2019-08-06: Social Media Postees

Venezuelan VP Rejects US Blockade, Calls for Unity
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-06
The Venezuelan government has rejected the blockade ordered by U.S. President Donald Trump, Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodríguez said Tuesday and defined the blockade as an attack against the entire country. | RELATED: | Venezuela Denounces the 'Imperialist' Total Blockade by US | "He has taken the most dangerous steps against our country to lay the foundations for absolute suffocation against Venezuela," Vice President Rodríguez warned. | She went on to say that although the o…
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Arreaza: US Blockade Violates Rights But Won't Break Venezuela
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-06
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza deplored Tuesday the total economic blockade imposed by the U.S. government of Donald Trump a day earlier in an executive order. | RELATED: | Venezuelan VP Rejects US Blockade, Calls for Unity | At a press conference, Arreaza said that the order includes seven decrees and makes them into law in order to restrict the commercial, financial and economic capacities of the Venezuelan government led by President Nicolas Maduro, in a bid to oust him from p…
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NPR Shreds Ethics Handbook to Normalize Regime Change in Venezuela
Lucas Koerner | commondreams.org | 2019-08-06
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Here is Exactly Why Congress Won't Act on Gun Violence, Climate Change, Impeaching Trump or Anything Else
Ted Rall | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-06
I'm from Dayton so I'm thinking about this today: Why hasn't Congress done anything to address our national epidemic of mass shootings, namely reviving the assault weapons ban? People–Democrats and not a few Republicans–ask me that all the time. I bet all left-leaning pundits get that question. The answer is simple. But it's not something most people want to…
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Parents of Parkland Victim Planned to Unveil a Mural in El Paso. Then Another Mass Shooting Happened
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-06
During this weekend's deadly gun violence in El Paso, Texas, Manuel and Patricia Oliver were in the vicinity because they were planning on commemorating what would have been the 19th birthday of their son, Joaquin Oliver. Joaquin was one of the 17 people gunned down during the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre in Parkland, Florida, on Valentine's Day last year. Manuel and Patricia had traveled to Ciudad Juárez, across the U.S. border into Mexico, to visit an immigrant shelter in honor of their deceased son, saying no child should ever be separated from their parents by either gunfire or immigration ag…
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In the US Killing Fields, We're Now Way Past "Thoughts and Prayers Are Not Enough"
Phyllis Bennis | commondreams.org | 2019-08-06
Yamileth Lopez holds a photo of her deceased friend Javier Amir Rodriguez at a makeshift memorial for victims outside Walmart, near the scene of a mass shooting which left at least 22 people dead, on August 6, 2019 in El Paso, Texas. Rodriguez was a sophomore at Horizon High School and was killed in the shooting. A 21-year-old white male suspect remains in custody in El Paso, which sits along the U.S.-Mexico border. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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"Fascism Will Not Go Away by Itself": George Ciccariello-Maher on Confronting White Supremacy
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-06
Just before the mass shooting at a crowded El Paso Walmart this weekend, the gunman wrote in a lengthy manifesto saying that the massacre was in response to what he described as a "Hispanic invasion of Texas." He also prompted a white supremacist conspiracy theory known as "great replacement" that has been cited by other mass shooters. From Mexico City, we speak with George Ciccariello-Maher, visiting scholar at NYU's Hemispheric Institute. In December 2017, Ciccariello-Maher resigned from Drexel University after a year of harassment and death threats from right-wing white supremacists. The threats stemmed from a…
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Israeli Minister To be Indicted for Shielding Pedophile Teacher
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-06
Police in Israel recommended Tuesday indictment of the deputy health minister on suspicion he tried to bolster the case of a former Australian school principal pleading mental illness as an argument against extradition to face child molestation charges. | RELATED: | Israeli Far-right Ministers Attend Event Honoring Rabbi Who Praised Palestinian Massacre | Yaakov Litzman, who is also chair of the ultra-Orthodox United Torah Judaism (UTJ), is suspected of obstruc…
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"We Can't Wait for McConnell": Advocates Call for Bold Action to Curb Gun Violence Epidemic
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-06
The death toll in Saturday's anti-immigrant shooting rampage at a Walmart in El Paso has risen to 22, after two more injured victims died Monday. Just before the shooting, the gunman published a manifesto claiming his actions were being done in response to what he described as a "Hispanic invasion of Texas." Most of the dead in El Paso were Latino, including eight Mexican nationals. Thirteen hours after the massacre in El Paso, a gunman in Dayton, Ohio, killed nine people, including his own sister, after opening fire outside a bar. We speak with Kris Brown, president of Brady, formerly the Brady Campaign to Preve…
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White Nationalist Terror Attack in El Paso Was Not an Isolated Incident
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-08-06
Gerald Horne and Arun Gupta outline the history of white terror in America and what its modern manifestation means for our future.
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2020 Presidential Elections: Feeding the Israel Lobby
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-06
If you have been wondering when the twenty Democratic aspirants for the presidency will begin a serious discussion of American foreign policy in the Middle East, where Washington has been bogged down in both current and impending wars, you are …
globalresearch.ca/feeding-israel-lobby/5685706

