Daily Archives: August 22, 2020

2020-08-22: News Headlines

Margaret Kimberley (2020-08-22). Freedom Rider: "Feet to the Fire" and other lies. mronline.org When the Democratic Party ends its charade of a primary process and spits out the person most closely aligned with neo-liberal policies, the gas lighting begins.

Tabia Schmidt (2020-08-22). Eviction crisis looms in Portland, Or. liberationnews.org Even before the pandemic hit, Portland was one of the most rent-burdened cities in the United States, with almost half of renters spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing.

Greta Thunberg, Luisa Neubauer, Anuna De Wever and AdélaàØde Charlier (2020-08-22). After two years of school strikes, the world is still in a state of climate crisis denial. zcomm.org We can have as many meetings as we like, but the will to change is nowhere in sight. Society must start treating this as a crisis…

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-08-22). On Covid-19 And Authoritarian Abuses. thealtworld.com I personally find the idea of fighting with indie media in a world that is dominated by murderous globe-spanning power structures absurd, so I won't make this about them, but since their attacks are getting more heated now I'm going to try to spell out my own position on the matter here as clearly as possible. I don't expect this essay to have any effect on this online mobbing behavior's primary drivers, who appear to operating in bad faith; this is more for my longtime readers who've been expressing bafflement that I haven't made Covid-related abuses a primary focus of my writing. | To sum up the gist of my posi…

news.un (2020-08-22). First Person: Pakistan health worker commits to polio fight, despite COVID fears. news.un.org Despite suffering the after-effects of the COVID-19 virus, Husna Gul, a staff member with the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Pakistan, is committed to ensuring that as many children as possible are vaccinated against the devastating consequences of polio, which can cause muscle-wasting, paralysis and death.

Barbara Madeloni (2020-08-22). Educators Demand Virtual Schools as 'Least Bad' but Safe Option. zcomm.org As the coronavirus continues to spread, teachers and school employees are being handed reopening plans that require them to be in their classrooms at the bell—and they are resisting.

Michael Arria (2020-08-22). New York lawmakers denounce DSA as antisemitic after group challenges junkets to Israel. mronline.org At the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) convention in 2017, the group endorsed the BDS movement by an overwhelming majority. That resolution asserted that "socialists have a responsibility to side with the oppressed and are committed to their unconditional liberation."

Anthony Cartalucci (2020-08-22). US Smears Those Questioning Latest Claims vs. China. thealtworld.com The Coda Story — a media front funded and created by and for the US government, its "Atlanticist" partners, and the corporate interests driving the vast majority of Western foreign policy — recently ran a smear against alternative media figures questioning the US-led "Uyghur-Xinjiang" narrative. | The smear is part of a wider campaign aimed at anyone questioning Washington's Uyghur-Xinjiang narrative and the US' attempt to use it to undermine China. | These smears follow a very specific playbook. Step one — deny there is a terrorism problem in Xinjiang, China. Step two — cite reports based ent…

Kathy Durkin (2020-08-22). Global campaign frees Mahmoud Nawajaa. workers.org Mahmoud Nawajaa is free! An international campaign pressured Israel to release the general coordinator of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement from detention. Armed Israeli forces charged into Nawajaa's home near Ramallah in occupied Palestine on July 30 and brutally seized him. He was illegally held without charges until . . . |

Aaron van Dorn (2020-08-22). [World Report] COVID-19 and readjusting clinical trials. thelancet.com The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted clinical trials worldwide, with long-lasting effects on medical science. Aaron van Dorn reports.

The Lancet (2020-08-22). [Editorial] Trump versus Biden: a fight for the health of a nation. thelancet.com With only 73 days until Nov 3, the 2020 presidential election in the US has entered a decisive phase with Democratic candidate Joe Biden's announcement of California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate. It comes against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic that has revealed a nation of stark inequity, especially in terms of health. Over the past three decades, non-communicable diseases, especially cardiovascular diseases, cancers, neurological disorders, chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes, and chronic kidney disease have been the predominant causes of death and disability in the US.

Margaret McCartney (2020-08-22). [Perspectives] Pandemics past and dystopian futures. thelancet.com My children, when small, asked me, variously: "tell me a story not in a book"; "tell me a story from your mouth". The youngest now asks instead: "tell me a dystopian future". Last year, this amused me. I could tell tall tales, weird and bad. Now, I am not sure where to start, and I am certainly not sure where to end. This is still our world, but we queue compliantly in supermarkets at 2 m intervals; we shout to our older relatives as we drop off food from the end of the garden path, walking away as we do, and we need to find a face mask before going into a shop or onto a train.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-22). Iran COVID-19 update: 126 deaths, 2,028 cases in 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 22 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry announced 2,028 new cases of infection with the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, putting the total number of cases in the country at 356,792.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-22). Hosseini Infants Ceremony marked in Hazrat Masoumeh Mausoleum. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 22 (MNA) — The Hosseini Infancy Ceremony was held at the holy Mausoleum of Hazrat Masoumeh (PBUH) on Sat. on Qom province by fully observing of health protocols and guidelines due to the spread of pandemic in the country.

yenisafak (2020-08-22). Greece denying pushbacks despite evidence: Rights group. yenisafak.com In a recent interview with CNN, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis denied the accusations, saying: "They are an insult to the Greek Coast Guard that has saved tens of thousands of migrants and refugees."However, evidence and reports describing the abuses are too many to be ignored, Eva Cosse, a researcher at Human Rights Watch, said in a report.Cosse, after interviewing victims and witnesses, said that Greek authorities have been seen forcibly pushing back migrants and asylum seekers from Rhodes, Samos, and Symi islands in small inflatable boats.A victim from Syria, who used the pseudonym of Marwan, describ…

Patty Hoyt (2020-08-22). Saturday 8/22: Save the Post Office Rally. indybay.org This will be at the Novato Post Office at 1537 S. Novato Blvd.

RT (2020-08-22). Virginia health chief says he will MANDATE coronavirus vaccine, 'strongly opposes' exemptions. rt.com Virginia's health commissioner said he will make a coronavirus vaccine legally mandatory for all state residents when one is ready, arguing it will save lives, as critics push back, demanding the right to choose for themselves. | Dr Norman Oliver, who heads up the state's department of health, said he would require all Virginians to get the jab so long as he remains health commissioner when a vaccine is available, "[Covid-19] is…

RT (2020-08-22). Fort Hood WMD specialist missing amid string of mysterious deaths & disappearances around army base. rt.com The US Army has asked the public for help in finding a missing bio, chemical and nuclear specialist stationed at Fort Hood in Texas, the latest soldier to vanish after a spate of puzzling deaths and disappearances around the base. | The 23-year-old sergeant, Elder Fernandes, was reported missing earlier this week, last seen by his staff sergeant on Monday at a residence near the Fort Hood army base in Killeen, Texas,

RT (2020-08-22). 'Drone bomb me': Rose McGowan clashes with Alyssa Milano & other libs over Dem Party 'making world a better place'. rt.com Actress and #MeToo pioneer Rose McGowan has continued an all-out assault on the Democratic Party, sparring with liberal celebrities over 2020 presidential pick Joe Biden and the Dems' progressive bonafides. | McGowan launched a fresh offensive on Friday night, picking up from a rapid-fire tweet session the day prior — in which the actress dubbed the party "frauds," "monsters" and "the lie." She first tangled with Biden backer and fellow actress Alyssa Milano, who responded to McGowan's earlier tweet storm with a thread outlining how the Democrats had "[made] the world a better place." | Milano's thread di…

sputniknews (2020-08-22). Why COVID-Led Surge in Public Debt Has Become a Double-Edged Sword for the UK Economy. sputniknews.com UK public debt has exceeded 100% of gross domestic product for the first time since 1963, breaching £2 trillion ($2.6 trillion) following the government's £26.7 billion ($34.9 billion) borrowing in July. Economists have explained how Britain found itself under such a massive debt burden and whether they can get it under control.

sputniknews (2020-08-22). COVID Dampens Ganesha Festivities: Idol Sculptors Left in Lurch Over Celebration Curbs in India. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): Drenched in a glorious past and cloaked with traditions and culture, festivals showcase the spirit of the Indian way of life. As celebrations and reminders of India's secularity, its 1.35 billion people get together in at least 36 annual festivals, most of which begin after Ganesha Chaturthi.

The Canary (2020-08-22). US attorney general 'vehemently opposed' to pardoning Edward Snowden. thecanary.co US attorney general William Barr has said he would be "vehemently opposed" to any attempt to pardon former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden.The attorney general's comments in an interview with the Associated Press come days after president Donald Trump said he would "look at" whether to pardon Snowden.Snowden was charged under the Espionage Act in 2013 with disclosing details of highly classified government surveillance programmes."We can't tolerate that": Trump said of Snowden at a news conference on Saturday 15 August: There are many, many people — it seems to be a split decis…

yenisafak (2020-08-22). US House takes on Postal reforms seen as threat to mail-in ballots. yenisafak.com The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives will vote on Saturday on providing the cash-strapped Postal Service with $25 billion and block policies that have stirred concerns about mail-in balloting ahead of the Nov. 3 election.The Democratic-led chamber is widely expected to pass the bill, dubbed the "Delivering for America Act," at a rare Saturday session called by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the congressional August recess. But it is unlikely to be taken up in the Republican-controlled Senate.With mail-in voting expected to surge during the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump has alarmed De…

yenisafak (2020-08-22). Turkish dentists say visits safe during COVID-19. yenisafak.com Patients can visit dental hospitals or clinics without worry despite the coronavirus pandemic, a Turkish dentist told Anadolu Agency."Under the control of the Turkish Health Ministry, dental clinics and hospitals have taken advanced level of measures against COVID-19," according to Lutfi Ciftci, chief physician at the Bursa Oral and Dental Health Hospital.Ciftci said they took measures against the virus such as taking temperatures of patients at the entrance, asking if they have any symptoms, hanging information brochures on walls as well as informing them to wear masks and using disinfectants regularly."Consider…

yenisafak (2020-08-22). Philippines reports 4,933 coronavirus infections, 26 deaths. yenisafak.com The Philippines reported 4,933 infections of the new coronavirus on Saturday, the fifth straight day above 4,000, and 26 COVID-19 deaths.In a bulletin, the health ministry said total confirmed cases have increased to 187,249 while confirmed deaths have reached 2,966. The Philippines has the most infections in Southeast Asia, and second-highest number of deaths, behind Indonesia.

yenisafak (2020-08-22). Turkey: Hot air balloons up in the skies after months. yenisafak.com Colorful hot air balloons dotted the skies of Pamukkale in southwestern Turkey on Saturday morning, as the popular tourist activity resumed after a pause of over five months due to the coronavirus pandemic.The UNESCO World Heritage Site in Denizli province is famous for its mineral-rich thermal waters and white travertine terraces.The balloon tours, which give visitors the chance to take in the area's natural splendor from up above, were grounded on March 15 as part of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.Pamukkale's Kocacukur area swarmed with tourists on Saturday morning, who lined up for their balloon rides…

yenisafak (2020-08-22). France delays launch of COVID-19 economic reboot plan to September. yenisafak.com The French government said on Saturday it would unveil details of its 100 billion euro ($118 billion) plan to reinvigorate the economy in the first week of September, instead of next Tuesday, as it focuses on preparing the new school term."The recovery plan is ready, the timetable for its implementation still stands," government spokesman Gabriel Attal said in a statement.Schools are set to reopen on Sept. 1, after most were closed during a two-month lockdown earlier this year to fight the coronavirus, and the government is working to ensure protective measures will be adequate, Attal said.France has already outl…

yenisafak (2020-08-22). Protesters hold seventh anti-Kremlin march over detained governor. yenisafak.com Around 1,500 people marched through the streets of the Russian far eastern city of Khabarovsk on Saturday, marking the seventh consecutive weekend of protests after the region's governor was detained in early July.Residents of Khabarovsk, 6,110 km (3,800 miles) east of Moscow, have protested since the detention of Sergei Furgal, the region's popular governor, on July 9 in connection with murder charges which he denies.His supporters say the detention is politically motivated.People marched on Saturday with posters reading "Freedom to Furgal" and "Belarus – Khabarovsk is with you" – a sign of support for oppositio…

yenisafak (2020-08-22). Palestine, Azerbaijan hail Turkey's natural gas find. yenisafak.com Palestine and Azerbaijan congratulated Turkey on Saturday for the discovery of major natural gas reserves in the Black Sea.Palestine's President Mahmoud Abbas congratulated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a phone call, Turkey's Communications Directorate said in a statement.He hailed Turkey's success as Palestine's success, while Erdogan reiterated Ankara's support for the Palestinian cause.The two leaders also discussed bilateral ties and regional developments, the statement said.Azerbaijan's Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov phoned his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu to congratulate him on the sig…

Eds. (2020-08-22). On Facebook banning pages associated with anarchism. mronline.org And the Digital Censorship to Come.

Michelle Goldberg (2020-08-22). Trump Might Cheat. Activists Are Getting Ready. zcomm.org Election sabotage needs to be met with the largest protests yet…

Shana East (2020-08-22). I Participated in the DNC Rules Committee. I Don't Believe the Party Is United. zcomm.org The Democratic Party is not attempting to expand — they merely want enough votes to maintain the status quo.

Prabir Purkayastha (2020-08-22). Can BJP's politics and Facebook's business thrive without hate? peoplesdispatch.org The problem of hate news is built into the genes of big digital monopolies like Facebook. We need to break up these monopolies and regulate them as the new public utilities of the digital age…

Nick Licata (2020-08-22). A Day's Delay in Mail Delivery, could re-elect Trump. zcomm.org In five "swing states", local officials must have mail-in ballots in hand by Election Day, or they will not be counted…

_____ (2020-08-22). Weekly News Review 16-22 August. truepublica.org.uk The Editors Weekly Poke Boris de Pfeffelski and his wizard Dom-the-Cummings-and-Goings aren't doing so well are they? Eight U-Turns in eight months is now a big challenge to the Cameron government for double-dealing incompetence (24 U-Turns) and surpasses even Theresa May's for wholesale ineptitude. Armed with these world-beating skill sets, the dynamic duo have proved …

Conn Hallinan (2020-08-22). China & the US: 21st Century's "Great Game" zcomm.org The U.S. has dominated the Pacific Ocean—sometimes called an "American lake"—since the end of World War II. Suddenly Americans have a competitor, although it is a rivalry that routinely gets overblown.

Jeremy B. White and Alexander Nieves (2020-08-22). California Police Reform Push Could Shift the National Conversation. zcomm.org Supporters of the reforms say they are determined to convert a historic surge of advocacy into enduring change…

Bernie Sanders (2020-08-22). 2020 Election Is a Fight Against Trump, Authoritarianism, Greed, Oligarchy & Bigotry. zcomm.org In his speech to the Democratic National Convention, Sanders urged people to fight "against greed, oligarchy and bigotry" by voting President Trump out of office in November…

Michael Brainin, World Stroke Organization, Karen Sliwa, World Heart Federation (2020-08-22). [Correspondence] WSO and WHF joint position statement on population-wide prevention strategies. thelancet.com In 2008, Rod Jackson and colleagues1 proposed that prevention strategies for high-risk cardiovascular disease, based on screening individuals at high risk of cardiovascular disease, would deliver large benefits for the population. Simon Capewell2 cautioned that these strategies could mislead health professionals and politicians into thinking they can tick the box reading mission accomplished and, with screening completed, cardiovascular disease prevention would be resolved. Both sides of this debate were based on assumptions and therefore did not reach consensus, but the high-risk approach to the prevention of ca…

Graeme MacLaren (2020-08-22). [Comment] In sepsis-induced heart failure, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation can provide support. thelancet.com Sepsis is defined as a life-threatening organ dysfunction caused by a dysregulated host response to infection.1 Septic shock occurs when serum lactate is elevated and vasopressor medication is required despite adequate fluid resuscitation.2 Many cardiovascular features of septic shock exist, including tachycardia, alterations in vascular tone, and reduced ventricular function. Haemodynamic patterns differ with age, characteristically manifesting as pulmonary hypertension and right heart failure in newborn infants, left heart failure in young children, and distributive shock in adolescents and adults.

Franck Mauvais-Jarvis, Noel Bairey Merz, Peter J Barnes, Roberta D Brinton, Juan-Jesus Carrero, Dawn L DeMeo, Geert J De Vries, C Neill Epperson, Ramaswamy Govindan, Sabra L Klein, Amedeo Lonardo, Pauline M Maki, Louise D McCullough, Vera Regitz-Zagrosek, Judith G Regensteiner, Joshua B Rubin, Kathryn Sandberg, Ayako Suzuki (2020-08-22). [Review] Sex and gender: modifiers of health, disease, and medicine. thelancet.com Clinicians can encounter sex and gender disparities in diagnostic and therapeutic responses. These disparities are noted in epidemiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, disease progression, and response to treatment. This Review discusses the fundamental influences of sex and gender as modifiers of the major causes of death and morbidity. We articulate how the genetic, epigenetic, and hormonal influences of biological sex influence physiology and disease, and how the social constructs of gender affect the behaviour of the community, clinicians, and patients in the health-care system and interact with p…

Peter von Dadelszen, Zulfiqar A Bhutta, Sumedha Sharma, Jeffrey Bone, Joel Singer, Hubert Wong, Mrutyunjaya B Bellad, Shivaprasad S Goudar, Tang Lee, Jing Li, Ashalata A Mallapur, Khátia Munguambe, Beth A Payne, Rahat N Qureshi, Charfudin Sacoor, Esperanàßa Sevene, Marianne Vidler, Laura A Magee, CLIP Trials Working Group (2020-08-22). [Articles] The Community-Level Interventions for Pre-eclampsia (CLIP) cluster randomised trials in Mozambique, Pakistan, and India: an individual participant-level meta-analysis. thelancet.com The CLIP intervention did not reduce adverse pregnancy outcomes. Future community-level interventions should expand the community health worker workforce, assess general (rather than condition-specific) messaging, and include health system strengthening.

Geoff Watts (2020-08-22). [Obituary] William Charles Dement. thelancet.com Founder of sleep medicine. He was born in Wenatchee, WA, USA, on July 29, 1928, and died of cardiovascular disease in Stanford, CA, USA, on June 17, 2020, aged 91 years.

Nicolas Bréchot, David Hajage, Antoine Kimmoun, Julien Demiselle, Cara Agerstrand, Santiago Montero, Matthieu Schmidt, Charles-Edouard Luyt, Guillaume Lebreton, Guillaume Hékimian, Erwan Flecher, Elie Zogheib, Bruno Levy, Arthur S Slutsky, Daniel Brodie, Pierre Asfar, Alain Combes, International ECMO Network (2020-08-22). [Articles] Venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation to rescue sepsis-induced cardiogenic shock: a retrospective, multicentre, international cohort study. thelancet.com Patients with severe sepsis-induced cardiogenic shock treated with VA-ECMO had a large and significant improvement in survival compared with controls not receiving ECMO. However, despite the careful propensity-weighted analysis, we cannot rule out unmeasured confounders.

Florian Poschenrieder, Michael Rotter, Andreas Gschwendtner, Okka W Hamer (2020-08-22). [Clinical Picture] E-cigarette-induced lung disease: from acute to chronic. thelancet.com A 52-year-old man attended our hospital reporting breathlessness on exertion that had been worsening over the past 2 weeks. He had smoked 20 cigarettes a day for the past 40 years. He had no other symptoms—specifically no systemic or gastrointestinal complaints. The patient had tried to quit smoking 4 months earlier and had started vaping: he had been using commercially available e-cigarettes which did not have any Œî9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) added.

