2018-07-21: News Headlines

wsws.org (2018-07-21). The Democratic Socialists of America: Providing a "left" cover for a right-wing Democratic Party. wsws.org DSA candidates like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are seeking to disguise the drastic shift of the Democratic Party to the right on domestic, and especially, foreign policy.

wsws.org (2018-07-21). Trump on defensive over North Korean summit. wsws.org Under fire over his meeting with Russian President Putin, Trump has also hit back at critics of his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

teleSUR/LJS (2018-07-21). Brazil's Dilma Rousseff: 'Lula Still Dominates Political Life'. telesurtv.net "The coup is a process that begins with impeachment, continues with a pattern of neoliberal reforms and continues now with the imprisonment of Lula," Rousseff said.

teleSUR/rfpl-LJS (2018-07-21). Mexico Earthquake Victims Thank AMLO, Morena For Aid. telesurtv.net Even though the donated sums fell far short of the amount required to rebuild their homes, for many it was the only financial help they received.

IMEMC News (2018-07-21). Ceasefire Understanding Reached Under Egyptian Mediation. imemc.org An indirect ceasefire understanding was reached between Hamas and Israel, on Friday at night, following extensive Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip, and the killing of four Palestinian fighters, and one soldier. Hamas spokesperson in Gaza, Fawzi Barhoum, said that "through Egyptian, and international mediation, a ceasefire understanding was reached […]…

Shireen Hunter (2018-07-21). Islamist Hardliners Are Threatening Iran's Very Survival. iranian.com Since last year, Iran's economy has seriously deteriorated as speculators have rushed to exchange national currency for dollars while others, fearing more troubles to come, have been moving their capital out of the country. Close to $30 billion has reportedly left the country since the currency crisis began. The mounting economic problems have also caused […]

teleSUR/mrs-LJS (2018-07-21). '73,800 Argentine Jobs Lost Since 2015 Under Macri': Report. telesurtv.net "Inflation, the fall in activity and the fiscal adjustment brought about by the agreement with the IMF will deepen this trend in the labor market," said one analyst.

South Front (2018-07-21). Video: U.S. Backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Political Wing Seeks to Normalize Relations with Damascus. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | On July 18, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said that their members, backed up by the US-led coalition, had captured 1,100km2, which included sixteen villages, from ISIS in the provinces of …

teleSUR/rfpl-LJS (2018-07-21). Rafael Correa To Bolivia's Evo Morales: 'You Will Win Election'. telesurtv.net "If there's no military coup, there's a parliamentary coup; a judicial court," Bolivian President Morales said on 'Speaking With Correa.'

teleSUR/mrs-LJS (2018-07-21). Mexico Nets Taekwondo Win At Central American, Caribbean Games. telesurtv.net With a score of 94.00, Daniela Rodriguez's win makes her Mexico's first ever Taekwondo champion in the international sports competition.

teleSUR/vc-CM (2018-07-21). 86% of Displaced Guatemalans Lost Income After Fuego Eruption. telesurtv.net International Organization for Migration in Guatemala also reported 13 percent of people living in shelters intended to migrate.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2018-07-21). Shaking U.S. Establishments: The Ocasio-Cortez Effect. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | Dana Milbank wrote it off as a victory of demographics, a minor, inconsequential point which left the "down-the-line liberal" Rep. Joe Crowley in its wake, a simple ploy that avoids any …

teleSUR/mrs-LJS (2018-07-21). Colombia: More Community Leaders Killed Despite State Promises. telesurtv.net Over 400 Colombian community leaders have been murdered since 2016, but they are not the only victims of the violence gripping the country.

teleSUR/LJS (2018-07-21). Honduras: Pope Accepts Resignation Of Bishop In Sex Scandal. telesurtv.net "If I have failed you, I ask for forgiveness," Bishop Juan Jose Pineda Fasquelle, of the Archdiocese of Tegucigalpa, said in an open letter.

teleSUR/rfpl-LJS (2018-07-21). Brazil: Uncontacted Tribe's Sole Survivor Caught On Film. telesurtv.net "He's very well; hunting and keeping some papaya, corn plantations," said Altair Algayer, Funai's regional coordinator in Rondonia.

teleSUR/rfpl-LJS (2018-07-21). Honduras: Bus, Taxi Drivers Suspend Strike As Talks Continue. telesurtv.net "A price reduction of 23 lempiras would benefit us all; everyone should understand that," said one taxi driver taking part in the protests.

