2019-08-03: News Headlines

Staff (2019-08-03). As the Far Right Goes Global, So Do Anti-BDS Bills. truthout.org | | Israeli politics have moved into uncharted territory over the past several months, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu found himself unable to form a coalition large enough to claim victory in last spring's elections. However, even as the Israeli state enters into political turmoil at home, it is becoming increasingly immune to criticism from the internat…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-08-03). A Major Conventional War Against Iran Is an Impossibility. Crisis within the US Command Structure. globalresearch.ca What both the media and military analysts fail to acknowledge is that US CENTCOM's forward Middle East headquarters at the al-Udeid military base close to Doha de facto "lies in enemy territory". Since the May 2017 split of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Qatar has become a staunch ally of Iran…

splcenter (2019-08-03). Weekend Read: The SPLC fights an internal threat to our democracy. splcenter.org In his recent testimony before Congress, Special Counsel Robert Mueller pointedly warned the nation about Russia's ongoing attempts to meddle in our nation's elections.

The Canary (2019-08-03). Russian opposition figure detained ahead of Moscow protest. thecanary.co A leading opposition figure has been detained by Moscow police as she was heading to an unauthorised protest against the exclusion of independent and opposition candidates from the city council elections.Lyubov Sobol, who is one of the election hopefuls rejected from the ballot, was detained on Saturday in central Moscow and taken away in a police van.Activists intend to go ahead with the unauthorised protest (AP)The attempted rally comes a week after police detained nearly 1,400 protesters, beating some of them with truncheons.Despite repeated warnings that police would take active measures against a protest on…

Staff (2019-08-03). Reimagining Justice for Immigrant Survivors Through VAWA. truthout.org | | The immigration-related provisions of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) hold powerful potential to help us reimagine our understanding of diaspora, integration and discrimination. | Among the various purposes of VAWA is to make lawful immigration status a reality for those who have been victims of domestic abuse by spouses, parents or children who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents. Beyond this, VAWA-based immigration cases help…

Staff (2019-08-03). War Is Hell. Why Are We Waging an Endless One? truthout.org | | Friday, August 2, marked the 29th anniversary of Operation Desert Shield, the military action that heralded the onset of the Gulf War in Iraq. That conflict, shifting from one iteration to the next, never ended. | Desert Shield became Desert Storm, which then became a long, violent police action under the Clinton administration. During that period, sanctions against Iraq were responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of children. Smal…

teleSUR (2019-08-03). US Defense Official Wants to Deploy Missiles to Asia. telesurenglish.net U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper stated on stated on Saturday that he is in favor of deploying ground-launched, intermediate-range missiles in Asia relatively soon, a day after the United States withdrew from a landmark arms control treaty. | RELATED: | China Vows to Retaliate if Trump Imposes New Tariffs | These comments by Esper come just a day after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to slap new sanctions against China. | "Yeah, I would like to," Esper said, when asked whether h…

Max Blumenthal (2019-08-03). 'You don't have any rights': CBP agents interrogate US citizen and seize his phone after Venezuela solidarity trip. thegrayzone.com The detention of a US citizen returning from Venezuela was an apparent extension of the US government's efforts to punish…

Eds. (2019-08-03). Are U.S. military planes announcing formal aggression against Venezuela? mronline.org In less than a month, U.S. air raids into our Maiquetía Flight Information Region (FIR) have multiplied, following a pattern that is admittedly very worrisome. The routes described by its EP-3 Ares II aircraft are revealing, taking into account the nature of this type of aircraft. | Source

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-08-03). Hiroshima: A "Military Base" according to President Harry Truman. globalresearch.ca "The World will note that the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima a military base. That was because we wished in this first attack to avoid, insofar as possible, the killing of civilians.."(President Harry S. Truman in a radio speech to the Nation, August 9, 1945).

Emily Apple (2019-08-03). Priti Patel wants criminals to 'literally feel terror' but her comments should fill all of us with fear. thecanary.co Priti Patel has said she wants criminals to "feel terror" at the thought of offending. In her first interview as home secretary, she pledged to get a grip on violent crime after Boris Johnson committed to recruiting 20,000 more police officers. | Se told the Daily Mail: Quite frankly, with more police officers out there and greater police presence, I want (criminals) to literally feel terror at the thought of committing offences. | Be afraid. Be very afraid.: | But as Twitter users pointed out, every single one of us should be scared by Patel's comments: | This is basically Priti Patel saying she wants the…

CP Editor (2019-08-03). Guy Clark — Desperados Waiting For A Train. counterpunch.org

Eds. (2019-08-03). Live from Nicaragua: Uprising or Coup? A Reader. mronline.org Behind much opposition violence stood U.S. regime-change NGOs. | Source

