2020-07-23: Social Media Postees

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Trump orders hundreds of federal agents into Chicago
wsws.org | 2020-07-23
The White House is escalating the drive toward an authoritarian regime in America.
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Moment of Supreme Danger: Trumpism-Fascism Rears its Head
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-23
"What He Wishes He Had: Total Power" This is a supremely dangerous moment. The White House is occupied by a rogue fascist regime whose malignant leader Donald Trump has recently made it clear yet again that he will not honor the results of an election that does not go his way next November. It is…
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Moment of Supreme Danger: Trumpism-Fascism Rears its Head
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-23
This is a supremely dangerous moment. The White House is occupied by a rogue fascist regime whose malignant leader Donald Trump has recently made it clear yet again that he will not honor the results of an election that does not go his way next November. It is well understood within his administration that Trump is a wannabe dictator who is only half-joking when he talks about wanting to be "president for life."
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Defund the Police State, Before It's Too Late
William Boardman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-23
The American police state is currently making its boldest test run to date in Portland, Oregon, escalating violence and lawlessness against the peaceful population of an American city. The people of Portland have responded with increased resistance, but support from …
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Defend Portland! Defend People's Resistance! No Police State!
Editor | workers.org | 2020-07-23
Despite the brutal attempt of the White House to crush the heroic Black Lives Matter movement by sending camouflaged federal agents ‚àí secret police ‚àí to Portland, Chicago and other U.S. cities, the movement and all who support it have been fighting back. The initial response to the threat of . . . | Continue reading Defend Portland! | Defend People's Resistance! No Police State! at Workers.org
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Guns? Yes. Masks? No. And Gestapo in Portland
Max Elbaum | zcomm.org | 2020-07-23
The toxic mix of valuing gun ownership over protecting public health, conspiracism, and reactionary movements glued together by white supremacy and national chauvinism are too deeply rooted to be ended any time soon…
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Cities challenge Trump's dispatch of federal law enforcement officers
Marilyn Bechtel | peoplesworld.org | 2020-07-23
OAKLAND, Calif. — Outrage is growing throughout the country over Donald Trump's use of federal law enforcement against protesters in Portland, Oregon, and his threats to dispatch federal officers to other U.S. cities. On July 20, Trump told reporters he might send federal "law enforcement" to cities he claimed were experiencing heightened violence, naming cities …
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Trump Administration Deploys Federal Forces into Major U.S. Cities
Black Alliance for Peace | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-23
The repressive U.S. state's chickens have come home to roost with President Donald Trump announcing federal troops will be deployed to several U.S. cities. This comes after federal agents reportedly disappeared protesters last week off the streets of Portland, Oregon….
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Stand with the resistance in Portland!
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-07-23
Protesters grabbed off the streets by federal agents who refuse to identify themselves, placed unmarked vehicles, and taken to undisclosed locations. These same agents nearly killed a young man holding part of a sound system at a demonstration. This is the outrageous reality in Portland today, were Trump has deployed a paramilitary police force to carry out a wave of repression. The good news is that the resistance in Portland has been nothing short of heroic, as thousands have taken to the streets in a powerful display of opposition. | The Trump administration has repeatedly stated that it is deploying federal a…
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As Trump threatens secret police deployment nationwide, Democrats debate expanding surveillance powers and new money for DHS
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-07-23
The rogue deployment of secret federal police forces in Portland, Oregon, has added a new complication to negotiations over reauthorizing the Trump administration's vast surveillance powers and appropriating new money for the Department of Homeland Security.
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Jim Crow is hiding in the mailbox
Greg Palast | zcomm.org | 2020-07-23
22% of Mail-In Votes Never Get Counted…
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An inside look at Nicaragua's Sandinista Revolution on its 41st anniversary
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2020-07-23
The Grayzone reports from inside Nicaragua's capital on the 41st anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution, covering a speech by President…
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The Militarization of Strategic Waterways: US- India War Games Contemplated. Aggressive "Signal to China"
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-23
"Whoever attains maritime supremacy in the Indian Ocean would be a prominent player on the international scene." (US Navy Geostrategist Rear Admiral Alfred Thayus Mahan (1840-1914)) | Among Washington's strategic objectives is the militarization of major sea ways, extending from the …
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King Joe and the Round Table: Biden's America in a Multipolar World
Medea Benjamin | zcomm.org | 2020-07-23
If Biden is elected, it will be up to peace-loving Americans to demand a foreign policy that takes illegal military "options," brutal sanctions and a new arms race off the table and replaces them with a new commitment to the rule of law and "Round Table" diplomacy…
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Defending the US Against Looming Presidential Dictatorship
Dave Lindorff | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-23
At least Vladimir Putin is gaining his dictatorial powers democratically. He got elected by a solid majority of Russians, and then he went to the Russian Duma and asked for a constitutional change to allow him to continue to be elected through 2030. Here in the US, we have created a presidential dictatorship through sleight…
counterpunch.org/2020/07/23/defending-th…

Paramilitary-Style Tactics in Portland Mirror Decades of U.S. Violence on the Border & Abroad
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-07-23
The harrowing scenes of paramilitary-style units in the streets of American cities like Portland has shocked mainstream America, but award-winning independent journalist Todd Miller, who has reported on border security and immigration for over a decade, says it's a reflection of how the U.S. has operated around the world. We also speak with Cecilia Menjívar, UCLA sociology professor, who says the image of unmarked vans snatching people from the streets "brings back memories to Latin Americans who lived through disappearances of families and friends and co-workers."
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Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner on Mumia Abu-Jamal, Police Corruption & Reexamining Old Cases
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-07-23
Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner has made addressing police corruption a cornerstone of his time in office, and he says it affects many criminal cases, including that of political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal, who has always maintained his innocence for the 1981 murder of a Philadelphia police officer for which he has spent four decades behind bars. Within weeks of the end of the trial, a third of the police involved in his case were jailed for systematically tampering with evidence to obtain convictions in cases across the city, and at least one police officer in the case, James Forbes, lied on the stand…
www.democracynow.org/2020/7/23/mumia_abu…

