2020-07-25: News Headlines

Lawrence Tribe (2020-07-25). Why Trump's Paramilitary Force Is Unconstitutional. 'A Profoundly Un-American Attack On Civil Society'. globalresearch.ca We are being confronted in city after city with a nationwide paramilitary force, its troops unidentifiable and its vehicles unmarked, directed in deliberately vague terms to protect property and preserve domestic order. | It began in Portland, Oregon where

William rivers Pitt (2020-07-25). Trump's Reelection Strategy Involves Terrorizing Us With Secret Stormtroopers. zcomm.org Trump's actions in Portland are terrifying by any standard.

Glen Ford (2020-07-25). Who is the most dangerous fascist? mronline.org Most American leftists are incoherent on the term fascism, and Democrats have utterly destroyed the word's meaning.

Clodovaldo Hernández (2020-07-25). After 23 Years of Media Warfare Against Venezuela, the US Says it Will Start a Media War. globalresearch.ca After 23 years of unremitting media warfare against Venezuela, the United States announces that it will start a media war against Venezuela. It's cynical, it's tragic, it's even comical. Since 1997, when Commander Hugo Chávez Frías began to emerge in …

WSWS (2020-07-25). US secretary of state sets out case for conflict with China. wsws.org By ruling out a return to the policy of "containment," Pompeo's speech marks a strategy aimed at regime change in Beijing.

TLCFAMRII (2020-07-25). Israeli Supreme Court rules: Palestinian prisoners have no right to social distancing protection against COVID-19. imemc.org By Adalah The Legal Center For Arab Minority Rights in Israel: 23/07/2020: Israel's top court rejects Adalah petition demanding Israel implement COVID-19 protective guidelines for prisoners at Gilboa prison; 30 prison guards and 7 prisoners are infected while 489 guards and 58 prisoners are in quarantine.

Middle East Eye (2020-07-25). US Fighter Jets in Near Miss against Iran Passenger Plane in Syrian Airspace. globalresearch.ca This event is downplayed by the Western media. | Why were those US jet fighters in Syrian airspace? | US and Israeli jet fighters are routinely violating Syrian airspace. | And why were they threatening a civilian passenger plane? | The unspoken truth is …

Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker (2020-07-25). The Moment of Truth Is Now for COVID and Economic Relief. dissidentvoice.org The US Senate returned to work this week after a two-week vacation during which COVID-19 exploded and the economy imploded. The moment of truth has now arrived. Will the House and Senate now bring forth a Covid relief package adequate to the Covid health and economic crises? The last six months of the pandemic and …

Ali Salam (2020-07-25). Palestinian Child Abducted by Under Cover Agents in Jerusalem. imemc.org Undercover Israeli police abducted, on Thursday, a 12-year-old Palestinian child from the occupied Jerusalem neighborhood of al-'Isawiya, the Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported. Witnesses revealed that undercover agents were seen getting out of a civilian vehicle, and abducting Moath Ewewi, 12, taking him to an unknown location. Undercover Israeli forces, …

Aaron Maté (2020-07-25). UK 'Russia report' fear-mongers about meddling yet finds no evidence. thegrayzone.com A long-awaited UK report finds no evidence of Russian meddling, but that hasn't stopped the fear-mongering. The report claims the…

Radical Reviewer (2020-07-25). Death of the Liberal Class — review. mronline.org Radical Reviewer reviews the book Death of the Liberal Class by Chris Hedges…

Gary Olson (2020-07-25). The Bonus Army Veterans' Protest of 1932, "The Cruelest Year of the Great Depression" globalresearch.ca 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 …

Eds. (2020-07-25). Trump orders federal police to more cities. mronline.org The Trump administration is stepping up its unconstitutional moves toward dictatorial rule, tear gassing antipolice violence protesters in Portland, Oregon and announcing the deployment of federal police to three more cities—Detroit, Cleveland and Milwaukee—in addition to Chicago and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Joyce Chediac (2020-07-25). Trump's federal repression election ploy spurs greater resistance. liberationnews.org Far from being intimidated, Portland residents were outraged when unannounced paramilitary units started grabbing protesters off the street.

Peter Koenig (2020-07-25). Global Destruction, ‚Ä®The COVID-19 Lockdown: Economic and Social Impacts. globalresearch.ca Planned Destruction of World-wide Economy | What we have to realize is that the global, country-by-country destruction — happening simultaneously — is not a coincidence. | It has been planned for decades. Thousands of pages were written alone for the preparation of …

Eds. (2020-07-25). Food, capitalism and the necessity of a socialist program. mronline.org Capitalist food production is based on ecological destruction, imperialism, inhumane labor practices, and the degradation of human health. A socialist program that guarantees healthy food for all is the only alternative.

Stephen Lendman (2020-07-25). US Economic Collapse: The Worst in US History. globalresearch.ca by Stephen Lendman ( The myth of recovery ignores the US economy's dismal state. | Numbers calculated as they were pre-1990 before rigging them occurred tell all. | According to economist John Williams, real US …

Shawgi Tell (2020-07-25). Unstoppable Resistance to Charter Schools. dissidentvoice.org In 2015 the Washington Post shared this observation of privately-operated charter schools by a veteran public school official: David Hornbeck was the Maryland State Superintendent of Schools from 1976 to 1988 and the superintendent of the Philadelphia school district from 1994 to 2000. For years he was a supporter of charter schools, seeing them as …

Hans M L Spiegel (2020-07-25). [Comment] DISCOVER: much accomplished, but not yet for all. thelancet.com Since the initial studies of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) a decade ago, multiple clinical trials in all key populations worldwide have confirmed the efficacy and safety of emtricitabine combined with tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (F/TDF) for HIV prevention.1,2…

WSWS (2020-07-25). Canadian medical experts provide ideological justification for homicidal back-to-work drive. wsws.org Exploiting their professional qualifications to give their arguments credibility, the experts have fully endorsed the corporate elite's reactionary dictum: "The cure cannot be worse than the disease."

Ben Freedman (2020-07-25). [Correspondence] An AI-ECG algorithm for atrial fibrillation risk: steps towards clinical implementation. thelancet.com The idea of being able to predict incident atrial fibrillation from just a 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) with no demographic or clinical information in the Article by Zachi I Attia and colleagues1 raised much interest at the meeting of the AF-SCREEN International Collaboration.2…

Malcolm Molyneux (2020-07-25). [Comment] Ombudsman's report for 2019. thelancet.com I submitted Annual Reports for 20151 and 2016,2 but there were no events of sufficient concern to the Ombudsman during the following 2 years that required investigation and reporting.

The Lancet (2020-07-25). [Editorial] COVID-19 and China: lessons and the way forward. thelancet.com China has largely controlled COVID-19. A country of 1 ∑4 billion people and a size similar to Europe or the USA now reports only clusters of cases rather than widespread community transmission. China has been widely criticised for its role and responsibilities during the pandemic because of censorship, transparency, and human rights concerns. But the rest of the world can still learn from China's successes in bringing its outbreak under control.

Kenneth H Mayer, Jean-Michel Molina, Melanie A Thompson, Peter L Anderson, Karam C Mounzer, Joss J De Wet, Edwin DeJesus, Heiko Jessen, Robert M Grant, Peter J Ruane, Pamela Wong, Ramin Ebrahimi, Lijie Zhong, Anita Mathias, Christian Callebaut, Sean E Collins, Moupali Das, Scott McCallister, Diana M Brainard, Cynthia Brinson, Amanda Clarke, Pep Coll, Frank A Post, C Bradley Hare (2020-07-25). [Articles] Emtricitabine and tenofovir alafenamide vs emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate for HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (DISCOVER): primary results from a randomised, double-blind, multicentre, active-controlled, phase 3, non-inferiority trial. thelancet.com Daily emtricitabine and tenofovir alafenamide shows non-inferior efficacy to daily emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate for HIV prevention, and the number of adverse events for both regimens was low. Emtricitabine and tenofovir alafenamide had more favourable effects on bone mineral density and biomarkers of renal safety than emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate.

Noam Chomsky (2020-07-25). Trump's Troop Surge to Democratic Cities. zcomm.org "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."

