Daily Archives: July 3, 2020

2020-07-03: News Headlines

Richard Horton (2020-07-04). [Comment] Offline: It's time to convene nations to end this pandemic. thelancet.com A historic and calamitous milestone was reached this week. WHO reported more than 10 million cases of COVID-19 and over 500‚Äà000 COVID-19 deaths. The world's political leaders have been tested and they have been found wanting. It's hard to recall a more lamentable response to a global emergency. Even the climate crisis had its Kyoto and Paris agreements. But despite the urgency of this continuing human catastrophe, despite the immediacy of the economic collapse we are witnessing, there has still been no moment when nations have been convened to reflect on lessons to be learned, to coordinate ac…

Helena Hui Wang, Esther Lau, Richard Horton (2020-07-04). [Comment] The Wakley—Wu Lien Teh Prize Essay 2020: Chinese health workers' experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. thelancet.com "I feel deeply the burden of the honour placed upon me in being chairman of this Medical Conference, which is unique in our history, powerful in its representation, and which gives China a strong position amongst nations seeking the welfare of the people", wrote Wu Lien Teh in his first publication in The Lancet,1 on his inaugural address delivered at the International Plague Conference in Shenyang, China, in 1911. Wu was elected as the chair of the conference for his work in controlling the pneumonic plague epidemic outbreak in 1910—11 in northeastern China, which ultimately claimed about 60‚Ä&a…

Andrew Harmer, Anja Leetz, Ben Eder, Remco van de Pas, Sophie Gepp (2020-07-04). [Correspondence] Time for WHO to declare climate breakdown a PHEIC? thelancet.com At the opening plenary of the World Health Assembly in May, 2019, Richard Horton urged member states and the Secretariat of WHO to recognise climate change as a planetary emergency. A few days later, during a side event on air pollution, climate change, oceans, and health sponsored by the Government of Sweden, the Minister of Health for the Seychelles Jean Paul Adam argued that climate change has to be recognised as a public health emergency at the international level. Johan Giesecke1 once stressed that as public health emergencies of international concern (PHEICs) evolve into more complex forms, it becomes neces…

Fight Back (2020-07-04). National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression to join "We Can't Breathe" protest at RNC. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL -The National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (NAARPR) will be joining the massive demonstration that is set for August 27 at the Republican National Convention (RNC), in Jacksonville, Florida. The "We Can't Breathe" protest, organized by the Coalition to March on the RNC, will focus on stopping police crimes and advancing the demand for community control of the police. | Speaking about the need to march on the RNC, Frank Chapman, Executive Director of the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression states, "The Trump administration has been green-lighting police crimes…

Christopher J L Murray (2020-07-04). [Correspondence] Methodology in the GBD study of China — Author's reply. thelancet.com The Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD) 2017 provides comprehensive assessment of population health for 195 countries and territories and subnational units for selected countries, including all province-level administrative units in China. It is important to point out that, as the GBD uses a hierarchical analytical framework, data input from all GBD 2017 analytical units, national or subnational, are integrated into a single modelling process to provide a set of estimates for all locations that are internally consistent and comparable across locations and over time.

Ping-I Lin, Stephen J Glatt, Ming T Tsuang (2020-07-04). [Correspondence] Methodology in the GBD study of China. thelancet.com We found the Article by Maigeng Zhou and colleagues1 intriguing. However, we have some concerns. Our major concern arises from mixing data from mainland China and Taiwan. These two regions have distinct health-care and social welfare systems; they also have different time trends of how socioeconomic conditions evolved during the past half century. Therefore, mixing the data from these two regions might lead to biased estimates, especially for the health outcomes shaped by health policies (eg, vaccination programmes as a prevention strategy).

Ophira Ginsburg, Richard Horton (2020-07-04). [Comment] A Lancet Commission on women and cancer. thelancet.com Over the past decade, the global health community has begun to acknowledge that cancer is an increasingly important public health and economic challenge in all countries.1 What is not acknowledged is the disproportionate impact of cancer on the lives and livelihoods of women, and the downstream impacts this creates for societies. In 104 countries, breast cancer has the highest age-standardised incidence rate of all cancers in both sexes combined; in 23 countries, it is cervical cancer.2 Of the 938‚Äà044 deaths from these two cancers in 2018, most were premature and preventable and occurred in a…

Terry McGovern (2020-07-04). [Correspondence] US Global Gag Rule increases unsafe abortion. thelancet.com The Trump administration issued the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance policy in 2017. This policy is an expansion of the Global Gag Rule that blocks US global health assistance to foreign non-governmental organisations that provide, counsel on, refer to, or advocate for abortion services; even if they do so with their own funding and in countries where abortion is legal. Following an additional policy expansion in 2019, foreign organisations that comply with the policy must now attach it to all subgrants that they give to other foreign organisations, including those that do not involve US global health…

Christopher Kapp, David Feller-Kopman (2020-07-04). [Comment] Ambulatory management of primary spontaneous pneumothorax: when less is more. thelancet.com Spontaneous pneumothorax is a pneumothorax that occurs in the absence of trauma or iatrogenic injury, and occurs in about 20‚Äà000 people per year in the USA.1 Primary spontaneous pneumothorax is typically defined as a pneumothorax that occurs in patients without evidence of underlying lung disease, and is estimated to affect about 3000 people per year in the UK,2 whereas secondary pneumothorax occurs in patients with known lung disease such as emphysema, lymphangioleiomyomatosis, or Birt-Hogg-Dubé syndrome.

Jane Regan (2020-07-04). [World Report] Collaborating on kidneys: Haiti's transplantation ambitions. thelancet.com Haiti lacks health programmes and facilities for kidney disease. Jane Regan reports on an ambitious collaboration between Haitian and US doctors to make kidney transplantation widely available.

Catherine Anne Cluver, Philip Herbst, Stephanie Griffith-Richards, Muhammed Hassan, Brian Allwood (2020-07-04). [Clinical Picture] Coarctation of the aorta: a rare cause of severe hypertension in pregnancy. thelancet.com A 24-week pregnant 18-year-old woman was seen at her local health-care centre where she was found to have a respiratory rate of 38 breaths per min, a blood pressure of 250/90 mm Hg, and a heart rate of 39 beats per min. She collapsed and required intubation and ventilation. A chest x-ray showed bilateral infiltrates—pulmonary oedema—and she was treated with furosemide and nitroglycerin and transferred to our intensive care unit.

Hashim Hashim, Jo Worthington, Paul Abrams, Grace Young, Hilary Taylor, Sian M Noble, Sara T Brookes, Nikki Cotterill, Tobias Page, K Satchi Swami, J Athene Lane, UNBLOCS Trial Group (2020-07-04). [Articles] Thulium laser transurethral vaporesection of the prostate versus transurethral resection of the prostate for men with lower urinary tract symptoms or urinary retention (UNBLOCS): a randomised controlled trial. thelancet.com TURP and ThuVARP were equivalent for urinary symptom improvement (IPSS) 12-months post-surgery, and TURP was superior for Qmax. Anticipated laser benefits for ThuVARP of reduced hospital stay and complications were not observed.

Rob J Hallifax, Edward McKeown, Parthipan Sivakumar, Ian Fairbairn, Christy Peter, Andrew Leitch, Matthew Knight, Andrew Stanton, Asim Ijaz, Stefan Marciniak, James Cameron, Amrithraj Bhatta, Kevin G Blyth, Raja Reddy, Marie-Clare Harris, Nadeem Maddekar, Steven Walker, Alex West, Magda Laskawiec-Szkonter, John P Corcoran, Stephen Gerry, Corran Roberts, John E Harvey, Nick Maskell, Robert F Miller, Najib M Rahman (2020-07-04). [Articles] Ambulatory management of primary spontaneous pneumothorax: an open-label, randomised controlled trial. thelancet.com Ambulatory management of primary spontaneous pneumothorax significantly reduced the duration of hospitalisation including re-admissions in the first 30 days, but at the expense of increased adverse events. This data suggests that primary spontaneous pneumothorax can be managed for outpatients, using ambulatory devices in those who require intervention.

Roger Kneebone (2020-07-04). [Perspectives] Maps and guides. thelancet.com Like many people, I use satnav when I'm driving to an unfamiliar address. I know that if I follow the instructions as they come up, I'll almost certainly get to my destination. But there are times when you need a broader sense of the territory you'll be passing through. If you're plotting a route from one part of the country to another in the car, a small-scale road atlas works well. If you're planning a cross-country hike, however, you'll need a map that shows the landscape in detail—contours, footpaths, points of reference.

Richard Lane (2020-07-04). [Perspectives] Salome Maswime: dynamic leader in global surgery. thelancet.com As Associate Professor and Head of Global Surgery at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa, Salome Maswime is aware of the scale of the job in front of her. "For me the big problem is the disconnect between health systems and clinical care in low and middle income countries, especially concerning surgical care. Outcomes are often poor, there being not enough focus on the quality of surgery, and how it relates to integrated health care and overarching health systems performance", she explains.

The Lancet (2020-07-04). [Editorial] Zoonoses: beyond the human—animal—environment interface. thelancet.com World Zoonoses Day on July 6 marks the day, in 1885, when a young boy received the first vaccine against rabies—a zoonosis, a disease caused by a pathogen transmitted from animals to humans. Rarely is a World Zoonoses Day so relevant to consider these diseases and their disruption of societies.

Desmond T Jumbam, Ché L Reddy, Emmanuel Makasa, Adeline A Boatin, Khama Rogo, Kathryn M Chu, Benetus Nangombe, Olufemi T Oladapo, John G Meara, Salome Maswime (2020-07-04). [Comment] Investing in surgery: a value proposition for African leaders. thelancet.com Globally, poor access to high-quality surgical, obstetric, and anaesthesia care remains a main contributor to global disease burden accounting for about a third of deaths worldwide.1 The need for strengthening surgical care systems is especially urgent in sub-Saharan Africa, where access is strikingly limited, leading to the highest mortality and morbidity from surgically preventable and treatable conditions in the world.2,3 Approximately 93% of the population of sub-Saharan Africa lacks access to safe, affordable, and timely surgical care, compared with less than 10% in high-income countries.

_____ (2020-07-04). Week in Review 28th June — 4th July. truepublica.org.uk Editor's Review The new normal today is characterised by scandals that come and go so quickly, it's hard to keep up. No sooner is Robert Jenrick attempting to shrug off accusations that he 'fixed' the techincal consents for a £1bn building project, therefore saving a Tory donor some £45m when — he's immediately accused of …

Newsclick (2020-07-03). US Buys Up Remdesivir: We Must Break Patents for Access to COVID-19 Drug. peoplesdispatch.org Newsclick's Prabir Purkayastha points out that countries must use the compulsory licence clause to make sure the drug is available to all. He also analyses how this might be a prelude to similar acts once a vaccine is available.

Martha Grevatt (2020-07-03). Another reason to tear down the walls: Ohio jail 100% COVID-positive. workers.org Cleveland, Ohio In a recent report, the Ohio Immigrant Alliance stated that the Morrow County Correctional Facility in Mt. Gilead is the first county jail in the state to be 100 percent COVID-positive. The jail, holding local prisoners as well as Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees, is also the first . . . |

Lee Camp (2020-07-03). Connecting the Dates — US Media Used To Stop The 'Threat' of Peace. counterpunch.org This is not a column defending Donald Trump. Across my career I have said more positive words about the scolex family of intestinal tapeworms than I have said about Donald Trump. (Scolex have been shown to read more.) No, this is a column about context. When The New York Times reports anonymous sources from the intelligence community

Ralph Nader (2020-07-03). Trump and Pence — Step Aside for Professional Pandemic Scientists and Managers. counterpunch.org Major changes in society can be accomplished by a fast-emerging, broad-based civic jolt so obvious and persuasive that it overwhelms the entrenched powers. The most urgent job is for people to organize to get Trump and Pence to step aside from their bungling, making-matters-worse mismanagement of the Covid-19 pandemic. The White House should let a

Liberation staff (2020-07-03). 'Day of Rage' protests annexation of Palestinian land. liberationnews.org In the U.S.,Palestinians and their supports found ways in the midst of a pandemic to make clear that the Palestinian struggle for liberation will continue, and support for it will grow.

Alan MacLeod (2020-07-03). Twitter targets accounts of MintPress and other outlets covering unrest in Bolivia. mronline.org MintPress News, along with a number of independent Bolivian news outlets and journalists covering the unrest there, were all targeted for suspension at the same time.

Arun Gupta (2020-07-03). Seattle's CHOP Went Out With Both a Bang and a Whimper. zcomm.org "Greed drowned out the protests.Everyone is fighting to be a leader because they want to be in the meeting with the mayor and say, 'Defund the police and fund my organization.'"

_____ (2020-07-03). Bounty-Hunter Hoax to Kill U.S.-Russia Relations. strategic-culture.org Relations between the United States and Russia have already been badly wounded during recent years, largely as a result of baseless allegations such as Moscow interfering in American elections, colluding with President Donald Trump, or regarding other international developments, from the downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine, to purported war crimes in Syria, to the alleged poisoning of British double-agent Sergei Skripal in England. | But the latest U.S. media effort claiming Russian military intelligence involvement in sponsoring Taliban assassins or "bounty hunters" to target American troops in Afghanis…

Giuseppe Magistro, Christian G Stief (2020-07-04). [Comment] Surgery for benign prostatic obstruction. thelancet.com Almost all men have some form of benign prostatic hyperplasia as they age, often resulting in lower urinary tract symptoms due to benign prostatic obstruction. Most patients with bothersome lower urinary tract symptoms are treated with drugs (eg, Œ± blockers or 5Œ±-reductase inhibitors) and surgery is usually reserved for patients who do not respond to drug treatment. Both the safety issues of medication and surgery-related morbidity must be weighed against the efficacy of these treatments. The main reasons for discontinuation of drug treatment are serious adverse effects, such as postur…

Kshama Sawant (2020-07-03). Socialists Are Beating Jeff Bezos in Seattle (Again). thenation.com Socialists Are Beating Jeff Bezos in Seattle (Again)…

Andrew McCormick (2020-07-03). A Russian Bounty Is Bad. What's Shocking and Outrageous Is the War. thenation.com A Russian Bounty Is Bad. What's Shocking and Outrageous Is the War.

RT (2020-07-03). US govt providing unsterile Covid-19 screening supplies amid surge in testing demand, claims Washington state. rt.com Medical supplies sent by the federal government to help with coronavirus testing have been too slow to arrive and have failed quality control checks, according to Washington state's top health official. | A US government program aimed at supporting nationwide testing efforts has been "beset by logistical problems that impede our pandemic response and undermine our shared goals," Washington state Secretary of Health John Wiesman wrote in a letter to US Assistant Secretary for Health Admiral Brett Giroir. | Wiesman claimed that his state had received around 250,000 bulk-packaged swabs from the federal government…

Jeffrey St. Clair (2020-07-03). Roaming Charges: Mutiny of the Bounties! counterpunch.org + If I recall, there were serious discussions inside the White House about turning the Afghan War into a bounty hunting operation led by mercenaries on contract with Erik Prince. I'm pretty sure many elements of that scheme have been in place since 1979 at the beginning Carter's secret war and have continued in one

Staff (2020-07-03). What Happens When Wildfires and Covid Collide? therealnews.com COVID-19 may make the impacts of the west's wildfire season more deadly, hitting aging and vulnerable communities the hardest.

news.un (2020-07-03). Protecting migrant workers in Kuwait: a Resident Coordinator's blog. news.un.org In Kuwait, the UN has played an important role in countering xenophobic rhetoric, falsely blaming the spread of COVID-19 on migrant workers. In this opinion piece, Tarek El Sheikh, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in the country, highlights the efforts being made to safeguard the rights of foreign residents.

Elizabeth Woodworth (2020-07-03). Remdesivir for Covid-19: $1.6 Billion for a "Modestly Beneficial" Drug? globalresearch.ca The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has recently "bought" all of Gilead Science's Remdesivir for $1.6 billion. "500,000 doses at $3,200 per patient — to be available to American hospitals but not for other countries"[6] | That's $1.6 …

William rivers Pitt (2020-07-03). As COVID Burns Through the South and West, Trump Fans the Flames. zcomm.org Donald Trump would step on the dead faces of his own supporters in the street if he believed doing so would carry him closer to victory in November…

WSWS (2020-07-03). US unemployment rate dips, but millions remain jobless or face wage cuts. wsws.org Despite Trump's claims that the "economy is roaring back," joblessness remains at depression levels while the reopening of businesses has produced a surge of COVID-19 cases.

Yufeng Shang, Tao Liu, Yongchang Wei, Jingfeng Li, Liang Shao, Minghui Liu, Yongxi Zhang, Zhigang Zhao, Haibo Xu, Zhiyong Peng, Fuling Zhou, Xinghuan Wang (2020-07-03). Scoring systems for predicting mortality for severe patients with COVID-19. thelancet.com Old age, CHD, LYM%, PCT and DD were independently related to mortality. CSS was useful for predicting in-hospital mortality and complications, and it could help clinicians to identify high-risk patients with poor prognosis.

Frank Joyce (2020-07-03). Give Me Liberty, Give You Death. counterpunch.org So, here we are again at the granddaddy of all of the official U.S. celebrations of militarism and white power. Only the hard won observances of Labor Day and MLK's birthday are exceptions. Independence Day this year though is different. That's because of COVID 19 and the eruption of protest over the ongoing murders of

Mirinda Crissman (2020-07-03). Behind the walls: a summary. workers.org Case numbers in the thousands At least 48,764 cases of COVID-19 have been reported among prisoners. The data suggest that even these numbers may be underreported. Texas leads in the number of cases with 7,757, followed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons with 6,621 cases. Ohio, Michigan, California and Tennessee . . . |

Diana Adjadj (2020-07-03). How might Covid-19 change our schools long-term? nationofchange.org What happens in the short-term will certainly be determined within the next several weeks. How institutions will deal with the longer-term impacts of this crisis are yet to be seen.

Sunil Freeman (2020-07-03). What do 6 months of COVID-19 pandemic tell us about USA? liberationnews.org Given the government's catastrophic profit-driven response and the lack of a vaccine, it's possible this pandemic is only in its early stages.

