2020-07-31: News Headlines

WSWS (2020-07-31). US COVID-19 death toll soars past 151,000, with one death every minute. wsws.org Deaths have risen in the US for three weeks in a row, with the biggest hotspots in Florida, Arizona, California and Texas.

WSWS (2020-07-31). US COVID-19 death toll soars past 155,000, with one death every minute. wsws.org Deaths have risen in the US for three weeks in a row, with the biggest hotspots in Florida, Arizona, California and Texas.

Paul Street (2020-07-31). "Time to Say the F-Word": Why Now? counterpunch.org Better late than never, I suppose. I am referring to the flood of recent references in liberal mainstream media to Donald Trump as a fascist. It is remarkable. In the last two months, I've read essays and seen television segments and online posts by numerous liberal luminaries describing Trump as an agent and example of

Kelly Hayes (2020-07-31). "Unrest" Is Not the Enemy. Fascism Is. zcomm.org Let's dream new worlds into being with the protests we stage, and let's survive together, so that we might live to see those dreams realized in a freer, more beautiful world…

Aída Chávez (2020-07-31). Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Lieu Introduce Amendment to Curtail Federal Crackdown on Protesters. zcomm.org The amendment would prohibit funds from being used to send federal agents into American cities…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-07-31). Activists worldwide demand immediate release of BDS coordinator Mahmoud Nawajaa. peoplesdispatch.org Mahmoud Nawajaa, general coordinator of the national committee of the BDS in Palestine, was arrested by the Israeli occupation forces early in the morning of July 30. His whereabouts remain unknown…

Fight Back (2020-07-31). Federal $600 a week addition to unemployment insurance runs out. fightbacknews.org San José, CA – 25 million Americans or more are losing their additional $600 a week in unemployment insurance benefits even as the number of people applying for unemployment benefits continues to rise. Up to one-third of all renters have already lost eviction protection from the federal government, and the Republican proposal does not include extending it. Millions of other households are under threat of losing their electrical power for not paying their bills. | The depth of the economic crisis stoked by the uncontrolled COVID-19 pandemic was shown this morning, July 30, in the Commerce Department's report on Gr…

Alan MacLeod (2020-07-31). A "Brazen Giveaway" GOP HEALS Act Is a $30 Billion Bonanza for the Pentagon. globalresearch.ca On Monday the Senate GOP released their

F. William Engdahl (2020-07-31). Turkey's Erdogan: From Haga Sophia to the Shores of Tripoli and Beyond. globalresearch.ca Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has clearly decided to launch an offensive on multiple fronts, taking advantage of what he clearly perceives as a geopolitical vacuum. From his recent call to Islamic prayer at the Haga Sophia in Istanbul, to …

John O'Kane (2020-07-31). Systemic Racism And Progressive Reconstruction. counterpunch.org President Trump christened the activist authority behind the recent protests in his 4th of July Mount Rushmore speech: "We are now in the process of defeating the radical left, the Marxists, the anarchists, the agitators, the looters, and people who in many instances have absolutely no clue what they are doing" (Annie Karni and Maggie

Rosa Astra (2020-07-31). Bay Area Amazon workers fight for safe working conditions. liberationnews.org On Aug. 1, Amazon workers and community supporters in the Bay Area will hold an early-morning car caravan to deliver a petition to the San Leandro Amazon Warehouse.

Subhash Rai (2020-07-31). Rich big tech, dead democracy. peoplesdispatch.org Evidence that Big Tech has had a chilling effect on start-ups and investors is one thing, but the ubiquitous nature of the platforms in their specific ways does effect every aspect of life, not just in the US but across the world…

Staff (2020-07-31). The Secretive Source Of Cash Police Unions Use To Block Reform. therealnews.com PAR investigates how police unions use taxpayer dollars to defend brutal police officers and block legislative change. We speak with a New York commuter who was arrested as a "violent" protester for stopping her bicycle to film the police.

Days of Palestine (2020-07-31). Malaysian Parliament Calls for the Expulsion of Israel from the United Nations. globalresearch.ca The Parliament of Malaysia unanimously agreed today on submitting a notice for emergency motion to urge the government to work with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in demanding the expulsion of Israel from the United Nations. | Syed Ibrahim Syed …

Richard D. Wolff (2020-07-31). The Consequences of Inequality Can Be Fatal. counterpunch.org Capitalism, as Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century shows, relentlessly worsens wealth and income inequalities. That inherent tendency is only occasionally stopped or reversed when masses of people rise up against it. That happened, for example, in western Europe and the U.S. during the 1930s Great Depression. It prompted social democracy in Europe and

Philip Giraldi (2020-07-31). Foreign Interference in Elections: Is It Real or Just Political Noise? globalresearch.ca A recently concluded British Parliamentary inquiry has determined that Russia may have

Ramzy Baroud (2020-07-31). List of Israeli Targets Leaked: Tel Aviv Fears the Worst in ICC Investigation of War Crimes. counterpunch.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

Reese Erlich (2020-07-31). Trump's Desperate, Last-Ditch Effort to Hike Tensions with Iran. commondreams.org "I'm optimistic. Trump's policies are not working. The U.S. will have to change, and the change will be for the best." (Photo: CC) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2020-07-31). Headlines for July 31, 2020. democracynow.org U.S. Coronavirus Deaths Top 1,000 for Fourth Consecutive Day, U.S. Economy Recorded Worst Quarterly Drop on Record as Coronavirus Spread, New Orleans Protesters Block Eviction Court Proceedings as Rent Comes Due, Brazil's First Lady Tests Positive for COVID-19 as Deaths Top 91,000, Coronavirus Cases Spike in European Countries that Lifted Lockdowns, Donald Trump Suggests Election Delay, Sparking Bipartisan Outrage, U.S. Postal Delays Spark Fears Over Mail-In Ballots in November Election, Civil Rights Icon and Georgia Congressmember John Lewis Laid to Rest, Herman Cain, Co-Chair of Black Voices for Trump, Dies of…

Staff (2020-07-31). Rev. James Lawson: John Lewis's Life Is Call to Action Against U.S. Violence & Plantation Capitalism. democracynow.org As mourners gathered at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta to honor the life of Georgia Congressmember John Lewis, among those who spoke was civil rights icon Rev. James Lawson, who helped to train John Lewis in nonviolence when Lewis was a student in Nashville. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once described Rev. Lawson as "the leading theorist and strategist of nonviolence in the world." Lawson invoked John Lewis's life as a call to action. "We will not be quiet as long as our nation continues to be the most violent culture in the history of humankind," Lawson said. We feature his extended remarks.

Staff (2020-07-31). Barack Obama: Honor John Lewis by Renewing Voting Rights Act & Ballot Access in the U.S. democracynow.org In his stirring eulogy at the funeral service for Congressmember John Lewis, President Barack Obama said expanded voting rights would be the greatest way to honor the civil rights icon's legacy. In a speech that condemned the status of American democracy without ever naming the sitting president, Obama called for election day to be declared a national holiday, full Congressional representation for Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, and the end of the filibuster, which he called a "Jim Crow relic." "You want to honor John? Let's honor him by revitalizing the law he was willing to die for," Obama said in reference…

Staff (2020-07-31). Civil Rights Hero John Lewis Remembered at Funeral as "Patriot Who Risked His Life" for Democracy. democracynow.org As family, friends and dignitaries paid their final respects at the Atlanta funeral of John Lewis, the civil rights leader and 17-term Georgia Congressmember was remembered as a singular force for equality and justice. The funeral took place at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, once led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., where senior pastor Rev. Raphael Warnock contrasted Lewis' legacy with "some in high office who are much better at division than vision," and described the late politician as "a true American patriot who risked his life and bled for the hope and promise of democracy."

