2020-08-07: News Headlines

Andre Vltchek (2020-08-07). Our Planet's Missed Opportunity to unite and fight Side by Side against the Pandemic. dissidentvoice.org It is time to stop irresponsible finger-pointing. All over the world, as this essay is being written, well over 17 million COVID-19 cases have been reported, and 676,000 people died. And instead of concentrating on serious research, trying to save human lives and attempting to stop the global calamity, 'residents' of the White House are …

Vijay Prashad (2020-08-07). Do not reach for the sky just to surrender. mronline.org The novel coronavirus continues its march through the world, with 18 million confirmed cases and at least 685,000 deaths. Of these, the United States of America, Brazil, and India are the worst-hit, harbouring about half of the world's cases.

Paul Street (2020-08-07). Trump is Not Conceding: This is Happening Here. counterpunch.org Sorry, Trump's Not Conceding I have been hearing liberals and lefties fantasizing that Donald Trump is conceding the presidency to Joe Biden. The evidence for this curious thesis? 1. Biden's significant polling lead over Trump not just nationally but in the battleground states where the presidency is contested. 2. The real or rumored pulling of

Aaron Maté (2020-08-07). Lebanon's corrupt, colonial system leads to explosion catastrophe. thegrayzone.com Beirut's explosion disaster is the product of a corrupt, sectarian political system maintained by foreign powers, Rania Masri argues. The…

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2020-08-07). With an Eye on Balkanization, Israel throws Support Behind Separatist Militants in Southern Yemen. mintpressnews.com Israel is hoping to capitalize on internal tensions in Yemen, throwing its support behind a UAE-backed militant group with eyes on secession and control of the coveted Bab al-Mandab Strait.

Alan Macleod (2020-08-07). Disbelief as Trump Appoints Disgraced Iran-Contra Criminal Elliott Abrams as Iran Envoy. mintpressnews.com Activists, the UN, and even mainstream news outlets expressed dismay at the Trump administration's decision to appoint regime-change champion Elliot Abrahams to the role of Special Representative for Iran.

Alan Macleod (2020-08-07). Don't Let His New Book Fool You, Bush Laid the Groundwork for Today's Immigration Nightmare. mintpressnews.com George W. Bush drastically increased the militarization of the Mexican border, sending 6,000 national guardsmen to patrol it, greatly increasing detention capacity for immigrants and using drones to patrol the area.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-08-07). Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook: The Big Four High Tech Oligarchs Appear Before the US Congress. globalresearch.ca Silicon Valley continues to sprawl in influence, and its modern robber barons bestride the globe with a confidence verging on contempt. The technology giants that mark that region of California are praised as "virtuosos of ingenuity," to use Steve Forbes' …

Andrew Korybko (2020-08-07). Intimidation and Censorship Campaign against Online Independent Media. globalresearch.ca The heated debate within Western governments about the best way to fight what they regard as "propaganda" has recently taken a disturbing turn towards intimidation of the outlets accused of peddling such information products and even discussions about their possible …

Andrew Korybko (2020-08-07). Media Literacy, Not Intimidation & Censorship, Is The Best Way To Fight So-Called Propaganda. thealtworld.com The heated debate within Western governments about the best way to fight what they regard as "propaganda" has recently taken a disturbing turn towards intimidation of the outlets accused of peddling such information products and even discussions about their possible censorship, but if they were really sincere in combating this menace while staying true to their "democratic" principles, then they'd work on improving their citizens' media literacy so that they could make up their own minds about the veracity of the various articles that they come across expressing non-mainstream views on contentious topics. | One o…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-08-07). America had first Contemplated Nuclear War against both China and North Korea in 1950. globalresearch.ca America's use of nuclear weapons on a first strike basis is no longer considered as a weapon of total annihilation. Quite the opposite, the preemptive use of nukes is upheld as a means to ensuring global peace and security. This is the doctrine which prevails today under Trump's "fire and fury"

Ramzy Baroud (2020-08-07). Apartheid or One State: Has Jordan Broken a Political Taboo? counterpunch.org What will it take for the idea of a two-state solution, which was hardly practical to begin with, to be completely abandoned? Every realistic assessment of the situation on the ground indicates, with palpable clarity, that there can never be a viable Palestinian state in parts of the West Bank and Gaza. Politically, the idea

news.un (2020-08-07). Pandemic highlights importance of indigenous self-determination: UN rights chief. news.un.org The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the need to ensure the world's indigenous people have control over their own communities, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has affirmed.

John Pilger (2020-08-07). Há outra Hiroshima a caminho… a menos que a impeàßamos agora. globalresearch.ca Quando estive pela primeira vez em Hiroshima em 1967, a sombra na escada ainda estava lá. Era uma impressà£o quase perfeita de um ser humano bem à vontade: pernas abertas, costas flexionadas, uma mà£o ao lado do corpo, esperando que …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-07). Leftist groups urge Danish government to receive more refugees. peoplesdispatch.org Leftist groups in Denmark have demanded the social democrat-led government to raise the country's refugee quota and receive at least 500 refugees annually, which was the case before 2016…

teleSUR (2020-08-07). Venezuela Ratifies Commitment Against Drug Trafficking. telesurenglish.net The President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro ratified on Friday Venezuela's commitment in the fight against drug trafficking, on the 15th anniversary of the expulsion of the United States (U.S.) Agency for Drug Control (DEA). | RELATED: | "On a day like today 15 years ago, Commander Hugo Chavez (1954-2013) cut off relations with the largest drug cartel on the continent, the DEA. Since then, we have reinforced th…

Mark Fiore (2020-08-07). Screen Shot 2020-08-06 at 11.39.46 AM.png. progressive.org If they hurt Trump, mail-in ballots are fraudulent.

John Laforge (2020-08-07). USAF Vet Could Face '20 Days for 20 Bombs' for Protest Against US H-Bombs Stationed in Germany. counterpunch.org Hamburg, Germany With this week's commemorations of the US atomic massacres at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, there will be countless hours spent on speeches, sermons, hymns, and warnings; tons of ink spilled in op/eds, editorials and articles. All will solemnly promote the need to pursue a world without nuclear weapons. However, many of the same voices

news.un (2020-08-07). Countries urged to target smugglers after 27 migrants die at sea. news.un.org Two UN agencies are calling for greater action to dismantle smuggling and trafficking networks following the deaths of 27 migrants off the coast of Mauritania, northwest Africa.

PAI (2020-08-07). Working Families Party members are voting on whether to endorse Biden. peoplesworld.org NEW YORK (PAI)—The thousands of members of the Working Families Party, the progressive pro-labor group that has backed and campaigned for state and local candidates from coast to coast, are voting on whether to do the same thing for Joe Biden. The race is between Biden and neutrality in the presidential tilt, the party said …

David Macaray (2020-08-07). Haven't We All Known Guys Who Were Exactly like Donald Trump? counterpunch.org Although it gives me no pleasure to report this, while growing up in the shady suburban confines of Southern California, in the Sixties, I probably knew half a dozen guys who—other than being middle or lower middle-class rather wealthy, and shorter rather than taller—were otherwise exactly like President Trump. I'm also certain that I never

Eds. (2020-08-07). Ask an expert: Congress plans to spend billions on dangerous, unnecessary nuclear weapons. mronline.org This week is the 75th anniversary of the U.S. bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the only time nuclear bombs have been used in a conflict—and one could only hope the last time. To commemorate the anniversary, I thought it would be appropriate to devote this column to taking a hard look at current U.S. nuclear …

Mark Gruenberg (2020-08-07). NEA chief talks politics, school safety and pandemic. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Presumed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden says "education is a civil and human right," National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen-Garcia reports. And it'll also be a top priority should he win the White House away from GOP incumbent Donald Trump, his spouse, Jill Biden, Ph.D., a past community college professor, declares. Besides, she adds, he …

Staff (2020-08-07). "The World's Most Dangerous Man": Mary Trump on Her Uncle, President Trump, & Why He Must Be Ousted. democracynow.org "In my family, being kind was considered being weak," says Mary Trump, President Trump's niece, a clinical psychologist and author of "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man." We spend the hour with Mary Trump, discussing her book the president doesn't want people to read, in which she describes his upbringing in a dysfunctional family that fostered his greed, cruelty and racist and sexist behaviors — which he is now inflicting on the world. Mary Trump also discusses the president's mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic, his long history of lies and misrepresentati…

Staff (2020-08-07). Headlines for August 7, 2020. democracynow.org Study Predicts U.S. Coronavirus Deaths Could Reach 300,000 by December, Georgia High Schoolers Suspended for Sharing Images of Unmasked Students in Crowded Halls, India's COVID-19 Cases Top 2 Million as WHO Warns of Worsening Outbreaks in Africa, Peru's Health System in Collapse as COVID-19 Death Toll Reaches 20,000, Congressional Talks on New Coronavirus Stimulus on Brink of Collapse, "Make Billionaires Pay Act" Would Tax Richest 0.001% to Fund Healthcare for Millions, Police Fire Tear Gas at Anti-Government Protesters as Anger Rages over Beirut Blast, New York Attorney General Files Suit to Dissolve NRA over Ex…

Julia Conley, Common Dreams (2020-08-07). Supreme Court Rules Jail Does Not Have to Provide Basic Protections to Inmates. indybay.org Even as prisons across the US report a surge in Covid-19 cases, the Supreme Court ruled on August 5th that prisons do not have to provide basic protections to inmates.

