2020-08-08: Social Media Postees

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The End of Big Tech?
Scott Galloway | zcomm.org | 2020-08-08
Calls Grow to Break Up Facebook, Amazon for "Mob-Like" Behavior, Monopoly Power…
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Trump's Tantrum Against TikTok Is No Laughing Matter
Ari Paul | zcomm.org | 2020-08-08
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…
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Western media's favorite Hong Kong 'freedom struggle writer' is American ex-Amnesty staffer in yellowface
Max Blumenthal | thegrayzone.com | 2020-08-08
A prominent Hong Kong pundit and anti-China activist named Kong Tsung-gan has become a go-to source for Western media. An…
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Video: The Privatization of Nuclear War. A "First Strike" Use of Nuclear Weapons as a Means of "Self Defense"
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-08
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 …
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At a time of a global crises, the United States is weaponizing its humanitarian aid
Houssem Chammam | zcomm.org | 2020-08-08
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…
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"The Squad Is Here to Stay"
Luke Savage | zcomm.org | 2020-08-08
For leftists and progressively minded Democrats still reeling from Bernie Sanders's defeat, this week's elections were very welcome news…
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Venezuela's Maduro Demands Investigation into Landlord Violence
Manuela Solé | venezuelanalysis.com | 2020-08-08
The Venezuelan president ordered the armed forces to protect campesinos from landowner attacks.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14962

How the US failed at its foreign policy toward Venezuela
Vijay Prashad | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-08
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…
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Tribute to the outstanding communist Ka Fidel V. Agcaoili
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-08-08
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…
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Tribute to the outstanding communist Ka Fidel V. Agcaoili
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-08-08
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…
fightbacknews.org/2020/8/8/tribute-outst…

Eviction wave looms in Idaho's Treasure Valley
Liberation Staff | liberationnews.org | 2020-08-08
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 …
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Revisiting the Idea of Pigou Wealth Tax in the Time of Covid-19
Kavaljit Singh | zcomm.org | 2020-08-08
The unprecedented nature of the Covid-19 pandemic offers a new window of opportunity to governments to introduce wealth taxes on wealthy sections of society…
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The filthy hypocrisy of America's "clean" China-free internet
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-08-08
The Trump administration wants to keep other countries from weaponizing technology the way the U.S. and its allies already have.
mronline.org/2020/08/08/the-filthy-hypoc…

Belarus elections may mark a key moment in European geopolitics
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-08
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…
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Five graphic novels and cartoons to politicise and criticise
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-08-08
Comics, graphic novels, narrative drawing, illustrated fiction–call it what you like–is a growing arena for serious social and political commentary.
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[World Report] Report says 815 million children have high blood lead levels
Talha Burki | thelancet.com | 2020-08-08
Mainly resulting from cookware and recycled batteries, lead exposure, even at low concentrations, can result in cognitive and neurological problems. Talha Burki reports.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(20)31684-6/fulltext?rss=yes

[Editorial] Self-determination and Indigenous health
The Lancet | thelancet.com | 2020-08-08
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.
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Supreme Court Rules Jail Does Not Have to Provide Basic Protections to Inmates
Julia Conley, Common Dreams | indybay.org | 2020-08-08
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.
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Keep plantations out of Palawan Forest! Please Sign Petition
Rainforest Rescue | indybay.org | 2020-08-08
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.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/08/07/1883572…