Pavan Kulkarni (2020-07-03). Nigeria third worst COVID-19-affected African country. peoplesdispatch.org According to official data, Nigeria has 6.3% of the COVID-19 cases on the African continent, while South Africa accounts for around 37%. However, Nigeria has conducted only 0.67 tests per 1,000 people, when the figure in South Africa stands at 27.48 tests every 1,000 people…

Jon Rappoport (2020-07-03). Huge COVID Case-counting Deception at the CDC. globalresearch.ca For this piece, we have to enter the official world (of the insane)—where everyone is quite sure a new coronavirus was discovered in China and the worthless diagnostic tests mean something and the case numbers are real and meaningful. Once …

RT (2020-07-03). People tested for Covid-19 in England NOT asked to give addresses during peak of pandemic, complaints of 'incomplete' data. rt.com People in England tested for Covid-19 during the height of the pandemic were not being asked to provide address details, it has emerged. Local authorities have hit out at the "poor and incomplete" data they've received. | Read more | | According to the BBC, the UK Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has confirmed users of the government's testing service only had to provide their postcode from April 23, as the country…

Brian Cloughley (2020-07-03). Britain's Disorder and Decline. counterpunch.org The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is no longer united, as most recently illustrated by the vastly dissimilar tactics to control the Covid-19 pandemic taken by England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. This follows the differences of opinion in each region concerning the disastrous Brexit decision to quit the European Union, as

The Canary (2020-07-03). After thousands of coronavirus deaths in care homes, government announces regular testing programme for staff and residents. thecanary.co Staff and residents in care homes for people over 65 or with dementia will be regularly tested for coronavirus (Covid-19) from week beginning 6 July, the government has announced.The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) announced a new social care testing strategy on 3 July. As part of the strategy, staff will be tested weekly, while residents will receive a test every 28 days. This is in addition to intensive testing in any care home facing an outbreak or at increased risk of a flare-up, the department added.The repeat testing programme will be rolled out over the next four weeks to all care homes for the…

yenisafak (2020-07-03). EU grants conditional clearance to COVID-19 antiviral remdesivir. yenisafak.com The EU executive said the drug, produced by Gilead Sciences Inc, was the first medicine authorised in the European Union for treating COVID-19 following a "rolling review" begun by the European Medicines Agency at the end of April.The agency reviews data as they become available on a rolling basis, while development is still ongoing.The Commission said on Wednesday it was in negotiations with Gilead to obtain doses of remdesivir for the 27 European Union countries.However, that may prove difficult after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced it had secured all of Gilead's projected production…

yenisafak (2020-07-03). Pakistani FM Qureshi tests positive for COVID-19. yenisafak.com Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, according to reports.'This afternoon I felt a slight fever and immediately quarantined myself at home. I have now tested positive for Covid 19. By the grace of Allah, I feel strong and energetic," Qureshi said on Twitter.He said he will continue to carry his duties from his home and requested the public to keep remember in their prayers.Previously, the country's two former prime ministers, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani, opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif, several cabinet members, lawmakers, and politicians ha…

yenisafak (2020-07-03). China's COVID-19 complex to produce over 100M vaccine. yenisafak.com China has completed the construction of a research laboratory and workshop complex in the city of Wuhan for producing vaccines to combat COVID-19 or coronavirus pandemic, the state-run media said on Friday.While the laboratory is capable to research and study pathogenic virus vaccines, the workshop will produce over 100 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine annually, reported Xinhua news agency, quoting the China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm).The complex was earlier hit by the coronavirus pandemic, which first emerged in Wuhan city located in Central China's Hubei province last December.China National…

_____ (2020-07-03). Black Immigrants On The Front Lines Of COVID-19. popularresistance.org As the country continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, Black immigrants — immigrants who identify as Black regardless of country or region of birth — are playing an important role on the front lines in healthcare, food supply, education, and biomedical industries. Black immigrants make up a significant portion of healthcare workers. In 2018, there were more than 560,000 Black immigrant workers in the healthcare sector. These workers made up 3.4 percent of all healthcare workers, a share almost three times their share of the U.S. population. In the food industry at large, there are over 223,000 Black immigrant…

_____ (2020-07-03). Cuba's Two Pandemics: The Coronavirus And The US Embargo. popularresistance.org As soon as the first cases of COVID-19 were detected in Cuba, our country mobilized all its resources to contain the spread of the virus. | Our healthcare workers go door to door checking people for possible symptoms. Those with symptoms are transferred to specially designated centers to receive treatment, mostly with medication developed by Cuba's own pharmaceutical and biotech industry. The medical examinations and treatments are all provided free of charge. | As of June 20, 85 people have died of COVID-19 in Cuba. Our mortality rate of 3.9 percent is very low compared to the rest of the world. We reached the p…

RT (2020-07-03). France to probe ex-PM & minister over handling of Covid-19 — prosecutors. rt.com France's former prime minister Edouard Philippe and its health officials will be the targets of a probe into the government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, prosecutors say. | Health minister Olivier Véran and his predecessor Agnès Buzyn will be investigated, along with Philippe, the attorney general said. | The probe comes after nine complaints were found to be admissible by the Court of Justice of the Republic "on the sole count of abstention from fighting a disaster." | | Edouard Philippe arrives for a meeting at the Elysee Palace. © Reuters / Christian Hartmann | Philippe resi…

Staff (2020-07-03). "America's Moment of Reckoning": Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor & Cornel West on Uprising Against Racism. democracynow.org Scholars Cornel West and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor respond to the global uprising against racism and police violence following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. "We're seeing the convergence of a class rebellion with racism and racial terrorism at the center of it," said Princeton professor Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor. "And in many ways, we are in uncharted territory in the United States."

Staff (2020-07-03). "What to the Slave Is the 4th of July?": James Earl Jones Reads Frederick Douglass's Historic Speech. democracynow.org In a Fourth of July holiday special, we hear the words of Frederick Douglass. Born into slavery around 1818, Douglass became a key leader of the abolitionist movement. On July 5, 1852, in Rochester, New York, he gave one of his most famous speeches, "The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro." He was addressing the Rochester Ladies' Anti-Slavery Society. This is actor James Earl Jones reading the speech during a performance of historian Howard Zinn's acclaimed book, "Voices of a People's History of the United States." He was introduced by Zinn.

Staff (2020-07-03). Angela Davis on Abolition, Calls to Defund Police, Toppled Racist Statues & Voting in 2020 Election. democracynow.org Amid a worldwide uprising against police brutality and racism, we discuss the historic moment with legendary scholar and activist Angela Davis. She also responds to the destruction and removal of racist monuments in cities across the United States, and the 2020 election.

Eds. (2020-07-03). COINTELPRO: How the U.S. state dealt with the last radicalization. mronline.org Twenty-one-year-old Black Panther Party deputy chair Fred Hampton and his comrade Mark Clark were assassinated in a 1969 pre-dawn raid in Chicago. Arguably the most talented and politically astute of the Panther leaders, Hampton was renowned for inspiring activists of all colours. But he was betrayed by William O'Neal, his bodyguard and the Panthers' head …

Eric Zuesse (2020-07-03). Countries Ranked on "Democracy" in 2020. dissidentvoice.org NATO and its supporters and member-nations are hiding the fact that the predominant belief in many of these nations is that they're dictatorships that merely pontificate 'democracy' to other nations. NATO, which is America's propagandistically 'pro-democracy' military alliance against Russia and against China, polled the people in 53 countries — some of which are in …

Eds. (2020-07-03). Green structural adjustment in the World Bank's resilient cities. mronline.org Cities across the world are facing a double-barreled existential problem: how to adapt to climate change and how to pay for it.

Pratyush Chandra (2020-07-03). India Unlocked: World's "Biggest Lockdown" and Workers' Long March. dissidentvoice.org At times, states compete to showcase merchandise and relative productive capacities. Other times, many of these states sell misery to gain access to economic packages, charities and loans. Today is the time when they compete to show off their capacity to impose the most efficient lockdown on their citizenry. Of course, the priority is to …

AEAWRWA (2020-07-03). Why are Certain Christians Democratic and Others Authoritarian? counterpunch.org Why are certain Christians democratic and other Christians authoritarian, yet both profess belief in the same Bible and God? Why do some Christians emphasize personal authenticity and others biblical authority? Why do certain Christians want to empower people, and other Christians want to gain power over people? Why do some Christians believe that the goal

Philippe Marlière (2020-07-03). Challenging the French Republic's Color-Blindness. counterpunch.org George Floyd's killing by a policeman in Minneapolis reverberated across the world in an unprecedented fashion. On all continents, young people took to the streets to pay tribute to Floyd. They protested against police brutality which they regarded as 'systemic'. Citizens expressed their anger at the racial profiling of Black people by the police. Those

Peter Linebaugh (2020-07-03). Police and the Wealth of Nations: Déjà Vu or Unfinished Business? counterpunch.org In the 1960s there was a wave of rioting, municipal rebellion, and challenges to property in the USA. In order to see that wave from a working-class point of view I went over to England to study riots and crime. In those days the theory was that the working-class could bring an end to capitalism, but historically before the working-class was "made," it consisted of a mob of the poor given to crimes. The horrid ones against people — assault, rape, murder — were relatively few. The ones against property – highway robbery, burglary, shop-lifting, house-breaking, pocket-picking – tended to be new, i.e., f…

Richard Falk (2020-07-03). When Rogue States Sanction the International Criminal Court. counterpunch.org Even Orwell would be at a loss to make sense of some of the recent antics of leading governments. We would expect Orwell to be out-satirized by the American actions to impose penalties and sanctions on officials of the International Criminal Court, not because they are accused of acting improperly or seem guilty of some

John Davis (2020-07-03). A Requiem for George Floyd. counterpunch.org However complicit we may be in sustaining the historical-racial schema in this country, we can all now agree that, 'Black Lives Matter', but the tag's emblazonment across the country, and internationally, remains a hollow gesture unless there is meaningful collective action to create a social environment in which all black lives can indeed flourish – and matter.

Ramzy Baroud (2020-07-03). Tearing Down the Idols of Colonialism: Why Tunisia, Africa Must Demand French Apology. counterpunch.org The visit by newly-elected Tunisian President Kais Saied to France on June 22 was intended to discuss bilateral relations, trade, etc. But it was also a missed opportunity, where Tunisia could have formally demanded an apology from France for the decades of French colonialism, which has shattered the social and political fabric of this North

G. Dunkel (2020-07-03). Haiti: U.S. deports mortgage fraudster, backs repression. workers.org Emmanuel "Toto" Constant was in charge of FRAPH (the Revolutionary Front for the Advancement and Progress of Haiti) during the 1991-94 coup against President Jean-Bertrand Aristide when this death-squad organization killed 3,000 people and wounded and maimed many more. During that time, he was also on the CIA's payroll. In . . . |

a guest author (2020-07-03). On the Road to Justice with im/migrant TPS holders. workers.org By G. Lechat Inspired by the great Civil Rights Movement and in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, immigrant Temporary Protected Status recipients organizing with Alianza TPS Nacional are forging a "Road to Justice." This is the name they gave their 200+ car caravan that converged on Washington, D.C., June 23-24 . . . |

Lau Kin Chi (2020-07-03). Tokyo olympics and Fukushima 'revival'. mronline.org At the 1964 Tokyo Olympics a young man born on the day of Hiroshima nuclear bombing was selected to be the last torch bearer on the relay, to signify that Japan had stood up from nuclear ruin. In an attempt to replicate the 1964 Olympic theme, the Abe government has constructed the idea of a …

Jon Skolnik (2020-07-03). Hollywood and the Pentagon are cheating on the American public. mronline.org Most propaganda machines are not observable to the naked eye, but the military-entertainment complex hides in plain sight. Long have Hollywood and the Pentagon worked together in what has been called a relationship of "mutual exploitation," producing war agitprop for the masses. Who is the victim amid all this exploitation?>

Pippa Bartolotti (2020-07-03). 'Help raise our voice': Dialogue with Dr. Medhat Abbas, Gaza. workers.org Dr. Medhat Abbas has been director general of primary health care in Shifa Hospital and Al Aqsa in Gaza. He spent time in the Ministry of Health International Relations Department and has extensive experience in Health Services Management. Dr. Abbas is at the forefront of community health services and management . . . |

A Guest Author (2020-07-03). Leeds, England: Black Lives Matter. workers.org By Kadesh Anderson Kadesh Anderson is a Black Lives Matter activist and journalist in Leeds, England. Leeds, England — On June 21 in Hyde Park, over 5,000 people came out in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter protest. With social distancing measures in place, people came together with their banners . . . |

Staff (2020-07-03). Whose Freedom Do We Celebrate On The Fourth of July. therealnews.com What, to the descendants of those left out of the Declaration of Independence, is the Fourth of July?

Martin Schoots-McAlpine (2020-07-03). Anatomy of a counter-insurgency. mronline.org The defanging of the George Floyd Uprising was not accidental but was rather a deliberate attempt on the part of the American ruling class to regain social control in the wake of the largest and most militant protests in recent memory. This article examines the dimensions of how this defanging took place: how, within the …

Victor Wallis (2020-07-03). On Contact: Ecosocialism with Victor Wallis. mronline.org On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to writer, teacher and activist Victor Wallis about the prospect and need for ecosocialism. Wallis' book is entitled 'Red-Green Revolution: The Politics and Technology of Ecosocialism'.

Bill Willers (2020-07-03). The Mask as a Symbol of Subjugation. dissidentvoice.org We know that wearing a mask outside health care facilities offers little, if any, protection from infection. — The New England Journal of Medicine, May 21, 2020 (T)hey told us exactly what was coming, and advised us to shut up and follow orders. Tragically, most people have done just that. — CJ Hopkins, 2020 It's …

CounterSpin (2020-07-03). Jessica González on Facebook's Promotion of Hate. fair.org Media…

Staff (2020-07-03). Cop Pulled A Gun On Woman's Unarmed Son, Then Used Facebook Posts Against Her In Court. therealnews.com PAR investigates police use of Facebook posts in the cases of Korryn Gaines, Arturo Adame, and Michael Avery, and follows Erica Hamlett's fight for accountability for an off-duty officer who pulled a gun on her child while he waited for a bus.

Chris Banks (2020-07-03). PSL gains ballot status in New Mexico. liberationnews.org The U.S. electoral system is rigged to give only the two ruling-class parties a competitive chance to win.

RT (2020-07-03). British MoD taught Saudi troops how to 'stay popular with the press,' as 100s trained in UK last year — report. rt.com Amid the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen, some of its soldiers were taught in the UK how to look good in front of the world's media in case of any "potential wrongdoing," a new report says. | Ministry of Defence data published by Declassified UK reveals that hundreds of Saudis entered the country for training at six Royal Air Force (RAF) sites in 2019. As the Saudis arrived, their country's campaign against Yemen's Houthi rebels entered its fourth year, and a ban on UK-made weapons exports to the desert kingdom came into effect, in response to growing human-rights concerns. | Although the UK's training of…

pip.hinman (2020-07-03). CFMMEU places green ban on Parramatta Museum historic sites. greenleft.org.au

The Canary (2020-07-03). Wales and Scotland hit out at UK government's 'shambolic' actions on quarantine. thecanary.co The UK government's handling of the easing of quarantine restrictions for international arrivals has been "shambolic", according to the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales.Following weeks of speculation, transport secretary Grant Shapps announced on 3 July that people returning to or visiting England from around 60 countries and overseas territories deemed to have low rates of coronavirus, such as Spain and France, will not need to self-isolate.His department was unable to convince the devolved administrations to sign off on the plan before it was made public.Grant Shapps said the announcement was good…

The Canary (2020-07-03). Germany agrees plan to phase out coal as energy source by 2038. thecanary.co German politicians have finalised the country's long-awaited phase-out of coal as an energy source, backing a plan that environmental groups say is not ambitious enough.Bills approved by both houses of parliament on 3 July envision shutting down the last coal-fired power plant by 2038 and spending some 40 billion euros to help affected regions cope with the transition.The plan is part of Germany's "energy transition", an effort to wean Europe's biggest economy off planet-warming fossil fuels and generate all of the country's considerable energy needs from renewable sources.Achieving that goal is made harder than…

RT (2020-07-03). Civil rights groups sue N.Carolina town over protest ban – but where were they when 3 other states banned pipeline protests? rt.com The ACLU and other groups have sued Graham, North Carolina, calling the city's ban on "demonstrations of two or more people" while under a declared emergency unconstitutional. They've remained silent on similar laws, though. | Graham violated protesters' First Amendment rights to freedom of assembly and speech with the law, which bars two or more people (or even a single person carrying a sign) from assembling without a protest permit during a declared state of emergency, the suit, filed on Thursday, states. The Alamance County Sheriff's Office announced last Friday that no further protest permits would be iss…

RT (2020-07-03). 'Great news!' Trump hails falling coronavirus daily death counts, brushes off concerns over spike in cases. rt.com US President Donald Trump has argued that the recent surge in coronavirus cases is explained by "massive" and ramped up screenings for the illness, while celebrating the fall in daily fatalities as "great news." | The president took to Twitter late on Thursday night to repurpose what has been widely deemed gloomy news about the course of the pandemic, saying the case spike is, in fact, a function of expanded testing around the country. | "There is a rise in coronavirus cases because our testing is so massive and so good, far bigger and better than any other country. This is great news, but even better news is…

RT (2020-07-03). The right time to defund cops? NYC gun crime hitting new heights as city culls police budget by $1bn. rt.com Three people were murdered in New York overnight into Thursday, in line with a grim trend that saw police responding to the highest number of shootings in over 20 years last month amid a leftist push to divest from the force.

RT (2020-07-03). WATCH: Police 'army' blasts non-lethal rounds at BLM protesters in Portland as riot declared. rt.com For the second night in three days, Portland police have declared a riot in the city, opening fire on protesters with non-lethal munitions outside the Multnomah County Justice Center. | The demonstration had remained peaceful throughout the night but then all hell broke loose when, at 11: 45pm local time, a group of protesters set fire to a piece of wood, prompting a police response which escalated as people refused to leave the area and continued protesting. | @PortlandPolice central precinct, police responded and were promptly surrounded by an angry mob. pic.twitter.com/y…

RT (2020-07-03). No more slaves and masters: Twitter engineers BAN whole range of terms in fight for 'more inclusive language'. rt.com Twitter's engineering team will systematically purge a list of offensive terms from its source code and internal documents in the name of political correctness. Terms like "master" and "slave" will go, as will gendered pronouns. | "We're starting with a set of words we want to move away from using in favor of more inclusive language," Twitter Engineering announced on Wednesday. | Among the terms to be terminated are "whitelist" and "blacklist," "master" and "slave," which will be replaced with "allowlist" and "denylist," and "leader" and "follower" respectively. Gendered pronouns such as "guys" will be swapped…

RT (2020-07-03). Germany joins tiny host of European nations by making 'upskirting' punishable crime. rt.com German MPs have followed their UK and French colleagues, backing legislation that carries a fine or even a prison term for taking unsolicited photos under somebody's clothing. | The Bundestag voted in favor of a law on "improving privacy protection" this Friday, thus outlawing the practice. | From now on, anyone trying to film under somebody's clothing in order to see their underwear or private parts will face a fine or a maximum prison term of up to two years. Under existing laws, upskirting was deemed a minor offence punishable only by a small fine. | Minister Christine Lambrecht, who championed the legislat…

RT (2020-07-03). Scuffles break out as National Guard moves in to disperse protesters blocking entrance to Trump's Mt. Rushmore event (VIDEOS). rt.com It has come to a face-off between the National Guard and protesters blocking the road to Mount Rushmore, which is set to host US President Donald Trump's rally, after they refused to back down. Arrests have been reported. | With several hours left until Trump's 'Salute America' event to mark Independence Day was to kick off at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota on Friday, an estimated 200 to 300 protesters effectively made the road leading into the venue impassible. | BREAKING: Protestors using vans to block entrance to Mt. Rushmore event. Removing tires creating physical barrier to event.

RT (2020-07-03). Vandals spray-paint and BURN Portland's 'Promised Land' statue (VIDEOS). rt.com Rioters in Oregon used fireworks to torch the 'Promised Land' statue depicting a pioneer family at the end of the Oregon Trail. The vandals also laid siege to the city's Justice Center in what police deemed a "riot." | The city of Portland is known nationwide as a hotbed of left-wing activism, and protesters there have embraced the 'Black Lives Matter' cause with gusto. After

RT (2020-07-03). Fortnite goes woke? Hit game to host new series of conversations about 'race in America'. rt.com Epic Games, the developer of the massively popular Fortnite, has announced that it will air a series of conversations about race, featuring "prominent" black voices from various sectors. | The hit game, estimated to be played by a staggering 350 million people worldwide, will host the conversation series titled 'We The People' on Saturday. The program will be aired in the game's Battle Royale game mode. | Viewers will hear from speakers who include Elaine Welteroth, former editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue. | Welteroth headed the magazine until September 2017 and was praised for injecting more social justice and p…

RT (2020-07-03). 'Racist' elk statue targeted by mob to be removed, after inferno causes 'severe' damage to Portland landmark (PHOTOS). rt.com A sculpture of an elk that has graced downtown Portland, Oregon, for 120 years is to be taken down by city authorities, after protesters set the statue on fire. Police have asked the public to help identify the vandals. | On Wednesday night, demonstrators defaced the seemingly benign statue and lit a series of fires around its base, quickly engulfing the horned effigy in flames. | Portland Police said in a statement that the city's Regional Arts Council had determined that the damage to the base was "so severe" that the landmark would have to be removed for public safety reasons. Officials fear the statue coul…

_____ (2020-07-03). #DefundThePolice the Real Strategy Behind the Hashtag. strategic-culture.org The demands of revolutionaries are purposely vague. They always have to do with some feelings-based desire like "freedom" or ending "oppression". The government can create a law, remove a tax, or do all sorts of specific things, but there is nothing that they can do to make you feel freedom or non oppressed. In today's America regardless of any factual evidence there are some who feel like they live in a freedom packed utopia while others claim that they are living under the heel of Hitler 2.0. Both of these positions are based on intuition and feelings not a universal rational freedom scale, which simply could n…

_____ (2020-07-03). Australian Journalist Threatened With Prosecution For Exposing War Crimes. popularresistance.org In another major assault on press freedom, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) journalist Dan Oakes has been threatened with prosecution for his role in exposing war crimes committed by the country's Special Forces soldiers in Afghanistan. | The Australian Federal Police (AFP) issued a statement last night, confirming that they had sent a brief of evidence to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), following a protracted investigation targeting the ABC. | The AFP indicated that the probe began after it received "a referral on 11 July, 2017, from the Chief of the Defence Force and then-Acting…

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-07-03). US Imposes Additional Economic Sanctions Against Venezuela and Iran. globalresearch.ca The US government is seeking to economically drown Venezuela and Iran by wanting to seize fuel that Tehran is sending to Caracas. This is part of a sustained aggressive and illegal policy against both countries. The US Attorney's Office requested …

