2020-07-30: News Headlines

WSWS (2020-07-30). As opposition mounts to reopening of schools, US teacher union opposes national strike. wsws.org The American Federation of Teachers resolved to limit safety strikes to locals "on a case-by-case basis as a last resort."

Ajamu Baraka (2020-07-30). No to the New Cold war with China. mronline.org The African radical, anti-imperialist, internationalist movement, sees the Chinese state and the Chinese people much differently than the U.S. state and its ruling class.

Jesse Jackson (2020-07-30). We Don't Need Trump's Thugs in Chicago. counterpunch.org "Hitler had his Brown shirts and Mussolini had his Black shirts, now Donald Trump has his camouflage shirts." Thus began a statement signed by 15 distinguished interdenominational religious leaders in Chicago that I joined, including ministers, priests, and rabbis. Comparisons to Hitler are always explosive, but the comparison is apt. "Hitler's bullyboys," the statement continues,

Kathy Kelly (2020-07-30). Yemen: A Torrent of Suffering in a Time of Siege. dissidentvoice.org When evil-doing comes like falling rain, nobody calls out "stop!" When crimes begin to pile up they become invisible. When sufferings become unendurable, the cries are no longer heard. The cries, too, fall like rain in summer. — Bertolt Brecht, "When evil-doing comes like falling rain" [Wenn die Untat kommt, wie der Regen fà§llt] (1935), …

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-07-30). Op-Ed: The Exit Of 12,000 US Troops Is The Single Worst Event In German History. thealtworld.com Today's Caitlin Johnstone essay has been replaced with a National News Conglomerate op-ed by General Hank Hammerfist. NNC: Obey. | The Trump administration has begun slashing the US military presence in Germany from an almost satisfactory 36,000 troops to a practically microscopic 24,000. I think we can all agree that this is the single worst thing that has ever happened in the history of Germany, and arguably the universe. | While most Americans were until now unaware that their government had that many troops in a nation known predominantly for beer and bleak documentaries, pundits and politicians in the know h…

Eds. (2020-07-30). Cuba and the complex relationship between the individual and the collective. mronline.org When a cause is just, it will find a place within the Revolution. Perhaps this is what Fidel meant when he said that there was room for everyone in the Revolution.

Eds. (2020-07-30). Antitrust hearings delayed as tech giants push ahead with ruthless market dominance. mronline.org The top tech CEOs are scheduled to testify at the conclusion of an investigation into antitrust practices by the largest tech monopolies who have been engaging in unfair practices for years now. But, is it too late?>

John Feffer (2020-07-30). How Covid-19 Could Upend Geopolitics. counterpunch.org I don't trust you. Don't take it personally. It doesn't matter whether you're a friend or a stranger. I don't care about your identity or your politics, where you work or if you work, whether you wear a mask or carry a gun. I don't trust you because you are, for the time being, a

Subodh Varma (2020-07-30). Why is govt. unable to control COVID-19 surge in India. peoplesdispatch.org More testing but weak contact tracing, and no protection to workers is causing the surge but the Indian government led by prime minister Narendra Modi is living in la-la land…

Staff (2020-07-30). Black Americans, Black Brazilians Suffer More From COVID-19. Structural Racism Is To Blame. therealnews.com "Genocides don't always have to be intentional. It's about impact. Whether or not they have been planning to kill people, we know people are dying and Black people are dying disproportionately."

Dean Baker (2020-07-30). Comparative Carnage: Homicides and the Pandemic. cepr.net Donald Trump has repeatedly complained about the crime in major U.S. cities. In fact, he just now decided that it would be clever to send U.S. law enforcement officers to major cities in swing states (Milwaukee, Detroit, and Cleveland), ostensibly because of the high crime there. While he has been obsessed with talking about crime …

Stephen Lendman (2020-07-30). Military Escalation, Dangerous Crossroads in US-China Relations: Mike Pompeo Goes Wild. globalresearch.ca Until this year, Trump hailed what he called "tremendous progress in our relationship" with China — boasting about an "outstanding" bond between him and President Xi Jinping. | He claimed that a "giant trade deal" in the making would enhance …

Ramzy Baroud (2020-07-30). List of Israeli Targets Leaked: Tel Aviv Fears the Worst in ICC Investigation of War Crimes. dissidentvoice.org When International Court of Justice (ICC) Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, confirmed last December that the Court has ample evidence to pursue a war crimes investigation in occupied Palestine, the Israeli government responded with the usual rhetoric, accusing the international community of bias and insisting on Israel's 'right to defend itself.' Beneath the platitudes and typical Israeli …

The Canary (2020-07-30). Boris Johnson has made several inaccurate statements on child poverty, investigation finds. thecanary.co The government has been accused of being in denial about a rising level of child poverty in the UK.It comes after the Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR) concluded Boris Johnson has made several inaccurate claims on the issue since being elected in December last year.The OSR responded to a complaint from the End Child Poverty Coalition over three incidences when the prime minister made what the coalition described as "misleading" statements.A complaint was lodged by the End Child Poverty coalition over the Prime Minister's use of statistics (Danny Lawson/PA)Writing to the OSR, the coalition said Johnson's clai…

The Canary (2020-07-30). NHS workers target 'coward' Johnson in march to Downing Street. thecanary.co A nurse has said she would invite Boris Johnson to join her on a shift if there was a second wave of coronavirus, as hundreds of NHS workers marched to Downing Street demanding an immediate pay rise.NHS staff made their way to Whitehall on 29 July, carrying banners that said "Clapping won't pay my bills" and "We helped you survive, now help us survive".Health workers are in the final year of a three-year deal and are due a pay rise next April, but unions want the government to show its appreciation for NHS staff by bringing it forward to this year.The government did not commit to an early pay rise for all NHS sta…

Staff (2020-07-30). Chomsky on Cuba's "Internationalist" Response to Pandemic & Need to Make Vaccine Globally Accessible. democracynow.org As the world races to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, Noam Chomsky says any successful treatment must be accessible to everyone, and he warns that President Trump's withdrawal from the World Health Organization will hamper the international body's efforts to distribute medicine in countries racked by poverty and war. "There's at least one country in the world that is showing genuine internationalism, providing medical aid and support for people that need it," Chomsky says, and that is Cuba.

Staff (2020-07-30). Noam Chomsky: Decades of "the Neoliberal Plague" Left U.S. Unprepared for COVID-19 Outbreak. democracynow.org As the U.S. coronavirus death toll tops 150,000, we spend the hour with world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky, who says decades of neoliberal policies that shredded the social safety net and public institutions left the country ill-prepared for a major health crisis. "We should understand the roots of this pandemic," he says.

Staff (2020-07-30). Headlines for July 30, 2020. democracynow.org U.S. COVID-19 Death Toll Tops 150,000 as Public Health Experts Call for "Reset" in Response, GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert Tests Positive for Coronavirus After Refusing to Wear Mask in Capitol, Brazil Records Record Daily Coronavirus Toll as Deaths Top 90,000, Mexico's Health Ministry Recommends Masks But Won't Require Them, Vietnam Reports First Coronavirus Cases in Months; Just 1,000 Pilgrims Join Hajj in Mecca, Oregon Governor Says Federal Agents Will Withdraw From Portland Amid Protests, Lawmakers Grill Big Tech CEOs Over Anticompetitive Practices, Extended Jobless Benefits Expiring as Lawmakers Fail to Break Stalem…

Staff (2020-07-30). Chomsky on Israel's Hindering of Palestinian Pandemic Response & Threat to Annex Occupied West Bank. democracynow.org Noam Chomsky says Israel's planned annexation of the occupied West Bank "basically formalizes" what has already been official policy over the last half-century, from both left-wing and right-wing parties in Israel. He compares Israel's treatment of Palestinians to anti-immigrant policies in the United States, and says the main goal of annexation is to take over as much territory while excluding its Palestinian inhabitants. "Israel does not want to bring Palestinian populations into the greater Israel they're constructing."

RT (2020-07-30). Ilhan Omar roasted for idea to replace police at schools with mental care workers; What if there's a shooting? people online ask. rt.com US Democratic Party Congresswoman Ilhan Omar was blasted on Twitter for proposing that police officers be swapped with mental health staff at schools. Many argued online that the idea would make the schools even less safe. | Omar tweeted that "over-policing doesn't make them safer — it criminalizes Black and brown students." Along with fellow Representative Ayanna Pressley, Senators Elizabeth Warren and Chris Murphy, she proposed a bill to replace police officers at schools with mental health professionals. | Over-policing our schools doesn't make them safer — it criminalizes Black and brown student…

pip.hinman (2020-07-30). Don't frack the Kimberley. greenleft.org.au

pip.hinman (2020-07-30). 8th anniversary of the Rojava Revolution marked in Sydney. greenleft.org.au

South Front (2020-07-30). Video: Turkey Shifts Focus to Southern Libya Amid Stalemate Near Sirte. globalresearch.ca Turkey is looking for opportunities to shift the current balance of power in Libya after its proxies failed to break the Libyan National Army defenses and capture the port city of Sirte in northern Libya in an off-the-cuff advance. | Turkish…

The Canary (2020-07-30). Prosecutions chief says 'serious mistakes' were made as rate of rape convictions reaches record low. thecanary.co Prosecutors have unveiled a five-year strategy to improve the rate of conviction in rape cases as new figures indicate they are running at a record low.Police and prosecutors faced criticism earlier this month after it was revealed that just 1.4% of recorded rape cases ended with a prosecution in the year to March. | Statistics released on 30 July will show a significant decrease year-on-year in the number of completed prosecutions and the number of convictions, reflecting a fall in the number of suspects charged in previous years.Commenting on the figures, the Crown Prosecution Service said it was "working hard…