E$paña: No somos esclavos!
reenvia Red Latina sin fronteras | indybay.org | 2020-08-08
E$paña: °No somos esclavos! -reclamo antirracista de trabajadorxs agrícolas inmigrantes- | "A los negros aquí nos tratan como mierda"
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CODEPINK Denounces Elliott Abrams' Appointment As US Special Representative For Iran
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-08
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.
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Former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe Under House Arrest
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-08
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…
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'Lebanese people have suffered too much': US encourages 'peaceful' regime change as protests rage in blast-ravaged Beirut
rt.com | 2020-08-08
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 | | Lebanese protesters occupy Foreign Ministry & other govt buildings in Beirut (PHOTO, VIDEO) | Amid clashes with riot police, protesters stormed severa…
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'Friday Night Massacre' at US Postal Service as Postmaster General—a Major Trump Donor—Ousts Top Officials
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-08-08
"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…
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Turkey's IHH aids thousands in Lebanon after blast
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-08
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…
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Military police allege cover-up of hundreds of UK war crime cases closed down by government
Tom Coburg | thecanary.co | 2020-08-08
Claims that UK authorities covered-up hundreds of war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq have been circulating for some years. But a BBC article, published 1 August 2020, revealed that evidence backs up the claim by former detectives that there was a "deliberate policy" to kill unarmed civilians. The article followed a Panorama programme, War Crimes Scandal Exposed, aired the day before and based on an earlier December 2019 broadcast. | "Suspicious killin…
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Brazilian liberation theologist Dom Pedro Casaldáliga passes away
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-08
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…
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Trump Scuttles Economic Stimulus Negotiations What Next?
Jack Rasmus | zcomm.org | 2020-08-08
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…
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The Likud Conspiracy: Israel in the Throes of a Major Political Crisis
Ramzy Baroud | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-08-08
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 …
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The corporate press is back to the 'migrant invasion' propaganda again
Steve Topple | thecanary.co | 2020-08-08
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 many of these people are refugees and asylum seekers — and the part the UK has played in putting them in that position in the first place.Let's deal with the facts: B…
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Job growth slows in July
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-08-08
San José, CA – In March and April of this year, more than 20 million jobs were lost because of the economic crisis, COVID-19 pandemic and stay-at-home orders to fight the virus. Millions more who were working gig jobs or had their own businesses lost their livelihood. At the time when the government count was done in mid-July, more than 30 million people – almost 20% of the workforce – were collecting some form of unemployment insurance benefits. | But most states quickly reopened their businesses, before the virus had been beaten down to levels where public health offices could track down and isolate new infecti…
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German schools reopen despite increase in coronavirus infections
wsws.org | 2020-08-08
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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/08/schu…

UK: For a general strike against the reopening of schools
wsws.org | 2020-08-08
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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/08/scho…

Red Roja's declaration on King Juan Carlos's flight from Spain
| workers.org | 2020-08-08
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 . . . | Continue reading Red Roja's declaration on King Juan Carlos's flight from Spain at Workers.org
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Job growth slows in July
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-08-08
San José, CA – In March and April of this year, more than 20 million jobs were lost because of the economic crisis, COVID-19 pandemic and stay-at-home orders to fight the virus. Millions more who were working gig jobs or had their own businesses lost their livelihood. At the time when the government count was done in mid-July, more than 30 million people – almost 20% of the workforce – were collecting some form of unemployment insurance benefits. | But most states quickly reopened their businesses, before the virus had been beaten down to levels where public health offices could track down and isolate new infecti…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/8/7/job-growt…

New York Governor Cuomo sanctions statewide reopening of schools
wsws.org | 2020-08-08
Cuomo's mandate provides crucial political support for the Trump administration's drive to reopen schools irrespective of the cost to human life.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/08/cuom…

Trudeau government remains silent on corruption and repression in Haiti
Yves Engler | mronline.org | 2020-08-08
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.
mronline.org/2020/08/08/trudeau-governme…

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

Autoworkers denounce bipartisan drive to reopen schools
wsws.org | 2020-08-08
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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/08/auto…

Beirut blasts intensify economic and political crisis in Lebanon
Abdul Rahman | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-08
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…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/08/08/beirut-bl…

Georgia highschoolers use social media to expose disastrous conditions as schools reopen
wsws.org | 2020-08-08
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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/08/geor…

Señalan falta de disposición para evitar explosiones en El Líbano
Prensa Latina | peoplesworld.org | 2020-08-08
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 …
peoplesworld.org/article/senalan-falta-d…

Building a green economy, brick by brick
news.un.org | 2020-08-08
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.
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Texas attorney general orders in-person education as state cases top 500,000
wsws.org | 2020-08-08
The attorney general and governor of Texas are endangering the lives of teachers and students with a patently unscientific back-to-school pandemic plan.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/08/texa…

Workers, farmers give the call to "Save India"
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-08
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…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/08/08/workers-f…

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

Justice for Travis Jordan – 38th birthday protest
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-08-08
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…
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Alba TV's new model for communication: A conversation with Pablo Kunich
Cira Pascual Marquina | mronline.org | 2020-08-08
The coordinator of a media platform that works with social movements talks to VA about the history and challenges of popular communication.
mronline.org/2020/08/08/alba-tvs-new-mod…

Justice for Travis Jordan – 38th birthday protest
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-08-08
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…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/8/7/justice-t…

