Daily Archives: August 19, 2020

2020-08-19: News Headlines

WSWS (2020-08-19). Merkel, Macron call Putin as mass strikes escalate in Belarus. wsws.org Shocked by the eruption of workers' anger in Belarus, Berlin and Paris hope Moscow can suppress it by brokering a deal between the regime and the official opposition.

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.

WSWS (2020-08-19). Disastrous US school openings lead to 3,000 infections across 44 states. wsws.org Barring the independent mobilization of educators, parents and the broader working class to halt the reopening of schools, the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic will accelerate.

Yves Engler (2020-08-19). Canadian Left Rejects Organization of American States. dissidentvoice.org When people say "America" everyone understands they mean one country, the USA. In a similar fashion it is time for all to understand that the Organization of American States (OAS) serves the interests of that country. In a recent webinar on "Bolivia's fight to restore democracy and Canada's role" organized by the Canadian Latin America …

Vijay Prashad — Manuel Bertoldi (2020-08-19). Will There Ever be Elections Again in Bolivia? counterpunch.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. In November 2019, protests around his fourth electoral victory in October led to the police and the military asking Morales to step down; by every description of the term, this was a coup d'état. Two days later, Morales went into exile in Mexico.

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-08-19). Berlin's Appeasement to Turkish Aggression Linked to Germany's Plans to Become the Biggest Energy Hub in EU. globalresearch.ca At a time when the European Union was extremely quick to mobilize and condemn Alexander Lukashenko's presidential re-election and is preparing a sanctions package against Belarus, disinterest and appeasement towards Turkish aggression against member states Greece and Cyprus continues …

Andrew Korybko (2020-08-19). Lukashenko Just Hinted at a 'Phased Leadership Transition' in Belarus. globalresearch.ca Belarusian President Lukashenko's announcement that presidential elections will follow a planned constitutional referendum possibly paves the way for a "phased leadership transition" in the Color Revolution-beleaguered former Soviet Republic, one which opens up an opportunity for Russia to protect its …

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-08-19). Trade Wars Threaten Post-pandemic Global Economic Recovery. globalresearch.ca The COVID-19 pandemic did not stop U.S. protectionism and its trade disputes with the rest of the world, especially with China and the European Union. In actual fact, it deepened the conflict. This behaviour anticipates very complicated post-pandemic international trade, …

Nabil Salih (2020-08-19). For Iraqis, the Choice Is Between Pandemic and Poverty. globalresearch.ca On Baghdad's al-Rashid street, stalls, tea houses and restaurants serve unmasked customers in crammed markets in spite of COVID-19 rapidly spreading among the populace. This busy street in Baghdad is a testament to pre-existing governance failure that has been felt …

news.un (2020-08-19). UN salutes real-life heroes doing 'extraordinary things, in extraordinary times'. news.un.org Marking World Humanitarian Day, top UN officials are honouring the workers overcoming "huge challenges" to save and improve the lives of millions of women, men and children, hit hard by crises and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Staff (2020-08-19). DSA-backed challenger has a shot at Baltimore's city council. therealnews.com Educator Franca Muller Paz saw the way COVID-19 impacted her students and that inspired her third party run.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-08-19). Covid-19: Lockdown of the Global Economy of Planet Earth. Diabolical Project: The Closing Down of 193 National Economies is Not "A Solution" globalresearch.ca Planet Lockdown. Devastating economic and social consequences. | We are living one of the most serious crises in modern history. | According to Michel Chossudovsky, the coronavirus pandemic is used as a pretext and a justification to close down the global …

Rocco Galati (2020-08-19). Video: Trudeau and Canadian Government Sued over COVID Measures. Constitutional Lawyer Rocco Galati. globalresearch.ca Super Lawyer Rocco Galati sues the Canadian government, Trudeau, Health Ministers, and others in first of its kind superior court lawsuit. | Galati lays out for listeners why his client and others have decided to sue over the extreme COVID measures …

Newsclick (2020-08-19). COVID 19: For how long do antibodies stay? peoplesdispatch.org Dr. Satyajit Rath talks about the immunity developed in recovered COVID-19 patients and also the immunity that the potential vaccines can induce.

Robert J. Burrowes (2020-08-19). Halting Our Descent into Tyranny: Defeating the Global Elite's COVID-19 Coup. globalresearch.ca As many authors have documented, the global elite is conducting a coup to take complete control of our lives. It is doing this by using the 'virus' to terrorize the human population into believing that we will 'catch' Covid-19 if …

WSWS (2020-08-19). COVID-19 overtakes accidents as third leading cause of death in the US as testing continues to decline. wsws.org Despite the deadly nature of the virus, which has already killed more than 175,000 in the US, testing capacity is declining as states move to resume in-school learning.

Melvin Goodman (2020-08-19). Trump's War on the Post Office and the Census Bureau. counterpunch.org

WSWS (2020-08-19). Disastrous US school openings lead to 2,500 infections across 44 states. wsws.org Barring the independent mobilization of educators, parents and the broader working class to halt the reopening of schools, the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic will accelerate.

Staff (2020-08-19). Return to Sender: Amid National Outcry, Trump's Postmaster General Drops Plans to Gut USPS — For Now. democracynow.org After massive public outcry against cuts to mail service ahead of November's election, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has announced he will suspend changes to the U.S. Postal Service until after the election, when a record number of voters are expected to cast ballots by mail. President Trump has admitted he's working to undermine the USPS in order to make it harder to vote by mail in November. We speak with Lisa Graves, executive director of the policy research group True North Research, who says Louis DeJoy is "the most partisan person, in 100 years at least, to head…

Staff (2020-08-19). Headlines for August 19, 2020. democracynow.org Joe Biden Formally Wins Democratic Presidential Nomination, Postmaster General Promises to Suspend Service Cuts Until After Election, Notre Dame Cancels In-Person Classes Amid COVID-19 Outbreak Linked to Party, Coronavirus Death Toll from U.S. Prisons and Jails Tops 1,000, World Health Organization Says Young People Are Driving Coronavirus Outbreaks, Malian President Deposed in Military Coup Following Weeks of Protests, Senate Intelligence Committee Alleges Trump Campaign Associate Was Russian Agent, Far-Right Activist, Banned from Twitter over Racism, Wins Florida House GOP Primary, RNC to Feature St. Louis Coup…

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-19). Iran's COVID-19 death toll passes 20,000. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 19 (MNA) — According to Iranian Health Ministry, the novel coronavirus claimed 153 lives in Iran in the past 24 hours, putting the total number of cases in the country at 20,125.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-08-19). Podcast: COVID-19 vaccine trials latest and privacy in contact tracing. imperial.ac.uk In this edition: Results of the COVID-19 vaccine animal trials and the latest news from the human trials, plus privacy in contact tracing apps.

Berkeley Save the Post Office Committee (2020-08-19). Saturday 8/22: Save the Post Office! indybay.org Downtown Berkeley Post Office steps | Allston & Milvia, Berkeley, CA…

Jubilee USA Network (2020-08-19). World Bank Says Bold Debt Relief Plans Needed to Confront COVID Crisis. indybay.org World Bank President David Malpass called for debt cancellation for poor countries struggling with the coronavirus, in an interview he gave to The Guardian.

_____ (2020-08-19). Postal Service Halts Some Changes Amid Outcry, Protests And Lawsuits. popularresistance.org Facing mounting public pressure and a crush of state lawsuits, President Donald Trump's new postmaster general announced Tuesday he is halting some operational changes to mail delivery that critics blamed for widespread delays and warned could disrupt the November election. | Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said he would "suspend" several of his initiatives — including the removal of the distinctive blue mail boxes that prompted an outcry — until after the election "to avoid even the appearance of impact on election mail." | "We will deliver the nation's election mail on time," DeJoy said in a statemen…

_____ (2020-08-19). Open Letter To The Protesters In Belarus. popularresistance.org What you can expect in Belarus after a more or less ‚Äûpeaceful revolution", you can certainly study in detail in almost all other countries in Eastern Europe. Get information about the liquidation of state enterprises, mass layoffs, collapse of collective farms and farms, mass exodus from the countryside and the death of villages in Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Poland … Compare the disintegration of the social infrastructure of Daycare centers, hospitals, old people's homes and the consequences for life expectancy, alcoholism and neglect …

RT (2020-08-19). Bill Clinton lectures Trump on 'taking responsibility' & proper Oval Office behavior while backing Biden's 2020 bid. rt.com Former US president Bill Clinton took aim at the Trump administration's pandemic response in his speech to the Democratic convention, saying it has been "only chaos," while urging voters to send Joe Biden to the Oval Office. | "Denying, distracting and demeaning work great if you're trying to entertain or inflame, but in a real crisis, it collapses like a house of cards," Clinton said of President Donald Trump's handling of the ongoing health crisis. | At a time like this, the Oval Office should be a command center. Instead, it's a storm center. There's only chaos. Just one thing never changes — his deter…

RT (2020-08-19). Lithuania declares Lukashenko persona non grata ahead of EU sanctions on Belarus. rt.com Lithuania has apparently decided not to wait for its European partners, which are still deliberating over their collective response to the protests in Belarus, and has imposed an entry ban against President Alexander Lukashenko. | Seemingly deciding to set an example to the rest of Europe, Vilnius raced to compile a blacklist of Belarusian officials in response to the ongoing protests in the neighboring nation, issuing it before the European Union had come up with a list of its own. | The move was announced by Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius, who said his country welcomed the EU's "determination"

Slava Zilber (2020-08-19). Bolivian journalist explains the 'important victory' people have won against the coup government. thecanary.co The Canary

Mark Gruenberg (2020-08-19). Trump's Postmaster General claims he will halt attacks on vote by mail. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Donald Trump's hand-picked Postmaster General, Louis DeJoy, claims he has backed down, for now, from his plan to wreck voting by mail. Nancy Pelosi wants to ensure he stays down and that he fixes the damage already done. And U.S. Postal Service unions and their supporters plan to hit the streets, twice, to hold him …

Patrick Bond — Dominic Brown (2020-08-19). World Bank's Rating Obsession Will Negate Debt Justice. counterpunch.org The international financial system's reliance upon credit ratings — usually based on dubious premises — needs urgent rethinking. The Covid-19 pandemic is just one of the catastrophes leaving many low-income countries — and soon middle-income countries — unable to service foreign debts. Yet, the World Bank and IMF continue squeezing poor countries on behalf of

yenisafak (2020-08-19). Philippines work on use of saliva for COVID-19 testing. yenisafak.com Researchers in Philippines are working to see the possible use of saliva as a sample for coronavirus testing.Maria Rosario Vergeire, a health department official, said Wednesday Filipino researchers were working on the "method of collecting saliva samples for almost a month now," daily Phil Star reported.The archipelago nation Wednesday reported 4,650 new cases and 111 deaths due to the virus. The national death toll climbed to 2,795 after fresh fatalities, while the number of total infections hit 173,774."That is being studied by our lab experts' panel. We forwarded it to our laboratory experts' panel to study a…

yenisafak (2020-08-19). Turkish | expert warns against | makeup | sharing due to Covid-19 risk. yenisafak.com "It is certainly risky to share makeup under the current circumstances due to Covid-19. If a beauty product is used by several customers, it could linger on these products for 4 to 5 hours, resulting in potentially contracting the virus" Mehmet Ceyhan, a professor at Ankara-based Hacettepe University told Demirà∂ren News Agency, warning people before they visit beauty shops and salons.The Turkish expert pointed out that cosmetic products used, particularly those applied to the eyes and lips, pose a greater risk in spreading COVID-19."Communal makeup testers should not be used as we have to avoid sharing obje…

Global Research News (2020-08-19). Selected Articles: Halting Our Descent into Tyranny: Defeating the Global Elite's COVID-19 Coup. globalresearch.ca If you look to Global Research as a resource for information and understanding, to stay current on world events, or to experience honesty and transparency in your news coverage, please consider making a

Martin Hart-Landsberg (2020-08-19). The pandemic, technology, and remote work: the corporate push for greater control over workers' lives. mronline.org The U.S. economy is undergoing a major transformation largely driven by the coronavirus pandemic. One hallmark of that transformation is the explosion in what is called "remote" work.

Erik Stokstad (2020-08-19). The Pandemic Stilled Human Activity. What Did this 'Anthropause' Mean for Wildlife? globalresearch.ca After the coronavirus pandemic exploded worldwide, Ari Friedlaender, a marine ecologist at the University of California (UC), Santa Cruz, had to abandon his fieldwork in Antarctica, where he was studying the effects of tourism and fishing on humpback whales. …

Alan Macleod (2020-08-19). "A Disturbing Milestone": America's Top 12 Plutocrats Now Own $1 Trillion in Wealth. mintpressnews.com New figures from the Institute for Policy Studies show that, despite a pandemic that has stunted the economy for months, America's billionaire class is becoming richer than ever, adding nearly $700 billion to their fortune since the nationwide lockdown in March.

_____ (2020-08-19). Tenant Unions For The Future. popularresistance.org Calls to rent strike have yet to cohere into a national political movement. But as the economic crisis deepens, tenants' fates will ultimately be decided by their level of collective organization. | With the arrival of the pandemic, staying home became emergency work for a failing state. Amid disastrous negligence at every level of government, one of the most ordinary facts of life in capitalism—rent—suddenly appeared clearly as an affront. "One section of society here demands a tribute from the other for the very right to live on the earth," Marx wrote of landlords. In the early spring, with state-le…

_____ (2020-08-19). Canada's Post-Pandemic Response. popularresistance.org The antithesis to a vision of austerity and increased privatization is the set of principles endorsed by hundreds of community organizations and groups across Canada known collectively as a just recovery. The pandemic has shown how crucial investments in communities and public services can be to lift vulnerable folks out of poverty and contribute to stronger public health outcomes. | David Bleakney, a representative of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, argued that any stability felt during this crisis has been dependent on frontline labour, including healthcare workers, postal workers, or those on the front l…

yenisafak (2020-08-19). What you need to know about the coronavirus right now. yenisafak.com Here's what you need to know about the coronavirus right now: Trump campaign sues New Jersey over mail-in ballotsThe re-election campaign of U.S. President Donald Trump has sued New Jersey, following a decision on Friday by its Democratic governor, Phil Murphy, to mail a ballot to every voter in the state for November's elections, as well as hold in-person voting amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.The lawsuit filed described the step taken by Murphy as "illegal" and made two charges – first, that Murphy exercised power that belonged to the state legislature in changing the state's election law, and sec…

yenisafak (2020-08-19). Britain to bring in mass testing for coronavirus. yenisafak.com Britain is planning to bring in population-wide mass testing for coronavirus to help control the pandemic, said health minister Matt Hancock on Wednesday."This is a really, really important drive that we have across government to bring in mass testing, population-wide testing," Hancock told BBC radio."We'll ramp it up, certainly over the remainder of this year."

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 . . . |

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 . . . |

RT (2020-08-19). Riot declared after Portland protesters set fire to county office that promotes 'cultural traditions and diversity' (VIDEO). rt.com Portland police have dispersed a crowd of protesters after a mob vandalized and torched a local government building that hosted Oregon's first same-sex marriage ceremony. | The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office said that demonstrators had "repeatedly smashed first floor windows with rocks and threw burning material" into the Multnomah County Building, which houses the county's Office of Community Involvement. Photographs show the outside of the building was vandalized with graffiti. | Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese said the destruction was "reprehensible" and "serves no legitimate purpose." | Office at Mu…

Alan MacLeod (2020-08-19). Popular viral video firm sues Facebook over Russian propaganda label. mronline.org The company behind In The Now, Soapbox and Waste-Ed is taking on media giant Facebook, who it claims is falsely labeling it as Russian state-controlled propaganda.

