Daily Archives: August 12, 2020

2020-08-12: News Headlines

Juan Cole (2020-08-12). Lebanon's Leaders Resign over deaths of 200, but Trump refuses Accountability for 163,462 Deaths. zcomm.org Trump by his peculiar combination of narcissism, contrarianism, irrationality, and political guile, has polished off more Americans than died in the entire Vietnam War…

Marjorie Cohn (2020-08-12). Federal Judge Sets Out to Bring Down Law Shielding Police From Legal Liability. zcomm.org As the Massachusetts legislature debates whether to water down its qualified immunity defense, a federal judge in Mississippi filed a stunning 72-page opinion blasting the doctrine…

Michael Otto (2020-08-12). Political strike shuts down Bolivia. workers.org Ibarra, Ecuador Do Bolivian lives matter? The Bolivian masses are experiencing a perfect storm of social, health and economic crises. A U.S.-backed military coup overthrew President Evo Morales Ayma in November 2019 — Morales called it a lithium coup. To Wall Street, only the great reserves of Bolivian lithium matter. . . . |

Riva Enteen (2020-08-12). Kamala Harris? Really? Desperate Times, Desperate Measures. counterpunch.org Kamala Harris might be the perfect lens to reveal who the Democrats really are. A good run-down on her track record highlights her assertion that "It is not progressive to be soft on crime." As a San Francisco social worker, I sat on the school district committee that met with families of chronically truant students.

Vijay Prashad (2020-08-12). Growing Force Is Charging That Bolsonaro Has Committed Crimes Against Humanity. zcomm.org The lawsuit says that Bolsonaro's disregard for the danger of the pandemic has put "the Brazilian people at the edge of the abyss."

Editor (2020-08-12). An anti-racist vote for class unity. workers.org Rashida Tlaib of Detroit made history on Nov. 7, 2018, when she became the first Palestinian American woman elected to Congress. This year, in the weeks leading up to the Michigan Democratic Party primary on Aug. 4, the capitalist media questioned whether she would get a shot at reelection. "Congressperson . . . |

Prof Rodrigue Tremblay (2020-08-12). The U.S. Presidential Election: A Referendum on Donald Trump's Character or a Campaign on Law-and-Order? globalresearch.ca "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power." —Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), 16th President of the United States, 1861-65. | "We must reject any thinking of our cities as a 'battlespace' …

Alan Macleod (2020-08-12). Former McCain Advisor and Iraq War Advocate Niall Ferguson Warns TikTok Is a Chinese Imperial Plot. mintpressnews.com Ferguson argued that Tiktok is brainwashing 100 million mostly Generation Z Americans who use the platform into "becoming soldiers of Beijing's new revolution."

Alan Macleod (2020-08-12). Democratic Establishment Commits to Status Quo with Kamala Harris VP Pick. mintpressnews.com Just as America seemed to be in the midst of reckoning over-policing and racial justice, the Democratic establishment threw its support behind a hawkish former prosecutor with a questionable record.

Jenny Gonzales (2020-08-12). The Deforestation of Brazil's Amazon. globalresearch.ca The latest INPE (National Institute for Space Research) deforestation data for the Brazilian Amazon, released last Friday, comes as the result of the policies of President Jair Bolsonaro, say critics.

A Guest Author (2020-08-12). Illegal terror against im/migrants continues. workers.org By B.L.S. San Antonio, Texas "They told me not to tell my family where I was," a Haitian asylum-seeker recounted. "I heard people being taken away in the hall [of the hotel] screaming, 'I'm not going! I'm not going!'" An im/migrant Haitian mother and her daughter are incarcerated by ICE . . . |

Raouf Halaby (2020-08-12). Teaching Palestinian Children to Love Beethoven, Bizet, and Mozart is a Threat to a Depraved Israeli Society. counterpunch.org The subject box of a mid-March email from Jerusalemite Palestinian author and scholar read: "Simply Reflecting." Samia Khoury's 16/March/2020 message was a concise and tellingly prescient homily on the pathetically worsening universal condition of humanity as well as the depraved banality to which Israel's Jewish leaders have descended. The topics included the spread of Covid-19,

Eds. (2020-08-12). 'What we're seeing now is Jim Crow 2.0'. mronline.org CounterSpin interview with Carol Anderson on voter suppression.

John Whitehead (2020-08-12). Looking for an Excuse to Crackdown, Police Departments are Pitting Protesters Against Each Other. mintpressnews.com Civil discontent leads to civil unrest, which leads to protests and counterprotests, and instead of restoring order, local police stand down. Tensions rise, violence escalates, and federal armies move in.

Tim Wheeler (2020-08-12). 'Let Them Tremble': So much of this history reads like right now. peoplesworld.org In celebration of its centennial, Tony Pecinovsky has written Let Them Tremble: Biographical Interventions Marking 100 Years of the Communist Party, USA, a book that profiles the lives of six Communist Party leaders. They are Arnold Johnson, Charlene Mitchell, Gus Hall, Henry Winston, Judith LeBlanc, and W. Alphaeus Hunton. I suggest you order a copy …

Stephen Cooper (2020-08-12). Santa Davis and the "Stalag 17" Riddim. counterpunch.org Relatable to reggae music lovers everywhere, Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet Mary Oliver once wrote: "Rhythm is one of the most powerful pleasures, and when we feel a pleasurable rhythm we hope it will continue. When it does, the sweet grows sweeter. When it becomes reliable, we are in a kind of body-heaven." On June 30 I was

John Catalinotto (2020-08-12). Beirut mega-blast unleashes political tsunami. workers.org Aug. 10 — An earthquake-size explosion in the port of Beirut on Aug. 4 killed 200, wounded 6,000 and left 300,000 people homeless in that densely populated city. It also unleashed a political tsunami that pulled in regional and imperialist powers as well as Lebanese political forces. Lebanese emergency workers . . . |

Mary Filippo (2020-08-12). Review of My Mis-Education in 3 Graphics. mronline.org My Mis-Education in 3 Graphics is a document of the filmmaker's darkly humorous journey through the mind-boggling constructs of mainstream economics.

Ben Carroll (2020-08-12). El uso de la tecnología por parte del estado: un problema para el movimiento. workers.org La información está en todas partes. En el 2020, la tecnología es una parte omnipresente de la vida cotidiana de muchos trabajadores en este país y en todo el mundo. Usamos las redes sociales y el correo electrónico para mantenernos en contacto con familiares y amigos. Vemos transmisiones en vivo . . . |

Mark Gruenberg (2020-08-12). March For Our Lives shifts to new strategy. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—March For Our Lives, the massive student-led anti-gun organization that poured youthful activists into the streets—and into voting booths—two years ago, is shifting strategy, but its platform stays the same, with one big new emphasis. That emphasis, said co-founder David Hogg and Executive Director Alexis Confer, both now college students, is to link up and …

Tom Engelhardt (2020-08-12). It Could Have Been Different. counterpunch.org Let me be blunt. This wasn't the world I imagined for my denouement. Not faintly. Of course, I can't claim I ever really imagined such a place. Who, in their youth, considers their death and the world that might accompany it, the one you might leave behind for younger generations? I'm 76 now. True, if

Staff (2020-08-12). As Kamala Harris Makes History as VP Pick, Her "Top Cop" Record Faces New Scrutiny Amid BLM Protests. democracynow.org Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's selection of California Senator Kamala Harris as his vice-presidential running mate for the November election makes her the first Black woman and the first Indian American on a major party presidential ticket. "It's hard to overstate how historic, how monumental this is," says Aimee Allison, president of She the People, which works to elevate the political voice and leadership of women of color. But in the midst of the largest protest movement in American history against racist policing, Briahna Joy Gray, the former national press secretary for the Bernie Sanders pres…

Staff (2020-08-12). Headlines for August 12, 2020. democracynow.org Joe Biden Taps Kamala Harris as Vice-Presidential Running Mate, Florida, Georgia Record Record Coronavirus Deaths as U.S. Colleges Delay Fall Sports Season, Bodies of COVID-19 Victims Lie Unclaimed Outside Chapel in La Paz, Bolivia, QAnon Conspiracy Theorist Wins Georgia 14th Congressional District GOP Primary, Rep. Ilhan Omar Fends Off Primary Challenger Who Dramatically Outraised Her, Clintons, Obamas Among Top Speakers at Democratic National Convention, Beirut Vigil Marks One Week Since Catastrophic Port Explosion, Thousands of Protesters in Mali Demand President's Ouster, Chicago Man Accused of Firing at Poli…

Staff (2020-08-12). What the Nazis Learned from Jim Crow: Author Isabel Wilkerson on the U.S. Racial Caste System. democracynow.org In her extensively researched new book, "Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents," Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson argues the United States' racial hierarchy should be thought of as a caste system, similar to that in India. In a wide-ranging interview, she describes how she also looks at the ways Nazi Germany borrowed from U.S. Jim Crow laws. "The Nazis needed no one to teach them how to hate," Wilkerson says. "But what they did was they sent researchers to the United States to study Jim Crow laws here in the United States, to study and to research how the United States had managed to subordinate…

United We Dream (2020-08-12). Wednesday 8/12: Action: Demand Congress Include All Immigrants in the Next COVID Stimulus Bill. indybay.org Online action…

_____ (2020-08-12). Meatpacking Workers Continue To Struggle During The Pandemic. popularresistance.org Five thousand plant workers have tested positive for COVID-19 in Nebraska, representing nearly 20 percent of cases statewide, and at least 21 of those workers have died. Plants predominantly employ immigrants and refugees, consisting mostly of Latinos, but also Sudanese, Bhutanese, Vietnamese, and other groups. Even though workers' pay increased at the plants, so too did their workload. With many still out sick, workers have been expected to keep up with line speeds operating at full capacity. Many workers live in multigenerational homes, and the coronavirus case and death figures cited by Sen. Vargas do not acco…

_____ (2020-08-12). Twitter Spreads Paid U.S. Gov't Propaganda While Falsely Claiming It Bans State Media Ads. strategic-culture.org Twitter says it bans ads from state-affiliated media outlets. However, US government propaganda organs like Voice of America's VOA Persian pay the social media corporation huge sums of money to spread disinformation against Iran and other foreign adversaries. | Ben NORTON | Twitter has demonstrated a clear, consistent bias in favor of the US government and its geopolitical interests. The social media giant has also repeatedly lied about its policies on state-backed media outlets. | Twitter unveiled a new feature on August 6 that labels government-affiliated media on the platform. Users immediately pointed out…

The Canary (2020-08-12). Using Royal Navy to tackle refugee crossings 'declaration of maritime war' — Calais mayor. thecanary.co Sending the Royal Navy into the English Channel to deal with migrant crossings is a "declaration of maritime war", the mayor of Calais has said. | Natacha Bouchart told France 3 that the British government must take responsibility. She called on Priti Patel's French counterpart to push them on the issue. Her fierce words came as more refugees arrived in the UK on Wednesday 12 August. | Meanwhile, at least 19 refugees who arrived in the UK after crossing the Channel in small boats, and were due to be deported on Wednesday 12 August, have had their removals paused, the PA news agency has learned. | Unwanted ref…

Aaron Maté (2020-08-12). Disparaging Stokely Carmichael, Bill Clinton attacks the black freedom struggle. thegrayzone.com During a historic upsurge of black activism, Bill Clinton attacked the late Stokely Carmichael/Kwame Ture, a leading black power revolutionary….

Newsclick (2020-08-12). Brexit, COVID and the continuing ambiguity in Britain. peoplesdispatch.org Vijay Prashad, Executive Director, Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, talks to Musician Pandit G of the Asian Dub Foundation speak of the power of music and community in fighting the evils of society.

Kamran Siddiqi (2020-08-12). Chicagoans rally in support of arrested after police shoot young Black man. liberationnews.org On August 9, Chicago police shot and wounded Allen in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood.

Justin Podur (2020-08-12). AEP 59: The American Trap sprung on Tiktok and Huawei, with Carl Zha. mronline.org Back with Carl Zha of Silk & Steel podcast, who we last saw in our episode on the India-China border conflict.

Staff (2020-08-12). Reformers Aim to End Prison Firefighters' 'Indentured Servitude' in California. therealnews.com Brandon Smith was incarcerated in Wasco State Prison in 2012 when a correctional officer approached him about becoming a firefighter—not after prison, but during his time inside. Smith would, if he said "yes," serve in what the state calls its Conservation Camp Program. "I remember being in a cell when a counselor at the California…

Bruce Lerro (2020-08-12). Lost at Sea: Left Liberals Have No Party. dissidentvoice.org I wrote this article over four years ago in 2016 for the purpose of challenging left liberals to face the fact that they have no party. In re-reading it today, everything I said in the original article remains true. In fact, the Democratic Party has leaned even further to the right over the last four …

P. Sainath (2020-08-12). "We Didn't Bleed Him Enough": When Normal is the Problem. counterpunch.org Bloodletting was a common medical treatment for nearly 3,000 years. It developed around an idea, originating with Hippocrates and later wildly popular in Europe of the Middle Ages: that an imbalance of the four humours of the body — blood, phlegm, black bile, yellow bile — caused illness. Around 500 years after Hippocrates, Galen declared

Eds. (2020-08-12). Leaked documents reveal what TikTok shares with authorities — In the U.S. mronline.org A glimpse at what the social media platform does in the U.S. underscores that data privacy issues extend beyond China.

Vietnam News Agency (2020-08-12). Vietnam donates 10,000 masks to Maryland to fight COVID-19. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—The Embassy of Vietnam in the United States presented 10,000 face masks to the state of Maryland at a ceremony held on August 7. At the handover ceremony, Vietnamese Ambassador to the U.S. Ha Kim Ngoc voiced his hope that the face masks will contribute to containing the spread of COVID-19 in Maryland. He added …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-12). MST Quilombo Campo Grande camp resists eviction in the midst of the pandemic. peoplesdispatch.org The Quilombo Campo Grande camp is resisting an eviction which began early on August 12. The camp is home to 450 landless families who have been living, producing and working there for over 2 decades.

RT (2020-08-12). Louisiana police in manhunt after hospital shooting, suspect threatens to 'kill any law enforcement officer' who tries to stop him. rt.com Police in Shreveport, Louisiana, are on the hunt for a lone gunman who shot and injured a man at a hospital. Police are treating the situation as an "active shooting," and cautioned that the suspect is armed and dangerous. | The suspect, identified by police as 41-year-old Taniel Cole, allegedly shot a man in the leg in the early hours of Wednesday morning, at the St. Mary Medical Center in Shreveport. The victim's injuries aren't considered life-threatening, but Cole is now on the loose. | pic.twitter.com/pOlqz0E61R— ShreveportPolice (@ShreveportPD) RT (2020-08-12). Wanna bet? US statisticians give Trump 'exact same odds' against Biden as the ones he beat in 2016. rt.com The major statistical analysis website FiveThirtyEight has US President Donald Trump's odds of winning the November election at 29 percent — exactly the same chances he was said to have had in 2016 before he went on to win. | Nate Silver's website, named for the total number of electors in the US electoral college, unveiled its forecast,

RT (2020-08-12). 'Keep on marching': Biden & Harris stick to 'stop Trump' message in first public appearance together. rt.com Joe Biden has made his first joint appearance with running mate Kamala Harris, centering focus on the need to give the boot to Donald Trump while touting the California senator as the first woman of color on a major party ticket.

RT (2020-08-12). QAnon-supporting, anti-Soros GOP upstart Marjorie Greene on track for Congress after landslide victory in Georgia primary. rt.com A GOP congressional candidate who's come under fire for endorsing 'QAnon' conspiracy theories has taken more than half the vote in Georgia's primary runoff race, putting her on track to become the first Q-supporter in Congress. | Businesswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene prevailed over her fellow Republican John Cowan on Tuesday night, earning more than 57 percent of the vote. Greene ran a victory lap following the final result, celebrating her win despite "the GOP establishment, the media, and the radical left" spending "months and millions of dollars attacking me." | The GOP establishment, the media, & the radic…

RT (2020-08-12). Atheists for Trump? David Silverman reacts to Biden naming Harris with 'Are You Serious?' face, saying he might VOTE RED. rt.com David Silverman, one of America's most prominent atheists, says he's so troubled by the Democratic Party's radical shift to the left and the mowing down of libertarian principles that he may do the unthinkable: vote Trump. | Silverman's face became a popular online meme after his 2011 stand-off with Bill O'Reilly on Fox News, in which he reacted with a particularly perplexed face to the host's "tide goes in, tide goes out" argument supposedly proving the existence of God. It now appears that Joe Biden's Tuesday pick of the Senator Kamala Harris (D-California) as his running mate has triggered a new major "Are…

RT (2020-08-12). MSNBC accused of cropping image of Biden calling Kamala to remove script he was reading. rt.com MSNBC has been accused of some comically conspicuous cropping of a photo of Joe Biden, obscuring his notes for the video call in which he told Kamala Harris she would be his 2020 election running mate. | As election season gathers pace ahead of the November vote to decide the US president, every word, photo and soundbite will be pored over endlessly by both the media and the public, which makes it all the more bizarre that MSNBC would attempt to somewhat needlessly obscure the phone script for the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. | MSNBC cropped the photo of Joe Biden video chatting with Kamala Har…

RT (2020-08-12). Polls show young voters support Biden… but running mate Kamala Harris thinks they're 'STUPID' (VIDEO). rt.com Though young voters seem lukewarm about Joe Biden, polls show their support for the Democrat is greater than for Donald Trump. But a newly-surfaced clip shows his VP pick Kamala Harris doesn't think much of the American youth. | At 77 years-old, Biden would be the oldest president in history if he manages to defeat President Trump in November. His advanced age, however, hasn't repelled young voters. According to the latest Monmouth University

RT (2020-08-12). Cure worse than disease: We filmed REAL BLM protesters burning a Bible. NY Times tried to 'debunk' it with actual FAKE NEWS. rt.com Mainstream media have denounced Ruptly video of Portland protesters burning Bibles as 'Russian disinfo', countering the unaltered viral footage with fake news of their own in bad-faith 'shoot the messenger' gaslighting. | Protesters gather around a burning Bible, chanting "F*** Trump" as they neatly drape first an American flag over the flames, in the original video, which clocks in at under 90 seconds. A few of the demonstrators rub their hands over the tiny fire, aping warming themselves as the flames devour the book. | It's an incendiary image (no pun intended) — protesters already denounced from some…

RT (2020-08-12). Cure worse than disease: Ruptly filmed REAL BLM protesters burning a Bible. NY Times tried to 'debunk' it with actual FAKE NEWS. rt.com Mainstream media have denounced RT's Ruptly video agency for documenting Portland protesters burning Bibles, dismissing the unaltered footage as 'Russian disinfo' in an attempt at bad-faith 'shoot the messenger' gaslighting. | Protesters gather around a burning Bible, chanting "F*** Trump," as they neatly drape an American flag over the flames. A few of the demonstrators rub their hands over the tiny fire, aping warming themselves as the flames devour the book. The 90-second clip was part of a 4-hour livestream. | It's an incendiary image (no pun intended) — protesters already denounced from some corners…

RT (2020-08-12). Wrong narrative? US mainstream media mum on murder of 5yo white boy allegedly shot by black man in his own front yard. rt.com The story of a 5-year-old North Carolina boy who reportedly was killed when a man ran up to him and shot him in the head for no known reason apparently was not compelling enough to merit US mainstream media coverage. | There were some details that might have drawn the attention of the decision makers at CNN, the Washington Post and other mainstream outlets, that have remained conspicuously silent on the story. The boy, Cannon Hinnant, was riding his bike in front of his own house Sunday in North Carolina, and the 25-year-old suspect was a neighbor. He allegedly shot the child at point-blank range as the boy's…

RT (2020-08-12). 'Trust no one & have fun': Sarah Palin embraced by libs as she comes out with words of encouragement for Biden's VP pick Harris. rt.com Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, who ran as VP on the McCain ticket in 2008, has been praised as a "class act" by her detractors after she gave Biden's freshly-announced VP pick Kamala Harris a long list of dos and don'ts.