The Canary (2020-07-25). Portland protests continue after judge rejects bid to restrict federal agents. thecanary.co Thousands of people joined another night of Black Lives Matter protests on the streets of Portland, hours after a US judge denied the state of Oregon's request to restrict federal police in the city.Demonstrators, most wearing masks and many donning helmets, stood near the fountain on Salmon Street Springs. They then marched to the Hatfield Federal Courthouse and the federal agents there.They chanted and clapped along to the sound of thunderous drums, pausing to listen to speakers. Various organised groups took part, including Healthcare Workers Protest, Teachers against Tyrants, Lawyers for Black Lives and the '

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-07-25). This UFO Hype Is Probably Just The US Military Lying Again. thealtworld.com reads a New York Times headline that is understandably attracting a great deal of attention today. | True to form, the Times had to hastily issue an embarrassing correction to the article after initially reporting that former Senate majority leader Harry Reid "believed that crashes of vehicles from other worlds had occurred and that retrieved materials had been studied secretly for decades", when Anand Naidoo (2020-07-25). The Heat: China-US tensions. america.cgtn.com US-China relations face another setback after Beijing tells Washington to close its consulate in Chengdu in a tit-for-tat move.

Freedom Socialist Party Bay Area (2020-07-25). 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)…

_____ (2020-07-25). Weaving Impunity for Dictatorship Crimes in Chile. strategic-culture.org In 1968, the U.S. backed a covert intelligence surveillance campaign in which Latin American right-wing governments conspired to annihilate socialist and communist influence in the region. The plan, known as Operation Condor, was formally implemented in 1975, two years after dictator Augusto Pinochet took power in Chile through a military coup supported by the U.S. Up to 80,000 left wing opponents are estimated to have been killed; 30,000 of them disappeared by right-wing governments in Latin America by 1989, when Operation Condor was officially terminated. Over 400,000 people were detained as political prisoners…

Claus Bachert, Leda P Mannent (2020-07-25). [Correspondence] Dupilumab for nasal polyposis — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We appreciate the interest shown by Brian Lipworth and colleagues in our Article1 and would like to take this opportunity to address their comments.

Fight Back (2020-07-25). Florida State students host call-in day, slave-owner statue removed once again. fightbacknews.org Florida State students host call-in day, slave-owner statue removed once again | By Jonce Palmer | Tallahassee, FL – On July 23, The FSU chapter of Students for a Democratic Society held a call-in day demanding the administration immediately remove a statue honoring slave-owner Francis Eppes, and the immediate renaming of several buildings located on campus that are named after slave owners and segregationists. The statue of Francis Eppes, as well as Eppes Hall, B. K. Roberts Hall and Doak Campbell Stadium were the campus buildings included in the demands. | Participants in the action called the offices of FSU Pr…

Brian Lipworth, Rory Chan, Chris RuiWen Kuo (2020-07-25). [Correspondence] Dupilumab for nasal polyposis. thelancet.com The encouraging results of the LIBERTY trials1 evaluating the effects of dupilumab in patients with severe chronic sinusitis with nasal polyposis that use mometasone furoate nasal spray offer much-needed hope to patients with this condition. However, we believe that these results might not reflect real-life best clinical practice.

WSWS (2020-07-25). Illinois Democrats embrace Trump's law enforcement "surge" wsws.org Illinois Democratic lawmakers have made public statements aimed at assuaging public fears that the federal forces will crack down on anti-police violence protesters in Chicago, just as they have in Portland.

Georgina Ferry (2020-07-25). [Perspectives] Kesaveloo Goonaruthnum Naidoo: anti-apartheid campaigner. thelancet.com Few have done as much to forge an individual identity as "Dr Goonam", the name Kesaveloo Goonaruthnum Naidoo (1906—98) adopted as the first woman of colour to practise medicine in South Africa during the 1930s. She demanded women's inclusion in political organisations representing her Indian community, and joined others in passionate opposition to the apartheid policies that oppressed them.

Judith Deutsch (2020-07-25). Nuclear Weapons and Extreme Threats. A Tale of Two Men Handling Emergency. globalresearch.ca One man reacted to emergency and the other one didn't. The two men are

George Loumakis (2020-07-25). Energy isn't just electricity. zcomm.org The common mistake obscuring the mammoth task of decarbonisation…

Safura Abdool Karim (2020-07-25). [Correspondence] COVID-19 vaccine affordability and accessibility. thelancet.com The need to ensure the affordability of any future COVID-19 vaccine is gaining increasing attention.1 Although there is support for bulk purchasing, making vaccines affordable is fraught with difficulties, particularly for the so-called missing middle countries that are not eligible for aid from Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance or other aid but lack the resources to produce their own vaccines or afford patent-protected drugs.

Sammy Westfall (2020-07-25). Thailand Sees Largest Anti-Government Protests Since 2014 Military Coup. zcomm.org The youth-led protests appear to have taken a page from Hong Kong's highly decentralized pro-democracy movement last year…

ACLU (2020-07-25). The Portland Police Attack: ACLU Files Lawsuit. Sues Trump and City of Portland. globalresearch.ca PORTLAND, Ore. — Multiple volunteer street medics are suing the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Marshals Service, and the City of Portland for targeting and attacking them at Portland protests against police brutality. The lawsuit was filed in federal court …

news.un (2020-07-25). COVID-19 means development setbacks for Mongolia: a UN Resident Coordinator's blog. news.un.org Mongolia has recorded very few cases of COVID-19, less than 300 as on date, despite its more than 4,000 kilometre porous border with China. However, the country faces a major economic impact from the pandemic, says Tapan Mishra, the UN Resident Coordinator in Mongolia.

Elizabeth R Volkmann (2020-07-25). [Comment] Tapering glucocorticoids in rheumatoid arthritis. thelancet.com Glucocorticoids are a cornerstone of care for patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Since the 1950s, glucocorticoids have been used to reduce inflammation and symptoms of arthritis, improve physical function, and reduce disability. These drugs are widely available, inexpensive, and typically combined with disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs to induce remission in rheumatoid arthritis. However, the administration of glucocorticoids is not without risk. Long-term use of glucocorticoids is associated with increased mortality,1 cardiovascular events,2 and bone fractures.

Eric L Simpson, Rodney Sinclair, Seth Forman, Andreas Wollenberg, Roland Aschoff, Michael Cork, Thomas Bieber, Jacob P Thyssen, Gil Yosipovitch, Carsten Flohr, Nina Magnolo, Catherine Maari, Claire Feeney, Pinaki Biswas, Svitlana Tatulych, Hernan Valdez, Ricardo Rojo (2020-07-25). [Articles] Efficacy and safety of abrocitinib in adults and adolescents with moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis (JADE MONO-1): a multicentre, double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled, phase 3 trial. thelancet.com Monotherapy with oral abrocitinib once daily was effective and well tolerated in adolescents and adults with moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis.

Brasil de Fato (2020-07-25). 100 years of Florestan Fernandes, a theoretician who served the working class. peoplesdispatch.org When he completed his Social Sciences degree at the University of Sà£o Paulo (USP), in 1944, Florestan Fernandes didn't graduate as a sociologist shaped merely by books. Sociology actually first came to him through work, and only later through reflection. This is an idea of the sociologist himself, and what permeates the complexity and totality of his thoughts. | Florestan was the only child of Maria Fernandes, a young Portuguese woman who arrived in Brazil to work the fields at age 13. She gave birth to him on July 22 of 1920. Florestan first witnessed class conflicts while at the Bresser (a wealthy Brazil…

Philip Ball (2020-07-25). [Perspectives] Pandemic science and politics. thelancet.com In 2019, the Global Health Security Alliance assessed worldwide adherence to the International Health Regulations (2005), which supposedly commit nations to measures that prevent or control the spread of infectious diseases and mitigate their effects. The study found that no nation was fully prepared, and many countries—rich or poor—fell woefully short. This finding is only one of the many indications that we could have been ready, nationally and globally, to deal with a crisis like COVID-19, but were not.

