Daily Archives: July 17, 2021

2021-07-17: News Headlines

WSWS (2021-07-17). Texas Democrats meet with Senator Manchin, backtrack on voting rights bills. wsws.org Texas state legislators met with leading Democrats in Washington but received little practical support for blocking voter suppression bills in their home state or anywhere else.

_____ (2021-07-17). 'Cuba Is Not Alone,' International Solidarity Movements Stress. popularresistance.org Progressive political organizations, social movements, intellectuals, and opinion leaders from around the world continue to affirm their support for the Cuban people and government amid the new attempt by the United States to destabilize the order in this Caribbean nation.

sputniknews (2021-07-17). Pot Meet Kettle: Biden Refers to Cuba as 'Failed State'. sputniknews.com Liberation Heroine Assata Shakur turns 74; Anniversary of bold Young Lord's hospital occupation; Nigerian-American basketball players appeal to play in Olympics…

Staff (2021-07-17). US failed in destroying Cuba despite spending billions. en.mehrnews.com Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel says the United States could not destroy Cuba despite spending billions of dollars.

teleSUR (2021-07-17). Mexico Reaffirms His Rejection to US Blockade Against Cuba. telesurenglish.net Speaking at a press conference at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York on Friday, Mexico's Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard reaffirmed his country's rejection of the U.S. unilateral blockade against Cuba. | RELATED: | He highlighted that the U.S. inhumane measure against the Caribbean island and other countries were causing "serious impacts" on the population while worsening these nations' humanitarian situation.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-07-17). Confronting Interference, for an End to the Blockade and Respect for Cuba's Sovereignty. libya360.wordpress.com Statement of the International Relations Commission of the National Assembly of People's Power We address Parliaments, Parliamentary Friendship Groups and legislators, to spread our truth in the face of the immense and brutal political-media operation against Cuba, oriented and financed from the United States, deployed through social networks, with automated patterns with hundreds of thousands…

_____ (2021-07-17). Documents Point To US Hand In Cuba Protests. popularresistance.org "For those new to the issue of Cuba, the protests we are witnessing were started by artists, not politicians. This song 'Patria y Vida' powerfully explains how young Cubans feel. And its release was so impactful, you will go to jail if caught playing it in Cuba," said Florida Senator Marco Rubio, referencing a track by rapper Yotuel.

Ralph Nader (2021-07-17). The Power Structure for Deadly Lag and the Prophetic Work of Unsung Heroes. dissidentvoice.org Kicking life-saving solutions endlessly down the road is the mark of the brutish power of the corporations over the innocents. Fifty years ago, medical research warned about the overuse of antibiotics creating mutations of resistant bacterium, making these drugs less effective. Dr. Sidney Wolfe warned about this criminal negligence again and again, along with other …

WSWS (2021-07-17). Official story of assassination in Haiti begins to unravel. wsws.org With far-right figures tied to the former Duvalier dictatorship implicated in the crime, Washington is backing a coverup to facilitate an accommodation between the warring factions of the Haitian elite.

sputniknews (2021-07-17). US Activists Urge Biden to Lift Sanctions Fueling Cuba's Economic Crisis. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The Biden administration is using starvation as a weapon against Havana by refusing to lift the very sanctions that helped fuel Cuba's economic crisis in the first place, including those targeting payments from relatives in America, activists told Sputnik.

Joe Lauria (2021-07-17). The Espionage Act & Julian Assange — Part 3: Passing the Espionage Act. orinocotribune.com By Joe Lauria — Jul 8, 2021 | Part three of a six-part series on Julian Assange and the Espionage Act. | In his 1915 State of the Union address, in the midst of the First World War, but before the US entered it, President Woodrow Wilson made a strident and authoritarian argument for the Espionage Act. He said: | "There are citizens of the United States, I blush to admit, born under other flags but welcomed under our generous naturalization laws to the full freedom and opportunity of America, who have poured the poison of disloyalty into the very arteries of our national life; who have sought to bring the aut…

EMMA (2021-07-17). Texas Judge Rules DACA Unlawful. peoplesparty.org It's appalling that this ruling threatens applicants and suspends applications, and also terrifying for what it could mean for further rulings for current recipients in future precedents. | The Dream Act is the bare minimum Congress can do to protect migrants entering and within our borders, yet, they have been dragging their feet on even this legislation. It passed the House in March but has yet to reach the Senate floor. | The slow response from Congress and the Biden administration on immigration isn't surprising. The Obama administration deported 1.18 million people in its first three years alone! More r…

The Conversation (2021-07-17). Why our climate emergency is forcing conservationists to be more ambitious: by moving threatened species to new pastures. juancole.com By Sarah Elizabeth Dalrymple | — ( The Conversation) — As climate change brings record droughts and floods, extended fire seasons continue to make headlines, and the role of humans in this terrible situation is now undisputed, institutional change has been slow and unsteady. In particular, conservationists have been wary of pointing to climate change …

Joe Piette (2021-07-17). °Liberación Sí! °Traslados No! Liberation Yes! Transfers No! workers.org After years of protests, York Prison, near Philadelphia, will no longer be housing ICE detainees after Aug. 12. But instead of releasing those incarcerated, prison authorities are sending them to other states, far away from their families and their legal service providers. Members and supporters of Movement of Immigrant Leaders . . . |

Cronkite News Arizona PBS (2021-07-17). Migrant deaths in the desert at record levels as heat wave pounds West. juancole.com By Alyssa Marksz | — ( Cronkite News ) — WASHINGTON — The number of migrant deaths recorded in the Arizona desert so far this year is on pace to break the record set just last year, as migrants attempt the crossing in the face of a record-breaking heat wave. Humane Borders and the Pima …

Mickey Z. (2021-07-17). A DIY Little League Story (we'd all be canceled today). dissidentvoice.org Yours truly, at maybe age 6, in Long Island City High School schoolyard Growing up in a working-class, blue-collar neighborhood — long before there was an internet — often left kids like me to our own devices. We found myriad ways to amuse ourselves and also, to play sports. We were troublemakers, sure, but athletes …

David Masciotra (2021-07-17). Walking Around Blind Without a Cane. counterpunch.org Image by Declarations that the United States has fallen into conditions resembling a "civil war" have become hackneyed and cliched. That such an extreme condemnation of American culture and politics can transform into a bromide demonstrates how deeply institutional and social dysfunction trouble the world's wealthiest country. Even more disturbing are those surveyors of politics and history who persuasively argue that, in many ways legally and culturally significant, the Confederacy has triumphed long after Gettysburg. An entire literature…

Eric Walberg (2021-07-17). Needed Urgently! New US National Myth. dissidentvoice.org Empires rise and fall. And usually burn themselves out rather quickly. What else is new? 'American decline' is a Wikipedia page. You can feel it in the air. One greets it with dread or hope, or better dread-hope. America's sins are adding up, yet the US is a behemoth for well over two centuries and …

_____ (2021-07-17). Private-Equity 'Vampires' Run Into A Wall Of Worker Resistance. popularresistance.org At the peak of the Great Recession in 2008, General Motors was bailed out by U.S. taxpayers and survived. Bail-out money in hand, GM sharply increased its production in China and other low-wage nations on its way to recovering its past heights of profitability. But back in Janesville, Wisconsin, GM closed its plant, costing an estimated 9,000 jobs and widespread social misery that has not abated.

WSWS (2021-07-17). Indonesia becomes new COVID epicentre as infections and deaths skyrocket. wsws.org The world's fourth most populous country is being ravaged by a mass outbreak that increasingly resembles the humanitarian catastrophe in India earlier this year.

_____ (2021-07-17). Animal Extinction Protesters Blockade McDonalds Factory. popularresistance.org The 'animal and climate justice' movement said that around 100 protestors set up a blockade using trucks, tents, bamboo structures in the early hours of Thursday morning to stop the facility from distributing burgers. Trucks with the sign "McMurder" stood outside the factory while police vans encircled the area.

teleSUR, him, MER (2021-07-17). Denuncian asesinato de otros dos líderes sociales en Colombia. telesurtv.net Con estos hechos, ascienden a 96 los líderes sociales y defensores de derechos humanos asesinados en lo que va de año.

Dongsheng News (2021-07-17). News on China | No. 59. dissidentvoice.org In episode No. 59, China promotes competition and consumer rights, is developing the world's largest wind power project in Gansu province, has removed the giant panda from endangered status, and more.

Staff (2021-07-17). Fundaredes and Voluntad Popular Cases: Evidence Collected through Legal Methods. orinocotribune.com The legality of the information collection methods used to search for evidence of terrorism and hate crimes in the seized mobile phones of the detainees in Fundaredes and Voluntad Popular (VP) cases derives from the weight of the allegations of complicity, conspiracy to commit a crime and extreme right-wing sedition to commit terrorist acts, and it is based on Article 223 of the Organic Criminal Procedure Code (COPP). | Article 223 of COPP states: "The Public Ministry will carry out or order investigations by experts, when for the examination of a person or object, in order to discover or assess in a convictio…

ecns.cn (2021-07-17). China to steadily advance digital yuan pilots. ecns.cn China's central bank on Friday released a white paper on the progress of the country's digital fiat currency, the e-CNY, saying that it will steadily push forward pilot schemes of its digital yuan.

_____ (2021-07-17). Greenland Bans All Oil Exploration. popularresistance.org No oil has been found yet around Greenland, but officials there had seen potentially vast reserves as a way to help Greenlanders realize their long-held dream of independence from Denmark by cutting the subsidy of the equivalent of about $680 million Canadian the Danish territory receives from the Danish government every year.

WSWS (2021-07-17). University of Sheffield forces through closure of world-renowned archaeology department. wsws.org No confidence can be placed in the UCU to act on its last-minute threat to organise industrial action in the autumn. It has delayed any action until now so that closure can proceed as planned.

Staff (2021-07-17). Fake chemical attack plotted on Assad's inauguration in Idlib. en.mehrnews.com Terrorists are plotting a fake chemical attack in the Idlib de-escalation zone on the day of the Syrian president's inauguration, a Russian official said.

ecns.cn (2021-07-17). U.S. at its futile game again. ecns.cn Washington's new round of measures targeting the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, including sanctioning officials and issuing a new risk-warning to multinational companies, surprised few because it has been intensifying efforts to galvanize an alliance to advance its geopolitical strategy against China, which it considers a threat to U.S. interests.

