Daily Archives: August 23, 2020

2020-08-23: News Headlines

F. William Engdahl (2020-08-23). Towards a US-China War? The Creation of a Global Totalitarian System, A "One World Government"? globalresearch.ca The dominant dynamic defining world geopolitics is the appearance of a genuine irregular conflict between the 2 most formidable powers on the planet: China & the US. Only this time the aim is a universal totalitarian system. David Rockefeller called it a "one world government."

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Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-08-23). Echo Chamber US Politics: The "All About Trump" Democratic National Convention. globalresearch.ca It was hard to stomach. The usual suspects, the usual scripts tatty from overuse. The 2020 Democratic National Convention was a prolonged display of avoidance, evasion and theatrical amnesia. There were moments of formality masquerading as promise: Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez…

Ramzy Baroud (2020-08-23). 'Palestine is Still the Issue': UN Vote Exposes, Isolates Canada. zcomm.org Recent events at the United Nations have exposed the true nature of Canada's global position, particularly in the matter of its blind and unconditional support for Israel…

Stephen Lendman (2020-08-23). Senate Voting Record of Kamala Harris. Pro-Big Money, Pro-Israel, Pro-War Dem Foot Soldier. globalresearch.ca The US political season never ends. It'll be in high gear post-conventions this month. | According to the Center for Responsive Politics, US 2020 presidential aspirants, groups working on their behalf, "leadership PACs, super PACs, dark money outlets," and other sources …

Sasha Abramsky (2020-08-23). California Is Burning—and Trump Gathers Kindling. zcomm.org No sympathy for those whose homes are threatened or firefighters risking their lives. Instead, he's lobbed insults and stripped environmental protections…

Matthew Ehret-Kump (2020-08-23). The Carney/Freeland "Green Reset" Shapes Canada's 'New Normal'. globalresearch.ca Surprising ruptures have shaken the Canadian political landscape this week as Trudeau's Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland announced that she would add "Finance Minister" to her portfolio the day after scandal-ridden Bill Morneau stepped down from the position on the …

Robert Pollin (2020-08-23). If Trump Had Followed Vietnam's Lead on COVID, US Would Have Fewer Than 100 Dead. zcomm.org 35 percent of the entire U.S. labor force filed unemployment claims between March and August.

Fight Back (2020-08-23). Hezbollah brings down Israeli drone in south Lebanon. fightbacknews.org The news outlet Al-Manar is reporting Hezbollah announced Saturday, August 22 that it downed an Israeli drone in the southern town of Ayta Al-Shaab. | According to a statement from Hezbollah "The drone is now in the hands of Islamic Resistance fighters." | In September, 2019, Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said that every Israeli drone which violates the Lebanese airspace will be a target for the resistance, after an attack by Israeli drones laden with explosive materials on the Beirut media office belonging to the Lebanese party. | Israel occupies Lebanese territory and frequently enters the…

Dan DiMaggio (2020-08-23). UE Calls for Rank-and-File Control, Return to 'Them and Us Unionism'. zcomm.org The United Electrical Workers (UE) published a new pamphlet, Them and Us Unionism, which argues that the labor movement needs to return to the class-struggle unionism that animated the founding of the industrial unions in the 1930s…

news.un (2020-08-23). FROM THE FIELD: Ugly veggies in Kenya destined for lunch not landfills. news.un.org Hundreds of tons of fresh and edible vegetables which are typically dumped because they do not meet the aesthetic requirements for export are ending up on the plates of hungry Kenyan students thanks to the UN's World Food Programme (WFP).

Newsclick (2020-08-23). US Threatens Fresh Sanctions Against Iran, JCPOA Members. peoplesdispatch.org The US withdrew from the JCPOA or the Iran nuclear deal in 2018. However, it is now trying to get sanctions imposed on Iran claiming violations of a deal it is not even part of…

Richard Falk (2020-08-23). Nuclear Complacency and the Dangerous Drift Toward a New Cold War with China. zcomm.org For relations among states having nuclear weaponry, stability is achieved by relying on various forms of deterrence combined with the implementation of the nuclear apartheid regime…

news.un (2020-08-23). Protecting people from conflict, cyclones and COVID-19 in Mozambique: a UN Resident Coordinator blog. news.un.org By the UN Resident Coordinator Myrta Kaulard, Laura Tomm-Bonde, IOM Chief of Mission and Samuel Chakwera, UNHCR Resident Representative, all based in Mozambique.

Benjamin Wehrmann (2020-08-23). Thunberg, other activists tell Merkel to 'abandon fossil industry contracts'. zcomm.org Thunberg said the activists were looking to find leaders who "prioritise the future over the past" and argued that the letter merely describes "the very minimum" of what needs to be done to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Yves Engler (2020-08-23). Palestinian envoy fails to criticize Canada. dissidentvoice.org With a representative like this Palestinians might be better off with no envoy in Canada. A recent profile of the Palestinian Authority's agent in Ottawa confirms the PA is more a colonial tool than a voice for an oppressed people. In the Hill Times interview Hala Abou-Hassira refuses to answer whether Canada's anti-Palestinian voting record …

Anthony Hall (2020-08-23). The 2020 Covid Global Economic Meltdown: "Political Trickery" and the Relevance of 9/11. globalresearch.ca The world economic crisis of 2020 is creating the context for large-scale repeats of some key aspects of the bailout of 2007-2010. The bailout of 2007-2008 drew, in turn, from many practices developed in the period when the explosive events …

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-23). Iran-Venezuela trade coop. going ahead despite US sanctions. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (MNA) — The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Venezuela announced the finalization of trade agreements with the Bolivarian country of Venezuela despite US sanctions imposed against the two countries.

United We Dream (2020-08-23). Wednesday 8/26: Fighting to Include Immigrants in COVID Relief and Defeating White Supremacy webinar. indybay.org Online…

RT (2020-08-23). WATCH 'Give 'Em Hell' protesters smash windows & set fires across Denver, try to breach Colorado State Capitol fence. rt.com Dozens of anti-police protesters have been swarming around downtown Denver, Colorado, setting fires and smashing windows, with authorities seemingly struggling to contain the hit-and-run violence. | Police officers in riot gear were seen guarding the Denver Police Department on Saturday night, but elsewhere across downtown Denver, local reporters described "ugly scenes" of arson and vandalism. | Agitators are now trying to rip down a fence surrounding the state Capitol building

RT (2020-08-23). Anything goes to spite GOP? Popular British historian draws fire by cheering on hurricanes about to batter 'Trump voting states'. rt.com Two potentially devastating hurricanes hitting the United States may actually be a good thing, since they would disrupt next week's Republican convention and stick it to Donald Trump, British historian Dan Snow said. | Tropical Storms Laura and Marco are moving through the Gulf of Mexico towards Texas and Louisiana and are projected to make landfall on Monday and Tuesday, less than 24 hours apart. One might think the destruction and loss of life they could cause is bad news, but not so for Dan Snow, a popular British media personality famous for his historical films. | Snow managed to find dark irony in the po…

RT (2020-08-23). Trump says federal agents will 'solve problem fast' if mayors of Dem-run cities ask for help with 'antigovernment' riots. rt.com President Donald Trump has offered federal assistance to the mayors of cities dealing with violent "antigovernment" protests, saying he can "solve [the] problem fast" if they can't properly police their own communities. | "These riots are an antigovernment movement from the Left that are all in Democrat run cities," the president tweeted on Sunday. "The mayors have got to let their police do what they know how to do. Would be very easy to suppress or, call in the Federal Government. We will solve problem fast!" | @foxandfriends— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) RT (2020-08-23). Louisiana cops shoot & kill black man as he 'walks away', tries to enter gas station 'armed with a knife' (DISTURBING VIDEOS). rt.com Police officers in Lafayette, Louisiana have shot and killed a man who resisted arrest and tried to walk into a gas station store "armed with a knife," triggering a new wave of outrage over police brutality and "systemic racism." | Lafayette Police Department officers responded to a disturbance call, involving a man with a knife at a Shell gas station around 8pm Friday. When they tried to apprehend the suspect, identified as 31-year-old Trayford Pellerin, he allegedly ignored repeated orders to surrender as well as several taser shots fired at him. | Several cops surrounded a Black man and fatally shot him 10+…

_____ (2020-08-23). California: Boom, Boom, Out Go the Lights. strategic-culture.org Streetwise Professor | Twenty years ago, California experienced its Electricity Crisis. Or, given current events (which will be the subject of what follows), may be known as the First Electricity Crisis. The problem in 2000-2001 was, in the main, a problem of insufficient generation, caused by a variety of factors. The ramifications of the supply shortage and resulting high prices for California utilities, ratepayers, and state finances were greatly exacerbated by a dysfunctional market design implemented only a few years before, in the mid-1990s. (When I gave talks about the subject, I used to quip: "California…

The Canary (2020-08-23). Trump plans to veto House-approved bill to protect US Postal Service amid election row. thecanary.co Legislation that would reverse recent changes in US Postal Service operations has been approved by the House of Representatives in a rare Saturday session. The legislation would also send 25bn USD (£19bn) to shore up the agency ahead of the November election.Speaker Nancy Pelosi recalled lawmakers to Washington over objections from Republicans dismissing the action as a stunt."It is all designed to suppress the vote": President Donald Trump urged a no vote, including in a tweet on Saturday 22 August, railing against mail-in ballots expected to surge in the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis. He has said h…

Ellen Brown (2020-08-23). From Lockdown to Police State: The "Great Reset" Rolls Out. dissidentvoice.org Mayhem in Melbourne On August 2, lockdown measures were implemented in Melbourne, Australia, that were so draconian that Australian news commentator Alan Jones said on Sky News: "People are entitled to think there is an 'agenda to destroy western society.'" The gist of an August 13th article on the Melbourne lockdown is captured in the …

Eliza Egret (2020-08-23). Anti LGBTQI+ sentiment in Poland is spreading at an unprecedented rate. thecanary.co Poland's LGBTQI+ community is finding itself increasingly unsafe as homophobic sentiment spreads around the country at an unprecedented rate. | Under right-wing President Andrzej Duda, the queer community has become a new scapegoat. Duda won his presidential campaign in July by arousing anti-LGBTQI+ and

Steve Topple (2020-08-23). Pressure on Netanyahu mounts at home and abroad as Israel bombs Gaza again. thecanary.co Embattled Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been facing pressure at home and abroad amid his government's

Jack Payden-Travers (2020-08-23). Respecting the Dignity of Every Human Being: Reflections on John Lewis. zcomm.org "Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble."

Tony Cartalucci (2020-08-23). Washington's Role in Thailand's "Student Protests", Destabilize Thailand, Undermine Thai-Chinese Relations. globalresearch.ca Virtually every aspect of "student protests" in Thailand are funded and backed by the US and aimed at destabilizing a key partner of China, reversing Thai-Chinese relations, and advancing Washington's Beijing containment policy. | Thailand is a key partner of China's …

Binoy Kampmark (2020-08-23). Permitted Unlawfulness: The New Zealand Coronavirus Lockdown. dissidentvoice.org Limitation is essential to authority. A government is legitimate only if it is effectively limited. — Lord Acton, It is a study both troublesome and perplexing. To what end can a state trample on human rights ostensibly to preserve such objects a public health? The coronavirus lockdowns have become a feature of global politics and …

Carol Brouillet (2020-08-23). The 16th Annual 9/11 Truth Film Festival. globalresearch.ca 2020 is an unusual year; weddings have been cancelled, schools closed, almost all large public gatherings banned, the global economy dismantled; the middle class and Main Street's small and medium sized businesses are struggling to survive. In California, the film …

David DeGraw (2020-08-23). Obscene Pandemic Profiteering: Largest Consolidation of Wealth in American History. globalresearch.ca According to the Institute for Policy Studies: "Since March 18, the beginning of the pandemic," the 12 richest Americans "have seen their combined wealth increase $283 billion, an increase of almost 40 percent." | Those 12 people primarily benefited from the …

Dr. Carrie Madej (2020-08-23). Video: "Human 2.0"? Humans Melding with Artificial Intelligence. A Wake-Up Call to the World. globalresearch.ca What does "Human 2.0" mean? | According to Dr. Carrie Madej, it is transhumanism where humans are melding with artificial intelligence, like in the movie Matrix. | Transhumanism has a bearing on the Future Of Humanity. | It is happening right in …

Frances Madeson (2020-08-23). Tapping the Enormous Electoral Potential of Low Income Voters. zcomm.org What impact could 34 million poor nonvoters make if they started participating in elections? According to a new report commissioned by the Poor People's Campaign, it could be massive and warrants the deployment of significant 2020 campaign resources.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-23). Tehran not allow others to manage IAEA-Iran relationship. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (MNA) — Iran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Kazem Gharibabadi said that Tehran will not allow other countries to manage the IAEA-Iran relationship.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-23). US resort to snapback is out of 'frustration': ex-diplomat. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (MNA) — A former Iranian diplomat notes that the US resort to JCPOA provisions is due to their frustration and doomed to failure.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-23). Natanz nuclear facility incident, act of sabotage: AEOI spox. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (MNA) — Spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said on Sunday that last month's incident at Natanz nuclear enrichment facility was an act of sabotage.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-23). S. Korea offers medical equipment for clearing debt to Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (MNA) — Hossein Tanhayi, head of the Iran-South Korea chamber of commerce said on Sunday that South Korea has made an offer to clear part of its $7.5-billion debt to Iran via selling medical equipment to the country.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-23). Promoting economic resilience axis of all gov't efforts. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that promoting economic resilience and implementing resistive economy policies have been the axis of all activities and efforts of the government.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-23). Muharram ceremonies in Shahriar. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (MNA) — People held the mourning ceremonies in the second night of Muharram in Shahriar County with health protocols in place.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-23). Mourning ceremony in 3rd day of Muharram observed in Tehran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (MNA) — The mourning ceremony of Third Infallible Imam of Household of Holy Prophet, Imam Hussein (PBUH) was held in Abdullah ibn Hassan (PBUH) Hosseiniyah on Saturday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-23). Memorial ceremony of Ayatollah Taskhiri held in London. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (MNA) — The memorial ceremony of the Late Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Taskhiri, a member of Iran's Expediency Council and the senior advisor to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, was held at the Islamic Center of England.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-23). VIDEO: Muharram ceremonies in Karbala. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (MNA) — Muharram mourning ceremonies are held in the holy shrine of Imam Hussein (PBUH) in accordance with health protocols.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-23). Police bust 1.5 tons of opium in Mirjaveh. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (MNA) — The police forces of the Sistan and Baluchestan province have confiscated 1,458 kilograms of opium in the southeastern borders.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-23). Iran defense industry progresses at IntI. level : MP. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (MNA) — A lawmaker said with the efforts of Iranian elites the Defense Ministry has gone through reverse engineering of military equipment and today Iran is among the top 10 countries in the world regarding the defense industry.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-23). 1st Iranian marine, aircraft lubricant oil unveiled. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (MNA) — Iran's Pars Oil company unveiled the first domestically-produced oil-based lubricant to be used in the Iranian maritime and aviation industry.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-23). Iran is Russia's strategic partner: Russian Defense Min. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (MNA) — The Russian Defense Min. Sergey Shoygu referred to the join strategical, regional and international goals and interests between Tehran and Moscow, underlining the developing mutual defense cooperation between the two sides.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-23). Anger of Islamic Ummah to engulf UAE rulers: Iranian Parl. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (MNA) — Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission in a statement on Sun. reiterated that anger of Islamic Ummah will engulf rulers of the United Arab Emirates for normalizing ties with the Israeli regime.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-23). Iran registers 2,113 COVID-19 cases in 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (MNA) — The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has infected 2,113 people and claimed 141 lives in Iran in the past 24 hours, a senior health official said.

