2020-07-31: Social Media Postees

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A Teacher Strike Wave?
Eric Blanc | zcomm.org | 2020-07-31
Teachers across the country are insisting that schools should only be reopened when it can be done safely — and they might just go on strike to fight back against the billionaires…
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US COVID-19 death toll soars past 151,000, with one death every minute
wsws.org | 2020-07-31
Deaths have risen in the US for three weeks in a row, with the biggest hotspots in Florida, Arizona, California and Texas.
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US COVID-19 death toll soars past 155,000, with one death every minute
wsws.org | 2020-07-31
Deaths have risen in the US for three weeks in a row, with the biggest hotspots in Florida, Arizona, California and Texas.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/07/31/usco…

"Time to Say the F-Word": Why Now?
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-31
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…
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"Unrest" Is Not the Enemy. Fascism Is
Kelly Hayes | zcomm.org | 2020-07-31
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…
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Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Lieu Introduce Amendment to Curtail Federal Crackdown on Protesters
Aída Chávez | zcomm.org | 2020-07-31
The amendment would prohibit funds from being used to send federal agents into American cities…
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Activists worldwide demand immediate release of BDS coordinator Mahmoud Nawajaa
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-07-31
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…
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Federal $600 a week addition to unemployment insurance runs out
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-07-31
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…
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Federal $600 a week addition to unemployment insurance runs out
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-07-31
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…
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A "Brazen Giveaway" GOP HEALS Act Is a $30 Billion Bonanza for the Pentagon
Alan MacLeod | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-31
On Monday the Senate GOP released their outline for a new $1 trillion coronavirus stimulus package. A successor to March's CARES Act, the 177-page document, named the HEALS Act, includes no funding for hazard pay,…
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Turkey's Erdogan: From Haga Sophia to the Shores of Tripoli and Beyond
F. William Engdahl | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-31
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 …
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"Operation Gideon": The Amphibious Assault against Venezuela
Jack Delaney | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-31
On May, 3, U.S. mercenaries and the American-backed Venezuelan opposition launched a half-baked coup d'etat attempt to overthrow President Nicolás Maduro and the ruling Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (PSUV). Dubbed Operation Gideon, the "amphibious assault" was headed up …
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Systemic Racism And Progressive Reconstruction
John O'Kane | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-31
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…
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Malaysian Parliament Calls for the Expulsion of Israel from the United Nations
Days of Palestine | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-31
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 …
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The Consequences of Inequality Can Be Fatal
Richard D. Wolff | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-31
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…
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The Consequences of Inequality Can Be Fatal
Richard D. Wolff | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-31
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…
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Humanity Protests Against the Crimes of Death
Vijay Prashad | zcomm.org | 2020-07-31
Even in the gloom, the poet reminds us that 'humanity protests against the crimes of death'.
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Boeing Posts Massive Loss, Burns $5.3 Billion as Aircraft Production Slows and Debt Explodes
Zero Hedge | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-31
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% …
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212 Land Defenders were killed in 2019
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-07-31
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.
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Russiagate, Nazis, and the CIA
Rob Urie | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-31
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…
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Foreign Interference in Elections: Is It Real or Just Political Noise?
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-31
A recently concluded British Parliamentary inquiry has determined that Russia may have interfered in the 2016 Brexit referendum, which resulted in the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union. But, ironically, it also concluded that Russia might …
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List of Israeli Targets Leaked: Tel Aviv Fears the Worst in ICC Investigation of War Crimes
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-31
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…
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Trump's Desperate, Last-Ditch Effort to Hike Tensions with Iran
Reese Erlich | commondreams.org | 2020-07-31
"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…
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Civil Rights Hero John Lewis Remembered at Funeral as "Patriot Who Risked His Life" for Democracy
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-07-31
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."
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Barack Obama: Honor John Lewis by Renewing Voting Rights Act & Ballot Access in the U.S
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-07-31
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…
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Rev. James Lawson: John Lewis's Life Is Call to Action Against U.S. Violence & Plantation Capitalism
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-07-31
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.
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Decades of "the Neoliberal Plague" Left U.S. Unprepared for COVID-19 Outbreak
Noam Chomsky | zcomm.org | 2020-07-31
"We should understand the roots of this pandemic"
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Video: Syrian Army Uncovers Organ Trading Hub of Turkish-backed Militants in Southern Idlib
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-31
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 …
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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 | 2020-07-31
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 amendment on Thursday, a measure introduced by New York Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to bar military funding for outreach to young gamers. While Republicans opposed the amendment unanimously, Democrats were split do…
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Roaming Charges: Demon Seeds
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-31
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.
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Trump floats delaying election, both parties appeal to military as umpire
wsws.org | 2020-07-31
Trump baselessly claimed the election would be tainted by voter fraud as his poll numbers sink to all-time lows.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/07/31/trum…

