Daily Archives: August 20, 2020

2020-08-20: News Headlines

Jesse Jackson (2020-08-20). Trump's Disgraceful Assault on the Post Office. counterpunch.org Lagging in the polls, Donald Trump has launched a campaign to discredit the upcoming election and disparage the United States Postal Service. He's repeated the utterly baseless claim that voting by mail — the safest way to vote in a pandemic — will lead to massive fraud. He's opposed aid to states that would help

WSWS (2020-08-20). COVID-19 cases surge on college campuses as Yale administrator warns students to prepare for deaths. wsws.org Despite overwhelming scientific evidence and the most recent experiences of school like UNC-Chapel Hill and Notre Dame, many schools are still pushing forward with reopening plans.

Eds. (2020-08-20). Bolivia's right-wing coup government is facing resistance. mronline.org On 28 July, tens of thousands took to the streets of El Alto, the predominantly working-class and Indigenous city that overlooks La Paz, in a mobilisation called by the Bolivian Workers Centre (Central Obrera Boliviana, or COB), the country's chief trade union federation, together with other worker, peasant and Indigenous organisations (gathered under the title …

Andrew Korybko (2020-08-20). The Belarusian Labor Strike Movement Could Bring Down Lukashenko. globalresearch.ca Belarus' disproportionate budgetary dependence on five big businesses makes it extremely vulnerable to economic destabilization if the tiny percentage of the country's population employed in those companies join in the nationwide labor strike movement to remove Lukashenko. | "The Economic Factor …

Andrew Korybko (2020-08-20). The Geopolitics Of The Belarusian Crisis: Anti-Russian, Neutral To China, Pro-Polish. thealtworld.com The Belarusian Crisis is an American Hybrid War against Russian interests in support of Poland's US-backed regional ones related to the "Three Seas Initiative", which won't harm China's interests even in the worst-case scenario despite Beijing's plans for the Eurasian Land Bridge to transit through the Color Revolution-beleaguered former Soviet Republic since the People's Republic has already pioneered several complementary East-West corridors that it could rely on instead. | Geopolitical Basics | The "

Anthony Hall (2020-08-20). Was COVID-19 a Cover for an Anticipated or Planned Financial Crisis? globalresearch.ca A major sign of financial distress in the US economy kicked in in mid-September of 2019 when there was a breakdown in the normal operation of the Repo Market. This repurchase market in the United States is important in …

Damian Carrington (2020-08-20). Covid-19 lockdown demonstrates how economy-wide transformation can halt climate change. nationofchange.org The blip in emissions will not have a longterm impact unless we invest in sustainable solutions on a grand scale.

Judge Andrew P. Napolitano (2020-08-20). All Spying All the Time: The Insatiable Appetite of the US Government to Spy on Everyone in America. globalresearch.ca During this summer of madness in Portland, Oregon, and sadness over COVID-19, two below-the-radar events occurred implicating the insatiable appetite of the United States government to spy on everyone in America. Regular readers of this column know that the feds …

Walden Bello (2020-08-20). Could the Duterte Regime Be COVID-19's Next Victim? zcomm.org Like Trump in the U.S. and Bolsonaro in Brazil, the Philippine strongman's utter failure to contain COVID-19 may kneecap his authoritarian ambitions…

Staff (2020-08-20). A new rapid spit test for COVID-19 could be the game changer we need. therealnews.com Are known cases just the tip of the iceberg? A new test holds promise – and peril – for how we fight back against the disease.

Dr. Pascal Sacré (2020-08-20). The COVID-19 Vaccine. The Imposition of Compulsory Vaccination with a Biometric Health Passport? globalresearch.ca The COVID-19 vaccine… | Is this THE final goal of this crisis, to impose a compulsory vaccination on everyone, with a biometric health passport and without it, the impossibility to move, to buy, to eat? | The near future will tell. | With …

Karen Conner (2020-08-20). How Dairy Monopolies Keep Milk Off the Shelves. cepr.net Institute for New Economic Thinking See article on original site Consolidation in the dairy industry has created separate, inflexible supply chains for consumers and commercial markets. When COVID killed commercial demand, perfectly good milk and cheese was wasted. People rarely think about where the milk on supermarket shelves or the cheese on their pizzas comes …

Mike Walter (2020-08-20). The Heat: U.S. politics and COVID-19 in Latin America. america.cgtn.com Politics and the pandemic. Plus — Latin America passes Europe as the region with the most Covid deaths the world.

Staff (2020-08-20). Headlines for August 20, 2020. democracynow.org Kamala Harris Accepts Democratic Party's Nomination for Vice President, Hundreds of Wildfires Choke California, as Coronavirus Sidelines Prisoner Firefighters, U.S. Records Nearly 1,300 New Coronavirus Deaths as PPE Shortages Persist, NYC Teachers' Union Threatens Strike If Schools Reopen Without Safety Measures, New Zealand Deploys Troops to Enforce Quarantine; Zambian Vice President Positive for Coronavirus, Emails Reveal Swedish Epidemiologist Urged Coronavirus Spread to Attain Herd Immunity, Iran's Official COVID-19 Death Toll Passes 20,000 as Trump Pushes for New Sanctions, European Union Readies Sanctions A…

Lynda Carson (2020-08-20). Save Social Security and the Postal Service. indybay.org Save Social Security, Now!

GLIDE (2020-08-20). GLIDE Expands Access to its Free, Low-barrier Tenderloin Neighborhood COVID Testing Site. indybay.org GLIDE expands access to its free, low-barrier Tenderloin neighborhood COVID testing site and continues to provide essential services to meet the growing needs of vulnerable residents.

Jubilee USA Network (2020-08-20). 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.

_____ (2020-08-20). Belarus: This Color Revolution Is Already Dead. popularresistance.org The color revolution attempt in Belarus, which we predicted in June, evolved over the last week. But today's events tell us that it will soon be over. | While President Alexander Lukashenko claimed to have won 80% of the votes during last Sunday's election, the 'western' candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya claimed that she had won. (While the 80% is certainly too high it is most likely that Lukashenko was the real winner.) Protests and riots ensued. On Tuesday Tikhanovskaya was told in no uncertain terms to leave the country. She ended up in Lithuania.

RT (2020-08-20). 'Take it from me': Still bitter Hillary Clinton warns Americans that Trump & 'foreign adversaries' could steal election AGAIN. rt.com Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton again sounded alarms about election-meddling "foreign adversaries" in her speech to the Democratic convention, while urging voters to take revenge for her bitter 2016 loss to Donald Trump. | "For four years, people have said to me, 'I didn't realize how dangerous he was,' 'I wish I could go back and do it over,' or worse, 'I should have voted,'" Clinton said in her address to the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night, taking voters to task for not sending her to the Oval Office in the last presidential contest. | Well, this can't be another woulda coulda sh…

RT (2020-08-20). 'Trump is destroying our country!' Billie Eilish targets young voters with pro-Biden rant & new song performance at Dem convention. rt.com American pop star Billie Eilish tore into US President Donald Trump before performing a new song at the Democratic convention, in an apparent attempt to attract young voters to the party's 77-year-old nominee, Joe Biden. | "Donald Trump is destroying our country and everything we care about… We need leaders who will solve our problems like climate change and Covid, not deny them… It starts with voting against Donald Trump and for Joe Biden," Eilish said before performing her new track, 'My Future,' at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night. | You don't need me to tell you things are a mess.

RT (2020-08-20). Obama shreds Trump's 'reality show' presidency, vows his former VP Biden will save US democracy & solve all America's problems. rt.com Former US president Barack Obama said the Trump administration had turned the presidency into a "reality show" in his speech to the Democratic convention, holding up Joe Biden as a panacea for all of the country's troubles. | Addressing the third night of his party's national convention on Wednesday, the ex-POTUS took an uncharacteristically harsh tone on President Donald Trump, saying he hadn't "grown into the job because he can't" while laying blame for the Covid-19 crisis squarely on his administration. | "I did hope, for the sake of our country, that Donald Trump might show some interest in taking the job…

_____ (2020-08-20). Western Media Misperceptions About Belarus, Lukashenko & Putin. strategic-culture.org The West is trying to engineer popular opinion in Belarus towards a "color revolution," fairly obviously. But they are on a sticky wicket. Western Ukraine was genuinely enthusiastic to move towards the west and the EU, in the hope of attaining a consumer lifestyle. Outside of central Minsk, there is very little such sentiment in Belarus.

_____ (2020-08-20). Why the U.S. Should Keep Its Distance From Belarus. strategic-culture.org Russian leaders have reason to regard Ukraine and Belarus as being within Moscow's rightful sphere of influence. Indeed, those two nations are within Russia's core security zone, and the Kremlin will likely go to great lengths to prevent an even bigger NATO military presence on its borders than the one that exists now.

The Canary (2020-08-20). Obama warns US democracy is at stake if Trump is re-elected. thecanary.co Former US president Barack Obama has warned that American democracy could falter if Donald Trump is re-elected in the autumn.Obama's stunning rebuke of his successor was echoed by Kamala Harris at the Democratic Convention as she embraced her historic role as the first Black woman on a US national political ticket alongside presidential hopeful Joe Biden.The former president — who broke barriers himself as America's first Black president — pleaded with voters to "embrace your own responsibility as citizens — to make sure that the basic tenets of our democracy endure". | Obama warned: "Because that'

Staff (2020-08-20). USPS Sorting Machines Are Still Being Dismantled Despite DeJoy's Promise to Stop. truthout.org In spite of promises from Postmaster General Louis DeJoy earlier this week to suspend radical changes to United States Postal Service (USPS) facilities that resulted in slower mail delivery, some post offices in Michigan appear to be continuing to dismantle their mail sorting machines. |

Matt Sedlar (2020-08-20). Nancy Pelosi Needs to Do More to Save the Postal Service — and the Election. cepr.net The Daily Beast See article on original site The crisis at…

yenisafak (2020-08-20). UN health body weighs in on Africa schools reopening. yenisafak.com As schools re-open in many African states, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday stressed the need to continue preventive measures against coronavirus.In a media briefing, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, Africa director of WHO, said the issue needs to be addressed with the same urgency that we have seen in opening up economies and businesses.Moeti said the WHO's advice is to weigh the risks, to use the data on COVID-19 cases in the community to guide decisions on re-opening schools "and to put in place measures to enable physical distancing […] as well as ensuring students wear masks and are able to wash their…

yenisafak (2020-08-20). US weekly jobless claims top 1M. yenisafak.com The number of Americans who filed for unemployment benefits last week slightly increased and topped 1 million after recording the lowest figure the previous week since the coronavirus pandemic began, the US Labor Department said Thursday.A total of 1,106,000, jobless claims were filed, representing a week-on-week increase of 135,000.The previous week, the lowest number recorded since mid-March, 963,000, signaled the virus-hit labor market is on the mend.However, claims entered a downward trend as the economy started moving toward reopening.The US is the worst-hit country by the pandemic, with more than 5.5 millio…

Zoà´ Carpenter (2020-08-20). School Reopenings Are Only Going to Get More Chaotic. thenation.com School Reopenings Are Only Going to Get More Chaotic…

Vadim Nikitin (2020-08-20). What Belarus Stands to Lose. thenation.com What Belarus Stands to Lose…

_____ (2020-08-20). #SaveThePostOffice Day Of Action! Tuesday, August 25. popularresistance.org Since the Coronavirus crisis hit, USPS has become more essential than ever, from delivering life-saving medicine, to sustaining our democracy through mail-in voting. It has also become more endangered than ever, facing a massive budget crisis. Postal workers and the public are united in urging Congress to pass $25 billion in emergency COVID-related relief for USPS. | Through mass public outcry, we've begun to roll back Trump's new appointee Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's most recent plans to reduce service. We need to keep pushing for the $25 billion dollars in funding the USPS desperately needs.

_____ (2020-08-20). Will COVID-19 Spur A Wave Of Unionization? popularresistance.org In mid-March, someone asked me whether COVID-19 would spur a wave of unionization. My first reaction was no. How could workers possibly unionize when there was all this social distancing and people couldn't even meet in groups? Moreover, I thought workers would be so cowed by the horrors of the pandemic that they wouldn't give much thought to unionizing. | That response was short-sighted. I didn't realize how furious many workers would become about the uncaring, even callous way their companies have treated them during this crisis—about the many employers that didn't lift a finger to provide masks or hand s…

RT (2020-08-20). LA Mayor Garcetti crowned Covid-19 'dictator' after shutting off utilities at TikTok star's Hollywood party mansion. rt.com Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti has been labeled a despotic hypocrite by social media, after he cut off water and power at a TikTok influencer's residence where gatherings were held in violation of coronavirus orders. | In a tweet, Garcetti The residence in question has reported…

The Canary (2020-08-20). Contact tracing apps 'unlikely to contain Covid-19 spread without support'. thecanary.co Contact tracing apps are unlikely to be effective in reducing the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) unless there is a large-scale uptake by the population and it is supported by other public health control measures, scientists have said. | Their findings, published in the journal Lancet Digital Health, are based on a review of data from 15 scientific studies published between January and mid-April this year. | The researchers, led by University College London, also said evidence on the effectiveness of automated contact tracing systems is limited and there is an "urgent need for further evaluation of these apps".

Staff (2020-08-20). Warren Uses DNC to Demand Child Care as "Basic Infrastructure of This Nation" truthout.org Speaking on the third night of the Democratic National Convention from a Massachusetts kindergarten facility that's been shuttered for months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday lamented the failure of the wealthiest country on the planet to provide crucial services to families with children and demanded that child care be treated as "part of the basic infrastructure of this nation." | "Our economic system has been rigged to give bailouts to billionaires and kick d…

yenisafak (2020-08-20). Turkey: E-commerce volume up 64% in H1 amid COVID-19. yenisafak.com Spurred by the novel coronavirus pandemic, Turkey's e-commerce volume surged 64% year-on-year in the first half of 2020, the country's trade minister announced Thursday.The January-June figure hit 97.7 billion Turkish liras ($14.2 billion), up from 55.9 billion Turkish liras ($9.98 billion) in the same period last year, Ruhsar Pekcan said.She underlined that 91% of the total e-trade volume comprised of domestic spending in the first six months of the year, versus 81% in 2019.The share of e-commerce in the country's total trade reached 14.2% in January-June, up from 8.4% in the same period last year, Pekcan added…

yenisafak (2020-08-20). Airbnb bans parties in COVID-19 fight. yenisafak.com No more parties and events in homes listed on Airbnb, the short-term home rental company said on Thursday as it tries to enforce strict social-distancing norms to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.The new rules include a cap on occupancy at 16, with hosts or guests who try to skirt the rules facing a ban from Airbnb's community and even legal action, the company said on Thursday."Instituting a global ban on parties and events is in the best interest of public health," Airbnb said in a statement, adding that the ban applies to all future bookings.Airbnb said 73% of its listings globally already ban parties in their hous…

yenisafak (2020-08-20). Cuba to begin clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccine. yenisafak.com Cuba will begin the first stage of a clinical trial for a COVID-19 vaccine Aug. 24, officials said Wednesday.The Finlay Vaccine Institute registered a clinical trial for one of its candidates at the Cuban Public Registry of Clinical Trials. The SOBERANA 01 trial is on phase I and II and involves 676 volunteers between the ages of 19 and 80."Achieving an effective vaccine against COVID-19 is a priority for our entire science and innovation system at BioCubaFarma. Today we see how solid and accelerated progress has been made in this project in the Finlay Institute," said Eduardo Martínez, president of the BioCubaFa…

yenisafak (2020-08-20). 'About 75% patients feel COVID-19 effects months after recovering'. yenisafak.com Almost three-quarters of patients have reported symptoms of COVID-19 three months after recovering, according to a new study in the UK.The study of 110 patients was carried out by North Bristol NHS Trust as part of its Discover project, which aims to identify the long-term effects of the virus — "Long COVID."A total of 81 patients out of 110 — almost 74% — experienced symptoms, including breathlessness, excessive fatigue, and muscle aches, after 12 weeks, the research found.Although the majority had recovered from the initial symptoms, such as a high fever, cough, and losing their sense of smell…

Global Research News (2020-08-20). Selected Articles: Was COVID-19 a Cover for an Anticipated or Planned Financial Crisis? globalresearch.ca We hope that by publishing diverse view points, submitted by journalists and experts dotted all over the world, the website can serve as a reminder that no matter what narrative we are presented with, things are rarely as cut and …

Andrew Butler (2020-08-20). The Rise of False Information. thecanary.co This short film, produced by Wilder says, "unreliable information is hurting the global effort to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic. A rise in false information has created the perfect storm for cybercrime and spread of harmful falsehoods. The spread of misinformation and disinformation during a health emergency hamper an effective public health resp…

Shelby Wilder (2020-08-20). Looking for the truth in a sea of false information. thecanary.co Unreliable information is hurting the global effort to defeat the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. A surge in false information has created the perfect storm for cybercrime and spreading harmful falsehoods. The increase of misinformation and disinformation during a health emergency hamper an effective public health response while sowing confusion and distrust. To combat this crisis, international collaboration is essential, while citizens must understand the key terms in the uphill battle against the rise of false information. | Coronavirus has created the perfect storm for waves of false information to travel ac…

Prabhat Patnaik (2020-08-20). Detainees during the Pandemic. mronline.org It is a common practice all over the world that when those incarcerated face a threat to life, the authorities send them home.

Samia Nasir Khoury (2020-08-20). Woe to the Powerless! Once Again Palestinians Are Paying the Price. counterpunch.org During this century, 2020 seems like a year we would like to remove from our memory. With life being toppled upside down for everybody all over the world due to the Corona Pandemic, forces of evil still find a way to strike again and again We hardly got over the shock of the explosion in

WSWS (2020-08-20). New excess death counts reveal more complete toll of coronavirus pandemic. wsws.org As of mid-July, there were 178,500 excess deaths in just fifteen urban areas internationally, including New York City, Mexico City, Lima, Jakarta, Istanbul and Madrid.

Lauren Novosat (2020-08-20). University Greed in the Midst of a Global Pandemic. zcomm.org This is the way of the modern University administration—they are sneaky, they are greedy, and they care nothing for the health and safety of their students…

_____ (2020-08-20). Detroit Teachers Vote Overwhelmingly To Authorize Safety Strike. popularresistance.org During an emergency special meeting Wednesday, members of the Detroit Federation of Teachers (DFT) voted to authorize a potential safety strike aimed at pressing the Detroit Public Schools Community District to implement basic science-based safety protocols before schools reopen during the continuing coronavirus pandemic. | The vote authorizes the DFT executive board to call a safety strike if the union and the school district do not reach an agreement. Members voted 91 percent in favor of authorizing a safety strike.

yenisafak (2020-08-20). Turkey's Central Bank keeps interest rates steady. yenisafak.com The decision was announced in a statement following the bank's eighth Monetary Policy Committee (MCP) meeting of 2020."The gradual normalization of pandemic-specific financial measures and recent tightening steps taken in liquidity management are judged to support macrofinancial stability," said the bank statement.Saying that uncertainties over domestic and external demand conditions remain significant, the bank stressed that it will continue with liquidity measures.In recent weeks the bank has taken several steps to tighten liquidity conditions to support the Turkish lira such as halving the overnight borrowing…

yenisafak (2020-08-20). Turkey helps South Sudan produce face masks. yenisafak.com Turkey's state-run aid agency TIKA has provided South Sudan sewing machines and cloth rolls for making masks to help it respond better to the coronavirus pandemic.The 30 sewing machines, and 1,000-meter cloth roll will help in the production of about 15,000 face masks, the Turkish ambassador to South Sudan said while handing them over to the Ministry of Labor in the capital Juba on Thursday."We are ready to support South Sudan whenever needed," Tugrul Biltekin said."We are working closely with the South Sudanese government, and have divided our aid into five phases. This is the last phase, to provide masks," he s…

Alan Macleod (2020-08-20). New FOIA Docs Expose Conditions in Private Immigration Prison So Bad That Even ICE Was Shocked. mintpressnews.com Documents obtained through Freedom of Information requests show a consistent pattern of abuse at the privately-run ICE facility in Farmville, where detainees suffered abuse, neglect, and threats of retaliation if they complained.