RT (2020-07-30). Michigan gov. limits indoor gatherings to 10 people & restricts bars' operations to 'avoid a potentially devastating 2nd wave'. rt.com Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed an order making it illegal for more than 10 people to gather indoors and allowing bars to service customers only outdoors, citing a major spike in coronavirus cases. | The Democratic governor announced the new restrictions in a "After seeing a resurgence in cases connected to social gathering…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-07-30). California childcare workers score biggest union win of the century. peoplesworld.org LOS ANGELES—By an overwhelming margin, and after a 17-year campaign that started with lobbying and ended with successful organizing, AFSCME and the Service Employees scored a joint big win in California, winning recognition to represent at least 40,000 state-employed child care workers there. Presumed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden immediately congratulated the workers on their …

Mike Walter (2020-07-30). The Heat: AIIB 2020 meeting. america.cgtn.com China reinforces the importance of globalization and international cooperation. We will take a look at the annual meeting of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

RT (2020-07-30). Big Tech hearing: Much posturing, no meaningful answers for the American public. rt.com While a much-awaited antitrust hearing was billed as an Inquisition for Big Tech kingpins, the CEOs were largely able to skirt questions and talk circles around lawmakers looking to bring web platforms under partisan control. | Wednesday's House antitrust subcommittee hearing saw representatives face down the billionaire heads of four tech giants — Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Apple's Tim Cook, Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Alphabet's Sundar Pichai — who fielded questions in nearly six hours of virtual testimony. Though countless empty slogans and assurances were offered in that time, little was actually sa…

RT (2020-07-30). We closed this 'den of spies' consulate: Pompeo takes hard stance on China during Senate hearing. rt.com The US secretary of state has taken a tough line on Beijing as he testified in the Senate by calling China nothing less than a "central threat of our times" and slamming the Chinese Houston consulate the US closed as a spies' den.

RT (2020-07-30). The Nuremburg defense? Twitterati bust out Nazi comparisons over new docuseries showing troubled ICE agents 'just enforcing laws'. rt.com An upcoming documentary shows how US immigration agents deal with being viewed as the 'bad guys' for enforcing policies they don't necessarily endorse. Twitter's collective reaction to a preview of the show? "They're like Nazis!" | The docuseries 'Immigration Nation', by filmmakers Shaul Schwarz and Christina Clusiau, is the result of three years spent with the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, which gave them "unprecedented" access to its daily operations. Set to premiere on Netflix next month, the show follows individual agents and shows how they get "chewed up" in a "broken system," according t…

David Rovics (2020-07-30). What's Going on in Portland. counterpunch.org I have been a resident of Portland, Oregon since 2007. So I have been hearing from more people than usual lately, all asking the same question: what's going on in Portland? I find myself struggling to give any kind of an answer to this question. As with any substantive answer to a question, so much

WSWS (2020-07-30). Plainclothes NYC police grab protester and throw her into unmarked car. wsws.org The illegal seizure of the protester in broad daylight signaled the readiness of the New York Police Department to use the authoritarian methods made infamous by Trump's paramilitary forces in Portland.

Yves Engler (2020-07-30). Commemorating US Occupation of Haiti. globalresearch.ca While remembering their past has not prevented history from repeating itself, it is not possible for the descendants of the world's first successful large-scale slave revolt to forget the trauma inflicted by their northern neighbours. | One hundred and five years …

Steve Beck (2020-07-30). 'Strike for Black Lives' Action Wins Victory for Seattle Transit Workers. zcomm.org County Council votes to fund promised transit raises one day after rally called by Organized Workers for Labor Solidarity (OWLS) to coincide with Seattle Strike for Black Lives.

Matt Sedlar (2020-07-30). Plunge in Consumption of Services Leads to Record 32.9 Percent Drop in GDP. cepr.net The saving rate hit a record 25.7 percent level in the first quarter, indicating that few of the pandemic checks were spent. The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) shrank at a record 32.9 percent annual rate in the second quarter. While almost all the major categories of GDP fell sharply, a 43.5 percent drop in consumption …

Dafna Tachover (2020-07-30). Wireless Radiation: Russian Government Recommends Banning Wi-Fi and Cell Phones in Primary Schools. globalresearch.ca On July 17th, 2020, the

Brandon Soderberg (2020-07-30). Think federal cops in Portland are scary? Cops use 'jump-out boys' all the time. zcomm.org Plainclothes police 'jump-out boys' terrorize American cities. Sometimes they become all-out criminal gangs…

Sina Toossi (2020-07-30). The Beginning of the U.S.-Iran Hot War? zcomm.org President Trump remains committed to escalating against Iran even as the U.S. battles a worsening pandemic, an economic depression, and internal discord not seen in decades…

news.un (2020-07-30). Five things you should know about disposable masks and plastic pollution. news.un.org The fight against plastic pollution is being hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, as the use of disposable masks, gloves and other protective equipment soars, but UN agencies and partners insist that, if effective measures are put into place, the amount of plastics discarded every year can be significantly cut, or even eliminated.

Ryan Devereaux (2020-07-30). Before Portland, Trump's Shock Troops Went After Border Activists. zcomm.org The purported threat of antifa was long used to justify militarized targeting of immigration activists. Now it's being used against protesters in Portland…

Tom Clifford (2020-07-30). The Gulf War, 30 Years and Counting. counterpunch.org The consequences are still reverberating three decades on, obviously in Iraq and the Middle East but also further afield, after Saddam Hussein became the first Arab leader to invade another Arab nation. On Thursday, August 2, 1990, at about 2am, 100,000 Iraqi troops and 700 tanks smashed through Kuwaiti border posts. Saddam then announced that the emir of Kuwait had been deposed and the emirate was now Iraq's nineteenth province.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-07-30). Turkish parliament approves new social media law raising fears of censorship and harassment. peoplesdispatch.org The Turkish parliament on July 29, Wednesday, passed an amendment to the country's internet law making it compulsory for social media sites to appoint a legal representative in Turkey and implement all court orders on an immediate basis. The law will become effective from October 1. | According to the new law, any social media platform based abroad which has at least a million users must assign at least one legal representative in Turkey, preferably a Turkish citizen. The contents of social media sites such as Facebook, TikTok and others can be scrutinized by the courts and failure to implement court orders would…

Fight Back (2020-07-30). TCAC hosts first of three local candidate forums. fightbacknews.org Tallahassee, FL – The Tallahassee Community Action Committee (TCAC) held an online candidate forum July 25 to give TCAC members and the wider public a sense of which local candidates for City Commission might unite with TCAC's progressive platform on community control of police and other issues. "TCAC does not endorse candidates," clarified TCAC member and forum moderator Dawn Orocio at the start of the event, hosted on Zoom and broadcast on Facebook Live, "We encourage candidates to endorse our policy platform and our demands." | All active candidates for City Commission Seats 1 and 2 were invited to participate…

Mark Friedman (2020-07-30). Wilmington Protest Meeting Demands Federal Troops Out of Portland, US Troops Out of Cuba. counterpunch.org A successful meeting and street protest in Wilmington, California, a neighborhood near the LA Harbor, highlighted harbor area efforts for Black Lives Matter and efforts to end the US blockade of Cuba. The meeting held at the Wilmington Machinists Union hall was opened by International Association of Machinists Local 1484 President Kevin Kucera saying "It gives

WSWS (2020-07-30). Corporate press promotes Susan Rice as Biden running mate. wsws.org The former Obama national security advisor is identified with illegal wars, drone missile assassinations and an aggressive posture towards both Russia and China.

Dr. Harvey Risch (2020-07-30). The Key to Defeating COVID-19 Already Exists. Hydroxychloroquine. We Need to Start Using It. globalresearch.ca As professor of epidemiology at Yale School of Public Health, I have authored over 300 peer-reviewed publications and currently hold senior positions on the editorial boards of several leading journals. I am usually accustomed to advocating for positions within the …

Charles Pierson (2020-07-30). How Bad is the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act? counterpunch.org Somehow, Congress couldn't find the time last week to renew extended unemployment benefits or the federal moratorium on evictions. Congress had something more pressing to think about than 30 million unemployed Americans: the Pentagon budget. On July 21 and 23, the House of Representatives and the Senate approved their versions of the Pentagon's annual spending

Thomas Klikauer — Nadine Campbell (2020-07-30). Big Google and Facebook are Watching You! counterpunch.org Today, the Internet is everywhere. Well over half of the planet's entire population either likes to be on the Internet or has to rely on the web for business, work, and social engagement. People read the news, send notes to loved ones, birthday cards, do their job — increasingly via Skype and Zoom. Others seek

WSWS (2020-07-30). Parts worker dies at Michigan Faurecia plant of unexplained causes. wsws.org Management at the Saline, Michigan, plant has not released the cause of death, but coronavirus is widely suspected.

Jeff Abbott (2020-07-30). The Other Americans: Salvadoran Military Official on Trial for 1989 Killing of Jesuit Priests. progressive.org The brutality was known by the Reagan and Bush administrations, but they lied to cover up the massacres for their own political gain.

WSWS (2020-07-30). COVID-19 deaths mount at GM plant and maquiladoras across Mexico. wsws.org The state-owned oil company reported that 234 family members of workers have also died from coronavirus, highlighting the horrific human cost of the rush to reopen the economy.

