2019-07-06: News Headlines

Ben Norton (2019-07-06). DSA/Jacobin/Haymarket-sponsored 'Socialism' conference features US gov-funded regime-change activists. thegrayzone.com The 2019 Socialism Conference, sponsored by American leftist juggernauts the DSA, Jacobin magazine, and ISO's Haymarket Books, features regime-change activists…

Elizabeth Vos (2019-07-06). Power versus the Press: The Extradition Cases of Pinochet & Assange. globalresearch.ca With Julian Assange facing possible extradition from Britain to the U.S. for publishing classified secrets, Elizabeth Vos reflects on the parallel but divergent case of a notorious Chilean dictator. | *** | Eight months from now one of the most consequential extradition …

teleSUR (2019-07-06). Australian Student Expelled From North Korea For 'Spying Acts'. telesurenglish.net The official news agency for North Korea stated on Saturday that an Australian student was expelled from the country after spending ten days in detention for "spying acts" through his work with foreign media. | RELATED: | Nuclear Talks To Resume After Surprise Trump-Kim Meeting | The student,Alek Sigley, who had been held in North Korea since June 25, was an active social media user and also a regular contributor to international media organizations including NK News about his time in…

Zero Hedge (2019-07-06). Chinese Investments in US Grind to Halt, Trade War Blamed. globalresearch.ca Chinese foreign direct investments in the US, including new factories, has collapsed: down to just $5 billion last year, from $29 billion in 2017 and $46 billion the prior year, according to the Rhodium Group, a New York-based economic …

RT (2019-07-06). California at risk of 'even bigger earthquake' after serious shocks. rt.com California could be hit with a series of large earthquakes after the 7.1 magnitude quake that struck on Friday, and aftershocks could go on for years, a seismologist with the US Geological Survey has warned.

WildEarth Guardians (2019-07-06). Lawsuit Seeks to Block Colorado Coal Mine Expansion Threatening Climate, National Forest. globalresearch.ca Five conservation groups sued the Trump administration late yesterday and called on a federal judge to block approval of Arch Coal's West Elk mine expansion, which would invade the wildlands of western Colorado's Gunnison National Forest. | The lawsuit and …

RT (2019-07-06). 'Gaffe Machine' Biden forgets the narrative, says no Russian meddling happened on his watch. rt.com Democratic frontrunner and former VP Joe Biden has been mocked for saying that no election interference happened on his watch. Some took his words as a denial of the establishment narrative about 2016 'Russian meddling'.

RT (2019-07-06). 'Now it's the Democrats begging for war?' Lee Camp demolishes critics of Trump-Kim peace overtures. rt.com Diplomatic headway made between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un is unacceptable because it could lead to peace, Lee Camp said, poking fun at those criticizing the US president for meeting with Kim.

RT (2019-07-06). Trump thanks HIMSELF for record-high stock prices, draws predictable responses. rt.com Donald Trump has fired off yet another one of his signature tweets… this time thanking himself for apparently ushering in record-high stock prices. So, modesty is its own reward?

Robert Reich (2019-07-05). Trump nationalism has nothing to do with patriotism. nationofchange.org Let us reject Trump's notion of how to celebrate America — not with tanks and missiles that glorify war, not with a rally fit for a dictator, not with children held at the border in cages, not with disdain for the Supreme Court and charges of "treason" hurled at the free press. Instead, let us celebrate …

David Rosen (2019-07-05). Sanctions: Failure of U.S. Foreign Policy. counterpunch.org President Donald Trump's meeting with North Korea's Supreme Leader, Kim Jong Un, on June 30th may turn out to be more than just another publicity stunt similar to the failed "summit" held in Vietnam in February — a political fiasco. The New York Times and other media report that Trump is planning to revise the terms of U.S. More

The Canary (2019-07-05). After UK seizure of Iranian tanker, ex-official says Iran should seize an 'English tanker' in response. thecanary.co On 4 July, Royal Marines helped to seize an Iranian oil tanker heading to Syria in order to enforce European sanctions on the war-torn country. Now, a former commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guard ( IRGC) says his country should seize a British tanker in response. | Rezaei, who led the IR…

Middle East Eye (2019-07-05). Canadian Firm's Lobbying Contract with Sudan Military Rulers May Face Police Probe. globalresearch.ca Canada's government has referred a lobbying contract between a Montreal-based firm and Sudan's ruling military council to federal police to determine whether the deal violates Canadian sanctions on the country. | A spokeswoman for the Canadian foreign ministry, Global Affairs Canada, …