Alan MacLeod (2020-08-19). Oxfam: Saudis Carry Out Equivalent of One Attack Every Ten Days on Yemen's Medical and Water Facilities. thealtworld.com According to a new Oxfam analysis, the Saudi Colation has carried out the equivalent of "one air raid every ten days during the conflict affecting hospitals, clinics, ambulances, water drills, tanks and trucks," since it began the war in 2015. | MPN— Yemen is already living through what the United Nations

Dilip Hiro (2020-08-19). Trump Is Losing the Tech War Against China. thenation.com Trump Is Losing the Tech War Against China…

Andrew Korybko (2020-08-19). The Fake News About Iran & the Taliban Aims to Achieve Three Strategic Objectives. globalresearch.ca The CNN report earlier this week alleging that Iran paid bounties to the Taliban to kill US troops aims to reinforce the narrative that Tehran supports "terrorists", portray the country as an obstacle to peace in Afghanistan, and lastly prompt …

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"….

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". Anya…

Dennis Broe (2020-08-19). 'Green Frontier' and 'Wild District': Bolivarian vs. Bolsonarian revolution. peoplesworld.org Two series from Colombia, Green Frontier and Wild District, both Netflix originals and both done by the same production house, Dynamo, stake out the left and right of Colombian politics. The iconography of the progressive series, Green Frontier, links it with a history of Latin American films dealing with the continent's Indigenous, a part of …

Staff (2020-08-19). Ady Barkan, Medicare for All Activist Dying from ALS, Urges Biden to Adopt Universal Healthcare. democracynow.org As the Democratic Party formally selected Joe Biden as its nominee for president at the virtual Democratic National Convention, one of those who joined in the call to elect him was activist Ady Barkan, who is paralyzed and unable to speak due to terminal ALS. Barkan is a leading advocate of Medicare for All and has publicly challenged Biden, who does not support Medicare for All. "We live in the richest country in history. And yet we do not guarantee this most basic human right. Everyone living in America should get the healthcare they need, regardless of their employment status or ability to pay," Barkan said, u…

Staff (2020-08-19). "We Will Make Biden Do It": Economist Darrick Hamilton on Pushing the Next Admin to the Left. democracynow.org As Democrats coalesce around Joe Biden ahead of the November presidential election, we speak with economist Darrick Hamilton, a former Bernie Sanders supporter who took part in the Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force, about where the Democratic Party is headed on economic policy. Hamilton says that while Biden's policies are not as radical as the moment requires, he can be pushed by social movements. "We will make Biden do it," Hamilton says, quoting Franklin D. Roosevelt on the need for activists to pressure lawmakers. "But first and foremost, Donald Trump needs to get removed."

Staff (2020-08-19). Dems Formally Nominate Joe Biden for President, as DNC Features Republicans & Sidelines Progressives. democracynow.org Joe Biden is the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, after he was formally picked by the party to challenge President Trump in November on the second night of the virtual Democratic National Convention. We feature highlights from the night, which featured speeches from 17 so-called rising stars in the Democratic Party, including voting rights activist Stacey Abrams, who unsuccessfully ran for Georgia governor in 2018, as well as Democratic heavyweights like former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. For a second night in a row, the DNC prominently featured the voices of Republicans and former Republicans…

Staff (2020-08-19). Sunrise Movement: Dems Must Address Climate Crisis as DNC Drops Pledge to End Fossil Fuel Subsidies. democracynow.org The Democratic National Committee has dropped a pledge to eliminate tax breaks and subsidies for the fossil fuel industry from its party platform, after a DNC spokesperson said the amendment was originally included in "error," despite both Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris supporting it on the campaign trail. Varshini Prakash, co-founder and executive director of the Sunrise Movement, says it is "disappointing to see" Democrats back away from the pledge, but adds that as long as social movements sustain pressure, "it will be a priority for the Biden administration, shoul…

Rick Sterling (2020-08-19). Keep It Real: "Circle in the Darkness: Memoirs of a World Watcher". Review of Diana Johnstone's Book. globalresearch.ca Diana Johnstone has written a compelling and insightful book. It is mostly a review and analysis of significant events from the past 55 years. It concludes with her assessment of different trends that are being debated on the Left today …

Joe Emersberger (2020-08-19). Reuters (Unsurprisingly) Looks Away as Ecuador Tries to Outlaw Opposition Parties. zcomm.org Reuters routinely buries information that would badly damage the reputation of US allies in the Americas…

Margaret Kimberley (2020-08-19). You can't understand capitalism without race. mronline.org The centrality of race in the devilment of capitalism continues to be resisted by "the sort of hardline, orthodox folks who only look at class, alongside the sort of liberals and so-called racial multiculturals who have the misconception that race no longer matters," said Charisse Burden-Stelly, professor of Africana Studies and Political Science at Carleton College.

Marjorie Cohn (2020-08-19). Congressional Candidates and Voters Sue to Stop Trump's Sabotage of USPS. zcomm.org Trump's attacks on…

John Kendall Hawkins (2020-08-19). Dalí and the Marx Brothers: The Mirror Scene that Crashed. counterpunch.org "If I held you any closer, I'd be on the other side of you." -Groucho Marx We could use some comic relief in these troubled times, and the times are always troubled. My grandfather used to say, "If you're not a little wacky today, there's something wrong with you." Some people look to mindfulness for

Joyce Chediac (2020-08-19). UAE- Israel 'peace' deal is a dagger aimed at Palestinians. liberationnews.org By Joyce Chediac On Aug 13, Israel and the United Arab Emirates agreed to end decades of hostility and normalize relations. The agreement was brokered by, and announced by President Trump, who called it, "a significant step towards building a more peaceful, secure and prosperous Middle East." Nothing could be further from the truth. This …

Jayati Ghosh (2020-08-19). Why do we need to Transform Economics, and how do we do it? mronline.org First, a lot of it is simply wrong: that is, it is misleading about how economies work and the implications of economic policies and processes. For decades now, a significant and powerful lobby within the discipline has peddled half-truths and absolute falsehoods on many critical issues.

LaRiva2020 (2020-08-19). Dedicated activists help La Riva 2020 win ballot access in Arkansas. liberationnews.org The following report, with minor edits, is re-posted from LaRiva2020.org. After weeks of sacrifice from committed petitioners, the La Riva 2020 Campaign has achieved ballot status in the state of Arkansas. This became the ninth state that socialists Gloria La Riva and Sunil Freeman achieved ballot access in for the presidential election this November. At …

Staff (2020-08-19). Will Biden do enough to fight the climate crisis? therealnews.com Biden has a climate plan. It's good—but does it go far enough?

Nick Licata (2020-08-19). Defecting From Trump's GOP. counterpunch.org Rick Wilson has worked to elect Republicans for thirty years, but he will "no longer use those skills to serve the party I once loved. That party is gone." He has not become a Democrat, but he is adamantly anti-Trump. His book, Running Against the Devil; A Plot to Save America From Trump and Democratsfrom

Mark Gruenberg (2020-08-19). Dems nominate Biden with roll call featuring workers. peoplesworld.org MILWAUKEE—Delegates to the Democratic National Convention formally nominated Joe Biden for president on August 18 in a roll-call that spotlighted a wide variety of working-class people and causes in the U.S., just after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and universal health care activist Andy Barkan made their own dramatic presentations. An unofficial tally disclosed 3,605 votes …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-19). President of Mali resigns following military take over. peoplesdispatch.org The coup was in response to the protests going on for the last few months in the country demanding the resignation of the president, widespread reforms and the expulsion of French troops from the country…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-08-19). Unemployment forum: "Bosses will throw you away" when they're done with you. peoplesworld.org CHICAGO—"You're only part of the machine the bosses need, and once you're done, they'll throw you away," Kooper Caraway, president of the Sioux Falls, S.D., Central Labor Council, told an online Unemployed Town Hall Forum on Aug. 16. That's what bosses tried to do to workers at the big Smithfield pork processing plant in his …

Gloria Rubac (2020-08-19). En honor a las Ligas Nacionales Negras: Solo la pelota era blanca. workers.org El gran Satchel Paige Este año, 2020, es el centenario de las Ligas Nacionales Negras. No la Liga Nacional de Grandes Ligas, sino las Ligas Nacionales Negras. Me gustaría que conocieras a algunos de mis héroes: Cool Papa, Peach Head, Double Duty, Satch, Buck y Peanut. Incluso si eres un . . . |

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 . . . |

PAI (2020-08-19). Trumka: Dems 'have to pay attention to working people' to win. peoplesworld.org As they head into the homestretch of the 2020 campaign, national Democrats "have to pay attention to working people" to win this fall, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says. And presidential nominee Joe Biden, who was formally approved by the party's virtual convention roll call on August 18 "gets it," he declares. "He's always been a …

Staff (2020-08-19). Today is the anniversary of the US organizing a coup in Iran. therealnews.com CIA documents offers key details on how the U.S. and Britain overthrew Iran's democratic government in 1953, says the National Security Archives' Malcolm Byrne…

Prensa Latina (2020-08-19). Costa Rica: Tras una década de la 'arrastrada' de pueblos indígenas. peoplesworld.org SAN JOSÉ (Prensa Latina) — Los pueblos indígenas de Costa Rica mantienen la lucha de recuperación por la vía de hecho, de sus territorios ancestrales, ante la inacción del Estado, tras una década de que fueran 'arrastrados' de la Asamblea Legislativa. Luego de cumplirse el 9 de agosto el décimo aniversario de ese suceso, conocido …

Kathryn Shihadah (2020-08-19). Among this Week's Victims of Israeli State Violence: A Disabled Elderly Palestinian Man. mintpressnews.com The week is not yet over but already Palestinians multiple Palestinian families are making funeral arrangements and planning hospital visits. The following are three stories — one death and two injuries. Each story raises many questions, more than there is space to fully answer, but there remains a benefit in asking. | A sixty-year-old disabled man is shot: | On Monday, a sixty-year-old Palestinian man approached an Israeli checkpoint on foot, not in the pedestrian section, but in the area of the checkpoint designated for vehicles. Israeli guards shouted at him to stop, but he kept walking "suspicio…

Karin Leukefeld (2020-08-19). After explosion, imperialists pressure Lebanon; Iran, China send aid. workers.org From jungewelt.de, Aug. 18. The author has been covering Syrian, Lebanon and Palestine for progressive German-language publications for decades. Translation by John Catalinotto. It was only last January — in response to the street protests — that the technocratic government of the engineer and former university professor Hassan Diab was . . . |

KJSKDC (2020-08-19). Mayor Keller's Killer Cops: An Assessment of Court-Ordered Police Reform in Albuquerque. counterpunch.org Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller says the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) is making progress at police reform, but you can't ask Albuquerque residents Ken Reiss and Jose Vallejos what they think about Keller's claims. APD officers killed them last week. Reiss, the co-owner of a beloved college-area dive bar in Albuquerque, wore a tattered ball cap

Rob Boston (2020-08-19). Washington on religious freedom—230 years ago. peoplesworld.org On the morning of Aug. 15, 1790, President George Washington and a small group of government officials boarded a boat in New York City, the first capital of the fledgling United States. Two days later, they arrived in Newport, R.I. Just one year into his first term as president, Washington was on something of a …

Paddy Colligan (2020-08-19). Le Kha Phieu °presente! workers.org On Aug. 7, another of the heroic and determined generation of revolutionaries who guided Vietnam's liberation movement passed away. Le Kha Phieu was born in 1931 in Thanh Hoa province in the northern part of Vietnam (then French Indochina). At 15, he joined the revolutionary struggle to gain independence from . . . |

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.

RT (2020-08-19). 'Is that a bad thing?' Trump says he opposes 'satanic pedophiles' when asked about QAnon. rt.com Saying he didn't know much about the QAnon movement, aside from the fact they liked him, US President Donald Trump added that opposing a satanic pedophile conspiracy — as they seem to think he's doing — wouldn't be wrong. | "I don't know anything about them, except they seem to like me," Trump said during the Wednesday evening press conference at the White House, when asked about QAnon. When told they seem to believe he is saving the world from a conspiracy of satanic pedophiles and cannibals, Trump responded, "is that supposed to be a bad thing?" | REPORTER: QAnon believes you are secretly saving…

RT (2020-08-19). 'Low Bar 2020': Twitter users roll their eyes at Biden saying that ALL Latino kids speak Spanish. rt.com Democratic nominee for US president Joe Biden appeared to have said that all Latino kids speak Spanish during his speech about the community's importance. It provoked online outrage, both about the comment and the MSM silence. | Biden made the provocative statement during a virtual forum organized by Voto Latino — an organization that encourages young Latino voters to register to cast their ballot. | "Latinos are among the fastest-growing populations in the United States," Biden

RT (2020-08-19). 'Trump should thank her': AOC 'endorses' Bernie Sanders, but bends the knee to Biden. rt.com Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez angered some Democrats when she appeared to endorse Bernie Sanders at the Democratic National Convention. But her endorsement was a procedural one, and the establishment machine had the last laugh. | In a minute-long appearance at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday night, the New York congresswoman formally nominated Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders for the presidency of the United States. The nomination was a procedural one, as every candidate who has received more than 300 delegates during primary season must be nominated, and Sanders later transferred his delegates to the p…

RT (2020-08-19). FBI slammed after tweeting out ZION PROTOCOLS, history's most notorious Anti-Semitic pamphlet. rt.com A FBI Twitter account has raised eyebrows after linking to the 'Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion,' a century-old virulently anti-Jewish pamphlet, without any comment or context. | The FBI Records Vault tweets out documents from the bureau's archives. On Wednesday afternoon, it sent out a | A copy of the notorious pamphlet had previously been published on the FBI's archive website, vault.fbi.gov. | Thousands of people liked…

RT (2020-08-19). Facebook purges & restricts THOUSANDS of QAnon accounts — plus antifa & militia — stretching definition of 'dangerous individuals'. rt.com Facebook has removed thousands of groups and pages related to the QAnon conspiracy after expanding its concept of 'dangerous individuals' to include those who merely 'celebrate violent acts.' Streisand effect, meet slippery slope. | The social media behemoth announced a sweeping crackdown on militia groups, "offline anarchist groups that support violent act amidst protests" (i.e. antifa), and the pro-Trump psy-op QAnon in a Explaining that groups that "hav…

RT (2020-08-19). Trump demands full restoration of UN sanctions on Iran, as Pompeo warns Russia & China not to meddle. rt.com US President Donald Trump said the State Department will soon attempt to trigger a "snapback" of UN sanctions on Iran, as the top American diplomat threatened consequences for Moscow and Beijing if they try to block the effort. | "Today I'm directing the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to notify the United Nations Security Council that the United States intends to restore virtually all of the United Nations sanctions on Iran — it's a snap back, not uncommon," Trump told reporters during a White House press conference on Wednesday. | When the United States entered into the Iran deal, it was clear the United…

RT (2020-08-19). US won't execute ISIS 'Beatles', if UK helps prosecute them – AG Barr. rt.com US Attorney General WIlliam Barr has promised not to execute a group of Islamic State terror suspects dubbed 'The Beatles,' as long as the UK helps with their prosecution. If the UK refuses, the suspects will likely face death. | In a Barr and his predecessor,…

RT (2020-08-19). American Samoa 'hostage situation' & Rhode Island 'calamari ninja': Twitter loses it over DNC's virtual roll call. rt.com As the Democratic Party moved to nominate Joe Biden, viewers watching at home were somewhat distracted, infatuated with Rhode Island's calamari-wielding "ninja" and a bizarre "hostage-taking" scene in American Samoa. | The party's national convention pushed into its second night on Tuesday, seeing Biden officially elevated as the Democrats' 2020 presidential candidate alongside running mate Kamala Harris. During the roll call vote prior to the nomination, however, spectators couldn't help but notice that delegates in American Samoa, a US territory, were flanked by a pair of uniformed soldiers, giving the appea…

RT (2020-08-19). Joe Biden officially nominated as Democratic presidential candidate. rt.com Joe Biden has clinched the Democratic Party's presidential nomination, becoming the official 2020 pick alongside running mate Kamala Harris after emerging from a crowded primary field. | Though Biden was the only Democratic candidate left in the running after facing off with early rivals during the primary, he formally seized the nomination on the second night of the party's national convention on Tuesday, selected in a virtual roll call vote by delegations from 57 states and territories. | "Thank you very, very much from the bottom of my heart. It means the world to me and my family, and I'll see you on Thurs…

