2020-07-24: News Headlines

David Rosen (2020-07-24). Uprising: Mass Protests Rock the Nation. counterpunch.org In an act of political desperation, President Donald Trump ordered a contingent of federal law-enforcement officers to impose order in Portland, OR. Under the direction of Attorney General Bill Barr, agents from the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Bureau of Prisons were deployed to protect

Richard D. Wolff (2020-07-24). Capitalism may not survive 2020 global crisis. zcomm.org Crisis will cut deeper and last longer than many predict…

WSWS (2020-07-24). US coronavirus hospitalizations surge back to April highs. wsws.org The spike in hospitalizations is the result of infections surging nationally, including more than 69,000 new cases today, along with 1,150 deaths, bringing the total known case count and death toll to 4.17 million and 147,000, respectively.

WSWS (2020-07-24). Reports on Twitter hack confirm existence of admin tool used for social media censorship. wsws.org The revelations about Twitter's methods for manipulating the account activity of users show that censorship is a top level priority of the social media company.

WSWS (2020-07-24). UK manufacturers warn of "jobs bloodbath" wsws.org More than half of manufacturing companies said they will make redundancies in the next six months, with a further 20.1 percent saying they might.

Ken Levy (2020-07-24). Is Donald Trump Responsible for His Bad Behavior? counterpunch.org Mary Trump, a clinical psychologist, confirms in her book Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man (Simon & Schuster, 2020) what many other psychologists and non-psychologists alike have concluded over the past three and a half years: Donald Trump is a psychopath. Trump amply exhibits nineteen of the twenty

Alan MacLeod (2020-07-24). How NOT to Resist Trump: Kayleigh McEnany's Anti-Science Comments. zcomm.org Yes, the White House is against science. No, McEnany didn't say it like that…

Jesse Jackson (2020-07-24). John Lewis & Making "Good Trouble" zcomm.org May John's example — his courage, his devotion of nonviolence and to a lifetime of making "good trouble" — help inform that struggle as it goes forward.

Eds. (2020-07-24). Beyond work? The shortcomings of post-work politics. mronline.org Mikael Lyngaas argues that post-work theorists ranging from Bob Black to Srnicek and Williams are utopian socialism for the current era.

Tim Whitehouse — Erik Molvar (2020-07-24). Unfit to Lead and Unqualified to Serve: Why William Perry Pendley Cannot be the Head of the Bureau of Land Management. counterpunch.org Amid the COVID-19 crisis and the uprisings against police brutality and systemic racism, it is understandable if many Americans overlooked the Trump administration's continued attacks on the management of public lands and the Constitution's mandates about how our leaders are appointed. The most recent attack of this type came with President Trump's June 30, 2020,

Workers World Party (2020-07-24). Portland's movement is fighting back! Defend Portland, Ore.! Defend People's Resistance! No Police State! workers.org Workers World Party Statement Despite the brutal attempt of the White House to crush the heroic Black Lives Matter movement by sending camouflaged federal agents — secret police — to Portland, Ore., Chicago and other U.S. cities, the movement and all who support it have been fighting back. The initial . . . |

Prabhat Patnaik (2020-07-24). Decline in global poverty is a farce perpetuated by World Bank's poverty line. mronline.org The real problem with the World Bank's poverty estimates, is that its International Poverty Line is set at an impossibly low level, which greatly underestimates world poverty.

Eds. (2020-07-24). From Portland to the World. mronline.org Since the end of May, demonstrators opposing police violence and white supremacy have thronged the streets of Portland, Oregon, clashing with law enforcement officers. Last week, aspiring autocrat Donald Trump escalated the situation by announcing that he would be sending federal agents around the country to assert his authority through acts of violence against protesters.

Staff (2020-07-24). Leaked FBI Documents Reveal Secret Program To Criminalize Social Media. therealnews.com Simply posting about your presence at a police brutality protest can be used to incriminate you and lead to your arrest. We speak to Portland residents on the ground about the influx of unmarked federal agents.

Mumia Abu-Jamal (2020-07-24). Mumia Abu-Jamal commentary: A crack in the wall. workers.org This column, posted initially on prisonradio.org, first appeared on workers.org on Jan. 4, 2017. For Dylann Roof, the next few days and weeks of his young life will prove his most memorable. That's saying something, considering his slaughter of nine sweet souls in a Black Charleston church. Mumia Abu-Jamal For, . . . |

Staff (2020-07-24). Why You Should Give a F*ck | Ep. 7 | Courts. therealnews.com We talk about how the courts have an impact on society, and issues within the court system.

Stephanie Tromblay (2020-07-24). Standing Rock gana la victoria legal contra Oleoducto. workers.org En una victoria para la tribu Sioux de Standing Rock contra el oleoducto Dakota Access, el juez de distrito de los Estados Unidos James Boasberg dictaminó el 6 de julio que las operaciones del oleoducto DAPL deben cerrarse mientras el gobierno realiza un análisis ambiental completo que examina los riesgos . . . |

Judy Greenspan (2020-07-24). Berkeley City Council refuses to counter cops. workers.org Berkeley, Calif. "Don't Believe the Hype," released in 1988 by Public Enemy, still rings true today in Berkeley. Local media call the July 14 City Council decision to study and curtail police actions a victory. Black students, led by Youth Protect the Bay and a community coalition to defund the . . . |

G. Dunkel (2020-07-24). Teachers and staff organize in New York City during Covid-19. workers.org The Professional Staff Congress, the American Federation of Teachers union representing 30,000 faculty and staff at the City University of New York, held four simultaneous car and bike caravans July 18, plus a Zoom meeting with nearly 700 participants. The caravans took place in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten . . . |

Vijay Prashad (2020-07-24). Some are in super-yachts and others are clinging to drifting debris. mronline.org COVID-19 has exposed the lie that free markets can deliver healthcare for all, the fiction that unpaid care work isn't work, the delusion that we live in a post-racist world. We are all floating on the same sea, but some are in super-yachts and others clinging to drifting debris.

Staff (2020-07-24). Noam Chomsky: Trump Is Using Pandemic to Enrich Billionaires as Millions Lose Work & Face Eviction. democracynow.org As millions of people in the U.S. lose work and face eviction due to the economic crisis brought on by the pandemic, the 1% have seen a massive increase to their wealth, with Amazon founder and world's richest person Jeff Bezos recently adding an estimated $13 billion to his net worth in a single day. World-renowned political dissident Noam Chomsky says the corporate windfall is yet more evidence that the U.S. is run "essentially by the corporate sector" for its own profits. "They're just running wild."

