Daily Archives: August 2, 2020

2020-08-02: News Headlines

Ollie Vargas (2020-08-03). While Bolivia's coup regime lets its citizens die, Cuba has nearly defeated Covid-19. thegrayzone.com A dispatch from Bolivia shows the staggering human toll of the military coup, as an incompetent US-backed regime leaves impoverished…

Stephen Lendman (2020-08-02). Congress Fails to Agree on Extending Aid to Jobless Americans. globalresearch.ca On Thursday, I emailed the information below to a retired physician/health and fitness expert friend I've known since the 1940s, explaining the following: | Like earlier coronavirus outbreaks (SARS-Cov 2002-04, MERS 2012), SARS-Cov-2 hysteria will pass in time. | Of far greater …

Philip Giraldi (2020-08-02). American Troops to Leave Germany: Is It Goodbye or Just Auf Wiedersehen? thealtworld.com The continued presence of tens of thousands of American military personnel in Europe seventy-five years after the end of the Second World War is rarely questioned either by politicians or the mainstream media. Currently there is little recollection of how, after the war ended, soldiers from Britain, France, the U.S. and the Soviet Union occupied Germany, each in a designated zone. Germany's capital Berlin was divided into four sectors, each with a foreign military occupying force. I was a part of that occupation force from 1968 through 1971, serving in the U.S. Army's Berlin Brigade as part of the 430th Military…

Unicorn Riot (2020-08-02). Humanitarian Camp Raided by Border Patrol and BORTAC, 30+ People Arrested. unicornriot.ninja Arivaca, AZ — The government ramped up its efforts to stop humanitarian workers on the U.S.-Mexico border and raided the 'No More Deaths' aid station, Byrd Camp, arresting over 30 people. | The Friday, July 31 raid featured the U.S. Border Patrol, an armored vehicle, two…

Nikita Mitchell (2020-08-02). "We Are On the Cusp of Something Great" zcomm.org "The demand to defund the police and fund the people has real traction. It's not a new demand, but it has become a unified rallying cry."

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-08-02). Fake Coronavirus Data, Fear Campaign. Spread of the COVID-19 Infection. globalresearch.ca Do not let yourself be misled by the fear campaign, pointing to a Worldwide coronavirus calamity with repeated "predictions" that hundreds of thousands of people are going to die. | According to the WHO, the death rate pertaining to Seasonal Influenza globally is between 6 to 12 times higher than COVID-19.

Janine Jackson (2020-08-02). 'Trump's troops are breaking the law and creating chaos'. mronline.org Janine Jackson interviewed legal scholar Marjorie Cohn about secret police in Portland for the July 24, 2020, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

Mike Whitney (2020-08-02). Seattle's "Bolshevik Revolution" globalresearch.ca "We are coming to dismantle this deeply oppressive, racist, sexist, utterly bankrupt system of capitalism. We cannot and will not stop until it is dismantled, and we replace it with a socialist world, based on solidarity, genuine democracy, and equality." …

Bob Scofield (2020-08-02). Is a Second Trump Presidency a Lesser Evil Than a Biden Presidency? dissidentvoice.org In this essay I will sketch an outline for an argument that, from a left-wing and especially an environmentalist perspective, a second Trump presidency will be a lesser evil than a Biden presidency. Before doing so, I will discuss my personal views on lesser-of-two-evils voting, protest voting, and the article that led me to stumble …

Deirdre Griswold (2020-08-02). Virus statistics reveal class truth. workers.org The following is a digest of articles on COVID-19 by Deirdre Griswold that appeared in Workers World from April to June, 2020. April 14 — Because China is the most populous country in the world, and also the first to become infected with the COVID-19 virus, it is revealing to . . . |

Noah Roberts (2020-08-02). Workers and supporters shut down San Leandro Amazon Warehouse. liberationnews.org The facility has seen four workers fall ill to COVID-19 in the past month, but management has not taken responsible action to ensure the safety of their workers by stopping operations and cleaning the warehouse.

Ken Hammond (2020-08-02). Pompeo, Trump unleash new phase of aggression vs. China. liberationnews.org Pompeo openly called for regime change in China, saying that "if we don't change China, China will change us."

Pan Africanism Today Secretariat (2020-08-02). Cuba's medical brigades in Africa embody a long tradition of solidarity. peoplesdispatch.org From medical to military, agricultural, educational, cultural support and more, the Cuban footprint in Africa dates back to the national struggles against colonialism. The work of the Henry Reeve Brigade is a continuation of this tradition…

Liberation Staff (2020-08-02). Gloria La Riva Nominated by Peace and Freedom Party in CA. liberationnews.org Longtime San Francisco labor and anti-war activist Gloria La Riva was chosen Aug. 1 as the Peace and Freedom Party nominee for U. S. President.

Elaheh Farmand (2020-08-02). Insurance industry profits over people's lives: Democrats reject Medicare for All. liberationnews.org What people need is not more profits for private companies and corporate bailouts, but a universal, socialist healthcare system.

Alan MacLeod (2020-08-02). Media's "Cancel Culture" Debate Obscures Direct Threats to First Amendment. commondreams.org A scene from the Netflix documentary Immigration Nation. (Image: screenshot/Netflix) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-08-02). 'The Clock Is Ticking': Bernie Sanders Calls on Senate to Act Quickly on Covid Relief Bill. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Kathy Fairfax (2020-08-02). Woolworths workers locked out in bid for wage parity. greenleft.org.au

The Canary (2020-08-02). Unite chief Len McCluskey fires warning shot over Labour antisemitism payout. thecanary.co The chief of Labour's biggest union backer said his organisation would "no doubt" review its financial support for the party in the wake of the decision to offer payouts to whistleblowers who accused the party of failing to tackle antisemitism.Payouts: General secretary of Unite Len McCluskey used an interview with the Observer to issue a warning to Labour leader Keir Starmer. It came after the party agreed to pay "substantial damages" to whistleblowers who contributed to a TV expose of its handling of antisemitism.McCluskey, an ally of former leader Jeremy Corbyn, said the payouts were "an abuse of member…

_____ (2020-08-02). Border Patrol Agents Raid No More Deaths Migrant Aid Camp. popularresistance.org The humanitarian group No More Deaths said an aid camp it operates for migrants crossing the desert was raided and then surrounded by Border Patrol agents. The group said the move as an escalation of tensions at a time when the aid they provide is vital. | Byrd Camp is located near Arivaca and serves as a medical aid site for people passing through one of the deadliest desert corridors of the borderland. | No More Deaths volunteer Emily Saunders said Border Patrol usually allows activities there to continue. But in late July, agents entered the property and arrested a migrant receiving care.

RT (2020-08-03). Chicago Dunkin' Donuts employee loses job, faces 'battery' charges after trooper finds 'thick piece of mucus' in cup. rt.com A Dunkin' employee in Chicago has been arrested on several charges, including battery to a peace officer, after he allegedly spat into a coffee cup he then gave to an unsuspecting state trooper. | The incident that cost Vincent J. Sessler, 25 his job at Dunkin' took place on Thursday evening, when a Chickago trooper decided to treat himself to a large black cup of coffee. | Also on rt.com | | When the officer was handed out the cup, the drink was…

RT (2020-08-02). Trump is Mussolini, riots are peaceful, but federal agents are terrorists — top black Democrat turns to trite #Resistance rhetoric. rt.com Rep. Jim Clyburn was a key figure behind securing Joe Biden's nomination, and will be instrumental in picking his running mate. However, his views of late are show denial of reality and falling back on #Resistance tropes. | Jim Clyburn's name carries gravitas in both Washington and his home state of South Carolina. Clyburn's endorsement is considered to have pushed Joe Biden ahead of Bernie Sanders in the state's primary election, securing him the black vote. The veteran lawmaker and House Majority Whip is expected to vet Biden's eventual choice of running mate, given Biden has promised to consider a black wom…

RT (2020-08-02). Two guards stabbed during Georgia prison riot. Purported footage of violent uprising spreads on social media (VIDEOS). rt.com Two guards have been injured in a riot at Georgia's Ware State Prison, local media reported. Purported videos of the chaotic rebellion show inmates covered in blood, holding tasers, and even frog-marching handcuffed prison staff. | The situation is now under control and the facility, located near Waycross, has been put on lockdown, according to local media, citing a statement from the Georgia Department of Corrections. | "Two staff members received minor, non-life-threatening injuries and there are no reported inmate injuries at this time," the statement read. | Local reports also shared a statement from the W…

RT (2020-08-02). Joe says no: Trader Joe's stands up to outrage mob, proving the impotence of online activism. rt.com Grocery chain Trader Joe's won't be changing its supposedly "racist" product labels. In an era where suspect tweets can ruin careers, the decision is a reminder that online activism doesn't always matter in real life. | According to more than 5,000 signatories of an online petition, some of the chain's branding — which sees its Italian range labeled 'Trader Giotto's', its Mexican range called 'Trader Jose's', and its Chinese food named 'Trader Ming's' — is racist. | The branding "exoticizes other cultures," the petition states. Furthermore, the petition alleges that the company's founder Joe Coulombe…

RT (2020-08-02). Trump will act on TikTok and other Chinese software companies 'in the coming days' — Pompeo. rt.com US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has vowed that President Donald Trump will take action "in the coming days" to deal with Chinese software companies that the White House claims are feeding data to Beijing. | Appearing on Fox News' 'Sunday Morning Futures' show, Pompeo claimed the practices of the Chinese tech companies currently in the administration's sights, including TikTok and WeChat, pose "true privacy issues for the American people." | "For a long time the US just said 'Well, goodness, if we're having fun with it, or if a company can make money off of it, we're going to permit that to happen,'" he expla…

RT (2020-08-02). 'Sleepy Joe' Biden 'never leaves his basement' and won't win Texas, Trump says. rt.com President Donald Trump has bashed his basement-dwelling presidential opponent, Joe Biden, and touted his own support for "Oil, Gas, Guns, & God," after a fundraising trip to the Lone Star State. | "Was in the Great State of Texas this week and explained that the Radical Left Do Nothing Democrats, headed up by their great leader, Sleepy Joe Biden (who never leaves his basement), are strongly against 'Oil, Gas, Guns, & God," Trump tweeted on Sunday. | "Must be tough to win Texas on that platform!" he added. | Was in the Great State of Texas this week and explained that the Radical Left Do Nothing Democrats, hea…

RT (2020-08-02). Microsoft says talks over TikTok's potential purchase to wrap up by September 15 in 'any event' after CEO speaks with Trump. rt.com Microsoft has said they would "move quickly" in their talks with ByteDance to buy TikTok, after CEO Satya Nadella discussed the issue with US President Donald Trump, who threatened to ban the popular Chinese app. | In a statement on its official blog on Sunday, Microsoft has

RT (2020-08-02). No press allowed at GOP convention, Trump to be nominated behind closed doors — reports. rt.com This month's Republican National Convention will take place behind closed doors and with no press present, reports suggest. The move is the latest in a series of twists and changes to the convention. | Originally slated to take place in Jacksonville, Florida, the Republican National Convention was canceled last month due to a rise in coronavirus cases. Beforehand, it had been moved there from Charlotte due to virus restrictions applied by North Carolina Governor Ray Cooper, a Democrat. After canvassing a number of other cities as potential hosts, the GOP has fallen back on Charlotte, albeit for a convention wi…

RT (2020-08-02). Members of Congress returning to DC from Lewis funeral in Georgia won't have to follow quarantine rule made for everybody else. rt.com Politicians who attended the funeral for congressman John Lewis in Georgia won't have to worry about Washington's new quarantine rules as they return to the city because they're deemed too essential to lock down. | A Who's Who of Democrat politicians attended Thursday's funeral in Atlanta, despite a state ban on gatherings of more than 50 people. Fifty

RT (2020-08-02). 'Socialist Trump?' Trump says 'changes must be made soon' to tackle income disparity in rare dig at 1-percenters. rt.com US President Donald Trump said he agrees that the income gap between billionaires and the rest of Americans has grown too big, vowing to take action "soon" in a tweet that left his detractors puzzled. | "I actually agree with this. Too much income disparity. Changes must be made, and soon!" Trump wrote on Saturday, retweeting a Business Insider clip that cites a recent report by the Institute for Policy Studies, claiming that total US billionaire wealth grew by $637 between March and June, while 40 million Americans lost their jobs. | I actually agree with this. Too much income disparity. Changes must be made,…

RT (2020-08-02). 'Do as they say': Minneapolis police warn people to obey criminals for their own safety as violent crime surges amid BLM protests. rt.com Embattled Minneapolis police are advising residents on survival skills amid a wave of violent crime, offering such tips as "be prepared to give up your cell phone and purse/wallet" to robbers and "do not walk alone." | "Do not argue or fight with the criminal," police said in a July 28 The Third Precinct, southeast of downtown, was one of the areas hardest hit by the protests-tur…

_____ (2020-08-02). U.S. Troop Removal From Germany: a NATO-Skeptic POTUS Always Wins. strategic-culture.org Is there any good reason why Germany is still occupied by the United States? After 75+ years one could make a strong argument that the Nazi threat is over. Donald Trump would seem to agree with this sentiment and directly stated that he wants to continue to reduce the number of American soldiers on the territory of today's friendlier tolerant and geopolitically submissive Deutschland. The logic by which U.S. forces are stationed across the globe has been called into question many times and very often has no sellable answer. Trump himself agrees with the dubious nature of the need to have an American army base in…

_____ (2020-08-02). Are Russia And US Different When It Comes To Election Meddling? popularresistance.org On this week's installment of "Scheer Intelligence," Robert Scheer challenges guest David Shimer on the fundamental conclusions of his new book, "Rigged: America, Russia and 100 Years of Covert Electoral Interference," regarding the "intentions" for US covert operations versus those of the Soviet Union/Russia. | Excerpted and lauded in the New York Times and elsewhere in the mainstream media, "Rigged" outlines covert operations in various countries by both nation-states, including American interference in 1970s Chile and post-World War II Italy, among others, but has been best reviewed for its deep dive into Russ…

Maureen Smith (2020-08-02). Socialist Gloria La Riva Nominated by Peace and Freedom Party Convention. indybay.org On August 1st, the Peace and Freedom Party State Central Committee nominated Socialist/Labor Activist Gloria La Riva to be on the California ballot in November as their candidate for U.S. President…

South Front (2020-08-02). Video: Turkey Cries Foul About Deployment of Egyptian Troops in Idlib. What's Going On? globalresearch.ca The Egyptian military has deployed about 150 troops on the frontline in the Syrian region of Greater Idlib to support forces of the Damascus government, Turkish sources claimed on July 30. | "The troops were later deployed in the Khan al-Asal …

South Front (2020-08-02). Video: That Sinking Feeling: Ukrainian Naval and Coastal Forces. globalresearch.ca In few areas are Russia's and Ukraine's divergent fortunes as evident as in naval armaments. Whereas the Russian Navy has overcome the malaise of the 1990s and went on to introduce new classes of warships, including state-of-the-art missile frigates, attack …

Stephen Lendman (2020-08-02). Deteriorating Sino/US Relations: From Engagement to Containment and Confrontation. globalresearch.ca On Thursday during testimony before Senate Foreign Relations Committee members, Pompeo continued his militantly hostile war of words on China. See below. | *** | Commenting on his Chinaphobic remarks last week, former US diplomat who accompanied Richard Nixon on his 1972 …

yenisafak (2020-08-02). Afghan government releases over 300 Taliban prisoners. yenisafak.com On the third and last day of a cease-fire with the Taliban, the Afghan government on Sunday announced that it had released over 300 prisoners of the militant group in connection with ongoing peace efforts.Announcing the development, the Office of the National Security Council (ONSC) said in a statement that the government had released 317 more Taliban prisoners from Parwan and other provincial prisons, bringing the total to 4,917.Prisoner releases will continue until the total reaches 5,100 — 100 more than required by the US-Taliban peace deal signed in February, it said.The Taliban vowed to have already complet…

Richard Falk (2020-08-02). With John Lewis in Stockholm 1969. zcomm.org Thinking back to that weekend in Stockholm I marvel at how John Lewis reinvented himself, and rose to a position of moral preeminence and unsurpassed political wisdom and maturity…

Adam Shah (2020-08-02). The One Percent's Attack on Unemployment Benefits Shows How Broken Our Democracy Is. zcomm.org The dignity of work is restored when employment leads to working people securing living wages and having their voices heard…

Michael K. Smith (2020-08-02). Harlem's Pearl — James Baldwin. zcomm.org Baldwin transformed a horrifying legacy of pain and rage into grace and light…

Abdul Rahman (2020-08-02). COVID-19 shows the need to rebuild public health systems in Central Asian countries. peoplesdispatch.org Most of the countries in central Asia have been reluctant to reimpose restrictions due to the economic fallout. This has led to a massive jump in the total number of new infections and deaths in late June and July…

Dr. Dareld Morris (2020-08-02). Video: Covid-19 Lies and Fraud: How the Fear Campaign is Affecting US Hospitals and Clinics. globalresearch.ca In the following interview, Dr. Morris, a practicing physician in Florida, USA, explains how politics and fraud are root causes of the Fear campaign that is plaguing his state, and the country. | First, labs are faking COVID results. Some …

Telesur (2020-08-02). Malaysia: Former Prime Minister Najib Razak Found Guilty in Fraud Trial. globalresearch.ca Malaysia's High Court Tuesday found former Prime Minister Najib Razak guilty of abuse of power, money laundering, and criminal violation of trust during the trial against him for a multi-million dollar defalcation. | The court ruled that the US$10 million transfer …

IMEMC News (2020-08-02). Army Abducts A Mother, Her Son And Daughter, In Hebron, After Colonists Attempted to Kidnap A Child. imemc.org Israeli soldiers abducted, on Saturday evening, a Palestinian mother along with her son and daughter after they helped free a child after she was assaulted by illegal colonialist settlers who tried to kidnap her. According to human rights activist and a volunteer with the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights …

Dr. Harvey Risch (2020-08-02). Early Outpatient Treatment of Symptomatic, High-Risk COVID-19 Patients that Should be Ramped-Up Immediately as Key to the Pandemic Crisis. globalresearch.ca Abstract | More than 1.6 million Americans have been infected with SARS-CoV-2 and >10 times that number carry antibodies to it. High-risk patients presenting with progressing symptomatic disease have only hospitalization treatment with its high mortality. An outpatient treatment that prevents …

Michael K. Smith (2020-08-02). Harlem's Pearl: James Baldwin. dissidentvoice.org The American idea of progress is how fast I become white. And it's a trick bag. Because they know perfectly well I can never become white. I have drunk my share of dry martinis; I have proven myself civilized in every way I can. But there is an irreducible difficulty: something doesn't work. Well, I …

Jon Queally (2020-08-02). Demands for Kushner to Resign Over 'Staggering' Level of 'Depravity'. zcomm.org "Holy hell. Jared Kushner reportedly abandoned a national testing plan because it was *politically advantageous* to sit back and let blue states be eviscerated by the virus."