wsws.org (2018-07-21). Strike movement develops in Venezuela as social conditions deteriorate. wsws.org The opposition-controlled parties and trade unions are struggling to contain growing strikes and protests demanding massive wage increases.

wsws.org (2018-07-21). Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific. wsws.org The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

amnesty.org (2018-07-21). Paraguay: 200 Families at Risk of Forced Eviction. amnesty.org 200 families are at imminent risk forced eviction in the Guahory Campesino Community, Caaguazú department, Eastern Paraguay.

wsws.org (2018-07-21). Seventeen dead in Missouri after duck boat sinks during thunderstorm. wsws.org Multiple safety warnings were ignored for the sake of ticket sales.

wsws.org (2018-07-21). Australia's peak union body lays out campaign to elect yet another big business Labor government. wsws.org The ACTU is seeking to corral their dwindling memberships behind Labor and shore up the unions' position as an industrial police force.

wsws.org (2018-07-21). Global warming will increase the severity of hurricanes. wsws.org Superstorms like Hurricane Harvey are now predicted to occur once every 16 years, rather than once every 100 years.

wsws.org (2018-07-21). Washington Post columnist calls for intervention of the "deep state" wsws.org "With a supine Congress unwilling to play the role it is assigned by the Constitution, the deep state stands between us and the abyss," declares Post columnist Eugene Robinson.

wsws.org (2018-07-21). A promotion of the "life-style" politics of the pseudo-left. wsws.org As with all of Harvey's work, the interview does not provide a clarification or guide to Marx but serves to prevent an understanding of his masterwork, seeking to render him suitable to the political and life-style sensibilities of a middle class "left" audience.

wsws.org (2018-07-21). Brexit crisis prompts calls for national unity government. wsws.org The call for a national unity coalition seeks to address fears that May's downfall could end in the election of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

wsws.org (2018-07-21). Democrats, Teamsters and UAW promote deal to continue robbing pensions. wsws.org The Butch-Lewis Act of 2017, backed by the Democrats and unions, only serves as a new way to cut pensions down to poverty levels.

wsws.org (2018-07-21). Ecuadorian president arrives in Britain as Julian Assange's fate hangs in the balance. wsws.org A conspiracy is well advanced, involving the US, British, Ecuadorian and Australian governments, to have Assange hauled before a show trial in the US.

RT (2018-07-21). Accused fraudster Browder claims GOP Congressman Rohrabacher 'on Russia's payroll'. rt.com Financier Bill Browder, wanted in Russia on tax evasion charges, has accused Republican Senator Dana Rohrabacher of being a Moscow stooge, alleging that he was paid by the Kremlin to lobby for the repeal of the Magnitsky Act.

wsws.org (2018-07-21). Israel's Nation-State Law and the dead end of Zionism. wsws.org The passage by the Israeli Knesset of the "Nation-State Law" enshrining Jewish supremacy as the legal foundation of the state marks a new stage in the crisis wracking Israel.

Human Rights Watch (2018-07-21). Iran: Crackdown on Student Activists. hrw.org University students cross a street during a snow storm in Tehran November 8, 2010. | © 2010 Reuters/Caren Firouz | (Beirut) — Iranian authorities have increased…

RT (2018-07-21). Disney fires 'Guardians of the Galaxy' director over tweets about pedophilia & rape. rt.com James Gunn, the director of two 'Guardians of the Galaxy' movies, has been fired by Disney from the sequel after his tweets referencing pedophilia and rape were dug up by conservative journalists.

wsws.org (2018-07-21). Washington D.C. transit union calls for "cooling off period" after Metro workers overwhelmingly vote to strike. wsws.org The struggle for decent pay, job protections and high quality benefits be removed from the hands of the ATU bureaucrats immediately.

wsws.org (2018-07-21). Top French presidential aide held for illegally assaulting peaceful protesters. wsws.org For months, the Elysée presidential palace covered up this brutal and illegal assault on protesters who were exercising their democratic rights.

wsws.org (2018-07-21). Whistleblowers Australia denounces new "foreign interference" laws. wsws.org "Society is literally screaming out for more openness and accountability in all sectors."