_____ (2020-08-12). Letters From Melbourne, a 'Ghost Town Police State' Under Brutal Covid Lockdown. strategic-culture.org The citizens of Australia's second most populous city are suffering under the harshest lockdown conditions of all Western democracies. Their voices need to be heard. | In the last several weeks, Melbourne has introduced shockingly draconian anti-Covid measures, imposed on the metropolis of some 5 million souls. What tragedy was responsible for spurring officials to leap into action? To blame was a fractional

_____ (2020-08-12). New Report Reveals U.S. Special Forces Active in 22 African Countries. strategic-culture.org While there is much talk, (or more accurately, condemnation) in Western media of China's imperialist motives in Africa, there is less discussion of the U.S.' continuing role. While China operates one base in the Horn of Africa and has greatly increased its economic role on the continent, the thousands of American troops operating in dozens of countries are overlooked.

The Canary (2020-08-12). Science and politics tied up in global race for a coronavirus vaccine. thecanary.co The announcement on Tuesday by Russian president Vladimir Putin that his country was the first to approve a coronavirus vaccine has been met by doubts about the science and safety.But it also underscored how the competition to have the first vaccine is about international rivalries as well as science.The first nation to develop a way to defeat the novel coronavirus will achieve a kind of moonshot victory and the global status that goes along with it.That is valuable to Putin, whose popularity at home has declined amid a stagnant economy and the ravages of the virus outbreak.Russian President Vladimir Putin announ…

The Canary (2020-08-12). Exam results fiasco — what is happening across the nations? thecanary.co The question of what to do with A-level and GCSE students in a year when exams have been cancelled has been a tricky equation to solve.The government on Tuesday came up with an answer for England, but it still has not pleased everyone. Here is a closer look. | — What was the problem?The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic forced sustained school closures across the UK during the back end of the spring term and the majority of the summer term.It has meant pupils have been unable to sit GCSE or A-level exams, crucial in deciding how best to continue their education, where to look for work or training, or which col…

John Wojcik (2020-08-12). Kamala Harris pick can forge historic unity in fight for justice in America. peoplesworld.org The selection of Kamala Harris as the first Black female candidate of a major party for the vice presidency of the United States deserves the support of every single person in this country who cherishes democracy, economic justice, and equality. Kamala Harris has said that in these tough times, "People say it is important that …

Staff (2020-08-12). Trump turning state-owned VOA into personal propaganda arm. therealnews.com The United States Agency for Global Media (USAGM) management, which oversees five federally-funded broadcast networks, has suspended four journalists on contract with possible termination. The four journalists are charged with influencing the US elections and violating federal laws by favoring Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden in a video published by the Urdu language service of…

Robert Hunziker (2020-08-12). Freakish Arctic Fires Alarmingly Intensify. counterpunch.org NASA satellite images of fires in eastern Siberia depict an inferno of monstrous proportions, nothing in modern history compares. And, as of July, it's intensifying. Should people be concerned? Answer: Yes, and double yes. According to Mark Parrington, a senior scientist at the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather

Mark Gruenberg (2020-08-12). Selection of Kamala Harris as VP candidate makes history. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—In a move that is widely expected to boost voter turnout and push Donald Trump out of office in less than 83 days, presumed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden selected Kamala Harris yesterday as his vice presidential running mate. The selection is being widely lauded not just by Black women but by broad swaths of …

Kenneth Surin (2020-08-12). The Decrepit UK Political System. counterpunch.org The Covid-19 pandemic and the continuing Brexit crisis have cast an unforgiving light on the UK's failed political system, the pivot of which lies with its "first past…

CP Editor (2020-08-12). Kamala Harris and her "Top Cop" Record. counterpunch.org

pip.hinman (2020-08-12). ICAC needs to probe icare workers' compo scandal. greenleft.org.au

pip.hinman (2020-08-12). Nationalise aged care homes and mandate staffing levels. greenleft.org.au

pip.hinman (2020-08-12). Federal Court orders Dutton to free man from detention. greenleft.org.au

Melvin Goodman (2020-08-12). Trump's War On Arms Control and Disarmament. counterpunch.org Seventy-five years ago, the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing more than 200,000 Japanese and injuring another 100,000. The great fires that raged in each city consumed many of the bodies. If ever there was a visceral force for promoting a world free of nuclear arms, it should be the memory

Ramzy Baroud (2020-08-12). The Likud Conspiracy: Israel in the Throes of a Major Political Crisis. counterpunch.org Protests against Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, have raged on for weeks, turning violent sometimes. Israelis are furious at their government's mediocre response to the coronavirus pandemic, especially as COVID-19 disease is experiencing a massive surge throughout the country. Netanyahu warned protesters, thousands of whom have been rallying outside his residence in Jerusalem, against "anarchy

Noam Chomsky (2020-08-12). Trump Is Quite Capable of an "October Surprise" zcomm.org Popular support for autocracy runs disturbingly high. Almost one-fourth of Republicans agree "President Trump should close down mainstream news outlets, like CNN, The Washington Post and The New York Times."

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-08-12). Turkey Marks 100 Years Since Treaty of Sèvres. Renewed Hostilities with Greece. globalresearch.ca Yesterday marked the 100-year anniversary from when the Treaty of Sèvres was signed. The Treaty of Sèvres saw the Ottoman Empire dismembered, with Greece, Syria and Armenia gaining old lost lands, an independent Kurdistan established, and France, Britain and Italy …

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-08-12). Serbia's Intention to Buy Chinese Weapons. US Concerns. globalresearch.ca Belgrade's announcement that it may purchase the Chinese FK-3 anti-aircraft missile system was enough for the U.S. to express concern about Serbia's future, not only with Europe, but with the entire world. | The U.S. Embassy in Belgrade said that | "procuring …

Peter Koenig (2020-08-12). The Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic: The Real Danger is "Agenda ID2020" globalresearch.ca WHO has most likely received orders from "above", from those people who also manage Trump and the "leaders" (sic) of the EU, European Union. The final decision to go ahead NOW with COVID-19 pandemic, was taken in January 2020 at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos – behind very much closed doors.

Ramzy Baroud (2020-08-12). The Politics of War: What is Israel's Endgame in Lebanon and Syria? mintpressnews.com Israel's strategic interests in the Syria conflict go beyond Netanyahu's need for a cheap victory. The outcome of the Syria war has the potential of yielding a nightmare scenario for Israel.

South Front (2020-08-12). Video: Crisis in Belarus as Sign of Global Division. globalresearch.ca Over the past days, Belarus, an eastern European state bordering with Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia, has become a scene of a new regime change attempt on the territory of the former USSR. | On August 9, the country held presidential …

South Front (2020-08-12). Video: Lights, Camera, Action: Staging of Protests in Belarus. globalresearch.ca In Belarus presidential elections were held. According to the Central Election Committee, the turnout was quite high and amounted to about 84% of the population. The results of the exit poll confirm the victory of the current President of Belarus, …

Stephen Lendman (2020-08-12). Joe Biden Picks Kamala Harris as Running Mate. Biden-Harris vs. Trump-Pence. Who is Kamala Harris? globalresearch.ca Whenever US presidential and congressional elections are held, voters get to choose between two pro-war, pro-corporate empowerment, anti-progressive right wings of the one-party state. | Names and faces change, results always the same. Dirty business as usual wins every time — …

Stephen Lendman (2020-08-12). Mass Looting in Chicago, My Neighborhood Under Siege. globalresearch.ca I awoke Monday morning to distressing news, alerted me by pre-dawn email from my residential building's management. | I and other building residents were told about overnight vandalism and mass looting of retail shops along Chicago's Magnificent Mile in our neighborhood …

Vanessa Beeley (2020-08-12). Beirut: A tragedy that threatens the region with war and chaos. thealtworld.com On the 4th August 2020 an apocalyptic event took place in the main port of Lebanon's capital city, Beirut. Two explosions tore the city apart. The first explosion was registered on multiple mobile phone videos. The second ripped through the city with terrifying force, killing an estimated 220 and injuring more than 7000. Many victims are still missing as the search for survivors and bodies continues in the aftermath of thirty seconds that has left Beirut and Lebanon reeling with shock. | Three hundred thousand people are reported to be homeless although it is suspected that all estimated numbers are conservative.

Tony Cartalucci (2020-08-12). Exposing US Color Revolution in Thailand Aimed at China. globalresearch.ca Western media — after claiming recent protests in Thailand were "leaderless" and comprised of "students," decries arrest of US-funded lawyer leading them — never mentions US funding. | *** | The Western media was quick to decry the arrest of 34 year-old …

Zero Hedge (2020-08-12). Bailing on Boeing: Order Cancellations Exceed New Sales for Sixth Straight Month. globalresearch.ca The embattled manufacturer saw customers abandon plans to buy 43 of its 737 MAX planes in July, where cancelled orders once again outpaced the company's sales, according to Boeing has net negative orders of 836 planes this year…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-12). Union intervention wins back garment workers' jobs in Myanmar. peoplesdispatch.org The intervention by the Industrial Workers Federation of Myanmar has led to the reinstatement of 168 garment workers who had been laid off by two companies during the COVID-19 lockdown in March and April…

Brian Trautman (2020-08-12). The 'Wall of Vets' Continue Long Legacy of Veteran Activism. zcomm.org Veterans are mindful of the crimes that an authoritarian government and occupying military force are capable of. They know that we have a civic duty to stand up to these existential threats to democracy, freedom and liberty…

Richard Gage (2020-08-12). A Courageous Family Needs Your Help to Seek Justice for the Murder of Their Son on 9/11. globalresearch.ca I'm writing this article today because

Abdel Bari Atwan (2020-08-12). Replaying the 'Syria Scenario' in Lebanon. thealtworld.com The US and its clients are trying to exploit the crisis to advance their plans to destroy Hezbollah. They should know better. | Let us start at the end, without getting bogged down in the details and analyses that fill the Lebanese and Arab media these days: The current ferment in Lebanon, which resulted in the resignation of Hassan Diab's government over the Beirut Port explosion, will eventually lead to the demise of Lebanon's corrupt ruling elite and the 1989 Taif Agreement that brought it to power and established the sectarian carve-up system that sustains it. | The Lebanese people want genuine democratic ref…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-12). Algerian journalist Khaled Drareni sentenced to three years in prison for Facebook posts. peoplesdispatch.org An Algiers court handed journalist Khaled Drareni a three-year prison sentence. The verdict has been widely condemned by human rights groups and Hirak movement protesters…

Fight Back (2020-08-12). Black Lives Matter rally in Waupaca, WI takes the street. fightbacknews.org Waupaca, WI – Nearly 100 people turned out for a Black Lives Matter (BLM) rally in the rural Wisconsin town of Waupaca. This huge turnout for an action in such a small town came in the wake of two earlier events that faced a growing amount of harassment from police and white supremacists. | The violent arrest of activist Matt Banta at a march on August 2 and the subsequent rise in racist threats toward others contributed to the organizing of this larger event. Organizers of previous BLM actions in Waupaca have been targeted by white supremacists, with a mass armed counter-protest allegedly being planned. | Hosted…

Jeff Harris (2020-08-12). The Medical Assessment of Covid: America Desperately Needs a "Second Opinion" globalresearch.ca Doctors are human and subject to human mistakes. Even doctors with exceptional "expert" credentials are still human and like all humans fallible. That's why patients often seek a second or even third opinion from other expert physicians BEFORE implementing a …

John W. Whitehead (2020-08-12). This Is America: Where Fascism, Totalitarianism and Militarism Go Hand in Hand. globalresearch.ca "In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem, government IS the problem."—Ronald Reagan | There's a pattern emerging if you pay close enough attention. | Civil discontent leads to civil unrest, which leads to protests and counterprotests….

Scott Ritter (2020-08-12). Russia wants neither 'rethink' nor 'reset' if it means restoring American supremacy & returning to Cold War diplomacy. thealtworld.com Some 136 American "experts" on US-Russian relations recently debated the merits of "rethinking" US policy on Russia. What these specialists failed to consider is that Moscow may not be interested in their plans. | In the span of a week, Politico, a non-partisan global news and information company whose The first, which appeared on August 5, was an "open let…

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2020-08-12). Is a "Color Revolution" Possible in Belarus? globalresearch.ca The political crisis in Belarus is getting worse day after day. As a result of elections in the country, a violent wave of protests began in several cities. The focus of the demonstrations is Minsk, the country's capital. In the …

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-08-12). MSM Smear Merchants Target Critics Of Establishment China Narratives. thealtworld.com slow-motion third world war against unabsorbed governments continues to accelerate, narrative management campaigns are getting more and more frenzied. We see this exemplified in two recent smear pieces published by imperial spinmeisters about critics of the establishment-authorized narratives about what's happening in China. | The oligarch-funded Axios has published a new article titled " The American blo…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-12). What do we know about the Russian COVID-19 vaccine? peoplesdispatch.org Dr. Satyajit Rath talks to Peoples Dispatch about the recent announcement made by Russian president Vladimir Putin declaring that the country has developed a vaccine for COVID-19.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-12). Protesting Thai students call for prime minister's resignation and reforms to monarchy. peoplesdispatch.org Thousands of students participated in anti-government demonstrations at the Thammasat University near Bangkok on Tuesday. Students have been protesting for the past few days demanding reforms…

Colin Todhunter (2020-08-12). Pushing GMO Crops Into India: Experts Debunk High-Level Claims of Bt Cotton Success. dissidentvoice.org On 6 July 2020, an article extolling the benefits of genetically modified (GM) crops appeared on the BloombergQuint website based on an interview with Dr Ramesh Chand, a member of the key Indian Government think tank Niti Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India) . On 17 July, another piece that placed a positive spin on …

William rivers Pitt (2020-08-12). Trump's Social Security Sleight of Hand Is Another Scam. Don't Fall for It. zcomm.org Saturday's press conference and executive order spectacle was nothing more or less than a splash of the amniotic fluid from which Trump first emerged into national politics: an episode of reality TV. The papers took the headline bait over the weekend…

Mnar Muhawesh Adley (2020-08-12). Podcast: The Beirut Explosion, Economic Terror and the Drumbeat of War Against Hezbollah. mintpressnews.com Lebanese journalists Laith Marouf and Marwa Osman recount their experience living through the recent blast that destroyed much of Beirut, an explosion that not only occurred during a period of rapid economic decline but of increasing public outrage over corruption and Western sanctions that have squeezed Lebanon dry.

John C. A. Manley (2020-08-12). Is the Face Mask Epidemic "Bringing on the Dumbing Down of Society?" globalresearch.ca "The mask is just as detrimental to society as vaccinations," says Rose Davidson in

Raul Diego (2020-08-12). Anti-Laundering Bill Targeting Shell Companies Stalled in Senate as Big Banks Caught Cooking Books. mintpressnews.com The Anti-Money Laundering Act would expose the owners of shell companies now sits alone on a shelf in the US Senate while the Federal Reserve shrugs its shoulders in the face of blatant manipulation by the too-big-to-fail banks.

Fight Back (2020-08-12). Families hold vigil for Jesse Romero and Omar Gonzalez, victims of LAPD's Eden Medina. fightbacknews.org Los Angeles, CA – In the span of 12 days during the summer of 2016, LAPD Officer Eden Medina killed two unarmed Chicanos in the neighborhood of Boyle Heights. On July 28, 2016, Medina shot Omar Gonzalez twice in the back after multiple officers had tackled the 36-year-old father of two and held him face down. The LAPD immediately allowed Medina and his partner Alejandro Higareda to continue working in Boyle Heights. Then, on August 9, Medina shot 14-year-old Jesse Romero as he was surrendering with his hands in the air and starting to kneel. In both cases, District Attorney Jackie Lacey cleared Medina and the fam…

Pan Africanism Today Secretariat (2020-08-12). Systemic corruption, mismanagement worsen Zimbabwe's economic crisis. peoplesdispatch.org The spread of COVID-19 has further exposed an already failing system, leading to an intensified political and economic crisis in Zimbabwe. The government, however, seems busy cracking down on critics…

Raul Diego (2020-08-12). Yemen: State Department Clears Bomb Peddler Pompeo of Wrongdoing in Civilian Deaths Investigation. mintpressnews.com A report issued by the State Department's Inspector General found that US arms sales raise the possibility of civilians getting killed, but also finds that the guy who sells the guns, Mike Pompeo, did nothing wrong.

