2019-08-13: News Headlines

WSWS (2019-08-13). Trump imposes new class-based immigration restrictions. wsws.org The draconian regulation change means immigrants will be denied permanent residency if they have a low credit score, for example.

splcenter (2019-08-13). SPLC joins brief opposing Kansas law targeting immigrants. splcenter.org The SPLC and 29 worker and immigrant rights organizations filed an amicus brief today urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a court decision stating that a Kansas identity theft law cannot be used to turn local law enforcement into immigration agents.

Staff (2019-08-13). Trump Keeps Cracking Down on Legal Immigration Because His Base Loves Cruelty. truthout.org | | When Democrats dismissed the Fox News-led fear-mongering about "hordes" of undocumented immigrants "invading" the United States from the south as a manufactured crisis, they were pilloried by Republicans and the mainstream media alike for not taking the issue seriously. Hardly anyone demonstrated an understanding of Democrats' nuanced argument. | Illegal immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border appeared much more substantial precisely because the Trump administration had choked off acces…

John Marciano (2019-08-13). Massacres at Home and Abroad. counterpunch.org On August 5, former President Obama released a powerful statement in response to the latest gun massacres in Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton that left scores dead and wounded—including children who were shopping for school supplies at Walmart with their mothers, and with their families at the wonderful Gilroy Garlic Festival. He decried the madness of violence that has been fueled by Trump's vile pronouncements and policies that help spread anti-immigrant and racist poison across the nation. More

WSWS (2019-08-13). Immigrant tent camps in Paris: Victims of France's war on refugees. wsws.org Every night in Paris, in sprawling tent encampments lying beneath highway overpasses, or in local playgrounds and parks, thousands of refugees go to sleep on the street.

Staff (2019-08-13). From Hong Kong to Kashmir to the US, Authoritarianism Is Rising. truthout.org | | Over the past couple weeks, the global pattern of authoritarianism has become particularly visible, and particularly gut-wrenching. Global politics is changing quickly, with political discourse becoming increasingly degraded and dangerous in one country after the next. | In Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's ruling party boasted of the mass book burning and destruction that it has, apparen…

Andrew Korybko (2019-08-13). Why Don't Activists Care About the Kashmiris as Much as the Rohingyas? globalresearch.ca It's certainly peculiar that the international activist community cares more for the Rohingyas than the Kashmiris despite both of these people being Muslim minorities that are facing a similar threat of ethnic cleansing, which suggests that there must be more …

RT (2019-08-13). Family of El Paso shooting victims says they received death threats over photo with Trump. rt.com Relatives of a married couple killed in the El Paso, Texas mass shooting say they have been swept up in a wave of hate and criticism — including death threats — after being photographed with US President Donald Trump.

James A Haught (2019-08-13). The Biggest News of the 21st Century. counterpunch.org What's the most significant occurrence so far in the 21st century? Worsening weather calamities caused by global warming? Endless suicide bombings and massacres by religious fanatics in the Islamic "cult of death"? Snowballing acceptance of gays as equal humans? Kakistocracy (government by the worst) under a ludicrous president who has told 10,000 countable lies? Recurring More

Pepe Escobar (2019-08-13). How Tehran Fits into Russia-China Strategy. globalresearch.ca Complex doesn't even begin to describe the positioning of Iran-Russia in the geopolitical chessboard. What's clear in our current, volatile moment is that they're partners, as I previously reported. Although not strategic partners, as in the Russia-China tie-up, Russia-China-Iran …

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 …

teleSUR (2019-08-13). UK Expected To Release Illegally Seized Iranian Tanker. telesurenglish.net Iran is celebrating a diplomatic victory, as they claim the U.K. is expected to release the seized Iranian tanker, following negotiations. Iranian maritime authorities said Tuesday that they had been in talks with the U.K. government, and showed documents that prove that Iran did not violate sanctions against Syria, the reason given by the U.K. for the seizure. | RELATED: | UK Wants European Force to Police Persian Gulf | Jalil Eslami, deputy head of Iran's Ports and Maritime Organization, s…

WSWS (2019-08-13). Explosions at Russian military facilities leave eight dead. wsws.org Bound up with the accelerating global arms race, blasts at a nuclear weapons testing facility in Russia's far north and an ammunitions depot in Siberia have injured dozens.