Noam Chomsky (2020-07-31). Decades of "the Neoliberal Plague" Left U.S. Unprepared for COVID-19 Outbreak. zcomm.org "We should understand the roots of this pandemic"

South Front (2020-07-31). Video: Syrian Army Uncovers Organ Trading Hub of Turkish-backed Militants in Southern Idlib. globalresearch.ca The joint Russian-Turkish patrol set to be held in southern Idlib on July 29 was delayed due to increased military tensions and the inability of Ankara to ensure the security of the patrol in its area of responsibility. And the …

The Canary (2020-07-31). Pressure builds on Sunak as shielding guidance eases and government reduces furlough support on 1 August. thecanary.co A coalition of charities is urging the chancellor to protect the jobs of workers who have been shielding, warning they will be put in an "impossible position" when restrictions ease.An open letter to Rishi Sunak was signed by 15 charities, including Age UK and Macmillan Cancer Support. It raises concerns that those who've been shielding will be forced to choose between their health and their job. | @RishiSunak to introduce a 'furlough-style scheme' for those who are #shielding or high risk and cannot safely return to work:

RT (2020-07-31). US' global media agency launches probe into 'election interference' after VOA runs Biden campaign ad targeting Muslims. rt.com The head of the US agency for Global Media has announced an investigation into state-funded Voice of America (VOA) for possible election meddling, after its service in Urdu promoted a clip of Joe Biden courting Muslim votes. | The probe,

RT (2020-07-31). 'Thousands feel how I feel & countless more will': US woman whose dad almost beat Covid-19 —then suddenly passed— opens up to RT. rt.com Kristin Urquiza's father was on a path to recovery from Covid-19 when the disease suddenly took him. She says his death and countless others were preventable, if only the health crisis had been handled better in the US. | Mark Urquiza from Phoenix, Arizona, was only 65 and had no known preexisting conditions when his life was cut short by coronavirus. While in hospital he was responding well to treatment and was optimistic that he would soon be released. Instead he took a sudden turn for the worst and swiftly succumbed to his illness. | "It's a terrible disease that can quickly turn on a dime," his daughter Kr…

RT (2020-07-31). Tropical storm Isaias moving toward Florida becomes a category-1 hurricane. rt.com Tropical cyclone Isaias, which is moving towards the Florida coast, has morphed into a category-1 hurricane, the National Hurricane Center has reported. The storm initially formed south of Puerto Rico. | The National Hurricane Center has issued a hurricane warning for the Bahamas, as Isaias continues to move northwest at 18 mph, with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph. |

RT (2020-07-31). War IS a game? US House rejects AOC's amendment to bar Pentagon from recruiting on Twitch as over 100 Dems side with GOP. rt.com Congress has voted to kill an amendment that would have blocked the military from recruiting through streaming platforms like Twitch, with nearly half of Democrats in the House joining the effort to strike down the measure. | A House vote of 196-292 easily quashed the appropriations bill

Jeffrey St. Clair (2020-07-31). Roaming Charges: Demon Seeds. counterpunch.org They came for Portland and Portland didn't back down in the face of extreme state-sponsored violence. Instead, the resistance grew every night. The Feds got their asses kicked, here and in Seattle. Let's hope it provides a model for the people of Cleveland, Chicago, Kansas City, and ABQ.

Vijay Prashad (2020-07-31). Humanity Protests Against the Crimes of Death. zcomm.org Even in the gloom, the poet reminds us that 'humanity protests against the crimes of death'.

Zero Hedge (2020-07-31). Boeing Posts Massive Loss, Burns $5.3 Billion as Aircraft Production Slows and Debt Explodes. globalresearch.ca Boeing reported another dismal quarter, helping the company emerge as one of the companies most directly impacted by the global covid pandemic. | For the second quarter Boeing, which said that results are still significantly impacted by Covid-19, reported a 25% …

Dean Baker (2020-07-31). Moderna Shows Those Lazy Unemployed Workers How to Rip Off the Government. zcomm.org Source: Center for Economic and Policy Research 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

Jon Allsop (2020-07-31). The epistemic tragedy of coronavirus misinformation. zcomm.org Without wishing to sound defeatist, it strikes me that our present information climate is yet another tragedy in this year of tragedies…

Walden Bello (2020-07-31). Could the Duterte Regime be COVID-19's Next Victim? counterpunch.org In his fifth State of the Nation (SONA) address on July 27, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte tried to live up to his old form: by turns menacing, double-talking, cursing, dripping with cynical humor, digressing, and irreverent. Instead he came across as uninspiring, unimaginative, and perhaps overwhelmed by the realization that a formula which might have

Peoples Dispatch (2020-07-31). Argentinians demand safe return of Facundo Astudillo. peoplesdispatch.org On July 30, three months after the

news.un (2020-07-31). Health must come before the economy, insists top UN official for Latin America and the Caribbean. news.un.org In Latin America, where much of the region has dealt with years of sluggish growth, the economic crisis brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic is pushing millions more into poverty, says Alicia Bárcena, the head of the UN regional body for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

Cesar Chelala (2020-07-31). Donald Trump's Misguided Attacks on WHO. counterpunch.org As an international public health consultant, I have carried out several public health missions for the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the regional office of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Latin America and the Caribbean. I am aware of WHO's shortcomings, but also of its contribution to world health. President Donald Trump's remarks and

Michael Moore (2020-07-31). Video: "Planet of the Humans": Michael Moore's Documentary. globalresearch.ca Michael Moore presents Planet of the Humans, a documentary that dares to say what no one else will — that we are losing the battle to stop climate change on planet earth because we are following leaders who have taken …

Bob Fitrakis, Harvey Wasserman (2020-07-31). Fascist Ohio's Bribed $60 Million Nuke Reactor Meltdown. counterpunch.org While Trump pumps his private gestapo into cities like Portland and Seattle, Ohio's homegrown fascist legions launched a blitzkrieg of their own. On Saturday, July 18, about a thousand heavily armed militia members, white nationalists and Trump supporters showed their lack of color at a statehouse rally in downtown Columbus. The "Stand for America 2020"

Bette Lee (2020-07-31). Tear Gas and Thugs at the BLM Protests in Portland. counterpunch.org On the 59th night of BLM protests on July 25th at the federal courthouse, I was one of the thousands of protestors who went there. It took me a while to struggle through my fears of getting infected with the virus and the limits to my mobility due to old age and hip arthritis.

Andrew Levine (2020-07-31). Insurgents and Iconoclasts Needed (But for Now Lay Low). counterpunch.org Even before Donald Trump and his trophy bride rode down that gilded escalator in Trump Tower, launching his campaign for the White House by denouncing "Mexican rapists," it was plain as day that he was, at best, a sick joke, unfit for the office he would go on to win in the Electoral College after

WSWS (2020-07-31). Hundreds of thousands mobilize on social media to oppose US school reopenings. wsws.org Over the past month, an explosion of opposition to the unsafe reopening of schools has developed on social media, primarily through dozens of Facebook groups with a combined global membership of well over 300,000.

