2020-08-08: News Headlines

Ari Paul (2020-08-08). Trump's Tantrum Against TikTok Is No Laughing Matter. zcomm.org Trump lashing out at some youngsters making music videos is indeed the kind of absurdity his administration has employed that makes satire almost impossible, but the free speech and anti-Asian repercussions of this move are real and dangerous…

Max Blumenthal (2020-08-08). Western media's favorite Hong Kong 'freedom struggle writer' is American ex-Amnesty staffer in yellowface. thegrayzone.com A prominent Hong Kong pundit and anti-China activist named Kong Tsung-gan has become a go-to source for Western media. An…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-08-08). Video: The Privatization of Nuclear War. A "First Strike" Use of Nuclear Weapons as a Means of "Self Defense" globalresearch.ca An important transition in nuclear doctrine occurred in the immediate wake of 9/11. | The Cold War MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) doctrine was scrapped by the Bush Jr administration in 2002, replaced by the first strike pre-emptive use of nuclear …

Houssem Chammam (2020-08-08). At a time of a global crises, the United States is weaponizing its humanitarian aid. zcomm.org These policies condemn many of the world's poorest and most vulnerable people to a bleak and violent future; the type of mistakes that often find their way back to the United States…

Luke Savage (2020-08-08). "The Squad Is Here to Stay" zcomm.org For leftists and progressively minded Democrats still reeling from Bernie Sanders's defeat, this week's elections were very welcome news…

Manuela Solé (2020-08-08). Venezuela's Maduro Demands Investigation into Landlord Violence. venezuelanalysis.com The Venezuelan president ordered the armed forces to protect campesinos from landowner attacks.

Vijay Prashad (2020-08-08). How the US failed at its foreign policy toward Venezuela. peoplesdispatch.org US Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Venezuela confirmed this week the overt efforts over the last year of the US government to carry out a coup d'état against president Nicolás Maduro…

Fight Back (2020-08-08). Tribute to the outstanding communist Ka Fidel V. Agcaoili. fightbacknews.org On what would have been the 76th birthday of Ka Fidel V. Agcaoili, Freedom Road Socialist Organization joins in paying tribute to this great revolutionary and fighter for the liberation of the Philippines. Every communist can learn from his example and from his many contributions to the international communist movement. His passing is a cause for sadness among all of us who are working to end exploitation and oppression. | Ka Fidel was a revolutionary who devoted the whole of his life to the struggle for national liberation and socialism. He came from a privileged background, took up the science of Marxism, and i…

Prensa Latina (2020-08-08). Señalan falta de disposición para evitar explosiones en El Líbano. peoplesworld.org BEIRUT—Las autoridades de El Líbano carecieron de disposición para prevenir las explosiones del puerto de Beirut, al desoír al menos 10 alertas sobre el almacenaje sin seguridad de material explosivo, resaltan hoy medios informativos locales. En los últimos seis años se dieron varias veces alarmas sobre las dos mil 750 toneladas de nitrato de amonio …

Aya Salem (2020-08-08). NYC educators fight life-threatening reopening plan. liberationnews.org "We will not die so the economy can get back to work"

Liberation Staff (2020-08-08). Eviction wave looms in Idaho's Treasure Valley. liberationnews.org The story of the housing crisis in the Treasure Valley has once again risen sharply in pitch, spurred on by the unremitting COVID-19 pandemic. The Treasure Valley — also known as the Boise Metropolitan Area — comprises nearly 40 percent of Idaho's total population and is home to more than 730,000 people. Approximately 42 percent …

Eds. (2020-08-08). Five graphic novels and cartoons to politicise and criticise. mronline.org Comics, graphic novels, narrative drawing, illustrated fiction—call it what you like—is a growing arena for serious social and political commentary.

A Guest Author (2020-08-08). Red Roja's declaration on King Juan Carlos's flight from Spain. workers.org By Red Roja This is the Aug. 5 statement by the Red Roja (Red Network) organization regarding the escape of Spain's former King Juan Carlos I on Aug. 3 from Spanish territory where he faces charges of corruption. Translation and explanatory notes by Workers World Managing Editor John Catalinotto. The . . . |

Cira Pascual Marquina (2020-08-08). Alba TV's new model for communication: A conversation with Pablo Kunich. mronline.org The coordinator of a media platform that works with social movements talks to VA about the history and challenges of popular communication.

Yves Engler (2020-08-08). Trudeau government remains silent on corruption and repression in Haiti. mronline.org One way to evaluate the seriousness of the Trudeau government's stated objectives in seeking to oust Venezuela's elected government is to examine their policies elsewhere in the region.

Eds. (2020-08-08). The filthy hypocrisy of America's "clean" China-free internet. mronline.org The Trump administration wants to keep other countries from weaponizing technology the way the U.S. and its allies already have.

Talha Burki (2020-08-08). [World Report] Report says 815 million children have high blood lead levels. thelancet.com Mainly resulting from cookware and recycled batteries, lead exposure, even at low concentrations, can result in cognitive and neurological problems. Talha Burki reports.

The Lancet (2020-08-08). [Editorial] Self-determination and Indigenous health. thelancet.com Colonisation is a fundamental determinant of Indigenous peoples' health. Indigenous is a term defined by dislocation, and the effects of that displacement are felt by Indigenous peoples around the world. Aug 9, International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, is a chance to look at the continuing effects of territorial removal, the destruction of people, culture, and languages, and the lack of self-determination (the right to determine one's own social, cultural, and economic development), and their impact on Indigenous peoples' health.

Anand Naidoo (2020-08-08). The Heat: U.S. targets China. america.cgtn.com No deal yet. Talks still in limbo over an economic rescue package providing financial relief to millions of Americans as the coronavirus pandemic continues to surge across the United States.