Katherine Paul (2019-08-03). When will we start applying the precautionary principle to the chemicals that are killing our kids? nationofchange.org The first car my parents carted me and my siblings around in, in the 1950s, didn't even have seatbelts. Not one of us was ever strapped into a car seat. No kid I knew donned a helmet before hopping on her bike. | When I was a kid, there were no government-regulated safety standards for cribs or playpens or strollers. There were no "choking hazard" warnings on the packages containing the toys we played with, regardless of how many small, potentially detachable parts came with those toys. | After decades marred by child deaths in car accidents, and what were determined to be preventable deaths if only baby equip…

Lawrence S. Wittner (2019-08-03). The democratic debates need more questions about nuclear war. nationofchange.org There is a remarkable incongruity between the existential danger of nuclear war and the absence of public discussion about preventing it. | This disconnect is all too apparent today, as arms control and disarmament treaties are scrapped, nations embark on vast nuclear weapons buildups, and governments threaten nuclear war against one another. Meanwhile, the mass media routinely avoids these issues but, instead, focuses on movie stars, athletes, and President Donald Trump's latest tweeted insults. | Do I exaggerate? Consider the following. | In May 2018, the Trump administration unilaterally withdrew from the l…

Angelou Ezeilo (2019-08-03). Seeing Color in Green Spaces: How to Increase Diversity in Conservation. commondreams.org Over the last couple of decades working in the environmental space, I've discovered that for many Black people, especially older generations, the outdoors conjures a lot of historical negativity that they'd rather forget.

Peter Koenig (2019-08-03). The Western Alliance is Falling Apart. dissidentvoice.org Ever since Imran Khan became the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan in August 2018, the winds have changed. While his predecessors, though generally leaning eastwards, have often wavered between the US and the China orbit, Khan is in the process of clearly defining his alliances with the east, in particular China. This is for the …

Michael Winship (2019-08-03). Debating Democrats, please, no fighting in the war room. nationofchange.org I'm not one of those people who insists that every kid on the T-ball team receive a group participation trophy, sweet as that may be. But equally, my teeth grind when I see a flurry of post-debate articles headlined, "Winners and Losers." They reduce this most important presidential campaign of our lives to a game where a single swing or a miss matters more than the heinous presidency we're enduring or any of the issues vital to all of us terrified about the future for our families and ourselves. | I'm also annoyed by the debate format perpetrated by cable news networks more interested in creating conflict and…

Rossen Vassilev Jr. (2019-08-03). Were the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki a War Crime and a Crime Against Humanity? globalresearch.ca The two most often cited reasons for President Truman's controversial decision were to shorten the war and to save the lives of "between 250,000 and 500,000" American soldiers.

Amy Goodman (2019-08-03). Ex-health insurance exec: Industry is using decades-old scare tactics to fight Medicare for All. nationofchange.org The Democratic presidential candidates remain deeply divided on how to expand healthcare to the tens of millions of Americans who are uninsured or underinsured. Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have both pushed for abolishing private health insurance and establishing a Medicare for All system. Their rivals have pushed a number of different, more incremental approaches. During the first night of the latest debates, Sanders pointed out that the country has taken sweeping action before to expand health coverage to millions of Americans, referring to the 50th anniversary of the creation of Medicare and…

Makia Freeman (2019-08-03). Bioweapons: Lyme Disease, Weaponized Ticks. globalresearch.ca Bioweapons, specifically Lyme Disease and bioweaponized ticks, were in the news recently when US Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) introduced Amendment 116-19 which was subsequently passed by the US House of Congress on July 11th, 2019. The US House ordered an …

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-08-03). Drastic Changes to Food Production and Consumption Needed to Save Planet From Catastrophic Warming, IPCC Reveals. commondreams.org When some of the world's top scientists conclude an international summit in Geneva next week, they are expected to call for a major shift to vegetarian diets around the world in order to keep the warming of the globe under 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Drew Rose (2019-08-03). Boris Johnson warned over possible resignations after by-election defeat. thecanary.co Boris Johnson has been warned over the fragility of his leadership after his working majority was reduced to just one by the Tories' loss in the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election.The new Prime Minister was told he may face defections or resignations from Conservative MPs who are in opposition to his hardline Brexit approach.Meanwhile, Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson predicted further electoral alliances after Plaid Cymru and the Green Party stood aside in the mid-Wales constituency to boost the chances of a pro-EU MP succeeding. | Tory former justice minister Dr Philip Lee said he and colleagues were considering their…

Edward Curtin (2019-08-03). The CIA Takeover of America in the 1960s Is the Story of Our Times. The Killing of the Kennedys and Today's New Cold War. globalresearch.ca Sirhan did not kill Robert Kennedy, yet he remains in jail to this very day. Robert Kennedy, Jr., who was 14 years old at the time of his father's death, has visited Sirhan in prison, claims he is innocent, and believes there was another gunman.