Tanya Wadhwa (2020-08-12). Peru hit hard by second wave of COVID-19. peoplesdispatch.org Peru has been hit by a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the country began to ease lockdown restrictions at the beginning of July, in the same month it experienced a slight increase in the number of coronavirus cases. In the first ten days of August, the daily new cases have spiked sharply. With a population of 33 million, Peru is reporting more than 7,000 new cases everyday. Following the concerning surge in infections, President Martín Vizcarra has reimposed a state of emergency with general quarantine measures and curfews until the end of this month. | Currently, Peru is the third worst-hit country i…

Pablo Kunich (2020-08-12). Alba TV's New Model for Communication. zcomm.org The coordinator of a media platform that works with social movements talks about the history and challenges of popular communication…

Marwa Osman (2020-08-12). Beirut Blast Aftermath—MES EP.67. thealtworld.com The majority of Lebanese people put the blame squarely on the political elite and the corruption and mismanagement for the Beirut Explosion on August 4rth. However, only the US backed politicians in Lebanon began parroting from the first hour of the blast that Hezbollah is to blame for this disaster and sent in their protestors that same week to start riots in the capital while hundreds were still missing and thousands remain in hospitals getting treated as hundreds were laid for their final rest. To discuss this issue with us from Beirut is Mr. Maan Bachour Former secretary general of the Arab National Congress.

news.un (2020-08-12). UN praises resilience and vision of younger generation, marking International Youth Day. news.un.org Commemorating International Youth Day, top UN officials have called on leaders around the world to "do everything possible" to enable young people to reach their fullest potential.

WSWS (2020-08-12). Biden picks former law-and-order prosecutor Kamala Harris to be his Democratic running mate. wsws.org Harris satisfies the advocates of identity politics while reassuring big business with her law-and-order record and close ties to the moneyed elite.

Jeff Schuhrke (2020-08-12). The US Labor Movement Needs More of the UE's "Them and Us" Unionism. zcomm.org UE's model of militant, democratic unionism can revive labor…

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-08-12). Macron Lectures Lebanon: The Condescending Politics of Aid. globalresearch.ca The

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2020-08-12). Guyana Geopolitics: Washington's New Game Plan Against Venezuela. globalresearch.ca Having gained its political independence a few decades ago, Guyana is a small South American country with little international relevance. Without major economic or geopolitical projections, the country has agriculture and mining as its main activities, not being a fully …

Jenn Zhu (2020-08-12). Crisis of Civilization. The Manifestation of the Beauty of Humanity. The Legacy of Ancient Chinese Philosophy. globalresearch.ca I have once written a long story based on part of my own life experiences and some other real materials which might have caused some stir among the people who happened to have read it, in which the protagonist is …

Khury Petersen-Smith (2020-08-12). The Road to Portland: The Two Decades of 'Homeland Security'. counterpunch.org Troops have stood down in Portland and, for now, the city is quiet — which may say something about who was driving the violence there. For weeks, masked men in the city were recorded throwing protesters into unmarked cars, firing tear gas and projectiles at contingents of mothers, fathers, and veterans, and generally carrying on with impunity. But the repression in

Yves Engler (2020-08-12). The Lobby Attacks Left-wing Restaurant. dissidentvoice.org As part of a well-organized, multilayered, Israel nationalist lobby bid to bankrupt a small left-wing restaurant a prominent Toronto interior designer sued Kimberly Hawkins for $800,000. Shai DeLuca is claiming the Foodbenders owner libeled him. The suit was filed by RE-LAW LLP and the US-based Lawfare Project which harasses pro-Palestinian activists. The Lawfare Project, reports …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-12). Families of missing Kashmiri men allege they were killed in a staged encounter. peoplesdispatch.org Three men were killed by security forces in Shopian district of Kashmir on July 18. A few days ago, their pictures appeared on social media and were identified by their family members who said they were laborers who were searching for jobs…

WSWS (2020-08-12). After White House, Congress cut aid to unemployed, evictions and food lines spread across the US. wsws.org As eviction filings increase to pre-pandemic levels, workers and their families are left to fend for themselves.

Francesca Visser (2020-08-12). Meet Alabama's feminist doctor protecting women giving birth under COVID-19. zcomm.org "The US is the most dangerous place to give birth in the developed world."

Shane Quinn (2020-08-12). 80 Years Ago: Fall of France, the Wehrmacht's Advance Through the Ardennes Forest. globalresearch.ca Eight decades ago in the late summer of 1940 the Wehrmacht's generals, at Adolf Hitler's behest, were beginning preparations for a massive invasion of the USSR. Morale within the German Army was very good indeed, for obvious reasons. Within six …

Daisy Luther (2020-08-12). #WhiteHouseSiege — This Group Plans to "Lay Siege to" and "Occupy" the White House Next Month. globalresearch.ca The group that takes credit for the Occupy Wall Street movement of 2011 has a new and even more outrageous plan in mind. They intend to "occupy" the White House. | Adbusters, an online magazine that describes itself as "a global …

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-12). IRGC, Army commanders hold seasonal meeting. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 12 (MNA) — High-ranking commanders of the Iranian Army and the Islamic Revolution Guard Crops held a seasonal meeting on Wednesday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-12). Iranian documentary wins at Ierapetra filmfest of Greece. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 12 (MNA) — Mahmoud Reza's documentary 'Kiarostami and His Missing Cane' has won an award at the 2020 edition of Ierapetra International Documentary Film Festival in Greece.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-12). FAO supplies Iran with more desert locust equipment. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 12 (MNA) — FAO delivers two more consignments of desert locust control equipment and materials to Iran to further enhance national technical capacity to prevent and decrease the damages caused by this migratory pest.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-12). Zarif says US determines EU's trade partners not Union itself. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 12 (MNA) — Criticizing the EU's dependency on the US, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that this is the United States Department of the Treasury that determines EU's trade partners, not Europe itself.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-12). Iran COVID-19 update: 2,510 cases, 188 deaths. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 12 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry announced 2,510 new cases of infection with the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, putting the total number of cases in the country at 333,699.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-12). Parliament's open session on Wed. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 13 (MNA) — Iranian lawmakers held an open session on Wednesday and did not give the vote of confidence to Hossein Modarres Khiabani as the new industry minister.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-12). VIDEO: Russia registers world's 1st COVID-19 vaccine. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 12 (MNA) — Russia registered the world's first Covid-19 vaccine on Tuesday. It marks a milestone in the fight against the new coronavirus but amid safety concerns in the West over the country's accelerated clinical evaluations.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-12). 'Driving Lessons' wins at Beirut Intl. Women Film Festival. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 12 (MNA) — Iranian Short 'Driving Lessons' has won at Beirut International Women Film Festival.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-12). US needs terrorists in region: Bashar al-Assad. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 12 (MNA) — Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that the United States is in desperate need of terrorists in the region including ISIL terrorist group and seeks to support terrorists using Caesar sanctions law against Syria.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-12). US clings personal position of PGCC's SG 'regional consensus'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 12 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the United States, in desperation, calls the position of the Secretary General of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) as 'regional consensus'.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-12). Russia sees US attempts to revise UN res. 2231 unjustifiable. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 12 (MNA) — In a tweet on Wednesday, Russia's Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov named US attempts to revise UNSC Resolution. 2231 as 'counterproductive and unjustifiable'.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-12). 'Inner Love' goes to Italian film festival's final. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 12 (MNA) — Iranian short 'Inner Love' has made it into the final stage of the 8th edition of Spi Stories Film Festival in Italy.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-12). Police dismantle 3 drug-smuggling bands in Tehran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 12 (MNA) — According to Tehran's Police Chief, the anti-narcotics police of the province have dismantled three drug-smuggling gangs and seized over 2 tons of illicit drugs in the Iranian capital during separate operations.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-12). Introduction, farewell ceremony of Markazi prov. IDO's chief. en.mehrnews.com ARAK, Aug. 12 (MNA) — An introduction and farewell ceremony of the director general of Islamic Development Organization (IDO) in Markazi province and introduction of new head of Mehr news agency's office in this province was held on Tue. evening.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-12). Iran to set up pavilion at Chinese high-tech. fair. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 13 (MNA) — Iranian knowledge-based companies are planning to set up a pavilion at 22nd edition of China Hi-Tech Fair (CHTF), which is going to be held on November 11 to 15 at Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center, Shenzhen, China.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-12). Qatar says stances of PGCC Sec. Gen. not of council members. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 12 (MNA) — Qatari special envoy Majed Al-Qahtani said that the stances of the Secretary-General of the PGCC Nayef Falah Mubarak Al-Hajraf about the extension of Iran's arms embargo can not be generalized to other council members.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-12). Bomb blast in W Afghanistan kills four policemen. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 13 (MNA) — Four members of local police forces were killed and ten civilians were injured in a bomb blast in the western province of Farah in Afghanistan.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-12). Iran symbol of power in region: Brig. Gen. Heidari. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 12 (MNA) — Commander of the Iranian Army's Ground Forces said that Islamic Republic of Iran is a symbol of power in the region and the Global Arrogance must leave the West Asia.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-12). Police seize 460 kg of narcotics in SE Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 12 (MNA) — The police force of Iran's Sistan and Baluchestan province have seized 460 kg of illicit drugs in Saravan County.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-12). Sidelines of Cabinet meeting. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 12 (MNA) — On the sidelines of the Cabinet meeting, some of the Iranian ministers and officials answered reporters' questions on Wednesday.

Women Take The Stage (2020-08-12). Wednesday 8/26: Women Take The Stage: Rally & Concert Honoring the 19th Amendment's Centennial. indybay.org Online via livestream (free)…

Berkeley Copwatch (2020-08-12). Saturday 8/29: Know Your Rights: You have a Right to Film. indybay.org Online Zoom Training.

PIMHCH (2020-08-12). In SF, Low Riders Join Day to Demand "Shut Down CA Concentration Camps" indybay.org First there was a rally at Justin Herman Plaza, then a caravan led by Roberto Hernandez of the SF Low Rider Council in his classic white convertible. On August 8, during a statewide day of action to end ICE detention camps, over 1,000 marched behind the caravan of low riders in San Francisco. The culmination of the protest was at ICE headquarters on San Francisco's Sansome St. where demonstrators left red colored handprints to say, "ICE….you have blood on your hands."

People Over Petro (2020-08-12). Thursday 8/20: Tackling the A-Z Impacts of Plastic: Impact on Climate (Part 2 of 2). indybay.org Online…

Slash SFPD's Stash (2020-08-12). Friday 8/21: Rally & March to Slash SFPD's Stash. indybay.org Gather at Civic Center Plaza in front of SF City Hall | March to 850 Bryant…

People Over Petro (2020-08-12). Tuesday 8/18: Tackling the A-Z Impacts of Plastic: Impact on Climate (Part 1 of 2). indybay.org Online…

Environmental Protection Information Center (2020-08-12). Wolf Update: California's Lassen Pack Grows. indybay.org California's only known gray wolf family welcomes a minimum of eight new pups this year.

Khubaka, Michael Harris (2020-08-12). 2020 Sequoia National Park ~ Buffalo Soldiers Day Celebration. indybay.org California US Senator Kamala Harris, a native daughter of Oakland, California, has an special connection with Buffalo Soldiers as she continues to lead the way helping quantify and qualify the merits of our California Buffalo Soldiers Project.

Robert Norse (2020-08-12). Another Toxic S.C. City Council Meeting Today. indybay.org I wrote a letter to Justin Cummings last week about the upcoming "public" City Council meeting. On the agenda are the usual rubberstamping of City Manager Bernal's diktats, new police funding, denying claims against the police, the zombie resurrection of an anti-Vending law, inadequate "controls" on facial technology use, and a sell-out CACH homeless report.

United We Dream (2020-08-12). Wednesday 8/12: United We Dream: Panel Discussion on the Documentary Series "Immigration Nation" indybay.org Online via livestream…

LWVSF (2020-08-12). Wednesday 9/23: District 7 San Francisco Board of Supervisors Candidate Forum. indybay.org Online…

LWVSF (2020-08-12). Thursday 9/17: District 1 San Francisco Board of Supervisors Candidate Forum. indybay.org Online…

Martha Hubert (2020-08-12). Saturday 8/15: Love, Peace and Justice. indybay.org Highland Avenue Bridge @ Arlington, over the San Jose Ave. exit/entrance to Interstate 280, in the Bernal/Mission/Noe/Glen Park vicinity.

Lynda Carson (2020-08-12). Eviction crisis across the nation threatens 30-40 million people. indybay.org Protesting Tenants Demanding That The Rent Must Be Cancelled:…

Earth Day Network (2020-08-12). Thursday 8/13: How Citizen Science Can Help Save the Bees. indybay.org Online via livestream & Zoom…

Future Coalition (2020-08-12). Monday 8/17: Revolutionize The Vote: The Climate Emergency, Racial Justice and Your Voting Power. indybay.org Online via livestream…

Santa Cruz News Network (2020-08-12). Santa Cruz for Bernie Endorses Brown, Hill and Kumar for Santa Cruz City Council. indybay.org Santa Cruz County for Bernie Sanders has announced their organization is endorsing three progressive candidates for Santa Cruz City Council in the November 2020 election: Sandy Brown, Kelsey Hill, and Kayla Kumar.

Michael Owens (2020-08-12). How South Korea's past informs Moon Jae-In's civil rights policy. indybay.org President Moon Jae-In is the current president of South Korea. His presidency began without the typical two-month adjustment period, coming out of the previous scandal involving President Park Geun-hye. His justice minister pick became embroiled in a scandal, and the country's economy and unemployment rate have taken a turn for the worse. His approval rates have fallen to record lows, as protestors take to the streets. What actions is President Moon taking to bolster his candidacy? Let's examine how South Korea's political history has informed President Moon Jae In's public policy.

LWVSF (2020-08-12). Wednesday 9/30: District 11 San Francisco Board of Supervisors Candidate Forum. indybay.org Online…

Lynda Carson (2020-08-12). Employing and feeding people at Millcreek Manor in Batavia, Illinois. indybay.org The Empire Room, A Dining Room At Millcreek Manor In The Late 1960s:…

Michael Harris (2020-08-12). Friday 9/18: Juneteenth Holiday Education Symposium. indybay.org Historic Gold Mining Town | Negro Bar, California | Historic Folsom District…

reenvia Red Latina sin fronteras (2020-08-12). Perù: Lucha Indà¨gena Agosto2020. indybay.org Perù: Lucha Indà¨gena | Agosto 2020 | Director: Hugo Blanco…

DEFEND 209 (2020-08-12). Saturday 8/29: #AllOut Against Racist 'Hate-Pride' Anti-LGBT Rally in Modesto. indybay.org 1431 McHenry Ave, Planned Parenthood Parking lot.

Norbert Trenkle (2020-08-12). When Wealth Destroys Wealth: Inverse Capitalism and its Limits. indybay.org Ever-increasing real estate prices was an illusion. The boom that the US stock markets have experienced in recent years deserves the name fracking boom. Fictitious capital put the US economy back on the growth track. Inverse capitalism describes contemporary capitalism determined by dynamics of the financial market.

_____ (2020-08-12). A Company Of Thieves Run By Washington To Steal Syrian Oil. popularresistance.org Stealing the resources of the Syrian people and plundering their wealth has always been a major goal of the United States in Syria, as it has completed its hostile approach by supporting terrorism there through an agreement between it and Qasad (SDF) militia to pillage the Syrian oil in an aggravated and declared crime that violates the rules of international law. | The administration of US President Donald Trump has worked for years on the scheme to plunder the Syrian oil, which was finally embodied in the agreement between Washington and Qasad militia as informed sources revealed to the (CNN) that the agreement…

_____ (2020-08-12). The Execution Of Elephants And Americans. popularresistance.org This first execution in 17 years was performed by lethal injection because hanging has a bad rep these days. It feels too Wild West, though it is carbon neutral. And electrocution has been on the outs because I imagine the environmentalists were furious the electricity was coming from coal power plants. (Don't quote me on that.) | I mean, if you're going to turn a guy into a shish kabob, don't use dirty energy to do it, okay? Maybe he could pedal a bike that powers his own murder. That's eco-friendly. Or how about death by a wind turbine? I'm sure if you got a guy close enough to one of those things, the blades w…

_____ (2020-08-12). Mountain Valley Pipeline Water Permit Denied. popularresistance.org Another natural gas pipeline in North Carolina has been derailed, at least temporarily, as the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality has denied a water quality permit for the MVP Southgate project that would route through Rockingham and Alamance counties. | In a letter released this afternoon, Division of Water Resources Director Danny Smith wrote, "Due to uncertainty surrounding the completion of the MVP Mainline project," it has determined that "work on the Southgate extension could lead to unnecessary water quality impacts and disturbance of the environment in North Carolina."

_____ (2020-08-12). How Trump Can Steal The 2020 Election. popularresistance.org The election was stolen from Clinton four years ago and the even weaker 2020 candidate can expect the same fate. Republicans win the presidency when they steal votes. Democrats need a huge turnout to undo the impact of so-called "spoiled ballots," electronic vote machine theft and the removal of Democratic voters, i.e. Black people, from the rolls. These methods will of course be used in November and ought to be the basis for concerns regarding any electoral malfeasance. | It is important to remember the real electoral threats when Donald Trump decides to have fun with America's collective reptile brain. When he…

_____ (2020-08-12). UC Santa Cruz Reinstates Graduate Students After Months-Long Strike. popularresistance.org The University of California has agreed to reinstate 41 UC Santa Cruz graduate student workers who were fired in March after waging a months-long 'wildcat' strike. The strike for a cost of living adjustment galvanized students at nearly every single campus in the UC's 285,000-student system. | Last week, following months of protests, campus negotiations, and outcry from elected officials, the University of California agreed to reinstate the 41 teaching assistants. | The university also agreed to offer the 41 students, who had lost their teaching appointments, an additional quarter of funding and an employment gua…

_____ (2020-08-12). Utah Teachers Oppose Schools Reopening. popularresistance.org School districts across Utah are planning to open with in-person classes for the start of the new school year, despite the state having twice the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus as they did when schools closed in March. Governor Gary Hubert requested school districts open for in-person learning, while leaving planning and procedures up to individual school districts. School boards have been making minimal changes without input from teachers, school employees and parents. | The Granite Education Association, representing teachers in Utah's largest school district, held a rally outside the district offices…

_____ (2020-08-12). Remembering Hiroshima And Nagasaki By Shutting Down A Nuclear Base. popularresistance.org At around 6: 45 AM on Monday, demonstrators arrived at the Main Gate and formed a vigil line along the roadway. At around 7: 05 AM, four "peacekeepers" entered the roadway and stopped traffic, while behind them, six demonstrators set themselves and their banners on the roadway. | Three of the demonstrators carried a banner stating, "Hiroshima Nagasaki Never Again!" Two demonstrators held a blue painted banner stating, "No More Genocide in My Name." One demonstrator carried a banner, "Peace Walk Nuclear-Free World, Black Lives Matter."