Richard Lane (2020-08-22). [Perspectives] Noni MacDonald: inspirational leader in Canadian and global health. thelancet.com It is not easy to pigeon-hole Noni MacDonald, Professor of Pediatrics at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS, Canada. Paediatrician, infectious disease specialist, vaccinologist, founder of a paediatrics journal, the first woman in Canada to become Dean of Medicine, and passionate global health advocate, her career has been long and diverse. "My professional life has all been about confronting health problems. In my view, if you don't do something to solve the problem, you end up being part of the problem", she says.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-22). Armed Forces ready to nip any threat in bud. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 22 (MNA) — Commander of the Iranian Army Ground Force Brigadier General Kiomars Heidari highlighted the readiness of the Iranian Armed Forces to counter any threat.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-22). Trump facing sharp drop in popularity: Vaezi. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 22 (MNA) — Iranian President's Chief of Staff Mahmoud Vaezi said that Trump is facing a sharp drop in popularity and approval in the last months of his administration.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-22). IAEA chief to visit Tehran on Monday. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 22 (MNA) — Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Rafael Grossi announced that he will visit Tehran on Monday to hold talks with Iranian officials.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-22). Iranian envoy warns on weakening UN position. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 22 (MNA) — The Iranian Ambassador to France warned about undermining and weakening the international status of the United Nation in international bodies.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-22). Rouhani thanks 'health defenders' on National Doctors Day. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 22 (MNA) — President Hassan Rouhani congratulated in a message the National Doctors Day to the "heroes who sacrificed their lives to save others".

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-22). Islamic Revolution lovers' presence in Syria defeated US. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 22 (MNA) — Deputy Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi said that the defeat of the US and its allies in Syria is due to the presence of the lovers of the Islamic Revolution.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-22). Persian Restaurants in Ohio. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 22 (MNA) — Nowadays more and more customers are starting to become pickier with the restaurants that they plan on going.

repost (2020-08-22). Tetra Tech Corruption Scandal From Uniontown Ohio To Hunters Point/Treasure Island. indybay.org The systemic corruption of the EPA including the criminal cover-up of testing at the Hunters Point Shipyard and Treasure Island by Tetra Tech is exposed in these articles…

Ramona du Houx (2020-08-22). California Needs More Renewables Online to Match the Demands of Fire Season. indybay.org If California had more renewables online to match the demands of fire season the state would be combating greenhouse gasses that fuel extreme temperatures. Gov. Brown failed to do so, no Gov. Newsom appears to be doing the same.

Marc Norton (2020-08-22). Tuesday 8/25: Giants and Warriors Workers Fight Back. indybay.org ORACLE PARK (Giant's ballpark) | PICKET LINE: Willie Mays statue, 3rd & King Streets | CAR CARAVAN: ILWU parking lot, 2nd & King Streets…

Greenaction for Environmental Justice (2020-08-22). Tuesday 8/25: Bayview Hunters Point A25 "We Can't Breathe" Protest Caravan. indybay.org MLK Park in the Bayview District of San Francisco @ 3rd St. and Carroll Ave. We'll caravan to the corrupt Lennar development company "Welcome Center" at the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, and from there to City Hall.

Direct Action Everywhere (2020-08-22). Saturday 8/22: Meetup: How we will Place a Moratorium on Murder. indybay.org Online Zoom…

Labor Video Project (2020-08-22). Don't Throw Us Under The Bus! SMART 1741 SF School Bus Drivers Fight For Healthcare. indybay.org The San Francisco Unified School District Superintendent Vincent Matthews and the SFUSD school board are taking away healthcare benefits from the SMART 1741 school bus drivers and union members protested on 8/20/20…

Labor Video Project (2020-08-22). "Pay Us Benefits" & "No On Prop 22" Uber Workers Protest at SF Uber World HQ. indybay.org Uber and Lyft workers and supporters protested at the UBER World Headquarters to demand worker benefits and also to oppose Proposition 22 which would undermine AB5 which forces ridedshare companies to pay workers comp, disability and social security,…

zrants (2020-08-22). Pass AB 1436 to stop evictions and foreclosures. indybay.org This is the short version of a request sent via email from Tenants Together, a statewide renters support group to pass legislation to protect tenants and homeowners survive this crisis without losing their homes.

sputniknews (2020-08-22). Photo: China's Final Type 055 Destroyer Spotted Preparing for Possible Launch. sputniknews.com New reports from Chinese social media platforms Weibo and WeChat reveal that Beijing's eighth and final Type 055 destroyer may be ready for launch soon, as the stealth guided-missile destroyer was spotted receiving a new paint job at a Dalian shipyard.

sputniknews (2020-08-22). Iran Arms Embargo: America's Alleged 'Over the Top Ridiculousness' Added to US Isolation in UN Vote. sputniknews.com Last week, the UN Security Council rejected a draft resolution introduced by Washington to indefinitely extend a weapons embargo on Tehran envisioned by the 2015 Iran nuclear deal ahead of the embargo's expiration on 18 October.

sputniknews (2020-08-22). Iranian Envoy to Russia Says Tehran-Moscow Military Cooperation 'Will Reach New Levels'. sputniknews.com The announcement comes as a UN embargo on weapons sales to the Islamic Republic is about to expire amid continuing opposition to the move by the United States.

sputniknews (2020-08-22). Border Wall Funds: Steve Bannon Rips His Arrest as 'Political Hit Job' to 'Intimidate' Trump Voters. sputniknews.com Donald Trump's former strategist, Steve Bannon, was arrested Thursday in connection with his role in a fundraiser for a private Mexico border wall venture, which he embarked on soon after his sudden resignation from the White House in August 2017.

sputniknews (2020-08-22). Proposed German Law Would Mandate Two Walks Each Day for Dogs. sputniknews.com Dog owners in Germany may soon be required by law to walk their furry friends at minimum twice a day, as the country's Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture is set to introduce a new law next year to ensure dogs get enough activity.

sputniknews (2020-08-22). S Carolina Mayoral Candidate Stages Own Kidnapping to Win Over Voters, Smear Rivals, Police Say. sputniknews.com Sabrina Belcher has largely built her election campaign ahead of the November vote around race, with the candidate — one of six in Sumter, South Carolina — presenting herself fully in line with the left-wing agenda as the first "black female candidate".

_____ (2020-08-22). U.S. Isolated From Double-Think & Arrogance on 'Snapback' Sanctions Against Iran. strategic-culture.org More than two years ago, in May 2018, the Trump administration unilaterally walked away from the international nuclear accord with Iran signed by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany. President Trump derided the deal as the "worst ever" and proceeded to re-impose crippling U.S. sanctions on Iran. | This week the United States

yenisafak (2020-08-22). Pakistan congratulates Turkey over gas discovery. yenisafak.com Pakistan's president on Saturday congratulated Turkey over the natural gas discovery in the Black Sea."I must congratulate our friends, President @RTErdogan and the people of Turkey, on their biggest natural gas discovery in the Black Sea. Friends revel and rejoice in the happiness and prosperity of friends. Mashallah," Arif Alvi said in a Twitter post.The development remained one of the top trends "HayirliOlsunTurkiye– #PakGreetsTurkey" on Twitter and other social media sites, with users congratulating Ankara over historic discovery.On Friday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced some 320 billion cubic mete…

yenisafak (2020-08-22). Iraqis burn party offices over attacks on protesters. yenisafak.com Angry protesters tore down the offices of Shia political parties in Iraq's southern province of Dhi Qar on Saturday in revenge for attacks on demonstrators.Protesters, escorted by bulldozers, demolished the offices of the Dawa Party and Badr Organization in the city of Nasiriyah, according to eyewitnesses."They first set fire to the buildings before destroying them," one of the witnesses told Anadolu Agency.On Friday, three protesters were injured when a blast struck near a protest camp in Nasiriyah.Four people, including two activists, were also shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Basra on Wednesday.Popular prot…

Linda McQuaig (2020-08-22). NDP Should Use Its Clout to Push Vulnerable Liberals to Take Urgent Climate Action. commondreams.org Climate campaigners in Canada and beyond and protested Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's ongoing support for the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project. (Photo: Greenpeace) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-08-21). "We're Back": Greta Thunberg Kicks Off Third Year of Fridays for Future Protests in Germany After Meeting With Merkel. commondreams.org "We want leaders to step up, take responsibility, and treat the climate crisis like a crisis." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2020-08-21). Drug Trafficking Militias Massacre Social Leaders in Colombia. globalresearch.ca In Colombia, a terrible wave of violence affects the people and especially traditional indigenous communities. According to United Nations data, more than 40 murders of social leaders have occurred this year alone. | Last Tuesday, August 18, three Indians of the …

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-21). 3 Iranian hostages held by Somali pirates released. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 21 (MNA) — Three Iranian fishermen who were taken hostage by Somali pirates five years ago and released this week, arrived in Tehran on Friday.

teleSUR Desk (2020-08-21). Añez intensifies persecution of social leaders. mronline.org Those who took part in the protests against…

Anthony Cartalucci (2020-08-21). The Real Problem With COVID-19 Vaccines. thealtworld.com Before even debating the efficacy, safety, and necessity of different vaccines — one must get past the fact that the most corrupt corporations on Earth hold a monopoly over their development (and the profits made from them). | Forbes in their article, " The article would claim: With more th…

WSWS (2020-08-21). Millions of Indian workers strike to protest attacks by Modi government amid COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org Millions of workers have joined strikes and protests opposing the government's attacks on their wages and working conditions.

news.un (2020-08-21). WHO stresses need for quick action amid reports of fresh COVID-19 outbreaks. news.un.org With several countries experiencing fresh COVID-19 outbreaks after periods of little or no transmission, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday highlighted the need for authorities to be able to move quickly to prevent further spread of the disease.

Dennis Broe (2020-08-21). 'Black Suns' at Louvre Lens: Coal mines transformed into gift shops. peoplesworld.org Lens, a small town, but a highly important one in the industrial era of the late 19th century, located in the former French-Belgian coal belt, is now the home of the Louvre satellite museum Louvre-Lens and the site of the first major post-COVID lockdown exhibition in France and perhaps the first in the world. Soleils …

Dave Power (2020-08-21). "Save Mercy" rally protests hospital closure in Chicago. liberationnews.org "…if you look at all the data that came before COVID hit, it was a very busy hospital with very sick patients. It can't close."

Mark Taliano (2020-08-21). Mismanagement of the Covid Crisis: Governments and Their Agencies Are Killing Their Own People? globalresearch.ca Governments subservient to globalist diktats are willfully killing their own people in the name of fighting a misnamed "pandemic". | SARS-COV-2, the virus said to be the causative agent of COVID-19, has been neither isolated nor purified. Nevertheless, even according to …

ROAR Collective (2020-08-21). A feminist response to the pandemic. zcomm.org The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on the essential roles care work and reproductive labor fulfill in our societies. But will it lead to gender liberation?>

WSWS (2020-08-21). German authorities cover up COVID-19 infections in Hamburg schools. wsws.org Events in Hamburg show how recklessly the ruling class is putting the lives of teachers, pupils and parents at risk and covering up the true extent of the pandemic.

Shannon Paige (2020-08-21). Florida education workers organize week of action. workers.org Tallahassee, Fla. To protect school staff, bus drivers, students and parents during the COVID-19 crisis, Workers World Party-Central Gulf Coast and the Party for Socialism and Liberation-Central Gulf Coast teamed up to call "Six Days of Actions: Florida Fights Back!" across the state on Aug. 3-8. Education workers from . . . |

Subodh Varma (2020-08-21). Understanding India's low COVID-19 death rate. peoplesdispatch.org Contrary to the Narendra Modi government's claims, India's low case fatality rate in the COVID-19 pandemic is not because of any well-thought out strategy. It is rather due to a relatively young population and some statistical tricks…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-08-21). The Covid-19 "Big Lie": Is This What You Want for Your Children? globalresearch.ca The Daily Mail has come out with an incisive review of a Kinder-garden in Thailand which has applied the model of social engineering imposed by the Royal Thai government. | Similar guidelines have been imposed by governments throughout the World. | Social …

news.un (2020-08-21). As Burkina Faso grapples with COVID-19, new UN data reveals 'alarming deterioration' in food security. news.un.org An estimated 3.3 million people in Burkina Faso are facing acute food insecurity, two United Nations agencies warned on Friday.

Eve Ottenberg (2020-08-21). Only Medicare For All Can Beat Covid. counterpunch.org The horrible irony is that the one candidate, Sanders, who could have done the most good for pandemic victims, lost the race just when he was most needed. Since then his somewhat muted support for Medicare for All and how uniquely helpful it would be at this historic juncture, is dispiriting. The thought that this relative silence originates in a desire not to offend the candidate, Biden, whom he now supports, is downright depressing.

WSWS (2020-08-21). Federal judge orders second investigation into Virginia immigrant detention center hit by mass outbreak of COVID-19. wsws.org The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found prison staff were refusing to use safety equipment or provide inmates with protection from COVID-19.

news.un (2020-08-21). Rohingya crisis needs lasting solutions, renewed commitment amid COVID-19 pandemic, UN refugee agency. news.un.org Three years after violence in Myanmar forced hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas to seek refuge in Bangladesh, the international community must adapt its assistance to the critical needs of those displaced and the host communities supporting them, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday.

Staff (2020-08-21). "Light Is More Powerful Than Dark": Biden Vows to Fight COVID, Climate, Racism & Economic Meltdown. democracynow.org We air highlights from Joe Biden's highly anticipated speech on the final night of the Democratic National Convention, in which he formally accepted the Democratic presidential nomination, focused on the dangers of President Trump's reelection and pledged to address the four simultaneous crises of systemic racism, the pandemic, the economic downturn and the climate crisis. "United, we can and will overcome this season of darkness in America," Biden said. The 25-minute speech was delivered from his home state of Delaware.

GLIDE (2020-08-21). 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.

_____ (2020-08-21). New York Teachers Union To Strike Against School Reopening. popularresistance.org Despite Donald Trump's administration pressure for schools reopening, several states and institutions postponed the resume of learning activities or issued not-in-person strategies due to new spikes of COVID-19 cases. | The U.S New York United Federation of Teachers (UFT) on Wednesday said the organization would strike or sue district authorities if they do not enforce an accurate precautionary plan before schools reopening. | "The minute we feel that the mayor is trying to force people into a situation that is unsafe, we go to court, we take job action," UFT President Michael Mulgrew said.

RT (2020-08-21). Biden tells Trump there's 'no miracle coming,' then vows to stop coronavirus… with 'Covid truth & mandatory masks'? rt.com Instead of "waiting for a miracle" like Donald Trump, Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden has vowed to bring Covid-19 under control — starting with a national mandate to wear masks as a "patriotic duty." | Biden gave his official acceptance speech on the last night of the Democratic National Convention on Thursday, at one point taking shots at US President Donald Trump's coronavirus response. But moments after warning that "no miracle is coming," Biden said his administration would provide just that, promising to roll out a "national strategy" to bring the pandemic under control on "day one." | Joe…

RT (2020-08-21). WHO chief 'hopes' coronavirus pandemic will end in under TWO YEARS. rt.com The Covid-19 crisis is unlikely to be over any time soon, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has indicated, in a not very optimistic prognosis, saying he "hopes" it'll be over in less than two years. | Given the developments of modern technology, the Covid-19 pandemic is likely to end faster than the deadly 1918 outbreak of the Spanish flu, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a press conference in Geneva on Friday. However, the world has become significantly more global since then, which gives the coronavirus "a better chance of spreading," he noted. | At the same time, we also have t…

RT (2020-08-21). Cones of shame? Maine orders restaurant servers to don face shields like dog collars in bizarre Covid-19 guidelines. rt.com The Maine state government is in the doghouse with residents after an order mandating that restaurant staff wear face shields upside down, attached at the collar, which netizens dubbed "cones of shame" more befitting a family pet. | The latest "

The Canary (2020-08-21). Four-week extension of eviction ban confirmed amid fears of homelessness surge. thecanary.co The eviction ban has been extended for four weeks and landlords will have to give the majority of tenants six months' notice to protect vulnerable renters hit by the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis from a winter eviction. | 28 days: | The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) announced the move after charities warned there could be mass evictions around Christmas and said tens of thousands of outgoing tenants could be unable to access affordable homes, prompting a "devastating homelessness crisis". | Renters have been protected during the virus crisis by a ban announced in March and…

The Canary (2020-08-21). Half of young people want a job in the green economy, survey finds. thecanary.co Published on the eve of so-called Earth Overshoot Day, a survey of 1,000 people aged 18 to 34 found 50% wanted a job in the green economy. Earth Overshoot Day marks the point at which humanity has used up all the resources the planet can provide for a year.This year, the date was pushed back by three weeks due to a reduction in carbon emissions and commercial forestry caused by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. It had previously been falling earlier and earlier — arriving in July for the first time in 2019.Overshot: The Global Footprint Network calculates that humans currently use 60% more resource…

The Canary (2020-08-21). MPs slam ministers for paying 'scant regard' to data protection during pandemic. thecanary.co The UK's information rights body must act to ensure the government stops "playing fast and loose" with people's health, it has been claimed.A cross-party group of MPs has written to information commissioner Elizabeth Denham raising concerns over the government's approach to data protection and privacy.In a letter, the group accused ministers of paying "scant regard" to both privacy concerns and data protection duties during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.Government "appears unwilling to understand its legal duties": The group accused the government of engaging with private contractors that have "probl…

The Canary (2020-08-21). Six million people in UK are behind on bills due to coronavirus, study finds. thecanary.co Six million people across the UK have fallen behind on household bills due to coronavirus (Covid-19), a new study has found. Research from Citizens Advice shows that one in nine people in the UK are behind on bills, with around a fifth of these individuals having to go without essentials including food. | Disparity: | The study finds that carers, those who were shielding during the pandemic, and key workers are twice as likely to have fallen behind on bill payments due to coronavirus. It also found that Black people, those aged between 18 and 34, and disabled people are at least twice as likely to be in a…

The Canary (2020-08-21). Experts 'do not have confidence that R is currently below 1 in England'. thecanary.co There is a risk the overall coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic in the UK is growing as figures for the reproduction number (R value) suggest it has risen above 1.0. Data released on Friday by the Government Office for Science and the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) shows the estimate for R across the UK is now between 0.9 and 1.1. This is an increase from the range of between 0.8 and 1.0 one week ago.Transmission: The growth rate of coronavirus transmission, which reflects how quickly the number of infections is changing day by day, has also changed slightly across the UK since last week, wit…

Staff (2020-08-21). Biden Vows to Fight COVID, Climate, Racism and Economic Meltdown. truthout.org We air highlights from Joe Biden's highly anticipated speech on the final night of the Democratic National Convention, in which he formally accepted the Democratic presidential nomination, focused on the dangers of President Trump's reelection and pledged to address the four simultaneous crises of systemic racism, the pandemic, the economic downturn and the climate crisis. "United, we can and will overcome this season of darkness in America," Biden said. The 25-minute speech was delivered from his home state…

Sarah Anderson, Scott Klinger (2020-08-21). Are Postal Service Cuts Motivated by Voter Suppression or Privatization—or Both? commondreams.org A USPS postal worker wears protective gloves while making deliveries in Cambridge, Massachusetts during the COVID-19 pandemic on April 8, 2020. (Photo: David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

yenisafak (2020-08-21). 'Bangladesh needs other testing methods for COVID-19'. yenisafak.com Experts in Bangladesh suggested that alternative testing methods be introduced alongside the reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) analysis amid low COVID-19 testing and sample collection, which has raised fears over the further spread of the deadly disease in the country.The time has come for utilizing antibody and antigen testing to detect the coronavirus as a supporting method as such testing involves less effort and is hassle free, they observed.Bangladesh is now the 16th worst affected country in the world in terms of total infections. Meanwhile, there is an over 20% infection rate in dail…

yenisafak (2020-08-21). What you need to know about the coronavirus right now. yenisafak.com Here's what you need to know about the coronavirus right now: New, milder, virus variant foundResearchers in Singapore have discovered a new variant of the COVID-19 coronavirus that causes milder infections, a study published in The Lancet medical journal found.The study showed that COVID-19 patients infected with the variant of SARS-CoV-2 had better clinical outcomes, with a lower proportion developing low blood oxygen or requiring intensive care.The study also showed the variant elicited a more robust immune response.The variant, which likely came from Wuhan, China, was detected in a cluster of infections from J…

yenisafak (2020-08-21). COVID-19 vaccine to seek regulatory review in October. yenisafak.com German-based biotech firm BioNTech announced late Thursday that vaccine candidate for COVID-19 with US drug giant Pfizer was on track for regulatory review as early as October."Assuming clinical success, Pfizer and BioNTech are on track to seek regulatory review of BNT162b2 as early as October 2020," said the company statement."If regulatory authorization or approval is obtained, currently plan to supply up to 100 million doses worldwide by the end of 2020 and approximately 1.3 billion doses by the end of 2021," it added.The companies also released additional data from phase 2/3 trial of the BNT162b2 mRNA-based v…

WSWS (2020-08-21). Australian government prepares expanded emergency and military call-out laws. wsws.org The political establishment is exploiting the COVID-19 catastrophe—for which its own policies are directly responsible—to introduce police-state powers.

