2019-08-11: News Headlines

Andrew Korybko (2019-08-11). Did Indian Intelligence Invent a Russian Diplomatic Statement to Pressure Moscow on Kashmir? globalresearch.ca It remains unclear at the time of writing whether the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs really did back India's unilateral actions in Kashmir or not, with the mysterious circumstances surrounding its now-viral alleged statement of support suggesting that it might …

Strategic Culture Foundation (2019-08-11). Washington's Utterly Failed Diplomacy. globalresearch.ca There seems no longer any attempt, or semblance, of seeking diplomacy by Washington. Sanctions and aggression are wielded with reckless abandon. Russia, China, and even America's own supposed European allies are subject to sanctions by Washington in a high-handed dismissal …

teleSUR (2019-08-11). Chomsky Slams Macri's Neoliberal Policies in Education. telesurenglish.net Noam Chomsky, the renowned academic and political thinker from the United States, slammed Argentinian President Mauricio Macri for subordinating of public education to favor neoliberal markets in an article published by La Garganta Poderosa Saturday. | RELATED: | Chomsky: Fixation on Russia May Have Handed Trump a 2020 Win | He said the advanced neoliberal p…

Staff (2019-08-11). The Evolution of Venezuela's Media Landscape: From Openness to Restriction? therealnews.com Prominent Venezuelan journalists talk about how Venezuela's media landscape has evolved from the Chavez years to the present under the combined pressure of President Maduro and the US-Opposition's onslaught against the government. A report from Venezuela by Ed Augustin…

Juan Cole (2019-08-11). After Terror Attack at Oslo Mosque, What if Trump Spoke About White Supremacists the Way He Does Islam? commondreams.org A picture taken on August 10, 2019 shows medics with a stretcher near the al-Noor islamic center mosque where a gunman, armed with multiple weapons, went on a shooting spree in the town of Baerum, an Oslo suburb. The gunman injured one worshipper before being arrested, police and witnesses said. (Photo: Terje Pedersen/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andre Vltchek (2019-08-11). China's BRI Could Save Destroyed Southeast Asia. dissidentvoice.org Most of the people in the West or in North Asia usually never think about it, but Southeast Asia is one of the most depressed and depressing parts of the world. It has been through genocides, wars and atrocious military regimes. Then, those monstrous income disparities. Jakarta beggars at night According to The Bangkok Post, …

Staff (2019-08-11). Billionaire Tom Steyer Spends More Than $7 Million on Ads in First Month. truthout.org | | In the month since Tom Steyer jumped into the Democratic presidential field with a promise to spend $100 million on his own campaign, the billionaire activist and former hedge fund manager has made his name known across early primary states with millions in ad buys. | But it remains to be seen whether Steyer,…

Staff (2019-08-11). I'm in Prison, and I Need More Than a Vote to Participate in Democracy. truthout.org | | I am well aware that, for years, activists have engaged in political and ideological disagreements about how far the new suffrage movement should go in fighting for the voting rights of people with felony convictions. I've been in prison for 25 years, following all the ups and downs. However, it is time to bring some hard-headed realism to bear on this longstanding contradiction in U.S. democracy. | Let's take a mental leap: Even if politicians eventually conclude that no one of voting age in…

teleSUR (2019-08-11). Brazil's Bolsonaro Says 'Poop Every Other Day' for Environment. telesurenglish.net Brazilian far-right President Jair Bolsonaro said people should "poop every other day" to save the planet from climate change. | RELATED: | 'Bolsonaro is Responsible for the Amazon' UN Rapporteur Says | His comments came after a journalist questioned his solution to preserving the environment as well as developing the agricultural industry. | "It's enough to eat a little less. You talk about environmental pollution. It's enough to poop every other day. That will be better for the…

Sarah Abed (2019-08-11). Syria Warns US-Turkey "Safe Zone" Deal Is a Plot for "Expansionist Ambitions" globalresearch.ca After three days of intense negotiations in Ankara, US and Turkish officials reached an agreement on Wednesday to create a joint operations center and set up a safe zone east of the Euphrates in north eastern Syria. Deal details have …

Staff (2019-08-11). Israel Systematically Blocks International Scholars From Reaching Palestine. truthout.org | | International scholars are important to universities throughout the world. Their unique perspectives, emanating from different cultures and places, enrichen intellectual conversations among students and faculty. International scholars help orient local students toward global citizenship, and in turn those students help visiting scholars to understand their host country and culture better. | In the Occupied Palestinian Territories, however, Israel routinely blocks international scholars…

Susie Greaves (2019-08-11). Chernobyl: A 'Debt to the Truth'. globalresearch.ca The HBO miniseries " Chernobyl" is a timely reminder of the horrors of nuclear technology gone wrong. | In the early hours of 26 April 1986, an accident occurred in northern Ukraine that revealed once again that all the genius …

Philip A Farruggio (2019-08-11). Insulated from the Truth. globalresearch.ca In 1933, soon after Hitler's ascent to power, the British ambassador to Germany made this assertion: "I have the impression that the persons directing the policy of the Hitler government are not normal. Many of us, indeed, have a feeling …

