2019-08-05: News Headlines

Stephen Lendman (2019-08-05). Trump Regime Aiming to Blockade Iran and Venezuela? globalresearch.ca International law is clear. Blockades are undeclared acts of war. | No nation may legally use this tactic against another state unilaterally or with coalition partners. | UN Charter provisions are binding international law. Article 39 authorizes the Security Council alone to …

Andrew Korybko (2019-08-05). Nobody Will Stop the US if It Blockades Venezuela. globalresearch.ca The US has full escalation dominance in the Hybrid War on Venezuela, so while it would be internationally illegal and morally wrong, neither Caracas nor its partners in Moscow, Beijing, and Tehran would do anything of substance to stop Washington …

Daniel Larison (2019-08-05). A Blockade of Venezuela Must be Opposed. globalresearch.ca When Trump said he was considering a blockade of Venezuela yesterday, it was possible to dismiss it as a meaningless statement that would have no policy implications. Unfortunately, Trump seems to have meant what he said: | Donald Trump is …

Lucas Koerner (2019-08-05). NPR Shreds Ethics Handbook to Normalize Regime Change in Venezuela. fair.org The Reagan administration in 1982 coerced National Public Radio (NPR) to cover more favorably the US terrorist war then being waged against Nicaragua. | As Greg Grandin writes, Otto Reich, head of the administration's Orwellian propaganda outfit known as the Office of Public Diplomacy, informed the public network that his office had contracted "a special consultant service [to listen] to all NPR programs" on Central America. Dependent on state funding, NPR promptly buckled under pressure, reassigning reporters viewed as "too easy on the Sandinistas," and…

Adrienne Pine (2019-08-05). The End of a Cocaine-Fueled Presidency? Juan Orlando Hernandez Faces Regime Change in Honduras. mintpressnews.com Honduras has been the epicenter of the Central American exodus and northward migration since the U.S.-backed coup 10 years ago and the ultra-violent repression by President Juan Orlando Hernandez's regime, as well as its ultra-neoliberal policies.

Anis Shivani (2019-08-05). What the El Paso Mass Shooting Tells Us About the Operationalization of Fascist Violence. commondreams.org Law enforcement agents respond to an active shooter at a Wal-Mart near Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, Texas, on August 3, 2019. – A gunman armed with an assault rifle killed 20 people Saturday when he opened fire on shoppers at a packed Walmart store in the latest mass shooting in the United States. (Photo: Joel Angel JUAREZ / AFP / Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-08-05). Misogyny Drives Many Mass Shootings. Dayton Was No Exception. truthout.org | | Update: The death toll has increased to a combined total of 31.Over the span of 13 hours, the country was shaken by two mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, where a total of 29 people were killed. Shortly before the attack, the El Paso gunman posted an anti-immigrant manifesto on the far-right message board 8chan, while there is still no clear motive for the Dayton shooting. Senator Bernie Sanders and other Democratic leaders…

Staff (2019-08-05). Mass Shootings, Militarism and Policing Are Chapters in the Same Manifesto. truthout.org | | This weekend, after two mass shooters killed and injured dozens of people in Texas and Ohio, Rep. Steve Cohen tweeted, "You want to shoot an assault weapon? Go to Afghanistan or Iraq. Enlist!" | Cohen, a Democrat from Tennessee, apparently did not take issue with the El Paso shooter's desire to slaughter people of color — he merely wanted to redirect his bullets toward people of color outside of the United States. His tweet was a chilling reminder of how the United…

Staff (2019-08-05). After Dayton Shooting, Gun Violence Reporter Says Misogyny "Clear Link" Between Many Mass Shootings. democracynow.org Over the span of 13 hours, the country was shaken by two mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, where a total of 29 people were killed. Shortly before the attack, the El Paso gunman posted an anti-immigrant manifesto on the far-right message board 8chan, while there is still no clear motive for the Dayton shooting. Senator Bernie Sanders and other Democratic leaders are calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to hold a special session of the Senate to vote on two gun safety bills recently passed in the House. This all comes as the National Rifle Association is imploding. We speak with Alex…

Stephen Lendman (2019-08-05). Mass Shootings in America. The US is a "Gun Society" globalresearch.ca They happen with disturbing regularity, two over the weekend. More on them below. | *** | Gun Violence Archive maintains a database of reported shootings in the US, information gotten from law enforcement, media, and government sources. | In 2019, it reported 33,028 …

Natasha Lennard (2019-08-05). The El Paso Shooter Embraced Eco-Fascism. We Can't Let the Far Right Co-Opt the Environmental Struggle. theintercept.com On Aug. 4, 2019, a man places an American flag on a makeshift memorial outside the Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, where a mass shooting occurred the previous day. | The four-page manifesto believed to be written by suspected El Paso mass shooter Patrick Crusius abounds with Trumpian racist nationalism. "This attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas," notes the text, published shortly before Saturday's massacre. The manifesto, which decries "race-mixing," states, "some people will blame the president or certain presidential candidates for the attack. This is not the case," noting that the autho…

Cassie Miller and Hatewatch Staff (2019-08-05). El Paso Massacre Galvanizes Accelerationists. splcenter.org The domestic terror incident this past weekend in El Paso has energized the growing "accelerationist" bloc of the white power movement, which argues violence is the only way to achieve its goal of creating a white, non-Jewish ethnostate.