Peter A Noseworthy, Zachi I Attia, Rickey E Carter, Xiaoxi Yao, Paul A Friedman (2020-07-25). [Correspondence] An AI-ECG algorithm for atrial fibrillation risk: steps towards clinical implementation — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank our colleagues for their interest in our Article1 about artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled electrocardiogram (ECG) to identify patients with atrial fibriliation. They have posed key questions about confounding of the model by potential differences in baseline characteristics and about generalisability.

Monique Dols and Peter Lamphere (2020-07-25). Full Steam Ahead on Reopening Schools? No Way, Say Teachers. zcomm.org "I just want everyone to know that educators, when we fight, we're not just going to fight for us. We're going to fight for those parents that are being forced to make a choice between having to go to work and putting their kids in the school building."

Fight Back (2020-07-25). Coalition to March on the DNC announces shift, to prioritize movement against police crimes. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI – On August 20, the day that Joe Biden is expected to be in Milwaukee to accept the Democratic nomination, the Coalition to March on the Democratic National Convention is hosting a march and rally within sight and sound of the Wisconsin Center. | People in cities and towns across the country are protesting racist police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Alvin Cole right here in Milwaukee. Protests in Minneapolis ignited a fire that swept across the country, producing the largest civil rights movement in U.S. history. | For the Coalition, a shift in priority is necessary. Rather than maint…

Richard Horton (2020-07-25). [Comment] Offline: Preparing for a vaccine against COVID-19. thelancet.com The results of two randomised trials reported this week in The Lancet give great encouragement to the view that a vaccine against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) can be produced within the next 18 months. There are no guarantees. But the evidence is hopeful. Pedro Folegatti and colleagues from The Jenner Institute at the University of Oxford used a chimpanzee adenovirus viral vector expressing SARS-CoV-2 spike protein to create a vaccine given by a single intramuscular injection.

April Joy Damian, Melanie Gonzalez (2020-07-25). [Correspondence] Dismantling racism in research. thelancet.com The widespread dissemination of how George Floyd was murdered prompted people around the world to demand structural reform. We agree with the points raised in the Editorial about the need to "find ways to use science as an instrument for social change".1 Here we highlight approaches for dismantling racism within research.

Stephan Weidinger, Stefan Schreiber (2020-07-25). [Comment] Abrocitinib for atopic dermatitis: a step forward. thelancet.com Atopic dermatitis is one of the most common chronic inflammatory skin diseases worldwide with a global annual prevalence of 3—4%.1 Few data are available on disease activity strata, but in a 2018 multinational survey between 10% and 20% of adults with incident atopic dermatitis reported severe disease.2 Atopic dermatitis pathophysiology is characterised by epidermal dysfunction and T-cell-driven inflammation, with increased production of inflammatory cytokines, in particular type 2 cytokines such as interleukin (IL)-4, IL-13, and IL-31.

Fight Back (2020-07-25). Michigan workers demand $600 unemployment from U.S. Rep. Huizenga. fightbacknews.org Grandville, MI – Stagehands held signs and rallied outside the office of U.S. Representative Bill Huizenga in this suburb of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Huizenga, like all but one Republican, voted against the HEROES Act in the House of Representatives. | Joining workers in other states, stagehands across Michigan are gathering outside politicians' offices to demand extending unemployment into next year. The stagehands, who are normally working behind the scenes, were out in front on June 23 chanting, "They say cut back! We say fight back!" and "What do we want? $600!" | Stagehands, like other entertainment and hospi…

Sandra Eades, Francine Eades, Daniel McCaullay, Lesley Nelson, Péta Phelan, Fiona Stanley (2020-07-25). [Correspondence] Australia's First Nations' response to the COVID-19 pandemic. thelancet.com Kaitlin Curtice and Esther Choo1 described the well known risks for infectious diseases among First Nations internationally and the serious concerns that COVID-19 poses for them. These risks include their levels of chronic disease, poverty, poor living conditions, and racism in mainstream services with resulting lack of trust using them. They also highlighted the problem of data not being available specifically for First Nations so that authorities are blind to the situation and hence how best to help them.

WSWS (2020-07-25). US demands even greater support from Australia in confrontation with China. wsws.org Despite the intensifying COVID-19 danger in the US, Australia's foreign and defence ministers will personally attend the annual AUSMIN talks in Washington next week.

yenisafak (2020-07-25). Record numbers of coronavirus cases in every global region: Reuters tally. yenisafak.com Almost 40 countries have reported record single-day increases in coronavirus infections over the past week, around double the number that did so the previous week, according to a Reuters tally showing a pick-up in the pandemic in every region of the world.The rate of cases has been increasing not only in countries like the United States, Brazil and India, which have dominated global headlines with large outbreaks, but in Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Bolivia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Bulgaria, Belgium, Uzbekistan and Israel, among others.Many countries, especially those where officials eased earlier social distancing lock…

James O'Neill (2020-07-25). Australia's Blind Allegiance to United States Foreign Policy Has a High Price to Pay. dissidentvoice.org Well over a century ago the German statesman Otto von Bismarck remarked that countries have neither friends nor enemies only interests. History since then has done nothing to dispel the wisdom of his observation. There are many people still alive today who were alive when this country fought for its very existence against the two …

Ali Salam (2020-07-25). Report: 259 Israeli Violations Against Palestinian Journalists in 2020. imemc.org A new report released by the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS) has documented 259 violations committed against Palestinian journalists by Israeli Forces in the Occupied Palestinian Territories since the beginning of this year. The head of the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate, Nasser Abu Bakr, said during a press conference that of the 259 …

_____ (2020-07-25). Week In Review 18th — 24th July. truepublica.org.uk Editor's Review of the Week Are we shocked by it all any more? It has taken Boris Johnson just six months to infect Westminister with wide-ranging levels of corruption and poisoned Britain's global standing in the world. It shouldn't be forgotten that Tory MP's voted for all this and it's almost impossible now to ignore …

Johanna Ross (2020-07-25). Why the "Russia Report" tells us more about Britain's BREXIT than anything else. globalresearch.ca The long-awaited UK 'Russia Report', whose publication was delayed by 10 months by Boris Johnson, was finally released this week by the Westminster Intelligence and Security Committee, much to the excitement of those keen to demonstrate alleged 'Russian interference' in …

Jon Jon Miltimore (2020-07-25). What Should Define a COVID-19 Death? The Unreliability of COVID-19 Data. Dr. Ioannidis. globalresearch.ca On Thursday, a Florida health official told a local news station that a young man who was listed as a COVID-19 victim had no underlying conditions. | The answer surprised reporters, | who "He died in a motorcycle …

yenisafak (2020-07-25). Japan, Qatar cover reopening of Hagia Sophia as mosque. yenisafak.com Japanese media allocated wide coverage for reopening of the Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque for worship after an 86-year hiatus, while Qatari media called it a historic day.Japan's Asahi Shimbun covered the first Friday prayers after reconversion of Hagia Sophia to mosque from museum, and said worshippers filled all streets two hours before the prayer time.Featuring a photograph of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reciting the Muslim holy book Quran, it said Christian patterns covered with curtains inside the building will be opened after the prayers, and the Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque will be free of charge for a…

Joe Parkin Daniels (2020-07-25). [World Report] COVID-19 cases surge in Colombia. thelancet.com Colombia has more than 8500 new cases per day, with restrictions being relaxed, putting the health system under strain. Joe Parkin Daniels reports from Bogotá.

yenisafak (2020-07-25). Thousands protest against Kremlin in Russian far east for third weekend. yenisafak.com Thousands of people marched in the Russian far eastern city of Khabarovsk on Saturday for the third weekend in a row, protesting at President Vladimir Putin's handling of a regional political crisis that has sparked demonstrations.Residents of Khabarovsk, around 3,800 miles (6,110 km) and seven time zones east of Moscow, are unhappy about the July 9 detention of the wider region's popular regional governor, Sergei Furgal, who was arrested on murder charges he denies.His detention, which his supporters say was politically motivated, has triggered more than two weeks of street protests, creating a headache for the…

