2019-07-07: News Headlines

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-07-07). Increasing Pressure on Europe to Salvage Nuclear Deal, Iran Announces Plans to Exceed Uranium Enrichment Cap. commondreams.org Iran increased pressure on European leaders to provide relief from crippling economic sanctions and salvage the 2015 nuclear deal with an announcement Sunday that the Middle Eastern country is set to exceed the pact's uranium enrichment cap. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Ricardo Vaz (2019-07-07). Venezuelan Government Slams 'Biased' UN Human Rights Report. venezuelanalysis.com Despite recognizing the negative impact of US sanctions, the report contains no recommendation for the measures to be lifted.

Staff (2019-07-07). How the Sanctions Harm My Iranian-American Family. truthdig.com "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, his wedding band, and some cash. Perhaps the only thing left untouched was the grand, ornate Persian rug in their living room. | My grandfather had left the house for 10 minutes for afternoon prayers at the mosque. Now, he swears to never leave his home unattended again. He…

Staff (2019-07-07). Iran Steps Further From Nuke Deal, Adding Pressure on Europe. truthdig.com The nation calls for a diplomatic solution to a crisis that began a year ago when President Trump unilaterally withdrew from the 2015 accord.

Trevor Aaronson (2019-07-07). FBI's Leniency Toward Border Vigilante Contrasts With Harsh Treatment of "Black Identity Extremist" theintercept.com While militia leader Larry Hopkins remained free to terrorize immigrants, Christopher Daniels was jailed for months, losing his home and his job.

RT (2019-07-07). Billionaire Epstein arrested on child sex trafficking charges, faces 45 years in prison — report. rt.com Financier Jeffrey Epstein has been arrested in New York for alleged years of sex trafficking underage girls. It comes more than a decade after he struck a plea deal with prosecution.

Philip Alston (2019-07-07). US Can't Ignore That Climate Crisis Will Force 120 Million People Into Poverty. commondreams.org Climate change is making headlines this summer with record temperatures, devastating floods, and climate-related migration. But in the U.S., mainstream discussions about climate change are remarkably out of touch with the scale of the crisis and the economic and social upheaval it will bring. Political leaders have failed to put forward a vision for avoiding catastrophic consequences or protecting those most affected.

teleSUR (2019-07-07). 7.1 Magnitude Quake Hits Indonesia, Tsunami Warning Issued. telesurenglish.net A 7.1 magnitude quake struck off the northeastern coast of Indonesia's Sulawesi island late on Sunday, prompting authorities to issue a tsunami warning. | RELATED: | Indonesia's Mount Agung Volcano Grounds Flights After Splurting 4,600-Meter Ash Cloud | The quake struck out at sea at a depth of 10 kilometers according to Indonesia's geophysics agency. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) put the magnitude at 6.9. There were no immediate reports of cas…

Staff (2019-07-07). Israel Is Disappearing the Proof That It Oppresses Palestinians. truthdig.com Hagar Shezaf at the Israeli newspaper of record, Haaretz ["The Land"], reveals that a secretive Israeli agency has been systematically going through the country's archives, including local repositories, and removing and classifying documents having to do with repressive and embarrassing Israeli actions toward Palestinians and Palestinian-Israelis. | One such disappeared document from 1948, a second copy of which nevertheless was located by Israeli researchers, estim…

RT (2019-07-07). Woman sues fertility clinic after giving birth to SOMEONE ELSE'S babies. rt.com An Asian-American couple who enlisted a pricey fertility clinic to help them have children is taking legal action, after the woman ultimately gave birth to twins that were not genetically related to her or her husband.

Repost, Democracy Now! (2019-07-07). Japanese American Internment Survivors Protest Plan to Jail Migrant Kids at Prison Camp. indybay.org Japanese Americans, including at least one from San Francisco, demonstrated at Ft. Sill in Oklahoma on June 22, one day after President Trump directed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to conduct a mass roundup of migrant families that have received deportation orders. They were met by uniformed military police who told them they did not have permission to congregate and might face arrest. "You need to move right now!" one of the officers shouted. "What don't you understand? It's English: Get out."