_____ (2020-08-20). Biden's Headquarters Rents A Fence To Stop The Poor People's Army. popularresistance.org Cheri Honkala is a founder and coordinator of the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC) . We spoke after she was arrested outside Biden campaign headquarters on the opening day of the virtual Democratic National Convention. | Ann Garrison: I see you marched from Philadelphia's Liberty Bell to Biden's Philly headquarters and got arrested yesterday. What did you do to once again menace the foundation of our American institutions? | Cheri Honkala: We challenged American institutions by saying they shouldn't be run by corporations.

WSWS (2020-08-20). New Senate Intelligence Committee volume on "Russian interference" smears WikiLeaks and Julian Assange. wsws.org The one-thousand-page fifth volume of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence investigation is largely devoted to building an elaborate and false narrative against WikiLeaks.

John Kendall Hawkins (2020-08-20). Torturing Assange: An Interview with Andrew Fowler. counterpunch.org It seems quite clear that there is an attempt by the British and US administrations to destroy Assange, either driving him to suicide or a psychological breakdown. He has had a lung condition for a number of years, which has not been properly treated, and is clearly suffering from huge stress. During his last court appearance over a video link, there were long pauses between his words, even when speaking his own name.

Ben Norton (2020-08-20). USAID Document Exposes New US Plot to Overthrow Nicaragua's Elected Socialist Government. globalresearch.ca A disturbing new document outlines plans for a US regime-change scheme against Nicaragua's elected leftist government, overseen by USAID, to bring about a "market economy" and a purge of Sandinistas. | *** | A newly released document exposes a US government operation …

Ben Norton (2020-08-20). How the US Helped Push Lebanon to the Brink of Collapse, and Now Threatens More Sanctions. globalresearch.ca While the media blames the crisis in Lebanon solely on corruption, the US government unleashed a "maximum pressure" campaign to push regime change and crush Lebanese resistance with sanctions and aggressive hybrid warfare. | *** | As the people of Lebanon suffer …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-08-20). The Assassination of Yasser Arafat was Ordered by The Israeli Cabinet: "We will Choose the Right Way and the Right Time to Kill Arafat." globalresearch.ca First published on November 19, 2013. | Author's Note | Who killed Hariri, Who killed Arafat? | According to the August 18, 2020 verdict by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) in The Hague Salim Ayyash was found guilty of killing Prime Minister …

Staff (2020-08-20). Abolitionist Derecka Purnell on Historic Kamala Harris VP Pick & Why Black Progressives Feel Torn. democracynow.org As Kamala Harris makes history as the first woman of color to run on a major party presidential ticket, many Black progressive women remain ambivalent, says Derecka Purnell, a human rights lawyer, abolitionist and columnist for The Guardian newspaper. "It's just unfortunate that you have to protect someone because of their identity … while at the same time if you care about the masses of Black people, the masses of poor people, the masses of immigrants in this country, you know that you have to speak truth and be honest about their record," Purnell says.

Staff (2020-08-20). Before Kamala Harris, There Was Charlotta Bass: Remembering 1st Black Woman to Run for VP in 1952. democracynow.org Senator Kamala Harris is the first Indian American and first Black woman to be nominated for vice president on a major party ticket, but, as many historians have noted, Harris is not the first Black woman to run for vice president. That distinction belongs to the journalist and political activist Charlotta Bass, who was the editor of The California Eagle for nearly 30 years, one of the country's oldest Black newspapers, which covered women's suffrage, police brutality, the Klu Klux Klan, and discriminatory hiring and housing practices. Bass joined the Progressive Party ticket in 1952 on an antiracist platform tha…

Staff (2020-08-20). "Don't Let Them Take Away Your Power": Obama Slams Trump at DNC & Warns U.S. Democracy Is at Risk. democracynow.org On the third night of the 2020 Democratic National Convention, party leaders argued that U.S. democracy is at risk if President Trump is reelected in November, with a lineup of speeches from former Congressmember Gabby Giffords, senator and former presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren and former President Barack Obama, who grew emotional describing the stakes of the election and urged people not to "let them take away your democracy." We air excerpts from the night's events.

Staff (2020-08-20). "I Know a Predator When I See One": Kamala Harris Takes Aim at Trump, Accepts Historic VP Nomination. democracynow.org Senator Kamala Harris has formally accepted the Democratic vice-presidential nomination, becoming the first woman of color to run on a major party presidential ticket. We feature part of her historic speech.

Diana Johnstone (2020-08-20). Memoir of a World Watcher: Diana Johnstone. globalresearch.ca We discuss Diana Johnstone's memoir, "Circle in the Darkness": | Yugoslavia under Tito; bombing of Serbia; Camp Bondsteel; spook revelation journalism; | Paris in 1968; anti-war movement of the '60s; legacy of Charles de Gaulle; Europe occupied since WWII; | the Greens; …

Prof. Juan Cole (2020-08-20). In Further War Crime, Israelis Cut Electricity to Gaza, Idling 50,000 Factory Workers. globalresearch.ca The government of far right Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu cut off fuel for the sole power plant in the Gaza Strip, a small Palestinian territory surrounded on three sides by and blockaded by Israel. As a result, on Monday …

_____ (2020-08-20). Global South Calls For Sanctions On Apartheid Israel. popularresistance.org Israel's decades-old regime of apartheid and theft of Palestinian land is continuing unabated. Reports that Israel is "suspending" formal annexation are a smokescreen for continued colonisation and piecemeal ethnic cleansing of Indigenous Palestinians. | Around the world, advocates for justice are pushing back.The Global South response, initiated by South African civil society, brings together notable figures, intellectuals, policy makers, civil society leaders and experts from Africa, Latin America and Asia, in a joint effort to promote lawful sanctions on Israel to end its decades-old oppression of the Palestin…

Howard Lisnoff (2020-08-20). Celebrity, War, and Presidential Elections. counterpunch.org On May 30, 1979, a letter appeared in 5 major newspapers in the US assailing the human rights record of Vietnam, a nation where the US killed about 3 million people and where about 58,000 of its own soldiers died. In bordering Cambodia, where the US war has spread besides a vicious air war over Laos, millions

Marwa Osman (2020-08-20). Battelships in Beirut —MES EP.68. thealtworld.com Several European navies have deployed vessels to Beirut port under the pretext of providing disaster relief and humanitarian assistance following the catastrophic explosion at the port of Beirut. The French Marine Nationale, British Royal Navy, German Deutsche Marine and Hellenic Navy have all dispatched vessels to Beirut as Lebanese people fear the return of 1982. To discuss this issue with us from Paris is Jean Pierre Duthion, political commentator. | Iraq cancelled a ministerial visit and summoned Turkey's ambassador last week as it blamed Ankara for a drone attack that killed two high-ranking Iraqi military o…

_____ (2020-08-20). Aboriginal Rights and the Discrepancy Between Profit and Heritage. strategic-culture.org Following the destruction of two heritage sites in Juukan Gorge by the Australian mining company Rio Tinto in May, Aboriginal communities are facing another threat to their quest to protect their heritage and culture. Western Australia's Federal government has been asked to take a step back by Australian mining companies when it comes to legislation protecting Aboriginal heritage. | The Native Title Act (NTA) currently allows six months for Aboriginal communities to reach an agreement with mining companies over any projects that can harm indigenous territory, thus placing mining companies at a constant advantage…

RT (2020-08-20). Red line? Biden rejects DNC guest Linda Sarsour's endorsement over her 'anti-Semitism' & BDS support. rt.com Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden hasn't encountered many far-left policies he won't embrace — from free healthcare for illegal aliens to free college — but he found one leftist supporter he won't abide: Linda Sarsour. | Sarsour, a Muslim activist and co-founder of the Women's March, endorsed Biden last week and spoke on Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention's "Muslim Delegates and Allies Assembly." Biden responded by denouncing her. | "Joe Biden has been a strong supporter of Israel and a vehement opponent of anti-Semitism his entire life, and he obviously condemns [Sarsour's] view…

yenisafak (2020-08-20). EU rejects UK demand for right to return migrants. yenisafak.com The UK has wanted to extend the Dublin system after the end of the transition period at the end of the year. | The system allows countries to return refugees and migrants to the EU country from where they came, and is the basis of the current EU asylum system. | The Guardian reported that the EU rejected extending the system outside the EU, which the UK would be post-Brexit. | The UK offered the same system vice versa, so that they would have to accept migrants who landed in the EU from the UK, except those who arrive by airplane. | The EU said the plan was "very unbalanced," as southern Europe takes in 10 tim…

Nathaniel Chase (2020-08-20). Biden won't save us / Keep it in the streets! workers.org As the November election approaches, pressure will mount on revolutionary organizations within the U.S. to fall in line with the Democratic Party and endorse Joe Biden. The argument often made is that a Democratic president is needed to counter reactionary policies put in place by a Republican administration. Does this . . . |

Sue Davis (2020-08-20). Planned Parenthood's Margaret Sanger problem. workers.org Planned Parenthood of Greater New York issued a strong statement July 21 that condemned Margaret Sanger's relationship with eugenics theory and practice. "By saying this, we disarm a tool anti-abortion opponents use to shame women of color, especially Black women, from seeking the full spectrum of sexual and reproductive health . . . |

Marc Norton (2020-08-20). Giants and Warriors workers fight back. peoplesworld.org The San Francisco Giants returned home on Friday, August 14, and found themselves being picketed by the workers who normally sell garlic fries and beer to the fans. This must have been bad karma, as both Friday and Saturday the Giants blew a big lead over the Oakland A's in the ninth inning, then got …

Mark Gruenberg (2020-08-20). Jobless crisis worsens: Army of the unemployed grows by more than 1.7 million. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Actual initial claims for state and federal jobless benefits combined climbed to 1.44 million in the week ending August 15, the Labor Department reported. The adjusted figure, however, was 215,000 claims higher than that, all for state jobless benefits alone. The increase pushed the official number of unemployed to 28.06 million, BLS added. Private analysts …

Liberation Staff (2020-08-20). New Haven organizers host first annual Unity Walk for Survivors of Police Violence. liberationnews.org We're giving the people that got killed by the police, that are dead, that are no longer here with us, a voice. They're talking through us.""

Staff (2020-08-20). DNC: Performance Progressivism. therealnews.com Stir Crazy! Episode 79: Today we are joined by TRNN visual producer Andrew Corkery and organizers from the People's City Council of Los Angeles Ina Morten and Ricci Sergienko. Hosted by Kim Brown.

Monika Zgustova (2020-08-20). Prague's Fights Over Kundera: Biography From the Files of the Secret Police. counterpunch.org In 2008, while I was staying in Prague, a scandal broke out involving the Czech writer Milan Kundera, who has lived in Paris since 1975. Respekt magazine published an article claiming that Kundera had informed on a foreign spy of Czech extraction who was staying that night in the students' residence of which Kundera was

David Ruccio (2020-08-20). To the victor belong the spoils. mronline.org The phrase, which was used in the early nineteenth century to describe the the spoils system of appointing government workers, accurately describes the American economy today.* And it's pretty clear who the victor is, and it's not the working-class. Instead, a small group at the top have come out as the victor—and that's been true …

Liberation Atlanta Staff (2020-08-20). Racists outnumbered at Stone Mountain. liberationnews.org This summer of mass protests against police brutality and the brutality of this capitalist system more broadly has stirred up a predictable reaction from the far-right, leading several of Georgia's most notorious racists to plan an Aug. 15 march up Stone Mountain, about 30 minutes east of Atlanta, to prove the vitality of the racist …

Liberation Staff (2020-08-20). Dedicated activists help La Riva 2020 win ballot access in Arkansas. liberationnews.org The success of the coordinated effort to secure ballot access in Arkansas clearly demonstrates the ability of an organized revolutionary party to overcome the undemocratic hurdles the capitalist electoral system throws our way.

C.J. Atkins (2020-08-20). Hillary Clinton tells voters: Don't let Trump steal the election, again. peoplesworld.org Three million more people voted for Hillary Clinton than for Donald Trump in 2016. It's been nearly four years since that fateful election, but the number is worth repeating. If not for the anachronistic institution known as the Electoral College, there would be no President Donald Trump. On Wednesday night, the woman who beat Trump …

Michael D. Yates (2020-08-20). "Your Economics Professor is almost Certainly a Charlatan: A review with commentary of My Mis-Education in 3 Graphics," a film by Mary Filippo. mronline.org Mary Filippo began in 2004 to audit economics classes in the hope that she could "learn something about globalization. Does it really help people in developing countries? What are its downsides?" She did not learn these things.

Mark Gruenberg (2020-08-20). Harris targets Trump the predator, denounces structural racism. peoplesworld.org WILMINGTON, Del.—Several big Democratic figures graced television screens for the party's virtual national convention on Wednesday night, but the finale was left to Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif. The history-making first Black woman ever on a major-party ticket, Harris used her acceptance of the party's 2020 vice-presidential nomination to introduce her personal story and tie it …

Gil Netter (2020-08-20). Nurses united in the fight for a new contract at Connecticut's Backus Hospital. peoplesworld.org NORWICH, Conn.—Over 250 nurses, who are members of the Backus Federation of Nurses, AFT-CT Local 5149, and community supporters carried out an informational picket here Sunday, Aug. 9, outside Backus Hospital. They were demanding the hospital administration negotiate a new contract addressing safety issues affecting nurses and patients. The reasons for the picket and rally …

Eds. (2020-08-20). Venezuela: The real enemy. mronline.org We became an unusual and extraordinary threat to U.S. imperialism in 1999. From that moment on, our enemy declared war, not a conventional war, but war nonetheless.

Dilip Hiro (2020-08-20). Donald Trump is Losing His Tech War with China and Doesn't Even Know It. counterpunch.org 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 comes to China, in fact, the ever more virulent criticism never seems to stop. Between the end

Staff (2020-08-20). The Tight Rope #DemConvention Watch Party Ro Khanna Zephyr Teachout Howie Hawkins. therealnews.com Cornel West and Tricia Rose bring you live coverage and commentary of the final night of the 2020 #DemConvention featuring Joe Biden's speech from Wilmington, Delaware and confirmed guests Congressman Ro Khanna, Zephyr Teachout, Howie Hawkins, and Angela Walker.

David Schultz (2020-08-20). When It Comes to Trump v. Biden Yoga Berra is Right: It Ain't Over Till it's Over. counterpunch.org While most of the prediction models understand the electoral college issue, they nonetheless still fail to appreciate that polling needs to be done at the state if not even at the county level to understand the micro trends impacting presidential elections. As I have repeatedly pointed out, and do so again this year, it is a few swing voters in a few swing counties in a few swing states that will decide the presidential election.

Ramzy Baroud (2020-08-20). Hands off Lebanon: Macron's Self-serving 'New Pact' Must Be Shunned. counterpunch.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 arrests.

Mark Gruenberg (2020-08-20). Obama warns: Re-elect Trump and U.S. democracy dies. peoplesworld.org PHILADELPHIA — Re-elect Donald Trump, Barack Obama warns, and U.S. democracy dies. That, in a nutshell, was the stark message Obama delivered about his successor to the entire country in a speech from the U.S. Constitution Center in Philadelphia on Wednesday night. "I have sat in the Oval Office with both of the men who …

Dean Baker (2020-08-20). A Note on Lost GDP During the Shutdown. counterpunch.org Some folks have complained about the loss of GDP over the last five months and questioned whether the shutdowns have been worth the price. While people often toss around huge numbers in the trillions of dollars as the cost of the shutdown, these big numbers are often both inaccurate and misleading. Measuring Lost GDP The

A Guest Author (2020-08-20). Prisoners' lives matter! 'Inmates cannot social distance'. workers.org Makinni Iyapo By Makini Iyapo This edited talk was given at an Aug. 13 Workers World Party webinar, "From Black August to Black Lives Matter," hosted by the WWP Prisoners Solidarity Committee. I am so honored to be here, in the company of people of like minds. I feel rejuvenated . . . |

RT (2020-08-20). WATCH: Florida lashed by multiple tornados, snapping trees in half and flipping vehicles. rt.com Florida has been lashed by a series of ferocious storms culminating in multiple tornados descending from the sky, terrifying beleaguered locals, uprooting trees and flipping cars in the process. | One waterspout touched down around lunch time, before transforming into a fully-fledged tornado at Golden Beach near Aventura on Wednesday. | Eyewitness footage captured the moment the waterspout made landfall and gathered pace as it transformed into a fully-fledged tornado. | Tornado / waterspout golden beach Florida – ramen by my mom

RT (2020-08-20). 'No apologies whatsoever!' Chicago mayor defends ban on protests in HER neighborhood, vows to do anything to protect home & family. rt.com Progressive Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has insisted that a ban on demonstrations in her neighborhood is necessary to ward off any threats to her family, despite vocal support for citizens' right to peacefully protest elsewhere. | The Chicago Police Department has ordered officers to bar protesters from Lightfoot's Logan Square neighborhood and arrest any who refuse to leave, the Chicago Tribune

RT (2020-08-20). 'Where's the war? I don't see the war': Trump says Obama & Hillary marched the US into conflict while he 'kept us out' of new wars. rt.com President Donald Trump has boasted that by replacing Barack Obama and defeating Hillary Clinton, he saved the US from war with North Korea. An unlikely dove, Trump has often accused his rivals of clamoring for conflict. | Speaking on Thursday from Old Forge, Pennsylvania — just two miles from Joe Biden's hometown of Scranton — Trump tore into his opponent, calling Biden a "puppet of the radical left movement" who wants to "hike your taxes" and "take away your guns," among other by now well-worn criticisms. | After rounding on Biden, Trump boasted of his own accomplishments in office, including his se…

RT (2020-08-20). Trump's pardon for Susan B. Anthony SNUBBED as museum rejects it on her behalf, gives president pointed to-do list it would prefer. rt.com A museum ostensibly dedicated to honoring the memory of women's-rights hero Susan B. Anthony has instead chosen to score partisan political points by rejecting a pardon from President Donald Trump on her behalf. | The National Susan B. Anthony Museum in Rochester, New York, snubbed the pardon on Twitter, taking the liberty of channeling what it supposed would be Anthony's thoughts 114 years after her death. "On news of the presidential pardon for Susan B. Anthony on August 18, 2020: Objection, Mr. President. Susan B. Anthony must decline your offer of a pardon today!" | Anthony wrote in her diary in 1873 that…

