2019-08-08: News Headlines

Staff (2019-08-08). Headlines for August 8, 2019. democracynow.org U.N. Scientists Warn Rapid Global Warming Threatens Food Supply, 680 Mississippi Poultry Workers Arrested in Massive Immigration Raid, ICE Raids Targeted Company Whose Workers Won Discrimination Lawsuit, Trump Visits Dayton and El Paso, Sites of Weekend Mass Shootings, El Paso Protesters Link Trump's Racist Rhetoric to Gunman's Manifesto, Trump Supporter with Loaded Pistol, Knife Arrested Outside El Paso Immigrant Center, Trump Suggests Antifa Shares Equal Blame for Deadly Violence, Democratic Presidential Candidates Say Trump Enables White Supremacists, SPLC: State Department Employee Secretly Worked as White Na…

WSWS (2019-08-08). ICE rounds up nearly 700 immigrants in sweep through Mississippi poultry plants. wsws.org The Trump administration has given its real response to the fascist massacre in El Paso, Texas by carrying out the largest immigration raid since Trump entered the White House.

splcenter (2019-08-08). SPLC statement on Mississippi immigration raids. splcenter.org Southern Poverty Law Center Attorney Julia Solórzano, with the SPLC's Immigrant Justice Project, issued the following statement on today's workplace raids in Mississippi:…

teleSUR (2019-08-08). Diabetic Man Deported by US to Iraq Dies from Lack of Insulin. telesurenglish.net Jimmy Aldaoud, a man from Detroit who was deported to Iraq in June, was found dead Wednesday after being unable to procure insulin for his diabetes. | RELATED: | ICE Raids 7 Food Factories in MS, Promising Deportations | The 41-year-old man was born in Greece and lived in the U.S. since he was six months old. He had never been to Iraq, did not speak Arabic, neither…

WSWS (2019-08-08). Australian spy and police chiefs say raids on journalists must continue. wsws.org In a blunt intervention, Director-General of National Intelligence Nick Warner used the language of war to defend the targeting of journalists.

Special to People's World (2019-08-08). Immigrant workers terrorized in Mississippi raids while Trump was in El Paso. peoplesworld.org While President Trump was forcing himself on El Paso, a city that wanted no part of him yesterday, he sent his immigration officials to several Mississippi food processing plants where they terrorized thousands of workers. The raids were some of the biggest ever conducted by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. A U.S. Immigration and …

Staff (2019-08-08). Trump's America: Gun Violence and the War on Immigrants. truthdig.com The country was rocked by two mass killings this past weekend. The first was in El Paso, Texas. The slaughter of 22 people in El Paso's Cielo Vista Walmart was an act of a white supremacist. A manifesto he allegedly posted online shortly before the massacre echoed President Donald Trump's anti-immigrant and anti-Latino rhetoric. "This attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas," the alleged shooter wrote. | Late that night in Dayton, Ohio, throngs of people were enjoying the Oregon entertainment district when another white man in his 20s opened fire, killing nine people in about 30 seconds before poli…

Chelli Stanley (2019-08-08). Visions of Peace: Dreams of a New Way. counterpunch.org After Medgar, Malcolm, and then Martin were killed, people realized there were forces in America that would keep Black people from achieving true freedom "by any means necessary." When the Black Panther Party started to feed children at no cost, opened free health clinics, engaged in free public education, and tried to prevent the police More

Stephen Lendman (2019-08-08). "Economic Terror": Trump Regime Aims to Starve Venezuelans into Submission. globalresearch.ca Venezuela Vice President Delcy Rodriguez | Under both extremist right wings of the US war party, the incremental Nazification of America may become full-blown in our lifetimes if not strongly challenged by the world community. | The Trump regime exceeds the worst …

Andrew Korybko (2019-08-08). If Crimea Matters, Russia Should Support Kashmir. globalresearch.ca There are striking structural similarities between Kashmir and Crimea that should make Russian decision makers think twice before endorsing the unilateral actions of their decades-long Indian partners if they want to remain politically consistent. | Kashmir and Crimea share many structural …

Pepe Escobar (2019-08-08). Hong Kong, Kashmir: A Tale of Two Occupations. globalresearch.ca Readers from myriad latitudes have been asking me about Hong Kong. They know it's one of my previous homes. I developed a complex, multi-faceted relationship with Hong Kong ever since the 1997 handover, which I covered extensively. Right now, if …

Nyla Ali Khan (2019-08-08). A Wretched Day for Democracy: Revocation of the Special Status of Kashmir. counterpunch.org The India that Jammu and Kashmir acceded to in 1947 had chosen democracy, secularism, and socialism as its goals. Although the Praja Parishad, predecessor of the RSS, was determined to foist a solution of the entire Kashmir issue along communal lines even prior to 1953, and its leaders had been vocal about their views, it was heartwarming that India had chosen democracy and secularism as its goals. More