amnesty.org (2018-07-21). My best friend could be deported to Afghanistan. amnesty.org

wsws.org (2018-07-21). Media, #MeToo silent on widespread sexual assault of detained immigrants. wsws.org A July 17 report revealed 1,310 reports of rape and sexual assault by immigrants at detention centers from 2013 to 2017.

wsws.org (2018-07-21). UAW holds strike authorization vote at Fiat Chrysler's Kokomo, Indiana transmission operations. wsws.org Workers have expressed a determination to fight deteriorating working conditions, including management's attempt to force temporary part-time workers to perform overtime.

wsws.org (2018-07-21). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. wsws.org The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

wsws.org (2018-07-21). Mexico: Goodyear fires workers for forming independent union. wsws.org About 50 workers were fired in retaliation for a strike action that took place in April against the company's "protection union" contract.

RT (2018-07-21). CNN host Cuomo says Trump's aversion to 'fake news media' means he hates America. rt.com CNN has always been at daggers' points with Donald Trump, however, Chris Cuomo took the antagonism to a new level when he implied that the mainstream media is the true embodiment of America and hating it means hating the country.

wsws.org (2018-07-21). UK continues to separate immigrant children from their families. wsws.org In the UK, asylum seekers are incarcerated without due process at the whim of the Home Office, with no idea when they might be released.

Elliott Gabriel (2018-07-20). No, Putin Didn't Agree To Play Lackey Against Iran To Appease Trump & Netanyahu. iranian.com While Moscow hopes to balance its relationship with Tehran with its ties to Tel Aviv and Washington, premature gloating about the Kremlin abandoning Iran outright — in some "deal" beggared by Netanyahu and Trump, no less — remain mere wishful thinking. [dropcap]L[/dropcap]ittle of real substance seems to have resulted from the infamous Helsinki meeting between […]

Elliott Gabriel (2018-07-20). Trump's Helsinki Faceplant Is a Grim Reflection of Washington's Uncompromising Anti-Russia Crusade. mintpressnews.com What little breathing-room Trump had to formulate a new Russia policy — and barely any such room existed — has been rendered toxic by his shambolic approach to the rules of imperialist statecraft and an utter failure to coordinate his "strategy" with the rest of Washington.

Joe Conason, Creators Syndicate (2018-07-20). Republicans Swore an Oath to Defend This Country — And They're Violating It. alternet.org This is a time for determined action against a president known to citizens of both parties for many months as unfit for office and a present danger to democracy. | Donald Trump's performance in Helsinki was certainly historic. On no other occasion since the founding of this country has an American president publicly demonstrated that he is a witting agent of a hostile foreign power — even as that country's authoritarian ruler smirked besi. . .

Samantha Borek (2018-07-20). Helsinki Wasn't Enough — Now Putin's Coming to the White House. truthout.org It's been four days since President Trump stood on the stage in Helsinki and pledged fealty to Russian president Vladimir Putin. Well, OK — he didn't actually pledge fealty, he just implied it in his eagerness to please his counterpart. Perhaps this wouldn't have seemed so obvious if he hadn't insulted America's closest allies in the run-up to the meeting and then maligned his own intelligence agencies as being no more reliable than Putin himself. | The immediate firestorm was fierce but it's obvious that Republicans desperately want the president to find a way to settle this controversy and move on to the next one. Unfortunately, Trump can't seem to help making things worse, so the fire is still burning out of control. | On Wednesday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders set everyone on edge all over again. She failed to…

Janine Jackson (2018-07-20). Sam Husseini Locked Up for Committing Journalism in Public. fair.org The questions Sam Husseini tried to ask (The Nation, 7/17/18). | Journalist and FAIR associate Sam Husseini went to the Trump/Putin press conference in Helsinki with press credentials from The Nation and a couple of questions. Specifically, he wanted to ask both leaders why they aren't living up to their commitments under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and why they're blocking the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Further, based on the idea that there may be no greater threat than a weapon that is unacknowledged, Husseini hoped to ask Trump if he would acknowledge the existence of Israel's nuclear weapons. | It wasn't so quixotic: Reuters ( 7/12/18) had just reported Trump saying his "ultimate" hope for the summit's outcome was "no more nuclear weapons anywhere in the world." But, as listeners may have heard, Husseini, also an analyst…

Robert Reich, RobertReich.org (2018-07-20). Reich: Is Trump a Traitor? alternet.org The answer isn't complicated. | Trump's meeting with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki was a betrayal of the nation he has a sworn duty to protect. Under Article III Section 3 of the Constitution, the crime of treason is defined as "giving aid and comfort" to enemies of the United States. Trump has betrayed the American people in 5 ways we already know of: 1. He ignores attacks on our democracy. According to American intelligence, there's no d. . .

