2020-08-09: News Headlines

Stephen Lendman (2020-08-09). Covid-19 and the "Greater Economic Depression" Exceeding the 1930s: Unemployment Armageddon. globalresearch.ca The COVID-19 crisis at a time of deteriorating economic conditions caused what in hindsight may be known as a Greater Depression — exceeding the worst of the 1930s. | For 20 straight weeks, new claims for unemployment insurance exceeded one million….

Jon Queally (2020-08-09). Terminating Social Security and Medicare. zcomm.org Trump Just Admitted on Live Television He Will 'Terminate' Social Security and Medicare If Reelected in November…

Stewart Brennan (2020-08-09). The COVID "Second Wave" Will Tear Our Communities Apart. globalresearch.ca When the new flu season arrives in autumn 2020, our western governments and mainstream news media are preparing to go into overdrive and declare (without evidence) that the 2nd wave of the COVID-19 pandemic is here. The fact is, they're …

Yanis Iqbal (2020-08-09). Covid-19 and the Health Crisis in Latin America. zcomm.org Latin America has surpassed more than 5 million Covid-19 cases to overtake North America, with 4.8 million Covid-19 cases, as the region worst-hit by the Coronavirus pandemic…

Sandipan Talukdar (2020-08-09). More evidence emerges of T Cell Immunity against novel Coronavirus in unexposed people. peoplesdispatch.org Aside from our immune response to COVID-19, another important factor in countering the disease are cellular reactions which offer immunity in case of an infection. Two important aspects have emerged in recent case studies. The first is the production of an antibody that kills the virus at different locations of the body that the virus has colonized. The other is the cellular immunity provided by T cells. The T cell immunity could be more important than antibody production as it produces a longer immunogenic response than antibodies — which can die off in a shorter period of time, even within a few weeks.

Institute for Middle East Understanding (2020-08-09). Israeli Crimes Against Humanity: Remembering the Sabra and Shatila Massacre. globalresearch.ca First published on September 17, 2012 | The Gaza massacre is part of longstanding process of Israeli crimes against humanity. This article describes one of the worst atrocities in modern Middle Eastern history committed against the people of Palestine. This article …

news.un (2020-08-09). First Person: COVID-19 helping Hawaiians to 'recognize the importance of heritage'. news.un.org Sabra Kauka is a cultural practitioner and teaches Hawaiian Studies at the Island School on the island of Kauai, in Hawaii, while acting as a coordinator for the Department of Education. As the daughter of an army officer, she spent much of her youth living overseas, but "felt the call to come home" to Hawaii as an adult after reading a newspaper article which highlighted the poor standard of living for indigenous Hawaiians in Hawaii.

news.un (2020-08-09). On International Day, UN chief spotlights indigenous peoples' resilience in face of COVID-19 pandemic. news.un.org Inclusion and participation of the world's 476 million indigenous peoples must be ensured in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and on the road ahead towards recovery, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has underscored.

Yanis Iqbal (2020-08-09). The Attack on Indigenous Rights in Brazil. globalresearch.ca On 5 August, 2020, the Brazilian Supreme Court

Mark Taliano (2020-08-09). Video: Dr. Judy Mikovits and the Real Plague Infecting Humanity. globalresearch.ca Dr. Judy Mikovits is a top U.S. scientist who has played key roles in saving millions of lives. Instead of lauding her achievements and honoring her, Western governments and their agencies have sought to destroy her. | Why? Because corruption infests …

Paul Larudee (2020-08-09). Restoring Free Speech and Freedom from Big Brother. dissidentvoice.org Read Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, Part VI, and Part VII. One of the greatest obstacles to greater distribution of wealth and power, and therefore to an equitable society, is control of — and controls on — speech and the media. Most films, television, newspapers, Internet suppliers and other mass …

Binoy Kampmark (2020-08-09). The United States, Diego Garcia, and International Law. dissidentvoice.org There are few more righteous sights than the paunchy US Secretary of State savaging the People's Republic of China with his next volley on Chinese territorial aspirations. In July, Mike Pompeo released a statement putting any uncertain minds at ease on where Washington stood on the matter. "We are making clear: Beijing's claims to offshore …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-08-09). Selective Maritime Rules: The United States, Diego Garcia and International Law. globalresearch.ca There are few more righteous sights than the paunchy US Secretary of State savaging the People's Republic of China with his next volley on Chinese territorial aspirations. In July, Mike Pompeo

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-09). IRCS sends over 90 tons humanitarian aid to Beirut. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 09 (MNA) —The head of the Iranian Red Crescent Society said that so far, over 90 tons of various humanitarian packages have been sent to Lebanon, and sending of the other four shipments weighing 60 tons is underway.

Labor Video Project (2020-08-09). Free Them All! Care Not Cages! March & Rally In SF Against ICE & Republicrats. indybay.org Activists protested at the ICE office in San Francisco against the imprisonment of children in cages and the ICE terrorism against immigrants and people of color. They also attacked California Governor Newsom, Pelosi and the Democrats for supporting these policies.

reenvia Red Latina sin fronteras (2020-08-09). E$paña: No somos esclavos! indybay.org E$paña: °No somos esclavos! -reclamo antirracista de trabajadorxs agrícolas inmigrantes- | "A los negros aquí nos tratan como mierda"

_____ (2020-08-09). How The US Failed At Its Foreign Policy Toward Venezuela. popularresistance.org On August 4, 2020, the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing on Venezuela. Appearing before the committee was U.S. State Department Special Representative Elliott Abrams. Abrams, who has had a long—and controversial—career in the formation of U.S. foreign policy, was assaulted by almost all the members of the Senate committee. The senators, almost without exception, suggested that Abrams had been—since 2019—responsible for a failed U.S. attempt to overthrow the Venezuelan government of President Nicolás Maduro.

_____ (2020-08-09). Letter To The Socialists, Old And New. popularresistance.org I joined the labor movement 41 years ago. I had enrolled in the socialist movement two years before that. When I started out my links to the rest of the socialist movement were few; there were dwindling handfuls of people who identified publicly as "socialists." The U.S. Mail and shortwave radio were my links to the bigger movement out there in the world. What remained of the socialist movement was rapidly decelerating and fissuring after the big 1960's radicalization had run its course. | Even in these inopportune conditions I managed to climb aboard and find my places in both the labor and socialist movements.

_____ (2020-08-09). Letter To tThe Socialists, Old And New. popularresistance.org I joined the labor movement 41 years ago. I had enrolled in the socialist movement two years before that. When I started out my links to the rest of the socialist movement were few; there were dwindling handfuls of people who identified publicly as "socialists." The U.S. Mail and shortwave radio were my links to the bigger movement out there in the world. What remained of the socialist movement was rapidly decelerating and fissuring after the big 1960's radicalization had run its course. | Even in these inopportune conditions I managed to climb aboard and find my places in both the labor and socialist movements.

