2018-08-05: News Headlines

Staff (2018-08-05). European Heat Wave Forces Brief Shutdowns of 4 French Nuclear Reactors. truthdig.com The French energy company EDF says the actions were taken to avoid overheating rivers and harming aquatic life.

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-08-05). Reflecting on the Legacy of Congressman Ron Dellums: A True People's Warrior. therealnews.com Ron Dellums was first elected to Congress in 1971, when he stood with the Panthers. Then the Marine veteran launched a Vietnam war crimes investigation and was singularly responsible for legal sanctions against South Africa. We are joined by Bob Scheer to reflect on the legacy of Congressman Ron Dellums, a true people's warrior

teleSUR (2018-08-05). Death Toll From Riots in Nicaragua Climbs to 270: Report. telesurtv.net

IMEMC News (2018-08-05). Israeli Soldiers Install Many Roadblocks Near Jenin. imemc.org Israeli soldiers installed, overnight until early morning hours Sunday, many roadblocks in various areas in the southern part of Jenin governorate, in northern West Bank. Media sources said the soldiers installed roadblocks at the entrances of Zababda and Qabatia towns, also near the Arab American University and the bypass road […]…

James A. Lucas (2018-08-05). US Has Killed More Than 20 Million People in 37 "Victim Nations" Since World War II. globalresearch.ca First published in November 2015 | After the catastrophic attacks of September 11 2001 monumental sorrow and a feeling of desperate and understandable anger began to permeate the American psyche. A few people at that time attempted to promote a balanced …

teleSUR / vc-MH (2018-08-05). Brazil's Supreme Court Holds Public Hearings on Legal Abortion. telesurtv.net Women in Brazil are demanding legal abortions to safeguard the lives of over a million women who undergo the procedure every year.

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-08-05). The Battle for Control of the Democratic Party Heats up in Arizona (Pt 1/3). therealnews.com Progressive grassroots candidates battle with Corporate Democrats for control of the party in Arizona

Xinhua (2018-08-05). Détente? Iran To Open Interests Office In Saudi Arabia. iranian.com Iran plans to open an interests office in Saudi Arabia to undertake diplomatic affairs, Tasnim news agency reported Saturday. Bahram Qasemi, spokesman of the Iranian Foreign Ministry, pointed to the existing problems between Iran and Saudi Arabia, while voicing Iran's readiness for negotiations with its main Gulf rival. Tehran welcomes mediations by the third countries […]

The Saker (2018-08-05). AngloZionist Attack Options Against Iran. iranian.com In the past few days, the Internet has been flooded with a frankly silly rumor about the US soliciting Australia's assistance in preparing an attack on Iran. Needless to say, that report does not explain what capabilities Australia would possess which the USA would lack, but never-mind that. Still, the report was picked up in too […]

teleSUR/jc-MH-rfpl-LJS (2018-08-05). Brazil: PT Confirms Lula's Candidacy, Gives 8-Point Gov't Plan. telesurtv.net Combined, the eight-point program seeks to rescue the national achievements made by left-wing former presidents Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff.

teleSUR / MH (2018-08-05). Venezuela's Constituent Assembly Marks One-Year Anniversary. telesurtv.net Constituent member Darío Vivas acknowledged the efforts of President Nicolás Maduro to impose a peace agenda, after months of violence promoted by opposition sectors.

Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-08-05). What Is The Real Threat to Democracy? Q&A (Pt 1/5). therealnews.com Watch Part 1 of Paul Jay and Aaron Mate's interactive discussion with viewers about the controversy over Trump's visit to Helsinki — From a live recording on July 18th, 2018

teleSUR/LJS (2018-08-05). World Extends Solidarity To Venezuela's Maduro After Attack. telesurtv.net Bolivia's Evo Morales was among the first to comment, posting on Twitter: "Now the empire and its servants threaten his life."

Staff (2018-08-05). Venezuela's Maduro Unharmed in Drone Attack, Government Says. truthdig.com Explosives detonate as the socialist president gives a speech to hundreds of soldiers; seven people have been injured, officials say.