Concessions Are Back. So Are the Flashbacks
Chris Townsend | zcomm.org | 2020-08-08
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…
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[Correspondence] COVID-19–a very visible pandemic
David N Durrheim, Michael G Baker | thelancet.com | 2020-08-08
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.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(20)31675-5/fulltext?rss=yes

[Comment] Optimal therapy for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis and HIV
Harriet Mayanja-Kizza, Christine Sekaggya-Wiltshire, Desta Kassa | thelancet.com | 2020-08-08
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…
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(20)31688-3/fulltext?rss=yes

[World Report] Egyptian health workers arrested after COVID-19 comments
Sharmila Devi | thelancet.com | 2020-08-08
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.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(20)31683-4/fulltext?rss=yes

[Correspondence] COVID-19–a very visible pandemic
Andrew Ewing | thelancet.com | 2020-08-08
Johan Giesecke's1 many claims lead to two concepts. First, that lockdowns were bad, with the Swedish way being the best approach to the pandemic; and second, that everyone in the world would get COVID-19 in a thinly veiled argument that herd immunity was the only way that the virus would be controlled.
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[Correspondence] COVID-19–a very visible pandemic
Carina King, Lena Einhorn, Nele Brusselaers, Marcus Carlsson, Stefan Einhorn, Fredrik Elgh, Jonas Frisén, àÖke Gustafsson, Stefan Hanson, Claudia Hanson, Thomas Hedner, Olle Isaksson, Anders Jansson, àÖke Lundkvist, Jan Là∂tvall, Bo Lundback, Bjà∂rn Olsen, Cecilia Sà∂derberg-Nauclér, Anders Wahlin, Gunner Steineck, Anders Vahlne | thelancet.com | 2020-08-08
We read the Correspondence by Johan Giesecke,1 a senior consultant to the Swedish Public Health Agency, with considerable concern.
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[Articles] Mortality in adults with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis and HIV by antiretroviral therapy and tuberculosis drug use: an individual patient data meta-analysis
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 | thelancet.com | 2020-08-08
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.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(20)31316-7/fulltext?rss=yes

[Perspectives] Moral responsibility in medicine: where are the boundaries?
Wendy Rogers | thelancet.com | 2020-08-08
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,…
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[Correspondence] COVID-19–a very visible pandemic
Johanna F Lindahl, Bjà∂rn Olsen, àÖke Lundkvist | thelancet.com | 2020-08-08
Johan Giesecke1 referred to the COVID-19 pandemic as an invisible pandemic, estimating that 25% of the Stockholm population was infected by the end of April, 2020, of which 98–99% are unaware of being infected. On April 1, 2020, the media reported that half of the Swedish population might be infected by the end of April, 2020.2 More conservative estimates suggested that at least one-third of the Stockholm population may be seropositive by mid-May, and later that Stockholm might reach herd immunity by mid-June.
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[Correspondence] COVID-19–a very visible pandemic
Raja Ramachandran | thelancet.com | 2020-08-08
I read with interest the Correspondence by Johan Giesecke.1 Applauding the Swedish model, Giesecke1 posits a "relaxed strategy" or the development of a herd immunity as the way forward in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. He recommends that the crucial task is not to stop the spread, "which is all but futile, but to concentrate on giving the unfortunate victims optimal care". Given the drastic adverse economic consequences of the lockdown globally, the advocacy of herd immunity as a way out appears attractive.
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[Correspondence] Recurrence of breast cancer after anaesthesia
Dimitrios Moris, Michael Kontos | thelancet.com | 2020-08-08
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…
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[Correspondence] Recurrence of breast cancer after anaesthesia
Masashi Ishikawa, Atsuhiro Sakamoto, Daqing Ma | thelancet.com | 2020-08-08
Daniel Sessler and colleagues1 compared regional (paravertebral blocks and propofol) with general (sevoflurane and opioid-based analgesia) anaesthesia on breast cancer recurrence in their randomised controlled trial. They concluded that regional anaesthesia did not reduce cancer recurrence after surgery for primary breast cancer compared with general anaesthesia.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(20)30488-8/fulltext?rss=yes

[Correspondence] COVID-19–a very visible pandemic
Evan J Keil | thelancet.com | 2020-08-08
Many predictions have been made regarding the slowing spread of COVID-19; it is not my intention to refute the epidemiological position of Johan Giesecke in his Correspondence.1 However, I will respond as a student doctor concerned about the broader implications.
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[Perspectives] Together in a time of physical distancing
Sandro Galea | thelancet.com | 2020-08-08
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.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(20)31642-1/fulltext?rss=yes