Rainforest Rescue (2020-08-07). Please SIGN: Keep plantations out of Palawan Forest! indybay.org The provincial government wants to open up areas of rich biodiversity and indigenous land to industrial plantations. An industrial coconut grower is already destroying indigenous peoples' sacred sites.

RT (2020-08-07). AOC-narrated Green New Deal clip nominated for Emmy for… news analysis? rt.com Democratic socialist New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been nominated for an Emmy award for "news analysis" for a video envisioning how the implementation of the Green New Deal solves all the US' problems. | Ocasio-Cortez revealed the seven-and-a-half minute video she narrated, produced by the Intercept and illustrated by Molly Crabapple, was shortlisted for an Emmy for News and Analysis in the Editorial and Opinion category on Thursday. Initially published in April 2019, the clip outlines the environmental disasters facing the world and describes how the proposed 'Green New Deal' will solve…

teleSUR (2020-08-07). Migrants Die In The Atlantic Ocean Trying To Reach Spain. telesurenglish.net About 50 migrants Thursday died in the Atlantic Ocean after their barges sank while trying to reach the Canary Islands in Spain. | RELATED: | Spanish outlets revealed that one of the boats broke down off the coast of Mauritania, and at least 40 people died. Also, 10 migrants died after another vessel shipwrecked near to the coast of Western Sahara. The only survivor told AFP that their boat broke down. | "For a l…

Jeffrey St. Clair (2020-08-07). Roaming Charges: Every Which Way to Lose. counterpunch.org "And through the fog of the plague, most art withered into journalism." — Pete Hamill + Four years of Trump, the most precipitous collapse of the US economy in history and one killer pandemic later and we're right back to where we were in the late summer of 2016… Joe Biden's national polling lead is

Brian W. Major (2020-08-07). Unregulated capitalism drives 'The Business of Drugs'. peoplesworld.org Much of the world is facing a crisis around the use and abuse of various sorts of substances. Headlines around the world show many deaths each day due to overdoses. In the U.S., approaches to this issue have typically involved prohibition, enforcement, and corrections. Other jurisdictions such as the Netherlands and Portugal have successfully tried …

William T. Hathaway (2020-08-07). Subtle Matter: Where the Physical and Spiritual Unite. dissidentvoice.org Dr. Klaus Volkamer's new book, Weighing Soul Substance, builds bridges across the gulf that has separated science from spirituality, materialism from mysticism. It confirms the reality of auras, clairvoyance, remote viewing, psychokinesis, telepathy, and precognition, and presents empirical evidence that these phenomena have a material aspect. By using newly developed measuring technologies Volkamer detected changes …

Miko Peled (2020-08-07). Susan Abulhawa Embodies the Spirit of Palestinian Resistance in Her New Book: Against the Loveless World. mintpressnews.com Writer and political activist Susan Abulhawa weaves a daring tale of a Palestinian woman's defiant experience in solitary confinement at an Israeli prison.

Janine Jackson (2020-08-07). Neil deMause on Reopening Coverage, Nicole Porter on Covid and Prisons. fair.org Media…

Paul Ryder (2020-08-07). Here Come the 1968 Mistakes Again. counterpunch.org "In our countercultural bubble, we assumed everyone watching the convention shared our feelings of revolt, but the spectacle in Chicago, as history showed us, had an unintended effect. It was the 'law-and-order' [Richard] Nixon who got elected." This statement comes from David Ansen in "First Look at Aaron Sorkin's The Trial of the Chicago 7"

Ian Goodrum (2020-08-07). TikTok — Trump's anti-China tech war is a protection racket for U.S. capital. peoplesworld.org I can't say I expected a viral teen dance smartphone app to be the latest flashpoint in President Donald Trump's war on all things China. But that's 2020 for you. TikTok, the wildly popular short video platform owned by Chinese company ByteDance, is in the U.S. government's crosshairs due to alleged national security risks. Trump …

Irma A. Velásquez Nimatuj (2020-08-07). The Power of the White Man and His Symbols is Being De-Mystified. counterpunch.org With the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is warning us today that if we fail to build alternatives to the current system governed by voracious, ruthless and extractive capitalism, it will rob our descendants of the future. This historical moment that we are all living through is also serving to reveal that extreme inequalities are not

Mark Gruenberg (2020-08-07). New York state Attorney General sues to smash the gun lobby. peoplesworld.org NEW YORK—The leaders of the notorious radical right gun lobby, the National Rifle Association, are corrupt. They've pilfered tens of millions of dollars from its till to line their own pockets. And they, especially head honcho Wayne LaPierre, run a crooked enterprise which should be smashed. In plain English, that's the message from New York …

Rob Urie (2020-08-07). Neoliberal Centrists and the American Left. counterpunch.org The rapid end to the electoral fortunes of the Anglo-American left in 2020 was engineered by radical centrists for the benefit of capital. What was banished, in addition to vibrant and informed opposition to an atrophied political class, was the prospect of Federal government programs that are both desired and needed by the American people.

Staff (2020-08-07). Mainstream media misses damning evidence in Blueleaks police data dump. therealnews.com The massive document dump reveals a troubling trend the mainstream media has overlooked: Tech companies monetizing criminal surveillance.

Barry Wilner (2020-08-07). 66 players quit NFL season due to COVID-19 pandemic. peoplesworld.org (AP)—A total of 66 players have opted out of the 2020 NFL season due to the coronavirus pandemic, nearly half of them linemen. Twenty offensive linemen and 11 on defense opted out before Thursday's deadline. Players with a medical opt out will receive a $350,000 stipend, while those voluntarily opting out receive $150,000 as an …

Marco Carnelos (2020-08-07). Beirut explosion: The battle now is between the people and the vultures. thealtworld.com Massive port blast could be the spark that incites a revolution, or the final nail in the country's coffin | The massive blast that destroyed Beirut's port and part of the city on 4 August was among the most

Staff (2020-08-07). California greenlights 'Orwellian' solar-powered fracking scheme. therealnews.com California-based multinational oil company Chevron landed two rounds of drilling permits from Gov. Gavin Newsom this summer—evidence, climate advocates say, that Newsom is not committed to tackling the climate crisis. | The permits bolster Chevron's position in the Lost Hills Oil Field, the sixth most prolific field in industry-heavy Kern County, and will shift drilling in the field largely towards using power from solar panels. One critic called the way the permits use climate crisis rhetoric "Orwellian," incorporating solar power into drilling operations to expand the use of fracking and oil production. T…

Victor Grossman (2020-08-07). Germans battle virus deniers, landlords, and the right wing. peoplesworld.org On Saturday, crowds came to Berlin from all over Germany for a parade, estimated at 17,000 to 20,000 by the police but over a million by some exuberant adherents. Many or most politicians, media, and a majority of Germans were debating over whether, how soon and with what anti-virus restrictions schools, vacation travel, and soccer …

T.J. Coles (2020-08-07). Fighting Over Kashmir Could Blow Up the Planet. counterpunch.org Jammu and Kashmir, widely referred to as Kashmir, has had many designations since India and Pakistan were partitioned by Britain and gained their respective independence from the Empire: a Princely State, a State, a Union Territory. The 86,000 mile, Muslim-majority region sits in the Himalayas on the border with China. It is of strategic significance

John Wojcik (2020-08-07). Postmaster General, a Trump crony, admits slowing the mail. peoplesworld.org Trump's Postmaster General, Louis DeJoy, admitted yesterday, in a closed-door meeting with lawmakers, that he is behind the wave of mail delays rolling across the country in recent weeks. The delays have already endangered the lives of people from coast to coast who depend upon…

Louis Yako (2020-08-07). 20 Postcard Notes From Iraq: With Love in the Age of COVID-19. counterpunch.org I was in the Iraqi Kurdistan region when COVID-19 hit the world hard in March of this year. Suddenly, all airports, roads between cities in Iraq, and life itself were shut down in Iraq and many countries around the world. A strict curfew was imposed while I was visiting my relatives in Duhok city. The curfew kept getting extended, mostly two weeks at a time with no end in sight. I decided to remain calm and maintain my equilibrium. After everything I have experienced in Iraq over the years, there is hardly any disaster that can take me by surprise, I thought to myself. Not even death itself will get the pleasure…

RT (2020-08-07). 'Biden no longer worthy of the black vote': Trump pounces on 'Sleepy Joe' for controversial diversity statement. rt.com Donald Trump attacked Joe Biden by tweeting that he is "no longer worthy of the Black Vote," after his controversial statement. Now both presidential candidates are under fire for their comments on the African American community. | "After yesterday's statement, Sleepy Joe Biden is no longer worthy of the Black Vote!" the president tweeted Friday morning. He referenced the Thursday interview with the presumptive Democratic nominee, where he seemingly

RT (2020-08-07). 'War on gamers?!' Twitter freaks out fearing Trump's ambiguous 'Tencent ban' could hit Fortnite, League of Legends, PUBG & others. rt.com A vaguely worded White House executive order targeting WeChat — owned by Chinese digital entertainment giant Tencent Holdings — has triggered panic online that the move could deal a death blow to the global video gaming industry. | US President Donald Trump signed the order late on Thursday evening, banning American firms from doing business with Tencent — or at least any transactions "related to" its messaging app, WeChat. The move kicked off a frenzy of speculation from netizens, who pointed to the fact that Tencent holds large stakes in a series of major game developers. That roster include…

RT (2020-08-07). Portland mayor blasts rioters for 'attempted MURDER'… because it could help re-elect Trump? rt.com Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler castigated rioters who tried to torch a police station while barring its exits, calling it nothing short of attempted murder while warning that violence would only fuel Donald Trump's reelection bid. | "When you commit arson with an accelerant in an attempt to burn down a building that is occupied by people who you have intentionally trapped inside, you are not demonstrating, you are attempting to commit murder," Wheeler said during an