unitedEditor (2019-08-03). Iran's Interests in China's One Belt One Road Policy. uwidata.com The Chinese economy has recently boosted its foreign exchange earnings and substantially increased its currency reserves. The increase in China's foreign exchange reserves and resources has provided the government with the opportunity to become one of the major actors in the supply of international relations and the global economy. China is one of the emerging …

susan_p (2019-08-03). Humanitarian crisis in Maxmur refugee camp. greenleft.org.au The Maxmur (Makhmour) refugee camp, in Iraqi Kurdistan (Bashur/Southern Kurdistan), is home to over 13,000 Kurdish refugees and is located in a town 60 kilometres south-west of the capital, Erbil. Many of the camp's residents were forced to flee their homes in 1993-1994 as the Turkish state pursued a brutal campaign of aggression against the Kurdish people, destroying thousands of villages and displacing hundreds of thousands of people. | In August 2014, as ISIS was overrunning large parts of Iraq and Syria, the terrorist organisation targeted Maxmur as a step to advancing on Erbil. ISIS invaded and occupied the…

Israel Shahak (2019-08-03). "Greater Israel": The Zionist Plan for the Middle East. globalresearch.ca When viewed in the current context, the war on Iraq, the 2006 war on Lebanon, the 2011 war on Libya, the ongoing wars on Syria and Iraq, the war on Yemen, must be understood in relation to the Zionist Plan for the Middle East…

Aurora Jiminez (2019-08-03). Western Addition Peace Festival, August 24, 2019. indybay.org Buchanan Mall between McAllister St. and Golden Gate Ave.

WSWS (2019-08-03). Rashida Tlaib defends Democratic Party collaboration with Trump on immigration. wsws.org The Democratic congresswoman, a member of the DSA, demands "more training" for agents inflicting gross human rights violations.

RT (2019-08-03). A $32mn nothingburger: Justice Dept bill comes due for Russiagate costs. rt.com Nearly two years of fruitlessly hunting for collusion between US President Donald Trump's campaign and the Russian government cost the country $31.7 million, the Justice Department has revealed.

WSWS (2019-08-03). Trump's trade war measures hit the financial markets. wsws.org In its analysis of the latest turn in the trade war, the South China Morning Post said China had to decide either to a walk away from the negotiations or make major concessions to the US.

WSWS (2019-08-03). US scrapping of INF treaty heightens threat of nuclear war. wsws.org The formal abrogation of the treaty declared on Friday sets the stage for the testing and deployment of medium-range missiles against both Russia and China.

T.J. Coles (2019-08-02). Ship of Fools: Britain, America and the Iranian Oil Tanker Incidents. counterpunch.org Taking over from Britain's colonial role in exploiting the country, the US has bullied and tried to intimidate Iran for decades. The ongoing pretext for strangling Iran economically is that Iran is developing nuclear weapons. The UN's International Atomic Energy Agency repeatedly finds no evidence for this repeated US-led lie. Then-US President Barack Obama's Task More

Anya Parampil (2019-08-02). 'La vacuna contra el unilateralismo': el Movimiento de Países No Alineados se reúne en Venezuela para resistir contra la tiranía del dólar. thegrayzone.com Cobertura de The Grayzone desde la conferencia ministerial del Movimiento de Países No Alineados (Mnoal), donde representantes de más de…

Robert Fantina (2019-08-02). The MEK: Illusion vs. Reality. counterpunch.org The oddly named People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (known as the MKO or MEK), whose sole purpose is the overthrow of the people's government of Iran, has been busy. Some of their members, who seem to be mainly elderly, are technologically savvy, and use social media to further their disgraceful cause. But they don't just More

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-08-02). Why Did the UK Commander of HM Montrose Refrain from Firing on Iran's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC)? Who in Iran Gave Orders to Capture the "Stena Impero"? globalresearch.ca The US officially asked Europe, in particular the UK, France, Germany and Italy, to provide a naval force to patrol and protect ships sailing in the Straits of Hormuz, even if the command and control is handled by the Europeans …

Staff (2019-08-02). Headlines for August 2, 2019. democracynow.org Pentagon to Receive $1.48 Trillion Under Two-Year Budget Deal, Russia Declares Nuclear Arms Treaty "Formally Dead" as U.S. Withdraws, Trump Threatens to Impose Steeper Tariffs on Chinese Goods, Puerto Rico Faces Succession Crisis as Disgraced Governor Resigns, Video Shows Dallas Police Mocking Man Who Died in Their Custody, Dozens Killed as Two Attacks Rattle Yemen's Port City of Aden, Four Killed as Sudanese Soldiers Fire on Peaceful Pro-Democracy Activists, Third Case of Ebola in Congolese City Sparks Fears in Neighboring Rwanda, U.S. Prepares to Withdraw Thousands of Troops Amid Peace Talks with Taliban, July…

South Front (2019-08-02). Video: Game Changer: What's Behind US-Turkish Conflict over S-400 Deal. globalresearch.ca According to the Turkish National Defense Ministry, receipt of the first batch of Russian S-400 missile defense systems was completed on July 25th. Besides making headlines all around the world and causing a harsh response from the US, …

Staff (2019-08-02). U.S. to Test New Weapon as Arms Treaty With Russia Dies. truthdig.com Washington and Moscow walked out of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty that Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev signed in 1987.

