2019-08-12: News Headlines

Andrew Korybko (2019-08-13). Iran Might be About To Change Its Approach Towards India. globalresearch.ca Iran had hitherto allowed India to make a fool out of it without uttering even the faintest protest in response, yet the Islamic Republic's previously servile attitude might be changing if two recent statements by its leadership are any indication …

Stephen Lendman (2019-08-13). Trump: A Modern-Day Herbert Hoover? Financial Plunge 2019. globalresearch.ca Clearly, Hoover was world's apart from Trump geopolitically, at war with no other nations, polar opposite how both extremist right wings of the US war party operate today. This article deals only with economic and financial issues. | Hoover had the …

RT (2019-08-12). Racist or protecting vulnerable Americans? What's in Trump's new immigration rules. rt.com The White House says the new rules restricting the ability of legal immigrants to receive welfare are enforcing existing laws and protecting poor and vulnerable Americans. Critics are calling them un-American and racist.

Aaron Maté (2019-08-12). Trump starves Venezuela, Democrats are silent. thegrayzone.com The Trump administration is intensifying its economic warfare on the people of Venezuela with a crippling embargo — and facing…

Eric Margolis (2019-08-12). Hair-trigger Nuclear Alert over Kashmir. globalresearch.ca Two of the world's most important powers, India and Pakistan, are locked into an extremely dangerous confrontation over the bitterly disputed Himalayan mountain state of Kashmir. Both are nuclear armed. | Kashmir has been a flashpoint since Imperial Britain divided India …

Andrew Korybko (2019-08-12). Could The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Contribute to Resolving the Kashmir Crisis? globalresearch.ca The onset of the latest Kashmir Crisis following India's "Israeli"-like unilateral moves there last week have raised the question among many in the Alt-Media Community of whether the SCO could help mediate a solution between New Delhi and Islamabad, but …

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2019-08-12). The world is uniting for international law, against US empire. nationofchange.org "We oppose the extraterritorial application of unilateral measures." | That is not Cuba, Nicaragua, Iran, Russia, or China talking about the most recent unilateral coercive measures imposed by the United States against Venezuela, i.e. economic sanctions that have become an economic blockade, but the European Union. Even allies who have embarrassed themselves by recognizing the phony "interim president" Juan Guaido are saying the US has gone too far. | All of the countries listed above and…

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2019-08-12). The World is Uniting for International Law, against US Empire. dissidentvoice.org "We oppose the extraterritorial application of unilateral measures." That is not Cuba, Nicaragua, Iran, Russia, or China talking about the most recent unilateral coercive measures imposed by the United States against Venezuela, i.e. economic sanctions that have become an economic blockade, but the European Union. Even allies who have embarrassed themselves by recognizing the phony …

teleSUR (2019-08-12). Venezuela: Court Charges 3 Assembly Members with Treason. telesurenglish.net The Supreme Court of Justice of Venezuela ordered on Monday to commit the responsibility of three lawmakers belonging to the National Assembly in contempt for committing crimes that threaten the peace and sovereignty of the country. | RELATED: | Venezuelans Continue to Sign Petition Against US Blockade | The sentence issued by the highest court imputed the parliamentarians Juan Pablo García Canales, José àÅngel Guerra Brito and Tomás Guanipa Villalobos, after the request prese…

Eds. (2019-08-12). Venezuela food shipment destined for Venezuela seized due to U.S. blockade. mronline.org The ship was seized in the Panama canal according to the Venezuela government. | Source

Fight Back (2019-08-12). U.S. starts blockade of Venezuela. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – On August 6, U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton attended a gathering of representatives from the right-wing governments of Latin America. There, he announced the next stage in the U.S. campaign to defeat the Bolivarian Revolution: A total blockade of Venezuela. All U.S. citizens are banned from doing business with "the Maduro regime," and any company – U.S. or international – that does business with the Venezuelan government will be subject to fines, asset seizures and sanctions. While the announcement did not include the immediate deployment of the U.S. Navy to enforce the blockade, Bolton…

TeleSur English (2019-08-12). Worldwide Solidarity Rallies Held in Support of Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com Rallies were held on Saturday across the world in support of Venezuela as the Bolivarian Republic faces an inhuman economic blockade imposed by the United States and their Western allies.