Ricardo Vaz (2021-07-17). Venezuelan Oil Output Continues Slow Recovery as Washington Approves LPG Imports. venezuelanalysis.com The Treasury Department's license is unlikely to ease cooking gas shortages in the South American nation.

WSWS (2021-07-17). Canada's new indigenous governor general and the crisis of bourgeois rule. wsws.org Whilst the media and political establishment portray the Governor General and the monarchy as little more than ceremonial window-dressing, they occupy a pivotal position within the Canadian state and bourgeois-democratic constitutional order.

Roger Harris (2021-07-17). U.S. targets Nicaraguan presidential election: former solidarity activists echo imperial talking points. mronline.org Now Uncle Sam has a problem in Nicaragua, where independent polls predict a landslide victory for Daniel Ortega's leftist Sandinista slate in the November 7thpresidential elections. | July 17, 2021 | Newswire…

William Manson (2021-07-17). Behold: The Fallacy of "Techo-Inevitabilism" dissidentvoice.org Director Werner Herzog's documentary Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World (2016) begins with "Internet pioneer" Leonard Kleinrock, who welcomes us into the, yes, actual laboratory where it was "born"! To Wagnerian strains in the soundtrack, Kleinrock complacently calls the place "a holy shrine"— quite a revealing phrase for this acolyte of possibly the …

_____ (2021-07-17). Demonstrations In Bloomington During 300-Mile "Walk For Licenses" popularresistance.org Undocumented immigrants, immigrants and allies of the community passed through Bloomington Thursday on day six of their seven-day, 300-mile "Walk for Licenses" through Indiana, according to a press release from Cosecha Indiana.

WSWS (2021-07-17). Australian senator calls for end to One China policy. wsws.org Rex Patrick's remarks reflect US pressure on its key allies in Asia to line up with every aspect of its anti-China campaign, including the potentially explosive focus on Taiwan and the "One China" policy.

teleSUR (2021-07-17). UN Rejects Persistent Attacks on Social Leaders in Colombia. telesurenglish.net On Friday, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) addressed the political violence in the recent protests in Colombia where attacks and threats against human rights activists continued to climb. | RELATED: | Previously, Colombia's Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) warned that the South American nation ranks second in the world in terms of violent deaths per day of protest. | UNSC members expressed concerns over "the…

WSWS (2021-07-17). Merkel's farewell visit to Washington. wsws.org Behind the showcased harmony of the recent summit lie fierce tensions, which were only barely concealed on Thursday.

S. Travis Waller, Kourosh Kayvani, Lucy Marshall, Robert F. Care AM (2021-07-17). Why we need engineers who study ethics as much as maths. nationofchange.org Future engineers must transcend any remaining single-solution mindsets from the past.

WSWS (2021-07-17). Australia's coronavirus outbreak and the failure of the capitalist system. wsws.org With outbreaks at Sydney hospitals, growing infections in workplaces, the refusal of governments to implement a genuine lockdown and the national spread of the virus, the working class has to take matters into its own hands.

WSWS (2021-07-17). Eighty-five years since the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War. wsws.org Eighty-five years ago, on July 17, 1936, the Spanish army launched a fascist coup against the the country's Republic, provoking the Spanish Civil War.

_____ (2021-07-17). Oregon Bill Banning Police From Lying To Youth During Interrogations. popularresistance.org On Wednesday, Governor Kate Brown signed legislation into law prohibiting law enforcement officers from using deception while interrogating people under the age of 18. The law bans commonly used deceptive interrogation tactics, including false promises of leniency and false claims about the existence of incriminating evidence.

Inequality (2021-07-17). Around the World, Excessive Corporate Power Breeds Political Repression. juancole.com By Manuel Perez-Rocha | — Free trade agreements and other neoliberal economic rules grant excessive privileges to transnational corporations, elevating their narrow interests above people's livelihoods and the environment. Beyond mere economic prescriptions, neoliberalism also embraces repressive and anti-democratic measures. We are increasingly seeing this in the Northern Triangle of Central America, which includes Honduras, …

WSWS (2021-07-17). New York Times hails Eric Adams' election victory as a "watershed" for black political power. wsws.org The ruling elite is brazenly combining identity politics with "law and order" as a means of strengthening the capitalist political establishment.

WSWS (2021-07-17). Why have Ben Crump and Al Sharpton taken up the case of Hunter Brittain? wsws.org This is the first case involving a white person who was shot by police that Crump and Sharpton have felt compelled to take on in their long careers.

Editor (2021-07-17). The Bureau of Labor Statistics counted only eight strikes in 2020, Payday Report counted 1,200. mronline.org In the era of COVID and digital movements, strikes look radically different from traditional labor strikes. | July 17, 2021 | Newswire…

WSWS (2021-07-17). Autoworker dies at Ford's Rouge complex outside Detroit. wsws.org Workers at the complex have suffered massive jobs destruction, pay cuts and systematic attacks on working conditions over many decades.

WSWS (2021-07-17). Israel: Histadrut union federation kicks hospital workers' strike into the long grass as support grows. wsws.org The sellout of the strike comes as health care workers worldwide have struggled to prop up decaying capitalist health care systems that have been looted for decades, leaving them ill-prepared for a global pandemic.

WSWS (2021-07-17). Custom Hoists threatens to hire replacements for striking workers at Ashland, Ohio plant. wsws.org Company officials are threatening to hire replacements for the 70 striking steelworkers after they overwhelmingly voted down the company's "last, best offer."

WSWS (2021-07-17). Delta variant escalates catastrophic spread of COVID-19 in Brazil. wsws.org The South American country, which on Friday surpassed 540,000 COVID-19 deaths, continues to record the highest number of daily deaths in the world.

_____ (2021-07-17). CIA Stories: Death Squads In Afghanistan. popularresistance.org As the US Empire makes its major military retreat from Afghanistan, learn about the CIA forces that will be staying behind—and their disturbing 20-year track record of war crimes.

WSWS (2021-07-17). Anger persists among Volvo workers following UAW claims of narrow contract ratification. wsws.org Even as the UAW has moved rapidly to end the strike, the union and company's economic blackmail of workers has continued.

Kevin Welner (2021-07-17). Don't Let the Rhetoric Fool You—Charter Schools Often Aren't Public. progressive.org If they were, they wouldn't be so inaccessible.

WSWS (2021-07-17). Biden administration doubles down on fully opening schools amid surge of Delta variant. wsws.org In an interview Thursday, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky bluntly reiterated the demand that schools fully reopen this fall, months before any children under 12 years old can be vaccinated.

_____ (2021-07-17). Palestinian Feminists Are Resisting Colonization By Fighting Sexual Violence. popularresistance.org Earlier this summer, several news outlets reported that the Palestinian American Community Center (PACC) in New Jersey, where Palestinian Americans gather for community organizing, civic engagement and humanitarian relief efforts was "bombarded with threats for 7 hours." Yet perhaps due to the patriarchal culture underlying the U.S. media, the news reporters did not give much focus to the highly gendered and sexualized nature of these threats…

WSWS (2021-07-17). Auto worker dies at Ford's Rouge complex outside Detroit. wsws.org Workers at the complex have suffered massive jobs destruction, pay cuts and systematic attacks on working conditions over many decades.

Moderator (2021-07-17). Nancy and Paul Pelosi Making Millions in Stock Trades in Companies She Actively Regulates. scheerpost.com YouTube] By Glenn Greenwald House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is the sixth-richest member of Congress, according to the most recent financial disclosure statements filed in 2019. As the California Democrat has risen through party ranks and obtained more and more political power, her personal wealth has risen right along with it. Pelosi "has seen her wealth increase to nearly $115 million from $41… |

WSWS (2021-07-17). Major floods hit metro Detroit again. wsws.org After heavy rainfall wreaked havoc on metro Detroit just three weeks ago, storms have once again overwhelmed the area's crumbling infrastructure.

WSWS (2021-07-17). Number of dead in Surfside, Florida condo collapse increases to 97 as judge authorizes sale of beachfront property. wsws.org Four weeks after the collapse of the Champlain Towers South and with eight people still unaccounted for, Miami-Dade officials are moving to sell off the two-acre site and shut down any genuine investigation into the disaster.

WSWS (2021-07-17). Flood of the century in Western Europe: Over 100 dead, thousands missing. wsws.org The flood disaster in western Germany, Belgium and part of the Netherlands is taking on ever more horrific proportions.

Rick Rozoff (2021-07-17). Video: Georgian paratroopers trained to NATO standards. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com The Rangers have completed a military specialist program For 3 weeks, the NATO Standard Military Specialist Program was attended by 30 Special Operations Rangers at a parachute training school in Bolnisi. The program of theoretical and practical phases, is composed of a ground training, flight operations of the apparatus, on special occasions khtomasa parachutes and …

Juan Cole (2021-07-17). With Massive Flooding in Germany, Scientists worry Climate is increasingly out of Control. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — Our burning of gasoline, coal and natural gas on a massive global scale, putting tens of billions of tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere annually, is turning the earth into . . . well, a greenhouse. Greenhouses are closed up, keeping in heat and moisture. In a greenhouse, the …

_____ (2021-07-17). Lawsuit Filed By Indigenous Water Protectors Against MN Sheriff. popularresistance.org Indigenous environmental protectors opposing the expansion of Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline, Tara Houska and Winona LaDuke, represented by the Center for Protest Law and Litigation, a project of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, and EarthRights International, today filed for a restraining order against Hubbard County, Sheriff Cory Aukes and the local land commissioner in northern Minnesota.

Daniela Jimenez (2021-07-17). Caracas Metro Line 5 Restoration Works Continue: Bello Monte Station to be Completed Soon. orinocotribune.com Restoration work of the Caracas Metro system is now fully underway, not only for maintenance of parts and equipment for trains, but also in restarting the works for Line 5, thanks to Venezuelan labor and engineering. This was informed by Hipólito Abreu, Venezuelan minister for Transport, via his social media accounts. | In Minister Abreu's words, the restarting of the metro works represents "an act of sovereignty that is only possible when a people is determined to be free." He also stressed that these tasks are being carried out by Venezuelan engineers "in the midst of an atrocious blockade and without the tutel…

WSWS (2021-07-17). Australian union agrees to enforce ten-year strike ban at Melbourne port. wsws.org The enterprise agreement brokered by the MUA with Victoria International Container Terminal encapsulates the union's decades-long drive to incorporate itself ever deeper into management structures.