Dean Baker (2020-07-30). Moderna Shows All Those Lazy Unemployed Workers How to Really Rip Off the Government. counterpunch.org Moderna, a relatively new biotech company, has generally been seen as the leading U.S. contender to develop a coronavirus vaccine, although it trails several Chinese companies. Whether or not its vaccine pans out, it should certainly get an award for milking the government. It was the big winner in initial contracts, getting $483 million back

John Kendall Hawkins (2020-07-30). Moore's Law of Entropy: Greens, Greenbacks, and Green Energy. counterpunch.org "There is but one freedom, to put oneself right with death. After that, everything is possible." — Albert Camus, Notebooks, 1942-51 For those of us who grew up watching Charlton Heston films, we can recall enactments of heroic courage, both in the early development and later downward decline of human civilization. Heston gave us a

Michael Albert (2020-07-30). MIT, Secret Societies, and Powerful Institutions. zcomm.org Interview on experiences at MIT and the social grooming that takes place within powerful and secretive institutions (the sort that mold elites)…

Matthew Ehret-Kump (2020-07-30). China and Iran to Sign Comprehensive Economic and Security Deal. Reviving Atoms for Peace. globalresearch.ca With the new revelations of an impending

Lawrence Davidson (2020-07-30). An Attack on Edward Said's Legacy. counterpunch.org I traveled to Israel and the Occupied Territories in the early 2000s with the progressive group Faculty for Israeli-Palestinian Peace. We made an effort to gain insight into most of the players in the conflict, and so a series of interviews was arranged with members of the Israeli right wing. I remember that one of

Newsclick (2020-07-30). Study says Instagram algorithm prioritizes scantily-clad men and women. peoplesdispatch.org According to a study carried out by European Data Journalism Network and AlgorithmWatch, pictures which featured under-dressed people had a greater chance of being featured in newsfeeds on the platform…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-07-30). Bolivians oppose postponement of elections. peoplesdispatch.org On July 23, the Supreme Electoral Court (TSE) postponed the elections scheduled for September 6 to October 18, citing the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the third time since the coup in November 2019 that elections have been postponed. On July 28, mobilizations were held across Bolivia opposing this delay in elections. Indigenous, peasant, rural and women organizations organized massive demonstrations in the capital city La Paz, among other cities, under the banner of "For Democracy, Health and Life".

Peoples Dispatch (2020-07-30). Rights groups demand release of activist Mohammad Amin in Pakistan. peoplesdispatch.org The 26-year-old activist was forcibly picked up from his residence in Karachi on July 14 and remains missing. Rights groups have blamed security forces for harassing his family and demanded his immediate release…

WSWS (2020-07-30). Auto parts worker dies at Michigan Faurecia plant of unexplained causes. wsws.org Management at the Saline, Michigan, plant has not released the cause of death, but coronavirus is widely suspected.

news.un (2020-07-30). COVID-19: UN chief outlines path to sustainable, inclusive recovery in Southeast Asia. news.un.org Tackling inequality, bridging the digital divide, greening the economy, and upholding human rights and good governance will be critical for Southeast Asia to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN Secretary-General said on Thursday.

Tino Emanuele Poloni, Arenn Faye Carlos, Marco Cairati, Chiara Cutaia, Valentina Medici, Eleonora Marelli, Danila Ferrari, Alberto Galli, Paola Bognetti, Annalisa Davin, Alice Cirrincione, Arcangelo Ceretti, Cristina Cereda, Mauro Ceroni, Livio Tronconi, Silvia Vitali, Antonio Guaita (2020-07-30). Prevalence and prognostic value of Delirium as the initial presentation of COVID-19 in the elderly with dementia: An Italian retrospective study. thelancet.com Delirium occurrence in the elderly with dementia may represent a prodromal phase of COVID-19, and thus deserves special attention, especially in the presence of lymphopenia. Hypoxia and a severe inflammatory state may develop subsequently. DOC cases have higher short-term mortality rate.

Dan Liu, Pengfei Cui, Shaoqing Zeng, Siyuan Wang, Xinxia Feng, Sen Xu, Ruyuan Li, Yue Gao, Ruidi Yu, Ya Wang, Yuan Yuan, Huayi Li, Xiaofei Jiao, Jianhua Chi, Jiahao Liu, Yang Yu, Xu Zheng, Chunyan Song, Ning Jin, Wenjian Gong, Xingyu Liu, Guangyao Cai, Chunrui Li, Qinglei Gao (2020-07-30). [Research Paper] Risk factors for developing into critical COVID-19 patients in Wuhan, China: A multicenter, retrospective, cohort study. thelancet.com We provide comprehensive front-line information about different severity of COVID-19 and insights into different risk factors associated with critical COVID-19 between sexes. These results highlight the significance of dividing risk factors between sexes in clinical and epidemiologic works of COVID-19, and perhaps other coronavirus appearing in future.

_____ (2020-07-30). Foreign Interference in Elections: Is it Real or Just Political Noise? strategic-culture.org A recently concluded British Parliamentary inquiry has determined that Russia may have The Parliament's Intelligence and Security…

Mike Head (2020-07-30). Dangerous Crossroads: Australian Government Signs Up to US Military, Diplomatic and Economic Confrontation with China. globalresearch.ca Despite evident nervousness about the possibility of economic retaliation from Beijing, Australia's government this week scrambled to satisfy the demands of the Trump administration to fully commit to the escalating US military, diplomatic and economic confrontation with China. | The joint …

Eliza Egret (2020-07-30). International women "must fight together" to beat misogyny and patriarchy. thecanary.co Content warning: This article contains reports of violence against women and girls which some readers may find disturbing. | July saw fresh crackdowns on the revolutionary

Marie Solis (2020-07-30). The Biography That Reimagined a Life—and the Genre. thenation.com The Biography That Reimagined a Life—and the Genre…

Gregg Gonsalves (2020-07-30). Trump's October Surprise: A Vaccine for Covid-19? thenation.com Trump's October Surprise: A Vaccine for Covid-19?

Jos Sances (2020-07-30). Selma 1965. Portland 2020. thenation.com Selma 1965. Portland 2020.

Michael T. Klare (2020-07-30). What Would It Take to Avert Military Escalation With China in the South China Sea? thenation.com What Would It Take to Avert Military Escalation With China in the South China Sea?

John Washington (2020-07-30). 'Even In a Pandemic, We're Still a Minority'. thenation.com 'Even In a Pandemic, We're Still a Minority'

yenisafak (2020-07-30). Pakistanis take livestock to 'cow wash' ahead of Eid. yenisafak.com The days leading up to the Muslim feast of Eid al-Adha are busy for Uzair Dawood, the owner of a motorcycle wash in Pakistan's southern city of Karachi – not for fixing vehicles, but washing cattle.Eid al-Adha falls on Saturday in the South Asian nation, and like Muslims across the world, Pakistanis purchase cattle to sacrifice on the occasion as a religious obligation."It is very busy day just a day before Eid and we don't have time for a bike wash," Dawood told Reuters as he busied himself lathering a cow with soap before using the pressure hose to clean the animal.Sacrificial animals are treated with deference…

yenisafak (2020-07-30). COVID-19: WHO Africa concerned over relaxing measures. yenisafak.com The regional office of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Africa warned on Thursday that easing measures against the novel coronavirus in many countries risked a resurgence in infections.In a press briefing, WHO regional director Matshidiso Moeti urged African countries to step up coronavirus testing."As we adjust together to this new normal, I ask that governments, partners and communities remember that none of us are safe until we are all safe," Moeti said.Cautioning that the pandemic was accelerating on a continental scale, she noted that five countries accounted for nearly 75% of all cases in Africa.Accor…

yenisafak (2020-07-30). US: NASA launches Perseverance rover on way to Mars. yenisafak.com NASA launched Thursday its Perseverance rover in to space, beginning its roughly seven month journey to Mars.The rover, which NASA bills as its "most sophisticated" ever, is slated to touch down on the red planet's 28 mile (45 kilometer)-wide Jezero Crater in February when it will begin a mission set to last for one Mars year, the equivalent of 687 Earth days.The $2.4 billion machine will be tasked with searching for signs of ancient microbial life, further defining Mars' geology and climate, and collecting rock and sediment samples that may be sent back to Earth, according to NASA.The rover will also carry a sep…

yenisafak (2020-07-30). German economy narrows by over 10% in Q2. yenisafak.com Germany's economy posted a contraction of 10.1% in the second quarter of 2020, the country's statistical authority said on Thursday.The prices and calendar adjusted gross domestic product (GDP) narrowed by 10.1% in the April-June period, after 2% decrease in the first quarter of this year, figures released by the Federal Statistical Office showed.The country's GDP was ‚Ǩ768 billion ($844.8 billion) in the second quarter, down from ‚Ǩ846.9 billion ($931.6 billion) in the same quarter last year.The GDP per capita was ‚Ǩ9,238 in the second quarter, falling from &…

yenisafak (2020-07-30). Greece ready to discuss maritime borders with Turkey. yenisafak.com Greece is seeking to hold talks on delimitation of maritime boundaries with Turkey, an official said Thursday.At a weekly news conference in Athens, government spokesman Stelios Petsas stressed the importance of open communication channels with Turkey, especially when tensions escalated, referring to the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean.He went on to say Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis held a phone talk with Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiadis over the arrival of Turkish seismic vessel — Barbaros Hayrettin Pasa to the Turkish Cypriot side of the island.Turkey is a guarantor nation for the Turkish Re…

yenisafak (2020-07-30). Russian, Turkish diplomats to discuss Libya in Moscow. yenisafak.com Speaking at a news conference in Moscow, Alexey Zaytsev, deputy spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, said that the delegations from the two countries will discuss "different aspects of the Libyan crisis," including disposition of the warring sides at the moment of the cease-fire declaration.Zaytsev recalled that the previous rounds of consultations on Libya were held in Turkey — In Istanbul in June and in Ankara in July.Asked about violations of arms embargo on Libya by Russia, he said "allegations are groundless" and that countries accusing Russia "directly involved in arms supplies to the Libyan warring…

yenisafak (2020-07-30). Turkish Treasury to repay $15.5B debt in August-October. yenisafak.com The Turkish Treasury will repay debts worth 108.1 billion Turkish liras (some $15.5 billion) in the August-October period, the Treasury and Finance Ministry announced on Thursday.The Treasury will repay 12.5 billion Turkish liras ($1.79 billion) in external debts, including 10.1 billion Turkish liras ($1.45 million) in interest payments.For the next three months, 95.6 billion Turkish liras ($13.7 billion) of domestic debt redemption is also projected — with around 26.3 billion Turkish liras ($3.77 billion) of this amount in interest payments, while the rest principal payment.According to the ministry's borrowing…