T.J. Coles (2020-07-31). The Space Wars Have Begun. counterpunch.org "Space is now a distinct warfighting domain," says the U.S. Defense Space Strategy. Last week, corporate media repeated U.S. military propaganda: that Russia had "tested new technologies that could lead to so-called 'killer satellites'" (ABC); the U.S. and Britain "accused Russia of testing a weapon-like projectile in space that could be used to target satellites

Peoples Dispatch (2020-07-31). Car explosion in Afghanistan after truce announcement. peoplesdispatch.org Days after the announcement of a truce ahead of Eid (July 31), violence continued in Afghanistan with at least 18 people killed and 21 critically hurt in a car bomb blast. The explosion took place in Pul-e-Alan, the capital of eastern Logar province, on July 30, Thursday. | As per reports, a car laden with explosives blew up in a crowded area near the governor's office in Pul-e-Alan. The target was reportedly Afghan security forces. Government officials are yet to ascertain whether the explosion was carried out through suicide bombing. | No insurgent group has so far accepted responsibility for the attack. The Ta…

Russ Bangs (2020-07-31). The Ultimate Divide and Conquer: Submission, Social Conformity, Terror Campaign. globalresearch.ca It has frequently been observed that terror can rule absolutely only over people who are isolated against each other and that therefore one of the primary concerns of tyrannical government is to bring this isolation about. Isolation may be the …

W. T. Whitney (2020-07-31). "We Charge Genocide:" Forerunner at UN of Black Lives Matter. counterpunch.org The police killing of George Floyd on May 25 provoked demonstrations worldwide. The United Nations Human Rights Council on June 17 debated a draft resolution introduced by the "African Group" of nations that condemned "structural racism endemic to the criminal justice system in the United States." The African nations were responding to a letter from

Jack Delaney (2020-07-31). "Operation Gideon": The Amphibious Assault against Venezuela. globalresearch.ca On May, 3, U.S. mercenaries and the

Peoples Dispatch (2020-07-31). 212 Land Defenders were killed in 2019. peoplesdispatch.org A recent report shows that 2019 was the most dangerous year for land defenders with over 200 activists being murdered this year. Colombia and the Philippines were the worst affected.

Jeremy Brecher (2020-07-31). The Unemployed vs. the Coronavirus Depression. zcomm.org Whether their needs are addressed in the Coronavirus Depression is likely to depend largely on whether the unemployed organize themselves to demand it…

Brett Wilkins (2020-07-31). The Bologna Massacre, the 'Strategy of Tension' and Operation Gladio. counterpunch.org On the sweltering morning of August 2, 1980, a powerful explosion blew apart the central train station in Bologna, Italy, killing 85 people and wounding 200 more. To this day, it is uncertain exactly who is behind the deadliest terrorist attack in modern Italian history. It is clear that right-wing extremists including neo-fascists, Italian secret

Jim Miles (2020-07-31). "The War That Ended Peace". How the West Stole Democracy from the Arabs. globalresearch.ca Having just read

John Horgan (2020-07-31). Let's Defund the Pentagon, Too. globalresearch.ca Toward the end of his life, Martin Luther King, Jr., after agonizing about the Vietnam War in private, began denouncing it in public. Liberal politicians and media, including The New York Times,

WSWS (2020-07-31). The school transportation crisis in the age of coronavirus. wsws.org School bus drivers in Pennsylvania and New York spoke with the WSWS about the conditions they face amid the escalating campaign to reopen schools.

Matthew Scully (2020-07-31). The Triple Antagonist of the Police, Policing, and Policy. counterpunch.org In 1967, Chester Himes wrote, "Police brutality toward black people in the United States is of such common usage and longstanding to have attained acceptance as proper behavior." On the one hand, not much has changed. Every day we see the virulent and repressive state violence against Black Lives Matter protestors marching, occupying space, and

Steven Sahiounie (2020-07-31). Syrian Christians in Aleppo, Victims of US-EU Sanctions. globalresearch.ca St. Elijah Maronite Cathedral in Aleppo re-opened after years of disuse due to the severe destruction the 18th century cathedral endured during battles in the period of Aleppo had been Syria's largest city and its …

Amberin Zaman (2020-07-31). US Oil Company Signs Deal with Syrian Kurds. globalresearch.ca Sources told Al-Monitor the agreement to market oil in territory controlled by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces was signed "with the knowledge and encouragement of the White House." | *** | The Kurdish-led Autonomous Administration of Northeast Syria has signed an agreement …

Binoy Kampmark (2020-07-31). Julian Assange's Political Indictment: Old Wine in Older Bottles. counterpunch.org The book of hours on Julian Assange is now being written. But the scribes are far from original. Repeated rituals of administrative hearings that have no common purpose other than to string things out before the axe are being enacted. Of late, the man most commonly associated with WikiLeaks' publication project cannot participate in any

Steve Watson (2020-07-31). UN Officials Cite Study that Finds Lockdowns, School Closures Killing More Children than COVID. globalresearch.ca UN officials have pointed to a study that reveals lockdowns and school closures are doing more harm to children than the coronavirus itself, with many more deaths expected to come from the reaction to the outbreak, rather than the pandemic …

Sandipan Talukdar (2020-07-31). COVID-19 vaccine may come, but what about equitable distribution? peoplesdispatch.org An effective and safe vaccine is probably the easiest way to beat the pandemic. However, the vaccine will take its own time to reach the people in general. We may get it soon or we may not. Meanwhile, widespread concern has emerged about the vaccine in the context of widening inequalities in the world. | Predictably, the rich countries are already going for deals with vaccine manufacturers even before all phases of clinical trials are completed. Will the world have a situation where a few countries will hoard most of the doses of the vaccine and poorer countries will have to wait? The chances are high. | Let's ta…

Nancy J. Altman (2020-07-31). On Medicare and Medicaid's 55th Birthday, Let's Expand Benefits—Not Cut Them. counterpunch.org On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law. This crowning achievement was both the culmination of a decades-long effort to attain guaranteed universal health insurance and the first step in the quest for Medicare for All. In the 55 years since the legislation was signed into law, both programs

Barbara G. Ellis (2020-07-31). A Portland 'Sit-Down' Can Rock Trump's Boat. counterpunch.org For the last five weekends, I and my dozen BLM sign-waving, curbside cohorts—mine now has an addenda ("Trump's Latest Crime: Secret Police in PDX")—do hour-long shifts on a traffic-heavy corner of Portland's Holgate/Caesar Chavez Boulevards. We're one of several groups dotting the city with our post located nearly five miles East from Trump's notorious secret-

Telesur (2020-07-31). China Calls to Confront US Bullying and Uphold Multilateralism. globalresearch.ca China seeks the support of the European Union (EU) countries to counter the hegemonic behavior of the United States, which could generate a new cold war, an interruption of globalization, and situations of risk for all humanity. | The U.S. is …

Marshall Auerback (2020-07-31). Every Step the EU Takes Toward Financial Unity Sows New Seeds of Its Potential Collapse. counterpunch.org Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot" is a play featuring two characters waiting for a character, Godot, who never arrives. As such, it is a useful metaphor for the goings-on of the European Union (EU). Observers of the EU's evolution in the capital of Brussels have witnessed a Godot-like experience of the promised arrival of the

Rob Urie (2020-07-31). Russiagate, Nazis, and the CIA. counterpunch.org The political success of Russiagate lies in the vanishing of American history in favor of a faàßade of liberal virtue. Posed as a response to the election of Donald Trump, a straight line can be drawn from efforts to undermine the decommissioning of the American war economy in 1946 to the CIA's alliance with Ukrainian fascists in 2014. In 1945 the NSC (National Security Council) issued a series of directives that gave logic and direction to the CIA's actions during the Cold War. That these persist despite the 'fall of communism' suggests that it was always just a placeholder in the pursuit of other objectiv…

WSWS (2020-07-31). Trump floats delaying election, both parties appeal to military as umpire. wsws.org Trump baselessly claimed the election would be tainted by voter fraud as his poll numbers sank to all-time lows.

