2019-07-08: News Headlines

Peter Koenig (2019-07-08). Venezuela — The Bachelet "Human Rights Lie" globalresearch.ca "American sanctions are deliberately aiming to wreck Venezuela's economy and thereby lead to regime change. It's a fruitless, heartless, illegal, and failed policy, causing grave harm to the Venezuelan people."

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-07-08). A Major Conventional War against Iran is an Impossibility. Crisis within the US Command Structure. globalresearch.ca In this article, we examine America's war strategies, including its ability to launch an all out theater war against the Islamic Republic on Iran. | A followup article will focus on the History of US War Plans against Iran as well …

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2019-07-08). Stop Immigrant Arrests, Close The Camps, Transform Immigration Policy. dissidentvoice.org Protesters stand up to Trump's attacks on immigrants in Los Angeles (Molly Adams|flickr). Public awareness of the brutal repression against immigrants seeking entry to the United States, the reasons for their migration, and terrorism against immigrants living in the US are reaching levels that make them hard to ignore. The current immigration crisis is self-created …

Staff (2019-07-08). Thousands of U.S. Citizens Have Been Mistakenly Detained or Deported. truthdig.com We are law professors who have studied civil litigation involving citizenship disputes and thousands of cases involving citizens caught up in immigration cases. | That includes the U.S. citizens who have been accidentally swept up in the government's immigration enforcement efforts since the mid-19th century. In many cases, they have been det…

Eilís O'Neill (2019-07-08). 'It's a Terrible Existence': The Crisis of Emergency Dialysis Care for Undocumented Immigrants. thenation.com 'It's a Terrible Existence': The Crisis of Emergency Dialysis Care for Undocumented Immigrants…

teleSUR (2019-07-08). ICE Used Driver License Photos For Facial Recognition Searches. telesurenglish.net The United States (U.S.) Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have used facial recognition technology to analyze millions of driver's license databases without any permission in order to get information to hunt migrants, according to documents obtained by privacy experts at the Georgetown University Law Center. | RELATED: | Decorated US-Born Marine Veteran Wrongfully Detained By ICE For Deportation | "Thousands of fac…

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-07-08). Cheated by the JCPOA, Iran No Longer Trusts Europe and Is Heading towards Full Withdrawal. globalresearch.ca For more than 14 months now, Europe has offered no solution to ease the crippling US sanctions on Iran, giving the "Islamic Republic" no valid reason to hold on the JCPOA nuclear deal. The Leader of the Revolution Sayyed Ali …

teleSUR (2019-07-08). Iranian DM Says UK's Seizure of Tanker was 'Maritime Robbery'. telesurenglish.net Iran is not looking for war with any country, Iranian army chief Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi said on Monday, according to the semi-official Mehr news agency. | RELATED: | Iran To Enrich Uranium Beyond Permitted Amount Within 'Hours' | Tensions have spiked between Iran and the United States after the Islamic Republic shot down an American drone last month. | Iranian officials have said the drone was in their airspace while Washington has said the drone was flyin…

Arabi Souri (2019-07-08). Nobody Is Talking About the Sanctions Against Syria! globalresearch.ca In the news: The smart US regime discovered an oil shipment heading from Iran to Syria and ordered their British ever-loyal servants to steal a large Iranian oil tanker carrying oil to Syria and crossing half of the world …

The Saker (2019-07-08). Debunking the Rumors about Russia Caving in to Israel. dissidentvoice.org ‚Ä¢ Author's Note: This analysis was written for the Unz Review ***** This Spring saw a sudden increase in the volume of articles in the so-called "alternative media and blogosphere" about Putin "selling out" Syria or Iran to the Israelis and their US patrons, or both. What was particularly interesting about this campaign is that …

Stephen Lendman (2019-07-08). US and Europe to Iran: Do as We Say, Not as We Do — Or Else! globalresearch.ca The US considers itself master of the universe, demanding submissiveness from all other nations. | Its bipartisan ruling authorities tolerate no independent states or social democracies like Venezuela, no military or economic superpowers like Russia and China respectively — what hegemonic …