Mina Shahinfar (2019-07-05). What Sanctions Mean for My Iranian-American Family. counterpunch.org What's wrong?" I asked my mother, as I saw her broken expression. She was on the phone, speaking with my grandparents in Iran. "A terrible thing has happened," she replied. My grandparent's home in Tehran had been broken into. The thieves took everything they could carry — my grandmother's jewelry, my uncle's prized watch collection, More

teleSUR (2019-07-05). Iran Can Seize UK Tanker If Iranian Vessel Is Not Freed: IRGC. telesurenglish.net A senior official from Iran's Revolutionary Guard's warned that the Islamic Republic could seize a British oil tanker if the U.K. did not release their vessel, which was seized off the coast of Gibraltar on July 4th. | RELATED: | UK Navy Seizes Tanker Filled With 'Iranian Oil' Meant for Syria | The IRGC official Mohsen Rezai tweeted on Friday that Iran could seize a British tanker if his country's vessel was not released from Gibraltar. | senior commander warned that it coul…

Pepe Escobar (2019-07-05). The Un-submersible US-Iran Stalemate. globalresearch.ca A thick veil of mystery surrounds the fire that broke out in a state of the art Russian submersible in the Barents Sea, leading to the death of 14 crew members poisoned by toxic fumes. | According to the Russian Defense …

teleSUR (2019-07-05). Cuba Continues to Ensure Safe Return of Kidnapped Doctors. telesurenglish.net Efforts to organize the safe return of the pair of doctors kidnapped in Kenya have not wavered, Cuban Minister of Public Health Jose Angel Portal Miranda said Friday. | RELATED: | 'Lies, Slander': Cuba Rejects US Trafficking Blacklist | "The Cuban government has not ceased for a moment in the efforts and negotiations for the safe return … of the kidnapped doctors," Portal told local media. | The two physicians are still alive, Kenyan authorities asserted during a press conference, addin…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-07-05). After British Commandos Seize Oil Tanker, Iran Accuses UK of Committing 'Maritime Piracy' on Behalf of US. commondreams.org "If Britain does not release the Iranian oil tanker, it is the authorities' duty to seize a British oil tanker," said Mohsen Rezai, a senior Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps commander | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2019-07-05). Detroiters oppose Trump's war on immigrants at Fourth of July protest. wsws.org Over 150 people gathered in front of the ICE Enforcement & Removal Operations Field Office in downtown Detroit Thursday to register their opposition to the most recent wave of horrific attacks on immigrants by the Trump administration.

Lizet Ocampo (2019-07-05). Our Immigrant Prisons are an Atrocity. counterpunch.org Over the past several weeks, the brutal terror that immigrants face at the hands of our government has come into even sharper focus. As reports surface about immigrant children sleeping on concrete floors and people being forced to drink water from toilets, one fact has become unmistakably clear: It's well past time to demand an More

teleSUR (2019-07-05). Nearly 1,000 Killed, 5,000 Injured in Pursuit of Tripoli: WHO. telesurenglish.net Over 100,000 people have been displaced, 5,000 injured and nearly 1,000 killed since the rogue military leader Khalifa Haftar set his eyes on the Libyan capital of Tripoli last April, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday. | RELATED: | Libya: 40 Dead and 80 Wounded in Airstrike on Migrant Center | Three months ago, Haftar launched a military offensive to capture the city of Tripoli from the U.N.-backed forces of the Government of National Accord (GNA). | Air strikes and skirmishe…

teleSUR (2019-07-05). German Sea-Watch Captain To Sue Italy's Salvini for Hate Speech. telesurenglish.net The German captain of a migrant rescue ship will sue Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini for defamation, her lawyer said Friday, intensifying the battle of wills between the charity worker and the far-right leader. | RELATED: | Italian PM Threatens Second Rescue Boat With Arrest | Carola Rackete, 31, was freed from house arrest Tuesday after a judge dismissed accu…

Barbara Nimri Aziz (2019-07-05). Abu Graib at Home in America. counterpunch.org "This is not what America is about" argues a U.S. reporter referring to revelations of misogynist, violent, racist behavior by employees of the U.S. Border Patrol 'guarding' migrants held in detention centers.Sorry Mr. Thompson (Pro Publica reporter who broke this story); THIS IS what America is about. Vulnerable people, i.e. women, men and children held More

Roger Harris (2019-07-05). Why the US Puppet President of Venezuela is Toast. counterpunch.org Even the corporate media are losing enthusiasm for the US government's ploy to replace the democratically elected President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela with the US-anointed security asset Juan Guaidó. Reuters reports in a July 1 article, "Disappointed Venezuelans lose patience with Guaidó as Maduro hangs on," that the US-backed "military uprising" has "unraveled." A critical More

teleSUR (2019-07-05). Maduro Urges National Unity as Venezuela Marks Independence Day. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, surrounded by top generals, addressed a military parade in Caracas Friday in commemoration of the country's declaration of Independence, where revolutionary forces led by Simon Bolivar expelled the Spanish empire 208 years ago. | RELATED: | Venezuela Celebrates 208th Anniversary of Independence | "It was the Bolivarian Revolution and our Commander Hugo Chavez who rescued the original and real sense of this historical feat," said President Maduro, a…