Ashley Curtin (2021-07-17). 'Dirty Truth': New campaign exposes utilities failing to deliver on climate pledges. nationofchange.org "This ad brings to light the true cost of fossil fuels—our health, our livelihood, and our future—and the truth that many American utility companies are purposefully misleading the public about their commitments to switch to green electricity."

WSWS (2021-07-17). Louisiana schools set to reopen in the coming weeks as pandemic surges in the state. wsws.org The pandemic is surging throughout Louisiana as a result of premature school and business reopenings, the abandonment of mitigation strategies, and one of the lowest vaccination rates in the United States.

Rick Rozoff (2021-07-17). Pentagon gains two new air bases in Hungary. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Pentagon gains two new air bases in Hungary U.S. European Command (EUCOM) and officials from the Hungarian Defense Force met at the Kecskemét Air Base in Hungary on July 16 to sign an agreement allowing the U.S. assess to and use of two air bases in the country. The bases are the one the agreement …

Sarah Anderson (2021-07-17). How Uncle Sam can encourage corporations to be more patriotic. nationofchange.org By using the power of the public purse, can we encourage federal contractors to be upstanding corporate citizens?>

_____ (2021-07-17). Companies Must Disclose—and Face—Mounting Climate Risks. commondreams.org

_____ (2021-07-17). Oregon's Growing Bootleg Fire is One of 70 Now Raging in US West, Where Another Heatwave Looms. commondreams.org

WSWS (2021-07-17). Bloomberg says Sri Lanka is the highest risk of foreign debt default in Asia. wsws.org Sri Lanka is reeling under the impact of an economic crisis exacerbated by global pandemic, with export income and remittances falling drastically and tourism having all but collapsed.

WSWS (2021-07-17). Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and New Zealand. wsws.org Sri Lanka education sector workers hold national strike; Pakistani health workers walkout for COVID-19 risk allowance; New Zealand midwives vote to strike.

Anonymous103 (2021-07-17). New Round Of Inter-Afghan Talks Began In Doha As Taliban Captures More Strategic Areas (Video 18+). southfront.org Source: Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera | A new round of inter-Afghan talks began in the Qatari capital Doha amid the advance of Taliban militants all over Afghanistan. | The negotiations are held behind closed doors. The delegations should discuss the establishment of transitional government, the exchange of prisoners and a ceasefire agreement. | The delegation of the Afghan government includes senior politicians for the first time since the first official meeting in September 2020.Head of the Supreme Council for National Re…

Anonymous669 (2021-07-17). Tribal Fighters Killed Six ISIS Terrorists In Ambush In Western Iraq. southfront.org Screen grab from a video showing Al Jaghayfa January 5 ambush. | Late on July 16, fighters of the Al Jaghayfa ambushed a group of ISIS terrorists in the Haditha district in the western Iraqi province of al-Anbar. | Citing an unnamed Iraqi security source, the Buratha News Agency said that the tribal fighters killed six terrorists during the ambush. One of the slain terrorists was a suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt. Al Jaghyafa fighters also captured two pickup trucks as well as some weapons and ammunition. | ISIS ce…

Anonymous007 (2021-07-17). Military Situation In Afghanistan On July 17, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On July 16, the Afghan Army recaptured the districts of Siaghan and Kohmard in Bamyan province | On July 16, the Afghan Army reportedly recaptured Sheikh Ali district in Parwan province | On July 16, Taliban attacked Sheberghan city in Jowzjan province | On July 16, Taliban attacked Sare Pol city in Sare Pol province | On July 17, Taliban captured Dand area west of Kandahar city | 284 Taliban militants were killed and 205 were wounded as a result of Afghan Army ope…

Anonymous669 (2021-07-17). Assad Vows To Liberate Syrian Territory Occupied By US, Turkey As He Starts 4th Presidential Term. southfront.org Click to see full-size image. Source: the Syrian Presidential Office. | On July 17, Syrian President Bashar Assad was sworn in for a fourth seven-year presidential term in the war-torn country. | Assad garnered 95.1% of the vote in the May 26 presidential election, in which officials said turnout was 78.6% of some 18 million registered voters. The elections were described by the West and Assad's opponents as illegitimate. | The President was sworn in on the constitution and the Kora…

Anonymous669 (2021-07-17). Al-Quds Brigade Deployed Additional Reinforcements In Central Syria To Combat ISIS (Photos). southfront.org File image. | The al-Quds Brigade has deployed additional reinforcements in Syria's central region, Syrian sources reported on July 17. | The Palestinian group has been combating ISIS cells in the central region for more than two years now. Russia is reportedly the main backer of the group, which operates side by side with Syrian government forces. | The al-Quds Brigade took part in all recent operations against ISIS cells in the region. The group sustained some heavy losses on the hands of the terrorist group. | &Yum…

Anonymous007 (2021-07-17). Military Situation In The Lake Chad Area On July 17, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | The Nigerian Army dismissed the report of the alleged release of 1009 ex-Boko Haram militants to the Borno State government | On July 16, heavy clashes between the Cameron Army and ISWAP were reported near the Zelevet village | ISWAP said that it had appointment a governor to oversee the Lake Chad region and control tax collection | ISWAP reportedly plans to set up 4 caliphates in the Lake Chad area and North-Eastern Nigeria | The Nigerian army reportedly killed hundreds of…

Anonymous669 (2021-07-17). Casualties Reported After Attack On Turkish Military Convoy In Northern Iraq. southfront.org Turkish forces are seen near Mount Barsaya, northeast of Afrin, Syria January 23, 2018. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi | On July 17, a Turkish military convoy came under attack while it was passing in Zilkan in the northern Iraqi province of Nineveh. | "An explosive device blew up this afternoon, targeting a convoy of Turkish military vehicles in the area of Zilkan, in the outskirts of the Bashiqa district mountains, wounding two Turkish soldiers and a member of the Kurdish Asayish force," an Iraqi security source told the U…

Anonymous669 (2021-07-17). Russia's New 5th Generation Fighter Jet Has Integrated Electro-Optical Targeting System. southfront.org Click to see full-size image. | On April 17, Russia's Rostec –°orporation shared on Twitter a photo of the new stealth fighter jet that was developed by its subsidiary, the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC). | The photo shows what appears to be an optical system installed under the new fighter jet, that has become known as the "Checkmate". | A photo reflected on the optical system shows what appears to be a Type 45-class destroyer of the United Kingdom's Royal Navy. A warship of this class, the HMS Defend…

Anonymous103 (2021-07-17). Germany Creates Space Command And Strengthens Its Military Sovereignty. southfront.org German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and the Inspector General of the German Armed Forces Bundeswehr Eberhard Zorn (left). Photo: Michael Kappeler/DPA/AFPGermany becomes fourth NATO country to create a Space Command. | Written by Lucas Leiroz, research fellow in international law at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro | Amidst the contemporary space race, more and more countries decide to invest in expanding their military power through space technology. This Tuesday…

Anonymous103 (2021-07-17). First Photos Of New Secret Russian Fighter Jet. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | The first photos of a "brand-new" multi-purpose fighter were shared online. The photos were made during the preparation for its presentation at the MAKS-2021 Air Show at the Zhukovsky Airfield. | According to the reports, a completely new military aircraft developed by the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), under the control of the Rostec State Corporation will be shown on July 20."Russia is one of the few countries in the world that has full-cycle technologies for the production of p…

Anonymous007 (2021-07-17). Military Situation In Syria On July 17, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On July 17, Russia reported that Idlib militants violated the ceasefire regime in Greater Idlib 38 times: 22 — in Idlib province, 7 — in Latakia province, 7 — in Hama province, 2 — in Aleppo province | On July 17, two people were wounded in an IED blast in al-Bab city | On July 16, SAA artillery shelled positions of Turkish-backed forces in Sarmaniyah village | On July 16, SAA artillery shelled positions of Turkish-backed forces in Urm Al-Joz villag…

Anonymous669 (2021-07-17). US-led Coalition, SDF Neutralized Six ISIS Terrorists After Successful Air Landing In Southeastern Deir Ezzor. southfront.org Illustrative image, Canadian Tactical Aviation Supporting Coalition Forces in Iraq, by the official account of The Canadian Armed Forces on Twitter (@CanadianForces) | Late on July 16, the US-led coalition and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) carried out a successful counter-terrorism operation in the town of Diban in the southeastern countryside of Deir Ezzor. | A joint force of the coalition and the SDF landed from helicopters in the al-Latwah neighborhood, where a cell of ISIS was taking shelter. | Following h…

Joe Lauria (2021-07-17). The Espionage Act & Julian Assange — Part 2: The Espionage Act's UK Origins. orinocotribune.com By Joe Lauria — Jul 7, 2021 | Part two of a six-part series on Julian Assange and the Espionage Act. | The 1917 U.S. Espionage Act under which Assange is charged is descended from the 1889 British Official Secrets Act. The Espionage Act replaced the 1911 U.S. Defense Secrets Act, which was based on Section 1 of Britain's legislation, the Official Secrets Act of 1889. | The language of this section of the Defense Secrets Act is in places nearly identical with the Official Secrets Act. Some of that language has survived in the Espionage Act to ensnare Assange. | The 1889 British Official Secrets Act says: | W…

Staff (2021-07-17). Black Feminist "Back Talk" Anchors Resistance on Both Sides of the Atlantic. truthout.org "Britain demands that I give up my back talk and 'know my place,'" sociologist Akwugo Emejulu tells me. "I've been told to shut up, directly or indirectly, more times than you would imagine. But how could I when there's so much to be said, plainly and without artifice?" | In her work, Emejulu — a Black feminist scholar at the University of Warwick in England — provides us with an unfiltered look at the racism and oppression faced by Black British women across significant domains of u…

sputniknews (2021-07-17). Convicted Fraudster Claims Jeffrey Epstein Linked to Israeli Intelligence. sputniknews.com Deceased US pedophile Jeffrey Epstein reportedly knew Mirror Group owner Robert Maxwell — the father of his alleged accomplice, Ghislaine Maxwell — who was known to have contacts with the British Secret Intelligence Service, the Soviet KGB and Israel's Mossad.