Aaron Maté (2019-08-05). White supremacist terror against Mexicans has deep roots. thegrayzone.com The shooting massacre in El Paso is the latest manifestation of a long history of white supremacist violence against Mexicans…

Michael Winship (2019-08-05). Please, I'd Like to Stop Writing about Innocents Killed by Guns. commondreams.org Another day, another massacre—this time two, in just 13 hours.

Staff (2019-08-05). Headlines for August 5, 2019. democracynow.org White Supremacist Kills 20 People After Hate-Fueled Gun Rampage in El Paso, Gunman with Misogynistic Past Kills 9 People in Dayton, OH Shooting Spree, General Strike Grips Hong Kong as Protesters Refuse to Back Down, India Revokes Kashmir's Special Status as Tensions Mount in Disputed Region, Iran Seizes Tanker as Tensions Between Iran and U.S. Remain High, Russian Police Arrest 800+ Protesters as Crackdown on Dissent Continues, Sudan's Military Rulers and Opposition Leaders Sign Transition Agreement, 3 Mexican Journalists Killed in Under a Week, Pierluisi Sworn In as Puerto Rico's New Governor as San Juan Mayor…

RT (2019-08-05). Dayton shooter was apparently a self-professed 'leftist,' Warren & Sanders fan. rt.com Judging by his supposed activity on Twitter, the Dayton shooter appears to have held views opposite to those of the El Paso gunman from hours earlier. A now-suspended account, allegedly his own, implies he was a die-hard leftist.

Staff (2019-08-05). Mexico Plans Legal Action Against US After Six Citizens Killed in El Paso. truthout.org | | Update: The death toll has increased to a combined total of 31.After six Mexican nationals were killed in El Paso by a gunman authorities believe is the author of a racist and anti-immigrant manifesto, Mexico on Sunday said it is…

splcenter (2019-08-05). Hate is Alive in America—El Paso Shooting. splcenter.org A manifesto from shooter promotes white nationalist talking points as white nationalists mock those killed in the shooting…

Manuel García, Jr. (2019-08-05). Thoughts on the El Paso Mass Murderer. counterpunch.org The manifesto of the El Paso mass murderer (1) sounds very similar to what I have heard and seen other envious individuals — presuming to speak for their sub-groups of Americans — say and write, even right on my "social media" web-pages. Their bottom line is: "all my problems are caused by other people," and by "other" More

teleSUR (2019-08-05). Iran Says Will Not Tolerate 'Offenses' in Gulf. telesurenglish.net Iran runs security in the Strait of Hormuz and will no longer tolerate "maritime offenses" there, the country's foreign minister said Monday, a day after it seized a second oil tanker near the strategic waterway that it accused of smuggling fuel. | RELATED: | Iran Seizes Another Oil Tanker Smuggling Fuel: Gov't | Tanker traffic through the Strait has become a focus for an increasingly tense standoff between Washington and Tehran, into which Britain has also been dragged, and the United Sta…

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2019-08-05). Iran's Foreign Minister Zarif Drives Trump to Insanity. globalresearch.ca At a time when the Trump administration has no problem negotiating with the secretary of the Russian national security council Nikolai Patrushev, who is technically under US sanctions since April 2018, the cut and thrust of Washington's move to …

Andrew Emett (2019-08-05). U.S. imposes 2nd round of sanctions against Russia for poisoning ex-spy. nationofchange.org The United States is announcing a second round of sanctions on Russia for its use of a 'novichok' nerve agent in an attempt to assassinate Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal.