teleSUR (2019-07-05). Venezuela Celebrates 208th Anniversary of Independence. telesurenglish.net Bolivarian and communist supporters are marching on Friday across the streets of the capital in order to celebrate the 208th anniversary of Venezuela's Independence Day, while, at the same time, the Venezuelan opposition holds a separate protest. | RELATED: | Putin on Guaido's Plea to God: Get Back to Earth and Dialogue | Diosdado Cabello, head of the National Constituent Assembly and the governing United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), convoked the march starting at 9 A.M.., local time, in…

teleSUR (2019-07-05). Russia to Strengthen Venezuela's Military Defense Capabilities. telesurenglish.net Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov stated on Friday that his country will continue to develop international cooperation with Venezuela, which includes strengthening military defense capabilities. | RELATED: | Putin on Guaido's Plea to God: Get Back to Earth and Dialogue | "We will continue our multifaceted efforts on developing partner relations with brotherly Venezuela," Ryabkov said while attending an event honouring the 208th anniversary of the South American country's independenc…

teleSUR (2019-07-05). Thousands of Sudanese Hail Landmark Deal with Generals. telesurenglish.net Crowds of thousands jubilant Sudanese took to the streets of Khartoum on Friday to celebrate a landmark deal between protest leaders and the country's ruling generals aimed at turning the page on months of political unrest. | RELATED: | Protests Erupt in Sudan After Army Kills 11, Wounds More | The group that initially launched demonstrations against President Omar al-Bashir in December hailed the agreement. | "Today, our revolution has become victorious and our victory shines," the Sudanese Professio…

Ben Norton (2019-07-05). 'Canada Adopts America First Foreign Policy'. globalresearch.ca The US embassy in Ottawa boasted in a March 2017 memo, "Canada Adopts 'America First' Foreign Policy," just after PM Trudeau appointed hard-line hawk Chrystia Freeland as foreign minister. | *** | The US State Department boasted in a declassified memo in …

Ben Norton (2019-07-05). 'Canada Adopts America First Foreign Policy,' US State Dept boasted in 2017, with appointment of FM Chrystia Freeland. thegrayzone.com The US embassy in Ottawa boasted in a March 2017 memo, "Canada Adopts 'America First' Foreign Policy," just after PM…

Max Blumenthal (2019-07-05). Watch Hondurans describe nightmare of life under US-backed 'dictatorship'. thegrayzone.com In downtown Tegucigalpa, average Hondurans told The Grayzone's Max Blumenthal that the US-backed Juan Orlando Hernández government is a "dictatorship"…

Paul Street, Anthony DiMaggio (2019-07-05). A Mostly Serious Response to the Semi-Satirical Ken Silverstein on Trump's Second Term. counterpunch.org Many if not most writers have penned and sent off for publication something that would have been best left on their laptop or in a drawer. Take Ken Silverstein's recent depressing, semi-satirical Washington Babylon piece "Eight Reasons the Left Should Root for Donald Trump in 2020 in Ilhan Omar in 2024," is a case in More

Stephen Lendman (2019-07-05). North Korea Slams US Hostility. Donald Invites Kim to the White House. globalresearch.ca Last week, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Trump met at the DMZ separating both Koreas. | DJT became the first sitting US president to set foot on North Korean territory, a symbolic gesture only while unacceptably hardline US policies against …

Staff (2019-07-05). An Hour with Noam Chomsky on Fascism, Nuclear Weapons, Climate Change, Julian Assange & More. democracynow.org In April, hundreds of people packed into the Old South Church in Boston to hear the world-renowned dissident and linguist Noam Chomsky speak. In this hour-long special, we air an excerpt of Chomsky's speech and his on-stage interview with Amy Goodman.

WSWS (2019-07-05). Fourteen high-ranking Russian navy officers die in fire on nuclear-powered submarine. wsws.org The submarine disaster is a chilling reminder of the advanced state of the preparations for world war.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-07-05). Global Effort to Plant a Trillion Trees 'Overwhelmingly' Among Most Effective—and Cheapest—Solutions to Climate Emergency: Study. commondreams.org Amid record-setting temperatures worldwide and predictions by experts that this year will be among the hottest humanity has ever seen, researchers behind a new study say a rapid global effort to plant billions of trees and the restoration of forests would be the "most effective" strategy for battling the planetary climate emergency. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-07-05). Billionaire US coal magnate & 6 others die in helicopter crash off Bahamas. rt.com A wealthy West Virginia coal mine owner, his daughter and five others died when their helicopter crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of the Bahamas en route to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

John Shafthauer (2019-07-05). Trump thinks planes predate the USA, and people are losing it. thecanary.co Donald Trump is not known for his firm grasp of history. His latest speech makes it seem like the same could be said of his grasp of reality. Because President Trump — the alleged leader of the free world — thinks that the war of independence involved planes. | pic.twitter.com/pxhYVdfGz4 | — Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) July 5, 2019 | High flyer: | Trump