This Iranian War Vet Has Some Advice for Trump: Don't Play Checkers with the Grandmasters of Chess
Habib Ahmadzadeh | commondreams.org | 2019-08-06
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks during a press conference in Tehran, Iran on August 5, 2019. (Photo: Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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War With Iran Will Be 'Mother Of All Wars': Rouhani
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-06
Any war with Iran will be the "mother of all wars," Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday in a speech broadcast live on state TV, warning once again that shipping might not be safe in the Strait of Hormuz oil waterway. | RELATED: | Iran Says Will Not Tolerate 'Offenses' in Gulf as UK Joins US-led Maritime Security Patrol | "Peace with Iran is the mother of all peace, war with Iran is the mother of all wars," Rouhani said at the Foreign Minis…
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An Attack on Iran Would be an Attack on Russia
Pepe Escobar | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-06
Russia is meticulously advancing Eurasian chessboard moves that should be observed in conjunction, as Moscow proposes to the Global South an approach diametrically opposed to Western sanctions, threats and economic war. Here are three recent examples. | Ten days ago, via …
globalresearch.ca/attack-iran-attack-russia/5685675

Trump Won't Allow S-400 Deal to Harm Turkish-US Ties: Erdogan
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-06
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan stated on Tuesday that he believes his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump will not allow Turkey's S-400 deal with Russia to harm Washington's relationship with Ankara. | RELATED: | US Removes Turkey from International F-35 Fighter Jet Program | Part of Washington's concern with Turkey's acquisition of the S-400 is the latter's membership in NATO and the threat posed by the missile system towards the new F-35 jets. | "There is no concrete evidence sh…
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US Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman submits resignation
rt.com | 2019-08-06
US Ambassador to Russia, Jon Huntsman, has resigned from his post effective October 3. Huntsman has been ambassador since 2017. | …
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New Year's Eve reminiscing with lifelong communist Mary Gosman Scarborough
Susan Gosman | peoplesworld.org | 2019-08-06
My great-aunt Mary Gosman Scarborough was born in Russia "at the time of the Czar" and was sent by her parents to America with a man, a family friend, when she was only twelve. They neglected to tell her that he was to be her husband, which exacerbated an already difficult life. Mary was a …
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Hiroshima Unlearned: Time to Tell the Truth About US Relations with Russia and to Ban the Bomb
Alice Slater | commondreams.org | 2019-08-06
Let us tell the truth about what happened between the US and Russia that brought us to this perilous moment and put the responsibility where it belong. (Photo: Mikhail Klimentyev/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Trump's Firearm and Immigration Reform Proposal Is a Risky Political Gamble
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-06
Trump's trying to portray himself as the Uniter-in-Chief following two devastating terrorist attacks over the weekend, but his proposal to marry firearm and immigration reforms into a single bill is a risky political gamble, though one that might ultimately pay …
globalresearch.ca/trumps-firearm-immigration-reform-proposal-risky-political-gamble/5685704

Trump Turns Sanctions Against Venezuela into an Embargo
Telesur | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-06
U.S. President Donald Trump has imposed sanctions on assets of the Venezuelan government, according to an executive order published on Monday. | "All property and interests in property of the Government of Venezuela that are in the United States … are | …
globalresearch.ca/trump-turns-sanctions-against-venezuela-embargo/5685695