_____ (2020-08-09). Federal Judge Calls On Supreme Court To Overturn 'Qualified Immunity'. popularresistance.org Handing down a ruling to dismiss 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 legal precedent that makes it nearly impossible for the judicial system to hold officers accountable for rights violations. | Calling for an end to qualified immunity, which dates back to a 1982 ruling and shields police from civil liability in most cases, U.S. District Court Judge Carlton Reeves turned his ruling into a plea for just…

RT (2020-08-09). Pelosi prays for needy as Dems rip Trump Covid-19 orders as 'big show' that 'won't do the job,' ignoring futile shows in Congress. rt.com Democrat leaders — ignoring their latest in a decade-long string of failures at legislative compromise — are blasting President Donald Trump for signing executive orders that won't provide all needed Covid-19 economic relief. | Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called the orders signed Saturday by Trump "unworkable, weak and far too narrow." He also took issue with Trump's signing the orders at his New Jersey country club. | "The event at the country club is just what Trump does — a big show, but it doesn't do anything," Schumer said Sunday in an ABC News interview. "As the American people…

RT (2020-08-09). Self-aware much? CNN's Stelter says right-wing media outlets exist 'to tear down Joe Biden,' sees nothing like it on the left. rt.com CNN host Brian Stelter has attempted to give viewers what he called "a reality check about the alternative reality" of right-wing media, which he said exists to tear down Democrat Joe Biden, failing to see any irony in the claim. | "Let's go on a trip together to a totally alternative universe," Stelter said on his Sunday show. "You never hear what's happening there unless you tune into rightwing talk radio. But you need to know what they are saying because they're the most popular, the most powerful talkers in the whole country." | @ReliableSources this morning pic.twitte…

RT (2020-08-09). NYT digs up more unnamed sources for 'Trump-Russia' narrative as media resurrects hysteria ahead of 2020 election. rt.com The New York Times has once again broadcast the musings of anonymous officials to insinuate Donald Trump is somehow in cahoots with Russia, amid a growing resurgence in debunked Russiagate theories ahead of the November election. | The paper ran an exclusive report purportedly detailing the US president's battle with intelligence agencies over allegations that Moscow had interfered with the 2016 presidential contest. According to unnamed sources cited by the NYT, Trump was unresponsive and dismissive of an intelligence assessment which claimed that he is Russia's "favored" candidate in the 2020 race. One anony…

RT (2020-08-09). Abuse of power or social justice witch hunt? PC police come for gay mayor who had consensual sex with students. rt.com Left-wing college activists are up in arms after it emerged that a Massachusetts mayor used dating apps to sleep with students at a university he guest lectured at. While some deemed him "abusive," others say he did nothing wrong. | As mayor of Holyoke, Massachusetts, and lecturer at nearby University of Massachusetts Amherst, Alex Morse is a mainstay of progressive politics in the blue state. He's a regular guest at Democratic events on campus, and got to know progressive activists at the college well. | However, the College Democrats of Massachusetts claim he got to know some students a little too well. The…

_____ (2020-08-09). Western Media's Favorite Hong Kong 'Freedom Struggle Writer' Is American ex-Amnesty Staffer In Yellowface. strategic-culture.org A prominent Hong Kong pundit and anti-China activist named Kong Tsung-gan has become a go-to source for Western media. An investigation by The Grayzone confirms Kong as a fake identity employed by an American teacher who's a ubiquitous figure at local protests. | Max BLUMENTHAL | An American man with ties to Amnesty International and key Hong Kong separatist figures has been posing online as a Hong Kong native named Kong Tsung-gan. Routinely cited as a grassroots activist and writer by major media organizations and published in English-language media, the fictitious character Kong appears to have been concocte…

The Canary (2020-08-09). Calais refugees 'exhausted' and 'scared' as police evictions continue. thecanary.co Refugees living in Calais facing repeated police evictions have been left "exhausted, scared and not knowing which way to turn", a humanitarian charity has warned.Aid workers in northern France say the forced moving on of refugees is fuelling attempts to cross the English Channel in small boats.They say recent weeks in the French port city have been "unbelievably tough" and that people there "only want to be given the chance to rebuild their lives".Hundreds of refugees live in various camps along the French coastline, often in desperate conditions that have only been made more dangerous by the Covid-19 pandemic.C…

The Canary (2020-08-09). BBC finally apologises over use of racist term in news report. thecanary.co BBC director-general Tony Hall has apologised for a news report which contained a racist term.More than 18,000 people complained to the BBC over the broadcast, which saw social affairs correspondent Fiona Lamdin repeat a racial slur allegedly used in a suspected racially-motivated attack in Bristol.After the broadcaster initially defended the report, Hall said in a statement that the BBC "now accepts that we should have taken a different approach at the time of broadcast and we are very sorry for that".Lord Hall said the corporation is 'very sorry' (Ben Stansall/PA)He said the report had caused "distress" to many…

yenisafak (2020-08-09). Afghanistan to free 400 Taliban to start peace talks. yenisafak.com The Afghan president, following a recommendation by a traditional Afghan council, pledged on Sunday to release the remaining 400 Taliban prisoners to pave the way for peace talks aimed at ending the nearly two-decade-long war."The Taliban must demonstrate they are not afraid of a comprehensive ceasefire… there is no great bravery required for war, but for peace," Ashraf Ghani told the Loya Jirga, which began on Friday.He promised to free the remaining prisoners on Aug. 19, Afghanistan's Independence Day.Over 3,000 public figures, who assembled in the capital Kabul, approved the release and called for an immedia…

Dr. Jack Rasmus (2020-08-09). Trump Scuttles Economic Stimulus Negotiations. What Next? globalresearch.ca Today, August 7, 2020 negotiations on an economic stimulus package between US House Democrats and the White House broke down and broke off. What's behind it? | In recent days the Democrats' leaders, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Shumer, reportedly reduced …

South Front (2020-08-09). Video: Syrian Army Undertakes Failed Advance in Northern Lattakia Amid Rise of ISIS Attacks in Deir Ezzor. globalresearch.ca Iranian-backed militias and the Syrian National Defense Forces (NDF) have launched a joint security operation against ISIS cells in the area between the towns of al-Mayadin and al-Bukamal, on the western bank of the Euphrates. According to pro-government sources, hundreds …

Shane Quinn (2020-08-09). The Rapid Postwar Increase of America's Nuclear Arsenal. globalresearch.ca Hitler had, as early as June 1942, decided against the development of an atomic bomb — on both racial and pragmatic grounds. By the summer of 1944, Allied intelligence accounts were flowing in that a Nazi atomic bomb was non-existent.