Michael Hudson — Bonnie Faulkner (2019-07-05). The IMF and World Bank: Partners in Backwardness. counterpunch.org "The purpose of a military conquest is to take control of foreign economies, to take control of their land and impose tribute. The genius of the World Bank was to recognize that it's not necessary to occupy a country in order to impose tribute, or to take over its industry, agriculture and land. Instead of More

Joseph Natoli (2019-07-05). Can Trump Be Beaten, Regardless? counterpunch.org "[B]reaking up all the ordered surfaces and all the planes with which we are accustomed to tame the wild profusion of existing things, and continuing long afterwards to disturb and threaten with collapse our age…" — Michel Foucault, The Order of Things, 1966 During this too long Democratic presidential campaign season, we will be talking More

Paul Edwards (2019-07-05). The Falsity of America. counterpunch.org All rise! It is the anniversary of this conflicted, sclerotic, blind, self-destructive country. There will be celebrations. Glitzy extravaganzas of flash and fireworks providing the shimmering eye candy to camouflage the corpse of the myth that is centerpiece and theme our national shivaree. A nation built on genocide and slavery, with a Constitution launched More

John Shafthauer (2019-07-05). Hunt promises to promise anything if people just vote for him. thecanary.co Jeremy Hunt began this leadership race a loser and he'll end it a loser. He doesn't seem to get that, though. This is why he's making a series of increasingly unhinged promises to the Tory membership. | Promises, promises : | Over the past 24 hours, Hunt has promised to: | Send our troops back to the Falklands/Normandy/the Crusades. | Give tax rebates to tax dodgers. | Construct a statue of Margaret Thatcher in every supermarket car park. | Replace the NHS with a giant whipping machine that's treadmill-powered by the 'plebs' it whips. | Start a bidding war for Scotland between Cuba and North Korea. | Use…

Shane Quinn (2019-07-05). Second World War Could Have Ended in 1943 Had Allied Bombing Focused on Military-related Targets. globalresearch.ca Britain's air commander Arthur Harris was convinced that efforts to "scourge the Third Reich" by "bombing Germany city by city", as he put it in July 1942, would bring the war to a swift end. The outcome behind these increasingly …

David William Pear (2019-07-05). American Exceptionalism and American Innocence. globalresearch.ca Roberto Sirvent and Danny Haiphong have explored the albatross of myths, legends, lies and damn lies around America's neck in their book American Exceptionalism and American Innocence: A People's History of Fake News—From the Revolutionary War to the War on

Shane Quinn (2019-07-05). Second World War Could Have Ended in 1943 Had Allied Bombing Focused on Military-related Targets. globalresearch.ca Britain's air commander Arthur Harris was convinced that by "bombing Germany city by city", would bring the war to a swift end. The bombings against densely populated areas often avoided armament hotspots, which served to lengthening the war.

South Front (2019-07-05). Video: Dozens Militants Killed in Airstrikes on Greater Idlib. globalresearch.ca Six improvised-explosive devices (IEDs) exploded on a part of the Kirkuk—Ceyhan oil pipeline passing near Iraq's Mosul on July 3. The IEDs attack caused a major fire on the 970km long pipeline with a capacity of 1,600 thousand barrels per …

Jean Saint-Vil (2019-07-05). Can Haitians Help "Make Canada Better"? globalresearch.ca This year, an unprecedented event took place on Canada Day, in Ottawa. A group of Canadians answered a fellow citizen's challenge to host the first ever "Make Canada Better — Speaker's Corner". The challenge went up on Facebook and Twitter, …

Andrew Korybko (2019-07-05). Vladimir Putin: A Social Conservative Leader? globalresearch.ca The Russian leader reminded the world of his original appeal as one of its socio-conservative leaders during an interview that he gave to the Financial Times late last week in which he spoke out strongly against liberalism and staunchly defended …

Prof. Fabio Massimo Parenti (2019-07-05). End of Globalization with Western Characteristics. globalresearch.ca Western, US-driven globalization is defunct, but not globalization per se. A higher degree of economic and cultural interdependence has found favor in the form of new regionalism since the 1990s. | Recently, The Economist interviewed Michael O'Sullivan, former banker and …

Eva Bartlett (2019-07-05). Voices from Syria's Rukban Refugee Camp Belie Corporate Media Reporting. globalresearch.ca Eva Bartlett visited refugees in Syria escaping the horrid conditions in the Rukban Refugee Camp, a desolate outpost in the US administered deconfliction zone. What she found was very different than the 'reality' depicted by the Western press. | *** | A …

Dr. Robert Rennebohm (2019-07-05). The Wealthy and The Miserable: Replacing Global Capitalism. "The Highest Duty is to Think of Others". Victor Hugo. globalresearch.ca Victor Hugo was one of the greatest Social Clinicians who ever lived. He provided accurate diagnosis; he sought root cause; and he offered brilliant remedy—"create vast fields of Public Activity." | Hugo believed in the imperishability of Human Goodness and the …

Prof. Matthew Stanton (2019-07-05). Reasons for the 1776 Revolution. globalresearch.ca "Before the Constitution and before the Bill of Rights there was the Declaration of Independence. The founders took little time to enshrine in the Declaration of Independence the most fundamental and primary right from which all other rights flow: that …

