2020-08-10: News Headlines

Stephen Lendman (2020-08-10). Trump's Payroll Tax Deferral Aims to Weaken and Kill Social Security and Medicare. globalresearch.ca All politicians lie. Rare exceptions prove the rule. | Trump is Exhibit A, a serial liar never to be trusted, a menace to virtually everything just societies hold dear. | Last February 8 he tweeted: "We will not be touching your Social …

Stephen Lendman (2020-08-10). Trump Usurps Congressional Appropriations Authority. globalresearch.ca On Saturday, Trump unconstitutionally breached exclusive congressional appropriations authority. | Under Article I, section 9, clause 7 of the US Constitution (the appropriations clause), "(n)o money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law." | Congress …

Ralph Nader (2020-08-10). Donald Trump is Defeating Himself. counterpunch.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

Juan Cole (2020-08-10). How did Americans become such Wimps? zcomm.org Silence as Trump kills tens of Thousands, Destroys Social Security and Post Office, Plots Election Fraud…

WSWS (2020-08-10). US Supreme Court defends deadly jail conditions in California. wsws.org The high court decision denies inmates their right to safety during a deadly pandemic and at the same time shows contempt for the lives of the poor.

Gerald Sussman (2020-08-10). Biden's Ukrainegate Problem. counterpunch.org Joe Biden's role in the Ukraine regime change, as Victoria Nuland put it, was to "midwife" the new government into existence and thereby incorporate another eastern European satellite into America's orbit. This is what the neocons call "democracy promotion." His efforts in Ukraine, however, proved disastrous.

Rev. William Alberts (2020-08-10). Cognitive Without Conscience. counterpunch.org President Trump took a cognitive test, and touted his performance as "amazing." The test: he repeated "Person, Woman, Man, Camera and TV" in that order. It is a dementia test that measures memory, not morality, the capacity to recall, not intelligence. Seventy-four-year-old Trump proposed that his 2020 presidential opponent, seventy-seven-year-old Joe Biden take the test

Alan Macleod (2020-08-10). New Report Reveals US Special Forces Active in 22 African Countries. mintpressnews.com A The U.S. is not formally at war with an African nation, an…

Alan MacLeod (2020-08-10). Trump Appoints Disgraced Iran-Contra Hawk Elliott Abrams as Iran Envoy. globalresearch.ca 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. | *** | The Trump administration has appointed disgraced neoconservative hawk Elliott …

WSWS (2020-08-10). COVID-19: A blessing for Bezos and a nightmare for workers. wsws.org While workers fight for safe working conditions and adequate pay, Amazon has taken advantage of the business opportunities opened up by COVID-19.

Ben Norton (2020-08-10). Twitter spreads paid US gov't propaganda while falsely claiming it bans state media ads. thegrayzone.com Twitter says it bans ads from state-affiliated media outlets. However, US government propaganda organs like Voice of America's VOA Persian…

Max Blumenthal (2020-08-10). Western media's favorite Hong Kong 'freedom struggle writer' is American ex-Amnesty staffer in yellowface. mronline.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.

Chris Hedges (2020-08-10). Chris Hedges: America's Death March. mintpressnews.com Princeton, New Jersey (

Medea Benjamin (2020-08-10). Elliott Abrams' Appointment as the Next U.S. Special Representative for Iran. Spells Disaster. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Gareth Porter (2020-08-10). Don't Delay Military Withdrawal from the Middle East. globalresearch.ca The Quincy Institute's "

Howard Lisnoff (2020-08-10). Revolutionaries Living in a System of Growing Fascism. counterpunch.org Watching the documentary The Weather Underground (2002) (see Independent Lens review, PBS) is a painful experience. Included with this award-winning documentary about Vietnam-era revolutionaries is the smaller and separate interview with David Gilbert, who remains imprisoned in New York for his part in the 1981 Brinks robbery in which some of those involved in the robbery killed two policemen

news.un (2020-08-10). Guterres pledges continued UN support for Lebanon 'in every possible way'. news.un.org The United Nations and humanitarian partners are working around the clock to support and mobilize emergency assistance in the aftermath of the deadly explosion in Beirut Port last Tuesday.

Galina Angarova (2020-08-10). As Indigenous Peoples, We Are Resilient. globalresearch.ca Today, we celebrate the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples and all Indigenous leaders who have been fighting for our rights. Today, we remember the first meeting of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations that took place in …

Lynnette Grey Bull (2020-08-10). The Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women Human Rights Emergency is Not a Photo-Op for Ivanka Trump. counterpunch.org We need to be clear about what is needed to address this crisis, and it is not a photo-op where our sacred symbols of high office are degraded by being used as props by Ivanka Trump. Democratic 2020 presidential candidate, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, accurately called MMIWG "an unconscionable human rights emergency," and the response must

Joan Carling and Mike Taylor (2020-08-10). From colonialism to COVID-19, Indigenous peoples show resilience in the face of evictions. zcomm.org With special emphasis this year on resilience in the face of COVID-19, it's time to turn the spotlight on the strength and dignity of Indigenous peoples and acknowledge the contribution they make protecting our planet.

Joe Emersberger (2020-08-10). Reuters Ecuador Headlines since "Auditor General" Pablo Celi demands elimination of party allied with Rafael Correa. zcomm.org 21 articles on Reuters website that mention Ecuador since the country's super shady "auditor genera" Pablo Celi began demanding (on June 22) that various political parties be banned from participating in the 2021 elections. One of the four parties Celi targeted was Fuerza Compromiso Social which Correa and his allies have joined in order to

Kevin Zeese (2020-08-10). Era of US Domination of Latin America Coming to an End: Nicaragua, Venezuela, Bolivia. globalresearch.ca Despite its failings at home, the United States intervenes in countries across multiple continents seeking to control their governments and resources. | This week, we look at the US' latest efforts in Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Bolivia to undermine their independence and …

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2020-08-10). Era of US domination of Latin America coming to an end. nationofchange.org As U.S. empire fades, so might the Monroe Doctrine come to an end.

Staff (2020-08-10). Is Trump Sabotaging U.S. Postal Service Ahead of Election as Part of His Attack on Mail-in Voting? democracynow.org Democratic lawmakers say the Trump administration is sabotaging the United States Postal Service ahead of the November election, when a record number of votes are expected to be cast by mail. Since taking office, U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy — a major Trump donor — has instituted a number of cost-cutting measures that have slowed down the delivery of mail, and overhauled the leadership of the agency in a move that critics say will give him more power. This comes as President Trump continues to attack mail-in voting, claiming…

Staff (2020-08-10). Headlines for August 10, 2020. democracynow.org Lebanon Unrest Mounting as Death Toll from Catastrophic Port Blast Tops 200, Trump Signs Executive Orders After Coronavirus Bill Stalls, Dems Say They Are Unconstitutional , U.S. COVID-19 Cases Top 5 Million, with More Evidence of Infections in Children and Teens, Coronavirus Surging Across India, Brazil as Europe and Cuba Reimpose Containment Measures, Hong Kong Arrests Media Tycoon Jimmy Lai Under National Security Law, Protesters Take to Streets of Belarus, Accuse Officials of Fraud After Lukashenko Claims 80% of Vote, Mauritius in State of "Environmental Emergency" as Tanker Leeches Fuel into Protected Areas,…

Staff (2020-08-10). Lebanese Gov't Faces Collapse Amid Rage-Filled Protests over Blast, Economic Crisis & Corruption. democracynow.org The Lebanese government may be on the verge of collapse amid protests over the massive port explosion that devastated much of Beirut and killed at least 200 people and injured thousands. At least four ministers and nine members of Parliament have resigned. "The dominoes are falling," says Dion Nissenbaum, a Beirut-based reporter for The Wall Street Journal, who led an investigation into the official neglect that preceded last week's explosion, and says it has intensified public outrage over long-standing government dysfunction, calling it "the straw that's broken the camel's back here."

