2020-07-20: News Headlines

David Swanson (2020-07-20). Be Kind to Those Offended By It. counterpunch.org "Good Morning! Would you mind staying a safe distance away?" "Hi! Nice mask! Could you please wear it on your face instead of your chin?" Helping people reduce the risk of spreading a deadly disease requires being willing to offend them. And as they long for a return to normalcy, you should be preparing to

Eds. (2020-07-20). Solidarity with the people in the streets of Portland. mronline.org Against the Federal Occupation and the Police.

Rashida Tlaib (2020-07-20). "It's the Same Folks Coming After All of Us" zcomm.org White supremacy is really what brings us all together… When we talk about anti-Semitism, when we talk about anti-Blackness, anti-immigrant, it's all of us together fighting against the same people…

Alan Macleod (2020-07-20). Portland: "Wall of Moms" Mobilizes to Protect Protests From Police Violence. mintpressnews.com Chanting, "Feds stay clear! Moms are here!," groups of women congregated at the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse and other locations in Central Portland. They were met with tear gas, flashbangs, and pepper round bullets, injuring many.

Moss Robeson (2020-07-20). Influential DC-based Ukrainian think tank hosts neo-Nazi activist convicted for racist violence. thegrayzone.com The US-Ukraine Foundation hosted notorious neo-Nazi militant Diana Vynohradova in a webinar this month. While legitimizing Ukrainian white supremacists, the…

Project Censored (2020-07-20). Authors Greg Palast and Ted Rall. projectcensored.org Mickey welcomes two frequent guests back to the program, each with a new book on electoral politics. Greg Palast is a veteran investigative reporter, his new book is "How Trump… | On today's episode, Nicholas Baham II (Dr. Dreadlocks), Janice Domingo, and Nolan Higdon explore the debates surrounding monuments and rape culture with Jen Marshall of the Bay Area Women Against Rape: BAWAR…

Kollibri terre Sonnenblume (2020-07-20). "How Trump Stole 2020‚Ä≥— An Interview With Greg Palast. counterpunch.org Voter suppression is simply class war by other means." —Greg Palast What do timber interests, nuclear power, and off-shore drilling have in common with voter-suppression in Georgia? Greg Palast lays it out, following the money and naming the names, in his new book, "How Trump Stole 2020: The hunt for America's Vanished Voters," which was

Mark Gruenberg (2020-07-20). Tributes pour in for civil rights icon John Lewis. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—From Barack Obama and Jesse Jackson to Richard Trumka and Black Lives Matter, tributes poured in over the weekend of July 18-19 for Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., the longtime civil rights leader and "conscience of the Congress" who died late at night on July 17 of pancreatic cancer. He was 80, and had represented Atlanta …

Lawrence Wittner (2020-07-20). Making America Feared Again: The Trump Administration Considers Resuming Nuclear Weapons Testing. dissidentvoice.org Americans who grew up with nightmares of nuclear weapons explosions should get ready for some terrifying flashbacks, for the Trump administration appears to be preparing to resume U.S. nuclear weapons tests. The U.S. government stopped its atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons in 1962, shortly before signing the Partial Test Ban Treaty of 1963. And it …

Kenny Coyle (2020-07-20). Hong Kong labor movement a target for U.S. manipulation and division. peoplesworld.org Hong Kong has always been a city of divided loyalties. Complex strands of class and national identities run through its labor movement just as they do elsewhere in Hong Kong society. In turn, these divisions have invariably reflected broader conflicts within the rest of China and between China and the outside world. Today, the two …

Steve Gillis (2020-07-20). Boston Teamsters: Paratransit drivers win victory over union-busting contractor. workers.org Boston July 20 — Some 350 paratransit drivers in Boston celebrated their victory last night after waging a 100% solid, weeklong strike against Veterans Transportation. The local taxi boss, their profitable new employer, is a notorious union buster. UNITE HERE Local 26 leader Ed Childs and United Steelworkers Local 8751 . . . |

Tim Wheeler (2020-07-20). A personal remembrance of two civil rights giants. peoplesworld.org Two giants of the struggle for equality and human rights died this weekend, Rep. John Lewis who represented Atlanta for 17 terms in Congress and the Rev. C.T. Vivian, both lifelong fighters for voting rights. I met and interviewed both of these mass leaders on March 11, 2005, when my wife Joyce and I were …

Gloria Rubac (2020-07-20). End federal executions, racist death penalty! workers.org In just four days, the U.S. government doubled the number of federal executions since Congress reauthorized the federal death penalty in 1988. Three men were put to death in the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind., on July 14, 16 and 17. After a flurry of last minute appeals, stays . . . |

Joe Piette (2020-07-20). Philly marches for 'Justicia para Vanessa!'. workers.org Over 100 people, predominantly Mexican-American and young, marched in Philadelphia on July 12 to demand justice for Pfc. Vanessa Guillén. The protest was organized by JUNTOS and Lazos America Unida. Participants carried "Justicia para Vanessa" signs and large photos of the young soldier who was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. . . . |

Stephanie Tromblay (2020-07-20). Standing Rock wins legal victory against Dakota Access Pipeline. workers.org In a victory for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe against the Dakota Access Pipeline, U.S. District Judge James Boasberg ruled July 6 that DAPL pipeline operations must shut down while the government conducts a full-fledged environmental analysis examining risks posed to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. (USA Today, July 7) . . . |

Staff (2020-07-20). The Battle Over 'Clean Energy' Estimates. therealnews.com With 17% of US energy jobs gone in the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, a recent industry Released by BW Research in partnership with E2 and E4TheFuture, the research maps out the economic impact of the novel coronavirus on clean energy industries and recommends that congress incentivize job creation through "federal stimulus investments in three major s…

W. T. Whitney (2020-07-20). Trump Administration Wants to Deprive Cubans of Food. counterpunch.org Food supply in Cuba is precarious now, along with Cuba's economy. What's going to happen will depend on how the government manages agriculture and the economic toll of the COVID-19 pandemic. But the U.S. economic blockade is the crucial factor.

_____ (2020-07-20). The UK and U.S. Are Starting a New Cold War With Russia and China, So What Are These Governments Trying to Hide? strategic-culture.org Patrick COCKBURN | The new Cold War launched by the West against China and Russia is escalating by the day. In a single week, the Kremlin has been unmasked trying to discover the secrets of Britain's pursuit of a vaccine against coronavirus and revelations are promised about covert Russian interference in British politics. Boris Johnson made a U-turn on Huawei, announcing that it is to be kicked out of participation in the 5G network because it poses a threat to British security, though a curiously slow-burning one since they will only be evicted over seven years. | The US may put the widely-used Chinese video ap…

Alan Macleod (2020-07-20). UK Govt Loaning Troops to Oman to Prop up Dictatorship. mintpressnews.com 91 British operatives, paid for by the Sultan of Oman, wearing Omani uniforms, but still remaining part of the British military, hold key positions, training and leading local forces to help the monarchy stay in power.

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-07-20). Teachers Sue Florida Governor for Order to Reopen Schools in Defiance of 'Basic Human Needs for Health and Safety'. commondreams.org The state's "push to physically reopen schools full time without any precautions or new resources, and, most importantly, amid a skyrocketing Covid-19 surge, ignores science, safety, and basic humanity." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Juan Cole (2020-07-20). Trump's Cynical and Deeply Dangerous Reelection Ploy: Sow Chaos in US Cities. commondreams.org Police arrest demonstrators as Black Lives Matter supporters demonstrate in Portland, Oregon on July 4, 2020 for the thirty-eighth day in a row at Portland's Justice Center and throughout Portland, with a riot declared about 12.20 am on July 5. CS tear gas and less-lethal weapons were used, and multiple arrests were made. (Photo by John Rudoff/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Dave Lindorff (2020-07-20). Watching Constitutionally Protected Freedoms Die in Oregon. counterpunch.org One of the most clear signs of a fascist takeover of a nation or society is when words start to lose their meaning. Take Portland Oregon. How's your geography? Does Oregon share a border with any foreign country? The answer of course is no. The nearest foreign border is with Canada and that border lies

Staff (2020-07-20). Headlines for July 20, 2020. democracynow.org Coronavirus on the Rise Around the World, with the U.S. Leading the Charge, Trump Seeks to Block Billions in Federal Funds for Testing as He Continues to Downplay Virus, Civil Rights Icon and Long-Standing Congressmember John Lewis Dies, C. T. Vivian, Civil Rights Legend, Dubbed "Greatest Preacher to Ever Live" by MLK, Dies at 95, Protesters Rail Against Federal Officers' Violent and Covert Attacks in Portland, Charges Dropped Against BLM Protesters as New Info Emerges About Police Killing of Breonna Taylor, Police in Chicago Punch Black Teenage Activist in Face, Knocking Out Her Teeth, Two Men Charged over Racis…

Staff (2020-07-20). Rep. John Lewis on the Freedom Rides, Surviving KKK Attacks, 1963 March on Washington & Malcolm X. democracynow.org Civil rights movement icon and 17-term Democratic Congressmember John Lewis, who died July 17 at the age of 80, helped found SNCC, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and was the youngest of the so-called Big Six who addressed the March on Washington in 1963. Before that, he was among the 13 original Freedom Riders who rode buses across the South to challenge segregation laws. He spoke to Democracy Now! in 2012 about his activism and that historic campaign, during which they were beaten and attacked by white mobs and the Klu Klux Klan, including by Klansman Elwin Wilson, who apologized to Lewis decades…