Staff (2021-07-17). UK Supreme Court to Decide Soon on Seized Venezuelan Gold Dispute. orinocotribune.com On Friday, July 16, the lawyers representing the Constitutional Government of Venezuela confirmed that the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom will settle the dispute over Venezuela's gold reserves held by the Bank of England next week. | The seized gold case reached the British courts last year, after the Bank of England refused to hand over Venezuelan gold reserves back to the Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV), arguing that a similar request had come from a banking board appointed by the self-proclaimed "president" and former National Assembly deputy Juan Guaidó. | In the first instance, the London Commercial Cou…

Still We Rise (2021-07-17). Let Cuba Live Video Exposes Embargo by Failed US State. indybay.org The ANSWER Coalition has an excellent Webinar broadcast on Bastille Day, July 14, 2021, now on Youtube, describing the latest attempt of the failed state, the United States, to overthrow the socialist government of Cuba. See www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkwYhzAt8Fk

Declaration for American Democracy & partners (2021-07-17). Saturday 7/17: Sacramento: Good Trouble Vigil for Democracy and Voting Rights. indybay.org California State Capitol, 1315 10th St, Sacramento, CA 95814 | Peaceful event. Follow all current COVID guidelines.

Declaration for American Democracy & partners (2021-07-17). Saturday 7/17: Oakland: Good Trouble Vigil for Democracy & Voting Rights. indybay.org Preservation Park at pavilion and fountain site, 1233 Preservation Park Way, Oakland 94612 | Peaceful event. Follow all current COVID guidelines.

CA PPC, National PPC,, partners (2021-07-17). Monday 7/19: Voting Rights Now! Women's Protest March on Washington D.C. w/ CA PPC. indybay.org Online D.C. livestream & online voting rights actions…

Declaration for American Democracy & partners (2021-07-17). Saturday 7/17: La Honda: Good Trouble Protest for Democracy & Voting Rights. indybay.org Post Office sidewalk, 8865 La Honda Road, La Honda, CA 94020 | Peaceful Action. Masks & follow all current COVID guidlines.

DLI (2021-07-17). USA regime fans anti-Cuba protests. indybay.org 2 weeks after thoroughly embarrassed by a UN vote(184-2!) on the illegal & immoral blockade on Cuba, the Evil Empire strikes back, by promoting and hyping street protests in Cuba. Trying to salvage "face" in the international community, Washington tries to channel global opinion away from its criminal culpability in the rising domestic tensions on the Caribbean island socialist government.

cynthia papermaster (2021-07-17). Friday 7/16: Speaker Pelosi: "Help Free Julian Assange!" indybay.org Federal Building/Pelosi's office, 90 7th Street, San Francisco…

United We Dream (2021-07-17). Friday 7/16: Emergency Webinar on DACA Ruling & Immigrant Rights w/ United We Dream. indybay.org Online via livestream recording…

BAYAN USA Northern CA (2021-07-17). Monday 7/26: People's State of the Nation Address 2021: End Tyranny in the PH! Duterte Wakasan Na! indybay.org Union Square, San Francisco…

Labor Video Project (2021-07-17). Imperialism, The Genocide In Namibia & The Working Class With Kav Hambira. indybay.org WorkWeek interviews Namibian journalist and artist Kav Hambira about the role of German imperialism in Namibia and the present economic and political crisis.

Keith McHenry (2021-07-17). Tuesday 7/20: Free Commander X aka Christopher Doyon – Nonviolent cyber activist defending the rights of the homeless. indybay.org Free Commander X aka Christopher Doyon – Nonviolent cyber activist defending the rights of the homeless has court appearance | Join the protest outside the Robert F. Peckham Federal Court House, 280 S. 1st Street, San Jose, California on on the day of his court appearance, Tuesday, July 20, 2021, at noon…

Lynda Carson (2021-07-17). Commissioner of Baseball, Robert D. Manfred Jr., threatens Oakland. indybay.org Oakland A's:…

Class Conscious Pnotographers (2021-07-17). Sunday 7/18: Housing! – an outdoor photo exhibit. indybay.org Fence | 1229 23rd Avenue (off International Blvd.) | Oakland, CA 94606…

Hands Off Yemen, Action Corps, CODEPINK, UAWM (2021-07-17). Friday 7/16: Stop the U.S.-Saudi War on Yemen. indybay.org SF Federal Building, 90 7th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103…

The Battle Is Not Over (2021-07-17). Resistance at Sausalito Camp Eviction. indybay.org An encampment near Dunphy Park was destroyed and residents evicted as the city of Sausalito forced residents out of their community. Resistors fought bravely but were told their new home would have to be an area that is muddy and close to a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' debris yard, where boats are taken from the water for destruction.

Leon Kunstenaar (2021-07-17). Pipe Line 3 Protesters Disrupt Federal Building. indybay.org Rally outside supports those inside who were detained…

Norman Solomon (2021-07-17). Bernie Sanders Has Bonded with President Biden. Is That Good? indybay.org Pluses and Minuses…

WSWS repost (2021-07-17). Richard Branson's flight and the privatization of space travel. indybay.org Richard Branson's flight has no connection to the democratization of space or the progress of humanity. It is to further enrich himself and to make outer space the playground of the very rich.

Coalition for a Truly Public UC (2021-07-17). Wednesday 7/21: UC Regents Public Assembly. indybay.org 1111 Franklin St Oakland CA…

Women's March (2021-07-17). Tuesday 7/20: Fighting Racist Voter Suppression Laws Webinar w/ Women's March. indybay.org Online discussion…

Oakland Privacy (2021-07-17). Wednesday 8/18: Oakland Privacy: Fighting Against the Surveillance State. indybay.org We intend to meet in-person at the OMNI Commons, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland, CA as we have in the past before the pandemic, assuming it is open and available. Email contact@oaklandprivacy.org a few days before the meeting to get up-to-date location information or obtain Zoom meeting access info.

March for Science (2021-07-17). Friday 7/16: SC1.5CE Not Silence: Virutal Climate Action Forum. indybay.org Online forum…

Olivia Engling (2021-07-17). Puerto Rico Medicaid Funding Advances in Congress. indybay.org Permanent Fix Needed for 1.5 million US Citizens, Asserts Religious Development Group…

SCC Single Payer Coalition & others (2021-07-17). Saturday 7/24: Pass M4A Now! San Francisco March & Rally for Medicare for All. indybay.org San Francisco: 1 Ferry Building at the Embarcadero Plaza…

Art Persyko (2021-07-17). Tuesday 7/20: What Can We Do About Voter Suppression & The Threat To Democracy? Activists Respond. indybay.org Zoom link: us02web.zoom.us/j/86273983265; Meeting ID: 862 7398 3265; | call in: 1 669 900 9128, then enter 862 7398 3265 ##…

adapted from Damany Fisher, Ph.D (2021-07-17). Afro-Latino Presence in Early California – Negro Bar, Sacramento County. indybay.org Afro-Latinos migrated to California in significant numbers. By 1790, they made up nearly 20 percent of California's population, or one out of every five residents. More importantly, the concept of "race" had far less significance in California than in the United States. While European-born Spaniards controlled California society, Afro-Latinos and mestizos did manage to gain political and economic influence during the Spanish and Mexican periods of California history. Established in 1849, Negro Bar, today's Sacramento County is a singular remnant of a golden legacy.

_____ (2021-07-17). The US Government Threatens Tech Companies To Push Censorship Agendas. strategic-culture.org After Press Secretary Jen Psaki admitted on Thursday that the administration has given Facebook a list of accounts to ban for spreading "misinformation" about the Covid vaccine, she has now doubled down saying that people who circulate such materials online should be banned from not just one but all social media platforms.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-17). Mayo Clinic Q and A: Treatment for vaginal dryness for menopausal women. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I began menopause about two years ago at age 52. I am noticing that I am beginning to experience vaginal dryness. Is this normal? Is there anything that can be done about it? I have tried using over-the-counter lubricants, and they don't help much. ANSWER: Vaginal dryness is common in women who are approaching menopause and those who have gone through menopause. Other related symptoms include vaginal and vulvar irritation; burning or itching; discomfort…

Staff (2021-07-17). US Government Uses Colombia to Destabilize Latin America: Cabello Dixit. orinocotribune.com This Thursday, July 15, the First Vice President of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), Diosdado Cabello, referring to the assassination of Haiti's president Jovenel MoàØse, characterized the position of the government of Colombia as shameless, when, in an attempt to absolve the mercenaries, a high-ranking official of the Colombian National Police said that the detained mercenaries were going to arrest the president of Haiti. | Given this, Diosdado Cabello wondered aloud: at what cost were they hired to detain him? On what grounds could Colombia send a mercenary to arrest a president? Who could…

a guest author (2021-07-17). Comentario de Workers World / China y àÅfrica: Cooperación mutua, no neocolonialismo. workers.org Por Ernie Hamer (Autor invitado) Basado en una charla dada en una reunión de Workers World/ Partido Mundo Obrero en Buffalo, N.Y., el 27 de abril de 2021. Con la República Popular de China en ascenso, las fuerzas del imperialismo estadounidense están comenzando a entrar en pánico a medida que . . . |

A Guest Author (2021-07-17). Cuba's streets belong to revolutionaries. workers.org Prepared for en.granma.cu by Juan Diego Nusa Peñalver, Yudy Castro Morales and Milagros Pichardo Pérez, published July 13. "We are here because the streets belong to Fidel, because the streets of Cuba belong to revolutionaries." This was the phrase we heard the loudest walking along several Havana avenues Sunday afternoon, . . . |

The Lancet (2021-07-17). [Editorial] COVID-19 in Africa: a lesson in solidarity. thelancet.com Many countries in Africa face a serious third wave of COVID-19 that is both larger and more burdensome on health systems than previous waves. This predictable turn of events has been driven by a morally reprehensible lack of vaccine equity (<1% of the population are fully vaccinated), leaving the continent vulnerable to new and more transmissible variants of the virus, behavioural and economic pandemic fatigue, and complacency. A lack of diagnostic capacity in some countries means the epidemiology of this current wave is uncertain, but South Africa, Namibia, and Zambia are reporting the highest numbers of new cas...