Staff (2020-08-10). Millions Facing Eviction and Joblessness Get No Immediate Help from Trump's New Executive Orders. democracynow.org President Trump's latest executive orders to extend unemployment benefits and defer payroll taxes may be unconstitutional. Democrats had hoped to extend a program to give unemployed workers an additional $600 in weekly benefits and to extend a federal moratorium protecting some renters from evictions, but failed to overcome opposition from Republican lawmakers. Under Trump's order, unemployed workers would continue receiving an additional $400 a week, but only once states put up a quarter of the money and set up a new system to distribute the payments — a process that could take months. Trump also signed an…

_____ (2020-08-10). Chris Hedges: The United State's Death March. popularresistance.org The terminal decline of the United States will not be solved by elections. The political rot and depravity will continue to eat away at the soul of the nation, spawning what anthropologists call crisis cults — movements led by demagogues that prey on an unbearable psychological and financial distress. These crisis cults, already well established among followers of the Christian Right and Donald Trump, peddle magical thinking and an infantilism that promises — in exchange for all autonomy — prosperity, a return to a mythical past, order and security.

John Hawkins (2020-08-10). Assange: "Send Him Back" to Australia. dissidentvoice.org Australia's the kind of place where, after twenty years here, you can wake up one morning to a sucker-punch epiphany — wow! This is what it would be like if the South had won the Civil War. No slavery, but a mindset, sometimes an arrogance that comes at you like Dylan's twisty freight train. Not …

Jack Rasmus (2020-08-10). Trump's Executive Orders: EOs as PR and FUs. counterpunch.org Less than 24 hours after Trump broke off negotiations on the economic stimulus package with Congressional Democrat leaders, Pelosi and Shumer, last Friday August 7, Trump issued a series of Executive Orders (EOs) that he had been signaling and threatening all last week well before the break up. Almost certainly the legal crafting of the

news.un (2020-08-10). Pandemic poses fresh challenges for vulnerable migrant workers in Middle East. news.un.org Amidst reports that many migrant workers in the Middle East are being made destitute, due to an economic crisis exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN is calling on governments and employers to respect their rights, and show solidarity with their plight.

news.un (2020-08-10). New guidance for protecting migrant workers during the coronavirus pandemic. news.un.org As migrant workers continue to be on the front lines of the collective response to COVID-19, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) are releasing new employer guidance for measures to protect them.

Fight Back (2020-08-10). Brown Berets of Minnesota hold protest honoring Mario Sanchez. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – On August 9, over 100 people gathered on the corner of 35th Street and Chicago Avenue, the site where Mario Sanchez was killed during community violence on July 27. The protest was called by the newly-formed Minnesota chapter of the Brown Berets, the broader immigrant rights and Black liberation movements, and the American Indian Movement. Family and organizers believe the case has remained uninvestigated by the Minneapolis Police Department due to its proximity to the site where George Floyd was murdered Memorial Day weekend and because of Sanchez's immigration status. | In spite of the everch…

Labor Video Project (2020-08-10). 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.

yenisafak (2020-08-10). Migrants still landing in UK as govt takes tougher line. yenisafak.com A small boat carrying 20 Syrian migrants was met by the British Border Force off the coast of Dover, local media reported on Monday.Between Thursday and Sunday, almost 700 migrants landed in the UK via the Channel, according to Sky News.The British government has taken a tougher line on migration via the Channel in recent days.Prime Minister Boris Johnson expressed his willingness to work with French authorities to stop the channel crossings and ensure that migrants "understand that this isn't a good idea, this is a very bad and stupid and dangerous and criminal thing to do"."But then there's a second thing we've…

Jamal Rich (2020-08-10). 'Cancel the Rent'—Tenants pressure D.C. city council and corporate landlords. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—On Saturday, July 25, a major rally hosted by D.C. Jobs With Justice, Reclaim Rent Control D.C., and the D.C. Tenants Union was held at Columbia Heights Plaza with hundreds of organizers and tenants from the D.C. metropolitan area who are struggling to pay rent amidst the economic fallout from the pandemic, an expiration of …

Daniel Warner (2020-08-10). Geneva: The Home of Lost Causes. counterpunch.org Anniversaries call for celebrations. The 75th anniversary of the United Nations was supposed to be the event of 2020 for the multilateral system. The list of scheduled events and publications is too long to mention. Should we celebrate? What is there to celebrate? A global pandemic with no multilateral response? Increasing economic and social inequality

The Stop Golden Rice Network (2020-08-10). Why We Oppose Golden Rice. counterpunch.org The push for corporate-led solutions to hunger and malnutrition is alarming. In particular, Golden Rice is now being proposed as a solution to the worsening hunger and malnutrition associated with the pandemic. Agrochemical transnationals (TNCs) and collaborating institutions such as the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) are using concerns over food security during the pandemic

Jane Green (2020-08-10). Worker's death sparks historic oil and gas strike in Iran. peoplesworld.org

Mike Hastie (2020-08-10). The Police Force Stampede in Portland on August 8, 2020. counterpunch.org I was in attendance of another BLM demonstration in Portland, Oregon this weekend. I say attendance, because eventually if there is going to be any real changes in this country, we need more attendance. If there is going to be real Police Reform in the U.S. then the resistance calling for that reform has to be constant, or shall we say relentless. That is why the demonstrations have been going on every night in Portland for the past 70 + days. There are certainly a lot of different opinions as to how that should be played out. It is hard to tell where this is all going in Portland, or any other major city across…

Eric A. Gordon (2020-08-10). 'We all want to be fellow travelers': Mike Glick's new CD. peoplesworld.org "We all want to be fellow travelers" is not the title of singer-songwriter Mike Glick's new CD, but his song "Fellow Travelers" kicks off the collection, prefacing and summing up its greater content. "When this CD was finished," the New York City-based artist writes, "I realized that it was inspired by the struggles and lives …

Eds. (2020-08-10). Lebanon explosion is an ecosocialist issue. mronline.org In saying that the terrible explosion in Beirut is an ecosocialist issue I am not counterposing this claim to the fact that this is also an issue of corruption, of government incompetence, of health and safety and many other things.

Eds. (2020-08-10). Robin Kelley on love, study, and struggle. mronline.org Hosted by Paul Holdengrà§ber, The Quarantine Tapes chronicles shifting paradigms in the age of social distancing. Each day, Paul calls a guest for a brief discussion about how they are experiencing the global pandemic.

Marilyn Bechtel (2020-08-10). Virtual march on Livermore Lab caps Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombing anniversaries. peoplesworld.org LIVERMORE, Calif.—As the world observed the 75th anniversaries of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Aug. 6 and 9, 1945, a virtual rally focusing on the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory here kicked off two days of nationally broadcast virtual programming put together by over 160 peace and disarmament organizations under the auspices …

David Trujillo (2020-08-10). We are a community of voters: Somos una comunidad de votantes. peoplesworld.org For the Latino community the question should not be "Should I vote?" The question to be asking is what is the best option for my vote? There are so many honest reasons why voting out the president and taking back the Senate is the best option. This article would have to be much, much longer to …

Bill Hackwell and Alicia Jrapko (2020-08-10). US: Crimes against Humanity at Home and Abroad. dissidentvoice.org Photo Credit: Albert Eisenstaedt This month marks the second year since former President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, announced to the world a campaign promoted by a group of Latin American writers and academics to declare August 9 as International Day of US Crimes against Humanity. Appropriately the day is to remember the second nuclear bomb …

Mark Gruenberg (2020-08-10). Letter Carriers union files nationwide grievance against mail slowdown scheme. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—The Letter Carriers union has filed a national grievance, an unusual move, against Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, who took over the agency, promptly fired 21-31 top staffers, and imposed shutdown actions and an overtime ban that slows the mail down. The union's grievance, which also demands mandated talks over DeJoy's moves, comes just after 84 …

Vijay Prashad (2020-08-10). The Internationalist Lenin. Self-determination and anti-colonialism. mronline.org In 1913, Lenin published an article in Pravda with a curious title, 'Backward Europe and Advanced Asia'.[1] The opening of the article accepts the paradoxical nature of the title, for it is Europe—after all—that has advanced it forces of production and it is Asia that has had its forces of production stifled.