Sweta Choudhury (2019-08-08). Nuclear-armed India and Pakistan move closer to war after Kashmir annexation. peoplesworld.org Kashmir is back on a knife edge with the Indian government's outrageous unilateral decision to scrap article 370 of the Indian Constitution that has given Indian-administered Kashmir its special status since May 14, 1954. This catastrophic and unconstitutional decision taken under right-wing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership will have far-reaching consequences and spark civil unrest …

Staff (2019-08-08). India Moves to Annex Territory, Heightening Tensions With Nuclear Rival Pakistan. truthout.org | | Tensions are escalating over the disputed region of Kashmir following India's revocation earlier this week of its special status, which granted the area some autonomy. Kashmir remains on lockdown, with internet and other communications blocked and leaders placed under house arrest. The Modi government has also deployed tens of thousands of additional troops in Kashmir. Pakistan announced Wednesday it would expel India's ambassador and stop its newly appointed envoy from assuming his po…

Staff (2019-08-08). Kashmir Under Siege: India Moves to Annex Territory, Heightening Tensions with Nuclear Rival Pakistan. democracynow.org Tensions are escalating over the disputed region of Kashmir following India's revocation earlier this week of its special status, which granted the area some autonomy. Kashmir remains on lockdown, with internet and other communications blocked and leaders placed under house arrest. The Modi government has also deployed tens of thousands of additional troops in Kashmir. Pakistan announced Wednesday it would expel India's ambassador and stop its newly appointed envoy from assuming his position in New Delhi. It also announced it was cutting off all bilateral trade with India. We speak with three guests: Sanjay Kak,…

teleSUR (2019-08-08). Russia Accuses the US of Interfering in Venezuela's Dialogue. telesurenglish.net Russia's Foreign Ministry said it regrets the cancellation of the round of negotiations that had been developed in Barbados, between a delegation of the government of President Nicolas Maduro and the Venezuelan opposition. | RELATED: | ALBA Countries Condemn Trump's Total Blockade Against Venezuela | The office of the Russian Foreign Ministry, through a statement, said that regardless of who is responsible for this decision, the main…

Mahmoud Barakat (2019-08-08). Gaza Journalists Target of Israeli Snipers. globalresearch.ca Palestinian journalists covering the weekly protests against the decades-long Israeli occupation are complaining of being the target of Israeli snipers stationed along the border of the blockaded territory. | Since the protests began in March of last year, two journalists have …

teleSUR (2019-08-08). ALBA Countries Condemn Trump's Total Blockade Against Venezuela. telesurenglish.net The Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-Peoples Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP) issued a statement this week condemning the economic blockade that U.S. President Donald Trump has authorized against the Venezuelan people and their government. | RELATED: | Chinese Foreign Ministry Condemns US Blockade Against Venezuela | "The ALBA-TCP count…

Lucas Koerner and Ricardo Vaz (2019-08-08). Venezuelan Gov't Suspends Dialogue as EU Criticizes US Embargo. venezuelanalysis.com The European Union objected to the "extraterritorial application of unilateral measures."

Lucas Koerner (2019-08-08). NPR shreds ethics handbook to normalize regime change in Venezuela. mronline.org The Reagan administration in 1982 coerced National Public Radio (NPR) to cover more favorably the U.S. terrorist war then being waged against Nicaragua. | Source

The Canary (2019-08-08). Protesters condemn Trump as he visits cities rocked by gun massacres. thecanary.co Donald Trump has paid visits to two cities reeling from mass shootings that left 31 dead and dozens wounded, but his divisive words preceded him and prompted large protests and biting political attacks. | The president and first lady Melania Trump flew to El Paso, Texas, late on Wednesday after visiting the hospital in Dayton, Ohio, where many of the victims of Sunday's attack in that city were treated. | For most of the day, the Republican president was kept out of view of the reporters travelling with him, but the White House said the couple met hospital staff and first responders and spent time with wounded su…

Staff (2019-08-08). Emergency Doctor to Trump: You Are Wrong, Mental Illness Is Not to Blame for Gun Violence Epidemic. democracynow.org President Trump went to Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, Wednesday, where he was met by hundreds of protesters condemning his presence after the mass shootings over the weekend, which killed at least 32 people. Prior to his visits, Trump hinted at the need to strengthen background checks for gun purchases, and doubled down on what some healthcare professionals say is dangerous rhetoric linking illness to mass shootings. Numerous other political figures have pointed to mental illness as a contributing factor in mass shootings. From Montreal, we speak with Dr. Megan Ranney, an associate professor of emergency medi…

Dave Levinthal (2019-08-08). Trump campaign still hasn't paid El Paso police bills. nationofchange.org President Donald Trump has pledged the federal government will provide "whatever is needed" to help El Paso, Texas, recover from a mass shooting Saturday that killed 22 people. But Trump's own 2020 re-election committee still hasn't paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in police and public safety-related bills and late fees that El Paso city officials say it …