RT (2020-08-19). WATCH: Huge blaze at Texas plastic facility following major explosion. rt.com A huge contingent of police and fire fighters have been deployed following an apparent explosion and subsequent fire at the Poly America plant in Grand Prairie,Texas. | There was a huge response by emergency services shortly after midnight local time. Eyewitness video from the scene shows huge flames licking the night sky as vast plumes of smoke fill the area. | #PolyAmerica in flames – Grand Prairie, Texas #GrandPrairie #TX RT (2020-08-19). UK journalism org unveils 'defense & security' award sponsored by killer drone manufacturer Northrop Grumman. rt.com Military contractor Northrop Grumman is sponsoring an award for best "aerospace, defense and security" journalism at PressGazette's British Journalism Awards, a crude act of public relations that doesn't seem to faze the media. | UK journalism organization Press Gazette has announced a pair of new categories for 2020's British Journalism Awards: "anti-corruption journalism," sponsored by human rights NGO Global Witness, and "aerospace, defense and security," sponsored by Northrop — a company one might charitably call the polar opposite of a human rights NGO. | This year's "British Journalism Awards" by

RT (2020-08-19). Prohibited activity: US Army investigating soldiers in viral DNC 'hostage situation' video. rt.com First they were mocked online for posing in a bizarre "hostage-taking" scene. Now they're being investigated for taking part in a political event in uniform. The soldiers who appeared in a Democratic video can't catch a break. | As the Democratic National Convention voted on Tuesday to confirm Joe Biden as its presidential candidate, delegates appeared by video link to cast their votes for the former vice president. One such stream, from American Samoa, drew ridicule, as the territory's top Democrats appeared flanked by a pair of masked soldiers in a scene reminiscent of a ransom video. | Also on rt.com

_____ (2020-08-19). Blue-Collar Workers Have No 'Friends' in Power. strategic-culture.org A recent CNN opinion piece broke down the many ways in which Trump is not living up to his promises to support working class America. The article titled "

The Canary (2020-08-19). Hapless Hancock defends cabinet colleague Williamson over exam fiasco. thecanary.co Calls for education secretary Gavin Williamson to quit over the A-level grades fiasco are a distraction at a time when he is focused on getting children back to school next month, a Cabinet colleague has said.Health secretary Matt Hancock said all ministers are "trying to do their best" in unprecedented circumstances "and I know that is true of Gavin Williamson".Hancock also acknowledged calls to increase student places at medical schools and promised that the government is working on the problem.Williamson is under intense pressure after he was forced to abandon the algorithm-based system for awarding A-level an…

The Canary (2020-08-19). 16-year-old boy found dead on beach after disappearing at sea, says French minister. thecanary.co A 16-year-old Sudanese boy who disappeared at sea has been found dead on a beach near Calais, a French minister has said. | Marlene Schiappa, who is in charge of citizenship in France's government, said the teenager was found on the beach of Sangatte on Wednesday morning. | The tragedy comes as a record number of the perilous journeys across the Channel have been attempted during the recent hot weather. | @GDarmanin contre les passeurs qui profitent de la détresse d'êtres humains ! | — MarleneSchiappa (@MarleneSchiappa) The Canary (2020-08-19). California governor declares state of emergency over wildfires. thecanary.co California governor Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency as major wildfires ravage the region.Fires burning across the state have been exacerbated by the unprecedented heatwave in the West Coast area, as well as sustained high winds.Firefighters at the scene near Carmel Valley, California (Nic Coury/AP) | By

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, . . . |

Charlene Mitchell (2020-08-19). First Black woman presidential candidate: The Communist Party's Charlene Mitchell. peoplesworld.org The selection of Sen. Kamala Harris as the vice presidential candidate of the Democratic Party has made history, as she is the first Black woman to be nominated for that position on a major party ticket. But history was also made on July 4, 1968 when Charlene Mitchell was nominated for president of the United …

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-19). If we recognize Israel regime, we should give up Kashmir. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 19 (MNA) — PM Imran Khan says Pakistan will not recognize Israel regime until the Palestine issue is resolved and if recognizes it, Pakistan must then give up Kashmir as well, due to its similar background with Palestine.

Ralph Nader (2020-08-19). Needed: Indicators for Measuring Injustice and Societal Decay. zcomm.org The more Americans know where their country is heading, the more they may just want to work for a better future by participating in or supporting the movements dedicated to turning our democracy around…

Ramzy Baroud (2020-08-19). Hands off Lebanon: Macron's Self-serving 'New Pact' Must Be Shunned. dissidentvoice.org French President, Emmanuel Macron, is in no position to pontificate to Lebanon about the need for political and economic reforms. Just as thousands of Lebanese took to the streets of Beirut demanding "revenge" against the ruling classes, the French people have relentlessly been doing the same; both peoples have been met with police violence and …

Rania Khalek (2020-08-19). Rania Khalek: 'Sadistic' U.S. Policy Sees Beirut Blast as Opportunity. thealtworld.com Rania Khalek explains that a corrupt neoliberal government is responsible for the catastrophe in Beirut and how Western powers are deepening the crisis with "monstrous" sanctions that block trade with neighboring Syria.

South Front (2020-08-19). Video: Rain of Rockets Hits US Forces in Iraq. Israeli-UAE Peace Deal Crumbles Days after Its Announcement. globalresearch.ca As it was expected, the 'historic' UAE-Israeli peace deal did not contribute to the stability in the Middle East. Instead, the situation has been slowly, but steadily moving towards a larger confrontation in the region. | Immediately after the announcement of …

South Front (2020-08-19). Video: US-led Coalition Struck Syrian Army Checkpoint after US Patrol Was Blocked in Northeastern Syria. globalresearch.ca For the first time in about a year, Syrian pro-government forces and the US-led coalition found itself engaged in what seems to be direct clashes near the village of Tal al-Dhahab in northeastern Syria. | Syrian sources said that on August …

_____ (2020-08-19). The Supreme Court Dropped The Ball On The Right To Protest. popularresistance.org In recent months, US cities have seen widespread protests denouncing police brutality against unarmed Black people. Local and national law enforcement agencies, responding to crowds of unprecedented size and scale, relied on methods that were equally unprecedented. For more than 30 years, the Supreme Court has failed to take up a freedom-of-assembly case. As a result, this fundamental constitutional right is in sore need of an update, such as a ruling that would protect protesters from the unduly harsh police response that has become all too common as a response to demonstrations in recent years. | The First Amen…

Badri Raina (2020-08-19). For the Congress To Find Credence Again, Its Democratic Renewal Is Imperative. zcomm.org The party must recall that it was from such open and fiercely articulated internal debates that the Nehruvian line found its primacy…

Michael Snyder (2020-08-19). America Has Never Experienced a Heatwave Quite Like this. globalresearch.ca Every summer is hot, and every summer there are heatwaves, but what we are witnessing in 2020 is rewriting all of the rules. It has been blistering hot across the Southwest, and record after record is being broken. In a …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-19). Several injured and 77 detained as police attack protest rally in Sudan. peoplesdispatch.org A rally on the anniversary of the ratification of the Constitutional Declaration in Sudan was attacked by the police on Monday. Protesters asked the govt. to set up the legislative council and and solve the economic crisis…

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich (2020-08-19). The Hariri Assassination Verdict. The Geopolitical Implications. globalresearch.ca On February 14, 2005, an explosion rocked Beirut killing and injuring hundred of people chief among them the former Prime Minister of Lebanon, Rafik al-Hariri. The West was quick to blame Hezbollah and Syria. In 2006, Israel and its …

Dilip Hiro (2020-08-19). China vs. America, Whose Century Is It? Don't Ask Donald Trump: "The Invisible Chinese Virus" globalresearch.ca For the Trump administration's senior officials, it's been open season on bashing China. If you need an example, think of the president's blame game about " When it …

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…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-19). "In Buenos Aires, there is no political will to address problems that we, the women, face," says Ofelia Fernández. peoplesdispatch.org The Buenos Aires legislator and women's rights activist, Ofelia Fernández, expressed about the need to create a Ministry of Gender, Women and Diversity in the city of Buenos Aires…

Prof. Claudia von Werlhof (2020-08-19). Ten Years of Planetary Movement for Mother Earth! globalresearch.ca The article below is only an excerpt, you may download full document at the link provided at the bottom. | Introduction | Within 10 years we have reached a point at which we can say: We have done our best to get …

John W. Whitehead (2020-08-19). The Great Election Fraud: Will Our Freedoms Survive Another Election? globalresearch.ca "Never has our future been more unpredictable, never have we depended so much on political forces that cannot be trusted to follow the rules of common sense and self-interest—forces that look like sheer insanity, if judged by the standards of …

Middle East Eye (2020-08-19). Chief Defendant in Rafik Hariri Killing Convicted on All Counts by UN-backed Tribunal. globalresearch.ca The UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) on Tuesday found Salim Jamil Ayyash guilty of conspiracy to kill former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri and 21 others in a 2005 bombing. | There was insufficient evidence against three other men charged …

Guy Ryder (2020-08-19). New Normal? Better Normal! Economic and Social Impacts of Lockdown. Director-General of the ILO. globalresearch.ca In these times of

George Chidi (2020-08-19). The Contours of Atlanta's Policing Debate. zcomm.org Why most of the city's Black council members shot down a proposal to defund the police…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-19). US postmaster general reverses changes made until election, after widespread criticism. peoplesdispatch.org Louis Dejoy, US postmaster general, has been criticized of electoral manipulation as many operational changes were set to delay the delivery of millions of postal ballots…

Jacob Stringer (2020-08-19). As courts re-open, Britain's renters must confront the power of landlords. zcomm.org "Alas, many middle class people are now invested in this relationship of domination."

Fight Back (2020-08-19). Coalition to March on the DNC joins march against Trump in Oshkosh, WI. fightbacknews.org Oshkosh, WI – On the afternoon of August 17, a large crowd of people marched and rallied to protest the arrival of President Donald Trump at Wittman Airport. Answering the call put forth by a handful of organizations, most of whom are members of the Coalition to March on the Democratic National Convention, over 120 people gathered in the parking lot of the Lake Aire Shopping Center, just a half mile from where Trump spoke. | Despite releasing information on road closures earlier in the day with different information, the police on hand changed which roads were closed and where. This threw a wrench into the plan f…

Prof. Charles McKelvey (2020-08-19). From Empire Back to Republic? Toward the Restoration of the American Republic. Towards A National Anti-Imperalist Consensus? globalresearch.ca In the 2010 book American Empire Before the Fall, Bruce Fein maintains that beginning with the notion of Manifest Destiny and the launching of war against Mexico in 1846, and culminating in the endless wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the …

Robert F. Kennedy Jr (2020-08-19). Analysis of Vaccine, Censorship Claims Another Victim: Honest-Journalism Giant, Del Bigtree's "The Highwire" globalresearch.ca On July 29, YouTube's …

Steven Sahiounie (2020-08-19). The Verdict Is Out, and a New Investigation Is Beginning in Beirut. globalresearch.ca The verdict was finally delivered Aug. 18 by presiding

Brasil de Fato (2020-08-19). Understand the circumstances in which abortion is legal in Brazil. peoplesdispatch.org The While human rights organizations have been trying for decades to consolidate the notion that abortion is exclusively a woman's choice, religious fundamentalists contes…

The Global Research Team (2020-08-19). The Global Research Newsletter Is Back! globalresearch.ca Dear Readers, | We are happy to announce that we have launched The Global Research Newsletter in its new format. This change was required for technical reasons. We apologize for the interruption in our daily send-out and thank you for your …

WSWS (2020-08-19). Trump's suggestion of a pardon for Edward Snowden meets US intelligence community backlash. wsws.org Democrats and Republicans with close ties to the intelligence agencies have launched a campaign of opposition after the president said he would look into the case of the former NSA contractor who exposed illegal mass surveillance.

Menchie Caliboso and Vanessa Acosta (2020-08-19). This Op-Ed Can Get Us Arrested in the Philippines. zcomm.org What if state officials targeted people who shared an Instagram post criticizing the government for criminalizing the poor and not providing mass testing or economic relief?

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-08-19). Saudi Arabia Is Just An Honest America: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix. thealtworld.com ~ | Look at Yemen with fresh eyes and it will haunt your dreams and fill you with mountain-moving rage. | That's why people don't. | That's why people should. | ~ | Steal from the wealthy and give a bit to your friend and they'll call you a thief. Steal from the working class and give a bit to agendas you approve of and they'll call you a philanthropist. | ~ | Placing yourself in the ideological center between two corporatist warmongering parties doesn't make you a centrist, it makes you a corporatist warmonger. | ~ | Watching liberals fake enthusiasm for Biden/Harris is like watching women fake enthusiasm in rea…

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-19). Khaf-Herat Railway to go on stream in Unity Week this year. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 19 (MNA) — An official at the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development revealed that Khaf-Herat Railway project would become operational during the Unity Week which falls on Nov. 9-16, 2020.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-19). VIDEO: Dusting ceremony of Imam Hussein (PBUH) Mausoleum. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 19 (MNA) — The Holy Dome of Mausoleum of Third Infallible Imam of Household of Holy Prophet, Imam Hussein (PBUH) was dusted by the servants on the eve of mourning Month of Muharram in Karbala on Wed.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-19). Zarif felicitates new Omani counterpart on appointment. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 19 (MNA) — In a Wednesday tweet in Arabic, Iranian FM Zarif congratulated his new Omani counterpart Sayyid Badr bin Hamad bin Hamood AlBusaidi on his appointment.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-19). Zarif, Atmar discuss Afghan peace talks on phone. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 19 (MNA) — In a telephone conversation, Iranian FM Zarif and the Caretaker of the Afghan Foreign Ministry Mohammad Hanif Atmar conferred on Afghan peace talks.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-19). Intelligence forces dismantle big ammunition smuggling gang. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 19 (MNA) — Iran's Intelligence forces have identified and dismantled a big arms and ammunition smuggling band in Alborz Province.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-19). Iran remains main supporter of Resistance against Zionists. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 19 (MNA) — Condemning the UAE' tie normalization with the usurping Zionist Regime, the representative of Islamic Jihad in Lebanon called Iran as the main supporter of Resistance Front in the fight against the Zionists in the region.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-08-19). Heart muscles sketched by da Vinci play vital role in heart function. imperial.ac.uk Structures first sketched by artist Leonardo da Vinci are crucial in understanding how the heart works, according to researchers.

Khubaka, Michael Harris (2020-08-19). Saturday 9/26: 2020 Yosemite National Park ~ CA Buffalo Soldier Celebrations. indybay.org Yosemite Valley…

Carol Brouillet (2020-08-19). 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.

KQED (2020-08-19). Thursday 8/20: On Common Ground: Para Nosotros, Por Nosotros August 20, 2020. indybay.org Online/Virtual Event…

SCMAH (2020-08-19). Friday 8/28: Exhibition Opening: Community is Collective Care. indybay.org Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History | 705 Front St, Santa Cruz…

zrants (2020-08-19). 65% of California homes are single family homes. indybay.org Fighting single family homes is like fighting…

The Peoples Oakland Pride (2020-08-19). Sunday 8/30: Amerikkka Is Burning Ball. indybay.org LAKE MERRITT AMPHITHEATER…

Center for Biological Diversity (2020-08-19). California Moves to Protect Declining Leatherback Sea Turtles. indybay.org Prehistoric Reptiles Threatened by Fishing…

LCCHR (2020-08-19). Tuesday 8/18: #AndStillIVote: Engaging & Supporting the Youth Vote in America. indybay.org Online via livestream…

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

SMART Local 1741 School Bus Drivers (2020-08-19). 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…

Debbie Mytels (2020-08-19). Monday 8/24: Create a Just & Green Economic Recovery with Pat Showalter & Justine Burt. indybay.org On line. Link will be given upon registration.