Staff (2020-07-24). Headlines for July 24, 2020. democracynow.org Trump Cancels RNC in Jacksonville as COVID-19 Deaths Soar in Florida, CDC Issues New Guidelines Urging Schools To Reopen, South Africa Closes School For a Second Time as COVID-19 Cases Top 40,000, 1.4 Million File For Employment as Moratorium on Evictions Ends, Whistleblowers Reveal How ICE Used Deception to Deport Immigrants with COVID-19, ICE Attempted to Censor Embedded Journalists Who Filmed Wrongdoing, Judge Bars Federal Agents in Oregon From Targeting Journalists & Legal Observers, 37 Senate Democrats Join GOP in Passing $740 Billion Military Spending Bill, AOC Delivers Moving Response to Rep. Ted Yoho's Se…

Staff (2020-07-24). Noam Chomsky on Trump's Troop Surge to Democratic Cities & Whether He'll Leave Office if He Loses. democracynow.org "President Trump is desperate," says world-renowned dissident Professor Noam Chomsky in an extended interview that begins with President Trump's vow to send a "surge" of federal agents into major Democrat-run cities across the United States. "His entire attention is this one issue on his mind: that's the election. He has to cover up for the fact he is personally responsible for killing tens of thousands of Americans. It's impossible to conceal that for much longer."

Staff (2020-07-24). Watch Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Fire Back on House Floor After Rep. Yoho Calls Her An "F'ing Bitch" democracynow.org We bring you Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's full address from the floor of the House when she excoriated her Republican colleague, Rep. Ted Yoho of Florida, after he verbally attacked her earlier in the week on the steps of the Capitol and used a sexist slur overheard by a reporter, calling her a "fucking bitch," then issued a non-apology from the House floor. "My mother got to see Mr. Yoho's disrespect on the floor of this House towards me on television," she says, "and I am here because I have to show my parents that I am their daughter and that they did not raise me to accept abuse from men."

Staff (2020-07-24). "Man. Woman. Camera. Person. TV.": Noam Chomsky Responds to Trump Bragging He Aced a Dementia Test. democracynow.org Is the United States being run by a madman? "What can you say about a person who, before speaking before an adoring crowd, raises his eyes to heaven and calls himself the chosen one?" says Noam Chomsky, responding to President Trump's boast that he aced a mental acuity test.

pip.hinman (2020-07-24). COVID-19 and why we need to aim for elimination. greenleft.org.au

yenisafak (2020-07-24). COVID-19 cases in Africa surpass 787,500. yenisafak.com The death toll from the virus in the continent reached 16,697, the latest figures indicate, while a total of 446,082 patients have recovered so far.The Southern Africa region has recorded 424,200 cases, North Africa 143,300, West Africa 114,000, East Africa 61,800 and Central Africa 42,200.At least 6,400 people have died in Southern Africa, 6,100 in North Africa, 1,800 in West Africa, 1,500 in East Africa and 871 in Central Africa.More than 241,600 patients have recovered in Southern Africa, 72,800 in West Africa, 69,600 in North Africa, 34,200 in East Africa and 27,800 in Central Africa.

sputniknews (2020-07-24). New Stimulus Bill Lacks Teeth to Reverse 'Wave of Permanent Layoffs' in Ailing US Economy. sputniknews.com Senate Republicans announced Wednesday a "fundamental agreement" for a $1 trillion coronavirus relief package. However, that is not sufficient to generate an economic recovery, Dr. Jack Rasmus, professor of economics at Saint Mary's College of California, told Sputnik.

Lynda Carson (2020-07-24). Mayors sign letter to oppose Trump's unidentified jack booted storm troopers. indybay.org 7/22/2020 Updated Letter Signed By Mayors:…

Jeffrey St. Clair (2020-07-24). High and Dry in the Mojave. counterpunch.org Let this be a lesson to you all: Don't try to con teenagers when it comes to spring break. It can be done, of course, but the consequences are bound to be unspeakably harsh. This winter when we were all sitting around the table in our house in Oregon City, facing the prospect of six

The Canary (2020-07-24). Police in Israel use water cannon on anti-Netanyahu protesters. thecanary.co Israeli police have used water cannons on protesters in central Jerusalem. It happened as clashes broke out overnight after thousands staged a demonstration against the prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.Israelis have held a series of demonstrations in recent weeks calling on Netanyahu to resign. Protesters are citing his trial on corruption charges and his fractious unity government's poor handling of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic as reasons.Protests: The protest near the prime minister's residence began around sundown on Thursday 23 July. It was initially largely peaceful, but police said at least 5…

RT (2020-07-24). Pentagon's UFO hunter dept may soon be forced to make findings PUBLIC. rt.com Amid mounting pressure from the government, the Pentagon could soon be forced to discuss its oft-denied, highly secretive UFO hunter operations publicly and on a biannual basis. | The Pentagon previously claimed it had disbanded its UFO-hunting Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Programme (AATIP), run by the Defence Intelligence Agency from 2007 to 2012. | However, the existence of an Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Task Force (UAPTF) run by the Office of Naval Intelligence, whose aim is "to standardize collection and reporting" of "unidentified aerial phenomenon," was revealed in a Senate 2021 intelligen…

RT (2020-07-24). Federal forces 'on standby' to enter Seattle, if protests turn violent & local cops need support. rt.com A tactical unit of federal agents has been placed on standby in Seattle to aid police should protests there spiral into unrest or rioting, the New York Times reported, a move that comes amid heated objections from local officials. | A Special Response Team operating under the authority of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) was reportedly dispatched to Seattle on Thursday, as a 'precautionary' measure. | "The CBP team will be on standby in the area, should they be required," the Federal Protective Service said in a statement about the operation. An agency spokesman who declined to be named, told the NYT that t…

RT (2020-07-24). Appeasing the crowds? Chicago pulls down embattled Columbus statue days after mayor agrees to let feds in. rt.com Shortly after Mayor Lori Lightfoot conceded to allow the federal government to deploy their agents to Chicago, the city has removed the bronze Columbus statue which has been vandalized amid massive Black Lives Matter rallies. | The removal operation started at Chicago's Grant Park in the middle of the night on Friday. Workers used two heavy-duty cranes to attach metal ropes to the Christopher Columbus monument, which was wrapped tight in white tarpaulin. | The statue of the Italian explorer, erected in the 1930s with funding and blessing from Chicago's Italian-American community, was then brought down in front…

RT (2020-07-24). Texas congressman proposes to cancel DEMOCRATS over support of slavery and Confederacy (VIDEO). rt.com If Congress is purging all things related to slavery and the Confederacy in the name of battling bigotry, the Democratic Party should be among them, says a resolution proposed in all seriousness by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas). | Gohmert's

RT (2020-07-24). Black protester ATTACKED while trying to stop mob taking down Portland courthouse fence (VIDEO). rt.com Protesters returned to the Justice Center in Portland for another night of orchestrated chaos on Thursday. Eyewitness footage from the scene captured the moment apparent Antifa members attacked a black protester calling for calm. | After repeated criticism of heavy-handed tactics, reportedly no police or federal agents were posted on the streets at the beginning of Thursday evening, instead remaining inside the courthouse and issuing repeated orders that protesters not target the exterior fence. | Despite this, several agitators in the crowd threw trash over and set it on fire at the fence, which quickly desce…

RT (2020-07-24). Oregon judge bans feds from arresting or using force against 'journalists & legal observers' at Portland protests. rt.com A judge has issued a temporary restraining order on federal agents deployed in Portland, ruling that they may not arrest, disperse or otherwise use force against reporters and legal observers covering ongoing protests there. | US District Court Judge Michael Simon