Staff (2020-07-20). Remembering C. T. Vivian, Civil Rights Icon MLK Called "Greatest Preacher to Ever Live" democracynow.org Reverend C. T. Vivian, whom Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once described as "the greatest preacher to ever live," died July 17 at age 95. Vivian was a giant of the civil rights movement and a leading proponent of nonviolent struggle against injustice. He spoke to Democracy Now! in 2015 outside the historic Brown Chapel AME Church in Selma, Alabama, on the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday in 1965. Vivian describes how he was assaulted on the steps of the courthouse as he tried to escort a group of African Americans inside to register to vote. "There is nothing we haven't done for this nation," Vivian said of the civ…

Staff (2020-07-20). "I Felt Like I Was Going to Die": Civil Rights Icon John Lewis Recalls 1965 "Bloody Sunday" in Selma. democracynow.org As the United States mourns the loss of civil rights icon and 17-term Democratic Congressmember John Lewis, we feature his 2012 in-studio interview, when he tears up remembering the historic 1965 Selma to Montgomery march he helped lead in 1965 as a 25-year-old man, when he was almost beaten to death by police in what came to be called "Bloody Sunday" and helped push the country toward adopting the Voting Rights Act. "They came toward us, beating us with nightsticks and bullwhips, trampling us with horses," he told Democracy Now! "All these many years later, I don't recall how I made it back across that bridge to…

Juan Cole (2020-07-20). Barriers, Water Canons, Arrests. zcomm.org Netanyahu Treats Thousands of Israeli Protesters against his Corruption like Palestinians…

The Canary (2020-07-20). Trump not ready to commit to 2020 election results if he loses. thecanary.co US president Donald Trump has refused to commit publicly to accepting the results of the upcoming White House election, recalling a similar threat he made weeks before the 2016 vote, as he scoffed at polls showing him lagging behind his Democratic rival Joe Biden.Trump said it is too early to make such an iron-clad guarantee."Look … I have to see," Trump told moderator Chris Wallace during a wide-ranging interview on Fox News. | The Radical Left Democrats, who totally control Biden, will destroy our Country as we know it. Unimaginably bad things would happen to America. Look at Portland, where the pols are just…

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2020-07-20). Building On Victories For A Stronger Climate Justice Movement. dissidentvoice.org While the climate justice movement has been winning important victories, stopping and slowing pipelines and other fossil fuel infrastructure, and putting the future of fossil fuels in doubt, the political system, long connected to the fossil fuel industry, is still fighting the urgently needed transition to clean sustainable energy. Both President Trump and former Vice …

_____ (2020-07-20). Will the Cultural Marxists Succeed in Cancelling the Biden-Trump Debates? strategic-culture.org Reminiscent of its desire to cancel all uncomfortable discussion on college campuses across the nation, the Democrats are determined to ax a series of scheduled debates between the apparent Democratic nominee, Joe Biden, and the Republican incumbent, Donald Trump. If they succeed, this would be the crowning achievement of the radical left. | The Democratic strategy for getting Joe Biden into the White House without ever emerging from his basement bunker is a stroke of evil genius. Here's how it works: With the unconditional support of the mainstream media, the left has promoted the narrative, constructed on the b…

Elliot Sperber (2020-07-20). The Ghost of Sabato Rodia. counterpunch.org The Ghost of Sabato Rodia How old were you When you first saw The cops beat the weak And the young, and the poor Who, as they say, will inherit the earth When the cops dissolve — With the rich, who train them, Like horses, or dogs The common will In common — And Simon

Ajit Singh (2020-07-20). With U.S. support, Taiwan planted deception about warning World Health Org of COVID. mronline.org Taiwan's claim that it provided early warning to the WHO about COVID and "human-to human-transmission" has been exploited by the Trump administration to attack the multi-lateral body and turn up the heat on China. There's just one problem: it's totally false.

Ron Jacobs (2020-07-20). Is a Feminist City Potentially a Humane City? counterpunch.org The world we live in is a world built primarily through a male lens. This can be seen in film and on television, in politics and academia. The reasons for this are many, but boil down to one essential fact: the existence of patriarchy. It's true that in recent times, various aspects of male domination

Ronda Shelton (2020-07-20). Middle Tennesseans protest and march for change. liberationnews.org An explosion of protests in Middle Tennessee.

Steve Brown (2020-07-20). Imagine Yourself With Two Abusive Boyfriends … counterpunch.org One comes home from work, gets blind drunk, beats you, rapes you, and then molests your two-year-old child. The other comes home from work, gets blind drunk, beats you, rapes you, and then falls asleep. Naturally, you would not want either. But if you had to choose — as you have to choose between Trump and

Michael Gawdzik (2020-07-20). What Happens When School Reopens? A Teacher's Letter to His Administration. counterpunch.org Dear Administration, Let me just start by saying I love teaching. I want nothing more than to be in my classroom this fall teaching my kiddos the joy of punctuation (oh, there's joy). However, having read the reopening plan put together by the administration, that excitement has been replaced by a creeping sense of dread.

Aaron Morrison (2020-07-20). Tens of thousands walk off job in 'Strike for Black Lives'. peoplesworld.org NEW YORK (AP)—Organizers of a national workers strike say tens of thousands are walking off the job today in more than two dozen U.S. cities to protest systemic racism and economic inequality that has only worsened during the coronavirus pandemic. Dubbed the "Strike for Black Lives," labor unions, along with social and racial justice organizations …

John Wojcik (2020-07-20). With secret police, Trump's practicing fascism in the streets of our cities. peoplesworld.org Camouflaged secret police turned loose on U.S. citizens in Portland, Oregon, in recent days are likely indicative of what the Trump administration has in store for the entire nation. What started out as the use of dog whistles to racists and fascists early in the administration and soon graduated to trumpets is now unfolding as …

Forbes West (2020-07-20). Time to defund the Senate. peoplesworld.org Here are some fun facts and figures when talking about the United States of America and the world: The population of California is 39.78 million. The population of Canada is 37.7 million. The population of Los Angeles County is larger than every state with the exceptions of California, Texas, Florida, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, …

stclair (2020-07-20). The Pentagon Confronts the Pandemic: Or How to Make War, American-Style, Possible Again. counterpunch.org On March 26th, the coronavirus accomplished what no foreign adversary has been able to do since the end of World War II: it forced an American aircraft carrier, the USS Theodore Roosevelt, to suspend patrol operations and shelter in port. By the time that ship reached dock in Guam, hundreds of sailors had been infected

Bruce Lerro (2020-07-20). Revolutionary Group Dynamics: How Minorities Influence Majorities, from Group Complicity to Collective Creativity. dissidentvoice.org Orientation From the macro to the micro When it comes to stereotypes of the masses of revolutionary people, the masses have built barricades that look like forts which they hide behind, armed with guns. But if we trace the behavior of masses back far enough to pre-revolutionary situations, masses become groups. In order to understand …

Ramzy Baroud (2020-07-20). The Hopelessness Discourse: How Palestinian Pessimism Could Spark a Much-Needed Rebellion. mintpressnews.com Palestine's biggest challenge is not the failure of the people to register as a factor in the liberation of their own land, but their quisling leadership's inability to appreciate the immense potential of harnessing the energies of Palestinians everywhere to stage a focused and strategic, anti-colonial, liberation campaign.

Special to People's World (2020-07-20). Angy Lebowitz, lifelong activist in the 'good fight,' to celebrate 100th birthday. peoplesworld.org Angy Lebowitz, a life-long reader and supporter of People's World and member of the Communist Party USA, will turn 100 years old on August 5th. To commemorate and express appreciation for her decades of support, we reprint materials below combined from two interviews with Angy that first appeared in our pages in 1995 and 2006. …

Eds. (2020-07-20). Fascism: The decay of capitalism. mronline.org Talk about the decaying global capitalist system, the fascist aesthetic, the construction of "the other" and where we might be headed if we don't do something quick.

Eds. (2020-07-20). Essential—and expendable—Mexican labor. mronline.org Lear Corporation—one of the world's largest auto parts manufacturers—rose to position 148 on Fortune magazine's famous list of the 500 largest firms in 2018. It operates with roughly 148,000 workers spread across 261 locations.