Tom H. Hastings (2019-08-05). Election annulment please. nationofchange.org Russia hacked and attacked our 2016 presidential election and installed Donald Trump. This requires annulment. Trump didn't even come close on the actual popular vote, losing to Clinton by some three million votes, and yet seized the White House by the arcane and anti-democratic electoral college, but only due to Russian illegal interference. This makes …

Eds. (2019-08-05). Arctic fires: "You have to go to a different planet to find a more persistent type" mronline.org Here's a sentence for you: The Arctic is burning. Yes, that Arctic—the traditionally cold and wet one, large swaths of which are being consumed by an astonishing number of wildfires, from Russia to Greenland to Alaska. | Source

Eve Ottenberg (2019-08-05). The Case for Socialism. counterpunch.org Anyone doubting the arguments for socialism, should read Bhaskar Sunkara's "The Socialist Manifesto." It presents old rationales in new clothes; the clothes are simple and attractive, while the rationales are sound. They come, however, with a big warning. "We certainly don't want to repeat the last century's attempts, whether in Russia or China, to impose More

Staff (2019-08-05). Trump Vows Action After Shootings but Gives Few Details. truthdig.com The president has suggested a new bill could be paired with immigration reform without explaining how or why the two issues are related.

RT (2019-08-05). US President Trump proposes tighter gun control tied to immigration reform. rt.com US legislators should pass tougher gun control laws and possibly "marry" them to immigration reform, President Donald Trump tweeted. It comes ahead of an announcement on gun violence which he promised to deliver later on Monday.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-08-05). Trump's Trade War with China: Imagine What Would Happen if China Decided to Impose Economic Sanctions on the USA? globalresearch.ca In formulating these veiled threats, the Trump administration should think twice. These measures would inevitably backlash on the U.S. economy. China is not dependent on US imports. Quite the opposite. America is an import led economy with a weak manufacturing base, heavily dependent on imports from the PRC.

teleSUR (2019-08-05). Trump Says Fake News, Not His Hate Speech, Behind Shootings. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday that his country must "condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy" after a gunman killed 20 people in an attack in Texas that authorities said appeared to be a racially motivated hate crime. | Trump did not directly address accusations that his anti-immigrant and racially charged comments have contributed to a rise in hate crimes. | "These sinister ideologies must be defeated," he said in remarks at the White House. "Hate has no place in America. Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart and devours the soul." | Trump said he was directing the Department of Justice to…

Howard Lisnoff (2019-08-05). Two Foxes and a Hen: Sexual Assault in the Military. counterpunch.org This is now a nation governed by thugs, a government in many ways reminiscent of right-wing authoritarian societies throughout history. It's a smiling version of authoritarianism unless a person happens to be an immigrant. There aren't death camps or gulags here, unless you're an immigrant, or in some cases a prisoner in a place like the federal More

Staff (2019-08-05). NPR Has Disgraced Itself in Its Venezuela Coverage. truthdig.com The Reagan administration in 1982 coerced National Public Radio (NPR) to cover more favorably the US terrorist war then being waged against Nicaragua. | As Greg Grandin writes, Otto Reich, head of the administration's Orwellian propaganda outfit known as the Office of Public Diplomacy, informed the public network that his office had contracted "a special consultant service [to listen] to all NPR programs" on Central America. Dependent on state funding, NPR promptly buckled under pressure, reassigning reporters viewed as "too easy on the Sandinistas," and hir…

Carla Stea (2019-08-05). Omission of Atrocities Committed by the Venezuelan "Opposition" Discredits UN Human Rights Report. globalresearch.ca Former lawyer for the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, Alfred de Zayas stated: | "As a former staffer of the Office of the High Commissioner For Human Rights, I know how things work. There are people with prejudices. They have …

teleSUR (2019-08-05). Venezuela Intercepts Two Planes Loaded With Drugs From Colombia. telesurenglish.net The Comprehensive Aerospace Defense Command (Codai) belonging to the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) of Venezuela managed to arrest and neutralize two aircraft with illegal substances, originating from Colombia, in the airspace of the South American country. | RELATED: | Colombian Indigenous Group Demands Justice for Guard's Murder | Codai through its Twitter account reported that it "detected and neutra…

Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (2019-08-05). Venezuela: Delcy Rodríguez denuncia golpe de Estado jurídico desde EEUU. peoplesworld.org La vicepresidenta ejecutiva de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela, Delcy Rodríguez, denunció este lunes una gran operación internacional que implica un golpe de Estado jurídico dirigido desde Estados Unidos (EEUU) mediante el cual se busca despojar al país de todos sus activos. "Es un golpe jurídico para apropiarse de todos los activos que tiene Petróleos …

Conn Hallinan (2019-08-05). Rivers of Dust: Water and the Middle East. counterpunch.org Syria and Iraq are at odds with Turkey over the Tigris-Euphrates. Egypt's relations with Sudan and Ethiopia over the Nile are tense. Jordan and the Palestinians accuse Israel of plundering river water to irrigate the Negev Desert and hogging most of the three aquifers that underlie the occupied West Bank. More