Joël Léon (2018-08-05). Haiti, The Government-run Narco-state. Country at the Mercy of Drug-Dealers. globalresearch.ca First published by GR on March 13, 2018 | The notorious drug lord, Pablo Escobar, was elected in 1982 "as an alternate member of Colombia's Congress". In 1984, he was forced to resign after two years because of his direct …

teleSUR/LJS (2018-08-05). Maduro Survives Drone Attack, Says Suspects Captured. telesurtv.net "They have tried to assassinate me today, and everything points to the Venezuelan ultra-right and the Colombian ultra-right," President Nicolas Maduro said.

teleSUR/rfpl-LJS (2018-08-05). Mexico Accused of Medical Discrimination Against Indigenous. telesurtv.net The death of three newborns in a marginalized community in Chihuahua state has brought to light systemic failures in the medical system.

teleSUR/LJS (2018-08-05). Chile: Archbishop Foregoes Ceremony Amid Sex Abuse Scandal. telesurtv.net Archbishop of Santiago Ricardo Ezzati said he thought it "prudent that he not lead the traditional Te Deum" given the "profound crisis that the Church is undergoing."

teleSUR (2018-08-05). Venezuela's Maduro Survives Assassination Attempt, Suspects Captured. mintpressnews.com Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has survived an apparent attack on his life during a military parade celebrating the 81st anniversary of the Bolivarian National Guard in the capital, Caracas. | In a televised national address late Saturday, Maduro said he was fine and laid blame for the attack firmly at the feet of "right-wing imperial forces" who he said had hired the would-be assassins. | "They have tried to assassinate me today, and everything points to the Venezuelan ultra-right and the Colombian ultra-right, and the name of Juan Manuel Santos is behind this attack," he said. | "I must inform that they have been captured — those who attempted to take my life — and they are being processed. I won't say more, but the investigation is very advanced. | "I tell the Venezuelan opposition that I guarantee you can live in this…

Clara Romeo (2018-08-05). D.C. Metro Considers Separate Trains for 'Unite the Right' White Nationalist Rally. truthdig.com Transit agency seeks to head off clashes as the event moves to the nation's capital from Charlottesville, Va., but critics and union officials are angry at any plan that accommodates white supremacists.

teleSUR / vc-MH (2018-08-05). Mexico: AMLO's Gov't to Review Security Agreements with US. telesurtv.net Alfonso Durazo, top security advisor, confirmed Mexico will refocus foreign aid on economic and social development.

teleSUR/rfpl (2018-08-05). Mexico: 12-Year-Old Boy to Study Biomedical Physics at UNAM. telesurtv.net "I just want to study. If they close the doors to me, I'll come in by the windows," said Carlos Antonio Santamaria Diaz, the young genius.

IMEMC News (2018-08-05). Israeli Soldiers Abduct Many Palestinians, Injure One, In The West Bank. imemc.org Israeli soldiers abducted, on Sunday at dawn, many Palestinians, during violent invasions and searches of homes, and shot one, in several parts of the occupied West Bank. In addition, the soldiers invaded Abu Shkheidim and Kobar villages, north of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and attacked protesters with […]…

RT (2018-08-05). Kushner wants 'honest effort to disrupt' Palestinian refugee agency, Abbas up in arms. rt.com The Palestinian authorities have slammed a reported plan by the US President's special adviser Jared Kushner to dismantle the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, saying it's a plot to take a key issue off any future negotiations.

Anton Woronczuk (2018-08-04). Untangling the Left's Cynthia Nixon Debates. truthout.org Cynthia Nixon's Democratic Party primary campaign against despised New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is generating enthusiasm and intense discussion on the left. After weeks of debate, the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) in New York endorsed her campaign last weekend. | The primary election will take place on September 13. Cuomo is far ahead in opinion polls, but a long-shot upset can't be ruled out. Nixon is giving progressives and leftists inside the Democrats a positive alternative to Cuomo, a committed servant of corporate and establishment interests and a ruthless opponent of any genuine left challenge. | If Cuomo does win, this raises the question of whether Nixon would run against him in the November election as an independent, using the ballot line of the Working Families Party (WFP) — which is nominally independent and dedicated to progressive politics, but has typically…

INA (2018-08-04). Palestinians Call for Boycott of Meteor Music Festival in Israel. imemc.org Via BNC official: We, Palestinian cultural organizations, municipalities and human rights campaigns, call for the boycott of Meteor Festival in Israel, scheduled for September 6-8, 2018. We urge all participating artists to respect Palestinians' non-violent resistance and withdraw from this complicit festival as a meaningful contribution to our struggle for freedom, justice […]…

Staff (2018-08-04). Pompeo Warns Russia, China to Heed Sanctions Against North Korea. truthdig.com The U.S. secretary of state speaks out after the United Nations reports that North Korea has not stopped its nuclear and missile programs and is violating U.N. sanctions through illicit ship-to-ship transfers of oil and in other ways.