Teresa Gutierrez (2019-08-02). Immigration time bomb is ticking. workers.org The foremost motivation of Donald Trump's immigration policy is racist terror, blatant cruelty and the promotion of social divisions so ominous they can only be characterized as white supremacist. Im/migrant workers have historically been victims of super exploitation. They have been used by the capitalists as cheap, exploitable and vulnerable . . . | Continue reading Immigration time bomb is ticking at Workers.org

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-08-02). Prohibiting Maintenance of Tanker Off Yemeni Coast, Saudis Risk Explosion and Environmental Disaster. mintpressnews.com "We are talking about a huge floating tanker that entered service in Yemen 30 years ago, which contains more than one million tons of oil. If an explosion takes place, many countries, including Saudi Arabia, will be hit with an environmental disaster."

Alicia Jrapko (2019-08-02). XXV Sao Paulo Forum Demonstrates that Venezuela Is Not Alone! globalresearch.ca From July 25-28 the XXV Sao Paulo Forum took place in Caracas, Venezuela, with the participation of 190 organizations, political parties, social movements, workers' movements, parliamentarians and intellectuals from Latin America, the Caribbean and several continents. | The date chosen for …

teleSUR (2019-08-02). Norway: 'Venezuela Dialogue Continues to be Successful'. telesurenglish.net The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs ratified this Friday the continued dialogue between the Venezuelan Government and its opposition delegations. | RELATED: | Venezuela: US Trying to Destroy Political Dialogue in Barbados | In a statement published on their website, Norwegian authorities stressed the round of negotiations established in Barbados is progressing expeditiously.

(2019-08-02). Reflections on the Sao Paolo Forum. workers.org By Sean Orr Caracas, Venezuela Reprinted from Fight Back! News From July 25 to 28, over 1,000 delegates gathered for the 25th Sao Paolo Forum in Caracas, Venezuela. Historically the largest gathering of the Latin American left, the Forum was transformed this year by its hosts into an assembly of . . . | Continue reading Reflections on the Sao Paolo Forum at Workers.org

Nino Pagliccia (2019-08-02). Defending Venezuela Is Defending Our America. globalresearch.ca The Sao Paulo Forum (SPF) that took place in Caracas just ended on July 28 fittingly within the framework of remembering the 65th anniversary of the birth of Hugo Chavez with a display of affection and respect for the …

teleSUR (2019-08-02). Venezuela Rejects US New Threats of Naval Blockade. telesurenglish.net President, Nicolas Maduro, rejected the threat of U.S. president, Donald Trump, to impose a naval blockade or a so-called "quarantine" against Venezuela Friday, meaning the U.S. would try to stop ships from going in or out Venezuelan waters. | RELATED: | Venezuela Rejects US Smear Campaign Against Public Officials | "Venezuela as a whole, in a civil society and military forces union, repudiates and rejects the declarations of Donald Trump of an alleged quarantine, of an alleged n…

Max Blumenthal (2019-08-02). 'Regime change begins at home' — Max Blumenthal speaks in Venezuelan presidential palace. thegrayzone.com The Grayzone's Max Blumenthal and the Embassy Protection Collective address the media after meeting with President Nicolás Maduro at Miraflores…

Alicia Jrapko (2019-08-02). XXV Sao Paulo Forum Demonstrates that Venezuela is not Alone! dissidentvoice.org Photo by Alicia Jrapko From July 25-28 the XXV Sao Paulo Forum took place in Caracas, Venezuela, with the participation of 190 organizations, political parties, social movements, workers' movements, parliamentarians and intellectuals from Latin America, the Caribbean and several continents. The date chosen for this historic meeting had a symbolic character to it. During those …

Peter Bolton (2019-08-02). What Bernie Sanders Gets Wrong About Healthcare. counterpunch.org Ever since Bernie Sanders became a nationally known figure during the 2016 Democratic primary race, his proposal to bring European-style publicly-provided universal healthcare to the US has become firmly entrenched in the country's political mainstream. Sometimes called "single-payer healthcare," the idea is to take private healthcare companies out of the equation and have the government More

Eric London (2019-08-02). US Federal Court Exposes Democratic Party Conspiracy Against Assange and WikiLeaks. Judge Dismisses DNC Lawsuit. globalresearch.ca In a ruling published late Tuesday, Judge John Koeltl of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York delivered a devastating blow to the US-led conspiracy against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. | In his ruling, Judge Koeltl, …