Robert Fisk (2019-08-05). Lies and buffoonery: How Boris Johnson's fantasy world casts dark shadows in the Middle East. counterpunch.org I've worked out that in the past week, I've been told to wait "only five minutes" at least four times. In the Arab world, any interview that is delayed will always be accompanied by the assurance that I will only have to wait for five minutes. Or I will be called back on the phone More

Max Blumenthal (2019-08-05). How Joe Biden's Privatization Plans Helped Doom Latin America and Fuel the Migration Crisis. globalresearch.ca On the campaign trail, Joe Biden has boasted of his role in transforming Colombia and Central America through ambitious economic and security programs. Colombians and Hondurans tell The Grayzone about the damage his plans did to their societies. | *** | While …

Susie Day (2019-08-05). The War on Drugs in Mexico is Also a War on Journalists. counterpunch.org What is press freedom and how do we know what it looks like? While we in the United States are absorbed in Julian Assange-related quandaries about just who is a journalist, and whether leaked information can or should compromise national security, reporters in Mexico are harassed and killed daily for covering a "drug war" launched in More

Binoy Kampmark (2019-08-05). The Retainer Solution: the European Union, Libya and Irregular Migration. counterpunch.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 More

Renee Parsons (2019-08-05). Tulsi Gabbard, the Mainstream Media and Treason. globalresearch.ca In case you had not noticed, there is an existential crisis going on within both the MSM and Democratic party that has been on full display during the June and July DNC sponsored presidential debates — and today the DNC …

teleSUR (2019-08-05). Car Explosion Kills 19 at Cancer Institute in Central Cairo. telesurenglish.net At least nineteen people were killed and 30 more were wounded in an explosion resulting from a car crash in central Cairo, Egypt's health ministry said early on Monday. | RELATED: | 'The Saudi Way': Egypt Expatriates Minister Vows to 'Slice up' Critics Living Abroad | According to Egyptian-based media, the powerful explosion near the medical facility was caused by the detonation of an oxygen cylinder that was inside of a car that collided with another vehicle i…

The Canary (2019-08-05). 'Threat to life' still priority in Whaley Bridge dam drama, residents warned. thecanary.co A minority of people refusing to leave their homes amid fears of a damaged dam bursting are "taking their lives into their own hands", a police chief has warned.Thirty-one residents, including a "small number" who were initially evacuated but have since returned to their homes, remain in 22 properties in the evacuation zone in the town of Whaley Bridge despite warnings of catastrophic consequences if the the dam at Toddbrook Reservoir collapses.On Monday, Derbyshire's police and crime commissioner, Hardyal Dhindsa, acknowledged that locals had faced a "big disruption" as the around-the-clock operation to return t…

Andrew Steele (2019-08-05). Seeking Justice for 9/11 Heroes: An Interview with New York Area Fire Commissioner Christopher Gioia. globalresearch.ca On this week's episode of 9/11 Free Fall, host Andy Steele is joined by Franklin Square Fire Commissioner Christopher Gioia to discuss his fire district's recent passage of a historic resolution supporting a new investigation into events of 9/11. | We …

Jon Schwarz (2019-08-05). We Desperately Need Marianne Williamson's Message. It's Ominous That We're Only Getting It From Marianne Williamson. theintercept.com It's alarming that only someone given to wild flights of irrationality believes that America can hear the truth about itself and respond rationally.

Rachel M. Cohen (2019-08-05). Amid Conservative Assault on Organized Labor, Democratic Lawmakers Are Advancing Laws to Expand Workers' Rights. theintercept.com Nevada and Delaware passed laws this summer giving public-sector workers the right to collectively bargain. Colorado is expected to follow suit next year.

Thomas Knapp (2019-08-05). Afghanistan: In Search of Monsters to Not Destroy. counterpunch.org America, John Quincy Adams said in 1821, "goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own." That's as good a summary ever spoken of the non-interventionist position. US Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) disagrees. He More

CP Editor (2019-08-05). The Forgotten Rohingya Refugees. counterpunch.org

Dean Baker (2019-08-05). Newsflash: Trump and DeVos Do Not Want to Get Government Out of For-Profit College Industry. counterpunch.org It is far too common for progressives to accept the right's framing of economic issues. In the standard story, the right portrays itself as the champion of free markets. The image is of the rugged individualist who struggles against the current to come out ahead. They want to be able to make their way in More