Newsclick (2020-08-02). 'Titans of tech' face grilling in US Congress. peoplesdispatch.org Newsclick's Prabir Purkayastha talks about the deposition of the heads of Alphabet, Amazon, Apple and Facebook before the US House of Representatives Committee that deals with anti-trust issues.

Prabhat Patnaik (2020-08-02). Food consumption trends point at real income decline before pandemic. peoplesdispatch.org Why has there been a tendency toward persistent 'excess supply' in the foodgrain market when growth rate of foodgrain output has barely exceeded the population growth rate?

Fight Back (2020-08-02). Thousands march and rally in Portland. fightbacknews.org Portland, OR – Large marches rocked downtown Portland, August 1, as thousands took to the streets in defense of Black lives. Trade unionists had a visible presence in the large protests. | Many rallied in front of the federal courthouse, which is surrounded by concrete and metal barriers. | The federal courthouse has been the scene of intense clashes between protesters and federal agents sent by the Trump administration. As of midnight, police had no visible presence. | According to reports, police declared an action in the Northeast Portland neighborhood to be an 'unlawful assembly' and arrested several people.

Alice Speri (2020-08-02). Federal Agents at Protests Renew Calls to Dismantle Homeland Security. zcomm.org After months of protests demanding the defunding of police, the abduction of protesters turns the focus to Homeland Security…

news.un (2020-08-02). Leaving No Roma behind during a pandemic, and beyond: a UN Resident Coordinator's Blog. news.un.org Roma people in Europe face widespread discrimination in many areas of life, including housing and health. In this opinion piece, Francoise Jacob, the UN Resident Coordinator in Serbia, explains how the UN is helping Roma communities, many of which have no access to safe water or electricity, to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sonali Kolhatkar (2020-08-02). Why the Idea of Jobless Benefits Scares the Conservative Mind. zcomm.org The coronavirus pandemic has allowed us to conduct an experiment on how government assistance is good for people and the economy…

Doctors for the Truth (2020-08-02). "Doctors for the Truth" Speak Out in Madrid, Denounce Covid-19 "False Pandemic" globalresearch.ca With the participation of hundreds of professionals from all over the world, "Doctors for the Truth" stated that Covid-19 is a false pandemic created for political purposes. They urged doctors, the media and political authorities to stop the operation, by …

Matt Stoller (2020-08-02). Big Tech Moguls and Misdeeds in the Spotlight. zcomm.org The five and a half hour long hearing on Capitol Hill offered a stunning illustration of the extent of misdeeds by big tech…

Timothy Alexander Guzman (2020-08-02). Video: Hollywood Celebrities and the Covid-19 Fear Campaign. globalresearch.ca The controversial face-mask wearing and social- distance problem in the US has celebrities getting into the political aspect of shaming people like actor Tom Hanks who recently said that: | "There's really only three things we can do in order to …

Fight Back (2020-08-02). Large protests continue in Portland. fightbacknews.org Portland, OR — The chant of "Black lives matter!" echoed off the Federal Courthouse Friday, July 31, as nearly 3000 demonstrators assembled in downtown Portland. Federal agents and local police were not visible, but a number of protesters stated that agents remain inside the courthouse. Many rally participants were well prepared for an attack, wearing head protection and gas masks to lessen the impact of teargas and police projectiles. No clashes occurred. | The courthouse is covered with slogans and surrounded by concrete barriers topped by metal fencing. African Americans and other oppressed nationalitie…

Katherine Eban (2020-08-02). How Jared Kushner's Secret Testing Plan "Went Poof Into Thin Air" zcomm.org This spring, a team working under the president's son-in-law produced a plan for an aggressive, coordinated national COVID-19 response that could have brought the pandemic under control…

Joseph Thomas (2020-08-02). UK's Stunning Hypocrisy over Hong Kong. globalresearch.ca Further evidence the UK hides behind "human rights" rather than stands for them was demonstrated when London laced sanctions on Hong Kong after the passing of a security law aimed at combating overt foreign interference in the special administrative region …

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-08-02). 'We Can Do This': Elections Advocate Says Measures Must Be Taken to Help States and Post Office Handle Surge in General Election Vote-By-Mail. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-08-02). 'Picking Up At a Dangerous Pace': 1.9 Million New Covid Cases in US in July. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Miles Mogulescu (2020-08-02). Follow John Lewis: Don't Let Trump Provoke Violence. commondreams.org John Lewis' message of nonviolent resistance lives on. (Photo: Spider Martin GPA photo archive/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-08-02). 'This Is Terrorism': With No Face Masks and No Warrant, Border Patrol Agents Raid Humanitarian Aid Station in Arizona and Detain 30 Migrants. commondreams.org "As always when humanitarian aid in the borderlands is targeted, those who seek care are the ones that face the brunt of these violent escalations." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, Rev Dr Liz Theoharis (2020-08-02). Woe to You Who Legislate Evil and Rob the Poor of Their Rights. commondreams.org A recipient carries a box of food as others wait in line at a Food Bank distribution for those in need as the coronavirus pandemic continues on April 9, 2020 in Van Nuys, California. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Christopher Brauchli (2020-08-02). The Trump and Taxpayer Relief Act. commondreams.org President Donald Trump appears at a rally on the eve before the South Carolina primary on February 28, 2020 in North Charleston, South Carolina. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Camillo Mac Bica (2020-08-02). Futile Dialogue: What Would Socrates Do? commondreams.org President Donald Trump speaking with supporters at a 2016 campaign rally at Fountain Park in Fountain Hills, Arizona. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-02). Iranian Film Week to open in Japan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 03 (MNA) — The third Iranian Film Week, organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Iran in Japan, is set to open in the Japanese city of Minato.

Poor People's Campaign (2020-08-02). Monday 8/3: #MoralMonday Action: Demand COVID Relief & Stop McConnell's Misery, Meanness & Mayhem Now! indybay.org Online via livestream…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-08-02). Mayo Clinic Expands Commitment To Serving Veterans By Participating In VA Community Care Network Beginning August 1, 2020. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Veterans in the upper Midwest may now be eligible to receive care in their local communities from Mayo Clinic Health System providers; and veterans around the country may be eligible for unique care for complex health issues at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, Mayo Clinic in Florida, and Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. This expanded access is …

The Canary (2020-08-02). Unnamed Conservative MP arrested after rape accusation from former parliamentary aide. thecanary.co A Conservative MP has been arrested after a former parliamentary aide accused him of rape, sexual assault and coercive control, according to reports. | The ex-minister, who's not been named, is alleged to have assaulted and raped a woman. The abuse allegedly took place during a relationship, the Sunday Times and Mail on Sunday reported. | The investigation comes days after former Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke was convicted at Southwark Crown Court in a separate case of sexually assaulting two women, one of them a parliamentary worker. | Released on bail: | The Metropolitan Police said it received alleg…

yenisafak (2020-08-02). India's interior minister tests positive for coronavirus, hospitalised. yenisafak.com India's Interior Minister Amit Shah said on Sunday that he had tested positive for coronavirus and had been admitted to hospital.Amit Shah, a close aide to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and one of the country's most powerful politicians, heads a key ministry that has been at the forefront of managing India's coronavirus outbreak."I request all of you who came in contact with me in the last few days to isolate yourselves and get tested," Shah said in a tweet.

yenisafak (2020-08-02). Turkey-Azerbaijan joint military drills continue. yenisafak.com Joint military exercises, which began on July 29 with the participation of Turkey and Azerbaijan's air and ground forces, are continuing."Another stage of the Azerbaijani-Turkish Live-Fire Joint Large-Scale Tactical Exercises held in our country in accordance with the Agreement on Military Cooperation was conducted," Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry said on Sunday."According to the plan, the efficiency and coordination of tasks, the organization of interoperability, the logistic support in the course of combat operations, as well as the effectiveness of military personnel activity and the use of weapons and military…

yenisafak (2020-08-02). Turkish president greets Muslim leaders' Eid al-Adha. yenisafak.com The president of Turkey on Sunday spoke over the phone with his counterparts from Afghanistan and Indonesia on the occasion of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha.According to a statement by Turkey's Directorate of Communications, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Joko Widodo exchanged greetings for Eid, one of the two most important Muslim holidays.The leaders underscored their commitment to improve bilateral relations and strengthen cooperation on regional issues.Most of the Muslim-majority countries around the world, including Turkey, are observing the four-day holiday that started on Friday.

yenisafak (2020-08-02). Indonesia reports 1,519 new coronavirus infections, 43 deaths. yenisafak.com Indonesia reported 1,519 new coronavirus infections on Sunday, bringing the total to 111,455, data from the country's COVID-19 task force showed.The data also showed 43 new COVID-19 related deaths, bringing the toll to 5,236.

yenisafak (2020-08-02). Flights between Turkey, Iraq suspended over coronavirus. yenisafak.com Iraq reopened Baghdad and southern airports last week for international travel after months of closure caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

yenisafak (2020-08-02). Philippines' confirmed coronavirus cases exceed 100,000. yenisafak.com The Philippines on Sunday reported 5,032 additional coronavirus infections, its largest single-day increase on record, taking the country's confirmed cases to 103,185.In a bulletin, the Department of Health also said the Southeast Asian country's coronavirus death toll had jumped by 20 to 2,059.President Rodrigo Duterte was scheduled to meet key cabinet members on Sunday to discuss a call by medical frontliners' groups to put the capital Manila, which accounts for the bulk of infections, back under a stricter lockdown, his spokesman said.

yenisafak (2020-08-02). Teen suicides trigger debate on online gaming in Pakistan. yenisafak.com Saad*, 18, was found hanging from a ceiling fan at his residence in southwestern Pakistan earlier this month.His brother says the teenager committed suicide after missing a task on a famous online video game.Over the next few days, three other youths reportedly committed suicide across the country for the same reason, triggering a debate on the psychological impact of the online games.Following the incidents, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), a state-run regulatory authority, which was already pressured by a series of complaints from parents, slapped a ban on several online games. But the ban was qu…

yenisafak (2020-08-02). Top Iranian aide praises Turkey's Hagia Sophia move. yenisafak.com A senior advisor to Iran's supreme leader on Sunday congratulated Turkey for reopening the Hagia Sophia Mosque after 86 years as a museum."We congratulate the Turkish people for this important Islamic success," Ali Akbar Velayati, an aide to Ali Khamenei told Iranian state television.Velayati also criticized US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for recent comments urging Ankara to reconvert the Hagia Sophia into a museum."His ancestors converted all museums of the world into churches. The Hagia Sophia, which has been a mosque for 500 years, will remain as a mosque until the apocalypse," Velayati stressed.Ankara has…

yenisafak (2020-08-02). Iran's stock market surges past key level to record high, as analysts warn of bubble. yenisafak.com Iran's main stock index broke through the key 2 million point mark for the first time ever on Sunday, state media reported, amid warnings that the market is overheating.The Tehran Stock Exchange's benchmark TEDPIX index gained 46,844 points in early trading, the official IRNA news agency said, up 2.4%.The index closed at 1,961,649 on Saturday after surging by over 57,325 points, or 3.01%, on the day, according to the Tehran Stock Exchange (TSE) website.Iran's clerical rulers have been encouraging ordinary Iranians to invest in local stocks to boost the country's economy, which has been hard hit by the reimpositio…

yenisafak (2020-08-02). Doctors plight mounting in Bangladesh amid pandemic. yenisafak.com The misery of doctors and frontline staff in the war against the novel coronavirus is surging in Bangladesh with at least 92 physicians having died due to the disease.The country reported 2,199 more infections as of Saturday with 21 additional deaths as the virus shows no indication of slowdown, according to the health ministry data.Deaths related to COVID-19 now stand at 3,132 and total infections stand at 240,000.Infections among doctors are raging and have already spread across the country as authorities allegedly failed to stop cases by taking proper measures even after the first COVID-19 case was detected Ma…

yenisafak (2020-08-02). Russia's coronavirus cases surpass 850,000. yenisafak.com Russia reported 5,427 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Sunday, bringing its nationwide tally to 850,870, the fourth largest caseload in the world.Russia's coronavirus taskforce said 70 people had died over the last 24 hours, pushing the official death toll in the country of around 145 million people to 14,128.

yenisafak (2020-08-02). Does all of India approve of the Kashmir annexation move? yenisafak.com Describing Aug. 5, when India annexed Jammu and Kashmir region, a day of "betrayal" and "blackest day", a pro-India Kashmiri politician said people were seething with anger against the move.A member of Indian parliament, representing Kashmiri's oldest political party the National Conference (NC), Hassnain Masoodi said oppressive machinery has prevented people to show their anger in streets."The disapproval continues. The state may choose not to see the anger but it is there. Oppressive machinery in place does not allow people to exercise their right to demonstrate and hold meetings. Hundreds of people are still j…

yenisafak (2020-08-02). Eid al-Adha: Turkey donates meat to needy Gazans. yenisafak.com Palestinian authorities on Sunday began distributing meat from livestock sacrificed with donations from Turkey on the Muslim Eid al-Adha festival to hundreds of families in need in the Gaza Strip.During the four-day holiday, the Ministry of Foundations and Religious Affairs aims to provide as many as 4,500 families with meat, Eshref Ismail, the director of the projects department at the ministry, told Anadolu Agency.The Turkiye Diyanet Foundation is financing the initiative.Most of the Muslim-majority countries around the world, including Turkey, are observing the four-day holiday that started on Friday.On Eid al…

yenisafak (2020-08-02). Saudi Arabia says dozens of soldiers killed in clashes. yenisafak.com Saudi forces suffered dozens of casualties amid clashes in the country's southwest, according to news reports on Sunday by an outlet aligned with Yemeni Houthi rebels.Clashes broke out with Houthi forces in the city of Najran, the Ansarullah news website reported.Saudi authorities have yet to comment.Yemen has been beset by violence and chaos since 2014, when Houthi rebels overran much of the country, including Sanaa. The crisis escalated in 2015 when a Saudi-led military coalition launched a devastating air campaign aimed at rolling back Houthi territorial gains.Tens of thousands of Yemenis are since believed to…

_____ (2020-08-02). The Heart Of The Matter In The South China Sea. popularresistance.org When the USS Ronald Reagan and USS Nimitz carrier strike groups recently engaged in "operations" in the South China Sea, it failed to escape cynics that the US Pacific Fleet was doing its best to turn the infantile Thucydides trap theory into a self-fulfilling prophecy. | The pro forma official spin, via Rear Admiral Jim Kirk, commander of the Nimitz, is that the ops were conducted to "reinforce our commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific, a rules-based international order, and to our allies and partners." | Nobody pays attention to these clichés, because the real message was delivered by a CIA operative posin…

_____ (2020-08-02). The Russians Are(n't) Coming! popularresistance.org In America's Emerald City these days, if there's even a hint of a war-wind-down, imperial-deescalation, or military budget-cuts, Washington's (non-dribbling) Wizards have a ready response: Russia! Indeed, these military's magicians have a far-simpler and more effective playbook than the city's aptly-named NBA franchise. Since President Donald Trump's election year, basketball's Wizards are a meager 148-162; the Wizards of Warfare are essentially undefeated — not a single war hath ended. The first-place War Wizards rely on two go-to moves to maintain militarism…

_____ (2020-08-02). 'We Are On The Cusp Of Something Great'. popularresistance.org Since the nation erupted after the May 25 police killing of George Floyd, Black organizers and community members have been working around the clock to channel mass protests into tangible victories. Nikita Mitchell, 26, is national coordinator of The Rising Majority, formed in 2017 by the Movement for Black Lives, a coalition that includes Black Lives Matter. Rising Majority is led by Black people and people of color, and brings social movements together in an anti-racist, anti-capitalist Left for radical democracy.

_____ (2020-08-02). Nicaragua Targeted For US Overthrow In 2020-21. popularresistance.org The US has launched a brazen, criminal and arrogant plan to overthrow Nicaragua's government. A well orchestrated plan financed by the United States to launch a coup d'état in Nicaragua over the next two years was leaked in a document from the US embassy and presented July 31, 2020 by Nicaraguan journalist William Grigsby on his political analysis program "Sin Fronteras", on Radio La Primerísima. The new coup plan is in response to the fact that the US realizes President Daniel Ortega will likely win the November 2021 elections.

_____ (2020-08-02). Law Enforcement Exposed: Massive Blue Leaks, Police Pentagon Papers. popularresistance.org In an email message, Betsy Reed, the editor-in-chief of the Intercept reports, "Hundreds of thousands of files from the FBI and local police departments have been leaked, exposing serious abuses of power by law enforcement." She writes, Blue Leaks "are like the Pentagon Papers for U.S. law enforcement." The leaks show how political activists are targeted and monitored on social media, that there is widespread racial bias by police and that police exaggerate threats by antifa to justify violence against protesters.

_____ (2020-08-02). Billionaires Push To Reopen Schools Without A Plan. popularresistance.org Schools in the U.S. provide students with much more than an education. They provide child care, meals (for 14 million students), medical services (mostly for students with disabilities), psychological counseling, supervised physical activity and social connections. | There are more than 135,000 educational institutions and 56.6 million students in grades K through 12. Since 2014 the majority of all public school students have been children of color. (National Center for Education Statistics) | While all parents want their children to be able to return to school, more than two-thirds polled want schools physically…

_____ (2020-08-02). COVID-19 Crisis Failure, People Must Save Themselves And The Economy. popularresistance.org The US is at a moment of truth. This week, Congress has to face up to a pandemic that is out of control and an economy that is collapsing. The Republican's and Democrat's proposals show they will fail this test. The people will need to protect themselves and lead from below. Our actions need to be about building a people's movement that grows in power before and after the November elections. No matter who is elected, the people will need to resist, create new systems and rule from below.

