2019-07-13: News Headlines

South Front (2019-07-13). Video: Syrian Army Repelled Large Attack in Northern Hama. UK Claims Iran Attempted to Capture Its Tanker. globalresearch.ca On July 10, Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and its allies launched a surprise attack on positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in northern Hama and captured the town of al-Hamameyat and the …

Jake Johnson (2019-07-13). House Votes to Block Trump From Launching Unauthorized War With Iran. theantimedia.com The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan amendment barring Trump from launching an unauthorized war with Iran.

Robert Fantina (2019-07-13). Europe and the JCPOA: International Hypocrisy, Will the US Start a Disastrous War in the Middle East? globalresearch.ca The special meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency, called by the hypocritical United States due to Iran's announcement that it had 'breached' part of its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), has come and gone. The …

Stephen Lendman (2019-07-13). The Myth of Low Interest Rates Stimulating Economic Growth in the US. globalresearch.ca Tax cuts for the rich and near-rock bottom low interest rates don't stimulate economic growth. | Corporations have been using the windfall for executive pay increases and bonuses, stock buybacks raising their valuations, mergers and acquisitions to reduce competition, dividends to …

The Canary (2019-07-13). Police under fire after warning to press over leaked diplomatic cables. thecanary.co The Metropolitan Police came under fire after warning journalists against the publication of further leaked diplomatic dispatches.Scotland Yard announced on Friday it was launching a criminal investigation into the leak of cables from the British ambassador to the US, Sir Kim Darroch, which were highly critical of the Trump administration.Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said there was a "clear public interest" in bringing the perpetrator to justice given the damage caused to Britain's international relations. | In a highly unusual move, he also warned the media that they could face prosecution if there was any f…

Julie Hollar (2019-07-13). Why Does WaPo See Black as an 'Identity'—but Not Multi-Millionaire? fair.org by Julie Hollar The Washington Post's "identity politics" writer put out a piece this week ( 7/9/19) devoted to what Robert Johnson, the ultra-rich founder of Black Entertainment Television, thinks about the Democratic primary race. The piece leads off: Few demographic groups are more faithful to the Democratic Part…

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2019-07-13). U.S. Eyes Sri Lanka as Its Military Logistics Hub. globalresearch.ca The Easter Sunday terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka on 21st April in which 259 people were killed and over 500 injured were initially attributed to the Islamic State (IS). But no hard evidence is available to substantiate such a reading …

Fight Back (2019-07-13). Carnegie Library told to respect union drive. fightbacknews.org Pittsburgh, PA – A group of Pittsburgh community members delivered a petition to the Carnegie Library, July 11, in support of the workers' efforts to unionize with the United Steelworkers. | The petition, delivered to the main Oakland branch and the East Liberty location, includes over 1,000 signatures calling upon the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh to release a statement of neutrality towards the United Library Workers' unionization efforts and act in good faith. | "The staff at the library in my community are incredibly knowledgeable and helpful, and they should be able to collectively bargain for better workin…

Dr. Rossen Vassilev (2019-07-13). Were the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki a War Crime and a Crime Against Humanity? globalresearch.ca Was President Harry Truman "a murderer," as the renowned British analytic philosopher Gertrude Elizabeth Anscombe once charged? Were the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki indeed a war crime and a crime against humanity, as she and other academic luminaries …

Caoimhghin àì Croidheáin (2019-07-13). From Enlightenment to "Enfrightenment": Romanticism as a Tool for Elite Agendas. globalresearch.ca Introduction | Romanticism is an eighteenth century artistic, literary, musical and intellectual movement which emerged as a reaction to Enlightenment ideas of science, reason and human progress. Its effect on politics has been to reassert conservative ideas about society based on …

Jason Ditz (2019-07-13). US Silent as Turkey Begins Receiving Russian Missiles in Challenge to NATO. theantimedia.com The US refused comment on Friday as Turkey started making the delivery of the first Russian missiles in the system.

Mike Rhodes (2019-07-13). 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.

WSWS (2019-07-13). Euthanasia bill before New Zealand parliament. wsws.org The bill, which would make assisted suicide legal, is sponsored by leader of the far-right ACT party amid a sharpening social crisis.

RT (2019-07-13). 'How dare Iran break the nuclear deal we tore up a year ago?' — Lee Camp. rt.com Washington is accusing Iran of breaching the 2015 deal on its nuclear program, which is more than ironic, considering that the US was the first to abandon the agreement altogether, Lee Camp said on his show, Redacted Tonight.

