2020-08-03: News Headlines

WSWS (2020-08-03). Drive to reopen US schools continues despite mounting evidence of deadly consequences. wsws.org More scientific research shows the immense dangers to the health and lives of teachers, students and parents by reopening schools while the pandemic continues out of control.

WSWS (2020-08-03). At least 20 percent of US meatpackers may have contracted coronavirus. wsws.org Over 50,000 food and agricultural workers have contracted COVID-19 in the United States, according to numbers compiled by the Food & Environment Reporting Network (FERN).

WSWS (2020-08-03). US Border Patrol raids "No More Deaths" humanitarian aid camp in southern Arizona. wsws.org Last week's operation is presumed to be in retaliation for the organization's recent exposure of the involvement of the paramilitary BORTAC force in a 2017 raid.

WSWS (2020-08-03). Congress of millionaires robs the unemployed. wsws.org Allowing federal supplemental benefits to expire for 30 million jobless workers shows the class character of both the Democratic and Republican parties.

WSWS (2020-08-03). The July days of the COVID-19 pandemic wreak havoc on the US. wsws.org The month of July saw over 2 million cases of COVID-19 and rising fatality rates in the Sun Belt states, and the pandemic is shifting to the Midwest.

Vijay Prashad (2020-08-03). Trade and tensions between the U.S. and China. mronline.org The Donald Trump administration uses every mechanism to cut China out of the global supply chain, but nothing seems to be working as a resolute China is unwilling to back down and dismantle its technological gains.

Andre Vltchek (2020-08-03). Honestly, Americans couldn't care less about Hong Kong. dissidentvoice.org Hong Kong skyline taken from Kowloon site (Andre Vltchek) I just spent two weeks in the United States, investigating, analyzing the situation there. I worked in Washington D.C., Minneapolis, where Mr. George Floyd was murdered by deranged cops, in New York City and Boston. COVID-19 was at my tail, as the states kept opening and …

Andrew Korybko (2020-08-03). Poland's "Lublin Triangle" Will Create Lots of Trouble for Russia-Belarus Relations. globalresearch.ca Poland's ambitions to restore its long-lost Great Power status in Europe received a fresh impetus following the establishment of the so-called "Lublin Triangle" between itself, Lithuania, and Ukraine that de-facto aims to revive the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth as the core of …

Ollie Vargas (2020-08-03). While Bolivia's coup regime lets its citizens die, Cuba has nearly defeated Covid-19. thegrayzone.com A dispatch from Bolivia shows the staggering human toll of the military coup, as an incompetent US-backed regime leaves impoverished…

John Pilger (2020-08-03). Another Hiroshima Is Coming — Unless We Stop It Now. globalresearch.ca When I first went to Hiroshima in 1967, the shadow on the steps was still there. It was an almost perfect impression of a human being at ease: legs splayed, back bent, one hand by her side as she sat …

Juan Cole (2020-08-03). Iran's Khamenei: Not going to help Trump get Reelected by Negotiating. zcomm.org Khamenei said that even if Iran met all of Washington's demands, that would just encourage the insatiable American elite to start making new demands…

Eds. (2020-08-03). 10 new albums for a world in crisis. mronline.org Here's a look back at July's political news and the best new albums that related to it.

Glen Ford (2020-08-03). The Black Caucus and the dictatorship of (White) capital. mronline.org Black politics does not exist in the Democratic Party, because the duopoly system serves only the corporate rulers.

Carlo Fanelli (2020-08-03). Crisis and Virus: COVID-19 in context. mronline.org "Now this liberal virus, which pollutes contemporary social thought and eliminates the capacity to understand the world, let alone to transform it, has profoundly penetrated the whole of the 'historical left' formed in the aftermath of the Second World War" (Samir Amin, 2003, 41)…

Karen J. Greenberg (2020-08-03). Accountability is Gone in America. counterpunch.org Whether you consider the appalling death toll or the equally unacceptable rising numbers of Covid-19 cases, the United States has one of the worst records worldwide when it comes to the pandemic. Nevertheless, the president has continued to behave just as he promised he would in March when there had been only 40 deaths from

Philip Giraldi (2020-08-03). American Troops to Leave Germany: Is It Goodbye or Just Auf Wiedersehen? globalresearch.ca The continued presence of tens of thousands of American military personnel in Europe seventy-five years after the end of the Second World War is rarely questioned either by politicians or the mainstream media. Currently there is little recollection of how, …

Andrew Korybko (2020-08-03). Accusations of TikTok meddling in U.S. elections reflect Trump's fear of losing. thealtworld.com The entertainment app TikTok has been increasingly in the spotlight in recent weeks. Trump announced on Friday night that it would be banned from operating in the U.S. And on July 28 several Republican Senators demanded that the Trump administration investigate TikTok in order to assess the possibility of it meddling in the upcoming elections. | It's totally crazy to imagine that this video-sharing app could determine the next president of the United States, but the very fact that it's even being seriously discussed among leading legislators speaks to just how paranoid America has become after several years of…

Staff (2020-08-03). Voting Rights Activist LaTosha Brown: Trump Is Hellbent on Undermining Democracy to Win Reelection. democracynow.org With President Trump trailing in most polls, he tweeted recently that he was floating the idea of delaying the November election — something he cannot legally do — and continued his attacks on mail-in voting. "We have a president who is probably the most fascist president that we've ever had in this country," responds LaTosha Brown, co-founder of the Black Voters Matter Fund and the BVM Capacity Building Institute. "He is hellbent on pushing the boundaries, whatever he needs to do, to undermine and undercut democracy."

Staff (2020-08-03). Headlines for August 3, 2020. democracynow.org White House's Dr. Birx Warns U.S. Has Entered New Phase in Pandemic as Death Toll Tops 155,000, Lawmakers at Standstill over Coronavirus Bill as Democratic Rep. Grijalva Goes After GOP Response, Worldwide Cases Top 18 Million as Countries Across the Globe Hit Grim New Milestones, Border Patrol Raid Arizona Humanitarian Camp for 2nd Time in 2 Days, Detain 30 Asylum Seekers, SCOTUS Rules Trump Can Move Forward with Border Wall Construction, Trump Admin to Start Charging Fees for Asylum Applications, Islamic State Claims Attack on Afghanistan Jail Which Killed At Least 29 People, Award-Winning Author Tsitsi Dangarem…

Staff (2020-08-03). What If Trump Refuses to Accept a Biden Victory? A Look at How Electoral Chaos Could Divide Nation. democracynow.org As President Trump floats the idea of delaying the election, we speak with Nils Gilman, historian and co-founder of Transition Integrity Project, which organized a bipartisan group of experts to game out what a contested November election might look like. "In every scenario except for the one where Biden won in a landslide, we ended up with severe electoral contestation, protests in the streets, crazy stories happening on social media, and the challenges went down to Inauguration Day," Gilman says.

Staff (2020-08-03). "They Have No Evidence": Moroccan Journalist Omar Radi Jailed, Surveilled After Criticizing Gov't. democracynow.org Award-winning journalist and human rights activist Omar Radi spoke to us from Casablanca on July 16. Two weeks later, on July 29, last Wednesday, Moroccan authorities arrested him on what press freedom advocates call "retaliatory charges." Now a court has charged Radi with undermining state security by receiving foreign funding and collaborating with foreign intelligence, and also charged him with rape. He is reportedly being held in a prison that is a COVID hot spot, and has not been allowed to have visits from his lawyer or his parents. We feature our interview with Radi, which focuses in part on an Amnesty Int…

RT (2020-08-03). Portland records highest number of monthly murders in 'OVER 30 YEARS' as city slashes police budget. rt.com Portland saw the highest number of homicides in July in more than three decades, officials say. The uptick in violence has strained police resources, which have already suffered from budget cuts. | The Portland Police Bureau (PPB) is investigating 15 murders that occurred in July, making the month one of the deadliest for the city in recent memory, local newspaper the Oregonian reported. The city has registered 24 homicides so far this year, meaning that last month alone accounted for more than half of the city's violent deaths in 2020. | July also saw 63 shootings, compared to 28 during the same month last ye…

RT (2020-08-03). Scandalous #MeToo activist accused of creating FAKE Twitter account of bisexual Native American professor who 'died' of Covid-19. rt.com A controversial #MeToo activist has been accused of operating a Twitter account belonging to a non-existent bisexual Native American professor. Suspicions were raised after she announced that her 'friend' had died from Covid-19. | BethAnn McLaughlin, a neuroscientist who founded the nonprofit group MeTooSTEM, allegedly created a fictional professor at Arizona State University (ASU), and tweeted as the imaginary anthropologist under the handle @Sciencing_Bi. | In an emotional eulogy for her purportedly made-up comrade, McLaughlin waxed poetic about how her friend worked tirelessly to help indigenous women overc…