Staff (2020-08-10). Climate official pushing controversial sun-blocking plan resigns. therealnews.com Welcome back to TRNN's Climate Crisis News Roundup. | In recent weeks, this column has focused heavily on the intersection between COVID-19 and the climate crisis, and that will continue as the pandemic sweeps the world. | This week, with the presidential election just over three months away, President Donald Trump is down in the polls, but was up for a speech at a fracking rig in a COVID-19 hotspot, one with no masks in sight. As he spoke, a company with operations nearby and ambitions to boost an obscure drilling technique joined a legion of other companies who have declared bankruptcy. | If you have a story…

Eds. (2020-08-10). Fanon and the 'rationality of revolt'. mronline.org Fanon's idea that the measure of time not be that of the moment but that of the rest of the world takes on urgent significance as climate extinction meets global pandemic.

Liberation Staff (2020-08-10). Outrage at demolition of mural in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood. liberationnews.org On Thursday, July 23 the iconic Roxbury Love Mural was demolished by Cruz Companies with little warning to the community that had cherished it for years. In its place will be built condos well out of the price range of current residents. As outrage spread at this brazen act of gentrification, the Boston branch of …

Vijay Prashad — Érika Ortega Sanoja (2020-08-10). How the U.S. Failed at Its Foreign Policy Toward Venezuela. counterpunch.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

RT (2020-08-10). Victim of 'systemic racism'? Biden's Ferguson anniversary tweet flops… as his own DOJ justified Michael Brown shooting. rt.com Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden seemingly forgot what was made clear by his own administration when he was vice president under Obama: Evidence shows that Michael Brown was killed while assaulting a police officer. | That was the

RT (2020-08-10). Mayor of Chicago slammed for failed response to looting & police shooting after focusing on lakeside social distancing. rt.com Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has been excoriated for the city's belated response to an outbreak of looting, shooting and chaos that followed a police-involved shooting. The city was quick to shut down beach access, however. | Lightfoot belatedly condemned the looters during a press conference on Monday, urging prosecutors to "put their best people" on the task of rounding up those behind the violence that left 13 police officers injured over the course of a single night. | "There is no justification for criminal behavior ever," Lightfoot said, adding, "You have no right to take and destroy the property of othe…

RT (2020-08-10). 1 killed, several injured as 'major gas explosion' obliterates three Baltimore homes (PHOTOS). rt.com A huge gas explosion has reduced three row houses to rubble in Baltimore, Maryland, killing one resident and injuring several others, the city's fire department has said. At least five people remain trapped in the debris. | Shocking photos from the scene show an empty space in the row of houses where the destroyed homes used to stand. The trio of two-story buildings were literally leveled to the ground, and many nearby homes also sustained damage in the blast. | UNBELIEVABLE: multiple homes have been LEVELED by an explosion in Northwest Baltimore, one person has died and multiple others still missing, possibly…

RT (2020-08-10). Hundreds of looters raid Chicago after riots break out over police shooting (PHOTOS, VIDEOS). rt.com Chicago has been gripped by large-scale rioting and looting, believed to have been sparked by a police shooting in the city. Law enforcement are reportedly struggling to restore order. | Social media was flooded with photographs and videos showing widespread chaos in the city. Footage shows large crowds walking through the streets with looted merchandise, as people rush in and out of stores. | According to eyewitness reports, looters targeted large department stores such as Macy's and Nordstrom, as well as luxury shops including Gucci, Louis Vuitton and even a Tesla dealership. Countless other businesses were…

RT (2020-08-10). What could it mean? Twitter erupts with sarcastic suggestions after Trump refers to himself as 'President T'. rt.com Donald Trump has sparked yet another Twitter drama after referring to himself as 'President T' in a post questioning the loyalty of a senator, prompting users to make sarcastic suggestions of what the 'T' could possibly stand for. | In the Monday tweet, Trump accused Republican Senator Ben Sasse of "going rogue" after he sharply criticized the president's executive orders aimed at providing coronavirus relief while bypassing Congress. | RINO Ben Sasse, who needed my support and endorsement in order to get the Republican nomination for Senate from the GREAT State of Nebraska, has, now that he's got it (Thank yo…

RT (2020-08-10). Massive 'dragon-shaped' windstorm headed for Chicago. rt.com An enormous "derecho" storm cluster with winds up to 100mph has taken shape in the midwestern US, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake and heading straight for Chicago – as if the Windy City doesn't have enough problems. | The devastating storm – given the rare classification of "Particularly Dangerous Situation" by government meteorologists – is expected to pummel northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin with winds of up to 100mph (160kph) through 7pm local time, according to the US Storm Prediction Center. | The likelihood of a Derecho impacting IA, IL, IN, and WI this afternoon has prompted an upgrade…

RT (2020-08-10). 'Give them soy lattes and foot massages' — Ted Cruz roasted for mocking pandemic payments. rt.com Republican Senator Ted Cruz was hammered online after he mocked a Democrat colleague's calls for higher coronavirus payments to Americans. Cruz' brand of 'let them sip soy' humor went down like a lead balloon. | Though President Donald Trump recently signed a slew of executive orders extending unemployment benefits, pausing evictions, deferring student loan payments and implementing a payroll tax cut, the American people have yet to receive another stimulus check from the federal government. | With Congress set to debate a second round of checks in the coming days, some Democrats have called for a more generou…

The Canary (2020-08-10). Plan for more nursing apprenticeships falls short, union warns. thecanary.co A multi-million pound government plan to train more apprentice nurses falls short of what is needed, the Royal College of Nursing has said.The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said a package worth up to £172m will enable healthcare employers to take on up to 2,000 nursing degree apprentices every year over the next four years.The NHS and other healthcare employers will receive £8,300 per placement per year for both new and existing apprenticeships. | The government said the funding will enable employers to meet the costs of taking on apprentices, including staffing costs while apprentices a…

The Canary (2020-08-10). Widespread calls for PM to boost testing as he prepares for schools reopening. thecanary.co Boris Johnson is facing widespread calls to boost coronavirus testing and tracing in order to safely reopen schools to all pupils without imposing further restrictions on businesses or social lives.The prime minister said it is the "national priority" to get children back in class in England next month, but he has been warned by scientific advisers that "trade-offs" may be necessary to keep transmission down. | Teachers, scientists, opposition politicians and the children's commissioner for England Anne Longfield have all called for improvements to testing before pupils return.Longfield welcomed Johnson's commitm…

Marc Norton (2020-08-10). San Francisco Giants and Golden State Warriors give stadium workers the boot. peoplesworld.org I got the email firing me from my job at the Giants ballpark Monday, July 27. The following evening, I learned from the San Francisco Examiner that I would also get fired from my second job at the new Golden State Warriors stadium, and a combined 2,154 other food service workers were also being shown …

CP Editor (2020-08-10). Lebanese Gov't Faces Collapse Amid Rage-Filled Protests. counterpunch.org

Ralph Nader (2020-08-10). Ranking the Infinite Greed, Power and Controls of Giant Corporations. zcomm.org At the end of the day, we are all paying the price of the full measure of the infinite avarice spiraling from these corporate supremacists and their private governments of controls…

South Front (2020-08-10). Lebanon: President Macron Pushes "Neo-expansionism" globalresearch.ca The current geopolitical position of France is shaped by a variety of factors. As one of the key actors in the Mediterranean region, Paris is now primarily a European leader in countering Turkey's expansionist policy. Relations between the two countries …

Russell Pearce (2020-08-10). Not Just a Bad President, Trump is a "Holmesian Bad Man." Act Accordingly. aclu.org "If you want to know the law, you must look at it as a bad man does, who cares only for the material consequences," wrote legendary Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, "Not as a good one, who finds his reasons for conduct, whether inside the law or outside of it, in the vaguer sanctions of conscience." , , Donald Trump is a Holmesian bad man, and an even worse president, pushing the bounds of corruption and authoritarianism, unbound by norms, the rule of law, a sense of shame, or even care for others. To deal with such a bad man and bad president — one who truckles to adversaries like Russian P…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-10). Afghan government to release remaining 400 Taliban prisoners. peoplesdispatch.org The release is expected to pave the way for the beginning of intra-Afghan talks this week in Qatar. President Ashraf Ghani had earlier refused to release them saying their crimes were to heinous…

Jean Shaoul (2020-08-10). War Crimes in Afghanistan Covered up by UK Ministry of Defence. globalresearch.ca The government has been caught out lying about evidence on the killing of civilians in Afghanistan by the elite Special Air Service (SAS). | Three years into a civil case in the High Court brought by Saiffulah Yar into the deaths …

WSWS (2020-08-10). Trump's illegal power grab and the specter of American Bonapartism. wsws.org Trump's usurpation of the congressional prerogative to tax and spend is the latest act in his years-long effort to destroy all Constitutional guardrails on the power of the presidency.