Priti Gulati Cox (2019-08-05). Patterns of Occupied Palestine: Part 2 of Uncountable. counterpunch.org What do Shahed Amer al-Bayoumi, Abdel-Raouf Salha, Arafat Jaradat, Ayoub Asaleya, Mohammed Suleiman, Sawsan Ali Dawud Mansour, Mohammad H., Isma'il Muslem Hamad Abu Bteihan, Ala Ziad Abu 'Aasi, Fadi al-Darbi, Atef al-Maqousi, Jaber Ibrahim Abu Hweige,Fadiyah Jaber Abu Hweigeand MuhammadJaber Abu Hweigehave in common? They are Palestinians between the ages of 9 and 69 who More

Marshall Auerback (2019-08-05). Signs of Recession Are Hitting Europe—And Its New Central Bank President May Not Be Up for the Challenge. counterpunch.org We now know that there will be a changing of the guard at the European Central Bank (ECB) in October. The current head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde, will succeed current ECB President Mario Draghi at that time. A known quantity among the political and investor class of Europe, Lagarde seems like a safe choice: she is a lawyer by training, not an economist. Hence, she is unlikely to usher in any dramatic changes. More

Chris Hedges (2019-08-05). The Artist as Prophet. truthdig.com Where is America headed? As the question is endlessly argued, especially during the presidential campaign, potential answers tend to inhabit political realms. However, Chris Hedges, in this column from May 29, 2017, suggests that we also look elsewhere in seeking answers: to our artists. A new article from Hedges will appear next Monday after he returns from vacation. | The Israeli writer and dissident Uri Avnery asked an Egyptian general how the Egyptians managed to surprise the Israelis when they launched the October 1973 war. The general answered: "Instead of reading the intelligence reports, you should have r…

Eva Bartlett (2019-08-05). A Syrian Leader Tells His Country's Story: An Interview with SAA General Hassan Hassan. mintpressnews.com For years, international headlines spotlighting Syria have claimed that the Syrian government, army, and its allies were guilty of a variety of atrocities. Yet as time has passed, many of the accusations levied at government and its allies have been shown to have been either falsified, staged (as in the case of allegations of chemical attacks in eastern Ghouta), or actually committed by the myriad terrorist groups operating in the country. | For their part, Syrian leadership has maintained from the start that the uprising…

Staff (2019-08-05). Federal Authorities Have Downplayed White Supremacist Violence for Too Long. truthout.org | | According to The New York Times, white extremist shooters have now killed at least 63 people in the United States over the past 18 months. Late last month, FBI Director Christopher Wray told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee that crime driven by racism and white supremacy was on the rise compared to the past nine months. But former FBI agents say there is reluctance within the agency to tackle white nationalist violence in part due to President Trump's rhetoric. We speak with Mike…

teleSUR (2019-08-05). Brazilian Inmate Tries Jailbreak Disguised as Teenage Daughter. telesurenglish.net A masked Rio de Janeiro inmate dressed as a woman tried to break out of a Brazilian jail this weekend in a surreal act of derring-do, only to be thwarted on the cusp of freedom by state prison authorities. | RELATED: | Brazil Prison Riot Kills 52, with 16 Decapitated | Clauvino da Silva, a drug dealer from the city of Angra dos Reis, was caught by prison guards at the Bangu jail complex in Rio state on Saturday, as he tried to exit via the front door after visiting hours. The Rio state prison au…

True Publica (2019-08-05). Democracy Threat? Trump Demands 'Realignment of British Politics'. The Americanization of Britain. globalresearch.ca I said that this moment would come. It has almost arrived. I warned that Britain is to become a European outpost of America (READ: The global alliance taking over Britain) and if ever proof was needed, it is the …

Erin Schwartz (2019-08-05). The Dirtbag Magnetism of Phoebe Waller-Bridge's 'Fleabag'. thenation.com The Dirtbag Magnetism of Phoebe Waller-Bridge's 'Fleabag'

The Canary (2019-08-05). Email fraud warning issued to students ahead of A-Level results. thecanary.co UK students are at risk from email scams because many top universities are not following best practices to block fraudulent emails, new research has claimed. | According to a report by cybersecurity firm Proofpoint, 65% of the UK's top 20 universities were not using any form of an industry-recommended email authentication tool. | It says this could enable cybercriminals to imitate the universities in question easily, placing students applying for higher education after receiving their A-Level results at greater risk of email fraud. | The Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance (DMARC) recor…

Staff (2019-08-05). Stocks Plunge 3% in Worst Loss of Year as Trade War Escalates. truthdig.com Rattled U.S. investors react to China letting its currency, the yuan, drop to its lowest level against the dollar in more than a decade.