RT (2020-08-03). Chicago Dunkin' Donuts employee loses job, faces battery charges after trooper finds 'thick piece of mucus' in cup. rt.com A Dunkin' employee in Chicago has been arrested on several charges, including battery to a peace officer, after he allegedly spat into a coffee cup he then gave to an unsuspecting state trooper. | The incident that cost Vincent J. Sessler, 25, his job at Dunkin' took place on Thursday evening, when a Chicago trooper decided to treat himself to a large cup of black coffee. | Also on rt.com | | When the officer was handed the cup, the drink was stea…

RT (2020-08-03). Chicago Dunkin' Donuts employee loses job, faces 'battery' charges after trooper finds 'thick piece of mucus' in cup. rt.com A Dunkin' employee in Chicago has been arrested on several charges, including battery to a peace officer, after he allegedly spat into a coffee cup he then gave to an unsuspecting state trooper. | The incident that cost Vincent J. Sessler, 25 his job at Dunkin' took place on Thursday evening, when a Chickago trooper decided to treat himself to a large black cup of coffee. | Also on rt.com | | When the officer was handed out the cup, the drink was…

Steven Singer (2020-08-03). We're Talking About Human Life Here. Unsafely Reopening Schools Is No Solution at All. commondreams.org Schoolchildren wearing protective mouth masks and face shields attend a course in a classroom at Claude Debussy college in Angers, western France, on May 18, 2020 after the country eased Covid-19 lockdown measures. (Photo: Damien Meyer/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

pip.hinman (2020-08-03). Former Reuters bureau chief speaks at free Julian Assange rally. greenleft.org.au

pip.hinman (2020-08-03). Paying for the pandemic: Young people, hugs and housing. greenleft.org.au

Ralph Nader (2020-08-03). Speaker Nancy Pelosi Writes to Me! counterpunch.org Years ago, Elizabeth Brennan Moynihan told me about her disgust with the Democratic Party's outside consultants. These consultants were not competent. They were arrogant, costly, and looking out first for their interests, not the candidates they were supposed to advance. She threw them out and personally took over her husband, Senator Daniel P. Moynihan's successful

Global Research News (2020-08-03). Selected Articles: The Anti-China Rhetoric. globalresearch.ca By The implications of the pandemic for US-China relations are relevant for global peace and prosperity, well beyond the Asia-Pacific. Rather than joining forces …

Ramzy Baroud (2020-08-03). Human Rights Defenders: Palestinian Eyewitness Testimony of the Execution of Abdul Fattah al-Sharif by Israeli Soldier, Elor Azaria. counterpunch.org As illegal Jewish 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, "a grass-roots, non-partisan Palestinian organization, working to support nonviolent popular resistance through popular

WSWS (2020-08-03). International Olympic Committee promotes Olympics with Nazi propaganda. wsws.org The inclusion of clips from Leni Riefenstahl's Olympia film makes clear that attempts to sanitise the crimes of the National Socialists is not limited to the spheres of politics and academia.

Maureen Smith (2020-08-03). Socialist Gloria La Riva Nominated by Peace and Freedom Party Convention. indybay.org On August 1st, the Peace and Freedom Party State Central Committee nominated Socialist/Labor Activist Gloria La Riva to be on the California ballot in November as their candidate for U.S. President…

WSWS (2020-08-03). Vote for SEP candidates in the Sri Lankan national elections! Fight for a workers' and peasants' government and socialist internationalism! wsws.org The SEP is the only party in the elections advancing an international socialist program to fight the crisis created by COVID-19, defend democratic rights and oppose imperialist war.

Stephen Lendman (2020-08-03). Exempting Big Pharma from COVID-19 Vaccines Liability. globalresearch.ca House and Senate leaders are discussing whether to include this exemption for COVID-19 vaccines under development in new legislation likely to be passed and signed into law in the coming days. | Most likely, tort liability protection for Big Pharma will …

Stephen Lendman (2020-08-03). Escalating Trump Regime Cold War on China. globalresearch.ca Until unparalleled US economic collapse occurred this year, Trump's reelection campaign likely planned to focus on the twin pillars of economic growth and rising equity market valuations. | Since January, the latter disconnected from collapse of the former. | Since early 2020, …

Zero Hedge (2020-08-03). Red Flags Soar as Big Pharma Will be Exempt from COVID-19 Vaccine Liability Claims. globalresearch.ca Last week we

Panashe Chigumadzi (2020-08-03). In Zimbabwe, no one can breathe. zcomm.org Unless the Zimbabwean state stops its looting, intimidation and suppression of dissent and finally responds to the needs of its people, it will soon face its greatest threat yet…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-03). BDS activist's detention extended for 15 days by military court in Israel. peoplesdispatch.org An Israeli military court approved a request by Israeli domestic intelligence agency Shin Bet to hold Mahmoud Nawajaa for 15 days. Nawajaa was illegally abducted from his home on July 30…

James ONeill (2020-08-03). What We Are Told and Not Told About the South China Sea. globalresearch.ca If war breaks out between China and the United States, there is a high probability that the precipitating factor will be the South China Sea. The United States is currently running another of its so-called "freedom of navigation" exercises in …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-03). Islamic State militants claim responsibility for attack on Afghan prison. peoplesdispatch.org In an attack which began on Sunday evening, terrorists slammed an explosive-laden vehicle to enter a prison in Jalalabad province. As many as 24 people were killed and 43 sustained injuries in the ensuing fighting…

Prabir Purkayastha (2020-08-03). Trump's Withdrawal From WHO: a Cover-Up for His Abject Failure on COVID-19. counterpunch.org Microbes do not recognize borders. We are all safe only when everybody is safe. In a pandemic, to attack the only body we have for global cooperation endangers everyone. That is why the U.S. withdrawal from the World Health Organization (WHO) is dangerous not only for the United States, but for all of the world.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-08-03). Pulling US Troops Out of Germany: Trump Adjusts the Military Furniture. globalresearch.ca One noisy theme in the Donald Trump Disruption Show in an otherwise chaotic assemblage of messages has remained fairly constant: winding back US troop commitments. The US has fought its complement of wars, bloodied and bloodying. Time to up stakes …

WSWS (2020-08-03). This week in history: August 3-9. wsws.org 25 years ago: Croatia launches ethnic cleansing of Serbs On August 4, 1995, the Croatian Army launched Operation Storm, one of the last major campaigns of the Bosnian War. It was orchestrated by Croatian President Franjo Tudjman against the Serbian-inhabited Krajina region, which in 1991, during the initial breakup of Yugoslavia, had declared its independence from Croatia.

Jon Schwarz (2020-08-03). The Unemployment Crisis Is a True National Emergency. zcomm.org The incompetent criminals ruling the U.S. are about to push millions of Americans off a terrifying financial cliff…

WSWS (2020-08-03). Baltimore's Mercy Medical Center intensive care unit head physician dies of COVID-19. wsws.org Health care workers have been placed on the front lines of the pandemic as safety precautions such as social distancing have been lifted.

WSWS (2020-08-03). Vietnam struggles to contain rapid resurgence of COVID-19. wsws.org After three months of no confirmed cases, Vietnam is witnessing a nationwide spread of the virus due to a new outbreak in the city of Da Nang.

Jonah Raskin (2020-08-03). Chesa Boudin: Reformer in the San Francisco DA's Office. counterpunch.org Only time will tell whether Chesa Boudin, the current San Francisco DA, really walks the walk and talks the talk in the tradition of legendary DA Terence Hallinan. But after six months in office—he took over in January 2020—Boudin is off to a good start. Hallinan, who died on January 17, 2020, would surely approve of

WSWS (2020-08-03). Families fight for justice for five workers killed by wall collapse at UK Hawkeswood Metal recycling plant. wsws.org Tonnes of scrap metal had been stored in the adjacent bay, piled at double the recommended height against a wall of interlocking concrete blocks with no foundation.

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2020-08-03). Reviving Soviet-era Confrontation with the United States, Russia Exposes Its Weakness in Africa. globalresearch.ca In her weekly media briefing July 23, Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova criticized United States support for educational programs, media and NGOs in Africa. In addition, Zakharova said | "the allocation of grants fits into the White House's efforts to promote …

David Barber (2020-08-03). Renouncing White Privilege: A Left Critique of Robin DiAngelo's "White Fragility" counterpunch.org White supremacy is not only white over black, it is also the small number of rich whites over the much larger number of poor and working class whites. In return for a guarantee that the latter group of whites will suffer the many calamities of life afflicting working people in a capitalist society less intensely and less frequently than do black people and people of color, the poor and working class whites will not challenge the rule of the rich.

