2019-07-12: News Headlines

Staff (2019-07-13). House Passes Bill to Halt US Support for Yemen War, UAE Withdraws Troops. therealnews.com The war in Yemen could end, if U.S. and United Arab Emirates' support for Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen is truly over. However, the House NDAA bill still faces a major hurdle in the Senate. If those who want US military involvement to end pressure Congress, it can be done, says CodePink's Medea Benjamin…

teleSUR (2019-07-12). ICE to Launch Nationwide Raids to Arrest Undocumented Migrants. telesurenglish.net The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will carry out raids onJuly 14th to detain undocumented migrants in ten large cities, an operation which is expected to be focused mainly on those having final deportation orders. | RELATED: | Migrants Protest Against Bribe Requests by Mexican Officials | These raids were expecte…

Staff (2019-07-12). Know Your Rights: How Immigrant Rights Activists Are Preparing for Looming ICE Deportation Raids. democracynow.org Immigrant communities across the country and their allies are preparing for nationwide raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement planned to begin Sunday that will target undocumented members of immigrant families in at least nine major cities. The cities where raids will take place are said to be Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and San Francisco. New Orleans had been on the list, but the city announced this weekend that ICE was temporarily postponing the raids due to Tropical Storm Barry. We speak with a roundtable of immigrants' rights activists: Adelina Nicholls, th…

Staff (2019-07-12). Ousted Honduran President Zelaya: The 2009 U.S.-Backed Coup Helped Cause Today's Migrant Crisis. democracynow.org Since the 2009 U.S.-backed military coup in Honduras, extreme poverty and violence has skyrocketed in the country, forcing tens of thousands of Hondurans to flee to the U.S. with the hope of receiving political asylum. We speak with ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya in the capital of Tegucigalpa about the 10th anniversary of the coup in Honduras, U.S. intervention in Central America and its link to today's migration crisis.

Peter Koenig (2019-07-12). Iran vs. Spineless Europe. How far will US-western Threats Go? globalresearch.ca Iran announced the second step in reducing her commitment under the 2015 so-called Nuclear Deal, officially known as The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), by exceeding the limit set by agreement of 3.67% uranium enrichment and 300 kg of …

Roger D. Harris (2019-07-12). The Glaring Holes in Michelle Bachelet's Venezuela Human Rights Report. mintpressnews.com UN High Commissioner on Human Rights Michelle Bachelet's report on Venezuela echoes the US government's talking points, which are designed to terminate the two-decade-old Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela. The report fails to acknowledge Venezuela's manifest accomplishments or even recognize victims of US-backed right-wing violence in Venezuela. The US economic war against Venezuela, US threats of a "military option," and opposition violence are treated in the Bachelet report as figments of the imagination, "alleged internal and external threats." | Mean…

teleSUR (2019-07-12). Maduro Pens Powerful Response to UN High Commissioner. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro penned on July 11th a powerful response to U.N. High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet, who accused the government of the Bolivarian Republic of killing nearly 7,000 people. | RELATED: | Norway: 'Spirit of Cooperation' at Venezuela Talks in Barbados | President Maduro slammed these allegations from Bachelet, pointing out that these unfounded accusations were harmful to Venezuela and its people. "The report presented by your Office to the Human Righ…

teleSUR (2019-07-12). Turkey Receives S-400 System Amid Sanctions Threat from US. telesurenglish.net Russia has completed its first delivery of their S-400 missile system to Turkey, making the latter the first NATO nation to receive this advanced weapon. | RELATED: | Russian-Made S-400 Air Defense System is En Route to Turkey | According to the Turkish Ministry of Defense, the first parts of the Russian-made S-400 system were flown to an airbase near the capital city of Ankara. | The United States says the Russian military hardware is not compatible with NATO systems and that th…

Lucas Koerner and Ricardo Vaz (2019-07-12). Venezuela: 'Progress' Reported in Gov't-Opposition Talks as US Sanctions Counter-Intelligence Agency. venezuelanalysis.com The agenda of the talks has not been disclosed but the topic of elections is reportedly being left for last.

Michael T. Klare (2019-07-12). OIL: The Missing Three-Letter Word in the Iran Crisis. globalresearch.ca It's always the oil. While President Trump was hobnobbing with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the G-20 summit in Japan, brushing off a recent U.N. report about the prince's role in the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal …

John McEvoy (2019-07-12). Noam Chomsky says 'there is not much time' to avert global catastrophe. thecanary.co In an interview published on 12 July, Noam Chomsky told Jacobin that "there is not much time" to avert global catastrophe. He also talked about Iran, Venezuela, and antisemitism allegations aimed at the UK Labour Party. | Climate crisis and the Green New Deal: | Most importantly, he attended to the issue of global climate crisis. On the subject of rising sea levels, he said: the ca…