Gary Leupp (2018-07-20). Trump's Helsinki Press Conference and Public Disgrace. counterpunch.org Samuel Johnson famously declared, "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel." It is surely the first recourse of those hell-bent on toppling Donald Trump as U.S. president, not for the many, many right reasons, but to use ingrained Cold War Russophobia to achieve the goal. The verdict is near-unanimous. Trump made a fool out More

RT (2018-07-20). US releases $200mn in military aid to Ukraine. rt.com Just days after the Helsinki summit between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Washington has cleared the transfer of $200 million in military assistance to Ukraine.

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-07-20). President Trump's Meeting with Putin and John McCain's Negative Reaction Aren't Hurting Him Among Republicans. alternet.org The 2018 midterms will come down to turnout above all else. | President Donald Trump has come under fire this week not only from Democrats, but also, from Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona for the way he handled his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland. The 81-year-old McCain was Heather Digby Parton, Salon (2018-07-20). Team Trump Is in Chaos Over Putin's White House Visit. alternet.org Dan Coats and Christopher Wray both hint they may quit, Senate rebukes Trump — and now Putin plans a fall visit | It's been four days since President Trump stood on the stage in Helsinki and pledged fealty to Russian president Vladimir Putin. Well, OK — he didn't actually pledge fealty, he just implied it in his eagerness to please his counterpart. Perhaps this wouldn't have seemed so obvious if he hadn't insulted America's clo. . .

Jeff Klein (2018-07-20). When the US Invaded Russia. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | Featured image: A Bolshevik soldier shot dead by an American guard, 8 January 1919. | Amid the bi-partisan mania over the Trump-Putin Summit in Helsinki, fevered, anti-Russian rhetoric in the United States …

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-07-20). Is Trump Implementing the 'Bannon Strategy' by Courting Russia? therealnews.com Prof. Gerald Horne examines the Trump-Bannon objectives of forming an alliance with Russia to isolate China and Iran, while Democrats spin out of control in their attacks against Trump |

Jeffrey St. Clair (2018-07-20). Roaming Charges: Are You Putin Me On? counterpunch.org Trump's infantile performance in Helsinki didn't do Putin any favors. The political over-reaction to Trump's obsequiousness will almost certainly prevent the removal of sanctions on the Russian economy. It may even prompt the imposition of more onerous measures. Russian civilians will almost certainly bear most of the price. More

Consortiumnews.com (2018-07-20). Meanwhile, About Those Other Issues at the Summit. consortiumnews.com They actually held a Russian-American summit in Helsinki on Monday to talk about life and death issues, though you wouldn't know it from the corporate media. Alexander Mercouris explores some of those other issues. By Alexander Mercouris The summit meeting… Read more →

Diana Johnstone (2018-07-20). Donald Trump was Elected by Russia? Mass Dementia in the Western Establishment. globalresearch.ca Where to begin to analyze the madness of mainstream media in reaction to the Trump-Putin meeting in Helsinki? By focusing on the individual, psychology has neglected the problem of mass insanity, which has now overwhelmed the U.S. establishment, its mass media and most of its copycat European subsidiaries.

Manlio Dinucci (2018-07-20). Video: The US Establishment Behind the Helsinki Summit. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | Featured image: President Donald J. Trump and President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation | July 16, 2018 (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead) | "We need to talk about everything, …

Frank Sellers (2018-07-20). While US Seeks to Up the Ante on Pressure on the DPRK, Russia Proposes Easing Sanctions. mintpressnews.com The United States last week accused the DPRK of violating refined petroleum caps imposed as a part of UN nuclear sanctions dating back to 2006, and is therefore submitting a proposal to cut all petroleum product sales to North Korea. | The Trump administration is keen on not only preserving pressure on North Korea over its nuclear arms development, but in increasing that pressure even as DPRK Chairman, Kim Jong-Un, is serially meeting with world leaders in a bid to secure North Korea's security and potential nuclear disarmament, a major move that could deescalate tensions in the region, end the war with the South, and ease global apprehensions about the North's nuclear arsenal. | Meanwhile, Russia is proposing to the UNSC sanctions relief in some form due to the North's expressed commitment to nuclear disarmament in the light of recent developments. | Reuters…

