2019-08-13: News Headlines

WSWS (2019-08-13). Trump imposes new class-based immigration restrictions. wsws.org The draconian regulation change means immigrants will be denied permanent residency if they have a low credit score, for example.

splcenter (2019-08-13). SPLC joins brief opposing Kansas law targeting immigrants. splcenter.org The SPLC and 29 worker and immigrant rights organizations filed an amicus brief today urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a court decision stating that a Kansas identity theft law cannot be used to turn local law enforcement into immigration agents.

Staff (2019-08-13). Trump Keeps Cracking Down on Legal Immigration Because His Base Loves Cruelty. truthout.org | | When Democrats dismissed the Fox News-led fear-mongering about "hordes" of undocumented immigrants "invading" the United States from the south as a manufactured crisis, they were pilloried by Republicans and the mainstream media alike for not taking the issue seriously. Hardly anyone demonstrated an understanding of Democrats' nuanced argument. | Illegal immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border appeared much more substantial precisely because the Trump administration had choked off acces…

John Marciano (2019-08-13). Massacres at Home and Abroad. counterpunch.org On August 5, former President Obama released a powerful statement in response to the latest gun massacres in Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton that left scores dead and wounded—including children who were shopping for school supplies at Walmart with their mothers, and with their families at the wonderful Gilroy Garlic Festival. He decried the madness of violence that has been fueled by Trump's vile pronouncements and policies that help spread anti-immigrant and racist poison across the nation. More

WSWS (2019-08-13). Immigrant tent camps in Paris: Victims of France's war on refugees. wsws.org Every night in Paris, in sprawling tent encampments lying beneath highway overpasses, or in local playgrounds and parks, thousands of refugees go to sleep on the street.

Staff (2019-08-13). From Hong Kong to Kashmir to the US, Authoritarianism Is Rising. truthout.org | | Over the past couple weeks, the global pattern of authoritarianism has become particularly visible, and particularly gut-wrenching. Global politics is changing quickly, with political discourse becoming increasingly degraded and dangerous in one country after the next. | In Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's ruling party boasted of the mass book burning and destruction that it has, apparen…

Andrew Korybko (2019-08-13). Why Don't Activists Care About the Kashmiris as Much as the Rohingyas? globalresearch.ca It's certainly peculiar that the international activist community cares more for the Rohingyas than the Kashmiris despite both of these people being Muslim minorities that are facing a similar threat of ethnic cleansing, which suggests that there must be more …

RT (2019-08-13). Family of El Paso shooting victims says they received death threats over photo with Trump. rt.com Relatives of a married couple killed in the El Paso, Texas mass shooting say they have been swept up in a wave of hate and criticism — including death threats — after being photographed with US President Donald Trump.

James A Haught (2019-08-13). The Biggest News of the 21st Century. counterpunch.org What's the most significant occurrence so far in the 21st century? Worsening weather calamities caused by global warming? Endless suicide bombings and massacres by religious fanatics in the Islamic "cult of death"? Snowballing acceptance of gays as equal humans? Kakistocracy (government by the worst) under a ludicrous president who has told 10,000 countable lies? Recurring More

Pepe Escobar (2019-08-13). How Tehran Fits into Russia-China Strategy. globalresearch.ca Complex doesn't even begin to describe the positioning of Iran-Russia in the geopolitical chessboard. What's clear in our current, volatile moment is that they're partners, as I previously reported. Although not strategic partners, as in the Russia-China tie-up, Russia-China-Iran …

Andrew Korybko (2019-08-13). Iran Might be About To Change Its Approach Towards India. globalresearch.ca Iran had hitherto allowed India to make a fool out of it without uttering even the faintest protest in response, yet the Islamic Republic's previously servile attitude might be changing if two recent statements by its leadership are any indication …

teleSUR (2019-08-13). UK Expected To Release Illegally Seized Iranian Tanker. telesurenglish.net Iran is celebrating a diplomatic victory, as they claim the U.K. is expected to release the seized Iranian tanker, following negotiations. Iranian maritime authorities said Tuesday that they had been in talks with the U.K. government, and showed documents that prove that Iran did not violate sanctions against Syria, the reason given by the U.K. for the seizure. | RELATED: | UK Wants European Force to Police Persian Gulf | Jalil Eslami, deputy head of Iran's Ports and Maritime Organization, s…

WSWS (2019-08-13). Explosions at Russian military facilities leave eight dead. wsws.org Bound up with the accelerating global arms race, blasts at a nuclear weapons testing facility in Russia's far north and an ammunitions depot in Siberia have injured dozens.

Joseph Thomas (2019-08-13). US Walks Away from Southeast Asia Summit Empty-Handed. globalresearch.ca A recent meeting of the 10 member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) convened in Bangkok, Thailand and attended by representatives from China, Russia and even the United States, provides us with a clear indicator of how power and influence …

teleSUR (2019-08-13). World Commemorates Fidel Castro's Birthday. telesurenglish.net Governments and social movements around the world have come together to commemorate the birthday of revolutionary icon Fidel Castro, on what would have been his 93rd birthday. | RELATED: | 60 Years of Defending Cuba Against a Barbarous Empire | On Tuesday morning, members of China's Communist Youth attended an event at the Cuban embassy in Beijing to commemorate the Cuban revolutionary hero. Other Cuban embassies also hosted events. In Russia, there was a talk on Fidel along with an…

Emily Apple (2019-08-13). The government is making an obscene profit from the hostile environment. thecanary.co An investigation by the Times has revealed that the Home Office is making a massive profit from the hostile environment. According to its figures, the Home Office made £500m in 2018, with profits rising 91% in the last five years. | The Times tweeted graphs showing how the government is raking money in: | Profit from the hostile envi…

Forrest Hylton (2019-08-13). Medellín Diary: Remembering Our Dead. counterpunch.org What set Gustavo Marulanda's death apart from so many others in those years, when the Colombian government of Andrés Pastrana negotiated peace with the insurgent guerrilla movement, Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC), and the paramilitaries targeted intellectuals as well as social and trade union movement activists as guerrilla supporters, is that Marulanda publicly forecasted his murder at a student assembly. | More

Andrew Korybko (2019-08-13). Hong Kong Protesters Are Collectively Punishing the Peaceful Population. globalresearch.ca Thousands of demonstrators held an unlawful assembly in Hong Kong International Airport on Monday and prompted the cancellation of all flights for the day out of safety concerns. This marks a dramatic escalation in the weeks-long demonstrations against a now-suspended …

Jim Miles (2019-08-13). Obama's Unending Wars — Fronting the Foreign Policy of the Permanent Warfare State. globalresearch.ca Obama is a shining light in comparison to his two bookends, George Bush and Donald Trump. His manner is calm and focused as he presents his ideas with well mannered rhetorical flourishes, speaking in terms of hope, peace, change, freedom …

teleSUR (2019-08-13). Danny Glover Opposes Painting Over Slavery Mural. telesurenglish.net Actor Danny Glover opposed painting over a mural at the San Francisco Washington High school Monday. | RELATED: | US: Danny Glover Endorses Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders | The mural, namely, "The Life of Washington" was painted by Victor Arnautoff, one of the famous muralists in San Fransisco during the Depression i.e., the 1920s United States. | The 1…

Stephen Lendman (2019-08-13). Trump: A Modern-Day Herbert Hoover? Financial Plunge 2019. globalresearch.ca Clearly, Hoover was world's apart from Trump geopolitically, at war with no other nations, polar opposite how both extremist right wings of the US war party operate today. This article deals only with economic and financial issues. | Hoover had the …

Stephen Lendman (2019-08-13). Civil Disobedience in Hong Kong or US Color Revolution Attempt? globalresearch.ca As the saying goes, if it walks, talks, and quacks like a duck, chances are it is one. | What's been going on for months in Hong Kong has all the earmarks of a US orchestrated color revolution, aimed at destabilizing …

teleSUR (2019-08-13). Students Strike, Protest Across Brazil as Moro Orders Crackdown. telesurenglish.net Brazil's Justice Minister Sergio Moro ordered his ministry's National Public Security Force (FSNP) to be stationed at the Ministries Square in Brasilia to crack down on student protests scheduled for Tuesday. | RELATED: | Argentina Frontrunner: 'Bolsonaro Is Racist, Misogynist, Violent' | The National Student Union (UNE) called o…

teleSUR (2019-08-13). Brazilian Prosecutors to Bar Bolsonaro's Son from US Envoy Role. telesurenglish.net Brazilian federal prosecutors are seeking to prevent far-right President Jair Bolsanaro's son from becoming the new ambassador to the United States. | RELATED: | Brazil's Economy Continues Downward Spiral Towards Recession | The prosecutors filed a court injunction on Monday to bar Eduardo Bolsonaro from this ambassador role, citing the latter's lack of experience as one of the main factors for their intervention. | The public prosecutor's office asked a Brasilia court to rule on the need for non-dipl…

teleSUR (2019-08-13). US Delays Tariff on Some Chinese Goods Like Laptops Till Dec 15. telesurenglish.net The Trump administration Tuesday delayed imposing a 10% import tariff on laptops, cell phones, video game consoles and a wide range of other products made in China, in an abrupt pull-back from a hardline stance on Chinese trade. | RELATED: | As US-China Trade War Escalates, Argentinians To Be Hit Hard | The U.S. Trade Representative's Office (USTR) action was published just minutes after China's Ministry of Commerce said Vice Premier Liu He conducted a phone call with U.S. trade o…

Julie Hollar (2019-08-13). Media Defend Biden by Attacking Dems for 'Attacking' Obama. fair.org by Julie Hollar Coming out of the second round of Democratic debates, a curious storyline crystallized in the media: The candidates are attacking Obama, and that's a sure-fire way to hand the election to Trump. It's the latest flavor of "the Democrats are moving too far left" (FAIR.org, 7/2/19)—this time echoing both Trump himself and the right-wing Democratic candidates, including former Obama Vice President Joe Biden. | During the first debate, Rep. John Delaney pitched the story, claiming, "Most o…

Staff (2019-08-13). Will Brazil's Social Movements be Hit by Bolsonaro's Anti-Crime Crackdown? therealnews.com Brazil's President Bolsonaro's comment that criminals should "die like cockroaches" is not only reminiscent of Philippine president Duterte, but also seeks to persecute social movements, says Mike Fox…

Robert Hunziker (2019-08-13). Sea Level Rise! counterpunch.org Sea level has been stable, at current levels, throughout recorded history for 5,000 years. That's about to change. Still, it's very difficult for people to imagine a change in sea level after 5,000 years of rock solid stability. Nevertheless, assuming sea levels do rise markedly, one of the biggest questions of the century is whether More

Dean Baker (2019-08-13). Thoughts on China's Currency. counterpunch.org There is a conventional wisdom on China's currency that gets repeated almost everywhere and never seems to be challenged in the media. The basic story is that in the bad old days China 'manipulated" its currency, but that stopped years ago. At present, its currency controls are actually keeping the value of its currency up, More

Nancy Marie Mithlo (2019-08-13). Tarantino's 'Dead Indians' and the Roots of American Violence. counterpunch.org My day job is as an American Indian Studies professor at a major university. Actually, like many educators, it is my day and night job. The luxury and the burden of being an academic is that you get to think about complex and weighty ideas ALL THE TIME. That is why I particularly relish going More

Rick Baum (2019-08-13). The Federal Reserve Board's Recent Figures on the Outrageous Unequal Distribution of Wealth. counterpunch.org Recent figures released by the Federal Reserve Board once again verify the shameful growing wealth inequality in the United States.[1] Below is a table derived from the Federal Reserve Board figures showing the share of the country's total net wealth (value of assets minus liabilities) held by the wealthiest 1%, the wealthiest 10%, the poorest More

Juan Cole (2019-08-13). The U.S.-Backed War on Yemen Is Collapsing. truthdig.com This piece originally appeared on Informed Comment. | Yemen, a country of 28 million and one of the poorest in the world, had already become a byword for misery over the course of the last four years of war. Now, believe it or not, things have abruptly worsened. | The strategic port of Aden has fallen to southern separatists, just as it did in 1967, when the Communists took over and created the People's Republic of South Yemen. | The Southern Transitional Council took over the strategic port of Aden with four hundred armed ve…

Patrick Cockburn (2019-08-13). The British Still Haven't Learned the Lessons of the Troubles. counterpunch.org Fifty years ago, the Battle of the Bogside in Derry between Catholics and police, combined with the attacks on Catholic areas of Belfast by Protestants, led to two crucial developments that were to define the political landscape for decades: the arrival of the British army and the creation of the Provisional IRA. An eruption in More

Binoy Kampmark (2019-08-13). China Hysteria Down Under. counterpunch.org The blinkered security establishment is standard fare in politics. From Washington to Manila, we hear of terrors and concerns which tend to more spectral than not. Legitimate concerns such as catastrophic environmental failure, or a nuclear accident, are treated with a sigh, its warners doomsday advocates rather than reasoned citizens. It is the unseen demon More

WSWS (2019-08-13). Brazil's Bolsonaro threatens Glenn Greenwald, ratchets up fascist rants. wsws.org Bolsonaro is engaged in the buildup of a fascist movement based on the security forces, and feels emboldened by the wide consensus in ruling circles around his economic agenda.

teleSUR (2019-08-13). Argentina Frontrunner: 'Bolsonaro Is Racist, Misogynist, Violent'. telesurenglish.net Alberto Fernandez, the front runner in Argentina's presidential race, responded to Brazilian President Bolsonaro's attacks on the progressive alliance which scored a landslide victory in Argentina's primary elections Sunday, dismissing him as a "passing phase" in Brazil's history. | RELATED: | Argentina Primaries: Fernandez Wins Landslide Victory Over Macri With 15-Point Lead | Fernandez, likely to be Argentina's next president for the progressive 'Front for All' party, had s…

teleSUR (2019-08-13). Colombia's Electoral Court Opens Probe on Santos' 2014 Campaign. telesurenglish.net Colombia's electoral authorities have opened an investigation into whether former Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos accepted illegal campaign contributions from Brazilian construction Odebrecht in 2014. | RELATED: | Colombia Gov't Bails out Banks for Dissolved Odebrecht Project | Renato Rafael Contreras from the Democratic Center, Doris Méndez C…

Telesur (2019-08-13). Brazilian Prosecutors to Bar Bolsonaro's Son from US Envoy Role. globalresearch.ca Brazilian federal prosecutors are seeking to prevent far-right President Jair Bolsanaro's son from becoming the new ambassador to the United States. | The prosecutors filed a court injunction on Monday to bar Eduardo Bolsonaro from this ambassador role, citing the latter's …

WSWS (2019-08-13). Concerns grow over global financial stability. wsws.org There is now a historically unprecedented situation in bond markets where it is estimated that some $15 trillion worth of government bonds are trading at negative yields, meaning an investor who purchased the bond and held it to maturity would make a loss.

Kim C. Domenico (2019-08-13). Careerism and the War Machine. counterpunch.org In Three Guineas, which I am reading at the request of a young friend who tells us she is writing her dissertation on Woolf and James Baldwin, Virginia Woolf answers the question asked of her by a prominent liberal of his day, which is that she give her opinion as to how war — this More

Dan Bacher (2019-08-13). Winnemem Wintu Chief Asks Delta Tunnel Amendment Negotiators. counterpunch.org Despite the fact that new Delta Tunnel project supported by Governor Gavin Newsom has not been approved, the Department of Water Resources is proceeding forward with negotiations with its water contractors over the State Water Contract Amendment for the Delta Conveyance. DWR held two meetings, the first on July 24 and the second on July More

teleSUR (2019-08-13). Libya: Renewed Fighting Ends Eid Holiday Truce. telesurenglish.net After a two-day truce to celebrate the Eid al-Adha holiday, General Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army (ANL) and the Tripoli-based government's army resumed fighting Tuesday. | RELATED: | Libya: 5 Killed and 8 Injured in Airstrike on a Hospital | "Haftar had already violated the truce two days ago with bombings at the Mitiga airport in Tripoli, forcing the authorities to suspend flights for several hours… The Libyan army responded by bombing the roads leading to the airport," the…

teleSUR (2019-08-13). Yemen's Houthis Launch Attack on Saudi Airport. telesurenglish.net Yemen's Houthis Movement announced on Tuesday that their forces launched a new attack on a Saudi airport in the kingdom's Abha province. | RELATED: | Yemen: Saudi-led Forces Attack UAE-Backed Separatists in Aden, 40 Killed | According to their statement via Masirah TV, the Houthis attacked the Abha Regional Airport in southern Saudi Arabia using their armed drones. | There was no mention of the attack in Saudi Arabia's official media and Saudi officials could not immed…

South Front (2019-08-13). Video: Syrian Tiger Forces Crush Al Qaeda Militants' Defense in Southern Idlib. globalresearch.ca Over the past weekend, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Tiger Forces have continued their advance on positions of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and its allies in northwestern Hama and southern Idlib. | By August 12, government forces had liberated the …

Prof. Tony Hall (2019-08-13). Freedom or Repression of Speech at Alberta's Universities? A Point of Contention Between the NDP and the UCP. globalresearch.ca Is former NDP Cabinet Minister, Shannon Phillips, attempting to revive her waning political career by initiating a fear mongering campaign? Ms. Phillips is targeting Alberta Premier Jason Kenney's plan to integrate the Chicago Principles on Free Speech …

Philip A Farruggio (2019-08-13). The 'Idiot Box' — Now More than Ever! globalresearch.ca For decades many critics of broadcast television labeled it 'The idiot box'. As Ed Norton said in a Honeymooners episode "Maybe the phrase fits.'" Well, today, perhaps more than ever before, we all must be idiots to continue viewing …

Shane Quinn (2019-08-13). History: US-led Pressures on Japan Performed a Central Role Leading to Pearl Harbor. globalresearch.ca By 1920, America had become by far the world's richest country, whose strength held sway over much of the Western hemisphere, and was stretching further eastwards. As her influence expanded, the United States was posing a serious problem for the …

WSWS (2019-08-13). Southern separatists overrun Aden, exposing fraud of US, Saudi puppet regime in Yemen. wsws.org The clashes in Aden after more than four years of murderous war in Yemen have laid bare the failure of the US-backed Saudi campaign to establish any viable regime.

Eds. (2019-08-13). Don't believe the hype about the 'rules-based order', capitalism is perpetual war. mronline.org Why is war, or the threat of it, a permanent feature of our society? The most common answers point to contingencies—the psychology of particular world leaders, for example, or the specific gains to a company to be made from a conflict. Alternatively, they rely on universal claims that religion causes eternal strife or that conflict […] | Source

Emily Apple (2019-08-13). The DWP is back in hot water after the UN slams its 'total surveillance'. thecanary.co The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been slammed by the UN over its surveillance of benefit claimants. Philip Alston, the UN's special rapporteur warned that the department is not just spying on those it suspects of fraudulent claims: It's not. It will soon affect everyone and leave the society much worse off. Everyone needs to pay attention and insist on decent li…

Staff (2019-08-13). Could California's Investment in Child Care Be a Model for the Country? truthout.org | | Marin City, California—When her son Quincy was six weeks old, Lynette Stewart dropped him off at a child care center in Long Beach, California and headed back to work, with a hard ball of worry in her chest. | "I cried my eyes out, especially that first week of leaving him there," Stewart said. "No one wants to take their baby, who can't communicate, to a stranger at that age." | At the time, in 2015, Stewart was working as an administrative assistant at a small company that made kombuc…

WSWS (2019-08-13). Establishment figures welcome renewed anti-China hysteria in Australia. wsws.org The ruling elite requires Australia's incorporation into US war preparations to be accompanied by slandering any public opposition as the product of "Chinese interference."

Staff (2019-08-13). Military Might Is Our National Religion. truthout.org | | When I was a teenager in the 1970s, I looked to the heavens: to God and Christianity (as arbitrated by the Catholic Church) and to the soaring warbirds of the U.S. military, which I believed kept us safe. To my mind then, they were classic manifestations of American technological superiority over the godless Communists. | With all its scandals, especially when it came to priestly sexual abuse, I lost my f…

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2019-08-13). The U.S. Government Doesn't Care About Afghan Women. truthdig.com In once, and to some extent still, relatively cosmopolitan Baghdad, Iraq, I once saw three young female college students from Mustansiriyah University walking home from class. They couldn't have been more differently clothed. One wore a full burqa that exposed only her eyes; another a hijab, a more modest head scarf without a facial veil, and a pair of jeans; the third sported a pink miniskirt and a revealing tank top with her long hair fully exposed. Still, they chatted like old friends. | By early 2007, this range of women's clothing was already highly rare in all but the safest Baghdad neighborhoods, yet it di…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-08-13). Farmers Hit Back as USDA Chief Sonny Perdue Mocks Those Harmed by Trump Trade War as 'Whiners'. commondreams.org "He doesn't understand what farmers are dealing with, and he's the head of the Department of Agriculture. He's supposed to be working for farmers." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-08-13). One Killed After Man Goes on Stabbing Rampage in Sydney. telesurenglish.net A man went on a stabbing rampage in the Australian city of Sydney Tuesday, killing one woman and wounding another bystander, local police said in a statement. | RELATED: | Australia Will Not Host US Missiles | According to the Sydney police report, the 21-year-old-man was restrained by several people who witnessed him stab two women on Tuesday morning. | The Sydney police said they are currently not treating this case as an act of terrorism. | The 21-year-old man, who police did not name, was carrying…

Yemeni Alliance Committee (2019-08-13). End the Genocide in #Yemen. indybay.org Speaker Nancy Pelosi | 90 7th St. | San Francisco, CA 94103…

Ilana Novick (2019-08-13). Third Way Democrats Are Bought and Sold by The Kochs. truthdig.com When George Soros and Charles Koch announced in July that they are partnering to create a think tank dedicated to ending the United States' forever wars, Steven Kinzer of The Boston Globe called the idea "one of the most remarkable partnerships in modern American political history." | Despite the jarring image of the liberal billionaire joining forces with the radical conservative, the forthcoming Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft is not such an anomaly in the history of the Koch family. As Ryan Grim and An…

Staff (2019-08-13). "Today the Lynch Mob Only Needs an Assault Rifle": Ibram X. Kendi on White Supremacist Violence. democracynow.org This week marks two years since white supremacists descended on Charlottesville, Virginia, where a neo-Nazi drove his car into a crowd of antiracist protesters, killing 32-year-old activist Heather Heyer. Days later, President Trump claimed there were "very fine people on both sides." Since Charlottesville, white supremacists have committed at least 73 murders, according to the Anti-Defamation League. Just last week, a white supremacist in El Paso, Texas, opened fire in a crowded Walmart and killed 22 people. It's been described as the deadliest attack to target Latinos in modern American history. We speak with D…

Barbara Crossette (2019-08-13). India's Constitutional Coup in Kashmir Is Sowing the Seeds of Renewed Rebellion. thenation.com India's Constitutional Coup in Kashmir Is Sowing the Seeds of Renewed Rebellion…

Jonathan Levi, Marta Orrantia (2019-08-13). The Broken Promise of Colombia's Peace Deal. thenation.com The Broken Promise of Colombia's Peace Deal…

Brenda Wineapple (2019-08-13). The Contradictions of Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. thenation.com The Contradictions of Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

ACLU NorCal SCU Law Club (2019-08-13). Growing Anti-Immigrant Sentiments and Trump's Immigration Policies. indybay.org Charney Hall, Room 104. Santa Clara University School of Law | 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara 95050…

Jewish Community Relations Council (2019-08-13). Immigration & Detention Solidarity on Tisha B'av in San Jose. indybay.org James P. McEntee Sr. Plaza, County Of Santa Clara Government Building, 70 W Hedding St, San Jose, CA 95112…

Peninsula Peace & Justice Center (2019-08-13). Climate Strike: Downtown Palo Alto. indybay.org Lytton Plaza, intersection of University Ave. & Emerson Street, Palo Alto 94301…

CHICANO MEXICANO RESISTANCE (2019-08-13). COMMEMORATE 1970 CHICANO MORATORIUM MARCH. indybay.org SAN JOSE PEACE AND JUSTICE CENTER | 48 S. 7th Street | San Jose, Calif. 95112 | Near corner of 7th and Santa Clara Streets.

Lynda Carson (2019-08-13). Billionaire Stephen Ross of the Related Companies faces protests for Trump fundraiser. indybay.org Reported by Politico, billionaire Stephen Ross the founder of "The Related Companies," is facing a backlash for fundraising for the alleged racist President Donald Trump.

Dan Bacher (2019-08-13). Salmon advocates slam Trump rules slashing Endangered Species Act protections. indybay.org "Here in California we're likely to see salmon, sturgeon, steelhead trout, wolves, wolverines, kit fox and many others all slide towards extinction as a result of today's action by the Trump White House," said John McManus, Executive Director of the Golden Gate Salmon Association.

Global Research News (2019-08-13). Selected Articles: India's Kashmir Crisis. globalresearch.ca Do you value the reporting and in-depth analysis provided by Global Research on a daily basis? | Click to | * * * | | Iran Might be About To

susan_p (2019-08-13). India's Kashmir crackdown poses risk of war. greenleft.org.au On August 5, India's Hindu nationalist government unilaterally revoked the autonomy of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, while flooding the region with troops, imposing a curfew and shutting down all communications. | The state is to be broken in two, with the eastern portion (Ladakh) under direct rule by New Delhi. | The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi shut down internet connections, mobile phone services and land-line phones in the besieged region. The fragmentary news that has trickled out speaks of arrests of leading politicians and widespread fear among the region's 12 million inhabitants. | Present…

stuart_m (2019-08-13). Toni Morrison: The remarkable life of a remarkable woman. greenleft.org.au African-American novelist Toni Morrison — winner of the Pulitzer Prize (1988), the Nobel Prize for Literature (1993), and many other awards — died on August 5 at the age 88. Following the announcement, Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the civil rights organisation NAACP, remarked: "Rest in power to #ToniMorrison, one of the most prolific writers of our time." | "It is with profound sadness we share that, following a short illness, our adored mother and grandmother, Toni Morrison, passed away peacefully last night surrounded…

susan_p (2019-08-13). Philippines: Precarious work, extreme inequality persist a year after historic strike. greenleft.org.au The Philippines' labour movement commemorated the first anniversary of the historic Pacific Plaza Towers workers' strike on August 6. | The workers, all members of Pacific Plaza United Action of Labor (PUNYAL), had long been exploited by the condominium's managers. | Half the workforce were employed on short-term contracts, via dubious third-party job contractors (labour hire), paid starvation wages, and deprived of their right to join a union and collectively bargain for higher wages. | These workers live in squalor in the Palar slum area. Their workplace, located a couple of kilometres away, is one of the ritzi…

RT (2019-08-12). Racist or protecting vulnerable Americans? What's in Trump's new immigration rules. rt.com The White House says the new rules restricting the ability of legal immigrants to receive welfare are enforcing existing laws and protecting poor and vulnerable Americans. Critics are calling them un-American and racist.

Aaron Maté (2019-08-12). Trump starves Venezuela, Democrats are silent. thegrayzone.com The Trump administration is intensifying its economic warfare on the people of Venezuela with a crippling embargo — and facing…

Eric Margolis (2019-08-12). Hair-trigger Nuclear Alert over Kashmir. globalresearch.ca Two of the world's most important powers, India and Pakistan, are locked into an extremely dangerous confrontation over the bitterly disputed Himalayan mountain state of Kashmir. Both are nuclear armed. | Kashmir has been a flashpoint since Imperial Britain divided India …

Andrew Korybko (2019-08-12). Could The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Contribute to Resolving the Kashmir Crisis? globalresearch.ca The onset of the latest Kashmir Crisis following India's "Israeli"-like unilateral moves there last week have raised the question among many in the Alt-Media Community of whether the SCO could help mediate a solution between New Delhi and Islamabad, but …

teleSUR (2019-08-12). Venezuela: Court Charges 3 Assembly Members with Treason. telesurenglish.net The Supreme Court of Justice of Venezuela ordered on Monday to commit the responsibility of three lawmakers belonging to the National Assembly in contempt for committing crimes that threaten the peace and sovereignty of the country. | RELATED: | Venezuelans Continue to Sign Petition Against US Blockade | The sentence issued by the highest court imputed the parliamentarians Juan Pablo García Canales, José àÅngel Guerra Brito and Tomás Guanipa Villalobos, after the request prese…

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2019-08-12). The World is Uniting for International Law, against US Empire. dissidentvoice.org "We oppose the extraterritorial application of unilateral measures." That is not Cuba, Nicaragua, Iran, Russia, or China talking about the most recent unilateral coercive measures imposed by the United States against Venezuela, i.e. economic sanctions that have become an economic blockade, but the European Union. Even allies who have embarrassed themselves by recognizing the phony …

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2019-08-12). The world is uniting for international law, against US empire. nationofchange.org "We oppose the extraterritorial application of unilateral measures." | That is not Cuba, Nicaragua, Iran, Russia, or China talking about the most recent unilateral coercive measures imposed by the United States against Venezuela, i.e. economic sanctions that have become an economic blockade, but the European Union. Even allies who have embarrassed themselves by recognizing the phony "interim president" Juan Guaido are saying the US has gone too far. | All of the countries listed above and…

Fight Back (2019-08-12). U.S. starts blockade of Venezuela. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – On August 6, U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton attended a gathering of representatives from the right-wing governments of Latin America. There, he announced the next stage in the U.S. campaign to defeat the Bolivarian Revolution: A total blockade of Venezuela. All U.S. citizens are banned from doing business with "the Maduro regime," and any company – U.S. or international – that does business with the Venezuelan government will be subject to fines, asset seizures and sanctions. While the announcement did not include the immediate deployment of the U.S. Navy to enforce the blockade, Bolton…

TeleSur English (2019-08-12). Worldwide Solidarity Rallies Held in Support of Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com Rallies were held on Saturday across the world in support of Venezuela as the Bolivarian Republic faces an inhuman economic blockade imposed by the United States and their Western allies.

Eds. (2019-08-12). Venezuela food shipment destined for Venezuela seized due to U.S. blockade. mronline.org The ship was seized in the Panama canal according to the Venezuela government. | Source

Paul Dobson (2019-08-12). Venezuela Secures New Chinese Oil Investment. venezuelanalysis.com The move defies the US embargo's secondary sanction provisions targeting foreign firms trading with Venezuela.

Rob Okun (2019-08-12). Are We Ready Now to Put Shooters' Gender at Center of Gun Debate? counterpunch.org Last weekend's killing sprees in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, brought the number of mass shootings in the first 215 days of the year to 251. In the United States of Ammunition, that's more than one a day. What's going on? To paraphrase James Carville, "It's the masculinity, people." It's infuriating to me that More

Kevin Zeese (2019-08-12). The World Is Uniting for International Law, Against US Empire. globalresearch.ca "We oppose the extraterritorial application of unilateral measures." | That is not Cuba, Nicaragua, Iran, Russia, or China talking about the most recent unilateral coercive measures imposed by the United States against Venezuela, i.e. economic sanctions that have become …

Staff (2019-08-12). The New York Times Can't Hide Its Pro-War Bias. truthdig.com The New York Times has published five editorials since the beginning of May that are ostensibly critical of a possible military war between the United States and Iran. As anti-war arguments, however, they are woefully lacking—vilifying Iran without subjecting the US to comparable scrutiny, and hiding US aggression towards Iran. | The editorials regurgitate the same anti-Iran demonology pro-war voices offer to try to justify an attack on the country. In one case ( 5/4/19), readers are told that | there is no doubt that the Revolu…

Aaron Maté (2019-08-12). Trump admin sabotages Iran diplomacy at every turn. thegrayzone.com With its recent sanctions on Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Trump administration continues to undermine any possibility of diplomacy…

Staff (2019-08-12). Mass Protests in Moscow and the US Media's Failings on Russia Coverage. truthout.org | | New School professor Nina Khrushcheva talks about this weekend's mass protests in Moscow and the failings of the U.S. media when it comes to covering Russia. She also discusses the increasing nuclear tensions between the United States and Russia. The U.S. recently pulled out of the landmark Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. Last week, seven Russians, mostly nuclear scientists, died in an explosion in the White Sea during a suspected test of a nuclear-powered cruise missile. The blast cau…

Tony Cartalucci (2019-08-12). "Opposition" or Terrorists? Who Is Syria and Russia Targeting in Idlib? globalresearch.ca Scott Lucas — a professor at the University of Birmingham UK — would decry with the rest of the Western media — resumed joint military operations carried out by Syria and Russia in and around the northwestern governorate of Idlib….

RT (2019-08-12). Really? McFaul 'plants US flag' in Twitter to claim it as free speech sanctuary. rt.com Michael McFaul says he can say whatever he wants on Twitter because it's an American platform. Yeah, the very same Twitter that 'shadowbans,' silences alternative media, and hosts fake Russian bots that meddle in US elections.

Aaron Maté (2019-08-12). What do we know about Russia's alleged influence campaign? thegrayzone.com What have US intelligence officials proven to date about their claims of a sweeping Russian interference effort and Russian government…

Tracy Keeling (2019-08-12). The Tories' policing plan is bad enough. Their latest immigration one is utterly ludicrous. thecanary.co The Tory government's new plans for policing and prisons came unstuck before they'd even got off the ground. Because a thinktank chaired by Iain Duncan Smith is already calling for changes to immigration rules from home s…

teleSUR (2019-08-12). US-Taliban Peace Talks End With No Deal, Sept. 1 Deadline Looms. telesurenglish.net The latest round of talks between the Taliban and the United States ended early Monday in Doha without a peace deal for war-torn Afghanistan, as both sides said they would consult with their leaderships on the next steps. | RELATED: | US-Taliban Deal To Precede Intra-Afghan Talks in Peace Process | U.S. envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, said the eighth round of talks that began on Aug. 3 in Qatar was "productive" and that he was heading to Washington for consultations. W…

Eric Zuesse (2019-08-12). Adding Context to 'News' About Venezuela. globalresearch.ca This past week's meeting of the U.S.-and-Canada-created anti-Venezuela Lima Group of nations failed to achieve the U.S. regime's intention of organizing a coalition of its members to participate in a U.S.-led invasion to overthrow Venezuela's Government and install Trump's choice, …

teleSUR (2019-08-12). China's International Trade Grows by Almost 6% in July. telesurenglish.net China's international trade increased 5.7 percent year-on-year in July, a slowdown of 6.8 percentage points with respect to the same month in 2018, yet still growing strong, according to official data released Thursday. | RELATED: | Venezuela, China Inaugurate Refinery To Boost Oil Production | The General Administration of Customs said that in the seventh month of 2019, China's foreign trade stood at 2.74 trillion yuan (US$388.64 billion), as exports increased by 10.3 percent…

Ibis Frade Brito (2019-08-12). øQué va a responder la ONU a Venezuela? peoplesworld.org

Max Blumenthal (2019-08-12). Cómo los planes de privatización de Joe Biden condenaron a Latinoamérica y desataron la crisis migratoria. thegrayzone.com En su campaña, Joe Biden se ha jactado de su papel en la transformación de Colombia y Centroamérica a través…

Stephen Lendman (2019-08-12). Undemocratic Dems for President. Only Tulsi Gabbard and Mike Gravel are Genuinely Anti-war. globalresearch.ca The crowded field has 25 Dems in it so far, maybe more to come, dropouts along the way for lack of enough support. | Tulsi Gabbard and 89-year-old former senator Mike Gravel are the only worthy candidates. | Both have genuine anti-war, …

teleSUR (2019-08-12). Brazil: Indigenous Women Occupy Health Ministry, Demand Rights. telesurenglish.net Approximately 1,500 women from 113 Indigenous tribes of Brazil occupied the headquarters of the Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (Sesai) Monday in the country's capital Brasilia in defense of the differentiated healthcare subsystem of Indigenous peoples. | RELATED: | Brazilian Government Threatens to End Indigenous Health System | "We are here representing those who have not yet come to say that we will never accept any imposition of the destructive agenda of Bolsonaro…

Alexandra Jacobo (2019-08-12). "Empowering women and indigenous peoples" will help us more effectively combat climate change says UN report. nationofchange.org Recognizing indigenous lands rights and empowering women and indigenous communities is crucial if we are to fight climate change, says a new UN report released last week. | In the special report released by the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), scientists call for policy changes in land use, farming, and eating habits in order to help cut emissions that are heavily contributing to the warming of the Earth. | The report calls for: "Policies that enable and incentivise sustainable land management for cli…

2019-08-13: Social Media Postees

Trump imposes new class-based immigration restrictions
wsws.org | 2019-08-13
The draconian regulation change means immigrants will be denied permanent residency if they have a low credit score, for example.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/13/immi…

SPLC joins brief opposing Kansas law targeting immigrants
splcenter.org | 2019-08-13
The SPLC and 29 worker and immigrant rights organizations filed an amicus brief today urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a court decision stating that a Kansas identity theft law cannot be used to turn local law enforcement into immigration agents.
splcenter.org/news/2019/08/13/splc-joins…

Trump Keeps Cracking Down on Legal Immigration Because His Base Loves Cruelty
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-13
| When Democrats dismissed the Fox News-led fear-mongering about "hordes" of undocumented immigrants "invading" the United States from the south as a manufactured crisis, they were pilloried by Republicans and the mainstream media alike for not taking the issue seriously. Hardly anyone demonstrated an understanding of Democrats' nuanced argument. | Illegal immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border appeared much more substantial precisely because the Trump administration had choked off acces…
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Massacres at Home and Abroad
John Marciano | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-13
On August 5, former President Obama released a powerful statement in response to the latest gun massacres in Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton that left scores dead and wounded–including children who were shopping for school supplies at Walmart with their mothers, and with their families at the wonderful Gilroy Garlic Festival. He decried the madness of violence that has been fueled by Trump's vile pronouncements and policies that help spread anti-immigrant and racist poison across the nation.
counterpunch.org/2019/08/13/massacres-at…

Immigrant tent camps in Paris: Victims of France's war on refugees
wsws.org | 2019-08-13
Every night in Paris, in sprawling tent encampments lying beneath highway overpasses, or in local playgrounds and parks, thousands of refugees go to sleep on the street.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/13/camp…

From Hong Kong to Kashmir to the US, Authoritarianism Is Rising
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-13
| Over the past couple weeks, the global pattern of authoritarianism has become particularly visible, and particularly gut-wrenching. Global politics is changing quickly, with political discourse becoming increasingly degraded and dangerous in one country after the next. | In Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdo?an's ruling party boasted of the mass book burning and destruction that it has, apparen…
truthout.org/articles/from-hong-kong-to-…

Why Don't Activists Care About the Kashmiris as Much as the Rohingyas?
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-13
It's certainly peculiar that the international activist community cares more for the Rohingyas than the Kashmiris despite both of these people being Muslim minorities that are facing a similar threat of ethnic cleansing, which suggests that there must be more …
globalresearch.ca/why-dont-activists-care-about-kashmiris-as-much-as-rohingyas/5686321