Charles Davis (2019-07-12). Donald Trump's Fake Isolationism. counterpunch.org Donald Trump was never coy about how he'd Make America Great Again, abroad. He'd carpet-bomb the terrorists, kill their families, and maybe do a straight-up, throwback war for oil in Iraq. The manufactured crisis with Iran in 2019 follows from the erratic militarism suggested at every stop on the 2016 campaign trail, where Trump repeatedly More

teleSUR -EF (2019-07-12). Palestine: US Relations Resume When D.C. Committs to Peace. telesurenglish.net The Palestinian Authority says diplomatic relations with the United States can be resumed on the condition that Washington is committed to the peace process in the region. | RELATED: | Israel's Apartheid Wall Stands 15 Years After UN Deemed it Illegal | Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesperson for the government, said in a Thursday statement that the Palestinians have never rejected any negotiations or initiatives for Palestinian-Israeli peace. | "Peace can only be established in accordanc…

teleSUR (2019-07-12). US Extradites Ex-Colombian Agriculture Minister for Corruption. telesurenglish.net The United States has extradited the Colombian ex-Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Andres Felipe Arias Leiva to his native country after a five-year legal battle over embezzlement charges. | RELATED: | UN Visits Colombia to Review Failing Peace Accord | The Colombian official arrived in El Dorado, Colombia at 8: 20 Friday morning to serve his 17-year prison sentence for corruption and embezzlement during his tenure in the previous decade. | Leiva was convicted for diverting fe…

teleSUR (2019-07-12). Venezuela Denounces OAS, Foreign Attempts to Sabotage Dialogue. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's ambassador before the U.N., Samuel Moncada, denounced the continuous harrassment from the United States and other countries that are trying to impede Venezuela from resolving its political situation through dialogue. | RELATED: | Maduro Pens Powerful Response to UN High Commissioner | Moncada said that since the failed coup attempt by the self-declared interim president, Juan Guaido, April 30 that the U.S. and its allies are more "desperate" to topple the Bolivarian governm…

Abayomi Azikiwe (2019-07-12). Political Agreement in Sudan Sets Stage for Interim Governing Council. globalresearch.ca What has been hailed as an historic pact between the Forces for Freedom Change (FFC) and the Transitional Military Council (TMC) in the Republic of Sudan, the two major entities vying for state power, has left out some important interests …

Robert Scheer (2019-07-12). The Media Is Complicit in Julian Assange's Torture. truthdig.com While it is rare that publishers themselves make headlines, reports about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange now probably outnumber articles based on the information he published. This is the extent to which the man behind some of the most shocking revelations about U.S. war crimes has come under public scrutiny. Despite the profound journalistic importance of the work Assange and whistleblower Chelsea Manning have done, the two hav…

Ralph Nader (2019-07-12). An Unsurpassable Sterling Record of Stamina! counterpunch.org I've always been fascinated by stamina. Lou Gehrig was my boyhood hero, and not just because of his batting average, clutch hitting, and dignified comportment. From 1925 to 1939 he played 2,130 ballgames in a row, not missing one, despite injuries and illnesses. (It was the record until eclipsed by the Baltimore Oriole's formidable Cal More

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-07-12). Donald Trump, The Manchurian Candidate and The Russia Probe. The Rosenstein Comey Mueller Intrigue. globalresearch.ca Trump's Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was to organize the so-called Russia Probe pertaining to alleged Kremlin interference in the November 2016 elections. Rosenstein's first step consisted in the firing of FBI Director James Comey & appointing former FBI Director Robert Mueller to lead the Russia Probe.

Global Research (2019-07-12). "The Globalization of War" and "The Globalization of Poverty" — Two Books by Michel Chossudovsky. globalresearch.ca Special Price: $29.00 for two books!: | Click here to order! | The Globalization of War: America's "Long War" against Humanity by Michel Chossudovsky | America's hegemonic project in…

Gregory Elich (2019-07-12). How Real is the Trump Administration's New Flexibility with North Korea? counterpunch.org Although widely derided by the Washington Establishment as an empty photo opportunity, the recent meeting between President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un at Panmunjom produced an agreement to resume working-level talks in the near future. According to the North Korean news agency KCNA, the two leaders discussed stumbling blocks in improving relations and easing More

Robert Hunziker (2019-07-12). The Flawed Food Dependency. counterpunch.org "The most destructive object on the planet… is the human jawbone." (Food or War, Cambridge University Press, 2019) pg 177 Whether by sight, taste, touch, feel, or smell, it's only too obvious that "food" affects every aspect of life and is key to crucial life-supporting ecosystems. Day-in, day-out, every living thing needs food. Perchance, ecosystems More

Jason Hirthler (2019-07-12). The Journalists Do The Shouting. counterpunch.org The loudest pro-war voices are nowhere near the fight It is the same in all wars; the soldiers do the fighting, the journalists do the shouting, and no true patriot ever gets near a front-line trench, except on the briefest of propaganda-tours. — George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia There seems to have been a distinct More

Kevin Gosztola (2019-07-12). Then CIA is Invoking Wikileaks to Push for the Expansion of a Cold War Era Secrecy Law. mintpressnews.com Three decades ago, the CIA mobilized to protect itself from radical acts of transparency, and now, with the internet and organizations like WikiLeaks, it hopes to be able to further isolate and criminalize those who challenge it.