_____ (2020-08-02). On Medicare And Medicaid's 55th Birthday, Let's Expand Benefits. popularresistance.org On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law. This crowning achievement was both the culmination of a decades-long effort to attain guaranteed universal health insurance and the first step in the quest for Medicare for All. | In the 55 years since the legislation was signed into law, both programs have proven their worth. Before Medicare, about half of seniors lacked health insurance. They were an illness away from bankruptcy. Today, 99.1 percent of Americans 65 and older are insured, thanks to Medicare.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-02). Saudi fighter jets bombed Yemen 598 times last month. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 03 (MNA) — The fighter jets of Saudi-led coalition have bombed Yemen 598 times last month, A Yemeni military source said.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-02). VIDEO: Protests in Germany against COVID-19 restrictions. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 02 (MNA) — 18 police officers were injured during protests in Germany against the COVID-19 curbs. Several of the protesters were also arrested.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-02). 2nd round of Iran-Ukraine talks to be held in Oct. in Tehran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 02 (MNA) — Iranian Ambassador to Ukraine announced that the second round of talks between Iran and Ukraine over the issue of the Ukrainian aircraft's crash will be held in October 2020 in Tehran.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-02). Sunflower farm in NE Iran. en.mehrnews.com BOJNURD, Aug. 02 (MNA) — Some 15,000 hectares of farms in North Khorasan province, northeast Iran, are under cultivation of oily seeds, producing some 70,000 tons of different seeds including sunflower and rapeseed on an annual basis.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-02). Iran COVID-19 update: 2,685 new cases, 208 deaths. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 02 (MNA) — The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has infected 2,685people in Iran in the past 24 hours, increasing the total cases to 309,437, said Health Ministry Spokesperson Sima Lari on Sunday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-02). Police seize over 631 kg of narcotics in central Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 03 (MNA) — The police forces of Isfahan Province have seized over 631kg of illicit drugs in Nain County.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-02). Minister urges nation to observe health protocols in Muharram. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 02 (MNA) — Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli has called on the Iranian nation to fully observe anti-coronavirus health protocols during Muharram rituals.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-02). Yemen military shoots down US drone. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 02 (MNA) — The Spokesman for Yemeni Armed Forces, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, informed on Sunday that the Yemeni military forces have shot down an American spy drone.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-02). Intelligence min. dismisses speculations on Sharmahd's arrest. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 02 (MNA) — Iranian Ministry of Intelligence has categorically dismissed any speculation on the arrest of the ringleader of a US-based terrorist group "Jamshid Sharmahd".

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-02). VIDEO: Wildfire sweeps southern California. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 03 (MNA) — A wildfire in southern California, which has been deemed the Apple fire, has forced evacuation orders in several neighborhoods after burning more than 4,000 acres and destroying at least one home Saturday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-02). Army Ground Force signs MoU to receive geographical data. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 02 (MNA) — National Geography Organization and the intelligence branch of Iran Army's Ground Force signed an MoU to develop cooperation in the fields of science, education, and research interactions.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-02). Zarif stresses need to update document on Iran-Russia coop. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 02 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister in his meeting with with Chairman of the Russian Duma's Foreign Affairs Committee stressed the need to update the document of long-term cooperation between the two countries.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-02). Promoting missile capability, defense ministry's top priority. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 02 (MNA) — Iranian Minister of Defense said that improving and promoting the missile capacity of the country is the main and top priority of his ministry.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-02). Tehran, Seoul to launch humanitarian trade: Yonhap. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 02 (MNA) — A South Korean source has claimed that Tehran and Seoul have agreed to establish a working group on mutual humanitarian trade, according to Yonhap.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-02). Govt. to set up work group to remove production barriers. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 02 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that the government will establish a special workgroup for removing production barriers.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-02). Austria seeking cultural, economic ties with Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 02 (MNA) — Austrian Ambassador to Iran Stefan Schulz said that Austria seeks to expand cultural and economic relations with Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari province in Iran.

Yes on Prop 16 and others (2020-08-02). Wednesday 8/5: Yes on Prop. 16 Kickoff Rally: Equal Opportunity for All Californians. indybay.org Online via Zoom…

Allan Rees (2020-08-02). Saturday 8/8: COULD THE 2020 ELECTION BE STOLEN? Webinar August 8th. indybay.org Live Interactive Online Webinar Saturday, August 8th…

Kayla Kumar (2020-08-02). Monday 8/3: We Are All Learning: Practical Futures For Public Safety in Santa Cruz. indybay.org Online Event | stanford.zoom.us/j/92675673025?pwd=dmVRY…

Haiti Emergency Relief Fund (2020-08-02). Saturday 8/8: Support Haiti's Campaign for Dignity! Virtual Fundraiser for UNIFA's Teaching Hospital. indybay.org Online via livestream…

Leon Kunstenaar (2020-08-02). Black Women's March in Vallejo. indybay.org Rally and march on Vallejo waterfront…

Remove George Washington Bust (2020-08-02). Monday 8/3: Remove George Washington Statue: Watsonville Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting. indybay.org City of Watsonville Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting | (Online)…

USWUSC (2020-08-02). Monday 8/3: Rally and March for the UCSC 41. indybay.org UC Santa Cruz | 1156 High St, Santa Cruz…

Labor Video Project (2020-08-02). Shut It Down! Workers Shut Amazon DSF4 For Health/Safety & Living Wages. indybay.org Amazonians and workers shutdown the Amazon DSF4 warehouse on August 1, 2020 to protest the lack of health and safety and slave labor wages…

Free Them All Coalition- Bay Area (2020-08-02). Saturday 8/8: Shut Down CA's Concentration Camps: Statewide Day of Action for Immigrant Justice (SF). indybay.org There will be an initial meeting/rally at Justin Herman Plaza and then we will march to the ICE building for another rally. | Please stay tuned for details on a supporting car caravan, led by the SF LowRider Council, which will likely start in the mission and meet up with the march at the ICE building. | Please also stay tuned for actions you can take from home in the days before the action. | Thank you for taking action! #FreeThemAll…

Lynda Carson (2020-08-02). Trump and the GOP are suppressing the vote for November election. indybay.org Mark Dimondstein Testimony, President Of American Postal Workers Union:…

Legal Beagle (2020-08-02). Housing Emergency Prevails Over Contracts. indybay.org Home Building and Loan Association vs. Blaisdell, 290 U.S. 398 (1934) stated in an appeal of the Minnesota Mortgage Moratorium Law of 1933, during the emergency declared to exist, relief may be had through authorized judicial proceedings with respect to foreclosures of mortgages, and execution sales, of real estate; that sales may be postponed and periods of redemption may be extended. In other words, the emergency took precedence over the contracts clause of the Constitution.

Lynda Carson (2020-08-02). Music Video – Vitamin Em's version of Never Tear Us Apart (INXS). indybay.org Vitamin Em – Quarantine Music Video – Released July 29, 2020 – Performed While Sheltering-In-Place During The Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic:…

_____ (2020-08-02). We Are in the Process of Completely Losing America. strategic-culture.org Michael SNYDER | When I was growing up, I was taught to love America. My father was in the U.S. Navy, our family spent six years overseas as he served at a military base in a foreign land, and every day I would say the Pledge of Allegiance at the local school for military children that I attended. It was during this period of time that Ronald Reagan was first elected president of the United States, and the things that he said about the greatness of America's values really inspired me. Of course no nation has ever been perfect, but at one time the United States was united by a common set of values that we were con…

RT (2020-08-01). Russia aims to begin public Covid-19 vaccinations in October, starting with medical workers & teachers — Minister of Health. rt.com Russia expects to start mass anti-coronavirus vaccinations, across the country, by October, the country's health minister has said. Mikhail Murashko added that medical workers and teachers will be given first priority. | Murashko announced on Saturday that clinical trials of a vaccine developed by the Moscow-based Gamalei Institute have been completed and that the health ministry is aiming to begin a public vaccination program in October. Medical personnel and teachers will be the first to receive immunization, he said. "Now, the package of documents for the procedure of registration [of the vaccine] is being…

WSWS (2020-08-01). Reopening of schools in Germany puts the lives of children and educators at stake. wsws.org The situation is highly dangerous. Since the easing of the coronavirus restrictions, the number of cases in Europe, and in Germany, is once again on the rise.

WSWS (2020-08-01). As COVID-19 ravages Brazil, governments promote homicidal reopening of schools. wsws.org The attempt by big business politicians to reopen schools in the country faces massive opposition from educators and working-class families.

WSWS (2020-08-01). The global pandemic, the class struggle, and the tasks of the Socialist Equality Party. wsws.org This resolution was adopted unanimously by the Sixth National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party in the US, held July 19—24, 2020.

WSWS (2020-08-01). Socialist Equality Party (US) National Congress adopts resolution on the coronavirus pandemic and the fight for socialism. wsws.org The Congress resolution provides an unequaled analysis of the crisis triggered by the pandemic, directed toward the development of socialist class consciousness and the independent action of the working class.

Ramzy Baroud (2020-08-01). Human Rights Defenders: Palestinian Eyewitness Testimony of the Execution of Abdul Fattah al-Sharif by Israeli Soldier, Elor Azaria. commondreams.org Israeli occupation forces attack Palestinian demonstrators during a protest against the illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank and the Jordan Valley, in Hebron on July 17, 2020. (Photo: Mamoun Wazwaz/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Alan MacLeod (2020-08-01). Media's 'Cancel Culture' Debate Obscures Direct Threats to First Amendment. thealtworld.com The Harper's letter ( A short and rather vaguely worded open letter published in Harper's Magazine (

Alan MacLeod (2020-08-01). A "brazen giveaway" GOP HEALS Act is a $30 billion bonanza for the Pentagon. mronline.org The new $1 trillion GOP HEALS act includes billions for F-35 fighters, Apache Helicopters, and other welfare programs for the Pentagon.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-08-01). 2009 H1N1 Vaccine Caused Brain Damage in Children. Dr. Anthony Fauci on "Vaccine Safety" Issues. globalresearch.ca A lawsuit against the Trudeau Government for its handling of the COVID-19 Crisis has been launched. What is at stake is the violation of fundamental rights of Canadians. | "The mass and indiscriminate containment of citizens, the restriction of access to …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-08-01). Who is Behind "Fake News"? Mainstream Media Use Fake Videos and Images. globalresearch.ca The mainstream corporate media is desperate. They want to suppress independent and alternative online media, which they categorize as "fake news". Readers on social media are warned not to go onto certain sites. Our analysis confirms that the mainstream media are routinely involved in distorting the facts and turning realities upside down.

Greg Palast (2020-08-01). The SECRET Purpose of Trump's Threat to Delay the Vote. zcomm.org The real purpose of the threat by our Twittiot-in-Chief to delay the election is to lay the groundwork for massive challenges of mail-in ballots.

Peter Bolton (2020-08-01). The Venezuelan government's latest move exposes the falsehoods in the US narrative. thecanary.co Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro recently But you wo…

Lily Cooper (2020-08-01). Portland anti-racist protesters undeterred by repression. liberationnews.org For 63 days, every possible attempt to derail a people's movement in defense of Black lives has been made against protesters in Portland, Oregon. Every red-baiting, reactionary talking point has been deployed. On the ground, the Portland Police Bureau, the National Guard and three different types of federal paramilitary police have attempted to crush dissent. …

ANSWER Indiana (2020-08-01). Black Lives Matter Coalition calls for termination of 21 officers involved in 2019 drowning of Keshawn Stewart. liberationnews.org We demand an end to the war on Black America!

Eds. (2020-08-01). COVID-19, capitalism and climate. mronline.org No one should have been surprised by COVID-19. Epidemiologists have been warning for decades about the increasing danger of novel virus pandemics that could cause major human suffering, disrupt the economy and exacerbate the growing inequalities that characterizes the modern world.

Terry Everton (2020-08-01). GOP on How to Make America Great Again. dissidentvoice.org Except "

Terry Everton (2020-08-01). An Ignorant, Racist US Senator. dissidentvoice.org Another head scratcher. Arkansas Republican senator, Tom Cotton defended the institution of slavery by quoting the slave-owning so-called founding fathers who opined that slavery "was the necessary evil upon which the union was built…"

Caoimhghin àì Croidheáin (2020-08-01). We Need to Talk about Romanticism. dissidentvoice.org Satire on Romantic Suicide (1839) by Leonardo Alenza y Nieto (1807—1845) Introduction Why do we need to talk about Romanticism? What is Romanticism? And how does it affect us in the 21st century? The fact is that we are so immersed in Romanticism now that we cannot see the proverbial wood for the haunted-looking trees. …

RT (2020-08-01). UK government advisers issue stark warning: Avoid local lockdowns or unleash total anarchy. rt.com As Britain imposes local lockdowns, a newly released study suggests the UK is a hair's breadth away from devastating riots. However, the government was warned about this a long time ago, and apparently chose to proceed anyway. | When the British government's policing and security advisers met in London on July 2, their tone was serious. Racial and societal tensions, they warned, had reached boiling point in the UK, and the re-imposition of coronavirus lockdown measures could ignite this powder keg and trigger riots unseen since the mass unrest of 2011. | If this happens, the advisers warned, police would be un…

RT (2020-08-01). Anti-Semitism payouts are an 'abuse of members money,' trade union warns Labour Party. rt.com Britain's Labour party is dishing out "substantial damages" to staffers who accused the party of anti-Semitism. However, new Labour leader Keir Starmer is facing backlash for this tactic of handling the issue. | Labour's opponents have long accused the party of anti-Semitism, and a BBC documentary last year promised to shed light on these accusations. In it, seven former party members and a host of Israel advocates claimed that the party had stymied investigations into anti-Jewish sentiment within its ranks. The party condemned the documentary as "biased," and accused the former members of having "personal and…

Tracy Keeling (2020-08-01). There's a clear way the world can help all of the rangers we've just been celebrating. thecanary.co It was World Ranger Day on 31 July. A day where we celebrated the vital work of wildlife rangers around the globe. Their tireless work to protect our planet's species is indispensable. Globally, we're facing a As a global community, however, we can — and should — do a lot more than celebrating ran…

The Canary (2020-08-01). Home Office launches attack on 'activist lawyers' getting in the way of sending back refugees to France. thecanary.co The Home Office has launched an attack on what it calls "activist lawyers" who it says are frustrating efforts to send refugees back to France.It cited "vexatious" claims that are hindering its attempts to remove refugees from the UK, but refused to say how many remained in the country.Priti Patel's office also hit out at "inflexible and rigid" asylum regulations that it says are "not fit for purpose"."Vexatious" claims: The row comes after a record 202 refugees reached the UK by crossing the Channel on Thursday 30 July. More are believed to have made the perilous journey on 31 July.Suspected refugees inte…

Tom Coburg (2020-08-01). A UK-funded contractor is providing intelligence support to Trump's protester-attacking paramilitaries. thecanary.co Paramilitary units deployed by Donald Trump to the US city of Portland, in response to Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests, have been identified. Interestingly, intelligence for one of the units is handled by a multinational corporation that recently won a UK contract to manage NHS data. | Federal units identified: | Units engaging with protesters in Portland have been identified in a New York Times video. They

Eds. (2020-08-01). UK & Sweden's carbon targets half what is needed for 1.5C. mronline.org Climate progressive countries United Kingdom and Sweden have to ramp up their commitments to reach the Paris Agreement goal, according to a new study led by Kevin Anderson of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of Manchester and Upsalla University.

RT (2020-08-01). Fuel truck rams into plane at Russia's largest airport on the day international flights resume (VIDEO). rt.com The resumption of international flights in Russia after the hiatus caused by Covid-19 has been marred by an accident at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport, where a fuel truck collided with an Airbus A321. | The truck crashed into a plane belonging to Russia's top air carrier, Aeroflot, early on Saturday. It happened on a remote parking lot, and no crew or passengers were on board the Airbus, which was preparing for a flight to the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Sheremetyevo Airport's press service said. | Both the plane and the truck suffered damage in the collision. Photos and videos from the scene published by RT's R…

RT (2020-08-01). USSR's unique Cold War-era flying ship 'Caspian Sea Monster' to become main star of military theme park in Russia (VIDEO). rt.com A one-of-a-kind and bizarre-looking ekranoplan vehicle, which looks like a plane but is actually a military super ship, has arrived in the city of Derbent on the Caspian Sea where it will be the highlight of Patriot Park. | Built in the Soviet Union in 1986, 903 Lun became the first and only missile-carrying ekranoplan in the world. It joined the Caspian Flotilla in the early 1990s and remained in service for a decade. | The 74-meter vehicle used the lift generated by the ground effect of its huge wings to fly several meters above the water surface. Despite closely resembling a plane, Lun was classified as a s…

RT (2020-08-01). 'Caspian Sea Monster': Unique Soviet Cold War-era flying ship to become main attraction at military theme park in Russia (VIDEO). rt.com A one-of-a-kind bizarre ekranoplan vehicle, which looks like a plane but is actually a military super ship, has arrived in the city of Derbent on the Caspian Sea. It will eventually be the highlight of its 'Patriot Park.' | Built in the Soviet Union in 1986, 903 Lun became the first and only missile-carrying ekranoplan in the world. It joined the Caspian Flotilla in the early 1990s and remained in service for a decade. | The 74-meter vehicle used the lift generated by the ground effect of its huge wings to fly several meters above the water surface. Despite closely resembling a plane, Lun was classified as a s…

Anand Naidoo (2020-08-01). The Heat: China's Navigation System & U.S. Politics. america.cgtn.com China charts its own course with a new satellite navigation system. And, the surge of COVID-19 cases in the United States. Why health experts say it may only get worse in the weeks ahead.

RT (2020-08-01). Portland man faces up to 20 years in prison after throwing explosive at federal courthouse, ID'd by vest his grandma bought him. rt.com A young man in Portland faces up to 20 years in prison on arson charges, accused of hurling a bomb at a courthouse amid ongoing police brutality protests. He was identified by a tactical vest gifted to him by his grandmother.