WSWS (2020-08-21). Australia: Sharp increase in COVID-19 among Victorian healthcare workers. wsws.org The Victorian Labor government is attempting to downplay the growing number of infected healthcare workers in Melbourne, Australia's second largest city.

WSWS (2020-08-21). Australian inquiry says serious errors led to Ruby Princess COVID-19 debacle. wsws.org Thousands of possibly coronavirus-infected passengers were allowed to leave the cruise ship without being tested, leading to the spread of the virus and fatalities across the country.

Betsey Piette (2020-08-21). U.S. cities, states look to socialist Cuba for COVID-19 help. workers.org With the U.S. death toll from COVID-19 expected to surpass 200,000 by the end of August, governing bodies in U.S. cities and states are taking matters into their own hands. They are calling for U.S.-Cuba scientific and medical collaboration against the pandemic. On July 21, the San Francisco Board of . . . |

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-08-21). After Spending Months Denying Need for Testing, Trump Moves to Gut FDA's Oversight Process for Coronavirus Tests. commondreams.org Public health experts on Friday raised alarm over a new policy unveiled by the Health and Human Services Department, blocking the Food and Drug Administration from regulating a number of laboratory tests including those that test for Covid-19. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Daniel Espinosa (2020-08-21). Lancetgate: Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) to Treat Covid-19 Patients. Why Was this "Monumental Fraud" Not a Huge Scandal? globalresearch.ca A high-profile and highly influential scientific

Roger Harris (2020-08-21). The Specter of a Fascist Coup by Trump Haunts the US, But There's Worse to Worry About. counterpunch.org Spreading faster than COVID-19 among those on the portside, warnings of a fascist-style coup by Trump are rampant this presidential campaign season. Should Trump fail to carry the Electoral College, Noam Chomsky admonishes, "he could send Blackshirts out in the streets… preparation for a plan to try to bring the military in to carry out

Belle Chesler (2020-08-21). Will Public Schools Survive Covid-19? thenation.com Will Public Schools Survive Covid-19?

Alan MacLeod (2020-08-21). "A disturbing milestone": America's top 12 plutocrats now own $1 Trillion in wealth. mronline.org New figures from the Institute for Policy Studies show that, despite a pandemic that has stunted the economy for months, America's billionaire class is becoming richer than ever, adding nearly $700 billion to their fortune since the nationwide lockdown in March.

_____ (2020-08-21). Dorothy Day Found Her Calling Fighting The 1918 Flu Pandemic. popularresistance.org In 1917, having dropped out of college and moved to New York with her family, Dorothy Day took her first New York job, with a daily Socialist news paper, The Call, and settled into her own one-room apartment on Cherry Street. She was 19 years old and quickly overcome by the poverty she encountered and the smell of that poverty inside the tenements she frequented. At this point, she mentions, for the first time, in her major autobiography, "The Long Loneliness," that she could feel "the spell of the long loneliness descend" on her.

_____ (2020-08-21). Landlords Pressuring Tenants To Pay Rent Are Getting Pandemic Relief. popularresistance.org The first time she remembers protesting in the region, about 10 years ago, Tara Maxwell was outside the Virginia home of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. His wife Virginia, the target of Maxwell's ire that day, is a prominent right-wing lobbyist and current adviser to President Donald Trump's administration. | "If I can protest at Clarence Thomas' house, I can protest at anybody's house," Maxwell says dryly. "It doesn't bother me." | So when Maxwell, an independent contractor with experience in law enforcement and political consulting, moved into the Park 7 Apartments on Minnesota Avenue NE last August, she…

The Canary (2020-08-21). Syrian NHS cleaner's plea on Channel-crossing refugees beamed onto White Cliffs of Dover. thecanary.co An emotional plea for compassion for refugees crossing the English Channel has been beamed onto the White Cliffs of Dover.The landmark was lit up with a giant video of NHS cleaner Hassan Akkad, a Syrian refugee who crossed to Britain several years ago.He highlighted the "terrifying and devastating" journeys that so many people are undertaking to reach the UK by boat. He also blamed the government for using the crisis as a distraction from the coronavirus pandemic.The giant projection is the latest stunt by Led By Donkeys, a group of activists famed for their giant billboards of politicians' tweets. | A message fr…

Alan MacLeod (2020-08-21). Carefully Choreographed Convention Confirms Progressive Policies Not Central to Biden Bid. thealtworld.com The key message from this year's DNC is the emphasis the Biden campaign is putting on reaching out to so-called "moderate Republicans," presenting Trump as an aberration and Biden as the cure. | MPN— The Democratic National Convention continued for a fourth night last night, as the party coronates former vice president Joe Biden as its nomination for November. Originally scheduled to be held in Milwaukee, the current pandemic meant that it is mostly taking place virtually, allowing the DNC to hold a more carefully choreographed celebration than would otherwise have been possible. | One key message from the p…

Aimee Rickman (2020-08-21). Love in the time of Coronavirus: We are in this together. mronline.org In some ways, it is true that we are in this together. We are all facing a global pandemic. We are keeping the most vulnerable among us safe by trying to follow the advice of public health experts. But, when it comes to looking out for one another's best interests, we are not in this …

Tim Wheeler (2020-08-21). Democratic convention: $4 trillion infrastructure bank would create 25 million jobs. peoplesworld.org Pending legislation to establish a $4 trillion National Infrastructure Bank would rebuild the nation's rusting bridges, roads, and power grid and create 25 million union jobs desperately needed as the nation sinks into the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. That was the message from building trades union leaders, economists, and community activists, speaking …

RT (2020-08-21). Chris Wallace, welcome to the #Resistance? MAGA crowd CANCELS Fox News host who complimented Biden's DNC speech. rt.com Trump supporters seem to have finally decided to engage in 'cancel culture' on Twitter after Chris Wallace, a host on the traditionally pro-Republican Fox News network, praised the speech by the Democratic nominee Joe Biden. | "I thought [Biden's speech] was enormously effective," Wallace said on Thursday night, after Biden's address wrapped up the last day of the Democratic convention in Milwaukee. In Wallace's opinion, Biden effectively countered President Donald Trump's criticism that he was "mentally shot" and a "captive" of the left wing of the Democratic Party. | "And yes, Biden was reading from the tele…

RT (2020-08-21). Where's Tulsi? Outsider candidate Gabbard smeared by Clinton not even invited to Democratic convention. rt.com The Democratic convention featured senior never-Trump figures from the Republican Party, but Tulsi Gabbard, a primary contestant who won delegates, wasn't invited. Was that due to her anti-war rhetoric or Hillary Clinton's grudge? | This week's Democratic virtual gathering to nominate the Joe Biden/Kamala Harris ticket for the November election was a triumph of party centrism over the progressive wing. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was given a whopping 90 seconds to nominate Bernie Sanders in a technical procedure, and no members of her 'squad' were given the stage. Instead, a parade of speakers from…

Staff (2020-08-21). Headlines for August 21, 2020. democracynow.org Joe Biden Accepts Presidential Nomination, Pledging End to "Season of Darkness", CDC Director: Up to 60 Million U.S. Residents Were Infected with Coronavirus, White House Declares Teachers "Essential Workers" as Unions Threaten Strikes over Coronavirus, Stock Markets Surge Even as 1.1 Million U.S. Workers File New Unemployment Claims, Protesters Call on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to #MakeBillionairesPay, Postmaster General to Face Congressional Grilling over "Sabotage" of Postal Service, Massive California Wildfires Leave 5 Dead, 700,000 Acres Burned, Steve Bannon Arrested, Charged with Pocketing Private Border W…

Lynda Carson (2020-08-21). Save Social Security and the Postal Service. indybay.org Save Social Security, Now!

RT (2020-08-21). Six states & DC sue US Postal Service over changes as its chief insists election mail will be handled 'securely and on time'. rt.com Several states have sued the US Postal Service and its new boss, alleging that recent service changes have harmed their ability to conduct free and fair elections.

Staff (2020-08-21). DeJoy Has "No Intention" to Reinstall Sorting Machines, Mailboxes. truthout.org Postmaster General Louis DeJoy told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Friday that he has no plans to reinstate mail sorting machines in U.S. Postal Service (USPS) facilities, nor to replace public mailboxes that have been removed across the country. | Questioned by Sen. Gary Peters (D-Michigan) about whether the dozens of sorting machines that were removed from USPS facilities throughout the U.S., would be restored or not, DeJoy responded in the negative. | "There's no inte…

Staff (2020-08-21). USPS Workers Told Not to Reinstate Mail Sorting Machines in Internal Email. truthout.org Despite a promise from United States Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to suspend his controversial efforts to "reform" the United States Postal Service (USPS), workers and management at post offices across the country are being told they cannot reinstate mail sorting machines at their facilities. |

Dave Lindorff (2020-08-21). Save the US Postal Service and Defend the Vote. zcomm.org No cuts in service, hours or staffing for 6 months, and make it a public bank too…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-21). US Postal Service becomes a battleground ahead of elections. peoplesdispatch.org With presidential elections just months away, the functioning of the US Postal Service has emerged as a key issue.

Derek Royden (2020-08-21). Useful idiot: Donald Trump and the right's project to destroy the U.S.P.S. nationofchange.org If he wins the presidential election, Joe Biden will almost certainly find a hollowed out postal service when he takes office, the fulfillment of a long running conservative project.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-08-21). Nearly 700 Protests Planned for Saturday at Post Offices Across Country as DeJoy Slammed for Defense of Mail Sabotage. commondreams.org As of Friday afternoon, more than 650 demonstrations were planned as part of "Save…

Sarah Anderson (2020-08-21). The Fox is Still in the Henhouse at the Post Office. counterpunch.org Skyleigh Heinen, a U.S. Army veteran who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis and anxiety, relies on…

Caleb Granger (2020-08-21). Houston car caravan demands a safe reopening for students and workers. liberationnews.org Across the nation, schools are reopening despite surging cases.

WSWS (2020-08-21). Trump administration brands educators "critical infrastructure workers" to force schools to open. wsws.org The move comes in response to the growing opposition of educators, parents and students to the catastrophic reopening of schools, which has already infected over 2,500 students and staff across the country.

Andrew Korybko (2020-08-21). NATO Poses a Threat to Belarus: Why Did Russia Reaffirm Its CSTO Support to Belarus but Not to Armenia? globalresearch.ca Russia's reaffirmation of its CSTO mutual defense obligations to Belarus was made in response to Lukashenko's claims that NATO poses a threat to Belarus, which Moscow evidently believes are at least credible enough to remind the alliance about its red …

F. William Engdahl (2020-08-21). Belarus: Why Is Lukshenko Being Color Revolutioned Just Now? globalresearch.ca The globalist Powers That Be have clearly decided to topple the long-standing sole-ruler of Belarus, President Aleksander Lukashenko. The question is why at just this time? There is a case to be made that one reason is he is …

yenisafak (2020-08-21). Russia has not contacted us, Belarusian opposition politician Tsikhanouskaya says. yenisafak.com Belarusian opposition politician Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya said on Friday that Russia had not made contact with her campaign, speaking at her first press conference since fleeing into exile last week following a disputed presidential election.Tsikhanouskaya has led the biggest challenge to President Alexander Lukashenko's 26-year rule of Belarus. Mass protests broke out against Lukashenko, accusing him of rigging the August 9 election, which he denies. Russia has warned the West not to intervene and offered military help to Minsk.

WSWS (2020-08-21). Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny hospitalized as crisis in Belarus deepens. wsws.org Navalny's hospitalization comes amid an escalating crisis around the protests and mass strikes in Belarus which have heightened tensions in Europe and Russia.

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2020-08-21). FSO Safer: Stricken Oil Tanker Off Yemen Coast Could Cause Explosion Dwarfing Beirut Blast. mintpressnews.com The FSO Safer, a moored oil tanker on the verge of explosion or a catastrophic spill, has become yet another bargaining chip in the ongoing war in Yemen, with the Houthis, UN, US and Saudi Arabia all vying to take possession of the valuable oil onboard.

Alan Macleod (2020-08-21). Mail Sorting Machines Across America Dismantled Ahead of November Election. mintpressnews.com Some 671 mail sorting machines have already been decommissioned ahead of the upcoming presidential election, where record numbers of Americans are expected to vote by mail.

Anya Parampil (2020-08-21). On Fox, The Grayzone's Anya Parampil rips 'criminal neocons' in Biden & Trump camps. thegrayzone.com The Grayzone's Anya Parampil joins Tucker Carlson Tonight to address the revival of Iraq war neocons and militarists by both the Biden campaign and Trump White House.

Staff (2020-08-21). Cornel West & Ben Jealous on the DNC and Whether Progressives Can Push Joe Biden Leftward. democracynow.org Harvard professor Cornel West and Ben Jealous, president of People for the American Way and former president of the NAACP, discuss the 2020 DNC, Joe Biden's vow to fight systemic racism and "overcome this season of darkness in America," the historic nomination of Kamala Harris as his partner on the ticket, and how the convention was a showcase for a broad anti-Trump coalition, including prominent Republican figures given plum speaking slots, but few voices from the party's insurgent left wing. "At this moment, with the decline and fall of the American empire, it looks as if the system is unable to generate enough…

Staff (2020-08-21). Virtual 2020 DNC Wraps with Calls for Empathy, Unity & a Broad Coalition to Rally Around Joe Biden. democracynow.org The 2020 Democratic National Convention has wrapped up, with speakers on the final night including California Governor Gavin Newsom, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker and 13-year-old Brayden Harrington, who talked about how Joe Biden had personally helped him with his stutter. We air highlights from the evening's addresses.

Eric Mann (2020-08-21). The Black Led "Defund the Police" Movement Wins Great Breakthrough in Los Angeles: An Organizer's Interpretation. counterpunch.org At 11 PM on Tuesday June 30—after 13 hours of public testimony and board deliberations and yes, years of organizing—the Black Lives Matter and Defund the Police movement in Los Angeles and nationally took a great leap forward. The Los Angeles School Board, led by Board Member Monica Garcia, with the support of board members

Eric Mann (2020-08-21). The Black Led "Defund the Police" Movement Wins Great Breakthrough in Los Angeles. zcomm.org The people's victory, the Black victory, on June 30, 2020 to cut the LASPD budget by $25 million and 35% was a damn hard fought and wonderful victory that the whole movement should celebrate, propagate, and emulate…

Gary Leupp (2020-08-21). About My "Facilitation of, and Collaboration with, Fascism" counterpunch.org A Response to the Lying Slanderers of the RCP I notice that a recent column of mine (Aug. 13) has occasioned…

WSWS (2020-08-21). Israel launches airstrikes against Gaza and threatens war. wsws.org Israel is preparing for war on the besieged Palestinian enclave, even as it ups the ante against Hezbollah in Lebanon and its primary target, Iran.

Juan Cole (2020-08-21). In Further War Crime, Israelis cut Electricity to Gaza, Idling 50,000 Factory Workers. zcomm.org Source: Informed Comment 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 the Gaza Strip's sole power plant went dark, Al Jazeera reports. The

Yousef Alhelou (2020-08-21). Israel's Blockade of 2 Million Palestinians in Gaza is making it Uninhabitable. zcomm.org Gantz, Netanyahu and others know for sure that Gazans have nothing to lose as life is unbearable under the ongoing 14-year siege, while peace on Israeli terms is a mirage…

Charlotte Dennett (2020-08-21). How to Rig an Election: an Interview With Greg Palast. counterpunch.org Greg Palast does not mince words about the 2020 elections. Only the voter fraud he warns about is not by the voters, as President Trump insists. It's by the vote-stealers in the Republican Party. And they've been at it for a long time, unbeknownst to the American people.

Jeffrey St. Clair (2020-08-21). Roaming Charges: Conventional Weapons at the DNC. counterpunch.org I can't recall a GOP convention that was as saturated with religious symbolism, moral posturing and spiritual gaslighting as the one the Democrats just inflicted on us…and they didn't even let Marianne Williamson near a camera.

Staff (2020-08-21). The DNC is over. What's next for progressives? therealnews.com DNC member Jim Zogby, who helped run Jesse Jackson's campaign in 1984, joins The Real News Network for historical perspective and analysis of Democrats and the future we face.

Juan Cole (2020-08-21). Former US Allies Britain, France, Germany join Russia and China in Forcefully Rejecting Trump Iran Sanctions. commondreams.org The "Trump administration is perfectly capable of maintaining publicly that international UNSC sanctions on Iran have been restored even if no one goes along with Washington," writes Cole. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Mark Fiore (2020-08-21). Why Change Horses Mid-Stream? progressive.org Trump is campaigning on fixing the very things he is destroying.

Martha Grevatt (2020-08-21). Fired for striking, grad students win reinstatement. workers.org Graduate student workers at the University of California-Santa Cruz, represented by United Auto Workers Local 2865, have won the rehiring of 41 teaching assistants fired in February for striking. "In large part, this is a win for Santa Cruz workers — for workers in general," said Veronica Hamilton, the UAW . . . |

Eds. (2020-08-21). 1848: Marx's school of revolution. mronline.org The revolutionary wave of 1848 began with a joyous struggle for democracy. But it ended with violent struggles between workers and capitalists, liberals and socialists, revolutionaries and reformers. The experience was a decisive influence on the development of Marx's theory of revolution.

Mark Gruenberg (2020-08-21). Latino leaders: Trump's hatred goes beyond DACA and throwing kids in cages. peoplesworld.org It's not just DACA. And it's not just having ICE agents yanking little kids away from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border and throwing them into cages. No, leaders of top Hispanic-American organizations say, GOP President Donald Trump's hate of anyone with a Hispanic name, the undocumented, migrants, and asylum seekers extends far beyond those …

Christian Noakes (2020-08-21). Reclaiming an Irish anti-imperialist legacy. workers.org While the dominant narrative of the "Irish experience" in the U.S. is often reduced to little more than a fairy tale of hard-working immigrants grateful for a stake in the "land of opportunity," the grim reality for Irish people in the U.S. was, for centuries, characterized by inequality, exclusion and . . . |

Joseph Scalia III (2020-08-21). Return to Leopold: Dare We Speak Up for Yellowstone? counterpunch.org The watchword defending what's come to be called the "collaboration and compromise" model of conservation is "practical." When confronted with its abandonment of the land ethic and conservation aesthetic that Aldo Leopold bequeathed us in the 1940's, the mainstream and best-funded conservation community defends its approach by pointing out the obvious, that the world has

Shoshana Jette, Starbucks worker (2020-08-21). Why Starbucks wouldn't let us say 'Black Lives Matter'. liberationnews.org More than media backlash, what corporations fear the most is a united workforce.

Andrew Levine (2020-08-21). Infomercial Over: Not Good, But It Could Have Been A Lot Worse. counterpunch.org Before long, this year's Democratic Party convention, its infomercial, will be a distant memory. The production values were good. For the most part, I found it watchable, even when the focus was on Biden rather than Trump. In view of what the Democrats are selling, it could have been a lot worse. There was, of

Party for LIberation and Socialism (2020-08-21). Convention: Having squelched left, DNC pivots hard right. liberationnews.org Convention highlights war makers, marginalizes progressives.