yenisafak (2020-07-30). England excess deaths highest in Europe amid virus. yenisafak.com England had the highest level of excess deaths in Europe over the first half of 2020, according to new statistics published by the UK's official statistics agency on Thursday."While England did not have the highest peak mortality, it did have the longest continuous period of excess mortality of any country compared, resulting in England having the highest levels of excess mortality in Europe for the period as a whole," the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.Spain was the European country with the highest peak, and Bergamo in northern Italy was the European local authority posting the highest peak.Edwin Mor…

yenisafak (2020-07-30). Europe prepares for possible second wave of COVID-19. yenisafak.com European countries have started to prepare for a possible second wave of the novel coronavirus.As one of the worst-affected countries in Europe, Italy extended its state of emergency on Wednesday until Oct. 15. from the previously declared July 31.So far, some 35,129 people have lost their lives in the country, according to data from the US-based Johns Hopkins University, while 246,776 have contracted with the virus.Fears have also mounted again in Spain, another European nation hit hard by the pandemic, as the number of infections continues to rise every day. After the state of emergency came to an end in the co…

yenisafak (2020-07-30). Canada's Trudeau to make rare testimony to parliamentary committee amid ethics probe. yenisafak.com Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will make a rare appearance before a parliamentary committee on Thursday amid questions over a government decision to task a charity with ties to his family to administer a major student grant program.Testimony by a Canadian prime minister before a parliamentary committee is very unusual. It last happened in 2006 when then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper appeared at one to speak about Senate reform.Trudeau is scheduled to appear at 3 p.m. (1900 GMT), while his chief of staff, Katie Telford, is to follow him at 4: 15 p.m. The committee voted late Wednesday to extend Trudeau's te…

Staff (2020-07-30). In Wake of Recent Victories, Standing Rock Activists Carry On With Renewed Hope. truthout.org "The hardest part about locking down, is deciding to do it," Mark K. Tilsen told Truthout. | It's been almost four years since Tilsen (Oglala Lakota) and Daniel T'seleie (K'asho Got'ine Dene) attached themselves to excavators with handcuffs inside PVC piping in a device called a "Sleeping Dragon" to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) at Standing Rock. When cut loose and arrested, Tilsen was cuffed behind his back with zip ties and then lifted up by the cuffs by five cops…

sputniknews (2020-07-30). 'China Not Strategic Threat to India', Beijing's Ambassador to New Delhi Assures. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): Bilateral relations between India and China have touched a new low after a violent face-off between the armies of the two countries on 15 June, resulting in the death of 20 Indian soldiers.

sputniknews (2020-07-30). Border Tensions: Why India Won't Become Washington's Bulwark Against China. sputniknews.com The US foreign policy establishment is deluding itself if it plans to use the India-China border conflict to pit New Delhi against Beijing while the US State Department is ramping up tensions with the People's Republic, says Suvam Pal, a Beijing-based Indian journalist and author.

sputniknews (2020-07-30). Smuggled 10th Century Statue of Lord Shiva to Return to India From the UK After 22 Years. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): The exquisite statue of Lord Natesh Shiva, the king of dancers, was in the possession of a private collector in London, who returned the idol to the High Commission of India in the UK in 2005. It was stolen in February 1998 from India's Ghateshwar Temple in Baroli, Rajasthan state.

sputniknews (2020-07-30). Trump Asks Why US Should Protect a Germany that 'Pays Russia Billions of Dollars for Energy'. sputniknews.com The Pentagon pressed forward with plans to withdraw nearly 12,000 personnel from Germany on Wednesday, with some of the troops to be redeployed to other European NATO nations while others are sent home. At the moment, there are about 36,000 US troops stationed in the Central European country. American troops have been on German soil since 1945.

sputniknews (2020-07-30). Airbus Q2 Earnings Reveal Planemaker Lost Over Half of Revenues to €8.32bn, Cites Impact of COVID-19. sputniknews.com The news follows quarterly earnings from the European aerospace giant's US rival, which revealed major profit losses and rising debt as the aviation industry struggles with the coronavirus pandemic, which has seen demand for aircraft and travel services badly impacted in recent months.

sputniknews (2020-07-30). 'She Handled This Very Well': 105-Year-Old Indian Woman Recovers From COVID-19 in 9 Days. sputniknews.com COVID-19 is considered to be particularly dangerous for the elderly, who are seen as one of the high-risk groups and are advised to be particularly cautious, sticking to enhanced social distancing guidelines and even self-imposed quarantines.

sputniknews (2020-07-30). Iranian Satellite Once Derided as 'Tumbling Webcam in Space' Snaps Pics of US's Largest Mideast Base. sputniknews.com The images were reportedly obtained amid the ongoing massive war games in southern Iran involving multiple branches of the armed forces, including elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) formations.

sputniknews (2020-07-30). Why the Best Thing Twitter, Facebook Can Do is Cash In on the Trump-Biden Political Strife. sputniknews.com Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter's Jack Dorsey have found themselves between a rock and a hard place as the Republican and Democratic camps exert pressure on social media platforms. US observers discuss whether the tech giants will submit.

sputniknews (2020-07-30). Several US States Probe Apple Over Deceptive Trade Due to 'Unexpected Shutdowns' of iPhones: Report. sputniknews.com Last week, a document released by the Tech Transparency Project, a tech watchdog group, revealed that the Texas state attorney general was expected to file a lawsuit against Apple Inc., as part of a multi-state probe into the tech giant, for violating the state's deceptive trade practices law. The document did not name charges, according to Axios.

sputniknews (2020-07-30). UK Reportedly Seeks to Resurrect Five Eyes' Group on 'Critical Infrastructure'. sputniknews.com Established in…

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-30). Police bust over 1 ton illicit drugs in Iran's Mirjaveh. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 30 (MNA) — The police forces of the Sistan and Baluchestan province have confiscated 1,105 kilograms of illicit drugs in the southeastern borders.

John W. Whitehead (2020-07-30). One Nation Under House Arrest: How Do COVID-19 Mandates Impact Our Freedoms? globalresearch.ca "It is proper to take alarm at the first experiment on our liberties. We hold this prudent jealousy to be the first duty of citizens, and one of the noblest characteristics of the late Revolution. The freeman of America did …

imperial.ac.uk (2020-07-30). Was there life on Mars? Imperial and NASA scientists might soon find out. imperial.ac.uk Imperial scientists will play a vital role in a new Mars Rover's quest to find traces of life on Mars.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-07-30). "Confronting our history means we can move forward with pride" imperial.ac.uk Professor Nilay Shah, chair of Imperial's new expert review into Imperial's history and legacy, has set out his vision for the group's work.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-07-30). Imperial launches new scale up community at White City Campus. imperial.ac.uk Imperial has joined forces with Blenheim Chalcot, a digital venture builder to launch Scale Space, a new scale up community at White City.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-07-30). Number of children attending A&E and urgent appointments risen over last decade. imperial.ac.uk The number of children, especially babies, attending Accident and Emergency and urgent hospital appointments has risen significantly over last decade.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-07-30). COVID-19 patients could be at greater risk of fungal infections, researchers say. imperial.ac.uk COVID-19 patients could be more susceptible to fungal infections, according to researchers from Imperial College London.

Staff (2020-07-30). Lawmakers Warn New USPS Loan Terms "Could Accelerate Demise of Postal Service" truthout.org Leading congressional Democrats are warning that an emergency loan agreement

Staff (2020-07-30). Who Profits From Trump Administration's $6 Billion Vaccine Program? truthout.org Image Credit: CDC / Robert Denty | As researchers around the world race to find a vaccine for COVID-19, we speak with Peter Maybarduk, director of Public Citizen's Access to Medicines Program, about who is profiting from government efforts to fund vaccines, testing and treatment. The Trump administration has announced major contracts with pharmaceutical companies as part of its $6 billion program, Operation Warp Speed, including with firms that have never brought a vaccine to market. Meanwhile, a New York T…

Staff (2020-07-30). My Daughter Had a Tummy Ache. It Exposed the Folly of Reopening Schools. truthout.org A simple family moment this week revealed to me how thoroughly unprepared this country is to send its children back to school while COVID-19 still rages unchecked across the land. I

Albrecht von Lucke (2020-07-30). The turn to less: Conora and the cnsumption dilemma. indybay.org The Corona crisis could be the beginning of a better normality. Corona could make a turning point in history. The global North has benefited from unequal trade relations. Global employment has lost its role as the center of life. We must get out of the old path dependencies. An enormous gain in quality of life for many has occurred.

Amazonians (2020-07-30). Saturday 8/1: Amazonian caravan for worker safety, workers' rights & worker solidarity. indybay.org 1933 Davis St, San Leandro, CA 94577-1261, United States…

Party for Socialism and Liberation (2020-07-30). Friday 7/31: Online Socialism Forum "Education in the time of COVID" indybay.org Register here: bit.ly/reds-in-ed…

Future Coalition: Gender Equity Coalition (2020-07-30). Wednesday 8/5: Femme Z: Gender Equity Summit for Femme Activists to Connect, Learn & Act for Change. indybay.org Online via livestream: futurelive.us/

David Giesen (2020-07-30). Saturday 8/1: Gazing or Grazing at Point Reyes National Seashore: what is public land? indybay.org Join Zoom Meeting | zoom.us/j/95506388775?pwd=OWFadDdGYnVQS3… | Meeting ID: 955 0638 8775 | Passcode: Sa2Q7K…

Spiritualing (2020-07-30). Saturday 8/15: Spiritualing Presents 'Sing for Justice'. indybay.org Hopin.to, online venue for virtual events…

Robert Norse (2020-07-30). Protests Continue Opposing SCPD Harassment of Vehicles. indybay.org Marty Mirabel, aka "Pirate", showed up with a dozen protesters at the County Building Monday (7-27) for a cancelled pre-trial court date. Marty was defending the vehicular home of a friend from 10+ cops two weeks before and charged with multiple felonies for "obstructing", "battery" and such.