[Correspondence] COVID-19–a very visible pandemic — Author's reply
Johan Giesecke | thelancet.com | 2020-08-08
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.
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The Heat: U.S. targets China
Anand Naidoo | america.cgtn.com | 2020-08-08
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.
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Sunday 8/9: The Bomb: Understanding its History and the Hope for a Nuclear-Free Future
CLPFSRS | indybay.org | 2020-08-08
Online…
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Book review: Michael Shellenberger's reheated critique of climate 'alarmism'
Jim Green | indybay.org | 2020-08-08
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.
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Friday 8/28: A Bay Area Free of Fossil Fuel Infrastructure: Virtual Summit
Janet S Johnson | indybay.org | 2020-08-08
Zoom event…
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Friday 8/14: F*ck Trump: Anti-Fascist Counter Protest
Autonomous Anti-Fascists in Marin | indybay.org | 2020-08-08
DeLong Avenue Overpass in Novato.
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Wednesday 8/26: Bridging the Divide: A Reflection on Race and Equity
San Jose Spotlight | indybay.org | 2020-08-08
Online…
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Monday 8/10: Call to Action: Demand COVID Relief & Stop McConnell's Misery, Meanness & Mayhem Now!
Poor People's Campaign | indybay.org | 2020-08-08
Online via livestream…
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Tuesday 8/11: Protect Our Vote! Virtual Town Hall to Demand Safe & Fair Elections Now!
Declaration for American Democracy | indybay.org | 2020-08-08
Online via Zoom…
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Thursday 8/27: America's First Suffrage March and the San Francisco Women Who Led It
San Francisco Public Library | indybay.org | 2020-08-08
Online webinar…
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Grad Students And Faculty 'Die In' To Protest Reopening
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-08
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.
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War And Pandemic Journalism
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-08
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.
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Trump Scuttles Economic Stimulus Negotiations
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-08
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.
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Beirut: Explosion Was 'An Accident Caused By Negligent Governments'
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-08
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…
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Coronavirus Is Being Tackled By Nicaragua's Community-Based Health System
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-08
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…
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General Strike: The Eviction Crisis Escalates
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-08
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…
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Utah Protesters Face Charges With Potential Life Sentence
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-08
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…
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TikTok Diplomacy: A Digital Containment Doctrine
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-08
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.
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Venezuela And Trump's Irrational Electoral Policy
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-08
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.
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'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 | 2020-08-08
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? pic.twitter.com/yiCKdXDXLY– Yashar Ali ü&…
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Portland protesters attack another police HQ, throw rocks and fireworks at officers (VIDEOS)
rt.com | 2020-08-08
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…
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'This is a peaceful protest!' Trump rebukes journalist who mask-shamed crowded press conference
rt.com | 2020-08-08
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…
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He 'deserves a raise': 'Karen' roasted for shaming store manager for not doing enough about non-mask wearer
rt.com | 2020-08-08
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…
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'Why not a diverse Latino?' Maxine Waters claims Biden 'can't go home without black woman VP,' gets mocked for 'racism'
rt.com | 2020-08-08
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 interview with Essence magazine on Friday, hinting that Biden's choice would be based on the "help" he'd received from the black voting bloc. | Let me guarantee you this, based on everything…
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Trump signs executive orders on Covid-19 relief after talks break down between White House and Democrats
rt.com | 2020-08-08
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 warned such action would be taken a day earlier. | The orders will give a payroll tax holiday to Americans earning less than $100,000 a year. A second order will "protect people…
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'Russiagate' Hoax Unravels, but Their Anti-Russia Sanctions Don't
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2020-08-08
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…
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MSNBC Dissident Proves the Mainstream Media Cannot Change
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2020-08-08