Steve Topple (2020-07-25). Disabled people being abused for not wearing masks is peak 2020. thecanary.co The abuse by a fellow passenger of a disabled woman and her young sister over face masks may have shocked some people. But in reality, the attacks disabled people have faced during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is peak 2020. Because this embedded discrimination and hate has been over a decade in the making. | 'Disabled my arse': | As the Liverpool Echo

Manlio Dinucci (2020-07-25). Parlamento ´coeso ª sobre as missàµes neocoloniais. globalresearch.ca O Ministro da Defesa, Lorenzo Guerini (Partido Democrático) manifestou grande satisfaàßà£o pelo voto "coeso" do Parlamento, sobre as missàµes internacionais. Excepto alguma divergência no apoio à Guarda Costeira de Trípoli, a maioria e a oposiàßà£o aprovaram, de maneira compacta, sem …

Peter Bolton (2020-07-25). The NHS is now on the chopping block. And it shows why reforming capitalism is an exercise in futility. thecanary.co The Canary This raises the obvious question of whether we're about to see the end of the NHS's founding principle of 'free at the point of service'. But there's also a more elementary question worth exploring — whether it's even possible to maintain social reforms like universal health…

The Canary (2020-07-25). Government easing work from home guidance 'completely ignores the realities facing women', says charity supporting working mums. thecanary.co Half of working mothers are lacking the necessary childcare to enable them to work during the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis, according to a survey. Campaign group Pregnant Then Screwed questioned 19,950 mothers and pregnant women amid an easing of the work-from-home guidance. | The survey found that more than two thirds (72%) of mothers have had to work fewer hours because of childcare issues, reducing household income. Meanwhile, 65% of those on furlough said a shortfall in childcare was the reason for them being furloughed. | Research showing the impact of childcare closures on women found that while 81% of emp…

The Canary (2020-07-25). UN weather agency warns of 'global repercussions' amid Arctic heatwave. thecanary.co The UN weather agency warned that average temperatures in Siberia were 10C (18F) above average last month. It's a spate of exceptional heat that has fanned devastating fires in the Arctic Circle and contributed to a rapid depletion in ice sea off Russia's Arctic coast. | World Meteorological Organisation secretary-general Petteri Taalas said in a statement: The Arctic is heating more than twice as fast as the global average, impacting local populations and ecosystems and with global repercussions | He noted that Earth's poles influence weather conditions far away, where hundreds of millions of people live. | We've…

yenisafak (2020-07-25). Cricket: England's Buttler admits feeling the pressure over test place. yenisafak.com England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler said on Saturday he had been stressing about his lack of test runs and feeling the pressure of mounting speculation about his place in the team.Buttler has a reputation as a swashbuckling batsman in the limited over games but had averaged only 18 runs in his last seven tests since replacing Jonny Bairstow as wicketkeeper in New Zealand last November.However, a half century on the opening day of the third and final test against West Indies on Friday lifted some of the stress, he said before resuming at the crease.Asked if he had been fretting about his place, the 29-year-old Buttle…

yenisafak (2020-07-25). Vietnam reports first local coronavirus infection in more than three months. yenisafak.com Vietnam reported its first local coronavirus infection for more than three months on Saturday after a man in the central city of Danang tested positive four times for the virus, a government statement said.Thanks to strict quarantine measures and an aggressive and widespread testing programme, Vietnam had kept its virus total to an impressively low 415 cases, and had reported no locally transmitted infections for 100 days.

yenisafak (2020-07-25). Pakistani premier hails reopening of Hagia Sophia. yenisafak.com Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on late Friday hailed the reopening of Turkey's historic Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque after 86 years, following a Turkish court ruling."Felicitations to the Republic of Turkey, and H.E. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on this historic day after the first prayers in 86 years were held at Hagia Sophia [Grand] Mosque," Khan said on Twitter.Apart from the prime minister, several other Pakistani politicians and lawmakers, including the head of mainstream religious party Jamaat-e-Islami Senator Sirajul Haq, and Chief Minister of the most populous Punjab province Usman Buzdar also congrat…

yenisafak (2020-07-25). Turkey seizes terrorist PKK ammunition in northern Iraq. yenisafak.com "Our heroic commandos captured numerous arms and ammunition in a depot belonging to the PKK terrorist organization," said a ministry statement on Operation Claw-Tiger, one of its anti-terror operations in the region.The PKK often uses northern Iraq to plan attacks in Turkey and across the border.Among seized items were 63 AK-47 rifles, a sniper rifle, two shut guns, 50 rocker launcher ammunition, 1,000 anti-aircraft gun ammunition, 300 chargers of AK-47 rifles, 50 grenades and 25 kilograms (55 pounds) of dynamite.The operation is continuing, it added.Turkey's operations Claw-Tiger and Claw-Eagle were launched in…

yenisafak (2020-07-25). Turtle released to sea after months recovering. yenisafak.com Free at last! Taking all the time in the world, a Loggerhead sea turtle ambles slowly back to the ocean and liberty.Unbothered by the prying eyes of tourists on this deserted Spanish beach, the reptile seems in no rush to head for the waves.

yenisafak (2020-07-25). Iranian judiciary says passengers on 'harassed' airliner can sue US in Iran courts. yenisafak.com Iran's judiciary said on Saturday that passengers of an airliner that Tehran has said was "harassed" this week by an American fighter jet over Syria can sue the U.S. military for damages in Iranian courts.Iranian media said on Friday that several passengers on the Mahan Air flight heading from Tehran to Beirut were injured on Thursday after the pilot rapidly changed altitude to avoid collision with the U.S. jet.The U.S. military said its F-15 was at a safe distance and the fighter was conducting a visual inspection of the airliner as it passed near the Tanf garrison in Syria, home to U.S. forces."All passengers o…

yenisafak (2020-07-25). Storm Hanna becomes hurricane as it heads to Texas coast: NHC. yenisafak.com Storm Hanna on Saturday morning became the first hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic season, as it is set to make landfall along the Texas coast in the afternoon or early evening, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.Hanna was located about 90 miles (144.84 km) east-northeast of Port Mansfield, Texas, packing maximum sustained winds of 75 miles-per-hour, the NHC said."Additional strengthening is forecast before Hanna makes landfall later today," the Miami-based forecaster said, adding that the hurricane will rapidly weaken after it moves inland.

yenisafak (2020-07-25). Mainland China reports 34 new coronavirus cases, including 20 in Xinjiang. yenisafak.com Of the new infections, 20 were in the far western region of Xinjiang, according to a statement by the National Health Commission. Nine were in the northeastern province of Liaoning, while the remaining five were imported cases.China reported 74 new asymptomatic cases, up from 43 a day earlier.As of Friday, mainland China had 83,784 confirmed coronavirus cases, the health authority said. The COVID-19 death toll remained at 4,634.

yenisafak (2020-07-25). Erdogan says Turkey disappointed those expecting it to bow down. yenisafak.com Having no designs on territories and resources of other countries, Turkey also does not allow others to step on its interests, the country's president said on Saturday."We do not have designs on anyone's right, law, territory, sea, and natural resources. But, we do not allow anyone to step on our own right, law and interest," Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the opening ceremony of the Amasya Beltway via a video link.Underscoring that Turkey defended the right, law and interests of both its nation and friends on the land, at the sea and in the air, Erdogan said it disappointed those who expected Turkey to "bow down."Erd…

yenisafak (2020-07-25). Turkey's Erdogan, Italian PM discuss Libya over phone. yenisafak.com Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke to Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte over the phone on Saturday.Turkey's Communications Directorate said in a statement that Erdogan and Conte discussed regional developments, particularly in war-weary Libya, as well as cooperation in fighting COVID-19.The leaders agreed to maintain dialogue for a political solution in Libya.Since April 2019, warlord Khalifa Haftar's illegitimate forces have launched attacks on the Libyan capital of Tripoli and other parts of northwestern Libya, resulting in more than 1,000 deaths, including civilian women and children.However, the…