RT (2020-08-01). If she's keen on Turkey, this may be why: Research says it's Russian women's favorite place for extramarital holiday fling. rt.com Are you thinking what she's thinking? Some women were undoubtedly overjoyed when it was announced that flights to Turkey are back on. A study revealed the country is the most popular infidelity destination for Russians. | Specialists from the psychological training website 'Know Yourself' analyzed women's online communities, telegram chats, and popular forums, and identified 16 different resort locations where women admitted to cheating on their spouse. | The psychologists discovered that Russian women cheat on their husbands in Turkey more than any other resort location, ahead of Crimea and Sochi, as well as…

RT (2020-08-01). 'We're here for the long run': TikTok's US general manager dismisses Trump's ban plan. rt.com As the clock runs down on Friday night's vow by President Donald Trump to ban TikTok in the US, the Chinese-owned social media platform has responded by insisting that it's not going anywhere and plans to create more US jobs. | "We've heard your outpouring of support and we want to say thank you, we're not planning on going anywhere," TikTok US General Manager Vanessa Pappas said in a video message on Saturday morning. | She added that TikTok already has 1,500 employees in the US, plans to hire an additional 10,000 over the next three years, and has a billion-dollar fund to support creators on the massively po…

RT (2020-08-01). Da, Da, Da! As flights reopen, research reveals Russian women prefer Turkish delights for extramarital holiday fling. rt.com Are you thinking what she's thinking? Some women were undoubtedly overjoyed when it was announced that flights to Turkey are back on. A study has revealed the country is the most popular destination for Russians seeking to stray. | Specialists from the psychological training website 'Know Yourself' analyzed women's online communities, telegram chats, and popular forums, and identified 16 different resort locations where women admitted to cheating on their spouse. | The psychologists discovered that Russian women cheat on their husbands in Turkey more than any other resort location, ahead of Crimea and Sochi, a…

RT (2020-08-01). Okinawa declares state of emergency as spike in Covid-19 cases traced to US military bases. rt.com Japan's Okinawa Prefecture has declared a state of emergency and urged residents to stay home after the region experienced an uptick in coronavirus cases, most of them linked to US military facilities. The guidelines, which will remain in place for two weeks but are non-compulsory, ask people to avoid non-essential activities in an effort to stop the spread of the virus. The measures including restricting operating hours for restaurants and discouraging people from unnecessary travel. | Okinawa registered 71 new Covid-19 cases on Friday, bringing its total to 395. US military personnel stationed on the island…

RT (2020-08-01). UAE becomes first Arab country to harness nuclear power following successful reactor launch. rt.com The United Arab Emirates has become the first nation in the Arab world to produce nuclear energy, following the start-up of a newly constructed plant in Abu Dhabi. | The Barakah Nuclear Power Plant's Unit 1 is now using nuclear fuel to produce energy after the facility successfully executed initial tests on Saturday. Three other reactors are still under construction and the plant still needs to be connected to the country's power grid, local media reported. | The

RT (2020-08-01). Xenugate: Resurfaced VIDEO of top contender for Biden's VP pick addressing Scientology church in LA goes viral. rt.com California Rep. Karen Bass, thought to be on the shortlist of potential running mates for Joe Biden, has appeared in a resurfaced clip giving a glowing speech to a new Scientology church — a group widely deemed a predatory "cult." | Dated from the 2010

RT (2020-08-01). WATCH 'peaceful' Portland protesters burn Bible & flag, 24 hours after torching pig's head in cop hat. rt.com Demonstrators in Portland set Bibles and US flags on fire amid protests that have spanned nearly 2 months. The day before, protesters torched a pig's head with police clothing, though they still claim their movement is peaceful. | Footage published by RT's Ruptly video agency shows a group of protesters on Friday night gathered around a burning Bible, with several individuals mockingly warming their hands around the fire. Laughter and shouts of "F**k Trump" can be heard in the background. | US flags were also burned by the protesters, who were seen crowding around the fire and taking photographs. | The prov…

RT (2020-08-01). As rain falls & holiday season begins, Khabarovsk protests start to peter out. But thousands still march in support of ex-governor. rt.com Residents of the Far Eastern Russian city of Khabarovsk took to the streets for the 22nd day in a row, as thousands of locals protested against the arrest of former Governor Sergey Furgal, accused of ordering killings in the 2000s | But the crowd was significantly smaller than in previous weeks. Around 3,500 people

RT (2020-08-01). Moscow slams Polish claims that it planted explosives on late President Kaczynski's plane as 'endless fantasy-making'. rt.com Polish allegations that Russia planted TNT aboard the ill-fated plane of former President Lech Kaczynski are a figment of their imagination, Moscow has said, advising Warsaw to listen to the pilots' communications again. | "Reality has firmly intertwined with fiction, turning it into an endless fantasy-making process," Maria Zakharova, Russia's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, This investigati…

RT (2020-08-01). 'Best gift he can give the Dems': #GenZ trending after Trump announces TikTok ban, sending Twitter into overdrive. rt.com An announcement by US President Donald Trump that he is shutting down video app TikTok has sent netizens into panic mode, with some going as far as predicting that the move, bound to enrage Generation Z, will cost him an election.

RT (2020-08-01). US 'working on nuclear non-proliferation agreement with Russia,' Trump says after discussing New START with Putin. rt.com US President Donald Trump has said that "it would be great" if Moscow and Washington agreed on a new nuclear non-proliferation deal. The admission comes after rare phone talks between the Russian and US leaders last week. | Trump has not provided any details as to the current state of the negotiations, which have been underway for quite some time. | Last Thursday, Trump held a rare phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in which the two touched on a range of issues, among them the New Start Treaty, the last standing pillar upholding the nuclear arms control framework in…

RT (2020-08-01). Wife arrested on suspicion of murder after Ukrainian rapper Cartwright's corpse found chopped into pieces in fridge. rt.com The wife of Ukrainian rapper Andy Cartwright, who dismembered her deceased husband and placed his body parts in their apartment fridge, has been detained on suspicion of murder. | She had Russia's Investigative Committee charged Marina Kokhal with murder and believes she killed her husband during a quarrel, although how is unknown. She then cut up the body "in order to hide the traces of the crime," investigators said. Kokhal maintains that she did not kill the artist, whose…

RT (2020-08-01). Next-level protection: Anti-Covid HELMET uses space technologies to stop virus in its tracks (VIDEO). rt.com Forget about face masks, engineers from Colombia have designed a special helmet similar to those used by astronauts to work as a protection bubble against the coronavirus infection. | The futuristic headgear is intended for use by people who are most vulnerable and who "really live their daily lives with a lot of risk" of getting sick, aeronautical engineer, Andres Felipe Giraldo, told RT's Ruptly video agency. | Yet, according to the helmet's co-creator, Ricardo Andres Conde, it will also fit "anyone who wants to protect him or herself" from the disease, which has already infected around 296,000 and killed ov…

RT (2020-08-01). Iran says leader of US-based 'terror group' arrested in intelligence operation. rt.com Iran has nabbed the alleged ringleader of a group of Iranian exiles in California accused of carrying out terrorist attacks against the Islamic Republic, the country's ministry of intelligence announced. | The leader of Tondar (Persian for 'thunder'), identified as Jamshid Sharmahd, was captured in an intelligence operation, state media reported on Saturday. The US-based group seeks the overthrow of the Iranian government and the return of the country's monarchy that ruled the country prior to the Revolution and the fall of the Shah in 1979. | Sarmahd was apprehended while "leading armed and sabotage operation…

RT (2020-08-01). Federal agents won't leave Portland until 'anarchists and agitators' are properly dealt with — Trump. rt.com Portland must be free of violent protesters before federal officers operating in the city can leave, Donald Trump has warned, after the Oregon government announced that agents would be replaced by state police. | "Homeland Security is not leaving Portland until local police complete cleanup of Anarchists and Agitators!" the US president Local media reported that Friday night's protest in the city was attended by several thousand people and was largely peaceful. | Department of Homeland…

RT (2020-08-01). Trump says he will BAN TikTok in US within 24 hours. rt.com US President Donald Trump has vowed to prohibit the Chinese-owned video sharing platform TikTok in the United States, saying that he might do this via an executive order the next day, amid allegations of IP theft by Beijing. | "As far as TikTok is concerned, we're banning them from the United States," Trump told reporters on board Air Force One on Friday, according to NBC News, adding that he may do so as early as Saturday. Trump indicated that he might use an executive order or invoke emergency powers to effect the ban. | I have that authority. I can do it with an executive order or that. | The proposal comes…

RT (2020-08-01). ACLU gets to decide who's a journalist? Judge suggests having group vet reporters to protect press covering Portland protests. rt.com A federal judge in Portland has proposed making the American Civil Liberties Union an arbiter to distinguish between legitimate journalists and protesters-in-disguise — a move with important implications for press protections. | The issue stems from an

RT (2020-08-01). Moscow calls Polish claims it planted explosives on crashed president Kaczynski's plane 'endless fantasy-making'. rt.com Polish allegations that Russia planted TNT aboard the plane of President Lech Kaczynski that crashed in 2010 are a figment of their imagination, Moscow said, advising Warsaw to listen to the pilots' communications again. | "Reality has firmly intertwined with fiction, turning it into an endless fantasy-making process," Maria Zakharova, Russia's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, This inves…

Ralph Nader (2020-08-01). Speaker Nancy Pelosi Writes to Me! commondreams.org House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) speaks during a weekly news conference at the U.S. Capitol May 7, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2020-08-01). Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific. wsws.org The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

WSWS (2020-08-01). Sri Lankan SEP to hold online meeting to conclude its election campaign. wsws.org The SEP is the only party fighting for an international socialist perspective against deepening social inequality, the danger of imperialist war and the threat of dictatorship.

WSWS Repost (2020-08-01). Open Letter from WSWS Chairman to Alphabet Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai. indybay.org Why was the World Socialist Web Site never informed that its claim of suppression was being discussed within Alphabet/Google management, or that an investigation was being conducted into its complaint?>

Whitney Webb (2020-08-01). Sonia & Shaun 04: Maxwell's Docs & Coronavirus Act with special guest Whitney Webb. thealtworld.com

WSWS (2020-08-01). Doctors at Michigan's Beaumont Health submit no-confidence petition on eve of merger. wsws.org A group of doctors at Michigan's Beaumont Health system are submitting a no-confidence petition on the eve of a possible merger with Chicago-Milwaukee-based Advocate Aurora Health system.

WSWS (2020-08-01). Grenfell Tower inquiry reveals more criminality by corporations involved in refurbishment. wsws.org An entire culture within corporations, built up over decades, which viewed regulations as impediments to reaping greater profits was evident in Rydon's testimony.

WSWS (2020-08-01). Department of Homeland Security assembles "intelligence reports" on US journalists covering Portland protests. wsws.org Such reports have been traditionally used to share information regarding wanted criminals or terrorists across federal and local law enforcement agencies.

Cal Winslow (2020-08-01). California's Health Care Crisis. zcomm.org The strikers at Memorial report that while the chain lavishes its executives with six-figure bonuses, it demands that its "heroes" accept insufficient PPE, unsafe staffing levels, cuts to paid-time-off, including sick leave, and sharp increases in health care costs…

IMEMC News (2020-08-01). Israeli Soldiers Abduct Three Teenage Boys Near Jenin. imemc.org Israeli soldiers invaded, on Saturday evening, Ya'bad town, west of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, searched homes, and abducted three teenage boys. The soldiers also invaded Zabbouba nearby village. Media sources in Jenin said several army vehicles invaded Ya'bad, especially the al-Ba'ajwa neighborhood, before abducting three teenage boys …

WSWS (2020-08-01). Six months since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global public health emergency. wsws.org Nearly 700,000 people have succumbed to the pandemic over the past six months.

WSWS (2020-08-01). The coronavirus pandemic and the growing mental health crisis. wsws.org Dealing with the insidious uncertainty of COVID-19's spread is more like living with a domestic abuser or being deployed to a war zone.

William rivers Pitt (2020-08-01). If We Reopen Schools, We Admit That Community Safety Is Not Our Priority. zcomm.org "[C]lassrooms without adequate health and safety measures" covers most of the populated portions of the country right now…

Ricardo Vaz (2020-08-01). Venezuela Requests Extradition of Former Oil Minister. venezuelanalysis.com Rafael Ramirez has been accused of corrupt dealings during his tenure as oil minister.

Walden Bello (2020-08-01). Could the Duterte Regime Be COVID-19's Next Victim? zcomm.org Like Trump in the U.S. and Bolsonaro in Brazil, the Philippine strongman's utter failure to contain COVID-19 may kneecap his authoritarian ambitions…

David Edwards (2020-08-01). acism, Sexism, Classism — The Necessary Incoherence Of 'Mainstream' Ethical Debate. zcomm.org What does it mean when journalists who spent the last two decades promoting wars of aggression on brown- and black-skinned people in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen take a knee?>

WSWS (2020-08-01). Ford Dearborn Truck Plant workers launch rank-and-file safety committee to save lives amid COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org The committee has appealed to its 5,000 co-workers, who build F-150 pickup trucks, to prepare joint action to fight the coronavirus and save lives.

WSWS (2020-08-01). US unemployment supplement expires, setting the stage for mass hunger and homelessness. wsws.org The congressional stalemate over an extension of the unemployment pay supplement, which is certain to result in the total elimination or a major cut in the benefit, is a declaration of war against the entire working population.

Marilyn Kroplick (2020-08-01). Coronavirus shines light on zoos as danger zones for deadly disease transmission between humans and animals. nationofchange.org The pandemic makes one thing clear: We must change our relationship with wildlife or suffer the consequences.

Nina Lakhani (2020-08-01). Oil giants help fund powerful police groups in top US cities. zcomm.org The investigation details how firms linked to fossil fuels also sponsor events and galas that celebrate the police, while some have senior staff serving as directors of police foundations.

Brasil de Fato (2020-08-01). Lula and other international personalities join call to give Nobel Peace Prize to Cuban doctors. peoplesdispatch.org The solidarity of Cuban doctors, once again, has gained international recognition. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, 1,800 healthcare professionals have been sent by the island's government to 27 countries to help contain the spread of the virus. | In response, everyday the campaign to award the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize to the Cuban doctors gains strength, through Among those who have signed the petition a…

WSWS (2020-08-01). UK government forced to enact new restrictions after pandemic let loose. wsws.org Around 4,200 people are catching COVID-19 each day in England, up 68 percent on the estimated 2,500 daily infections two weeks ago.

_____ (2020-08-01). Week in Review 25th July — 1st August. truepublica.org.uk Editor: Review of the Week It's been an interesting July, hasn't it? With seemingly never-ending stories of corruption, malfeasance and duplicity centred around Her Majesty's government. And it isn't about to stop just because the Commons has gone on holiday, in the midst of the biggest crisis since WW2. According to The Telegraph 'newspaper' — …

Elizabeth Woodworth (2020-08-01). 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 …

news.un (2020-08-01). No end in sight to COVID crisis, and its impact will last for 'decades to come'. news.un.org Expressing "appreciation for WHO and partners' COVID-19 pandemic response efforts", the emergency committee convened by the UN health agency's chief, made it clear that there is not yet an end in sight to the public health crisis that has so far infected more than 17 million and killed over 650,000 people.

Ali Salam (2020-08-01). Israeli Forces Shoot, Injure 7 Palestinians at Weekly Kufur Qaddoum March. imemc.org Seven Palestinian young men were shot and injured by Israeli forces, on Friday, while dozens more suffocated on tear-gas at the weekly march in Kufur Qaddoum village, east of Qalqilia, in the northern occupied West Bank, the Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported. The coordinator of the Popular Resistance in the …

WSWS (2020-08-01). Department of Homeland Security assembles intelligence reports on US journalists covering Portland protests. wsws.org Such reports have been traditionally used to share information regarding wanted criminals or terrorists across federal and local law enforcement agencies.

news.un (2020-08-01). Breastfeeding 'for a healthier planet'. news.un.org World Breastfeeding Week got underway on Saturday, with the UN urging communities everywhere to "support breastfeeding for a healthier planet". Health agency (WHO) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) issued a joint call for governments to protect and promote women's access to skilled breastfeeding counselling – a critical component of breastfeeding support.