RT (2020-08-07). 'We will not back down': Canada hits back at US' aluminum tariff with $3.6 billion in countermeasures. rt.com Canada's Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland has announced retaliatory tariffs on $3.6 billion worth of US aluminum, to be put in place in September after industry consultations. | "We will not back down," Freeland said during the Friday announcement. | The tariffs, which will be in place by September 16, come in response to the US government imposing a ten percent tariff on raw aluminum coming in from Canada. That tariff will be in place on August 16. | President Donald Trump celebrated the tariffs during a trip to Ohio on Thursday where he claimed the country was "taking advantage of us, as usual." | He…

RT (2020-08-07). 'Baseless & politically motivated': NRA counter-sues New York AG who seeks to shut down pro-gun organization. rt.com The National Rifle Association has filed its own lawsuit after New York's attorney general sued the group for fraud, hoping to put it out of business. The pro-gun org says the AG's case is politically motivated and frivolous. | Responding to a suit brought by New York state Attorney General Letitia James on Thursday — which accused top executives in the pro-Second Amendment group of misusing funds — the NRA filed a federal countersuit claiming James' case is based on a "rank political vendetta," rather than any "sincere belief" that the organization broke the law. | "This was a baseless, premeditated…

RT (2020-08-07). Manhattan suffers MASSIVE power outage, huge portions of NYC plunged into darkness (VIDEOS). rt.com A massive power outage early Friday morning left a large portions of Manhattan in the dark. According to local media, the electricity came back up for most of the area after half-an-hour. | The outage comes shortly after tropical storm Isais battered the US East Coast, wreaking havoc in its path and cutting power to at least 1.3 million customers. | Here's a look at the moment the power goes out in upper Manhattan this morning at 5: 17AM

RT (2020-08-07). 'National security threat'? Trump signs executive orders on TikTok & WeChat, bans transactions with Chinese owners in 45 days. rt.com US President Donald Trump has issued a series of executive orders addressing what he dubbed a technological national emergency, barring all transactions with the Chinese owners of social media apps TikTok and WeChat after 45 days. | Citing the "threat posed by TikTok," the president signed an order on Thursday prohibiting "any transaction by any person… subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, with ByteDance Ltd.," the Beijing-based tech firm that owns the platform. | BREAKING: President Trump just issued an executive order "on Addressing the Threat Posed by TikTok." It takes effect in 45 days, proh…

RT (2020-08-07). 'It's okay when it comes out of Chuck Schumer's mouth?' Democrat senator says schools must reopen or economy suffers. rt.com Republicans and Democrats failed to reach a compromise on a Covid-19 economic relief bill, but one comment from Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York) about schools needing to reopen has some seeing hypocrisy on the left. | Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-California) and Schumer addressed the press after failed negotiations with Republicans on a potential relief bill. While many of their complaints about Republicans refusing to continue robust unemployment and other government programs was to be expected, one comment from Schumer went viral as it didn't seem to match the outrage shown to President Donald Trump when he mentioned…

_____ (2020-08-07). Hiroshima and the Backlash Against Historical Truth. strategic-culture.org On the 50th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1995 historians at the Smithsonian tried to present a truthful accounting of that U.S. decision-making but were stopped by right-wing politicians who insist on maintaining comforting myths, recalls Gary G. Kohls. | Gary G. KOHLS | Last week was the 67th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the whole truth continues to be heavily censored and mythologized, starting with the news of the event that created understandable joy because of the end of that awful war. | Most Americans took in, as gospel truth, the heavily edited stories about the en…

The Canary (2020-08-07). Three in 10 people 'uncomfortable' attending A&E if advised to by doctor. thecanary.co Around three in 10 adults would not feel comfortable attending A&E for urgent care if they needed it, a survey suggests.Some 61% of adults said they would feel comfortable to attend a hospital appointment if their doctor asked them to, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.Almost a quarter (23%) said they would feel uncomfortable with this, while 29% said they would feel uncomfortable about going to hospital for emergency treatment.Just over half (55%) said they would feel comfortable about visiting the emergency department if advised.And 14% said they would not feel comfortable seeing a healthcare profes…

The Canary (2020-08-07). Record-breaking summers due to climate chaos 'a danger to human health'. thecanary.co Having record-breaking summers will become a certainty due to the climate crisis, experts have warned, as the UK begins to swelter in what could be the hottest day of the year so far.Just a week after Britain recorded the third warmest day on record on 31 July, with 37.8C (100.04F) recorded in Heathrow, Friday could see temperatures rise to — and possibly surpass — 37C (98.6F) in London and the South East.Michael Byrne, lecturer in earth and environmental sciences at the University of St Andrews, warned that two near-record temperatures so closely spaced is "unusual". | Exceptional heat in the southeast…

The Canary (2020-08-07). London coronavirus mortuary to become wildflower habitat. thecanary.co A temporary London mortuary used to store bodies at the peak of the coronavirus pandemic is being dismantled to make way for a new wildflower habitat.The site, opened in April at Wanstead Flats in east London, was one of six emergency mortuaries set up to deal with deaths.But as the death rate has fallen, the four-acre site near Epping Forest "will be reseeded with native species" and expected to open to the public next summer, said the City of London Corporation, which owns the land.The temporary mortuary was set up at the height of the pandemic (Victoria Jones/PA)Graeme Doshi-Smith, chair of the corporation's E…

Marc Norton (2020-08-07). Giants and Warriors Give their Workers the Boot. dissidentvoice.org Photo by Marc Norton I got the email firing me from my job at the Giants ballpark on Monday evening, July 27. On Tuesday evening I learned from the San Francisco Examiner website that I was also being fired from my job at the Warriors new stadium, and that there were 2,154 other food service …

Kavaljit Singh (2020-08-07). Revisiting the Idea of Pigou Wealth Tax in the Time of Covid-19. counterpunch.org Arthur Cecil Pigou (1877-1959), a British economist, is well known for his contributions to welfare economics. One of the most prolific writers of his time, Pigou wrote over a dozen books and more than 100 articles and pamphlets dealing with both theoretical and practical aspects of welfare economics. His writings cover a wide range of

CP Editor (2020-08-07). THE LAST BIG GULP — Jello Biafra and The Guantanamo School Of Medicine. counterpunch.org

pip.hinman (2020-08-07). Woolworths workers win wage parity after lockout. greenleft.org.au

Norman Solomon (2020-08-07). Why the Left Must Reject and Elect Biden at the Same Time. indybay.org We have to get rid of Trump…

Staff (2020-08-07). DNC Platform Condemns BDS But Not Israel's Occupation of Palestine. truthout.org Due to a series of decisions by the Democratic National Committee's (DNC's) platform committee, progressives are concerned that the Biden-led Democratic Party's foreign policy toward Israel and Palestine will more closely resemble that of Republicans than that of the Democratic rank-and-file. | There has already been much consternation among party activists over

Patrick Cockburn (2020-08-07). War and Pandemic Journalism. zcomm.org The Truth Can Disappear Fast…

Patrick Cockburn (2020-08-07). What Happens When Covid-19 Becomes Old News? thenation.com What Happens When Covid-19 Becomes Old News?

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-08-07). Cyprus Is No Longer a Tax Haven for Russia's Oligarchs. globalresearch.ca Moscow announced the unilateral termination of the transnational agreement with Cyprus on the avoidance of double taxation. Effectively, Cyprus will no longer be a tax haven for Russia's rich. Russia seems to be moving in this direction without compromise so …

South Front (2020-08-07). Video: Russian S-300 Air Defense System Spotted in Libya? globalresearch.ca Russia has deployed an advanced S-300 air defense system to Libya to support the forces of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar against the Turkish military and its proxies, local media reported on August 5. | According to photos surfacing online, the supposed …

Stephen Lendman (2020-08-07). Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), A Cure for COVID-19: Smear Campaign against US Doctors. Promotion of Hazardous Mass-Vaxxing. globalresearch.ca Big Pharma in cahoots with Big Media and Big Government want a known COVID-19 cure suppressed. | Why? Because an effective treatment is readily available, cheap, and if widely used to treat the disease or taken prophylactically to prevent it, Big …

sputniknews (2020-08-07). Pompeo Warned Moscow in July Call Against Alleged Bounties on US Soldiers – Report. sputniknews.com Unnamed US officials told the New York Times on Friday that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave a vague warning to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov last month that Russia should refrain from offering bounties to Taliban fighters to kill US soldiers in Afghanistan, as the Times has claimed was happening.

Tracy Keeling (2020-08-07). Bolivians start huge mobilisation for the 'return of democracy and sovereignty'. thecanary.co Bolivians are currently engaged in massive protests and a general strike. They are

Joseph Natoli (2020-08-07). American Failures: August, 2020. counterpunch.org It's probably unpatriotic and maybe treasonable to talk about American failures but they are now so glaring that some 12 minutes of read time seems pardonable in this Age of Twitter "discourse." That such obvious failures, if admitted at all, are politicized relative to which side of the Blue/Red street you are one is itself

Elijah J. Magnier (2020-08-07). The Beirut Explosion: Who Is Responsible? globalresearch.ca On Tuesday 4th of August, an explosion at the Lebanese harbour in the heart of the capital Beirut caused devastating human casualties and material destruction. Over 140 people died instantly, 80 are still missing under the rubble, and over …

Dr. Pascal Sacré (2020-08-07). COVID-19: Closer to the Truth: Tests and Immunity. globalresearch.ca The number of positive RT-PCR tests, which diagnose the presence of pieces [fragments] of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, is equated in the press and government reports with the number of new COVID-19 cases. This is not entirely true. This is misleading. …

Michael Payne (2020-08-07). The specter of a national collapse looms over America as this virus runs rampant, unimpeded. nationofchange.org America has a terrible, horrific problem in that it can't seem to find the ways to bring this virus under control.