yenisafak (2020-07-25). Somalia: Parliament ousts Prime Minister Hassan Khaire. yenisafak.com Somalia's Parliament removed Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire from office by a vote of no confidence on Saturday.According to Speaker Mohamed Mursal Abdirahman, legislators voted 170-8 to dismiss Khaire and his government during an extraordinary session in the capital Mogadishu.Khaire, a dual Somali-Norwegian citizen, was appointed prime minister on Feb. 23, 2017 by President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmaajo and was approved by the Parliament days later on March 1.Mursal called on the president to appoint a new prime minister to lead the country to its first popular elections in decades.President Farmaajo has a…

yenisafak (2020-07-25). Press NGO calls for probe into Saudi journalist's death. yenisafak.com International press freedom NGO Reporters Without Borders has called for launching an independent international investigation into the circumstances of the death of Saudi journalist Saleh al-Shehi due to health problems, two months after his release."Al-Shehi was released on 19 May to general surprise. At the time, RSF was unable to establish the reasons for his release or whether it was conditional. His health deteriorated quickly thereafter," the Paris-based watchdog said in a statement.It said that "illness has not been formally named but some media outlets such as the Saudi daily Al-Riyadh spoke of three week…

yenisafak (2020-07-25). 103-year-old Pakistani man survives COVID-19. yenisafak.com A 103-year-old man has recovered from COVID-19 at a makeshift medical center in Pakistan.Aziz Abdul Alim, a resident of a village in the mountainous northern district of Chitral, was released last week from an emergency response centre after testing positive in early July."We were worried for him given his age, but he wasn't worried at all," Alim's son Sohail Ahmed told Reuters on the phone from his village, close to Pakistan's border with China and Afghanistan.Ahmed quoted his father as saying that he had been through a lot in life and the coronavirus did not scare him. He did however, not like being in isolatio…

yenisafak (2020-07-25). Tight security outside US Chengdu consulate after China orders closure. yenisafak.com Security was tight outside the U.S. consulate in the Chinese city of Chengdu on Saturday as staff inside prepared to leave, a day after China ordered it to close in response to a U.S. order for China to shut its consulate in Houston.The tit-for-tat consulate closures have brought a sharp deterioration in relations between the world's two largest economies.A consulate emblem inside the compound was removed as staff could be seen pushing trolleys and several consulate vehicles came and went.Police, including many plain clothes officers, gathered outside and closed off the street to traffic.Neither the consulate in…

_____ (2020-07-25). America's Terminal Decline. popularresistance.org President Trump's U-turn admission on the coronavirus pandemic, acknowledging that it's going to get worse before it gets better, could be applied to the general condition of American politics. It can only get worse under present circumstances. | That's because there is no way to solve deep-seated problems in the US system under the prevailing bipartisan framework. | It is delusional for Democrats to blame Trump and the Republicans for all the woes of that nation. The notion that America can be returned to some kind of presumed normality if Joe Biden is elected to the White House in November is a fantasy.

_____ (2020-07-25). Judge Rejects Oregon's Motion For A Restraining Order Against Federal Police. popularresistance.org A federal judge on Friday afternoon denied a request by Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum to issue a temporary restraining order against federal officers making arrests of Portland protesters without probable cause. | In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Michael W. Mosman said Rosenblum had failed to provide sufficient evidence that such arrests were occurring widely in the streets of Portland or were part of a federal policy. (Disclosure: Rosenblum is married to the co-owner of WW's parent company.) | He ruled that because the state of Oregon couldn't establish a pattern or policy, it lacked the legal standi…

_____ (2020-07-25). Homeland Security Claims Shields And Gas Masks Are Weapons. popularresistance.org Far from restoring order, the arrival of federal agents from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Border Patrol in Portland, Oregon has only heightened tensions, with agents attacking and arresting protesters nightly. DHS' Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli took to social media yesterday to share images of items confiscated from demonstrators. | "Here is a shield and a couple of gas masks from a rioter arrested in Portland. Not a sign with a slogan that someone expressing their first amendment rights might carry, but preparations for violence. Peaceful protester? I don't think so," he wrote.

_____ (2020-07-25). Federal Prisons Locked Down To Quash Black Lives Matter Protests. popularresistance.org On June 2, for the first time in 25 years, the Bureau of Prisons directed all federal jails and prisons to implement a full lockdown, confining nearly 160,000 people to their cells and severely limiting contact with the outside world. The following day, on the orders of Attorney General William Barr, the Bureau pulled some of its most militarized units out of BOP facilities and deployed them to confront protesters on the streets of Washington, D.C. | Typically, a lockdown occurs in a single facility at the discretion of the warden, usually in response to temporary incidents like fights or, more rarely, longer-ter…

_____ (2020-07-25). Single Mothers And Children Take Over Abandoned Public Buildings. popularresistance.org In Philadelphia, single mothers and their children have moved into abandoned, publicly owned buildings, in the most significant housing take over in the country—at a time when millions have lost their jobs and the country is on the brink of another housing crisis. Jennifer Bennetch has helped place unhoused people into vacant homes owned by the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA), as the founder of Occupy PHA and a member of the Philadelphia Housing Action coalition. She's doing what she says is "the government's job to make sure people who need it have housing."

_____ (2020-07-25). Louisville: Black Lives Matter Protesters Arrested After Blocking Street. popularresistance.org Louisville, KY – More than 100 Black Lives Matter protesters were confronted by police after blocking off Market Street in Louisville's Nulu neighborhood on Friday afternoon and setting up an impromptu block party. | Police started arresting dozens of protesters shortly before 5 p.m. after declaring that the gathering was an unlawful assembly. In total, 76 were arrested, according to Louisville Metro Police Department spokesman Lamont Washington. The group arrived around 4 p.m., and in less than a half-hour, protesters put up long tables with meal settings, connect four games, a trampoline, artwork and shade tent…

_____ (2020-07-25). Protesters Use 'Midnight Yoga' To Cope With Police Violence. popularresistance.org Saturday night marked another session of "Midnight Yoga" on Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington D.C. | The protesters, who have been out in the streets over 50 days after being initially sparked by the failure to arrest the officers who had murdered George Floyd and Breonna Taylor (still), have turned to the peace that yoga provides to manage their pain, both physical and emotional. | Around the same time federal police were turning Portland into a war zone while violently beating and pepper-spraying citizens, D.C. protesters were stretching out their limbs after giving a touching 100 candle-light tribute to l…

_____ (2020-07-25). Is The United States A Failing State? A Failed State? popularresistance.org 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 leadership is exhibiting a reckless tendency of combining incompetence with extremism. It is also crucial to ascertain at what point a failing state should be written off as 'a failed state' for which there is no longer a clear path to redemption. The November elections in the United States will send a strong signal as to whether the United States is failing or has f…

_____ (2020-07-25). Federal Agents Use Tear Gas To Clear Portland Protest. popularresistance.org Thousands of protesters gathered outside the federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon, into the early hours of Saturday shooting fireworks at the building as plumes of tear gas, dispensed by U.S. agents, lingered above. | The demonstration went on for hours until federal agents entered the crowd around 2: 30 a.m. and marched in a line down the street, clearing remaining protesters with tear gas at close range. They also extinguished a large fire in the street outside the courthouse. | The Federal Protective Service had declared the gathering as "an unlawful assembly" and cited that officers had been injured.

_____ (2020-07-25). What Programs A 10% Cut In Military Spending Could Buy. popularresistance.org For millions of Californians, times are tough, and the future looks tougher still. So far, California has seen over 325,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and over 7,000 deaths. | In the economic fallout, over 6 million of us have applied for unemployment insurance since the start of the pandemic. Many of them have yet to see a dime from the understaffed California Employment Development Department, which has struggled to keep up with the sheer volume of claims. | Meanwhile, a $600-per-week federal unemployment supplement is set to expire at the end of July, and the Republican-controlled Senate appears determined to…

Brenda Norrell (2020-07-25). As the pandemic surges, Native Americans are resilient. indybay.org As the coronavirus pandemic continues to surge, Native Americans manifest resilience, from the San Carlos Apache running for their sacred land to the Kumeyaay standing to protect their sacred land from the border wall construction. Lakota are cooking hot meals for relatives who are in quarantine in Rapid City, South Dakota, while Dine' and Hopi raise their own funds and deliver food, water and supplies to those most in need.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-25). Enemies failed in creating duality between science, religion. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 25 (MNA) — Iranian First Vice President said that malicious plans orchestrated by enemies against Islamic Republic of Iran in creating duality between science and religion were failed.