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-07-03). The China-India Trade War: Indian Boycott of Chinese Goods. globalresearch.ca The level of India's economic boycott against Chinese imports will depend on how the two countries resolve their border conflicts and if Indian industry is capable of offsetting the shortage of Chinese goods entering the country. Although the call to …

_____ (2020-07-03). UK Denies Venezuela Access To Its Gold For Food And Medicine. popularresistance.org The United Kingdom's High Court Thursday decided that opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido can access 31 tons of Venezuelan gold held in the Bank of England, which prevents President Nicolas Maduro's administration from using those resources to fight the pandemic. | The ruling about this monetary reserve valued at over US $ 1 billion occurs after months of disputes between Venezuela and the Bank of England, which denied the constitutionally constituted government access to its own resources | On May 14, the Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV) sued the Bank of England to obtain and sell the Venezuelan gold bars. | The Sout…

Louis Proyect (2020-07-03). Smearing Black Lives Matter…From the Left. counterpunch.org Over the past fifty-three years as a socialist, I have seen repeated calls for purifying the left of capitalist influences, both governmental and corporate. The latest flare-up was a Jacobin article titled "Don't Let Blackwashing Save the Investor Class" by Cedric Johnson, a black African American studies professor. Just as Deep Throat advised Bob Woodward

Fight Back (2020-07-03). More than 1000 at Day of Rage against Israeli annexation in NYC. fightbacknews.org Bay Ridge, NY – On Wednesday, July 1, over 1000 people gathered in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn to rally and march against the planned Zionist annexation of the West Bank. The international Day of Rage was locally organized by Within Our Lifetime and the NY4Palestine coalition. | The rally began at 4 p.m., but the crowd had already started growing before the start time. As the crowd swelled, Palestine flags waving by the dozens, a motley handful of counter-protesters gathered across the street. They had a few Israeli flags and none of them were wearing masks. While they attempted to chant, the pro-Palestine crowd easily…

Ramzy Baroud and Romana Rubeo (2020-07-03). Will the ICC Investigation Bring Justice for Palestine? dissidentvoice.org In the past, there have been many attempts at holding accused Israeli war criminals accountable. Particularly memorable is the case of the late Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, (known, among other nicknames, as the 'Butcher of Sabra and Shatila') whose victims attempted to try him in a Belgian Court in 2002. Like all other efforts, …

_____ (2020-07-03). 100 Jewish Lawyers And Judges Call On Israel To Halt Annexation Plans. popularresistance.org Palestine Legal joins widespread international condemnation of Israel's annexation attempts in the West Bank and highlights legal resources for protesters participating in Wednesday's Day of Rage against annexation in the U.S. | We recognize that this is the latest move in 70+ years of Israel's efforts to annex — or fully colonize — Palestinian land. We also recognize that the failure of international law to protect Palestinians or hold Israel accountable further highlights the importance of grassroots efforts to resist Israel's colonization and ethnic cleansing plans, including mass protests. | We sh…

Global Research News (2020-07-03). Selected Articles: Annexation of Palestine. Crime against Humanity. globalresearch.ca We hope that by publishing diverse view points, submitted by journalists and experts dotted all over the world, the website can serve as a reminder that no matter what narrative we are presented with, things are rarely as cut and …

South Front (2020-07-03). Video: Syria Prepares for Military Confrontation with Turkey in Northeast. globalresearch.ca The Syrian Army and the National Defense Forces have put their forces on high alert in response to the new round of aggressive actions by the Turkish Army and its proxies in northeastern Syria. | Several convoys of government forces, including …

Chris Wright (2020-07-03). Adjudicating the Chomsky-Greenwald Dispute on Lesser-Evil Voting. zcomm.org There are, at long last, so many newly awakened leftists in this country that in the aggregate they can have a tangible effect on the elections…

Paul Street (2020-07-03). The Racist Counter-Revolution of 1776. counterpunch.org This essay originally appeared six years ago on Telesur English as a review of Gerald Horne's important book The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America (New York, 2014). I offer it for re-publication and hopefully wider readership in the wake of the great 2020 George Floyd uprising, which

Lucas Koerner (2020-07-03). UK Court Denies Venezuela $1bn in Gold Needed to Fight Virus. globalresearch.ca The United Kingdom's High Court has blocked the Venezuelan government's effort to recover 31 tons of the nation's gold held by the Bank of England (BoE). | In a ruling handed down on Thursday, the court said it "unequivocally recognised opposition …

Mnar Muhawesh (2020-07-03). Podcast Panel: Israeli Annexation Could Turn the West Bank Into a Gaza-Style Open Air Prison. mintpressnews.com Palestinian academic Ramzy Baroud, Israeli activist Miko Peled and documentary filmmaker Robert Inkalesh join MintPress to discuss the implication of Israel's coming annexation of the Palestinian West Bank.

_____ (2020-07-03). India's Modi Terminates His Weibo Diplomacy. strategic-culture.org What started out as a promising relationship with China is now one struggling to find a direction | MK BHADRAKUMAR | The common perception among Indian analysts, widely articulated in the country's media, is that the government's options to "hit back" at China for whatever has happened in eastern Ladakh during the past two months are very limited. | The reported erasure of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "official page" on the Chinese social media website Weibo can only reinforce that impression. It simply doesn't add up. | If reports are to be believed, Modi's official page on Weibo "went blank" on Wednesday with…

Richard D. Wolff (2020-07-03). Revolutionary Possibilities: Could U.S. Capitalism Turn Nationalist? counterpunch.org The Trump administration has turned sharply toward economic nationalism. It attacks and undermines the World Trade Organization, NATO, and the UN. Trump and other top officials explicitly insult many world leaders. He imposes high tariffs. Official statements renew and sustain Cold War-type attacks on China, Venezuela, Cuba, and Iran. Trump flirts openly with nationalists who

Richard D. Wolff (2020-07-03). Could U.S. Capitalism Turn Nationalist? zcomm.org Will we see a transition to a post-capitalist global system of quite differently organized enterprises, political institutions (including nation-states), and movements of productive resources and products across its geography?>

Peoples Dispatch (2020-07-03). Over 800 Afghan civilians have lost their lives in six months: UN Assistance Mission. peoplesdispatch.org In a recent spate of at least 56 violent incidents, members of Afghanistan's civil society, religious leaders, healthcare workers, members of the judiciary, civil society activists, non-governmental organizations and journalists have been deliberately attacked…

Jeff Cohen (2020-07-03). Politicians of Color Should Not be Immune From Criticism. counterpunch.org To me, being an anti-racist activist means that one consistently challenges the structures of racist exclusion, exploitation, repression and incarceration It does not mean that one must defend or praise establishment politicians of color. Forty years ago, I was an activist and leader in the battle against police racism, brutality and repression in Los Angeles.

yenisafak (2020-07-03). 'Attempt to instigate civil war in Ethiopia foiled'. yenisafak.com The Ethiopian prime minister on Friday said violence in the country over the past three days was an attempt to instigate a civil war and that it has now been foiled.Abiy Ahmed was speaking at a meeting with senior civil and army officials in the capital Addis Ababa, according to state channel ETV.So far, "87 people lost their lives in the violence including four police officers," ETV quoted Oromia police commissioner as saying.Abiy said instigators of the violence have been arrested thanks to security forces.Violence started in the Horn of Africa country on Tuesday following the death of Ethiopian activist and ar…

yenisafak (2020-07-03). Copenhagen's Little Mermaid labelled 'racist fish'. yenisafak.com Denmark woke up on Friday to the words "racist fish" scrawled across the base of the "Little Mermaid", the bronze statue honouring Hans Christian Andersen's famous fairy tale that perches on a rock in the sea off a pier in Copenhagen.Police said it had not yet identified the perpetrators. The 107-year-old sculpture, which is visited by one million tourists each year, has been vandalised before, including by anti-whaling campaigners and pro-democracy activists, twice suffering decapitation."We consider it vandalism and have started an investigation," a spokesman for the Copenhagen police said.Protesters of the Bla…

Rod Driver (2020-07-03). The Incredible Stitch-up of Julian Assange. zcomm.org What the US and Britain are attempting is not a legal form of extradition, it is extraordinary rendition — the ILLEGAL transfer of a person from one country to another…

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2020-07-03). Cal Democrats Not Paying Unemployment Claims; Pro-War Feinstein. indybay.org From the home front, with the California Supermajority Democratic Legislature & Governor contracting out to process millions of unemployment claims, many unpaid for months, to California Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein voting to continue the blood for oil illegal occupation and war in Afghanistan, the Democratic Party insists with every move it is the same as the Republican Party.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-07-03). New York City's police budget cut falls short. peoplesdispatch.org In New York City, protests have continued almost daily, one month after the murder of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis. Similar to cities across the country, protesters and movements have raised the demand that the city administration cut all funding for the police department, or defund the police. On June 30, the city council passed the budget for the 2021 fiscal year and despite sustained protests and a one week protest occupation outside city hall, councillors resolved to only cut 1 billion from the New York Police Department (NYPD) budget. | The budget cuts, even though significant, still leaves…

Eugene Puryear (2020-07-03). From rebellion to revolution. peoplesdispatch.org A profound rebellion against racism has been sweeping the country for a month. Millions have taken to the streets in every part of the country, shaking public opinion. Elite institutions, individuals and corporate brands are scrambling to offer symbolic sacrifices at the altar of racial justice in the hopes they will be spared from the righteous wrath in the streets. | At the same time the police are wantonly attacking protestors and continuing to murder Black people, making a mockery of all the "official" declarations of "anti-racism." | Hidden in just this fact is the most important lesson: The capitalist syste…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-07-03). Chileans carry out a two-day national protest against Piñera's government. peoplesdispatch.org The national strike has been called in rejection of the national government, its mishandling of the health and economic emergencies and the lack of food and aid for vulnerable population…

_____ (2020-07-03). US Exposed For Funding Last Year's Hong Kong Protests. popularresistance.org Imagine how the American government would react if multiple Chinese state agencies such as Xinhua were exposed secretly helping protest groups across the United States to evade surveillance and crackdowns by law enforcement agencies. | Washington would probably threaten China with war. Roughly, though, the little-known but powerful US Agency for Global Media has been doing just that in Hong Kong. It oversees funding for various news and information operations around the world, including Voice of America and Radio Free Asia. | About US$2 million was earmarked for the protest movement in Hong Kong, but has now been…

_____ (2020-07-03). Lawyers Get No Bail In Property Damage Case, Face 45 Years In Prison. popularresistance.org The Center for Constitutional Rights and a coalition of other civil rights organizations are calling on federal prosecutors to release on bail two New York attorneys who are accused of throwing Molotov cocktails into an empty New York police car during protests in Brooklyn on May 30. The lawyers — Colinford Mattis and Urooj Rahman — are facing a minimum of 45 years in prison if convicted on the federal charges. The two were initially released on bail, but then the federal government challenged the bail conditions, sending them back to pretrial detention — a move that shocked many in the legal co…

Black Lives Matter SLV (2020-07-03). Saturday 7/11: San Lorenzo Valley: Black Lives Matter Protest. indybay.org Meet at San Lorenzo Valley High School, 7105 Hwy 9, Felton…

_____ (2020-07-03). The Trouble With 'White Privilege'. strategic-culture.org In the wake of the tumultuous Back Lives Matter protests, "white privilege" is the phrase of the day. Everyone uses it, and everyone seems to know what it means. | After all, whites could attend better public schools back in the days of Jim Crow, they could live in better neighborhoods, and they could go to colleges and universities from which blacks were expressly barred. They could enter a store or walk down a street without having to worry about being lynched if they said something wrong to a member of another race, and they could vote without fear of someone burning down their house. | So isn't this the "w…

Nigel Lee, Yu Gao, Sally L. Collins, Lena B. Mà•rtensson, Wendy Randall, Toni-Marie Rowe, Sue Kildea (2020-07-03). Caesarean delivery rates and analgesia effectiveness following injections of sterile water for back pain in labour: A multicentre, randomised placebo controlled trial. thelancet.com Compared to placebo, injections of sterile water did not reduce rates of caesarean delivery. For the main secondary outcome of pain relief the intervention did result in significantly more women reporting at least 30% and 50% reduction in pain for up to 90 min. Water injections have no effect on birth outcomes though can be an effective treatment for the relief of labour-related back pain.Funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council.

Asma Khalil, Erkan Kalafat, Can Benlioglu, Pat O'Brien, Edward Morris, Tim Draycott, Shakila Thangaratinam, Kirsty Le Doare, Paul Heath, Shamez Ladhani, Peter von Dadelszen, Laura A. Magee (2020-07-03). SARS-CoV-2 infection in pregnancy: A systematic review and meta-analysis of clinical features and pregnancy outcomes. thelancet.com The risk of iatrogenic preterm birth and caesarean delivery was increased. The available evidence is reassuring, suggesting that maternal morbidity is similar to that of women of reproductive age. Vertical transmission of the virus probably occurs, albeit in a small proportion of cases.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-07-03). Colombians march for dignity against state violence. peoplesdispatch.org Despite the national lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Colombian people continue to suffer at the hands of security forces and far-right armed groups. A series of assassinations of social leaders shook Colombia last weekend. In less than 24 hours, 4 Indigenous, peasant and social leaders were killed. The news of the rape of a 13-year-old Indigenous Embera girl by 7 soldiers has also sparked mass outrage.

Alison Bodine (2020-07-03). The U.S. Military Is the World's Biggest Climate Destroyer. No to War and Occupation! No to Environmental Degradation. globalresearch.ca Talk by Alison Bodine at the United National Antiwar Coalition National Conference held from February 21—23, 2020, at the People's Forum in New York City. | *** | To begin, I hope everyone has been able to see actions across Canada in …

Rosemary Frei (2020-07-03). "No One Has Died from the Coronavirus" globalresearch.ca A high-profile European pathologist is reporting that he and his colleagues across Europe have not found any evidence of any deaths from the novel coronavirus on that continent. | Dr. Stoian Alexov called the World Health Organization (WHO) a "criminal medical …

Dean Baker (2020-07-03). Profit Shares Soared After the Great Recession: News You Can't Get at the New York Times. cepr.net Apparently Steven Rattner, a regular columnist at the New York Times, is unable to get government data on corporate profits. That is what readers must conclude from his column on the strength of the stock market in spite of a plunging economy. While Rattner rightly points to the fact that interest rates on bonds are …

Ellen Taylor (2020-07-03). The US Military Has Its Knee on the Throat of the World. counterpunch.org The 2021 Defense Budget is making its way through Congress. The annual drama of this event has always been of particular interest to residents of the north Pacific Coast, as the US Navy's nursery lies only twelve miles off our coast. This is where many of the weapons purchased by Congress take their first baby

Jonah Raskin (2020-07-03). My Adventures in the Matriarchy. counterpunch.org I'm not talking about a fairytale matriarchy from long ago and far away. I'm talking about a matriarchy here and now in northern California. I live in one, though I imagine that some might say that it's not a true matriarchy. Maybe not, but as far as I'm concerned it's as close to a true

Joseph Natoli (2020-07-03). Drawn Away from Reality in Plain View. counterpunch.org "By wearing a mask, the exhaled viruses will not be able to escape and will concentrate in the nasal passages, enter the olfactory nerves and travel into the brain," several false posts on Facebook and Twitter stated." "An extremely credible source has called my office and told me that @BarackObama's birth certificate is a fraud."

David Rosen (2020-07-03). White Nationalists on the Attack. counterpunch.org On Monday, June 22nd, Pvt. Ethan P. Melzer, 22, was charged with planning an ambush of members of his unit during an upcoming deployment with the help of an "occult-based neo-Nazi" group known as the "Order of the Nine Angles" and a related group known as the "RapeWaffen Division." Melzer was stationed in Vicenza, Italy, and

Center For Biological Diversity (2020-07-03). House Democrats Set to Give 850,000 Acres of Nevada Wildlife Refuge to Military. globalresearch.ca In a stunning development in the ongoing controversy over proposed military bombing range expansion in Nevada, the Democrat-led House Armed Services Committee today approved an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would give the U.S. Air Force jurisdiction …

Michael Jansen (2020-07-03). Security Council, General Assembly Never Held Israel Accountable for Violations of UN Principles. globalresearch.ca Seventy-five years ago, 50 countries signed the UN Charter at a conference in San Francisco in ceremonies attended by 3,500 delegates and 2,500 media representatives and observers from non-governmental organisations. Representing 80 per cent of the world's population, the signatories …

Daniel Hilton (2020-07-03). Israel's Annexation Plans Explained in Nine Questions. globalresearch.ca The Israeli government has suggested that plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank could be revealed from 1 July. | Such a move has been condemned by Israel's allies and rivals alike as a dangerous escalation that could destabilise …

Phil Miller (2020-07-03). Hundreds of Saudi and Gulf Military Personnel Trained in Britain as Yemen War Continues. globalresearch.ca New data shows Britain's Royal Air Force trained Saudi personnel in 2019 on fighter jets used to bomb civilians in Yemen — a country on the brink of famine — while UK soldiers coached other forces in the Saudi-led coalition …

Shane Quinn (2020-07-03). US Downing of Iranian Airliner Gone From History. globalresearch.ca This article was first published on July 2, 2018, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the downing of Iran Air Flight 655 on July 3, 1988. Having found

Elijah J. Magnier (2020-07-03). No Israeli War on Lebanon Before the Next US Elections. globalresearch.ca There is no doubt that, since Ben Gurion, the Zionist

Peoples Dispatch (2020-07-03). Family of 65-year-old Kashmiri civilian says he was killed by security forces. peoplesdispatch.org A civilian was allegedly killed by the Indian security forces in the Sopore district of Kashmir, according to his family. Following the incident, pictures of the deceased's grandson sitting on top of his dead body drenched in blood went viral on social media, triggering widespread condemnation…

J.B. Gerald (2020-07-03). Cameroon and Nigeria: the Risk of Breathing. dissidentvoice.org There is a long history of human rights violations by Cameroon's government against its Anglophone people. Brutalized by war with Boko Haram, the Cameroon military is now engaged in low intensity warfare against militant Anglophone separatists. On May 15, 2019 for instance, Cameroon's military attacked Anglophone Separatist Bamenda, burning 70 dwellings and stores in retaliation …

Meagan Day (2020-07-03). The Coming Pandemic-Induced Eviction Crisis. zcomm.org If federal unemployment benefits are not extended when they expire next month, millions of households will be facing both steep rent and unemployment with no assistance. And that means mass evictions…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-07-03). Communist youth in Austria resist fascist mobilizations. peoplesdispatch.org On July 1, Wednesday, the Communist Youth of Austria (KJO) brought out a statement calling for resistance against the rising fascist and racist manifestations in Vienna and other Austrian cities. The statement by the Vienna committee of the KJO was made in the backdrop of an attack by right-wing Turkish nationalists against a Kurdish gathering in Vienna on June 24, and the clashes that followed it. Last week's events have also led to some diplomatic hostility between Austria and Turkey. | According to reports, a group called Grey Wolves comprising right-wing sections within the Turkish diaspora in Vienna was resp…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-07-03). Unions Fight to Save South African Airways. peoplesdispatch.org The Spokesperson of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, Phakamile Hlubi-Majola, talks about the ongoing struggle to ensure that the national carrier, South African Airways, can be saved. She explains why the unions have stridently opposed a plan to 'rescue' the airline presented by Business Rescue Practitioners and questions the logic of the plan. She also details the proposals the unions are putting forward to make sure that the airline and its employees' interests are safeguarded.