_____ (2020-08-12). Coronavirus As An Opportunity. popularresistance.org The lack of connections between the dots of the Corona and security — human security in particular — would be another example. The present author would see the handling of the Corona pandemic as the most fundamental documentation of the fact that not a single government has practiced security the right way: billions of taxpayers' dollars have been spent on weapons (that de-crease security in most cases), while there was nobody who had thought of face masks, thermometers, hospital equipment, and facilities — for what must be called a perfectly predictable security challenge. | Instead, the Corona…

_____ (2020-08-12). Numerous Assaults Witnessed During Black Lives Matter Protests. popularresistance.org A group of about thirty Black Lives Matter protesters from Gardnerville, Carson City and Lake Tahoe took to the streets of Douglas County today, where they were met with hundreds of heavily armed counter-protesters, some of whom were physically and verbally assaulting the mostly-teenaged protesters. | After Douglas County Sheriff Dan Coverley issued a public open letter to the Douglas County Library Board stating his opposition to their proposed support of Black Lives Matter, joining numerous library associations across the country, and threatening to not respond to the library's call for assistance anymore, many…

_____ (2020-08-12). Chile's Militarisation of the Araucania Influences Racism Against the Mapuche Population. strategic-culture.org As Chile shifted its attention to the coronavirus pandemic, which brought out the country's widespread social inequalities, the state's aggression towards the Mapuche people went on unhindered. In June, President Sebastian Piñera

_____ (2020-08-12). The Russians Are Coming! Or Have They Already Arrived? strategic-culture.org Right at the beginning of the Cold War, the paranoid slogan "The Russians are coming!" was rather popular in a certain part of the American establishment. It is attributed to an eccentric US Defense Minister who fell out of a window in mysterious circumstances following a mental breakdown. Years passed by and the Cold War apparently came to an end, but the Russians kept on coming without ever arriving, while vast sums of US taxpayers' money were spent on the arms race and on propaganda proclaiming that the Russians were still coming. | And now, finally, the Russians have arrived. They have arrived in America's so…

_____ (2020-08-12). The Censoring Cancel Culture Against Russia. strategic-culture.org Wyoming Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney,

The Canary (2020-08-12). Activist's arrest in Portland galvanises Black Lives Matter movement. thecanary.co The arrest during a protest in Portland, Oregon, of a Black woman who became a leading activist in the racial justice movement, has galvanised Black Lives Matter groups. The activist, Demetria Hester, was assaulted by a white supremacist three years ago. | Portland has endured more than two months of often violent, nightly protests since George Floyd's police killing in Minneapolis, including weeks of clashes between protesters and federal agents. The agents were dispatched to the city by US president Donald Trump. | Authorities said they won't be charging Hester, a prominent activist, following her arrest after…

The Canary (2020-08-12). UK facing 'long road' to recovery from deep recession, warn experts. thecanary.co Britain faces a "long road ahead" to recovery after suffering the biggest hit so far from the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic of the major global economies, experts have warned. | June's 8.7% bounce-back in gross domestic product (GDP) means the economy is set to emerge from its record-breaking recession in the third quarter, but the sheer size of the contraction means it has further to crawl back. | Business groups and economists also cautioned the path of the recovery may not be smooth, given the threat of a second wave and possible further lockdowns, with a jobs crisis also on the horizon as government support…

The Canary (2020-08-12). Study advises regular testing and 'extreme caution' to reduce risk of coronavirus in maternity wards. thecanary.co NHS staff should have regular tests for coronavirus (Covid-19), scientists have said, after a new study highlighted the proportion of staff who had the disease but showed no symptoms. The new study found that one in six maternity health workers have had coronavirus. One in three of these were completely asymptomatic — meaning they continued to go about their work as usual, potentially passing the virus on to mothers and their new babies. | Asymptomatic: | The new study, published in the journal Anaesthesia, examined infection rates among workers in two London hospital maternity units. | In total, 20…

news.un (2020-08-12). Real Life Heroes: heading into disaster, in the service of others. news.un.org Growing up in Indonesia in the shadow of an active volcano, Agus Haryono has witnessed the deadly risks of living in a disaster-prone region. This prompted him to join the country's Search and Rescue Agency, in the hope of saving lives, when disaster strikes.

yenisafak (2020-08-12). COVID-19: Face masks mandatory in Brussels. yenisafak.com Wearing a face mask became mandatory in all public spaces of the Belgian capital Brussels as of Wednesday.The measure entered into force automatically after the publication of the latest COVID-19 figures.So far, Brussels residents were only obliged to cover their nose and mouth in shops, as well as on public transport and certain popularly frequented streets.But, the city council decided last week to make face covers obligatory everywhere if the daily average of new infections passed the limit of 50 per 100,000 inhabitants on a weekly average.According to the latest data of the country's Public Health Institute S…

yenisafak (2020-08-12). Beijing shuts tourist sites as precaution against heavy downpours. yenisafak.com A heavy rainstorm forecast in China's capital Beijing has forced authorities to shut parks and tourist sites, state-run media reported.The Beijing Gardening and Greening Bureau said the capital is expecting to receive "heaviest rainstorm" this summer, said Xinhua News Agency.Hence, authorities have closed parks, including the Summer Palace, Tiantan (Temple of Heaven) Park, and Beijing Zoo. The expected tourists who booked tickets are being given refunds.The bureau added that operations of almost all landscaping projects have been suspended, and workers shifted to safer places before the rainstorm hits the capital…

yenisafak (2020-08-12). Coronavirus deaths rise to almost 19,000 in Iran. yenisafak.com As many as 188 new coronavirus-related fatalities have raised the death toll in Iran to 18,988, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday.A total of 2,510 people tested positive for COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, pushing the tally to 333,699, according to ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari.She said more than 290,244 patients have recovered so far, while 3,940 are hospitalized in critical condition.Since appearing in China last December, the virus has spread to at least 188 countries and regions, according to figures compiled by the US-based Johns Hopkins University's Coronavirus Resource Center.More than 20.3 mil…

yenisafak (2020-08-12). Pakistanis | say 'Turkey is not alone' with countless tweets over East Med | dispute. yenisafak.com Tens of thousands of Pakistanis voiced their support for Turkey regarding the Eastern Mediterranean dispute on social media using the hashtag, "#Turkeyisnotalone", amid an escalating rift between Ankara and Greece over seismic exploration and drilling activities in the region.As a sign of unity between the two brother countries, the hashtag "#Turkeyisnotalone" remained a top trend in Pakistan on the microblogging website on Wednesday.Posting countless tweets and photos, Pakistanis expressed their solidarity with Turkey over mounting tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean."Pakistan and the Pakistani nation will nev…

yenisafak (2020-08-12). Yemeni president to visit US for medical checkups. yenisafak.com Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi will leave Riyadh for the United States on Wednesday to undergo medical checkups in Cleveland, a senior government official told Anadolu Agency. | "Hadi is in good health," the source said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. | He said the Yemeni leader, who had undergone a heart surgery in May, was scheduled to visit the US a few months ago, but the trip was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. | Hadi had made several trips to the US for medical examinations due to his heart condition. | Yemen has been engulfed by violence and…

yenisafak (2020-08-12). Turkey lays 1,750 km streamer under Mediterranean Sea. yenisafak.com Turkey announced on Wednesday that it had laid two streamer cables on the Eastern Mediterranean Sea bed as part of its ongoing hydrocarbon exploration activities."By Aug. 23, a total 1,750 kilometers of streamer (seismic cable) was laid under the Mediterranean Sea for two-dimensional seismic exploration," Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Donmez said on Twitter.Turkey's seismic research vessel, the MTA Oruc Reis was "x-raying the seas."As part of the country's hydrocarbon surveying activities, Turkey released a NAVTEX (navigational telex) on Aug. 10, 2020, announcing that the Oruc Reis would begin cond…

yenisafak (2020-08-12). Brent oil price up with estimated US crude stocks drop. yenisafak.com Brent crude oil prices rose on Wednesday as an expected decrease in US crude oil inventory relieved investor fears about a fall in demand.International benchmark Brent crude was trading at $44.98 per barrel at 0633GMT for a 0.8% increase after closing Tuesday at $44.62 a barrel.American benchmark West Texas Intermediate was at $42 per barrel at the same time, up 0.16% after ending the previous session at $42.07 a barrel.Late Tuesday, the American Petroleum Institute (API) announced its estimate of a fall of 4.4 million barrels in US crude oil inventories last week, more than an expected 3.2 million-barrel draw.Al…

yenisafak (2020-08-12). Turkey renovates 1,700-year-old tomb in northern Syria. yenisafak.com Afrin — just across Turkey's southern border — was liberated from the terrorist YPG/PKK by Turkey's Operation Olive Branch in 2018, but has still been subject to occasional attacks by the YPG/PKK terror group.Turkey continues to take care of the cultural assets in the area, thus, the restoration work was carried out by the Turkish southern Hatay province's Regional Directorate of Foundations.The renovation work, which started around six months ago and is planned to be completed at the end of the year, is being meticulously carried out by expert teams.According to the General Directorate of Foundations…

yenisafak (2020-08-12). German foreign minister visits blast-stricken Lebanon. yenisafak.com German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas arrived in Beirut on Wednesday for a short visit to meet with Lebanese President Michel Aoun. | Maas will also attend the funeral of a German diplomat, who died in a massive blast that rocked the Beirut port on August 4. | According to Lebanese media, the top German diplomat will not meet any Lebanese officials except President Michel Aoun during his visit. | Ahead of his arrival in Beirut, Maas underlined the importance to carry out reforms in Lebanon as demanded by the international community. | He said aid pledged during Sunday's donor conference for Lebanon will not be given…

yenisafak (2020-08-12). Derailed train in Scotland is 'extremely serious': Scottish leader Sturgeon. yenisafak.com Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon said the derailment of a train near Stonehaven on Wednesday morning was "extremely serious", as video footage on social media showed smoke rising from the scene on the east coast of the country."This is an extremely serious incident," she said. "I've had an initial report from Network Rail and the emergency services and am being kept updated. All my thoughts are with those involved."Police received reports of a train derailing near Stonehaven, a town 15 km (9 miles) south of the city of Aberdeen, at 0940 a.m. on Wednesday."Emergency services are currently in attendance and the inci…

Steve Topple (2020-08-12). A BBC journalist's tweet sums up the broadcaster's rancid attitude towards refugees. thecanary.co A BBC journalist managed to sum up in one tweet the broadcaster's rancid coverage of refugees crossing the Channel. But the situation also points to a wider problem: how co-opted the media is, and how corporations co-opt politics for their own gains. | The BBC: scraping the bottom of the barrel: | Both BBC and Sky News have

Steven Sahiounie (2020-08-12). Mohammed bin Salman Faces His Biggest Threat to the Throne. US Law Suit against Saudi Crown Prince. globalresearch.ca Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, has been able to dodge legal responsibility in the death of Jamal Khashoggi, while US President Trump has defended and supported him. It appears

Manlio Dinucci (2020-08-12). What Is Italy Doing for Nuclear Disarmament? globalresearch.ca On the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, reiterated that "Italy strongly supports the goal of a world free from nuclear weapons." He was echoed by the …

Steve Topple (2020-08-12). The UK's rail network just descended into further coronavirus chaos. thecanary.co Amid the Rail fares: ticket touting?: | Every January, train operators put some fares up. This is because the government

Daniel Fernandez (2020-08-12). Ending Mass Incarceration Is Only the Beginning. thenation.com Ending Mass Incarceration Is Only the Beginning…

Vijay Prashad (2020-08-11). Why a growing force in Brazil is charging that President Jair Bolsonaro has committed crimes against humanity. mronline.org Jhuliana Rodrigues works as a nurse technician at the Hospital Sà£o Vicente in Jundiaí, Brazil. "It is very difficult," she says of her job these days. Brazil has just passed 100,000 deaths from COVID-19, with 3 million Brazilians infected with the virus.

Staff (2020-08-11). Climate, crude, and COVID devastate Ecuador's Amazon. therealnews.com Unprecedented flooding, the COVID-19 pandemic, and catastrophic oil spills are wreaking havoc in Ecuador's Amazon and its Indigenous communities, one of the groups hardest hit by the climate-related emergencies fueled by unbridled drilling for oil and mining for minerals. | In April, as COVID-19 began to overwhelm the healthcare system, both of Ecuador's transnational oil pipelines ruptured, dumping thousands of barrels of oil into the Coca river and its tributaries that provide fresh water and livelihoods to native communities. Regarded as Ecuador's worst spill in a decade, the collapsed pipelines are still not…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-08-11). Medical Experts Denounce 'Irresponsible' Rush to Covid-19 Vaccine by Russia. commondreams.org "The collateral damage from release of any vaccine that was less than safe and effective would exacerbate our current problems insurmountably." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-08-11). Scores of Education Experts Call on Schools to Reject Screen-Saturated Return to Learning. commondreams.org "Now is the time for parents and teachers to come together and demand what children really need." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Dr. C. Stephen Frost (2020-08-11). End Torture and Medical Neglect of Julian Assange. globalresearch.ca Repost, first published on February 11, 2020 | On Nov 22, 2019, we, a group of more than 60 medical doctors, wrote to the UK Home Secretary to express our serious concerns about the physical and mental health of Julian Assange.1 …

John McEvoy (2020-08-11). No Extradition: New film documents Julian Assange's plight for freedom. thecanary.co On Thursday 13 August, the new documentary No Extradition: Julian Assange's Father & The Struggle for His Son's Freedom will

Dave Lindorff (2020-08-11). Trump Launches Attack on Social Security and Medicare. counterpunch.org Watch out! Uncle Donald is coming for your and all your relatives' Social Security and your Medicare! The all-out attack on Social Security and Medicare, those two remaining standing edifices of the legacy of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal and Lyndon Johnson's New Society, has begun in earnest with President Trump's latest executive order calling for the

Dave Lindorff (2020-08-11). Alert! Social Security and Medicare are in critical danger. nationofchange.org Trump launches attack on key programs for the elderly…

Staff (2020-08-11). How the Pandemic Defeated America: Ed Yong on How COVID-19 Humiliated Planet's Most Powerful Nation. democracynow.org As the world passes a grim milestone of 20 million coronavirus cases, we look at how the pandemic humbled and humiliated the world's most powerful country. Over a quarter of the confirmed infections and deaths have been in the United States, which has less than 5% of the world's population. Ed Yong, a science writer at The Atlantic who has been covering the pandemic extensively since March, says existing gaps in the U.S. social safety net and the Trump administration's "devastatingly inept response" made for a deadly combination.

Staff (2020-08-11). Headlines for August 11, 2020. democracynow.org Lebanese Gov't Steps Down in Wake of Catastrophic Beirut Explosion and Mounting Protests, Trump Mulls Barring Americans from Reentry into U.S.; Coronavirus Cases Rise in Kids, Russia Approves First COVID-19 Vaccine; New Zealand Goes Back into Lockdown, Unrest in Chicago Sparked by Police Shooting Leads to 100+ Arrests, 16 People Arrested in Portland, OR Protests, Including Hate Crime Survivor Demetria Hester, Belarus in Turmoil as Lukashenko Cracks Down on Protests, Opposition Candidate Flees to Lithuania, Bolivia Protests Against Interim Right-Wing Gov't Intensify; Union Calls for General Strike, Fires in Brazil…

Staff (2020-08-11). Lebanon's Gov't Resigns Amid Public Rage over Beirut Blast, But Protesters Demand Structural Change. democracynow.org After days of protests, Lebanon's government has resigned following the devastating explosion at the Port of Beirut that killed 200 people and injured thousands. The port blast, the source of which was 2,700 tons of highly explosive ammonium nitrate left unattended in a warehouse for more than six years, occurred as Lebanon was already facing political, economic and public health crises. We speak with Ziad Abu-Rish, a historian and research fellow at the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies and co-director of Bard College's Masters of Arts program in human rights and the arts, who says despite public outrage toppli…

Staff (2020-08-11). "Prisons Are Not Fit for Human Occupation": San Quentin Prisoners Speak Out as Virus Deaths Reach 25. democracynow.org California's notorious San Quentin State Prison is experiencing the worst coronavirus outbreak in the United States. At least 2,200 prisoners have been infected, and 25 have died. More than 260 staff members have also been infected. We hear from two people incarcerated at San Quentin about conditions inside and the punitive measures authorities have taken against prisoners campaigning for better safety measures, and speak with James King, a member of the Stop San Quentin Outbreak Coalition. "The conditions at San Quentin are horrific," says King, who was incarcerated at San Quentin from 2013 until December 2019.