Jonathan H. Martin (2020-08-01). Bernie groups break free of Dems: New party rising? zcomm.org The beauty of the foregoing strategy is that it seeks a viable new party through a graduated series of accomplishable, grassroots-based electoral successes…

Steven Greenhouse (2020-08-01). Coronavirus is unleashing righteous worker anger and a new wave of unionism. zcomm.org We may look back on this calamitous year as a pivotal moment when unions regained support as being critically important to building a fairer economy and society…

Dana Drugmand (2020-08-01). Fossil fuel industry engaging in 'pervasive fraud' that threatens global economy, report warns. nationofchange.org Warning of an impending financial implosion driven largely by fossil fuel industry deception, a recent report calls on fossil fuel insiders and other potential whistleblowers to help expose and prosecute this fraud. According to this new report from the National Whistleblower Center (NWC) published July 23, fossil fuel executives' deception on the financial risks of climate …

2020-08-02: Social Media Postees

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While Bolivia's coup regime lets its citizens die, Cuba has nearly defeated Covid-19
Ollie Vargas | thegrayzone.com | 2020-08-03
A dispatch from Bolivia shows the staggering human toll of the military coup, as an incompetent US-backed regime leaves impoverished…
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Congress Fails to Agree on Extending Aid to Jobless Americans
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-02
On Thursday, I emailed the information below to a retired physician/health and fitness expert friend I've known since the 1940s, explaining the following: | Like earlier coronavirus outbreaks (SARS-Cov 2002-04, MERS 2012), SARS-Cov-2 hysteria will pass in time. | Of far greater …
globalresearch.ca/congress-fails-agree-e…

American Troops to Leave Germany: Is It Goodbye or Just Auf Wiedersehen?
Philip Giraldi | thealtworld.com | 2020-08-02
The continued presence of tens of thousands of American military personnel in Europe seventy-five years after the end of the Second World War is rarely questioned either by politicians or the mainstream media. Currently there is little recollection of how, after the war ended, soldiers from Britain, France, the U.S. and the Soviet Union occupied Germany, each in a designated zone. Germany's capital Berlin was divided into four sectors, each with a foreign military occupying force. I was a part of that occupation force from 1968 through 1971, serving in the U.S. Army's Berlin Brigade as part of the 430th Military…
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Human Rights Defenders
Ramzy Baroud | zcomm.org | 2020-08-02
Palestinian Eyewitness Testimony of the Execution of Abdul Fattah al-Sharif by Israeli Soldier, Elor Azaria…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/human-rights-defen…

Humanitarian Camp Raided by Border Patrol and BORTAC, 30+ People Arrested
Unicorn Riot | unicornriot.ninja | 2020-08-02
Arivaca, AZ — The government ramped up its efforts to stop humanitarian workers on the U.S.-Mexico border and raided the 'No More Deaths' aid station, Byrd Camp, arresting over 30 people. | The Friday, July 31 raid featured the U.S. Border Patrol, an armored vehicle, two…
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"We Are On the Cusp of Something Great"
Nikita Mitchell | zcomm.org | 2020-08-02
"The demand to defund the police and fund the people has real traction. It's not a new demand, but it has become a unified rallying cry."
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Fake Coronavirus Data, Fear Campaign. Spread of the COVID-19 Infection
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-02
Do not let yourself be misled by the fear campaign, pointing to a Worldwide coronavirus calamity with repeated "predictions" that hundreds of thousands of people are going to die. | According to the WHO, the death rate pertaining to Seasonal Influenza globally is between 6 to 12 times higher than COVID-19.
globalresearch.ca/fake-coronavirus-data-…

'Trump's troops are breaking the law and creating chaos'
Janine Jackson | mronline.org | 2020-08-02
Janine Jackson interviewed legal scholar Marjorie Cohn about secret police in Portland for the July 24, 2020, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.
mronline.org/2020/08/02/trumps-troops-ar…

Seattle's "Bolshevik Revolution"
Mike Whitney | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-02
"We are coming to dismantle this deeply oppressive, racist, sexist, utterly bankrupt system of capitalism. We cannot and will not stop until it is dismantled, and we replace it with a socialist world, based on solidarity, genuine democracy, and equality." …
globalresearch.ca/seattle-bolshevik-revo…

Pompeo, Trump unleash new phase of aggression vs. China
Ken Hammond | liberationnews.org | 2020-08-02
Pompeo openly called for regime change in China, saying that "if we don't change China, China will change us."
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Insurance industry profits over people's lives: Democrats reject Medicare for All
Elaheh Farmand | liberationnews.org | 2020-08-02
What people need is not more profits for private companies and corporate bailouts, but a universal, socialist healthcare system.
liberationnews.org/insurance-industry-pr…

Deteriorating Sino/US Relations: From Engagement to Containment and Confrontation
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-02
On Thursday during testimony before Senate Foreign Relations Committee members, Pompeo continued his militantly hostile war of words on China. See below. | *** | Commenting on his Chinaphobic remarks last week, former US diplomat who accompanied Richard Nixon on his 1972 …
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With John Lewis in Stockholm 1969
Richard Falk | zcomm.org | 2020-08-02
Thinking back to that weekend in Stockholm I marvel at how John Lewis reinvented himself, and rose to a position of moral preeminence and unsurpassed political wisdom and maturity…
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Is a Second Trump Presidency a Lesser Evil Than a Biden Presidency?
Bob Scofield | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-08-02
In this essay I will sketch an outline for an argument that, from a left-wing and especially an environmentalist perspective, a second Trump presidency will be a lesser evil than a Biden presidency. Before doing so, I will discuss my personal views on lesser-of-two-evils voting, protest voting, and the article that led me to stumble …
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Demands for Kushner to Resign Over 'Staggering' Level of 'Depravity'
Jon Queally | zcomm.org | 2020-08-02
"Holy hell. Jared Kushner reportedly abandoned a national testing plan because it was *politically advantageous* to sit back and let blue states be eviscerated by the virus."
zcomm.org/znetarticle/demands-for-kushne…

Cuba's medical brigades in Africa embody a long tradition of solidarity
Pan Africanism Today Secretariat | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-02
From medical to military, agricultural, educational, cultural support and more, the Cuban footprint in Africa dates back to the national struggles against colonialism. The work of the Henry Reeve Brigade is a continuation of this tradition…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/08/02/cubas-med…

Malaysia: Former Prime Minister Najib Razak Found Guilty in Fraud Trial
Telesur | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-02
Malaysia's High Court Tuesday found former Prime Minister Najib Razak guilty of abuse of power, money laundering, and criminal violation of trust during the trial against him for a multi-million dollar defalcation. | The court ruled that the US$10 million transfer …
globalresearch.ca/malaysia-former-prime-…

The One Percent's Attack on Unemployment Benefits Shows How Broken Our Democracy Is
Adam Shah | zcomm.org | 2020-08-02
The dignity of work is restored when employment leads to working people securing living wages and having their voices heard…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-one-percents-a…

Workers and supporters shut down San Leandro Amazon Warehouse
Noah Roberts | liberationnews.org | 2020-08-02
The facility has seen four workers fall ill to COVID-19 in the past month, but management has not taken responsible action to ensure the safety of their workers by stopping operations and cleaning the warehouse.
liberationnews.org/workers-and-supporter…

Media's "Cancel Culture" Debate Obscures Direct Threats to First Amendment
Alan MacLeod | commondreams.org | 2020-08-02
A scene from the Netflix documentary Immigration Nation. (Image: screenshot/Netflix) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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'The Clock Is Ticking': Bernie Sanders Calls on Senate to Act Quickly on Covid Relief Bill
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-08-02
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Video: That Sinking Feeling: Ukrainian Naval and Coastal Forces
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-02
In few areas are Russia's and Ukraine's divergent fortunes as evident as in naval armaments. Whereas the Russian Navy has overcome the malaise of the 1990s and went on to introduce new classes of warships, including state-of-the-art missile frigates, attack …
globalresearch.ca/video-sinking-ukrainia…

Video: Turkey Cries Foul About Deployment of Egyptian Troops in Idlib. What's Going On?
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-02
The Egyptian military has deployed about 150 troops on the frontline in the Syrian region of Greater Idlib to support forces of the Damascus government, Turkish sources claimed on July 30. | "The troops were later deployed in the Khan al-Asal | …
globalresearch.ca/video-turkey-cries-fou…

Afghan government releases over 300 Taliban prisoners
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-02
On the third and last day of a cease-fire with the Taliban, the Afghan government on Sunday announced that it had released over 300 prisoners of the militant group in connection with ongoing peace efforts.Announcing the development, the Office of the National Security Council (ONSC) said in a statement that the government had released 317 more Taliban prisoners from Parwan and other provincial prisons, bringing the total to 4,917.Prisoner releases will continue until the total reaches 5,100 — 100 more than required by the US-Taliban peace deal signed in February, it said.The Taliban vowed to have already complet…
yenisafak.com/en/world/afghan-government…

Border Patrol Agents Raid No More Deaths Migrant Aid Camp
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-02
The humanitarian group No More Deaths said an aid camp it operates for migrants crossing the desert was raided and then surrounded by Border Patrol agents. The group said the move as an escalation of tensions at a time when the aid they provide is vital. | Byrd Camp is located near Arivaca and serves as a medical aid site for people passing through one of the deadliest desert corridors of the borderland. | No More Deaths volunteer Emily Saunders said Border Patrol usually allows activities there to continue. But in late July, agents entered the property and arrested a migrant receiving care.
popularresistance.org/border-patrol-agen…

Are Russia And US Different When It Comes To Election Meddling?
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-02
On this week's installment of "Scheer Intelligence," Robert Scheer challenges guest David Shimer on the fundamental conclusions of his new book, "Rigged: America, Russia and 100 Years of Covert Electoral Interference," regarding the "intentions" for US covert operations versus those of the Soviet Union/Russia. | Excerpted and lauded in the New York Times and elsewhere in the mainstream media, "Rigged" outlines covert operations in various countries by both nation-states, including American interference in 1970s Chile and post-World War II Italy, among others, but has been best reviewed for its deep dive into Russ…
popularresistance.org/are-russia-and-us-…

Chicago Dunkin' Donuts employee loses job, faces 'battery' charges after trooper finds 'thick piece of mucus' in cup
rt.com | 2020-08-03
A Dunkin' employee in Chicago has been arrested on several charges, including battery to a peace officer, after he allegedly spat into a coffee cup he then gave to an unsuspecting state trooper. | The incident that cost Vincent J. Sessler, 25 his job at Dunkin' took place on Thursday evening, when a Chickago trooper decided to treat himself to a large black cup of coffee. | Also on rt.com | | 'War zone': 14 injured in crossfire as Chicago funeral attendees fire back at drive-by shooters (VIDEO) | When the officer was handed out the cup, the drink was…
rt.com/usa/496929-dunkin-donuts-saliva-b…

Trump is Mussolini, riots are peaceful, but federal agents are terrorists — top black Democrat turns to trite #Resistance rhetoric
rt.com | 2020-08-02
Rep. Jim Clyburn was a key figure behind securing Joe Biden's nomination, and will be instrumental in picking his running mate. However, his views of late are show denial of reality and falling back on #Resistance tropes. | Jim Clyburn's name carries gravitas in both Washington and his home state of South Carolina. Clyburn's endorsement is considered to have pushed Joe Biden ahead of Bernie Sanders in the state's primary election, securing him the black vote. The veteran lawmaker and House Majority Whip is expected to vet Biden's eventual choice of running mate, given Biden has promised to consider a black wom…
rt.com/usa/496923-clyburn-trump-mussolin…

'Socialist Trump?' Trump says 'changes must be made soon' to tackle income disparity in rare dig at 1-percenters
rt.com | 2020-08-02
US President Donald Trump said he agrees that the income gap between billionaires and the rest of Americans has grown too big, vowing to take action "soon" in a tweet that left his detractors puzzled. | "I actually agree with this. Too much income disparity. Changes must be made, and soon!" Trump wrote on Saturday, retweeting a Business Insider clip that cites a recent report by the Institute for Policy Studies, claiming that total US billionaire wealth grew by $637 between March and June, while 40 million Americans lost their jobs. | I actually agree with this. Too much income disparity. Changes must be made,…
rt.com/usa/496878-trump-socialist-income…

Socialist Gloria La Riva Nominated by Peace and Freedom Party Convention
Maureen Smith | indybay.org | 2020-08-02
On August 1st, the Peace and Freedom Party State Central Committee nominated Socialist/Labor Activist Gloria La Riva to be on the California ballot in November as their candidate for U.S. President…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/08/02/1883561…

Leaving No Roma behind during a pandemic, and beyond: a UN Resident Coordinator's Blog
news.un.org | 2020-08-02
Roma people in Europe face widespread discrimination in many areas of life, including housing and health. In this opinion piece, Francoise Jacob, the UN Resident Coordinator in Serbia, explains how the UN is helping Roma communities, many of which have no access to safe water or electricity, to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.
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UK's Stunning Hypocrisy over Hong Kong
Joseph Thomas | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-02
Further evidence the UK hides behind "human rights" rather than stands for them was demonstrated when London laced sanctions on Hong Kong after the passing of a security law aimed at combating overt foreign interference in the special administrative region …
globalresearch.ca/uk-hypocrisy-hong-kong…

How Jared Kushner's Secret Testing Plan "Went Poof Into Thin Air"
Katherine Eban | zcomm.org | 2020-08-02
This spring, a team working under the president's son-in-law produced a plan for an aggressive, coordinated national COVID-19 response that could have brought the pandemic under control…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/how-jared-kushners…

Large protests continue in Portland
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-08-02
Portland, OR — The chant of "Black lives matter!" echoed off the Federal Courthouse Friday, July 31, as nearly 3000 demonstrators assembled in downtown Portland. Federal agents and local police were not visible, but a number of protesters stated that agents remain inside the courthouse. Many rally participants were well prepared for an attack, wearing head protection and gas masks to lessen the impact of teargas and police projectiles. No clashes occurred. | The courthouse is covered with slogans and surrounded by concrete barriers topped by metal fencing. African Americans and other oppressed nationalitie…
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'Titans of tech' face grilling in US Congress
Newsclick | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-02
Newsclick's Prabir Purkayastha talks about the deposition of the heads of Alphabet, Amazon, Apple and Facebook before the US House of Representatives Committee that deals with anti-trust issues.
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/08/02/titans-of…

Video: Covid-19 Lies and Fraud: How the Fear Campaign is Affecting US Hospitals and Clinics
Dr. Dareld Morris | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-02
In the following interview, Dr. Morris, a practicing physician in Florida, USA, explains how politics and fraud are root causes of the Fear campaign that is plaguing his state, and the country. | First, labs are faking COVID results. Some …
globalresearch.ca/dr-dareld-morris-lies-…

COVID-19 shows the need to rebuild public health systems in Central Asian countries
Abdul Rahman | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-02
Most of the countries in central Asia have been reluctant to reimpose restrictions due to the economic fallout. This has led to a massive jump in the total number of new infections and deaths in late June and July…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/08/02/covid-19-…

Army Abducts A Mother, Her Son And Daughter, In Hebron, After Colonists Attempted to Kidnap A Child
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2020-08-02
Israeli soldiers abducted, on Saturday evening, a Palestinian mother along with her son and daughter after they helped free a child after she was assaulted by illegal colonialist settlers who tried to kidnap her. According to human rights activist and a volunteer with the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights …
imemc.org/article/army-abducts-a-mother-…

Video: Hollywood Celebrities and the Covid-19 Fear Campaign
Timothy Alexander Guzman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-02
The controversial face-mask wearing and social- distance problem in the US has celebrities getting into the political aspect of shaming people like actor Tom Hanks who recently said that: | "There's really only three things we can do in order to …
globalresearch.ca/video-george-carlin-co…

Early Outpatient Treatment of Symptomatic, High-Risk COVID-19 Patients that Should be Ramped-Up Immediately as Key to the Pandemic Crisis
Dr. Harvey Risch | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-02
Abstract | More than 1.6 million Americans have been infected with SARS-CoV-2 and >10 times that number carry antibodies to it. High-risk patients presenting with progressing symptomatic disease have only hospitalization treatment with its high mortality. An outpatient treatment that prevents …
globalresearch.ca/early-outpatient-treat…

Thousands march and rally in Portland
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-08-02
Portland, OR – Large marches rocked downtown Portland, August 1, as thousands took to the streets in defense of Black lives. Trade unionists had a visible presence in the large protests. | Many rallied in front of the federal courthouse, which is surrounded by concrete and metal barriers. | The federal courthouse has been the scene of intense clashes between protesters and federal agents sent by the Trump administration. As of midnight, police had no visible presence. | According to reports, police declared an action in the Northeast Portland neighborhood to be an 'unlawful assembly' and arrested several people.
fightbacknews.org/2020/8/2/thousands-mar…

Big Tech Moguls and Misdeeds in the Spotlight
Matt Stoller | zcomm.org | 2020-08-02
The five and a half hour long hearing on Capitol Hill offered a stunning illustration of the extent of misdeeds by big tech…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/big-tech-moguls-an…

Harlem's Pearl: James Baldwin
Michael K. Smith | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-08-02
The American idea of progress is how fast I become white. And it's a trick bag. Because they know perfectly well I can never become white. I have drunk my share of dry martinis; I have proven myself civilized in every way I can. But there is an irreducible difficulty: something doesn't work. Well, I …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/08/harlems-pearl…

Food consumption trends point at real income decline before pandemic
Prabhat Patnaik | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-02
Why has there been a tendency toward persistent 'excess supply' in the foodgrain market when growth rate of foodgrain output has barely exceeded the population growth rate?
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/08/02/food-cons…

Federal Agents at Protests Renew Calls to Dismantle Homeland Security
Alice Speri | zcomm.org | 2020-08-02
After months of protests demanding the defunding of police, the abduction of protesters turns the focus to Homeland Security…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/federal-agents-at-…

Large protests continue in Portland
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-08-02
Portland, OR — The chant of "Black lives matter!" echoed off the Federal Courthouse Friday, July 31, as nearly 3000 demonstrators assembled in downtown Portland. Federal agents and local police were not visible, but a number of protesters stated that agents remain inside the courthouse. Many rally participants were well prepared for an attack, wearing head protection and gas masks to lessen the impact of teargas and police projectiles. No clashes occurred. | The courthouse is covered with slogans and surrounded by concrete barriers topped by metal fencing. African Americans and other oppressed nationalitie…
fightbacknews.org/2020/8/1/large-protest…

Virus statistics reveal class truth
Deirdre Griswold | workers.org | 2020-08-02
The following is a digest of articles on COVID-19 by Deirdre Griswold that appeared in Workers World from April to June, 2020. April 14 — Because China is the most populous country in the world, and also the first to become infected with the COVID-19 virus, it is revealing to . . . | Continue reading Virus statistics reveal class truth at Workers.org
workers.org/2020/08/50409/?utm_source=rs…

Thousands march and rally in Portland
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-08-02
Portland, OR – Large marches rocked downtown Portland, August 1, as thousands took to the streets in defense of Black lives. Trade unionists had a visible presence in the large protests. | Many rallied in front of the federal courthouse, which is surrounded by concrete and metal barriers. | The federal courthouse has been the scene of intense clashes between protesters and federal agents sent by the Trump administration. As of midnight, police had no visible presence. | According to reports, police declared an action in the Northeast Portland neighborhood to be an 'unlawful assembly' and arrested several people.
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/8/2/thousands…

Gloria La Riva Nominated by Peace and Freedom Party in CA
Liberation Staff | liberationnews.org | 2020-08-02
Longtime San Francisco labor and anti-war activist Gloria La Riva was chosen Aug. 1 as the Peace and Freedom Party nominee for U. S. President.
liberationnews.org/gloria-la-riva-nomina…

"Doctors for the Truth" Speak Out in Madrid, Denounce Covid-19 "False Pandemic"
Doctors for the Truth | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-02
With the participation of hundreds of professionals from all over the world, "Doctors for the Truth" stated that Covid-19 is a false pandemic created for political purposes. They urged doctors, the media and political authorities to stop the operation, by …
globalresearch.ca/more-doctors-truth-spe…