Julia Conley, Common Dreams (2020-08-08). 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 (2020-08-08). Keep plantations out of Palawan Forest! Please Sign Petition. 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.

reenvia Red Latina sin fronteras (2020-08-08). E$paña: No somos esclavos! indybay.org E$paña: °No somos esclavos! -reclamo antirracista de trabajadorxs agrícolas inmigrantes- | "A los negros aquí nos tratan como mierda"

_____ (2020-08-08). CODEPINK Denounces Elliott Abrams' Appointment As US Special Representative For Iran. popularresistance.org The appointment of Elliott Abrams to replace Brian Hook as the next U.S. Special Representative for Iran is another low point for the Trump administration's disastrous policy towards Iran. The dangerous conflict resulting from Trump's withdrawal from the nuclear agreement will be exacerbated by a man committed to Washington's failed policies of regime change, including in his present-day position as Trump's representative for Venezuela. | Elliott Abrams has made a career of lying and committing criminal acts that have led to the death and suffering of innocent people from Guatemala to Iraq.

RT (2020-08-08). Trump signs executive orders on Covid-19 relief after talks break down between White House and Democrats. rt.com US President Donald Trump has signed a series of executive orders giving extended economic relief to Americans struggling economically during the Covid-19 pandemic after negotiations with Democrats broke down. | Trump announced the orders at a press conference at his Bedminster, New Jersey golf club on Saturday, the same location where he The orders will give a payroll tax holiday to Americans earning less than $100,000 a year. A second order will "protect people…

RT (2020-08-08). 'Why not a diverse Latino?' Maxine Waters claims Biden 'can't go home without black woman VP,' gets mocked for 'racism'. rt.com Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters was roasted online after saying 2020 presidential hopeful Joe Biden has no other choice but to pick a black woman as his running mate, suggesting he owed a debt to African American voters. | "We know that we're going to have a black woman as vice president," Waters said in an Let me guarantee you this, based on everything…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2020-08-08). 'Friday Night Massacre' at US Postal Service as Postmaster General—a Major Trump Donor—Ousts Top Officials. commondreams.org "America is in a dead sprint to authoritarianism. The man is pulling out all the stops to prevent the citizens of this country from holding a legitimate election in which he might face removal from office." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

yenisafak (2020-08-08). Turkey's IHH aids thousands in Lebanon after blast. yenisafak.com Turkey's Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) on Saturday provided humanitarian aid for thousands who have been affected by Tuesday's massive explosion at Beirut port.In a statement, the IHH said rescue efforts are still underway for those still missing after the blast, which killed at least 154 people."The grain silos destroyed by the explosion were a vital artery for the supply of food in the country," IHH said, warning of a humanitarian crisis in Lebanon in case of failure to supply the country with enough quantities of flour within a short period of time.According to the statement, the IHH has launched a camp…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-08). Brazilian liberation theologist Dom Pedro Casaldáliga passes away. peoplesdispatch.org Dom Pedro Casaldáliga Plá, a Catholic missionary and an iconic voice of liberation theology, died on the morning of August 8, Saturday, at the age of 92. He was the Bishop Emeritus of the Prelature of Sà£o Félix do Araguaia and famous for his defense of the rights of the indigenous people of Brazil. He died of a pulmonary embolism at the Santa Casa de Batatais Hospital in the State of Sà£o Paulo. | Dom Pedro Casaldáliga Plá was admitted to the hospital after complaining of respiratory problems. He had earlier been admitted to the Hospital Sà£o Félix do Araguaia in the State of Mato Grosso. Casal…

Jack Rasmus (2020-08-08). Trump Scuttles Economic Stimulus Negotiations What Next? zcomm.org The McConnell-Trump strategy is not to bail out state and local governments. It's about making the high urban population centers—located largely in 'blue' states—to bear the brunt of the continuing economic crisis…

Steve Topple (2020-08-08). The corporate press is back to the 'migrant invasion' propaganda again. thecanary.co The corporate press's response to refugees crossing the English channel shows that little has changed in five years. That is right-wing politicians and tabloids continue to roll out the 'migrant invasion' narrative for their own purposes; ignoring the fact that

RT (2020-08-08). Portland protesters attack another police HQ, throw rocks and fireworks at officers (VIDEOS). rt.com Black Lives Matter protesters in Portland fired rocks and fireworks at police on the 71st night of demonstrations in the city, with some even wearing body armor and shields as they clashed with officers. | On Friday night, demonstrators made their way to the Penumbra Kelly Building in Portland, a headquarters shared by the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and Portland Police Bureau. | Portland Police said in a statement on Saturday that they warned the crowd several times that arrests would be made for trespassing, but not all protesters cooperated. Some eventually took to launching rocks and fireworks at the…

RT (2020-08-08). 'Too much pot brownie': Clinton slams NYT's Maureen Dowd over claim it's been 36 YEARS since a man & woman ran on Dem ticket. rt.com Hillary Clinton and thousands of others roasted a now-corrected story and tweet from the New York Times claiming the last time there was a mixed-gender presidential ticket for the Democratic Party was in the '80s. | "It's hard to fathom, but it has been 36 years since a man and a woman ran together on a Democratic Party ticket," the New York Times' Opinion Twitter account wrote, linking to an article by columnist Maureen Dowd, which included the same quote. | How does an error this significant get past an editor?