RT (2020-07-20). 'Russian agent' or Steele's patsy? 'Revealed' identity of primary sub-source for Russiagate dossier sparks fresh speculation. rt.com In the latest twist in the 'Russiagate' saga, internet sleuths say they have figured out the identity of the source Christopher Steele used to embellish and fabricate what would become the notorious Trump-Russia dossier. | The identity of Steele's "primary sub-source" (PSS) has long been the subject of speculation, as the former British spy had no actual sources in Russia himself. The 59-page

Susan Price (2020-07-20). Chasing the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. greenleft.org.au

The Canary (2020-07-20). Only 'aggressive' cuts to carbon emissions can save polar bears from extinction, study says. thecanary.co Melting sea ice could "jeopardise" the survival of most of the Arctic's polar bear population by 2100, a new study claims.Researchers from the University of Toronto in Canada said a loss of sea ice caused by global warming will force them on to land, where they must rely on fat reserves due to a lack of food.The study, published in Nature Climate Change, said "aggressive" cuts to greenhouse gas emissions are now needed to save the polar bears, which rely on sea ice to reach their prey, from extinction.Researchers used modelling to determine a polar bear's energy requirements while fasting and the thresholds that…

The Canary (2020-07-20). Chief nurse confirms she was 'dropped' from briefing during Cummings lockdown travel scandal. thecanary.co Chief nursing officer Ruth May has confirmed she was dropped from a Number 10 press briefing during the lockdown travel storm surrounding Dominic Cummings.She had been due to appear alongside health secretary Matt Hancock on 1 June, but was cut when she felt unable to defend the prime minister's chief adviser, according to the Independent.Ministers had previously denied that May was blocked from taking questions because she refused to defend Cummings after he moved his family 260 miles from London to Durham to stay on his parents' farm while strict travel restrictions were in place during the lockdown. | But spea…

The Canary (2020-07-20). UK Government signs deal for 90 million doses of potential Covid-19 vaccines. thecanary.co The government has signed deals for 90 million doses of promising coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccines, with more in the pipeline.The latest deal is for vaccines being developed by an alliance between the pharmaceutical giants BioNtech and Pfizer as well as the firm Valneva.This is in addition to 100 million doses of a vaccine being developed by Oxford University with AstraZeneca, whose early results are due to be published in the Lancet medical journal on Monday. | @BioNTech_Group, @pfizer and

RT (2020-07-20). 'You don't ask, you just run': Selfie-taking tourists capture GUNSHOTS ringing out during Las Vegas shooting (VIDEO). rt.com Las Vegas police were called to the city's main strip amid reports of a shooting. One pair of tourists managed to capture both the chilling sound of the gunshots and the dramatic reaction it sparked, all while taking a selfie. | Local police confirmed that a shooting took place on Las Vegas Boulevard near the Bellagio and Paris casinos shortly after 11pm local time on Sunday night. Mysteriously, when officers arrived on the scene they found shell casings but no sign of any victim — or perpetrator. | The immediate aftermath of the shooting was captured by two tourists nearby on the strip, who were busily s…

RT (2020-07-20). Viral video shows Rep. Maxine Waters rush to rescue black motorist pulled by police. rt.com LA county police, who pulled a black motorist as part of a burglary investigation, unexpectedly found themselves subject to some high-profile oversight, after California Congresswoman Maxine Waters stopped her car and intervened. | Waters was filmed by a witness next to her SUV, with a police cruiser behind her vehicle. "They stopped a brother, so I stopped to see what they were doing," the 81-year-old lawmaker explained to people filming her. | The deputies told her that she may be issued with a ticket for parking in a wrong spot "but that's OK," Waters said. Her interlocutors agreed, with one cheerfully sayi…

RT (2020-07-20). Zuckerberg's sunscreen PHOTO in Hawaii sets Twitter alight, as petition to stop him 'colonizing' island gains traction. rt.com An eerie photo of Mark Zuckerberg sporting a thick layer of sunblock while surfboarding in Hawaii has sent Twitter into overdrive, giving a boost to a petition launched to bar him from "colonizing" Native Hawaiians' land. | The Facebook CEO became the butt of jokes on Twitter on Sunday evening after photos of him holidaying in Hawaii were leaked to the media. The images show Zuckerberg braving the ripples on an electronic surfboard while wearing a copious amount of sunscreen as well as his famous hoodie. | Netizens pulled no punches, tearing into Zuckerberg's appearance, noting his striking resemblance to othe…

RT (2020-07-20). Move over, Antifa and BLM — it's time to deploy… the moms? US protests take unusual turn in Portland (VIDEOS). rt.com As the violent standoff between BLM and Antifa protesters and rioters on one side and police officers on the other continues in Portland, dozens of moms have been deployed in a bid to de-escalate tensions. | Such is the bizarre state of 2020, that a so-called 'Wall of Moms' was created to protect hundreds of demonstrators from the wrath of federal forces over the weekend, as eyewitness footage from the scene shows. | #PortlandProtest pic.twitter.com/4u6Qif49BW— pdx law grrrl (@pdxlawgrrrl) RT (2020-07-20). AP says it will NOT change style for 'white' after capitalizing 'Black'… to not encourage 'white supremacists'. rt.com The bible of writing rules for news organizations across the Western world — the Associated Press Stylebook — has made its ruling on uneven treatment of skin colors, and it turns out it might be in favor of the practice after all.

RT (2020-07-20). Protesters trash Amazon store in Seattle, as 'well-organized' group attacks businesses & police precincts (VIDEOS). rt.com Footage has shown protesters in Seattle smashing windows at an Amazon Go store and covering it with graffiti. The shop was one of many businesses vandalized on Sunday as an anti-ICE rally turned into riots and clashes with police. | Also on rt.com | | The video, filmed by conservative activist Katie Daviscourt, shows a group of people attempting to break into the Amazon Go store in downtown Seattle. Masked protesters ram the storefront with different objects an…

RT (2020-07-20). Backlash after NYT columnist says Republican voters would rather burn 'entire neighborhood' than rent room to non-whites. rt.com New York Times columnist Wajahat Ali has faced backlash after he said that, if given a choice between having a non-white tenant or burning their house down, GOP voters would rather set fire to the whole area. | Ali, who is the Times' contributing op-ed writer and was formerly a CNN commentator, raised quite a few eyebrows when he tweeted the claim on Sunday. | "I hope people realize that there are many white Republican voters in this country if they're given a choice between renting a room in their house to a person of color or burning down the house, they will elect to burn down the entire neighborhood," he t…

RT (2020-07-20). Democrats cry 'foreign meddling' in 2020 election in letter to FBI, reportedly over probe of Biden dealings in Ukraine. rt.com A probe into former VP Joe Biden's dealings in Ukraine is reportedly the 'foreign interference' in US elections that prompted Democrats to demand an urgent defensive briefing from the FBI for all members of Congress. | "We are gravely concerned, in particular, that Congress appears to be the target of a concerted foreign interference campaign, which seeks to launder and amplify disinformation in order to influence congressional activity, public debate, and the presidential election in November," says a letter by four Democrats on the congressional 'Gang of Eight' that deals with intelligence matters. | The let…

RT (2020-07-20). Trump endorses wearing a MASK against Covid-19 after weeks of criticism, is immediately blasted for being too late. rt.com After weeks of pundits criticizing the president for not promoting or wearing a mask to protect against the coronavirus pandemic, Donald Trump took to Twitter to endorse the act because "there is nobody more patriotic" than him. | "Many people say it is patriotic to wear a face mask when you can't socially distance," Trump tweeted on Monday along with a black and white photo of him wearing just such a mask. "There is nobody more patriotic than me, your favorite president." | The president also took the opportunity to once again blame the worldwide pandemic on China. | "We are United in our effort to defeat the…

RT (2020-07-20). St. Louis couple charged with illegal use of arms for 'threatening peaceful protesters' who crashed into their private community. rt.com The St. Louis couple who confronted Black Lives Matter protesters with firearms after they breached a gated community have been hit with weapons charges, with a city attorney insisting the demonstration was peaceful. | The two residents, Mark and Patricia McCloskey, were charged on Monday following an incident late last month in which the couple met protesters outside their upscale home wielding firearms after demonstrators entered their private community to protest at the home of Mayor Lyda Krewson. | 1/ Statement from Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner – Today my office filed charges against Mark and Patri…

RT (2020-07-20). Trump says he'll send federal forces to more leftist-run cities as Dems decry feds' role in Portland riots. rt.com The Trump administration plans to send federal forces to violence-torn cities across the nation to help quell riots and surging crime, regardless of whether Democrat mayors and governors welcome Washington's involvement. | "I'm going to do something, that I can tell you," President Donald Trump said Monday in the Oval Office. "We're not going to let New York and Chicago, and Philadelphia and Detroit and Baltimore and all of these — Oakland is a mess — we're not going to let this happen in our country. All run by liberal Democrats." | The move comes as US House Democrats demand inspectors general i…

Global Research News (2020-07-20). Selected Articles: The Trump Administration Considers Resuming Nuclear Weapons Testing. globalresearch.ca By An exiled Iranian opposition group

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-07-20). Brazil Is About to Become An "Unofficial" NATO Member. globalresearch.ca The Brazilian government on Friday made an announcement on its so-called Defense legal base, a set of documents comprised of the National Defense Policy, National Defense Strategy and White Paper on National Defense. Every four years Brazil's Congress must approve …

Peter Koenig (2020-07-20). China's Economy and Globalization: A Look into the Future. dissidentvoice.org After the corona crisis, may the world be facing a monumental paradigm shift of power towards a more balanced civilization, more social justice and equity? The global almost total lockdown, chosen by most governments around the globe in response to mastering the Covid-19 crisis, devastated the world economy, as we know it, and hundreds of …

Dave DeCamp (2020-07-20). US Officials Speak at Iran Regime Change Conference. globalresearch.ca An exiled Iranian opposition group

Stephen Lendman (2020-07-20). US v. China: A Clash of Civilizations Escalates. globalresearch.ca Made-in-the USA irreconcilable differences define bilateral relations, things worsening, not improving. | Bipartisan US hardliners are waging war on China by other means — a futile attempt to undermine its growing prominence on the world stage that could escalate to direct …

Stephen Lendman (2020-07-20). US Sleepwalking Toward Confrontation with China? globalresearch.ca Are things today on a path similar to what Professor of Government Graham Allison called events in 1941 that led to war between the US and Japan? | Clearly the risk of confrontation between the US and China is real by …

Brett Wilkins (2020-07-20). New SAS War Crimes Revealed as Australia Braces for Report. commondreams.org Australian troops on patrol in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan. (Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class John Collins, Wikimedia Commons) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