Juliette Majot (2019-08-11). Climate Change and a New Agricultural System. globalresearch.ca This week, the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a long-awaited report on land, climate change and agriculture.[1] The report's findings confirm that the agriculture and food systems on which we now depend are no longer viable. …

True Publica (2019-08-11). State Censorship: Seizing Journalists Notes, Restricting Press Freedom. globalresearch.ca In our recent article entitled — Rise of the Techno Stasi-State we asked the question was that too strong a news headline after the High Court decided the government's architecture of mass surveillance over the population was perfectly legal. The …

Adam Ramsay (2019-08-11). Britain after Brexit: Welcome to the Vulture Restaurant. globalresearch.ca "Britain has no leverage, Britain is desperate … it needs an agreement very soon. When you have a desperate partner, that's when you strike the hardest bargain." So warned former US treasury secretary Larry Summers on Radio 4 'Today' programme …

teleSUR (2019-08-11). Saudi Forces Attack UAE-Backed Separatists in Aden, 40 Killed. telesurenglish.net The Saudi-led coalition intervened in Aden Sunday in support of the Yemeni government after southern UAE-backed separatists effectively took over the port city, fracturing the alliance that had been battling the Houthi movement. | RELATED: | Saudi Forces Kill 13 in 'Massacre' at Yemen Market | The infighting, which broke out on Aug. 8 to control the port city which serves as temporary seat of Yemen's Saudi-backed has killed 40 people and injured 260, the United Nations said. | "It is heart-…

Common Dreams staff (2019-08-11). No, Trump Doesn't Want to 'See People Mowed Down and Killed,' Says Sanders, But His 'Racist Rhetoric' Fueling Violence. commondreams.org The president, charged the 2020 Democratic candidate, "creates a climate where we are seeing a significant increase in hate crimes in this country—hates crimes against Muslims, against Mexicans, against Jews. He is creating the kind of divisiveness in this nation that is the last thing we should be doing." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Martha Hubert (2019-08-11). CODEPINK Monthly Golden Gate Bridge WALK for PEACE. indybay.org 11: 45 am: Gather at the SF end of the eastern walkway of the Golden Gate Bridge. | Noon: Walk on the easter walkway from the SF side to the middle of the bridge. There we will hold a "burma shave" style presence | with each of us holding a sign with adequate space between us so that motorists can easily read all of our signs. Some signs provided, or bring your own. We'll return to the SF side of the bridge for a rally with Photo ops and flyer distribution. | Parking is available, though often very crowded. It's best to use public transit. See http: //tripplanner.transit.511 for transit options. The SF Muni Bus 28…

Toby Blome (2019-08-11). CODEPINK Monthly Golden Gate Bridge Walk for Peace. indybay.org 11: 45 am: Gather at the SF or Marin end of the eastern walkway of the Golden Gate Bridge. Parking available on all 4 "corners", just remember to take the last exit on hwy 101 as you approach the bridge, or the first exit after you leave the bridge. Arrive early for best parking. | Noon: Walk on the eastern walkway from the north or south ends, to converge in the middle. Short, silent vigil in the middle. | 1: 00 pm: Rally on SF side after the bridge walk. | FMI & carpooling: Toby, 510-215-5974 | ratherbenyckeling@comcast.net | See http: //tripplanner.transit.511.org for public transit options. | Golden Gate Transit…

Kate Zeller (2019-08-11). Mozambique Charges Former President's Son, Officials for Secret Debt Scandal. indybay.org Mozambique charged the former president's son and 19 others on corruption, fraud and blackmail in relation to a $2 billion dollar loan scandal.

Andrew Korybko (2019-08-10). "The Sikhs For Justice" Are Taking Up The Kashmiri Cause At The UN. globalresearch.ca The Sikhs For Justice, a purely peaceful organization that's campaigning for a plebiscite on the independence of Indian Punjab as Khalistan, are taking their support for Kashmir to the next level by filing a complaint at the UN about India's …

WSWS (2019-08-10). New Delhi's assault on Kashmir and the fight against communal reaction, imperialism, and war. wsws.org With the aim of inciting communal reaction against mounting social opposition and strengthening its hand against Pakistan and China, India's BJP government has illegally stripped Jammu and Kashmir of its special status.