_____ (2020-08-19). Climate Activists Are Closer Than Ever To Ending All Fossil Fuel Investments. popularresistance.org When New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli announced last month that the state would divest its over $200 billion Common Retirement Fund from more than 20 coal companies, it marked an important milestone for a grassroots campaign that has seen a recent burst of new momentum. In an op-ed published on July 12, DiNapoli stated, "After a thorough assessment, the fund has divested from 22 thermal coal mining companies that are not prepared to thrive, or even survive, in the low-carbon economy." | This victory is thanks to a near decade-long effort by activists who have been pressuring New York to divest from the…

_____ (2020-08-19). The Basic Case For A Wealth Tax. popularresistance.org Changes in tax policy since 1980 have been driving U.S. inequality to levels not seen since the original Gilded Age. Reversing that trajectory — and restoring a more egalitarian society — will require a complete overhaul of the changes in tax policy we've seen over the past four decades. | Taxes as a share of national income have now been remarkably stable for 40 years. Total federal tax revenue last year stood at 17 percent, about the average for the last half-century. Income taxes, meanwhile, have stayed steady at 8 percent of the economy. According to Saez and Zucman, a 10 percent tax rate on wealt…

_____ (2020-08-19). Lebanon: The Top Ten Myths About The Country And Its Conflicts. popularresistance.org Plenty of folks finally know the CIA-Soviet-Afghan thread of that backstory; fewer are familiar with the Lebanese layer. They should be. After all, an impressionable young Saudi named bin Laden tuned in to America's dastardly dalliances there in the 1980s, and vowed revenge. | Then as now, the US was hardly alone among the opportunist foreign vultures who've picked the Lebanese carcass throughout its centenary existence. However, Americans — those most confidently uninformed and incurious of peoples — keep proving those repeatedly-wrong-on-the-Mid-East New York Times editors right: Lebanon does remain…

_____ (2020-08-19). $16.5M Settlement Reached In Class-Action Lawsuit Over Mass Arrests. popularresistance.org A $16.5-million settlement has been reached in a class-action lawsuit over mass arrests at the 2010 G20 summit. | The agreement comes after 10 years of court proceedings and negotiations between the Toronto Police Services Board and representatives for about 1,100 people who were arrested during the summit. | Under the settlement, those arrested will each be entitled to compensation between $5,000 and $24,700, depending on their experiences. | The deal also includes a public acknowledgment by police regarding the mass arrests and the conditions in which protestors where detained, as well as a commitment to changi…

The Canary (2020-08-19). Gender diversity in boardrooms improves financial performance, study suggests. thecanary.co Increasing gender diversity in boardrooms has a "positive and significant" effect on financial performance, according to a new study. | Companies with three or more female directors significantly outperformed those with less diverse boards, analysis of 12 years of data suggests. | Researchers from Glasgow Caledonian University and DeMontfort University in Leicester matched the performance of companies with their boardroom appointments as part of the first study to examine gender diversity and performance in the UK. | Increasing gender diversity in boardrooms has a "positive and significant" effect on the financia…

The Canary (2020-08-19). Joe Biden nominated to take on Donald Trump. thecanary.co Democrats have formally nominated Joe Biden as their 2020 presidential nominee, as party officials and activists gave the former vice president their overwhelming support to take on Donald Trump. | The moment marked a political high point for Biden, who had sought the presidency twice before and is now cemented as the embodiment of Democrats' desperate desire to defeat Trump in autumn. | The roll call of convention delegates formalised what has been expected for months since Biden took the lead in the primary elections' chase for the nomination. | It came as he worked to demonstrate the breadth of his coalition f…

The Canary (2020-08-19). Support for Scottish independence reaches record high of 55% in new poll. thecanary.co Support for Scottish independence has reached a record high of 55%, according to a new poll. | The latest research by Panelbase found the results of the 2014 independence referendum — when 55% of Scots voted to stay in the United Kingdom — were reversed. | Pro-independence organisation Business for Scotland commissioned the poll, with chief executive Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp hailing the results as a "huge landmark" showing the "writing is very definitely on the wall for the union". | 55% Yes will send shockwaves throughout the political world. There is no conclusion to draw from this new data other than…

yenisafak (2020-08-19). Brent oil price down with halt in US-China trade talks. yenisafak.com Oil prices eased on Wednesday after stagnant US economic stimulus talks, and with US President Donald Trump postponing US-China trade talks.International benchmark Brent crude was trading at $45.05 per barrel at 0614GMT for a 0.9% decrease after closing Tuesday at $45.46 a barrel.American benchmark West Texas Intermediate was at $42.56 per barrel at the same time, down 1.3% after ending the previous session at $43.12 a barrel.Trump on Tuesday said he postponed trade negotiations with China, commenting that he does not want to talk to China "right now."Scheduled talks between representatives from the US and China…

yenisafak (2020-08-19). Syria's Idlib records first coronavirus death. yenisafak.com The first coronavirus death in Syria's northwestern Idlib province was recorded, according to health officials. | "A female patient in her 80s died from the virus," the interim government's Health Minister, Maram al-Sheikh, said in a statement late Tuesday. | He indicated that the patient had suffered from a chronic kidney failure. | A total of 54 virus infections have been recorded in areas under the Syrian opposition, of which 46 recovered as of Wednesday.

yenisafak (2020-08-19). Dozens of Jewish settlers storm Al-Aqsa complex. yenisafak.com Dozens of Jewish settlers forced their way into Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque complex on Wednesday, according to an official with the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf. "Ninety-eight Jewish settlers have entered the compound since the morning, accompanied by Israeli police," the official told Anadolu Agency.He said the settlers entered through the compound's al-Mugharbah Gate, while more settlers are expected to enter the complex during the day to perform their rituals.Al-Aqsa represents the world's third-holiest site for Muslims, while Jews refer to the area as the "Temple Mount," claiming it was the site of two Je…

yenisafak (2020-08-19). Philippines reports 4,650 new coronavirus cases, 111 additional deaths. yenisafak.com The Philippine health ministry on Wednesday confirmed 4,650 new coronavirus infections and 111 additional deaths.In a bulletin, the ministry said total confirmed cases have risen to 173,774, the highest in Southeast Asia, while deaths have increased to 2,795.The government on Wednesday relaxed a strict lockdown in the capital and nearby provinces, allowing more business establishments to resume operations.

yenisafak (2020-08-19). Russia reports 4,828 new coronavirus cases. yenisafak.com Russia reported 4,828 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, pushing its nationwide tally to 937,321, the fourth largest in the world.Russia's coronavirus taskforce said 117 people had died over the last 24 hours, bringing its official death toll to 15,989.

yenisafak (2020-08-19). Mali: Coup leaders pledge 'credible' elections. yenisafak.com Leaders of a military coup in Mali vowed to hold "credible" elections in a statement announced on national television on Wednesday.The coup leaders, who pushed President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to resign, have also announced the creation of the National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP) to oversee a political transition.The committee affirmed its intention to set up a civil political transition that will lead to elections "in a reasonable delay", according to a statement read on national television ORTM by Col.-Maj. Ismael Wague, spokesman for the CNSP.He also announced an intention to respect inter…

Jonathon Read (2020-08-19). Boris Johnson May Not Make It to Next Election, Expert Predicts. globalresearch.ca Boris Johnson may not fight the 2024 general election, and his heart might not be in staying the full term, an expert has suggested. | Professor Steven Fielding, a professor of political history at the University of Nottingham, explained: | "We're …

Al-Jazeera (2020-08-19). UK's Lead Role in 1953 Iran Coup d'etat Exposed. globalresearch.ca A recently discovered transcript of an interview with a British intelligence officer who played a leading role in the 1953 coup that restored powers to the shah of Iran claims that Britain was the driving force behind the overthrow of …

Edward Curtin (2020-08-19). American Politics: Send in the Clowns for the Circus Is in Town. globalresearch.ca Don't bother, they're here, already performing in the center ring under the big top owned and operated by The Umbrella People. | Trump, Biden, Pence, Harris, and their clownish sidekicks, Pompeo, Michelle Obama, et al., are performing daily under the umbrella's …

Aaron Talley (2020-08-19). This Is What Dystopia Looks Like. thenation.com This Is What Dystopia Looks Like…

Edward Burmila (2020-08-19). What Populism Is and Is Not. thenation.com What Populism Is and Is Not…

WSWS (2020-08-18). Democratic convention opens with appeal to right-wing Republican support. wsws.org Bernie Sanders led the way in preaching political unity from "left" to right against Trump and for Biden.

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). 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). 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. | "

sputniknews (2020-08-18). US House to Proceed With Saturday Vote on Postal Service Bill, Pelosi Says. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The US House of Representatives is set to vote on Saturday on a bill to provide multi-billion financial support to…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-08-18). Still 'Miles to Go' to Ensure a Safe and Fair Election, Rights Groups Say After DeJoy Announces Suspension of Changes to Mail Operations. commondreams.org Civil rights advocates vowed to continue fighting to thwart any attempt by the Trump administration to sabotage to U.S. Postal Service and the 2020 general election on Tuesday, after Postmaster General Louis DeJoy announced he would "suspend" changes to post office operations. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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 …

teleSUR (2020-08-18). US Lawmakers Interrupt Summer Recess to Solve Postal Crisis. telesurenglish.net The U.S. House of Representatives will interrupt its summer recess to solve the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) crisis amid President Donald Trump's threats to undermine the agency. | RELATED: | "This week we will vote on a bill that would stimulate the U.S. economy as it will financially support…

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…

commondreams (2020-08-18). New Poll: Most Voters in Maine Believe Trump Is Intentionally Damaging the US Postal Service to Win Reelection. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2020-08-18). Democracy Initiative re: Today's Statement from Postmaster General Louis DeJoy on Operational Changes at U.S. Postal Service. commondreams.org ______________________________…

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.

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…

Patty Heyda (2020-08-18). A Dismantled Post Office Destroys More Than Mail Service. commondreams.org The J.W. Westcott II is the country's only floating ZIP code. (Photo: cactuspinecone/flickr, CC BY) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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.

Lorraine Liriano Chávez (2020-08-18). Colonialism intensifies pandemic school crisis for Puerto Ricans. workers.org 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 . . . |

WSWS (2020-08-18). Johnson government forced to retreat on A-level exam results. wsws.org Even when their overriding goal was to proceed with school reopenings as smoothly as possible, government ministers and officials could not abandon their vicious class bias for a second.

WSWS (2020-08-18). Workers Struggles: The Americas. wsws.org Colombian Federation of Education Workers conducted a 48-hour strike August 12 and 13 against plans for a rotating reopening of the country's schools that teachers say is unsafe.

WSWS (2020-08-18). Australia's rising COVID-19 death toll: A ruling class crime. wsws.org Fatalities in Victoria, which have increased from 20 to 351 in around six weeks, are the direct consequence of the pro-business "reopening" of the economy.

_____ (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…

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…

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 …

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…

Nasta Zakharevich (2020-08-18). Swelling Protests in Belarus Signal a Possible Revolution of Love. thenation.com Swelling Protests in Belarus Signal a Possible Revolution of Love…

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…

teleSUR (2020-08-18). Cuba to Start a Clinical Trial for a COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate. telesurenglish.net Cuba advances in the development of its COVID-19 vaccine as the country already has four vaccine candidates and one of them has already been approved for clinical trials. | RELATED: | The Finlay Vaccine Institute (IFV) registered a clinical trial for one of its vaccine candidates on August 13 in the Cuban Public Registry of Clinical Trials. The trial, named SOBERANA 01, is on phase I and II and the first enrollmen…

WSWS (2020-08-18). London bus drivers deliver massive strike vote over "COVID pay," health and safety. wsws.org The ballots show the willingness of drivers to fight but Unite's "consultative" ballot campaign is a fraud.

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 . . . |

Arvind Dilawar (2020-08-18). 'No One Is Allowed Out': How COVID-19 Is Spreading Through Wisconsin Prisons. progressive.org Wisconsin officials have put safety precautions in place, but that hasn't stopped prison guards from refusing to follow them.

teleSUR (2020-08-18). Scientists Determine The Order Of COVID-19 Symptoms. telesurenglish.net Researchers from the University of Southern California (USC) Monday identified the likely order in which COVID-19 symptoms appear, a finding that could help both patients and doctors to better handle the disease. | RELATED: | The study was led by doctoral candidate Joseph Larsen with faculty advisors Peter Kuhn and James Hicks from the USC Michelson Convergent Science Institute in Cancer (CSI-Cancer). | Specialists conclu…

news.un (2020-08-18). Bridging Asia-Pacific 'digital divide' vital to realize tech benefits. news.un.org Countries across Asia and the Pacific are using new technologies to contain the global pandemic and mitigate its impact, the UN's regional socio-economic development arm has said, as governments and experts work together to identify ways to innovate further, and build back better, after COVID-19.

news.un (2020-08-18). Children have 'nowhere to turn', as COVID-19 hits protection, social services, reports UNICEF. news.un.org Disruptions to services for preventing and responding to violence in the home , 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.

WSWS (2020-08-18). Peru tops half a million coronavirus cases as political crisis deepens. wsws.org With over 535,000 COVID-19 cases and 26,000 deaths, and amid growing class tensions, President Vizcarra is leaning heavily on the military.

teleSUR (2020-08-18). Peru: Doctors to Go on Strike for Better Working Conditions. telesurenglish.net Peru's Medical Federation (FMP) Monday announced a 48-hour national strike to demand greater investment in the health sector as COVID-19 cases soar in the country. | RELATED: | In a letter addressed to Health Minister Pilar Mazzetti, the FMP asked for better working conditions and salary improvement as more of their colleagues become infected. | They also pointed out that the strike will take place on August 26 and 27 since the government…

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.

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.

