2021-07-08: News Headlines

Editor2 (2021-07-08). On Assassination of Haitian President Jovenel MoàØse: Black Alliance for Peace Smells a Rat. orinocotribune.com By The Black Alliance For Peace — Jul 7, 2021 | JULY 7, 2021—Unknown assailants overnight assassinating Haitian President Jovenel MoàØse was a horrific act that should be condemned in no uncertain terms. Unfortunately, such violence is unsurprising. As the Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) noted in its

_____ (2021-07-08). US Citizen Arrested as Suspect in Assassination of Haitian President. commondreams.org "This is not just about abortion at all," said Anu Kumar of the international pro-choice group Ipas.

Luis Bruschtein (2021-07-08). La condena de Haití. globalizacion.ca El asesinato del presidente Jovenel Moise en Haití, por una banda parapolicial, de las más de 70 que existen en ese país, ha generado el temor de que se produzca una nueva intervención internacional seguramente encabezada por Washington o de…

news.un (2021-07-08). Top UN Haiti envoy hails commitment to hold new elections. news.un.org The UN Special Representative for Haiti on Thursday, acknowledged the legitimacy of Prime Minister Claude Joseph to lead the Caribbean nation, following the "cowardly" assassination of President Jovenel MoàØse on Wednesday, and welcomed his government's commitment to hold national elections later this year.

Staff (2021-07-08). Haiti in Chaos After President's Assassination as Activists in U.S. Urge Biden to Stop Deportations. democracynow.org The interim prime minister of Haiti has declared a state of siege and imposed martial law following the assassination of President Jovenel MoàØse, who died in an armed attack on his home. The first lady of Haiti was injured in the attack and airlifted to a hospital in Miami, where she is reportedly in stable but critical condition. Haitian authorities say police have killed four suspects and detained two others, but the individuals have not been identified. No evidence linking them to the assassination has been made public. It is unclear who is now in charge of Haiti, which was already facing a political,…

Staff (2021-07-08). Headlines for July 8, 2021. democracynow.org Haiti Declares "State of Siege" After Assassination of President Jovenel MoàØse, Japan Declares Virus Emergency Through Tokyo Olympics as Global COVID-19 Deaths Pass 4 Million, North America Recorded Hottest June on Record Amid Worsening Climate Crisis, Line 3 Pipeline Foes Say Enbridge Spilled Drilling Chemicals in Minnesota River, U.S. Soldiers and Diplomats Come Under Fire in Iraq and Syria, Human Rights Commission Calls for Demilitarization of Colombia's Police, Unhoused Atlanta Residents Form Union, Occupy City Hall Pressing Demands , Dozens of States Sue Google for Creating App Store Monopoly , Trump…

Staff (2021-07-08). Biden Urged to Stop Deportations to Haiti Following President's Assassination. truthout.org The interim prime minister of Haiti has declared a state of siege and imposed martial law following the assassination of President Jovenel MoàØse, who died in an armed attack on his home. The first lady of Haiti was injured in the attack and airlifted to a hospital in Miami, where she is reportedly in stable but critical condition. Haitian authorities say police have killed four suspects and detained two others, but the individuals have not been identified. No evidence linking them to the…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-07-08). Haitian movements caution against foreign intervention following MoàØse's assassination. peoplesdispatch.org Civil society organizations and progressive sectors in Haiti and globally have warned that Jovenel MoàØse's assassination could be used as pretext to increase foreign interference and further deepen the socio-political crisis in the country…

Latino Rebels (2021-07-08). UndocuBlack Network Urges Biden Administration to Immediately Publish TPS Redesignation for Haiti. latinorebels.com With the assassination of Jovenel MoàØse, statement says that "now is not the time to deport, detain, or expel Haitians seeking refuge in the U.S."

Peoples Dispatch (2021-07-08). Social movements in Haiti say no to foreign intervention. peoplesdispatch.org Jubileo Sur / Americas, a network of social movements in Latin America and the Caribbean condemned MoàØse's assassination and pointed out that there are factors which indicate about the complicity or participation of the security forces in the assassination.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-07-08). Haiti's police say 4 suspects in the assassination of Jovenel MoàØse killed and other stories. peoplesdispatch.org Today we look at the situation in Haiti amid reports of the killing of Jovenel Moise's alleged assassins, the demolition of Palestinian homes in the Occupied West Bank, and more…

_____ (2021-07-08). The Failure of the Obama-Duncan "School Improvement Grants" and Its Lessons for Today. commondreams.org While this week's assassination has intensified Haiti's political turmoil, progressives have emphasized that the ongoing crisis is inseparable from long histories of French and U.S. imperialism and warned against further Western interventions in the impoverished Caribbean nation.

teleSUR (2021-07-08). Haitian Police Shoot Down 4 Suspects and Arrest 2 Attackers. telesurenglish.net The Haitian police announced that they had killed four assassins and arrested two members of the commando that assassinated President Jovenel Moise. Three police officers who had been kidnapped were also released. | RELATED: | In the early hours of Wednesday morning, the assassins entered Moise's residence in Pelerin, a high-class neighborhood located on a hill in the highest part of Port-au-Prince. During the attack, the President…

teleSUR (2021-07-08). Colombian Group Arrested Linked to the Assassination of Moise. telesurenglish.net At least 28 people assassinated President Jovenel Moise, Haitian police said Thursday, adding that 26 were Colombian and two were Americans of Haitian origin. | RELATED: | Eight of them, all Colombians, were still at large, national police director-general Leon Charles said at a news conference, adding that 17 including the two Americans had been arrested. | The director of Noticias Caracol, Juan Roberto Vargas, informed on BLU Radio that several Colombians were among those captured for the assassination of Haitian Presid…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-07-08). Haitian Movements Caution against Foreign Intervention Following MoàØse's Assassination. libya360.wordpress.com Peoples Dispatch Haiti's de-facto president, Jovenel MoàØse, was assassinated in his house on July 7. Photo: Jovenel MoàØse/Twitter Civil society organizations and progressive sectors in Haiti and globally have warned that Jovenel MoàØse's assassination could be used as pretext to increase foreign interference and further deepen the socio-political crisis in the country In the early…

Staff (2021-07-08). Armed Militia Assassinates Haiti's President Jovenel MoàØse — Venezuela Condemns the Killing. orinocotribune.com The president of Haiti, Jovenel MoàØse, was assassinated during the early hours of this Wednesday, July 7, by armed men who broke into the president's private residence. According to the official statement by the Haitian government, the assassination was committed around one in the morning by a group of armed men who stormed MoàØse's home in Port-au-Prince. | The death of President MoàØse was confirmed by Claude Joseph, prime minister of the Caribbean island country, who will temporarily assume the head of the government. | Meanwhile, the interim prime minister and the National Police have co…

Staff (2021-07-08). Armed Militia Assassinates Haiti's President Jovenel MoàØse — Venezuela Condemns the Killing. orinocotribune.com The president of Haiti, Jovenel MoàØse, was assassinated during the early hours of this Wednesday, July 7, by armed men who broke into the president's private residence. According to official statement from the Haitian government, the assassination was committed around one in the morning by a group of armed men who stormed MoàØse's home in Port-au-Prince. | The death of President MoàØse was confirmed by Claude Joseph, prime minister of the Caribbean island country, who will temporarily assume the charge of the government. | Meanwhile, the interim prime minister and the National Police have co…

Kim Ives (2021-07-08). Haiti: President assassinated amid killings, protests. greenleft.org.au Kim Ives looks at events in the days leading up to Jovenel Moise's assassination in Haiti.

Anand Naidoo (2021-07-08). The Heat: Haitian president assassinated. america.cgtn.com Haiti's president assassinated at his home in Port-at-Prince.

C.J. Atkins (2021-07-08). Fears of U.S. intervention in Haiti escalate after dictator's assassination. peoplesworld.org In the pre-dawn hours of July 7, the president-turned-dictator of Haiti, Jovenel MoàØse, was gunned down in his home by assassins. Two men now make dueling claims to be prime minister—and thus head of government. Many Haiti observers warn the stage may be set for the U.S. to resume its long history of intervening in …

WSWS (2021-07-08). Haiti under state of siege after president's assassination. wsws.org MoàØse's government had confronted mass opposition in the streets since 2018, when his government suddenly announced a 50 percent hike in gas prices.

teleSUR (2021-07-08). US Citizen of Haitian Descent Arrested for Moise Assassination. telesurenglish.net An American citizen and another man believed to be Haitian-American were reportedly arrested in connection with the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel MoàØse. | James Solages, a US citizen, was identified as a suspect by the Associated Press and The Washington Post. Both the AP and the Washington Post quoted Mathias Pierre, Haiti's minister of elections and inter-party relations. | Further to the investigation, Carl Henry Destin, deputy magistrate of Pétion-Ville, a commune located in Port-au-Prince, affirmed to Le Nouvelliste that the office and the bedroom of the president were ransacked. On h…

teleSUR (2021-07-08). Prime Minister's Post Still in Dispute in Haiti. telesurenglish.net The day after the assassination of President Jovenel Moise, the political crisis in Haiti does not dissipate as Claude Joseph and Ariel Henry are simultaneously claiming that…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-07-08). Colombian Mercenaries Behind President's Assassination. libya360.wordpress.com Kawsachun News Authorities in Haiti say that two of the subjects arrested for the assassination of President Jovenel MoàØse are Haitian-Americans and 26 are Colombian, for a total of 28 arrested mercenaries. Colombia's Defense Minister Diego Molano Aponte has also declared that the captured mercenaries are retired members of the Colombian Army. Molano Aponte said…

_____ (2021-07-08). Haiti Assassination Raises Red Flags Among Observers Fluent in History of US Intervention. commondreams.org The fate of House Resolution 476, introduced by Rep. Barbara Lee, will give us a clue how close "we," by which I mean the leading military power on the planet, are to transcending our suicidal certainties.

_____ (2021-07-08). The People vs. Mahmoud Abbas: Are the Palestinian Authority's Days Numbered? commondreams.org "It's quite striking that the arguments being made for a U.S. intervention in Haiti are so alike the ones that were used to justify the 1915-34 occupation."