RT (2020-08-20). 'We believe in law enforcement': Texas governor pledges to financially punish cities that attempt to defund the police. rt.com Governor of Texas Greg Abbott has issued a stark warning to left-leaning cities in the Lone Star State, saying he will withdraw funding from municipalities that try to defund law enforcement agencies. | The Republican politician sent the unambiguous message after Austin's city council slashed its police budget by $150 million last week. "Texas will defund cities that try to defund their police. We support law enforcement in Texas," Abbott tweeted late on Wednesday. | Discussing the issue on Fox News, Governor Abbott accused liberal precincts of "caving to socialism," and argued that the violence that's erupted…

RT (2020-08-20). Lyft SUSPENDS California service to avoid registering drivers as employees, Uber expected to follow suit. rt.com After a California court's preliminary injunction required Uber and Lyft to reclassify drivers as employees, both companies threatened to shut down their ride-hailing services, with the latter confirming the move. | Lyft will suspend its transportation activity in California at 11: 59pm local time on Thursday, the company announced in a

RT (2020-08-20). 'Loneliness epidemic': Half of American singles aren't looking for a relationship or even seeking casual dates, Pew poll shows. rt.com Half of single adults in the US aren't looking for casual dates, let alone a committed relationship, reflecting a trend toward more reclusive lifestyles in Japan and other developed nations, a new Pew Research Center poll showed. | Fifty percent of Americans who aren't in a relationship aren't seeking a

RT (2020-08-20). Portland police use tear gas to disperse protesters after mob targets ICE building (PHOTOS, VIDEOS). rt.com Federal officers tussled with protesters in Portland after a crowd vandalized an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office in the city. Police declared the assembly a riot and deployed tear gas. | Several hundred demonstrators marched to the ICE building on Wednesday night, where they proceeded to shine lights and lasers at federal officers inside the premises. According to a statement released by the Portland Police Bureau (PPB), the crowd began kicking and banging on the building's doors, and tagged the government office with graffiti. The office's windows were also damaged. | Federal agents exited th…

RT (2020-08-20). Journalism professor melts down after seeing Trump ads on Washington Post website, accusing the paper of SELLING ITS SOUL. rt.com Seeing the front page of his beloved Washington Post plastered with campaign ads for President Donald Trump sent one journalism professor into a fit of rage. And the angrier he got, the more people in the comments laughed. | "No, @washingtonpost, no, no NO. How dare you? Were these pieces of silver worth the price of your soul?" City University of New York journalism professor Jeff Jarvis tweeted on Thursday, after seeing an ad slamming Joe Biden emblazoned across the banner of the Washington Post's website. | No,

RT (2020-08-20). Steve Bannon & 3 others ARRESTED, charged with border wall fundraiser fraud. rt.com Former Trump campaign manager Steve Bannon, triple-amputee Air Force vet Brian Kolfage and two others have been arrested and charged with defrauding hundreds of thousands of donors with their 'We Build the Wall' online fundraiser. | Bannon, Kolfage, Andrew Badolato and Timothy Shea are accused of scamming over $25 million under the guise of raising funds to build a wall on the US' southern border with Mexico in an indictment unsealed Thursday in Manhattan federal court. | While donors to the crowdfunding campaign were told Kolfage, the public face of We Build the Wall, "would not be paid a cent," the quartet a…

The Canary (2020-08-20). Sister 'sickened' by police actions in 'I'll choke you out' arrest video. thecanary.co A woman has said she was sickened by footage of her brother being arrested while being told "chill out or I'll choke you out" by a police officer.A West Yorkshire officer has been suspended after a video was widely shared of Hassan Ahmed, 27, being arrested in Halifax on Sunday.His sister Safyah, who did not wish to give her surname, joined around 100 people for a demonstration outside Halifax police station on Wednesday afternoon.Hassan Ahmed's sister Safyah joined around 100 people for a demonstration outside Halifax police station (Dave Higgens/PA)She said of her brother's arrest: "It was a total abuse of powe…

The Canary (2020-08-20). Record GCSE grades 'likely to prompt more students than ever to attend college'. thecanary.co More students than ever are likely to progress to A-levels and vocational courses following steep rises in the GCSE pass rates for maths and English, college leaders have said.Nearly three in four (71.2%) entries in England received a grade 4 or above — broadly equivalent to a C or above — in English this year, compared with 61.8% last year, according to data published by exams regulator Ofqual.The pass rate for maths has increased by 7 percentage points. Two in three entries received a grade 4 or above, compared with 59.6% in 2019.(PA Graphics)David Hughes, chief executive of the Association of College…

The Canary (2020-08-20). Williamson was warned of algorithm's impact on poorer pupils last month. thecanary.co Gavin Williamson was warned the exams algorithm would disadvantage poorer pupils around a month before it was axed, it has emerged as the embattled education secretary came under fresh scrutiny.Jon Coles, a former Department for Education director-general, issued a clear warning to Williamson that hundreds of thousands of students could receive the wrong grades, it became clear on Thursday as pupils learned their GCSE results.But Williamson pushed on with using the algorithm in England until he came under cross-party fire after nearly 40% of A-level students had their results downgraded.The Cabinet minister was h…

The Canary (2020-08-20). Ex-White House adviser Steve Bannon arrested over border wall fundraising scheme. thecanary.co Former White House adviser Steve Bannon has been arrested on charges that he and three others ripped off donors to an online fundraising scheme called We Build The Wall.The charges were contained in an indictment unsealed in Manhattan federal court.Federal prosecutors alleged that Bannon and three others "orchestrated a scheme to defraud hundreds of thousands of donors" in connection with an online crowdfunding campaign that raised more than $25m (£19m) to build a wall along the southern border of the United States.A spokesperson for Bannon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Steve Bannon l…

John Bachtell (2020-08-20). Prominent left veterans say vote Biden-Harris, then keep organizing. peoplesworld.org Alarm over the prospect of a second Trump presidency and desire for substantial change is preparing the ground for an unprecedented voter turnout in November. The virtual Democratic National Convention showcased the vast array of support coalescing around former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif. That support ranges from former Ohio Republican …

CP Editor (2020-08-20). Before Kamala Harris, There Was Charlotta Bass. counterpunch.org

pip.hinman (2020-08-20). Galilee Blockade targets insurer AON. greenleft.org.au

pip.hinman (2020-08-20). Vickery coal mine: serial climate vandal given go-ahead to expand. greenleft.org.au

pip.hinman (2020-08-20). Cyclists protest climate destruction. greenleft.org.au

pip.hinman (2020-08-20). 'Mistakes happen' says Ruby Princess cruise ship inquiry. greenleft.org.au

pip.hinman (2020-08-20). University workers discuss how to become strike-ready. greenleft.org.au

pip.hinman (2020-08-20). Satellite data confirms significant ground movement over WestConnex tunnels. greenleft.org.au

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-08-20). Berlin Dismisses Washington's Threats: The Construction of the Nord Stream 2 Gas Pipeline with Russia Will Proceed. globalresearch.ca Although the U.S. can threaten Germany, now during the American election campaign, threats cannot prevent the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline between Russia and Germany. It is interesting to observe how for the first time this century …

Philip Giraldi (2020-08-20). It's Not Happening: The Mainstream Media Is the Enabler of American Dysfunction. thealtworld.com If journalists were actually getting out on the streets, they would discover that people are really worried about the future of the country. | Has anyone seen anywhere in the mainstream media a serious discussion of Israel's possible role in the Beirut bombing? I am not suggested an evidence-free indictment of Israel but rather just a review of Israel's possible motive and a consideration of its capability to carry out such an attack without having to directly do it itself with one of its bombs or missiles. Given the Jewish state's unrelenting hostility towards Hezbollah and its repeated violations of Lebanese te…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-20). Zambian Socialist Party Secretary General Cosmas Musumali released from detention. peoplesdispatch.org Musumali was arrested along with nearly 30 other party workers while conducting a meeting. With the parliamentary elections only a month away, the ruling Patriotic Front has been cracking down on mobilizations and meetings by the opposition…

South Front (2020-08-20). Video: In Mysterious Incident US Military Lost Two MQ-9 Reapers over Idlib. globalresearch.ca The shaky stability established in Syria after the end of the Turkish attack on the Syrian Army in Idlib in February and March of 2020 has collapsed. | Just a day after the confrontation between the US military and the Syrian …

Stephen Lendman (2020-08-20). The Hariri Assassination: Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) Verdict. Fake Justice on Behalf of Israel. globalresearch.ca In May 2007, Security Council Resolution 1757 established the STL "on the outskirts of the Hague." | Ten SC members voted "yes," none "no," Russia, China, South Africa, Indonesia, and Qatar abstaining. | Five judges were involved in proceedings, Judge David Re…

Stephen Lendman (2020-08-20). Trump Regime Unilaterally and Illegally Imposing Snapback Sanctions on Iran. globalresearch.ca Unanimously adopted Security Council Resolution 2231 that affirmed the JCPOA nuclear deal eliminated UN sanctions on Iran. | Its provisions and the P5+1 approved nuclear agreement are binding international and US constitutional law under the Supremacy Clause — Article VI, Clause …

Stephen Lendman (2020-08-20). Trump Regime Further Escalates War on China's Huawei. globalresearch.ca Chinese tech giant Huawei calls itself "an independent, privately-held company that provides information and communication technology (ICT)…connect(ing) over three billion people in (over) 170 countries." | The company is leading the race to roll out 5G technology, its market potential worth …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-20). 14 Afghan security personnel killed in Taliban attack. peoplesdispatch.org The overnight clash in the Khwaja Bahauddin district lasted for two hours. Attacks by the Taliban continue despite the Ashraf Ghani-led government's repeated calls for a permanent truce…

_____ (2020-08-20). Saying Iran Is Paying Bounties To Kill Americans Is Pure Parody. popularresistance.org It was Russia in June, now it's Tehran. Don't US analysts understand that Taliban fighters really don't need any more motivation to target American troops? This is simply politicized (un)intelligence that isn't fooling anyone. | According to CNN, the Iranian government has paid "bounties" to the Haqqani network, a terrorist group with close links to the Taliban, for six attacks on US and coalition forces in Afghanistan in 2019, including one on December 11 which targeted Bagram Air Base, north of Kabul, which wounded four US personnel.

yenisafak (2020-08-20). Taliban rebuke US charges on ties with al-Qaeda. yenisafak.com The Taliban in Afghanistan Thursday "strongly rejected" a US Defense Department report about their alleged cooperation with al-Qaeda."Our Mujahideen [Taliban insurgents] are strong enough to combat the enemy and are not in need of support from any foreign side or organization," said Zabihullah Mujahed, the group's spokesman, two days after the release of a Department of Defense Inspector General quarterly report on Operation Freedom Sentinel in Afghanistan.He added that such "provocative" reports only serve to make Afghans even more skeptical about US intentions for peace. | On the Doha pact with the US signed th…

Tracy Keeling (2020-08-20). Donald Trump defies voters and hands a major win to US trophy hunters. thecanary.co Donald Trump's administration has handed a major win to US trophy hunters. As the Center for Biological Diversity Furthermore, the FWS held a consultation on the ch…

Paul Cienfuegos (2020-08-20). A National Emergency Requires a Bold Local Response. zcomm.org Just imagine how Portland could become a beacon of light for the rest of the nation. Imagine if other cities followed in our footsteps. Imagine if We the People began to recognize that our most nationally transformative work could be done locally.

Dr. Russell Blaylock (2020-08-20). Face Masks Pose Serious Risks to the Healthy. globalresearch.ca First published by GR on May 26, 2020 | "By wearing a mask, the exhaled viruses will not be able to escape and will concentrate in the nasal passages, enter the olfactory nerves and travel into the brain." — Russell Blaylock, …

Manal Tamimi (2020-08-20). A bullet lodged next to my son's heart. zcomm.org I have lived my entire life under Israeli occupation. Generations of my family have fought against Israel's violent apartheid…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-20). Food delivery workers strike in multiple Indian cities against drastic reduction in pay. peoplesdispatch.org Delivery personnel with the Indian company Swiggy are protesting in a number of cities claiming that the payment they get per order has sharply decreased, as have other incentives…

Center For Food Safety (2020-08-20). 750 Million Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes Approved for Release in Florida Keys. globalresearch.ca The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District (FKMCD) yesterday approved the first-ever U.S. release of genetically engineered mosquitoes. Despite public outcry and scientific dispute over the human health and environment risks posed by this field trial, the approval permits the release …

Mark Dudzic (2020-08-20). The Democratic Platform and Medicare for All: A Nod Is as Good as a Wink (To a Blind Horse). zcomm.org Medicare for All has won the battle of ideas. Now we have to win the battle against entrenched economic and political power.

Jacob G. Hornberger (2020-08-20). The CIA Versus the Kennedys. globalresearch.ca Former Congressman Ron Paul and his colleague Dan McAdams recently conducted a

Amanda Mills (2020-08-20). Michigan agrees to $600 settlement in Flint water crisis. nationofchange.org "If money is how government expresses sorrow for its crimes — this is a big apology."

Fight Back (2020-08-20). Green Bay police videos prompt march for Black lives. fightbacknews.org Green Bay, WI – On August 14, more than 30 community members gathered at Brown County Courthouse to protest the recent 'public service' videos put out by the Green Bay Police Department. The third video, titled "Hands Up, Don't Shoot," is particularly offensive. The videos are meant to portray change, while no actual change takes place, and a murderer, Officer Erik O'Brien, remains employed. | In fact, GBPD promoted O'Brien to sergeant after he murdered Jonathon Tubby, an Oneida man, on October 19, 2018. Police Chief Andrew Smith publicly defends O'Brien, while making comments that compare Jonathon Tubby's…

Megan Cassella, Nicole Gaudiano, and Mackenzie Mays (2020-08-20). Teachers Unions Test Goodwill with Strike Threats, Hardball Negotiations. zcomm.org As schools prepare to open, in addition to safety measures, some unions are pressing for police-free schools, canceling rents and mortgages, and bans on new charter programs and standardized testing.

Julian Rose (2020-08-20). Planet in Crisis, Higher Values of Society Corrupted, The Expression of Moral and Ethical Values. globalresearch.ca One cannot fail to recognise the ubiquitous crisis in all forms of leadership that exists on the planet today. Qualities of wisdom, courage and statesmanship, once admired and emulated by aspiring people of principle, have been undermined and sterilised via …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-20). Algerian journalist Abdulkrim Zeghileche faces prison term for "undermining national unity" peoplesdispatch.org Abdulkrim Zeghileche, an active supporter of the Hirak protests, has been in pre-trial detention since June 23 and his trial is expected to begin in a few days. He faces a three-year prison term if convicted…

Chuck Collins — Omar Ocampo (2020-08-20). Twelve US Billionaires Have a Combined $1 Trillion. counterpunch.org For the first time in US history, the top twelve U.S. billionaires surpassed a combined wealth of $1 trillion. On Thursday August 13th, these 12 had a combined $1.015 trillion. This is a disturbing milestone in the US history of concentrated wealth and power. This is simply too much economic and political power in the

Rannie Amiri (2020-08-20). The Hariri Assassination: Israel 's Fingerprints. globalresearch.ca This incisive article by Rannie Amiri focussing on Israel's spy ring in Lebanon was first published by Global Research on July 23, 2010. The article also addresses the role of the UN sponsored Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) | Is it …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-20). What's behind the US attack on China's tech sector. peoplesdispatch.org Charles Xu of the Qiao Collective talks about the context behind the US assault on China's technological sector, especially Huawei. He talks about the strategies of development deployed by China over the past few decades…

Mary Fawzy (2020-08-20). Egyptians stand up against sexual violence. peoplesdispatch.org A case against a rich alleged rapist has sparked outrage across the country, leading to an amendment to legislation to conceal the identities of survivors — but is it enough?

The Poor People's Campaign (2020-08-20). Poor People's Campaign launches drive to build power among poor, low-income voters. zcomm.org U.S. residents have fewer voting rights today than they did after the Voting Rights Act passed in 1965…

Bernie Sanders (2020-08-20). Bernie Sanders' Full Speech At The 2020 DNC. zcomm.org Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke at the 2020 Democratic National Convention, saying that even though he did not receive the nomination "our movement continues."

Andrew Emett (2020-08-20). Former deputy sentenced to prison for ordering attack on inmate. nationofchange.org "The duty of correctional officers is to uphold the law and protect the people within their care. These actions are not only illegal and morally wrong, they go against the oath this officer took when he entered the job."

Tanya Wadhwa (2020-08-20). Rafael Correa will run for vice-presidency of Ecuador in 2021 general elections. peoplesdispatch.org Former president Rafael Correa announced that he will run alongside economist Andrés Arauz in the upcoming general elections in Ecuador, but considerable obstacles to their participation in the upcoming elections remain…

Jacob Kaplan (2020-08-20). RPI's long-standing ties to U.S. militarism. zcomm.org Be careful whose dreams you help come true…

Nick Engelfried (2020-08-20). After a big win against coal, NY climate activists are closer than ever to ending all fossil fuel investments. zcomm.org A recent surge in youth-led climate activism has revived a near decade-long effort to divest New York from the companies most responsible for causing the climate crisis…

Finian Cunningham (2020-08-20). As US stalls on extension of New Start treaty seeking to gain control over China, the world is on verge of dangerous arms race. thealtworld.com After three rounds of talks with Russia wrapped up this summer, the US is still equivocating on …

Abayomi Azikiwe (2020-08-20). Privatization of Urban Areas? American Cities Need Bailouts Not More Usurious Bond Schemes. globalresearch.ca On August 14, the final abandoned home was demolished with the more than $265 million in Hardest Hit Funds initially designed to preserve neighborhoods as opposed to their destruction in the majority African American city of Detroit. (See

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-20). Iranian defense industry competitive with modern intl. rivals. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 21 (MNA) — In a statement on Thursday, IRGC said Iranian defense industry is competitive with its developed and modern international rivals.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-20). 'US shouldn't try its luck, it'll only be humiliated again'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 20 (MNA) — Iran's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Majid Takht Ravanchi in his Thursday tweet said the US should not try its luck for it will only be humiliated again.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-20). S.Korea must be accountable for halting drug imports to Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 20 (MNA) — Iranian First Vice President Es'hagh Jahangiri said on Thursday that South Korea must be held accountable for its negative response to drug imports to Iran.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-20). Great strides taken in Iran's nuclear industry. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 20 (MNA) — AEOI, in a tweet on Thursday, said with or without the activation of the trigger mechanism against Iran, the body has taken major steps in empowering its nuclear industry and providing 90,000 SWU.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-20). No right for US to request snapback of UN sanctions on Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 20 (MNA) — China says the US has no right to request snapback of UN sanctions on Iran after pulling out from the JCPOA.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-20). Israeli regime biggest threat to region: Nasrallah. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 20 (MNA) — Secretary-General of the Lebanese Hezbollah Resistance Movement Hassan Nasrallah said that the Israeli regime is the biggest threat to the West Asia (Middle East) region.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-20). 'We must be ready for post-sanctions era'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 21 (MNA) — Iranian Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh believes that Iran needs to be ready for post-sanctions era.