Joshua Cho (2019-07-12). 'Hypersonic Missiles' Aren't Starting an Arms Race—Washington Is. fair.org The New York Times ascribes agency and responsibility to mysterious forces and inanimate missiles manipulating the US both in its headline—it's the missiles that are "starting a new global arms race," not the government—and in its claim that "the rush" to possess hypersonic missiles has "pushed the United States into an arms race with Russia and China."

Teddy Ostrow (2019-07-12). For NYT, Inconvenient Facts Equal 'Russian-Style Disinformation'. fair.org by Teddy Ostrow School's out for summer, and corporate media are eager to enter their junior year of the Russiagate conspiracy, despite its utter obliteration by Robert Mueller in April. Perhaps some journalists have taken to heart the tips several Russiagate skeptics offered to the media via FAIR on how to avoid further erosion of their credibility, but the New York Times' …

Kathleen Wallace (2019-07-12). Too Horrible to Understand, Too Horrible to Ignore. counterpunch.org The Lolita Express……"I'm not for impeachment. The green dream or whatever."…… "maybe toilet water is a step up….." As if it wasn't obvious before, surely now the commingling interests of the wealthy should be evident to anyone with even rudimentary brain stem function. Like our worsening climate situation, the fact that the wealthy are simply More

Nicholas Buccola (2019-07-12). Colin Kaepernick, Ted Cruz, Frederick Douglass and the Meaning of Patriotism. counterpunch.org "Ted Cruz schools Colin Kaepernick on 'context' of Frederick Douglass quote." So read a headline in the Washington Times last week. The story that followed was about a twitter exchange between the athlete-activist and the junior senator from Texas. On Independence Day, Mr. Kaepernick tweeted out a quotation from Douglass's famous "What to the Slave is the More

P. Sainath (2019-07-12). It's Raining Sand in Rayalaseema. counterpunch.org It's a classic Indian cinema fight-in-the-desert scene. Against the background of dunes and depressions with a tiny sprinkling of scrub vegetation, the hero rises from the burning sands of a barren wasteland to beat the bad guys to a pulp. Adding plenty of heat and dust to that already bestowed by nature, he brings the More

Andrew Levine (2019-07-12). The Electoral Circus as the End of Its Initial Phase Looms. counterpunch.org Democratic hopefuls will be back at it over two nights in Detroit later this month; more or less the same twenty candidates as in June, presumably again at ten a pop. The composition of the two groups will be determined later and, as before, left to chance. These debates — actually, joint public appearances — More

T.J. Coles (2019-07-12). "Strategic Extremism": How Republicans and Establishment Democrats Use Identity Politics to Divide and Rule. counterpunch.org As we know, both the Republican Party and the Democratic Party are bought, sold, and paid for by big business. For that reason, both have a history of avoiding the issues that are common to Americans of all political persuasions. Addressing such issues would undermine the profits of big business. They include free healthcare, living More

Tim Riley (2019-07-12). Evolution of a Medium. truthdig.com "I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution" | A book by Emily Nussbaum | Emily Nussbaum began writing her New Yorker TV column in 2011, surfing the medium's Great Transformation. Ten years ago, nobody streamed; today, fewer and fewer watch "live" television. In 2007, Netflix shipped its billionth DVD mailer, propping up the U.S. Postal Service; today its streaming proves harder to resist than even Amazon Prime. Like Netflix, Prime's brand now routinely pumps out original shows and movies. Oscar sweeps appear imminent. | By 2014, Ferguson's street protests, police brutality, and sexual harassment s…

John Feffer (2019-07-12). Trump's Bluster Diplomacy. counterpunch.org It was not very long ago that Donald Trump was calling North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "Little Rocket Man" and threatening to rain "fire and fury" down on North Korea. In response, Kim called Trump a "dotard" and promised an equally fiery attack on the United States. But now, two summits, the exchange of More

John McEvoy (2019-07-12). Illegal Saudi attack on water facility in Yemen tied to Brighton arms factory. thecanary.co A 2018 UN Security Council report has shown that weapons components produced in a Brighton arms factory were involved in an unlawful Saudi attack on Yemen. | Report on Yemen: | The 329-page UN report is dated 26 January 2018 and signed by UN staffer Ahmed Himmiche. It includes an investigation into two bombings of a water facility in Ban al-Hareth District, Sana. | The first bombing occurred on 13 September 2016, when: military aircraft dropped four items of expl…