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 Fox News' territory to be used to tell the tales of hypocrisy and manipulation that are ever present at MSNBC. For some readers these revelations may seem shocking but they are a natural part of working in news media, that is very hard to change as the causes are inherent to the medium. Let's break down what producer Ariana…
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Rapper Wretch 32 slams police for 'over-policing and under-protecting' Black communities
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-08-08
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 held on the ninth anniversary of Mark Duggan's death. Duggan was fatally shot by police officers.Watched by uniformed officers, hundreds of people turned up in the scorching temperatures at the police station to suppo…
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Pubs are 'perfect storm' for spreading coronavirus warning from academics
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-08-08
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…
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Schools prepare legal challenges over exam results that will impact poorest students the most
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-08-08
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…
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Turkey ready to rebuild Port of Beirut: Turkish VP
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-08
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…
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Italy approves new post pandemic aid package
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-08
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…
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Turkish Red Crescent helps Beirutis after explosion
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-08
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…
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At least 43 Syrians among people killed in Beirut blast
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-08
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.
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Russia reports more than 5,200 new coronavirus cases
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-08
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.
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Indonesia reports 2,277 new coronavirus infections
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-08
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.
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Two Lebanese shot dead in Tehran in rare shootout
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-08
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…
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Death toll from Indian passenger aircraft accident rises to 18
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-08
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…
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Week in Review: 2nd to 8th August
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2020-08-08
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 …
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Trump Just Admitted on Live Television He Will 'Terminate' Social Security and Medicare If Reelected in November
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-08-08
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…
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Will Climate Break Through in Big Media's Elections Coverage?
Mark Hertsgaard | commondreams.org | 2020-08-08
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…
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Poor People's Campaign, Black civic groups condemn McConnell's obstructionism
Various Contributors | zcomm.org | 2020-08-08
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…
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Progressive Prosecutor Movement Makes Major Gains in Democratic Primaries
Ryan Grim | zcomm.org | 2020-08-08
Reformers in Arizona, Michigan, Missouri, and New Mexico won their primaries for district attorney on Tuesday night…
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The World on Fire
Robert Hunziker | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-08-07
Massive uncontrolled unprecedented wild fires are consuming portions of the Amazon rainforest and several regions of the Arctic. Somebody somewhere must be asking why all of a sudden in unison, all over creation, two of the planets largest ecosystems are going up in smoke. It's eerily spine chilling. Major fires have hit the Amazon and …
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The World on Fire
Robert Hunziker | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-07
Massive uncontrolled unprecedented wild fires are consuming portions of the Amazon rainforest and several regions of the Arctic. Somebody somewhere must be asking why all of a sudden in unison, all over creation, two of the planets largest ecosystems are going up in smoke. It's eerily spine chilling.
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Our Planet's Missed Opportunity to unite and fight Side by Side against the Pandemic
Andre Vltchek | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-08-07
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 …
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Supreme Court Rules Jail Does Not Have to Provide Basic Protections to Inmates
Julia Conley, Common Dreams | indybay.org | 2020-08-07
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.
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Migrants Die In The Atlantic Ocean Trying To Reach Spain
telesurenglish.net | 2020-08-07
About 50 migrants Thursday died in the Atlantic Ocean after their barges sank while trying to reach the Canary Islands in Spain. | RELATED: | Italy: Salvini Will Go to Trial for Blocking the Open Arms Ship | 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…
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Do not reach for the sky just to surrender
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2020-08-07
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.
mronline.org/2020/08/07/do-not-reach-for…