Kurt Nimmo (2019-07-08). Netanyahu Compares Iranian Uranium Enrichment to Nazi Invasion of the Rhineland. globalresearch.ca The prime minister of Israel would have the people of Europe believe Iran's recent decision to increase uranium enrichment—currently at a paltry 3.67 percent—is comparable to the German army marching into the Rhineland in March 1936. | . | . | Netanyahu: Iran's …

Staff (2019-07-08). Headlines for July 8, 2019. democracynow.org Trump & DOJ Reverse Stance, Will Keep Pushing for Citizenship Question in 2020 Census, Trump Admin Threatens It's Ready to Start Deporting Up to 1 Million People, ICE and FBI Have Used Facial Recognition Technology to Mine DMV Databases, Trump: Migrants "Very Happy" with Situation in U.S. Migrant Jails, Iran Breaches Nuclear Deal Limits, Condemns U.K.'s Seizure of Oil Tanker, Sudanese Military Leaders and Opposition Agree to 3-Year Power-Sharing Deal, Greek Snap Elections Hand Victory to Conservative Party, U.S. Women's Team Wins Soccer World Cup, Shining a Spotlight on Gender Pay Disparity, State of Emergency De…

Mazda Majidi (2019-07-08). Peligro de guerra en Irán: la máquinaria de guerra de EE. UU. "Amartillada y cargada" liberationnews.org Una nueva guerra de agresión de Estados Unidos en el Medio Oriente apenas se ha sorteado.

WSWS (2019-07-08). Protest in New Zealand against US brutality towards refugees. wsws.org The July 4 rally outside the US embassy in Wellington demonstrated the growing international outrage at the Trump administration's concentration camps for migrants and refugees.

Barbara Nimri Aziz (2019-07-08). Abu Graib at Home in America. globalresearch.ca "This is not what America is about" argues a 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 (Propublica journalist who broke this story); …

teleSUR (2019-07-08). Venezuelan Delegation in Barbados for Dialogue With Opposition. telesurenglish.net A Venezuelan delegation arrived in Barbados on Monday to continue the process of peace dialogue with the opposition, which has been supported by the Government of Norway since last May 14. | RELATED: | Venezuelan Gov't and Opposition to Continue Negotiation Talks in Barbados | The sectoral vice president of Communication, Tourism and Culture, Jorge Rodríguez, through an official statement, disclosed on his Twitter account about the arrival of this group to the Caribbean nation to a…

teleSUR (2019-07-08). Chinese VP Says World Cannot Shut China Out. telesurenglish.net Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan took an indirect jab at the United States during his opening address to the World Peace Format Beijing's Tsinghua University. | RELATED: | 'Pacific Alliance' Reaches Out To Other Regional Trade Blocs | The Chinese Vice President pointed out the faults of the U.S. administration's pressure on China, while highlighting the fact that Beijing plays a critical role in the world's economic development. "China's development can't shut out the rest of the…

teleSUR (2019-07-08). Russian-Made S-400 Air Defense System is En Route to Turkey. telesurenglish.net Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Monday morning that Russia's S-400 air defense missiles are currently being prepared to be flown to Turkey. | RELATED: | Cuba, Turkey to Attend Venezuela's Transplant Patients | Speaking to reporters before leaving for Bosnia on Monday, Erdogan wouldn't say, however, when the Russian missile defense system would reach Turkey or where they will be deployed. | "The preparations for the journey, the loading (of the S-400) is continuing ..