Meditations On Yemen
Caitlin Johnstone | thealtworld.com | 2020-08-02
Yemen is the elephant in the room. | Yemen is the black eye on a child that everyone at church pretends to believe is from falling down the stairs again to avoid an uncomfortable confrontation. | Yemen is the incestuous molestation everyone knows has been happening but they just keep eating their Thanksgiving dinner and making small talk. | The mass atrocity that is happening in Yemen is the worst thing that is happening in our world, and it isn't even close. | It is worse than anything the mass media ever talk about. | It is worse than Donald Trump's rude tweets. | It is worse than immigrant kids in cages. | It…
thealtworld.com/caitlin_johnston/meditat…

Harlem's Pearl — James Baldwin
Michael K. Smith | zcomm.org | 2020-08-02
Baldwin transformed a horrifying legacy of pain and rage into grace and light…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/harlems-pearl-jame…

Insurgents and Iconoclasts Needed (But for Now Lay Low)
Andrew Levine | zcomm.org | 2020-08-02
We need insurgency and iconoclasm, not acquiescence to mainstream Democratic politics…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/insurgents-and-ico…

"Doctors for the Truth" Speak Out in Madrid, Denounce Covid-19 "False Pandemic"
Doctors for the Truth | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-02
With the participation of hundreds of professionals from all over the world, "Doctors for the truth" denounced that the Covid-19 is a false pandemic created for political purposes. They urged doctors, the media and political authorities to stop the operation, …
globalresearch.ca/more-doctors-truth-spe…

Why the Idea of Jobless Benefits Scares the Conservative Mind
Sonali Kolhatkar | zcomm.org | 2020-08-02
The coronavirus pandemic has allowed us to conduct an experiment on how government assistance is good for people and the economy…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/why-the-idea-of-jo…

Woolworths workers locked out in bid for wage parity
Kathy Fairfax | greenleft.org.au | 2020-08-02
Workers & unions Kathy FairfaxIssue 1275 Australia United Workers Union Woolworths WyongAugust 2, 2020More than 500 workers at th…
greenleft.org.au/content/woolworths-work…

The Space Wars Have Begun
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-02
"Space is now a distinct warfighting domain," says the U.S. Defense Space Strategy. | Last week, corporate media repeated U.S. military propaganda: that Russia had "tested new technologies that could lead to so-called 'killer satellites'" (ABC); the U.S. and Britain "accused Russia of testing a weapon-like projectile in space that could be used to target satellites in orbit" (BBC); "the US has publicly accused Russia of testing an 'orbit weapon'" (CNN); "The launch could represent a step towards the militarisation of space"(Sky News); and so on.
popularresistance.org/the-space-wars-hav…

The Trump and Taxpayer Relief Act
Christopher Brauchli | commondreams.org | 2020-08-02
President Donald Trump appears at a rally on the eve before the South Carolina primary on February 28, 2020 in North Charleston, South Carolina. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Woe to You Who Legislate Evil and Rob the Poor of Their Rights
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, Rev Dr Liz Theoharis | commondreams.org | 2020-08-02
A recipient carries a box of food as others wait in line at a Food Bank distribution for those in need as the coronavirus pandemic continues on April 9, 2020 in Van Nuys, California. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2020/08/02/woe-yo…

'Picking Up At a Dangerous Pace': 1.9 Million New Covid Cases in US in July
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-08-02
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'We Can Do This': Elections Advocate Says Measures Must Be Taken to Help States and Post Office Handle Surge in General Election Vote-By-Mail
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-08-02
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Follow John Lewis: Don't Let Trump Provoke Violence
Miles Mogulescu | commondreams.org | 2020-08-02
John Lewis' message of nonviolent resistance lives on. (Photo: Spider Martin GPA photo archive/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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'This Is Terrorism': With No Face Masks and No Warrant, Border Patrol Agents Raid Humanitarian Aid Station in Arizona and Detain 30 Migrants
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-08-02
"As always when humanitarian aid in the borderlands is targeted, those who seek care are the ones that face the brunt of these violent escalations." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2020/08/02/terrori…

Fun With Numbers
Futher Column, By Abby Zimet, Staff Writer | commondreams.org | 2020-08-02
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Futile Dialogue: What Would Socrates Do?
Camillo Mac Bica | commondreams.org | 2020-08-02
President Donald Trump speaking with supporters at a 2016 campaign rally at Fountain Park in Fountain Hills, Arizona. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2020/08/02/futile…

Iranian Film Week to open in Japan
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-02
TEHRAN, Aug. 03 (MNA) — The third Iranian Film Week, organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Iran in Japan, is set to open in the Japanese city of Minato.
en.mehrnews.com/news/161755/Iranian-Film…

Monday 8/3: #MoralMonday Action: Demand COVID Relief & Stop McConnell's Misery, Meanness & Mayhem Now!
Poor People's Campaign | indybay.org | 2020-08-02
Online via livestream…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/08/01/1883556…

Mayo Clinic Expands Commitment To Serving Veterans By Participating In VA Community Care Network Beginning August 1, 2020
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-08-02
Veterans in the upper Midwest may now be eligible to receive care in their local communities from Mayo Clinic Health System providers; and veterans around the country may be eligible for unique care for complex health issues at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, Mayo Clinic in Florida, and Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. This expanded access is …
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/ma…

Members of Congress returning to DC from Lewis funeral in Georgia won't have to follow quarantine rule made for everybody else
rt.com | 2020-08-02
Politicians who attended the funeral for congressman John Lewis in Georgia won't have to worry about Washington's new quarantine rules as they return to the city because they're deemed too essential to lock down. | A Who's Who of Democrat politicians attended Thursday's funeral in Atlanta, despite a state ban on gatherings of more than 50 people. Fifty members of Congress attended, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Kamala Harris, a leading candidate to be Joe Biden'…
rt.com/usa/496924-congress-quarantine-ex…

Unnamed Conservative MP arrested after rape accusation from former parliamentary aide
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-08-02
A Conservative MP has been arrested after a former parliamentary aide accused him of rape, sexual assault and coercive control, according to reports. | The ex-minister, who's not been named, is alleged to have assaulted and raped a woman. The abuse allegedly took place during a relationship, the Sunday Times and Mail on Sunday reported. | The investigation comes days after former Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke was convicted at Southwark Crown Court in a separate case of sexually assaulting two women, one of them a parliamentary worker. | Released on bail: | The Metropolitan Police said it received alleg…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2020/08/02/unnamed-…

Unite chief Len McCluskey fires warning shot over Labour antisemitism payout
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-08-02
The chief of Labour's biggest union backer said his organisation would "no doubt" review its financial support for the party in the wake of the decision to offer payouts to whistleblowers who accused the party of failing to tackle antisemitism.Payouts: General secretary of Unite Len McCluskey used an interview with the Observer to issue a warning to Labour leader Keir Starmer. It came after the party agreed to pay "substantial damages" to whistleblowers who contributed to a TV expose of its handling of antisemitism.McCluskey, an ally of former leader Jeremy Corbyn, said the payouts were "an abuse of member…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2020/08/02/unite-ch…

Does all of India approve of the Kashmir annexation move?
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-02
Describing Aug. 5, when India annexed Jammu and Kashmir region, a day of "betrayal" and "blackest day", a pro-India Kashmiri politician said people were seething with anger against the move.A member of Indian parliament, representing Kashmiri's oldest political party the National Conference (NC), Hassnain Masoodi said oppressive machinery has prevented people to show their anger in streets."The disapproval continues. The state may choose not to see the anger but it is there. Oppressive machinery in place does not allow people to exercise their right to demonstrate and hold meetings. Hundreds of people are still j…
yenisafak.com/en/world/does-all-of-india…

Indonesia reports 1,519 new coronavirus infections, 43 deaths
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-02
Indonesia reported 1,519 new coronavirus infections on Sunday, bringing the total to 111,455, data from the country's COVID-19 task force showed.The data also showed 43 new COVID-19 related deaths, bringing the toll to 5,236.
yenisafak.com/en/world/indonesia-reports…

Teen suicides trigger debate on online gaming in Pakistan
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-02
Saad*, 18, was found hanging from a ceiling fan at his residence in southwestern Pakistan earlier this month.His brother says the teenager committed suicide after missing a task on a famous online video game.Over the next few days, three other youths reportedly committed suicide across the country for the same reason, triggering a debate on the psychological impact of the online games.Following the incidents, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), a state-run regulatory authority, which was already pressured by a series of complaints from parents, slapped a ban on several online games. But the ban was qu…
yenisafak.com/en/world/teen-suicides-tri…

Saudi Arabia says dozens of soldiers killed in clashes
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-02
Saudi forces suffered dozens of casualties amid clashes in the country's southwest, according to news reports on Sunday by an outlet aligned with Yemeni Houthi rebels.Clashes broke out with Houthi forces in the city of Najran, the Ansarullah news website reported.Saudi authorities have yet to comment.Yemen has been beset by violence and chaos since 2014, when Houthi rebels overran much of the country, including Sanaa. The crisis escalated in 2015 when a Saudi-led military coalition launched a devastating air campaign aimed at rolling back Houthi territorial gains.Tens of thousands of Yemenis are since believed to…
yenisafak.com/en/world/saudi-arabia-says…

Turkey-Azerbaijan joint military drills continue
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-02
Joint military exercises, which began on July 29 with the participation of Turkey and Azerbaijan's air and ground forces, are continuing."Another stage of the Azerbaijani-Turkish Live-Fire Joint Large-Scale Tactical Exercises held in our country in accordance with the Agreement on Military Cooperation was conducted," Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry said on Sunday."According to the plan, the efficiency and coordination of tasks, the organization of interoperability, the logistic support in the course of combat operations, as well as the effectiveness of military personnel activity and the use of weapons and military…
yenisafak.com/en/world/turkey-azerbaijan…

Philippines' confirmed coronavirus cases exceed 100,000
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-02
The Philippines on Sunday reported 5,032 additional coronavirus infections, its largest single-day increase on record, taking the country's confirmed cases to 103,185.In a bulletin, the Department of Health also said the Southeast Asian country's coronavirus death toll had jumped by 20 to 2,059.President Rodrigo Duterte was scheduled to meet key cabinet members on Sunday to discuss a call by medical frontliners' groups to put the capital Manila, which accounts for the bulk of infections, back under a stricter lockdown, his spokesman said….
yenisafak.com/en/world/philippines-confi…

Doctors plight mounting in Bangladesh amid pandemic
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-02
The misery of doctors and frontline staff in the war against the novel coronavirus is surging in Bangladesh with at least 92 physicians having died due to the disease.The country reported 2,199 more infections as of Saturday with 21 additional deaths as the virus shows no indication of slowdown, according to the health ministry data.Deaths related to COVID-19 now stand at 3,132 and total infections stand at 240,000.Infections among doctors are raging and have already spread across the country as authorities allegedly failed to stop cases by taking proper measures even after the first COVID-19 case was detected Ma…
yenisafak.com/en/world/doctors-plight-mo…

India's interior minister tests positive for coronavirus, hospitalised
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-02
Amit Shah, a close aide to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and one of the country's most powerful politicians, heads a key ministry that has been at the forefront of managing India's coronavirus outbreak."I request all of you who came in contact with me in the last few days to isolate yourselves and get tested," Shah said in a tweet.
yenisafak.com/en/world/indias-interior-m…

Russia's coronavirus cases surpass 850,000
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-02
Russia reported 5,427 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Sunday, bringing its nationwide tally to 850,870, the fourth largest caseload in the world.Russia's coronavirus taskforce said 70 people had died over the last 24 hours, pushing the official death toll in the country of around 145 million people to 14,128.
yenisafak.com/en/world/russias-coronavir…

Eid al-Adha: Turkey donates meat to needy Gazans
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-02
Palestinian authorities on Sunday began distributing meat from livestock sacrificed with donations from Turkey on the Muslim Eid al-Adha festival to hundreds of families in need in the Gaza Strip.During the four-day holiday, the Ministry of Foundations and Religious Affairs aims to provide as many as 4,500 families with meat, Eshref Ismail, the director of the projects department at the ministry, told Anadolu Agency.The Turkiye Diyanet Foundation is financing the initiative.Most of the Muslim-majority countries around the world, including Turkey, are observing the four-day holiday that started on Friday.On Eid al…
yenisafak.com/en/news/eid-al-adha-turkey…

India's interior minister tests positive for coronavirus, hospitalised
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-02
India's Interior Minister Amit Shah said on Sunday that he had tested positive for coronavirus and had been admitted to hospital.Amit Shah, a close aide to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and one of the country's most powerful politicians, heads a key ministry that has been at the forefront of managing India's coronavirus outbreak."I request all of you who came in contact with me in the last few days to isolate yourselves and get tested," Shah said in a tweet.
yenisafak.com/en/world/indias-interior-m…

Turkish president greets Muslim leaders' Eid al-Adha
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-02
The president of Turkey on Sunday spoke over the phone with his counterparts from Afghanistan and Indonesia on the occasion of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha.According to a statement by Turkey's Directorate of Communications, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Joko Widodo exchanged greetings for Eid, one of the two most important Muslim holidays.The leaders underscored their commitment to improve bilateral relations and strengthen cooperation on regional issues.Most of the Muslim-majority countries around the world, including Turkey, are observing the four-day holiday that started on Friday.
yenisafak.com/en/news/turkish-president-…

Flights between Turkey, Iraq suspended over coronavirus
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-02
Iraq reopened Baghdad and southern airports last week for international travel after months of closure caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
yenisafak.com/en/world/flights-between-t…

Iran's stock market surges past key level to record high, as analysts warn of bubble
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-02
Iran's main stock index broke through the key 2 million point mark for the first time ever on Sunday, state media reported, amid warnings that the market is overheating.The Tehran Stock Exchange's benchmark TEDPIX index gained 46,844 points in early trading, the official IRNA news agency said, up 2.4%.The index closed at 1,961,649 on Saturday after surging by over 57,325 points, or 3.01%, on the day, according to the Tehran Stock Exchange (TSE) website.Iran's clerical rulers have been encouraging ordinary Iranians to invest in local stocks to boost the country's economy, which has been hard hit by the reimpositio…
yenisafak.com/en/world/irans-stock-marke…

Top Iranian aide praises Turkey's Hagia Sophia move
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-02
A senior advisor to Iran's supreme leader on Sunday congratulated Turkey for reopening the Hagia Sophia Mosque after 86 years as a museum."We congratulate the Turkish people for this important Islamic success," Ali Akbar Velayati, an aide to Ali Khamenei told Iranian state television.Velayati also criticized US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for recent comments urging Ankara to reconvert the Hagia Sophia into a museum."His ancestors converted all museums of the world into churches. The Hagia Sophia, which has been a mosque for 500 years, will remain as a mosque until the apocalypse," Velayati stressed.Ankara has…
yenisafak.com/en/world/top-iranian-aide-…

COVID-19 Crisis Failure, People Must Save Themselves And The Economy
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-02
The US is at a moment of truth. This week, Congress has to face up to a pandemic that is out of control and an economy that is collapsing. The Republican's and Democrat's proposals show they will fail this test. The people will need to protect themselves and lead from below. Our actions need to be about building a people's movement that grows in power before and after the November elections. No matter who is elected, the people will need to resist, create new systems and rule from below.
popularresistance.org/covid-crisis-failu…

On Medicare And Medicaid's 55th Birthday, Let's Expand Benefits
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-02
On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law. This crowning achievement was both the culmination of a decades-long effort to attain guaranteed universal health insurance and the first step in the quest for Medicare for All. | In the 55 years since the legislation was signed into law, both programs have proven their worth. Before Medicare, about half of seniors lacked health insurance. They were an illness away from bankruptcy. Today, 99.1 percent of Americans 65 and older are insured, thanks to Medicare.
popularresistance.org/on-medicare-and-me…

Nicaragua Targeted For US Overthrow In 2020-21
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-02
The US has launched a brazen, criminal and arrogant plan to overthrow Nicaragua's government. A well orchestrated plan financed by the United States to launch a coup d'état in Nicaragua over the next two years was leaked in a document from the US embassy and presented July 31, 2020 by Nicaraguan journalist William Grigsby on his political analysis program "Sin Fronteras", on Radio La Primerísima. The new coup plan is in response to the fact that the US realizes President Daniel Ortega will likely win the November 2021 elections.
popularresistance.org/nicaragua-targeted…

The Heart Of The Matter In The South China Sea
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-02
When the USS Ronald Reagan and USS Nimitz carrier strike groups recently engaged in "operations" in the South China Sea, it failed to escape cynics that the US Pacific Fleet was doing its best to turn the infantile Thucydides trap theory into a self-fulfilling prophecy. | The pro forma official spin, via Rear Admiral Jim Kirk, commander of the Nimitz, is that the ops were conducted to "reinforce our commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific, a rules-based international order, and to our allies and partners." | Nobody pays attention to these clichés, because the real message was delivered by a CIA operative posin…
popularresistance.org/the-heart-of-the-m…

Billionaires Push To Reopen Schools Without A Plan
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-02
Schools in the U.S. provide students with much more than an education. They provide child care, meals (for 14 million students), medical services (mostly for students with disabilities), psychological counseling, supervised physical activity and social connections. | There are more than 135,000 educational institutions and 56.6 million students in grades K through 12. Since 2014 the majority of all public school students have been children of color. (National Center for Education Statistics) | While all parents want their children to be able to return to school, more than two-thirds polled want schools physically…
popularresistance.org/billionaires-push-…

The Russians Are(n't) Coming!
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-02
In America's Emerald City these days, if there's even a hint of a war-wind-down, imperial-deescalation, or military budget-cuts, Washington's (non-dribbling) Wizards have a ready response: Russia! Indeed, these military's magicians have a far-simpler and more effective playbook than the city's aptly-named NBA franchise. Since President Donald Trump's election year, basketball's Wizards are a meager 148-162; the Wizards of Warfare are essentially undefeated — not a single war hath ended. The first-place War Wizards rely on two go-to moves to maintain militarism…
popularresistance.org/the-russians-arent…

'We Are On The Cusp Of Something Great'
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-02
Since the nation erupted after the May 25 police killing of George Floyd, Black organizers and community members have been working around the clock to channel mass protests into tangible victories. Nikita Mitchell, 26, is national coordinator of The Rising Majority, formed in 2017 by the Movement for Black Lives, a coalition that includes Black Lives Matter. Rising Majority is led by Black people and people of color, and brings social movements together in an anti-racist, anti-capitalist Left for radical democracy.
popularresistance.org/we-are-on-the-cusp…