John Riddell (2019-08-10). India's Kashmir Crackdown Poses Risk of War. globalresearch.ca On August 5, India's Hindu nationalist government unilaterally revoked the autonomy of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, while flooding the region with troops, imposing a curfew, and shutting down all communications. | The state is to be broken in two, …

teleSUR-EF (2019-08-10). Maduro: 'Amazing', the Global #NoMoreTrump Protests. telesurenglish.net Named 'World Protest Day', massive demonstrations took place Saturday in Venezuela and across the globe against the economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump on this South American country. | RELATED: | Venezuelans Amass Across the Country to Protest Trump | Hundreds of thousands of people were in the streets of Caracas Aug. 10 with signs that read, 'No Mas Trump' in protest to the U.S. president and his administration that has prevented the Ven…

teleSUR (2019-08-10). Worldwide Solidarity Rallies Held in Support of Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called on the people of his country on August 10th to march in protest of U.S. President Donald Trump's ongoing inhuman economic blockade that has caused significant suffering to the civilians of the Bolivarian Republic. | Related: | Venezuelans Amass Across the Country to Protest Trump | In a sign of solidarity with the people of Venezuela, several demonstrations were held in countries such as Australia, Haiti, Turkey Italy, Germany, Dominican Republ…

Eds. (2019-08-10). USA vs. Venezuela: the embargo as part of a war with no turning back (Interview — Julio Escalona). mronline.org The total embargo declared by Donald Trump against Venezuela is another step in sharpening his strategy to generate chaos in the country and overthrow Nicolás Maduro. Julio Escalona, deputy of the National Constituent Assembly, analyzes the situation, the possibility of dialogues, and challenges. | Source

Peter Koenig (2019-08-10). Criminal Embargos: Venezuela and Iran in the Crosshairs of Murderers Inc — Who is Next? globalresearch.ca Now the US is expanding her palette of killing by impunity to subjugate nation after nation which they do not consider bending sufficiently to the dictate of their masters. Venezuela has been targeted for two decades, and Iran, ever since the US-imposed Shah was deposed in 1979 — exactly 40 years ago…

Michael T. Hertz (2019-08-10). Why are there more mass killings on Trump's watch than before? nationofchange.org Why are there more mass killings on Trump's watch than before? | I suspected that this was true, but until I actually used US mass shootings, 1982-2019: Data from Mother Jones' investigation I didn't have data. | The Mother Jones data collects all mass killings (shootings that killed over 3 people, not including the perpetrator). I added up those killed in mass shootings under Obama, and the total for all 8 years was 310. The total for Trump through August 4, 2019 was 256. Thus, Obama averaged 38.75 a year while T…

teleSUR -EF (2019-08-10). Mexico: 19 Massacred by 'Cartel Jalisco' in Turf War. telesurenglish.net About 380 national police agents are monitoring the Mexican city of Uruapan, in Michoacan state, after the murder of 19 people Thursday. Their bodies were abandoned in three different areas of the city, authorities said Saturday. | RELATED: | Mexico to Take Legal Action Against US Post-El Paso Shooting | The Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG) criminal organization took credit for the massacre, according to th…

WSWS (2019-08-10). US defence secretary, NATO chief visit New Zealand to strengthen military ties. wsws.org The visits by US defence secretary Mark Esper and NATO general secretary Jens Stoltenberg were aimed at incorporating New Zealand further into the military build-up against China, Russia and Iran.

Gregory Shupak (2019-08-10). The New York Times' Pro-War Arguments Against War With Iran. commondreams.org "Once you're debating who ought to start a war," writes Shupak, "you've abandoned the anti-war argument." (Screenshot: New York Times, 6/20/19) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Peter Koenig (2019-08-10). Venezuela and Iran in the Crosshairs of Murderers Inc. dissidentvoice.org Imagine just for a moment, the World would stand up in unison, sick and tired of the aggressive killer arrogance of the United States and her vassals — and their joint war-force called NATO — and this World, our World, what's left of it when you deduct Washington and its Brussels allies, would at once …

Ryan Devereaux (2019-08-10). The Unraveling of the Conspiracy Case Against No More Deaths Volunteer Scott Warren. theintercept.com The federal courthouse in Tucson, Arizona, has always been a place where the borderlands and the American justice system collide. Described by its engineers as "a gateway to the desert and the mountains beyond," it was completed in 2000, the year that the Pima County medical examiner's office began tracking an explosion of deaths in that same desert. | Each afternoon, Monday through Thursday, dozens of chained migrants who survived the journey across the border but found themselves in Border Patrol custody are marched up from the building's bowels for mass hearings. They come in groups of up to 70 at a time. You…

Andrew E. Miller (2019-08-10). A Trump-Bolsonaro Free Trade Deal Is an Apocalyptically Bad Idea. commondreams.org Greenpeace activists hang a large banner on the ramparts of the Old City of Jerusalem, Israel with a message to the visiting Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro on April 1, 2019. (Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg / AFP / Israel Out) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-08-10). Colombian Indigenous Call SOS to Save Lives of Social Leaders. telesurenglish.net The National Indigenous Organization of Colombia (ONIC) declared an "emergency situation" Friday for the systematic slaughter of Indigenous social leaders witnessed within President Ivan Duque's administration. | RELATED: | Colombian Indigenous Group Demands Justice for Guard's Murder | "We have an ethical and political obligation to declare a humanitar…

teleSUR (2019-08-10). Bolivia Rejects US Drug Control Report as 'Malicious'. telesurenglish.net Bolivia says it rejects the slanderous accusations made by the U.S. in its recent report where it alleged the South American country had breached the bylines of an international anti-drug initiative. | RELATED: | War on Drugs Has Failed in Bolivia: Evo Morales | In a memorandum released Thursday, U.S. President Donald Trump listed 20 countries his administration says are either major transit, or illicit drug-producing countries. He named Bolivia and Venezuela as having failed to honor their ob…