The Canary (2019-07-12). Government given go-ahead to appeal against ruling on arms sales to Saudi Arabia. thecanary.co The Government has been given the go-ahead to appeal to the UK's highest court against a ruling that its decision to continue licensing military equipment for export to Saudi Arabia was unlawful. | Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), which brought the case against International Trade Secretary Liam Fox, hailed a landmark legal victory last month. | The group argues that the decision to continue to license military equipment for export to Saudi Arabia, which is leading a coalition of forces in the conflict in Yemen, was unlawful, as there was a clear risk that the arms might be used in a serious violation of inter…

Miko Peled (2019-07-12). "Go Forth and Lie" Israel Rolls Out Mandatory Course for Students Travelling Abroad. globalresearch.ca While Israel tries to portray a friendly face to the outside world, internally it is promoting racism and violence at levels that are more alarming than ever before. A course to prepare young high school students traveling overseas to be …

Marjaleena Repo (2019-07-12). The Young Cree Man from Saskatchewan. Without Truth There Is No Reconciliation: Two Colten Boushie Stories. globalresearch.ca This important article was first published on GR in March 2018. | It seems there are two versions of the August 2016 death of Colten Boushie, the young Cree man from Saskatchewan. | The most repeated one is that he and …

Andrew Korybko (2019-07-12). The US Wants Sri Lanka to Become Its "Unsinkable Aircraft Carrier in South Asia" globalresearch.ca The US' interest in replacing the 1995 Status Of Forces Agreement (SOFA) with Sri Lanka stems from its desire to turn the island nation into its unsinkable aircraft carrier in South Asia and possibly even the base of a prospective …

Andrew Korybko (2019-07-12). India Doubles Down on Its Military Alliance with Israel. globalresearch.ca India's $100 million purchase of 1,000 Barak-8 medium-range surface-to-air missiles and an as-yet unknown number of anti-tank Spike missiles proves that the South Asian state is doubling down on its military alliance with "Israel" and giving its old partner Russia …

Microwave News (2019-07-12). GBM Brain Tumor Cancer Rising. Impacts of RF Radiation from Wireless Devices? globalresearch.ca New government data, released in May by a member of the Danish Parliament, show a near doubling of this fatal brain tumor, glioblastoma multiforme, since the year 2000. You can see the trend by following the orange line in …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-07-12). Juggling with Kim and Moon: Donald Trump's Diplomatic Copy Book. globalresearch.ca Cue the shots, take the snaps: US President Donald Trump was back entertaining his fetish with firm handshakes proclaiming the making of history in the last round of discussions with Kim Jong-un. The press were, despite periodic attacks of …

Renee Parsons (2019-07-12). 5G Threatens Weather Forecasting. Devastating Health Impacts. globalresearch.ca It comes as no surprise that the American public remains oblivious to a not-so-slight glitch in the 5G Race with China as the US strives to be the first, the best and most technologically advanced country in the world with …

The Canary (2019-07-12). YouTube won't ban drill music videos, says UK boss. thecanary.co YouTube will not remove drill music videos from the platform because they "provide a place for those too often without a voice", the UK head of the site has said. | Ben McOwen Wilson said the Google-owned platform supports openness and a range of opinions being allowed online but that it must work with government and regulators to find a balance on removing content. | The allegedly 'controversial' form of rap music often includes references to real-life events including stabbings, and some have urged removal of such videos, warning that they could encourage further violence. | Writing in the Daily Telegraph, McOw…

Elie Mystal (2019-07-12). Why Trump's Retreat on the Census Question Is a Warning—Not a Victory. thenation.com Why Trump's Retreat on the Census Question Is a Warning—Not a Victory…

The Canary (2019-07-12). 'Failing' energy efficiency policy must be improved to meet net zero goals say MPs. thecanary.co The Government is presiding over a "failing policy" when it comes to making sure homes and offices are well insulated and energy efficient, MPs have warned. | Delivering energy efficiency in new and existing buildings needs to be addressed now if the UK is to have "any chance" of achieving its new legal target to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, they said. | A report from the Business, Energy and Industrial Committee said the need to save energy in buildings to tackle climate change, end fuel poverty and reduce people's bills was well known. | But public investment in energy efficiency has shrunk, the rate a…

Evaggelos Vallianatos (2019-07-12). Shaking Off Capitalism for Ecological Civilization. counterpunch.org Solon In early sixth century BCE Athens, a few rich landowners enslaved those of the rural people who could not pay back their debts. In fact, they went further. They started selling their fellow indebted Greeks to foreigners. Athens and rural Attica were on the verge of civil war. Cooler heads prevailed and powerful Athenian More

Glen Black (2019-07-12). While climate breakdown destroys one of the ocean's most important ecosystems, a new study shows there may be some hope. thecanary.co Back-to-back heatwaves in the central Indian Ocean killed more than two-thirds of corals in two years, a study has shown. But research by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) suggests some corals were more resilient to the high sea temperatures, which could provide hope for the important habitat as the planet warms. | Heatwave statistics: | Scientists studied reefs in the remote Chagos Archipelago of the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT…

Staff (2019-07-12). FTC Reportedly Approves $5 Billion Settlement With Facebook. truthdig.com The record-setting fine for privacy violations wouldn't have much of an effect on the company with nearly $56 billion in revenue last year.