"Her Front Teeth Were Knocked Out": Chicago Teen to Sue Police Officer Who Hit Her at a Protest
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-07-23
Protesters in Chicago are demanding justice after police officers attacked a teenage activist last week during a demonstration in which people attempted to topple a statue of Christopher Columbus in Grant Park. An officer struck 18-year-old Miracle Boyd, a recent high school graduate and organizer with the group GoodKids MadCity, in the face, knocking out several teeth. Journalists also reported being mistreated by police officers, who used chemical sprays and batons on protesters. "This is consistent with what we've seen from the Chicago Police Department in their response to these uprisings," says Sheila Bedi,…
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Philly DA Larry Krasner: Trump Is a "Wannabe Fascist." I Will Charge His Agents If They Break Law
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-07-23
As President Trump announces a "surge" of federal agents into major U.S. cities to confront protesters, we speak with Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, who warns he will arrest and charge Trump's police forces if they violate the rights of residents in his city. "The law applies to the president of the United States, even though he doesn't think so. The law applies to law enforcement. The law applies to civilians. It is real simple," says Krasner. He also discusses the importance of releasing incarcerated people during the pandemic, and tackling police corruption, such as in the case of political pris…
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It's Time for the Democratic Party to Mention the Occupation
Jeremy Ben-Ami, James Zogby | thenation.com | 2020-07-23
It's Time for the Democratic Party to Mention the Occupation…
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In another night of unrest in Portland, tear gas hits mayor
yenisafak.com | 2020-07-23
The mayor of the U.S. city of Portland, Ted Wheeler, was stung by tear gas early on Thursday morning after he joined demonstrators protesting against racial injustice and police brutality.Protests have rocked Portland every night for weeks, with security forces often tear-gassing and clubbing demonstrators.Visiting the protest site, Wheeler was jeered at by some demonstrators who called on him to resign and chanted "Shame on You". They said he should have done more to protect Portland's citizens.However, as he stood amongst the crowd outside Portland's Justice Center, Wheeler, who was wearing a face mask, was him…
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'Turkish aid helps Venezuela fight virus effectively'
yenisafak.com | 2020-07-23
Sevki Mutevellioglu told Anadolu Agency last week Turkish aid, including 25 ventilators, 40,000 testing kits, 150,000 masks and protective clothing, reached the capital Caracas.He noted that the aircraft was also carrying medical equipment donated to Venezuela as part of various health projects supervised by the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA).The ambassador said the Venezuelan side welcomed the aid as its economy is crippled by sanctions.Mutevellioglu praised the "fast, effective and accurate" response of President Nicolas Maduro's government.Noting that the ventilators and other supplies were…
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Portland's Mayor Tear-Gassed By Militarized US Police
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-07-23
The mayor of Portland, Oregon was tear-gassed by U.S. government agents as he stood outside a federal courthouse during another night of protests against the presence of federal police sent by President Donald Trump to quell the city's ongoing unrest. | Mayor Ted Wheeler, a Democrat, appeared slightly dazed and coughed and said Wednesday night it was the first time he'd been tear-gassed. | He put on a pair of goggles someone handed him and drank water but did not leave his spot at the front of the protest and continued to take tear gas as the demonstration raged — with protesters lighting a large fire betwe…
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What Are Trump And His Goons Up To?
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-07-23
First and foremost, it is a political stunt to capture the law and order crowd and press on divides between the coastal cities and inland voters. But it's also more sinister than that. The use of federal forces is designed to weaken local accountability by freezing out local government that constituents can reach. Portland's mayor might not even have opposed some "help" from the feds, but he wasn't asked. In other words, this wasn't mutual aid. This was indeed an invasion. An alphabet soup of federal agencies have been employed to crack down on police brutality protests, including the National Guard, the US Marsh…
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Federal Agents Retreat To Portland Base As Protesters Control Streets
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-07-23
The DHS officers dispatched by the president to put down the demonstrations have instead become prisoners of the building they are ostensibly there to defend. | "The feds don't have control of the streets," said a woman holding a sign "100% not a terrorist", who gave her name only as Shannon. "I think they're more scared than us. They're hiding in there. They don't know what they're doing." If the intent was to intimidate the protesters into abandoning the few square blocks of downtown Portland under their control, it backfired spectacularly. | Residents of a city with a long history of radical street protest wer…
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New Civil Rights Lawsuit Filed Against Federal Law Enforcement
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-07-23
The Western States Center, the First Unitarian Church of Portland, two state representatives and an ACLU legal observer are listed as plaintiffs in the lawsuit, which alleges the federal government has violated protesters' 10th Amendment rights. It was filed Tuesday in federal court. | The 10th Amendment delineates the separation of powers between federal and state governments. | "The power to engage in ordinary law enforcement is one of the long-recognized powers that belong to the states and to their municipalities," said Cliff Davidson, an attorney with Snell & Wilmer, the firm filing the lawsuit. | The W…
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'War Come Home': Americans 'Should Be Absolutely Appalled' by Trump Sending Feds to US Cities
sputniknews.com | 2020-07-23
Many US mayors have expressed concern with the Trump administration's deployment of federal agents dressed up in military uniforms to major American cities, peace activist and Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin told Sputnik Wednesday.
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Portland mayor cheers protesters & joins them to face tear gas, gets calls to resign anyway (VIDEOS)
rt.com | 2020-07-23
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler failed to win over a crowd of angry anti-police protesters despite rooting for their cause. But rather than seeing him as an ally against federal agents, some said he's part of the problem and has to go. | …
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Secret police in Portland violated human rights of peaceful protesters
DLI | indybay.org | 2020-07-23
Videos showing U.S. Federal secret police(with no badges and riding in unmarked vehicles)inflicting massive violence on mostly peaceful protesters are running viral across the Globe. Yet the Federal governing regime brazenly avows that this will be the "new normal" in major cities from now on…
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Thursday 7/23: MoveOn Politics & Flows Chat Guest: Rep. Ilhan Omar
MoveOn | indybay.org | 2020-07-23
Online via livestream…
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Why Palestinian-Israeli Prisoners Exchange Deal Could Happen Soon
Ramzy Baroud | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-07-23
For the first time since the Israeli war on Gaza in 2014, the Israeli government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is signaling its willingness to engage in negotiations regarding the release of the bodies of two Israeli soldiers believed to be held by resistance groups in Gaza. But will another prisoner exchange similar to that …
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Australia Pours Money Into Insane US War Games Yet Won't Support Its Own Citizens
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2020-07-23
Caitlin JOHNSTONE | In an article titled " Australian government slashes pandemic payments to workers after suspending parliament", World Socialist Web Site reports: | Despite a worsening COVID-19 surge in Australia's two most populous states, the Liberal-National government yesterday announced the slashing of its pandemic wage subsidies and welfare benefits, as part of its drive to "reopen the economy." | Under conditions of mass unemployment, this will impoverish more than five million unemployed or under-employed wo…
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Australia Pours Money Into Insane US War Games Yet Won't Support Its Own Citizens
Caitlin Johnstone | thealtworld.com | 2020-07-23
In an article titled " Australian government slashes pandemic payments to workers after suspending parliament", World Socialist Web Site reports: | Despite a worsening COVID-19 surge in Australia's two most populous states, the Liberal-National government yesterday announced the slashing of its pandemic wage subsidies and welfare benefits, as part of its drive to "reopen the economy." | Under conditions of mass unemployment, this will impoverish more than five million unemployed or under-employed workers and…
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California judge rules against Socialist Equality Party candidates
WSWS Repost | indybay.org | 2020-07-23
Federal District Court Judge Dolly M. Gee handed down a ruling on Tuesday against the lawsuit filed by the SEP, which argues that California's ballot access laws are "effectively impossible" to satisfy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Thursday 7/23: Organizing Meeting: Stop Police Violence – Slash the SFPD Budget
Freedom Socialist Party Bay Area | indybay.org | 2020-07-23
This online meeting will be held on Zoom. | REGISTER at bit.ly/Slash-SFPD-Budget…
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ACLU Sues to Stop US State-Sponsored Violence, Chicago to be Occupied by Federal Agents
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-23
The nation I grew up in no longer exists, replaced by endless state-sponsored war on humanity at home and abroad — along with the transformation of America to resemble tinpot dictatorships. | Full-blown tyranny may be one more major state-sponsored homeland …
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Media Silent as Trump Declares Wars
Margaret Kimberley | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-23
Donald Trump's attacks on Venezuela, Syria and Iran are criminal, but Joe Biden vows to be even worse. | The corporate media in this country can endlessly repeat lies about Russia paying Taliban bounties, but ignore important information that is …
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War Crimes and War Criminals: Who Will Be Held Accountable?
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2020-07-23
There is something unique about how the United States manipulates the "terrorism" label to avoid being accused of carrying out war crimes. When an indigenous militia or an armed insurgency like the Taliban in a country like Iraq or Afghanistan attacks American soldiers subsequent to a U.S. invasion which overthrew the country's government, it is considered by Washington to be an act of "terrorism." Terror attacks de facto permit a carte blanche response, allowing virtually anything as retaliation against the parties involved or countries that support them, including the assassination of foreign government officia…
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Brits start major fightback against Tory vote for NHS to be 'controlled from outside the UK'
Tracy Keeling | thecanary.co | 2020-07-23
Brits have started the fightback against a Tory vote that blocked protection against the NHS being 'controlled from outside the UK'. | The vote, on an amendment to the Trade Bill, took place on 20 July. By 22 July, campaign group We Own It had launched a petition aimed at the House of Lords. It called on them to amend the Trade Bill to the…
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Israeli forces raid Palestinian cultural institutes, arrest directors
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-07-23
The directors of three prominent Palestinian cultural centers have been arrested by the Israeli forces for an indefinite period on charges of funding terrorism, fraud and tax evasion…
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The NYPD's Big Lie
Editor | workers.org | 2020-07-23
Protest demands "Defund the Police" in New York City on June 19, Juneteenth. To put the Police Department's spasm of slander directed at the Black Lives Matter movement in New York City in perspective, it's useful to recall an experience from nearly three decades ago. Anti-war forces in 1991 established . . . | Continue reading The NYPD's Big Lie at Workers.org
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The People's Republic of Walmart
Thomas Klikauer | zcomm.org | 2020-07-23
Humanity has to convert fossil-fueled means of transportation, the distribution of goods, and logistics into planned and ecologically sustainable ways.
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Beyond John Muir's Racism: The Sierra Club and the Changing Face of Environmentalism
Joshua Frank | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-23
It's about 100 years too late, but the Sierra Club is finally grappling with its founder's racist past. John Muir, lauded by many as the grandfather of the modern conservation movement, saw the west as a bastion of wide-open freedom. Not for Indigenous peoples or Black slaves, mind you, but for white colonial settlers.
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Saving nature: Overpopulation is not the primary problem
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-07-23
In a period of ecological and climate crises, figuring out 'how to save nature' is perhaps the principal challenge facing our planet. Yet, a largely unchallenged view is the misconception that overpopulation is among the primary drivers of these crises.
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NASSCO shipyard worker dies from COVID-19 in San Diego
wsws.org | 2020-07-23
Concerns about the lack of safety measures at the shipyard began to surface in late March, when a worker tested positive for COVID-19.
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Senate committee gives nod to Trump Fed nominee
wsws.org | 2020-07-23
The main qualification of Judy Shelton in Trump's eyes is that she has changed her economic views in line with changes in the occupancy of the White House.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/07/23/shel…

The Coronavirus-Climate-Air Conditioning Nexus
Stan Cox | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-23
A wave of persistent, intense heat and humidity has enveloped the Midwest, South, and Northeast in this second half of July. By the time it subsides, more than half of the U.S. population will have been hit with heat indexes above 100; for many, the heat wave will last for several days. The severe heat…
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Biden's climate plan: tactic to win Sanders supporters or something more?
Tina Landis | liberationnews.org | 2020-07-23
Trump is particularly pro-business and anti-people/planet, but will Biden lead the charge toward meaningful climate action?
liberationnews.org/bidens-climate-plan-t…

Confederate statues are monuments to the 'Lost Cause' cult of white supremacy
Judith Ezekiel | peoplesworld.org | 2020-07-23
My mother recently moved into an assisted living facility, and some of her possessions were moved to my house, including boxes of photos. Among them, I discovered a photo from when I was 5 years old, when my grandparents had taken us to see a statue sculpted by a man they referred to as our …
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Who Will Come to America's Rescue? A Nation Under Internal Threat, Engulfed in an Unprecedented Crisis
Barbara Nimri Aziz | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-23
USA needs help. Let's face it: our democratic institutions aren't working well; our president is behaving like a depraved, spiteful monarch; our police, with almost 19,000 independent units nationwide, are unmanageable; our unprecedented social and economic divides are growing; the …
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Minneapolis Park Police Displace Sanctuary Encampment, Arrest 24
Unicorn Riot | unicornriot.ninja | 2020-07-23
Minneapolis, MN — On Monday, July 20, dozens of houseless people were displaced and 24 people were arrested as law enforcement executed an eviction of the eastern portion of a sanctuary tent encampment in Powderhorn Park. | After the raid, Unicorn Riot spoke to community members,…
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Promoting Study in the USA in Trying Times
Mark Ashwill | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-23
There is nothing obscure about the objectives of educational exchange. Its purpose is to acquaint Americans with the world as it is and to acquaint students and scholars from many lands with America as it is — not as we wish it were or as we might wish foreigners to see it, but exactly as…
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That Damn Camouflage Again! The Militarization of "Law Enforcement"
Philip A Farruggio | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-23
If you watch old footage of WW2 US Army commanders, like Marshall, Eisenhower and even George Patton, they wore regular dress uniforms when not in the midst of combat. Camouflage was worn only in areas of combat, never back at …
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Cops and Constitutions
Richard Moser | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-23
The cops are violating the Constitution by attacking people exercising their basic rights — — that much is obvious. The rounding up of random protestors because they "fit the description" is related to the discriminatory policing that has historically denied poor, Black, and Brown people their basic rights because they "fit the description." It's a form…
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German defence minister propagates rearmament, militarism and war
wsws.org | 2020-07-23
With the revival of German militarism, the militaristic traditions that are historically linked above all to the Soldateska of the Kaiserreich (Imperial Empire) and the Wehrmacht (armed forces of Nazi Germany) are inevitably returning.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/07/23/mili…