Poor People's Campaign (2020-08-23). Monday 8/24: Call to Action: Demand McConnell & Senate Return to Pass COVID Relief, Fund USPS, Voting! indybay.org Online via livestream…

cynthia papermaster (2020-08-23). Tuesday 8/25: Bayview Hunters Point "We Can't Breathe" indybay.org MLK/Bayview Park, 3rd & Carroll, SF to Lennar "Shipyard Welcome Center" to SF City Hall…

Robert Norse (2020-08-23). Yet Another Tightening of the Noose: City Council "Meets" Again Tuesday. indybay.org City Council is slated to rubberstamp more power in City Mangler Martin Bernal's hands, a slamdown of Beach St vendors, a rise in fines for "being in a park after dark", the ability to hire more enforcement personnel, no discussion of the police (or any other part of the) budget, gentrification of Front St., and authorization of the Mayor to "respond to" the Grand Jury's critical report on homelessness.

Leon Kunstenaar (2020-08-23). March for the Dead, Fight for the Living at the Golden Gate. indybay.org Police prevent peaceful march at Golden Gate Bridge…

Greenaction for Environmental Justice (2020-08-23). 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.

#USMailNotForSale Campaign: APWU & NACL (2020-08-23). Tuesday 8/25: Call to Action: US Mail Not For Sale! Rally Day w/ APWU & NALC Worker Unions. indybay.org SF Bay Area & nationwide (events list growing)…

_____ (2020-08-23). Palestinians Take Their Fight For Justice To The Mountains. popularresistance.org Palestinians are not going anywhere. This is the gist of seven decades of Palestinian struggle against Zionist colonialism. The proof? The story of Ahmed Amarneh. | Amarneh, a 30-year-old civil engineer from the northern West Bank village of Farasin, lives with his family in a cave. For many years, the Amarneh family has attempted to build a proper home, but their request has been denied by the Israeli military every time. | In many ways, the struggle of the Amarnehs is a microcosm of the collective struggle of Farasin; in fact, of most Palestinians.

_____ (2020-08-23). On Contact: Teaching History For Indoctrination. popularresistance.org "The teaching of history in our schools is not an impartial or neutral discipline. It is at its core about justifying the power of the ruling elites in the present by defining the ruling elites in the past. This means that history as it is taught in our schools is distorted and at times fabricated to achieve these ends. Racism, injustices, lies and crimes of the ruling elites are minimized or ignored. Problematic historical figures such as the overt racist and imperialist Woodrow Wilson are transformed into mythical social archetypes whose darker actions, including the decision to re-segregate the federal governm…

_____ (2020-08-23). Haudenosaunee Land Defenders Call For Peace And Safety. popularresistance.org On August 20, the land defenders at 1492 Land Back Lane tweeted: "We call on our allies to continue to amplify our demand for peace and safety." | These Six Nations land defenders began a re-occupation of their territory on July 19 to uphold their right to free, prior and informed consent and in opposition to the construction of the McKenzie Meadows housing development on unceded lands near the city of Caledonia in the province of Ontario in central Canada. | The 1492 Land Back Lane tweet further notes: "We fear that instead of engaging with us in good faith, [settler politicians including Ontario Premier Doug Fo…

_____ (2020-08-23). US Postal Service Employees Ordered Not To Speak To Press. popularresistance.org While the U.S. Postal Service is under attack, everyone from letter carriers to union chairs and those working behind the doors in processing facilities has sounded the alarm about what they're seeing from the top as part of the intentional mail slow down. | VICE News reported Thursday that USPS staff were sent a letter telling them that they can't talk to the press under any circumstances. | The memo, dated Aug. 14, explains what staff should do if contacted, but it also says that if customers are asking questions, then employees should be "suspicious."

_____ (2020-08-23). New FOIA Docs Expose Conditions In Private Immigration Prison. popularresistance.org New documents shed light on what activists are calling "a dark pattern of abuse" at a privately-run, for-profit prison in Virginia used by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Obtained by the civil rights group the Advancement Project under the Freedom of Information Act, the documents describe a long pattern of abuse, neglect and mismanagement of detainees at Immigration Centers of America (ICA) Farmville — a facility where almost everyone has coronavirus. | In 2015, for instance, one detainee was pepper sprayed in the face while in full restraints.

_____ (2020-08-23). DNC Featured Native Speakers But Their Issues Remain Under-addressed. popularresistance.org The various caucus meeting speakers repeatedly stated that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be good for Indian Country. Some Native people are skeptical, though. Harris has a record of going against the sovereign interests of California tribal nations. Many Native people haven't forgotten the broken promises made by the Obama-Biden administration. Not only did the administration advance the Keystone XL Pipeline, but it also sat silently for months as Native people, accomplices and media were arrested, brutalized, and physically and sexually assaulted while trying to defeat the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).

_____ (2020-08-23). Sanctuary Camp Residents Pressured To Move. popularresistance.org Minneapolis, MN — Houseless Twin Cities residents have recently endured arrests, the trashing of their belongings, and violent actions at the hands of Park Police, whose participation in these sweeps has been documented by local photographers. | Several hundred people living in dozens of camps across the Twin Cities wonder every day whether their only means of shelter against the elements will be destroyed by police officers. | Last week Friday, the remaining sanctuary encampment at Minneapolis' Powderhorn Park was cleared by armed police.

_____ (2020-08-23). Today Is Earth Overshoot Day, Here's What It Means. popularresistance.org From today onwards, we have used every last bit of natural resources that Earth can provide within one calendar year and are now living on ecological credit. | This year, Earth Overshoot Day occurs on August 22. It marks the imaginary point when humanity's demand exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year. | The international research organization Global Footprint Network, which has been calculating this date since 1970, estimates 1.6 planets are required to support our population's way of life.

_____ (2020-08-23). Postal Workers Defy Order To Not Restart Sorting Machines. popularresistance.org Despite a national order not to reinstall letter-sorting machines that had been dismantled over the past month,…

_____ (2020-08-23). Voter Suppression Has Haunted The United States Since It Was Founded. popularresistance.org In 1787, the Founding Fathers wrestled over how to address suffrage in the U.S. Constitution. At the time, voting was restricted to wealthy white landowners. The framers debated whether it should be extended to commoners who had joined arms with them in the American Revolution, but who might overrule their interests. Ultimately, the question was punted to the states in Article I, Section 4, of the Constitution, which declares: "The times, places and manner of holding elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each state by the legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by law ma…

sputniknews (2020-08-23). 'Absolutely': Biden Says He Could Serve Two Terms Amid Trump's Jabs Over His Mental Fitness. sputniknews.com The president and members of his campaign have repeatedly asked whether the Democratic nominee for president is fit to serve, pointing to alleged signs of mental decline and his refusal to take a cognitive test.

sputniknews (2020-08-23). Fears of New Wildfires in California as President Trump Offers Federal Support. sputniknews.com A massive heatwave and lightning strikes have caused wildfires to ravage California, striking the central part of the state, and burning hundreds of thousands of acres.

sputniknews (2020-08-23). What Underlies Joe Biden's Promise of New –°OVID-19 Lockdown? sputniknews.com President Donald Trump has sought to free the US from pandemic-caused lockdowns, however concerns have mounted that employees could be sent back home again amid a spike of infections over the summer.

sputniknews (2020-08-23). Israel on the Brink of Unprecedented Fourth Consecutive Elections as Cabinet Meeting Canceled. sputniknews.com The current Likud/Blue and White unity government was created in May after three elections between April 2019 and March 2020 failed to allow either major party or its allies to form a majority. In June, the coalition's members got into a battle over the budget amid the coronavirus emergency, with neither side wanting to back down.

sputniknews (2020-08-23). 'Rule Britannia' and Other Patriotic Songs Could be Dropped from Proms Over BLM Protests, Media Says. sputniknews.com Patriotic songs are a favourite on Last Night of the Proms, which is organised and broadcast by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). However, this staple of classical music culture in the UK may soon see some of the nation's favourites removed from the line-up.

sputniknews (2020-08-23). Iran's Zarif Posts Clip of Trump, Pompeo Explaining Why US Can't Trigger UN 'Snapback Sanctions'. sputniknews.com On Thursday, 13 of the United Nations Security Council 15 members expressed opposition to a US push to trigger the so-called snapback sanctions provision to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, pointing out that Washington is no longer a party to the agreement.

sputniknews (2020-08-23). UK Care Homes Were 'Pressed' to Take In COVID-19, Untested Patients During Flare-up, Study Says. sputniknews.com A fresh study by the Queen's Nursing Institute, one of the oldest British social care charities, has cited a number of insiders sharing the nitty-gritty details of the nation's battle with the coronavirus, as well as updated figures on the heavy toll it has had on the NHS.

The Canary (2020-08-23). Care homes were bullied into accepting coronavirus patients, research reveals. thecanary.co Care homes were pressured into accepting patients with coronavirus (Covid-19) while simultaneously being refused treatment for residents by hospitals and GPs, research has revealed. | A report by the Queen's Nursing Institute (QNI) found homes were told that hospitals had a blanket "no admissions" policy at the height of the pandemic. | The QNI, a charity which focuses on the improvement of nursing care of people in their own home, found care home residents were regularly refused treatment in April and May. | Published by the Independent, the research also found that GPs and local managers in some homes had place…

The Canary (2020-08-23). Leaked dossier reveals chaotic worst-case scenario if no-deal Brexit and coronavirus coincide. thecanary.co The military may be drafted in to airdrop food to the Channel Islands under emergency plans drawn up by the government to protect the UK if a second coronavirus wave coincides with a no-deal Brexit. | A Cabinet Office "reasonable worst-case scenario" document, leaked to the Sun newspaper, also discusses using the Navy to stop British fishermen clashing with illegal European fishing boat incursions. | No-deal chaos: | The document says parts of the UK may face power and petrol shortages if thousands of lorries are stranded in Dover. Meanwhile, shortages of medicines caused by port blockages could lead to a…

Wayne Madsen (2020-08-23). Assaults on Postal Systems Are Attacks on National Sovereignty. thealtworld.com Donald Trump's assault on the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is an assault on the national sovereignty of the United States. By bolloxing up…

yenisafak (2020-08-23). Christchurch attacker set to be sentenced. yenisafak.com The sentencing of the terrorist responsible for Christchurch mosque attacks, New Zealand's deadliest shooting, will be…

yenisafak (2020-08-23). Lebanon's challenge: Prioritize reforms or keep peace. yenisafak.com More than two weeks after devastating explosion here, the situation in the Lebanese capital remains critical, with a pervasive culture of negligence, corruption and complacency by rulers becoming more visible.The destruction of the Port of Beirut on Aug. 4 left more than 170 dead, greater than 6,000 injured and 300,000, or 5% of residents homeless.Once considered the Paris of the Middle East, Beirut now looks like a scene from a horror movie, with collapsed buildings, unsurpassable roads and broken glasses scattered everywhere.The damage caused is estimated at more than $7 billion, equivalent to 14% of the countr…

yenisafak (2020-08-23). Russia plans COVID-19 vaccine output at 6 mln doses a month. yenisafak.com Russia expects to produce between 1.5 million and 2 million doses per month of its potential COVID-19 vaccine by the year end, gradually ramping up production to 6 million doses a month, the RIA news agency cited industry minister Denis Manturov as saying on Sunday.Large-scale testing of the vaccine, developed by Moscow's Gamaleya institute, is due to start in Russia next week.

yenisafak (2020-08-23). Greek Police release Man United's Maguire from custody. yenisafak.com The captain of England's Manchester United, Harry Maguire, was released from police custody Saturday after his arrest in Greece."Harry has pleaded not guilty to the charges. It would be inappropriate for the player or club to comment further while the legal process takes its course," Manchester United said in a statement."Following the appearance in court today we note the adjournment of the case to allow the legal team to consider the case file," it added.Also, a court date has been set on Aug. 25 for Maguire, who can be represented by his lawyer.On Thursday, Maguire and two others were involved in a brawl with…

yenisafak (2020-08-23). Erdogan offers condolences to families of Turkey after deadly floods. yenisafak.com The Turkish president offered condolences to families of those who lost their lives in floods in the country's northeast.Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued directives to mobilize all means to heal the wounds of affected people and to take necessary steps to prevent such incidents from happening again, the Turkish Communications Directorate said in a statement.Erdogan also received information about the latest developments in the region and the status of search and rescue operation from Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu and Agriculture and Forestry Minister Bekir Pakdemirli, who arrived at the scene.The death toll from fl…

yenisafak (2020-08-23). Saudi-led coalition intercepts rebel drone from Yemen. yenisafak.com The Saudi-led coalition said on Sunday it had intercepted an explosives-laden drone fired by Yemen's Houthi rebels towards Saudi Arabia.Coalition spokesman Col. Turki al-Maliki said the drone was shot down over Yemen, without giving any further details, according to the Saudi SPA news agency.On Saturday, the coalition said it had destroyed a bomb-laden drone ballistic missile fired by Houthi rebels towards the kingdom.Meanwhile, the Houthi group accused the Saudi-led coalition of dropping cluster bombs over the Bajil district in the western al-Hudaydah province.The news was carried by the Houthi-run Al-Masira tel…

yenisafak (2020-08-23). Indonesia reports 2,037 new coronavirus cases. yenisafak.com Indonesia reported 2,037 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, bringing its total tally to 153,535, data from the country's COVID-19 taskforce showed.The Southeast Asian country also added 86 new deaths on Sunday, taking the total number to 6,680, the highest COVID-19 death toll in Southeast Asia.