F. William Engdahl (2019-07-05). Genetically Engineered Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation. globalresearch.ca Seeds of Destruction | The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation | by F. William Engdahl | Global Research, ISBN 978-0-937147-2-2 | SPECIAL ONLINE AND MAIL ORDER PRICE US$18.00 (list price $25.95) | Order your copy now | | This skillfully researched book focuses on how a small …

Philip A Farruggio (2019-07-05). Money for the Wrong Something. The Corrupt Rabbit Hole of "Obscene Military Spending" globalresearch.ca This writer has been focussing tirelessly on the (obscene) fact that over half of our federal taxes goes down the rabbit hole of military spending. Well, writer and researcher Andre Damon of the World Socialist Website just wrote a piece …

Yves Engler (2019-07-05). Does Justin Trudeau Hate Palestinians? globalresearch.ca Is Justin Trudeau a racist? He and his government certainly accept and promote anti-Palestinianism. Two recent moves reaffirm his government's pattern of blaming Palestinians for their dispossession and subjugation. | Last week the government released its updated terrorist list. An …

Renee Parsons (2019-07-05). Complexities of 5G and National Security. "China, The Dominant Malicious Actor" globalresearch.ca In case you missed the kickoff, there is an unprecedented 'must win' wireless race for the US to cross the 5G finish line before China as alluded to during the recent Senate Commerce Committee oversight hearing on the Federal Commerce …

Chris Wright (2019-07-05). "Critical and Informed Thinking Is Dangerous to the Powerful". Workers Cooperatives and Revolution. globalresearch.ca Mohsen Abdelmoumen: You wrote " Worker Cooperatives and Revolution" where you talk about workers' cooperatives. In this fascinating book, we note your optimism about the coming of a new era where the human is at the center. You …

WSWS (2019-07-05). Was the Australian army placed on alert during last year's political crisis? wsws.org Whether or not the military was actually activated, Australia was on the brink of a constitutional crisis last August.

teleSUR (2019-07-05). Two Honduran Vessels Wreck at Sea, 27 People Killed. telesurenglish.net The Government of Honduras reported Thursday that it will investigate the death of 27 people in a wreck of two vessels which happened in the Caribbean on Wednesday. | RELATED: | Honduras Announces State Emergency Over Dengue Outbreak | The Permanent Contingency Commission (Copeco) director Lisandro Rosales will be in charge of monitoring the investigation of the wreck of the Captain Waly vessel, which occurred near Cayo Gorda, at the Gracias a Dios department. | This boat was carrying 91 peopl…

Rémi Carayol (2019-07-05). What Happened When the EU Moved Its Fight to Stop Migration to Niger. thenation.com What Happened When the EU Moved Its Fight to Stop Migration to Niger…

WSWS (2019-07-05). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. wsws.org The main Zimbabwe union federation has threatened a nationwide strike over the devaluation of currency while Nigerian dockworkers are set to strike this week over nonpayment of back wages joining civil servants and polytechnic staff.

Ramzy Baroud (2019-07-05). Africa and Palestine: A Noble Legacy That Must Never Be Betrayed. counterpunch.org Europe's "Scramble for Africa" began in earnest in 1881, but never ended. The attempt at dominating the continent using old and new strategies continues to define the western relationship with this rich continent. This reality was further validated when I arrived in Nairobi, Kenya on June 23. Although my objective was to address various Kenyan More

Chris Wright (2019-07-05). Political Correctness Is Getting Out of Hand. counterpunch.org On June 28, the New York Times published an article by Bari Weiss that wasn't moronic. Titled "San Francisco Will Spend $600,000 to Erase History," it was about the school board's unanimous decision to destroy a New Deal-era mural by the famous Communist painter Victor Arnautoff that's painted on the walls of a local high More

Laura Flanders (2019-07-05). Love and Rights: Contingent or Unconditional? counterpunch.org Kali Akuno asks an important question: where would we be as a world today if people of the left had been as organized in 2008 when the financial crash hit as they'd been in 1980 before thirty years of neoliberalism? Akuno, a co-founder and co-coordinator of Cooperation Jackson in Mississippi, asked this question this past More

Dave Lindorff (2019-07-05). US is a Classic Empire and Is Becoming a Repressive Police State at Home. counterpunch.org As I set out to fly home from the UK on Monday following a short film project in Cambridge, I found my boarding pass, which I had been blocked from obtaining online the night before, carrying a bold-faced SSSS stamp in the lower right corner. Asking about it I was told by the British employee More

Gary Leupp (2019-07-05). Thoughts on the Impromptu Kim-Trump Summit. counterpunch.org 1. South Korean President Moon Jae-in told journalists a week before the DMZ meeting between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump that it was likely to occur, and U.S. news reports also indicate that Trump's tweeted invitation to the North Korean leader while in Osaka was not spontaneous. 2. Following Trump's wild threats after his More