John Feffer (2020-07-03). In the U.S., the Second Wave Is Already Here. zcomm.org While Europe and Asia track down three-digit infection spikes at worst, the U.S. is dealing with over 40,000 a day…

Robert Koehler (2020-07-03). Is the nation opening its soul? zcomm.org The ghosts of the past that are returning to the present moment could be the harbingers of unimaginable change…

George Ochenski (2020-07-03). Trump's Contagion Road Show Heads West. zcomm.org The last thing any thinking person would do when faced with this crisis is take steps to make it worse. Yet, that's just what's happening as Trump seeks to halt federal funds for testing when the medical professionals are advising just the opposite…

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-07-03). Criminalising Journalism: Australia's National Security Craze. asia-pacificresearch.com

The Canary (2020-07-03). Tory government splashes £400m of taxpayers' cash on a bankrupt satellite company. thecanary.co The government has taken a major stake in the failed satellite company OneWeb, in a drive to develop a sovereign UK space capability. | The UK is part of a consortium with India's Bharti Global which won a bidding war for the company, which went bankrupt earlier this year while trying to develop a space network to deliver broadband. | Ministers hope it will compensate for the loss of access to the EU's Galileo programme in the wake of Brexit. | The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said the UK and mobile operator Bharti are each investing 500 million US dollars ( £400m), with Britain a…

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2020-07-03). Israel Awaits US Authorization to Annex West Bank. globalresearch.ca Since the beginning of June, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has threatened to annex the West Bank, even calling on the armed forces to prepare for an invasion. Netanyahu's plan, he said, was to annex the territory of the West …

cynthia papermaster (2020-07-03). Saturday 7/4: 4th of July: "Defund Police, Defund Pentagon, Fund Community & Life!" indybay.org 1: 00 – SF City Hall | 1: 30 – 762 Fulton, Black Lives Matter street mural | 2: 00 – Divisadero & Broadway, Nancy Pelosi's House | 3: 00 – Bayview Hunters Point, 11 Innes Court, Lennar office…

Jay Walker (2020-07-03). 51 Years After Stonewall, New York's Queer Liberation March Faces Police Violence. thenation.com 51 Years After Stonewall, New York's Queer Liberation March Faces Police Violence…

Peter Bolton (2020-07-03). Perhaps it's time those accusing the left of antisemitism look in the mirror. thecanary.co Labour leader Keir Starmer recently

Peadar O'Cearnaigh (2020-07-03). Trump's decision to celebrate 4 July at Mt Rushmore is a big 'f**k you' to Indigenous people and anti-racism campaigners. thecanary.co The police

Sasha Abramsky (2020-07-03). As Infection Rates Soar, Trump Says Virus Could Just 'Disappear'. thenation.com As Infection Rates Soar, Trump Says Virus Could Just 'Disappear'

Westenley Alcenat (2020-07-03). Is the Fourth of July Worth Celebrating? thenation.com Is the Fourth of July Worth Celebrating?

Lawrence Weschler (2020-07-03). Imagining a New Mount Rushmore. thenation.com Imagining a New Mount Rushmore…

yenisafak (2020-07-03). Indigenous leaders angry about coronavirus risk from Brazilian military visit. yenisafak.com Leaders of an isolated indigenous Yanomami community in Brazil have complained that a military mission to protect them from the coronavirus brought greater risk of infection to their people through contact with outsiders including journalists.Federal prosecutors said they were investigating the visit for ignoring the wishes of Yanomami communities to remain isolated from society, violating rules of social distancing and distributing chloroquine to indigenous people.On Tuesday and Wednesday, soldiers brought medical supplies by helicopter to outposts on the border with Venezuela and assembled Yanomami families to…

yenisafak (2020-07-03). Macron names Jean Castex as prime minister in government overhaul. yenisafak.com French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday named Jean Castex, a top civil servant and local mayor who orchestrated France's exit from its coronavirus lockdown, as prime minister in a high-stakes cabinet reshuffle.Castex will be tasked be forming the next government, the Elysee Palace said in a short statement. He replaces Edouard Philippe, who resigned earlier on Friday.

yenisafak (2020-07-03). As tourists trickle back to resorts, Greeks have modest expectations. yenisafak.com Shops shuttered and streets abandoned, the island of Rhodes is pinning its hopes on a trickle of tourists to salvage what is left of a holiday season decimated by the coronavirus pandemic.One of Greece's busiest resort islands, the cobbled streets of the imposing medieval city of Rhodes town were empty this week. At this rate, only a few hotels will open this year, locals say."We have never experienced anything like this, not at least for the past 50 to 60 years," said Manolis Markopoulos, head of the hoteliers association in Rhodes.Greece opened its regional airports, including in Rhodes, to travellers this week…

yenisafak (2020-07-03). Russia reports less than 7,000 cases for 8th day in row. yenisafak.com Russia on Friday reported less than 7,000 new coronavirus for the eight consecutive day.A total of 6,718 cases were reported over the past 24 hours, raising the tally to 667,883, with active cases making up about a third of the total, the country's emergency task force said in a daily report.The virus claimed 176 lives over the last 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 9,859 while recoveries went up by 8,915 to reach 437,893, it added.Earlier this week, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said the country will continue increasing polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests despite declining case numbers, to "identify new…

yenisafak (2020-07-03). Erdogan dispels accusations about Hagia Sophia. yenisafak.com Turkey's president said Friday that accusations against the country about Hagia Sophia directly target its sovereignty.Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony of a mosque in Istanbul, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey will always protect the rights of Muslims and the minorities living in the country.A Turkish court is about to announce its verdict on converting the 6th-century structure to a mosque.The Hagia Sophia was used as a church for 916 years. In 1453, it was converted into a mosque by Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II when the empire conquered Istanbul.Following the restoration work during the Ottoman era and…

yenisafak (2020-07-03). Top Iran security body says cause of incident at Natanz nuclear site identified. yenisafak.com Iran's top security body said on Friday the cause of an incident and fire at the Natanz nuclear site had been determined and will be announced later, semi-official news agency Tasnim reported."Investigations by the relevant agencies have accurately determined the cause of the incident… at the Natanz nuclear complex," spokesman Keyvan Khosravi said, according to Tasnim. "Due to security considerations, the cause and manner of the incident will be announced at a convenient time."Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation initially reported an "incident" had occurred early on Thursday at Natanz. It later published a photo…

yenisafak (2020-07-03). Growing number of mercenaries to Sirte deepens conflict in Libya: Analysis. yenisafak.com By Ferhat Polat – The writer is a researcher at the TRT World Research CentreOver the past two months, there has been a drastic change on the ground in Libya as forces loyal to the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) have pushed Haftar's self-declared Libyan National Army (LNA) to the borders of the coastal city of Sirte, some 450 km east of Tripoli, and Al-Jufra airbase in central Libya.Since January this year, Turkey has intervened determinedly in the Libyan conflict, providing air support, weapons, and technical assistance to the UN-backed government, and this Turkish support has rec…

yenisafak (2020-07-03). Erdogan says Turkey to 'keep a close watch' on developments in Libya. yenisafak.com "Work between Turkey and Libya's legitimate government must continue very seriously and decisively," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday.Erdogan also underlined that Ankara wants to "keep a close watch" on the developments in Libya as he informed that Turkish defense minister arrived in the civil-war-torned northern African country on Friday.Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Guler arrived in Libya to review the activities carried out under a memorandum of understanding between the two countries.Following the military ceremony at the Mitiga International A…

yenisafak (2020-07-03). Turkey accuses France of committing crimes in Libya. yenisafak.com Turkey's ruling party spokesman on Friday accused France of committing crimes in civil war-torn Libya."France has committed crimes in Libya," said Omer Celik, spokesman for the Justice and Development (AK) Party.Celik said as France's crimes have surfaced with mass graves, it is posing as a human rights defender to get away with the crimes by blaming Turkey.Recalling France's colonial history, he said: "France is guilty.""[France] cannot cover those mass graves by excessive attacks on Turkey or on our president."Libya has been torn by civil war since the ouster of late ruler Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The country's…

yenisafak (2020-07-03). Russia to reopen embassy in Libya. yenisafak.com Russia has decided to reopen its embassy in Libya, the Interfax news agency cited Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying on Friday.Lavrov said a ceasefire in the Libyan conflict, proposed by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi alongside Libya's eastern commander Khalifa Haftar in Cairo on June 6, fitted into decisions taken at an international conference in Berlin regarding the situation in the North African country.Lavrov was speaking at the start of a meeting with the speaker of Libya's pro-Haftar eastern parliament, Aguila Saleh.

yenisafak (2020-07-03). Close to 50 organized crime suspects remanded in Turkish custody. yenisafak.com As many as 49 people in Turkey were remanded in custody on Friday for their alleged links to organized crime.On June 26, Turkish security forces had arrested 75 suspects in the western Izmir province during an operation against an organized crime group.The suspects were sent to the Izmir Courthouse.Forty-nine of them were remanded in custody by the court for their alleged involvement in organized crime, including drug trafficking and forming a crime syndicate.While 21 of the suspects were released by the court under judicial control, five others were released.* Writing by Fahri Aksut…

yenisafak (2020-07-03). 'Top-level visit shows importance EU attaches to Turkey'. yenisafak.com EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell's upcoming visit to the Turkish capital reflects the importance the EU places on its relations with Turkey, the bloc's chief foreign policy spokesperson said on Friday. | Borrell will meet Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Monday in Ankara, Peter Stano confirmed. | The top diplomats will "discuss the overall relations and in particular the recent developments and tensions in our relations between the EU and Turkey, and between Turkey and individual member states," Stano explained. | He stressed that "the trip and the exchanges are the expressions of the importance…

yenisafak (2020-07-03). Turkey condoles with Myanmar over deadly landslide. yenisafak.com The Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Turkey was deeply saddened that the landslide at a jade mining site in northern Myanmar has resulted in loss of at least 162 lives, while more than 54 were injured and unknown number of people went missing."We extend our heartfelt condolences to the relatives of those who lost their lives and to the friendly people of Myanmar, wish speedy recovery to those injured, and hope that the missing will be safely found soon," the ministry added.The landslide in the state of Kachin was caused by heavy rains, triggering a "muddy wave" which buried the miners collecting…

yenisafak (2020-07-03). Pakistan: 15 Sikh pilgrims die in van-train collision. yenisafak.com At least 15 killed when a passenger van collided with a train near the northeastern Punjab province on Friday, said a railway official. The van was carrying a total of 25 Sikh Pilgrims when it crashed with Shah Hussain Express at 52 number railway crossing in Sheikhupura, near Lahore, the provincial capital, said Qurat ul Ain, a spokeswoman of the country's railway authorities, in a statement.Prime Minister Imran Khan took notice of the accident and offered condolences to the victims' families.

_____ (2020-07-03). World Rebukes US Over Iran. popularresistance.org Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday sought to reassert America's waning influence on the world stage, challenging the U.N. Security Council to extend a U.N. arms embargo that is due to expire in October. Instead, America's top diplomat received a scolding from friends and foes alike in the 15-nation council, which roundly criticized Washington for withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal two years ago without a clear plan to limit Tehran's nuclear activities. | On a day when the European Union pointedly excluded the United States from a "safe list" of countries permitted to travel to the 27-member bloc, the c…

_____ (2020-07-03). Trump Used Looted Venezuelan Public Money To Build Border Wall. popularresistance.org Since the United States initiated a coup attempt against Venezuela's elected leftist government in January 2019, up to $24 billion worth of Venezuelan public assets have been seized by foreign countries, primarily by Washington and member states of the European Union. | President Donald Trump's administration has used at least $601 million of that looted Venezuelan money to fund construction of its border wall with Mexico, according to government documents first reviewed by Univision. | During his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump insisted countless times that he would "make Mexico pay" to build a gargantuan wall…

_____ (2020-07-03). Shell: Latest Oil Company To Do A Belly Flop. popularresistance.org We're halfway through 2020, and I think we can all safely say it's been a pretty terrible year. There's been so much terrible stuff in the past two months alone, I can't even remember the bad stuff that happened in January. But I'm sure it sucked. | So I'll take minor bits of good news where I can get it. And the latest is Shell writing down $22 billion on its balance sheets, making it the latest oil company to acknowledge that things are probably not going back to the way they were. | The company announced it expected the dip in value to be driven by both its oil and gas sides of the business on Tuesday. The pro…

en.mehrnews (2020-07-03). Armed forces ready to respond to any US despicable move. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 03 (MNA) — Iranian Minister of Defense (MoD) Brigadier General Amir Hatami said that Iran's Armed forces is ready to respond to any US malicious move authoritatively.

en.mehrnews (2020-07-03). Iran, Iraq discuss expansion of defense coop. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 03 (MNA) — Iranian and Iraqi military officials discussed on the ways to expand security and defense cooperation between the two countries.

en.mehrnews (2020-07-03). Khaf-Herat railway to come on stream in Nov. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 04 (MNA) — Khaf-Herat Railway will become operational before the end of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2021).

en.mehrnews (2020-07-03). 105 recorded violations by US-Saudi aggression in Yemen. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 04 (MNA) — The US-Saudi aggression has committed 105 violations of truce against Yemen's Hodeidah during the past 24 hours.

en.mehrnews (2020-07-03). Tehran hosts 12th Doors & Windows Exhibition. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 03 (MNA) — The 12th Specialized Doors & Windows Technology International Exhibition was inaugurated at Tehran Permanent International Fairgrounds on Thu July 02.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-07-03). Exploring the sun and targeting cancer: News from the College. imperial.ac.uk Here's a batch of fresh news and announcements from across Imperial.

Simon Ortiz (2020-07-03). Acoma Pueblo Simon Ortiz: Trump's Self-Celebration Reflected in Mount Rushmore Imperialism. indybay.org Acoma Pueblo poet, professor and author Simon Ortiz reflects on the egotism and arrogance of Trump and his self-celebration, as Trump plans to inject himself into the Black Hills during the coronavirus pandemic.

Dan Bacher (2020-07-03). Newsom Administration Rushes Forward with Delta Tunnel Project During A Pandemic. indybay.org "The decision to move forward with trying to obtain a federal permit using a set proposal, intakes and tunnel corridor so soon after the scoping period ended, and during a Pandemic, shows that state never had any intention of considering stakeholder input," said Regina Chichizola, co-director of Save California Salmon.

Toby Blomé (2020-07-03). Friday 7/3: "BLACK LIVES MATTER" / Anti-War Light Brigade. indybay.org I-80 Pedestrian pedestrian bridge, south of University Ave. | Gather at 8: 50 pm in open parking area, southwest corner of University Ave. Short walk to get up to the bridge. | Accessed by west side frontage road.

PETA (2020-07-03). Monterey Zoo Faces Scrutiny Over Elephant Deaths. indybay.org Salinas, Calif. [June 30, 2020] — PETA has just obtained necropsies for two elephants, Paula and Kristy, who died at the Monterey Zoo in 2019—and the reports raise serious questions about the level of care that the animals received prior to their deaths.

John Malkin (2020-07-03). Community Safety Without Police: Interview with CAHOOTS / White Bird coordinator Tim Black. indybay.org Interview with Tim Black, operations coordinator at CAHOOTS / White Bird Clinic in Eugene, Oregon discussing 30 years of community-based safety and security instead of policing.

Santa Cruz for Abolition (2020-07-03). Saturday 7/4: Fuck the Fourth, Love Your Friends. indybay.org Clocktower, Pacific Avenue and Water Street, Santa Cruz…

Craig Baldwin (2020-07-03). Friday 7/3: Plague-Time Play-Time. indybay.org ATA GALLERY, 992 Valencia Street…

Michael Petrelis (2020-07-03). Patients Demand SF General Remove Zuckerberg Name. indybay.org Zuckerberg's name on SF General Hospital must be deleted…

_____ (2020-07-03). Seriously, Get the Hell Out of Afghanistan. strategic-culture.org The continued Afghanistan occupation is like if the police stormed a house, shot a bunch of people, realized they got the wrong house and they'd never find the guy they were looking for by staying there, stayed anyway, moved in, and then years later said they can't move out because they heard a rumor that the neighbors are trying to make them leave.

Lee Camp (2020-07-02). Lee Camp: How the Media Used the Bounty Scandal to Stop the 'Threat' of Peace in Afghanistan. mintpressnews.com This is not a column defending Donald Trump. | Across my career, I have said more positive words about the scolex family of intestinal tapeworms than I have said about Donald Trump. (Scolex have been shown to read more.) | No, this is a column about context. When The New York Times reports anonymous sources from the intelligence community say Russia paid Taliban fighters to kill American soldiers, context is very important. | Some of that context is that

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-07-02). America's Two Right-Wing Parties Keep Accusing Each Other Of Being Far-Left. thealtworld.com has a new Spanish-language ad out claiming that President Trump is cut from the same cloth as leftist leaders Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, and Nicolas Maduro. This is not the first time the Biden campaign has done this, with The hashtag #ComradeTrump

Ralph Nader (2020-07-02). The People Must Rise Up and Remove Trump-Pence From This Horror Show Handling of the Pandemic. commondreams.org The country simply cannot wait until Inauguration Day, January 21, 2021. (Photo: Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Alan MacLeod (2020-07-02). "Russia is Paying the Taliban": Afghan Bounty Scandal Comes at Suspiciously Important Time for US Military Industrial Complex. globalresearch.ca The latest scandal, like others before it, is based on scant testimony by anonymous officials and has had the effect of pushing liberal opinion on US foreign policy into a far more hawkish direction. | *** | Based on anonymous intelligence …

WSWS (2020-07-02). Seattle police forcibly end Capitol Hill Occupied Protest. wsws.org The protest tent site was overrun by more than one hundred local police and FBI officers armed with heavy riot gear and military-grade vehicles.

Staff (2020-07-02). Headlines for July 2, 2020. democracynow.org States Reverse Reopenings as Daily U.S. Coronavirus Cases Top 50,000 for First Time, As U.S. Deaths Top 128,000, Trump Predicts Coronavirus Will "Sort of Just Disappear", Dallas Choir Members Tested Positive for COVID-19 Ahead of Performance for Mike Pence, San Quentin Prisoners Launch Hunger Strike Amid Explosion of COVID-19 Cases, Seattle Riot Police Clear Autonomous Zone, Los Angeles City Council Approves $150M in Cuts to Police Budget, Trump Calls Black Lives Matter Message Outside Trump Tower a "Symbol of Hate", Richmond, Virginia, Mayor Removes Confederate Statue, Trump Backs Confederate Base Names as Monum…

RT (2020-07-02). Crime reports in Seattle 5 TIMES higher amid 'narcotics use & violent crime' in CHOP zone. rt.com Seattle saw a 525-percent spike in crime reports due to violence and turmoil within the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone, according to figures released by the city's mayor as she authorized police to clear the site. | Mayor Jenny Durkan's executive order to oust the protesters from the self-proclaimed six-block cop-free zone states the "narcotics use and violent crime, including rape, robbery, assault, and increased gang activity" since 'CHOP' first appeared in early June. | In less than a month, the self-declared "autonomous zone" has seen two deadly shootings and a serious hike in reported incidents of cr…

Peter Koenig (2020-07-02). Russia Did It Again — Chasing the Bounty Hunters. globalresearch.ca Russia did it again. This time Moscow is accused of "paying to kill Americans". How criminal! | Such things only Americans would do — Washington, the Pentagon, CIA…. Because killing and have killed is in their mindset and bloodstream. That's what …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-07-02). US adds 50,000 COVID-19 cases in single-day spike, reopening reversed in several States. peoplesdispatch.org The fresh surge in the daily reported cases in the US has pushed several State administrations to reconsider plans to reopen their economies…

WSWS (2020-07-02). As flights increase, airline workers face more COVID-19 dangers. wsws.org Even as the pandemic continues to surge, airlines continue to push for increased flights. American Airlines has resumed booking its flights to capacity on July 1. United Airlines, which never blocked out seats or limited capacity, will be adding 25,000 flights in August.