CounterSpin (2020-08-21). Karlin Itchoak on Wildlife Refuge Drilling, Steven Rosenfeld on How to Vote. fair.org Media…

Jim Kavanagh (2020-08-21). Why Payroll Taxes Are the Achilles Heel of Social Security. counterpunch.org On August 8th, Donald Trump took four executive actions on coronavirus relief. One was a memorandum deferring, to the end of the year, payment of the employee portion of the payroll tax for employees making less than $4000 biweekly. (Employer payments had already been deferred in the CARES act.) He did this, according to the

Staff (2020-08-21). Representation Doesn't Equal Rights. therealnews.com Stir Crazy! Episode 80: Today we are joined by journalist, organizer, and founding executive director of Crushing Colonialism Jen Deerinwater, Miwok journalist and community organizer Desiree Kane, and journalist and community builder Johnnie Jae. Hosted by Kim Brown.

Staff (2020-08-21). Biden, Harris Feel The Heat Over Fossil Fuel Subsidies. therealnews.com The DNC says the platform statement calling for an end to fossil fuel subsidies was an "error" and that's why it was removed. But climate activist circles smell a rat and are calling for clarification.

PAI (2020-08-21). Teamsters union gives thumbs up to Biden-Harris ticket. peoplesworld.org DETROIT (PAI)—The Teamsters board unanimously voted to endorse the Democratic election duo of Joe Biden for president and Kamala Harris for VP, union President Jim Hoffa announced Aug. 20. The endorsement, two days before Biden's acceptance speech to the Democratic National Convention, carries a lot of weight. The union has more than a million members …

John Hawkins (2020-08-21). Deep State Throats: Towards a Franker Lingua. dissidentvoice.org You should never judge a book by its title, but with whistleblower Edward Snowden's Permanent Record the reader gets as close s/he can possibly get to the soul of a narrative before actually reading it. He means it: The American government, with help of its data-gathering 5 Eyes partners, is gathering up information on every …

Eric A. Gordon (2020-08-21). Democratic outreach to Jewish voters cites rising anti-Semitism under Trump. peoplesworld.org One afternoon breakout session of the Democratic National Convention that took place on the afternoon of August 18, the first full day of the quadrennial nomination ritual, addressed the Jewish American community in support of the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris ticket. A reported 2000 viewers had registered for this livestreamed two-hour-plus session. The Jewish American vote …

Comrade Tano (2020-08-21). A 75th anniversary salute to Vietnam's August Revolution. workers.org We live in tumultuous times, and it is during times like this that we as socialists must look to the struggles and successes of our predecessors to give us inspiration to continue our struggle. As a Vietnamese-American, I take heart in remembering the struggles of my people in their fight . . . |

Jennifer Robin (2020-08-21). On the Portland Beating: The Ubiquity of Phones is Arresting. counterpunch.org Portland, Oregon It's a weird position to find oneself in, a pacifist scanning video feeds for hours to detect "intentions of violence." How is it that one can spend 12 hours—on and off—reading accounts of a violent confrontation on a street corner involving many chaotic actors and by the end of it know as little

People's World (2020-08-21). Submitting Photos to People's World: Basic Guidelines. peoplesworld.org This guide was prepared by People's World staff member Al Neal. Please contact him for further information and answers to your questions about photography and check out his photo portfolio. THE BASICS Guidelines for good photographs: 1. A clear subject or theme: Every image should tell a story or convey emotion. 2. Focused attention on …

Mirinda Crissman (2020-08-21). Build solidarity with prisoners: Fight for abolition! workers.org This slightly 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. Texas: Credit: Kavin Rashid Johnson Revolutionary greetings from Houston, Texas, a city that contains the country's third largest jail. The Harris County Jails . . . |

Staff (2020-08-21). Black August honors the legacy of militant rebellion. therealnews.com Lumumba and Monifa Bandele talk about the history of Black August, continuing the legacy of freedom fighters and the Black August Hip Hop project.

Steve Sweeney (2020-08-21). Murders of women rising in Turkey; government does nothing. peoplesworld.org Nearly 250 women have been killed in Turkey so far this year, new statistics suggest, prompting a call for international solidarity from women's organizations in a bid to save lives. Four women were detained in Istanbul Thursday after they unveiled a banner in Taksim Square charging that the "patriarchal state" was responsible for the death …

Rob Urie (2020-08-21). The Day After Election Day. counterpunch.org The view passed down from on high in the U.S. is that elections are the effective and legitimate means of collective decision-making in the realm of the political. Conversely, on matters of war and peace, economic distribution, environmental wellbeing, healthcare, education, housing, and social welfare— the areas where collective outcomes matter, these are either considered

Vijay Prashad (2020-08-21). Tell the people that the struggle must go on. mronline.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 …

Mike Hastie (2020-08-21). What Portland Protesters Think of the Feds. counterpunch.org This image was taken on July 24, 2020, when the battle was up close at the reinforced iron fence surrounding the Mark Hatfield Federal Courthouse. These protesters had no respect for the U.S. Global Empire. You can certainly see the extremely high intensity energy in this image. Now, just imagine how horrendously loud this was,

Party for LIberation and Socialism (2020-08-21). Democratic "convention" shaped by Trump White House. liberationnews.org The Democratic National Convention proves exactly how far right the Democrat Party continues to move.

Kim Petersen (2020-08-21). How America's Broken Education System Perpetuates Social Injustice. dissidentvoice.org Any conditions that compel the teacher to take note of failures rather than of healthy growth give false standards and result in distortion and perversion. — John Dewey,1 Academic Fredrik deBoer has written a book, The Cult of Smart: How Our Broken Education System Perpetuates Social Injustice (All Points Books, 2020), that questions the enormous …

Bryant Arroyo (2020-08-21). The psychological impact of solitary confinement. workers.org The following is a slightly edited commentary recorded for "Voices From the Inside" by PrisonRadio.org. The brain and nervous system, or "the mind," cannot function normally without stimulation. Neither can it function normally when given too much stimulus. The brain and the nervous system must be maintained in a "steady . . . |

A Guest Author (2020-08-21). Long live the memory of Ka Randy! workers.org By the Communist Party of the Philippines Workers World is reprinting the following statement from the Communist Party of the Phillipines that condemns the murder of Randall Echanis on Aug. 10. Since the 2016 presidential election in the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte has carried out numerous assassinations of peace activists and . . . |

RT (2020-08-21). As Democrats deliver 4-point poll boost to TRUMP, media spin says convention bounce 'not the point'. rt.com While the mainstream media have sought to downplay the impact of 2020 party conventions, polls showing President Donald Trump surging ahead as the Democrats held their virtual rally have them both stumped and spinning. | "Don't be surprised if Biden doesn't get a convention bounce in the polls. That's not the point," declared an early Friday headline in the Washington Post. Post-convention surges are hard when the country is polarized and the parties "stage theirs back to back, as they will this year," argued opinion writer Karen Tumulty. | | © Twitter/screenshot | Except both things were just as true i…

RT (2020-08-21). Joe Biden delivers acceptance speech at DNC virtual convention. rt.com Presidential nominee Joe Biden is delivering an acceptance speech on the closing night of the Democratic National Convention.

RT (2020-08-21). 'Reexamine your life choices': Trump hater Soledad TRIGGERED by praise of Biden's 'conservative themes' in DNC speech. rt.com Liberal journalist Soledad O'Brien launched a pointed attack on Twitter after Joe Biden's DNC acceptance speech was deemed "conservative," a term that the Trump critic apparently found unbearable in being linked to the Democrat. | After Sarah Longwell, publisher of The Bulwark, praised Biden's speech as more conservative than any Donald Trump has given because of a focus on "family, faith and character," O'Brien jumped in to blast the commentary and tell Longwell to "reexamine" her "life choices." | "What is wrong with you? What kind of a terrible person says this? Do you not know any people of color who over-…

RT (2020-08-21). Fighting Russia has become an existential necessity for NATO, if tensions are reduced alliance has no purpose — Russia FM Lavrov. rt.com Confrontation with Russia has become the sole reason for NATO's existence, and this encourages instability in Europe, creating artificial dividing lines on the continent. That's according to Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov. | The veteran diplomat told the Moscow daily Trud that everyone knows there are no real threats to security in Europe but that NATO needs to invent them in order to keep itself relevant. Lavrov also drew attention to the fact that Russia has repeatedly proposed measures to reduce tensions and reduce the risk of incidents on the continent. | "Now, just like during the Cold War, fighti…

RT (2020-08-21). 'Purely a medical decision': Anti-corruption activist Navalny won't be allowed to fly until his doctor allows it, says Kremlin. rt.com There are no obstacles preventing Moscow protest leader Alexey Navalny from flying abroad for treatment other than receiving permission from his doctor, according to Kremlin Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov. | Navalny was taken to a hospital in the Siberian city of Omsk on Thursday morning, after becoming ill on a flight from Tomsk to Moscow. Members of his team believe the activist has been poisoned, and have arranged to fly him to the European Union. His associates have appealed to the Kremlin to allow him to be evacuated to a German specialist hospital, but Moscow insists the decision to let him go must be mad…

RT (2020-08-21). Philippines mounts diplomatic protest over China's seizure of fishing equipment in ongoing row over disputed shoal. rt.com The Philippines foreign ministry has accused China's coastguard of illegally seizing fishing equipment near a disputed shoal in the South China Sea. The move has sparked a fresh row with Beijing. | Manila lodged a diplomatic protest on Friday over the "illegal confiscation" in May of floating devices used to catch fish. The ministry also "resolutely objected" to China issuing radio challenges to Philippines aircraft conducting maritime patrols in areas of the sea claimed by Manila, AFP reported. | Beijing said the coastguard's actions "are understandable" as they carried out law enforcement activities. China's…

RT (2020-08-21). Russian doctors say Moscow protest leader Navalny's condition has stabilized – he CAN be flown to Germany at family's request. rt.com Anti corruption activist Alexey Navalny, who remains in an artificially induced coma at a Siberian hospital, can be transferred to Germany within hours, his doctors have said, agreeing to family requests for treatment abroad. | Given the seriousness of Navalny's condition, he must be transferred to the airport with extreme care, the doctors of the Omsk clinic where the Moscow protest leader is hospitalized told the media on Friday. | An aircraft ambulance, dispatched by a German NGO to transport the activist, landed at the local airport earlier in the day. However, his doctors noted that while it will certainl…

RT (2020-08-21). 'All I did was fight him': Portland police arrest BLM activist who FLY-KICKED defenseless man who was dragged from truck. rt.com Portland police have arrested Marquise Love, ending a manhunt for the BLM activist who allegedly led a mob attack on a man who was dragged from his truck, made to sit in the street, beaten and knocked out with a kick to the head.

RT (2020-08-21). US ready 'to block Russia & China' if they disregard Iran sanctions, Pompeo warns, as Washington pushes for UN 'snapback'. rt.com Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday that the United States is prepared to block Russia and China if they refuse to reimpose UN sanctions on Iran. | The statement came a day after Britain, France and Germany — who are still party to the Iranian nuclear agreement — joined Beijing and Moscow in Speaking to Fox News, Pompeo said Washington was disappointed its allies did not support the US effort to trigger a "snapback" of U…

RT (2020-08-21). Former US Army Green Beret indicted for 'conspiring with RUSSIAN SPIES'. rt.com A former member of the US Army Special Forces has been charged with providing classified information to Russian intelligence for over 15 years and faces life in prison, the Department of Justice has announced. | Peter Rafael Dzibinski Debbins, 45, was arrested in Gainesville, Virginia on Friday and charged with "conspiracy to provide US national defense information to agents of a foreign government," He allegedly made contact with agents of the R…

RT (2020-08-21). 'F**k, f**k, f**k': Dem senator caught cursing out assistant on hot mic as technology beats him (VIDEO). rt.com Democratic Party Senator Tom Carper has given Twitter something to laugh about as he got caught cursing on a hot mic at a virtual Senate hearing after getting "frustrated with technical difficulties." | The 73-year-old Carper (D-Delaware) was shown swearing at his assistant after seemingly thinking his live feed wasn't functioning properly — except it was. | "F**k, f**k, f**k," Carper is heard saying, before an aide moves in to help him. The entire exchange was livestreamed to the Senate. | Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) tried to move on to another senator for questioning while Carper dealt with his "tech…

RT (2020-08-21). Woke indulgences? Twitter CEO donates $10 million to 'anti-racism' scholar who preaches discrimination as a fix to all race issues. rt.com Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has donated a "no strings attached" $10 million to Ibram Kendi's Center for Antiracist Research. Kendi is a bestselling author who's become famous by telling white people that they're racists. | Announcing the donation on Thursday, Dorsey said that the center's research "will inform and fuel much needed and overdue policy change." According to

RT (2020-08-21). Liberal 'ethics' org seeks to sue Trump's postmaster general for 'undermining' vote-by-mail plans. rt.com Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington, a watchdog group linked to Democratic trickster David Brock, is suing Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, claiming he's working to scuttle a mail-in election for President Trump. | The nonprofit accused DeJoy of violating several provisions of the Hatch Act, which bars federal employees from politicking on the job, in a statement on Thursday. Claiming…

RT (2020-08-21). Upcoming mission will test drag sails to return rockets to Earth & reduce space junk floating in orbit. rt.com A newly developed drag sail will help rockets return safely to Earth following launches, while also preventing our planet's orbit becoming even more cluttered with floating space junk. | Researchers at Purdue University developed the prototype sail, dubbed Spinnaker3, which comes equipped with 3-meter long carbon fiber booms, creating an area of 18 square meters. | The creation will be installed on a Firefly Aerospace rocket set for a November launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, along with six other "Dedicated Research and Education Accelerator Mission" (DREAM) payloads. | It will be the ma…

RT (2020-08-21). Novice AI defeats veteran F-16 pilot 5-0 in DARPA's dogfight contest (VIDEO). rt.com A human pilot with more than 2,000 hours in an F-16 fighter lost five straight dogfights against an artificial intelligence algorithm, in a competition organized by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. | DARPA's Air Combat Evolution (ACE) program pitted AI developed by eight companies — including the military industry giant Lockheed Martin — against each other, before the winner went up against a human pilot in Thursday's AlphaDogfight trials competition. | Identified only by his callsign 'Banger,' the DC Air National Guard pilot had recently graduated from the F-16 Weapons Instructor co…

RT (2020-08-21). Dem candidate running to be city's 'first black mayor' faked her own kidnapping to win votes, say South Carolina police. rt.com Sabrina Belcher, who is running for mayor of Sumter, South Carolina, has been arrested on charges of faking a kidnapping to win sympathy votes. She live-streamed the entire incident on Facebook. | Police say the 29-year-old candidate faked a beating and kidnapping to win "publicity, sympathy, and votes in the November election." A 34-year-old man named Christopher Eady allegedly helped her fake the video. | Belcher reported to police that a man was trying to rob her, having broken the windows in her car, and kidnapped her. She claimed not to know the man, but police found in their investigation that she had be…

RT (2020-08-21). Newly-detected asteroid put on RISK LIST as calculations predict it could hit Earth. rt.com A freshly detected asteroid has been put straight onto the European Space Agency's 'risk list' as calculations forecast that it could smash into Earth in 10 years. | The agency detected the space rock this week and immediately added it to the list of potentially hazardous near-Earth objects, as calculations predict that it may hit our planet on August 31, 2029. | The data indicates that the object, known as 2020 PG6, will be traveling at an average speed of over 46,000kph as it races towards Earth. Thankfully, if the asteroid does stray into Earth's path, it's unlikely to cause a significant amount of damage a…

RT (2020-08-21). 'You are frauds. You are the lie': Rose McGowan torches the DNC, calls Biden a rapist, inciting a horde of party defenders. rt.com Actress Rose McGowan drew fire from Democratic partisans on Twitter, after seemingly continuing her no-compromises approach to public discourse by accusing the US liberals of uselessness, and Joe Biden of being a rapist. | "You are the season of darkness," the MeToo firebrand tweeted on Thursday, referring to Joe Biden and the Democratic Party. "You are monsters," she added. "You are frauds. You are the lie." | You are the season of darkness.

RT (2020-08-21). Navy Seal who said he killed Osama Bin Laden gets banned from Delta Air after posting photo bragging about flying without mask. rt.com Robert J. O'Neill, the former US Navy Seal who claimed to have killed Osama Bin Laden, would have gotten away with going maskless on a Delta Air Lines flight, in defiance of social-distancing rules — if he hadn't bragged about it.

Mark Gruenberg, John Wojcik (2020-08-21). Biden: "I will be an ally of light, not darkness" peoplesworld.org WILMINGTON, Del.—Asking the country to "choose hope over fear," former Vice President Joe Biden formally accepted the Democratic Party's presidential nomination on Thursday night. "Here and now, I give you my word: If you entrust me with the presidency, I will draw on the best of us not the worst. I will be an ally …

Quell Nessuno (2020-08-21). Bigger bombs don't end wars. workers.org This year marks the 75th anniversary of the United States atomic bombing of Japan, the first and only use of nuclear weapons for warfare. On Aug. 6, 1945, the U.S. military dropped the "Little Boy" atomic device from a B-29 called Enola Gay onto the city of Hiroshima. Three days . . . |

Conn Hallinan (2020-08-21). China and the US: the 21st Century's "Great Game" counterpunch.org From 1830 to 1895, the British and Russian empires schemed and plotted over control of Central and South Asia. At the heart of the "Great Game" was England's certainty that the Russians had designs on India. So wars were fought, borders drawn, and generations of young met death in desolate passes and lonely outposts. In

CP Editor (2020-08-21). Marquee Moon — LUNA. counterpunch.org

Fred_F (2020-08-21). No fee hikes! Student fightback national day of action. greenleft.org.au The federal government is push to raise the cost of Ar…

pip.hinman (2020-08-21). New push to lift 33-year-old ban on uranium mining in NSW. greenleft.org.au

pip.hinman (2020-08-21). Peter Dutton: the logic behind the evil. greenleft.org.au

Jonathan Cook (2020-08-21). How Israel Wages War on Palestinian History. counterpunch.org When the Palestinian actor Mohammed Bakri made a documentary about Jenin in 2002 — filming immediately after the Israeli army had completed rampaging through the West Bank city, leaving death and destruction in its wake — he chose an unusual narrator for the opening scene: a mute Palestinian youth. Jenin had been sealed off from

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-21). Palestine burning in fire of Zionist regime's impudence. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 21 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said that innocent Palestine is still burning in the fire of the Zionist regime's impudence and incursion and the treason of certain Arab rulers.

Ramzy Baroud, Romana Rubeo (2020-08-21). 'Palestine is Still the Issue': UN Vote Exposes, Isolates Canada. commondreams.org Protesters hold a giant Palestinian flag as they walk across University Avenue during a demonstration in Toronto, Canada, December 9, 2017. (Photo by Giordano Ciampini/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Ramzy Baroud and Romana Rubeo (2020-08-21). "Palestine is Still the Issue": UN Vote Exposes, Isolates Canada. dissidentvoice.org The notion that 'Canada is better', especially when compared with US foreign policy, has persisted for many years. Recent events at the United Nations have, however, exposed the true nature of Canada's global position, particularly in the matter of its blind and unconditional support for Israel. On June 17, Canada lost its second bid for …

Ramzy Baroud, Romana Rubeo (2020-08-21). 'Palestine is Still the Issue': UN Vote Exposes, Isolates Canada. counterpunch.org The notion that 'Canada is better', especially when compared with US foreign policy, has persisted for many years. Recent events at the United Nations have, however, exposed the true nature of Canada's global position, particularly in the matter of its blind and unconditional support for Israel. On June 17, Canada lost its second bid for

_____ (2020-08-21). Chinese Peacekeepers Provide Aid After Explosion In Beirut. popularresistance.org Chinese peacekeepers will provide medical aid to Beirut following the deadly explosion on Tuesday | that killed at least 135 people and injured 5,000 others. | Upon the request of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), the 18th batch of Chinese peacekeeping troops to Lebanon organised an emergency team of nine medical personnel from fields including surgery, internal medicine, burns and anaesthesiology, state news agency Xinhua reported on Wednesday. | The personnel and vehicles would head to Beirut, carrying medical supplies and protective equipment, the medical unit said.