'John Bolton Tried to Assasinate Me'
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-08-06
In a new interview with The Grayzone Project's Max Blumenthal, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro sits down to discuss Washington's plots against him, crippling U.S. sanctions on food distribution and allegations of corruption within his administration. He also reflects on what he considers a campaign within corporate media to malign his democratically elected government. Watch the full video of their conversation above.
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Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison Dead at 88
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-08-06
NEW YORK — Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, a pioneer and reigning giant of modern literature whose imaginative power in "Beloved," ‚Ä≥Song of Solomon" and other works transformed American letters by dramatizing the pursuit of freedom within the boundaries of race, has died at age 88. | Publisher Alfred A. Knopf announced that Morrison died Monday night at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. Morrison's family issued a statement through Knopf saying she died after a brief illness. | "Toni Morrison passed away peacefully last night surrounded by family and friends," the family announced. "She wa…
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Watch Jewish scholar Norman Finkelstein take down the smear campaign against Jeremy Corbyn
Peter Bolton | thecanary.co | 2019-08-06
The Canary has been consistently exposing the shameless use of antisemitism as a political football to attack Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. In recent weeks, for example, ex-MP Clare Short and Jewish-Canadian psychol…
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Police are more likely to kill men and women of color
Frank Edwards | nationofchange.org | 2019-08-06
Michael Brown was killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri, five years ago. Since then, U.S. police have killed more than 5,000 people. | Researchers and activists only know about these deaths because journalists do what the federal government has not: collect detailed information on police-involved fatalities. | Because the government has not collected systematic data on police killings, the public doesn't have definitive numbers that, once interpreted, will show how likely people are to be killed…
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Sectarianism is Alive and Well in Northern Ireland — and Boris Johnson is Recklessly Picking at the Scabs
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-06
On 8 May 1987 a Provisional IRA unit of eight men attacked a police station in the village of Loughgall in county Armagh 15 miles from the Irish border. One man drove a digger with a bomb in its bucket towards the building, half of which was destroyed in the explosion. But British forces had…
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Federal authorities have downplayed white supremacist violence for too long
Amy Goodman | nationofchange.org | 2019-08-06
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 age…
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On Medicare's 54th Birthday, Another Year Closer to Winning Medicare for All
Kevin Zeese | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-06
In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Medicare Act. Within a year, and without the aid of computers, the United States provided more than 19 million seniors with health coverage. Before the law existed, over half of the elderly in …
globalresearch.ca/medicare-54th-birthday-another-year-closer-winning-medicare-all/5685686

Fear and Loathing at the Pow-Wow
Eric Draitser | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-06
It's summertime but the living feels too urgent. There's something heavy about the air; humidity and fear, the sweat of not knowing. You can see the heat radiating from the rocks and loose gravel as you drive up the makeshift rows in the stony parking lot at Harriman State Park in New York's Hudson Valley.
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2020 elections and organizational questions dominate Democratic Socialists of America convention
Tony Pecinovsky | peoplesworld.org | 2019-08-06
ATLANTA–Over 1,000 members of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), the fastest growing and largest socialist organization in the United States, convened their 2019 National Convention here over the weekend. Their goal: To forge a path forward for 2020 and beyond. DSA has seen dramatic growth since Bernie Sanders' 2016 campaign to win the Democratic Party's …
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From 2006 to 2019: After Failures in Syria, Iraq, Palestine and Yemen, War Is No Longer an Option for Israel
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-06
During the summer war of 2006, Israel managed to destroy a large number of Hezbollah's rocket and missile stocks. Most Hezbollah missile units were destroyed and, in the suburb of the capital Beirut, over 250 buildings (mainly but not exclusively …
globalresearch.ca/2006-2019-after-failures-syria-iraq-palestine-yemen-war-no-longer-option-israel/5685691