_____ (2020-07-20). Israel's Secret List Of Officials Who May Stand Trial At International Court. popularresistance.org Israel is drawing up a secret list of military and intelligence officials who might be subject to arrest abroad if the International Criminal Court in the Hague opens an investigation into alleged Israeli war crimes in the Palestinian territories. | Haaretz has learned that this list now includes between 200 and 300 officials, some of whom have not been informed. The great secrecy surrounding the issue stems from a fear that the mere disclosure of the list's existence could endanger the people on it. The assessment is that the court is likely to view a list of names as an official Israeli admission of these offic…

Bill Nicholov (2020-07-20). The Surreal World: Macedonia. globalresearch.ca Claiming that Macedonians voluntarily chose to rename our country into "North Macedonia" and ethnicity into "North Macedonians" is like saying that Indigenous groups choose to be called "Redskins". And when Western media attack Macedonians for denouncing the forced name change, …

Mike Elk (2020-07-20). Worker-Run News Outlets Are Good News for the Labor Movement. zcomm.org Farmworkers, nurses, pork processors and auto workers have been vocal sections of the working class protesting unsafe working conditions and low pay during the pandemic…

Eli Clifton (2020-07-20). Pay for Play? Heritage's Cozy Ties with Foreign Arms Maker Raises Eyebrows. globalresearch.ca The conservative Heritage Foundation has consistently fought international treaties banning weapons that pose an outsized threat to civilians in the war zone. This would include anti-personnel landmines, cluster munitions, and "killer robots"—as well as regulations that would enforce arms embargoes …

Paul Dobson (2020-07-20). Venezuela Sees COVID-19 Outbreak at State Television Network. venezuelanalysis.com Caracas' regional government chief, Dario Vivas, has tested positive, while National Assembly President Luis Parra has been hospitalised with pneumonia-like symptoms.

WSWS (2020-07-20). Tà∂nnies meat-processing plant in Germany restarted despite ongoing danger from COVID-19. wsws.org At the Tà∂nnies plant in Rheda-Wiedenbràºck, and the district of Gàºtersloh where it is located, 244 people are still registered as sick due to the coronavirus.

Torsten Engelbrecht (2020-07-20). COVID19 PCR Tests Are Scientifically Meaningless. globalresearch.ca First published on June 29, 2020 | Lockdowns and hygienic measures around the world are based on numbers of cases and mortality rates created by the so-called SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR tests used to identify "positive" patients, whereby "positive" is usually equated with …

WSWS (2020-07-20). Millions in the US face disaster as $600 federal unemployment aid set to end this week. wsws.org The extended weekly payment has been the target of venomous attacks by big business as a "disincentive" to work and is unlikely to be reinstated by Congress in its current form.

Robert Mackey (2020-07-20). The whole pathology of Donald Trump's presidency. zcomm.org Trump Holds Up a Chart on Fox News That Shows He's Lying, Then Lies About What It Says…

WSWS (2020-07-20). More than 3,300 Arkansas meatpacking workers infected with coronavirus. wsws.org At poultry giant Tyson, whose headquarters are located in Springdale, Arkansas, 13 percent of the workforce has contracted the virus.

Claire Edwards (2020-07-20). Electromagnetic Radiation: What Is the Real 5G Agenda and Why the Frantic Hurry to Deploy It? globalresearch.ca This interview of an ex United Nations Editor brings much needed clarity to cut through the propaganda, and the deceit, especially in relation to the increasing health problems and their effects on living organisms — people. | *** | There has always …

WSWS (2020-07-20). Barcelona residents told to stay at home as COVID-19 resurges across Europe. wsws.org Regional authorities have asked over 4 million people not to leave their homes, as the back-to-work campaigns accelerates the contagion of COVID-19 across Europe.

WSWS (2020-07-20). Trump administration expands assault on coronavirus testing. wsws.org There are 14.6 million confirmed cases and 608,000 deaths worldwide, including just under 3.9 million cases and more than 143,000 deaths in the United States alone.

WSWS (2020-07-20). John Lewis, civil rights militant turned big-business politician, dies at 80. wsws.org The outpouring of tributes from reactionaries and war criminals demonstrates the class role that Lewis came to play, despite his youthful part in asserting the democratic rights of African Americans.

Boaz Anglade (2020-07-20). Reimagining Haitian Exceptionalism. globalresearch.ca When Haiti is called "exceptional," it is rarely in the positive sense of the term. An exceptional Haiti often refers to a strange and enigmatic place where the theories and practices applicable to other societies inexplicably fail. In Haitian literary …

Chris Jones (2020-07-20). Médecins Sans Frontières: A Moment of Reckoning? Report from Greece's Samos Island. globalresearch.ca My opinions about MSF are largely based on seeing them in action on Samos. Like many on the island we had a positive attitude given what we knew of their work war zones. Overall after 5 years of their (intermittent) …

WSWS (2020-07-20). Fire damages historic Nantes cathedral in France. wsws.org While the structure of the building so far appears to have been saved, the greatest losses are the organ and stained-glass windows behind it, which were destroyed.

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-07-20). Cancel Government Secrecy: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix. thealtworld.com ~ | Want a healthy world? End secrecy for the powerful, break up all media and fully democratize it, and decriminalize psychedelics. Stop interfering in people's ability to clearly see what's going on in their world, in their nation and in themselves, and a healthy system will naturally arise. | ~ | The amount of power you have over other people should have an exactly inverse relationship to your right to privacy. The more power you have, the less secrecy you should be entitled to. Once your power reaches governmental level or its corporate/financial/political/media equivalent, that secrecy should be zero. | How…

Fight Back (2020-07-20). Historic day in Florida: Black Lives Matter actions in Gadsden, Wakulla and Leon Counties. fightbacknews.org Tallahassee, FL – Coinciding with a National Day of Protest initiated by the National Alliance Against Racism and Political Repression (NAARPR), independently-organized actions took place on Saturday, July 18 in Quincy, Crawfordville and Tallahassee, Florida, representing Gadsden, Wakulla and Leon counties respectively. | In Quincy, which recently saw the removal of a Confederate monument, around 30 people attended a "Peace and Prayer for our Community" march in response to recent local gun violence, with the heading, "Black Lives Matter To Us." | In Crawfordville, Kendra Smith was the lead organizer of a 100-plu…

WSWS (2020-07-20). Dutch unions sell out three-week strike against steel layoffs. wsws.org Tata Steel has revived its long-standing "reorganisation plans," exploiting the COVID-19 crisis to eliminate an estimated 1,250 to 3,000 jobs.

Jeremy Nichols (2020-07-20). Don't be Fooled: New Mexico Proposal Would Open Door for Toxic Frack Waste Dumping. globalresearch.ca We've highlighted before how Sadly,

IMEMC News (2020-07-20). Soldiers Abduct A Teen, Injure Young Man In Ramallah. imemc.org Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded, Monday, the al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of the central West Bank city of Ramallah before abducting a Palestinian teen, in addition to shooting a young man and searching many homes. Local sources in the refugee camp said the soldiers stormed and ransacked dozens of homes …

WSWS (2020-07-20). This week in history: July 20-26. wsws.org 25 years ago: "Taiwan Strait Crisis" between US and China On July 21, 1995, the People's Republic of China conducted the first in a series of missile tests in the Taiwan Strait, just 60 kilometers north of the Pengjia Islet, setting into motion what would later be known as the Third Taiwan Strait Crisis. The crisis reflected early fears within American ruling circles over the emergence of mainland China (People's Republic of China, or PRC) as a rival to US domination of the Asia-Pacific.

WSWS (2020-07-20). Driver plunges bus into a Chinese reservoir, killing 21. wsws.org The tragedy is a product of the social crisis confronting millions of workers throughout the country.

Stephen Sefton (2020-07-20). Nicaragua: No Stopping the Sandinista Revolution. globalresearch.ca 41 years on from the revolutionary triumph of 1979, the Sandinista Front for National Liberation (FSLN) in Nicaragua looks stronger and with greater legitimacy than ever. Nicaragua embodies the same revolutionary paradox as Cuba and Venezuela. Despite all three countries …

Martha Rosenberg (2020-07-20). Pharma Tries to Cash in on Covid Shutdowns With Its Best-Selling Drug. counterpunch.org Stuck at home? Watching a lot of TV? Pharma's way ahead of you. In April, TV ad expenditures for the top 10 prescription drugs increased to $183 million from $156 million in March according to FiercePharma. Topping the list was AbbVie's rheumatoid arthritis drug Humira which, along with six other drugs, accounted for a $5.1

Abdel Bari Atwan (2020-07-20). Tehran and Baghdad: Parting Ways? thealtworld.com Iraq's new prime minister wants to woo the US and Saudi Arabia, but Iran cannot be simply cast aside | A variety of divergent opinions have been voiced about Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif's visit to Baghdad on Sunday and the message it was intended to send to the Iraqi leadership — especially Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi as he prepares to travel to Riyadh on his first foreign excursion since assuming office. | Kadhimi's choice of the Saudi capital, rather than Tehran, as his first port of call on his maiden voyage, was itself a clear and carefully calculated message to Iran, as was his…

Robert J. Burrowes (2020-07-20). Contemplating Human Extinction Terrifies Most People: A Strategy for Survival. dissidentvoice.org Any serious study of the relevant scholarly literature reveals at least four possible paths to imminent human extinction, that is, human extinction within five years: nuclear war, the climate catastrophe, the deployment of 5G, and biodiversity collapse. Moreover, as I have documented previously, under cover of the non-existent 'virus' labeled COVID-19, the global elite is …

Carey Gillam (2020-07-20). Bayer Backs Away from Plan to Contain Future Roundup Cancer Claims. globalresearch.ca Monsanto owner Bayer AG is backing away from a plan to contain future Roundup cancer claims after a federal judge made it clear he would not approve the scheme, which would delay new trials and limit jury decision-making. |

WSWS (2020-07-20). Campaign continues against New Zealand visa processing delays. wsws.org One migrant from South Africa told the WSWS that being sent back would put her in extreme poverty and at risk of dying from COVID-19.

