257

Explosions at Russian military facilities leave eight dead
wsws.org | 2019-08-13
Bound up with the accelerating global arms race, blasts at a nuclear weapons testing facility in Russia's far north and an ammunitions depot in Siberia have injured dozens.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/13/russ…

MSNBC and the Next Election: Racism is the Issue
Gary Leupp | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-08-13
After Donald Trump unexpectedly won the 2016 election, the Democrats and the mainstream media they shape sought to explain the disaster as a result of Russian meddling. Such meddling, which had been alleged for months, was documented in an (unconvincing) intelligence report prepared by the lame-duck Obama administration, made public Jan. 6, 2017; Congress followed …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/08/msnbc-and-the…

World Commemorates Fidel Castro's Birthday
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-13
Governments and social movements around the world have come together to commemorate the birthday of revolutionary icon Fidel Castro, on what would have been his 93rd birthday. | RELATED: | 60 Years of Defending Cuba Against a Barbarous Empire | On Tuesday morning, members of China's Communist Youth attended an event at the Cuban embassy in Beijing to commemorate the Cuban revolutionary hero. Other Cuban embassies also hosted events. In Russia, there was a talk on Fidel along with an…
telesurenglish.net/news/World-Commemorat…

Italian Senators Temporarily Dismiss Call for Snap Elections
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-13
Italian senators suspended Tuesday, until next week, the debate for snap elections promoted by Matteo Salvini, the current Minister of Interior and leader of the far-right League party. | RELATED: | EU Offers No Solution to Over 500 Migrants Stranded at Sea | Salvini, along with its right-wing allies, wanted a no-confidence vote on Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte's government, to be held in the Senate before Wednesday. The leader of the League party wanted to trigger snap elections…
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Medellín Diary: Remembering Our Dead
Forrest Hylton | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-13
What set Gustavo Marulanda's death apart from so many others in those years, when the Colombian government of Andrés Pastrana negotiated peace with the insurgent guerrilla movement, Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC), and the paramilitaries targeted intellectuals as well as social and trade union movement activists as guerrilla supporters, is that Marulanda publicly forecasted his murder at a student assembly. |…
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