Pounding Heat Clobbers Greenland
Robert Hunziker | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-08-06
Greenland is one of the biggest targets for global warming, in part, because it's so big it's hard to miss. And sure enough, only recently crazy halting weather with inordinate hot temperature hit Greenland bull's-eye, dead-on with one helluva meltdown. That's bad news for pretty much everybody on the planet. On the hottest days, the …
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Tainted Meat Market
Paul Edwards | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-06
The Democratic Livestock Sales signal the start of our Presidential election root canal with its pimps and whores money scramble, evoking the pathos of a 4H sale of prize hogs and heifers. 4-H stock is pure blue ribbon, though, which can't be said of this sad herd of pampered bipeds, bawling and bellowing through their…
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Reparations and the Student Debt Wars
John O'Kane | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-06
The public college and university system in California was tuition-free during the sixties and into the seventies when the baby boomers were attending college in record numbers. Favorable budgets helped stoke the demand and new campuses were built to accommodate this explosion, propelled by an inclusive ethos special to this left-liberal era where a different…
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Pounding Heat Clobbers Greenland
Robert Hunziker | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-06
Greenland is one of the biggest targets for global warming, in part, because it's so big it's hard to miss. And sure enough, only recently crazy halting weather with inordinate hot temperature hit Greenland bull's-eye, dead-on with one helluva meltdown. That's bad news for pretty much everybody on the planet. On the hottest days, the…
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Take Away My Employer-Based Health Insurance. Please
Bill Lueders | commondreams.org | 2019-08-06
Don't pretend that most Americans have warm fuzzies for their employer-based health insurance plans. They don't. (Photo: The Progressive) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Rolling Snake Eyes?
William Gudal | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-06
The endless blather about previous and potential software fixes to the Boeing 737 Max seems absurd to the point of disbelief. Can any software be expected to save this airplane? Do fliers really believe software is the way to fly an airplane? Boeing, responding to intense competitive pressures in the race to develop new commercial…
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Toni Morrison, First Black Woman Nobel laureate, Dies at 88
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-06
U.S. author Toni Morrison, whose 1987 novel "Beloved" about a runaway slave won a Pulitzer Prize and contributed to a body of work that made her the first black woman to be presented the Nobel Prize in Literature, has died at the age of 88, her publisher said on Tuesday (August 6). | Paul Bogaards, a spokesman for the publishing company Alfred A. Knopf, announced the death but did not provide an immediate cause. | "Beloved" was set during the U.S. Civil War and based on the true story of a woman who killed her 2-year-old daughter so she would not become a slave. The woman was captured before she could kill he…
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China Warns US Against Missile Deployment in Asia
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-06
China has issued a stern warning on Tuesday to the United States about deploying missiles to Asia amid their ongoing economic rift. | RELATED: | Trade War Intensifies: China's Yuan Weakens, Markets Hit Year-Low | In a statement on Tuesday, the Chinese governmet warned the White House against moving forward with plans to deploy their intermediate-range missiles in Asia after the collapse of a Cold War-era treaty regulating their use. | "China will not stand idly by and will be f…
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Global Warming and U.S. National Security Diplomacy
Michael Hudson | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-06
Control of oil has long been a key aim of U.S. foreign policy. The Paris climate agreements and any other Green programs to reduce the pace of global warming are viewed as threatening the aim of dominating world energy markets by keeping economies dependent on oil under U.S. control. Also blocking U.S. willingness to help stem global warming is the oil industry's economic and hence political power. Its product is not only energy but also global warming, along with plastic pollution.
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China-US Trade War: From Buenos Aires to Osaka and Beyond
Jack Rasmus | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-06
This past June 29, 2019 Trump and China president, Xi, met again at the G20 in Japan in the midst of a potential further escalating trade war. Has anything changed as a result of their meeting? Or is it just deja vu of their prior G20 meeting in Buenos Aires on December 2, 2018? In…
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Civilian Deaths in Afghanistan Keep Climbing During the ICC's Summer Break
Mohammed Harun Arsalai, Mohsin Khan | thenation.com | 2019-08-06
Civilian Deaths in Afghanistan Keep Climbing During the ICC's Summer Break…
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I am a Syrian Living in Syria: "It Was Never a Revolution nor a Civil War. The Terrorists Are Sent by Your Government"
Mark Taliano | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-06
The majority here loves Assad. He has never committed a crime against his own people…the chemical attack was staged by the terrorists helped by USA and UK etc..Everyone knows that here.
globalresearch.ca/i-am-a-syrian-living-in-syria-it-was-never-a-revolution-nor-a-civil-war-the-terrorists-are-sent-by-your-government/5544450