John Laforge (2018-07-20). 18 Protesters Cut Into German Air Base to Protest US Nuclear Weapons Deployment. counterpunch.org BàúCHEL, Germany. On Sunday, July 15, eighteen people — seven from the US, six from Germany, four from The Netherlands, and one from England — cut holes in fences in five different places in broad daylight and clamored inside Germany's Bàºchel Air Force Base, home to 20 US nuclear weapons known as "B61s." The whole More

Ramzy Baroud (2018-07-20). The Massacre of Inn Din: How Rohingya Are Lynched and Held Responsible. counterpunch.org "In my four years as High Commissioner, I have heard many preposterous claims. That claim is almost in its own category of absurdity. Have you no shame, sir, have you no shame? We are not fools." These were some of the remarks made by outgoing United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, More

Bill Morlin (2018-07-20). Indictment targets Idaho white supremacy gangs. splcenter.org Federal drug and firearms charges are contained in a new indictment naming 13 alleged members of two white supremacist prison gangs operating in Idaho, authorities announced Thursday.

Democracy Now! (2018-07-20). Salvadoran Mother Reunited with 3-Year-Old Son Says He Shows Signs of Trauma & Aggressive Behavior. democracynow.org On Wednesday, Democracy Now!'s Laura Gottesdiener sat down with a Salvadoran mother named Belqui Yessenia Castillo Cortez, who reunited with her 3-year-old son Michael last week after they were separated by immigration officials at the border in Texas. Federal documents show the mother and son arrived at the legal port of entry in Rio Grande City on May 28, 2018, to apply for asylum in the United States. Immigration authorities detained them and then separated them, sending Belqui to the Port Isabel Detention Center in Texas, while her 3-year-old son was flown all the way to New York and held in a facility run by…

Middle East Eye (2018-07-20). Read in Full: Israel's Nation State of the Jewish People Law. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | Note from MEE: The following is a translation of the final version of the Basic Law: Israel as the Nation State of the Jewish People, as published on the Knesset website….

Chris Sosa, AlterNet (2018-07-20). Trump Faces New Accusations of Sexual Misconduct with Teenage Models. alternet.org The accusations are featured in an upcoming BBC documentary. | President Donald Trump faces new allegations of sexually predatory behavior towards teenage models in an upcoming documentary from the BBC. One model described him as a "shark" who engaged in verbal harassment when she was 17. In-Box: BBC: New Misconduct Allegations President Trump. pic. twitter. com/qVfcvRwQzb— Yashar Ali (@yashar)

Marina Benjamin, Aeon (2018-07-20). Is Halal the Future of Healthy Green Eating? alternet.org Various aspects of halal lifestyles appear to be converging with mainstream beliefs about the environment and health. | When Muslims from India and Pakistan began arriving in the United Kingdom in large numbers in the 1960s, they imported two anxieties common to immigrants: what to eat, and where to pray. The new foreigners, usually men, sought places of worship and a dependable supply of nutrition associated with their homelands. This incl. . .

Salvador Rangel (2018-07-20). "These Are Not Our Kids": The Racial Capitalism of Caging Children at the Border. counterpunch.org Symbolic Violence The mistreatment of migrants at the border has been at the top of the headlines, thanks in no small part to the painful issue of family separation, a key part of Trump's so-called "zero tolerance" strategy on immigration. Splitting children away from their parents has epitomized the cruelty with which the Trump administration More

Kollibri terre Sonnenblume (2018-07-20). Homophobia in the Service of Anti-Trumpism is Still Homophobic (Even When it's the New York Times). counterpunch.org As anyone who has even glanced at the internet this week couldn't help but notice, the level of fervor over Trump and Russia reached a new pitch. In this essay, I am setting aside any discussion of the veracity of the myriad charges being leveled at Trump and "the Russians" regarding the election, business dealings, More

Merula Furtado (2018-07-20). Single-Payer Advocates in Congress Double Down With Medicare for All Caucus. truthout.org When Medicare was created 53 years ago this month, it was over the objections of Ronald Reagan. On behalf of the American Medical Association, Reagan warned that should Medicare become law, it would lead to "a mechanism for national health insurance capable of indefinite expansion in every direction until it includes the entire population." | More than five decades of frustration later, advocates are still fighting to make Reagan's "nightmare" of universal health care a reality. The recent formation of the Medicare for All Caucus by House progressives could prove to be an important development in this pursuit, according to members and advocates who introduced the new caucus at a press conference on July 19. | "We are united today by a common conviction that health care is a human right," said Rep. Pramila Jayapal during the launch. "One…