RT (2020-08-08). 'Lebanese people have suffered too much': US encourages 'peaceful' regime change as protests rage in blast-ravaged Beirut. rt.com The US embassy has expressed its solidarity with anti-government protesters in Lebanon, urging all sides to "refrain from violence," after clashes in blast-devastated Beirut left some 500 people injured. | Thousands of people gathered in Beirut on Saturday, demanding government resignation over corruption and negligence that they believe led to the horrific explosion this week. | Also on rt.com | | Amid clashes with riot police, protesters stormed severa…

RT (2020-08-08). He 'deserves a raise': 'Karen' roasted for shaming store manager for not doing enough about non-mask wearer. rt.com A trans activist's attempt to shame a grocery store manager over not enforcing a Covid-19 mask mandate has epically backfired, with critics labeling the complainer a "super Karen." | "I was just threatened w/assault at @kroger in Louisville because I asked another customer to wear a mask, and she refused," Danielle Muscato tweeted. | Muscato said a manager was informed of the confrontation and talked to the non-mask wearing customer, but "refused to do anything more." | Muscato then posted an image of the store manager, named him, and attempted to shame him. | "His name is Andy, and he does not want Twitter t…

RT (2020-08-08). 'This is a peaceful protest!' Trump rebukes journalist who mask-shamed crowded press conference. rt.com US President Donald Trump sparred with a reporter who observed that dozens of people at a press conference in New Jersey were flouting the state's health guidelines, arguing the crowd was engaged in a "protest against fake news." | During a presser at Trump's golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey on Friday, a journalist challenged the president's contention that the coronavirus is "disappearing," pointing out that even the crowd attending the press event was not adhering to the state's restrictions. The question drew audible groans from the audience. | "No, they don't have to, this is a political activity. You…

_____ (2020-08-08). MSNBC Dissident Proves the Mainstream Media Cannot Change. strategic-culture.org It is always exciting when some insider breaks away from an organization to spill all the dirty details of what is happening deep in its guts. Recently an MSNBC producer's life story "defected" over the border onto

The Canary (2020-08-08). Rapper Wretch 32 slams police for 'over-policing and under-protecting' Black communities. thecanary.co Rapper Wretch 32, whose father was Tasered by police officers, has said that Black people are "over-policed and under-protected".The musician was speaking as he stood next to his father Millard Scott, at a demonstration outside Tottenham Police Station, north London. The protest was

The Canary (2020-08-08). Schools prepare legal challenges over exam results that will impact poorest students the most. thecanary.co Teachers unions are reportedly seeking legal advice as they prepare for a flood of appeals from parents ahead of A-level results day. The cost of appealing decisions is likely to have added impact for poorer students given ongoing cuts to school's funding.Newspaper reports say exam boards are under pressure to make appeals free so poorer pupils do not miss out, and that 40% of teacher predictions for A-level results will be lowered.The developments come as British students await their final results in a year made extraordinary due to the coronavirus.The Times reports that education lawyers are working with school…

Ramzy Baroud (2020-08-08). The Likud Conspiracy: Israel in the Throes of a Major Political Crisis. dissidentvoice.org Protests against Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, have raged on for weeks, turning violent sometimes. Israelis are furious at their government's mediocre response to the coronavirus pandemic, especially as COVID-19 disease is experiencing a massive surge throughout the country. Netanyahu warned protesters, thousands of whom have been rallying outside his residence in Jerusalem, against "anarchy …

_____ (2020-08-08). Former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe Under House Arrest. popularresistance.org The Colombian Supreme Court of Justice has ordered the preventive home detention of Senator and former President Alvaro Uribe for the crimes of procedural fraud and bribery. The Latin American right-wing leader became the first former president to receive this type of arrest order, suspected of trying to manipulate the statement of a defendant who linked him to the creation of paramilitary groups. "The deprivation of my freedom causes me deep sadness for my wife, for my family and for the Colombians who still believe that I have done something good for the country," lamented Uribe…

Tom Coburg (2020-08-08). Military police allege cover-up of hundreds of UK war crime cases closed down by government. thecanary.co Claims that UK authorities covered-up hundreds of war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq have been circulating for some years. But a BBC "Suspicious killin…

WSWS (2020-08-08). Georgia highschoolers use social media to expose disastrous conditions as schools reopen. wsws.org Two students from Georgia's North Paulding High School were suspended after photos of hallways packed with crowds of unmasked students went viral on social media.

WSWS (2020-08-08). UK: For a general strike against the reopening of schools. wsws.org The SEP calls for the development of an interconnected network of rank-and-file committees to prepare for a general strike against the opening of schools and the murderous policy of the ruling class.

WSWS (2020-08-08). New York Governor Cuomo sanctions statewide reopening of schools. wsws.org Cuomo's mandate provides crucial political support for the Trump administration's drive to reopen schools irrespective of the cost to human life.

Abdul Rahman (2020-08-08). Beirut blasts intensify economic and political crisis in Lebanon. peoplesdispatch.org Decades of neoliberal policies have made Lebanon among the most unequal societies in the world, and social and economic discontent is expected to grow following the blasts…

WSWS (2020-08-08). Texas attorney general orders in-person education as state cases top 500,000. wsws.org The attorney general and governor of Texas are endangering the lives of teachers and students with a patently unscientific back-to-school pandemic plan.

Fight Back (2020-08-08). Justice for Travis Jordan – 38th birthday protest. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – Hundreds of protesters rallied outside the Minneapolis police's 4th Precinct in North Minneapolis, July 31, to demand justice for Travis Jordan, on what should have been his 38th birthday. | On November 9, 2018, Travis Jordan was shot and killed by two rookie officers of the Minneapolis Police Department's 4th Precinct during a wellness check for his suicidal ideation. Officers Neal Walsh and Ryan Keyes, who had each been on the police force less than a year, responded to the call. Instead of saving Travis's life and providing him with the mental health support he needed, they killed him. C…

Badri Raina (2020-08-08). Towards Theocracy: the ignominious collapse of Secular Democracy in India. zcomm.org The constitution of India is there, like many other artifacts in the archives, but, like the human appendix, it may now be vestigial…

WSWS (2020-08-08). Autoworkers denounce bipartisan drive to reopen schools. wsws.org Opposition is growing among autoworkers and other workers to the back-to-school campaign, which is threatening the health of teachers, students and their families.

