Daily Archives: August 18, 2020

2020-08-18: News Headlines

Anya Parampil (2020-08-19). Oliver Stone on challenging Hollywood convention & film as a "disappearing" art form. thegrayzone.com Red Lines host Anya Parampil speaks with award winning screenwriter and director Oliver Stone about his memoir, "Chasing the Light"….

Catherine Henchek, CPS parent and member of Parents 4 Teachers (2020-08-19). In Chicago, teacher-community solidarity forces district to put safety first. liberationnews.org The school district's turnaround shows what can happen when unions and community members work together.

Editor (2020-08-19). Democrats vs. Republicans: Which party really CARES? workers.org While the corporate media focus public attention on the imminent opening of the Democratic and Republican Party conventions and the electoral contest, another battle matters much more to tens of millions of people still out of work: the failure of Congress to pass a second stimulus bill. The provisions of . . . |

Teresa Gutierrez (2020-08-19). Fidel at 94: The ideas of a revolutionary never die. workers.org Makasi was 16 when he first learned about Fidel Castro. As a Black Latinx youth, Makasi notes that "growing up as a Puerto Rican in the U.S., learning about Fidel showed me how someone from a small Caribbean island can challenge the most powerful and most vicious empire in the . . . |

Robert Penner (2020-08-19). DNC: Conservative forces dominate opening night; security state apparatus dominates streets in Milwaukee. liberationnews.org The true nature of the Democratic Party is on display not only through the digital convention, but on the ground as well.

Editor (2020-08-19). EDITORIAL — El virus, el PIB y el afán de lucro. workers.org "El costo de la pandemia de coronavirus en la economía de la nación se volvió enfáticamente más claro el jueves", escribió el New York Times el 30 de julio, "cuando el gobierno detalló el colapso de tres meses más devastador registrado, que borró casi cinco años de crecimiento". 'Pero cada . . . |

Fight Back (2020-08-19). Tampa demands justice for Jonas Joseph, 'Community control now!'. fightbacknews.org Tampa, FL – Over 50 people rallied and marched through downtown Tampa August 15 to demand justice for Jonas Joseph, a 26-year-old Haitian-American man murdered by five Tampa Police Department officers after they fired 125 shots. The march was attended by the family of Jonas Joseph and members of the community and was hosted by the Tampa Bay Community Action Committee (TBCAC) and Black Lives Matter Restoration Polk Inc. | Jonas Joseph was murdered by Tampa officers the night of April 28 when he was pulled over for a traffic stop. Police accounts of the events leading up to the shooting have changed numerous times…

Richard C. Gross (2020-08-18). Trump Holds the Mail Hostage. counterpunch.org You drop a check for a bill or a greeting card in a blue post office letter box and walk away without a second thought, knowing your mail will arrive, not if. Not in the twisted age of Trump, who is on a crusade to cripple the mail to try to ensure his reelection.

Vijay Prashad (2020-08-18). Will there ever be elections again in Bolivia? mronline.org On November 10, 2019, President Evo Morales Ayma of Bolivia announced his resignation from the presidency. Morales had been elected in 2014 to a third presidential term, which should have lasted until January 2020.

A Guest Author (2020-08-18). Colonialism intensifies pandemic school crisis for Puerto Ricans. workers.org By Lorraine Liriano Chávez This slightly edited talk was given at the Aug. 6 Workers World Party webinar, "War on the Working Class: the Socialist Response," which featured education workers. Lorraine Liriano Chávez Puerto Rico faces the life-threatening decision of the reopening of schools in the midst of rising COVID-19 . . . |

WSWS (2020-08-18). New York and Los Angeles plan deadly reopening of schools. wsws.org Democrats in the two largest school districts are pushing to reopen schools in a matter of weeks, endangering the lives of millions of residents in New York and Los Angeles.

Otis Grotewohl (2020-08-18). U.S., fascists set scopes on socialist-leaning Belarus. workers.org Chinese President Xi Jingping and Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on his reelection Aug. 9. USSR-era socialist art in Minsk, Belarus, in February 2019. U.S. imperialism and the Western bourgeois media, however, wasted no time in denouncing Lukashenko's victory as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo used . . . |

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-08-18). Poland and Lithuania Are Escalating Events in Belarus as They Did with Maidan. globalresearch.ca On August 9, presidential elections were held in Belarus with five candidates bidding to be head of state. According to the Central Election Commission, the incumbent president, Alexander Lukashenko, won in the first round with over 80% of the …

WSWS (2020-08-18). Amid mass strikes in Belarus, Lukashenko regime teeters on brink. wsws.org The critical question facing workers in Belarus is to struggle independently of and against all the factions of…

Roger D. Harris (2020-08-18). The Specter of a Fascist Coup by Trump Haunts the U.S. — There's Worse to Worry About. mintpressnews.com Spreading faster than COVID-19 among those on the portside, warnings of a fascist-style coup by Trump are rampant this presidential campaign season.

calvin deutschbein (2020-08-18). At North Carolina colleges, 'Safe Jobs Save Lives'. workers.org Chapel Hill, N.C. At 2: 15 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 14 — as the first week of in-person classes at the University of North Carolina wound to a close — the independent student newspaper, the Daily Tarheel, made the announcement: "BREAKING: Carolina Housing reported two COVID-19 clusters today." UE 150 organized . . . |

WSWS (2020-08-18). Canadian authorities to reopen schools, facilitating COVID-19 spread. wsws.org The Canadian ruling elite has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by adopting ever more explicitly the homicidal principle of "herd immunity."

Robert F. Kennedy Jr (2020-08-18). Video: The Great Vaccine Debate! Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. vs Alan Dershowitz. globalresearch.ca Don't miss this historic debate between Children's Health Defense Chairman Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz. | With the current COVID crisis dominating headlines at national and local levels, the topic of vaccines is now front …

Eds. (2020-08-18). What went wrong with the first COVID-19 shutdown? mronline.org In the spring, we shut down our lives and our economy in hopes of reducing the spread of COVID-19 enough to be able to manage it through widespread testing and contact tracing. In spite of that shutdown, today the virus is raging virtually uncontrolled. We didn't stick with it until the job was done.

Berkeley Save the Post Office Committee (2020-08-18). Saturday 8/22: Save the Post Office! indybay.org Downtown Berkeley Post Office steps | Allston & Milvia, Berkeley, CA…

MoveOn, SEIU, NAACP, Indivisible, others (2020-08-18). Saturday 8/22: Nationwide Protest: Save the Post Office from Trump, Save Our Votes Now! indybay.org Nationwide protests at local post offices across the country in support of USPS…

_____ (2020-08-18). Bolivia: The Scream Of àÅñez Out! popularresistance.org àÅñez Out is the main demand of the current popular protest mobilization in Bolivia. Barely a week ago the demand was: Elections, now! That was calling for September 6, agreed date by the political organizations and the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE), for the elections to be held. That was at the time against the new postponement of the elections for October 18 adopted by the TSE, which was the third one, with the excuse of protecting the population against the coronavirus, without having carried out any consultation with the political forces and the popular movement. àÅñez proclaimed herself "inter…

RT (2020-08-18). Democratic Convention rides on BLM momentum, putting George Floyd family front & center in moment of silence. rt.com On the first night of its national convention, the Democratic Party has sought to cash in on months of raging protests over police brutality to sell 2020 nominee Joe Biden, trotting out George Floyd's relatives at the event. | "George had a giving spirit, a spirit that has shown up on streets around our nation and around the world. People of all races, all ages, all genders, all backgrounds, peacefully protesting in the name of love and unity," said Philonise Floyd, the brother of the man slain by Minneapolis police in May, bringing in a moment of silence to honor the memory of "the many other souls we lost to…

RT (2020-08-18). 'Covid is just a metaphor'?! Cuomo draws outrage with unhinged Trump-bashing DNC victory lap. rt.com New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has ignited a firestorm after attempting a poetic comparison between President Donald Trump and the coronavirus, dubbing the deadly illness but a "metaphor" in a speech to the Democratic convention. | "Our nation is in crisis. And in many ways Covid is just a metaphor," the governor pontificated during his speech to the party's virtual convention on Monday night, comparing the Trump administration to a "dysfunctional" immune system. | A virus attacks when the body is weak and when it cannot defend itself. Over these past few years, America's body politic has been weakened. The di…

RT (2020-08-18). US Postal Service reforms SUSPENDED until after the election to avoid 'appearance' of impact, Postmaster General says. rt.com To "avoid even the appearance of any impact" on the November election, US Postmaster General Louis DeJoy announced he has suspended all postal service reforms until after the vote, amid protests demanding his resignation. | "

Monica Moorehead (2020-08-19). The Democratic Party and the national question. workers.org With the Aug. 11 announcement of California Sen. Kamala Harris's nomination for the Democratic Party's vice presidential candidate, WW is reprinting excerpts from the July 25, 2019, article, "A revolutionary understanding of the national question — In defense of the squad." (workers.org/2019/08/43256) In response to Trump's xenophobic attack on Harris, . . . |

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2020-08-18). Protect the Vote and End Privatization of the Postal Service. dissidentvoice.org As we warned earlier in the year, the US Postal Service is failing due to a long term effort to weaken it plus the confluence of the COVID-19 pandemic, recession and intentional efforts by the Trump administration to suppress the vote. Members of Congress and state leaders are starting to take notice because of the …

Anish R M (2020-08-18). Millions of votes threatened in the US as the postal service spirals into a crisis. peoplesdispatch.org Questions have been raised over the recent operational changes in the USPS brought in by new Trump appointee, that could delay delivery of postal ballots in time for November elections…

yenisafak (2020-08-18). Merkel, Putin discuss Belarus over phone. yenisafak.com German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the recent political crisis in Belarus over the phone, her spokesman said on Tuesday.Steffen Seibert said in a press release that the two leaders discussed the latest situation in Belarus after the presidential elections held in Aug. 9."The chancellor has emphasized that the Belarusian government must refrain from using violence against peaceful demonstrators, release political prisoners immediately and initiate a national dialogue with the opposition and society in order to overcome the crisis," he said.In a separate statement, the Kr…

Stephen Crowley (2020-08-18). The Factory Joins the Square: Putin's Nightmare Unfolds in Belarus. thenation.com The Factory Joins the Square: Putin's Nightmare Unfolds in Belarus…

Eds. (2020-08-18). COVID-19, Marxism, and the metabolic rift. mronline.org The danger doesn't only come from the symptoms of a virus: it comes from our distorted relationship with the natural world.

news.un (2020-08-18). Children have 'nowhere to turn', as COVID-19 hits protection, social services, reports UNICEF. news.un.org Disruptions of important violence prevention and response services due to the global pandemic has left children in more than 100 countries vulnerable to exploitation and abuse, a UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) survey has found.

Staff (2020-08-18). Headlines for August 18, 2020. democracynow.org Virtual DNC Kicks Off with Calls for Unity, Speeches by Michelle Obama and Bernie Sanders, UNC Switches to Remote Classes After 177 Students Contract COVID-19, Indigenous Groups in Brazil Protest Gov't Inaction on Coronavirus; South Korea Outbreak Grows, Postmaster General Agrees to Testify as Fears Mount over USPS Changes That Could Threaten Election, Special Tribunal Delivers Verdict over 2005 Killing of Ex-Lebanese PM Rafik al-Hariri, Mapuche Protesters Demand Hunger-Striking Leader Be Released to House Arrest, Spanish Royal Family Confirms Exiled Former King Juan Carlos Is in UAE, Trump Admin Finalized Plan t…

Staff (2020-08-18). "His Only Preexisting Condition Was Trusting Trump": Daughter Speaks at DNC After Dad Dies of COVID. democracynow.org One of the most memorable speeches of the opening night of the virtual Democratic National Convention was delivered by Kristin Urquiza, who said her father, a supporter of Donald Trump, died after believing the president's assurances that the coronavirus was under control. "My dad, Mark Anthony Urquiza, should be here today, but he isn't," she said. "My dad was a healthy 65-year-old. His only preexisting condition was trusting Donald Trump — and for that, he paid with his life."

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-18). In 24 hours 2,385 COVID-19 cases recorded in Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 18 (MNA) — The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has infected 2,385 people and claimed 168 lives in Iran in the past 24 hours, a senior health official said.

Zach Conti (2020-08-18). G7 Calls for More Debt Relief to Confront COVID-19 Crisis. indybay.org Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin convened G7 Finance Ministers, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank to coordinate responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Brianna Cunliffe (2020-08-18). Embodied Inequality: The Intersections Between COVID, Racial Justice, and the Environment. indybay.org The consequences of our fossil fuel economy and a global pandemic fall heaviest on America's most vulnerable communities. Elected Officials are saying enough.

_____ (2020-08-18). The Specter Of A Fascist Coup By Trump Haunts The US. popularresistance.org Spreading faster than COVID-19 among those on the portside, warnings of a fascist-style coup by Trump are rampant this presidential campaign season. Meanwhile, in the real world, more than 51 million Americans have filed for unemployment since March. Some 27 million people have lost their health insurance on top of around 30 million who were uninsured before, in the face of the massive pandemic. The Federal Reserve has pumped $7 trillion into corporate bonds, municipal securities, loans and grants to business, while millions are going hungry. The pandemic death toll in the US is 168,345 as it rages out of control…

RT (2020-08-18). Is the pandemic over? Cuomo slated for writing BOOK on his Covid 'leadership' after disastrous nursing home order & high NY deaths. rt.com New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, with a lack of self-awareness seldom seen outside hereditary dictatorships, is writing a book on managing the Covid-19 outbreak — after leading the state to the US' highest coronavirus death toll. | Crown Publishing announced the book, titled 'American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic', on Twitter on Tuesday, and said it will be released on October 13, three weeks before the US presidential election. The book will include leadership advice and a look at Cuomo's relationship with President Donald Trump. | We're excited to share this new book from Govern…

RT (2020-08-18). Leaky bubble? Michigan college puts students on campus arrest with mandatory Covid-19 tracking app, while staff get to leave. rt.com Michigan's Albion College is requiring incoming students to install a tracking app on their phones that warns the school if they leave campus. The 'Covid bubble' plan lets teachers come and go as they please, however. | The draconian rules, which mandate that students remain within the Albion campus' 4.5-mile perimeter throughout the entire 14-week semester, are part of Albion's plans to create a 'Covid bubble' protecting its entire student body, the Washington Free Beacon reported on Monday. | While Albion claimed students are being restricted to campus in order "to reduce the risk of transmission between the…

RT (2020-08-18). Indian country? Memes and mockery greet Elizabeth Warren's DNC appearance at Native American Caucus. rt.com The Democratic National Convention came in for a round of online ridicule after Senator Elizabeth Warren, who once passed herself off as Native American, took part in discussions of how Covid-19 affected the "Indian country." | Warren (D-Massachusetts) spoke at the Native American Caucus virtual panel on Tuesday, the second day of the convention, to accuse President Donald Trump of having "failed Indian Country" by not sending enough coronavirus relief to the tribes. | | Elizabeth Warren speaking now. | Talking about how Trump admin has "f…

The Canary (2020-08-18). 'Irresponsible' breaking up of Public Health England expected to be announced. thecanary.co Plans to break up Public Health England in the middle of a pandemic are "irresponsible" and "risky", Labour has said.Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said that structural reorganisation is "time consuming" and "energy sapping".In a series of scathing tweets, Ashworth said the government was trying to "shift the blame" when it announces plans to break up the embattled organisation later.A story placed with the Sunday Telegraph suggests that the coronavirus (Covid-19) response work of PHE is to be merged with NHS Test and Trace to form a new Health Protection Institute, designed specifically to deal with p…

Fight Back (2020-08-18). Philippines: Killings of rights defenders continue amid COVID-19 spike, economic recession. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from Labor NGO: Ecumenical Institute for Labor Education and Research (EILER). | Rampant harassment and terroristic acts by the state towards the people made it clear that the Duterte administration does not aim to resolve all the crises brought out by the pandemic, according to Labor NGO Ecumenical Institute for Labor Education and Research (EILER). | EILER firmly stands with all the peasant rights defenders and demands accountability for the brutal killings of Randall "Ka Randy" Echanis, 72; Reken Remasog, 24, and Zara Alvarez, 39. | Ka Randy was a…

yenisafak (2020-08-18). Marks & Spencer to cut 7,000 jobs as virus hits sales. yenisafak.com UK High Street retailer Marks and Spencer announced Tuesday it is set to cut 7,000 jobs over the next 3 months as its clothing business hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.The retailer said strong online and home delivery was not enough to offset the fall in trading in the stores which remains well below last year."It is clear that there has been a material shift in trade and whilst it is too early to predict with precision where a new post COVID sales mix will settle, we must act now to reflect this change," it said in a statement.The retail giant also noted that the lockdown taught working more flexibly and pr…

yenisafak (2020-08-18). France to make mask mandatory in work places. yenisafak.com France will make mask wearing mandatory in work places starting from Sept. 1, with some exceptions, as the country grapples with a surge in COVID-19 infections, the head of one the leading unions told BFM TV on Tuesday."The government deems its necessary to wear a mask when you're not alone (in the work place)", said Yves Veyrier, leader of Force ouvriere, adding the labour minister had made it clear it was up to the companies concerned to pay for the masks.

yenisafak (2020-08-18). National vaccine efforts need to fit global approach, says WHO. yenisafak.com National supply deals in the event of the development of a successful vaccine against the coronavirus should fit a global approach, World Health Organization senior adviser Bruce Aylward said on Tuesday.World leaders pledged in late April to accelerate work on tests, drugs and vaccines against COVID-19 and to share them around the globe under a WHO-led initiative known as the ACT (Access to COVID-19 Tools) Accelerator.More than 21.9 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 772,647 have died, according to a Reuters tally.