Peter Koenig (2020-08-21). Agenda ID2020: The Diabolical Agenda within the Agenda. "Genetically Modified Humanity" globalresearch.ca "A Wakeup Call to the World" — this is what Dr. Carrie Madej calls the hidden agenda within the barely talked about ID2020. | What is envisaged is a "genetically modified humanity" (GMH) so as to better control, command the world …

Ramzy Baroud (2020-08-21). A UN Vote Exposed Canada's Blind and Unconditional Support for Israel. mintpressnews.com While Canada's support for Israel is, to a certain extent, consistent with Canada's own colonial past and present interventionist foreign policy, the Canadian people and the international community remain major obstacles, challenging the toxic affinity between Ottawa and Tel Aviv.

_____ (2020-08-21). Scheer Intelligence: Something's Rotten In The Corporate States Of America. popularresistance.org Beginning with the slave trade and leading all the way up to the climate crisis, author Barbara Freese's "Industrial Strength Denial" examines eight of private industries' most egregious crimes against humanity. On this week's installment of "Scheer Intelligence," the author and former assistant attorney general of Minnesota joins Robert Scheer to discuss what the host calls "heinous behavior" on the part of the corporations involved in each case, and, most importantly, how the corporatization of the United States has allowed unfettered greed to cause irreversible harm and an astounding loss of life.

WSWS (2020-08-21). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. wsws.org The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to

South Front (2020-08-21). Video: Idlib Is Burning. New Proxy War in Deir Ezzor. globalresearch.ca The series of unfortunate events involving the US-led coalition, Turkey and Turkish proxies continues in Syria's Greater Idlib. | Late on August 19 and early on August 20, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) shelled positions of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham near Haranabush …

2020-08-22: 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.)

On Covid-19 And Authoritarian Abuses
Caitlin Johnstone | thealtworld.com | 2020-08-22
I personally find the idea of fighting with indie media in a world that is dominated by murderous globe-spanning power structures absurd, so I won't make this about them, but since their attacks are getting more heated now I'm going to try to spell out my own position on the matter here as clearly as possible. I don't expect this essay to have any effect on this online mobbing behavior's primary drivers, who appear to operating in bad faith; this is more for my longtime readers who've been expressing bafflement that I haven't made Covid-related abuses a primary focus of my writing. | To sum up the gist of my posi…
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First Person: Pakistan health worker commits to polio fight, despite COVID fears
news.un.org | 2020-08-22
Despite suffering the after-effects of the COVID-19 virus, Husna Gul, a staff member with the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Pakistan, is committed to ensuring that as many children as possible are vaccinated against the devastating consequences of polio, which can cause muscle-wasting, paralysis and death.
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Call the Victory Women
Sophia Paslaski | zcomm.org | 2020-08-22
In a small city in northern New England, one local nonprofit mobilizes to meet the Covid-19 crisis in its New American community…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/call-the-victory-w…

Eviction crisis looms in Portland, Or
Tabia Schmidt | liberationnews.org | 2020-08-22
Even before the pandemic hit, Portland was one of the most rent-burdened cities in the United States, with almost half of renters spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing.
liberationnews.org/eviction-crisis-looms…

Tell the People That the Struggle Must Go On
Vijay Prashad | zcomm.org | 2020-08-22
You would think that amid a pandemic, when employment has collapsed and hunger has risen, social wealth would be diverted from the police to erase starvation, but that is not how the society of entrenched class hierarchy works…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/tell-the-people-th…

Educators Demand Virtual Schools as 'Least Bad' but Safe Option
Barbara Madeloni | zcomm.org | 2020-08-22
As the coronavirus continues to spread, teachers and school employees are being handed reopening plans that require them to be in their classrooms at the bell–and they are resisting.
zcomm.org/znetarticle/educators-demand-v…

New York lawmakers denounce DSA as antisemitic after group challenges junkets to Israel
Michael Arria | mronline.org | 2020-08-22
At the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) convention in 2017, the group endorsed the BDS movement by an overwhelming majority. That resolution asserted that "socialists have a responsibility to side with the oppressed and are committed to their unconditional liberation."
mronline.org/2020/08/22/new-york-lawmake…

Freedom Rider: "Feet to the Fire" and other lies
Margaret Kimberley | mronline.org | 2020-08-22
When the Democratic Party ends its charade of a primary process and spits out the person most closely aligned with neo-liberal policies, the gas lighting begins.
mronline.org/2020/08/22/freedom-rider-fe…

Global campaign frees Mahmoud Nawajaa
Kathy Durkin | workers.org | 2020-08-22
Mahmoud Nawajaa is free! An international campaign pressured Israel to release the general coordinator of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement from detention. Armed Israeli forces charged into Nawajaa's home near Ramallah in occupied Palestine on July 30 and brutally seized him. He was illegally held without charges until . . . | Continue reading Global campaign frees Mahmoud Nawajaa at Workers.org
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A Day's Delay in Mail Delivery, could re-elect Trump
Nick Licata | zcomm.org | 2020-08-22
In five "swing states", local officials must have mail-in ballots in hand by Election Day, or they will not be counted…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/a-days-delay-in-ma…

2020 Election Is a Fight Against Trump, Authoritarianism, Greed, Oligarchy & Bigotry
Bernie Sanders | zcomm.org | 2020-08-22
In his speech to the Democratic National Convention, Sanders urged people to fight "against greed, oligarchy and bigotry" by voting President Trump out of office in November…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/2020-election-is-a…

Trump Might Cheat. Activists Are Getting Ready
Michelle Goldberg | zcomm.org | 2020-08-22
Election sabotage needs to be met with the largest protests yet…
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After two years of school strikes, the world is still in a state of climate crisis denial
Greta Thunberg, Luisa Neubauer, Anuna De Wever and AdélaàØde Charlier | zcomm.org | 2020-08-22
We can have as many meetings as we like, but the will to change is nowhere in sight. Society must start treating this as a crisis…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/after-two-years-of…

[Editorial] Trump versus Biden: a fight for the health of a nation
The Lancet | thelancet.com | 2020-08-22
With only 73 days until Nov 3, the 2020 presidential election in the US has entered a decisive phase with Democratic candidate Joe Biden's announcement of California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate. It comes against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic that has revealed a nation of stark inequity, especially in terms of health. Over the past three decades, non-communicable diseases, especially cardiovascular diseases, cancers, neurological disorders, chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes, and chronic kidney disease have been the predominant causes of death and disability in the US.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(20)31786-4/fulltext?rss=yes

[World Report] COVID-19 and readjusting clinical trials
Aaron van Dorn | thelancet.com | 2020-08-22
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted clinical trials worldwide, with long-lasting effects on medical science. Aaron van Dorn reports.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(20)31787-6/fulltext?rss=yes

[Perspectives] Pandemics past and dystopian futures
Margaret McCartney | thelancet.com | 2020-08-22
My children, when small, asked me, variously: "tell me a story not in a book"; "tell me a story from your mouth". The youngest now asks instead: "tell me a dystopian future". Last year, this amused me. I could tell tall tales, weird and bad. Now, I am not sure where to start, and I am certainly not sure where to end. This is still our world, but we queue compliantly in supermarkets at 2 m intervals; we shout to our older relatives as we drop off food from the end of the garden path, walking away as we do, and we need to find a face mask before going into a shop or onto a train.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(20)31716-5/fulltext?rss=yes

Iran COVID-19 update: 126 deaths, 2,028 cases in 24 hours
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-22
TEHRAN, Aug. 22 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry announced 2,028 new cases of infection with the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, putting the total number of cases in the country at 356,792.
en.mehrnews.com/news/162593/Iran-COVID-1…

Hosseini Infants Ceremony marked in Hazrat Masoumeh Mausoleum
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-22
TEHRAN, Aug. 22 (MNA) — The Hosseini Infancy Ceremony was held at the holy Mausoleum of Hazrat Masoumeh (PBUH) on Sat. on Qom province by fully observing of health protocols and guidelines due to the spread of pandemic in the country.
en.mehrnews.com/news/162588/Hosseini-Inf…

Greece denying pushbacks despite evidence: Rights group
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-22
In a recent interview with CNN, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis denied the accusations, saying: "They are an insult to the Greek Coast Guard that has saved tens of thousands of migrants and refugees."However, evidence and reports describing the abuses are too many to be ignored, Eva Cosse, a researcher at Human Rights Watch, said in a report.Cosse, after interviewing victims and witnesses, said that Greek authorities have been seen forcibly pushing back migrants and asylum seekers from Rhodes, Samos, and Symi islands in small inflatable boats.A victim from Syria, who used the pseudonym of Marwan, describ…
yenisafak.com/en/news/greece-denying-pus…

Saturday 8/22: Save the Post Office Rally
Patty Hoyt | indybay.org | 2020-08-22
This will be at the Novato Post Office at 1537 S. Novato Blvd.
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Virginia health chief says he will MANDATE coronavirus vaccine, 'strongly opposes' exemptions
rt.com | 2020-08-22
Virginia's health commissioner said he will make a coronavirus vaccine legally mandatory for all state residents when one is ready, arguing it will save lives, as critics push back, demanding the right to choose for themselves. | Dr Norman Oliver, who heads up the state's department of health, said he would require all Virginians to get the jab so long as he remains health commissioner when a vaccine is available, according to local ABC affiliate WRIC. | "[Covid-19] is…
rt.com/usa/498715-virginia-coronavirus-v…

Why COVID-Led Surge in Public Debt Has Become a Double-Edged Sword for the UK Economy
sputniknews.com | 2020-08-22
UK public debt has exceeded 100% of gross domestic product for the first time since 1963, breaching £2 trillion ($2.6 trillion) following the government's £26.7 billion ($34.9 billion) borrowing in July. Economists have explained how Britain found itself under such a massive debt burden and whether they can get it under control.
sputniknews.com/uk/202008221080240089-wh…

COVID Dampens Ganesha Festivities: Idol Sculptors Left in Lurch Over Celebration Curbs in India
sputniknews.com | 2020-08-22
New Delhi (Sputnik): Drenched in a glorious past and cloaked with traditions and culture, festivals showcase the spirit of the Indian way of life. As celebrations and reminders of India's secularity, its 1.35 billion people get together in at least 36 annual festivals, most of which begin after Ganesha Chaturthi.
sputniknews.com/india/202008221080243466…

US House takes on Postal reforms seen as threat to mail-in ballots
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-22
The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives will vote on Saturday on providing the cash-strapped Postal Service with $25 billion and block policies that have stirred concerns about mail-in balloting ahead of the Nov. 3 election.The Democratic-led chamber is widely expected to pass the bill, dubbed the "Delivering for America Act," at a rare Saturday session called by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the congressional August recess. But it is unlikely to be taken up in the Republican-controlled Senate.With mail-in voting expected to surge during the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump has alarmed De…
yenisafak.com/en/world/us-house-takes-on…

Turkish dentists say visits safe during COVID-19
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-22
Patients can visit dental hospitals or clinics without worry despite the coronavirus pandemic, a Turkish dentist told Anadolu Agency."Under the control of the Turkish Health Ministry, dental clinics and hospitals have taken advanced level of measures against COVID-19," according to Lutfi Ciftci, chief physician at the Bursa Oral and Dental Health Hospital.Ciftci said they took measures against the virus such as taking temperatures of patients at the entrance, asking if they have any symptoms, hanging information brochures on walls as well as informing them to wear masks and using disinfectants regularly."Consider…
yenisafak.com/en/news/turkish-dentists-s…

Turkey: Hot air balloons up in the skies after months
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-22
Colorful hot air balloons dotted the skies of Pamukkale in southwestern Turkey on Saturday morning, as the popular tourist activity resumed after a pause of over five months due to the coronavirus pandemic.The UNESCO World Heritage Site in Denizli province is famous for its mineral-rich thermal waters and white travertine terraces.The balloon tours, which give visitors the chance to take in the area's natural splendor from up above, were grounded on March 15 as part of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.Pamukkale's Kocacukur area swarmed with tourists on Saturday morning, who lined up for their balloon rides…
yenisafak.com/en/news/turkey-hot-air-bal…

Philippines reports 4,933 coronavirus infections, 26 deaths
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-22
The Philippines reported 4,933 infections of the new coronavirus on Saturday, the fifth straight day above 4,000, and 26 COVID-19 deaths.In a bulletin, the health ministry said total confirmed cases have increased to 187,249 while confirmed deaths have reached 2,966. The Philippines has the most infections in Southeast Asia, and second-highest number of deaths, behind Indonesia.
yenisafak.com/en/world/philippines-repor…

France delays launch of COVID-19 economic reboot plan to September
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-22
The French government said on Saturday it would unveil details of its 100 billion euro ($118 billion) plan to reinvigorate the economy in the first week of September, instead of next Tuesday, as it focuses on preparing the new school term."The recovery plan is ready, the timetable for its implementation still stands," government spokesman Gabriel Attal said in a statement.Schools are set to reopen on Sept. 1, after most were closed during a two-month lockdown earlier this year to fight the coronavirus, and the government is working to ensure protective measures will be adequate, Attal said.France has already outl…
yenisafak.com/en/world/france-delays-lau…

Protesters hold seventh anti-Kremlin march over detained governor
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-22
Around 1,500 people marched through the streets of the Russian far eastern city of Khabarovsk on Saturday, marking the seventh consecutive weekend of protests after the region's governor was detained in early July.Residents of Khabarovsk, 6,110 km (3,800 miles) east of Moscow, have protested since the detention of Sergei Furgal, the region's popular governor, on July 9 in connection with murder charges which he denies.His supporters say the detention is politically motivated.People marched on Saturday with posters reading "Freedom to Furgal" and "Belarus – Khabarovsk is with you" – a sign of support for oppositio…
yenisafak.com/en/news/protesters-hold-se…

Palestine, Azerbaijan hail Turkey's natural gas find
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-22
Palestine and Azerbaijan congratulated Turkey on Saturday for the discovery of major natural gas reserves in the Black Sea.Palestine's President Mahmoud Abbas congratulated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a phone call, Turkey's Communications Directorate said in a statement.He hailed Turkey's success as Palestine's success, while Erdogan reiterated Ankara's support for the Palestinian cause.The two leaders also discussed bilateral ties and regional developments, the statement said.Azerbaijan's Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov phoned his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu to congratulate him on the sig…
yenisafak.com/en/news/palestine-azerbaij…

I Participated in the DNC Rules Committee. I Don't Believe the Party Is United
Shana East | zcomm.org | 2020-08-22
The Democratic Party is not attempting to expand — they merely want enough votes to maintain the status quo.
zcomm.org/znetarticle/i-participated-in-…

Weekly News Review 16-22 August
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2020-08-22
The Editors Weekly Poke Boris de Pfeffelski and his wizard Dom-the-Cummings-and-Goings aren't doing so well are they? Eight U-Turns in eight months is now a big challenge to the Cameron government for double-dealing incompetence (24 U-Turns) and surpasses even Theresa May's for wholesale ineptitude. Armed with these world-beating skill sets, the dynamic duo have proved …
truepublica.org.uk/united-kingdom/weekly-news-review-16-22-august/

China & the US: 21st Century's "Great Game"
Conn Hallinan | zcomm.org | 2020-08-22
The U.S. has dominated the Pacific Ocean–sometimes called an "American lake"–since the end of World War II. Suddenly Americans have a competitor, although it is a rivalry that routinely gets overblown.
zcomm.org/znetarticle/china-the-us-21st-…

California Police Reform Push Could Shift the National Conversation
Jeremy B. White and Alexander Nieves | zcomm.org | 2020-08-22
Supporters of the reforms say they are determined to convert a historic surge of advocacy into enduring change…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/california-police-…

US Smears Those Questioning Latest Claims vs. China
Anthony Cartalucci | thealtworld.com | 2020-08-22
The Coda Story — a media front funded and created by and for the US government, its "Atlanticist" partners, and the corporate interests driving the vast majority of Western foreign policy — recently ran a smear against alternative media figures questioning the US-led "Uyghur-Xinjiang" narrative. | The smear is part of a wider campaign aimed at anyone questioning Washington's Uyghur-Xinjiang narrative and the US' attempt to use it to undermine China. | These smears follow a very specific playbook. Step one — deny there is a terrorism problem in Xinjiang, China. Step two — cite reports based ent…
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Can BJP's politics and Facebook's business thrive without hate?
Prabir Purkayastha | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-22
The problem of hate news is built into the genes of big digital monopolies like Facebook. We need to break up these monopolies and regulate them as the new public utilities of the digital age…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/08/22/can-bjps-…

[Review] Sex and gender: modifiers of health, disease, and medicine
Franck Mauvais-Jarvis, Noel Bairey Merz, Peter J Barnes, Roberta D Brinton, Juan-Jesus Carrero, Dawn L DeMeo, Geert J De Vries, C Neill Epperson, Ramaswamy Govindan, Sabra L Klein, Amedeo Lonardo, Pauline M Maki, Louise D McCullough, Vera Regitz-Zagrosek, Judith G Regensteiner, Joshua B Rubin, Kathryn Sandberg, Ayako Suzuki | thelancet.com | 2020-08-22
Clinicians can encounter sex and gender disparities in diagnostic and therapeutic responses. These disparities are noted in epidemiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, disease progression, and response to treatment. This Review discusses the fundamental influences of sex and gender as modifiers of the major causes of death and morbidity. We articulate how the genetic, epigenetic, and hormonal influences of biological sex influence physiology and disease, and how the social constructs of gender affect the behaviour of the community, clinicians, and patients in the health-care system and interact with p…
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(20)31561-0/fulltext?rss=yes

[Correspondence] WSO and WHF joint position statement on population-wide prevention strategies
Michael Brainin, World Stroke Organization, Karen Sliwa, World Heart Federation | thelancet.com | 2020-08-22
In 2008, Rod Jackson and colleagues1 proposed that prevention strategies for high-risk cardiovascular disease, based on screening individuals at high risk of cardiovascular disease, would deliver large benefits for the population. Simon Capewell2 cautioned that these strategies could mislead health professionals and politicians into thinking they can tick the box reading mission accomplished and, with screening completed, cardiovascular disease prevention would be resolved. Both sides of this debate were based on assumptions and therefore did not reach consensus, but the high-risk approach to the prevention of ca…
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(20)31752-9/fulltext?rss=yes

[Comment] In sepsis-induced heart failure, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation can provide support
Graeme MacLaren | thelancet.com | 2020-08-22
Sepsis is defined as a life-threatening organ dysfunction caused by a dysregulated host response to infection.1 Septic shock occurs when serum lactate is elevated and vasopressor medication is required despite adequate fluid resuscitation.2 Many cardiovascular features of septic shock exist, including tachycardia, alterations in vascular tone, and reduced ventricular function. Haemodynamic patterns differ with age, characteristically manifesting as pulmonary hypertension and right heart failure in newborn infants, left heart failure in young children, and distributive shock in adolescents and adults.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(20)30762-5/fulltext?rss=yes

[Perspectives] Noni MacDonald: inspirational leader in Canadian and global health
Richard Lane | thelancet.com | 2020-08-22
It is not easy to pigeon-hole Noni MacDonald, Professor of Pediatrics at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS, Canada. Paediatrician, infectious disease specialist, vaccinologist, founder of a paediatrics journal, the first woman in Canada to become Dean of Medicine, and passionate global health advocate, her career has been long and diverse. "My professional life has all been about confronting health problems. In my view, if you don't do something to solve the problem, you end up being part of the problem", she says.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(20)31715-3/fulltext?rss=yes