Staff (2019-07-07). We Have the Money to Fix Our Food System. truthout.org Poverty is expensive, but fixing it doesn't have to be — at least not compared to the status quo. | The Institute for Policy Studies and the Poor People's Campaign recently released a Moral Budget, and it's a veritable treasure trove of illuminating data proving that point. | They propose we could easily cut $350 billion from the annual military budget —…

plenglish (2019-07-07). Bolivian Exports Exceed Three Billion Dollars. plenglish.com 07 de julio de 2019, 00: 20La Paz, July 7 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia"s exports exceed three billion dollars, with an outstanding participation of the manufacture, hydrocarbons, mining and agriculture sectors.

Staff (2019-07-07). Sanctuary Leaders Fight Back Against ICE's "Psychological Violence" and Fines. truthout.org Ivan Ramirez, a 13-year-old Guatemalan asylum seeker, says he can't remember a time in his life when he felt free. Now that the federal government intends to fine his mother more than $300,000, he worries that whatever semblance of safety they have in sanctuary is being threatened. | Ivan and his mother Hilda Ramirez came to the United States fleeing familial violence in 2014. Since then, they have been "under attack" by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the elder Ramirez said. They were detained together for almost a year after first arriving in the United States. Since their release from detention,…

Staff (2019-07-07). More Details Emerge About Horrible Conditions at Immigration Detention Centers. therealnews.com A DHS Inspector General report and a visit by members of Congress to detention centers, the inhumane conditions become clearer and spark more outrage…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-07-07). 'Staggering' UN Warning That Climate Crisis Disasters Now Occur Weekly Provokes Calls for Action. commondreams.org A "staggering" new warning from a top United Nations official that climate crisis-related disasters are now occuring at the rate of one per week, with developing nations dispropotunately at risk, provoked calls for immediate global action to combat the human-caused climate emergency. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-07-07). Suicide as Corporate Murder: France Télécom on Trial. truthout.org On June 27, a jury at a criminal court in Paris, France, heard testimony from Noémie Louvradoux, the daughter of Rémy Louvradoux, a 56-year-old management controller and father of four. Noémie's father killed himself by self-immolation outside the office block where he worked in the Mérignac suburb near Bordeaux, France, on the morning of April 26, 2011. | Noémie Louvradoux's testimony is part of the last of 39 cases that have been presented…

Mehdi Hasan (2019-07-07). Nancy Pelosi Has Chosen Her War, and it's With Her Own Party's Future. theintercept.com It is time for liberals and leftists who lambast Mitch McConnell to admit to themselves that the hippie-punching Pelosi has become a Trump enabler too.

Staff (2019-07-07). Bolsonaro Came to Power in Brazil Through Election Fraud. truthout.org Janine Jackson: "In Brazil, a nerdy judge is a superstar," declared the Washington Post in December of 2015. The glowing profile was of then-Judge Sérgio Moro, overseeing the trials of those caught in the enormous Lava Jato, or Car Wash, anti-corruption campaign—that,…

plenglish (2019-07-07). DPRK Criticizes Japan's Efforts to Keep Sanctions. plenglish.com Pyongyang, July 7 (Prensa Latina) The Democratic People"s Republic of Korea (DPRK) criticized on Sunday that Japan continues insisting on keeping sanctions and pressure against it, ignoring the unprecedented atmosphere of reconciliation and peace that the peninsula is experiencing.