Sally Hargreaves, Sally E Hayward, Teymur Noori, Martin McKee, Bernadette Kumar (2021-07-17). [Correspondence] COVID-19: counting migrants in. thelancet.com Rohini Mathur and colleagues1 present important data highlighting increased SARS-CoV-2 infection rates among minority ethnic people in the UK, including people reporting as South Asian and Black, yet use of these broad ethnic categories consistently fails to capture the dynamics of contemporary migration. These categories include a highly heterogeneous group of settled minority ethnic people born in the UK, alongside more recently arrived migrants, including an increasing proportion of low-skilled labour migrants, refugees, undocumented migrants, and others who have a particular profile of risk factors for SARS-C…

Thomas M Drake, Aya M Riad, Cameron J Fairfield, Conor Egan, Stephen R Knight, Riinu Pius, Hayley E Hardwick, Lisa Norman, Catherine A Shaw, Kenneth A McLean, A A Roger Thompson, Antonia Ho, Olivia V Swann, Michael Sullivan, Felipe Soares, Karl A Holden, Laura Merson, Daniel Plotkin, Louise Sigfrid, Thushan I de Silva, Michelle Girvan, Clare Jackson, Clark D Russell, Jake Dunning, Tom Solomon, Gail Carson, Piero Olliaro, Jonathan S Nguyen-Van-Tam, Lance Turtle, Annemarie B Docherty, Peter JM Openshaw, J Kenneth Baillie, Ewen M Harrison, Malcolm G Semple, ISARIC4C investigators (2021-07-17). [Articles] Characterisation of in-hospital complications associated with COVID-19 using the ISARIC WHO Clinical Characterisation Protocol UK: a prospective, multicentre cohort study. thelancet.com Complications and worse functional outcomes in patients admitted to hospital with COVID-19 are high, even in young, previously healthy individuals. Acute complications are associated with reduced ability to self-care at discharge, with neurological complications being associated with the worst functional outcomes. COVID-19 complications are likely to cause a substantial strain on health and social care in the coming years. These data will help in the design and provision of services aimed at…

Xiaoying Gu, Bin Cao (2021-07-17). [Comment] In-hospital complications associated with COVID-19. thelancet.com As the COVID-19 pandemic persists globally,1 an emerging challenge is the shift from acute infection to the burden of long-term consequences resulting from the disease. Although a consensus terminology has not yet been reached,…

Padraig Hawkins, Liam Chawke, Liam Cormican, Kathryn A Wikenheiser-Brokamp, Aurelie Fabre, Michael P Keane, Cormac McCarthy (2021-07-17). [Clinical Picture] Autoimmune pulmonary alveolar proteinosis: a discrepancy between symptoms and CT findings. thelancet.com A 50-year-old man with a 2-year history of a dry cough and mild exertional dyspnoea was referred to our lung disease clinic. The patient—who was originally from Turkey—had a significant cigarette smoking history but no relevant occupational exposures.

Matthew W McCarthy, Daniel Marchalik (2021-07-17). [Perspectives] The Great Gatsby and the challenge of unreliable narrators. thelancet.com An enduring debate in modern literature concerns the reliability of Nick Carraway, the narrator of F Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. For much of the novel, he seems to be a trustworthy person. He describes his Midwestern upbringing, his education at Yale University, and his desire to buck family tradition and move east to pursue a career in finance. Soon after his move to New York, however, Carraway learns of a love triangle involving his college friend, Tom Buchanan, Tom's wife, Daisy, and an enigmatic neighbour on Long Island named Jay Gatsby.

thelancet (2021-07-17). [Department of Error] Department of Error. thelancet.com Haas EJ, Angulo FJ, McLaughlin JM, et al. Impact and effectiveness of mRNA BNT162b2 vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 infections and COVID-19 cases, hospitalisations, and deaths following a nationwide vaccination campaign in Israel: an observational study using national surveillance data. Lancet 2021; 397: 1819—29—In table 2 of this Article, the number of cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection in unvaccinated participants aged 45—64 years should have been 19‚Äà579; the incidence rates per 100‚Äà000 person-days should have been <0 ∑1 for COVID-19-related hospitalisation in...

Felix Teufel, Jacqueline A Seiglie, Pascal Geldsetzer, Michaela Theilmann, Maja E Marcus, Cara Ebert, William Andres Lopez Arboleda, Kokou Agoudavi, Glennis Andall-Brereton, Krishna K Aryal, Brice Wilfried Bicaba, Garry Brian, Pascal Bovet, Maria Dorobantu, Mongal Singh Gurung, David Guwatudde, Corine Houehanou, Dismand Houinato, Jutta M Adelin Jorgensen, Gibson B Kagaruki, Khem B Karki, Demetre Labadarios, Joao S Martins, Mary T Mayige, Roy Wong McClure, Joseph Kibachio Mwangi, Omar Mwalim, Bolormaa Norov, Sarah Crooks, Farshad Farzadfar, Sahar Saeedi Moghaddam, Bahendeka K Silver, Lela Sturua, Chea Stanford Wesseh, Andrew C Stokes, Utibe R Essien, Jan-Walter De Neve, Rifat Atun, Justine I Davies, Sebastian Vollmer, Till W Bà§rnighausen, Mohammed K Ali, James B Meigs, Deborah J Wexler, Jennifer Manne-Goehler (2021-07-17). [Articles] Body-mass index and diabetes risk in 57 low-income and middle-income countries: a cross-sectional study of nationally representative, individual-level data in 685‚Äà616 adults. thelancet.com The association between BMI and diabetes risk in LMICs is subject to substantial regional variability. Diabetes risk is greater at lower BMI thresholds and at younger ages than reflected in currently used BMI cutoffs for assessing diabetes risk. These findings offer an important insight to inform context-specific diabetes screening guidelines.

Tamara Lucas (2021-07-17). [Perspectives] When art mirrors planetary health. thelancet.com The future of the arts in many countries has been plunged into uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many museums and galleries have been closed for long periods and their funding hangs by a thread. Like other arts organisations, the planned exhibition schedule at Compton Verney in Warwickshire, UK, was thrown into disarray in 2020. It is therefore remarkable that Compton Verney has recently reopened with a poignant and moving exhibition that could not be more pertinent to COVID-19 and the plight of the planet, despite being conceived and commissioned in 2019.

Siméon Pierre Choukem, Christian Akem Dimala (2021-07-17). [Comment] BMI and diabetes risk in low-income and middle-income countries. thelancet.com Diabetes is a growing public health problem in all countries, but this increase has been much faster in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs)1,2 than in high income countries (HICs)3 over the past three decades.4 Concomitantly, the paucity of robust and representative data has prevented improved characterisation of the risk factors underlying this sharp increase in the burden in LMICs, which is needed to build more efficient diabetes screening and prevention policies than the current standard.

Tanyaporn Wansom, Sant Muangnoicharoen, Sorachai Nitayaphan, Suchai Kitsiripornchai, Trevor A. Crowell, Leilani Francisco, Paileen Gilbert, Dixion Rwakasyaguri, Jittima Dhitavat, Qun Li, David King, Merlin L. Robb, Kirsten Smith, Elizabeth A. Heger, Siriwat Akapirat, Punnee Pitisuttithum, Robert J. O'Connell, Sandhya Vasan (2021-07-17). [Research Paper] Risk Factors for HIV sero-conversion in a high incidence cohort of men who have sex with men and transgender women in Bangkok, Thailand. thelancet.com Interpretation HIV incidence remains high among Bangkok-based MSM and TGW. These key populations expressed high interest in participating in efficacy evaluation of future prevention strategies and had high retention in this 18 month study.

Sunil Amrith (2021-07-17). [Perspectives] Medicine and the monsoon. thelancet.com The classical Tamil poetry of the Sangam tradition blurs the boundaries between nature and self, between changing seasons and shifting interior states, and between emotional and physical health. "Monsoon rains,/coming with a stormy wind,/pouring down copiously/with roaring thunder/which kills snakes/in the mountains,/have you no mercy?" the poet Avvaiyar demands. The cycle of the south Asian monsoon—the intense heat of May followed by rains in June—structures many of these verses of love and longing.

Sophie Cousins (2021-07-17). [World Report] Afghan health at risk as foreign troops withdraw. thelancet.com Experts warn of the health costs of falling donor support and a risk of increased conflict as US and NATO troops withdraw from Afghanistan. Sophie Cousins reports.

Aarathi Prasad (2021-07-17). [Perspectives] Binita Kane: sharing hidden histories in heritage and health. thelancet.com After violence broke out in his village in what is now Bangladesh, in the years following the 1947 Partition of India, Binita Kane's father Bim Bhowmick left India for the UK. "I saw newspaper articles from the time about how the village was burning and people were being slaughtered. The fact that my Hindu family escaped was just a miracle in itself", says Kane, "but the circumstances under which a Muslim family risked their own lives to help them was just incredible…I feel the narrative that's been passed down the generations is largely one of hatred.