Paul Dobson (2019-08-12). Venezuela Secures New Chinese Oil Investment. venezuelanalysis.com The move defies the US embargo's secondary sanction provisions targeting foreign firms trading with Venezuela.

Rob Okun (2019-08-12). Are We Ready Now to Put Shooters' Gender at Center of Gun Debate? counterpunch.org Last weekend's killing sprees in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, brought the number of mass shootings in the first 215 days of the year to 251. In the United States of Ammunition, that's more than one a day. What's going on? To paraphrase James Carville, "It's the masculinity, people." It's infuriating to me that More

Kevin Zeese (2019-08-12). The World Is Uniting for International Law, Against US Empire. globalresearch.ca "We oppose the extraterritorial application of unilateral measures." | That is not Cuba, Nicaragua, Iran, Russia, or China talking about the most recent unilateral coercive measures imposed by the United States against Venezuela, i.e. economic sanctions that have become …

Aaron Maté (2019-08-12). Trump admin sabotages Iran diplomacy at every turn. thegrayzone.com With its recent sanctions on Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Trump administration continues to undermine any possibility of diplomacy…

teleSUR (2019-08-12). US Turning Gulf Region into 'Matchbox Ready to Ignite': Zarif. telesurenglish.net Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Mohammad Javad Zarif accused the United States and its allies of turning the Persian Gulf region into a "matchbox ready to ignite", according to the Reuters News Agency, citing the diplomat's interview with Al Jazeera television. | RELATED: | Iran Says Will Not Tolerate 'Offenses' in Gulf as UK Joins US-led Maritime Security Patrol | Zarif told Al-Jazeera that the Persian Gulf "is narrow, it will become less safe as for…

Staff (2019-08-12). The New York Times Can't Hide Its Pro-War Bias. truthdig.com 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 to justify an attack on the country. In one case ( 5/4/19), readers are told that | there is no doubt that the Revolu…

Tony Cartalucci (2019-08-12). "Opposition" or Terrorists? Who Is Syria and Russia Targeting in Idlib? globalresearch.ca Scott Lucas — a professor at the University of Birmingham UK — would decry with the rest of the Western media — resumed joint military operations carried out by Syria and Russia in and around the northwestern governorate of Idlib….

RT (2019-08-12). Really? McFaul 'plants US flag' in Twitter to claim it as free speech sanctuary. rt.com Michael McFaul says he can say whatever he wants on Twitter because it's an American platform. Yeah, the very same Twitter that 'shadowbans,' silences alternative media, and hosts fake Russian bots that meddle in US elections.

Aaron Maté (2019-08-12). What do we know about Russia's alleged influence campaign? thegrayzone.com What have US intelligence officials proven to date about their claims of a sweeping Russian interference effort and Russian government…

WSWS (2019-08-12). Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: #MeToo, McCarthyism and machine politics. wsws.org Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's campaign, combining feminism and anti-Russia witch-hunting, has yet to mobilize significant support.

Staff (2019-08-12). Mass Protests in Moscow and the US Media's Failings on Russia Coverage. truthout.org | | New School professor Nina Khrushcheva talks about this weekend's mass protests in Moscow and the failings of the U.S. media when it comes to covering Russia. She also discusses the increasing nuclear tensions between the United States and Russia. The U.S. recently pulled out of the landmark Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. Last week, seven Russians, mostly nuclear scientists, died in an explosion in the White Sea during a suspected test of a nuclear-powered cruise missile. The blast cau…

Tracy Keeling (2019-08-12). The Tories' policing plan is bad enough. Their latest immigration one is utterly ludicrous. thecanary.co The Tory government's new plans for policing and prisons came unstuck before they'd even got off the ground. Because a thinktank chaired by Iain Duncan Smith is already calling for changes to immigration rules from home s…

teleSUR (2019-08-12). US-Taliban Peace Talks End With No Deal, Sept. 1 Deadline Looms. telesurenglish.net The latest round of talks between the Taliban and the United States ended early Monday in Doha without a peace deal for war-torn Afghanistan, as both sides said they would consult with their leaderships on the next steps. | RELATED: | US-Taliban Deal To Precede Intra-Afghan Talks in Peace Process | U.S. envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, said the eighth round of talks that began on Aug. 3 in Qatar was "productive" and that he was heading to Washington for consultations. W…