[Clinical Picture] E-cigarette-induced lung disease: from acute to chronic
Florian Poschenrieder, Michael Rotter, Andreas Gschwendtner, Okka W Hamer | thelancet.com | 2020-08-22
A 52-year-old man attended our hospital reporting breathlessness on exertion that had been worsening over the past 2 weeks. He had smoked 20 cigarettes a day for the past 40 years. He had no other symptoms–specifically no systemic or gastrointestinal complaints. The patient had tried to quit smoking 4 months earlier and had started vaping: he had been using commercially available e-cigarettes which did not have any Œî9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) added.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(20)31755-4/fulltext?rss=yes

[Articles] The Community-Level Interventions for Pre-eclampsia (CLIP) cluster randomised trials in Mozambique, Pakistan, and India: an individual participant-level meta-analysis
Peter von Dadelszen, Zulfiqar A Bhutta, Sumedha Sharma, Jeffrey Bone, Joel Singer, Hubert Wong, Mrutyunjaya B Bellad, Shivaprasad S Goudar, Tang Lee, Jing Li, Ashalata A Mallapur, Khátia Munguambe, Beth A Payne, Rahat N Qureshi, Charfudin Sacoor, Esperanàßa Sevene, Marianne Vidler, Laura A Magee, CLIP Trials Working Group | thelancet.com | 2020-08-22
The CLIP intervention did not reduce adverse pregnancy outcomes. Future community-level interventions should expand the community health worker workforce, assess general (rather than condition-specific) messaging, and include health system strengthening.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(20)31128-4/fulltext?rss=yes

[Obituary] William Charles Dement
Geoff Watts | thelancet.com | 2020-08-22
Founder of sleep medicine. He was born in Wenatchee, WA, USA, on July 29, 1928, and died of cardiovascular disease in Stanford, CA, USA, on June 17, 2020, aged 91 years.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(20)31717-7/fulltext?rss=yes

[Articles] Venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation to rescue sepsis-induced cardiogenic shock: a retrospective, multicentre, international cohort study
Nicolas Bréchot, David Hajage, Antoine Kimmoun, Julien Demiselle, Cara Agerstrand, Santiago Montero, Matthieu Schmidt, Charles-Edouard Luyt, Guillaume Lebreton, Guillaume Hékimian, Erwan Flecher, Elie Zogheib, Bruno Levy, Arthur S Slutsky, Daniel Brodie, Pierre Asfar, Alain Combes, International ECMO Network | thelancet.com | 2020-08-22
Patients with severe sepsis-induced cardiogenic shock treated with VA-ECMO had a large and significant improvement in survival compared with controls not receiving ECMO. However, despite the careful propensity-weighted analysis, we cannot rule out unmeasured confounders.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(20)30733-9/fulltext?rss=yes

IAEA chief to visit Tehran on Monday
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-22
TEHRAN, Aug. 22 (MNA) — Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Rafael Grossi announced that he will visit Tehran on Monday to hold talks with Iranian officials.
en.mehrnews.com/news/162596/IAEA-chief-t…

Persian Restaurants in Ohio
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-22
TEHRAN, Aug. 22 (MNA) — Nowadays more and more customers are starting to become pickier with the restaurants that they plan on going.
en.mehrnews.com/news/162583/Persian-Rest…

Rouhani thanks 'health defenders' on National Doctors Day
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-22
TEHRAN, Aug. 22 (MNA) — President Hassan Rouhani congratulated in a message the National Doctors Day to the "heroes who sacrificed their lives to save others".
en.mehrnews.com/news/162579/Rouhani-than…

Trump facing sharp drop in popularity: Vaezi
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-22
TEHRAN, Aug. 22 (MNA) — Iranian President's Chief of Staff Mahmoud Vaezi said that Trump is facing a sharp drop in popularity and approval in the last months of his administration.
en.mehrnews.com/news/162578/Trump-facing…

Islamic Revolution lovers' presence in Syria defeated US
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-22
TEHRAN, Aug. 22 (MNA) — Deputy Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi said that the defeat of the US and its allies in Syria is due to the presence of the lovers of the Islamic Revolution.
en.mehrnews.com/news/162589/Islamic-Revo…

Armed Forces ready to nip any threat in bud
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-22
TEHRAN, Aug. 22 (MNA) — Commander of the Iranian Army Ground Force Brigadier General Kiomars Heidari highlighted the readiness of the Iranian Armed Forces to counter any threat.
en.mehrnews.com/news/162591/Armed-Forces…

Iranian envoy warns on weakening UN position
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-22
TEHRAN, Aug. 22 (MNA) — The Iranian Ambassador to France warned about undermining and weakening the international status of the United Nation in international bodies.
en.mehrnews.com/news/162580/Iranian-envo…

Don't Throw Us Under The Bus! SMART 1741 SF School Bus Drivers Fight For Healthcare
Labor Video Project | indybay.org | 2020-08-22
The San Francisco Unified School District Superintendent Vincent Matthews and the SFUSD school board are taking away healthcare benefits from the SMART 1741 school bus drivers and union members protested on 8/20/20…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/08/21/1883602…

Tuesday 8/25: Giants and Warriors Workers Fight Back
Marc Norton | indybay.org | 2020-08-22
ORACLE PARK (Giant's ballpark) | PICKET LINE: Willie Mays statue, 3rd & King Streets | CAR CARAVAN: ILWU parking lot, 2nd & King Streets…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/08/21/1883601…

Pass AB 1436 to stop evictions and foreclosures
zrants | indybay.org | 2020-08-22
This is the short version of a request sent via email from Tenants Together, a statewide renters support group to pass legislation to protect tenants and homeowners survive this crisis without losing their homes.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/08/21/1883602…

California Needs More Renewables Online to Match the Demands of Fire Season
Ramona du Houx | indybay.org | 2020-08-22
If California had more renewables online to match the demands of fire season the state would be combating greenhouse gasses that fuel extreme temperatures. Gov. Brown failed to do so, no Gov. Newsom appears to be doing the same.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/08/20/1883600…

Saturday 8/22: Meetup: How we will Place a Moratorium on Murder
Direct Action Everywhere | indybay.org | 2020-08-22
Online Zoom…
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Tetra Tech Corruption Scandal From Uniontown Ohio To Hunters Point/Treasure Island
repost | indybay.org | 2020-08-22
The systemic corruption of the EPA including the criminal cover-up of testing at the Hunters Point Shipyard and Treasure Island by Tetra Tech is exposed in these articles…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/08/21/1883602…

"Pay Us Benefits" & "No On Prop 22" Uber Workers Protest at SF Uber World HQ
Labor Video Project | indybay.org | 2020-08-22
Uber and Lyft workers and supporters protested at the UBER World Headquarters to demand worker benefits and also to oppose Proposition 22 which would undermine AB5 which forces ridedshare companies to pay workers comp, disability and social security,…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/08/20/1883601…

Tuesday 8/25: Bayview Hunters Point A25 "We Can't Breathe" Protest Caravan
Greenaction for Environmental Justice | indybay.org | 2020-08-22
MLK Park in the Bayview District of San Francisco @ 3rd St. and Carroll Ave. We'll caravan to the corrupt Lennar development company "Welcome Center" at the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, and from there to City Hall.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/08/21/1883602…

'Drone bomb me': Rose McGowan clashes with Alyssa Milano & other libs over Dem Party 'making world a better place'
rt.com | 2020-08-22
Actress and #MeToo pioneer Rose McGowan has continued an all-out assault on the Democratic Party, sparring with liberal celebrities over 2020 presidential pick Joe Biden and the Dems' progressive bonafides. | McGowan launched a fresh offensive on Friday night, picking up from a rapid-fire tweet session the day prior — in which the actress dubbed the party "frauds," "monsters" and "the lie." She first tangled with Biden backer and fellow actress Alyssa Milano, who responded to McGowan's earlier tweet storm with a thread outlining how the Democrats had "[made] the world a better place." | Milano's thread di…
rt.com/usa/498714-mcgowan-milano-democra…

Fort Hood WMD specialist missing amid string of mysterious deaths & disappearances around army base
rt.com | 2020-08-22
The US Army has asked the public for help in finding a missing bio, chemical and nuclear specialist stationed at Fort Hood in Texas, the latest soldier to vanish after a spate of puzzling deaths and disappearances around the base. | The 23-year-old sergeant, Elder Fernandes, was reported missing earlier this week, last seen by his staff sergeant on Monday at a residence near the Fort Hood army base in Killeen, Texas, according to a local ABC affiliate. The military has now ca…
rt.com/usa/498712-fort-hood-soldier-miss…

'Drone bomb me': Rose McGowan clashes with Alyssa Milano & other libs over Dem Party 'making world a better place'
rt.com | 2020-08-22
Actress and #MeToo pioneer Rose McGowan has continued an all-out assault on the Democratic Party, sparring with liberal celebrities over 2020 presidential pick Joe Biden and the Dems' progressive bonafides. | McGowan launched a fresh offensive on Friday night, picking up from a rapid-fire tweet session the day prior — in which the actress dubbed the party "frauds," "monsters" and "the lie." She first tangled with Biden backer and fellow actress Alyssa Milano, who responded to McGowan's earlier tweet storm with a thread outlining how the Democrats had "[made] the world a better place." | Milano's thread di…
rt.com/usa/498714-mcgowan-milano-democra…

Iran Arms Embargo: America's Alleged 'Over the Top Ridiculousness' Added to US Isolation in UN Vote
sputniknews.com | 2020-08-22
Last week, the UN Security Council rejected a draft resolution introduced by Washington to indefinitely extend a weapons embargo on Tehran envisioned by the 2015 Iran nuclear deal ahead of the embargo's expiration on 18 October.
sputniknews.com/world/202008221080243369…

Border Wall Funds: Steve Bannon Rips His Arrest as 'Political Hit Job' to 'Intimidate' Trump Voters
sputniknews.com | 2020-08-22
Donald Trump's former strategist, Steve Bannon, was arrested Thursday in connection with his role in a fundraiser for a private Mexico border wall venture, which he embarked on soon after his sudden resignation from the White House in August 2017.
sputniknews.com/us/202008221080247062-bo…

Iranian Envoy to Russia Says Tehran-Moscow Military Cooperation 'Will Reach New Levels'
sputniknews.com | 2020-08-22
The announcement comes as a UN embargo on weapons sales to the Islamic Republic is about to expire amid continuing opposition to the move by the United States.
sputniknews.com/military/202008221080246…

Photo: China's Final Type 055 Destroyer Spotted Preparing for Possible Launch
sputniknews.com | 2020-08-22
New reports from Chinese social media platforms Weibo and WeChat reveal that Beijing's eighth and final Type 055 destroyer may be ready for launch soon, as the stealth guided-missile destroyer was spotted receiving a new paint job at a Dalian shipyard.
sputniknews.com/military/202008221080241…

Proposed German Law Would Mandate Two Walks Each Day for Dogs
sputniknews.com | 2020-08-22
Dog owners in Germany may soon be required by law to walk their furry friends at minimum twice a day, as the country's Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture is set to introduce a new law next year to ensure dogs get enough activity.
sputniknews.com/europe/20200822108024184…

S Carolina Mayoral Candidate Stages Own Kidnapping to Win Over Voters, Smear Rivals, Police Say
sputniknews.com | 2020-08-22
Sabrina Belcher has largely built her election campaign ahead of the November vote around race, with the candidate — one of six in Sumter, South Carolina — presenting herself fully in line with the left-wing agenda as the first "black female candidate".
sputniknews.com/us/202008221080245904-s-…

U.S. Isolated From Double-Think & Arrogance on 'Snapback' Sanctions Against Iran
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2020-08-22
More than two years ago, in May 2018, the Trump administration unilaterally walked away from the international nuclear accord with Iran signed by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany. President Trump derided the deal as the "worst ever" and proceeded to re-impose crippling U.S. sanctions on Iran. | This week the United States announced it intends broadening sanctions to those previously imposed by the United Nations. Those UN sanctions were lifted after the nu…
strategic-culture.org/news/2020/08/22/us…

US attorney general 'vehemently opposed' to pardoning Edward Snowden
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-08-22
US attorney general William Barr has said he would be "vehemently opposed" to any attempt to pardon former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden.The attorney general's comments in an interview with the Associated Press come days after president Donald Trump said he would "look at" whether to pardon Snowden.Snowden was charged under the Espionage Act in 2013 with disclosing details of highly classified government surveillance programmes."We can't tolerate that": Trump said of Snowden at a news conference on Saturday 15 August: There are many, many people — it seems to be a split decis…
thecanary.co/us/us-news-us/2020/08/22/us…

Pakistan congratulates Turkey over gas discovery
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-22
Pakistan's president on Saturday congratulated Turkey over the natural gas discovery in the Black Sea."I must congratulate our friends, President @RTErdogan and the people of Turkey, on their biggest natural gas discovery in the Black Sea. Friends revel and rejoice in the happiness and prosperity of friends. Mashallah," Arif Alvi said in a Twitter post.The development remained one of the top trends "HayirliOlsunTurkiye– #PakGreetsTurkey" on Twitter and other social media sites, with users congratulating Ankara over historic discovery.On Friday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced some 320 billion cubic mete…
yenisafak.com/en/news/pakistan-congratul…

Iraqis burn party offices over attacks on protesters
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-22
Angry protesters tore down the offices of Shia political parties in Iraq's southern province of Dhi Qar on Saturday in revenge for attacks on demonstrators.Protesters, escorted by bulldozers, demolished the offices of the Dawa Party and Badr Organization in the city of Nasiriyah, according to eyewitnesses."They first set fire to the buildings before destroying them," one of the witnesses told Anadolu Agency.On Friday, three protesters were injured when a blast struck near a protest camp in Nasiriyah.Four people, including two activists, were also shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Basra on Wednesday.Popular prot…
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On Facebook banning pages associated with anarchism
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-08-22
And the Digital Censorship to Come.
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NDP Should Use Its Clout to Push Vulnerable Liberals to Take Urgent Climate Action
Linda McQuaig | commondreams.org | 2020-08-22
Climate campaigners in Canada and beyond and protested Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's ongoing support for the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project. (Photo: Greenpeace) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Drug Trafficking Militias Massacre Social Leaders in Colombia
Lucas Leiroz de Almeida | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-21
In Colombia, a terrible wave of violence affects the people and especially traditional indigenous communities. According to United Nations data, more than 40 murders of social leaders have occurred this year alone. | Last Tuesday, August 18, three Indians of the …
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In Further War Crime, Israelis cut Electricity to Gaza, Idling 50,000 Factory Workers
Juan Cole | zcomm.org | 2020-08-21
Source: Informed Comment 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 the Gaza Strip's sole power plant went dark, Al Jazeera reports. The Read…
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Israel's Blockade of 2 Million Palestinians in Gaza is making it Uninhabitable
Yousef Alhelou | zcomm.org | 2020-08-21
Gantz, Netanyahu and others know for sure that Gazans have nothing to lose as life is unbearable under the ongoing 14-year siege, while peace on Israeli terms is a mirage…
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3 Iranian hostages held by Somali pirates released
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-21
TEHRAN, Aug. 21 (MNA) — Three Iranian fishermen who were taken hostage by Somali pirates five years ago and released this week, arrived in Tehran on Friday.
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Rohingya crisis needs lasting solutions, renewed commitment amid COVID-19 pandemic, UN refugee agency
news.un.org | 2020-08-21
Three years after violence in Myanmar forced hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas to seek refuge in Bangladesh, the international community must adapt its assistance to the critical needs of those displaced and the host communities supporting them, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday.
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Federal judge orders second investigation into Virginia immigrant detention center hit by mass outbreak of COVID-19
wsws.org | 2020-08-21
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found prison staff were refusing to use safety equipment or provide inmates with protection from COVID-19.
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Millions of Indian workers strike to protest attacks by Modi government amid COVID-19 pandemic
wsws.org | 2020-08-21
Millions of workers have joined strikes and protests opposing the government's attacks on their wages and working conditions.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/21/indi…