Joseph Thomas (2019-08-13). US Walks Away from Southeast Asia Summit Empty-Handed. globalresearch.ca A recent meeting of the 10 member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) convened in Bangkok, Thailand and attended by representatives from China, Russia and even the United States, provides us with a clear indicator of how power and influence …

teleSUR (2019-08-13). World Commemorates Fidel Castro's Birthday. telesurenglish.net Governments and social movements around the world have come together to commemorate the birthday of revolutionary icon Fidel Castro, on what would have been his 93rd birthday. | RELATED: | 60 Years of Defending Cuba Against a Barbarous Empire | On Tuesday morning, members of China's Communist Youth attended an event at the Cuban embassy in Beijing to commemorate the Cuban revolutionary hero. Other Cuban embassies also hosted events. In Russia, there was a talk on Fidel along with an…

Emily Apple (2019-08-13). The government is making an obscene profit from the hostile environment. thecanary.co An investigation by the Times has revealed that the Home Office is making a massive profit from the hostile environment. According to its figures, the Home Office made £500m in 2018, with profits rising 91% in the last five years. | The Times tweeted graphs showing how the government is raking money in: | Profit from the hostile envi…

Forrest Hylton (2019-08-13). Medellín Diary: Remembering Our Dead. counterpunch.org What set Gustavo Marulanda's death apart from so many others in those years, when the Colombian government of Andrés Pastrana negotiated peace with the insurgent guerrilla movement, Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC), and the paramilitaries targeted intellectuals as well as social and trade union movement activists as guerrilla supporters, is that Marulanda publicly forecasted his murder at a student assembly. | More

Andrew Korybko (2019-08-13). Hong Kong Protesters Are Collectively Punishing the Peaceful Population. globalresearch.ca Thousands of demonstrators held an unlawful assembly in Hong Kong International Airport on Monday and prompted the cancellation of all flights for the day out of safety concerns. This marks a dramatic escalation in the weeks-long demonstrations against a now-suspended …

Jim Miles (2019-08-13). Obama's Unending Wars — Fronting the Foreign Policy of the Permanent Warfare State. globalresearch.ca Obama is a shining light in comparison to his two bookends, George Bush and Donald Trump. His manner is calm and focused as he presents his ideas with well mannered rhetorical flourishes, speaking in terms of hope, peace, change, freedom …

teleSUR (2019-08-13). Danny Glover Opposes Painting Over Slavery Mural. telesurenglish.net Actor Danny Glover opposed painting over a mural at the San Francisco Washington High school Monday. | RELATED: | US: Danny Glover Endorses Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders | The mural, namely, "The Life of Washington" was painted by Victor Arnautoff, one of the famous muralists in San Fransisco during the Depression i.e., the 1920s United States. | The 1…

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 …

Stephen Lendman (2019-08-13). Civil Disobedience in Hong Kong or US Color Revolution Attempt? globalresearch.ca As the saying goes, if it walks, talks, and quacks like a duck, chances are it is one. | What's been going on for months in Hong Kong has all the earmarks of a US orchestrated color revolution, aimed at destabilizing …

teleSUR (2019-08-13). Students Strike, Protest Across Brazil as Moro Orders Crackdown. telesurenglish.net Brazil's Justice Minister Sergio Moro ordered his ministry's National Public Security Force (FSNP) to be stationed at the Ministries Square in Brasilia to crack down on student protests scheduled for Tuesday. | RELATED: | Argentina Frontrunner: 'Bolsonaro Is Racist, Misogynist, Violent' | The National Student Union (UNE) called o…

teleSUR (2019-08-13). Brazilian Prosecutors to Bar Bolsonaro's Son from US Envoy Role. telesurenglish.net Brazilian federal prosecutors are seeking to prevent far-right President Jair Bolsanaro's son from becoming the new ambassador to the United States. | RELATED: | Brazil's Economy Continues Downward Spiral Towards Recession | The prosecutors filed a court injunction on Monday to bar Eduardo Bolsonaro from this ambassador role, citing the latter's lack of experience as one of the main factors for their intervention. | The public prosecutor's office asked a Brasilia court to rule on the need for non-dipl…

teleSUR (2019-08-13). US Delays Tariff on Some Chinese Goods Like Laptops Till Dec 15. telesurenglish.net The Trump administration Tuesday delayed imposing a 10% import tariff on laptops, cell phones, video game consoles and a wide range of other products made in China, in an abrupt pull-back from a hardline stance on Chinese trade. | RELATED: | As US-China Trade War Escalates, Argentinians To Be Hit Hard | The U.S. Trade Representative's Office (USTR) action was published just minutes after China's Ministry of Commerce said Vice Premier Liu He conducted a phone call with U.S. trade o…