Prof. Mel Gurtov (2019-08-05). The Dangerous New US Consensus on China and the Future of US-China Relations. globalresearch.ca The trade war and technological competition with China are symptomatic of a much larger issue: a dangerous gridlock in US-China relations that may become permanent, with dire consequences not just for the two countries' economies but also for the global …

Ed Sykes (2019-08-05). John McDonnell takes new chancellor Sajid Javid to the cleaners with scathing letter. thecanary.co On 5 August, Labour's John McDonnell shared a damning letter which takes Boris Johnson's new chancellor Sajid Javid to the cleaners. | Javid involved with "financial weapons of mass destruction": | The shadow chancellor wrote to Johnson on 31 July calling for "two investigations into Mr Javid's past conduct in matters of financial stewardship and decision-making". McDonnell said tha…

Richard Galustian (2019-08-05). Is There a Third Way in Libya? What can Break the Deadlock in Libya's Civil War? globalresearch.ca What can break the deadlock in Libya's civil war? | Ghassan Salame, the UN's point man for Libya began his analysis and brief to the Security Council last week by emphasising that the armed conflict in Libya "shows no signs …

Nick Beams (2019-08-05). Trump's Trade War Measures Hit the Financial Markets. globalresearch.ca Financial markets around the world fell on Friday as a result of the shock wave from US President Trump's surprise announcement Thursday that he intended to impose a 10 percent tariff from September 1 on a further $300 billion worth …

Dr. Jack Rasmus (2019-08-05). The Global Currency War Has Begun. China's Yuan Breaks the 7 to $1 Band. Why is The Dollar Rising? globalresearch.ca Over this weekend, China's Yuan currency broke out of its band and devalued to more than 7 to $1. At the same time China announced it would not purchase more US agricultural goods. The Trump-US Neocon trade strategy has just …

(2019-08-05). Trump Administration Ends Long-standing Safeguards Protecting Kids from Dangerous Class of Pesticides. globalresearch.ca The Trump administration's Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it will end long-running safeguards meant to protect children from harmful pesticide ingredients used in bug sprays, pet shampoos and on fruits and vegetables. | After receiving data from the pesticide industry …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-08-05). Cheering a New Arms Race: The End of the INF. globalresearch.ca US President Donald Trump is a master of the withdrawal method. That said, it is often forgotten that the United States remains that most fickle of creatures, joining, or abandoning international regimes that might be seen to jar with the …

Global Research (2019-08-05). The Silencing of Independent Media: Global Research Needs Your Help. globalresearch.ca Dear Readers, | An increasing number of search engines implement algorithms which are negatively biased against independent news and analysis websites such as Global Research. Our website gets filtered out from their results, making our articles harder to find, which reduces …

Philip A Farruggio (2019-08-05). The Resurgence of the "Absentee Landlord" Beast. globalresearch.ca No politician from either of the Two Party/One Party imbroglio will ever mention anything about this Absentee Landlord disgrace. Sadly, absentee landlords have been with us since time in memoriam. These people were even mentioned in the story of Jesus …

EWG (2019-08-05). Europe Says 'No Safe Level' of Brain-Damaging Pesticide Trump EPA Refused to Ban. globalresearch.ca European food safety regulators have found there is no safe level of exposure for a brain-damaging pesticide President Trump's Environmental Protection Agency recently refused to ban. | The European Food Safety Authority said today that chlorpyrifos, widely used on fruits and …

Joachim Hagopian (2019-08-05). Death and Extinction of the Bees. The Role of Monsanto? globalresearch.ca This article was originally published in March 2014. What has been the role of Monsanto in the loss of of the global honeybee population. | It is only recently that this issue has been the object of mainstream media coverage. | Scientists …

Patrick Martin, WSWS (2019-08-05). The fascist attack in Gilroy and the US epidemic of mass shootings. indybay.org [August 3: This article is republished here the same day yet another white supremacist has killed at least 20 people in El Paso, Texas, less than a week after the racist attack at the Garlic Festival in Gilroy.]…

WSWS (2019-08-05). Deadlock over Iranian cargo ships exposes deep crisis of Brazilian ruling class. wsws.org As the Bolsonaro government aligns itself ever more closely with US imperialism, the ruling class is growing nervous of provoking a social explosion…

WSWS (2019-08-05). Russian authorities continue crackdown on opposition protests. wsws.org The violent crackdown on protests by the "liberal" opposition is aimed at intimidating all government opposition and preparing for the suppression of widespread resistance by the working class.

WSWS (2019-08-05). US to ring China with missiles in nuclear arms race. wsws.org With the potential deployment of US nuclear missiles just minutes in flight-time from the Chinese mainland, the region's huge population will live under the specter of nuclear annihilation.