Ruth Milka (2019-08-10). Biodiversity is highest on indigenous-managed lands — even higher than protected land areas. nationofchange.org Indigenous-managed lands possess the greatest levels of biodiversity, perhaps even more than the biodiversity in protected areas says a new study published in the journal of Environmental Science & Policy. | Studying biodiversity levels in nearly 16,000 areas across Australia, Brazil, and Canada, the team of researchers found that land fully or co-managed by indigenous communities contained the highest levels of biodiversity. | Protected areas of lands, such as parks and wildlife reserves, came in second. Size and location of the land had less of an impact on species diversity levels than who the land was mana…

WSWS (2019-08-10). Detroit man dies after ICE deports him to Iraq. wsws.org Jimmy Aldaoud was born in Greece to Iraqi refugee parents and arrived in the US as an infant in 1979. He was deported to Iraq in June and died this week.

Fight Back (2019-08-10). Jamar Clark settlement announced, community vows to keep up the fight. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – On August 8, a settlement was reached in the case of Jamar Clark. The city of Minneapolis awarded $200,000 to Jamar Clark's families. | Clark was murdered by Minneapolis police officers on November 15, 2015. According to witnesses, he was handcuffed when he was shot at point-blank range. His killing led to massive protests and a weeks-long winter encampment in front of the police precinct office near the scene of his death. Investigators ignored the input of 20 witnesses to the killing, forcibly seized all video of the shooting, and refused to release the video to the public. No charges were pre…

WSWS (2019-08-10). Police have killed 5,000 Americans since Ferguson protests. wsws.org Despite popular protests and increased scrutiny in the aftermath of Michael Brown's killing, US police officers have continued to kill at a rate of more than 1,000 people per year.

RT (2019-08-10). Talks ahead? Trump says Kim Jong-un 'apologized' for missile tests in 'beautiful' 3-page letter. rt.com President Donald Trump has said that North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un wants to meet again for negotiations, after Kim reportedly apologized for missile tests and complained about US military exercises.

RT (2019-08-10). Facebook 'News': A bold step toward total control of reality? rt.com Facebook's plan to hook ad-cash-deprived mainstream outlets on licensing payouts seems to be an attempt to hijack narrative control en route to total domination of the infosphere — the ultimate safe space, Zuckerberg-style.

WSWS (2019-08-10). German government and Greens promote military mission in Persian Gulf. wsws.org The German ruling class is intensifying its campaign for a European war mission in the Persian Gulf. Especially aggressive are the leaders of the Green party.

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-08-10). Saudi, UAE Proxies Clash in Southern Yemen, as UAE Plots Partition. mintpressnews.com At least 2,400 citizens have been forcibly expelled from Aden, while over 1,600 shops have been burned and damaged, more than 1,700 shops closed and 76 cars confiscated.

WSWS (2019-08-10). Canada's ruling elite whipping up anti-China hysteria to pave way for repression, rearmament and war. wsws.org All the organs of Canadian bourgeois propaganda—government institutions, political parties and corporate media outlets—have united to cast Ottawa as a beleaguered David confronting a Chinese Goliath.

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2019-08-10). American History for Truthdiggers: Bush II and the Birth of Forever War. truthdig.com Editor's note: The past is prologue. The stories we tell about ourselves and our forebears inform the sort of country we think we are and help determine public policy. As our current president promises to "make America great again," this moment is an appropriate time to reconsider our past, look back at various eras of United States history and re-evaluate America's origins. When, exactly, were we "great"? | Below is the 36th installment of the "American History for Truthdiggers" series, a pull-no-punches appraisal of our shared, if flawed, past. The author of the series, Danny Sjursen, who retired recently as a…

WSWS (2019-08-10). Italy: Salvini seeks coalition with fascist Fratelli d'Italia. wsws.org In a surprise coup, the leader of the Lega is attempting to carry out a shift to the right and to prepare fascistic forms of rule.

Stephen Lendman (2019-08-10). ISIS and Al Qaeda are "Made in America". Trump Tweets "We Have Defeated ISIS in Syria" globalresearch.ca In late 2018 and numerous other times, Trump falsely claimed ISIS was defeated. | Last December he tweeted: "We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there…" | In his January State of the Union address, he falsely …

John Shafthauer (2019-08-10). Government denies large power outages part of no-deal planning. thecanary.co Power outages hit England and Wales on 9 August. Coincidentally, the government has recently been planning for a no-deal Brexit. | But is it a coincidence? | Or is it part of what the government is expecting after they open the Brexit hell mouth? | Lights out: | According to a leaked memo, the government is planning the following tests: | Closing the Irn Bru factory for a week to see how long it takes before Scotland starts rioting. | Replacing people's medicine with tic tacs to see if the placebo effect kicks in. | Redirecting all outward-bound British tourists to Skegness. | A whistleblower came forward…