Roger D. Harris (2020-08-18). The Specter of a Fascist Coup by Trump Haunts the US: There's Worse to Worry About. dissidentvoice.org Spreading faster than COVID-19 among those on the portside, warnings of a fascist-style coup by Trump are rampant this presidential campaign season. Should Trump fail to carry the Electoral College, Noam Chomsky admonishes, "he could send Blackshirts out in the streets… preparation for a plan to try to bring the military in to carry out …

Elijah J. Magnier (2020-08-18). USA to Iraq: We Will Withdraw but Without Being Humiliated. globalresearch.ca Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi is preparing to meet US President Donald Trump at the White House, about issues that are burdening Iraq. The country is struggling with a stifling economic crisis, the Coronavirus pandemic, the US military presence that …

Antonio Carty (2020-08-18). Free Daily Home Testing, is a practical solution to end this pandemic and also end the need for social disintegration and restrictions. zcomm.org I give the solution's basis right here at the start, in case you only have time or patience to read a bit. The practical way, to shut this pandemic down permanently and allow the full re-opening of society, removing the need for all the social limits and restrictions, is for the state to mass produce

Project Censored (2020-08-18). Pandemic Pod People: Invasion of the School Snatchers. projectcensored.org With no national plan to control the pandemic, nor a coherent program to reopen schools safely, the Trump Administration has trapped school districts in a Sophie's Choice: to open schools…

Dominic Rushe (2020-08-18). Making Billions v Making Ends Meet. zcomm.org How the Pandemic Has Split the US Economy in Two…

Staff (2020-08-18). "Donald Trump Is the Wrong President for Our Country": Michelle Obama Slams President at DNC. democracynow.org On the first night of the Democratic National Convention, former first lady Michelle Obama delivered a searing critique of President Trump, accusing him of being "in over his head" and incapable of carrying out the duties of the office. "If you think things cannot possibly get worse, trust me, they can," Obama said. We air excerpts from her keynote speech, delivered virtually after the convention was moved online due to the pandemic.

Ajamu Baraka (2020-08-18). Trump or Biden: Any Difference for the Global South? globalresearch.ca Congress decided to go on vacation while millions of U.S. workers are in economic limbo and while the United States continues to engage in criminal activity, such as when it seized four Iranian oil tankers that were on their way …

_____ (2020-08-18). 'What Happens If Julian Assange Dies In A British Prison?'. popularresistance.org For Assange however, justice delayed is not only justice denied. With global attention shifting from Wuhan to Washington, from Minneapolis to Lebanon, the father of two young children has spent another five months in incarceration without access to lawyers or family visitations. It follows what is approaching ten years of what the United Nations has repeatedly labeled arbitrary detention — the British government has so far failed to respond to three separate U.N. reports and correspondences on the matter. | Serena Tinari, a Switzerland-based investigative journalist, condemned Britain's handling of the case…

Ben Norton (2020-08-18). US govt-funded Coda Story smears American journalists who undermine new Cold War propaganda. thegrayzone.com With backing from the US government's regime-change arm, an Operation Mockingbird-style website called Coda Story is attacking American journalists who…

_____ (2020-08-18). UN Ambassador Moncada: US Keeps Plotting To Invade Venezuela. popularresistance.org The Venezuelan ambassador to the United Nations, Samuel Moncada, reiterated his denunciation of the United States' orchestrating an invasion in Venezuela to destroy the military and political forces of the Bolivarian Revolution. | On his Twitter account, the Ambassador indicated that the White House's war propaganda against Venezuela seeks to assassinate the President of the Republic, Nicolás Maduro and turn the country into a colony. | "War propaganda in the US affirms that its objective is democracy in Venezuela. The truth is more sinister and deadly: eliminating President Maduro continues the invasion to destr…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-08-18). Video: "The House Cat Flu" is Coming. The Meow Apocalypse… globalresearch.ca This article was first published on April 18, 2020 | The following episode of the Simpsons was released in 2010. | It is a satire. But at the same time it reveals the unspoken truth. The writer of the script is an …

Staff (2020-08-18). Julián Castro Ran for President on a Police Reform Platform But Wasn't Invited to Give DNC Address. democracynow.org The Democratic National Convention faces criticism over the lack of diversity in its primetime programming during this year's virtual event, even as Latinx voters are slated to make up the largest bloc of nonwhite voters in 2020. Only a handful of Latinx speakers and no Muslim speakers are appearing during the broadcasted convention, while Republicans like former Ohio Governor John Kasich were given slots. "There were 35 primetime speakers, and only three of them were Latinx, and I raised a concern about that," says Julián Castro, former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate and the only Latinx candidate in the…

Staff (2020-08-18). Bernie Sanders: 2020 Election Is a Fight Against Trump, Authoritarianism, Greed, Oligarchy & Bigotry. democracynow.org Calling the 2020 election "the most important in the modern history of this country," Senator Bernie Sanders, in his speech to the Democratic National Convention, urged people to fight "against greed, oligarchy and bigotry" by voting President Trump out of office in November. "We need Joe Biden as our next president," Sanders said.

Staff (2020-08-18). 19th Amendment Turns 100: Fight for Voting Rights Builds on Centuries of Struggle Led by Black Women. democracynow.org As this year marks 100 years since the ratification of 19th Amendment to the Constitution guaranteeing women's right to vote, we look at the connection between the movement for women's suffrage and the movement to abolish slavery. Many states created laws to continue to deny women the vote, and African American women were subjected to the same Jim Crow laws already used to deny the vote to African American men. "To look for African American women and their history of the vote in 1920 is to miss the important chapter that begins in 1920 and doesn't culminate until the Voting Rights Act is adopted in 1965," says au…

RT (2020-08-18). Israel strikes Hamas 'special forces unit' in Gaza amid continued rocket & balloon attacks (PHOTOS, VIDEOS). rt.com The Israeli military struck several Hamas targets in Gaza, including an alleged elite "special forces" unit, in response to rocket and explosive balloon attacks — the seventh consecutive day of strikes on the Palestinian enclave. | The late-night air raids reportedly targeted sites south of Gaza City on Tuesday, among them a Hamas special forces command post, according to the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), who said the operations came in retaliation for attacks launched from Gaza earlier in the day. | "A rocket and explosive balloons were launched from Gaza into Israel today. In response, we struck Hamas…

yenisafak (2020-08-18). Gaza's only power plant shut down over Israeli fuel ban. yenisafak.com The Gaza Strip's sole power plant halted operations on Tuesday over an Israeli ban on fuel imports into the Palestinian territory, according to Gaza's energy authority. | "The power plant has shut down completely," the authority said in a brief statement. | On Wednesday, Israel banned fuel imports into Gaza as part of punitive Israeli measures over the launch of fire-bomb balloons from the strip. | Since 2007, the Gaza Strip has groaned under a crippling Israeli blockade that has deprived its roughly two million inhabitants of many vital commodities, including food, fuel and medicine. | The seaside enclave suffer…

Juan Cole (2020-08-18). On Day Scientists Announce Melting of Greenland Ice Sheet 'Irreversible,' Trump to permit Arctic oil, gas Drilling. zcomm.org So drilling for oil in the arctic is guaranteed to melt the arctic, in what must be the most brainless act of collective suicide in the Milky Way galaxy…

_____ (2020-08-18). SouthCom Feels Threatened By Russia's 'Fundamental' Support Of Venezuela. popularresistance.org The head of the Southern Command of the United States Armed Forces, Craig Faller, declared that Russia and Cuba represents a threat to them due to the "fundamental" support they give to Venezuela, a country on which the Donald Trump regime has imposed a brutal total blockade and continually threatens military invasion. | In viralized statements on social networks, Faller says that they have had to set off the alarms because of "the size of the threat" represented by "Russian influence" and the support that the Eurasian country gives to the government presided over by Nicolás Maduro. | "I cannot describe the size…

Mondialisation (2020-08-18). Desastre ambiental segundo Marx: faces da crise capitalista (II). globalresearch.ca Continuando a análise comeàßada na primeira parte deste artigo —

_____ (2020-08-18). Don't Be Hoodwinked by Trump's UAE-Israel 'Peace Deal'. strategic-culture.org Medea BENJAMIN, Ariel GOLD | "HUGE breakthrough today," crowed Donald Trump on

yenisafak (2020-08-18). Migrant attacked by man moments after landing in UK. yenisafak.com A young migrant was assaulted by a man moments after landing in the UK, the Sun reported Tuesday.The migrant, who was in his twenties, landed on the beach in Kingsdown, Kent, southeast England. The attack happened around 11 a.m. (1000GMT) Sunday, and the migrant was left injured.Police, searching for the attacker, said in a statement: "Kent Police was notified at around 11.05 a.m. on Sunday of a reported assault of a man in his 20s off Undercliffe Road, Kingsdown."Officers attended to ensure the welfare of the man, who was not seriously injured and did not require hospital treatment."Enquiries to establish the ci…

Mike Whitney (2020-08-18). CODENAME: Operation Virus Identification 2019; the Elitist Plan to Remake Society. globalresearch.ca Everything we were originally told about the Coronavirus has turned out to be wrong. | In fact, it's not a "novel" one-of-a-kind infection at all, but a member of a larger family of which there have been many iterations in the …

John Feffer (2020-08-18). What Will Trump Do to the World to Win Re-Election? counterpunch.org In 2016, Alan Lichtman departed from conventional wisdom to predict a Donald Trump victory in that year's presidential election. The political scientist was following something he called the "13 keys to the White House." Using this relatively straightforward metric, Lichtman had correctly predicted the outcome of presidential elections stretching back to 1984. Trump was so

A Guest Author (2020-08-18). A view from a South Asian revolutionary on Kamala Harris — a WW commentary. workers.org By Tania Siddiqi Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced on Aug. 11 that California Sen. Kamala Devi Harris, the first South Asian American and the second African American woman to serve as a U.S. senator, will be his running mate for the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Tania Siddiqi Harris . . . |

Staff (2020-08-18). Can California's Prison Firefighter Program Be Reformed? therealnews.com California's Conservation Camps put prisoners to work fighting climate change-fueled fires for pennies on the dollar.

LIberation Staff-Washington State (2020-08-18). La Riva qualifies for presidential ballot in Washington state. liberationnews.org "A socialist candidate? Hell yeah! Count me in."

Mike Bader (2020-08-18). Industrial Recreation isn't Conservation. counterpunch.org Industrial strength recreation is a clear and present danger to our public wildlands. Legendary Montana wilderness guide Smoke Elser observed there is a new breed of recreationist on the land: "Mountain bikers are out to challenge the resource. It's about how fast you can go and how many miles you can put on. Snowmobilers are

Bruce Lerro (2020-08-18). The Political Economy of Preternatural Parapsychology: From ESP to Extraterrestrial Civilizations. dissidentvoice.org Man's longing for the marvelous: the underground of the human psyche finds its counterpart in the meanderings of a mythical labyrinth, the subterranean meetings by candlelight, secret passages hidden within the double walls of castles, treasures concealed in gullies. — The Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz by Johann Valentin Andreae, Joscelyn Godwin (Translator), and Adam …

Dean Baker (2020-08-18). Quick Note on Lost GDP Due to Shutdowns. cepr.net Some folks have complained about the loss of GDP over the last five months and questioned whether the shutdowns have been worth the price. While people often toss around huge numbers in the trillions of dollars as the cost of the shutdown, these big numbers are often both inaccurate and misleading. Measuring Lost GDP The …

RT (2020-08-18). Trump announces surprise pardon for Susan B. Anthony, convicted of voting in 1873, on women's suffrage centennial. rt.com US President Donald Trump has announced he will issue a full posthumous pardon for women's suffrage leader Susan B. Anthony in honor of the hundredth anniversary of women getting the vote. Anthony was convicted of voting in 1873. | The president announced that Anthony, a pivotal figure in the women's suffrage movement, would receive a "full and complete pardon" on Tuesday in celebration of the centennial of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. | The activist was charged and convicted — by a jury of 12 men — of voting in her hometown of Rochester, New York in the November 1872 fed…

RT (2020-08-18). Comedian posts satirical tweet claiming convicted RAPIST will speak at Republican convention and internet goes wild. rt.com Convicted Stanford University rapist Brock Turner will speak at the Republican National Convention! It's a comedy bit, not the truth, but in 2020, social media can be perhaps forgiven for losing its ability to tell the difference. | Comedian Jena Friedman announced the disgraced student athlete as RNC 'special guest' on Twitter on Tuesday, provoking a firestorm of responses as a good portion of her audience took it seriously. Would the Republicans seriously invite a registered sex offender — even one with a Stanford University pedigree — to address their convention? | BREAKING NEWS: Brock Turner, S…

RT (2020-08-18). Twin 6.8 & 6.9 magnitude earthquakes strike Indonesia. rt.com A pair of powerful earthquakes has rocked the Indonesian coast, measured at 6.8 and 6.9 magnitude, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS), shaking the island of Sumatra. | The two quakes struck off Sumatra's western coast on Wednesday morning, with an estimated depth of 22 kilometers (13 miles) and 26 kilometers (16 miles) respectively. The first tremor impacted an area some 144 kilometers (89 miles) away from Bengkulu, while the second came closer to the city at 130 kilometers (80 miles). | There are no reports of injuries as of yet, however local media said the quakes shook the homes of island resident…

RT (2020-08-18). Not with a bang, but a whimper: Final 'Russiagate' report provides 'BREATHTAKING' evidence of… nothing. rt.com A new Senate report resurrects the corpse of 'Russiagate' and promises new evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow. However, it reached its so-called conclusions by relying on some literal fake news. | The Senate Intelligence Committee released its fifth and final

RT (2020-08-18). 'Vote for Biden like your life depends on it!' Michelle Obama unloads on Trump to virtual ovation at Dem convention. rt.com Former First Lady Michelle Obama has warned that lives may hang in the balance in the 2020 presidential race, pleading with voters to send Joe Biden to the White House to put an end to the "chaos" of Donald Trump's presidency.

RT (2020-08-18). Vote for Weinstein? Michelle Obama's praise of Biden prompts opponents to recall her similar praise for Hollywood rapist. rt.com Michelle Obama's heartfelt endorsement of Joe Biden for president ringed familiar to her opponents who have previously heard her introduce convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein as a "wonderful human being" and a "good friend." | The former First Lady endorsed Biden during her speech at the virtual Democratic National Convention on Monday. "I know Joe, he is a profoundly decent man guided by faith," Obama said about her husband's vice president. | The words seemed to ring hollow with the conservative crowd, who took little time before unsheathing the 2013 clip of her praising the disgraced movie mogul using simi…

RT (2020-08-18). California confirms 1st case of PLAGUE in 5 years, health officials urge residents to take precautions. rt.com California health officials have reported that a resident of South Lake Tahoe has tested positive for plague, marking the first such case in the state in half a decade. The individual is recovering at home. | It's believed that the person was infected by a flea while walking their dog, El Dorado County's Health and Human Services Agency said in a statement. The individual is being treated by medical professionals but did not require hospitalization. An investigation into the matter is still ongoing. | The uncommon but potentially lethal bacterial disease is usually transmitted by fleas found on infected squirr…

RT (2020-08-18). Nothing better to do, Mike? Pompeo 'gotchas' RT by revealing his nonsensical Iran quote is ACTUALLY by OBAMA. rt.com US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo apparently thought that 'revealing' a nonsensical quote he posted about Iran sanctions was actually authored by President Barack Obama somehow invalidated RT's coverage of reactions to it. | RT.com "got it wrong again," Pompeo tweeted on Tuesday, saying that it was President Barack Obama who made a statement we attributed to him. "He told Congress, rightly, that the US could snapback sanctions on Iran anytime and no country could block it. It is still true now. I'll wait for your correction." | Hey

RT (2020-08-18). Rebel soldiers detain Mali president & PM as political crisis boils into mutiny (PHOTOS, VIDEOS). rt.com Soldiers who have taken up arms in Mali have arrested the nation's top officials, including President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse, sparking concerns in the UN and the African Union. | Keita's detention came after a period of uncertainty amid reports suggesting that soldiers mutinied at the Kati military base outside of the Malian capital of Bamako and arrested a number of senior military and civil officials, including several ministers. | Both the president and the prime minister are "at the hands" of the rebelling military, according to various sources both within the government and…

The Canary (2020-08-18). Education Secretary resists calls to resign over GCSE and A-level grades U-turn. thecanary.co Education secretary Gavin Williamson has resisted calls to resign over his handling of A-level and GCSE grades in England, but he has apologised to thousands of students for the distress caused.The government announced a U-turn on Monday when it said students would be able to receive grades based on their teachers' estimates following anger over the downgrading of thousands of A-level grades.But Williamson has repeatedly refused to say whether he would consider resigning from his position.The minister said there had been "broad political consensus" across all parties that a standardisation model was needed for te…

Eds. (2020-08-18). As Trump confesses plan to cripple mail service to corrupt November Election, Merkley, Wyden, and colleagues urge USPS to fix delays and avoid cost increases for election mail. mronline.org Action follows reports that USPS indicated to state election officials it will depart from long-standing practice of prioritizing election mail, delaying delivery times unless states pay more.

Makasi Motema (2020-08-18). Rebellion, counterinsurgency and Kamala Harris — WW commentary. workers.org "[T]here were two or three years there where the movement went a little too far toward … [Kwame Ture], but in the end, John Lewis prevailed." Those words were spoken at Rep. John Lewis's funeral on July 30 by President Bill Clinton, one of the architects of the 1994 crime . . . |

CP Editor (2020-08-18). Meet the Renegades: Michael Hudson. counterpunch.org

pip.hinman (2020-08-18). Pilliga: Eyewitness from a forest under threat from Santos. greenleft.org.au

pip.hinman (2020-08-18). Build our future: climate justice and jobs. greenleft.org.au

pip.hinman (2020-08-18). Socialist to contest Geelong council elections, calls for sustainable jobs. greenleft.org.au

pip.hinman (2020-08-18). Refugee with compromised health calls for freedom, thanks supporters. greenleft.org.au

Eds. (2020-08-18). Oil spill threatens disaster for Mauritius. mronline.org The Japanese-owned (Mitsui-operated) MV Wakashio was en route to Brazil from China to fetch iron ore from a port owned by the notorious mining company Vale. Here the ship is seen having run aground near Blue Bay, one of the area's most pristine sites for coral, already threatened by bleaching due to the climate crisis. …

Tamba Franàßois Koundouno (2020-08-18). 'Palestine Is a Red Line', Morocco-Israel Relations, Netanyahu's "Normalization" Machine? Moroccan Writers Boycott UAE, Israel. globalresearch.ca Five Moroccan authors have announced their decision to boycott an Emirati literary prize in objection to the UAE's "normalization" deal with Israel, Spanish newspaper According to the report, the Moroccan writers all expressed their dismay and disappointment …

Philip Giraldi (2020-08-18). Managing the Narrative: Corporations and Government Use Internet to Control Information. globalresearch.ca Some Americans continue to believe that when they go to the internet they will get a free flow of useful information that will guide them in making decisions or coming to conclusions about the state of the world. That conceit …

Ramzy Baroud (2020-08-18). Hands off Lebanon: Macron's Self-serving 'New Pact' Must Be Shunned. mintpressnews.com Devastated Lebanon is now receptive to another bout of 'disaster capitalism': the notion that a country must be on its knees as a prerequisite to foreign economic takeover, political and, if necessary, military intervention.