Staff (2019-08-05). El Paso Shooting Probed as Domestic Terrorism After Anti-Immigrant Gunman Kills 22 People. democracynow.org Over the span of 13 hours, the United States was shaken by two mass shootings. Saturday morning, a heavily armed gunman opened fire inside a crowded Walmart in El Paso, Texas, killing 22 people, including a number of Mexican nationals. Federal authorities are treating the El Paso attack as an act of domestic terrorism. The suspected gunman has been identified as a 21-year-old white man named Patrick Crusius, who lived 600 miles away in a suburb of Dallas. Shortly before the attack in El Paso, the gunman posted an anti-immigrant manifesto on the far-right message board 8chan. Some of the language in the manifesto…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-08-05). After Massacre in El Paso, Experts and Lawmakers Say Time to Call Racist Shooting What It Was: 'Trump-Inspired Terrorism'. commondreams.org "Thanks to his hate-filled rhetoric, the president poses a clear and present danger to the people, and especially the minorities, of the United States." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-08-05). 'An Act of Terrorism': Mexico Plans Legal Action Against US After 6 Citizens Killed in El Paso Shooting. commondreams.org "Mexico would like to express its utmost, profound condemnation and rejection of this barbaric act." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-08-05). Ex-FBI Agent Speaks Out: Federal Authorities Have Downplayed White Supremacist Violence for Too Long. democracynow.org According to The New York Times, white extremist shooters have now killed at least 63 people in the United States over the past 18 months. Late last month, FBI Director Christopher Wray told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee that crime driven by racism and white supremacy was on the rise compared to the past nine months. But former FBI agents say there is reluctance within the agency to tackle white nationalist violence in part due to President Trump's rhetoric. We speak with Mike German, fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law. From 1988 to 2004, German served as an FBI agent…

John Nichols (2019-08-05). White Nationalism Is a Republican Crisis. thenation.com White Nationalism Is a Republican Crisis…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-08-05). In Wake of Nuclear Treaty Collapse, Putin Says if US Pursues Previously Banned Missiles, Russia Will Also. commondreams.org "The collapse of the INF Treaty last Friday opens up a Pandora's Box of dangerous possibilities." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-08-05). Stock Market Tumbles After China Devalues Yuan in Response to Trump Tariffs. commondreams.org "If this was an all out currency war—the U.S. would hands down lose." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

United Nations (2019-08-05). Monday's Daily Brief: Independent UN experts on Myanmar, UN chief renounces attacks in US, Libyan airport violence, UN spokesperson on Kashmir, and FAO and Italy on development. un.org Our main stories today: Myanmar companies bankroll 'brutal operations' of military; UN chief renounces shootings in the United States; 'Repeated indiscriminate' shelling of Libyan airport raises concern; UN voices 'concern' over Kashmir; and new UN agriculture chief reaffirms commitment with Italy on development…

Amnesty International (2019-08-05). Demonizing Immigrants and Mental Health Conditions is Not a Solution to Gun Violence. indybay.org Responding to President Donald Trump's speech following a spate of mass shootings over the weekend, Ernest Coverson, Amnesty International USA's End Gun Violence campaign manager said: "Gun violence reform cannot come at the expense of the human rights of any community. When President Trump links background checks for guns with immigration reform, he is once again demonizing immigrants and communities of color. The Trump administration will stop at nothing to shut down the border and limit safety to those who most need it. It is outrageous to denounce bigotry in one breath and terrorize the community that was tar…

Aurora Jiminez (2019-08-05). Western Addition Peace Festival, August 24, 2019. indybay.org Buchanan Mall between McAllister St. and Golden Gate Ave.

Peace Action of San Mateo County (2019-08-05). The U.S. and Venezuela – A Closer Look. indybay.org Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo | 300 E. Santa Inez Avenue | San Mateo, CA 94401…

Monterey Peace and Justice Center (2019-08-05). Challenging the Border. indybay.org Monterey Peace and Justice Center | 1364 Fremont Blvd. | Seaside, CA 93955…

International Labor Solidarity Committee of D (2019-08-05). Doro-Chiba Labor Comm On Growing Threat Of Dictatorship, Xenophobia & War. indybay.org The Labor Solidarity Committee of Japan Railway Workers Union Doro-Chiba statment on the growing threat of dictatorship, xenophobia and imperialist war.