IMEMC News (2018-07-20). Dozens Of Israeli Bombs Dropped In Various Parts Of Gaza Strip; One Soldier Killed By Palestinian Fire. imemc.org As night fell on Friday evening, after Israeli airstrikes killed Palestinian fighters that afternoon, and one Israeli soldier stationed at the border was reportedly killed, reports began coming in on Twitter from different parts of Gaza showing Israeli fighter jets dropping bombs. The Israeli army said one of its soldiers […]…

Brian Cloughley (2018-07-20). The Trump/NATO Debacle and the Profit Motive. counterpunch.org Perhaps we should feel sorry for Jens Stoltenberg, the secretary general and titular head of the NATO military alliance, because he dances to the drum beats of the Pentagon and doesn't have any real power, as the top dog of the US-NATO pack is the grandly-titled Supreme Allied Commander Europe, US Army General Curtis Scaparrotti, More

Dave Zirin (2018-07-20). NFL Owners Blink, Suspend Their Anthem Policy. thenation.com NFL Owners Blink, Suspend Their Anthem Policy appeared first on The Nation.

Chia-Chia Wang (2018-07-20). Local Police Shouldn't Collaborate With ICE. counterpunch.org In the early hours of a winter day in 2017, "Laura" — a Montclair, New Jersey resident and single mother of four — received a visit from the local police, responding to a household dispute that had taken place hours beforehand. The police took Laura to Montclair jail, where they inquired into her immigration status. More

Binoy Kampmark (2018-07-20). Shaking Establishments: The Ocasio-Cortez Effect. counterpunch.org Dana Milbank wrote it off as a victory of demographics, a minor, inconsequential point which left the "down-the-line liberal" Rep. Joe Crowley in its wake, a simple ploy that avoids any hard headed analysis of the Democrats themselves. "The argument that there is a Democratic establishment resisting the progressive tide is a straw man." This More

Paul Dobson (2018-07-20). Trump Admin Closes Venezuela Sanctions Loophole in Favour of US Bondholders. venezuelanalysis.com The measure opens the way for seizures of Venezuela's US-based oil assets should the Maduro government default on PDVSA bond payments.

WTWJ (2018-07-20). Latin America's 'progressive cycle' not over, declares Sà£o Paulo Forum. peoplesworld.org HAVANA—The first meeting of the Sà£o Paulo Forum (FSP) took place in that Brazilian city in 1990. The Forum idea came from Brazilian Workers' Party leader Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva—known simply as Lula—and Cuban President Fidel Castro. The 24th such meeting took place in Havana, July 15-17. Present were 625 representatives of 168 left-leaning political parties and social movements from member states in Latin America, the Caribbean, and other regions—51 countries in all. This was the third FSP meeting to be held in Havana. | The original purpose of the FSP was to fashion a response by Latin American and Caribbean progressives to the fall of the Soviet Union and to their exclusion (save for Cuba) from political power in the region. The FSP evolved as a means for exchanging ideas and shared experiences in order to establish a workable political…

Human Rights Watch (2018-07-20). Brazil: Pesticide Poisonings in Rural Areas. hrw.org | Bernardo, a man in his 30s, was born in a quilombo (Afro-Brazilian) community of around 60, men, women, and children in Minas Gerais State, southeast Brazil. Bernardo told Human Rights Watch that he feels powerless against aerial spraying of pesticides. "We've registered several complaints at the [local] civ…

Paul Lyons (2018-07-20). YouTube's Content ID — A Case Study. counterpunch.org How much do artists get paid for YouTube videos? The other night I was going over some fascinating numbers for the 2000 Azabache CD that a few years ago we started selling on CD Baby which then registered the album on all the digital streaming services and affiliates — Amazon, iTunes, Deezer, Spotify… the list More