Trump is Not Conceding: This is Happening Here
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-07
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…
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Lebanon's corrupt, colonial system leads to explosion catastrophe
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2020-08-07
Beirut's explosion disaster is the product of a corrupt, sectarian political system maintained by foreign powers, Rania Masri argues. The…
thegrayzone.com/2020/08/07/lebanons-corr…

With an Eye on Balkanization, Israel throws Support Behind Separatist Militants in Southern Yemen
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2020-08-07
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.
mintpressnews.com/eye-balkanization-isra…

Don't Let His New Book Fool You, Bush Laid the Groundwork for Today's Immigration Nightmare
Alan MacLeod | thealtworld.com | 2020-08-07
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…
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Don't Let His New Book Fool You, Bush Laid the Groundwork for Today's Immigration Nightmare
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-08-07
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.
mintpressnews.com/dont-let-his-new-book-…

Disbelief as Trump Appoints Disgraced Iran-Contra Criminal Elliott Abrams as Iran Envoy
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-08-07
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.
mintpressnews.com/disbelief-as-trump-app…

Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook: The Big Four High Tech Oligarchs Appear Before the US Congress
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-07
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' …
globalresearch.ca/big-tech-data-robber-b…

Ranking the Infinite Greed, Power and Controls of Giant Corporations
Ralph Nader | commondreams.org | 2020-08-07
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…
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Bolstering Case for Transformational Green Recovery, New Study Finds Lockdown Emissions Had 'Negligible' Effect on Climate Crisis
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-08-07
"We still need far more serious measures to make a difference—we need structural change." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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"Let's Make It Happen!" Declares Jayapal of Medicare for All After Single-Payer in Canada Lauded as Shield Against Pandemic
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-08-07
"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…
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Media Literacy, Not Intimidation & Censorship, Is The Best Way To Fight So-Called Propaganda
Andrew Korybko | thealtworld.com | 2020-08-07
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…
thealtworld.com/andrew_korybko/media-lit…

Intimidation and Censorship Campaign against Online Independent Media
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-07
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 …
globalresearch.ca/media-literacy-not-int…

America had first Contemplated Nuclear War against both China and North Korea in 1950
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-07
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"
globalresearch.ca/america-had-first-cont…

CODEPINK Denounces Elliott Abrams' Appointment as the Next U.S. Special Representative for Iran
commondreams.org | 2020-08-07
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"The World's Most Dangerous Man": Mary Trump on Her Uncle, President Trump, & Why He Must Be Ousted
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-08-07
"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…
www.democracynow.org/2020/8/7/mary_trump…

AOC-narrated Green New Deal clip nominated for Emmy for… news analysis?
rt.com | 2020-08-07
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…
rt.com/usa/497315-aoc-green-deal-nominat…

Apartheid or One State: Has Jordan Broken a Political Taboo?
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-07
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…
counterpunch.org/2020/08/07/apartheid-or…

Outraised 250-1, Progressive Marquita Bradshaw Upsets Establishment Opponent
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-08-07
Despite being outraised 250-1 by her establishment-backed opponent, progressive environmentalist Marquita Bradshaw scored a stunning upset victory in the Tennessee Democratic primary for an open U.S. Senate seat on Thursday after running on a platform that included Medicare for All and the Green New Deal. | James Mackler, one of Bradshaw's four primary competitors, was…
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Blasts in Beirut 'tragic humanitarian crisis': Nasrallah
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-07
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'.
en.mehrnews.com/news/161991/Blasts-in-Be…

Pandemic highlights importance of indigenous self-determination: UN rights chief
news.un.org | 2020-08-07
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.
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Please SIGN: Keep plantations out of Palawan Forest!
Rainforest Rescue | indybay.org | 2020-08-07
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.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/08/07/1883572…

Roaming Charges: Every Which Way to Lose
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-07
"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…
counterpunch.org/2020/08/07/roaming-char…

Há outra Hiroshima a caminho… a menos que a impeàßamos agora
John Pilger | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-07
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 …
globalresearch.ca/ha-outra-hiroshima-a-c…

Reversal: Boeing's Flow of Blood
Kathy Kelly | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-07
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…
counterpunch.org/2020/08/07/reversal-boe…

Leftist groups urge Danish government to receive more refugees
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-07
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…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/08/07/leftist-g…

Venezuela Ratifies Commitment Against Drug Trafficking
telesurenglish.net | 2020-08-07
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: | Venezuela: President Maduro to Create Strategic Anti-Drugs Agency | "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…
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuela-Ratifi…

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Mark Fiore | progressive.org | 2020-08-07
If they hurt Trump, mail-in ballots are fraudulent.
progressive.org/dispatches/maga-mail-fio…

USAF Vet Could Face '20 Days for 20 Bombs' for Protest Against US H-Bombs Stationed in Germany
John Laforge | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-07
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…
counterpunch.org/2020/08/07/usaf-vet-cou…

Countries urged to target smugglers after 27 migrants die at sea
news.un.org | 2020-08-07
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.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/08/1…

Canadian court rules Safe Third Country Agreement with US violates refugee rights
wsws.org | 2020-08-07
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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/07/stca…

Why the Left Must Reject and Elect Biden at the Same Time
Norman Solomon | indybay.org | 2020-08-07
We have to get rid of Trump…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/08/06/1883571…

DNC Appears Ready to Sideline Progressive Standout Ocasio-Cortez at Upcoming Convention
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-08-07
"You want Bill Clinton to speak but maybe not AOC. Okay, dummies." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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DNC Platform Condemns BDS But Not Israel's Occupation of Palestine
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-08-07
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 Biden's key role in pushing the Iraq War res…
truthout.org/articles/dnc-platform-conde…