Leon Kunstenaar (2020-07-30). Facebook Protest Billboard Tours San Francisco. indybay.org Billboard reading "Don't Let Facebook ZUCK UP Our Elections" and other messages tours San Francisco and the Peninsula one day before Mark Zuckerberg testifies in Congress…

APTP (2020-07-30). Oakland Moves Closer to Refunding the Community as Task Force Created to DefundOPD by 50%. indybay.org People of Oakland Move Closer to Refunding the Community as City Council Creates Official Task Force to DefundOPD by 50% in 2021…

#WeAllGrow Latina & MomsRising (2020-07-30). Thursday 7/30: #Free The Families: Release the Children, Reunite Families, Close All Border Camps Now. indybay.org Online via Instagram livestream…

Eoin Higgins (2020-07-30). Six Mayors Demand Congress Block Federal Agents From US Cities. indybay.org Six mayors from around the country sent a letter to Congress Monday calling for legislation to block President Donald Trump from continuing to deploy federal agents to U.S. cities, calling the administration's use of force "unacceptable, un-American, and unconstitutional." "This provocation is resulting in direct physical harm to our communities and must end," the letter reads.

Lynda Carson (2020-07-30). Postponement of Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase concerns local luthiers. indybay.org Master Luthier, Michihiro Matsuda of Matsuda Guitars…

Future Coaliton (2020-07-30). Wednesday 8/12: Vote for the Earth: Climate Emergency, Racial Justice and Your Voting Power. indybay.org Online via livestream: futurelive.us/

_____ (2020-07-30). CIA Fabricated Russiagate 'Evidence', Says Former NSA Tech Chief. strategic-culture.org Bill Binney has now laid out, in this speech, the evidence that he wants to present in court against Barack Obama's CIA, that it defrauded Americans to believe in "Russiagate" (the allegation that Russia 'hacked' the computers of Hillary Clinton and Democratic Party officials and fed that information to Wikileaks and other organizations). Binney cites evidence, which, if true, conclusively proves that Russiagate was actually created fraudulently by the CIA's extensive evidence-tampering, which subsequently became covered-up by the Special Counsel Robert Mueller, in his investigations for the Democratic Party's fi…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-07-29). AFT willing to strike if teachers are forced into unsafe schools. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON —The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) is warning state, local, and federal school officials that "nothing is off the table" if those nabobs try to force unsafe schools to open starting in August, during the coronavirus pandemic. And that includes strikes as a last resort. Union President Randi Weingarten presented the AFT board's resolution, …

William rivers Pitt (2020-07-29). New GOP Stimulus Bill Shows They Are Perfectly Happy to Watch You Die. zcomm.org We are being led by the worst people at the worst possible time, and the Republican reaction to this stimulus package debate is exactly the kind of thinking that will leave this nation a bowl of ashes far sooner than we think…

Fight Back (2020-07-29). Florida parents, teachers, students demand delay of school reopening as COVID cases rise. fightbacknews.org Tallahassee, FL – On July 25, the Tallahassee Community Action Committee along with concerned parents, teachers, students and allies marched from the Department of Education to the governor's mansion to demand that Governor Ron Desantis, the Leon County school board and other responsible bodies keep schools closed until it is safe to return to in-person learning. Doctors, nurses and educators emphasized the urgency of the global pandemic and the need for a safe, science-based reopening strategy in the face of rising COVID-19 cases. | Aspiring teacher and FSU student Shelby Shoup stated, "Although I have seen teac…

Kathleen Wallace (2020-07-29). 2020 Vision Will Show You What is True, if You Can Keep Your Sanity. zcomm.org The very basic levels of reciprocity have been broken; our government could care less if we live or die.

Jeff Cohen (2020-07-29). Democratic Leaders Have Blocked Real Healthcare Reform for Decades. Time to Give 'Em Hell. zcomm.org Single payer doesn't just cut costs by eliminating the waste caused by a multiplicity of for-profit insurers — but also because the purchasing power of a federal plan can rein in pharmaceutical and other exploding costs.

Alan Macleod (2020-07-29). A "Brazen Giveaway" GOP HEALS Act is a $30 Billion Bonanza for the Pentagon. mintpressnews.com On Monday the Senate GOP released their

Alan MacLeod (2020-07-29). Democrats Offer Half-Hearted Measures to Impending Eviction Crisis. thealtworld.com The federal moratorium on evictions expired this week, leaving 12 million renters at risk of losing their homes, and much as they did with healthcare, Democrats are offering little more than token non-solutions. | MPN- The best defense against a raging pandemic that has already claimed over 152,000 American lives is simply to stay home. But even this could soon become impossible for millions, as the United States is facing an impending eviction crisis of "biblical proportions,"

Alan Macleod (2020-07-29). Just Like With Healthcare, Democrats Offer Half-Hearted Measures to Impending Eviction Crisis. mintpressnews.com The federal moratorium on evictions expired this week, leaving 12 million renters at risk of losing their homes, and much as they did with healthcare, Democrats are offering little more than token non-solutions.

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-07-29). Landmark Measure to Repeal 'Racist,' Anti-Choice Helms Amendment Hailed as Step to a 'More Equitable World'. commondreams.org "Abortion care is healthcare and healthcare is a fundamental human right." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-07-29). Coalition Sues to Block Trump's "Scorched-Earth Attack" on Bedrock Environmental Law. commondreams.org "We have consistently defeated this administration's relentless, vicious dismantling of safeguards for people and the environment, and we will do so again for this critically important law." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2020-07-29). Headlines for July 29, 2020. democracynow.org U.S. Records Highest One-Day Coronavirus Death Toll Since May, Trump Retweets Doctor Who Warned of Sex with Demons and "Alien DNA", Twitter Suspends Donald Trump Jr. for Spreading COVID-19 Misinformation, Progressives Say GOP Coronavirus Bill Would Bring "Mass Poverty and Mass Hunger", Teachers' Union Prepared to Strike If Schools Aren't Made Safe from Coronavirus, World Health Organization Warns Summer Weather Isn't Slowing Coronavirus, Argentina Reports Record COVID-19 Death Toll as Guatemala Reopens Economy, Attorney General Barr Grilled over Police Violence Against Peaceful Protesters, Portland Demonstrators…

Staff (2020-07-29). Rev. Warnock of Ebenezer Baptist Church on Legacy of John Lewis & Ongoing Fight for Voting Rights. democracynow.org We look at the life and legacy of late civil rights icon and Georgia Congressmember John Lewis, who is being mourned across the U.S. and who became the first Black politician to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. "The irony of this moment is that even as we celebrate and honor John Lewis, the patron saint of voting rights, he hailed from the state which in many instances is ground zero for voter suppression," says Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock, who serves as senior pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, was with Lewis in the final days of his life and will preside over his memorial service. "In recen…

Staff (2020-07-29). Civil Rights Icon Bernard Lafayette on His Friend John Lewis, Freedom Rides & Practicing Nonviolence. democracynow.org We revisit civil rights leader and Congressmember John Lewis's early years of activism with Bernard Lafayette, one of Lewis's closest friends and collaborators. Lafayette participated with Lewis in the first Freedom Rides of 1961 as they attempted to integrate buses and faced brutal beatings by white mobs, and was a fellow leader in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Lewis "knew how to relate to people who were different from him and who had different orientations, different values, different philosophies, and that's why he was such a great leader," Lafayette says. "He found a way to make a way."

Staff (2020-07-29). AG Bill Barr Grilled by House Lawmakers on Protest Crackdown, Voter Suppression & Pandemic Failures. democracynow.org We play highlights from Attorney General William Barr's grilling by the House Judiciary Committee over how he sent militarized federal forces to confront Black Lives Matter protesters, and his opposition to voting by mail, and get response from a close friend of Congressmember John Lewis who is now running for Senate. "In spite of the machinations of Donald Trump and those who do his bidding, including the attorney general, the good news is that we're seeing a multiracial coalition of people pouring out into American streets," responds Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock, "saying that we're concerned about the soul of our d…

Eva Bartlett (2020-07-29). Impressions From An Informal Meeting With Asma al-Assad, Syria. thealtworld.com I had been sitting in a small entrance room for what seemed less than a minute when the door opened and Syria's first lady, Her Excellency Asma al-Assad, greeted me with a warm smile, welcoming me inside a slightly larger sitting room. In official meetings I had had over the years in Syria, I was accustomed to a secretary or assistant escorting me into the meeting room. Asma al-Assad, however, does things up close and personal. | Over the years in Syria, I had heard from people I encountered that she and President Assad routinely meet with their fellow Syrians in crowded venues, mixing and engaging with the peopl…

Gareth Porter (2020-07-29). Cómo el sorprendente testimonio de un espía de la policía amenaza la narrativa oficial del atentado de la AMIA. thegrayzone.com Las revelaciones de un ex espía de la policía le dan un vuelco a la historia oficial que culpa a…

Frontline Doctors (2020-07-29). Video: Doctors from the #WhiteCoatSummit Host Second Press Conference at SCOTUS. globalresearch.ca * | Note to readers: please click the share buttons above or below. Forward this article to your email lists. Crosspost on your blog site, internet forums. etc. | Our thanks to Mark Taliano for bringing this to …

Mike Whitney (2020-07-29). Crash the Economy, Burn the Cities, Infect the People: The Destabilization Plan to "Remake America" globalresearch.ca The American people are under attack, the country is under attack, and democracy is under attack. At present, the enemy is conducting a three-pronged assault on the presidency the objective of which is to remove the existing administration and install …

C.J. Atkins (2020-07-29). Is Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton the next Trump? peoplesworld.org Amidst a public health catastrophe that's already taken 150,000 lives in this country and a national anti-racist uprising which has mobilized millions, the extreme right is methodically planning its next steps, ensuring its political survival no matter the outcome of the November 3rd elections. Whether or not Trump prevails and wins a second term, the …

Jyoti Shinoli (2020-07-29). Laborers' Lives: Migrating Feet, Settled Grief. counterpunch.org In the slums of Mumbai where I grew up, the grocery store in our neighbourhood would fill up every evening, around 6 p.m. The year was 2000. Small buyers crowded the big shop — for a quarter kilo rice, red chilli powder and salt for one rupee, cooking oil worth a rupee or two, black mustard seeds

Eds. (2020-07-29). An ultra-parasitical global financial system that enjoys unwavering protection. mronline.org During the evolution of the pandemic in Europe, the financial system has received little attention in the media. It was only at the end of February/beginning of March that a very sharp fall in the stock markets made the front page of newspapers and television broadcasts.