Rep. Ron Paul (2020-08-18). Anthony Fauci Is Out, Sidelined by Trump. Common Sense Might be Returning. Enter Dr. Scott Atlas to the Coronavirus Task Force. globalresearch.ca It is now official: the media has confirmed that Dr. Anthony Fauci has been "sidelined" by Trump. This is nothing new. Fauci has not been fired as head of the NIASD. It is unclear whether this new appointment will trigger …

Rep. Ron Paul (2020-08-18). Anthony Fauci Is Out, "Sidelined" by Trump. Enter Dr. Scott Atlas to the Coronavirus Task Force. globalresearch.ca It is now official: Dr. Anthony Fauci has been "sidelined" by president Trump. This is nothing new. | Dr. Fauci has not been fired as head of the NIAID. Moreover, it is unclear whether this new appointment will trigger a significant …

Stephen Lendman (2020-08-18). Trump Gives Chinese Parent Company 90 Days to Divest from TikTok. globalresearch.ca US cold war on China risks turning hot if bipartisan hardliners in Washington push things too far. | Their hostile actions are all about wanting China's development, growth, and prominence on the world stage undermined. | Since Trump took office, scores of …

Stephen Lendman (2020-08-18). "Fake News": Iran Paid Taliban to Kill US Troops… Big Lies Take a Life of Their Own. globalresearch.ca When repeated ad nauseam, Big Lies take on a life of their own. | Before the television age arrived, famed actor/humorist Will Rogers once said: "All I know is what I read in the papers." | He might have added that mind …

WSWS (2020-08-18). Police arrest journalist and counterprotesters at far-right Proud Boys rally in Michigan. wsws.org The role of the police during the fascist attack Saturday in Kalamazoo contrasts sharply with the repressive response to protests against police violence in early June.

WSWS (2020-08-18). After another police riot, Chicago mayor rises to national prominence as law-and-order figure. wsws.org Mayor Lori Lightfoot's role at the DNC underscores the right-wing and anti-democratic character of the Democratic Party, which seeks to demonstrate it will be better than Trump in securing the class interests of the financial aristocracy.

Pavan Kulkarni (2020-08-18). Doctors in Kenya strike for better conditions as infection rate among professionals rises. peoplesdispatch.org Over 750 healthcare workers tested positive, at least 14 of whom died, including some of the country's top doctors. The union claims that doctors have not received their salaries since July and don't have health insurance…

Unicorn Riot (2020-08-18). "No Justice, No Street" — Community Makes Demands, Eviction of George Floyd Memorial Square Delayed. unicornriot.ninja Minneapolis, MN — Organizers at the George Floyd Memorial Square declared their intent to defend the square from planned eviction and revealed their "justice resolution" with 24 demands during a Saturday press conference. | The presser came a day after a surprise announcement by the city…

news.un (2020-08-18). Real Life Heroes: building a safe space for Rohingya women refugees. news.un.org Bangladeshi architect Rizvi Hassan is the driving force behind the construction of a safe space for Rohingya women and girls, in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, site of the world's largest camp for displaced people, and home to around a million Rohingya refugees who fled from Myanmar. The community centre caters to a marginalized, vulnerable group, at risk of gender-based violence.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-18). Social activist and rights advocate Zara Alvarez murdered in the Philippines. peoplesdispatch.org Zara Alvarez was killed by unidentified gunmen in Bacolod City on Monday. The incident comes a week after NDF peace consultant Randall Echanis was killed near the capital Manila…

Yanis Iqbal (2020-08-18). The Hunger Crisis in Guatemala. globalresearch.ca A report released by Oxfam in July 2020

WSWS (2020-08-18). Social media video shows Pittsburgh police kidnapping protester during Saturday march. wsws.org Matthew Cartier, 25, was abducted by police and charged with multiple crimes for attempting to protect marchers during Saturday's protest…

David Stovall (2020-08-18). Condemnations of Chicago "Looting" Prioritize Property Over Black Lives. zcomm.org Anti-Blackness alerts us that the state will always value property over Black life.

Prof. Sam Ben-Meir (2020-08-18). Spontaneous Lines: The Art of Rita Blitt. A Yes to Life, A Yes to the World… Art is Life. globalresearch.ca Rita Blitt: Around and Round (Tra Publishing, 2020), looks back at the long and prolific career of this notable American artist. If Blitt's work is about anything then it is about the exuberance, the joy, the …

Raul Diego (2020-08-18). DARPA Launches Project CHARIOT in Bid to Shield Big Tech Profits. mintpressnews.com DARPA announces a new type of cryptography to protect the Big Tech firm profits from the dawn of quantum computers and allow backdoor access into 3 trillion internet-connected devices.

Peter Crowley (2020-08-18). The Dystopian Coronavirus America. zcomm.org Alas, we are a lost, divided and confused nation. No longer are we the laughing stock of the world, as when Donald Trump was elected, but its pity.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-18). Finnish communists slam govt. proposal for increased military spending on fighter planes. peoplesdispatch.org Finland's Ministry of Finance has proposed increased military expenditure in its 2021 budget for the procurement of new multipurpose fighter planes to replace the currently used Hornet fleet…

WSWS (2020-08-18). "Refuse to Return" Facebook group cofounder describes explosion of opposition to unsafe school openings. wsws.org The "Refuse to Return" group in Colorado has attracted 9,469 members and helped inspire the formation of at least 35 other groups across the US, with tens of thousands of members in total.

news.un (2020-08-18). PROFILE: Taking a lead against genocide, 'no society is immune' warns Adama Dieng. news.un.org Adama Dieng assumed the position of the UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide in 2012, after a long and distinguished career in law and human rights, stepping down from…

Fight Back (2020-08-18). 'We that are here, are Anthony Vargas'. fightbacknews.org Los Angeles, CA – Two years ago, on August 12, 2018, East Los Angeles Sheriff's deputies Jonathan Rojas and Nikolis Perez killed Anthony Daniel Vargas, shooting him 13 times. The ELA Sheriff's alleged "Banditos" gang members have covered up the truth, harassed the family and killed again. | This Saturday, August 15, the family of Anthony Vargas held a rally at the East LA Sheriff's station for his two-year "angelversary." After marching in the scorching 109-degree heat to the station, the family was met with a line of fully armed sheriffs. Confronting the sheriffs with Vargas' family were other fam…

Richard Silverstein (2020-08-18). Former Lebanese Interior Minister Blames Israel for Beirut Attack. globalresearch.ca A former Lebanese Interior Minister has publicly This operation in Beirut was carried out by Israel in a clear and explicit manner," Machnouk said, adding: "It is clear we are looking at a …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-18). Rights groups demand justice for murdered Baloch student. peoplesdispatch.org A final year student of Karachi University, 23-year-old Hayat Baloch Hayat, was allegedly killed by Pakistan's Frontier Corps personnel after being accused of involvement in a roadside bomb explosion…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-18). Why did Israel and the UAE strike a deal? peoplesdispatch.org In this video, we look at the various factors behind Israel and the United Arab Emirates signing a deal to normalize relations. The deal is yet another step in the cooperation between the two countries which has been rising for a while.

Larry Wilkerson (2020-08-18). The Danger of War With China is Real and Insane. zcomm.org China and the U.S. must work together to solve the climate crisis, but the power of the militaries and national security states on both sides is making that impossible…

Abdul Rahman (2020-08-18). Why is the US threatening to activate 'snapback' sanctions on Iran? peoplesdispatch.org The latest US threat of resuming sanctions comes after its failure to get the UN Security Council's approval for an indefinite extension of the international arms embargo against Iran which is set to expire on October 18…

Mark Petrakis (2020-08-18). The Fatal Attractions of Techno-Fascism. dissidentvoice.org Those who are serious in ridiculous matters will be ridiculous in serious matters. — Cato the Elder, (Marcus Porcius Cato, 234 BC — 149 BC) The enduring appeal of fascism is that it requires so little from us… so little independent thought; just our basic belief and adherence to a limited set of popularly-shared directives …

Jorge Arreaza (2020-08-18). Venezuela, and Trump's Irrational Electoral Policy. globalresearch.ca Elections always have an interesting effect on public policy, in particular if the person in charge of designing and implementing a certain policy is up for reelection. In politics, it is logical that an incumbent candidate decides to show successful …

splcenter (2020-08-18). The State of Women's Suffrage — 100 Years Later. splcenter.org The 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote, but systemic sexism and disenfranchisement of Black women still block equitable access to the ballot.

Richard Falk (2020-08-18). Interpreting the UAE/Israel Agreement on Suspending Annexation. globalresearch.ca Any comment on regional implications of the Agreement is, of course, highly speculative as the real reasons for such an initiative are rarely disclosed by those with the power of decision. In this case the uncertainties are magnified by some …

Qiang Fei, Yu Lin, Xian Chen (2020-08-18). Treatments for infantile Hemangioma: A systematic review and network meta-analysis. thelancet.com A combination of β blockers and laser might be the first-line treatment of IHs and a longer pulsed dye laser is preferred.

R.C.A. Achterbergh, E. Hoornenborg, A. Boyd, L. Coyer, S.J.A. Meuzelaar, A.A. Hogewoning, U. Davidovich, M.S. van Rooijen, M.F. Schim van der Loeff, M. Prins, H.J.C. de Vries (2020-08-18). [Original Research] Changes in mental health and drug use among men who have sex with men using daily and event-driven pre-exposure prophylaxis: Results from a prospective demonstration project in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. thelancet.com Mental health disorders are prevalent among those initiating PrEP. We did not find increases in mental health disorders during PrEP use, but rather a decrease in sexual compulsivity and drug use disorders. The initial prevalence of mental health disorders in our study point at the continuous need to address mental health disorders within PrEP programs.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-18). Leader condoles demise of Ayatollah Taskhiri. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 18 (MNA) — Leader of the Islamic Revolution has expressed condolences over the demise of Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Taskhiri, a member of Iran's Expediency Council.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-18). VIDEO: Shiite holy shrines in Kazemein blanketed in black. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 18 (MNA) — On the occasion of arrival of mourning month of Muharram, holy shrines of the 7th and the 9th of Shiite Imams, respectively Musa Al-Kazim and his grandson Muhammad al-Jawad, are blanketed in black.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-18). Iran's economic roadmap to be unvailed in Government Week. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 18 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced that the country's economic roadmap for the final year of the incumbent administration's tenure will be unveiled during the Government Week (August 24-30).

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-18). Oil tankers seized by US 'not Iranian'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 18 (MNA) — Iranian oil minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said on Tuesday that the four oil tankers seized by the US few days ago belong to Venezuela not Iran.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-18). Al Kadhimi leaves Baghdad for Washington. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 18 (MNA) — Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al Kadhimi left Baghdad for Washington on Tuesday.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-08-18). Effective test and trace could reduce R by up to 26%. imperial.ac.uk Test and trace could reduce the effective reproduction number, the R number, by up to 26% if carried out quickly and effectively, new research finds.

SCMAH (2020-08-18). Friday 8/28: Exhibition Opening: Community is Collective Care. indybay.org Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History | 705 Front St, Santa Cruz…

The Peoples Oakland Pride (2020-08-18). Sunday 8/30: Amerikkka Is Burning Ball. indybay.org LAKE MERRITT AMPHITHEATER…

KQED (2020-08-18). Thursday 8/20: On Common Ground: Para Nosotros, Por Nosotros August 20, 2020. indybay.org Online/Virtual Event…

indybay (2020-08-18). Tuesday 8/18: "Defund SFPD Now" Direct Action & Protest. indybay.org Holly Park, 424 Holly Park Circle…

Debbie Mytels (2020-08-18). Monday 8/24: Create a Just & Green Economic Recovery with Pat Showalter & Justine Burt. indybay.org On line. Link will be given upon registration.

Marc Norton (2020-08-18). Giants and Warriors Workers Rally at Ballpark. indybay.org Giants and Warriors workers rallied at the Giants ballpark on Friday, August 14. The Giants have lost 13 out of 19 games since the Giants fired their concession workers.

Khubaka, Michael Harris (2020-08-18). Saturday 9/26: 2020 Yosemite National Park ~ CA Buffalo Soldier Celebrations. indybay.org Yosemite Valley…

zrants (2020-08-18). 65% of California homes are single family homes. indybay.org Fighting single family homes is like fighting…

SMART Local 1741 School Bus Drivers (2020-08-18). Thursday 8/20: SMART Local 1741 School Bus Drivers Rally SF City Hall For Justice & Against Privatizatio. indybay.org San Francisco City Hall | Polk & McAllister | San Francisco…

We Mean Abolition (2020-08-18). Wednesday 8/19: We Mean Abolition: March in Santa Cruz. indybay.org Clock Tower, Mission and Pacific, Santa Cruz…

SMART Local 1741 (2020-08-18). SMART Local 1741 School Bus Drivers Rally At SF City Hall For Justice. indybay.org SMART 1741 School bus drivers will be protesting against their layoffs, cuts in medical benefits and privatization…

Carol Brouillet (2020-08-18). Upcoming 9/11 Truth Events and Actions… indybay.org 2020 is not a normal year. With public gatherings essentially banned, events have gone virtual, including this year's 9/11 Truth events.There are also actions taking place in the courts.

Jacob Reimann and Thomas Denkler (2020-08-18). Kamala Harris seals Trump's re-election. indybay.org The appointment of Kamala Harris as Biden's vice candidate is now the result of the Democratic establishment's pathological fear of anything that could even begin to smell left. The cause of this pathology lies in the historical shift to the right of the US party system described by Chomsky.

LCCHR (2020-08-18). Tuesday 8/18: #AndStillIVote: Engaging & Supporting the Youth Vote in America. indybay.org Online via livestream…

_____ (2020-08-18). Jimmy Lai Arrested, And Long Live Hong Kong. popularresistance.org The 71-year-old Lai, originally from Mainland China, owns a right-wing tabloid Apple Daily. He is known for dutifully echoing media salvos that are being fired by Western governments and media outlets, salvos against Beijing, and SAR administration, which in turn gained him, in the West, of course, various flattering and unreal titles such as 'an outspoken pro-democracy figure in Hong Kong who regularly criticizes China's authoritarian rule' (CBS News). Lies, of course. Obvious lies.

_____ (2020-08-18). Coup 53: The Anglo-American Coup Against A Democratic Iran. popularresistance.org On August 19, the 67th anniversary of the Anglo-American coup in Iran, COUP 53 will hold a special transatlantic virtual premiere in partnership with venues across the US, Canada, UK and Ireland, followed on August 20 by an exclusive live Q&A with the editor Walter Murch director Taghi Amirani and a surprise special guest! Ten years in the making, COUP 53 tells the story of the 1953 the Anglo-American coup d'état that overthrew Iran's government of Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh and reinstalled the Shah. The CIA/MI6 covert action was called Operation Ajax. It was all about Iran's oil and who gets to contr…

_____ (2020-08-18). Make Corporate Landlords Pay For Housing Crisis. popularresistance.org While so many of us struggle to survive, some of the richest billionaires in the world dominate the residential real estate industry in the United States. These corporate landlords are companies owned by extremely wealthy individuals, Wall Street entities like private equity firms and hedge funds, and institutional investors. At least six leading residential property owners — Essex Property Trust, Brookfield Property Partners, Equity Residential, Related Companies, Irvine Company, and Blackstone — have top executives on the Forbes billionaires list. The U.S. real estate industry is led by some of the…

_____ (2020-08-18). Activists Blockade Entrance To Chemical Weapons Maker. popularresistance.org Jamestown, PA – Five activists blockaded the entrance of Combined Systems Inc. on Monday with giant tear gas cans and gas masks, refusing to move. | These five are with a group of 40 activists from cities across the U.S. who are onsite in Jamestown, PA with the goal of shutting down operations at Combined Systems Inc. for the day. Outside the facility, other activists staked over a hundred yard signs, each with the name of a different city where tear gas has been used against people. | By shutting down this facility, we are here to put CSI President Jacob Kravel on notice that his company's production of tear gas…

_____ (2020-08-18). Washington's Supposed Gift to President Putin. strategic-culture.org One of the comments made following Trump's decision to relocate some 12,000 troops from Germany was made by retired Admiral James ('Zorba') Stavridis, who in 2009-2013 was U.S. Supreme Allied Commander Europe (the military commander of Nato). He

_____ (2020-08-18). The U.S. Foreign Policy Establishment's Obsession with Russia. strategic-culture.org During an

yenisafak (2020-08-18). UN sends 20 truckloads of aid to Syria's Idlib. yenisafak.com The trucks carrying supplies entered Idlib province through the Cilvegozu border gate in Turkey's south.The aid will be distributed among residents of Idlib, and nearby rural areas.Syria has been ravaged by civil war since early 2011 when the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protesters.Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and more than 10 million displaced, according to UN estimates.Idlib falls within a de-escalation zone forged under an agreement between Turkey and Russia.The area has been the subject of multiple cease-fire understandings, which have frequently been violated by the Assad re…

yenisafak (2020-08-18). Netanyahu says UAE deal does not include sale of F-35 jets. yenisafak.com Israel said Tuesday that a deal to normalize relations with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) does not include the US sale of F-35 fighter jets to the Gulf state.In a statement, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said the agreement did not include "any approval by Israel on any arms deal between the United States and the United Arab Emirates".Netanyahu said he directed Israeli Ambassador to the US Ron Drammer on Aug. 3 to meet US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to convey an explicit message of Israel's opposition to selling the F-35 and other advanced weapon systems to any country in the Middle East."The peac…

yenisafak (2020-08-18). Turkey will always stand with Libyan people: DefMin. yenisafak.com Turkey will always help Libya maintain its integrity, security, and ensure the prosperity of its people, the Turkish defense minister said on Tuesday.Hulusi Akar, who arrived in Libya on Monday along with Turkish military chief Gen. Yasar Guler, spoke to reporters about the specifics of his visit."We are here upon the invitation of the Government of National Accord (GNA) that was recognized by the United Nations (UN). We will continue standing with our Libyan brothers and sisters in the future, with whom we share a common history and culture of 500 years," he said."We will do everything that is needed in order fo…

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-08-18). Google's Open Letter: Fighting Australia's News Media Bargaining Code. globalresearch.ca Tech giants tend to cast thin veils over threats regarding government regulations. They are also particularly concerned by those more public spirited ones, the sort supposedly made for the broader interest. Google has given us an example of this in …

Shane Quinn (2020-08-18). US Firestorming of Tokyo Rivaled the Hiroshima Bombing. globalresearch.ca Featured image: Charred remains of Japanese civilians after the firebombing of Tokyo on the night of 9—10 March 1945. (Source: Ishikawa K≈çy≈ç / Wikimedia Commons) | In the early hours of 10 March 1945, as America's heavy aircraft dropped over 1,600 …

Andrew J. Bacevich (2020-08-18). How Biden Should Spend His First Days as President. thenation.com How Biden Should Spend His First Days as President…

Emily Berch (2020-08-18). Posadism: The Rise and Fall of Apocalypse Communism. thenation.com Posadism: The Rise and Fall of Apocalypse Communism…

Sasha Abramsky (2020-08-18). Trump's Attacks on Science Will Hasten Climate Catastrophe. thenation.com Trump's Attacks on Science Will Hasten Climate Catastrophe…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-08-17). Platform fight precedes Democratic convention. peoplesworld.org The Democratic National Convention hasn't started yet, and already there's a fight over the party platform. There are differences in a party united in its determination to defeat Trump but divided on some key issues like Medicare-for-All and the Green New Deal. And another fight may be brewing over the party leadership's decision to basically …

RT (2020-08-17). Trump carves into Biden's lead on eve of Democratic convention, poll shows. rt.com Donald Trump is nearly neck-and-neck with presidential opponent Joe Biden, who earlier enjoyed a comfortable lead over the incumbent, according to a new CNN poll. Voters are divided over Biden's VP pick, Kamala Harris. | The presumptive Democratic nominee leads Trump by just four points nationally, 50 percent to 46 percent, the poll shows. In fifteen battleground states, the CNN poll gives the former vice president a one-point lead, with Biden at 49 percent and Trump at 48 percent. Factoring in the poll's margin of error, ranging from 3.7 to 5 percentage points, the presidential contenders may be close to tied…

RT (2020-08-17). Joe Biden blasted for softball interview with Cardi B after avoiding real journalists ahead of convention. rt.com Joe Biden is facing a backlash after taking the time to sit down for a video chat with rapper Cardi B, having dodged interviews with major journalists and news outlets ahead of the Democratic convention. | Biden tuned in for a candid The unusual pairing discussed a variety…

Staff (2020-08-17). The 2020 Democratic Convention Could Be a Tech Debacle or an Ambitious Feat. truthout.org What do you suppose the Democrats will be talking about at their "convention" this week? | The U.S.