Mismanagement of the Covid Crisis: Governments and Their Agencies Are Killing Their Own People?
Mark Taliano | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-21
Governments subservient to globalist diktats are willfully killing their own people in the name of fighting a misnamed "pandemic". | SARS-COV-2, the virus said to be the causative agent of COVID-19, has been neither isolated nor purified. Nevertheless, even according to …
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"Save Mercy" rally protests hospital closure in Chicago
Dave Power | liberationnews.org | 2020-08-21
"…if you look at all the data that came before COVID hit, it was a very busy hospital with very sick patients. It can't close."
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Florida education workers organize week of action
| workers.org | 2020-08-21
By Sharon Paige Tallahassee, Fla. To protect school staff, bus drivers, students and parents during the COVID-19 crisis, Workers World Party-Central Gulf Coast and the Party for Socialism and Liberation-Central Gulf Coast teamed up to call "Six Days of Actions: Florida Fights Back!" across the state on Aug. 3-8. . . . | Continue reading Florida education workers organize week of action at Workers.org
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Love in the time of Coronavirus: We are in this together
Aimee Rickman | mronline.org | 2020-08-21
In April, as the Donald Trump administration brushed off responsibility for federal regulatory oversight and on-the-ground protections of public health, Johnson & Johnson joined the onslaught of eager multinationals claiming to be on the same team as horrified screen-bound America watching coronavirus spread throughout the country. "If nothing else," they wrote, "Covid-19 has taught us …
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Understanding India's low COVID-19 death rate
Subodh Varma | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-21
Contrary to the Narendra Modi government's claims, India's low case fatality rate in the COVID-19 pandemic is not because of any well-thought out strategy. It is rather due to a relatively young population and some statistical tricks…
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The Real Problem With COVID-19 Vaccines
Anthony Cartalucci | thealtworld.com | 2020-08-21
Before even debating the efficacy, safety, and necessity of different vaccines — one must get past the fact that the most corrupt corporations on Earth hold a monopoly over their development (and the profits made from them). | Forbes in their article, " 9 Pharmaceutical Companies Racing For A COVID-19 Vaccine," would provide a list of the current front-runners racing to develop the West's first COVID-19 vaccine. | The article would claim: With more th…
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A feminist response to the pandemic
ROAR Collective | zcomm.org | 2020-08-21
The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on the essential roles care work and reproductive labor fulfill in our societies. But will it lead to gender liberation?>…
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Only Medicare For All Can Beat Covid
Eve Ottenberg | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-21
The horrible irony is that the one candidate, Sanders, who could have done the most good for pandemic victims, lost the race just when he was most needed. Since then his somewhat muted support for Medicare for All and how uniquely helpful it would be at this historic juncture, is dispiriting. The thought that this relative silence originates in a desire not to offend the candidate, Biden, whom he now supports, is downright depressing.
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German authorities cover up COVID-19 infections in Hamburg schools
wsws.org | 2020-08-21
Events in Hamburg show how recklessly the ruling class is putting the lives of teachers, pupils and parents at risk and covering up the true extent of the pandemic.
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As Burkina Faso grapples with COVID-19, new UN data reveals 'alarming deterioration' in food security
news.un.org | 2020-08-21
An estimated 3.3 million people in Burkina Faso are facing acute food insecurity, two United Nations agencies warned on Friday.
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The Covid-19 "Big Lie": Is This What You Want for Your Children?
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-21
The Daily Mail has come out with an incisive review of a Kinder-garden in Thailand which has applied the model of social engineering imposed by the Royal Thai government. | Similar guidelines have been imposed by governments throughout the World. | Social …
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The Real Problem with COVID-19 Vaccines
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-21
Before even debating the efficacy, safety, and necessity of different vaccines — one must get past the fact that the most corrupt corporations on Earth hold a monopoly over their development (and the profits made from them). | Forbes in their …
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Florida education workers organize week of action
Shannon Paige | workers.org | 2020-08-21
Tallahassee, Fla. To protect school staff, bus drivers, students and parents during the COVID-19 crisis, Workers World Party-Central Gulf Coast and the Party for Socialism and Liberation-Central Gulf Coast teamed up to call "Six Days of Actions: Florida Fights Back!" across the state on Aug. 3-8. Education workers from . . . | Continue reading Florida education workers organize week of action at Workers.org
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WHO stresses need for quick action amid reports of fresh COVID-19 outbreaks
news.un.org | 2020-08-21
With several countries experiencing fresh COVID-19 outbreaks after periods of little or no transmission, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday highlighted the need for authorities to be able to move quickly to prevent further spread of the disease.
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'Black Suns' at Louvre Lens: Coal mines transformed into gift shops
Dennis Broe | peoplesworld.org | 2020-08-21
Lens, a small town, but a highly important one in the industrial era of the late 19th century, located in the former French-Belgian coal belt, is now the home of the Louvre satellite museum Louvre-Lens and the site of the first major post-COVID lockdown exhibition in France and perhaps the first in the world. Soleils …
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"Light Is More Powerful Than Dark": Biden Vows to Fight COVID, Climate, Racism & Economic Meltdown
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-08-21
We air highlights from Joe Biden's highly anticipated speech on the final night of the Democratic National Convention, in which he formally accepted the Democratic presidential nomination, focused on the dangers of President Trump's reelection and pledged to address the four simultaneous crises of systemic racism, the pandemic, the economic downturn and the climate crisis. "United, we can and will overcome this season of darkness in America," Biden said. The 25-minute speech was delivered from his home state of Delaware.
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GLIDE Expands Access to its Free, Low-barrier Tenderloin Neighborhood COVID Testing Site
GLIDE | indybay.org | 2020-08-21
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.
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New York Teachers Union To Strike Against School Reopening
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-21
Despite Donald Trump's administration pressure for schools reopening, several states and institutions postponed the resume of learning activities or issued not-in-person strategies due to new spikes of COVID-19 cases. | The U.S New York United Federation of Teachers (UFT) on Wednesday said the organization would strike or sue district authorities if they do not enforce an accurate precautionary plan before schools reopening. | "The minute we feel that the mayor is trying to force people into a situation that is unsafe, we go to court, we take job action," UFT President Michael Mulgrew said.
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Biden tells Trump there's 'no miracle coming,' then vows to stop coronavirus… with 'Covid truth & mandatory masks'?
rt.com | 2020-08-21
Instead of "waiting for a miracle" like Donald Trump, Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden has vowed to bring Covid-19 under control — starting with a national mandate to wear masks as a "patriotic duty." | Biden gave his official acceptance speech on the last night of the Democratic National Convention on Thursday, at one point taking shots at US President Donald Trump's coronavirus response. But moments after warning that "no miracle is coming," Biden said his administration would provide just that, promising to roll out a "national strategy" to bring the pandemic under control on "day one." | Joe…
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Cones of shame? Maine orders restaurant servers to don face shields like dog collars in bizarre Covid-19 guidelines
rt.com | 2020-08-21
The Maine state government is in the doghouse with residents after an order mandating that restaurant staff wear face shields upside down, attached at the collar, which netizens dubbed "cones of shame" more befitting a family pet. | The latest " Covid-19 prevention checklist" issued by Democratic Governor Janet Mills lays out a series of rules one might expect amid the pandemic — such as good hygiene and social distancing. But one guideline for restaurants has raised eyebrows, demanding that servers don collared face…
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WHO chief 'hopes' coronavirus pandemic will end in under TWO YEARS
rt.com | 2020-08-21
The Covid-19 crisis is unlikely to be over any time soon, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has indicated, in a not very optimistic prognosis, saying he "hopes" it'll be over in less than two years. | Given the developments of modern technology, the Covid-19 pandemic is likely to end faster than the deadly 1918 outbreak of the Spanish flu, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a press conference in Geneva on Friday. However, the world has become significantly more global since then, which gives the coronavirus "a better chance of spreading," he noted. | At the same time, we also have t…
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Six million people in UK are behind on bills due to coronavirus, study finds
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-08-21
Six million people across the UK have fallen behind on household bills due to coronavirus (Covid-19), a new study has found. Research from Citizens Advice shows that one in nine people in the UK are behind on bills, with around a fifth of these individuals having to go without essentials including food. | Disparity: | The study finds that carers, those who were shielding during the pandemic, and key workers are twice as likely to have fallen behind on bill payments due to coronavirus. It also found that Black people, those aged between 18 and 34, and disabled people are at least twice as likely to be in a…
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Experts 'do not have confidence that R is currently below 1 in England'
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-08-21
There is a risk the overall coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic in the UK is growing as figures for the reproduction number (R value) suggest it has risen above 1.0. Data released on Friday by the Government Office for Science and the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) shows the estimate for R across the UK is now between 0.9 and 1.1. This is an increase from the range of between 0.8 and 1.0 one week ago.Transmission: The growth rate of coronavirus transmission, which reflects how quickly the number of infections is changing day by day, has also changed slightly across the UK since last week, wit…
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MPs slam ministers for paying 'scant regard' to data protection during pandemic
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-08-21
The UK's information rights body must act to ensure the government stops "playing fast and loose" with people's health, it has been claimed.A cross-party group of MPs has written to information commissioner Elizabeth Denham raising concerns over the government's approach to data protection and privacy.In a letter, the group accused ministers of paying "scant regard" to both privacy concerns and data protection duties during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.Government "appears unwilling to understand its legal duties": The group accused the government of engaging with private contractors that have "probl…
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Four-week extension of eviction ban confirmed amid fears of homelessness surge
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-08-21
The eviction ban has been extended for four weeks and landlords will have to give the majority of tenants six months' notice to protect vulnerable renters hit by the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis from a winter eviction. | 28 days: | The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) announced the move after charities warned there could be mass evictions around Christmas and said tens of thousands of outgoing tenants could be unable to access affordable homes, prompting a "devastating homelessness crisis". | Renters have been protected during the virus crisis by a ban announced in March and…
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Half of young people want a job in the green economy, survey finds
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-08-21
Published on the eve of so-called Earth Overshoot Day, a survey of 1,000 people aged 18 to 34 found 50% wanted a job in the green economy. Earth Overshoot Day marks the point at which humanity has used up all the resources the planet can provide for a year.This year, the date was pushed back by three weeks due to a reduction in carbon emissions and commercial forestry caused by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. It had previously been falling earlier and earlier — arriving in July for the first time in 2019.Overshot: The Global Footprint Network calculates that humans currently use 60% more resource…
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Biden Vows to Fight COVID, Climate, Racism and Economic Meltdown
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-08-21
We air highlights from Joe Biden's highly anticipated speech on the final night of the Democratic National Convention, in which he formally accepted the Democratic presidential nomination, focused on the dangers of President Trump's reelection and pledged to address the four simultaneous crises of systemic racism, the pandemic, the economic downturn and the climate crisis. "United, we can and will overcome this season of darkness in America," Biden said. The 25-minute speech was delivered from his home state…
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Are Postal Service Cuts Motivated by Voter Suppression or Privatization—or Both?
Sarah Anderson, Scott Klinger | commondreams.org | 2020-08-21
A USPS postal worker wears protective gloves while making deliveries in Cambridge, Massachusetts during the COVID-19 pandemic on April 8, 2020. (Photo: David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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'Bangladesh needs other testing methods for COVID-19'
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-21
Experts in Bangladesh suggested that alternative testing methods be introduced alongside the reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) analysis amid low COVID-19 testing and sample collection, which has raised fears over the further spread of the deadly disease in the country.The time has come for utilizing antibody and antigen testing to detect the coronavirus as a supporting method as such testing involves less effort and is hassle free, they observed.Bangladesh is now the 16th worst affected country in the world in terms of total infections. Meanwhile, there is an over 20% infection rate in dail…
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What you need to know about the coronavirus right now
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-21
Here's what you need to know about the coronavirus right now: New, milder, virus variant foundResearchers in Singapore have discovered a new variant of the COVID-19 coronavirus that causes milder infections, a study published in The Lancet medical journal found.The study showed that COVID-19 patients infected with the variant of SARS-CoV-2 had better clinical outcomes, with a lower proportion developing low blood oxygen or requiring intensive care.The study also showed the variant elicited a more robust immune response.The variant, which likely came from Wuhan, China, was detected in a cluster of infections from J…
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COVID-19 vaccine to seek regulatory review in October
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-21
German-based biotech firm BioNTech announced late Thursday that vaccine candidate for COVID-19 with US drug giant Pfizer was on track for regulatory review as early as October."Assuming clinical success, Pfizer and BioNTech are on track to seek regulatory review of BNT162b2 as early as October 2020," said the company statement."If regulatory authorization or approval is obtained, currently plan to supply up to 100 million doses worldwide by the end of 2020 and approximately 1.3 billion doses by the end of 2021," it added.The companies also released additional data from phase 2/3 trial of the BNT162b2 mRNA-based v…
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Australian inquiry says serious errors led to Ruby Princess COVID-19 debacle
wsws.org | 2020-08-21
Thousands of possibly coronavirus-infected passengers were allowed to leave the cruise ship without being tested, leading to the spread of the virus and fatalities across the country.
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Australian government prepares expanded emergency and military call-out laws
wsws.org | 2020-08-21
The political establishment is exploiting the COVID-19 catastrophe–for which its own policies are directly responsible–to introduce police-state powers.
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Australia: Sharp increase in COVID-19 among Victorian healthcare workers
wsws.org | 2020-08-21
The Victorian Labor government is attempting to downplay the growing number of infected healthcare workers in Melbourne, Australia's second largest city.
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U.S. cities, states look to socialist Cuba for COVID-19 help
Betsey Piette | workers.org | 2020-08-21
With the U.S. death toll from COVID-19 expected to surpass 200,000 by the end of August, governing bodies in U.S. cities and states are taking matters into their own hands. They are calling for U.S.-Cuba scientific and medical collaboration against the pandemic. On July 21, the San Francisco Board of . . . | Continue reading U.S. cities, states look to socialist Cuba for COVID-19 help at Workers.org
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After Spending Months Denying Need for Testing, Trump Moves to Gut FDA's Oversight Process for Coronavirus Tests
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-08-21
Public health experts on Friday raised alarm over a new policy unveiled by the Health and Human Services Department, blocking the Food and Drug Administration from regulating a number of laboratory tests including those that test for Covid-19. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Lancetgate: Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) to Treat Covid-19 Patients. Why Was this "Monumental Fraud" Not a Huge Scandal?
Daniel Espinosa | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-21
A high-profile and highly influential scientific study regarding the potential of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) to treat Covid-19 patients was retracted among suggestions of fraud back in June. The research in question was headed by a ren…
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The Specter of a Fascist Coup by Trump Haunts the US, But There's Worse to Worry About
Roger Harris | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-21
Spreading faster than COVID-19 among those on the portside, warnings of a fascist-style coup by Trump are rampant this presidential campaign season. Should Trump fail to carry the Electoral College, Noam Chomsky admonishes,…
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Will Public Schools Survive Covid-19?
Belle Chesler | thenation.com | 2020-08-21
Will Public Schools Survive Covid-19?
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"A disturbing milestone": America's top 12 plutocrats now own $1 Trillion in wealth
Alan MacLeod | mronline.org | 2020-08-21
New figures from the Institute for Policy Studies show that, despite a pandemic that has stunted the economy for months, America's billionaire class is becoming richer than ever, adding nearly $700 billion to their fortune since the nationwide lockdown in March.
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Landlords Pressuring Tenants To Pay Rent Are Getting Pandemic Relief
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-21
The first time she remembers protesting in the region, about 10 years ago, Tara Maxwell was outside the Virginia home of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. His wife Virginia, the target of Maxwell's ire that day, is a prominent right-wing lobbyist and current adviser to President Donald Trump's administration. | "If I can protest at Clarence Thomas' house, I can protest at anybody's house," Maxwell says dryly. "It doesn't bother me." | So when Maxwell, an independent contractor with experience in law enforcement and political consulting, moved into the Park 7 Apartments on Minnesota Avenue NE last August, she…
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Dorothy Day Found Her Calling Fighting The 1918 Flu Pandemic
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-21
In 1917, having dropped out of college and moved to New York with her family, Dorothy Day took her first New York job, with a daily Socialist news paper, The Call, and settled into her own one-room apartment on Cherry Street. She was 19 years old and quickly overcome by the poverty she encountered and the smell of that poverty inside the tenements she frequented. At this point, she mentions, for the first time, in her major autobiography, "The Long Loneliness," that she could feel "the spell of the long loneliness descend" on her.
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Syrian NHS cleaner's plea on Channel-crossing refugees beamed onto White Cliffs of Dover
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-08-21
An emotional plea for compassion for refugees crossing the English Channel has been beamed onto the White Cliffs of Dover.The landmark was lit up with a giant video of NHS cleaner Hassan Akkad, a Syrian refugee who crossed to Britain several years ago.He highlighted the "terrifying and devastating" journeys that so many people are undertaking to reach the UK by boat. He also blamed the government for using the crisis as a distraction from the coronavirus pandemic.The giant projection is the latest stunt by Led By Donkeys, a group of activists famed for their giant billboards of politicians' tweets. | A message fr…
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I Participated in the DNC Rules Committee. I Don't Believe the Party Is United
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-08-21
The Democrats' pandemic convention has been an uncanny spectacle to behold. Centrally coordinated from Milwaukee but technically distributed across the country through a combination of live and pre-recorded speeches and performances, the Democratic National Convention (DNC) has sought to portray a Democratic Party whose members have united around the shared goal of defeating Donald Trump. But beneath the canned TV relays, there is an ominous edge to the DNC's unity: The technical setup of the…
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Love in the time of Coronavirus: We are in this together
Aimee Rickman | mronline.org | 2020-08-21
In some ways, it is true that we are in this together. We are all facing a global pandemic. We are keeping the most vulnerable among us safe by trying to follow the advice of public health experts. But, when it comes to looking out for one another's best interests, we are not in this …
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Carefully Choreographed Convention Confirms Progressive Policies Not Central to Biden Bid
Alan MacLeod | thealtworld.com | 2020-08-21
The key message from this year's DNC is the emphasis the Biden campaign is putting on reaching out to so-called "moderate Republicans," presenting Trump as an aberration and Biden as the cure. | MPN– The Democratic National Convention continued for a fourth night last night, as the party coronates former vice president Joe Biden as its nomination for November. Originally scheduled to be held in Milwaukee, the current pandemic meant that it is mostly taking place virtually, allowing the DNC to hold a more carefully choreographed celebration than would otherwise have been possible. | One key message from the p…
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Democratic convention: $4 trillion infrastructure bank would create 25 million jobs
Tim Wheeler | peoplesworld.org | 2020-08-21
Pending legislation to establish a $4 trillion National Infrastructure Bank would rebuild the nation's rusting bridges, roads, and power grid and create 25 million union jobs desperately needed as the nation sinks into the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. That was the message from building trades union leaders, economists, and community activists, speaking …
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Chris Wallace, welcome to the #Resistance? MAGA crowd CANCELS Fox News host who complimented Biden's DNC speech
rt.com | 2020-08-21
Trump supporters seem to have finally decided to engage in 'cancel culture' on Twitter after Chris Wallace, a host on the traditionally pro-Republican Fox News network, praised the speech by the Democratic nominee Joe Biden. | "I thought [Biden's speech] was enormously effective," Wallace said on Thursday night, after Biden's address wrapped up the last day of the Democratic convention in Milwaukee. In Wallace's opinion, Biden effectively countered President Donald Trump's criticism that he was "mentally shot" and a "captive" of the left wing of the Democratic Party. | "And yes, Biden was reading from the tele…
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Where's Tulsi? Outsider candidate Gabbard smeared by Clinton not even invited to Democratic convention
rt.com | 2020-08-21
The Democratic convention featured senior never-Trump figures from the Republican Party, but Tulsi Gabbard, a primary contestant who won delegates, wasn't invited. Was that due to her anti-war rhetoric or Hillary Clinton's grudge? | This week's Democratic virtual gathering to nominate the Joe Biden/Kamala Harris ticket for the November election was a triumph of party centrism over the progressive wing. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was given a whopping 90 seconds to nominate Bernie Sanders in a technical procedure, and no members of her 'squad' were given the stage. Instead, a parade of speakers from…
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Save Social Security and the Postal Service
Lynda Carson | indybay.org | 2020-08-21
Save Social Security, Now!
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Six states & DC sue US Postal Service over changes as its chief insists election mail will be handled 'securely and on time'
rt.com | 2020-08-21
Several states have sued the US Postal Service and its new boss, alleging that recent service changes have harmed their ability to conduct free and fair elections.
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DeJoy Has "No Intention" to Reinstall Sorting Machines, Mailboxes
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-08-21
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Friday that he has no plans to reinstate mail sorting machines in U.S. Postal Service (USPS) facilities, nor to replace public mailboxes that have been removed across the country. | Questioned by Sen. Gary Peters (D-Michigan) about whether the dozens of sorting machines that were removed from USPS facilities throughout the U.S., would be restored or not, DeJoy responded in the negative. | "There's no inte…
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USPS Workers Told Not to Reinstate Mail Sorting Machines in Internal Email
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-08-21
Despite a promise from United States Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to suspend his controversial efforts to "reform" the United States Postal Service (USPS), workers and management at post offices across the country are being told they cannot reinstate mail sorting machines at their facilities. | An internal USPS email obtained by CNN told postal workers not to reassemble the machines without autho…
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US Postal Service becomes a battleground ahead of elections
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-21
With presidential elections just months away, the functioning of the US Postal Service has emerged as a key issue.
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/08/21/us-postal…

Save the US Postal Service and Defend the Vote
Dave Lindorff | zcomm.org | 2020-08-21
No cuts in service, hours or staffing for 6 months, and make it a public bank too…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/save-the-us-postal…

Useful idiot: Donald Trump and the right's project to destroy the U.S.P.S
Derek Royden | nationofchange.org | 2020-08-21
If he wins the presidential election, Joe Biden will almost certainly find a hollowed out postal service when he takes office, the fulfillment of a long running conservative project.
nationofchange.org/2020/08/21/useful-idi…

Saturday 8/22: Save the Post Office Rally
Patty Hoyt | indybay.org | 2020-08-21
This will be at the Novato Post Office at 1537 S. Novato Blvd.
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Nearly 700 Protests Planned for Saturday at Post Offices Across Country as DeJoy Slammed for Defense of Mail Sabotage
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-08-21
As of Friday afternoon, more than 650 demonstrations were planned as part of "Save…
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The Fox is Still in the Henhouse at the Post Office
Sarah Anderson | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-21
Skyleigh Heinen, a U.S. Army veteran who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis and anxiety, relies on…
counterpunch.org/2020/08/21/the-fox-is-s…

Houston car caravan demands a safe reopening for students and workers
Caleb Granger | liberationnews.org | 2020-08-21
Across the nation, schools are reopening despite surging cases.
liberationnews.org/houston-car-caravan-d…

Trump administration brands educators "critical infrastructure workers" to force schools to open
wsws.org | 2020-08-21
The move comes in response to the growing opposition of educators, parents and students to the catastrophic reopening of schools, which has already infected over 2,500 students and staff across the country.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/21/pseu…

The "Great" Reopening
Belle Chesler | zcomm.org | 2020-08-21
Or Setting America's Schools Up to Fail…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-great-reopenin…

NATO Poses a Threat to Belarus: Why Did Russia Reaffirm Its CSTO Support to Belarus but Not to Armenia?
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-21
Russia's reaffirmation of its CSTO mutual defense obligations to Belarus was made in response to Lukashenko's claims that NATO poses a threat to Belarus, which Moscow evidently believes are at least credible enough to remind the alliance about its red …
globalresearch.ca/why-russia-reaffirm-cs…

Belarus: Why Is Lukshenko Being Color Revolutioned Just Now?
F. William Engdahl | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-21
The globalist Powers That Be have clearly decided to topple the long-standing sole-ruler of Belarus, President Aleksander Lukashenko. The question is why at just this time? There is a case to be made that one reason is he is …
globalresearch.ca/why-lukshenko-color-re…

Russia has not contacted us, Belarusian opposition politician Tsikhanouskaya says
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-21
Belarusian opposition politician Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya said on Friday that Russia had not made contact with her campaign, speaking at her first press conference since fleeing into exile last week following a disputed presidential election.Tsikhanouskaya has led the biggest challenge to President Alexander Lukashenko's 26-year rule of Belarus. Mass protests broke out against Lukashenko, accusing him of rigging the August 9 election, which he denies. Russia has warned the West not to intervene and offered military help to Minsk.
yenisafak.com/en/news/russia-has-not-con…