Center For Biological Diversity (2020-07-31). Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration's Attack on Landmark Environmental Law. globalresearch.ca A nationwide coalition of organizations from the environmental-justice, outdoor and conservation communities Earlier this month the administration finalized rules that will eviscerate core components of …

John Dower (2020-07-31). Memory Loss in the Garden of Violence. zcomm.org How Americans Remember (and Forget) Their Wars…

Erik Molvar (2020-07-31). Inside Trump's Attack on America's Environmental Charter. counterpunch.org The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is America's environmental charter. Signed into law by Richard Nixon, it has three central tenets. First, federal agencies must look before they leap and examine the full environmental impacts of most major actions that receive federal funding, including the direct, indirect, and cumulative effects those actions will have. Second,

Britta L. Jewell, Jennifer A. Smith, Timothy B. Hallett (2020-07-31). Understanding the impact of interruptions to HIV services during the COVID-19 pandemic: A modelling study. thelancet.com HIV deaths could increase substantially during the COVID-19 pandemic under reasonable worst-case assumptions about interruptions to HIV services. It is a priority in high-burden countries to ensure continuity of ART during the pandemic.

Catherine King, Anwar Mulugeta, Farhana Nabi, Robert Walton, Ang Zhou, Elina Hyppà∂nen (2020-07-31). [Research Paper] Mendelian randomization case-control PheWAS in UK Biobank shows evidence of causality for smoking intensity in 28 distinct clinical conditions. thelancet.com These genetic data demonstrate the substantial adverse health impacts by smoking intensity and suggest notable increases in the risks of several diseases. Public health initiatives should highlight the damage caused by smoking intensity and the potential benefits of reducing or ideally quitting smoking.

Jennifer A. Cuthill, Lyndsey Jarvie, Christopher McGovern, Martin Shaw (2020-07-31). The effects of sedation cessation within the first four hours of intensive care unit admission in mechanically ventilated critically ill patients — a quality improvement study. thelancet.com Ceasing sedative infusions as soon as possible, is safe and feasible, in both medical and surgical patients, and can be implemented into 'real life' with no additional staffing.

Yang Mei, Samuel E. Weinberg, Lihui Zhao, Adam Frink, Chao Qi, Amir Behdad, Peng Ji (2020-07-31). Risk stratification of hospitalized COVID-19 patients through comparative studies of laboratory results with influenza. thelancet.com There are significant differences in the clinical and laboratory courses between COVID-19 and influenza. Risk stratification in hospitalized COVID-19 patients using laboratory data could be useful to predict clinical outcomes and pathophysiology of these patients.

yenisafak (2020-07-31). COVID-19 surge? Warning light is flashing, UK PM Johnson says. yenisafak.com British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that a recent uptick in infections was a "warning light" which means he has to hit the brakes on the easing of lockdown as he postponed the re-opening of close-contact services for at least two weeks."I've said throughout the pandemic that there would be fresh outbreaks," Johnson said at a news conference, asked if there could be a surge in infections."I said we would not hesitate to put on the brakes at the slightest sign that the numbers were going in the wrong direction. We're now seeing a warning light on the dashboard."England's Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty sai…

yenisafak (2020-07-31). British premier puts brakes on eased England lockdown. yenisafak.com British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Friday that a relaxation of lockdown rules in England set for Aug. 1 will be postponed by at least two weeks as the rate of coronavirus' transmission across the country rises. | "At every point I have said our plan to reopen society and the economy is conditional — it relies on continued progress against the virus," Johnson said. | "We should now squeeze that brake pedal to keep the virus under control," he added. | As of Saturday, casinos, bowling alleys, skating rinks, and beauty parlors were all due to open, as were indoor performances and wedding recepti…

sputniknews (2020-07-31). UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Says Plan to Reopen Depends on Transmission Rate. sputniknews.com The Prime Minister addressed the British public in a press conference following sharp criticisms over new restrictions set to enter force in North England as fresh waves of coronavirus infections were reported by government authorities.

Asad Ismi (2020-07-31). Journalism Under Attack in Assange Case. globalresearch.ca In a letter to the New York Times in 1970, British historian Arnold Toynbee said the United States "has become the world's nightmare." It turned out they were just getting started. Through its many wars, covert operations and economic destabilizations, …

sputniknews (2020-07-31). Sushant's Family Forcing Me to Testify Against Rhea: B-wood Actor's Friend Writes to Mumbai Police. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): Budding young Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, who was said to be battling depression, allegedly committed suicide in mid-June in Mumbai. The incident has triggered a nationwide debate on nepotism in the film industry and the case has taken several new turns, with the controversy refusing to die down.

Edward Curtin (2020-07-31). Psychological Warfare: The CIA Then and Now: Old Wine in New Bottles. globalresearch.ca "And as the flames climbed high into the night | To light the sacrificial rite | I saw Satan laughing with delight | The day the music died" | — Don McLean, "American Pie" | Important article written in January 2019 focussing on psychological warfare. …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-07-31). Mayo Clinic Expands Commitment To Serving Veterans By Participating In VA Community Care Network Beginning August 1, 2020. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Veterans in the upper Midwest may now be eligible to receive care in their local communities from Mayo Clinic Health System providers; and veterans around the country may be eligible for unique care for complex health issues at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, Mayo Clinic in Florida, and Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. This expanded access is …

Nick Pemberton (2020-07-31). Does The Left Stand With Uighurs? counterpunch.org As the American left forces itself to reckon with its neglect of the minority underclass in its central planning of democratic socialism, a similar reckoning should be happening in relation to China and its treatment of the Muslim minority population and its increasing reach in Africa. Under the guise of economic empowerment for the upper

Andrew McCormick (2020-07-31). Playing War While Dressed to Kill in Portland. thenation.com Playing War While Dressed to Kill in Portland…

Tobita Chow (2020-07-31). The Democratic Platform on China Is a Failure of Imagination. thenation.com The Democratic Platform on China Is a Failure of Imagination…

Tim Shorrock (2020-07-31). 'We Need to Move From a Wartime Mentality to a Peacetime Mentality'. thenation.com 'We Need to Move From a Wartime Mentality to a Peacetime Mentality'

yenisafak (2020-07-31). Turkish, Omani leaders exchange holiday greetings. yenisafak.com Omani Sultan Haitham bin Tariq on Friday exchanged holiday greetings with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to the official Omani News Agency. | In a phone call, the sultan gave Erdogan greetings and best wishes for the four-day holiday of Eid al-Adha — starting today across much of the Muslim world — as well as progress and prosperity for the Turkish people. | For his part, Erdogan expressed sincere congratulations and good wishes for the sultan and prosperity for the Omani people.