Peoples Dispatch (2021-07-08). Communists slam EU sanctions against Belarus. peoplesdispatch.org The European Union has imposed sanctions on Belarus in retaliation to the forced landing of a Ryanair passenger plane in Minsk and the arrest of a dissident journalist. Communists in the country have termed it an instance of hybrid war…

Editor (2021-07-08). Is Peru on the verge of a Coup? mronline.org One month after holding the run-off election, Peru still has no President-elect. The winning candidate, leftist Pedro Castillo, hasn't assumed the country's leadership yet because the Peruvian right-wing insists that widespread election fraud has taken place, although justice authorities say otherwise. | July 8, 2021…

teleSUR (2021-07-08). Italian Judges To Rule Today Against Operation Condor Killers. telesurenglish.net On Thursday, Italy's Supreme Court will sentence 21 former officials and military officers from Bolivia, Chile, Peru, and Uruguay accused of the disappearance of Italians during the execution of Operation Condor, a U.S. counterinsurgency strategy implemented in Latin America during the 1970s and 1980s. | RELATED: | The hearing began at 10 a.m. local time and is expected to last most of the day. All of the defendan…

Workers World Party (2021-07-08). PDF of July 8 issue. workers.org Download the PDF. Student-athletes win historic ruling Release Alex Saab! Labor strikes back HIV/AIDS: Legacy of resistance Say her name: Sandra Bland COVID devastation Buffalo: Historic mayoral primary vote Editorial: Class war over voting rights Global: N. Korea defiant; China—Africa cooperation; China defeats malaria; Afghanistan. Tear down the walls: Free . . . |

Sara Flounders (2021-07-08). International campaign grows to free Alex Saab. workers.org Free Alex Saab demonstration, July 5, B, Mass. Speaking is Andira Alves, former Amazon worker with Party for Socialism and Liberation. The continuing international Campaign to free Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab, abducted by the U.S. over a year ago and held in Cabo Verde, gained momentum this week. The visit . . . |

Editor (2021-07-08). Extradition of Alex Saab: U.S. takes effort to starve Venezuelans to new lows. mronline.org Venezuelan official Alex Saab was arrested over a year ago in Cape Verde and in March 2021 the country's Supreme Court approved his extradition to the United States. | July 8, 2021 | Newswire…

Staff (2021-07-08). Ambassador Alex Saab Challenges Accusations in US Court. orinocotribune.com The Falana & Falana law firm, responsible for the defense of Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab, challenged the charges against him before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh US Circuit, pursuant to the decision of a US District Judge in Miami, who refused to recognize Saab's diplomatic immunity from US legal procedures. | As reported by the international news agencies EFE and Associated Press, the judge refused to consider Alex Saab's diplomatic immunity, based on the doctrine of "fugitive disentitlement," which is not applicable to the case of the Venezuelan diplomat as he never fled the United State…

Leon Kunstenaar (2021-07-08). Rallies in Bay Area for Voting Rights. indybay.org Bay Area residents mobilizing to demand Congress fight voter suppression and pass the For the People Act…

Indivisible Yolo County (2021-07-08). Thursday 7/8: Davis Rally for Voting Rights. indybay.org Sidewalk outside office of Congressman Garamendi, 412 G St, Davis, CA 95616-4158 | Please wear a mask. This is a peaceful event.

teleSUR (2021-07-08). Bolsonaro Threatens to Disregard Results of the 2022 Elections. telesurenglish.net On Wednesday, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro criticized the electronic voting system and threatened to disregard the outcome of the 2022 presidential elections if paper ballot voting is not adopted. | RELATED: | "If that method continues, we are going to have problems because one side may not accept the result. And that side, obviously, will be our side," the far-right politician said. | "We are going to have p…

Norman Solomon (2021-07-08). In 18 months, Republicans are very likely to control Congress. Being in denial makes it worse. nationofchange.org To prevent such disastrous results, Democrats would need to replicate what happened the last time the president's party didn't lose House or Senate seats in a midterm election.

Peter Boyle (2021-07-08). Greenland: The dirty tricks campaign that tried to stop an Indigenous ecosocialist party's electoral victory. greenleft.org.au Peter Boyle reports on a scandal erupting over attempts to prevent Inuit Ataqatigiit candidate Múte Bourup Egede from winning the country's election in April.

Barry Sheppard (2021-07-08). United States: Biden continues Trump's refugee cruelty. greenleft.org.au Despite promises made during his election campaign, US President Joe Biden has continued Donald Trump's inhumane policies towards refugees fleeing horrific conditions south of the border, writes Barry Sheppard…

Norman Solomon (2021-07-08). In 18 Months, Republicans Are Very Likely to Control Congress. Being in Denial Makes It Worse. zcomm.org Reality should now spur a sustained all-out effort — in courts, legislatures, Congress and public venues — to safeguard as many democratic processes as possible for next year's elections…

Staff (2021-07-08). Arizona Secretary of State Probes Alleged Trump Calls to Election Officials. truthout.org After reports that former President Donald Trump and his allies had apparently tried to call election officials in Arizona to get them to overturn election results in the state, Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, is calling on state Attorney General Mark Brnovich to investigate the alleged calls. | "I write today to urge you to investigate and take appropriate enforcement action against potential violations of Arizona's election laws," Hobbs, who is running for governor, wrote…

PAI (2021-07-08). House OKs bill making it easier for workers to prove age discrimination. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—In a bipartisan vote just before the congressional recess, the Democratic-run House made it easier to prove age discrimination in employment. The 249-178 tally included 29 Republican "yes" votes, but 178 GOPers voted "no." Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, speaking for the legislation (HR2062), reported two of the nation's biggest unions, AFSCME and the National …

WSWS (2021-07-08). On eve of contract vote, veteran Volvo Trucks worker warns about UAW ballot-stuffing, calls for united fight against sellout deal. wsws.org A Volvo Trucks worker with nearly 30 years at the New River Valley in Virginia said workers had to be vigilant during the vote Friday and united in their determination to defeat the UAW's third sellout contract.

WSWS (2021-07-08). BREAKING: Volvo workers in Belgium down tools over expanded workweek. wsws.org The wildcat action by Volvo Cars workers in Ghent comes on the eve of a vote by Volvo Trucks workers in Dublin, Virginia, on a concessions contract negotiated by the UAW to end their month-long strike.

Prabhat Patnaik (2021-07-08). Is socialisation of investment enough? mronline.org In Keynes' words: "It is not the ownership of the instruments of production which it is important for the State to assume. If the State is able to determine the aggregate amount of resources devoted to augmenting the instruments, and the basic rate of reward to those who own them, it will have accomplished all that is necessary." | July 8, 2021…

Negin Farsad (2021-07-08). Hemming and Hawing: To Breed or Not to Breed. progressive.org I don't know how our political systems will fare, but I do know that I've given birth to a future voter. And if I play my cards right, a progressive voter.

splcenter (2021-07-08). SPLC Action Fund Poll: Mississippi voters want swift action to restore ballot initiative process struck down by state Supreme Court. splcenter.org

_____ (2021-07-08). As Delta Runs Rampant, Analysis Pinpoints Five Undervaccinated Clusters Putting Entire US at Risk. commondreams.org "Another example of the CBC caring more about protecting the status quo rather than letting voters decide," said former progressive congressional candidate Morgan Harper.

Thomas Klikauer (2021-07-08). The Origins of Murdochracy. zcomm.org Murdochcracy merges Murdoch with democracy. It occurs when Rupert Murdoch's media empire (US: Fox News; UK: The Sun; AUS: Daily Telegraph, etc.) shapes democracy by massively influencing voters through his media apparatus…

repost (2021-07-08). Why to vote No: Bylaws easy comparison. indybay.org Comparison of present bylaws with New Day proposed substitute. The New Day bylaws eliminate democratic decision making at Pacifica | See chart – click on Original Image to enlarge…

Sheila Hamanaka (2021-07-08). Sharon Kyle's L.A. Progressive features #MeToo Garrison Keillor: Whither Pacifica? indybay.org Sharon Kyle's for-profit L.A. Progressive is featuring #MeToo MPR reject Garrison Keillor. Is this Kyle's idea of a "New Day" for Pacifica? Vote NO in the Pacifica bylaws referendum if you don't share the #MeToo vision.

Sheila Hamanaka (2021-07-08). A Letter to Oakland Teachers About Pacifica, Race & Democracy. indybay.org Why a Japanese American children's book author/illustrator is going to Vote NO in the Pacifica bylaws referendum — it's simple. New Day supporters illegally shut down WBAI NYC in 2019–using the same excuse: finances. Is New Day's "business plan" really institutionalized racism?>

repost (2021-07-08). From PIE: Last Day To Vote NO on New Day. indybay.org From Pacifica In Exile – debunking lies in the latest NewDay mass mailing to Pacifica, (which is also a violation of the Fair Campaign limitations on mailings), such as "Is the sale of the Houston building a disaster?", "Is Pacifica "union-busting" by eliminating a pension plan and some employee benefits? ", and "Did Pacifica "fail" an audit?"