Fintan O'Toole (2019-08-10). Ireland can Stop a no-deal Brexit. Here's How. globalresearch.ca Ireland, North and South, is facing a political and economic crisis. But the key to preventing it lies in Irish hands. One Irish political party has the power to change the balance of power at Westminster and to alter the …

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-08-10). Sanders Demands Drug and Insurance Industries Explain the Hundreds of Millions They Seem Willing to Spend to Defeat Medicare for All. commondreams.org "You made a $100 billion in profits last year—how much are you going to be spending of that $100 billion to oppose Medicare for All? Is it $200 million? Is it $500 million? Is it a billion dollars in order to protect your profits?" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-08-10). 'Gold Over Life, Literally': How Trump Forced Reversal on Mining Project EPA Scientists Warn Could Destroy Alaskan Salmon Ecosystem. commondreams.org "I was dumbfounded," said one EPA insider after Trump officials reversed the agency's opposition to the copper and gold mining project in Bristol Bay that scientists warn will devastate the salmon and the overall ecosystem. "We were basically told we weren't going to examine anything. We were told to get out of the way and just make it happen." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Fight Back (2019-08-10). Milwaukee: Victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki remembered. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI – On the evening of August 9, over 50 anti-war activists, peace advocates and community members gathered at the Urban Ecology Center in Washington Park on Milwaukee's north side to remember the victims of the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima (August 6) and Nagasaki (August 9) in 1945. Additionally, victims of recent and prior mass shootings across the U.S. were honored. | The program began with an opportunity for attendees to create their own Japanese lanterns, including drawing or writing messages or images on the wrappings. Many custom designs feature messages such as "No more war!" and "Denu…

teleSUR (2019-08-10). Libya: 3 UN Members, 2 Assistants Killed in Car Bombing. telesurenglish.net Three United Nations staff members and two other mission personnel were killed in a car bomb explosion Saturday in Benghazi, Libya. | RELATED: | Paris Admits its Missiles Found on Pro-Haftar Base in Libya | The explosion happened in front of a shopping mall and bank. At least one burned-out U.N. car could be seen at the scene. | The U.N. refrained from releasing details, but said some of the casualties were from its team working on a mission in eastern Libya. | Libyan National A…

United Nations (2019-08-10). Three UN workers killed following Benghazi car bomb attack, as Security Council meets in emergency session, honours their 'ultimate sacrifice'. un.org Secretary-General António Guterres on Saturday condemned a car bomb attack in front of a shopping mall in the Libyan city of Benghazi, which left three UN workers dead, and three others injured, with dozens of civilians also wounded.

splcenter (2019-08-10). Weekend Read: Neo-Nazi leader must pay more than $14 million in damages. splcenter.org A federal judge has ruled in an SPLC lawsuit that neo-Nazi leader Andrew Anglin must pay more than $14 million in damages for using his website to launch an antisemitic campaign of terror against a Jewish woman and her family.

RT (2019-08-10). Las Vegas 'vigilante' plotted to recruit killer squads to murder gays & Jews. rt.com A 23yo Las Vegas man is facing ten years behind bars for plotting terrorist attacks against the Jewish and LGBT communities and attempting to hire armed hit squads to carry out the atrocities.

unitedEditor (2019-08-10). TURKEY AND US COME TO AGREEMENT ON CREATION OF SECURITY ZONE. uwidata.com Turkey and the United States seem to have finally reached some level of agreement regarding the creation of a security zone in Syria, an issue which had long strained the already tense relations between the two countries. Nonetheless, the decision likely doesn't mean the end of the conflict over the issue. Following three days of …

Jeff Amy, Rogelio V. Solis (2019-08-09). Poultry towns devastated as workers and students disappear after ICE raids. peoplesworld.org MORTON, Miss. (AP)—Effects of the largest immigration raid in at least a decade are likely to ripple for years through six Mississippi small towns that host poultry plants. A store owner who caters to Latino poultry plant workers fears he will have to close. A school superintendent is trying to rebuild trust with the Spanish-speaking …

Staff (2019-08-09). ICE Raids on Undocumented Immigrants Create Fear and Enable Exploitation. therealnews.com The recent ICE raids that detained 680 food workers in Mississippi not only strike fear and terror in the hearts of immigrants, but are a calculated move to enable greater exploitation of immigrants because it increases their insecurity and makes organizing more difficult…

Staff (2019-08-09). Mass ICE Raids in Mississippi After Workers Fought for Better Conditions Leave Kids Without Parents. democracynow.org Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents swept through seven poultry processing plants in Mississippi this week and arrested 680 people. It was the largest single-state raid in U.S. history.The mass arrests also came on the first day of the school year, and some children walked home from school only to find their doors locked and their family members missing. Wednesday's raids targeted chicken processing plants operated by Koch Foods, one of the largest poultry producers in the U.S. Last year, the company paid out $3.75 million to settle an Equal Employment Opportunities Commission class-action suit charging th…