Law Enforcement Exposed: Massive Blue Leaks, Police Pentagon Papers
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-02
In an email message, Betsy Reed, the editor-in-chief of the Intercept reports, "Hundreds of thousands of files from the FBI and local police departments have been leaked, exposing serious abuses of power by law enforcement." She writes, Blue Leaks "are like the Pentagon Papers for U.S. law enforcement." The leaks show how political activists are targeted and monitored on social media, that there is widespread racial bias by police and that police exaggerate threats by antifa to justify violence against protesters.
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Intelligence min. dismisses speculations on Sharmahd's arrest
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-02
TEHRAN, Aug. 02 (MNA) — Iranian Ministry of Intelligence has categorically dismissed any speculation on the arrest of the ringleader of a US-based terrorist group "Jamshid Sharmahd".
en.mehrnews.com/news/161777/Intelligence…

Minister urges nation to observe health protocols in Muharram
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-02
TEHRAN, Aug. 02 (MNA) — Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli has called on the Iranian nation to fully observe anti-coronavirus health protocols during Muharram rituals.
en.mehrnews.com/news/161750/Minister-urg…

Iran COVID-19 update: 2,685 new cases, 208 deaths
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-02
TEHRAN, Aug. 02 (MNA) — The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has infected 2,685people in Iran in the past 24 hours, increasing the total cases to 309,437, said Health Ministry Spokesperson Sima Lari on Sunday.
en.mehrnews.com/news/161759/Iran-COVID-1…

2nd round of Iran-Ukraine talks to be held in Oct. in Tehran
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-02
TEHRAN, Aug. 02 (MNA) — Iranian Ambassador to Ukraine announced that the second round of talks between Iran and Ukraine over the issue of the Ukrainian aircraft's crash will be held in October 2020 in Tehran.
en.mehrnews.com/news/161754/2nd-round-of…

Saudi fighter jets bombed Yemen 598 times last month
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-02
TEHRAN, Aug. 03 (MNA) — The fighter jets of Saudi-led coalition have bombed Yemen 598 times last month, A Yemeni military source said.
en.mehrnews.com/news/161775/Saudi-fighte…

Zarif stresses need to update document on Iran-Russia coop
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-02
TEHRAN, Aug. 02 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister in his meeting with with Chairman of the Russian Duma's Foreign Affairs Committee stressed the need to update the document of long-term cooperation between the two countries.
en.mehrnews.com/news/161762/Zarif-stress…

Army Ground Force signs MoU to receive geographical data
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-02
TEHRAN, Aug. 02 (MNA) — National Geography Organization and the intelligence branch of Iran Army's Ground Force signed an MoU to develop cooperation in the fields of science, education, and research interactions.
en.mehrnews.com/news/161749/Army-Ground-…

Promoting missile capability, defense ministry's top priority
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-02
TEHRAN, Aug. 02 (MNA) — Iranian Minister of Defense said that improving and promoting the missile capacity of the country is the main and top priority of his ministry.
en.mehrnews.com/news/161771/Promoting-mi…

VIDEO: Wildfire sweeps southern California
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-02
TEHRAN, Aug. 03 (MNA) — A wildfire in southern California, which has been deemed the Apple fire, has forced evacuation orders in several neighborhoods after burning more than 4,000 acres and destroying at least one home Saturday.
en.mehrnews.com/news/161765/VIDEO-Wildfi…

Austria seeking cultural, economic ties with Iran
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-02
TEHRAN, Aug. 02 (MNA) — Austrian Ambassador to Iran Stefan Schulz said that Austria seeks to expand cultural and economic relations with Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari province in Iran.
en.mehrnews.com/news/161766/Austria-seek…

Police seize over 631 kg of narcotics in central Iran
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-02
TEHRAN, Aug. 03 (MNA) — The police forces of Isfahan Province have seized over 631kg of illicit drugs in Nain County.
en.mehrnews.com/news/161779/Police-seize…

Sunflower farm in NE Iran
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-02
BOJNURD, Aug. 02 (MNA) — Some 15,000 hectares of farms in North Khorasan province, northeast Iran, are under cultivation of oily seeds, producing some 70,000 tons of different seeds including sunflower and rapeseed on an annual basis.
en.mehrnews.com/photo/161734/Sunflower-f…

Yemen military shoots down US drone
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-02
TEHRAN, Aug. 02 (MNA) — The Spokesman for Yemeni Armed Forces, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, informed on Sunday that the Yemeni military forces have shot down an American spy drone.
en.mehrnews.com/news/161757/Yemen-milita…

Govt. to set up work group to remove production barriers
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-02
TEHRAN, Aug. 02 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that the government will establish a special workgroup for removing production barriers.
en.mehrnews.com/news/161776/Govt-to-set-…

Tehran, Seoul to launch humanitarian trade: Yonhap
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-02
TEHRAN, Aug. 02 (MNA) — A South Korean source has claimed that Tehran and Seoul have agreed to establish a working group on mutual humanitarian trade, according to Yonhap.
en.mehrnews.com/news/161745/Tehran-Seoul…

VIDEO: Protests in Germany against COVID-19 restrictions
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-02
TEHRAN, Aug. 02 (MNA) — 18 police officers were injured during protests in Germany against the COVID-19 curbs. Several of the protesters were also arrested.
en.mehrnews.com/news/161770/VIDEO-Protes…

'Do as they say': Minneapolis police warn people to obey criminals for their own safety as violent crime surges amid BLM protests
rt.com | 2020-08-02
Embattled Minneapolis police are advising residents on survival skills amid a wave of violent crime, offering such tips as "be prepared to give up your cell phone and purse/wallet" to robbers and "do not walk alone." | "Do not argue or fight with the criminal," police said in a July 28 letter to Third Precinct residents. "Do what they say. Your safety is most important." | The Third Precinct, southeast of downtown, was one of the areas hardest hit by the protests-tur…
rt.com/usa/496922-minneapolis-police-obe…

Trump will act on TikTok and other Chinese software companies 'in the coming days' — Pompeo
rt.com | 2020-08-02
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has vowed that President Donald Trump will take action "in the coming days" to deal with Chinese software companies that the White House claims are feeding data to Beijing. | Appearing on Fox News' 'Sunday Morning Futures' show, Pompeo claimed the practices of the Chinese tech companies currently in the administration's sights, including TikTok and WeChat, pose "true privacy issues for the American people." | "For a long time the US just said 'Well, goodness, if we're having fun with it, or if a company can make money off of it, we're going to permit that to happen,'" he expla…
rt.com/usa/496919-trump-pompeo-chinese-t…

Two guards stabbed during Georgia prison riot. Purported footage of violent uprising spreads on social media (VIDEOS)
rt.com | 2020-08-02
Two guards have been injured in a riot at Georgia's Ware State Prison, local media reported. Purported videos of the chaotic rebellion show inmates covered in blood, holding tasers, and even frog-marching handcuffed prison staff. | The situation is now under control and the facility, located near Waycross, has been put on lockdown, according to local media, citing a statement from the Georgia Department of Corrections. | "Two staff members received minor, non-life-threatening injuries and there are no reported inmate injuries at this time," the statement read. | Local reports also shared a statement from the W…
rt.com/usa/496884-prison-riot-georgia-wa…

'Sleepy Joe' Biden 'never leaves his basement' and won't win Texas, Trump says
rt.com | 2020-08-02
President Donald Trump has bashed his basement-dwelling presidential opponent, Joe Biden, and touted his own support for "Oil, Gas, Guns, & God," after a fundraising trip to the Lone Star State. | "Was in the Great State of Texas this week and explained that the Radical Left Do Nothing Democrats, headed up by their great leader, Sleepy Joe Biden (who never leaves his basement), are strongly against 'Oil, Gas, Guns, & God," Trump tweeted on Sunday. | "Must be tough to win Texas on that platform!" he added. | Was in the Great State of Texas this week and explained that the Radical Left Do Nothing Democrats, hea…
rt.com/usa/496907-trump-texas-biden-base…

No press allowed at GOP convention, Trump to be nominated behind closed doors — reports
rt.com | 2020-08-02
This month's Republican National Convention will take place behind closed doors and with no press present, reports suggest. The move is the latest in a series of twists and changes to the convention. | Originally slated to take place in Jacksonville, Florida, the Republican National Convention was canceled last month due to a rise in coronavirus cases. Beforehand, it had been moved there from Charlotte due to virus restrictions applied by North Carolina Governor Ray Cooper, a Democrat. After canvassing a number of other cities as potential hosts, the GOP has fallen back on Charlotte, albeit for a convention wi…
rt.com/usa/496905-republican-convention-…

Microsoft says talks over TikTok's potential purchase to wrap up by September 15 in 'any event' after CEO speaks with Trump
rt.com | 2020-08-02
Microsoft has said they would "move quickly" in their talks with ByteDance to buy TikTok, after CEO Satya Nadella discussed the issue with US President Donald Trump, who threatened to ban the popular Chinese app. | In a statement on its official blog on Sunday, Microsoft has confirmed that the discussions between them and the owner of TikTok, Chinese company ByteDance, have been underway, vowing to complete them "no later than September, 15" w…
rt.com/usa/496927-tiktok-purchase-micros…

Joe says no: Trader Joe's stands up to outrage mob, proving the impotence of online activism
rt.com | 2020-08-02
Grocery chain Trader Joe's won't be changing its supposedly "racist" product labels. In an era where suspect tweets can ruin careers, the decision is a reminder that online activism doesn't always matter in real life. | According to more than 5,000 signatories of an online petition, some of the chain's branding — which sees its Italian range labeled 'Trader Giotto's', its Mexican range called 'Trader Jose's', and its Chinese food named 'Trader Ming's' — is racist. | The branding "exoticizes other cultures," the petition states. Furthermore, the petition alleges that the company's founder Joe Coulombe…
rt.com/usa/496917-trader-joes-racist-sta…

Monday 8/3: Rally and March for the UCSC 41
USWUSC | indybay.org | 2020-08-02
UC Santa Cruz | 1156 High St, Santa Cruz…
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Monday 8/3: Remove George Washington Statue: Watsonville Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting
Remove George Washington Bust | indybay.org | 2020-08-02
City of Watsonville Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting | (Online)…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/08/01/1883556…

Monday 8/3: We Are All Learning: Practical Futures For Public Safety in Santa Cruz
Kayla Kumar | indybay.org | 2020-08-02
Online Event | stanford.zoom.us/j/92675673025?pwd=dmVRY…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/08/02/1883559…

Black Women's March in Vallejo
Leon Kunstenaar | indybay.org | 2020-08-02
Rally and march on Vallejo waterfront…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/08/02/1883559…

Saturday 8/8: Support Haiti's Campaign for Dignity! Virtual Fundraiser for UNIFA's Teaching Hospital
Haiti Emergency Relief Fund | indybay.org | 2020-08-02
Online via livestream…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/08/02/1883557…

Trump and the GOP are suppressing the vote for November election
Lynda Carson | indybay.org | 2020-08-02
Mark Dimondstein Testimony, President Of American Postal Workers Union:…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/08/02/1883557…

Shut It Down! Workers Shut Amazon DSF4 For Health/Safety & Living Wages
Labor Video Project | indybay.org | 2020-08-02
Amazonians and workers shutdown the Amazon DSF4 warehouse on August 1, 2020 to protest the lack of health and safety and slave labor wages…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/08/02/1883557…

Music Video – Vitamin Em's version of Never Tear Us Apart (INXS)
Lynda Carson | indybay.org | 2020-08-02
Vitamin Em – Quarantine Music Video – Released July 29, 2020 – Performed While Sheltering-In-Place During The Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic:…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/07/31/1883554…

Saturday 8/8: Shut Down CA's Concentration Camps: Statewide Day of Action for Immigrant Justice (SF)
Free Them All Coalition- Bay Area | indybay.org | 2020-08-02
There will be an initial meeting/rally at Justin Herman Plaza and then we will march to the ICE building for another rally. | Please stay tuned for details on a supporting car caravan, led by the SF LowRider Council, which will likely start in the mission and meet up with the march at the ICE building. | Please also stay tuned for actions you can take from home in the days before the action. | Thank you for taking action! #FreeThemAll…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/08/01/1883556…

Saturday 8/8: COULD THE 2020 ELECTION BE STOLEN? Webinar August 8th
Allan Rees | indybay.org | 2020-08-02
Live Interactive Online Webinar Saturday, August 8th…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/08/02/1883559…

Wednesday 8/5: Yes on Prop. 16 Kickoff Rally: Equal Opportunity for All Californians
Yes on Prop 16 and others | indybay.org | 2020-08-02
Online via Zoom…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/08/02/1883561…

Housing Emergency Prevails Over Contracts
Legal Beagle | indybay.org | 2020-08-02
Home Building and Loan Association vs. Blaisdell, 290 U.S. 398 (1934) stated in an appeal of the Minnesota Mortgage Moratorium Law of 1933, during the emergency declared to exist, relief may be had through authorized judicial proceedings with respect to foreclosures of mortgages, and execution sales, of real estate; that sales may be postponed and periods of redemption may be extended. In other words, the emergency took precedence over the contracts clause of the Constitution.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/08/02/1883558…

How Covid-19 Could Upend Geopolitics
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2020-08-02
John FEFFER | I don't trust you. | Don't take it personally. It doesn't matter whether you're a friend or a stranger. I don't care about your identity or your politics, where you work or if you work, whether you wear a mask or carry a gun. | I don't trust you because you are, for the time being, a potential carrier of a deadly virus. You don't have any symptoms? Maybe you're an asymptomatic superspreader. Show me your negative test results and I'll still have my doubts. I have no idea what you've been up to between taking the test and receiving the results. And can we really trust that the test is accurate? | Fra…
strategic-culture.org/news/2020/08/02/ho…

We Are in the Process of Completely Losing America
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2020-08-02
Michael SNYDER | When I was growing up, I was taught to love America. My father was in the U.S. Navy, our family spent six years overseas as he served at a military base in a foreign land, and every day I would say the Pledge of Allegiance at the local school for military children that I attended. It was during this period of time that Ronald Reagan was first elected president of the United States, and the things that he said about the greatness of America's values really inspired me. Of course no nation has ever been perfect, but at one time the United States was united by a common set of values that we were con…
strategic-culture.org/news/2020/08/02/we…

The Battle of Kursk
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2020-08-02
The Battle of Kursk in central Russia unfolded at almost the same time that the allied landing in Sicily, which largely eclipses it in the western popular memory. But it is impossible to compare these operations, whether in terms of scale, the forces and equipment involved, or outcome. While the Sicilian operation allowed for the landing of allied troops in continental Italy, the failure of German Operation Citadel resulted in the complete collapse of the Wehrmacht's offensive strategy.
strategic-culture.org/news/2020/08/02/th…

U.S. Troop Removal From Germany: a NATO-Skeptic POTUS Always Wins
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2020-08-02
Is there any good reason why Germany is still occupied by the United States? After 75+ years one could make a strong argument that the Nazi threat is over. Donald Trump would seem to agree with this sentiment and directly stated that he wants to continue to reduce the number of American soldiers on the territory of today's friendlier tolerant and geopolitically submissive Deutschland. The logic by which U.S. forces are stationed across the globe has been called into question many times and very often has no sellable answer. Trump himself agrees with the dubious nature of the need to have an American army base in…
strategic-culture.org/news/2020/08/02/us…

Russia aims to begin public Covid-19 vaccinations in October, starting with medical workers & teachers — Minister of Health
rt.com | 2020-08-01
Russia expects to start mass anti-coronavirus vaccinations, across the country, by October, the country's health minister has said. Mikhail Murashko added that medical workers and teachers will be given first priority. | Murashko announced on Saturday that clinical trials of a vaccine developed by the Moscow-based Gamalei Institute have been completed and that the health ministry is aiming to begin a public vaccination program in October. Medical personnel and teachers will be the first to receive immunization, he said. "Now, the package of documents for the procedure of registration [of the vaccine] is being…
rt.com/russia/496833-russia-vaccine-prog…

Reopening of schools in Germany puts the lives of children and educators at stake
wsws.org | 2020-08-01
The situation is highly dangerous. Since the easing of the coronavirus restrictions, the number of cases in Europe, and in Germany, is once again on the rise.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/01/scho…

As COVID-19 ravages Brazil, governments promote homicidal reopening of schools
wsws.org | 2020-08-01
The attempt by big business politicians to reopen schools in the country faces massive opposition from educators and working-class families.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/01/braz…

The global pandemic, the class struggle, and the tasks of the Socialist Equality Party
wsws.org | 2020-08-01
This resolution was adopted unanimously by the Sixth National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party in the US, held from July 19–24, 2020.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/01/reso…

Socialist Equality Party (US) National Congress adopts resolution on the coronavirus pandemic and the fight for socialism
wsws.org | 2020-08-01
The Congress resolution provides an unequaled analysis of the crisis triggered by the pandemic, directed toward the development of socialist class consciousness and the independent action of the working class.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/01/pers…

The global pandemic, the class struggle, and the tasks of the Socialist Equality Party
wsws.org | 2020-08-01
This resolution was adopted unanimously by the Sixth National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party in the US, held July 19–24, 2020.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/01/reso…

Human Rights Defenders: Palestinian Eyewitness Testimony of the Execution of Abdul Fattah al-Sharif by Israeli Soldier, Elor Azaria
Ramzy Baroud | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-08-01
As illegal Jewish settlers increase their attacks on Palestinian civilians in the occupied city of Al Khalil (Hebron), the people of the Palestinian city continue to mount a campaign of popular resistance. One of the channels of resistance is Human Rights Defenders, "a grass-roots, non-partisan Palestinian organization, working to support nonviolent popular resistance through popular …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/08/human-rights-…

Human Rights Defenders: Palestinian Eyewitness Testimony of the Execution of Abdul Fattah al-Sharif by Israeli Soldier, Elor Azaria
Ramzy Baroud | commondreams.org | 2020-08-01
Israeli occupation forces attack Palestinian demonstrators during a protest against the illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank and the Jordan Valley, in Hebron on July 17, 2020. (Photo: Mamoun Wazwaz/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2020/08/01/human-…