Julie Hollar (2019-08-13). Media Defend Biden by Attacking Dems for 'Attacking' Obama. fair.org by Julie Hollar Coming out of the second round of Democratic debates, a curious storyline crystallized in the media: The candidates are attacking Obama, and that's a sure-fire way to hand the election to Trump. It's the latest flavor of "the Democrats are moving too far left" (FAIR.org, 7/2/19)—this time echoing both Trump himself and the right-wing Democratic candidates, including former Obama Vice President Joe Biden. | During the first debate, Rep. John Delaney pitched the story, claiming, "Most o…

Staff (2019-08-13). Will Brazil's Social Movements be Hit by Bolsonaro's Anti-Crime Crackdown? therealnews.com Brazil's President Bolsonaro's comment that criminals should "die like cockroaches" is not only reminiscent of Philippine president Duterte, but also seeks to persecute social movements, says Mike Fox…

Robert Hunziker (2019-08-13). Sea Level Rise! counterpunch.org Sea level has been stable, at current levels, throughout recorded history for 5,000 years. That's about to change. Still, it's very difficult for people to imagine a change in sea level after 5,000 years of rock solid stability. Nevertheless, assuming sea levels do rise markedly, one of the biggest questions of the century is whether More

Dean Baker (2019-08-13). Thoughts on China's Currency. counterpunch.org There is a conventional wisdom on China's currency that gets repeated almost everywhere and never seems to be challenged in the media. The basic story is that in the bad old days China 'manipulated" its currency, but that stopped years ago. At present, its currency controls are actually keeping the value of its currency up, More

Nancy Marie Mithlo (2019-08-13). Tarantino's 'Dead Indians' and the Roots of American Violence. counterpunch.org My day job is as an American Indian Studies professor at a major university. Actually, like many educators, it is my day and night job. The luxury and the burden of being an academic is that you get to think about complex and weighty ideas ALL THE TIME. That is why I particularly relish going More

Rick Baum (2019-08-13). The Federal Reserve Board's Recent Figures on the Outrageous Unequal Distribution of Wealth. counterpunch.org Recent figures released by the Federal Reserve Board once again verify the shameful growing wealth inequality in the United States.[1] Below is a table derived from the Federal Reserve Board figures showing the share of the country's total net wealth (value of assets minus liabilities) held by the wealthiest 1%, the wealthiest 10%, the poorest More

Juan Cole (2019-08-13). The U.S.-Backed War on Yemen Is Collapsing. truthdig.com This piece originally appeared on Informed Comment. | Yemen, a country of 28 million and one of the poorest in the world, had already become a byword for misery over the course of the last four years of war. Now, believe it or not, things have abruptly worsened. | The strategic port of Aden has fallen to southern separatists, just as it did in 1967, when the Communists took over and created the People's Republic of South Yemen. | The Southern Transitional Council took over the strategic port of Aden with four hundred armed ve…

Patrick Cockburn (2019-08-13). The British Still Haven't Learned the Lessons of the Troubles. counterpunch.org Fifty years ago, the Battle of the Bogside in Derry between Catholics and police, combined with the attacks on Catholic areas of Belfast by Protestants, led to two crucial developments that were to define the political landscape for decades: the arrival of the British army and the creation of the Provisional IRA. An eruption in More

Binoy Kampmark (2019-08-13). China Hysteria Down Under. counterpunch.org The blinkered security establishment is standard fare in politics. From Washington to Manila, we hear of terrors and concerns which tend to more spectral than not. Legitimate concerns such as catastrophic environmental failure, or a nuclear accident, are treated with a sigh, its warners doomsday advocates rather than reasoned citizens. It is the unseen demon More

WSWS (2019-08-13). Brazil's Bolsonaro threatens Glenn Greenwald, ratchets up fascist rants. wsws.org Bolsonaro is engaged in the buildup of a fascist movement based on the security forces, and feels emboldened by the wide consensus in ruling circles around his economic agenda.

