Daily Archives: July 2, 2021

2021-07-02: News Headlines

Editor2 (2021-07-02). Julian Assange is a 'Journalist of Distinction' & has to be Set Free, Jeremy Corbyn Tells RT Outside UK's Belmarsh Prison. orinocotribune.com Julian Assange's case should've ended as soon as a UK judge denied his extradition to the US, Jeremy Corbyn, former Labour leader, told RT as he joined other MPs to demand a meeting with the WikiLeaks founder in a London prison. | A group of British members of parliament have come to the walls of Belmarsh maximum-security prison in south-east London on Tuesday to protest the lack of transparency in Assange's case. | The MPs said their requests to meet with the founder of the WikiLeaks whistleblower website, who is wanted by Washington on espionage charges over the publication of classified documents on Iraq, Afgh…

Craig Murray (2021-07-02). FBI Fabrication Against Assange Falls Apart. orinocotribune.com By Craig Murray — Jun 29, 2021 | Thordarson was always the most unreliable of witnesses, and it seems impossible to believe FBI cooperation with him was ever any more than deliberate fabrication of evidence by the FBI, says Craig Murray. | On the final day of the Assange extradition hearing, magistrate Vanessa Baraitser refused to accept an affidavit from Assange's solicitor Gareth Peirce, on the grounds it was out of time. The affidavit explained that the defense had been unable to respond to the new accusations in the United States government's second superseding indictment, because these wholly new matter…

Ariela Ruiz Caro (2021-07-02). The Triumph of Pedro Castillo Amid the Campaign to Undermine His Presidency. counterpunch.org The victory of Pedro Castillo, a rural teacher, in Peru's presidential elections will be recorded in the annals of history as one of the most significant events in the last 200 years of Peruvian history. With his pencil and megaphone in hand, Castillo embodies the impoverished and vulnerable inland populations of the country. During his

_____ (2021-07-02). Prosecution Of Alex Saab Unjust, Illegal & Indefensible. popularresistance.org José António Dos Reis, former minister in Cape Verde, founder of the country's Movement for Democracy (MPD) ruling political party, and close to the current government, harshly criticized Prime Minister Ulisses Correia e Silva (of the same political party) and the judicial authorities of Cape Verde for the illegal detention and abduction of the Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab.

Staff (2021-07-02). Headlines for July 2, 2021. democracynow.org Supreme Court Upholds Arizona Voter Suppression Law in Latest Blow to Voting Rights Act, Supreme Court Strikes Down California Donor Law in Major Win for Dark Money Groups, Trump Organization Charged with Criminal Tax Fraud, CFO Charged with Grand Larceny, WHO Warns Delta Coronavirus Variant Driving Massive Third Wave Across Africa, Venezuela Begins Administering Cuban-Made Abdala COVID-19 Vaccine, Extreme Heat Wave Scorches Canada, Nearly Wiping Out Canadian Town of Lytton, Pelosi Appoints Republican Liz Cheney to Select Committee to Probe Capitol Insurrection, Attorney General Merrick Garland Halts Federal Exec…

Ramona du Houx (2021-07-02). Supreme Court guts voting rights when upholding Arizona's restrictions, elected officials. indybay.org The U.S. Supreme Court gutted most of what remains of the landmark Voting Rights Act. Once hailed as the most effective civil rights legislation in the nation's history, now the Supreme Court has turned on the promise of democracy, the promise of equality and equity for all. For without voting rights, communities of color and low income become disenfranchised, and equality and equity unfulfilled dreams.

Staff (2021-07-02). Supreme Court "Hijacking" Democracy with Rulings That Gut Voting Rights & Allow More Dark Money. democracynow.org In a pair of major rulings, the U.S. Supreme Court has gutted more of the Voting Rights Act while making it easier for billionaires to secretly bankroll political campaigns. In a 6-3 vote, the conservative justices upheld two Arizona election laws that have been widely criticized for their impact on minority voters, sending a signal that other voting restrictions in Republican-led states are also likely to be ruled constitutional if challenges are brought to the high court. In a separate case, the court's conservative majority struck down a California law that required charities to privately disclose their top do…

Elie Mystal (2021-07-02). Bigots Have Finally Accomplished Their Goal of Gutting the Voting Rights Act. thenation.com Bigots Have Finally Accomplished Their Goal of Gutting the Voting Rights Act…

WSWS (2021-07-02). Trump Organization chief financial officer indicted on felony charges in tax fraud and conspiracy scheme. wsws.org New York prosecutors charged Allen Weisselberg, longtime Trump Organization executive, with 15 counts, including criminal tax fraud and grand larceny, as part of a scheme to "defraud the government."

Staff (2021-07-02). Trump Organization and Top Company Exec Charged with Tax Fraud. Is Donald Trump Next? democracynow.org The Manhattan District Attorney's Office has charged former President Donald Trump's family business with operating a 15-year tax fraud scheme, accusing the Trump Organization of helping executives evade taxes by giving them compensation off the books. Allen Weisselberg, the company's chief financial officer, who has worked with Trump for decades, was also charged with grand larceny for avoiding taxes on $1.7 million in perks that he did not report as income. Weisselberg surrendered Thursday and pleaded not guilty, and he could face up to a decade in prison if convicted. Legal experts suggest prosecutors targeted…

Staff (2021-07-02). "Defending the Sacred": Indigenous Water Protectors Continue Resistance to Line 3 Pipeline in Minnesota. democracynow.org Resistance to construction of the Enbridge Line 3 tar sands pipeline continues in northern Minnesota, where more than a dozen water protectors this week locked themselves to construction vehicles at two worksites, and to the pipeline itself. Just last month, 179 people were arrested when thousands shut down an Enbridge pumping station for two days as part of the Treaty People Gathering. If completed, Line 3 would carry more than 750,000 barrels of Canadian tar sands oil a day across Indigenous land and fragile ecosystems. The pipeline has the backing of the Biden administration, and this week Indigenous leaders a…

_____ (2021-07-02). Water Protectors Occupy Work Sites And Lock Down To Line 3 Pipeline Construction. popularresistance.org Water protectors opposed to the contentious Line 3 pipeline project have regularly staged non-violent direct actions that stop construction, with several hundred arrested in in action campaigns over the last year. In June, 179 people were arrested when thousands of water protectors shut down an Enbridge pumping station for two days as part of a multi-pronged Treaty People Gathering in Northern Minnesota.

Unicorn Riot (2021-07-02). Water Protectors Occupy Work Sites and Lock Down to Line 3 Pipeline Construction. unicornriot.ninja &nbsp…

Giniw Collective (2021-07-02). Native Matriarch Locks Down at Enbridge Line 3 in Minnesota. indybay.org Native Matriarch is locked down to equipment at Enbridge Line 3 in Minnesota.

Staff (2021-07-02). Lethal Force Against Pipeline Protests? Documents Reveal South Dakota's Plans. truthout.org Environmental activists conduct a sit-in in front of the construction equipment as police in riot gear line up at the Line 3 pipeline pumping station near the Itasca State Park, Minnesota, on June 7, 2021.Kerem Yucel / AFP via Getty Images | Republican South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has announced she is deploying 50 members of the South Dakota National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border at the request of Texas Governor Greg Abbott. In an extraordinary twist, the deployment is being paid for by bi…

Staff (2021-07-02). Dan Kovalik, Lawyer & Human Rights Specialist: Alex Saab Case Exposes Lawlessness of the United States. orinocotribune.com Dan Kovalik, lawyer, human rights activist and pacifist, asserted that "the story of Alex Saab is very important because it really exposes the lawlessness of the United States. The US put pressure on Cabo Verde to arrest, detain and extradite Alex Saab for the crime of helping Venezuela overcome sanctions that are in themselves illegal." | Kovalik, who is also a writer, again denounced the persecution of the Venezuelan diplomat for his only "crime"—doing humanitarian work for Venezuela. "And that is why the world has to know about this, they have to be aware, and they have to move to change US policy," he s…

Media Lens (2021-07-02). A Remarkable Silence: Media Blackout After Key Witness Against Assange Admits Lying. dissidentvoice.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. A major witness in the US case against Julian Assange has just admitted fabricat ≠ing key accusati ≠ons in the indictment against …

_____ (2021-07-02). Scheer Intelligence: The Public And Personal Urgency Of Assange's Case. popularresistance.org The saga of Julian Assange's persecution has been defined by leading human rights organizations as one of the most significant threats to press freedom in our time. The WikiLeaks founder published, among other devastating leaks, the "Collateral Damage" video obtained by Chelsea Manning that revealed war crimes being committed in Iraq by U.S. soldiers. As U.S. authorities attempted to extradite Assange for alleged violations of the Espionage Act of 1917, he took refuge for several years in the Ecuadorian Embassy in the U.K. until he was imprisoned in a high-security London facility in 2019. The WikiLeaks founder h…

_____ (2021-07-02). Media Blackout After Key Witness Against Assange Admits Lying. popularresistance.org "not one major western media outlet outside of Iceland has reported on this massive and entirely legitimate news story. A search brings up coverage by Icelandic media, by Russian media, and by smaller western outlets like Democracy Now, World Socialist Website, Consortium News, Zero Hedge and some others, but as of this writing this story has been completely ignored by all major outlets who are ostensibly responsible for informing the public in the western world."

Moderator (2021-07-02). Julian Assange's Father and Brother on the Public and Personal Urgency of His Case. scheerpost.com Click to subscribe on: Apple / Spotify / Google Play The saga of Julian Assange's persecution has been defined by leading human rights organizations as one of the most significant threats to press freedom in our time. The WikiLeaks founder published, among other devastating leaks, the " Collateral Damage" video obtained by Chelsea Manning that revealed war crimes being committed in Iraq by U.S. |

Cynthia Papermaster (2021-07-02). Saturday 7/3: "Free Julian Assange" Birthday Street Party. indybay.org Women's Building, 3543 18th Street, San Francisco…

Anonymous103 (2021-07-02). Key Witness For US Extradition Case Against Julian Assange Admits He Lied About The Wiki Leaks Publisher. southfront.org Written by Dr. Leon Tressell. Award winning journalist Julian Assange will spend his 50th birthday in a UK supermax prison for…

_____ (2021-07-02). Rumsfeld Was Not "Controversial." He Played A Leading Role In Mass Murder. popularresistance.org The TV people can call Rumsfeld "controversial" as they please — many of them are complicit in supercharging his lies into the national zeitgeist, so it's little wonder they're disinterested in the truth — but all I see is another war criminal who got away with mass murder, torture and grand theft. His war was a smash-and-grab robbery writ large, and we will likely never fully recover from it. Neither will Iraq.