War and Pandemic Journalism
Patrick Cockburn | zcomm.org | 2020-08-07
The Truth Can Disappear Fast…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/war-and-pandemic-j…

What Happens When Covid-19 Becomes Old News?
Patrick Cockburn | thenation.com | 2020-08-07
What Happens When Covid-19 Becomes Old News?
thenation.com/article/society/coronaviru…

Cyprus Is No Longer a Tax Haven for Russia's Oligarchs
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-07
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 …
globalresearch.ca/cyprus-no-longer-tax-h…

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa
wsws.org | 2020-08-07
The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/07/work…

Video: Russian S-300 Air Defense System Spotted in Libya?
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-07
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 …
globalresearch.ca/video-russian-s-300-ai…

Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), A Cure for COVID-19: Smear Campaign against US Doctors. Promotion of Hazardous Mass-Vaxxing
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-07
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 …
globalresearch.ca/cure-covid-19-exists-c…

'Enraging and Inexcusable': Louisiana Supreme Court Rules Black Man Convicted of Garden Tool Theft 20 Years Ago Should Die in Prison
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-08-07
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…
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Prohibited From Holding Police Officer to Account, Federal Judge Calls on Supreme Court to Overturn 'Qualified Immunity'
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-08-07
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…
commondreams.org/news/2020/08/07/prohibi…

Pompeo Warned Moscow in July Call Against Alleged Bounties on US Soldiers – Report
sputniknews.com | 2020-08-07
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.com/world/202008071080098065…

Millions Face Long Term Unemployment and Homelessness
sputniknews.com | 2020-08-07
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.
sputniknews.com/radio_loud_and_clear/202…

Bolivians start huge mobilisation for the 'return of democracy and sovereignty'
Tracy Keeling | thecanary.co | 2020-08-07
Bolivians are currently engaged in massive protests and a general strike. They are demanding the 'return of democracy' and sovereignty following a coup against their elected government in 2019. The temporary coup government recently delayed a planned election for 6 September, which it says is due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. But Bolivians are rising up in res…
thecanary.co/global/world-analysis/2020/…

Angry educators and parents across the US protest the reckless return to classrooms
wsws.org | 2020-08-07
From Florida to California, teachers and parents are caravanning, protesting and petitioning against a reckless return to school as demanded by Wall Street and the entire political establishment.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/07/educ…

The Power of the White Man and His Symbols is Being De-Mystified
Irma A. Velásquez Nimatuj | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-07
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…
counterpunch.org/2020/08/07/the-power-of…

66 players quit NFL season due to COVID-19 pandemic
Barry Wilner | peoplesworld.org | 2020-08-07
(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 …
peoplesworld.org/article/66-players-quit…

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

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

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

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

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

The World on Fire
Robert Hunziker | zcomm.org | 2020-08-07
"Looking at the geologic record, we don't think we've ever seen CO2 levels this high in about 5 million years… We are in uncharted territory"
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-world-on-fire/

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

Ask an expert: Congress plans to spend billions on dangerous, unnecessary nuclear weapons
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-08-07
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 …
mronline.org/2020/08/07/ask-an-expert-co…

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

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

UK government clears the path for "slums of the future"
wsws.org | 2020-08-07
On August 23, the moratorium on new evictions in England and Wales ends, threatening homelessness for the near quarter of a million people who have fallen behind with their rent since the start of the pandemic.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/07/hous…

Fighting Over Kashmir Could Blow Up the Planet
T.J. Coles | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-07
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…
counterpunch.org/2020/08/07/fighting-ove…

Beirut explosion: The battle now is between the people and the vultures
Marco Carnelos | thealtworld.com | 2020-08-07
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 powerful explosions ever recorded, drawing comparisons to the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic explosions of 1945. This gives a sen…
thealtworld.com/marco_carnelos/beirut-ex…

Unregulated capitalism drives 'The Business of Drugs'
Brian W. Major | peoplesworld.org | 2020-08-07
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 …
peoplesworld.org/article/the-business-of…

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

As Beirut rescuers search for survivors, UN warns of 'huge' needs
news.un.org | 2020-08-07
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.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/08/1…

In the wake of Portland, calls to abolish DHS grow
Derek Royden | nationofchange.org | 2020-08-07
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.
nationofchange.org/2020/08/07/in-the-wak…