Hatewatch Staff (2018-08-04). Injuries and arrests amid clashes at Patriot Prayer and Proud Boys rally in Portland. splcenter.org Multiple people, including a journalist, were injured and at least two people were arrested this afternoon in Portland, Oregon during clashes between police, counter-protesters and the far-right groups Patriot Prayer and the Proud Boys.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2018-08-04). Afghanistan: The Taliban Have Fought the U.S. to the Negotiating Table. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | "Attempting to control rural areas in Afghanistan always eventually ends up boiling down to personal survival." — Evan McAllister, former Marine staff sergeant, New York Times, July 28, 2018…

Defenders of Wildlife (2018-08-04). Trump Administration Opens National Wildlife Refuges to Pollinator Poisons and Harmful GMOs. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | The Trump administration's approval to use toxic pesticides and genetically modified crops is an insult to our national wildlife refuges and the wildlife that rely on them. — Jamie Rappaport Clark…

IMEMC News (2018-08-04). Child Dies From Serious Wounds Suffered Friday. imemc.org The Health Ministry in Gaza has reported that a child died, on Saturday morning, from serious wounds he suffered a day earlier, after Israeli soldiers shot him with live fire. The Health Ministry said the child, identified as Moath Ziad Soori, 15, died from serious wounds he suffered during the […]…

Hatewatch Staff (2018-08-04). Portland police suspend some services citywide because of Patriot Prayer and Proud Boys rally. splcenter.org Police in Portland, Oregon announced this afternoon that they were suspending some services citywide because of tensions surrounding a rally being held by far-right groups Patriot Prayer and the Proud Boys.

Rick Shenkman, History News Network (2018-08-04). Historian Manisha Sinha Got Death Threats After Writing an Article Comparing Donald Trump to Andrew Johnson. alternet.org The article had been published on Friday at 6: 37 in the morning. At 10: 17 went out the tweet indicating she'd received death threats from someone who knew where she lived. | On Friday this stark The tweet was written by Manisha Sinha, a professor of history at the University. . .

IMEMC News (2018-08-04). Swedish-flagged Flotilla Vessel Intercepted by Israel. imemc.org The Israeli army Saturday morning said that it had taken over a European ship, the Swedish-flagged "Freedom," captained by John Turnbull of Vancouver, that was aimed at breaking the naval blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip by the occupation forces 12 years ago. After the brutal violence and theft that […]…

INA (2018-08-04). Church Leaders Express Concern over Jewish Nation-State Law. imemc.org Heads of churches in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories have reacted with dismay and concern to the Israeli Knesset's adoption, on 19 July, 2018, of a new Basic Law: Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People, which specifies that "The right to exercise national self-determination in the State […]…

Philip A Farruggio (2018-08-04). The Super-Rich and the Rabbit Hole of Military Spending. The Two 500 lb. Gorillas in the Room. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | I don't know about you out there, but whenever I drive around my city and surrounding area of perhaps 250k people, I notice the increased congestion and near crazy drivers. It …

Staff (2018-08-04). All Eyes on Rick Gates, 'Right-Hand Man' in Manafort Trial. truthdig.com The most critical moment in the financial fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort will likely arrive next week with the testimony of his longtime associate, whom defense attorneys are looking to blame for any crimes.

Federico Pieraccini (2018-08-04). Two Knockout Blows to US Imperialism: De-Dollarization and Hypersonic Weapons. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | In the current multipolar world in which we live, economic and military factors are decisive in guaranteeing countries their sovereignty. Russia and China seem to be taking this very seriously, committed …