teleSUR (2019-08-13). Argentina Frontrunner: 'Bolsonaro Is Racist, Misogynist, Violent'. telesurenglish.net Alberto Fernandez, the front runner in Argentina's presidential race, responded to Brazilian President Bolsonaro's attacks on the progressive alliance which scored a landslide victory in Argentina's primary elections Sunday, dismissing him as a "passing phase" in Brazil's history. | RELATED: | Argentina Primaries: Fernandez Wins Landslide Victory Over Macri With 15-Point Lead | Fernandez, likely to be Argentina's next president for the progressive 'Front for All' party, had s…

teleSUR (2019-08-13). Colombia's Electoral Court Opens Probe on Santos' 2014 Campaign. telesurenglish.net Colombia's electoral authorities have opened an investigation into whether former Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos accepted illegal campaign contributions from Brazilian construction Odebrecht in 2014. | RELATED: | Colombia Gov't Bails out Banks for Dissolved Odebrecht Project | Renato Rafael Contreras from the Democratic Center, Doris Méndez C…

Telesur (2019-08-13). Brazilian Prosecutors to Bar Bolsonaro's Son from US Envoy Role. globalresearch.ca Brazilian federal prosecutors are seeking to prevent far-right President Jair Bolsanaro's son from becoming the new ambassador to the United States. | The prosecutors filed a court injunction on Monday to bar Eduardo Bolsonaro from this ambassador role, citing the latter's …

WSWS (2019-08-13). Concerns grow over global financial stability. wsws.org There is now a historically unprecedented situation in bond markets where it is estimated that some $15 trillion worth of government bonds are trading at negative yields, meaning an investor who purchased the bond and held it to maturity would make a loss.

Kim C. Domenico (2019-08-13). Careerism and the War Machine. counterpunch.org In Three Guineas, which I am reading at the request of a young friend who tells us she is writing her dissertation on Woolf and James Baldwin, Virginia Woolf answers the question asked of her by a prominent liberal of his day, which is that she give her opinion as to how war — this More

Dan Bacher (2019-08-13). Winnemem Wintu Chief Asks Delta Tunnel Amendment Negotiators. counterpunch.org Despite the fact that new Delta Tunnel project supported by Governor Gavin Newsom has not been approved, the Department of Water Resources is proceeding forward with negotiations with its water contractors over the State Water Contract Amendment for the Delta Conveyance. DWR held two meetings, the first on July 24 and the second on July More

teleSUR (2019-08-13). Libya: Renewed Fighting Ends Eid Holiday Truce. telesurenglish.net After a two-day truce to celebrate the Eid al-Adha holiday, General Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army (ANL) and the Tripoli-based government's army resumed fighting Tuesday. | RELATED: | Libya: 5 Killed and 8 Injured in Airstrike on a Hospital | "Haftar had already violated the truce two days ago with bombings at the Mitiga airport in Tripoli, forcing the authorities to suspend flights for several hours… The Libyan army responded by bombing the roads leading to the airport," the…

teleSUR (2019-08-13). Yemen's Houthis Launch Attack on Saudi Airport. telesurenglish.net Yemen's Houthis Movement announced on Tuesday that their forces launched a new attack on a Saudi airport in the kingdom's Abha province. | RELATED: | Yemen: Saudi-led Forces Attack UAE-Backed Separatists in Aden, 40 Killed | According to their statement via Masirah TV, the Houthis attacked the Abha Regional Airport in southern Saudi Arabia using their armed drones. | There was no mention of the attack in Saudi Arabia's official media and Saudi officials could not immed…

South Front (2019-08-13). Video: Syrian Tiger Forces Crush Al Qaeda Militants' Defense in Southern Idlib. globalresearch.ca Over the past weekend, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Tiger Forces have continued their advance on positions of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and its allies in northwestern Hama and southern Idlib. | By August 12, government forces had liberated the …

Prof. Tony Hall (2019-08-13). Freedom or Repression of Speech at Alberta's Universities? A Point of Contention Between the NDP and the UCP. globalresearch.ca Is former NDP Cabinet Minister, Shannon Phillips, attempting to revive her waning political career by initiating a fear mongering campaign? Ms. Phillips is targeting Alberta Premier Jason Kenney's plan to integrate the Chicago Principles on Free Speech …

Philip A Farruggio (2019-08-13). The 'Idiot Box' — Now More than Ever! globalresearch.ca For decades many critics of broadcast television labeled it 'The idiot box'. As Ed Norton said in a Honeymooners episode "Maybe the phrase fits.'" Well, today, perhaps more than ever before, we all must be idiots to continue viewing …

Shane Quinn (2019-08-13). History: US-led Pressures on Japan Performed a Central Role Leading to Pearl Harbor. globalresearch.ca By 1920, America had become by far the world's richest country, whose strength held sway over much of the Western hemisphere, and was stretching further eastwards. As her influence expanded, the United States was posing a serious problem for the …

WSWS (2019-08-13). Southern separatists overrun Aden, exposing fraud of US, Saudi puppet regime in Yemen. wsws.org The clashes in Aden after more than four years of murderous war in Yemen have laid bare the failure of the US-backed Saudi campaign to establish any viable regime.