WSWS (2020-08-08). German schools reopen despite increase in coronavirus infections. wsws.org In order to ensure the capitalists can turn a profit, all established parties, from the Christian Social Union to the Left Party, are pushing for a return to regular in-person teaching.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-08). Belarus elections may mark a key moment in European geopolitics. peoplesdispatch.org Five-time president Alexander Lukashenko is likely to win due to the lack of strong opposition candidates but the possibility of major protests remains. The country is a key part of both Russian and western strategies in the region…

Chris Townsend (2020-08-08). Concessions Are Back. So Are the Flashbacks. zcomm.org It is a flashback that the only way to oppose concessions is to oppose concessions—and all who embrace them, push them, or surrender to them…

news.un (2020-08-08). Building a green economy, brick by brick. news.un.org In Uruguay, thousands of families earn a precarious livelihood making bricks, using traditional methods that are often inefficient and harmful to the environment. A UN project, in collaboration with the Uruguayan government, aims to make the industry less polluting, whilst preserving jobs for the many artisans who depend on it.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-08). Workers, farmers give the call to "Save India" peoplesdispatch.org On August 9, trade unions and farmers' organizations across India will conduct a protest against the Narendra Modi government's anti-worker policies which have intensified during the lockdown…

Harriet Mayanja-Kizza, Christine Sekaggya-Wiltshire, Desta Kassa (2020-08-08). [Comment] Optimal therapy for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis and HIV. thelancet.com The dual epidemics of tuberculosis and HIV have had a substantial toll on health outcomes, service delivery, and economies in many countries. Additionally, diagnosis of tuberculosis remains a challenge, especially with HIV infection, where the commonly used smears are of limited benefit; compounded by limitations of detecting drug-resistant tuberculosis.1…

Johan Giesecke (2020-08-08). [Correspondence] COVID-19—a very visible pandemic — Author's reply. thelancet.com Let me express thanks to the many colleagues who have provided valuable feedback. I will not address each of these responses individually, but give a collective answer.

Wendy Rogers (2020-08-08). [Perspectives] Moral responsibility in medicine: where are the boundaries? thelancet.com All doctors have responsibilities to protect and promote health. These responsibilities lie at the heart of medicine, providing its moral foundation. Some doctors meet their responsibilities treating individuals with diseases, some teach or do research, while others safeguard or promote the health of populations. These responsibilities arise from the social role of doctors that is enshrined—but not always clearly delineated—in social, legal, ethical, and professional standards and norms. The health and wellbeing of the patient is, according to various codes, the pre-eminent responsibility of medicine,…

Gregory P Bisson, Mayara Bastos, Jonathon R Campbell, Didi Bang, James C Brust, Petros Isaakadis, Christoph Lange, Dick Menzies, Giovanni B Migliori, Jean W Pape, Domingo Palmero, Parvaneh Baghei, Payam Tabarsi, Piret Viiklepp, Stalz Vilbrun, Jonathan Walsh, Suzanne M Marks (2020-08-08). [Articles] Mortality in adults with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis and HIV by antiretroviral therapy and tuberculosis drug use: an individual patient data meta-analysis. thelancet.com Use of ART and more effective anti-tuberculosis drugs is associated with lower odds of death among HIV-positive patients with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. Access to these therapies should be urgently pursued.

Sandro Galea (2020-08-08). [Perspectives] Together in a time of physical distancing. thelancet.com Could there be a stranger time for a book about social connections than during a period when we have seen the most dramatic global effort ever to keep people away from one another? In the first half of 2020, the world was in the grip of fear about the COVID-19 pandemic. Many countries instituted some form of physical distancing for their whole populations to mitigate the spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Emerging data from this period showed that reports of loneliness and attendant depression and anxiety increased compared with 2019.

Dimitrios Moris, Michael Kontos (2020-08-08). [Correspondence] Recurrence of breast cancer after anaesthesia. thelancet.com Daniel Sessler and colleagues1 presented the findings from their multicentre, randomised trial that compared the effect of regional anaesthesia (paravertebral block and propofol) with general anaesthesia (sevoflurane) and opioids on breast cancer recurrence and postoperative pain after potentially curative surgery. Regional anaesthesia was reported to be equivalent to general anaesthesia regarding disease recurrence and postoperative pain.1…

Sharmila Devi (2020-08-08). [World Report] Egyptian health workers arrested after COVID-19 comments. thelancet.com At least seven doctors and two pharmacists have been detained for criticising the Egyptian Government's approach to the pandemic and working conditions. Sharmila Devi reports.

David N Durrheim, Michael G Baker (2020-08-08). [Correspondence] COVID-19—a very visible pandemic. thelancet.com The COVID-19 pandemic is exacting a confronting and extraordinarily visible toll in lives and livelihoods globally. The last occasion where humanity fought a similar calamitous infectious disease threat was the 1918—19 influenza pandemic. There are many lessons from that pandemic that are still relevant. The first pandemic wave did not grant adequate herd immunity and was followed by one or more subsequent waves, with those waves being more deadly than the initial wave.1 Additionally, stringent public health measures flattened the epidemic curve, preserving hospital capacity and saving many lives.

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

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

Autonomous Anti-Fascists in Marin (2020-08-08). Friday 8/14: F*ck Trump: Anti-Fascist Counter Protest. indybay.org DeLong Avenue Overpass in Novato.