Anton Woronczuk (2018-08-04). KochPAC Rarely Gives Money to US House Democrats…Except to These Four. truthout.org The Koch machine surprised some observers over the weekend when its political advocacy arm, Americans for Prosperity, announced that it will back Democrats in the 2018 elections who promote the Koch agenda. The move reflects a growing split between the Koch's political operation and the Trump Administration over trade and fiscal policies, and a willingness to punish Republicans who don't toe the Koch line. | Charles Koch confirmed that stance on Sunday, saying, "I don't care what initials are in front or after somebody's name." | But the fact is that the Kochs have already funded a handful of Democrats who support them on key issues. KochPAC, the political action committee of Koch Industries, has contributed to four Democrats in the 2018 election cycle to date, and gave the same four money in the 2016 elections. | Four Dems Bad for Environment,…

Anton Woronczuk (2018-08-04). Earth's Carbon Concentrations Soar to Levels Not Seen in 800,000 Years. truthout.org As temperatures bust heat records across the globe and wildfires rage from California to the Arctic, a new report produced annually by more than 500 scientists worldwide found that last year, the carbon dioxide concentrations in the Earth's atmosphere reached the highest levels "in the modern atmospheric measurement record and in ice core records dating back as far as 800,000 years." | While the most significant jump was the global average for carbon dioxide (CO2)—which, at 405.0 parts per million (ppm), saw a 2.2 ppm increase from the previous year—concentrations of other dominant planet-warming greenhouse gases, methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O), also hit "record highs," according to State of the Climate in 2017 released Wednesday. | Considering those rates, Greg Johnson, an oceanographer at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in Seattle,

John Nichols (2018-08-04). The Right Way to Talk About Impeaching Donald Trump. thenation.com The Right Way to Talk About Impeaching Donald Trump appeared first on The Nation.

The Conversation (2018-08-04). Universal Basic Income Is a No-Brainer. alternet.org One of the best proxies that we have for understanding the effects of a basic income policy from an economic perspective in Canada is the guaranteed income received by seniors. | Ontario's minister of children, community and social services just announced that the Canadian province's landmark basic income pilot project would be terminated. Lisa MacLeod did not offer. . .

Robert Scheer, Truthdig (2018-08-04). Generation Wealth: Will America Ever Cure Its Obsession With Bling, and Celebrity and Narcissism? alternet.org "The American Dream had really become corrupted, going from values of hard work and frugality and discipline—that being a means of social mobility that was accessible to anyone—to a culture that elevated bling, and celebrity and narcissism. " | Photographer and filmmaker Lauren Greenfield is an expert in Americans' yearning for material wealth. Since the early '90s, her work has documented our hunger for it in photography books, multiple traveling e. . .

South Front (2018-08-04). Video: Syrian Army's Operation in Southern Syria in Numbers. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | On August 2, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) claimed that warplanes of the Israeli Air Force had bombed several fighters of the ISIS-affiliated Khalid ibn al-Walid Army near the occupied Golan …

Aeon (2018-08-04). Opposition to Galileo Was Scientific — Not Just Religious. alternet.org Science's history matters. | In 1614, when the telescope was new technology, a young man in Germany published a book filled with illustrations of the exciting new things being discovered telescopically: moons circling Jupiter, moon-like phases of Venus, spots on the Sun<. . .

Anton Woronczuk (2018-08-04). Why Trump's "Sloppy" Policies Get Stuck in Court. truthout.org Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson's latest shots across President Trump's bow were heard around the country. Backed by other Democratic attorneys general, Ferguson sued the administration on Tuesday for abruptly ditching a legal effort to prevent a Libertarian developer from posting blueprints for 3-D printing lethal guns on his website, allowing a federal judge in Seattle to issue an injunction blocking their release just hours before the gun schematics were scheduled to go online. Alarming headlines about homemade guns thrust Ferguson into the national spotlight. | That same day, Ferguson and attorneys general from three other states warned the Trump administration that a proposal to defund Planned Parenthood would undermine reproductive health care guaranteed by federal law and therefore never hold up in court. Their lengthy letter to Trump's health czar foreshadows a high-profile legal battle as the debate…

Staff (2018-08-04). 'Right-to-Work' Battle Lines Drawn in Key Missouri Vote. truthdig.com Labor's clout is being put to a critical test in Tuesday's referendum over whether the state should ban compulsory union fees in all private-sector workplaces.