Charles McKelvey (2019-08-09). Reframing the Issues and Taking Direction of the Nation. counterpunch.org In El Paso, Texas, twenty-two persons were killed in a Walmart store, allegedly by a white supremacist gunman who had posted online a manifesto that railed against immigrants and an "Hispanic invasion of Texas." The attack has been described by Richard Parker, in an editorial in The New York Times, as the worst massacre of More

Staff (2019-08-09). Headlines for August 9, 2019. democracynow.org Mitch McConnell Says Senate Will Take Up Gun Bills, But Not Until September, President and First Lady Pose with Infant Orphaned in El Paso Massacre, Man with Guns and Body Armor Sparks Panic at Missouri Walmart, Home of Interracial Couple in Ohio Torched in Apparent Hate Crime, Over 100 Immigrant Hunger Strikers Tear-Gassed Inside ICE Jail, ICE Releases Some of the 680 Immigrants Swept Up in Massive Mississippi Raid, Mentally Ill Michigan Man with Diabetes Dies After Deportation to Iraq, ICE Agents, Lacking Warrant, Denied Entry to Brooklyn Homeless Shelter, Hundreds of Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Protesters Occupy A…

WSWS (2019-08-09). The Mississippi raid: Trump's attack on immigrants and his Democratic enablers. wsws.org Hundreds of children have been traumatized by having their parents ripped away from them and, in many cases, shipped to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement prison 150 miles away.

CGTN (2019-08-09). A Lack of Migrant Labor is Forcing Farmers in the US to Stop Growing Crops. dissidentvoice.org The immigration policies of the U.S. government are once again igniting opposition. This time from members of the agriculture industry who say that blocking immigrants from entering the country is doing more harm than good. U.S. farmers who depend on migrants as "guest workers" for their harvest are facing considerable financial losses. It's the result …

Thomas Knapp (2019-08-09). Tweeting Publicly Available Information isn't "Shameful and Dangerous" counterpunch.org On August 5, US Representative Joaquin Castro (D-TX) posted an infographic to Twitter naming and shaming his city's most generous supporters of President Donald Trump's re-election campaign: "Sad to see so many San Antonians as 2019 maximum donors to Donald Trump …. Their contributions are fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as More

WSWS (2019-08-09). Indo-Pakistani conflict sharpens with New Delhi's assault on Kashmir. wsws.org In response to India's aggressive and patently illegal moves to tighten its control over disputed Kashmir, Pakistan has taken a raft of retaliatory measures and issued thinly-veiled war threats.

teleSUR (2019-08-09). Venezuela: Maduro Celebrates Indigenous, Reaffirms #NoMoreTrump. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, during an event to celebrate World Indigenous Day, reiterated from Caracas that his nation will continue to 'resist' the United States administration's continued attempts to overthrow his government, which culminated this week in a blockade of the South American country. | RELATED: | Trump Turns Sanctions Against Venezuela Into an Embargo | "The Indigenous peoples of Venezuela are in active resistance against the imperialist blockade of Donald Tru…

Mark Gruenberg (2019-08-09). Barber: "Words" of white supremacy "lead to acts of physical violence" peoplesworld.org EL PASO, Texas—Five religious leaders who journeyed to El Paso to investigate — and discuss — awful conditions migrants face, just before the white supremacist terrorist massacred 22 people in that Texas border city, unveiled an open pastoral letter to the entire nation linking racist words and policies to the murders, and demanding a massive …

Daniel Beaumont (2019-08-09). Hate, Murder and Perversity: El Paso 2019, Mississippi 1964. counterpunch.org Hate, Lacan observed, is—like love—a career without limit.[1] The massacre on Saturday August 3 in an El Paso Walmart ended with the arrest of 21 year-old Patrick Crusius, a white supremacist from Dallas. Crusius was likely the source of what the media began to call a "manifesto" posted on the website 8chan, a site linked More

Paul Street (2019-08-09). Nothing Less Than a Revolution Can Save Us. counterpunch.org Is there no limit to the lethal and authoritarian absurdity of America, land of mass gun massacres like Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, Aurora, Orlando, Las Vegas, Parkland, and now El Paso and Dayton among other pockmarked sites? Here is a society that claims to be the beacon to the world of civilized decency and democracy More

Mike Ferner (2019-08-09). "Culture Of Violence?" You Betcha, Mr. Trump, But It's Not The Video Games. counterpunch.org On the day after America's weekend shooting rampage that killed 31 people and wounded dozens more in El Paso and Dayton, president Trump told the nation in a 10-minute address, what he sees as the causes of and cures for gun violence in the U.S. As causes, he mentioned: + "Racism, bigotry and white supremacy" More

Louis Proyect (2019-08-09). How Real is the "Eco-Fascist" Threat? counterpunch.org In a manifesto that was posted to 8Chan just before he carried out his murderous attack on Walmart shoppers in El Paso, Patrick Crusius expressed "Green" values that are widespread on the left: The American lifestyle affords our citizens an incredible quality of life. However, our lifestyle is destroying the environment of our country. The More