Andrew Cockburn (2021-07-02). How Donald Rumsfeld Micromanaged Torture. counterpunch.org When Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld boasted, as he did frequently, of his unrelenting focus on the war on terror, his audience would have been startled, maybe even shocked, to discover the activities that Rumsfeld found it necessary to supervise in minute detail. Close command and control of far away events from the Pentagon were

Anthony DiMaggio (2021-07-02). Rehabilitating Rumsfeld, Erasing Empire: On All Those U.S. War Crimes in Iraq. counterpunch.org Former Bush Administration Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's death was accompanied by many of the apologies for state crimes that we've come to expect from the worshippers of U.S. militarism. This includes those emanating from journalistic elites — The New York Times being the most obvious case in point. The paper's profile on Rumsfeld's life

WSWS (2021-07-02). War criminal Rumsfeld dies, but his militarist legacy lives on. wsws.org The crimes for which Rumsfeld is justifiably detested the world over have in the course of past two decades been fully normalized by US imperialism under Democrats and Republicans alike.

Binoy Kampmark (2021-07-02). The Known Knowns of Donald Rumsfeld. dissidentvoice.org "On the morning of September 11, 2001, Donald Rumsfeld ran to the fire at the Pentagon to assist the wounded and ensure the safety of survivors," expressed a mournful George W. Bush in a statement. "For the next five years, he was in steady service as a wartime secretary of defense — a duty he …

WSWS repost (2021-07-02). War criminal Rumsfeld dies, but his militarist legacy lives on. indybay.org The crimes for which Rumsfeld is justifiably detested the world over have in the course of past two decades been fully normalized by US imperialism under Democrats and Republicans alike.

_____ (2021-07-02). Should We Celebrate Rumsfeld's Death? strategic-culture.org By Daniel MCADAMS | Career neocon and warmongering monster Donald Rumsfeld is dead at the age of 88, the news media has reported. Rumsfeld was kind of the Fauci of the early 2000's, a relatively faceless bureaucrat who circumstance selected to serve in a glamorous role as a symbol of the zeitgeist of his time. Rumsfeld became the rock star of George W. Bush's 2003 Iraq war. | He warmed to the camera, after spending many years in relative obscurity in the revolving-door world between highly-paid positions in the "private sector" and battery-recharges back in senior government positions. | To keep your value to the…

Juan Cole (2021-07-02). Donald Rumsfeld, Torturer, Serial Liar, Butcher of Baghdad, dies at 88. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's death at 88 is an occasion for me to recall some of my own writing on his sinister role in the Iraq War. Rumsfeld wanted to invade Iraq so badly he just made up shit to justify that action. In a Salon article I …

Anonymous103 (2021-07-02). The Known Knowns of Donald Rumsfeld. southfront.org Donald Rumsfeld. DoD photo by R. D. Ward. (Released) | Written by Dr. Binoy Kampmark."On the morning of September 11, 2001, Donald Rumsfeld ran to the fire at the Pentagon to assist the wounded and ensure the safety of survivors," expressed a mournful George W. Bush in a

Daniela Jimenez (2021-07-02). After Phone Call with Biden, Colombia's Duque Finally Criticizes Human Rights Abuses. orinocotribune.com After two months of brutal repression by the police forces and numerous serious human rights violations amid the national strike and demonstrations in Colombia, this Tuesday President Iván Duque claimed Colombia would open an investigation of the members of the Mobile Anti-Riot Squad (ESMAD) who abused one young protester and two journalists during another day of demonstrations in Suba, Bogotá. | At least 75 people have died during mobilizations that have been demonized by the Duque government, including at least 44 homicides in which police officers participated, in addition to more than 100 missing persons. Two…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-07-02). CIA Preparing a False Flag Operation from Colombia? libya360.wordpress.com Mison Verdad Colombian President Iván Duque and Craig Faller, head of the Southern Command (Photo: Presidency of Colombia). Colombia's role in the already permanent regime change operation against Venezuela is broad and eloquent. Some recent events in that country may be worthy of attention and analysis, however, all this would require a series of further…

_____ (2021-07-02). The New Green-Red Zagreb. popularresistance.org In May's local elections, Croatia's green-left platform won the capital's assembly and its mayoralty. The new government has big plans for a clean, democratic city — but the challenges of building it under assault from the right remain.

Thomas Knapp (2021-07-02). Ranked Choice Voting isn't the Problem in New York City's Mayoral Election. counterpunch.org Confusion reigns. More than a week after Democratic voters from New York City's five boroughs cast their primary ballots, we still don't know who those voters chose as their party's nominee for mayor. Seven days after the polls closed, the city's Board of Elections issued preliminary results, then quickly withdrew them, citing a discrepancy in

Paul Stubbs (2021-07-02). The New Green-Red Zagreb. zcomm.org In May's local elections, Croatia's green-left platform won the capital's assembly and its mayoralty…

Stephanie Hedgecoke (2021-07-02). Solidarity with socialist Cuba. workers.org Leading up to the annual vote in the U.N. General Assembly June 23 on Cuba's resolution to end the illegal 60-year U.S. blockade against the island, solidarity activists across the U.S. and Canada held a week of actions to pressure President Joe Biden and Congress. In New York City, a . . . |

Peter Certo (2021-07-02). Filibuster or democracy: Can't have both. peoplesworld.org The American political system is complicated, but fixing it doesn't have to be. Voters of all stripes broadly agree on the kinds of changes they'd like to see. We need less money in politics. It should be easier to vote—early, in person, or by mail. And voters should be able to pick their own representatives, …

Paul Street (2021-07-02). The Resistance Remains Hollow: The Weimar Ways of the Dismal Democrats. counterpunch.org Again, and again, the neoliberal era Democrats' cringing subordination to corporate, financial, and military-industrial authority (to concentrated wealth and power) has depressed and deactivated much of non-Republican electorate in ways that have combined with the right-leaning biases of the U.S. electoral system to recurrently open the door for the nation's rightmost party to gain power despite its vast unpopularity. By giving the nation's working-class majority little if anything positive to vote and fight for, the Democrats repeatedly reveal their progressive-sounding rhetoric as manipulatively elitist and ina…

WSWS (2021-07-02). 1619 Project creator Nikole Hannah-Jones granted tenure after weeks of media furor. wsws.org The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Board of Trustees voted to grant Hannah-Jones' application for a full tenure professorship after weeks of outrage and accusations of racism over an initial decision to postpone a vote.

Staff (2021-07-02). Fighting rages near New York as government forces battle breakaway militia… but US thanks Ukraine for naming town in its honor. rt.com With its decaying industrial landscape and ever-present risk of violence, New York isn't a place many people would choose to live. But this is Eastern Europe, not the Upper East Side, in a newly renamed town on the front line. | On Thursday, Ukrainian MPs voted through proposals to rename the Donbass region village of Novogorodskoye in honor of the East Coast American metropolis. It is located just seven kilometers from the fractious frontier where Kiev's forces are facing off against troops loyal to the self-proclaimed breakaway Donetsk People's Republic. Shelling, drone strikes, and gunfire have been escalat…

Staff (2021-07-02). Fighting rages near New York as government forces battle breakaway militia… but US thanks Ukraine for naming town in its honor. rt.com With its decaying industrial landscape and ever-present risk of violence, New York isn't a place many people would choose to live. But this is Eastern Europe, not the Upper East Side, in a newly renamed town on the front line. | On Thursday, Ukrainian MPs voted through proposals to rename the Donbass region village of Novogorodskoye in honor of the East Coast American metropolis. It is located just seven kilometers from the fractious frontier where Kiev's forces are facing off against troops loyal to the self-proclaimed breakaway Donetsk People's Republic. Shelling, drone strikes, and gunfire have been escalat…

Commonwealth Club (2021-07-02). Monday 7/26: The Right to Vote at Age 18: Gen Z and the Fight Against Voter Suppression. indybay.org Online event (FREE)…

Chase Iron Eyes (2021-07-02). Free Leonard Peltier: Chase Addresses D.C. Crowd. zcomm.org On behalf of the International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee, Chase Iron Eyes speaks on the Black Voters Matter stage in Washington, D.C.

_____ (2021-07-02). Pueblo Of Zuni Blasts Administration's Position Against Apaches. popularresistance.org The Pueblo of Zuni would be remiss in this context to remain silent on the recent legal position taken by the Biden-Harris Administration's Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding Chi'chil Bildagoteel (i.e., Oak Flat) and the Resolution Copper mine in Arizona. The Administration's stated position is unfortunate and extremely troubling, as it is in fact little more than a continuation of a policy of containment and erasure of Native peoples that directly contradicts in substance, content, and spirit the Administration's own E.O. 13985. This position is a reinforcement and reproduction of racist legal legacies of Nat…

Richard Eskow (2021-07-02). Yes, Home Care is Infrastructure: Don't Let Them Play Word Games With People's Lives. counterpunch.org President Biden's infrastructure plan includes $400 billion in home care spending. Forbes Magazine describes Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) as "a champion of the GOP's semantic objections" to that proposal. She and her fellow Republicans claim that home health care doesn't fall under the definition of infrastructure the same way rails and highways do, and therefore

WSWS (2021-07-02). Biden goes to Surfside to promote bipartisan cover-up of Florida condo collapse. wsws.org President Biden hailed the cooperation of Miami Democrats with far-right Republican Governor DeSantis in concealing the real cause of the catastrophic collapse of the Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Florida.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-07-02). Anti-war and rights groups demand end to "unlawful" US airstrikes and drone attacks. peoplesdispatch.org A letter signed by 113 groups reminded Joe Biden of his promise to end forever wars and center the protection of human rights in his foreign policy, an assurance he has given repeatedly since assuming presidency in January…

Dean Baker (2021-07-02). Trains and Population Density: U.S. and Europe. cepr.net There are lots of silly comments that pass for great wisdom in elite circles. Steve Rattner gave us one of my favorites in his NYT column warning President Biden against putting too much money into reviving our system of train travel. Rattner tells us: "America is not Europe, with its dense population centers clustered reasonably …