yenisafak (2020-07-31). US federal troops staying in Portland for now, Wolf says. yenisafak.com Acting U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf told Fox News on Friday that federal troops would remain in Portland until he was assured that the Oregon governor's plan to handle daily protests was working, and said sending in the National Guard was still an option if the state did not handle the situation.He said all the Department of Homeland Security "law enforcement officers that have been there over the past 60 days will remain there in Portland until we are assured that the plan that has been put in place by the governor and Oregon State Police will be effective night after night."Wolf said President Don…

yenisafak (2020-07-31). COVID-19 infections rise in Belgium's capital. yenisafak.com In a single day the number of Brussels municipalities in the coronavirus alarm zone more than doubled from four to 10, Belgium's Public Health Institute Sciensano announced on Friday. | At the same time, the country saw a 62% rise in new coronavirus cases on July 21-27 compared to the previous week. On average, some 371 people were infected by the virus daily. | This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases to 68,006 since the outbreak, out of which 9,840 lost their lives. | According to the latest figures, six new municipalities in the capital saw more than 20 new daily cases per 100,000 inhabitants, which is c…

yenisafak (2020-07-31). US records nearly 25,000 coronavirus deaths in July. yenisafak.com U.S. coronavirus deaths rose by almost 25,000 in July and cases doubled in at least 18 states during the month, according to a Reuters tally, dealing a crushing blow to hopes of quickly reopening the economy.The United States has recorded nearly 1.8 million new cases in July out of its total 4.5 million infections, an increase of 66% with many states yet to report on Friday. Deaths in July rose at least 19% to over 152,000 total.The biggest increases were in Florida, with over 300,000 new cases in July, followed by California and Texas with about 250,000 each. Those three states also saw cases double in June.Case…

yenisafak (2020-07-31). Bangladesh: Daily virus deaths hit monthly low. yenisafak.com "Since July 1 this is the lowest death record, and we hope that people will follow the social distancing guidelines during the holy Eid al-Adha so that the pandemic situation does not escalate further," Dr. Ayesha Akhter, a top government health official, told Anadolu Agency.The overcrowded South Asian country of 165 million people on June 30 saw its highest single-day new death total of 64.Since then deaths have totaled around 50 per day.However, after the seasonal monsoon rains and upstream onrush of water caused heavy floods and marooned nearly one-third of the country starting earlier this month, the number o…

yenisafak (2020-07-31). W.Balkans welcomes Muslim holiday amid COVID-19. yenisafak.com Muslims living in Western Balkan countries are welcoming the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha amid protective measures due to the coronavirus pandemic.While Muslims were saddened to face another holiday amid the COVID-19 measures, special prayers were performed with a limited congregation in most countries due to rising numbers of cases in the region.The historical Gazi Husrev Bey Mosque in Bosnia's capital Sarajevo opened its doors to believers 15 minutes before prayer time. | Meanwhile, in Serbia, morning prayers were held in houses, while the only mosque in the capital Belgrade did not hold the Eid prayer. | But…

yenisafak (2020-07-31). Virus cases, deaths mount in Central Asia, Eurasia. yenisafak.com More coronavirus cases and fatalities were reported in Central Asian and Eurasian countries on Friday.- KazakhstanKazakhstan reported 1,414 more COVID-19 cases, bringing its total so far to 89,078, while recoveries rose 1,702 to reach 59,517.A total of 793 virus patients have died in the Central Asian country so far, with nearly 30,000 still under treatment.- UkraineHealth Minister Maksym Stepanov said 1,090 more people tested positive for COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, raising the total count to 69,884.He said 20 more fatalities pushed the death toll up to 1,693, while recoveries increased by 622 to reach 36,7…

sputniknews (2020-07-31). Huawei Urges Germany to Keep Tech Giant as 5G Provider Despite US Pressure, Reports Say. sputniknews.com Huawei's 5G rollout in Europe has been in doubt amid reports of the security risks that the Chinese tech firm's equipment allegedly poses – a claim promoted by the United States but vehemently denied by China.

sputniknews (2020-07-31). Eurozone GDP Shows Record 12.1% Slump in Q2 2020, Eurostat Reports. sputniknews.com According to Eurostat, the GDP collapse that has affected both the Eurozone and the broader EU marks the largest recorded contraction of its kind since 1995.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-07-31). New smartphone game lets you solve real-world ecological puzzles. imperial.ac.uk Imperial researchers have developed a new ecosystem-building game where players learn about and contribute to vital environmental research.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-07-31). Top London NHS hospital trust joins Imperial's Academic Health Science Centre. imperial.ac.uk Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has joined the Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC).

Lynda Carson (2020-07-31). Tenants at 1921 Walnut St., Berkeley to protest on Monday Aug. 3 in Oakland. indybay.org Tenants At 1921 Walnut St., Berkeley Are Facing Displacement In The Midst Of The Deadly Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic:…

Spiritualing (2020-07-31). Saturday 8/15: Spiritualing Presents 'Sing for Justice'. indybay.org Hopin.to, online venue for virtual events…

Oakland Rose Up (2020-07-31). Report on J25 Protest/Police Response in NLG-SF Newsletter. indybay.org Shortly after midnight police charged the crowd for several blocks from Oakland PD and approximately four arrests were made.

#WeAllGrow Latina & MomsRising (2020-07-31). Thursday 7/30: #Free The Families: Release the Children, Reunite Families, Close All Border Camps Now. indybay.org Online via Instagram livestream…

Albrecht von Lucke (2020-07-31). 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.

Dan Bacher (2020-07-31). Governor Newsom releases final water portfolio that includes Delta Tunnel, Sites Reservoir. indybay.org "Governor Newsom is continuing to sell out our rivers and salmon to the benefit water brokers and large agriculture corporations," said Regina Chichizola, co-director of Save California Salmon. "These are the same corporations that are polluting our rivers and drinking water, then exporting their products."

Future Coaliton (2020-07-31). Wednesday 8/12: Vote for the Earth: Climate Emergency, Racial Justice and Your Voting Power. indybay.org Online via livestream: futurelive.us/

NAACP (2020-07-31). Thursday 8/27: 2020 Virtual March on Washington (NAACP, Day 1). indybay.org Online via livestream…

LaborFest (2020-07-31). CA Black History Under Attack By UCSF Execs, Bernard Zakheim's Murals & "Biddy" Mason. indybay.org This panel is about the threat to the Bernard Zakheim WPA UCSF Toland Hall murals which are threatened with destruction by the UCSF executives. These murals tell the story of a freed Black slave in California Bridget "Biddy" Mason who was a mid-wife.

Khubaka, Michael Harris (2020-07-31). 170th Anniversary of California and Negro Bar history still hidden? indybay.org I've read lots of articles about Negro Bar and changing the name. But with our close tie to Mexico in the history of California, no one has mentioned that Negro means black in Spanish! | Are we also going to have to change the Spanish language? | So many of our towns and cities have some form of Spanish in their naming. They either start with San or Santa or the whole name is a Spanish word. So I rest my case. | Please bring this up in the next article about the name Negro being black in Spanish. | Laurie Kendall, Folsom…

Refuse Fascism Bay Area (2020-07-31). Saturday 8/1: Protest Trump's Gestapo. indybay.org Polk & California Street, San Francisco…

NAACP (2020-07-31). Friday 8/28: 2020 Virtual March on Washington (NAACP, Day 2). indybay.org Online via livestream…

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.

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-07-30). Coalition of Over 500 Faith Leaders Demand Utility Shutoff Moratorium During Pandemic. commondreams.org "As moral leaders, we join with people coming together to demand that our basic human needs are met." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2020-07-30). 'What We Must Do': Following Obama Eulogy for Lewis, Bernie Sanders Backs Call for Ending Filibuster. commondreams.org "President Obama is absolutely right," said the former Democratic presidential candidate from Vermont. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-07-30). Video: Covid-19 and the Censorship of Medical Doctors. LancetGate and the Suppression of Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ). globalresearch.ca Medical doctors at an event in front of the US Supreme Court are accused of making false statements. | The video of their press conference was removed by Youtube and Facebook. They are accused by CNN of spreading "fake science" | The …

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."