Max Blumenthal (2019-07-08). 'We're worse than Venezuela!': Hondurans in US-backed regime speak out. thegrayzone.com Average Hondurans in the capital Tegucigalpa's central park tell Max Blumenthal their humanitarian crisis is much worse than Venezuela's. The…

Nina Cross (2019-07-08). Swedish Prosecutors: 'It's Not on the Cards' to Interview Assange — After Hanging Arrest Warrant Over Him for Seven Years. globalresearch.ca Swedish prosecutors have this week announced that for the time being they will not be issuing a European Investigation Order (EIO) to interview Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks. According to Sweden's Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Eva-Marie Persson,"…it …

Stephen Lendman (2019-07-08). USAID Anti-Russia Propaganda. globalresearch.ca Both right wings of the US war party consider nonbelligerent Russia an existential threat. | The CIA, National Endowment for Democracy (NED), International Republican Institute (IRI), National Democratic Institute, USAID, right-wing US think tanks, the CIA/AFL and other large labor unions, …

Andrew Levine (2019-07-08). Their Deplorables and Ours. counterpunch.org Hillary Clinton's "basket of deplorables" speech at a September 2016 fundraiser probably did her campaign more harm than she claims her favorite scapegoats, "the Russians" and James Comey, could ever have hoped to do. But what she said wasn't wrong; many a Trump supporter back then was deplorable by any and all reasonable standards. More

The Canary (2019-07-08). British Museum to help return ancient artefacts looted from Iraq and Afghanistan. thecanary.co Ancient artefacts that have been looted from Iraq and Afghanistan after recent conflicts and illegally exported to the UK will be returned to their country of origin.The British Museum is working with the UK Border Force and other government law enforcement agencies to help to return the seized items, which were brought there for analysis, conservation and cataloguing.Hartwig Fischer, director of the British Museum, said: War, conflict, climate change, globalisation, poverty and migration all play a part in the threats to cultural heritage. | The museum adopts a systematic approach, working with many colleagues ac…

Farooque Chowdhury (2019-07-08). Himalayan glaciers retreating fast: Cold War spy satellites helped find the fact. mronline.org Glacier melt in the Himalayas today is twice as fast as it was before 2000. With conditions remaining unchanged, the glaciers are likely to lose two-thirds of their total ice. | Source

Mark Taliano (2019-07-08). Offshoring and Industrial Relocation: Profits from Exploitation in Honduras. Transnational Companies are Impoverishing us All. globalresearch.ca Imperialists employ myriad strategies to "open the veins" of prey countries. Economic warfare is one such strategy. Prolonged and sustained economic warfare against long-suffering Honduras advances the tentacles of the Big Monopolies as it impoverishes and destroys Honduras. Transnational companies, …

Staff (2019-07-08). Climate Change Is Producing a Harrowing New Phenomenon. truthdig.com News slips in from here and there in the northern hemisphere of outlandish temperatures. Records have been set; thermometers seem to need recalibration. Relief comes from the drop of a few degrees and from rainfall. But this is momentary. People are aware that the weather is more and more erratic, the heat of the summer much more brutal. | It is true that Europe faced remarkable temperatures in June, but the month before South Asia was hit by a severe heat wave. This is not a freak situation. India's weather has been measured since the late 18th century. The records improved with the establishment of the Indian M…

Staff (2019-07-08). U.S. Women's Soccer Team Wins World Cup, Condemning Pay Discrimination and President Trump. democracynow.org The U.S. national women's soccer team made history by winning its record fourth World Cup after defeating the Netherlands 2 to 0 on Sunday in Lyon, France. The U.S. women's World Cup victory came just months after members of the 2015 women's team sued the U.S. Soccer Federation over gender discrimination. Following the victory, audience members began to chant "equal pay" in solidarity with the team's demands for an equal salary to their male counterparts. Prize money for this year's Women's World Cup is just $30 million compared to $400 million for the 2018 men's World Cup. Co-captain Megan Rapinoe was awarded th…

Jeet Heer (2019-07-08). 'Mad' Magazine Told the Truth About War, Advertising, and the Media. thenation.com 'Mad' Magazine Told the Truth About War, Advertising, and the Media…