yenisafak (2020-08-23). Austrian leaders condemn attack against Jewish community in Graz. yenisafak.com Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and other senior government politicians said they were shocked over an attack on a Jewish community leader in the southern city of Graz on Saturday, and ordered tighter security at Jewish institutions around Austria.An unknown assailant attacked the Graz Jewish community's president, Elie Rosen, with a wooden club on the premises of their synagogue, which was twice targeted by acts of vandalism in the past week, the community said in a statement late on Saturday.Rosen took shelter in his car and was unhurt. The attacker then fled, according to the statement.Police in Styria, the…

yenisafak (2020-08-23). Kuwait to rebuild Lebanon's only large grain silo after blast. yenisafak.com Kuwait said it will rebuild Lebanon's only large grain silo that was destroyed by the massive Beirut port explosion, raising fears of food shortages in a country already in financial meltdown.The destruction of the 120,000-tonne capacity structure at the port, the main entry point for food imports, meant buyers must rely on smaller private storage facilities for their wheat purchases with no government reserves to fall back on.Kuwait's ambassador to Lebanon, Abdulaal al-Qenaie, said in comments to local radio VdL at the weekend that the silo was first built in 1969 with a Kuwaiti development loan.The Gulf monarch…

Jill Richardson (2020-08-23). Colleges are Still in Uncharted Territority. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Max Elbaum (2020-08-23). Trump 2020: 'Get Your Guns, The Blacks Are Coming'. commondreams.org Mark and Patricia McCloskey drawing their firearms on the crowd marching toward St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson's house Sunday, June 28, 2020, in the Central West End of St. Louis. (DANIEL SHULAR/via REUTERS, File) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2020-08-23). Common Cause Calls on the Senate to Join the House Passing the Delivering for America Act. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Robert Freeman (2020-08-23). Two Cheers for Biden/Harris. commondreams.org Joe Biden and Kamala Harris may defeat Trump and that, in itself, will be a goodness, indeed, an existential imperative. But they will not defeat Trumpism. That task will be left to less conventional but more courageous, and imaginative leaders still yet to come. Harris and Biden at the end of the third day of the Democratic National Convention at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware on August 19, 2020. (Photo by Olivier DOULIERY / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jamie Henn (2020-08-23). Stop Adding (Fossil) Fuels to the Fire. commondreams.org Fire season isn't new to the West, but it's getting worse. And scientists are clearly pointing the finger at climate change and our ongoing use of fossil fuels. (Photo: Pixabay/CC) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2020-08-22). US: Police Continue to Repress BLM Protesters in Portland. telesurenglish.net U.S. Police repression continues in Portland, Oregon against demonstrators who continue to take to the streets to demand an end to police brutality and racism in the United States. | RELATED: | For 90 days now, protesters have taken to the streets of the U.S. city of Portland following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May. | As per social media videos, protesters were met with heavy police repression inc…

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.

RT (2020-08-22). Proud Boys vs. BLM & Antifa: VICIOUS Portland clashes with paintballs & street brawls caught on VIDEO. rt.com After months of violent Black Lives Matter protests in Portland, Oregon, hardline right-wing groups like the Proud Boys and other Donald Trump supporters showed up to support police, and things descended into chaos. | Proud Boys members gathered around the Justice Center in downtown Portland around noon on Saturday, some carrying rifles and others sporting shields that referenced c…

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…

RT (2020-08-22). Kamala Harris, 'pranked' by Russian comedians posing as Greta Thunberg, 'accepts' hoax kompromat on Trump. rt.com It seems pranksters Vovan and Lexus have successfully duped another politician, with audio suggesting Democrat VP nominee Kamala Harris was eager to accept a fake recording of Donald Trump, believing the caller was Greta Thunberg. | Vovan and Lexus, whose real names are Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexey Stolyarov, posed as the teenage climate activist and her father Svante to make a phone call in January to Harris, just months before she became Joe Biden's running mate. | "Congratulations on all your leadership. I'm so inspired by your courage and your voice," Sen. Harris (D-California) tells the pranksters, in th…

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-08-22). On Covid-19 And Authoritarian Abuses. thealtworld.com Over the last few months there's been a clique of indie media who've been urging their respective followings to bully and cajole other indie media into focusing on Covid-19, lockdowns, mask laws and Covid-related authoritarian agendas in their coverage of world events. | 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 an…

Aaron Maté (2020-08-22). Crushing US sanctions devastate Syria's people and post-war reconstruction. thegrayzone.com Leading Syria scholar Joshua Landis on how crippling US sanctions are devastating Syria's people and hindering post-war reconstruction. In a new article for Foreign Affairs, scholar Joshua Landis and former Obama administration official Steve Simon write that US sanctions on Syria "further immiserates the Syrian people, blocks reconstruction efforts, and strangles the economy that sustains …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-08-22). Global Capitalism, "World Government" and the Corona Crisis. globalresearch.ca The COVID-19 crisis is marked by a public health "emergency" under WHO auspices which is being used as a pretext and a justification to triggering a Worldwide process of economic, social and political restructuring.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-08-22). Does the Face Mask Protect You From Covid? Ask Dr. Anthony Fauci. When He Spoke against the Mask, It Was Categorized as "Fake News" globalresearch.ca Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) described as one of the world's leading experts on infectious diseases was until recently categorically against wearing the face mask. | He offered advice and provided specific …

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."

_____ (2020-08-22). Israel Cuts Fuel, Gaza Goes Dark. popularresistance.org The Gaza Strip's only power plant shut down on Tuesday after Israel stopped the transfer of fuel to the territory. | The halting of fuel transfers is among a series of collective punishment measures Israel has imposed on Gaza. | Israel has claimed the measures are a response to incendiary balloons released from Gaza. The launching of such balloons by some Palestinians is, in reality, a symbolic effort to draw attention to the deteriorating situation in Gaza, long subject to an Israeli siege. | Although incendiary balloons caused several fires in Israel, "no injuries or damage have been reported," according to The…

sputniknews (2020-08-22). UK Muslim Charity Board to Resign as Director Calls Designated Terrorists 'Great Men', Media Says. sputniknews.com The organisation bills itself as an international aid agency that provides humanitarian relief to over 40 countries in the world irrespective of gender, race, or religious belief. Former Foreign Secretary David Miliband once described the organisation as representing "the values that bind Britain together as a liberal democracy."

teleSUR (2020-08-22). Venezuela Receives Humanitarian Aid To Fight Covid-19. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Vice Minister for Europe Yvan Gil Saturday announced the arrival of a 73 tons' Humanitarian aid bound from Spain and Portugal, in order to face COVID-19 in the country. | RELATED: | "This shipment is a contribution made by the European Union (EU) and the governments of Spain and Portugal to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. We are talking about 73 tons of medical supplies," Gil said. | Gil pointed out…

teleSUR (2020-08-22). Brazil Calls for COVID-19 Plan to Protect Indigenous People. telesurenglish.net Brazil's Supreme Federal Court (STF) Judge Luis Roberto Barroso Friday ordered President Jair Bolsonaro's administration to present a new version of the plan to halt the COVID-19 in the Indigenous communities. | RELATED: | The original plan was requested last July, following a request from the Articulation of the Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB) and several political parties. | The new order requires the document to be reworked and sub…

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.

teleSUR (2020-08-22). Three Massacres in Colombia in 24 Hours. telesurenglish.net The government of Colombia's Nariño department has confirmed a new massacre in the area of La Guayacana, a rural area of the municipality of Tumaco. | RELATED: | There, six young people were murdered and two more are missing, according to preliminary information. | It's not yet known who was behind this latest massacre. | The incident occurred just hours after President Ivan Duque traveled to Samaniego, where last weekend eight people, b…

teleSUR (2020-08-22). Colombia: New Massacre Leaves Six People Dead in Cauca Valley. telesurenglish.net The Ombudsman's office of Cauca Friday denounced a new massacre in that Colombian department in which six people were killed by armed groups. | RELATED: | "The massacre took place in the Uribe village. We are waiting for a Colombian Army's delegation to arrive in the area," Mayor Carlos Vela said. | The six people were taken by an illegal armed group. Afterward, they were found dead between the Uribe and Ortega Llanos se…

RT (2020-08-22). Vandals scribble Holocaust-denying graffiti on WWII monument to French village massacred & torched by Nazis (PHOTO). rt.com Unknown vandals have defaced a memorial wall in French village of Oradour-Sur-Glane, that saw the country's largest massacre of civilians by the Nazis during World War II. French authorities vowed to bring the vandals to justice. | The offensive graffiti was discovered on the memorial wall at the entrance to the Center for Remembrance late on Friday. | The vandals crossed out the inscription 'Martyr Village', spraying 'Liar Village' instead. The graffiti also reads "Reynouard is right", in an apparent tribute to Vincent Reynouard, a prominent French revisionist, Holocaust denier and neo-Nazism proponent, repea…

sputniknews (2020-08-22). Vandals Deface Site of Nazis' Worst Massacre in France With Holocaust Denying Statements. sputniknews.com Sites and buildings destroyed by Nazis or where they committed atrocities were rebuilt or marked with monuments, but Oradour-sur-Glane village has a different story. Authorities deliberately preserved charred ruins where 642 people, including 247 children, were shot and burned so that their descendants remember the barbaric crimes of the Nazis.

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…

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 . . . |

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…

Mike Walter (2020-08-22). The Heat: Biden's Foreign Policy. america.cgtn.com It's official. Joe Biden becomes the Democratic Party candidate for U.S. president. But what might change in U.S. foreign policy if he gets elected?>

RT (2020-08-22). Selfie boomstick: Kalashnikov unveils new SMART shotgun & 5.56 NATO rifle AK-19 (VIDEO). rt.com Ahead of the 'Army-2020' expo, Russian arms maker Kalashnikov unveiled a futuristic-looking shotgun, capable of connecting to smartphones and apparently even taking pictures. This is on top of their new 5.56 NATO-chambered rifle. | The new smooth-bore gun, the –ú– -155 Ultima, was unveiled by the concern ahead of the major arms forum, which will kick off on Sunday at Patriot Expo military theme park outside Moscow. | The weapon, based on the trusty semi-automatic MP-155 shotgun, features a display on its stock and, apparently, an under-barrel digital camera — at least the gun's options…

Prensa Latina (2020-08-23). CARICOM reclama justicia reparadora tras siglos de esclavitud. peoplesworld.org GEORGETOWN, Guyana (Prensa Latina) — La Comunidad del Caribe (CARICOM) reclama 23 ago justicia reparadora para sus naciones luego de siglos de esclavitud y racismo perpetrado por varios estados excolonizadores de Europa y América del Norte. En el contexto del Día Internacional del Recuerdo de la Trata de Esclavos y de su abolición, el bloque …

RT (2020-08-22). Lukashenko calls Belarus protests 'Color Revolution,' accuses foreign countries of meddling. rt.com President Alexander Lukashenko has likened recent events in Belarus to color revolutions, saying protesters are trying to follow a similar, foreign-backed template to overthrow the government. | "Everything is clear. As we expected, everything is following the plan of color revolutions by whipping up domestic political tensions in the country," Lukashenko said. | The embattled leader, who has headed Belarus for 26 years, also accused foreign countries of interfering with its internal affairs and of seeking "regime change." | 'Color Revolution' is a term used to describe anti-government movements throughout the…

RT (2020-08-22). 'DANGEROUS statement': Pelosi slams Trump for tweet claiming 'DEEP STATE' FDA delaying Covid-19 vaccine. rt.com Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-California) has accused Donald Trump of making a "dangerous statement" by tweeting that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has hindered the US' covid-19 response, including the approval of a vaccine. | In a Saturday "The deep state, or whoever, over at the FDA is making it very difficult for dr…

RT (2020-08-22). TikTok to sue Trump administration over executive order ban. rt.com Social media company TikTok says it will be battling the Donald Trump administration in court, over an executive order banning interactions between it and US companies, introduced over privacy concerns. | "Even though we strongly disagree with the Administration's concerns, for nearly a year we have sought to engage in good faith to provide a constructive solution," a TikTok spokesperson said. The company added that it has faced a "lack of due process" with the current administration and has no choice but to go the "judicial route." | Trump had previously expressed concern about TikTok misusing user data and s…

RT (2020-08-22). Belarus is being used as 'trampoline' to attack Russia, Lukashenko tells RT, amid post-election crisis. rt.com Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko says he and Vladimir Putin "agree" that the forces allegedly directing the ongoing political crisis in Belarus are aiming to attack Russia next. | "In Russia, I often see the media saying: 'Oh, in Belarus, in Belarus…' But it's happening right here, on the western border [of Russia]," Lukashenko told RT in the city of Grodno, where he spoke at a supporters' rally on Saturday. | "We're being pressured, hounded. Myself and Putin have agreed that they're hounding us here to jump on Russia later. It's a trampoline, and we must destroy it. It's an opinion we share with Pr…

RT (2020-08-22). 'A bit like flu': Coronavirus will stay with us 'FOREVER', British scientist says. rt.com Covid-19 will stay with humankind "forever in some form or another," a leading British scientist has predicted, advocating regular vaccinations of the population against the deadly disease. | The not-exactly-optimistic prognosis was produced by Sir Mark Walport, a member of the UK government's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), on Saturday. | Unlike some other diseases, like smallpox "which could be eradicated by vaccination," Covid-19 is unlikely to be completely destroyed, the scientist told BBC Radio 4. At the same time, "global vaccination" is a must merely to contain the ongoing pandemic, h…

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). '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…