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.

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…

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,

Juan Cole (2020-07-30). US Bases in Qatar, UAE Go on Alert as Iran Fires Ballistic Missiles at Mock-Up of US Aircraft Carrier. commondreams.org There are some 11,000 US Air Force personnel at al-Udeid, which has been a major launching point for missions against the Taliban in Afghanistan and ISIL in Iraq and Syria. (Photo: Al-Udeid Air Base, Qatar. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Alex Brandon) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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), …

Janine Jackson (2020-07-30). 'Trump's Troops Are Breaking the Law and Creating Chaos' – CounterSpin interview with Marjorie Cohn on Portland secret police. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed legal scholar Marjorie Cohn about secret police in Portland for the Media…

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…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-07-30). Historic freefall: Economy shrinks by 33 percent, 2M more jobless. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—The economy tanked in the second quarter of 2020, from April through June, government data shows, as U.S. gross domestic product—the sum total of all goods and services—declined by 32.9% at an annual rate. And it could have been worse, even the Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis, which released those numbers, says. Federal checks …

Staff (2020-07-30). COVID-19 Threatens Maryland Campaign To Bring Mass Transit To Black Neighborhoods. therealnews.com Third parties are required to gather just 5,000 e-signatures to gain ballot access during the pandemic, while a transit equity campaign in Baltimore, where 40% of residents don't have reliable internet access, is being forced to gather 10,000.

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 …

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?>

Staff (2020-07-30). Why You Should Give a F*ck | Ep. 8 | Crime. therealnews.com We discuss the way the U.S. approaches different types of crime and how certain acts arguably shouldn't be considered crimes.

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

W. T. Whitney Jr. (2020-07-30). "We Charge Genocide"—Forerunner at UN of Black Lives Matter. peoplesworld.org The police killing of George Floyd on May 25 provoked demonstrations worldwide. The United Nations Human Rights Council on June 17 debated a draft resolution introduced by the "African Group" of nations that condemned "structural racism endemic to the criminal justice system in the United States." The African nations were responding to a letter from …

C.J. Atkins (2020-07-30). Trump's call to delay election is the opening act of a coup. peoplesworld.org Donald Trump's proposal to postpone the 2020 election is nothing less than the opening act of a coup. The aim is not to actually delay the vote, as only Congress has that authority. Rather, this move is aimed at undermining confidence in the legitimacy of the results should Trump lose on November 3rd and, further, …

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…

Oliver Milman (2020-07-30). How we could lose the global climate fight if Trump is re-elected. peoplesworld.org

Jill Richardson (2020-07-30). 30 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act—moving beyond accommodation. peoplesworld.org The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) celebrates its 30th birthday this month. Three decades ago, the ADA represented a huge step forward for the rights of people with disabilities. In 2020, it's time to advance even further. The ADA offers people with disabilities the right to "reasonable accommodation" so long as it does not pose …

Staff (2020-07-30). Democracy Delayed Is Democracy Denied. therealnews.com Stir Crazy! Episode 73: Today we are joined by TRNN reporter Aman Azhar, journalist Justine Barron, TRNN visual producer Andrew Corkery, and TRNN editorial director Lisa Snowden-McCray. Hosted by Kim Brown.

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.

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."

RT (2020-07-30). Authorities in Australian state of Victoria make masks compulsory for all. rt.com The state of Victoria, considered Australia's coronavirus hot spot, will make wearing masks compulsory after reporting a record 723 new cases on Thursday. | Masks have been compulsory for the past week in the state capital, Melbourne, Australia's second-largest city with 5 million people, and a neighboring semi-rural district. | Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said masks or similar face coverings will become compulsory across the state starting late Sunday. | Melbourne and neighboring Mitchell Shire are halfway through a six-week lockdown, which Andrews said could be extended, AP reports. Health authorities ha…

The Canary (2020-07-30). Half of care providers felt 'pressured' into taking in untested hospital patients. thecanary.co More than half of care providers felt pressured to take in hospital patients who hadn't been tested for coronavirus (Covid-19) during the height of the pandemic, according to an investigation.BBC Panorama found that 71 of 124 care providers in England felt pressured by hospitals and councils to receive untested patients as efforts were made to rapidly free up beds.The findings: Three-quarters (92) of the care providers felt GPs and medical staff were reluctant to visit care homes during March and April, while 73 providers said they felt pressure not to send residents to hospital.The providers surveyed betw…

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…

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

pip.hinman (2020-07-30). Eighth anniversary of the Rojava Revolution marked in Sydney. greenleft.org.au Rojava Solidarity Sydney organised a rall…

Special to People's World (2020-07-30). Japanese unions win 100 percent increase in coronavirus subsidy. peoplesworld.org Since the outbreak of coronavirus in Japan in February 2020, the Japanese Federation of Textile, Chemical, Food, Commercial, Service and General Workers' Unions (UA ZENSEN) and other IndustriALL Japanese affiliates have continuously engaged with the Japanese government to increase the amount of EAS, to ensure decent living conditions for their members under government confinement orders. …

RT (2020-07-30). Does Trump want Pelosi for president? Twitter goes wild over his suggestion to delay election. rt.com After Donald Trump seemed to suggest delaying the election, the idea of 'President Pelosi' gained momentum online, as the House of Representatives speaker would theoretically be the next in line to assume the office. | Trump's idea on Thursday to delay the November presidential election due to public concerns around the Covid-19 pandemic and his own distrust of mail-in voting might make the Democrats dream come true, since "delaying" the election doesn't implicitly extend any term limits. | The order of succession of the US highest office is such that if both the president and the vice president's terms end, t…

Eliza Egret (2020-07-30). Israeli arms company in London is targeted as activists launch Palestine Action network. thecanary.co Activists targeted Israeli arms company Elbit Systems' UK headquarters early on 30 July. Elbit staff came to work to find the building covered in graffiti and splattered with paint. The action comes on the same day that a new network called Palestine Action has launched; join us; get mobilised; take action; end complicity in Israel's war crimes & apartheid regime —…

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 …

RT (2020-07-30). Russian serviceman working in Crimea arrested for HIGH TREASON, accused of spying for Ukraine. rt.com A serviceman from Russia's Black Sea Fleet has been arrested by the country's Federal Security Service (FSB) on suspicion of working for Ukrainian military intelligence. | If found guilty of high treason, the detained soldier could In a statement

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). 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). Obama turns John Lewis funeral into DNC event, wants automatic voter registration, end to 'Jim Crow relic' filibuster. rt.com It did not take long for the funeral of John Lewis to turn political as former President Barack Obama's eulogy evolved into a campaign speech, where he recommended ending the Senate filibuster and blasted voter ID laws. | Watching Obama speak at Thursday's funeral, it would be easy to think you were watching a campaign speech as opposed to a eulogy. | He urged the Senate and Congress to pass the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act, legislation that would make it harder for states to enact things like voter ID laws, which Democrats have long called restrictive and racially motivated. It would give the federal gover…

RT (2020-07-30). Trump can't & shouldn't move election date, head of US election commission says after president muses about delay. rt.com Donald Trump's suggestion of delaying the upcoming presidential election was given short shrift by the head of the Federal Election Commission (FEC), who said the president has no power to do so. | Ellen Weintraub responded to a tweet from Trump on Thursday in which the president floated a possible delay to the vote due to mail-in voting fraud concerns. "No. You don't have the power to move the election. Nor should it be moved," she said. | No, Mr. President. No. You don't have the power to move the election. Nor should it be moved. States and localities are asking you and Congress for funds so they can proper…