Thom Hartmann (2020-07-02). COVID Masks: The Latest Faux Conservative Outrage. zcomm.org They don't care about you; they just want the economy opened back up to make money…

2020-07-03: Social Media Postees

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[Comment] The Wakley–Wu Lien Teh Prize Essay 2020: Chinese health workers' experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic
Helena Hui Wang, Esther Lau, Richard Horton | thelancet.com | 2020-07-04
"I feel deeply the burden of the honour placed upon me in being chairman of this Medical Conference, which is unique in our history, powerful in its representation, and which gives China a strong position amongst nations seeking the welfare of the people", wrote Wu Lien Teh in his first publication in The Lancet,1 on his inaugural address delivered at the International Plague Conference in Shenyang, China, in 1911. Wu was elected as the chair of the conference for his work in controlling the pneumonic plague epidemic outbreak in 1910–11 in northeastern China, which ultimately claimed about 60‚Ä&a…
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[Comment] Offline: It's time to convene nations to end this pandemic
Richard Horton | thelancet.com | 2020-07-04
A historic and calamitous milestone was reached this week. WHO reported more than 10 million cases of COVID-19 and over 500‚Äà000 COVID-19 deaths. The world's political leaders have been tested and they have been found wanting. It's hard to recall a more lamentable response to a global emergency. Even the climate crisis had its Kyoto and Paris agreements. But despite the urgency of this continuing human catastrophe, despite the immediacy of the economic collapse we are witnessing, there has still been no moment when nations have been convened to reflect on lessons to be learned, to coordinate ac…
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[Correspondence] Time for WHO to declare climate breakdown a PHEIC?
Andrew Harmer, Anja Leetz, Ben Eder, Remco van de Pas, Sophie Gepp | thelancet.com | 2020-07-04
At the opening plenary of the World Health Assembly in May, 2019, Richard Horton urged member states and the Secretariat of WHO to recognise climate change as a planetary emergency. A few days later, during a side event on air pollution, climate change, oceans, and health sponsored by the Government of Sweden, the Minister of Health for the Seychelles Jean Paul Adam argued that climate change has to be recognised as a public health emergency at the international level. Johan Giesecke1 once stressed that as public health emergencies of international concern (PHEICs) evolve into more complex forms, it becomes neces…
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National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression to join "We Can't Breathe" protest at RNC
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-07-04
Chicago, IL -The National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (NAARPR) will be joining the massive demonstration that is set for August 27 at the Republican National Convention (RNC), in Jacksonville, Florida. The "We Can't Breathe" protest, organized by the Coalition to March on the RNC, will focus on stopping police crimes and advancing the demand for community control of the police. | Speaking about the need to march on the RNC, Frank Chapman, Executive Director of the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression states, "The Trump administration has been green-lighting police crimes…
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[Correspondence] Methodology in the GBD study of China — Author's reply
Christopher J L Murray | thelancet.com | 2020-07-04
The Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD) 2017 provides comprehensive assessment of population health for 195 countries and territories and subnational units for selected countries, including all province-level administrative units in China. It is important to point out that, as the GBD uses a hierarchical analytical framework, data input from all GBD 2017 analytical units, national or subnational, are integrated into a single modelling process to provide a set of estimates for all locations that are internally consistent and comparable across locations and over time.
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[Correspondence] Methodology in the GBD study of China
Ping-I Lin, Stephen J Glatt, Ming T Tsuang | thelancet.com | 2020-07-04
We found the Article by Maigeng Zhou and colleagues1 intriguing. However, we have some concerns. Our major concern arises from mixing data from mainland China and Taiwan. These two regions have distinct health-care and social welfare systems; they also have different time trends of how socioeconomic conditions evolved during the past half century. Therefore, mixing the data from these two regions might lead to biased estimates, especially for the health outcomes shaped by health policies (eg, vaccination programmes as a prevention strategy).
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[Correspondence] Methodology in the GBD study of China
Yen-Feng Lin | thelancet.com | 2020-07-04
Maigeng Zhou and colleagues1 claimed that they had implemented the same hierarchical model setup as Christopher Murray and colleagues had in their Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD),2 in which Taiwan and China were treated at the same level in the hierarchical model. However, according to figures 3 and 4 in the Article,1 Taiwan was placed at the level under the umbrella of China. The inconsistency between the methodology and results in these figures requires clarification.
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[Perspectives] Salome Maswime: dynamic leader in global surgery
Richard Lane | thelancet.com | 2020-07-04
As Associate Professor and Head of Global Surgery at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa, Salome Maswime is aware of the scale of the job in front of her. "For me the big problem is the disconnect between health systems and clinical care in low and middle income countries, especially concerning surgical care. Outcomes are often poor, there being not enough focus on the quality of surgery, and how it relates to integrated health care and overarching health systems performance", she explains.
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[Comment] Ambulatory management of primary spontaneous pneumothorax: when less is more
Christopher Kapp, David Feller-Kopman | thelancet.com | 2020-07-04
Spontaneous pneumothorax is a pneumothorax that occurs in the absence of trauma or iatrogenic injury, and occurs in about 20‚Äà000 people per year in the USA.1 Primary spontaneous pneumothorax is typically defined as a pneumothorax that occurs in patients without evidence of underlying lung disease, and is estimated to affect about 3000 people per year in the UK,2 whereas secondary pneumothorax occurs in patients with known lung disease such as emphysema, lymphangioleiomyomatosis, or Birt-Hogg-Dubé syndrome.
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[Comment] Investing in surgery: a value proposition for African leaders
Desmond T Jumbam, Ché L Reddy, Emmanuel Makasa, Adeline A Boatin, Khama Rogo, Kathryn M Chu, Benetus Nangombe, Olufemi T Oladapo, John G Meara, Salome Maswime | thelancet.com | 2020-07-04
Globally, poor access to high-quality surgical, obstetric, and anaesthesia care remains a main contributor to global disease burden accounting for about a third of deaths worldwide.1 The need for strengthening surgical care systems is especially urgent in sub-Saharan Africa, where access is strikingly limited, leading to the highest mortality and morbidity from surgically preventable and treatable conditions in the world.2,3 Approximately 93% of the population of sub-Saharan Africa lacks access to safe, affordable, and timely surgical care, compared with less than 10% in high-income countries.
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[Articles] Ambulatory management of primary spontaneous pneumothorax: an open-label, randomised controlled trial
Rob J Hallifax, Edward McKeown, Parthipan Sivakumar, Ian Fairbairn, Christy Peter, Andrew Leitch, Matthew Knight, Andrew Stanton, Asim Ijaz, Stefan Marciniak, James Cameron, Amrithraj Bhatta, Kevin G Blyth, Raja Reddy, Marie-Clare Harris, Nadeem Maddekar, Steven Walker, Alex West, Magda Laskawiec-Szkonter, John P Corcoran, Stephen Gerry, Corran Roberts, John E Harvey, Nick Maskell, Robert F Miller, Najib M Rahman | thelancet.com | 2020-07-04
Ambulatory management of primary spontaneous pneumothorax significantly reduced the duration of hospitalisation including re-admissions in the first 30 days, but at the expense of increased adverse events. This data suggests that primary spontaneous pneumothorax can be managed for outpatients, using ambulatory devices in those who require intervention.
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[Clinical Picture] Coarctation of the aorta: a rare cause of severe hypertension in pregnancy
Catherine Anne Cluver, Philip Herbst, Stephanie Griffith-Richards, Muhammed Hassan, Brian Allwood | thelancet.com | 2020-07-04
A 24-week pregnant 18-year-old woman was seen at her local health-care centre where she was found to have a respiratory rate of 38 breaths per min, a blood pressure of 250/90 mm Hg, and a heart rate of 39 beats per min. She collapsed and required intubation and ventilation. A chest x-ray showed bilateral infiltrates–pulmonary oedema–and she was treated with furosemide and nitroglycerin and transferred to our intensive care unit.
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[Comment] A Lancet Commission on women and cancer
Ophira Ginsburg, Richard Horton | thelancet.com | 2020-07-04
Over the past decade, the global health community has begun to acknowledge that cancer is an increasingly important public health and economic challenge in all countries.1 What is not acknowledged is the disproportionate impact of cancer on the lives and livelihoods of women, and the downstream impacts this creates for societies. In 104 countries, breast cancer has the highest age-standardised incidence rate of all cancers in both sexes combined; in 23 countries, it is cervical cancer.2 Of the 938‚Äà044 deaths from these two cancers in 2018, most were premature and preventable and occurred in a…
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[Correspondence] US Global Gag Rule increases unsafe abortion
Terry McGovern | thelancet.com | 2020-07-04
The Trump administration issued the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance policy in 2017. This policy is an expansion of the Global Gag Rule that blocks US global health assistance to foreign non-governmental organisations that provide, counsel on, refer to, or advocate for abortion services; even if they do so with their own funding and in countries where abortion is legal. Following an additional policy expansion in 2019, foreign organisations that comply with the policy must now attach it to all subgrants that they give to other foreign organisations, including those that do not involve US global health…
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(20)30921-1/fulltext?rss=yes

[World Report] Collaborating on kidneys: Haiti's transplantation ambitions
Jane Regan | thelancet.com | 2020-07-04
Haiti lacks health programmes and facilities for kidney disease. Jane Regan reports on an ambitious collaboration between Haitian and US doctors to make kidney transplantation widely available.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(20)31487-2/fulltext?rss=yes

[Perspectives] Maps and guides
Roger Kneebone | thelancet.com | 2020-07-04
Like many people, I use satnav when I'm driving to an unfamiliar address. I know that if I follow the instructions as they come up, I'll almost certainly get to my destination. But there are times when you need a broader sense of the territory you'll be passing through. If you're plotting a route from one part of the country to another in the car, a small-scale road atlas works well. If you're planning a cross-country hike, however, you'll need a map that shows the landscape in detail–contours, footpaths, points of reference.
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[Editorial] Zoonoses: beyond the human–animal–environment interface
The Lancet | thelancet.com | 2020-07-04
World Zoonoses Day on July 6 marks the day, in 1885, when a young boy received the first vaccine against rabies–a zoonosis, a disease caused by a pathogen transmitted from animals to humans. Rarely is a World Zoonoses Day so relevant to consider these diseases and their disruption of societies.
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[Articles] Thulium laser transurethral vaporesection of the prostate versus transurethral resection of the prostate for men with lower urinary tract symptoms or urinary retention (UNBLOCS): a randomised controlled trial
Hashim Hashim, Jo Worthington, Paul Abrams, Grace Young, Hilary Taylor, Sian M Noble, Sara T Brookes, Nikki Cotterill, Tobias Page, K Satchi Swami, J Athene Lane, UNBLOCS Trial Group | thelancet.com | 2020-07-04
TURP and ThuVARP were equivalent for urinary symptom improvement (IPSS) 12-months post-surgery, and TURP was superior for Qmax. Anticipated laser benefits for ThuVARP of reduced hospital stay and complications were not observed.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(20)30537-7/fulltext?rss=yes

Week in Review 28th June — 4th July
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2020-07-04
Editor's Review The new normal today is characterised by scandals that come and go so quickly, it's hard to keep up. No sooner is Robert Jenrick attempting to shrug off accusations that he 'fixed' the techincal consents for a £1bn building project, therefore saving a Tory donor some £45m when — he's immediately accused of …
truepublica.org.uk/united-kingdom/week-in-review-28th-june-4th-july/

Twitter targets accounts of MintPress and other outlets covering unrest in Bolivia
Alan MacLeod | mronline.org | 2020-07-03
MintPress News, along with a number of independent Bolivian news outlets and journalists covering the unrest there, were all targeted for suspension at the same time.
mronline.org/2020/07/03/twitter-targets-…

US Buys Up Remdesivir: We Must Break Patents for Access to COVID-19 Drug
Newsclick | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-07-03
Newsclick's Prabir Purkayastha points out that countries must use the compulsory licence clause to make sure the drug is available to all. He also analyses how this might be a prelude to similar acts once a vaccine is available.
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Trump and Pence — Step Aside for Professional Pandemic Scientists and Managers
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-03
Major changes in society can be accomplished by a fast-emerging, broad-based civic jolt so obvious and persuasive that it overwhelms the entrenched powers. The most urgent job is for people to organize to get Trump and Pence to step aside from their bungling, making-matters-worse mismanagement of the Covid-19 pandemic. The White House should let a…
counterpunch.org/2020/07/03/trump-and-pe…

Trump and Pence — Step Aside for Professional Pandemic Scientists and Managers
Ralph Nader | zcomm.org | 2020-07-03
Major changes in society can be accomplished by a fast-emerging, broad-based civic jolt so obvious and persuasive that it overwhelms the entrenched powers…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/trump-and-pence-st…

Connecting the Dates — US Media Used To Stop The 'Threat' of Peace
Lee Camp | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-03
This is not a column defending Donald Trump. Across my career I have said more positive words about the scolex family of intestinal tapeworms than I have said about Donald Trump. (Scolex have been shown to read more.) No, this is a column about context. When The New York Times reports anonymous sources from the intelligence community…
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Another reason to tear down the walls: Ohio jail 100% COVID-positive
Martha Grevatt | workers.org | 2020-07-03
Cleveland, Ohio In a recent report, the Ohio Immigrant Alliance stated that the Morrow County Correctional Facility in Mt. Gilead is the first county jail in the state to be 100 percent COVID-positive. The jail, holding local prisoners as well as Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees, is also the first . . . | Continue reading Another reason to tear down the walls: Ohio jail 100% COVID-positive at Workers.org
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'Day of Rage' protests annexation of Palestinian land
Liberation staff | liberationnews.org | 2020-07-03
In the U.S.,Palestinians and their supports found ways in the midst of a pandemic to make clear that the Palestinian struggle for liberation will continue, and support for it will grow.
liberationnews.org/day-of-rage-protests-…

Seattle's CHOP Went Out With Both a Bang and a Whimper
Arun Gupta | zcomm.org | 2020-07-03
"Greed drowned out the protests.Everyone is fighting to be a leader because they want to be in the meeting with the mayor and say, 'Defund the police and fund my organization.'"
zcomm.org/znetarticle/seattles-chop-went…

[Comment] Surgery for benign prostatic obstruction
Giuseppe Magistro, Christian G Stief | thelancet.com | 2020-07-04
Almost all men have some form of benign prostatic hyperplasia as they age, often resulting in lower urinary tract symptoms due to benign prostatic obstruction. Most patients with bothersome lower urinary tract symptoms are treated with drugs (eg, Œ± blockers or 5Œ±-reductase inhibitors) and surgery is usually reserved for patients who do not respond to drug treatment. Both the safety issues of medication and surgery-related morbidity must be weighed against the efficacy of these treatments. The main reasons for discontinuation of drug treatment are serious adverse effects, such as postur…
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(20)31287-3/fulltext?rss=yes

Socialists Are Beating Jeff Bezos in Seattle (Again)
Kshama Sawant | thenation.com | 2020-07-03
Socialists Are Beating Jeff Bezos in Seattle (Again)…
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US govt providing unsterile Covid-19 screening supplies amid surge in testing demand, claims Washington state
rt.com | 2020-07-03
Medical supplies sent by the federal government to help with coronavirus testing have been too slow to arrive and have failed quality control checks, according to Washington state's top health official. | A US government program aimed at supporting nationwide testing efforts has been "beset by logistical problems that impede our pandemic response and undermine our shared goals," Washington state Secretary of Health John Wiesman wrote in a letter to US Assistant Secretary for Health Admiral Brett Giroir. | Wiesman claimed that his state had received around 250,000 bulk-packaged swabs from the federal government…
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Bounty-Hunter Hoax to Kill U.S.-Russia Relations
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2020-07-03
Relations between the United States and Russia have already been badly wounded during recent years, largely as a result of baseless allegations such as Moscow interfering in American elections, colluding with President Donald Trump, or regarding other international developments, from the downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine, to purported war crimes in Syria, to the alleged poisoning of British double-agent Sergei Skripal in England. | But the latest U.S. media effort claiming Russian military intelligence involvement in sponsoring Taliban assassins or "bounty hunters" to target American troops in Afghanis…
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A Russian Bounty Is Bad. What's Shocking and Outrageous Is the War
Andrew McCormick | thenation.com | 2020-07-03
A Russian Bounty Is Bad. What's Shocking and Outrageous Is the War.
thenation.com/article/world/russian-boun…

Roaming Charges: Mutiny of the Bounties!
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-03
+ If I recall, there were serious discussions inside the White House about turning the Afghan War into a bounty hunting operation led by mercenaries on contract with Erik Prince. I'm pretty sure many elements of that scheme have been in place since 1979 at the beginning Carter's secret war and have continued in one…
counterpunch.org/2020/07/03/roaming-char…

As COVID Burns Through the South and West, Trump Fans the Flames
William rivers Pitt | zcomm.org | 2020-07-03
Donald Trump would step on the dead faces of his own supporters in the street if he believed doing so would carry him closer to victory in November…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/as-covid-burns-thr…

Protecting migrant workers in Kuwait: a Resident Coordinator's blog
news.un.org | 2020-07-03
In Kuwait, the UN has played an important role in countering xenophobic rhetoric, falsely blaming the spread of COVID-19 on migrant workers. In this opinion piece, Tarek El Sheikh, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in the country, highlights the efforts being made to safeguard the rights of foreign residents.
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Remdesivir for Covid-19: $1.6 Billion for a "Modestly Beneficial" Drug?
Elizabeth Woodworth | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-03
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has recently "bought" all of Gilead Science's Remdesivir for $1.6 billion. "500,000 doses at $3,200 per patient — to be available to American hospitals but not for other countries"[6] | That's $1.6 …
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Give Me Liberty, Give You Death
Frank Joyce | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-03
So, here we are again at the granddaddy of all of the official U.S. celebrations of militarism and white power. Only the hard won observances of Labor Day and MLK's birthday are exceptions. Independence Day this year though is different. That's because of COVID 19 and the eruption of protest over the ongoing murders of…
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What do 6 months of COVID-19 pandemic tell us about USA?
Sunil Freeman | liberationnews.org | 2020-07-03
Given the government's catastrophic profit-driven response and the lack of a vaccine, it's possible this pandemic is only in its early stages.
liberationnews.org/what-do-6-months-of-p…

US unemployment rate dips, but millions remain jobless or face wage cuts
wsws.org | 2020-07-03
Despite Trump's claims that the "economy is roaring back," joblessness remains at depression levels while the reopening of businesses has produced a surge of COVID-19 cases.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/07/03/jobs…

Dead or In Prison
| workers.org | 2020-07-03
By Nanon Williams Workers World received this letter from Williams, a Texas prisoner. In the first week of June 2020, all the inmates at the Ramsey Unit in Rosharon, Texas, were tested for COVID-19. On the 6th and 7th of June, medical personnel and guards came to our cellblock 7 . . . | Continue reading Dead or In Prison at Workers.org
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Nigeria third worst COVID-19-affected African country
Pavan Kulkarni | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-07-03
According to official data, Nigeria has 6.3% of the COVID-19 cases on the African continent, while South Africa accounts for around 37%. However, Nigeria has conducted only 0.67 tests per 1,000 people, when the figure in South Africa stands at 27.48 tests every 1,000 people…
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Scoring systems for predicting mortality for severe patients with COVID-19
Yufeng Shang, Tao Liu, Yongchang Wei, Jingfeng Li, Liang Shao, Minghui Liu, Yongxi Zhang, Zhigang Zhao, Haibo Xu, Zhiyong Peng, Fuling Zhou, Xinghuan Wang | thelancet.com | 2020-07-03
Old age, CHD, LYM%, PCT and DD were independently related to mortality. CSS was useful for predicting in-hospital mortality and complications, and it could help clinicians to identify high-risk patients with poor prognosis.
thelancet.com/journals/eclinm/article/PI…(20)30170-X/fulltext?rss=yes

What Happens When Wildfires and Covid Collide?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-07-03
COVID-19 may make the impacts of the west's wildfire season more deadly, hitting aging and vulnerable communities the hardest.
therealnews.com/stories/what-happens-whe…

How might Covid-19 change our schools long-term?
Diana Adjadj | nationofchange.org | 2020-07-03
What happens in the short-term will certainly be determined within the next several weeks. How institutions will deal with the longer-term impacts of this crisis are yet to be seen.
nationofchange.org/2020/07/02/how-might-…

Huge COVID Case-counting Deception at the CDC
Jon Rappoport | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-03
For this piece, we have to enter the official world (of the insane)–where everyone is quite sure a new coronavirus was discovered in China and the worthless diagnostic tests mean something and the case numbers are real and meaningful. Once …
globalresearch.ca/huge-covid-case-counti…

Behind the walls: a summary
Mirinda Crissman | workers.org | 2020-07-03
Case numbers in the thousands At least 48,764 cases of COVID-19 have been reported among prisoners. The data suggest that even these numbers may be underreported. Texas leads in the number of cases with 7,757, followed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons with 6,621 cases. Ohio, Michigan, California and Tennessee . . . | Continue reading Behind the walls: a summary at Workers.org
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People tested for Covid-19 in England NOT asked to give addresses during peak of pandemic, complaints of 'incomplete' data
rt.com | 2020-07-03
People in England tested for Covid-19 during the height of the pandemic were not being asked to provide address details, it has emerged. Local authorities have hit out at the "poor and incomplete" data they've received. | Read more | | 'You blew it': Piers Morgan rages at BBC's Dan Walker for giving UK Health Minister Hancock an 'easy ride' over Covid-19 testing | According to the BBC, the UK Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has confirmed users of the government's testing service only had to provide their postcode from April 23, as the country…
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Britain's Disorder and Decline
Brian Cloughley | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-03
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is no longer united, as most recently illustrated by the vastly dissimilar tactics to control the Covid-19 pandemic taken by England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. This follows the differences of opinion in each region concerning the disastrous Brexit decision to quit the European Union, as…
counterpunch.org/2020/07/03/britains-dis…