Claud Fullwood (2020-08-17). Milwaukee protesters determined to continue as Democratic convention is held remotely. thecanary.co Monday 17 August should have seen the beginning of a four day Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. But thanks to coronavirus (Covid-19), the city will miss out on hosting the DNC this week. Instead of the predicted 50,000 visitors injecting millions of dollars into the local economy, the convention will be almost entirely online. | Wisconsin is seen as a key presidential battleground after Donald Trump won there unexpectedly — and by fewer than 23,000 votes — four years ago. Organisers of the convention had planned to highlight Democrats' commitment to the city and Wisconsin. Th…

Staff (2020-08-17). Rep. Ro Khanna: Trump's Postal Service Changes Are a Deliberate Strategy to Steal the Election. democracynow.org As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calls lawmakers back from summer recess for an urgent vote this week to stop changes at the U.S. Postal Service that could interfere with the upcoming election, we speak with California Congressmember Ro Khanna, who says millions of ballots could be at risk of going uncounted. "That, in my view, is a deliberate strategy to try to disqualify millions of votes and for the president to try to steal this election," says Khanna. President Trump recently admitted he's working to undermine…

Staff (2020-08-17). Trump Is Facing a Nationwide Wave of Backlash Over His Postal Service Sabotage. truthout.org Facing increasingly unfavorable poll numbers, Trump has clearly decided the only way he can win reelection is to cheat. Trump has ramped up attacks on…

Staff (2020-08-17). State Attorneys General Appear Ready to Sue Trump Over Changes at the USPS. truthout.org At least six state attorneys general appear to be discussing possible legal action against the Trump administration due to changes at the United States Postal Service (USPS) that could disenfranchise voters seeking to cast their ballot by mail this year. | The group of Democratic state officials

Mark Gruenberg (2020-08-17). Pelosi calls lawmakers back to stop Trump's election and postal service sabotage. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. has called lawmakers back into session, despite the "virtual" Democratic National Convention, to stop GOP President Donald Trump's multifaceted scheme to stop voting by mail by basically shutting down the U.S. Postal Service before the Nov. 3 election. Trump's objective, along with that of his political puppets, is to stop …

Michael Winship (2020-08-17). Stamp Out the Trump Attacks on Our Postal Service! commondreams.org The president and his obeisant postmaster general are out to destroy voting by mail—and democracy.

sputniknews (2020-08-17). 'Stop Sabotaging': Netizens Drag Trump Over 'Save the Post Office' Tweet Amid USPS Dispute. sputniknews.com Netizens were quick to call out US President Donald Trump for his "Save…

teleSUR (2020-08-17). Bolivia Surpasses 100,000 COVID-19 Cases. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's Health Ministry Sunday reported 1,198 new COVID-19 cases, which bring contagion numbers to 100,344 since the beginning of the pandemic. | RELATED: | "Although the figures are already exorbitant, the peak of the disease in Bolivia is expected to be in September," Health Ministry spokesman Rene Sahonero said. | "Cases are climbing steadily, at least on the western side of the country. By the end of the month, we will reach form 130,000 t…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-17). Bolivian social movements and trade unions end strike and lift blockades. peoplesdispatch.org The decision was taken following the enactment of a new electoral law that calls to hold general elections no later than October 18 and imposes criminal penalties on any effort to postpone the date…

_____ (2020-08-17). As Bolivian Regime Delays Elections A Third Time, Media Continue To Ignore Coup. popularresistance.org After both of the nation's leading papers admitted that the reason for declaring the October election a fraud was itself a fraud, few have asked the critical questions about why the OAS and the United States were so quick to have Morales removed from office. In fact, few media outlets altered their coverage of Bolivia at all. | Reuters (7/9/20) described how "a disputed election led to widespread protests that eventually toppled…Evo Morales," with a later piece (7/15/20) reporting that Añez "took power in a political vacuum." A CNN segment (7/17/20) on the COVID crisis in Bolivia described how "widespread unres…

Lois Beckett (2020-08-17). Calls For Nationwide Sickout As Arizona School District Cancels Reopening. zcomm.org Arizona public school district forced to abandon plans after more than 100 teachers and staff members called in sick…

teleSUR (2020-08-17). Trump Pushes to Reopen Schools Despite the US Health Crisis. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Donald Trump once again pushed for schools reopening despite his country registers 5,400,180 COVID-19 cases and 169,955 deaths. | RELATED: | "The children have to return to the classrooms. They tend to only develop mild COVID-19 symptoms. Health complications in minors are incredibly rare," Trump said. | Previously, on July 6, he also said that "schools must reopen in the fall," insisting that "children are su…

Staff (2020-08-17). Headlines for August 17, 2020. democracynow.org Pelosi Calls House Back from Recess as Outrage Mounts over Turmoil at USPS, AZ Teachers Halt School Reopening; COVID-19 Data Shows Devastating Effect on Latinx, Black People, New Zealand Postpones Election Amid COVID-19 Spike; Virus Compounds Disaster in Lebanon, Mass Protests Continue in Belarus Amid Reports of Torture in Jails, Student Protests in Thailand Swell, Demanding Democratic Reforms, 16 People Killed After Car Bomb Blast at Hotel in Somalia, At Least 6 People Killed as Protests Intensify in Ivory Coast, Trump Vows to Reinstate U.N. Sanctions Against Iran, Lawyers Say Guards at Immigration Jail "Systema…

_____ (2020-08-17). School Cancelled In Arizona Area After 'Sick Out' Over Reopening. popularresistance.org An Arizona school district that ignored state safety guidelines and voted to begin in-person learning on Aug. 17 has had to cancel classes after staff said it was unsafe to return and called in sick. | Greater Phoenix's J.O. Combs Unified School District canceled all instruction for Monday due to "insufficient staffing," days after its board disregarded state benchmarks on when students can safely return to classes during the pandemic. | The "sick out" underlined the difficulties in returning to in-person learning in the United States after schools in Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama closed this week as students a…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-08-17). After Organizing Mass 'Sick-Out,' Arizona Teachers and School Staff Applauded for 'Bold' Collective Action to Stop Unsafe Reopening. commondreams.org Teachers and school staff members in a Phoenix suburb were praised by progressives and public health experts on Monday for their "bold" decision to call in sick en masse, forcing their school district to reverse its plan to return to in-person classes. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2020-08-17). Scotland's schools reopen as COVID-19 infects students. wsws.org The Scottish National Party's school reopening exposes it as the accomplice of the Johnson government's herd immunity strategy.

Adam Dick (2020-08-17). 'Regime Change' in Belarus Looks Like an Objective of Both the Trump Administration and the Biden Campaign. globalresearch.ca It seems that whoever wins the presidency, United States foreign policy will keep chugging away at intervening across the world, including via "regime change" efforts. Over the last couple decades, targets for US-government-supported overthrow have included Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Libya, …

Andrew Korybko (2020-08-17). Russian-Belarusian Relations: Back to Being Brothers? Crimea 2.0 Is Unlikely. globalresearch.ca Several recent developments in Russian-Belarusian relations — in particular, Belarus' return of 32 suspected Wagner mercenaries to Russia, Belarusian opposition leader Tsepkalo's departure from Russia, and the two phone calls between Presidents Putin and Lukashenko — hint that bilateral ties …

WSWS (2020-08-17). Protests, strikes against Lukashenko regime mount in Belarus. wsws.org The involvement of growing sections of workers has panicked the Lukashenko regime, and the NATO-backed opposition is calling for "dialogue" with the regime.

news.un (2020-08-17). Belarus crisis: Top UN official concerned over torture allegations. news.un.org In the wake of ongoing electoral-related unrest in Belarus, the top UN official in the country has requested an urgent meeting with authorities focused on the issue of human rights, according to a statement from her offic…

teleSUR (2020-08-17). Belarus: Mass Protests Against President Lukashenko Continue. telesurenglish.net Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko Sunday attended a demonstration organized by government supporters in Minsk, while hundreds of thousands of citizens gathered to demand his resignation at the most massive opposition demonstration ever. | RELATED: | The protests began in Minsk nine days ago, after the announcement of Lukashenko's re-election. Today the demonstrations have spread throughout Belarus, with more par…

RT (2020-08-17). Ukraine recalls Belarus envoy for consultations 'for first time ever', but it's not about protests. rt.com Kiev has recalled its ambassador from Minsk for consultations, for the "first time in history." However, the move appears to be more about Belarus' refusal to hand suspected Russian mercenaries over to Ukraine than the protests. | Ukraine has joined the chorus of Western nations refusing to recognize the results of last week's elections in Belarus, which officially handed a landslide victory to Alexander Lukashenko for his sixth term in office. "Belarussian-Ukraine relations" have been "fundamentally changed" by the developments in Belarus, in which "society has expressed a vote of no confidence in the officia…

RT (2020-08-17). Lukashenko's offer to change Belarus' constitution likely an attempt to buy time as opposition lacks mechanism to remove him. rt.com If Belarus' opposition succeeds in removing Alexander Lukashenko from the presidency, the big question is what happens next? The country lacks institutions for managing the transfer of power, working to the president's advantage. | As protests continued in Belarus on Monday demanding the resignation of Lukashenko, the country's embattled ruler blew hot and cold about his intentions. Speaking to workers at the Minsk Wheel Tractor Plant (MZKT), Lukashenko struck a defiant tone. "We have held the election. There will be no other elections unless you kill me," he declared. | Following this, however, Lukashenko str…

yenisafak (2020-08-17). Lithuania says Russian military help in Belarus would mean 'an invasion'. yenisafak.com Russian military help in Belarus would constitute "an invasion", Lithuanian foreign affairs minister Linas Linkevicius said on Monday."There are no reasons for military support from Russia, and no legal or other grounds for it. It would constitute an invasion into the country and would destroy the last traces of its independence", Linkevicius told reporters in Vilnius."Russia would risk a lot if it did it, in the face of what is going on in Belarus, in the face of the popular support. It should figure out that an invasion would not be justified, neither legally, nor morally, nor politically", he added.The Kremlin…

yenisafak (2020-08-17). Belarus: Opposition leader says 'ready to lead country'. yenisafak.com The leader of the Belarusian opposition said Monday she is "ready to lead the nation" through a transitional period in order to end the unrest and organize "in the shortest terms" a new "fair and open presidential election".In a video message, published on her YouTube channel, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya promised to release all "political prisoners" and relax the election legislation so that the results of the new election are recognized by the international community.Tikhanovskaya, who is currently in Lithuania, also expressed solidarity with the people rallying against the results of the presidential election in Bel…

yenisafak (2020-08-17). Belarusian leader says new election will be held after new constitution adopted: RIA. yenisafak.com Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko said a new presidential election would be held after the country adopts a new constitution, the RIA news agency reported.Lukashenko, who is facing the biggest protests of his 26 years in power following a disputed Aug. 9 presidential election, had said earlier on Monday that no new election would be held.

South Front (2020-08-17). Belarus Kicks Off Large-scale Military Drills Near Poland, Lithuania. globalresearch.ca On August 16, the Belarusian Armed Forces announced large-scale military drills near the country's nuclear plant and in the Grodno region bordering Poland and Lithuania. The drills will take place on August 17-20 and involve rocket and artillery units, air-defense …

news.un (2020-08-17). Real Life Heroes: building trust, and saving lives. news.un.org Marie-Roseline Bélizaire, a doctor and epidemiologist with the World Health Organization (WHO), is using her passion for community medicine to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the Central African Republic (CAR).

WSWS (2020-08-17). A risky game with health and lives as schools reopen throughout Germany. wsws.org With the beginning of mandatory school attendance, the number of COVID-19 infections is increasing.

Cesar Chelala (2020-08-17). Domestic Violence in the Time of the Pandemic. counterpunch.org One of the most neglected consequences of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 is the increasing violence against women of all ages. UN Women has called it "the shadow pandemic," and António Guterres, the UN Secretary-General has said, "Peace is not just the absence of war. Many women under lockdown for #COVID19 face violence where they should

Marshall Auerback (2020-08-17). The Pandemic Has Revealed America's Zip Code Map of Inequality. counterpunch.org It is understandably tempting to drop all the blame for America's catastrophic response to COVID-19 on the big desk in the Oval Office. But there's more to the story than epic incompetence, grift and delusion at the highest levels of government. The stark divide in the level of health care from testing to treatment is

Nation Nyoka (2020-08-17). Pregnancy and labor during COVID-19. peoplesdispatch.org "I feel so bad for him. He only knows four people right now in his life and I…" Her face is eclipsed by the chubby cheeks of a curious baby. Before she can continue, he repeatedly attacks the screen with the palm of his hand, babbling away in baby talk. His bottom milk teeth are obscured when his drool drenches the camera before the call is summarily cut. | "Eish, this boy! Sorry sisi, I was saying he doesn't know any other faces or people except us," says Maria Beda*, wiping the camera clean. | Like Beda, Thembeka Sibiya, 27, is concerned that her newborn son will not enjoy the same social life as her seven-ye…

WSWS (2020-08-17). With pandemic raging, Florida governor deepens drive to reopen schools. wsws.org School districts and teachers in Florida have been forced to resume in-person learning while COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to surge throughout the state.

Eduardo Campos Lima (2020-08-17). Missionaries Gain Access to Amazon's Indigenous Peoples, Despite Pandemic. globalresearch.ca When the first COVID-19 cases hit Brazil in March, the government agency in charge of protecting the country's Indigenous peoples, the National Indigenous Foundation, ordered all civilians to leave the Indigenous reservations. Only essential workers, such as health care personnel …

Jonathan Latham (2020-08-17). Engineered COVID-19-Infected Mouse Bites Researcher Amid 'Explosion' of Risky Coronavirus Research. counterpunch.org University researchers genetically engineer a human pandemic virus. They inject the new virus into a laboratory mouse. The infected mouse then bites a researcher…..It is a plot worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster about risky coronavirus research. But according to newly obtained minutes of the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) of the University of North Carolina (UNC),