Steve Hewitt and Christabelle Sethna (2019-08-08). El Paso: we need to examine the role masculinity plays in mass shootings. nationofchange.org The United States is a world leader in mass shootings. In less than 24 hours, two mass shootings by single individuals, have left dozens of people dead. Meanwhile, ongoing gun violence in cities such as Chicago over the same weekend saw seven people shot and killed and 46 wounded. Much of the attention within the U.S. …

RT (2019-08-08). 'Human rights crisis': Amnesty issues US travel warning, pushes for gun control after mass shootings. rt.com Amnesty International has dived headlong into the US gun control debate, urging travelers to be cautious amid a "human rights crisis" they blame on "ubiquity of firearms" and government reluctance to confiscate them.

RT (2019-08-08). El Paso shooter's mother warned police about her son weeks before massacre. rt.com The Dallas-based mother of the El Paso mass shooter who killed 22 people, claims she called the police weeks prior to the shooting to share her concerns about his ownership of an assault rifle.

Raouf Halaby (2019-08-08). Jake Tapper Taps Into Racist Trope. counterpunch.org Even though the distance between El Paso and occupied Jerusalem is 11,876 km, during the August 4, 2019 morning CNN State of the Union program about the El Paso massacre, CNN's Jake Tapper linked Palestinians to White Nationalists. To quote Beto O'Rourke, "what the f—?" Tapper pontificated the following: "You hear conservatives talk all the More

Raouf Halaby (2019-08-08). Jake Tapper Taps Into Racist Trope. counterpunch.org Even though the distance between El Paso and occupied Jerusalem is 11,876 km, during the August 4, 2019 morning CNN State of the Union program about the El Paso massacre, CNN's Jake Tapper linked Palestinians to White Nationalists. To quote Beto O'Rourke, "what the f—?" Tapper pontificated the following: "You hear conservatives talk all the More

Adrienne Pine (2019-08-08). To Flee or Not to Flee? In Honduras, A Child Braves Tear Gas to Sell Vinegar Bags. mintpressnews.com Public education and job opportunities have been stolen from Honduran youth by a U.S.-backed narco-state bent on privatizing the whole of society. Youth face the choice of suffering violence and repression at home or risking the dangerous journey to the United States.

Arabi Souri (2019-08-08). Why SAA Resumed the Military Operation against Al Qaeda to Clean Idlib. globalresearch.ca The latest 13th round of talks in Astana between the Syrian state with Russia and Iran as its guarantors on one side, and Al-Qaeda and the Turkish regime as it guarantor on the other side, would have slowly but steadily …

South Front (2019-08-08). Video: Quitting Cold Turkey. globalresearch.ca Until literally a couple of years ago, courtesy of its enviable position in Asia Minor positioned in direct proximity of USSR (during the Cold War), Iran (after the Islamic Revolution), Iraq, and of course Syria in most recent years, Turkey …

Habib Ahmadzadeh (2019-08-08). Iranian War Veteran Gives Advice to Trump. dissidentvoice.org Dear President Trump, In a recent Tweet, you claimed that "Iranians never won a war, but never lost a negotiation." As a world citizen and a veteran of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war, I have firsthand experience with the bitterness of war, and I have a few suggestions and responses for you. First, I would advise you against …

Jonathan Power (2019-08-08). Iran on the Precipice. counterpunch.org There's never been a full-scale war between two nuclear-armed states. If Iran one day did cross the nuclear threshold the same deterrence will apply. No one rational would want to provoke their own incineration. Columbia University professor, Kenneth Waltz, the distinguished theorist on the conduct of war, wrote in Foreign Affairs that with Israel possessing More

John R. Platt (2019-08-08). Earth's hottest month lights a fire for progress. nationofchange.org Well folks, we did it. July 2019 was the hottest month in recorded human history, with record-breaking temperatures in many parts of Europe, wildfires raging over tens of thousands of square miles of Arctic Alaska and Russia, and a staggering ice melt in Greenland that dumped 197 billion gallons of water into the ocean — 12.5 billion …

teleSUR (2019-08-08). Venezuela and China Inaugurate Refinery To Boost Oil Production. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro inaugurated‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã a new binational oil refinery in cooperation with China after meeting with Chinese representatives Thursday in Miraflores, Caracas,. | RELATED: | Russia Accuses the US of Interfering in Venezuela's Dialogue | The new refinery run by Sinovensa, a joint company that combines Venezuela's state-controlled Petroleo…