teleSUR (2019-08-12). Death Toll from Typhoon Lekima Rises to 44. telesurenglish.net The death toll from the typhoon dubbed 'Lekima' has risen to 44 in eastern China, according to official data, as the storm continued up th'e coast, racking up billions of dollars in economic losses and widely disrupting travel. | RELATED: | Venezuela, China Inaugurate Refinery To Boost Oil Production | State-owned CCTV had put the death toll at 32 on Sunday after the massive typhoon hit the Chinese coast. | According to data from provincial emergency bureaus and state media,…

teleSUR (2019-08-12). China's International Trade Grows by Almost 6% in July. telesurenglish.net China's international trade increased 5.7 percent year-on-year in July, a slowdown of 6.8 percentage points with respect to the same month in 2018, yet still growing strong, according to official data released Thursday. | RELATED: | Venezuela, China Inaugurate Refinery To Boost Oil Production | The General Administration of Customs said that in the seventh month of 2019, China's foreign trade stood at 2.74 trillion yuan (US$388.64 billion), as exports increased by 10.3 percent…

Eric Zuesse (2019-08-12). Adding Context to 'News' About Venezuela. globalresearch.ca This past week's meeting of the U.S.-and-Canada-created anti-Venezuela Lima Group of nations failed to achieve the U.S. regime's intention of organizing a coalition of its members to participate in a U.S.-led invasion to overthrow Venezuela's Government and install Trump's choice, …

Ibis Frade Brito (2019-08-12). øQué va a responder la ONU a Venezuela? peoplesworld.org

Max Blumenthal (2019-08-12). Cómo los planes de privatización de Joe Biden condenaron a Latinoamérica y desataron la crisis migratoria. thegrayzone.com En su campaña, Joe Biden se ha jactado de su papel en la transformación de Colombia y Centroamérica a través…

Stephen Lendman (2019-08-12). Undemocratic Dems for President. Only Tulsi Gabbard and Mike Gravel are Genuinely Anti-war. globalresearch.ca The crowded field has 25 Dems in it so far, maybe more to come, dropouts along the way for lack of enough support. | Tulsi Gabbard and 89-year-old former senator Mike Gravel are the only worthy candidates. | Both have genuine anti-war, …

teleSUR (2019-08-12). Brazil: Indigenous Women Occupy Health Ministry, Demand Rights. telesurenglish.net Approximately 1,500 women from 113 Indigenous tribes of Brazil occupied the headquarters of the Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (Sesai) Monday in the country's capital Brasilia in defense of the differentiated healthcare subsystem of Indigenous peoples. | RELATED: | Brazilian Government Threatens to End Indigenous Health System | "We are here representing those who have not yet come to say that we will never accept any imposition of the destructive agenda of Bolsonaro…

Alexandra Jacobo (2019-08-12). "Empowering women and indigenous peoples" will help us more effectively combat climate change says UN report. nationofchange.org Recognizing indigenous lands rights and empowering women and indigenous communities is crucial if we are to fight climate change, says a new UN report released last week. | In the special report released by the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), scientists call for policy changes in land use, farming, and eating habits in order to help cut emissions that are heavily contributing to the warming of the Earth. | The report calls for: "Policies that enable and incentivise sustainable land management for cli…

Stephen Lendman (2019-08-12). Electoral Defeat for Ruling Argentinian Neo-Liberal Regime. globalresearch.ca Since taking office in December 2015, President Mauricio Macri created socio-economic crisis conditions by serving privileged interests exclusively at the expense of the public welfare. | He slashed social benefits at the behest of internal monied interests, Wall Street and the …

Al Neal (2019-08-12). Farmers take another hit from Trump. peoplesworld.org The economic ceasefire between the U.S. and China was short-lived. Last week, the Trump administration slapped another ten percent tariff on $300 billion of Chinese goods, and further escalated tension between the two nations by labeling China a "currency manipulator" Monday, Aug. 5, after China allowed the value of its currency to fall seven yuan …