Moe Tkacik (2020-08-09). Workers Blow the Whistle on Mass Death. zcomm.org Private equity firms have imposed austerity measures on the hospitals they acquire. In a pandemic, that's meant countless preventable deaths…

Tasasha Henderson (2020-08-09). Young People Are Leading the Growing Movement for Police-Free Schools. zcomm.org They are demanding that city and school district leaders reallocate funding for police into services and resources for students, including counseling, social workers and restorative justice programming…

Michael Baker (2020-08-09). 100 days without COVID-19. zcomm.org How New Zealand got rid of a virus that keeps spreading across the world…

Israel Shahak (2020-08-09). "Greater Israel": The Zionist Plan for the Middle East. globalresearch.ca When viewed in the current context, the war on Iraq, the 2006 war on Lebanon, the 2011 war on Libya, the ongoing wars on Syria and Iraq, the war on Yemen, must be understood in relation to the Zionist Plan for the Middle East…

Fight Back (2020-08-09). Tenants in Milwaukee march and rally for an eviction freeze. fightbacknews.org Tenants in Milwaukee march and rally for an eviction freeze | Milwaukee, WI – On the evening of August 1, around 70 people gathered at the Washington Park Senior Center to demand an end to home evictions and to cancel the mortgages and rents. The action was organized by the recently formed Milwaukee Autonomous Tenants Union (MATU), a collection of tenants from around the city looking to fight back against the looming crisis of evictions brought on by loss of jobs and income due to the coronavirus pandemic. | MATU organizer Robert Penner gave a speech which highlighted the central role played by Berrada Properties…

Prabir Purkayastha (2020-08-09). Trump's Withdrawal From WHO A Cover-Up for His Failure on COVID-19. zcomm.org The WHO, with its warts and all, still stands for global cooperation and fostering public health policies, and is the only instrument we have for global cooperation. It is hated by the right wing precisely for these reasons…

Prabir Purkayastha (2020-08-09). Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the threat of nuclear extinction. peoplesdispatch.org It is difficult to believe that the US view of the justness of its possession of nuclear power, while threatening others, is not underpinned by the belief of many in white supremacy…

Ed Yong (2020-08-09). A Virus Has Brought the World's Most Powerful Country to Its Knees. zcomm.org COVID 19 is but a harbinger of worse plagues to come. The US cannot plan for these inevitable crises if it returns to normal. Normal led to this. To avert another catastrophe, the US needs to grapple with all the ways normal has failed us.

Dr. Chandra Muzaffar (2020-08-09). The Beirut Blast. "An Understanding of the Geopolitical Forces at Work" globalresearch.ca Four days after the Beirut Blast of 4th August 2020, the Lebanese president, Michel Aoun, has attempted to explain what caused the largest explosion since the end of the Second World War. He attributes it to either the …

H. Ealy (2020-08-09). Covid-19: Questionable Policies, Manipulated Rules of Data Collection and Reporting. Is It Safe for Students to Return to School? globalresearch.ca Elected officials have enacted many questionable policies that have injured our economy, educational system, our country's mental and emotional health, and the American citizen's personal expression of Constitutionally-protected rights to participate in our own governance.

Dean Baker (2020-08-09). Economy Creates 1.8 Million Jobs in July, Production Workers' Wages Fall. zcomm.org There is no evidence that generous unemployment benefits are making it difficult to find workers…

news.un (2020-08-09). Lessons of Nagasaki survivors should motivate the world to eliminate all nuclear weapons — UN chief. news.un.org UN Secretary General António Guterres on Sunday marked 75 years since the atomic bombing of Nagasaki with praise for the hibakusha, the survivors, who transformed their decades-long plight into a warning about the perils of nuclear weapons and an example of the triumph of the human spirit.

Pan Africanism Today Secretariat (2020-08-09). The lessons of South Africa's 1956 Women's March resonate to this day. peoplesdispatch.org On August 9, 1956, nearly 20,000 women marched in South Africa against apartheid-era Pass Laws. The struggles they waged and the demands they raised are especially relevant today…

Dr. Pascal Sacré (2020-08-09). The COVID-19 Vaccine. The Imposition of Compulsory Vaccination with a Biometric Health Passport? globalresearch.ca The COVID-19 vaccine… | Is this THE final goal of this crisis, to impose a compulsory vaccination on everyone, with a biometric health passport and without it, the impossibility to move, to buy, to eat? | The near future will tell. | With …

M Adams (2020-08-09). On Community Control of Police. zcomm.org You need some form of organized force to deal with harm. But under community control, it would be radically different…

Steven Sahiounie (2020-08-09). Beirut Suffers While Demanding Answers. globalresearch.ca The sonic blast at the Port of Beirut on August 4 produced a huge white mushroom cloud that enveloped the port and then rose into the evening sky just after 6 pm. However, the cloud of confusion and disbelief still …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-09). 3 years after Santiago Maldonado's disappearance, the pattern continues. peoplesdispatch.org On August 1, 2017, in a massive operation, the National Gendarmerie (police) of Argentina illegally invaded the Pu Lof Mapuche community in Cushamen in Chubut Province. They entered the community firing their guns, and burned the belongings of the inhabitants. | Among those who fled the brutal attack was Santiago Maldonado, a young artisan and anarchist. He had come to stand in solidarity with the community that was mobilizing to demand the liberation of their Weichafe or spiritual leader, Facundo Jones Huala. | According to testimonies, Santiago made it to the banks of the Chubut river but was unable to cross ov…

Sonali Kolhatkar (2020-08-09). Trump's Presidency Is a Death Cult. zcomm.org The fact that the president and his supporters want us to tolerate hundreds of thousands of preventable deaths from the pandemic reveals their true nature…

General Wesley Clark (2020-08-09). Global Warfare: "We're Going to Take out 7 Countries in 5 Years: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan & Iran.." globalresearch.ca Originally published in March 2007. | Global Research Editor's Note: | This interview serves as a reminder regarding the diabolical timeline of America's hegemonic project. Is Iran the next target "to be taken out"? | All these countries including Lebanon and Iran are …

Dr. Gary G. Kohls (2020-08-09). The Bombing of Nagasaki August 9, 1945: The Un-Censored Version. globalresearch.ca Today, August 9, 2020, we commemorate the 7th anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki. | This article was first published by Global Research in August 2013 as a commemoration of the egregious lie on the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. See …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-09). Jordanian teachers intensify protests against banning of union. peoplesdispatch.org Teachers held protests in a number of cities in Jordan condemning last month's ban on the Jordanian Teachers' Syndicate. Security forces attacked these protests with tear gas and batons…