Stop the Recall (2021-07-08). Stop Sept 14, 2021 Recall by Nazi Republicans. indybay.org September 14, 2021 is the date set for the Nazi Republican Recall of Governor Newsom. It will take a high voter turnout to stop it. Otherwise, California will have a Republican governor immediately who opposes raising the minimum wage, opposes the right to abortion, supports the death penalty, and of course, was a proud Nazi Trump supporter. All you have to do is vote No on the Recall, but you do have to vote. See stoptherepublicanrecall.com/news/

José Manuel Blanco Diaz (2021-07-08). President Maduro Demands Washington 'Not Meddle in Venezuela's Internal Affairs'. orinocotribune.com The Venezuelan Head of State, Nicolás Maduro Moros, issued a strong call to the United States government to cease its interference in the internal affairs of Venezuela, in response to statements released by the Biden administration about Venezuela's internal politics. | Maduro cited an article by the news agency AP, according to which "the United States asks Venezuela to lift a veto on political parties and opposition leaders." The statement, which the article attributed to a spokesperson for the Biden administration, reflected the US's insistence on repeating the narrative maintained by the Venezuelan opposition…

teleSUR (2021-07-08). Biden To Withdraw Troops From Afghanistan by August 31. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Joe Biden confirmed on Thursday a total withdraw of the troops in Afghanistan by August 31. This, as the U.S. ends its 20 years of war and several analysts forecasts that Taliban forces, the ultimate enemy who is currently expanding, will overthrow the government in the capital Kabul within six months. | RELATED: | "The United States did what we went to do in Afghanistan: get the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11 and get Osama…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-07-08). Colombia: Between Biden's Anxiety and Uribe's Disruption. libya360.wordpress.com Sergio Rodríguez Gelfenstein Joe Biden with Colombian President Iván Duque (Photo: Presidency of Colombia). The U.S. State Department is observing with great uneasiness that movements have begun to take place in Latin America that are beyond its control and that could affect its system of regional domination. In some of the main bastions where anti-democracy…

Nick Mottern (2021-07-08). Biden Acknowledges "Over the Horizon" Air Attacks Planned Against Taliban. dissidentvoice.org "Over-the-horizon" air operations, possibly directed at the Taliban, may rely very heavily on drone assassination and drone targeting for manned aircraft. On July 2, fleeing questions from reporters about U.S. plans in Afghanistan, President Joe Biden sought refuge behind the July 4th Independence Day holiday, yet obliquely acknowledged that the U.S. will use some level of …

Binoy Kampmark (2021-07-08). The US Appeals the Assange Ruling. dissidentvoice.org It took over half a year, but the US government's case against Julian Assange continues its draining grind. Even the Biden administration, which claims to tolerate a free press and truthful dialogue with the fourth estate, has decided to exhaust its legal options in seeking the publisher's scalp. On July 7, the UK High Court …

Edward Hunt (2021-07-08). Despite Risks to Climate, U.S. Backs Oil Boom in Guyana. progressive.org The Biden Administration is supporting ExxonMobil's oil exports from the South American nation, ignoring the dangers of global warming caused by fossil fuels.

Tom Engelhardt (2021-07-08). Tomgram: Karen Greenberg, The Age of Unaccountability? warisacrime.org This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. Only recently, more than 18 years after President George W. Bush launched the invasion of Iraq and quickly declared victory ("Mission accomplished!"), Joe Biden once again ordered U.S. air strikes, three of them, against Iranian-backed Iraqi militias in …

_____ (2021-07-08). Biden Turns His Back on Yemen. commondreams.org

_____ (2021-07-08). Carlos Lazo: The Cuban American Leading the Charge to Transform US-Cuba Policy. commondreams.org While he is a welcome change from the incompetence, venality, and cruelty of the Trump Administration, Biden has continued the Obama and Trump Administrations' support for the Saudi-led war on Yemen.

_____ (2021-07-08). 'This Is What Bipartisanship Looks Like': Vicious Fire Tornado Caught on Film in California. commondreams.org While he is a welcome change from the incompetence, venality, and cruelty of the Trump Administration, Biden has continued the Obama and Trump Administrations' support for the Saudi-led war on Yemen.

Anonymous103 (2021-07-08). The US Appeals the Assange Ruling. southfront.org Illustrative image | Written by Dr. Binoy Kampmark. | It took over half a year, but the US government's case against Julian Assange continues its draining grind. Even the Biden administration, which claims to tolerate a free press and truthful dialogue with the fourth estate, has decided to exhaust its legal options in seeking the publisher's scalp. | On July 7, the UK High Court of Justice agreed to hear the appeal from the US government on narrow grounds, though no date has been set for those proceedings. The Crown Pro…

Staff (2021-07-08). Noam Chomsky: To Retain Power, Democrats Must Stop Abandoning the Working Class. truthout.org The U.S. political system is broken, many mainstream pundits declare. Their claim rests on the idea that Republicans and Democrats are more divided than ever and seem to be driven by different conceptions not only of government, but of reality itself. However, the problem with the U.S. political system is more profound than the fact that Democrats and Republicans operate in parallel universes. The issue is that the U.S. appears to function like a democracy, but, essentially, it constitutes a…

_____ (2021-07-08). A Country That Has Lost Its Way: U.S. Government and Corporations Combine to Strip Citizens of Their Rights. strategic-culture.org The Biden Administration is calling on Americans to spy on friends, neighbors and family and reporting any "extremist" views to the authorities. | The American people have increasingly become aware that government surveillance and corporate censorship have combined to keep people ignorant and controlled. What is taking place has generated some dark humor. A friend of mine, also a former CIA officer, wrote to me recently and said tongue-in-cheek that he retains a lot of respect for the Agency because it is the only major government national security entity that does not read our mail and emails. Those jobs are the…

Staff (2021-07-08). Biden Mocks Ron Johnson for Saying Climate Crisis Is "Bullshit" truthout.org President Joe Biden took aim at Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) on Wednesday for the Republican lawmaker's recent comments, in which he asserted that the climate crisis was "bullshit." | Biden, speaking to a crowd at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, Illinois,

Mark Gruenberg (2021-07-08). Raskin: House panel to go beyond Trump's role in insurrection. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—The bipartisan House select committee that will investigate the Jan. 6 Trumpite insurrection and invasion of the U.S. Capitol will go beyond GOP Oval Office occupant Donald Trump's role in instigating it, says Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., the lead prosecutor of Trump's impeachment and a select panel member. In a Q&A with New Yorker Washington …

Mark Gruenberg (2021-07-08). Raskin: House panel to go beyond Trump's role in insurrection. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—The bipartisan House select committee that will investigate the Jan. 6 Trumpite insurrection and invasion of the U.S. Capitol will go beyond GOP Oval Office occupant Donald Trump's role in instigating it, says Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., the lead prosecutor of Trump's impeachment and a select panel member. In a q-and-a with New Yorker Washington …

_____ (2021-07-08). The Tokyo Olympics Are In Peril. popularresistance.org In a sane world, the Olympics would have already been postponed. But money has trumped all other concerns, and that's what Yamaguchi is referring to when she says the country is "damned if we do, and damned if we don't." Japan has officially spent $15.4 billion on the games, but government audits reveal that the actual cost could be as high as $30 billion and climbing. At least a portion of that lucre needs to be recouped, and it won't be if the gleaming new facilities are shuttered.

Andy Kroll (2021-07-08). America's Accountability Problem. tomdispatch.com America has an accountability problem. In fact, if the Covid-19 disaster, the January 6th Capitol attack, and the Trump years are any indication, the American lexicon has essentially dispensed with the term "accountability." This should come as no surprise. After all, there's nothing particularly new about this. In the Bush years, those who created a system of indefinite offshore detention at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, those who implemented a CIA global torture program and the National Security Agency's warrantless surveillance policy, not to mention those who purposely took us to war based on lies about nonexistent I…

Marcos Salgado (2021-07-08). Estados Unidos refina su plan contra Venezuela. globalizacion.ca Los gobiernos de Estados Unidos y Canada junto a la Unión Europea formalizaron hace algunos días un nuevo momento de la disputa con la Venezuela de Nicolás Maduro. El comunicado común entre los dos países entierra la estrategia Trump, conducida…

William rivers Pitt (2021-07-08). Boris Johnson Says UK Must "Learn to Live With" Rising COVID. zcomm.org "Learn to live with it" is the new catchphrase coming out of 10 Downing Street — which is, you may recall, exactly the tack Trump wanted to take from the beginning no matter the loss in lives.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-07-08). Three Seas Initiative: Latest Phase of Intermariam Project to Cordon Off Russia from Europe. libya360.wordpress.com Rick Rozoff Three Seas Initiative Zbigniew Brzezinski in his last two books, The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives (1997) and Strategic Vision: America and the Crisis of Global Power (2012), promoted the concept of a Weimar Triangle — France, Germany and Poland — becoming the major power in a united post-Cold War…

_____ (2021-07-08). 45+ Groups Say 'Future of Our Planet Depends on Ending New Cold War' Between US and China. commondreams.org "Climate policy isn't about imagining a spectrum from left to right and finding the sweet spot in the middle. It's a zero-sum battle with physics."

John Catalinotto (2021-07-08). War criminal! Lessons from the life of Donald Rumsfeld. workers.org When an ordinary official of an imperialist government dies, since there is usually nothing good to write about them, common practice for a working-class newspaper is to write nothing. When someone like Donald Rumsfeld dies, to avoid comment means avoiding struggle. Rumsfeld, who died June 30, was far from ordinary. . . . |

Joris Leverink (2021-07-08). From the depths of the pandemic towards an ecosocialist utopia. roarmag.org Protester pulls a wheelie behind a burning barricade in Santiago de Chile — November 6, 2019. abriendomundo / Shutterstock.comHistorically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. We can choose to walk through it, dragging our carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it. | — Arundhati Roy…

Staff (2021-07-08). Victory for Ghadanfar Abu Atwan after 65 days of hunger strike — towards victory for Palestine! samidoun.net Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network salutes Ghadanfar Abu Atwan on his victory over Israeli imprisonment after 65 days of hunger strike. Abu Atwan's sister, Benazeer, and his lawyer, Jawad Boulos, confirmed that he will be released later today, 8 July, and the administrative detention order against him cancelled. His steadfastness and commitment to struggle, like that of his fellow Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, inspire all those around the world who support the Palestinian people and their just cause of return and liberation. His family has confirmed that he will not end his strike until he…

Alfred W. McCoy (2021-07-08). Was 'the War on Drugs' always a White Nationalist Project? juancole.com ( Tomdispatch.com ) — Fifty years ago, on June 17, 1971, President Richard Nixon stood before the White House press corps, staffers at his side, to announce "a new, all-out offensive" against drug abuse, which he denounced as "America's public enemy number one." He called on Congress to contribute $350 million for a worldwide attack …

_____ (2021-07-08). ALBA: Towards A People's Climate Conference. popularresistance.org Today, the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA-TCP) held a meeting of Environment Ministers of its member states to plan for a people's climate summit that will draw up proposals for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November. Meeting participants agreed to convene in Venezuela, which will be followed by a people's conference in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Paul Edwards (2021-07-08). Miserere for the Land of the Free. counterpunch.org In science and mathematics, problems based on faulty data or corrupt inputs yield worthless results. Sound outcomes depend on accurate foundational elements. With physical substances and numbers exactitude is possible. The means, that is, always justify the end. Or not… Garbage in; garbage out. In social and political constructs and, in fact, in all relating

Alfred W. McCoy (2021-07-08). America's Drug Wars: Fifty Years of Reinforcing Racism. counterpunch.org Fifty years ago, on June 17, 1971, President Richard Nixon stood before the White House press corps, staffers at his side, to announce "a new, all-out offensive" against drug abuse, which he denounced as "America's public enemy number one." He called on Congress to contribute $350 million for a worldwide attack on "the sources of supply." The first battle in this new drug war would be fought in South Vietnam where, Nixon said, "a number of young Americans have become addicts as they serve abroad."