RT (2020-08-22). Board of Britain's biggest Muslim charity resigns over posts calling Hamas 'great men' and Israel 'Zionist enemy'. rt.com The entire board of the biggest Muslim charity in Britain is set to resign following anti-Semitic social media posts by its director, who was already a replacement for a trustee who had also resigned over controversial comments. | Almoutaz Tayara, the board director of the charity Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) based in Birmingham, had posted on his Facebook page in 2014 and 2015 a cartoon that depicted former US president Barack Obama wearing the Star of David with Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Assad of Syria on his lap, saying, "Death to America!" | Other posts called leaders of the Palestinian milit…

RT (2020-08-22). Belarusian opposition leader Tikhanovskaya to meet with senior US State Department official — says Lukashenko will 'have to leave'. rt.com Exiled Belarusian presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has revealed she will meet with US diplomat Stephen Biegun to discuss this month's disputed election, controversially awarded to incumbent Alexander Lukashenko. | She has also said Lukashenko "will have to leave" office. Tikhanovskaya's meeting with US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun will take place in Lithuania on Monday and focus on the current crisis in Belarus, prompted by the controversial presidential election, her team told Reuters on Saturday, during an online interview she was giving to the news agency. | "During the campaign, I…

RT (2020-08-22). Half of Russians don't want to take world's first Covid-19 vaccine — only 42% willing to try Sputnik V. rt.com A majority of Russians don't want to be vaccinated against coronavirus, according to a brand-new survey, which showed only 42 percent of the country wants to be immunized with the homegrown 'Sputnik V' formula, unveiled last week. | On August 11, Russia's president Vladimir Putin announced that the country had registered the world's first Covid-19 vaccine. Developed by Moscow's Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, the vaccine will be available to the general public from January 2021, but is to be offered to teachers and medical workers first. The process of creating the vaccine has bee…

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 finding a biological, 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,

_____ (2020-08-22). Catapulting Russian-Meddling Propaganda. strategic-culture.org The New York Times is leading the full-court press to improve on what it regards as Special Counsel Robert Mueller's weak-kneed effort to blame the Russians for giving us Donald Trump. | Ray MCGOVERN | The fresh orgy of anti-Russian invective in the lickspittle media (LSM) has the feel of fin de siècle. The last four reality-impaired years do seem as though they add up to a century. And no definitive fin is in sight, as long as most people don't know what's going on. | The LSM should be confronted: "At long last have you left no sense of decency?" But who would hear the question — much less any answer? The…

The Canary (2020-08-22). Protesting students demand Gavin Williamson's resignation. thecanary.co Students have gathered outside the Department for Education to demand the resignation of the secretary of state, Gavin Williamson.The government was forced to make a U-turn last week and give students their teacher-predicted grades, after an algorithm system saw tens of thousands given lower marks than expected.Many students are still angry after losing university places that were handed to other candidates in the days after the algorithm-based results were announced.Students called for the resignation of Education Secretary Gavin Williamson (Victoria Jones/PA)"We are the future": Campaigners say there is…

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…

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

Steve Topple (2020-08-22). Dear Guardian journos: Johnson's not just 'workshy'. He sums up class privilege in how we define hard work. thecanary.co Boris Johnson's been on holiday, in case you missed it. Much of the mainstream media has quite rightly been up in arms. But a Infamy! Infamy! They've all got it in for me!: | The outrage from all sides over the PM's holiday in Scotland…

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…

Ralph Nader (2020-08-22). Democratic Convention: New Faces, Similar Policies but Sharp Contrast with Trumpism. commondreams.org Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, his wife Dr. Jill Biden, Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris and her husband Douglas Emhoff raise their arms on stage outside the Chase Center after Biden delivered his acceptance speech on the fourth night of the Democratic National Convention from the Chase Center on August 20, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrew Emett (2020-08-22). Former Green Beret arrested for selling classified info to Russia. nationofchange.org "According to the allegations, Mr. Debbins knowingly provided information to self-proclaimed members of Russia's Intelligence Service, the GRU."

WSWS (2020-08-22). German Socialist Equality Party campaign against reopening schools finds significant response. wsws.org The Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei's call to build action committees to prepare a general strike in Germany against the reopening of schools has been shared hundreds of times on social media and found thousands of readers.

WSWS (2020-08-22). Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific. wsws.org The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-22). Californian court passes injunction on gig workers' law, after threats from Uber and Lyft. peoplesdispatch.org In a major setback to gig economy workers' struggle in the United States, an appellate court judge in California passed an injunction against an earlier court ruling on ride-sharing drivers, on Thursday, August 20. The injunction came within hours of ride-sharing corporations such as Uber and Lyft had threatened to suspend all operations in the state. Following the injunction they retracted their threats. | In April 2018, the state supreme court passed down a judgement that would have forced ride-sharing companies to reclassify their drivers, and others working in the gig economy as workers, instead of independen…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-22). After A-level fiasco, UK govt. releases secondary education results bases on teachers' inputs. peoplesdispatch.org The results of the General Certificate of Secondary Education were announced on August 20. Earlier in the week, following a major outcry, the government was forced to reverse A-level results that were based on an algorithm…

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…

WSWS (2020-08-22). CUPE union shuts down 12-day strike at Port of Montreal. wsws.org Yesterday's truce agreement marks the final stage in the union's efforts to end the strike as quickly as possible and betray the legitimate demands of the rank and file.

WSWS (2020-08-22). Wayne State University administration announces pay freezes and layoffs. wsws.org The Wayne State University administration is using the crisis to push through long sought after "cost-cutting" attacks on workers and students.

Fight Back (2020-08-22). Hundreds march on the DNC in Milwaukee, 'We can't breathe!'. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI – In the early evening of August 20, around 500 people gathered in Dontre Hamilton (officially Red Arrow) Park in downtown Milwaukee to mark the final day of the Democratic National Convention. The turnout in spite of the pandemic and the vastly diminished physical presence in the city for the convention was a testament to the hard work and dedication of the organizers with the Coalition to March on the DNC. | "No matter who anybody votes for, no matter who wins, we're always going to be out in the streets. We're always going to be fighting for justice," said Omar Flores, an organizer with the Milwa…

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…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-22). Ceasefire in Libya will be key for region. peoplesdispatch.org The declaration of a ceasefire in war-torn Libya has raised hopes that a political solution can be reached and years of hostility ended. The war in Libya and the possible peace has great regional significance too.

teleSUR (2020-08-22). Over 800,000 People Have Died From COVID-19 in the World. telesurenglish.net Worldometers website Friday warned that the COVID-19 deaths worldwide Friday exceeded 800,000, while new infections reached 23 million. | RELATED: | "The COVID-19 has caused so far 803,374 deaths and 23,130,443 infections," the website assured. | The numbers of coronavirus infections and deaths "have been rising amidst a relaxation of measures to prevent the spread and rebound of the virus in Europe," Wordometers added. | The most…

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.

WSWS (2020-08-22). Seven protest leaders in Thailand arrested by police. wsws.org This week's state crackdown on the student leadership of mass protests that have swept across the country reveals the Thai ruling elite's fear of a broader movement.

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…

_____ (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 …

Michael Welch (2020-08-22). US Elections: Dissecting the Democrats in 2020. globalresearch.ca "There's a term: 'Good Cop. Bad Cop.' And Trump is the 'bad cop.' Biden is the 'good cop.'" | -Mark Robinowitz, from today's interview. | LISTEN TO THE SHOW | The race that …

WSWS (2020-08-22). Facebook censors anti-fascist and anarchist groups, falsely linking them with extreme-right violence. wsws.org Facebook has adopted positions put forward by the Trump administration and US Justice Department targeting left-wing opposition in the latest expansion of its political censorship regime.

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.

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…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-22). Belgians demand proper probe into death of Slovak national in 2018. peoplesdispatch.org Recently, footage was released of incidents in the cell in which Jozef Chovanec, a Slovak citizen, was kept shortly before he died. It showed police personnel pinning him down while laughing. One of the officers even makes a Nazi salute…

WSWS (2020-08-22). Coronavirus testing remains at reduced levels in the US. wsws.org To fully map spread of the pandemic, and contain the disease, the US should be doing 6—10 million tests per day. It currently does about 700,000.

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.

teleSUR (2020-08-22). Tropical Storm Laura Hits Puerto Rico With Heavy Rains. telesurenglish.net The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) Saturday announced that Tropical Storm Laura reached Puerto Rico's territory with heavy rains. | RELATED: | In the early hours of this Saturday, Laura was 20 miles southwest of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and 210 miles east-southeast of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. | The tropical storm has maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour and is moving westward at 20 miles per hour. | Lau…

teleSUR (2020-08-22). 'A Vaccine Will Not End the Pandemic on Its Own' WHO Warns. telesurenglish.net World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Friday warned that a COVID-19 vaccine creation does not mean the pandemic will end on its own. | RELATED: | "Although a vaccine will be a vital tool, we know little about the long-term effects it may have," Adhanom said. | Most countries that have reopened their economies are experiencing new outbreaks after a period of little or no transmission. "Thi…

WSWS (2020-08-22). Special prosecutor appointed in the case of Hannah Fizer, unarmed Missouri woman slain by police. wsws.org Fizer's family has been stonewalled at every turn by investigators and police for more than two months.

teleSUR (2020-08-22). US: Top Medical Association Prohibits Use of Hydroxychloroquine. telesurenglish.net The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) has revised its guidelines for the use of hydroxychloroquine advising hospitals to stop using the drug to treat COVID-19 patients. | RELATED: | On Friday, the IDSA updated its guidelines on COVID-19 patients, recommending not to use hydroxychloroquine in hospitals by itself or along with the antibiotic azithromycin. The IDSA had previously advised for a limited use of hydroxychloroqu…

Ashley Curtin (2020-08-22). Sierra Club to DNC chairman: End tax breaks and subsidies for fossil fuel companies immediately. nationofchange.org "The future of our planet depends on it. It's past time to end fossil fuel subsidies."

WSWS (2020-08-22). Nearly 300 workers infected in COVID-19 outbreak at Northampton sandwich factory. wsws.org Northampton, already on a coronavirus watchlist, has the highest rate of new cases in England and could be subjected to a local lockdown.

WSWS (2020-08-22). Justice Department accuses Yale of discriminating against Asian American and white students. wsws.org The lawsuit is a cynical provocation by an administration that seeks to stir the pot of racial antagonisms.

Abdul Rahman (2020-08-22). The verdict on Rafik Hariri's assassination. peoplesdispatch.org The UN-backed International Special Tribunal for Lebanon said it found no evidence of Hezbollah or Syria's involvement in the 2005 assassination of Rafik Hariri. However, this verdict may not mark the end of the issue…

WSWS (2020-08-22). The Truth: Catherine Deneuve as an actress with her feet on the ground. wsws.org A French actress in her 70s, Fabienne Dangeville, receives a visit at her elegant Paris home from her daughter Lumir, son-in-law Hank and grand-daughter Charlotte, who live in New York.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-22). Cuba's vaccine candidate "Sovereign" is all set to enter clinical trials. peoplesdispatch.org Cuba's vaccine candidate is the first from the Latin America and the Caribbean region and marks a continuation of its pioneering work in combating COVID-19 across the world…

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…

Tom Conway (2020-08-22). Why Trump's attacks on mail-in ballots are a desperate attempt to undermine democracy. nationofchange.org "It's ugly, and as un-American as you can get."

Unicorn Riot (2020-08-22). Sanctuary Camp Residents Pressured to Move, No Housing Solution In Sight. unicornriot.ninja Minneapolis, MN — Houseless Twin Cities residents have recently endured arrests, the trashing of their belongings, and violent actions at the hands of Park Police, whose participation in these sweeps has been documented by local photographers. | Several hundred people living in dozens of camps across…

WSWS (2020-08-22). European countries force children back to school amid resurgence of COVID-19. wsws.org The drive to reopen schools after the summer break continues unabated throughout Europe as the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic accelerates across the continent.

WSWS (2020-08-22). Johnson government extends ban on evictions as UK faces "avalanche" of homelessness. wsws.org The delay follows an outpouring of public opposition to eviction proceedings due to begin Monday, with 290,000 renters at immediate risk of homelessness.

WSWS (2020-08-22). The Biden campaign and the attempt to "rescue" American hegemony. wsws.org The factions of the state backing the Biden campaign have set out to "reclaim America's place in the world" by "getting tough" with Russia and China.

WSWS (2020-08-22). Fiat Chrysler, UAW conspire to keep workers on the job after exposure to coronavirus. wsws.org In order to cut costs and boost profits, management and the UAW are seeking to eliminate the limited and inadequate safety protocols put in place in May.

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.

teleSUR, ce (2020-08-22). Venezuela Receives 73 Tons of Supplies & Equipment from Europe. telesurenglish.net Seventy-three tons of donated supplies Saturday arrived in Caracas, Venezuela, from Europe to assist in the fight against COVID-19. | RELATED: | The shipment includes equipment and supplies such as medicine, vaccines, PPE, water purification equipment and family hygiene kits. | The two flights which came from Madrid, were received by Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister for Europe, Yvan Gil, in the company of Jan Harfst, representative…

WSWS (2020-08-22). Cornell residential advisors hold one-day strike over coronavirus safety as school reopens. wsws.org The strike action was spontaneously organized in response to the university's reckless reopening plans that left RAs with larger workloads than in pre-pandemic semesters.

WSWS (2020-08-22). Lukashenko regime, Belarusian opposition seek to stifle mass strike movement. wsws.org Whatever the tactical differences between the opposition and the government, they share a common goal: ending the strike movement as quickly as possible.

teleSUR, ce (2020-08-22). Jamaica's Election Campaigning Affected by COVID-19 Measures. telesurenglish.net With Jamaica's elections less than two weeks away, campaigning is looking a bit different under the current COVID-19 restrictions. | RELATED: | On Friday, Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced that political motorcades have been prohibited in a bid to contain the spread of the coronavirus. | "This is to say, motorcades with more than two buses, which we call Coaster buses; motorcades that are stopping and greeting; motorcades t…

WSWS (2020-08-22). Spanish unions agree to shut down Barcelona Nissan plants. wsws.org The deal adds a further year to the ticking time-bomb of mass firings, postponing the approximately 25,000 job losses from the end of 2020 to the end of 2021.

news.un (2020-08-22). Defeat COVID-19 and put an end to hate and discrimination: UN chief. news.un.org In a message published on the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Violence Based on Religious Belief, which falls on 22 August, UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned of a rise in racism since the spread of COVID-19 across the world.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

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…

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.