Binoy Kampmark (2019-08-02). The Retainer Solution: The European Union, Libya and Irregular Migration. dissidentvoice.org There is a venom in international refugee policy that refuses to go away: officials charged with their tasks, passing on their labours to those who might see the UN Refugee Convention as empty wording, rather than strict injunction carved upon stone. They have all become manifest in the policy of deferral: humanitarian problems are for …

teleSUR (2019-08-02). Mass Rally For Evo Morales in Opposition Stronghold. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's leftist president, Evo Morales, was greeted by a huge rally in the eastern city of Santa Cruz. Hundreds of thousands of people attended despite the city normally being known as a stronghold of the right wing opposition. The rally was in support of Evo Morales's Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) party, and to celebrate the anniversary of the country's land reform. | RELATED: | Bolivian Opposition Plan Protests to Destabilize Elections | President Morales addressed the crow…

Stephen Lendman (2019-08-02). The Geopolitical Wrecking Ball Trump Regime. "MAGA Gone Mad" globalresearch.ca Wall Street and other monied interests love Trump for handing them a bonanza of riches. Weapons and munitions makers support him and bipartisan congressional war party members for waging endless wars of aggression. | Big Oil, Big Pharma, other corporate predators, …

Ali A. Taj (2019-08-02). Tulsi Gabbard Challenges Foreign-Policy Assumptions and Moves the Overton Window. mintpressnews.com Tulsi Gabbard has moved the Overton window on what is acceptable discussion when it comes to U.S. foreign policy. She has punctured the rose-tinted narrative being constructed around establishment favorites like Senator Kamala Harris.

Sarah Abed (2019-08-02). No, Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard Is Not "Assad Apologist" globalresearch.ca With nearly two dozen declared candidates competing for the 2020 Democratic Presidential primary field and the opportunity to run against Donald Trump in the general election, it's no surprise that candidates are trying their best to "destroy" their opponents during …

Staff (2019-08-02). Climate System "Getting Unhinged" as Massive Heat Wave Causes Record Melting of Greenland Ice Sheet. democracynow.org The massive heat dome that shattered all-time temperature records across much of Europe last week has settled in over Greenland, driving temperatures across the vast region to as much as 30 degrees Fahrenheit above normal. In July, Greenland's ice sheet lost 197 billion tons of ice, the equivalent of around 80 million Olympic swimming pools. This comes as the World Meteorological Organization said Thursday that July was the warmest month in recorded human history. It followed the hottest June on record, as atmospheric carbon dioxide levels climbed to a record high of 415 parts per million earlier this year. We sp…

teleSUR (2019-08-02). US: Eric Garner Cop Could Be Fired. telesurenglish.net After five years, the officer involved in the death of Eric Garner may be fired from the NYPD, following a police judge recommended Friday that he be sacked for wrongdoing. | RELATED: | 'I Can't Breathe': No Charges for New York Policeman Who Killed Eric Garner | Garner was killed in 2014 after police officers accused him of selling unlicensed cigarettes and put him in an deathly and unwarrented chokehold. His death triggered outrage around the country and galvanized t…

Noor Al-Sibai (2019-08-02). In 'Midsommar,' Silent White Supremacy Shrieks Volumes. truthdig.com Warning: Spoilers abound. | "Midsommar" might just be the movie of the summer. Writer-director Ari Aster's visually stunning day-lit nightmare follows four Americans on a journey to a pagan commune in rural Sweden as they observe a summer solstice festival replete with ritual human sacrifice. | Viewers are lining up in droves to take the trip with them. Whether in online forums or in bars and cafes catering to the intellectual and artistic in cit…

Medea Benjamin (2019-08-02). Guardianship System Eased, but Saudi Arabia Still Oppresses Women. dissidentvoice.org The Saudi government announced it will be eliminating part of the male guardianship system, finally granting women the right to obtain passports and travel (if 21 years of age or over), and obtain family identification cards without the need for male authorization. The change comes in the context of the bad publicity that Saudi Arabia …

Staff (2019-08-02). US Withdrawal from INF Treaty Creates Greater Nuclear Instability. therealnews.com Sec. of State Mike Pompeo announced that the US is unilaterally withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which could have been re-negotiated if the US had acknowledged its own responsibility for the treaty's problems…

John Wojcik (2019-08-02). Trump kills Cold War missile treaty, setting stage for a new arms race. peoplesworld.org Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who came to the Trump administration from the Tea Party wing of the Republicans, announced in February that the president intended to suspend U.S. participation in the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty and was beginning the process of total U.S. withdrawal in six months. The pullout from this Cold War-era missile …