Anton Marino (2020-08-07). Amendment 4 is Back in Court as Florida Fights Our Victory Over its Modern-Day Poll Tax. aclu.org Betty Riddle, a grandmother and university graduate,

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-08-07). None Of The World's Worst People Are In Prison: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix. thealtworld.com Exactly zero of the world's worst people are in prison. | ~ | The main obstacle to humanity forming a collaborative relationship with each other and our ecosystem isn't because of "human nature", it's because manipulative psychopaths keep working their way into power. Finding a way to deal with psychopathy would solve most of our problems. | ~ | Some people find it offensive that I say Trump is no worse than his predecessors. I find it offensive that they ignore the barbarism of Trump's predecessors. | ~ | The way politicians pretend to despise their opponents' depraved actions and then get all cuddly later prove…

Matt Sedlar (2020-08-07). A Day One Agenda for Private Equity. cepr.net The American Prospect See article on original site Over the past decade, private equity has crept and crawled into all corners of our lives. Everywhere you look across our ruinous, virus-riddled landscape, private equity is there. It is behind many of the understaffed and underprepared nursing homes through which COVID-19 tore, the surprise medical bills …

Newsclick (2020-08-07). 75 years after Hiroshima, where do we stand? peoplesdispatch.org Newsclick's Prabir Purkayastha talks about the state of the nuclear threat 75 years after the first atom bomb was dropped in Hiroshima. He explains how the US has embarked on a series of disastrous policies in this regard and also looks at the history of deployment and testing of US nuclear weapons and its racial undertones.

Fight Back (2020-08-07). Waupaca, WI: Black Lives Matter protest disrupted by cops, protester violently arrested. fightbacknews.org Waupaca, WI – On the afternoon of August 1, members of United Action Oshkosh (UAO) and supporters of Black Lives Matter from the Fox Valley area gathered with local supporters in the small town of Waupaca for a march. Nearly 30 people plus a small caravan of cars turned out for the rural action. | The Black Lives Matter march was the second in Waupaca for many of those in attendance, including the organizers from UAO. At the first march, the protest was greeted by a resistant police force and a slew of racists in their cars. At one point, one of these cars tried to drive through the back of the small march, nearl…

news.un (2020-08-07). As Beirut rescuers search for survivors, UN warns of 'huge' needs. news.un.org Across Lebanon, "the needs are immediate, and they are huge" in the aftermath of the explosion that destroyed Beirut city port, UN agencies said on Friday.

Binoy Kampmark (2020-08-07). Crossing the Creepy Line: Google, Deception and the ACCC. zcomm.org For a company so proud of its pursuit of a transparent information environment, Google has remained committedly opaque about informing customers on the way it gathers user data…

Fight Back (2020-08-07). Washington DC deadlocked as 30 million have their unemployment benefits cut. fightbacknews.org San José, CA – Talks between Democrats and Republicans about extending economic aid remained deadlocked as of Thursday morning, August 6. In May, Democrats passed their HEROES act to extend the $600 additional unemployment benefit, known as FPUC, or Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, as well as other economic aid for renters, state and local government, and others. But Republican senators and the Trump administration did nothing, hoping that the COVID-19 pandemic would go away, and the economy would recover in short order. The Republicans have also been hampered by divisions in the Senate, where a large…

Marlee Kokotovic (2020-08-07). Sanders' Make Billionaires Pay Act would help cover medical expenses for every American for a whole year. nationofchange.org Over 5.4 million-Americans have lost health insurance during this time while billionaires are profiting off of the pandemic.

Elijah Magnier (2020-08-07). Explosion à Beyrouth : Qui est responsable? thealtworld.com Le mardi 4 août, une explosion dans le port se trouvant au c≈ìur de Beyrouth, la capitale libanaise, a causé des pertes humaines et matérielles dévastatrices. Plus de 140 personnes sont mortes instantanément, 80 sont toujours portées disparues sous les décombres et plus de 5 000 ont été blessées. Plus de 300 000 maisons ont été détruites et beaucoup d'autres ont été endommagées. Rien de moins que 2 750 tonnes de nitrate d'ammonium (l'équivalent de 1 000 tonnes de TNT) ont pris feu et causé la plus puissante explosion à se produire depuis la Seconde Guerre mondiale. De nombreuses théories circulent à…

William rivers Pitt (2020-08-07). Trump Isn't "Failing" on COVID Testing. He's Carrying Out a Brutal Plan. zcomm.org Men like White House adviser Stephen Miller are rolling out their most vivid fascist fantasies as the body count rises, and they are playing Trump like a badly tuned cello to do it…

Chuck Collins — Helen Flannery (2020-08-07). Time for an Emergency Charity Stimulus. counterpunch.org We are living through a time of unprecedented challenges: a major public health crisis and a deepening recession. Congress has already authorized trillions in stimulus funds. But millions of Americans are still relying on the support of local nonprofits such as food banks and human services. These nonprofits are going to need major infusions of

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-07). Brazilian movements intensify "Out Bolsonaro" campaign. peoplesdispatch.org The authoritarian nature of the Bolsonaro government has rapidly intensified. Bolsonaro, acting against all public health specialists, as well as international entities and protocols, has denied the pandemic and adopted incorrect and disastrous measures. His grave mismanagement of the virus has made Brazil the global epicenter of COVID-19.

Eco Central (2020-08-07). UN Warns of Devastating Environmental Side Effects of Electric Car Boom. globalresearch.ca The United Nations (U.N.) announced Sunday the electric car boom will result in a number of devastating ecological side effects for the planet. | While the shift to electric cars reflects ongoing efforts to reduce the world's dependence on fossil fuels, …

Bruce Hobson (2020-08-07). The US Left Needs Humility to Understand Mexican Politics. counterpunch.org The US Left Needs Humility to Understand the Politics of México The recent visit to the US by Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) for a meeting with President Trump has stirred a great deal of media reaction in the US and México. Nearly all US media articles about the visit characterize it as

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-07). Thousands march across Turkey to denounce violence against women. peoplesdispatch.org Thousands of women marched in different cities in Turkey on Wednesday, August 5, demanding that the government take strong steps to stop the violence against women and asking it to not withdraw from the Istanbul convention. | Wednesday's protests were part of the ongoing movement that started last month after the brutal murder of a 27-year-old woman, Pinar Gultekin. Protests were held in several cities across Turkey including Istanbul, Izmir, Ankara, Adana and Antalya. In Izmir, the women carried out a sit-in when the police used force and detained several of the protestors. | Hundreds of protestors gathering in…

WSWS (2020-08-07). New US unemployment claims top 1 million for 20th straight week. wsws.org Indifferent to the plight of millions of jobless workers and their families, senators from both parties adjourned Thursday with no agreement on extending expired unemployment benefits.

Nicky Reid (2020-08-07). When the Chickens Came Home to Roost In Portlandistan. counterpunch.org Well folks, it's official, Donald Trump has declared war on America. Probably should have saw that coming. After all, I've long argued that our dayglow duce isn't an isolationist but merely the world's shittiest imperialist. After trying and failing miserably to bring fascism to Nicaragua and Venezuela, Trump has set his sites on targets much

Conn Hallinan (2020-08-07). What's Driving the Simmering Conflict Between India and China. counterpunch.org Chinese and Indian forces have pulled back from their confrontation in the Himalayas, but the tensions that set off the deadly encounter this past June—the first on the China/India border since 1975—are not going away. Indeed, a combination of local disputes, regional antagonisms and colonial history have brewed up a poisonous elixir that could pose

Various Contributors (2020-08-07). Letter from economists: to rebuild our world, we must end the carbon economy. zcomm.org The carbon economy amplifies racial, social and economic inequities, creating a system that is fundamentally incompatible with a stable future…

teleSUR (2020-08-07). Facebook Removes Foreign Pro-Trump Troll Farms. telesurenglish.net Facebook and Instagram Thursday took action to prevent their platforms from being used by U.S. President Donald Trump's supporters to promote his reelection campaign. | RELATED: | A Romania-based troll farm pushed pro-Trump content under the names of "Black People Vote For Trump" on Instagram and "We Love Our President" on Facebook. | The content published in those fake accounts and pages was allegedly managed by U.S. ci…

teleSUR (2020-08-07). Trump Predicts Massive Use of COVID-19 Vaccine Before November. telesurenglish.net President Donald Trump Friday trusts that a vaccine to treat COVID-19 will be released before the elections and boost his presidential campaign. | RELATED: | He talks about a possible vaccine several times a day and assures his people that up to 500 million individual doses will be available very soon. | "I'm optimistic that it'll be probably around that date. I believe we'll have the vaccine befo…

Matt Sedlar (2020-08-07). Economy Creates 1.8 Million Jobs in July, Production Workers' Wages Fall. cepr.net There is no evidence that generous unemployment benefits are making it difficult to find workers. The July employment report showed the economy adding another 1,761,000 jobs in July. This follows gains of 2,725,000 in May, and 4,791,000 in June, leaving the economy down 12,881,000 jobs from its February level. The unemployment rate fell from 11.1 …