Fight Back (2020-07-20). Teamsters across the country petition for O'Brien-Zuckerman. fightbacknews.org Tampa, FL – Rank-and-file Teamsters all across the country have been petitioning for the O'Brien-Zuckerman leadership slate accreditation for the upcoming 2021 Teamster election. The slate, out of the Teamsters United coalition, is led by Sean O'Brien for general president and Fred Zuckerman for general secretary-treasurer. Teamsters United is a large coalition within the Teamsters union fighting for better contracts, a stronger union, and for worker power against the boss. | Current General President James P. Hoffa has been in the office for over 20 years and will be stepping down in 2021. Hoffa's time as presi…

LUNA (2020-07-20). Keeping Atlanta fed through COVID-19. zcomm.org The idea is that none of the donated food goes to waste, and someone in the neighborhood might get fresh ground coffee or an organic apple pie that would otherwise have gone into the trash…

Simon Watkins (2020-07-20). China Inks Military Deal with Iran Under Secretive 25-Year Plan. globalresearch.ca Last August, Iran's Foreign Minister, Mohammad Zarif, paid a visit to his China counterpart, Wang Li, to present a roadmap on a comprehensive 25-year China-Iran strategic partnership that built upon a previous agreement signed in 2016. Many of …

Fight Back (2020-07-20). Hundreds take to the streets in Salt Lake demanding community control of police. fightbacknews.org Salt Lake City, UT – Hundreds gathered at the Utah Capitol building Saturday, July 18, to demand community control over the police and demand Governor Gary Herbert call a special session of the legislature to repeal a recent law that bans community control in Utah, known as HB 415. | Utah Against Police Brutality (UAPB) organized the event in response to the day of protest called by the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression. It was the latest of the near-daily protests in Utah since the police murders of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal in Salt Lake. | "We need to r…

Fight Back (2020-07-20). Jacksonville holds drive-in protest, demands People's Budget and community control of the police. fightbacknews.org Jacksonville, FL — On Saturday July 18, the Jacksonville Community Action Committee organized a drive-in protest to demand a People's Budget, a Jacksonville Police Accountability Council (JPAC) and an end to the Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights (LEOBOR). Protesters were joined by the families of Jamee Johnson, Kwame Jones and Leah Baker; all of whom were killed by Jacksonville Sheriff Office (JSO) cops. | Organizers took a unique approach to the National Day of Action called by the National Alliance against Racist and Political Repression, in an effort to ensure the safety of protesters in the midst of…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-07-20). Ecuador's electoral council bars Rafael Correa's party from upcoming general elections. peoplesdispatch.org The Social Commitment Movement for the Citizen's Revolution, led by former president Rafael Correa, rejected the decision and announced that it would take part and win the 2021 general elections…

Fight Back (2020-07-20). Tampa demands justice for Josiah, community control of the police. fightbacknews.org Tampa, FL — On July 18, members of the Tampa community rallied to demand justice for Josiah Pinner and community control of the police. Josiah Pinner was a 15-year-old who was struck and killed by Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) deputy Philip Montesi, who was going 21 miles per hour over the speed limit in a residential area. The rally was called by the Tampa Bay Community Action Committee (TBCAC). | Pinner and his friend were crossing the road January 11, 2019 shortly after the sun went down when Montesi was responding to a non-emergency call. Montesi swerved to avoid them but ultimately struck…

WSWS (2020-07-20). Toledo Jeep workers demand immediate shutdown as COVID-19 continues to spread in auto industry. wsws.org Toledo Jeep workers report that there are more than 60 cases at the assembly complex, but FCA and the UAW refuse to halt production…

WSWS (2020-07-20). Trump's police-state attack in Portland, Oregon. wsws.org The crackdown on demonstrators by Trump's fascistic border agents is the latest move in his administration's years-long assault on democratic rights in the United States.

WSWS (2020-07-20). Deaths in ICE custody rise as pandemic rages across the United States. wsws.org ICE reported the deaths of two men in custody over the last week, at least one of whom had tested positive for COVID-19 in early July.

WSWS (2020-07-20). Eighty-five infants infected with COVID-19 in Corpus Christi, Texas. wsws.org Nueces County, Texas saw the number of new COVID-19 cases skyrocket in July, infecting dozens of babies, and killing a baby less than six months old.

Scott Ritter (2020-07-20). Turkey Will be the Death of NATO: Its Recent Clash with Fellow Member France Off the Coast of Libya Is an Early Symptom. globalresearch.ca When two countries who are supposed to be military allies fall out and almost get themselves into a shooting match, you know there's going to be trouble ahead. The problem for NATO is, this time, it may prove terminal. | For …

Ali Salam (2020-07-20). Jerusalem Governor Detained by Israeli Police, for 18th Time in 2 Years. imemc.org Israeli forces, on Saturday detained Adnan Gheith, the Palestinian Authority's (PA) Governor of occupied Jerusalem, after storming his home in Silwan, the Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported. The home of Governor Gheith, in the occupied Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, was raided and searched by Israeli police, who proceeded to detain …

Fight Back (2020-07-20). Chicago joins national day of protest, presses demand for community control of police. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – About 500 people and at least 200 cars responded to the call from the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression for a caravan on Chicago's South Side, July 18. They drove through the 3rd, 6th and 17th Wards to call on the alderpersons there to support the movement for community control of police. | In Chicago, 19 out of 50 members of the city council have signed on to the legislation to create an elected Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC) that will have final authority over the police budget and policy, and the ability to make decisions in misconduct cases, not just provide…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-07-20). Outrage against Trump administration for violent crackdown on Portland protesters. peoplesdispatch.org The deployment of armed security forces to quell protests in the city of Portland, Oregon, has attracted widespread outrage across the United States. On Sunday, July 19, the attorney general of Oregon state, Ellen Rosenblum, filed a lawsuit against the federal administration led by president Donald Trump over "unlawful detention" of protesters. | The lawsuit is the among the many responses by state politicians against the violent crackdown by federal forces from the state. On the same day, the mayor of Portland had renewed calls for the removal of all federal forces from the city, calling their actions "abhorrent…

Binoy Kampmark (2020-07-20). Total Masking: Victoria's Coronavirus Response. dissidentvoice.org Melbourne — The Victorian Premier turned up for his weekend delivery of coronavirus infections, gruffly delivering the news. It has become grim if compelling viewing: the announcement about the next spike in coronavirus infections, the next gruesome statistical spread on transmission. On Sunday, Daniel Andrews had a pose that has become legend, a cross between …

Thom Hartmann (2020-07-20). The Disastrous Handling of the Pandemic is Libertarianism in Action, Will Americans Finally Say Good Riddance? counterpunch.org We have now reached peak Libertarianism, and this bizarre experiment that has been promoted by the billionaire class for over 40 years is literally killing us. Back in the years before Reagan, a real estate lobbying group called the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) came up with the idea of creating a political party to

Michael T. Klare (2020-07-20). The Pentagon Confronts the Pandemic. zcomm.org Or How to Make War, American-Style, Possible Again…

Raul Diego (2020-07-20). Mike Pompeo Delineates Atlanticist Playbook To Target China, Russia and Iran. mintpressnews.com Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held a teleconference call at the Economic Club of New York, where he spoke to the choir about the next phase of American foreign policy.

Raul Diego (2020-07-20). State Department Credits Pandemic with IT Privatization. mintpressnews.com A revamped IT infrastructure at the State Department is almost complete — thanks to the global COVID-19 pandemic — leaving some of the Executive branch's most sensitive communications – and the potential ability to start a war – in the hands of the private sector.

WSWS (2020-07-20). Workers disproportionately affected by coronavirus pandemic in Germany. wsws.org The disease particularly affects workers who do not have the opportunity to remain at home and maintain social distancing.

Ali Salam (2020-07-20). Israeli Settlers Burn Palestinian-owned Crops, Hundreds of Olive Trees near Nablus. imemc.org Twice on Sunday, illegal Israeli settlers burned Palestinian-owned farmlands, first near Beita town, in the northern West Bank, according to a local official. The mayor of Beita, Fuad Ma'ali, told the Palestinian WAFA News Agency that several Israeli colonial settlers set fire to hundreds of dunams of agricultural lands, causing …

Richard C. Gross (2020-07-20). Trump AWOL on Coronavirus. counterpunch.org We're dealing with a president who thinks the Oval Office is a throne room with him as king. We once had one and definitely don't want another. As a democracy and a republic that Benjamin Franklin wondered aloud if we could keep it, we're letting Donald Trump get away with too much, though we've gotten

splcenter (2020-07-20). Aryan Strikeforce Leader Gets 20 Years in Prison as Neo-Nazi Gang Falters. splcenter.org The head of the racist skinhead Aryan Strikeforce group is going to prison for 20 years for his role in a drug distribution conspiracy.