Family of El Paso shooting victims says they received death threats over photo with Trump
rt.com | 2019-08-13
Relatives of a married couple killed in the El Paso, Texas mass shooting say they have been swept up in a wave of hate and criticism — including death threats — after being photographed with US President Donald Trump. | …
rt.com/usa/466361-el-paso-victim-family-…

The Biggest News of the 21st Century
James A Haught | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-13
What's the most significant occurrence so far in the 21st century? Worsening weather calamities caused by global warming? Endless suicide bombings and massacres by religious fanatics in the Islamic "cult of death"? Snowballing acceptance of gays as equal humans? Kakistocracy (government by the worst) under a ludicrous president who has told 10,000 countable lies? Recurring…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/13/the-biggest-…

How Tehran Fits into Russia-China Strategy
Pepe Escobar | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-13
Complex doesn't even begin to describe the positioning of Iran-Russia in the geopolitical chessboard. What's clear in our current, volatile moment is that they're partners, as I previously reported. Although not strategic partners, as in the Russia-China tie-up, Russia-China-Iran …
globalresearch.ca/how-tehran-fits-russia-china-strategy/5686257

UK Expected To Release Illegally Seized Iranian Tanker
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-13
Iran is celebrating a diplomatic victory, as they claim the U.K. is expected to release the seized Iranian tanker, following negotiations. Iranian maritime authorities said Tuesday that they had been in talks with the U.K. government, and showed documents that prove that Iran did not violate sanctions against Syria, the reason given by the U.K. for the seizure. | RELATED: | UK Wants European Force to Police Persian Gulf | Jalil Eslami, deputy head of Iran's Ports and Maritime Organization, s…
telesurenglish.net/news/UK-Expected-To-R…

Iran Might be About To Change Its Approach Towards India
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-13
Iran had hitherto allowed India to make a fool out of it without uttering even the faintest protest in response, yet the Islamic Republic's previously servile attitude might be changing if two recent statements by its leadership are any indication …
globalresearch.ca/iran-about-change-approach-towards-india/5686211

Explosions at Russian military facilities leave eight dead
wsws.org | 2019-08-13
Bound up with the accelerating global arms race, blasts at a nuclear weapons testing facility in Russia's far north and an ammunitions depot in Siberia have injured dozens.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/13/russ…

US Walks Away from Southeast Asia Summit Empty-Handed
Joseph Thomas | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-13
A recent meeting of the 10 member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) convened in Bangkok, Thailand and attended by representatives from China, Russia and even the United States, provides us with a clear indicator of how power and influence …
globalresearch.ca/us-walks-away-southeast-asia-summit-empty-handed/5686306

World Commemorates Fidel Castro's Birthday
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-13
Governments and social movements around the world have come together to commemorate the birthday of revolutionary icon Fidel Castro, on what would have been his 93rd birthday. | RELATED: | 60 Years of Defending Cuba Against a Barbarous Empire | On Tuesday morning, members of China's Communist Youth attended an event at the Cuban embassy in Beijing to commemorate the Cuban revolutionary hero. Other Cuban embassies also hosted events. In Russia, there was a talk on Fidel along with an…
telesurenglish.net/news/World-Commemorat…

Hong Kong Protesters Are Collectively Punishing the Peaceful Population
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-13
Thousands of demonstrators held an unlawful assembly in Hong Kong International Airport on Monday and prompted the cancellation of all flights for the day out of safety concerns. This marks a dramatic escalation in the weeks-long demonstrations against a now-suspended …
globalresearch.ca/hk-protesters-collectively-punishing-peaceful-population/5686272

Medellín Diary: Remembering Our Dead
Forrest Hylton | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-13
What set Gustavo Marulanda's death apart from so many others in those years, when the Colombian government of Andrés Pastrana negotiated peace with the insurgent guerrilla movement, Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC), and the paramilitaries targeted intellectuals as well as social and trade union movement activists as guerrilla supporters, is that Marulanda publicly forecasted his murder at a student assembly. |…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/13/medellin-dia…

Obama's Unending Wars — Fronting the Foreign Policy of the Permanent Warfare State
Jim Miles | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-13
Obama is a shining light in comparison to his two bookends, George Bush and Donald Trump. His manner is calm and focused as he presents his ideas with well mannered rhetorical flourishes, speaking in terms of hope, peace, change, freedom …
globalresearch.ca/obama-unending-wars-fronting-foreign-policy-permanent-warfare-state/5686269

Trump: A Modern-Day Herbert Hoover? Financial Plunge 2019
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-13
Clearly, Hoover was world's apart from Trump geopolitically, at war with no other nations, polar opposite how both extremist right wings of the US war party operate today. This article deals only with economic and financial issues. | Hoover had the …
globalresearch.ca/trump-a-modern-day-herbert-hoover-financial-plunge-2019/5686219

Civil Disobedience in Hong Kong or US Color Revolution Attempt?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-13
As the saying goes, if it walks, talks, and quacks like a duck, chances are it is one. | What's been going on for months in Hong Kong has all the earmarks of a US orchestrated color revolution, aimed at destabilizing …
globalresearch.ca/civil-disobedience-hong-kong-us-color-revolution-attempt/5686298

Students Strike, Protest Across Brazil as Moro Orders Crackdown
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-13
Brazil's Justice Minister Sergio Moro ordered his ministry's National Public Security Force (FSNP) to be stationed at the Ministries Square in Brasilia to crack down on student protests scheduled for Tuesday. | RELATED: | Argentina Frontrunner: 'Bolsonaro Is Racist, Misogynist, Violent' | The National Student Union (UNE) called o…
telesurenglish.net/news/Students-Strike-…

Brazilian Prosecutors to Bar Bolsonaro's Son from US Envoy Role
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-13
Brazilian federal prosecutors are seeking to prevent far-right President Jair Bolsanaro's son from becoming the new ambassador to the United States. | RELATED: | Brazil's Economy Continues Downward Spiral Towards Recession | The prosecutors filed a court injunction on Monday to bar Eduardo Bolsonaro from this ambassador role, citing the latter's lack of experience as one of the main factors for their intervention. | The public prosecutor's office asked a Brasilia court to rule on the need for non-dipl…
telesurenglish.net/news/Brazilian-Prosec…

Who Inflicts the Most Gun Violence in America? The U.S. Government and Its Police Forces
John W. Whitehead | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-13
"It is often the case that police shootings, incidents where law enforcement officers pull the trigger on civilians, are left out of the conversation on gun violence. But a police officer shooting a civilian counts as gun violence. Every …
globalresearch.ca/who-inflicts-most-gun-violence-america-u-s-government-police-forces/5686280

US Delays Tariff on Some Chinese Goods Like Laptops Till Dec 15
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-13
The Trump administration Tuesday delayed imposing a 10% import tariff on laptops, cell phones, video game consoles and a wide range of other products made in China, in an abrupt pull-back from a hardline stance on Chinese trade. | RELATED: | As US-China Trade War Escalates, Argentinians To Be Hit Hard | The U.S. Trade Representative's Office (USTR) action was published just minutes after China's Ministry of Commerce said Vice Premier Liu He conducted a phone call with U.S. trade o…
telesurenglish.net/news/united-states-de…

The British Still Haven't Learned the Lessons of the Troubles
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-13
Fifty years ago, the Battle of the Bogside in Derry between Catholics and police, combined with the attacks on Catholic areas of Belfast by Protestants, led to two crucial developments that were to define the political landscape for decades: the arrival of the British army and the creation of the Provisional IRA. An eruption in…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/13/the-british-…

China Hysteria Down Under
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-13
The blinkered security establishment is standard fare in politics. From Washington to Manila, we hear of terrors and concerns which tend to more spectral than not. Legitimate concerns such as catastrophic environmental failure, or a nuclear accident, are treated with a sigh, its warners doomsday advocates rather than reasoned citizens. It is the unseen demon…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/13/china-hyster…

Argentina Frontrunner: 'Bolsonaro Is Racist, Misogynist, Violent'
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-13
Alberto Fernandez, the front runner in Argentina's presidential race, responded to Brazilian President Bolsonaro's attacks on the progressive alliance which scored a landslide victory in Argentina's primary elections Sunday, dismissing him as a "passing phase" in Brazil's history. | RELATED: | Argentina Primaries: Fernandez Wins Landslide Victory Over Macri With 15-Point Lead | Fernandez, likely to be Argentina's next president for the progressive 'Front for All' party, had s…
telesurenglish.net/news/Argentina-Frontr…

Will Brazil's Social Movements be Hit by Bolsonaro's Anti-Crime Crackdown?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-08-13
Brazil's President Bolsonaro's comment that criminals should "die like cockroaches" is not only reminiscent of Philippine president Duterte, but also seeks to persecute social movements, says Mike Fox…
therealnews.com/stories/bolsonaros-anti-…

Brazil's Bolsonaro threatens Glenn Greenwald, ratchets up fascist rants
wsws.org | 2019-08-13
Bolsonaro is engaged in the buildup of a fascist movement based on the security forces, and feels emboldened by the wide consensus in ruling circles around his economic agenda.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/13/braz…

Brazilian Prosecutors to Bar Bolsonaro's Son from US Envoy Role
Telesur | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-13
Brazilian federal prosecutors are seeking to prevent far-right President Jair Bolsanaro's son from becoming the new ambassador to the United States. | The prosecutors filed a court injunction on Monday to bar Eduardo Bolsonaro from this ambassador role, citing the latter's …
globalresearch.ca/brazilian-prosecutors-bar-bolsonaro-son-us-envoy-role/5686323

Colombia's Electoral Court Opens Probe on Santos' 2014 Campaign
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-13
Colombia's electoral authorities have opened an investigation into whether former Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos accepted illegal campaign contributions from Brazilian construction Odebrecht in 2014. | RELATED: | Colombia Gov't Bails out Banks for Dissolved Odebrecht Project | Renato Rafael Contreras from the Democratic Center, Doris Méndez C…
telesurenglish.net/news/Colombias-Electo…

Concerns grow over global financial stability
wsws.org | 2019-08-13
There is now a historically unprecedented situation in bond markets where it is estimated that some $15 trillion worth of government bonds are trading at negative yields, meaning an investor who purchased the bond and held it to maturity would make a loss.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/13/econ…

The Federal Reserve Board's Recent Figures on the Outrageous Unequal Distribution of Wealth
Rick Baum | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-13
Recent figures released by the Federal Reserve Board once again verify the shameful growing wealth inequality in the United States.[1] Below is a table derived from the Federal Reserve Board figures showing the share of the country's total net wealth (value of assets minus liabilities) held by the wealthiest 1%, the wealthiest 10%, the poorest…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/13/the-federal-…

Thoughts on China's Currency
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-13
There is a conventional wisdom on China's currency that gets repeated almost everywhere and never seems to be challenged in the media. The basic story is that in the bad old days China 'manipulated" its currency, but that stopped years ago. At present, its currency controls are actually keeping the value of its currency up,…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/13/thoughts-on-…

Careerism and the War Machine
Kim C. Domenico | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-13
In Three Guineas, which I am reading at the request of a young friend who tells us she is writing her dissertation on Woolf and James Baldwin, Virginia Woolf answers the question asked of her by a prominent liberal of his day, which is that she give her opinion as to how war — this…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/13/careerism-an…

Sea Level Rise!
Robert Hunziker | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-13
Sea level has been stable, at current levels, throughout recorded history for 5,000 years. That's about to change. Still, it's very difficult for people to imagine a change in sea level after 5,000 years of rock solid stability. Nevertheless, assuming sea levels do rise markedly, one of the biggest questions of the century is whether…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/13/sea-level-ri…

Tarantino's 'Dead Indians' and the Roots of American Violence
Nancy Marie Mithlo | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-13
My day job is as an American Indian Studies professor at a major university. Actually, like many educators, it is my day and night job. The luxury and the burden of being an academic is that you get to think about complex and weighty ideas ALL THE TIME. That is why I particularly relish going…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/13/tarantinos-d…

Winnemem Wintu Chief Asks Delta Tunnel Amendment Negotiators
Dan Bacher | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-13
Despite the fact that new Delta Tunnel project supported by Governor Gavin Newsom has not been approved, the Department of Water Resources is proceeding forward with negotiations with its water contractors over the State Water Contract Amendment for the Delta Conveyance. DWR held two meetings, the first on July 24 and the second on July…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/13/winnemem-win…

Libya: Renewed Fighting Ends Eid Holiday Truce
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-13
After a two-day truce to celebrate the Eid al-Adha holiday, General Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army (ANL) and the Tripoli-based government's army resumed fighting Tuesday. | RELATED: | Libya: 5 Killed and 8 Injured in Airstrike on a Hospital | "Haftar had already violated the truce two days ago with bombings at the Mitiga airport in Tripoli, forcing the authorities to suspend flights for several hours… The Libyan army responded by bombing the roads leading to the airport," the…
telesurenglish.net/news/Libya-Renewed-Fi…

Yemen's Houthis Launch Attack on Saudi Airport
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-13
Yemen's Houthis Movement announced on Tuesday that their forces launched a new attack on a Saudi airport in the kingdom's Abha province. | RELATED: | Yemen: Saudi-led Forces Attack UAE-Backed Separatists in Aden, 40 Killed | According to their statement via Masirah TV, the Houthis attacked the Abha Regional Airport in southern Saudi Arabia using their armed drones. | There was no mention of the attack in Saudi Arabia's official media and Saudi officials could not immed…
telesurenglish.net/news/Yemens-Houthis-L…

Video: Syrian Tiger Forces Crush Al Qaeda Militants' Defense in Southern Idlib
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-13
Over the past weekend, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Tiger Forces have continued their advance on positions of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and its allies in northwestern Hama and southern Idlib. | By August 12, government forces had liberated the …
globalresearch.ca/video-tiger-forces-crush-militants-defense-southern-idlib/5686261

History: US-led Pressures on Japan Performed a Central Role Leading to Pearl Harbor
Shane Quinn | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-13
By 1920, America had become by far the world's richest country, whose strength held sway over much of the Western hemisphere, and was stretching further eastwards. As her influence expanded, the United States was posing a serious problem for the …
globalresearch.ca/years-us-led-pressures-japan-performed-central-role-leading-pearl-harbor/5686283

The 'Idiot Box' — Now More than Ever!
Philip A Farruggio | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-13
For decades many critics of broadcast television labeled it 'The idiot box'. As Ed Norton said in a Honeymooners episode "Maybe the phrase fits.'" Well, today, perhaps more than ever before, we all must be idiots to continue viewing …
globalresearch.ca/idiot-box/5686304

Freedom or Repression of Speech at Alberta's Universities? A Point of Contention Between the NDP and the UCP
Prof. Tony Hall | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-13
Is former NDP Cabinet Minister, Shannon Phillips, attempting to revive her waning political career by initiating a fear mongering campaign? Ms. Phillips is targeting Alberta Premier Jason Kenney's plan to integrate the Chicago Principles on Free Speech …
globalresearch.ca/freedom-repression-speech-alberta-universities-point-contention-between-ndp-ucp/5686287

The U.S.-Backed War on Yemen Is Collapsing
Juan Cole | truthdig.com | 2019-08-13
This piece originally appeared on Informed Comment. | Yemen, a country of 28 million and one of the poorest in the world, had already become a byword for misery over the course of the last four years of war. Now, believe it or not, things have abruptly worsened. | The strategic port of Aden has fallen to southern separatists, just as it did in 1967, when the Communists took over and created the People's Republic of South Yemen. | The Southern Transitional Council took over the strategic port of Aden with four hundred armed ve…
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Southern separatists overrun Aden, exposing fraud of US, Saudi puppet regime in Yemen
wsws.org | 2019-08-13
The clashes in Aden after more than four years of murderous war in Yemen have laid bare the failure of the US-backed Saudi campaign to establish any viable regime.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/13/yeme…

Establishment figures welcome renewed anti-China hysteria in Australia
wsws.org | 2019-08-13
The ruling elite requires Australia's incorporation into US war preparations to be accompanied by slandering any public opposition as the product of "Chinese interference."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/13/auch…

Could California's Investment in Child Care Be a Model for the Country?
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-13
| Marin City, California–When her son Quincy was six weeks old, Lynette Stewart dropped him off at a child care center in Long Beach, California and headed back to work, with a hard ball of worry in her chest. | "I cried my eyes out, especially that first week of leaving him there," Stewart said. "No one wants to take their baby, who can't communicate, to a stranger at that age." | At the time, in 2015, Stewart was working as an administrative assistant at a small company that made kombuc…
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Don't believe the hype about the 'rules-based order', capitalism is perpetual war
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-08-13
Why is war, or the threat of it, a permanent feature of our society? The most common answers point to contingencies–the psychology of particular world leaders, for example, or the specific gains to a company to be made from a conflict. Alternatively, they rely on universal claims that religion causes eternal strife or that conflict […] | Source…
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The DWP is back in hot water after the UN slams its 'total surveillance'
Emily Apple | thecanary.co | 2019-08-13
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been slammed by the UN over its surveillance of benefit claimants. Philip Alston, the UN's special rapporteur warned that the department is not just spying on those it suspects of fraudulent claims: It's not. It will soon affect everyone and leave the society much worse off. Everyone needs to pay attention and insist on decent li…
thecanary.co/uk/analysis/2019/08/13/the-dwp-is-back-in-hot-water-after-the-un-slams-its-total-surveillance/

Military Might Is Our National Religion
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-13
| When I was a teenager in the 1970s, I looked to the heavens: to God and Christianity (as arbitrated by the Catholic Church) and to the soaring warbirds of the U.S. military, which I believed kept us safe. To my mind then, they were classic manifestations of American technological superiority over the godless Communists. | With all its scandals, especially when it came to priestly sexual abuse, I lost my f…
truthout.org/articles/military-might-is-…

The U.S. Government Doesn't Care About Afghan Women
Maj. Danny Sjursen | truthdig.com | 2019-08-13
In once, and to some extent still, relatively cosmopolitan Baghdad, Iraq, I once saw three young female college students from Mustansiriyah University walking home from class. They couldn't have been more differently clothed. One wore a full burqa that exposed only her eyes; another a hijab, a more modest head scarf without a facial veil, and a pair of jeans; the third sported a pink miniskirt and a revealing tank top with her long hair fully exposed. Still, they chatted like old friends. | By early 2007, this range of women's clothing was already highly rare in all but the safest Baghdad neighborhoods, yet it di…
truthdig.com/articles/the-u-s-government…

Farmers Hit Back as USDA Chief Sonny Perdue Mocks Those Harmed by Trump Trade War as 'Whiners'
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-08-13
"He doesn't understand what farmers are dealing with, and he's the head of the Department of Agriculture. He's supposed to be working for farmers." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/08/13/farmers…

One Killed After Man Goes on Stabbing Rampage in Sydney
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-13
A man went on a stabbing rampage in the Australian city of Sydney Tuesday, killing one woman and wounding another bystander, local police said in a statement. | RELATED: | Australia Will Not Host US Missiles | According to the Sydney police report, the 21-year-old-man was restrained by several people who witnessed him stab two women on Tuesday morning. | The Sydney police said they are currently not treating this case as an act of terrorism. | The 21-year-old man, who police did not name, was carrying…
telesurenglish.net/news/One-Killed-After…

Sneering at "Conspiracy Theories" is a Lazy Substitute for Seeking the Truth
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-13
On the morning of August 10, a wealthy sex crimes defendant was reportedly found dead in his cell at New York's Metropolitan Correctional Center. "New York City's chief medical examiner," the New York Times reported on August 11,…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/13/sneering-at-…

End the Genocide in #Yemen
Yemeni Alliance Committee | indybay.org | 2019-08-13
Speaker Nancy Pelosi | 90 7th St. | San Francisco, CA 94103…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/13/1882545…

Third Way Democrats Are Bought and Sold by The Kochs
Ilana Novick | truthdig.com | 2019-08-13
When George Soros and Charles Koch announced in July that they are partnering to create a think tank dedicated to ending the United States' forever wars, Steven Kinzer of The Boston Globe called the idea "one of the most remarkable partnerships in modern American political history." | Despite the jarring image of the liberal billionaire joining forces with the radical conservative, the forthcoming Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft is not such an anomaly in the history of the Koch family. As Ryan Grim and An…
truthdig.com/articles/third-way-democrat…

"Today the Lynch Mob Only Needs an Assault Rifle": Ibram X. Kendi on White Supremacist Violence
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-13
This week marks two years since white supremacists descended on Charlottesville, Virginia, where a neo-Nazi drove his car into a crowd of antiracist protesters, killing 32-year-old activist Heather Heyer. Days later, President Trump claimed there were "very fine people on both sides." Since Charlottesville, white supremacists have committed at least 73 murders, according to the Anti-Defamation League. Just last week, a white supremacist in El Paso, Texas, opened fire in a crowded Walmart and killed 22 people. It's been described as the deadliest attack to target Latinos in modern American history. We speak with D…
www.democracynow.org/2019/8/13/ibram_x_k…

India's Constitutional Coup in Kashmir Is Sowing the Seeds of Renewed Rebellion
Barbara Crossette | thenation.com | 2019-08-13
India's Constitutional Coup in Kashmir Is Sowing the Seeds of Renewed Rebellion…
thenation.com/article/kashmir-india-modi…

The Broken Promise of Colombia's Peace Deal
Jonathan Levi, Marta Orrantia | thenation.com | 2019-08-13
The Broken Promise of Colombia's Peace Deal…
thenation.com/article/colombia-farc-guer…

The Contradictions of Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr
Brenda Wineapple | thenation.com | 2019-08-13
The Contradictions of Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
thenation.com/article/oliver-wendell-hol…

Growing Anti-Immigrant Sentiments and Trump's Immigration Policies
ACLU NorCal SCU Law Club | indybay.org | 2019-08-13
Charney Hall, Room 104. Santa Clara University School of Law | 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara 95050…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/13/1882545…

Immigration & Detention Solidarity on Tisha B'av in San Jose
Jewish Community Relations Council | indybay.org | 2019-08-13
James P. McEntee Sr. Plaza, County Of Santa Clara Government Building, 70 W Hedding St, San Jose, CA 95112…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/12/1882542…

Climate Strike: Downtown Palo Alto
Peninsula Peace & Justice Center | indybay.org | 2019-08-13
Lytton Plaza, intersection of University Ave. & Emerson Street, Palo Alto 94301…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/12/1882543…

COMMEMORATE 1970 CHICANO MORATORIUM MARCH
CHICANO MEXICANO RESISTANCE | indybay.org | 2019-08-13
SAN JOSE PEACE AND JUSTICE CENTER | 48 S. 7th Street | San Jose, Calif. 95112 | Near corner of 7th and Santa Clara Streets.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/12/1882543…

Billionaire Stephen Ross of the Related Companies faces protests for Trump fundraiser
Lynda Carson | indybay.org | 2019-08-13
Reported by Politico, billionaire Stephen Ross the founder of "The Related Companies," is facing a backlash for fundraising for the alleged racist President Donald Trump.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/11/1882541…

Salmon advocates slam Trump rules slashing Endangered Species Act protections
Dan Bacher | indybay.org | 2019-08-13
"Here in California we're likely to see salmon, sturgeon, steelhead trout, wolves, wolverines, kit fox and many others all slide towards extinction as a result of today's action by the Trump White House," said John McManus, Executive Director of the Golden Gate Salmon Association.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/13/1882545…

Selected Articles: India's Kashmir Crisis
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-13
Do you value the reporting and in-depth analysis provided by Global Research on a daily basis? | Click to | * * * | | Iran Might be About To …
globalresearch.ca/selected-articles-how-can-india-kashmir-crisis-resolved/5686318

India's Kashmir crackdown poses risk of war
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-08-13
On August 5, India's Hindu nationalist government unilaterally revoked the autonomy of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, while flooding the region with troops, imposing a curfew and shutting down all communications. | The state is to be broken in two, with the eastern portion (Ladakh) under direct rule by New Delhi. | The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi shut down internet connections, mobile phone services and land-line phones in the besieged region. The fragmentary news that has trickled out speaks of arrests of leading politicians and widespread fear among the region's 12 million inhabitants. | Present…
greenleft.org.au/content/india-kashmir-crackdown-poses-risk-war

Toni Morrison: The remarkable life of a remarkable woman
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-08-13
African-American novelist Toni Morrison — winner of the Pulitzer Prize (1988), the Nobel Prize for Literature (1993), and many other awards — died on August 5 at the age 88. Following the announcement, Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the civil rights organisation NAACP, remarked: "Rest in power to #ToniMorrison, one of the most prolific writers of our time." | "It is with profound sadness we share that, following a short illness, our adored mother and grandmother, Toni Morrison, passed away peacefully last night surrounded…
greenleft.org.au/content/toni-morrison-remarkable-life-remarkable-woman

Philippines: Precarious work, extreme inequality persist a year after historic strike
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-08-13
The Philippines' labour movement commemorated the first anniversary of the historic Pacific Plaza Towers workers' strike on August 6. | The workers, all members of Pacific Plaza United Action of Labor (PUNYAL), had long been exploited by the condominium's managers. | Half the workforce were employed on short-term contracts, via dubious third-party job contractors (labour hire), paid starvation wages, and deprived of their right to join a union and collectively bargain for higher wages. | These workers live in squalor in the Palar slum area. Their workplace, located a couple of kilometres away, is one of the ritzi…
greenleft.org.au/content/philippines-precarious-work-extreme-inequality-persist-year-after-historic-strike

Racist or protecting vulnerable Americans? What's in Trump's new immigration rules
rt.com | 2019-08-12
The White House says the new rules restricting the ability of legal immigrants to receive welfare are enforcing existing laws and protecting poor and vulnerable Americans. Critics are calling them un-American and racist. | …
rt.com/usa/466351-new-rules-immigration-…

Trump starves Venezuela, Democrats are silent
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-08-12
The Trump administration is intensifying its economic warfare on the people of Venezuela with a crippling embargo — and facing…
thegrayzone.com/2019/08/12/trump-starves…

Hair-trigger Nuclear Alert over Kashmir
Eric Margolis | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-12
Two of the world's most important powers, India and Pakistan, are locked into an extremely dangerous confrontation over the bitterly disputed Himalayan mountain state of Kashmir. Both are nuclear armed. | Kashmir has been a flashpoint since Imperial Britain divided India …
globalresearch.ca/hair-trigger-nuclear-alert-over-kashmir/5686209

Could The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Contribute to Resolving the Kashmir Crisis?
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-12
The onset of the latest Kashmir Crisis following India's "Israeli"-like unilateral moves there last week have raised the question among many in the Alt-Media Community of whether the SCO could help mediate a solution between New Delhi and Islamabad, but …
globalresearch.ca/could-the-shanghai-cooperation-organization-sco-contribute-to-resolving-the-kashmir-crisis/5686223

Venezuela: Court Charges 3 Assembly Members with Treason
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-12
The Supreme Court of Justice of Venezuela ordered on Monday to commit the responsibility of three lawmakers belonging to the National Assembly in contempt for committing crimes that threaten the peace and sovereignty of the country. | RELATED: | Venezuelans Continue to Sign Petition Against US Blockade | The sentence issued by the highest court imputed the parliamentarians Juan Pablo García Canales, José àÅngel Guerra Brito and Tomás Guanipa Villalobos, after the request prese…
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuela-Court-…

The world is uniting for international law, against US empire
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers | nationofchange.org | 2019-08-12
"We oppose the extraterritorial application of unilateral measures." | That is not Cuba, Nicaragua, Iran, Russia, or China talking about the most recent unilateral coercive measures imposed by the United States against Venezuela, i.e. economic sanctions that have become an economic blockade, but the European Union. Even allies who have embarrassed themselves by recognizing the phony "interim president" Juan Guaido are saying the US has gone too far. | All of the countries listed above and…
nationofchange.org/2019/08/12/the-world-…

The World is Uniting for International Law, against US Empire
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-08-12
"We oppose the extraterritorial application of unilateral measures." That is not Cuba, Nicaragua, Iran, Russia, or China talking about the most recent unilateral coercive measures imposed by the United States against Venezuela, i.e. economic sanctions that have become an economic blockade, but the European Union. Even allies who have embarrassed themselves by recognizing the phony …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/08/the-world-is-…

U.S. starts blockade of Venezuela
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-08-12
Chicago, IL – On August 6, U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton attended a gathering of representatives from the right-wing governments of Latin America. There, he announced the next stage in the U.S. campaign to defeat the Bolivarian Revolution: A total blockade of Venezuela. All U.S. citizens are banned from doing business with "the Maduro regime," and any company – U.S. or international – that does business with the Venezuelan government will be subject to fines, asset seizures and sanctions. While the announcement did not include the immediate deployment of the U.S. Navy to enforce the blockade, Bolton…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/8/12/us-start…

Worldwide Solidarity Rallies Held in Support of Venezuela
TeleSur English | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-08-12
Rallies were held on Saturday across the world in support of Venezuela as the Bolivarian Republic faces an inhuman economic blockade imposed by the United States and their Western allies.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14623

Venezuela food shipment destined for Venezuela seized due to U.S. blockade
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-08-12
The ship was seized in the Panama canal according to the Venezuela government. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/08/12/venezuela-food-s…

Venezuela Secures New Chinese Oil Investment
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-08-12
The move defies the US embargo's secondary sanction provisions targeting foreign firms trading with Venezuela.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14625

Are We Ready Now to Put Shooters' Gender at Center of Gun Debate?
Rob Okun | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-12
Last weekend's killing sprees in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, brought the number of mass shootings in the first 215 days of the year to 251. In the United States of Ammunition, that's more than one a day. What's going on? To paraphrase James Carville, "It's the masculinity, people." It's infuriating to me that…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/12/are-we-ready…

The World Is Uniting for International Law, Against US Empire
Kevin Zeese | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-12
"We oppose the extraterritorial application of unilateral measures." | That is not Cuba, Nicaragua, Iran, Russia, or China talking about the most recent unilateral coercive measures imposed by the United States against Venezuela, i.e. economic sanctions that have become …
globalresearch.ca/world-uniting-international-law-against-us-empire/5686144

The New York Times Can't Hide Its Pro-War Bias
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-08-12
The New York Times has published five editorials since the beginning of May that are ostensibly critical of a possible military war between the United States and Iran. As anti-war arguments, however, they are woefully lacking–vilifying Iran without subjecting the US to comparable scrutiny, and hiding US aggression towards Iran. | The editorials regurgitate the same anti-Iran demonology pro-war voices offer to try to justify an attack on the country. In one case ( 5/4/19), readers are told that | there is no doubt that the Revolu…
truthdig.com/articles/the-new-york-times…

Trump admin sabotages Iran diplomacy at every turn
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-08-12
With its recent sanctions on Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Trump administration continues to undermine any possibility of diplomacy…
thegrayzone.com/2019/08/12/trump-admin-s…

Mass Protests in Moscow and the US Media's Failings on Russia Coverage
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-12
| New School professor Nina Khrushcheva talks about this weekend's mass protests in Moscow and the failings of the U.S. media when it comes to covering Russia. She also discusses the increasing nuclear tensions between the United States and Russia. The U.S. recently pulled out of the landmark Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. Last week, seven Russians, mostly nuclear scientists, died in an explosion in the White Sea during a suspected test of a nuclear-powered cruise missile. The blast cau…
truthout.org/video/mass-protests-in-mosc…

"Opposition" or Terrorists? Who Is Syria and Russia Targeting in Idlib?
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-12
Scott Lucas — a professor at the University of Birmingham UK — would decry with the rest of the Western media — resumed joint military operations carried out by Syria and Russia in and around the northwestern governorate of Idlib….
globalresearch.ca/opposition-terrorists-who-syria-russia-bombing-idlib/5686183

What do we know about Russia's alleged influence campaign?
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-08-12
What have US intelligence officials proven to date about their claims of a sweeping Russian interference effort and Russian government…
thegrayzone.com/2019/08/12/what-do-we-kn…

Really? McFaul 'plants US flag' in Twitter to claim it as free speech sanctuary
rt.com | 2019-08-12
Michael McFaul says he can say whatever he wants on Twitter because it's an American platform. Yeah, the very same Twitter that 'shadowbans,' silences alternative media, and hosts fake Russian bots that meddle in US elections. | …
rt.com/usa/466304-mcfaul-twitter-freedom…

The Tories' policing plan is bad enough. Their latest immigration one is utterly ludicrous
Tracy Keeling | thecanary.co | 2019-08-12
The Tory government's new plans for policing and prisons came unstuck before they'd even got off the ground. Because a thinktank chaired by Iain Duncan Smith is already calling for changes to immigration rules from home s…
thecanary.co/trending/2019/08/12/the-tories-policing-plan-is-bad-enough-their-latest-immigration-one-is-utterly-ludicrous/

US-Taliban Peace Talks End With No Deal, Sept. 1 Deadline Looms
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-12
The latest round of talks between the Taliban and the United States ended early Monday in Doha without a peace deal for war-torn Afghanistan, as both sides said they would consult with their leaderships on the next steps. | RELATED: | US-Taliban Deal To Precede Intra-Afghan Talks in Peace Process | U.S. envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, said the eighth round of talks that began on Aug. 3 in Qatar was "productive" and that he was heading to Washington for consultations. W…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Taliban-Peace…

Adding Context to 'News' About Venezuela
Eric Zuesse | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-12
This past week's meeting of the U.S.-and-Canada-created anti-Venezuela Lima Group of nations failed to achieve the U.S. regime's intention of organizing a coalition of its members to participate in a U.S.-led invasion to overthrow Venezuela's Government and install Trump's choice, …
globalresearch.ca/adding-context-news-about-venezuela/5686151

China's International Trade Grows by Almost 6% in July
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-12
China's international trade increased 5.7 percent year-on-year in July, a slowdown of 6.8 percentage points with respect to the same month in 2018, yet still growing strong, according to official data released Thursday. | RELATED: | Venezuela, China Inaugurate Refinery To Boost Oil Production | The General Administration of Customs said that in the seventh month of 2019, China's foreign trade stood at 2.74 trillion yuan (US$388.64 billion), as exports increased by 10.3 percent…
telesurenglish.net/news/Chinas-Internati…

øQué va a responder la ONU a Venezuela?
Ibis Frade Brito | peoplesworld.org | 2019-08-12
peoplesworld.org/article/que-va-a-respon…

Cómo los planes de privatización de Joe Biden condenaron a Latinoamérica y desataron la crisis migratoria
Max Blumenthal | thegrayzone.com | 2019-08-12
En su campaña, Joe Biden se ha jactado de su papel en la transformación de Colombia y Centroamérica a través…
thegrayzone.com/2019/08/12/privatizacion…

Undemocratic Dems for President. Only Tulsi Gabbard and Mike Gravel are Genuinely Anti-war
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-12
The crowded field has 25 Dems in it so far, maybe more to come, dropouts along the way for lack of enough support. | Tulsi Gabbard and 89-year-old former senator Mike Gravel are the only worthy candidates. | Both have genuine anti-war, …
globalresearch.ca/undemocratic-dems-president/5686221

Brazil: Indigenous Women Occupy Health Ministry, Demand Rights
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-12
Approximately 1,500 women from 113 Indigenous tribes of Brazil occupied the headquarters of the Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (Sesai) Monday in the country's capital Brasilia in defense of the differentiated healthcare subsystem of Indigenous peoples. | RELATED: | Brazilian Government Threatens to End Indigenous Health System | "We are here representing those who have not yet come to say that we will never accept any imposition of the destructive agenda of Bolsonaro…
telesurenglish.net/news/Brazil-Indigenou…

"Empowering women and indigenous peoples" will help us more effectively combat climate change says UN report
Alexandra Jacobo | nationofchange.org | 2019-08-12
Recognizing indigenous lands rights and empowering women and indigenous communities is crucial if we are to fight climate change, says a new UN report released last week. | In the special report released by the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), scientists call for policy changes in land use, farming, and eating habits in order to help cut emissions that are heavily contributing to the warming of the Earth. | The report calls for: "Policies that enable and incentivise sustainable land management for cli…
nationofchange.org/2019/08/12/empowering…

Electoral Defeat for Ruling Argentinian Neo-Liberal Regime
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-12
Since taking office in December 2015, President Mauricio Macri created socio-economic crisis conditions by serving privileged interests exclusively at the expense of the public welfare. | He slashed social benefits at the behest of internal monied interests, Wall Street and the …
globalresearch.ca/electoral-defeat-for-ruling-argentinian-neo-liberal-regime/5686215

2019-08-12: News Headlines

Andrew Korybko (2019-08-13). Iran Might be About To Change Its Approach Towards India. globalresearch.ca Iran had hitherto allowed India to make a fool out of it without uttering even the faintest protest in response, yet the Islamic Republic's previously servile attitude might be changing if two recent statements by its leadership are any indication …

Stephen Lendman (2019-08-13). Trump: A Modern-Day Herbert Hoover? Financial Plunge 2019. globalresearch.ca Clearly, Hoover was world's apart from Trump geopolitically, at war with no other nations, polar opposite how both extremist right wings of the US war party operate today. This article deals only with economic and financial issues. | Hoover had the …

RT (2019-08-12). Racist or protecting vulnerable Americans? What's in Trump's new immigration rules. rt.com The White House says the new rules restricting the ability of legal immigrants to receive welfare are enforcing existing laws and protecting poor and vulnerable Americans. Critics are calling them un-American and racist.

Aaron Maté (2019-08-12). Trump starves Venezuela, Democrats are silent. thegrayzone.com The Trump administration is intensifying its economic warfare on the people of Venezuela with a crippling embargo — and facing…

Eric Margolis (2019-08-12). Hair-trigger Nuclear Alert over Kashmir. globalresearch.ca Two of the world's most important powers, India and Pakistan, are locked into an extremely dangerous confrontation over the bitterly disputed Himalayan mountain state of Kashmir. Both are nuclear armed. | Kashmir has been a flashpoint since Imperial Britain divided India …

Andrew Korybko (2019-08-12). Could The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Contribute to Resolving the Kashmir Crisis? globalresearch.ca The onset of the latest Kashmir Crisis following India's "Israeli"-like unilateral moves there last week have raised the question among many in the Alt-Media Community of whether the SCO could help mediate a solution between New Delhi and Islamabad, but …

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2019-08-12). The world is uniting for international law, against US empire. nationofchange.org "We oppose the extraterritorial application of unilateral measures." | That is not Cuba, Nicaragua, Iran, Russia, or China talking about the most recent unilateral coercive measures imposed by the United States against Venezuela, i.e. economic sanctions that have become an economic blockade, but the European Union. Even allies who have embarrassed themselves by recognizing the phony "interim president" Juan Guaido are saying the US has gone too far. | All of the countries listed above and…

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2019-08-12). The World is Uniting for International Law, against US Empire. dissidentvoice.org "We oppose the extraterritorial application of unilateral measures." That is not Cuba, Nicaragua, Iran, Russia, or China talking about the most recent unilateral coercive measures imposed by the United States against Venezuela, i.e. economic sanctions that have become an economic blockade, but the European Union. Even allies who have embarrassed themselves by recognizing the phony …

teleSUR (2019-08-12). Venezuela: Court Charges 3 Assembly Members with Treason. telesurenglish.net The Supreme Court of Justice of Venezuela ordered on Monday to commit the responsibility of three lawmakers belonging to the National Assembly in contempt for committing crimes that threaten the peace and sovereignty of the country. | RELATED: | Venezuelans Continue to Sign Petition Against US Blockade | The sentence issued by the highest court imputed the parliamentarians Juan Pablo García Canales, José àÅngel Guerra Brito and Tomás Guanipa Villalobos, after the request prese…

Eds. (2019-08-12). Venezuela food shipment destined for Venezuela seized due to U.S. blockade. mronline.org The ship was seized in the Panama canal according to the Venezuela government. | Source

Fight Back (2019-08-12). U.S. starts blockade of Venezuela. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – On August 6, U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton attended a gathering of representatives from the right-wing governments of Latin America. There, he announced the next stage in the U.S. campaign to defeat the Bolivarian Revolution: A total blockade of Venezuela. All U.S. citizens are banned from doing business with "the Maduro regime," and any company – U.S. or international – that does business with the Venezuelan government will be subject to fines, asset seizures and sanctions. While the announcement did not include the immediate deployment of the U.S. Navy to enforce the blockade, Bolton…

TeleSur English (2019-08-12). Worldwide Solidarity Rallies Held in Support of Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com Rallies were held on Saturday across the world in support of Venezuela as the Bolivarian Republic faces an inhuman economic blockade imposed by the United States and their Western allies.