RT (2020-07-24). FAA issues emergency directive to Boeing, warns corrosion on 737 aircraft could cause twin engine failure. rt.com The Federal Aviation Administration has issued an emergency directive, warning that some 2,000 Boeing 737 aircraft could be at risk of dual engine failure. The alert comes after a series of technical snafus for the Seattle firm. | In an Emergency Airworthiness Directive

RT (2020-07-24). WATCH Portland protesters battling federal police to sound of Star Wars' Imperial March. rt.com Chaotic scenes outside Portland's federal courthouse were given a snarky soundtrack by a demonstrator who showed up to the fracas armed with a stereo. The city has seen nightly clashes between police and protesters. | Footage taken by New York Times correspondent Mike Baker shows activists and federal agents fighting over control of a fence guarding the building in downtown Portland, which has been under siege by demonstrators for nearly two months. | Protesters used projectiles and laser pointers against federal law enforcement tasked with protecting the courthouse, who in turn deployed tear gas to keep the m…

Ramzy Baroud (2020-07-24). Why Palestinian-Israeli Prisoners Exchange Deal Could Happen Soon? counterpunch.org 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

WSWS (2020-07-24). Catalan politicians' phones hacked by government-grade spyware. wsws.org The hacking occurred under the premiership of Pedro Sánchez of the Spanish Socialist Party, which is now backed by the pseudo-left Podemos party.

Freedom Socialist Party Bay Area (2020-07-24). Wednesday 8/12: Online Study Group: What Will It Take to Save a World in Crisis? Reform vs. Revolution. indybay.org Zoom (details in description)…

WSWS (2020-07-24). Fourth steelworker in three years dies at ArcelorMittal in East Chicago, Indiana. wsws.org ArcelorMittal is seeking to offset financial setbacks from the pandemic by increasing the exploitation of its global workforce.

Dean Baker (2020-07-24). Quick Reminder: Casey Mulligan Argued that a Main Factor Pushing Unemployment Higher in the Great Recession Was Food Stamps. cepr.net This is worth keeping in mind when reading a New York Times article discussing Republican plans to cut the weekly $600 supplement to unemployment insurance benefits. The piece cites Mulligan as a conservative economist who argues that this supplement is discouraging people from working and therefore keeping unemployment high. In this context, it is worth …

Pavan Kulkarni (2020-07-24). Teachers mount campaign to roll back school opening in South Africa. zcomm.org The Educators Union of South Africa (EUSA) alleges that money meant for PPEs for students and teachers is being looted through corrupt tenders given at exaggerated prices by the department of basic education and that they are being sent back to schools in an unsafe manner…

Karl Grossman (2020-07-24). Ohio Nuclear Power Scandal. counterpunch.org The U.S. Attorney's Office and FBI this week charged the speaker of the Ohio House of Representative and four others in a $61 million scheme to use $1 billion in ratepayers money to keep two decrepit nuclear power plants operating. And, said the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, David DeVillers, at a

Peoples Dispatch (2020-07-24). 45 people killed in airstrike in Afghanistan. peoplesdispatch.org Officials in Adraskan district claimed the airstrike was carried out by the Afghan security forces in Herat district's Kham Ziarat area. As per eyewitness accounts, the airstrike targeted a wedding party…

Brian Cloughley (2020-07-24). The New Cold War Heats Up. counterpunch.org At this time of all times, when the world is staggering from the shattering effects of the Coronavirus pandemic, it would be sensible for nations to pull together in order to devise policies and practicalities to counter and defeat the devastation that is taking place and seems likely to increase. Now is the time for cooperation, compromise and mutual assistance in all spheres of medical research and in devising protective measures which can be emplaced and enforced with the minimum of dislocation. Internationalism should be the norm, and the best brains in the world should be in harness, from Beijing to Boston a…

Dan Kovalik (2020-07-24). The Making of Oliver Stone, the Unmaking of Hollywood. counterpunch.org When I think about Oliver Stone, I imagine a gambler at a craps table who bets every chip he's got, every time, and usually comes out a winner. And, his gain is ours as well, for he has gambled everything on making some of the best films of our generation. Check out Stone's oeuvre, and

Rob Urie (2020-07-24). Class Struggle and the Parable of an Environmental Victory. counterpunch.org The great mystery of the neoliberal takeover of the American left lies in differing class outcomes being attributed to ideology. The liberal view of ideology is classless— the rich, PMC, working class and poor can be right or left as is their predilection. Quite remarkably, given how insistently differences have been proclaimed, this is the

Andrew Levine (2020-07-24). "We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident" counterpunch.org What Donald Trump says matters because of the office he holds and because of the cult-like following he has. But absolutely none of it, zilch, is worth being taken seriously on the merits. This is not to say that everything he says is false or that it is always more noxious than what the rival

Fight Back (2020-07-24). Trump forced to cancel RNC acceptance speech, Jacksonville wins showdown. fightbacknews.org Jacksonville, FL — Community members and activists are celebrating after Donald Trump's July 23 announcement that he is canceling the Jacksonville portion of the Republican National Convention, including the acceptance speech he intended to deliver. It is a great victory for all those who oppose Donald Trump and the Republican party, including the Coalition to March on the RNC. | The Coalition to March on the RNC is a national group that has experience organizing large marches against previous RNCs in Saint Paul (2008), Tampa (2012) and Cleveland (2016). The Coalition promised to march on the convention on…

Gene Glickman (2020-07-24). "There'll Be Some Changes Made": Current and Future American Policing. counterpunch.org Introduction Let's establish some First Principles. 1) The slogan "Black Lives Matter" arose after repeated, unpunished killings of unarmed Black people by police. If the standards are "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," life comes first. Without life, a person cannot achieve liberty or pursue happiness. As a pure expression, "Black Lives Matter" is

Robert Hunziker (2020-07-24). Thawing Arctic Permafrost. counterpunch.org It's no surprise that first prize, or the blue ribbon, for exceeding 2 ∞C above baseline goes to the Arctic with permafrost that covers 25% of the Northern Hemisphere. Recognition is long overdue, as it's been totally neglected far too long by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). This crucial nugget of knowledge comes by

Kathleen Wallace (2020-07-24). 2020 Vision Will Show You What is True, if You Can Keep Your Sanity. counterpunch.org We've all been making jokes about how terrible 2020 has played out, but I think even those of us with a bit of an imagination for the absurd and ominous missed the mark as far as this ultimate level of governmental degeneracy we've been able to achieve. Dads backing up moms in Portland with leaf

WSWS (2020-07-24). Trump orders federal police to more cities. wsws.org The Trump administration is stepping up its unconstitutional moves toward dictatorial rule, tear gassing the mayor of Portland, Oregon and announcing the deployment of federal police to additional cities.