Jérà¥me Duval (2019-07-05). Post-Bouteflika Algeria: For a Democratic Transition. counterpunch.org In Algeria, the slogan Yatnahaw ga', "that they all blow off", sums up the widely shared popular will to put an end to the "Bouteflika system". It is a question of setting in motion a process of transition to a Second Republic. In homage to Ramzi Yettou, a victim of repression who died at the More

Rev. William Alberts (2019-07-05). Joe Biden's Alternative White Reality. counterpunch.org Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden is playing with a stacked racial deck. His recent pitch is that, as president, he would be a bipartisan consensus-builder. He cited the "civility" of the Senate in the past, when, as a young senator, he was able to work with avowed segregationists, Senators James Eastland and Herman Talmadge, both More

teleSUR (2019-07-05). First Arrest Over Odebrecht Corruption In Mexico. telesurenglish.net The former director of Mexico's state oil company, Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) has been was arrested Friday on corruption and bribery charges. | Emilio Lozoya ran the highly-indebted PEMEX during the previous neoliberal administration of Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018), a period already marked by rampant corruption and a unprecedented murder rates. The arrest of Lozoya is Mexico's first in relation to the sprawling Odebrecht kickbacks case that is already well underway in nearly all Latin American countries. | The whereabouts of the defendant, however, are unknown and the court has asked Interpol to issue a re…

Staff (2019-07-05). Immigration Detention Center Conditions Cause Massive Outcry. therealnews.com The revelation of extreme immigration detention center conditions for exhausted asylum seeking children, who are separated from their relatives, sparked outrage nationwide. In Phoenix, Arizona, Jews for Justice demonstrated, demanding permanent medical staff for Border patrol's Provisional Detention Centers…

Staff (2019-07-05). Job Growth Bounces Back in June, But Unemployment Edges Upward. truthout.org The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the economy added 224,000 jobs in June, a sharp bounce back from the revised figure of 72,000 jobs reported for May. With a small downward revision to the April data, this brings the three-month average to 171,000. The average hourly wage is up 3.1 percent from the year-ago level. There is evidence of further slowing, with the annualized rate of increase from the first quarter to the second quarter at just 2.7 percent. | There was little change in the household survey. Unemployment edged up slightly to 3.7 percent, but this was primarily due to an increase in labor…

Staff (2019-07-05). The Nonprofits and Businesses Making Millions From Detaining Migrant Children. truthout.org This article was produced by Sludge, an independent, ad-free investigative news site covering money in politics. Click here to support Sludge.A new report from the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) warns of "dangerous overcrowding" and "prolonged detention" at several Customs and Bor…

Edward Curtin (2019-07-05). Much Ado About Nothing: Asking Who Won the Political Debates. "If Voting changed Anything, they'd Make it Illegal." globalresearch.ca It amazes me that alternative journalists would spend even a minute writing about the ongoing Democratic Party debates. They are meaningless and they are not debates. How many times do we have to go through this ridiculous charade before this …

Staff (2019-07-05). Journalists, Pundits and Retired Politicians Put on a Show for Lobbyists. truthout.org This story was produced in conjunction with Tarbell.org, a Philadelphia-based investigative news site.As another presidential election cycle shifts into high gear, the nation's largest special interest organizations will spend millions of dollars on consultants, advertisements, and events. They'll also spend millions on speakers — lots of speakers, ranging from high-profile journalists such as Bob Woodward and Chuck Todd, to retired politicians like Paul Ryan and Jeff Flake. | The practice of paying high-profile Washington insiders to speak at industry trade shows and c…

Halligan Agade (2019-07-05). Sudanese military, opposition strike a power sharing deal. cgtn.com Sudanese people celebrate (REUTERS) | Sudanese people on Friday poured into the streets to celebrate an agreement between the ruling military council and a coalition of opposition groups. | It is expected that the groups will share power during a transitional period followed by the election of a successor to former president Omar al-Bashir. Bashir was ousted from office in April. | Video footage obtained by Reuters showed people cheering and waving Sudanese flags as cars…

BLUES (2019-07-05). EMERGENCY!!! The 18% NeoCorporates Demand Rank Choice Voting — The 81% Need Simple Score. indybay.org They are scamming progressives into promoting ranked choice voting with hundreds of millions of pay-offs for slick neodemocracy. Astroturf! When what we all really need to stop destruction, hunger, and war is simple score voting. It is so simple.

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2019-07-05). The "Critics" of 9/11 Truth. Do They Have a Case? globalresearch.ca The short answer to the question in the title is no. The 9/11 truth critics have nothing but ad hominem arguments.