California: 700 health care workers at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital on five-day strike
wsws.org | 2020-07-23
Workers are protesting understaffing at the hospital, inadequate access to personal protective equipment, and management's proposal to slash their benefits.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/07/23/sant…

Anti-racist protests accelerate across North Carolina
calvin deutschbein | workers.org | 2020-07-23
Durham, N.C. July 20 — Throughout North Carolina, from urban to rural areas, the anti-racist uprising continues, most prominently with concurrent anti-jail demonstrations in four counties — Forsyth, Durham, Wake, Mecklenburg — on Friday, July 17. #DefundAvlPD banner dropped in Asheville the week of July 13. Last week the anti-police . . . | Continue reading Anti-racist protests accelerate across North Carolina at Workers.org
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Lawsuit against Trudeau Government: Constitutional Lawyer Rocco Galati and the Lies and Crimes of the COVID Operation
Rocco Galati | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-23
Celebrated Canadian Constitutional lawyer Rocco Galati characterizes the COVID Operation as "the biggest example of misinformation and lies on a global scale that we've seen." | The Constitutional challenge that he is filing with the Ontario Superior Court seeks to pull …
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Raise the Social Cost: An Important Strategic Concept
Peter Bohmer | zcomm.org | 2020-07-23
We should reach out and listen before we criticize some of their actions. These direct-action resisters have the potential or already are an important part of social movements and organizations that demand a better world…
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Oscar Lopez Rivera wishes Happy Birthday and Freedom to Simon Trinidad
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-07-23
In response to the call for birthday greetings for political prisoner Simon Trinidad, The National Committee to Free Ricardo Palmera received a video message from freed Puerto Rican political prisoner, Oscar Lopez Rivera. Lopez Rivera unjustly spent 35 years in U.S. prison for fighting for the independence of his homeland. Below is the transcription of the video message: | "I want to take this moment to wish a Happy Birthday to comrade Simón Trinidad. He is one of the heroes of our countries. He is one of the heroes who is imprisoned because he wants to fight for the independence and sovereignty of Colombia and f…
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Twitter QAnon Purge Gives Bigger Monopoly to Corporate Media
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-23
Twitter cites fears QAnon activity will lead to "offline harm" while further empowering corporate media whose "offline harm" includes selling wars that have destroyed entire nations abroad and bled the American people dry at home. | *** | News outlets like CNN …
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The Black-White Disability Gap Increases with Age
Karen Conner | cepr.net | 2020-07-23
With the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) happening this weekend as Black Lives Matter protests continue, it's a good time to look at the intersection between race and disability in the United States. The figure below compares disability rates by age, sex, and race for non-Latinx adults. The data in the …
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PetroCaribe and Haiti's lost opportunities
Jean Jores Pierre | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-07-23
Haitian activist and economist Jean Jores Pierre argues that the mismanagement of the PetroCaribe agreement and funds by the Haitian government first and foremost affects the people of Haiti who still do not have access to basic goods and services…
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The Bonus Army Protest
Gary Olson | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-07-23
July 28 will mark almost the 90th anniversary of one of most controversial protests in U.S. history and yet it remains virtually unknown to most Americans. On that day, in 1932, 500 U.S. army infantrymen with loaded rifles, fixed bayonets and gas grenades containing a vomit inducing ingredient, 200 calvary, a machine gun squadron, 800 …
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Due to climate change, polar bears could be nearly extinct by 2100
Olivia Rosane | peoplesworld.org | 2020-07-23
If world governments don't act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, most polar bear populations will not survive the century, a new study has found. Polar bears, who rely on Arctic sea ice to hunt for seals, have long been a symbol of the impacts of the climate crisis. As the ice melts, they lose the ability to sustain themselves. "Polar bears …
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D.C. activists hoping to jump-start organizing among the unemployed
Sean Sullivan | peoplesworld.org | 2020-07-23
WASHINGTON–The Claudia Jones School for Political Education recently hosted an Unemployment and Tenant Organizing Town Hall for residents in the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia (DMV) area in the form of an online Zoom Webinar. Seven panelists who work in the local area, as well as one panelist from a national labor organization, were invited. The panelists included: Cheryl Brunson …
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Popular protest shakes former French colony Mali
G. Dunkel | workers.org | 2020-07-23
Bamako, Mali, July 10. Tens of thousands of Malians in the capital Bamako came out in the streets July 10 for three days of protest demanding the resignation of Mali's president Ibrahim Boubacar KeàØta (IBK). The government reported that 11 people died and 158 were wounded. The opposition — the . . . | Continue reading Popular protest shakes former French colony Mali at Workers.org
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Building a Definition of Development
Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-23
The idea of development itself, its definition, and even the method we use for defining it, would be a good place to begin toward discovering its potential in our lives. We cannot rely on any single, or even ten, definitions. …
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Some 2.3 million more seek jobless benefits; 52 million since March
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-07-23
WASHINGTON–A combined 2,345,946 people filed for state or federal jobless benefits in the week ending July 18, the Labor Department reported on July 23. That pushes the total official number of jobless, due to closures forced by the coronavirus pandemic, to 31,802,715 with 52 million having applied for benefits since mid-March. MSNBC reported the 52 …
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As Campuses Cut Ties to Police, Sociology Departments Must Do the Same
Rahsaan Mahadeo | zcomm.org | 2020-07-23
Criminologists and others who expect their students to save the world, while opposing transformative approaches to do so, must search for a new line of work.
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Quick facts on China and COVID
calvin deutschbein | workers.org | 2020-07-23
This slightly edited talk was given at the July 16 Workers World Party webinar: "Why We Defend China." The webinar can be viewed at tinyurl.com/yxbbpwwy/. The U.S. ruling class has increasingly turned to misinformation and propaganda campaigns to maintain control of the country during the COVID-19 epidemic and to concoct . . . | Continue reading Quick facts on China and COVID at Workers.org
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Is the United States a Failing State? A Failed State?
Richard Falk | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-23
To ask whether the United States, the world's dominant military power, is 'a failing state' should cause worldwide anxiety. Such a state, analogous to a wounded animal, is a global menace of unprecedented proportions in the nuclear age. Its political …
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Feminist groups protest rising femicide and violence against women in Turkey
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-07-23
The murder of Pinar Gultekin, a 27-year-old university student, has brought thousands to the streets in protest. They are demanding an end to femicide and other forms of violence against women…
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COVID-19 spreading widely in auto plants as Detroit automakers push for more production
wsws.org | 2020-07-23
Reports continue of spreading COVID-19 infections at US auto plants as Detroit automakers are making clear that they will not permit even temporary shutdowns for cleaning and quarantining.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/07/23/auto…

Ten Better Uses for Ten Percent of the Pentagon Budget
Lindsay Koshgarian | zcomm.org | 2020-07-23
With military spending at historically high levels, and with additional increases under President Trump, a ten percent cut is an overdue correction to the bloated Pentagon budget…
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The Real News Network Joins Lawsuit Against Maryland Police Department
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-07-23
TRNN, the NAACP Prince George's County Branch, and the National Action Network filed a joint motion asking a judge to unseal a report that contains details of discrimination and racial bias within the Prince George's County Police Department.
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New coronavirus cases globally rocket past a quarter million
wsws.org | 2020-07-23
Multiple countries yesterday set new records in their daily death tolls, case counts or both.
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The Coronavirus-Climate-Air Conditioning Nexus
Stan Cox | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-23
A wave of persistent, intense heat and humidity has enveloped the Midwest, South, and Northeast in this second half of July. By the time it subsides, more than half of the U.S. population will have been hit with heat indexes above 100; for many, the heat wave will last for several days. The severe heat…
counterpunch.org/2020/07/23/the-coronavi…

Labor coalition strikes for Black lives
Paul Wilcox | liberationnews.org | 2020-07-23
Protests in as many as 100 cities that day rang out with a strong message that Black Lives Matter is a labor issue, an issue that affects the entire labor movement, and affects every individual worker.
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Florida Keys Delays Vote on Release of 750 Million Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes after Public Outcry

| globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-23
The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District (FKMCD) yesterday delayed its vote on the proposed release of genetically engineered (GE) mosquitoes due to concerns over COVID-19. The decision to delay the vote follows public outcry and scientific dispute over the risks …
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Meet the vibrant community of resistance behind New Orleans' historic protests
Jordan Flaherty | zcomm.org | 2020-07-23
New Orleans has always been rooted in struggle, especially Black-led resistance. From the 1811 uprising to end slavery to fighting for the right to return after Hurricane Katrina to today's movements, there would be no New Orleans culture without the struggle for freedom…
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COVID-19 provides opportunity to resolve conflicts, address weaknesses across Arab region: UN chief
news.un.org | 2020-07-23
While all Arab states are facing difficulties in responding to COVID-19, the pandemic can also provide an opportunity to resolve long-standing conflicts and address structural weaknesses across the region, the UN Secretary-General said on Thursday.
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Trump Administration's Pressure Prompted Tehran and Damascus to Cultivate Ties with China
Michael Jansen | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-23
The Trump administration's "maximum pressure" campaign against Iran and Syria involving economic sanctions has prompted Tehran and Damascus to cultivate ties with US-sanctioned and alienated China. | Tehran and Beijing have accelerated talks on a 25-year partnership begun in 2016, following …
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Trumpfen Sturmabteilung (Trump's Stormtroopers)
Ron Jacobs | zcomm.org | 2020-07-23
If nothing else, Trump's White House has proven that the president is above the law if and when he chooses to be…
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Divergent recoveries–pandemic edition
David Ruccio | mronline.org | 2020-07-23
The existing alphabet soup of possible recoveries–V, U, W, and so on (which I discussed back in April)–is clearly inadequate to describe what has been taking place in the United States in recent months.
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'Temporary Basic Income' could slow COVID surge, provide lifeline for world's poorest
news.un.org | 2020-07-23
The immediate introduction of a Temporary Basic Income for the world's poorest people could slow the current surge in COVID-19 and enable close to three billion people to stay at home, according to a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report released on Thursday.
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Who's Responsible For The Rise In COVID-19 Cases In Prison?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-07-23
Eddie Conway talks to activists from Michigan and California–two hot spots for COVID-19 cases in prisons. In both states, mistakes by prison officials led to a rise in cases.
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Green belts protection law, a road to food sovereignty in Argentina
Julián Inzaugarat | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-07-23
A coalition of social and peasant movements are promoting a bill in the Argentine Congress that seeks to protect and strengthen green belts in Argentina. Green belts are strategic production areas close to big cities, where small-scale rural agricultural producers produce 80% of the fruits and vegetables consumed in the country. The Green Belts Protection bill is being promoted by national deputy, Federico Fagioli, from the ruling left-wing coalition of Frente de Todos. | The bill aims to organize urban expansion, protecting green spaces where fresh, healthy and accessible food is supplied to the Argentine popula…
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Video: Germany's COVID-19 Extra-Parliamentary Inquiry
Dr. Heiko Schà∂ning | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-23
Germany — The COVID-19 Extra-Parliamentary Inquiry Committee Conference, 03rd July 2020 | "We will not be delayed any longer. We citizens have the power. We are doing it", with these words Heiko Schà∂ning announced the Extra-Parliamentary Corona Investigation Committee (ACU) on …
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Anti-Diplomacy: Danny Danon Ends Five Year Legacy of Israeli Hasbara at the UN
Kathryn Shihadah | mintpressnews.com | 2020-07-23
Kathryn Shihadah examines the legacy of Danny Danon, whose hawkish anti-diplomacy recently came to end after a five-year stint as Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations.
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Protest works: Racist team name bites the dust in Washington, DC
Sunil Freeman | liberationnews.org | 2020-07-23
The decision to change the name came swiftly after the start of protests following the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and so many others.
liberationnews.org/protest-works-racist-…

Fascism in Fatigues
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-07-23
Stir Crazy! Episode #70: On today's show: TRNN reporter Aman Azhar, TRNN visual producer Andrew Corkery, and Action Now Chicago's Deborah Harris. Hosted by Kim Brown. If you have comments/questions/suggestions email us at stircrazy@therealnews.com
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South Africa didn't use COVID-19 lockdown for mass awareness, testing
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-07-23
Lydia Cairncross of the People's Health Movement talks about the failure of the South African government to effectively tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and examines the reasons behind it, She says the failure to bring together the public and private sectors, the lack of adequate awareness and testing, as well as investment, has cost the country dear.
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/07/23/south-afr…

Iconoclash: Removing racist monuments doesn't erase history
Al Neal | peoplesworld.org | 2020-07-23
Littered throughout the annals of history are bits and pieces of chipped stone, melted down iron, bronze, copper, and the fine chalky gray sand that was once sculpting clay. They are the remnants of once stunning visual monuments, no longer relevant in some subsequent era or newly established political dynasty. For as quickly as empires …
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Shedding a Foreign Policy Based on Imperialism
Paul Larudee | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-07-23
Read Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, and Part V. Is the U.S. ripe for a real revolution, where the disenfranchised and repressed overthrow the enfranchised and privileged? Unfortunately, there are many weapons in the hands of the existing U.S. power structure. These include racism, control of the media, chauvinism, greed and more. …
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Anti-racist protests accelerate across North Carolina
calvin deutschbein | workers.org | 2020-07-23
Durham, N.C. July 20 — Throughout North Carolina, from urban to rural areas, the anti-racist uprising continues, most prominently with concurrent anti-jail demonstrations in four counties — Forsyth, Durham, Wake, Mecklenburg — on Friday, July 17. #DefundAvlPD banner dropped in Asheville the week of July 13. Last week the anti-police . . . | Continue reading Anti-racist protests accelerate across North Carolina at Workers.org
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Donald Trump does not care about you or your kids
Wim Laven | zcomm.org | 2020-07-23
This summer, American teachers are drafting templates for messages on the inevitable illness and death that Trump-ordered school openings will bring…
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Nurses trash Trump secret police threat to U.S. cities
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-07-23
WASHINGTON–Breaking a labor-wide silence, National Nurses United, long known for its outspokenness, became the first AFL-CIO union to trash GOP President Donald Trump's threat to send secret police storm troopers to U.S. cities. The union's July 22 statement came as senators slogged through amendments to the annual and monster defense bill, including one drafted by …
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A New International Movement for Debt Justice
Z. Fareen Parvez | zcomm.org | 2020-07-23
The flourishing of debt resistance around the world makes this an inspirational moment to strategize around debt justice…
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'Pivot to Peace with China and the World' says San Francisco labor
Dave Welsh | workers.org | 2020-07-23
San Francisco The following is based on a webinar presentation given on the July 18 Workers World Party webinar: "Why We Defend China." It can be viewed on Facebook at tinyurl.com/y2fevsmx. Military veterans tend to have a deeper understanding of the human costs of war. So it was not surprising . . . | Continue reading 'Pivot to Peace with China and the World' says San Francisco labor at Workers.org
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Racial Politics in Georgia and the Presidential Elections
Abayomi Azikiwe | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-23
A contested gubernatorial election in 2018 involving Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp and former Georgia State House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams highlighted problems related to voter suppression based upon the national oppression of the African American people. | Hundreds of …
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Freedom Rider: Media silent as Trump declares wars
Margaret Kimberley | mronline.org | 2020-07-23
Donald Trump's attacks on Venezuela, Syria and Iran are criminal, but Joe Biden vows to be even worse.
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War and the Environment: The Disturbing and Under-researched Legacy of Depleted Uranium Weapons
Elena Bruess | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-23
While on a research trip to the Iraqi city of Basra in 1996, environmental engineer Souad Al-Azzawi encountered a mother taking care of three young children, all of them sick and unable to move on their own. With no idea …
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Widespread opposition as union sells out Joliet, Illinois nurses strike
wsws.org | 2020-07-23
The Illinois Nurses Association isolated the courageous two-week strike and then pushed through a deal that does nothing to address dangerously high patient-to-nurse ratios.
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Philippines: New People's Army lands blow on U.S.-backed Duterte regime armed forces
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-07-23
According to reports, the communist-led New People's Army (NPA) successfully ambushed a platoon of the 15th Infantry Battalion last Wednesday afternoon, July 8, in Brgy. Pinggot, Ilog Town, Negros Occidental, killing at least 12 AFP soldiers and wounding four others. | In a statement, red fighters of the Armando Sumayang Jr. Command (ASJC) of the New People's Army's Southwest Negros Front said that the NPA action was in response to the clamor of peasant masses in Southwest Negros seeking redress from the growing cases of arson, destruction of crops, illegal arrest, fake surrender and other rights abuses and crimi…
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Brandon Lewis tries to defend Russia-linked Tory donations
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-07-23
A Cabinet minister has defended accepting donations from wealthy individuals with links to Russia and president Vladimir Putin, insisting the benefactors are "British citizens".It comes after the Times reported that 14 Cabinet ministers and members of Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC), which published its long-awaited report into Russian interference in British democracy this week, had taken money from figures linked to Russia.The committee's report warned that unnamed Kremlin-linked figures had given money to UK political parties in a move that could see them deployed to "assist" Moscow.The…
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UK's Johnson calls for COVID-19 vigilance when colder months approach
yenisafak.com | 2020-07-23
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said people must remain vigilant to the coronavirus threat when the country heads into winter."It is not the end of the story and we've got to be very, very vigilant as we go forward into the colder months," Johnson told UK media.He was speaking in Orkney, an island group off the northern coast of Scotland, where he is trying to revive strained relations with Scotland by saying that the COVID-19 crisis has shown the collective power of the United Kingdom….
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UK, EU see post-Brexit trade deal as 'unlikely'
yenisafak.com | 2020-07-23
Both the UK and the EU said on Thursday that the chances of securing a Brexit deal by the end of July are "unlikely," raising the spectre of a no-deal Brexit. | The two main obstacles were rules surrounding a level playing field and fisheries. | David Frost, the UK's chief negotiator, said in a statement that it was "unfortunately clear" that the UK and EU will not meet British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's deadline for an outline of a post-Brexit trade deal by the end of July. | "At that meeting, the prime minister set out once again the fundamental principles which we have repeatedly made clear would need to u…
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The "Russia Report": Deep State Reinforcing Delusion to Spread Fear and Seize Power
Kit Knightly | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-23
The "Russia report" is an action plan for the intelligence agencies to hand MI5 direct control over the mechanisms of British democracy, and give the government legal power to control social media. | Nobody in the mainstream will tell you this. …
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Kids' news site coughs up cash after JK Rowling threatens to sue over article suggesting boycott for 'transphobia' comments
rt.com | 2020-07-23
A kids' news website has publicly apologized to Harry Potter author JK Rowling and volunteered cash for charity after she threatened a lawsuit over a piece claiming her "transphobic" comments hurt people and merited a boycott. | The Day, a UK news service aimed at British teens, issued a public apology on Wednesday over its June article headlined: "Potterheads cancel Rowling after trans tweet." The publication admitted the article "implied that what JK Rowling had tweeted was objectionable" and that she had "attacked and harmed trans people." | "The article was critical of JK Rowling personally and suggested t…
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'He's nuts mom': Heard shared fears about Depp in 2013
yenisafak.com | 2020-07-23
American actress Amber Heard texted her mother in 2013 that she was heartbroken to discover her then boyfriend, Johnny Depp, became violent and abusive when high on drugs and alcohol, likening him to Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.The texts were read to the High Court in London, where Heard is giving evidence on behalf of the publishers of a British tabloid newspaper, The Sun, who are being sued for defamation by Depp over a 2018 article that labelled him a "wife beater".Depp, who gave evidence last week, denies all of Heard's allegations of violence and abuse and says she assaulted him.On Thursday, the last of four days…
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Eviction of Philadelphia houseless camp postponed
Betsey Piette | workers.org | 2020-07-23
Sterling Johnson at July 13 press conference. Philadelphia Dozens of houseless people set up a tent encampment on June 11, right on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, within sight of high-rise towers where rents average $5,000 a month. The encampment grew to nearly 150 people and was named the James Talib-Dean . . . | Continue reading Eviction of Philadelphia houseless camp postponed at Workers.org
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Eviction of Philadelphia houseless camp postponed
Betsey Piette | workers.org | 2020-07-23
Philadelphia Dozens of houseless people set up a tent encampment on June 11, right on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, within sight of high-rise towers where rents average $5,000 a month. The encampment grew to nearly 150 people and was named the James Talib-Dean encampment after a housing activist who recently . . . | Continue reading Eviction of Philadelphia houseless camp postponed at Workers.org
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PM's visit to Scotland highlights 'key argument' for independence, Sturgeon says
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-07-23
Nicola Sturgeon has welcomed the prime minister's visit to Scotland, claiming his presence in the country highlights one of the "key arguments" for independence. | Boris Johnson said ahead of his trip north that the coronavirus crisis has shown the "sheer might" of the UK, with almost 900,000 workers in Scotland benefiting from UK government assistance. | But Sturgeon countered that, tweeting that his presence showed how Scotland has "its future decided by politicians we didn't vote for, taking us down a path we haven't chosen". | I welcome the PM to Scotland today. One of the key arguments for independence is th…
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EU negotiator says Brexit trade deal agreement is "unlikely"
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-07-23
The Brussels and UK chief negotiators have aired mixed messages over the likelihood of a post-Brexit trade deal following the conclusion of their latest London-round of talks. The European Union's chief negotiator Michel Barnier said a deal looked "unlikely" and that the two sides remained at a stalemate.The UK take: David Frost, the UK's chief negotiator, meanwhile confirmed there was a continued impasse but struck a more hopeful tone in his media appearance following intensified discussions. He said an "agreement can still be reached in September" but called for the EU to recognise it was in discussions…
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Okinawa: Will the Pandemic Transform U.S. Military Bases?
John Feffer | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-23
Okinawans opposed to the expansion of U.S. military bases on their island have been upset by the environmental damage, the accidents, and the crimes associated with the presence of 25,000 American troops. Now the anti-base movement has one more powerful argument to use in its case to shrink the U.S. footprint in this southernmost Japanese…
counterpunch.org/2020/07/23/okinawa-will…