Steve Early, Suzanne Gordon (2020-07-24). Patriotic Dissent: How a Working-Class Soldier Turned Against "Forever Wars" counterpunch.org When it comes to debate about US military policy, the 2020 presidential election campaign is so far looking very similar to that of 2016. Joe Biden has pledged to ensure that "we have the strongest military in the world," promising to "make the investments necessary to equip our troops for the challenges of the next century,

WSWS (2020-07-24). Greek, Turkish warships nearly clash in Aegean over Mediterranean gas fields. wsws.org Conflicts unleashed by decades of imperialist war in the Middle East and the Mediterranean are now threatening to blow up the NATO alliance.

Dean Baker (2020-07-24). The $24 an Hour Minimum Wage. counterpunch.org The push for a $15 an hour minimum wage has developed considerable political momentum over the last decade. It is a very real possibility that we will see legislation imposing a national minimum wage of $15 an hour by 2024 if Joe Biden wins the election this fall. That would be a great thing, it

Rebecca Gordon (2020-07-24). Why Does Essential Work Pay So Little… zcomm.org And Cost So Much?

PCHR (2020-07-24). PCHR: Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (16— 22 July 2020). imemc.org Summary Israeli military forces continued to commit crimes and multi-faceted violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, assault, abuse and attacks on civilians. This week, the Israeli army's excessive use of force rendered 5 injuries among Palestinian …

Tony McKenna (2020-07-24). The Dark Side of Fredric Jameson's Moon. counterpunch.org As I type out these words, my fingers are still trembling. I think what happened earlier today will go down in the annals of history, an event which was both awesome and terrifying in its implications. For the decades following, the chroniclers will write about it — it will provide the fodder for countless novels

WSWS (2020-07-24). Parents oppose dangerous UK nursery and pre-school reopening. wsws.org A report by the Sutton Trust highlights the devastating impact of decades of austerity by Tory and Labour governments, with the pandemic triggering an existential crisis for early years education.

Chris Walker (2020-07-24). Philadelphia DA Says Trump's Police Will Be Arrested If They Assault Protesters. zcomm.org "Anyone, including federal law enforcement, who unlawfully assaults and kidnaps people will face criminal charges from my office."

WSWS (2020-07-24). Growing wave of educators' protests forces Trump to throw a financial sop to schools. wsws.org Trump's apparent climbdown from his insistence that schools must "fully" open "ASAP" indicates the deep crisis of the administration and growing fears of the political mobilization of educators, parents and students.

Dr Byelongo Elisee Isheloke (2020-07-24). The Moment of Truth for BRICS: Challenges, Opportunities and the Way Forward. globalresearch.ca As already known, BRICS is an association of five major emerging economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. South Africa joined the association in 2010. The BRICS has a significant influence on regional affairs and very active on the …

Christopher Ketcham — Jimmy Tobias (2020-07-24). We Don't Need No Stinkin' Oil Money to Fund Public Lands. counterpunch.org What does it take to get the Sierra Club, the Wilderness Society, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the League of Conservation Voters in bed with anti-conservation Republicans like Cory Gardner of Colorado, the fossil fuel lobby group Western Energy Alliance, and President Trump, whose tenure has brought a wrecking ball to environmental law? Behold the Great American Outdoors Act. The legislation passed the Senate in June and the House this week with ringing bipartisan support.

yenisafak (2020-07-24). UK PM Johnson says we will be past coronavirus by mid-2021. yenisafak.com British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday he thought the country would be through the novel coronavirus crisis by mid-2021 but his fear was that there would be second spike."Whether it came from… a bat, a pangolin or however it emerged, it was a very, very nasty thing for the human race. And I think by the middle of next year we will be well on the way past it," he told reporters.Speaking a year since he became prime minister, Johnson said his experience was that government needed "to move faster and be more responsive to the needs of the people."He mentioned that people were unable to get their passp…

T.J. Coles (2020-07-24). UK-Russia Report: the Integrity Initiative Strikes Again! counterpunch.org On October 17th, 2019, Britain's Intelligence and Security Committee sent the final draft of its report on Russia to the ruling Tory government. In accordance with the Justice and Security Act 2013, passed by the Tory-Liberal coalition government (2010-15), the incumbent could withhold the report in the name of national security. On 29th, British MPs

Jonathan Cook (2020-07-24). Israel's Jewish National Fund is Uprooting Palestinians — Not Planting Trees. counterpunch.org Nazareth. The Jewish National Fund, established more than 100 years ago, is perhaps the most venerable of the international Zionist organisations. Its recent honorary patrons have included prime ministers, and it advises UN forums on forestry and conservation issues. It is also recognised as a charity in dozens of western states. Generations of Jewish families,

The Canary (2020-07-24). Campaigners raise over £129k for Jeremy Corbyn 'legal fund' amid anti-Semitism row. thecanary.co Campaigners have contributed more than £129,000 to a "legal fund" for Jeremy Corbyn as he faces being sued by Panorama presenter John Ware. | The GoFundMe Ware, who made the programme, is said to be taking legal action after Corbyn's claim that the Labour…

Rebecca Gordon (2020-07-24). How Covid-19 Is Changing the Way We Work. thenation.com How Covid-19 Is Changing the Way We Work…

Sasha Abramsky (2020-07-24). Trump Is Flailing, and the Country Is Paying the Price. thenation.com Trump Is Flailing, and the Country Is Paying the Price…

yenisafak (2020-07-24). Iran reports 215 more deaths from coronavirus. yenisafak.com Iran on Friday confirmed 215 more fatalities from the novel coronavirus, bringing the nationwide death toll to 15,289, according to an official.A further 2,489 people tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, raising the overall count to 286,523, Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said.She said more than 249,212 people have so far recovered and been discharged from hospitals, adding that 3,653 patients remain in critical condition.Over 2.27 million tests have been conducted in the country to date, Lari stated.The alarming surge in daily fatalities has sent shockwaves across Iran as the health ca…

yenisafak (2020-07-24). 'Digital security for social media should be on G20 agenda'. yenisafak.com Turkey is urging the G20 digital economy ministers to tackle the issue of digital security for social media platforms.The recent hacking of high-profile Twitter accounts "clearly shows that global technology giants can be an enormous problem," Mustafa Varank, Turkey's technology and industry minister, said in his speech at the virtual G20 Digital Economy Ministers meeting this week. | In the face of various motives "to use these accounts to spread global disorder, we should put this issue on our agenda," he told the closed-door gathering in remarks released late Thursday. | Last week, several prominent Twitter ac…

yenisafak (2020-07-24). Turkey: Hotel occupancy rate down by half in H1. yenisafak.com The hotel occupancy rate across Turkey was 33.4% in the first half of 2020, during the peak period of the coronavirus pandemic, down 47.3% from the same period last year, a hotel association said on Friday.The sector's revenue per available room (RevPAR) and average daily rate (ADR) for rooms also posted decreases, according to the Turkish Hotel Association (TUROB).RevPAR stood at ‚Ǩ19.2 ($21.1), down 56%, while ADR for rooms dropped by 16.6% to ‚Ǩ57.7 year-on-year in January-June period.In Europe on average, the hotel occupancy rate was 21.6% and RevPAR was ‚Ç&uml…