Nicky Reid (2021-07-02). Why I'm Still (Kind of) Rooting for China in the New Cold War. counterpunch.org Surfing through the news, it seems like every other motherfucker and his brother is flipping their proverbial wig over the supposedly literal threat China poses to the future of western civilization. Over on the center-right of what passes for the left in this country, we have our very own dear leader, Old Man Biden, hitting

Staff (2021-07-02). McConnell Wields a Cruelly Narrow Definition of Infrastructure Like a Bludgeon. truthout.org Back in late March and early April, as President Biden's multitrillion-dollar infrastructure plan began to take shape, Senate Minority Leader By the early summer, after months of negotiations between the parties in Congress and with the public pushing for large-scale infrastru…

Rebekah Entralgo (2021-07-02). Poor People's Campaign Marches on Washington to 'Blunt the Political Effects of Wealth Inequality'. counterpunch.org Amidst compromise negotiations over President Biden's infrastructure proposal, hundreds of low-wage workers, faith leaders, and advocates from Kentucky and West Virginia joined the Poor People's Campaign for a Moral March on Manchin and McConnell. "I stand here representing the 770,000 poor and low-income workers in my state of West Virginia, one of the poorest states

Manuel Perez-Rocha (2021-07-02). Excessive Corporate Power is a Root Cause of Migration. counterpunch.org During U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris's recent visit to Guatemala, where she urged Central Americans "not to come" to her country, she also emphasized that the migration problem must be attacked at its "root causes," which have become a central theme of the Biden administration's approach to the region. While it is key to address

_____ (2021-07-02). Queen Statues Toppled Amid Outrage Over Unmarked Graves of Indigenous Children. commondreams.org President Biden may feel he has time to negotiate, but our people and planet have no time to waste.

Titleis This Joe Biden's Patco Moment? (2021-07-02). Is This Joe Biden's PATCO Moment? commondreams.org As a nation, we can't move forward unless everyone has an opportunity to thrive.

_____ (2021-07-02). 'More Is Required': Biden DOJ Pauses Federal Executions. commondreams.org Darren Woods claims company lobbyists' comments on "a variety of issues, including climate change policy, and our interaction with elected officials," were "disturbing and inaccurate."

Titleis This Joe Biden's Patco Moment? (2021-07-02). Is This Joe Biden's PATCO Moment? commondreams.org "This deal is instead no more than a G7 money grab. Rich countries are forcing developing countries to choose between a raw deal or no deal."

_____ (2021-07-02). President Biden, We Can Wait No Longer for Climate Justice. commondreams.org If any woman can relate to Britney's struggle to free herself from her father's rule, it is Saudi women's rights activist Samar Badawi.

_____ (2021-07-02). You Ordered Healthcare, You Got Airstrikes. strategic-culture.org By Caitlin JOHNSTONE | Biden: Sorry, did you say airstrikes on Iraq and Syria? | Americans: no, healthcare | Biden: Alright, you drive a hard bargain, but here are your airstrikes on Iraq and Syria. | ‚ùñ | It is journalistic malpractice to parrot US government claims about acts of military mass murder on the other side of the planet being "defensive". The only strikes near the Iraq-Syria border that could accurately be called "defensive" are those launched by the inhabitants of those nations upon the invading western military occupation. The only actual defensive action that the US could legi…

John Feffer (2021-07-02). Why is Biden's Foreign Policy So Conventional? counterpunch.org On the domestic front, Joe Biden is flirting with transformational policies around energy, environment, and infrastructure. It's not a revolution, but it's considerably less timid than what Barack Obama offered in that pre-Trump, pre-pandemic era. When it comes to foreign policy, however, the Biden administration has been nowhere near as transformational. The phrase Joe Biden

Fernando Garcia (2021-07-02). Free the Children. zcomm.org Advocates Demand Biden Close Fort Bliss Detention Center Holding 800 Migrant Kids…

Mark Gruenberg (2021-07-02). Trump company indictment: Only the start. peoplesworld.org NEW YORK—The late President Harry S. Truman sported a sign on his desk that read: "The buck stops here." Well, in the 15-count indictment against former Oval Office occupant Donald Trump's company and its chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, for tax evasion, fraud, grand larceny, and falsifying tax records, change that to read "The check …

STEVE O'KEEFE (2021-07-02). Will Donald J. Trump Be America's Last President? counterpunch.org An amazing thing happened in Israel recently. The hard right and the hard left aligned to kick Benjamin NetanYahoo to the curb. Similarly, the pro-corporate right and anti-corporate left came together in the United States to kick Donald J. Trump to the curb. When these aligned enemies realize they hate each other, they will open

William Janeway (2021-07-02). Lessons from the First New Deal for the Next One. indybay.org During the four years of the Trump Administration, the attack on state capacity accelerated in new ways. On the one hand, any existing element of the Federal Government that could be deemed concerned with responding to climate change was proposed for liquidation, as was the Energy Department's Advanced Research Projects Agency.

Title #freebritney, All Saudi Women Too! (2021-07-02). #FreeBritney and All Saudi Women Too! commondreams.org The suspension and review of Trump-era policies must be followed by a full prohibition on the practice, anti-death penalty advocates say.

John Laforge (2021-07-02). Uproar Over Japan's Decision to Disperse Radioactive Fukushima Waste Water. counterpunch.org Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's Cabinet on April 13 "gave permission" to Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) to release over 1.25 million metric tons (1.38 million US tons) of Fukushima's radioactive wastewater into the Pacific Ocean. Harsh rejection of the decision was immediate and widespread, coming from Russia, China, North and South Korea, the Philippines,

David Bacon (2021-07-02). The Real Target in the Supreme Court's 'Cedar Point' Decision. thenation.com The Real Target in the Supreme Court's 'Cedar Point' Decision…

ecns.cn (2021-07-02). Planting 'consultants,' blocking vaccine approval, threatening officials — Australia sabotages China-PNG cooperation by all means. ecns.cn By planting Australian consultants in Papua New Guinea to manipulate local epidemic prevention policies targeting China, obstructing the authorizing of Chinese vaccines' emergency use, threatening senior officials from welcoming Chinese vaccines, Australia has been found sabotaging and disturbing Pacific Island nations' cooperation with China on vaccines and anti-virus measures, with experts criticizing Australia's actions as hurting people's interest in the Pacific Island countries out of a pure Cold War mentality.

_____ (2021-07-02). US Corporate Media Fixin for a Cold War Fight With China. commondreams.org Will the Democratic president reverse the vicious anti-union trend sparked by Ronald Reagan 40 years ago?

_____ (2021-07-02). US Corporate Media Fixin for a Cold War Fight With China. commondreams.org Our planet hasn't seen temperatures this hot in fifteen million years, when the sea level was forty meters higher than it is today.

Tom Engelhardt (2021-07-02). An All-American Horror Story: How we Sacrificed our Health on the Altar of useless Nuclear Arsenals. juancole.com ( Tomdispatch.com ) — Yes, once upon a time I regularly absorbed science fiction and imagined futures of wonder, but mainly of horror. What else could you think, if you read H.G. Wells's War of the Worlds under the covers by flashlight while your parents thought you were asleep? Of course, that novel was a …

_____ (2021-07-02). The Surfside Condo Collapse And Its Environmental Warning Signals. popularresistance.org "During my travels in South Florida, I learned that the concrete used in the much-beloved Art Deco buildings in South Beach was often mixed with salt water or salty beach sand, which can cause the rebar within the concrete to corrode over time and greatly weaken the concrete. While renovating a South Beach hotel, one architect I know discovered that the structural walls were so weak that you could practically knock them down with a hammer."

_____ (2021-07-02). Atlantic Stormwind In The Black Sea. popularresistance.org The large aeronaval maneuver Sea Breeze, officially "co-hosted by the United States and Ukraine" in the Black Sea, began on June 28, 2021. The United States planned and commanded it, US is, therefore, the host in this sea close to Russian territory. | Sea Breeze is taking place from June 28 to July 10. The maneuver is led by the US / African Naval Forces with headquarters in Naples and includes the Sixth Fleet. It includes naval, submarine, amphibious, land, and air warfare exercises. | Since this series of annual maneuvers in the Black Sea began in 1997, the 2021 edition sees the largest number of participants:…

Tom Engelhardt (2021-07-02). An All-American Horror Story. counterpunch.org Yes, once upon a time I regularly absorbed science fiction and imagined futures of wonder, but mainly of horror. What else could you think, if you read H.G. Wells's War of the Worlds under the covers by flashlight while your parents thought you were asleep? Of course, that novel was a futuristic fantasy, involving as

David Krieger (2021-07-02). Haiku on War and Peace. counterpunch.org Haiku On War And Peace 8: 15 a.m. August 6, 1945 — frozen in time Sadako Peace Day — we gather to remember the innocent children Nuclear arrogance wreaked havoc in the Pacific — remembering Vietnam — we both chose not to fight there why kill peasants? Lieutenant Calley slaughtered peasants at My Lai — that's

Monika Zgustova (2021-07-02). The Black Butterflies of Forgetting: On the Destruction of Memory. counterpunch.org A few years after the end of the Bosnian war, I was invited to teach at the University of Sarajevo. On my first walk through the Bosnian capital, scarred by the traces of gunfire, I visited the ruins of the National Library, destroyed by bombing. On the night of August 25, 1992, the artillery of

Steve Early (2021-07-02). Longshore Labor's Real SF Worker-Intellectual. counterpunch.org In the 1950s and 60s, the best-known member of the left-led International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) was, oddly enough, a conservative writer named Eric Hoffer, whose fans included Ronald Reagan. Hailed in the mainstream media as the work of a "labor philosopher," Hoffer's first book, The True Believer, became a national best-seller and widely-assigned

Glenn Sacks (2021-07-02). What Our Schools Actually Distort. counterpunch.org While the current debate in education surrounds Critical Race Theory and how we teach about race, the biggest distortion in our history textbooks is not even being mentioned, much less debated: the way textbooks mischaracterize and mislead concerning America's wars and its international role. The textbook we're given for US History classes in the Los

Dean Baker (2021-07-02). When We Keep Giving Money to Rich People, Why Are We Surprised by Inequality? counterpunch.org I know I harp a lot on all the ways we structure the market to redistribute income upward, but that's because we keep digging in deeper on these policies, and almost no one else talks about it. I get that it's cool to talk about all sorts of tax and transfer schemes to redistribute some

WSWS (2021-07-02). World Health Organization warns of new pandemic wave as cases surge in Europe and US. wsws.org The number of daily new cases of COVID-19 has surged over the past week in the United States, as the government eliminates all remaining restrictions on the spread of the disease even as the dangerous Delta variant becomes prevalent.