Naomi Klein (2020-08-07). How Not to Lose the Lockdown Generation. zcomm.org Lessons from the New Deal point the way forward in the era of Covid-19…

Matt Sedlar (2020-08-07). On Climate Policy, Biden's Advisers Reveal More Than His Proposals Do. cepr.net The Intercept See article on original site Last month, Joe Biden's presidential campaign released a sweeping climate proposal calling for 100 percent clean energy and net-zero emissions by 2050. Meanwhile, the Democratic Party is working to finalize its 2020 platform. As of now, the platform is more aggressive than the 2016 document, but somehow does …

Mike McCabe (2020-08-07). A Guaranteed Basic Income Makes Sense. progressive.org The "free money" putdown is downright insensitive and even cruel in light of the widespread suffering caused by the economic collapse brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

news.un (2020-08-07). Beirut blast: Here's how you can help the UN aid Lebanon's recovery. news.un.org After a devasting blast ripped through Beirut Port in Lebanon on Tuesday, wounding thousands and rendering hundreds of thousands homeless, the UN moved rapidly to step up its relief effort.

teleSUR (2020-08-07). India: A Plane Crashes At Landing During Monsoon Season. telesurenglish.net An Air India Express aircraft Friday overran the runway and crashed during landing at Kozhikode airport in Kerala. | RELATED: | Airline officials said that the plane "skidded off the runway and plunged deep into a valley, where it then broke into two pieces." | The aircraft carried 184 passengers, including 10 children and seven crew members. As of this afternoon, authorities have reported at least 16 people dead. | Pre…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-07). National strike continues across Bolivia, demands grow for àÅñez to step down. peoplesdispatch.org Social movements and trade unions stress that their demand is no longer just democratic elections, but also the immediate removal of the entire coup-installed government…

Michael Hudson (2020-08-07). Let the Banks Go Under and Put Money Into the Real Economy. zcomm.org Interview on a debt jubilee and why it may be the best way out…

Harold C. Frazier and John Willis (2020-08-07). Police violence meets spiritual resistance in the struggle over DAPL. nationofchange.org An appeals court overruled the shutdown of DAPL, pending a full environmental review. The fight against a pipeline that provoked unprecedented resistance continues.

Michael Laser (2020-08-07). Seven Ways to Volunteer in the 2020 Election. progressive.org With traditional campaigning techniques off the table, here's how volunteers can still support their favorite candidates from home.

Derek Royden (2020-08-07). In the wake of Portland, calls to abolish DHS grow. nationofchange.org As with almost anything in the country's increasingly bought and paid for political system, there are powerful interests that will use their influence over politicians to protect the activities and funding of both ICE and DHS.

WSWS (2020-08-07). Health Commissioner forced out as New York City prepares to reopen schools amid national pandemic surge. wsws.org Dr. Oxiris Barbot's ouster indicates a more open return to the herd immunity strategy that guided the city's disastrous early response to the pandemic.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-08-07). Death From the Sky: Hiroshima and Normalised Atrocities. globalresearch.ca When US President Harry S. Truman made the decision to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, followed by another on Nagasaki a few days later, he was not acting as an agent untethered from history. In …

Children's Health Defense (2020-08-07). Impacts of 5G Wireless Radiation on Children's Health: CHD Law Suit against FCC. globalresearch.ca What we put in our bodies and our children's developing bodies is the most important and most personal choice we make as human beings. But when it comes to damaging levels of radiation, that right to choose has been stolen …

WSWS (2020-08-07). Angry educators and parents across the US protest the reckless return to classrooms. wsws.org From Florida to California, teachers and parents are caravanning, protesting and petitioning against a reckless return to school as demanded by Wall Street and the entire political establishment.

Dan Beeton (2020-08-07). The Political Exile of Ecuador's Rafael Correa. cepr.net CEPR senior policy analyst and Ecuador's former foreign minister Guillaume Long talked to This Is Hell about lawfare, the barring of former president Rafael Correa's party from the ballot, and Ecuador's turn toward austerity and the IMF under Moreno. Ecuador's right-wing and its media were "unhappy with progressive governance and the return of … a …

WSWS (2020-08-07). US Homeland Security chief defends police-state crackdown, announces federal paramilitaries to remain in Portland. wsws.org Wolf specifically defended the chilling practice carried out in Portland of seizing protesters blocks away from the federal courthouse, trundling them into unmarked vehicles and taking them to secret locations to be interrogated.

CGTN (2020-08-07). Choking China and Hassling Huawei. dissidentvoice.org U.S. attacks against China have shifted to a fresh round of arbitrary threats forbidding travel to the United States by employees of Huawei and by the Communist Party of China members and their families. The reasoning behind it is astounding.

Michael Welch (2020-08-07). Hiroshima at 75. The Doomsday Clock and the Ongoing Threat of "Atomic Horror" globalresearch.ca These massive mushroom clouds would go on to become a symbol of the fate of humanity encapsulated in the threat of atomic horror. For all my life, I have contemplated the prospects of nuclear incineration and the aftermath that would follow if our leaders get caught up in a tragic misstep.

Jeff Jurgens (2020-08-07). Meet the Candidates — Senator Ed Markey (D-MA). peaceaction.org Wednesday, August 5th 2020, Peace Action kicked off our new series of "Meet the Candidates" webinars with Senator Ed Markey (D-MA). Sen. Markey has provided steadfast leadership on issues of peace and justice and has been among our strongest allies in Congress. A long-time advocate for nuclear arms control and nonproliferation, he has stepped up …

Pepe Escobar (2020-08-07). The Heart of the Matter in the South China Sea. globalresearch.ca When the USS Ronald Reagan and USS Nimitz carrier strike groups recently engaged in "operations" in the South China Sea, it failed to escape cynics that the US Pacific Fleet was doing its best to turn the infantile

Danny Haiphong (2020-08-07). American left silence on China helps lay foundation for the U.S.' New Cold War. mronline.org When it comes to China, Democracy Now, Jacobin, The Nation and others on the imperial-minded U.S. 'left" are allies of white supremacy.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-08-07). Mosquito net distribution could halve Malaria deaths in Africa during COVID-19. imperial.ac.uk Mosquito net distribution could help halve the number of deaths from Malaria during the coronavirus outbreak in Africa, Imperial researchers say.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-08-07). COVID-19 recovery choices will shape the future climate as well as economy. imperial.ac.uk While a pollution-free period hasn't averted climate change, the recovery offers a chance for health and nature, a study reveals…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-08-07). CERN benefits and academic award: News from the College. imperial.ac.uk Here's a batch of fresh news and announcements from across Imperial.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-08-07). Layer of nanoparticles could improve LED performance and lifetime. imperial.ac.uk Adding a layer of nanoparticles to LED designs could help them produce more light for the same energy, and also increase their lifetime.

United Religions Initative (2020-08-07). Thursday 8/6: Hiroshima Nagasaki Accord for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons Livestream. indybay.org Online via livestream & restream…

Labor Video Project (2020-08-07). Hunger Striker At KPFA Calls For More Programming On Testing/tracing & Worker Safety. indybay.org An artist and KPFA member John Sheridan spoke out in front of KPFA about the need to have more programming on the need for mass testing and tracing to stop the pandemic…

San Jose Spotlight (2020-08-07). Wednesday 8/26: Bridging the Divide: A Reflection on Race and Equity. indybay.org Online…

Peace Action, PPC, & peace partners (2020-08-07). Friday 8/7: 75th Anniversary Hiroshima and Nagasaki Remembered Ceremony (PPC & Peace Action). indybay.org Online via livestream…

CLPFSRS (2020-08-07). Sunday 8/9: The Bomb: Understanding its History and the Hope for a Nuclear-Free Future. indybay.org Online…

Faith In Action (2020-08-07). Thursday 8/6: Voting Rights Act 55th Anniversary: COVID19, Voter Suppression, Vote by Mail, & More. indybay.org Online via Twitter…

Lynda Carson (2020-08-07). Food Not Bombs needs volunteers to help serve food to the hungry masses. indybay.org Older Photo Of Some Hungry People In Line To Get A Free Meal From Food Not Bombs At People's Park In Berkeley. Photo By Lydia Gans.

CFPDAO (2020-08-07). Thursday 8/6: Mitch Better Have My Money! Day of Action. indybay.org Actions online, by phone, or by fax…

NAACP, Human Rights Campaign & others (2020-08-07). Thursday 8/6: Communities of Color: Communicating Safe Voting Options for November. indybay.org Online via livestream at Human Rights Campaign Facebook…

GLIDE (2020-08-07). Saturday 8/15: 11th Annual GLIDE Legacy Gala, A Virtual Gathering. indybay.org Online…

Robert Norse (2020-08-07). Benchlands Cleared for Double Fenced Containment Camp. indybay.org Yesterday (Wednesday August 5) most of the remaining tents on both sides of the expanded Containment Camp run by the County in the San Lorenzo Benchlands was stripped of survival campers. Police reportedly with little or no notice gave those in tents "the option" to leave, face citation or arrest, or accept the concentrated residency of the new temporary govt. camp.

Bradley Allen (2020-08-07). Coalition Calls for Shut Down of Calpella Wood Pellet Plant. indybay.org Local tribes, activists and statewide organizations are joining forces to demand closure of the Calpella wood pellet plant during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Environmental Protection Information Center (2020-08-07). EPIC Win For Mendocino National Forest at the Ninth Circuit. indybay.org In a major victory, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has sided with the Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) in a case impacting fragile post-fire forest in the Mendocino National Forest.