Paul Haeder (2019-08-12). When Americans Act Like Millionaires. dissidentvoice.org Words, and spin, and the Mad Men and Mad Women of this perverse consumerism and cultural wasteland tied to Predatory Capitalism, Celebrity Culture and Americans who have perpetual ennui because of their perpetual dumb-downing, perpetual swallow of exceptionism as a core value of the American Project To Take Over the World. So many, and they …

Evaggelos Vallianatos (2019-08-12). Farm Rot is Eating America Alive. counterpunch.org American farmers have been addicted to huge petroleum-fueled machines, mountains of petroleum-based fertilizers, and rivers of petrochemical poisons. These "inputs" undermine the fertility and life of the land. Petrochemicals fight nature, primarily by killing beneficial microorganisms in the soil and poisoning beneficial insects and other wildlife. More

John Feffer (2019-08-12). Trump: Out of the Graveyard and Into the Pyre? counterpunch.org Afghanistan has long been touted as the "graveyard of empires." The British and the Soviets certainly discovered that lesson to their great regret. Perhaps future historians will judge the failure of the United States to defeat the Taliban in Afghanistan over a two-decade period as a critical factor in the loss of American hegemony as More

Howard Lisnoff (2019-08-12). At the End of the Barrel of a Gun. counterpunch.org I want to stay far away from anything resembling anti-intellectualism or guilt by association, especially since the right-wing political, economic, and social systems we live in in the US give plenty of space to anti-intellectualism and the dominance of ignorance. Blood now runs in the streets, so the impact of the far right (read fascists) must also be acknowledged and strenuously fought. More

Eric Draitser (2019-08-12). Dear Progressives for Warren: Your Class Is Showing. counterpunch.org Let me begin by making the apparently mandatory and sacrosanct ritual offering to the gods of progressive politics in 2019: "Sure, I like Warren. In fact, I agree with her on many issues. She's not bad." There. I said it. Can we do real politics now? *** We're at that ignominious point where people from More

Eds. (2019-08-12). NATO's China Double-Think by Finian Cunningham + Neoliberalism Has Met Its Match in China by Ellen Brown. mronline.org We cannot win a currency war by competitive currency devaluations that trigger a "race to the bottom," and we cannot win a trade war by competitive trade barriers that simply cut us off from the benefits of cooperative trade. More favorable to our interests and values than warring with our trading partners would be to […] | Source

Colin Todhunter (2019-08-12). Pesticides and the Cocktail of Toxicity. dissidentvoice.org Dame Sally Davies is the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for England and recently released the CMO annual report for 2019. The report focuses on UK engagement with global health and forging partnerships. However, there appears to be no mention of cancers in the report, a serious omission according to environmental campaigner Rosemary Mason. Like many others, she …

Jon Queally (2019-08-12). 'Gold Over Life, Literally': How Trump Forced Reversal on Mining Project EPA Scientists Warn Could Destroy Alaskan Salmon Ecosystem. globalresearch.ca "Gold over life, literally." | That was the succinct and critical reaction of Canadian author and activist Naomi Klein to reporting on Friday that President Donald Trump had personally intervened—after a meeting with Alaska's Republican Governor Mike Dunleavy on Air Force …

WSWS (2019-08-12). Over 50,000 join opposition protests in Moscow. wsws.org While the ongoing crackdown against the opposition must be opposed, workers and youth must be warned about the right-wing character of the political forces behind the protests.

Staff (2019-08-12). Trump Reviewing Rule That Would Allow Drug Testing for Unemployment Benefits. truthout.org | | The Trump White House is reportedly reviewing a Labor Department rule that would give states the power to force people to pass a drug test before they can receive unemployment benefits, ignoring protests that such screenings would amount to demeaning and unconstitutional invasions of privacy. | "The rule itself would not automatically impose drug tests on the jobless but…

Chris Hedges (2019-08-12). Fear vs. Fear. truthdig.com The old rules of politics no longer apply. The only language understood by Donald Trump and his coterie of con artists, billionaires, generals, misfits and Christian fascists—and a Democratic Party that has sold us out—is fear. Calling out Trump's lies and racism does not matter. Calling out his nepotism and corruption does not matter. Calling out the criminality of his administration does not matter. Calling out its incompetence and idiocy does not matter. Calling out the abject subservience of the ruling elites to corporate power does not matter. Trump and his Democratic Party opponents are immune t…