Staff (2019-08-08). House Democrats Hoarding Cash to Ward Off Progressive Upstarts. truthdig.com WASHINGTON—Somewhere out there, the next Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez lurks. So wary House Democrats are amassing campaign war chests to scare off progressive upstarts from challenging them in primaries — or trounce them if they try. | A look at 41 incumbent House Democrats who face potential 2020 party primary opponents shows 16 have already stockpiled over $1 million in campaign funds. The figures from Federal Election Commission reports for the first six months of this year show that 20 raised over $500,000 during that period alone. | Th…

teleSUR (2019-08-08). Oil Rises More Than 2%, Expectations of More OPEC Cuts. telesurenglish.net Oil jumped more than 2 percent on Thursday on expectations that falling prices could lead to production cuts, coupled with a steadying of the yuan currency after a week of turmoil spurred by an escalation in U.S.-China trade tensions. | RELATED: | US Renews Chevron License in Venezuela Despite Trump Sanctions | Prices rebounded after tumbling nearly 5 percent to their lowest since January on Wednesday after data showed an unexpected build in U.S. crude stockpiles after nearly t…

Staff (2019-08-08). Judge Won't Reconsider $1,000-Per-Day Fines for Chelsea Manning. truthout.org | | A federal judge denied Chelsea Manning's motion to reconsider fines imposed against her for refusing to testify before the grand jury investigating WikiLeaks. He also undermined due process and refused to hold a hearing. | "Manning has the ability to comply with the court's financial sanctions or will have the ability after her release from confinement," Judge Anthony Trenga ruled. "Therefore, the imposed fines of $500 per day after 30 days and $1,000 per day after 60 days is not so excessive as to re…

teleSUR (2019-08-08). Italy: Salvini Says Governing Coalition Splits, Wants Elections. telesurenglish.net The leader of Italy's ruling North League party, Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, declared the governing coalition to be unworkable Thursday after months of internal bickering, announcing that the only way forward is to hold fresh elections. | RELATED: | Italy Senate Passes Salvini's Security Decree Against Migrants | In a statement, Salvini told Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, who belongs to neither coalition party, that the North League alliance with 5-Star (M5S) had colla…

Ricardo Vaz (2019-08-08). Venezuelan Campesinos' March on Miraflores Blocked by Police. venezuelanalysis.com The mobilization marked the one-year anniversary of the Admirable Campesino March.

Eds. (2019-08-08). In Venezuela, social, popular and communal unity is not an illusion. mronline.org The Corriente Revolucionaria Bolívar y Zamora interviewed àÅngel Prado, the spokesperson of the Socialist Commune El Maizal, a campesino organization dedicated to building socialism at the grassroots level in Venezuela. | Source

Staff (2019-08-08). New Israeli Military Strategies for Annexation and Undermining Palestinian Identity. therealnews.com Shir Hever discusses two new Israeli military strategies, presented by Israeli chief of staff Aviv Kochavi, who calls for a more deadly invasion of Gaza, and former general Yossi Kuperwasser's plan of "changing the Palestinian narrative" in order to annex Palestinian land…

Huzaifa Shahbaz (2019-08-08). Mobilizing Muslim Resistance to the War in Yemen. counterpunch.org Right now, the people of Yemen are suffering through the world's worst humanitarian disaster. The Saudi-led coalition, backed by the United States, continues to bomb Yemen and launch unlawful airstrikes that have hit homes, hospitals, schools, and mosques. This violence has left millions at risk of starvation and death due to repeated outbreaks of diseases More

Ali A. Taj (2019-08-08). Obama, Biden, Mattis and Clapper Expressed Skepticism on Syria, so Why Is Gabbard Singled Out? mintpressnews.com Why must Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard be smeared and attacked for questioning the mainstream narrative on Syria when even Barack Obama has done the same?

Stephen Lendman (2019-08-08). Escalating US War on China by Other Means. Undermining Stability in Asia-Pacific Region. globalresearch.ca The US is hostile toward all nations it doesn't control, waging war on them by naked aggression and other means, including against China. | Pressuring and bullying the country to bend to its interests failed, what Trump and hardliners surrounding him …

Abayomi Azikiwe (2019-08-08). Demonstration Held Condemning Police Killing of African American in Detroit Suburb. globalresearch.ca Over 100 people gathered outside police headquarters in a suburban municipality east of Detroit to demonstrate against the failure of local authorities to hold several police officers accountable in the shooting death of 29 year old African American Theoddeus Gray…

Global Research (2019-08-08). Global Research Publishers: Special Offers On Our Book Titles. globalresearch.ca All of these titles from Global Research Publishers are available in print and PDF (e-book). For our North American customers they are also available in bulk for a discounted price in bulk. If you prefer to shop using Amazon, they …

Jesuit Refugee Service (2019-08-08). Five Years After the Genocide, Yazidis Share Their Forgotten Stories and Demand Justice. globalresearch.ca Five years after Islamic State (ISIS) militants launched a genocide against the Yazidi community in Sinjar, northern Iraq, hundreds of thousands of Yazidis are still displaced and living in harsh conditions. The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) calls on the …