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-09). Parl. mulls over Lebanon's developments after blast: Spox. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 09 (MNA) — Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission addressed the developments in Lebanon after a devastating explosion happened in Beirut Port last week.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-09). World never to forget US crimes in Hiroshima, Nagasaki. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 09 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry's spokesman said the people around the world, alongside the Japanese, will never forget the US crimes in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-09). Pakistan welcomes prisoner release in Afghanistan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 10 (MNA) — Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that the country welcomes Afghan Loya Jirga's recommendation on the release of prisoners.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-09). Maghsoodloo clinches domestic title ahead of FIDE Olympiad. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 09 (MNA) — Grandmaster Parham Maghsoodloo has claimed the title of an internal tournament prior to the 2020 FIDE Online Olympiad.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-09). 700 Iranian War Veteran using domestic prosthetic feet. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 09 (MNA) — The CEO of a knowledge-based firm producing carbon fiber prosthetic feet said, "So far, prosthetic feet have been used for 700 Iranian disabled veterans and 1,000 amputations."

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-09). Russia says terrorists attacked eight cities in Syria. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 10 (MNA) — The Head of the Russian Reconciliation Center in Syria announced on Sun. that terrorists of Tahrir al-Sham (Jabhat al-Nusra, Al-Nusra Front) invaded eight cities in Syria's Idlib and Aleppo provinces.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-09). West wants to avoid strategic coop. between Iran, East. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 09 (MNA) — In a tweet on Sunday, Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani wrote that the west is in favor of avoiding Iran from developing ties with the eastern countries.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-09). IAU Chancellor visits Mehr News Agency. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 09 (MNA) — The Chancellor of the Islamic Azad University (IAU), Mohammad Mehdi Tehranchi made a visit to Mehr News Agency on Sunday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-09). Iran registers 2,020 COVID-19 cases in 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 09 (MNA) — The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has infected 2,020 people and claimed 163 lives in Iran in the past 24 hours, a senior health official said.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-09). Lebanese president rejects rumors on Beirut blast intl. probe. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 09 (MNA) — The Information Office of Lebanese President announced that Michel Aoun has not agreed on conducting an international investigation on Beirut port blast.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-09). Iran could buy a lot of planes during sanctions: official. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 09 (MNA) — Deputy Ministry of Roads and Urban Development said that Islamic Republic of Iran could purchase a lot of planes in sanctions period.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-09). TEDPIX hovering above 2mn points. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 09 (MNA) — The benchmark of the Tehran Stock Exchange, TEDPIX pushed up 44,320 points up to a level of 2,078,511 points on Sunday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-09). New US rep. for Iran indicates Trump's confusion. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 09 (MNA) — Iranian Ambassador to Venezuela Hojjatollah Soltani said that the new US special representative for the Islamic Republic of Iran indicates Trump's confusion.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-09). Eid al-Ghadir Khumm celebrated in Tabriz. en.mehrnews.com TABRIZ, Aug. 09 (MNA) — People in Tabriz, East Azarbaijan province, celebrated the auspicious feast of Eid al-Ghadir Khumm at Imam Khomeini Mosalla of the city by fully observing health protocols and guidelines due to outbreak of coronavirus.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-09). Police seize over 4 tons of narcotics in SE Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 09 (MNA) — The police forces of the Sistan and Baluchestan province, southeastern Iran, have seized over 4 tons of illegal drugs in two separate operations.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-09). Iran, Bosnia seeking to expand media coop. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 09 (MNA) — Iranian Ambassador to Sarajevo Mahmoud Heidari met and held talks with the head of the state broadcasting of Bosnia and Herzegovina on Sunday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-09). Iran copper cathode output passes 90,000 tons in 4 months. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 09 (MNA) — The performance of large industrial and mineral companies showed that more than 91,000 tons of copper cathode was produced in the first four months of the current Iranian calendar year (from March 21 to July 22).

Dan Bacher (2020-08-09). Senate Committee Votes Against Bill to Create Health and Safety Setbacks Around Oil Wells. indybay.org "The fact that dozens of Spanish speaking residents who are currently poisoned by the fugitive emissions coming out of oil wells near their homes and schools were denied the opportunity to express their support for AB345 during yesterday's hearing is just another example of the environmental racism that they have endured, being unheard," said Nayamin Martinez, Director of CCEJN and a member of the VISION coalition.

Leon Kunstenaar (2020-08-09). San Francisco March Demands State Shut Down Concentration Camps. indybay.org ICE building covered with "bloody" hands as part of state wide protest.

Center for Biological Diversity (2020-08-09). Thursday 8/13: Saving Life on Earth: Protecting People & Wildlife from Poisonous Pesticides. indybay.org Online…

Poor People's Campaign (2020-08-09). Monday 8/10: Call to Action: Demand COVID Relief & Stop McConnell's Misery, Meanness & Mayhem Now! indybay.org Online via livestream…

Shauna Gunderson (2020-08-09). Chowchilla Women's Prison. indybay.org Demonstration of women and children in front of Chowchilla Women's Prison highlight desperate conditions inside…

Progressive Press Conference (2020-08-09). Monday 8/10: Progressive Press Conference. indybay.org Online…

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2020-08-09). Social Security & Medicare Cut to Be Permanent if Nazi Trump Reelected. indybay.org Nazi Trump signed an illegal order on 8/8/20 to cut the payroll tax for Social Security and Medicare and promised on national TV to make it permanent if he is re-elected. This is a long-standing Republican Party program, outlined in their platform as they want to privatize both programs.

Green Party (2020-08-09). Sunday 8/9: Green Sunday: Reopening Schools: Whether, How, When? — with Jack Gerson. indybay.org Online, via Zoom | Join Zoom Meeting: | us02web.zoom.us/j/88246367071?pwd=TktrOD… | Meeting ID: 882 4636 7071 | Passcode: 2020 | One tap mobile: | +16699009128,,88246367071#,,,,,,0#,,2020# US (San Jose) | +13462487799,,88246367071#,,,,,,0#,,2020# US (Houston) | Dial by your location: | +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) | +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) | +1 646 558 8656 US (New York) | +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown) | +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) | Meeting ID: 882 4636 7071 | Passcode: 2020 | Find your local number: us02web.zoom.us/u/kcJoSkFC39

Autonomous Anti-Fascists in Marin (2020-08-09). Friday 8/14: F*ck Trump: Anti-Fascist Counter Protest. indybay.org DeLong Avenue Overpass in Novato.