San Francisco Public Library (2020-08-07). Thursday 8/27: America's First Suffrage March and the San Francisco Women Who Led It. indybay.org Online webinar…

City of South San Francisco (2020-08-07). Friday 8/7: US Census Car Caravan / Parade by the City of South San Francisco. indybay.org

Jim Green (2020-08-07). Book review: Michael Shellenberger's reheated critique of climate 'alarmism'. indybay.org California-based Michael Shellenberger first courted controversy in 2004 with his 'death of environmentalism' critique of the environment movement and has continued to attract controversy by promoting nuclear power, demonising renewable energy ("renewables are worse for the environment than fossil fuels") and demonising the environment movement that he claims to be part of.

Janet S Johnson (2020-08-07). Friday 8/28: A Bay Area Free of Fossil Fuel Infrastructure: Virtual Summit. indybay.org Zoom event…

_____ (2020-08-07). Professor Mounts High-Altitude Protest Against Pipeline. popularresistance.org Tim Takaro is by himself but insists he isn't alone. | Takaro, 63, is protesting the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project by camping out in a cluster of trees in Burnaby, B.C. | Takaro is a professor of health sciences and environmental health at Simon Fraser University and a former physician, having retired from clinical medicine in December 2019. | He and other environmental activists say trees along the Brunette River near the boundary between Burnaby and New Westminster are slated to be felled between now and Sept. 15 as part of pipeline construction.

_____ (2020-08-07). "A Lot Of People Really Don't Think We Should Be Working Right Now" popularresistance.org Last week saw the highest number of new recorded cases for the Kansas City metro area since the start of the pandemic. The ever-increasing level of confirmed cases takes place as infection levels are soaring across both Kansas and Missouri, which have been recording record-breaking highs on a near-daily basis. | The GM Fairfax Assembly Plant is a sprawling 4,900,000-square-foot facility located in the Fairfax Industrial District along the Missouri River. Beginning production in 1988, on the grounds of the former Fairfax Airport, the plant now employees 2,385 workers in the production of the Chevrolet Malibu and C…

_____ (2020-08-07). Black August And Black Liberation: 'Study, Fast, Train, Fight.'. popularresistance.org Each August since 1979, the surviving sectors of the Black Liberation Movement, our supporters, and the new entrants into the ranks of resistors to the ongoing oppression against the African/Black masses and colonized peoples of this territory now called the United States and its settler state, have paid homage to our fallen freedom fighters and those incarcerated for decades in the cages of this country. | The struggle for African/Black freedom in the United States began with the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to this territory in 1619. The tradition of resistance to the settler state is different from t…

_____ (2020-08-07). Consequences Of Inadequate Action By Congress. popularresistance.org Without federal aid to state and local governments, millions of jobs in the public sector will be lost by the end of 2021, severely impacting Black workers, women, and veterans, who are disproportionately employed in these jobs. Additional jobs will be lost—in both the private and public sectors—if Congress fails to reinstate the $600 weekly unemployment benefit that expired last week. EPI experts weigh in on what could happen if Congress fails to act to prevent further economic shock. | (1) The coronavirus shock was historically large—and the bounceback has already likely stalled. (2) UI claims…

_____ (2020-08-07). As New York Eviction Moratorium Ends, Tension Escalates. popularresistance.org Dozens of New Yorkers marched through the streets of Brooklyn Wednesday morning before entering two landlord attorney firms buildings and Brooklyn Borough Hall calling for a ban on evictions and cancellation of rent in the Big Apple. | The demonstration comes just hours before New York's residential eviction moratorium expires, leaving thousands of tenants vulnerable to homelessness. | Fears are mounting over how many residents will manage to keep a roof over their heads as dismal research released at the end of July revealed almost half of New York renters were unable to pay rent.

_____ (2020-08-07). Anti-Occupation Activists Find Their Place In Israeli Protests. popularresistance.org he growing presence of Israeli anti-occupation protesters has been one of the most notable aspects of the wave of demonstrations that started on July 14 outside the Prime Minister's Residence on Balfour Street, Jerusalem. Among other things, this bloc of protesters have demanded justice for Iyad al-Hallaq, a Palestinian with autism whom Israeli police shot dead in the Old City of Jerusalem in late May. | The anti-occupation bloc, comprising several hundred protesters, are not on the margins of the demonstrations. Last Saturday night, for example, it was possible to hear them chanting "Justice for Iyad" at the Pri…

_____ (2020-08-07). Resisting The Propaganda Of Status Quo Defenders. popularresistance.org First came the new names—Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, and others—all added one by one to the long list of tragic, unjustifiable police killings of Black Americans. Then came the batons, the pepper spray, the tear gas, the flash-grenades, the helicopters, the armored vehicles, and the rubber bullets wielded against nonviolent Black Lives Matter protesters across the United States, from Minneapolis to New York City to Portland. And then came the chorus of privileged beneficiaries of our country's discriminatory status quo, denying and defending the reality of brutal, racist, militarize…

_____ (2020-08-07). The Policy Of Maximum Pressure Against Iran Has Failed. popularresistance.org Depending on what policy the United States adopts after the elections, Sahimi expects "the response to come at a later time and in a manner and at locations where neither Israel nor the US would expect." | Biden has pledged, if elected, to reverse course on Iran. Izadi believes a Biden Administration would change the Trump policy of maximum pressure. "Whether doing it through rejoining the nuclear agreement or coming up with some other policies, we have to wait and see," he says. | Parsi, who is familiar with the views of Biden's Iran advisors, says the new administration would likely call for "compliance for com…

_____ (2020-08-07). Why The United States Shouldn't Have Nuked Japan. popularresistance.org Among the truths held self-evident by millions of Americans is the notion that the atomic destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki saved lives, both American and Japanese. | The choice, Americans learn, was between atomic bombs and an even bloodier invasion of Japan, whose fanatical citizens would have fought to the death defending their homeland and their emperor. | This narrative is deeply flawed. Seven of the eight five-star US generals and admirals in 1945 opposed using the bomb. One of the opponents, General Dwight D Eisenhower, later said that "the Japanese were ready to surrender and it wasn't necessary to hi…

sputniknews (2020-08-07). Taiwan Deploys F-16s With Live Anti-Ship Missiles Amid China's Rumored Island Invasion Drills. sputniknews.com Taiwan's Republic of China Air Force launched two multirole F-16 fighters fitted with anti-ship missiles from Hualien Air Force Base this week following reports that forces from the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) would be holding drills simulating the capture of the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands, which Beijing calls the Dongsha Islands.

_____ (2020-08-07). Hiroshima, Nagasaki 75 Years On, Washington Still Playing Terror Card. strategic-culture.org Seventy-five years ago this week the world crossed an infernal threshold, with the dropping of two atomic bombs on Japan by the United States. Humankind had gained the technological capability for inflicting mass, instantaneous annihilation. | The destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki along with over 200,000 lives — 90 per cent of whom were civilians — was not a military act to end the Second World War, as the official American narrative would have us believe. It was a political act to begin the Cold War, deliberately carried out by American leaders to assert U.S. hegemony against the Soviet Union and…

_____ (2020-08-07). No Confidence? EU Should Reinvent Itself Now Before the Inevitable Rot Sets In. strategic-culture.org The EU is facing a crisis like never before. Even its own fanatic supporters are talking about an end game after recent concessions over a corona rescue plan have exposed how little grip Brussels has left. It's all hidden in the small print. | Failed talks with the UK over a Brexit deal are just one of a handful of examples of why now pro-EU experts are all sounding the alarm over the EU's stability. Along with the Corona bailout, there is a new impetus of 'euro-scepticism' from many member states signalling the end of the EU as we know it. | Talks between EU negotiators and Britain's Brexiteers might as well hav…

_____ (2020-08-07). The Smartest Guy in His West Point Class. strategic-culture.org The imaginary inner world of a fool is a dangerous place, especially if he happens to be the Secretary of State of the United States of America. | Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's July 23 speech on U.S. policy with China exposes the vast empty realm between his two ears. This man, who also served as a veteran congressman and ran the CIA for a year and a half reveals himself as so ignorant of diplomacy, history, competence and commonsense that in assessing his comments and their dire consequences it is difficult to know where to start. | First, Pompeo imagines that the United States, guided of course by him can "c…

_____ (2020-08-07). War and Pandemic Journalism: The Truth Can Disappear Fast. strategic-culture.org The polio epidemic in Cork supposedly ended abruptly in mid-September 1956 when the local press stopped reporting on it, but that was at least two weeks before many children like me caught it. In a similar fashion, right now, wars in the Middle East and north Africa like the ongoing disasters in Libya and Syria that once got significant coverage now barely get a mention much of the time.