WSWS (2019-07-13). Canada's Liberal government hosts anti-Russia conference on Ukraine. wsws.org Discussions at the Ukraine Reform Conference focused on "affirming Ukraine's sovereignty and security in the face of Russian aggression."

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…

Dayton Andrews (2019-07-13). 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.

WSWS (2019-07-13). Seventeen-year-old girl fatally shot by police on California freeway. wsws.org Hannah Williams was shot and killed after being involved in a minor traffic accident with a police vehicle in Fullerton, California.

Party for Socialism and Liberation, Sonoma (2019-07-13). Reading Between The Headlines: Stop The War on Immigrants! indybay.org A'roma Roasters Coffee | 95 5th Street | Santa Rosa…

Kurt Nimmo (2019-07-13). Trump, Brits Tireless in Attempt to Get War on Iran Going. globalresearch.ca On Thursday evening, social media posts claimed the UK flagged and Japanese owned crude oil tanker Atlantic Pioneer had crossed over into Iranian territorial waters. According to the Marine Traffic website, on Friday morning the tanker was in the Gulf …

David Rovics (2019-07-13). Embargoes and Other Acts of War. dissidentvoice.org The war between the United States and Japan began with a US-enforced oil embargo against the Japanese Empire. Right now, in the United States, huge detention camps are being constructed for the increasingly criminalized refugee and migrant population, a campaign of government-sponsored domestic terror run by a supposedly temporary, "acting" head of the department created …

Party for Socialism and Liberation (2019-07-13). Socialist Analysis & Discussion on U.S. War Threats Against Iran. indybay.org San Jose Peace & Justice Center, 48 S. 7th St.

RT (2019-07-13). 'We did bad, evil things there' — Vet turned peace activist on growing dissent with US forever wars. rt.com A recent opinion poll shows the majority of American veterans think foreign wars were not worth fighting. RT spoke to one such person, who says his tours in Iraq and Afghanistan served weapons manufacturers and not people.

Judy Greenspan (2019-07-13). Stop the Deportations! US Hands off Iran and Venezuela! National Day of Protest. indybay.org Oscar Grant Plaza, 14th and Broadway, Oakland…

WSWS (2019-07-13). Police crack down on undocumented workers occupying Paris Pantheon. wsws.org Late yesterday afternoon, approximately 700 undocumented immigrant workers held a peaceful demonstration and occupied Paris' historic Panthéon building, demanding an immediate recognition of their right to reside in France.

WSWS (2019-07-13). Trump's nominee for top US military commander calls for nuclear buildup to confront China. wsws.org General Milley, tapped as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, predicted that the US would be in confrontation with China for the next 100 years.

unitedEditor (2019-07-13). 'We will respond with force': Former Turkish military leader issues warning to Washington amid S-400 tension. uwidata.com The former head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Turkey, retired general ƒ∞lker Ba≈übuƒü recent made a number of powerful statements about his country's purchase of Russian S-400 defense systems and American F-35 fighters (which Ankara still counts on receiving despite threat from the US to the contrary). Here are the most …

WSWS (2019-07-13). Bossa Nova pioneer, songwriter and musician Joà£o Gilberto dead at 88. wsws.org Together with the composer Antà¥nio Carlos Jobim, Gilberto pioneered a "new wave" in Brazilian popular music during the mid-to-late 1950s that had a worldwide impact.

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.

Melissa Sanchez, Duaa Eldeib and Jodi S Cohen (2019-07-12). Immigrant children sent to Chicago shelters are traumatized and sick, in some instances with chickenpox or tuberculosis. nationofchange.org The Trump administration is sending immigrant children who are alone, afraid and sick with fever, chickenpox and even tuberculosis to shelters in Chicago, where they are further isolated to prevent the spread of disease, according to one of the nonprofit organizations caring for them. In yet another byproduct of the administration's immigration policy, many of …

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 …

Peter Koenig (2019-07-12). Iran vs. Spineless Europe. dissidentvoice.org 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 enriched uranium accumulation. When asked by the media about his reaction, Trump says, "they know …

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…

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.