J. B. Gerald (2020-07-20). Police Violence, the Tip of an Iceberg. globalresearch.ca It could be that the ongoing gratuitous murders by police across America are not mistakes but part of a program of terror and fear to control, to maintain unjust apportionment of power, resources, money, in the hands of a few. …

Loretta Graceffo (2020-07-20). Community peacemakers in Chicago offer a proven alternative to policing. zcomm.org As calls to defund police grow, peacemakers on the frontlines of Chicago's gun violence epidemic have dramatically reduced homicides and shootings…

WSWS (2020-07-20). Trudeau government failed to enforce COVID-19 protections for migrant farm workers. wsws.org While claiming that temporary migrant farm workers would be safeguarded from COVID-19, the Liberal government stopped all in-person worksite inspections.

Pavan Kulkarni (2020-07-20). Teachers' unions mount countrywide campaign to roll back school opening in South Africa. peoplesdispatch.org The Educators Union of South Africa (EUSA) alleges that money meant for PPEs for students and teachers is being looted through corrupt tenders given at exaggerated prices by the department of basic education…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-07-20). Results of Syrian parliamentary elections to be out on Monday. peoplesdispatch.org The elections for the 250-seat People's Assembly was held on Sunday. The rebuilding of infrastructure and the economy ravaged by the war and sanctions was among the key electoral issues…

Gaurav Madan (2020-07-20). It's time to rein in industries devouring world's last standing forests. zcomm.org It's time we end our addiction to endless consumption and realize our future is tied to the fate of the planet…

Fight Back (2020-07-20). Boyle Heights holds rally for national protest day against police crimes. fightbacknews.org Los Angeles, CA – Answering the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression's call for a national protest against police crimes, Centro CSO held a rally at Los Cinco Puntos in Boyle Heights, July 18. At the action, Centro CSO pushed for Black and brown unity and demanded the end to the killings of Blacks, Chicanos and Latinos by the Los Angeles Police and LA Sheriff's Departments. | The location of Los Cinco Puntos – the site where five important streets meet and a memorial for Chicano veterans who fought in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War – was significant for many reasons. Along…

Dean Baker (2020-07-20). It's Going to Be a Long and Harsh Recession. zcomm.org NYT Warns of "Skills Gap"

WSWS (2020-07-20). COVID-19 outbreak hits central Michigan flood recovery migrant workers. wsws.org The workers were housed in cramped hotel rooms, with upwards of five workers per room.

yenisafak (2020-07-20). UK suspends extradition treaty with Hong Kong. yenisafak.com The British government on Monday suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong in the wake of China imposing a controversial and sweeping security law on the semi-autonomous region. | Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told parliament "we have agreed to suspend the extradition treaty immediately and indefinitely," describing the move as "a reasonable and proportionate response to China's failure to live up to those international obligations with respect to Hong Kong." | The move follows Canada and Australia already scrapping their extradition treaties with Hong Kong, with the US set to do the same in the coming day…

Eric Zuesse (2020-07-20). Polls Show Syrians Overwhelmingly Blame U.S. for ISIS. globalresearch.ca We are reposting this important 2015 article by Eric Zuesse | The British polling organization ORB International, an affiliate of WIN/Gallup International, repeatedly finds in Syria that, throughout the country, Syrians oppose ISIS by about 80%, and (in the latest such …

yenisafak (2020-07-20). China reiterates opposition to ban on Huawei. yenisafak.com China on Monday reiterated its opposition to ban Huawei after the UK announced it will push the Chinese tech giant out of its 5G network by 2027.Addressing a news conference in the capital Beijing, China's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Wang Wenbin said: "We are opposed to any violations of market rules and principles of fair competition to exclude specific companies or using national security to suppress foreign companies and block cooperation," according to Global Times.On Sunday, the British government asked Japan to help build its 5G wireless networks without taking any help from Huawei Technologies.Last week, th…

Finian Cunningham (2020-07-20). China Has Whip Hand, Not UK. thealtworld.com Listening to British ministers bossing China around sounds like they're reliving the 19th century Opium Wars. That's when a globally powerful Britain humbled China for exploitation, including selling narcotics to that nation, as well as stealing the territory of Hong Kong. | Today, Britain is in no position to bully China — the world's second largest economy after the United States, and soon to be the first. Currently, China's economy is about six times China is a major foreign investor in the…

WSWS (2020-07-20). Australian bushfire victims still suffering six months on. wsws.org Hundreds of people who lost their homes are living in tents, caravans or shipping containers in what is now the dead of winter.

WSWS (2020-07-20). Australian coronavirus surge hits workplaces, factories. wsws.org Some 80 percent of all COVID-19 transmissions in the state of Victoria over the last two months have occurred in workplaces.

The Canary (2020-07-20). TikTok denies claims that user data could be accessed by China. thecanary.co TikTok has insisted that China's Communist Party does not have access to the personal information of its users. | US secretary of state Mike Pompeo has previously claimed that people should only use the social media app if they are happy for their data to be accessed by the Chinese state. | Asked about such claims, TikTok's head of public policy for Europe, Theo Bertram, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that the allegation is "completely false". | "TikTok is not available in China. TikTok data is stored in the US," he said. | "TikTok is a company incorporated in the US. | "There is zero truth to the accusations…

commondreams (2020-07-20). Avian Leukosis Now Fit for Human Consumption. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2020-07-20). Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration's Order to Open Public Lands to Coal Leasing. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2020-07-20). Sunrise Movement Announces Endorsement of Cori Bush for Congress. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2020-07-20). 350.org on Today's SEIU-led Strike for Black Lives. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2020-07-20). Congressional Republicans Join Trump's Scheme to Raid Social Security. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-07-20). 'A Moment of Reckoning': Thousands Across Country Take Part in #StrikeForBlackLives. commondreams.org "When we come together in our union and with our community, we have power." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2020-07-20). 92 Groups Urge Senate to Protect Health, Rights, and Democracy in COVID-19 Response. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2020-07-20). Provocative Report on California Citizens Redistricting Commission Selection Process Raises New Questions about Legislative Role in Striking Latinx Applicants. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Futher Column, By Abby Zimet, Staff Writer (2020-07-20). Then They Came For the Drummers, Chanters, Chalk Artists, Trash Pickers, Balloon Carriers, Bike-Helmeted Moms and Naked Athena. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jeffrey C. Isaac (2020-07-20). In Praise of a Young Black Lives Matter Leader With His Eyes on the Prize. commondreams.org Travon Brown, with megaphone, leads the Black Lives Matter Protest march through Marion, Virginia on Friday, July 3, 2020. (Earl Neikirk for The Washington Post via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2020-07-20). ACLU Comment on Reported DHS Plans to Deploy Federal Forces to Chicago. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-07-20). 'Fascism Coming to a City Near You': Trump Pledges to Deploy Secret Police Units to Major US Cities. commondreams.org The president also praised federal agents for doing a "fantastic job" with a widely condemned crackdown on Portland, Oregon. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2020-07-20). Morgan Stanley Will Be First Major US Bank to Track and Report its Climate Impact. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2020-07-20). Morgan Stanley Set to Become First U.S. Bank to Publicly Disclose How Much Its Loans and Investments Contribute to Climate Change. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Michael Winship (2020-07-20). Why the Federal Cops in Portland Are All About Election Day. commondreams.org Strongarm tactics in Oregon may be just the warmup for a stolen vote.

Lindsay Koshgarian (2020-07-20). Americans Overwhelmingly Support Cutting the Pentagon to Support Our Real Needs. commondreams.org The Pentagon budget is more than 100 times the budget of the Centers for Disease Control. (Photo by NurPhoto/Corbis via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-07-20). Despite Surging Need Amid Pandemic, GOP Moves to Rollback SNAP When Food Assistance 'Matters Now More Than Ever'. commondreams.org Pointing to the success of the SNAP program, formerly known as food stamps, during the coronavirus pandemic, economists on Monday said Republicans' plan to end the expansion of the aid program would be "unconscionable." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-07-20). With Bill to Mandate Identifying Info on Officer Uniforms, AOC Says US 'Should Not Have Secret Police'. commondreams.org "If an officer violates their agency's policies, their victim should have the ability to report them to their agency and demand accountability." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2020-07-20). 'No Tactics… Just Seemed Like a Gang': Navy Veteran Speaks Out After Attack by Secret Police in Viral Video Viewed Nearly 10 Million Times. commondreams.org "They just started whaling on me with batons, and I let them," said Christopher David. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Michael T. Klare (2020-07-20). A World of "Killer Robots" But Not "National Security" commondreams.org The Navy's plans to replace large manned vessels with small, unmanned ones was only accelerated by the outbreak of the pandemic. (Photo: US Navy/DoD) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Edward Curtin (2020-07-20). Masked, Homeless, and Desolate. globalresearch.ca "Personality is persona, a mask…The mask is magic…Larva means mask; or ghost…it also means mad, a case of demoniacal possession." — Norman O. Brown, Love's Body | Walk the streets in the United States and many countries these days and you …

yenisafak (2020-07-20). Egypt's Sisi discusses Libya and Ethiopia dam with Trump. yenisafak.com Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi discussed with U.S. President Donald Trump by phone on Monday the Libya conflict and talks about Ethiopia's giant Blue Nile Dam, the Egyptian presidency said.

yenisafak (2020-07-20). Iraq's KRG blocks return of Arab families: HRW. yenisafak.com Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday accused the authorities in northern Iraq's Kurdish region of blocking the return of 1,200 Arab families to their homes in the region.In a statement, the New York-based organization said the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) was preventing these families from returning home to five villages more than six years after the area was retaken from the Daesh/ISIS terrorist group."KRG authorities have allowed Kurdish residents in neighboring villages, in the Rabia subdistrict, west of Dohuk, to return," HRW said.Belkis Wille, HRW's senior crisis and conflict researcher, said that "KRG…

WSWS (2020-07-20). Israeli police deploy tear gas and water cannon against anti-Netanyahu demonstrators. wsws.org Around 2,000 people protested outside Netanyahu's official residence in Jerusalem in one of a series of demonstrations demanding his resignation.