RT (2020-07-30). Liberals leap to politicize Herman Cain's Covid-19 death because he 'didn't wear a mask'. rt.com Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, diagnosed with Covid-19 after attending Donald Trump's Tulsa rally in June, has died from the virus. Liberals online soon rushed to treat his death as a statement about masks. | Cain, who was hospitalized on July 1, just two days after testing positive for the coronavirus, died on Thursday. His initial diagnosis prompted

RT (2020-07-30). American pilots continue their love affair with the Black Sea! Russian jet intercepts US spy planes for 4th TIME in 9 days (VIDEO). rt.com With summer heating up, it appears as though the US Air Force finds Russia's Black Sea particularly inviting. The Russian military has intercepted American jets on a long haul trip for the fourth time in just over one week. | The US Air Force seemingly could not decide who should be next to enjoy the scenic splendor of the Black Sea shoreline – around 8,000km from home – where temperatures have hit the 90s degrees Fahrenheit this week, choosing to send two of its surveillance planes at the same time on Thursday to watch over the area. | Could it be that American 'top guns' are so determined to showcase the del…

RT (2020-07-30). Russian authorities to investigate as Communist MP claims 39 ruling party politicians have dual citizenship or foreign residency. rt.com The speaker of Russia's State Duma (parliament) has ordered the Committee on Security and Anti-Corruption to determine which lawmakers have alternative citizenships or other residence permits, after a claim by an opposition MP. | A key part of Vladimir Putin's constitutional changes, approved in a national vote earlier this month,

RT (2020-07-30). Wife of Ukrainian rapper arrested after dismembered body parts found in apartment fridge. rt.com The wife of rapper Andy Cartwright has been arrested after his body parts were found in their St Petersburg apartment. She reportedly cut him into pieces, washed his organs, treated his limbs with salt and then refrigerated them. | Marina Kokhal claims the 30-year-old rapper died of a drug overdose. Saying she wanted to make him disappear so he wouldn't be remembered for dying an inglorious death, she has admitted to chopping up his body. | According to Saint Petersburg-based website 'Fontanka', the police were informed after 36-year-old Kokhal contacted a lawyer for advice, explaining that Cartwright had died…

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). Seattle PD impound van full of 'explosives, stun guns & spike strips' at precinct after violent protests (PHOTOS). rt.com The Seattle police said that they have recovered a large haul of pyrotechnic explosives, stun guns, bear spray and sets of spike strips in a van abandoned by protesters after they wrought havoc in the city over the weekend. | In a press conference on Wednesday, Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best revealed that officers decided to search a vehicle used by protesters and subsequently left near the East Precinct on Saturday, explaining they feared it could have been rigged with explosives. | Because of the manner in which the vehicle was parked and abandoned, there was a real fear that it would contain explosive dev…

RT (2020-07-30). EU targets Russian intelligence, Chinese, North Korean companies in first ever cybercrime-related sanctions batch. rt.com The European Union has imposed sanctions on six people and three entities, including a Russian military intelligence unit over their alleged involvement in various hacking activities, in the first ever such move from Brussels. | EU officials slapped the "Special Technologies" unit (GTsST) of the Russian military intelligence (also known as GRU) with sanctions, accusing it of being behind several high-profile cyber-attacks — including the infamous NotPetya virus that inflicted $10 billion worth of damage to the world economy in 2017. | The origins of that virus are still unclear. Yet, what is known for ce…

RT (2020-07-30). Call of the Black Sea: Russian jet intercepts US spy planes for FOURTH TIME in just over a week (VIDEO). rt.com With summer heating up, it appears as though the US Air Force finds Russia's Black Sea particularly inviting, as the Russian military has intercepted American jets there for the fourth time in just over one week. | The US Air Force seemingly could not decide who should be next to enjoy the scenic splendors of the Black Sea shoreline, deciding to send two of its surveillance planes to watch over the area at the same time on Thursday. | The jets were promptly intercepted, however, by a Russian Su-27 fighter jet, which was scrambled to escort the "aerial targets" approaching the nation's border. | The planes were…

RT (2020-07-30). Italian senators vote to lift ex-minister Salvini's immunity, open way for trial over migrant ship. rt.com The Italian Senate voted on Thursday to lift right-wing leader Matteo Salvini's immunity. The move clears the way for possible charges against the former interior minister for refusing to allow 164 migrants to get off a ship in Sicily last August. | The case from last August is the third involving a rescue ship standoff in which Italian prosecutors have sought kidnapping charges against Salvini. | During his 14 months as interior minister, Salvini repeatedly denied ships carrying rescued migrants access to Italy's ports. The policy resulted in numerous standoffs, leaving migrants stuck at sea for long weeks.

RT (2020-07-30). Trump will be only world leader to address UN in person in September as others to send videos — envoy. rt.com US President Donald Trump hopes to address the United Nations General Assembly in person in September, his UN envoy said on Thursday. All other world leaders are expected to send videos instead of traveling to New York amid the coronavirus pandemic, Reuters said. | The annual high-level gathering had been shaping up to be a weeklong celebration of the 75th anniversary of the world body. | "We're hoping that President Trump will actually be speaking in person in the General Assembly. He will be the only world leader to be speaking in person," US Ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft told the Meridian International d…

RT (2020-07-30). 'A momentary lapse of honesty?' WATCH US Defense Secretary Esper saying NATO must 'avoid PEACE in Europe'. rt.com US Defense Secretary Mark Esper seemingly mistook the word 'peace' for 'war' when he made a gaffe in the middle of a speech on the relocation of American troops in Europe. | Esper was delivering important news to reporters: the Pentagon has laid out a plan to withdraw nearly 12,000 American soldiers from its NATO ally Germany. | The blunder occurred just when Esper was arguing that Germany, as the "wealthiest country in Europe," can and should boost its defense spending. | I've said that very publicly, I've said that very privately to my counterparts as well — about the importance of NATO, any alliance, s…

RT (2020-07-30). UK MP who allegedly told victim 'I'm a naughty Tory' convicted on sexual assault charges. rt.com An ex-Conservative lawmaker who allegedly told one of his victims "I'm a naughty Tory" has been found guilty on three counts of sexual assault. The judge warned the former MP that he now faces the "real possibility" of jail. | Charlie Elphicke, the former MP for Dover, revealed during the trial at Southwark Crown Court in London that he had wanted an affair with one of his victims — a UK parliamentary worker — but he had denied committing any offences. | The 49-year-old faced charges relating to two women — one in her early 30s who he assaulted at his home in 2007, and a UK parliamentary staffer…

RT (2020-07-30). EU targets Russian intelligence, Chinese, North Korean companies in first ever cybercrime-related round of sanctions. rt.com The European Union has imposed sanctions on six people and three entities, including a Russian military intelligence unit, over their alleged involvement in various hacking activities, in the first ever such move from Brussels. | EU officials slapped the "Special Technologies" unit (GTsST) of the Russian military intelligence agency (also known as GRU) with sanctions, accusing it of being behind several high-profile cyber-attacks — including the infamous NotPetya virus that inflicted $10 billion-worth of damage to the world economy in 2017. | The origins of that virus are still unclear. What is known for…

RT (2020-07-30). Feds won't leave Portland 'until there is safety': Trump rejects Oregon governor's claim that 'occupying force' is leaving city. rt.com Less than a day after Oregon's governor claimed federal agents would leave Portland and let local officials handle Black Lives Matter protesters, President Donald Trump said they are going nowhere until things are under control. | In a Thursday morning tweet, Trump said Governor Kate Brown "isn't doing her job" and insisted that protesters must be cleared out and "in some cases" arrested. "If she can't do it, the Federal Government will do it for her. We will not be leaving until there is safety!" he wrote. | Kate Brown, Governor of Oregon, isn't doing her job. She must clear out, and in some cases arrest, the…