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.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-22). Muharram mourning in Semnan. en.mehrnews.com SEMNAN, Aug. 22 (MNA) — Observing health protocols and social distancing due to coronavirus, people of the central Iranian city of Semnan attended the mourning ceremonies for Imam Hussein (PBUH) on the second night of Muharram.

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). 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.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-22). Iran-Russia military coop. 'positive, progressive': Hatami. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 22 (MNA) — Iranian Minister of Defense Brigadier General Amir Hatami said that military cooperation between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Russian Federation is 'positive and progressive'.

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.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-22). US troops to withdraw from Camp Taji on Sunday: report. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (MNA) — Iraqi sources announced that US troops will evacuate Camp Taji in northern Baghdad on Sunday.

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). 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.

Samir Amin (2020-08-23). Samir Amin: Marx and Living Marxism are More Relevant Today than Ever. mronline.org On 7 May 2018, Professor Samir Amin gave a lecture entitled "Marx and Living Marxism are More Relevant Today Than Ever" at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.

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Towards a US-China War? The Creation of a Global Totalitarian System, A "One World Government"?
F. William Engdahl | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-23
The dominant dynamic defining world geopolitics is the appearance of a genuine irregular conflict between the 2 most formidable powers on the planet: China & the US. Only this time the aim is a universal totalitarian system. David Rockefeller called it a "one world government."
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Samir Amin: Marx and Living Marxism are More Relevant Today than Ever
Samir Amin | mronline.org | 2020-08-23
On 7 May 2018, Professor Samir Amin gave a lecture entitled "Marx and Living Marxism are More Relevant Today Than Ever" at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.
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Echo Chamber US Politics: The "All About Trump" Democratic National Convention
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-23
It was hard to stomach. The usual suspects, the usual scripts tatty from overuse. The 2020 Democratic National Convention was a prolonged display of avoidance, evasion and theatrical amnesia. There were moments of formality masquerading as promise: Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez…
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'Palestine is Still the Issue': UN Vote Exposes, Isolates Canada
Ramzy Baroud | zcomm.org | 2020-08-23
Recent events at the United Nations have exposed the true nature of Canada's global position, particularly in the matter of its blind and unconditional support for Israel…
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Senate Voting Record of Kamala Harris. Pro-Big Money, Pro-Israel, Pro-War Dem Foot Soldier
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-23
The US political season never ends. It'll be in high gear post-conventions this month. | According to the Center for Responsive Politics, US 2020 presidential aspirants, groups working on their behalf, "leadership PACs, super PACs, dark money outlets," and other sources …
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Video: "Human 2.0"? Humans Melding with Artificial Intelligence. A Wake-Up Call to the World
Dr. Carrie Madej | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-23
What does "Human 2.0" mean? | According to Dr. Carrie Madej, it is transhumanism where humans are melding with artificial intelligence, like in the movie Matrix. | Transhumanism has a bearing on the Future Of Humanity. | It is happening right in …
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Nuclear Complacency and the Dangerous Drift Toward a New Cold War with China
Richard Falk | zcomm.org | 2020-08-23
For relations among states having nuclear weaponry, stability is achieved by relying on various forms of deterrence combined with the implementation of the nuclear apartheid regime…
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FROM THE FIELD: Ugly veggies in Kenya destined for lunch not landfills
news.un.org | 2020-08-23
Hundreds of tons of fresh and edible vegetables which are typically dumped because they do not meet the aesthetic requirements for export are ending up on the plates of hungry Kenyan students thanks to the UN's World Food Programme (WFP).
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Protecting people from conflict, cyclones and COVID-19 in Mozambique: a UN Resident Coordinator blog
news.un.org | 2020-08-23
By the UN Resident Coordinator Myrta Kaulard, Laura Tomm-Bonde, IOM Chief of Mission and Samuel Chakwera, UNHCR Resident Representative, all based in Mozambique.
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If Trump Had Followed Vietnam's Lead on COVID, US Would Have Fewer Than 100 Dead
Robert Pollin | zcomm.org | 2020-08-23
35 percent of the entire U.S. labor force filed unemployment claims between March and August.
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CARICOM reclama justicia reparadora tras siglos de esclavitud
Prensa Latina | peoplesworld.org | 2020-08-23
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (Prensa Latina) — La Comunidad del Caribe (CARICOM) reclama 23 ago justicia reparadora para sus naciones luego de siglos de esclavitud y racismo perpetrado por varios estados excolonizadores de Europa y América del Norte. En el contexto del Día Internacional del Recuerdo de la Trata de Esclavos y de su abolición, el bloque …
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Obscene Pandemic Profiteering: Largest Consolidation of Wealth in American History
David DeGraw | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-23
According to the Institute for Policy Studies: "Since March 18, the beginning of the pandemic," the 12 richest Americans "have seen their combined wealth increase $283 billion, an increase of almost 40 percent." | Those 12 people primarily benefited from the …
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Tapping the Enormous Electoral Potential of Low Income Voters
Frances Madeson | zcomm.org | 2020-08-23
What impact could 34 million poor nonvoters make if they started participating in elections? According to a new report commissioned by the Poor People's Campaign, it could be massive and warrants the deployment of significant 2020 campaign resources.
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The 16th Annual 9/11 Truth Film Festival
Carol Brouillet | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-23
2020 is an unusual year; weddings have been cancelled, schools closed, almost all large public gatherings banned, the global economy dismantled; the middle class and Main Street's small and medium sized businesses are struggling to survive. In California, the film …
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The Carney/Freeland "Green Reset" Shapes Canada's 'New Normal'
Matthew Ehret-Kump | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-23
Surprising ruptures have shaken the Canadian political landscape this week as Trudeau's Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland announced that she would add "Finance Minister" to her portfolio the day after scandal-ridden Bill Morneau stepped down from the position on the …
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Respecting the Dignity of Every Human Being: Reflections on John Lewis
Jack Payden-Travers | zcomm.org | 2020-08-23
"Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble."
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Washington's Role in Thailand's "Student Protests", Destabilize Thailand, Undermine Thai-Chinese Relations
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-23
Virtually every aspect of "student protests" in Thailand are funded and backed by the US and aimed at destabilizing a key partner of China, reversing Thai-Chinese relations, and advancing Washington's Beijing containment policy. | Thailand is a key partner of China's | …
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Social Media Addiction short film 2017
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-08-23
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Palestinian envoy fails to criticize Canada
Yves Engler | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-08-23
With a representative like this Palestinians might be better off with no envoy in Canada. A recent profile of the Palestinian Authority's agent in Ottawa confirms the PA is more a colonial tool than a voice for an oppressed people. In the Hill Times interview Hala Abou-Hassira refuses to answer whether Canada's anti-Palestinian voting record …
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California Is Burning–and Trump Gathers Kindling
Sasha Abramsky | zcomm.org | 2020-08-23
No sympathy for those whose homes are threatened or firefighters risking their lives. Instead, he's lobbed insults and stripped environmental protections…
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UE Calls for Rank-and-File Control, Return to 'Them and Us Unionism'
Dan DiMaggio | zcomm.org | 2020-08-23
The United Electrical Workers (UE) published a new pamphlet, Them and Us Unionism, which argues that the labor movement needs to return to the class-struggle unionism that animated the founding of the industrial unions in the 1930s…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/ue-calls-for-rank-…

The 2020 Covid Global Economic Meltdown: "Political Trickery" and the Relevance of 9/11
Anthony Hall | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-23
The world economic crisis of 2020 is creating the context for large-scale repeats of some key aspects of the bailout of 2007-2010. The bailout of 2007-2008 drew, in turn, from many practices developed in the period when the explosive events …
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US Threatens Fresh Sanctions Against Iran, JCPOA Members
Newsclick | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-23
The US withdrew from the JCPOA or the Iran nuclear deal in 2018. However, it is now trying to get sanctions imposed on Iran claiming violations of a deal it is not even part of…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/08/23/us-threat…

Hezbollah brings down Israeli drone in south Lebanon
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-08-23
The news outlet Al-Manar is reporting Hezbollah announced Saturday, August 22 that it downed an Israeli drone in the southern town of Ayta Al-Shaab. | According to a statement from Hezbollah "The drone is now in the hands of Islamic Resistance fighters." | In September, 2019, Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said that every Israeli drone which violates the Lebanese airspace will be a target for the resistance, after an attack by Israeli drones laden with explosive materials on the Beirut media office belonging to the Lebanese party. | Israel occupies Lebanese territory and frequently enters the…
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Permitted Unlawfulness: The New Zealand Coronavirus Lockdown
Binoy Kampmark | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-08-23
Limitation is essential to authority. A government is legitimate only if it is effectively limited. — Lord Acton, It is a study both troublesome and perplexing. To what end can a state trample on human rights ostensibly to preserve such objects a public health? The coronavirus lockdowns have become a feature of global politics and …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/08/permitted-unl…

Thunberg, other activists tell Merkel to 'abandon fossil industry contracts'
Benjamin Wehrmann | zcomm.org | 2020-08-23
Thunberg said the activists were looking to find leaders who "prioritise the future over the past" and argued that the letter merely describes "the very minimum" of what needs to be done to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius.
zcomm.org/znetarticle/thunberg-other-act…

Iran-Venezuela trade coop. going ahead despite US sanctions
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-23
TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (MNA) — The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Venezuela announced the finalization of trade agreements with the Bolivarian country of Venezuela despite US sanctions imposed against the two countries.
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Wednesday 8/26: Fighting to Include Immigrants in COVID Relief and Defeating White Supremacy webinar
United We Dream | indybay.org | 2020-08-23
Online…
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WATCH 'Give 'Em Hell' protesters smash windows & set fires across Denver, try to breach Colorado State Capitol fence
rt.com | 2020-08-23
Dozens of anti-police protesters have been swarming around downtown Denver, Colorado, setting fires and smashing windows, with authorities seemingly struggling to contain the hit-and-run violence. | Police officers in riot gear were seen guarding the Denver Police Department on Saturday night, but elsewhere across downtown Denver, local reporters described "ugly scenes" of arson and vandalism. | Agitators are now trying to rip down a fence surrounding the state Capitol building @KDVR pic.twitter.com/XbHlOkes0q[mdas…
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Pressure on Netanyahu mounts at home and abroad as Israel bombs Gaza again
Steve Topple | thecanary.co | 2020-08-23
Embattled Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been facing pressure at home and abroad amid his government's continued bombing of the Gaza strip. With protests in both Jerusalem and the UK, Israel's bombardment of Gaza has continued. And the Israeli PM is refusing to back down on all fronts.Netanyahu: pressure at home: The PA news agency reported that on Saturday 22 August, thousands of protesters marched on Netanyahu's residence in central Jerusalem. Th…
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Promoting economic resilience axis of all gov't efforts
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-23
TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that promoting economic resilience and implementing resistive economy policies have been the axis of all activities and efforts of the government.
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VIDEO: Muharram ceremonies in Karbala
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-23
TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (MNA) — Muharram mourning ceremonies are held in the holy shrine of Imam Hussein (PBUH) in accordance with health protocols.
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Natanz nuclear facility incident, act of sabotage: AEOI spox
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-23
TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (MNA) — Spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said on Sunday that last month's incident at Natanz nuclear enrichment facility was an act of sabotage.
en.mehrnews.com/news/162660/Natanz-nucle…

1st Iranian marine, aircraft lubricant oil unveiled
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-23
TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (MNA) — Iran's Pars Oil company unveiled the first domestically-produced oil-based lubricant to be used in the Iranian maritime and aviation industry.
en.mehrnews.com/news/162647/1st-Iranian-…

Iran registers 2,113 COVID-19 cases in 24 hours
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-23
TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (MNA) — The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has infected 2,113 people and claimed 141 lives in Iran in the past 24 hours, a senior health official said.
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Muharram ceremonies in Shahriar
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-23
TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (MNA) — People held the mourning ceremonies in the second night of Muharram in Shahriar County with health protocols in place.
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S. Korea offers medical equipment for clearing debt to Iran
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-23
TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (MNA) — Hossein Tanhayi, head of the Iran-South Korea chamber of commerce said on Sunday that South Korea has made an offer to clear part of its $7.5-billion debt to Iran via selling medical equipment to the country.
en.mehrnews.com/news/162631/S-Korea-offe…

Anger of Islamic Ummah to engulf UAE rulers: Iranian Parl
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-23
TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (MNA) — Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission in a statement on Sun. reiterated that anger of Islamic Ummah will engulf rulers of the United Arab Emirates for normalizing ties with the Israeli regime.
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US resort to snapback is out of 'frustration': ex-diplomat
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-23
TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (MNA) — A former Iranian diplomat notes that the US resort to JCPOA provisions is due to their frustration and doomed to failure.
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Iran defense industry progresses at IntI. level : MP
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-23
TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (MNA) — A lawmaker said with the efforts of Iranian elites the Defense Ministry has gone through reverse engineering of military equipment and today Iran is among the top 10 countries in the world regarding the defense industry.
en.mehrnews.com/news/162653/Iran-defense…

Tehran not allow others to manage IAEA-Iran relationship
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-23
TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (MNA) — Iran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Kazem Gharibabadi said that Tehran will not allow other countries to manage the IAEA-Iran relationship.
en.mehrnews.com/news/162633/Tehran-not-a…

Memorial ceremony of Ayatollah Taskhiri held in London
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-23
TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (MNA) — The memorial ceremony of the Late Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Taskhiri, a member of Iran's Expediency Council and the senior advisor to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, was held at the Islamic Center of England.
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Police bust 1.5 tons of opium in Mirjaveh
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-23
TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (MNA) — The police forces of the Sistan and Baluchestan province have confiscated 1,458 kilograms of opium in the southeastern borders.
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Mourning ceremony in 3rd day of Muharram observed in Tehran
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-23
TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (MNA) — The mourning ceremony of Third Infallible Imam of Household of Holy Prophet, Imam Hussein (PBUH) was held in Abdullah ibn Hassan (PBUH) Hosseiniyah on Saturday.
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Iran is Russia's strategic partner: Russian Defense Min
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-23
TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (MNA) — The Russian Defense Min. Sergey Shoygu referred to the join strategical, regional and international goals and interests between Tehran and Moscow, underlining the developing mutual defense cooperation between the two sides.
en.mehrnews.com/news/162636/Iran-is-Russ…