Alfred W. McCoy (2021-07-08). America's Drug Wars: Fifty Years of Reinforcing Racism. counterpunch.org Fifty years ago, on June 17, 1971, President Richard Nixon stood before the White House press corps, staffers at his side, to announce "a new, all-out offensive" against drug abuse, which he denounced as "America's public enemy number one." He called on Congress to contribute $350 million for a worldwide attack on "the sources of

Jeremy Kuzmarov (2021-07-08). The Syria Deception: The Public Has Been Hoodwinked Yet Again into Supporting a Criminal War of Aggression—and One That Has Been Effectively Lost. covertactionmagazine.com United States warmakers have become so skilled at propaganda that not only can they wage a war of aggression without arousing protest; they can also compel liberals to denounce peace activists using language reminiscent of the McCarthy era. Take the case of Syria. The people and groups one would normally count on to oppose wars …

oliviaalperstein (2021-07-08). Institute for Policy Studies Will Honor Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International (TASSC) and Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras (OFRANEH) at 45th Annual Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Awards. ips-dc.org The virtual awards ceremony will be held on October 13, 2021.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-08). Reported cases of myocarditis in younger men following COVID-19 vaccination are rare; vaccination remains important. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic researchers are taking a close look at rare cases of inflammation of the heart muscle, or myocarditis, in young men who developed symptoms shortly after receiving the second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer messenger RNA (mRNA) COVID-19 vaccines. Several recent studies suggest that health care professionals should watch for hypersensitivity myocarditis as a rare adverse reaction to being vaccinated for COVID-19. However, researchers stress that this awareness should not…

_____ (2021-07-08). 'This Is Huge': Schumer Commits to Creating Civilian Climate Corps. commondreams.org "If we continue to let the virus run loose," warned one virologist, "I'm certain we'll run out of letters and future variants will likely be worse than the current crop."

Anonymous007 (2021-07-08). Military Situation In Yemen On July 8, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | The Liaison and Coordination Officers' Operations Room (loyal to Ansar Allah) reported 165 ceasefire violations in al-Hudaydah during the past 24 hours | On July 7, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 12 airstrikes on the Sarwah area | On July 7, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 3 airstrikes on the Madghal area | On July 7, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 4 airstrikes on the Dhi Naem area | On July 8, clashes between Ansar Allah and Saudi-led forces continue…

Sam Wainwright (2021-07-08). Why the warmongers hate Assange. greenleft.org.au The US Department of Justice's claim that the Wikileaks founder directed a complex hacking operation has exploded. Sam Wainwright argues we must continue to demand justice for Assange.

Phyllis Bennis (2021-07-08). War Criminal Found Dead at 88. zcomm.org The human and economic costs of Donald Rumsfeld's wars are staggering…

news.un (2021-07-08). Child mental health crisis 'magnified' by COVID, warns UN chief. news.un.org Half of the world's children experience violence on and offline in some form every year, with "devastating and life-long consequences" for their mental health, the UN chief warned a symposium on the issue on Thursday.

news.un (2021-07-08). Amid COVID job losses, 'high food prices are hunger's new best friend', WFP warns. news.un.org Job losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic combined with high food prices are making it hard for millions of families to get enough to eat, the World Food Programme (WFP) warned on Thursday.

Chris Hedges,Werner Rugemer &Wolfgang Pomrehn (2021-07-08). Time to end the panic mode. indybay.org Tyrannies reverse the rule of law. They turn law into an instrument of injustice. They cloak their crimes in false legality. They use the outward decorum of courts and trials to disguise their criminality. People like Julian who reveal this criminality and show it to the public are dangerous. For without the pretense of legality, tyranny loses credibility.

_____ (2021-07-08). 'Rule Britannia, Britannia Rule the Waves…'. strategic-culture.org Eric S. MARGOLIS | Time was when Britain's mighty fleets ruled a quarter of the earth's surface. I've been savoring the names of its dreadnaughts and battle cruisers like George V, Prince of Wales, Hood, Princess Royal, Iron Duke and scores of other renowned warships. | Last week, the imperial British lion made a last, feeble roar by sending one of its new anti-aircraft destroyers, 'Defender,' to annoy the Russians by patrolling off the south-western coast of Crimea. | Russia and Ukraine both claim Crimea, which had been Russian since 1783. After a drunken dinner, the late Soviet leader, Nikita Khrushchev, 'gave'

Staff (2021-07-08). As U.S. Troops Withdraw from Afghanistan, Gov't Turns to Armed Volunteers to Fight Taliban. democracynow.org Taliban fighters are escalating their offensive across much of Afghanistan, attacking major cities and seizing more territory as the U.S. military withdrawal from the country nears completion after nearly 20 years of war. The Taliban now reportedly control a third of all 421 districts and district centers in Afghanistan. Taliban representatives met with the Afghan government in Iran for high-level peace talks and said in a joint statement that "war is not the solution" to the country's problems. We go to Kabul to speak with reporter Ali Latifi, who says Afghan security forces are arming local groups across the co…

teleSUR (2021-07-08). Officials Confirm Tokyo Olympics To Be Held Without Spectators. telesurenglish.net Representatives of the organizing committee, chaired by Seiko Hashimoto, the International Olympic Committee, headed by Thomas Bach, and the Paralympic Committee, headed by Andrew Parsons, and Tokyo authorities (governor Yuriko Koike) as well as the Japanese central government agreed at a meeting to hold the Games without spectators in the stadiums. | "It is extremely sad that the Games will be held in a very limited way in the face of the spread of coronavirus infections. I am very sorry for the ticket holders and local residents who were looking forward to the Games," Hashimoto told reporters. | RELATED:…

_____ (2021-07-08). Baltimore To Stop Prosecuting "Nonviolent" Crimes. Activists Say More Is Needed. popularresistance.org Most of these prosecutors have strictly tied their commitments to the duration of the pandemic. However, in March 2021, the Baltimore City State Attorney's Office (SAO) announced that it will permanently instate its COVID-19 policy. Moving forward, the office said it will decline to prosecute crimes categorized as nonviolent, including Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS, or drug) possession, attempted distribution of CDS, paraphernalia possession, sex work, trespassing, minor traffic offenses, open container, rogue and vagabond, and urinating/defecating in public.

_____ (2021-07-08). Will This Revelation Free Julian Assange? strategic-culture.org Key Witness In Julian Assange Case ADMITS TO LYING provides a quick overview of the case against Assange whose "crime" was being a world-class journalist and reporting the egregious war crimes of the United States that were revealed to him. However, the case has fallen apart because the primary witness (a convicted criminal) recently admitted that his testimony against Assange was entirely false.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-08). Know your HIV status: Get tested. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org June 27 is National HIV Testing Day, a reminder to get tested and know your HIV status. Many people who have HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, aren't aware they have it. Early diagnosis allows for early treatment options that may delay the progression to AIDS. The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-08). Guide to safe grilling practices. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The July Fourth holiday weekend often means gatherings. Keep your gathering safe by following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's COVID-19 guidance for activities. If you are looking forward to a weekend cookout, make sure to keep foodborne bacteria and germs off your guest list. Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse, a Mayo Clinic pediatric infectious diseases physician, says warmer temperatures are when foodborne germs thrive and illnesses peak. Watch: Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse talks about safe grilling practices. www.youtube.com/watch?v=19v4oRLW-hw&#038… Journalists: Broadcast-quality sound bites are…

Staff (2021-07-08). Toronto, 11 July: Protest to free Palestine and #SaveSilwan. samidoun.net Sunday, 11 July 3: 00 pm Nathan Phillips Square Toronto, ON Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/2850656631843851… TORONTO — ALL OUT THIS SUNDAY at 3: 00 PM at NATHAN PHILIPS SQUARE. The settler-colonial state of Israel continues its encroachment against our rights and our homeland. With Israel's destruction of Palestinian homes in Silwan, the constant bombardment of Gaza, the lynching of Palestinians and the ongoing attempts to ethnically cleanse Sheikh Jarrah, Silwan, Beita, Gaza, and Sbeih mountain. Our voices need to be louder than ever to ensure that we show the support for the Palestinian national…

Khuloud Rabah Sulaiman (2021-07-08). Gaza gets back to business. electronicintifada.net Maldives-style cafe reopened soon after it was badly damaged by Israel.

Adri Nieuwhof (2021-07-08). More big investors dump Israeli settlement profiteers. electronicintifada.net Norway pension fund KLP divests from 16 firms complicit in Israeli settlements.

Tamara Nassar (2021-07-08). Palestinian wins freedom after 64-day hunger strike. electronicintifada.net Israel held Ghadanfar Abu Atwan without charge or trial.