Aidan O'Brien (2020-07-29). Has anything changed since 1840? Trade, imperialism, Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta megacity. mronline.org In modern times, China has been the ultimate challenge for imperialists: it's independence being an enigma to Europeans and Americans. From Marco Polo to Mike Pompeo, China has been a mystery to Christian crusaders.

Dianne Mathiowetz (2020-07-29). John Lewis and the Edmund Pettus Bridge. workers.org When marchers crossed Edmund Pettus Bridge on Bloody Sunday in 1965, John Lewis led at the front. Many readers of Workers World newspaper may have watched on July 26 as a horse-drawn caisson carried John Lewis' body over the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala. It was on March 7, . . . |

Editor (2020-07-29). Impasse in Congress over CARES 2. workers.org As COVID-19 spreads exponentially in most of the United States where the ruling class has rushed to "open" the capitalist economy, unemployment has again exploded. Personal economic disaster looms for most working people. Congress must pass new emergency measures to aid the tens of millions of workers — disproportionately Black, . . . |

Judy Greenspan (2020-07-29). Racist guards attack Soledad prisoners. workers.org In a 3 a.m. raid July 20, approximately 200 Black prisoners at California's Soledad state prison were violently taken from their cells with nothing on but their boxer shorts. The men were herded into the chow hall, handcuffed with zip ties and forced to sit shoulder-to-shoulder without masks for hours, . . . |

Mark Gruenberg (2020-07-29). NEA chief: Trump's back-to-school command endangers kids, parents, teachers. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—GOP President Donald Trump's "back to school" command, despite the galloping coronavirus pandemic, endangers kids, their parents and their teachers, the president of the nation's largest teachers union says. And it isn't going to deflect local school boards from working with teachers, staffers, and parents to prepare and implementing careful plans to help kids learn …

Jim McMahan (2020-07-29). Seattle protest in solidarity with Portland. workers.org On July 25, 2,000 youthful anti-racists marched here in solidarity with Portland resistance. As in Portland, Ore., federal repressive forces have been sent to Seattle. The march was called by the Youth Liberation Front. Chanting "Black Lives Matter," the demonstrators headed to the site of a new youth jail. Located . . . |

John Bachtell (2020-07-29). CPUSA co-chair Rossana Cambron sees potential for transformative moment in history. peoplesworld.org LOS ANGELES — As Rossana Cambron contemplates the multiple crises and threats to democracy facing the nation, the Communist Party USA co-chair is gripped with urgency. But she also sees much to be excited about and the potential for a transformative moment. "All these social and democratic movements are coming together, there's a deeper understanding …

Joseph Natoli (2020-07-29). Law & Order vs. Anarchy, Personal Freedom vs. Medical Science. counterpunch.org Seldom do situations provide so much self-evident clarity that only few words are needed. We are now in such a situation or would be if what words mean had not returned to a new Tower of Babel. There is an anarchy in our thinking and our chosen twittering that makes it difficult to rid ourselves

Morgan Artyukhina (2020-07-29). Washington, D.C. march in solidarity with Portlanders fighting against racist police terror. liberationnews.org Everywhere the march went, it received cries, whistles and honks of support from sidewalks, apartment building windows, and drivers passing by.

Eds. (2020-07-29). Forget basic income—In Canada, the new normal should bring a public housing revolution. mronline.org "I had like $500 left in my account," my friend Jordan excitedly tells me. "I was seriously fucked for rent." Like millions of others, Jordan had entered his final few weeks of eligibility for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), the government's $2,000 per month unemployment program.

Stéphane Doucet (2020-07-29). Québec workers fight back against government's corporate-friendly COVID-19 response. peoplesworld.org MONTREAL —Workers in several industries across Québec are getting ready for what's beginning to look like one of the highest points of struggle in recent memory. Just like everywhere else, the COVID-19 pandemic has shaken up economy, with governments and capital straining to contain progressive resistance to their corporate-friendly management of the crisis. But Québec's …

Melvin Goodman (2020-07-29). Trump's War on the Environment and Its Inhabitants. counterpunch.org Trump's climate denial has made the United States an environmental "pariah state" in a global community committed to addressing the problem of climate change. Trump's withdrawal from the Paris accord made the United States the only nation in the world to reject the climate accord. The two original outliers—Syria and Nicaragua—have joined, and Nicaragua stayed out initially because the agreement didn't go far enough. Trump has undermined the rich legacy of the Obama administration in the environmental field, which included getting the world's other major polluters—particularly China and India[mda…

Eds. (2020-07-29). In Commune: The Panal 2021 Commune (Part 2). mronline.org In this series, In Commune, Venezuelanalysis will explore different experiences of rural and urban communes to help better understand what these highly controversial bodies mean, how they have been put into practice, and what they could signify for the continuity of the Bolivarian Revolution in the current situation of political and economic imperialist aggression.

Staff (2020-07-29). America's Brutal Police State Expands Its Reach In Portland. therealnews.com The way white moms in Portland are being treated has long been the norm for BIPOC people.

Kenneth Surin (2020-07-29). The UK's Russia Report on the "Londongrad Laundromat" counterpunch.org The UK parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC), drawn from MPs and peers of all parties, last week published its report on possible Russian interference in UK politics. The report's release had been delayed by 9 months after it had been blocked by Boris "BoJo" Johnson in the run-up to the December 2019 general election.

Teresa Gutierrez (2020-07-29). Does 'Operation Legend' signal growing fascistic threat? workers.org The top attorney in the country, the person who is supposed to uphold the law the most, is also the most crooked and dangerous. Not to mention that he is an utter white supremacist who wouldn't mind at all if the country went fascist. Even his own colleagues, other lawyers . . . |

calvin deutschbein (2020-07-29). Who created the Saharan dust cloud? workers.org The Sahara Dust Plume over Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh, N.C., at sunrise, June 28. Each year, massive dust plumes rise from the Sahara, lifted by local winds after being unmoored by desert conditions. However, over the past four decades, the plumes have been getting larger, and this year marks the . . . |

Terrea Mitchell (2020-07-29). Sixth annual Sandra Bland #Say Her Name protest in New York City. workers.org A spirited group of about 100 protesters gathered July 13 in Union Square in New York City to demand justice for Black Lives Matter activist Sandra Bland and all Black womxn, girls and femmes. The People's Power Assemblies NYC were the main organizers of the 6th annual Sandra Bland #SayHerName . . . |

Quell Nessuno (2020-07-29). U.S. 'war games' threaten COVID spread in Hawaii. workers.org RIMPAC, the World's largest Naval war practice that with COVID endangers Hawaii and the world. Despite the ongoing global pandemic, the U.S. military has no plans to cancel RIMPAC (Rim of the Pacific Exercise), the largest international military exercise in the world. Beginning in 1971, and held every two years . . . |

Susan Babbitt (2020-07-29). Cuba's Nobel Nomination and Baldwin's Call to "Begin Again" counterpunch.org When an event is unexplained, it can't be repeated. Cuba's astonishing internationalism, the "good news" of the pandemic, is talked about (outside Cuba) as if a miracle, without cause. Support grows for the Nobel Prize nomination but the justification for the Henry Reeve Brigade, established in 2005, is left out. The explanation is ideas. It

Joshua Hanks (2020-07-29). Resistance broadens in Portland. workers.org Thousands of anti-racist, anti-fascist protesters continue to come out night after night into the streets of Portland, Ore., to protest against police brutality, racism and the iron-fisted federal occupation of the city. After two months of continuous protests in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, the protests swelled . . . |

Betsey Piette (2020-07-29). Unions call for 'Strike for Black Lives'. workers.org On July 20, unions led protests under the general banner "Strike for Black Lives" in over 160 U.S. cities, with tens of thousands participating. The call, initiated by Service Employees (SEIU), was endorsed by over 60 unions and social justice groups. Many of those participating in the protests were essential . . . |

pip.hinman (2020-07-29). Reports identified subsidence risk for evacuated apartments above WestConnex tunnels. greenleft.org.au

PAI (2020-07-29). Jewish Labor Committee remembers coronavirus dead on traditional mourning day. peoplesworld.org BOSTON —Nineteen hundred and fifty years ago, in the year 70 CE (AD for non-Jews), the Romans conquered Jerusalem, destroyed the Second Temple, sacked and burned the city, slew tens of thousands of people and drove all but a few of the rest into exile. Ever since then, Jews worldwide have honored their dead on …

RT (2020-07-29). 'They never tell you there WERE people there': Seth Rogen stirs hornet's nest after saying Israel 'makes no sense'. rt.com Jewish actor Seth Rogen has courted controversy after saying that Israel's existence "doesn't make sense," and that young Jews are misled to believe the state was created peacefully, without displacing thousands of Palestinians. | "If it is truly for the preservation of Jewish people, it makes no sense, because again, you don't keep something you're trying to preserve all in one place especially when that place has proven to be… pretty volatile," Rogen told comedian Mark Maron on his 'WTF' podcast on Monday. | Rogen — who has been promoting his upcoming movie, 'An American Pickle,' a comedy-drama which…