WSWS (2019-07-08). Amazon's 25th anniversary: A conglomerate based on parasitism and exploitation. wsws.org The technology and infrastructure behind Amazon's meteoric trajectory and the biggest individual fortune in modern history must be turned towards the needs and aspirations of the world's population as a whole.

teleSUR (2019-07-08). Former Philippine Drug Czar on Killing of Baby: 'Sh*t Happens'. telesurenglish.net Former Philippine Police Chief and current Senator Ronald Dela Rosa said that "sh*t happens" defending the killing of a three-year-old who was shot dead in a province near Manila last week during a police anti-drug related operation. | RELATED: | Philippines Officially Out of International Criminal Court | "We live in an imperfect world," the former enforcer of President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs said, adding that "would a police officer want to shoot a child? Never, because t…

Chris Hedges (2019-07-08). War, Memory and Gettysburg. truthdig.com GETTYSBURG, Pa.—Over 50,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or reported missing here in July 1863, many of them dying in terrible agony on the battlefield or carted off to improvised hospitals where arms and legs were swiftly amputated and tossed into large heaps on the floor. Abysmal hygiene—surgeons would nonchalantly wipe the blood from their bone saws on their pus-stained smocks and move on to the next victim—caused infection, blood poisoning and gangrene. To buy time, regiments such as the 1st Minnesota were ordered into battle against superior forces and as a result were decimated within min…

WSWS (2019-07-08). Sri Lankan President signs four death warrants. wsws.org The signing of the death warrants comes at a time when the Sri Lankan ruling elite is turning towards more dictatorial forms of rule.

Norman Solomon (2019-07-08). Will Corporate Democrats Team Up to Block Warren and Sanders? truthdig.com Their relationship may be strained right now, but don't be surprised if Joe Biden and Kamala Harris ultimately decide to share a ticket.

Kenny Coyle (2019-07-08). Hong Kong protests erupt amidst U.S. trade war against China—Coincidence? peoplesworld.org Some on the left, who are instinctively skeptical of mainstream corporate media narratives of crises in the Middle East or Latin America, nonetheless consider these same media sources as essentially trustworthy when it comes to their coverage of China. The strategy of Western imperialist powers to portray China as a regional bully, serial oppressor of …

WSWS (2019-07-08). One year since the start of US trade war against China. wsws.org Under conditions of its relative economic decline, the US regards China's industrial and technological development as intolerable, and will use all methods necessary to prevent it.

WSWS (2019-07-08). Massive forest fire in Germany exposes deadly legacy of World War II. wsws.org The forest area near Làºbtheen is not the only one littered with old munitions: in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania alone, 38,000 hectares are contaminated with munitions.

Philip Giraldi (2019-07-08). A Secret Meeting to Plot War? globalresearch.ca On June 5, 16 heads of Jewish organizations joined 25 Democratic senators in a private meeting, which, according to the Times of Israel, is an annual event. All of the Jewish organizations but one were openly declared advocates for …

Eric Zuesse (2019-07-08). Why Trump Is Dead Wrong About the Census. globalresearch.ca U.S. President Donald Trump is trying to add to the U.S. Census a question as to whether the respondent is a U.S. citizen, but that would be illegal for him to do, at present, and not because the U.S. Supreme …

F. William Engdahl (2019-07-08). The Role of Debt and China's Shadow Banking System: Is Baoshang Bank China's Lehman Brothers? globalresearch.ca The surprise collapse of a small Inner-Mongolia Chinese bank, Baoshang, has suddenly focused attention on the fragility of the world's largest and largely opaque banking system. The timing is very bad, as China struggles with a sharp domestic economic slowdown.