Jon Miltimore (2020-08-10). Masks Aren't Helpful in Beating COVID-19: Europe's Top Health Officials. globalresearch.ca Denmark boasts one of the lowest COVID-19 death rates in the world. As of August 4, the Danes have suffered 616 COVID-19 deaths, That's less

WSWS (2020-08-10). Trump executive orders set stage for tens of millions of evictions. wsws.org An analysis released Friday by the Aspen Institute estimates that between 28,900,000 and 39,900,000 tenants in the US are at risk of eviction by the end of the year.

G2MIL (2020-08-10). Video: The NATO Conquest of Eastern Europe. globalresearch.ca General Dwight Eisenhower was the first NATO supreme allied commander. | After assuming that post in 1951, General Eisenhower wrote about NATO's goal: | "If in 10 years, all American troops stationed in Europe for national defense purposes have not been returned …

WSWS (2020-08-10). Local lockdowns in West Yorkshire following UK workplace outbreaks. wsws.org The Kirklees area has had several workplace-based outbreaks of COVID-19, including at the Kober meat processing plant in Cleckheaton.

Douglas M. Poland (2020-08-10). The Fight for Democracy in Wisconsin. progressive.org State Republicans have set out to reverse the state's progressive legacy—by commandeering its mechanisms of governance.

WSWS (2020-08-10). Workers have a right to know about COVID-19 in their plants! wsws.org Autoworkers are being deprived of the most basic information about the spread of infections in their workplaces.

Binoy Kampmark (2020-08-10). Death From the Sky: Hiroshima and Normalised Atrocities. counterpunch.org 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 the wheels of his wearied mind lay the battered Marines who, despite being victorious, had

news.un (2020-08-10). Belarus: UN chief following post-election developments 'with great concern'. news.un.org The UN Secretary-General has appealed for restraint in Belarus, where ongoing clashes between police and demonstrators continue following disputed elections held on Sunday.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-10). Massive protests continue in Lebanon following Beirut blasts. peoplesdispatch.org Protests against the government gained steam after the blasts last week that claimed more than 150 lives and injured 6,000 others. The protesters are demanding the resignation of the government…

news.un (2020-08-10). Young people have a major role to play in ridding the world of nuclear weapons. news.un.org Nuclear weapons are still one of the most serious threats to mankind, and the dangers are growing. Young people can play an important role in ensuring that they are eliminated once and for all, says the UN's top disarmament official, ahead of International Youth Day on 12 August.

Stephen Sefton (2020-08-10). Nicaragua — Singing in the Rain. The USAID Project to Destroy the Sandinista Movement. globalresearch.ca Only the most perverse kind of ideology-derived inertia explains the stupidity, incompetence and criminality of current US foreign policy towards Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela. Stupid for being based on the insane messianic 19th Century Monroe Doctrine vision of Manifest Destiny, …

Ray McGovern (2020-08-10). Brent Scowcroft: Could He Have Stopped the 2003 Invasion Of Iraq? globalresearch.ca Brent Scowcroft badly served his friend George H. W. Bush on Iraq by not doing all he could to stop Bush's son from committing a war of aggression, writes Ray McGovern, who used to brief H.W. | *** | Some of the …

F. Douglas Stephenson (2020-08-10). Is Big Pharma More Interested in Profiteering Than Protecting Us From Coronavirus? counterpunch.org Gainesville, Florida April 12, 1955 stands out as the brightest day in the history of vaccine development and public health when news of the discovery by Jonas Salk of a vaccine for the poliovirus was made public. The most venerated medical scientist of the 20th century, Jonas Salk, M.D., was hailed as a miracle worker.

Prof. Andrew Paul Gutierrez (2020-08-10). Experts Debunk False Claims that GM Bt Cotton in India Has Been a Grand Success. globalresearch.ca "By nearly all measures, hybrid GM Bt cotton in India is a failure." | Three eminent experts have joined forces to debunk claims by a member of two influential think tanks that GM Bt cotton in India has been a resounding …

Fight Back (2020-08-10). Tampa Bay SDS wins major victory in their Increase Black Enrollment campaign. fightbacknews.org Tampa Bay SDS wins major victory in their Increase Black Enrollment campaign | By Eithne Silva | Tampa, Fl – On August 4, the president of the University of South Florida (USF) released a statement to the public announcing changes being made to improve Black student life. Some of these changes include demands that Tampa Bay Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) brought to USF administration through their Increase Black Enrollment campaign. | In the fall of 2019, after a string of white supremacist activity on campus as well as the lowest proportion of black students at USF in a decade, Tampa Bay SDS launched th…

Arhama Siddiqa (2020-08-10). The rise of the Middle Kingdom in the Middle East: China's Belt and Road Initiative. zcomm.org China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) stands as the most prominent example of the pivotal shift in Chinese foreign policy from Deng Xiaoping's "bide and hide" philosophy to the current ambitious endeavors…

Marc Vandepitte (2020-08-10). Corona and the End of the Neoliberal Era? globalresearch.ca For 40 years they hurled their neoliberal dogmas at us. The financial crisis seriously shook the belief in those beliefs, but eventually the system survived. This time things are different. The corona crisis and the socio-economic measures for saving the …

Victoria Theisen-Homer (2020-08-10). The 'Broken Windows' Approach to Teaching Is Breaking Our Schools. zcomm.org And Students of Color Are Harmed the Most…

WSWS (2020-08-10). Fiat Chrysler workers speak out on COVID-19 outbreak at Belvidere Assembly Plant. wsws.org The company's so-called "safety measures," implemented with the support of the UAW, have been completely ineffective at halting the spread of the virus.

Mandela Barnes (2020-08-10). A Path Forward for Wisconsin. progressive.org If we learned anything from 2016, it's that we cannot rely solely on an anti-Trump vote in order to win the Electoral College and the presidency.

Stop Golden Rice Network (2020-08-10). Asian Network Mounts Week-long Protest vs Golden Rice. asia-pacificresearch.com

Dr. Gary G. Kohls (2020-08-10). Hiroshima and the Glorification of American Militarism. globalresearch.ca This article was originally published in 2012, on the 67th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. | August 6, 9, 2012 was the 67th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the whole truth of which has been …

Bill Hackwell (2020-08-10). US Crimes Against Humanity at Home and Abroad. globalresearch.ca This month marks the second year since former President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, announced to the world a campaign promoted by a group of Latin American writers and academics to declare August 9 as International Day of US Crimes …

Daniel Larison (2020-08-10). The Jakarta Method: How the U.S. Used Mass Murder to Beat Communism. globalresearch.ca The so-called Long Peace after 1945 was covered in the blood of innocent people. Americans generally prefer to remember the Cold War as a mostly peaceful triumph punctuated by a handful of debacles, but for many of the people living …

WSWS (2020-08-10). Caleb Reed, a youth activist in Chicago, falls victim to gun violence. wsws.org Most recently Reed opposed Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot's budget that starves schools of resources while flooding the Police Department with billions of dollars.

Fight Back (2020-08-10). Delay school reopening: Tallahassee car-noise rally outside of school board meeting. fightbacknews.org Tallahassee, FL – Around 50 people gathered outside of the Leon County School Board meeting on the afternoon of August 4. The group met in front of the building where the Leon County School Board was meeting to discuss the district's plans to reopen schools for in-person lessons on August 31. This action came shortly after the community learned that the second of two staff members at a local school had died after contracting COVID-19. | Organized by Leon For a Safe Return to Campus, the Tallahassee Community Action Committee (TCAC) and Graduate Assistants United FSU, the action was an opportunity to show school b…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-10). Tensions rise in Bolivia as far-right groups mobilize against national strike. peoplesdispatch.org Over 140 major highways and roads have been blocked by protesters across Bolivia to demand that the general elections be held on September 6 and for the de facto president, Jeanine àÅñez, to resign immediately…

WSWS (2020-08-10). Unions' big lie to Quebec health care workers battling the pandemic: "The government will protect you" wsws.org With the unions unable and unwilling to defend them, health care workers must take matters into their own hands, to protect their own health and lives and those of the public.