The Canary (2019-07-12). Facebook fined around $5bn over privacy violations. thecanary.co The US Federal Trade Commission has voted to approve a fine of about 5 billion dollars for Facebook over privacy violations, the Wall Street Journal has reported. | Facebook declined to comment on the story which said the 3-2 vote broke along party lines, with Republicans in support and Democrats in opposition to the fine. | The FTC report has been moved to the Justice Department for review, per the report. It is not clear how long it will take to finalise. | The fine would be the largest the FTC has levied on a technology company. | But it will not make much of a dent for Facebook, which had nearly 56 billion do…

SHREKKKLITR (2019-07-12). SPLC: Holiday recognizing early Ku Klux Klan leader an insult to Tennessee residents. splcenter.org Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has proclaimed Saturday as Nathan Bedford Forrest Day in his state, honoring a Confederate general who became the first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, a terrorist organization that targets African Americans.

Julian Vigo (2019-07-12). North America's Opioid Addiction Problem and the Institutional Machinery Keeping It Alive. counterpunch.org I recently watched the 2017 documentary, Heroin(e), directed by Elaine McMillion Sheldon which focuses upon three women—a fire chief, a judge, and a missionary—battling West Virginia's opioid epidemic. Set in Appalachia's Cabell County, this film examines the financial and real-life costs of reviving addicts in what very much seems to be an endless cycle of IV More

Paul Tritschler (2019-07-12). Restricted View: the British Legacy of Eugenics. counterpunch.org Looking across London's eastern expanse from our staffroom window in the district of E10 — sounds like Eton if you say it fast enough — Sean the sociology lecturer had a sudden urge to blurt out with the crumbs of his Empire biscuit one of those so-called universal truths: "Schooldays were the best days of More

Stansfield Smith (2019-07-12). Bernie Sanders' Present Fight against Corporate Rule vs. the Bernie of 1989. counterpunch.org Recently, former leader of the self-destructed faux left group, the International Socialist Organization, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, was giddy hailing Bernie Sanders and his reform-the-Democratic-Party bandwagon. She alleges "Sanders linked the possibility of ending capitalist oligarchy to a "political revolution" that calls on the many to stand up to the few." She claims Sanders calls for "a complete More

Martha Rosenberg (2019-07-12). Pathologizing Kids, Pharma Style. counterpunch.org Millions of kids today are on meds for conduct disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, mood disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, mixed manias, social phobia and, of course, ADHD. But according to data from IMS health in a Wall Street Journal article, just as many kids are being treated for non-psychiatric conditions that were often considered More

Michael Lukas (2019-07-12). Delisting Wolves and the Impending Wolf Slaughter. counterpunch.org On July 15, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service will close comments on its proposed rule to delist wolves from the endangered and threatened species lists. While this rule may seem to be just one of many attempts in a decade-long battle over grey wolf listing to eliminate protections for wolves and turn management over More

Russell Rickford (2019-07-12). Lights of Liberty Vigal Remarks. counterpunch.org Many folks have said "this is not who we are." This is precisely who we are. American concentration camps are not new. Look at our criminal justice system, a leviathan devoted to criminalizing, degrading and discarding masses of black and brown people. American torture is not new. Rape. Ripping families apart. This country was founded More

Russell Rickford (2019-07-12). Lights of Liberty Vigil Remarks. counterpunch.org Many folks have said "this is not who we are." This is precisely who we are. American concentration camps are not new. Look at our criminal justice system, a leviathan devoted to criminalizing, degrading and discarding masses of black and brown people. American torture is not new. Rape. Ripping families apart. This country was founded More

Staff (2019-07-12). Glenn Greenwald Becomes Focus of Brazil Press Freedom Debate. truthdig.com RIO DE JANEIRO—Several weeks after publishing explosive reports about a key member of Brazil's far-right government, U.S. journalist Glenn Greenwald was called before a congressional committee to face hostile questions. | "Who should be judged, convicted and in prison is the journalist!" shouted congresswoman Katia Sastre, an ally of President Jair Bolsonaro. | And by some accounts that wasn't an empty threat: A conservative website reported that federal police had requested that financial regulators investigate Greenwald's finances. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and his Brazilian husband also say t…

Staff (2019-07-12). Know Your Rights: Immigration Activists Prepare for Looming ICE Raids. truthout.org Immigrant communities across the country and their allies are preparing for nationwide raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement planned to begin Sunday that will target undocumented members of immigrant families in at least nine major cities. The cities where raids will take place are said to be Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and San Francisco. New Orleans had been on the list, but the city announced this weekend that ICE was temporarily postponing the raids due to Tropical Storm Barry. We speak with a roundtable of immigrants' rights activists: Adelina Nicholls,…

Judy Greenspan (2019-07-12). Stop the Deportations! US Hands off Iran and Venezuela! National Day of Protest. indybay.org Oscar Grant Plaza, 14th and Broadway, Oakland…

RT (2019-07-12). Republicans & Democrats agree: No war on Iran (without Congress at least). rt.com The House of Representatives has adopted the 2020 military spending bill, but with an amendment that blocks war on Iran without congressional approval — backed by President Donald Trump's outspoken critics and supporters alike.