Tom Coburg (2020-07-20). These claims about Johnson and his cronies must not be excluded from the ISC's 'Russia report'. thecanary.co The Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) report on Russia was

The Canary (2020-07-20). UK government admits Test and Trace programme 'breaks data protection law'. thecanary.co The government has admitted that England's coronavirus (Covid-19) Test and Trace programme has broken a data protection law, according to a letter sent to privacy campaigners. | The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) acknowledged it had failed to carry out a risk assessment on how the system would affect privacy. | It follows the threat of legal action from the Open Rights Group (ORG), which claims that the programme to trace contacts of those infected with Covid-19 has been operating unlawfully since its launch on 28 May. | t.co/TZOO4zGHwj | — Open Rights Group (@OpenRightsGroup)

Peadar O'Cearnaigh (2020-07-20). Just as coronavirus threatens employee rights it's also an opportunity for better conditions. thecanary.co From the beginning of industrialisation there has been a power imbalance in the workplace. And despite employment legislation attempting to address this, power still tips in favour of employers. | Since at least the days of the

The Canary (2020-07-20). Trial suggests coronavirus drug prevents 79% of cases from progressing. thecanary.co Trials of a new coronavirus (COVID-19) treatment found hospital patients who took the drug had a 79% lower risk of developing severe disease. | Pharmaceutical company Synairgen has developed the drug, currently called SNG001. It is a special formulation of the anti-viral protein interferon beta. Patients inhale the drug directly into the lungs. | Previous studies involving asthmatic patients have shown they generally tolerate the drug well. It enhances the lungs' anti-viral defences and improves lung function during cold or flu infection. | More than twice as likely to recover: | In the current trial, eac…

Peter Dreier, Kelly Candaele (2020-07-20). Baseball's Stadium Workers Are Getting Peanuts From the Billionaire Owners. thenation.com Baseball's Stadium Workers Are Getting Peanuts From the Billionaire Owners…

Audrea Lim (2020-07-20). Building Community Power in a White Supremacist Country. thenation.com Building Community Power in a White Supremacist Country…

Sylvia A. Harvey (2020-07-20). How a Trip to Prison Cost Kenneth Clark His Right to Be a Parent. thenation.com How a Trip to Prison Cost Kenneth Clark His Right to Be a Parent…

Meerabelle Jesuthasan (2020-07-20). Why the Left Is Winning Over Philly. thenation.com Why the Left Is Winning Over Philly…

Veronica Irwin (2020-07-20). We're in a Pandemic. Cancel Student Debt Now. thenation.com We're in a Pandemic. Cancel Student Debt Now.

Juanita Escobar (2020-07-20). In Quarantine, on the Plains of Colombia. thenation.com In Quarantine, on the Plains of Colombia…

yenisafak (2020-07-20). Card payments in Turkey soar in Jan-June amid coronavirus. yenisafak.com Payments via debit and credit cards in Turkey surged 10% year-on-year in the first half of this year amid concerns surrounding the novel coronavirus, according to the country's Interbank Card Center (BKM) on Monday."While payment behavior continues to change with the pandemic period, a total of 500 billion Turkish liras [$77 billion] payment was done via cards in January-June," the BKM said in a statement.The number of card payments rose the most in the consumer electronics and markets-food sectors with 43% and 33%, respectively, compared to the same period last year.This was followed by public payments, such as…

yenisafak (2020-07-20). Russia says military drill not against other countries. yenisafak.com Russia's surprise combat readiness check is not directed against other countries, the country's Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin said on Monday.It is also not linked to the escalation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border, Fomin said at a meeting with the foreign military attaches in Moscow.Last Friday, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu announced a surprise combat readiness check in the country's armed forces, involving the troops of the southern and western military districts, separate formations of the central group, Airborne and Marines of the Northern and Pacific fleets.During the drill, the army tra…

yenisafak (2020-07-20). Another body recovered from lake in eastern Turkey. yenisafak.com The death toll from a boat disaster in a lake in eastern Turkey has risen to 60 as another body was recovered on Monday.The boat carrying dozens of irregular migrants sank in Lake Van, Turkey's largest lake, on June 27.Rescue efforts at the site continue.Five suspects have been remanded in custody over the incident thus far.Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, the number of irregular migrants arriving in Turkey has declined.However, more than 21,000 migrants have reached Van so far this year, according to Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu.Of them, 16,000 were denied entry but 4,500 managed to enter illega…

yenisafak (2020-07-20). Malaysia considers making face masks compulsory in public. yenisafak.com Malaysia is considering making face masks compulsory in public following the emergence of 13 new coronavirus clusters since the government relaxed broad curbs on movement and businesses last month, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said on Monday.Malaysian health authorities recorded 21 new coronavirus cases on Monday, lifting the total since the outbreak began to 8,800 cases and 123 deaths.Monday's was the second straight daily double-digit rise in infections, after Malaysia managed to broadly hold daily growth to single digits since the lockdown was eased on June 10. The number of positive cases climbed by 15 on…

yenisafak (2020-07-20). Heavy rains damage iconic mosque in Indian capital. yenisafak.com The central dome of a 200-year-old mosque in the Indian capital Delhi came crashing down on Sunday due to heavy rainfall and lightning in the city.The red sandstone Mubarak Begum mosque built by a courtesan in 1823 is among iconic heritage sites in the historic city of Old Delhi.On Sunday, the flooding in the city killed two people leading to the collapse of many houses and trees.At around 6.45 a.m. [0115GMT], the dome collapsed with a huge sound, said the mosque's imam Mohammad Zahid."I was sleeping in my room inside the mosque when I heard thunder. We have since locked the mosque. But we continued offering nam…

yenisafak (2020-07-20). Saudi stock falls by 2.08% as king hospitalized. yenisafak.com Early on Monday, the Saudi Royal Court announced that King Salman will undergo medical examinations, but without giving further details about the monarch's health conditions.Monday's trading was affected negatively, amid a collective decline of most sectors, including energy, transport and banking.Aramco dropped by 0.9%, SABIC, the region's largest petrochemical company, fell by 1.7%, while Al-Ahly, the kingdom's largest bank dropped by 0.8% and Al-Rajhi Bank by 1.2%.

yenisafak (2020-07-20). Air France pilots in draft deal on low-cost domestic flights. yenisafak.com A draft deal is "on the table" but has yet to be signed subject to approval by members, a spokeswoman for Air France's main SNPL pilots' union said, confirming a report by French daily La Tribune. Air France declined to comment.The Franco-Dutch group aims to cut some 7,580 jobs by the end of next year as airlines struggle to weather the COVID-19 pandemic and a resulting slump in global travel.Chief Executive Ben Smith is accelerating cost-cutting measures including the transfer of French domestic services from Air France and its HOP! unit to Transavia. The move requires changes to union agreements that currently…

yenisafak (2020-07-20). Turkish, Libyan and Maltese ministers meet in Ankara. yenisafak.com Turkey's defense minister on Monday held a trilateral meeting with Libya's interior minister, and Malta's minister of home affairs and national security in the capital.The high-ups came to Turkey on an official visit after an invitation by Ankara.Before the joint sitting, Hulusi Akar held separate meetings with Libya's Fathi Bashagha and Malta's Byron Camilleri.According to sources, regional cooperation on defense and security, and efforts in contributing to regional stability and peace were discussed during the trilateral session.Libya has been torn by a civil war since the ouster of late ruler Muammar Gaddafi i…

yenisafak (2020-07-20). US officials defend Portland crackdown: 'We're not going to apologize'. yenisafak.com U.S. Homeland Security officials said on Monday they had no intention of pulling back in Portland, Oregon, after a federal crackdown on anti-racism protests that included the use of unmarked cars and unidentified officers in camouflage.Weeks of protests in Portland over police brutality and systemic racism intensified as federal officers began cracking down on crowds last week, using tear gas to disperse protesters and taking some into custody without explanation.The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sent law enforcement units to Portland to help guard U.S. government facilities after receiving intelligence a…

yenisafak (2020-07-20). Turkey's Borsa Istanbul up 0.42% at close. yenisafak.com Turkey's benchmark stock index rose 0.42% to 119,280.87 points at the close on Monday.After starting the week at 118,844.45 points, Borsa Istanbul's BIST 100 index gained 494.78 points from Friday's close of 118,786.09 points.During the day, the index hovered between 118,582.78 and 119,747.30 points.The total market value of the BIST 100 was 873 billion Turkish liras ($127 billion) by market close, with a daily trading volume of 19.1 billion Turkish liras ($2.8 billion).Exchange Rates Friday Monday | USD/TRY 6.8680 6.8560 | EUR/TRY 7.8490 | 7.8280 | GBP/TRY 8.6510 | 8.6880…

yenisafak (2020-07-20). Third Brazil minister has COVID-19, touts unproven drug cocktail. yenisafak.com Brazil's Citizenship Minister Onyx Lorenzoni said on Monday he had tested positive for the new coronavirus, the country's third minister to be infected amid the world's second-worst outbreak.Lorenzoni, a close ally of President Jair Bolsonaro, credited relatively mild symptoms to an anti-malarial drug touted by the president on social media and at public rallies."I already feel the positive effects," the minister wrote on Twitter about his regimen of chloroquine, along with azithromycin and ivermectin, as a treatment against the virus.Bolsonaro, who is quarantined after he also tested positive for the virus, is t…

yenisafak (2020-07-20). EU deal on recovery is possible and a necessity, says French FinMin. yenisafak.com French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Monday an agreement on a recovery plan at the European Council meeting in Brussels was possible and a necessity.Le Maire also told French BFM TV that the future of Europe in the 21st century was at stake."An agreement is possible. An agreement is a necessity", Le Maire said.EU leaders stood at an impasse on Monday after three days of haggling over a plan to revive economies throttled by the COVID-19 pandemic.