Staff (2019-07-07). Future Resource Wars. therealnews.com The fantasy of the USA becoming the first global empire in history quickly dissolved in the wake of the Iraq war. Pepe Escobar and Eddie Conway discuss the coming nexus of global competition and climate change…

DLI (2019-07-07). 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…

RT (2019-07-07). Friend of the Clintons or Trump's pal? Media war erupts after Epstein's arrest. rt.com Billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein's arrest on fresh sex trafficking charges has ignited a media war, with outlets on each side of the spectrum rushing to tie their political opponents to the notorious pedophile. |

Anya Parampil (2019-07-06). 'Weaponizing human rights': UN chief Bachelet's Venezuela report follows US regime change script. thegrayzone.com Former UN special rapporteur Alfred de Zayas slams UN High Commissioner Bachelet's report on Venezuela as a politicized collection of…

Maximillian Alvarez & William Lopez (2019-07-06). Trump Wants to Transform Immigrant Communities Into a Permanent, Hyper-Exploited Underclass. commondreams.org When the president announced in an ominous tweet two weeks ago that mass immigration raids targeting "millions of illegal aliens" around the country were imminent, those who would suffer the worst did not have the luxury of wondering whether or not he was bluffing. Days later, the worst fears of many were seemingly confirmed.

Stephen Lendman (2019-07-06). US Economic and Military Terrorism. globalresearch.ca Sanctions and tariffs are favored economic US weapons of war by other means, especially the former. They're used to inflict economic pain and collective punishment. | The Vienna-based International Progress Organization calls sanctions "an illegitimate form of collective punishment of the …

South Front (2019-07-06). Video: British Marines Seized Iranian Oil Tanker. globalresearch.ca On July 4, a detachment of Royal Marines and the authorities in Gibraltar seized a supertanker suspected of carrying oil to Syria on the belief it was breaching EU sanctions. 30 Royal Marines from 42 Commando were involved in the …

Ben Armbruster (2019-07-06). Media Falsely Portrays Iran's Nuclear Deal Breach as Dash to Bomb. commondreams.org The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)—the U.N. nuclear watchdog tasked with vigorously monitoring Iran's nuclear program under the 2015 accord—confirmed this week that Iran exceeded the limit on its supply of low-enriched uranium (LEU). Unfortunately, with a few notable exceptions, reporting from many in the media on this development wasn't great.

Timothy Alexander Guzman (2019-07-06). Why a War Against Iran Will be the "Nail in a Coffin" for U.S. Hegemony in the Middle East. globalresearch.ca President Donald Trump was recently interviewed on Fox Business and was asked about Iran's President Hassan Rouhani's statement calling the White House "Mentally Retarded" and if the U.S. was going to have a war against Iran and he said …

Steven Sahiounie (2019-07-06). Trump Orders More Suffering on Syrian Civilians. US-EU Supported Terrorists' Control of Oil and Gas Wells. globalresearch.ca More suffering has been ordered up by the US President Trump for innocent Syrian civilians. The end of the war was in sight, and they could begin to rebuild their lives, but the US has ordered their only source of …

Stephen Lendman (2019-07-06). Iran Calls UK Seizure of Its Oil Tanker "Maritime Piracy" globalresearch.ca Throughout…

WSWS (2019-07-06). Royal Marines seize Iranian tanker under orders from US. wsws.org Britain's seizure of an Iranian supertanker carrying 2 million barrels of oil is an act of piracy and a major escalation in tensions that threaten to spiral out of control.

Jason Ditz (2019-07-06). Spain Says Iranian Oil Tanker Was Seized by Britain at US Request. theantimedia.com Analysts expressed surprise at the unusually aggressive move against a commercial oil tanker.