The Canary (2020-08-07). Chancellor resists calls to extend furlough scheme with targeted response. thecanary.co Chancellor Rishi Sunak is resisting calls to extend the furlough scheme with targeted measures to stave off widespread job losses, saying the support cannot go on "indefinitely". | The scheme that has so far cost £33.8bn supporting the payrolls of 9.6 million workers during the coronavirus crisis has begun tapering off before ending completely in October. | But opposition parties are calling for the government to extend it for the hardest-hit sectors and those plunged into local lockdown, warning the end to the scheme is a "grave mistake". | Sunak visited Glasgow on Friday to praise the benefits the program…

The Canary (2020-08-07). The impact of lockdown on the climate crisis will be tiny unless there's a 'green recovery'. thecanary.co The global lockdown will have a "negligible" impact on rising temperatures but a green recovery could avert dangerous climate breakdown, a study has said. | Lockdowns to stop the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) caused huge falls in transport use, as well as reductions in industry and commercial operations, cutting the greenhouse gases and pollutants caused by vehicles and other activities. | The impact is only short-lived, however, and analysis shows that even if some lockdown measures last until the end of 2021, global temperatures will only be 0.01C lower than expected by 2030. | But if countries choose a "str…

Staff (2020-08-07). US Has Lost 12,881,000 Jobs Since February. Lowest-Paid Workers Are Hit Hardest. truthout.org The July employment report showed the economy adding another 1,761,000 jobs in July. This follows gains of 2,725,000 in May, and 4,791,000 in June, leaving the economy down 12,881,000 jobs from its February level. | The unemployment rate fell from 11.1 percent to 10.2 percent, while the employment to population ratio (EPOP) rose from 54.6 percent to 55.1 percent. These gains likely overstate the true improvement from June, since the Bureau of Labor Statistics has largely fixed a misclassification p…

Staff (2020-08-07). Right-Wing Groups Took Millions in COVID Aid and Spent It Lobbying Against Aid. truthout.org Conservative groups whose board members have taken in tens of millions in coronavirus relief from Congress have spent millions to lobby lawmakers to cut aid for unemployed workers. | Negotiations over the next phase of

Staff (2020-08-07). Navajo Nation's Shortage of Clean Water Is Impeding Efforts to Control COVID. truthout.org Growing up in Vanderwagen, an arid, mountainous checker-board region of the Navajo Nation near the Arizona-New Mexico border, Sunny Dooley learned from an early age that safe, clean water was as precious as a rare mineral, and just as hard to find. | Because of naturally occurring uranium and arsenic in the groundwater, the nearest clean well was two miles away. Dooley and her family used to make the trip on foot with steel buckets they would drop down the well before lugging them back, a trai…

Staff (2020-08-07). Outraised 250-1, Progressive Marquita Bradshaw Upsets Establishment Opponent. truthout.org Despite being James Mackler, one of Bradshaw's four primary competitors, was…

Staff (2020-08-07). Young People Are Leading the Growing Movement for Police-Free Schools. truthout.org In this moment of transformative possibility, amid activists' growing calls to defund and The movement for police-free schools has a long hi…

Staff (2020-08-07). Mary Trump on Her Uncle, President Trump, and Why He Must Be Ousted. truthout.org "In my family, being kind was considered being weak," says Mary Trump, President Trump's niece, a clinical psychologist and author of Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man. We spend the hour with Mary Trump, discussing her book the president doesn't want people to read, in which she describes his upbringing in a dysfunctional family that fostered his greed, cruelty and racist and sexist behaviors — which he is now inflicting on the world. Mary Trump also disc…

Staff (2020-08-07). Students Suspended for Taking Pictures of Crowds in Georgia School's Reopening. truthout.org A high school in Paulding County, Georgia, is facing steep criticism for how it has handled reopening its schools after several images on social media revealed a lack of social distancing and mask-wearing among the student body. | But rather than addressing these concerns or taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the district instead appears to be disciplining students that have shared these images on social media. | Hannah Watters, a 15-year-old student at North Paulding High…

Staff (2020-08-07). Book: Pentagon Officials Withheld Options From Trump for Fear He May Start a War. truthout.org A new book by CNN Chief National Security Correspondent Jim Sciutto details how several officials were reticent to provide President Donald Trump with military options out of fears he could have responded to international events by starting new wars. | The book by Sciutto, The Madman Theory: Trump Takes on the World,

yenisafak (2020-08-07). Top Turkish officials due in Lebanon after huge blast. yenisafak.com Turkey's top officials will visit Lebanon's capital on Saturday following a massive deadly explosion shaking Beirut this week, according to Turkish authorities.Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu are expected to meet Lebanese President Michel Aoun, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and Prime Minister Hassan Diab, the office of the vice president said on Friday.A fire at a warehouse at the Port of Beirut led to a huge blast on Tuesday causing massive material damage in several neighborhoods of the capital. At least 154 people were killed and around 5,000 others injured in tragic in…

teleSUR (2020-08-07). Canada: Last Intact Ice Shelf Collapses Due to Global Warming. telesurenglish.net The last intact ice shelf in the Canadian Arctic collapsed and lost a large part of his area due to extremely high temperatures, according to the Canadian Ice Service (CIS), as reported on Friday. | RELATED: | "Above normal air temperatures, offshore winds and open water in front of the ice shelf are all part of the recipe for ice shelf break up," the CIS tweeted. | According to Luke Copland, a Glaciologist at the University of…

Evelyn Leopold (2020-08-07). Is Netanyahu Serious About Annexing Jordan Valley? counterpunch.org On July 1, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised he would annex part of the Jordan Valley. He did not, but he may still do so before U.S. elections in November and while President Donald Trump is still in office. It could be his legacy. Trump's challenger, former vice president Joseph Biden, has joined the

yenisafak (2020-08-07). WHO appeals for $15 million aid for Lebanon after Beirut blast. yenisafak.com The blast, which killed more than 150 and injured more than 5,000, also destroyed 17 containers holding WHO medical supplies including personal protective equipment, the agency's regional office for the Middle East said in a statement late on Thursday.Five hospitals in the area affected by Tuesday's blast are either not functioning or partially functioning, and early reports indicate that many health centres and primary care facilities are also damaged or out of action, it said.Up to 300,000 people have been displaced from their homes and need food or shelter, which "also risks accelerating the spread of COVID-19…

yenisafak (2020-08-07). Russia offers to supply Philippines with COVID-19 vaccine. yenisafak.com Russia is willing to supply a coronavirus vaccine to the Philippines, or team up with a local firm to mass produce it, its ambassador to Manila said on Friday, as infections in the Southeast Asian nation surge.Russia is expecting regulatory approval for its first potential COVID-19 vaccine this month, with doses to be administered to frontline health workers first.But the frenetic race globally to develop a COVID-19 vaccine is raising some concern that speed could compromise safety and that some countries could be putting national prestige before solid science."We are ready to supply vaccines to the Philippines,"

yenisafak (2020-08-07). Lebanon to probe Beirut blast for foreign interference. yenisafak.com The president of Lebanon on Friday said the causes of a massive explosion in the capital Beirut's port had yet to be determined, without ruling out the possibility of foreign interference.Michel Aoun said in a press conference in the presidential palace that he asked French President Emmanuel Macron to provide photos of the blast via satellite.He added that if such photos were not available with France, he would ask other countries, without naming them.Aoun said the investigation into the blast would include port officers and that no legal cover would be offered to any person found to be responsible.A fire at a w…

yenisafak (2020-08-07). Mosques in Germany receive threat letters. yenisafak.com At least two mosques in the central German state of Hesse received threat letters this week, local Muslim community representatives said on Friday. | Suspected neo-Nazis sent threat letters to mosques in the small town of Fuerth and the nearby district Wahlen, Salih Ozkan, a representative of the Turkish-Muslim umbrella group DITIB, told local media. | He said the letters contained threats of violence against Muslims, and were signed by a group calling itself "NSE 2020". | He called on the police to carry out a serious investigation and provide greater protection for the mosques. | It was not immediately clear wh…

yenisafak (2020-08-07). Turkey rushes to help Lebanon amid deadly explosion. yenisafak.com Turkey got mobilized both with state-run aid organizations and charity foundations to heal the wounds of the Lebanese capital Beirut, which was rocked with a catastrophic explosion on Tuesday.A massive blast took place in a warehouse containing explosives at the Port of Beirut, causing widespread damage in several surrounding suburbs of the capital, leaving at least 154 people dead and injured thousands.Following the incident, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a phone call extended his condolences to his counterpart Michel Aoun and the Lebanese people, noting that Turkey stands by Lebanon and is ready to provide…

yenisafak (2020-08-07). Turkey seizes 28,000 packets of smuggled cigarettes. yenisafak.com Turkish security forces on Friday seized more than 28,000 packets of smuggled cigarettes hidden in two trucks in the country's southeast, according to security sources.Provincial gendarmerie forces stopped the trucks in the Ceylanpinar district of Sanliurfa province as part of anti-smuggling efforts, said the sources, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.They searched the trucks and found 28,040 packets of contraband cigarettes.Police arrested two suspects, who were later remanded in custody by a court.* Writing by Gozde Bayar…

yenisafak (2020-08-07). 'Fluctuations in macroeconomic indicators don't reflect Turkey's reality'. yenisafak.com Fluctuations in macroeconomic indicators do not reflect the reality of the Turkish economy, the country's industry and technology minister said on Friday.Turkey's economy is on the path of production, employment, and innovation, Mustafa Varank wrote on Twitter."We will take Turkey to the levels it deserves with steps to boost the investment appetite for development," he said.His remarks came after the Turkish lira lost ground to other currencies.Late Thursday, the dollar/lira exchange rate hit an all-time high of over 7.30.After the Central Bank took steps Friday to tighten liquidity conditions, the exchange rate…

yenisafak (2020-08-07). Coronavirus cases in Africa surpass 1 million mark. yenisafak.com Coronavirus cases in Africa exceeded the 1 million mark on Friday, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday, as the continent recorded 14,656 new cases over the last 24 hours.The death toll from the virus in Africa reached 22,066, while recoveries rose to 690,436.Southern Africa has confirmed a total of 565,100 cases, of which South Africa alone took by far the greater proportion that stood at 538,200.North Africa has 170,200 cases, West Africa 136,800, East Africa 85,600 and Central Africa 49,600.At least 10,200 people lost their lives to the virus in Southern Africa, 7,000 in North A…