Frank Scott (2019-08-12). Bulletin For The Comfortable Class: Mass Murder Was Americana Before Trump Was Born! dissidentvoice.org The U.S. air war in Japan was one of the most ruthless and barbaric killings of non-combatants in all history. — General Bonner Fellers, MacArthur's Intelligence Chief, from Cultures Of War: Pearl Harbour/Hiroshima/9-11/Iraq by John W. Dower, 2011, pp. 195-96. The recent anniversary of the mass murder that took place in Hiroshima, followed three days …

Staff (2019-08-12). What Is the FBI Hiding About Its Domestic Terror Arrests? truthdig.com The bureau claims it has apprehended 90 new suspects but has yet to supply the public with records related to a single investigation.

Andre Vltchek (2019-08-12). China's Belt and Road (BRI): Could Save Destroyed Southeast Asia? globalresearch.ca 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 …

Revd Andrew Ashdown (2019-08-12). What Is Really Happening in Syria? globalresearch.ca In this episode of "The Beloved Community", Mark Taliano and Andrew Ashdown shed light on what is really happening in Syria. Their evidence-based, on the ground narratives, are shockingly different from the fake, monochromatic narratives fed to Western populations on …

Colin Todhunter (2019-08-12). Sick to the Stomach: Pesticides and the Cocktail of Toxicity. globalresearch.ca Dame Sally Davies is the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for England and recently released the CMO annual report for 2019. The report focuses on UK engagement with global health and forging partnerships. | However, there appears to be no mention …

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True Publica (2019-08-12). Britain: The Union Is Now All but Dead. The U.K. is Inevitably Breaking Up? globalresearch.ca Boris Johnson declares himself a champion of the UK union, a prime minister who wants to strengthen "the ties that bind our United Kingdom". This is just part of the propaganda game being played. But as the FT headline goes …

Robert J. Burrowes (2019-08-12). Our Vanishing World: Rainforests. globalresearch.ca Rainforests are a crucial feature of Earth's biosphere. Apart from being critical to Earth's climate and vital carbon sinks, the major player in Earth's hydrological (water) cycle, a massive producer of oxygen and home to most of the world's species, …

Prof. Ray Bush (2019-08-12). Contrasting Development Experiences of the Arab World and East Asia. globalresearch.ca On the surface, it might be incongruous to assert that there is a single law that has shaped what appear to be the contrasting development experiences of the Arab World (AW) and East Asia (EA). After all, as Ali Kadri…

The Global Research Team (2019-08-12). Keep World News Unchained: We Need Your Support. globalresearch.ca Dear Global Research Readers, | As we take stock of our rapidly changing world, it can be easy to get swept along by the fierce tide of disinformation coming from many sources. While we strive for awareness and comprehension in the …

Theron Mohamed (2019-08-12). Bayer Gets Help from Donald Trump as US Regulators Veto Warnings Its Roundup Weedkiller Causes Cancer. globalresearch.ca Embattled Bayer is getting a helping hand from Donald Trump. | The German pharmaceuticals titan is currently inundated with lawsuits claiming Roundup, a weedkiller owned by its Monsanto subsidiary, causes cancer. The Trump administration is refusing to approve product labels …

teleSUR (2019-08-12). Germany Suspends $39M in Funds to Brazil Over Deforestation. telesurenglish.net Germany has made the decision to suspend US$39 million in funds sent to Brazil to finance projects aimed at preserving the Amazon, Brazilian newspapers reported on Saturday. | RELATED: | Brazil's Bolsonaro Says 'Poop Every Other Day' for Environment | According to the reports, Germany's decision to suspend these funds came in response to the increased deforestation of the Amazon, which has been repeatedly promoted by Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolson…

teleSUR (2019-08-12). Brazil's Economy Continues Downward Spiral Towards Recession. telesurenglish.net Brazil's economy decreased in 0.13 percent in the second quarter of the year compared to the first one, a result that if confirmed, could bring the South American country into recession, the central bank announced Monday. | RELATED: | Germany Suspends $39M in Funds to Brazil Over Deforestation | The Brazilian financial institution indicated that the Index of economic activity, the principal indicator of gross domestic product (GDP), diminished after it had already dropped during t…