David Giesen (2020-08-20). Saturday 8/22: Jeremiah Wright's America. indybay.org Join Zoom Meeting | zoom.us/j/96790644732?pwd=Z1ByS25DMW01Nn… | Meeting ID: 967 9064 4732 | Passcode: 9KNjPY…

Center for Biological Diversity (2020-08-20). California Moves to Protect Declining Leatherback Sea Turtles. indybay.org Prehistoric Reptiles Threatened by Fishing…

CrimethInc. Ex-Workers Collective (2020-08-20). On Facebook Banning Anarchist and Antifascist Pages & the Digital Censorship to Come. indybay.org Today Facebook deleted a variety of far-Right militia and Qanon accounts along with anarchist and antifascist pages, including It's Going Down and CrimethInc. The following is a joint statement in response.

ACLU & partners (2020-08-20). Thursday 8/27: Supporting Voting Rights in California Jails: A Community Training. indybay.org Online via Zoom…

William Fitzgerald (2020-08-20). Thursday 8/20: Rideshare Drivers to Protest Across CA as Uber, Lyft Threaten to Abandon Drivers. indybay.org 1455 Market St San Francisco, CA 94103…

The Peoples Oakland Pride (2020-08-20). Sunday 8/30: Amerikkka Is Burning Ball. indybay.org LAKE MERRITT AMPHITHEATER…

Oakland Privacy (2020-08-20). Wednesday 9/16: Oakland Privacy: Fighting Against the Surveillance State. indybay.org Online, via Zoom…

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

_____ (2020-08-20). Tell The People That The Struggle Must Go On. popularresistance.org Young children marvel at an obvious contradiction in capitalist societies: why do we have shops filled with food, and yet see hungry people on the streets? It is a question of enormous significance; but in time the question dissipates into the fog of moral ambivalence, as various explanations are used to obfuscate the clarity of the youthful mind. The most bewildering explanation is that hungry people cannot eat because they have no money, and somehow this absence of money — the most mystical of all human creations — is enough reason to let people starve.

_____ (2020-08-20). Defund The Police Movement Can Learn From Corrupt Gun Trace Task Force. popularresistance.org "I Got A Monster" is a page turner that's as hard to put down as it is disturbing. What's more, it could not be more relevant to our times. Through extensive reporting, authors Baynard Woods and Brandon Soderberg show that repressive police tactics — like throwing civilians into unmarked cars and fabricating and planting evidence — are more than recent national news topics. They have been used for years against Black communities. | Immaculately researched, the authors use court documents, wiretaps, interviews, and body camera footage to recreate the unraveling of one of the greatest police scandals of…

_____ (2020-08-20). On Facebook Banning Anarchist And Antifascist Pages. popularresistance.org Facebook has taken down multiple Facebook pages they believe to be connected with crimethinc.com and itsgoingdown.org, among other anarchist and anti-fascist publishing projects, officially on the pretext that they "support violence." This has nothing to do with stopping violence and everything to do with cracking down on social movements and everyday people getting organized in their communities. | Facebook has always promoted itself as seeking to assist people in creating networks to meet their needs.

_____ (2020-08-20). Washington's Gift to President Putin. strategic-culture.org Russia is often portrayed as resisting international norms and rejecting honest olive branches from the West. But Russia has made many attempts at peace and partnership only to be rejected. Watch the video and read more in the

The Canary (2020-08-20). 2019 saw record levels of annual loss from the Greenland Ice Sheet, study finds. thecanary.co The annual ice mass loss from Greenland in 2019 broke the previous record melt in 2012 by 15%, a new study suggests. | The Greenland Ice Sheet is one of the largest contributors to sea level rise, and is associated with about 0.76mm per year, out of the total of about 3.5mm per year rise in global mean sea level from 2005 to 2017, researchers say. | Using the satellite missions Grace (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment) and its follow-on mission Grace-FO, experts have been able to quantify ice mass loss by tracking changes in gravity. | Ingo Sasgen from the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar…

Staff (2020-08-20). Obama Breaks With Convention Protocol to Call Trump a Threat at DNC Night Three. truthout.org The third night of the Democratic National Convention was an affirmation of the formidable opposition to a second Trump term. Here was Kamala Harris, a Black and Indian American woman, becoming the vice-presidential nominee with the crack of a gavel. Here was Hillary Clinton, the road not taken made flesh, dressed in suffragette white and warning the country not to blow it again. Here was Elizabeth Warren with a plan. Here were children made electric in their fear of dying in bullet-riddle…

Staff (2020-08-20). Remembering Charlotta Bass, the First Black Woman to Run for VP in 1952. truthout.org Image Credit: Southern California Library | Senator Kamala Harris is the first Indian American and first Black woman to be nominated for vice president on a major party ticket, but, as many historians have noted, Harris is not the first Black woman to run for vice president. That distinction belongs to the journalist and political activist Charlotta Bass, who was the editor of The California Eagle for nearly 30 years, one of the country's oldest Black newspapers, which covered women's suffrage, police…

Staff (2020-08-20). GOP Is Waging a War on Voting. Here Are 8 Ways You Can Protect Election 2020. truthout.org The 2020 presidential election will not be decided by the popularity of candidates or their ideas. It will not be decided by how many people intend to vote for each candidate. The usual dramas of polls, debates and running mates are irrelevant. | The election will be decided by how many people try to vote and how many votes get counted and reported correctly in a handful of battleground states. Donald Trump is not trying to appeal to more voters with popular ideas. He is appealing to those who…

Staff (2020-08-20). Latinx Democrats Received the Same Number of DNC Prime-Time Slots as Republicans. truthout.org On the first night of the Democratic National Convention (DNC), four Republicans spoke in support of former Vice President Joe Biden. That's the same as the number of Latinxs who will be given time to speak during prime time for the entire week of the convention. While the first face to appear on-screen during the first-ever virtual DNC was Eva Longoria, the activist and actor of "Desperate Housewives" fame, only three other Latinxs received prime-time billing: Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto…

Cecil Brown (2020-08-20). Bring Back Affirmative Action to UC Berkeley. counterpunch.org An Open Letter to Michael Drake, UC President Carol Christ, UC Chancellor, Kamala Harris,Vice Presidential Nominee, It is not possible for me to think of myself without thinking of the U of C and what opportunities it provided —Dr. Michael Drake I wish to congratulate you on being the first African American president of the

Mike Garrity (2020-08-20). Battling "The Empire" of Gang Green Collaborators, Timber Industry, and Trump's Forest Service in the North Cascades. counterpunch.org Several pseudo environmental groups joined forces with the timber industry and the Forest Service against the Alliance for the Wild Rockies after it filed a lawsuit last year against the Mission Restoration Project on Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest in the Methow Valley west of Twisp, Washington. This scenic, pristine, and remote rural area is sandwiched between the Pasayten

yenisafak (2020-08-20). Palestinian rights paramount over Israel: Pakistan. yenisafak.com Pakistan won't accept Israel until Palestinians are granted their rights, the country's president told the parliament Thursday. | "We cannot accept Israel until Palestinians are given their rights as envisaged by Pakistan's founder Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah," said President Arif Alvi, applauding Prime Minister Imran Khan for "taking a clear position on the issue". | Prime Minister Khan in an interview last Tuesday night had said: "Our stand about Israel is very clear. It is the same that the founder of nation, Quaid-i-Azam, had. We cannot recognize Israel until Palestinians get their right, which should b…

yenisafak (2020-08-20). California's notorious 'Golden State Killer' faces sentencing. yenisafak.com A former California police officer dubbed the "Golden State Killer" who confessed to 13 murders and dozens of rapes during the 1970s and '80s faces a life prison term when he is sentenced in Sacramento on Friday.Joseph James DeAngelo, 74, will be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole following three days of emotional hearings in which victims or their family members confronted him in open court."What a gut punch it was that I had been brutally raped by a full-time police officer," victim Gay Hardwick said, according to the Sacramento Bee newspaper. She was attacked in her San Stockton home…

yenisafak (2020-08-20). US-Iran showdown on cards over UNSC 'snapback sanctions'. yenisafak.com After the UN Security Council turned down a resolution seeking an "indefinite extension" of the arms embargo on Iran, the US is all set to trigger snapback sanctions against the country."We'll be doing a snapback," US President Donald Trump told reporters on Saturday "You'll be watching it next week," referring to unilateral reinstatement of all pre-2015 international sanctions on Iran.The US' envoy to the UN, Kelly Craft, said the US will "follow through on that promise" and "stop at nothing" to trigger a snapback of sanctions on Iran.According to reports, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who said the council'

yenisafak (2020-08-20). South Korea says Russia violated its air defense zone. yenisafak.com South Korea on Thursday alleged that at least six Russian aircraft violated its air defense zone.According to South Korean military officials, the Russian military air activity prompted its Air Force to respond and push them out of the Korean Air Defense Identification Zone (KADIZ), the Seoul-based Yonhap News Agency reported.Details released by the South Korea military said two Tu-95MS strategic bombers and four other Russian military jets on Wednesday entered the KADIZ near South Korea's easternmost islets of Dokdo in the East Sea."There was no prior notice" about the air activity by the Russian side, the South…

yenisafak (2020-08-20). Iran says it detained a UAE ship, its crew on Monday. yenisafak.com Iran seized a United Arab Emirates-registered ship violating its territorial waters this week, Iran's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday, adding that UAE coast guards killed two Iranian fishermen on the same day."On Monday, an Emirati ship was seized by the border guards of Iran and its crew were detained due to illegal traffic in our country's waters," state TV quoted the statement as saying."On the same day, UAE guards shot dead two Iranian fishermen and seized a boat … the UAE has expressed regret for the incident and in a letter on Wednesday announced its readiness to pay compensation."

yenisafak (2020-08-20). Fourteen missing amid ship collision off Shanghai, China. yenisafak.com At least 14 crew members remain missing after two ships collided near the mouth of the Yangtze River early on Thursday, local media reports said.According to the Beijing-based daily Global Times, an oil tanker carrying 3,000 tons of gasoline collided with a gravel boat 1.5 nautical miles southeast of the estuary's lightvessel.The collision, which occurred near Shanghai, caused a major fire on the deck of the patrol tanker, while gravel boat sank.Rescue teams have so far saved three crew members of 17 who were onboard, while 14 are still missing, the newspaper reported.This was the first collision between ships ne…

yenisafak (2020-08-20). 'Efforts to block Turkish energy ships will pay price'. yenisafak.com Anybody who tries to block Turkish energy exploration in its coastal waters will regret it, said the head of a Turkish political party on Thursday."Anyone who dares to confront our navy and research ships in the [Eastern] Mediterranean or the Aegean will pay the heaviest price," Devlet Bahceli, leader of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), said in a written statement.Bahceli reiterated that Turkey's rightful actions are in line with international law, adding that they "upended global plans."Greece, France, Egypt, and other countries have moved to deprive Turkey of Mediterranean energy resources and box it in,…

yenisafak (2020-08-20). Doctors offer contradictory information on condition of Russia's Navalny. yenisafak.com Medics on Thursday provided contradictory information about the health of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny, saying his condition had stabilised, but that there was still a threat to his life.His spokeswoman, Kira Yarmysh, said on Twitter he was in a serious but stable condition.She had earlier said that he was in a coma in a Siberian hospital after drinking a cup of tea that she said she believed was laced with poison.

yenisafak (2020-08-20). Palestinian dies after being shot, detained by Israeli army. yenisafak.com A Palestinian youth who was shot and taken away by Israeli soldiers succumbed to his injuries on Thursday.Mohammad Haziz was among three Palestinians shot by Israeli forces near the Deir Abu Meshal village, close to Ramallah in the central West Bank.The Palestinian Red Crescent said earlier on Thursday it had taken two wounded youths to hospitals in Ramallah, while a third injured person was detained by Israeli forces.Emad Zahran, head of Deir Abu Meshal's local council, told Anadolu Agency that Haziz's family was informed of his death by the Israeli army hours after he was detained."Mohammad was detained at dawn…

Edward Curtin (2020-08-20). Send in the Clowns for the Circus is in Town. dissidentvoice.org 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 shadowy protection. For The Umbrella People run a three-ring circus, and although their clowns pop …

Joan Walsh (2020-08-20). Kamala Harris Does Her Best to Redeem Our Sexist, Racist Past. thenation.com Kamala Harris Does Her Best to Redeem Our Sexist, Racist Past…

Paul Craig Roberts (2020-08-20). A Kystallnacht For White Americans? thealtworld.com Those who are working overtime to delegitimize white Americans have coined a term that they use as a weapon—"white privilege." The propaganda is that being white is a racial privilege that elevates white Americans above other Americans and enables white people to oppress blacks. It doesn't strike those who use the term as a weapon that these same "racist white people" are the ones who elected Obama president and put Kamala Harris in the Senate. | "White privilege" conveys the idea that white people have impunity. They can abuse, even kill, people of color without consequence. Yet, it is white officer Chauvi…

Karen Rothmyer (2020-08-20). As Democrats Leave Cities, Rural Areas See an Uptick in Voter Registration. thenation.com As Democrats Leave Cities, Rural Areas See an Uptick in Voter Registration…

The Nation (2020-08-20). Live Chat: Join 'The Nation' for the Democratic National Convention. thenation.com Live Chat: Join 'The Nation' for the Democratic National Convention…

Gregg Gonsalves (2020-08-20). So Far, 2020 Has Been Our Year of Magical Thinking. thenation.com So Far, 2020 Has Been Our Year of Magical Thinking…

Elie Mystal (2020-08-20). The DNC Refuses to Address the Elephant in the Room. thenation.com The DNC Refuses to Address the Elephant in the Room…

Katha Pollitt (2020-08-20). Canceling Margaret Sanger Only Helps Abortion Opponents. thenation.com Canceling Margaret Sanger Only Helps Abortion Opponents…

Mayukh Sen (2020-08-20). The Radical Afterlives of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha. thenation.com The Radical Afterlives of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha…

Dean Baker (2020-08-20). The Burden of the Debt: Lessons for Biden Adviser Ted Kaufman. cepr.net Top Biden adviser, and long-time personal friend, Ted Kaufman was seen in the Wall Street Journal warning that the debt run up by the Trump administration will seriously limit what Biden will be able to do as president. This is wrong big time, and it is the sort of silly thing that no one in …

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.

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…

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…

_____ (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…

sputniknews (2020-08-19). US House to Vote Saturday on $25 Billion to Boost Postal Service Before Election, Pelosi Says. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The House of Representatives will pass a $25 billion support package for the US Postal Service in a one-day session on Saturday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement on Wednesday.

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 …

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

2020-08-20: Social Media Postees

Please be social by posting these 'POSTEES' on social media! (Copy the text of the postee below, then paste it on social media and the story images will also appear.)

Trump's Disgraceful Assault on the Post Office
Jesse Jackson | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-20
Lagging in the polls, Donald Trump has launched a campaign to discredit the upcoming election and disparage the United States Postal Service. He's repeated the utterly baseless claim that voting by mail — the safest way to vote in a pandemic — will lead to massive fraud. He's opposed aid to states that would help…
counterpunch.org/2020/08/20/trumps-disgr…

COVID-19 cases surge on college campuses as Yale administrator warns students to prepare for deaths
wsws.org | 2020-08-20
Despite overwhelming scientific evidence and the most recent experiences of school like UNC-Chapel Hill and Notre Dame, many schools are still pushing forward with reopening plans.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/20/stud…

Bolivia's right-wing coup government is facing resistance
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-08-20
On 28 July, tens of thousands took to the streets of El Alto, the predominantly working-class and Indigenous city that overlooks La Paz, in a mobilisation called by the Bolivian Workers Centre (Central Obrera Boliviana, or COB), the country's chief trade union federation, together with other worker, peasant and Indigenous organisations (gathered under the title …
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Will There Ever Be Elections Again in Bolivia?
Vijay Prashad | zcomm.org | 2020-08-20
It is not hard to imagine that this is what a coup regime has in mind; it did not annul democracy to allow democracy to remove it from office…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/will-there-ever-be…

The Geopolitics Of The Belarusian Crisis: Anti-Russian, Neutral To China, Pro-Polish
Andrew Korybko | thealtworld.com | 2020-08-20
The Belarusian Crisis is an American Hybrid War against Russian interests in support of Poland's US-backed regional ones related to the "Three Seas Initiative", which won't harm China's interests even in the worst-case scenario despite Beijing's plans for the Eurasian Land Bridge to transit through the Color Revolution-beleaguered former Soviet Republic since the People's Republic has already pioneered several complementary East-West corridors that it could rely on instead. | Geopolitical Basics | The " New Bipolarity" between the American a…
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The Belarusian Labor Strike Movement Could Bring Down Lukashenko
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-20
Belarus' disproportionate budgetary dependence on five big businesses makes it extremely vulnerable to economic destabilization if the tiny percentage of the country's population employed in those companies join in the nationwide labor strike movement to remove Lukashenko. | "The Economic Factor | …
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The COVID-19 Vaccine. The Imposition of Compulsory Vaccination with a Biometric Health Passport?
Dr. Pascal Sacré | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-20
The COVID-19 vaccine… | Is this THE final goal of this crisis, to impose a compulsory vaccination on everyone, with a biometric health passport and without it, the impossibility to move, to buy, to eat? | The near future will tell. | With …
globalresearch.ca/the-covid-19-vaccine-t…

A new rapid spit test for COVID-19 could be the game changer we need
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-08-20
Are known cases just the tip of the iceberg? A new test holds promise – and peril – for how we fight back against the disease.
therealnews.com/stories/a-new-rapid-spit…

Was COVID-19 a Cover for an Anticipated or Planned Financial Crisis?
Anthony Hall | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-20
A major sign of financial distress in the US economy kicked in in mid-September of 2019 when there was a breakdown in the normal operation of the Repo Market. This repurchase market in the United States is important in …
globalresearch.ca/was-covid-19-a-cover-f…

Could the Duterte Regime Be COVID-19's Next Victim?
Walden Bello | zcomm.org | 2020-08-20
Like Trump in the U.S. and Bolsonaro in Brazil, the Philippine strongman's utter failure to contain COVID-19 may kneecap his authoritarian ambitions…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/could-the-duterte-…

How Dairy Monopolies Keep Milk Off the Shelves
Karen Conner | cepr.net | 2020-08-20
Institute for New Economic Thinking See article on original site Consolidation in the dairy industry has created separate, inflexible supply chains for consumers and commercial markets. When COVID killed commercial demand, perfectly good milk and cheese was wasted. People rarely think about where the milk on supermarket shelves or the cheese on their pizzas comes …
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All Spying All the Time: The Insatiable Appetite of the US Government to Spy on Everyone in America
Judge Andrew P. Napolitano | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-20
During this summer of madness in Portland, Oregon, and sadness over COVID-19, two below-the-radar events occurred implicating the insatiable appetite of the United States government to spy on everyone in America. Regular readers of this column know that the feds …
globalresearch.ca/spying/5721660