Evaggelos Vallianatos (2019-08-02). The Environmental Crimes of the Trump Administration. counterpunch.org The word environment usually refers to what is around us: air, water, house, trees, grass, town. However, with the broadening of human understanding about the effects of pollution and industry on human health and wildlife, environment received the philosophical and legal definition of human responsibility of protecting both human health and the health of the More

Andrew Levine (2019-08-02). Democrats, How Do I Hate Thee? counterpunch.org How do I hate thee? Counting the ways would be a fool's errand; there are too many ways. They have to do with your hypocrisy, cowardice, and servility. Circumstances change, but these traits have been constant themes in Democratic Party politics seemingly from time immemorial. More

Ajamu Baraka (2019-08-02). Trump and Black Misleadership Class: Collaborators in the Defense of White Power. counterpunch.org In a case that finally started to receive national attention over the last few weeks, Baltimore prosecutors finally achieved their desired goal after three attempts, a conviction of Keith Davis Jr, a young Black working class resident of Baltimore, who his supporters say, was set up by Baltimore police, for the murder of Kevin Jones. More

George Wuerthner (2019-08-02). Trump's Plan to Cut the Public Out of Public Lands Decisions. counterpunch.org When I was a kid, one of the favorite games we played in elementary school was "dodge ball." In the game, a circle is made around a person who attempts to "dodge" a ball thrown by the other kids. You get to stay in the middle of the ring until a ball hits you, and More

Paul Street (2019-08-02). CNN's Attempted Hit Job on Sanders and Warren. counterpunch.org I was unable to watch all the CNN Democratic presidential candidates' debate last Tuesday night, but every time I looked in it was stuck on one of the three following themes: #1. Conservative CNN "moderators" and absurdly marginal corporate Democrat pseudo-candidates like John Hickenlooper and John Delaney attacking the mildly social-democratish neo-New Deal progressive Bernie More

Melvin Goodman (2019-08-02). The Last of the Adults on Trump's National Security Team. counterpunch.org The first 24 hours of the Trump presidency were marked by a bizarre inauguration speech ("American Carnage"), frenzied claims of record inauguration crowds, and an unusual appearance at the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency where the new president proclaimed his political brilliance. The shock of these 24 hours led pundits and politicians alike to More

Paul Tritschler (2019-08-02). One Day in August. counterpunch.org "The bomb burst on this bright morning over what President Truman described as a military target — a hospital." Every Sunday, my father took me somewhere on a tram. Mystery tours, rattling across a sprawling, jumbling, clanking weave-work of metal sunk into cobbled streets that ran for miles. Boarding at Glasgow Cross, sometimes we rattled More

Liberation Staff (2019-08-02). Palestinian refugees in Lebanon struggle for justice. liberationnews.org This guest statement on the Lebanese government's recent restrictions on work permits for Palestinian and Syrian refugees is by Al-Awda, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition.

Staff (2019-08-02). Over 100 Killed in Another Mediterannean Shipwreck as Europe Watches. therealnews.com Frédéric Penard discusses the efforts of small NGOs to rescue refugees crossing the Mediterranean, against the efforts of European governments to block the entry of people fleeing war and famine…

Al Neal (2019-08-02). War on humanity: Inside the refugee camps of Ciudad Juárez. peoplesworld.org People's World correspondent Al Neal spent the summer of 2019 in the field reporting from sites all along the U.S.-Mexico border. In his dispatches, you get a view of the towns and people caught up in Trump's "border crisis." This is the first half of an article detailing his visit to a refugee camp in …

Staff (2019-08-02). Ex-Health Insurance Exec: Industry Is Using Decades-Old Scare Tactics to Fight Medicare for All. democracynow.org The Democratic presidential candidates remain deeply divided on how to expand healthcare to the tens of millions of Americans who are uninsured or underinsured. Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have both pushed for abolishing private health insurance and establishing a Medicare for All system. Their rivals have pushed a number of different, more incremental approaches. During the first night of the latest debates, Sanders pointed out that the country has taken sweeping action before to expand health coverage to millions of Americans, referring to the 50th anniversary of the creation of Medicare and Me…

Staff (2019-08-02). Can Cap and Invest Programs Bring Environmental Justice? (1/2). therealnews.com 12 states and Washington, DC are teaming up on the Transportation & Climate Initiative, but critics from Newark and Baltimore say the program excludes frontline voices and depends too much on market forces…

Staff (2019-08-02). 2nd Dem Debate Pt 2: Discusses the Climate Crisis, Tackles Endless War and Regime Change (3/4). therealnews.com The deep divide between candidates is clear as they clash over issues appearing for the first time in presidential debates. With Jacqueline Luqman, Dharna Noor, and Marc Steiner as host…