Phil Rockstroh (2019-08-12). Bodies on the Ground and the Rise and Rise of the Economic Elite. counterpunch.org The US is less of a nation than a collective, psychotic episode. Within day to day life in the nation, a cultural aura exists that shifts, mingles, and merges between a sense of nervous agitation and displaced rage, in combination with a sense of weightlessness. The fragmented quality of daily life imparts an insubstantial, unreal More

Laura Finley (2019-08-12). Difficult Discussions, Not-So-Difficult Answers. counterpunch.org There are some things we should not have to discuss with our kids. Ever. My daughter will be 16 in less than two weeks. She's a good kid and, thankfully, very healthy. Sunday, August 4 was one of the hardest days we have had, however, as we tried to process the atrocity of three mass More

Josh Hoxie (2019-08-12). Five Ways the Economy is Stacked Against the Young. counterpunch.org The mechanics of wealth building are fairly simple. Save more than you spend, invest those savings to generate more money. Lather, rinse, repeat. There's one big problem for younger people trying to do this: The rules are rigged against them. Here are five facts showing the unfair burden millennials carry. 1. Wages are stagnant. Today's More

Graham Peebles (2019-08-12). The Need for Unity in Ethiopia. counterpunch.org Ethiopia is a tribal nation, made up of 80 or so different groups, some large some small, some powerful, some not. Large numbers of people, the majority perhaps, identify themselves with their tribe more powerfully than their country, or their region. Tribal affiliation runs deep among all age groups, loyalty is strong, resentment of tribal More

Cesar Chelala (2019-08-12). Lunch at the St. Regis New York. counterpunch.org I had long admired Carlos Fuentes, one of Latin America's best writers. He was the winner of several important literary awards and was nominated several times for the Nobel Prize in Literature. In addition to being a writer, he was also a diplomat, as Mexico's Ambassador to France from 1975 to 1977. Fuentes was one More

Fréa Lockley (2019-08-12). Boris Johnson's latest 'supremely ruthless' move could trigger violent unrest. thecanary.co Boris Johnson's latest claim "to come down hard on crime" has caused widespread concern. Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott, for example, slammed his approach as "draconian". She also warned it had the potential to trigger unrest and riots…

The Canary (2019-08-12). University bans beef burgers to do its part in the fight against climate chaos. thecanary.co Beef burgers have been banned by a university as part of efforts to tackle the climate emergency.Goldsmiths, University of London said it will remove all products containing beef from sale from next month as the institution aims to become carbon neutral by 2025.Students will also face a 10p levy on bottles of water and single-use plastic cups when the academic year starts to discourage use of the products.The college's new Warden, Prof Frances Corner, said staff and st…

David Suzuki (2019-08-12). Deniers deflated as climate reality hits home. nationofchange.org Climate science deniers are becoming desperate as their numbers diminish in the face of incontrovertible evidence that human-caused global warming is putting our future at risk. Although most people with basic education, common sense, and a lack of financial interest in the fossil fuel industry accept what scientists worldwide have proven through decades of research, some media outlets continue to publish inconsistent, incoherent opinions of people who reject climate science. | Over the past few weeks, Canada's Postmedia chain has run columns denying or downplaying the seriousness of climate change by Fraser I…

Staff (2019-08-12). Progressive Policies May Hurt the Stock Market. That's Not a Bad Thing. truthout.org | | Last week, we saw the media terrified over a plunge in the stock market following an escalation of Donald Trump's trade war with China. There are good reasons to be concerned about Trump's ill-defined trade war and reality TV tactics, but the plunge in the stock market is not one of them. | While the idea that the stock market is a measure of the health of the economy permeates news reporting and popular understanding, it has no basis in economics. The stock market is a measure of the expectat…

WSWS (2019-08-12). Hottest July on record signals accelerated climate change. wsws.org Global warming is rapidly approaching the point of causing irreversible climate disruption, threatening human existence.