Covid-19 lockdown demonstrates how economy-wide transformation can halt climate change
Damian Carrington | nationofchange.org | 2020-08-20
The blip in emissions will not have a longterm impact unless we invest in sustainable solutions on a grand scale.
nationofchange.org/2020/08/20/covid-19-l…

The Heat: U.S. politics and COVID-19 in Latin America
Mike Walter | america.cgtn.com | 2020-08-20
Politics and the pandemic. Plus — Latin America passes Europe as the region with the most Covid deaths the world.
america.cgtn.com/2020/08/20/the-heat-u-s…

Save Social Security and the Postal Service
Lynda Carson | indybay.org | 2020-08-20
Save Social Security, Now!
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/08/19/1883599…

GLIDE Expands Access to its Free, Low-barrier Tenderloin Neighborhood COVID Testing Site
GLIDE | indybay.org | 2020-08-20
GLIDE expands access to its free, low-barrier Tenderloin neighborhood COVID testing site and continues to provide essential services to meet the growing needs of vulnerable residents.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/08/20/1883600…

World Bank Says Bold Debt Relief Plans Needed to Confront COVID Crisis
Jubilee USA Network | indybay.org | 2020-08-20
World Bank President David Malpass called for debt cancellation for poor countries struggling with the coronavirus, in an interview he gave to The Guardian.
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Belarus: This Color Revolution Is Already Dead
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-20
The color revolution attempt in Belarus, which we predicted in June, evolved over the last week. But today's events tell us that it will soon be over. | While President Alexander Lukashenko claimed to have won 80% of the votes during last Sunday's election, the 'western' candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya claimed that she had won. (While the 80% is certainly too high it is most likely that Lukashenko was the real winner.) Protests and riots ensued. On Tuesday Tikhanovskaya was told in no uncertain terms to leave the country. She ended up in Lithuania.
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Obama shreds Trump's 'reality show' presidency, vows his former VP Biden will save US democracy & solve all America's problems
rt.com | 2020-08-20
Former US president Barack Obama said the Trump administration had turned the presidency into a "reality show" in his speech to the Democratic convention, holding up Joe Biden as a panacea for all of the country's troubles. | Addressing the third night of his party's national convention on Wednesday, the ex-POTUS took an uncharacteristically harsh tone on President Donald Trump, saying he hadn't "grown into the job because he can't" while laying blame for the Covid-19 crisis squarely on his administration. | "I did hope, for the sake of our country, that Donald Trump might show some interest in taking the job…
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'Take it from me': Still bitter Hillary Clinton warns Americans that Trump & 'foreign adversaries' could steal election AGAIN
rt.com | 2020-08-20
Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton again sounded alarms about election-meddling "foreign adversaries" in her speech to the Democratic convention, while urging voters to take revenge for her bitter 2016 loss to Donald Trump. | "For four years, people have said to me, 'I didn't realize how dangerous he was,' 'I wish I could go back and do it over,' or worse, 'I should have voted,'" Clinton said in her address to the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night, taking voters to task for not sending her to the Oval Office in the last presidential contest. | Well, this can't be another woulda coulda sh…
rt.com/usa/498483-hillary-clinton-biden-…

'Trump is destroying our country!' Billie Eilish targets young voters with pro-Biden rant & new song performance at Dem convention
rt.com | 2020-08-20
American pop star Billie Eilish tore into US President Donald Trump before performing a new song at the Democratic convention, in an apparent attempt to attract young voters to the party's 77-year-old nominee, Joe Biden. | "Donald Trump is destroying our country and everything we care about… We need leaders who will solve our problems like climate change and Covid, not deny them… It starts with voting against Donald Trump and for Joe Biden," Eilish said before performing her new track, 'My Future,' at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night. | You don't need me to tell you things are a mess.
rt.com/usa/498482-billie-eilish-trump-bi…

Western Media Misperceptions About Belarus, Lukashenko & Putin
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2020-08-20
The West is trying to engineer popular opinion in Belarus towards a "color revolution," fairly obviously. But they are on a sticky wicket. Western Ukraine was genuinely enthusiastic to move towards the west and the EU, in the hope of attaining a consumer lifestyle. Outside of central Minsk, there is very little such sentiment in Belarus.
strategic-culture.org/news/2020/08/20/we…

Why the U.S. Should Keep Its Distance From Belarus
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2020-08-20
Russian leaders have reason to regard Ukraine and Belarus as being within Moscow's rightful sphere of influence. Indeed, those two nations are within Russia's core security zone, and the Kremlin will likely go to great lengths to prevent an even bigger NATO military presence on its borders than the one that exists now.
strategic-culture.org/news/2020/08/20/wh…

Obama warns US democracy is at stake if Trump is re-elected
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-08-20
Former US president Barack Obama has warned that American democracy could falter if Donald Trump is re-elected in the autumn.Obama's stunning rebuke of his successor was echoed by Kamala Harris at the Democratic Convention as she embraced her historic role as the first Black woman on a US national political ticket alongside presidential hopeful Joe Biden.The former president — who broke barriers himself as America's first Black president — pleaded with voters to "embrace your own responsibility as citizens — to make sure that the basic tenets of our democracy endure". | Obama warned: "Because that'…
thecanary.co/us/us-news-us/2020/08/20/ob…

USPS Sorting Machines Are Still Being Dismantled Despite DeJoy's Promise to Stop
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-08-20
In spite of promises from Postmaster General Louis DeJoy earlier this week to suspend radical changes to United States Postal Service (USPS) facilities that resulted in slower mail delivery, some post offices in Michigan appear to be continuing to dismantle their mail sorting machines. | DeJoy had wanted to decommission more than 600 machines across the U.S. used to help workers more eff…
truthout.org/articles/usps-sorting-machi…

Nancy Pelosi Needs to Do More to Save the Postal Service — and the Election
Matt Sedlar | cepr.net | 2020-08-20
The Daily Beast See article on original site The crisis at…
cepr.net/nancy-pelosi-needs-to-do-more-t…

UN health body weighs in on Africa schools reopening
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-20
As schools re-open in many African states, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday stressed the need to continue preventive measures against coronavirus.In a media briefing, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, Africa director of WHO, said the issue needs to be addressed with the same urgency that we have seen in opening up economies and businesses.Moeti said the WHO's advice is to weigh the risks, to use the data on COVID-19 cases in the community to guide decisions on re-opening schools "and to put in place measures to enable physical distancing […] as well as ensuring students wear masks and are able to wash their…
yenisafak.com/en/world/un-health-body-we…

US weekly jobless claims top 1M
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-20
The number of Americans who filed for unemployment benefits last week slightly increased and topped 1 million after recording the lowest figure the previous week since the coronavirus pandemic began, the US Labor Department said Thursday.A total of 1,106,000, jobless claims were filed, representing a week-on-week increase of 135,000.The previous week, the lowest number recorded since mid-March, 963,000, signaled the virus-hit labor market is on the mend.However, claims entered a downward trend as the economy started moving toward reopening.The US is the worst-hit country by the pandemic, with more than 5.5 millio…
yenisafak.com/en/world/us-weekly-jobless…

School Reopenings Are Only Going to Get More Chaotic
Zoà´ Carpenter | thenation.com | 2020-08-20
School Reopenings Are Only Going to Get More Chaotic…
thenation.com/article/society/schools-te…

What Belarus Stands to Lose
Vadim Nikitin | thenation.com | 2020-08-20
What Belarus Stands to Lose…
thenation.com/article/world/belarus-luka…

#SaveThePostOffice Day Of Action! Tuesday, August 25
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-20
Since the Coronavirus crisis hit, USPS has become more essential than ever, from delivering life-saving medicine, to sustaining our democracy through mail-in voting. It has also become more endangered than ever, facing a massive budget crisis. Postal workers and the public are united in urging Congress to pass $25 billion in emergency COVID-related relief for USPS. | Through mass public outcry, we've begun to roll back Trump's new appointee Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's most recent plans to reduce service. We need to keep pushing for the $25 billion dollars in funding the USPS desperately needs.
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Will COVID-19 Spur A Wave Of Unionization?
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-20
In mid-March, someone asked me whether COVID-19 would spur a wave of unionization. My first reaction was no. How could workers possibly unionize when there was all this social distancing and people couldn't even meet in groups? Moreover, I thought workers would be so cowed by the horrors of the pandemic that they wouldn't give much thought to unionizing. | That response was short-sighted. I didn't realize how furious many workers would become about the uncaring, even callous way their companies have treated them during this crisis–about the many employers that didn't lift a finger to provide masks or hand s…
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LA Mayor Garcetti crowned Covid-19 'dictator' after shutting off utilities at TikTok star's Hollywood party mansion
rt.com | 2020-08-20
Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti has been labeled a despotic hypocrite by social media, after he cut off water and power at a TikTok influencer's residence where gatherings were held in violation of coronavirus orders. | In a tweet, Garcetti announced that he had instructed the city to disconnect utility services at a house in the Hollywood Hills, claiming that its tenants had put the community at risk by hosting parties "in flagrant violation of our public health orders." | The residence in question has reported…
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Contact tracing apps 'unlikely to contain Covid-19 spread without support'
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-08-20
Contact tracing apps are unlikely to be effective in reducing the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) unless there is a large-scale uptake by the population and it is supported by other public health control measures, scientists have said. | Their findings, published in the journal Lancet Digital Health, are based on a review of data from 15 scientific studies published between January and mid-April this year. | The researchers, led by University College London, also said evidence on the effectiveness of automated contact tracing systems is limited and there is an "urgent need for further evaluation of these apps".
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Warren Uses DNC to Demand Child Care as "Basic Infrastructure of This Nation"
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-08-20
Speaking on the third night of the Democratic National Convention from a Massachusetts kindergarten facility that's been shuttered for months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday lamented the failure of the wealthiest country on the planet to provide crucial services to families with children and demanded that child care be treated as "part of the basic infrastructure of this nation." | "Our economic system has been rigged to give bailouts to billionaires and kick d…
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Cuba to begin clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccine
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-20
Cuba will begin the first stage of a clinical trial for a COVID-19 vaccine Aug. 24, officials said Wednesday.The Finlay Vaccine Institute registered a clinical trial for one of its candidates at the Cuban Public Registry of Clinical Trials. The SOBERANA 01 trial is on phase I and II and involves 676 volunteers between the ages of 19 and 80."Achieving an effective vaccine against COVID-19 is a priority for our entire science and innovation system at BioCubaFarma. Today we see how solid and accelerated progress has been made in this project in the Finlay Institute," said Eduardo Martínez, president of the BioCubaFa…
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'About 75% patients feel COVID-19 effects months after recovering'
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-20
Almost three-quarters of patients have reported symptoms of COVID-19 three months after recovering, according to a new study in the UK.The study of 110 patients was carried out by North Bristol NHS Trust as part of its Discover project, which aims to identify the long-term effects of the virus — "Long COVID."A total of 81 patients out of 110 — almost 74% — experienced symptoms, including breathlessness, excessive fatigue, and muscle aches, after 12 weeks, the research found.Although the majority had recovered from the initial symptoms, such as a high fever, cough, and losing their sense of smell…
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Turkey: E-commerce volume up 64% in H1 amid COVID-19
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-20
Spurred by the novel coronavirus pandemic, Turkey's e-commerce volume surged 64% year-on-year in the first half of 2020, the country's trade minister announced Thursday.The January-June figure hit 97.7 billion Turkish liras ($14.2 billion), up from 55.9 billion Turkish liras ($9.98 billion) in the same period last year, Ruhsar Pekcan said.She underlined that 91% of the total e-trade volume comprised of domestic spending in the first six months of the year, versus 81% in 2019.The share of e-commerce in the country's total trade reached 14.2% in January-June, up from 8.4% in the same period last year, Pekcan added…
yenisafak.com/en/economy/turkey-e-commer…

Airbnb bans parties in COVID-19 fight
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-20
No more parties and events in homes listed on Airbnb, the short-term home rental company said on Thursday as it tries to enforce strict social-distancing norms to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.The new rules include a cap on occupancy at 16, with hosts or guests who try to skirt the rules facing a ban from Airbnb's community and even legal action, the company said on Thursday."Instituting a global ban on parties and events is in the best interest of public health," Airbnb said in a statement, adding that the ban applies to all future bookings.Airbnb said 73% of its listings globally already ban parties in their hous…
yenisafak.com/en/economy/airbnb-bans-par…

Selected Articles: Was COVID-19 a Cover for an Anticipated or Planned Financial Crisis?
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-20
We hope that by publishing diverse view points, submitted by journalists and experts dotted all over the world, the website can serve as a reminder that no matter what narrative we are presented with, things are rarely as cut and …
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The Rise of False Information
Andrew Butler | thecanary.co | 2020-08-20
This short film, produced by Jono Namara, Shelby Wilder and the European Journalism Centre, examines how waves of false information travel across the globe and how we might combat them. | Wilder says, "unreliable information is hurting the global effort to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic. A rise in false information has created the perfect storm for cybercrime and spread of harmful falsehoods. The spread of misinformation and disinformation during a health emergency hamper an effective public health resp…
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Looking for the truth in a sea of false information
Shelby Wilder | thecanary.co | 2020-08-20
Unreliable information is hurting the global effort to defeat the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. A surge in false information has created the perfect storm for cybercrime and spreading harmful falsehoods. The increase of misinformation and disinformation during a health emergency hamper an effective public health response while sowing confusion and distrust. To combat this crisis, international collaboration is essential, while citizens must understand the key terms in the uphill battle against the rise of false information. | Coronavirus has created the perfect storm for waves of false information to travel ac…
thecanary.co/opinion/2020/08/20/looking-…

University Greed in the Midst of a Global Pandemic
Lauren Novosat | zcomm.org | 2020-08-20
This is the way of the modern University administration–they are sneaky, they are greedy, and they care nothing for the health and safety of their students…
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Detainees during the Pandemic
Prabhat Patnaik | mronline.org | 2020-08-20
It is a common practice all over the world that when those incarcerated face a threat to life, the authorities send them home.
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Woe to the Powerless! Once Again Palestinians Are Paying the Price
Samia Nasir Khoury | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-20
During this century, 2020 seems like a year we would like to remove from our memory. With life being toppled upside down for everybody all over the world due to the Corona Pandemic, forces of evil still find a way to strike again and again We hardly got over the shock of the explosion in…
counterpunch.org/2020/08/20/woe-to-the-p…

New excess death counts reveal more complete toll of coronavirus pandemic
wsws.org | 2020-08-20
As of mid-July, there were 178,500 excess deaths in just fifteen urban areas internationally, including New York City, Mexico City, Lima, Jakarta, Istanbul and Madrid.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/20/covi…

Woe to the Powerless! Once Again Palestinians Are Paying the Price
Samia Nasir Khoury | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-20
During this century, 2020 seems like a year we would like to remove from our memory. With life being toppled upside down for everybody all over the world due to the Corona Pandemic, forces of evil still find a way to strike again and again We hardly got over the shock of the explosion in…
counterpunch.org/2020/08/20/woe-to-the-p…

Detroit Teachers Vote Overwhelmingly To Authorize Safety Strike
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-20
During an emergency special meeting Wednesday, members of the Detroit Federation of Teachers (DFT) voted to authorize a potential safety strike aimed at pressing the Detroit Public Schools Community District to implement basic science-based safety protocols before schools reopen during the continuing coronavirus pandemic. | The vote authorizes the DFT executive board to call a safety strike if the union and the school district do not reach an agreement. Members voted 91 percent in favor of authorizing a safety strike.
popularresistance.org/detroit-teachers-v…

Turkey helps South Sudan produce face masks
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-20
Turkey's state-run aid agency TIKA has provided South Sudan sewing machines and cloth rolls for making masks to help it respond better to the coronavirus pandemic.The 30 sewing machines, and 1,000-meter cloth roll will help in the production of about 15,000 face masks, the Turkish ambassador to South Sudan said while handing them over to the Ministry of Labor in the capital Juba on Thursday."We are ready to support South Sudan whenever needed," Tugrul Biltekin said."We are working closely with the South Sudanese government, and have divided our aid into five phases. This is the last phase, to provide masks," he s…
yenisafak.com/en/world/turkey-helps-sout…

Turkey's Central Bank keeps interest rates steady
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-20
The decision was announced in a statement following the bank's eighth Monetary Policy Committee (MCP) meeting of 2020."The gradual normalization of pandemic-specific financial measures and recent tightening steps taken in liquidity management are judged to support macrofinancial stability," said the bank statement.Saying that uncertainties over domestic and external demand conditions remain significant, the bank stressed that it will continue with liquidity measures.In recent weeks the bank has taken several steps to tighten liquidity conditions to support the Turkish lira such as halving the overnight borrowing…
yenisafak.com/en/economy/turkeys-central…

New FOIA Docs Expose Conditions in Private Immigration Prison So Bad That Even ICE Was Shocked
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-08-20
Documents obtained through Freedom of Information requests show a consistent pattern of abuse at the privately-run ICE facility in Farmville, where detainees suffered abuse, neglect, and threats of retaliation if they complained.
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Biden's Headquarters Rents A Fence To Stop The Poor People's Army
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-20
Cheri Honkala is a founder and coordinator of the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC) . We spoke after she was arrested outside Biden campaign headquarters on the opening day of the virtual Democratic National Convention. | Ann Garrison: I see you marched from Philadelphia's Liberty Bell to Biden's Philly headquarters and got arrested yesterday. What did you do to once again menace the foundation of our American institutions? | Cheri Honkala: We challenged American institutions by saying they shouldn't be run by corporations.
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New Senate Intelligence Committee volume on "Russian interference" smears WikiLeaks and Julian Assange
wsws.org | 2020-08-20
The one-thousand-page fifth volume of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence investigation is largely devoted to building an elaborate and false narrative against WikiLeaks.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/20/inte…

Torturing Assange: An Interview with Andrew Fowler
John Kendall Hawkins | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-20
It seems quite clear that there is an attempt by the British and US administrations to destroy Assange, either driving him to suicide or a psychological breakdown. He has had a lung condition for a number of years, which has not been properly treated, and is clearly suffering from huge stress. During his last court appearance over a video link, there were long pauses between his words, even when speaking his own name.
counterpunch.org/2020/08/20/torturing-as…

USAID Document Exposes New US Plot to Overthrow Nicaragua's Elected Socialist Government
Ben Norton | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-20
A disturbing new document outlines plans for a US regime-change scheme against Nicaragua's elected leftist government, overseen by USAID, to bring about a "market economy" and a purge of Sandinistas. | *** | A newly released document exposes a US government operation …
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How the US Helped Push Lebanon to the Brink of Collapse, and Now Threatens More Sanctions
Ben Norton | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-20
While the media blames the crisis in Lebanon solely on corruption, the US government unleashed a "maximum pressure" campaign to push regime change and crush Lebanese resistance with sanctions and aggressive hybrid warfare. | *** | As the people of Lebanon suffer …
globalresearch.ca/how-us-helped-push-leb…