2020-08-12: Social Media Postees

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Lebanon's Leaders Resign over deaths of 200, but Trump refuses Accountability for 163,462 Deaths
Juan Cole | zcomm.org | 2020-08-12
Trump by his peculiar combination of narcissism, contrarianism, irrationality, and political guile, has polished off more Americans than died in the entire Vietnam War…
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Federal Judge Sets Out to Bring Down Law Shielding Police From Legal Liability
Marjorie Cohn | zcomm.org | 2020-08-12
As the Massachusetts legislature debates whether to water down its qualified immunity defense, a federal judge in Mississippi filed a stunning 72-page opinion blasting the doctrine…
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Political strike shuts down Bolivia
Michael Otto | workers.org | 2020-08-12
Ibarra, Ecuador Do Bolivian lives matter? The Bolivian masses are experiencing a perfect storm of social, health and economic crises. A U.S.-backed military coup overthrew President Evo Morales Ayma in November 2019 — Morales called it a lithium coup. To Wall Street, only the great reserves of Bolivian lithium matter. . . . | Continue reading Political strike shuts down Bolivia at Workers.org
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Kamala Harris? Really? Desperate Times, Desperate Measures
Riva Enteen | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-12
Kamala Harris might be the perfect lens to reveal who the Democrats really are. A good run-down on her track record highlights her assertion that "It is not progressive to be soft on crime." As a San Francisco social worker, I sat on the school district committee that met with families of chronically truant students.
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Kamala Harris? Really? Desperate Times, Desperate Measures
Riva Enteen | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-12
Kamala Harris might be the perfect lens to reveal who the Democrats really are. A good run-down on her track record highlights her assertion that "It is not progressive to be soft on crime."
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Growing Force Is Charging That Bolsonaro Has Committed Crimes Against Humanity
Vijay Prashad | zcomm.org | 2020-08-12
The lawsuit says that Bolsonaro's disregard for the danger of the pandemic has put "the Brazilian people at the edge of the abyss."
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An anti-racist vote for class unity
Editor | workers.org | 2020-08-12
Rashida Tlaib of Detroit made history on Nov. 7, 2018, when she became the first Palestinian American woman elected to Congress. This year, in the weeks leading up to the Michigan Democratic Party primary on Aug. 4, the capitalist media questioned whether she would get a shot at reelection. "Congressperson . . . | Continue reading An anti-racist vote for class unity at Workers.org
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The U.S. Presidential Election: A Referendum on Donald Trump's Character or a Campaign on Law-and-Order?
Prof Rodrigue Tremblay | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-12
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power." –Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), 16th President of the United States, 1861-65. | "We must reject any thinking of our cities as a 'battlespace' …
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Democratic Establishment Commits to Status Quo with Kamala Harris VP Pick
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-08-12
Just as America seemed to be in the midst of reckoning over-policing and racial justice, the Democratic establishment threw its support behind a hawkish former prosecutor with a questionable record.
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Former McCain Advisor and Iraq War Advocate Niall Ferguson Warns TikTok Is a Chinese Imperial Plot
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-08-12
Ferguson argued that Tiktok is brainwashing 100 million mostly Generation Z Americans who use the platform into "becoming soldiers of Beijing's new revolution."
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The Deforestation of Brazil's Amazon
Jenny Gonzales | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-12
The latest INPE (National Institute for Space Research) deforestation data for the Brazilian Amazon, released last Friday, comes as the result of the policies of President Jair Bolsonaro, say critics. According to DETER, INPE's real-time forest monitoring system, …
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Illegal terror against im/migrants continues
| workers.org | 2020-08-12
By B.L.S. San Antonio, Texas "They told me not to tell my family where I was," a Haitian asylum-seeker recounted. "I heard people being taken away in the hall [of the hotel] screaming, 'I'm not going! I'm not going!'" An im/migrant Haitian mother and her daughter are incarcerated by ICE . . . | Continue reading Illegal terror against im/migrants continues at Workers.org
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Serbia's Intention to Buy Chinese Weapons. US Concerns
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-12
Belgrade's announcement that it may purchase the Chinese FK-3 anti-aircraft missile system was enough for the U.S. to express concern about Serbia's future, not only with Europe, but with the entire world. | The U.S. Embassy in Belgrade said that | "procuring | …
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Turkey Marks 100 Years Since Treaty of Sèvres. Renewed Hostilities with Greece
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-12
Yesterday marked the 100-year anniversary from when the Treaty of Sèvres was signed. The Treaty of Sèvres saw the Ottoman Empire dismembered, with Greece, Syria and Armenia gaining old lost lands, an independent Kurdistan established, and France, Britain and Italy …
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The Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic: The Real Danger is "Agenda ID2020"
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-12
WHO has most likely received orders from "above", from those people who also manage Trump and the "leaders" (sic) of the EU, European Union. The final decision to go ahead NOW with COVID-19 pandemic, was taken in January 2020 at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos – behind very much closed doors.
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Mass Looting in Chicago, My Neighborhood Under Siege
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-12
I awoke Monday morning to distressing news, alerted me by pre-dawn email from my residential building's management. | I and other building residents were told about overnight vandalism and mass looting of retail shops along Chicago's Magnificent Mile in our neighborhood …
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As Kamala Harris Makes History as VP Pick, Her "Top Cop" Record Faces New Scrutiny Amid BLM Protests
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-08-12
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's selection of California Senator Kamala Harris as his vice-presidential running mate for the November election makes her the first Black woman and the first Indian American on a major party presidential ticket. "It's hard to overstate how historic, how monumental this is," says Aimee Allison, president of She the People, which works to elevate the political voice and leadership of women of color. But in the midst of the largest protest movement in American history against racist policing, Briahna Joy Gray, the former national press secretary for the Bernie Sanders pres…
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What the Nazis Learned from Jim Crow: Author Isabel Wilkerson on the U.S. Racial Caste System
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-08-12
In her extensively researched new book, "Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents," Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson argues the United States' racial hierarchy should be thought of as a caste system, similar to that in India. In a wide-ranging interview, she describes how she also looks at the ways Nazi Germany borrowed from U.S. Jim Crow laws. "The Nazis needed no one to teach them how to hate," Wilkerson says. "But what they did was they sent researchers to the United States to study Jim Crow laws here in the United States, to study and to research how the United States had managed to subordinate…
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Wednesday 8/12: Action: Demand Congress Include All Immigrants in the Next COVID Stimulus Bill
United We Dream | indybay.org | 2020-08-12
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Meatpacking Workers Continue To Struggle During The Pandemic
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-12
Five thousand plant workers have tested positive for COVID-19 in Nebraska, representing nearly 20 percent of cases statewide, and at least 21 of those workers have died. Plants predominantly employ immigrants and refugees, consisting mostly of Latinos, but also Sudanese, Bhutanese, Vietnamese, and other groups. Even though workers' pay increased at the plants, so too did their workload. With many still out sick, workers have been expected to keep up with line speeds operating at full capacity. Many workers live in multigenerational homes, and the coronavirus case and death figures cited by Sen. Vargas do not acco…
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Twitter Spreads Paid U.S. Gov't Propaganda While Falsely Claiming It Bans State Media Ads
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2020-08-12
Twitter says it bans ads from state-affiliated media outlets. However, US government propaganda organs like Voice of America's VOA Persian pay the social media corporation huge sums of money to spread disinformation against Iran and other foreign adversaries. | Ben NORTON | Twitter has demonstrated a clear, consistent bias in favor of the US government and its geopolitical interests. The social media giant has also repeatedly lied about its policies on state-backed media outlets. | Twitter unveiled a new feature on August 6 that labels government-affiliated media on the platform. Users immediately pointed out…
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Chile's Militarisation of the Araucania Influences Racism Against the Mapuche Population
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2020-08-12
As Chile shifted its attention to the coronavirus pandemic, which brought out the country's widespread social inequalities, the state's aggression towards the Mapuche people went on unhindered. In June, President Sebastian Piñera dispatched 80 members of its special forces to Temuco in the Araucania region, as resistance to state violence against the indigenous populations increased. Earlier in the same month, a Mapuche leader, Alejandro Alberto Treuquil, was murdered by "individuals outside the community", as…
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Using Royal Navy to tackle refugee crossings 'declaration of maritime war' — Calais mayor
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-08-12
Sending the Royal Navy into the English Channel to deal with migrant crossings is a "declaration of maritime war", the mayor of Calais has said. | Natacha Bouchart told France 3 that the British government must take responsibility. She called on Priti Patel's French counterpart to push them on the issue. Her fierce words came as more refugees arrived in the UK on Wednesday 12 August. | Meanwhile, at least 19 refugees who arrived in the UK after crossing the Channel in small boats, and were due to be deported on Wednesday 12 August, have had their removals paused, the PA news agency has learned. | Unwanted ref…
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Disparaging Stokely Carmichael, Bill Clinton attacks the black freedom struggle
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2020-08-12
During a historic upsurge of black activism, Bill Clinton attacked the late Stokely Carmichael/Kwame Ture, a leading black power revolutionary….
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Brexit, COVID and the continuing ambiguity in Britain
Newsclick | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-12
Vijay Prashad, Executive Director, Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, talks to Musician Pandit G of the Asian Dub Foundation speak of the power of music and community in fighting the evils of society.
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The Likud Conspiracy: Israel in the Throes of a Major Political Crisis
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-12
Protests against Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, have raged on for weeks, turning violent sometimes. Israelis are furious at their government's mediocre response to the coronavirus pandemic, especially as COVID-19 disease is experiencing a massive surge throughout the country. Netanyahu warned protesters, thousands of whom have been rallying outside his residence in Jerusalem, against…
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The Politics of War: What is Israel's Endgame in Lebanon and Syria?
Ramzy Baroud | mintpressnews.com | 2020-08-12
Israel's strategic interests in the Syria conflict go beyond Netanyahu's need for a cheap victory. The outcome of the Syria war has the potential of yielding a nightmare scenario for Israel.
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Trump Is Quite Capable of an "October Surprise"
Noam Chomsky | zcomm.org | 2020-08-12
Popular support for autocracy runs disturbingly high. Almost one-fourth of Republicans agree "President Trump should close down mainstream news outlets, like CNN, The Washington Post and The New York Times."
zcomm.org/znetarticle/trump-is-quite-cap…

Video: Crisis in Belarus as Sign of Global Division
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-12
Over the past days, Belarus, an eastern European state bordering with Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia, has become a scene of a new regime change attempt on the territory of the former USSR. | On August 9, the country held presidential …
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Video: Lights, Camera, Action: Staging of Protests in Belarus
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-12
In Belarus presidential elections were held. According to the Central Election Committee, the turnout was quite high and amounted to about 84% of the population. The results of the exit poll confirm the victory of the current President of Belarus, …
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Joe Biden Picks Kamala Harris as Running Mate. Biden-Harris vs. Trump-Pence. Who is Kamala Harris?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-12
Whenever US presidential and congressional elections are held, voters get to choose between two pro-war, pro-corporate empowerment, anti-progressive right wings of the one-party state. | Names and faces change, results always the same. Dirty business as usual wins every time — …
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Beirut: A tragedy that threatens the region with war and chaos
Vanessa Beeley | thealtworld.com | 2020-08-12
On the 4th August 2020 an apocalyptic event took place in the main port of Lebanon's capital city, Beirut. Two explosions tore the city apart. The first explosion was registered on multiple mobile phone videos. The second ripped through the city with terrifying force, killing an estimated 220 and injuring more than 7000. Many victims are still missing as the search for survivors and bodies continues in the aftermath of thirty seconds that has left Beirut and Lebanon reeling with shock. | Three hundred thousand people are reported to be homeless although it is suspected that all estimated numbers are conservative.
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Exposing US Color Revolution in Thailand Aimed at China
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-12
Western media — after claiming recent protests in Thailand were "leaderless" and comprised of "students," decries arrest of US-funded lawyer leading them — never mentions US funding. | *** | The Western media was quick to decry the arrest of 34 year-old …
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New Report Reveals U.S. Special Forces Active in 22 African Countries
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2020-08-12
While there is much talk, (or more accurately, condemnation) in Western media of China's imperialist motives in Africa, there is less discussion of the U.S.' continuing role. While China operates one base in the Horn of Africa and has greatly increased its economic role on the continent, the thousands of American troops operating in dozens of countries are overlooked.
strategic-culture.org/news/2020/08/12/ne…

Bailing on Boeing: Order Cancellations Exceed New Sales for Sixth Straight Month
Zero Hedge | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-12
The embattled manufacturer saw customers abandon plans to buy 43 of its 737 MAX planes in July, where cancelled orders once again outpaced the company's sales, according to CNBC. | Boeing has net negative orders of 836 planes this year…
globalresearch.ca/bailing-boeing-order-c…

Podcast: The Beirut Explosion, Economic Terror and the Drumbeat of War Against Hezbollah
Mnar Muhawesh Adley | mintpressnews.com | 2020-08-12
Lebanese journalists Laith Marouf and Marwa Osman recount their experience living through the recent blast that destroyed much of Beirut, an explosion that not only occurred during a period of rapid economic decline but of increasing public outrage over corruption and Western sanctions that have squeezed Lebanon dry.
mintpressnews.com/podcast-beirut-blast-e…

Teaching Palestinian Children to Love Beethoven, Bizet, and Mozart is a Threat to a Depraved Israeli Society
Raouf Halaby | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-12
The subject box of a mid-March email from Jerusalemite Palestinian author and scholar read: "Simply Reflecting." Samia Khoury's 16/March/2020 message was a concise and tellingly prescient homily on the pathetically worsening universal condition of humanity as well as the depraved banality to which Israel's Jewish leaders have descended. The topics included the spread of Covid-19,…
counterpunch.org/2020/08/12/teaching-pal…

Meet Alabama's feminist doctor protecting women giving birth under COVID-19
Francesca Visser | zcomm.org | 2020-08-12
"The US is the most dangerous place to give birth in the developed world."
zcomm.org/znetarticle/meet-alabamas-femi…

AEP 59: The American Trap sprung on Tiktok and Huawei, with Carl Zha
Justin Podur | mronline.org | 2020-08-12
Back with Carl Zha of Silk & Steel podcast, who we last saw in our episode on the India-China border conflict.
mronline.org/2020/08/12/aep-59-the-ameri…

#WhiteHouseSiege — This Group Plans to "Lay Siege to" and "Occupy" the White House Next Month
Daisy Luther | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-12
The group that takes credit for the Occupy Wall Street movement of 2011 has a new and even more outrageous plan in mind. They intend to "occupy" the White House. | Adbusters, an online magazine that describes itself as "a global …
globalresearch.ca/whitehousesiege-group-…

After White House, Congress cut aid to unemployed, evictions and food lines spread across the US
wsws.org | 2020-08-12
As eviction filings increase to pre-pandemic levels, workers and their families are left to fend for themselves.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/12/unem…

Lost at Sea: Left Liberals Have No Party
Bruce Lerro | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-08-12
I wrote this article over four years ago in 2016 for the purpose of challenging left liberals to face the fact that they have no party. In re-reading it today, everything I said in the original article remains true. In fact, the Democratic Party has leaned even further to the right over the last four …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/08/lost-at-sea-l…

Peru hit hard by second wave of COVID-19
Tanya Wadhwa | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-12
Peru has been hit by a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the country began to ease lockdown restrictions at the beginning of July, in the same month it experienced a slight increase in the number of coronavirus cases. In the first ten days of August, the daily new cases have spiked sharply. With a population of 33 million, Peru is reporting more than 7,000 new cases everyday. Following the concerning surge in infections, President Martín Vizcarra has reimposed a state of emergency with general quarantine measures and curfews until the end of this month. | Currently, Peru is the third worst-hit country i…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/08/12/peru-hit-…

Pushing GMO Crops Into India: Experts Debunk High-Level Claims of Bt Cotton Success
Colin Todhunter | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-08-12
On 6 July 2020, an article extolling the benefits of genetically modified (GM) crops appeared on the BloombergQuint website based on an interview with Dr Ramesh Chand, a member of the key Indian Government think tank Niti Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India) . On 17 July, another piece that placed a positive spin on …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/08/pushing-gmo-c…

Yemen: State Department Clears Bomb Peddler Pompeo of Wrongdoing in Civilian Deaths Investigation
Raul Diego | mintpressnews.com | 2020-08-12
A report issued by the State Department's Inspector General found that US arms sales raise the possibility of civilians getting killed, but also finds that the guy who sells the guns, Mike Pompeo, did nothing wrong.
mintpressnews.com/yemen-state-department…

Algerian journalist Khaled Drareni sentenced to three years in prison for Facebook posts
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-12
An Algiers court handed journalist Khaled Drareni a three-year prison sentence. The verdict has been widely condemned by human rights groups and Hirak movement protesters…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/08/12/algerian-…

Looking for an Excuse to Crackdown, Police Departments are Pitting Protesters Against Each Other
John Whitehead | mintpressnews.com | 2020-08-12
Civil discontent leads to civil unrest, which leads to protests and counterprotests, and instead of restoring order, local police stand down. Tensions rise, violence escalates, and federal armies move in.
mintpressnews.com/crackdown-police-depar…

Reformers Aim to End Prison Firefighters' 'Indentured Servitude' in California
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-08-12
California's incarcerated firefighters program plays a central role in fighting climate change-fueled wildfires. With exploitative pay and history rooted in colonialism, activists are pushing for a career path for those who serve.
therealnews.com/columns/reformers-aim-to…

Leaked documents reveal what TikTok shares with authorities — In the U.S
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-08-12
A glimpse at what the social media platform does in the U.S. underscores that data privacy issues extend beyond China.
mronline.org/2020/08/12/leaked-documents…

Biden picks former law-and-order prosecutor Kamala Harris to be his Democratic running mate
wsws.org | 2020-08-12
Harris satisfies the advocates of identity politics while reassuring big business with her law-and-order record and close ties to the moneyed elite.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/12/harr…

The US Labor Movement Needs More of the UE's "Them and Us" Unionism
Jeff Schuhrke | zcomm.org | 2020-08-12
UE's model of militant, democratic unionism can revive labor…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-us-labor-movem…

It Could Have Been Different
Tom Engelhardt | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-12
Let me be blunt. This wasn't the world I imagined for my denouement. Not faintly. Of course, I can't claim I ever really imagined such a place. Who, in their youth, considers their death and the world that might accompany it, the one you might leave behind for younger generations? I'm 76 now. True, if…
counterpunch.org/2020/08/12/it-could-hav…

MSM Smear Merchants Target Critics Of Establishment China Narratives
Caitlin Johnstone | thealtworld.com | 2020-08-12
slow-motion third world war against unabsorbed governments continues to accelerate, narrative management campaigns are getting more and more frenzied. We see this exemplified in two recent smear pieces published by imperial spinmeisters about critics of the establishment-authorized narratives about what's happening in China. | The oligarch-funded Axios has published a new article titled " The American blo…
thealtworld.com/caitlin_johnston/msm-sme…

Replaying the 'Syria Scenario' in Lebanon
Abdel Bari Atwan | thealtworld.com | 2020-08-12
The US and its clients are trying to exploit the crisis to advance their plans to destroy Hezbollah. They should know better. | Let us start at the end, without getting bogged down in the details and analyses that fill the Lebanese and Arab media these days: The current ferment in Lebanon, which resulted in the resignation of Hassan Diab's government over the Beirut Port explosion, will eventually lead to the demise of Lebanon's corrupt ruling elite and the 1989 Taif Agreement that brought it to power and established the sectarian carve-up system that sustains it. | The Lebanese people want genuine democratic ref…
thealtworld.com/abdel_bari_atwan/replayi…

Union intervention wins back garment workers' jobs in Myanmar
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-12
The intervention by the Industrial Workers Federation of Myanmar has led to the reinstatement of 168 garment workers who had been laid off by two companies during the COVID-19 lockdown in March and April…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/08/12/union-int…

Vietnam donates 10,000 masks to Maryland to fight COVID-19
Vietnam News Agency | peoplesworld.org | 2020-08-12
WASHINGTON–The Embassy of Vietnam in the United States presented 10,000 face masks to the state of Maryland at a ceremony held on August 7. At the handover ceremony, Vietnamese Ambassador to the U.S. Ha Kim Ngoc voiced his hope that the face masks will contribute to containing the spread of COVID-19 in Maryland. He added …
peoplesworld.org/article/vietnam-donates…