Billy Briggs (2019-07-08). Export License System Lets 'Illegal' Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia Continue. globalresearch.ca Bombs and missiles will still be exported to Saudi Arabia under a secretive licensing system that means business as usual for defence firms despite a landmark ruling that UK arms sales are illegal. | In a judgement on 20 June at …

Dr. Jack Rasmus (2019-07-08). Is China's Debt Load the Locus of the Next Crisis? globalresearch.ca A reader of this blog recently noted the magnitude of the debt problem in China and argued it will be the locus of the next debt-financial crisis—not Europe. Making good points in support of his view, my reply follows arguing …

Firas Samuri (2019-07-08). Could Trump's Tricks Boost His Ratings and Settle the Syrian Conflict? globalresearch.ca Recently the U.S. President Donald Trump formally launched his 2020 re-election campaign in front of a large crowd in Orlando, Florida. The campaign is gaining momentum. We have already seen the celebrities and politicians speeches, preliminary ratings and even the …

Andrew Korybko (2019-07-08). The JCPOA Crisis Isn't About Nukes at All. Embedding US Strategic Influence Worldwide. globalresearch.ca The so-called "international community" can't proverbially "see the forest through the trees" and therefore fails to grasp the larger ambitions being pursued by the US through the JCPOA Crisis that it manufactured, which isn't about nukes at all actually but …

The New Arab (2019-07-08). US Call for German Troops in Syria Angers Berlin. globalresearch.ca Discord broke out in German Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition Sunday, after the United States urged the country to send ground troops to Syria as Washington looks to withdraw from the region. | "We want ground troops from Germany to …

teleSUR (2019-07-08). Italy Sentences 24 to Life for Operation Condor Disappearances. telesurenglish.net An Italian court in Rome sentenced 24 military personnel from Bolivia, Chile, Uruguay, and Peru to life imprisonment Monday for disappearing Italians during Operation Condor during which left-wing activists were hunted by military dictatorships in South America. | RELATED: | CIA Declassified Info: Europe Wanted Own 'Operation Condor' | The present ruling changed th…

Binoy Kampmark (2019-07-08). Going Nuclear in the Antipodes: Australia's Megadeath Complex. counterpunch.org The antipodes has had a fraught relationship with the nuclear option. At the distant ends of the earth, New Zealand took a stand against the death complex, assuming the forefront of restricting the deployment of nuclear assets in its proximity. This drove Australia bonkers with moral envy and strategic fury. The New Zealand Nuclear Free More

RT (2019-07-08). Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein charged with child sex trafficking and conspiracy. rt.com Federal prosecutors have charged financier Jeffrey Epstein with crimes related to sex trafficking of underage girls, more than a decade after he dodged similar charges with a plea deal. |

Staff (2019-07-08). Jeffrey Epstein, a Billionaire Friend of Presidents Trump & Clinton, Arrested for Sex Trafficking. democracynow.org Billionaire hedge fund manager Jeffrey Epstein, who has been accused of sexually assaulting underage girls for more than a decade, will appear in federal court today in Manhattan on sex trafficking charges. He was arrested on Saturday for allegedly running a sex trafficking operation by luring underage girls as young as 14 years old to his mansion in Manhattan. Epstein was previously accused of molesting and trafficking dozens of underage girls in Florida, but he ended up serving just 13 months in county jail after the U.S. prosecutor in Florida, Alexander Acosta, cut what's been described as "one of the most len…

RT (2019-07-08). Boston sailboat blasted with lightning in shocking VIDEO. rt.com A hair-raising video recorded on Saturday shows a sailboat in Boston Harbor getting lit up by a billion volts of electricity in a stunning example of 'right place, right time.'

Elliot Sperber (2019-07-08). The Ethics Lesson (or: To Kill a Shark). counterpunch.org The Ethics Lesson (or: To Kill a Shark) For some it's more important To make money, turn a profit, Than to kill a shark — to slice its fins off And toss it back into the water To drown, slowly, on the sea floor And, for some, it's more important That that shark should live More

Mike Garrity (2019-07-08). Conservation Groups Challenge Logging and Burning Project in Idaho Roadless Area. counterpunch.org The Caribou-Targhee National Forest just approved the Rowley Canyon Wildlife Enhancement Project that would cut and burn 1,666 acres of sagebrush, juniper, maple, and mountain mahogany trees with mechanized, track-based, mastication equipment. But nothing about this project even marginally enhances habitat for wildlife. If the Forest Service accurately labeled the project, it would have been More