The school transportation crisis in the age of coronavirus
wsws.org | 2020-07-31
School bus drivers in Pennsylvania and New York spoke with the WSWS about the conditions they face amid the escalating campaign to reopen schools.
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US Oil Company Signs Deal with Syrian Kurds
Amberin Zaman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-31
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 …
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"The War That Ended Peace". How the West Stole Democracy from the Arabs
Jim Miles | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-31
Having just read The War That Ended Peace the title How the West Stole Democracy From the Arabs appeared as an intriguing and fortuitous follow up. Its subtitle describes its more narrow focus: The Syrian-Arab Congress of 1920 and the …
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Fascist Ohio's Bribed $60 Million Nuke Reactor Meltdown
Bob Fitrakis, Harvey Wasserman | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-31
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"
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The Bologna Massacre, the 'Strategy of Tension' and Operation Gladio
Brett Wilkins | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-31
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…
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Rich big tech, dead democracy
Subhash Rai | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-07-31
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…
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The Space Wars Have Begun
T.J. Coles | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-31
"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…
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On Medicare and Medicaid's 55th Birthday, Let's Expand Benefits–Not Cut Them
Nancy J. Altman | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-31
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…
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Video: "Planet of the Humans": Michael Moore's Documentary
Michael Moore | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-31
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 …
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"We Charge Genocide:" Forerunner at UN of Black Lives Matter
W. T. Whitney | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-31
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…
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Tear Gas and Thugs at the BLM Protests in Portland
Bette Lee | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-31
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.
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Feds Give In, Maybe
Richard C. Gross | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-31
It's possible someone finally persuaded President Donald Trump that sending to Portland federal agents outfitted in military camouflage to confront civilians with tear gas and other devices during two months of nightly street demonstrations won't win him voters beyond his followers. It's good bet his supporters, allies, followers, cultists, white supremacists, the "some very good people"
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The Triple Antagonist of the Police, Policing, and Policy
Matthew Scully | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-31
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…
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The epistemic tragedy of coronavirus misinformation
Jon Allsop | zcomm.org | 2020-07-31
Without wishing to sound defeatist, it strikes me that our present information climate is yet another tragedy in this year of tragedies…
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Syrian Christians in Aleppo, Victims of US-EU Sanctions
Steven Sahiounie | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-31
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 2012 to 2016. | Aleppo had been Syria's largest city and its …
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UN Officials Cite Study that Finds Lockdowns, School Closures Killing More Children than COVID
Steve Watson | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-31
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 …
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The Secretive Source Of Cash Police Unions Use To Block Reform
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-07-31
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.
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Trump floats delaying election, both parties appeal to military as umpire
wsws.org | 2020-07-31
Trump baselessly claimed the election would be tainted by voter fraud as his poll numbers sank to all-time lows.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/07/31/trum…

Inside Trump's Attack on America's Environmental Charter
Erik Molvar | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-31
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,…
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Memory Loss in the Garden of Violence
John Dower | zcomm.org | 2020-07-31
How Americans Remember (and Forget) Their Wars…
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Could the Duterte Regime be COVID-19's Next Victim?
Walden Bello | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-31
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…
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Let's Defund the Pentagon, Too
John Horgan | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-31
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, castigated him, telling him to stick …
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The Ultimate Divide and Conquer: Submission, Social Conformity, Terror Campaign
Russ Bangs | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-31
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 …
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The Unemployed vs. the Coronavirus Depression
Jeremy Brecher | zcomm.org | 2020-07-31
Whether their needs are addressed in the Coronavirus Depression is likely to depend largely on whether the unemployed organize themselves to demand it…
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Moderna Shows Those Lazy Unemployed Workers How to Rip Off the Government
Dean Baker | zcomm.org | 2020-07-31
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 Read…
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Donald Trump's Misguided Attacks on WHO
Cesar Chelala | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-31
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…
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Car explosion in Afghanistan after truce announcement
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-07-31
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…
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Argentinians demand safe return of Facundo Astudillo
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-07-31
On July 30, three months after the disappearance of 22-year-old Facundo Astudillio Castro, Argentine social movements, political parties and human rights organizations mobilized in different cities of the Buenos Aires province. In the capital city Buenos Aires, members of the Encounter Memory, Truth and Justice Movement (EMVJ) carried out a march from the National Congress to the House of Buenos Aires Province, the district government's office, demanding the safe return of Fac…
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China Calls to Confront US Bullying and Uphold Multilateralism
Telesur | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-31
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 …
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Feds Give In, Maybe
Richard C. Gross | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-31
It's possible someone finally persuaded President Donald Trump that sending to Portland federal agents outfitted in military camouflage to confront civilians with tear gas and other devices during two months of nightly street demonstrations won't win him voters beyond his followers. It's good bet his supporters, allies, followers, cultists, white supremacists, the "some very good people"
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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration's Attack on Landmark Environmental Law

| globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-31
A nationwide coalition of organizations from the environmental-justice, outdoor and conservation communities filed a lawsuit today challenging the Trump administration's attack on the National Environmental Policy Act. | Earlier this month the administration finalized rules that will eviscerate core components of …
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Health must come before the economy, insists top UN official for Latin America and the Caribbean
news.un.org | 2020-07-31
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).
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Julian Assange's Political Indictment: Old Wine in Older Bottles
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-31
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…
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Hundreds of thousands mobilize on social media to oppose US school reopenings
wsws.org | 2020-07-31
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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/07/31/scho…

A Portland 'Sit-Down' Can Rock Trump's Boat
Barbara G. Ellis | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-31
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-…
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Centering the Earth
Kollibri terre Sonnenblume | zcomm.org | 2020-07-31
One notable change is that the street actions in Minneapolis and other cities have been made up of diverse crowds that are led by people of color, with whites taking the backseat. This change in centering has been very welcome.
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Every Step the EU Takes Toward Financial Unity Sows New Seeds of Its Potential Collapse
Marshall Auerback | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-31
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…
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Insurgents and Iconoclasts Needed (But for Now Lay Low)
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-31
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…
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COVID-19 vaccine may come, but what about equitable distribution?
Sandipan Talukdar | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-07-31
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…
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Bay Area Amazon workers fight for safe working conditions
Rosa Astra | liberationnews.org | 2020-07-31
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.
liberationnews.org/bay-area-amazon-worke…

[Research Paper] Mendelian randomization case-control PheWAS in UK Biobank shows evidence of causality for smoking intensity in 28 distinct clinical conditions
Catherine King, Anwar Mulugeta, Farhana Nabi, Robert Walton, Ang Zhou, Elina Hyppà∂nen | thelancet.com | 2020-07-31
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.
thelancet.com/journals/eclinm/article/PI…(20)30232-7/fulltext?rss=yes

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
Jennifer A. Cuthill, Lyndsey Jarvie, Christopher McGovern, Martin Shaw | thelancet.com | 2020-07-31
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.
thelancet.com/journals/eclinm/article/PI…(20)30230-3/fulltext?rss=yes

Risk stratification of hospitalized COVID-19 patients through comparative studies of laboratory results with influenza
Yang Mei, Samuel E. Weinberg, Lihui Zhao, Adam Frink, Chao Qi, Amir Behdad, Peng Ji | thelancet.com | 2020-07-31
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.
thelancet.com/journals/eclinm/article/PI…(20)30219-4/fulltext?rss=yes

Understanding the impact of interruptions to HIV services during the COVID-19 pandemic: A modelling study
Britta L. Jewell, Jennifer A. Smith, Timothy B. Hallett | thelancet.com | 2020-07-31
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.
thelancet.com/journals/eclinm/article/PI…(20)30227-3/fulltext?rss=yes

Journalism Under Attack in Assange Case
Asad Ismi | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-31
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, …
globalresearch.ca/journalism-attack-assa…

COVID-19 surge? Warning light is flashing, UK PM Johnson says
yenisafak.com | 2020-07-31
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…
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British premier puts brakes on eased England lockdown
yenisafak.com | 2020-07-31
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…
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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Says Plan to Reopen Depends on Transmission Rate
sputniknews.com | 2020-07-31
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.
sputniknews.com/uk/202007311080024888-uk…

Sushant's Family Forcing Me to Testify Against Rhea: B-wood Actor's Friend Writes to Mumbai Police
sputniknews.com | 2020-07-31
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.
sputniknews.com/india/202007311080021299…

Psychological Warfare: The CIA Then and Now: Old Wine in New Bottles
Edward Curtin | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-31
"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. …
globalresearch.ca/the-cia-then-and-now-o…

Mayo Clinic Expands Commitment To Serving Veterans By Participating In VA Community Care Network Beginning August 1, 2020
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-07-31
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 …
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/ma…

Does The Left Stand With Uighurs?
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-31
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…
counterpunch.org/2020/07/31/does-the-lef…

Pressure builds on Sunak as shielding guidance eases and government reduces furlough support on 1 August
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-07-31
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:
thecanary.co/uk/news/2020/07/31/pressure…