Black Lives Matter rally in Waupaca, WI takes the street
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-08-12
Waupaca, WI – Nearly 100 people turned out for a Black Lives Matter (BLM) rally in the rural Wisconsin town of Waupaca. This huge turnout for an action in such a small town came in the wake of two earlier events that faced a growing amount of harassment from police and white supremacists. | The violent arrest of activist Matt Banta at a march on August 2 and the subsequent rise in racist threats toward others contributed to the organizing of this larger event. Organizers of previous BLM actions in Waupaca have been targeted by white supremacists, with a mass armed counter-protest allegedly being planned. | Hosted…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/8/12/black-li…

Crisis of Civilization. The Manifestation of the Beauty of Humanity. The Legacy of Ancient Chinese Philosophy
Jenn Zhu | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-12
I have once written a long story based on part of my own life experiences and some other real materials which might have caused some stir among the people who happened to have read it, in which the protagonist is …
globalresearch.ca/benevolence-righteousn…

Families hold vigil for Jesse Romero and Omar Gonzalez, victims of LAPD's Eden Medina
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-08-12
Los Angeles, CA – In the span of 12 days during the summer of 2016, LAPD Officer Eden Medina killed two unarmed Chicanos in the neighborhood of Boyle Heights. On July 28, 2016, Medina shot Omar Gonzalez twice in the back after multiple officers had tackled the 36-year-old father of two and held him face down. The LAPD immediately allowed Medina and his partner Alejandro Higareda to continue working in Boyle Heights. Then, on August 9, Medina shot 14-year-old Jesse Romero as he was surrendering with his hands in the air and starting to kneel. In both cases, District Attorney Jackie Lacey cleared Medina and the fam…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/8/11/families…

Beirut mega-blast unleashes political tsunami
John Catalinotto | workers.org | 2020-08-12
Aug. 10 — An earthquake-size explosion in the port of Beirut on Aug. 4 killed 200, wounded 6,000 and left 300,000 people homeless in that densely populated city. It also unleashed a political tsunami that pulled in regional and imperialist powers as well as Lebanese political forces. Lebanese emergency workers . . . | Continue reading Beirut mega-blast unleashes political tsunami at Workers.org
workers.org/2020/08/50533/?utm_source=rs…

Protesting Thai students call for prime minister's resignation and reforms to monarchy
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-12
Thousands of students participated in anti-government demonstrations at the Thammasat University near Bangkok on Tuesday. Students have been protesting for the past few days demanding reforms…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/08/12/protestin…

Alba TV's New Model for Communication
Pablo Kunich | zcomm.org | 2020-08-12
The coordinator of a media platform that works with social movements talks about the history and challenges of popular communication…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/alba-tvs-new-model…

MST Quilombo Campo Grande camp resists eviction in the midst of the pandemic
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-12
The Quilombo Campo Grande camp is resisting an eviction which began early on August 12. The camp is home to 450 landless families who have been living, producing and working there for over 2 decades.
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/08/12/mst-quilo…

The 'Wall of Vets' Continue Long Legacy of Veteran Activism
Brian Trautman | zcomm.org | 2020-08-12
Veterans are mindful of the crimes that an authoritarian government and occupying military force are capable of. They know that we have a civic duty to stand up to these existential threats to democracy, freedom and liberty…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-wall-of-vets-c…

Trump turning state-owned VOA into personal propaganda arm
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-08-12
USAGM's pro-Trump CEO Michael Pack is implementing Trump's anti-immigration agenda and purging VOA and other USAGM affiliates of international staff by refusing J-1 visa renewals, landing dozens of foreign journalists in limbo…
therealnews.com/columns/trump-turning-st…

This Is Not A Drill Live
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-08-12
The sprint to November 2020 is underway. The question that remains for left organizers is, who will we bring in to our growing coalition organized around racial justice and radical economic democracy? The overlapping political and economic crises of our time have opened the door to growing far beyond our normal base of support. How…
therealnews.com/stories/this-is-not-a-dr…

Anti-Laundering Bill Targeting Shell Companies Stalled in Senate as Big Banks Caught Cooking Books
Raul Diego | mintpressnews.com | 2020-08-12
The Anti-Money Laundering Act would expose the owners of shell companies now sits alone on a shelf in the US Senate while the Federal Reserve shrugs its shoulders in the face of blatant manipulation by the too-big-to-fail banks.
mintpressnews.com/key-anti-laundering-bi…

The Road to Portland: The Two Decades of 'Homeland Security'
Khury Petersen-Smith | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-12
Troops have stood down in Portland and, for now, the city is quiet — which may say something about who was driving the violence there. For weeks, masked men in the city were recorded throwing protesters into unmarked cars, firing tear gas and projectiles at contingents of mothers, fathers, and veterans, and generally carrying on with impunity. But the repression in…
counterpunch.org/2020/08/12/the-road-to-…

Reformers Aim to End Prison Firefighters' 'Indentured Servitude' in California
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-08-12
Brandon Smith was incarcerated in Wasco State Prison in 2012 when a correctional officer approached him about becoming a firefighter–not after prison, but during his time inside. Smith would, if he said "yes," serve in what the state calls its Conservation Camp Program. "I remember being in a cell when a counselor at the California…
therealnews.com/columns/reformers-aim-to…

UN praises resilience and vision of younger generation, marking International Youth Day
news.un.org | 2020-08-12
Commemorating International Youth Day, top UN officials have called on leaders around the world to "do everything possible" to enable young people to reach their fullest potential.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/08/1…

March For Our Lives shifts to new strategy
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-08-12
WASHINGTON–March For Our Lives, the massive student-led anti-gun organization that poured youthful activists into the streets–and into voting booths–two years ago, is shifting strategy, but its platform stays the same, with one big new emphasis. That emphasis, said co-founder David Hogg and Executive Director Alexis Confer, both now college students, is to link up and …
peoplesworld.org/article/march-for-our-l…

This Is America: Where Fascism, Totalitarianism and Militarism Go Hand in Hand
John W. Whitehead | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-12
"In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem, government IS the problem."–Ronald Reagan | There's a pattern emerging if you pay close enough attention. | Civil discontent leads to civil unrest, which leads to protests and counterprotests….
globalresearch.ca/amerika-fascism-totali…

Is the Face Mask Epidemic "Bringing on the Dumbing Down of Society?"
John C. A. Manley | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-12
"The mask is just as detrimental to society as vaccinations," says Rose Davidson in a viral video.
globalresearch.ca/is-face-mask-epidemic-…

The Lobby Attacks Left-wing Restaurant
Yves Engler | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-08-12
As part of a well-organized, multilayered, Israel nationalist lobby bid to bankrupt a small left-wing restaurant a prominent Toronto interior designer sued Kimberly Hawkins for $800,000. Shai DeLuca is claiming the Foodbenders owner libeled him. The suit was filed by RE-LAW LLP and the US-based Lawfare Project which harasses pro-Palestinian activists. The Lawfare Project, reports …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/08/the-lobby-att…

Macron Lectures Lebanon: The Condescending Politics of Aid
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-12
The explosion in a Beirut portside warehouse containing over 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate on August 4 has done its bit to light more fires under Lebanon's ruling powers. With the blast still bloodily fresh and traumatic — the destruction …
globalresearch.ca/macron-lectures-lebano…

Chicagoans rally in support of arrested after police shoot young Black man
Kamran Siddiqi | liberationnews.org | 2020-08-12
On August 9, Chicago police shot and wounded Allen in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood.
liberationnews.org/chicagoans-rally-to-s…

Systemic corruption, mismanagement worsen Zimbabwe's economic crisis
Pan Africanism Today Secretariat | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-12
The spread of COVID-19 has further exposed an already failing system, leading to an intensified political and economic crisis in Zimbabwe. The government, however, seems busy cracking down on critics…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/08/12/systemic-…

Santa Davis and the "Stalag 17" Riddim
Stephen Cooper | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-12
Relatable to reggae music lovers everywhere, Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet Mary Oliver once wrote: "Rhythm is one of the most powerful pleasures, and when we feel a pleasurable rhythm we hope it will continue. When it does, the sweet grows sweeter. When it becomes reliable, we are in a kind of body-heaven." On June 30 I was…
counterpunch.org/2020/08/12/santa-davis-…

Is a "Color Revolution" Possible in Belarus?
Lucas Leiroz de Almeida | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-12
The political crisis in Belarus is getting worse day after day. As a result of elections in the country, a violent wave of protests began in several cities. The focus of the demonstrations is Minsk, the country's capital. In the …
globalresearch.ca/could-color-revolution…

Beirut Blast Aftermath–MES EP.67
Marwa Osman | thealtworld.com | 2020-08-12
The majority of Lebanese people put the blame squarely on the political elite and the corruption and mismanagement for the Beirut Explosion on August 4rth. However, only the US backed politicians in Lebanon began parroting from the first hour of the blast that Hezbollah is to blame for this disaster and sent in their protestors that same week to start riots in the capital while hundreds were still missing and thousands remain in hospitals getting treated as hundreds were laid for their final rest. To discuss this issue with us from Beirut is Mr. Maan Bachour Former secretary general of the Arab National Congress.
thealtworld.com/marwa_osman/beirut-blast…

Guyana Geopolitics: Washington's New Game Plan Against Venezuela
Lucas Leiroz de Almeida | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-12
Having gained its political independence a few decades ago, Guyana is a small South American country with little international relevance. Without major economic or geopolitical projections, the country has agriculture and mining as its main activities, not being a fully …
globalresearch.ca/guyana-new-american-be…

'Let Them Tremble': So much of this history reads like right now
Tim Wheeler | peoplesworld.org | 2020-08-12
In celebration of its centennial, Tony Pecinovsky has written Let Them Tremble: Biographical Interventions Marking 100 Years of the Communist Party, USA, a book that profiles the lives of six Communist Party leaders. They are Arnold Johnson, Charlene Mitchell, Gus Hall, Henry Winston, Judith LeBlanc, and W. Alphaeus Hunton. I suggest you order a copy …
peoplesworld.org/article/let-them-trembl…

80 Years Ago: Fall of France, the Wehrmacht's Advance Through the Ardennes Forest
Shane Quinn | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-12
Eight decades ago in the late summer of 1940 the Wehrmacht's generals, at Adolf Hitler's behest, were beginning preparations for a massive invasion of the USSR. Morale within the German Army was very good indeed, for obvious reasons. Within six …
globalresearch.ca/80-years-ago-fall-fran…

Families hold vigil for Jesse Romero and Omar Gonzalez, victims of LAPD's Eden Medina
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-08-12
Los Angeles, CA – In the span of 12 days during the summer of 2016, LAPD Officer Eden Medina killed two unarmed Chicanos in the neighborhood of Boyle Heights. On July 28, 2016, Medina shot Omar Gonzalez twice in the back after multiple officers had tackled the 36-year-old father of two and held him face down. The LAPD immediately allowed Medina and his partner Alejandro Higareda to continue working in Boyle Heights. Then, on August 9, Medina shot 14-year-old Jesse Romero as he was surrendering with his hands in the air and starting to kneel. In both cases, District Attorney Jackie Lacey cleared Medina and the fam…
fightbacknews.org/2020/8/11/families-hol…

Russia wants neither 'rethink' nor 'reset' if it means restoring American supremacy & returning to Cold War diplomacy
Scott Ritter | thealtworld.com | 2020-08-12
Some 136 American "experts" on US-Russian relations recently debated the merits of "rethinking" US policy on Russia. What these specialists failed to consider is that Moscow may not be interested in their plans. | In the span of a week, Politico, a non-partisan global news and information company whose stated mission is "providing accurate, nonpartisan impactful information to the right people at the right time," published two pieces that addressed the topic of US-Russian relations. | The first, which appeared on August 5, was an "open let…
thealtworld.com/scott_ritter/russia-want…

Review of My Mis-Education in 3 Graphics
Mary Filippo | mronline.org | 2020-08-12
My Mis-Education in 3 Graphics is a document of the filmmaker's darkly humorous journey through the mind-boggling constructs of mainstream economics.
mronline.org/2020/08/12/review-of-my-mis…

"We Didn't Bleed Him Enough": When Normal is the Problem
P. Sainath | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-12
Bloodletting was a common medical treatment for nearly 3,000 years. It developed around an idea, originating with Hippocrates and later wildly popular in Europe of the Middle Ages: that an imbalance of the four humours of the body — blood, phlegm, black bile, yellow bile — caused illness. Around 500 years after Hippocrates, Galen declared…
counterpunch.org/2020/08/12/we-didnt-ble…

Families of missing Kashmiri men allege they were killed in a staged encounter
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-12
Three men were killed by security forces in Shopian district of Kashmir on July 18. A few days ago, their pictures appeared on social media and were identified by their family members who said they were laborers who were searching for jobs…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/08/12/families-…

Trump's Social Security Sleight of Hand Is Another Scam. Don't Fall for It
William rivers Pitt | zcomm.org | 2020-08-12
Saturday's press conference and executive order spectacle was nothing more or less than a splash of the amniotic fluid from which Trump first emerged into national politics: an episode of reality TV. The papers took the headline bait over the weekend…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/trumps-social-secu…

The Hiroshima Myth
John V. Denson | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-12
This article was crossposted from LewRockwell.com where it was originally published in 2006. | Every year during the first two weeks of August the mass news media and many politicians at the national level trot out the "patriotic" political myth that …
globalresearch.ca/hiroshima-myth/5720903

The Medical Assessment of Covid: America Desperately Needs a "Second Opinion"
Jeff Harris | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-12
Doctors are human and subject to human mistakes. Even doctors with exceptional "expert" credentials are still human and like all humans fallible. That's why patients often seek a second or even third opinion from other expert physicians BEFORE implementing a …
globalresearch.ca/america-needs-second-o…

What do we know about the Russian COVID-19 vaccine?
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-12
Dr. Satyajit Rath talks to Peoples Dispatch about the recent announcement made by Russian president Vladimir Putin declaring that the country has developed a vaccine for COVID-19.
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/08/12/what-do-w…

A Courageous Family Needs Your Help to Seek Justice for the Murder of Their Son on 9/11
Richard Gage | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-12
I'm writing this article today because a courageous family needs your help — and their struggle for justice offers what I believe is the best opportunity the 9/11 Truth Movement has ever had to break through on a global scale….
globalresearch.ca/courageous-family-need…

'What we're seeing now is Jim Crow 2.0'
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-08-12
CounterSpin interview with Carol Anderson on voter suppression.
mronline.org/2020/08/12/what-were-seeing…

El uso de la tecnología por parte del estado: un problema para el movimiento
Ben Carroll | workers.org | 2020-08-12
La información está en todas partes. En el 2020, la tecnología es una parte omnipresente de la vida cotidiana de muchos trabajadores en este país y en todo el mundo. Usamos las redes sociales y el correo electrónico para mantenernos en contacto con familiares y amigos. Vemos transmisiones en vivo . . . | Continue reading El uso de la tecnología por parte del estado: un problema para el movimiento at Workers.org
workers.org/2020/08/50524/?utm_source=rs…

'Driving Lessons' wins at Beirut Intl. Women Film Festival
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-12
TEHRAN, Aug. 12 (MNA) — Iranian Short 'Driving Lessons' has won at Beirut International Women Film Festival.
en.mehrnews.com/news/162182/Driving-Less…

US clings personal position of PGCC's SG 'regional consensus'
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-12
TEHRAN, Aug. 12 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the United States, in desperation, calls the position of the Secretary General of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) as 'regional consensus'.
en.mehrnews.com/news/162206/US-clings-pe…

Introduction, farewell ceremony of Markazi prov. IDO's chief
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-12
ARAK, Aug. 12 (MNA) — An introduction and farewell ceremony of the director general of Islamic Development Organization (IDO) in Markazi province and introduction of new head of Mehr news agency's office in this province was held on Tue. evening.
en.mehrnews.com/photo/162165/Introductio…

Zarif says US determines EU's trade partners not Union itself
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-12
TEHRAN, Aug. 12 (MNA) — Criticizing the EU's dependency on the US, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that this is the United States Department of the Treasury that determines EU's trade partners, not Europe itself.
en.mehrnews.com/news/162190/Zarif-says-U…

Sidelines of Cabinet meeting
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-12
TEHRAN, Aug. 12 (MNA) — On the sidelines of the Cabinet meeting, some of the Iranian ministers and officials answered reporters' questions on Wednesday.
en.mehrnews.com/photo/162177/Sidelines-o…

Iran COVID-19 update: 2,510 cases, 188 deaths
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-12
TEHRAN, Aug. 12 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry announced 2,510 new cases of infection with the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, putting the total number of cases in the country at 333,699.
en.mehrnews.com/news/162189/Iran-COVID-1…

Russia sees US attempts to revise UN res. 2231 unjustifiable
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-12
TEHRAN, Aug. 12 (MNA) — In a tweet on Wednesday, Russia's Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov named US attempts to revise UNSC Resolution. 2231 as 'counterproductive and unjustifiable'.
en.mehrnews.com/news/162201/Russia-sees-…

Police seize 460 kg of narcotics in SE Iran
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-12
TEHRAN, Aug. 12 (MNA) — The police force of Iran's Sistan and Baluchestan province have seized 460 kg of illicit drugs in Saravan County.
en.mehrnews.com/news/162210/Police-seize…

Iran to set up pavilion at Chinese high-tech. fair
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-12
TEHRAN, Aug. 13 (MNA) — Iranian knowledge-based companies are planning to set up a pavilion at 22nd edition of China Hi-Tech Fair (CHTF), which is going to be held on November 11 to 15 at Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center, Shenzhen, China.
en.mehrnews.com/news/162193/Iran-to-set-…

FAO supplies Iran with more desert locust equipment
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-12
TEHRAN, Aug. 12 (MNA) — FAO delivers two more consignments of desert locust control equipment and materials to Iran to further enhance national technical capacity to prevent and decrease the damages caused by this migratory pest.
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Parliament's open session on Wed
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-12
TEHRAN, Aug. 13 (MNA) — Iranian lawmakers held an open session on Wednesday and did not give the vote of confidence to Hossein Modarres Khiabani as the new industry minister.
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Iranian documentary wins at Ierapetra filmfest of Greece
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-12
TEHRAN, Aug. 12 (MNA) — Mahmoud Reza's documentary 'Kiarostami and His Missing Cane' has won an award at the 2020 edition of Ierapetra International Documentary Film Festival in Greece.
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Qatar says stances of PGCC Sec. Gen. not of council members
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-12
TEHRAN, Aug. 12 (MNA) — Qatari special envoy Majed Al-Qahtani said that the stances of the Secretary-General of the PGCC Nayef Falah Mubarak Al-Hajraf about the extension of Iran's arms embargo can not be generalized to other council members.
en.mehrnews.com/news/162178/Qatar-says-s…