WSWS (2019-08-12). Climate change reports warn of a world on the brink. wsws.org The only solution to the climate change crisis lies in the struggle against capitalism.

teleSUR (2019-08-12). Italy's Senators Back From Vacation to Vote on Snap Elections. telesurenglish.net The Italian Senate will assemble Tuesday with the lawmakers called back from their vacation days, to decide on a date for a no-confidence vote, after leaders of Senate groups failed Monday to agree over a schedule. | RELATED: | 'Europe Surrenders Human Lives to Mafias', Open Arms Ship Says | The far-right North League party led by current Interior Minister Matteo Salvini along with its right-wing allies, Forza Italia and Brothers of Italy (Fratelli d'Italia), want a no-confidence…

David Rosen (2019-08-12). Postmodern Sexual Identity. counterpunch.org What is your sexual identity? And what is your erotic desire? Are you female or male, straight or gay/lesbian, trans, intersex or something still other, a "gender nonconforming" person?Welcome to 21st-century postmodern sexual identity. Equally critical, how do you fulfill your erotic desire, achieve sexual satisfaction, feel pleasure? By yourself?, with another?, with more than one?, as More

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-08-12). Warnings of 'Dire Humanitarian Impact' as Trump Finalizes Rule to Punish Immigrants for Using Public Benefits. commondreams.org "Trump's public charge rule is a xenophobic and classist attack on immigrants." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-08-12). Faith-Based Peace Activists, Facing 25-Year Sentence, Defend Disarmament Action at Nuclear Submarine Base. commondreams.org Advocates for seven faith-based peace activists are calling on the public to support the group as they fight federal charges and a potential 25-year prison sentence for disarming a nuclear submarine base. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-08-12). 'We Will Fight': Over 40 Arrested as Jewish Activists and Allies Confront Amazon for Profiting Off ICE Terror. commondreams.org "Amazon collaborates with ICE, and everyone needs to know that. When we say never again we mean it. Never again to camps, never again to roundups, and never again to profiting from misery." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-08-12). Playing Role of Pesticide 'Cheerleader,' EPA Rebukes Calif. With Ban on Warning Labels for Roundup. commondreams.org "It's the Environmental Protection Agency, not the pesticide protection agency." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-08-12). Norway Mosque Attacker 'Admired' New Zealand Attacks: Report. telesurenglish.net The man suspected of shooting at people inside a Norwegian mosque Saturday, and of killing his stepsister, appeared in court Monday with black eyes and wounds on his face and neck. | RELATED: | El Paso Survivors Refuse to See Trump During his Visit | A judge gave police permission to hold 21-year old Philip Manshaus in custody for an initial four weeks while he is investigated on suspicion of murder and breach of anti-terrorism law, the court's ruling later showed. | Manshaus does not…

teleSUR (2019-08-12). Hong Kong Protests Occupy Airport, Gov't Warns of 'Terrorism'. telesurenglish.net Opposition protesters in Hong Kong have occupied the city's huge international airport, leading to the cancellation of all flights. Authorities are yet to intervene but have warned against increasing violence and 'signs of terrorism' by Hong Kong protesters. | RELATED: | Videos of Chinese 'Crackdown' in Hong Kong Revealed as Fake by AFP Investigation | On Sunday night, protesters in the wealthy Wan Chai district provoked clashes with police by throwing petrol b…

Juan Cole (2019-08-12). Valhalla awaits! After white terrorism at Oslo mosque, what if Trump spoke about supremacists the way he does Islam? nationofchange.org A young Norwegian man wearing body armor and carrying two shotguns and a handgun attacked the Al-Noor Mosque in a tony suburb of Oslo on Saturday. Only 3 people were in the building for afternoon prayers. On Monday, 1,000 congregants are expected, to celebrate Eid al-Adha, the feast of sacrifice in honor of Abraham's son who was spared. | Police say they found social media posts by him praising the New Zealand mosque shooter who killed 50 last March. In turn, the New Zealand white terrorist had praised Anders Breivik…

Zero Hedge (2019-08-12). Project Fear Panic: Predicted Hard-Brexit Job Losses Across Europe. globalresearch.ca As a no-deal, hard Brexit becomes ever more likely, the fearmongering of the establishment has been turned up to '11' as it appears they have little to no control over the process — no matter what they think — now …

Global Research News (2019-08-12). Selected Articles: Hard-Brexit Job Losses Across Europe? globalresearch.ca In spite of online censorship efforts directed against the independent media, we are happy to say that readership on globalresearch.ca has recently increased. We wish to thank all of you who share our articles far and wide. | We cover a …

WSWS (2019-08-12). UK: Johnson government considers post-Brexit snap election, while Labour's Blairites plot "national unity" government. wsws.org It is thanks to Corbyn that every likely outcome in parliament ends in governments committed to further austerity, militarism and war.