Playing War While Dressed to Kill in Portland
Andrew McCormick | thenation.com | 2020-07-31
Playing War While Dressed to Kill in Portland…
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The Dustbin of History
Brian Stauffer | thenation.com | 2020-07-31
The Dustbin of History…
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The Democratic Platform on China Is a Failure of Imagination
Tobita Chow | thenation.com | 2020-07-31
The Democratic Platform on China Is a Failure of Imagination…
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'We Need to Move From a Wartime Mentality to a Peacetime Mentality'
Tim Shorrock | thenation.com | 2020-07-31
'We Need to Move From a Wartime Mentality to a Peacetime Mentality'…
thenation.com/article/world/korean-war-p…

Virus cases, deaths mount in Central Asia, Eurasia
yenisafak.com | 2020-07-31
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…
yenisafak.com/en/world/virus-cases-death…

US federal troops staying in Portland for now, Wolf says
yenisafak.com | 2020-07-31
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…
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Turkish, Omani leaders exchange holiday greetings
yenisafak.com | 2020-07-31
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.
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Bangladesh: Daily virus deaths hit monthly low
yenisafak.com | 2020-07-31
"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…
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COVID-19 infections rise in Belgium's capital
yenisafak.com | 2020-07-31
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…
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W.Balkans welcomes Muslim holiday amid COVID-19
yenisafak.com | 2020-07-31
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.com/en/world/wbalkans-welcomes…

US records nearly 25,000 coronavirus deaths in July
yenisafak.com | 2020-07-31
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.com/en/news/us-records-nearly-…

US' global media agency launches probe into 'election interference' after VOA runs Biden campaign ad targeting Muslims
rt.com | 2020-07-31
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, announced by the newly-appointed agency CEO Michael Pack on Thursday, aims to determine whether federal employees of the broadcaster, funded exclusively through taxpayer money, "transgressed the VOA Charter, VOA's Best P…
rt.com/usa/496710-biden-voa-propaganda-i…

Eurozone GDP Shows Record 12.1% Slump in Q2 2020, Eurostat Reports
sputniknews.com | 2020-07-31
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.
sputniknews.com/business/202007311080022…

Huawei Urges Germany to Keep Tech Giant as 5G Provider Despite US Pressure, Reports Say
sputniknews.com | 2020-07-31
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.com/world/202007311080024850…

'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 | 2020-07-31
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…
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Tropical storm Isaias moving toward Florida becomes a category-1 hurricane
rt.com | 2020-07-31
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. | #Isaias is now a hurricane based on data from the Air Force Hurricane Hunters. The intensity forecast shows a stronger storm than before, but the track forecast is u…
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Tropical storm Isaias moving toward Florida becomes a category-1 hurricane
rt.com | 2020-07-31
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. | #Isaias is now a hurricane based on data from the Air Force Hurricane Hunters. The intensity forecast shows a stronger storm than before, but the track forecast is unchanged. Go to t.co/tW4KeFW0gB
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Top London NHS hospital trust joins Imperial's Academic Health Science Centre
imperial.ac.uk | 2020-07-31
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has joined the Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC).
imperial.ac.uk/news/200973/top-london-nhs-hospital-trust-joins

New smartphone game lets you solve real-world ecological puzzles
imperial.ac.uk | 2020-07-31
Imperial researchers have developed a new ecosystem-building game where players learn about and contribute to vital environmental research.
imperial.ac.uk/news/200793/new-smartphone-game-lets-solve-real-world

Saturday 8/1: Protest Trump's Gestapo
Refuse Fascism Bay Area | indybay.org | 2020-07-31
Polk & California Street, San Francisco…
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Thursday 8/27: 2020 Virtual March on Washington (NAACP, Day 1)
NAACP | indybay.org | 2020-07-31
Online via livestream…
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Report on J25 Protest/Police Response in NLG-SF Newsletter
Oakland Rose Up | indybay.org | 2020-07-31
Shortly after midnight police charged the crowd for several blocks from Oakland PD and approximately four arrests were made.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/07/31/1883553…

170th Anniversary of California and Negro Bar history still hidden?
Khubaka, Michael Harris | indybay.org | 2020-07-31
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…
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The turn to less: Conora and the cnsumption dilemma
Albrecht von Lucke | indybay.org | 2020-07-31
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.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/07/29/1883550…