Paul Dobson (2019-08-12). Venezuela Secures New Chinese Oil Investment. venezuelanalysis.com The move defies the US embargo's secondary sanction provisions targeting foreign firms trading with Venezuela.

Rob Okun (2019-08-12). Are We Ready Now to Put Shooters' Gender at Center of Gun Debate? counterpunch.org Last weekend's killing sprees in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, brought the number of mass shootings in the first 215 days of the year to 251. In the United States of Ammunition, that's more than one a day. What's going on? To paraphrase James Carville, "It's the masculinity, people." It's infuriating to me that More

Kevin Zeese (2019-08-12). The World Is Uniting for International Law, Against US Empire. globalresearch.ca "We oppose the extraterritorial application of unilateral measures." | That is not Cuba, Nicaragua, Iran, Russia, or China talking about the most recent unilateral coercive measures imposed by the United States against Venezuela, i.e. economic sanctions that have become …

Aaron Maté (2019-08-12). Trump admin sabotages Iran diplomacy at every turn. thegrayzone.com With its recent sanctions on Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Trump administration continues to undermine any possibility of diplomacy…

teleSUR (2019-08-12). US Turning Gulf Region into 'Matchbox Ready to Ignite': Zarif. telesurenglish.net Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Mohammad Javad Zarif accused the United States and its allies of turning the Persian Gulf region into a "matchbox ready to ignite", according to the Reuters News Agency, citing the diplomat's interview with Al Jazeera television. | RELATED: | Iran Says Will Not Tolerate 'Offenses' in Gulf as UK Joins US-led Maritime Security Patrol | Zarif told Al-Jazeera that the Persian Gulf "is narrow, it will become less safe as for…

Staff (2019-08-12). The New York Times Can't Hide Its Pro-War Bias. truthdig.com The New York Times has published five editorials since the beginning of May that are ostensibly critical of a possible military war between the United States and Iran. As anti-war arguments, however, they are woefully lacking—vilifying Iran without subjecting the US to comparable scrutiny, and hiding US aggression towards Iran. | The editorials regurgitate the same anti-Iran demonology pro-war voices offer to try to justify an attack on the country. In one case ( 5/4/19), readers are told that | there is no doubt that the Revolu…

Tony Cartalucci (2019-08-12). "Opposition" or Terrorists? Who Is Syria and Russia Targeting in Idlib? globalresearch.ca Scott Lucas — a professor at the University of Birmingham UK — would decry with the rest of the Western media — resumed joint military operations carried out by Syria and Russia in and around the northwestern governorate of Idlib….

RT (2019-08-12). Really? McFaul 'plants US flag' in Twitter to claim it as free speech sanctuary. rt.com Michael McFaul says he can say whatever he wants on Twitter because it's an American platform. Yeah, the very same Twitter that 'shadowbans,' silences alternative media, and hosts fake Russian bots that meddle in US elections.

Aaron Maté (2019-08-12). What do we know about Russia's alleged influence campaign? thegrayzone.com What have US intelligence officials proven to date about their claims of a sweeping Russian interference effort and Russian government…

WSWS (2019-08-12). Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: #MeToo, McCarthyism and machine politics. wsws.org Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's campaign, combining feminism and anti-Russia witch-hunting, has yet to mobilize significant support.

Staff (2019-08-12). Mass Protests in Moscow and the US Media's Failings on Russia Coverage. truthout.org | | New School professor Nina Khrushcheva talks about this weekend's mass protests in Moscow and the failings of the U.S. media when it comes to covering Russia. She also discusses the increasing nuclear tensions between the United States and Russia. The U.S. recently pulled out of the landmark Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. Last week, seven Russians, mostly nuclear scientists, died in an explosion in the White Sea during a suspected test of a nuclear-powered cruise missile. The blast cau…

Tracy Keeling (2019-08-12). The Tories' policing plan is bad enough. Their latest immigration one is utterly ludicrous. thecanary.co The Tory government's new plans for policing and prisons came unstuck before they'd even got off the ground. Because a thinktank chaired by Iain Duncan Smith is already calling for changes to immigration rules from home s…

teleSUR (2019-08-12). US-Taliban Peace Talks End With No Deal, Sept. 1 Deadline Looms. telesurenglish.net The latest round of talks between the Taliban and the United States ended early Monday in Doha without a peace deal for war-torn Afghanistan, as both sides said they would consult with their leaderships on the next steps. | RELATED: | US-Taliban Deal To Precede Intra-Afghan Talks in Peace Process | U.S. envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, said the eighth round of talks that began on Aug. 3 in Qatar was "productive" and that he was heading to Washington for consultations. W…

teleSUR (2019-08-12). Death Toll from Typhoon Lekima Rises to 44. telesurenglish.net The death toll from the typhoon dubbed 'Lekima' has risen to 44 in eastern China, according to official data, as the storm continued up th'e coast, racking up billions of dollars in economic losses and widely disrupting travel. | RELATED: | Venezuela, China Inaugurate Refinery To Boost Oil Production | State-owned CCTV had put the death toll at 32 on Sunday after the massive typhoon hit the Chinese coast. | According to data from provincial emergency bureaus and state media,…

teleSUR (2019-08-12). China's International Trade Grows by Almost 6% in July. telesurenglish.net China's international trade increased 5.7 percent year-on-year in July, a slowdown of 6.8 percentage points with respect to the same month in 2018, yet still growing strong, according to official data released Thursday. | RELATED: | Venezuela, China Inaugurate Refinery To Boost Oil Production | The General Administration of Customs said that in the seventh month of 2019, China's foreign trade stood at 2.74 trillion yuan (US$388.64 billion), as exports increased by 10.3 percent…

Eric Zuesse (2019-08-12). Adding Context to 'News' About Venezuela. globalresearch.ca This past week's meeting of the U.S.-and-Canada-created anti-Venezuela Lima Group of nations failed to achieve the U.S. regime's intention of organizing a coalition of its members to participate in a U.S.-led invasion to overthrow Venezuela's Government and install Trump's choice, …

Ibis Frade Brito (2019-08-12). øQué va a responder la ONU a Venezuela? peoplesworld.org

Max Blumenthal (2019-08-12). Cómo los planes de privatización de Joe Biden condenaron a Latinoamérica y desataron la crisis migratoria. thegrayzone.com En su campaña, Joe Biden se ha jactado de su papel en la transformación de Colombia y Centroamérica a través…

Stephen Lendman (2019-08-12). Undemocratic Dems for President. Only Tulsi Gabbard and Mike Gravel are Genuinely Anti-war. globalresearch.ca The crowded field has 25 Dems in it so far, maybe more to come, dropouts along the way for lack of enough support. | Tulsi Gabbard and 89-year-old former senator Mike Gravel are the only worthy candidates. | Both have genuine anti-war, …

teleSUR (2019-08-12). Brazil: Indigenous Women Occupy Health Ministry, Demand Rights. telesurenglish.net Approximately 1,500 women from 113 Indigenous tribes of Brazil occupied the headquarters of the Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (Sesai) Monday in the country's capital Brasilia in defense of the differentiated healthcare subsystem of Indigenous peoples. | RELATED: | Brazilian Government Threatens to End Indigenous Health System | "We are here representing those who have not yet come to say that we will never accept any imposition of the destructive agenda of Bolsonaro…

Alexandra Jacobo (2019-08-12). "Empowering women and indigenous peoples" will help us more effectively combat climate change says UN report. nationofchange.org Recognizing indigenous lands rights and empowering women and indigenous communities is crucial if we are to fight climate change, says a new UN report released last week. | In the special report released by the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), scientists call for policy changes in land use, farming, and eating habits in order to help cut emissions that are heavily contributing to the warming of the Earth. | The report calls for: "Policies that enable and incentivise sustainable land management for cli…

Stephen Lendman (2019-08-12). Electoral Defeat for Ruling Argentinian Neo-Liberal Regime. globalresearch.ca Since taking office in December 2015, President Mauricio Macri created socio-economic crisis conditions by serving privileged interests exclusively at the expense of the public welfare. | He slashed social benefits at the behest of internal monied interests, Wall Street and the …

Al Neal (2019-08-12). Farmers take another hit from Trump. peoplesworld.org The economic ceasefire between the U.S. and China was short-lived. Last week, the Trump administration slapped another ten percent tariff on $300 billion of Chinese goods, and further escalated tension between the two nations by labeling China a "currency manipulator" Monday, Aug. 5, after China allowed the value of its currency to fall seven yuan …

Paul Haeder (2019-08-12). When Americans Act Like Millionaires. dissidentvoice.org Words, and spin, and the Mad Men and Mad Women of this perverse consumerism and cultural wasteland tied to Predatory Capitalism, Celebrity Culture and Americans who have perpetual ennui because of their perpetual dumb-downing, perpetual swallow of exceptionism as a core value of the American Project To Take Over the World. So many, and they …

Evaggelos Vallianatos (2019-08-12). Farm Rot is Eating America Alive. counterpunch.org American farmers have been addicted to huge petroleum-fueled machines, mountains of petroleum-based fertilizers, and rivers of petrochemical poisons. These "inputs" undermine the fertility and life of the land. Petrochemicals fight nature, primarily by killing beneficial microorganisms in the soil and poisoning beneficial insects and other wildlife. More

John Feffer (2019-08-12). Trump: Out of the Graveyard and Into the Pyre? counterpunch.org Afghanistan has long been touted as the "graveyard of empires." The British and the Soviets certainly discovered that lesson to their great regret. Perhaps future historians will judge the failure of the United States to defeat the Taliban in Afghanistan over a two-decade period as a critical factor in the loss of American hegemony as More

Howard Lisnoff (2019-08-12). At the End of the Barrel of a Gun. counterpunch.org I want to stay far away from anything resembling anti-intellectualism or guilt by association, especially since the right-wing political, economic, and social systems we live in in the US give plenty of space to anti-intellectualism and the dominance of ignorance. Blood now runs in the streets, so the impact of the far right (read fascists) must also be acknowledged and strenuously fought. More

Eric Draitser (2019-08-12). Dear Progressives for Warren: Your Class Is Showing. counterpunch.org Let me begin by making the apparently mandatory and sacrosanct ritual offering to the gods of progressive politics in 2019: "Sure, I like Warren. In fact, I agree with her on many issues. She's not bad." There. I said it. Can we do real politics now? *** We're at that ignominious point where people from More

Eds. (2019-08-12). NATO's China Double-Think by Finian Cunningham + Neoliberalism Has Met Its Match in China by Ellen Brown. mronline.org We cannot win a currency war by competitive currency devaluations that trigger a "race to the bottom," and we cannot win a trade war by competitive trade barriers that simply cut us off from the benefits of cooperative trade. More favorable to our interests and values than warring with our trading partners would be to […] | Source

Colin Todhunter (2019-08-12). Pesticides and the Cocktail of Toxicity. dissidentvoice.org Dame Sally Davies is the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for England and recently released the CMO annual report for 2019. The report focuses on UK engagement with global health and forging partnerships. However, there appears to be no mention of cancers in the report, a serious omission according to environmental campaigner Rosemary Mason. Like many others, she …

Jon Queally (2019-08-12). 'Gold Over Life, Literally': How Trump Forced Reversal on Mining Project EPA Scientists Warn Could Destroy Alaskan Salmon Ecosystem. globalresearch.ca "Gold over life, literally." | That was the succinct and critical reaction of Canadian author and activist Naomi Klein to reporting on Friday that President Donald Trump had personally intervened—after a meeting with Alaska's Republican Governor Mike Dunleavy on Air Force …

WSWS (2019-08-12). Over 50,000 join opposition protests in Moscow. wsws.org While the ongoing crackdown against the opposition must be opposed, workers and youth must be warned about the right-wing character of the political forces behind the protests.

Staff (2019-08-12). Trump Reviewing Rule That Would Allow Drug Testing for Unemployment Benefits. truthout.org | | The Trump White House is reportedly reviewing a Labor Department rule that would give states the power to force people to pass a drug test before they can receive unemployment benefits, ignoring protests that such screenings would amount to demeaning and unconstitutional invasions of privacy. | "The rule itself would not automatically impose drug tests on the jobless but…

Chris Hedges (2019-08-12). Fear vs. Fear. truthdig.com The old rules of politics no longer apply. The only language understood by Donald Trump and his coterie of con artists, billionaires, generals, misfits and Christian fascists—and a Democratic Party that has sold us out—is fear. Calling out Trump's lies and racism does not matter. Calling out his nepotism and corruption does not matter. Calling out the criminality of his administration does not matter. Calling out its incompetence and idiocy does not matter. Calling out the abject subservience of the ruling elites to corporate power does not matter. Trump and his Democratic Party opponents are immune t…

Frank Scott (2019-08-12). Bulletin For The Comfortable Class: Mass Murder Was Americana Before Trump Was Born! dissidentvoice.org The U.S. air war in Japan was one of the most ruthless and barbaric killings of non-combatants in all history. — General Bonner Fellers, MacArthur's Intelligence Chief, from Cultures Of War: Pearl Harbour/Hiroshima/9-11/Iraq by John W. Dower, 2011, pp. 195-96. The recent anniversary of the mass murder that took place in Hiroshima, followed three days …

Staff (2019-08-12). What Is the FBI Hiding About Its Domestic Terror Arrests? truthdig.com The bureau claims it has apprehended 90 new suspects but has yet to supply the public with records related to a single investigation.

Andre Vltchek (2019-08-12). China's Belt and Road (BRI): Could Save Destroyed Southeast Asia? globalresearch.ca Most of the people in the West or in North Asia usually never think about it, but Southeast Asia is one of the most depressed and depressing parts of the world. | It has been through genocides, wars and atrocious military …

Revd Andrew Ashdown (2019-08-12). What Is Really Happening in Syria? globalresearch.ca In this episode of "The Beloved Community", Mark Taliano and Andrew Ashdown shed light on what is really happening in Syria. Their evidence-based, on the ground narratives, are shockingly different from the fake, monochromatic narratives fed to Western populations on …

Colin Todhunter (2019-08-12). Sick to the Stomach: Pesticides and the Cocktail of Toxicity. globalresearch.ca Dame Sally Davies is the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for England and recently released the CMO annual report for 2019. The report focuses on UK engagement with global health and forging partnerships. | However, there appears to be no mention …

Global Research News (2019-08-12). Global Research's Most Popular Articles Last Week. globalresearch.ca

True Publica (2019-08-12). Britain: The Union Is Now All but Dead. The U.K. is Inevitably Breaking Up? globalresearch.ca Boris Johnson declares himself a champion of the UK union, a prime minister who wants to strengthen "the ties that bind our United Kingdom". This is just part of the propaganda game being played. But as the FT headline goes …

Robert J. Burrowes (2019-08-12). Our Vanishing World: Rainforests. globalresearch.ca Rainforests are a crucial feature of Earth's biosphere. Apart from being critical to Earth's climate and vital carbon sinks, the major player in Earth's hydrological (water) cycle, a massive producer of oxygen and home to most of the world's species, …

Prof. Ray Bush (2019-08-12). Contrasting Development Experiences of the Arab World and East Asia. globalresearch.ca On the surface, it might be incongruous to assert that there is a single law that has shaped what appear to be the contrasting development experiences of the Arab World (AW) and East Asia (EA). After all, as Ali Kadri…

The Global Research Team (2019-08-12). Keep World News Unchained: We Need Your Support. globalresearch.ca Dear Global Research Readers, | As we take stock of our rapidly changing world, it can be easy to get swept along by the fierce tide of disinformation coming from many sources. While we strive for awareness and comprehension in the …

Theron Mohamed (2019-08-12). Bayer Gets Help from Donald Trump as US Regulators Veto Warnings Its Roundup Weedkiller Causes Cancer. globalresearch.ca Embattled Bayer is getting a helping hand from Donald Trump. | The German pharmaceuticals titan is currently inundated with lawsuits claiming Roundup, a weedkiller owned by its Monsanto subsidiary, causes cancer. The Trump administration is refusing to approve product labels …

teleSUR (2019-08-12). Germany Suspends $39M in Funds to Brazil Over Deforestation. telesurenglish.net Germany has made the decision to suspend US$39 million in funds sent to Brazil to finance projects aimed at preserving the Amazon, Brazilian newspapers reported on Saturday. | RELATED: | Brazil's Bolsonaro Says 'Poop Every Other Day' for Environment | According to the reports, Germany's decision to suspend these funds came in response to the increased deforestation of the Amazon, which has been repeatedly promoted by Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolson…

teleSUR (2019-08-12). Brazil's Economy Continues Downward Spiral Towards Recession. telesurenglish.net Brazil's economy decreased in 0.13 percent in the second quarter of the year compared to the first one, a result that if confirmed, could bring the South American country into recession, the central bank announced Monday. | RELATED: | Germany Suspends $39M in Funds to Brazil Over Deforestation | The Brazilian financial institution indicated that the Index of economic activity, the principal indicator of gross domestic product (GDP), diminished after it had already dropped during t…

Phil Rockstroh (2019-08-12). Bodies on the Ground and the Rise and Rise of the Economic Elite. counterpunch.org The US is less of a nation than a collective, psychotic episode. Within day to day life in the nation, a cultural aura exists that shifts, mingles, and merges between a sense of nervous agitation and displaced rage, in combination with a sense of weightlessness. The fragmented quality of daily life imparts an insubstantial, unreal More

Laura Finley (2019-08-12). Difficult Discussions, Not-So-Difficult Answers. counterpunch.org There are some things we should not have to discuss with our kids. Ever. My daughter will be 16 in less than two weeks. She's a good kid and, thankfully, very healthy. Sunday, August 4 was one of the hardest days we have had, however, as we tried to process the atrocity of three mass More

Josh Hoxie (2019-08-12). Five Ways the Economy is Stacked Against the Young. counterpunch.org The mechanics of wealth building are fairly simple. Save more than you spend, invest those savings to generate more money. Lather, rinse, repeat. There's one big problem for younger people trying to do this: The rules are rigged against them. Here are five facts showing the unfair burden millennials carry. 1. Wages are stagnant. Today's More

Graham Peebles (2019-08-12). The Need for Unity in Ethiopia. counterpunch.org Ethiopia is a tribal nation, made up of 80 or so different groups, some large some small, some powerful, some not. Large numbers of people, the majority perhaps, identify themselves with their tribe more powerfully than their country, or their region. Tribal affiliation runs deep among all age groups, loyalty is strong, resentment of tribal More

Cesar Chelala (2019-08-12). Lunch at the St. Regis New York. counterpunch.org I had long admired Carlos Fuentes, one of Latin America's best writers. He was the winner of several important literary awards and was nominated several times for the Nobel Prize in Literature. In addition to being a writer, he was also a diplomat, as Mexico's Ambassador to France from 1975 to 1977. Fuentes was one More

Fréa Lockley (2019-08-12). Boris Johnson's latest 'supremely ruthless' move could trigger violent unrest. thecanary.co Boris Johnson's latest claim "to come down hard on crime" has caused widespread concern. Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott, for example, slammed his approach as "draconian". She also warned it had the potential to trigger unrest and riots…

The Canary (2019-08-12). University bans beef burgers to do its part in the fight against climate chaos. thecanary.co Beef burgers have been banned by a university as part of efforts to tackle the climate emergency.Goldsmiths, University of London said it will remove all products containing beef from sale from next month as the institution aims to become carbon neutral by 2025.Students will also face a 10p levy on bottles of water and single-use plastic cups when the academic year starts to discourage use of the products.The college's new Warden, Prof Frances Corner, said staff and st…

David Suzuki (2019-08-12). Deniers deflated as climate reality hits home. nationofchange.org Climate science deniers are becoming desperate as their numbers diminish in the face of incontrovertible evidence that human-caused global warming is putting our future at risk. Although most people with basic education, common sense, and a lack of financial interest in the fossil fuel industry accept what scientists worldwide have proven through decades of research, some media outlets continue to publish inconsistent, incoherent opinions of people who reject climate science. | Over the past few weeks, Canada's Postmedia chain has run columns denying or downplaying the seriousness of climate change by Fraser I…

Staff (2019-08-12). Progressive Policies May Hurt the Stock Market. That's Not a Bad Thing. truthout.org | | Last week, we saw the media terrified over a plunge in the stock market following an escalation of Donald Trump's trade war with China. There are good reasons to be concerned about Trump's ill-defined trade war and reality TV tactics, but the plunge in the stock market is not one of them. | While the idea that the stock market is a measure of the health of the economy permeates news reporting and popular understanding, it has no basis in economics. The stock market is a measure of the expectat…

WSWS (2019-08-12). Hottest July on record signals accelerated climate change. wsws.org Global warming is rapidly approaching the point of causing irreversible climate disruption, threatening human existence.

WSWS (2019-08-12). Climate change reports warn of a world on the brink. wsws.org The only solution to the climate change crisis lies in the struggle against capitalism.

teleSUR (2019-08-12). Italy's Senators Back From Vacation to Vote on Snap Elections. telesurenglish.net The Italian Senate will assemble Tuesday with the lawmakers called back from their vacation days, to decide on a date for a no-confidence vote, after leaders of Senate groups failed Monday to agree over a schedule. | RELATED: | 'Europe Surrenders Human Lives to Mafias', Open Arms Ship Says | The far-right North League party led by current Interior Minister Matteo Salvini along with its right-wing allies, Forza Italia and Brothers of Italy (Fratelli d'Italia), want a no-confidence…

David Rosen (2019-08-12). Postmodern Sexual Identity. counterpunch.org What is your sexual identity? And what is your erotic desire? Are you female or male, straight or gay/lesbian, trans, intersex or something still other, a "gender nonconforming" person?Welcome to 21st-century postmodern sexual identity. Equally critical, how do you fulfill your erotic desire, achieve sexual satisfaction, feel pleasure? By yourself?, with another?, with more than one?, as More

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-08-12). Warnings of 'Dire Humanitarian Impact' as Trump Finalizes Rule to Punish Immigrants for Using Public Benefits. commondreams.org "Trump's public charge rule is a xenophobic and classist attack on immigrants." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-08-12). Faith-Based Peace Activists, Facing 25-Year Sentence, Defend Disarmament Action at Nuclear Submarine Base. commondreams.org Advocates for seven faith-based peace activists are calling on the public to support the group as they fight federal charges and a potential 25-year prison sentence for disarming a nuclear submarine base. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-08-12). 'We Will Fight': Over 40 Arrested as Jewish Activists and Allies Confront Amazon for Profiting Off ICE Terror. commondreams.org "Amazon collaborates with ICE, and everyone needs to know that. When we say never again we mean it. Never again to camps, never again to roundups, and never again to profiting from misery." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-08-12). Playing Role of Pesticide 'Cheerleader,' EPA Rebukes Calif. With Ban on Warning Labels for Roundup. commondreams.org "It's the Environmental Protection Agency, not the pesticide protection agency." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-08-12). Norway Mosque Attacker 'Admired' New Zealand Attacks: Report. telesurenglish.net The man suspected of shooting at people inside a Norwegian mosque Saturday, and of killing his stepsister, appeared in court Monday with black eyes and wounds on his face and neck. | RELATED: | El Paso Survivors Refuse to See Trump During his Visit | A judge gave police permission to hold 21-year old Philip Manshaus in custody for an initial four weeks while he is investigated on suspicion of murder and breach of anti-terrorism law, the court's ruling later showed. | Manshaus does not…

teleSUR (2019-08-12). Hong Kong Protests Occupy Airport, Gov't Warns of 'Terrorism'. telesurenglish.net Opposition protesters in Hong Kong have occupied the city's huge international airport, leading to the cancellation of all flights. Authorities are yet to intervene but have warned against increasing violence and 'signs of terrorism' by Hong Kong protesters. | RELATED: | Videos of Chinese 'Crackdown' in Hong Kong Revealed as Fake by AFP Investigation | On Sunday night, protesters in the wealthy Wan Chai district provoked clashes with police by throwing petrol b…

Juan Cole (2019-08-12). Valhalla awaits! After white terrorism at Oslo mosque, what if Trump spoke about supremacists the way he does Islam? nationofchange.org A young Norwegian man wearing body armor and carrying two shotguns and a handgun attacked the Al-Noor Mosque in a tony suburb of Oslo on Saturday. Only 3 people were in the building for afternoon prayers. On Monday, 1,000 congregants are expected, to celebrate Eid al-Adha, the feast of sacrifice in honor of Abraham's son who was spared. | Police say they found social media posts by him praising the New Zealand mosque shooter who killed 50 last March. In turn, the New Zealand white terrorist had praised Anders Breivik…

Zero Hedge (2019-08-12). Project Fear Panic: Predicted Hard-Brexit Job Losses Across Europe. globalresearch.ca As a no-deal, hard Brexit becomes ever more likely, the fearmongering of the establishment has been turned up to '11' as it appears they have little to no control over the process — no matter what they think — now …

Global Research News (2019-08-12). Selected Articles: Hard-Brexit Job Losses Across Europe? globalresearch.ca In spite of online censorship efforts directed against the independent media, we are happy to say that readership on globalresearch.ca has recently increased. We wish to thank all of you who share our articles far and wide. | We cover a …

WSWS (2019-08-12). UK: Johnson government considers post-Brexit snap election, while Labour's Blairites plot "national unity" government. wsws.org It is thanks to Corbyn that every likely outcome in parliament ends in governments committed to further austerity, militarism and war.

Jewish Community Relations Council (2019-08-12). Immigration & Detention Solidarity on Tisha B'av in San Jose. indybay.org James P. McEntee Sr. Plaza, County Of Santa Clara Government Building, 70 W Hedding St, San Jose, CA 95112…

Martha Hubert (2019-08-12). CODEPINK Monthly Golden Gate Bridge WALK for PEACE. indybay.org 11: 45 am: Gather at the SF end of the eastern walkway of the Golden Gate Bridge. | Noon: Walk on the easter walkway from the SF side to the middle of the bridge. There we will hold a "burma shave" style presence | with each of us holding a sign with adequate space between us so that motorists can easily read all of our signs. Some signs provided, or bring your own. We'll return to the SF side of the bridge for a rally with Photo ops and flyer distribution. | Parking is available, though often very crowded. It's best to use public transit. See http: //tripplanner.transit.511 for transit options. The SF Muni Bus 28…

Lynda Carson (2019-08-12). Billionaire Stephen Ross of the Related Companies faces protests for Trump fundraiser. indybay.org Reported by Politico, billionaire Stephen Ross the founder of "The Related Companies," is facing a backlash for fundraising for the alleged racist President Donald Trump.

Womens Advocacy (2019-08-12). Is an Innocent Black Man Being Framed for Murder in OC? indybay.org Who killed Wendi Miller? Co-witnesses on a case where there was big payout resulting from her death wonder if they are next. Was an innocent black man framed?>

Staff (2019-08-12). American Jews Lead Nationwide Protests to #CloseTheCamps. therealnews.com As 100 are arrested in New York, hundreds rally in Maryland to demand local officials stop cooperating with ICE. Hours after the protest, the Howard County Executive told TRNN he will review their ICE contracts…

Edward Curtin (2019-08-12). A Dreaming Stranger on a Train. dissidentvoice.org

Staff (2019-08-12). "The Next Step Is the Kremlin": Why Moscow Protests Have Putin's Government Worried. democracynow.org Up to 60,000 protesters gathered Saturday in Moscow in the largest demonstration Russia has witnessed in years. Although the protest was officially authorized, dozens of protesters were arrested in the capital, and dozens more were also arrested in demonstrations across the country. Saturday's protest was organized to denounce the recent barring of opposition candidates from running in an upcoming election for Moscow City Council. We speak with Nina Khrushcheva, professor of international affairs at The New School. She is the co-author of "In Putin's Footsteps: Searching for the Soul of an Empire Across Russia's…

Robert Fisk (2019-08-12). Rattling the Nuclear Cage: India, Pakistan, Israel, Iran and the US. counterpunch.org The word "nuclear" is not just a harmless adjective. Look at the old photographs of the blisters on the dying Japanese of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Iran itself suffered the horrors of gas warfare when Iraq — supported at the time by the US — used chemicals on Iranian soldiers and civilians. I saw their gas-gangrene wounds with my own eyes in the late 1980s and they reminded me of the Hiroshima snapshots. The Iranians really do know the effects of "weapons of mass destruction". More

Sasha Abramsky (2019-08-12). With Trump's New 'Public Charge' Rules, the War on Immigrants Just Got a Whole Lot Worse. thenation.com With Trump's New 'Public Charge' Rules, the War on Immigrants Just Got a Whole Lot Worse…

Andrew Korybko (2019-08-11). Did Indian Intelligence Invent a Russian Diplomatic Statement to Pressure Moscow on Kashmir? globalresearch.ca It remains unclear at the time of writing whether the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs really did back India's unilateral actions in Kashmir or not, with the mysterious circumstances surrounding its now-viral alleged statement of support suggesting that it might …

teleSUR (2019-08-11). Venezuelans Continue to Sign Petition Against US Blockade. telesurenglish.net Venezuela is mobilizing Sunday to collect signatures for a petition appealing against the U.S. blockade calling on the U.S. to lift the unilateral blockade which damages Venezuela's ability to buy food and medicine from abroad. | RELATED: | Maduro: 'Amazing', the Global #NoMoreTrump Protests | A total of 13 million people are expected to sign the petition, accord…

teleSUR (2019-08-11). Chomsky Slams Macri's Neoliberal Policies in Education. telesurenglish.net Noam Chomsky, the renowned academic and political thinker from the United States, slammed Argentinian President Mauricio Macri for subordinating of public education to favor neoliberal markets in an article published by La Garganta Poderosa Saturday. | RELATED: | Chomsky: Fixation on Russia May Have Handed Trump a 2020 Win | He said the advanced neoliberal p…

Staff (2019-08-11). The Evolution of Venezuela's Media Landscape: From Openness to Restriction? therealnews.com Prominent Venezuelan journalists talk about how Venezuela's media landscape has evolved from the Chavez years to the present under the combined pressure of President Maduro and the US-Opposition's onslaught against the government. A report from Venezuela by Ed Augustin…

Staff (2019-08-11). Muslims Clash With Israeli Police at Jerusalem Holy Site. truthdig.com At least 14 are wounded in skirmishes at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, just days after an Israeli soldier is killed south of Jerusalem.

Staff (2019-08-11). Warren Wows in Iowa as Candidates' Sprint to Caucuses Begins. truthdig.com Warren's reception this weekend is a warning sign to other candidates that hers is a campaign to be reckoned with in the Hawkeye state.

Andre Vltchek (2019-08-11). China's BRI Could Save Destroyed Southeast Asia. dissidentvoice.org Most of the people in the West or in North Asia usually never think about it, but Southeast Asia is one of the most depressed and depressing parts of the world. It has been through genocides, wars and atrocious military regimes. Then, those monstrous income disparities. Jakarta beggars at night According to The Bangkok Post, …

RT (2019-08-11). 5 children, including infant, killed in Pennsylvania daycare fire. rt.com Children aged between 8 months and 7 years old were tragically killed in an early morning fire in Erie, northwest Pennsylvania, which engulfed a day care center. At least one adult has also been hospitalized.

Philip A Farruggio (2019-08-11). Insulated from the Truth. globalresearch.ca In 1933, soon after Hitler's ascent to power, the British ambassador to Germany made this assertion: "I have the impression that the persons directing the policy of the Hitler government are not normal. Many of us, indeed, have a feeling …

2019-08-12: Social Media Postees

Iran Might be About To Change Its Approach Towards India
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-13
Iran had hitherto allowed India to make a fool out of it without uttering even the faintest protest in response, yet the Islamic Republic's previously servile attitude might be changing if two recent statements by its leadership are any indication …
globalresearch.ca/iran-about-change-approach-towards-india/5686211

Trump: A Modern-Day Herbert Hoover? Financial Plunge 2019
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-13
Clearly, Hoover was world's apart from Trump geopolitically, at war with no other nations, polar opposite how both extremist right wings of the US war party operate today. This article deals only with economic and financial issues. | Hoover had the …
globalresearch.ca/trump-a-modern-day-herbert-hoover-financial-plunge-2019/5686219

Racist or protecting vulnerable Americans? What's in Trump's new immigration rules
rt.com | 2019-08-12
The White House says the new rules restricting the ability of legal immigrants to receive welfare are enforcing existing laws and protecting poor and vulnerable Americans. Critics are calling them un-American and racist. | …
rt.com/usa/466351-new-rules-immigration-…

Trump starves Venezuela, Democrats are silent
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-08-12
The Trump administration is intensifying its economic warfare on the people of Venezuela with a crippling embargo — and facing…
thegrayzone.com/2019/08/12/trump-starves…

Hair-trigger Nuclear Alert over Kashmir
Eric Margolis | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-12
Two of the world's most important powers, India and Pakistan, are locked into an extremely dangerous confrontation over the bitterly disputed Himalayan mountain state of Kashmir. Both are nuclear armed. | Kashmir has been a flashpoint since Imperial Britain divided India …
globalresearch.ca/hair-trigger-nuclear-alert-over-kashmir/5686209

Could The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Contribute to Resolving the Kashmir Crisis?
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-12
The onset of the latest Kashmir Crisis following India's "Israeli"-like unilateral moves there last week have raised the question among many in the Alt-Media Community of whether the SCO could help mediate a solution between New Delhi and Islamabad, but …
globalresearch.ca/could-the-shanghai-cooperation-organization-sco-contribute-to-resolving-the-kashmir-crisis/5686223

The World is Uniting for International Law, against US Empire
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-08-12
"We oppose the extraterritorial application of unilateral measures." That is not Cuba, Nicaragua, Iran, Russia, or China talking about the most recent unilateral coercive measures imposed by the United States against Venezuela, i.e. economic sanctions that have become an economic blockade, but the European Union. Even allies who have embarrassed themselves by recognizing the phony …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/08/the-world-is-…

The world is uniting for international law, against US empire
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers | nationofchange.org | 2019-08-12
"We oppose the extraterritorial application of unilateral measures." | That is not Cuba, Nicaragua, Iran, Russia, or China talking about the most recent unilateral coercive measures imposed by the United States against Venezuela, i.e. economic sanctions that have become an economic blockade, but the European Union. Even allies who have embarrassed themselves by recognizing the phony "interim president" Juan Guaido are saying the US has gone too far. | All of the countries listed above and…
nationofchange.org/2019/08/12/the-world-…

Venezuela: Court Charges 3 Assembly Members with Treason
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-12
The Supreme Court of Justice of Venezuela ordered on Monday to commit the responsibility of three lawmakers belonging to the National Assembly in contempt for committing crimes that threaten the peace and sovereignty of the country. | RELATED: | Venezuelans Continue to Sign Petition Against US Blockade | The sentence issued by the highest court imputed the parliamentarians Juan Pablo García Canales, José àÅngel Guerra Brito and Tomás Guanipa Villalobos, after the request prese…
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuela-Court-…

Worldwide Solidarity Rallies Held in Support of Venezuela
TeleSur English | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-08-12
Rallies were held on Saturday across the world in support of Venezuela as the Bolivarian Republic faces an inhuman economic blockade imposed by the United States and their Western allies.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14623

U.S. starts blockade of Venezuela
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-08-12
Chicago, IL – On August 6, U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton attended a gathering of representatives from the right-wing governments of Latin America. There, he announced the next stage in the U.S. campaign to defeat the Bolivarian Revolution: A total blockade of Venezuela. All U.S. citizens are banned from doing business with "the Maduro regime," and any company – U.S. or international – that does business with the Venezuelan government will be subject to fines, asset seizures and sanctions. While the announcement did not include the immediate deployment of the U.S. Navy to enforce the blockade, Bolton…
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Venezuela food shipment destined for Venezuela seized due to U.S. blockade
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-08-12
The ship was seized in the Panama canal according to the Venezuela government. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/08/12/venezuela-food-s…

Venezuela Secures New Chinese Oil Investment
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-08-12
The move defies the US embargo's secondary sanction provisions targeting foreign firms trading with Venezuela.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14625

Are We Ready Now to Put Shooters' Gender at Center of Gun Debate?
Rob Okun | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-12
Last weekend's killing sprees in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, brought the number of mass shootings in the first 215 days of the year to 251. In the United States of Ammunition, that's more than one a day. What's going on? To paraphrase James Carville, "It's the masculinity, people." It's infuriating to me that…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/12/are-we-ready…

The World Is Uniting for International Law, Against US Empire
Kevin Zeese | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-12
"We oppose the extraterritorial application of unilateral measures." | That is not Cuba, Nicaragua, Iran, Russia, or China talking about the most recent unilateral coercive measures imposed by the United States against Venezuela, i.e. economic sanctions that have become …
globalresearch.ca/world-uniting-international-law-against-us-empire/5686144

US Turning Gulf Region into 'Matchbox Ready to Ignite': Zarif
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-12
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Mohammad Javad Zarif accused the United States and its allies of turning the Persian Gulf region into a "matchbox ready to ignite", according to the Reuters News Agency, citing the diplomat's interview with Al Jazeera television. | RELATED: | Iran Says Will Not Tolerate 'Offenses' in Gulf as UK Joins US-led Maritime Security Patrol | Zarif told Al-Jazeera that the Persian Gulf "is narrow, it will become less safe as for…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Turning-Gulf-…