Bob Rossi (2018-07-20). Farmworkers say new Oregon pesticide standards only benefits growers. peoplesworld.org SALEM, Ore.— Oregon's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OROSHA) has announced the adoption of two new administrative rules on farmworker safety. The adoption of these rules comes amid concerns that the Trump administration will weaken a key Worker Protection Standard for farmworkers which was adopted in 2015, and as the state's growers face possible losses in income due to new tariffs, global warming, and a labor shortage brought on by Trump's immigration policies. | Ramon Ramirez, a leader of PCUN. | Bob Rossi / PW | In an interview with People's World, Ramon Ramirez, a farmworker leader in Oregon and a strong regional and national advocate for workers' rights, was quick to point out that "the rule changes favor the growers rather than the people who pick the crops. We are disappointed with Oregon OSHA, and our union, Pineros y…

David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement (2018-07-20). Jeanine Pirro Reportedly Called Whoopi and Other View Hosts 'C*cksuckers' in Front of the Audience Before Storming Out. alternet.org She's also said to have ripped off her mic and thrown it at a camera operator. | Fox News entertainer "Judge" Jeanine Pirro left some important details out of her story when she sobbed on her colleague Sean Hannity's shoulders about being kicked off "The View. " As it turns out, Pirro's blowup on "The View" Salma Elkhaoudi (2018-07-20). Taylor Michael Wilson pleads guilty to domestic terrorism, but a federal law is still lacking for far-right extremists. splcenter.org Neo-Nazi Taylor Michael Wilson pleaded guilty to a federal Ôªødomestic terrorism charge for pulling the emergency brakes on an Amtrak train in October 2017.

Ron Jacobs (2018-07-20). Working Class Fiction—Not Just Surplus Value. counterpunch.org When reading and discussing the effects of capitalism's peaks and valleys, it is very rare that the actual effect on individual families is included in the conversation. Instead, most of what is published are rationales from capitalist economists that don't hold up when critically examined and excuses from politicians who benefit from capitalism's cruelty. Even More

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2018-07-20). Saudi Airstrike on Residential Neighborhood in Sadaa Kills 9 Civilians, Injures 5. mintpressnews.com Over 577 civilians, mostly women and children, have been killed or wounded in the first half of 2018 by U.S. backed Saudi airstrikes and artillery attacks in Saada, Yemen.

Elliott Gabriel (2018-07-20). No, Putin Didn't Agree To Play Lackey Against Iran To Appease Trump & Netanyahu. iranian.com While Moscow hopes to balance its relationship with Tehran with its ties to Tel Aviv and Washington, premature gloating about the Kremlin abandoning Iran outright — in some "deal" beggared by Netanyahu and Trump, no less — remain mere wishful thinking. [dropcap]L[/dropcap]ittle of real substance seems to have resulted from the infamous Helsinki meeting between […]

Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-07-20). How Ann Wright, Former US Army Colonel and Diplomat, Became a Peace Activist. therealnews.com From the Freedom Flotilla in Naples, Italy, Colonel Ann Wright explains her commitment to Palestinian rights

The Daily Star (2018-07-20). Syria's Assad Set to Recover Golan Frontier as Surrender Deal Agreed: Sources. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | President Bashar Assad is set to recover control of the Syrian frontier with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights in a major victory over rebels who have agreed to surrender terms, sources on …

CounterSpin (2018-07-20). Andrew Pulrang on Disability and the Election. fair.org Media…

INA (2018-07-20). DCIP and AFSC Host Capitol Hill Briefing on H.R. 4391. imemc.org Jehad Abusalim, policy consultant at American Friends Service Committee, discusses the situation of children in the Gaza Strip on June 25, 2018. (Photo: Leah Muskin-Pierret) Staff from at least 58 congressional offices joined Defense for Children International — Palestine (DCIP) on June 25 in Washington for a congressional briefing on […]…

Aziz Huq (2018-07-20). Trump's War on Children. thenation.com Trump's War on Children appeared first on The Nation.

Patrick Cockburn (2018-07-20). Iraqi Protests: "Bad Government, Bad Roads, Bad Weather, Bad People" counterpunch.org "The people want an end to the parties," chanted protesters, adapting a famous slogan of the Arab Spring, as they stormed the governor's office and the international airport in the Shia holy city of Najaf. Part of the wave of demonstrations sweeping across central and southern Iraq, they demanded jobs, electricity, water and an end to More

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-07-20). All Charges Dropped Against J20 Defendants, But Many Still Struggle To Heal. therealnews.com What do the failed J20 prosecutions have to teach us about movement-building and protest in the age of Trump?