yenisafak (2020-08-07). Top Pakistan diplomat speaks with Lebanese counterpart. yenisafak.com According to a statement by Pakistan's Foreign Ministry, Shah Mehmood Qureshi expressed grief over the loss of many lives, injuries and extensive material damaged.On Tuesday, a fire at a warehouse at the Port of Beirut led to a huge blast leaving 154 dead and around 5,000 injuries and causing massive material damage in several neighborhoods of the capital."At this difficult time, Pakistan stood in strong support and solidarity with the brotherly Lebanese people," Qureshi told Charbel Wehbe.Qureshi also informed his counterpart that Islamabad has sent 8 tons of relief assistance consisting of medical and food supp…

yenisafak (2020-08-07). Landslide kills 15 in southern India, more than 50 feared trapped. yenisafak.com A landslide caused by torrential rains killed at least 15 tea garden workers in the southern Indian state of Kerala on Friday, and rescue workers were searching for more than 50 people thought to be trapped under soil and debris, officials said.The landslide hit in the early hours as workers slept, in Idukki district, district collector H Dineshan told Reuters.Fifteen bodies had been recovered so far and another 51 people were feared to be trapped, he said."One team of National Disaster Relief Force have reached the site. Helicopters cannot be deployed as the climate is very misty," he added.Nearly 20 cm (7.9 inc…

yenisafak (2020-08-07). Beirut port blast: Death toll rises to 154, nearly 5,000 wounded. yenisafak.com The death toll from Tuesday's huge blast in Lebanon rose to 154, the country's health minister confirmed on Friday.Hamad Hasan told the state-run National News Agency that around 5,000 people were injured in the blast at the Port of Beirut, with 20% of them in need of medical treatment in hospitals.He also said that 120 of injured are currently in critical condition and many others require delicate surgeries.A fire at a warehouse at the Port of Beirut led to a huge blast on Tuesday causing massive material damage in several neighborhoods of the capital.The Lebanese government announced the formation of an investi…

yenisafak (2020-08-07). 4-year-old Palestinian girl killed by 'stray' bullet. yenisafak.com A minor Palestinian girl on Friday lost her life after being hit by a "stray" bullet in East Jerusalem, Israeli media reported.According to daily Haaretz, Haneen Zaloum, 4, was at her home in the neighborhood of Silwan when she received a bullet injury in her head.Zaloum was pronounced dead at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, it said.According to the Israeli police, sources in Silwan said gunshots were heard in the neighborhood, adding that the area has witnessed several armed clashes between families.On Wednesday, gunfights occurred between families in the neighborhoods of Isawiyah and Shoafat in Ea…

yenisafak (2020-08-07). Another PKK terrorist surrenders to Turkish forces. yenisafak.com One more PKK terrorist surrendered to security forces in southeastern Turkey, the National Defense Ministry said on Friday. | The PKK terrorist fleeing from the shelter areas in northern Iraq surrendered to the border post in the Cizre district of Sirnak province, the ministry said on Twitter. | "While the operations of the Turkish Armed Forces against the PKK terrorist group continue without slowing down, escapes from the organization continue," the statement added. | On Monday, the Turkish Interior Ministry announced that a total of 123 terrorists have turned themselves in to Turkish security forces in 2020.

yenisafak (2020-08-07). Turkey's first martyred pilot: Cengiz Topel. yenisafak.com The first martyr of the Turkish Air Force, Pilot Captain Cengiz Topel, was remembered on Friday, 56 years after his plane was shot down on Aug. 7, 1964, during a warning flight on Greek Cypriot soldiers opening fire on Turkish civilians on the island.Topel was among the Turkish civilians' first line of defense against the Greek Cypriot soldiers, amid attacks that would escalate over the coming decade until Turkey's peace intervention against a Greek Cypriot coup attempting to topple the internationally recognized government of the Republic of Cyprus.Topel's legacy lives on both in Turkey and the Turkish Republic…

yenisafak (2020-08-07). Putin and Lukashenko discuss Belarus' detention of 33 Russians: Kremlin. yenisafak.com Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin expressed confidence on Friday that tensions over the detention of 33 Russian citizens in Minsk can be resolved, the Kremlin said.The arrests further strained relations between the two traditional allies, already soured this year by a dispute over oil, in the run-up to a presidential election in Belarus on Sunday, seen as Lukashenko's toughest political challenge in years.The two leaders spoke by telephone, the Kremlin added.

yenisafak (2020-08-07). What you need to know about the coronavirus right now. yenisafak.com Here's what you need to know about the coronavirus right now: Grim forecast for U.S.Nearly 300,000 Americans could be dead from COVID-19 by Dec. 1, University of Washington health experts forecast, although they said 70,000 lives could be saved if people were scrupulous about wearing masks.The latest predictions from the university's widely cited Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) came as top White House infectious disease advisers warned that major U.S. cities could erupt as new coronavirus hot spots if officials there were not vigilant with counter-measures."We're seeing a rollercoaste…

WSWS (2020-08-07). Dangerous conditions in Melbourne quarantine hotels helped cause Australia's COVID-19 resurgence. wsws.org Victoria's state Labor Party government presided over the hiring of poorly-paid security guards with no infection control training.

Global Research News (2020-08-07). Selected Articles: 75 Years after the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima. The Danger of Nuclear War. globalresearch.ca If you look to Global Research as a resource for information and understanding, to stay current on world events, or to experience honesty and transparency in your news coverage, please consider making a

WSWS (2020-08-07). Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna wins election setting the stage for an eruption of working-class struggles. wsws.org While President Rajapakse hopes that an absolute parliamentary majority and new dictatorial measures will allow him to take on the working class, the eruption of militant struggles will assume revolutionary proportions.

Kali Holloway (2020-08-07). Trump Supports Housing Segregation—and So Do a Lot of White Liberals. thenation.com Trump Supports Housing Segregation—and So Do a Lot of White Liberals…

Elie Mystal (2020-08-07). Gun Lovers Should Be Thanking Tish James for Suing the NRA. thenation.com Gun Lovers Should Be Thanking Tish James for Suing the NRA…

Dave Zirin (2020-08-07). The NCAA Finally Faces a Reckoning. thenation.com The NCAA Finally Faces a Reckoning…

Eric Alterman (2020-08-07). Believing 'Wall Street Journal' Op-Eds Can Be Deadly. thenation.com Believing 'Wall Street Journal' Op-Eds Can Be Deadly…

Nadezhda Azhgikhina (2020-08-07). Russia Needs a New Gorbachev. thenation.com Russia Needs a New Gorbachev…

_____ (2020-08-06). Our Planet Missed The Opportunity To Unite Against The Pandemic. popularresistance.org It is time to stop irresponsible finger-pointing. | All over the world, as this essay is being written, well over 17 million COVID-19 cases have been reported, and 676,000 people died. And instead of concentrating on serious research, trying to save human lives and attempting to stop the global calamity, 'residents' of the White House are spending all the energy on their own political survival, as well as on the survival of the regime. | In the U.S., both the establishment and opposition are buzzing with phantasmagoric conspiracy theories. Everyone is shouting, and no one is listening.

_____ (2020-08-06). CLDC Fighting Corporate-Fueled Legal Persecution Of Human Rights Lawyer. popularresistance.org For several years now, human rights attorney Steven Donziger has been in the fight of his life and career after Chevron vowed to destroy him for winning a $9.5 billion judgment for indigenous communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon that had been poisoned by the company's oil drilling. From buying off judges and experts in Ecuador to filing trumped up racketeering charges in the U.S. and getting the inappropriately sympathetic federal judge Kaplan to demand that Mr. Donziger turn over his laptop, cell phone, and attorney-client communications with his extremely vulnerable indigenous clients, Chevron will stop at noth…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-08-06). Green Groups Urge Insurers to Drop Coverage of Trans Mountain Pipeline. commondreams.org "Now is the time to decisively say no to this destructive project." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Bart Naylor (2020-08-06). Covid Aid, Relief and Economic Security. The CARES Act: Is the Money is Going the More Prosperous Neighbourhoods? globalresearch.ca Ann Garrison spoke to *** | Ann Garrison: Most of us have heard that the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, …

teleSUR (2020-08-06). No Extradition: New Documentary On Julian Assange. telesurenglish.net On the eve of the premiere of his documentary about the founder of WikiLeaks, British-Chilean filmmaker Pablo Navarrete said Thursday in London: "I want people to have an idea of the injustice being done to Julian Assange." | RELATED: | The filmmaker and journalist followed John Shipton, Assange's father, over several months as he campaigned to prevent his son from being extradited to the United States (U.S.) and secure his…

Ben Becker (2020-08-06). Why the U.S. dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. liberationnews.org The following article first appeared in the August 2005 issue of Socialism and Liberation magazine . The 75th anniversaries of the U.S. nuclear bombings of Japan are Aug. 6 and 9 of this year. August 6 and 9 of this year mark the 60th anniversaries of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Ben Norton (2020-08-06). Document exposes new U.S. plot to overthrow Nicaragua's elected socialist gov't. mronline.org A disturbing new document outlines plans for a U.S. regime-change scheme against Nicaragua's elected leftist government, overseen by USAID, to bring about a "market economy" and a purge of Sandinistas.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-08-06). Hiroshima: A "Military Base" according to President Harry Truman. globalresearch.ca "The World will note that the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima a military base. That was because we wished in this first attack to avoid, insofar as possible, the killing of civilians.."(President Harry S. Truman in a radio speech to the Nation, August 9, 1945).