2020-08-19: Social Media Postees

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Merkel, Macron call Putin as mass strikes escalate in Belarus
wsws.org | 2020-08-19
Shocked by the eruption of workers' anger in Belarus, Berlin and Paris hope Moscow can suppress it by brokering a deal between the regime and the official opposition.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/19/bela…

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.
liberationnews.org/in-chicago-teacher-co…

Disastrous US school openings lead to 3,000 infections across 44 states
wsws.org | 2020-08-19
Barring the independent mobilization of educators, parents and the broader working class to halt the reopening of schools, the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic will accelerate.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/19/scho…

Will There Ever be Elections Again in Bolivia?
Vijay Prashad — Manuel Bertoldi | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-19
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. In November 2019, protests around his fourth electoral victory in October led to the police and the military asking Morales to step down; by every description of the term, this was a coup d'état. Two days later, Morales went into exile in Mexico.
counterpunch.org/2020/08/19/will-there-e…

Canadian Left Rejects Organization of American States
Yves Engler | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-08-19
When people say "America" everyone understands they mean one country, the USA. In a similar fashion it is time for all to understand that the Organization of American States (OAS) serves the interests of that country. In a recent webinar on "Bolivia's fight to restore democracy and Canada's role" organized by the Canadian Latin America …
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Will There Ever be Elections Again in Bolivia?
Vijay Prashad — Manuel Bertoldi | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-19
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. In November 2019, protests around his fourth electoral victory in October led to the police and the military asking Morales to…
counterpunch.org/2020/08/19/will-there-e…

Lukashenko Just Hinted at a 'Phased Leadership Transition' in Belarus
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-19
Belarusian President Lukashenko's announcement that presidential elections will follow a planned constitutional referendum possibly paves the way for a "phased leadership transition" in the Color Revolution-beleaguered former Soviet Republic, one which opens up an opportunity for Russia to protect its …
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Berlin's Appeasement to Turkish Aggression Linked to Germany's Plans to Become the Biggest Energy Hub in EU
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-19
At a time when the European Union was extremely quick to mobilize and condemn Alexander Lukashenko's presidential re-election and is preparing a sanctions package against Belarus, disinterest and appeasement towards Turkish aggression against member states Greece and Cyprus continues …
globalresearch.ca/berlin-appeasement-tur…

DSA-backed challenger has a shot at Baltimore's city council
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-08-19
Educator Franca Muller Paz saw the way COVID-19 impacted her students and that inspired her third party run.
therealnews.com/stories/dsa-backed-chall…

Trade Wars Threaten Post-pandemic Global Economic Recovery
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-19
The COVID-19 pandemic did not stop U.S. protectionism and its trade disputes with the rest of the world, especially with China and the European Union. In actual fact, it deepened the conflict. This behaviour anticipates very complicated post-pandemic international trade, …
globalresearch.ca/trade-wars-threaten-po…

UN salutes real-life heroes doing 'extraordinary things, in extraordinary times'
news.un.org | 2020-08-19
Marking World Humanitarian Day, top UN officials are honouring the workers overcoming "huge challenges" to save and improve the lives of millions of women, men and children, hit hard by crises and the COVID-19 pandemic.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/08/1…

COVID-19 overtakes accidents as third leading cause of death in the US as testing continues to decline
wsws.org | 2020-08-19
Despite the deadly nature of the virus, which has already killed more than 175,000 in the US, testing capacity is declining as states move to resume in-school learning.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/19/covi…

Oxfam: Saudis Carry Out Equivalent of One Attack Every Ten Days on Yemen's Medical and Water Facilities
Alan MacLeod | thealtworld.com | 2020-08-19
According to a new Oxfam analysis, the Saudi Colation has carried out the equivalent of "one air raid every ten days during the conflict affecting hospitals, clinics, ambulances, water drills, tanks and trucks," since it began the war in 2015. | MPN– Yemen is already living through what the United Nations calls "the world's worst humanitarian crisis." Yet despite twin epidemics of cholera and COVID-19 raging through the embattled nation, the Saudi-led…
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Halting Our Descent into Tyranny: Defeating the Global Elite's COVID-19 Coup
Robert J. Burrowes | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-19
As many authors have documented, the global elite is conducting a coup to take complete control of our lives. It is doing this by using a non-existent 'virus' to terrorize the human population into believing that we will 'catch' Covid-19 …
globalresearch.ca/defeating-global-elite…

Covid-19: Lockdown of the Global Economy of Planet Earth. Diabolical Project: The Closing Down of 193 National Economies is Not "A Solution"
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-19
Planet Lockdown. Devastating economic and social consequences. | We are living one of the most serious crises in modern history. | According to Michel Chossudovsky, the coronavirus pandemic is used as a pretext and a justification to close down the global …
globalresearch.ca/covid-19-lockdown-of-t…

COVID 19: For how long do antibodies stay?
Newsclick | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-19
Dr. Satyajit Rath talks about the immunity developed in recovered COVID-19 patients and also the immunity that the potential vaccines can induce.
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/08/19/covid-19-…

Video: Trudeau and Canadian Government Sued over COVID Measures. Constitutional Lawyer Rocco Galati
Rocco Galati | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-19
Super Lawyer Rocco Galati sues the Canadian government, Trudeau, Health Ministers, and others in first of its kind superior court lawsuit. | Galati lays out for listeners why his client and others have decided to sue over the extreme COVID measures …
globalresearch.ca/trudeau-canadian-gover…

For Iraqis, the Choice Is Between Pandemic and Poverty
Nabil Salih | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-19
On Baghdad's al-Rashid street, stalls, tea houses and restaurants serve unmasked customers in crammed markets in spite of COVID-19 rapidly spreading among the populace. This busy street in Baghdad is a testament to pre-existing governance failure that has been felt …
globalresearch.ca/iraqis-choice-between-…

Halting Our Descent into Tyranny: Defeating the Global Elite's COVID-19 Coup
Robert J. Burrowes | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-19
As many authors have documented, the global elite is conducting a coup to take complete control of our lives. It is doing this by using the 'virus' to terrorize the human population into believing that we will 'catch' Covid-19 if …
globalresearch.ca/defeating-global-elite…

Trump's War on the Post Office and the Census Bureau
Melvin Goodman | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-19
counterpunch.org/2020/08/19/trumps-war-o…

Disastrous US school openings lead to 2,500 infections across 44 states
wsws.org | 2020-08-19
Barring the independent mobilization of educators, parents and the broader working class to halt the reopening of schools, the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic will accelerate.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/19/scho…

Return to Sender: Amid National Outcry, Trump's Postmaster General Drops Plans to Gut USPS — For Now
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-08-19
After massive public outcry against cuts to mail service ahead of November's election, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has announced he will suspend changes to the U.S. Postal Service until after the election, when a record number of voters are expected to cast ballots by mail. President Trump has admitted he's working to undermine the USPS in order to make it harder to vote by mail in November. We speak with Lisa Graves, executive director of the policy research group True North Research, who says Louis DeJoy is "the most partisan person, in 100 years at least, to head…
www.democracynow.org/2020/8/19/usps_loui…

Saturday 8/22: Save the Post Office!
Berkeley Save the Post Office Committee | indybay.org | 2020-08-19
Downtown Berkeley Post Office steps | Allston & Milvia, Berkeley, CA…
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Postal Service Halts Some Changes Amid Outcry, Protests And Lawsuits
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-19
Facing mounting public pressure and a crush of state lawsuits, President Donald Trump's new postmaster general announced Tuesday he is halting some operational changes to mail delivery that critics blamed for widespread delays and warned could disrupt the November election. | Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said he would "suspend" several of his initiatives — including the removal of the distinctive blue mail boxes that prompted an outcry — until after the election "to avoid even the appearance of impact on election mail." | "We will deliver the nation's election mail on time," DeJoy said in a statemen…
popularresistance.org/postal-service-hal…

At North Carolina Colleges, 'Safe Jobs Save Lives'
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-19
The UNC-Chapel Hill administration's communications team finally acknowledged the spread of infection half an hour later and issued a campus alert. | The administrators had spent months fighting students, workers, local and state governments, the N.C. Department of Health, virtually every local community group — and the very concept of human dignity — to push forward an in-person reopening. | The University of North Carolina, a statewide system of 16 colleges and universities, wields considerable indirect power over the entire higher education sector in the state. This is reflected in the in-person op…
popularresistance.org/at-north-carolina-…

Open Letter To The Protesters In Belarus
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-19
What you can expect in Belarus after a more or less ‚Äûpeaceful revolution", you can certainly study in detail in almost all other countries in Eastern Europe. Get information about the liquidation of state enterprises, mass layoffs, collapse of collective farms and farms, mass exodus from the countryside and the death of villages in Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Poland … Compare the disintegration of the social infrastructure of Daycare centers, hospitals, old people's homes and the consequences for life expectancy, alcoholism and neglect …
popularresistance.org/open-letter-to-the…

Bill Clinton lectures Trump on 'taking responsibility' & proper Oval Office behavior while backing Biden's 2020 bid
rt.com | 2020-08-19
Former US president Bill Clinton took aim at the Trump administration's pandemic response in his speech to the Democratic convention, saying it has been "only chaos," while urging voters to send Joe Biden to the Oval Office. | "Denying, distracting and demeaning work great if you're trying to entertain or inflame, but in a real crisis, it collapses like a house of cards," Clinton said of President Donald Trump's handling of the ongoing health crisis. | At a time like this, the Oval Office should be a command center. Instead, it's a storm center. There's only chaos. Just one thing never changes — his deter…
rt.com/usa/498376-bill-clinton-endorses-…

Lithuania declares Lukashenko persona non grata ahead of EU sanctions on Belarus
rt.com | 2020-08-19
Lithuania has apparently decided not to wait for its European partners, which are still deliberating over their collective response to the protests in Belarus, and has imposed an entry ban against President Alexander Lukashenko. | Seemingly deciding to set an example to the rest of Europe, Vilnius raced to compile a blacklist of Belarusian officials in response to the ongoing protests in the neighboring nation, issuing it before the European Union had come up with a list of its own. | The move was announced by Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius, who said his country welcomed the EU's "determination"
rt.com/russia/498475-lithuania-sanctions…

Bolivian journalist explains the 'important victory' people have won against the coup government
Slava Zilber | thecanary.co | 2020-08-19
The Canary interviewed the journalist Ollie Vargas on 14 August about the recent developments in Bolivia. A US-backed coup forced out Bolivia's socialist and indigenous president Evo Morales in November 2019. Jeanine Añez took over as interim leade…
thecanary.co/feature/2020/08/19/bolivian…

Trump's Postmaster General claims he will halt attacks on vote by mail
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-08-19
WASHINGTON–Donald Trump's hand-picked Postmaster General, Louis DeJoy, claims he has backed down, for now, from his plan to wreck voting by mail. Nancy Pelosi wants to ensure he stays down and that he fixes the damage already done. And U.S. Postal Service unions and their supporters plan to hit the streets, twice, to hold him …
peoplesworld.org/article/trumps-postmast…

Iran's COVID-19 death toll passes 20,000
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-19
TEHRAN, Aug. 19 (MNA) — According to Iranian Health Ministry, the novel coronavirus claimed 153 lives in Iran in the past 24 hours, putting the total number of cases in the country at 20,125.
en.mehrnews.com/news/162487/Iran-s-COVID…

Podcast: COVID-19 vaccine trials latest and privacy in contact tracing
imperial.ac.uk | 2020-08-19
In this edition: Results of the COVID-19 vaccine animal trials and the latest news from the human trials, plus privacy in contact tracing apps.
imperial.ac.uk/news/202493/podcast-covid-19-vaccine-trials-latest-privacy

World Bank Says Bold Debt Relief Plans Needed to Confront COVID Crisis
Jubilee USA Network | indybay.org | 2020-08-19
World Bank President David Malpass called for debt cancellation for poor countries struggling with the coronavirus, in an interview he gave to The Guardian.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/08/19/1883598…

World Bank's Rating Obsession Will Negate Debt Justice
Patrick Bond — Dominic Brown | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-19
The international financial system's reliance upon credit ratings — usually based on dubious premises — needs urgent rethinking. The Covid-19 pandemic is just one of the catastrophes leaving many low-income countries — and soon middle-income countries — unable to service foreign debts. Yet, the World Bank and IMF continue squeezing poor countries on behalf of…
counterpunch.org/2020/08/19/world-banks-…

Philippines work on use of saliva for COVID-19 testing
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-19
Researchers in Philippines are working to see the possible use of saliva as a sample for coronavirus testing.Maria Rosario Vergeire, a health department official, said Wednesday Filipino researchers were working on the "method of collecting saliva samples for almost a month now," daily Phil Star reported.The archipelago nation Wednesday reported 4,650 new cases and 111 deaths due to the virus. The national death toll climbed to 2,795 after fresh fatalities, while the number of total infections hit 173,774."That is being studied by our lab experts' panel. We forwarded it to our laboratory experts' panel to study a…
yenisafak.com/en/world/philippines-work-…

Turkish | expert warns against | makeup | sharing due to Covid-19 risk
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-19
"It is certainly risky to share makeup under the current circumstances due to Covid-19. If a beauty product is used by several customers, it could linger on these products for 4 to 5 hours, resulting in potentially contracting the virus" Mehmet Ceyhan, a professor at Ankara-based Hacettepe University told Demirà∂ren News Agency, warning people before they visit beauty shops and salons.The Turkish expert pointed out that cosmetic products used, particularly those applied to the eyes and lips, pose a greater risk in spreading COVID-19."Communal makeup testers should not be used as we have to avoid sharing obje…
yenisafak.com/en/life/turkishexpert-warn…

Selected Articles: Halting Our Descent into Tyranny: Defeating the Global Elite's COVID-19 Coup
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-19
If you look to Global Research as a resource for information and understanding, to stay current on world events, or to experience honesty and transparency in your news coverage, please consider making a donation or becoming a member. Your …
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"A Disturbing Milestone": America's Top 12 Plutocrats Now Own $1 Trillion in Wealth
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-08-19
New figures from the Institute for Policy Studies show that, despite a pandemic that has stunted the economy for months, America's billionaire class is becoming richer than ever, adding nearly $700 billion to their fortune since the nationwide lockdown in March.
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The pandemic, technology, and remote work: the corporate push for greater control over workers' lives
Martin Hart-Landsberg | mronline.org | 2020-08-19
The U.S. economy is undergoing a major transformation largely driven by the coronavirus pandemic. One hallmark of that transformation is the explosion in what is called "remote" work.
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The Pandemic Stilled Human Activity. What Did this 'Anthropause' Mean for Wildlife?
Erik Stokstad | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-19
After the coronavirus pandemic exploded worldwide, Ari Friedlaender, a marine ecologist at the University of California (UC), Santa Cruz, had to abandon his fieldwork in Antarctica, where he was studying the effects of tourism and fishing on humpback whales. …
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Tenant Unions For The Future
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-19
Calls to rent strike have yet to cohere into a national political movement. But as the economic crisis deepens, tenants' fates will ultimately be decided by their level of collective organization. | With the arrival of the pandemic, staying home became emergency work for a failing state. Amid disastrous negligence at every level of government, one of the most ordinary facts of life in capitalism–rent–suddenly appeared clearly as an affront. "One section of society here demands a tribute from the other for the very right to live on the earth," Marx wrote of landlords. In the early spring, with state-le…
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Canada's Post-Pandemic Response
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-19
The antithesis to a vision of austerity and increased privatization is the set of principles endorsed by hundreds of community organizations and groups across Canada known collectively as a just recovery. The pandemic has shown how crucial investments in communities and public services can be to lift vulnerable folks out of poverty and contribute to stronger public health outcomes. | David Bleakney, a representative of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, argued that any stability felt during this crisis has been dependent on frontline labour, including healthcare workers, postal workers, or those on the front l…
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Britain to bring in mass testing for coronavirus
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-19
Britain is planning to bring in population-wide mass testing for coronavirus to help control the pandemic, said health minister Matt Hancock on Wednesday."This is a really, really important drive that we have across government to bring in mass testing, population-wide testing," Hancock told BBC radio."We'll ramp it up, certainly over the remainder of this year."
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What you need to know about the coronavirus right now
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-19
Here's what you need to know about the coronavirus right now: Trump campaign sues New Jersey over mail-in ballotsThe re-election campaign of U.S. President Donald Trump has sued New Jersey, following a decision on Friday by its Democratic governor, Phil Murphy, to mail a ballot to every voter in the state for November's elections, as well as hold in-person voting amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.The lawsuit filed described the step taken by Murphy as "illegal" and made two charges – first, that Murphy exercised power that belonged to the state legislature in changing the state's election law, and sec…
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Riot declared after Portland protesters set fire to county office that promotes 'cultural traditions and diversity' (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-08-19
Portland police have dispersed a crowd of protesters after a mob vandalized and torched a local government building that hosted Oregon's first same-sex marriage ceremony. | The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office said that demonstrators had "repeatedly smashed first floor windows with rocks and threw burning material" into the Multnomah County Building, which houses the county's Office of Community Involvement. Photographs show the outside of the building was vandalized with graffiti. | Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese said the destruction was "reprehensible" and "serves no legitimate purpose." | Office at Mu…
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Riot declared after Portland protesters set fire to county office that promotes 'cultural traditions and diversity' (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-08-19
Portland police have dispersed a crowd of protesters after a mob vandalized and torched a local government building that hosted Oregon's first same-sex marriage ceremony. | The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office said that demonstrators had "repeatedly smashed first floor windows with rocks and threw burning material" into the Multnomah County Building, which houses the county's Office of Community Involvement. Photographs show the outside of the building was vandalized with graffiti. | Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese said the destruction was "reprehensible" and "serves no legitimate purpose." | pic.twitter.
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Popular viral video firm sues Facebook over Russian propaganda label
Alan MacLeod | mronline.org | 2020-08-19
The company behind In The Now, Soapbox and Waste-Ed is taking on media giant Facebook, who it claims is falsely labeling it as Russian state-controlled propaganda.
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Oxfam: Saudis Carry Out Equivalent of One Attack Every Ten Days on Yemen's Medical and Water Facilities
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-08-19
According to a new Oxfam analysis, the Saudi Colation has carried out the equivalent of "one air raid every ten days during the conflict affecting hospitals, clinics, ambulances, water drills, tanks and trucks," since it began the war in 2015.
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Trump Is Losing the Tech War Against China
Dilip Hiro | thenation.com | 2020-08-19
Trump Is Losing the Tech War Against China…
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The Fake News About Iran & the Taliban Aims to Achieve Three Strategic Objectives
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-19
The CNN report earlier this week alleging that Iran paid bounties to the Taliban to kill US troops aims to reinforce the narrative that Tehran supports "terrorists", portray the country as an obstacle to peace in Afghanistan, and lastly prompt …
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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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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". Anya…
thegrayzone.com/2020/08/18/oliver-stone-…