Staff (2019-08-08). Death by Police is Now the 6th Leading Cause of Death Among Young Men. therealnews.com It was once believed that police killings were the 14th leading cause of death among young people. However, a new Rutgers University study by Frank Edwards, which used federal statistics and journalistic investigation found that the death rate is far higher now. We discuss the research with Frank Edwards…

Staff (2019-08-08). Facial Recognition Technology Is Aiding ICE in Sanctuary Cities. truthout.org | | Cambridge, Massachusetts, became the fourth U.S. city last week to ban the use of facial recognition software amid privacy and civil liberties concerns. Oakland, San Francisco and Somerville, Massachusetts, have passed similar bans, and ordinances are now pending in Berkeley, Califor…

The Canary (2019-08-08). Campaigners welcome 'forward-looking' NHS review on medical cannabis. thecanary.co Concerns about both the potential harm to mental health and effectiveness of medical cannabis "is a major hurdle to prescribing", according to an NHS England review.It said more clinical trials need to be carried out and a "UK-wide paediatric specialist clinical network" should be created to help doctors by providing expert advice on complex cases.The "forward-looking and positive review" was welcomed by the Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society (MCCC), whose executive director is Hannah Deacon. | Her eight-year-old son Alfie Dingley, who suffers from severe epilepsy, was the first of just two patients in the UK to…

RT (2019-08-08). 'Time to ban knives'? 4 killed, 2 injured in 'random' California stabbing spree (VIDEOS). rt.com At least four people have been stabbed to death and two others seriously injured after a 33yo man went on a robbing spree in Garden Grove, a city of 175,000 residents in Orange County, California.

Dean Baker (2019-08-08). NAFTA v. New NAFTA: Making a Bad Deal Worse. counterpunch.org Marketplace radio did a piece last week that was essentially just giving the argument of the supporters of the new NAFTA. I will give a few thoughts on the other side. First, the fact that NAFTA played a substantial role in reducing the power of unions and lowering wages of workers without college degrees doesn't More

Sanket Jain (2019-08-08). Buffaloed by the Climate in Kolhapur. counterpunch.org How and why does a full acre of jowar disappear from your fields at short notice? "It was the first time in two years that I left my village for a week during the season. In that time, they devoured all of it," says Ananda Salvi. 'They' is a herd of gaur (bos gaurus, also More

The Canary (2019-08-08). Look after land to help tackle the climate emergency, experts urge. thecanary.co The world must "look after the land" to help tackle climate change, experts warn as rising temperatures put food supplies at risk. | Global warming will increasingly lead to extremes such as drought, heatwaves and wildfires and threaten food security, reducing yields, pushing up food prices and disrupting supply chains, a new UN report said. | But sustainable farming, eating more plant-based foods, replanting forests and protecting habitats such as peatland and mangroves can cut climate emissions and deliver other benefits such as securing food supplies. | Land is already under pressure, with around 70% of the wo…

Ellen Brown (2019-08-08). Neoliberalism Has Met Its Match in China. truthdig.com When the Federal Reserve cut interest rates last week, commentators were asking why. According to official data, the economy was rebounding, unemployment was below 4% and gross domestic product growth was above 3%. If anything, by the Fed's own reasoning, it should have been raising rates. | Market pundits explained that we're in a trade war and a currency war. Other central banks were cutting their rates, and the Fed had to follow suit in order to prevent the dollar from becoming overvalued relative to other c…

Joshua B Pribanic and Talia Wiener (2019-08-08). Pennsylvania is discharging radioactive fracking waste into rivers as landfill leachate, impacting the Chesapeake Bay & Ohio River watersheds. nationofchange.org Edited by Melissa Troutman Joey Bacon, 13, stands ready under the Lance Corporal Abram Howard Memorial bridge in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, with his fishing pole cast into the West Branch of the Susquehanna River. Joey spends a lot of time around the River swimming, fishing, and cannon-balling from the bridges that crisscross the water. He hasn't …

Staff (2019-08-08). U.N. Climate Report Warns About Impact on Food Supply. truthdig.com Global warming is already degrading land, but changes in the way people eat, grow food and manage forests could prevent a more dire future.

Philip Giraldi (2019-08-08). Quincy Who? Another New Washington Think Tank Tests the Waters. globalresearch.ca Think tanks sprout like weeds in Washington. The latest is the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, which is engaged in a pre-launch launch and is attracting some media coverage all across the political spectrum. The Institute is named after …

Reese Erlich (2019-08-08). Foreign Correspondent: The U.S. Trade War with China is Not Going So Well. progressive.org For the past year, the U.S. has escalated economic warfare with grudging acceptance by high-level Democrats and Republicans.