After thousands of coronavirus deaths in care homes, government announces regular testing programme for staff and residents
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-07-03
Staff and residents in care homes for people over 65 or with dementia will be regularly tested for coronavirus (Covid-19) from week beginning 6 July, the government has announced.The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) announced a new social care testing strategy on 3 July. As part of the strategy, staff will be tested weekly, while residents will receive a test every 28 days. This is in addition to intensive testing in any care home facing an outbreak or at increased risk of a flare-up, the department added.The repeat testing programme will be rolled out over the next four weeks to all care homes for the…
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Pakistani FM Qureshi tests positive for COVID-19
yenisafak.com | 2020-07-03
Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, according to reports.'This afternoon I felt a slight fever and immediately quarantined myself at home. I have now tested positive for Covid 19. By the grace of Allah, I feel strong and energetic," Qureshi said on Twitter.He said he will continue to carry his duties from his home and requested the public to keep remember in their prayers.Previously, the country's two former prime ministers, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani, opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif, several cabinet members, lawmakers, and politicians ha…
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EU grants conditional clearance to COVID-19 antiviral remdesivir
yenisafak.com | 2020-07-03
The EU executive said the drug, produced by Gilead Sciences Inc, was the first medicine authorised in the European Union for treating COVID-19 following a "rolling review" begun by the European Medicines Agency at the end of April.The agency reviews data as they become available on a rolling basis, while development is still ongoing.The Commission said on Wednesday it was in negotiations with Gilead to obtain doses of remdesivir for the 27 European Union countries.However, that may prove difficult after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced it had secured all of Gilead's projected production…
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China's COVID-19 complex to produce over 100M vaccine
yenisafak.com | 2020-07-03
China has completed the construction of a research laboratory and workshop complex in the city of Wuhan for producing vaccines to combat COVID-19 or coronavirus pandemic, the state-run media said on Friday.While the laboratory is capable to research and study pathogenic virus vaccines, the workshop will produce over 100 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine annually, reported Xinhua news agency, quoting the China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm).The complex was earlier hit by the coronavirus pandemic, which first emerged in Wuhan city located in Central China's Hubei province last December.China National…
yenisafak.com/en/world/chinas-covid-19-c…

Black Immigrants On The Front Lines Of COVID-19
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-07-03
As the country continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, Black immigrants — immigrants who identify as Black regardless of country or region of birth — are playing an important role on the front lines in healthcare, food supply, education, and biomedical industries. Black immigrants make up a significant portion of healthcare workers. In 2018, there were more than 560,000 Black immigrant workers in the healthcare sector. These workers made up 3.4 percent of all healthcare workers, a share almost three times their share of the U.S. population. In the food industry at large, there are over 223,000 Black immigrant…
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Cuba's Two Pandemics: The Coronavirus And The US Embargo
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-07-03
As soon as the first cases of COVID-19 were detected in Cuba, our country mobilized all its resources to contain the spread of the virus. | Our healthcare workers go door to door checking people for possible symptoms. Those with symptoms are transferred to specially designated centers to receive treatment, mostly with medication developed by Cuba's own pharmaceutical and biotech industry. The medical examinations and treatments are all provided free of charge. | As of June 20, 85 people have died of COVID-19 in Cuba. Our mortality rate of 3.9 percent is very low compared to the rest of the world. We reached the p…
popularresistance.org/cubas-two-pandemic…

France to probe ex-PM & minister over handling of Covid-19 — prosecutors
rt.com | 2020-07-03
France's former prime minister Edouard Philippe and its health officials will be the targets of a probe into the government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, prosecutors say. | Health minister Olivier Véran and his predecessor Agnès Buzyn will be investigated, along with Philippe, the attorney general said. | The probe comes after nine complaints were found to be admissible by the Court of Justice of the Republic "on the sole count of abstention from fighting a disaster." | | Edouard Philippe arrives for a meeting at the Elysee Palace. © Reuters / Christian Hartmann | Philippe resi…
rt.com/news/493758-france-investigate-pm…

US Imposes Additional Economic Sanctions Against Venezuela and Iran
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-03
The US government is seeking to economically drown Venezuela and Iran by wanting to seize fuel that Tehran is sending to Caracas. This is part of a sustained aggressive and illegal policy against both countries. The US Attorney's Office requested …
globalresearch.ca/us-imposes-additional-…

The China-India Trade War: Indian Boycott of Chinese Goods
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-03
The level of India's economic boycott against Chinese imports will depend on how the two countries resolve their border conflicts and if Indian industry is capable of offsetting the shortage of Chinese goods entering the country. Although the call to …
globalresearch.ca/indian-boycott-chinese…

UK Denies Venezuela Access To Its Gold For Food And Medicine
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-07-03
The United Kingdom's High Court Thursday decided that opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido can access 31 tons of Venezuelan gold held in the Bank of England, which prevents President Nicolas Maduro's administration from using those resources to fight the pandemic. | The ruling about this monetary reserve valued at over US $ 1 billion occurs after months of disputes between Venezuela and the Bank of England, which denied the constitutionally constituted government access to its own resources | On May 14, the Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV) sued the Bank of England to obtain and sell the Venezuelan gold bars. | The Sout…
popularresistance.org/uk-denies-venezuel…

On Contact: Ecosocialism with Victor Wallis
Victor Wallis | mronline.org | 2020-07-03
On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to writer, teacher and activist Victor Wallis about the prospect and need for ecosocialism. Wallis' book is entitled 'Red-Green Revolution: The Politics and Technology of Ecosocialism'.
mronline.org/2020/07/03/on-contact-ecoso…

Revolutionary Possibilities: Could U.S. Capitalism Turn Nationalist?
Richard D. Wolff | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-03
The Trump administration has turned sharply toward economic nationalism. It attacks and undermines the World Trade Organization, NATO, and the UN. Trump and other top officials explicitly insult many world leaders. He imposes high tariffs. Official statements renew and sustain Cold War-type attacks on China, Venezuela, Cuba, and Iran. Trump flirts openly with nationalists who…
counterpunch.org/2020/07/03/revolutionar…

Could U.S. Capitalism Turn Nationalist?
Richard D. Wolff | zcomm.org | 2020-07-03
Will we see a transition to a post-capitalist global system of quite differently organized enterprises, political institutions (including nation-states), and movements of productive resources and products across its geography?>…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/could-u-s-capitali…

"What to the Slave Is the 4th of July?": James Earl Jones Reads Frederick Douglass's Historic Speech
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-07-03
In a Fourth of July holiday special, we hear the words of Frederick Douglass. Born into slavery around 1818, Douglass became a key leader of the abolitionist movement. On July 5, 1852, in Rochester, New York, he gave one of his most famous speeches, "The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro." He was addressing the Rochester Ladies' Anti-Slavery Society. This is actor James Earl Jones reading the speech during a performance of historian Howard Zinn's acclaimed book, "Voices of a People's History of the United States." He was introduced by Zinn.
www.democracynow.org/2020/7/3/what_to_th…

"America's Moment of Reckoning": Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor & Cornel West on Uprising Against Racism
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-07-03
Scholars Cornel West and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor respond to the global uprising against racism and police violence following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. "We're seeing the convergence of a class rebellion with racism and racial terrorism at the center of it," said Princeton professor Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor. "And in many ways, we are in uncharted territory in the United States."
www.democracynow.org/2020/7/3/americas_m…

Angela Davis on Abolition, Calls to Defund Police, Toppled Racist Statues & Voting in 2020 Election
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-07-03
Amid a worldwide uprising against police brutality and racism, we discuss the historic moment with legendary scholar and activist Angela Davis. She also responds to the destruction and removal of racist monuments in cities across the United States, and the 2020 election.
www.democracynow.org/2020/7/3/angela_dav…

Tearing Down the Idols of Colonialism: Why Tunisia, Africa Must Demand French Apology
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-03
The visit by newly-elected Tunisian President Kais Saied to France on June 22 was intended to discuss bilateral relations, trade, etc. But it was also a missed opportunity, where Tunisia could have formally demanded an apology from France for the decades of French colonialism, which has shattered the social and political fabric of this North…
counterpunch.org/2020/07/03/tearing-down…

Podcast Panel: Israeli Annexation Could Turn the West Bank Into a Gaza-Style Open Air Prison
Mnar Muhawesh | mintpressnews.com | 2020-07-03
Palestinian academic Ramzy Baroud, Israeli activist Miko Peled and documentary filmmaker Robert Inkalesh join MintPress to discuss the implication of Israel's coming annexation of the Palestinian West Bank.
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Will the ICC Investigation Bring Justice for Palestine?
Ramzy Baroud and Romana Rubeo | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-07-03
In the past, there have been many attempts at holding accused Israeli war criminals accountable. Particularly memorable is the case of the late Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, (known, among other nicknames, as the 'Butcher of Sabra and Shatila') whose victims attempted to try him in a Belgian Court in 2002. Like all other efforts, …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/07/will-the-icc-…

Smearing Black Lives Matter…From the Left
Louis Proyect | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-03
Over the past fifty-three years as a socialist, I have seen repeated calls for purifying the left of capitalist influences, both governmental and corporate. The latest flare-up was a Jacobin article titled "Don't Let Blackwashing Save the Investor Class" by Cedric Johnson, a black African American studies professor. Just as Deep Throat advised Bob Woodward…
counterpunch.org/2020/07/03/smearing-bla…

Class, Race and Power
Rob Urie | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-03
Since the onset of the Great Recession, a debate has persisted over creating what is described— depending on one's premises, as either a trans-ideological working class movement or a red-brown alliance of socialists with fascists. 'Socialist' in this configuration is a classless movement that maps quite remarkably to the base of the Democratic Party.
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More than 1000 at Day of Rage against Israeli annexation in NYC
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-07-03
Bay Ridge, NY – On Wednesday, July 1, over 1000 people gathered in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn to rally and march against the planned Zionist annexation of the West Bank. The international Day of Rage was locally organized by Within Our Lifetime and the NY4Palestine coalition. | The rally began at 4 p.m., but the crowd had already started growing before the start time. As the crowd swelled, Palestine flags waving by the dozens, a motley handful of counter-protesters gathered across the street. They had a few Israeli flags and none of them were wearing masks. While they attempted to chant, the pro-Palestine crowd easily…
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100 Jewish Lawyers And Judges Call On Israel To Halt Annexation Plans
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-07-03
Palestine Legal joins widespread international condemnation of Israel's annexation attempts in the West Bank and highlights legal resources for protesters participating in Wednesday's Day of Rage against annexation in the U.S. | We recognize that this is the latest move in 70+ years of Israel's efforts to annex — or fully colonize — Palestinian land. We also recognize that the failure of international law to protect Palestinians or hold Israel accountable further highlights the importance of grassroots efforts to resist Israel's colonization and ethnic cleansing plans, including mass protests. | We sh…
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Selected Articles: Annexation of Palestine. Crime against Humanity
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-03
We hope that by publishing diverse view points, submitted by journalists and experts dotted all over the world, the website can serve as a reminder that no matter what narrative we are presented with, things are rarely as cut and …
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Australian Journalist Threatened With Prosecution For Exposing War Crimes
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-07-03
In another major assault on press freedom, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) journalist Dan Oakes has been threatened with prosecution for his role in exposing war crimes committed by the country's Special Forces soldiers in Afghanistan. | The Australian Federal Police (AFP) issued a statement last night, confirming that they had sent a brief of evidence to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), following a protracted investigation targeting the ABC. | The AFP indicated that the probe began after it received "a referral on 11 July, 2017, from the Chief of the Defence Force and then-Acting…
popularresistance.org/australian-journal…

India's Modi Terminates His Weibo Diplomacy
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2020-07-03
What started out as a promising relationship with China is now one struggling to find a direction | MK BHADRAKUMAR | The common perception among Indian analysts, widely articulated in the country's media, is that the government's options to "hit back" at China for whatever has happened in eastern Ladakh during the past two months are very limited. | The reported erasure of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "official page" on the Chinese social media website Weibo can only reinforce that impression. It simply doesn't add up. | If reports are to be believed, Modi's official page on Weibo "went blank" on Wednesday with…
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UK Court Denies Venezuela $1bn in Gold Needed to Fight Virus
Lucas Koerner | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-03
The United Kingdom's High Court has blocked the Venezuelan government's effort to recover 31 tons of the nation's gold held by the Bank of England (BoE). | In a ruling handed down on Thursday, the court said it "unequivocally recognised opposition …
globalresearch.ca/uk-court-denies-venezu…

Video: Syria Prepares for Military Confrontation with Turkey in Northeast
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-03
The Syrian Army and the National Defense Forces have put their forces on high alert in response to the new round of aggressive actions by the Turkish Army and its proxies in northeastern Syria. | Several convoys of government forces, including …
globalresearch.ca/video-syria-prepares-m…

Adjudicating the Chomsky-Greenwald Dispute on Lesser-Evil Voting
Chris Wright | zcomm.org | 2020-07-03
There are, at long last, so many newly awakened leftists in this country that in the aggregate they can have a tangible effect on the elections…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/adjudicating-the-c…

The Racist Counter-Revolution of 1776
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-03
This essay originally appeared six years ago on Telesur English as a review of Gerald Horne's important book The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America (New York, 2014). I offer it for re-publication and hopefully wider readership in the wake of the great 2020 George Floyd uprising, which…
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Over 800 Afghan civilians have lost their lives in six months: UN Assistance Mission
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-07-03
In a recent spate of at least 56 violent incidents, members of Afghanistan's civil society, religious leaders, healthcare workers, members of the judiciary, civil society activists, non-governmental organizations and journalists have been deliberately attacked…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/07/03/over-800-…

COINTELPRO: How the U.S. state dealt with the last radicalization
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-07-03
Twenty-one-year-old Black Panther Party deputy chair Fred Hampton and his comrade Mark Clark were assassinated in a 1969 pre-dawn raid in Chicago. Arguably the most talented and politically astute of the Panther leaders, Hampton was renowned for inspiring activists of all colours. But he was betrayed by William O'Neal, his bodyguard and the Panthers' head …
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Politicians of Color Should Not be Immune From Criticism
Jeff Cohen | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-03
To me, being an anti-racist activist means that one consistently challenges the structures of racist exclusion, exploitation, repression and incarceration It does not mean that one must defend or praise establishment politicians of color. Forty years ago, I was an activist and leader in the battle against police racism, brutality and repression in Los Angeles.
counterpunch.org/2020/07/03/politicians-…

Leeds, England: Black Lives Matter
| workers.org | 2020-07-03
By Kadesh Anderson Kadesh Anderson is a Black Lives Matter activist and journalist in Leeds, England. Leeds, England — On June 21 in Hyde Park, over 5,000 people came out in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter protest. With social distancing measures in place, people came together with their banners . . . | Continue reading Leeds, England: Black Lives Matter at Workers.org
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'Attempt to instigate civil war in Ethiopia foiled'
yenisafak.com | 2020-07-03
The Ethiopian prime minister on Friday said violence in the country over the past three days was an attempt to instigate a civil war and that it has now been foiled.Abiy Ahmed was speaking at a meeting with senior civil and army officials in the capital Addis Ababa, according to state channel ETV.So far, "87 people lost their lives in the violence including four police officers," ETV quoted Oromia police commissioner as saying.Abiy said instigators of the violence have been arrested thanks to security forces.Violence started in the Horn of Africa country on Tuesday following the death of Ethiopian activist and ar…
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Copenhagen's Little Mermaid labelled 'racist fish'
yenisafak.com | 2020-07-03
Denmark woke up on Friday to the words "racist fish" scrawled across the base of the "Little Mermaid", the bronze statue honouring Hans Christian Andersen's famous fairy tale that perches on a rock in the sea off a pier in Copenhagen.Police said it had not yet identified the perpetrators. The 107-year-old sculpture, which is visited by one million tourists each year, has been vandalised before, including by anti-whaling campaigners and pro-democracy activists, twice suffering decapitation."We consider it vandalism and have started an investigation," a spokesman for the Copenhagen police said.Protesters of the Bla…
yenisafak.com/en/world/copenhagens-littl…

The Incredible Stitch-up of Julian Assange
Rod Driver | zcomm.org | 2020-07-03
What the US and Britain are attempting is not a legal form of extradition, it is extraordinary rendition — the ILLEGAL transfer of a person from one country to another…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-incredible-sti…

WATCH: Police 'army' blasts non-lethal rounds at BLM protesters in Portland as riot declared
rt.com | 2020-07-03
For the second night in three days, Portland police have declared a riot in the city, opening fire on protesters with non-lethal munitions outside the Multnomah County Justice Center. | The demonstration had remained peaceful throughout the night but then all hell broke loose when, at 11: 45pm local time, a group of protesters set fire to a piece of wood, prompting a police response which escalated as people refused to leave the area and continued protesting. | @PortlandPolice central precinct, police responded and were promptly surrounded by an angry mob. pic.twitter.com/y…
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Cal Democrats Not Paying Unemployment Claims; Pro-War Feinstein
Register Peace & Freedom or Green | indybay.org | 2020-07-03
From the home front, with the California Supermajority Democratic Legislature & Governor contracting out to process millions of unemployment claims, many unpaid for months, to California Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein voting to continue the blood for oil illegal occupation and war in Afghanistan, the Democratic Party insists with every move it is the same as the Republican Party.
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New York City's police budget cut falls short
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-07-03
In New York City, protests have continued almost daily, one month after the murder of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis. Similar to cities across the country, protesters and movements have raised the demand that the city administration cut all funding for the police department, or defund the police. On June 30, the city council passed the budget for the 2021 fiscal year and despite sustained protests and a one week protest occupation outside city hall, councillors resolved to only cut 1 billion from the New York Police Department (NYPD) budget. | The budget cuts, even though significant, still leaves…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/07/03/new-york-…

From rebellion to revolution
Eugene Puryear | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-07-03
A profound rebellion against racism has been sweeping the country for a month. Millions have taken to the streets in every part of the country, shaking public opinion. Elite institutions, individuals and corporate brands are scrambling to offer symbolic sacrifices at the altar of racial justice in the hopes they will be spared from the righteous wrath in the streets. | At the same time the police are wantonly attacking protestors and continuing to murder Black people, making a mockery of all the "official" declarations of "anti-racism." | Hidden in just this fact is the most important lesson: The capitalist syste…
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Challenging the French Republic's Color-Blindness
Philippe Marlière | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-03
George Floyd's killing by a policeman in Minneapolis reverberated across the world in an unprecedented fashion. On all continents, young people took to the streets to pay tribute to Floyd. They protested against police brutality which they regarded as 'systemic'. Citizens expressed their anger at the racial profiling of Black people by the police. Those…
counterpunch.org/2020/07/03/challenging-…

Chileans carry out a two-day national protest against Piñera's government
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-07-03
The national strike has been called in rejection of the national government, its mishandling of the health and economic emergencies and the lack of food and aid for vulnerable population…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/07/03/chileans-…

Anatomy of a counter-insurgency
Martin Schoots-McAlpine | mronline.org | 2020-07-03
The defanging of the George Floyd Uprising was not accidental but was rather a deliberate attempt on the part of the American ruling class to regain social control in the wake of the largest and most militant protests in recent memory. This article examines the dimensions of how this defanging took place: how, within the …
mronline.org/2020/07/03/anatomy-of-a-cou…

Trump's decision to celebrate 4 July at Mt Rushmore is a big 'f**k you' to Indigenous people and anti-racism campaigners
Peadar O'Cearnaigh | thecanary.co | 2020-07-03
The police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on 25 May sparked protests and anger across the globe. Floyd's killing reminded the world of the danger to Black people's lives. It reminded us too that the abuse and murder of Bl…
thecanary.co/global/world-analysis/2020/…

US Exposed For Funding Last Year's Hong Kong Protests
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-07-03
Imagine how the American government would react if multiple Chinese state agencies such as Xinhua were exposed secretly helping protest groups across the United States to evade surveillance and crackdowns by law enforcement agencies. | Washington would probably threaten China with war. Roughly, though, the little-known but powerful US Agency for Global Media has been doing just that in Hong Kong. It oversees funding for various news and information operations around the world, including Voice of America and Radio Free Asia. | About US$2 million was earmarked for the protest movement in Hong Kong, but has now been…
popularresistance.org/us-exposed-for-fun…

Lawyers Get No Bail In Property Damage Case, Face 45 Years In Prison
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-07-03
The Center for Constitutional Rights and a coalition of other civil rights organizations are calling on federal prosecutors to release on bail two New York attorneys who are accused of throwing Molotov cocktails into an empty New York police car during protests in Brooklyn on May 30. The lawyers — Colinford Mattis and Urooj Rahman — are facing a minimum of 45 years in prison if convicted on the federal charges. The two were initially released on bail, but then the federal government challenged the bail conditions, sending them back to pretrial detention — a move that shocked many in the legal co…
popularresistance.org/lawyers-get-no-bai…

Civil rights groups sue N.Carolina town over protest ban – but where were they when 3 other states banned pipeline protests?
rt.com | 2020-07-03
The ACLU and other groups have sued Graham, North Carolina, calling the city's ban on "demonstrations of two or more people" while under a declared emergency unconstitutional. They've remained silent on similar laws, though. | Graham violated protesters' First Amendment rights to freedom of assembly and speech with the law, which bars two or more people (or even a single person carrying a sign) from assembling without a protest permit during a declared state of emergency, the suit, filed on Thursday, states. The Alamance County Sheriff's Office announced last Friday that no further protest permits would be iss…
rt.com/usa/493778-aclu-carolina-lawsuit-…