RT (2019-07-12). Most US vets think Middle East regime change wars weren't worth fighting, survey finds. rt.com US veterans are just as war-weary as the general public, according to a recent poll which found nearly two-thirds believe the war in Iraq "was not worth fighting" and more than half think the same about Afghanistan and Syria.

Whitney Webb (2019-07-12). The Untold Story of Christian Zionism's Rise to Power in the United States. mintpressnews.com Well before Theodore Herzl founded political Zionism and published The Jewish State, Christian Zionists in the United States and England were already seeking to direct and influence the foreign policy of both nations in service to a religious obsession end times prophecy…

Staff (2019-07-12). Trump Gives Up Citizenship Question But Doubles Down on Terrorizing Immigrants. truthout.org On July 11, President Trump gave up his fight to ask people about their citizenship on the 2020 census. | The question, which the administration has been trying to add to the census since 2017, would have resulted in a significant undercount by dissuading people in households with undocumented residents from responding to the census. An estimated 6.5 million people could be uncounted if the question were included, according to the Census Bureau. | The census is used to calculate…

Party for Socialism and Liberation (2019-07-12). Socialist Analysis & Discussion "The War on Immigrants & the Fight Back Movement" indybay.org 2969 Mission St. near 26th St.

RT (2019-07-12). Biden mocked for saying he respects 'no borders and cannot be contained by any walls' (VIDEO). rt.com Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden made some peculiar pronouncements about borders and walls in a speech on Thursday that was roundly mocked afterwards online.

Staff (2019-07-12). Amazon in Danger of Total Destruction Under Brazil's Right-Wing President Bolsonaro. therealnews.com If another 20 percent of the Amazon rainforest is destroyed, it could start a vicious cycle of self-destruction, unleashing enormous amounts of CO2 and massively impacting regional and global climate, says Alexander Zaitchik…

RT (2019-07-12). US regulator whacks Facebook with largest-ever $5bn fine over privacy violations. rt.com Facebook will pay $5 billion and submit to "government restrictions" on its treatment of users' private data under the terms of the largest-ever Federal Trade Commission settlement imposed for privacy violations, sources said.

Jeffrey St. Clair (2019-07-12). Roaming Charges: Pâté Politics in the Time of Trump and Pelosi. counterpunch.org + Why do we need Democrats? In order to help Republicans enact measures they can't pass on their own. + Two figures stand out larger than any others in the transformation of the Democratic Party from the eroded remnants of FDR-style liberalism to Thatcher-style neoliberalism: Bill Clinton and Joe Biden. Of the two, Biden played More

Jeffrey St. Clair (2019-07-12). Roaming Charges: Pâté Politics in the Time of Trump and Pelosi. counterpunch.org As a senator from Delaware, Joe Biden's entire political career has been underwritten by the DuPont Family & its enterprise, once the world's largest chemical company. For the political, martial & environmental implications of this toxic relationship, I strongly recommend Gerard Colby's book Behind the Nylon Curtain: the DuPont Dynasty. More

Dayton Andrews (2019-07-12). Resist US Imperialism: Close the Camps, No War With Iran. indybay.org The SF Federal Building, 90 7th st SF CA, 94103 | We will meet on Seventh street, right in front of the main entrance.

Staff (2019-07-12). Resisting the Wall Industry, From Mexico to Palestine. truthout.org The latest judicial rebuke of President Donald Trump's proposed border wall arrived just in time for July 4, when a federal appeals court again blocked the administration from diverting $2.5 billion in military funds toward the wall. But as history shows, court orders aren't always effective in halting construction or expansion of walls that "divide neighborhoods, worsen dangerous flooding, [and] destroy lands and wildlife," as the Sierra Club explained in a statement following the court's June preliminary injunction. | As part of Grassroots International's work defending the human right to land, water, and fo…

Staff (2019-07-12). De Zayas: UN Human Rights Council's Report on Venezuela is 'Unbalanced' (1/2). therealnews.com Former lawyer for the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, Alfred de Zayas, says that High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet's report on human rights in Venezuela mostly ignores the severity and responsibility of US sanctions against Venezuela…

RT (2019-07-12). Pentagon can proceed with $10bn 'war cloud' contract, judge rules. rt.com The US Department of Defense can go ahead with plans to award a multi-billion dollar contract to revamp its data storage system, a federal judge has ruled, rejecting a legal challenge claiming a conflict of interest.