Kollibri terre Sonnenblume (2019-07-08). Do We Need a Dictatorship to Respond to Climate Change? counterpunch.org Globally, June 2019 was the hottest June on record. Though it is tricky to attribute any particular event to anthropogenic climate change, scientists estimate that the likelihood of the month's extreme heat was made five times more likely by human contributions. This heat is no anomaly. The top ten hottest years on record globally have all More

Renee Parsons (2019-07-08). 5G Complexities and National Security. counterpunch.org 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 Commission. The details were thin with no real discussion on the need for 5G or More

Melvin Goodman (2019-07-08). The International Spy Museum in DC: Lies, Spies, and Paranoia. counterpunch.org The mainstream media have given rave notices to the new International Spy Museum, a striking edifice that is close by the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The New York Times finds the museum "remarkable," and the Washington Post credits the museum with taking an objective look at both intelligence analysis and clandestine operations. However, there are serious shortcomings in a curation that has given the entire intelligence community a remarkable and stunning recruitment tool. More

teleSUR (2019-07-08). Pompeo Launches Commission to Study Human Rights Role. telesurenglish.net U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday launched a panel to re-examine the role of human rights in U.S. foreign policy, drawing criticism from lawmakers and activists who said it was an attempt to minimize abortion and gay rights. | Pompeo named Harvard Law School professor Mary Ann Glendon, a former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, to head the Commission on Unalienable Rights. | Pompeo, who did not take questions from reporters, said international institutions built to protect human rights had drifted from their mission. | "As human rights claims have proliferated, some claims have come into tension wi…

San Jose Peace & Justice Center (2019-07-08). The Coming Renewable Energy Revolution. indybay.org San José Peace and Justice Center | 48 South 7th Street | San José, CA 95112 | Bus routes: 22, 522, 23, 11, 63, 64, 72, 73, 81, Hwy 17 Express, MST 55, Dash, LRT, 181…

Staff (2019-07-08). Elizabeth Warren Tops Sanders' Second Quarter With $19.1 Million Haul. truthdig.com The Massachusetts senator has more than tripled her fundraising total through March, cementing her status as a top contender in 2020.

CGTN Africa (2019-07-08). What next after the continental free trade area launch? cgtn.com Leaders from across Africa launched the operational phase of the biggest trade area, by members, in the world. | General view of conference room of the 35th Ordinary Session of the Executive Committee of the Meeting of the African Union at the Palais des Congres in Niamey, on July 5, 2019. — The launch of an African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) will be the focus of the two-day summit in the capital Niamey. (Photo by ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP) (Photo credit should read ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images) | Covering a population of 1.2 billion people, the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) aims to boost intra-Af…

Global Research News (2019-07-08). Selected Articles: UN Report on Human Rights in Venezuela Faulty by Design. globalresearch.ca A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer". | . | . | | | If, like us, this is …

Staff (2019-07-08). David Harvey: The Limits of Social Democracy and of the Welfare State (2/2). therealnews.com The main alternative to neoliberalism is the proposed renewal of social democracy, such as in the form of Bernie Sanders' proposals. But to move forward we need to discuss the limits of a welfare state that ultimately does not change class relations, says David Harvey…

Sarah Mukabana (2019-07-08). ICC convicts DR Congo's rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda of war crimes. cgtn.com Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda sits in the courtroom of the International Criminal Court (ICC) during the first day of his trial in the Hague, on September 2, 2015. The trial of former Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda opened at the International Criminal Court on Wednesday, where the ex-rebel dubbed "The Terminator" faces 18 charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Ntaganda, who surrendered to the US embassy in Kigali in 2013, stands accused of orchestrating hundreds of deaths in savage attacks in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as recruiting and raping child soldiers. (Photo credit MICHAEL…

Staff (2019-07-08). The Financial Industry Preys on 401(k) Fees. It Doesn't Have to Be This Way. truthout.org Many people studying retirement income have long warned about the risk to future retirees from the collapse of the traditional defined benefit pension. Middle-class workers have generally been able to enjoy reasonably comfortable retirements due to the income these defined pensions provided, in addition to their Social Security. | However, with defined benefit pensions rapidly disappearing, and Social Security benefits replacing a smaller share of income, the prospects for future retirees looks considerably worse. An increase in the percentage of health care costs not covered by Medicare also does not help.