The Assassination of Yasser Arafat was Ordered by The Israeli Cabinet: "We will Choose the Right Way and the Right Time to Kill Arafat."
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-20
First published on November 19, 2013. | Author's Note | Who killed Hariri, Who killed Arafat? | According to the August 18, 2020 verdict by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) in The Hague Salim Ayyash was found guilty of killing Prime Minister …
globalresearch.ca/the-assassination-of-y…

"Don't Let Them Take Away Your Power": Obama Slams Trump at DNC & Warns U.S. Democracy Is at Risk
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-08-20
On the third night of the 2020 Democratic National Convention, party leaders argued that U.S. democracy is at risk if President Trump is reelected in November, with a lineup of speeches from former Congressmember Gabby Giffords, senator and former presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren and former President Barack Obama, who grew emotional describing the stakes of the election and urged people not to "let them take away your democracy." We air excerpts from the night's events.
www.democracynow.org/2020/8/20/dnc_2020_…

Before Kamala Harris, There Was Charlotta Bass: Remembering 1st Black Woman to Run for VP in 1952
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-08-20
Senator Kamala Harris is the first Indian American and first Black woman to be nominated for vice president on a major party ticket, but, as many historians have noted, Harris is not the first Black woman to run for vice president. That distinction belongs to the journalist and political activist Charlotta Bass, who was the editor of The California Eagle for nearly 30 years, one of the country's oldest Black newspapers, which covered women's suffrage, police brutality, the Klu Klux Klan, and discriminatory hiring and housing practices. Bass joined the Progressive Party ticket in 1952 on an antiracist platform tha…
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"I Know a Predator When I See One": Kamala Harris Takes Aim at Trump, Accepts Historic VP Nomination
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-08-20
Senator Kamala Harris has formally accepted the Democratic vice-presidential nomination, becoming the first woman of color to run on a major party presidential ticket. We feature part of her historic speech.
www.democracynow.org/2020/8/20/kamala_ha…

Abolitionist Derecka Purnell on Historic Kamala Harris VP Pick & Why Black Progressives Feel Torn
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-08-20
Senator Kamala Harris has formally accepted the Democratic vice-presidential nomination, becoming the first woman of color to run on a major party presidential ticket. But even as she makes history, many Black progressive women remain ambivalent, says Derecka Purnell, a human rights lawyer, abolitionist and columnist for The Guardian newspaper. "It's just unfortunate that you have to protect someone because of their identity … while at the same time if you care about the masses of Black people, the masses of poor people, the masses of immigrants in this country, you know that you have to speak truth and be hone…
www.democracynow.org/2020/8/20/kamala_ha…

Abolitionist Derecka Purnell on Historic Kamala Harris VP Pick & Why Black Progressives Feel Torn
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-08-20
As Kamala Harris makes history as the first woman of color to run on a major party presidential ticket, many Black progressive women remain ambivalent, says Derecka Purnell, a human rights lawyer, abolitionist and columnist for The Guardian newspaper. "It's just unfortunate that you have to protect someone because of their identity … while at the same time if you care about the masses of Black people, the masses of poor people, the masses of immigrants in this country, you know that you have to speak truth and be honest about their record," Purnell says.
www.democracynow.org/2020/8/20/kamala_ha…

Keep it Real
Rick Sterling | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-08-20
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 including "identity politics", Antifa and censorship. This is a book to be read, enjoyed and …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/08/keep-it-real/

Memoir of a World Watcher: Diana Johnstone
Diana Johnstone | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-20
We discuss Diana Johnstone's memoir, "Circle in the Darkness": | Yugoslavia under Tito; bombing of Serbia; Camp Bondsteel; spook revelation journalism; | Paris in 1968; anti-war movement of the '60s; legacy of Charles de Gaulle; Europe occupied since WWII; | the Greens; …
globalresearch.ca/memoir-world-watcher/5…

In Further War Crime, Israelis Cut Electricity to Gaza, Idling 50,000 Factory Workers
Prof. Juan Cole | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-20
The government of far right Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu cut off fuel for the sole power plant in the Gaza Strip, a small Palestinian territory surrounded on three sides by and blockaded by Israel. As a result, on Monday …
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Global South Calls For Sanctions On Apartheid Israel
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-20
Israel's decades-old regime of apartheid and theft of Palestinian land is continuing unabated. Reports that Israel is "suspending" formal annexation are a smokescreen for continued colonisation and piecemeal ethnic cleansing of Indigenous Palestinians. | Around the world, advocates for justice are pushing back.The Global South response, initiated by South African civil society, brings together notable figures, intellectuals, policy makers, civil society leaders and experts from Africa, Latin America and Asia, in a joint effort to promote lawful sanctions on Israel to end its decades-old oppression of the Palestin…
popularresistance.org/global-south-calls…

Celebrity, War, and Presidential Elections
Howard Lisnoff | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-20
On May 30, 1979, a letter appeared in 5 major newspapers in the US assailing the human rights record of Vietnam, a nation where the US killed about 3 million people and where about 58,000 of its own soldiers died. In bordering Cambodia, where the US war has spread besides a vicious air war over Laos, millions…
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Battelships in Beirut –MES EP.68
Marwa Osman | thealtworld.com | 2020-08-20
Several European navies have deployed vessels to Beirut port under the pretext of providing disaster relief and humanitarian assistance following the catastrophic explosion at the port of Beirut. The French Marine Nationale, British Royal Navy, German Deutsche Marine and Hellenic Navy have all dispatched vessels to Beirut as Lebanese people fear the return of 1982. To discuss this issue with us from Paris is Jean Pierre Duthion, political commentator. | Iraq cancelled a ministerial visit and summoned Turkey's ambassador last week as it blamed Ankara for a drone attack that killed two high-ranking Iraqi military o…
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Aboriginal Rights and the Discrepancy Between Profit and Heritage
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2020-08-20
Following the destruction of two heritage sites in Juukan Gorge by the Australian mining company Rio Tinto in May, Aboriginal communities are facing another threat to their quest to protect their heritage and culture. Western Australia's Federal government has been asked to take a step back by Australian mining companies when it comes to legislation protecting Aboriginal heritage. | The Native Title Act (NTA) currently allows six months for Aboriginal communities to reach an agreement with mining companies over any projects that can harm indigenous territory, thus placing mining companies at a constant advantage…
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Red line? Biden rejects DNC guest Linda Sarsour's endorsement over her 'anti-Semitism' & BDS support
rt.com | 2020-08-20
Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden hasn't encountered many far-left policies he won't embrace — from free healthcare for illegal aliens to free college — but he found one leftist supporter he won't abide: Linda Sarsour. | Sarsour, a Muslim activist and co-founder of the Women's March, endorsed Biden last week and spoke on Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention's "Muslim Delegates and Allies Assembly." Biden responded by denouncing her. | "Joe Biden has been a strong supporter of Israel and a vehement opponent of anti-Semitism his entire life, and he obviously condemns [Sarsour's] view…
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EU rejects UK demand for right to return migrants
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-20
The UK has wanted to extend the Dublin system after the end of the transition period at the end of the year. | The system allows countries to return refugees and migrants to the EU country from where they came, and is the basis of the current EU asylum system. | The Guardian reported that the EU rejected extending the system outside the EU, which the UK would be post-Brexit. | The UK offered the same system vice versa, so that they would have to accept migrants who landed in the EU from the UK, except those who arrive by airplane. | The EU said the plan was "very unbalanced," as southern Europe takes in 10 tim…
yenisafak.com/en/world/eu-rejects-uk-dem…

Berlin Dismisses Washington's Threats: The Construction of the Nord Stream 2 Gas Pipeline with Russia Will Proceed
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-20
Although the U.S. can threaten Germany, now during the American election campaign, threats cannot prevent the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline between Russia and Germany. It is interesting to observe how for the first time this century …
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It's Not Happening: The Mainstream Media Is the Enabler of American Dysfunction
Philip Giraldi | thealtworld.com | 2020-08-20
If journalists were actually getting out on the streets, they would discover that people are really worried about the future of the country. | Has anyone seen anywhere in the mainstream media a serious discussion of Israel's possible role in the Beirut bombing? I am not suggested an evidence-free indictment of Israel but rather just a review of Israel's possible motive and a consideration of its capability to carry out such an attack without having to directly do it itself with one of its bombs or missiles. Given the Jewish state's unrelenting hostility towards Hezbollah and its repeated violations of Lebanese te…
thealtworld.com/philip_giraldi/its-not-h…

Hands off Lebanon: Macron's Self-serving 'New Pact' Must Be Shunned
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-20
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 arrests.
counterpunch.org/2020/08/20/hands-off-le…

Hands off Lebanon: Macron's Self-serving 'New Pact' Must Be Shunned
Ramzy Baroud | zcomm.org | 2020-08-20
Macron's bizarre and dangerous political act in the streets of Beirut should worry all Lebanese, at least those who truly care about their country…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/hands-off-lebanon-…

Hands off Lebanon: Macron's Self-serving 'New Pact' Must Be Shunned
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-20
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…
counterpunch.org/2020/08/20/hands-off-le…

Zambian Socialist Party Secretary General Cosmas Musumali released from detention
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-20
Musumali was arrested along with nearly 30 other party workers while conducting a meeting. With the parliamentary elections only a month away, the ruling Patriotic Front has been cracking down on mobilizations and meetings by the opposition…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/08/20/zambian-s…

Video: In Mysterious Incident US Military Lost Two MQ-9 Reapers over Idlib
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-20
The shaky stability established in Syria after the end of the Turkish attack on the Syrian Army in Idlib in February and March of 2020 has collapsed. | Just a day after the confrontation between the US military and the Syrian …
globalresearch.ca/video-us-military-lost…

Trump Regime Further Escalates War on China's Huawei
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-20
Chinese tech giant Huawei calls itself "an independent, privately-held company that provides information and communication technology (ICT)…connect(ing) over three billion people in (over) 170 countries." | The company is leading the race to roll out 5G technology, its market potential worth …
globalresearch.ca/trump-regime-escalates…

Trump Regime Unilaterally and Illegally Imposing Snapback Sanctions on Iran
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-20
Unanimously adopted Security Council Resolution 2231 that affirmed the JCPOA nuclear deal eliminated UN sanctions on Iran. | Its provisions and the P5+1 approved nuclear agreement are binding international and US constitutional law under the Supremacy Clause — Article VI, Clause …
globalresearch.ca/trump-regime-unilatera…

The Hariri Assassination: Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) Verdict. Fake Justice on Behalf of Israel
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-20
In May 2007, Security Council Resolution 1757 established the STL "on the outskirts of the Hague." | Ten SC members voted "yes," none "no," Russia, China, South Africa, Indonesia, and Qatar abstaining. | Five judges were involved in proceedings, Judge David Re…
globalresearch.ca/special-tribunal-leban…

14 Afghan security personnel killed in Taliban attack
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-20
The overnight clash in the Khwaja Bahauddin district lasted for two hours. Attacks by the Taliban continue despite the Ashraf Ghani-led government's repeated calls for a permanent truce…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/08/20/14-afghan…

Saying Iran Is Paying Bounties To Kill Americans Is Pure Parody
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-20
It was Russia in June, now it's Tehran. Don't US analysts understand that Taliban fighters really don't need any more motivation to target American troops? This is simply politicized (un)intelligence that isn't fooling anyone. | According to CNN, the Iranian government has paid "bounties" to the Haqqani network, a terrorist group with close links to the Taliban, for six attacks on US and coalition forces in Afghanistan in 2019, including one on December 11 which targeted Bagram Air Base, north of Kabul, which wounded four US personnel.
popularresistance.org/saying-iran-is-pay…

Taliban rebuke US charges on ties with al-Qaeda
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-20
The Taliban in Afghanistan Thursday "strongly rejected" a US Defense Department report about their alleged cooperation with al-Qaeda."Our Mujahideen [Taliban insurgents] are strong enough to combat the enemy and are not in need of support from any foreign side or organization," said Zabihullah Mujahed, the group's spokesman, two days after the release of a Department of Defense Inspector General quarterly report on Operation Freedom Sentinel in Afghanistan.He added that such "provocative" reports only serve to make Afghans even more skeptical about US intentions for peace. | On the Doha pact with the US signed th…
yenisafak.com/en/news/taliban-rebuke-us-…

Donald Trump defies voters and hands a major win to US trophy hunters
Tracy Keeling | thecanary.co | 2020-08-20
Donald Trump's administration has handed a major win to US trophy hunters. As the Center for Biological Diversity highlighted on 18 August, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has 'revoked protections' on numerous wildlife refuges across the country. The Center says the changes mark "the single-largest expansion ever of hunting and fishing" on the protected lands. | Furthermore, the FWS held a consultation on the ch…
thecanary.co/discovery/analysis-discover…

Giants and Warriors Workers Fight Back
Marc Norton | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-20
The San Francisco Giants returned home on Friday, August 14 and found themselves being picketed by the workers who normally sell garlic fries and beer to the fans. This must have been bad karma, as both Friday and Saturday the Giants blew a big lead over the Oakland A's in the ninth inning, then got blown away by the…
counterpunch.org/2020/08/20/giants-and-w…

Biden won't save us / Keep it in the streets!
Nathaniel Chase | workers.org | 2020-08-20
As the November election approaches, pressure will mount on revolutionary organizations within the U.S. to fall in line with the Democratic Party and endorse Joe Biden. The argument often made is that a Democratic president is needed to counter reactionary policies put in place by a Republican administration. Does this . . . | Continue reading Biden won't save us / Keep it in the streets! at Workers.org
workers.org/2020/08/50686/?utm_source=rs…

Planet in Crisis, Higher Values of Society Corrupted, The Expression of Moral and Ethical Values
Julian Rose | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-20
One cannot fail to recognise the ubiquitous crisis in all forms of leadership that exists on the planet today. Qualities of wisdom, courage and statesmanship, once admired and emulated by aspiring people of principle, have been undermined and sterilised via …
globalresearch.ca/needed-vision-leadersh…

New Haven organizers host first annual Unity Walk for Survivors of Police Violence
Liberation Staff | liberationnews.org | 2020-08-20
We're giving the people that got killed by the police, that are dead, that are no longer here with us, a voice. They're talking through us.""
liberationnews.org/new-haven-organizers-…

RPI's long-standing ties to U.S. militarism
Jacob Kaplan | zcomm.org | 2020-08-20
Be careful whose dreams you help come true…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/rpis-long-standing…

750 Million Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes Approved for Release in Florida Keys

| globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-20
The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District (FKMCD) yesterday approved the first-ever U.S. release of genetically engineered mosquitoes. Despite public outcry and scientific dispute over the human health and environment risks posed by this field trial, the approval permits the release …
globalresearch.ca/750-million-geneticall…

Green Bay police videos prompt march for Black lives
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-08-20
Green Bay, WI – On August 14, more than 30 community members gathered at Brown County Courthouse to protest the recent 'public service' videos put out by the Green Bay Police Department. The third video, titled "Hands Up, Don't Shoot," is particularly offensive. The videos are meant to portray change, while no actual change takes place, and a murderer, Officer Erik O'Brien, remains employed. | In fact, GBPD promoted O'Brien to sergeant after he murdered Jonathon Tubby, an Oneida man, on October 19, 2018. Police Chief Andrew Smith publicly defends O'Brien, while making comments that compare Jonathon Tubby's…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/8/19/green-ba…

Twelve US Billionaires Have a Combined $1 Trillion
Chuck Collins — Omar Ocampo | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-20
For the first time in US history, the top twelve U.S. billionaires surpassed a combined wealth of $1 trillion. On Thursday August 13th, these 12 had a combined $1.015 trillion. This is a disturbing milestone in the US history of concentrated wealth and power. This is simply too much economic and political power in the…
counterpunch.org/2020/08/20/twelve-us-bi…

Privatization of Urban Areas? American Cities Need Bailouts Not More Usurious Bond Schemes
Abayomi Azikiwe | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-20
On August 14, the final abandoned home was demolished with the more than $265 million in Hardest Hit Funds initially designed to preserve neighborhoods as opposed to their destruction in the majority African American city of Detroit. (See this)…
globalresearch.ca/privatization-of-urban…

Rafael Correa will run for vice-presidency of Ecuador in 2021 general elections
Tanya Wadhwa | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-20
Former president Rafael Correa announced that he will run alongside economist Andrés Arauz in the upcoming general elections in Ecuador, but considerable obstacles to their participation in the upcoming elections remain…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/08/20/rafael-co…

Prisoners' lives matter! 'Inmates cannot social distance'
| workers.org | 2020-08-20
Makinni Iyapo By Makini Iyapo This edited talk was given at an Aug. 13 Workers World Party webinar, "From Black August to Black Lives Matter," hosted by the WWP Prisoners Solidarity Committee. I am so honored to be here, in the company of people of like minds. I feel rejuvenated . . . | Continue reading Prisoners' lives matter! 'Inmates cannot social distance' at Workers.org
workers.org/2020/08/50680/?utm_source=rs…

A National Emergency Requires a Bold Local Response
Paul Cienfuegos | zcomm.org | 2020-08-20
Just imagine how Portland could become a beacon of light for the rest of the nation. Imagine if other cities followed in our footsteps. Imagine if We the People began to recognize that our most nationally transformative work could be done locally.
zcomm.org/znetarticle/1037587/

To the victor belong the spoils
David Ruccio | mronline.org | 2020-08-20
The phrase, which was used in the early nineteenth century to describe the the spoils system of appointing government workers, accurately describes the American economy today.* And it's pretty clear who the victor is, and it's not the working-class. Instead, a small group at the top have come out as the victor–and that's been true …
mronline.org/2020/08/20/to-the-victor-be…

Food delivery workers strike in multiple Indian cities against drastic reduction in pay
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-20
Delivery personnel with the Indian company Swiggy are protesting in a number of cities claiming that the payment they get per order has sharply decreased, as have other incentives…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/08/20/food-deli…

The Hariri Assassination: Israel 's Fingerprints
Rannie Amiri | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-20
This article focussing on Israel's spy ring in Lebanon was first published by Global Research on July 23, 2010. The article also addresses the role of the UN sponsored STL. | Is it relevant? | *** | In the Middle East , the …
globalresearch.ca/the-hariri-assassinati…

A bullet lodged next to my son's heart
Manal Tamimi | zcomm.org | 2020-08-20
I have lived my entire life under Israeli occupation. Generations of my family have fought against Israel's violent apartheid…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/a-bullet-lodged-ne…

Harris targets Trump the predator, denounces structural racism
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-08-20
WILMINGTON, Del.–Several big Democratic figures graced television screens for the party's virtual national convention on Wednesday night, but the finale was left to Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif. The history-making first Black woman ever on a major-party ticket, Harris used her acceptance of the party's 2020 vice-presidential nomination to introduce her personal story and tie it …
peoplesworld.org/article/harris-targets-…

Teachers Unions Test Goodwill with Strike Threats, Hardball Negotiations
Megan Cassella, Nicole Gaudiano, and Mackenzie Mays | zcomm.org | 2020-08-20
As schools prepare to open, in addition to safety measures, some unions are pressing for police-free schools, canceling rents and mortgages, and bans on new charter programs and standardized testing.
zcomm.org/znetarticle/teachers-unions-te…