'Green Frontier' and 'Wild District': Bolivarian vs. Bolsonarian revolution
Dennis Broe | peoplesworld.org | 2020-08-19
Two series from Colombia, Green Frontier and Wild District, both Netflix originals and both done by the same production house, Dynamo, stake out the left and right of Colombian politics. The iconography of the progressive series, Green Frontier, links it with a history of Latin American films dealing with the continent's Indigenous, a part of …
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"We Will Make Biden Do It": Economist Darrick Hamilton on Pushing the Next Admin to the Left
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-08-19
As Democrats coalesce around Joe Biden ahead of the November presidential election, we speak with economist Darrick Hamilton, a former Bernie Sanders supporter who took part in the Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force, about where the Democratic Party is headed on economic policy. Hamilton says that while Biden's policies are not as radical as the moment requires, he can be pushed by social movements. "We will make Biden do it," Hamilton says, quoting Franklin D. Roosevelt on the need for activists to pressure lawmakers. "But first and foremost, Donald Trump needs to get removed."
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Ady Barkan, Medicare for All Activist Dying from ALS, Urges Biden to Adopt Universal Healthcare
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-08-19
As the Democratic Party formally selected Joe Biden as its nominee for president at the virtual Democratic National Convention, one of those who joined in the call to elect him was activist Ady Barkan, who is paralyzed and unable to speak due to terminal ALS. Barkan is a leading advocate of Medicare for All and has publicly challenged Biden, who does not support Medicare for All. "We live in the richest country in history. And yet we do not guarantee this most basic human right. Everyone living in America should get the healthcare they need, regardless of their employment status or ability to pay," Barkan said, u…
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Sunrise Movement: Dems Must Address Climate Crisis as DNC Drops Pledge to End Fossil Fuel Subsidies
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-08-19
The Democratic National Committee has dropped a pledge to eliminate tax breaks and subsidies for the fossil fuel industry from its party platform, after a DNC spokesperson said the amendment was originally included in "error," despite both Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris supporting it on the campaign trail. Varshini Prakash, co-founder and executive director of the Sunrise Movement, says it is "disappointing to see" Democrats back away from the pledge, but adds that as long as social movements sustain pressure, "it will be a priority for the Biden administration, shoul…
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Dems Formally Nominate Joe Biden for President, as DNC Features Republicans & Sidelines Progressives
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-08-19
Joe Biden is the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, after he was formally picked by the party to challenge President Trump in November on the second night of the virtual Democratic National Convention. We feature highlights from the night, which featured speeches from 17 so-called rising stars in the Democratic Party, including voting rights activist Stacey Abrams, who unsuccessfully ran for Georgia governor in 2018, as well as Democratic heavyweights like former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. For a second night in a row, the DNC prominently featured the voices of Republicans and former Republicans…
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Keep It Real: "Circle in the Darkness: Memoirs of a World Watcher". Review of Diana Johnstone's Book
Rick Sterling | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-19
Diana Johnstone has written a compelling and insightful book. It is mostly a review and analysis of significant events from the past 55 years. It concludes with her assessment of different trends that are being debated on the Left today …
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Reuters (Unsurprisingly) Looks Away as Ecuador Tries to Outlaw Opposition Parties
Joe Emersberger | zcomm.org | 2020-08-19
Reuters routinely buries information that would badly damage the reputation of US allies in the Americas…
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You can't understand capitalism without race
Margaret Kimberley | mronline.org | 2020-08-19
The centrality of race in the devilment of capitalism continues to be resisted by "the sort of hardline, orthodox folks who only look at class, alongside the sort of liberals and so-called racial multiculturals who have the misconception that race no longer matters," said Charisse Burden-Stelly, professor of Africana Studies and Political Science at Carleton College.
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Congressional Candidates and Voters Sue to Stop Trump's Sabotage of USPS
Marjorie Cohn | zcomm.org | 2020-08-19
Trump's attacks on…
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Dalí and the Marx Brothers: The Mirror Scene that Crashed
John Kendall Hawkins | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-19
"If I held you any closer, I'd be on the other side of you." -Groucho Marx We could use some comic relief in these troubled times, and the times are always troubled. My grandfather used to say, "If you're not a little wacky today, there's something wrong with you." Some people look to mindfulness for…
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Dems nominate Biden with roll call featuring workers
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-08-19
MILWAUKEE–Delegates to the Democratic National Convention formally nominated Joe Biden for president on August 18 in a roll-call that spotlighted a wide variety of working-class people and causes in the U.S., just after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and universal health care activist Andy Barkan made their own dramatic presentations. An unofficial tally disclosed 3,605 votes …
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'Trump should thank her': AOC 'endorses' Bernie Sanders, but bends the knee to Biden
rt.com | 2020-08-19
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez angered some Democrats when she appeared to endorse Bernie Sanders at the Democratic National Convention. But her endorsement was a procedural one, and the establishment machine had the last laugh. | In a minute-long appearance at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday night, the New York congresswoman formally nominated Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders for the presidency of the United States. The nomination was a procedural one, as every candidate who has received more than 300 delegates during primary season must be nominated, and Sanders later transferred his delegates to the p…
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After explosion, imperialists pressure Lebanon; Iran, China send aid
Karin Leukefeld | workers.org | 2020-08-19
From jungewelt.de, Aug. 18. The author has been covering Syrian, Lebanon and Palestine for progressive German-language publications for decades. Translation by John Catalinotto. It was only last January — in response to the street protests — that the technocratic government of the engineer and former university professor Hassan Diab was . . . | Continue reading After explosion, imperialists pressure Lebanon; Iran, China send aid at Workers.org
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If we recognize Israel regime, we should give up Kashmir
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-19
TEHRAN, Aug. 19 (MNA) — PM Imran Khan says Pakistan will not recognize Israel regime until the Palestine issue is resolved and if recognizes it, Pakistan must then give up Kashmir as well, due to its similar background with Palestine.
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Needed: Indicators for Measuring Injustice and Societal Decay
Ralph Nader | zcomm.org | 2020-08-19
The more Americans know where their country is heading, the more they may just want to work for a better future by participating in or supporting the movements dedicated to turning our democracy around…
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Hands off Lebanon: Macron's Self-serving 'New Pact' Must Be Shunned
Ramzy Baroud | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-08-19
French President, Emmanuel Macron, is in no position to pontificate to Lebanon about the need for political and economic reforms. Just as thousands of Lebanese took to the streets of Beirut demanding "revenge" against the ruling classes, the French people have relentlessly been doing the same; both peoples have been met with police violence and …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/08/hands-off-leb…

Rania Khalek: 'Sadistic' U.S. Policy Sees Beirut Blast as Opportunity
Rania Khalek | thealtworld.com | 2020-08-19
Rania Khalek explains that a corrupt neoliberal government is responsible for the catastrophe in Beirut and how Western powers are deepening the crisis with "monstrous" sanctions that block trade with neighboring Syria.
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Dedicated activists help La Riva 2020 win ballot access in Arkansas
LaRiva2020 | liberationnews.org | 2020-08-19
The following report, with minor edits, is re-posted from LaRiva2020.org. After weeks of sacrifice from committed petitioners, the La Riva 2020 Campaign has achieved ballot status in the state of Arkansas. This became the ninth state that socialists Gloria La Riva and Sunil Freeman achieved ballot access in for the presidential election this November. At …
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Video: Rain of Rockets Hits US Forces in Iraq. Israeli-UAE Peace Deal Crumbles Days after Its Announcement
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-19
As it was expected, the 'historic' UAE-Israeli peace deal did not contribute to the stability in the Middle East. Instead, the situation has been slowly, but steadily moving towards a larger confrontation in the region. | Immediately after the announcement of …
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Video: US-led Coalition Struck Syrian Army Checkpoint after US Patrol Was Blocked in Northeastern Syria
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-19
For the first time in about a year, Syrian pro-government forces and the US-led coalition found itself engaged in what seems to be direct clashes near the village of Tal al-Dhahab in northeastern Syria. | Syrian sources said that on August …
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The Supreme Court Dropped The Ball On The Right To Protest
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-19
In recent months, US cities have seen widespread protests denouncing police brutality against unarmed Black people. Local and national law enforcement agencies, responding to crowds of unprecedented size and scale, relied on methods that were equally unprecedented. For more than 30 years, the Supreme Court has failed to take up a freedom-of-assembly case. As a result, this fundamental constitutional right is in sore need of an update, such as a ruling that would protect protesters from the unduly harsh police response that has become all too common as a response to demonstrations in recent years. | The First Amen…
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Never Surrender in Portland, Oregon
Mike Hastie | zcomm.org | 2020-08-19
These young people have their entire lives ahead of them, and they see a grim future, and that is why they are so fucking angry…
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Defecting From Trump's GOP
Nick Licata | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-19
Rick Wilson has worked to elect Republicans for thirty years, but he will "no longer use those skills to serve the party I once loved. That party is gone." He has not become a Democrat, but he is adamantly anti-Trump. His book, Running Against the Devil; A Plot to Save America From Trump and Democratsfrom…
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As courts re-open, Britain's renters must confront the power of landlords
Jacob Stringer | zcomm.org | 2020-08-19
"Alas, many middle class people are now invested in this relationship of domination."
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Shadow Gate Documentary
The Alternative World | thealtworld.com | 2020-08-19
This documentary is about the private national security state that rules us with false news and controlled explanations. It relies on whistleblowers from within the organization. It describes how it was used with Russiagate and Impeachgate against Trump. | Reportedly, the journalist Millie Weaver was arrested at home in Ohio yesterday as she was about to release the documentary. | There is a full press attempt underway to keep the documentary from the public. Youtube lied that the documentary violated their policy on hate speech. There is no hate in the documentary. | Perhaps anticipating such, she had already se…
thealtworld.com/thealtworld/shadow-gate-…

From Empire Back to Republic? Toward the Restoration of the American Republic. Towards A National Anti-Imperalist Consensus?
Prof. Charles McKelvey | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-19
In the 2010 book American Empire Before the Fall, Bruce Fein maintains that beginning with the notion of Manifest Destiny and the launching of war against Mexico in 1846, and culminating in the endless wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the …
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Several injured and 77 detained as police attack protest rally in Sudan
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-19
A rally on the anniversary of the ratification of the Constitutional Declaration in Sudan was attacked by the police on Monday. Protesters asked the govt. to set up the legislative council and and solve the economic crisis…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/08/19/several-i…

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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Whose Century Is It?
Dilip Hiro | zcomm.org | 2020-08-19
Don't Ask Donald Trump…
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En honor a las Ligas Nacionales Negras: Solo la pelota era blanca
Gloria Rubac | workers.org | 2020-08-19
El gran Satchel Paige Este año, 2020, es el centenario de las Ligas Nacionales Negras. No la Liga Nacional de Grandes Ligas, sino las Ligas Nacionales Negras. Me gustaría que conocieras a algunos de mis héroes: Cool Papa, Peach Head, Double Duty, Satch, Buck y Peanut. Incluso si eres un . . . | Continue reading En honor a las Ligas Nacionales Negras: Solo la pelota era blanca at Workers.org
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Ten Years of Planetary Movement for Mother Earth!
Prof. Claudia von Werlhof | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-19
The article below is only an excerpt, you may download full document at the link provided at the bottom. | Introduction | Within 10 years we have reached a point at which we can say: We have done our best to get …
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UAE- Israel 'peace' deal is a dagger aimed at Palestinians
Joyce Chediac | liberationnews.org | 2020-08-19
By Joyce Chediac On Aug 13, Israel and the United Arab Emirates agreed to end decades of hostility and normalize relations. The agreement was brokered by, and announced by President Trump, who called it, "a significant step towards building a more peaceful, secure and prosperous Middle East." Nothing could be further from the truth. This …
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Among this Week's Victims of Israeli State Violence: A Disabled Elderly Palestinian Man
Kathryn Shihadah | mintpressnews.com | 2020-08-19
The week is not yet over but already Palestinians multiple Palestinian families are making funeral arrangements and planning hospital visits. The following are three stories — one death and two injuries. Each story raises many questions, more than there is space to fully answer, but there remains a benefit in asking. | A sixty-year-old disabled man is shot: | On Monday, a sixty-year-old Palestinian man approached an Israeli checkpoint on foot, not in the pedestrian section, but in the area of the checkpoint designated for vehicles. Israeli guards shouted at him to stop, but he kept walking "suspicio…
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Unemployment forum: "Bosses will throw you away" when they're done with you
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-08-19
CHICAGO–"You're only part of the machine the bosses need, and once you're done, they'll throw you away," Kooper Caraway, president of the Sioux Falls, S.D., Central Labor Council, told an online Unemployed Town Hall Forum on Aug. 16. That's what bosses tried to do to workers at the big Smithfield pork processing plant in his …
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On Capital Punishment
Paul Edwards | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-19
There's no ambiguity in the term: capital punishment is killing, carried out by an entity commonly, but not exclusively, judicially empowered. It refers only to the killing of persons, of course. Doesn't it? In this uniquely terrible time in America, when there is such fathomless confusion and desperation, such vitriolic, violent and conflicted fury in the adversarial…
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The Hariri Assassination Verdict. The Geopolitical Implications
Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-19
On February 14, 2005, an explosion rocked Beirut killing and injuring hundred of people chief among them the former Prime Minister of Lebanon, Rafik al-Hariri. The West was quick to blame Hezbollah and Syria. In 2006, Israel and its …
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Chief Defendant in Rafik Hariri Killing Convicted on All Counts by UN-backed Tribunal
Middle East Eye | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-19
The UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) on Tuesday found Salim Jamil Ayyash guilty of conspiracy to kill former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri and 21 others in a 2005 bombing. | There was insufficient evidence against three other men charged …
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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…
fightbacknews.org/2020/8/18/tampa-demand…

US postmaster general reverses changes made until election, after widespread criticism
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-19
Louis Dejoy, US postmaster general, has been criticized of electoral manipulation as many operational changes were set to delay the delivery of millions of postal ballots…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/08/19/us-postma…