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-08-04). Israeli Commandos Brutally Attack Freedom Flotilla Activists in International Waters. therealnews.com Indigenous leader Larry Commodore returns to Canada after being released from an Israeli prison

Anton Woronczuk (2018-08-04). This Idea Helped Rescue a City of 3.8 Million From a Water Crisis. truthout.org July 10, 2018 — Twenty-five years ago, Chennai, a city on the southeastern coast of India, could barely supply enough water to its 3.8 million citizens. Many of its families depended on water drawn into plastic pots from public stand pipes and pumps. There was not enough water to go around, and municipal supply was unpredictable, with the taps running only intermittently. | People who could afford to do so began to hire private water tankers. Others drilled deep boreholes that tapped discontinuous and unsustainable aquifers in the bedrock of the soil — over 60 meters (200 feet) under the surface. A very small proportion of the population had access to freshwater in subsurface aquifers close to ground level. Today the population of Chennai has more than doubled. The city gets water from four large suburban reservoirs and two desalination plants. River-water &ne…

INA (2018-08-04). Israeli Drone Targets Gaza. imemc.org An Israeli drone fired at least one missile, targeting a group of Palestinian youth in eastern Jabaliya refugee camp, in the northern Gaza Strip, on Saturday. A Ma'an reporter confirmed the incident, saying that no injuries were reported. On Friday, one Palestinian youth was killed and at least 220 others […]…

INA (2018-08-04). Video: Activists Stand in Solidarity with Gaza. imemc.org Israeli and international protesters demonstrated at Gaza fence in solidarity with The Great Return March On Friday August 3rd, "Return", a group of Israeli and international anti-Zionist activists, including activists from the International Solidarity Movement, protested on the east side of the Gaza fence, in solidarity with the Great March of […]…

Staff (2018-08-04). Brown Asks Trump for Help as California Battles 17 Blazes. truthdig.com Gov. Jerry Brown tours neighborhoods wiped out by wildfire near Redding in Northern California and says the "president has been pretty good on helping us in disasters so I'm hopeful."

Anton Woronczuk (2018-08-04). She Got Her Baby Back From Immigration Foster Care. Now What? truthout.org Houston, Texas — Sendy Karina Ferrera Amaya clutched a stuffed unicorn outside the airport arrival gate Saturday morning, as her fiancé Juan Barrera Bucio paced back and forth. | He spotted the baby first. | "There's someone coming with a little girl," he said. "Yes, it's her." | It had been 103 days since Ferrera's 1-year-old daughter Liah landed in foster care for immigrant children, separated under the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy after crossing the border with her uncle. Ferrera had left Honduras months earlier, when Liah was too small to travel. Ferrera made it into the US undetected, and the plan was for her brother to do the same with Liah, but he was caught and deported. Then the Department of Health and Human Services had to be convinced to give the baby back to Ferrera. | The department has…

Niels Lesniewski (2018-08-04). US Senate "Sanctions Bill From Hell" Targeting Russia and Putin. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | A bipartisan Senate contingent has introduced what Republican Lindsey Graham has called the "sanctions bill from hell," targeting Russia and President Vladimir Putin. | The legislation, which was introduced just as …

Consortiumnews.com (2018-08-04). The Mystery Fixer Who is Negotiating an End to the Syrian War. consortiumnews.com Read more →>

Dan Glazebrook (2018-08-04). Is Russia Facilitating Trump's Strangulation Of Iran? iranian.com Since the earliest days on the campaign trail, it has never been in doubt who Trump and his team have had in their sights. "Iran is the biggest destabilizing force in the Middle East and its policies are contrary to our interests," Defence Secretary Mattis told his Senate confirmation hearing, having previously claimed the country […]

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-08-04). Can A Veteran Teacher Bring The Fight Back to Maryland's Biggest Teachers Union? therealnews.com On the Marc Steiner Show, new Maryland State Teachers Association President Cheryl Bost speaks about her roots in the labor movement and in schools, and about the challenges she'll face with funding

Robert Epstein (2018-08-04). The New Mind Control. "Subliminal Stimulation", Controlling People without Their Knowledge. globalresearch.ca The internet has spawned subtle forms of influence that can flip elections and manipulate everything we say, think and do…

Hatewatch Staff (2018-08-04). Patriot Prayer and Proud Boys met by hundreds of counter-protesters in Portland. splcenter.org Protesters numbering at least 500 have shown up in Portland, Oregon today to counter a rally being held by far-right groups Patriot Prayer and the Proud Boys.