Media's 'Cancel Culture' Debate Obscures Direct Threats to First Amendment
Alan MacLeod | thealtworld.com | 2020-08-01
The Harper's letter ( 7/7/20) decried "a new set of moral attitudes and political commitments that tend to weaken our norms of open debate and toleration of differences in favor of ideological conformity." | A short and rather vaguely worded open letter published in Harper's Magazine ( 7/7/20) earlier this month caused an unlikely media storm that continues to rumble on. Glossing over right-wing threats to the First Amendment, the letter, signed by 150 writers, journali…
thealtworld.com/alan_macleod/medias-canc…

A "brazen giveaway" GOP HEALS Act is a $30 billion bonanza for the Pentagon
Alan MacLeod | mronline.org | 2020-08-01
The new $1 trillion GOP HEALS act includes billions for F-35 fighters, Apache Helicopters, and other welfare programs for the Pentagon.
mronline.org/2020/08/01/a-brazen-giveawa…

2009 H1N1 Vaccine Caused Brain Damage in Children. Dr. Anthony Fauci on "Vaccine Safety" Issues
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-01
A lawsuit against the Trudeau Government for its handling of the COVID-19 Crisis has been launched. What is at stake is the violation of fundamental rights of Canadians. | "The mass and indiscriminate containment of citizens, the restriction of access to …
globalresearch.ca/video-dr-anthony-fauci…

Who is Behind "Fake News"? Mainstream Media Use Fake Videos and Images
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-01
The mainstream corporate media is desperate. They want to suppress independent and alternative online media, which they categorize as "fake news". Readers on social media are warned not to go onto certain sites. Our analysis confirms that the mainstream media are routinely involved in distorting the facts and turning realities upside down.
globalresearch.ca/who-is-behind-fake-new…

Journalist in Portland says federal police have been dishing out 'collective punishment' during protests
Slava Zilber | thecanary.co | 2020-08-01
On 27 July The Canary spoke to journalist Wyatt Reed, who is a contributor for the Roanoke Times, MintPress News and the Grayzone. He's been covering the protests in Portland, Oregon. | Wyatt, where are you right now?: | Right now, I'm outside the federal courthouse here in Portland…
thecanary.co/feature/2020/08/01/journali…

The SECRET Purpose of Trump's Threat to Delay the Vote
Greg Palast | zcomm.org | 2020-08-01
The real purpose of the threat by our Twittiot-in-Chief to delay the election is to lay the groundwork for massive challenges of mail-in ballots.
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-secret-purpose…

The Venezuelan government's latest move exposes the falsehoods in the US narrative
Peter Bolton | thecanary.co | 2020-08-01
Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro recently confirmed that his government has made contact with Norwegian counterparts so they can resume their role as a mediator in dialogue between his government and Juan Guaidó's hardline opposition faction. Guaidó is the US-backed leader of the coup in Venezuela. The move shows that there is, and always has been, a peaceful way out of the political conflict that's been roiling the country since the beginning of the coup attempt in January 2019. | But you wo…
thecanary.co/global/world-analysis/2020/…

Speaker Nancy Pelosi Writes to Me!
Ralph Nader | commondreams.org | 2020-08-01
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) speaks during a weekly news conference at the U.S. Capitol May 7, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2020/08/01/speake…

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific
wsws.org | 2020-08-01
The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/01/labo…

Sri Lankan SEP to hold online meeting to conclude its election campaign
wsws.org | 2020-08-01
The SEP is the only party fighting for an international socialist perspective against deepening social inequality, the danger of imperialist war and the threat of dictatorship.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/01/slmt…

Open Letter from WSWS Chairman to Alphabet Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai
WSWS Repost | indybay.org | 2020-08-01
Why was the World Socialist Web Site never informed that its claim of suppression was being discussed within Alphabet/Google management, or that an investigation was being conducted into its complaint?>…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/07/31/1883554…

There's a clear way the world can help all of the rangers we've just been celebrating
Tracy Keeling | thecanary.co | 2020-08-01
It was World Ranger Day on 31 July. A day where we celebrated the vital work of wildlife rangers around the globe. Their tireless work to protect our planet's species is indispensable. Globally, we're facing a biodiversity crisis of epic proportions. Imagine how much worse that crisis would be if rangers didn't put their lives on the line to protect the wildlife that remains? | As a global community, however, we can — and should — do a lot more than celebrating ran…
thecanary.co/opinion/2020/08/01/theres-a…

Sonia & Shaun 04: Maxwell's Docs & Coronavirus Act with special guest Whitney Webb
Whitney Webb | thealtworld.com | 2020-08-01
thealtworld.com/whitney_webb/sonia-shaun…

Health workers in the UK protest demanding wage hike
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-01
Thousands of health workers, including thousands of nurses, marched in London protesting their exclusion from the pay rise announced by the government. The call for the march was given by the Unite union…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/08/01/health-wo…

Video: LAPD shoots man in the head with nonlethal rounds
Andrew Emett | nationofchange.org | 2020-08-01
The LAPD officers who shot Montano with nonlethal rounds have not been identified and are not currently facing criminal charges for assault.
nationofchange.org/2020/08/01/video-lapd…

California's Health Care Crisis
Cal Winslow | zcomm.org | 2020-08-01
The strikers at Memorial report that while the chain lavishes its executives with six-figure bonuses, it demands that its "heroes" accept insufficient PPE, unsafe staffing levels, cuts to paid-time-off, including sick leave, and sharp increases in health care costs…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/californias-health…

Black Lives Matter Coalition calls for termination of 21 officers involved in 2019 drowning of Keshawn Stewart
ANSWER Indiana | liberationnews.org | 2020-08-01
We demand an end to the war on Black America!
liberationnews.org/black-lives-matter-co…

New prosecutor refuses to press charges against cop that killed Michael Brown
wsws.org | 2020-08-01
St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Wesley Bell has announced that no charges would be filed against Darren Wilson, the former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer who shot Brown in 2014.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/01/furg…

Israeli Forces Shoot, Injure 7 Palestinians at Weekly Kufur Qaddoum March
Ali Salam | imemc.org | 2020-08-01
Seven Palestinian young men were shot and injured by Israeli forces, on Friday, while dozens more suffocated on tear-gas at the weekly march in Kufur Qaddoum village, east of Qalqilia, in the northern occupied West Bank, the Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported. The coordinator of the Popular Resistance in the …
imemc.org/article/israeli-forces-shoot-i…

Week in Review 25th July — 1st August
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2020-08-01
Editor: Review of the Week It's been an interesting July, hasn't it? With seemingly never-ending stories of corruption, malfeasance and duplicity centred around Her Majesty's government. And it isn't about to stop just because the Commons has gone on holiday, in the midst of the biggest crisis since WW2. According to The Telegraph 'newspaper' — …
truepublica.org.uk/united-kingdom/week-in-review-25th-july-1st-august/

Oil giants help fund powerful police groups in top US cities
Nina Lakhani | zcomm.org | 2020-08-01
The investigation details how firms linked to fossil fuels also sponsor events and galas that celebrate the police, while some have senior staff serving as directors of police foundations.
zcomm.org/znetarticle/oil-giants-help-fu…

US unemployment supplement expires, setting the stage for mass hunger and homelessness
wsws.org | 2020-08-01
The congressional stalemate over an extension of the unemployment pay supplement, which is certain to result in the total elimination or a major cut in the benefit, is a declaration of war against the entire working population.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/01/unem…

Universities prepare to blame students for COVID-19 outbreaks
wsws.org | 2020-08-01
Universities are hoping the personal responsibility of students will be sufficient enough to contain outbreaks on campuses.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/01/uptb…

Department of Homeland Security assembles "intelligence reports" on US journalists covering Portland protests
wsws.org | 2020-08-01
Such reports have been traditionally used to share information regarding wanted criminals or terrorists across federal and local law enforcement agencies.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/01/dhsi…

acism, Sexism, Classism — The Necessary Incoherence Of 'Mainstream' Ethical Debate
David Edwards | zcomm.org | 2020-08-01
What does it mean when journalists who spent the last two decades promoting wars of aggression on brown- and black-skinned people in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen take a knee?>…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/acism-sexism-class…

Doctors at Michigan's Beaumont Health submit no-confidence petition on eve of merger
wsws.org | 2020-08-01
A group of doctors at Michigan's Beaumont Health system are submitting a no-confidence petition on the eve of a possible merger with Chicago-Milwaukee-based Advocate Aurora Health system.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/01/beau…

Remdesivir for Covid-19: $1.6 Billion for a "Modestly Beneficial" Drug?
Elizabeth Woodworth | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-01
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 …
globalresearch.ca/remdesivir-covid-19-1-…

An Ignorant, Racist US Senator
Terry Everton | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-08-01
Another head scratcher. Arkansas Republican senator, Tom Cotton defended the institution of slavery by quoting the slave-owning so-called founding fathers who opined that slavery "was the necessary evil upon which the union was built…"
dissidentvoice.org/2020/07/an-ignorant-r…

GOP on How to Make America Great Again
Terry Everton | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-08-01
Except " Making America Great, Again?" presumes that America was once great. Was it?
dissidentvoice.org/2020/08/gop-on-how-to…

Ford Dearborn Truck Plant workers launch rank-and-file safety committee to save lives amid COVID-19 pandemic
wsws.org | 2020-08-01
The committee has appealed to their 5,000 co-workers, who build F-150 pickup trucks, to prepare joint action to fight the coronavirus and to save lives.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/01/dtpr…

Breastfeeding 'for a healthier planet'
news.un.org | 2020-08-01
World Breastfeeding Week got underway on Saturday, with the UN urging communities everywhere to "support breastfeeding for a healthier planet". Health agency (WHO) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) issued a joint call for governments to protect and promote women's access to skilled breastfeeding counselling – a critical component of breastfeeding support.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/08/1…

If We Reopen Schools, We Admit That Community Safety Is Not Our Priority
William rivers Pitt | zcomm.org | 2020-08-01
"[C]lassrooms without adequate health and safety measures" covers most of the populated portions of the country right now…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/if-we-reopen-schoo…

Coronavirus shines light on zoos as danger zones for deadly disease transmission between humans and animals
Marilyn Kroplick | nationofchange.org | 2020-08-01
The pandemic makes one thing clear: We must change our relationship with wildlife or suffer the consequences.
nationofchange.org/2020/08/01/coronaviru…

Six months since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global public health emergency
wsws.org | 2020-08-01
Nearly 700,000 people have succumbed to the pandemic over the past six months.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/01/covi…

Soldiers Abduct A Palestinian In Nablus, Injure Many In Jenin
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2020-08-01
Israeli soldiers abducted, on Saturday at dawn, one Palestinian in Nablus, and injured several others in Jenin, in northern West Bank. Media sources said the soldiers invaded Nablus city, stormed and searched homes, before abducting one Palestinian, identified as Islam al-Qadah. The soldiers also invaded Zabbouba village, west of Jenin, …
imemc.org/article/soldiers-abduct-a-pale…

Fossil fuel industry engaging in 'pervasive fraud' that threatens global economy, report warns
Dana Drugmand | nationofchange.org | 2020-08-01
Warning of an impending financial implosion driven largely by fossil fuel industry deception, a recent report calls on fossil fuel insiders and other potential whistleblowers to help expose and prosecute this fraud. According to this new report from the National Whistleblower Center (NWC) published July 23, fossil fuel executives' deception on the financial risks of climate …
nationofchange.org/2020/08/01/fossil-fue…

Grenfell Tower inquiry reveals more criminality by corporations involved in refurbishment
wsws.org | 2020-08-01
An entire culture within corporations, built up over decades, which viewed regulations as impediments to reaping greater profits was evident in Rydon's testimony.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/01/gren…

UK government forced to enact new restrictions after pandemic let loose
wsws.org | 2020-08-01
Around 4,200 people are catching COVID-19 each day in England, up 68 percent on the estimated 2,500 daily infections two weeks ago.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/01/lock…

Lula and other international personalities join call to give Nobel Peace Prize to Cuban doctors
Brasil de Fato | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-01
The solidarity of Cuban doctors, once again, has gained international recognition. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, 1,800 healthcare professionals have been sent by the island's government to 27 countries to help contain the spread of the virus. | In response, everyday the campaign to award the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize to the Cuban doctors gains strength, through petitions endorsed by a variety of organizations and personalities (the US-based campaign's petition can be found here). | Among those who have signed the petition a…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/08/01/lula-and-…

Department of Homeland Security assembles intelligence reports on US journalists covering Portland protests
wsws.org | 2020-08-01
Such reports have been traditionally used to share information regarding wanted criminals or terrorists across federal and local law enforcement agencies.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/01/dhsi…

Bernie groups break free of Dems: New party rising?
Jonathan H. Martin | zcomm.org | 2020-08-01
The beauty of the foregoing strategy is that it seeks a viable new party through a graduated series of accomplishable, grassroots-based electoral successes…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/bernie-groups-brea…

US unemployment supplement expires, setting the stage for mass hunger and homelessness
wsws.org | 2020-08-01
The Congress stalemate over an extension of the unemployment pay supplement, which is certain to result in a total elimination or a major cut in the benefit, is a declaration of war against the entire working population.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/01/unem…

Masks are a Psychological Preparation for Mandatory Vaccinations
Bill Willers | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-08-01
This respirator does not protect against the risk of contracting disease or infection. –Warning with a box of N-95 respirators. You have no right not to be vaccinated. You have no right not to wear a mask. You have no right to open up your business …. If you refuse to be vaccinated, the state …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/08/masks-are-a-p…

Portland anti-racist protesters undeterred by repression
Lily Cooper | liberationnews.org | 2020-08-01
For 63 days, every possible attempt to derail a people's movement in defense of Black lives has been made against protesters in Portland, Oregon. Every red-baiting, reactionary talking point has been deployed. On the ground, the Portland Police Bureau, the National Guard and three different types of federal paramilitary police have attempted to crush dissent. …
liberationnews.org/portland-anti-racist-…

An Artist for the Moment
Paul Von Blum | progressive.org | 2020-08-01
Art Hazelwood infuses his work with hard-hitting political commentary.
progressive.org/dispatches/an-artist-for…

Could the Duterte Regime Be COVID-19's Next Victim?
Walden Bello | zcomm.org | 2020-08-01
Like Trump in the U.S. and Bolsonaro in Brazil, the Philippine strongman's utter failure to contain COVID-19 may kneecap his authoritarian ambitions…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/could-the-duterte-…

Ford Dearborn Truck Plant workers launch rank-and-file safety committee to save lives amid COVID-19 pandemic
wsws.org | 2020-08-01
The committee has appealed to its 5,000 co-workers, who build F-150 pickup trucks, to prepare joint action to fight the coronavirus and save lives.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/01/dtpr…

COVID-19 infections rapidly spread across Bangladesh
wsws.org | 2020-08-01
The worsening coronavirus crisis in Bangladesh is a direct result of inadequate public health spending by successive governments.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/01/bang…

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Three Teenage Boys Near Jenin
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2020-08-01
Israeli soldiers invaded, on Saturday evening, Ya'bad town, west of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, searched homes, and abducted three teenage boys. The soldiers also invaded Zabbouba nearby village. Media sources in Jenin said several army vehicles invaded Ya'bad, especially the al-Ba'ajwa neighborhood, before abducting three teenage boys …
imemc.org/article/israeli-soldiers-abduc…

The coronavirus pandemic and the growing mental health crisis
wsws.org | 2020-08-01
Dealing with the insidious uncertainty of COVID-19's spread is more like living with a domestic abuser or being deployed to a war zone.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/01/ment…

Lawsuit exposes massive COVID-19 outbreak at privately-run immigrant detention center in Virginia
wsws.org | 2020-08-01
The Farmville Detention Center has the largest COVID-19 outbreak of all immigrant detainment facilities in the United States.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/01/immi…

Coronavirus is unleashing righteous worker anger and a new wave of unionism
Steven Greenhouse | zcomm.org | 2020-08-01
We may look back on this calamitous year as a pivotal moment when unions regained support as being critically important to building a fairer economy and society…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/coronavirus-is-unl…

COVID-19, capitalism and climate
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-08-01
No one should have been surprised by COVID-19. Epidemiologists have been warning for decades about the increasing danger of novel virus pandemics that could cause major human suffering, disrupt the economy and exacerbate the growing inequalities that characterizes the modern world.
mronline.org/2020/08/01/covid-19-capital…

No end in sight to COVID crisis, and its impact will last for 'decades to come'
news.un.org | 2020-08-01
Expressing "appreciation for WHO and partners' COVID-19 pandemic response efforts", the emergency committee convened by the UN health agency's chief, made it clear that there is not yet an end in sight to the public health crisis that has so far infected more than 17 million and killed over 650,000 people.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/08/1…

The US tech war on China and the 5G battlefield
Prabir Purkayastha | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-01
It is certainly not game over for Huawei, as many tech analysts are concluding. They have already pronounced the game over twice, once over Google's Android system denial, later on ARM processor ban…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/08/01/the-us-te…

Venezuela Requests Extradition of Former Oil Minister
Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2020-08-01
Rafael Ramirez has been accused of corrupt dealings during his tenure as oil minister.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14957

A Portland 'Sit-Down' Can Rock Trump's Boat
Barbara G. Ellis | zcomm.org | 2020-08-01
Where used, the sit-down has always instantly, clearly and visually separated the oppressed from the oppressors, the peaceful from the violent…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/a-portland-sit-dow…

We Need to Talk about Romanticism
Caoimhghin àì Croidheáin | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-08-01
Satire on Romantic Suicide (1839) by Leonardo Alenza y Nieto (1807–1845) Introduction Why do we need to talk about Romanticism? What is Romanticism? And how does it affect us in the 21st century? The fact is that we are so immersed in Romanticism now that we cannot see the proverbial wood for the haunted-looking trees. …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/07/we-need-to-ta…

We Need To Talk About Romanticism
Caoimhghin àì Croidheáin | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-08-01
Satire on Romantic Suicide (1839) by Leonardo Alenza y Nieto (1807–1845) Introduction Why do we need to talk about Romanticism? What is Romanticism? And how does it affect us in the 21st century? The fact is that we are so immersed in Romanticism now that we cannot see the proverbial wood for the haunted-looking trees. …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/07/we-need-to-ta…