Israel's Jewish National Fund is uprooting Palestinians — not planting trees
Jonathan Cook | zcomm.org | 2020-07-23
Palestinians have suffered forced displacement at the JNF's hands for more than a century, while watching it win plaudits from around the world for its work in improving the "environment"
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Let the Banks Go Under and Put Money Into the Real Economy
Michael Hudson — Ellen Brown | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-23
Ellen Brown: My guest today is Dr. Michael Hudson, who we're delighted to have on our Public Banking Institute Advisory Board, and who really should be advising the Federal Reserve and the Treasury, but BlackRock seems to have gotten the job. Paul Craig Roberts, who is former Assistant Treasury Secretary under Reagan, called Michael Hudson…
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Public must wear face coverings in sandwich shops says government
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-07-23
People will need to wear a face covering in sandwich shops in England under new regulations due to come into force on Friday.The Department of Health and Social Care confirmed face coverings will be needed in shops such as Pret a Manger if people intend to take their food and coffee away.If they sit down to eat or drink, they will be able to remove their face covering in that area.It is likely takeaway outlets will fall under the same criteria. | From Friday, face coverings will be mandatory in shops and supermarkets in England. | However, remember that it's not possible for people with certain conditions to wear…
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Committee slams 'astonishing' failure to plan financially for pandemic
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-07-23
The government's failure to plan for the economic impact of a pandemic like the coronavirus (Covid-19) has been branded "astonishing" in a scathing report by financial watchdogs.The influential cross-party Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said the economic reaction to Covid-19 was rushed and has left whole sectors behind.The committee said lack of preparedness could have a "long-term" impact on the economy.It said the Treasury waited until mid-March, days before the lockdown, before deciding on the economic support schemes it would put in place.The committee warned of possible long-term or irreversible eff…
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Traffic returning to pre-pandemic levels
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-07-23
Road traffic is quickly approaching pre-pandemic levels, new figures show. | The amount of vehicles on Britain's roads on Monday was 88% of an equivalent day in early February, according to Department for Transport (DfT) data. | That is up four percentage points week-on-week. | The figures were even higher over the weekend, at 94% on Saturday and 98% on Sunday. | A breakdown of the data shows that on Monday the number of cars on the road was 85% of what it was before the coronavirus outbreak, with vans and lorries at 97% and 99% respectively. | Latest confirmed data for trains shows demand on 13 July was only 22%…
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How an Artist's Diary Can Teach Us New Ways of Seeing
Thea Ballard | thenation.com | 2020-07-23
How an Artist's Diary Can Teach Us New Ways of Seeing…
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As Legends Like John Lewis Pass Away, Are We Ready to Take Up the Torch?
Elie Mystal | thenation.com | 2020-07-23
As Legends Like John Lewis Pass Away, Are We Ready to Take Up the Torch?
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What We Can Learn From Feminist Federal Credit Unions
Cecilia Nowell | thenation.com | 2020-07-23
What We Can Learn From Feminist Federal Credit Unions…
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Mexico struggles to fight COVID-19
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-07-23
Mexico emerges as the third worst-hit country in the Latin American and Caribbean region and the seventh nation in the world with most confirmed cases of coronavirus. With a population of about 129 million, Mexico has the second-highest death toll in the region and the fourth-highest in the world, after the United States, Brazil and the United Kingdom. | The first coronavirus case in Mexico was recorded on February 28 and the first fatality on March 19. As of July 22, the country has registered 362,274 confirmed cases of the coronavirus infection, 41,190 deaths due to the disease and 231,403 recoveries. | The gov…
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Sensible and chic: the $185 luxury face mask from Belgium
yenisafak.com | 2020-07-23
Take a face mask, adorn it with jewels or attach it to a long, flowing neck scarf. What have you got? A pandemic precaution, yes, but also a luxury fashion statement that can cost anywhere from 75 to 160 euros ($87-185).As mask-wearing becomes part of everyday defences against the coronavirus, Belgian designers are turning medical masks into chic accessories.Brussels-based stylist Aude De Wolf has created a "scarf mask" that uses linen, cashmere and other high-quality materials to combine masks with luxurious shawls."I was inspired by my mother because she doesn't like her neck," De Wolf, who has already sewn som…
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Iraq resumes international flights after four months
yenisafak.com | 2020-07-23
Iraq on Thursday resumed international flights after four months of travel suspension due to COVID-19 or coronavirus pandemic related restriction.Like many other countries, Iraq decided to suspend flights due to the outbreak of the coronavirus in March. The travel restrictions were extended several times, since then.Last week, the Higher Committee for Health and National Safety in Iraq decided to reopen the airports in the country.Iraq has five international airports: Baghdad, Najaf, Basra, Erbil, and Sulaymaniyah.Baghdad International Airport opened its gates on Thursday morning to passengers, for the first time…
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Imams, muezzins appointed for Hagia Sophia Mosque
yenisafak.com | 2020-07-23
Turkey's top religious authority on Thursday appointed three imams and five muezzins for Hagia Sophia Mosque, an iconic landmark in Istanbul all set to open for prayers on Friday.Ali Erbas, the head of Turkey's Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet), said Mehmet Boynukalin, Ferruh Mustuer and Bunyamin Topcuoglu were appointed as imams of the mosque.Hagia Sophia served as a church for 916 years until the conquest of Istanbul, and a mosque from 1453 to 1934 — nearly half a millennium.On July 10, a Turkish court annulled a 1934 Cabinet decree that had turned Hagia Sophia into a museum, paving the way for its…
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In disputed Kashmir, Pakistan accuses India of increased shelling
yenisafak.com | 2020-07-23
Pakistan's military this week said there had been an escalation in firing and shelling across the de facto border that separates Pakistani and Indian-controlled Kashmir, at a time of heightened diplomatic tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours.Major General Amer Ahsan Nawaz, the commander of Pakistani troops in Kashmir, accused the Indian military of trying to distract attention from unrest in its part of Kashmir."If you compare it to the past years, there is a definite increase in this year," he told reporters on Wednesday near the so-called Line of Control (Loc), across which the two sides' militaries ha…
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COVID-19 fatalities, cases continue to rise in Eurasia
yenisafak.com | 2020-07-23
– KazakhstanAccording to Kazakhstan's Health Ministry, at least 1,646 new cases were reported over the past 24 hours, bringing the total tally to 76,799.The count of recoveries rose to 48,220 with 1,430 new additions.Country's death toll stands at 610 whereas, the number of patients undergoing treatment in intensive care units declined by 12% over the past two weeks. Also, the occupancy rate at hospitals stand at 56%.- KyrgyzstanAynura Akmatova, an official of country's Health Ministry, said coronavirus cases in the country rose to 30,326, with 967 new cases reported over the past 24 hours.According to the offici…
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IMF plan only option for Lebanon, says France's Le Drian
yenisafak.com | 2020-07-23
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Thursday that Lebanon had no alternative other than an International Monetary Fund programme to help the country out of acute financial and economic crisis.Le Drian also told a news conference on an official visit to Beirut that the need for change and reform in Lebanon "is known by all" and that France stood ready to mobilise support if there is concrete reform.
yenisafak.com/en/world/imf-plan-only-opt…

Turkey's East Med. energy policy on firm legal basis
yenisafak.com | 2020-07-23
Turkey's oil and gas exploration and drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean are based on a strong international legal footing, according to energy experts on Thursday.As part of the country's hydrocarbon exploration activities, Turkey announced the start of new seismic research activity with the MTA Oruc Reis seismic vessel in the Eastern Mediterranean via NAVTEX (navigational telex) on July 21, 2020.Using a small islet a few miles distance from Turkey's coast as justification, the Greek Foreign Ministry alleged the Turkish drillship MTA Oruc Reis had violated its rights in the Eastern Mediterranean con…
yenisafak.com/en/news/turkeys-east-med-e…