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny hospitalized as crisis in Belarus deepens
wsws.org | 2020-08-21
Navalny's hospitalization comes amid an escalating crisis around the protests and mass strikes in Belarus which have heightened tensions in Europe and Russia.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/21/nava…

FSO Safer: Stricken Oil Tanker Off Yemen Coast Could Cause Explosion Dwarfing Beirut Blast
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2020-08-21
The FSO Safer, a moored oil tanker on the verge of explosion or a catastrophic spill, has become yet another bargaining chip in the ongoing war in Yemen, with the Houthis, UN, US and Saudi Arabia all vying to take possession of the valuable oil onboard.
mintpressnews.com/fso-safer-stricken-oil…

Mail Sorting Machines Across America Dismantled Ahead of November Election
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-08-21
Some 671 mail sorting machines have already been decommissioned ahead of the upcoming presidential election, where record numbers of Americans are expected to vote by mail.
mintpressnews.com/mail-sorting-machines-…

Carefully Choreographed Convention Confirms Progressive Policies Not Central to Biden Bid
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-08-21
The key message from this year's DNC is the emphasis the Biden campaign is putting on reaching out to so-called "moderate Republicans," presenting Trump as an aberration and Biden as the cure.
mintpressnews.com/democratic-national-co…

On Fox, The Grayzone's Anya Parampil rips 'criminal neocons' in Biden & Trump camps
Anya Parampil | thegrayzone.com | 2020-08-21
The Grayzone's Anya Parampil joins Tucker Carlson Tonight to address the revival of Iraq war neocons and militarists by both the Biden campaign and Trump White House.
thegrayzone.com/2020/08/21/the-grayzones…

Torturing Assange: An Interview With Andrew Fowler
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-21
Andrew Fowler is an Australian award-winning investigative journalist and a former reporter for the ABC's Foreign Correspondent and Four Corners programs. and the author of The Most Dangerous Man in the World: Julian Assange and WikiLeaks' Fight for Freedom. This is an updated edition of his 2011 account of the rise and political imprisonment of Assange. Much of that account explained how Assange seemingly inevitably moved toward an adversarial positioning against American imperialism abroad. He was a tonic for the indifference expressed by so many ordinary Americans in the traumatic aftermath of 9/11 and the ris…
popularresistance.org/torturing-assange-…

Cornel West & Ben Jealous on the DNC and Whether Progressives Can Push Joe Biden Leftward
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-08-21
Harvard professor Cornel West and Ben Jealous, president of People for the American Way and former president of the NAACP, discuss the 2020 DNC, Joe Biden's vow to fight systemic racism and "overcome this season of darkness in America," the historic nomination of Kamala Harris as his partner on the ticket, and how the convention was a showcase for a broad anti-Trump coalition, including prominent Republican figures given plum speaking slots, but few voices from the party's insurgent left wing. "At this moment, with the decline and fall of the American empire, it looks as if the system is unable to generate enough…
www.democracynow.org/2020/8/21/biden_dnc…

Virtual 2020 DNC Wraps with Calls for Empathy, Unity & a Broad Coalition to Rally Around Joe Biden
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-08-21
The 2020 Democratic National Convention has wrapped up, with speakers on the final night including California Governor Gavin Newsom, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker and 13-year-old Brayden Harrington, who talked about how Joe Biden had personally helped him with his stutter. We air highlights from the evening's addresses.
www.democracynow.org/2020/8/21/dnc_2020_…

The Black Led "Defund the Police" Movement Wins Great Breakthrough in Los Angeles
Eric Mann | zcomm.org | 2020-08-21
The people's victory, the Black victory, on June 30, 2020 to cut the LASPD budget by $25 million and 35% was a damn hard fought and wonderful victory that the whole movement should celebrate, propagate, and emulate…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-black-led-defu…

The Black Led "Defund the Police" Movement Wins Great Breakthrough in Los Angeles: An Organizer's Interpretation
Eric Mann | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-21
At 11 PM on Tuesday June 30–after 13 hours of public testimony and board deliberations and yes, years of organizing–the Black Lives Matter and Defund the Police movement in Los Angeles and nationally took a great leap forward. The Los Angeles School Board, led by Board Member Monica Garcia, with the support of board members…
counterpunch.org/2020/08/21/the-black-le…

About My "Facilitation of, and Collaboration with, Fascism"
Gary Leupp | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-21
A Response to the Lying Slanderers of the RCP I notice that a recent column of mine (Aug. 13) has occasioned…
counterpunch.org/2020/08/21/about-my-fac…

Israel launches airstrikes against Gaza and threatens war
wsws.org | 2020-08-21
Israel is preparing for war on the besieged Palestinian enclave, even as it ups the ante against Hezbollah in Lebanon and its primary target, Iran.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/21/isra…

On Bombs And Bombings
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-21
For a full week now the Israeli army has been bombing Gaza, a population that is about to run out of fuel for its only power plant due to a years-long Israeli program of deliberate siege warfare. | Yesterday the US ordered an airstrike on Syrian forces, killing one, when they refused to let the illegal occupying force past a checkpoint in northern Syria. | In both cases, an arm of the US-centralized empire used wildly disproportionate force against people who stood against a hostile occupation of their own country. In both cases, the more powerful and violent occupiers claimed they were acting in "self-defense".
popularresistance.org/on-bombs-and-bombi…

How to Rig an Election: an Interview With Greg Palast
Charlotte Dennett | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-21
Greg Palast does not mince words about the 2020 elections. Only the voter fraud he warns about is not by the voters, as President Trump insists. It's by the vote-stealers in the Republican Party. And they've been at it for a long time, unbeknownst to the American people.
counterpunch.org/2020/08/21/how-to-rig-a…

How to Rig an Election: an Interview With Greg Palast
Charlotte Dennett | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-21
Greg Palast does not mince words about the 2020 elections. Only the voter fraud he warns about is not by the voters, as President Trump insists. It's by the vote-stealers in the Republican Party. And they've been at it for a long time, unbeknownst to the American people. The title of his new book, How…
counterpunch.org/2020/08/21/how-to-rig-a…

Roaming Charges: Conventional Weapons at the DNC
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-21
I can't recall a GOP convention that was as saturated with religious symbolism, moral posturing and spiritual gaslighting as the one the Democrats just inflicted on us…and they didn't even let Marianne Williamson near a camera.
counterpunch.org/2020/08/21/roaming-char…

The DNC is over. What's next for progressives?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-08-21
DNC member Jim Zogby, who helped run Jesse Jackson's campaign in 1984, joins The Real News Network for historical perspective and analysis of Democrats and the future we face.
therealnews.com/stories/dnc_is_over

Trump walks Alone
Juan Cole | zcomm.org | 2020-08-21
Former US Allies Britain, France, Germany join Russia and China in Forcefully Rejecting Trump Iran Sanctions…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/trump-walks-alone/

Former US Allies Britain, France, Germany join Russia and China in Forcefully Rejecting Trump Iran Sanctions
Juan Cole | commondreams.org | 2020-08-21
The "Trump administration is perfectly capable of maintaining publicly that international UNSC sanctions on Iran have been restored even if no one goes along with Washington," writes Cole. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Why Change Horses Mid-Stream?
Mark Fiore | progressive.org | 2020-08-21
Trump is campaigning on fixing the very things he is destroying.
progressive.org/dispatches/why-change-ho…

Fired for striking, grad students win reinstatement
Martha Grevatt | workers.org | 2020-08-21
Graduate student workers at the University of California-Santa Cruz, represented by United Auto Workers Local 2865, have won the rehiring of 41 teaching assistants fired in February for striking. "In large part, this is a win for Santa Cruz workers — for workers in general," said Veronica Hamilton, the UAW . . . | Continue reading Fired for striking, grad students win reinstatement at Workers.org
workers.org/2020/08/50718/?utm_source=rs…

1848: Marx's school of revolution
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-08-21
The revolutionary wave of 1848 began with a joyous struggle for democracy. But it ended with violent struggles between workers and capitalists, liberals and socialists, revolutionaries and reformers. The experience was a decisive influence on the development of Marx's theory of revolution.
mronline.org/2020/08/21/1848-marxs-schoo…

Reclaiming an Irish anti-imperialist legacy
Christian Noakes | workers.org | 2020-08-21
While the dominant narrative of the "Irish experience" in the U.S. is often reduced to little more than a fairy tale of hard-working immigrants grateful for a stake in the "land of opportunity," the grim reality for Irish people in the U.S. was, for centuries, characterized by inequality, exclusion and . . . | Continue reading Reclaiming an Irish anti-imperialist legacy at Workers.org
workers.org/2020/08/50740/?utm_source=rs…

Latino leaders: Trump's hatred goes beyond DACA and throwing kids in cages
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-08-21
It's not just DACA. And it's not just having ICE agents yanking little kids away from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border and throwing them into cages. No, leaders of top Hispanic-American organizations say, GOP President Donald Trump's hate of anyone with a Hispanic name, the undocumented, migrants, and asylum seekers extends far beyond those …
peoplesworld.org/article/latino-leaders-…

Peter Dutton: the logic behind the evil
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-08-21
Refugees & migrants Sam WainwrightIssue 1277 Australia Tamil asylum seekers Christmas Island detention centreAugust 21, 2020The story of the Tamil asylum seekers Pri…
greenleft.org.au/content/peter-dutton-lo…

Palestine burning in fire of Zionist regime's impudence
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-21
TEHRAN, Aug. 21 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said that innocent Palestine is still burning in the fire of the Zionist regime's impudence and incursion and the treason of certain Arab rulers.
en.mehrnews.com/news/162553/Palestine-bu…

'Palestine is Still the Issue': UN Vote Exposes, Isolates Canada
Ramzy Baroud, Romana Rubeo | commondreams.org | 2020-08-21
Protesters hold a giant Palestinian flag as they walk across University Avenue during a demonstration in Toronto, Canada, December 9, 2017. (Photo by Giordano Ciampini/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2020/08/21/palest…

"Palestine is Still the Issue": UN Vote Exposes, Isolates Canada
Ramzy Baroud and Romana Rubeo | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-08-21
The notion that 'Canada is better', especially when compared with US foreign policy, has persisted for many years. Recent events at the United Nations have, however, exposed the true nature of Canada's global position, particularly in the matter of its blind and unconditional support for Israel. On June 17, Canada lost its second bid for …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/08/palestine-is-…

'Palestine is Still the Issue': UN Vote Exposes, Isolates Canada
Ramzy Baroud, Romana Rubeo | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-21
The notion that 'Canada is better', especially when compared with US foreign policy, has persisted for many years. Recent events at the United Nations have, however, exposed the true nature of Canada's global position, particularly in the matter of its blind and unconditional support for Israel. On June 17, Canada lost its second bid for…
counterpunch.org/2020/08/21/palestine-is…

Chinese Peacekeepers Provide Aid After Explosion In Beirut
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-21
Chinese peacekeepers will provide medical aid to Beirut following the deadly explosion on Tuesday | that killed at least 135 people and injured 5,000 others. | Upon the request of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), the 18th batch of Chinese peacekeeping troops to Lebanon organised an emergency team of nine medical personnel from fields including surgery, internal medicine, burns and anaesthesiology, state news agency Xinhua reported on Wednesday. | The personnel and vehicles would head to Beirut, carrying medical supplies and protective equipment, the medical unit said.
popularresistance.org/chinese-peacekeepe…

Agenda ID2020: The Diabolical Agenda within the Agenda. "Genetically Modified Humanity"
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-21
"A Wakeup Call to the World" — this is what Dr. Carrie Madej calls the hidden agenda within the barely talked about ID2020. | What is envisaged is a "genetically modified humanity" (GMH) so as to better control, command the world …
globalresearch.ca/agenda-id2020-continue…

A UN Vote Exposed Canada's Blind and Unconditional Support for Israel
Ramzy Baroud | mintpressnews.com | 2020-08-21
While Canada's support for Israel is, to a certain extent, consistent with Canada's own colonial past and present interventionist foreign policy, the Canadian people and the international community remain major obstacles, challenging the toxic affinity between Ottawa and Tel Aviv.
mintpressnews.com/un-vote-exposes-canada…

Scheer Intelligence: Something's Rotten In The Corporate States Of America
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-21
Beginning with the slave trade and leading all the way up to the climate crisis, author Barbara Freese's "Industrial Strength Denial" examines eight of private industries' most egregious crimes against humanity. On this week's installment of "Scheer Intelligence," the author and former assistant attorney general of Minnesota joins Robert Scheer to discuss what the host calls "heinous behavior" on the part of the corporations involved in each case, and, most importantly, how the corporatization of the United States has allowed unfettered greed to cause irreversible harm and an astounding loss of life.
popularresistance.org/scheer-intelligenc…

A 75th anniversary salute to Vietnam's August Revolution
Comrade Tano | workers.org | 2020-08-21
We live in tumultuous times, and it is during times like this that we as socialists must look to the struggles and successes of our predecessors to give us inspiration to continue our struggle. As a Vietnamese-American, I take heart in remembering the struggles of my people in their fight . . . | Continue reading A 75th anniversary salute to Vietnam's August Revolution at Workers.org
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A 75th anniversary salute to Vietnam's August Revolution
| workers.org | 2020-08-21
By Comrade Tano We live in tumultuous times, and it is during times like this that we as socialists must look to the struggles and successes of our predecessors to give us inspiration to continue our struggle. As a Vietnamese-American, I take heart in remembering the struggles of my people . . . | Continue reading A 75th anniversary salute to Vietnam's August Revolution at Workers.org
workers.org/2020/08/50726/?utm_source=rs…

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa
wsws.org | 2020-08-21
The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/21/work…

Trotsky's Last Year
wsws.org | 2020-08-21
An appraisal, on the occasion of the eightieth anniversary of Trotsky's assassination, of the work of the great theoretician and strategist of World Socialist Revolution during the final year of his life.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/21/ann2…

Video: Idlib Is Burning. New Proxy War in Deir Ezzor
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-21
The series of unfortunate events involving the US-led coalition, Turkey and Turkish proxies continues in Syria's Greater Idlib. | Late on August 19 and early on August 20, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) shelled positions of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham near Haranabush …
globalresearch.ca/video-idlib-burning-ne…

Russia/US New START Extension Talks, No Resolution of Major Differences
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-21
In not renewed, New START expires on February 5, 2021. | Months earlier, Trump falsely called it a "bad deal." | He never read it and knows no more about it than what Pompeo and other regime hardliners told him. | The decade-ago …
globalresearch.ca/russia-us-new-start-ex…

U.S. Judge Urges Supreme Court to End U.S. Police State It Imposes
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2020-08-21
This article reports important news-events that are not being reported in America's mainstream news-media and that are crucial for understanding both the murder of George Floyd and the current U.S. Presidential contest: | A black U.S. District Court Judge in Mississippi — one of America's most bigoted-against-Blacks states — issued on August 4th a 72-page decision, Jamison v. McClendon, containing a plea for the…
strategic-culture.org/news/2020/08/21/us…

GLAD and Other LGBTQ Organizations Urge Supreme Court Not to Upend Settled and Vital Nondiscrimination Protections
commondreams.org | 2020-08-21
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Tell the people that the struggle must go on
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2020-08-21
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 …
mronline.org/2020/08/21/tell-the-people-…

The Fault Dear Citizens… Elections
Philip A Farruggio | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-21
" … Is not in our stars but in ourselves". Paraphrased right out of Shakespeare (Julius Caesar) you have it in a nutshell, for all of you, like myself, who actually vote. | It seems that during each and every major …
globalresearch.ca/fault-dear-citizens/57…

Kumho Tire workers beat company intimidation and win union
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-08-21
Macon, GA – Workers at Kumho Tire in Macon won their battle to join the United Steelworkers (USW) despite the corporation's relentless and illegal campaign to thwart their organizing rights. | On August 11 the National Labor Relations Board declared the union drive victorious after processing the final 13 ballots from an election last fall. | Workers sought USW representation to fight low wages, hazardous working conditions and abusive treatment at Kumho, which ruthlessly harassed and bullied union supporters in an attempt to derail the organizing campaign. | "These workers voted to unionize even though Kumho tri…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/8/21/kumho-ti…

Iran rejects US bid to reimpose sanctions
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-21
The United States, despite no longer being part of the JCPOA or the Iran nuclear deal, has been seeking the resumption of sanctions against Iran for supposed violations of the provisions of the deal…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/08/21/iran-reje…

Mapuche spiritual leader ends hunger strike
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-21
Mapuche political prisoner and spiritual leader, Machi Celestino Córdova, on August 18, announced to end the hunger strike that he had been carrying out since May 4 after reaching an agreement with the Chilean government. However, the 26 other Mapuche political prisoners in the Angol, Lebu and Temuco prisons, who joined their spiritual leader in his protest action, continue with their strike. | Córdova has repeatedly denounced that Mapuche prisoners face discrimination and harassment in Chilean prisons and…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/08/21/mapuche-s…

Iraq: UN Mission condemns killings of activists in Basra
news.un.org | 2020-08-21
The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) has strongly condemned the killing of two activists and attacks against others in the southern city of Basra, urging increased efforts to bring the perpetrators to justice.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/08/1…

Democratic outreach to Jewish voters cites rising anti-Semitism under Trump
Eric A. Gordon | peoplesworld.org | 2020-08-21
One afternoon breakout session of the Democratic National Convention that took place on the afternoon of August 18, the first full day of the quadrennial nomination ritual, addressed the Jewish American community in support of the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris ticket. A reported 2000 viewers had registered for this livestreamed two-hour-plus session. The Jewish American vote …
peoplesworld.org/article/democratic-outr…

The psychological impact of solitary confinement
Bryant Arroyo | workers.org | 2020-08-21
The following is a slightly edited commentary recorded for "Voices From the Inside" by PrisonRadio.org. The brain and nervous system, or "the mind," cannot function normally without stimulation. Neither can it function normally when given too much stimulus. The brain and the nervous system must be maintained in a "steady . . . | Continue reading The psychological impact of solitary confinement at Workers.org
workers.org/2020/08/50743/?utm_source=rs…

US to Tighten Venezuela Sanctions after Gasoline Seizure
Ricardo Vaz | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-21
The Trump administration is reportedly considering ending all Venezuela oil sanctions exemptions in October. | "Whatever oil business is left has to be completed (by the deadline)," an anonymous source told Reuters, while a State Department spokesman said Washington continues | …
globalresearch.ca/us-to-tighten-venezuel…

Kumho Tire workers beat company intimidation and win union
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-08-21
Macon, GA – Workers at Kumho Tire in Macon won their battle to join the United Steelworkers (USW) despite the corporation's relentless and illegal campaign to thwart their organizing rights. | On August 11 the National Labor Relations Board declared the union drive victorious after processing the final 13 ballots from an election last fall. | Workers sought USW representation to fight low wages, hazardous working conditions and abusive treatment at Kumho, which ruthlessly harassed and bullied union supporters in an attempt to derail the organizing campaign. | "These workers voted to unionize even though Kumho tri…
fightbacknews.org/2020/8/21/kumho-tire-w…

Flint's $600 million water settlement–a pittance to whitewash a massive social crime
wsws.org | 2020-08-21
The ruling class is eager to finally put the Flint water poisoning behind them and hope the multi-million-dollar payout will appease workers, at least temporarily.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/21/flin…

Democratic "convention" shaped by Trump White House
Party for LIberation and Socialism | liberationnews.org | 2020-08-21
The Democratic National Convention proves exactly how far right the Democrat Party continues to move.
liberationnews.org/democratic-convention…

Convention: Having squelched left, DNC pivots hard right
Party for LIberation and Socialism | liberationnews.org | 2020-08-21
Convention highlights war makers, marginalizes progressives.
liberationnews.org/democratic-convention…