Costa Rica: Tras una década de la 'arrastrada' de pueblos indígenas
Prensa Latina | peoplesworld.org | 2020-08-19
SAN JOSÉ (Prensa Latina) — Los pueblos indígenas de Costa Rica mantienen la lucha de recuperación por la vía de hecho, de sus territorios ancestrales, ante la inacción del Estado, tras una década de que fueran 'arrastrados' de la Asamblea Legislativa. Luego de cumplirse el 9 de agosto el décimo aniversario de ese suceso, conocido …
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For the Congress To Find Credence Again, Its Democratic Renewal Is Imperative
Badri Raina | zcomm.org | 2020-08-19
The party must recall that it was from such open and fiercely articulated internal debates that the Nehruvian line found its primacy…
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Today is the anniversary of the US organizing a coup in Iran
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-08-19
CIA documents offers key details on how the U.S. and Britain overthrew Iran's democratic government in 1953, says the National Security Archives' Malcolm Byrne…
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America Has Never Experienced a Heatwave Quite Like this
Michael Snyder | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-19
Every summer is hot, and every summer there are heatwaves, but what we are witnessing in 2020 is rewriting all of the rules. It has been blistering hot across the Southwest, and record after record is being broken. In a …
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Le Kha Phieu °presente!
Paddy Colligan | workers.org | 2020-08-19
On Aug. 7, another of the heroic and determined generation of revolutionaries who guided Vietnam's liberation movement passed away. Le Kha Phieu was born in 1931 in Thanh Hoa province in the northern part of Vietnam (then French Indochina). At 15, he joined the revolutionary struggle to gain independence from . . . | Continue reading Le Kha Phieu °presente! at Workers.org
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The Global Research Newsletter Is Back!
The Global Research Team | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-19
Dear Readers, | We are happy to announce that we have launched The Global Research Newsletter in its new format. This change was required for technical reasons. We apologize for the interruption in our daily send-out and thank you for your …
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Mayor Keller's Killer Cops: An Assessment of Court-Ordered Police Reform in Albuquerque
KJSKDC | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-19
Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller says the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) is making progress at police reform, but you can't ask Albuquerque residents Ken Reiss and Jose Vallejos what they think about Keller's claims. APD officers killed them last week. Reiss, the co-owner of a beloved college-area dive bar in Albuquerque, wore a tattered ball cap…
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Lebanon: Pearl on the New Silk Road or Zone of Dark Age Chaos
Matthew Ehret-Kump | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-19
Many voices have been quick to enter the chorus of commentators hypothesizing the manifold possible causes of the devastating explosions which occurred on the afternoon of August 4 in Beirut which has led to mass anarchy and the surprising resignation …
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President of Mali resigns following military take over
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-19
The coup was in response to the protests going on for the last few months in the country demanding the resignation of the president, widespread reforms and the expulsion of French troops from the country…
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Washington on religious freedom–230 years ago
Rob Boston | peoplesworld.org | 2020-08-19
On the morning of Aug. 15, 1790, President George Washington and a small group of government officials boarded a boat in New York City, the first capital of the fledgling United States. Two days later, they arrived in Newport, R.I. Just one year into his first term as president, Washington was on something of a …
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Coalition to March on the DNC joins march against Trump in Oshkosh, WI
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-08-19
Oshkosh, WI – On the afternoon of August 17, a large crowd of people marched and rallied to protest the arrival of President Donald Trump at Wittman Airport. Answering the call put forth by a handful of organizations, most of whom are members of the Coalition to March on the Democratic National Convention, over 120 people gathered in the parking lot of the Lake Aire Shopping Center, just a half mile from where Trump spoke. | Despite releasing information on road closures earlier in the day with different information, the police on hand changed which roads were closed and where. This threw a wrench into the plan f…
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Trump's suggestion of a pardon for Edward Snowden meets US intelligence community backlash
wsws.org | 2020-08-19
Democrats and Republicans with close ties to the intelligence agencies have launched a campaign of opposition after the president said he would look into the case of the former NSA contractor who exposed illegal mass surveillance.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/19/snow…

"In Buenos Aires, there is no political will to address problems that we, the women, face," says Ofelia Fernández
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-19
The Buenos Aires legislator and women's rights activist, Ofelia Fernández, expressed about the need to create a Ministry of Gender, Women and Diversity in the city of Buenos Aires…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/08/19/in-buenos…

Coalition to March on the DNC joins march against Trump in Oshkosh, WI
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-08-19
Oshkosh, WI – On the afternoon of August 17, a large crowd of people marched and rallied to protest the arrival of President Donald Trump at Wittman Airport. Answering the call put forth by a handful of organizations, most of whom are members of the Coalition to March on the Democratic National Convention, over 120 people gathered in the parking lot of the Lake Aire Shopping Center, just a half mile from where Trump spoke. | Despite releasing information on road closures earlier in the day with different information, the police on hand changed which roads were closed and where. This threw a wrench into the plan f…
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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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The Verdict Is Out, and a New Investigation Is Beginning in Beirut
Steven Sahiounie | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-19
The verdict was finally delivered Aug. 18 by presiding Judge David Re, of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), based near The Hague in The Netherlands. The trial, which began in 2014 and cost about $1 billion, found …
globalresearch.ca/verdict-out-new-invest…

Trumka: Dems 'have to pay attention to working people' to win
PAI | peoplesworld.org | 2020-08-19
As they head into the homestretch of the 2020 campaign, national Democrats "have to pay attention to working people" to win this fall, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says. And presidential nominee Joe Biden, who was formally approved by the party's virtual convention roll call on August 18 "gets it," he declares. "He's always been a …
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Analysis of Vaccine, Censorship Claims Another Victim: Honest-Journalism Giant, Del Bigtree's "The Highwire"
Robert F. Kennedy Jr | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-19
On July 29, YouTube terminated Del Bigtree's "The Highwire" account after he posted a video of Del and me discussing my debate with Alan Dershowitz on vaccine mandates. YouTube also purged hundreds of other truthful videos on vaccines. | YouTube's …
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Why do we need to Transform Economics, and how do we do it?
Jayati Ghosh | mronline.org | 2020-08-19
First, a lot of it is simply wrong: that is, it is misleading about how economies work and the implications of economic policies and processes. For decades now, a significant and powerful lobby within the discipline has peddled half-truths and absolute falsehoods on many critical issues.
mronline.org/2020/08/19/why-do-we-need-t…

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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The Contours of Atlanta's Policing Debate
George Chidi | zcomm.org | 2020-08-19
Why most of the city's Black council members shot down a proposal to defund the police…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-contours-of-at…

This Op-Ed Can Get Us Arrested in the Philippines
Menchie Caliboso and Vanessa Acosta | zcomm.org | 2020-08-19
What if state officials targeted people who shared an Instagram post criticizing the government for criminalizing the poor and not providing mass testing or economic relief?
zcomm.org/znetarticle/this-op-ed-can-get…

China vs. America, Whose Century Is It? Don't Ask Donald Trump: "The Invisible Chinese Virus"
Dilip Hiro | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-19
For the Trump administration's senior officials, it's been open season on bashing China. If you need an example, think of the president's blame game about " the invisible Chinese virus" as it spreads wildly across the U.S. | When it …
globalresearch.ca/whose-century-dont-ask…

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…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/8/18/tampa-de…

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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The Great Election Fraud: Will Our Freedoms Survive Another Election?
John W. Whitehead | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-08-19
Never has our future been more unpredictable, never have we depended so much on political forces that cannot be trusted to follow the rules of common sense and self-interest–forces that look like sheer insanity, if judged by the standards of other centuries. ‚Äï Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism, 1951 And so it begins again, …
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The Great Election Fraud: Will Our Freedoms Survive Another Election?
John W. Whitehead | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-19
globalresearch.ca/great-election-fraud/5…

Will Biden do enough to fight the climate crisis?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-08-19
Biden has a climate plan. It's good–but does it go far enough?
therealnews.com/stories/biden-enough-to-…

Understand the circumstances in which abortion is legal in Brazil
Brasil de Fato | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-19
The case of the 10 year old who became pregnant after being abused by her uncle, has intensified the debate about abortion over the past weekend. However, the subject surfaces with very outdated issues being discussed in relation to what feminist movements in Brazil consider urgent. | While human rights organizations have been trying for decades to consolidate the notion that abortion is exclusively a woman's choice, religious fundamentalists contes…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/08/19/understan…

New Normal? Better Normal! Economic and Social Impacts of Lockdown. Director-General of the ILO
Guy Ryder | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-19
In these times of New Normal? Better Normal! Economic and Social Impacts of Lockdown. Director-General of the ILO appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/new-normal-better-norm…

Saudi Arabia Is Just An Honest America: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix
Caitlin Johnstone | thealtworld.com | 2020-08-19
~ | Look at Yemen with fresh eyes and it will haunt your dreams and fill you with mountain-moving rage. | That's why people don't. | That's why people should. | ~ | Steal from the wealthy and give a bit to your friend and they'll call you a thief. Steal from the working class and give a bit to agendas you approve of and they'll call you a philanthropist. | ~ | Placing yourself in the ideological center between two corporatist warmongering parties doesn't make you a centrist, it makes you a corporatist warmonger. | ~ | Watching liberals fake enthusiasm for Biden/Harris is like watching women fake enthusiasm in rea…
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Intelligence forces dismantle big ammunition smuggling gang
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-19
TEHRAN, Aug. 19 (MNA) — Iran's Intelligence forces have identified and dismantled a big arms and ammunition smuggling band in Alborz Province.
en.mehrnews.com/news/162492/Intelligence…

VIDEO: Dusting ceremony of Imam Hussein (PBUH) Mausoleum
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-19
TEHRAN, Aug. 19 (MNA) — The Holy Dome of Mausoleum of Third Infallible Imam of Household of Holy Prophet, Imam Hussein (PBUH) was dusted by the servants on the eve of mourning Month of Muharram in Karbala on Wed.
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Zarif felicitates new Omani counterpart on appointment
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-19
TEHRAN, Aug. 19 (MNA) — In a Wednesday tweet in Arabic, Iranian FM Zarif congratulated his new Omani counterpart Sayyid Badr bin Hamad bin Hamood AlBusaidi on his appointment.
en.mehrnews.com/news/162488/Zarif-felici…

Zarif, Atmar discuss Afghan peace talks on phone
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-19
TEHRAN, Aug. 19 (MNA) — In a telephone conversation, Iranian FM Zarif and the Caretaker of the Afghan Foreign Ministry Mohammad Hanif Atmar conferred on Afghan peace talks.
en.mehrnews.com/news/162484/Zarif-Atmar-…

Khaf-Herat Railway to go on stream in Unity Week this year
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-19
TEHRAN, Aug. 19 (MNA) — An official at the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development revealed that Khaf-Herat Railway project would become operational during the Unity Week which falls on Nov. 9-16, 2020.
en.mehrnews.com/news/162481/Khaf-Herat-R…

Iran remains main supporter of Resistance against Zionists
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-19
TEHRAN, Aug. 19 (MNA) — Condemning the UAE' tie normalization with the usurping Zionist Regime, the representative of Islamic Jihad in Lebanon called Iran as the main supporter of Resistance Front in the fight against the Zionists in the region.
en.mehrnews.com/news/162482/Iran-remains…

Heart muscles sketched by da Vinci play vital role in heart function
imperial.ac.uk | 2020-08-19
Structures first sketched by artist Leonardo da Vinci are crucial in understanding how the heart works, according to researchers.
imperial.ac.uk/news/202513/heart-muscles-sketched-vinci-play-vital

Sunday 8/30: Amerikkka Is Burning Ball
The Peoples Oakland Pride | indybay.org | 2020-08-19
LAKE MERRITT AMPHITHEATER…
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Friday 8/28: Exhibition Opening: Community is Collective Care
SCMAH | indybay.org | 2020-08-19
Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History | 705 Front St, Santa Cruz…
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65% of California homes are single family homes
zrants | indybay.org | 2020-08-19
Fighting single family homes is like fighting…
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Tuesday 8/18: #AndStillIVote: Engaging & Supporting the Youth Vote in America
LCCHR | indybay.org | 2020-08-19
Online via livestream…
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Monday 8/24: Create a Just & Green Economic Recovery with Pat Showalter & Justine Burt
Debbie Mytels | indybay.org | 2020-08-19
On line. Link will be given upon registration.
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California Moves to Protect Declining Leatherback Sea Turtles
Center for Biological Diversity | indybay.org | 2020-08-19
Prehistoric Reptiles Threatened by Fishing…
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Wednesday 8/19: We Mean Abolition: March in Santa Cruz
We Mean Abolition | indybay.org | 2020-08-19
Clock Tower, Mission and Pacific, Santa Cruz…
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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 | 2020-08-19
San Francisco City Hall | Polk & McAllister | San Francisco…
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Upcoming 9/11 Truth Events and Actions
Carol Brouillet | indybay.org | 2020-08-19
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: On Common Ground: Para Nosotros, Por Nosotros August 20, 2020
KQED | indybay.org | 2020-08-19
Online/Virtual Event…
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Saturday 9/26: 2020 Yosemite National Park ~ CA Buffalo Soldier Celebrations
Khubaka, Michael Harris | indybay.org | 2020-08-19
Yosemite Valley…
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Climate Activists Are Closer Than Ever To Ending All Fossil Fuel Investments
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-19
When New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli announced last month that the state would divest its over $200 billion Common Retirement Fund from more than 20 coal companies, it marked an important milestone for a grassroots campaign that has seen a recent burst of new momentum. In an op-ed published on July 12, DiNapoli stated, "After a thorough assessment, the fund has divested from 22 thermal coal mining companies that are not prepared to thrive, or even survive, in the low-carbon economy." | This victory is thanks to a near decade-long effort by activists who have been pressuring New York to divest from the…
popularresistance.org/climate-activists-…

Lebanon: The Top Ten Myths About The Country And Its Conflicts
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-19
Plenty of folks finally know the CIA-Soviet-Afghan thread of that backstory; fewer are familiar with the Lebanese layer. They should be. After all, an impressionable young Saudi named bin Laden tuned in to America's dastardly dalliances there in the 1980s, and vowed revenge. | Then as now, the US was hardly alone among the opportunist foreign vultures who've picked the Lebanese carcass throughout its centenary existence. However, Americans — those most confidently uninformed and incurious of peoples — keep proving those repeatedly-wrong-on-the-Mid-East New York Times editors right: Lebanon does remain…
popularresistance.org/lebanon-the-top-te…

The Basic Case For A Wealth Tax
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-19
Changes in tax policy since 1980 have been driving U.S. inequality to levels not seen since the original Gilded Age. Reversing that trajectory — and restoring a more egalitarian society — will require a complete overhaul of the changes in tax policy we've seen over the past four decades. | Taxes as a share of national income have now been remarkably stable for 40 years. Total federal tax revenue last year stood at 17 percent, about the average for the last half-century. Income taxes, meanwhile, have stayed steady at 8 percent of the economy. According to Saez and Zucman, a 10 percent tax rate on wealt…
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$16.5M Settlement Reached In Class-Action Lawsuit Over Mass Arrests
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-19
A $16.5-million settlement has been reached in a class-action lawsuit over mass arrests at the 2010 G20 summit. | The agreement comes after 10 years of court proceedings and negotiations between the Toronto Police Services Board and representatives for about 1,100 people who were arrested during the summit. | Under the settlement, those arrested will each be entitled to compensation between $5,000 and $24,700, depending on their experiences. | The deal also includes a public acknowledgment by police regarding the mass arrests and the conditions in which protestors where detained, as well as a commitment to changi…
popularresistance.org/16-5m-settlement-r…

Prohibited activity: US Army investigating soldiers in viral DNC 'hostage situation' video
rt.com | 2020-08-19
First they were mocked online for posing in a bizarre "hostage-taking" scene. Now they're being investigated for taking part in a political event in uniform. The soldiers who appeared in a Democratic video can't catch a break. | As the Democratic National Convention voted on Tuesday to confirm Joe Biden as its presidential candidate, delegates appeared by video link to cast their votes for the former vice president. One such stream, from American Samoa, drew ridicule, as the territory's top Democrats appeared flanked by a pair of masked soldiers in a scene reminiscent of a ransom video. | Also on rt.com
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American Samoa 'hostage situation' & Rhode Island 'calamari ninja': Twitter loses it over DNC's virtual roll call
rt.com | 2020-08-19
As the Democratic Party moved to nominate Joe Biden, viewers watching at home were somewhat distracted, infatuated with Rhode Island's calamari-wielding "ninja" and a bizarre "hostage-taking" scene in American Samoa. | The party's national convention pushed into its second night on Tuesday, seeing Biden officially elevated as the Democrats' 2020 presidential candidate alongside running mate Kamala Harris. During the roll call vote prior to the nomination, however, spectators couldn't help but notice that delegates in American Samoa, a US territory, were flanked by a pair of uniformed soldiers, giving the appea…
rt.com/usa/498378-democratic-nomination-…