'Hagia Sophia ready to open for Muslim Friday prayers'
yenisafak.com | 2020-07-23
Hagia Sophia Mosque is ready to reopen on July 24 for worship for the first time in 86 years with inaugural Friday prayer, according to the governor of Istanbul, Turkey's metropolitan province.In a Thursday press conference at the iconic marvel, Ali Yerlikaya said everyone is looking forward to attending the special prayers with great enthusiasm.Stressing the measures being taken against the coronavirus, he said five different open spaces were reserved for worshipers to prevent overcrowding.Entrance to the areas reserved for prayer will start at 10.00 am (800GMT) on Friday, Yerlikaya added."Entrance to the prayer…
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Russian top diplomat meets UN General Assembly head
yenisafak.com | 2020-07-23
A meeting between Russia's foreign minister and the UN General Assembly president began on Thursday in Moscow. Volkan Bozkir, President of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly, said the purpose of the meet with Russia's Sergey Lavrov was to share and discuss plans of the UN General Assembly's future activities."The Russian Federation is one of the most important members of the United Nations Organization. Along with the fact that the Russian Federation is a member of the UN Security Council, it is also an important member that has its own weight and voice. In addition, Russia is a neighbor of the Republic…
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Israel to conduct coronavirus tests on Indian patients
yenisafak.com | 2020-07-23
Israel on Thursday announced that it will send researchers and medical equipment to India to carry out COVID-19 tests in one of the hardest-hit countries in the world due to the pandemic."A plane carrying a delegation of some 20 Israeli officials and scientists and tons of gear — including ventilators and novel devices that are not yet produced on a mass scale — is to depart for Delhi in the coming weeks," Israeli officials said, according to Times of Israel.The plane will also carry technologies in the developing stage to be tested on Indian patients."The four tech systems that will be tested are: vo…
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Greek firefighters battle forest blaze for second day near seaside village
yenisafak.com | 2020-07-23
Greek firefighters on Thursday battled a wind-driven forest fire that burned through pine forest and forced the evacuation of hundreds of people near the seaside village of Kechries in the eastern Peleponnese, officials said.Thick smoke billowed above treetops licked by flames as more than 236 firefighters tackled the blaze, assisted by four helicopters, eight planes municipal staff and volunteers."The fire burned olive and pine trees in a thick forest. Distressing to see residents running around with hoses, it's a sad picture," Anastasis Giolis, vice-prefect of Corinth told state TV ERT.The fire lightly damaged…
yenisafak.com/en/world/greek-firefighter…

Turkey, Spain agree to deepen economic, trade ties
yenisafak.com | 2020-07-23
Top officials of Turkey and Spain on Thursday agreed to enhance bilateral trade and investment.Speaking at a virtual meeting of the Joint Economic and Trade Committee, Turkish Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan said the two countries are seeking to cooperate and encourage mutual investments in countries where they are separetly active."We can boost joint trade in various sectors such as automative, clothing, iron and steel, electronic, furniture and food," Pekcan said.Noting that their ties date back to one-and-a-half century, Pekcan praised Spain's bonafide approach and trust regarding cooperation with Turkey.She unde…
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Emirates offers pilots, cabin crew 4 months unpaid leave
yenisafak.com | 2020-07-23
Emirates airline is offering some pilots and cabin crew up to four months of unpaid leave, as it strives to manage the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, an internal email said.The Dubai state-owned carrier, facing a cash crunch caused by the pandemic, has already cut salaries and thousands of jobs, including pilots and cabin crew.Eligible pilots and cabin crew can take up to four months off between August and November during which they would still receive benefits, such as company-provided accommodation, an internal email seen by Reuters said."As a result of recent and unexpected travel restrictions imposed by som…
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Turkey's Erdogan approves Supreme Military Council decisions
yenisafak.com | 2020-07-23
Turkey on Thursday announced decisions taken by the summer Supreme Military Council meeting chaired by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.A written statement by the Directorate of Communications said 17 generals and admirals had been promoted, along with 51 colonels, as of Aug. 30. | The decisions, approved by Erdogan, will raise the number of generals and admirals in the Turkish Armed Forces from 226 to 247, it added.The Second Chief of General Staff, Lieutenant General Metin Gurak, was promoted to full general, while Naval Commander Vice Admiral Ercument Tatlioglu was promoted to full admiral. Major General Veli Ta…
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Austrian state's 'pioneering' anti-Muslim institution: analysis
yenisafak.com | 2020-07-23
The integration minister of the Austrian government has set up a unique new center to document what it calls "political Islam". But the attempt to "fight the dangerous ideology of political Islam", as the minister claims, turns out to be the latest step in surveilling Muslims and pushing Muslim civil society organizations to the margin.The project was praised by all three presenters as a pioneering move in Europe. Integration Minister Susanne Raab, a longtime fellow of chancellor Sebastian Kurz from the governing Austrian People's Party (àñVP), has presented the establishment of a documentation center tog…
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Bolivia, A Devastated Country
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-07-23
Bolivia has surpassed the 61,000 person barrier of Covid-19 with more than 2,200 deaths in four distressing months of the pandemic. However, the official data only shows a small part of the reality, that which is used for inscrutable purposes. In the midst of this spiral of contagion that attacks the weakest social flanks, there is no national government where irreparable pain strikes. The governing body of society and institutions has disappeared from the scene, leaving more than 11 million human beings in orphanages who can only wonder about their uncertain and somber future. | The country has been left to its…
popularresistance.org/bolivia-a-devastat…

New Tech Labor Movement Unites Office And Gig Workers
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-07-23
The recent wave of employee activism and organizing efforts represents a widening rift between the industry's rank-and-file employees and its executives. For the first time, developers and product managers with higher pay and closer ties to management are siding with their lower-paid colleagues in warehouses, cafeterias, and contract gigs. | A global pandemic and sweeping protests against systemic racism have brought workers across pay scales, job types, geographies, and companies together in an unprecedented show of solidarity. They've protested unsafe and toxic workplaces, racial and gender discrimination, and…
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Time Is Not On Our Side In Libya
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-07-23
On July 8, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres made a statement that could have been delivered at any point over the last decade. "Time is not on our side in Libya," he announced. He laid out a range of problems facing the country, including the military conflict, the political stalemate between the GNA and the HOR, the numbers of internally-displaced people (400,000 out of 7 million), the continued attempts of migrants to cross the Mediterranean Sea, the threat from COVID-19, and the "unprecedented levels" of "foreign interference." | The UN Human Rights Council passed a resolution to send a Fact-F…
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Without Immediate Action, Millions Of People Will Be Evicted In The Coming Months
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-07-23
From the beginning, we have seen that if the federal government didn't intervene in a really significant and sustained way, that we would see a wave of evictions and a spike in homelessness. And so these limited federal eviction moratoriums, and these state and local moratoriums that have been put in place, have provided some protections for low-income renters, and have helped prevent that wave from happening. | But those moratoriums are rapidly expiring. As of today, there are 29 governors that have allowed their state eviction moratoriums to expire, and the limited federal eviction moratoriums expire next week.
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LA County OKs Coronavirus 'Health Councils' To Watch Worker Safety
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-07-23
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, July 21, approved a proposal to facilitate worker-led "health councils" to monitor business compliance with public health orders. | Supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Mark Ridley-Thomas co-authored the motion recommending that the county reach out to labor leaders and business representatives and quickly come up with effective ways to monitor compliance with mandates to wear facial coverings, install protective shields and disinfect workplaces. | Essentially, the workers themselves would monitor conditions within their workplace, Kuehl said, noting recent reports…
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After Cutting Ties With Police, Minneapolis Schools Quietly Hire Private Police
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-07-23
On Sunday, more than 100 Minneapolis teachers and families rallied in the parking lot outside the Davis Center, the district headquarters, to protest the hiring — without prior warning — of what they suspect will be "rent-a-cops" with even less accountability than licensed police officers. | "When we said we didn't want any more SROs, any more police officers in our buildings, we did not mean, 'hire a bunch of private security officers and put them in our buildings,'" said MFT president Greta Callahan, a teacher at Bethune Community School in Near North. "Let me ask you a question. If I order a sandwi…
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US Space Force accuses Russia of testing 'weapon-like' anti-satellite device in orbit
rt.com | 2020-07-23
The Pentagon has accused Moscow of testing a new space weapon, insisting that such "aggression" validates the importance of the US's Space Force. In reality, however, Russia merely used a scanning device on its own satellite. | The latest Cold War-style 'Russians are coming' scare was issued by the US Space Command chief Gen. John W. Raymond on Thursday. The force said it has "evidence" that Moscow conducted a "non-destructive test of a space-based anti-s…
rt.com/news/495682-russia-tests-satellit…

New Orleans trash workers' forced strike enters week 10
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-07-23
NEW ORLEANS–Does this look familiar? 15 sanitation workers, all Black, walking a picket line, holding up "I AM A MAN" signs. No, it's not Memphis in 1968. It's New Orleans in 2020. The workers, organized into the independent City Waste Union, were forced to strike on May 5 by their bosses, the Metro Service Group. …
peoplesworld.org/article/new-orleans-tra…

India Accepts US President Donald Trump's Invitation to Attend G-7 Summit
sputniknews.com | 2020-07-23
New Delhi (Sputnik): The US President in May announced…
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European Parliament Warns It Could Block EU Budget, Report Says
sputniknews.com | 2020-07-23
The European Union held a four-day summit, agreeing on Tuesday on a seven-year budget and COVID-19 economic recovery fund totalling €1.82 trillion.
sputniknews.com/europe/20200723107996556…

DoD Quietly Resumes Funding for Rare Earth Metals Project in Which Chinese Company Has a Stake
sputniknews.com | 2020-07-23
The US Department of Defence has been trying to reduce its dependence on Chinese rare earth minerals since last year, after Chinese media warned that Beijing could cut off its rare earth supplies to the US amid escalating tensions between the two countries.
sputniknews.com/business/202007231079963…