Lisa Hallgarten (2020-07-25). [Correspondence] Women's reproductive rights. thelancet.com I hope it is stating the obvious to suggest that it is despicable both to ban abortion and to impose it on women whether in the name of religion, in the service of a political ideology, or as a perceived demographic imperative.1 Forced birth and forced abortion are foul. They are an assault on the autonomy, dignity, and rights of women, and are a threat to their lives, health, and wellbeing. Examples of banning and forcing abortions are found throughout the world and across time (sometimes in the same place and at the same time, as seen in Nazi Germany).

Staff and News Service Reports (2020-07-25). LA County OKs Coronavirus 'Health Councils' to Keep Watch on Worker Safety. zcomm.org COVID-19 outbreaks in such sites as Los Angeles Apparel underpinned the Board of Supervisors' efforts to include unions and business interests in a plan to ensure worker safety…

sputniknews (2020-07-25). 'Cool War': Chinese-US Relations Haven't Sunk to Soviet-American Level of Tensions Yet, Analysts Say. sputniknews.com The Houston-Chengdu consulate closure spat between Beijing and Washington is the latest front in a conflict ranging from trade and technology transfer, to the handling of the coronavirus crisis, and geopolitical and geoeconomic conflicts stretching from Asia and the Pacific to Africa, Europe and Latin America.

sputniknews (2020-07-25). US ICE Threatens Filmmakers, Producers in Bid to Block Approved Footage From Netflix – Report. sputniknews.com According to a report by the New York Times, two Netflix filmmakers who filmed approved, behind-the-scenes footage with the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for two and a half years are now being threatened by the same government authorities.

sputniknews (2020-07-25). Greece Denies Condoning Turkish Flag-Burning After Hagia Sophia Conversion Into Mosque. sputniknews.com ATHENS (Sputnik) – Greece's Foreign Ministry said Saturday it disapproved of desecration of national symbols after Turkey accused it of encouraging the burning of its flag at a rally against the conversion of Istanbul's ancient Orthodox Christian temple into a mosque.

sputniknews (2020-07-25). Iran Warns Any Further 'Adventurist Move by American Terrorists' May 'Speed Up' Israel's Demise. sputniknews.com Already strained relations between Tehran and Washington suffered another setback on Thursday after a Mahan Air passenger jet with over 150 people onboard was forced to take evasive maneuvers over Syrian airspace after being intercepted by two US F-15 fighter jets.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-25). Harassment of Iranian airliner embodiment of US terrorist act. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 25 (MNA) — Syrian Ambassador Adnan Hassan Mahmoud said that the harassment of an Iranian airliner is the embodiment of US terrorist acts.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-25). 'Yalda' to be screened at two festivals in Estonia. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 25 (MNA) — Iranian feature film 'Yalda, A Night for Forgiveness' directed by Masoud Bakhshi, will be screened at two film festivals in Estonia.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-25). Iran's steel ingot production vol. up 7.5% in two months. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 25 (MNA) — Statistics of the Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade showed that production volume of steel ingot registered a 7.5 percent growth in the first two months of the current year (from March 21 to May 20).

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-25). US behaves like Mafia bands, bandits: Al-Nujaba. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 25 (MNA) — The spokesman of al-Nujaba Islamic Resistance condemned the harassment of the Iranian passenger airplane, flying from Tehran to Beirut, by the American fighters, describing it as the behavior of bandits and Mafia groups.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-25). Tehran, Moscow confer on regional, Afghanistan affairs. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 25 (MNA) — In a meeting between the special envoy of the Russian President for Afghanistan affairs Zamir Kabulov and Iran's ambassador to Russia Kazem Jalali the two sides discussed regional and Afghanistan affairs.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-25). Police seize 440 kg of narcotics in Yazd. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 26 (MNA) — The police forces of Yazd province in central Iran have seized 440 kg of illicit drugs in three separate operations, according to the police commander.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-25). Meeting held between PBO chief, Martyrs Foundation's head. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 26 (MNA) — A meeting was held between Head of Foundation of Martyrs and Veterans Affairs Saeed Ohadi and Head of Plan and Budget Organization (PBO) Mohammad-Bagher Nobakht on Sat.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-25). US fails to isolate Iran: ex-envoy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 25 (MNA) — Former representative of Iran to the United Nations said that Iran-China's cooperation is strategic, and the US has failed to isolate Iran.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-25). Lebanon health min. to pursue US harassment of Iran airliner. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 25 (MNA) — Hamd Hasan said that the Health Ministry of Lebanon will file a lawsuit in international institutions on behalf of Mahan flight passengers threatened by the US disgraceful attack.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-25). Saudi activist reports King in critical health conditions. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 25 (MNA) — A prominent Saudi activist and whistleblower, known by online pseudonym 'Mujtahidd', posted a leaked message on Twitter, claiming that Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the king of Saudi Arabia is in critical health conditions.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-25). Montazeri urges follow-up on US attack on Iranian airliner. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 26 (MNA) — Iran's Prosecutor-General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri called on Iranian Foreign Minister to pursue legal actions regarding US attack on the Iranian airliner.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-25). US left with no option but to withdraw from Iraq. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 26 (MNA) — The intensification of anti-American attacks in various parts of Iraq has left American terrorists with no other option than to pull out from Iraq.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-25). Army Ground Force's Shahid Zarharan Center. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 25 (MNA) — Deputy Coordinator of the Islamic Republic of Iran's Army, Rear Admiral Sayyari, paid a visit on Saturday to Shahid Zarharan center that is responsible for improving, renovating, and manufacturing products for Iran Army Ground…

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-25). Saudi fighter jets launch attack on Yemen. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 25 (MNA) — In continuation of their aggression on Yemen, Saudi fighter jets violated the ceasefire in the country and launched a series of attacks on the Marib and Saada provinces.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-25). Iran, Azerbaijan emphasize developing transit coop. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 25 (MNA) — Customs heads of Islamic Republic of Iran and Azerbaijan Republic on Sat. stressed the need to expand and develop transit cooperation.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-25). Parliament to address US attack on Iran's airliner. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 26 (MNA) — Deputy Chairman of the Parliament National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Abbas Moghtadaei said that the UN must condemn US attack on the Iranian airliner.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-25). VIDEO: Hagia Sophia hosts first Friday prayers in 86 years. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 25 (MNA) — After more than eight decades as a museum, Istanbul's iconic Hagia Sophia held Islamic prayer services for the first time in 86 years.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-25). Beirut condemns US harassment of Mahan airliner. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 25 (MNA) — Lebanese Foreign Minister Nassif Hitti denounced the hostile interception of an Iranian passenger plane in the Syrian airspace by US warplanes.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-25). Over 288K people infected by COVID-19, death toll at 15,484. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 25 (MNA) — As of Saturday, the total number of coronavirus cases in Iran has passed 288,000, of whom 15,484 have lost their lives to the deadly virus.

Eugene E Ruyle (2020-07-25). Sunday 7/26: Socialism, Communism, Democracy, and Dictatorship: A Scientific Perspective. indybay.org Online…

TORDRR (2020-07-25). THE PROBLEM ISN'T RACISM, IT'S IGNORANCE OF THE U.S. CONSTITUTION (PROPER GRAND JURY FUNCT. indybay.org {The problem(s), coast to coast, aren't racism; they're grand jury malfunction/sabotage…….DEMAND (IN WRITING) THE PROPER FUNCTION OF YOUR GRAND JURIES, AMERICA, AND LEGALLY-WIN IN 10 DAYS, SUNDAYS EXCEPTED…..THEN, DEMONSTRATE/PROTEST/RIOT, IF NEEDED, TO GET THE DUE-WARRANTS ENFORCED….WASTING EVERYONE'S TIME & MONEY, UNTIL THEN….}…

Revolutionary United Front (2020-07-25). Tuesday 8/4: Community Meeting on Police Brutality and the George Floyd Protests Pt. 5. indybay.org Willow Park | Oakland, CA 94607…

PACT Silicon Valley (2020-07-25). Sunday 7/26: Unity Rally – Re-imagine Public Safety. indybay.org San José City Hall…

SPTESR (2020-07-25). Saturday 8/1: No More Billionaires Privatization, Union Busting & Racist Attacks. indybay.org 10: 30 AM Oakland Coliseum & Caravan To | GAP Corporate Headquarters Folsom & Embarcadero | San Francisco with rally at 12: 00 noon…

WorkWeek (2020-07-25). WorkWeek On Confederate Monuments & Knights Of Labor & Covid Murders. indybay.org WorkWeek looks at the Robert E. Lee monument in Richmond, Virginia and the Knights of Labor who were uniting Black and White workers against the Democrats and Republicans. WorkWeek also looks at racism at Tesla, the Port of Oakland and the fight against privatization of Alameda County Highland Hospital.