Matthew Ehret-Kump (2020-08-03). The Spirit of Apollo-Soyuz Is Alive… With the Russia/China Space Alliance. globalresearch.ca Forty five years ago, Cold Warriors in the Pentagon and CIA shook their fists angrily at the stars- and for good reason. | On July 17, 1975 the first international handshake was occurring in space between Russian Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov and …

Linda Pentz Gunter (2020-08-03). The Resistible Rise of Nuclear Gangsters…and Their Downfall. counterpunch.org It would be tempting to describe last week's nuclear scandals — in three states — as something out of the Wild West. But Al Capone's Chicago would be a more accurate analogy. While no actual shots were fired, some pretty powerful metaphorical ones were, warnings that engaging in criminal racketeering and fraud to fleece ratepayers

Dr. Giulio Pugliese (2020-08-03). COVID-19 and the Reification of the US-China "Cold War" globalresearch.ca Abstract | The implications of the pandemic for US-China relations are relevant for global peace and prosperity, well beyond the Asia-Pacific. Rather than joining forces against the pandemic, COVID-19 is among the factors that have widened the rift between the United …

WSWS (2020-08-03). "This tragedy was avoidable" at UK Hawkeswood Metal recycling plant. wsws.org The wall collapsed on the five workers. Another worker was trapped and received a serious leg injury. One survivor suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

WSWS (2020-08-03). Hong Kong delays legislative elections amid crackdown on democratic rights. wsws.org Beijing is driven above all by fears that renewed protests in Hong Kong could spread to the mainland.

Diego Gonzaga (2020-08-03). Fires Are Raging in the Amazon—Again. globalresearch.ca One year has passed since the world was shocked by the

Isabel Wilkerson (2020-08-03). America's 'Untouchables': the Silent Power of the Caste System. zcomm.org More than a century and a half before the American Revolution, a human hierarchy had evolved on the soil of the future United States. To comprehend the current upheavals one must understand the human pyramid encrypted into us all: the caste system.

WSWS (2020-08-03). European economy collapses as EU bails out the super-rich. wsws.org Eurostat economic figures for the second quarter of 2020 show that Europe saw its deepest and most sudden economic collapse in history.

WSWS (2020-08-03). US credit outlook rated "negative" as concerns mount over dollar's global role. wsws.org The Fitch credit rating agency said high fiscal deficits, already present before the economic shock of the COVID-19 pandemic, have started to "erode the traditional credit strength of the US."

WSWS (2020-08-03). Scottish government prepares to reopen schools as new COVID-19 spikes emerge. wsws.org The government intends to re-open all primary and secondary schools by August 18, despite COVID-19 outbreaks in call centres, distribution centres, pubs and care homes.

Linda G. Ford (2020-08-03). Free Joy Powell! America's Political Prisoner for Fighting Police Brutality. counterpunch.org If you protest against police brutality in America, you are definitely going to get brutalized by the police. And lately, federal marshals, homeland security, ICE officers, and assorted militarized federal goons and thugs will pile on. If you led a movement against police brutality in Rochester, NY in 2006, like Rev. Joy Powell did, you

Amira Hass (2020-08-03). A clear message from West Bank mosque burning: Palestinians must disappear. zcomm.org The arsonists' indirect message is: Look at us, we do whatever we like and will continue to do it, because the police won't bother to search for us and the army won't turn us in. And if they do catch us, they won't prosecute us, and if they do prosecute, the judges will find an excuse to acquit us.

Dean Baker (2020-08-03). The Plunge in Consumption of Services Leads to a Record 32.9 Percent Drop in GDP. counterpunch.org 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

Ted Snider (2020-08-03). The Coronavirus May be Novel, but It's the Same Old Foreign Policy. globalresearch.ca U.S. foreign policy suffers from such tunnel vision that it is unable to change course even with the appearance of something as colossal as the COVID-19 pandemic. The American foreign policy response to the pandemic has ranged from the negative …

Laura Flanders (2020-08-03). Take on the Tech Mob Now or Perish. counterpunch.org Six months into a global pandemic, the US economy just took its most grievous hit on record, while Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook only added wealth. In just three months, April through June, so many workers were furloughed, laid off or forced to work and school from home, that the economy shriveled by 32.9% or

John G. Russell (2020-08-03). The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters. counterpunch.org The name Homeland Security grates on a lot of people, understandably. Homeland isn't really an American word, it's not something we used to say or say now. It has a vaguely Teutonic ring — Ve must help ze Fuehrer protect ze Homeland! — and Republicans must always be on guard against sounding Teutonic. —Peggy Noonan The federal

S. Brian Willson (2020-08-03). Nicaragua Targeted for US Overthrow in 2020-21. globalresearch.ca The USA failed State continues to seek destruction of Nicaragua (among other nations such as Venezuela, Cuba, Syria and Iran, who refuse to obey US demands for neoliberal privatization that enrich the already rich. | Introduction | George Washington, who waged …

Karen J. Greenberg (2020-08-03). Missing in Action: Accountability Is Gone in America. zcomm.org All told, Trump has been a perfect model in deflecting all responsibility, even as the death toll soared over 150,000 with more than four million cases reported nationwide and no end in sight…

WSWS (2020-08-03). Honda orders office workers at Marysville, Ohio plant to man assembly lines as COVID-19 spreads. wsws.org As the pandemic ravages the workforce, management has pressed some office staff to work inside the plant.

Sharon Guynup (2020-08-03). Brazilian Amazon Drained of Millions of Wild Animals by Criminal Networks: Report. globalresearch.ca The Brazilian Amazon is hemorrhaging illegally traded wildlife according to a

Todd Smith (2020-08-03). The Use and Abuse of President Donald Trump. dissidentvoice.org In all of the bizarre and ridiculous iconography of our first cartoon President, Donald J. Trump, the photo-op of Trump holding an upside-down Bible in front of St John's (of Patmos?) Episcopal Church, near the White House, really takes the cake — and, perhaps, eats it, too. Of course, the whole scene was a fiasco …

Uzay Yasar Aysev (2020-08-03). Can the International Criminal Court Hold the Trump Administration in Contempt? globalresearch.ca On June 11, President Donald Trump issued an

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-08-03). Do Not Let Them Train You. thealtworld.com Do not let the pundit train you how to feel. | Do not let the teacher train you how to think. | Do not let the preacher train you how to love. | Do not let the banker train you how to value. | Do not let Hollywood train you how to be. | Don't let them train you. | They were appointed by the powerful to teach you how to live | in a world that is small, too small for wild humans. | Too small for humans who haven't been house trained, | groomed, spayed and neutered, | and taught parlor tricks | like how to ignore life's intrinsic breathtaking majesty. | Too small for humans who perceive their own boundlessness, | th…

Alys Samson Estapé (2020-08-03). 15 Lessons From 15 Years of BDS. zcomm.org Fifteen years on, and during a time of global uprising against an entire system of racist exploitation and oppression, the BDS movement continues learning, adapting and growing, making connections, and exposing and challenging Israeli apartheid…

Cesar Chelala (2020-08-03). A Wrong Message for the Pandemic. counterpunch.org Public health messages addressed to the general population should be clear and unambiguous. This is particularly important in times of a pandemic like that caused by the coronavirus. Millions of lives are at stake. One of the messages, "social distancing," widely used by public health authorities during the present pandemic, exemplifies this shortcoming. It should

WSWS (2020-08-03). White House engineering a takeover of TikTok by Microsoft. wsws.org Under the White House's direction, Microsoft is preparing to acquire the video-sharing app TikTok in a forced-divestiture from its China-based company ByteDance.

WSWS (2020-08-03). Major League Baseball season on brink of collapse as COVID-19 continues to spread. wsws.org New positive cases have continued to emerge since the first outbreak in the Miami Marlins, causing postponement of 20 percent of last weekend's games.

Cal Winslow (2020-08-03). Their Heroes and Ours: California's Health Care Crisis. counterpunch.org Patients and visitors to Sutter Health's shiny new hospital in Santa Rosa, Calif., are greeted with large banners, "Heroes Work Here." This no doubt is true. At Kaiser Permanente's hospitals we learn much the same, the giant HMO has awarded itself Five Stars for service. And this of course is all about Covid-19. California's new spike in Covid cases is centered in Los Angeles, but it has moved throughout the state, including into the sprawl that follows US 101 through Sonoma County's wine country.

WSWS (2020-08-03). The Invisible Man: A woman struck by an "unseen hand" wsws.org The Invisible Man feeds on the #MeToo mood, becoming the latest entry in what one critic calls "boom times for feminist revenge narratives."