The New York Times Can't Hide Its Pro-War Bias
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-08-12
The New York Times has published five editorials since the beginning of May that are ostensibly critical of a possible military war between the United States and Iran. As anti-war arguments, however, they are woefully lacking–vilifying Iran without subjecting the US to comparable scrutiny, and hiding US aggression towards Iran. | The editorials regurgitate the same anti-Iran demonology pro-war voices offer to try to justify an attack on the country. In one case ( 5/4/19), readers are told that | there is no doubt that the Revolu…
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Trump admin sabotages Iran diplomacy at every turn
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-08-12
With its recent sanctions on Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Trump administration continues to undermine any possibility of diplomacy…
thegrayzone.com/2019/08/12/trump-admin-s…

"Opposition" or Terrorists? Who Is Syria and Russia Targeting in Idlib?
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-12
Scott Lucas — a professor at the University of Birmingham UK — would decry with the rest of the Western media — resumed joint military operations carried out by Syria and Russia in and around the northwestern governorate of Idlib….
globalresearch.ca/opposition-terrorists-who-syria-russia-bombing-idlib/5686183

Really? McFaul 'plants US flag' in Twitter to claim it as free speech sanctuary
rt.com | 2019-08-12
Michael McFaul says he can say whatever he wants on Twitter because it's an American platform. Yeah, the very same Twitter that 'shadowbans,' silences alternative media, and hosts fake Russian bots that meddle in US elections. | …
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Mass Protests in Moscow and the US Media's Failings on Russia Coverage
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-12
| New School professor Nina Khrushcheva talks about this weekend's mass protests in Moscow and the failings of the U.S. media when it comes to covering Russia. She also discusses the increasing nuclear tensions between the United States and Russia. The U.S. recently pulled out of the landmark Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. Last week, seven Russians, mostly nuclear scientists, died in an explosion in the White Sea during a suspected test of a nuclear-powered cruise missile. The blast cau…
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What do we know about Russia's alleged influence campaign?
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-08-12
What have US intelligence officials proven to date about their claims of a sweeping Russian interference effort and Russian government…
thegrayzone.com/2019/08/12/what-do-we-kn…

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: #MeToo, McCarthyism and machine politics
wsws.org | 2019-08-12
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's campaign, combining feminism and anti-Russia witch-hunting, has yet to mobilize significant support.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/12/gill…

The Tories' policing plan is bad enough. Their latest immigration one is utterly ludicrous
Tracy Keeling | thecanary.co | 2019-08-12
The Tory government's new plans for policing and prisons came unstuck before they'd even got off the ground. Because a thinktank chaired by Iain Duncan Smith is already calling for changes to immigration rules from home s…
thecanary.co/trending/2019/08/12/the-tories-policing-plan-is-bad-enough-their-latest-immigration-one-is-utterly-ludicrous/

US-Taliban Peace Talks End With No Deal, Sept. 1 Deadline Looms
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-12
The latest round of talks between the Taliban and the United States ended early Monday in Doha without a peace deal for war-torn Afghanistan, as both sides said they would consult with their leaderships on the next steps. | RELATED: | US-Taliban Deal To Precede Intra-Afghan Talks in Peace Process | U.S. envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, said the eighth round of talks that began on Aug. 3 in Qatar was "productive" and that he was heading to Washington for consultations. W…
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Death Toll from Typhoon Lekima Rises to 44
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-12
The death toll from the typhoon dubbed 'Lekima' has risen to 44 in eastern China, according to official data, as the storm continued up th'e coast, racking up billions of dollars in economic losses and widely disrupting travel. | RELATED: | Venezuela, China Inaugurate Refinery To Boost Oil Production | State-owned CCTV had put the death toll at 32 on Sunday after the massive typhoon hit the Chinese coast. | According to data from provincial emergency bureaus and state media,…
telesurenglish.net/news/Death-Toll-from-…

China's International Trade Grows by Almost 6% in July
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-12
China's international trade increased 5.7 percent year-on-year in July, a slowdown of 6.8 percentage points with respect to the same month in 2018, yet still growing strong, according to official data released Thursday. | RELATED: | Venezuela, China Inaugurate Refinery To Boost Oil Production | The General Administration of Customs said that in the seventh month of 2019, China's foreign trade stood at 2.74 trillion yuan (US$388.64 billion), as exports increased by 10.3 percent…
telesurenglish.net/news/Chinas-Internati…

Adding Context to 'News' About Venezuela
Eric Zuesse | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-12
This past week's meeting of the U.S.-and-Canada-created anti-Venezuela Lima Group of nations failed to achieve the U.S. regime's intention of organizing a coalition of its members to participate in a U.S.-led invasion to overthrow Venezuela's Government and install Trump's choice, …
globalresearch.ca/adding-context-news-about-venezuela/5686151

øQué va a responder la ONU a Venezuela?
Ibis Frade Brito | peoplesworld.org | 2019-08-12
peoplesworld.org/article/que-va-a-respon…

Cómo los planes de privatización de Joe Biden condenaron a Latinoamérica y desataron la crisis migratoria
Max Blumenthal | thegrayzone.com | 2019-08-12
En su campaña, Joe Biden se ha jactado de su papel en la transformación de Colombia y Centroamérica a través…
thegrayzone.com/2019/08/12/privatizacion…

Undemocratic Dems for President. Only Tulsi Gabbard and Mike Gravel are Genuinely Anti-war
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-12
The crowded field has 25 Dems in it so far, maybe more to come, dropouts along the way for lack of enough support. | Tulsi Gabbard and 89-year-old former senator Mike Gravel are the only worthy candidates. | Both have genuine anti-war, …
globalresearch.ca/undemocratic-dems-president/5686221

Brazil: Indigenous Women Occupy Health Ministry, Demand Rights
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-12
Approximately 1,500 women from 113 Indigenous tribes of Brazil occupied the headquarters of the Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (Sesai) Monday in the country's capital Brasilia in defense of the differentiated healthcare subsystem of Indigenous peoples. | RELATED: | Brazilian Government Threatens to End Indigenous Health System | "We are here representing those who have not yet come to say that we will never accept any imposition of the destructive agenda of Bolsonaro…
telesurenglish.net/news/Brazil-Indigenou…

"Empowering women and indigenous peoples" will help us more effectively combat climate change says UN report
Alexandra Jacobo | nationofchange.org | 2019-08-12
Recognizing indigenous lands rights and empowering women and indigenous communities is crucial if we are to fight climate change, says a new UN report released last week. | In the special report released by the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), scientists call for policy changes in land use, farming, and eating habits in order to help cut emissions that are heavily contributing to the warming of the Earth. | The report calls for: "Policies that enable and incentivise sustainable land management for cli…
nationofchange.org/2019/08/12/empowering…

Electoral Defeat for Ruling Argentinian Neo-Liberal Regime
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-12
Since taking office in December 2015, President Mauricio Macri created socio-economic crisis conditions by serving privileged interests exclusively at the expense of the public welfare. | He slashed social benefits at the behest of internal monied interests, Wall Street and the …
globalresearch.ca/electoral-defeat-for-ruling-argentinian-neo-liberal-regime/5686215

'Gold Over Life, Literally': How Trump Forced Reversal on Mining Project EPA Scientists Warn Could Destroy Alaskan Salmon Ecosystem
Jon Queally | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-12
"Gold over life, literally." | That was the succinct and critical reaction of Canadian author and activist Naomi Klein to reporting on Friday that President Donald Trump had personally intervened–after a meeting with Alaska's Republican Governor Mike Dunleavy on Air Force …
globalresearch.ca/gold-over-life-literally-how-trump-forced-reversal-mining-project-epa-scientists-warn-could-destroy-alaskan-salmon-ecosystem/5686195

Over 50,000 join opposition protests in Moscow
wsws.org | 2019-08-12
While the ongoing crackdown against the opposition must be opposed, workers and youth must be warned about the right-wing character of the political forces behind the protests.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/12/russ…

Trump Reviewing Rule That Would Allow Drug Testing for Unemployment Benefits
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-12
| The Trump White House is reportedly reviewing a Labor Department rule that would give states the power to force people to pass a drug test before they can receive unemployment benefits, ignoring protests that such screenings would amount to demeaning and unconstitutional invasions of privacy. | "The rule itself would not automatically impose drug tests on the jobless but…
truthout.org/articles/trump-reviewing-ru…

Dear Progressives for Warren: Your Class Is Showing
Eric Draitser | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-12
Let me begin by making the apparently mandatory and sacrosanct ritual offering to the gods of progressive politics in 2019: "Sure, I like Warren. In fact, I agree with her on many issues. She's not bad." There. I said it. Can we do real politics now? *** We're at that ignominious point where people from…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/12/dear-progres…

Fear vs. Fear
Chris Hedges | truthdig.com | 2019-08-12
The old rules of politics no longer apply. The only language understood by Donald Trump and his coterie of con artists, billionaires, generals, misfits and Christian fascists–and a Democratic Party that has sold us out–is fear. Calling out Trump's lies and racism does not matter. Calling out his nepotism and corruption does not matter. Calling out the criminality of his administration does not matter. Calling out its incompetence and idiocy does not matter. Calling out the abject subservience of the ruling elites to corporate power does not matter. Trump and his Democratic Party opponents are immune t…
truthdig.com/articles/fear-vs-fear/

Farmers take another hit from Trump
Al Neal | peoplesworld.org | 2019-08-12
The economic ceasefire between the U.S. and China was short-lived. Last week, the Trump administration slapped another ten percent tariff on $300 billion of Chinese goods, and further escalated tension between the two nations by labeling China a "currency manipulator" Monday, Aug. 5, after China allowed the value of its currency to fall seven yuan …
peoplesworld.org/article/farmers-take-an…

Bulletin For The Comfortable Class: Mass Murder Was Americana Before Trump Was Born!
Frank Scott | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-08-12
The U.S. air war in Japan was one of the most ruthless and barbaric killings of non-combatants in all history. — General Bonner Fellers, MacArthur's Intelligence Chief, from Cultures Of War: Pearl Harbour/Hiroshima/9-11/Iraq by John W. Dower, 2011, pp. 195-96. The recent anniversary of the mass murder that took place in Hiroshima, followed three days …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/08/bulletin-for-…

What Is the FBI Hiding About Its Domestic Terror Arrests?
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-08-12
The bureau claims it has apprehended 90 new suspects but has yet to supply the public with records related to a single investigation.
truthdig.com/articles/what-is-the-fbi-hi…

Britain: The Union Is Now All but Dead. The U.K. is Inevitably Breaking Up?
True Publica | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-12
Boris Johnson declares himself a champion of the UK union, a prime minister who wants to strengthen "the ties that bind our United Kingdom". This is just part of the propaganda game being played. But as the FT headline goes …
globalresearch.ca/britain-union-now-all-dead/5686190

China's Belt and Road (BRI): Could Save Destroyed Southeast Asia?
Andre Vltchek | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-12
Most of the people in the West or in North Asia usually never think about it, but Southeast Asia is one of the most depressed and depressing parts of the world. | It has been through genocides, wars and atrocious military …
globalresearch.ca/chinas-belt-and-road-bri-could-save-destroyed-southeast-asia/5686164

Bayer Gets Help from Donald Trump as US Regulators Veto Warnings Its Roundup Weedkiller Causes Cancer
Theron Mohamed | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-12
Embattled Bayer is getting a helping hand from Donald Trump. | The German pharmaceuticals titan is currently inundated with lawsuits claiming Roundup, a weedkiller owned by its Monsanto subsidiary, causes cancer. The Trump administration is refusing to approve product labels …
globalresearch.ca/bayer-gets-help-donald-trump-us-regulators-veto-warnings-roundup-weedkiller-causes-cancer/5686208

What Is Really Happening in Syria?
Revd Andrew Ashdown | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-12
In this episode of "The Beloved Community", Mark Taliano and Andrew Ashdown shed light on what is really happening in Syria. Their evidence-based, on the ground narratives, are shockingly different from the fake, monochromatic narratives fed to Western populations on …
globalresearch.ca/beloved-community-mark-taliano-reverend-andrew-ashdown/5686145

Our Vanishing World: Rainforests
Robert J. Burrowes | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-12
Rainforests are a crucial feature of Earth's biosphere. Apart from being critical to Earth's climate and vital carbon sinks, the major player in Earth's hydrological (water) cycle, a massive producer of oxygen and home to most of the world's species, …
globalresearch.ca/our-vanishing-world-rainforests/5686159

Global Research's Most Popular Articles Last Week
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Sick to the Stomach: Pesticides and the Cocktail of Toxicity
Colin Todhunter | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-12
Dame Sally Davies is the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for England and recently released the CMO annual report for 2019. The report focuses on UK engagement with global health and forging partnerships. | However, there appears to be no mention …
globalresearch.ca/pesticides-cocktail-toxicity/5686153

Contrasting Development Experiences of the Arab World and East Asia
Prof. Ray Bush | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-12
On the surface, it might be incongruous to assert that there is a single law that has shaped what appear to be the contrasting development experiences of the Arab World (AW) and East Asia (EA). After all, as Ali Kadri…
globalresearch.ca/cordon-sanitaire-single-law-governing-development-east-asia-arab-world/5686155

Keep World News Unchained: We Need Your Support
The Global Research Team | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-12
Dear Global Research Readers, | As we take stock of our rapidly changing world, it can be easy to get swept along by the fierce tide of disinformation coming from many sources. While we strive for awareness and comprehension in the …
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Germany Suspends $39M in Funds to Brazil Over Deforestation
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-12
Germany has made the decision to suspend US$39 million in funds sent to Brazil to finance projects aimed at preserving the Amazon, Brazilian newspapers reported on Saturday. | RELATED: | Brazil's Bolsonaro Says 'Poop Every Other Day' for Environment | According to the reports, Germany's decision to suspend these funds came in response to the increased deforestation of the Amazon, which has been repeatedly promoted by Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolson…
telesurenglish.net/news/Germany-Suspends…

Brazil's Economy Continues Downward Spiral Towards Recession
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-12
Brazil's economy decreased in 0.13 percent in the second quarter of the year compared to the first one, a result that if confirmed, could bring the South American country into recession, the central bank announced Monday. | RELATED: | Germany Suspends $39M in Funds to Brazil Over Deforestation | The Brazilian financial institution indicated that the Index of economic activity, the principal indicator of gross domestic product (GDP), diminished after it had already dropped during t…
telesurenglish.net/news/Brazil-Economy-o…

Farm Rot is Eating America Alive
Evaggelos Vallianatos | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-12
American farmers have been addicted to huge petroleum-fueled machines, mountains of petroleum-based fertilizers, and rivers of petrochemical poisons. These "inputs" undermine the fertility and life of the land. Petrochemicals fight nature, primarily by killing beneficial microorganisms in the soil and poisoning beneficial insects and other wildlife.
counterpunch.org/2019/08/12/farm-rot-is-…

The Need for Unity in Ethiopia
Graham Peebles | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-12
Ethiopia is a tribal nation, made up of 80 or so different groups, some large some small, some powerful, some not. Large numbers of people, the majority perhaps, identify themselves with their tribe more powerfully than their country, or their region. Tribal affiliation runs deep among all age groups, loyalty is strong, resentment of tribal…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/12/the-need-for…

Bodies on the Ground and the Rise and Rise of the Economic Elite
Phil Rockstroh | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-12
The US is less of a nation than a collective, psychotic episode. Within day to day life in the nation, a cultural aura exists that shifts, mingles, and merges between a sense of nervous agitation and displaced rage, in combination with a sense of weightlessness. The fragmented quality of daily life imparts an insubstantial, unreal…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/12/bodies-on-th…

Trump: Out of the Graveyard and Into the Pyre?
John Feffer | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-12
Afghanistan has long been touted as the "graveyard of empires." The British and the Soviets certainly discovered that lesson to their great regret. Perhaps future historians will judge the failure of the United States to defeat the Taliban in Afghanistan over a two-decade period as a critical factor in the loss of American hegemony as…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/12/trump-out-of…

Lunch at the St. Regis New York
Cesar Chelala | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-12
I had long admired Carlos Fuentes, one of Latin America's best writers. He was the winner of several important literary awards and was nominated several times for the Nobel Prize in Literature. In addition to being a writer, he was also a diplomat, as Mexico's Ambassador to France from 1975 to 1977. Fuentes was one…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/12/lunch-at-the…

At the End of the Barrel of a Gun
Howard Lisnoff | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-12
I want to stay far away from anything resembling anti-intellectualism or guilt by association, especially since the right-wing political, economic, and social systems we live in in the US give plenty of space to anti-intellectualism and the dominance of ignorance. Blood now runs in the streets, so the impact of the far right (read fascists) must also be acknowledged and strenuously fought.
counterpunch.org/2019/08/12/at-the-end-o…

Difficult Discussions, Not-So-Difficult Answers
Laura Finley | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-12
There are some things we should not have to discuss with our kids. Ever. My daughter will be 16 in less than two weeks. She's a good kid and, thankfully, very healthy. Sunday, August 4 was one of the hardest days we have had, however, as we tried to process the atrocity of three mass…
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Five Ways the Economy is Stacked Against the Young
Josh Hoxie | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-12
The mechanics of wealth building are fairly simple. Save more than you spend, invest those savings to generate more money. Lather, rinse, repeat. There's one big problem for younger people trying to do this: The rules are rigged against them. Here are five facts showing the unfair burden millennials carry. 1. Wages are stagnant. Today's…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/12/five-ways-th…

University bans beef burgers to do its part in the fight against climate chaos
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-08-12
Beef burgers have been banned by a university as part of efforts to tackle the climate emergency.Goldsmiths, University of London said it will remove all products containing beef from sale from next month as the institution aims to become carbon neutral by 2025.Students will also face a 10p levy on bottles of water and single-use plastic cups when the academic year starts to discourage use of the products.The college's new Warden, Prof Frances Corner, said staff and st…
thecanary.co/discovery/news-discovery/2019/08/12/university-bans-beef-burgers-to-do-its-part-in-the-fight-against-climate-chaos/

Deniers deflated as climate reality hits home
David Suzuki | nationofchange.org | 2019-08-12
Climate science deniers are becoming desperate as their numbers diminish in the face of incontrovertible evidence that human-caused global warming is putting our future at risk. Although most people with basic education, common sense, and a lack of financial interest in the fossil fuel industry accept what scientists worldwide have proven through decades of research, some media outlets continue to publish inconsistent, incoherent opinions of people who reject climate science. | Over the past few weeks, Canada's Postmedia chain has run columns denying or downplaying the seriousness of climate change by Fraser I…
nationofchange.org/2019/08/12/deniers-de…

Boris Johnson's latest 'supremely ruthless' move could trigger violent unrest
Fréa Lockley | thecanary.co | 2019-08-12
Boris Johnson's latest claim "to come down hard on crime" has caused widespread concern. Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott, for example, slammed his approach as "draconian". She also warned it had the potential to trigger unrest and riots…
thecanary.co/uk/analysis/2019/08/12/boris-johnsons-latest-supremely-ruthless-move-could-trigger-violent-unrest/

Climate change reports warn of a world on the brink
wsws.org | 2019-08-12
The only solution to the climate change crisis lies in the struggle against capitalism.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/12/pers…

Progressive Policies May Hurt the Stock Market. That's Not a Bad Thing
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-12
| Last week, we saw the media terrified over a plunge in the stock market following an escalation of Donald Trump's trade war with China. There are good reasons to be concerned about Trump's ill-defined trade war and reality TV tactics, but the plunge in the stock market is not one of them. | While the idea that the stock market is a measure of the health of the economy permeates news reporting and popular understanding, it has no basis in economics. The stock market is a measure of the expectat…
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NATO's China Double-Think by Finian Cunningham + Neoliberalism Has Met Its Match in China by Ellen Brown
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-08-12
We cannot win a currency war by competitive currency devaluations that trigger a "race to the bottom," and we cannot win a trade war by competitive trade barriers that simply cut us off from the benefits of cooperative trade. More favorable to our interests and values than warring with our trading partners would be to […] | Source…
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Hottest July on record signals accelerated climate change
wsws.org | 2019-08-12
Global warming is rapidly approaching the point of causing irreversible climate disruption, threatening human existence.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/12/heat…

Italy's Senators Back From Vacation to Vote on Snap Elections
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-12
The Italian Senate will assemble Tuesday with the lawmakers called back from their vacation days, to decide on a date for a no-confidence vote, after leaders of Senate groups failed Monday to agree over a schedule. | RELATED: | 'Europe Surrenders Human Lives to Mafias', Open Arms Ship Says | The far-right North League party led by current Interior Minister Matteo Salvini along with its right-wing allies, Forza Italia and Brothers of Italy (Fratelli d'Italia), want a no-confidence…
telesurenglish.net/news/Italy-Senators-R…

Postmodern Sexual Identity
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-12
What is your sexual identity? And what is your erotic desire? Are you female or male, straight or gay/lesbian, trans, intersex or something still other, a "gender nonconforming" person?Welcome to 21st-century postmodern sexual identity. Equally critical, how do you fulfill your erotic desire, achieve sexual satisfaction, feel pleasure? By yourself?, with another?, with more than one?, as…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/12/postmodern-s…

Warnings of 'Dire Humanitarian Impact' as Trump Finalizes Rule to Punish Immigrants for Using Public Benefits
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-08-12
"Trump's public charge rule is a xenophobic and classist attack on immigrants." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/08/12/warning…

Faith-Based Peace Activists, Facing 25-Year Sentence, Defend Disarmament Action at Nuclear Submarine Base
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-08-12
Advocates for seven faith-based peace activists are calling on the public to support the group as they fight federal charges and a potential 25-year prison sentence for disarming a nuclear submarine base. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/08/12/faith-b…

'We Will Fight': Over 40 Arrested as Jewish Activists and Allies Confront Amazon for Profiting Off ICE Terror
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-08-12
"Amazon collaborates with ICE, and everyone needs to know that. When we say never again we mean it. Never again to camps, never again to roundups, and never again to profiting from misery." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/08/12/we-will…

Playing Role of Pesticide 'Cheerleader,' EPA Rebukes Calif. With Ban on Warning Labels for Roundup
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-08-12
"It's the Environmental Protection Agency, not the pesticide protection agency." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/08/12/playing…

Norway Mosque Attacker 'Admired' New Zealand Attacks: Report
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-12
The man suspected of shooting at people inside a Norwegian mosque Saturday, and of killing his stepsister, appeared in court Monday with black eyes and wounds on his face and neck. | RELATED: | El Paso Survivors Refuse to See Trump During his Visit | A judge gave police permission to hold 21-year old Philip Manshaus in custody for an initial four weeks while he is investigated on suspicion of murder and breach of anti-terrorism law, the court's ruling later showed. | Manshaus does not…
telesurenglish.net/news/Norway-Mosque-At…

Hong Kong Protests Occupy Airport, Gov't Warns of 'Terrorism'
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-12
Opposition protesters in Hong Kong have occupied the city's huge international airport, leading to the cancellation of all flights. Authorities are yet to intervene but have warned against increasing violence and 'signs of terrorism' by Hong Kong protesters. | RELATED: | Videos of Chinese 'Crackdown' in Hong Kong Revealed as Fake by AFP Investigation | On Sunday night, protesters in the wealthy Wan Chai district provoked clashes with police by throwing petrol b…
telesurenglish.net/news/Hong-Kong-Protes…

Valhalla awaits! After white terrorism at Oslo mosque, what if Trump spoke about supremacists the way he does Islam?
Juan Cole | nationofchange.org | 2019-08-12
A young Norwegian man wearing body armor and carrying two shotguns and a handgun attacked the Al-Noor Mosque in a tony suburb of Oslo on Saturday. Only 3 people were in the building for afternoon prayers. On Monday, 1,000 congregants are expected, to celebrate Eid al-Adha, the feast of sacrifice in honor of Abraham's son who was spared. | Police say they found social media posts by him praising the New Zealand mosque shooter who killed 50 last March. In turn, the New Zealand white terrorist had praised Anders Breivik…
nationofchange.org/2019/08/12/valhalla-a…

Selected Articles: Hard-Brexit Job Losses Across Europe?
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-12
In spite of online censorship efforts directed against the independent media, we are happy to say that readership on globalresearch.ca has recently increased. We wish to thank all of you who share our articles far and wide. | We cover a …
globalresearch.ca/selected-articles-predicted-hard-brexit-job-losses-across-europe/5686226

Project Fear Panic: Predicted Hard-Brexit Job Losses Across Europe
Zero Hedge | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-12
As a no-deal, hard Brexit becomes ever more likely, the fearmongering of the establishment has been turned up to '11' as it appears they have little to no control over the process — no matter what they think — now …
globalresearch.ca/project-fear-panic-predicted-hard-brexit-job-losses-across-europe/5686188

UK: Johnson government considers post-Brexit snap election, while Labour's Blairites plot "national unity" government
wsws.org | 2019-08-12
It is thanks to Corbyn that every likely outcome in parliament ends in governments committed to further austerity, militarism and war.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/12/brex…

Immigration & Detention Solidarity on Tisha B'av in San Jose
Jewish Community Relations Council | indybay.org | 2019-08-12
James P. McEntee Sr. Plaza, County Of Santa Clara Government Building, 70 W Hedding St, San Jose, CA 95112…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/12/1882542…

CODEPINK Monthly Golden Gate Bridge WALK for PEACE
Martha Hubert | indybay.org | 2019-08-12
11: 45 am: Gather at the SF end of the eastern walkway of the Golden Gate Bridge. | Noon: Walk on the easter walkway from the SF side to the middle of the bridge. There we will hold a "burma shave" style presence | with each of us holding a sign with adequate space between us so that motorists can easily read all of our signs. Some signs provided, or bring your own. We'll return to the SF side of the bridge for a rally with Photo ops and flyer distribution. | Parking is available, though often very crowded. It's best to use public transit. See http: //tripplanner.transit.511 for transit options. The SF Muni Bus 28…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/11/1882539…

Billionaire Stephen Ross of the Related Companies faces protests for Trump fundraiser
Lynda Carson | indybay.org | 2019-08-12
Reported by Politico, billionaire Stephen Ross the founder of "The Related Companies," is facing a backlash for fundraising for the alleged racist President Donald Trump.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/11/1882541…

Is an Innocent Black Man Being Framed for Murder in OC?
Womens Advocacy | indybay.org | 2019-08-12
Who killed Wendi Miller? Co-witnesses on a case where there was big payout resulting from her death wonder if they are next. Was an innocent black man framed?>…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/11/1882540…

American Jews Lead Nationwide Protests to #CloseTheCamps
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-08-12
As 100 are arrested in New York, hundreds rally in Maryland to demand local officials stop cooperating with ICE. Hours after the protest, the Howard County Executive told TRNN he will review their ICE contracts…
therealnews.com/stories/american-jews-le…

A Dreaming Stranger on a Train
Edward Curtin | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-08-12

dissidentvoice.org/2019/08/a-dreaming-st…

"The Next Step Is the Kremlin": Why Moscow Protests Have Putin's Government Worried
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-12
Up to 60,000 protesters gathered Saturday in Moscow in the largest demonstration Russia has witnessed in years. Although the protest was officially authorized, dozens of protesters were arrested in the capital, and dozens more were also arrested in demonstrations across the country. Saturday's protest was organized to denounce the recent barring of opposition candidates from running in an upcoming election for Moscow City Council. We speak with Nina Khrushcheva, professor of international affairs at The New School. She is the co-author of "In Putin's Footsteps: Searching for the Soul of an Empire Across Russia's…
www.democracynow.org/2019/8/12/the_next_…

Rattling the Nuclear Cage: India, Pakistan, Israel, Iran and the US
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-12
The word "nuclear" is not just a harmless adjective. Look at the old photographs of the blisters on the dying Japanese of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Iran itself suffered the horrors of gas warfare when Iraq — supported at the time by the US — used chemicals on Iranian soldiers and civilians. I saw their gas-gangrene wounds with my own eyes in the late 1980s and they reminded me of the Hiroshima snapshots. The Iranians really do know the effects of "weapons of mass destruction".
counterpunch.org/2019/08/12/rattling-the…

With Trump's New 'Public Charge' Rules, the War on Immigrants Just Got a Whole Lot Worse
Sasha Abramsky | thenation.com | 2019-08-12
With Trump's New 'Public Charge' Rules, the War on Immigrants Just Got a Whole Lot Worse…
thenation.com/article/immigration-public…

Did Indian Intelligence Invent a Russian Diplomatic Statement to Pressure Moscow on Kashmir?
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-11
It remains unclear at the time of writing whether the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs really did back India's unilateral actions in Kashmir or not, with the mysterious circumstances surrounding its now-viral alleged statement of support suggesting that it might …
globalresearch.ca/did-indian-intelligence-invent-russian-diplomatic-statement-pressure-moscow-kashmir/5686115

Venezuelans Continue to Sign Petition Against US Blockade
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-11
Venezuela is mobilizing Sunday to collect signatures for a petition appealing against the U.S. blockade calling on the U.S. to lift the unilateral blockade which damages Venezuela's ability to buy food and medicine from abroad. | RELATED: | Maduro: 'Amazing', the Global #NoMoreTrump Protests | A total of 13 million people are expected to sign the petition, accord…
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuelans-Cont…

Chomsky Slams Macri's Neoliberal Policies in Education
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-11
Noam Chomsky, the renowned academic and political thinker from the United States, slammed Argentinian President Mauricio Macri for subordinating of public education to favor neoliberal markets in an article published by La Garganta Poderosa Saturday. | RELATED: | Chomsky: Fixation on Russia May Have Handed Trump a 2020 Win | He said the advanced neoliberal p…
telesurenglish.net/news/noam-chomsky-sla…

The Evolution of Venezuela's Media Landscape: From Openness to Restriction?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-08-11
Prominent Venezuelan journalists talk about how Venezuela's media landscape has evolved from the Chavez years to the present under the combined pressure of President Maduro and the US-Opposition's onslaught against the government. A report from Venezuela by Ed Augustin…
therealnews.com/stories/the-evolution-of…

Muslims Clash With Israeli Police at Jerusalem Holy Site
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-08-11
At least 14 are wounded in skirmishes at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, just days after an Israeli soldier is killed south of Jerusalem.
truthdig.com/articles/muslims-clash-with…

Climate Change and a New Agricultural System
Juliette Majot | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-11
This week, the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a long-awaited report on land, climate change and agriculture.[1] The report's findings confirm that the agriculture and food systems on which we now depend are no longer viable. …
globalresearch.ca/climate-change-new-agricultural-system/5686098

Insulated from the Truth
Philip A Farruggio | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-11
In 1933, soon after Hitler's ascent to power, the British ambassador to Germany made this assertion: "I have the impression that the persons directing the policy of the Hitler government are not normal. Many of us, indeed, have a feeling …
globalresearch.ca/insulated-truth/5686113

Brazil's Bolsonaro Says 'Poop Every Other Day' for Environment
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-11
Brazilian far-right President Jair Bolsonaro said people should "poop every other day" to save the planet from climate change. | RELATED: | 'Bolsonaro is Responsible for the Amazon' UN Rapporteur Says | His comments came after a journalist questioned his solution to preserving the environment as well as developing the agricultural industry. | "It's enough to eat a little less. You talk about environmental pollution. It's enough to poop every other day. That will be better for the…
telesurenglish.net/news/brazil-president…

China's BRI Could Save Destroyed Southeast Asia
Andre Vltchek | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-08-11
Most of the people in the West or in North Asia usually never think about it, but Southeast Asia is one of the most depressed and depressing parts of the world. It has been through genocides, wars and atrocious military regimes. Then, those monstrous income disparities. Jakarta beggars at night According to The Bangkok Post, …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/08/chinas-bri-co…

Warren Wows in Iowa as Candidates' Sprint to Caucuses Begins
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-08-11
Warren's reception this weekend is a warning sign to other candidates that hers is a campaign to be reckoned with in the Hawkeye state.
truthdig.com/articles/warren-wows-in-iow…

Trump's Admin Won't Approve RoundUp Cancer-Warning Labels
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-11
United States President Donald Trump's administration allowed agrochemical companies to not warn consumers about potentially risky products that contain glyphosate. | RELATED: | Monsanto Ordered to Pay $81 Million in Roundup Cancer Trial | The decision targets a Californian ruling that orders labels to warn consumers that RoundUp, a glyphosate-based herbicide originally produced by Monsanto, and acquired by Bayer in 2018, can cause cancer. | While Roundup, marketed by Monsanto as…
telesurenglish.net/news/Roundup-Trump-Ad…

2019-08-11: News Headlines

Andrew Korybko (2019-08-11). Did Indian Intelligence Invent a Russian Diplomatic Statement to Pressure Moscow on Kashmir? globalresearch.ca It remains unclear at the time of writing whether the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs really did back India's unilateral actions in Kashmir or not, with the mysterious circumstances surrounding its now-viral alleged statement of support suggesting that it might …

Strategic Culture Foundation (2019-08-11). Washington's Utterly Failed Diplomacy. globalresearch.ca There seems no longer any attempt, or semblance, of seeking diplomacy by Washington. Sanctions and aggression are wielded with reckless abandon. Russia, China, and even America's own supposed European allies are subject to sanctions by Washington in a high-handed dismissal …

teleSUR (2019-08-11). Chomsky Slams Macri's Neoliberal Policies in Education. telesurenglish.net Noam Chomsky, the renowned academic and political thinker from the United States, slammed Argentinian President Mauricio Macri for subordinating of public education to favor neoliberal markets in an article published by La Garganta Poderosa Saturday. | RELATED: | Chomsky: Fixation on Russia May Have Handed Trump a 2020 Win | He said the advanced neoliberal p…

Staff (2019-08-11). The Evolution of Venezuela's Media Landscape: From Openness to Restriction? therealnews.com Prominent Venezuelan journalists talk about how Venezuela's media landscape has evolved from the Chavez years to the present under the combined pressure of President Maduro and the US-Opposition's onslaught against the government. A report from Venezuela by Ed Augustin…

Juan Cole (2019-08-11). After Terror Attack at Oslo Mosque, What if Trump Spoke About White Supremacists the Way He Does Islam? commondreams.org A picture taken on August 10, 2019 shows medics with a stretcher near the al-Noor islamic center mosque where a gunman, armed with multiple weapons, went on a shooting spree in the town of Baerum, an Oslo suburb. The gunman injured one worshipper before being arrested, police and witnesses said. (Photo: Terje Pedersen/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andre Vltchek (2019-08-11). China's BRI Could Save Destroyed Southeast Asia. dissidentvoice.org Most of the people in the West or in North Asia usually never think about it, but Southeast Asia is one of the most depressed and depressing parts of the world. It has been through genocides, wars and atrocious military regimes. Then, those monstrous income disparities. Jakarta beggars at night According to The Bangkok Post, …

Staff (2019-08-11). Billionaire Tom Steyer Spends More Than $7 Million on Ads in First Month. truthout.org | | In the month since Tom Steyer jumped into the Democratic presidential field with a promise to spend $100 million on his own campaign, the billionaire activist and former hedge fund manager has made his name known across early primary states with millions in ad buys. | But it remains to be seen whether Steyer,…

Staff (2019-08-11). I'm in Prison, and I Need More Than a Vote to Participate in Democracy. truthout.org | | I am well aware that, for years, activists have engaged in political and ideological disagreements about how far the new suffrage movement should go in fighting for the voting rights of people with felony convictions. I've been in prison for 25 years, following all the ups and downs. However, it is time to bring some hard-headed realism to bear on this longstanding contradiction in U.S. democracy. | Let's take a mental leap: Even if politicians eventually conclude that no one of voting age in…

teleSUR (2019-08-11). Brazil's Bolsonaro Says 'Poop Every Other Day' for Environment. telesurenglish.net Brazilian far-right President Jair Bolsonaro said people should "poop every other day" to save the planet from climate change. | RELATED: | 'Bolsonaro is Responsible for the Amazon' UN Rapporteur Says | His comments came after a journalist questioned his solution to preserving the environment as well as developing the agricultural industry. | "It's enough to eat a little less. You talk about environmental pollution. It's enough to poop every other day. That will be better for the…

Sarah Abed (2019-08-11). Syria Warns US-Turkey "Safe Zone" Deal Is a Plot for "Expansionist Ambitions" globalresearch.ca After three days of intense negotiations in Ankara, US and Turkish officials reached an agreement on Wednesday to create a joint operations center and set up a safe zone east of the Euphrates in north eastern Syria. Deal details have …

Staff (2019-08-11). Israel Systematically Blocks International Scholars From Reaching Palestine. truthout.org | | International scholars are important to universities throughout the world. Their unique perspectives, emanating from different cultures and places, enrichen intellectual conversations among students and faculty. International scholars help orient local students toward global citizenship, and in turn those students help visiting scholars to understand their host country and culture better. | In the Occupied Palestinian Territories, however, Israel routinely blocks international scholars…

Susie Greaves (2019-08-11). Chernobyl: A 'Debt to the Truth'. globalresearch.ca The HBO miniseries " Chernobyl" is a timely reminder of the horrors of nuclear technology gone wrong. | In the early hours of 26 April 1986, an accident occurred in northern Ukraine that revealed once again that all the genius …

Philip A Farruggio (2019-08-11). Insulated from the Truth. globalresearch.ca In 1933, soon after Hitler's ascent to power, the British ambassador to Germany made this assertion: "I have the impression that the persons directing the policy of the Hitler government are not normal. Many of us, indeed, have a feeling …

Juliette Majot (2019-08-11). Climate Change and a New Agricultural System. globalresearch.ca This week, the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a long-awaited report on land, climate change and agriculture.[1] The report's findings confirm that the agriculture and food systems on which we now depend are no longer viable. …

True Publica (2019-08-11). State Censorship: Seizing Journalists Notes, Restricting Press Freedom. globalresearch.ca In our recent article entitled — Rise of the Techno Stasi-State we asked the question was that too strong a news headline after the High Court decided the government's architecture of mass surveillance over the population was perfectly legal. The …

Adam Ramsay (2019-08-11). Britain after Brexit: Welcome to the Vulture Restaurant. globalresearch.ca "Britain has no leverage, Britain is desperate … it needs an agreement very soon. When you have a desperate partner, that's when you strike the hardest bargain." So warned former US treasury secretary Larry Summers on Radio 4 'Today' programme …

teleSUR (2019-08-11). Saudi Forces Attack UAE-Backed Separatists in Aden, 40 Killed. telesurenglish.net The Saudi-led coalition intervened in Aden Sunday in support of the Yemeni government after southern UAE-backed separatists effectively took over the port city, fracturing the alliance that had been battling the Houthi movement. | RELATED: | Saudi Forces Kill 13 in 'Massacre' at Yemen Market | The infighting, which broke out on Aug. 8 to control the port city which serves as temporary seat of Yemen's Saudi-backed has killed 40 people and injured 260, the United Nations said. | "It is heart-…

Common Dreams staff (2019-08-11). No, Trump Doesn't Want to 'See People Mowed Down and Killed,' Says Sanders, But His 'Racist Rhetoric' Fueling Violence. commondreams.org The president, charged the 2020 Democratic candidate, "creates a climate where we are seeing a significant increase in hate crimes in this country—hates crimes against Muslims, against Mexicans, against Jews. He is creating the kind of divisiveness in this nation that is the last thing we should be doing." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Martha Hubert (2019-08-11). CODEPINK Monthly Golden Gate Bridge WALK for PEACE. indybay.org 11: 45 am: Gather at the SF end of the eastern walkway of the Golden Gate Bridge. | Noon: Walk on the easter walkway from the SF side to the middle of the bridge. There we will hold a "burma shave" style presence | with each of us holding a sign with adequate space between us so that motorists can easily read all of our signs. Some signs provided, or bring your own. We'll return to the SF side of the bridge for a rally with Photo ops and flyer distribution. | Parking is available, though often very crowded. It's best to use public transit. See http: //tripplanner.transit.511 for transit options. The SF Muni Bus 28…

Toby Blome (2019-08-11). CODEPINK Monthly Golden Gate Bridge Walk for Peace. indybay.org 11: 45 am: Gather at the SF or Marin end of the eastern walkway of the Golden Gate Bridge. Parking available on all 4 "corners", just remember to take the last exit on hwy 101 as you approach the bridge, or the first exit after you leave the bridge. Arrive early for best parking. | Noon: Walk on the eastern walkway from the north or south ends, to converge in the middle. Short, silent vigil in the middle. | 1: 00 pm: Rally on SF side after the bridge walk. | FMI & carpooling: Toby, 510-215-5974 | ratherbenyckeling@comcast.net | See http: //tripplanner.transit.511.org for public transit options. | Golden Gate Transit…

Kate Zeller (2019-08-11). Mozambique Charges Former President's Son, Officials for Secret Debt Scandal. indybay.org Mozambique charged the former president's son and 19 others on corruption, fraud and blackmail in relation to a $2 billion dollar loan scandal.