Vandals spray-paint and BURN Portland's 'Promised Land' statue (VIDEOS)
rt.com | 2020-07-03
Rioters in Oregon used fireworks to torch the 'Promised Land' statue depicting a pioneer family at the end of the Oregon Trail. The vandals also laid siege to the city's Justice Center in what police deemed a "riot." | The city of Portland is known nationwide as a hotbed of left-wing activism, and protesters there have embraced the 'Black Lives Matter' cause with gusto. After incinerating a statue of an elk on Wednesday, a mob of rioters returned to Chapman Square on Thursday night, where they soon began sho…
rt.com/usa/493730-portland-riot-statue-f…

'Racist' elk statue targeted by mob to be removed, after inferno causes 'severe' damage to Portland landmark (PHOTOS)
rt.com | 2020-07-03
A sculpture of an elk that has graced downtown Portland, Oregon, for 120 years is to be taken down by city authorities, after protesters set the statue on fire. Police have asked the public to help identify the vandals. | On Wednesday night, demonstrators defaced the seemingly benign statue and lit a series of fires around its base, quickly engulfing the horned effigy in flames. | Portland Police said in a statement that the city's Regional Arts Council had determined that the damage to the base was "so severe" that the landmark would have to be removed for public safety reasons. Officials fear the statue coul…
rt.com/usa/493706-portland-elk-statue-re…

Scuffles break out as National Guard moves in to disperse protesters blocking entrance to Trump's Mt. Rushmore event (VIDEOS)
rt.com | 2020-07-03
It has come to a face-off between the National Guard and protesters blocking the road to Mount Rushmore, which is set to host US President Donald Trump's rally, after they refused to back down. Arrests have been reported. | With several hours left until Trump's 'Salute America' event to mark Independence Day was to kick off at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota on Friday, an estimated 200 to 300 protesters effectively made the road leading into the venue impassible. | BREAKING: Protestors using vans to block entrance to Mt. Rushmore event. Removing tires creating physical barrier to event.
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Saturday 7/11: San Lorenzo Valley: Black Lives Matter Protest
Black Lives Matter SLV | indybay.org | 2020-07-03
Meet at San Lorenzo Valley High School, 7105 Hwy 9, Felton…
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The Trouble With 'White Privilege'
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2020-07-03
In the wake of the tumultuous Back Lives Matter protests, "white privilege" is the phrase of the day. Everyone uses it, and everyone seems to know what it means. | After all, whites could attend better public schools back in the days of Jim Crow, they could live in better neighborhoods, and they could go to colleges and universities from which blacks were expressly barred. They could enter a store or walk down a street without having to worry about being lynched if they said something wrong to a member of another race, and they could vote without fear of someone burning down their house. | So isn't this the "w…
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SARS-CoV-2 infection in pregnancy: A systematic review and meta-analysis of clinical features and pregnancy outcomes
Asma Khalil, Erkan Kalafat, Can Benlioglu, Pat O'Brien, Edward Morris, Tim Draycott, Shakila Thangaratinam, Kirsty Le Doare, Paul Heath, Shamez Ladhani, Peter von Dadelszen, Laura A. Magee | thelancet.com | 2020-07-03
The risk of iatrogenic preterm birth and caesarean delivery was increased. The available evidence is reassuring, suggesting that maternal morbidity is similar to that of women of reproductive age. Vertical transmission of the virus probably occurs, albeit in a small proportion of cases.
thelancet.com/journals/eclinm/article/PI…(20)30190-5/fulltext?rss=yes

Caesarean delivery rates and analgesia effectiveness following injections of sterile water for back pain in labour: A multicentre, randomised placebo controlled trial
Nigel Lee, Yu Gao, Sally L. Collins, Lena B. Mà•rtensson, Wendy Randall, Toni-Marie Rowe, Sue Kildea | thelancet.com | 2020-07-03
Compared to placebo, injections of sterile water did not reduce rates of caesarean delivery. For the main secondary outcome of pain relief the intervention did result in significantly more women reporting at least 30% and 50% reduction in pain for up to 90 min. Water injections have no effect on birth outcomes though can be an effective treatment for the relief of labour-related back pain.Funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council.
thelancet.com/journals/eclinm/article/PI…(20)30191-7/fulltext?rss=yes

The War on Kitsch
David Yearsley | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-03
With all the talk of meddling in U. S. elections and bounties on U.S. soldiers, it's no small wonder that a Russian named Berlin can still claim to have composed this nation's best-loved song. Born in the Russian Empire in 1888, the immigrant Irving Berlin wrote both the words and the music to…
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Colombians march for dignity against state violence
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-07-03
Despite the national lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Colombian people continue to suffer at the hands of security forces and far-right armed groups. A series of assassinations of social leaders shook Colombia last weekend. In less than 24 hours, 4 Indigenous, peasant and social leaders were killed. The news of the rape of a 13-year-old Indigenous Embera girl by 7 soldiers has also sparked mass outrage.
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/07/03/colombian…

Countries Ranked on "Democracy" in 2020
Eric Zuesse | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-07-03
NATO and its supporters and member-nations are hiding the fact that the predominant belief in many of these nations is that they're dictatorships that merely pontificate 'democracy' to other nations. NATO, which is America's propagandistically 'pro-democracy' military alliance against Russia and against China, polled the people in 53 countries — some of which are in …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/07/countries-ran…

The U.S. Military Is the World's Biggest Climate Destroyer. No to War and Occupation! No to Environmental Degradation
Alison Bodine | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-03
Talk by Alison Bodine at the United National Antiwar Coalition National Conference held from February 21–23, 2020, at the People's Forum in New York City. | *** | To begin, I hope everyone has been able to see actions across Canada in …
globalresearch.ca/us-military-world-bigg…

Green structural adjustment in the World Bank's resilient cities
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-07-03
Cities across the world are facing a double-barreled existential problem: how to adapt to climate change and how to pay for it.
mronline.org/2020/07/03/green-structural…

"No One Has Died from the Coronavirus"
Rosemary Frei | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-03
A high-profile European pathologist is reporting that he and his colleagues across Europe have not found any evidence of any deaths from the novel coronavirus on that continent. | Dr. Stoian Alexov called the World Health Organization (WHO) a "criminal medical …
globalresearch.ca/no-one-has-died-corona…

Profit Shares Soared After the Great Recession: News You Can't Get at the New York Times
Dean Baker | cepr.net | 2020-07-03
Apparently Steven Rattner, a regular columnist at the New York Times, is unable to get government data on corporate profits. That is what readers must conclude from his column on the strength of the stock market in spite of a plunging economy. While Rattner rightly points to the fact that interest rates on bonds are …
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A Requiem for George Floyd
John Davis | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-03
However complicit we may be in sustaining the historical-racial schema in this country, we can all now agree that, 'Black Lives Matter', but the tag's emblazonment across the country, and internationally, remains a hollow gesture unless there is meaningful collective action to create a social environment in which all black lives can indeed flourish – and matter.
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The US Military Has Its Knee on the Throat of the World
Ellen Taylor | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-03
The 2021 Defense Budget is making its way through Congress. The annual drama of this event has always been of particular interest to residents of the north Pacific Coast, as the US Navy's nursery lies only twelve miles off our coast. This is where many of the weapons purchased by Congress take their first baby…
counterpunch.org/2020/07/03/the-us-milit…

Why are Certain Christians Democratic and Others Authoritarian?
AEAWRWA | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-03
Why are certain Christians democratic and other Christians authoritarian, yet both profess belief in the same Bible and God? Why do some Christians emphasize personal authenticity and others biblical authority? Why do certain Christians want to empower people, and other Christians want to gain power over people? Why do some Christians believe that the goal…
counterpunch.org/2020/07/03/why-are-cert…

Police and the Wealth of Nations: Déjà Vu or Unfinished Business?
Peter Linebaugh | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-03
In the 1960s there was a wave of rioting, municipal rebellion, and challenges to property in the USA. In order to see that wave from a working-class point of view I went over to England to study riots and crime. In those days the theory was that the working-class could bring an end to capitalism, but historically before the working-class was "made," it consisted of a mob of the poor given to crimes. The horrid ones against people — assault, rape, murder — were relatively few. The ones against property – highway robbery, burglary, shop-lifting, house-breaking, pocket-picking – tended to be new, i.e., f…
counterpunch.org/2020/07/03/police-the-w…

Drawn Away from Reality in Plain View
Joseph Natoli | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-03
"By wearing a mask, the exhaled viruses will not be able to escape and will concentrate in the nasal passages, enter the olfactory nerves and travel into the brain," several false posts on Facebook and Twitter stated." "An extremely credible source has called my office and told me that @BarackObama's birth certificate is a fraud."
counterpunch.org/2020/07/03/drawn-away-f…

The Desire to Kill
Steve Martinot | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-03
They don't know how to stop. They just don't know how. It doesn't matter how many people march in how many cities calling for the police to stop killing people, they don't stop. If a private affair is in progress, and someone says, "don't go in there," common decency would dictate that one not enter…
counterpunch.org/2020/07/03/the-desire-t…

When Rogue States Sanction the International Criminal Court
Richard Falk | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-03
Even Orwell would be at a loss to make sense of some of the recent antics of leading governments. We would expect Orwell to be out-satirized by the American actions to impose penalties and sanctions on officials of the International Criminal Court, not because they are accused of acting improperly or seem guilty of some…
counterpunch.org/2020/07/03/when-rogue-s…

My Adventures in the Matriarchy
Jonah Raskin | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-03
I'm not talking about a fairytale matriarchy from long ago and far away. I'm talking about a matriarchy here and now in northern California. I live in one, though I imagine that some might say that it's not a true matriarchy. Maybe not, but as far as I'm concerned it's as close to a true…
counterpunch.org/2020/07/03/my-adventure…

White Nationalists on the Attack
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-03
On Monday, June 22nd, Pvt. Ethan P. Melzer, 22, was charged with planning an ambush of members of his unit during an upcoming deployment with the help of an "occult-based neo-Nazi" group known as the "Order of the Nine Angles" and a related group known as the "RapeWaffen Division." Melzer was stationed in Vicenza, Italy, and…
counterpunch.org/2020/07/03/white-nation…

Haiti: U.S. deports mortgage fraudster, backs repression
G. Dunkel | workers.org | 2020-07-03
Emmanuel "Toto" Constant was in charge of FRAPH (the Revolutionary Front for the Advancement and Progress of Haiti) during the 1991-94 coup against President Jean-Bertrand Aristide when this death-squad organization killed 3,000 people and wounded and maimed many more. During that time, he was also on the CIA's payroll. In . . . | Continue reading Haiti: U.S. deports mortgage fraudster, backs repression at Workers.org
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Security Council, General Assembly Never Held Israel Accountable for Violations of UN Principles
Michael Jansen | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-03
Seventy-five years ago, 50 countries signed the UN Charter at a conference in San Francisco in ceremonies attended by 3,500 delegates and 2,500 media representatives and observers from non-governmental organisations. Representing 80 per cent of the world's population, the signatories …
globalresearch.ca/security-council-gener…

Hundreds of Saudi and Gulf Military Personnel Trained in Britain as Yemen War Continues
Phil Miller | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-03
New data shows Britain's Royal Air Force trained Saudi personnel in 2019 on fighter jets used to bomb civilians in Yemen — a country on the brink of famine — while UK soldiers coached other forces in the Saudi-led coalition …
globalresearch.ca/saudi-gulf-military-pe…

House Democrats Set to Give 850,000 Acres of Nevada Wildlife Refuge to Military

| globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-03
In a stunning development in the ongoing controversy over proposed military bombing range expansion in Nevada, the Democrat-led House Armed Services Committee today approved an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would give the U.S. Air Force jurisdiction …
globalresearch.ca/house-democrats-give-8…

US Downing of Iranian Airliner Gone From History
Shane Quinn | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-03
This article was first published on July 2, 2018, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the downing of Iran Air Flight 655 on July 3, 1988. Having found no evidence, Western powers continue to blame Russia for…
globalresearch.ca/us-downing-iranian-air…

Israel's Annexation Plans Explained in Nine Questions
Daniel Hilton | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-03
The Israeli government has suggested that plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank could be revealed from 1 July. | Such a move has been condemned by Israel's allies and rivals alike as a dangerous escalation that could destabilise …
globalresearch.ca/israel-annexation-plan…

No Israeli War on Lebanon Before the Next US Elections
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-03
There is no doubt that, since Ben Gurion, the Zionist ideology adheres to the principle of superior strength, harassing and seizing opportunities to surprise the enemy, exploiting the opponent's weaknesses and assessing the enemy's position before striking. But there …
globalresearch.ca/no-israeli-war-lebanon…

Family of 65-year-old Kashmiri civilian says he was killed by security forces
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-07-03
A civilian was allegedly killed by the Indian security forces in the Sopore district of Kashmir, according to his family. Following the incident, pictures of the deceased's grandson sitting on top of his dead body drenched in blood went viral on social media, triggering widespread condemnation…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/07/03/family-of…

India Unlocked: World's "Biggest Lockdown" and Workers' Long March
Pratyush Chandra | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-07-03
At times, states compete to showcase merchandise and relative productive capacities. Other times, many of these states sell misery to gain access to economic packages, charities and loans. Today is the time when they compete to show off their capacity to impose the most efficient lockdown on their citizenry. Of course, the priority is to …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/07/india-unlocke…

On the Road to Justice with im/migrant TPS holders
| workers.org | 2020-07-03
By G. Lechat Inspired by the great Civil Rights Movement and in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, immigrant Temporary Protected Status recipients organizing with Alianza TPS Nacional are forging a "Road to Justice." This is the name they gave their 200+ car caravan that converged on Washington, D.C., June 23-24 . . . | Continue reading On the Road to Justice with im/migrant TPS holders at Workers.org
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On the Road to Justice with im/migrant TPS holders
a guest author | workers.org | 2020-07-03
By G. Lechat Inspired by the great Civil Rights Movement and in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, immigrant Temporary Protected Status recipients organizing with Alianza TPS Nacional are forging a "Road to Justice." This is the name they gave their 200+ car caravan that converged on Washington, D.C., June 23-24 . . . | Continue reading On the Road to Justice with im/migrant TPS holders at Workers.org
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Cameroon and Nigeria: the Risk of Breathing
J.B. Gerald | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-07-03
There is a long history of human rights violations by Cameroon's government against its Anglophone people. Brutalized by war with Boko Haram, the Cameroon military is now engaged in low intensity warfare against militant Anglophone separatists. On May 15, 2019 for instance, Cameroon's military attacked Anglophone Separatist Bamenda, burning 70 dwellings and stores in retaliation …
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Tokyo olympics and Fukushima 'revival'
Lau Kin Chi | mronline.org | 2020-07-03
At the 1964 Tokyo Olympics a young man born on the day of Hiroshima nuclear bombing was selected to be the last torch bearer on the relay, to signify that Japan had stood up from nuclear ruin. In an attempt to replicate the 1964 Olympic theme, the Abe government has constructed the idea of a …
mronline.org/2020/07/02/tokyo-olympics-a…

The Coming Pandemic-Induced Eviction Crisis
Meagan Day | zcomm.org | 2020-07-03
If federal unemployment benefits are not extended when they expire next month, millions of households will be facing both steep rent and unemployment with no assistance. And that means mass evictions…
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Communist youth in Austria resist fascist mobilizations
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-07-03
On July 1, Wednesday, the Communist Youth of Austria (KJO) brought out a statement calling for resistance against the rising fascist and racist manifestations in Vienna and other Austrian cities. The statement by the Vienna committee of the KJO was made in the backdrop of an attack by right-wing Turkish nationalists against a Kurdish gathering in Vienna on June 24, and the clashes that followed it. Last week's events have also led to some diplomatic hostility between Austria and Turkey. | According to reports, a group called Grey Wolves comprising right-wing sections within the Turkish diaspora in Vienna was resp…
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Unions Fight to Save South African Airways
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-07-03
The Spokesperson of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, Phakamile Hlubi-Majola, talks about the ongoing struggle to ensure that the national carrier, South African Airways, can be saved. She explains why the unions have stridently opposed a plan to 'rescue' the airline presented by Business Rescue Practitioners and questions the logic of the plan. She also details the proposals the unions are putting forward to make sure that the airline and its employees' interests are safeguarded.
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/07/03/unions-fi…

Hollywood and the Pentagon are cheating on the American public
Jon Skolnik | mronline.org | 2020-07-03
Most propaganda machines are not observable to the naked eye, but the military-entertainment complex hides in plain sight. Long have Hollywood and the Pentagon worked together in what has been called a relationship of "mutual exploitation," producing war agitprop for the masses. Who is the victim amid all this exploitation?>…
mronline.org/2020/07/03/hollywood-and-th…

PDF of July 2 issue
A. Majumdar | workers.org | 2020-07-03
Download the 12-page PDF. Win in california: Cops out of schools! Free Mumia! Abolish the FOP! On the move Save…
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'Help raise our voice': Dialogue with Dr. Medhat Abbas, Gaza
Pippa Bartolotti | workers.org | 2020-07-03
Dr. Medhat Abbas has been director general of primary health care in Shifa Hospital and Al Aqsa in Gaza. He spent time in the Ministry of Health International Relations Department and has extensive experience in Health Services Management. Dr. Abbas is at the forefront of community health services and management . . . | Continue reading 'Help raise our voice': Dialogue with Dr. Medhat Abbas, Gaza at Workers.org
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A Statue of Hatuey
Don Fitz | mronline.org | 2020-07-03
As monuments to Columbus and confederate heroes topple and Democrats ponder which militarist they wish to glorify in their replacements, it is critical to realize that statues which go up are at least as important as the ones that come down. Perhaps the best nominee for a new statue is Hatuey, who led the first guerrilla …
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A Statue of Hatuey
Don Fitz | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-07-03
If you look at a US $20 bill, you might notice Andrew Jackson nervously watching statues of Columbus and Robert E. Lee coming down and wondering if his face is going to disappear from currency. As Democrats ponder which militarist they wish to glorify in the next round of monuments, it is critical to realize …
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Whose Freedom Do We Celebrate On The Fourth of July
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-07-03
What, to the descendants of those left out of the Declaration of Independence, is the Fourth of July?
therealnews.com/stories/whose-freedom-do…

The Mask as a Symbol of Subjugation
Bill Willers | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-07-03
We know that wearing a mask outside health care facilities offers little, if any, protection from infection. — The New England Journal of Medicine, May 21, 2020 (T)hey told us exactly what was coming, and advised us to shut up and follow orders. Tragically, most people have done just that. — CJ Hopkins, 2020 It's …
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In the U.S., the Second Wave Is Already Here
John Feffer | zcomm.org | 2020-07-03
While Europe and Asia track down three-digit infection spikes at worst, the U.S. is dealing with over 40,000 a day…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/in-the-u-s-the-sec…

Is the nation opening its soul?
Robert Koehler | zcomm.org | 2020-07-03
The ghosts of the past that are returning to the present moment could be the harbingers of unimaginable change…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/is-the-nation-open…

PSL gains ballot status in New Mexico
Chris Banks | liberationnews.org | 2020-07-03
The U.S. electoral system is rigged to give only the two ruling-class parties a competitive chance to win.
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Jessica González on Facebook's Promotion of Hate
CounterSpin | fair.org | 2020-07-03
Media…
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Trump's Contagion Road Show Heads West
George Ochenski | zcomm.org | 2020-07-03
The last thing any thinking person would do when faced with this crisis is take steps to make it worse. Yet, that's just what's happening as Trump seeks to halt federal funds for testing when the medical professionals are advising just the opposite…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/trumps-contagion-r…