Julian Agyeman (2020-08-03). Urban planning as a tool of white supremacy. zcomm.org Segregation in Minneapolis, like elsewhere in the U.S., is the result of historic practices such as the issuing of racialized real estate covenants that kept nonwhite people from buying or occupying land…

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-03). 'US unilateral anti-Iranian sanctions unfair'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 03 (MNA) — Naming the unilateral US sanctions against Iran 'unfair', the Austrian Ambassador to Iran Stefan Schulz voiced readiness of 250 Austrian firms for establishing economic relations with Iran.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-03). Ulyanov reacts to Dubowitz's remarks on Iran nuclear deal. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 03 (MNA) — Russia's Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov said that the atomic opportunities were given to Iran by NPT are absolutely legitimate.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-03). Police bust 400kg of drugs in Yazd province. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 26 (MNA) — The police forces of Yazd province in central Iran have seized 401 kilograms of illicit drugs in two separate operations.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-03). 'Exodus' to participate at Intl. Human Rights FilmFest. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 03 (MNA) — Bahman Kiarostami's documentary 'Exodus' will be screened at the fourth edition of the Taiwan International Human Rights Film Festival in September 2020.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-03). Drive-in movie theater in Qeshm Island. en.mehrnews.com QESHM, Aug. 03 (MNA) — Qeshm Island, southern Iran, has launched its first drive-in movie theater to help cinema aficionados watch their favorite movies while observing health protocols during the coronavirus pandemic.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-03). PCR certification mandatory for Iraqis entering Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 03 (MNA) — Iraqi ministry of transport has made it mandatory for all Iraqis aimed at traveling to Iran to take Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests to diagnose infection by the lethal respiratory coronavirus before taking the trip.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-03). Iran registers 2,598 COVID-19 cases in 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 03 (MNA) — The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has infected 2,598 people and claimed 215 lives in Iran in the past 24 hours, a senior health official said.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-03). Oil industry activities on track despite sanctions: Zanganeh. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 03 (MNA) — Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh says Iran's oil industry activities have been going on strongly in the past two years since the US pulled out of the nuclear deal and reimposed sanctions.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-03). Iran exports 2nd non-oil cargo to Oman via Sirik port. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 03 (MNA) — Governor of Sirik said on Monday that the second shipment of Iran's non-oil goods was exported via Sirik Port Complex to the Sultanate of Oman.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-03). VP Sattari unveils 3 artificial intelligence system. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 03 (MNA) — The Vice President for Science and Technology, Sorena Sattari has unveiled three artificial intelligence system, namely 'Saha', 'Sahab' and 'Hooshio' on Sunday.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-08-03). 90 minute COVID-19 tests: Government orders 5.8 million DnaNudge kits. imperial.ac.uk The government has placed a £161 million order for 5.8 million high-speed DnaNudge COVID-19 test kits to be used in NHS hospitals from September.

Labor Video Project (2020-08-03). Shut It Down! Workers Shut Amazon DSF4 For Health/Safety & Living Wages. indybay.org Amazonians and workers shutdown the Amazon DSF4 warehouse on August 1, 2020 to protest the lack of health and safety and slave labor wages…

#BlackAndBrownUnity (2020-08-03). Wednesday 8/5: Black and Brown Unity: West Cliff March & Speakout. indybay.org Cowell's Beach parking lot, Santa Cruz…

Allan Rees (2020-08-03). Saturday 8/8: COULD THE 2020 ELECTION BE STOLEN? Webinar August 8th. indybay.org Live Interactive Online Webinar Saturday, August 8th…

Legal Beagle (2020-08-03). Housing Emergency Prevails Over Contracts. indybay.org Home Building and Loan Association vs. Blaisdell, 290 U.S. 398 (1934) stated in an appeal of the Minnesota Mortgage Moratorium Law of 1933, during the emergency declared to exist, relief may be had through authorized judicial proceedings with respect to foreclosures of mortgages, and execution sales, of real estate; that sales may be postponed and periods of redemption may be extended. In other words, the emergency took precedence over the contracts clause of the Constitution.

USWUSC (2020-08-03). Monday 8/3: Rally and March for the UCSC 41. indybay.org UC Santa Cruz | 1156 High St, Santa Cruz…

Haiti Emergency Relief Fund (2020-08-03). Saturday 8/8: Support Haiti's Campaign for Dignity! Virtual Fundraiser for UNIFA's Teaching Hospital. indybay.org Online via livestream…

Heiner Flassbeck, R Reich and A Neubacher (2020-08-03). How to generate unemployment and deflation. indybay.org The theory put forward by fair-weather philosophers that the pandemic will be a salutary shock leading to a better, more sustainable world is wrong. Forced renunciation and economic decline do not make anything better. Less is not more, but less. Corona is not an opportunity, it is an evil. We can only hope that one day it will pass.

Remove George Washington Bust (2020-08-03). Monday 8/3: Remove George Washington Statue: Watsonville Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting. indybay.org City of Watsonville Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting | (Online)…

Poor People's Campaign (2020-08-03). Monday 8/3: #MoralMonday Action: Demand COVID Relief & Stop McConnell's Misery, Meanness & Mayhem Now! indybay.org Online via livestream…

Kayla Kumar (2020-08-03). Monday 8/3: We Are All Learning: Practical Futures For Public Safety in Santa Cruz. indybay.org Online Event | stanford.zoom.us/j/92675673025?pwd=dmVRY…

Yes on Prop 16 and others (2020-08-03). Tuesday 8/4: Yes on Prop. 16 Kickoff Rally: Equal Opportunity for All Californians. indybay.org Online via Zoom…

Free Them All Coalition- Bay Area (2020-08-03). Saturday 8/8: Shut Down CA's Concentration Camps: Statewide Day of Action for Immigrant Justice (SF). indybay.org There will be an initial meeting/rally at Justin Herman Plaza and then we will march to the ICE building for another rally. | Please stay tuned for details on a supporting car caravan, led by the SF LowRider Council, which will likely start in the mission and meet up with the march at the ICE building. | Please also stay tuned for actions you can take from home in the days before the action. | Thank you for taking action! #FreeThemAll…

Women's Museum of California (2020-08-03). Tuesday 8/18: Women's Suffrage: The Road from Ratification to the Reality Over the Last 100 Years. indybay.org Online…

Leon Kunstenaar (2020-08-03). Black Women's March in Vallejo. indybay.org Rally and march on Vallejo waterfront…

Lynda Carson (2020-08-03). Trump and the GOP are suppressing the vote for November election. indybay.org Mark Dimondstein Testimony, President Of American Postal Workers Union:…

The Canary (2020-08-03). TikTok planning London headquarters, according to reports. thecanary.co TikTok is planning to open a headquarters in London, according to reports, as the social media app continues to try and distance itself from China. | The move could put the UK at odds with US president Donald Trump as the video platform is at the centre of a row in the US over alleged links to the Chinese state and Trump is threatening to ban the app. | But reports suggest the UK is set to give the green light to a new headquarters for the service in London, with key executives relocating to the UK as part of the move. | TikTok declined to comment on its plans. | Last month, the app's head of public policy for Eu…

The Canary (2020-08-03). Khan 'surprised' over plans to use M25 to seal off London if Covid-19 surges. thecanary.co The mayor of London has written to the prime minister to express "great surprise" that the government reportedly plans to use the M25 to seal off the capital if there is a spike in coronavirus (Covid-19) infections. | Sadiq Khan also pointed out that it has been 12 weeks since he was invited to a Cobra meeting as he warned against "riding roughshod over democratically elected representatives". | The Times reported that Boris Johnson held a "war game" session with chancellor Rishi Sunak on 29 July to run through possible options in the event of a second wave, and measures are said to include lockdown-like conditio…