Colin Todhunter (2020-08-10). Pushing GMO Crops into India: Experts Debunk High-Level Claims of Bt Cotton Success. globalresearch.ca On 6 July 2020, an article extolling the benefits of genetically modified (GM) crops …

news.un (2020-08-10). 'You are not alone, we are in this together', declare UN staffers in Lebanon. news.un.org Last Saturday was another scorching August day in Lebanon's shattered capital of Beirut, but UN staff members who had gathered outside UN House — itself damaged during the deadly port explosion – were determined to get straight to work, and stand in solidarity with the country they call home.

Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya (2020-08-10). Plans for Redrawing the Middle East: The Project for a "New Middle East" globalresearch.ca Towards the balkanization (division) and finlandization (pacification) of the Middle East…

Felicity Arbuthnot (2020-08-10). Unending "9/11s", "A Sad Kind of Freedom.": "Dear USA, Your 9/11 is our 24/7." globalresearch.ca This article was published by GR ten years ago in commemoration of the tenth anniversary of 9/11. | On September 12, 2001, The Atlantic Council meeting in Brussels invoked article 5 of the Washington Treaty. An Attack against one member state …

WSWS (2020-08-10). As statewide cases hit half a million, opposition mounts in Florida to school reopening. wsws.org Teachers from across Florida marched on Republican Governor Ron DeSantis' mansion Saturday to protest his statewide mandate for fully in-person instruction.

Bill Lueders (2020-08-10). Lies, Lies, and More Lies: A Presidential History. progressive.org Eric Alterman explores the one area in which Donald Trump's performance has been truly outstanding.

Michael D. Knox (2020-08-10). After Nagasaki, the U.S. Did Not Choose Peace. counterpunch.org On August 9, 2015, the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki, I attended a ceremony at Ashley Pond, Los Alamos, New Mexico. This is the place, geographically, where the first atom bombs were constructed. As I prepared my remarks, I realized a personal connection that had never registered before. On this date in 1945, our

James Bovard (2020-08-10). COVID as a Pretext to Prevent the Reopening of Schools: Deceit and Demagoguery in Montgomery County, Maryland. globalresearch.ca Across the nation, politicians and bureaucrats have invoked the COVID pandemic to seize dictatorial power to ban activities they disapprove. One of the most brazen examples recently occurred in super-lefty Montgomery County (MoCo), Maryland, where local health czar Travis Gayles…

WSWS (2020-08-10). German government continues to boost military spending and cover for fascists. wsws.org The billion-euro armament projects are aimed at expanding Germany's ability to make war, including the upgrading of the elite KSK force, which is riddled with fascists.

Herman Michiel (2020-08-10). European radical left makes itself superfluous. zcomm.org If the radical left doesn't want to make itself superfluous, it has to completely resource itself, develop a strategy and stick to it…

Isiah Holmes (2020-08-10). Screen Shot 2020-08-10 at 12.54.22 PM.png. progressive.org The civic engagement leading up to the election offers a vision of what Milwaukee could become.

Fight Back (2020-08-10). 1000 march for community control of Chicago police. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – About 1000 people gathered at two locations August 9 and marched to Diversey and Halsted for a rally aimed at getting North Side Aldermen to sponsor the ordinance establishing an all-elected Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC). | The focus was on the 2nd, 32nd, 43rd, and 44th Wards and Aldermen Brian Hopkins, Scott Waguespack, Michele Smith and Tom Tunny. | The action is part of the nationwide protests over unrelenting killings of Black and Latino people by police in Chicago and the United States, especially since the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Rayshard Brooks. | Sponsor…

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-08-10). The Undoing Of Illusions: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix. thealtworld.com ~ | The fact that ~ | A political establishment which thinks it's crazy and extremist to reduce a $740 billion military budget by 10 percent is a political establishment that should not exist. | A political establishment which thinks it's crazy and extremist to reduce a $740 billion military budget by 10 percent can never and will never lead to a sane world. | A political establishment which thinks it'

Prof. John Ryan (2020-08-10). Ukraine's Complex Historical Background and The Contemporary Era. globalresearch.ca Ukraine has a complex historical background and most people have little knowledge of this. The western part of Ukraine known as Galicia has an especially complex history. Going back for more than a thousand years, this region had been settled …

Andrew Emett (2020-08-10). Bernie and colleagues introduce Make Billionaires Pay Act. nationofchange.org "As our country faces vast economic and health needs, billionaires continue to display their appetite for greed."

Project Censored (2020-08-10). Episode 101 — A 3rd Reconstruction And Critical Environmental Media Literacy w/Professor Jeff Share. projectcensored.org On today's episode, Nicholas Baham II (Dr. Dreadlocks), Janice Domingo, and Nolan Higdon host University of Los Angeles' Jeff Share. Along The Line is a non-profit, education-based podcast that provides listeners…

WSWS (2020-08-10). Georgia teachers and students force temporary closure of North Paulding High School over COVID-19 outbreak. wsws.org The cluster of COVID-19 cases at the school emerged as a direct consequence of the decision to reopen schools for in-person instruction amid a surge in infections.

news.un (2020-08-10). WHO chief points to 'green shoots of hope' in COVID-19 pandemic. news.un.org Although COVID-19 cases are on track to hit 20 million worldwide this week, and 750,000 deaths, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has pointed to "green shoots of hope" amidst the global crisis, while urging both governments and people everywhere to work to suppress the new coronavirus.

WSWS (2020-08-10). Iranian oil workers mount wave of strikes as COVID-19 rages across the country. wsws.org According to reports, at least 10,000 workers have participated in walkouts at nearly 30 oil and petrochemical facilities, including the Abadan, Parsian and Qeshm refineries.

Helen Caldicott (2020-08-10). Hiroshima: The Lessons We Haven't Learned. zcomm.org 75 years after the U.S. atomic bombings of Japan, we remain perched on the precipice of unparalleled catastrophe…

WSWS (2020-08-10). Biden's blueprint for a right-wing presidency: Part one. wsws.org Despite media claims that the Democratic Party has "moved to the left," Joe Biden is running on a thoroughly right-wing program based on the defense of Wall Street and the global interests of American imperialism.

Stacey Lennox (2020-08-10). 6 Questions an Honest, Intelligent Reporter Would Ask Dr. Fauci About COVID-19. globalresearch.ca If you had been going down the rabbit hole of COVID-19 research for long enough, a few things would be astounding to you. First, how uninformed, uncurious, or deceptive reporters in the corporate media are on a matter of life …

Project Censored (2020-08-10). Authors William I. Robinson and Peter Phillips Discuss Corporate-Directed Changes in the Economy. projectcensored.org Sociologist and author William I. Robinson returns to the program to speak about his forthcoming book, "The Global Police State," from Pluto Press. Also on the program is sociologist and…

Robert S. Becker (2020-08-10). A good news storyline: Trump repudiated, Biden steady but insufficient. Enter systemic reformers. nationofchange.org Biden is no FDR. To expect systemic reform from Biden is naive but to envision him as a stepping stone is good progressive strategy.

WSWS (2020-08-10). US hits five million COVID-19 cases as testing declines and schools reopen. wsws.org The number of daily COVID-19 tests in the US has dropped significantly in recent weeks in line with the increasingly feverish drive to reopen the schools.

Ed Rampell (2020-08-10). The Killing that Awakened the City that Never Sleeps. progressive.org A new documentary reflects on the killing of a Black teenager in 1989, drawing parallels to today's Black Lives Matter protests.

WSWS (2020-08-10). Clashes in Beirut as ruling elite exploits anger over blast. wsws.org The latest demonstrations over Tuesday's deadly port explosion were marked by the presence of the Christian and Sunni parties and ex-generals.