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…

RT (2020-07-30). Trump moots delaying 2020 election over mail-in poll concerns 'until people can properly, securely & safely vote'. rt.com Mail-in voting threatens to make the November election the "most inaccurate & fraudulent" in US history, so the nation may be better off simply postponing it, President Donald Trump has suggested in a tweet. | Sharing his ongoing concerns over mail-in voting, Trump raised the possibility of delaying the election "until people can properly, securely and safely vote." | With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely…

RT (2020-07-30). Russian & US scientists vow to fight Covid-19 PANDEMIC together amidst political animosity. rt.com Despite Moscow and Washington having been at odds over scores of international and bilateral affairs, Russian and US scientists managed to find a common language in jointly fighting a shared threat — the coronavirus pandemic. | The scientists have teamed up to cooperate in "all the areas related to the coronavirus, its nature, treatment and prevention measures," the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) said. | The RAS and US National Academies of Sciences, Medicine and Engineering inked an agreement on Thursday around working together on a wide range of Covid-related areas, such as epidemiology, virology, i…

RT (2020-07-30). Ex-US Marine sentenced to 9 years in Russian prison after drunken assault on two Moscow police officers. rt.com Texan Trevor Reed, a 29-year-old student and former US Marine, has been found guilty of attacking two police officers and handed a nine year jail sentence by a Moscow court, prompting media speculation about a "prisoner swap." | The former marine has been accused of attacking the officers last summer while drunk after attending a party. According to the prosecutors, some Moscow residents called the police when they saw a rowdy troublemaker arguing with two women. The drunk man, who turned out to be Reed, tried to resist arrest. | It was inside the police car that the man suddenly became aggressive and elbowed…

RT (2020-07-30). 'Must know results the same night!' Trump attacks mail-voting AGAIN after suggestion to delay 2020 election misfires. rt.com US President Donald Trump has once again taken aim at the notion of having all voters cast mail-in ballots in the 2020 presidential election, suggesting that via that route the outcome may not be known until "even years later." | "Must know Election results on the night of the Election, not days, months, or even years later!" Trump tweeted on Thursday, shortly before arguing that "universal mail-in voting" at the November election will turn it into the "most inaccurate and fraudulent election in history." | Must know Election results on the night of the Election, not days, months, or even years later!— D…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-07-30). Ocasio-Cortez Amendment Takes Aim at 'Racist, Classist' Attack on Fair Housing by Trump. commondreams.org "We must hinder President Trump's efforts to segregate communities and to discriminate against Black and Brown homeowners and renters." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2020-07-30). Opinion: Abdul Fattah Al-Sharif's Execution by an Israeli Soldier. imemc.org ÔøºBy Ramzy Baroud for Palestine Chronicle: As illegal settlers increase their attacks on Palestinian civilians in the occupied city of Al-Khalil (Hebron), the people of the Palestinian city continue to mount a campaign of popular resistance. One of the channels of resistance is Human Rights Defenders (HRD), "a grassroots, non-partisan Palestinian …

Staff (2020-07-30). Opinion: List of Israeli Targets Leaked: Tel Aviv Fears the Worst in ICC Investigation of War Crimes. imemc.org By Ramzy Baroud — Palestine Chronicle: 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 …

Reese Erlich (2020-07-30). Foreign Correspondent: Trump's Desperate, Last-Ditch Effort to Hike Tensions with Iran. progressive.org This might be the final stretch for his failed policy of 'maximum pressure.'

WSWS (2020-07-30). Louisiana voters: Put the Socialist Equality Party on the ballot! wsws.org The SEP needs eight electors in Louisiana—one from each of the state's six congressional districts plus two at-large—to gain ballot status.

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…

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 …

WSWS (2020-07-30). Australian SAS planted weapons on murdered civilians in Afghanistan. wsws.org Several soldiers said that the framing of unarmed civilians as Taliban insurgents, with planted radios or weapons, "happened on numerous occasions."

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…

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…

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.

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.

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

Ed Rampell (2020-07-30). The ACLU's Fight for Constitutional Rights. progressive.org New documentary gets up close and personal with the group's courtroom gladiators.

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.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-07-30). Workers march in Berlin protesting layoffs at major department store chain. peoplesdispatch.org The management of the Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof in Germany has decided to close 50 branches of its department stores chain by the end of this year. This may lead to the loss of 5,000 jobs…

IMEMC News (2020-07-30). Army Injures Several Palestinians Near Jerusalem. imemc.org Israeli soldiers injured, Thursday, many Palestinians in Kafr Aqab town, north of occupied East Jerusalem in the West Bank. The Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA) has reported that several army jeeps invaded the town, leading to protests, and fired a barrage of gas bombs and rubber-coated steel bullets. WAFA …

WSWS (2020-07-30). Fed chair Powell says backstop to markets to remain for a "very long time" wsws.org The massive intervention by the Fed and other central banks into financial markets beginning last March has raised fears, reflected in the soaring price for gold, that currencies are being debased.

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…

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…

Ali Salam (2020-07-30). Israeli Forces Invade Qalandia, Kafr 'Aqab, Open Fire at Palestinians. imemc.org Israeli forces invaded Qalandia refugee camp, north of Jerusalem and Kafr 'Aqab neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem, on Wednesday, and fired at protestors, the Palestinian Information Center reported. Eyewitnesses said many soldiers stormed Kafr 'Aqab and Qalandia, stopped Palestinians in the streets, inspected their identification, seized Palestinian vehicles, and blocked …

WSWS (2020-07-30). India set to surpass two million COVID-19 cases within days. wsws.org While the government claims that it is mounting a "successful battle," the virus is rampaging across the India, with half a million new infections in the past 12 days.

IMEMC News (2020-07-30). On Eve Of Al-Adha, 4500 Palestinians, Including 39 Women And 160 Children, Imprisoned By Israel" imemc.org On the eve of al-Adha Muslim feast, Palestinian researcher specialized in detainee's affairs, former political prisoner, Abdul-Nasser Ferwana, has reported that Israel is holding captive around 4500 Palestinians, including 39 women, 160 children, 6 legislators and 360 who are held under the arbitrary Administrative Detention orders without charges or trial. …

Pepe Escobar (2020-07-30). The heart of the matter in the South China Sea. thealtworld.com The battle for the contested maritime region is over before the shooting even begins and China has won | When the USS Ronald Reagan and USS Nimitz carrier strike groups recently engaged in "operations" in the South China Sea, it failed to escape cynics that the US Pacific Fleet was doing its best to turn the infantile The pro forma official spin, via Rear Admiral Jim Kirk, commander of the Nimitz, is that the ops were conducted to "reinfo…

WSWS (2020-07-30). Israeli bus drivers' strike over COVID-19 safety concerns. wsws.org More than a thousand bus drivers have been infected with the disease and hundreds are in quarantine, as the number of cases among Israel's 9 million population has soared.

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.

IMEMC News (2020-07-30). PPS: "Israeli Soldiers Abduct Seventeen Palestinians In West Bank" imemc.org The Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers abducted, overnight until morning hours Thursday, seventeen Palestinians, including former political prisoners and the coordinator of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement. The PPS said the soldiers abducted six Palestinians from the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in the occupied …

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