George Wuerthner (2020-08-03). Forest Plan Failure in the Montana Rockies. counterpunch.org The recently released Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest Service (HLCNF) plan is a huge disappointment by recommending only 153,000 acres out of 1,500,000 eligible aces of the forest for new wilderness. The Forest Service did not recommend wilderness for many deserving areas like the Elkhorn Mountains, Teton/Blackleaf along the Rocky Mountain Front, Camas Creek in

yenisafak (2020-08-03). Nobel laureate, former N.Ireland party leader John Hume dies. yenisafak.com Nobel peace laureate and former leader of Irish nationalist Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDPL) John Hume has died on Monday, according to a statement from his former party."We are deeply saddened to announce that John passed away peacefully in the early hours of the morning after a short illness," a statement from the SDLP said.Hume was born in Northern Ireland in 1937 and he was regarded as an important figure in recent political history in the region.Hume, as the leader of the SDLP, was one of the key architects of the 1998 Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement that ended decades of sectarian violence in North…

yenisafak (2020-08-03). Eat before you die! Try out these mouth-watering Turkish Eid | dishes. yenisafak.com After celebrating Eid al-Ahda, the Muslim holiday of Sacrifice, we've tried out Turkish cuisine once more. And once more, we have fallen in love with the luscious flavors.As we have every year during Eid, we invite you to try out the unique flavors of Turkey's diverse cities. This year, we are pleased to share two new recipes with you and your family.Lamb neck soup (Gerdan Paàßasƒ±) from the Adana provinceINGREDIENTS2 pieces lamb neck 5 garlic cloves5 tablespoons oil3 tablespoons flour3 tablespoons butter1 lemonStale bread2 liters water 1 teaspoon black pepper1 teaspoon red pepper1 dessert spoon…

yenisafak (2020-08-03). One person is dying of COVID-19 every seven minutes in Iran: state TV. yenisafak.com One person is dying from COVID-19 every seven minutes in Iran, state television said on Monday, as the Health Ministry reported 215 new deaths from the disease and state media warned of a lack of proper social distancing.Health Ministry spokesman Sima Sadat Lari was quoted by the state TV as saying the 215 deaths in the past 24 hours took the combined death toll to 17,405 in Iran, and the number of confirmed cases rose by 2,598 to 312,035.State television showed several Iranians in a busy Tehran street without wearing face masks or social distancing.Some experts have doubted the accuracy of Iran's official corona…

yenisafak (2020-08-03). Vietnam says it has no plans for widespread lockdown. yenisafak.com Vietnam has no plans for a widespread lockdown and will only put areas considered epicentres under strict quarantine, the government's spokesperson said on Monday."We will only implement social distancing in areas considered virus epicentres, and will not pursue a widespread lockdown," Mai Tien Dung, the government's spokesman, told a monthly press conference on Monday.Dung said selective lockdown measures would allow the government to achieve the dual goals of containing the virus and boosting the economy at the same time."If there's an infection in a hamlet, we will lock down that hamlet only, not the whole dis…

yenisafak (2020-08-03). What you need to know about the coronavirus right now. yenisafak.com Here's what you need to know about the coronavirus right now: Early August "decisive" for VietnamVietnam is in the midst of a "decisive" fight against the coronavirus, the prime minister said, with the focus on the central city of Danang where infections have appeared in four factories.Authorities are battling several new clusters of infection linked to the city, a tourism hotspot, after going more than three months without detecting any domestic transmission.State of emergency, curfew in MelbourneAustralia's second-biggest city, Melbourne, entered its first day of tougher restrictions to contain the spread of a r…

yenisafak (2020-08-03). WHO urges mothers to breastfeed even if infected with COVID-19. yenisafak.com "WHO recommends that mothers with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should be encouraged the same as all other mothers to initiate or continue breastfeeding," Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference.As the world marks breastfeeding awareness week, Tedros said "the many benefits of breastfeeding for newborn babies and children substantially outweigh the potential risks of COVID-19 infections".

yenisafak (2020-08-03). French PM Castex urges vigilance as COVID-19 'is not on holiday'. yenisafak.com Prime Minister Jean Castex urged France on Monday to remain as vigilant as possible against COVID-19, which has shown signs of a resurgence in the country, as the virus was "not on holiday"."We must not let our guard down," Castex told reporters in Lille, where masks are now compulsory in many of the northern city's pedestrian areas and parks."The virus is not on holiday, and neither are we," he said, adding it was vital that France avoided another nationwide shutdown.The southern city of Nice on Monday also made wearing masks outdoors compulsory in many areas, including parts of the Promenade des Anglais, a popu…

yenisafak (2020-08-03). Turkey regrets US firm's signing oil deal with YPG/PKK. yenisafak.com Turkey Monday denounced a US firm's signing a deal with YPG/PKK-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to extract, process and produce oil in northeastern Syria."We deeply regret the US support to this step, disregarding international law, violating territorial integrity, unity and sovereignty of Syria, as well as being considered within the scope of financing terrorism. This act, which cannot be justified by any legitimate motive, is utterly unacceptable" the Foreign Ministry said in a written statement.Turkey's remarks came after media reports that the US-based company Delta Crescent Energy LLC signed a contract wi…

yenisafak (2020-08-03). Man suspected to be armed takes hostage in Kyiv bank. yenisafak.com A man suspected to be armed took a hostage in a bank office in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv on Monday but has made no demands yet, deputy interior minister Anton Gerashchenko said.Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook that the man came to the bank at midday, told employees there he had a bomb in his backpack and asked them to call police."Employees of the banking institution left the office while the head of the branch remained there (as hostage). Police have begun negotiations with the terrorist and asked him to surrender," Gerashchenko said.Later he told a local television that the man demanded to give interviews to jou…

yenisafak (2020-08-03). 'Talks between India, Pakistan, China vital for peace in Kashmir'. yenisafak.com Former Indian government interlocutor Mohammad Mukhtar Ansari (MM Ansari) has said that India's last year's decision to annex Jammu and Kashmir was tantamount to breaching a sacred trust and understanding between the two sovereign states.In an exclusive conversation with Anadolu Agency a year after Indian government's last year Aug. 5 decisions, he said while the constitutional provision was rescinded to ensure faster development and containing militancy, the objectives have not been realized."The objective of restoring peace has therefore not been realized. Likewise, socioeconomic activities have also suffered d…

WSWS (2020-08-03). COVID-19 "state of disaster" imposed across Australian state of Victoria. wsws.org Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton characterised the sweeping measures as "shock and awe."

commondreams (2020-08-03). Thousands at Risk of COVID-19 Escalating in ICE "Superspreader" Detention Centers as US States Hit Highest Daily Records—and ICE Deportation Flights Into Central and South America Continue. commondreams.org ______________________________…

David G. Schwartz, Janna Ataiants, Alexis Roth, Gabriela Marcu, Inbal Yahav, Benjamin Cocchiaro, Michael Khalemsky, Stephen Lankenau (2020-08-03). Layperson reversal of opioid overdose supported by smartphone alert: A prospective observational cohort study. thelancet.com Our findings support the benefits of equipping community members, potentially witnessing suspected opioid overdose, with naloxone and an emergency response community smartphone app, alerting EMS and nearby laypersons to provide additional naloxone.

Yiping Lu, Xuanxuan Li, Daoying Geng, Nan Mei, Pu-Yeh Wu, Chu-Chung Huang, Tianye Jia, Yajing Zhao, Dongdong Wang, Anling Xiao, Bo Yin (2020-08-03). Cerebral Micro-Structural Changes in COVID-19 Patients — An MRI-based 3-month Follow-up Study. thelancet.com Study findings revealed possible disruption to micro-structural and functional brain integrity in the recovery stages of COVID-19, suggesting the long-term consequences of SARS-CoV-2.

Natalie Shure (2020-08-03). When You Have Diabetes, Even a Routine Police Encounter Can Turn Fatal. thenation.com When You Have Diabetes, Even a Routine Police Encounter Can Turn Fatal…

Andrew Marzoni (2020-08-03). The Philosophical Leftovers of Gilles Deleuze. thenation.com The Philosophical Leftovers of Gilles Deleuze…

Dave Zirin, Jules Boykoff (2020-08-03). Should the World Boycott the 2022 Beijing Olympics? thenation.com Should the World Boycott the 2022 Beijing Olympics?

yenisafak (2020-08-02). Top Iranian aide praises Turkey's Hagia Sophia move. yenisafak.com A senior advisor to Iran's supreme leader on Sunday congratulated Turkey for reopening the Hagia Sophia Mosque after 86 years as a museum."We congratulate the Turkish people for this important Islamic success," Ali Akbar Velayati, an aide to Ali Khamenei told Iranian state television.Velayati also criticized US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for recent comments urging Ankara to reconvert the Hagia Sophia into a museum."His ancestors converted all museums of the world into churches. The Hagia Sophia, which has been a mosque for 500 years, will remain as a mosque until the apocalypse," Velayati stressed.Ankara has…

Unicorn Riot (2020-08-02). Humanitarian Camp Raided by Border Patrol and BORTAC, 30+ People Arrested. unicornriot.ninja Arivaca, AZ — The government ramped up its efforts to stop humanitarian workers on the U.S.-Mexico border and raided the 'No More Deaths' aid station, Byrd Camp, arresting over 30 people. | The Friday, July 31 raid featured the U.S. Border Patrol, an armored vehicle, two…

_____ (2020-08-02). Border Patrol Agents Raid No More Deaths Migrant Aid Camp. popularresistance.org The humanitarian group No More Deaths said an aid camp it operates for migrants crossing the desert was raided and then surrounded by Border Patrol agents. The group said the move as an escalation of tensions at a time when the aid they provide is vital. | Byrd Camp is located near Arivaca and serves as a medical aid site for people passing through one of the deadliest desert corridors of the borderland. | No More Deaths volunteer Emily Saunders said Border Patrol usually allows activities there to continue. But in late July, agents entered the property and arrested a migrant receiving care.