Eds. (2019-08-13). Don't believe the hype about the 'rules-based order', capitalism is perpetual war. mronline.org Why is war, or the threat of it, a permanent feature of our society? The most common answers point to contingencies—the psychology of particular world leaders, for example, or the specific gains to a company to be made from a conflict. Alternatively, they rely on universal claims that religion causes eternal strife or that conflict […] | Source

Emily Apple (2019-08-13). The DWP is back in hot water after the UN slams its 'total surveillance'. thecanary.co The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been slammed by the UN over its surveillance of benefit claimants. Philip Alston, the UN's special rapporteur warned that the department is not just spying on those it suspects of fraudulent claims: It's not. It will soon affect everyone and leave the society much worse off. Everyone needs to pay attention and insist on decent li…

Staff (2019-08-13). Could California's Investment in Child Care Be a Model for the Country? truthout.org | | Marin City, California—When her son Quincy was six weeks old, Lynette Stewart dropped him off at a child care center in Long Beach, California and headed back to work, with a hard ball of worry in her chest. | "I cried my eyes out, especially that first week of leaving him there," Stewart said. "No one wants to take their baby, who can't communicate, to a stranger at that age." | At the time, in 2015, Stewart was working as an administrative assistant at a small company that made kombuc…

WSWS (2019-08-13). Establishment figures welcome renewed anti-China hysteria in Australia. wsws.org The ruling elite requires Australia's incorporation into US war preparations to be accompanied by slandering any public opposition as the product of "Chinese interference."

Staff (2019-08-13). Military Might Is Our National Religion. truthout.org | | When I was a teenager in the 1970s, I looked to the heavens: to God and Christianity (as arbitrated by the Catholic Church) and to the soaring warbirds of the U.S. military, which I believed kept us safe. To my mind then, they were classic manifestations of American technological superiority over the godless Communists. | With all its scandals, especially when it came to priestly sexual abuse, I lost my f…

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2019-08-13). The U.S. Government Doesn't Care About Afghan Women. truthdig.com In once, and to some extent still, relatively cosmopolitan Baghdad, Iraq, I once saw three young female college students from Mustansiriyah University walking home from class. They couldn't have been more differently clothed. One wore a full burqa that exposed only her eyes; another a hijab, a more modest head scarf without a facial veil, and a pair of jeans; the third sported a pink miniskirt and a revealing tank top with her long hair fully exposed. Still, they chatted like old friends. | By early 2007, this range of women's clothing was already highly rare in all but the safest Baghdad neighborhoods, yet it di…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-08-13). Farmers Hit Back as USDA Chief Sonny Perdue Mocks Those Harmed by Trump Trade War as 'Whiners'. commondreams.org "He doesn't understand what farmers are dealing with, and he's the head of the Department of Agriculture. He's supposed to be working for farmers." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-08-13). One Killed After Man Goes on Stabbing Rampage in Sydney. telesurenglish.net A man went on a stabbing rampage in the Australian city of Sydney Tuesday, killing one woman and wounding another bystander, local police said in a statement. | RELATED: | Australia Will Not Host US Missiles | According to the Sydney police report, the 21-year-old-man was restrained by several people who witnessed him stab two women on Tuesday morning. | The Sydney police said they are currently not treating this case as an act of terrorism. | The 21-year-old man, who police did not name, was carrying…

Yemeni Alliance Committee (2019-08-13). End the Genocide in #Yemen. indybay.org Speaker Nancy Pelosi | 90 7th St. | San Francisco, CA 94103…

Ilana Novick (2019-08-13). Third Way Democrats Are Bought and Sold by The Kochs. truthdig.com When George Soros and Charles Koch announced in July that they are partnering to create a think tank dedicated to ending the United States' forever wars, Steven Kinzer of The Boston Globe called the idea "one of the most remarkable partnerships in modern American political history." | Despite the jarring image of the liberal billionaire joining forces with the radical conservative, the forthcoming Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft is not such an anomaly in the history of the Koch family. As Ryan Grim and An…