2020-08-18: Social Media Postees

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Oliver Stone on challenging Hollywood convention & film as a "disappearing" art form
Anya Parampil | thegrayzone.com | 2020-08-19
Red Lines host Anya Parampil speaks with award winning screenwriter and director Oliver Stone about his memoir, "Chasing the Light"….
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EDITORIAL — El virus, el PIB y el afán de lucro
Editor | workers.org | 2020-08-19
"El costo de la pandemia de coronavirus en la economía de la nación se volvió enfáticamente más claro el jueves", escribió el New York Times el 30 de julio, "cuando el gobierno detalló el colapso de tres meses más devastador registrado, que borró casi cinco años de crecimiento". 'Pero cada . . . | Continue reading EDITORIAL — El virus, el PIB y el afán de lucro at Workers.org
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In Chicago, teacher-community solidarity forces district to put safety first
Catherine Henchek, CPS parent and member of Parents 4 Teachers | liberationnews.org | 2020-08-19
The school district's turnaround shows what can happen when unions and community members work together.
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Democrats vs. Republicans: Which party really CARES?
Editor | workers.org | 2020-08-19
While the corporate media focus public attention on the imminent opening of the Democratic and Republican Party conventions and the electoral contest, another battle matters much more to tens of millions of people still out of work: the failure of Congress to pass a second stimulus bill. The provisions of . . . | Continue reading Democrats vs. Republicans: Which party really CARES? at Workers.org
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Fidel at 94: The ideas of a revolutionary never die
Teresa Gutierrez | workers.org | 2020-08-19
Makasi was 16 when he first learned about Fidel Castro. As a Black Latinx youth, Makasi notes that "growing up as a Puerto Rican in the U.S., learning about Fidel showed me how someone from a small Caribbean island can challenge the most powerful and most vicious empire in the . . . | Continue reading Fidel at 94: The ideas of a revolutionary never die at Workers.org
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Tampa demands justice for Jonas Joseph, 'Community control now!'
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-08-19
Tampa, FL – Over 50 people rallied and marched through downtown Tampa August 15 to demand justice for Jonas Joseph, a 26-year-old Haitian-American man murdered by five Tampa Police Department officers after they fired 125 shots. The march was attended by the family of Jonas Joseph and members of the community and was hosted by the Tampa Bay Community Action Committee (TBCAC) and Black Lives Matter Restoration Polk Inc. | Jonas Joseph was murdered by Tampa officers the night of April 28 when he was pulled over for a traffic stop. Police accounts of the events leading up to the shooting have changed numerous times…
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DNC: Conservative forces dominate opening night; security state apparatus dominates streets in Milwaukee
Robert Penner | liberationnews.org | 2020-08-19
The true nature of the Democratic Party is on display not only through the digital convention, but on the ground as well.
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Trump Holds the Mail Hostage
Richard C. Gross | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-18
You drop a check for a bill or a greeting card in a blue post office letter box and walk away without a second thought, knowing your mail will arrive, not if. Not in the twisted age of Trump, who is on a crusade to cripple the mail to try to ensure his reelection.
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Will there ever be elections again in Bolivia?
Vijay Prashad | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-18
Following a massive national strike organized after elections were postponed for a third time in Bolivia since the coup d'état, Vijay Prashad and Manuel Bertoldi discuss the future of Bolivian democracy…
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Will there ever be elections again in Bolivia?
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2020-08-18
On November 10, 2019, President Evo Morales Ayma of Bolivia announced his resignation from the presidency. Morales had been elected in 2014 to a third presidential term, which should have lasted until January 2020.
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Colonialism intensifies pandemic school crisis for Puerto Ricans
| workers.org | 2020-08-18
By Lorraine Liriano Chávez This slightly edited talk was given at the Aug. 6 Workers World Party webinar, "War on the Working Class: the Socialist Response," which featured education workers. Lorraine Liriano Chávez Puerto Rico faces the life-threatening decision of the reopening of schools in the midst of rising COVID-19 . . . | Continue reading Colonialism intensifies pandemic school crisis for Puerto Ricans at Workers.org
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New York and Los Angeles plan deadly reopening of schools
wsws.org | 2020-08-18
Democrats in the two largest school districts are pushing to reopen schools in a matter of weeks, endangering the lives of millions of residents in New York and Los Angeles.
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Colonialism intensifies pandemic school crisis for Puerto Ricans
Lorraine Liriano Chávez | workers.org | 2020-08-18
This slightly edited talk was given at the Aug. 6 Workers World Party webinar, "War on the Working Class: the Socialist Response," which featured education workers. Lorraine Liriano Chávez Puerto Rico faces the life-threatening decision of the reopening of schools in the midst of rising COVID-19 cases. This escalation is . . . | Continue reading Colonialism intensifies pandemic school crisis for Puerto Ricans at Workers.org
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U.S., fascists set scopes on socialist-leaning Belarus
Otis Grotewohl | workers.org | 2020-08-18
Chinese President Xi Jingping and Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on his reelection Aug. 9. USSR-era socialist art in Minsk, Belarus, in February 2019. U.S. imperialism and the Western bourgeois media, however, wasted no time in denouncing Lukashenko's victory as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo used . . . | Continue reading U.S., fascists set scopes on socialist-leaning Belarus at Workers.org
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Poland and Lithuania Are Escalating Events in Belarus as They Did with Maidan
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-18
On August 9, presidential elections were held in Belarus with five candidates bidding to be head of state. According to the Central Election Commission, the incumbent president, Alexander Lukashenko, won in the first round with over 80% of the …
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Amid mass strikes in Belarus, Lukashenko regime teeters on brink
wsws.org | 2020-08-18
The critical question facing workers in Belarus is to struggle independently of and against all the factions of…
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Canadian authorities to reopen schools, facilitating COVID-19 spread
wsws.org | 2020-08-18
The Canadian ruling elite has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by adopting ever more explicitly the homicidal principle of "herd immunity."
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What went wrong with the first COVID-19 shutdown?
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-08-18
In the spring, we shut down our lives and our economy in hopes of reducing the spread of COVID-19 enough to be able to manage it through widespread testing and contact tracing. In spite of that shutdown, today the virus is raging virtually uncontrolled. We didn't stick with it until the job was done.
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Saturday 8/22: Nationwide Protest: Save the Post Office from Trump, Save Our Votes Now!
MoveOn, SEIU, NAACP, Indivisible, others | indybay.org | 2020-08-18
Nationwide protests at local post offices across the country in support of USPS…
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Saturday 8/22: Save the Post Office!
Berkeley Save the Post Office Committee | indybay.org | 2020-08-18
Downtown Berkeley Post Office steps | Allston & Milvia, Berkeley, CA…
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Bolivia: The Scream Of àÅñez Out!
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-18
àÅñez Out is the main demand of the current popular protest mobilization in Bolivia. Barely a week ago the demand was: Elections, now! That was calling for September 6, agreed date by the political organizations and the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE), for the elections to be held. That was at the time against the new postponement of the elections for October 18 adopted by the TSE, which was the third one, with the excuse of protecting the population against the coronavirus, without having carried out any consultation with the political forces and the popular movement. àÅñez proclaimed herself "inter…
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U.S., Fascists Set Scopes On Socialist-Leaning Belarus
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-18
Belarus's government has its contradictions. While Belarus still maintains features from its socialist history as part of the Soviet Union, it lost other socialist features during and after the USSR's collapse. The people have some legitimate grievances against Lukashenko, especially regarding his response to the COVID-19 pandemic. | Taking advantage of these grievances, Washington and the Belarus opposition use problems caused by the pandemic as a pretext against Belarus's sovereignty — despite the U.S. government's own mishandling of the pandemic crisis. | As of this writing, the opposition's future is st…
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Democratic Convention rides on BLM momentum, putting George Floyd family front & center in moment of silence
rt.com | 2020-08-18
On the first night of its national convention, the Democratic Party has sought to cash in on months of raging protests over police brutality to sell 2020 nominee Joe Biden, trotting out George Floyd's relatives at the event. | "George had a giving spirit, a spirit that has shown up on streets around our nation and around the world. People of all races, all ages, all genders, all backgrounds, peacefully protesting in the name of love and unity," said Philonise Floyd, the brother of the man slain by Minneapolis police in May, bringing in a moment of silence to honor the memory of "the many other souls we lost to…
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'Covid is just a metaphor'?! Cuomo draws outrage with unhinged Trump-bashing DNC victory lap
rt.com | 2020-08-18
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has ignited a firestorm after attempting a poetic comparison between President Donald Trump and the coronavirus, dubbing the deadly illness but a "metaphor" in a speech to the Democratic convention. | "Our nation is in crisis. And in many ways Covid is just a metaphor," the governor pontificated during his speech to the party's virtual convention on Monday night, comparing the Trump administration to a "dysfunctional" immune system. | A virus attacks when the body is weak and when it cannot defend itself. Over these past few years, America's body politic has been weakened. The di…
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US Postal Service reforms SUSPENDED until after the election to avoid 'appearance' of impact, Postmaster General says
rt.com | 2020-08-18
To "avoid even the appearance of any impact" on the November election, US Postmaster General Louis DeJoy announced he has suspended all postal service reforms until after the vote, amid protests demanding his resignation. | "
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The Democratic Party and the national question
Monica Moorehead | workers.org | 2020-08-19
With the Aug. 11 announcement of California Sen. Kamala Harris's nomination for the Democratic Party's vice presidential candidate, WW is reprinting excerpts from the July 25, 2019, article, "A revolutionary understanding of the national question — In defense of the squad." (workers.org/2019/08/43256) In response to Trump's xenophobic attack on Harris, . . . | Continue reading The Democratic Party and the national question at Workers.org
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Millions of votes threatened in the US as the postal service spirals into a crisis
Anish R M | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-18
Questions have been raised over the recent operational changes in the USPS brought in by new Trump appointee, that could delay delivery of postal ballots in time for November elections…
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Protect the Vote and End Privatization of the Postal Service
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-08-18
As we warned earlier in the year, the US Postal Service is failing due to a long term effort to weaken it plus the confluence of the COVID-19 pandemic, recession and intentional efforts by the Trump administration to suppress the vote. Members of Congress and state leaders are starting to take notice because of the …
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Merkel, Putin discuss Belarus over phone
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-18
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the recent political crisis in Belarus over the phone, her spokesman said on Tuesday.Steffen Seibert said in a press release that the two leaders discussed the latest situation in Belarus after the presidential elections held in Aug. 9."The chancellor has emphasized that the Belarusian government must refrain from using violence against peaceful demonstrators, release political prisoners immediately and initiate a national dialogue with the opposition and society in order to overcome the crisis," he said.In a separate statement, the Kr…
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The Factory Joins the Square: Putin's Nightmare Unfolds in Belarus
Stephen Crowley | thenation.com | 2020-08-18
The Factory Joins the Square: Putin's Nightmare Unfolds in Belarus…
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Children have 'nowhere to turn', as COVID-19 hits protection, social services, reports UNICEF
news.un.org | 2020-08-18
Disruptions of important violence prevention and response services due to the global pandemic has left children in more than 100 countries vulnerable to exploitation and abuse, a UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) survey has found.
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At North Carolina colleges, 'Safe Jobs Save Lives'
calvin deutschbein | workers.org | 2020-08-18
Chapel Hill, N.C. At 2: 15 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 14 — as the first week of in-person classes at the University of North Carolina wound to a close — the independent student newspaper, the Daily Tarheel, made the announcement: "BREAKING: Carolina Housing reported two COVID-19 clusters today." UE 150 organized . . . | Continue reading At North Carolina colleges, 'Safe Jobs Save Lives' at Workers.org
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Video: The Great Vaccine Debate! Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. vs Alan Dershowitz
Robert F. Kennedy Jr | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-18
Don't miss this historic debate between Children's Health Defense Chairman Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz. | With the current COVID crisis dominating headlines at national and local levels, the topic of vaccines is now front …
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COVID-19, Marxism, and the metabolic rift
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-08-18
The danger doesn't only come from the symptoms of a virus: it comes from our distorted relationship with the natural world.
mronline.org/2020/08/18/covid-19-marxism…

The Specter of a Fascist Coup by Trump Haunts the U.S. — There's Worse to Worry About
Roger D. Harris | mintpressnews.com | 2020-08-18
Spreading faster than COVID-19 among those on the portside, warnings of a fascist-style coup by Trump are rampant this presidential campaign season.
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The Hunger Crisis in Guatemala
Yanis Iqbal | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-18
A report released by Oxfam in July 2020 states, "COVID-19 is deepening the hunger crisis in the world's hunger hotspots and creating new epicentres of hunger across the globe. By the end of the year 12,000 people per day …
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"His Only Preexisting Condition Was Trusting Trump": Daughter Speaks at DNC After Dad Dies of COVID
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-08-18
One of the most memorable speeches of the opening night of the virtual Democratic National Convention was delivered by Kristin Urquiza, who said her father, a supporter of Donald Trump, died after believing the president's assurances that the coronavirus was under control. "My dad, Mark Anthony Urquiza, should be here today, but he isn't," she said. "My dad was a healthy 65-year-old. His only preexisting condition was trusting Donald Trump — and for that, he paid with his life."
www.democracynow.org/2020/8/18/kristin_u…

In 24 hours 2,385 COVID-19 cases recorded in Iran
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-18
TEHRAN, Aug. 18 (MNA) — The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has infected 2,385 people and claimed 168 lives in Iran in the past 24 hours, a senior health official said.
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G7 Calls for More Debt Relief to Confront COVID-19 Crisis
Zach Conti | indybay.org | 2020-08-18
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin convened G7 Finance Ministers, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank to coordinate responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/08/17/1883595…

Embodied Inequality: The Intersections Between COVID, Racial Justice, and the Environment
Brianna Cunliffe | indybay.org | 2020-08-18
The consequences of our fossil fuel economy and a global pandemic fall heaviest on America's most vulnerable communities. Elected Officials are saying enough.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/08/17/1883594…

The Specter Of A Fascist Coup By Trump Haunts The US
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-18
Spreading faster than COVID-19 among those on the portside, warnings of a fascist-style coup by Trump are rampant this presidential campaign season. Meanwhile, in the real world, more than 51 million Americans have filed for unemployment since March. Some 27 million people have lost their health insurance on top of around 30 million who were uninsured before, in the face of the massive pandemic. The Federal Reserve has pumped $7 trillion into corporate bonds, municipal securities, loans and grants to business, while millions are going hungry. The pandemic death toll in the US is 168,345 as it rages out of control…
popularresistance.org/the-specter-of-a-f…

Is the pandemic over? Cuomo slated for writing BOOK on his Covid 'leadership' after disastrous nursing home order & high NY deaths
rt.com | 2020-08-18
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, with a lack of self-awareness seldom seen outside hereditary dictatorships, is writing a book on managing the Covid-19 outbreak — after leading the state to the US' highest coronavirus death toll. | Crown Publishing announced the book, titled 'American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic', on Twitter on Tuesday, and said it will be released on October 13, three weeks before the US presidential election. The book will include leadership advice and a look at Cuomo's relationship with President Donald Trump. | We're excited to share this new book from Govern…
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Leaky bubble? Michigan college puts students on campus arrest with mandatory Covid-19 tracking app, while staff get to leave
rt.com | 2020-08-18
Michigan's Albion College is requiring incoming students to install a tracking app on their phones that warns the school if they leave campus. The 'Covid bubble' plan lets teachers come and go as they please, however. | The draconian rules, which mandate that students remain within the Albion campus' 4.5-mile perimeter throughout the entire 14-week semester, are part of Albion's plans to create a 'Covid bubble' protecting its entire student body, the Washington Free Beacon reported on Monday. | While Albion claimed students are being restricted to campus in order "to reduce the risk of transmission between the…
rt.com/usa/498351-albion-michigan-mandat…

Indian country? Memes and mockery greet Elizabeth Warren's DNC appearance at Native American Caucus
rt.com | 2020-08-18
The Democratic National Convention came in for a round of online ridicule after Senator Elizabeth Warren, who once passed herself off as Native American, took part in discussions of how Covid-19 affected the "Indian country." | Warren (D-Massachusetts) spoke at the Native American Caucus virtual panel on Tuesday, the second day of the convention, to accuse President Donald Trump of having "failed Indian Country" by not sending enough coronavirus relief to the tribes. | | Elizabeth Warren speaking now. | Talking about how Trump admin has "f…
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'Irresponsible' breaking up of Public Health England expected to be announced
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-08-18
Plans to break up Public Health England in the middle of a pandemic are "irresponsible" and "risky", Labour has said.Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said that structural reorganisation is "time consuming" and "energy sapping".In a series of scathing tweets, Ashworth said the government was trying to "shift the blame" when it announces plans to break up the embattled organisation later.A story placed with the Sunday Telegraph suggests that the coronavirus (Covid-19) response work of PHE is to be merged with NHS Test and Trace to form a new Health Protection Institute, designed specifically to deal with p…
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Philippines: Killings of rights defenders continue amid COVID-19 spike, economic recession
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-08-18
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from Labor NGO: Ecumenical Institute for Labor Education and Research (EILER). | Rampant harassment and terroristic acts by the state towards the people made it clear that the Duterte administration does not aim to resolve all the crises brought out by the pandemic, according to Labor NGO Ecumenical Institute for Labor Education and Research (EILER). | EILER firmly stands with all the peasant rights defenders and demands accountability for the brutal killings of Randall "Ka Randy" Echanis, 72; Reken Remasog, 24, and Zara Alvarez, 39. | Ka Randy was a…
fightbacknews.org/2020/8/18/philippines-…

France to make mask mandatory in work places
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-18
France will make mask wearing mandatory in work places starting from Sept. 1, with some exceptions, as the country grapples with a surge in COVID-19 infections, the head of one the leading unions told BFM TV on Tuesday."The government deems its necessary to wear a mask when you're not alone (in the work place)", said Yves Veyrier, leader of Force ouvriere, adding the labour minister had made it clear it was up to the companies concerned to pay for the masks.
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Marks & Spencer to cut 7,000 jobs as virus hits sales
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-18
UK High Street retailer Marks and Spencer announced Tuesday it is set to cut 7,000 jobs over the next 3 months as its clothing business hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.The retailer said strong online and home delivery was not enough to offset the fall in trading in the stores which remains well below last year."It is clear that there has been a material shift in trade and whilst it is too early to predict with precision where a new post COVID sales mix will settle, we must act now to reflect this change," it said in a statement.The retail giant also noted that the lockdown taught working more flexibly and pr…
yenisafak.com/en/news/marks-spencer-to-c…

National vaccine efforts need to fit global approach, says WHO
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-18
National supply deals in the event of the development of a successful vaccine against the coronavirus should fit a global approach, World Health Organization senior adviser Bruce Aylward said on Tuesday.World leaders pledged in late April to accelerate work on tests, drugs and vaccines against COVID-19 and to share them around the globe under a WHO-led initiative known as the ACT (Access to COVID-19 Tools) Accelerator.More than 21.9 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 772,647 have died, according to a Reuters tally.
yenisafak.com/en/life/national-vaccine-e…

A vaccine for COVID-19?
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-08-18
Healthcare Martin Wolterding Coral WynterIssue 1277 Australia vaccine COVID-19August 18, 2020Most of us, in self-isolation, long for l…
greenleft.org.au/content/vaccine-covid-1…

The Specter of a Fascist Coup by Trump Haunts the US: There's Worse to Worry About
Roger D. Harris | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-08-18
Spreading faster than COVID-19 among those on the portside, warnings of a fascist-style coup by Trump are rampant this presidential campaign season. Should Trump fail to carry the Electoral College, Noam Chomsky admonishes, "he could send Blackshirts out in the streets… preparation for a plan to try to bring the military in to carry out …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/08/the-specter-o…

Free Daily Home Testing, is a practical solution to end this pandemic and also end the need for social disintegration and restrictions
Antonio Carty | zcomm.org | 2020-08-18
I give the solution's basis right here at the start, in case you only have time or patience to read a bit. The practical way, to shut this pandemic down permanently and allow the full re-opening of society, removing the need for all the social limits and restrictions, is for the state to mass produce Read…
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USA to Iraq: We Will Withdraw but Without Being Humiliated
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-18
Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi is preparing to meet US President Donald Trump at the White House, about issues that are burdening Iraq. The country is struggling with a stifling economic crisis, the Coronavirus pandemic, the US military presence that …
globalresearch.ca/usa-iraq-we-withdraw-w…

Pandemic Pod People: Invasion of the School Snatchers
Project Censored | projectcensored.org | 2020-08-18
With no national plan to control the pandemic, nor a coherent program to reopen schools safely, the Trump Administration has trapped school districts in a Sophie's Choice: to open schools…
projectcensored.org/pandemic-pod-people-…

Making Billions v Making Ends Meet
Dominic Rushe | zcomm.org | 2020-08-18
How the Pandemic Has Split the US Economy in Two…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/making-billions-v-…