Andrew Korybko (2019-08-10). "The Sikhs For Justice" Are Taking Up The Kashmiri Cause At The UN. globalresearch.ca The Sikhs For Justice, a purely peaceful organization that's campaigning for a plebiscite on the independence of Indian Punjab as Khalistan, are taking their support for Kashmir to the next level by filing a complaint at the UN about India's …

WSWS (2019-08-10). New Delhi's assault on Kashmir and the fight against communal reaction, imperialism, and war. wsws.org With the aim of inciting communal reaction against mounting social opposition and strengthening its hand against Pakistan and China, India's BJP government has illegally stripped Jammu and Kashmir of its special status.

John Riddell (2019-08-10). India's Kashmir Crackdown Poses Risk of War. globalresearch.ca On August 5, India's Hindu nationalist government unilaterally revoked the autonomy of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, while flooding the region with troops, imposing a curfew, and shutting down all communications. | The state is to be broken in two, …

teleSUR-EF (2019-08-10). Maduro: 'Amazing', the Global #NoMoreTrump Protests. telesurenglish.net Named 'World Protest Day', massive demonstrations took place Saturday in Venezuela and across the globe against the economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump on this South American country. | RELATED: | Venezuelans Amass Across the Country to Protest Trump | Hundreds of thousands of people were in the streets of Caracas Aug. 10 with signs that read, 'No Mas Trump' in protest to the U.S. president and his administration that has prevented the Ven…

teleSUR (2019-08-10). Worldwide Solidarity Rallies Held in Support of Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called on the people of his country on August 10th to march in protest of U.S. President Donald Trump's ongoing inhuman economic blockade that has caused significant suffering to the civilians of the Bolivarian Republic. | Related: | Venezuelans Amass Across the Country to Protest Trump | In a sign of solidarity with the people of Venezuela, several demonstrations were held in countries such as Australia, Haiti, Turkey Italy, Germany, Dominican Republ…

Eds. (2019-08-10). USA vs. Venezuela: the embargo as part of a war with no turning back (Interview — Julio Escalona). mronline.org The total embargo declared by Donald Trump against Venezuela is another step in sharpening his strategy to generate chaos in the country and overthrow Nicolás Maduro. Julio Escalona, deputy of the National Constituent Assembly, analyzes the situation, the possibility of dialogues, and challenges. | Source

Peter Koenig (2019-08-10). Criminal Embargos: Venezuela and Iran in the Crosshairs of Murderers Inc — Who is Next? globalresearch.ca Now the US is expanding her palette of killing by impunity to subjugate nation after nation which they do not consider bending sufficiently to the dictate of their masters. Venezuela has been targeted for two decades, and Iran, ever since the US-imposed Shah was deposed in 1979 — exactly 40 years ago…

Michael T. Hertz (2019-08-10). Why are there more mass killings on Trump's watch than before? nationofchange.org Why are there more mass killings on Trump's watch than before? | I suspected that this was true, but until I actually used US mass shootings, 1982-2019: Data from Mother Jones' investigation I didn't have data. | The Mother Jones data collects all mass killings (shootings that killed over 3 people, not including the perpetrator). I added up those killed in mass shootings under Obama, and the total for all 8 years was 310. The total for Trump through August 4, 2019 was 256. Thus, Obama averaged 38.75 a year while T…

teleSUR -EF (2019-08-10). Mexico: 19 Massacred by 'Cartel Jalisco' in Turf War. telesurenglish.net About 380 national police agents are monitoring the Mexican city of Uruapan, in Michoacan state, after the murder of 19 people Thursday. Their bodies were abandoned in three different areas of the city, authorities said Saturday. | RELATED: | Mexico to Take Legal Action Against US Post-El Paso Shooting | The Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG) criminal organization took credit for the massacre, according to th…

WSWS (2019-08-10). US defence secretary, NATO chief visit New Zealand to strengthen military ties. wsws.org The visits by US defence secretary Mark Esper and NATO general secretary Jens Stoltenberg were aimed at incorporating New Zealand further into the military build-up against China, Russia and Iran.

Gregory Shupak (2019-08-10). The New York Times' Pro-War Arguments Against War With Iran. commondreams.org "Once you're debating who ought to start a war," writes Shupak, "you've abandoned the anti-war argument." (Screenshot: New York Times, 6/20/19) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Peter Koenig (2019-08-10). Venezuela and Iran in the Crosshairs of Murderers Inc. dissidentvoice.org Imagine just for a moment, the World would stand up in unison, sick and tired of the aggressive killer arrogance of the United States and her vassals — and their joint war-force called NATO — and this World, our World, what's left of it when you deduct Washington and its Brussels allies, would at once …

Ryan Devereaux (2019-08-10). The Unraveling of the Conspiracy Case Against No More Deaths Volunteer Scott Warren. theintercept.com The federal courthouse in Tucson, Arizona, has always been a place where the borderlands and the American justice system collide. Described by its engineers as "a gateway to the desert and the mountains beyond," it was completed in 2000, the year that the Pima County medical examiner's office began tracking an explosion of deaths in that same desert. | Each afternoon, Monday through Thursday, dozens of chained migrants who survived the journey across the border but found themselves in Border Patrol custody are marched up from the building's bowels for mass hearings. They come in groups of up to 70 at a time. You…

Andrew E. Miller (2019-08-10). A Trump-Bolsonaro Free Trade Deal Is an Apocalyptically Bad Idea. commondreams.org Greenpeace activists hang a large banner on the ramparts of the Old City of Jerusalem, Israel with a message to the visiting Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro on April 1, 2019. (Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg / AFP / Israel Out) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-08-10). Colombian Indigenous Call SOS to Save Lives of Social Leaders. telesurenglish.net The National Indigenous Organization of Colombia (ONIC) declared an "emergency situation" Friday for the systematic slaughter of Indigenous social leaders witnessed within President Ivan Duque's administration. | RELATED: | Colombian Indigenous Group Demands Justice for Guard's Murder | "We have an ethical and political obligation to declare a humanitar…

teleSUR (2019-08-10). Bolivia Rejects US Drug Control Report as 'Malicious'. telesurenglish.net Bolivia says it rejects the slanderous accusations made by the U.S. in its recent report where it alleged the South American country had breached the bylines of an international anti-drug initiative. | RELATED: | War on Drugs Has Failed in Bolivia: Evo Morales | In a memorandum released Thursday, U.S. President Donald Trump listed 20 countries his administration says are either major transit, or illicit drug-producing countries. He named Bolivia and Venezuela as having failed to honor their ob…

Ruth Milka (2019-08-10). Biodiversity is highest on indigenous-managed lands — even higher than protected land areas. nationofchange.org Indigenous-managed lands possess the greatest levels of biodiversity, perhaps even more than the biodiversity in protected areas says a new study published in the journal of Environmental Science & Policy. | Studying biodiversity levels in nearly 16,000 areas across Australia, Brazil, and Canada, the team of researchers found that land fully or co-managed by indigenous communities contained the highest levels of biodiversity. | Protected areas of lands, such as parks and wildlife reserves, came in second. Size and location of the land had less of an impact on species diversity levels than who the land was mana…

WSWS (2019-08-10). Detroit man dies after ICE deports him to Iraq. wsws.org Jimmy Aldaoud was born in Greece to Iraqi refugee parents and arrived in the US as an infant in 1979. He was deported to Iraq in June and died this week.

Fight Back (2019-08-10). Jamar Clark settlement announced, community vows to keep up the fight. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – On August 8, a settlement was reached in the case of Jamar Clark. The city of Minneapolis awarded $200,000 to Jamar Clark's families. | Clark was murdered by Minneapolis police officers on November 15, 2015. According to witnesses, he was handcuffed when he was shot at point-blank range. His killing led to massive protests and a weeks-long winter encampment in front of the police precinct office near the scene of his death. Investigators ignored the input of 20 witnesses to the killing, forcibly seized all video of the shooting, and refused to release the video to the public. No charges were pre…

WSWS (2019-08-10). Police have killed 5,000 Americans since Ferguson protests. wsws.org Despite popular protests and increased scrutiny in the aftermath of Michael Brown's killing, US police officers have continued to kill at a rate of more than 1,000 people per year.

RT (2019-08-10). Talks ahead? Trump says Kim Jong-un 'apologized' for missile tests in 'beautiful' 3-page letter. rt.com President Donald Trump has said that North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un wants to meet again for negotiations, after Kim reportedly apologized for missile tests and complained about US military exercises.

RT (2019-08-10). Facebook 'News': A bold step toward total control of reality? rt.com Facebook's plan to hook ad-cash-deprived mainstream outlets on licensing payouts seems to be an attempt to hijack narrative control en route to total domination of the infosphere — the ultimate safe space, Zuckerberg-style.

WSWS (2019-08-10). German government and Greens promote military mission in Persian Gulf. wsws.org The German ruling class is intensifying its campaign for a European war mission in the Persian Gulf. Especially aggressive are the leaders of the Green party.

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-08-10). Saudi, UAE Proxies Clash in Southern Yemen, as UAE Plots Partition. mintpressnews.com At least 2,400 citizens have been forcibly expelled from Aden, while over 1,600 shops have been burned and damaged, more than 1,700 shops closed and 76 cars confiscated.

WSWS (2019-08-10). Canada's ruling elite whipping up anti-China hysteria to pave way for repression, rearmament and war. wsws.org All the organs of Canadian bourgeois propaganda—government institutions, political parties and corporate media outlets—have united to cast Ottawa as a beleaguered David confronting a Chinese Goliath.

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2019-08-10). American History for Truthdiggers: Bush II and the Birth of Forever War. truthdig.com Editor's note: The past is prologue. The stories we tell about ourselves and our forebears inform the sort of country we think we are and help determine public policy. As our current president promises to "make America great again," this moment is an appropriate time to reconsider our past, look back at various eras of United States history and re-evaluate America's origins. When, exactly, were we "great"? | Below is the 36th installment of the "American History for Truthdiggers" series, a pull-no-punches appraisal of our shared, if flawed, past. The author of the series, Danny Sjursen, who retired recently as a…

WSWS (2019-08-10). Italy: Salvini seeks coalition with fascist Fratelli d'Italia. wsws.org In a surprise coup, the leader of the Lega is attempting to carry out a shift to the right and to prepare fascistic forms of rule.

Stephen Lendman (2019-08-10). ISIS and Al Qaeda are "Made in America". Trump Tweets "We Have Defeated ISIS in Syria" globalresearch.ca In late 2018 and numerous other times, Trump falsely claimed ISIS was defeated. | Last December he tweeted: "We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there…" | In his January State of the Union address, he falsely …

John Shafthauer (2019-08-10). Government denies large power outages part of no-deal planning. thecanary.co Power outages hit England and Wales on 9 August. Coincidentally, the government has recently been planning for a no-deal Brexit. | But is it a coincidence? | Or is it part of what the government is expecting after they open the Brexit hell mouth? | Lights out: | According to a leaked memo, the government is planning the following tests: | Closing the Irn Bru factory for a week to see how long it takes before Scotland starts rioting. | Replacing people's medicine with tic tacs to see if the placebo effect kicks in. | Redirecting all outward-bound British tourists to Skegness. | A whistleblower came forward…

Fintan O'Toole (2019-08-10). Ireland can Stop a no-deal Brexit. Here's How. globalresearch.ca Ireland, North and South, is facing a political and economic crisis. But the key to preventing it lies in Irish hands. One Irish political party has the power to change the balance of power at Westminster and to alter the …

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-08-10). Sanders Demands Drug and Insurance Industries Explain the Hundreds of Millions They Seem Willing to Spend to Defeat Medicare for All. commondreams.org "You made a $100 billion in profits last year—how much are you going to be spending of that $100 billion to oppose Medicare for All? Is it $200 million? Is it $500 million? Is it a billion dollars in order to protect your profits?" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-08-10). 'Gold Over Life, Literally': How Trump Forced Reversal on Mining Project EPA Scientists Warn Could Destroy Alaskan Salmon Ecosystem. commondreams.org "I was dumbfounded," said one EPA insider after Trump officials reversed the agency's opposition to the copper and gold mining project in Bristol Bay that scientists warn will devastate the salmon and the overall ecosystem. "We were basically told we weren't going to examine anything. We were told to get out of the way and just make it happen." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Fight Back (2019-08-10). Milwaukee: Victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki remembered. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI – On the evening of August 9, over 50 anti-war activists, peace advocates and community members gathered at the Urban Ecology Center in Washington Park on Milwaukee's north side to remember the victims of the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima (August 6) and Nagasaki (August 9) in 1945. Additionally, victims of recent and prior mass shootings across the U.S. were honored. | The program began with an opportunity for attendees to create their own Japanese lanterns, including drawing or writing messages or images on the wrappings. Many custom designs feature messages such as "No more war!" and "Denu…

teleSUR (2019-08-10). Libya: 3 UN Members, 2 Assistants Killed in Car Bombing. telesurenglish.net Three United Nations staff members and two other mission personnel were killed in a car bomb explosion Saturday in Benghazi, Libya. | RELATED: | Paris Admits its Missiles Found on Pro-Haftar Base in Libya | The explosion happened in front of a shopping mall and bank. At least one burned-out U.N. car could be seen at the scene. | The U.N. refrained from releasing details, but said some of the casualties were from its team working on a mission in eastern Libya. | Libyan National A…

United Nations (2019-08-10). Three UN workers killed following Benghazi car bomb attack, as Security Council meets in emergency session, honours their 'ultimate sacrifice'. un.org Secretary-General António Guterres on Saturday condemned a car bomb attack in front of a shopping mall in the Libyan city of Benghazi, which left three UN workers dead, and three others injured, with dozens of civilians also wounded.

splcenter (2019-08-10). Weekend Read: Neo-Nazi leader must pay more than $14 million in damages. splcenter.org A federal judge has ruled in an SPLC lawsuit that neo-Nazi leader Andrew Anglin must pay more than $14 million in damages for using his website to launch an antisemitic campaign of terror against a Jewish woman and her family.

RT (2019-08-10). Las Vegas 'vigilante' plotted to recruit killer squads to murder gays & Jews. rt.com A 23yo Las Vegas man is facing ten years behind bars for plotting terrorist attacks against the Jewish and LGBT communities and attempting to hire armed hit squads to carry out the atrocities.

unitedEditor (2019-08-10). TURKEY AND US COME TO AGREEMENT ON CREATION OF SECURITY ZONE. uwidata.com Turkey and the United States seem to have finally reached some level of agreement regarding the creation of a security zone in Syria, an issue which had long strained the already tense relations between the two countries. Nonetheless, the decision likely doesn't mean the end of the conflict over the issue. Following three days of …

Jeff Amy, Rogelio V. Solis (2019-08-09). Poultry towns devastated as workers and students disappear after ICE raids. peoplesworld.org MORTON, Miss. (AP)—Effects of the largest immigration raid in at least a decade are likely to ripple for years through six Mississippi small towns that host poultry plants. A store owner who caters to Latino poultry plant workers fears he will have to close. A school superintendent is trying to rebuild trust with the Spanish-speaking …

Staff (2019-08-09). ICE Raids on Undocumented Immigrants Create Fear and Enable Exploitation. therealnews.com The recent ICE raids that detained 680 food workers in Mississippi not only strike fear and terror in the hearts of immigrants, but are a calculated move to enable greater exploitation of immigrants because it increases their insecurity and makes organizing more difficult…

Staff (2019-08-09). Mass ICE Raids in Mississippi After Workers Fought for Better Conditions Leave Kids Without Parents. democracynow.org Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents swept through seven poultry processing plants in Mississippi this week and arrested 680 people. It was the largest single-state raid in U.S. history.The mass arrests also came on the first day of the school year, and some children walked home from school only to find their doors locked and their family members missing. Wednesday's raids targeted chicken processing plants operated by Koch Foods, one of the largest poultry producers in the U.S. Last year, the company paid out $3.75 million to settle an Equal Employment Opportunities Commission class-action suit charging th…

Charles McKelvey (2019-08-09). Reframing the Issues and Taking Direction of the Nation. counterpunch.org In El Paso, Texas, twenty-two persons were killed in a Walmart store, allegedly by a white supremacist gunman who had posted online a manifesto that railed against immigrants and an "Hispanic invasion of Texas." The attack has been described by Richard Parker, in an editorial in The New York Times, as the worst massacre of More

Staff (2019-08-09). Headlines for August 9, 2019. democracynow.org Mitch McConnell Says Senate Will Take Up Gun Bills, But Not Until September, President and First Lady Pose with Infant Orphaned in El Paso Massacre, Man with Guns and Body Armor Sparks Panic at Missouri Walmart, Home of Interracial Couple in Ohio Torched in Apparent Hate Crime, Over 100 Immigrant Hunger Strikers Tear-Gassed Inside ICE Jail, ICE Releases Some of the 680 Immigrants Swept Up in Massive Mississippi Raid, Mentally Ill Michigan Man with Diabetes Dies After Deportation to Iraq, ICE Agents, Lacking Warrant, Denied Entry to Brooklyn Homeless Shelter, Hundreds of Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Protesters Occupy A…

WSWS (2019-08-09). The Mississippi raid: Trump's attack on immigrants and his Democratic enablers. wsws.org Hundreds of children have been traumatized by having their parents ripped away from them and, in many cases, shipped to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement prison 150 miles away.

CGTN (2019-08-09). A Lack of Migrant Labor is Forcing Farmers in the US to Stop Growing Crops. dissidentvoice.org The immigration policies of the U.S. government are once again igniting opposition. This time from members of the agriculture industry who say that blocking immigrants from entering the country is doing more harm than good. U.S. farmers who depend on migrants as "guest workers" for their harvest are facing considerable financial losses. It's the result …

Thomas Knapp (2019-08-09). Tweeting Publicly Available Information isn't "Shameful and Dangerous" counterpunch.org On August 5, US Representative Joaquin Castro (D-TX) posted an infographic to Twitter naming and shaming his city's most generous supporters of President Donald Trump's re-election campaign: "Sad to see so many San Antonians as 2019 maximum donors to Donald Trump …. Their contributions are fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as More

WSWS (2019-08-09). Indo-Pakistani conflict sharpens with New Delhi's assault on Kashmir. wsws.org In response to India's aggressive and patently illegal moves to tighten its control over disputed Kashmir, Pakistan has taken a raft of retaliatory measures and issued thinly-veiled war threats.

teleSUR (2019-08-09). Venezuela: Maduro Celebrates Indigenous, Reaffirms #NoMoreTrump. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, during an event to celebrate World Indigenous Day, reiterated from Caracas that his nation will continue to 'resist' the United States administration's continued attempts to overthrow his government, which culminated this week in a blockade of the South American country. | RELATED: | Trump Turns Sanctions Against Venezuela Into an Embargo | "The Indigenous peoples of Venezuela are in active resistance against the imperialist blockade of Donald Tru…

Mark Gruenberg (2019-08-09). Barber: "Words" of white supremacy "lead to acts of physical violence" peoplesworld.org EL PASO, Texas—Five religious leaders who journeyed to El Paso to investigate — and discuss — awful conditions migrants face, just before the white supremacist terrorist massacred 22 people in that Texas border city, unveiled an open pastoral letter to the entire nation linking racist words and policies to the murders, and demanding a massive …

Daniel Beaumont (2019-08-09). Hate, Murder and Perversity: El Paso 2019, Mississippi 1964. counterpunch.org Hate, Lacan observed, is—like love—a career without limit.[1] The massacre on Saturday August 3 in an El Paso Walmart ended with the arrest of 21 year-old Patrick Crusius, a white supremacist from Dallas. Crusius was likely the source of what the media began to call a "manifesto" posted on the website 8chan, a site linked More

Paul Street (2019-08-09). Nothing Less Than a Revolution Can Save Us. counterpunch.org Is there no limit to the lethal and authoritarian absurdity of America, land of mass gun massacres like Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, Aurora, Orlando, Las Vegas, Parkland, and now El Paso and Dayton among other pockmarked sites? Here is a society that claims to be the beacon to the world of civilized decency and democracy More

Mike Ferner (2019-08-09). "Culture Of Violence?" You Betcha, Mr. Trump, But It's Not The Video Games. counterpunch.org On the day after America's weekend shooting rampage that killed 31 people and wounded dozens more in El Paso and Dayton, president Trump told the nation in a 10-minute address, what he sees as the causes of and cures for gun violence in the U.S. As causes, he mentioned: + "Racism, bigotry and white supremacy" More

Louis Proyect (2019-08-09). How Real is the "Eco-Fascist" Threat? counterpunch.org In a manifesto that was posted to 8Chan just before he carried out his murderous attack on Walmart shoppers in El Paso, Patrick Crusius expressed "Green" values that are widespread on the left: The American lifestyle affords our citizens an incredible quality of life. However, our lifestyle is destroying the environment of our country. The More

Robert Scheer (2019-08-09). Is Trump Building a White Ethnostate? truthdig.com On Saturday, Aug. 3, a 21-year-old white man entered a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, with an automatic rifle and opened fire. By the time he was finished, 20 people were killed and dozens of others were gravely wounded. Two more would die as a result of the injuries they suffered during the carnage. | The suspect left behind a manifesto citing the shooter at a Christchurch, New Zealand, mosque in March as the ins…

Margot Patterson (2019-08-09). U.S. Imperialism, Iran and the Context for War. counterpunch.org The Trump administration's efforts to collapse Iran's economy can't be divorced from the history of U.S. imperialism. If Americans remember the 1979 student takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and the 444 days in which 52 U.S. diplomats and embassy staff were held hostage, Iranians remember the 1953 CIA coup that brought down the More

Gregory Shupak (2019-08-09). The NYT's Pro-War Arguments Against War With Iran. fair.org Once you're debating who ought to start a war, you've abandoned the anti-war argument (New York Times, 6/20/19). | The New York Times has published five editorials since the beginning of May that are ostensibly critical of a possible military war between the United States and Iran. As anti-war arguments, however, they are woefully lacking—vilifying Iran without subjecting the US to comparable scrutiny, and hiding US aggression towards Iran. | The editorials regurgitate the same anti-Iran demonology pro-war voices offer to try t…

The Canary (2019-08-09). Nagasaki mayor hits out at nuclear powers on 74th anniversary of bombing. thecanary.co The mayor of Nagasaki has criticised nuclear states including the US and Russia as the city marked the 74th anniversary of the atomic bombing which ended the Second World War.Tomihisa Taue said nuclear powers are undermining the survivors' efforts towards building a nuclear-free world.The mayor lamented that the idea of "useful" nuclear weapons appears to be gaining traction.People attend a mass at the Urakami Cathedral in Nagasaki to mark the 74th anniversary of the world's second atomic bomb attack (Kyodo/AP)He said both the US and Russia are returning to the development and deployment of nuclear weapons, as th…

Chris Gelardi (2019-08-09). The Tragic Story of Jimmy Aldaoud, Deported From the Streets of Detroit to His Death in Iraq. theintercept.com Aldaoud was targeted as part of an ongoing ICE crackdown on Iraqi communities. His family and supporters say the agency bears responsibility for his death.

Marilyn Bechtel (2019-08-09). On anniversary of Hiroshima, demands for end to nuclear weapons. peoplesworld.org LIVERMORE, Calif. — Determined to oppose the Trump administration's drive to develop new nuclear weapons and to strengthen the fight to eliminate nuclear weapons worldwide, some 200 demonstrators gathered here on Aug. 6 to rally against what they term "Designing Armageddon" at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Over three dozen peace, justice and faith-based organizations …

Staff (2019-08-09). New IPCC Report Warns of Vicious Cycle Between Soil Degradation and Climate Change. therealnews.com Greenpeace's Diana Ruiz discusses the new IPCC Climate report, "Climate Change and Land," which issues a dire warning about how climate change and destructive land use reinforce each other, leading to serious threats for human survival…

WSWS (2019-08-09). John Pilger warns: "Do not forget Assange. Or you will lose him" wsws.org The well-known journalist outlined the WikiLeaks founder's deteriorating health, and the draconian conditions in which he is being held in a British prison.

Stephen Lendman (2019-08-09). US and Turkey Collude to Steal Northern Syrian Territory. globalresearch.ca Troops of both countries illegally occupy northern Syrian territory bordering Turkey, including its oil rich area. | On the phony pretext of protecting Turkey's security, President Erdogan is intermittently battling Kurdish YPG fighters cross-border in Syria — despite their posing no …

Stephen Lendman (2019-08-09). US vs. China: A Clash of Civilizations? globalresearch.ca In promoting destructive "Western values," hardline academic Samuel Huntington once said the following: | "The West must exploit differences and conflicts among Confucian and Islamic states to support in other civilizations groups sympathetic to Western values and interests — to strengthen …

Ralph Nader (2019-08-09). Big Pharma: Gouges, Casualties, and the Congressional Remedy! counterpunch.org The Congress can overturn the abuses of Big Pharma and its "pay or die," subsidized business model for its drugs. Big Pharma's trail of greed, power, and cruelty gets worse every year. Its products and practices take hundreds of thousands of lives in the U.S. from over-prescriptions, lethal combinations of prescriptions, ineffective or contaminated drugs, More

RT (2019-08-09). 'Arm to the teeth & pretend to be Canadian': McAfee's savage tactical advice for next US Civil War. rt.com Scandalously famous tech millionaire John McAfee has offered some cheeky advice for both blue and red states in case a civil war erupts in the US: hoard guns, pretend to be Canadian, and sell useless states to Mexico and Cuba.

Norman Stockwell (2019-08-09). How We Learned to Hate the Bomb. progressive.org For nearly three-quarters of a century, "The Progressive" has been a consistent voice against nuclear madness.

Timothy Braatz (2019-08-09). Atomic Bombs Are Not Lifesavers. counterpunch.org One shouldn't have to state the obvious. It is well known that two atomic detonations, in early August, 1945, killed over 100,000 Hiroshima and Nagasaki residents, revealing the unlimited human capacity for atrocity in wartime. But it seems many U.S. history teachers are still telling students that the atomic bombings somehow saved lives. Whence cometh More

Jo Allen-Eure (2019-08-09). 'I Am My Own Mother' shows finding birth families an awkward business. peoplesworld.org What child would not want to know their DNA origins? In the experience of adopted children, most of them do want to know, Where do I come from? That was the case with Dionne Audain, playing the part of Esther, the lead character in I Am My Own Mother, written and directed by Andrew Zox, …

Mark Gruenberg (2019-08-09). Unions, workers, EPI back Warren bill to crack down on 'private equity' funds. peoplesworld.org BOYNTON BEACH, Fla.—So-called "private equity" investment funds, one of the worst manifestations of anti-worker corrupt corporate capitalism, left Madelyn Garcia and her co-workers without jobs. And she came to Washington in August to help launch legislation to curb their robberies. Garcia, you see, spent 30 years at a Toys "R" Us store in Boynton Beach, …

Staff (2019-08-09). How Israel's Erasure of Palestinian History Perpetuates Occupation. therealnews.com Prof. Ilan Pappe discusses why Israel's agency in charge of nuclear security hid documents about the Nakba, the catastrophe in which Palestinians were driven from their land in 1948, explaining that it was an effort to eliminate the Palestinian narrative…

Andrew Levine (2019-08-09). Where Have All The Racists Gone? counterpunch.org When people in his base hear Donald Trump say that he is "a very stable genius" or that he is not a racist do they believe a word of it? Or do they simply not care that he lies and spews nonsense? I am not thinking about the Trump supporters at the very bottom of More

Richard Moser (2019-08-09). Climate Crisis Means the Ruling Class has Failed. Can the Working Class Inherit the Earth? counterpunch.org The climate crisis is proof positive that the ruling class is an utter failure — but it will not fall on its own. Can the working class rise to the challenge? It sure will help if we understand that our class interests are not merely the economic needs of working people — no matter how important More

Michael Simmons (2019-08-09). Paul Krassner: Nun Smooching In America. counterpunch.org When I was 12-years old in 1967, my father Matty Simmons published Cheetah — a slick magazine designed for what the press called "hippies." It was a fine publication — top-shelf scribes like Tom Nolan, Robert Christgau and Ellen Willis contributed, editor Jules Siegel ran his legendary "Goodbye Surfing, Hello God" profile that announced to More

John Kendall Hawkins (2019-08-09). The Sixties: De-tripping, Yeah. counterpunch.org I had intentions of watching Quentin Tarantino's new film, Once Upon A Time … in Hollywood, and then writing a review, keened up, like most of his aficionados, with the anticipation it might be his last film, and eager to see how QT handled the Sixties, with limited retrospection, given that he was only six More

Alvaro Huerta (2019-08-09). The Mexican as Endangered Species. counterpunch.org Mexicans have official become members of an endangered or hunted species in the U.S. (I'm not referring to our enormous demographics, as we'll continue to multiply in el norte—where individuals of Mexican origin represent over 40 million citizens/residents—despite the racist fantasies of Donald J. Trump and his immoral ilk. Throughout the early 1800s to the More

David Price (2019-08-09). Militarized Observers: Institutional Daydreams of Ethics End Runs to Weaponize Culture. counterpunch.org A significant limitation facing scholars studying US military uses of anthropology and other social sciences is that while the existence and activities of various military programs are known, and some related documents are available, there is much about these programs that remains unknown to outsiders. Yet, even with these gaps in knowledge, it is possible More

Rob Urie (2019-08-09). Democrats and the Politics of Change. counterpunch.org With the political season underway, the question of an effective politics is the subtext of the debates and speeches intended to motivate constituencies and movements. This should read as odd: in the U.S., it is the act of getting elected that defines effective politics. But as neoliberalism has crept into every aspect of modern life, elections have become an anti-politics, a way of working against the democratic will. More

Anthony DiMaggio (2019-08-09). The "Trump Recovery": Behind Right-Wing Populism's Radical Transformation. counterpunch.org Trump's unique brand of right-wing populism has long been sold in "mainstream" discourse via a narrative that his supporters are angry as hell over mounting personal and economic insecurity, in an age that affords fewer and fewer opportunities to the "working class." This story was popularized in part because of Trump's rhetoric, and because of More

Ron Jacobs (2019-08-09). The Global Lockdown. counterpunch.org When a visitor to the United States enters the airport they plan to leave from they expect to show their passport and declare their baggage. However, it used to be that most passengers expected these interactions to be conducted by customs officials only in their own country. This is often no longer the case. Instead, More

2019-08-11: Social Media Postees

Did Indian Intelligence Invent a Russian Diplomatic Statement to Pressure Moscow on Kashmir?
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-11
It remains unclear at the time of writing whether the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs really did back India's unilateral actions in Kashmir or not, with the mysterious circumstances surrounding its now-viral alleged statement of support suggesting that it might …
globalresearch.ca/did-indian-intelligence-invent-russian-diplomatic-statement-pressure-moscow-kashmir/5686115

Chomsky Slams Macri's Neoliberal Policies in Education
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-11
Noam Chomsky, the renowned academic and political thinker from the United States, slammed Argentinian President Mauricio Macri for subordinating of public education to favor neoliberal markets in an article published by La Garganta Poderosa Saturday. | RELATED: | Chomsky: Fixation on Russia May Have Handed Trump a 2020 Win | He said the advanced neoliberal p…
telesurenglish.net/news/noam-chomsky-sla…

Washington's Utterly Failed Diplomacy
Strategic Culture Foundation | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-11
There seems no longer any attempt, or semblance, of seeking diplomacy by Washington. Sanctions and aggression are wielded with reckless abandon. Russia, China, and even America's own supposed European allies are subject to sanctions by Washington in a high-handed dismissal …
globalresearch.ca/washingtons-utterly-failed-diplomacy/5686111

The Evolution of Venezuela's Media Landscape: From Openness to Restriction?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-08-11
Prominent Venezuelan journalists talk about how Venezuela's media landscape has evolved from the Chavez years to the present under the combined pressure of President Maduro and the US-Opposition's onslaught against the government. A report from Venezuela by Ed Augustin…
therealnews.com/stories/the-evolution-of…

After Terror Attack at Oslo Mosque, What if Trump Spoke About White Supremacists the Way He Does Islam?
Juan Cole | commondreams.org | 2019-08-11
A picture taken on August 10, 2019 shows medics with a stretcher near the al-Noor islamic center mosque where a gunman, armed with multiple weapons, went on a shooting spree in the town of Baerum, an Oslo suburb. The gunman injured one worshipper before being arrested, police and witnesses said. (Photo: Terje Pedersen/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Billionaire Tom Steyer Spends More Than $7 Million on Ads in First Month
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-11
| In the month since Tom Steyer jumped into the Democratic presidential field with a promise to spend $100 million on his own campaign, the billionaire activist and former hedge fund manager has made his name known across early primary states with millions in ad buys. | But it remains to be seen whether Steyer,…
truthout.org/articles/billionaire-tom-st…

I'm in Prison, and I Need More Than a Vote to Participate in Democracy
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-11
| I am well aware that, for years, activists have engaged in political and ideological disagreements about how far the new suffrage movement should go in fighting for the voting rights of people with felony convictions. I've been in prison for 25 years, following all the ups and downs. However, it is time to bring some hard-headed realism to bear on this longstanding contradiction in U.S. democracy. | Let's take a mental leap: Even if politicians eventually conclude that no one of voting age in…
truthout.org/articles/im-in-prison-and-i…

Brazil's Bolsonaro Says 'Poop Every Other Day' for Environment
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-11
Brazilian far-right President Jair Bolsonaro said people should "poop every other day" to save the planet from climate change. | RELATED: | 'Bolsonaro is Responsible for the Amazon' UN Rapporteur Says | His comments came after a journalist questioned his solution to preserving the environment as well as developing the agricultural industry. | "It's enough to eat a little less. You talk about environmental pollution. It's enough to poop every other day. That will be better for the…
telesurenglish.net/news/brazil-president…

China's BRI Could Save Destroyed Southeast Asia
Andre Vltchek | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-08-11
Most of the people in the West or in North Asia usually never think about it, but Southeast Asia is one of the most depressed and depressing parts of the world. It has been through genocides, wars and atrocious military regimes. Then, those monstrous income disparities. Jakarta beggars at night According to The Bangkok Post, …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/08/chinas-bri-co…

Israel Systematically Blocks International Scholars From Reaching Palestine
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-11
| International scholars are important to universities throughout the world. Their unique perspectives, emanating from different cultures and places, enrichen intellectual conversations among students and faculty. International scholars help orient local students toward global citizenship, and in turn those students help visiting scholars to understand their host country and culture better. | In the Occupied Palestinian Territories, however, Israel routinely blocks international scholars…
truthout.org/articles/israel-systematica…

Syria Warns US-Turkey "Safe Zone" Deal Is a Plot for "Expansionist Ambitions"
Sarah Abed | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-11
After three days of intense negotiations in Ankara, US and Turkish officials reached an agreement on Wednesday to create a joint operations center and set up a safe zone east of the Euphrates in north eastern Syria. Deal details have …
globalresearch.ca/syria-warns-us-turkey-safe-zone-deal-plot-expansionist-ambitions/5686124

Chernobyl: A 'Debt to the Truth'
Susie Greaves | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-11
The HBO miniseries " Chernobyl" is a timely reminder of the horrors of nuclear technology gone wrong. | In the early hours of 26 April 1986, an accident occurred in northern Ukraine that revealed once again that all the genius …
globalresearch.ca/chernobyl-debt-truth/5686103

Climate Change and a New Agricultural System
Juliette Majot | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-11
This week, the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a long-awaited report on land, climate change and agriculture.[1] The report's findings confirm that the agriculture and food systems on which we now depend are no longer viable. …
globalresearch.ca/climate-change-new-agricultural-system/5686098

State Censorship: Seizing Journalists Notes, Restricting Press Freedom
True Publica | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-11
In our recent article entitled — Rise of the Techno Stasi-State we asked the question was that too strong a news headline after the High Court decided the government's architecture of mass surveillance over the population was perfectly legal. The …
globalresearch.ca/state-censorship-seizing-journalists-notes-restricting-press-freedom/5686096

Insulated from the Truth
Philip A Farruggio | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-11
In 1933, soon after Hitler's ascent to power, the British ambassador to Germany made this assertion: "I have the impression that the persons directing the policy of the Hitler government are not normal. Many of us, indeed, have a feeling …
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Britain after Brexit: Welcome to the Vulture Restaurant
Adam Ramsay | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-11
"Britain has no leverage, Britain is desperate … it needs an agreement very soon. When you have a desperate partner, that's when you strike the hardest bargain." So warned former US treasury secretary Larry Summers on Radio 4 'Today' programme …
globalresearch.ca/britain-after-brexit-welcome-vulture-restaurant/5686105