FBI slammed after tweeting out ZION PROTOCOLS, history's most notorious Anti-Semitic pamphlet
rt.com | 2020-08-19
A FBI Twitter account has raised eyebrows after linking to the 'Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion,' a century-old virulently anti-Jewish pamphlet, without any comment or context. | The FBI Records Vault tweets out documents from the bureau's archives. On Wednesday afternoon, it sent out a link to a PDF copy of the Protocols, using a program called GovTweetManager. | | A copy of the notorious pamphlet had previously been published on the FBI's archive website, vault.fbi.gov. | Thousands of people liked…
rt.com/usa/498466-fbi-protocols-zion-sca…

Portland police identify suspect in BRUTAL assault by BLM mob (DISTURBING VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-08-19
Portland police are searching for a Black Lives Matter protester who took a running kick at the head of a defenseless man, knocking him out after a group dragged the victim from his truck and made him sit in the street. | …
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Facebook purges & restricts THOUSANDS of QAnon accounts — plus antifa & militia — stretching definition of 'dangerous individuals'
rt.com | 2020-08-19
Facebook has removed thousands of groups and pages related to the QAnon conspiracy after expanding its concept of 'dangerous individuals' to include those who merely 'celebrate violent acts.' Streisand effect, meet slippery slope. | The social media behemoth announced a sweeping crackdown on militia groups, "offline anarchist groups that support violent act amidst protests" (i.e. antifa), and the pro-Trump psy-op QAnon in a blog post on Wednesday. | Explaining that groups that "hav…
rt.com/usa/498472-facebook-purges-qanon-…

'Is that a bad thing?' Trump says he opposes 'satanic pedophiles' when asked about QAnon
rt.com | 2020-08-19
Saying he didn't know much about the QAnon movement, aside from the fact they liked him, US President Donald Trump added that opposing a satanic pedophile conspiracy — as they seem to think he's doing — wouldn't be wrong. | "I don't know anything about them, except they seem to like me," Trump said during the Wednesday evening press conference at the White House, when asked about QAnon. When told they seem to believe he is saving the world from a conspiracy of satanic pedophiles and cannibals, Trump responded, "is that supposed to be a bad thing?" | REPORTER: QAnon believes you are secretly saving…
rt.com/usa/498473-trump-qanon-satanic-pe…

UK journalism org unveils 'defense & security' award sponsored by killer drone manufacturer Northrop Grumman
rt.com | 2020-08-19
Military contractor Northrop Grumman is sponsoring an award for best "aerospace, defense and security" journalism at PressGazette's British Journalism Awards, a crude act of public relations that doesn't seem to faze the media. | UK journalism organization Press Gazette has announced a pair of new categories for 2020's British Journalism Awards: "anti-corruption journalism," sponsored by human rights NGO Global Witness, and "aerospace, defense and security," sponsored by Northrop — a company one might charitably call the polar opposite of a human rights NGO. | This year's "British Journalism Awards" by
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Joe Biden officially nominated as Democratic presidential candidate
rt.com | 2020-08-19
Joe Biden has clinched the Democratic Party's presidential nomination, becoming the official 2020 pick alongside running mate Kamala Harris after emerging from a crowded primary field. | Though Biden was the only Democratic candidate left in the running after facing off with early rivals during the primary, he formally seized the nomination on the second night of the party's national convention on Tuesday, selected in a virtual roll call vote by delegations from 57 states and territories. | "Thank you very, very much from the bottom of my heart. It means the world to me and my family, and I'll see you on Thurs…
rt.com/usa/498377-democrats-officially-n…

'Low Bar 2020': Twitter users roll their eyes at Biden saying that ALL Latino kids speak Spanish
rt.com | 2020-08-19
Democratic nominee for US president Joe Biden appeared to have said that all Latino kids speak Spanish during his speech about the community's importance. It provoked online outrage, both about the comment and the MSM silence. | Biden made the provocative statement during a virtual forum organized by Voto Latino — an organization that encourages young Latino voters to register to cast their ballot. | "Latinos are among the fastest-growing populations in the United States," Biden told American composer Lin-Manuel Miranda on Tuesday…
rt.com/usa/498424-low-bar-2020-biden/

Trump demands full restoration of UN sanctions on Iran, as Pompeo warns Russia & China not to meddle
rt.com | 2020-08-19
US President Donald Trump said the State Department will soon attempt to trigger a "snapback" of UN sanctions on Iran, as the top American diplomat threatened consequences for Moscow and Beijing if they try to block the effort. | "Today I'm directing the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to notify the United Nations Security Council that the United States intends to restore virtually all of the United Nations sanctions on Iran — it's a snap back, not uncommon," Trump told reporters during a White House press conference on Wednesday. | When the United States entered into the Iran deal, it was clear the United…
rt.com/news/498477-trump-pompeo-iran-un-…

US won't execute ISIS 'Beatles', if UK helps prosecute them – AG Barr
rt.com | 2020-08-19
US Attorney General WIlliam Barr has promised not to execute a group of Islamic State terror suspects dubbed 'The Beatles,' as long as the UK helps with their prosecution. If the UK refuses, the suspects will likely face death. | In a letter to UK Home Secretary Priti Patel on Tuesday, Barr requested that London transfer information on the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) suspects to the US before October 15, stating that "further delay is an injustice to the families of the victims." | Barr and his predecessor,…
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Blue-Collar Workers Have No 'Friends' in Power
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2020-08-19
A recent CNN opinion piece broke down the many ways in which Trump is not living up to his promises to support working class America. The article titled " If you're a blue-collar worker, Trump is not your friend" has some great arguments based on facts/statistics, but there is one critical flaw, the fact that the President, regardless of party, is simply incapable of being the "friend" of the laboring masses of the United States. The reason why the average person seems last in line…
strategic-culture.org/news/2020/08/19/bl…

Joe Biden nominated to take on Donald Trump
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-08-19
Democrats have formally nominated Joe Biden as their 2020 presidential nominee, as party officials and activists gave the former vice president their overwhelming support to take on Donald Trump. | The moment marked a political high point for Biden, who had sought the presidency twice before and is now cemented as the embodiment of Democrats' desperate desire to defeat Trump in autumn. | The roll call of convention delegates formalised what has been expected for months since Biden took the lead in the primary elections' chase for the nomination. | It came as he worked to demonstrate the breadth of his coalition f…
thecanary.co/us/us-news-us/2020/08/19/jo…

California governor declares state of emergency over wildfires
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-08-19
California governor Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency as major wildfires ravage the region.Fires burning across the state have been exacerbated by the unprecedented heatwave in the West Coast area, as well as sustained high winds.Firefighters at the scene near Carmel Valley, California (Nic Coury/AP) | By The Canary…
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Support for Scottish independence reaches record high of 55% in new poll
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-08-19
Support for Scottish independence has reached a record high of 55%, according to a new poll. | The latest research by Panelbase found the results of the 2014 independence referendum — when 55% of Scots voted to stay in the United Kingdom — were reversed. | Pro-independence organisation Business for Scotland commissioned the poll, with chief executive Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp hailing the results as a "huge landmark" showing the "writing is very definitely on the wall for the union". | 55% Yes will send shockwaves throughout the political world. There is no conclusion to draw from this new data other than…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2020/08/19/support-…

Hapless Hancock defends cabinet colleague Williamson over exam fiasco
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-08-19
Calls for education secretary Gavin Williamson to quit over the A-level grades fiasco are a distraction at a time when he is focused on getting children back to school next month, a Cabinet colleague has said.Health secretary Matt Hancock said all ministers are "trying to do their best" in unprecedented circumstances "and I know that is true of Gavin Williamson".Hancock also acknowledged calls to increase student places at medical schools and promised that the government is working on the problem.Williamson is under intense pressure after he was forced to abandon the algorithm-based system for awarding A-level an…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2020/08/19/hapless-…

Gender diversity in boardrooms improves financial performance, study suggests
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-08-19
Increasing gender diversity in boardrooms has a "positive and significant" effect on financial performance, according to a new study. | Companies with three or more female directors significantly outperformed those with less diverse boards, analysis of 12 years of data suggests. | Researchers from Glasgow Caledonian University and DeMontfort University in Leicester matched the performance of companies with their boardroom appointments as part of the first study to examine gender diversity and performance in the UK. | Increasing gender diversity in boardrooms has a "positive and significant" effect on the financia…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2020/08/19/gender-d…

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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First Black woman presidential candidate: The Communist Party's Charlene Mitchell
Charlene Mitchell | peoplesworld.org | 2020-08-19
The selection of Sen. Kamala Harris as the vice presidential candidate of the Democratic Party has made history, as she is the first Black woman to be nominated for that position on a major party ticket. But history was also made on July 4, 1968 when Charlene Mitchell was nominated for president of the United …
peoplesworld.org/article/first-black-wom…

Brent oil price down with halt in US-China trade talks
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-19
Oil prices eased on Wednesday after stagnant US economic stimulus talks, and with US President Donald Trump postponing US-China trade talks.International benchmark Brent crude was trading at $45.05 per barrel at 0614GMT for a 0.9% decrease after closing Tuesday at $45.46 a barrel.American benchmark West Texas Intermediate was at $42.56 per barrel at the same time, down 1.3% after ending the previous session at $43.12 a barrel.Trump on Tuesday said he postponed trade negotiations with China, commenting that he does not want to talk to China "right now."Scheduled talks between representatives from the US and China…
yenisafak.com/en/economy/brent-oil-price…

Mali: Coup leaders pledge 'credible' elections
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-19
Leaders of a military coup in Mali vowed to hold "credible" elections in a statement announced on national television on Wednesday.The coup leaders, who pushed President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to resign, have also announced the creation of the National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP) to oversee a political transition.The committee affirmed its intention to set up a civil political transition that will lead to elections "in a reasonable delay", according to a statement read on national television ORTM by Col.-Maj. Ismael Wague, spokesman for the CNSP.He also announced an intention to respect inter…
yenisafak.com/en/news/mali-coup-leaders-…

Syria's Idlib records first coronavirus death
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-19
The first coronavirus death in Syria's northwestern Idlib province was recorded, according to health officials. | "A female patient in her 80s died from the virus," the interim government's Health Minister, Maram al-Sheikh, said in a statement late Tuesday. | He indicated that the patient had suffered from a chronic kidney failure. | A total of 54 virus infections have been recorded in areas under the Syrian opposition, of which 46 recovered as of Wednesday.
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Russia reports 4,828 new coronavirus cases
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-19
Russia reported 4,828 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, pushing its nationwide tally to 937,321, the fourth largest in the world.Russia's coronavirus taskforce said 117 people had died over the last 24 hours, bringing its official death toll to 15,989.
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Dozens of Jewish settlers storm Al-Aqsa complex
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-19
Dozens of Jewish settlers forced their way into Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque complex on Wednesday, according to an official with the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf. "Ninety-eight Jewish settlers have entered the compound since the morning, accompanied by Israeli police," the official told Anadolu Agency.He said the settlers entered through the compound's al-Mugharbah Gate, while more settlers are expected to enter the complex during the day to perform their rituals.Al-Aqsa represents the world's third-holiest site for Muslims, while Jews refer to the area as the "Temple Mount," claiming it was the site of two Je…
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Philippines reports 4,650 new coronavirus cases, 111 additional deaths
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-19
The Philippine health ministry on Wednesday confirmed 4,650 new coronavirus infections and 111 additional deaths.In a bulletin, the ministry said total confirmed cases have risen to 173,774, the highest in Southeast Asia, while deaths have increased to 2,795.The government on Wednesday relaxed a strict lockdown in the capital and nearby provinces, allowing more business establishments to resume operations.
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Boris Johnson May Not Make It to Next Election, Expert Predicts
Jonathon Read | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-19
Boris Johnson may not fight the 2024 general election, and his heart might not be in staying the full term, an expert has suggested. | Professor Steven Fielding, a professor of political history at the University of Nottingham, explained: | "We're | …
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UK's Lead Role in 1953 Iran Coup d'etat Exposed
Al-Jazeera | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-19
A recently discovered transcript of an interview with a British intelligence officer who played a leading role in the 1953 coup that restored powers to the shah of Iran claims that Britain was the driving force behind the overthrow of …
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American Politics: Send in the Clowns for the Circus Is in Town
Edward Curtin | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-19
Don't bother, they're here, already performing in the center ring under the big top owned and operated by The Umbrella People. | Trump, Biden, Pence, Harris, and their clownish sidekicks, Pompeo, Michelle Obama, et al., are performing daily under the umbrella's …
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This Is What Dystopia Looks Like
Aaron Talley | thenation.com | 2020-08-19
This Is What Dystopia Looks Like…
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What Populism Is and Is Not
Edward Burmila | thenation.com | 2020-08-19
What Populism Is and Is Not…
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Democratic convention opens with appeal to right-wing Republican support
wsws.org | 2020-08-18
Bernie Sanders led the way in preaching political unity from "left" to right against Trump and for Biden.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/18/dems…

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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US House to Proceed With Saturday Vote on Postal Service Bill, Pelosi Says
sputniknews.com | 2020-08-18
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The US House of Representatives is set to vote on Saturday on a bill to provide multi-billion financial support to…
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Congressional Candidates and Voters Sue to Stop Trump's Sabotage of USPS
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-08-18
A lawsuit that promises to be one of many was filed yesterday to stop Donald Trump's sabotage of the mail leading up to the presidential election. | Mondaire Jones et al. v. U.S. Postal Service, Postmaster General, and Donald Trump was brought by Democratic candidates for national and state congressional seats, as well as voters who cast mail ballots to protect themselves against the COVID-19 pandemic. Several s…
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Still 'Miles to Go' to Ensure a Safe and Fair Election, Rights Groups Say After DeJoy Announces Suspension of Changes to Mail Operations
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-08-18
Civil rights advocates vowed to continue fighting to thwart any attempt by the Trump administration to sabotage to U.S. Postal Service and the 2020 general election on Tuesday, after Postmaster General Louis DeJoy announced he would "suspend" changes to post office operations. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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New Poll: Most Voters in Maine Believe Trump Is Intentionally Damaging the US Postal Service to Win Reelection
commondreams.org | 2020-08-18
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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…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/08/18/millions-…

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 …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/08/protect-the-v…

US Lawmakers Interrupt Summer Recess to Solve Postal Crisis
telesurenglish.net | 2020-08-18
The U.S. House of Representatives will interrupt its summer recess to solve the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) crisis amid President Donald Trump's threats to undermine the agency. | RELATED: | For Trump, Venezuela Intervention Serves 2020 Re-election Bid | "This week we will vote on a bill that would stimulate the U.S. economy as it will financially support…
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Democracy Initiative re: Today's Statement from Postmaster General Louis DeJoy on Operational Changes at U.S. Postal Service
commondreams.org | 2020-08-18
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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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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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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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A Dismantled Post Office Destroys More Than Mail Service
Patty Heyda | commondreams.org | 2020-08-18
The J.W. Westcott II is the country's only floating ZIP code. (Photo: cactuspinecone/flickr, CC BY) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/18/scho…

Workers Struggles: The Americas
wsws.org | 2020-08-18
Colombian Federation of Education Workers conducted a 48-hour strike August 12 and 13 against plans for a rotating reopening of the country's schools that teachers say is unsafe.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/18/wrkr…

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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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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Johnson government forced to retreat on A-level exam results
wsws.org | 2020-08-18
Even when their overriding goal was to proceed with school reopenings as smoothly as possible, government ministers and officials could not abandon their vicious class bias for a second.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/18/alev…

Australia's rising COVID-19 death toll: A ruling class crime
wsws.org | 2020-08-18
Fatalities in Victoria, which have increased from 20 to 351 in around six weeks, are the direct consequence of the pro-business "reopening" of the economy.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/18/auco…

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.
mronline.org/2020/08/18/will-there-ever-…

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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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…
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/18/bela…