"Donald Trump Is the Wrong President for Our Country": Michelle Obama Slams President at DNC
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-08-18
On the first night of the Democratic National Convention, former first lady Michelle Obama delivered a searing critique of President Trump, accusing him of being "in over his head" and incapable of carrying out the duties of the office. "If you think things cannot possibly get worse, trust me, they can," Obama said. We air excerpts from her keynote speech, delivered virtually after the convention was moved online due to the pandemic.
www.democracynow.org/2020/8/18/michelle_…

Trump or Biden: Any Difference for the Global South?
Ajamu Baraka | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-18
Congress decided to go on vacation while millions of U.S. workers are in economic limbo and while the United States continues to engage in criminal activity, such as when it seized four Iranian oil tankers that were on their way …
globalresearch.ca/trump-biden-any-differ…

'What Happens If Julian Assange Dies In A British Prison?'
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-18
For Assange however, justice delayed is not only justice denied. With global attention shifting from Wuhan to Washington, from Minneapolis to Lebanon, the father of two young children has spent another five months in incarceration without access to lawyers or family visitations. It follows what is approaching ten years of what the United Nations has repeatedly labeled arbitrary detention — the British government has so far failed to respond to three separate U.N. reports and correspondences on the matter. | Serena Tinari, a Switzerland-based investigative journalist, condemned Britain's handling of the case…
popularresistance.org/what-happens-if-ju…

US govt-funded Coda Story smears American journalists who undermine new Cold War propaganda
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2020-08-18
With backing from the US government's regime-change arm, an Operation Mockingbird-style website called Coda Story is attacking American journalists who…
thegrayzone.com/2020/08/18/us-government…

UN Ambassador Moncada: US Keeps Plotting To Invade Venezuela
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-18
The Venezuelan ambassador to the United Nations, Samuel Moncada, reiterated his denunciation of the United States' orchestrating an invasion in Venezuela to destroy the military and political forces of the Bolivarian Revolution. | On his Twitter account, the Ambassador indicated that the White House's war propaganda against Venezuela seeks to assassinate the President of the Republic, Nicolás Maduro and turn the country into a colony. | …
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Video: "The House Cat Flu" is Coming. The Meow Apocalypse
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-18
This article was first published on April 18, 2020 | The following episode of the Simpsons was released in 2010. | It is a satire. But at the same time it reveals the unspoken truth. The writer of the script is an …
globalresearch.ca/video-the-house-cat-fl…

19th Amendment Turns 100: Fight for Voting Rights Builds on Centuries of Struggle Led by Black Women
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-08-18
As this year marks 100 years since the ratification of 19th Amendment to the Constitution guaranteeing women's right to vote, we look at the connection between the movement for women's suffrage and the movement to abolish slavery. Many states created laws to continue to deny women the vote, and African American women were subjected to the same Jim Crow laws already used to deny the vote to African American men. "To look for African American women and their history of the vote in 1920 is to miss the important chapter that begins in 1920 and doesn't culminate until the Voting Rights Act is adopted in 1965," says au…
www.democracynow.org/2020/8/18/us_consti…

Julián Castro Ran for President on a Police Reform Platform But Wasn't Invited to Give DNC Address
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-08-18
The Democratic National Convention faces criticism over the lack of diversity in its primetime programming during this year's virtual event, even as Latinx voters are slated to make up the largest bloc of nonwhite voters in 2020. Only a handful of Latinx speakers and no Muslim speakers are appearing during the broadcasted convention, while Republicans like former Ohio Governor John Kasich were given slots. "There were 35 primetime speakers, and only three of them were Latinx, and I raised a concern about that," says Julián Castro, former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate and the only Latinx candidate in the…
www.democracynow.org/2020/8/18/julian_ca…

Bernie Sanders: 2020 Election Is a Fight Against Trump, Authoritarianism, Greed, Oligarchy & Bigotry
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-08-18
Calling the 2020 election "the most important in the modern history of this country," Senator Bernie Sanders, in his speech to the Democratic National Convention, urged people to fight "against greed, oligarchy and bigotry" by voting President Trump out of office in November. "We need Joe Biden as our next president," Sanders said.
www.democracynow.org/2020/8/18/bernie_sa…

On Bombs And Bombings
Caitlin Johnstone | thealtworld.com | 2020-08-18
a full week now the Israeli army has been bombing Gaza, a population that is about to run out of fuel for its only power plant due to a years-long Israeli program of deliberate siege warfare. | Yesterday the US
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Israel strikes Hamas 'special forces unit' in Gaza amid continued rocket & balloon attacks (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
rt.com | 2020-08-18
The Israeli military struck several Hamas targets in Gaza, including an alleged elite "special forces" unit, in response to rocket and explosive balloon attacks — the seventh consecutive day of strikes on the Palestinian enclave. | The late-night air raids reportedly targeted sites south of Gaza City on Tuesday, among them a Hamas special forces command post, according to the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), who said the operations came in retaliation for attacks launched from Gaza earlier in the day. | "A rocket and explosive balloons were launched from Gaza into Israel today. In response, we struck Hamas…
rt.com/news/498370-israel-hamas-special-…

Gaza's only power plant shut down over Israeli fuel ban
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-18
The Gaza Strip's sole power plant halted operations on Tuesday over an Israeli ban on fuel imports into the Palestinian territory, according to Gaza's energy authority. | "The power plant has shut down completely," the authority said in a brief statement. | On Wednesday, Israel banned fuel imports into Gaza as part of punitive Israeli measures over the launch of fire-bomb balloons from the strip. | Since 2007, the Gaza Strip has groaned under a crippling Israeli blockade that has deprived its roughly two million inhabitants of many vital commodities, including food, fuel and medicine. | The seaside enclave suffer…
yenisafak.com/en/world/gazas-only-power-…

On Day Scientists Announce Melting of Greenland Ice Sheet 'Irreversible,' Trump to permit Arctic oil, gas Drilling
Juan Cole | zcomm.org | 2020-08-18
So drilling for oil in the arctic is guaranteed to melt the arctic, in what must be the most brainless act of collective suicide in the Milky Way galaxy…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/on-day-scientists-…

SouthCom Feels Threatened By Russia's 'Fundamental' Support Of Venezuela
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-18
The head of the Southern Command of the United States Armed Forces, Craig Faller, declared that Russia and Cuba represents a threat to them due to the "fundamental" support they give to Venezuela, a country on which the Donald Trump regime has imposed a brutal total blockade and continually threatens military invasion. | In viralized statements on social networks, Faller says that they have had to set off the alarms because of "the size of the threat" represented by "Russian influence" and the support that the Eurasian country gives to the government presided over by Nicolás Maduro. | "I cannot describe the size…
popularresistance.org/southcom-feels-thr…

Desastre ambiental segundo Marx: faces da crise capitalista (II)
Mondialisation | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-18
Continuando a análise comeàßada na primeira parte deste artigo — Monopólio, desemprego e desigualdade: faces da crise capitalista (I) –, vejamos como a crise do trabalho (desemprego) e a crise ambiental se relacionam, constituindo-se como duas faces da "crise estrutural …
globalresearch.ca/desastre-ambiental-seg…

Don't Be Hoodwinked by Trump's UAE-Israel 'Peace Deal'
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2020-08-18
Medea BENJAMIN, Ariel GOLD | "HUGE breakthrough today," crowed Donald Trump on twitter as he announced the new peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The deal makes the UAE the first Gulf Arab state and the third Arab nation, after Egypt and Jordan, to have diplomatic ties with Israel. But the new Israel-UAE partnership should fool no one. Though it will supposedly stave off Israeli annexation of the West Bank and encourage tourism and trade between both countries, in reality…
strategic-culture.org/news/2020/08/18/do…

Migrant attacked by man moments after landing in UK
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-18
A young migrant was assaulted by a man moments after landing in the UK, the Sun reported Tuesday.The migrant, who was in his twenties, landed on the beach in Kingsdown, Kent, southeast England. The attack happened around 11 a.m. (1000GMT) Sunday, and the migrant was left injured.Police, searching for the attacker, said in a statement: "Kent Police was notified at around 11.05 a.m. on Sunday of a reported assault of a man in his 20s off Undercliffe Road, Kingsdown."Officers attended to ensure the welfare of the man, who was not seriously injured and did not require hospital treatment."Enquiries to establish the ci…
yenisafak.com/en/world/migrant-attacked-…

Refugee with compromised health calls for freedom, thanks supporters
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-08-18
Refugees & migrants Ali MirzaeiIssue 1277 Australia Mantra Hotel medevac law MelbourneAugust 18, 2020Ali Mirzaei, a refugee who i…
greenleft.org.au/content/refugee-comprom…

CODENAME: Operation Virus Identification 2019; the Elitist Plan to Remake Society
Mike Whitney | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-18
Everything we were originally told about the Coronavirus has turned out to be wrong. | In fact, it's not a "novel" one-of-a-kind infection at all, but a member of a larger family of which there have been many iterations in the …
globalresearch.ca/codename-operation-vir…

'Palestine Is a Red Line', Morocco-Israel Relations, Netanyahu's "Normalization" Machine? Moroccan Writers Boycott UAE, Israel
Tamba Franàßois Koundouno | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-18
Five Moroccan authors have announced their decision to boycott an Emirati literary prize in objection to the UAE's "normalization" deal with Israel, Spanish newspaper EFE reported Saturday. | According to the report, the Moroccan writers all expressed their dismay and disappointment …
globalresearch.ca/palestine-red-line-mor…

The Decline in Power of the Oil States
Patrick Cockburn | zcomm.org | 2020-08-18
Beset by wars and dysfunctional social and economic systems, the Middle East is too fragile to cope with the coming earthquake…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-decline-in-pow…

Managing the Narrative: Corporations and Government Use Internet to Control Information
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-18
Some Americans continue to believe that when they go to the internet they will get a free flow of useful information that will guide them in making decisions or coming to conclusions about the state of the world. That conceit …
globalresearch.ca/managing-narrative-cor…

Managing the Narrative
Philip Giraldi | thealtworld.com | 2020-08-18
Corporations and government use internet to control information | Some Americans continue to believe that when they go to the internet they will get a free flow of useful information that will guide them in making decisions or coming to conclusions about the state of the world. That conceit might have been true to an extent twenty years ago, but the growth and consolidation of corporate information management firms has instead limited access to material that it does not approve of, thereby successfully shaping the political and economic environment to conform with their own interests. Facebook, Google and other n…
thealtworld.com/philip_giraldi/managing-…

Hands off Lebanon: Macron's Self-serving 'New Pact' Must Be Shunned
Ramzy Baroud | mintpressnews.com | 2020-08-18
Devastated Lebanon is now receptive to another bout of 'disaster capitalism': the notion that a country must be on its knees as a prerequisite to foreign economic takeover, political and, if necessary, military intervention.
mintpressnews.com/hands-off-lebanon-emma…

Anthony Fauci Is Out, Sidelined by Trump. Common Sense Might be Returning. Enter Dr. Scott Atlas to the Coronavirus Task Force
Rep. Ron Paul | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-18
It is now official: the media has confirmed that Dr. Anthony Fauci has been "sidelined" by Trump. This is nothing new. Fauci has not been fired as head of the NIASD. It is unclear whether this new appointment will trigger | …
globalresearch.ca/fauci-out-common-sense…

Anthony Fauci Is Out, "Sidelined" by Trump. Enter Dr. Scott Atlas to the Coronavirus Task Force
Rep. Ron Paul | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-18
It is now official: Dr. Anthony Fauci has been "sidelined" by president Trump. This is nothing new. | Dr. Fauci has not been fired as head of the NIAID. Moreover, it is unclear whether this new appointment will trigger a significant | …
globalresearch.ca/fauci-out-common-sense…

La Riva qualifies for presidential ballot in Washington state
LIberation Staff-Washington State | liberationnews.org | 2020-08-18
"A socialist candidate? Hell yeah! Count me in."
liberationnews.org/la-riva-qualifies-for…

Socialist to contest Geelong council elections, calls for sustainable jobs
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-08-18
Economy Sue BullIssue 1277 Australia Geelong council elections Windermere Ward GeelongAugust 18, 2020Union organiser and activist…
greenleft.org.au/content/socialist-conte…

Trump Gives Chinese Parent Company 90 Days to Divest from TikTok
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-18
US cold war on China risks turning hot if bipartisan hardliners in Washington push things too far. | Their hostile actions are all about wanting China's development, growth, and prominence on the world stage undermined. | Since Trump took office, scores of …
globalresearch.ca/trump-gives-chinese-pa…

"Fake News": Iran Paid Taliban to Kill US Troops… Big Lies Take a Life of Their Own
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-18
When repeated ad nauseam, Big Lies take on a life of their own. | Before the television age arrived, famed actor/humorist Will Rogers once said: "All I know is what I read in the papers." | He might have added that mind …
globalresearch.ca/iran-paid-taliban-kill…

Rights groups demand justice for murdered Baloch student
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-18
A final year student of Karachi University, 23-year-old Hayat Baloch Hayat, was allegedly killed by Pakistan's Frontier Corps personnel after being accused of involvement in a roadside bomb explosion…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/08/18/rights-gr…

The Fatal Attractions of Techno-Fascism
Mark Petrakis | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-08-18
Those who are serious in ridiculous matters will be ridiculous in serious matters. — Cato the Elder, (Marcus Porcius Cato, 234 BC — 149 BC) The enduring appeal of fascism is that it requires so little from us… so little independent thought; just our basic belief and adherence to a limited set of popularly-shared directives …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/08/the-fatal-att…

After another police riot, Chicago mayor rises to national prominence as law-and-order figure
wsws.org | 2020-08-18
Mayor Lori Lightfoot's role at the DNC underscores the right-wing and anti-democratic character of the Democratic Party, which seeks to demonstrate it will be better than Trump in securing the class interests of the financial aristocracy.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/18/chic…

Why did Israel and the UAE strike a deal?
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-18
In this video, we look at the various factors behind Israel and the United Arab Emirates signing a deal to normalize relations. The deal is yet another step in the cooperation between the two countries which has been rising for a while.
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/08/18/why-did-i…

PROFILE: Taking a lead against genocide, 'no society is immune' warns Adama Dieng
news.un.org | 2020-08-18
Adama Dieng assumed the position of the UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide in 2012, after a long and distinguished career in law and human rights, stepping down from…
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The Dystopian Coronavirus America
Peter Crowley | zcomm.org | 2020-08-18
Alas, we are a lost, divided and confused nation. No longer are we the laughing stock of the world, as when Donald Trump was elected, but its pity.
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-dystopian-coro…

"Refuse to Return" Facebook group cofounder describes explosion of opposition to unsafe school openings
wsws.org | 2020-08-18
The "Refuse to Return" group in Colorado has attracted 9,469 members and helped inspire the formation of at least 35 other groups across the US, with tens of thousands of members in total.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/18/refu…

Venezuela, and Trump's Irrational Electoral Policy
Jorge Arreaza | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-18
Elections always have an interesting effect on public policy, in particular if the person in charge of designing and implementing a certain policy is up for reelection. In politics, it is logical that an incumbent candidate decides to show successful …
globalresearch.ca/venezuela-trump-irrati…

Real Life Heroes: building a safe space for Rohingya women refugees
news.un.org | 2020-08-18
Bangladeshi architect Rizvi Hassan is the driving force behind the construction of a safe space for Rohingya women and girls, in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, site of the world's largest camp for displaced people, and home to around a million Rohingya refugees who fled from Myanmar. The community centre caters to a marginalized, vulnerable group, at risk of gender-based violence.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/08/1…

Spontaneous Lines: The Art of Rita Blitt. A Yes to Life, A Yes to the World… Art is Life
Prof. Sam Ben-Meir | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-18
Rita Blitt: Around and Round (Tra Publishing, 2020), looks back at the long and prolific career of this notable American artist. If Blitt's work is about anything then it is about the exuberance, the joy, the …
globalresearch.ca/spontaneous-lines-art-…

Doctors in Kenya strike for better conditions as infection rate among professionals rises
Pavan Kulkarni | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-18
Over 750 healthcare workers tested positive, at least 14 of whom died, including some of the country's top doctors. The union claims that doctors have not received their salaries since July and don't have health insurance…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/08/18/doctors-i…

The State of Women's Suffrage — 100 Years Later
splcenter.org | 2020-08-18
The 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote, but systemic sexism and disenfranchisement of Black women still block equitable access to the ballot.
splcenter.org/news/2020/08/18/state-wome…

The Danger of War With China is Real and Insane
Larry Wilkerson | zcomm.org | 2020-08-18
China and the U.S. must work together to solve the climate crisis, but the power of the militaries and national security states on both sides is making that impossible…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-danger-of-war-…

Can California's Prison Firefighter Program Be Reformed?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-08-18
California's Conservation Camps put prisoners to work fighting climate change-fueled fires for pennies on the dollar.
therealnews.com/stories/can-californias-…

What Will Trump Do to the World to Win Re-Election?
John Feffer | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-18
In 2016, Alan Lichtman departed from conventional wisdom to predict a Donald Trump victory in that year's presidential election. The political scientist was following something he called the "13 keys to the White House." Using this relatively straightforward metric, Lichtman had correctly predicted the outcome of presidential elections stretching back to 1984. Trump was so…
counterpunch.org/2020/08/18/what-will-tr…

Social activist and rights advocate Zara Alvarez murdered in the Philippines
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-18
Zara Alvarez was killed by unidentified gunmen in Bacolod City on Monday. The incident comes a week after NDF peace consultant Randall Echanis was killed near the capital Manila…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/08/18/social-ac…

DARPA Launches Project CHARIOT in Bid to Shield Big Tech Profits
Raul Diego | mintpressnews.com | 2020-08-18
DARPA announces a new type of cryptography to protect the Big Tech firm profits from the dawn of quantum computers and allow backdoor access into 3 trillion internet-connected devices.
mintpressnews.com/darpa-launches-project…

Why is the US threatening to activate 'snapback' sanctions on Iran?
Abdul Rahman | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-18
The latest US threat of resuming sanctions comes after its failure to get the UN Security Council's approval for an indefinite extension of the international arms embargo against Iran which is set to expire on October 18…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/08/18/why-is-th…

Condemnations of Chicago "Looting" Prioritize Property Over Black Lives
David Stovall | zcomm.org | 2020-08-18
Anti-Blackness alerts us that the state will always value property over Black life.
zcomm.org/znetarticle/condemnations-of-c…

Finnish communists slam govt. proposal for increased military spending on fighter planes
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-18
Finland's Ministry of Finance has proposed increased military expenditure in its 2021 budget for the procurement of new multipurpose fighter planes to replace the currently used Hornet fleet…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/08/18/finnish-c…