Junaid S. Ahmad (2018-08-04). The Mythology of Erdogan and the Kurds. The Reorientation of the World Order. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | "Turkey's Erdogan Wants to Crush the Kurds and Recreate the Ottoman World" | It's true, with Western propagandistic headlines like this, who needs NATO, who really needs them as even friends. Perhaps …

Ryan Gallagher (2018-08-04). Lawmakers Pressure Google Over "Deeply Troubling" China Censorship Project. theintercept.com A bipartisan group of six U.S. senators is demanding that Google CEO Sundar Pichai explain the company's plan to launch a censored version of its search engine in China. | Since spring 2017, the internet giant has been developing a censored Android search app to launch in the country as part of a secretive project code-named Dragonfly, The Intercept revealed on Wednesday. The app would manipulate search results in accordance with strict censorship rules in China that are mandated by the ruling Communist Party regime, which restricts people's access to information about political opponents, free speech, democracy, human rights, and peaceful protest. The censored Google search has been designed to "blacklist sensitive queries" so that "no results will be shown" at all when people enter certain words or phrases, according to internal Google documents. | In a letter sent to Pichai

Abayomi Azikiwe (2018-08-04). Zimbabwe Incumbent President, ZANU-PF Re-elected in Historic Poll. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | Featured image: Zimbabwe MDC-A instigated violence on August 1, 2018 in Harare | National harmonized parliamentary and presidential elections in the Southern African state of Zimbabwe were held on July 30. | Over …

Merula Furtado (2018-08-04). Comic Details Saga of Escaped Slaves Who Formed Autonomous Communities. truthout.org Maroon Comix: Origins and Destinie s is a remarkable comic book, and it will be especially useful for young readers because it makes a little-known piece of history more vividly understood. Furthermore, its illustrators have produced an altogether memorable artistic creation. | Who are the "Maroons"? Most simply put, they were escapees from slave circumstances who were able to run far enough, and protect their collective lives long enough, to create communities in the Caribbean, Latin America and the United States. Greatly feared by slavers but also, too often, by most of the white (or even creole) populations, they were pursued vigorously and when recaptured, tortured in ways too horrible even to describe. In short, these communities have rarely survived long, with exceptions mostly deep in jungles or high in mountain passes — places too remote for easy pursuit.

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-08-04). The Truth About the 2008 Financial Meltdown and How it Contributed to Trump's Rise (Pt 2/2). therealnews.com What is the truth behind the 2008 Financial Collapse, why was no one prosecuted and how did Obama's not prosecuting the "banksters" and strengthening Glass Steagal lead to Trump in the White House? Economist Bill Black joins us bring clarity to this mystery

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-08-04). The Truth About the 2008 Financial Meltdown and How it Contributed to Trump's Rise (Pt 1/2). therealnews.com What is the truth behind the 2008 Financial Collapse, why was no one prosecuted and how did Obama's not prosecuting the "banksters" and strengthening Glass Steagal lead to Trump in the White House? Economist Bill Black joins us bring clarity to this mystery

Consortiumnews.com (2018-08-04). Journalists Are All Julian Assange. consortiumnews.com As Ecuador threatens to expel Julian Assange, CN Ed. Joe Lauria will speak in a 50-hr. online vigil for Assange on Sat., 8pm EDT. In 2010, Bob Parry, late CN founder & editor, wrote this incisive essay on Assange's vital work. … Read more →

Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams (2018-08-04). After Spending Big to Reinstate Death Penalty, Nebraska Gov. Brushes Aside Pope's Call to Push Forward With Plan for 'Experimental Execution'. alternet.org "Will Catholic [Gov. Pete Ricketts], who spends a lot of time talking about his 'pro-life values,' heed the words of Pope Francis by cancelling the experimental execution scheduled for August 14 in Nebraska? " asks Sister Helen Prejean | Nebraska's Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts confirmed Thurs. . .

Mehdi Hasan (2018-08-04). Video: Mehdi Hasan Interviews Abdul El-Sayed, Progressive Candidate in Michigan's Democratic Primary. theintercept.com Will Abdul El-Sayed pull off a shock primary victory and provide further evidence that the Democratic Party is shifting more and more to the left?

Staff (2018-08-04). Police Move to Clear Rowdy Protests in Portland, Ore. truthdig.com Demonstrators aligned with the right-wing Patriot Prayer and Proud Boys groups clash with self-described anti-fascist protesters in the third such incident in the city this summer.