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

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

Declaration for American Democracy (2020-08-08). Tuesday 8/11: Protect Our Vote! Virtual Town Hall to Demand Safe & Fair Elections Now! indybay.org Online via Zoom…

Poor People's Campaign (2020-08-08). Monday 8/10: Call to Action: Demand COVID Relief & Stop McConnell's Misery, Meanness & Mayhem Now! indybay.org Online via livestream…

_____ (2020-08-08). War And Pandemic Journalism. popularresistance.org The struggle against Covid-19 has often been compared to fighting a war. Much of this rhetoric is bombast, but the similarities between the struggle against the virus and against human enemies are real enough. War reporting and pandemic reporting likewise have much in common because, in both cases, journalists are dealing with and describing matters of life and death. Public interest is fueled by deep fears, often more intense during an epidemic because the whole population is at risk. In a war, aside from military occupation and area bombing, terror is at its height among those closest to the battlefield.

_____ (2020-08-08). Beirut: Explosion Was 'An Accident Caused By Negligent Governments'. popularresistance.org After the first news and the stupor generated by the violent explosions in the port of Lebanon, all kinds of rumors and false news began to circulate, trying to further poison the atmosphere of pain in which had fallen on the people of that country. In addition to the very high number of deaths (around 100) and thousands of injured, a strategic port of the Lebanese nation was destroyed. To be able to monitor the situation and the consequences of what happened, we spoke with Wafica Ibrahim, a journalist for Al Mayadeen TV and correspondent for Resumen Latinoamericano, in the Middle East…

_____ (2020-08-08). Coronavirus Is Being Tackled By Nicaragua's Community-Based Health System. popularresistance.org Nicaragua's Sandinista government is — like every other government — engaged in a struggle to limit the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on its people. But Nicaragua suffers two additional handicaps. One is that it is subject to US and European sanctions, which severely limit the aid it gets from abroad or from multilateral bodies. The other is its internal opposition, which aims to use the pandemic in its latest attempt to destabilize the government and turn opinion against it. To do so it employs a wide range of propaganda methods, at home and abroad. These were very evident in a recent article in t…

_____ (2020-08-08). General Strike: The Eviction Crisis Escalates. popularresistance.org With an estimated 17 to 40 million people at risk of losing their homes by the end of September, and with the failure of the federal government to pass an eviction moratorium or an unemployment benefits extension, the greatest eviction and foreclosure crisis since the Great Depression is now upon us. In some states in the Southeast, as many as 60% of renters are at risk of being evicted, and people of color are likely to be hit disproportionately hard. The Census Bureau's Household Pulse survey in July, for example, highlighted that 42% of Black renters felt little to no confidence in their ability to pay rent th…

_____ (2020-08-08). Venezuela And Trump's Irrational Electoral Policy. popularresistance.org Caracas, Venezuela – Elections always have an interesting effect on public policy, in particular if the person in charge of designing and implementing a certain policy is up for reelection. In politics, it is logical that an incumbent candidate decides to show successful policies and accomplishments while minimizing failures or shortcomings. However, what is irrational is that a candidate insists on presenting, preserving and deepening a policy that has proven to be a failure and that the candidate himself only supports half-heartedly.

_____ (2020-08-08). Grad Students And Faculty 'Die In' To Protest Reopening. popularresistance.org Nearly 50 demonstrators lay scattered 6 feet apart wearing face coverings on the lawn outside the school administration's building, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. | Some protesters held signs resembling tombstones with phrases like "R.I.P. campus safety," or "In loving memory." The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in roughly 160,000 deaths in the U.S. since the start of the outbreak in January. Older adults are typically more prone to severe coronavirus infections, although individuals with weakened immune systems are also at high risk.

_____ (2020-08-08). Trump Scuttles Economic Stimulus Negotiations. popularresistance.org In recent days, the Democrats' leaders, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Shumer, reportedly reduced the cost of their original 'Heroes Act' proposals by $1 trillion. Instead of the original cost of $3T in the Heroes Act passed last June, they were willing to agree to a reduced package of $2 trillion. Never mind the attempt to reach a compromise on some middle ground. The White House, through his assigned negotiator, staffer Mark Meadows, Trump rejected the Democrats' offer. Meadows reportedly slammed the table (a two-bit amateur negotiating tactic) and walked out of negotiations with Pelosi-Shumer in a huff.

_____ (2020-08-08). TikTok Diplomacy: A Digital Containment Doctrine. popularresistance.org With TikTok, Donald Trump is adding State Department coercion to his "art of the deal" toolkit. After months of feigned concern that the viral TikTok app represents a "trojan horse" for the Communist Party of China to access U.S. consumer data, the Trump Administration issued the Chinese company an ultimatum: sell the app to a U.S. buyer, or be shut down. | Microsoft has stepped forward as a potential buyer of TikTok, a clone of the Chinese video app Douyin tailored for a Western audience.

_____ (2020-08-08). Utah Protesters Face Charges With Potential Life Sentence. popularresistance.org Salt Lake City, UT – Some Black Lives Matter protesters in Salt Lake City could face up to life in prison if they're convicted of splashing red paint and smashing windows during a protest, a potential punishment that stands out among demonstrators arrested around the country and one that critics say doesn't fit the alleged crime. | The felony criminal mischief charges are more serious because they carry a gang enhancement. Prosecutors said Wednesday that's justified because the protesters worked together to cause thousands of dollars in damage, but watchdogs called the use of the 1990s-era law troubling, especial…

_____ (2020-08-08). 'Russiagate' Hoax Unravels, but Their Anti-Russia Sanctions Don't. strategic-culture.org Eric ZUESSE | It was reported only on 'fringe' media (such as "Disobedient Media" now gone from the Web) until recently. However, the evidence that the entire "Russiagate" charge — that Russia's Government had "hacked" the Democratic National Committee in 2016 — is an Obama Administration hoax (which was continued into Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report), is now starting to come out into public view and be endorsed publicly by retired U.S. intelligence professionals who can't be fired. It's not yet published in any mainstream U.S. news media, however. So, in this place will be chronologically pre…