WSWS (2021-07-02). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. wsws.org Mass protests in Sudan's capital Khartoum against inflation and the removal of fuel subsidies after IMF loan struck; workers in Nigeria still fighting for minimum wage agreed in 2019; warning strikes in retail and mail order sectors in Germany over pay; childcare sector workers' stoppages in Holland and Belgium over workload and contracts; railworkers' strikes continue in Portugal over pay and staffing levels~…

WSWS (2021-07-02). Chancellor candidates Laschet, Baerbock and Scholz advocate massive military build-up. wsws.org The candidates from the Christian Democrats, Greens and Social Democrats competed to present themselves as the best militarist who would increase arms spending and make Germany ready for war.

WSWS (2021-07-02). Workers forced to stay on the job as heat wave continues to sweep Pacific Northwest. wsws.org Amazon workers at the enormous Kent, Washington warehouse reported that the company was "ill-prepared" for the heat wave. Numerous workers walked off the job to escape the heat.

Rick Rozoff (2021-07-02). Poland: Warsaw Pact bad, NATO good. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com The Soviet Union was involved in Afghanistan from 1979-1989. No Warsaw Pact troops, Polish or others, were sent there. Poland joined NATO in 1999 supposedly to protect it from post-Soviet Russia. Instead, at NATO's behest it sent its sons and daughter to kill and die in Afghanistan and Iraq. Ceremony marks official end of Polish …

Rick Rozoff (2021-07-02). Backed by NATO, Georgia won't pledge not to wage new Caucasus war. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Backed by NATO, Georgia won't pledge not to wage new Caucasus war The 53rd session of the International Geneva Discussions on Security and Stability in the Transcaucasus was held in Geneva on June 29-30, 2021. Representatives from Abkhazia, Georgia. Russia, South Ossetia and the U.S. attended, as did officials of the United Nations, European Union …

Rick Rozoff (2021-07-02). Belarus seals off border with Ukraine as president warns of repeat of 1941. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Belarus seals off border with Ukraine as president warns of repeat of 1941 The government of Belarus announced today that it is completely closing its border with Ukraine, which for months have been targeting Belarus with accusations of plotting military aggression against it. Ukraine has a population of almost 45 million and a military trained …

Derek Royden (2021-07-02). Erik Prince, the failson face of privatized war. nationofchange.org If the face long associated with modern mercenaries were more successful at his business, we might already live in a much more dystopian world.

Rick Rozoff (2021-07-02). Ukrainian foreign minister: NATO would defeat Russia in Black Sea war. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Ukrainian foreign minister: NATO would defeat Russia in Black Sea war Today's Ukrainian press cites the nation's foreign minister, Dmytro Kuleba, confidently voicing a number of assertions regarding the Black Sea — as the U.S.-led, 32-nation Sea Breeze war games are occurring there — not all (or many) of his comments consistent with each other. …

Staff (2021-07-02). 'Are your friends becoming extremists?' Facebook asks users as it tests bizarre new feature to combat 'harmful content'. rt.com Facebook is testing a new prompt that asks users if they know anyone flirting with a violent ideology, also warning others that they may have been exposed to "extremist" content — an update that many have slammed as Orwellian. | The platform rolled out the new test feature for certain US-based users on Thursday, part of its broader effort to combat "extremism," according to Facebook spokesman Andy Stone. Baffled netizens quickly shared screenshots of the alerts online, some hinting at the pitfalls of enlisting users to root out so-called extremists. | New on Facebook! | Report your "extremist" friends an…

Staff (2021-07-02). 'Are your friends becoming extremists?' Facebook asks users as it tests bizarre new feature to combat 'harmful content'. rt.com Facebook is testing a new prompt that asks users if they know anyone flirting with a violent ideology, also warning others that they may have been exposed to "extremist" content — an update that many have slammed as Orwellian. | The platform rolled out the new test feature for certain US-based users on Thursday, part of its broader effort to combat "extremism," according to Facebook spokesman Andy Stone. Baffled netizens quickly shared screenshots of the alerts online, some hinting at the pitfalls of enlisting users to root out so-called extremists. | New on Facebook! | Report your "extremist" friends an…

Pasqualina Curcio (2021-07-02). Campaign for the Elimination of Patents. orinocotribune.com By Pasqualina Curcio — Jun 28, 2021 | A debate has been going on worldwide about the exemption of COVID-19 vaccine patents. The director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom, warned governments and pharmaceutical companies that "unless we eliminate the virus everywhere, we could end up back at square one." This statement is mainly due to the fact that the longer we take to vaccinate the world's population, the more likely the coronavirus will mutate and evade vaccines, making them less effective in containing the disease. A clear example has been Brazil, where several experts warn t…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-02). 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…

Youth Art Exchange (2021-07-02). Saturday 7/24: Summertime Print & Sip Workshop with Yax Artist Alyssa Aviles. indybay.org Harmonic Brewing Thrive City | 7 Warriors Way Suite 206San Francisco, CA 94158United States…

_____ (2021-07-02). Oxfam Denounces OECD Global Tax Deal as 'Skewed-to-the-Rich and Completely Unfair'. commondreams.org As a nation, we can't move forward unless everyone has an opportunity to thrive.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-02). 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 …

news.un (2021-07-02). 'Free, unfettered access' needed to assist millions in war-torn Tigray. news.un.org The World Food Programme (WFP) has resumed operations in Ethiopia's Tigray region, after fighting halted the emergency response last week, although the agency warned on Friday that "serious challenges" continue to threaten the entire humanitarian response.

Anonymous007 (2021-07-02). Israel Bombs Gaza In Response To Incendiary Balloons Lighting Open Fields On Fire. southfront.org Illustrative image, click to see full-size. A fireball lights up the night sky above buildings near Khan Younis in southern Gaza, as IDF planes hit a Hamas site in the Palestinian enclave, on June 17, 2021. | In the early hours of July 2nd, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) struck an alleged Hamas 'weapons manufacturing site' in Gaza, in response to alleged incendiary balloons being launched toward Israeli territory. | In response to the arson balloons launched from Gaza toward…

Anonymous007 (2021-07-02). Russia's Black Sea Fleet Carries Out Live Fire Drills, Tests Crimea Defenses Alongside NATO's Sea Breeze Exercise. southfront.org On July 1st, Russian warships carried out a live fire training exercise in the Black Sea, as Ukraine and NATO…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-07-02). Imperial alumni recognised by British Science Association. imperial.ac.uk Two Imperial alumni, Dr Yolanda Ohene and Dr Rox Middleton, were recently named as British Science Festival 2021 Award Lecture Winners.

news.un (2021-07-02). Turning crisis into opportunity: World leaders meet at UN to help drive pandemic recovery. news.un.org Leading figures from government, business and civil society are preparing to take part in this year's High Level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF), where they will discuss ways to recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and turn the deadly crisis into an opportunity for a major shift towards a more sustainable global economy.

news.un (2021-07-02). COVID-19 Delta variant detected in 98 countries, continues to evolve and mutate, warns WHO. news.un.org The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday urged leaders to push back against daunting new COVID surges through increased vaccination efforts and public health measures, warning that with Delta quickly becoming the dominant strain in many countries 'we are in a very dangerous period of the pandemic'.

WSWS (2021-07-02). Putin reveals US involvement in provocations by British warship in Black Sea. wsws.org The Russian president denied that the incident could have led to a world war, stating, "No, I do not think so."

Editor2 (2021-07-02). Whistleblower and the Press Break the Code of Silence in an Australian Police State. orinocotribune.com By Steven Sahiounie — Jun 26, 2021 | David McBride calculates he faces up to 50 years in prison for being a whistleblower. McBride is an Australian whistleblower and former British Army major and Australian Army lawyer. He served two tours of duty in Afghanistan in 2011 and 2013 and received a combat services medal. But, his troubles began when he uncovered serious war crimes committed by Australian soldiers. He honored his duty to humanity and truth by leaking the information to the Australian press, who in turn were searched, and threatened with legal action for bringing the information forward in the inte…

Rishika Pardikar (2021-07-02). U.S. and U.K. Green New Deals Skirt Around Systemic Transformation. towardfreedom.org Record-breaking heat waves and economic hits as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic have prompted governments in the United States and the United Kingdom to consider enacting a Green New Deal (GND). But will they curb emissions while upholding the principles of social justice and equity?

Staff (2021-07-02). Democrats Seek Workarounds to Republican Resistance on Medicaid Expansion. truthout.org Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, Southern states have been among those that have done the least to protect their residents from contracting the deadly virus. | They were

David Cronin (2021-07-02). "Sad" EU officials happy to boost cooperation with Israel. electronicintifada.net Nuclear research among topics being explored.