Trade War: China Suspends Purchases of US Agricultural Products
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-06
China's Commerce Ministry announced Tuesday that the Asian country will suspend the purchase of U.S. agricultural goods in response to the recent announcement that the President Donald Trump administration will increase tariffs to Chinese exports. | RELATED: | Trade War Intensifies: China's Yuan Weakens, Markets Hit Year-Low | "It has been agreed that the State Coun…
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There Are No Safe Places in This Country
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-06
| Sunday was the last day of the Cheshire County fair, an annual hootenanny here in southwest New Hampshire enjoying its 81st year. It is every fair that has ever been in every state with a stitch of rural real estate. The midway was made of fried dough and cotton candy, and the face-painters plied their wares over the sound of weathered carnies daring you to waste your money, c'mon, three darts for five bucks, pop a balloon and win the little girl a prize. | Nestled between the funhouse and the petting zoo was the game th…
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Video: Disaster Capitalism on the Horizon? Trumponomics on the Eve of 2020 Presidential Election
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-06
By way of introduction, it should be noted that the US economy is showing many signs of a classical bubble, starting with the incredibly over-valued US stock market. Only slightly more than a decade ago, at the peak of the …
globalresearch.ca/video-apocalypse-later-trumponomics-eve-2020-presidential-election/5685664

Women We Are Fighting for
Andre Vltchek | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-06
There are stories that are unrelated to the news, but can explain much better than many combat reports, why people like me are fighting against the Empire and imperialism, with such determination and vehemence. Not all stories are 'big' or …
globalresearch.ca/women-we-fighting/5685698

Black Sites, Secret Prisons, Rendition: More British Complicity Exposed in Latest 'CIA Torture Unredacted' Report
True Publica | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-06
The latest report about kidnappings, rendition, 'black sites' and torture is a remarkable piece of investigative work. It provides us with nothing less than a litany of shocking evidence and testimony and at 403 pages it makes for truly grim …
globalresearch.ca/more-british-complicity-exposed-latest-cia-torture-unredacted-report/5685575

Leaked: UK's New Trade Secretary Met with US Pressure Groups to Discuss Weakening Regulations
True Publica | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-06
In 'off the record' meetings last September, Liz Truss sought lessons from Donald Trump's radical program of deregulation and tax cuts. The new international trade secretary, Liz Truss, met with hard-right pressure groups in Washington DC last year to …
globalresearch.ca/leaked-uks-new-trade-secretary-met-us-pressure-groups-discuss-weakening-regulations/5685693

Saudi Arabia's 'Strategic Plan' to Take Turkey Down
David Hearst | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-06
Saudi Arabia has begun implementing a "strategic plan" to confront the Turkish government, after Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman decided he was being "too patient" with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the wake of journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder. | The …
globalresearch.ca/saudi-arabias-strategic-plan-take-turkey-down/5685701

More Money, Fewer Jobs: The Stubborn Truth About Employment and the Defense Industry
Nia Harris | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-06
A Marilyn has once again seduced a president. This time, though, it's not a movie star; it's Marillyn Hewson, the head of Lockheed Martin, the nation's top defense contractor and the largest weapons producer in the world. In …
globalresearch.ca/more-money-fewer-jobs-stubborn-truth-about-employment-defense-industry/5685712