LaborFest (2020-08-09). The GWHS Murals & The Life of Victor Arnautoff. indybay.org This panel is about the Victor Arnautoff murals at George Washinton High and the life of Arnautoff including his relationship with the ILWU.

United Native Americans (2020-08-09). Saturday 8/29: 50th Anniversary of United Native Americans Takeover of Mount Rushmore. indybay.org

Revolutionary United Front (2020-08-09). Tuesday 8/18: Bi-Weekly Community On Police Brutality and the George Floyd Protests. indybay.org Willow Park | Oakland, CA 94607…

Mechanics' Institute Library (2020-08-09). Friday 8/21: Sreening and Discussion of "Chisholm '72: Unbought and Unbossed" indybay.org Online via Zoom…

Declaration for American Democracy (2020-08-09). Tuesday 8/11: Protect Our Vote! Virtual Town Hall to Demand Safe & Fair Elections Now! indybay.org Online via Zoom…

Victor Noir (2020-08-09). BLM Oakland Solidarity March Part 3. indybay.org Because of social distancing I was grateful for the photos I took. It makes me cringe sometimes when I cannot photograph fresh ink. I ventured out on 7 26 20 and retraced for archival purposes.

_____ (2020-08-09). Trump's Order To Bypass Congress On COVID-19 Relief Faces Likely Legal Challenges. popularresistance.org Washington, DC – President Trump on Saturday said he was bypassing Congress and taking unilateral action to provide financial relief to Americans struggling during the coronavirus crisis, despite uncertainty about his legal authority to do so. | Following the breakdown of talks on Capitol Hill to reach a bipartisan deal, Trump signed four orders that he said would extend enhanced federal unemployment benefits, defer some employees' payroll taxes, continue a temporary ban on evictions and reduce the burden of student loans.

_____ (2020-08-09). National Uprising Exposes Divisions In The Ruling Class… popularresistance.org For weeks on end, the George Floyd protests against racism and police violence shook America. Support for the movement overflowed all demographic boundaries as an estimated 10% of all American adults—some 25 million people—participated in at least one protest. However, although mass gatherings have continued unabated in some cities, in most of the country the torrential river has inevitably receded into its banks as it was deprived of a revolutionary outlet—for now. | The revived BLM movement has been a treasure trove of practical experience for the millions who drove it forward.

_____ (2020-08-09). Study: Return To Work Not Affected By $600 Unemployment Boost. popularresistance.org There's no relationship between expanded Unemployment Compensation payments and individuals' likelihood of returning to work, according to two recent studies. One, by researchers at Yale University, finds that more generous UC payments are not related to lower rates of return to work. Another shows employers saw no overall decline in the number of applicants per job vacancy as a result of the increased payments. | The findings refute the assertion by some pundits and politicians from both parties who claim the additional $600 weekly payment to laid-off workers established by Congress in March is a "disincentive t…

_____ (2020-08-09). There Is No Political Solution To The Syrian Conflict. popularresistance.org US Secretary of State, John Kerry, of the Obama administration, created a mantra for the media: "There is no military solution to Syria." He said it so many times, he seemed to convince everyone. However, after 9 years of conflict it appears there is neither a military, nor political solution for Syria. Despite the fact that the Syrian government under President Assad, with help from Russia, has regained 70% of the territory, and all the major cities are calm, still there is no possibility for recovery or reconstruction of hospitals, schools, homes and lives due to the US sanctions.

_____ (2020-08-09). The Infinite Greed, Power And Controls Of Giant Corporations. popularresistance.org The combination of greed and power often spin out of control and challenge the enforceable rule of law and the countervailing force of the organized civic community. | When greed and power are exercised by giant multinational corporations that escape the discipline of the nation-state, the potential for evil becomes infinite in nature. Enough is never enough. | Global giant companies, aided and abetted by their corporate attorneys and accountants, can literally decide how little taxes they are going to pay by shifting profits and expenses among different tax haven countries such as Ireland, Luxembourg, and Panama…

_____ (2020-08-09). Occupy The Block For The Neville Family On Third Week. popularresistance.org On day 22 of Occupy the Block #OccupyWSNC, demonstrators gathered at Bailey Park at 10 am. | At 3 pm, approximately 300 occupiers, supporters, and the Neville Family gathered on the sidewalk outside the Forsyth County Courthouse for the Rally of Support for the Neville Family. Activists spoke of love for the Neville family and called for transparency and accountability from our officials. Sean Neville offered words of thanks for the movement. | Meanwhile, officers lined the windows at the entrance of the courthouse. Bike cops stalked the gathering, following the group even as they marched and threatened participa…

_____ (2020-08-09). Washington Signals End of One China Policy Towards War Footing. strategic-culture.org A Washington Post Azar, a senior cabinet member in the Trump administration, is scheduled to meet Taiwan's president Tsai Ing-wen in the capital Taipei. The visit has sparked fury in Beijing which views Taiwan as a reneg…

_____ (2020-08-09). Beirut Devastated: The New Paradigm May Be Explosive. strategic-culture.org Sometimes the news cycle and the geo-political cycle simply part company. This is one such occasion — the devastation of Beirut Port. What happened there is destined to constitute a major geo-political event — whatever way its sequellae should cascade out and shape the future. There are good, historic reasons for this parting of the ways: One (which explains the regional silence), is that we have not yet had the forensics. Yes, satellite photos galore, but not the nitty-gritty from the ground. Not the forensics. | The main stream media is in a hurry to 'shape' its story of the explosion in advance of…

Peter Bolton (2020-08-09). In another sign that Biden is the true neocon candidate, his inner circle reads like a who's who of US imperialism. thecanary.co The Canary recently Now figures from the Democratic Party's small progressive (or, perhaps more accurately, mode…

The Canary (2020-08-09). Devastating Beirut blast impact can be seen six miles away. thecanary.co The impact of the Beirut explosion can be seen six miles from the epicentre of the blast, according to one British aid worker.The devastating blast in the city's port on 4 August is now known to have killed more than 150 people and destroyed large parts of the city.British charity Saraid (Search and Rescue Assistance in Disasters) has been working in the city for several days, trying to find survivors and evaluate the structural safety of buildings hit by the blast.One of Saraid's volunteers, Rob Davis, described the epicentre of the explosion as "completely devastated, a huge amount of damage", but the effects c…