José Manuel Blanco Diaz (2021-07-08). Venezuela Resumes Domestic Commercial Flights for Most Cities. orinocotribune.com Only two states were left behind by the measures resuming commercial flights in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, as reported by the Minister of Transportation, Hipólito Abreu, who announced the reactivation of routes throughout the national territory. | The official announced, through a post on his Twitter account, the immediate entry into force of instructions issued by President Nicolás Maduro Moros. The states of Bolívar and Táchira were exempted from the re-opening. | Abreu also noted that, for now, the measure applies only during the weeks of relaxation, part of Venezuela's 7+7 reopening scheme that int…

Andreína Chávez Alava (2021-07-08). Venezuelan Campesinos Mobilize to Defend Land Law, Demand Gov't Answers. venezuelanalysis.com Andrés Alayo, Campesino Struggle Platform spokesman, said authorities promised to accelerate investigations of judicialization and targeted killing cases.

teleSUR (2021-07-08). China Tightens Crackdown on Capital Market Violations. telesurenglish.net China has tightened crackdown on illegal activities in the securities market to promote the high-quality development of the country's capital market. | RELATED: | Efforts to improve the securities legislation mechanism will be enhanced, and criminal punishment and market discipline will be strengthened, according to an official document jointly issued by the General Office of the Communist Party…

Vijay Prashad (2021-07-08). China pulls itself out of poverty 100 years into its revolution. mronline.org On February 25, 2021, China's President Xi Jinping announced that his country of 1.4 billion people had pulled its people out of poverty as it is defined internationally. | July 8, 2021 | Newswire…

Editor (2021-07-08). A People's Green New Deal: An interview with Max Ajl. mronline.org Climate crisis is a disaster which impacts us all, but the culpability is not evenly distributed. The rich nations of North America, Europe, Japan and Australia have contributed 60% of global cumulative CO2 emissions, compared to 13% for the two largest developing economies, China and India, taken together. | July 8, 2021…

A Guest Author (2021-07-08). China and Africa: Mutual cooperation, not neocolonialism ‚àí a WW commentary. workers.org By Ernie Hamer Based on a talk given at a Workers World Party meeting in Buffalo, N.Y., Workers World Party on April 27, 2021. With the People's Republic of China on the rise, the forces of U.S. imperialism are beginning to panic as the global tides gradually shift against them. . . . |

Andrew Freeman (2021-07-08). Washington 'housing stability bridge' a reform driven by fear of social explosion. liberationnews.org This crisis brought about by the economic disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic underscores the need to take the profit motive out of housing.

WSWS (2021-07-08). All Covid safety measures being lifted in UK schools as Delta variant explodes. wsws.org UK Education Secretary Gavin Williamson confirmed Tuesday that all remaining safety restrictions in schools will be lifted in England in September, even as the new deadly, more transmissible Delta variant spreads exponentially.

WSWS (2021-07-08). Protests grow against the Tokyo Summer Olympics as COVID-19 cases surge. wsws.org Workers and youth raise the alarm as 15,000 Olympians, trainers and staff are to arrive in Tokyo amid an already strained hospital system.

WSWS (2021-07-08). Australian state government blames workers and the poor for Sydney's escalating COVID crisis. wsws.org The New South Wales government is seeking to absolve itself of responsibility for the rapidly growing outbreak in Sydney, while preparing to lift even the inadequate restrictions currently in place.

WSWS (2021-07-08). Pandemic surges in South Korea as government pushes to end social distancing. wsws.org Seoul's entirely inadequate preventative measures have contributed to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases.

Anonymous103 (2021-07-08). Secrecy and Calamity in Australia's Vaccine Rollout. southfront.org ILLUSTRATIVE IMAGE | Written by Dr. Binoy Kampmark. | With a lamentable, even disgraceful vaccination rate, confusion over how best to deal with the AstraZeneca supply, vague promises about the arrival of other COVID-19 vaccines, and a degree of complacency, half of Australia found itself in lockdown conditions earlier this month. | A good deal of this was occasioned by an outbreak in Australia's largest city in June, which saw the state of New South Wale…

Binoy Kampmark (2021-07-08). Secrecy and Calamity in Australia's Vaccine Rollout. counterpunch.org With a lamentable, even disgraceful vaccination rate, confusion over how best to deal with the AstraZeneca supply, vague promises about the arrival of other COVID-19 vaccines, and a degree of complacency, half of Australia found itself in lockdown conditions earlier this month. A good deal of this was occasioned by an outbreak in Australia's largest

teleSUR (2021-07-08). WHO Says COVID-19 Vaccine Supplies to Africa Picking Momentum. telesurenglish.net The delivery of COVID-19 vaccine to Africa through COVAX facility, donations and direct purchases from manufacturers has accelerated, hence injecting vitality in the continent's fight against the pandemic, a World Health Organization (WHO) official said Thursday. | RELATED: | Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa, said that significant progress in vaccine deliveries after a prolonged crunch will boost efforts to suppress a third wave sweepi…

teleSUR (2021-07-08). Cuban Soberana 02 Vaccines Achieves 91,2% Efficacy. telesurenglish.net Cuban Finally Institute for Vaccines announced on Thursday that the three doses scheme of Soberana 02 and Soberana Plus reached a 91,2 percent efficacy and a 100 percent efficacy against COVID-19 death. | RELATED: | The groundbreaking news places two out of the five Cuban vaccines candidates among the top 5 vaccines worldwide. Both Abdala and Soberana 02 surpassed the World Health Organization requirement of 50 percent effic…

teleSUR (2021-07-08). Mexico Confirms Its Interests in Acquiring Cuban Vaccines. telesurenglish.net On Wednesday, Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel thanked Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) for his interest in acquiring Abdala and Sovereign COVID-19 vaccines, which are developed and produced in the Island. | RELATED: | The AMLO administration gives preference to COVID-19 vaccines that have proven to be highly effective in Phase 2 and 3 of clinical trials. This is the case of the Abdala vaccine, which showed…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-08). New vaccine platform invented by Mayo enters COVID-19 clinical trial. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org A Mayo Clinic lab member is purifying an adenovirus vector for preclinical testing. A novel single-cycle adenovirus vaccine platform developed by Mayo Clinic will be used to target multiple infectious diseases and cancer indications, beginning with a phase 1 clinical study using the platform as a vaccine for COVID-19. Developed to enhance the expression of target antigens, the single-cycle adenovirus platform is under investigation for its ability to amplify immune responses. In contrast to replication-defective…

_____ (2021-07-08). Confronting America's Obscene Military Budget. commondreams.org "Everyone deserves protection from Covid-19," said the People's Vaccine Alliance, "not just the richest."

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-08). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Summer travel and people not in your bubble during COVID-19 pandemic. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org "The reason we have the COVID-19 delta variant, the reason we have the delta plus variant is because of unimmunized people who get infected," says Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group. He adds that 99.2% of the recorded COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. are in people not vaccinated against the virus. This is why he cautions folks who may be traveling this Fourth of July holiday and…

_____ (2021-07-08). 'It Didn't Have to Be This Way': WHO Chief Laments 4 Million Covid-19 Deaths. commondreams.org Is anyone responsible anymore?

Hedelberto López Blanch (2021-07-08). La inviabilidad del neoliberalismo en América Latina. globalizacion.ca La enorme y hasta ahora incontrolable pandemia de Covid-19 ha puesto de manifiesto la inviabilidad del sistema neoliberal implantado en varios países de América Latina a principios de la década de 1980. | Con servicios de salud públicos precarios muchas naciones…

No Nukes Actiion (2021-07-08). Sunday 7/11: Protest Tokyo Olympic Madness Threatening To Expand The Global Covid Pandemic. indybay.org San Francisco Japanese Consulate | 275 Battery St/California St. | San Francisco…

Animal Liberation Press Office (2021-07-08). Bipartisan Proposal Would Ban Mink Fur Farms Over COVID, Cruelty Concerns. indybay.org Twin concerns of cruelty and protection from COVID-19 are behind a new bipartisan proposal in the U.S. House of Representatives that would ban the sale, purchase, import and export of mink.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-08). Sharing Mayo Clinic: Receiving care for COVID-19 while pregnant. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Last September, Kim and Lloyd Harter of Fairchild, Wisconsin, along with their daughter Eleanor Jacobo, tested positive for COVID-19. While they recovered, they also waited for a special new addition to their family: Kim was eight months pregnant. With pregnancy being a risk factor for complications due to COVID-19, a member of the COVID-19 Front-Line Care Team at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, called Kim to discuss her risks, as well as provide information about…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-08). Using AI to screen 30 million drug candidates against SARS-CoV-2. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Mayo Clinic researchers and collaborators used computer simulation and artificial intelligence to virtually screen 30 million drug candidates that may block SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. In a paper published in Biomolecules, researchers accelerated drug discovery to identify the most promising targets for additional study. They are interested in finding new treatments for COVID-19. "We used a multidrug platform to screen the drug candidates," says Thomas Caulfield, Ph.D., a molecular neuroscientist at Mayo Clinic and senior author…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-08). What holiday travelers need to know about COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The July Fourth holiday is a time when many people travel or host summer parties. While the number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is on the decline, health experts say with stagnating vaccination rates and the circulation of the more contagious Delta variant, the nation is not out of the woods yet, and everyone should still be cautious if they're planning a trip or getting together in large groups. "Anyone planning to have a…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-08). Mayo Clinic Q and A: COVID-19 vaccination and heart issues. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I have been hearing about an increase in the number of young people who are developing heart issues, including myocarditis, after being vaccinated for COVID-19. Can you explain this condition? I have a 15-year-old son, and I am wondering if it is safe for him to be vaccinated for COVID-19 or if he …

Dante Strobino (2021-07-08). As part of Southern trend, Elizabeth City workers strike for better pay. workers.org Elizabeth City, N.C., strike, June 30 Durham, N.C. After three years of receiving zero pay raises and working 16 months through a global pandemic with no recognition or hazard pay, city workers in Elizabeth City, N.C., staged a two-day work stoppage June 29-30. The Black-majority workers in the city's Public . . . |

WSWS (2021-07-08). With unions' consent, Indian automakers ramp up production amid raging pandemic. wsws.org Despite Renault-Nissan openly admitting that "it was impossible to increase the distance between workers beyond 2 or 3 feet at some work stations," the RNITS union is supporting the continuation of auto production.