Tuesday 8/25: Call to Action: US Mail Not For Sale! Rally Day w/ APWU & NALC Worker Unions
#USMailNotForSale Campaign: APWU & NACL | indybay.org | 2020-08-23
SF Bay Area & nationwide (events list growing)…
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Tuesday 8/25: Bayview Hunters Point A25 "We Can't Breathe" Protest Caravan
Greenaction for Environmental Justice | indybay.org | 2020-08-23
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…

Monday 8/24: Call to Action: Demand McConnell & Senate Return to Pass COVID Relief, Fund USPS, Voting!
Poor People's Campaign | indybay.org | 2020-08-23
Online via livestream…
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March for the Dead, Fight for the Living at the Golden Gate
Leon Kunstenaar | indybay.org | 2020-08-23
Police prevent peaceful march at Golden Gate Bridge…
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Tuesday 8/25: Bayview Hunters Point "We Can't Breathe"
cynthia papermaster | indybay.org | 2020-08-23
MLK/Bayview Park, 3rd & Carroll, SF to Lennar "Shipyard Welcome Center" to SF City Hall…
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Yet Another Tightening of the Noose: City Council "Meets" Again Tuesday
Robert Norse | indybay.org | 2020-08-23
City Council is slated to rubberstamp more power in City Mangler Martin Bernal's hands, a slamdown of Beach St vendors, a rise in fines for "being in a park after dark", the ability to hire more enforcement personnel, no discussion of the police (or any other part of the) budget, gentrification of Front St., and authorization of the Mayor to "respond to" the Grand Jury's critical report on homelessness.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/08/23/1883606…

Haudenosaunee Land Defenders Call For Peace And Safety
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-23
On August 20, the land defenders at 1492 Land Back Lane tweeted: "We call on our allies to continue to amplify our demand for peace and safety." | These Six Nations land defenders began a re-occupation of their territory on July 19 to uphold their right to free, prior and informed consent and in opposition to the construction of the McKenzie Meadows housing development on unceded lands near the city of Caledonia in the province of Ontario in central Canada. | The 1492 Land Back Lane tweet further notes: "We fear that instead of engaging with us in good faith, [settler politicians including Ontario Premier Doug Fo…
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Postal Workers Defy Order To Not Restart Sorting Machines
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-23
Despite a national order not to reinstall letter-sorting machines that had been dismantled over the past month,…
popularresistance.org/postal-workers-def…

Palestinians Take Their Fight For Justice To The Mountains
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-23
Palestinians are not going anywhere. This is the gist of seven decades of Palestinian struggle against Zionist colonialism. The proof? The story of Ahmed Amarneh. | Amarneh, a 30-year-old civil engineer from the northern West Bank village of Farasin, lives with his family in a cave. For many years, the Amarneh family has attempted to build a proper home, but their request has been denied by the Israeli military every time. | In many ways, the struggle of the Amarnehs is a microcosm of the collective struggle of Farasin; in fact, of most Palestinians.
popularresistance.org/palestinians-take-…

US Postal Service Employees Ordered Not To Speak To Press
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-23
While the U.S. Postal Service is under attack, everyone from letter carriers to union chairs and those working behind the doors in processing facilities has sounded the alarm about what they're seeing from the top as part of the intentional mail slow down. | VICE News reported Thursday that USPS staff were sent a letter telling them that they can't talk to the press under any circumstances. | The memo, dated Aug. 14, explains what staff should do if contacted, but it also says that if customers are asking questions, then employees should be "suspicious."
popularresistance.org/us-postal-service-…

New FOIA Docs Expose Conditions In Private Immigration Prison
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-23
New documents shed light on what activists are calling "a dark pattern of abuse" at a privately-run, for-profit prison in Virginia used by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Obtained by the civil rights group the Advancement Project under the Freedom of Information Act, the documents describe a long pattern of abuse, neglect and mismanagement of detainees at Immigration Centers of America (ICA) Farmville — a facility where almost everyone has coronavirus. | In 2015, for instance, one detainee was pepper sprayed in the face while in full restraints.
popularresistance.org/new-foia-docs-expo…

Sanctuary Camp Residents Pressured To Move
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-23
Minneapolis, MN — Houseless Twin Cities residents have recently endured arrests, the trashing of their belongings, and violent actions at the hands of Park Police, whose participation in these sweeps has been documented by local photographers. | Several hundred people living in dozens of camps across the Twin Cities wonder every day whether their only means of shelter against the elements will be destroyed by police officers. | Last week Friday, the remaining sanctuary encampment at Minneapolis' Powderhorn Park was cleared by armed police.
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Today Is Earth Overshoot Day, Here's What It Means
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-23
From today onwards, we have used every last bit of natural resources that Earth can provide within one calendar year and are now living on ecological credit. | This year, Earth Overshoot Day occurs on August 22. It marks the imaginary point when humanity's demand exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year. | The international research organization Global Footprint Network, which has been calculating this date since 1970, estimates 1.6 planets are required to support our population's way of life.
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On Contact: Teaching History For Indoctrination
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-23
"The teaching of history in our schools is not an impartial or neutral discipline. It is at its core about justifying the power of the ruling elites in the present by defining the ruling elites in the past. This means that history as it is taught in our schools is distorted and at times fabricated to achieve these ends. Racism, injustices, lies and crimes of the ruling elites are minimized or ignored. Problematic historical figures such as the overt racist and imperialist Woodrow Wilson are transformed into mythical social archetypes whose darker actions, including the decision to re-segregate the federal governm…
popularresistance.org/on-contact-teachin…

Voter Suppression Has Haunted The United States Since It Was Founded
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-23
In 1787, the Founding Fathers wrestled over how to address suffrage in the U.S. Constitution. At the time, voting was restricted to wealthy white landowners. The framers debated whether it should be extended to commoners who had joined arms with them in the American Revolution, but who might overrule their interests. Ultimately, the question was punted to the states in Article I, Section 4, of the Constitution, which declares: "The times, places and manner of holding elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each state by the legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by law ma…
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DNC Featured Native Speakers But Their Issues Remain Under-addressed
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-23
The various caucus meeting speakers repeatedly stated that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be good for Indian Country. Some Native people are skeptical, though. Harris has a record of going against the sovereign interests of California tribal nations. Many Native people haven't forgotten the broken promises made by the Obama-Biden administration. Not only did the administration advance the Keystone XL Pipeline, but it also sat silently for months as Native people, accomplices and media were arrested, brutalized, and physically and sexually assaulted while trying to defeat the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).
popularresistance.org/dnc-native-speaker…

Anything goes to spite GOP? Popular British historian draws fire by cheering on hurricanes about to batter 'Trump voting states'
rt.com | 2020-08-23
Two potentially devastating hurricanes hitting the United States may actually be a good thing, since they would disrupt next week's Republican convention and stick it to Donald Trump, British historian Dan Snow said. | Tropical Storms Laura and Marco are moving through the Gulf of Mexico towards Texas and Louisiana and are projected to make landfall on Monday and Tuesday, less than 24 hours apart. One might think the destruction and loss of life they could cause is bad news, but not so for Dan Snow, a popular British media personality famous for his historical films. | Snow managed to find dark irony in the po…
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Louisiana cops shoot & kill black man as he 'walks away', tries to enter gas station 'armed with a knife' (DISTURBING VIDEOS)
rt.com | 2020-08-23
Police officers in Lafayette, Louisiana have shot and killed a man who resisted arrest and tried to walk into a gas station store "armed with a knife," triggering a new wave of outrage over police brutality and "systemic racism." | Lafayette Police Department officers responded to a disturbance call, involving a man with a knife at a Shell gas station around 8pm Friday. When they tried to apprehend the suspect, identified as 31-year-old Trayford Pellerin, he allegedly ignored repeated orders to surrender as well as several taser shots fired at him. | Several cops surrounded a Black man and fatally shot him 10+…
rt.com/usa/498754-lafayette-police-shoot…

'Rule Britannia' and Other Patriotic Songs Could be Dropped from Proms Over BLM Protests, Media Says
sputniknews.com | 2020-08-23
Patriotic songs are a favourite on Last Night of the Proms, which is organised and broadcast by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). However, this staple of classical music culture in the UK may soon see some of the nation's favourites removed from the line-up.
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What Underlies Joe Biden's Promise of New –°OVID-19 Lockdown?
sputniknews.com | 2020-08-23
President Donald Trump has sought to free the US from pandemic-caused lockdowns, however concerns have mounted that employees could be sent back home again amid a spike of infections over the summer.
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UK Care Homes Were 'Pressed' to Take In COVID-19, Untested Patients During Flare-up, Study Says
sputniknews.com | 2020-08-23
A fresh study by the Queen's Nursing Institute, one of the oldest British social care charities, has cited a number of insiders sharing the nitty-gritty details of the nation's battle with the coronavirus, as well as updated figures on the heavy toll it has had on the NHS.
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'Absolutely': Biden Says He Could Serve Two Terms Amid Trump's Jabs Over His Mental Fitness
sputniknews.com | 2020-08-23
The president and members of his campaign have repeatedly asked whether the Democratic nominee for president is fit to serve, pointing to alleged signs of mental decline and his refusal to take a cognitive test.
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Fears of New Wildfires in California as President Trump Offers Federal Support
sputniknews.com | 2020-08-23
A massive heatwave and lightning strikes have caused wildfires to ravage California, striking the central part of the state, and burning hundreds of thousands of acres.
sputniknews.com/uk/202008231080255088-fe…

Israel on the Brink of Unprecedented Fourth Consecutive Elections as Cabinet Meeting Canceled
sputniknews.com | 2020-08-23
The current Likud/Blue and White unity government was created in May after three elections between April 2019 and March 2020 failed to allow either major party or its allies to form a majority. In June, the coalition's members got into a battle over the budget amid the coronavirus emergency, with neither side wanting to back down.
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Iran's Zarif Posts Clip of Trump, Pompeo Explaining Why US Can't Trigger UN 'Snapback Sanctions'
sputniknews.com | 2020-08-23
On Thursday, 13 of the United Nations Security Council 15 members expressed opposition to a US push to trigger the so-called snapback sanctions provision to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, pointing out that Washington is no longer a party to the agreement.
sputniknews.com/world/202008231080255182…

Assaults on Postal Systems Are Attacks on National Sovereignty
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2020-08-23
Donald Trump's assault on the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is an assault on the national sovereignty of the United States. By bolloxing up…
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California: Boom, Boom, Out Go the Lights
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2020-08-23
Streetwise Professor | Twenty years ago, California experienced its Electricity Crisis. Or, given current events (which will be the subject of what follows), may be known as the First Electricity Crisis. The problem in 2000-2001 was, in the main, a problem of insufficient generation, caused by a variety of factors. The ramifications of the supply shortage and resulting high prices for California utilities, ratepayers, and state finances were greatly exacerbated by a dysfunctional market design implemented only a few years before, in the mid-1990s. (When I gave talks about the subject, I used to quip: "California…
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Care homes were bullied into accepting coronavirus patients, research reveals
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-08-23
Care homes were pressured into accepting patients with coronavirus (Covid-19) while simultaneously being refused treatment for residents by hospitals and GPs, research has revealed. | A report by the Queen's Nursing Institute (QNI) found homes were told that hospitals had a blanket "no admissions" policy at the height of the pandemic. | The QNI, a charity which focuses on the improvement of nursing care of people in their own home, found care home residents were regularly refused treatment in April and May. | Published by the Independent, the research also found that GPs and local managers in some homes had place…
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Trump plans to veto House-approved bill to protect US Postal Service amid election row
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-08-23
Legislation that would reverse recent changes in US Postal Service operations has been approved by the House of Representatives in a rare Saturday session. The legislation would also send 25bn USD (£19bn) to shore up the agency ahead of the November election.Speaker Nancy Pelosi recalled lawmakers to Washington over objections from Republicans dismissing the action as a stunt."It is all designed to suppress the vote": President Donald Trump urged a no vote, including in a tweet on Saturday 22 August, railing against mail-in ballots expected to surge in the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis. He has said h…
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Leaked dossier reveals chaotic worst-case scenario if no-deal Brexit and coronavirus coincide
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-08-23
The military may be drafted in to airdrop food to the Channel Islands under emergency plans drawn up by the government to protect the UK if a second coronavirus wave coincides with a no-deal Brexit. | A Cabinet Office "reasonable worst-case scenario" document, leaked to the Sun newspaper, also discusses using the Navy to stop British fishermen clashing with illegal European fishing boat incursions. | No-deal chaos: | The document says parts of the UK may face power and petrol shortages if thousands of lorries are stranded in Dover. Meanwhile, shortages of medicines caused by port blockages could lead to a…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2020/08/23/leaked-d…

Assaults on Postal Systems Are Attacks on National Sovereignty
Wayne Madsen | thealtworld.com | 2020-08-23
Donald Trump's assault on the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is an assault on the national sovereignty of the United States. By bolloxing up…
thealtworld.com/wayne_madsen/assaults-on…

Saudi-led coalition intercepts rebel drone from Yemen
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-23
The Saudi-led coalition said on Sunday it had intercepted an explosives-laden drone fired by Yemen's Houthi rebels towards Saudi Arabia.Coalition spokesman Col. Turki al-Maliki said the drone was shot down over Yemen, without giving any further details, according to the Saudi SPA news agency.On Saturday, the coalition said it had destroyed a bomb-laden drone ballistic missile fired by Houthi rebels towards the kingdom.Meanwhile, the Houthi group accused the Saudi-led coalition of dropping cluster bombs over the Bajil district in the western al-Hudaydah province.The news was carried by the Houthi-run Al-Masira tel…
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Russia plans COVID-19 vaccine output at 6 mln doses a month
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-23
Russia expects to produce between 1.5 million and 2 million doses per month of its potential COVID-19 vaccine by the year end, gradually ramping up production to 6 million doses a month, the RIA news agency cited industry minister Denis Manturov as saying on Sunday.Large-scale testing of the vaccine, developed by Moscow's Gamaleya institute, is due to start in Russia next week.
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Indonesia reports 2,037 new coronavirus cases
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-23
Indonesia reported 2,037 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, bringing its total tally to 153,535, data from the country's COVID-19 taskforce showed.The Southeast Asian country also added 86 new deaths on Sunday, taking the total number to 6,680, the highest COVID-19 death toll in Southeast Asia.
yenisafak.com/en/world/indonesia-reports…