WSWS (2019-07-06). Madrid threatens migrant rescue ship with massive fines. wsws.org Spain's social-democratic government has warned it will impose hundreds of thousands of euros in fines on vessels for rescuing refugees in the Mediterranean.

teleSUR (2019-07-06). Italy: Second Ship Violates Salvini's Anti-Migrant Legislation. telesurenglish.net Forty-one migrants docked on Italian shores Saturday in a second outright violation of the exclusionary legislation instituted by far-right Interior Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini. | RELATED: | German Sea-Watch Captain To Sue Italy's Salvini for Hate Speech | Flying the Italian flag, 'Alex' landed in the Lampedusa port where members of the national police were waiting. After a difficult two days of awaiting permission to enter the dock, the Alex crew was able…

DHYAPV (2019-07-06). We're the Afghan Peace Volunteers in Kabul, And We Have Three Dreams. commondreams.org Our three dreams are about reuniting with nature and 7.7 billion other human beings…

teleSUR (2019-07-06). Salvadoran Court Acquits Ex-Presidents of Laundering Allegation. telesurenglish.net Two Salvadoran ex-presidents were acquitted by the Second Criminal Chamber Saturday of allegations for siphoning funds from a US$10 million donation from Taiwan to El Salvador between 2003 and 2004. | RELATED: | Entrepreneur Nayib Bukele Assumes Presidency of El Salvador | "The Second Chamber of Criminal Matters decided to annul the judicial process that began on March 1 in the Second Court of Peace in the case of funds donated to the country by Taiwan in which presidents Elias A…

Roger D. Harris (2019-07-06). Venezuela Building Socialism in the Midst of a War. dissidentvoice.org "Venezuela," Daniela Rodríguez explained, "is building socialism in the midst of a war." According to Rodríguez, "the U.S. is using new tools of warfare trying to subjugate, dominate, and push back socialism not only in Venezuela but in any part of the world." Nevertheless, she added, "we are learning new ways to defend humanity." A …

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…

Stephen Lendman (2019-07-06). Spiralling Health Costs: Trump's Executive Order in the Works on Lowering Drug Prices? globalresearch.ca Since taking office, Trump reneged on his pledge to lower unacceptably high drug prices time and again. | More on this below and a reported White House executive order in the works on this issue. | The cost of healthcare in the …

Amy Goodman (2019-07-06). An hour with Noam Chomsky on fascism, nuclear weapons, climate change, Julian Assange & more. nationofchange.org "They're things like climate change, like global warming, like the Nuclear Posture Review, deregulation. These are real issues. But the Democrats aren't going after those."

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). US: Mysterious Explosion in Florida Mall Injures 21. telesurenglish.net Police are investigating the scene at a Florida shopping center after an explosion in Plantation injured 21 people, two critically, Saturday. | RELATED: | 'Rape List' Found in US Submarine Targeted Female Sailors Aboard | Video footage showed the force of the blast blew out several windows at an 'L.A. Fitness' gym, sending patrons running for the exits. | Firefighters foun…

Ruth Milka (2019-07-06). Judges are complicit in the opioid epidemic says new analysis. nationofchange.org Big Pharma is notorious for their role in the opioid epidemic that has killed more than half a million Americans. But according to a new analysis, judges have played a major contributing role as well. | An analysis of U.S. court secrecy, conducted by Reuters, shows that by sealing evidence from the public, judges may have lengthened and deepened the epidemic. | In 2001 the first lawsuit filed by a state against a Big Pharma company that manufactured OxyContin began. West Virginia brought the suit against Purdue Pharma LP, accusing them of minimizing the drug's risks and telling doctors that it was less addicti…

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'.

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 …

teleSUR (2019-07-06). Bolsonaro Shuts Down Radio MEC, Brazil's Oldest Station. telesurenglish.net The historic "Music, Education and Culture"(MEC) Radio, Brazil's first radio station which was founded in 1923 and donated to the federal government in 1936, was shut down by the Brazilian Communications Broadcaster (EBC), as part of the changes made by right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro. | RELATED: | Lily Allen Dedicates Her Song 'F*ck You' to Jair Bolsonaro | "In its crusade against culture in the country, the Bolsonaro administration extinguishes Radio MEC… the radio of classica…

Alexander Zaitchik (2019-07-06). As Brazil's Bolsonaro Wages War on the Amazon, Rainforest Communities Battle Climate Emergency. commondreams.org The catastrophic loss of another fifth of Brazil's rainforest could happen within one generation. It's happened before. It's happening now.< | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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…