Chris Gilbert (2021-07-02). Where is Socialism in Venezuela? Lessons from the Cultural Revolution. counterpunch.org The Cultural Revolution in China raised a number of key questions about the construction of socialism and attempted (albeit with limited success) to solve them. For that reason, its legacy remains relevant to the present. Alain Badiou has claimed that we are still contemporaries of 1968. In effect, the questions raised at that time about how to build an egalitarian society

Staff (2021-07-02). Three Officials in Guárico State Arrested for Alleged Corruption—National Land Institute (+ Arms Trafficking). orinocotribune.com Venezuelan Attorney General, Tarek William Saab, announced that the director of the National Land Institute (INTI) in Guárico state and two other officials of that organization have been apprehended for alleged links to acts of corruption. From the headquarters of the Public Ministry in Caracas, Saab explained that Pedro Carpio (director of the regional entity) and Miguel Aponte (coordinator in Zaraza) were brought in after being named in several complaints by other officials of that state, as well as the peasants of the area. | The process began "after a complaint made by the citizen Juan Rengifo, who reported t…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-07-02). Venezuela immunizes its population against COVID-19 with Cuban vaccine. peoplesdispatch.org Last week, Venezuela signed an agreement with Cuba for the purchase of 12 million doses of Abdala, just three days after the country announced and celebrated the success of its locally developed anti-COVID-19 vaccine…

Vijay Prashad — John Ross (2021-07-02). China Pulls Itself Out of Poverty 100 Years Into Its Revolution. counterpunch.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. Since 1981, 853 million Chinese people have lifted themselves out of poverty thanks to large-scale interventions from both the Chinese state and the Communist Party of China

Tom Clifford (2021-07-02). The PCR at 100: Where Does China Go From Here? counterpunch.org Beijing. Even the weather seemed to be obeying the script. At 9am on Thursday morning a brief thunderstorm hit northern Beijing. Nothing unusual in that, it is after all the height of summer and the rainy season. But about 20 km away in central Tiananmen Square where President Xi Jinping was leading celebrations to mark

Joris Leverink (2021-07-02). Anti-Capitalist Chronicles: The Urbanization of China. roarmag.org Season 3, Episode 16 — The Urbanization of China: | In this episode of ACC, Prof. Harvey argues that the circulation of interest-bearing capital and financialization, both necessary for the disposal of surplus capital and surplus value, are implicated in the acceleration of turnover time, especially in areas like tourism that have become dependent on "mindless urbanization." He points to China as a leading example. | You can support this podcast on

ecns.cn (2021-07-02). China confirms IAEA invitation over Japan's nuclear wastewater disposal. ecns.cn The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief has sent a letter inviting Chinese experts to participate in a working group pertaining to Japan's disposal of nuclear wastewater, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Friday.

ecns.cn (2021-07-02). China has provided over 480 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to world. ecns.cn China has provided more than 480 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to the world, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said here Friday.

_____ (2021-07-02). Congratulations to China on Centennial Success and Inspirational Future. strategic-culture.org The next century will vindicate China and other nations that believe in a world of cooperation and peaceful prosperity. | China's lavish celebrations this week on the centennial of the Communist Party of China (CPC) were not only a great national event but also a reminder to the rest of the world of huge historic achievement. That achievement will undoubtedly change the course of world history over the next century. | Founded on July 1, 1921, the CPC was the driving force that led to the formation of the People's Republic of China (PRC) in 1949. Since its earliest founding father Mao Zedong (1893-1976), there…

Rick Rozoff (2021-07-02). U.S. Army in Armenia. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com U.S. Army construction projects in Armenia improving local emergency response and firefighting capabilities The humanitarian assistance construction is being managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Europe District and funded through the United States European Command, or EUCOM. The work is being done in close coordination with the U.S. Embassy in the Armenian capital …

Mark Gruenberg (2021-07-02). Despite big job gains in June, pandemic's impact lingers. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Despite big job gains in June—662,000 more jobs claimed by the private sector and another 230,000 added by local public schools and state universities and colleges—the coronavirus pandemic's impact on U.S. workers lingers. Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs data showed slight increases in both joblessness (+0.1%, to 5.9%) and the number of unemployed (+168,000, to …

John Wojcik (2021-07-02). South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem continues the Jan. 6 insurrection. peoplesworld.org SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—Kristi Noem, the right-wing Republican governor of South Dakota, notorious for making her state the world epicenter for the coronavirus pandemic last year, outdid herself this week when she enlisted funds from a billionaire businessman to turn her state's National Guard into a mercenary operation on the nation's southern border. She declared that, …

Staff (2021-07-02). India's official Covid death toll climbs past 400,000, but real figure could be drastically higher. rt.com India has become the third country to have surpassed the 400,000 coronavirus death mark, but there is speculation that the number of fatalities is actually significantly higher. | On Friday India announced that it had doubled its official Covid-19 death toll since April. It's estimated that around half of India's 400,000 fatalities were amassed during the second wave of the virus. | However, questions have been raised about whether the official death toll is a true reflection of the dire situation in the country. Two notable studies from the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) and the Economist h…

Staff (2021-07-02). India's official Covid death toll climbs past 400,000, but real figure could be drastically higher. rt.com India has become the third country to have surpassed the 400,000 coronavirus death mark, but there is speculation that the number of fatalities is actually significantly higher. | On Friday India announced that it had doubled its official Covid-19 death toll since April. It's estimated that around half of India's 400,000 fatalities were amassed during the second wave of the virus. | However, questions have been raised about whether the official death toll is a true reflection of the dire situation in the country. Two notable studies from the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) and the Economist h…

Matt Jaworski, Jim Embrescia (2021-07-02). Construction unions battle vaccine reluctance among members. peoplesworld.org CLEVELAND (PAI)—Almost half, 46.4%, of U.S. construction/extraction workers—union and non-union combined—said they probably or definitely would not get vaccinated against the still-potent coronavirus, a new study shows. That's the highest refusal rate among all occupations, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh report. It's also consistent with previous studies, the researchers found. …

Staff (2021-07-02). As Russia breaks Covid-19 death record for fourth day, poll reports economic concerns mean most oppose new lockdown as solution. rt.com Almost 80% of Russians surveyed are against the introduction of a new lockdown to fight against the country's increasing number of Covid-19 cases, a survey has revealed, with over a half saying it would endanger the economy. | According to the research, conducted by Otkritie Bank, 51% of respondents are against a repeat of the kind of punitive measures seen in 2020 because of the negative consequences for the economy. This is despite rising infection figures. | A further 28% believe there is no epidemiological reason for a lockdown. | The results were reported by news agency RIA Novosti. | New restrictions are…

Staff (2021-07-02). As Russia breaks Covid-19 death record for fourth day, poll reports economic concerns mean most oppose new lockdown as solution. rt.com Almost 80% of Russians surveyed are against the introduction of a new lockdown to fight against the country's increasing number of Covid-19 cases, a survey has revealed, with over a half saying it would endanger the economy. | According to the research, conducted by Otkritie Bank, 51% of respondents are against a repeat of the kind of punitive measures seen in 2020 because of the negative consequences for the economy. This is despite rising infection figures. | A further 28% believe there is no epidemiological reason for a lockdown. | The results were reported by news agency RIA Novosti. | New restrictions are…

_____ (2021-07-02). Cuba's Vaccine Shield and the Five Monopolies that Structure the World. popularresistance.org To use the social wealth of a population, to teach science, and to establish a basic norm of scientific literacy are essential lessons of the pandemic. These are lessons well-learnt by the Cubans. This is why Cuba has, against all odds, developed five different vaccines. Abdala and Cuba's four other vaccines stand as a shield against COVID-19. These vaccines emerge out of the social productivity of socialist Cuba, which has not surrendered to the ugliness of the five monopolies.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-02). 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…

CA Poor People's Campaign & Partners (2021-07-02). Thursday 7/8: #ChildTaxCredit: Keep Families Afloat Rally & Ice Cream Social in Sacramento. indybay.org Jack Davis Park in South Oak Park neighborhood, 16th Street & 44th Street, Sacramento 95820 | Masks required. Follow current COVID safety guidelines: covid19.ca.gov/safely-reopening/#continu…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-02). 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 (2021-07-02). Cancer to COVID-19: Experimental treatment pivots in record time. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org At the beginning of 2020, everyone in research and medicine who could pivot to focus on COVID-19 did. Scientists and physicians hauled out findings from previous epidemics. In papers and personal correspondence, they shared descriptions of the damage wrought by SARS-CoV-2. They started running potential drugs through their paces. "When you have a completely new …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-02). 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 …

Vijay Prashad (2021-07-02). Cuba's vaccine shield and the five monopolies that structure the World: The Twenty-Sixth Newsletter (2021). mronline.org In 1869, at the age of fifteen, José Martí and his young friends published a magazine in Cuba called La Patria Libre ('The Free Homeland'), which adopted a strong position against Spanish imperialism. The first and only issue of the magazine carried Martí's poem, 'Abdala'. | July 2, 2021…

news.un (2021-07-02). 400,000 in Tigray cross 'threshold into famine', with nearly 2 million on the brink, Security Council told. news.un.org Senior UN officials appealed on Friday for immediate and unrestricted humanitarian access to Tigray — and for an end to deadly attacks on aid workers – as the Security Council held its first open meeting on the conflict in the restive northern Ethiopian region.

Mark Fiore (2021-07-02). Even Newer New Abnormal. progressive.org There is, yet again, abundant evidence that humans and their fossil fuel contraptions are causing climate change.

Karl Kramer (2021-07-02). Saturday 7/31: Commemoration of 1975 Student Massacre in El Salvador. indybay.org Online virtual event…

Staff (2021-07-02). US asks Afghanistan's neighbors to shelter its ex-employees who fear Taliban retaliation after troop pullout – media. rt.com Thousands of Afghan citizens eligible for US visas after working for the US government may soon move to a different Central Asian country, where they will presumably be safe from retaliation while their applications are processed. | Afghanistan's neighbors Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, as well as Kazakhstan, may shelter as many as 9,000 Afghans qualified for the so-called Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program. It is

Staff (2021-07-02). US asks Afghanistan's neighbors to shelter its ex-employees who fear Taliban retaliation after troop pullout – media. rt.com Thousands of Afghan citizens eligible for US visas after working for the US government may soon move to a different Central Asian country, where they will presumably be safe from retaliation while their applications are processed. | Afghanistan's neighbors Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, as well as Kazakhstan, may shelter as many as 9,000 Afghans qualified for the so-called Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program. It is

Staff (2021-07-02). Lethal Force Against Pipeline Protests? Documents Reveal Shocking South Dakota Plans for National Guard. democracynow.org Republican South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has announced she is deploying 50 members of the South Dakota National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border at the request of Texas Governor Greg Abbott. In an extraordinary twist, the deployment is being paid for by billionaire Republican megadonor Willis Johnson, who lives in Tennessee. Critics say Noem is turning the National Guard into a private mercenary force targeting migrants, but the governor's plans for the National Guard could encompass other activities. Water protector and land back attorney Bruce Ellison has obtained documents that indicate the same force could…

Judy Greenspan (2021-07-02). DC action demands: 'End Trans ICE Detention!'. workers.org Carrying signs and three brightly painted pink coffins, transgender immigrant rights activists and their supporters marched on the White House June 23 to demand an end to Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention of transgendered and HIV+ people. The coffins symbolized the deaths of three trans women, Roxsana Hernández, Victoria Arellano . . . |