Jeffrey St. Clair (2019-07-05). Roaming Charges: When the Band Plays "Hail to the Chief," They Point the Tank at You, Lord. counterpunch.org + Here's an inconvenient truth to chew on over the Fourth of Me Holiday: If Al Gore Sr. had gotten his way, the DMZ rendezvous between Kim and Trump would likely never have taken place. As Alexander Cockburn and I reported in our biography of Al Gore, the old man wanted to saturate the DMZ More

Staff (2019-07-05). Tenants Continue to Protest Deteriorating Living Conditions at Bolton House. therealnews.com The Bolton House Tenants Coalition of Baltimore held a rally outside their apartment complex demanding safe and affordable housing. Activists argue that city officials and housing authorities are reluctant to renovate the building because they want to make way for a large-scale cityscape project across the street…

Butterfly Williams (2019-07-05). The Alchemy of Manhood: A Celebration of Healthy Masculinity for SGL GBTQ Black Men. indybay.org Oakland Peace Center | 111 Fairmount Avenue (@ 29th Street) | Oakland, CA 94611…

Staff (2019-07-05). Noam Chomsky on Fascism, Nuclear Weapons, Climate Change and Julian Assange. truthout.org In April, hundreds of people packed into the Old South Church in Boston to hear the world-renowned dissident and linguist Noam Chomsky speak. In this hour-long special, we air an excerpt of Chomsky's speech and his on-stage interview with Amy Goodman. | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: Today, a Democracy Now! special, an hour with Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned dissident and father of modern linguistics. In April, Noam Chomsky visited his hometown of Boston, where he was a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for more than half a century. He now teaches at the University of Arizona, Tucso…

CGTN America (2019-07-05). What's really happening in Sudan? cgtn.com On the latest episode of The Heat Podcast, guest host Mike Walter joins columnist and activist Azaz El Shami to discuss the uprisings in Sudan and the road toward peace.

Staff (2019-07-05). Wall Street Beware: The Public Banking Movement Is Coming for You. truthout.org It may not come as a surprise to hear that the majority of Americans don't trust the banking system in this country. Only 27 percent of those surveyed in a 2016 Gallup poll said they had "a great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in the institution — less than half of the record high set in 1979. And the lack of trust is spread relatively evenly across the political spectrum — it's not just liberals or those on the left: Almost everyone is fed up with the banks. | And if banking institutions don't…

DLI (2019-07-05). Another Whitewashed Trial of War Crimes by USA Invader. indybay.org The latest acquittal (except for an "unauthorized posing of a photo of a prisoner" charge) of a Navy SEAL is another case of Imperialist impunity of war crimes in America's global "War on Terror." Special Op. Chief Edward Gallagher was cleared of all other far more serious charges, including one for killing an injured teenage ISIS fighter in Iraq in 2017. He was released without having to serve any more time, since his sentence of 4 months for the "photo posing" charge has been offset by his pretrial detention. Apparently, this is a prime example of "victor's justice" in America's long history of overseas Imperia…

susan_p (2019-07-05). Brazil: Millions strike against Bolsonaro's pension reforms. greenleft.org.au The streets answered with a resounding "no" to Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro's pension reform proposition, to his intentions of restraining rights, and to the continuity of attacks against the people since former president Michel Temer's coup d'etat in 2016. | The protests, part of a general strike called by national union organisations, mobilised millions of people in 360 cities from north to south, across 26 states and the Federal district. | The general strike on June 14 developed out of the unified struggle of national unions, popular movements and progressive sectors fighting for public education and ag…

Staff (2019-07-05). Anti-Trump 4th of July Protest in DC Features 'Baby Trump' Blimp. therealnews.com The peace group CodePink organized a protest on the Washington DC Mall, just prior to Trump's militarized Independence Day extravaganza. The protest featured the 'Baby Trump' balloon from London, many speakers, and a reading of Frederick Douglass' speech, "What To The Slave Is The 4th Of July?"

CGTN Africa (2019-07-05). Kenya-South Sudan highway rolling toward 2020 completion. cgtn.com File photo shows road construction equipment during their inspection in Juba, capital of South Sudan. (Xinhua/Denis Elamu) | Chinese contractors are on course to complete the Kenya-South Sudan highway in 2020, a Kenyan official said on Wednesday. | Julius Korir, principal secretary in Kenya's Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development told Xinhua in Nairobi that three Chinese contractors won the tender to upgrade about 248 km of road to bitumen standards on the Kenyan section of the road that links to South Sudan. | "So far the project is about 30 percent complete and we expect the road…

David Ochieng Mbewa (2019-07-05). AU congratulates Sudan's military, protesters on agreement. cgtn.com FILE PHOTO: African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat attends the closing session of the 32nd Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Summit held at African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. | (Photo by Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) | The African Union congratulated the Sudan Transitional Military Council and a coalition of opposition and protest groups after both parties reached an agreement towards a democratic transition and civilian rule in Sudan. | In a statement, the African Union Commission chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat reiterated the AU's commitmen…

susan_p (2019-07-05). Venezuela: Amid crisis and sanctions, LGBTI activists continue to demand change. greenleft.org.au One of the sectors hardest hit by Venezuela's economic crisis is the nation's LGBTI community. Lacking access to life-saving medicines and denied certain rights, activists say there is still much to be done within the revolution. | A recent report by the Washington-based Centre for Economic and Policy Research found that there are more than 300,000 people at risk of death in Venezuela due to a lack of access to medicines or treatment. This includes about 80,000 people living with HIV, many of whom are LGBTI or sexual and gender diverse — the term commonly used in Venezuela. | United States sanctions ha…