Staff (2019-08-08). Explosions in Three States Highlight Dangers of Aging Fossil Fuel Infrastructure. truthout.org | | On August 1, for the third time in as many years, Enbridge's Texas Eastern Transmission gas pipeline exploded. This tragic incident in central Kentucky killed a 58-year-old woman, Lisa Denise Derringer, and injured at least five others. Flames towered 300 feet high when the 30-inch diameter pipe ruptured at 1 a.m. and forced at least 75 people to evacuate. | "We opened the backdoor and it was like a tornado of fire going around and around and he said we were trapped," survivor Jodi…

Eric Toussaint (2019-08-08). The Mexican Debt Crisis and the World Bank. globalresearch.ca In 2019, the World Bank (WB) and the IMF will be 75 years old. These two international financial institutions (IFI), founded in 1944, are dominated by the USA and a few allied major powers who work to generalize policies that …

Allen L Roland (2019-08-08). Rex 84: FEMA's Blueprint for Martial Law in America. globalresearch.ca We are dangerously close to a situation where ~ if the American people took to the streets in righteous indignation or if there were another 9/11 ~ a mechanism for martial law could be quickly implemented and carried out under REX 84.

Andrew Korybko (2019-08-08). The FBI's Alleged Conspiracy Theorist-Terrorist Connection Is Anti-American. globalresearch.ca The de-facto criminalization of free speech is an ongoing trend in American society that's already pressured a lot of people to self-censor their beliefs in public in order to avoid official scrutiny from the authorities or harassment by their political opponents,…

Abayomi Azikiwe (2019-08-08). Demonstrations Surrounded the Democratic Party Debates in Detroit. globalresearch.ca On July 30 and 31 the attention of the national media in the United States was focused on the Fox Theater in downtown Detroit where 20 Democratic Party candidates for the presidency debated various issues presented to them by anchors …

Staff (2019-08-08). Biden Is Doubling Down on Iraq War Lies. truthout.org | | For the second consecutive Democratic debate, Joe Biden has failed to come to terms about his critical role in supporting the illegal, unnecessary, and predictably disastrous U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq. | There is nothing new about this. Biden has a long history of inaccurate claims regarding that oil-rich country. For example, in the lead-up to the critical Senate vote authorizing the invasion, Biden used his role…

Edward Hunt (2019-08-08). In Afghanistan, U.S. Faces Formidable Foes—Its Own Allies. progressive.org As the war approaches the end of its second decade, U.S. officials show no signs that they are willing to address the fundamental power dynamics that have fueled the war for so long. Meanwhile, innocent people die.

Robert Dodge (2019-08-08). Hiroshima and the New Arms Race — No Winners. counterpunch.org Seventy-four years ago today the United States dropped the first atomic bomb over the city of Hiroshima, Japan. This nuclear weapon resulted in the deaths of an estimated 140,000 individuals. Three days later on August 9, a similar attack was carried out on the city of Nagasaki, Japan killing an additional 80,000 people. These events changed More

Aviva Chomsky (2019-08-08). Jobs, the Environment, and a Planet in Crisis. counterpunch.org When it comes to heat, extreme weather, wildfires, and melting glaciers, the planet is now in what the media increasingly refers to as "record" territory, as climate change's momentum outpaces predictions. In such a situation, in a country whose president and administration seem hell-bent on doing everything they conceivably can to make matters worse, the More

Cynthia Kaufman (2019-08-08). Motivating Climate Action: A Review of Per Espen Stoknes "What We Think About When We Try Not to Think About Global Warming." commondreams.org We need to paint a picture of an inclusive sustainable world we are trying to build; remind people that the work is already underway and that millions of people are doing important work. (Photo: Beth Scupham/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Ryan Gallagher (2019-08-08). A New App Allows Readers in China to Bypass Censorship of The Intercept. theintercept.com Since June, people in China have been unable to read The Intercept, after the country's government apparently banned our website, along with those of several other media organizations. Today, we are happy to announce a workaround that will allow people in China to circumvent the restrictions, access our full site, and continue to read our award-winning journalism. | In partnership with Psiphon, an anti-censorship organization based in Canada, we are launching…

WSWS (2019-08-08). Currency war: A new stage in capitalist breakdown. wsws.org A global currency conflict will take the economic warfare being waged by the US against "strategic competitors" such as China as well as its nominal allies to a new level.

William Minter (2019-08-08). The green new deal must be global. nationofchange.org June 2019 was the hottest June in recorded history. July was even hotter — in fact, it was the hottest month ever recorded worldwide, as a wide swath of the continental United States sweltered with heat indexes of over 100degrees. Unless new action is taken to curb emissions driving the climate crisis, warns the Union of Concerned Scientists …

WSWS (2019-08-08). Amid Turkish war threats, Ankara and Washington to build "safe zone" in Syria. wsws.org The Turkish government is seeking US approval to invade Syria and target Kurdish nationalist militias that serve as key US proxies in the Middle East.