The Canary (2020-08-08). Pubs are 'perfect storm' for spreading coronavirus warning from academics. thecanary.co Pubs create the "perfect storm" for spreading coronavirus (Covid-19) and carry more risk than planes, according to academics. | Punters drinking together in an indoor pub are potentially subjecting themselves to a build-up of infected droplets caused by poor ventilation and people having continuous conversations, often speaking more loudly to be heard over the din of a noisy bar, the experts warn. | The comments come after households mixing in pubs and homes was blamed for a rise in Covid-19 cases in Preston, resulting in it being the latest area to have lockdown restrictions reimposed. | Aberdeen was also placed…

yenisafak (2020-08-08). Turkey ready to rebuild Port of Beirut: Turkish VP. yenisafak.com Ankara is ready to send more medical assistance and food aid to help Lebanon during its time of need, Turkey's vice president said on Saturday.Fuat Oktay, who is visiting the Lebanese capital along with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, said all of Turkey's hospitals and air ambulances are at Lebanon's service, as the country deals with the devastating fallout of Tuesday's massive blast at the port of Beirut.He said Ankara has told Lebanon that it can use Turkey's Mersin port until the Beirut port is rebuilt."Turkey is ready to help rebuild the heavily damaged Beirut port and nearby buildings," the vice…

yenisafak (2020-08-08). Italy approves new post pandemic aid package. yenisafak.com The new stimulus measures are the third tranche of a government plan aimed at supporting Italy's fragile economy brought to its knees by the strict lockdown imposed nationwide to stem the spread of coronavirus.In total, the three emergency decrees approved by the Italian government since March released funding to the tune of ‚Ǩ100 billion. | "The new decree aims at supporting workers, businesses, and local institutions," Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said at a press conference on Friday evening, detailing the new measures.The package includes an 18-week extension of public funding for workers un…

yenisafak (2020-08-08). Indonesia reports 2,277 new coronavirus infections. yenisafak.com Indonesia reported 2,277 new coronavirus infections on Saturday and 65 more deaths, data from its health ministry website showed.This brings the country's total to 123,503 coronavirus infections and 5,658 deaths, the data showed.

yenisafak (2020-08-08). Two Lebanese shot dead in Tehran in rare shootout. yenisafak.com Two Lebanese nationals were shot dead by unknown assailants in Tehran, in what is being described as a rare incident of shooting in the Iranian capital. A father and daughter were shot by motorcycle-borne armed assailants north of Tehran's Pasdaran neighborhood on Friday, according to local media.The semi-official Fars News Agency identified the victims as Habib Davoodi and Maryam Davoodi, both Arab-speaking Lebanese nationals.Many social media users said the shooting took place near the Tehran house of slain Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who was killed along with top Iranian general Qassem Sole…

yenisafak (2020-08-08). Russia reports more than 5,200 new coronavirus cases. yenisafak.com Russian authorities reported 5,212 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Saturday, pushing its national tally to 882,347, the fourth largest in the world.The official death toll rose to 14,854 after officials said 129 people had died across the country in the last 24 hours.

yenisafak (2020-08-08). Turkish Red Crescent helps Beirutis after explosion. yenisafak.com The Turkish Red Crescent (Kizilay) on Saturday launched a relief campaign to help those affected by a massive explosion at the Beirut port.Code-named "Extend Your Hands to Wounded Beirut", the aid agency said in a statement the campaign aims to help residents of the Lebanese capital following the blast that killed at least 150 people and injured thousands on Tuesday.The Lebanese government said the blast, which has caused massive property damage in several neighborhoods in Beirut, was caused by the detonation of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate that had been stored unsafely at the port for six years.Officials hav…

yenisafak (2020-08-08). At least 43 Syrians among people killed in Beirut blast. yenisafak.com At least 43 Syrian nationals were among those killed in a massive explosion in the port of Beirut on Tuesday that destroyed parts of the Lebanese capital, Al-Mayadeen TV channel said on Saturday, citing the Syrian embassy in Lebanon.Al Mayadeen is a Lebanon-based channel close to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

yenisafak (2020-08-08). Death toll from Indian passenger aircraft accident rises to 18. yenisafak.com The death toll from an Indian passenger aircraft accident has risen to 18, while 16 people have been severely injured, a senior government official said on Saturday.The Air India Express plane, which was repatriating Indians stranded in Dubai due to the coronavirus pandemic, overshot the runway of the Calicut International Airport in heavy rain near the southern city of Kozhikode on Friday. This was India's worst passenger aircraft accident since 2010.The flight was carrying 190 passengers and crew.The plane's pilot and the co-pilot were killed in the accident, K Gopalakrishnan, chief of the Malappuram district…

_____ (2020-08-08). Week in Review: 2nd to 8th August. truepublica.org.uk Editor — Review of the Week The whole month of July saw the Boris Johnson government immersing itself in mismanagement and corruption of just about everything it put its hand to. It ended the month nicely with nominations to the House of Lords that was astonishingly shameless in its nepotism. It is, unfortunately, representative of …

Mark Hertsgaard (2020-08-08). Will Climate Break Through in Big Media's Elections Coverage? commondreams.org Young people and their allies across the world took part in the largest global climate protests in history on September 20, 2019, demanding globale leaders act immediately and urgently to stop the climate crisis. (Photo: Simon Maina/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2020-08-08). Trump Just Admitted on Live Television He Will 'Terminate' Social Security and Medicare If Reelected in November. commondreams.org One progressive critic called the president's promise "a full-on declaration of war against current and future Social Security beneficiaries." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Various Contributors (2020-08-08). Poor People's Campaign, Black civic groups condemn McConnell's obstructionism. zcomm.org On the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, The Poor People's Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival and Black civic organizations representing millions of people worldwide announced a covenant to resurrect the protections of the Voting Rights Act…