Robert Scheer (2019-08-09). Is Trump Building a White Ethnostate? truthdig.com On Saturday, Aug. 3, a 21-year-old white man entered a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, with an automatic rifle and opened fire. By the time he was finished, 20 people were killed and dozens of others were gravely wounded. Two more would die as a result of the injuries they suffered during the carnage. | The suspect left behind a manifesto citing the shooter at a Christchurch, New Zealand, mosque in March as the ins…

Margot Patterson (2019-08-09). U.S. Imperialism, Iran and the Context for War. counterpunch.org The Trump administration's efforts to collapse Iran's economy can't be divorced from the history of U.S. imperialism. If Americans remember the 1979 student takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and the 444 days in which 52 U.S. diplomats and embassy staff were held hostage, Iranians remember the 1953 CIA coup that brought down the More

Gregory Shupak (2019-08-09). The NYT's Pro-War Arguments Against War With Iran. fair.org Once you're debating who ought to start a war, you've abandoned the anti-war argument (New York Times, 6/20/19). | The New York Times has published five editorials since the beginning of May that are ostensibly critical of a possible military war between the United States and Iran. As anti-war arguments, however, they are woefully lacking—vilifying Iran without subjecting the US to comparable scrutiny, and hiding US aggression towards Iran. | The editorials regurgitate the same anti-Iran demonology pro-war voices offer to try t…

The Canary (2019-08-09). Nagasaki mayor hits out at nuclear powers on 74th anniversary of bombing. thecanary.co The mayor of Nagasaki has criticised nuclear states including the US and Russia as the city marked the 74th anniversary of the atomic bombing which ended the Second World War.Tomihisa Taue said nuclear powers are undermining the survivors' efforts towards building a nuclear-free world.The mayor lamented that the idea of "useful" nuclear weapons appears to be gaining traction.People attend a mass at the Urakami Cathedral in Nagasaki to mark the 74th anniversary of the world's second atomic bomb attack (Kyodo/AP)He said both the US and Russia are returning to the development and deployment of nuclear weapons, as th…

Chris Gelardi (2019-08-09). The Tragic Story of Jimmy Aldaoud, Deported From the Streets of Detroit to His Death in Iraq. theintercept.com Aldaoud was targeted as part of an ongoing ICE crackdown on Iraqi communities. His family and supporters say the agency bears responsibility for his death.

Marilyn Bechtel (2019-08-09). On anniversary of Hiroshima, demands for end to nuclear weapons. peoplesworld.org LIVERMORE, Calif. — Determined to oppose the Trump administration's drive to develop new nuclear weapons and to strengthen the fight to eliminate nuclear weapons worldwide, some 200 demonstrators gathered here on Aug. 6 to rally against what they term "Designing Armageddon" at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Over three dozen peace, justice and faith-based organizations …

Staff (2019-08-09). New IPCC Report Warns of Vicious Cycle Between Soil Degradation and Climate Change. therealnews.com Greenpeace's Diana Ruiz discusses the new IPCC Climate report, "Climate Change and Land," which issues a dire warning about how climate change and destructive land use reinforce each other, leading to serious threats for human survival…

WSWS (2019-08-09). John Pilger warns: "Do not forget Assange. Or you will lose him" wsws.org The well-known journalist outlined the WikiLeaks founder's deteriorating health, and the draconian conditions in which he is being held in a British prison.

Stephen Lendman (2019-08-09). US and Turkey Collude to Steal Northern Syrian Territory. globalresearch.ca Troops of both countries illegally occupy northern Syrian territory bordering Turkey, including its oil rich area. | On the phony pretext of protecting Turkey's security, President Erdogan is intermittently battling Kurdish YPG fighters cross-border in Syria — despite their posing no …

Stephen Lendman (2019-08-09). US vs. China: A Clash of Civilizations? globalresearch.ca In promoting destructive "Western values," hardline academic Samuel Huntington once said the following: | "The West must exploit differences and conflicts among Confucian and Islamic states to support in other civilizations groups sympathetic to Western values and interests — to strengthen …

Ralph Nader (2019-08-09). Big Pharma: Gouges, Casualties, and the Congressional Remedy! counterpunch.org The Congress can overturn the abuses of Big Pharma and its "pay or die," subsidized business model for its drugs. Big Pharma's trail of greed, power, and cruelty gets worse every year. Its products and practices take hundreds of thousands of lives in the U.S. from over-prescriptions, lethal combinations of prescriptions, ineffective or contaminated drugs, More

RT (2019-08-09). 'Arm to the teeth & pretend to be Canadian': McAfee's savage tactical advice for next US Civil War. rt.com Scandalously famous tech millionaire John McAfee has offered some cheeky advice for both blue and red states in case a civil war erupts in the US: hoard guns, pretend to be Canadian, and sell useless states to Mexico and Cuba.