Victor Lasa (2019-08-02). This is How Spanish Social-Democracy Ends. counterpunch.org It was never going to happen. Three months of agonizing inaction by current Spanish President, Pedro Sanchez, has resulted in no coalition agreement to create a progressive government for Spain between his PSOE and Unidas Podemos, the amalgamation of parties and social movements sourced off the Indignados protests in 2011 [1]. Nothing seems to have More

Dave Lindorff (2019-08-02). Let's Just Let Trump Spend the Whole War Department Budget on Building Walls. counterpunch.org Liberals are upset that the new Supreme Court, packed with conservatives, has decided President Trump can have $2.6 billion of the Pentagon's new FY 2020 $738 billion budget to build some wall along the Mexican border. But I think they're thinking all wrong about this. Instead of complaining and fighting a losing battle against Trump's More

Medea Benjamin (2019-08-02). Guardianship System Eased, but Saudi Arabia Still Oppresses Women. counterpunch.org The Saudi government announced it will be eliminating part of the male guardianship system, finally granting women the right to obtain passports and travel (if 21 years of age or over), and obtain family identification cards without the need for male authorization. The change comes in the context of the bad publicity that Saudi Arabia More

Andrew Korybko (2019-08-02). UAE Withdrawal from Yemen. Turning Point. Did the Ansar Allah Just Win the Yemeni War? globalresearch.ca The announcement that the UAE is in the process of a large-scale military drawdown in Yemen has been met with rapturous applause by the Ansar Allah's supporters who believe that this unofficially acknowledges their victory in the conflict, but these …

Daily Sabah (2019-08-02). A Mother, Six Newborns Die Every Two Hours in Yemen. globalresearch.ca As the world approaches the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), mothers and children continue to bear the brunt of the ongoing Saudi-led war in Yemen. The brutal conflict continues to cost the lives …

The Canary (2019-08-02). Heathrow workers 'reject' pay offer and are done being 'given crumbs while shareholders pocket billions'. thecanary.co Indications from a ballot of thousands of workers at Heathrow Airport on whether to accept a pay offer point to an "overwhelming rejection", union leaders have said. | Around 4,000 members of Unite, including security guards, firefighters and engineers, have been voting on a revised pay deal, with the result expected later on Friday. | Planned strikes were suspended while the workers voted on the offer, but industrial action on dates throughout August remain, with Unite saying walkouts next Monday and Tuesday look likely to go ahead. | The union warned Heathrow against opting to pay millions of pounds in compensa…

teleSUR (2019-08-02). China Vows to Retaliate if Trump Imposes New Tariffs. telesurenglish.net China did not take lightly to U.S. President Donald Trump's recent threats to impose new tariffs, as Beijing has vowed to take retaliatory measures against Washington should they go through with this trade tax. | RELATED: | US Withdraws From 1988 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty | On Friday, China warned the U.S. that they would not be blackmailed and vowed tit-for-tat measures if Trump goes through with his threat to slap a 10 percent tariff on US$300 billion of Chine…

Olivia Alperstein (2019-08-02). The U.S. Should Never Start A Nuclear War. commondreams.org Alongside climate change, nuclear weapons pose one of the gravest risks to human survival. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Matt Korda (2019-08-02). In Memoriam: The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty Dies at 32. thenation.com In Memoriam: The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty Dies at 32…

teleSUR (2019-08-02). Brazil: Deforestation Data Could Cost Space Agency Chief's Job. telesurenglish.net According to preliminary data produced by INPE in June 2019, deforestation in the Amazon rainforest jumped 88 percent compared to the same month a year ago. | RELATED | 'Bolsonaro is Responsible for the Amazon' UN Rapporteur Says | The latest available Records from July 1 to July 25 show a deforested area 1,864 square kilometers long, more than triple the size that the one of July last year. | In June, Bolsonaro described these numbers as a lie and personally attacked Galvao, who…

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-08-02). The Retainer Solution: The European Union, Libya and Irregular Migration. globalresearch.ca There is a venom in international refugee policy that refuses to go away: officials charged with their tasks, passing on their labours to those who might see the UN Refugee Convention as empty wording, rather than strict injunction carved upon …

Mark Ashwill (2019-08-02). Coming to Terms with the Past by Honoring Historical Truth: The Case of Fulbright University Vietnam. counterpunch.org No man in the whole world can change the truth. One can only look for the truth, find it and serve it. -Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) Thanks to a Google Alert, I learned that Dam Bich Thuy, founding president of Fulbright University Vietnam (FUV), was at Carthage College, a small liberal arts institution in Wisconsin, to deliver More

W. T. Whitney (2019-08-02). Sidelined US Embassy and Mystery Illnesses Spell Trouble for Cuba. counterpunch.org President Obama on December 17, 2014 announced a U.S. opening to Cuba. Months later there was a U.S. embassy in Havana. Beginning in late 2016, however, some diplomats there —CIA agents among them — experienced strange noises, hearing loss, headaches, impaired memory, confused thinking, dizziness, impaired vision and more. Expressing safety concerns, the State Department More