H. Patricia Hynes (2020-08-09). The Atomic Bomb Poets and the Military Realists 75 Years After Nagasaki. commondreams.org People observe a one minute silence during a remembrance service for Korean victims of the atomic bomb on the 75th anniversary of the Nagasaki atomic bombing, on August 9, 2020 in Nagasaki, Japan. In a ceremony that has been scaled back substantially because of Covid-19 coronavirus, Japan will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the atomic bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki by U.S forces in World War 2 killing between 35,000 to 40,000 instantly while many thousands more continued to die for months afterward from the effects of burns, radiation sickness, and other injuries compounded by illness and malnutrition.

yenisafak (2020-08-09). France to host fundraising conference for Beirut. yenisafak.com France's President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday will bring the international community together to raise funds for Beirut in the aftermath of the deadly blast earlier this week.The virtual conference will be held at 1200GMT with Macron hosting the conference from his vacation home in the south of France.The conference is backed by the United Nations and will involve major world leaders, including Lebanon's President Michel Aoun and US President Donald Trump.Leaders from the EU, Britain, China, Russia, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Qatar, and the UAE are also expected to participate.Two massive explosions tore through…

yenisafak (2020-08-09). Eurasian nations report new coronavirus cases, deaths. yenisafak.com Coronavirus cases and fatalities continued to rise across Eurasian and Central Asian countries on Friday.- UkraineHealth Minister Maksym Stepanov said 1,199 more people tested positive for the virus over the past 24 hours, bringing the tally to 80,949.He said 18 more fatalities raised the death toll to 1,897 while recoveries increased by 317 to reach 43,972.Stepanov urged the public to strictly follow the government's COVID-19 restrictions, which have been extended until Aug. 31.- KazakhstanKazakhstan registered 872 new COVID-19 cases, raising the tally to 98,701. The number of recoveries rose by 664 to reach 72,…

yenisafak (2020-08-09). Magnitude 5.1 earthquake strikes western Iran. yenisafak.com The quake that hit at 1.46 p.m. local time (1046GMT) had a depth of 8 kilometers (4.97 miles) and the epicenter was Gilan-e-Garbh district, according to the Tehran University Seismological Center.There were no immediate reports of casualties.Iran is one of the most seismically active countries in the world, where earthquakes occur often and are destructive.

yenisafak (2020-08-09). Belarus holds presidential elections. yenisafak.com Belarusians began casting votes on Sunday in the presidential election.In a statement, the country's central election commission said over 6.84 million people are expected to cast their votes.Five candidates are running for the presidency: Alexander Lukashenko, president of Belarus since 1994, Andreij Dmitrijev, co-chairman of the Speak the Truth movement, Anna Kanopackaja, a former lawmaker, Sergeij Cherechnia, chairman of Belarus' Social Democratic Party and Svetlana Tikhanovskaya. | Lukashenko was re-elected with 83.5% votes in 2015. | *Writing by Fahri Aksut in Ankara…

yenisafak (2020-08-09). Hong Kong reports 72 new coronavirus cases. yenisafak.com Hong Kong reported 72 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, of which 63 were locally transmitted, as authorities continued efforts to contain a resurgence of infections in the global financial hub over the past month.More than 4,000 people have been infected in Hong Kong since January, 51 of whom have died. Sunday's figure was slightly up from Saturday's 69 cases.

yenisafak (2020-08-09). Ex-Lebanon premier denies knowledge of Beirut shipment. yenisafak.com Former Lebanese premier Tammam Salam has denied receiving correspondence or information about the arrival of hazardous chemical materials shipment in Beirut, which allegedly caused a deadly blast in the capital on Tuesday.In a statement on Sunday, Salam's media office said reports alleging that he was aware of the arrival of a ship carrying chemical materials to Beirut were "false and bare of truth." Earlier, media reports suggested that a Lebanese court had ordered the ship to unload its cargo at the Beirut port when Salam was the prime minister.Salam, who served as a prime minister from Feb. 2014 to Dec. 2016,…

yenisafak (2020-08-09). Turkey: 5 die, 25 injured in bus accident. yenisafak.com At least five people died and 25 others got injured in a bus accident in Istanbul on Sunday.A passenger bus crashed into a wall of an overpass at the Istanbul Northern Marmara Motorway.The health condition of 10 among the injured, including three children, is serious, according to local authorities.Police have initiated an investigation, and further details are awaited.*Writing by Fahri Aksut…

yenisafak (2020-08-09). N.Korea brings aid supplies to border town under lockdown: state media. yenisafak.com North Korea's ruling party has delivered special aid packages of food and medical equipment to residents of Kaesong, near the border with the South, after imposing a lockdown there due to COVID-19 concerns, state media said on Sunday.North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declared an emergency and imposed a lockdown on the small border town last month after a person, who defected to South Korea in 2017, returned to Kaesong across the highly fortified border showing coronavirus symptoms.Pyongyang has not confirmed any coronavirus infections but has been taking strict quarantine measures and screening the town, while prov…

yenisafak (2020-08-09). Turkey: 32 suspects held in anti-drug operations. yenisafak.com At least 32 suspects were held during anti-drug operations in Mersin and Gaziantep provinces of Turkey, security sources said on Sunday.In the southern coastal province of Mersin, police acted on a tip-off and found 25,000 drug pills in a vehicle. The driver of the vehicle was detained.Meanwhile, in Gaziantep, the southeastern border province, anti-drug police teams carried out operations to nab drug traffickers.During the operations, police rounded up 31 suspects for possession, use, and selling of drugs.They also seized 13 guns, 11 of which were unlicensed, three unlicensed shotguns, and some cash.*Writing by F…

Tony Cartalucci (2020-08-09). Australia: Willing Pawn in US Conflict with China. globalresearch.ca Upon reading Australia's new defense strategy, one might think its authors believe they are surrounded by nations invaded and destroyed by China with Australia next in line. | News headlines declare, "