yenisafak (2020-07-20). I woke up to world with no smell, says COVID-19 patient. yenisafak.com A Turkish doctor, who has recovered from the novel coronavirus, said he woke up to a world with no smell one day, recalling his days of fighting the disease caused by the virus."I woke up one morning and said, 'The world has no smell'. It has been around two months since I recovered from the infection, however, almost all details of the world still have no smell for me," Ugur Duman, a doctor at Bursa Yuksek Ihtisas Training and Research Hospital in northwestern Turkey, told Anadolu Agency.Duman, 44, said there is just small recovery in his sense of smell which is not up to the desired level.He said that the sympt…

yenisafak (2020-07-20). Saudi Arabia records more than 2,400 new COVID-19 cases. yenisafak.com Over 2,400 people were diagnosed Monday with the novel coronavirus in Saudi Arabia, according to the Health Ministry.Officials said 2,429 more infections were registered in the last 24 hours and that the total number of cases climbed to 253,349.The death toll from the virus reached 2,523, with 37 additional fatalities, while a total of 203,259 patients have recovered so far.COVID-19 has claimed nearly 607,000 lives in 188 countries and regions since it originated in China last December.Over 14.5 million COVID-19 cases have been reported globally, with recoveries exceeding 8.1 million, according to figures compile…

yenisafak (2020-07-20). Florida's Hialeah city at 'breaking point' over virus. yenisafak.com A mayor in the US state of Florida warned Monday that his city, Hialeah, is at a "breaking point" due to record surge in coronavirus cases, calling it "scary.""This is scary, I mean. Now every day is over 10,000 [new cases]," Carlos Hernandez told CNN. "It's almost like the norm. State hospitals are at full capacity. I spoke to two or three large hospitals in our city late last night. Two of them have canceled non-emergency surgeries, and they're really, really at the point — it's a breaking point."Stressing the city is at a "critical stage," Hernandez urged Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to issue a statewide mas…

yenisafak (2020-07-20). Rwanda: '200,000 received welfare aid during lockdown'. yenisafak.com About 200,000 Rwandans in the capital Kigali received government welfare support during the coronavirus lockdown, an official said Monday. | "The beneficiaries consisted of about 2,000 vulnerable families. The welfare support included basic necessities such as assorted foodstuffs and sanitary items," local government minister Anastase Shyaka told a news conference. | The virus broke out in Rwanda in March, and to date the number of infections registered is 1,582, including five deaths and 834 recoveries, according to its Health Ministry. | Shyaka attributed the progress in fighting COVID-19 to good governance and…

_____ (2020-07-20). Why The Labor Movement Should Support The 'Beyond Recovery' Campaign. popularresistance.org Even before the pandemic, a large share of Americans cited housing availability and affordability as a major and growing concern. With rising unemployment, housing experts are predicting that 20 percent of all renters will be at risk of eviction by early fall. | As with other aspects of the pandemic, Black and Latino people will be hurt the most. As reported in the Washington Post, a recent Census survey found that "about 44 percent and 41 percent of adult Latino and black renters, respectively, said they had no or slight confidence they could pay their rent next month or were likely to defer payment." Majority B…

_____ (2020-07-20). On Using Our Power To Stop Climate Disaster And Create A Just World. popularresistance.org Time is running out to prevent full-blown climate catastrophe. Intertwined crises of wealth inequality, poverty, racism, and corporate despotism are deepening. | When working people refuse to go to work — when we put a stick in society's gears — we can make enormous changes quite rapidly. There are many historical examples of this, including, flawed though it was, the New Deal. | How can we join forces across movements today to use our power to create the world we want before it's too late? | Labor organizer, climate activist, and historian Jeremy Brecher will speak and then answer questions. He is the author o…

_____ (2020-07-20). Why Our Analyses On Powell And Iraq Matter Today. popularresistance.org We are still living with the consequences of the Iraq War brought on, in part, by the testimony of Colin Powell before the UN. Iraq is still an unstable country. Extremist groups such as the Islamic State arose because of Iraq's instability. The invasion of Iraq is now universally seen in the U.S. as the nations' worst foreign policy blunder perhaps in history. To prevent another such crime of aggression, this needs to be repeatedly stated. | As Ray McGovern pointed out in his piece, the politicization of intelligence in the lead-up to the Iraq invasion manifested itself again in the Russiagate affair, when DNI J…

_____ (2020-07-20). Teachers Union Plans Strategy To Resist Unsafe School Re-Openings. popularresistance.org As the recession delivers severe budget cuts to education, many teachers are worried they won't be able to re-open schools safely, which has left some considering the possibility of a strike. | Given the physical distance needed, teachers are considering the "hybrid basis," of teaching as the best model for re-opening, says American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten about teaching in a combination of online and in-person instruction. | "Our members understand that in-school teaching is really important and with the safeguards we have been pushing since April, 76% of them were comfortable with re-o…

_____ (2020-07-20). Why Iraqis Hate The US Troops Who Occupy Their Country. popularresistance.org We invaded their land. We did it on the basis of Bush's lies that Bush had conclusive evidence that Saddam was six months from a nuclear weapon and had been behind the 9/11 attacks. He blatantly misrepresented the evidence that he did have. And instead of Bush, or any of his successors, apologizing for this — the destruction of Iraq (on the basis of lies) — there has been continued military occupation of Iraq, and forcing of its Government to do what our lying Government demands, such as privatizing the oil and paying international oil companies to exploit and market it — their oil. | The reason…

_____ (2020-07-20). The GOP's 'Southern Strategy' Shows How White Supremacy Fuels Class Exploitation. popularresistance.org Starting in the early 1970s, the Republican Party began to draw voters away from the Democrats by appealing to racism and racial anxiety in the electorate; Republicans called it their "Southern Strategy." By 2000, with the presidency of George W. Bush, the Republican Party (and the U.S.) had been taken over by people who celebrate and emulate the Old South plantation system of social control — a rigid hierarchy featuring dominance of whites over people of color, of men over women, of humans over the natural world, and of violence and militarism over relationship-building and negotiation, with rich white men…

_____ (2020-07-20). Paralyzed Companies Rescued By An 'Army' Of Volunteer Workers. popularresistance.org The Productive Workers' Army (EPO) is a grassroots movement composed of Venezuelan workers that came together in 2014. They dedicate their volunteer labor to rescuing various companies that have been paralyzed because of the economic situation which the country is going through, the shortages of spare parts and supplies due to the US blockade, and the various kinds of political destabilization. | The movement, with 2,270 members spread across the country, defines itself as "an unconventional army to win an unconventional war." | When the EPO is contacted by workers from the company in trouble, those best placed -…

_____ (2020-07-20). Inside The Battle For Portland. popularresistance.org On the night of July 11, as hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters amassed around the Justice Center in Portland, Oregon, federal Homeland Security officers opened fire with "crowd control" munitions. They shot a teargas canister directly at the head of Donavan LaBella, a peaceful protester who had been standing across the street holding a sign. The video that captured the protester — unconscious, bleeding and being carried to safety by other demonstrators and street medics — went viral almost immediately, pushing state officials to make public statements and demand that federal law enforcement pul…

_____ (2020-07-20). With US Support, Taiwan Planted Deception About Warning WHO Of COVID19. popularresistance.org The Taiwanese government has claimed that it provided early warning to the World Health Organization (WHO) at the end of December about the novel coronavirus and the risk of human-to-human transmission but was ignored due to pressure from China. This claim has been paraded by Taiwanese authorities and the Donald Trump administration in order to slam the WHO as beholden to Chinese interests and advance the cause of Taiwanese separatism, pushing for Taiwan to be granted membership to the WHO independent of China. | However, there is no evidence any such warning was ever issued by Taiwan to the WHO. The confidential…

teleSUR, ce (2020-07-20). President Daniel Ortega: Savage Capitalism is the Worst Epidemic. telesurenglish.net Commander of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) and President of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, and Vice President Rosario Murillo addressed the nation in a special act at Managua's Plaza de la Revolución, this Sunday, on the 41st anniversary of the Triumph of the Sandinista Popular Revolution. | RELATED: | Much of the President's discourse was focused on Nicaragua's achievements in the area of public hea…

Service Employees International Union (2020-07-20). Monday 7/20: Strike for Black Lives SEIU Livestream (online). indybay.org

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-20). Iran-India ties ought not be interfered by a third party. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 20 (MNA) — Parliament Speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf praised the longstanding, amicable ties between Iran and India, saying that such amicable relations should not be affected by another country's interferences.