Ajamu Baraka (2019-07-06). U.S. Militarism and the One-Sided Class War. globalresearch.ca While the Democratic presidential candidates rehearsed their anti-Trump lines for the debates, most of the Democrats in the Senate voted for Trump's record-breaking war spending bill. | "The lopsided vote indicates that Democrats have fully embraced this insane policy of first-strike."…

Juan Cole (2019-07-06). If Trump's Steampunk History of Revolutionary War Airbases Isn't Grounds for Impeachment, What Is? commondreams.org Trump's steampunk daydreams, broadcast as part of his white-nationalist Fascist Fourth of July campaign rally, signal more clearly than ever before the danger he poses to the Republic.

Bryan Wall (2019-07-06). A far-right YouTuber gets milkshaked during a livestream tirade against refugees. thecanary.co An Irish activist has ' milkshaked' a far-right YouTuber while livestreaming. The attack happened while he was delivering a tirade against refugees. | The YouTuber has also previously said the arrival of asylum seekers in Ireland represents a "war" on Irish people. | Targeting asylum seekers: | The target of the milkshake was Rowan Croft, AKA Grand Torino…

Prof Michael Hudson (2019-07-06). The IMF and World Bank: Partners in Economic Backwardness. globalresearch.ca Michael Hudson discusses his seminal work of 1972, Super Imperialism: The Economic Strategy of American Empire, a critique of how the US exploits foreign economies through IMF and World bank debt; difference between the IMF and World Bank; World Bank …

David William Pear (2019-07-06). US Imperialism from Manifest Destiny to the New American Century. dissidentvoice.org 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 Terror. They look into America's closet of historical secrets and expose them. They knock down …

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.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-07-06). Sparking Fires and Causing Injuries, Another Even Bigger Earthquake Rattles Southern California. commondreams.org Just a day after a massive earthquake struck Southern California, a 7.1-magnitude temblor rattled the region Friday night—reportedly "cracking buildings, setting fires, breaking roads, and causing several injuries," as well as eliciting warnings from seismologists that aftershocks could follow for days, weeks, or even years. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2019-07-06). American injustice: Trump and cronies protect a murderous US Navy SEAL. wsws.org In the months leading up to Edward Gallagher's acquittal, several members of his defense team were revealed to have close ties to the White House.

Craig Murray (2019-07-06). Britain's Persecution of Chagossians: Help Steven Leelah. globalresearch.ca With a callousness that defies belief, the British government continues to pursue and persecute Chagossians in pursuit of the genocide they initiated on the community in 1971. This blog has been campaigning for the Chagossians for over ten years, but …

Tony Cartalucci (2019-07-06). US Now Admits it is Funding "Occupy Central" in Hong Kong. globalresearch.ca This article first published almost five years ago on October 1, 2014 is of particular relevance to an understanding of recent developments in Hong Kong. | *** | Just as the US admitted shortly after the so-called "Arab Spring" began spreading chaos …

Eric Zuesse (2019-07-06). Hypocrisies About Refugees. globalresearch.ca Here are two visuals from the latest annual U.N. report about the world's refugee situation, "UNHCR Global Trends 2018", and though these images don't pack the emotional punch of a child's corpse that has just been washed upon a …

Dr. Jack Rasmus (2019-07-06). Is Deutsche Bank the Next 'Lehman Brothers'? globalresearch.ca Europe's biggest investment bank, Deutsche bank, is in big trouble. This Sunday it will announce a major restructuring. It's also a harbinger of a bigger problem with European banks in general, which are loaded with trillions of euros in non-performing …

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 …

Andrew Korybko (2019-07-06). Turkey's 'Middle Corridor' Looking to Integrate with China's 'Belt and Road' (BRI). globalresearch.ca The visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to China on July 2 carries with it high hopes that progress will be made on integrating his country's "Middle Corridor" with BRI. The "Middle Corridor" is Turkey's vision of connecting with …