Talha Burki (2021-07-17). [World Report] The final frontier: health in space. thelancet.com The rise of space tourism and plans to send people to Mars are prompting new studies of the health effects of space flight. Talha Burki reports.

news.un (2021-07-17). FROM THE FIELD: A flood of humanitarian needs for Burundi lake dwellers. news.un.org Some 52,000 people have been displaced by flooding in Burundi since March this year, following the rise of waters in Lake Tanganyika in East Africa and most need humanitarian assistance, according to the UN's International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Editor (2021-07-17). Editorial — °Reparaciones! Traer a los niñxs indígenas a casa. workers.org No hay mayor prueba de genocidio que el robo y asesinato sistemático de los niñxs de un pueblo. Los gobiernos de Estados Unidos y Canadá están acusados penalmente de genocidio tras la nueva revelación, a finales de mayo, de la muerte de miles de niños indígenas en "internados" y escuelas . . . |

Peter Koenig (2021-07-17). Forced Vaccination and the Road to "Digital Tyranny": Agenda ID2020 Revisited. globalresearch.ca This profoundly immoral and criminal endeavor has been on the drawing board for years. The final and formal decision to go ahead NOW, albeit planned, was taken in January 2020 at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos — behind closed doors, of course.

teleSUR (2021-07-17). 'Cuba Will Never Be a Land of Hatred', Diaz-Canel Says. telesurenglish.net On Saturday, thousands of Cubans gathered at the La Piragua square in Havana to show their support to the Cuban Revolution's leaders and to reject the political instability and destabilization campaigns promoted by the U.S. government. | RELATED: | Chanting "You can count on me Canel" and "I'm Fidel", Cuban Revolution's supporters attended the event in response to the acts of violence affecting the Caribbean nation in…

teleSUR, lfl, JGN (2021-07-17). EE.UU. detiene a más de un millón de emigrantes en la frontera. telesurtv.net La cifra del pasado mes de junio representa un incremento del 4.5 por ciento, un récord en más de dos décadas.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-17). Sharing Mayo Clinic: Every day you don't lose, you are winning. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Jennifer Summers, who was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy, says that with her disease, she counts every day there isn't a loss as a good day. She credits her faith and her care team at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse with keeping her moving forward with a positive outlook. This article is written by Mayo Clinic Staff. Jennifer Summers, is an optimistic, articulate woman. The 35-year-old enjoys crafting, spending time with her close-knit…

Noam Chomsky (2021-07-17). Bolsonaro Is Spreading Trump-Like Fear of "Election Fraud" in Brazil. zcomm.org Interview on what brought Bolsonaro to power, dissects his policies and compares them to the Trump regime, and assesses what the future may hold for the troubled nation…

Kathy Kelly (2021-07-17). Reckoning and Reparations in Afghanistan. zcomm.org The U.S. government owes reparations to the civilians of Afghanistan for the past twenty years of war and brutal impoverishment…

Ben Burgis (2021-07-17). The US Must End Its Brutal Sanctions Against Cuba. zcomm.org As protests break out in Cuba, some politicians are calling for US intervention. That would be a disaster…

Jake Johnson (2021-07-17). 'Shame on Us,' Says Warnock, If Senate Dems Let Filibuster Kill Voting Rights. zcomm.org "No Senate rule supersedes people's constitutional rights," said the Democratic senator from Georgia.

Sonali Kolhatkar (2021-07-17). 20 Years of U.S. Occupation Was Brutal in Afghanistan—And So Will Be the Exit. zcomm.org Alongside the relief of ending the longest war in modern American history, we need to acknowledge the horrors of what we are leaving behind in Afghanistan…

Vijay Prashad (2021-07-17). A Senseless Cathedral of Doom. zcomm.org In early June 2021, the United States military led a major military exercise on the African continent: the African Lion 21…

Rod Driver (2021-07-17). How the Rich Keep Workers Poor — Outsourcing and Sweatshops. zcomm.org Sweatshops are widespread. We could insist upon much higher standards all over the world for goods sold in rich countries…

Thom Hartmann (2021-07-17). The reason Republicans and their media are discouraging people from getting vaccinated. zcomm.org Death is their electoral strategy…

Shamus Cooke (2021-07-17). The Left's Curious Silence About the Medicare For All Demonstrations. zcomm.org On July 24th there will be a long overdue national mobilization for Medicare For All…

Staff (2021-07-17). Turning Point USA Struggles to Bar White Nationalists From Student Summit. truthout.org Turning Point USA, the

Staff (2021-07-17). Eliminating the Hyde Amendment Would Be a Big Win for Abortion Care in the South. truthout.org In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its landmark decision in the case of Roe v. Wade, declaring that the right to an abortion was protected under the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment. Although the ruling was an enormous victory for the pro-choice movement, it soon became clear that the fight for abortion access for all was far from over. | In 1976, U.S. Rep. Henry Hyde, an Illinois Republican and outspoken abortion opponent, introduced to Congress a budget amendment that b…

Staff (2021-07-17). Manchin Wants to Invest More Taxpayer Money in Propping Up Fossil Fuel Industry. truthout.org The time has come for Democrats in Congress to debate the future of the fossil fuel industry as they write sweeping climate legislation that could define President Joe Biden's legacy. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia), a conservative Democrat and a key vote in the Senate, drew a line in the sand this week, telling fellow Democrats and media outlets that eliminating fossil fuels is off the table. | Instead of phasing out fossil fuels and investing heavily in cleaner energy sources such as…

Paul Haeder (2021-07-17). Shit Hitting the Fan as a World goes More Looney. dissidentvoice.org I can't think of anything that harms nature more than cutting down trees and burning them, said William Moomaw, professor emeritus of international environmental policy at Tufts University Oh, the number of top 10 or top 20 stories flooding the cloud servers delivered to us promptly, nanosecond speed, over the fuck-you Three-Face-Book, or on your …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-17). Chronic stress can wreak havoc on your mind and body. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Your body is hard-wired to react to stress in ways meant to protect you against threats from predators and other aggressors. Such threats are rare today, but that doesn't mean that life is free of stress. This article is written by Mayo Clinic Staff. ___________________________________________________________ On the contrary, you likely face many demands each day, such as taking on a huge workload, paying the bills and taking care of your family. Your body treats these…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-17). Mayo Clinic Minute: Why bone marrow donor diversity is needed. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Bone marrow transplants are procedures that infuse healthy blood stem cells into your body to replace damaged or diseased bone marrow. Just like people in need of solid organ transplants, such as hearts or kidneys, people in need of a bone marrow transplant have to find a matching donor. Dr. Ernesto Ayala, a Mayo Clinic hematologist and oncologist, says bone marrow donations from people of all races and ethnicities are essential in order to help…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-17). New vaccine platform invented by Mayo enters COVID-19 clinical trial. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org A Mayo Clinic lab member is purifying an adenovirus vector for preclinical testing. A novel single-cycle adenovirus vaccine platform developed by Mayo Clinic will be used to target multiple infectious diseases and cancer indications, beginning with a phase 1 clinical study using the platform as a vaccine for COVID-19. Developed to enhance the expression of target antigens, the single-cycle adenovirus platform is under investigation for its ability to amplify immune responses. In contrast to replication-defective…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-17). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: The new work-life balancing act. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The COVID-19 pandemic has altered the way people work. As vaccination rates increase, some people are returning to the office. But many companies have opted to keep their employees working from home permanently. This change has positive and negative side effects, including the mental health aspects of working from home. "Any time there are changes, it can be challenging for people, particularly when you're not used to working from home," says Dr. Greg Couser, a…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-17). How can I prevent runner's diarrhea? newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Runner's diarrhea is characterized by frequent, loose bowel movements during or immediately after a run. Runner's diarrhea is most common in long-distance runners. This article is written by Mayo Clinic Staff. ___________________________________________ The cause of runner's diarrhea isn't clear. Contributing factors likely include the physical jostling of the organs, decreased blood flow to the intestines, changes in intestinal hormone secretion, increased amount or introduction of new food, and pre-race anxiety and stress. What is clear…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-17). Mayo Clinic Q and A: COVID-19 vaccination and precautions. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am due to get my second dose of COVID-19 vaccine in a few weeks. I understand this is an important step for me and my community, but I'm unsure what guidelines I should follow. Some of my friends are traveling, and they seem to have thrown all caution to the wind. What can I expect after being vaccinated for COVID-19, both physically and when in public? ANSWER: It is completely normal to have…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-17). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: On the verge of predicted surge with COVID-19 delta variant. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The delta variant is being blamed for hot spots in the U.S. where cases of COVID-19 are on the rise. These hot spots account for most cases in the U.S. They are also the geographical areas that tend to have the lowest vaccination rates. "It's no surprise that the two go together," says Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group. "This (delta variant) is the bad actor that…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-17). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Working toward more diversity in orthopedic surgery. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Of all the medical and surgical subspecialties, orthopedic surgery historically has had the lowest percentage of women and minorities. Mayo Clinic's orthopedic surgery department is working to change that. This summer, two female medical students are participating in an eight-week clinical and research internship in orthopedic surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. The program was developed by Nth Dimensions, an organization that seeks to bring more women and minorities into the profession. "I think it's important…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-17). Expert Alert: Mayo Clinic experts available to comment on Olympics. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic experts are available to offer comments throughout the Olympics on everything from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on training and competition to injuries that athletes may be dealing with. Here is a sampling: Chad Asplund, M.D.Dr. Asplund is a primary care sports medicine physician. He can discuss endurance sports, rhabdomyolysis, heat injury, sleep and athletic performance. Elijah Behr, M.D.Dr. Behr is a cardiologist at Mayo Clinic Healthcare in London…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-17). Mayo Clinic Q and A: Vaping and teens. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am a former smoker who began smoking in high school. I quit a few years ago after a lung cancer scare. As a father, I have often shared with my children about the dangers of smoking. Recently, I overheard my daughter talking to her friends about vaping. Should I be as concerned about vaping as I am about smoking cigarettes? ANSWER: Vaping is the term often used to describe the act of using…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-17). Tracking brain function during surgery using a new tool. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Mayo Clinic uses innovative technology to map patients' cognitive functions during awake brain surgeries. When surgery is performed to remove a tumor, different techniques are used to help surgeons map out the brain so they can avoid the locations of important functions, such as movement, language and speech. The latest tool is NeuroMapper, a tablet-based testing platform developed by David Sabsevitz, Ph.D., a Mayo Clinic neuropsychologist. Watch: Tracking brain function during surgery using a new…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-17). Mayo Clinic named a 'Best Place To Work For Disability Inclusion'. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Mayo Clinic scored 100% on the Disability Equality Index and was named one of the "Best Place To Work For Disability Inclusion" by the American Association of People with Disabilities, the nation's largest disability rights organization, and Disability: IN, the global business disability inclusion network. "The 100% score on the Disability Equality Index shows Mayo Clinic's determination and continuous efforts to create a more equitable society for people with disabilities," says Anjali Bhagra, M.D., medical director for…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-17). Mayo Clinic Q and A: Exercise after COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am in my early 40s. During the COVID-19 pandemic, I didn't get as much exercise and I gained some weight. I now feel like I have less energy. I was previously infected with COVID-19. Is it safe to start exercising again in a crowded gym so that I can work out, lose some weight and gain some energy? Should I wear a mask? ANSWER: Regular physical activity and structured exercise can benefit people…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-17). Mayo Clinic Minute: Tips to pick healthier oils. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Your body needs some fat to function normally. However, not all fats are created equal, and it's wise to choose healthier options whenever possible. Angie Murad, a licensed dietitian and patient educator with the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, offers these tips for selecting cooking oils. Watch: The Mayo Clinic Minute youtu.be/LXCJR38di5E Journalists: Broadcast-quality video pkg (0: 59) is in the downloads at the end of…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-17). Mayo Clinic Healthcare in London adds cardiology, gastroenterology, lung care. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org LONDON — Mayo Clinic Healthcare, an outpatient clinic that provides personalized health care ranging from preventive screenings and tailored wellness plans to second opinions for complex diagnoses, is adding several medical specialties including cardiology, gastroenterology and pulmonary medicine. Dr. G. Anton Decker, president of Mayo Clinic International The clinic, located at 15 Portland Place in the Harley Street Medical Area in London, also serves as a gateway to Mayo Clinic's roughly 4,000 physicians in the…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-17). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Be aware of the rare cancer called sarcoma. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org A sarcoma is a rare form of cancer that begins in the bones and in the softer connective tissues in the body. Sarcomas that begin in the bones are called "bone cancer," and sarcomas that form in the tissues, including muscle, fat, blood vessels, nerves, tendons, and the lining of joints, are called "soft tissue sarcoma." "These are rare cancers, and in adults, sarcomas comprise less than 1% of new cancers diagnosed every year," says…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-17). Mayo Clinic Minute: Skin cancer concerns for people with darker skin. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. About 1 in 5 people in the U.S. will have skin cancer during their lives. And it affects all skin colors. Reporter Jason Howland explains in today's Mayo Clinic Minute. Watch: The Mayo Clinic Minute youtu.be/umD3Cqs91cY Journalists: Broadcast-quality video (1: 18) is in the downloads at the end of this post. Please courtesy: "Mayo Clinic News Network." Read the script. Forty percent of all cancers in Caucasians…