IRGC, Army commanders hold seasonal meeting
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-12
TEHRAN, Aug. 12 (MNA) — High-ranking commanders of the Iranian Army and the Islamic Revolution Guard Crops held a seasonal meeting on Wednesday.
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Iran symbol of power in region: Brig. Gen. Heidari
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-12
TEHRAN, Aug. 12 (MNA) — Commander of the Iranian Army's Ground Forces said that Islamic Republic of Iran is a symbol of power in the region and the Global Arrogance must leave the West Asia.
en.mehrnews.com/news/162209/Iran-symbol-…

'Inner Love' goes to Italian film festival's final
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-12
TEHRAN, Aug. 12 (MNA) — Iranian short 'Inner Love' has made it into the final stage of the 8th edition of Spi Stories Film Festival in Italy.
en.mehrnews.com/news/162186/Inner-Love-g…

Police dismantle 3 drug-smuggling bands in Tehran
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-12
TEHRAN, Aug. 12 (MNA) — According to Tehran's Police Chief, the anti-narcotics police of the province have dismantled three drug-smuggling gangs and seized over 2 tons of illicit drugs in the Iranian capital during separate operations.
en.mehrnews.com/news/162180/Police-disma…

US needs terrorists in region: Bashar al-Assad
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-12
TEHRAN, Aug. 12 (MNA) — Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that the United States is in desperate need of terrorists in the region including ISIL terrorist group and seeks to support terrorists using Caesar sanctions law against Syria.
en.mehrnews.com/news/162212/US-needs-ter…

Bomb blast in W Afghanistan kills four policemen
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-12
TEHRAN, Aug. 13 (MNA) — Four members of local police forces were killed and ten civilians were injured in a bomb blast in the western province of Farah in Afghanistan.
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VIDEO: Russia registers world's 1st COVID-19 vaccine
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-12
TEHRAN, Aug. 12 (MNA) — Russia registered the world's first Covid-19 vaccine on Tuesday. It marks a milestone in the fight against the new coronavirus but amid safety concerns in the West over the country's accelerated clinical evaluations.
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Tuesday 8/18: Tackling the A-Z Impacts of Plastic: Impact on Climate (Part 1 of 2)
People Over Petro | indybay.org | 2020-08-12
Online…
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In SF, Low Riders Join Day to Demand "Shut Down CA Concentration Camps"
PIMHCH | indybay.org | 2020-08-12
First there was a rally at Justin Herman Plaza, then a caravan led by Roberto Hernandez of the SF Low Rider Council in his classic white convertible. On August 8, during a statewide day of action to end ICE detention camps, over 1,000 marched behind the caravan of low riders in San Francisco. The culmination of the protest was at ICE headquarters on San Francisco's Sansome St. where demonstrators left red colored handprints to say, "ICE….you have blood on your hands."
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Eviction crisis across the nation threatens 30-40 million people
Lynda Carson | indybay.org | 2020-08-12
Protesting Tenants Demanding That The Rent Must Be Cancelled:…
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Thursday 8/13: How Citizen Science Can Help Save the Bees
Earth Day Network | indybay.org | 2020-08-12
Online via livestream & Zoom…
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Employing and feeding people at Millcreek Manor in Batavia, Illinois
Lynda Carson | indybay.org | 2020-08-12
The Empire Room, A Dining Room At Millcreek Manor In The Late 1960s:…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/08/12/1883586…

When Wealth Destroys Wealth: Inverse Capitalism and its Limits
Norbert Trenkle | indybay.org | 2020-08-12
Ever-increasing real estate prices was an illusion. The boom that the US stock markets have experienced in recent years deserves the name fracking boom. Fictitious capital put the US economy back on the growth track. Inverse capitalism describes contemporary capitalism determined by dynamics of the financial market.
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Perù: Lucha Indà¨gena Agosto2020
reenvia Red Latina sin fronteras | indybay.org | 2020-08-12
Perù: Lucha Indà¨gena | Agosto 2020 | Director: Hugo Blanco…
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Monday 8/17: Revolutionize The Vote: The Climate Emergency, Racial Justice and Your Voting Power
Future Coalition | indybay.org | 2020-08-12
Online via livestream…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/08/12/1883587…

Another Toxic S.C. City Council Meeting Today
Robert Norse | indybay.org | 2020-08-12
I wrote a letter to Justin Cummings last week about the upcoming "public" City Council meeting. On the agenda are the usual rubberstamping of City Manager Bernal's diktats, new police funding, denying claims against the police, the zombie resurrection of an anti-Vending law, inadequate "controls" on facial technology use, and a sell-out CACH homeless report.
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Thursday 9/17: District 1 San Francisco Board of Supervisors Candidate Forum
LWVSF | indybay.org | 2020-08-12
Online…
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Wednesday 8/26: Women Take The Stage: Rally & Concert Honoring the 19th Amendment's Centennial
Women Take The Stage | indybay.org | 2020-08-12
Online via livestream (free)…
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Wolf Update: California's Lassen Pack Grows
Environmental Protection Information Center | indybay.org | 2020-08-12
California's only known gray wolf family welcomes a minimum of eight new pups this year.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/08/10/1883584…

Saturday 8/15: Love, Peace and Justice
Martha Hubert | indybay.org | 2020-08-12
Highland Avenue Bridge @ Arlington, over the San Jose Ave. exit/entrance to Interstate 280, in the Bernal/Mission/Noe/Glen Park vicinity.
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Wednesday 9/23: District 7 San Francisco Board of Supervisors Candidate Forum
LWVSF | indybay.org | 2020-08-12
Online…
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Wednesday 9/30: District 11 San Francisco Board of Supervisors Candidate Forum
LWVSF | indybay.org | 2020-08-12
Online…
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Santa Cruz for Bernie Endorses Brown, Hill and Kumar for Santa Cruz City Council
Santa Cruz News Network | indybay.org | 2020-08-12
Santa Cruz County for Bernie Sanders has announced their organization is endorsing three progressive candidates for Santa Cruz City Council in the November 2020 election: Sandy Brown, Kelsey Hill, and Kayla Kumar.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/08/10/1883581…

Friday 9/18: Juneteenth Holiday Education Symposium
Michael Harris | indybay.org | 2020-08-12
Historic Gold Mining Town | Negro Bar, California | Historic Folsom District…
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Wednesday 8/12: United We Dream: Panel Discussion on the Documentary Series "Immigration Nation"
United We Dream | indybay.org | 2020-08-12
Online via livestream…
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How South Korea's past informs Moon Jae-In's civil rights policy
Michael Owens | indybay.org | 2020-08-12
President Moon Jae-In is the current president of South Korea. His presidency began without the typical two-month adjustment period, coming out of the previous scandal involving President Park Geun-hye. His justice minister pick became embroiled in a scandal, and the country's economy and unemployment rate have taken a turn for the worse. His approval rates have fallen to record lows, as protestors take to the streets. What actions is President Moon taking to bolster his candidacy? Let's examine how South Korea's political history has informed President Moon Jae In's public policy.
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Saturday 8/29: Know Your Rights: You have a Right to Film
Berkeley Copwatch | indybay.org | 2020-08-12
Online Zoom Training.
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Friday 8/21: Rally & March to Slash SFPD's Stash
Slash SFPD's Stash | indybay.org | 2020-08-12
Gather at Civic Center Plaza in front of SF City Hall | March to 850 Bryant…
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2020 Sequoia National Park ~ Buffalo Soldiers Day Celebration
Khubaka, Michael Harris | indybay.org | 2020-08-12
California US Senator Kamala Harris, a native daughter of Oakland, California, has an special connection with Buffalo Soldiers as she continues to lead the way helping quantify and qualify the merits of our California Buffalo Soldiers Project.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/08/12/1883587…

Saturday 8/29: #AllOut Against Racist 'Hate-Pride' Anti-LGBT Rally in Modesto
DEFEND 209 | indybay.org | 2020-08-12
1431 McHenry Ave, Planned Parenthood Parking lot.
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Thursday 8/20: Tackling the A-Z Impacts of Plastic: Impact on Climate (Part 2 of 2)
People Over Petro | indybay.org | 2020-08-12
Online…
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Coronavirus As An Opportunity
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-12
The lack of connections between the dots of the Corona and security — human security in particular — would be another example. The present author would see the handling of the Corona pandemic as the most fundamental documentation of the fact that not a single government has practiced security the right way: billions of taxpayers' dollars have been spent on weapons (that de-crease security in most cases), while there was nobody who had thought of face masks, thermometers, hospital equipment, and facilities — for what must be called a perfectly predictable security challenge. | Instead, the Corona…
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Utah Teachers Oppose Schools Reopening
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-12
School districts across Utah are planning to open with in-person classes for the start of the new school year, despite the state having twice the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus as they did when schools closed in March. Governor Gary Hubert requested school districts open for in-person learning, while leaving planning and procedures up to individual school districts. School boards have been making minimal changes without input from teachers, school employees and parents. | The Granite Education Association, representing teachers in Utah's largest school district, held a rally outside the district offices…
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A Company Of Thieves Run By Washington To Steal Syrian Oil
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-12
Stealing the resources of the Syrian people and plundering their wealth has always been a major goal of the United States in Syria, as it has completed its hostile approach by supporting terrorism there through an agreement between it and Qasad (SDF) militia to pillage the Syrian oil in an aggravated and declared crime that violates the rules of international law. | The administration of US President Donald Trump has worked for years on the scheme to plunder the Syrian oil, which was finally embodied in the agreement between Washington and Qasad militia as informed sources revealed to the (CNN) that the agreement…
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How Trump Can Steal The 2020 Election
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-12
The election was stolen from Clinton four years ago and the even weaker 2020 candidate can expect the same fate. Republicans win the presidency when they steal votes. Democrats need a huge turnout to undo the impact of so-called "spoiled ballots," electronic vote machine theft and the removal of Democratic voters, i.e. Black people, from the rolls. These methods will of course be used in November and ought to be the basis for concerns regarding any electoral malfeasance. | It is important to remember the real electoral threats when Donald Trump decides to have fun with America's collective reptile brain. When he…
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Numerous Assaults Witnessed During Black Lives Matter Protests
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-12
A group of about thirty Black Lives Matter protesters from Gardnerville, Carson City and Lake Tahoe took to the streets of Douglas County today, where they were met with hundreds of heavily armed counter-protesters, some of whom were physically and verbally assaulting the mostly-teenaged protesters. | After Douglas County Sheriff Dan Coverley issued a public open letter to the Douglas County Library Board stating his opposition to their proposed support of Black Lives Matter, joining numerous library associations across the country, and threatening to not respond to the library's call for assistance anymore, many…
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UC Santa Cruz Reinstates Graduate Students After Months-Long Strike
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-12
The University of California has agreed to reinstate 41 UC Santa Cruz graduate student workers who were fired in March after waging a months-long 'wildcat' strike. The strike for a cost of living adjustment galvanized students at nearly every single campus in the UC's 285,000-student system. | Last week, following months of protests, campus negotiations, and outcry from elected officials, the University of California agreed to reinstate the 41 teaching assistants. | The university also agreed to offer the 41 students, who had lost their teaching appointments, an additional quarter of funding and an employment gua…
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The Execution Of Elephants And Americans
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-12
This first execution in 17 years was performed by lethal injection because hanging has a bad rep these days. It feels too Wild West, though it is carbon neutral. And electrocution has been on the outs because I imagine the environmentalists were furious the electricity was coming from coal power plants. (Don't quote me on that.) | I mean, if you're going to turn a guy into a shish kabob, don't use dirty energy to do it, okay? Maybe he could pedal a bike that powers his own murder. That's eco-friendly. Or how about death by a wind turbine? I'm sure if you got a guy close enough to one of those things, the blades w…
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Mountain Valley Pipeline Water Permit Denied
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-12
Another natural gas pipeline in North Carolina has been derailed, at least temporarily, as the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality has denied a water quality permit for the MVP Southgate project that would route through Rockingham and Alamance counties. | In a letter released this afternoon, Division of Water Resources Director Danny Smith wrote, "Due to uncertainty surrounding the completion of the MVP Mainline project," it has determined that "work on the Southgate extension could lead to unnecessary water quality impacts and disturbance of the environment in North Carolina."
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Remembering Hiroshima And Nagasaki By Shutting Down A Nuclear Base
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-12
At around 6: 45 AM on Monday, demonstrators arrived at the Main Gate and formed a vigil line along the roadway. At around 7: 05 AM, four "peacekeepers" entered the roadway and stopped traffic, while behind them, six demonstrators set themselves and their banners on the roadway. | Three of the demonstrators carried a banner stating, "Hiroshima Nagasaki Never Again!" Two demonstrators held a blue painted banner stating, "No More Genocide in My Name." One demonstrator carried a banner, "Peace Walk Nuclear-Free World, Black Lives Matter."
popularresistance.org/remembering-hirosh…

Cure worse than disease: Ruptly filmed REAL BLM protesters burning a Bible. NY Times tried to 'debunk' it with actual FAKE NEWS
rt.com | 2020-08-12
Mainstream media have denounced RT's Ruptly video agency for documenting Portland protesters burning Bibles, dismissing the unaltered footage as 'Russian disinfo' in an attempt at bad-faith 'shoot the messenger' gaslighting. | Protesters gather around a burning Bible, chanting "F*** Trump," as they neatly drape an American flag over the flames. A few of the demonstrators rub their hands over the tiny fire, aping warming themselves as the flames devour the book. The 90-second clip was part of a 4-hour livestream. | It's an incendiary image (no pun intended) — protesters already denounced from some corners…
rt.com/usa/497751-blm-protesters-bible-n…

'Trust no one & have fun': Sarah Palin embraced by libs as she comes out with words of encouragement for Biden's VP pick Harris
rt.com | 2020-08-12
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, who ran as VP on the McCain ticket in 2008, has been praised as a "class act" by her detractors after she gave Biden's freshly-announced VP pick Kamala Harris a long list of dos and don'ts. | …
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Cure worse than disease: We filmed REAL BLM protesters burning a Bible. NY Times tried to 'debunk' it with actual FAKE NEWS
rt.com | 2020-08-12
Mainstream media have denounced Ruptly video of Portland protesters burning Bibles as 'Russian disinfo', countering the unaltered viral footage with fake news of their own in bad-faith 'shoot the messenger' gaslighting. | Protesters gather around a burning Bible, chanting "F*** Trump" as they neatly drape first an American flag over the flames, in the original video, which clocks in at under 90 seconds. A few of the demonstrators rub their hands over the tiny fire, aping warming themselves as the flames devour the book. | It's an incendiary image (no pun intended) — protesters already denounced from some…
rt.com/usa/497751-blm-protesters-bible-n…

Atheists for Trump? David Silverman reacts to Biden naming Harris with 'Are You Serious?' face, saying he might VOTE RED
rt.com | 2020-08-12
David Silverman, one of America's most prominent atheists, says he's so troubled by the Democratic Party's radical shift to the left and the mowing down of libertarian principles that he may do the unthinkable: vote Trump. | Silverman's face became a popular online meme after his 2011 stand-off with Bill O'Reilly on Fox News, in which he reacted with a particularly perplexed face to the host's "tide goes in, tide goes out" argument supposedly proving the existence of God. It now appears that Joe Biden's Tuesday pick of the Senator Kamala Harris (D-California) as his running mate has triggered a new major "Are…
rt.com/usa/497867-atheist-flips-to-trump…

Polls show young voters support Biden… but running mate Kamala Harris thinks they're 'STUPID' (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-08-12
Though young voters seem lukewarm about Joe Biden, polls show their support for the Democrat is greater than for Donald Trump. But a newly-surfaced clip shows his VP pick Kamala Harris doesn't think much of the American youth. | At 77 years-old, Biden would be the oldest president in history if he manages to defeat President Trump in November. His advanced age, however, hasn't repelled young voters. According to the latest Monmouth University poll, voters aged between 18 and 34 favor Biden b…
rt.com/usa/497851-biden-harris-voters-st…

Louisiana police in manhunt after hospital shooting, suspect threatens to 'kill any law enforcement officer' who tries to stop him
rt.com | 2020-08-12
Police in Shreveport, Louisiana, are on the hunt for a lone gunman who shot and injured a man at a hospital. Police are treating the situation as an "active shooting," and cautioned that the suspect is armed and dangerous. | The suspect, identified by police as 41-year-old Taniel Cole, allegedly shot a man in the leg in the early hours of Wednesday morning, at the St. Mary Medical Center in Shreveport. The victim's injuries aren't considered life-threatening, but Cole is now on the loose. | We are on scene at St Mary's Place looking for a subject that shot a man earlier this morning. Please be on the lookout f…
rt.com/usa/497818-louisiana-shooter-on-t…

Wrong narrative? US mainstream media mum on murder of 5yo white boy allegedly shot by black man in his own front yard
rt.com | 2020-08-12
The story of a 5-year-old North Carolina boy who reportedly was killed when a man ran up to him and shot him in the head for no known reason apparently was not compelling enough to merit US mainstream media coverage. | There were some details that might have drawn the attention of the decision makers at CNN, the Washington Post and other mainstream outlets, that have remained conspicuously silent on the story. The boy, Cannon Hinnant, was riding his bike in front of his own house Sunday in North Carolina, and the 25-year-old suspect was a neighbor. He allegedly shot the child at point-blank range as the boy's…
rt.com/usa/497753-media-ignores-child-mu…