Cop Pulled A Gun On Woman's Unarmed Son, Then Used Facebook Posts Against Her In Court
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-07-03
PAR investigates police use of Facebook posts in the cases of Korryn Gaines, Arturo Adame, and Michael Avery, and follows Erica Hamlett's fight for accountability for an off-duty officer who pulled a gun on her child while he waited for a bus.
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British MoD taught Saudi troops how to 'stay popular with the press,' as 100s trained in UK last year — report
rt.com | 2020-07-03
Amid the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen, some of its soldiers were taught in the UK how to look good in front of the world's media in case of any "potential wrongdoing," a new report says. | Ministry of Defence data published by Declassified UK reveals that hundreds of Saudis entered the country for training at six Royal Air Force (RAF) sites in 2019. As the Saudis arrived, their country's campaign against Yemen's Houthi rebels entered its fourth year, and a ban on UK-made weapons exports to the desert kingdom came into effect, in response to growing human-rights concerns. | Although the UK's training of…
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Criminalising Journalism: Australia's National Security Craze
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | asia-pacificresearch.com | 2020-07-03
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CFMMEU places green ban on Parramatta Museum historic sites
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-07-03
Workers & unions Jim McIlroyIssue 1271 Australia construction forestry Maritime Mining and Energy Union (CFMMEU) Powerhouse MuseumJuly 3, 2020The Co…
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The Biden Problem
Barbara Ransby | zcomm.org | 2020-07-03
Social Movements Must Defeat Trump & Also Hold Dems Accountable…
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Tory government splashes £400m of taxpayers' cash on a bankrupt satellite company
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-07-03
The government has taken a major stake in the failed satellite company OneWeb, in a drive to develop a sovereign UK space capability. | The UK is part of a consortium with India's Bharti Global which won a bidding war for the company, which went bankrupt earlier this year while trying to develop a space network to deliver broadband. | Ministers hope it will compensate for the loss of access to the EU's Galileo programme in the wake of Brexit. | The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said the UK and mobile operator Bharti are each investing 500 million US dollars ( £400m), with Britain a…
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Israel Awaits US Authorization to Annex West Bank
Lucas Leiroz de Almeida | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-03
Since the beginning of June, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has threatened to annex the West Bank, even calling on the armed forces to prepare for an invasion. Netanyahu's plan, he said, was to annex the territory of the West …
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Saturday 7/4: 4th of July: "Defund Police, Defund Pentagon, Fund Community & Life!"
cynthia papermaster | indybay.org | 2020-07-03
1: 00 – SF City Hall | 1: 30 – 762 Fulton, Black Lives Matter street mural | 2: 00 – Divisadero & Broadway, Nancy Pelosi's House | 3: 00 – Bayview Hunters Point, 11 Innes Court, Lennar office…
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51 Years After Stonewall, New York's Queer Liberation March Faces Police Violence
Jay Walker | thenation.com | 2020-07-03
51 Years After Stonewall, New York's Queer Liberation March Faces Police Violence…
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Wales and Scotland hit out at UK government's 'shambolic' actions on quarantine
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-07-03
The UK government's handling of the easing of quarantine restrictions for international arrivals has been "shambolic", according to the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales.Following weeks of speculation, transport secretary Grant Shapps announced on 3 July that people returning to or visiting England from around 60 countries and overseas territories deemed to have low rates of coronavirus, such as Spain and France, will not need to self-isolate.His department was unable to convince the devolved administrations to sign off on the plan before it was made public.Grant Shapps said the announcement was good…
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Germany agrees plan to phase out coal as energy source by 2038
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-07-03
German politicians have finalised the country's long-awaited phase-out of coal as an energy source, backing a plan that environmental groups say is not ambitious enough.Bills approved by both houses of parliament on 3 July envision shutting down the last coal-fired power plant by 2038 and spending some 40 billion euros to help affected regions cope with the transition.The plan is part of Germany's "energy transition", an effort to wean Europe's biggest economy off planet-warming fossil fuels and generate all of the country's considerable energy needs from renewable sources.Achieving that goal is made harder than…
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Perhaps it's time those accusing the left of antisemitism look in the mirror
Peter Bolton | thecanary.co | 2020-07-03
Labour leader Keir Starmer recently sacked shadow education secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey after she shared an interview on social media that he said contained an "antisemitic conspiracy theory". Starmer claims he wants to se…
thecanary.co/opinion/2020/07/03/perhaps-…

As Infection Rates Soar, Trump Says Virus Could Just 'Disappear'
Sasha Abramsky | thenation.com | 2020-07-03
As Infection Rates Soar, Trump Says Virus Could Just 'Disappear'…
thenation.com/article/politics/trump-cor…

Is the Fourth of July Worth Celebrating?
Westenley Alcenat | thenation.com | 2020-07-03
Is the Fourth of July Worth Celebrating?
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Imagining a New Mount Rushmore
Lawrence Weschler | thenation.com | 2020-07-03
Imagining a New Mount…
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Indigenous leaders angry about coronavirus risk from Brazilian military visit
yenisafak.com | 2020-07-03
Leaders of an isolated indigenous Yanomami community in Brazil have complained that a military mission to protect them from the coronavirus brought greater risk of infection to their people through contact with outsiders including journalists.Federal prosecutors said they were investigating the visit for ignoring the wishes of Yanomami communities to remain isolated from society, violating rules of social distancing and distributing chloroquine to indigenous people.On Tuesday and Wednesday, soldiers brought medical supplies by helicopter to outposts on the border with Venezuela and assembled Yanomami families to…
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Russia reports less than 7,000 cases for 8th day in row
yenisafak.com | 2020-07-03
Russia on Friday reported less than 7,000 new coronavirus for the eight consecutive day.A total of 6,718 cases were reported over the past 24 hours, raising the tally to 667,883, with active cases making up about a third of the total, the country's emergency task force said in a daily report.The virus claimed 176 lives over the last 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 9,859 while recoveries went up by 8,915 to reach 437,893, it added.Earlier this week, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said the country will continue increasing polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests despite declining case numbers, to "identify new…
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Macron names Jean Castex as prime minister in government overhaul
yenisafak.com | 2020-07-03
French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday named Jean Castex, a top civil servant and local mayor who orchestrated France's exit from its coronavirus lockdown, as prime minister in a high-stakes cabinet reshuffle.Castex will be tasked be forming the next government, the Elysee Palace said in a short statement. He replaces Edouard Philippe, who resigned earlier on Friday.
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As tourists trickle back to resorts, Greeks have modest expectations
yenisafak.com | 2020-07-03
Shops shuttered and streets abandoned, the island of Rhodes is pinning its hopes on a trickle of tourists to salvage what is left of a holiday season decimated by the coronavirus pandemic.One of Greece's busiest resort islands, the cobbled streets of the imposing medieval city of Rhodes town were empty this week. At this rate, only a few hotels will open this year, locals say."We have never experienced anything like this, not at least for the past 50 to 60 years," said Manolis Markopoulos, head of the hoteliers association in Rhodes.Greece opened its regional airports, including in Rhodes, to travellers this week…
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Erdogan dispels accusations about Hagia Sophia
yenisafak.com | 2020-07-03
Turkey's president said Friday that accusations against the country about Hagia Sophia directly target its sovereignty.Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony of a mosque in Istanbul, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey will always protect the rights of Muslims and the minorities living in the country.A Turkish court is about to announce its verdict on converting the 6th-century structure to a mosque.The Hagia Sophia was used as a church for 916 years. In 1453, it was converted into a mosque by Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II when the empire conquered Istanbul.Following the restoration work during the Ottoman era and…
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Top Iran security body says cause of incident at Natanz nuclear site identified
yenisafak.com | 2020-07-03
Iran's top security body said on Friday the cause of an incident and fire at the Natanz nuclear site had been determined and will be announced later, semi-official news agency Tasnim reported."Investigations by the relevant agencies have accurately determined the cause of the incident… at the Natanz nuclear complex," spokesman Keyvan Khosravi said, according to Tasnim. "Due to security considerations, the cause and manner of the incident will be announced at a convenient time."Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation initially reported an "incident" had occurred early on Thursday at Natanz. It later published a photo…
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Erdogan says Turkey to 'keep a close watch' on developments in Libya
yenisafak.com | 2020-07-03
"Work between Turkey and Libya's legitimate government must continue very seriously and decisively," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday.Erdogan also underlined that Ankara wants to "keep a close watch" on the developments in Libya as he informed that Turkish defense minister arrived in the civil-war-torned northern African country on Friday.Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Guler arrived in Libya to review the activities carried out under a memorandum of understanding between the two countries.Following the military ceremony at the Mitiga International A…
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Turkey accuses France of committing crimes in Libya
yenisafak.com | 2020-07-03
Turkey's ruling party spokesman on Friday accused France of committing crimes in civil war-torn Libya."France has committed crimes in Libya," said Omer Celik, spokesman for the Justice and Development (AK) Party.Celik said as France's crimes have surfaced with mass graves, it is posing as a human rights defender to get away with the crimes by blaming Turkey.Recalling France's colonial history, he said: "France is guilty.""[France] cannot cover those mass graves by excessive attacks on Turkey or on our president."Libya has been torn by civil war since the ouster of late ruler Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The country's…
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Russia to reopen embassy in Libya
yenisafak.com | 2020-07-03
Russia has decided to reopen its embassy in Libya, the Interfax news agency cited Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying on Friday.Lavrov said a ceasefire in the Libyan conflict, proposed by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi alongside Libya's eastern commander Khalifa Haftar in Cairo on June 6, fitted into decisions taken at an international conference in Berlin regarding the situation in the North African country.Lavrov was speaking at the start of a meeting with the speaker of Libya's pro-Haftar eastern parliament, Aguila Saleh.
yenisafak.com/en/world/russia-to-reopen-…

Growing number of mercenaries to Sirte deepens conflict in Libya: Analysis
yenisafak.com | 2020-07-03
By Ferhat Polat – The writer is a researcher at the TRT World Research CentreOver the past two months, there has been a drastic change on the ground in Libya as forces loyal to the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) have pushed Haftar's self-declared Libyan National Army (LNA) to the borders of the coastal city of Sirte, some 450 km east of Tripoli, and Al-Jufra airbase in central Libya.Since January this year, Turkey has intervened determinedly in the Libyan conflict, providing air support, weapons, and technical assistance to the UN-backed government, and this Turkish support has rec…
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Close to 50 organized crime suspects remanded in Turkish custody
yenisafak.com | 2020-07-03
As many as 49 people in Turkey were remanded in custody on Friday for their alleged links to organized crime.On June 26, Turkish security forces had arrested 75 suspects in the western Izmir province during an operation against an organized crime group.The suspects were sent to the Izmir Courthouse.Forty-nine of them were remanded in custody by the court for their alleged involvement in organized crime, including drug trafficking and forming a crime syndicate.While 21 of the suspects were released by the court under judicial control, five others were released.* Writing by Fahri Aksut…
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Turkey condoles with Myanmar over deadly landslide
yenisafak.com | 2020-07-03
The Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Turkey was deeply saddened that the landslide at a jade mining site in northern Myanmar has resulted in loss of at least 162 lives, while more than 54 were injured and unknown number of people went missing."We extend our heartfelt condolences to the relatives of those who lost their lives and to the friendly people of Myanmar, wish speedy recovery to those injured, and hope that the missing will be safely found soon," the ministry added.The landslide in the state of Kachin was caused by heavy rains, triggering a "muddy wave" which buried the miners collecting…
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'Top-level visit shows importance EU attaches to Turkey'
yenisafak.com | 2020-07-03
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell's upcoming visit to the Turkish capital reflects the importance the EU places on its relations with Turkey, the bloc's chief foreign policy spokesperson said on Friday. | Borrell will meet Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Monday in Ankara, Peter Stano confirmed. | The top diplomats will "discuss the overall relations and in particular the recent developments and tensions in our relations between the EU and Turkey, and between Turkey and individual member states," Stano explained. | He stressed that "the trip and the exchanges are the expressions of the importance…
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Pakistan: 15 Sikh pilgrims die in van-train collision
yenisafak.com | 2020-07-03
At least 15 killed when a passenger van collided with a train near the northeastern Punjab province on Friday, said a railway official. The van was carrying a total of 25 Sikh Pilgrims when it crashed with Shah Hussain Express at 52 number railway crossing in Sheikhupura, near Lahore, the provincial capital, said Qurat ul Ain, a spokeswoman of the country's railway authorities, in a statement.Prime Minister Imran Khan took notice of the accident and offered condolences to the victims' families.
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World Rebukes US Over Iran
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-07-03
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday sought to reassert America's waning influence on the world stage, challenging the U.N. Security Council to extend a U.N. arms embargo that is due to expire in October. Instead, America's top diplomat received a scolding from friends and foes alike in the 15-nation council, which roundly criticized Washington for withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal two years ago without a clear plan to limit Tehran's nuclear activities. | On a day when the European Union pointedly excluded the United States from a "safe list" of countries permitted to travel to the 27-member bloc, the c…
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Shell: Latest Oil Company To Do A Belly Flop
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-07-03
We're halfway through 2020, and I think we can all safely say it's been a pretty terrible year. There's been so much terrible stuff in the past two months alone, I can't even remember the bad stuff that happened in January. But I'm sure it sucked. | So I'll take minor bits of good news where I can get it. And the latest is Shell writing down $22 billion on its balance sheets, making it the latest oil company to acknowledge that things are probably not going back to the way they were. | The company announced it expected the dip in value to be driven by both its oil and gas sides of the business on Tuesday. The pro…
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Trump Used Looted Venezuelan Public Money To Build Border Wall
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-07-03
Since the United States initiated a coup attempt against Venezuela's elected leftist government in January 2019, up to $24 billion worth of Venezuelan public assets have been seized by foreign countries, primarily by Washington and member states of the European Union. | President Donald Trump's administration has used at least $601 million of that looted Venezuelan money to fund construction of its border wall with Mexico, according to government documents first reviewed by Univision. | During his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump insisted countless times that he would "make Mexico pay" to build a gargantuan wall…
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Iran, Iraq discuss expansion of defense coop
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-07-03
TEHRAN, Jul. 03 (MNA) — Iranian and Iraqi military officials discussed on the ways to expand security and defense cooperation between the two countries.
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Armed forces ready to respond to any US despicable move
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-07-03
TEHRAN, Jul. 03 (MNA) — Iranian Minister of Defense (MoD) Brigadier General Amir Hatami said that Iran's Armed forces is ready to respond to any US malicious move authoritatively.
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Khaf-Herat railway to come on stream in Nov
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-07-03
TEHRAN, Jul. 04 (MNA) — Khaf-Herat Railway will become operational before the end of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2021).
en.mehrnews.com/news/160490/Khaf-Herat-r…

105 recorded violations by US-Saudi aggression in Yemen
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-07-03
TEHRAN, Jul. 04 (MNA) — The US-Saudi aggression has committed 105 violations of truce against Yemen's Hodeidah during the past 24 hours.
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Tehran hosts 12th Doors & Windows Exhibition
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-07-03
TEHRAN, Jul. 03 (MNA) — The 12th Specialized Doors & Windows Technology International Exhibition was inaugurated at Tehran Permanent International Fairgrounds on Thu July 02.
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'Great news!' Trump hails falling coronavirus daily death counts, brushes off concerns over spike in cases
rt.com | 2020-07-03
US President Donald Trump has argued that the recent surge in coronavirus cases is explained by "massive" and ramped up screenings for the illness, while celebrating the fall in daily fatalities as "great news." | The president took to Twitter late on Thursday night to repurpose what has been widely deemed gloomy news about the course of the pandemic, saying the case spike is, in fact, a function of expanded testing around the country. | "There is a rise in coronavirus cases because our testing is so massive and so good, far bigger and better than any other country. This is great news, but even better news is…
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The right time to defund cops? NYC gun crime hitting new heights as city culls police budget by $1bn
rt.com | 2020-07-03
Three people were murdered in New York overnight into Thursday, in line with a grim trend that saw police responding to the highest number of shootings in over 20 years last month amid a leftist push to divest from the force. | …
rt.com/usa/493659-new-york-crime-surge-p…

No more slaves and masters: Twitter engineers BAN whole range of terms in fight for 'more inclusive language'
rt.com | 2020-07-03
Twitter's engineering team will systematically purge a list of offensive terms from its source code and internal documents in the name of political correctness. Terms like "master" and "slave" will go, as will gendered pronouns. | "We're starting with a set of words we want to move away from using in favor of more inclusive language," Twitter Engineering announced on Wednesday. | Among the terms to be terminated are "whitelist" and "blacklist," "master" and "slave," which will be replaced with "allowlist" and "denylist," and "leader" and "follower" respectively. Gendered pronouns such as "guys" will be swapped…
rt.com/news/493764-twitter-bans-offensiv…

Fortnite goes woke? Hit game to host new series of conversations about 'race in America'
rt.com | 2020-07-03
Epic Games, the developer of the massively popular Fortnite, has announced that it will air a series of conversations about race, featuring "prominent" black voices from various sectors. | The hit game, estimated to be played by a staggering 350 million people worldwide, will host the conversation series titled 'We The People' on Saturday. The program will be aired in the game's Battle Royale game mode. | Viewers will hear from speakers who include Elaine Welteroth, former editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue. | Welteroth headed the magazine until September 2017 and was praised for injecting more social justice and p…
rt.com/usa/493772-fortnite-race-conversa…

Germany joins tiny host of European nations by making 'upskirting' punishable crime
rt.com | 2020-07-03
German MPs have followed their UK and French colleagues, backing legislation that carries a fine or even a prison term for taking unsolicited photos under somebody's clothing. | The Bundestag voted in favor of a law on "improving privacy protection" this Friday, thus outlawing the practice. | From now on, anyone trying to film under somebody's clothing in order to see their underwear or private parts will face a fine or a maximum prison term of up to two years. Under existing laws, upskirting was deemed a minor offence punishable only by a small fine. | Minister Christine Lambrecht, who championed the legislat…
rt.com/news/493709-germany-upskirting-cr…

Exploring the sun and targeting cancer: News from the College
imperial.ac.uk | 2020-07-03
Here's a batch of fresh news and announcements from across Imperial.
imperial.ac.uk/news/199094/exploring-targeting-cancer-news-from-college

Acoma Pueblo Simon Ortiz: Trump's Self-Celebration Reflected in Mount Rushmore Imperialism
Simon Ortiz | indybay.org | 2020-07-03
Acoma Pueblo poet, professor and author Simon Ortiz reflects on the egotism and arrogance of Trump and his self-celebration, as Trump plans to inject himself into the Black Hills during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Newsom Administration Rushes Forward with Delta Tunnel Project During A Pandemic
Dan Bacher | indybay.org | 2020-07-03
"The decision to move forward with trying to obtain a federal permit using a set proposal, intakes and tunnel corridor so soon after the scoping period ended, and during a Pandemic, shows that state never had any intention of considering stakeholder input," said Regina Chichizola, co-director of Save California Salmon.
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Friday 7/3: "BLACK LIVES MATTER" / Anti-War Light Brigade
Toby Blomé | indybay.org | 2020-07-03
I-80 Pedestrian pedestrian bridge, south of University Ave. | Gather at 8: 50 pm in open parking area, southwest corner of University Ave. Short walk to get up to the bridge. | Accessed by west side frontage road.
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Monterey Zoo Faces Scrutiny Over Elephant Deaths
PETA | indybay.org | 2020-07-03
Salinas, Calif. [June 30, 2020] — PETA has just obtained necropsies for two elephants, Paula and Kristy, who died at the Monterey Zoo in 2019–and the reports raise serious questions about the level of care that the animals received prior to their deaths.
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Community Safety Without Police: Interview with CAHOOTS / White Bird coordinator Tim Black
John Malkin | indybay.org | 2020-07-03
Interview with Tim Black, operations coordinator at CAHOOTS / White Bird Clinic in Eugene, Oregon discussing 30 years of community-based safety and security instead of policing.
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Patients Demand SF General Remove Zuckerberg Name
Michael Petrelis | indybay.org | 2020-07-03
Zuckerberg's name on SF General Hospital must be deleted…
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Saturday 7/4: Fuck the Fourth, Love Your Friends
Santa Cruz for Abolition | indybay.org | 2020-07-03
Clocktower, Pacific Avenue and Water Street, Santa Cruz…
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Friday 7/3: Plague-Time Play-Time
Craig Baldwin | indybay.org | 2020-07-03
ATA GALLERY, 992 Valencia Street…
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Seriously, Get the Hell Out of Afghanistan
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2020-07-03
The continued Afghanistan occupation is like if the police stormed a house, shot a bunch of people, realized they got the wrong house and they'd never find the guy they were looking for by staying there, stayed anyway, moved in, and then years later said they can't move out because they heard a rumor that the neighbors are trying to make them leave.
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#DefundThePolice the Real Strategy Behind the Hashtag
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2020-07-03
The demands of revolutionaries are purposely vague. They always have to do with some feelings-based desire like "freedom" or ending "oppression". The government can create a law, remove a tax, or do all sorts of specific things, but there is nothing that they can do to make you feel freedom or non oppressed. In today's America regardless of any factual evidence there are some who feel like they live in a freedom packed utopia while others claim that they are living under the heel of Hitler 2.0. Both of these positions are based on intuition and feelings not a universal rational freedom scale, which simply could n…
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