We Need to Talk
Winslow Myers | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-06
Big media today is all about monetizing the non-conversation of outrage and division and using them to consolidate power. The Limbaughs and Hannitys have been strategically intensifying ginned-up divisions for decades, encouraging an uncivil public square and shredding a shared vision of national purpose that might otherwise surface. Discourse is cheapened by their model of…
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The GOP's Sinister New Nationalism
John Feffer | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-06
The worst thing you could be in the Soviet Union in the late 1940s was a "rootless cosmopolitan." The epithet sometimes came with a death sentence. The Soviet Communist Party, under the strong guiding hand of Joseph Stalin, had long turned its back on the internationalism of its founders and their commitment to world revolution.
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Elections Are Treated as Political Consumerism and Democracy Is Suffering
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-06
| The displacement of meaningful civic engagement by political consumerism and lurid media spectacle is suffocating U.S. democracy. In the record $6.5 billion 2016 election cycle, a total that excludes untraceable dark money, the consumerist conquest of civic life became nearly complete, with empty partisan noise reverberating 24/7 through global media echo chambers in inverse proportion to the shriveling substance of daily civic l…
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Blue No Matter Who? Lesser Evilism in the Age of Trump
Alan Nasser | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-06
Elementary logic seems to demonstrate that self deception should be impossible. Deceiving others is not comparably paradoxical. When A deceives B, A causes B to believe what A believes to be false. Happens all the time. But how can anyone deceive herself, i.e. make herself believe (to be true) what she in fact believes to be false? She'd have to be both deceived and not deceived at the same time. Yet this too happens all the time. How is it possible?
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Citing Racist Massacres and 'Inexcusable' Prevalence of Guns, Foreign Countries Issue Travel Safety Warnings for United States
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-08-06
While President Donald Trump and the Republican Party have spent the past several years claiming that immigrants and travelers from other countries pose a threat to Americans, the two shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio over the weekend forced two countries to warn their own citizens of the dangers that lurk within U.S. borders. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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'Economic Terrorism': After Failed Military Coup Attempt, Trump Imposes Total Embargo Against Venezuela
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-08-06
"The U.S. gov is telling the Venezuelan people that if they want to eat, they have to change their politics." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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'Another Nail in the Coffin' of Democracy and Journalism as US Newspaper Giants Gannett and GateHouse Announce $1.4 Billion Merger
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-08-06
"Hundreds of communities and ultimately our democracy will pay the price for this deal. Less journalism and less deep-dive investigative reporting will only lead to less informed citizens." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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'Biggest Crisis No One Is Talking About': Quarter of Humanity Faces 'Extremely High Water Stress' Intensified by Climate Emergency
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-08-06
An analysis released Tuesday warns that 17 countries which are collectively home to a quarter of the global population face "extremely high water stress" that is on track to get worse—particularly because of the human-caused climate emergency. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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'Distressing': Report Details How Trade Organizations Plow Billions in Unaccountable Cash to Lobby Lawmakers
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-08-06
"People forget about them because they've just been there [collecting] large sums of money for a very long time." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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No Billionaires for Bernie: Alone Among Democratic Frontrunners, Sanders Gets No Cash From Wealthiest Americans
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-08-06
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How the Language of Terrorism Could Fuel Trump's Fascism
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-06
| In the aftermath of the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, we have seen a predictable flow of think pieces and debates about what should be done to prevent future tragedies, and about what terms we should use to describe these events. In addition to familiar calls for gun control, we have seen ubiquitous calls for the racist, white perpetrators of these heinous acts to be described as terrorists. Demands that we "call it what it is" echo across social media platforms, as though the word "terrorism" has…
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'An act of terrorism': Mexico plans legal action against US after 6 citizens killed in El Paso shooting
Jake Johnson | nationofchange.org | 2019-08-06
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 planning to take legal action against the United States for failing to protect its citizens. | Mexican foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard said i…
nationofchange.org/2019/08/06/an-act-of-…

What is the German secret service concealing about the Làºbcke murder?
wsws.org | 2019-08-06
New facts connected to the murder of the Kassel district president reveal the close links between right-wing terrorism and the secret service.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/06/germ…

Gove accuses Brussels of refusing to engage over Brexit talks
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-08-06
Michael Gove has accused the EU of refusing to engage in negotiations on a new Brexit deal amid a deepening war of words between Westminster and Brussels.Gove, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster who is in charge of no-deal preparations, said he was "deeply saddened" by the EU position, which was "not in Europe's interests".In Brussels, the European Commission insisted it was open to talks but made clear Theresa May's Brexit agreement was "the best possible deal" Britain was going to get.That position was underlined by Irish premier Leo Varadkar, who insisted that the Withdrawal Agreement — including th…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2019/08/06/gove-accuses-brussels-of-refusing-to-engage-over-brexit-talks/

Number 10 demands EU rethink amid claims UK focused on no-deal Brexit
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-08-06
Downing Street has insisted the EU must "change its stance" to secure a Brexit deal, as officials in Brussels reportedly suggested Britain is focused on a no-deal exit.Prime minister Boris Johnson wants to hold fresh talks to negotiate a new agreement but a "rethink" is needed by the EU over the "current refusal" to make any changes to the Withdrawal Agreement, Number 10 added.The warning came after reports emerged about a briefing to diplomats in Brussels following a meeting between Johnson's top Europe adviser David Frost and senior EU figures.Frost was sent to Brussels to deliver the message that the UK will b…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2019/08/06/number-10-demands-eu-rethink-amid-claims-uk-focused-on-no-deal-brexit/

The fascist attack in Gilroy and the US epidemic of mass shootings
Patrick Martin, WSWS | indybay.org | 2019-08-06
[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.]…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/03/1882517…