INA (2018-08-04). Israel Rejects Travel for Hundreds of Gaza Patients in 2018. imemc.org At least 769 Palestinian patients have been denied exit from the blockaded Gaza Strip by Israeli authorities, since January, Israeli media reported this week. The applicants included Palestinians who sought medical treatment for diseases such as cancer. Israeli authorities cited first-degree relations between the applicants and Hamas members, for denying […]…

Roger Harris (2018-08-04). U.S. Foments Regime Change in Nicaragua. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | The US has targeted Nicaragua for regime change. Some former supporters of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and his Sandinista party echo the US talking points: Ortega's "entire government has been, …

Hatewatch Staff (2018-08-04). Staff at Portland brew pub plans to shelter in basement during today's far-right march. splcenter.org Rental car agents are way too friendly in Portland, Oregon, but they mean it. They are happy to see visitors and accommodating with a sincere niceness that seems almost Canadian.

The Conversation (2018-08-04). Can You Be a Good Christian and Still Support the Death Penalty? alternet.org At issue in Christian considerations of the death penalty is whether the state has the obligation to punish criminals and defend its citizens. | Pope Francis has declared the death penalty " inadmissible. " This means that the death penalty should not be used in any circumstance. It also alters the Catholic Catec. . .

Debbie S. Miller (2018-08-04). Fighting for a Way of Life in the Arctic. progressive.org The coastal plain, opened for oil drilling by the Trump Administration, is the birthplace and nursery for the Porcupine caribou herd, and land that the Gwich'in call, "The Sacred Place Where Life Begins."

PMAR (2018-08-04). The Geopolitics of Water in the Nile River Basin. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: Click the share buttons above | This incisive and carefully documented article was first published by Global Research in July 2011 | In Africa, access to water is one of the most critical aspects of human survival. Today, about …

DPCR (2018-08-04). Americans Live in a World of Economic Lies. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | The US government and the presstitutes that serve it continue to lie to us about everything. Today the Bureau of Labor Statistics told us that the unemployment rate was 3.9%. How …

Anton Woronczuk (2018-08-04). What It's Like Inside the Largest Immigrant Prison in the US. truthout.org I hate hospitals. I watched my grandma die in a hospital and saw cancer take my best friend's father from her in a hospital. Today, I am in a place like a hospital, but it is not at all comforting. The walls and hallways are as silent and sterile as a hospital, but the orderlies are not here to care for people. No. This is an immigrant prison run by a publicly-traded corporation whose legal duty is to turn a profit for its shareholders. | "Men coming in," announces Officer V as he opens the heavy metal door into the women's module of this immigrant prison. V is a middle-aged Hispanic officer with US Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE), the agency responsible for imprisoning over 40,000 asylum seekers, victims of human trafficking and other immigrants across the country per day in places like…

CP Editor (2018-08-04). Extreme Weather Is Exploding Around the World. counterpunch.org

Luciana Bohne (2018-08-04). A Treason Worth Its Weight in Gold: Helsinki. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | The Third World War lasted 26 years. It was launched by a class of transnational financial capital in the 1990s against states unwilling to surrender sovereignty to globalization. It was, therefore, …

Michael Welch (2018-08-04). The Rise and Continued Influence of the Neocons. The Project for the New American Century (PNAC). globalresearch.ca The Neocons did not vanish with the departure of Bush and the rise of Obama. The Neocons from the Bush era who constructed the blueprints for the Iraq war were the early pioneers pushing this Russiagate Cold War 2.0 mentality…

IMEMC News (2018-08-04). Soldiers Attack, Injure, A Young Man In Bethlehem. imemc.org Israeli soldiers attacked, Saturday, a young Palestinian man, driving a bus, south of Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank, causing various cuts and bruises. The soldiers stopped a bus, driven by Jihad Ali Zawahra, 28, from the al-Ma'sara village south of Bethlehem, and forced him out. They then continuously struck […]…

Freedom Flotilla Coalition (2018-08-04). Sweden's 'Freedom' Vessel Under Attack as It Carries Medical Supplies to Gaza. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | At 20: 06 (CEST) we lost contact with the sailing vessel Freedom, sailing under a Swedish flag, which is on a mission to break the illegal Israeli blockade of the Palestinian people …