Jewish Community Relations Council (2019-08-12). Immigration & Detention Solidarity on Tisha B'av in San Jose. indybay.org James P. McEntee Sr. Plaza, County Of Santa Clara Government Building, 70 W Hedding St, San Jose, CA 95112…

Martha Hubert (2019-08-12). 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…

Lynda Carson (2019-08-12). Billionaire Stephen Ross of the Related Companies faces protests for Trump fundraiser. indybay.org Reported by Politico, billionaire Stephen Ross the founder of "The Related Companies," is facing a backlash for fundraising for the alleged racist President Donald Trump.

Womens Advocacy (2019-08-12). Is an Innocent Black Man Being Framed for Murder in OC? indybay.org Who killed Wendi Miller? Co-witnesses on a case where there was big payout resulting from her death wonder if they are next. Was an innocent black man framed?>

Staff (2019-08-12). American Jews Lead Nationwide Protests to #CloseTheCamps. therealnews.com As 100 are arrested in New York, hundreds rally in Maryland to demand local officials stop cooperating with ICE. Hours after the protest, the Howard County Executive told TRNN he will review their ICE contracts…

Edward Curtin (2019-08-12). A Dreaming Stranger on a Train. dissidentvoice.org

Staff (2019-08-12). "The Next Step Is the Kremlin": Why Moscow Protests Have Putin's Government Worried. democracynow.org Up to 60,000 protesters gathered Saturday in Moscow in the largest demonstration Russia has witnessed in years. Although the protest was officially authorized, dozens of protesters were arrested in the capital, and dozens more were also arrested in demonstrations across the country. Saturday's protest was organized to denounce the recent barring of opposition candidates from running in an upcoming election for Moscow City Council. We speak with Nina Khrushcheva, professor of international affairs at The New School. She is the co-author of "In Putin's Footsteps: Searching for the Soul of an Empire Across Russia's…

Robert Fisk (2019-08-12). Rattling the Nuclear Cage: India, Pakistan, Israel, Iran and the US. counterpunch.org The word "nuclear" is not just a harmless adjective. Look at the old photographs of the blisters on the dying Japanese of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Iran itself suffered the horrors of gas warfare when Iraq — supported at the time by the US — used chemicals on Iranian soldiers and civilians. I saw their gas-gangrene wounds with my own eyes in the late 1980s and they reminded me of the Hiroshima snapshots. The Iranians really do know the effects of "weapons of mass destruction". More

Sasha Abramsky (2019-08-12). With Trump's New 'Public Charge' Rules, the War on Immigrants Just Got a Whole Lot Worse. thenation.com With Trump's New 'Public Charge' Rules, the War on Immigrants Just Got a Whole Lot Worse…

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 …

teleSUR (2019-08-11). Venezuelans Continue to Sign Petition Against US Blockade. telesurenglish.net Venezuela is mobilizing Sunday to collect signatures for a petition appealing against the U.S. blockade calling on the U.S. to lift the unilateral blockade which damages Venezuela's ability to buy food and medicine from abroad. | RELATED: | Maduro: 'Amazing', the Global #NoMoreTrump Protests | A total of 13 million people are expected to sign the petition, accord…

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…

Staff (2019-08-11). Muslims Clash With Israeli Police at Jerusalem Holy Site. truthdig.com At least 14 are wounded in skirmishes at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, just days after an Israeli soldier is killed south of Jerusalem.

Staff (2019-08-11). Warren Wows in Iowa as Candidates' Sprint to Caucuses Begins. truthdig.com Warren's reception this weekend is a warning sign to other candidates that hers is a campaign to be reckoned with in the Hawkeye state.

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, …

RT (2019-08-11). 5 children, including infant, killed in Pennsylvania daycare fire. rt.com Children aged between 8 months and 7 years old were tragically killed in an early morning fire in Erie, northwest Pennsylvania, which engulfed a day care center. At least one adult has also been hospitalized.

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 …

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