Saudi Forces Attack UAE-Backed Separatists in Aden, 40 Killed
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-11
The Saudi-led coalition intervened in Aden Sunday in support of the Yemeni government after southern UAE-backed separatists effectively took over the port city, fracturing the alliance that had been battling the Houthi movement. | RELATED: | Saudi Forces Kill 13 in 'Massacre' at Yemen Market | The infighting, which broke out on Aug. 8 to control the port city which serves as temporary seat of Yemen's Saudi-backed has killed 40 people and injured 260, the United Nations said. | "It is heart-…
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No, Trump Doesn't Want to 'See People Mowed Down and Killed,' Says Sanders, But His 'Racist Rhetoric' Fueling Violence
Common Dreams staff | commondreams.org | 2019-08-11
The president, charged the 2020 Democratic candidate, "creates a climate where we are seeing a significant increase in hate crimes in this country—hates crimes against Muslims, against Mexicans, against Jews. He is creating the kind of divisiveness in this nation that is the last thing we should be doing." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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CODEPINK Monthly Golden Gate Bridge Walk for Peace
Toby Blome | indybay.org | 2019-08-11
11: 45 am: Gather at the SF or Marin end of the eastern walkway of the Golden Gate Bridge. Parking available on all 4 "corners", just remember to take the last exit on hwy 101 as you approach the bridge, or the first exit after you leave the bridge. Arrive early for best parking. | Noon: Walk on the eastern walkway from the north or south ends, to converge in the middle. Short, silent vigil in the middle. | 1: 00 pm: Rally on SF side after the bridge walk. | FMI & carpooling: Toby, 510-215-5974 | ratherbenyckeling@comcast.net | See http: //tripplanner.transit.511.org for public transit options. | Golden Gate Transit…
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CODEPINK Monthly Golden Gate Bridge WALK for PEACE
Martha Hubert | indybay.org | 2019-08-11
11: 45 am: Gather at the SF end of the eastern walkway of the Golden Gate Bridge. | Noon: Walk on the easter walkway from the SF side to the middle of the bridge. There we will hold a "burma shave" style presence | with each of us holding a sign with adequate space between us so that motorists can easily read all of our signs. Some signs provided, or bring your own. We'll return to the SF side of the bridge for a rally with Photo ops and flyer distribution. | Parking is available, though often very crowded. It's best to use public transit. See http: //tripplanner.transit.511 for transit options. The SF Muni Bus 28…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/11/1882539…

Mozambique Charges Former President's Son, Officials for Secret Debt Scandal
Kate Zeller | indybay.org | 2019-08-11
Mozambique charged the former president's son and 19 others on corruption, fraud and blackmail in relation to a $2 billion dollar loan scandal.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/09/1882531…

"The Sikhs For Justice" Are Taking Up The Kashmiri Cause At The UN
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-10
The Sikhs For Justice, a purely peaceful organization that's campaigning for a plebiscite on the independence of Indian Punjab as Khalistan, are taking their support for Kashmir to the next level by filing a complaint at the UN about India's …
globalresearch.ca/the-sikhs-for-justice-are-taking-up-the-kashmiri-cause-at-the-un/5686088

New Delhi's assault on Kashmir and the fight against communal reaction, imperialism, and war
wsws.org | 2019-08-10
With the aim of inciting communal reaction against mounting social opposition and strengthening its hand against Pakistan and China, India's BJP government has illegally stripped Jammu and Kashmir of its special status.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/10/pers…

India's Kashmir Crackdown Poses Risk of War
John Riddell | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-10
On August 5, India's Hindu nationalist government unilaterally revoked the autonomy of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, while flooding the region with troops, imposing a curfew, and shutting down all communications. | The state is to be broken in two, …
globalresearch.ca/indias-kashmir-crackdown-poses-risk-of-war/5686066

Worldwide Solidarity Rallies Held in Support of Venezuela
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-10
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called on the people of his country on August 10th to march in protest of U.S. President Donald Trump's ongoing inhuman economic blockade that has caused significant suffering to the civilians of the Bolivarian Republic. | Related: | Venezuelans Amass Across the Country to Protest Trump | In a sign of solidarity with the people of Venezuela, several demonstrations were held in countries such as Australia, Haiti, Turkey Italy, Germany, Dominican Republ…
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Maduro: 'Amazing', the Global #NoMoreTrump Protests
teleSUR-EF | telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-10
Named 'World Protest Day', massive demonstrations took place Saturday in Venezuela and across the globe against the economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump on this South American country. | RELATED: | Venezuelans Amass Across the Country to Protest Trump | Hundreds of thousands of people were in the streets of Caracas Aug. 10 with signs that read, 'No Mas Trump' in protest to the U.S. president and his administration that has prevented the Ven…
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USA vs. Venezuela: the embargo as part of a war with no turning back (Interview — Julio Escalona)
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-08-10
The total embargo declared by Donald Trump against Venezuela is another step in sharpening his strategy to generate chaos in the country and overthrow Nicolás Maduro. Julio Escalona, deputy of the National Constituent Assembly, analyzes the situation, the possibility of dialogues, and challenges. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/08/10/usa-vs-venezuela…

Criminal Embargos: Venezuela and Iran in the Crosshairs of Murderers Inc — Who is Next?
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-10
Now the US is expanding her palette of killing by impunity to subjugate nation after nation which they do not consider bending sufficiently to the dictate of their masters. Venezuela has been targeted for two decades, and Iran, ever since the US-imposed Shah was deposed in 1979 — exactly 40 years ago…
globalresearch.ca/criminal-embargos-venezuela-and-iran-in-the-crosshairs-of-murderers-inc-who-is-next/5686080

Why are there more mass killings on Trump's watch than before?
Michael T. Hertz | nationofchange.org | 2019-08-10
Why are there more mass killings on Trump's watch than before? | I suspected that this was true, but until I actually used US mass shootings, 1982-2019: Data from Mother Jones' investigation I didn't have data. | The Mother Jones data collects all mass killings (shootings that killed over 3 people, not including the perpetrator). I added up those killed in mass shootings under Obama, and the total for all 8 years was 310. The total for Trump through August 4, 2019 was 256. Thus, Obama averaged 38.75 a year while T…
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Mexico: 19 Massacred by 'Cartel Jalisco' in Turf War
teleSUR -EF | telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-10
About 380 national police agents are monitoring the Mexican city of Uruapan, in Michoacan state, after the murder of 19 people Thursday. Their bodies were abandoned in three different areas of the city, authorities said Saturday. | RELATED: | Mexico to Take Legal Action Against US Post-El Paso Shooting | The Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG) criminal organization took credit for the massacre, according to th…
telesurenglish.net/news/Mexico-19-Massac…

US defence secretary, NATO chief visit New Zealand to strengthen military ties
wsws.org | 2019-08-10
The visits by US defence secretary Mark Esper and NATO general secretary Jens Stoltenberg were aimed at incorporating New Zealand further into the military build-up against China, Russia and Iran.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/10/nzus…

The New York Times' Pro-War Arguments Against War With Iran
Gregory Shupak | commondreams.org | 2019-08-10
"Once you're debating who ought to start a war," writes Shupak, "you've abandoned the anti-war argument." (Screenshot: New York Times, 6/20/19) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Venezuela and Iran in the Crosshairs of Murderers Inc
Peter Koenig | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-08-10
Imagine just for a moment, the World would stand up in unison, sick and tired of the aggressive killer arrogance of the United States and her vassals — and their joint war-force called NATO — and this World, our World, what's left of it when you deduct Washington and its Brussels allies, would at once …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/08/venezuela-and…

The Unraveling of the Conspiracy Case Against No More Deaths Volunteer Scott Warren
Ryan Devereaux | theintercept.com | 2019-08-10
The federal courthouse in Tucson, Arizona, has always been a place where the borderlands and the American justice system collide. Described by its engineers as "a gateway to the desert and the mountains beyond," it was completed in 2000, the year that the Pima County medical examiner's office began tracking an explosion of deaths in that same desert. | Each afternoon, Monday through Thursday, dozens of chained migrants who survived the journey across the border but found themselves in Border Patrol custody are marched up from the building's bowels for mass hearings. They come in groups of up to 70 at a time. You…
theintercept.com/2019/08/10/scott-warren…

A Trump-Bolsonaro Free Trade Deal Is an Apocalyptically Bad Idea
Andrew E. Miller | commondreams.org | 2019-08-10
Greenpeace activists hang a large banner on the ramparts of the Old City of Jerusalem, Israel with a message to the visiting Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro on April 1, 2019. (Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg / AFP / Israel Out) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Bolivia Rejects US Drug Control Report as 'Malicious'
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-10
Bolivia says it rejects the slanderous accusations made by the U.S. in its recent report where it alleged the South American country had breached the bylines of an international anti-drug initiative. | RELATED: | War on Drugs Has Failed in Bolivia: Evo Morales | In a memorandum released Thursday, U.S. President Donald Trump listed 20 countries his administration says are either major transit, or illicit drug-producing countries. He named Bolivia and Venezuela as having failed to honor their ob…
telesurenglish.net/news/Bolivia-Rejects-…

Biodiversity is highest on indigenous-managed lands — even higher than protected land areas
Ruth Milka | nationofchange.org | 2019-08-10
Indigenous-managed lands possess the greatest levels of biodiversity, perhaps even more than the biodiversity in protected areas says a new study published in the journal of Environmental Science & Policy. | Studying biodiversity levels in nearly 16,000 areas across Australia, Brazil, and Canada, the team of researchers found that land fully or co-managed by indigenous communities contained the highest levels of biodiversity. | Protected areas of lands, such as parks and wildlife reserves, came in second. Size and location of the land had less of an impact on species diversity levels than who the land was mana…
nationofchange.org/2019/08/10/biodiversi…

Detroit man dies after ICE deports him to Iraq
wsws.org | 2019-08-10
Jimmy Aldaoud was born in Greece to Iraqi refugee parents and arrived in the US as an infant in 1979. He was deported to Iraq in June and died this week.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/10/alda…

Jamar Clark settlement announced, community vows to keep up the fight
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-08-10
Minneapolis, MN – On August 8, a settlement was reached in the case of Jamar Clark. The city of Minneapolis awarded $200,000 to Jamar Clark's families. | Clark was murdered by Minneapolis police officers on November 15, 2015. According to witnesses, he was handcuffed when he was shot at point-blank range. His killing led to massive protests and a weeks-long winter encampment in front of the police precinct office near the scene of his death. Investigators ignored the input of 20 witnesses to the killing, forcibly seized all video of the shooting, and refused to release the video to the public. No charges were pre…
fightbacknews.org/2019/8/9/jamar-clark-s…

Police have killed 5,000 Americans since Ferguson protests
wsws.org | 2019-08-10
Despite popular protests and increased scrutiny in the aftermath of Michael Brown's killing, US police officers have continued to kill at a rate of more than 1,000 people per year.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/10/poli…

German government and Greens promote military mission in Persian Gulf
wsws.org | 2019-08-10
The German ruling class is intensifying its campaign for a European war mission in the Persian Gulf. Especially aggressive are the leaders of the Green party.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/10/germ…

Saudi, UAE Proxies Clash in Southern Yemen, as UAE Plots Partition
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2019-08-10
At least 2,400 citizens have been forcibly expelled from Aden, while over 1,600 shops have been burned and damaged, more than 1,700 shops closed and 76 cars confiscated.
mintpressnews.com/saudi-uae-proxies-clas…

Talks ahead? Trump says Kim Jong-un 'apologized' for missile tests in 'beautiful' 3-page letter
rt.com | 2019-08-10
President Donald Trump has said that North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un wants to meet again for negotiations, after Kim reportedly apologized for missile tests and complained about US military exercises. | …
rt.com/usa/466245-trump-kim-letter-talks…

Canada's ruling elite whipping up anti-China hysteria to pave way for repression, rearmament and war
wsws.org | 2019-08-10
All the organs of Canadian bourgeois propaganda–government institutions, political parties and corporate media outlets–have united to cast Ottawa as a beleaguered David confronting a Chinese Goliath.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/10/cach…

Facebook 'News': A bold step toward total control of reality?
rt.com | 2019-08-10
Facebook's plan to hook ad-cash-deprived mainstream outlets on licensing payouts seems to be an attempt to hijack narrative control en route to total domination of the infosphere — the ultimate safe space, Zuckerberg-style. | …
rt.com/usa/466199-facebook-control-news-…

American History for Truthdiggers: Bush II and the Birth of Forever War
Maj. Danny Sjursen | truthdig.com | 2019-08-10
Editor's note: The past is prologue. The stories we tell about ourselves and our forebears inform the sort of country we think we are and help determine public policy. As our current president promises to "make America great again," this moment is an appropriate time to reconsider our past, look back at various eras of United States history and re-evaluate America's origins. When, exactly, were we "great"? | Below is the 36th installment of the "American History for Truthdiggers" series, a pull-no-punches appraisal of our shared, if flawed, past. The author of the series, Danny Sjursen, who retired recently as a…
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Italy: Salvini seeks coalition with fascist Fratelli d'Italia
wsws.org | 2019-08-10
In a surprise coup, the leader of the Lega is attempting to carry out a shift to the right and to prepare fascistic forms of rule.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/10/ital…

ISIS and Al Qaeda are "Made in America". Trump Tweets "We Have Defeated ISIS in Syria"
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-10
In late 2018 and numerous other times, Trump falsely claimed ISIS was defeated. | Last December he tweeted: "We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there…" | In his January State of the Union address, he falsely …
globalresearch.ca/isis-and-al-qaeda-are-made-in-america-trump-tweets-we-have-defeated-isis-in-syria/5686075

Government denies large power outages part of no-deal planning
John Shafthauer | thecanary.co | 2019-08-10
Power outages hit England and Wales on 9 August. Coincidentally, the government has recently been planning for a no-deal Brexit. | But is it a coincidence? | Or is it part of what the government is expecting after they open the Brexit hell mouth? | Lights out: | According to a leaked memo, the government is planning the following tests: | Closing the Irn Bru factory for a week to see how long it takes before Scotland starts rioting. | Replacing people's medicine with tic tacs to see if the placebo effect kicks in. | Redirecting all outward-bound British tourists to Skegness. | A whistleblower came forward…
thecanary.co/off-the-perch/2019/08/10/government-denies-large-power-outages-part-of-no-deal-planning/

Ireland can Stop a no-deal Brexit. Here's How
Fintan O'Toole | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-10
Ireland, North and South, is facing a political and economic crisis. But the key to preventing it lies in Irish hands. One Irish political party has the power to change the balance of power at Westminster and to alter the …
globalresearch.ca/ireland-can-stop-a-no-deal-brexit-heres-how/5686073

Sanders Demands Drug and Insurance Industries Explain the Hundreds of Millions They Seem Willing to Spend to Defeat Medicare for All
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-08-10
"You made a $100 billion in profits last year—how much are you going to be spending of that $100 billion to oppose Medicare for All? Is it $200 million? Is it $500 million? Is it a billion dollars in order to protect your profits?" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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'Gold Over Life, Literally': How Trump Forced Reversal on Mining Project EPA Scientists Warn Could Destroy Alaskan Salmon Ecosystem
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-08-10
"I was dumbfounded," said one EPA insider after Trump officials reversed the agency's opposition to the copper and gold mining project in Bristol Bay that scientists warn will devastate the salmon and the overall ecosystem. "We were basically told we weren't going to examine anything. We were told to get out of the way and just make it happen." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/08/10/gold-ov…

Milwaukee: Victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki remembered
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-08-10
Milwaukee, WI – On the evening of August 9, over 50 anti-war activists, peace advocates and community members gathered at the Urban Ecology Center in Washington Park on Milwaukee's north side to remember the victims of the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima (August 6) and Nagasaki (August 9) in 1945. Additionally, victims of recent and prior mass shootings across the U.S. were honored. | The program began with an opportunity for attendees to create their own Japanese lanterns, including drawing or writing messages or images on the wrappings. Many custom designs feature messages such as "No more war!" and "Denu…
fightbacknews.org/2019/8/10/milwaukee-vi…

Three UN workers killed following Benghazi car bomb attack, as Security Council meets in emergency session, honours their 'ultimate sacrifice'
United Nations | un.org | 2019-08-10
Secretary-General António Guterres on Saturday condemned a car bomb attack in front of a shopping mall in the Libyan city of Benghazi, which left three UN workers dead, and three others injured, with dozens of civilians also wounded.
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Libya: 3 UN Members, 2 Assistants Killed in Car Bombing
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-10
Three United Nations staff members and two other mission personnel were killed in a car bomb explosion Saturday in Benghazi, Libya. | RELATED: | Paris Admits its Missiles Found on Pro-Haftar Base in Libya | The explosion happened in front of a shopping mall and bank. At least one burned-out U.N. car could be seen at the scene. | The U.N. refrained from releasing details, but said some of the casualties were from its team working on a mission in eastern Libya. | Libyan National A…
telesurenglish.net/news/Libya-3-UN-Membe…

Weekend Read: Neo-Nazi leader must pay more than $14 million in damages
splcenter.org | 2019-08-10
A federal judge has ruled in an SPLC lawsuit that neo-Nazi leader Andrew Anglin must pay more than $14 million in damages for using his website to launch an antisemitic campaign of terror against a Jewish woman and her family.
splcenter.org/news/2019/08/10/weekend-re…

Las Vegas 'vigilante' plotted to recruit killer squads to murder gays & Jews
rt.com | 2019-08-10
A 23yo Las Vegas man is facing ten years behind bars for plotting terrorist attacks against the Jewish and LGBT communities and attempting to hire armed hit squads to carry out the atrocities. | …
rt.com/news/466201-las-vegas-jews-gays-t…

TURKEY AND US COME TO AGREEMENT ON CREATION OF SECURITY ZONE
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-08-10
Turkey and the United States seem to have finally reached some level of agreement regarding the creation of a security zone in Syria, an issue which had long strained the already tense relations between the two countries. Nonetheless, the decision likely doesn't mean the end of the conflict over the issue. Following three days of …
uwidata.com/4836-turkey-and-us-come-to-a…

Poultry towns devastated as workers and students disappear after ICE raids
Jeff Amy, Rogelio V. Solis | peoplesworld.org | 2019-08-09
MORTON, Miss. (AP)–Effects of the largest immigration raid in at least a decade are likely to ripple for years through six Mississippi small towns that host poultry plants. A store owner who caters to Latino poultry plant workers fears he will have to close. A school superintendent is trying to rebuild trust with the Spanish-speaking …
peoplesworld.org/article/poultry-towns-d…

ICE Raids on Undocumented Immigrants Create Fear and Enable Exploitation
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-08-09
The recent ICE raids that detained 680 food workers in Mississippi not only strike fear and terror in the hearts of immigrants, but are a calculated move to enable greater exploitation of immigrants because it increases their insecurity and makes organizing more difficult…
therealnews.com/stories/ice-raids-on-und…

Mass ICE Raids in Mississippi After Workers Fought for Better Conditions Leave Kids Without Parents
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-09
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents swept through seven poultry processing plants in Mississippi this week and arrested 680 people. It was the largest single-state raid in U.S. history.The mass arrests also came on the first day of the school year, and some children walked home from school only to find their doors locked and their family members missing. Wednesday's raids targeted chicken processing plants operated by Koch Foods, one of the largest poultry producers in the U.S. Last year, the company paid out $3.75 million to settle an Equal Employment Opportunities Commission class-action suit charging th…
www.democracynow.org/2019/8/9/mississipp…

Reframing the Issues and Taking Direction of the Nation
Charles McKelvey | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
In El Paso, Texas, twenty-two persons were killed in a Walmart store, allegedly by a white supremacist gunman who had posted online a manifesto that railed against immigrants and an "Hispanic invasion of Texas." The attack has been described by Richard Parker, in an editorial in The New York Times, as the worst massacre of…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/09/reframing-th…

The Mississippi raid: Trump's attack on immigrants and his Democratic enablers
wsws.org | 2019-08-09
Hundreds of children have been traumatized by having their parents ripped away from them and, in many cases, shipped to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement prison 150 miles away.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/09/pers…

A Lack of Migrant Labor is Forcing Farmers in the US to Stop Growing Crops
CGTN | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-08-09
The immigration policies of the U.S. government are once again igniting opposition. This time from members of the agriculture industry who say that blocking immigrants from entering the country is doing more harm than good. U.S. farmers who depend on migrants as "guest workers" for their harvest are facing considerable financial losses. It's the result …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/08/a-lack-of-mig…

Indo-Pakistani conflict sharpens with New Delhi's assault on Kashmir
wsws.org | 2019-08-09
In response to India's aggressive and patently illegal moves to tighten its control over disputed Kashmir, Pakistan has taken a raft of retaliatory measures and issued thinly-veiled war threats.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/09/kash…

Venezuela: Maduro Celebrates Indigenous, Reaffirms #NoMoreTrump
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-09
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, during an event to celebrate World Indigenous Day, reiterated from Caracas that his nation will continue to 'resist' the United States administration's continued attempts to overthrow his government, which culminated this week in a blockade of the South American country. | RELATED: | Trump Turns Sanctions Against Venezuela Into an Embargo | "The Indigenous peoples of Venezuela are in active resistance against the imperialist blockade of Donald Tru…
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuela-Maduro…

Barber: "Words" of white supremacy "lead to acts of physical violence"
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-08-09
EL PASO, Texas–Five religious leaders who journeyed to El Paso to investigate — and discuss — awful conditions migrants face, just before the white supremacist terrorist massacred 22 people in that Texas border city, unveiled an open pastoral letter to the entire nation linking racist words and policies to the murders, and demanding a massive …
peoplesworld.org/article/barber-words-of…

Nothing Less Than a Revolution Can Save Us
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
Is there no limit to the lethal and authoritarian absurdity of America, land of mass gun massacres like Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, Aurora, Orlando, Las Vegas, Parkland, and now El Paso and Dayton among other pockmarked sites? Here is a society that claims to be the beacon to the world of civilized decency and democracy…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/09/nothing-less…

Hate, Murder and Perversity: El Paso 2019, Mississippi 1964
Daniel Beaumont | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
Hate, Lacan observed, is–like love–a career without limit.[1] The massacre on Saturday August 3 in an El Paso Walmart ended with the arrest of 21 year-old Patrick Crusius, a white supremacist from Dallas. Crusius was likely the source of what the media began to call a "manifesto" posted on the website 8chan, a site linked…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/09/hate-murder-…

"Culture Of Violence?" You Betcha, Mr. Trump, But It's Not The Video Games
Mike Ferner | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
On the day after America's weekend shooting rampage that killed 31 people and wounded dozens more in El Paso and Dayton, president Trump told the nation in a 10-minute address, what he sees as the causes of and cures for gun violence in the U.S. As causes, he mentioned: + "Racism, bigotry and white supremacy"
counterpunch.org/2019/08/09/culture-of-v…

How Real is the "Eco-Fascist" Threat?
Louis Proyect | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
In a manifesto that was posted to 8Chan just before he carried out his murderous attack on Walmart shoppers in El Paso, Patrick Crusius expressed "Green" values that are widespread on the left: The American lifestyle affords our citizens an incredible quality of life. However, our lifestyle is destroying the environment of our country. The…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/09/how-real-is-…

Is Trump Building a White Ethnostate?
Robert Scheer | truthdig.com | 2019-08-09
On Saturday, Aug. 3, a 21-year-old white man entered a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, with an automatic rifle and opened fire. By the time he was finished, 20 people were killed and dozens of others were gravely wounded. Two more would die as a result of the injuries they suffered during the carnage. | The suspect left behind a manifesto citing the shooter at a Christchurch, New Zealand, mosque in March as the ins…
truthdig.com/articles/is-trump-building-…

U.S. Imperialism, Iran and the Context for War
Margot Patterson | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
The Trump administration's efforts to collapse Iran's economy can't be divorced from the history of U.S. imperialism. If Americans remember the 1979 student takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and the 444 days in which 52 U.S. diplomats and embassy staff were held hostage, Iranians remember the 1953 CIA coup that brought down the…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/09/u-s-imperial…

The NYT's Pro-War Arguments Against War With Iran
Gregory Shupak | fair.org | 2019-08-09
Once you're debating who ought to start a war, you've abandoned the anti-war argument (New York Times, 6/20/19). | The New York Times has published five editorials since the beginning of May that are ostensibly critical of a possible military war between the United States and Iran. As anti-war arguments, however, they are woefully lacking–vilifying Iran without subjecting the US to comparable scrutiny, and hiding US aggression towards Iran. | The editorials regurgitate the same anti-Iran demonology pro-war voices offer to try t…
fair.org/home/the-nyts-pro-war-arguments…

Nagasaki mayor hits out at nuclear powers on 74th anniversary of bombing
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-08-09
The mayor of Nagasaki has criticised nuclear states including the US and Russia as the city marked the 74th anniversary of the atomic bombing which ended the Second World War.Tomihisa Taue said nuclear powers are undermining the survivors' efforts towards building a nuclear-free world.The mayor lamented that the idea of "useful" nuclear weapons appears to be gaining traction.People attend a mass at the Urakami Cathedral in Nagasaki to mark the 74th anniversary of the world's second atomic bomb attack (Kyodo/AP)He said both the US and Russia are returning to the development and deployment of nuclear weapons, as th…
thecanary.co/global/world-news/2019/08/09/nagasaki-mayor-hits-out-at-nuclear-powers-on-74th-anniversary-of-bombing/

The Tragic Story of Jimmy Aldaoud, Deported From the Streets of Detroit to His Death in Iraq
Chris Gelardi | theintercept.com | 2019-08-09
Aldaoud was targeted as part of an ongoing ICE crackdown on Iraqi communities. His family and supporters say the agency bears responsibility for his death.
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On anniversary of Hiroshima, demands for end to nuclear weapons
Marilyn Bechtel | peoplesworld.org | 2019-08-09
LIVERMORE, Calif. — Determined to oppose the Trump administration's drive to develop new nuclear weapons and to strengthen the fight to eliminate nuclear weapons worldwide, some 200 demonstrators gathered here on Aug. 6 to rally against what they term "Designing Armageddon" at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Over three dozen peace, justice and faith-based organizations …
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New IPCC Report Warns of Vicious Cycle Between Soil Degradation and Climate Change
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-08-09
Greenpeace's Diana Ruiz discusses the new IPCC Climate report, "Climate Change and Land," which issues a dire warning about how climate change and destructive land use reinforce each other, leading to serious threats for human survival…
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John Pilger warns: "Do not forget Assange. Or you will lose him"
wsws.org | 2019-08-09
The well-known journalist outlined the WikiLeaks founder's deteriorating health, and the draconian conditions in which he is being held in a British prison.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/09/pilg…

US vs. China: A Clash of Civilizations?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-09
In promoting destructive "Western values," hardline academic Samuel Huntington once said the following: | "The West must exploit differences and conflicts among Confucian and Islamic states to support in other civilizations groups sympathetic to Western values and interests — to strengthen | …
globalresearch.ca/us-china-clash-civilizations/5686024

US and Turkey Collude to Steal Northern Syrian Territory
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-09
Troops of both countries illegally occupy northern Syrian territory bordering Turkey, including its oil rich area. | On the phony pretext of protecting Turkey's security, President Erdogan is intermittently battling Kurdish YPG fighters cross-border in Syria — despite their posing no …
globalresearch.ca/us-turkey-collude-steal-northern-syrian-territory/5686053

Big Pharma: Gouges, Casualties, and the Congressional Remedy!
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
The Congress can overturn the abuses of Big Pharma and its "pay or die," subsidized business model for its drugs. Big Pharma's trail of greed, power, and cruelty gets worse every year. Its products and practices take hundreds of thousands of lives in the U.S. from over-prescriptions, lethal combinations of prescriptions, ineffective or contaminated drugs,…
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'Arm to the teeth & pretend to be Canadian': McAfee's savage tactical advice for next US Civil War
rt.com | 2019-08-09
Scandalously famous tech millionaire John McAfee has offered some cheeky advice for both blue and red states in case a civil war erupts in the US: hoard guns, pretend to be Canadian, and sell useless states to Mexico and Cuba. | …
rt.com/usa/466119-mcafee-guns-civil-war/

How We Learned to Hate the Bomb
Norman Stockwell | progressive.org | 2019-08-09
For nearly three-quarters of a century, "The Progressive" has been a consistent voice against nuclear madness.
progressive.org/dispatches/how-we-learne…

Militarized Observers: Institutional Daydreams of Ethics End Runs to Weaponize Culture
David Price | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
A significant limitation facing scholars studying US military uses of anthropology and other social sciences is that while the existence and activities of various military programs are known, and some related documents are available, there is much about these programs that remains unknown to outsiders. Yet, even with these gaps in knowledge, it is possible…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/09/militarized-…

Mass-Shootings as Expressions of U.S. Racism
Gary Leupp | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
Nineteenth century U.S. racism, resting in part on biblical myth (the curse of Ham) and Social Darwinist notions of racial hierarchies, focused on the defense of slavery and suppression of uppity blacks. Its cruelest, most terrorist tool was the lynching. Twenty-first century racism rests on the myth of a lost golden era of white ("White")…
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Facebook Settlement Breaks a Record, But Not the Cycle of Exploitation
Amos Toh | progressive.org | 2019-08-09
For years, Facebook engaged in a pattern of deceptive conduct that misled users about how their data was being handled. Now, despite a $5 billion fine imposed by the U.S. government, it promises to do little to guarantee a change in behavior.
progressive.org/dispatches/facebook-sett…

Malaysia charges 17 Goldman Sachs figures over 1MDB scandal
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-08-09
Malaysian prosecutors have filed criminal charges against 17 more current and former directors at three Goldman Sachs subsidiaries over their role in the alleged multibillion-dollar ransacking of state investment fund 1MDB. | Malaysian and US prosecutors allege that bond sales organised by Goldman Sachs for 1MDB provided one of the means for associates of former Malaysian leader Najib Razak to steal billions over several years from a fund that was ostensibly set up to accelerate Malaysia's economic development. | The government filed criminal charges in December against Goldman Sachs and two former executives for…
thecanary.co/breaking-news/2019/08/09/malaysia-charges-17-goldman-sachs-figures-over-1mdb-scandal/

Unions, workers, EPI back Warren bill to crack down on 'private equity' funds
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-08-09
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla.–So-called "private equity" investment funds, one of the worst manifestations of anti-worker corrupt corporate capitalism, left Madelyn Garcia and her co-workers without jobs. And she came to Washington in August to help launch legislation to curb their robberies. Garcia, you see, spent 30 years at a Toys "R" Us store in Boynton Beach, …
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Jeremy Corbyn is at a crossroads. The decision he makes now will change everything
James Wright | thecanary.co | 2019-08-09
Jeremy Corbyn is at a crossroads. And with scientists warning we have 18 months to begin a green industrial revolution to avoid climate catastrophe, the stakes have never been higher. The decision the Labour leadership makes now will change everything. | The stakes: | Britain may be a small country, but if it elects Corbyn as the prime minister of a genuinely progressive government on the promise to deliver a green new deal, that will have global repercussions. It will be a tu…
thecanary.co/opinion/2019/08/09/jeremy-corbyn-is-at-a-crossroads-the-decision-he-makes-now-will-change-everything/

David Horowitz's Hate Group, Civil War and the White House
Jonah Raskin | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
"People are scared and frightened. The country is on the verge of a war between people of color and law enforcement, and the White House seems to be spurring it on." — Greg Sarris, Chairman the Federated Indians of the Graton Rancheria Last month, I wrote an article about the 1970s clandestine organization, the Weather Underground,…
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Heroes in their Own Minds
Peter Breschard | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-08-09
There are thousands of faceless heroes out there on the Internet and on the airwaves. It's about time they came forward and claimed the recognition they so justly deserve. These brave soldiers battle for their and others' freedoms each and every day. When events occur which will forever justify their labors, they are all too …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/08/heroes-in-the…

Atomic Bombs Are Not Lifesavers
Timothy Braatz | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
One shouldn't have to state the obvious. It is well known that two atomic detonations, in early August, 1945, killed over 100,000 Hiroshima and Nagasaki residents, revealing the unlimited human capacity for atrocity in wartime. But it seems many U.S. history teachers are still telling students that the atomic bombings somehow saved lives. Whence cometh…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/09/atomic-bombs…

Conversations with Fidel Castro: The Dangers of a Nuclear War
Fidel Castro Ruz | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-09
"In a nuclear war the collateral damage would be the life of humankind. Let us have the courage to proclaim that all nuclear or conventional weapons, everything that is used to make war, must disappear!" "It is about demanding that the world is not led into a nuclear catastrophe, it is to preserve life." (Fidel Castro, 15 October 2010)…
globalresearch.ca/conversations-with-fidel-castro-the-dangers-of-a-nuclear-war/21892

'I Am My Own Mother' shows finding birth families an awkward business
Jo Allen-Eure | peoplesworld.org | 2019-08-09
What child would not want to know their DNA origins? In the experience of adopted children, most of them do want to know, Where do I come from? That was the case with Dionne Audain, playing the part of Esther, the lead character in I Am My Own Mother, written and directed by Andrew Zox, …
peoplesworld.org/article/i-am-my-own-mot…

How Israel's Erasure of Palestinian History Perpetuates Occupation
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-08-09
Prof. Ilan Pappe discusses why Israel's agency in charge of nuclear security hid documents about the Nakba, the catastrophe in which Palestinians were driven from their land in 1948, explaining that it was an effort to eliminate the Palestinian narrative…
therealnews.com/stories/how-israels-eras…

Blood in Our Eyes
John Steppling | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
"As the business grew, Sturm Ruger CEO Michael Fifer lobbied personally against a Connecticut ban on high-capacity magazines, commonly used with the company's semi-automatic rifles. "The regulation of magazine capacity will not deter crime, but will instead put law-abiding citizens at risk of harm," Fifer wrote to state lawmakers in early 2011. The legislation died…
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Democrats and the Politics of Change
Rob Urie | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
With the political season underway, the question of an effective politics is the subtext of the debates and speeches intended to motivate constituencies and movements. This should read as odd: in the U.S., it is the act of getting elected that defines effective politics. But as neoliberalism has crept into every aspect of modern life, elections have become an anti-politics, a way of working against the democratic will.
counterpunch.org/2019/08/09/democrats-an…

Climate Crisis Means the Ruling Class has Failed. Can the Working Class Inherit the Earth?
Richard Moser | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
The climate crisis is proof positive that the ruling class is an utter failure — but it will not fall on its own. Can the working class rise to the challenge? It sure will help if we understand that our class interests are not merely the economic needs of working people — no matter how important…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/09/climate-cris…

Resolving the Democrats' Dilemma
Richard Rubenstein | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
When it comes to thinking about the 2020 presidential election, a dominant theme among both commentators and candidates is the "Democrats' Dilemma": an alleged contradiction between the party's ideological interests and its electoral ambitions. Energized by a new crop of progressive lawmakers, the Dems are leaning left on issues ranging from "tax the rich" and…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/09/resolving-th…

2019-08-10: News Headlines

John Riddell (2019-08-10). India's Kashmir Crackdown Poses Risk of War. globalresearch.ca On August 5, India's Hindu nationalist government unilaterally revoked the autonomy of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, while flooding the region with troops, imposing a curfew, and shutting down all communications. | The state is to be broken in two, …

Andrew Korybko (2019-08-10). "The Sikhs For Justice" Are Taking Up The Kashmiri Cause At The UN. globalresearch.ca The Sikhs For Justice, a purely peaceful organization that's campaigning for a plebiscite on the independence of Indian Punjab as Khalistan, are taking their support for Kashmir to the next level by filing a complaint at the UN about India's …

WSWS (2019-08-10). New Delhi's assault on Kashmir and the fight against communal reaction, imperialism, and war. wsws.org With the aim of inciting communal reaction against mounting social opposition and strengthening its hand against Pakistan and China, India's BJP government has illegally stripped Jammu and Kashmir of its special status.

Peter Koenig (2019-08-10). Criminal Embargos: Venezuela and Iran in the Crosshairs of Murderers Inc — Who is Next? globalresearch.ca Now the US is expanding her palette of killing by impunity to subjugate nation after nation which they do not consider bending sufficiently to the dictate of their masters. Venezuela has been targeted for two decades, and Iran, ever since the US-imposed Shah was deposed in 1979 — exactly 40 years ago…

Eds. (2019-08-10). USA vs. Venezuela: the embargo as part of a war with no turning back (Interview — Julio Escalona). mronline.org The total embargo declared by Donald Trump against Venezuela is another step in sharpening his strategy to generate chaos in the country and overthrow Nicolás Maduro. Julio Escalona, deputy of the National Constituent Assembly, analyzes the situation, the possibility of dialogues, and challenges. | Source

Michael T. Hertz (2019-08-10). Why are there more mass killings on Trump's watch than before? nationofchange.org Why are there more mass killings on Trump's watch than before? | I suspected that this was true, but until I actually used US mass shootings, 1982-2019: Data from Mother Jones' investigation I didn't have data. | The Mother Jones data collects all mass killings (shootings that killed over 3 people, not including the perpetrator). I added up those killed in mass shootings under Obama, and the total for all 8 years was 310. The total for Trump through August 4, 2019 was 256. Thus, Obama averaged 38.75 a year while T…

WSWS (2019-08-10). US defence secretary, NATO chief visit New Zealand to strengthen military ties. wsws.org The visits by US defence secretary Mark Esper and NATO general secretary Jens Stoltenberg were aimed at incorporating New Zealand further into the military build-up against China, Russia and Iran.

Gregory Shupak (2019-08-10). The New York Times' Pro-War Arguments Against War With Iran. commondreams.org "Once you're debating who ought to start a war," writes Shupak, "you've abandoned the anti-war argument." (Screenshot: New York Times, 6/20/19) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Peter Koenig (2019-08-10). Venezuela and Iran in the Crosshairs of Murderers Inc. dissidentvoice.org Imagine just for a moment, the World would stand up in unison, sick and tired of the aggressive killer arrogance of the United States and her vassals — and their joint war-force called NATO — and this World, our World, what's left of it when you deduct Washington and its Brussels allies, would at once …

Ryan Devereaux (2019-08-10). The Unraveling of the Conspiracy Case Against No More Deaths Volunteer Scott Warren. theintercept.com The federal courthouse in Tucson, Arizona, has always been a place where the borderlands and the American justice system collide. Described by its engineers as "a gateway to the desert and the mountains beyond," it was completed in 2000, the year that the Pima County medical examiner's office began tracking an explosion of deaths in that same desert. | Each afternoon, Monday through Thursday, dozens of chained migrants who survived the journey across the border but found themselves in Border Patrol custody are marched up from the building's bowels for mass hearings. They come in groups of up to 70 at a time. You…

Andrew E. Miller (2019-08-10). A Trump-Bolsonaro Free Trade Deal Is an Apocalyptically Bad Idea. commondreams.org Greenpeace activists hang a large banner on the ramparts of the Old City of Jerusalem, Israel with a message to the visiting Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro on April 1, 2019. (Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg / AFP / Israel Out) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Ruth Milka (2019-08-10). Biodiversity is highest on indigenous-managed lands — even higher than protected land areas. nationofchange.org Indigenous-managed lands possess the greatest levels of biodiversity, perhaps even more than the biodiversity in protected areas says a new study published in the journal of Environmental Science & Policy. | Studying biodiversity levels in nearly 16,000 areas across Australia, Brazil, and Canada, the team of researchers found that land fully or co-managed by indigenous communities contained the highest levels of biodiversity. | Protected areas of lands, such as parks and wildlife reserves, came in second. Size and location of the land had less of an impact on species diversity levels than who the land was mana…

WSWS (2019-08-10). Detroit man dies after ICE deports him to Iraq. wsws.org Jimmy Aldaoud was born in Greece to Iraqi refugee parents and arrived in the US as an infant in 1979. He was deported to Iraq in June and died this week.