Former Lebanese Interior Minister Blames Israel for Beirut Attack
Richard Silverstein | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-18
A former Lebanese Interior Minister has publicly blamed Israel for the attack on Beirut: | This operation in Beirut was carried out by Israel in a clear and explicit manner," Machnouk said, adding: "It is clear we are looking at a | …
globalresearch.ca/former-lebanese-interi…

A view from a South Asian revolutionary on Kamala Harris — a WW commentary
| workers.org | 2020-08-18
By Tania Siddiqi Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced on Aug. 11 that California Sen. Kamala Devi Harris, the first South Asian American and the second African American woman to serve as a U.S. senator, will be his running mate for the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Tania Siddiqi Harris . . . | Continue reading A view from a South Asian revolutionary on Kamala Harris — a WW commentary at Workers.org
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'We that are here, are Anthony Vargas'
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-08-18
Los Angeles, CA – Two years ago, on August 12, 2018, East Los Angeles Sheriff's deputies Jonathan Rojas and Nikolis Perez killed Anthony Daniel Vargas, shooting him 13 times. The ELA Sheriff's alleged "Banditos" gang members have covered up the truth, harassed the family and killed again. | This Saturday, August 15, the family of Anthony Vargas held a rally at the East LA Sheriff's station for his two-year "angelversary." After marching in the scorching 109-degree heat to the station, the family was met with a line of fully armed sheriffs. Confronting the sheriffs with Vargas' family were other fam…
fightbacknews.org/2020/8/18/we-are-here-…

Police arrest journalist and counterprotesters at far-right Proud Boys rally in Michigan
wsws.org | 2020-08-18
The role of the police during the fascist attack Saturday in Kalamazoo contrasts sharply with the repressive response to protests against police violence in early June.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/18/kzpb…

A view from a South Asian revolutionary on Kamala Harris — a WW commentary
Tania Siddiqi | workers.org | 2020-08-18
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced on Aug. 11 that California Sen. Kamala Devi Harris, the first South Asian American and the second African American woman to serve as a U.S. senator, will be his running mate for the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Tania Siddiqi Harris is now the . . . | Continue reading A view from a South Asian revolutionary on Kamala Harris — a WW commentary at Workers.org
workers.org/2020/08/50636/?utm_source=rs…

The Political Economy of Preternatural Parapsychology: From ESP to Extraterrestrial Civilizations
Bruce Lerro | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-08-18
Man's longing for the marvelous: the underground of the human psyche finds its counterpart in the meanderings of a mythical labyrinth, the subterranean meetings by candlelight, secret passages hidden within the double walls of castles, treasures concealed in gullies. — The Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz by Johann Valentin Andreae, Joscelyn Godwin (Translator), and Adam …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/08/the-political…

Interpreting the UAE/Israel Agreement on Suspending Annexation
Richard Falk | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-18
Any comment on regional implications of the Agreement is, of course, highly speculative as the real reasons for such an initiative are rarely disclosed by those with the power of decision. In this case the uncertainties are magnified by some …
globalresearch.ca/interpreting-uae-israe…

Industrial Recreation isn't Conservation
Mike Bader | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-18
Industrial strength recreation is a clear and present danger to our public wildlands. Legendary Montana wilderness guide Smoke Elser observed there is a new breed of recreationist on the land:…
counterpunch.org/2020/08/18/industrial-r…

Social media video shows Pittsburgh police kidnapping protester during Saturday march
wsws.org | 2020-08-18
Matthew Cartier, 25, was abducted by police and charged with multiple crimes for attempting to protect marchers during Saturday's protest…
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/18/pitt…

"No Justice, No Street" — Community Makes Demands, Eviction of George Floyd Memorial Square Delayed
Unicorn Riot | unicornriot.ninja | 2020-08-18
Minneapolis, MN — Organizers at the George Floyd Memorial Square declared their intent to defend the square from planned eviction and revealed their "justice resolution" with 24 demands during a Saturday press conference. | The presser came a day after a surprise announcement by the city…
unicornriot.ninja/2020/no-justice-no-street-community-makes-demands-eviction-of-george-floyd-memorial-square-delayed/

Quick Note on Lost GDP Due to Shutdowns
Dean Baker | cepr.net | 2020-08-18
Some folks have complained about the loss of GDP over the last five months and questioned whether the shutdowns have been worth the price. While people often toss around huge numbers in the trillions of dollars as the cost of the shutdown, these big numbers are often both inaccurate and misleading. Measuring Lost GDP The …
cepr.net/quick-note-on-lost-gdp-due-to-s…

Treatments for infantile Hemangioma: A systematic review and network meta-analysis
Qiang Fei, Yu Lin, Xian Chen | thelancet.com | 2020-08-18
A combination of β blockers and laser might be the first-line treatment of IHs and a longer pulsed dye laser is preferred.
thelancet.com/journals/eclinm/article/PI…(20)30250-9/fulltext?rss=yes

[Original Research] Changes in mental health and drug use among men who have sex with men using daily and event-driven pre-exposure prophylaxis: Results from a prospective demonstration project in Amsterdam, the Netherlands
R.C.A. Achterbergh, E. Hoornenborg, A. Boyd, L. Coyer, S.J.A. Meuzelaar, A.A. Hogewoning, U. Davidovich, M.S. van Rooijen, M.F. Schim van der Loeff, M. Prins, H.J.C. de Vries | thelancet.com | 2020-08-18
Mental health disorders are prevalent among those initiating PrEP. We did not find increases in mental health disorders during PrEP use, but rather a decrease in sexual compulsivity and drug use disorders. The initial prevalence of mental health disorders in our study point at the continuous need to address mental health disorders within PrEP programs.
thelancet.com/journals/eclinm/article/PI…(20)30249-2/fulltext?rss=yes

Al Kadhimi leaves Baghdad for Washington
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-18
TEHRAN, Aug. 18 (MNA) — Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al Kadhimi left Baghdad for Washington on Tuesday.
en.mehrnews.com/news/162439/Al-Kadhimi-l…

Iran's economic roadmap to be unvailed in Government Week
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-18
TEHRAN, Aug. 18 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced that the country's economic roadmap for the final year of the incumbent administration's tenure will be unveiled during the Government Week (August 24-30).
en.mehrnews.com/news/162435/Iran-s-econo…

Leader condoles demise of Ayatollah Taskhiri
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-18
TEHRAN, Aug. 18 (MNA) — Leader of the Islamic Revolution has expressed condolences over the demise of Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Taskhiri, a member of Iran's Expediency Council.
en.mehrnews.com/news/162447/Leader-condo…

Oil tankers seized by US 'not Iranian'
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-18
TEHRAN, Aug. 18 (MNA) — Iranian oil minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said on Tuesday that the four oil tankers seized by the US few days ago belong to Venezuela not Iran.
en.mehrnews.com/news/162436/Oil-tankers-…

VIDEO: Shiite holy shrines in Kazemein blanketed in black
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-18
TEHRAN, Aug. 18 (MNA) — On the occasion of arrival of mourning month of Muharram, holy shrines of the 7th and the 9th of Shiite Imams, respectively Musa Al-Kazim and his grandson Muhammad al-Jawad, are blanketed in black.
en.mehrnews.com/news/162432/VIDEO-Shiite…

Effective test and trace could reduce R by up to 26%
imperial.ac.uk | 2020-08-18
Test and trace could reduce the effective reproduction number, the R number, by up to 26% if carried out quickly and effectively, new research finds.
imperial.ac.uk/news/202433/effective-test-trace-could-reduce-26

Friday 8/28: Exhibition Opening: Community is Collective Care
SCMAH | indybay.org | 2020-08-18
Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History | 705 Front St, Santa Cruz…
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Tuesday 8/18: "Defund SFPD Now" Direct Action & Protest
indybay.org | 2020-08-18
Holly Park, 424 Holly Park Circle…
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Giants and Warriors Workers Rally at Ballpark
Marc Norton | indybay.org | 2020-08-18
Giants and Warriors workers rallied at the Giants ballpark on Friday, August 14. The Giants have lost 13 out of 19 games since the Giants fired their concession workers.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/08/17/1883594…

Saturday 9/26: 2020 Yosemite National Park ~ CA Buffalo Soldier Celebrations
Khubaka, Michael Harris | indybay.org | 2020-08-18
Yosemite Valley…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/08/18/1883596…

Kamala Harris seals Trump's re-election
Jacob Reimann and Thomas Denkler | indybay.org | 2020-08-18
The appointment of Kamala Harris as Biden's vice candidate is now the result of the Democratic establishment's pathological fear of anything that could even begin to smell left. The cause of this pathology lies in the historical shift to the right of the US party system described by Chomsky.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/08/17/1883595…

Tuesday 8/18: #AndStillIVote: Engaging & Supporting the Youth Vote in America
LCCHR | indybay.org | 2020-08-18
Online via livestream…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/08/17/1883595…

Upcoming 9/11 Truth Events and Actions
Carol Brouillet | indybay.org | 2020-08-18
2020 is not a normal year. With public gatherings essentially banned, events have gone virtual, including this year's 9/11 Truth events.There are also actions taking place in the courts.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/08/18/1883597…

Thursday 8/20: SMART Local 1741 School Bus Drivers Rally SF City Hall For Justice & Against Privatizatio
SMART Local 1741 School Bus Drivers | indybay.org | 2020-08-18
San Francisco City Hall | Polk & McAllister | San Francisco…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/08/17/1883595…

Thursday 8/20: On Common Ground: Para Nosotros, Por Nosotros August 20, 2020
KQED | indybay.org | 2020-08-18
Online/Virtual Event…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/08/17/1883595…

Wednesday 8/19: We Mean Abolition: March in Santa Cruz
We Mean Abolition | indybay.org | 2020-08-18
Clock Tower, Mission and Pacific, Santa Cruz…
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Sunday 8/30: Amerikkka Is Burning Ball
The Peoples Oakland Pride | indybay.org | 2020-08-18
LAKE MERRITT AMPHITHEATER…
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SMART Local 1741 School Bus Drivers Rally At SF City Hall For Justice
SMART Local 1741 | indybay.org | 2020-08-18
SMART 1741 School bus drivers will be protesting against their layoffs, cuts in medical benefits and privatization…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/08/17/1883595…

Monday 8/24: Create a Just & Green Economic Recovery with Pat Showalter & Justine Burt
Debbie Mytels | indybay.org | 2020-08-18
On line. Link will be given upon registration.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/08/18/1883596…

65% of California homes are single family homes
zrants | indybay.org | 2020-08-18
Fighting single family homes is like fighting…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/08/18/1883597…

Coup 53: The Anglo-American Coup Against A Democratic Iran
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-18
On August 19, the 67th anniversary of the Anglo-American coup in Iran, COUP 53 will hold a special transatlantic virtual premiere in partnership with venues across the US, Canada, UK and Ireland, followed on August 20 by an exclusive live Q&A with the editor Walter Murch director Taghi Amirani and a surprise special guest! Ten years in the making, COUP 53 tells the story of the 1953 the Anglo-American coup d'état that overthrew Iran's government of Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh and reinstalled the Shah. The CIA/MI6 covert action was called Operation Ajax. It was all about Iran's oil and who gets to contr…
popularresistance.org/coup-53-the-anglo-…

Make Corporate Landlords Pay For Housing Crisis
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-18
While so many of us struggle to survive, some of the richest billionaires in the world dominate the residential real estate industry in the United States. These corporate landlords are companies owned by extremely wealthy individuals, Wall Street entities like private equity firms and hedge funds, and institutional investors. At least six leading residential property owners — Essex Property Trust, Brookfield Property Partners, Equity Residential, Related Companies, Irvine Company, and Blackstone — have top executives on the Forbes billionaires list. The U.S. real estate industry is led by some of the…
popularresistance.org/make-corporate-lan…

Activists Blockade Entrance To Chemical Weapons Maker
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-18
Jamestown, PA – Five activists blockaded the entrance of Combined Systems Inc. on Monday with giant tear gas cans and gas masks, refusing to move. | These five are with a group of 40 activists from cities across the U.S. who are onsite in Jamestown, PA with the goal of shutting down operations at Combined Systems Inc. for the day. Outside the facility, other activists staked over a hundred yard signs, each with the name of a different city where tear gas has been used against people. | By shutting down this facility, we are here to put CSI President Jacob Kravel on notice that his company's production of tear gas…
popularresistance.org/activists-blockade…

Jimmy Lai Arrested, And Long Live Hong Kong
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-18
The 71-year-old Lai, originally from Mainland China, owns a right-wing tabloid Apple Daily. He is known for dutifully echoing media salvos that are being fired by Western governments and media outlets, salvos against Beijing, and SAR administration, which in turn gained him, in the West, of course, various flattering and unreal titles such as 'an outspoken pro-democracy figure in Hong Kong who regularly criticizes China's authoritarian rule' (CBS News). Lies, of course. Obvious lies.
popularresistance.org/jimmy-lai-arrested…

Comedian posts satirical tweet claiming convicted RAPIST will speak at Republican convention and internet goes wild
rt.com | 2020-08-18
Convicted Stanford University rapist Brock Turner will speak at the Republican National Convention! It's a comedy bit, not the truth, but in 2020, social media can be perhaps forgiven for losing its ability to tell the difference. | Comedian Jena Friedman announced the disgraced student athlete as RNC 'special guest' on Twitter on Tuesday, provoking a firestorm of responses as a good portion of her audience took it seriously. Would the Republicans seriously invite a registered sex offender — even one with a Stanford University pedigree — to address their convention? | BREAKING NEWS: Brock Turner, S…
rt.com/usa/498368-brock-turner-rnc-tweet…

'Vote for Biden like your life depends on it!' Michelle Obama unloads on Trump to virtual ovation at Dem convention
rt.com | 2020-08-18
Former First Lady Michelle Obama has warned that lives may hang in the balance in the 2020 presidential race, pleading with voters to send Joe Biden to the White House to put an end to the "chaos" of Donald Trump's presidency. | …
rt.com/usa/498273-michelle-obama-biden-t…

Trump announces surprise pardon for Susan B. Anthony, convicted of voting in 1873, on women's suffrage centennial
rt.com | 2020-08-18
US President Donald Trump has announced he will issue a full posthumous pardon for women's suffrage leader Susan B. Anthony in honor of the hundredth anniversary of women getting the vote. Anthony was convicted of voting in 1873. | The president announced that Anthony, a pivotal figure in the women's suffrage movement, would receive a "full and complete pardon" on Tuesday in celebration of the centennial of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. | The activist was charged and convicted — by a jury of 12 men — of voting in her hometown of Rochester, New York in the November 1872 fed…
rt.com/usa/498321-trump-pardon-susan-ant…

California confirms 1st case of PLAGUE in 5 years, health officials urge residents to take precautions
rt.com | 2020-08-18
California health officials have reported that a resident of South Lake Tahoe has tested positive for plague, marking the first such case in the state in half a decade. The individual is recovering at home. | It's believed that the person was infected by a flea while walking their dog, El Dorado County's Health and Human Services Agency said in a statement. The individual is being treated by medical professionals but did not require hospitalization. An investigation into the matter is still ongoing. | The uncommon but potentially lethal bacterial disease is usually transmitted by fleas found on infected squirr…
rt.com/usa/498275-california-plague-case…

Vote for Weinstein? Michelle Obama's praise of Biden prompts opponents to recall her similar praise for Hollywood rapist
rt.com | 2020-08-18
Michelle Obama's heartfelt endorsement of Joe Biden for president ringed familiar to her opponents who have previously heard her introduce convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein as a "wonderful human being" and a "good friend." | The former First Lady endorsed Biden during her speech at the virtual Democratic National Convention on Monday. "I know Joe, he is a profoundly decent man guided by faith," Obama said about her husband's vice president. | The words seemed to ring hollow with the conservative crowd, who took little time before unsheathing the 2013 clip of her praising the disgraced movie mogul using simi…
rt.com/usa/498347-michelle-obama-biden-w…

Not with a bang, but a whimper: Final 'Russiagate' report provides 'BREATHTAKING' evidence of… nothing
rt.com | 2020-08-18
A new Senate report resurrects the corpse of 'Russiagate' and promises new evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow. However, it reached its so-called conclusions by relying on some literal fake news. | The Senate Intelligence Committee released its fifth and final report on Russia's supposed interference in the 2016 election, and President Donald Trump's supposed 'collusion' with the Kremlin, on Tuesday. T…
rt.com/usa/498360-russia-senate-report-f…

Nothing better to do, Mike? Pompeo 'gotchas' RT by revealing his nonsensical Iran quote is ACTUALLY by OBAMA
rt.com | 2020-08-18
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo apparently thought that 'revealing' a nonsensical quote he posted about Iran sanctions was actually authored by President Barack Obama somehow invalidated RT's coverage of reactions to it. | RT.com "got it wrong again," Pompeo tweeted on Tuesday, saying that it was President Barack Obama who made a statement we attributed to him. "He told Congress, rightly, that the US could snapback sanctions on Iran anytime and no country could block it. It is still true now. I'll wait for your correction." | Hey @RT_com, you got i…
rt.com/usa/498353-pompeo-obama-quote-cor…

Twin 6.8 & 6.9 magnitude earthquakes strike Indonesia
rt.com | 2020-08-18
A pair of powerful earthquakes has rocked the Indonesian coast, measured at 6.8 and 6.9 magnitude, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS), shaking the island of Sumatra. | The two quakes struck off Sumatra's western coast on Wednesday morning, with an estimated depth of 22 kilometers (13 miles) and 26 kilometers (16 miles) respectively. The first tremor impacted an area some 144 kilometers (89 miles) away from Bengkulu, while the second came closer to the city at 130 kilometers (80 miles). | There are no reports of injuries as of yet, however local media said the quakes shook the homes of island resident…
rt.com/news/498372-indonesia-two-powerfu…

Rebel soldiers detain Mali president & PM as political crisis boils into mutiny (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
rt.com | 2020-08-18
Soldiers who have taken up arms in Mali have arrested the nation's top officials, including President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse, sparking concerns in the UN and the African Union. | Keita's detention came after a period of uncertainty amid reports suggesting that soldiers mutinied at the Kati military base outside of the Malian capital of Bamako and arrested a number of senior military and civil officials, including several ministers. | Both the president and the prime minister are "at the hands" of the rebelling military, according to various sources both within the government and…
rt.com/news/498366-mali-president-prime-…

Washington's Supposed Gift to President Putin
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2020-08-18
One of the comments made following Trump's decision to relocate some 12,000 troops from Germany was made by retired Admiral James ('Zorba') Stavridis, who in 2009-2013 was U.S. Supreme Allied Commander Europe (the military commander of Nato). He declared that the action, among other things, "hurts NATO solidarity and is a gift to Putin." This was a most serious pronouncement, which was echoed…
strategic-culture.org/news/2020/08/18/wa…