Nick Pemberton (2020-07-29). Black Lives Matter and the Nuclear Family. counterpunch.org "We make our spaces family-friendly and enable parents to fully participate with their children. We dismantle the patriarchal practice that requires mothers to work "double shifts" so that they can mother in private even as they participate in public justice work. We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended

The Canary (2020-07-29). Turkish parliament approves social media law with strict new powers. thecanary.co Turkey's parliament has approved a law that gives authorities greater power to regulate social media despite growing concerns over censorship.The law requires major social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter to keep representative offices in Turkey to deal with complaints against content on their platforms.If a social media company refuses to designate an official representative, the legislation mandates steep fines, advertising bans and bandwidth reductions.With a court ruling, bandwidth would be reduced by 50% and then by 50% to 90%. Bandwidth reductions mean social media networks would be too slow to…

The Canary (2020-07-29). NHS leaders have 'very high' levels of concern over potential second spike. thecanary.co Health leaders have "very high" levels of concern about the possibility of a second spike in coronavirus cases, one expert has said.Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said that the combination of a spike of cases with "exhausted staff" while the NHS tries to rebuild services could prove "challenging".He told the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on coronavirus (Covid-19): "I would say in relation to the second spike issue or something coming, the levels of concern among our members — the people who are leading NHS trusts, who are leading in primary care and all levels in the systems…

The Canary (2020-07-29). US officials claim Russia is behind the spread of virus disinformation. thecanary.co US officials say Russian intelligence services are using a trio of English-language websites to spread disinformation about the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.The officials alleged Russian operatives have acted in seeking to exploit a crisis the US is struggling to contain ahead of the presidential election in November.Two Russians who have held senior roles in Moscow's military intelligence service known as the GRU have been identified as responsible for the effort to reach American and western audiences, according to the US government officials, who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity.The i…

The Canary (2020-07-29). 'Cruel' evictions in France are causing a spike in channel crossings, aid workers say. thecanary.co "Cruel" evictions of people from camps in Calais are at their highest intensity for years and attempts to cross the English Channel have risen as a result, campaigners have claimed.Aid workers in northern France say police evictions are happening at the highest levels since the 'Jungle' camp was cleared in 2016.In one incident, more than 500 people were put onto buses and moved away ahead of a visit from UK home secretary Priti Patel earlier this month.Clare Moseley, founder of the humanitarian charity Care4Calais, said conditions in the French city are as bad as she has seen since 2016 and criticised police tact…

RT (2020-07-29). WATCH: Fireball lights up night sky during DOUBLE meteor shower, green light triggers inevitable UFO speculation. rt.com A fireball lit up the night skies across Colorado and New Mexico on Tuesday night, video of which has dazzled many online, while others couldn't help but speculate about invading aliens as a fitting addition to the chaos in 2020. | According to the American Meteor Society, there were at least 54 Incredible eyewitness video shared on social media cap…

RT (2020-07-29). Governor says 'occupying force' that brought 'violence' to Portland is LEAVING — DHS says feds will stay until order restored. rt.com Oregon's governor claims she reached a deal with the Trump administration that will see a withdrawal of federal agents that were sent to Portland after a courthouse was attacked, but DHS says they are staying until violence stops. | "After discussions with the vice president and administration officials this week, the federal government has agreed to my demand and will withdraw these officers from Portland," Oregon's Governor Kate Brown said. | Part of the agreement will involve state troopers providing protection for federal buildings like the Mark O. Hatfield US Courthouse, which is where federal agents had…

RT (2020-07-29). Libya-born diplomat Richard Moore to head MI6 intel service. rt.com Britain's overseas spy agency — better known as MI6 — has installed diplomat Richard Moore as its new chief, the UK Foreign Office announced on Wednesday. | Libya-born Moore succeeds Sir Alex Younger, who will relinquish duties as head of the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) in the autumn. The 57-year-old will also be known as 'C' — a role made famous in the James Bond movies. | Moore's current role is Director General for Political Affairs in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), a position he has held since April 2018. He has previously worked in other director roles in the SIS and has…

Anand Naidoo (2020-07-29). The Heat: search for COVID-19 treatments and vaccines. america.cgtn.com The death toll from COVID-19 in the United States is now over 148,000. There has been some good news in the last few days as scientists try to develop a vaccine to beat back the coronavirus. Thousands of people are taking part in late stage …

RT (2020-07-29). Veteran diplomat becomes new US envoy for Arctic as Washington seeks greater role in region. rt.com The Trump administration on Wednesday named a special envoy for the Arctic, filling a post that had been vacant for more than three years. Washington is seeking a greater role in the region, trying to blunt growing Russian and Chinese influence there. | The State Department's appointment of veteran career diplomat Jim DeHart to be US coordinator for the Arctic came just a week after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed enhanced US engagement in the Arctic, speaking during a visit to Denmark, AP reported. | The US opened a consulate in the semi-autonomous Danish territory of Greenland earlier this year as part…

RT (2020-07-29). Bye Bye Benjamin! Russia & China speed up de-dollarization process: most trade no longer conducted in greenbacks. rt.com After years of talking about abandoning the US dollar, Russia and China are doing it for real. In the first quarter of 2020, the share of the dollar in trade between the countries fell below 50 percent for the first time.

RT (2020-07-29). NYPD weighs in on viral protester 'kidnapping' video, says arrestee suspected of vandalizing cop cameras. rt.com The New York Police Department has addressed a viral video clip showing officers forcing an activist into an unmarked vehicle, insisting the protester was suspected of vandalism as critics deemed the arrest a lawless "kidnapping." | In footage that circulated on social media on Tuesday, plainclothes officers were seen cramming a woman into the back of an unmarked van as a crowd of angry demonstrators looks on in shock, with uniformed police swooping in to secure the area as the vehicle leaves the scene. The video has driven a wave of criticism directed at the NYPD, with many claiming the woman was 'kidnapped i…

RT (2020-07-29). Police quit agreements to provide security at DNC convention over tear gas & pepper spray ban as mass protests are feared — report. rt.com Democrats who have been clamoring to defund police and "reimagine" the force may soon get a small taste of what they're asking for, after scores of law enforcement agencies reportedly refused to protect their convention. | At least 100 law enforcement agencies around Wisconsin are reportedly canceling agreements to help provide security at next month's Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, raising concerns over whether forces will be adequate to deal with potential protests. | At issue is a new policy banning Milwaukee police from using tear gas or pepper spray during protests, which was ordered last we…

RT (2020-07-29). 'Conquer Our Own Negativity': Terry Crews, called names for BLM criticism, whips up Twitter storm after reclaiming ethnic slur. rt.com Actor Terry Crews has come under fire after tweeting about the need to stay positive, but arranging the words to spell out a racial slur — apparently looking to reclaim the term from opponents angry about his critical view of BLM.

RT (2020-07-29). Blow to go! Latest Russian plan to eliminate drink-driving — installing alcohol locks on all newly produced cars. rt.com Get ready for a new sensation: breathing into your car before it starts. In a bid to make roads safer, Russia's is planning to introduce 'alcolocks,' which require a driver to prove their sobriety before a vehicle moves. | According to Moscow business daily Kommersant, the Ministry of Industry and Trade is developing a plan to introduce alcohol locks en-masse. The technology, known as an 'ignition interlock device,' is already set to become mandatory in the European Union from 2022. | The locks work by making it impossible to start a car when alcohol above a certain threshold is detected in the driver's breath…

RT (2020-07-29). Michigan inn owners remove Norwegian flag after taking flak from folk mistaking it for Confederacy banner. rt.com What is red, has a white and blue cross and may make people call you a racist? A Norwegian flag… which owners of a Michigan inn decided to pull down after too many people got angry, thinking it represented the Confederacy.

RT (2020-07-29). WATCH: Protesters lay siege to NYPD police commissioner's home after viral van 'kidnapping' incident. rt.com Angry protesters have swarmed the NYPD commissioner's home on West 73rd street in Manhattan, in response to the arrest of a protester who was bundled into an unmarked van on Tuesday. | Furious that one of their own had been arrested in such a way, the protest march, which the 'kidnapped' woman was part of, made its way to NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea's home in the early hours of Wednesday morning, as eyewitness video from the scene purports to show. | "This is a raid, Commissioner Shea"

RT (2020-07-29). Madonna shares post on Instagram of 'Coronavirus cure' from Trump-favored 'demon sex' doctor, swiftly gets the platform's red flag. rt.com Instagram has labeled as misinformation a post by Madonna that featured controversial preacher/doctor Stella Immanuel. Apparently, there is something in common between the pop queen and Donald Trump after all. | In her Tuesday night Instagram update, the hyperwoke pop star called Immanuel her hero and embraced her message of standing up to greedy corporations hiding an effective cure for Covid-19 from the frightened masses. "The Truth will set us all Free!"