Green Bay police videos prompt march for Black lives
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-08-20
Green Bay, WI – On August 14, more than 30 community members gathered at Brown County Courthouse to protest the recent 'public service' videos put out by the Green Bay Police Department. The third video, titled "Hands Up, Don't Shoot," is particularly offensive. The videos are meant to portray change, while no actual change takes place, and a murderer, Officer Erik O'Brien, remains employed. | In fact, GBPD promoted O'Brien to sergeant after he murdered Jonathon Tubby, an Oneida man, on October 19, 2018. Police Chief Andrew Smith publicly defends O'Brien, while making comments that compare Jonathon Tubby's…
fightbacknews.org/2020/8/19/green-bay-po…

The Democratic Platform and Medicare for All: A Nod Is as Good as a Wink (To a Blind Horse)
Mark Dudzic | zcomm.org | 2020-08-20
Medicare for All has won the battle of ideas. Now we have to win the battle against entrenched economic and political power.
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-democratic-pla…

PDF of August 20 issue
A. Majumdar | workers.org | 2020-08-20
Download the 12-page PDF. Stop Trump's attack on…
workers.org/2020/08/50692/?utm_source=rs…

Racists outnumbered at Stone Mountain
Liberation Atlanta Staff | liberationnews.org | 2020-08-20
This summer of mass protests against police brutality and the brutality of this capitalist system more broadly has stirred up a predictable reaction from the far-right, leading several of Georgia's most notorious racists to plan an Aug. 15 march up Stone Mountain, about 30 minutes east of Atlanta, to prove the vitality of the racist …
liberationnews.org/racists-outnumbered-a…

Hillary Clinton tells voters: Don't let Trump steal the election, again
C.J. Atkins | peoplesworld.org | 2020-08-20
Three million more people voted for Hillary Clinton than for Donald Trump in 2016. It's been nearly four years since that fateful election, but the number is worth repeating. If not for the anachronistic institution known as the Electoral College, there would be no President Donald Trump. On Wednesday night, the woman who beat Trump …
peoplesworld.org/article/hillary-clinton…

The Tight Rope #DemConvention Watch Party Ro Khanna Zephyr Teachout Howie Hawkins
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-08-20
Cornel West and Tricia Rose bring you live coverage and commentary of the final night of the 2020 #DemConvention featuring Joe Biden's speech from Wilmington, Delaware and confirmed guests Congressman Ro Khanna, Zephyr Teachout, Howie Hawkins, and Angela Walker.
therealnews.com/stories/the-tight-rope-d…

Dedicated activists help La Riva 2020 win ballot access in Arkansas
Liberation Staff | liberationnews.org | 2020-08-20
The success of the coordinated effort to secure ballot access in Arkansas clearly demonstrates the ability of an organized revolutionary party to overcome the undemocratic hurdles the capitalist electoral system throws our way.
liberationnews.org/dedicated-activists-h…

When It Comes to Trump v. Biden Yoga Berra is Right: It Ain't Over Till it's Over
David Schultz | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-20
We might as well stop the presidential election now and declare Joe Biden the winner. At least that is the consensus of the presidential prediction machines that political pundits and the media are pouring out. Much like in 2016 where nearly all the predictions had Hillary Clinton a certain winner over Donald Trump, the same…
counterpunch.org/2020/08/20/when-it-come…

DNC: Performance Progressivism
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-08-20
Stir Crazy! Episode 79: Today we are joined by TRNN visual producer Andrew Corkery and organizers from the People's City Council of Los Angeles Ina Morten and Ricci Sergienko. Hosted by Kim Brown.
therealnews.com/stories/dnc-performance-…

Food delivery workers strike in multiple Indian cities against drastic reduction in pay
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-20
Having worked throughout the lockdown delivery riders are now left with little to show as earning, which, in many cases, have been reduced to a fifth of what they used to earn in March…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/08/20/food-deli…

Bernie Sanders' Full Speech At The 2020 DNC
Bernie Sanders | zcomm.org | 2020-08-20
Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke at the 2020 Democratic National Convention, saying that even though he did not receive the nomination "our movement continues."
zcomm.org/zvideo/1037580/

The Hariri Assassination: Israel 's Fingerprints
Rannie Amiri | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-20
This incisive article by Rannie Amiri focussing on Israel's spy ring in Lebanon was first published by Global Research on July 23, 2010. The article also addresses the role of the UN sponsored Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) | Is it …
globalresearch.ca/the-hariri-assassinati…

Donald Trump is Losing His Tech War with China and Doesn't Even Know It
Dilip Hiro | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-20
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 comes to China, in fact, the ever more virulent criticism never seems to stop. Between the end…
counterpunch.org/2020/08/20/donald-trump…

Poor People's Campaign launches drive to build power among poor, low-income voters
The Poor People's Campaign | zcomm.org | 2020-08-20
U.S. residents have fewer voting rights today than they did after the Voting Rights Act passed in 1965…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/poor-peoples-campa…

As US stalls on extension of New Start treaty seeking to gain control over China, the world is on verge of dangerous arms race
Finian Cunningham | thealtworld.com | 2020-08-20
After three rounds of talks with Russia wrapped up this summer, the US is still equivocating on …
thealtworld.com/finian_cunningham/as-us-…

Planned Parenthood's Margaret Sanger problem
Sue Davis | workers.org | 2020-08-20
Planned Parenthood of Greater New York issued a strong statement July 21 that condemned Margaret Sanger's relationship with eugenics theory and practice. "By saying this, we disarm a tool anti-abortion opponents use to shame women of color, especially Black women, from seeking the full spectrum of sexual and reproductive health . . . | Continue reading Planned Parenthood's Margaret Sanger problem at Workers.org
workers.org/2020/08/50683/?utm_source=rs…

Giants and Warriors workers fight back
Marc Norton | peoplesworld.org | 2020-08-20
The San Francisco Giants returned home on Friday, August 14, and found themselves being picketed by the workers who normally sell garlic fries and beer to the fans. This must have been bad karma, as both Friday and Saturday the Giants blew a big lead over the Oakland A's in the ninth inning, then got …
peoplesworld.org/article/giants-and-warr…

What's behind the US attack on China's tech sector
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-20
Charles Xu of the Qiao Collective talks about the context behind the US assault on China's technological sector, especially Huawei. He talks about the strategies of development deployed by China over the past few decades…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/08/20/whats-beh…

Algerian journalist Abdulkrim Zeghileche faces prison term for "undermining national unity"
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-20
Abdulkrim Zeghileche, an active supporter of the Hirak protests, has been in pre-trial detention since June 23 and his trial is expected to begin in a few days. He faces a three-year prison term if convicted…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/08/20/algerian-…

Nurses united in the fight for a new contract at Connecticut's Backus Hospital
Gil Netter | peoplesworld.org | 2020-08-20
NORWICH, Conn.–Over 250 nurses, who are members of the Backus Federation of Nurses, AFT-CT Local 5149, and community supporters carried out an informational picket here Sunday, Aug. 9, outside Backus Hospital. They were demanding the hospital administration negotiate a new contract addressing safety issues affecting nurses and patients. The reasons for the picket and rally …
peoplesworld.org/article/nurses-united-i…

A Note on Lost GDP During the Shutdown
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-20
Some folks have complained about the loss of GDP over the last five months and questioned whether the shutdowns have been worth the price. While people often toss around huge numbers in the trillions of dollars as the cost of the shutdown, these big numbers are often both inaccurate and misleading. Measuring Lost GDP The…
counterpunch.org/2020/08/20/a-note-on-lo…

When It Comes to Trump v. Biden Yoga Berra is Right: It Ain't Over Till it's Over
David Schultz | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-20
While most of the prediction models understand the electoral college issue, they nonetheless still fail to appreciate that polling needs to be done at the state if not even at the county level to understand the micro trends impacting presidential elections. As I have repeatedly pointed out, and do so again this year, it is a few swing voters in a few swing counties in a few swing states that will decide the presidential election.
counterpunch.org/2020/08/20/when-it-come…

"Your Economics Professor is almost Certainly a Charlatan: A review with commentary of My Mis-Education in 3 Graphics," a film by Mary Filippo
Michael D. Yates | mronline.org | 2020-08-20
Mary Filippo began in 2004 to audit economics classes in the hope that she could "learn something about globalization. Does it really help people in developing countries? What are its downsides?" She did not learn these things.
mronline.org/2020/08/20/your-economics-p…

Michigan agrees to $600 settlement in Flint water crisis
Amanda Mills | nationofchange.org | 2020-08-20
"If money is how government expresses sorrow for its crimes — this is a big apology."
nationofchange.org/2020/08/20/michigan-a…

After a big win against coal, NY climate activists are closer than ever to ending all fossil fuel investments
Nick Engelfried | zcomm.org | 2020-08-20
A recent surge in youth-led climate activism has revived a near decade-long effort to divest New York from the companies most responsible for causing the climate crisis…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/after-a-big-win-ag…

Jobless crisis worsens: Army of the unemployed grows by more than 1.7 million
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-08-20
WASHINGTON–Actual initial claims for state and federal jobless benefits combined climbed to 1.44 million in the week ending August 15, the Labor Department reported. The adjusted figure, however, was 215,000 claims higher than that, all for state jobless benefits alone. The increase pushed the official number of unemployed to 28.06 million, BLS added. Private analysts …
peoplesworld.org/article/jobless-crisis-…

Former deputy sentenced to prison for ordering attack on inmate
Andrew Emett | nationofchange.org | 2020-08-20
"The duty of correctional officers is to uphold the law and protect the people within their care. These actions are not only illegal and morally wrong, they go against the oath this officer took when he entered the job."
nationofchange.org/2020/08/20/former-dep…

Prague's Fights Over Kundera: Biography From the Files of the Secret Police
Monika Zgustova | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-20
In 2008, while I was staying in Prague, a scandal broke out involving the Czech writer Milan Kundera, who has lived in Paris since 1975. Respekt magazine published an article claiming that Kundera had informed on a foreign spy of Czech extraction who was staying that night in the students' residence of which Kundera was…
counterpunch.org/2020/08/20/pragues-figh…

Obama warns: Re-elect Trump and U.S. democracy dies
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-08-20
PHILADELPHIA — Re-elect Donald Trump, Barack Obama warns, and U.S. democracy dies. That, in a nutshell, was the stark message Obama delivered about his successor to the entire country in a speech from the U.S. Constitution Center in Philadelphia on Wednesday night. "I have sat in the Oval Office with both of the men who …
peoplesworld.org/article/obama-warns-re-…

The CIA Versus the Kennedys
Jacob G. Hornberger | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-20
Former Congressman Ron Paul and his colleague Dan McAdams recently conducted a fascinating interview with Robert F. Kennedy Jr., which focused in part on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, who was Kennedy Jr.'s uncle. The interview …
globalresearch.ca/cia-versus-kennedy/572…

Face Masks Pose Serious Risks to the Healthy
Dr. Russell Blaylock | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-20
First published by GR on May 26, 2020 | "By wearing a mask, the exhaled viruses will not be able to escape and will concentrate in the nasal passages, enter the olfactory nerves and travel into the brain." — Russell Blaylock, …
globalresearch.ca/face-masks-pose-seriou…

Venezuela: The real enemy
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-08-20
We became an unusual and extraordinary threat to U.S. imperialism in 1999. From that moment on, our enemy declared war, not a conventional war, but war nonetheless.
mronline.org/2020/08/20/venezuela-the-re…

Egyptians stand up against sexual violence
Mary Fawzy | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-20
A case against a rich alleged rapist has sparked outrage across the country, leading to an amendment to legislation to conceal the identities of survivors — but is it enough?
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/08/20/egyptians…

Prague's Fights Over Kundera: Biography From the Files of the Secret Police
Monika Zgustova | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-20
In 2008, while I was staying in Prague, a scandal broke out involving the Czech writer Milan Kundera, who has lived in Paris since 1975. Respekt magazine published an article claiming that Kundera had informed on a foreign spy of Czech extraction who was staying that night in the students' residence of which Kundera was…
counterpunch.org/2020/08/20/pragues-figh…

Prisoners' lives matter! 'Inmates cannot social distance'
a guest author | workers.org | 2020-08-20
Makinni Iyapo By Makini Iyapo This edited talk was given at an Aug. 13 Workers World Party webinar, "From Black August to Black Lives Matter," hosted by the WWP Prisoners Solidarity Committee. I am so honored to be here, in the company of people of like minds. I feel rejuvenated . . . | Continue reading Prisoners' lives matter! 'Inmates cannot social distance' at Workers.org
workers.org/2020/08/50680/?utm_source=rs…

'US shouldn't try its luck, it'll only be humiliated again'
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-20
TEHRAN, Aug. 20 (MNA) — Iran's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Majid Takht Ravanchi in his Thursday tweet said the US should not try its luck for it will only be humiliated again.
en.mehrnews.com/news/162535/US-shouldn-t…

S.Korea must be accountable for halting drug imports to Iran
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-20
TEHRAN, Aug. 20 (MNA) — Iranian First Vice President Es'hagh Jahangiri said on Thursday that South Korea must be held accountable for its negative response to drug imports to Iran.
en.mehrnews.com/news/162534/S-Korea-must…

'We must be ready for post-sanctions era'
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-20
TEHRAN, Aug. 21 (MNA) — Iranian Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh believes that Iran needs to be ready for post-sanctions era.
en.mehrnews.com/news/162529/We-must-be-r…

Israeli regime biggest threat to region: Nasrallah
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-20
TEHRAN, Aug. 20 (MNA) — Secretary-General of the Lebanese Hezbollah Resistance Movement Hassan Nasrallah said that the Israeli regime is the biggest threat to the West Asia (Middle East) region.
en.mehrnews.com/news/162538/Israeli-regi…

Iranian defense industry competitive with modern intl. rivals
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-20
TEHRAN, Aug. 21 (MNA) — In a statement on Thursday, IRGC said Iranian defense industry is competitive with its developed and modern international rivals.
en.mehrnews.com/news/162536/Iranian-defe…

Great strides taken in Iran's nuclear industry
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-20
TEHRAN, Aug. 20 (MNA) — AEOI, in a tweet on Thursday, said with or without the activation of the trigger mechanism against Iran, the body has taken major steps in empowering its nuclear industry and providing 90,000 SWU.
en.mehrnews.com/news/162532/Great-stride…

No right for US to request snapback of UN sanctions on Iran
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-20
TEHRAN, Aug. 20 (MNA) — China says the US has no right to request snapback of UN sanctions on Iran after pulling out from the JCPOA.
en.mehrnews.com/news/162526/No-right-for…

Wednesday 9/16: Oakland Privacy: Fighting Against the Surveillance State
Oakland Privacy | indybay.org | 2020-08-20
Online, via Zoom…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/08/20/1883600…

Thursday 8/27: Supporting Voting Rights in California Jails: A Community Training
ACLU & partners | indybay.org | 2020-08-20
Online via Zoom…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/08/20/1883600…

California Moves to Protect Declining Leatherback Sea Turtles
Center for Biological Diversity | indybay.org | 2020-08-20
Prehistoric Reptiles Threatened by Fishing…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/08/19/1883599…

On Facebook Banning Anarchist and Antifascist Pages & the Digital Censorship to Come
CrimethInc. Ex-Workers Collective | indybay.org | 2020-08-20
Today Facebook deleted a variety of far-Right militia and Qanon accounts along with anarchist and antifascist pages, including It's Going Down and CrimethInc. The following is a joint statement in response.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/08/19/1883599…

Sunday 8/30: Amerikkka Is Burning Ball
The Peoples Oakland Pride | indybay.org | 2020-08-20
LAKE MERRITT AMPHITHEATER…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/08/18/1883598…

Thursday 8/20: Rideshare Drivers to Protest Across CA as Uber, Lyft Threaten to Abandon Drivers
William Fitzgerald | indybay.org | 2020-08-20
1455 Market St San Francisco, CA 94103…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/08/19/1883600…

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

Saturday 8/22: Jeremiah Wright's America
David Giesen | indybay.org | 2020-08-20
Join Zoom Meeting | zoom.us/j/96790644732?pwd=Z1ByS25DMW01Nn… | Meeting ID: 967 9064 4732 | Passcode: 9KNjPY…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/08/19/1883600…

Defund The Police Movement Can Learn From Corrupt Gun Trace Task Force
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-20
"I Got A Monster" is a page turner that's as hard to put down as it is disturbing. What's more, it could not be more relevant to our times. Through extensive reporting, authors Baynard Woods and Brandon Soderberg show that repressive police tactics — like throwing civilians into unmarked cars and fabricating and planting evidence — are more than recent national news topics. They have been used for years against Black communities. | Immaculately researched, the authors use court documents, wiretaps, interviews, and body camera footage to recreate the unraveling of one of the greatest police scandals of…
popularresistance.org/defund-the-police-…

On Facebook Banning Anarchist And Antifascist Pages
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-20
Facebook has taken down multiple Facebook pages they believe to be connected with crimethinc.com and itsgoingdown.org, among other anarchist and anti-fascist publishing projects, officially on the pretext that they "support violence." This has nothing to do with stopping violence and everything to do with cracking down on social movements and everyday people getting organized in their communities. | Facebook has always promoted itself as seeking to assist people in creating networks to meet their needs.
popularresistance.org/on-facebook-bannin…

Tell The People That The Struggle Must Go On
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-20
Young children marvel at an obvious contradiction in capitalist societies: why do we have shops filled with food, and yet see hungry people on the streets? It is a question of enormous significance; but in time the question dissipates into the fog of moral ambivalence, as various explanations are used to obfuscate the clarity of the youthful mind. The most bewildering explanation is that hungry people cannot eat because they have no money, and somehow this absence of money — the most mystical of all human creations — is enough reason to let people starve.
popularresistance.org/tell-the-people-th…

Journalism professor melts down after seeing Trump ads on Washington Post website, accusing the paper of SELLING ITS SOUL
rt.com | 2020-08-20
Seeing the front page of his beloved Washington Post plastered with campaign ads for President Donald Trump sent one journalism professor into a fit of rage. And the angrier he got, the more people in the comments laughed. | "No, @washingtonpost, no, no NO. How dare you? Were these pieces of silver worth the price of your soul?" City University of New York journalism professor Jeff Jarvis tweeted on Thursday, after seeing an ad slamming Joe Biden emblazoned across the banner of the Washington Post's website. | No, @washingtonpost, no, no NO.
rt.com/usa/498585-trump-ads-washington-p…

Steve Bannon & 3 others ARRESTED, charged with border wall fundraiser fraud
rt.com | 2020-08-20
Former Trump campaign manager Steve Bannon, triple-amputee Air Force vet Brian Kolfage and two others have been arrested and charged with defrauding hundreds of thousands of donors with their 'We Build the Wall' online fundraiser. | Bannon, Kolfage, Andrew Badolato and Timothy Shea are accused of scamming over $25 million under the guise of raising funds to build a wall on the US' southern border with Mexico in an indictment unsealed Thursday in Manhattan federal court. | While donors to the crowdfunding campaign were told Kolfage, the public face of We Build the Wall, "would not be paid a cent," the quartet a…
rt.com/usa/498555-steve-bannon-indicted-…