France's on a Loser, Will Gain Obligations, Not Benefit From EU Recovery Plan, Politician Says
sputniknews.com | 2020-07-23
On 21 July, after four days of intensive summit talks EU leaders agreed a much-awaited €750 billion recovery plan to tackle the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The French Patriots' leader Florian Philippot has explained why, for France, it's too early to pop open the champagne.
sputniknews.com/europe/20200723107996525…

Wall Street Indices Down Amid Unemployment Benefits Rise, Trading Data Shows
sputniknews.com | 2020-07-23
The US Labour Department stated earlier in the day that some 1.4 million Americans had filed fresh unemployment claims last week.
sputniknews.com/business/202007231079964…

Listen: Chinese Air Force Urges US Spy Plane Nearing Coast to 'Change Your Course'
sputniknews.com | 2020-07-23
A US aircraft flew too close to the Chinese coast on Thursday and was warned off by Chinese forces – something the US and its allies never hesitate to characterize as aggressive behavior when the aircraft are Chinese.
sputniknews.com/asia/202007231079966566-…

Closure of Houston Consulate Marks Shift of US' China Policy Towards Confrontation, Scholars Warn
sputniknews.com | 2020-07-23
On Tuesday evening, the US government ordered Chinese diplomats to close the country's consulate in Houston, Texas, in 72 hours. International observers have discussed China's potential retaliatory measures in the wake of Washington's decision and the future of the countries' bilateral relations.
sputniknews.com/asia/202007231079958051-…

Dog Takes on Air Compressor
sputniknews.com | 2020-07-23
Some people have interesting hobbies or perhaps enjoy doing unusual things. That includes our animals and pets, as a small yet mighty canine in the Lone Star State demonstrated earlier this week.
sputniknews.com/videoclub/20200723107996…

Chinese Sex Toy Makers See Global 'Surging Demand' Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
sputniknews.com | 2020-07-23
Sex toy manufacturers in China have seen notable increases in the number of orders they receive since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially from other countries.
sputniknews.com/society/2020072310799672…

Like a Boss: Bear Barges into House, Smashing the Door Open – Video
sputniknews.com | 2020-07-23
New Delhi (Sputnik): Everyone remembers the huffing and puffing the big bad wolf had to resort to when attempting to invade the homes of the three little pigs. Apparently things are less difficult for a grizzly bear.
sputniknews.com/viral/202007231079961253…

Video: Palestinians Accuse Israelis of Theft as IDF 'Returns' Baptismal Font to West Bank
sputniknews.com | 2020-07-23
While Israel's Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) recently celebrated the return of a fifth-century baptismal font, Palestinian officials argue that Israeli forces "stole" the 1,500-year-old relic in an "abominable act of thuggery and cultural appropriation."
sputniknews.com/middleeast/2020072310799…

Convoy Carrying Equipment for US Forces in Iraq Reportedly Targeted in Twin Bombing Attacks
sputniknews.com | 2020-07-23
The alleged incident comes less than two weeks after an attack on a logistics convoy on its way to a US base in Al Diwaniyah, central Iraq, with the Iraqi drivers in that incident forced to leave their trucks, after which unknown militants aboard pickup trucks set the vehicles on fire and fled the area.
sputniknews.com/middleeast/2020072310799…

'Not the Right Time': Trump Calls Off Jacksonville GOP Convention Amid COVID-19 Spike
sputniknews.com | 2020-07-23
The 2020 Republican National Convention scheduled to take place from August 24 to 27 in Jacksonville, Florida, has been canceled, according to Thursday evening remarks delivered by US President Donald Trump.
sputniknews.com/us/202007231079968015-no…

Lotus Wetland in Babol, northern Iran
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-07-23
BABOL, Jul. 23 (MNA) — Lotus Wetland in Babol is located in the eastern belt of this city in Mazandaran province. With its suitable environmental location, Lotus Wetland has provided a very good ambience for tourism.
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1st phase of pressurized irrigation network launched in Minab
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-07-23
BANDAR ABBAS, Jul. 24 (MNA) — The first phase of pressurized irrigation network project became operational in Dasht-e Minab (Azadegan), Hormosgan province on Thu. in the presence of President Rouhani through video conference.
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Iran exports over 21,000 tons of pistachio in Q1: IRICA
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-07-23
TEHRAN, Jul. 23 (MNA) — Spokesman of the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA) said that more than 21,000 tons of pistachio were exported from the country in the first three months of the current year (started March 21).
en.mehrnews.com/news/161349/Iran-exports…

Ugly face of US policies has become transparent: envoy
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-07-23
TEHRAN, Jul. 23 (MNA) — Iranian ambassador to China said that the ugly face of US policy has become transparent following by closure of Chinese Consulate General in Houston.
en.mehrnews.com/news/161355/Ugly-face-of…

US-Saudi aggression violates truce in Yemen again
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-07-23
TEHRAN, Jul. 23 (MNA) — The US-Saudi aggression and its mercenaries, on Wednesday, continued to bomb a number of provinces in Yemen, causing damage to public and private property, which is a blatant violation of Stockholm Agreement.
en.mehrnews.com/news/161338/US-Saudi-agg…

Developing economic ties with Azerbaijan, Iran's top priority
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-07-23
TEHRAN, Jul. 23 (MNA) — Iran's newly-appointed Ambassador to Azerbaijan Republic Seyyed Abbas Mousavi said on Thursday that bolstering and boosting economic relations between Tehran and Baku is Iran's topmost priority.
en.mehrnews.com/news/161353/Developing-e…

The Heat: U.S.-China relations
Mike Walter | america.cgtn.com | 2020-07-23
Tensions rise as the United States orders the closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston, Texas.
america.cgtn.com/2020/07/23/the-heat-u-s…

2 White House office cafeterias closed after staffer tests positive for Covid-19 as DC introduces mandatory masks & $1,000 fines
rt.com | 2020-07-23
Two cafeterias that serve White House staffers have been shuttered after an employee contracted the coronavirus, according to multiple reports, which come as the president mulls a mandatory mask rule for the executive mansion. | Eateries in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building and the New Executive Office Building — both part of the greater White House complex and located near the West Wing — were closed on Wednesday night after the employee tested positive, the New York Times reported. It is unclear what position the employee held, or whether the person works in either cafeteria. | The White Hou…
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NY Times has found the REAL culprit in the racial achievement gap: 'NICE WHITE PARENTS'
rt.com | 2020-07-23
The New York Times is launching a podcast series that appears to blame "Nice White Parents" for longstanding issues with the US public school system, deflecting responsibility off incompetent officials onto the bogeyman du jour. | The paper of record debuted a sample of its "Nice White Parents" podcast on Thursday, promoted as a miniseries "about the 60-year relationship between white parents and the public school down the block." Spoiler alert: the white parents are the bad guys. | Set to upbeat music, the teaser tells the story of a group of white New York City parents who lobbied heavily in 1963 for the Boa…
rt.com/usa/495667-nytimes-nice-white-par…

Oakland mayor slams 'terror tactics' & votes down further police budget cuts after protesters vandalize her home with BLM graffiti
rt.com | 2020-07-23
Protesters have vandalized the home of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, splattering it with red paint and graffiti while pelting the house with fireworks. The mayor's office said the attack was meant to "terrorize" and "intimidate." | Along with large splotches of paint thrown across Schaaf's garage door and a nearby retaining wall, the vandals left countless graffiti messages condemning the mayor and apparently voicing support for the Black Lives Matter movement. According to police, fireworks were also set off in the street during the incident — some fired at the mayor's house — which is believed to hav…
rt.com/usa/495565-oakland-mayor-house-va…

Tehran says AMERICAN, not Israeli fighter jets endangered passengers of Iranian airliner over Syria
rt.com | 2020-07-23
US Air Force, not Israeli, fighter jets were responsible for unsafely intercepting the Mahan Air plane over Syria, which resulted in injuries to several passengers traveling to Beirut, Iranian media reported. | Mahan Air Flight 1152 was en route from Tehran to Lebanon when it was intercepted by two F-15 fighters near the Syria-Jordan border. The approaching jets forced it to rapidly change course and altitude, resulting in several injuries among the passengers, the company said. | Initial reports from eyewitnesses on board spoke of Israeli planes, and were repeated by international media outlets. The captain…
rt.com/news/495684-iran-plane-us-jets-pa…

Inoperable pistol seized from St. Louis couple was fixed to make sure it was 'ready for lethal use' to charge McCloskeys — report
rt.com | 2020-07-23
The gun Patricia McCloskey aimed at BLM protesters on a private street was inoperable when seized by police, but a St. Louis prosecutor reportedly had it fixed, deeming it ready for "lethal use," before charging the couple. | Patricia McCloskey and her husband Mark were charged on felony firearms offenses earlier this week after appearing in a controversial video in June pointing weapons at Black Lives Matter protesters who stormed their gated community. After the couple's weapons arrived in police custody, however, it was determined one of the guns — the pistol held by Patricia in the video — was in…
rt.com/usa/495563-st-louis-couple-gun-in…

Labour letter calling to revoke RT's license is 'devastating' proof of UK war on free press — Afshin Rattansi
rt.com | 2020-07-23
A letter from a high-ranking Labour MP demanding regulators carry out an "urgent" review of RT's media license amounts to political interference and further proves an ongoing assault on the free media, said RT's Afshin Rattansi. | The letter, sent Wednesday by Labour's Shadow Media Secretary Jo Stevens MP to the regulator Ofcom, called for an immediate review of RT's license and a meeting with the agency's head, Dame Melanie Dawes. As justification, Stevens cited Tuesday's parliamentary report on alleged 'Russian influence' in UK politics, even though it offered little to no evidence for any such meddling. | A…
rt.com/uk/495679-labour-letter-rt-licens…