Aaron Maté (2021-07-02). Pressed for answers on Syria cover-up, OPCW chief offers new lies and excuses. thegrayzone.com Facing growing outcry, OPCW Director General Fernando Arias went before the UN and told new falsehoods about his organization's Syria cover-up scandal — along with more disingenuous excuses to avoid addressing it. Part one of two In the two years since the censorship of a Syria chemical weapons investigation was exposed, the head of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Fernando Arias, has vigorously resisted accountability. Arias has refused to investigate or explain the extensive manipulation of …

David Masciotra (2021-07-02). The Phony Free Speech Panic Versus Right Wing Fascism. counterpunch.org Few trends in American discourse are more revolting than the phony free speech panic. Substack sobbers, like Glenn Greenwald and Matt Taibbi, declare their martyrdom while collecting thousands of dollars in subscription fees. They compete only with multimillionaire TV talk show hosts, such Tucker Carlson and Bill Maher, for the ultimate prize in absurdity: Claiming

Marjorie Cohn (2021-07-02). UN Report Calls for Reparations for Victims of Systemic Racist Police Violence. zcomm.org Activists as well as legislators must use this report to effect real change and dismantle systemic racism…

Ramzy Baroud (2021-07-02). Bennett's Political Theater: the Decisive Israeli-Palestinian Fight Ahead. counterpunch.org Many Palestinians believe that the May 10-21 military confrontation between Israel and the Gaza Resistance, along with the simultaneous popular revolt across Palestine, was a game-changer. Israel is doing everything in its power to prove them wrong. Palestinians are justified to hold this viewpoint; after all, their minuscule military capabilities in a besieged and impoverished

Ramzy Baroud (2021-07-02). Bennett's political theatre: The decisive Israeli-Palestinian fight ahead. juancole.com ( Middle East Monitor ) — Many Palestinians believe that the 10-21 May military confrontation between Israel and the Gaza Resistance, along with the simultaneous popular revolt across Palestine, was a game-changer. Israel is doing everything in its power to prove them wrong. Palestinians are justified to hold this viewpoint; after all, their minuscule military …

Ramzy Baroud (2021-07-02). Bennett's Political Theater: The Decisive Israeli-Palestinian Fight Ahead. zcomm.org Many Palestinians believe that the May 10-21 military confrontation between Israel and the Gaza Resistance, along with the simultaneous popular revolt across Palestine, was a game-changer…

Editor (2021-07-02). Reparations! Bring Indigenous children home. workers.org There is no greater proof of genocide than the systematic theft and killing of the children of a people. The governments of the U.S. and Canada stand criminally indicted of genocide after the renewed revelation in late May of the deaths of thousands of Indigenous children at state-run, state-authorized "boarding" . . . |

Workers World Boston bureau (2021-07-02). Emancipation Day in Rhode Island. workers.org Activists from the Black community gathered in Providence, R.I., June 19, with allies to commemorate Emancipation Day, also known as Juneteenth. The diverse event was organized by Direct Action for Rights and Equality (DARE) which has long-standing roots in the community grounded in political action. From left: Susan Mortimer, Solidarity . . . |

Eric A. Gordon (2021-07-02). Fiddler on the sidewalks of New York: What became of Tevye. peoplesworld.org BEVERLY HILLS—The last we saw renowned Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem's touching character Tevye the Milkman, he was exiting the stage escaping an anti-Semitic pogrom in Russia headed for parts unknown. People like him wound up in France, England, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, Australia. Many found themselves in New York and other American cities …

Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (2021-07-02). Vera Eidelman on Fourth of July Freedoms, Vivek Shandas on Addressing Climate Change. fair.org How do we protect our society from campaigns to stop people from voting or speaking or going into the street to protest things that are wrong?

Staff (2021-07-02). 'Clothing police': Leftist Melenchon denounces Macron for opposing crop tops in French schools, likens him to 'Iranian Ayatollahs'. rt.com The leader of a French leftist party has compared President Emmanuel Macron to Iranian ayatollahs or the "clothing police," after Macron disapproved of teenagers wearing crop tops in school. | In an interview with Elle magazine, Macron was asked what he thinks about teenagers sporting the midriff-revealing crop tops outside of or in schools. "I'm all for freedom," the president replied. "But freedom is only valid when there are rules for living in a community." | At home or with friends, it's one thing. At school, I'm a more of a 'proper attire required' kind of person, for both girls and boys. | "I'm not an a…

Staff (2021-07-02). Cyberhack dispute: Russian diplomats say Moscow not behind attacks on US targets, but is itself constantly bombarded by Americans. rt.com One day after the US accused Moscow of being behind cyberattacks on both government bodies and private business, the Russian Embassy in Washington has pointed the finger at the Americans, accusing them of hacking Russian targets. | "We strictly deny the involvement of Russian government agencies in attacks 'on government and private facilities in…

Staff (2021-07-02). 'No state cover-up': French government refuses to apologize over Pacific nuclear test radiation levels. rt.com France's junior defense minister Genevieve Darrieussecq has denied her country engaged in a "state cover-up" to conceal the extent of the impact of nuclear tests conducted by the country in the Pacific between 1966 and 1996. | Speaking following the conclusion of a two-day roundtable meeting, Darrieussecq declared that "there was no state cover-up," rejecting allegations France sought to conceal the extent of the fallout from the nuclear tests, and ruling out any official apology. | The event had been arranged by France's President Emmanuel Macron to confront the legacy of the 193 nuclear tests at Moruroa and…

Staff (2021-07-02). 'Clothing police': Leftist Melenchon denounces Macron for opposing crop tops in French schools, likens him to 'Iranian Ayatollahs'. rt.com The leader of a French leftist party has compared President Emmanuel Macron to Iranian ayatollahs or the "clothing police," after Macron disapproved of teenagers wearing crop tops in school. | In an interview with Elle magazine, Macron was asked what he thinks about teenagers sporting the midriff-revealing crop tops outside of or in schools. "I'm all for freedom," the president replied. "But freedom is only valid when there are rules for living in a community." | At home or with friends, it's one thing. At school, I'm a more of a 'proper attire required' kind of person, for both girls and boys. | "I'm not an a…

Staff (2021-07-02). Cyberhack dispute: Russian diplomats say Moscow not behind attacks on US targets, but is itself constantly bombarded by Americans. rt.com One day after the US accused Moscow of being behind cyberattacks on both government bodies and private business, the Russian Embassy in Washington has pointed the finger at the Americans, accusing them of hacking Russian targets. | "We strictly deny the involvement of Russian government agencies in attacks 'on government and private facilities in…

Staff (2021-07-02). Russian court takes bankrupt man's only home to pay off debt for first time in history; he is given small flat as replacement. rt.com For the first time in the history of Russia, a court has ruled that a citizen who declared bankruptcy should have his only housing seized and auctioned in order to pay back a debt. The unprecedented decision was upheld on appeal.

Staff (2021-07-02). 'No state cover-up': French government refuses to apologize over Pacific nuclear test radiation levels. rt.com France's junior defense minister Genevieve Darrieussecq has denied her country engaged in a "state cover-up" to conceal the extent of the impact of nuclear tests conducted by the country in the Pacific between 1966 and 1996. | Speaking following the conclusion of a two-day roundtable meeting, Darrieussecq declared that "there was no state cover-up," rejecting allegations France sought to conceal the extent of the fallout from the nuclear tests, and ruling out any official apology. | The event had been arranged by France's President Emmanuel Macron to confront the legacy of the 193 nuclear tests at Moruroa and…

Staff (2021-07-02). Russian court takes bankrupt man's only home to pay off debt for first time in history; he is given small flat as replacement. rt.com For the first time in the history of Russia, a court has ruled that a citizen who declared bankruptcy should have his only housing seized and auctioned in order to pay back a debt. The unprecedented decision was upheld on appeal.

Staff (2021-07-02). 'The officer dragged me out of the car': Cops who stopped sprint duo 'face investigation over alleged racism & dishonesty' (VIDEO). rt.com Police officers who were involved in the stop and search of British sprinter Bianca Williams and her athlete partner are now under investigation for gross misconduct in relation to racism and dishonesty, reports have claimed. | Ricardo dos Santos and Williams were stopped in north-west London on July 4 last year by Territorial Support Group officers linked to the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS). | They were searched on suspicion of possessing drugs and weapons, with their then-three-month-old son in the back seat. Nothing was found in the vehicle or on their person. | Since then, an investigation launched by…

Staff (2021-07-02). 'The officer dragged me out of the car': Cops who stopped sprint duo 'face investigation over alleged racism & dishonesty' (VIDEO). rt.com Police officers who were involved in the stop and search of British sprinter Bianca Williams and her athlete partner are now under investigation for gross misconduct in relation to racism and dishonesty, reports have claimed. | Ricardo dos Santos and Williams were stopped in north-west London on July 4 last year by Territorial Support Group officers linked to the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS). | They were searched on suspicion of possessing drugs and weapons, with their then-three-month-old son in the back seat. Nothing was found in the vehicle or on their person. | Since then, an investigation launched by…

_____ (2021-07-02). Oriental Despotism Versus Freedom: Which 4IR? strategic-culture.org There is no running from the 4th Industrial Revolution, but the IMF's version of it can be stopped, Joaquin Flores writes. | On June 29th, the World Economic Forum announced its 'Global Coalition for Digital Safety' and its furthering commitment to censorship and the rising technocratic despotism in a press release titled, '

Anonymous007 (2021-07-02). Russia To Begin Exporting Orion Attack UAVs In 2022. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | Russia will start selling serially-produced attack unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to foreign buyers starting from 2022, sources in the military-industrial complex and the administration of the Moscow region told RIA Novosti. | This is so that production at Russia's first plant for drone production can start operating fully, under the management of the Kronsdadt group of companies. | As previously reported, Russia has begun promoting Orion drones in a strike version on the international arms…