yenisafak (2020-07-24). People of all walks of life say prayers at Hagia Sophia. yenisafak.com People of all walks of life attended Friday prayers at Istanbul's iconic Hagia Sophia Mosque as it reopened for worship after 86 years.Men, women, the elderly and children were seen waiting at the 11 checkpoints in place. Police searched worshippers, while health workers checked their temperature and masks in line with COVID-19 measures.To save time, some people performed their ablution in the surrounding mosques. Many were seen carrying Turkish flags and prayers mats.A shuttle service was launched to carry foreigners and others from a designated parking space in Yenikapi district.Hitchhiking for first prayerAli…

yenisafak (2020-07-24). S. Korea to train hundreds of doctors to battle future epidemics. yenisafak.com South Korea will add 4,000 medical students over the next 10 years to swell the number of its doctors and strengthen the response to future public health crises, government and ruling party officials say.Authorities flagged the need to train doctors for potential outbreaks of infectious disease worse than COVID-19, which is caused by the coronavirus, pointing to the risk of more frequent epidemics and limited numbers of beds for the sick.To fill the gap, officials said they plan to step up admissions to medical schools using a combination of new quotas, incentives for students in less lucrative specialities and t…

yenisafak (2020-07-24). Russia resuming flights to Turkey. yenisafak.com Russia on Aug. 1 will resume flights to Turkey, officials announced Friday.After flights were suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak, service will resume from three Russian cities — the capital Moscow, Saint Petersburg, and Rostov-on-Don — Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova told a news conference in Moscow.Flights to Turkey will start with the capital Ankara and the metropolis of Istanbul from Aug. 1, and then add the coastal resort destinations of Antalya, Bodrum, and Dalaman on Aug. 10.Flight service to the UK and the East African nation of Tanzania is also restarting.Passengers coming to Rus…

Seiji Yamada (2020-07-24). COVID-19 and Bioweapons Research. counterpunch.org The anthrax attacks of 2001 were carried out via mail. Anthrax was sent via the US Postal Service to members of Congress and media executives together with notes reading "Death to America," and "Allah is great." Five died. In the weeks following the September 11 attacks, the intent of the perpetrators was to make it

sputniknews (2020-07-24). India's Largest Vaccine Manufacturer to Provide 50% of Anti-COVID Doses to Poorer GAVI Nations. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): While potential COVID-19 vaccines are reaching their final trial stages, society faces two dangers: price gouging and the stockpiling of the cure by rich countries. Nevertheless, Serum Institute of India has vowed to ensure that 50% of its COVID vaccinations go to poorer nations.

sputniknews (2020-07-24). European Shares Shrivel Amid US-China Consulate War. sputniknews.com China's Foreign Ministry ordered Washington to close down the US Consulate in the city of Chengdu, with the tit-for-tat move coming days after US officials moved to shutter the Chinese Consulate in Houston, Texas amid allegations that its employees were engaged in systemic espionage and theft of US intellectual property.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-07-24). Cellular partnerships and EU innovators: News from the College. imperial.ac.uk Here's a batch of fresh news and announcements from across Imperial.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-07-24). Imperial COVID-19 vaccine trial expands to additional sites. imperial.ac.uk Imperial College London's COVID-19 vaccine trial is expanding to additional sites throughout England.

Monterey Peace & Justice Center (2020-07-24). Saturday 7/25: Race, Police, and Prisons: The American Gulag. indybay.org Online webinar | Register in advance to get the Zoom details: | http: //tinyurl.com/Sharat-G-Lin-7-25-20…

Khubaka, Michael Harris (2020-07-24). Ada Mills Young – A new look 2020 National Buffalo Soldiers Day Weekend. indybay.org Ada Mills Young, born in our California Gold Rush District offers a new and facinating journey into the extended families of our Buffalo Soldiers.

Laborfest (2020-07-24). Tuesday 7/28: LaborFest 2020 presents: Off the Meter, a play by John McDonagh, cab driver & storyteller. indybay.org 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.

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

Stan Santos (2020-07-24). Joaquin Murrieta and the Road to Three Rocks. indybay.org 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.

Laborfest (2020-07-24). Monday 7/27: LaborFest 2020 presents: People's Park and the Overreach of UC Berkeley. indybay.org 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.

Sit. Walk. Listen organizing team (2020-07-24). Sunday 8/2: Sit. Walk. Listen. Because Black Lives Matter. indybay.org "The Pergola at Lake Merritt" (599 El Embarcadero) | Oakland, California…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-07-23). As McConnell Tees Up Next Aid Package With Corporate Liability as 'Red Line,' Polluters Pushing to Secure Shield Against Covid-19 Lawsuits. commondreams.org "Corporate liability waivers are just the next phase of a Trump polluter bailout." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Ben Norton (2020-07-23). An inside look at Nicaragua's Sandinista Revolution on its 41st anniversary. thegrayzone.com The Grayzone reports from inside Nicaragua's capital on the 41st anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution, covering a speech by President…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-07-23). The Militarization of Strategic Waterways: US- India War Games Contemplated. Aggressive "Signal to China" globalresearch.ca "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 …

Dave Lindorff (2020-07-23). Defending the US Against Looming Presidential Dictatorship. counterpunch.org 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

Staff (2020-07-23). Paramilitary-Style Tactics in Portland Mirror Decades of U.S. Violence on the Border & Abroad. democracynow.org 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."

Staff (2020-07-23). "Her Front Teeth Were Knocked Out": Chicago Teen to Sue Police Officer Who Hit Her at a Protest. democracynow.org 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,…

Staff (2020-07-23). Headlines for July 23, 2020. democracynow.org Trump to Send "Surge" of Federal Officers into Democrat-Run Cities, COVID-19 Hospitalizations in U.S. Near Same Level as Peak of Pandemic in April, Trump Falsely Claims Children Do Not Transmit COVID-19, McConnell to Unveil New $1 Trillion COVID-19 Relief Package, Global COVID-19 Cases Top 15M as Deaths Reach New High in Brazil, U.N.: Israeli Threat to Annex West Bank Is Hampering Palestianian Response to Pandemic, Federal Judge Rejects Releasing Detained Immigrant Families, Report: U.S. Holding Immigrant Toddlers in Hotels for Weeks Before Deportation, Canada Court Rules United States Is Not Safe for Asylum Seek…

Staff (2020-07-23). Philly DA Larry Krasner: Trump Is a "Wannabe Fascist." I Will Charge His Agents If They Break Law. democracynow.org 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…

Staff (2020-07-23). Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner on Mumia Abu-Jamal, Police Corruption & Reexamining Old Cases. democracynow.org 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…

Greg Palast (2020-07-23). Jim Crow is hiding in the mailbox. zcomm.org 22% of Mail-In Votes Never Get Counted…

MoveOn (2020-07-23). Thursday 7/23: MoveOn Politics & Flows Chat Guest: Rep. Ilhan Omar. indybay.org Online via livestream…

Medea Benjamin, Steve Ellner (2020-07-23). Long Overdue for Latin America. counterpunch.org U.S. policy towards Venezuela has been a fiasco. Try as it might, the Trump regime-change team has been unable to depose President Maduro and finds itself stuck with a self-proclaimed president, Juan Guaidó, who President Trump was reported to have called "a kid" who "doesn't have what it takes." The Venezuelan people have paid a

yenisafak (2020-07-23). 'Turkish aid helps Venezuela fight virus effectively'. yenisafak.com 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…