US Secretary of State demands greater Australian involvement in war drive against China
wsws.org | 2019-08-06
The support for Pompeo's aggressive remarks in Canberra is a warning that behind its back, the Australian population has been placed on the frontline of a confrontation with China that threatens a catastrophic nuclear war.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/06/ausm…

India's Hindu supremacist government abrogates Kashmir's autonomy
wsws.org | 2019-08-06
Yesterday's actions will enflame tensions with Pakistan, and constitute a further stage in the Indian ruling elite's turn toward authoritarian forms of rule and promotion of Hindu communal reaction.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/06/kash…

US-China trade conflict escalates to currency war
wsws.org | 2019-08-06
Stock markets fell sharply around the world yesterday, amid fears of a currency war, after China allowed its currency, the renminbi, to pass through the benchmark of 7 to the US dollar.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/06/usch…

Colombia offers nationality rights to Venezuelan children born there: UN hails 'very important step'
United Nations | un.org | 2019-08-06
The UN migration agency, IOM, has welcomed Colombia's decision on Monday to grant nationality status to more than 24,000 Venezuelan babies born inside the country after their parents fled across the border.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/08/1…

'€1 million' fines for rescue boats prompts UN concern for future sea operations
United Nations | un.org | 2019-08-06
A move by Italian lawmakers to impose fines of up to €1 million on vessels and organizations carrying out search and rescue operations off the country's coastline, sparked a new warning on Tuesday from the UN that the measure risks deterring future lifesaving efforts in the Mediterranean.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/08/1…

'Cataclysmic events' in Hiroshima, Nagasaki, began 'global push' against nuclear weapons says Guterres, honouring victims
United Nations | un.org | 2019-08-06
Paying homage to those who perished as the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, as well as the many others whose lives were devastated in the years that followed, UN chief António Guterres on Tuesday underscored their "courage and moral leadership" in reminding the world of "the human cost of nuclear war".
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/08/1…

Demonizing Immigrants and Mental Health Conditions is Not a Solution to Gun Violence
Amnesty International | indybay.org | 2019-08-06
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…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/05/1882522…

Librarians Resist – Day 12: Month of Resistance to CLOSE THE CAMPS
Bay Area Librarians | indybay.org | 2019-08-06
Immigration and Customs Enforcement | 630 Sansome St. | San Francisco CA…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/05/1882523…

The U.S. and Venezuela – A Closer Look
Peace Action of San Mateo County | indybay.org | 2019-08-06
Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo | 300 E. Santa Inez Avenue | San Mateo, CA 94401…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/04/1882521…

Doro-Chiba Labor Comm On Growing Threat Of Dictatorship, Xenophobia & War
International Labor Solidarity Committee of D | indybay.org | 2019-08-06
The Labor Solidarity Committee of Japan Railway Workers Union Doro-Chiba statment on the growing threat of dictatorship, xenophobia and imperialist war.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/04/1882520…

Activists ask US Marines to leave Darwin base
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-08-06
More than 60 peace activists gathered outside the Robertson Barracks, which houses 2500 United States Marines, to ask them to leave on August 3 . | The action, which included asking the marines to share tea and biscuits, took place during the "Australia at the Cross Roads" conference organised by the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN). | The barracks was set up under an agreement between the Australian and United States governments that lasts until 2040. | Many activists joined the action in a hard-to-…
greenleft.org.au/content/activists-ask-us-marines-leave-darwin-base

Selected Articles: 'CIA Torture Unredacted' Report
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-06
Global Research has over 50,000 subscribers to our Newsletter. | Our objective is to recruit one thousand committed "volunteers" among our 50,000 Newsletter subscribers to support the distribution of Global Research articles (email lists, social media, crossposts). | Do not send us …
globalresearch.ca/selected-articles-more-british-complicity-exposed-latest-cia-torture-unredacted-report/5685710

Venezuela: Trump Threatens Blockade as Dialogue Continues
Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-08-05
A White House official added that the threat should be "taken seriously."
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14614

NPR Shreds Ethics Handbook to Normalize Regime Change in Venezuela
Lucas Koerner | fair.org | 2019-08-05
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…
fair.org/home/npr-shreds-ethics-handbook…