No Nukes Action (2021-07-08). Friday 7/23: Fukushima, The Pandemic & Olympics On The Opening Of the Olympics. indybay.org LaborFest…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-07-08). Universities, business and government must collaborate to scale up innovation. imperial.ac.uk Collaboration is key to creating a thriving start-up ecosystem and building back after the pandemic, said Imperial's President in a panel debate.

Anonymous669 (2021-07-08). Bloody Clashes Ended With Government Victory In Capital Of Afghanistan's Badghis Province (Videos). southfront.org Afghan National Army soldiers prepare to move out following an inspection of troops at the Regional Military Training Center at Tactical Base Gamberi, Afghanistan, on July 30, 2015. JARROD MORRIS/U.S. ARMY | On July 8, Afghan government forces recaptured Qala-e-Naw city, the capital of the northwestern province of Badghis, from the Taliban. | Taliban fighters stormed the city a day earlier following fierce clashes with local security forces. The fighters stormed key government buildings and freed around 600 prisoners from the province centr…

Anonymous007 (2021-07-08). Military Situation In Afghanistan On July 8, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On July 7, a joint meeting of the Afghan government-Taliban delegation mediated by Iran was held at the Foreign Ministry headquarters in Tehran | On July 7, Taliban captured Zendah Jan district in Herat province | On July 8, clashes between Taliban and Afghan Army were reported in the Nawur district in Ghazni province | 107 Taliban militants were killed and 58 others wounded as a result of Afghan Army operations in Laghman, Logar, Paktika, Khost, Balkh, Faryab, Helm…

Arthur Tarley (2021-07-08). How The Phrase "Universal Healthcare" Became Meaningless. zcomm.org By talking about universal healthcare without supporting an actual universal healthcare system, centrist Democrats turn an important demand into an empty marketing slogan…

SEIU Local 521 (2021-07-08). Friday 7/9: Protect Monterey County Worker Healthcare Rally. indybay.org 1441 Schilling Place, Salinas, CA 93901…

Mirinda Crissman (2021-07-08). Abuse continues as Texas repurposes prison for ICE detention. workers.org by Kim Dinh for Justeseeds.org Houston On July 16, by order of Texas Governor Greg Abbott, the state Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) began clearing incarcerated people from the Dolph Briscoe Unit in Dilley. But the order did not mandate release of any people or the closing of the prison. . . . |

Patrick Chura (2021-07-08). 'America on Fire': A timely look at police violence and Black rebellion. peoplesworld.org A new book by Elizabeth Hinton, America on Fire, explores the history of police violence and Black resistance in U.S. cities during the 1960s and '70s. The first pages of Hinton's eye-opening study describe the historic day in February 1960 when four Black students sat down at a whites-only lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina. …

Mark Gruenberg (2021-07-08). Jobless workers fight back against Republican governors' unemployment cutoffs. peoplesworld.org ANNAPOLIS, Md., and INDIANAPOLIS—Two successful lawsuits so far, in Maryland and Indiana. Another filed in Austin, Texas, by two Facebook groups representing more than 31,000 workers combined. A Florida AFL-CIO social media campaign. And a "we'll remember next November" promise from the Tennessee AFL-CIO President Billy Dycus. That's how unemployed workers in those states are …

Ramzy Baroud (2021-07-08). The People vs. Mahmoud Abbas: Are the Palestinian Authority's Days Numbered? dissidentvoice.org "The Palestinian Authority's days are numbered". This assertion has been oft repeated recently, especially after the torture to death on June 24 of a popular Palestinian activist, Nizar Banat, 42, at the hands of PA security goons in Hebron (Al-Khalil). The killing — or 'assassination' as some Palestinian rights groups describe it — of Banat, however, …

Medea Benjamin (2021-07-08). Carlos Lazo: The Cuban American Leading the Charge to Transform U.S.-Cuba Policy. dissidentvoice.org Lazo getting ready to start his march from Miami to Washington, D.C. Credit: Tighe Barry Carlos Lazo and a small band of Cuban Americans are on a 1,300-mile pilgrimage from Miami to Washington, D.C., to end the U.S. blockade of Cuba. Despite the blistering summer heat and occasional death threats (including a trucker who tried …

E.R. Bills (2021-07-08). Critical Race History in Texas. dissidentvoice.org In late December 2015, Constance Hollie-Jawaid and I were still working on the final plans for the dedication ceremony for a Texas state historical marker commemorating the Slocum Massacre. The fight to get the marker approved had been grueling, and, on that particular day, we had traveled to Palestine, Texas, to meet with the marker …

Marlanna Bullock (2021-07-08). Tri-Cities, Wa. community meetings unite workers to envision, organize for a better future. liberationnews.org The community meetings are viewed by Party members as an important aspect of socialist work.

Editor2 (2021-07-08). NYT Ignores Two-Year House Arrest of Lawyer Who Took on Big Oil. orinocotribune.com By James Baratta — Jul 2, 2021 | Attorney Steven Donziger at his contempt of court trial (Intercept, 5/17/21) (photo: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images) | Steven R. Donziger—the human rights attorney who in 2011 won a $9.5 billion legal victory in Ecuador over the Chevron Corporation for the dumping of roughly 16 billion gallons of toxic waste in the Ecuadorian Amazon—has been under house arrest for 696 days (as of July 2) (FAIR.org, 9/11/20). | This unprecedented legal situation is happening in New York City, the hometown of the New York Times—but the paper of record has yet to report on Do…

The Conversation (2021-07-08). Climate Emergency is Driving Ocean's Dead Zones, which emit more and more Nitrous oxide, a super powerful greenhouse gas. juancole.com By Brett Jameson | — In October 2019, I set sail with a team of scientists aboard the Canadian Coast Guard Vessel John P. Tully in the northeast Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Vancouver Island. Battling rough seas and lack of sleep, we spent the better part of a week working shoulder-to-shoulder in a …

Anonymous669 (2021-07-08). Daraa IED Attack Claimed Lives Of Four Syrian Service Members. southfront.org FILE IMAGE: Sputnik/ Iliya Pitalev | On July 7, four service members of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) were killed and two others were wounded when their vehicle came under attack in the western countryside of Daraa. | The vehicle, a Toyota Hilux pickup truck armed with a 14,5 mm machine gun, was targeted with an improvised explosive device as it was passing near the village of Ain Thakar on a road linking the towns of Nafa'ah and al-Shabraq. | One of the four service members who were killed in the attack was an officer, 1st Lieu…

Anonymous669 (2021-07-08). Al-Bayda Battle: Houthis Continue To Push Back, Recapture District Center From Saudi Forces (Video). southfront.org Houthi fighters dancing in front of the main security office in al-Zahir district center. | The Saudi-led ground offensive in the central Yemeni province of al-Bayda dose not appear to be going according to the plan. | On July 8, the Houthis (Ansar Allah) announced that they had recaptured the center of al-Zahir district. Saudi-backed forces entered the district center in the beginning of their offensive. The move was promoted by pro-Saudi media as a major military achievement. | "The army and the popular committees were…

Anonymous669 (2021-07-08). Russia Tested Modern Target Acquisition System With Orion Combat Drones In Syria. southfront.org Source: mk.ru | The advanced Strelets KRUS intelligence, control and communications system provided targets for the Orion combat drone during a recent successful test in Syria, an unnamed source in the Russian military-industrial complex told the According to the source, Orion combat drones struck terrorist targets which were located with the Strelets system. The source didn't reveal when exactly the test took place. | "Compare…

Anonymous669 (2021-07-08). Iranian Security Forces Arrested Three Workers in Key Power Plant For Sabotage. southfront.org Nuclear power plant in Iran. Image source: Tasnim News Agency via Wikimedia Commons | Iranian security forces have arrested three workers at one of the country's key power plants on charges of sabotage, the A source familiar with the case told the agency that the three workers were actively destroying and disabling a part of the power plant in order to cause frequent power outages…

Anonymous007 (2021-07-08). Container Ship At Dubai Port Blows Up In Fiery Explosion. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | In the late hours of July 7th, a fiery explosion erupted on a container ship anchored in Dubai at one of the world's largest ports. | The blaze sent up giant orange flames on a vessel at the crucial Jebel Ali Port, the busiest in the Middle East that sits on the eastern side of the Arabian Peninsula. | The combustion unleashed a shock wave through the skyscraper-studded city of Dubai, causing walls and windows to shake in neighborhoods as far as 25 kilometers away from the port. | This conta…

Anonymous007 (2021-07-08). Iraq's Favourite Pastime: Baghdad's Green Zone Targeted By At Least 3 Katyusha Rockets. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On July 7th, in what is turning out to be an almost daily occurrence, at least three Katyusha rockets have landed within Baghdad's highly fortified Green Zone, according to Iraqi security sources. | This happened less than a day after rocket and drone attacks targeted bases hosting American occupation forces in the country and neighboring Syria. | A statement released by the Security Media Cell, affiliated with the Iraqi prime minister's office, said the fi…

Anonymous007 (2021-07-08). The Strategic Bomber Race Is On: U.S. B-21 Raider VS Russian PAK DA. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | Strategic bombers are powerful and exclusive weapon that not every air force can get. | Nowadays, only Russia and the United States have this type of combat aircraft in their arsenal. | For all intents and purposes, it is a race — who will get the new-and-improved strategic bomber first. | For the United States this is the B-21 Raider, under development by Northrop Grumman on top of the B-2 bomber. The B-21 should be a "flying wing"-type aircraft with a wingspan…

Staff (2021-07-08). "Police State Without the State": Palestinian Authority Faces Protests over Critic's Death in Custody. democracynow.org We look at growing opposition to the Palestinian Authority after the killing of a prominent activist, Nizar Banat, a vocal critic of the ruling body who died in PA custody after security forces violently arrested him at his home. Banat's killing has sparked protests calling for President Mahmoud Abbas to step down. "The Palestinian Authority now is acting like a police state without the state," says Palestinian writer Mariam Barghouti. "The Palestinian Authority has often collaborated with Israel at the expense of Palestinians."