Jon Queally, staff writer (2020-08-09). Critics Warn Against Smear Campaign, 'Creepy Victorian Moralizing' Aimed at Progressive Challenger Alex Morse. commondreams.org "Would be quite something if the groups backing Alex Morse took a stand here on behalf of free, consenting adults not in a subordinate role to do what they want with their lives," said one political observer. "Not counting on it but we'll see." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Robert Dodge, Vincint J. Intondi (2020-08-09). Our Moral Awakening in the Long Shadow of the Bomb. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2020-08-09). Progressives Say Call Trump Executive Orders What They Are: IIllegal. Inadequate. Misleading. 'A Disgrace.' 'A Sham.' 'A Cruel Joke.'. commondreams.org If president actually "cared about helping Americans," said Sen. Elizabeth Warren, "he would have demanded Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell start negotiating as soon as the House passed the HEROES act almost two months ago." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Robert Greenstein (2020-08-09). Trump COVID-19 Executive Actions Woefully Inadequate, Legally Dangerous. commondreams.org US President Donald Trump signs executive orders extending coronavirus economic relief, during a news conference in Bedminster, New Jersey, on August 8, 2020. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2020-08-09). Progressives Call Trump Executive Orders What They Are: IIllegal. Inadequate. Misleading. 'A Disgrace.' 'A Sham.' 'A Cruel Joke.'. commondreams.org If president actually "cared about helping Americans," said Sen. Elizabeth Warren, "he would have demanded Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell start negotiating as soon as the House passed the HEROES act almost two months ago." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2020-08-09). Vowing to Defend Retirees, Biden Denounces 'New, Reckless War on Social Security' by Trump. commondreams.org "This is no art of the deal. This is not presidential leadership. These orders are not real solutions. They are just another cynical ploy designed to deflect responsibility." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Peggy Bailey (2020-08-09). Trump Executive Orders Likely Won't Help the Millions Struggling to Pay Rent. commondreams.org Tenant right advocates including Karissa Stotts organized a honking vehicle protest around the U.S. Bank building in Minneapolis on April 8, 2020. (Photo: Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2020-08-09). Elizabeth Warren Leads Charge Against Trump, Denouncing 'Dubious' Executive Orders as 'Cruel Joke' on American People. commondreams.org If president actually "cared about helping Americans," the Democratic senator charged, "he would have demanded Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell start negotiating as soon as the House passed the HEROES act almost two months ago." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Elizabeth Woodworth (2020-08-09). Academia Stoops to Defamation over Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ). Groundless Accusations against 2 World-class Scientists. globalresearch.ca There are two world-class scientists at the center of the Covid-19 hydroxychloroquine storm. | They are Dr. Didier Raoult at the IHU Medical Institute in Marseille, and Dr. Harvey Risch at Yale University. | The present article confronts a shabby injustice to …

Binoy Kampmark (2020-08-09). Foiled at Toronto: The Tiger Squad's Canadian Outing. dissidentvoice.org Silencing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul was a feat of primeval brutality that sent a shudder through even the most hardened officials. The House of Saud, and in particular certain members of it, had gotten a taste for blood. Soon after Khashoggi's slicing and dicing in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul at the hands …

Steve Topple (2020-08-09). Nine years after Mark Duggan's murder, police show little has changed. thecanary.co This week has marked not only the anniversary of the police murder of

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WSWS (2020-08-08). Over a third of indigenous Canadians struggling to pay for essentials during pandemic. wsws.org If anything, the figures presented by Statistics Canada understate the horrific social conditions facing most indigenous people.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

sputniknews (2020-08-08). France Will Ask UK to Pay £30 Mln to Police the English Channel Amid Migrants Influx – Report. sputniknews.com Britain earlier vowed to take tougher action on illegal migration together with France, as some 7,500 migrants in total could cross the Channel by Christmas.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RT (2020-08-08). 'Flagrant example of unfair competition': Russia slams US over 'baseless' ban on China's TikTok. rt.com Washington's recent order banning cooperation with the popular TikTok video-sharing service is an attempt to protect the dominance of American web giants, and violates the rules of the World Trade Organization, Moscow has said. | The Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova On Thursday, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order that…

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

RT (2020-08-08). Lebanese PM calls for early parliamentary elections as protests rage following Beirut explosion. rt.com As protests gather steam in Beirut, Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab has called for early elections, saying they are the only way out of the deep political crisis which has worsened following the explosion in the city's port. | In a short speech on Saturday, Diab said the country "cannot get out of this crisis without early parliamentary elections." He added he was not to blame for the country's deep economic and political woes, Reuters reported. | Short speech by Hassan Diab included a call for early parliamentary elections in Lebanon. Aside from that, just a lot of vague talk of accountability, "national…

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

RT (2020-08-08). You will hang! Lebanese protesters 'execute' cardboard cutouts of PM, President & Hezbollah's Nasrallah (VIDEO). rt.com Lebanese protesters have built gallows in Beirut to hang cardboard cutouts of Prime Minister Hassan Diab, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, and other politicians they blame for the recent port blast and crisis in the country. | The anger of people spilled into the streets on Saturday, with some 10,000 gathering at Martyrs' Square in the center of the capital. They chanted anti-government slogans and staged a performance, which apparently served as a warning to those in power. Many in Lebanon blame the negligence of the authorities for a massive ammonium nitrate explosion on Tuesday that killed more than 150 p…

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

RT (2020-08-08). Covid-19 pandemic will 'bring socialism to US' and transform the world — Nassim Taleb to RT. rt.com In a remarkable twist, the raging coronavirus pandemic has forced even countries like the US to adopt "socialist" welfare programs, acclaimed author and risk analyst Nassim Taleb has told RT. | While people spend days worrying about global wars, our biggest threats have always been the pandemics, the author of 'The Black Swan' and 'Skin in the Game' told RT's Sophie Shevardnadze on her show SophieCo. Visionaries. | The advent of the novel coronavirus will tremendously change societies in many ways, making them better ready for future crises, he said. | "So the world will be different, wiser. But, hopefully, it…

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

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

RT (2020-08-08). Georgian actions amounted to declaration of war on Russia — former President Medvedev has no regrets about 2008 conflict. rt.com Russia had to intervene to protect people in South Ossetia and Abkhazia in 2008, when Georgia shelled civilians and "peacekeepers," former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said, calling the move a 'difficult decision." | At the time, Georgia was led by Mikhail Saakashvili, who later fled to Ukraine and remains wanted on criminal charges back home. Medvedev called the behavior of Saakashvili "criminal," and criticized the "scoundrels" who ordered troops to open fire on the houses of civilians and Russian "peacekeepers." | "I made a difficult, but the only possible decision — to stand in defense of Abkhazi…

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

RT (2020-08-08). Goodbye, greenback! As they abandon dollar in trade, Russia & China could create 'financial alliance,' leading Russian expert says. rt.com Moscow and Beijing's ditching of the US dollar could result in the creation of a "financial alliance," according to a top Russian analyst. Alexey Maslov believes the partnership is approaching a "breakthrough moment." | Maslov, director of the Institute of Far Eastern Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences, predicts that Russia-China "de-dollarization" could lead to the two nations forming a de-facto fiscal alliance. | "The collaboration between Russia and China in the financial sphere tells us that they are finally finding the parameters for a new alliance with each other," he said, speaking to Japanese p…

RT (2020-08-08). Incorrectly designed and rushed Covid-19 vaccine could actually AGGRAVATE infection, Russian virology expert warns. rt.com Russia's domestically produced Covid-19 vaccine could be dangerous and even cause infection if improperly designed, says Alexander Chepurnov, the former lab head at the Vector State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology. | A rapidly produced vaccine has already been completed and trialed in Russia, and will soon be registered and undergo mass production. The country is just one of many in the race to produce an effective immunization against the disease. According to Chepurnov, if the vaccinated person already has specific antibodies, coronavirus could actually intensify after receiving the vaccine.