The End of a Cocaine-Fueled Presidency? Juan Orlando Hernandez Faces Regime Change in Honduras
Adrienne Pine | mintpressnews.com | 2019-08-05
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.
mintpressnews.com/end-cocaine-fueled-pre…

The US Must Do More to Control Weapons Sales – Lopez Obrador
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-05
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador stated on Monday at his morning press conference from Valle de Bravo State that Mexico is preventing the smuggling of firearms into the country from the U.S. | RELATED: | Uruguay Issues US Travel Warning After Mass Shootings | He reported the holding of a morning security meeting in Valle de Bravo, as it is one of the Mexican states with the highest crime rates, among other reasons because it is the most populated sta…
telesurenglish.net/news/The-US-Must-Do-M…

Mass Shootings, Militarism and Policing Are Chapters in the Same Manifesto
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-05
| 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…
truthout.org/articles/mass-shootings-mil…

After Dayton Shooting, Gun Violence Reporter Says Misogyny "Clear Link" Between Many Mass Shootings
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-05
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…
www.democracynow.org/2019/8/5/el_paso_da…

The El Paso Shooter Embraced Eco-Fascism. We Can't Let the Far Right Co-Opt the Environmental Struggle
Natasha Lennard | theintercept.com | 2019-08-05
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…
theintercept.com/2019/08/05/el-paso-shoo…

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

El Paso Massacre Galvanizes Accelerationists
Cassie Miller and Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2019-08-05
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.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/08/05/el-pa…

Dayton shooter was apparently a self-professed 'leftist,' Warren & Sanders fan
rt.com | 2019-08-05
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. | …
rt.com/usa/465790-dayton-shooter-leftist…

Thoughts on the El Paso Mass Murderer
Manuel García, Jr. | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-05
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"
counterpunch.org/2019/08/05/thoughts-on-…

Hate is Alive in America–El Paso Shooting
splcenter.org | 2019-08-05
A manifesto from shooter promotes white nationalist talking points as white nationalists mock those killed in the shooting…
splcenter.org/news/2019/08/05/hate-alive…

El Paso Gunman's Fear of a Migrant "Invasion" Echoes Donald Trump and Fox News
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-08-05
The president and his favorite news channel have both promoted the racist conspiracy theory cited by the attacker in El Paso, of a migrant "invasion."
theintercept.com/2019/08/05/el-paso-gunm…

Iran's Foreign Minister Zarif Drives Trump to Insanity
M. K. Bhadrakumar | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-05
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 …
globalresearch.ca/irans-zarif-drives-trump-insanity/5685632

U.S. imposes 2nd round of sanctions against Russia for poisoning ex-spy
Andrew Emett | nationofchange.org | 2019-08-05
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.
nationofchange.org/2019/08/05/u-s-impose…

Arctic fires: "You have to go to a different planet to find a more persistent type"
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-08-05
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…
mronline.org/2019/08/05/arctic-fires-you…

Election annulment please
Tom H. Hastings | nationofchange.org | 2019-08-05
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 …
nationofchange.org/2019/08/05/election-a…

US President Trump proposes tighter gun control tied to immigration reform
rt.com | 2019-08-05
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. | …
rt.com/usa/465808-trump-tighter-gun-cont…

Trump's Trade War with China: Imagine What Would Happen if China Decided to Impose Economic Sanctions on the USA?
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-05
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.
globalresearch.ca/imagine-what-would-happen-if-china-decided-to-impose-economic-sanctions-on-the-usa-2/5598941

Trump Turns Sanctions Against Venezuela Into an Embargo
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-05
U.S. President Donald Trump has imposed sanctions on assets of the Venezuelan government, according to an executive order published on Monday. | RELATED: | Bolton, Ross, Lima Group Seek to Put Venezuela in 'Quarantine' | "All property and interests in property of the Government of Venezuela that are in the United States … are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in," the executive order says. | The Trump administration has been rampin…
telesurenglish.net/news/Trump-Turns-Sanc…

Two Foxes and a Hen: Sexual Assault in the Military
Howard Lisnoff | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-05
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…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/05/two-foxes-an…

New Civil Rights Memorial to be installed on 54th anniversary of Voting Rights Act
splcenter.org | 2019-08-05
Jimmie Lee Jackson was beaten and shot by Alabama state troopers during a peaceful voting rights march on Feb. 18, 1965.
splcenter.org/news/2019/08/06/new-civil-…

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