Anonymous669 (2021-07-02). Syrian Authorities, Turkish-Backed Militants Swap Prisoners Under Russian-Brokered Deal (Video, Photos). southfront.org Click to see full-size image. Source: RT. | On July 2, Syrian authorities and Turkish-backed militants swapped prisoners as a part of a deal that was brokered by the Ministry of Defense of Russia and backed by Turkey. | The prisoners swap took place on the Abu al-Zandin crossing which links Turkish-occupied areas in northern Aleppo with areas held by Syrian government forces. The United Nations and the Red Crescent oversaw the deal. | Turkish-backed militants released five soldiers and officers of the Syri…

Anonymous669 (2021-07-02). Iraqi "Resistance" Groups Blew Up Two US Supply Convoys (Video). southfront.org File image. | On July 2, two convoys moving logistic supplies and equipment for the US-led coalition came under attack in central and northern Iraq. | The first convoy was targeted near the city of Hillah in the central province of Babylon with an improvised explosive device (IED). No casualties were reported. The pro-Iranian Islamic Resistance in Iraq — 'Ashab al-Kahf claimed responsibility for the attack. | The second convoy was attacked in an unspecified part of the northern province of Saladin. Several…

Anonymous669 (2021-07-02). ISIS Shared Summery Of Its Attacks In Africa During June. southfront.org Illustrative image. | On July 2, ISIS newspaper, al-Nab'a, shared an infographic summarizing the terrorist group's operations in Africa during last June. | According to the infographic, ISIS terrorists carried out a total of 39 operations in Somalia, Congo, Cameroon, Nigeria, Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso last month. The operations included 19 raids, ten attacks with improvised explosive devices (IEDs), eight ambushes, one suicide raid and one suicide bombing. | Al-Nab'a claimed that 171 civilians and soldiers, including three…

Anonymous669 (2021-07-02). Central Syria: Chief Of ISIS Oil Smuggling Operations Killed In Recent Russian Airstrikes. southfront.org File image. | The chief of ISIS oil smuggling operations has been reportedly killed in a Russian airstrike that hit his hideout in Syria's central region. | Iraqi sources affiliated with the group mourned the terrorist leader who is commonly known as "Sami al-Ajouz" on July 1. It remains unclear if al-Ajouz was killed on the very same day or in an earlier date. | Al-Ajouz was reportedly responsible for ISIS oil smuggling operations in both Iraq and Syria. The terrorists leader is originally…

Anonymous669 (2021-07-02). Syrian Army Bracing For New Ground Operation In Greater Idlib (Video). southfront.org ILLUSTRATIVE IMAGE: Sputnik/Mikhail Alaeddin | The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is preparing to launch a new ground operation in the northwestern region of Greater Idlib where many terrorist groups are present, Syrian pro-government journalist Mazen Ibrahim reported on July 1. | Ibrahim shared a video showing a gathering of SAA troops who will supposedly take part in the upcoming operation in Greater Idlib. | In the last few months, Greater Idlib militants, led by al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), carried out doze…

Emma-Louise Fenelon (2021-07-02). 5 Key Medical Law Updates on Law Pod UK. ukhumanrightsblog.com In Episode 146 Emma-Louise Fenelon speaks to Richard Mumford and Rajkiran Barhey about recent developments in medical law. All of the cases discussed during this episode are covered in the most recent issue of the QMLR, available here. We highly recommend the new QMLR website to our listeners, who we hope will find the archive …

The Conversation (2021-07-02). How the Media manages to Report the Northwest Heat Dome without Mentioning the Carbon Dioxide Emissions that Drove it. juancole.com By Kamyar Razavi | — ( The Conversation) — New normal. Record-breaking. Unprecedented. In recent days, as Western Canada and the United States have been broiling under a climate-fuelled heat crisis, all sorts of superlatives have been used to describe never-before-seen temperatures: the British Columbia community of Lytton hit a mind-boggling 49.5 C on June …

Staff (2021-07-02). Job Gains Driven by Growth in Sectors Hit Hard by Pandemic. truthout.org The June employment report showed very strong employment growth in the establishment survey, while the household survey showed little improvement from May. The 850,000 gain was the largest since an increase of 1,583,000 last August. By contrast, the household survey showed no change in the employment-to-population ratio or labor force participation rate. The unemployment rate edged up slightly, as employment in the household survey slipped by 18,000. | It is not unusual to see sharp monthly divergences between…

Staff (2021-07-02). Mainstream Democrats Try to Crush Left Frontrunners in Buffalo and Cleveland. truthout.org The two biggest cities on the shores of Lake Erie are now centers of political upheaval. For decades, Buffalo and Cleveland have suffered from widespread poverty and despair in the midst of urban decay. Today, the second-largest cities in New York and Ohio are battlegrounds between activists fighting for progressive change and establishment forces determined to prevent it. | For Buffalo's entrenched leaders, a shocking crisis arrived out of the blue on June 22 when socialist India Walton won…

Medea Benjamin, Ariel Gold (2021-07-02). #FreeBrittney and all Saudi women too! nationofchange.org If any woman can relate to Brittney's struggle to free herself from her father's rule, it is Saudi women's rights activist Samar Badawi.

Medea Benjamin (2021-07-02). #FreeBrittney and all Saudi Women too! zcomm.org Please Help ZNet Source: Countercurrents One week after Brittney Spears sent shockwaves across the world by relaying the conditions she has lived under for the past 13 years, a Los Angeles judge has denied her request to have her father removed from her conservatorship. Despite testifying that under her father's care,

Norman Solomon (2021-07-02). The Empire Strikes Back at the Left in Buffalo and Cleveland. counterpunch.org The two biggest cities on the shores of Lake Erie are now centers of political upheaval. For decades, Buffalo and Cleveland have suffered from widespread poverty and despair in the midst of urban decay. Today, the second-largest cities in New York and Ohio are battlegrounds between activists fighting for progressive change and establishment forces determined

Norman Solomon (2021-07-02). The Empire Strikes Back at the Left in Buffalo and Cleveland. indybay.org Corporate Democrats Crank Up Their Firepower…

Norman Solomon (2021-07-02). The Empire Strikes Back at the Left in Buffalo and Cleveland. zcomm.org "They're afraid of a politician that can't be bought."

Matthew Stevenson (2021-07-02). Letters From Minsk: The Last Dictator. counterpunch.org This is the last in a series about train and bicycle rides from Switzerland to Belarus, in those carefree days before pandemic lockdowns. One day in Minsk, I headed out after a leisurely breakfast—the Hotel Garni had a full buffet and very few guests—and rode to the Museum of Modern Belarusian Statehood in Minsk, which

WSWS (2021-07-02). Young Americans are dying at rates not seen since 1953. wsws.org The year-on-year increase in the mortality rate among young Americans is the largest since 1918, when deaths rose by 30 percent amid the Spanish Flu pandemic.

Sonia Qadir (2021-07-02). Revolutionizing the narrative: Building a principled Pakistani solidarity movement for Palestine. mronline.org As part of the ongoing Nakba, Israel has once again unleashed its latest reign of terror on Palestine, in response to resistance by Palestinians against ethnic cleansing of the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem (meant to eviscerate both Palestinian social and cultural life from the city). | July 2, 2021…

Allan Fisher (2021-07-02). Saturday 7/3: Protest US financed oppression in Palestine/Israel. indybay.org Corner of Ocean and Water Streets, Santa Cruz…

Angela (2021-07-02). Thursday 7/1: Tell Pelosi: Take Action for Palestine. indybay.org 90 7th St, San Francisco…

Jeffrey St. Clair (2021-07-02). Roaming Charges: The Hotter They Come. counterpunch.org The "heat dome" shouldn't have caught any of use by surprise. The new normal is yesterday's abnormal. The surprises and anomalies come and go, but only in one direction. The hotter they come, the hotter the records fall. It's time to stop calling the PNW heat wave "unprecedented" and start calling it the precedent for a future that has already arrived.

Louis Proyect (2021-07-02). The Unrepentant Marxist Comic Book. counterpunch.org In 2009, I worked with Harvey Pekar to write a comic book memoir titled "The Unrepentant Marxist". I wrote the dialog based on his guidelines (keep 'em laughing) and Summer McClinton (one of his best artist collaborators) did the drawings. He had a deal with Random House to have it published but it got dropped

_____ (2021-07-02). First Nations Replace Canada Day Fireworks With Vigils In Show Of Support To Indigenous Peoples. popularresistance.org Chief George Kakegamic said Keewaywin had ordered around 150 orange shirts for what they're calling a Day of Mourning. It will also include a reading of a list of the names of residential school survivors from the community and opportunities for attendees to to hear their experiences.

RobertAlvarez (2021-07-02). Fossil Fueled-Crackdowns Are Part of the Assault on Democracy. ips-dc.org In early June, over 2,000 Indigenous-led demonstrators converged in northern Minnesota to protest the construction of a polluting oil pipeline on Indigenous land. They were met by an extremely aggressive law enforcement response. Over 200 were arrested, including a journalist with visible press credentials who was covering the protests. | Police used a long range acoustic device (LRAD), an extremely dangerous weapon that should never be used against civilians, to disperse protesters. Federal Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers—nominally in charge of border control—also attacked demonstrators,…

ecns.cn (2021-07-02). New batch of unmarked graves found near former indigenous residential school, Canada Day marked by outrage, protests. ecns.cn &nbsp…

_____ (2021-07-02). Scientists Call Northwest Heatwave the 'Most Extreme in World Weather Records'. commondreams.org The number of unmarked graves found on the grounds of former residential schools passed 1,000 on Thursday, prompting many Indigenous people and allies to hold rallies and vigils.

_____ (2021-07-02). Old Hills And Old Folks Resist The Mountain Valley Pipeline. popularresistance.org Bent Mountain, VA – On Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 5: 30 A.M., Deborah Kushner, Alan Moore, and Bridget Kelley locked themselves in and to a broken down vehicle on Honeysuckle Road, blocking Mountain Valley Pipeline's access to the pipeline easement, a work yard, and 2 access roads. Written on the vehicle blockade are slogans including: "Old Hills & Old Folks Resist," "Protect What You Love," "McAuliffe's Climate Catastrophe," "Land Back," and "Water Is Life." Nearly 20 people rallied on site in support of today's blockade. | At 12: 45 P.M., law enforcement issued a dispersal order for the rally of supporters.