RT (2020-07-29). Masks aren't enough! Fauci says eye protection 'MIGHT' BE REQUIRED for 'perfect' Covid-proof set. rt.com Top US immunologist Dr Anthony Fauci is now saying citizens are not "complete" in protecting themselves from the Covid-19 pandemic unless they go beyond wearing a mask and add in eye protection like goggles, too. | In an interview with Dr Jennifer Ashton, ABC News' chief medical correspondent, Fauci was asked if we might reach a point where masks are not only mandated, but eye protection as well. | "It might," he replied, going on to explain that the only way to have "perfect protection" from the virus is by protecting the eyes, as well as the mouth and nose. | "If you have goggles or an eye shield, you should…

RT (2020-07-29). Ok, boomer: Congressman demands Facebook's Zuckerberg explain why Donald Trump Jr's TWITTER ACCOUNT was suspended. rt.com Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisconsin) gaffed his way to meme status after grilling Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg about Donald Trump Jr.'s Twitter suspension, forcing the CEO to explain the platforms are, in fact, different. | "If I may ask a specific of you: it was reported that Donald Trump Jr. got taken down for a period of time… why did that happen?" the rep asked during a House antitrust hearing on Wednesday. | "Congressman, well first, to be clear, I think what you might be referring to happened on Twitter, so it's hard for me to speak to that," Zuckerberg replied politely, adding "but I could tal…

RT (2020-07-29). Trump demands Congress 'bring fairness to Big Tech' or he'll do it himself, ahead of antitrust hearing with four CEOs. rt.com US President Donald Trump has threatened executive orders to "bring fairness" to major social media platforms, minutes ahead of a congressional hearing featuring the bosses of Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google. | Shortly after noon on Wednesday, as the hearing was about to start, Trump blasted Congress for being "all talk and no action for years," and said he would use his executive powers to deal with the tech giants if the lawmakers once again fail to do so. | If Congress doesn't bring fairness to Big Tech, which they should have done years ago, I will do it myself with Executive Orders. In Washington, it h…

RT (2020-07-29). Twitter discovers 'Settle for Biden' campaign to lure in Sanders & Warren supporters — and can't tell if it's a joke. rt.com The revelation of a campaign that seeks to persuade leftist Americans to park their progressive reservations about Joe Biden and vote for him in an all-out bid to block Donald Trump's reelection has perplexed many Dems online. | The campaign called

RT (2020-07-29). Zuckerberg admits Facebook suppresses 'hate speech' BEFORE it's seen by anyone. rt.com Facebook censors almost 90 percent of 'hate speech' before it's allowed to circulate, CEO Mark Zuckerberg told Congress at Wednesday's Big Tech hearing, responding to pressure from Democrats to submit to the advertiser boycott. | "We're able to proactively identify 89 percent of the hate speech that we take down before, I think, it's even seen by other people," Zuckerberg told the Antitrust Subcommittee of the US House of Representatives on Wednesday. | The statement was in response to Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Maryland) pressuring Facebook to "join the civil rights movement" by submitting to the demands of the Sto…

RT (2020-07-29). Twitter asks 'who wants to be transported OFF THIS PLANET'… gets over 10k comments totally not about NASA's Mars mission. rt.com An attempt by Twitter to promote Thursday's mission to Mars liftoff from Florida didn't exactly go as planned, as people either showed they had no idea about the upcoming event or were only interested in trolling. | "Who wants to be transported off this planet?" the official Twitter account published on Wednesday. While the background of their avatar, featuring the famous bird, has been changed to resemble the surface of Mars and their profile banner now shows an image of a NASA rocket launching in space, the generic tweet went over most people's heads. | It likely didn't help that in a year filled with a pand…

RT (2020-07-29). Lukashenko 'demands answers' as KGB chief briefs him on 'Russian mercenaries' detained in Belarus. rt.com Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko has ordered a thorough probe into what he called an "emergency situation" as security chief confirmed arrests of 32 suspected 'Wagner' private military recruits in a televised briefing. | Lukashenko on Wednesday told the head of the Belarusian National Security Service, the KGB, to launch a transparent and unbiased probe into the incident, which the media has been quick to tie to the upcoming presidential election. | "If these are indeed Russian citizens… we must immediately contact the Russian officials and demand that they explain what is going on," Lukashenko said…

RT (2020-07-29). Dem rep equates Portland riot with anti-lockdown protest, attacks Barr for not sending feds to 'deal' with 'right-wing extremists'. rt.com Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Washington) has compared armed anti-lockdown protesters in Michigan, an open-carry state, to vandals and rioters in Portland, as she unleashed a tirade on AG Bill Barr for treating the groups differently. | Barr was accused of plenty by Democrats during Tuesday's hearing, from politicizing the Justice Department to being "unAmerican" for deploying federal officers to violent protests in Portland, Oregon. However, Jayapal went a step further and questioned the way the attorney general responds to protests involving black citizens and those involving white ones, while comparing and contra…

RT (2020-07-29). 3D George Floyd hologram to 'replace' confederate monuments in southern US tour (VIDEOS). rt.com A 3D hologram of George Floyd has begun its tour of southern US states, debuting Tuesday night in Richmond, Virginia. It is due to be displayed at several confederate monument sites across the US in the coming days. | Floyd was the black man who died at the hands of the Minneapolis police in an incident which would spark months-long, increasingly Now his family, in conjunction with a visual artist and the Change.org nonprofit, will temporarily replace former Con…

RT (2020-07-29). 'Do not hold grudges' & 'great respect': Biden's handwritten notes on Senator Kamala Harris fuel speculation on VP pick. rt.com Notes by presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden have added weight to rumors that Senator Kamala Harris will be his running mate. Despite clashing during the debates, there seems to be no bad blood between the pair. | Biden's handwritten notes were photographed during his campaign speech in Wilmington, Delaware on Tuesday. They contained Harris' name, along with a set of five talking points: "Do not hold grudges," "Talented," "Great help to campaign," "Great respect for her," and "Campaign with me and Jill (Biden's wife)." | The phrase about grudges is likely a reference to a memorable clash the…

RT (2020-07-29). Lebanon reinforces new Covid-19 lockdown measures after spike in new cases. rt.com The Lebanese government has decided to reinforce coronavirus lockdown measures after a spike in new cases. The country of some six million people has recorded a total of 3,879 cases of Covid-19, including 51 deaths. | Lebanon had gradually lifted lockdown measures and in early July opened Beirut airport to commercial flights, after a closure of more than three months. However, after new cases increased, the government ordered a nationwide lockdown from July 30 until August 3, coinciding with the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, Naharnet quoted Information Minister Manal Abdel Samad as saying. | The lockdown will…

RT (2020-07-29). 'A scene from hell': Bridge partially collapses in Arizona as first responders battle massive fire on derailed train (VIDEOS). rt.com Dozens of first responders are working to put out a fire following a Union Pacific train derailment near Tempe, Arizona. The bridge it was traveling on has partially collapsed, but no injuries have been reported. | Video and photos from the scene show massive amounts of smoke billowing from the site of the crash. Local officials say the smoke cloud is so obtrusive that it has caused traffic in nearby areas to be rerouted. Police are Train fire causes of the collapse of the brid…

RT (2020-07-29). Barr directs agencies to 'significantly increase resources' in Cleveland, Detroit, and Milwaukee to combat uptick in violent crime. rt.com After a tense congressional hearing where Democrats excoriated the US Attorney General for deploying federal agents to cities like Portland, Bill Barr announced an expansion of a program to tackle rising violent crime in the US. | The FBI, US Marshals Service, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) have all been directed to "significantly increase resources" in Cleveland, Detroit, and Milwaukee — three cities newly added as part of an expansion of Operation Legend, which launched on July 8. | Operation Legend — named after four-year-old Le…

RT (2020-07-29). White BLM activist tells black doctor at center of Covid-19 controversy: 'I'm more black than you on the inside'. rt.com Dr Stella Immanuel has enough skepticism to deal with regarding her controversial medical theories, but in the eyes of at least one Black Lives Matter activist, even her blackness is something to be challenged. | "You're not black on the inside, I'm more black than you on the inside," a masked white man yelled at Immanuel yesterday on the steps the Supreme Court in Washington, where she was part of a group of doctors staging a press conference to promote the use of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) as a coronavirus cure. The man added that Immanuel was "betraying Black Lives Matter" and that "there were people during t…

RT (2020-07-29). India to allow foreign universities to open campuses in country. rt.com India on Wednesday approved a plan to allow foreign universities to open campuses in the country. The move is part of efforts to boost education to strengthen the economy as it struggles with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. | Politicians affiliated with the left as well as PM Narendra Modi's ruling party have opposed several attempts by previous administrations to open up the sector to overseas institutions. However, many government officials have been pushing the move as more than 750,000 Indian students study abroad. | The country will allow "entry of top world ranked universities to open campuses in…

Editor (2020-07-29). Solidarity, the best antitoxin. workers.org Sign in the window of a Manchester, CT hair salon. As the coronavirus spreads around the globe, the United States continues to report by far the largest number of cases and deaths. As of July 27, the figures show nearly 4.5 million cases in this country and over 150,000 deaths. . . . |

yenisafak (2020-07-29). Group of European MPs say 'no' to W.Bank annexation by Israel. yenisafak.com A group of European MPs from the UK, France, Ireland, and Belgium have released a statement on Wednesday to reject the "illegal plan" of Israel's annexation of part of the occupied West Bank.Convened by Stephen Kinnock, a British MP and the co-chair of the Britain-Palestine All-Party Parliamentary Group, the lawmakers agreed to challenge and seek to deter Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's controversial plan.Prompting parliamentary colleagues from Europe and the US to sign their statement to oppose the proposed annexation, the group also appealed the public members to forward it to their local MPs.- 'No…

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-07-29). U.S. Is Pushing for a New Provocation Against Serbia over the Kosovo Issue. globalresearch.ca Belgrade and Pristina have resumed dialogue in Brussels, but the recent delivery of American-made armored vehicles to Kosovo could make the talks difficult and signifies Washington is once again attempting to destabilize the Balkans. Serbia and Kosovo returned to the …

Ramzy Baroud (2020-07-29). List of Targets Leaked: Israel Fears Worst in ICC War Crimes Investigation. mintpressnews.com The fact that a "secret list" exists is an indication that Tel Aviv understands that this era is different and that international law, which has failed Palestinians for over 70 years, may, for once, deliver a small measure of justice.

Ramzy Baroud (2020-07-29). 'Feeding a Bedouin': Roy Oz and Israel's Outrageous Racism. counterpunch.org On July 11, a video footage which showed a popular Israeli TV celebrity demeaning Palestinian children from the Bedouin community in the Naqab area went viral on social media. "Let's feed a Bedouin. Don't you want to feed a Bedouin?" Israeli Children TV host, Roy Oz, repeatedly asks his children, who were seated in the