WSWS (2019-08-10). Police have killed 5,000 Americans since Ferguson protests. wsws.org Despite popular protests and increased scrutiny in the aftermath of Michael Brown's killing, US police officers have continued to kill at a rate of more than 1,000 people per year.

Fight Back (2019-08-10). Jamar Clark settlement announced, community vows to keep up the fight. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – On August 8, a settlement was reached in the case of Jamar Clark. The city of Minneapolis awarded $200,000 to Jamar Clark's families. | Clark was murdered by Minneapolis police officers on November 15, 2015. According to witnesses, he was handcuffed when he was shot at point-blank range. His killing led to massive protests and a weeks-long winter encampment in front of the police precinct office near the scene of his death. Investigators ignored the input of 20 witnesses to the killing, forcibly seized all video of the shooting, and refused to release the video to the public. No charges were pre…

RT (2019-08-10). Talks ahead? Trump says Kim Jong-un 'apologized' for missile tests in 'beautiful' 3-page letter. rt.com President Donald Trump has said that North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un wants to meet again for negotiations, after Kim reportedly apologized for missile tests and complained about US military exercises.

RT (2019-08-10). Facebook 'News': A bold step toward total control of reality? rt.com Facebook's plan to hook ad-cash-deprived mainstream outlets on licensing payouts seems to be an attempt to hijack narrative control en route to total domination of the infosphere — the ultimate safe space, Zuckerberg-style.

WSWS (2019-08-10). German government and Greens promote military mission in Persian Gulf. wsws.org The German ruling class is intensifying its campaign for a European war mission in the Persian Gulf. Especially aggressive are the leaders of the Green party.

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-08-10). Saudi, UAE Proxies Clash in Southern Yemen, as UAE Plots Partition. mintpressnews.com At least 2,400 citizens have been forcibly expelled from Aden, while over 1,600 shops have been burned and damaged, more than 1,700 shops closed and 76 cars confiscated.

WSWS (2019-08-10). Italy: Salvini seeks coalition with fascist Fratelli d'Italia. wsws.org In a surprise coup, the leader of the Lega is attempting to carry out a shift to the right and to prepare fascistic forms of rule.

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2019-08-10). American History for Truthdiggers: Bush II and the Birth of Forever War. truthdig.com Editor's note: The past is prologue. The stories we tell about ourselves and our forebears inform the sort of country we think we are and help determine public policy. As our current president promises to "make America great again," this moment is an appropriate time to reconsider our past, look back at various eras of United States history and re-evaluate America's origins. When, exactly, were we "great"? | Below is the 36th installment of the "American History for Truthdiggers" series, a pull-no-punches appraisal of our shared, if flawed, past. The author of the series, Danny Sjursen, who retired recently as a…

WSWS (2019-08-10). Canada's ruling elite whipping up anti-China hysteria to pave way for repression, rearmament and war. wsws.org The entire apparatus of Canadian bourgeois propaganda—government institutions, political parties and corporate media outlets—have united to cast Ottawa as a beleaguered David confronting a Chinese Goliath.

Stephen Lendman (2019-08-10). ISIS and Al Qaeda are "Made in America". Trump Tweets "We Have Defeated ISIS in Syria" globalresearch.ca In late 2018 and numerous other times, Trump falsely claimed ISIS was defeated. | Last December he tweeted: "We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there…" | In his January State of the Union address, he falsely …

Fintan O'Toole (2019-08-10). Ireland can Stop a no-deal Brexit. Here's How. globalresearch.ca Ireland, North and South, is facing a political and economic crisis. But the key to preventing it lies in Irish hands. One Irish political party has the power to change the balance of power at Westminster and to alter the …

John Shafthauer (2019-08-10). Government denies large power outages part of no-deal planning. thecanary.co Power outages hit England and Wales on 9 August. Coincidentally, the government has recently been planning for a no-deal Brexit. | But is it a coincidence? | Or is it part of what the government is expecting after they open the Brexit hell mouth? | Lights out: | According to a leaked memo, the government is planning the following tests: | Closing the Irn Bru factory for a week to see how long it takes before Scotland starts rioting. | Replacing people's medicine with tic tacs to see if the placebo effect kicks in. | Redirecting all outward-bound British tourists to Skegness. | A whistleblower came forward…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-08-10). Sanders Demands Drug and Insurance Industries Explain the Hundreds of Millions They Seem Willing to Spend to Defeat Medicare for All. commondreams.org "You made a $100 billion in profits last year—how much are you going to be spending of that $100 billion to oppose Medicare for All? Is it $200 million? Is it $500 million? Is it a billion dollars in order to protect your profits?" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-08-10). 'Gold Over Life, Literally': How Trump Forced Reversal on Mining Project EPA Scientists Warn Could Destroy Alaskan Salmon Ecosystem. commondreams.org "I was dumbfounded," said one EPA insider after Trump officials reversed the agency's opposition to the copper and gold mining project in Bristol Bay that scientists warn will devastate the salmon and the overall ecosystem. "We were basically told we weren't going to examine anything. We were told to get out of the way and just make it happen." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

unitedEditor (2019-08-10). TURKEY AND US COME TO AGREEMENT ON CREATION OF SECURITY ZONE. uwidata.com Turkey and the United States seem to have finally reached some level of agreement regarding the creation of a security zone in Syria, an issue which had long strained the already tense relations between the two countries. Nonetheless, the decision likely doesn't mean the end of the conflict over the issue. Following three days of …

RT (2019-08-10). Las Vegas 'vigilante' plotted to recruit killer squads to murder gays & Jews. rt.com A 23yo Las Vegas man is facing ten years behind bars for plotting terrorist attacks against the Jewish and LGBT communities and attempting to hire armed hit squads to carry out the atrocities.

splcenter (2019-08-10). Weekend Read: Neo-Nazi leader must pay more than $14 million in damages. splcenter.org A federal judge has ruled in an SPLC lawsuit that neo-Nazi leader Andrew Anglin must pay more than $14 million in damages for using his website to launch an antisemitic campaign of terror against a Jewish woman and her family.

United Nations (2019-08-10). Three UN workers killed following Benghazi car bomb attack, as Security Council meets in emergency session, honours their 'ultimate sacrifice'. un.org Secretary-General António Guterres on Saturday condemned a car bomb attack in front of a shopping mall in the Libyan city of Benghazi, which left three UN workers dead, and three others injured, with dozens of civilians also wounded.

Toby Blome (2019-08-10). CODEPINK Monthly Golden Gate Bridge WALK for PEACE. indybay.org 11: 45 am: Gather at the SF or Marin end of the eastern walkway of the Golden Gate Bridge. Parking available on all 4 "corners", just remember to take the last exit on hwy 101 as you approach the bridge, or the first exit after you leave the bridge. Arrive early for best parking. | Noon: Walk on the eastern walkway from the north or south ends, to converge in the middle. Short, silent vigil in the middle. | 1: 00 pm: Rally on SF side after the bridge walk. | FMI & carpooling: Toby, 510-215-5974 | ratherbenyckeling@comcast.net | See http: //tripplanner.transit.511.org for public transit options. | Golden Gate Transit…

Kate Zeller (2019-08-10). Mozambique Charges Former President's Son, Officials for Secret Debt Scandal. indybay.org Mozambique charged the former president's son and 19 others on corruption, fraud and blackmail in relation to a $2 billion dollar loan scandal.

Dautch for DA (2019-08-10). On-Call Prosecutors for Traffic Fatalities: The Next Step Toward Vision Zero SF. indybay.org In light of the recent spike in traffic-related deaths, San Francisco District Attorney candidate Leif Dautch has issued a proposal to help the city reach its ambitious "Vision Zero" target of eliminating traffic deaths by 2024.

Fight Back (2019-08-10). Milwaukee: Victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki remembered. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI – On the evening of August 9, over 50 anti-war activists, peace advocates and community members gathered at the Urban Ecology Center in Washington Park on Milwaukee's north side to remember the victims of the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima (August 6) and Nagasaki (August 9) in 1945. Additionally, victims of recent and prior mass shootings across the U.S. were honored. | The program began with an opportunity for attendees to create their own Japanese lanterns, including drawing or writing messages or images on the wrappings. Many custom designs feature messages such as "No more war!" and "Denu…

Jeff Amy, Rogelio V. Solis (2019-08-09). Poultry towns devastated as workers and students disappear after ICE raids. peoplesworld.org MORTON, Miss. (AP)—Effects of the largest immigration raid in at least a decade are likely to ripple for years through six Mississippi small towns that host poultry plants. A store owner who caters to Latino poultry plant workers fears he will have to close. A school superintendent is trying to rebuild trust with the Spanish-speaking …

Staff (2019-08-09). ICE Raids on Undocumented Immigrants Create Fear and Enable Exploitation. therealnews.com The recent ICE raids that detained 680 food workers in Mississippi not only strike fear and terror in the hearts of immigrants, but are a calculated move to enable greater exploitation of immigrants because it increases their insecurity and makes organizing more difficult…

Staff (2019-08-09). Mass ICE Raids in Mississippi After Workers Fought for Better Conditions Leave Kids Without Parents. democracynow.org Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents swept through seven poultry processing plants in Mississippi this week and arrested 680 people. It was the largest single-state raid in U.S. history.The mass arrests also came on the first day of the school year, and some children walked home from school only to find their doors locked and their family members missing. Wednesday's raids targeted chicken processing plants operated by Koch Foods, one of the largest poultry producers in the U.S. Last year, the company paid out $3.75 million to settle an Equal Employment Opportunities Commission class-action suit charging th…

Staff (2019-08-09). Headlines for August 9, 2019. democracynow.org Mitch McConnell Says Senate Will Take Up Gun Bills, But Not Until September, President and First Lady Pose with Infant Orphaned in El Paso Massacre, Man with Guns and Body Armor Sparks Panic at Missouri Walmart, Home of Interracial Couple in Ohio Torched in Apparent Hate Crime, Over 100 Immigrant Hunger Strikers Tear-Gassed Inside ICE Jail, ICE Releases Some of the 680 Immigrants Swept Up in Massive Mississippi Raid, Mentally Ill Michigan Man with Diabetes Dies After Deportation to Iraq, ICE Agents, Lacking Warrant, Denied Entry to Brooklyn Homeless Shelter, Hundreds of Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Protesters Occupy A…

Charles McKelvey (2019-08-09). Reframing the Issues and Taking Direction of the Nation. counterpunch.org In El Paso, Texas, twenty-two persons were killed in a Walmart store, allegedly by a white supremacist gunman who had posted online a manifesto that railed against immigrants and an "Hispanic invasion of Texas." The attack has been described by Richard Parker, in an editorial in The New York Times, as the worst massacre of More

Thomas Knapp (2019-08-09). Tweeting Publicly Available Information isn't "Shameful and Dangerous" counterpunch.org On August 5, US Representative Joaquin Castro (D-TX) posted an infographic to Twitter naming and shaming his city's most generous supporters of President Donald Trump's re-election campaign: "Sad to see so many San Antonians as 2019 maximum donors to Donald Trump …. Their contributions are fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as More

CGTN (2019-08-09). A Lack of Migrant Labor is Forcing Farmers in the US to Stop Growing Crops. dissidentvoice.org The immigration policies of the U.S. government are once again igniting opposition. This time from members of the agriculture industry who say that blocking immigrants from entering the country is doing more harm than good. U.S. farmers who depend on migrants as "guest workers" for their harvest are facing considerable financial losses. It's the result …

WSWS (2019-08-09). The Mississippi raid: Trump's attack on immigrants and his Democratic enablers. wsws.org Hundreds of children have been traumatized by having their parents ripped away from them and, in many cases, shipped to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement prison 150 miles away.

WSWS (2019-08-09). Indo-Pakistani conflict sharpens with New Delhi's assault on Kashmir. wsws.org In response to India's aggressive and patently illegal moves to tighten its control over disputed Kashmir, Pakistan has taken a raft of retaliatory measures and issued thinly-veiled war threats.

Mark Gruenberg (2019-08-09). Barber: "Words" of white supremacy "lead to acts of physical violence" peoplesworld.org EL PASO, Texas—Five religious leaders who journeyed to El Paso to investigate — and discuss — awful conditions migrants face, just before the white supremacist terrorist massacred 22 people in that Texas border city, unveiled an open pastoral letter to the entire nation linking racist words and policies to the murders, and demanding a massive …

Daniel Beaumont (2019-08-09). Hate, Murder and Perversity: El Paso 2019, Mississippi 1964. counterpunch.org Hate, Lacan observed, is—like love—a career without limit.[1] The massacre on Saturday August 3 in an El Paso Walmart ended with the arrest of 21 year-old Patrick Crusius, a white supremacist from Dallas. Crusius was likely the source of what the media began to call a "manifesto" posted on the website 8chan, a site linked More

Paul Street (2019-08-09). Nothing Less Than a Revolution Can Save Us. counterpunch.org Is there no limit to the lethal and authoritarian absurdity of America, land of mass gun massacres like Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, Aurora, Orlando, Las Vegas, Parkland, and now El Paso and Dayton among other pockmarked sites? Here is a society that claims to be the beacon to the world of civilized decency and democracy More

Mike Ferner (2019-08-09). "Culture Of Violence?" You Betcha, Mr. Trump, But It's Not The Video Games. counterpunch.org On the day after America's weekend shooting rampage that killed 31 people and wounded dozens more in El Paso and Dayton, president Trump told the nation in a 10-minute address, what he sees as the causes of and cures for gun violence in the U.S. As causes, he mentioned: + "Racism, bigotry and white supremacy" More

Louis Proyect (2019-08-09). How Real is the "Eco-Fascist" Threat? counterpunch.org In a manifesto that was posted to 8Chan just before he carried out his murderous attack on Walmart shoppers in El Paso, Patrick Crusius expressed "Green" values that are widespread on the left: The American lifestyle affords our citizens an incredible quality of life. However, our lifestyle is destroying the environment of our country. The More

Robert Scheer (2019-08-09). Is Trump Building a White Ethnostate? truthdig.com On Saturday, Aug. 3, a 21-year-old white man entered a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, with an automatic rifle and opened fire. By the time he was finished, 20 people were killed and dozens of others were gravely wounded. Two more would die as a result of the injuries they suffered during the carnage. | The suspect left behind a manifesto citing the shooter at a Christchurch, New Zealand, mosque in March as the ins…

Margot Patterson (2019-08-09). U.S. Imperialism, Iran and the Context for War. counterpunch.org The Trump administration's efforts to collapse Iran's economy can't be divorced from the history of U.S. imperialism. If Americans remember the 1979 student takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and the 444 days in which 52 U.S. diplomats and embassy staff were held hostage, Iranians remember the 1953 CIA coup that brought down the More

Padraig McGrath (2019-08-09). How Pervasive Is Saudi Penetration of Western Political Systems? globalresearch.ca When the Royal Marines seized the Iranian-owned Grace 1 supertanker off Gibraltar on July 4th, then British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt hailed the seizure as a sign that Iran had "no place to hide." On July 19th, when the Iranian …

Gregory Shupak (2019-08-09). The NYT's Pro-War Arguments Against War With Iran. fair.org Once you're debating who ought to start a war, you've abandoned the anti-war argument (New York Times, 6/20/19). | The New York Times has published five editorials since the beginning of May that are ostensibly critical of a possible military war between the United States and Iran. As anti-war arguments, however, they are woefully lacking—vilifying Iran without subjecting the US to comparable scrutiny, and hiding US aggression towards Iran. | The editorials regurgitate the same anti-Iran demonology pro-war voices offer to try t…

The Canary (2019-08-09). Nagasaki mayor hits out at nuclear powers on 74th anniversary of bombing. thecanary.co The mayor of Nagasaki has criticised nuclear states including the US and Russia as the city marked the 74th anniversary of the atomic bombing which ended the Second World War.Tomihisa Taue said nuclear powers are undermining the survivors' efforts towards building a nuclear-free world.The mayor lamented that the idea of "useful" nuclear weapons appears to be gaining traction.People attend a mass at the Urakami Cathedral in Nagasaki to mark the 74th anniversary of the world's second atomic bomb attack (Kyodo/AP)He said both the US and Russia are returning to the development and deployment of nuclear weapons, as th…

Ulson Gunnar (2019-08-09). US Leaves INF Because of "Russia Violations," Now Encircles China with Offensive Missiles. globalresearch.ca We're told that the US withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty singed in 1987 between the US and Soviet Union was based on claims that Russia had violated it. | While we continue waiting for Washington to provide evidence …

Chris Gelardi (2019-08-09). The Tragic Story of Jimmy Aldaoud, Deported From the Streets of Detroit to His Death in Iraq. theintercept.com Aldaoud was targeted as part of an ongoing ICE crackdown on Iraqi communities. His family and supporters say the agency bears responsibility for his death.

Marilyn Bechtel (2019-08-09). On anniversary of Hiroshima, demands for end to nuclear weapons. peoplesworld.org LIVERMORE, Calif. — Determined to oppose the Trump administration's drive to develop new nuclear weapons and to strengthen the fight to eliminate nuclear weapons worldwide, some 200 demonstrators gathered here on Aug. 6 to rally against what they term "Designing Armageddon" at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Over three dozen peace, justice and faith-based organizations …

Staff (2019-08-09). New IPCC Report Warns of Vicious Cycle Between Soil Degradation and Climate Change. therealnews.com Greenpeace's Diana Ruiz discusses the new IPCC Climate report, "Climate Change and Land," which issues a dire warning about how climate change and destructive land use reinforce each other, leading to serious threats for human survival…

Ralph Nader (2019-08-09). Big Pharma: Gouges, Casualties, and the Congressional Remedy! counterpunch.org The Congress can overturn the abuses of Big Pharma and its "pay or die," subsidized business model for its drugs. Big Pharma's trail of greed, power, and cruelty gets worse every year. Its products and practices take hundreds of thousands of lives in the U.S. from over-prescriptions, lethal combinations of prescriptions, ineffective or contaminated drugs, More

Marcus Colchester (2019-08-09). Bolsonaro's War on the Amazon: Mass Mining Invasion of Yanomami Lands in Brazil Threatens Their Survival. globalresearch.ca Acting in response to public statements from the President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, on the need to open up indigenous lands in the Amazon Basin to extractive industries, an estimated 20,000 illegal miners are reported to have invaded the …

Stephen Lendman (2019-08-09). US and Turkey Collude to Steal Northern Syrian Territory. globalresearch.ca Troops of both countries illegally occupy northern Syrian territory bordering Turkey, including its oil rich area. | On the phony pretext of protecting Turkey's security, President Erdogan is intermittently battling Kurdish YPG fighters cross-border in Syria — despite their posing no …

Stephen Lendman (2019-08-09). US vs. China: A Clash of Civilizations? globalresearch.ca In promoting destructive "Western values," hardline academic Samuel Huntington once said the following: | "The West must exploit differences and conflicts among Confucian and Islamic states to support in other civilizations groups sympathetic to Western values and interests — to strengthen …

WSWS (2019-08-09). John Pilger warns: "Do not forget Assange. Or you will lose him" wsws.org The well-known journalist outlined the WikiLeaks founder's deteriorating health, and the draconian conditions in which he is being held in a British prison.

Norman Stockwell (2019-08-09). How We Learned to Hate the Bomb. progressive.org For nearly three-quarters of a century, "The Progressive" has been a consistent voice against nuclear madness.

RT (2019-08-09). 'Arm to the teeth & pretend to be Canadian': McAfee's savage tactical advice for next US Civil War. rt.com Scandalously famous tech millionaire John McAfee has offered some cheeky advice for both blue and red states in case a civil war erupts in the US: hoard guns, pretend to be Canadian, and sell useless states to Mexico and Cuba.

John Kendall Hawkins (2019-08-09). The Sixties: De-tripping, Yeah. counterpunch.org I had intentions of watching Quentin Tarantino's new film, Once Upon A Time … in Hollywood, and then writing a review, keened up, like most of his aficionados, with the anticipation it might be his last film, and eager to see how QT handled the Sixties, with limited retrospection, given that he was only six More

Timothy Braatz (2019-08-09). Atomic Bombs Are Not Lifesavers. counterpunch.org One shouldn't have to state the obvious. It is well known that two atomic detonations, in early August, 1945, killed over 100,000 Hiroshima and Nagasaki residents, revealing the unlimited human capacity for atrocity in wartime. But it seems many U.S. history teachers are still telling students that the atomic bombings somehow saved lives. Whence cometh More

Michael Simmons (2019-08-09). Paul Krassner: Nun Smooching In America. counterpunch.org When I was 12-years old in 1967, my father Matty Simmons published Cheetah — a slick magazine designed for what the press called "hippies." It was a fine publication — top-shelf scribes like Tom Nolan, Robert Christgau and Ellen Willis contributed, editor Jules Siegel ran his legendary "Goodbye Surfing, Hello God" profile that announced to More

Andrew Levine (2019-08-09). Where Have All The Racists Gone? counterpunch.org When people in his base hear Donald Trump say that he is "a very stable genius" or that he is not a racist do they believe a word of it? Or do they simply not care that he lies and spews nonsense? I am not thinking about the Trump supporters at the very bottom of More

Anthony DiMaggio (2019-08-09). The "Trump Recovery": Behind Right-Wing Populism's Radical Transformation. counterpunch.org Trump's unique brand of right-wing populism has long been sold in "mainstream" discourse via a narrative that his supporters are angry as hell over mounting personal and economic insecurity, in an age that affords fewer and fewer opportunities to the "working class." This story was popularized in part because of Trump's rhetoric, and because of More

David Price (2019-08-09). Militarized Observers: Institutional Daydreams of Ethics End Runs to Weaponize Culture. counterpunch.org A significant limitation facing scholars studying US military uses of anthropology and other social sciences is that while the existence and activities of various military programs are known, and some related documents are available, there is much about these programs that remains unknown to outsiders. Yet, even with these gaps in knowledge, it is possible More

Richard Moser (2019-08-09). Climate Crisis Means the Ruling Class has Failed. Can the Working Class Inherit the Earth? counterpunch.org The climate crisis is proof positive that the ruling class is an utter failure — but it will not fall on its own. Can the working class rise to the challenge? It sure will help if we understand that our class interests are not merely the economic needs of working people — no matter how important More

Ron Jacobs (2019-08-09). The Global Lockdown. counterpunch.org When a visitor to the United States enters the airport they plan to leave from they expect to show their passport and declare their baggage. However, it used to be that most passengers expected these interactions to be conducted by customs officials only in their own country. This is often no longer the case. Instead, More

Alvaro Huerta (2019-08-09). The Mexican as Endangered Species. counterpunch.org Mexicans have official become members of an endangered or hunted species in the U.S. (I'm not referring to our enormous demographics, as we'll continue to multiply in el norte—where individuals of Mexican origin represent over 40 million citizens/residents—despite the racist fantasies of Donald J. Trump and his immoral ilk. Throughout the early 1800s to the More

Rob Urie (2019-08-09). Democrats and the Politics of Change. counterpunch.org With the political season underway, the question of an effective politics is the subtext of the debates and speeches intended to motivate constituencies and movements. This should read as odd: in the U.S., it is the act of getting elected that defines effective politics. But as neoliberalism has crept into every aspect of modern life, elections have become an anti-politics, a way of working against the democratic will. More

RT (2019-08-09). Heavily-armed man in body armor arrested after casually walking into Missouri Walmart (PHOTOS). rt.com A man strapped with "tactical weapons," sporting body armor and carrying 100 rounds of ammunition has been arrested at a Missouri Walmart just days after another heavily-armed man killed 22 people at a Walmart in Texas.

RT (2019-08-09). 'Hispanic man armed with AR-15' guns down 2 in Texas rush hour, flees as witness fires back. rt.com A typical Houston rush hour has turned into a major gun battle after a gunman armed with a semi-automatic rifle killed two people and was forced to flee the scene when one of the witnesses opened return fire.

Staff (2019-08-09). How Israel's Erasure of Palestinian History Perpetuates Occupation. therealnews.com Prof. Ilan Pappe discusses why Israel's agency in charge of nuclear security hid documents about the Nakba, the catastrophe in which Palestinians were driven from their land in 1948, explaining that it was an effort to eliminate the Palestinian narrative…

Mark Gruenberg (2019-08-09). Unions, workers, EPI back Warren bill to crack down on 'private equity' funds. peoplesworld.org BOYNTON BEACH, Fla.—So-called "private equity" investment funds, one of the worst manifestations of anti-worker corrupt corporate capitalism, left Madelyn Garcia and her co-workers without jobs. And she came to Washington in August to help launch legislation to curb their robberies. Garcia, you see, spent 30 years at a Toys "R" Us store in Boynton Beach, …

Jo Allen-Eure (2019-08-09). 'I Am My Own Mother' shows finding birth families an awkward business. peoplesworld.org What child would not want to know their DNA origins? In the experience of adopted children, most of them do want to know, Where do I come from? That was the case with Dionne Audain, playing the part of Esther, the lead character in I Am My Own Mother, written and directed by Andrew Zox, …

Anna Massoglia (2019-08-09). Embattled Kuwaiti defense contractor building foreign influence operation with firms tied to Mueller probe. nationofchange.org A Kuwaiti defense contractor that plead guilty to stealing U.S. government funds is assembling a team of lobbyists and foreign influence operatives from high-profile, and sometimes controversial, firms. Agility Public Warehousing recently inked contracts with three firms to represent its interests through lobbying and foreign influence campaigns, the first time the Kuwaiti defense contractor has …

Steven Sahiounie (2019-08-09). Pentagon Warns of Resurgence of ISIS in Syria and Iraq. globalresearch.ca A recent report issued by the U.S. Pentagon's Inspector General warns of conditions in Syria and Iraq which potentially could allow for ISIS to spread once again. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had not read the report but recalled the …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-08-09). Mobility and Maginot Lines: China Hysteria Down Under. globalresearch.ca The blinkered security establishment is standard fare in politics. From Washington to Manila, we hear of terrors and concerns which tend to more spectral than not. Legitimate concerns such as catastrophic environmental failure, or a nuclear accident, are treated with …

Gary Leupp (2019-08-09). Mass-Shootings as Expressions of U.S. Racism. counterpunch.org Nineteenth century U.S. racism, resting in part on biblical myth (the curse of Ham) and Social Darwinist notions of racial hierarchies, focused on the defense of slavery and suppression of uppity blacks. Its cruelest, most terrorist tool was the lynching. Twenty-first century racism rests on the myth of a lost golden era of white ("White") More

Gloria Oladipo (2019-08-09). Trump's New Coal Rules Will Bury Rural America. counterpunch.org New coal standards proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are threatening to permanently undermine the federal government's power to control power plant pollution. The new rule — which would empower states to decide how much they want to reduce their emissions, if at all — will be devastating for all Americans. Especially vulnerable are More

Richard Rubenstein (2019-08-09). Resolving the Democrats' Dilemma. counterpunch.org When it comes to thinking about the 2020 presidential election, a dominant theme among both commentators and candidates is the "Democrats' Dilemma": an alleged contradiction between the party's ideological interests and its electoral ambitions. Energized by a new crop of progressive lawmakers, the Dems are leaning left on issues ranging from "tax the rich" and More

John Steppling (2019-08-09). Blood in Our Eyes. counterpunch.org "As the business grew, Sturm Ruger CEO Michael Fifer lobbied personally against a Connecticut ban on high-capacity magazines, commonly used with the company's semi-automatic rifles. "The regulation of magazine capacity will not deter crime, but will instead put law-abiding citizens at risk of harm," Fifer wrote to state lawmakers in early 2011. The legislation died More

Jonah Raskin (2019-08-09). David Horowitz's Hate Group, Civil War and the White House. counterpunch.org "People are scared and frightened. The country is on the verge of a war between people of color and law enforcement, and the White House seems to be spurring it on." — Greg Sarris, Chairman the Federated Indians of the Graton Rancheria Last month, I wrote an article about the 1970s clandestine organization, the Weather Underground, More

South Front (2019-08-09). Video: Syrian Army Makes Fresh Gains in Battle for Northern Hama. globalresearch.ca On the morning of August 7, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Tiger Forces advanced on positions of radical militants in northwestern Hama. During the day, units of the SAA and the Tiger Forces liberated the villages of Arbeen …

Fidel Castro Ruz (2019-08-09). Conversations with Fidel Castro: The Dangers of a Nuclear War. globalresearch.ca "In a nuclear war the collateral damage would be the life of humankind. Let us have the courage to proclaim that all nuclear or conventional weapons, everything that is used to make war, must disappear!" "It is about demanding that the world is not led into a nuclear catastrophe, it is to preserve life." (Fidel Castro, 15 October 2010)…

F. William Engdahl (2019-08-09). Will China Trigger Next Financial Tsunami? globalresearch.ca With the US decision to impose added tariffs on more than $300 billion of China trade, and the US Treasury declaring China a "currency manipulator", global financial markets have reacted with sharp selling. The question is whether this is the …

Andrew Korybko (2019-08-09). Crisis in Kyrgzyztan: Another Color Revolution or Even Civil War? globalresearch.ca The historically unstable Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan was suddenly thrown into yet another crisis after the former president and his supporters opened fire on the special forces that were dispatched to serve a warrant for his arrest on corruption …

Ellen Brown (2019-08-09). Neoliberalism Has Met Its Match in China. We're in a Trade and Currency War. globalresearch.ca When the Federal Reserve cut interest rates on July 31st for the first time in more than a decade, commentators were asking why. According to official data, the economy was rebounding, unemployment was below 4%, and GDP growth was …

Makia Freeman (2019-08-09). US Empire: The Reality of the "Greater United States" globalresearch.ca The US Empire is not a term you will commonly hear when people refer to the United States of America. Nor is the Greater United States, American Empire or even just Empire. There is something of a taboo quality …

Matt Field (2019-08-09). A Cross Taken from a Nagasaki Cathedral after the Atomic Bombing Gets Returned 74 Years Later. globalresearch.ca Short on time and fuel, the crew members of the B-29 bomber Bockscar flew over Nagasaki, Japan, scanning for an opening in the clouds. They had already abandoned their initial target, the city of Kokura, due to low visibility. Over …

Michael Snyder (2019-08-09). "Worst Year Ever": The Chinese Ban on U.S. Agricultural Products Will be a Death Blow for Countless U.S. Farms. globalresearch.ca U.S. farmers have never experienced a year quite like this. During the first half of 2019, endless rain and unprecedented flooding were the major problems. As a result of the incredibly wet conditions, millions of acres of prime farmland didn't …

The Canary (2019-08-09). Malaysia charges 17 Goldman Sachs figures over 1MDB scandal. thecanary.co Malaysian prosecutors have filed criminal charges against 17 more current and former directors at three Goldman Sachs subsidiaries over their role in the alleged multibillion-dollar ransacking of state investment fund 1MDB. | Malaysian and US prosecutors allege that bond sales organised by Goldman Sachs for 1MDB provided one of the means for associates of former Malaysian leader Najib Razak to steal billions over several years from a fund that was ostensibly set up to accelerate Malaysia's economic development. | The government filed criminal charges in December against Goldman Sachs and two former executives for…

Amos Toh (2019-08-09). Facebook Settlement Breaks a Record, But Not the Cycle of Exploitation. progressive.org For years, Facebook engaged in a pattern of deceptive conduct that misled users about how their data was being handled. Now, despite a $5 billion fine imposed by the U.S. government, it promises to do little to guarantee a change in behavior.

James Wright (2019-08-09). Jeremy Corbyn is at a crossroads. The decision he makes now will change everything. thecanary.co Jeremy Corbyn is at a crossroads. And with scientists warning we have 18 months to begin a green industrial revolution to avoid climate catastrophe, the stakes have never been higher. The decision the Labour leadership makes now will change everything. | The stakes: | Britain may be a small country, but if it elects Corbyn as the prime minister of a genuinely progressive government on the promise to deliver a green new deal, that will have global repercussions. It will be a tu…

Peter Breschard (2019-08-09). Heroes in their Own Minds. dissidentvoice.org There are thousands of faceless heroes out there on the Internet and on the airwaves. It's about time they came forward and claimed the recognition they so justly deserve. These brave soldiers battle for their and others' freedoms each and every day. When events occur which will forever justify their labors, they are all too …

2019-08-10: Social Media Postees

India's Kashmir Crackdown Poses Risk of War
John Riddell | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-10
On August 5, India's Hindu nationalist government unilaterally revoked the autonomy of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, while flooding the region with troops, imposing a curfew, and shutting down all communications. | The state is to be broken in two, …
globalresearch.ca/indias-kashmir-crackdown-poses-risk-of-war/5686066

"The Sikhs For Justice" Are Taking Up The Kashmiri Cause At The UN
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-10
The Sikhs For Justice, a purely peaceful organization that's campaigning for a plebiscite on the independence of Indian Punjab as Khalistan, are taking their support for Kashmir to the next level by filing a complaint at the UN about India's …
globalresearch.ca/the-sikhs-for-justice-are-taking-up-the-kashmiri-cause-at-the-un/5686088

New Delhi's assault on Kashmir and the fight against communal reaction, imperialism, and war
wsws.org | 2019-08-10
With the aim of inciting communal reaction against mounting social opposition and strengthening its hand against Pakistan and China, India's BJP government has illegally stripped Jammu and Kashmir of its special status.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/10/pers…

Criminal Embargos: Venezuela and Iran in the Crosshairs of Murderers Inc — Who is Next?
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-10
Now the US is expanding her palette of killing by impunity to subjugate nation after nation which they do not consider bending sufficiently to the dictate of their masters. Venezuela has been targeted for two decades, and Iran, ever since the US-imposed Shah was deposed in 1979 — exactly 40 years ago…
globalresearch.ca/criminal-embargos-venezuela-and-iran-in-the-crosshairs-of-murderers-inc-who-is-next/5686080

USA vs. Venezuela: the embargo as part of a war with no turning back (Interview — Julio Escalona)
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-08-10
The total embargo declared by Donald Trump against Venezuela is another step in sharpening his strategy to generate chaos in the country and overthrow Nicolás Maduro. Julio Escalona, deputy of the National Constituent Assembly, analyzes the situation, the possibility of dialogues, and challenges. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/08/10/usa-vs-venezuela…

Why are there more mass killings on Trump's watch than before?
Michael T. Hertz | nationofchange.org | 2019-08-10
Why are there more mass killings on Trump's watch than before? | I suspected that this was true, but until I actually used US mass shootings, 1982-2019: Data from Mother Jones' investigation I didn't have data. | The Mother Jones data collects all mass killings (shootings that killed over 3 people, not including the perpetrator). I added up those killed in mass shootings under Obama, and the total for all 8 years was 310. The total for Trump through August 4, 2019 was 256. Thus, Obama averaged 38.75 a year while T…
nationofchange.org/2019/08/10/why-are-th…

US defence secretary, NATO chief visit New Zealand to strengthen military ties
wsws.org | 2019-08-10
The visits by US defence secretary Mark Esper and NATO general secretary Jens Stoltenberg were aimed at incorporating New Zealand further into the military build-up against China, Russia and Iran.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/10/nzus…

The New York Times' Pro-War Arguments Against War With Iran
Gregory Shupak | commondreams.org | 2019-08-10
"Once you're debating who ought to start a war," writes Shupak, "you've abandoned the anti-war argument." (Screenshot: New York Times, 6/20/19) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/08/10/new-yo…

Venezuela and Iran in the Crosshairs of Murderers Inc
Peter Koenig | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-08-10
Imagine just for a moment, the World would stand up in unison, sick and tired of the aggressive killer arrogance of the United States and her vassals — and their joint war-force called NATO — and this World, our World, what's left of it when you deduct Washington and its Brussels allies, would at once …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/08/venezuela-and…

The Unraveling of the Conspiracy Case Against No More Deaths Volunteer Scott Warren
Ryan Devereaux | theintercept.com | 2019-08-10
The federal courthouse in Tucson, Arizona, has always been a place where the borderlands and the American justice system collide. Described by its engineers as "a gateway to the desert and the mountains beyond," it was completed in 2000, the year that the Pima County medical examiner's office began tracking an explosion of deaths in that same desert. | Each afternoon, Monday through Thursday, dozens of chained migrants who survived the journey across the border but found themselves in Border Patrol custody are marched up from the building's bowels for mass hearings. They come in groups of up to 70 at a time. You…
theintercept.com/2019/08/10/scott-warren…

A Trump-Bolsonaro Free Trade Deal Is an Apocalyptically Bad Idea
Andrew E. Miller | commondreams.org | 2019-08-10
Greenpeace activists hang a large banner on the ramparts of the Old City of Jerusalem, Israel with a message to the visiting Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro on April 1, 2019. (Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg / AFP / Israel Out) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/08/10/trump-…

Biodiversity is highest on indigenous-managed lands — even higher than protected land areas
Ruth Milka | nationofchange.org | 2019-08-10
Indigenous-managed lands possess the greatest levels of biodiversity, perhaps even more than the biodiversity in protected areas says a new study published in the journal of Environmental Science & Policy. | Studying biodiversity levels in nearly 16,000 areas across Australia, Brazil, and Canada, the team of researchers found that land fully or co-managed by indigenous communities contained the highest levels of biodiversity. | Protected areas of lands, such as parks and wildlife reserves, came in second. Size and location of the land had less of an impact on species diversity levels than who the land was mana…
nationofchange.org/2019/08/10/biodiversi…

Detroit man dies after ICE deports him to Iraq
wsws.org | 2019-08-10
Jimmy Aldaoud was born in Greece to Iraqi refugee parents and arrived in the US as an infant in 1979. He was deported to Iraq in June and died this week.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/10/alda…

Police have killed 5,000 Americans since Ferguson protests
wsws.org | 2019-08-10
Despite popular protests and increased scrutiny in the aftermath of Michael Brown's killing, US police officers have continued to kill at a rate of more than 1,000 people per year.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/10/poli…

Jamar Clark settlement announced, community vows to keep up the fight
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-08-10
Minneapolis, MN – On August 8, a settlement was reached in the case of Jamar Clark. The city of Minneapolis awarded $200,000 to Jamar Clark's families. | Clark was murdered by Minneapolis police officers on November 15, 2015. According to witnesses, he was handcuffed when he was shot at point-blank range. His killing led to massive protests and a weeks-long winter encampment in front of the police precinct office near the scene of his death. Investigators ignored the input of 20 witnesses to the killing, forcibly seized all video of the shooting, and refused to release the video to the public. No charges were pre…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/8/9/jamar-cla…

German government and Greens promote military mission in Persian Gulf
wsws.org | 2019-08-10
The German ruling class is intensifying its campaign for a European war mission in the Persian Gulf. Especially aggressive are the leaders of the Green party.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/10/germ…