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…

Alex Emmons (2019-07-12). House Says Trump Can't Go to War With Iran Unless Congress Approves. theintercept.com Democrats in the House of Representatives on Friday passed an amendment that would sharply restrict President Donald Trump's ability to attack Iran without congressional authorization, attaching the language to an annual must-pass defense bill. | The measure, which was sponsored by California Democrat Ro Khanna and Florida Republican Matthew Gaetz, would prohibit the Pentagon from spending money on any military action against Iran unless Congress has declared war or passed a resolution authorizing the administration to use force. The bill contains an exception for emergency situations in which U.S. armed forces a…

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

commondreams (2019-07-12). NIAC Applauds House for Pulling U.S. Back from the Brink of War with Iran via Khanna-Gaetz Amendment. commondreams.org ______________________________…

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…

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 …

Michael T. Klare (2019-07-12). The missing three-letter word in the Iran crisis. nationofchange.org 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 Khashoggi, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in Asia and the Middle East, pleading with foreign leaders to support "Sentinel." The …

commondreams (2019-07-12). Joint Statement: House Reins In Trump on Iran. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Mark Gruenberg (2019-07-12). Amazon forces Shakopee, Minn., warehouse workers to walk out again. peoplesworld.org SHAKOPEE, Minn.—Amazon is forcing its workers at its monster warehouse in Shakopee, Minn., to walk out again. The 1,500 workers, one-third of them migrants and refugees from Somalia and other nations of East Africa, plan to peacefully walk off the job for six hours on July 15. That's the first of the monster distributor and …

Kathy Kelly (2019-07-12). Remnants of War. dissidentvoice.org Intense fighting and hideous attacks battered Afghans throughout their country last week as negotiators in Qatar weighed the benefits and costs of a peace agreement that might stop the bloodshed. In Kabul at least 40 people, including one child, were killed in a complex Taliban attack. Dozens of children whose school was partially collapsed by …

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 -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). 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 …

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…

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.

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

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

Vijay Prashad (2019-07-12). For the reasons that follow, that Country is currently not likely to be the United States. mronline.org The largest delegation from outside Russia at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in early June came from China. | Source

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."

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kathy Kelly (2019-07-12). Remnants of War. commondreams.org Martha, a granddaughter of the Catholic Worker Movement's founder Dorothy Day, is one of seven activists, the "King's Bay Plowshares 7", whose April 4, 2018 action was in accord with their deeply held beliefs that life is sacred, and must not be taken in war. (Photo: Kathy Kelly) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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…

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.

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…

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

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…

John Shafthauer (2019-07-12). Grayling ferry company bids for Hunt's proposed navy expansion. thecanary.co Because he needs to look tough, Jeremy Hunt is proposing that we expand the navy. Although, to be fair, this is a picture of him in Britain's last warship: | Jeremy Hunt has said the Royal Navy has been 'run down too much' t.co/JQgSW3VEVK | — The Telegraph (@Telegraph) July 12, 2019 | Could building more boats be a boon for British manufacturing? Probab…

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…

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

commondreams (2019-07-12). Congresswoman Barbara Lee Applauds the House's Historic Vote to Repeal the 2002 Iraq Authorization for the Use of Military Force. commondreams.org ______________________________…

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…

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…

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…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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…

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.

Nathan Jensen (2019-07-12). Why states and cities should stop handing out billions in economic incentives to companies. nationofchange.org U.S. states and cities hand out tens of billions in taxpayer dollars every year to companies as economic incentives. These businesses are supposed to use the money, typically distributed through economic development programs, to open new facilities, create jobs and generate tax revenue. But all too often that's not what happens, as I've learned after doing research on the use …

Samuel Moyn (2019-07-12). Can Pompeo Redefine Human Rights for the Trump Era? commondreams.org Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the State Department in Washington. (Photo: Michael Brochstein/Sipa via AP Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

ACLU (2019-07-12). Pompeo's New "Human Rights" Commission is Up To No Good. aclu.org The Trump administration appears to be trying to find new moral footing for the president's discriminatory policies. | This week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo formally announced the creation of a "Commission on Unalienable Rights." Its stated purpose, according to a notice published in the Federal Register in May, is to provide "fresh thinking about human rights discourse where such discourse has departed from our nation's founding principles of natural law and natural rights." | Th…

Leo Gerard (2019-07-12). Is There a Global Future for Unions? commondreams.org In March 2010, a rally by thousands of striking USW … the world. (Photo: United Steelworkers) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

John Feffer (2019-07-12). Pyongyang on the Potomac. nationofchange.org When Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un shook hands on June 30 at the line dividing the two Koreas, the pictures that appeared on front pages all over the world depicted two very different leaders. Trump is a tall, 73-year-old white man who leads the world's most powerful democracy. Kim is a short, plump, 35-year-old …

WSWS (2019-07-12). Trump's raids and the stench of fascism. wsws.org Beginning Sunday, the Trump administration plans to launch the largest immigration raids in US history, targeting 2,000 families for arrest and deportation.

WSWS (2019-07-12). Major flooding inundates New Orleans as Tropical Storm Barry heads towards landfall. wsws.org Nearly 14 years after Hurricane Katrina, the city remains vulnerable to catastrophic flooding.

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