Trump calls off GOP convention event in Jacksonville amid spike in Florida Covid-19 cases
rt.com | 2020-07-23
US President Donald Trump confirmed that the upcoming Republican convention event in Jacksonville, Florida has been canceled, saying "it's just not right" during the coronavirus pandemic. | "I told my team it's time to cancel the Jacksonville, Florida component of the GOP convention," the president announced during a press conference Thursday evening. | #BREAKING: President Trump says he has canceled the Florida component of the Republican National Convention | "I told my team it's time to cancel the Jacksonville, Florida componen…
rt.com/usa/495680-republican-convention-…

Chicago mayor urges citizens to call cops on feds, so she can sue Trump for 'abuses' in crackdown on gun crime
rt.com | 2020-07-23
Mayor Lori Lightfoot has urged Chicagoans to literally call the police over any "unconstitutional" actions by federal agents sent by President Donald Trump to help with a crackdown on skyrocketing violent crime. | Residents should call the police or social services if they "see something that doesn't look right," Lightfoot said at a press conference on Wednesday. | "If we see any steps out of line," she said, "we are not going to hesitate to take the president to court and stop any unconstitutional actions." The Democrat mayor singled out the Border Patrol and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for scrutiny…
rt.com/usa/495562-chicago-mayor-police-t…

'Great way to get a paycheck': Meghan McCain blasts Mary Trump over tell-all book about president
rt.com | 2020-07-23
Following softball interviews promoting her tell-all book on mainstream media, Mary Trump, a niece of the president, found herself in the hot seat, accused of trying to make an easy buck by 'The View' co-host Meghan McCain. | "I think I made it clear to your publishers I don't like books like this. I don't like family tell-all books, especially when it comes to families with fame and power," McCain told Trump's niece in a Thursday interview on 'The View.' | She added she does not end up believing most what is written in books written by disgruntled family members because they are too "one-sided." | "What do yo…
rt.com/usa/495675-mary-trump-meghan-mcca…

WATCH: Eastern US lashed by 2 ferocious 'once-in-50 years' storms in just TWO WEEKS
rt.com | 2020-07-23
Up to 56 million people across the eastern seaboard of the US are at risk of flash flooding, gusts of up to 60 mph and even isolated weak tornadoes, as an unusually powerful storm lashes the region. | Flash-flood warnings were issued across New York City, Newark, and Jersey City, with strong gusts reported in areas of Nassau County and the city boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens on Wednesday. | Eyewitness video from the affected areas shows the sheer ferocity of the storm as it bore down on residents, unleashing na…
rt.com/usa/495581-eastern-us-lashed-hist…

US Army finally 'pauses' its Twitch gamer outreach program after bans, scam & free speech complaints
rt.com | 2020-07-23
The US Army has finally logged off Twitch after its questionable efforts to connect with gamers were met with major pressure from online activists and suggestions that its dubious activity even fell foul of the Constitution. | The military's esports gaming team has "paused" its Twitch streaming and social media interactions following negative media coverage and "potentially unconstitutional bans," journalist Rod Breslau first reported on Thursday. | new: sources tell me due to recent media coverage of fake giveaways and potentially unconstitutional bans, the US Army esports team has paused social activity, str…
rt.com/usa/495670-us-army-quits-twitch/

Over 4 million Covid-19 cases in US, an increase of 1 million in TWO WEEKS — Reuters tally
rt.com | 2020-07-23
US Covid-19 cases have topped four million, according to a new tally from Reuters, meaning the total number has risen by a million in just 16 days. | Also on rt.com | | 2 White House office cafeterias closed after staffer tests positive for Covid-19 as DC introduces mandatory masks & $1,000 fines | DETAILS TO FOLLOW…
rt.com/usa/495632-over-four-million-covi…

Raised iron levels linked to reduced life expectancy
imperial.ac.uk | 2020-07-23
Having too much iron in the body puts your long term health at risk but it could also take years off your life.
imperial.ac.uk/news/200373/raised-iron-levels-linked-reduced-life

Sunday 7/26: LaborFest 2020 presents: A Poetry Reading – Giving Voices by LaborFest Writers
Laborfest | indybay.org | 2020-07-23
This is a free LIVE Zoom event. You can be anywhere to view and participant. Please visit the LaborFest 2020 website URL to register and to receive a Zoom invitation to the event.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/07/22/1883525…

Joaquin Murrieta and the Road to Three Rocks
Stan Santos | indybay.org | 2020-07-23
In 1980 farm workers fight for their homes and dignity near Arroyo de Cantua, where the Murrieta band and California Rangers had their last, violent clash in 1853. For forty years, horse riders memorialize both events in Valley history.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/07/22/1883527…

Sunday 7/26: LaborFest 2020 presents: Labor Politics and Architecture of San Francisco Walk
Laborfest | indybay.org | 2020-07-23
Labor walk participants are asked to meet at the ILWU sculpture at Mission and Steuart streets in San Francisco. Please dress appropriately. For more information call (415) 694-3605.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/07/22/1883525…

Friday 7/24: March for C.T. Vivian and John Lewis
San Jose Peace & Justice Center | indybay.org | 2020-07-23
San Jose City Hall | 200 E. Santa Clara Street | San Jose CA 95113…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/07/22/1883527…

Sunday 7/26: LaborFest 2020 presents: "I Can't Breath" – Performed by The Revolutionary Poetry Brigade
Laborfest | indybay.org | 2020-07-23
This is a free LIVE Zoom event. You can be anywhere to view and participant. Please visit the LaborFest 2020 website URL to register and to receive a Zoom invitation to the event.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/07/22/1883525…

Monday 7/27: LaborFest 2020 presents: People's Park and the Overreach of UC Berkeley
Laborfest | indybay.org | 2020-07-23
This is a free LIVE Zoom event. You can be anywhere to view and participant. Please visit the LaborFest 2020 website URL to register and to receive a Zoom invitation to the event.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/07/23/1883528…

Democrats Vote for War; S.F. Democrats Oppose Public Advocate
Register Peace & Freedom or Green | indybay.org | 2020-07-23
On 7/21/20, the House of Representatives voted 93 to 324 to oppose cutting the $740 billion military budget by 10% which was proposed by the Lee-Pocan Amendment No. 9 to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Roll Call Vote 148, with 139 Democrats joining 185 Republicans in voting to oppose this very small, but very necessary, cut to the war machine. See http: //clerk.house.gov/cgi-bin/vote.asp?year=2020&rollnumber=148. On the same day, the House of Representatives voted 129 to 284 to oppose withdrawal of US troops from its illegal occupation of Afghanistan proposed by Rep. Omar's Amendment No. 5, Roll Cal…
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Saturday 7/25: Race, Police, and Prisons: The American Gulag
Monterey Peace & Justice Center | indybay.org | 2020-07-23
Online webinar | Register in advance to get the Zoom details: | http: //tinyurl.com/Sharat-G-Lin-7-25-20…
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Thursday 7/23: #Vote4OurFuture Virtual Youth 'Bus Tour' Kickoff for Climate & 2020 Election
Zero Hour & National Children's Campaign | indybay.org | 2020-07-23
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LLamado a la solidaridad con presos mapuche
reenvia Red Latina sin fronteras | indybay.org | 2020-07-23
LLAMADO A LA SOLIDARIDAD INTERNACIONAL PRESXS POLITICXS MAPUCHE EN HUELGA DE HAMBRE…
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Mass evictions of 20 million people or more may occur soon
Lynda Carson | indybay.org | 2020-07-23
20 Million People May Face Eviction In The Midst Of The Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic:…
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NAACP Mourns the Death of Civil Rights Icon, Congressman John Lewis
Posted By Lynda Carson | indybay.org | 2020-07-23
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Wednesday 7/22: Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom (HUFF) meeting
Robert Norse | indybay.org | 2020-07-23
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Sunday 8/2: Sunday August 2, Sit. Walk. Listen. Because Black Lives Matter
Sit. Walk. Listen organizing team | indybay.org | 2020-07-23
"The Pergola at Lake Merritt" (599 El Embarcadero) | Oakland, California…
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Sunday 8/2: Sit. Walk. Listen. Because Black Lives Matter
Sit. Walk. Listen organizing team | indybay.org | 2020-07-23
"The Pergola at Lake Merritt" (599 El Embarcadero) | Oakland, California…
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Tuesday 7/28: LaborFest 2020 presents: Off the Meter, a play by John McDonagh, cab driver & storyteller
Laborfest | indybay.org | 2020-07-23
This is a free LIVE Zoom event. You can be anywhere to view and participant. Please visit the LaborFest 2020 website URL to register and to receive a Zoom invitation to the event.
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Influential DC-based Ukrainian think tank hosts neo-Nazi activist convicted for racist violence
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2020-07-23
Moss ROBESON | The influential Washington-based U.S.-Ukraine Foundation (USUF) hosted a webinar this July 15 about a documentary about Vasyl Slipak, a famed Ukrainian opera singer who died in 2016 fighting alongside the ultranationalist Right Sector's "Volunteer Ukrainian Corps" (DUK) in eastern Ukraine. | The webinar featured an appearance by Diana Vynohradova (Kamlyuk), a sieg-heiling neo-Nazi decorated with white supremacist tattoos. Vynohradova was convicted of participating i…
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The Inter Coronavirus Period and A New Vision for 21st Century Life
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2020-07-23
As these words are bing written the Covid-19 Pandemic is cooling down in many countries. Signs for social distancing are starting to fade in the sunlight and grocery store employees are now the only ones still wearing masks. The Mainstream Media however, is prepping the masses for a " second wave" of the Coronavirus which should hit in early autumn. And so as vacation weather subsides we may have to go back into our homes for another stint of isolation. The global impact of this virus has raised many questions and at the same time revealed deep cracks in esta…
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Brazil Exclusive: the Money Laundering Scandal From Hell No One Wants to Talk About
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2020-07-23
Two decades after the fact, a political earthquake that should be rocking Brazil apart is being met with thunderous silence. | What is now described as the Banestado leaks and the CC5gate is straight out of vintage WikiLeaks: a list, published for the first time in full, naming names and detailing what is one of the biggest corruption and money laundering cases in the world for the past three decades. | This scandal allows for the healthy practice of what Michel Foucault characterized as the archeology of knowledge. Without understanding these leaks, it's impossible to place in the proper context the sophisticate…
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