Nikita Mitchell (2020-08-02). "We Are On the Cusp of Something Great" zcomm.org "The demand to defund the police and fund the people has real traction. It's not a new demand, but it has become a unified rallying cry."

Alan MacLeod (2020-08-02). Media's "Cancel Culture" Debate Obscures Direct Threats to First Amendment. commondreams.org A scene from the Netflix documentary Immigration Nation. (Image: screenshot/Netflix) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2020-08-02). Trump is Mussolini, riots are peaceful, but federal agents are terrorists — top black Democrat turns to trite #Resistance rhetoric. rt.com Rep. Jim Clyburn was a key figure behind securing Joe Biden's nomination, and will be instrumental in picking his running mate. However, his views of late are show denial of reality and falling back on #Resistance tropes. | Jim Clyburn's name carries gravitas in both Washington and his home state of South Carolina. Clyburn's endorsement is considered to have pushed Joe Biden ahead of Bernie Sanders in the state's primary election, securing him the black vote. The veteran lawmaker and House Majority Whip is expected to vet Biden's eventual choice of running mate, given Biden has promised to consider a black wom…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-08-02). 'The Clock Is Ticking': Bernie Sanders Calls on Senate to Act Quickly on Covid Relief Bill. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-08-02). Fake Coronavirus Data, Fear Campaign. Spread of the COVID-19 Infection. globalresearch.ca Do not let yourself be misled by the fear campaign, pointing to a Worldwide coronavirus calamity with repeated "predictions" that hundreds of thousands of people are going to die. | According to the WHO, the death rate pertaining to Seasonal Influenza globally is between 6 to 12 times higher than COVID-19.

Janine Jackson (2020-08-02). 'Trump's troops are breaking the law and creating chaos'. mronline.org 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.

Mike Whitney (2020-08-02). Seattle's "Bolshevik Revolution" globalresearch.ca "We are coming to dismantle this deeply oppressive, racist, sexist, utterly bankrupt system of capitalism. We cannot and will not stop until it is dismantled, and we replace it with a socialist world, based on solidarity, genuine democracy, and equality." …

Pan Africanism Today Secretariat (2020-08-02). Cuba's medical brigades in Africa embody a long tradition of solidarity. peoplesdispatch.org From medical to military, agricultural, educational, cultural support and more, the Cuban footprint in Africa dates back to the national struggles against colonialism. The work of the Henry Reeve Brigade is a continuation of this tradition…

Liberation Staff (2020-08-02). Gloria La Riva Nominated by Peace and Freedom Party in CA. liberationnews.org Longtime San Francisco labor and anti-war activist Gloria La Riva was chosen Aug. 1 as the Peace and Freedom Party nominee for U. S. President.

Bob Scofield (2020-08-02). Is a Second Trump Presidency a Lesser Evil Than a Biden Presidency? dissidentvoice.org In this essay I will sketch an outline for an argument that, from a left-wing and especially an environmentalist perspective, a second Trump presidency will be a lesser evil than a Biden presidency. Before doing so, I will discuss my personal views on lesser-of-two-evils voting, protest voting, and the article that led me to stumble …

Elaheh Farmand (2020-08-02). Insurance industry profits over people's lives: Democrats reject Medicare for All. liberationnews.org What people need is not more profits for private companies and corporate bailouts, but a universal, socialist healthcare system.

Deirdre Griswold (2020-08-02). Virus statistics reveal class truth. workers.org The following is a digest of articles on COVID-19 by Deirdre Griswold that appeared in Workers World from April to June, 2020. April 14 — Because China is the most populous country in the world, and also the first to become infected with the COVID-19 virus, it is revealing to . . . |

Ken Hammond (2020-08-02). Pompeo, Trump unleash new phase of aggression vs. China. liberationnews.org Pompeo openly called for regime change in China, saying that "if we don't change China, China will change us."

Noah Roberts (2020-08-02). Workers and supporters shut down San Leandro Amazon Warehouse. liberationnews.org The facility has seen four workers fall ill to COVID-19 in the past month, but management has not taken responsible action to ensure the safety of their workers by stopping operations and cleaning the warehouse.

RT (2020-08-02). 'Sleepy Joe' Biden 'never leaves his basement' and won't win Texas, Trump says. rt.com President Donald Trump has bashed his basement-dwelling presidential opponent, Joe Biden, and touted his own support for "Oil, Gas, Guns, & God," after a fundraising trip to the Lone Star State. | "Was in the Great State of Texas this week and explained that the Radical Left Do Nothing Democrats, headed up by their great leader, Sleepy Joe Biden (who never leaves his basement), are strongly against 'Oil, Gas, Guns, & God," Trump tweeted on Sunday. | "Must be tough to win Texas on that platform!" he added. | Was in the Great State of Texas this week and explained that the Radical Left Do Nothing Democrats, hea…

RT (2020-08-02). Yemen's Houthi rebels say they've downed a US-made spy drone. rt.com The Houthi rebels' air defense has shot down a US-made drone over the Jizan Region of Yemen near the border with Saudi Arabia, their spokesman, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, announced. | The small RQ20 Puma hand-launched UAV was hit "by an appropriate weapon," he added. | Saree didn't specify if the drone belonged to Saudi Arabia, which has been waging a US-supported military campaign against the Houthis since 2015, or any other party. | The rebels, who control much of the country, including capital Sanaa, have been shooting down UAVs (unarmed aerial vehicles) quite frequently. The most prominent target they…

RT (2020-08-02). Joe says no: Trader Joe's stands up to outrage mob, proving the impotence of online activism. rt.com Grocery chain Trader Joe's won't be changing its supposedly "racist" product labels. In an era where suspect tweets can ruin careers, the decision is a reminder that online activism doesn't always matter in real life. | According to more than 5,000 signatories of an online petition, some of the chain's branding — which sees its Italian range labeled 'Trader Giotto's', its Mexican range called 'Trader Jose's', and its Chinese food named 'Trader Ming's' — is racist. | The branding "exoticizes other cultures," the petition states. Furthermore, the petition alleges that the company's founder Joe Coulombe…

RT (2020-08-02). Mask madness is causing Kens & Karens everywhere to beat the cr*p out of each other (VIDEOS). rt.com The efficacy of mandatory mask rules is debatable, but a series of viral videos provide ample evidence that the guidelines have helped make 2020 one of the most absurd and painfully idiotic years in recent memory. | Mid-flight fisticuffs over maskless passengers: | The latest incident in the saga of mask-related assaults kicked off on a flight from Amsterdam to Ibiza. Two passengers on the KLM flight reportedly became physical after refusing to wear masks during the journey to Spain. Passengers and crew worked together to restrain the two men, who reportedly had been drinking. | Footage of the insane m…

RT (2020-08-02). No press allowed at GOP convention, Trump to be nominated behind closed doors — reports. rt.com This month's Republican National Convention will take place behind closed doors and with no press present, reports suggest. The move is the latest in a series of twists and changes to the convention. | Originally slated to take place in Jacksonville, Florida, the Republican National Convention was canceled last month due to a rise in coronavirus cases. Beforehand, it had been moved there from Charlotte due to virus restrictions applied by North Carolina Governor Ray Cooper, a Democrat. After canvassing a number of other cities as potential hosts, the GOP has fallen back on Charlotte, albeit for a convention wi…

RT (2020-08-02). Trump will act on TikTok and other Chinese software companies 'in the coming days' — Pompeo. rt.com US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has vowed that President Donald Trump will take action "in the coming days" to deal with Chinese software companies that the White House claims are feeding data to Beijing. | Appearing on Fox News' 'Sunday Morning Futures' show, Pompeo claimed the practices of the Chinese tech companies currently in the administration's sights, including TikTok and WeChat, pose "true privacy issues for the American people." | "For a long time the US just said 'Well, goodness, if we're having fun with it, or if a company can make money off of it, we're going to permit that to happen,'" he expla…

RT (2020-08-02). Two guards stabbed during Georgia prison riot. Purported footage of violent uprising spreads on social media (VIDEOS). rt.com Two guards have been injured in a riot at Georgia's Ware State Prison, local media reported. Purported videos of the chaotic rebellion show inmates covered in blood, holding tasers, and even frog-marching handcuffed prison staff. | The situation is now under control and the facility, located near Waycross, has been put on lockdown, according to local media, citing a statement from the Georgia Department of Corrections. | "Two staff members received minor, non-life-threatening injuries and there are no reported inmate injuries at this time," the statement read. | Local reports also shared a statement from the W…