Edward Curtin (2019-07-06). Much Ado About Nothing: Asking Who Won the Political Debates. dissidentvoice.org 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 can be accepted once and for all? The "debates" are farces, total theater, as are …

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2019-07-06). Obama: Front Man for Washington's Imperialism. globalresearch.ca Clarity Press is a good publisher for authors willing to provide real information in place of the officially sanctioned controlled explanations of our time. A current example is Jeremy Kuzmarov's assessment of Obama, Obama's Unending Wars. The forty-fourth president …

Andrew Emett (2019-07-06). Elizabeth Warren urges former FDA head to resign from Pfizer. nationofchange.org In a recent letter to former U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, Sen. Elizabeth Warren called on him to immediately resign from his position on Pfizer's board of directors. In the letter, Sen. Warren warned Gottlieb that "this kind of revolving door influence-peddling smacks of corruption." | Serving as FDA Commissioner from May 11, 2017 to April 5, 2019, Gottlieb was later elected to Pfizer's board of directors in June. Gottlieb was also appointed to the Regulatory and Compliance Committee and the Science…

Nino Pagliccia (2019-07-06). UN Report on Human Rights in Venezuela Faulty by Design. globalresearch.ca Following Michelle Bachelet visit to Venezuela last June, the official report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) on the situation of human rights in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela was released on July 4, a day …

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?

Dean Baker (2019-07-06). Job growth bounces back in June, but unemployment edges upward. nationofchange.org The annualized rate of wage growth in the second quarter was just 2.7 percent. | 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 edge…

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, …

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…

Tyler Durden (2019-07-05). Iran Threatens Seizure of UK Oil Tanker if Iranian Oil Tanker Not Released. theantimedia.com (ZH) — Iran has called for the "immediate release" of its oil tanker after British Royal Marines boarded and seized it off Gibraltar a day ago after it took a long 90-day trek around the tip of Africa, presumably to evade sanctions enforcement en route to Syria. Authorities had accused the Grace 1 supertanker of illegal smuggling …

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

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…

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

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"…

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.

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

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 …

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.

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.

Glenn Greenwald (2019-07-05). Scandal for Bolsonaro's Justice Minister Sergio Moro Grows as the Intercept Partners With Brazil's Largest Magazine For New Exposé. theintercept.com On June 9, the Intercept began reporting a series of exposés about unethical and corrupt behavior by then-judge Sergio Moro, now the powerful Justice Minister for President Jair Bolsonaro, based on a massive archive of secret documents provided to us by an anonymous source. As the Guardian reported on Wednesday regarding retaliatory investigations launched by Moro's Federal Police against us in an at…

The Canary (2019-07-05). Far-right terrorist who set fire to synagogue locked up in hospital indefinitely. thecanary.co A far-right terrorist who was engulfed in a ball of flames when he set fire to a historic synagogue on a day commemorating the Holocaust has been locked up in hospital indefinitely."Deep-rooted" antisemitism: Hospital X-Ray technician and self-styled folk singer Tristan Morgan, 52, was spotted walking away carrying a petrol can and laughing as smoke spewed from the 18th-century synagogue in Exeter on 21 July last year.Afterwards, CCTV was recovered showing Morgan being burned as he set light to the synagogue through a smashed window.The defendant, from Exeter in Devon, admitted arson with intent to endange…

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

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…

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

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

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. | During his July 4th speech, President Donald Trump says American forces "took over the airports" during the US War of Independence in the late 18th century. | Planes were not used in warfare until the 20th century. pic.twitter.com/pxhYVdfGz4 | [mdas…

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…

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 …

Yves Engler (2019-07-05). Canada's Justin Trudeau's Anti-Palestinism. dissidentvoice.org 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 eighth Palestinian organization was added and the International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy (IRFAN) …

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

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