Ryan Grim (2020-08-08). Progressive Prosecutor Movement Makes Major Gains in Democratic Primaries. zcomm.org Reformers in Arizona, Michigan, Missouri, and New Mexico won their primaries for district attorney on Tuesday night…

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 …

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…

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). Don't Let His New Book Fool You, Bush Laid the Groundwork for Today's Immigration Nightmare. thealtworld.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. | MPN— George W. Bush, the 43rd president of the United States, has announced he is releasing a new book called "Out of Many, One" which will celebrate America's diversity and immigrant populations. "Our immigrant heritage has enriched America's history. It continues to shape our society. Each generation of Americans — of immigrants — brings a renewal to our national character and add…

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.

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' …

Ralph Nader (2020-08-07). Ranking the Infinite Greed, Power and Controls of Giant Corporations. commondreams.org This combination of file photos shows Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Apple CEO Tim Cook. (Photo: DSK/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-08-07). Bolstering Case for Transformational Green Recovery, New Study Finds Lockdown Emissions Had 'Negligible' Effect on Climate Crisis. commondreams.org "We still need far more serious measures to make a difference—we need structural change." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-08-07). "Let's Make It Happen!" Declares Jayapal of Medicare for All After Single-Payer in Canada Lauded as Shield Against Pandemic. commondreams.org "It is worth fighting for a system that puts public health ahead of profits: Medicare for All," said a doctor touting Canadian system. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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…

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 …

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"

commondreams (2020-08-07). CODEPINK Denounces Elliott Abrams' Appointment as the Next U.S. Special Representative for Iran. commondreams.org ______________________________…

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…

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…

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…

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

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-07). Blasts in Beirut 'tragic humanitarian crisis': Nasrallah. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 07 (MNA) — Secretary-General of the Lebanese Hezbollah Resistance Movement Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah delivering a speech on the latest developments in Lebanon described blasts in Beirut as a 'tragic humanitarian crisis'.

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.

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.

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

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 …

Kathy Kelly (2020-08-07). Reversal: Boeing's Flow of Blood. counterpunch.org Today, the seventy-fifth anniversary of the atomic attack on Hiroshima, should be a day for quiet introspection. I recall a summer morning following the U.S. 2003 "Shock and Awe" invasion of Iraq when the segment of the Chicago River flowing past the headquarters of the world's second largest defense contractor, Boeing, turned the rich, red

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.

WSWS (2020-08-07). Canadian court rules Safe Third Country Agreement with US violates refugee rights. wsws.org The Trudeau government took advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to eliminate the "loophole" that had allowed some refugees fleeing Trump's anti-immigrant witchhunt to escape immediate deportation under the STCA.

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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.

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 …

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…

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

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 …

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 …

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.

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

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.

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

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…

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"

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 …

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

RT (2020-08-07). WATCH powerful shockwave from Beirut explosion hit church as guests gather for wedding. rt.com An exclusive video from a church shows guests running in fear after a shockwave from the blast in Lebanon's capital Beirut makes the walls shake and blows out the windows. | The clip obtained by RT's Ruptly video agency starts with jubilant guests gathering for a wedding in Ain El Remmaneh, near Beirut. They are confused and startled by what at first appears to be a minor earthquake. | When the shockwave hits the church a few seconds later, the guests scream in horror, stumbling and rushing to the exit. | One person grabs a child before running outside, where a plume of thick reddish smoke billows high into…

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). WATCH: Rescuers comb Air India Express crash site in desperate search for survivors. rt.com Rescue operations are underway after an Air India Express passenger flight carrying over 190 people overshot the runway and broke into two, killing at least 14 people and injuring 123 more in the southern Indian state of Kerala. | Videos and photos circulating on social media show the serious damage to the plane, as rescuers comb through the wreckage to find survivors. Rescue vehicles can be seen on site in footage that shows a hectic scene, with many running around and frantically talking into cell phones. | There were total 184 passengers, including 10 infants and 6 crew members, including 2 pilots onboard <...

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). '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). 17 dead, 173 hospitalized after Air India Express flight skids off runway in Kerala with 191 people on board, splits in two. rt.com An Air India Express passenger flight en route from Dubai with 191 people on board overshot the runway during landing at Kerala's Kozhikode airport. Police officials confirmed 17 deaths with another 173 injured. | Officials also confirmed that both the pilot and co-pilot perished in the disastrous crash landing. | Media reports said the plane overshot the runway, fell into a valley and broke up. Images and video circulating on social media showed the aircraft broken into two pieces with rescue operations underway. | There were total 184 passengers, including 10 infants and 6 crew members, including 2 pilots on…

RT (2020-08-07). 'Scene from a post-apocalyptic movie': Russian rescue operations begin at the very epicenter of Beirut explosions. rt.com Rescue teams from Russia have begun their search operations at the ruins left by two massive explosions in Lebanon's capital Beirut, while survivors seek medical care in newly set-up emergency hospital tents. | Teams of Russian relief workers and their search dogs arrived in Beirut on Friday and quickly started looking for any survivors trapped under the enormous grain silos near the port, at the very epicenter of the blasts. The corn-filled silo — which sustained severe damage — has been credited with shielding some of the nearby area from the worst of the explosions. | Speaking to RT's Igor Zhdanov…