David Altheide (2020-08-10). Politicizing Fear Through the News Media. counterpunch.org News coverage of fear, threat, and violence continues to influence and be manipulated by politicians attuned to network TV criteria for coverage. President Trump sent armed federal agents to several cities, to battle "terrorists" because he says some cities run by Democrats, are out of control. "Look at what's going on — all run by

WSWS (2020-08-10). Rising popular anger over Nepali government's response to COVID-19. wsws.org The Kathmandu government has reacted to youth protests over its failure to contain the coronavirus pandemic by arresting demonstrators.

Pepe Escobar (2020-08-10). Who Profits from the Beirut Blast? globalresearch.ca 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 …

Roger Bybee (2020-08-10). How Trump Plans to Win Wisconsin. progressive.org The Badger State, for Trump and Biden, is ground zero for November's election.

Terry Anne Scott (2020-08-10). Lynching Is Not a Relic of a Jim Crow Past. It's a Modern Form of Racial Terror. zcomm.org Some things have changed, however. These brutal deaths have engendered an unprecedented call for reform…

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2020-08-10). Macron Takes Advantage of Explosion to "Conquer Lebanon" globalresearch.ca All relevant events on the international stage have some geopolitical effects. Terrorist attacks, natural catastrophes, accidents and other tragedies also have implications for the power game between nations. In fact, any atypical event can completely change the way of relations …

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-10). Iran, Azerbaijan set roadmap for development of coop. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 10 (MNA) — Iranian Minister of Labor, Cooperatives and Social Welfare announced that Iran and Republic of Azerbaijan have set a roadmap for the development of cooperation between the two countries.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-10). Leader condoles demise of Hojatoleslam Mousavian. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 10 (MNA) — Leader of the Islamic Revolution has expressed condolences over the demise of Hojatoleslam Seyyed Abbas Mousavian, an expert on issues related to Islamic economy.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-10). VIDEO: Mauritius oil spill in Indian Ocean. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 10 (MNA) — The island of Mauritius is facing an environmental emergency as a wrecked ship is leaking tons of diesel and oil into the Indian Ocean. The island's government has declared an environmental emergency following the incident.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-10). Swiss financial channel to facilitate cereals, pharmaceutical. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 10 (MNA) — Chairman of Iran-Switzerland Joint Chamber of Commerce said that Swiss financial channel with the Islamic Republic of Iran will facilitate trade of cereals and pharmaceuticals.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-10). Iran not officially notified of ship seizure off Pakistan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 10 (MNA) — In reaction to reports that an Iranian oil tanker was seized in the port of Karachi, Iranian Ambassador to Islamabad said that the Iranian embassy has not received any official report from Pakistani authorities.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-10). VIDEO: Police, protesters clash in Belarus. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 10 (MNA) — Riot police clashed with protesters in Belarus overnight following a declared 80.23 percent victory for long-time president Alexander Lukashenko in Sunday's elections.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-10). Anibar Animation Festival to screen 'Eaten' from Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 10 (MNA) — Iranian animation 'Eaten', directed by Mohsen Rezapour, will be screened at the 2020 edition of the Anibar International Animation Festival.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-10). Pharmaceutical industry discussed under Covid-19 pandemic. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 10 (MNA) — Mehr news agency, on Monday, hosted the head and members of the Iranian Pharmaceutical Industries Syndicate in a meeting to investigate the condition of the domestic pharmaceutical industry under the coronavirus pandemic.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-10). Iran' Mahiroud Market exports over 13 million $ goods. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 10 (MNA) —The Director-General of South Khorasan Customs administration said, "The definite export from Mahiroud Market in the first quarter of the current year has been 13 million and 112 thousand and 97 dollars."

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-10). Guardian Council spox' presser. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 10 (MNA) — Guardian Council Spokesman Abbasali Kadkhodaei held a press conference on Monday morning.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-10). Iran-Afghanistan-Uzbekistan transit corridor operational. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 10 (MNA) — The pilot project of the Iran-Afghanistan-Uzbekistan transit corridor became operational under the TIR system with two trucks starting transporting goods from Iran to Afghanistan and finally to Uzbekistan on Monday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-10). "Hormuz Peace Endeavor" can only be sustained strategically. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 10 (MNA) — Professor Arshin Adib-Moghaddam, Chair of the Centre for Iranian Studies at the London Middle East Institute believes that "The "Hormuz Peace Endeavour" can only be sustained strategically.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-10). Iran to adopt various methods to unblock frozen assets. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 10 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the Islamic Republic of Iran will adopt various methods to unblock its frozen assets in other countries.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-10). Iranian animation 'Crab' competing at Animafest Cyprus. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 10 (MNA) — Iranian short animation 'Crab' directed by Shiva Sadegh Asadi is present at the international competition film program of the 19th Countryside Animafest Cyprus, the official animation event of the country, August 9-12.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-10). Iran-Eurasia trade reaches $2.6 billion in 9 months. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 10 (MNA) — Iran and the Eurasian Economic Union trades reached $2.6 billion in the nine months since October 27, 2019 — when the Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) was inked between Islamic Republic of Iran and Eurasian Economic Union.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-10). Govt. pursuing to resolve people's economic problems. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 10 (MNA) — President Hassan Rouhani said that his administration in cooperation with other branches of the Establishment is seeking to resolve economic problems facing people of the country as well as boosting the economy of the country.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-10). UNSC facing major test to show independence: Vaezi. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 10 (MNA) — Iranian President's Chief of Staff Mahmoud Vaezi said that the members of UN Security Council are facing a major test to show their independence and react negatively to US pressure on Iran.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-10). Iran records 2,132 COVID-19 cases in 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 10 (MNA) — The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has infected 2,132 people and claimed 189 lives in Iran in the past 24 hours, a senior health official said.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-10). Beirut Blast to change political arrangement in Lebanon. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 10 (MNA) — Iranian ex-ambassador to Germany said that It seems when the Beirut tensions end, the political arrangement of the forces in Lebanon will change and some political groups will turn to Hezbollah.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-08-10). Rare 'boomerang' earthquake observed along Atlantic Ocean fault line. imperial.ac.uk Scientists have tracked a 'boomerang' earthquake in the ocean for the first time, providing clues about how they could cause devastation on land.

Victor Noir (2020-08-10). 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.

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

Revolutionary United Front (2020-08-10). Tuesday 8/18: Bi-Weekly Community On Police Brutality and the George Floyd Protests. indybay.org Willow Park | Oakland, CA 94607…

Silicon Valley Pride (2020-08-10). Sunday 8/30: Silicon Valley Pride 2020: A Digital Celebration (Aug. 30). indybay.org Online via livestream…

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2020-08-10). 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.

LaborFest (2020-08-10). 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.

Mechanics' Institute Library (2020-08-10). Friday 8/21: Sreening and Discussion of "Chisholm '72: Unbought and Unbossed" indybay.org Online via Zoom…

Center for Biological Diversity (2020-08-10). Thursday 8/13: Saving Life on Earth: Protecting People & Wildlife from Poisonous Pesticides. indybay.org Online…

Dan Bacher (2020-08-10). 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.

Silicon Valley Pride (2020-08-10). Saturday 8/29: Silicon Valley Pride 2020: A Digital Celebration. indybay.org Online via livestream…

United Native Americans (2020-08-10). Saturday 8/29: 50th Anniversary of United Native Americans Takeover of Mount Rushmore. indybay.org

Marc Norton (2020-08-10). Friday 8/14: Giants and Warriors Workers Fight Back. indybay.org Willie Mays statue, 3rd and King Streets, Giants ballpark (Oracle Park)…

Direct Action Monterey Network (2020-08-10). Sunday 8/16: Anarchist Black Cross – Virtual Political Prisoner Support. indybay.org Online…

Mechanics' Institute Library (2020-08-10). Friday 8/21: Film Screening and Discussion of "Chisholm '72: Unbought and Unbossed" indybay.org Online via Zoom…

Refuse Fascism Bay Area (2020-08-10). Saturday 9/5: San Francisco: Nationwide Mass Protest to Demand Trump Pence Out Now! indybay.org San Francisco: Rally Embarcadero Plaza, Market St & Steuart St, then March to San Francisco City Hall…

Green Party (2020-08-10). Sunday 8/9: Green Sunday: Reopening Schools: Whether, How, When? — with Jack Gerson. indybay.org Online…

Reina Robinson (2020-08-10). BREAKING: Reina Robinson Launches Campaign for Vallejo City Unified School District Truste. indybay.org Reina Robinson announced her candidacy for the Vallejo City Unified School District's newly created Trustee Area 2 today, along with a major community endorsement from Vallejo Girls Youth Empowerment Group. Her candidacy for VCUSD Trustee Area 2 comes nearly two years after the City of Vallejo was found to be in violation of the California Voting Rights Act.