ZeroHedge.com (2018-07-20). NFL Freezes Policy Barring Players From Kneeling During Anthem. mintpressnews.com In a move that is sure to anger President Trump, the NFL's two-month old national anthem policy is on hold. | As a reminder, back in May the NFL passed a rule that forbid players from sitting or taking a knee if they are on the field or sidelines during "The Star-Spangled Banner," but allowed them to stay in the locker room if they wish. The policy said teams would be fined if players didn't stand during the anthem while on the field. The league left it up to teams on how to punish players. | However, shortly after The AP reported on Thursday that Miami Dolphins players who protest on the field during the anthem could be suspended for up to four games under a team policy issued this week, the league and the players union issued a statement late Thursday night…

Alex Emmons (2018-07-20). How a One-Word Loophole Will Make It Easier for the U.S. to Sell Weapons to Governments That Kill Civilians. theintercept.com The change could benefit Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — top U.S. weapons clients that are engaged in a destructive bombing campaign in Yemen.

Chris Cole (2018-07-20). Cost of UK Air and Drone Strikes in Iraq and Syria Reach £1.75 Billion. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | Analysis of figures released in response to Freedom of Information requests by Drone Wars UK indicate that the UK has spent £1.75bn on armed air missions against ISIS in Iraq and …

Bob Rossi (2018-07-20). City workers in Salem, Oregon negotiate first post-Janus contract. peoplesworld.org SALEM, Ore.—City workers here represented by AFSCME Local 2067 are attempting to reach a new collective bargaining agreement as the Supreme Court's anti-union Janus decision barring fair share dues deductions and a tough contract negotiating climate take hold. The local represents about 600 workers. Their contract expired at the end of June. | At a union rally on July 19, several hundred union members and their supporters gathered for a bargaining update from the local's negotiating committee and to make some collective decisions about negotiations. This was the first rally since negotiations opened and the first major union action in Salem since the Janus decision came down. Salem is the state capital and the Marion County seat as well. Public workers make up the largest single occupational category and drive much of the local economy. Healthcare workers, retail sales workers, and agricultural…

Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-07-20). Trudeau's Youth Council Outraged by Kinder-Morgan Bailout. therealnews.com Youth played a significant role in Trudeau's 2015 election, now many are denouncing his decision to save the Kinder-Morgan oil pipeline and his lack of commitment to reduce carbon emissions

Katha Pollitt (2018-07-20). How to Destroy Democracy, the Trump-Putin Way. thenation.com How to Destroy Democracy, the Trump-Putin Way appeared first on The Nation.

The Conversation (2018-07-20). Here's Why That 'Clean Swimming Pool' Smell Is Actually Bad for Your Health. alternet.org The chlorine that is used to kill bacteria and protect the health of swimmers is linked to the creation of toxic chemicals. | It's recently been reported that scientists have managed to create a test to measure how much urine is in a swimming pool. It seems that peeing in the pool has become commonplace, and. . .

Chauncey K. Robinson (2018-07-20). Transformation Magic: The push for transgender representation in media continues. peoplesworld.org SAN DIEGO—One of the biggest conventions focusing on entertainment, art, and popular culture kicked off here on July 19. The largest convention of its kind in the world, Comic Con International: San Diego (SDCC) is where close to 300,000 attendees descend annually in order to partake in panels and experiences that highlight and discuss culture, entertainment, and art. It's also a time to discuss the current state of entertainment, its influence on society, and vice versa. | The SDCC panel "Transformation Magic: Transgender Life in Comics from Street Level to Stratosphere" highlighted the work transgender artists are contributing to culture, the need for representation, the struggles they face, and the hope for the future when it comes to representing the lives of transgender people. Although the recent emergence of the hit cable series Pose on FX has highlighted transgender actors and…

David Rosen (2018-07-20). Trump's Supreme Pick Escalates America's War on Sex. counterpunch.org President Trump's nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court does not bode well for the future of sexual life in America. It has been widely reported that Kavanaugh, as a federal judge, sought to prevent a 17-year-old unauthorized immigrant from receiving an abortion, but was overruled by other jurists on the D.C. Court More

John W. Whitehead (2018-07-20). It's All Fake: Reality TV That Masquerades as American Politics. counterpunch.org "Big Brother does not watch us, by his choice. We watch him, by ours…. When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience, and their public business a vaudeville More

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