Wednesday 8/12: Vote for the Earth: Climate Emergency, Racial Justice and Your Voting Power
Future Coaliton | indybay.org | 2020-07-31
Online via livestream: futurelive.us/
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Thursday 7/30: #Free The Families: Release the Children, Reunite Families, Close All Border Camps Now
#WeAllGrow Latina & MomsRising | indybay.org | 2020-07-31
Online via Instagram livestream…
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Tenants at 1921 Walnut St., Berkeley to protest on Monday Aug. 3 in Oakland
Lynda Carson | indybay.org | 2020-07-31
Tenants At 1921 Walnut St., Berkeley Are Facing Displacement In The Midst Of The Deadly Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic:…
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CA Black History Under Attack By UCSF Execs, Bernard Zakheim's Murals & "Biddy" Mason
LaborFest | indybay.org | 2020-07-31
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.
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Friday 8/28: 2020 Virtual March on Washington (NAACP, Day 2)
NAACP | indybay.org | 2020-07-31
Online via livestream…
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Governor Newsom releases final water portfolio that includes Delta Tunnel, Sites Reservoir
Dan Bacher | indybay.org | 2020-07-31
"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."
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Saturday 8/15: Spiritualing Presents 'Sing for Justice'
Spiritualing | indybay.org | 2020-07-31
Hopin.to, online venue for virtual events…
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No to the New Cold war with China
Ajamu Baraka | mronline.org | 2020-07-30
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.
mronline.org/2020/07/30/116706/?utm_sour…

Coalition of Over 500 Faith Leaders Demand Utility Shutoff Moratorium During Pandemic
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-07-30
"As moral leaders, we join with people coming together to demand that our basic human needs are met." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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'What We Must Do': Following Obama Eulogy for Lewis, Bernie Sanders Backs Call for Ending Filibuster
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-07-30
"President Obama is absolutely right," said the former Democratic presidential candidate from Vermont. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2020/07/30/what-we…

Video: Covid-19 and the Censorship of Medical Doctors. LancetGate and the Suppression of Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ)
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-30
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 …
globalresearch.ca/video-covid-19-and-the…

Chomsky on Cuba's "Internationalist" Response to Pandemic & Need to Make Vaccine Globally Accessible
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-07-30
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.
www.democracynow.org/2020/7/30/noam_chom…

Noam Chomsky: Decades of "the Neoliberal Plague" Left U.S. Unprepared for COVID-19 Outbreak
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-07-30
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.
www.democracynow.org/2020/7/30/noam_chom…

Chomsky on Israel's Hindering of Palestinian Pandemic Response & Threat to Annex Occupied West Bank
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-07-30
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."
www.democracynow.org/2020/7/30/noam_chom…

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 | 2020-07-30
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…
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We Don't Need Trump's Thugs in Chicago
Jesse Jackson | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-30
"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,…
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We don't need Trump's thugs in Chicago
Jesse Jackson | zcomm.org | 2020-07-30
The excuse for sending federal police here is to protect federal property. The reality is that this is a cynical re-election ploy aimed at earning support for a law-and-disorder president…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/we-dont-need-trump…

US Bases in Qatar, UAE Go on Alert as Iran Fires Ballistic Missiles at Mock-Up of US Aircraft Carrier
Juan Cole | commondreams.org | 2020-07-30
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…
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Yemen: A Torrent of Suffering in a Time of Siege
Kathy Kelly | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-30
"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…
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Yemen: A Torrent of Suffering in a Time of Siege
Kathy Kelly | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-07-30
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), …
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Yemen: A Torrent of Suffering in a Time of Siege
Kathy Kelly | zcomm.org | 2020-07-30
In war-torn Yemen, the crimes pile up. Children who bear no responsibility for governance or warfare endure the punishment…
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'Trump's Troops Are Breaking the Law and Creating Chaos' – CounterSpin interview with Marjorie Cohn on Portland secret police
Janine Jackson | fair.org | 2020-07-30
Janine Jackson interviewed legal scholar Marjorie Cohn about secret police in Portland for the July 24, 2020, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…
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Ocasio-Cortez Amendment Takes Aim at 'Racist, Classist' Attack on Fair Housing by Trump
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-07-30
"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…
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PDF of July 30 issue
A. Majumdar | workers.org | 2020-07-30
Download the 12-page PDF. Portland: Resistance broadens. Fighting fascism, white supremacy, capitalism WORLD: Palestine; China. ALSO: NBA players defend Woj; USPS under attack; Billionaires push school reopening; Capitalism and technology; Mumia: 'A rogue nation?' Library workers vs. racism; Seattle solidarity with Portland; No union busting; BLM impacts sports culture; 'Police-free . . . | Continue reading PDF of July 30 issue at Workers.org
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Opinion: Abdul Fattah Al-Sharif's Execution by an Israeli Soldier
Staff | imemc.org | 2020-07-30
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 …
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List of Israeli Targets Leaked: Tel Aviv Fears the Worst in ICC Investigation of War Crimes
Ramzy Baroud | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-07-30
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 …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/07/list-of-israe…