Leon Kunstenaar (2020-08-10). San Francisco March Demands State Shut Down Concentration Camps. indybay.org ICE building covered with "bloody" hands as part of state wide protest.

Keith McHenry (2020-08-10). Tuesday 8/11: Defund the Police – ReFund the Community March. indybay.org Town Clock Park | N Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz…

_____ (2020-08-10). Lebanese Protesters Occupy Government Buildings As Army Uses Live Ammunition. popularresistance.org Massive demonstrations rippled through Beirut on 8 August as protesters took to the streets calling for revenge on the politicians who bear collective responsibility for the huge explosion at the port on 4 August. Protesters stormed the Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of the Economy, the Ministry of the Environment and set the Association of Banks headquarters on fire. "This is the heart of corruption. The centre of fraud and plunder", commented one of the demonstrators as he filmed inside the Ministry of Energy.

_____ (2020-08-10). Trump's Executive Orders Are Public Relations Stunts. popularresistance.org Trump, Meadows, Mnuchin and McConnell cleverly set up and sucked in Pelosi and Shumer into negotiations last week, never planning to conclude a deal by Friday, in the process getting them to reveal their priority demands and securing from them major concessions worth $1 trillion—for which the Democrat leaders apparently got nothing in return. | A day later, Trump dropped the hammer and issued his EOs, which are designed more as PR for his election campaign. They certainly won't provide anything remotely necessary as fiscal stimulus to confront the US economy's emerging fading rebound in recent weeks. | Upon…

_____ (2020-08-10). 'Execute Them': Lebanon Protesters Demand Revenge After Blast. popularresistance.org Mock gallows nooses tied to brooms: Lebanese protesters on Saturday clamored for bloody revenge against a leadership they blame for the massive blast that engulfed their capital. | "There is hatred and there is blood between us and our authorities," said Najib Farah, a 35-year-old protester in central Beirut. "The people want revenge." | On a street leading to parliament, young men lobbed stones at security forces who replied with tear gas, a familiar sight in Lebanon since last October. | Thousands of young men and women earlier revived the main camp of a months-long protest movement, some of them carrying portr…

_____ (2020-08-10). Why Is the BBC Promoting Identity Politics? strategic-culture.org It is supposed to bring us together. But it has embraced a divisive agenda. | Calvin ROBINSON | While the identity-obsessed left peddles its white-privilege theories, white working-class boys languish at the bottom of the academic pile. The evidence is clear, available for all to see on

_____ (2020-08-10). Neoliberalism and the Beirut Explosion. strategic-culture.org Back when people were still allowed to say such things, the famous defense attorney Clarence Darrow used to confess that he liked filling his juries with Irishmen because, no matter how heinous the crime, they'd look at the accused, cross themselves, and mutter, "There but the grace of God go I." | Darrow's story is worth keeping in mind now that a massive ammonium-nitrate blast has leveled much of Beirut. Although terrorism can't be entirely dismissed, it looks like the cause is something more prosaic, i.e. years of government neglect and decay. Ammonium nitrate is a compound used to make both fertilizers and ex…

_____ (2020-08-10). Lebanon Bomb Might Focus the Minds of Regional Powers to Why Lebanon Matters. strategic-culture.org Macron has said he will throw his weight behind a political initiative to help Lebanon rebuild itself after an entirely corrupt government pushed the country towards an abyss. But will he suggest resignations of present leaders as a good start? And will he use his influence in the EU to get Brussels engaged? | The dust has settled in Lebanon now, after what might be described as its largest explosion to date in the troubled country. But while hordes of so-called analysts pour over the scarce details of what we know as fact, many will speculate about whether the explosion was indeed an accident — and, of cou…

_____ (2020-08-10). Coronavirus Is the New 'Terrorism'. strategic-culture.org Ron PAUL | House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has proposed the next multi-trillion dollar "coronavirus relief" spending bill that will support testing, tracing, treatment, isolation, and mask policies that have been part of a "national strategic plan" she has been advocating. The Trump administration is not opposing Pelosi's plan on principle. Instead, it is haggling over the price. | But, even if the strategic plan could be implemented at little or no monetary cost, it would still impose an unacceptable cost in lost liberty. | Pelosi's plan will lead to either a federal mask mandate or federal funding of state and local…

The Canary (2020-08-10). Manchester and Liverpool mayors demand pay for self-isolating workers. thecanary.co The Mayors of Greater Manchester and Liverpool have launched a campaign to ensure workers still get paid when they're asked to self-isolate. | Manchester mayor Andy Burnham and his Liverpool counterpart Steve Rotheram are calling for employees to receive their full normal wage if they're asked to isolate at home. The mayors are saying employers should then be able to claim this back from the government. | They joined the Trades Union Congress (TUC) in launching the "Time Out to Help Out" campaign. It comes after figures revealed 22,000 people have been requested to self-isolate in Greater Manchester already. | Fa…

Staff (2020-08-10). Trump's Social Security Sleight of Hand Is Another Scam. Don't Fall for It. truthout.org We begin with a foundational premise, a stone-bound axiom learned the hardest of hard ways after three long years: Donald Trump does not care about you, or me, or anyone on this planet. Donald Trump cares only about Donald Trump, full stop, end of file. Do not let the House Democ…

Staff (2020-08-10). Trump Executive Action on Unemployment Insurance Deliberately Leaves Out Poorest. truthout.org On top of serious questions about the directive's The language of Trump's…

Staff (2020-08-10). When Things Feel Dire, Remember Real Change Begins at the Grassroots Level. truthout.org Right now feels like a challenging time to be an American fighting for equality, fighting for justice. We have COVID-19, an economic crisis, and the violence against Black Americans and anti-Blackness in the foreground. But we also have people across the nation rising up to say, in the words of Ella Baker, "We who believe in freedom cannot rest." | This is our moment to make sure we do what we can, where we are, with what we have. | We don't have to do it all. There's a saying that goes, "many h…

Staff (2020-08-10). Climate Activists Push Biden to Cut Ties With Industry-Friendly Energy Advisers. truthout.org With President Trump's poll numbers sinking, he is increasingly turning to the fossil fuel industry for support. Rallying oil patch workers and executives during a stop

Staff (2020-08-10). Lawmakers Demand Removal of Postmaster General DeJoy. truthout.org On the heels of a "

Staff (2020-08-10). ALEC Works to Pass Industry-Backed COVID Liability Shields at the State Level. truthout.org The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has long It is no surprise, then, that ALEC has joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Federation of Independent Businesses, and Senate Republicans to push for sweeping limits on the civil liability of employers for coronavirus-rel…

WSWS (2020-08-10). This week in history: August 10-16. wsws.org 25 years ago: Indictments in Oklahoma City bombingOn August 10, 1995, a federal grand jury handed down indictments against the two main suspects in the bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building in which 168 people died. Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols were charged with making the explosive device from a combination of diesel fuel and fertilizer, transporting it in a rented Ryder truck, and detonating the bomb outside the Murrah Federal Building on the morning of April 19, 1995.