The Canary (2019-07-12). Suspending Parliament for no-deal Brexit will provoke crisis — Hammond. thecanary.co Chancellor Philip Hammond has predicted a "constitutional crisis" if the next prime minister suspends Parliament to try and push through a no-deal Brexit.In a thinly veiled warning to frontrunner for the Tory crown, Boris Johnson, the Chancellor said he would back legal moves suggested by ex-prime minister Sir John Major to challenge any prorogation of Parliament in the courts.Hammond told Bloomberg: "If anybody were to attempt to shut down Parliament in order to carry out a course of action which Parliament is known to oppose, that would be very serious indeed."That would provoke a constitutional crisis."And, if…

RT (2019-07-12). 'They can't stop all of us!' 350k+ people volunteer to storm Area 51 to 'see them aliens'. rt.com Nearly 400,000 alien-hunters are plotting an early-morning mass invasion of top-secret Nevada military site Area 51, hoping to overwhelm security by force of sheer numbers… at least, that's what their Facebook event page says.

mike Rhodes (2019-07-12). Fresno's Radical Past. indybay.org This is an article about the 50 Years of Resistance event held on June 22, 2019 in Fresno. We brought together Anti-War and Draft Resistance activists who were active in Fresno 50 years ago. The photo below shows this young woman being arrested at an antiwar protest at Fresno State, probably on May 23, 1970. This photo is from the Special Collections department at Fresno State.

Hatewatch Staff (2019-07-12). Record of Suspect in Anti-LGBTQ Beating Reveals Previous Hate, Criminal Activity. splcenter.org Julian Austin Calfy, a suspect in the beating of a gay man, served five years of a 16-year sentence for terroristic threatening and criminal possession of explosive material, Hatewatch has learned.

Urs P. Gascha (2019-07-12). Venezuela and International Law. indybay.org International law professors explain a US military incursion in Venezuela would violate the UN Charter. "All nations must desist from any threat or use of force in their international relations. The media and governments denounce violations of international law very selectively. International norms promote peaceful coexistence, not the right of the stronger.

Party for Socialism and Liberation, Sonoma (2019-07-12). Reading Between The Headlines: Stop The War on Immigrants! indybay.org A'roma Roasters Coffee | 95 5th Street | Santa Rosa…

Party for Socialism and Liberation (2019-07-12). Socialist Analysis & Discussion on U.S. War Threats Against Iran. indybay.org San Jose Peace & Justice Center, 48 S. 7th St.

Rob Urie (2019-07-12). Toward an Eco-Socialist Revolution. counterpunch.org The most important political project of the modern era is an appropriately conceived and implemented eco-socialist Green New Deal. If done right, such a program would facilitate a transition away from the environmental and social pathologies of industrial capitalism to a world where people exist in symbiosis with the bounty of nature. If done wrong, More

David Swanson (2019-07-12). Earth Over the Brink. counterpunch.org Glacier National Park is drip, drip, dripping into a puddle. People and companies and governments are cutting down trees to burn them to save the planet from global warming, mixing the sacrificial trees with oh-so-clean coal, and in Detroit with tires, and in North Carolina with chicken shit. Others are hacking down old forests to More

CP Editor (2019-07-12). Chomsky on the "Limits" of Knowledge & Thought. counterpunch.org

Dave Lindorff (2019-07-12). Defeating the Trump Administration's Racist, Republican-Rescuing Census Corruption. counterpunch.org President Donald Trump, thanks to a congenital inability to stop running his mouth, may ultimately undermine his administration's effort to corrupt the integrity of the upcoming 2020 Census. His latest blurting out that the reason for his wanting to add a controversial question about citizenship status to the Census form is for "redistricting" could be More

Paul Street (2019-07-12). Skull of Death: Mass Media, Inauthentic Opposition, and Eco-Existential Reality in a Pre-Fascist Age of Appeasement. counterpunch.org Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair | Alongside and consistent with other privilege- and power-serving missions, so-called mainstream corporate media's role is to keep the populace focused as best it can on relatively trivial matters and diverted from the most urgent topics of our time. | Kamala Harris Wants to Kill Your Health Insurance | Two Sundays ago, in a fit of masochistic media research, I watched some cable news talking heads do their weekly news roundups. CNN had a panel of know-it-all neoliberals who reflected on the Democratic Party's first two presidential debates. Everyone agreed that Kamala Harris had…

Al Neal (2019-07-11). "We're all human beings": On the border in Nogales, Ariz. peoplesworld.org In the coming weeks, People's World correspondent Al Neal will be reporting from sites all along the U.S.-Mexico border. In his dispatches, you will get a view of the towns and people caught up in Trump's "border crisis." You will see the women, men, and children impacted by the administration's immigration policies as well as …

Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez (2019-07-11). The inhumane treatment of migrants is not new. It's a key part of a decades-old bipartisan policy. nationofchange.org More than a week after lawmakers flocked to the U.S.-Mexico border to observe the horrible treatment of refugee children and families in immigration jails, reports of unsafe and unsanitary conditions for asylum seekers are continuing. In Clint, Texas, the Border Patrol station that garnered international attention for jailing hundreds of migrant children without access to …

Staff (2019-07-11). "Unconscionable & Unacceptable": Rep. Barragán Decries Detention of Migrant Children in Prison Cells. democracynow.org Yazmin Juárez, the Guatemalan mother whose child died from a lung infection after being held in an ICE detention center, testified before members of a congressional panel Wednesday. She shared the story of her daughter, 19-month-old Mariee, who died last year shortly after being released from the South Texas Family Detention Center in Dilley, Texas. Juárez filed a $60 million lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customs and Border Patrol and the Department of Health and Human Services. The House subcommittee convened to examine the treatment of refugees in U.S.

splcenter (2019-07-11). Manuel Duran, journalist who reported on ICE, freed from detention. splcenter.org Manuel Duran, an investigative journalist who was detained after reporting on the collusion between U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and local law enforcement in Memphis, Tennessee, was released today from ICE detention and will be reunited with his fiancée.

South Front (2019-07-11). Video: Prospects of War in the Persian Gulf Region. globalresearch.ca Since Donald Trump has been in office, Iran and the United States have faced the worst crisis in their relations since the fall of the pro-American Shah regime in 1979. The situation escalated in early May, when US sanctions came …

teleSUR (2019-07-11). US Trade War With France?>. telesurenglish.net On Thursday, The U.S. denounced France for proposing measures to stop tax dodging by big tech firms, many of whom are U.S.-based. The move follows the Trump administration's keenness for applying aggressive economic pressure, even against their own allies. | RELATED: | New Sanctions Mean 'Permanent Closure of Path to Diplomacy': Iran | The French parliament will vote friday on a bill that hopes to crack down on big tech companies that pay little or no tax to the countries they…

Bryan Wall (2019-07-11). Left-wing Israeli activist suffers knife attack due to pro-Palestine views. thecanary.co A left-wing Israeli activist has been injured in a knife attack. Jonathan Pollak, a longtime pro-Palestine and Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions ( BDS) activist, was attacked by two people who called him a "leftist asshole". A right-wing Israeli group had previously targeted him for his support of Palestinian rights. | The attack: | In an interview, Polla…

Branko Marcetic (2019-07-11). Joe Biden Didn't Just Vote for the 2003 Iraq Invasion—He Helped Lead the March to War. globalresearch.ca As the Trump administration's saber-rattling toward Iran threatens another disastrous war in the Middle East, foreign policy has gained newfound focus in the 2020 presidential race. And former Vice President Joe Biden's 2002 vote in favor of the Iraq …

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-07-11). Iran Declares War on the USA's Covert Influence in Iraq. globalresearch.ca When US officials visited Baghdad and met with the Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi, they had two requests: first, to close all commerce and financial exchanges with Iran to strangle the Iranian economy and bring it to its knees. …

Roxane Farmanfarmaian (2019-07-11). Can Iran's Shrewd Diplomacy Avert War With Washington? thenation.com Can Iran's Shrewd Diplomacy Avert War With Washington?

teleSUR (2019-07-11). Iran's Army Flatly Rejects US Claims on Threatening UK Ships. telesurenglish.net Iran's Revolutionary Guard has dismissed claims by the U.S. that they threatened two U.K. vessels in the Persian Gulf, with Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif saying such claims are an attempt by the U.S. to escalate tensions in the region. | RELATED: | Iran Not Looking for War with US: Rouhani | On Thursday, two British ships, Bitish Heritage and HMS Montrose passed through the Strait of Hormuz. However, as Washington's threats of war on Iran increase, two anonymous U.S. officials told Reuters tha…

Ruth Milka (2019-07-11). 'We will overcome their greed': Bernie Sanders releases anti-endorsement list. nationofchange.org Bernie Sanders is going on the offensive against the Wall Street Bankers and various members of the 1% that have viciously opposed his candidacy by releasing an anti-endorsement list. | "We can propose all the ideas and plans we want, but nothing will fundamentally change until we have the guts to take on the most powerful corporate interests in America," says Sanders in an introduction to the list. "That is why I am proud to announce the modern-day oligarchs who oppose our movement." | Sanders' list includes the following: | Billionaire Haim Saban, who called for the bombing of Iran in 2014 and criticizes any…

Mazda Majidi (2019-07-11). Irán sale del acuerdo nuclear: ødebería preocuparse el mundo? liberationnews.org Desde principios de julio, el presidente iraní Hassan Rouhani y otros funcionarios han estado anunciando la intención de Irán de ir más allá de las restricciones establecidas por el Plan de Acción Integral Conjunto (JCPOA por sus siglas en inglés).

Michael T. Klare (2019-07-11). Oil Is Driving the Iran Crisis. thenation.com Oil Is Driving the Iran Crisis…

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