Opinion: List of Israeli Targets Leaked: Tel Aviv Fears the Worst in ICC Investigation of War Crimes
Staff | imemc.org | 2020-07-30
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 …
imemc.org/article/opinion-list-of-israel…

Israeli arms company in London is targeted as activists launch Palestine Action network
Eliza Egret | thecanary.co | 2020-07-30
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 was launched. | Palestine Action has launched; join us; get mobilised; take action; end complicity in Israel's war crimes & apartheid regime #PalestineAction pic.twitter.com/TlIBeNo5D9 | –…
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Foreign Interference in Elections: Is It Real or Just Political Noise?
Philip Giraldi | thealtworld.com | 2020-07-30
While claims of Russian interference in elections are fairly common, they are difficult to prove in any serious way. | A recently concluded British Parliamentary inquiry has determined that Russia may have interfered in the 2016 Brexit referendum, which resulted in the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union. But, ironically, it also conc…
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Foreign Correspondent: Trump's Desperate, Last-Ditch Effort to Hike Tensions with Iran
Reese Erlich | progressive.org | 2020-07-30
This might be the final stretch for his failed policy of 'maximum pressure.'…
progressive.org/dispatches/trump-despera…

Louisiana voters: Put the Socialist Equality Party on the ballot!
wsws.org | 2020-07-30
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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/07/30/elec…

Video: Turkey Shifts Focus to Southern Libya Amid Stalemate Near Sirte
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-30
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…
globalresearch.ca/video-turkey-shifts-fo…

Military Escalation, Dangerous Crossroads in US-China Relations: Mike Pompeo Goes Wild
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-30
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 …
globalresearch.ca/sino-us-relations-grea…

Australian SAS planted weapons on murdered civilians in Afghanistan
wsws.org | 2020-07-30
Several soldiers said that the framing of unarmed civilians as Taliban insurgents, with planted radios or weapons, "happened on numerous occasions."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/07/30/afgh…

The Tory 1000
Tony McKenna | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-30
It is night, the type of bleak, starless night where one can make out the forms of great clouds, vast palls of blackness hovering over the London skyline like so much choking, toxic smog. Below, the river slashes through the sleeping city, a twisting gash of black-bubbling water, hissing with the corpses of the diseased…
counterpunch.org/2020/07/30/the-tory-100…

China and Iran to Sign Comprehensive Economic and Security Deal. Reviving Atoms for Peace
Matthew Ehret-Kump | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-30
With the new revelations of an impending broad-sweeping economic and military pact soon to be signed between Iran and China, war hawks in Israel and Washington have entirely melted down. "Iran is reportedly in the final stages of agreeing …
globalresearch.ca/why-west-needs-revive-…

Moore's Law of Entropy: Greens, Greenbacks, and Green Energy
John Kendall Hawkins | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-30
"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…
counterpunch.org/2020/07/30/moores-law-o…

Israeli Colonists Steal Palestinian Water Tanks And Tents In Northern Plains
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2020-07-30
A group of fanatic Israeli colonists, illegally squatting on stolen Palestinian lands, invaded Wednesday Khirbat Samra Bedouin community, in the West Bank's N Plains, before stealing water tanks, tents, and equipment. Mo'taz Bisharat, a Palestinian Authority official in charge of the Jordan Valley file, stated that the colonists stole sheds, …
imemc.org/article/israeli-colonists-stea…

An Attack on Edward Said's Legacy
Lawrence Davidson | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-30
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…
counterpunch.org/2020/07/30/an-attack-on…

Democracy Delayed Is Democracy Denied
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-07-30
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.
therealnews.com/stories/democracy-delaye…

2019 marked a massive uptick in environmental activism as it did environmental activists' deaths
Ashley Curtin | nationofchange.org | 2020-07-30
"Land and environmental defenders play a vital role in protecting these climate-critical forests and ecosystems."
nationofchange.org/2020/07/30/2019-marke…

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

The ACLU's Fight for Constitutional Rights
Ed Rampell | progressive.org | 2020-07-30
New documentary gets up close and personal with the group's courtroom gladiators.
progressive.org/dispatches/aclu-fight-fo…

Fed chair Powell says backstop to markets to remain for a "very long time"
wsws.org | 2020-07-30
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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/07/30/usfe…

COVID-19: UN chief outlines path to sustainable, inclusive recovery in Southeast Asia
news.un.org | 2020-07-30
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.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/07/1…

Turkish parliament approves new social media law raising fears of censorship and harassment
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-07-30
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…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/07/30/turkish-p…