Jeffrey Sommers (2019-08-02). State Legislature in the 'Koch Belt' Denies Wisconsin Healthcare and Return of Taxpayer Dollars from DC. counterpunch.org "Please Sir, I want some more," Oliver Twist meekly asks the ogre overseer of the orphanage set in Charles Dickens' famous novel of greed gone wild in Victorian England. Oliver's request was rejoined by an indignant, "Whaaaat!" And, so this tale of austerity continues to be reprised under GOP rule as healthcare is withheld from More

Kenn Orphan — Phil Rockstroh (2019-08-02). Fires in Arctic Ice, Exposed on Mountains of the Heart. counterpunch.org PR: Recently, the temperature in Paris rose to 108.7 F (42.6 C) surpassing the previous record by 4 F (2.2 C) set on July 28, 1947 of 104.7 F (40.4 C). Shortly thereafter, during an email exchange with an old friend, a prominent (if the term prominent can still be applied to the professionally marginalised More

Jill Richardson (2019-08-02). You Don't Save Money By Forcing People to Go Hungry. counterpunch.org The Trump administration has proposed a rule that will cut an estimated 3 million eligible people off food stamps while depriving half a million eligible children of school lunch. I've been on food stamps. I spent most of my life with mental illness, and it was not diagnosed until a few years ago. Not knowing More

South Front (2019-08-02). Video: Al Qaeda Idlib "Militants" Rescued by Another "Ceasefire", Israeli Airstrikes against Syrian Army Positions. globalresearch.ca On August 1, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies continued their advance on militants' positions in northern Hama liberated the villages of Mushairifah, Aziziah, Abu Raeida Gharbi and Abu Raeida. | According to local sources, SAA units also pushed …

Steven Sahiounie (2019-08-02). Syria's "Opposition" Fails to Represent Syrians. globalresearch.ca The Syrian population residing in Syria is suffering from having barely survived eight years of war. They didn't leave for camps in Turkey, Jordan or Lebanon, or they are those who have returned to Syria from having been in camps. …

Adam Hochschild (2019-08-02). America's Real War: A Political 100-Year Flood. commondreams.org In 1915, the richest 1% of the population owned 35.6% of the country's wealth. The biggest threat to their position was the militant wing of the labor movement, hence the Wobblies were among the greatest victims of repression. (Photo: Garment Workers in NYC/1915/Bettmann /Getty) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-08-02). Employment Is High — But Job Growth Is Slowing Down. truthout.org | | The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the economy added 164,000 jobs in July, with the employment-to-population ratio (EPOP) inching up to 60.7 percent, a new high for the recovery. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.7 percent. There were downward revisions of 41,000 to the prior two months' data, bringing the average rate of job growth for the last three months to 140,000. | The big job gainers in July were professional and technical services, which added 30,800 jobs, and health care, which added 3…

Sarah Anderson (2019-08-02). 3 Bills to Rein in Executive Pay. commondreams.org While none of these bills would completely solve our executive pay problem, they are important steps towards a more rational, equitable system. (Photo: Pixabay/CC0) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Peter Koenig (2019-08-02). The Western Alliance Is Falling Apart. globalresearch.ca Turkey has become a de facto lame duck as a NATO member and may soon officially exit NATO which would be a tremendous blow to the Western Alliance — and may tempt other European NATO nations to do likewise. Probably not overnight, but the idea of an ever more defunct NATO is planted.

GMWatch (2019-08-02). Glyphosate Should be Phased Out Worldwide. Devastating Health Impacts. globalresearch.ca The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), the only global organisation representing obstetricians and gynaecologists, wants glyphosate phased out worldwide. | A statement published by the Federation's Reproductive and Developmental Environmental Health Committee says: | "Over the past fifteen years, an …

Nadia Alexan (2019-08-02). The Myth of a Racist Quebec. globalresearch.ca Translated from French | The accusations of racism brought against the people of Quebec in the wake of Bill 21 on the secularism of the state are very ill-founded. On the contrary, the history of this minority people in North America …

Svetlana Skarbo (2019-08-02). Climate Change in Siberia: Massive Wildlife Tragedy as Bears and Foxes Flee Taiga, While Smaller Animals Suffocate in Smoke. globalresearch.ca Wild animals are turning to humans as they escape gas-chamber-like woods, with wildfires continuing to rage across almost 3 million hectares. | Even the Arctic is on fire, with smoke blanketing an area larger than the European Union, and a state …

Swiss Propaganda Research (2019-08-02). The American Empire and Its Media. globalresearch.ca This article was first crossposted on GR in July 2017. | Largely unbeknownst to the public, many media executives and top journalists of almost all major U.S. news outlets, political and business magazines, public broadcasters and press agencies have long been …