Staff (2021-07-08). Northwest Heat Wave Would've Been "Virtually Impossible" Without Climate Crisis. truthout.org A rapid-response scientific analysis of the Pacific Northwest heatwave that has killed

Staff (2021-07-08). Could Other Condos Collapse Like Surfside? Ron DeSantis Doesn't Care to Know. truthout.org One of the coolest stories I've ever heard is about a bank building that was constructed back in the Carter administration. Snuggle up and I'll tell it as I heard it, but be advised: All of this is really about Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and the political party he seeks someday to lead, but only if a famously truculent occasional resident (and recently defeated president) decides to spit the bit. Trust me; it all comes around in the end. | In 1977, the skyline of New York City was graced with th…

Staff (2021-07-08). Right-Wing Groups Mobilize Against Effort to Counter Tax Dodging by the Rich. truthout.org Right-wing political advocacy organizations bankrolled by wealthy Americans and large corporations are

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-07-08). Ethiopian Conflict and International Law. libya360.wordpress.com Ann GarrisonLegal scholar Francis A. Boyle told Ann Garrison that a "Responsibility-to-Protect" intervention in Ethiopia would be illegal and catastrophic. "The NATO nations, and especially the US are hostile to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the government of Ethiopia." Ann Garrison: Francis Boyle, you're an expert in international law, including subsets, international human rights law, and international…

Rick Sterling (2021-07-08). What is Wrong with the "Humanitarian Crossing" into Syria? dissidentvoice.org A friend sent me a link to a Foreign Policy news story about the Turkey/Syria border crossing at Bab al Hawa. He asked, "Is this accurate?" What could be wrong with humanitarian aid? There have been many such stories, both short and long. The essence of them all in western media is that Bab al Hawa …

Editor (2021-07-08). A Remarkable Silence: Media blackout after key witness against Assange admits lying. mronline.org As we have pointed out since Media Lens began in 2001, a fundamental feature of corporate media is propaganda by omission. Over the past week, a stunning example has highlighted this core property once again. | July 8, 2021…

Marlee Kokotovic (2021-07-08). UK High Court grants US permission to appeal ban on Assange extradition. nationofchange.org "The U.S. government should have accepted the Magistrates' Court's decision —instead, it keeps this case going."

Labor Video Projecct (2021-07-08). "Free Assange Now! On Assange's 50th Birthday Rally At UK Consulate To Demand His Freedom. indybay.org On the 50th birthday of Julian Assange, a solidarity rally was held at the UK consulate in San Francisco. Participants spoke out on the issues and also celebrated his birthday with a cake.

BayAction2FreeAssange dot com (2021-07-08). Wednesday 7/7: Corporate Media Independent Media & Investigative Journalism. indybay.org ONLINE EVENT: The monopolization of the media and the effect of corporate control of social media is a growing threat to freedom.

Juan Cole (2021-07-08). Ship Explosion Rocks Dubai, Mideast's Largest Commercial Zone, Possibly as a Result of Extreme Heat. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — Alarabiya reports from Dubai on the massive explosion on the deck of a ship that was coming in to dock at the Jebel Ali port there, which could be heard for miles and shook the city's skyscrapers. Since the explosion was on the ship, it appears not to have done …

Don Fitz (2021-07-08). Is AltE Truly the Best Solution to Climate Catastrophe? counterpunch.org "Accumulate, accumulate! That is Moses and the prophets!… Accumulation for the sake of accumulation, production for the sake of production: this was the historical mission of the bourgeoisie in the period of its domination …" — Karl Marx, Capital, Vol 1, Ch 25 The world is threatened with environmental disaster and capitalists hope to make

David Rosen (2021-07-08). A New Progressive Era? counterpunch.org Who is a "progressive" these days? Over the last decade, the term "progressive" has come into vogue, superseding the traditional nomenclature of political identity like "liberal" and "moderate." And progressive is used to carefully differentiate old-school liberals from the more radical "socialist" and "democratic socialist" let alone "anarchist" or "communist."

David Rosen (2021-07-08). A New Progressive Era? counterpunch.org Who is a "progressive" these days? Over the last decade, the term "progressive" has come into vogue, superseding the traditional nomenclature of political identity like "liberal" and "moderate." And progressive is used to carefully differentiate old-school liberals from the more radical "socialist" and "democratic socialist" let alone "anarchist" or "communist." The dance over political identity

WSWS (2021-07-08). Auto parts maker Faurecia kept workers on the job during fire at its Saline, Michigan plant. wsws.org While a company spokesperson issued bland reassurances, an autoworker told the World Socialist Web Site that the company kept some workers on the job during a fire last week which originated in an electrical transformer on the plant's roof.

Joan Walsh (2021-07-08). Harlem Is Sending a Black Lesbian Democratic Socialist to the City Council. thenation.com Harlem Is Sending a Black Lesbian Democratic Socialist to the City Council…

Middle East Monitor (2021-07-08). Israeli Squatters stole Palestinian Land for an Illegal Settlement, but Plucky town of Beita isn't Taking it Lying Down. juancole.com Beita is an icon of the popular Palestinian resistance ( Middle East Monitor ) — The town of Beita has turned into an icon of the popular resistance in occupied Palestine. It appears to have channelled the spirit of the Jerusalem uprising during the day and the harsh activities of Gaza at night, in harmony …

Medea Benjamin (2021-07-08). Carlos Lazo: The Cuban American Leading Charge to Transform U.S.-Cuba Policy. zcomm.org Carlos Lazo and a small band of Cuban Americans are on a 1,300-mile pilgrimage from Miami to Washington, D.C., to end the U.S. blockade of Cuba…

Juanita Ramos Ardila (2021-07-08). Whistleblowers Say Contractors Not Trained to Care for Migrant Children in Fort Bliss Detention Camp. latinorebels.com This was revealed in a July 7 Government Accountability Project report based on accounts from Laurie Elkin and Justin Mulaire, who monitored the Fort Bliss site from May 12 through June 2.

Norman Solomon (2021-07-08). In 18 Months, Republicans Are Very Likely to Control Congress. indybay.org Being in Denial Makes It Worse.

Moderator (2021-07-08). Hedges: Kucinich Memoir Is a Moving Account of a Battle Against Corporate Power. scheerpost.com clevelandmemory.org] By Chris Hedges / Original to ScheerPost "The Division of Light and Power," by Dennis Kucinich, like Robert Caro's "The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York," is a gripping, moving and lucidly written account of the hidden mechanisms of corporate power in the United States and what happens when these corporate interests are challenged. It is essential reading… |

Angela (2021-07-08). Sunday 7/11: Q&A Discussion of film Gaza Fights for Freedom. indybay.org

WSWS (2021-07-08). Third US-trained Honduran officer found guilty in killing of environmentalist Berta Cáceres. wsws.org On Monday, a Honduran court issued the eighth guilty verdict in the March 2016 killing of Berta Cáceres, a world-renowned environmental and indigenous rights activist.

Henry Giroux (2021-07-08). Resistance is Not Futile: Fighting Back in an Age of Manufactured Ignorance. counterpunch.org The genocide inflicted on Native Americans, slavery, the horrors of Jim Crow, the incarceration of Japanese Americans, the rise of the carceral state, the My Lai massacre and George W. Bush's torture chambers and black sites, among other historical events, now disappear into a disavowal of past events made even more unethical with the emergence of a right-wing political and pedagogical language of erasure. For example, the Republican Party's attack on the teaching of "critical race theory" — labeled as "ideological or faddish" — denies both the history of racism as well as the ways in which it is enfo…

Henry Giroux (2021-07-08). Resistance is Not Futile: Fighting Back in an Age of Manufactured Ignorance. counterpunch.org The genocide inflicted on Native Americans, slavery, the horrors of Jim Crow, the incarceration of Japanese Americans, the rise of the carceral state, the My Lai massacre and George W. Bush's torture chambers and black sites, among other historical events, now disappear into a disavowal of past events made even more unethical with the emergence of

Diane Nilan (2021-07-08). Screen Shot 2021-07-08 at 11.28.23 AM.png. progressive.org Our nation's abysmal approach to homelessness narrowly focuses on those visibly homeless on the streets of virtually every community, excluding millions of people.

_____ (2021-07-08). Community Members And Businesses Show Support For Frito-Lay Workers On Strike. popularresistance.org Going into the second day of the first strike outside Topeka's Frito-Lay plant in nearly 50 years, a local relief fund had been set up to cover some union members' utility bills, as area businesses showed support for those on the front line.

Dean Baker (2021-07-08). The US Economy: Progress, But Not Home Yet. counterpunch.org The June jobs report was damn good news. The 850,000 new jobs created was at the high end of what I imagined to be possible. There is a limit to how rapidly businesses can hire. It is easiest when it's just a matter of recalling workers who are laid off. But the vast pool of

Stéphane Lhomme (2021-07-08). France's "New" Nukes: Another Industrial and Financial Disaster. counterpunch.org Despite the fact that it has proven incapable of properly carrying out the construction of the EPR (European Pressurized) nuclear reactor at the never-ending Flamanville site underway since 2008, EDF (Électricité de France) leadership has nevertheless decided — according to the media outlet, Contexte — to allocate hundreds of millions of Euros to launch a construction

Melvin Goodman (2021-07-08). Misinformation and Mythology and the Mainstream Media. counterpunch.org Too much reporting on national security in the mainstream media is based on official government sources, consisting of assessments and interpretations that the government wants to circulate. The fact that it is difficult for contrarians or dissidents to get their views into the media adds to the one-sided nature of reporting and editorializing, which limits the public debate.

WSWS (2021-07-08). US Fed minutes reveal divisions but money flow set to continue. wsws.org The differences centred on two key questions: the direction of interest rate policy and at what point the Fed should start winding back its program of asset purchases.

WSWS (2021-07-08). Striking Kansas Frito-Lay workers to receive $105 a week, union bureaucrats to receive thousands. wsws.org The BCTGM union is seeking to suffocate the strike by forcing workers to live on poverty wages, all the while continuing to pay out thousands in paychecks to its leadership.