Lynda Carson (2020-07-25). Mayors sign letter to oppose Trump's unidentified jack booted storm troopers. indybay.org 7/22/2020 Updated Letter Signed By Mayors:…

Eugene E Ruyle (2020-07-25). Sunday 8/2: Cuba: This is what medical internationalism looks like. indybay.org Online…

Moms and Grannies (2020-07-25). Saturday 7/25: Wall of Moms Bay Area Action in Palo Alto. indybay.org Corner of Embarcadero and El Camino in Palo Alto across from the main entrance to Stanford. Palo Alto 94301.

Khubaka, Michael Harris (2020-07-25). 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.

Monterey Peace & Justice Center (2020-07-25). Saturday 7/25: Race, Police, and Prisons: The American Gulag. indybay.org Online webinar…

Indivisible Guide (2020-07-25). Monday 7/27: #Windisivible: 2020 Election #GOTV Program Kickoff w/ Indivisible Leaders. indybay.org Online…

APTP (2020-07-25). Defund OPD: Oakland Mayor Schaaf & the City Council Failed Us. indybay.org On Tuesday night, Oakland City Council had the historic opportunity to address the decades-long budget inequity that has left police with the lion's share of our tax dollars and many residents without healthcare, housing, and critical social services during the pandemic. Instead, Councilmembers Reid, McElhaney, Taylor, Gallo, and Mayor Schaaf chose to overfund policing over funding basic needs for the people of Oakland, ignoring hours of public comment calling for further cuts to OPD's budget.

Labor Video Project (2020-07-25). Stop SF Privatization Of Balboa Reservoir & Defend SF Community College. indybay.org The land grab of SF PUC owned Balboa reservoir by the developer Avalon was opposed by speakers at the Ocean campus of San Francisco Community College on July 23, 2020. They also discussed the destruction of ESL classes and the closure of Fort Mason and other campuses. The CCSF administration and Board of Trustees speakers charged are dismembering the community college and destroying the futures of immigrants, Blacks, Latinos, working class youth and the faculty and staff of the college…

San Jose Peace & Justice Center (2020-07-25). 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…

Animal Liberation Press Office (2020-07-25). Animal Liberation Front Retaliates for the Murder of Activist Regan Russell. indybay.org On the morning of Friday, June 19, Canadian animal rights activist Regan Russell was hit by a truck and murdered whilst peacefully protesting against a slaughterhouse. The truck which killed her was carrying the very pigs whose plight she was attempting to draw attention to. Despite being clearly visible to the driver, who accelerated towards her, and continued to drive even as her body was torn in half, no one has been arrested for the crime.

Stan Santos (2020-07-25). Joaquín Murrieta y el Camino a Tres Piedras. indybay.org En 1980 familias campesinas lucharon por viviendas y dignidad cerca al Arroyo de Cantua, lugar que en 1853, se dio el último choque violento entre la banda de Joaquín Murrieta y los Rangers de California. Desde entonces, jinetes del área celebran esto eventos en la historia del Valle San Joaquín.

No Justice Under Capitalism (2020-07-25). Sunday 8/2: San Quentin Prison Protest: No State Execution by COVID-19. indybay.org Larkspur Ferry Terminal Parking Lot, Larkspur, CA…

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."

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.

Aaron Maté (2020-07-24). Did Trump Bomb Syria on False Grounds? thenation.com Did Trump Bomb Syria on False Grounds?

Alan Macleod (2020-07-24). Homeland Security Justifies Invasion of Portland by Claiming Shields and Gas Masks are Weapons. mintpressnews.com DHS' Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli claimed that defensive tools like Shields and Gas Masks were evidence that protesters were making "preparations for violence."

Alan Macleod (2020-07-24). US-Backed Coup Gov't in Bolivia Suspends Elections for Third Time. mintpressnews.com Amid a rapidly worsening COVID-19 pandemic, Bolivia's coup government has once again suspended much-anticipated elections that were due to be held on September 6. This is the third time the administration of Jeanine Añez has postponed them because of the virus, setting a new date for October 18. | The move has drawn condemnation from both left and right, but for different reasons. MintPress' Ollie Vargas, who covered events from inside the country since last year's November 10 coup, was dismayed, Bolivia…

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…

Andrew Korybko (2020-07-24). America's Junior Partner: Britain's Post-Brexit Eurasian Balancing Strategy Is Bunk. globalresearch.ca The UK is trying to position itself as the "balancing" partner of choice for countries that are indoctrinated into believing the US' information warfare narrative of Eurasian-wide Chinese and Russian threats to their sovereignty, but this strategy is bunk because …

Staff (2020-07-24). Climate Change And Hatred For Trump May Put Biden In The White House. therealnews.com Climate justice groups are disappointed at the recently unveiled Biden-Sanders joint action plan on climate change, saying it fails to recognize the urgency of the situation which can overshadow Democrats' efforts to rally the more progressive voices behind the presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden. | Since Sen. Bernie Sanders' abrupt exit from the Democratic field mid-April, the respective teams of Biden and the Vermont senator have cooperated to build a joint action plan that can rally both Democratic conservatives and left-leaning progressives behind a unified political agenda. | On July 8, after weeks of h…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-07-24). VIDEO: The 2020 Economic Crisis. Global Poverty, Unemployment and Despair. globalresearch.ca A complex decision-making process is instrumental in the closing down of national economies Worldwide. We are led to believe that the lockdown is the solution. Politicians and health officials in more than 150 countries obey orders emanating from higher authority.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-07-24). LancetGate: "Scientific Corona Lies" and Big Pharma Corruption. Hydroxychloroquine versus Gilead's Remdesivir. globalresearch.ca The campaign against HCQ is carried out through slanderous political statements, media smears, not to mention an authoritative peer reviewed "evaluation" published on May 22nd by The Lancet, which was based on fake figures and test trials.

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). 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). "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.

F. William Engdahl (2020-07-24). Now Comes the Davos Global Economy "Great Reset". What Happens After the Covid-19 Pandemic? globalresearch.ca First published by GR on June 10, 2020 | For those wondering what will come after the Covid19 pandemic has successfully all but shut down the entire world economy, spreading the worst depression since the 1930s, the leaders of the premier …

Varshini Prakash, John Podesta (2020-07-24). Donald Trump Wants a Fight on the Green New Deal. So Do We. thenation.com Donald Trump Wants a Fight on the Green New Deal. So Do We.

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

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.

CounterSpin (2020-07-24). Marjorie Cohn on Portland Secret Police. fair.org Media…

Mike Whitney (2020-07-24). Vote Democrat… and Watch America Burn. globalresearch.ca "…This is the most dangerous time in the history of man. The seriousness of this plot cannot be underestimated. It is not due to any threat of conventional war or nuclear decimation, it is based on the fact that this …

Fred Magdoff (2020-07-24). Amazon women warriors and revolutionary pants. mronline.org For much of human history, most people—men and women—wore loose fitting robes of various types to cover their bodies. It is thought that trousers were invented relatively recently in human history, around 1000 BCE, so that people could be more comfortable riding horses.