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

Who profits from the Beirut blast?
Pepe Escobar | thealtworld.com | 2020-08-07
Making the case that the explosion resulted from an attack | The narrative that the Beirut explosion was an exclusive consequence of negligence and corruption by the current Lebanese government is now set in stone, at least in the Atlanticist sphere. And yet, digging deeper, we find that negligence and corruption may have been fully exploited, via sabotage, to engineer it. Who profits from the Beirut blast?
thealtworld.com/pepe_escobar/who-profits…

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

Subtle Matter: Where the Physical and Spiritual Unite
William T. Hathaway | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-08-07
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 …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/08/subtle-matter…

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

The Threat on the Left
Roger Bybee | progressive.org | 2020-08-07
In his new book, historian Thomas Frank warns of the damage elitist liberals are causing to democracy.
progressive.org/dispatches/threat-on-the…

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

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

How Not to Lose the Lockdown Generation
Naomi Klein | zcomm.org | 2020-08-07
Lessons from the New Deal point the way forward in the era of Covid-19…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/how-not-to-lose-th…

Neoliberal Centrists and the American Left
Rob Urie | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-07
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.
counterpunch.org/2020/08/07/neoliberal-c…

The United Auto Workers: A criminal conspiracy against the working class
wsws.org | 2020-08-07
From top executives to low-level functionaries, the entire UAW stands exposed as a criminal conspiracy directed against autoworkers.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/07/pers…

Washington DC deadlocked as 30 million have their unemployment benefits cut
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-08-07
San José, CA – Talks between Democrats and Republicans about extending economic aid remained deadlocked as of Thursday morning, August 6. In May, Democrats passed their HEROES act to extend the $600 additional unemployment benefit, known as FPUC, or Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, as well as other economic aid for renters, state and local government, and others. But Republican senators and the Trump administration did nothing, hoping that the COVID-19 pandemic would go away, and the economy would recover in short order. The Republicans have also been hampered by divisions in the Senate, where a large…
fightbacknews.org/2020/8/6/washington-dc…

Working Families Party members are voting on whether to endorse Biden
PAI | peoplesworld.org | 2020-08-07
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 …
peoplesworld.org/article/working-familie…

West Palm Beach, Florida seniors face eviction from low income housing
wsws.org | 2020-08-07
The St. Andrews Residence has been in disrepair for years leading many residents to believe the owners have deliberately neglected their health and safety in order to facilitate a sale of the million-dollar waterfront property.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/07/flor…

Fixing the COVID Numbers
Eve Ottenberg | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-07
Right on schedule, when the death rate started to rise again, the Trump regime put the kibosh on any further CDC covid reporting. In the weeks before this death-rate spike, as the covid conflagration burned through Trump country, regime spokesmen crowed about the death rate being flat. No matter that all health experts warned death is a lagging indicator. No matter that the plague roared out of control. The Trump regime had a plan. Like any good banana republic, when the news got bad, the strongman stopped the news.
counterpunch.org/2020/08/07/fixing-the-c…

Beirut blast: Here's how you can help the UN aid Lebanon's recovery
news.un.org | 2020-08-07
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.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/08/1…

The Line movingly conveys health care workers' struggles during the pandemic
wsws.org | 2020-08-07
A powerful play based on interviews shows how New York City's health care workers battled the pandemic as the health care system collapsed around them.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/07/line…

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

Faculty at University of Akron reject sellout contract
wsws.org | 2020-08-07
On August 5, faculty at the University of Akron voted down an offer that included layoffs of 96 full-time professors, pay cuts and increased health care premiums.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/07/aaup…

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

20 Postcard Notes From Iraq: With Love in the Age of COVID-19
Louis Yako | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-07
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…
counterpunch.org/2020/08/07/20-postcard-…

Waupaca, WI: Black Lives Matter protest disrupted by cops, protester violently arrested
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-08-07
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…
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Death From the Sky: Hiroshima and Normalised Atrocities
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-07
When US President Harry S. Truman made the decision to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, followed by another on Nagasaki a few days later, he was not acting as an agent untethered from history. In …
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Trump Isn't "Failing" on COVID Testing. He's Carrying Out a Brutal Plan
William rivers Pitt | zcomm.org | 2020-08-07
Men like White House adviser Stephen Miller are rolling out their most vivid fascist fantasies as the body count rises, and they are playing Trump like a badly tuned cello to do it…
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