_____ (2021-07-02). A Deadly Summer In The Pacific Northwest Augurs More Heat Waves, And More Deaths To Come. popularresistance.org In Washington State, more than 1,300 people flooded emergency rooms suffering from heat exhaustion, dehydration, dizziness or loss of consciousness. At least three people died of suspected heat-related causes, according to the state health department.

Karen Dolan (2021-07-02). For Parents Some Relief is Finally on the Way. counterpunch.org Did you hear the good news? If you're a parent or a single, low-income worker, more historic relief is on its way to your bank account. From July 15 through the end of the year, most families with children under 18 will receive between $250 and $300 per child, per month. This is because the

John O'Kane (2021-07-02). Critical Race Theory in Practice. counterpunch.org Critical Race Theory thrives in academe after the anti-racist activism of the 1960s and early 1970s expires: MLK's direct action strategy for change through a multi-racial, class coalition; and the subsequent selective embrace of Malcolm X's focus on combatting the exploitative domination of black communities. When the political tide turns conservative and support for liberal

Christopher Brauchli (2021-07-02). The Return of Stephen Miller. counterpunch.org Happily the government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction . . . requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens in giving it on all occasions their effectual support. George Washington, Letter to the Jewish congregation of Newport, Rhode Island, 1790 It's just a

Kim C. Domenico (2021-07-02). Revolutionary Soapboxing for the Soul: the 'Commons Is Us'. counterpunch.org What is absent in inverted totalitarianism is the political, the commitment to finding where the common good lies… — Sheldon Wolin When Louie Gohmert or Marjorie Taylor Greene says something outlandish, you can almost always assume they actually mean it. When leading Democrats say something that makes perfect sense to you, it's safe to assume

Adriana Cadena (2021-07-02). Getting Out of Poverty Shouldn't Require Luck. counterpunch.org I grew up in a poor, undocumented family. I was lucky — we got our legal residency, I got an education, and now I have a good job. But no one should have to count on luck. Here's my story and what I've learned. My dad came to the U.S. to work through the Bracero

Rick Baum (2021-07-02). The Wealth Inequality Virus Persists. counterpunch.org In recent decades, during both normal and abnormal times, economic inequality in the United States has been increasing. The Federal Reserve Board recently released its figures on wealth distribution in the United States as of the end of March.[1] The wealthiest 1% are presumably quite happy. Their wealth increased $2.01 trillion to $41.52 trillion in the

Ron Jacobs (2021-07-02). Rewriting History in the Land Called California. counterpunch.org I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area of California for eight years during the 1970s and 1980s. One of the reasons I moved there in the first place was because of its radical history, much of it fairly recent and much of it still alive at the time. It was one of the few

John Kendall Hawkins (2021-07-02). Is QAnon Out to Get Me? An Interview with Robert Guffey. counterpunch.org Robert Guffey is a lecturer in the Department of English at California State University — Long Beach. His most recent books are Widow of the Amputation and Other Weird Crimes (Eraserhead Press, 2021), a collection of four novellas, and a novel entitled Bela Lugosi's Dead (Crossroad Press, 2021). 2017 marked the publication of Until the

Eve Ottenberg (2021-07-02). Native Genocide, Native Liberation. counterpunch.org The scope of violence against Native people in the United States is truly staggering. In fact, it would be safe to say the historical genocide never ended. It is ongoing. It is the violence of stolen lands, of stolen children, of dispossession, of police, of payday lenders, liquor stores and pawnshops, of fracking and mining

David Yearsley (2021-07-02). Violence and Violins. counterpunch.org A six-hour drive last weekend took us from Ithaca in Upstate New York to Oberlin, Ohio—two Blue college towns in a sea of Red. Our purpose was to help a daughter move out of her apartment and to admire the Midsummer fireflies of the Buckeye State—and just about avoid the first public political appearance of

Stephanie Seneff (2021-07-02). Glyphosate's Toxic Legacy Exposed: Why This Weedkiller Should Be Banned. counterpunch.org In September 2012, I attended a nutrition conference where Dr. Don Huber from Purdue University was speaking on the topic of "glyphosate." Glyphosate is the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup. While glyphosate isn't a household name, everyone has heard of Roundup. Drive across the United States and you'll see vast fields marked with crop

Jill Richardson (2021-07-02). A Dangerous Moment for Academic Freedom. counterpunch.org The state of Florida just passed a law that — to put it mildly — grossly violates academic freedom. Under the new bill, recently signed by Governor Ron DeSantis, students and faculty will be surveyed about their political views to ensure "intellectual freedom and ideological diversity." The real intent appears to be the opposite. The

WSWS (2021-07-02). An interview with Professor Umberto Albarella on the closure of the University of Sheffield's Archaeology department. wsws.org The WSWS interviewed Umberto Albarella, a Professor of Zooarchaeology from the University of Sheffield's Archaeology department, which is threatened with closure.

WSWS (2021-07-02). End of Alternative Delivery Model hailed by union as Australia Post prepares fresh assault for workers. wsws.org The Communications Electrical Plumbers Union is promoting illusions in a "rollback" as it colludes with management on a new delivery model.

WSWS (2021-07-02). With support growing for Volvo Trucks strikers, UAW brings back another concessionary contract. wsws.org The United Auto Workers announced Thursday evening that it had reached a tentative agreement with Volvo Trucks just days after declaring that no substantial progress had been made in negotiations.

WSWS (2021-07-02). Hong Kong police close largest opposition newspaper. wsws.org The attack on freedom of speech is ultimately directed at the Chinese working class.

WSWS (2021-07-02). In the Heights: Film version of Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical about life in New York City neighborhood. wsws.org In spite of its insufficiently critical treatment of the "American Dream," In the Heights offers some genuine and compelling pictures of life in Washington Heights.

WSWS (2021-07-02). Australian governments respond to Delta outbreak by blocking repatriation of citizens. wsws.org Federal, state and territory leaders have sought to patch up a deepening political crisis by slamming the border shut on tens of thousands of citizens who remain stranded abroad.

WSWS (2021-07-02). French unions call token public strikes in railway and airports. wsws.org While trillions of euros are handed to the banks and corporations in EU bailouts, these measures are to be financed by stepped-up attacks on workers' social rights.

WSWS (2021-07-02). Detroit autoworkers support striking Volvo workers in Virginia. wsws.org The WSWS is breaking the media/UAW blackout of the ongoing strike of nearly 3,000 Volvo Trucks workers in Dublin, Virginia, by bringing the news directly to the factory gates.

Daniela Jimenez (2021-07-02). New York Times Reveals its "Lethal Naivety," Alleges Venezuela's Arreaza. orinocotribune.com "The fate and life of the population near the border [between Venezuela and Colombia] is not exactly a concern, neither for The New York Times nor the governments of Colombia and the United States, and much less for human rights NGOs that some consider to be 'primary sources' for organizations with a global reach," said Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza in a statement addressed to the US media outlet The New York Times (NYT). | Arreaza's comments came in response to a piece published on April 26 that, according to the top diplomat, sought to maintain a slanderous narrative against Venezuela and its effor…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-07-02). Protests surge in Serbia over amendments to law on civil procedure. peoplesdispatch.org Provisions in the Draft on Amendments to the Law on Civil Procedure in Serbia are likely to affect ordinary citizens' right to access courts as well as hamper activists' and independent media's right to respond to lawsuits…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-07-02). Women protest Turkey's withdrawal from Istanbul convention. peoplesdispatch.org The conservative government in Turkey led by AKP officially withdrew from the convention which demands signatories make legal and institutional arrangements for protecting women and achieving gender equality…

Karen Conner (2021-07-02). Economy Adds 850,000 Jobs in June; Unemployment Edges Up to 5.9 Percent. cepr.net Black teen unemployment falls to another record low, falling to 9.3 percent. The June employment report showed very strong employment growth in the establishment survey, while the household survey showed little improvement from May. The 850,000 gain was the largest since an increase of 1,583,000 last August. By contrast, the household survey showed no change …

Glenn Sacks (2021-07-02). Schools Must Teach About Racism. progressive.org Teaching about racism helps explain many of the key issues that students and their families face.

Fight Back (2021-07-02). Families hold march and rally at ELA Sheriff's Station demanding justice for Paul Rea. fightbacknews.org East Los Angeles, CA – June 27 marked the two-year anniversary of the killing of 18-year-old Chicano Paul Rea in East Los Angeles, during a traffic stop. Rea was killed by Deputy Sheriff Hector Saavedra, a known member of the Banditos deputy gang. Since Rea's death, his family has been subjected to harassment and intimidation in a deputy attempt to silence them from seeking justice. This is a common occurrence for families who are vocal and fight back against police crimes. | On the evening of his death, Rea and a friend were driving close to his home when two Los Angeles Sheriff's Department deputies pulled them…

ecns.cn (2021-07-02). U.S., NATO forces evacuate largest military base in Afghanistan. ecns.cn All U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan have evacuated the Bagram Airfield near the Afghan capital Kabul, handing over the largest coalition base to the Afghan government troops, the Tolo News TV reported on Friday.

ecns.cn (2021-07-02). Chinese FM to attend 9th World Peace Forum. ecns.cn Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi will attend the opening ceremony of the ninth World Peace Forum and deliver a keynote speech on July 3.

Marlee Kokotovic (2021-07-02). Over 200 groups demand no water privatization in any infrastructure deal. nationofchange.org "Water privatization has failed communities across the country and must be rejected in all its forms."

Jeremy Kuzmarov (2021-07-02). Who Ordered the Killing of Malcolm X? covertactionmagazine.com New Evidence May Implicate the New York Police Dept., the District Attorney, the FBI, and Even (Unthinkably) … On Sunday February 21, 1965, at 3: 00 p.m., Malcolm X was gunned down at the Audubon Ballroom on Broadway and 166th Street in Manhattan while delivering a speech to an audience of about 400…

April M. Short (2021-07-02). People in LA Are Feeding Each Other the Food That Would Be Wasted. counterpunch.org In any given U.S. city, on any given night, chances are that dumpsters are sitting full of perfectly good food discarded by grocery stores, hotels and restaurants—while people just a few miles away struggle to get enough food on their plates. Even though there is plenty of food in the U.S., many Americans still continue

Strike Debt Bay Area (2021-07-02). Saturday 7/24: Strike Debt Bay Area Book Group: Degrowth. indybay.org OMNI Commons, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland, CA if open. Otherwise online. See below.

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