Staff (2019-08-13). "Today the Lynch Mob Only Needs an Assault Rifle": Ibram X. Kendi on White Supremacist Violence. democracynow.org This week marks two years since white supremacists descended on Charlottesville, Virginia, where a neo-Nazi drove his car into a crowd of antiracist protesters, killing 32-year-old activist Heather Heyer. Days later, President Trump claimed there were "very fine people on both sides." Since Charlottesville, white supremacists have committed at least 73 murders, according to the Anti-Defamation League. Just last week, a white supremacist in El Paso, Texas, opened fire in a crowded Walmart and killed 22 people. It's been described as the deadliest attack to target Latinos in modern American history. We speak with D…

Barbara Crossette (2019-08-13). India's Constitutional Coup in Kashmir Is Sowing the Seeds of Renewed Rebellion. thenation.com India's Constitutional Coup in Kashmir Is Sowing the Seeds of Renewed Rebellion…

Jonathan Levi, Marta Orrantia (2019-08-13). The Broken Promise of Colombia's Peace Deal. thenation.com The Broken Promise of Colombia's Peace Deal…

Brenda Wineapple (2019-08-13). The Contradictions of Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. thenation.com The Contradictions of Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

ACLU NorCal SCU Law Club (2019-08-13). Growing Anti-Immigrant Sentiments and Trump's Immigration Policies. indybay.org Charney Hall, Room 104. Santa Clara University School of Law | 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara 95050…

Jewish Community Relations Council (2019-08-13). 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…

Peninsula Peace & Justice Center (2019-08-13). Climate Strike: Downtown Palo Alto. indybay.org Lytton Plaza, intersection of University Ave. & Emerson Street, Palo Alto 94301…

CHICANO MEXICANO RESISTANCE (2019-08-13). COMMEMORATE 1970 CHICANO MORATORIUM MARCH. indybay.org SAN JOSE PEACE AND JUSTICE CENTER | 48 S. 7th Street | San Jose, Calif. 95112 | Near corner of 7th and Santa Clara Streets.

Lynda Carson (2019-08-13). 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.

Dan Bacher (2019-08-13). Salmon advocates slam Trump rules slashing Endangered Species Act protections. indybay.org "Here in California we're likely to see salmon, sturgeon, steelhead trout, wolves, wolverines, kit fox and many others all slide towards extinction as a result of today's action by the Trump White House," said John McManus, Executive Director of the Golden Gate Salmon Association.

Global Research News (2019-08-13). Selected Articles: India's Kashmir Crisis. globalresearch.ca Do you value the reporting and in-depth analysis provided by Global Research on a daily basis? | Click to | * * * | | Iran Might be About To

susan_p (2019-08-13). India's Kashmir crackdown poses risk of war. greenleft.org.au 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, with the eastern portion (Ladakh) under direct rule by New Delhi. | The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi shut down internet connections, mobile phone services and land-line phones in the besieged region. The fragmentary news that has trickled out speaks of arrests of leading politicians and widespread fear among the region's 12 million inhabitants. | Present…

stuart_m (2019-08-13). Toni Morrison: The remarkable life of a remarkable woman. greenleft.org.au African-American novelist Toni Morrison — winner of the Pulitzer Prize (1988), the Nobel Prize for Literature (1993), and many other awards — died on August 5 at the age 88. Following the announcement, Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the civil rights organisation NAACP, remarked: "Rest in power to #ToniMorrison, one of the most prolific writers of our time." | "It is with profound sadness we share that, following a short illness, our adored mother and grandmother, Toni Morrison, passed away peacefully last night surrounded…

susan_p (2019-08-13). Philippines: Precarious work, extreme inequality persist a year after historic strike. greenleft.org.au The Philippines' labour movement commemorated the first anniversary of the historic Pacific Plaza Towers workers' strike on August 6. | The workers, all members of Pacific Plaza United Action of Labor (PUNYAL), had long been exploited by the condominium's managers. | Half the workforce were employed on short-term contracts, via dubious third-party job contractors (labour hire), paid starvation wages, and deprived of their right to join a union and collectively bargain for higher wages. | These workers live in squalor in the Palar slum area. Their workplace, located a couple of kilometres away, is one of the ritzi…

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 …

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…

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 …

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…

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.

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

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 …

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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, …

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…

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…

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