CGTN Africa (2019-07-08). IGAD lauds integration of moderate Islamic group into Somali army. cgtn.com East African bloc, IGAD on Sunday welcomed the launch of an exercise to integrate forces of moderate Islamic group Ahlu Sunna Waljama'a (ASWJ) into Somali security forces. | IGAD Executive Secretary, Mahboub Maalim | Mahboub Maalim, executive secretary of Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), reaffirmed the bloc's support for the integration exercise and also the ongoing political dialogue and reconciliation in Galmudug State. | "The launch of the integration exercise marks an important milestone in the implementation of the Somalia security architecture and transition plan, which are essential to en…

Repost, Democracy Now! (2019-07-08). 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 (2019-07-08). Philadelphia Explosion Underscores Danger of Refineries Using Hydrogen Fluoride. truthout.org On Friday, July 12, the Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) refinery in south Philadelphia is slated to close its doors, marking the end of an era that began in 1866, one year after the Civil War ended, when 50,000 barrels of kerosene and chemicals were first stored on site. | The plant — which continued to struggle financially after emerging from bankruptcy in August 2018 — experienced a major industrial accident o…

Nino Pagliccia (2019-07-08). Faulty by Design: the UN Report on Human Rights in Venezuela. counterpunch.org 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 before initially scheduled. Judging by the quick review I made, the mainstream media is More

Ricardo Vaz (2019-07-08). Venezuelan Government Slams 'Biased' UN Human Rights Report. globalresearch.ca The Venezuelan government has disputed the findings of a report released by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). | Having seen the report in advance of its publication, Caracas issued a 70-point statement pointing towards …

Dr. Hakim Young (2019-07-08). In Afghanistan, We Have Three Dreams. counterpunch.org Dear fellow human beings, Some of us have wondered, "Are people today too disconnected and frantic to calm down, in order to solve global challenges together? Are we so polarized and self-absorbed that we cannot stop judging one another or insisting on our partisan ways?" In Kabul, our thoughts and feelings are diverse, complicated and More

John G. Russell (2019-07-08). When We See Him: Trump and the Central Park Five. counterpunch.org "People who shut their eyes to reality simply invite their own destruction, and anyone who insists on remaining in a state of innocence long after that innocence is dead turns himself into a monster." —James Baldwin, Notes of a Native Son "What has happened to the respect for authority, the fear of retribution by the More

Nick Pemberton (2019-07-08). Reparations for Millennials. counterpunch.org Let's begin by wishing everyone a wry, not sardonic, 4th of July! I've been waiting for Elizabeth Warren to collapse. When will people see she is an opportunist? Seriously. A Republican through the first Clinton term and a Clinton supporter just two years prior. Warren is running on Bernie Sanders' coattails from two years prior. More

CGTN Africa (2019-07-08). Ghana to donate $10 for AfCFTA secretariat operationalization. cgtn.com Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo | Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Sunday pledged to donate 10 million U.S. dollars to the African Union to support the operationalization of the secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). | The Assembly of Heads of State and Government of AU on Sunday selected Ghana as the host country for AfCFTA. | The decision was announced at the 12th AU Extraordinary Summit held in Niamey, Niger after Ghana beat off competition from the other six countries including Egypt and Ethiopia. | In his acceptance speech, the president thanked the A…

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…

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). 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.