Medea Benjamin (2020-07-23). King Joe and the Round Table: Biden's America in a Multipolar World. zcomm.org 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…

Medea Benjamin (2020-07-23). Joe Biden's Misguided Bid for American Supremacy. progressive.org The former Vice President's view of foreign policy is deeply out of touch with a multipolar world, and America's place in it.

sputniknews (2020-07-23). 'War Come Home': Americans 'Should Be Absolutely Appalled' by Trump Sending Feds to US Cities. sputniknews.com 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.

calvin deutschbein (2020-07-23). Quick facts on China and COVID. workers.org 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 . . . |

Sean Sullivan (2020-07-23). D.C. activists hoping to jump-start organizing among the unemployed. peoplesworld.org 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 …

Marilyn Bechtel (2020-07-23). Cities challenge Trump's dispatch of federal law enforcement officers. peoplesworld.org 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 …

Olivia Rosane (2020-07-23). Due to climate change, polar bears could be nearly extinct by 2100. peoplesworld.org 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 …

Tina Landis (2020-07-23). Biden's climate plan: tactic to win Sanders supporters or something more? liberationnews.org Trump is particularly pro-business and anti-people/planet, but will Biden lead the charge toward meaningful climate action?

Dave Welsh (2020-07-23). 'Pivot to Peace with China and the World' says San Francisco labor. workers.org 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 . . . |

Al Neal (2020-07-23). Iconoclash: Removing racist monuments doesn't erase history. peoplesworld.org 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 …

Stan Cox (2020-07-23). The Coronavirus-Climate-Air Conditioning Nexus. counterpunch.org 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

calvin deutschbein (2020-07-23). Anti-racist protests accelerate across North Carolina. workers.org 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 . . . |

Paul Street (2020-07-23). Moment of Supreme Danger: Trumpism-Fascism Rears its Head. counterpunch.org 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."

Mark Gruenberg (2020-07-23). Some 2.3 million more seek jobless benefits; 52 million since March. peoplesworld.org 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 …

Staff (2020-07-23). The Real News Network Joins Lawsuit Against Maryland Police Department. therealnews.com 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.

Staff (2020-07-23). Who's Responsible For The Rise In COVID-19 Cases In Prison? therealnews.com 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.

Kathryn Shihadah (2020-07-23). Anti-Diplomacy: Danny Danon Ends Five Year Legacy of Israeli Hasbara at the UN. mintpressnews.com 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.

Eds. (2020-07-23). Saving nature: Overpopulation is not the primary problem. mronline.org 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.

Paul Wilcox (2020-07-23). Labor coalition strikes for Black lives. liberationnews.org 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.

David Ruccio (2020-07-23). Divergent recoveries—pandemic edition. mronline.org 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.

Sunil Freeman (2020-07-23). Protest works: Racist team name bites the dust in Washington, DC. liberationnews.org 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.

Mark Gruenberg (2020-07-23). Nurses trash Trump secret police threat to U.S. cities. peoplesworld.org 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 …

Margaret Kimberley (2020-07-23). Freedom Rider: Media silent as Trump declares wars. mronline.org Donald Trump's attacks on Venezuela, Syria and Iran are criminal, but Joe Biden vows to be even worse.

Joshua Frank (2020-07-23). Beyond John Muir's Racism: The Sierra Club and the Changing Face of Environmentalism. counterpunch.org 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.

Editor (2020-07-23). Defend Portland! Defend People's Resistance! No Police State! workers.org 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 . . . |

Judith Ezekiel (2020-07-23). Confederate statues are monuments to the 'Lost Cause' cult of white supremacy. peoplesworld.org 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 …

Liz Theoharis (2020-07-23). The Poetry of a Movement to Change This Country. counterpunch.org The word jubilee comes from the Hebrew "yovel," meaning a "trumpet blast of liberty." It was said that, on the day of liberation, the sound of a ram's horn would ring through the land. These days, I hear the sound of that horn while walking with my kids through the streets of New York City,

Eds. (2020-07-23). As Trump threatens secret police deployment nationwide, Democrats debate expanding surveillance powers and new money for DHS. mronline.org 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.

RT (2020-07-23). Kids' news site coughs up cash after JK Rowling threatens to sue over article suggesting boycott for 'transphobia' comments. rt.com 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…

The Canary (2020-07-23). Brandon Lewis tries to defend Russia-linked Tory donations. thecanary.co 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…

_____ (2020-07-23). Australia Pours Money Into Insane US War Games Yet Won't Support Its Own Citizens. strategic-culture.org Caitlin JOHNSTONE | In an article titled " 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…

G. Dunkel (2020-07-23). Popular protest shakes former French colony Mali. workers.org 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 . . . |

Betsey Piette (2020-07-23). Eviction of Philadelphia houseless camp postponed. workers.org 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 . . . |

The Canary (2020-07-23). PM's visit to Scotland highlights 'key argument' for independence, Sturgeon says. thecanary.co 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…

The Canary (2020-07-23). EU negotiator says Brexit trade deal agreement is "unlikely" thecanary.co 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…

Michael Hudson — Ellen Brown (2020-07-23). Let the Banks Go Under and Put Money Into the Real Economy. counterpunch.org 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

The Canary (2020-07-23). Committee slams 'astonishing' failure to plan financially for pandemic. thecanary.co 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…

The Canary (2020-07-23). Public must wear face coverings in sandwich shops says government. thecanary.co 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…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-07-23). New Orleans trash workers' forced strike enters week 10. peoplesworld.org 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. …

RT (2020-07-23). US Space Force accuses Russia of testing 'weapon-like' anti-satellite device in orbit. rt.com 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

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

RT (2020-07-23). Judge says Michael Cohen's jailing 'retaliation' for book about Trump & orders lawyer released. rt.com A federal judge has ordered ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen released from prison by Friday, ruling his return to lockup was retaliation. Cohen had refused to agree not to publish a book about the president while under house arrest. | Cohen was returned to prison earlier this month, after being furloughed in May amid concerns over the Covid-19 outbreak. Judge Alvin Hellerstein ruled on Thursday that the decision was "retaliatory." The day before he was sent back to prison, Cohen refused to agree to not publish a book about President Donald Trump while serving the remainder of his three-year sentence at home, the…

RT (2020-07-23). Questioning status of Russian territory (Crimea, for example) could now be punished with jail time, according to proposed law. rt.com Russian politicians have passed an amendment to anti-extremism laws, designating those who violate the country's "territorial integrity" as extremists, with offenders facing the possibility of a jail term. | The approved legislation follows hot on the heels of the recently signed constitutional amendments, which made it illegal for the country to give any Russian land away to another nation. | Some Western experts have speculated that the change to the constitution was aimed at protecting Crimea, re-absorbed by Russia following a referendum in 2014, and the Kuril Islands, long-claimed by both Moscow and Tokyo.