Pavan Kulkarni (2021-07-17). Famine looms over northern Ethiopia's Tigray region as civil war re-escalates. peoplesdispatch.org With seasonal rains on the horizon, the one chance to avert a full blown famine in Tigray and parts of neighboring Amhara and Afar, already reeling under a severe food shortage, may be lost if the fighting does not cease…

WSWS (2021-07-17). Stop the lifting of pandemic restrictions and the promotion of vaccine nationalism! wsws.org The Pennsylvania Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee condemns the lifting of public health measures necessary to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and the promotion of vaccine nationalism.

Ricardo Delgado (2021-07-17). Video: Graphene Oxide: A Toxic Substance in the Vial of the Covid-19 mRNA Vaccine. globalresearch.ca The results of their analysis by electron microscopy and spectroscopy are far-reaching. Graphene oxide is a toxin which triggers thrombi and blood coagulation. It also has an impact on the immune system. Graphene oxide accumulated in the lungs can have devastating impacts.

Brian Shilhavy (2021-07-17). CDC: 10,991 Dead, 551,172 Injuries Following COVID-19 Injections. globalresearch.ca The U.S. CDC released more data today in their Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), a

David Skripac (2021-07-17). "Our Species is Being Genetically Modified": Humanity's March Toward Extinction? Analysis of the Microbiome and Virome. globalresearch.ca This year marks a turning point in human history. For the first time since human civilization began, our species is being genetically modified. Vaccine manufacturers have now made it possible for the human genome to be permanently altered —and humanity's relationship with nature forever changed.

scorinoco (2021-07-17). Russia Blasts US Bid to Provoke Unrest in Cuba as Part of 'color revolution'. orinocotribune.com Russia has lambasted the US over its attempts to provoke social unrest in Cuba as part of a "color revolution" in the Caribbean country, where anti-government protesters have demanded President Miguel Díaz-Canel's resignation. | The protest rallies started in several cities of Cuba over the weekend, drawing thousands of people to the streets to voice their grievances against Díaz-Canel's government at a time the island country is going through its worst economic crisis in three decades, with chronic shortages of electricity and food exacerbated by crippling US sanctions. | On Monday, July 12, the Cuban president…

Editor2 (2021-07-17). The Assassination of Jovenel Moise: What Next for Haiti? orinocotribune.com By Seth Donnelly — Jul 13, 2021 | Today, the people of Haiti are facing down the US-backed dictatorship of the ruling Haitian Tet Kale Party (PHTK) that came to power through the fraudulent election of Michel Martelly in 2010 and maintained its grip on power through the fraudulent election of Jovenel Moise in 2016, what Haitian activists refer to as electoral coup d'etats. Both elections were held under UN occupation and sponsored by the US government. As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton detoured from her trip to the Middle East at the height of the Arab Spring uprising in Egypt and personally intervened…

Editor2 (2021-07-17). Defend the Cuba Revolution and Struggle for More Socialism, Not Less! orinocotribune.com By Ajamu Baraka — Jul 15, 2021 | Millions have turned away from the illusions and corruption of capitalism toward the possibility of organizing a society informed by the values of cooperation, equality, community, peace, and life. | "Capitalism transforms water into a commodity, food into a luxury, education into an impossibility and basic healthcare into a distant dream.' | Hundreds of thousands of unnecessary deaths, an economic crisis, broken supply chains, killer cops, mass incarceration, government s…

Rick Rozoff (2021-07-17). NATO deploys F-35 combat aircraft to Baltic Sea for first time. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com NATO deploys F-35 combat aircraft to Baltic Sea for first time Buried in a routine report on Italy's contribution to NATO's Air Policing for the past 59 years is mention of Italian F-35s currently deployed to the àÑmari Air Base in Estonia. That base as well as the ≈ iauliai Air Base in Lithuania and now …

Sophia Lin Lakin (2021-07-16). Texas Voting Rights Attacks Warrant Congressional Action. aclu.org Earlier this week, Texas Democrats fled the state in a last-ditch effort to prevent the passage of a restrictive new voting law by the Republican-controlled legislature. At the same time, Tomorrow marks the first anniversary of the death of civil rights hero Congressma…

Tamara Pearson (2021-07-16). US Concern for Cuba, Latin America Is Spin for Intervention. globalresearch.ca

_____ (2021-07-16). Cuba Proves US Involvement In Destabilization Actions. popularresistance.org The member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of Cuba and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, accused the U.S. government of being directly involved and of having serious responsibility in the incidents that occurred in our country on July 11th. | During a press conference, convened this Tuesday, the Cuban Foreign Minister presented evidence of this statement and warned the U.S. that it will be responsible for the consequences if it persists in the policy of strangulation of our country, and that its irresponsible conduct can have serious consequences that damage the interest of bot…

teleSUR, jdo, NG (2021-07-16). Medios locales de Cuba reciben ciberataques desde EE.UU. telesurtv.net Se han denunciado 580.000 accesos en casi 30 minutos como parte de una cruzada político-mediática contra Cuba.

Staff (2021-07-16). Miami Mayor Suggests United States Should Bomb Cuba. orinocotribune.com Francis Suárez, a Cuban-American and current mayor of Miami, Florida's largest city, declared that the United States should explore the possibility of launching air strikes against Cuba. | Since last weekend, a "regime"-change operation has been launched against Cuba's socialist government and the majority of the Cuban population, using the pretense of alleged mass protests, that are not evidenced other than one or two small incidents. Police repression has also been raised as an excuse for a so-called humanitarian operation, but again, no mass repression can been seen, at least nothing approaching the degree of…

teleSUR (2021-07-16). South Africa: 117 Citizens Killed in Violent Protests. telesurenglish.net Acting Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni informed that 117 people have lost their lives during violent protests which have been taking place for a week in South Africa. | RELATED: | So far, 26 deaths had been recorded in Gauteng province, while 91 lives were lost in KwaZulu-Natal province. According to Ntshavheni, the situation is improving in Gauteng while KwaZulu-Natal is still volatile but was slowly moving toward stab…

Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (2021-07-16). Chris Bernadel on Haitian Assassination, Michael Carome on FDA Alzheimer's Investigation. fair.org Joint Chiefs of Staff chair Adm. Mike Mullen (center) with US troops in Haiti, 2010 (photo: Chad J. McNeeley/DoD) | This week on CounterSpin: There are enough storylines in the July 7 assassination of Haitian president Jovenel MoàØse to make you lose sight of the big picture. The thing is: US media consumers don't have to puzzle out if the assassins were Colombian, or if a Florida doctor bankrolled the plan, or if MoàØse's own bodyguards had it in for him and his wife. The

Juan Cole (2021-07-16). Shaken by Trump's 'Fuhrer Moment,' Gen. Milley had to Blockade Washington, D.C., on Inauguration Day 'to Keep the Nazis out'. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — Jamie Gangel, Jeremy Herb, Marshall Cohen, Elizabeth Stuart and Barbara Starr at CNN reported the juicy tidbits from the forthcoming book of Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker, I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump's Catastrophic Final Year. The protagonist of the story as told is Gen. Mark Milley, chairman …

teleSUR (2021-07-16). Moise Assassination Was Planned in the Dominican Republic. telesurenglish.net On Thursday, Haiti's National Police (PNH) Director Leon Charles confirmed that the assassination of President Jovenel Moise was planned in the Dominican Republic. The official also announced the arrest of three members of the presidential security detail and the chief bodyguard. | RELATED: | "They were gathered in a hotel in Santo Domingo City. Around the table are the intellectual authors, a technical recruitment grou…

Staff (2021-07-16). Pentagon confirms training assassinators implicated in Haiti. en.mehrnews.com Pentagon confirmed that some of the former Colombian servicemen arrested after last week's assassination of Haiti's president previously received US military training.