WSWS (2021-07-08). The Billionaire Space Race. wsws.org Since the dawn of time, man has looked to the sky and wondered: Who will be the first billionaire in space? The wait is over.

WSWS (2021-07-08). Indonesia engulfed in "India-type" second wave. wsws.org While it is being fuelled by the more virulent delta strain, the surge in cases is taking place primarily because of the government's lack of preventative measures—in line with the demands of big business.

WSWS (2021-07-08). Sharpton, George Floyd attorneys address memorial service for Hunter Brittain. wsws.org The unarmed white teenager was shot to death last month by an Arkansas sheriff's deputy during a traffic stop.

WSWS (2021-07-08). Eric Adams wins New York City mayoral primary. wsws.org The candidate promoted himself both as a working-class candidate, and as an ex-cop prepared to address the issue of public safety.

WSWS (2021-07-08). What the growing class struggle in the US reveals about the pseudo-left. wsws.org The development of the class struggle is putting to the test political programs, tendencies and parties.

WSWS (2021-07-08). Online public meeting in Australia: Oppose the job cuts at Macquarie University! Build rank-and-file committees to defend public education! wsws.org An online meeting has been called by the IYSSE and CFPE, in response to a student petition at Sydney's Macquarie University, to discuss how to fight the cuts throughout Australia's public universities.

WSWS (2021-07-08). Another 43 refugees drowned off the coast of Tunisia as a result of the EU's fortress Europe policy. wsws.org The criminal character of the European Union is nowhere more clearly revealed than in its brutal treatment of people seeking refuge.

WSWS (2021-07-08). 71st Berlinale: Festival's Summer Special ends with homage to international solidarity. wsws.org Some 60,000 visitors attended the open-air screenings of the Berlin film festival's Summer Special, which ran from June 9-20.

teleSUR (2021-07-08). Uruguay To Negotiate Trade Agreements Outside MERCOSUR. telesurenglish.net Although Uruguay has not formally left the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR), President Luis Lacalle on Wednesday announced that his nation will begin to negotiate with countries outside this integration agreement. | RELATED: | To justify this decision, his administration said that its external negotiations agenda will contribute to modernizing MERCOSUR by allowing one of its countries to conclude trade agreement…

teleSUR (2021-07-08). Uruguayans Submit Referendum Petition Against Neoliberal Bill. telesurenglish.net Uruguayan social movements handed to the Electoral Court on Thursday a petition to a referendum to modify the Law of Urgent Consideration, an unpopular national reform presented by the government of Luis Lacalle Pou. | RELATED: | Over 795.000 people signed the petition urging to change at least 135 articles of the bill, deemed unfair and damaging for the workers. The call for a referendum follows several demonstrations fr…

teleSUR (2021-07-08). South Africa: Ex President Zuma Hands Himself Over to Police. telesurenglish.net On Wednesday, South Africa's ex-President Jacob Zuma (2009-2018) handed himself in to police to serve a 15-month jail sentence for contempt of court. He was admitted to Estcourt Correctional Center in KwaZulu-Natal province. | RELATED: | On June 29, Zuma was sentenced for defying an instruction to give evidence at an inquiry into corruption during his administration. The 79-year-old politician considers this inves…

teleSUR (2021-07-08). Chilean Students Demand Release of Prisoners From Social Unrest. telesurenglish.net Students on Thursday occupied the headquarters of the National Institute of Human Rights (INDH), in Santiago de Chile, calling for the release of prisoners of the popular revolt that broke out in October 2019. | RELATED: | The students, members of the Coordinating Assembly of High School Students (ACES), also called for the release of Mapuche detainees. | Spokespeople of this organization told the media that they…

teleSUR (2021-07-08). Iran Urges Peaceful Solution to Differences Among Afghans. telesurenglish.net Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Thursday urged peaceful solution to differences among Afghan political parties. | RELATED: | "For peace one should sacrifice and forgive, should refrain from the maximum demands, and pay attention to the demands of the other side," Zarif said at the end of the intra-Afghan dialogue in Tehran. | "What I demand from you (the Afghan parties) is to seize this opportunity…

Editor (2021-07-08). The revolutionary science of W. E. B. Du Bois and D. D. Kosambi. mronline.org Du Bois, trained in history and sociology, was the first to conduct a scientific study on race in American society. Kosambi was trained in mathematics but was the first to scientifically investigate ancient Indian history. | July 8, 2021…

Editor (2021-07-08). Kwame Nkrumah and imperialist finance in Africa today. mronline.org More than half a century after Kwame Nkrumah first articulated his magisterial critique of neocolonialism, Scott Timcke argues his critique remains just as relevant in the analysis of present-day developments of capitalism in Africa. | July 8, 2021…

Jeff Halper (2021-07-08). The Zionist assault on Judaism. mronline.org Zionism has not yet murdered Judaism but it has undermined its moral and historical integrity. By intentionally fanning antisemitism, Israel is a major contributor to Jewish insecurity. | July 8, 2021 | Newswire…

Latino Rebels (2021-07-08). Justice for Berta. latinorebels.com Latino Rebels Radio: July 8, 2021…

Andrew Emett (2021-07-08). Male correctional officers strip woman naked on video. nationofchange.org "The incident was documented by involved personnel. Additionally, the incident was further reviewed by Department Supervisory personnel and documented per Macomb Police Policy and Procedures."

Peoples Dispatch (2021-07-08). Rights groups, lawmakers criticize US military's underreporting of civilian deaths in overseas operations. peoplesdispatch.org Civil society groups and the UN indicate that the actual number of civilian casualties caused by the US army actions around the world last year is at least five times higher than its claim of just 23 deaths…

Rick Rozoff (2021-07-08). New triangular axis in Greater Middle East: Turkey, Israel and Azerbaijan. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com New triangular axis in Greater Middle East: Turkey, Israel and Azerbaijan "Turkey is a sister country of Azerbaijan and Israel is our strategic partner. We want our friends to be friends with each other. If the sides agree to such an initiative, then Azerbaijan will always welcome them." Trend News Agency of Azerbaijan today features …

splcenter (2021-07-08). Tweeting Hate: SPLC analysis shows that Twitter has failed to address its use by far-right extremists and was a major tool in the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. splcenter.org

Rick Rozoff (2021-07-08). If CSTO ally Tajikistan is attacked, Russia will…talk. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Moscow and Dushanbe are allies under the Collective Security Treaty, the Russian foreign minister noted. "If Tajikistan is attacked, this will, of course, be a subject of an immediate discussion in the CSTO," Sergey Lavrov said…

James Goodman (2021-07-08). Governor Abbott's Zero Tolerance on Immigration. progressive.org Activists and some border counties are resisting this GOP power grab.

RobertAlvarez (2021-07-08). In Gossip Girl Reboot, Wealthy Teens Grapple With Their Privilege. Is That Enough? ips-dc.org When Gossip Girl returns to television screens this summer, things will be different. | We will "You're rumpled and sweaty," his social media influencer girlfriend, Julien, berates him. He had better have a good reason. | "I was bringing breakfast to the Navy Yard strike line, but I saved you one," he admits, handing her a donut. | "Isn't that your parents' development?" another frien…

Rick Rozoff (2021-07-08). Belarus: NATO increasingly building up its offensive potential on our border. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Belarusian president: NATO increasingly building up its offensive potential on our border At a ceremony honoring graduates of his nation's higher military schools, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko lauded the role of officers in the armed forces as being "highly qualified specialists, commanders and chiefs capable of resisting any aggressive actions against Belarus." He was not …

El Faro English (2021-07-08). On the Expulsion of Daniel Lizárraga. latinorebels.com The resolution immigration officials issued to Lizárraga specifies that he was denied his work permit and residence due to his inability to prove he is an editor or journalist.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-07-08). Security forces arrest anti-Palestinian Authority demonstrators. peoplesdispatch.org Security forces under the Palestinian Authority (PA) arrested at least 21 Palestinians late on Monday, July 5. Those arrested include journalists, university students, activists and lawyers. They also brutally suppressed a sit-in protest and demonstrations in the Palestinian capital Ramallah in the occupied West Bank on Monday night, physically assaulting hundreds of protesters and arresting some to quell the wave of protests against the killing of activist Nizar Banat. | Several protesters were reportedly kept in custody awaiting prosecution. The murder of political activist and anti-corruption figure Nizar Bana…

Rick Rozoff (2021-07-08). Video: NATO advanced combat aircraft off coasts of Belarus, Russia. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com NATO Air Policing — the Baltic States…

Ashley Curtin (2021-07-08). New Jersey to become largest offshore wind procurement in the country. nationofchange.org "With this procurement, New Jersey has continued to establish itself as a national leader in offshore wind."

Somil Trivedi (2021-07-08). Coerced Out of Justice: How Prosecutors Abuse Their Power to Secure Guilty Pleas. aclu.org A prosecutor's primary duty is "to seek justice . not merely to convict," according to the American Bar Association. Prosecutors in Maricopa County's Early Disposition Courts (EDCs) do precisely the opposite. The Maricopa County Attorney's Office (MCAO) has an iron clad policy of making plea offers in the EDCs "substantially harsher" — their words, not ours — if an accused person seeks a preliminary hearing or rejects a plea offer to go to trial. | It doesn't matter that the preliminary hearing — a defendant's first opportunity to challenge whether the prosecution has enough evidence to…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-07-08). Israel detains Dr. Shatha Odeh of the Palestinian Health Work Committees. peoplesdispatch.org The detention of Dr. Shatha Odeh comes a month after Israel ordered her organization, the Health Work Committees, to cease functioning. Dr. Odeh is also the regional coordinator of the People's Health Movement…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-07-08). Tropical storm Elsa makes landfall in Florida after causing destruction in the Caribbean. peoplesdispatch.org Elsa is the fifth storm and the first hurricane of the year in the Atlantic basin. While crossing through the Caribbean last week, it killed at least three people…

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