RT (2020-08-08). Doctors sound alarm as deadly tick-borne virus re-emerges in China, kills 7 so far. rt.com As if Covid-19 wasn't enough, Chinese doctors are warning that the country's population is threatened by yet another virus. The infection is passed by tick bites, but could also be transmitted between humans, experts say. | The SFTS virus has already infected around 60 people this year in China's eastern Jiangsu and Anhui Provinces, and seven of them have died. | Symptoms of the potentially deadly infection include fever, cough, fatigue, nausea, and vomiting, as well as a decline in white blood cells. | SFTS isn't exactly new, as the first cases of the tick-borne disease were reported in rural parts of the Hub…

RT (2020-08-08). Almost 240 people injured, 1 officer killed in Beirut protests amid clashes, reports of fire & police shooting. rt.com Army has been deployed to Beirut downtown to quell protests over the deadly blast earlier this week. At least 238 people were injured and 63 of them hospitalized and police said an officer was killed in the clashes. | Thousands of protesters gathered at Martyrs' Square in central Beirut, attempting to reach the Parliament and clashing with riot police. | Demonstrators threw rocks and projectiles at the officers, who responded by employing tear gas and other special means. |

RT (2020-08-08). Lebanese protesters occupy Foreign Ministry & other govt buildings in Beirut (PHOTO, VIDEO). rt.com Demonstrators who took to the streets of Beirut after the Lebanese capital was rocked by a massive blast earlier this week have stormed the Foreign Ministry and other government buildings, amid violent clashes with police. | Around 10,000 people gathered at Martyrs' Square in central Beirut to accuse the government of negligence, which they say allowed a massive ammonium nitrate explosion to occur at the port on Tuesday. | Read more | | T…

RT (2020-08-08). Narrow escape: Massive rock-fall caught on VIDEO during road construction in Dagestan, Russia. rt.com People were seen fleeing to safety as a huge stone fell during road construction in a mountainous area in Russia's southern Republic of Dagestan. While it was a terrifying sight, casualties were thankfully avoided. | An avalanche of rocks crashed down upon the unfinished road from great heights, sending clouds of thick black dust billowing into the air. | Construction workers reacted swiftly and escaped, with one of them finding safety in the cabin of his excavation vehicle. | Even those filming the disaster from dozens of meters away were forced to shut down their phones and retreat. | Nobody was hurt, but…

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

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

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

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

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

WSWS (2020-08-08). The politics of oligarchy: Federal appeals court blocks SEP challenge to anti-democratic ballot access laws in California. wsws.org The response of the ruling class and its state to the SEP's legal challenge has been determined by one political motive: Keep socialists off the ballot!

WSWS (2020-08-08). Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia. wsws.org The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

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

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

WSWS (2020-08-08). Ex-UAW regional director forced to resign amid harassment investigation. wsws.org Region 2-B Director Richard Rankin presided over major attacks on workers, including the closure of the Lordstown, Ohio GM plant in 2019.

WSWS (2020-08-08). White House, Congress combine to cut off supplemental unemployment benefits. wsws.org Driven by social interests irreconcilably opposed to those of the working class, congressional leaders from both parties adjourned Friday without restoring jobless pay.

WSWS (2020-08-08). Columbia University pressures faculty into teaching in-person classes, triggering backlash. wsws.org Faculty and graduate instructors have denounced university demands they teach in-person classes during the planned fall campus reopening.

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

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

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

Andrew Emett (2020-08-08). Video: Restrained detainee begs for life as guards kill him. nationofchange.org Neville's family has filed a civil lawsuit against the county of Forsyth and Wellpath, the medical agency that employs the nurse, for failing to save Neville's life and negligently causing his death.

Paul Von Blum (2020-08-08). Street Artists Rise to the Occasion. progressive.org In the midst of international protests against racist violence, artists are using their skills to send a clear message: Black lives matter.

WSWS (2020-08-08). Union prepares sellout of Renault strike in Brazil. wsws.org The movement that involved thousands of workers and their families is under threat of being shutdown with an agreement that validates the destruction of 747 jobs.

Jake Jacobs (2020-08-08). Coronavirus Outbreaks at Summer Schools Are a Warning Not to Reopen. progressive.org A spate of COVID-19 "clusters" at summer schools across the country show that we could be heading for a disaster if in-person classes resume this fall.

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

Ashley Curtin (2020-08-08). Trump administration attempt to gut NEPA sued by a broad coalition of groups. nationofchange.org "What is best for big business and Washington lobbyists is rarely what is best for local communities."

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

WSWS (2020-08-08). New York University withholds completed dental degree, student facing deportation. wsws.org Despite her completion of coursework, an international student faces deportation because she is unable to pay exorbitant tuition costs and fees.

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

WSWS (2020-08-08). Massive anger erupts following Beirut port explosion. wsws.org Security forces used tear gas to disperse anti-government protesters near parliament on Thursday.

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

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

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

WSWS (2020-08-08). President Trump signs executive orders banning Chinese social media apps TikTok and WeChat. wsws.org On Thursday, the US president signed two executive orders that will ban the operation of TikTok and WeChat in the US unless they are acquired by US-based companies within 45 days.

WSWS (2020-08-08). GM Spring Hill workers speak out against unsafe conditions amid COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org The WSWS Autoworker Newsletter has received comments from a number of workers at the Tennessee plant.

WSWS (2020-08-08). US coronavirus death toll predicted to reach 295,000 by December. wsws.org The IHME projection of nearly 300,000 deaths by December exposes the lie that it is safe to reopen the schools.

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

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

WSWS (2020-08-08). Reject whitewash report into London bus driver coronavirus deaths! For rank-and-file health and safety committees! wsws.org There is nothing remotely "independent" about University College London's review into bus driver deaths.

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

WSWS (2020-08-08). Africa's one million coronavirus cases "the tip of the iceberg" wsws.org Between June and July, the number of cases grew by 500 percent indicating that COVID-19 is more widespread than the official figures suggest.

WSWS (2020-08-08). US moves to delist Chinese companies from stock exchanges. wsws.org The move has been couched in terms of protecting "investor safety," but it is another component of the economic warfare being carried out by Washington.

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

WSWS (2020-08-08). USPS workers speak out against privatization drive. wsws.org Opposition is growing among postal workers to the increasingly unbearable work regime and the ongoing efforts to privatize…

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