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2019-08-05). Do Police Face Less Discipline Than U.S. Soldiers? truthdig.com This article originally appeared on antiwar.com. | I lost my temper. In retrospect I was out of control. Waving my pistol around like a damn cowboy and screaming at a frail old man who didn't know anything. It was New Year's Eve 2006, just south of Baghdad, and yet another roadside bomb had just exploded near my platoon's patrol, in broad daylight on a main street. No one was seriously hurt, this time at least, but I, a young lieutenant, was livid. See we almost nev…

Global Research News (2019-08-05). Selected Articles: Venezuela: US Blockade Is Next? globalresearch.ca In spite of online censorship efforts directed against the independent media, we are happy to say that readership on globalresearch.ca has recently increased. We wish to thank all of you who share our articles far and wide. | We cover a …

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2019-08-05). More Fake News and US Statistics About Payroll Jobs. The Trend Towards Part-Time Employment. globalresearch.ca Yesterday's column referred to a "falling labor force participation rate." | One of the main points of the article is that the number of payroll jobs are not the same thing as the number of employed Americans. Jobs have been trending …

Shane Quinn (2019-08-05). World War II: US Military Destroyed 66 Japanese Cities Before Planning to Wipe Out the Same Number of Soviet Cities. globalresearch.ca The number of Japanese cities destroyed was the exact figure that the Pentagon compiled when finalizing plans, in mid-September 1945, to eviscerate the Soviet Union. Indeed, 66 Soviet cities were earmarked to be wiped out — with 204 atomic bombs — less than 2 weeks after Japan's surrender.

RT (2019-08-04). Hundreds of people rush to donate blood for victims of deadly El Paso shooting (VIDEOS). rt.com Residents rushed to medical centers in El Paso, Texas, and stood for hours in long lines to donate blood for victims of the mass shooting at a local Walmart store on Saturday, which killed 20 people.

RT (2019-08-04). 9 killed as gunman opens fire in Dayton bar district, hours after Texas massacre. rt.com Nine people have been killed in a mass shooting in downtown Dayton, Ohio while 26 others were injured. The gunman was taken out by officers responding to the incident.

RT (2019-08-04). Dayton shooter who killed 9 people outside local bar identified as 24yo Connor Betts. rt.com The Dayton, Ohio mass shooting suspect killed 9 people, including his sister, before being taken out by police. Local hospitals treated 27 people in the aftermath, and some remain in critical condition.

teleSUR (2019-08-04). Mexico to Take Legal Action Against US Post-El Paso Shooting. telesurenglish.net Mexico's Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said Sunday that the country will take legal actions to protect its citizens in the United States, following a shooting in El Paso, Texas, that left 20 dead, including three Mexicans. | RELATED: | US: 2nd Shooting Hits Ohio within 13 hours of El Paso's One, 9 Killed | "The president has instructed me to e…

Michael Edison Hayden (2019-08-04). White Nationalists Praise El Paso Attack and Mock the Dead. splcenter.org White nationalists, who have employed terroristic rhetoric with increased enthusiasm in recent months, expressed solidarity with the man who police say killed at least 20 people in El Paso, Texas on Saturday.

RT (2019-08-04). Thoughts, prayers & political agenda: Response to El Paso shooting on left & right. rt.com A shooting at a Walmart in Texas, where 20 people were killed, plunged the US into sorrow but also rekindled a political debate. The incident has become a case in point for gun control advocates, including presidential hopefuls.

teleSUR (2019-08-04). Honduras: President Implicated in Drug Trafficking by US Court. telesurenglish.net Honduran right-wing President Juan Orlando Hernandez was implicated Friday as a co-conspirator in a drug trafficking and money laundering case against his brother, according to a document filed in New York's district court. | RELATED: | Honduran Coup 10 Years Later: Country in Crisis | The 44-page report, which is related to the upcoming trial of Tony Hernandez in New York's Southern District on mainly drug trafficking charges, summarizes some of the key evidence collected by prosecutors, as U…

Aaron Maté (2019-08-04). Mueller time is over, Russia-hate is here to stay. thegrayzone.com Stephen F. Cohen says that while Robert Mueller has closed up shop, dangerous U.S. fear-mongering about Russia remains. Guest: Stephen…

Arielle Robinson (2019-08-04). Fourth immigrant dies in Georgia detention center. workers.org Pedro Arriago-Santoya died July 24 while detained in a South Georgia Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility. Arriago-Santoya was 44 years old and from Mexico. His cause of death was listed as heart infection and multiple organ failure. Arriago-Santoya is the fourth migrant since 2017 to die while detained at Stewart . . . | Continue reading Fourth immigrant dies in Georgia detention center at Workers.org

teleSUR (2019-08-04). Venezuela Remembers: 1yr Since Assassination Attempt on Maduro. telesurenglish.net As Venezuelans commemorate the 82nd anniversary of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces, Aug. 4 also marks a critical day in the country's recent history. One year ago, in a speech during the 81st anniversary, President Nicolas Maduro was the target of a failed assassination attempt. | RELATED: | Assassination Attempt on President Maduro No Longer 'Alleged' for CNN | "They not only came for me, but they also came for everyone, for the people, and for our country, wanting t…

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