RT (2020-07-23). Trump calls off GOP convention event in Jacksonville amid spike in Florida Covid-19 cases. rt.com 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. | "I told my team it's time to cancel the Jacksonville, Florida componen…

RT (2020-07-23). 'Great way to get a paycheck': Meghan McCain blasts Mary Trump over tell-all book about president. rt.com 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 (2020-07-23). Portland mayor cheers protesters & joins them to face tear gas, gets calls to resign anyway (VIDEOS). rt.com 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.

RT (2020-07-23). Labour letter calling to revoke RT's license is 'devastating' proof of UK war on free press — Afshin Rattansi. rt.com 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 (2020-07-23). Pivot to 'green': Russian gas & nuclear energy giants Gazprom and Rosatom to start producing 'clean' hydrogen. rt.com Russia's move away from hydrocarbons took another step forward this week, as the country's Ministry of Energy announced a roadmap to start producing clean hydrogen by 2024. | Natural gas giant Gazprom — the largest company in Russia — and state-owned nuclear energy corporation Rosatom were both named in a federal plan focused on developing clean hydrogen. | With much of the world planning to pivot away from oil and gas in the near future, the country's government is looking ahead to a more diversified energy sector. The international 'green' trend is a significant threat to the Russian economy, which…

RT (2020-07-23). WATCH: Eastern US lashed by 2 ferocious 'once-in-50 years' storms in just TWO WEEKS. rt.com 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 Eyewitness video from the affected areas shows the sheer ferocity of the storm as it bore down on residents, unleashing na…

RT (2020-07-23). Free press? Labour letter demands RT UK's license gets REVOKED in light of 'damning' Russia report that gave NO examples or proof. rt.com An evidence-free parliamentary report accusing RT UK of being an instrument of 'Russian influence' in Britain is already being quoted as a pretext to ban the broadcaster, in a letter sent to Ofcom by a Labour shadow minister. | Labour MP Jo Stevens demanded that "Ofcom urgently reviews RT's licence" and requested an urgent meeting with Dame Melanie Dawes of the regulatory agency to "discuss my concerns about the broadcaster," in a letter sent Wednesday. | Stevens — signed as the Shadow secretary of state for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport — said the review was needed given the "troubling revelatio…

RT (2020-07-23). Oakland mayor slams 'terror tactics' & votes down further police budget cuts after protesters vandalize her home with BLM graffiti. rt.com 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 (2020-07-23). Twitter stocks soar on news of 20 million new users, despite massive hacking attack – but revenue slides 19%. rt.com Twitter's share price skyrocketed after the company reported adding 20 million users in three months despite suffering the biggest hack in its history and a scandal over blacklisting users just over a week ago. | Jack Dorsey's company saw its shares spike as much as 5.8 percent on Thursday following its announcement that it had accrued a record 20 million users in the second quarter of 2020. | Despite the impressive numbers, the social media giant's earnings fell 19 percent, resulting in a net loss of $1.2 billion following a 23 percent tumble in advertising sales and higher business costs. | Also on rt.com

RT (2020-07-23). Inoperable pistol seized from St. Louis couple was fixed to make sure it was 'ready for lethal use' to charge McCloskeys — report. rt.com 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 (2020-07-23). Over 4 million Covid-19 cases in US, an increase of 1 million in TWO WEEKS — Reuters tally. rt.com 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. | The US continues to lead the world in cases, with an average of 2,600 new cases found every hour. When it comes to cases per capita, the country ranks second, with 120 infected for every 10,000 people. Chile leads the per capita infection rate. | President Donald Trump has waved off concerns about the rising numbers on multiple occasions, saying they are only high because there has been more mass testing for the virus across the country. | Also on rt.com | | <...

RT (2020-07-23). 2 White House office cafeterias closed after staffer tests positive for Covid-19 as DC introduces mandatory masks & $1,000 fines. rt.com 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…

RT (2020-07-23). US Army finally 'pauses' its Twitch gamer outreach program after bans, scam & free speech complaints. rt.com 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 (2020-07-23). Rapper Ice Cube wants Hollywood studios to pay reparations for 'stealing our history and giving it to white people'. rt.com As reparations become a more and more popular topic while anti-police and anti-racism protests rage across the US, rapper Ice Cube wants to see Hollywood studios take part and give yearly payments to black-owned companies. | "I think these studios that we know and love should kick in to a studio that's ran by black people with no outside influences, and whose movies and projects are owned by those black people," the musician and actor told radio show 'The Breakfast Club'. | These studios, he claims, have "contributed in our narrative, in our pain, in our misrepresentation." | First making waves as a rapper as…

RT (2020-07-23). Three Russian air traffic control officers found guilty of criminal negligence in death of French oil-giant Total's CEO. rt.com A Moscow court has ruled that a violation of safety rules by two air traffic controllers and their superior at the city's Vnukovo airport resulted in the deadly 2014 crash that killed businessman Christophe de Margerie. | The 63-year-old Frenchman had worked for Total for forty years, rising to the top of the company. Just hours before his death, he had conducted a meeting with then Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. | The verdict comes more than six years after the tragedy in which a Dassault Falcon 50EX business jet, with de Margerie and a three-member crew on board, collided with a snowplow during take…

RT (2020-07-23). NY Times has found the REAL culprit in the racial achievement gap: 'NICE WHITE PARENTS'. rt.com 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 (2020-07-23). Rolling coal, Russian style: WATCH truck casually driving while cargo burns & EXPLODES. rt.com A garbage truck which somehow caught fire in the central Russian city of Tolyatti was filmed cruising through the streets with open flames and smoke billowing out of the back as pieces of the cargo appeared to be exploding. | The bizarre incident occurred on Thursday afternoon, with footage emerging on Russian social media shortly afterwards. The video shows a large MAZ dump truck with thick black smoke billowing from its container while on the road. | The truck's cargo emitted flames and its contents repeatedly made explosive noises, yet the unshaken driver of the vehicle continued on like nothing was happ…

RT (2020-07-23). Passengers injured after 'Israeli fighter jet' buzzes Iranian airliner over Syria (VIDEOS). rt.com Several passengers aboard an Iranian passenger plane have reportedly been injured after an encounter with an Israeli fighter jet over Damascus. Iranian media say the dangerous maneuver forced the airliner to rapidly drop altitude. | The incident, said to have taken place in the skies above the Syrian capital on Thursday, has been captured on videos published by the Iranian broadcaster IRIB.