CGTN Africa (2019-07-05). Somalia severs diplomatic ties with Guinea. cgtn.com Somalia said Thursday that it has severed all diplomatic ties with Guinea. | The announcement was made by Foreign Minister Ahmed Isse Awad, who also cautioned other countries against violating the sovereignty and unity of Somalia. | Foreign Minister Ahmed Isse Awad | In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the federal government of Somalia has decided to cut diplomatic relations with the Republic of Guinea. | "The decision comes after Guinea accorded the protocol of a head of state in Conakry, Guinea to the leader of a separatist movement in Somaliland in northern Somalia, callously disregarding all…

United Nations (2019-07-05). Six children among 53 confirmed fatalities after Libya detention centre airstrikes. un.org The toll from Tuesday's reported airstrikes on a detention centre in the suburbs of Tripoli has risen to 53 dead and more than 130 injured among the "severely traumatized" surviving migrants and refugees, UN aid agencies said on Friday, reiterating their appeal to close all such facilities in the embattled country.

plenglish (2019-07-05). Venezuelan Human Rights Network regrets UN discriminatory report. plenglish.com Caracas, July 5 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan Human Rights Network regretted the discriminatory content of the report of the high commissioner of the United Nations Organization, Michelle Bachelet.

Richard Moser (2019-07-05). Doubling Down: The Military, Big Bankers and Big Oil Are Not In Climate Denial, They Are in Control and Plan to Keep It That Way. counterpunch.org The military-corporate management of the climate crisis will undoubtedly follow the same principles that created the crisis: the costs of pollution, adaptation, endless growth and war won't appear in the corporate ledger. Military budgets will only grow larger. The costs will be "externalized" and paid by the suffering of everyday people. More

Ajamu Baraka (2019-07-05). U.S. Militarism and the One-Sided Class War. counterpunch.org Despite capitalism's internal contradictions, it can sustain itself in various forms — even fascism is a capitalist construct — as long as the bourgeois class is a "class for itself" and the working class is subjectively reduced to non-existence as a political force because of its lack of class consciousness. The various methods with which More

Rob Urie (2019-07-05). Born on the 5th of July. counterpunch.org The unifying factor behind environmental decline, an extractive health care system, mind-numbing work for poverty wages, perpetual wars and increasingly intrusive and assertive commercial relations, is capitalism. Of course, the term is an abstraction, shorthand for a belief system used to explain and organize social relations. Its history is of brutality, pillage and genocide explained by its perpetrators as laying the ground for some imagined future civility. More

CP Editor (2019-07-05). Cass McCombs — Sleeping Volcanoes. counterpunch.org

Jonathan Cook (2019-07-05). The Plot to Keep Jeremy Corbyn Out of Power. counterpunch.org In the latest of the interminable media "furores" about Jeremy Corbyn's supposed unfitness to lead Britain's Labour party — let alone become prime minister — it is easy to forget where we were shortly before he won the support of an overwhelming majority of Labour members to head the party. In the preceding two years, More

Bill Blum (2019-07-05). Ten Questions for Robert Mueller. truthdig.com After weeks of dithering, the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees have subpoenaed Robert Mueller to testify July 17 about his investigation into Russia's election interference and possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump. Mueller has reluctantly agreed to honor the subpoenas. He will testify publicly in front of both committees, back-to-back, before continuing in closed sessions. | Here are 10 questions I would ask if given the opportunity. They are grouped by category, together with the rationales be…

pip.hinman (2019-07-05). Labor votes for Coalition's billions in tax cuts for the rich. greenleft.org.au It is an image that captured Labor's class betrayal on July 3, the first day of the new federal parliament. | A division had been called in the House of Representatives over the Coalition government's bill for huge tax cuts, which will disproportionately benefit the rich, erode progressive income tax by making marginal tax rates flatter, and force more cuts to public health, education and welfare. | On one side sat the sole Greens MP Adam Bandt and independent MP Andrew Wilkie. On the other, Labor and Coalition MPs. | The tax cuts then passed through the Senate the following day, with only Greens senators voting…

CGTN Africa (2019-07-05). South Sudan partners with UNIDO to boost food security. cgtn.com South Sudan in partnership with UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) on Friday launched an agro-processing and entrepreneurship development skills project to promote food security and economic growth in the country. | Mou Mou Athian, undersecretary in South Sudan's Ministry of Trade, Industry and East Africa Community Affairs said the project which will take a year, is expected to boost food and nutritional security among communities displaced by civil strife. | "Our people are going to be trained in agro-processing and entrepreneurship, development skills. Skills is the word here and whatever the skill…

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