'We believe in law enforcement': Texas governor pledges to financially punish cities that attempt to defund the police
rt.com | 2020-08-20
Governor of Texas Greg Abbott has issued a stark warning to left-leaning cities in the Lone Star State, saying he will withdraw funding from municipalities that try to defund law enforcement agencies. | The Republican politician sent the unambiguous message after Austin's city council slashed its police budget by $150 million last week. "Texas will defund cities that try to defund their police. We support law enforcement in Texas," Abbott tweeted late on Wednesday. | Discussing the issue on Fox News, Governor Abbott accused liberal precincts of "caving to socialism," and argued that the violence that's erupted…
rt.com/usa/498527-texas-threatens-defund…

'No apologies whatsoever!' Chicago mayor defends ban on protests in HER neighborhood, vows to do anything to protect home & family
rt.com | 2020-08-20
Progressive Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has insisted that a ban on demonstrations in her neighborhood is necessary to ward off any threats to her family, despite vocal support for citizens' right to peacefully protest elsewhere. | The Chicago Police Department has ordered officers to bar protesters from Lightfoot's Logan Square neighborhood and arrest any who refuse to leave, the Chicago Tribune reported on Thursday, citing a recently surfaced poli…
rt.com/usa/498604-chicago-mayor-defends-…

Lyft SUSPENDS California service to avoid registering drivers as employees, Uber expected to follow suit
rt.com | 2020-08-20
After a California court's preliminary injunction required Uber and Lyft to reclassify drivers as employees, both companies threatened to shut down their ride-hailing services, with the latter confirming the move. | Lyft will suspend its transportation activity in California at 11: 59pm local time on Thursday, the company announced in a blog post. "This is not something we wanted to do, as we know millions of Californians depend on Lyft for daily, essential trips," the company — valued in the billions of dollars &#…
rt.com/usa/498586-lyft-california-servic…

WATCH: Florida lashed by multiple tornados, snapping trees in half and flipping vehicles
rt.com | 2020-08-20
Florida has been lashed by a series of ferocious storms culminating in multiple tornados descending from the sky, terrifying beleaguered locals, uprooting trees and flipping cars in the process. | One waterspout touched down around lunch time, before transforming into a fully-fledged tornado at Golden Beach near Aventura on Wednesday. | Eyewitness footage captured the moment the waterspout made landfall and gathered pace as it transformed into a fully-fledged tornado. | Tornado / waterspout golden beach Florida – ramen by my mom pic.twitter.com/ANsCQgVHqS– Scott shea…
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'Loneliness epidemic': Half of American singles aren't looking for a relationship or even seeking casual dates, Pew poll shows
rt.com | 2020-08-20
Half of single adults in the US aren't looking for casual dates, let alone a committed relationship, reflecting a trend toward more reclusive lifestyles in Japan and other developed nations, a new Pew Research Center poll showed. | Fifty percent of Americans who aren't in a relationship aren't seeking a committed partner or trying to find dates, Pew reported Thursday, based on polling that was done in October 2019. As for those open to r…
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Trump's pardon for Susan B. Anthony SNUBBED as museum rejects it on her behalf, gives president pointed to-do list it would prefer
rt.com | 2020-08-20
A museum ostensibly dedicated to honoring the memory of women's-rights hero Susan B. Anthony has instead chosen to score partisan political points by rejecting a pardon from President Donald Trump on her behalf. | The National Susan B. Anthony Museum in Rochester, New York, snubbed the pardon on Twitter, taking the liberty of channeling what it supposed would be Anthony's thoughts 114 years after her death. "On news of the presidential pardon for Susan B. Anthony on August 18, 2020: Objection, Mr. President. Susan B. Anthony must decline your offer of a pardon today!" | Anthony wrote in her diary in 1873 that…
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Portland police use tear gas to disperse protesters after mob targets ICE building (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
rt.com | 2020-08-20
Federal officers tussled with protesters in Portland after a crowd vandalized an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office in the city. Police declared the assembly a riot and deployed tear gas. | Several hundred demonstrators marched to the ICE building on Wednesday night, where they proceeded to shine lights and lasers at federal officers inside the premises. According to a statement released by the Portland Police Bureau (PPB), the crowd began kicking and banging on the building's doors, and tagged the government office with graffiti. The office's windows were also damaged. | Federal agents exited th…
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'Where's the war? I don't see the war': Trump says Obama & Hillary marched the US into conflict while he 'kept us out' of new wars
rt.com | 2020-08-20
President Donald Trump has boasted that by replacing Barack Obama and defeating Hillary Clinton, he saved the US from war with North Korea. An unlikely dove, Trump has often accused his rivals of clamoring for conflict. | Speaking on Thursday from Old Forge, Pennsylvania — just two miles from Joe Biden's hometown of Scranton — Trump tore into his opponent, calling Biden a "puppet of the radical left movement" who wants to "hike your taxes" and "take away your guns," among other by now well-worn criticisms. | After rounding on Biden, Trump boasted of his own accomplishments in office, including his se…
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It's Not Happening: The Mainstream Media Is the Enabler of American Dysfunction
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2020-08-20
Has anyone seen anywhere in the mainstream media a serious discussion of Israel's possible role in the Beirut bombing? I am not suggested an evidence-free indictment of Israel but rather just a review of Israel's possible motive and a consideration of its capability to carry out such an attack without having to directly do it itself with one of its bombs or missiles. Given the Jewish state's unrelenting hostility towards Hezbollah and its repeated violations of Lebanese territory and airspace, it would seem to me that it would at least merit a sentence or two in the New York Times or Washington Post. | Or how abo…
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Washington's Gift to President Putin
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2020-08-20
Russia is often portrayed as resisting international norms and rejecting honest olive branches from the West. But Russia has made many attempts at peace and partnership only to be rejected. Watch the video and read more in the article by Brian Cloughley.
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Williamson was warned of algorithm's impact on poorer pupils last month
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-08-20
Gavin Williamson was warned the exams algorithm would disadvantage poorer pupils around a month before it was axed, it has emerged as the embattled education secretary came under fresh scrutiny.Jon Coles, a former Department for Education director-general, issued a clear warning to Williamson that hundreds of thousands of students could receive the wrong grades, it became clear on Thursday as pupils learned their GCSE results.But Williamson pushed on with using the algorithm in England until he came under cross-party fire after nearly 40% of A-level students had their results downgraded.The Cabinet minister was h…
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2019 saw record levels of annual loss from the Greenland Ice Sheet, study finds
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-08-20
The annual ice mass loss from Greenland in 2019 broke the previous record melt in 2012 by 15%, a new study suggests. | The Greenland Ice Sheet is one of the largest contributors to sea level rise, and is associated with about 0.76mm per year, out of the total of about 3.5mm per year rise in global mean sea level from 2005 to 2017, researchers say. | Using the satellite missions Grace (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment) and its follow-on mission Grace-FO, experts have been able to quantify ice mass loss by tracking changes in gravity. | Ingo Sasgen from the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar…
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Sister 'sickened' by police actions in 'I'll choke you out' arrest video
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-08-20
A woman has said she was sickened by footage of her brother being arrested while being told "chill out or I'll choke you out" by a police officer.A West Yorkshire officer has been suspended after a video was widely shared of Hassan Ahmed, 27, being arrested in Halifax on Sunday.His sister Safyah, who did not wish to give her surname, joined around 100 people for a demonstration outside Halifax police station on Wednesday afternoon.Hassan Ahmed's sister Safyah joined around 100 people for a demonstration outside Halifax police station (Dave Higgens/PA)She said of her brother's arrest: "It was a total abuse of powe…
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Ex-White House adviser Steve Bannon arrested over border wall fundraising scheme
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-08-20
Former White House adviser Steve Bannon has been arrested on charges that he and three others ripped off donors to an online fundraising scheme called We Build The Wall.The charges were contained in an indictment unsealed in Manhattan federal court.Federal prosecutors alleged that Bannon and three others "orchestrated a scheme to defraud hundreds of thousands of donors" in connection with an online crowdfunding campaign that raised more than $25m (£19m) to build a wall along the southern border of the United States.A spokesperson for Bannon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Steve Bannon l…
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Record GCSE grades 'likely to prompt more students than ever to attend college'
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-08-20
More students than ever are likely to progress to A-levels and vocational courses following steep rises in the GCSE pass rates for maths and English, college leaders have said.Nearly three in four (71.2%) entries in England received a grade 4 or above — broadly equivalent to a C or above — in English this year, compared with 61.8% last year, according to data published by exams regulator Ofqual.The pass rate for maths has increased by 7 percentage points. Two in three entries received a grade 4 or above, compared with 59.6% in 2019.(PA Graphics)David Hughes, chief executive of the Association of College…
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Latinx Democrats Received the Same Number of DNC Prime-Time Slots as Republicans
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-08-20
On the first night of the Democratic National Convention (DNC), four Republicans spoke in support of former Vice President Joe Biden. That's the same as the number of Latinxs who will be given time to speak during prime time for the entire week of the convention. While the first face to appear on-screen during the first-ever virtual DNC was Eva Longoria, the activist and actor of "Desperate Housewives" fame, only three other Latinxs received prime-time billing: Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto…
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Obama Breaks With Convention Protocol to Call Trump a Threat at DNC Night Three
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-08-20
The third night of the Democratic National Convention was an affirmation of the formidable opposition to a second Trump term. Here was Kamala Harris, a Black and Indian American woman, becoming the vice-presidential nominee with the crack of a gavel. Here was Hillary Clinton, the road not taken made flesh, dressed in suffragette white and warning the country not to blow it again. Here was Elizabeth Warren with a plan. Here were children made electric in their fear of dying in bullet-riddle…
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GOP Is Waging a War on Voting. Here Are 8 Ways You Can Protect Election 2020
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-08-20
The 2020 presidential election will not be decided by the popularity of candidates or their ideas. It will not be decided by how many people intend to vote for each candidate. The usual dramas of polls, debates and running mates are irrelevant. | The election will be decided by how many people try to vote and how many votes get counted and reported correctly in a handful of battleground states. Donald Trump is not trying to appeal to more voters with popular ideas. He is appealing to those who…
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Remembering Charlotta Bass, the First Black Woman to Run for VP in 1952
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-08-20
Image Credit: Southern California Library | Senator Kamala Harris is the first Indian American and first Black woman to be nominated for vice president on a major party ticket, but, as many historians have noted, Harris is not the first Black woman to run for vice president. That distinction belongs to the journalist and political activist Charlotta Bass, who was the editor of The California Eagle for nearly 30 years, one of the country's oldest Black newspapers, which covered women's suffrage, police…
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Battling "The Empire" of Gang Green Collaborators, Timber Industry, and Trump's Forest Service in the North Cascades
Mike Garrity | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-20
Several pseudo environmental groups joined forces with the timber industry and the Forest Service against the Alliance for the Wild Rockies after it filed a lawsuit last year against the Mission Restoration Project on Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest in the Methow Valley west of Twisp, Washington. This scenic, pristine, and remote rural area is sandwiched between the Pasayten…
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Prominent left veterans say vote Biden-Harris, then keep organizing
John Bachtell | peoplesworld.org | 2020-08-20
Alarm over the prospect of a second Trump presidency and desire for substantial change is preparing the ground for an unprecedented voter turnout in November. The virtual Democratic National Convention showcased the vast array of support coalescing around former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif. That support ranges from former Ohio Republican …
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Bring Back Affirmative Action to UC Berkeley
Cecil Brown | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-20
An Open Letter to Michael Drake, UC President Carol Christ, UC Chancellor, Kamala Harris,Vice Presidential Nominee, It is not possible for me to think of myself without thinking of the U of C and what opportunities it provided –Dr. Michael Drake I wish to congratulate you on being the first African American president of the…
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Fourteen missing amid ship collision off Shanghai, China
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-20
At least 14 crew members remain missing after two ships collided near the mouth of the Yangtze River early on Thursday, local media reports said.According to the Beijing-based daily Global Times, an oil tanker carrying 3,000 tons of gasoline collided with a gravel boat 1.5 nautical miles southeast of the estuary's lightvessel.The collision, which occurred near Shanghai, caused a major fire on the deck of the patrol tanker, while gravel boat sank.Rescue teams have so far saved three crew members of 17 who were onboard, while 14 are still missing, the newspaper reported.This was the first collision between ships ne…
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Iran says it detained a UAE ship, its crew on Monday
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-20
Iran seized a United Arab Emirates-registered ship violating its territorial waters this week, Iran's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday, adding that UAE coast guards killed two Iranian fishermen on the same day."On Monday, an Emirati ship was seized by the border guards of Iran and its crew were detained due to illegal traffic in our country's waters," state TV quoted the statement as saying."On the same day, UAE guards shot dead two Iranian fishermen and seized a boat … the UAE has expressed regret for the incident and in a letter on Wednesday announced its readiness to pay compensation."
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South Korea says Russia violated its air defense zone
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-20
South Korea on Thursday alleged that at least six Russian aircraft violated its air defense zone.According to South Korean military officials, the Russian military air activity prompted its Air Force to respond and push them out of the Korean Air Defense Identification Zone (KADIZ), the Seoul-based Yonhap News Agency reported.Details released by the South Korea military said two Tu-95MS strategic bombers and four other Russian military jets on Wednesday entered the KADIZ near South Korea's easternmost islets of Dokdo in the East Sea."There was no prior notice" about the air activity by the Russian side, the South…
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Palestinian dies after being shot, detained by Israeli army
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-20
A Palestinian youth who was shot and taken away by Israeli soldiers succumbed to his injuries on Thursday.Mohammad Haziz was among three Palestinians shot by Israeli forces near the Deir Abu Meshal village, close to Ramallah in the central West Bank.The Palestinian Red Crescent said earlier on Thursday it had taken two wounded youths to hospitals in Ramallah, while a third injured person was detained by Israeli forces.Emad Zahran, head of Deir Abu Meshal's local council, told Anadolu Agency that Haziz's family was informed of his death by the Israeli army hours after he was detained."Mohammad was detained at dawn…
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'Efforts to block Turkish energy ships will pay price'
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-20
Anybody who tries to block Turkish energy exploration in its coastal waters will regret it, said the head of a Turkish political party on Thursday."Anyone who dares to confront our navy and research ships in the [Eastern] Mediterranean or the Aegean will pay the heaviest price," Devlet Bahceli, leader of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), said in a written statement.Bahceli reiterated that Turkey's rightful actions are in line with international law, adding that they "upended global plans."Greece, France, Egypt, and other countries have moved to deprive Turkey of Mediterranean energy resources and box it in,…
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Doctors offer contradictory information on condition of Russia's Navalny
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-20
Medics on Thursday provided contradictory information about the health of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny, saying his condition had stabilised, but that there was still a threat to his life.His spokeswoman, Kira Yarmysh, said on Twitter he was in a serious but stable condition.She had earlier said that he was in a coma in a Siberian hospital after drinking a cup of tea that she said she believed was laced with poison.
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US-Iran showdown on cards over UNSC 'snapback sanctions'
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-20
After the UN Security Council turned down a resolution seeking an "indefinite extension" of the arms embargo on Iran, the US is all set to trigger snapback sanctions against the country."We'll be doing a snapback," US President Donald Trump told reporters on Saturday "You'll be watching it next week," referring to unilateral reinstatement of all pre-2015 international sanctions on Iran.The US' envoy to the UN, Kelly Craft, said the US will "follow through on that promise" and "stop at nothing" to trigger a snapback of sanctions on Iran.According to reports, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who said the council'…
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California's notorious 'Golden State Killer' faces sentencing
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-20
A former California police officer dubbed the "Golden State Killer" who confessed to 13 murders and dozens of rapes during the 1970s and '80s faces a life prison term when he is sentenced in Sacramento on Friday.Joseph James DeAngelo, 74, will be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole following three days of emotional hearings in which victims or their family members confronted him in open court."What a gut punch it was that I had been brutally raped by a full-time police officer," victim Gay Hardwick said, according to the Sacramento Bee newspaper. She was attacked in her San Stockton home…
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Palestinian rights paramount over Israel: Pakistan
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-20
Pakistan won't accept Israel until Palestinians are granted their rights, the country's president told the parliament Thursday. | "We cannot accept Israel until Palestinians are given their rights as envisaged by Pakistan's founder Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah," said President Arif Alvi, applauding Prime Minister Imran Khan for "taking a clear position on the issue". | Prime Minister Khan in an interview last Tuesday night had said: "Our stand about Israel is very clear. It is the same that the founder of nation, Quaid-i-Azam, had. We cannot recognize Israel until Palestinians get their right, which should b…
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Cyclists protest climate destruction
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-08-20
Climate crisis Coral WynterIssue 1277 Australia global warming Extinction Rebellion SydneyAugust 20, 2020Early on August 16,…
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'Mistakes happen' says Ruby Princess cruise ship inquiry
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-08-20
Economy Jim McIlroyIssue 1277 Australia Ruby Princess Maritime Union of Australia (MUA)August 20, 2020The New South Wales Special Commission of Inquiry into the Ruby Princess handed down its r…
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Galilee Blockade targets insurer AON
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-08-20
Environment Coral WynterIssue 1277 Australia Galilee Blockade Adani AON SydneyAugu…
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University workers discuss how to become strike-ready
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-08-20
Workers & unions Jonathan StraussIssue 1277 Australia National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) National Higher Education Action NetworkAugust 2…
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Satellite data confirms significant ground movement over WestConnex tunnels
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-08-20
Transport Peter BoyleIssue 1277 Australia WestConnex NSW government SydneyAugust 20, 2020Residents in several Sydney suburbs where the rapidl…
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Vickery coal mine: serial climate vandal given go-ahead to expand
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-08-20
Environment Margaret GleesonIssue 1277 Australia Vickery coal mine Whitehaven CoalAugust 20, 2020The New South Wales Independent Planning Commission's (IPC) approval for Whitehaven Coal to ext…
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Before Kamala Harris, There Was Charlotta Bass
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-20
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Send in the Clowns for the Circus is in Town
Edward Curtin | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-08-20
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 shadowy protection. For The Umbrella People run a three-ring circus, and although their clowns pop …
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Kamala Harris Does Her Best to Redeem Our Sexist, Racist Past
Joan Walsh | thenation.com | 2020-08-20
Kamala Harris Does Her Best to Redeem Our Sexist, Racist Past…
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A Kystallnacht For White Americans?
Paul Craig Roberts | thealtworld.com | 2020-08-20
Those who are working overtime to delegitimize white Americans have coined a term that they use as a weapon–"white privilege." The propaganda is that being white is a racial privilege that elevates white Americans above other Americans and enables white people to oppress blacks. It doesn't strike those who use the term as a weapon that these same "racist white people" are the ones who elected Obama president and put Kamala Harris in the Senate. | "White privilege" conveys the idea that white people have impunity. They can abuse, even kill, people of color without consequence. Yet, it is white officer Chauvi…
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So Far, 2020 Has Been Our Year of Magical Thinking
Gregg Gonsalves | thenation.com | 2020-08-20
So Far, 2020 Has Been Our Year of Magical Thinking…
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