RT (2020-08-02). Syria says US 'stealing' oil after American energy firm signs deal with Kurdish rebels. rt.com The Syrian government has accused the US of "stealing" the country's oil reserves, which Washington claimed to be protecting from terrorists. American lawmakers admitted that a deal has been signed with Kurdish rebels. | When President Donald Trump pulled US troops out of Syria last October, it was not the full withdrawal promised in his anti-interventionist campaign speeches. Instead, a contingent was left behind in areas of north Syria controlled by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, ostensibly to protect the region's oilfields from Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) terrorists. | Also on rt.com

RT (2020-08-02). Multiple bomb blasts at jail compound in Afghanistan, 1 killed and 20 injured – officials. rt.com At least one person was killed after a series of bombs exploded outside a jail compound in the city of Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan. Clashes broke out between police and attacking militants who made their way inside the jail. | One major car-bomb explosion was followed by two smaller blasts near the prison complex, provincial council member Sohrab Qaderi said, according to Reuters. | A large police force was deployed to counter the militants, who took up position outside the compound and have since made their way inside the complex. | Afghanistan's TOLO news agency quoted a spokesman for the Nangarhar prov…

RT (2020-08-02). Microsoft says talks over TikTok's potential purchase to wrap up by September 15 in 'any event' after CEO speaks with Trump. rt.com Microsoft has said it will "move quickly" in its talks with ByteDance to buy TikTok, after CEO Satya Nadella discussed the issue with US President Donald Trump, who threatened to ban the popular Chinese app. | In a statement on its official blog on Sunday, Microsoft

RT (2020-08-02). 'Socialist Trump?' Trump says 'changes must be made soon' to tackle income disparity in rare dig at 1-percenters. rt.com US President Donald Trump said he agrees that the income gap between billionaires and the rest of Americans has grown too big, vowing to take action "soon" in a tweet that left his detractors puzzled. | "I actually agree with this. Too much income disparity. Changes must be made, and soon!" Trump wrote on Saturday, retweeting a Business Insider clip that cites a recent report by the Institute for Policy Studies, claiming that total US billionaire wealth grew by $637 between March and June, while 40 million Americans lost their jobs. | I actually agree with this. Too much income disparity. Changes must be made,…

RT (2020-08-02). Members of Congress returning to DC from Lewis funeral in Georgia won't have to follow quarantine rule made for everybody else. rt.com Politicians who attended the funeral of Congressman John Lewis in Georgia won't have to worry about Washington's new quarantine rules as they return to the city because they're deemed too essential to lock down. | A 'Who's Who' of Democrat politicians attended Thursday's funeral in Atlanta, despite a state ban on gatherings of more than 50 people. Some 50

RT (2020-08-02). 'Do as they say': Minneapolis police warn people to obey criminals for their own safety as violent crime surges amid BLM protests. rt.com Embattled Minneapolis police are advising residents on survival skills amid a wave of violent crime, offering such tips as "be prepared to give up your cell phone and purse/wallet" to robbers and "do not walk alone." | "Do not argue or fight with the criminal," police said in a July 28 The Third Precinct, southeast of downtown, was one of the areas hardest hit by the protests-tur…

RT (2020-08-02). 'North Korea TV can learn from them': Netanyahu lashes out at Israeli media over 'one-sided' coverage of protests. rt.com Israeli media is not reporting on the protests against him, but taking part in them, PM Benjamin Netanyahu said as he launched several attacks on the country's press, which he insisted was acting "North Korea-style." | The demonstrations, which have been underway for months in Israel, are "being fueled especially by the media who have enlisted themselves [to the protests] in a manner the like of which I can't remember," Netanyahu The…

_____ (2020-08-02). U.S. Troop Removal From Germany: a NATO-Skeptic POTUS Always Wins. strategic-culture.org Is there any good reason why Germany is still occupied by the United States? After 75+ years one could make a strong argument that the Nazi threat is over. Donald Trump would seem to agree with this sentiment and directly stated that he wants to continue to reduce the number of American soldiers on the territory of today's friendlier tolerant and geopolitically submissive Deutschland. The logic by which U.S. forces are stationed across the globe has been called into question many times and very often has no sellable answer. Trump himself agrees with the dubious nature of the need to have an American army base in…

The Canary (2020-08-02). Unite chief Len McCluskey fires warning shot over Labour antisemitism payout. thecanary.co The chief of Labour's biggest union backer said his organisation would "no doubt" review its financial support for the party in the wake of the decision to offer payouts to whistleblowers who accused the party of failing to tackle antisemitism.Payouts: General secretary of Unite Len McCluskey used an interview with the Observer to issue a warning to Labour leader Keir Starmer. It came after the party agreed to pay "substantial damages" to whistleblowers who contributed to a TV expose of its handling of antisemitism.McCluskey, an ally of former leader Jeremy Corbyn, said the payouts were "an abuse of member…

Kathy Fairfax (2020-08-02). Woolworths workers locked out in bid for wage parity. greenleft.org.au

_____ (2020-08-02). Are Russia And US Different When It Comes To Election Meddling? popularresistance.org On this week's installment of "Scheer Intelligence," Robert Scheer challenges guest David Shimer on the fundamental conclusions of his new book, "Rigged: America, Russia and 100 Years of Covert Electoral Interference," regarding the "intentions" for US covert operations versus those of the Soviet Union/Russia. | Excerpted and lauded in the New York Times and elsewhere in the mainstream media, "Rigged" outlines covert operations in various countries by both nation-states, including American interference in 1970s Chile and post-World War II Italy, among others, but has been best reviewed for its deep dive into Russ…

South Front (2020-08-02). Video: That Sinking Feeling: Ukrainian Naval and Coastal Forces. globalresearch.ca In few areas are Russia's and Ukraine's divergent fortunes as evident as in naval armaments. Whereas the Russian Navy has overcome the malaise of the 1990s and went on to introduce new classes of warships, including state-of-the-art missile frigates, attack …

South Front (2020-08-02). Video: Turkey Cries Foul About Deployment of Egyptian Troops in Idlib. What's Going On? globalresearch.ca The Egyptian military has deployed about 150 troops on the frontline in the Syrian region of Greater Idlib to support forces of the Damascus government, Turkish sources claimed on July 30. | "The troops were later deployed in the Khan al-Asal …

Stephen Lendman (2020-08-02). Congress Fails to Agree on Extending Aid to Jobless Americans. globalresearch.ca On Thursday, I emailed the information below to a retired physician/health and fitness expert friend I've known since the 1940s, explaining the following: | Like earlier coronavirus outbreaks (SARS-Cov 2002-04, MERS 2012), SARS-Cov-2 hysteria will pass in time. | Of far greater …

Stephen Lendman (2020-08-02). Deteriorating Sino/US Relations: From Engagement to Containment and Confrontation. globalresearch.ca On Thursday during testimony before Senate Foreign Relations Committee members, Pompeo continued his militantly hostile war of words on China. See below. | *** | Commenting on his Chinaphobic remarks last week, former US diplomat who accompanied Richard Nixon on his 1972 …

yenisafak (2020-08-02). Afghan government releases over 300 Taliban prisoners. yenisafak.com On the third and last day of a cease-fire with the Taliban, the Afghan government on Sunday announced that it had released over 300 prisoners of the militant group in connection with ongoing peace efforts.Announcing the development, the Office of the National Security Council (ONSC) said in a statement that the government had released 317 more Taliban prisoners from Parwan and other provincial prisons, bringing the total to 4,917.Prisoner releases will continue until the total reaches 5,100 — 100 more than required by the US-Taliban peace deal signed in February, it said.The Taliban vowed to have already complet…

Sonali Kolhatkar (2020-08-02). Why the Idea of Jobless Benefits Scares the Conservative Mind. zcomm.org The coronavirus pandemic has allowed us to conduct an experiment on how government assistance is good for people and the economy…

Michael K. Smith (2020-08-02). Harlem's Pearl: James Baldwin. dissidentvoice.org The American idea of progress is how fast I become white. And it's a trick bag. Because they know perfectly well I can never become white. I have drunk my share of dry martinis; I have proven myself civilized in every way I can. But there is an irreducible difficulty: something doesn't work. Well, I …

Telesur (2020-08-02). Malaysia: Former Prime Minister Najib Razak Found Guilty in Fraud Trial. globalresearch.ca Malaysia's High Court Tuesday found former Prime Minister Najib Razak guilty of abuse of power, money laundering, and criminal violation of trust during the trial against him for a multi-million dollar defalcation. | The court ruled that the US$10 million transfer …

Adam Shah (2020-08-02). The One Percent's Attack on Unemployment Benefits Shows How Broken Our Democracy Is. zcomm.org The dignity of work is restored when employment leads to working people securing living wages and having their voices heard…

Dean Baker (2020-08-02). An Economic Survival Package, not a Stimulus Package. cepr.net There continues to be enormous confusion about what we should be trying to accomplish in the next pandemic relief package. This is best demonstrated by Republicans' obsession with getting people back to work, with a mixture of cuts to unemployment benefits and return to work bonuses. Ignoring the questionable economic logic (there is zero evidence …

Fight Back (2020-08-02). Thousands march and rally in Portland. fightbacknews.org Portland, OR – Large marches rocked downtown Portland, August 1, as thousands took to the streets in defense of Black lives. Trade unionists had a visible presence in the large protests. | Many rallied in front of the federal courthouse, which is surrounded by concrete and metal barriers. | The federal courthouse has been the scene of intense clashes between protesters and federal agents sent by the Trump administration. As of midnight, police had no visible presence. | According to reports, police declared an action in the Northeast Portland neighborhood to be an 'unlawful assembly' and arrested several people.