teleSUR (2019-08-08). 40 Million People Are Victims of Modern-Day Slavery Worldwide. telesurenglish.net Over 40.3 million people worldwide are living in modern forms of slavery such as bonded labor, child labor, human trafficking and forced begging, according to a research carried out by the Walk Free Foundation (WFF) and the International Labor Organization (ILO). | RELATED: | Brazil: Bolsonaro Questions anti-Slave Labor Law, Says It Hurts Businesses | The WFF-ILO report defines contemporary slavery as having to do with "situations of exploitation that a person cannot…

teleSUR (2019-08-08). Syria Slams US-Turkey Safe Zone, Calls it 'Blatant Aggression'. telesurenglish.net The Syrian government said Thursday that an agreement between Turkey and the United States over northeastern Syria represented a "blatant attack" on the country's sovereignty and territorial unity and a "dangerous escalation." | RELATED: | Syrian Army Resumes Operations After Attacks on Idlib | The agreement setting up a joint operation center to manage a strip…

Trevor Aaronson (2019-08-08). Why New Laws Against White Supremacist Violence Are the Wrong Response to El Paso. theintercept.com The notion that existing terrorism laws apply only to those who commit violence on behalf of groups like Al Qaeda and ISIS is flat-out false.

teleSUR (2019-08-08). 7 Colombian Soldiers Sentenced For Extrajudicial Killing. telesurenglish.net Seven members of Colombia's armed forces were sentenced Thursday, to 34 years in prison for carrying out an extrajudicial killing. The sentence overturned a ruling last year that absolved the troops of responsibility. The killing was part of the 'false positives' scandal, whereby civilians were murdered and then dressed in guerilla uniforms so that soldiers could claim rewards. | RELATED: | One Sector Blocks Peace in Colombia: Ex-FARC Guerrilla Leader | In 2006, seven soldiers k…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-08-08). Linking El Paso Massacre to ICE Raids, Sanders Says Trump's Campaign of Terror Against Immigrants Must Be Defeated. commondreams.org "Days after immigrants were gunned down in El Paso, Trump is continuing the attacks on immigrant families. Our job is to reject Trump's racist agenda." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-08-08). UN Report Calls for Transforming Land Practices to Battle Hunger and 'Suffocating Blanket of Climate Emergency'. commondreams.org A landmark United Nations report released Thursday warns that land worldwide is under mounting pressure from humans—both exacerbated by and contributing to the climate crisis—which underscores the need to urgently enact more sustainable land practices and curb greenhouse gas emissions from all sources to keep the global population fed and ensure a habitable planet in the future. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Juan Cole (2019-08-08). White Al-Qaeda, Trump and Economic Terrorism Against El Paso. commondreams.org By depicting El Paso as crime infested when Mexicans were supposedly unconstrained by a wall, Trump implied that Mexicans are criminals, bringing their crime over the border. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-08-08). Trump appoints counter-terrorism chief to head national intelligence. rt.com US President Donald Trump has appointed Admiral Joseph Maguire, current Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, to head the Office of Director of National Intelligence starting August 15.

Peter Kuper (2019-08-08). Endangering America for the Gun Lobby. thenation.com Terrorism is mounting, yet the GOP blocks sensible gun restrictions.

teleSUR (2019-08-08). Israel Rules in Favor of Homophobic Political Campaign Ads. telesurenglish.net Israeli companies cannot deny anti-gay campaign ads of the ultra-Orthodox Zionist Noam party according to a new ruling by the acting chairman of the Central Elections Committee Neal Hendel. | RELATED: | Israeli Far-right Ministers Attend Event Honoring Rabbi Who Praised Palestinian Massacre | The decision came Tuesday after a petit…

Eds. (2019-08-08). The Squad vs. Trump and Pelosi. mronline.org In the past couple weeks, President Trump has gone on a racist, red-baiting rampage against four congresswomen elected in 2018. The four women of color—Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley—are now collectively known in the media as the "squad." | Source

Norman Solomon (2019-08-08). The Danger of Nancy Pelosi's Bad Attitude Toward Progressives. commondreams.org From left, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., gather in the Capitol before a rally with House Democrats on their first 200 days of the 116th Congress on Thursday, July 25, 2019. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Norman Solomon (2019-08-08). Nancy Pelosi's Bad Attitude Toward Progressives. indybay.org The Capitol Dome is a bubble…

pip.hinman (2019-08-08). The hidden refugee 'hell' in Melbourne. greenleft.org.au Located in the suburb of Broadmeadows, Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation (MITA) has been described as a "hidden hell for refugees". | Addressing a forum organised by the Refugee Action Collective (RAC) on August 5 by video message, Iraqi refugee Ali Yousuf, who was previously in MITA and is now in an Adelaide detention centre, said MITA guards regularly provoke people, seeking any reaction as an excuse to attack them. Yousuf suffered a broken hand when assaulted by a guard. | Yousuf said that detention is a waste of money that could be spent on helping the sick and people with disabilities. | He said th…