Kuwait to rebuild Lebanon's only large grain silo after blast
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-23
Kuwait said it will rebuild Lebanon's only large grain silo that was destroyed by the massive Beirut port explosion, raising fears of food shortages in a country already in financial meltdown.The destruction of the 120,000-tonne capacity structure at the port, the main entry point for food imports, meant buyers must rely on smaller private storage facilities for their wheat purchases with no government reserves to fall back on.Kuwait's ambassador to Lebanon, Abdulaal al-Qenaie, said in comments to local radio VdL at the weekend that the silo was first built in 1969 with a Kuwaiti development loan.The Gulf monarch…
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Greek Police release Man United's Maguire from custody
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-23
The captain of England's Manchester United, Harry Maguire, was released from police custody Saturday after his arrest in Greece."Harry has pleaded not guilty to the charges. It would be inappropriate for the player or club to comment further while the legal process takes its course," Manchester United said in a statement."Following the appearance in court today we note the adjournment of the case to allow the legal team to consider the case file," it added.Also, a court date has been set on Aug. 25 for Maguire, who can be represented by his lawyer.On Thursday, Maguire and two others were involved in a brawl with…
yenisafak.com/en/sports/greek-police-rel…

Christchurch attacker set to be sentenced
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-23
The sentencing of the terrorist responsible for Christchurch mosque attacks, New Zealand's deadliest shooting, will be…
yenisafak.com/en/world/christchurch-atta…

Erdogan offers condolences to families of Turkey after deadly floods
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-23
The Turkish president offered condolences to families of those who lost their lives in floods in the country's northeast.Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued directives to mobilize all means to heal the wounds of affected people and to take necessary steps to prevent such incidents from happening again, the Turkish Communications Directorate said in a statement.Erdogan also received information about the latest developments in the region and the status of search and rescue operation from Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu and Agriculture and Forestry Minister Bekir Pakdemirli, who arrived at the scene.The death toll from fl…
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Lebanon's challenge: Prioritize reforms or keep peace
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-23
More than two weeks after devastating explosion here, the situation in the Lebanese capital remains critical, with a pervasive culture of negligence, corruption and complacency by rulers becoming more visible.The destruction of the Port of Beirut on Aug. 4 left more than 170 dead, greater than 6,000 injured and 300,000, or 5% of residents homeless.Once considered the Paris of the Middle East, Beirut now looks like a scene from a horror movie, with collapsed buildings, unsurpassable roads and broken glasses scattered everywhere.The damage caused is estimated at more than $7 billion, equivalent to 14% of the countr…
yenisafak.com/en/world/lebanons-challeng…

Austrian leaders condemn attack against Jewish community in Graz
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-23
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and other senior government politicians said they were shocked over an attack on a Jewish community leader in the southern city of Graz on Saturday, and ordered tighter security at Jewish institutions around Austria.An unknown assailant attacked the Graz Jewish community's president, Elie Rosen, with a wooden club on the premises of their synagogue, which was twice targeted by acts of vandalism in the past week, the community said in a statement late on Saturday.Rosen took shelter in his car and was unhurt. The attacker then fled, according to the statement.Police in Styria, the…
yenisafak.com/en/world/austrian-leaders-…

From Lockdown to Police State: The "Great Reset" Rolls Out
Ellen Brown | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-08-23
Mayhem in Melbourne On August 2, lockdown measures were implemented in Melbourne, Australia, that were so draconian that Australian news commentator Alan Jones said on Sky News: "People are entitled to think there is an 'agenda to destroy western society.'" The gist of an August 13th article on the Melbourne lockdown is captured in the …
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From Lockdown to Police State: The "Great Reset" Rolls Out
Ellen Brown | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-23
Mayhem in Melbourne | On August 2, lockdown measures were implemented in Melbourne, Australia, that were so draconian that Australian news commentator Alan Jones said on Sky News: "People are entitled to think there is an 'agenda to destroy western …
globalresearch.ca/lockdown-police-state-…

Trump 2020: 'Get Your Guns, The Blacks Are Coming'
Max Elbaum | commondreams.org | 2020-08-23
Mark and Patricia McCloskey drawing their firearms on the crowd marching toward St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson's house Sunday, June 28, 2020, in the Central West End of St. Louis. (DANIEL SHULAR/via REUTERS, File) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Colleges are Still in Uncharted Territority
Jill Richardson | commondreams.org | 2020-08-23
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Stop Adding (Fossil) Fuels to the Fire
Jamie Henn | commondreams.org | 2020-08-23
Fire season isn't new to the West, but it's getting worse. And scientists are clearly pointing the finger at climate change and our ongoing use of fossil fuels. (Photo: Pixabay/CC) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Common Cause Calls on the Senate to Join the House Passing the Delivering for America Act
commondreams.org | 2020-08-23
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Two Cheers for Biden/Harris
Robert Freeman | commondreams.org | 2020-08-23
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris may defeat Trump and that, in itself, will be a goodness, indeed, an existential imperative. But they will not defeat Trumpism. That task will be left to less conventional but more courageous, and imaginative leaders still yet to come. Harris and Biden at the end of the third day of the Democratic National Convention at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware on August 19, 2020. (Photo by Olivier DOULIERY / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Anti LGBTQI+ sentiment in Poland is spreading at an unprecedented rate
Eliza Egret | thecanary.co | 2020-08-23
Poland's LGBTQI+ community is finding itself increasingly unsafe as homophobic sentiment spreads around the country at an unprecedented rate. | Under right-wing President Andrzej Duda, the queer community has become a new scapegoat. Duda won his presidential campaign in July by arousing anti-LGBTQI+ and anti-abortion sentiment in the country. He argued that LGBTQI+ ideology was a greater threat to the country than…
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US: Police Continue to Repress BLM Protesters in Portland
telesurenglish.net | 2020-08-22
U.S. Police repression continues in Portland, Oregon against demonstrators who continue to take to the streets to demand an end to police brutality and racism in the United States. | RELATED: | Portland's Anti-Racist Protesters Hold Firm After Two Months | For 90 days now, protesters have taken to the streets of the U.S. city of Portland following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May. | As per social media videos, protesters were met with heavy police repression inc…
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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…

Proud Boys vs. BLM & Antifa: VICIOUS Portland clashes with paintballs & street brawls caught on VIDEO
rt.com | 2020-08-22
After months of violent Black Lives Matter protests in Portland, Oregon, hardline right-wing groups like the Proud Boys and other Donald Trump supporters showed up to support police, and things descended into chaos. | WATCH: Antifa clash with Proud Boys in Portland, as police refuse to declare a riot & let violent brawls 'resolve themselves' | Proud Boys members gathered around the Justice Center in downtown Portland around noon on Saturday, some carrying rifles and others sporting shields that referenced c…
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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…
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Kamala Harris, 'pranked' by Russian comedians posing as Greta Thunberg, 'accepts' hoax kompromat on Trump
rt.com | 2020-08-22
It seems pranksters Vovan and Lexus have successfully duped another politician, with audio suggesting Democrat VP nominee Kamala Harris was eager to accept a fake recording of Donald Trump, believing the caller was Greta Thunberg. | Vovan and Lexus, whose real names are Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexey Stolyarov, posed as the teenage climate activist and her father Svante to make a phone call in January to Harris, just months before she became Joe Biden's running mate. | "Congratulations on all your leadership. I'm so inspired by your courage and your voice," Sen. Harris (D-California) tells the pranksters, in th…
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On Covid-19 And Authoritarian Abuses
Caitlin Johnstone | thealtworld.com | 2020-08-22
Over the last few months there's been a clique of indie media who've been urging their respective followings to bully and cajole other indie media into focusing on Covid-19, lockdowns, mask laws and Covid-related authoritarian agendas in their coverage of world events. | 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 an…
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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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Crushing US sanctions devastate Syria's people and post-war reconstruction
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2020-08-22
Leading Syria scholar Joshua Landis on how crippling US sanctions are devastating Syria's people and hindering post-war reconstruction. In a new article for Foreign Affairs, scholar Joshua Landis and former Obama administration official Steve Simon write that US sanctions on Syria "further immiserates the Syrian people, blocks reconstruction efforts, and strangles the economy that sustains …
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Global Capitalism, "World Government" and the Corona Crisis
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-22
The COVID-19 crisis is marked by a public health "emergency" under WHO auspices which is being used as a pretext and a justification to triggering a Worldwide process of economic, social and political restructuring.
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Does the Face Mask Protect You From Covid? Ask Dr. Anthony Fauci. When He Spoke against the Mask, It Was Categorized as "Fake News"
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-22
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) described as one of the world's leading experts on infectious diseases was until recently categorically against wearing the face mask. | He offered advice and provided specific …
globalresearch.ca/does-the-face-mask-pro…

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…

Israel Cuts Fuel, Gaza Goes Dark
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-22
The Gaza Strip's only power plant shut down on Tuesday after Israel stopped the transfer of fuel to the territory. | The halting of fuel transfers is among a series of collective punishment measures Israel has imposed on Gaza. | Israel has claimed the measures are a response to incendiary balloons released from Gaza. The launching of such balloons by some Palestinians is, in reality, a symbolic effort to draw attention to the deteriorating situation in Gaza, long subject to an Israeli siege. | Although incendiary balloons caused several fires in Israel, "no injuries or damage have been reported," according to The…
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UK Muslim Charity Board to Resign as Director Calls Designated Terrorists 'Great Men', Media Says
sputniknews.com | 2020-08-22
The organisation bills itself as an international aid agency that provides humanitarian relief to over 40 countries in the world irrespective of gender, race, or religious belief. Former Foreign Secretary David Miliband once described the organisation as representing "the values that bind Britain together as a liberal democracy."
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Venezuela Receives Humanitarian Aid To Fight Covid-19
telesurenglish.net | 2020-08-22
Venezuela's Vice Minister for Europe Yvan Gil Saturday announced the arrival of a 73 tons' Humanitarian aid bound from Spain and Portugal, in order to face COVID-19 in the country. | RELATED: | Guaido Taps Frozen Venezuelan Assets To Fund Opposition Plans | "This shipment is a contribution made by the European Union (EU) and the governments of Spain and Portugal to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. We are talking about 73 tons of medical supplies," Gil said. | Gil pointed out…
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Brazil Calls for COVID-19 Plan to Protect Indigenous People
telesurenglish.net | 2020-08-22
Brazil's Supreme Federal Court (STF) Judge Luis Roberto Barroso Friday ordered President Jair Bolsonaro's administration to present a new version of the plan to halt the COVID-19 in the Indigenous communities. | RELATED: | Brazil: Health Workers Protest Against Bolsonaro | The original plan was requested last July, following a request from the Articulation of the Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB) and several political parties. | The new order requires the document to be reworked and sub…
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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…

Three Massacres in Colombia in 24 Hours
telesurenglish.net | 2020-08-22
The government of Colombia's Nariño department has confirmed a new massacre in the area of La Guayacana, a rural area of the municipality of Tumaco. | RELATED: | New Massacre Leaves Six People Dead in Cauca Valley | There, six young people were murdered and two more are missing, according to preliminary information. | It's not yet known who was behind this latest massacre. | The incident occurred just hours after President Ivan Duque traveled to Samaniego, where last weekend eight people, b…
telesurenglish.net/news/three-massacres-…

Colombia: New Massacre Leaves Six People Dead in Cauca Valley
telesurenglish.net | 2020-08-22
The Ombudsman's office of Cauca Friday denounced a new massacre in that Colombian department in which six people were killed by armed groups. | RELATED: | Colombia: Protests Against Duque's Attack on Workers' Rights | "The massacre took place in the Uribe village. We are waiting for a Colombian Army's delegation to arrive in the area," Mayor Carlos Vela said. | The six people were taken by an illegal armed group. Afterward, they were found dead between the Uribe and Ortega Llanos se…
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Vandals scribble Holocaust-denying graffiti on WWII monument to French village massacred & torched by Nazis (PHOTO)
rt.com | 2020-08-22
Unknown vandals have defaced a memorial wall in French village of Oradour-Sur-Glane, that saw the country's largest massacre of civilians by the Nazis during World War II. French authorities vowed to bring the vandals to justice. | The offensive graffiti was discovered on the memorial wall at the entrance to the Center for Remembrance late on Friday. | The vandals crossed out the inscription 'Martyr Village', spraying 'Liar Village' instead. The graffiti also reads "Reynouard is right", in an apparent tribute to Vincent Reynouard, a prominent French revisionist, Holocaust denier and neo-Nazism proponent, repea…
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Vandals Deface Site of Nazis' Worst Massacre in France With Holocaust Denying Statements
sputniknews.com | 2020-08-22
Sites and buildings destroyed by Nazis or where they committed atrocities were rebuilt or marked with monuments, but Oradour-sur-Glane village has a different story. Authorities deliberately preserved charred ruins where 642 people, including 247 children, were shot and burned so that their descendants remember the barbaric crimes of the Nazis.
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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…

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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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…
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Democratic Convention: New Faces, Similar Policies but Sharp Contrast with Trumpism
Ralph Nader | commondreams.org | 2020-08-22
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, his wife Dr. Jill Biden, Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris and her husband Douglas Emhoff raise their arms on stage outside the Chase Center after Biden delivered his acceptance speech on the fourth night of the Democratic National Convention from the Chase Center on August 20, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Lukashenko calls Belarus protests 'Color Revolution,' accuses foreign countries of meddling
rt.com | 2020-08-22
President Alexander Lukashenko has likened recent events in Belarus to color revolutions, saying protesters are trying to follow a similar, foreign-backed template to overthrow the government. | "Everything is clear. As we expected, everything is following the plan of color revolutions by whipping up domestic political tensions in the country," Lukashenko said. | The embattled leader, who has headed Belarus for 26 years, also accused foreign countries of interfering with its internal affairs and of seeking "regime change." | 'Color Revolution' is a term used to describe anti-government movements throughout the…
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Former Green Beret arrested for selling classified info to Russia
Andrew Emett | nationofchange.org | 2020-08-22
"According to the allegations, Mr. Debbins knowingly provided information to self-proclaimed members of Russia's Intelligence Service, the GRU."
nationofchange.org/2020/08/22/former-gre…