Andrew Korybko (2018-08-04). Russia's International Army Games Might Bring Iran and Israel Together. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | For what could be the first time ever, post-revolutionary Iran might not back out of competing against "Israel" in an international sporting event because of the serious damage that this stunt …

Elliott Gabriel (2018-08-04). U.S.-Iran Tensions Move Beyond Tweets Into Concrete Actions And Shows Of Military Force. iranian.com Whether the White House's current roster of anti-Iranian hawks or their counterparts in Riyadh and Tel Aviv have any interest in maintaining stability in the Persian Gulf remains an open question. What is certain is that the status quo in the Middle East is bursting at the seams. [dropcap]L[/dropcap]ong-seething tensions in the Middle East are […]

Haidar Eid (2018-08-04). Israel's Policies in Gaza Are Genocidal. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | Featured image: Razan al-Najjar, the 21 year old Gaza medic killed by an Israeli sniper on June 1, treating an injured man, undated photo from Palestine Live on twitter. | The 1948 …

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-08-04). Grassroots Movements Aim to #AbolishIce and Block Deportations. therealnews.com Maru Villalpando, of North West Detention Center Resistance, says she was targeted for deportation for demanding humane immigration policies

Staff (2018-08-04). Speed-Tweeting Human 'Bots' Swept Up in Election Crackdown. truthdig.com Twitter and other social media companies are having trouble distinguishing legitimate political die-hards from computer robots that use nefarious tactics to interfere in U.S. elections.

wsws.org (2018-08-04). Ontario's Tory government slashes welfare benefits, vows further cuts. wsws.org The Ford government has vowed to bring forward a plan to make welfare "sustainable" by further reducing benefits and restricting eligibility.

wsws.org (2018-08-04). Hepatitis A outbreak worsens in West Virginia, Kentucky. wsws.org Over 1,900 people across West Virginia and Kentucky have been diagnosed with Hepatitis A in the past few months, and at least 10 people have died. Hepatitis C and HIV are likewise on the rise.

wsws.org (2018-08-04). US immigration nightmare continues amid media blackout. wsws.org Since the beginning of August, the New York Times opinion page has published eight opinion pieces or editorial board statements relating to allegations of Trump's ties to Russia or the #MeToo hysteria, but none about the conditions facing immigrants.

wsws.org (2018-08-04). 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.

wsws.org (2018-08-04). Chinese president under pressure over trade war with US. wsws.org Just months after constitutional changes enabling him to stay in office indefinitely, Xi Jinping is reportedly facing internal criticism from party elders and factional rivals.

wsws.org (2018-08-04). SEP (Australia) holds public meetings opposing "foreign interference" laws. wsws.org The meetings were the only events to warn of the anti-democratic implications of the legislation, and place it in the context of the preparations for war with China.

wsws.org (2018-08-04). China threatens tariffs on $60 billion of US goods. wsws.org Coming on top of the tariffs already imposed on $34 billion worth of US goods, the new measures would mean that around 85 percent of US exports to China would be covered.

wsws.org (2018-08-04). Appeal to neo-fascists on police scandal exposes reactionary role of Unsubmissive France. wsws.org Unsubmissive France is advancing out a populist, anti-worker policy compatible with police repression.

wsws.org (2018-08-04). Smearing of Corbyn as an anti-Semite prepares right-wing breakaway from Labour. wsws.org The Blairite right wing is openly discussing a "declaration of independence from Corbyn's Labour" by much of the Parliamentary Labour Party.

wsws.org (2018-08-04). NHS trade unions' "best deal in eight years" revealed as a fraud. wsws.org Health workers are expressing outrage as the truth about the latest union sellout comes to light.

wsws.org (2018-08-04). Australia: Youth protest racist "African gangs" campaign. wsws.org African-Australian youth rally to denounce divisive hysteria whipped up by the political and media establishment.

RT (2018-08-04). NRA says it may no longer exist as non-profit due to Cuomo's onslaught, Twitter erupts. rt.com A recent lawsuit filed by the National Rifle Organization (NRA) argues that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's crusade may force it to cease to exist as a nonprofit. The news sparked a frenzy on Twitter.

wsws.org (2018-08-04). Hundreds of asylum seekers face imminent eviction in Glasgow. wsws.org Serco has already issued six "lock change notices," giving asylum seekers just seven days to vacate its property.

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