The U.S. Foreign Policy Establishment's Obsession with Russia
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2020-08-18
During an August 16 segment on Fareed Zakaria's GPS show on CNN, Richard Haass, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), described his organization as a "non-partisan institution". Under the ironic title of "Disinformation and Election 202…
strategic-culture.org/news/2020/08/18/us…

Education Secretary resists calls to resign over GCSE and A-level grades U-turn
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-08-18
Education secretary Gavin Williamson has resisted calls to resign over his handling of A-level and GCSE grades in England, but he has apologised to thousands of students for the distress caused.The government announced a U-turn on Monday when it said students would be able to receive grades based on their teachers' estimates following anger over the downgrading of thousands of A-level grades.But Williamson has repeatedly refused to say whether he would consider resigning from his position.The minister said there had been "broad political consensus" across all parties that a standardisation model was needed for te…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2020/08/18/educatio…

As Trump confesses plan to cripple mail service to corrupt November Election, Merkley, Wyden, and colleagues urge USPS to fix delays and avoid cost increases for election mail
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-08-18
Action follows reports that USPS indicated to state election officials it will depart from long-standing practice of prioritizing election mail, delaying delivery times unless states pay…
mronline.org/2020/08/18/as-trump-confess…

Turkey will always stand with Libyan people: DefMin
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-18
Turkey will always help Libya maintain its integrity, security, and ensure the prosperity of its people, the Turkish defense minister said on Tuesday.Hulusi Akar, who arrived in Libya on Monday along with Turkish military chief Gen. Yasar Guler, spoke to reporters about the specifics of his visit."We are here upon the invitation of the Government of National Accord (GNA) that was recognized by the United Nations (UN). We will continue standing with our Libyan brothers and sisters in the future, with whom we share a common history and culture of 500 years," he said."We will do everything that is needed in order fo…
yenisafak.com/en/news/turkey-will-always…

UN sends 20 truckloads of aid to Syria's Idlib
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-18
The trucks carrying supplies entered Idlib province through the Cilvegozu border gate in Turkey's south.The aid will be distributed among residents of Idlib, and nearby rural areas.Syria has been ravaged by civil war since early 2011 when the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protesters.Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and more than 10 million displaced, according to UN estimates.Idlib falls within a de-escalation zone forged under an agreement between Turkey and Russia.The area has been the subject of multiple cease-fire understandings, which have frequently been violated by the Assad re…
yenisafak.com/en/world/un-sends-20-truck…

Netanyahu says UAE deal does not include sale of F-35 jets
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-18
Israel said Tuesday that a deal to normalize relations with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) does not include the US sale of F-35 fighter jets to the Gulf state.In a statement, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said the agreement did not include "any approval by Israel on any arms deal between the United States and the United Arab Emirates".Netanyahu said he directed Israeli Ambassador to the US Ron Drammer on Aug. 3 to meet US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to convey an explicit message of Israel's opposition to selling the F-35 and other advanced weapon systems to any country in the Middle East."The peac…
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Build our future: climate justice and jobs
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-08-18
Environment School Strike 4 ClimateIssue 1277 Australia School Strike 4 Climate SS4C sustainable jobsAugust 18, 2020
greenleft.org.au/content/build-our-futur…

Google's Open Letter: Fighting Australia's News Media Bargaining Code
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-18
Tech giants tend to cast thin veils over threats regarding government regulations. They are also particularly concerned by those more public spirited ones, the sort supposedly made for the broader interest. Google has given us an example of this in …
globalresearch.ca/google-open-letter-fig…

Pilliga: Eyewitness from a forest under threat from Santos
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-08-18
Environment Coral Wynter Jim McIlroyIssue 1277 Australia Santos Narrabri Gas Project Pilliga state forest
greenleft.org.au/content/pilliga-eyewitn…

Rebellion, counterinsurgency and Kamala Harris — WW commentary
Makasi Motema | workers.org | 2020-08-18
"[T]here were two or three years there where the movement went a little too far toward … [Kwame Ture], but in the end, John Lewis prevailed." Those words were spoken at Rep. John Lewis's funeral on July 30 by President Bill Clinton, one of the architects of the 1994 crime . . . | Continue reading Rebellion, counterinsurgency and Kamala Harris — WW commentary at Workers.org
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Meet the Renegades: Michael Hudson
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-18
counterpunch.org/2020/08/18/meet-the-ren…

US Firestorming of Tokyo Rivaled the Hiroshima Bombing
Shane Quinn | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-18
Featured image: Charred remains of Japanese civilians after the firebombing of Tokyo on the night of 9–10 March 1945. (Source: Ishikawa K≈çy≈ç / Wikimedia Commons) | In the early hours of 10 March 1945, as America's heavy aircraft dropped over 1,600 …
globalresearch.ca/us-firestorming-of-tok…

Oil spill threatens disaster for Mauritius
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-08-18
The Japanese-owned (Mitsui-operated) MV Wakashio was en route to Brazil from China to fetch iron ore from a port owned by the notorious mining company Vale. Here the ship is seen having run aground near Blue Bay, one of the area's most pristine sites for coral, already threatened by bleaching due to the climate crisis. …
mronline.org/2020/08/18/oil-spill-threat…

Trump's Attacks on Science Will Hasten Climate Catastrophe
Sasha Abramsky | thenation.com | 2020-08-18
Trump's Attacks on Science Will Hasten Climate Catastrophe…
thenation.com/article/environment/trumps…

How Biden Should Spend His First Days as President
Andrew J. Bacevich | thenation.com | 2020-08-18
How Biden Should Spend His First Days as President…
thenation.com/article/politics/biden-tru…

Posadism: The Rise and Fall of Apocalypse Communism
Emily Berch | thenation.com | 2020-08-18
Posadism: The Rise and Fall of Apocalypse Communism…
thenation.com/article/world/am-gittlitz-…

Platform fight precedes Democratic convention
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-08-17
The Democratic National Convention hasn't started yet, and already there's a fight over the party platform. There are differences in a party united in its determination to defeat Trump but divided on some key issues like Medicare-for-All and the Green New Deal. And another fight may be brewing over the party leadership's decision to basically …
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Joe Biden blasted for softball interview with Cardi B after avoiding real journalists ahead of convention
rt.com | 2020-08-17
Joe Biden is facing a backlash after taking the time to sit down for a video chat with rapper Cardi B, having dodged interviews with major journalists and news outlets ahead of the Democratic convention. | Biden tuned in for a candid video conversation with the provocative and political rapper Cardi B for Elle Magazine. Posted online on Monday, the virtual tete-a-tete prompted immediate eye-rolling and accusations that the Democratic candidate was using the celebrity to appear relevant. | The unusual pairing discussed a variety…
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Trump carves into Biden's lead on eve of Democratic convention, poll shows
rt.com | 2020-08-17
Donald Trump is nearly neck-and-neck with presidential opponent Joe Biden, who earlier enjoyed a comfortable lead over the incumbent, according to a new CNN poll. Voters are divided over Biden's VP pick, Kamala Harris. | The presumptive Democratic nominee leads Trump by just four points nationally, 50 percent to 46 percent, the poll shows. In fifteen battleground states, the CNN poll gives the former vice president a one-point lead, with Biden at 49 percent and Trump at 48 percent. Factoring in the poll's margin of error, ranging from 3.7 to 5 percentage points, the presidential contenders may be close to tied…
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The 2020 Democratic Convention Could Be a Tech Debacle or an Ambitious Feat
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-08-17
What do you suppose the Democrats will be talking about at their "convention" this week? | The U.S. crossed the threshold of 170,000 COVID deaths last night; with more than 5.4 million infections, our country is the most virus-riddled nation on the face of the Earth. In response, the president of the United States has begun pushing "an extract from the oleander plant as a dietary supplement to cure COVID-1…
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Milwaukee protesters determined to continue as Democratic convention is held remotely
Claud Fullwood | thecanary.co | 2020-08-17
Monday 17 August should have seen the beginning of a four day Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. But thanks to coronavirus (Covid-19), the city will miss out on hosting the DNC this week. Instead of the predicted 50,000 visitors injecting millions of dollars into the local economy, the convention will be almost entirely online. | Wisconsin is seen as a key presidential battleground after Donald Trump won there unexpectedly — and by fewer than 23,000 votes — four years ago. Organisers of the convention had planned to highlight Democrats' commitment to the city and Wisconsin. Th…
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Rep. Ro Khanna: Trump's Postal Service Changes Are a Deliberate Strategy to Steal the Election
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-08-17
As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calls lawmakers back from summer recess for an urgent vote this week to stop changes at the U.S. Postal Service that could interfere with the upcoming election, we speak with California Congressmember Ro Khanna, who says millions of ballots could be at risk of going uncounted. "That, in my view, is a deliberate strategy to try to disqualify millions of votes and for the president to try to steal this election," says Khanna. President Trump recently admitted he's working to undermine…
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State Attorneys General Appear Ready to Sue Trump Over Changes at the USPS
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-08-17
At least six state attorneys general appear to be discussing possible legal action against the Trump administration due to changes at the United States Postal Service (USPS) that could disenfranchise voters seeking to cast their ballot by mail this year. | The group of Democratic state officials appear to be making moves toward a lawsuit against President Donald Trump and Postmaster Genera…
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Trump Is Facing a Nationwide Wave of Backlash Over His Postal Service Sabotage
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-08-17
Facing increasingly unfavorable poll numbers, Trump has clearly decided the only way he can win reelection is to cheat. Trump has ramped up attacks on…
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Pelosi calls lawmakers back to stop Trump's election and postal service sabotage
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-08-17
WASHINGTON–House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. has called lawmakers back into session, despite the "virtual" Democratic National Convention, to stop GOP President Donald Trump's multifaceted scheme to stop voting by mail by basically shutting down the U.S. Postal Service before the Nov. 3 election. Trump's objective, along with that of his political puppets, is to stop …
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Stamp Out the Trump Attacks on Our Postal Service!
Michael Winship | commondreams.org | 2020-08-17
The president and his obeisant postmaster general are out to destroy voting by mail—and democracy.
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Saturday 8/22: Nationwide Protest: Save the Post Office from Trump, Save Our Votes Now!
MoveOn, SEIU, NAACP, Indivisible, others | indybay.org | 2020-08-17
Nationwide protests at local post offices across the country in support of USPS…
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'Stop Sabotaging': Netizens Drag Trump Over 'Save the Post Office' Tweet Amid USPS Dispute
sputniknews.com | 2020-08-17
Netizens were quick to call out US President Donald Trump for his "Save…
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Bolivian social movements and trade unions end strike and lift blockades
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-17
The decision was taken following the enactment of a new electoral law that calls to hold general elections no later than October 18 and imposes criminal penalties on any effort to postpone the date…
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As Bolivian Regime Delays Elections A Third Time, Media Continue To Ignore Coup
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-17
After both of the nation's leading papers admitted that the reason for declaring the October election a fraud was itself a fraud, few have asked the critical questions about why the OAS and the United States were so quick to have Morales removed from office. In fact, few media outlets altered their coverage of Bolivia at all. | Reuters (7/9/20) described how "a disputed election led to widespread protests that eventually toppled…Evo Morales," with a later piece (7/15/20) reporting that Añez "took power in a political vacuum." A CNN segment (7/17/20) on the COVID crisis in Bolivia described how "widespread unres…
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Calls For Nationwide Sickout As Arizona School District Cancels Reopening
Lois Beckett | zcomm.org | 2020-08-17
Arizona public school district forced to abandon plans after more than 100 teachers and staff members called in sick…
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Trump Pushes to Reopen Schools Despite the US Health Crisis
telesurenglish.net | 2020-08-17
U.S. President Donald Trump once again pushed for schools reopening despite his country registers 5,400,180 COVID-19 cases and 169,955 deaths. | RELATED: | US Senate Hearing Unveils Trump's Plans Against Venezuela | "The children have to return to the classrooms. They tend to only develop mild COVID-19 symptoms. Health complications in minors are incredibly rare," Trump said. | Previously, on July 6, he also said that "schools must reopen in the fall," insisting that "children are su…
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School Cancelled In Arizona Area After 'Sick Out' Over Reopening
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-17
An Arizona school district that ignored state safety guidelines and voted to begin in-person learning on Aug. 17 has had to cancel classes after staff said it was unsafe to return and called in sick. | Greater Phoenix's J.O. Combs Unified School District canceled all instruction for Monday due to "insufficient staffing," days after its board disregarded state benchmarks on when students can safely return to classes during the pandemic. | The "sick out" underlined the difficulties in returning to in-person learning in the United States after schools in Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama closed this week as students a…
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After Organizing Mass 'Sick-Out,' Arizona Teachers and School Staff Applauded for 'Bold' Collective Action to Stop Unsafe Reopening
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-08-17
Teachers and school staff members in a Phoenix suburb were praised by progressives and public health experts on Monday for their "bold" decision to call in sick en masse, forcing their school district to reverse its plan to return to in-person classes. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Scotland's schools reopen as COVID-19 infects students
wsws.org | 2020-08-17
The Scottish National Party's school reopening exposes it as the accomplice of the Johnson government's herd immunity strategy.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/17/scot…

Russian-Belarusian Relations: Back to Being Brothers? Crimea 2.0 Is Unlikely
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-17
Several recent developments in Russian-Belarusian relations — in particular, Belarus' return of 32 suspected Wagner mercenaries to Russia, Belarusian opposition leader Tsepkalo's departure from Russia, and the two phone calls between Presidents Putin and Lukashenko — hint that bilateral ties …
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Protests, strikes against Lukashenko regime mount in Belarus
wsws.org | 2020-08-17
The involvement of growing sections of workers has panicked the Lukashenko regime, and the NATO-backed opposition is calling for "dialogue" with the regime.
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Belarus: Mass Protests Against President Lukashenko Continue
telesurenglish.net | 2020-08-17
Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko Sunday attended a demonstration organized by government supporters in Minsk, while hundreds of thousands of citizens gathered to demand his resignation at the most massive opposition demonstration ever. | RELATED: | EU Won't Accept Belarus Election Results, Sanctions Coming | The protests began in Minsk nine days ago, after the announcement of Lukashenko's re-election. Today the demonstrations have spread throughout Belarus, with more par…
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'Regime Change' in Belarus Looks Like an Objective of Both the Trump Administration and the Biden Campaign
Adam Dick | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-17
It seems that whoever wins the presidency, United States foreign policy will keep chugging away at intervening across the world, including via "regime change" efforts. Over the last couple decades, targets for US-government-supported overthrow have included Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Libya, …
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Belarus crisis: Top UN official concerned over torture allegations
news.un.org | 2020-08-17
In the wake of ongoing electoral-related unrest in Belarus, the top UN official in the country has requested an urgent meeting with authorities focused on the issue of human rights, according to a statement from her offic…
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Ukraine recalls Belarus envoy for consultations 'for first time ever', but it's not about protests
rt.com | 2020-08-17
Kiev has recalled its ambassador from Minsk for consultations, for the "first time in history." However, the move appears to be more about Belarus' refusal to hand suspected Russian mercenaries over to Ukraine than the protests. | Ukraine has joined the chorus of Western nations refusing to recognize the results of last week's elections in Belarus, which officially handed a landslide victory to Alexander Lukashenko for his sixth term in office. "Belarussian-Ukraine relations" have been "fundamentally changed" by the developments in Belarus, in which "society has expressed a vote of no confidence in the officia…
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Lukashenko's offer to change Belarus' constitution likely an attempt to buy time as opposition lacks mechanism to remove him
rt.com | 2020-08-17
If Belarus' opposition succeeds in removing Alexander Lukashenko from the presidency, the big question is what happens next? The country lacks institutions for managing the transfer of power, working to the president's advantage. | As protests continued in Belarus on Monday demanding the resignation of Lukashenko, the country's embattled ruler blew hot and cold about his intentions. Speaking to workers at the Minsk Wheel Tractor Plant (MZKT), Lukashenko struck a defiant tone. "We have held the election. There will be no other elections unless you kill me," he declared. | Following this, however, Lukashenko str…
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Belarus: Opposition leader says 'ready to lead country'
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-17
The leader of the Belarusian opposition said Monday she is "ready to lead the nation" through a transitional period in order to end the unrest and organize "in the shortest terms" a new "fair and open presidential election".In a video message, published on her YouTube channel, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya promised to release all "political prisoners" and relax the election legislation so that the results of the new election are recognized by the international community.Tikhanovskaya, who is currently in Lithuania, also expressed solidarity with the people rallying against the results of the presidential election in Bel…
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Lithuania says Russian military help in Belarus would mean 'an invasion'
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-17
Russian military help in Belarus would constitute "an invasion", Lithuanian foreign affairs minister Linas Linkevicius said on Monday."There are no reasons for military support from Russia, and no legal or other grounds for it. It would constitute an invasion into the country and would destroy the last traces of its independence", Linkevicius told reporters in Vilnius."Russia would risk a lot if it did it, in the face of what is going on in Belarus, in the face of the popular support. It should figure out that an invasion would not be justified, neither legally, nor morally, nor politically", he added.The Kremlin…
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Belarusian leader says new election will be held after new constitution adopted: RIA
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-17
Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko said a new presidential election would be held after the country adopts a new constitution, the RIA news agency reported.Lukashenko, who is facing the biggest protests of his 26 years in power following a disputed Aug. 9 presidential election, had said earlier on Monday that no new election would be held.
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Belarus Kicks Off Large-scale Military Drills Near Poland, Lithuania
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-17
On August 16, the Belarusian Armed Forces announced large-scale military drills near the country's nuclear plant and in the Grodno region bordering Poland and Lithuania. The drills will take place on August 17-20 and involve rocket and artillery units, air-defense …
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Venezuela: President Maduro Volunteers To Test Russian Vaccine
telesurenglish.net | 2020-08-17
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro Sunday announced he'll be the first to get vaccinated when the Russian COVID-19 vaccine, Sputnik V, arrives in the country. | RELATED: | Russia Officially Produces First Batch of COVID-19 Vaccine | He recalled that Russia was the first country in the world to vaccinate its population and volunteered to test the Sputnik V. | "There will be a time when we all get vaccinated and the first to be vaccinated will be me. I'm going to get the vaccine, I…
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Real Life Heroes: building trust, and saving lives
news.un.org | 2020-08-17
Marie-Roseline Bélizaire, a doctor and epidemiologist with the World Health Organization (WHO), is using her passion for community medicine to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the Central African Republic (CAR).
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