German Socialist Equality Party campaign against reopening schools finds significant response
wsws.org | 2020-08-22
The Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei's call to build action committees to prepare a general strike in Germany against the reopening of schools has been shared hundreds of times on social media and found thousands of readers.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/22/acti…

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific
wsws.org | 2020-08-22
The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/22/labo…

Californian court passes injunction on gig workers' law, after threats from Uber and Lyft
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-22
In a major setback to gig economy workers' struggle in the United States, an appellate court judge in California passed an injunction against an earlier court ruling on ride-sharing drivers, on Thursday, August 20. The injunction came within hours of ride-sharing corporations such as Uber and Lyft had threatened to suspend all operations in the state. Following the injunction they retracted their threats. | In April 2018, the state supreme court passed down a judgement that would have forced ride-sharing companies to reclassify their drivers, and others working in the gig economy as workers, instead of independen…
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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…

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…

Sierra Club to DNC chairman: End tax breaks and subsidies for fossil fuel companies immediately
Ashley Curtin | nationofchange.org | 2020-08-22
"The future of our planet depends on it. It's past time to end fossil fuel subsidies."
nationofchange.org/2020/08/22/sierra-clu…

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…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/trump-might-cheat-…

The verdict on Rafik Hariri's assassination
Abdul Rahman | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-22
The UN-backed International Special Tribunal for Lebanon said it found no evidence of Hezbollah or Syria's involvement in the 2005 assassination of Rafik Hariri. However, this verdict may not mark the end of the issue…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/08/22/the-verdi…

Spanish unions agree to shut down Barcelona Nissan plants
wsws.org | 2020-08-22
The deal adds a further year to the ticking time-bomb of mass firings, postponing the approximately 25,000 job losses from the end of 2020 to the end of 2021.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/22/niss…

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-…

'A Vaccine Will Not End the Pandemic on Its Own' WHO Warns
telesurenglish.net | 2020-08-22
World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Friday warned that a COVID-19 vaccine creation does not mean the pandemic will end on its own. | RELATED: | Russia to Start the Production of Its COVID-19 Vaccine in Cuba | "Although a vaccine will be a vital tool, we know little about the long-term effects it may have," Adhanom said. | Most countries that have reopened their economies are experiencing new outbreaks after a period of little or no transmission. "Thi…
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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-…

Belgians demand proper probe into death of Slovak national in 2018
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-22
Recently, footage was released of incidents in the cell in which Jozef Chovanec, a Slovak citizen, was kept shortly before he died. It showed police personnel pinning him down while laughing. One of the officers even makes a Nazi salute…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/08/22/belgians-…

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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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-…

Special prosecutor appointed in the case of Hannah Fizer, unarmed Missouri woman slain by police
wsws.org | 2020-08-22
Fizer's family has been stonewalled at every turn by investigators and police for more than two months.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/22/fize…

Justice Department accuses Yale of discriminating against Asian American and white students
wsws.org | 2020-08-22
The lawsuit is a cynical provocation by an administration that seeks to stir the pot of racial antagonisms.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/22/yale…

Why Trump's attacks on mail-in ballots are a desperate attempt to undermine democracy
Tom Conway | nationofchange.org | 2020-08-22
"It's ugly, and as un-American as you can get."
nationofchange.org/2020/08/22/why-trumps…

Hundreds march on the DNC in Milwaukee, 'We can't breathe!'
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-08-22
Milwaukee, WI – In the early evening of August 20, around 500 people gathered in Dontre Hamilton (officially Red Arrow) Park in downtown Milwaukee to mark the final day of the Democratic National Convention. The turnout in spite of the pandemic and the vastly diminished physical presence in the city for the convention was a testament to the hard work and dedication of the organizers with the Coalition to March on the DNC. | "No matter who anybody votes for, no matter who wins, we're always going to be out in the streets. We're always going to be fighting for justice," said Omar Flores, an organizer with the Milwa…
fightbacknews.org/2020/8/22/hundreds-mar…

The Truth: Catherine Deneuve as an actress with her feet on the ground
wsws.org | 2020-08-22
A French actress in her 70s, Fabienne Dangeville, receives a visit at her elegant Paris home from her daughter Lumir, son-in-law Hank and grand-daughter Charlotte, who live in New York.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/22/trut…

Venezuela Receives 73 Tons of Supplies & Equipment from Europe
teleSUR, ce | telesurenglish.net | 2020-08-22
Seventy-three tons of donated supplies Saturday arrived in Caracas, Venezuela, from Europe to assist in the fight against COVID-19. | RELATED: | Another Brigade of Cuban Doctors Arrives in Venezuela | The shipment includes equipment and supplies such as medicine, vaccines, PPE, water purification equipment and family hygiene kits. | The two flights which came from Madrid, were received by Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister for Europe, Yvan Gil, in the company of Jan Harfst, representative…
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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/

Over 800,000 People Have Died From COVID-19 in the World
telesurenglish.net | 2020-08-22
Worldometers website Friday warned that the COVID-19 deaths worldwide Friday exceeded 800,000, while new infections reached 23 million. | RELATED: | Cuba: 20 Days Without Critically Ill Covid-19 Patients | "The COVID-19 has caused so far 803,374 deaths and 23,130,443 infections," the website assured. | The numbers of coronavirus infections and deaths "have been rising amidst a relaxation of measures to prevent the spread and rebound of the virus in Europe," Wordometers added. | The most…
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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…
thealtworld.com/anthony_cartalucci/us-sm…

Johnson government extends ban on evictions as UK faces "avalanche" of homelessness
wsws.org | 2020-08-22
The delay follows an outpouring of public opposition to eviction proceedings due to begin Monday, with 290,000 renters at immediate risk of homelessness.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/22/rent…

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-…

Cuba's vaccine candidate "Sovereign" is all set to enter clinical trials
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-22
Cuba's vaccine candidate is the first from the Latin America and the Caribbean region and marks a continuation of its pioneering work in combating COVID-19 across the world…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/08/22/cubas-vac…

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…

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…

US: Top Medical Association Prohibits Use of Hydroxychloroquine
telesurenglish.net | 2020-08-22
The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) has revised its guidelines for the use of hydroxychloroquine advising hospitals to stop using the drug to treat COVID-19 patients. | RELATED: | Brazil Stores Millions of US Hydroxychloroquine Doses | On Friday, the IDSA updated its guidelines on COVID-19 patients, recommending not to use hydroxychloroquine in hospitals by itself or along with the antibiotic azithromycin. The IDSA had previously advised for a limited use of hydroxychloroqu…
telesurenglish.net/news/us-top-medical-a…

The Biden campaign and the attempt to "rescue" American hegemony
wsws.org | 2020-08-22
The factions of the state backing the Biden campaign have set out to "reclaim America's place in the world" by "getting tough" with Russia and China.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/22/pers…

US Elections: Dissecting the Democrats in 2020
Michael Welch | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-22
"There's a term: 'Good Cop. Bad Cop.' And Trump is the 'bad cop.' Biden is the 'good cop.'" | -Mark Robinowitz, from today's interview. | LISTEN TO THE SHOW | Click to download the audio (MP3 format) | The race that …
globalresearch.ca/dissecting-the-democra…

Tropical Storm Laura Hits Puerto Rico With Heavy Rains
telesurenglish.net | 2020-08-22
The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) Saturday announced that Tropical Storm Laura reached Puerto Rico's territory with heavy rains. | RELATED: | Hurricane Dorian Hits North Carolina Coast as Storm | In the early hours of this Saturday, Laura was 20 miles southwest of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and 210 miles east-southeast of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. | The tropical storm has maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour and is moving westward at 20 miles per hour. | Lau…
telesurenglish.net/news/tropical-storm-l…

Fiat Chrysler, UAW conspire to keep workers on the job after exposure to coronavirus
wsws.org | 2020-08-22
In order to cut costs and boost profits, management and the UAW are seeking to eliminate the limited and inadequate safety protocols put in place in May.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/22/auto…

Seven protest leaders in Thailand arrested by police
wsws.org | 2020-08-22
This week's state crackdown on the student leadership of mass protests that have swept across the country reveals the Thai ruling elite's fear of a broader movement.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/22/thai…

Coronavirus testing remains at reduced levels in the US
wsws.org | 2020-08-22
To fully map spread of the pandemic, and contain the disease, the US should be doing 6–10 million tests per day. It currently does about 700,000.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/22/test…

Hundreds march on the DNC in Milwaukee, 'We can't breathe!'
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-08-22
Milwaukee, WI – In the early evening of August 20, around 500 people gathered in Dontre Hamilton (officially Red Arrow) Park in downtown Milwaukee to mark the final day of the Democratic National Convention. The turnout in spite of the pandemic and the vastly diminished physical presence in the city for the convention was a testament to the hard work and dedication of the organizers with the Coalition to March on the DNC. | "No matter who anybody votes for, no matter who wins, we're always going to be out in the streets. We're always going to be fighting for justice," said Omar Flores, an organizer with the Milwa…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/8/22/hundreds…

CUPE union shuts down 12-day strike at Port of Montreal
wsws.org | 2020-08-22
Yesterday's truce agreement marks the final stage in the union's efforts to end the strike as quickly as possible and betray the legitimate demands of the rank and file.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/22/port…

Defeat COVID-19 and put an end to hate and discrimination: UN chief
news.un.org | 2020-08-22
In a message published on the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Violence Based on Religious Belief, which falls on 22 August, UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned of a rise in racism since the spread of COVID-19 across the world.
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European countries force children back to school amid resurgence of COVID-19
wsws.org | 2020-08-22
The drive to reopen schools after the summer break continues unabated throughout Europe as the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic accelerates across the continent.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/22/euro…

After A-level fiasco, UK govt. releases secondary education results bases on teachers' inputs
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-22
The results of the General Certificate of Secondary Education were announced on August 20. Earlier in the week, following a major outcry, the government was forced to reverse A-level results that were based on an algorithm…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/08/22/after-a-l…

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…

Ceasefire in Libya will be key for region
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-22
The declaration of a ceasefire in war-torn Libya has raised hopes that a political solution can be reached and years of hostility ended. The war in Libya and the possible peace has great regional significance too.
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/08/22/ceasefire…

Lukashenko regime, Belarusian opposition seek to stifle mass strike movement
wsws.org | 2020-08-22
Whatever the tactical differences between the opposition and the government, they share a common goal: ending the strike movement as quickly as possible.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/22/bela…

Facebook censors anti-fascist and anarchist groups, falsely linking them with extreme-right violence
wsws.org | 2020-08-22
Facebook has adopted positions put forward by the Trump administration and US Justice Department targeting left-wing opposition in the latest expansion of its political censorship regime.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/22/face…

Nearly 300 workers infected in COVID-19 outbreak at Northampton sandwich factory
wsws.org | 2020-08-22
Northampton, already on a coronavirus watchlist, has the highest rate of new cases in England and could be subjected to a local lockdown.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/22/gren…

Sanctuary Camp Residents Pressured to Move, No Housing Solution In Sight
Unicorn Riot | unicornriot.ninja | 2020-08-22
Minneapolis, MN — Houseless Twin Cities residents have recently endured arrests, the trashing of their belongings, and violent actions at the hands of Park Police, whose participation in these sweeps has been documented by local photographers. | Several hundred people living in dozens of camps across…
unicornriot.ninja/2020/sanctuary-camp-residents-pressured-to-move-no-housing-solution-in-sight/

Cornell residential advisors hold one-day strike over coronavirus safety as school reopens
wsws.org | 2020-08-22
The strike action was spontaneously organized in response to the university's reckless reopening plans that left RAs with larger workloads than in pre-pandemic semesters.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/22/corn…

Jamaica's Election Campaigning Affected by COVID-19 Measures
teleSUR, ce | telesurenglish.net | 2020-08-22
With Jamaica's elections less than two weeks away, campaigning is looking a bit different under the current COVID-19 restrictions. | RELATED: | Jamaica to Lift States of Emergency Ahead of Elections | On Friday, Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced that political motorcades have been prohibited in a bid to contain the spread of the coronavirus. | …
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Wayne State University administration announces pay freezes and layoffs
wsws.org | 2020-08-22
The Wayne State University administration is using the crisis to push through long sought after "cost-cutting" attacks on workers and students.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/22/wsub…

[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

[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

[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

[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

[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

[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

[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

[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

[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

[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

The Heat: Biden's Foreign Policy
Mike Walter | america.cgtn.com | 2020-08-22
It's official. Joe Biden becomes the Democratic Party candidate for U.S. president. But what might change in U.S. foreign policy if he gets elected?>…
america.cgtn.com/2020/08/22/the-heat-bid…

Iran-Russia military coop. 'positive, progressive': Hatami
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-22
TEHRAN, Aug. 22 (MNA) — Iranian Minister of Defense Brigadier General Amir Hatami said that military cooperation between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Russian Federation is 'positive and progressive'.
en.mehrnews.com/news/162606/Iran-Russia-…

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…

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…

Nasrallah chastises US warmongering across world
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-22
TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (MNA) — Secretary-General of the Lebanese Hezbollah Resistance Movement Hassan Nasrallah has severely rebuked the United States' warmongering against other countries across the world.
en.mehrnews.com/news/162609/Nasrallah-ch…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Muharram mourning in Semnan
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-22
SEMNAN, Aug. 22 (MNA) — Observing health protocols and social distancing due to coronavirus, people of the central Iranian city of Semnan attended the mourning ceremonies for Imam Hussein (PBUH) on the second night of Muharram.
en.mehrnews.com/photo/162592/Muharram-mo…

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…

US troops to withdraw from Camp Taji on Sunday: report
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-08-22
TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (MNA) — Iraqi sources announced that US troops will evacuate Camp Taji in northern Baghdad on Sunday.
en.mehrnews.com/news/162607/US-troops-to…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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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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.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/08/20/1883601…

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…