MSNBC accused of cropping image of Biden calling Kamala to remove script he was reading
rt.com | 2020-08-12
MSNBC has been accused of some comically conspicuous cropping of a photo of Joe Biden, obscuring his notes for the video call in which he told Kamala Harris she would be his 2020 election running mate. | As election season gathers pace ahead of the November vote to decide the US president, every word, photo and soundbite will be pored over endlessly by both the media and the public, which makes it all the more bizarre that MSNBC would attempt to somewhat needlessly obscure the phone script for the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. | pic.twitter.com/kaiTOz0tDT– Steve Guest (@SteveGuest)
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Wanna bet? US statisticians give Trump 'exact same odds' against Biden as the ones he beat in 2016
rt.com | 2020-08-12
The major statistical analysis website FiveThirtyEight has US President Donald Trump's odds of winning the November election at 29 percent — exactly the same chances he was said to have had in 2016 before he went on to win. | Nate Silver's website, named for the total number of electors in the US electoral college, unveiled its forecast, based on 40 thousand simulations, on Wednesday. Democrat Joe Biden came out the overwhelming theoretical victor, with a 71 percent chance of getting into the Oval Office.
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MSNBC accused of cropping image of Biden calling Kamala to remove script he was reading
rt.com | 2020-08-12
MSNBC has been accused of some comically conspicuous cropping of a photo of Joe Biden, obscuring his notes for the video call in which he told Kamala Harris she would be his 2020 election running mate. | As election season gathers pace ahead of the November vote to decide the US president, every word, photo and soundbite will be pored over endlessly by both the media and the public, which makes it all the more bizarre that MSNBC would attempt to somewhat needlessly obscure the phone script for the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. | MSNBC cropped the photo of Joe Biden video chatting with Kamala Har…
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'Keep on marching': Biden & Harris stick to 'stop Trump' message in first public appearance together
rt.com | 2020-08-12
Joe Biden has made his first joint appearance with running mate Kamala Harris, centering focus on the need to give the boot to Donald Trump while touting the California senator as the first woman of color on a major party ticket. | …
rt.com/usa/497866-biden-harris-first-app…

Cure worse than disease: We filmed REAL BLM protesters burning a Bible. NY Times tried to 'debunk' it with actual FAKE NEWS
rt.com | 2020-08-12
Mainstream media have denounced RT's Ruptly video agency for documenting Portland protesters burning Bibles, dismissing the unaltered footage as 'Russian disinfo' in an attempt at bad-faith 'shoot the messenger' gaslighting. | Protesters gather around a burning Bible, chanting "F*** Trump," as they neatly drape an American flag over the flames. A few of the demonstrators rub their hands over the tiny fire, aping warming themselves as the flames devour the book. The 90-second clip was part of a 4-hour livestream. | It's an incendiary image (no pun intended) — protesters already denounced from some corners…
rt.com/usa/497751-blm-protesters-bible-n…

QAnon-supporting, anti-Soros GOP upstart Marjorie Greene on track for Congress after landslide victory in Georgia primary
rt.com | 2020-08-12
A GOP congressional candidate who's come under fire for endorsing 'QAnon' conspiracy theories has taken more than half the vote in Georgia's primary runoff race, putting her on track to become the first Q-supporter in Congress. | Businesswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene prevailed over her fellow Republican John Cowan on Tuesday night, earning more than 57 percent of the vote. Greene ran a victory lap following the final result, celebrating her win despite "the GOP establishment, the media, and the radical left" spending "months and millions of dollars attacking me." | The GOP establishment, the media, & the radic…
rt.com/usa/497758-republican-q-supporter…

Letters From Melbourne, a 'Ghost Town Police State' Under Brutal Covid Lockdown
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2020-08-12
The citizens of Australia's second most populous city are suffering under the harshest lockdown conditions of all Western democracies. Their voices need to be heard. | In the last several weeks, Melbourne has introduced shockingly draconian anti-Covid measures, imposed on the metropolis of some 5 million souls. What tragedy was responsible for spurring officials to leap into action? To blame was a fractional uptick in the number of coronavirus deaths — seven to be exact, and all invo…
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The Russians Are Coming! Or Have They Already Arrived?
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2020-08-12
Right at the beginning of the Cold War, the paranoid slogan "The Russians are coming!" was rather popular in a certain part of the American establishment. It is attributed to an eccentric US Defense Minister who fell out of a window in mysterious circumstances following a mental breakdown. Years passed by and the Cold War apparently came to an end, but the Russians kept on coming without ever arriving, while vast sums of US taxpayers' money were spent on the arms race and on propaganda proclaiming that the Russians were still coming. | And now, finally, the Russians have arrived. They have arrived in America's so…
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The Censoring Cancel Culture Against Russia
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2020-08-12
Wyoming Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney, expressed disapproval of Illinois Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth, for saying that the removal of monuments honoring George Washington should be open to a national debate. Duckworth said this during a July 5 CNN segment hosted by Dana Bash. In that discussion, Duckworth lied when she stated in matter of fact terms, that the Russian government has a bounty out for killing US forces in Afg…
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Study advises regular testing and 'extreme caution' to reduce risk of coronavirus in maternity wards
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-08-12
NHS staff should have regular tests for coronavirus (Covid-19), scientists have said, after a new study highlighted the proportion of staff who had the disease but showed no symptoms. The new study found that one in six maternity health workers have had coronavirus. One in three of these were completely asymptomatic — meaning they continued to go about their work as usual, potentially passing the virus on to mothers and their new babies. | Asymptomatic: | The new study, published in the journal Anaesthesia, examined infection rates among workers in two London hospital maternity units. | In total, 20…
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Exam results fiasco — what is happening across the nations?
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-08-12
The question of what to do with A-level and GCSE students in a year when exams have been cancelled has been a tricky equation to solve.The government on Tuesday came up with an answer for England, but it still has not pleased everyone. Here is a closer look. | — What was the problem?The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic forced sustained school closures across the UK during the back end of the spring term and the majority of the summer term.It has meant pupils have been unable to sit GCSE or A-level exams, crucial in deciding how best to continue their education, where to look for work or training, or which col…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2020/08/12/exam-res…

UK facing 'long road' to recovery from deep recession, warn experts
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-08-12
Britain faces a "long road ahead" to recovery after suffering the biggest hit so far from the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic of the major global economies, experts have warned. | June's 8.7% bounce-back in gross domestic product (GDP) means the economy is set to emerge from its record-breaking recession in the third quarter, but the sheer size of the contraction means it has further to crawl back. | Business groups and economists also cautioned the path of the recovery may not be smooth, given the threat of a second wave and possible further lockdowns, with a jobs crisis also on the horizon as government support…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2020/08/12/uk-facin…

Activist's arrest in Portland galvanises Black Lives Matter movement
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-08-12
The arrest during a protest in Portland, Oregon, of a Black woman who became a leading activist in the racial justice movement, has galvanised Black Lives Matter groups. The activist, Demetria Hester, was assaulted by a white supremacist three years ago. | Portland has endured more than two months of often violent, nightly protests since George Floyd's police killing in Minneapolis, including weeks of clashes between protesters and federal agents. The agents were dispatched to the city by US president Donald Trump. | Authorities said they won't be charging Hester, a prominent activist, following her arrest after…
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Science and politics tied up in global race for a coronavirus vaccine
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-08-12
The announcement on Tuesday by Russian president Vladimir Putin that his country was the first to approve a coronavirus vaccine has been met by doubts about the science and safety.But it also underscored how the competition to have the first vaccine is about international rivalries as well as science.The first nation to develop a way to defeat the novel coronavirus will achieve a kind of moonshot victory and the global status that goes along with it.That is valuable to Putin, whose popularity at home has declined amid a stagnant economy and the ravages of the virus outbreak.Russian President Vladimir Putin announ…
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Selection of Kamala Harris as VP candidate makes history
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-08-12
WASHINGTON–In a move that is widely expected to boost voter turnout and push Donald Trump out of office in less than 83 days, presumed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden selected Kamala Harris yesterday as his vice presidential running mate. The selection is being widely lauded not just by Black women but by broad swaths of …
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Real Life Heroes: heading into disaster, in the service of others
news.un.org | 2020-08-12
Growing up in Indonesia in the shadow of an active volcano, Agus Haryono has witnessed the deadly risks of living in a disaster-prone region. This prompted him to join the country's Search and Rescue Agency, in the hope of saving lives, when disaster strikes.
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Kamala Harris pick can forge historic unity in fight for justice in America
John Wojcik | peoplesworld.org | 2020-08-12
The selection of Kamala Harris as the first Black female candidate of a major party for the vice presidency of the United States deserves the support of every single person in this country who cherishes democracy, economic justice, and equality. Kamala Harris has said that in these tough times, "People say it is important that …
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Trump turning state-owned VOA into personal propaganda arm
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-08-12
The United States Agency for Global Media (USAGM) management, which oversees five federally-funded broadcast networks, has suspended four journalists on contract with possible termination. The four journalists are charged with influencing the US elections and violating federal laws by favoring Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden in a video published by the Urdu language service of…
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Freakish Arctic Fires Alarmingly Intensify
Robert Hunziker | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-12
NASA satellite images of fires in eastern Siberia depict an inferno of monstrous proportions, nothing in modern history compares. And, as of July, it's intensifying. Should people be concerned? Answer: Yes, and double yes. According to Mark Parrington, a senior scientist at the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather…
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Beijing shuts tourist sites as precaution against heavy downpours
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-12
A heavy rainstorm forecast in China's capital Beijing has forced authorities to shut parks and tourist sites, state-run media reported.The Beijing Gardening and Greening Bureau said the capital is expecting to receive "heaviest rainstorm" this summer, said Xinhua News Agency.Hence, authorities have closed parks, including the Summer Palace, Tiantan (Temple of Heaven) Park, and Beijing Zoo. The expected tourists who booked tickets are being given refunds.The bureau added that operations of almost all landscaping projects have been suspended, and workers shifted to safer places before the rainstorm hits the capital…
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Derailed train in Scotland is 'extremely serious': Scottish leader Sturgeon
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-12
Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon said the derailment of a train near Stonehaven on Wednesday morning was "extremely serious", as video footage on social media showed smoke rising from the scene on the east coast of the country."This is an extremely serious incident," she said. "I've had an initial report from Network Rail and the emergency services and am being kept updated. All my thoughts are with those involved."Police received reports of a train derailing near Stonehaven, a town 15 km (9 miles) south of the city of Aberdeen, at 0940 a.m. on Wednesday."Emergency services are currently in attendance and the inci…
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Turkey renovates 1,700-year-old tomb in northern Syria
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-12
Afrin — just across Turkey's southern border — was liberated from the terrorist YPG/PKK by Turkey's Operation Olive Branch in 2018, but has still been subject to occasional attacks by the YPG/PKK terror group.Turkey continues to take care of the cultural assets in the area, thus, the restoration work was carried out by the Turkish southern Hatay province's Regional Directorate of Foundations.The renovation work, which started around six months ago and is planned to be completed at the end of the year, is being meticulously carried out by expert teams.According to the General Directorate of Foundations…
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Turkey lays 1,750 km streamer under Mediterranean Sea
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-12
Turkey announced on Wednesday that it had laid two streamer cables on the Eastern Mediterranean Sea bed as part of its ongoing hydrocarbon exploration activities."By Aug. 23, a total 1,750 kilometers of streamer (seismic cable) was laid under the Mediterranean Sea for two-dimensional seismic exploration," Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Donmez said on Twitter.Turkey's seismic research vessel, the MTA Oruc Reis was "x-raying the seas."As part of the country's hydrocarbon surveying activities, Turkey released a NAVTEX (navigational telex) on Aug. 10, 2020, announcing that the Oruc Reis would begin cond…
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Brent oil price up with estimated US crude stocks drop
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-12
Brent crude oil prices rose on Wednesday as an expected decrease in US crude oil inventory relieved investor fears about a fall in demand.International benchmark Brent crude was trading at $44.98 per barrel at 0633GMT for a 0.8% increase after closing Tuesday at $44.62 a barrel.American benchmark West Texas Intermediate was at $42 per barrel at the same time, up 0.16% after ending the previous session at $42.07 a barrel.Late Tuesday, the American Petroleum Institute (API) announced its estimate of a fall of 4.4 million barrels in US crude oil inventories last week, more than an expected 3.2 million-barrel draw.Al…
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Coronavirus deaths rise to almost 19,000 in Iran
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-12
As many as 188 new coronavirus-related fatalities have raised the death toll in Iran to 18,988, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday.A total of 2,510 people tested positive for COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, pushing the tally to 333,699, according to ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari.She said more than 290,244 patients have recovered so far, while 3,940 are hospitalized in critical condition.Since appearing in China last December, the virus has spread to at least 188 countries and regions, according to figures compiled by the US-based Johns Hopkins University's Coronavirus Resource Center.More than 20.3 mil…
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Pakistanis | say 'Turkey is not alone' with countless tweets over East Med | dispute
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-12
Tens of thousands of Pakistanis voiced their support for Turkey regarding the Eastern Mediterranean dispute on social media using the hashtag, "#Turkeyisnotalone", amid an escalating rift between Ankara and Greece over seismic exploration and drilling activities in the region.As a sign of unity between the two brother countries, the hashtag "#Turkeyisnotalone" remained a top trend in Pakistan on the microblogging website on Wednesday.Posting countless tweets and photos, Pakistanis expressed their solidarity with Turkey over mounting tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean."Pakistan and the Pakistani nation will nev…
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COVID-19: Face masks mandatory in Brussels
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-12
Wearing a face mask became mandatory in all public spaces of the Belgian capital Brussels as of Wednesday.The measure entered into force automatically after the publication of the latest COVID-19 figures.So far, Brussels residents were only obliged to cover their nose and mouth in shops, as well as on public transport and certain popularly frequented streets.But, the city council decided last week to make face covers obligatory everywhere if the daily average of new infections passed the limit of 50 per 100,000 inhabitants on a weekly average.According to the latest data of the country's Public Health Institute S…
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Yemeni president to visit US for medical checkups
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-12
Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi will leave Riyadh for the United States on Wednesday to undergo medical checkups in Cleveland, a senior government official told Anadolu Agency. | "Hadi is in good health," the source said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. | He said the Yemeni leader, who had undergone a heart surgery in May, was scheduled to visit the US a few months ago, but the trip was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. | Hadi had made several trips to the US for medical examinations due to his heart condition. | Yemen has been engulfed by violence and…
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German foreign minister visits blast-stricken Lebanon
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-12
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas arrived in Beirut on Wednesday for a short visit to meet with Lebanese President Michel Aoun. | Maas will also attend the funeral of a German diplomat, who died in a massive blast that rocked the Beirut port on August 4. | According to Lebanese media, the top German diplomat will not meet any Lebanese officials except President Michel Aoun during his visit. | Ahead of his arrival in Beirut, Maas underlined the importance to carry out reforms in Lebanon as demanded by the international community. | He said aid pledged during Sunday's donor conference for Lebanon will not be given…
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Federal Court orders Dutton to free man from detention
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-08-12
Anti-racism Michael O'ReillyIssue 1276 Australia MITA immigration detention centre COVID-19 MelbourneAugus…
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ICAC needs to probe icare workers' compo scandal
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-08-12
Workers & unions Jim McIlroyIssue 1276 Australia icare insuranceAugust 12, 2020Pressure is mounting on New South Wales Treasurer Dominic Perrottet to resign after revelations of financial scandals involving the s…
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Nationalise aged care homes and mandate staffing levels
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-08-12
Workers & unions Sue BoltonIssue 1276 Australia Our Common Cause aged-care homes COVID-19August 12, 2020The COVID-19 disaster in res…
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A BBC journalist's tweet sums up the broadcaster's rancid attitude towards refugees
Steve Topple | thecanary.co | 2020-08-12
A BBC journalist managed to sum up in one tweet the broadcaster's rancid coverage of refugees crossing the Channel. But the situation also points to a wider problem: how co-opted the media is, and how corporations co-opt politics for their own gains. | The BBC: scraping the bottom of the barrel: | Both BBC and Sky News have faced criticism for their journalists…
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The Decrepit UK Political System
Kenneth Surin | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-12
The Covid-19 pandemic and the continuing Brexit crisis have cast an unforgiving light on the UK's failed political system, the pivot of which lies with its "first past…
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How the Guardian Betrayed Not Only Corbyn but the Last Vestiges of British Democracy
Jonathan Cook | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-12
It is simply astonishing that the first attempt by the Guardian — the only major British newspaper styling itself as on the liberal-left — to properly examine the contents of a devastating internal Labour party report leaked in April is …
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How the Guardian betrayed not only Corbyn but the last vestiges of British democracy
Jonathan Cook | zcomm.org | 2020-08-12
The Guardian, like the rest of the corporate media, has derided and vilified as "populism" the emergence of any real political alternative.
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Kamala Harris and her "Top Cop" Record
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-12
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Trump's War On Arms Control and Disarmament
Melvin Goodman | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-12
Seventy-five years ago, the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing more than 200,000 Japanese and injuring another 100,000. The great fires that raged in each city consumed many of the bodies. If ever there was a visceral force for promoting a world free of nuclear arms, it should be the memory…
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Mohammed bin Salman Faces His Biggest Threat to the Throne. US Law Suit against Saudi Crown Prince
Steven Sahiounie | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-12
Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, has been able to dodge legal responsibility in the death of Jamal Khashoggi, while US President Trump has defended and supported him. It appears Mohammed bin Salman is facing …
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What Is Italy Doing for Nuclear Disarmament?
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-12
On the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, reiterated that "Italy strongly supports the goal of a world free from nuclear weapons." He was echoed by the …
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The UK's rail network just descended into further coronavirus chaos
Steve Topple | thecanary.co | 2020-08-12
Amid the economic and social chaos of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, people who regularly use the rail network just got some potentially bad news. Because it's looking likely that another ticket price rise is on the way. | Rail fares: ticket touting?: | Every January, train operators put some fares up. This is because the government allows rail operators to…
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Ending Mass Incarceration Is Only the Beginning
Daniel Fernandez | thenation.com | 2020-08-12
Ending Mass Incarceration Is Only the Beginning…
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Grief in Florida
Gregg DeChirico | thenation.com | 2020-08-12
Grief in Florida…
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Why a growing force in Brazil is charging that President Jair Bolsonaro has committed crimes against humanity
Vijay Prashad | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-11
Trade unions in Brazil have taken to the International Criminal Court to charge President Jair Bolsonaro with crimes against humanity over his mismanagement of the pandemic…
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Why a growing force in Brazil is charging that President Jair Bolsonaro has committed crimes against humanity
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2020-08-11
Jhuliana Rodrigues works as a nurse technician at the Hospital Sà£o Vicente in Jundiaí, Brazil. "It is very difficult," she says of her job these days. Brazil has just passed 100,000 deaths from COVID-19, with 3 million Brazilians infected with the virus.
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