RT (2020-08-07). Hezbollah leader denies group had arms at Beirut port, calls for transparent probe into blast. rt.com Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Friday denied statements made in Lebanon and abroad that the group had arms warehoused at Beirut port. He also called for a just and transparent investigation into blast that occurred there on Tuesday. | "We know more about the port of Haifa than the port of Beirut," the Jerusalem Post quoted him as saying. "The port of Beirut is not our responsibility, whereas the port of Haifa is part of our defense strategy." | In a televised speech, Nasrallah said that Tuesday's huge explosion in the Lebanese capital was an exceptional event in the country's modern history which…

RT (2020-08-07). Israel shot down drone on Golan Heights overnight — military. rt.com Israel's military said on Friday it had shot down a drone overnight that crossed into Israeli airspace near Mount Hermon in the Golan Heights. The strategic plateau is at the frontier with Syria. | The army said the incident was not connected to the triggering of sirens later in the day by a false alarm regarding a drone infiltration, Reuters reports. | Israel has been on high alert as tensions have escalated with the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. Earlier in the week Israeli aircraft attacked targets in Syria. | Most of the Golan Heights were captured by Israel from Syria in a war in 1967.

RT (2020-08-07). Fit for a king? Spanish ex-monarch Juan Carlos has fled to luxury Abu Dhabi hotel amid Saudi corruption scandal, report says. rt.com Juan Carlos, the former king of Spain, has reportedly been staying at a lavish hotel — one of the world's most expensive — in the United Arab Emirates, after fleeing his country amid mounting corruption allegations. | Juan Carlos, the former king of Spain, has reportedly been staying at a lavish hotel — one of the world's most expensive — in the United Arab Emirates, after fleeing his country amid mounting corruption allegations. | Ever since the ex-monarch made the surprise move of leaving Spain on Monday, without saying why or clarifying his route, speculation has been mounting througho…

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). '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). '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…

RT (2020-08-07). Malta bans mass gatherings, makes masks mandatory as coronavirus cases surge. rt.com Malta banned mass gatherings and made it mandatory to wear masks in public on Friday. The move came as new coronavirus infections surged after having been reduced to zero for a week early in July. | Health authorities reported 49 new infections on Friday, the second highest daily number since the first case was detected in early March. Nine patients have died, Reuters reported. | The decision to reimpose controls represents a sharp turnaround for Malta, which depends on tourism for a third of its GDP. | The Mediterranean country has conducted the third-highest level of testing in the EU and had lifted restrict…

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). 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). Deadly crash-landing of Air India Express flight renews concerns over 'dangerous' TABLETOP location of Kozhikode airport. rt.com The crash of an Air India Express plane in Kerala, killing 14 and injuring dozens more, has renewed concerns over the airport's location on a raised plateau that would seem to invite accidents like the one that befell the flight. | News of the fate of Air India Express flight 1344 has prompted fresh complaints about the airport's precarious location — a 'tabletop' plateau that puts planes at risk of serious accidents like the Friday crash landing. | Google Earth depiction of It's a Tabletop runway which…

_____ (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). 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…

The Canary (2020-08-07). Jeremy Corbyn likely set to accuse Labour of trying to sabotage 2017 election. thecanary.co Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and his leadership team have accused their party officials of trying to sabotage the 2017 election out of hostility towards him, reports say.It is believed that Corbyn, former shadow chancellor John McDonnell and seven other former shadow ministers and aides have made a submission saying there is "overwhelming evidence" of sabotage from certain staff members in Labour's headquarters.According to the Guardian, the document suggests that it is not impossible that Corbyn might now be in his third year as a Labour prime minister "were it not for the unauthorised, unilateral action t…

The Canary (2020-08-07). Even senior Tories condemn government's 'unfair' lack of clarity on quarantine. thecanary.co Senior Tories have condemned the government for their "unfair" lack of clarity over the possible implementation of further quarantine restrictions.Chairperson of the 1922 Committee of backbench Tory MPs Graham Brady and former Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith have called for a "proper testing regime for air travellers" to be implemented as quickly as possible, and for regional air corridors to be considered.It comes as chancellor Rishi Sunak warned holidaymakers of the risk of travelling abroad during the coronavirus crisis amid concerns France may be the next nation to be added to the quarantine list.

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…

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…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-08-07). DNC Appears Ready to Sideline Progressive Standout Ocasio-Cortez at Upcoming Convention. commondreams.org "You want Bill Clinton to speak but maybe not AOC. Okay, dummies." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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). 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 …

WSWS (2020-08-07). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. wsws.org The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to

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 …

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-08-07). Prohibited From Holding Police Officer to Account, Federal Judge Calls on Supreme Court to Overturn 'Qualified Immunity'. commondreams.org Handing down a ruling dismissing a civil lawsuit which alleged a police officer violated a Black man's Fourth Amendment rights during a traffic stop in 2013, a federal judge in Mississippi made clear that he sided with the plaintiff—and demanded the U.S. Supreme Court overturn qualified immunity. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-08-07). 'Enraging and Inexcusable': Louisiana Supreme Court Rules Black Man Convicted of Garden Tool Theft 20 Years Ago Should Die in Prison. commondreams.org A 62-year-old Black man is expected to spend the rest of his life in Louisiana's largest maximum-security prison after the state Supreme Court denied his request to overturn his life sentence, 23 years after his conviction for attempting to steal a pair of hedge clippers. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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.

sputniknews (2020-08-07). Millions Face Long Term Unemployment and Homelessness. sputniknews.com On today's episode of Loud & Clear, Brian Becker and John Kiriakou are joined by Ted Rall. He's an award-winning columnist and political cartoonist and you can check out his work at www.rall.com.

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

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,

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…

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…

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…

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.

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.

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 …

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.

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). 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.

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 …

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…