RT (2020-07-23). Tehran says AMERICAN, not Israeli fighter jets endangered passengers of Iranian airliner over Syria. rt.com 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 (2020-07-23). Chicago mayor urges citizens to call cops on feds, so she can sue Trump for 'abuses' in crackdown on gun crime. rt.com 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 (2020-07-23). MSNBC's Joe Scarborough calls Portland protests 'peaceful'… despite footage of escalating violence. rt.com Joe Scarborough has called protests in Portland "peaceful for the most part," less than a day after the mayor was tear-gassed in the face amid escalating violence following more than two months of demonstrations. | On his Morning Joe show Thursday, Scarborough railed against the deployment of federal agents to the city of Portland, saying they have launched "deeply disturbing attacks" against "peaceful protests, for the most part." | The MSNBC host has no doubt seen footage of federal agents arresting protesters and proceeding to throw them into unmarked vans — but perhaps he missed the videos of demonstr…

_____ (2020-07-23). Influential DC-based Ukrainian think tank hosts neo-Nazi activist convicted for racist violence. strategic-culture.org Moss ROBESON | The influential Washington-based U.S.-Ukraine Foundation (USUF) 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…

_____ (2020-07-23). The Inter Coronavirus Period and A New Vision for 21st Century Life. strategic-culture.org 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 "

Jeremy Ben-Ami, James Zogby (2020-07-23). It's Time for the Democratic Party to Mention the Occupation. thenation.com It's Time for the Democratic Party to Mention the Occupation…

Ramzy Baroud (2020-07-23). Why Palestinian-Israeli Prisoners Exchange Deal Could Happen Soon. dissidentvoice.org 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 …

Bianca Mugyenyi (2020-07-23). Canada's Support for Trump Administration's Venezuela Policy. commondreams.org We must ask ourselves whether we will continue to accept our government's participation in a Trump administration regime change effort that effectively undermines the ability of ordinary Venezuelans to feed themselves. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Freedom Socialist Party Bay Area (2020-07-23). Thursday 7/23: Organizing Meeting: Stop Police Violence – Slash the SFPD Budget. indybay.org This online meeting will be held on Zoom. | REGISTER at bit.ly/Slash-SFPD-Budget…

WSWS Repost (2020-07-23). California judge rules against Socialist Equality Party candidates. indybay.org 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.

Stephen Lendman (2020-07-23). ACLU Sues to Stop US State-Sponsored Violence, Chicago to be Occupied by Federal Agents. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Margaret Kimberley (2020-07-23). Media Silent as Trump Declares Wars. globalresearch.ca 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 …

_____ (2020-07-23). War Crimes and War Criminals: Who Will Be Held Accountable? strategic-culture.org 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…

Tracy Keeling (2020-07-23). Brits start major fightback against Tory vote for NHS to be 'controlled from outside the UK'. thecanary.co 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

Z. Fareen Parvez (2020-07-23). A New International Movement for Debt Justice. zcomm.org The flourishing of debt resistance around the world makes this an inspirational moment to strategize around debt justice…

Elijah Magnier (2020-07-23). Comment le Hezbollah frappera Israà´l : Guerre généralisée possible? thealtworld.com ´ Je préviens le Hezbollah : ne troublez pas le calme qui prévaut à la frontière avec le Liban ª, a déclaré l'espion en chef israélien Yossi Cohen, en ce moment de forte tension entre Israà´l et le Hezbollah. Cette déclaration fait suite à la violation de la souveraineté syrienne par Israà´l et à son bombardement de l'aéroport de Damas, où le Hezbollah a annoncé qu'un de ses militants a été tué. La principale préoccupation des médias israéliens n'est pas de savoir si le Hezbollah va riposter, mais plutà¥t quand et comment, et si la frappe va conduire à une guerre généralisée. | Le comm…

news.un (2020-07-23). 'Temporary Basic Income' could slow COVID surge, provide lifeline for world's poorest. news.un.org 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.

Rahsaan Mahadeo (2020-07-23). As Campuses Cut Ties to Police, Sociology Departments Must Do the Same. zcomm.org 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.

news.un (2020-07-23). Security Council stalemate frustrates families of Syria's missing detainees. news.un.org Families of the more than 130,000 people believed to be detained and forcibly disappeared in Syria, are deeply frustrated by the Security Council's failure to unite and make progress on the issue, the 15-member organ was told on Thursday.

Center For Food Safety (2020-07-23). Florida Keys Delays Vote on Release of 750 Million Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes after Public Outcry. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Binoy Kampmark (2020-07-23). Total Masking: Victoria's Coronavirus Response. counterpunch.org The Victorian Premier turned up for his weekend delivery of coronavirus infections, gruffly delivering the news. It has become grim if compelling viewing: the announcement about the next spike in coronavirus infections, the next gruesome statistical spread on transmission. On Sunday, Daniel Andrews had a pose that has become legend, a cross between plasticine figure

Unicorn Riot (2020-07-23). Minneapolis Park Police Displace Sanctuary Encampment. unicornriot.ninja 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,…

Barbara Nimri Aziz (2020-07-23). Who Will Come to America's Rescue? A Nation Under Internal Threat, Engulfed in an Unprecedented Crisis… globalresearch.ca 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 …

Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir (2020-07-23). Building a Definition of Development. globalresearch.ca 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. …

WSWS (2020-07-23). Bodies of two workers still entombed at collapsed Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans nearly one year later. wsws.org Ten months after the partial collapse of the Hard Rock hotel construction site collapse recovery, efforts are finally under way to retrieve the bodies of two workers still buried beneath the rubble.

WSWS (2020-07-23). Grenfell Tower contractor Rydon admits profiteering by using flammable cladding. wsws.org The criminal decision to use flammable cladding was the main factor in turning the tower block into a death trap.

Mairead Farrell (2020-07-23). Little Apples Will Grow Again: the EU, Ireland and the Apple Tax Case. counterpunch.org Last Wednesday there was a collective sigh of relief from the Irish government. The EU's General Court had ruled against the EU Commission in their case against Ireland/Apple. The Court found that the 0.005% corporate tax rate that Apple had availed of here in Ireland did not constitute illegal state aid. Thus, Ireland would not

WSWS (2020-07-23). German defence minister propagates rearmament, militarism and war. wsws.org 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.

Elena Bruess (2020-07-23). War and the Environment: The Disturbing and Under-researched Legacy of Depleted Uranium Weapons. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Unicorn Riot (2020-07-23). New Comet Visible Across Northern Skies. unicornriot.ninja Stillwater, MN — Comet NEOWISE has been appearing to stargazers on planet Earth over the past several weeks. It was discovered in March ~300 million kilometers away from the Sun, closer than the asteroid belt, though its orbit is tilted slightly from that of the…

William Boardman (2020-07-23). Defund the Police State, Before It's Too Late. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Elijah Magnier (2020-07-23). How Hezbollah will hit Israel: Is general war an option? thealtworld.com "I warn Hezbollah: don't disturb the calm on the borders with Lebanon", said the Israeli spy Chief Yossi Cohen at a high-tension moment between Israel and Hezbollah. This statement was provoked by the Israeli violation of Syrian sovereignty and its bombing of Damascus airport, where Hezbollah announced that one of its militants had been The Israeli military command has moved the Golani brigade t…

Tony Cartalucci (2020-07-23). Twitter QAnon Purge Gives Bigger Monopoly to Corporate Media. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Wim Laven (2020-07-23). Donald Trump does not care about you or your kids. zcomm.org This summer, American teachers are drafting templates for messages on the inevitable illness and death that Trump-ordered school openings will bring…

Dave Zirin (2020-07-23). Another Racist Team Name Bites the Dust. progressive.org Long overdue, the Washington, D.C., NFL team is changing its name, removing the racist slur from its moniker.