yenisafak (2020-08-10). SunExpress beefing up German flights to Turkish resorts. yenisafak.com With tourists flocking to several popular Turkish coastal resorts again, Turkish-German joint venture SunExpress is adding capacity to ferry German holidaymakers.The Turkish-German carrier is offering a 15% capacity rise in Antalya flights and 20% rise in Izmir flights this month, said a Monday statement by SunExpress, a joint venture of Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa, the countries' flag carriers.The move follows last week's decision by Germany to lift travel warnings for the Turkish resort cities of Antalya, Izmir, Mugla (including Fethiye), and Aydin. The move came as Turkish resorts and destinations nationwid…

yenisafak (2020-08-10). Iraq reports highest-ever daily virus case count. yenisafak.com With 3,484 new coronavirus cases, Iraq on Monday reported the highest-ever daily COVID-19 infections, according to the Health Ministry.Meanwhile, the ministry reported 72 additional fatalities from the virus.Monday's figures bring the total case count to 153,599 and the number of fatalities to 5,464, along with 109,790 recoveries.Health centers in Iraq face shortages of oxygen supplies and protective equipment, prompting the Higher Committee for Health and National Safety to direct the Health Ministry to provide support for investors wishing to build medical oxygen production plants.Security forces have also been…

yenisafak (2020-08-10). Lebanese gov't resigns after protests in wake of deadly Beirut blast. yenisafak.com On Sunday, Information Minister Manal Abdel-Samad and Environment Minister Damianos Kattar stepped down. Six lawmakers have also resigned from the 128-member parliament in protest over the blasts.Two explosions rocked the Beirut port last Tuesday after a neglected stockpile of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate stored in a warehouse there ignited.Ammonium nitrate is a chemical substance often used to make bombs and commonly used in fertilizer. Terrorism has been ruled out as a probable cause of the blasts.The blasts rocked Beirut to its core, registering 3.5 on the Richter scale and shattering buildings miles in the…

yenisafak (2020-08-10). McDonald's sues former CEO Stephen Easterbrook. yenisafak.com McDonald's Corp filed a lawsuit against former chief executive officer Stephen Easterbrook to recover compensation benefits after an internal investigation showed that he had sexual relationships with multiple employees, violating company policy, it said in a filing on Monday.Easterbrook lied during the investigation into his behavior, the filing showed.McDonald's dismissed Easterbrook in November over a consensual relationship with an employee, which the board then determined violated company policy. Easterbrook and McDonald's could not be immediately reached for comment.

yenisafak (2020-08-10). US Treasury chief says TikTok cannot continue in present form. yenisafak.com U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Monday that Chinese-owned short video app TikTok cannot continue in its present form collecting data on Americans on a large scale and the Treasury has the tools it needs to remedy the situation.Mnuchin, speaking to CNBC television, said President Donald Trump "has made perfectly clear, it's not going to continue with this in this form." Mnuchin declined to comment on Microsoft's negotiations to purchase TikTok.

yenisafak (2020-08-10). Coronavirus: Iran reports 189 more fatalities. yenisafak.com As many as 189 new coronavirus-related fatalities have raised the death toll in Iran to 18,616, the Health Ministry sai…

yenisafak (2020-08-10). Lebanon gov't intends to resign: Source. yenisafak.com The resignation of Prime Minister Hassan Diab's government has become "inevitable", a Lebanese cabinet source said on Monday. | "The prime minister intends to tender the resignation of his government," the source told Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. | Lebanese Minister of Communications and Information Technology Talal Hawat and Minister of Displaced Ghada Chreim also said in cabinet meeting that the government's resignation has become "inevitable." | "If the government did not resign, I will," Hawat said. | On Monday, Justice Minister Marie-Claude Na…

yenisafak (2020-08-10). Some tourists confused by new COVID-19 mask rules in Paris. yenisafak.com The wearing of masks in some crowded areas around Paris became compulsory on Monday as part of a drive to stem a sharp rise in COVID-19 infections, but some tourists appeared perplexed about where the new rule is meant to apply.A detailed list of more than 100 mandatory mask-wearing zones includes the popular Montmartre district, with its narrow streets, and the banks of the River Seine but excludes other famous tourist destinations such as the Eiffel Tower, the Champs Elysees and the huge shopping area of Les Halles."It's not clear at all. We're tourists so we don't know in which zones we're required to wear a m…

yenisafak (2020-08-10). WHO urges action to contain virus as cases near 20M. yenisafak.com Behind the rising numbers of registered novel coronavirus cases and deaths — both expected this week to reach 20 million and 750,000, respectively — is "a great deal of pain and suffering," and leaders need to embrace new measures to turn the outbreak around, the top official of the World Health Organization (WHO) said Monday.Addressing a bi-weekly COVID-19 webinar for journalists Monday, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: "I know many of you are grieving and that this is a difficult moment for the world.""But I want to be clear, there are green shoots of hope and no matter where a country, a…

yenisafak (2020-08-10). Oil prices slightly up on optimism over Asian demand. yenisafak.com Oil prices slightly up on Monday backed by Saudi optimism about Asian demand and an Iraqi commitment to speeding up production cuts to offset overproduction in the previous months.International benchmark Brent crude was trading at $44.89 per barrel at 0840 GMT for a 0.05% increase after closing Friday at $44.66 a barrel.American benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) was at $41.94 a barrel at the same time for a 0.21% increase after ending the previous session at $41.80 per barrel.Chief Executive of Saudi Aramco, Amin Nasser, said on Sunday that he sees oil demand growing in Asia as economies slowly open up afte…

yenisafak (2020-08-10). Turkish official warns of mental impact of COVID-19. yenisafak.com A Turkish official, who has recovered from COVID-19, warned of psychological impact of the disease as well as its biological impact on human body."It is really troublesome psychologically. So take your measures," Osman Bilgin, the governor of northwestern Kirklareli province, told Anadolu Agency.Bilgin was diagnosed with the disease caused by the novel coronavirus on March 31 and he recovered on April 17."Some citizens are not aware because they did not experience it. But when you do, there are both biological and psychological impacts of the disease," Bilgin stressed.Recounting the ordeal, he said he was so sad…

yenisafak (2020-08-10). Russian tourists return to sunny Turkish beaches. yenisafak.com After Turkey and Russia negotiated a resumption of flights between the two countries, Russian tourists once again chose the resort city of Antalya for their "safe vacation" amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.Turkey ranked first among countries visited by Russian nationals for tourism last year with nearly 7 million tourists coming to the country. This year, in line with measures taken to curb the spread of the coronavirus, Turkey once again began to host Russian tourists.After five months of pause, tourists from Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport took off for Turkey's Antalya province where they landed…

yenisafak (2020-08-10). Ancient bathhouse, gymnasium unearthed in Izmir, Turkey. yenisafak.com Archeologists have unearthed a Roman bathhouse and gymnasium, as part of excavations in Turkey's western province of Izmir.The excavations were carried out by researchers from the Izmir Katip Celebi University in the ancient Smyrna city's Ikicesmelik area.Experts found the remains of a building from the 2nd century, which was used for physical, social and cultural activities.The structure is believed to be from the era of Roman Emperor Hadrian.Akin Ersoy, head of the excavation team, told Anadolu Agency on Monday that bathhouses and gymnasiums were common in the Roman era.Bathhouses, he said, were used as social…

yenisafak (2020-08-10). Southeast Asia reports over 8,800 new coronavirus cases. yenisafak.com With 8,887 new coronavirus infections in Southeast Asia, the tally of cases in the region has crossed 333,300, authorities said Monday.The death toll in the region has hit 8,291, while recoveries are at 212,507.In Phillippines, the worst-hit in the region, total infections climbed to 136,638 after the country's health authority confirmed 6,958 new cases.The archipelago nation reported 24 more virus-related fatalities, raising the nationwide death toll to 2,292, while recoveries jumped by 633 to reach 68,306.Indonesia reported 42 more fatalities from COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide death t…

yenisafak (2020-08-10). Iran's real virus figures higher than announced: Expert. yenisafak.com The coronavirus figures announced by the Iranian authorities are one-twentieth of the real numbers, a member of an anti-virus taskforce said Monday."There was no transparent flow of information regarding the numbers. Authorities announce official numbers by considering political and security concerns", Mohammad Reza Mahboubfar told the Iranian Jahanesanat news website. | Mahboubfar said despite all the warnings, President Hassan Rouhani's statement that the mourning ceremonies of Ashura will be celebrated with enthusiasm revealed serious disagreements between the taskforce members and the government. | Despite an…