Norman Stockwell (2019-08-09). How We Learned to Hate the Bomb. progressive.org For nearly three-quarters of a century, "The Progressive" has been a consistent voice against nuclear madness.

Timothy Braatz (2019-08-09). Atomic Bombs Are Not Lifesavers. counterpunch.org One shouldn't have to state the obvious. It is well known that two atomic detonations, in early August, 1945, killed over 100,000 Hiroshima and Nagasaki residents, revealing the unlimited human capacity for atrocity in wartime. But it seems many U.S. history teachers are still telling students that the atomic bombings somehow saved lives. Whence cometh More

Jo Allen-Eure (2019-08-09). 'I Am My Own Mother' shows finding birth families an awkward business. peoplesworld.org What child would not want to know their DNA origins? In the experience of adopted children, most of them do want to know, Where do I come from? That was the case with Dionne Audain, playing the part of Esther, the lead character in I Am My Own Mother, written and directed by Andrew Zox, …

Mark Gruenberg (2019-08-09). Unions, workers, EPI back Warren bill to crack down on 'private equity' funds. peoplesworld.org BOYNTON BEACH, Fla.—So-called "private equity" investment funds, one of the worst manifestations of anti-worker corrupt corporate capitalism, left Madelyn Garcia and her co-workers without jobs. And she came to Washington in August to help launch legislation to curb their robberies. Garcia, you see, spent 30 years at a Toys "R" Us store in Boynton Beach, …

Staff (2019-08-09). How Israel's Erasure of Palestinian History Perpetuates Occupation. therealnews.com Prof. Ilan Pappe discusses why Israel's agency in charge of nuclear security hid documents about the Nakba, the catastrophe in which Palestinians were driven from their land in 1948, explaining that it was an effort to eliminate the Palestinian narrative…

Andrew Levine (2019-08-09). Where Have All The Racists Gone? counterpunch.org When people in his base hear Donald Trump say that he is "a very stable genius" or that he is not a racist do they believe a word of it? Or do they simply not care that he lies and spews nonsense? I am not thinking about the Trump supporters at the very bottom of More

Richard Moser (2019-08-09). Climate Crisis Means the Ruling Class has Failed. Can the Working Class Inherit the Earth? counterpunch.org The climate crisis is proof positive that the ruling class is an utter failure — but it will not fall on its own. Can the working class rise to the challenge? It sure will help if we understand that our class interests are not merely the economic needs of working people — no matter how important More

Michael Simmons (2019-08-09). Paul Krassner: Nun Smooching In America. counterpunch.org When I was 12-years old in 1967, my father Matty Simmons published Cheetah — a slick magazine designed for what the press called "hippies." It was a fine publication — top-shelf scribes like Tom Nolan, Robert Christgau and Ellen Willis contributed, editor Jules Siegel ran his legendary "Goodbye Surfing, Hello God" profile that announced to More

John Kendall Hawkins (2019-08-09). The Sixties: De-tripping, Yeah. counterpunch.org I had intentions of watching Quentin Tarantino's new film, Once Upon A Time … in Hollywood, and then writing a review, keened up, like most of his aficionados, with the anticipation it might be his last film, and eager to see how QT handled the Sixties, with limited retrospection, given that he was only six More

Alvaro Huerta (2019-08-09). The Mexican as Endangered Species. counterpunch.org Mexicans have official become members of an endangered or hunted species in the U.S. (I'm not referring to our enormous demographics, as we'll continue to multiply in el norte—where individuals of Mexican origin represent over 40 million citizens/residents—despite the racist fantasies of Donald J. Trump and his immoral ilk. Throughout the early 1800s to the More

David Price (2019-08-09). Militarized Observers: Institutional Daydreams of Ethics End Runs to Weaponize Culture. counterpunch.org A significant limitation facing scholars studying US military uses of anthropology and other social sciences is that while the existence and activities of various military programs are known, and some related documents are available, there is much about these programs that remains unknown to outsiders. Yet, even with these gaps in knowledge, it is possible More

Rob Urie (2019-08-09). Democrats and the Politics of Change. counterpunch.org With the political season underway, the question of an effective politics is the subtext of the debates and speeches intended to motivate constituencies and movements. This should read as odd: in the U.S., it is the act of getting elected that defines effective politics. But as neoliberalism has crept into every aspect of modern life, elections have become an anti-politics, a way of working against the democratic will. More

Anthony DiMaggio (2019-08-09). The "Trump Recovery": Behind Right-Wing Populism's Radical Transformation. counterpunch.org Trump's unique brand of right-wing populism has long been sold in "mainstream" discourse via a narrative that his supporters are angry as hell over mounting personal and economic insecurity, in an age that affords fewer and fewer opportunities to the "working class." This story was popularized in part because of Trump's rhetoric, and because of More

Ron Jacobs (2019-08-09). The Global Lockdown. counterpunch.org When a visitor to the United States enters the airport they plan to leave from they expect to show their passport and declare their baggage. However, it used to be that most passengers expected these interactions to be conducted by customs officials only in their own country. This is often no longer the case. Instead, More

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