COVID-19: Continuous Wearing of Mask Aggravates Risk of Infection. "Psychological Terrorism"?
Dr. Pascal Sacré | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-30
Continuous wearing of masks aggravates the risk of infection. | This statement is based on scientific and medical analysis. | The air, once exhaled, is heated, humidified and charged with CO2. It becomes a perfect culture medium for infectious agents (bacteria, fungi, …
globalresearch.ca/covid-19-continuous-we…

PPS: "Israeli Soldiers Abduct Seventeen Palestinians In West Bank"
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2020-07-30
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 …
imemc.org/article/pps-israeli-soldiers-a…

Five things you should know about disposable masks and plastic pollution
news.un.org | 2020-07-30
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.
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Army Injures Several Palestinians Near Jerusalem
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2020-07-30
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 …
imemc.org/article/army-injures-several-p…

Bolivians oppose postponement of elections
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-07-30
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".
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/07/30/bolivians…

Chile's trade union center calls for a national protest against Piñera's government
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-07-30
The United Center of Workers of Chile (CUT) rejected the national government's actions that are leading the workers to bear the costs of the current crisis…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/07/30/chiles-tr…

Dow Chemical announces plan to cut six percent of its global workforce
wsws.org | 2020-07-30
The latest round of layoffs at Dow further exposes the long-going exploitative and controlling nature of the company's relationship with the Midland, Michigan region.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/07/30/dows…

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

The Beginning of the U.S.-Iran Hot War?
Sina Toossi | zcomm.org | 2020-07-30
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…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-beginning-of-t…

Wilmington Protest Meeting Demands Federal Troops Out of Portland, US Troops Out of Cuba
Mark Friedman | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-30
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…
counterpunch.org/2020/07/30/wilmington-p…

What's Going on in Portland
David Rovics | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-30
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…
counterpunch.org/2020/07/30/whats-going-…

It's futile… We're FEUDAL!!
Philip Farruggio | nationofchange.org | 2020-07-30
If the economy crashes those FAT CATS can live off of their savings and bonuses for years… while YOU start selling apples on street corners!
nationofchange.org/2020/07/30/its-futile…

Parts worker dies at Michigan Faurecia plant of unexplained causes
wsws.org | 2020-07-30
Management at the Saline, Michigan, plant has not released the cause of death, but coronavirus is widely suspected.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/07/30/faur…

Comparative Carnage: Homicides and the Pandemic
Dean Baker | cepr.net | 2020-07-30
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 …
cepr.net/comparative-mayhem-homicides-an…

4 corrections officers charged with beating inmate and cover-up
Andrew Emett | nationofchange.org | 2020-07-30
If convicted, Finch, Thomas, and Blaylock face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for the civil rights charges.
nationofchange.org/2020/07/30/4-correcti…

UK coronavirus infections and death rates increase as Johnson blames Europe
wsws.org | 2020-07-30
The Tories' aim is to divert attention from the resurgence of coronavirus infections in the UK due to their own criminal policies.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/07/30/couk…

'Strike for Black Lives' Action Wins Victory for Seattle Transit Workers
Steve Beck | zcomm.org | 2020-07-30
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.
zcomm.org/znetarticle/strike-for-black-l…

Antitrust hearings delayed as tech giants push ahead with ruthless market dominance
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-07-30
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?>…
mronline.org/2020/07/30/antitrust-hearin…

Auto parts worker dies at Michigan Faurecia plant of unexplained causes
wsws.org | 2020-07-30
Management at the Saline, Michigan plant has not released the cause of death, but coronavirus is widely suspected.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/07/30/faur…

On Eve Of Al-Adha, 4500 Palestinians, Including 39 Women And 160 Children, Imprisoned By Israel"
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2020-07-30
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. …
imemc.org/article/on-eve-of-al-adha-4500…

30 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act–moving beyond accommodation
Jill Richardson | peoplesworld.org | 2020-07-30
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 …
peoplesworld.org/article/30-years-of-the…

25 Palestinians Detained Across West Bank
Ali Salam | imemc.org | 2020-07-30
Israeli forces detained 25 Palestinian civilians overnight Tuesday, into early Wednesday, from various towns in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS) confirmed. In the northern West Bank district of Nablus, Israeli soldiers took 12 Palestinian civilians into custody, from several areas, including former prisoners; 1. Khaled Abu …
imemc.org/article/25-palestinians-detain…

Moderna Shows All Those Lazy Unemployed Workers How to Really Rip Off the Government
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-30
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…
counterpunch.org/2020/07/30/moderna-show…

The Gulf War, 30 Years and Counting
Tom Clifford | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-30
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.
counterpunch.org/2020/07/30/the-gulf-war…