teleSUR (2019-07-07). Venezuelan Gov't and Opposition to Continue Talks in Barbados. telesurenglish.net Norway's Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed on Sunday that representatives from both the Venezuelan government and the country's opposition have decided to continue the process of dialogue mediated by the Scandinavian nation. | RELATED: | President Maduro Ratifies Commitment to Dialogue in Norway | "Both parts will meet this week in Barbados to advance in the search of an agreed-upon and constitutional solution for the country. Negotiations will be carried out in a continuous and…

teleSUR (2019-07-07). Sudan to Establish Joint Civilian-Military Governing Body. telesurenglish.net Sudan's ruling military council reached an agreement with the leaders of the opposition on Friday, to establish a joint civilian-military governing body. | RELATED: | Sudan's Ruling Military Admits 'Outrageous' Acts on Protesters | As the country takes its first step toward a democratic transition, after months of political impasse. The body will supervise the formation of a transitional civilian administration that will rule for a three years period, which was the opposition's m…

teleSUR (2019-07-07). Two Guatemalan Indigenous Leaders Killed. telesurenglish.net Guatemalan Indigenous leaders Isidro Perez and Melecio Ramirez, members of the Committee of Campesino Development (CODECA), were killed on Friday by armed men in the village of Nuevo Eden in the eastern municipality of Livingston. | RELATED: | Colombia: Revered Social Leader and Activist Killed in Colombia | "These killings are added to the repression maintained against our organization by sectors of economic power and organized crime, supported by repressive forces of the Sta…

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. |

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…

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…

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). Ebola Outbreak in Congo an Emergency: UK Development Secretary. telesurenglish.net The United Kingdom's (U.K.) international development secretary, Rory Stewart, has called to declare Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) an emergency, after a two-day visit to the emergency health centers for Ebola virus victims in the northeastern cities of Butembo and Beni. | RELATED: | Political Games Hinder Efforts to End Ebola in Congo: WHO | "We are on the edge with this crisis. We keep pulling it back from the brink but it is very dangerous. The very…

The Canary (2019-07-07). Increase in workplace sex discrimination claims, study suggests. thecanary.co The number of sex discrimination claims by workers has increased by 69% to a five-year high, new research suggests. | More than 9,300 claims were made in the past year, with women increasingly likely to come forward since the start of the MeToo movement, said employment lawyers GQ Littler. | Moves by companies to tackle sex discrimination, such as banning alcohol at work-related events, or discouraging hugging, are not preventing claims being made, said the law firm. | Hannah Mahon of GQ Littler said: The increase in…

teleSUR (2019-07-07). Brazil Crowned After Defeating Peru in Copa America Final. telesurenglish.net Brazil won in home soil after 12 years of not lifting the Copa America trophy by beating Peru 3-1 in the final on Sunday at the legendary Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro. | RELATED: | US Wins 4th FIFA World Cup Amid Chants for 'Equal Pay' | The match was highly anticipated as the Brazilian national team had strolled through the first stages scoring 13 goals and finally only receiving one against by Peru in the final. While Peru, who had a rocky start, showed a high level of playing i…

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.

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.

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 occurring at the rate of one per week, with developing nations disproportionately 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). 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,…

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,…

Kiwanuka Lawrence Nsereko (2019-07-07). At Jesse Jackson U.S. Global Gathering, Honoree Bobi Wine Describes Gen. Museveni's Brutal Dictatorship. blackstarnews.com May the torch be with you. Civil and human rights veteran Rev. Jesse Jackson honors Bobi Wine and offers words of wisdom. | | The civil rights struggle continues with the resistance against tyrants around the world, Ugandan political and human rights leader Robert Sentamu Kyagulanyi, told a U.S. gathering while receiving an award from Rev. Jesse Jackson Jr., in Chicago. | | Kyagulanyi, musician-turned-leader, commonly known by his stage moniker Bobi Wine, spoke last week at the Rainbow Push coalition annual convention. He was recognized for standing up for civil rights in Uganda and was one of six honorees fr…

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 —…

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…

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.

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). 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…

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