ANSWER Coalition (2021-07-16). Online panel: Let Cuba live! End the U.S. blockade now! liberationnews.org Photo: Cubans rally to support the revolution and government in Camaguey on July 12 This webinar was organized by the ANSWER Coalition and aired live on Wednesday, July 14, 2021. Trump added 243 new sanctions to tighten the 62-year long US economic blockade of Cuba. Imposed shortages of basic goods have created grave suffering throughout …

Special to People's World (2021-07-16). Young Communists in NYC organize protest in support of Cuba. peoplesworld.org NEW YORK—"Cuba sí, bloqueo no!" (Cuba yes, blockade no!) chanted the crowd in Spanish while holding signs that read "Long live Socialist Cuba" and "End the inhumane sanctions!" The Young Communist League of New York took the initiative to organize a rally in support of ending the blockade on Cuba after a series of protests …

teleSUR7 ag-JF (2021-07-16). 'The US Has Failed to Destroy Cuba', Diaz-Canel Says. telesurenglish.net On Friday, Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel questioned U.S. President Joe Biden's concern about the crisis on the Island and argued that Washington has failed to destroy the Revolution despite wasting billions of dollars in its attempts to do so. | RELATED: | "If Biden had sincere humanitarian concern for the Cuban people, he could eliminate the 243 crippling sanctions imposed by former President Donald Trump as a first s…

Mark Gruenberg (2021-07-16). Texas Dems, AFL-CIO's Trumka link voting and workers' rights. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Citing civil rights leaders the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the late Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and a delegation of Texas state Democratic lawmakers—who left Austin for D.C. to halt a draconian Texas GOP voter repression law—inextricably linked voting rights with worker rights. In an outdoor press conference at …

teleSUR, jeq, SH (2021-07-16). Cinco libros que debes leer del poeta cubano Nicolás Guillén. telesurtv.net En sus trabajos Nicolás Guillén trató el tema del afroamericano en Cuba como ningún otro autor lo había hecho con anterioridad.

_____ (2021-07-16). Evo Morales Denounces A New US-led Plan Condor. popularresistance.org On June 23 of this year, 184 countries of the United Nations General Assembly voted in favor of an end to the US embargo on Cuba. It was the 29th consecutive year where virtually all countries, except the US and Israel made this demand. In recent years the Cuban media has denounced millions of dollars of US funding, through organizations like the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) to create and fund opposition media and the organization of youth. Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez on July 11 rejected the smear campaigns of the US media hegemony in the midst of the Covid pandemic with the intensificati…

Editor2 (2021-07-16). The Espionage Act & Julian Assange — Part 1: A History of Prosecuting Speech. orinocotribune.com By Joe Lauria — Jul 6, 2021 | From its earliest years the United States has found ways to deny the rights of a free press when it was politically expedient to do so. | One of the latest ways was to arrest WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange 29 months ago on April 11, 2019 and to indict him — the first time a publisher and journalist has ever been charged under the 1917 Espionage Act for possessing and publishing state secrets. | Though several U.S. administrations had come close to punishing journalists for revealing defense information, they all pulled back, until Assange. They were restrained because…

Mark Gruenberg (2021-07-16). Communications Workers launch big 'Build Broadband Better' drive. peoplesworld.org www.buildbroadbandbetter.org. | Congress and the Democratic Biden administration are paying attention to the issue. The initial coronavirus rescue law included several billion dollars to expa…

Steve Sweeney (2021-07-16). China warns U.S. against continued provocations as military plane lands in Taiwan. peoplesworld.org

Staff (2021-07-16). Venezuela and Switzerland Review Progress of Dialogue Process. orinocotribune.com Venezuelan Minister for Foreign Affairs, Jorge Arreaza, met with the head of the Peace and Human Rights Division of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of the Swiss Confederation, Simón Geissbàºhler, to review the progress of the dialogue process in Venezuela. | The meeting between the representatives from both countries was held at Casa Amarilla, headquarters of the Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Ministry. The Venezuelan government has repeatedly promoted and encouraged the process despite constant attempts by sectors of the opposition to destabilize the government using illegal and undiplomatic maneuvers…

Joe Bernick (2021-07-16). Tucson: $15 minimum wage going to voters this November. peoplesworld.org TUCSON, Ariz. — Tucson's Fight for $15 voter initiative appears to have qualified to be on the ballot for the November 2021 city elections. Last week organizers filed petitions bearing over 29,000 signatures, more than double the required number. When passed by the voters it will raise the minimum wage within city limits to $15 …

The Conversation (2021-07-16). Because of Coal and Gasoline, High-tide flood risk is accelerating, putting coastal economies at risk. juancole.com By Renee Collini | — As sea level rises, it can be easy to miss the subtlety of higher water. It's much harder to overlook saltwater more frequently flooding streets, impeding daily life and making existing problems worse. The frequency of high-tide flooding along the U.S. coasts has doubled since 2000, and it's expected to …

Karl Engels (2021-07-16). 'Clean water case of the century': Environmentalists score landmark wastewater dumping victory. peoplesworld.org Clean water activists and environmental groups are celebrating a federal court victory in Hawaii that will force a Maui County wastewater treatment plant to stop a dumping practice that has endangered fragile marine environments for decades. The win has national repercussions, however, as it sets a new precedent for how pollutants that threaten waterways can …

Staff (2021-07-16). The drug war destroyed her family. Decades later she's breaking her silence. therealnews.com A woman whose family was targeted by a corrupt sheriff's department on Maryland's Lower Eastern Shore finally speaks out to share her experience. A PAR investigation into rural overpolicing and the impact of the drug war on this veteran's family.

Mickey Z. (2021-07-16). Alexa, Artificial Intimacy, and Living Lives of Quiet Desperation. dissidentvoice.org More than 100 million Amazon Echoes have already been sold across the globe. Researchers believe many consumers purchase the artificial intelligence device as a "companion." A 2019 study, led by the University of Strathclyde's Dr. Graeme McLean, found that: Voice assistants may serve as a means of overcoming loneliness in a household with fewer occupants. …

Staff (2021-07-16). Battleground Baltimore: Who gets to stay in the city? therealnews.com In this week's roundup of Baltimore news, Poppleton residents push back against developers, Keith Davis Jr. activists take their fight to the streets, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan loses his fight over unemployment benefits, and more.

Party for Socialism, Liberation — Chester County, PASSHE Defenders (2021-07-16). PA higher education under attack by its own Board of Governors. liberationnews.org Photo: Protest against university "consolidation" outside the state capitol, Harrisburg On the afternoon of July 14th 2021 the Board of Governors (BOG) of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) unanimously voted in favor of approving Chancellor Greenstein's "consolidation" plan. The implementation of the plan will result in the elimination of 1,500 faculty and …

Mark Fiore (2021-07-16). Screen Shot 2021-07-15 at 8.49.34 AM.png. progressive.org Would you rather own the libs and die a horrible death or would you rather admit that science works and Joe Biden may be right when he suggests door-to-door vaccinations?

sputniknews (2021-07-16). There's Risk of Unrest in Afghanistan Spilling Over to Neighbouring Countries, Lavrov Warns. sputniknews.com Afghanistan has been witnessing an escalation of violence since the United States and its NATO allies began withdrawing troops from the nation, in accordance with a deal between Washington and the Taliban*, signed in February 2020.

sputniknews (2021-07-16). Wikipedia Co-Founder Reveals Why Online Encyclopaedia Cannot Be Trusted. sputniknews.com The name of the project, launched by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger in January 2001, is a portmanteau of the Hawaiian word wiki (meaning quick) and encyclopaedia.

sputniknews (2021-07-16). Why Are Taliban Making Gains And What Does It Say About US-Backed Afghan Government? sputniknews.com Pakistan has confirmed the Taliban* are now in control of the key border crossing of Spin Boldak. Why are the Taliban making advances in Afghanistan and what does it say about the quality of the US-trained forces they are facing?

ecns.cn (2021-07-16). China to strengthen cooperation with Bangladesh in beating pandemic, alleviating poverty: FM. ecns.cn

teleSUR (2021-07-16). The Left Is "Reconquering" Latin America -Arreaza Says. telesurenglish.net "I am hopeful that by 2030 we will have conquered even more spaces than we did during the first decade of this century," Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said during an overview of the region in the special program Latin America in Dispute, broadcasted by teleSUR on Friday night. | RELATED: | The official reflected on the challenges faced by several countries in the region as investigations revealed the parti…

Doctors for COVID Ethics (2021-07-16). Doctors for COVID Ethics Signatories. globalresearch.ca

Tasos Kokkinidis (2021-07-16). Thousands Protest Against Mandatory Vaccination in Greece. globalresearch.ca

teleSUR (2021-07-16). 'Humanitarian Aid' for Venezuela Was Used Fraudulently: USAID. telesurenglish.net In recent days, social networks have been the scene of an intense debate about what actually happened with the humanitarian aid that the United States allegedly sent to Venezuela through former lawmaker Juan Guaido. | RELATED: | From FY2017 to FY2019, President Donald Trump delivered US$507 million to this opposition politician to purchase goods and services aimed at alleviating the alleged humanitarian emergency in V…

_____ (2021-07-16). Rosebud Sioux Youth Council Returns To Carlisle Indian School. popularresistance.org Carlisle, Pa. — Twenty-three-year-old Christopher Eagle Bear from the Rosebud Sioux tribe in South Dakota has been growing out his hair since he visited the site of the former Carlisle Indian Industrial School six years ago. | The trip, made by the Rosebud Sioux youth council in 2015, sparked a group of young tribal members to initiate a tribe-backed resolution to bring home their nine ancestors who died at the school as children some 140 years ago. | Six years after his initial visit, Eagle Bear's hair falls down below the waist of his traditional regalia. He is back in Carlisle this week to bring his rela…

Michael Welch (2021-07-16). The Assassination of John F. Kennedy. globalresearch.ca "Why should the United States and the Soviet Union, in preparing for such expeditions, become involved in immense duplications of research, construction, and expenditure? Surely we should explore whether the scientists and astronauts of our two countries—indeed of all the …

Rick Rozoff (2021-07-16). Battle of the Atlantic: Citing Nazi Germany as Model, U.S. Military Chief Hails New NATO Command. globalresearch.ca

_____ (2021-07-16). On The Sentencing And Courage Of Daniel Hale. popularresistance.org My next portrait for the Americans Who Tell the Truth project will be Daniel Hale, the former Air Force analyst and drone whistleblower who released classified documents showing that nearly 90% of the casualties of U.S. drone assassination missions are civilians—children, women, workers, farmers, and other people who show up as shadows on drone pilot computer screens and are subsequently rendered permanent shadows. Hale will be sentenced on July 27 in Alexandria, Virginia for the crime of truth telling. In all likelihood he will receive 10 years in prison—surely sufficient time to reflect on the error…

teleSUR (2021-07-16). Germany Declares State Of Catastrophe Due to Floods. telesurenglish.net Germany's Federal Ministry of Defense declared on Friday a state of military catastrophe, following the floods that have caused at least 120 deaths in Western Europe. | RELATED: | The death toll in Germany rose to 100 as the authorities said that waters are retreating, which will facilitate the damage assessment. | These photos from

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