Newsclick (2020-08-02). 'Titans of tech' face grilling in US Congress. peoplesdispatch.org Newsclick's Prabir Purkayastha talks about the deposition of the heads of Alphabet, Amazon, Apple and Facebook before the US House of Representatives Committee that deals with anti-trust issues.

Dr. Dareld Morris (2020-08-02). Video: Covid-19 Lies and Fraud: How the Fear Campaign is Affecting US Hospitals and Clinics. globalresearch.ca In the following interview, Dr. Morris, a practicing physician in Florida, USA, explains how politics and fraud are root causes of the Fear campaign that is plaguing his state, and the country. | First, labs are faking COVID results. Some …

Timothy Alexander Guzman (2020-08-02). Video: Hollywood Celebrities and the Covid-19 Fear Campaign. globalresearch.ca The controversial face-mask wearing and social- distance problem in the US has celebrities getting into the political aspect of shaming people like actor Tom Hanks who recently said that: | "There's really only three things we can do in order to …

Joseph Thomas (2020-08-02). UK's Stunning Hypocrisy over Hong Kong. globalresearch.ca Further evidence the UK hides behind "human rights" rather than stands for them was demonstrated when London laced sanctions on Hong Kong after the passing of a security law aimed at combating overt foreign interference in the special administrative region …

Richard Falk (2020-08-02). With John Lewis in Stockholm 1969. zcomm.org Thinking back to that weekend in Stockholm I marvel at how John Lewis reinvented himself, and rose to a position of moral preeminence and unsurpassed political wisdom and maturity…

Jon Queally (2020-08-02). Demands for Kushner to Resign Over 'Staggering' Level of 'Depravity'. zcomm.org "Holy hell. Jared Kushner reportedly abandoned a national testing plan because it was *politically advantageous* to sit back and let blue states be eviscerated by the virus."

Michael K. Smith (2020-08-02). Harlem's Pearl — James Baldwin. zcomm.org Baldwin transformed a horrifying legacy of pain and rage into grace and light…

Fight Back (2020-08-02). Large protests continue in Portland. fightbacknews.org Portland, OR — The chant of "Black lives matter!" echoed off the Federal Courthouse Friday, July 31, as nearly 3000 demonstrators assembled in downtown Portland. Federal agents and local police were not visible, but a number of protesters stated that agents remain inside the courthouse. Many rally participants were well prepared for an attack, wearing head protection and gas masks to lessen the impact of teargas and police projectiles. No clashes occurred. | The courthouse is covered with slogans and surrounded by concrete barriers topped by metal fencing. African Americans and other oppressed nationalitie…

Doctors for the Truth (2020-08-02). "Doctors for the Truth" Speak Out in Madrid, Denounce Covid-19 "False Pandemic" globalresearch.ca With the participation of hundreds of professionals from all over the world, "Doctors for the Truth" stated that Covid-19 is a false pandemic created for political purposes. They urged doctors, the media and political authorities to stop the operation, by …

news.un (2020-08-02). Leaving No Roma behind during a pandemic, and beyond: a UN Resident Coordinator's Blog. news.un.org Roma people in Europe face widespread discrimination in many areas of life, including housing and health. In this opinion piece, Francoise Jacob, the UN Resident Coordinator in Serbia, explains how the UN is helping Roma communities, many of which have no access to safe water or electricity, to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Abdul Rahman (2020-08-02). COVID-19 shows the need to rebuild public health systems in Central Asian countries. peoplesdispatch.org Most of the countries in central Asia have been reluctant to reimpose restrictions due to the economic fallout. This has led to a massive jump in the total number of new infections and deaths in late June and July…

Matt Stoller (2020-08-02). Big Tech Moguls and Misdeeds in the Spotlight. zcomm.org The five and a half hour long hearing on Capitol Hill offered a stunning illustration of the extent of misdeeds by big tech…

Alice Speri (2020-08-02). Federal Agents at Protests Renew Calls to Dismantle Homeland Security. zcomm.org After months of protests demanding the defunding of police, the abduction of protesters turns the focus to Homeland Security…

IMEMC News (2020-08-02). Army Abducts A Mother, Her Son And Daughter, In Hebron, After Colonists Attempted to Kidnap A Child. imemc.org Israeli soldiers abducted, on Saturday evening, a Palestinian mother along with her son and daughter after they helped free a child after she was assaulted by illegal colonialist settlers who tried to kidnap her. According to human rights activist and a volunteer with the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights …

Prabhat Patnaik (2020-08-02). Food consumption trends point at real income decline before pandemic. peoplesdispatch.org Why has there been a tendency toward persistent 'excess supply' in the foodgrain market when growth rate of foodgrain output has barely exceeded the population growth rate?

Katherine Eban (2020-08-02). How Jared Kushner's Secret Testing Plan "Went Poof Into Thin Air" zcomm.org This spring, a team working under the president's son-in-law produced a plan for an aggressive, coordinated national COVID-19 response that could have brought the pandemic under control…

Dr. Harvey Risch (2020-08-02). Early Outpatient Treatment of Symptomatic, High-Risk COVID-19 Patients that Should be Ramped-Up Immediately as Key to the Pandemic Crisis. globalresearch.ca Abstract | More than 1.6 million Americans have been infected with SARS-CoV-2 and >10 times that number carry antibodies to it. High-risk patients presenting with progressing symptomatic disease have only hospitalization treatment with its high mortality. An outpatient treatment that prevents …

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-02). 2nd round of Iran-Ukraine talks to be held in Oct. in Tehran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 02 (MNA) — Iranian Ambassador to Ukraine announced that the second round of talks between Iran and Ukraine over the issue of the Ukrainian aircraft's crash will be held in October 2020 in Tehran.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-02). Intelligence min. dismisses speculations on Sharmahd's arrest. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 02 (MNA) — Iranian Ministry of Intelligence has categorically dismissed any speculation on the arrest of the ringleader of a US-based terrorist group "Jamshid Sharmahd".

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-02). Govt. to set up work group to remove production barriers. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 02 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that the government will establish a special workgroup for removing production barriers.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-02). Tehran, Seoul to launch humanitarian trade: Yonhap. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 02 (MNA) — A South Korean source has claimed that Tehran and Seoul have agreed to establish a working group on mutual humanitarian trade, according to Yonhap.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-02). Minister urges nation to observe health protocols in Muharram. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 02 (MNA) — Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli has called on the Iranian nation to fully observe anti-coronavirus health protocols during Muharram rituals.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-02). Saudi fighter jets bombed Yemen 598 times last month. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 03 (MNA) — The fighter jets of Saudi-led coalition have bombed Yemen 598 times last month, A Yemeni military source said.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-02). Sunflower farm in NE Iran. en.mehrnews.com BOJNURD, Aug. 02 (MNA) — Some 15,000 hectares of farms in North Khorasan province, northeast Iran, are under cultivation of oily seeds, producing some 70,000 tons of different seeds including sunflower and rapeseed on an annual basis.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-02). Police seize over 631 kg of narcotics in central Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 03 (MNA) — The police forces of Isfahan Province have seized over 631kg of illicit drugs in Nain County.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-02). Army Ground Force signs MoU to receive geographical data. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 02 (MNA) — National Geography Organization and the intelligence branch of Iran Army's Ground Force signed an MoU to develop cooperation in the fields of science, education, and research interactions.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-02). Yemen military shoots down US drone. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 02 (MNA) — The Spokesman for Yemeni Armed Forces, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, informed on Sunday that the Yemeni military forces have shot down an American spy drone.