John Wojcik (2020-07-24). AOC: 'Rep. Yoho called me, and I quote, a "fucking bitch"'. peoplesworld.org On the Holocaust Memorial in Washington, D.C., there is a list of a dozen easily recognized features of a society headed toward fascism. High on that list is the oppression and denigration of women—in short, sexism. Yesterday, New York's Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, the leading socialist in the U.S. Congress, rose to the floor and changed …

Joe Piette (2020-07-24). Philly marches for ' °Justicia para Vanessa!'. workers.org Over 100 people, predominantly Mexican-American and young, marched in Philadelphia on July 12 to demand justice for Pfc. Vanessa Guillén. The protest was organized by JUNTOS and Lazos America Unida. Participants carried "Justicia para Vanessa" signs and large photos of the young soldier who was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. . . . |

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,

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.

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,

Josh Bacopulos (2020-07-24). Arizona Communists' mutual aid provides medical supplies, masks to Navajo Nation. peoplesworld.org PHOENIX—"My commitment to mutual aid or at least the urge to help others predates my studies and activity as a communist and my membership in the Communist Party," said James, a member of a local Communist Party club here. He recently volunteered to drive to Gallup, N.M., to deliver 600 first aid kits to the …

Mark Gruenberg (2020-07-24). Whole Foods workers sue: Amazon fired us for supporting Black Lives Matter. peoplesworld.org BOSTON—An old Republican politician said 50 years ago, "Watch what we do, not what we say." Well, 14 workers at the Amazon-owned Whole Foods grocery chain watched what their employer did—fired them for wearing Black Lives Matter apparel on the job—and marched into federal court in Boston to try to reverse that illegal action. In …

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

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.

David Trujillo (2020-07-24). Myths, lies, and more nonsense about the 2020 Latinx vote. peoplesworld.org The beast of burden is no more, but now there's a political beast to be reckoned with. There are still those who want to keep the Latinx community down and out. They fear that a political awakening will change the political landscape. The late songwriter and entertainer Sam Cooke once sang, "A change is gonna …

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 . . . |

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 . . . |

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). 400,000 Marylanders Could Face Eviction As COVID-19 Spikes. therealnews.com Photo courtesy of CASA |
| Amid another surge in COVID-19 cases and as the economic crisis fueled by government inaction worsens, activists are demanding action to avoid evictions, water bill shutoffs and to extend unemployment relief amidst the great economic crisis since the Great Depression. | After weeks of declining COVID-19 cases, Maryland is experiencing rising hospitalization and positivity rates, especially among those 35 years of age and under. | The number of COVID-positive patients at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore doubled overnight from July 20 to July 21, according to two nurses who help t…

Joe Piette (2020-07-24). New USPS work rules threaten postal jobs and services. workers.org As if pandemic challenges, a deep financial crisis and an openly hostile president were not bad enough, over 600,000 postal workers also face new work rules which impose speedups, while delaying the delivery of first-class mail and parcels. Protest against postal job threats on June 23 in Philadelphia. . . . |

Joe Piette (2020-07-24). Philly marches for ' °Justicia por Vanessa!'. workers.org Over 100 people, predominantly Mexican-American and young, marched in Philadelphia on July 12 to demand justice for Pfc. Vanessa Guillén. The protest was organized by JUNTOS and Lazos America Unida. Participants carried "Justicia por Vanessa" signs and large photos of the young soldier who was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. . . . |

Special to People's World (2020-07-24). Illinois Communists condemn Trump's move toward guns and secret police. peoplesworld.org CHICAGO — "The City of Chicago is united in rejecting the provocation of the Trump administration in sending hundreds of militarized, highly armed secret-police gunmen into our streets in the midst of a public health crisis and economic catastrophe." So says the Communist Party of Illinois in a statement released Friday, July 24. In the …

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, . . . |

WBBPKFBLFTFP (2020-07-24). Welcome back baseball! Players kneel for Black Lives; Fauci tosses first pitch. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON (AP)—In a joint demonstration of support for the Black Lives Matter movement, players, managers and coaches of the New York Yankees and Washington Nationals knelt in unison before the opening game of the 2020 baseball season, then stood for the national anthem Thursday night. "We wanted to do something united, something together," Yankees slugger …

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 . . . |

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

A Guest Author (2020-07-24). 'U.S. Chernobyl': Why the U.S. failed and China won against COVID-19. workers.org By Lee Siu Hin 李小轩 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/. Lee Siu Hin What's going on? In January 2020, several cases of viral pneumonia of unknown origin were detected in . . . |

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.

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 . . . |

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.

Ian Goodrum (2020-07-24). Op-Ed: Trump's closure of China's Houston consulate a desperate, boneheaded move. peoplesworld.org Yet again, my hometown finds itself at the center of controversy. Houston just can't catch a break. In a shocking, perplexing move, the Chinese Consulate-General there has been informed by the U.S. State Department it must close in a matter of days, with no warning and no reason given aside from a specious list of …

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

John Hawkins (2020-07-24). 88 Days of Hell for the Family Jewell. dissidentvoice.org By the late-90s we must have sensed that the shit was hitting the fan. The fire at Waco. The Unabomber envelopes. The downing of Flight 800. The World Trade Center bombing. Blowjobs in the White House. Oklahoma City. Tokyo's subway sarin attack. The Khobar Towers bombing blamed on bin Laden. The ascent of Atlanta's radio jockstrap …

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.

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

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

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

Mark Gruenberg (2020-07-24). House votes to toss statues of rebels from U.S. Capitol. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—By a 305-113 vote, the Democratic-run U.S. House voted to eject statues of Confederate leaders, plus racist U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney, from the U.S. Capitol, especially Statuary Hall. Republicans cast all 113 "no" votes, while 72 GOPers joined all 232 voting Democrats and the lone Independent in deciding to toss out the …

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.

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

Leonid Savin (2020-07-24). Libya's Proxy War And The Changing Geopolitical Balance Of North Africa. thealtworld.com On 20 July 2020, the Egyptian parliament unilaterally In early July, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

Alejandro Pedregal (2020-07-24). Cuban medical internationalism has been a core component of the revolution. mronline.org "If the small economy of Cuba can improve the health of millions of the world's people, imagine what could be accomplished if America's enormous productive capacity changed from creating useless and destructive junk to producing what people throughout the world actually need."

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

RT (2020-07-24). 'Black people can't be racist': UK rapper Wiley accused of anti-Semitism after branding Jews 'the real enemy' & comparing to KKK. rt.com British rapper Wiley has been accused of anti-Semitism after a lengthy series of Twitter posts in which he likened Jews to the Ku Klux Klan, declared them "the real enemy," and "the ones who rob us blind." | British rapper Wiley has been accused of anti-Semitism after a lengthy series of Twitter posts in which he likened Jews to the Ku Klux Klan, declared them "the real enemy," and "the ones who rob us blind." | The hours-long stream of tweets on Friday kick-started with the grime artist

RT (2020-07-24). Propaganda for kids: UK govt-backed 'news' site teaches children about 'ruthless' Putin & 'shameless' Russia. rt.com Is Vladimir Putin "the most dangerous man in the world?" If you trust the same news sources that some British schoolchildren's teachers do, then yes. Perhaps it's a good thing that the kids aren't listening. | When schools in Britain eventually reopen in September, children filling into the classrooms won't just be learning their reading, writing and arithmetic. On top of these fundamentals, their teachers will spoon-feed them blatant propaganda that would make Herr Goebbels blush. | The propaganda source in question is The Day, a news site founded by a team of established journalists and directed at teens. De…

RT (2020-07-24). 'Diversionary tactics': Moscow dismisses US & UK's 'propagandistic' claims it tested new space weapon. rt.com Russia's Foreign Ministry has slapped down American and British claims that Moscow has been testing a new anti-satellite weapon. It says the pair are simply trying to distract attention from their own attempts to weaponize space. | US Space Force Command Chief General John W. Raymond claimed on Thursday that Moscow had conducted a "non-destructive test of a space-based anti-satellite weapon," and that Russian "aggression" in space justified the establishment of the US' new space agency. He was promptly backed up in his claims by British officials. | In a statement on Friday, the Russian Defense Ministry said t…