Ravages of acute hunger will likely hit six in 10 in Zimbabwe: WFP
news.un.org | 2020-07-30
The World Food Programme (WFP) is urgently seeking more international support to prevent millions of Zimbabweans plunging deeper into hunger. The COVID-19 pandemic has aggravated an already severe hunger crisis in Zimbabwe, UN humanitarians warned on Thursday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/07/1…

How Bad is the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act?
Charles Pierson | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-30
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…
counterpunch.org/2020/07/30/how-bad-is-t…

A Lethal Hypocrisy
George Ochenski | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-30
Late last week Donald Trump and the Republican Party he leads pulled the plug on their national convention in Jacksonville, Florida. It was supposed to be an extravaganza of praise and adoration for the president, papering over the harsh reality that he has failed the nation in the face of mounting calamities. Yet, while cancelling…
counterpunch.org/2020/07/30/a-lethal-hyp…

Indonesia passes 100,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases
wsws.org | 2020-07-30
While case numbers and fatalities surge, the Widodo administration is nevertheless pushing on with an increasingly aggressive economic reopening.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/07/30/indo…

Smoking Gun: Crisis? What Crisis?
progressive.org | 2020-07-30
A timeline of the pandemic warning signs ignored by the Trump Administration.
progressive.org/magazine/smoking-gun-cri…

COVID-19 deaths mount at GM plant and maquiladoras across Mexico
wsws.org | 2020-07-30
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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/07/30/peme…

How we could lose the global climate fight if Trump is re-elected
Oliver Milman | peoplesworld.org | 2020-07-30
peoplesworld.org/article/how-we-could-lo…

Plunge in Consumption of Services Leads to Record 32.9 Percent Drop in GDP
Matt Sedlar | cepr.net | 2020-07-30
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 …
cepr.net/gdp-2020-07/

"We Charge Genocide"–Forerunner at UN of Black Lives Matter
W. T. Whitney Jr. | peoplesworld.org | 2020-07-30
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 …
peoplesworld.org/article/we-charge-genoc…

Auto parts worker dies at Michigan Faurecia plant of unexplained causes
wsws.org | 2020-07-30
Management at the Saline, Michigan, plant has not released the cause of death, but coronavirus is widely suspected.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/07/30/faur…

Big Google and Facebook are Watching You!
Thomas Klikauer — Nadine Campbell | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-30
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…
counterpunch.org/2020/07/30/big-google-a…

An Economic Order by and for the People
Paul Larudee | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-07-30
Read Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, and Part VI. It is bad enough that the U.S. makes vacuous claims to a democratic form of government, as described in Part IV. But even a democratic form of government does not equate to a democratic society, and most Americans participate in democratic …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/07/an-economic-o…

Workers march in Berlin protesting layoffs at major department store chain
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-07-30
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…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/07/30/workers-m…

Young people 'not invincible' in COVID-19 pandemic: WHO chief
news.un.org | 2020-07-30
Although older people are among those at highest risk of COVID-19, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has reminded younger generations that they are "not invincible" when it comes to the disease.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/07/1…

Corporate press promotes Susan Rice as Biden running mate
wsws.org | 2020-07-30
The former Obama national security advisor is identified with illegal wars, drone missile assassinations and an aggressive posture towards both Russia and China.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/07/30/rice…

TCAC hosts first of three local candidate forums
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-07-30
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…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/7/29/tcac-hos…

India set to surpass two million COVID-19 cases within days
wsws.org | 2020-07-30
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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/07/30/inco…

Israeli Forces Invade Qalandia, Kafr 'Aqab, Open Fire at Palestinians
Ali Salam | imemc.org | 2020-07-30
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 …
imemc.org/article/israeli-forces-invade-…

World Day against Human Trafficking spotlights essential role of first responders
news.un.org | 2020-07-30
The UN commemorated World Day against Human Trafficking on Thursday spotlighting the essential — but often overlooked – role of first responders who identify the millions of victims worldwide, helping them secure justice, and rebuild their lives.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/07/1…

The Real Deep State Power Grab: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix
Caitlin Johnstone | thealtworld.com | 2020-07-30
the new cold war agendas against China and Russia. All analysts who've been staring transfixed by Covid anxiety waiting for Bill Gates to usher in the New World Order have completely missed this story due to a misguided collective decision to fixate on this virus. | The virus will certainly play a part in many ways, but the real large-scale power agendas at work revolve around the US-centralized empire's increasingly urgent campaign to
thealtworld.com/caitlin_johnston/the-rea…

Plainclothes NYC police grab protester and throw her into unmarked car
wsws.org | 2020-07-30
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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/07/30/nypd…

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