pip.hinman (2019-08-08). WA Labor gives go ahead to fracking. greenleft.org.au The Western Australian Labor government has announced it will lift the ban on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) of underground geological structures this month. A statewide moratorium on fracking has been in place since September 2017. | Though fracking will not be permitted in the South West, Peel and Perth regions, companies will have the go ahead to frack on existing petroleum titles. | Labor has said that existing titles only cover 2% of the state. | However, there has been a run on the procurement of additional petroleum leases by various operators since Labor announced its 18-month "implementation plan" in Ju…

pip.hinman (2019-08-08). Maybe Morrison should also try shouting 'how good are homes' at the homeless. greenleft.org.au When the Coalition unexpectedly won the May federal elections, it was tempting to assume no good would come of it. But that type of thinking ignores just how much money the gambling industry lost with the defeat of the odds-on favourite, Labor. | That's where the good news ends, though. | Prime Minister Scott Morrison quickly followed up his victory by ramping up class war through big tax cuts to the rich, and Labor quickly followed by voting for it. | Morrison then followed by insisting the government could not afford to raise the rate Newstart, which is significantly lower than the $433 a week poverty line…

pip.hinman (2019-08-08). Should socialists support a Green New Deal? greenleft.org.au What are the strengths of the "Green New Deal" campaign launched by progressives in the United States and now being taken up by environmental and labour activists in Britain, Australia and other countries? Is it something socialists should support? | These were among the key questions debated at a forum, featuring high school climate activist David Deex and labour historian Dr David Faber, organised by the Socialist Alliance on August 4. The gathering also served as a "house-warming" for the Socialist Alliance's new Activist Centre in Hindley Street, in the heart of the city. | The idea of a Green New Deal has be…

pip.hinman (2019-08-08). Court upholds shonky uranium approval. greenleft.org.au The Traditional Owners of the Tjiwarl native title claim lost their Supreme Court appeal to have the approval for the Yeelirrie uranium mine revoked on July 31. | The proposed mine site, 500 kilometres north of Kalgoorlie, was given approval in 2017 by then-state Coalition environment minister Albert Jacob just 16 days before the government entered into a pre-election caretaker period. | The election that followed produced a resounding defeat for the Coalition in an election in which environmental issues ranked high on the political agenda. | The mine's federal approval application was subsequently finalised by t…

Telesur (2019-08-08). Food Shipment Destined for Venezuela Seized Due to US Blockade. globalresearch.ca Venezuela's Vice President Delcy Rodriguez denounced Wednesday that a ship containing 25 thousand tons of soy-made products has been seized in the Panama Canal due to the U.S. blockade while calling on the United Nations to take action against the …

United Nations (2019-08-08). In wake of 'collapsed' agreement, new wave of violence threatens millions in Syria's Idlib. un.org Following the "deeply regrettable" announcement that the Idlib truce had "collapsed" at the start of this week, the Senior Humanitarian Adviser to the UN's Syria Envoy urged Member States on Thursday to increase their support for "critical humanitarian needs" in the country's last opposition-held enclave.

Daniel Warner (2019-08-08). UNRWA Accusations: (Im)Perfect Timing. counterpunch.org A damaging internal report has cast a dark shadow over the ethical behavior of top officials of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). As disclosed by Al Jazeera and AFP, the report cites "credible and corroborated reports" that members of an "inner circle" at the top of UNRWA, including Swiss Commissioner-General Pierre Krà§henbàºhl, have engaged in "sexual misconduct, nepotism, retaliation, discrimination and other abuses of authority for personal gain, to suppress legitimate dissent, and to otherwise achieve their personal objectives." The report was sent to UN Sec…

United Nations (2019-08-08). Steps taken to end Saudi 'guardianship' system for women, 'encouraging' start. un.org Allowing Saudi women to apply for passports and travel without their guardians' permission is "an encouraging move" towards the "complete abolition of the 'guardianship' system," independent United Nations rights experts said on Thursday, but more action is needed to fully dismantle these restrictions.

United Nations (2019-08-08). World food security increasingly at risk due to 'unprecedented' climate change impact, new UN report warns. un.org More than 500 million people today live in areas affected by erosion linked to climate change, the UN warned on Thursday, before urging all countries to commit to sustainable land use to help limit greenhouse gas emissions before it is too late.

Stephen Lendman (2019-08-08). "Economic Terror": Trump Regime Aims to Starve Venezuelans into Submission. globalresearch.ca Under both extremist right wings of the US war party, the incremental Nazification of America may become full-blown in our lifetimes if not strongly challenged by the world community. | The Trump regime exceeds the worst of its predecessors. Based on …

unitedEditor (2019-08-08). "Global Hawk" drone: evidence of Iran's advanced defensive capability. uwidata.com The recent downing of an American "Global Hawk" drone by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards is evidence of Iran's advanced defensive capability. Iran has proven that it can answer a direct military threat, even from a global power like the US. The same can be said for the UK, whose international immunity provided by world authorities …

Amnesty International (2019-08-08). 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…

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