Talks ahead? Trump says Kim Jong-un 'apologized' for missile tests in 'beautiful' 3-page letter
rt.com | 2019-08-10
President Donald Trump has said that North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un wants to meet again for negotiations, after Kim reportedly apologized for missile tests and complained about US military exercises. | …
rt.com/usa/466245-trump-kim-letter-talks…

Saudi, UAE Proxies Clash in Southern Yemen, as UAE Plots Partition
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2019-08-10
At least 2,400 citizens have been forcibly expelled from Aden, while over 1,600 shops have been burned and damaged, more than 1,700 shops closed and 76 cars confiscated.
mintpressnews.com/saudi-uae-proxies-clas…

Italy: Salvini seeks coalition with fascist Fratelli d'Italia
wsws.org | 2019-08-10
In a surprise coup, the leader of the Lega is attempting to carry out a shift to the right and to prepare fascistic forms of rule.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/10/ital…

American History for Truthdiggers: Bush II and the Birth of Forever War
Maj. Danny Sjursen | truthdig.com | 2019-08-10
Editor's note: The past is prologue. The stories we tell about ourselves and our forebears inform the sort of country we think we are and help determine public policy. As our current president promises to "make America great again," this moment is an appropriate time to reconsider our past, look back at various eras of United States history and re-evaluate America's origins. When, exactly, were we "great"? | Below is the 36th installment of the "American History for Truthdiggers" series, a pull-no-punches appraisal of our shared, if flawed, past. The author of the series, Danny Sjursen, who retired recently as a…
truthdig.com/articles/american-history-f…

Canada's ruling elite whipping up anti-China hysteria to pave way for repression, rearmament and war
wsws.org | 2019-08-10
The entire apparatus of Canadian bourgeois propaganda–government institutions, political parties and corporate media outlets–have united to cast Ottawa as a beleaguered David confronting a Chinese Goliath.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/10/cach…

Facebook 'News': A bold step toward total control of reality?
rt.com | 2019-08-10
Facebook's plan to hook ad-cash-deprived mainstream outlets on licensing payouts seems to be an attempt to hijack narrative control en route to total domination of the infosphere — the ultimate safe space, Zuckerberg-style. | …
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ISIS and Al Qaeda are "Made in America". Trump Tweets "We Have Defeated ISIS in Syria"
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-10
In late 2018 and numerous other times, Trump falsely claimed ISIS was defeated. | Last December he tweeted: "We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there…" | In his January State of the Union address, he falsely …
globalresearch.ca/isis-and-al-qaeda-are-made-in-america-trump-tweets-we-have-defeated-isis-in-syria/5686075

Ireland can Stop a no-deal Brexit. Here's How
Fintan O'Toole | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-10
Ireland, North and South, is facing a political and economic crisis. But the key to preventing it lies in Irish hands. One Irish political party has the power to change the balance of power at Westminster and to alter the …
globalresearch.ca/ireland-can-stop-a-no-deal-brexit-heres-how/5686073

Government denies large power outages part of no-deal planning
John Shafthauer | thecanary.co | 2019-08-10
Power outages hit England and Wales on 9 August. Coincidentally, the government has recently been planning for a no-deal Brexit. | But is it a coincidence? | Or is it part of what the government is expecting after they open the Brexit hell mouth? | Lights out: | According to a leaked memo, the government is planning the following tests: | Closing the Irn Bru factory for a week to see how long it takes before Scotland starts rioting. | Replacing people's medicine with tic tacs to see if the placebo effect kicks in. | Redirecting all outward-bound British tourists to Skegness. | A whistleblower came forward…
thecanary.co/off-the-perch/2019/08/10/government-denies-large-power-outages-part-of-no-deal-planning/

Sanders Demands Drug and Insurance Industries Explain the Hundreds of Millions They Seem Willing to Spend to Defeat Medicare for All
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-08-10
"You made a $100 billion in profits last year—how much are you going to be spending of that $100 billion to oppose Medicare for All? Is it $200 million? Is it $500 million? Is it a billion dollars in order to protect your profits?" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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'Gold Over Life, Literally': How Trump Forced Reversal on Mining Project EPA Scientists Warn Could Destroy Alaskan Salmon Ecosystem
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-08-10
"I was dumbfounded," said one EPA insider after Trump officials reversed the agency's opposition to the copper and gold mining project in Bristol Bay that scientists warn will devastate the salmon and the overall ecosystem. "We were basically told we weren't going to examine anything. We were told to get out of the way and just make it happen." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/08/10/gold-ov…

TURKEY AND US COME TO AGREEMENT ON CREATION OF SECURITY ZONE
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-08-10
Turkey and the United States seem to have finally reached some level of agreement regarding the creation of a security zone in Syria, an issue which had long strained the already tense relations between the two countries. Nonetheless, the decision likely doesn't mean the end of the conflict over the issue. Following three days of …
uwidata.com/4836-turkey-and-us-come-to-a…

Las Vegas 'vigilante' plotted to recruit killer squads to murder gays & Jews
rt.com | 2019-08-10
A 23yo Las Vegas man is facing ten years behind bars for plotting terrorist attacks against the Jewish and LGBT communities and attempting to hire armed hit squads to carry out the atrocities. | …
rt.com/news/466201-las-vegas-jews-gays-t…

Weekend Read: Neo-Nazi leader must pay more than $14 million in damages
splcenter.org | 2019-08-10
A federal judge has ruled in an SPLC lawsuit that neo-Nazi leader Andrew Anglin must pay more than $14 million in damages for using his website to launch an antisemitic campaign of terror against a Jewish woman and her family.
splcenter.org/news/2019/08/10/weekend-re…

Three UN workers killed following Benghazi car bomb attack, as Security Council meets in emergency session, honours their 'ultimate sacrifice'
United Nations | un.org | 2019-08-10
Secretary-General António Guterres on Saturday condemned a car bomb attack in front of a shopping mall in the Libyan city of Benghazi, which left three UN workers dead, and three others injured, with dozens of civilians also wounded.
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CODEPINK Monthly Golden Gate Bridge WALK for PEACE
Toby Blome | indybay.org | 2019-08-10
11: 45 am: Gather at the SF or Marin end of the eastern walkway of the Golden Gate Bridge. Parking available on all 4 "corners", just remember to take the last exit on hwy 101 as you approach the bridge, or the first exit after you leave the bridge. Arrive early for best parking. | Noon: Walk on the eastern walkway from the north or south ends, to converge in the middle. Short, silent vigil in the middle. | 1: 00 pm: Rally on SF side after the bridge walk. | FMI & carpooling: Toby, 510-215-5974 | ratherbenyckeling@comcast.net | See http: //tripplanner.transit.511.org for public transit options. | Golden Gate Transit…
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Mozambique Charges Former President's Son, Officials for Secret Debt Scandal
Kate Zeller | indybay.org | 2019-08-10
Mozambique charged the former president's son and 19 others on corruption, fraud and blackmail in relation to a $2 billion dollar loan scandal.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/09/1882531…

On-Call Prosecutors for Traffic Fatalities: The Next Step Toward Vision Zero SF
Dautch for DA | indybay.org | 2019-08-10
In light of the recent spike in traffic-related deaths, San Francisco District Attorney candidate Leif Dautch has issued a proposal to help the city reach its ambitious "Vision Zero" target of eliminating traffic deaths by 2024.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/09/1882531…

Milwaukee: Victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki remembered
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-08-10
Milwaukee, WI – On the evening of August 9, over 50 anti-war activists, peace advocates and community members gathered at the Urban Ecology Center in Washington Park on Milwaukee's north side to remember the victims of the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima (August 6) and Nagasaki (August 9) in 1945. Additionally, victims of recent and prior mass shootings across the U.S. were honored. | The program began with an opportunity for attendees to create their own Japanese lanterns, including drawing or writing messages or images on the wrappings. Many custom designs feature messages such as "No more war!" and "Denu…
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Poultry towns devastated as workers and students disappear after ICE raids
Jeff Amy, Rogelio V. Solis | peoplesworld.org | 2019-08-09
MORTON, Miss. (AP)–Effects of the largest immigration raid in at least a decade are likely to ripple for years through six Mississippi small towns that host poultry plants. A store owner who caters to Latino poultry plant workers fears he will have to close. A school superintendent is trying to rebuild trust with the Spanish-speaking …
peoplesworld.org/article/poultry-towns-d…

ICE Raids on Undocumented Immigrants Create Fear and Enable Exploitation
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-08-09
The recent ICE raids that detained 680 food workers in Mississippi not only strike fear and terror in the hearts of immigrants, but are a calculated move to enable greater exploitation of immigrants because it increases their insecurity and makes organizing more difficult…
therealnews.com/stories/ice-raids-on-und…

Mass ICE Raids in Mississippi After Workers Fought for Better Conditions Leave Kids Without Parents
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-09
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents swept through seven poultry processing plants in Mississippi this week and arrested 680 people. It was the largest single-state raid in U.S. history.The mass arrests also came on the first day of the school year, and some children walked home from school only to find their doors locked and their family members missing. Wednesday's raids targeted chicken processing plants operated by Koch Foods, one of the largest poultry producers in the U.S. Last year, the company paid out $3.75 million to settle an Equal Employment Opportunities Commission class-action suit charging th…
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Reframing the Issues and Taking Direction of the Nation
Charles McKelvey | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
In El Paso, Texas, twenty-two persons were killed in a Walmart store, allegedly by a white supremacist gunman who had posted online a manifesto that railed against immigrants and an "Hispanic invasion of Texas." The attack has been described by Richard Parker, in an editorial in The New York Times, as the worst massacre of…
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A Lack of Migrant Labor is Forcing Farmers in the US to Stop Growing Crops
CGTN | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-08-09
The immigration policies of the U.S. government are once again igniting opposition. This time from members of the agriculture industry who say that blocking immigrants from entering the country is doing more harm than good. U.S. farmers who depend on migrants as "guest workers" for their harvest are facing considerable financial losses. It's the result …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/08/a-lack-of-mig…

The Mississippi raid: Trump's attack on immigrants and his Democratic enablers
wsws.org | 2019-08-09
Hundreds of children have been traumatized by having their parents ripped away from them and, in many cases, shipped to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement prison 150 miles away.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/09/pers…

Indo-Pakistani conflict sharpens with New Delhi's assault on Kashmir
wsws.org | 2019-08-09
In response to India's aggressive and patently illegal moves to tighten its control over disputed Kashmir, Pakistan has taken a raft of retaliatory measures and issued thinly-veiled war threats.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/09/kash…

Barber: "Words" of white supremacy "lead to acts of physical violence"
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-08-09
EL PASO, Texas–Five religious leaders who journeyed to El Paso to investigate — and discuss — awful conditions migrants face, just before the white supremacist terrorist massacred 22 people in that Texas border city, unveiled an open pastoral letter to the entire nation linking racist words and policies to the murders, and demanding a massive …
peoplesworld.org/article/barber-words-of…

Nothing Less Than a Revolution Can Save Us
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
Is there no limit to the lethal and authoritarian absurdity of America, land of mass gun massacres like Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, Aurora, Orlando, Las Vegas, Parkland, and now El Paso and Dayton among other pockmarked sites? Here is a society that claims to be the beacon to the world of civilized decency and democracy…
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Hate, Murder and Perversity: El Paso 2019, Mississippi 1964
Daniel Beaumont | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
Hate, Lacan observed, is–like love–a career without limit.[1] The massacre on Saturday August 3 in an El Paso Walmart ended with the arrest of 21 year-old Patrick Crusius, a white supremacist from Dallas. Crusius was likely the source of what the media began to call a "manifesto" posted on the website 8chan, a site linked…
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"Culture Of Violence?" You Betcha, Mr. Trump, But It's Not The Video Games
Mike Ferner | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
On the day after America's weekend shooting rampage that killed 31 people and wounded dozens more in El Paso and Dayton, president Trump told the nation in a 10-minute address, what he sees as the causes of and cures for gun violence in the U.S. As causes, he mentioned: + "Racism, bigotry and white supremacy"
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How Real is the "Eco-Fascist" Threat?
Louis Proyect | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
In a manifesto that was posted to 8Chan just before he carried out his murderous attack on Walmart shoppers in El Paso, Patrick Crusius expressed "Green" values that are widespread on the left: The American lifestyle affords our citizens an incredible quality of life. However, our lifestyle is destroying the environment of our country. The…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/09/how-real-is-…

Is Trump Building a White Ethnostate?
Robert Scheer | truthdig.com | 2019-08-09
On Saturday, Aug. 3, a 21-year-old white man entered a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, with an automatic rifle and opened fire. By the time he was finished, 20 people were killed and dozens of others were gravely wounded. Two more would die as a result of the injuries they suffered during the carnage. | The suspect left behind a manifesto citing the shooter at a Christchurch, New Zealand, mosque in March as the ins…
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U.S. Imperialism, Iran and the Context for War
Margot Patterson | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
The Trump administration's efforts to collapse Iran's economy can't be divorced from the history of U.S. imperialism. If Americans remember the 1979 student takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and the 444 days in which 52 U.S. diplomats and embassy staff were held hostage, Iranians remember the 1953 CIA coup that brought down the…
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The NYT's Pro-War Arguments Against War With Iran
Gregory Shupak | fair.org | 2019-08-09
Once you're debating who ought to start a war, you've abandoned the anti-war argument (New York Times, 6/20/19). | The New York Times has published five editorials since the beginning of May that are ostensibly critical of a possible military war between the United States and Iran. As anti-war arguments, however, they are woefully lacking–vilifying Iran without subjecting the US to comparable scrutiny, and hiding US aggression towards Iran. | The editorials regurgitate the same anti-Iran demonology pro-war voices offer to try t…
fair.org/home/the-nyts-pro-war-arguments…

How Pervasive Is Saudi Penetration of Western Political Systems?
Padraig McGrath | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-09
When the Royal Marines seized the Iranian-owned Grace 1 supertanker off Gibraltar on July 4th, then British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt hailed the seizure as a sign that Iran had "no place to hide." On July 19th, when the Iranian …
globalresearch.ca/how-pervasive-saudi-penetration-western-political-systems/5685979

Nagasaki mayor hits out at nuclear powers on 74th anniversary of bombing
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-08-09
The mayor of Nagasaki has criticised nuclear states including the US and Russia as the city marked the 74th anniversary of the atomic bombing which ended the Second World War.Tomihisa Taue said nuclear powers are undermining the survivors' efforts towards building a nuclear-free world.The mayor lamented that the idea of "useful" nuclear weapons appears to be gaining traction.People attend a mass at the Urakami Cathedral in Nagasaki to mark the 74th anniversary of the world's second atomic bomb attack (Kyodo/AP)He said both the US and Russia are returning to the development and deployment of nuclear weapons, as th…
thecanary.co/global/world-news/2019/08/09/nagasaki-mayor-hits-out-at-nuclear-powers-on-74th-anniversary-of-bombing/

US Leaves INF Because of "Russia Violations," Now Encircles China with Offensive Missiles
Ulson Gunnar | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-09
We're told that the US withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty singed in 1987 between the US and Soviet Union was based on claims that Russia had violated it. | While we continue waiting for Washington to provide evidence …
globalresearch.ca/us-leaves-inf-because-russia-points-missiles-china/5685995

The Tragic Story of Jimmy Aldaoud, Deported From the Streets of Detroit to His Death in Iraq
Chris Gelardi | theintercept.com | 2019-08-09
Aldaoud was targeted as part of an ongoing ICE crackdown on Iraqi communities. His family and supporters say the agency bears responsibility for his death.
theintercept.com/2019/08/08/ice-deportat…

On anniversary of Hiroshima, demands for end to nuclear weapons
Marilyn Bechtel | peoplesworld.org | 2019-08-09
LIVERMORE, Calif. — Determined to oppose the Trump administration's drive to develop new nuclear weapons and to strengthen the fight to eliminate nuclear weapons worldwide, some 200 demonstrators gathered here on Aug. 6 to rally against what they term "Designing Armageddon" at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Over three dozen peace, justice and faith-based organizations …
peoplesworld.org/article/on-anniversary-…

New IPCC Report Warns of Vicious Cycle Between Soil Degradation and Climate Change
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-08-09
Greenpeace's Diana Ruiz discusses the new IPCC Climate report, "Climate Change and Land," which issues a dire warning about how climate change and destructive land use reinforce each other, leading to serious threats for human survival…
therealnews.com/stories/new-ipcc-report-…

Big Pharma: Gouges, Casualties, and the Congressional Remedy!
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
The Congress can overturn the abuses of Big Pharma and its "pay or die," subsidized business model for its drugs. Big Pharma's trail of greed, power, and cruelty gets worse every year. Its products and practices take hundreds of thousands of lives in the U.S. from over-prescriptions, lethal combinations of prescriptions, ineffective or contaminated drugs,…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/09/big-pharma-g…

Bolsonaro's War on the Amazon: Mass Mining Invasion of Yanomami Lands in Brazil Threatens Their Survival
Marcus Colchester | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-09
Acting in response to public statements from the President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, on the need to open up indigenous lands in the Amazon Basin to extractive industries, an estimated 20,000 illegal miners are reported to have invaded the …
globalresearch.ca/bolsonaros-war-on-the-amazon-mass-mining-invasion-of-yanomami-lands-in-brazil-threatens-their-survival/5686008

US and Turkey Collude to Steal Northern Syrian Territory
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-09
Troops of both countries illegally occupy northern Syrian territory bordering Turkey, including its oil rich area. | On the phony pretext of protecting Turkey's security, President Erdogan is intermittently battling Kurdish YPG fighters cross-border in Syria — despite their posing no …
globalresearch.ca/us-turkey-collude-steal-northern-syrian-territory/5686053

US vs. China: A Clash of Civilizations?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-09
In promoting destructive "Western values," hardline academic Samuel Huntington once said the following: | "The West must exploit differences and conflicts among Confucian and Islamic states to support in other civilizations groups sympathetic to Western values and interests — to strengthen | …
globalresearch.ca/us-china-clash-civilizations/5686024

John Pilger warns: "Do not forget Assange. Or you will lose him"
wsws.org | 2019-08-09
The well-known journalist outlined the WikiLeaks founder's deteriorating health, and the draconian conditions in which he is being held in a British prison.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/09/pilg…

Militarized Observers: Institutional Daydreams of Ethics End Runs to Weaponize Culture
David Price | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
A significant limitation facing scholars studying US military uses of anthropology and other social sciences is that while the existence and activities of various military programs are known, and some related documents are available, there is much about these programs that remains unknown to outsiders. Yet, even with these gaps in knowledge, it is possible…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/09/militarized-…

How We Learned to Hate the Bomb
Norman Stockwell | progressive.org | 2019-08-09
For nearly three-quarters of a century, "The Progressive" has been a consistent voice against nuclear madness.
progressive.org/dispatches/how-we-learne…

'Arm to the teeth & pretend to be Canadian': McAfee's savage tactical advice for next US Civil War
rt.com | 2019-08-09
Scandalously famous tech millionaire John McAfee has offered some cheeky advice for both blue and red states in case a civil war erupts in the US: hoard guns, pretend to be Canadian, and sell useless states to Mexico and Cuba. | …
rt.com/usa/466119-mcafee-guns-civil-war/

Embattled Kuwaiti defense contractor building foreign influence operation with firms tied to Mueller probe
Anna Massoglia | nationofchange.org | 2019-08-09
A Kuwaiti defense contractor that plead guilty to stealing U.S. government funds is assembling a team of lobbyists and foreign influence operatives from high-profile, and sometimes controversial, firms. Agility Public Warehousing recently inked contracts with three firms to represent its interests through lobbying and foreign influence campaigns, the first time the Kuwaiti defense contractor has …
nationofchange.org/2019/08/09/embattled-…

Pentagon Warns of Resurgence of ISIS in Syria and Iraq
Steven Sahiounie | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-09
A recent report issued by the U.S. Pentagon's Inspector General warns of conditions in Syria and Iraq which potentially could allow for ISIS to spread once again. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had not read the report but recalled the …
globalresearch.ca/pentagon-warns-resurgence-isis-syria-iraq/5686002

Mobility and Maginot Lines: China Hysteria Down Under
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-09
The blinkered security establishment is standard fare in politics. From Washington to Manila, we hear of terrors and concerns which tend to more spectral than not. Legitimate concerns such as catastrophic environmental failure, or a nuclear accident, are treated with …
globalresearch.ca/mobility-maginot-lines-china-hysteria-down-under/5685983

Mass-Shootings as Expressions of U.S. Racism
Gary Leupp | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
Nineteenth century U.S. racism, resting in part on biblical myth (the curse of Ham) and Social Darwinist notions of racial hierarchies, focused on the defense of slavery and suppression of uppity blacks. Its cruelest, most terrorist tool was the lynching. Twenty-first century racism rests on the myth of a lost golden era of white ("White")…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/09/mass-shootin…

Atomic Bombs Are Not Lifesavers
Timothy Braatz | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
One shouldn't have to state the obvious. It is well known that two atomic detonations, in early August, 1945, killed over 100,000 Hiroshima and Nagasaki residents, revealing the unlimited human capacity for atrocity in wartime. But it seems many U.S. history teachers are still telling students that the atomic bombings somehow saved lives. Whence cometh…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/09/atomic-bombs…

The Global Lockdown
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
When a visitor to the United States enters the airport they plan to leave from they expect to show their passport and declare their baggage. However, it used to be that most passengers expected these interactions to be conducted by customs officials only in their own country. This is often no longer the case. Instead,…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/09/the-global-l…

The Sixties: De-tripping, Yeah
John Kendall Hawkins | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
I had intentions of watching Quentin Tarantino's new film, Once Upon A Time … in Hollywood, and then writing a review, keened up, like most of his aficionados, with the anticipation it might be his last film, and eager to see how QT handled the Sixties, with limited retrospection, given that he was only six…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/09/the-sixties-…

David Horowitz's Hate Group, Civil War and the White House
Jonah Raskin | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
"People are scared and frightened. The country is on the verge of a war between people of color and law enforcement, and the White House seems to be spurring it on." — Greg Sarris, Chairman the Federated Indians of the Graton Rancheria Last month, I wrote an article about the 1970s clandestine organization, the Weather Underground,…
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Blood in Our Eyes
John Steppling | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
"As the business grew, Sturm Ruger CEO Michael Fifer lobbied personally against a Connecticut ban on high-capacity magazines, commonly used with the company's semi-automatic rifles. "The regulation of magazine capacity will not deter crime, but will instead put law-abiding citizens at risk of harm," Fifer wrote to state lawmakers in early 2011. The legislation died…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/09/blood-in-our…

The Mexican as Endangered Species
Alvaro Huerta | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
Mexicans have official become members of an endangered or hunted species in the U.S. (I'm not referring to our enormous demographics, as we'll continue to multiply in el norte–where individuals of Mexican origin represent over 40 million citizens/residents–despite the racist fantasies of Donald J. Trump and his immoral ilk. Throughout the early 1800s to the…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/09/the-mexican-…

Tweeting Publicly Available Information isn't "Shameful and Dangerous"
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
On August 5, US Representative Joaquin Castro (D-TX) posted an infographic to Twitter naming and shaming his city's most generous supporters of President Donald Trump's re-election campaign:…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/09/tweeting-pub…

Climate Crisis Means the Ruling Class has Failed. Can the Working Class Inherit the Earth?
Richard Moser | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
The climate crisis is proof positive that the ruling class is an utter failure — but it will not fall on its own. Can the working class rise to the challenge? It sure will help if we understand that our class interests are not merely the economic needs of working people — no matter how important…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/09/climate-cris…

The "Trump Recovery": Behind Right-Wing Populism's Radical Transformation
Anthony DiMaggio | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
Trump's unique brand of right-wing populism has long been sold in "mainstream" discourse via a narrative that his supporters are angry as hell over mounting personal and economic insecurity, in an age that affords fewer and fewer opportunities to the "working class." This story was popularized in part because of Trump's rhetoric, and because of…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/09/the-trump-re…

Resolving the Democrats' Dilemma
Richard Rubenstein | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
When it comes to thinking about the 2020 presidential election, a dominant theme among both commentators and candidates is the "Democrats' Dilemma": an alleged contradiction between the party's ideological interests and its electoral ambitions. Energized by a new crop of progressive lawmakers, the Dems are leaning left on issues ranging from "tax the rich" and…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/09/resolving-th…

Trump's New Coal Rules Will Bury Rural America
Gloria Oladipo | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
New coal standards proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are threatening to permanently undermine the federal government's power to control power plant pollution. The new rule — which would empower states to decide how much they want to reduce their emissions, if at all — will be devastating for all Americans. Especially vulnerable are…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/09/trumps-new-c…

Paul Krassner: Nun Smooching In America
Michael Simmons | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
When I was 12-years old in 1967, my father Matty Simmons published Cheetah — a slick magazine designed for what the press called "hippies." It was a fine publication — top-shelf scribes like Tom Nolan, Robert Christgau and Ellen Willis contributed, editor Jules Siegel ran his legendary "Goodbye Surfing, Hello God" profile that announced to…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/09/paul-krassne…

Where Have All The Racists Gone?
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
When people in his base hear Donald Trump say that he is "a very stable genius" or that he is not a racist do they believe a word of it? Or do they simply not care that he lies and spews nonsense? I am not thinking about the Trump supporters at the very bottom of…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/09/where-have-a…

Democrats and the Politics of Change
Rob Urie | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
With the political season underway, the question of an effective politics is the subtext of the debates and speeches intended to motivate constituencies and movements. This should read as odd: in the U.S., it is the act of getting elected that defines effective politics. But as neoliberalism has crept into every aspect of modern life, elections have become an anti-politics, a way of working against the democratic will.
counterpunch.org/2019/08/09/democrats-an…

Heavily-armed man in body armor arrested after casually walking into Missouri Walmart (PHOTOS)
rt.com | 2019-08-09
A man strapped with "tactical weapons," sporting body armor and carrying 100 rounds of ammunition has been arrested at a Missouri Walmart just days after another heavily-armed man killed 22 people at a Walmart in Texas. | …
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'Hispanic man armed with AR-15' guns down 2 in Texas rush hour, flees as witness fires back
rt.com | 2019-08-09
A typical Houston rush hour has turned into a major gun battle after a gunman armed with a semi-automatic rifle killed two people and was forced to flee the scene when one of the witnesses opened return fire. | …
rt.com/usa/466121-texas-houston-freeway-…

Video: Syrian Army Makes Fresh Gains in Battle for Northern Hama
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-09
On the morning of August 7, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Tiger Forces advanced on positions of radical militants in northwestern Hama. During the day, units of the SAA and the Tiger Forces liberated the villages of Arbeen …
globalresearch.ca/video-army-makes-fresh-gains-battle-northern-hama/5685981

How Israel's Erasure of Palestinian History Perpetuates Occupation
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-08-09
Prof. Ilan Pappe discusses why Israel's agency in charge of nuclear security hid documents about the Nakba, the catastrophe in which Palestinians were driven from their land in 1948, explaining that it was an effort to eliminate the Palestinian narrative…
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Conversations with Fidel Castro: The Dangers of a Nuclear War
Fidel Castro Ruz | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-09
"In a nuclear war the collateral damage would be the life of humankind. Let us have the courage to proclaim that all nuclear or conventional weapons, everything that is used to make war, must disappear!" "It is about demanding that the world is not led into a nuclear catastrophe, it is to preserve life." (Fidel Castro, 15 October 2010)…
globalresearch.ca/conversations-with-fidel-castro-the-dangers-of-a-nuclear-war/21892

A Cross Taken from a Nagasaki Cathedral after the Atomic Bombing Gets Returned 74 Years Later
Matt Field | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-09
Short on time and fuel, the crew members of the B-29 bomber Bockscar flew over Nagasaki, Japan, scanning for an opening in the clouds. They had already abandoned their initial target, the city of Kokura, due to low visibility. Over …
globalresearch.ca/cross-taken-nagasaki-cathedral-after-atomic-bombing-gets-returned-74-years-later/5686030

Crisis in Kyrgzyztan: Another Color Revolution or Even Civil War?
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-09
The historically unstable Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan was suddenly thrown into yet another crisis after the former president and his supporters opened fire on the special forces that were dispatched to serve a warrant for his arrest on corruption …
globalresearch.ca/will-kyrgz-crisis-lead-another-color-revolution-even-civil-war/5685994

Will China Trigger Next Financial Tsunami?
F. William Engdahl | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-09
With the US decision to impose added tariffs on more than $300 billion of China trade, and the US Treasury declaring China a "currency manipulator", global financial markets have reacted with sharp selling. The question is whether this is the …
globalresearch.ca/will-china-trigger-next-financial-tsunami/5686006

"Worst Year Ever": The Chinese Ban on U.S. Agricultural Products Will be a Death Blow for Countless U.S. Farms
Michael Snyder | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-09
U.S. farmers have never experienced a year quite like this. During the first half of 2019, endless rain and unprecedented flooding were the major problems. As a result of the incredibly wet conditions, millions of acres of prime farmland didn't …
globalresearch.ca/chinese-ban-u-s-agricultural-products-death-blow-countless-u-s-farms/5686041

US Empire: The Reality of the "Greater United States"
Makia Freeman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-09
The US Empire is not a term you will commonly hear when people refer to the United States of America. Nor is the Greater United States, American Empire or even just Empire. There is something of a taboo quality …
globalresearch.ca/us-empire-reality-greater-united-states/5686035

Neoliberalism Has Met Its Match in China. We're in a Trade and Currency War
Ellen Brown | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-09
When the Federal Reserve cut interest rates on July 31st for the first time in more than a decade, commentators were asking why. According to official data, the economy was rebounding, unemployment was below 4%, and GDP growth was …
globalresearch.ca/neoliberalism-met-match-china/5685992

Facebook Settlement Breaks a Record, But Not the Cycle of Exploitation
Amos Toh | progressive.org | 2019-08-09
For years, Facebook engaged in a pattern of deceptive conduct that misled users about how their data was being handled. Now, despite a $5 billion fine imposed by the U.S. government, it promises to do little to guarantee a change in behavior.
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Malaysia charges 17 Goldman Sachs figures over 1MDB scandal
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-08-09
Malaysian prosecutors have filed criminal charges against 17 more current and former directors at three Goldman Sachs subsidiaries over their role in the alleged multibillion-dollar ransacking of state investment fund 1MDB. | Malaysian and US prosecutors allege that bond sales organised by Goldman Sachs for 1MDB provided one of the means for associates of former Malaysian leader Najib Razak to steal billions over several years from a fund that was ostensibly set up to accelerate Malaysia's economic development. | The government filed criminal charges in December against Goldman Sachs and two former executives for…
thecanary.co/breaking-news/2019/08/09/malaysia-charges-17-goldman-sachs-figures-over-1mdb-scandal/

'I Am My Own Mother' shows finding birth families an awkward business
Jo Allen-Eure | peoplesworld.org | 2019-08-09
What child would not want to know their DNA origins? In the experience of adopted children, most of them do want to know, Where do I come from? That was the case with Dionne Audain, playing the part of Esther, the lead character in I Am My Own Mother, written and directed by Andrew Zox, …
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Heroes in their Own Minds
Peter Breschard | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-08-09
There are thousands of faceless heroes out there on the Internet and on the airwaves. It's about time they came forward and claimed the recognition they so justly deserve. These brave soldiers battle for their and others' freedoms each and every day. When events occur which will forever justify their labors, they are all too …
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Unions, workers, EPI back Warren bill to crack down on 'private equity' funds
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-08-09
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla.–So-called "private equity" investment funds, one of the worst manifestations of anti-worker corrupt corporate capitalism, left Madelyn Garcia and her co-workers without jobs. And she came to Washington in August to help launch legislation to curb their robberies. Garcia, you see, spent 30 years at a Toys "R" Us store in Boynton Beach, …
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Jeremy Corbyn is at a crossroads. The decision he makes now will change everything
James Wright | thecanary.co | 2019-08-09
Jeremy Corbyn is at a crossroads. And with scientists warning we have 18 months to begin a green industrial revolution to avoid climate catastrophe, the stakes have never been higher. The decision the Labour leadership makes now will change everything. | The stakes: | Britain may be a small country, but if it elects Corbyn as the prime minister of a genuinely progressive government on the promise to deliver a green new deal, that will have global repercussions. It will be a tu…
thecanary.co/opinion/2019/08/09/jeremy-corbyn-is-at-a-crossroads-the-decision-he-makes-now-will-change-everything/

Trump's EPA Sued for Not Banning Brain-Damaging Pesticide
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-09
Chlorpyrifos producer Dow Chemical falsely claims the pesticide "protects." It's been poisoning the earth and people for nearly half a century. | The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) "for a healthy planet and safer world" said Dow is the main beneficiary …
globalresearch.ca/trump-epa-sued-not-banning-brain-damaging-pesticide/5686021

2019-08-09: News Headlines

Jeff Amy, Rogelio V. Solis (2019-08-09). Poultry towns devastated as workers and students disappear after ICE raids. peoplesworld.org MORTON, Miss. (AP)—Effects of the largest immigration raid in at least a decade are likely to ripple for years through six Mississippi small towns that host poultry plants. A store owner who caters to Latino poultry plant workers fears he will have to close. A school superintendent is trying to rebuild trust with the Spanish-speaking …

Staff (2019-08-09). This Week's ICE Raids Show Trump's Tacit Support for El Paso Shooter. truthout.org | | The Trump administration cares about optics. It always has. So we can assume it was no accident that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents were conducting one of the largest immigration raids in U.S. history this Wednesday, even as Trump traveled to El Paso to supposedly honor and comfort the victims of the explicitly racist and anti-immigrant mass shooting perpetrated by a gunman whose manifesto echoed Trump's own words decrying the bogeyman of an "invasion" of Latinx immigrants. | T…

Staff (2019-08-09). Mass ICE Raids in Mississippi After Workers Fought for Better Conditions Leave Kids Without Parents. democracynow.org Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents swept through seven poultry processing plants in Mississippi this week and arrested 680 people. It was the largest single-state raid in U.S. history.The mass arrests also came on the first day of the school year, and some children walked home from school only to find their doors locked and their family members missing. Wednesday's raids targeted chicken processing plants operated by Koch Foods, one of the largest poultry producers in the U.S. Last year, the company paid out $3.75 million to settle an Equal Employment Opportunities Commission class-action suit charging th…

Staff (2019-08-09). Mississippi ICE Raids Targeted Workers Who Fought for Better Conditions. truthout.org | | Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents swept through seven poultry processing plants in Mississippi this week and arrested 680 people. It was the largest single-state raid in U.S. history. The mass arrests also came on the first day of the school year, and some children walked home from school only to find their doors locked and their family members missing. Wednesday's raids targeted chicken processing plants operated by Koch Foods, one of the largest poultry producers in the U.S. Last ye…

Sonali Kolhatkar (2019-08-09). This Is How We Defend Immigrants From Trump. truthdig.com There is seemingly no limit to the cruelty President Trump inflicts on immigrants. Just days after a horrific mass shooting claimed the lives of 22 people in the immigrant-rich border town of El Paso, Texas, the Trump administration carried out the largest workplace raids in the nation's history. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents rounded up nearly 700 people in cities…

Staff (2019-08-09). ICE Raids on Undocumented Immigrants Create Fear and Enable Exploitation. therealnews.com The recent ICE raids that detained 680 food workers in Mississippi not only strike fear and terror in the hearts of immigrants, but are a calculated move to enable greater exploitation of immigrants because it increases their insecurity and makes organizing more difficult…

Sonali Kolhatkar (2019-08-09). This Is How We Defend Immigrants From Trump. commondreams.org Handcuffed workers at the Koch Foods Inc. plant in Morton, Miss. await transportation to a processing center following an Aug. 7 raid by U.S. immigration officials. (Photo: Rogelio V. Solis / AP) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2019-08-09). The Mississippi raid: Trump's attack on immigrants and his Democratic enablers. wsws.org Hundreds of children have been traumatized by having their parents ripped away from them and, in many cases, shipped to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement prison 150 miles away.

CGTN (2019-08-09). A Lack of Migrant Labor is Forcing Farmers in the US to Stop Growing Crops. dissidentvoice.org The immigration policies of the U.S. government are once again igniting opposition. This time from members of the agriculture industry who say that blocking immigrants from entering the country is doing more harm than good. U.S. farmers who depend on migrants as "guest workers" for their harvest are facing considerable financial losses. It's the result …

Charles McKelvey (2019-08-09). Reframing the Issues and Taking Direction of the Nation. counterpunch.org In El Paso, Texas, twenty-two persons were killed in a Walmart store, allegedly by a white supremacist gunman who had posted online a manifesto that railed against immigrants and an "Hispanic invasion of Texas." The attack has been described by Richard Parker, in an editorial in The New York Times, as the worst massacre of More

Thomas Knapp (2019-08-09). Tweeting Publicly Available Information isn't "Shameful and Dangerous" counterpunch.org On August 5, US Representative Joaquin Castro (D-TX) posted an infographic to Twitter naming and shaming his city's most generous supporters of President Donald Trump's re-election campaign: "Sad to see so many San Antonians as 2019 maximum donors to Donald Trump …. Their contributions are fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as More

Staff (2019-08-09). Headlines for August 9, 2019. democracynow.org Mitch McConnell Says Senate Will Take Up Gun Bills, But Not Until September, President and First Lady Pose with Infant Orphaned in El Paso Massacre, Man with Guns and Body Armor Sparks Panic at Missouri Walmart, Home of Interracial Couple in Ohio Torched in Apparent Hate Crime, Over 100 Immigrant Hunger Strikers Tear-Gassed Inside ICE Jail, ICE Releases Some of the 680 Immigrants Swept Up in Massive Mississippi Raid, Mentally Ill Michigan Man with Diabetes Dies After Deportation to Iraq, ICE Agents, Lacking Warrant, Denied Entry to Brooklyn Homeless Shelter, Hundreds of Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Protesters Occupy A…

WSWS (2019-08-09). Indo-Pakistani conflict sharpens with New Delhi's assault on Kashmir. wsws.org In response to India's aggressive and patently illegal moves to tighten its control over disputed Kashmir, Pakistan has taken a raft of retaliatory measures and issued thinly-veiled war threats.

Nermeen Shaikh (2019-08-09). Emergency doctor to Trump: You are wrong, mental illness is not to blame for gun violence epidemic. nationofchange.org President Trump went to Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, Wednesday, where he was met by hundreds of protesters condemning his presence after the mass shootings over the weekend, which killed at least 32 people. Prior to his visits, Trump hinted at the need to strengthen background checks for gun purchases, and doubled down on …

Robert Scheer (2019-08-09). Is Trump Building a White Ethnostate? truthdig.com On Saturday, a 21-year-old white man entered a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, with an automatic rifle and opened fire. By the time he was finished, 20 people were killed and dozens of others were gravely wounded. Two more would die as a result of the injuries they suffered during the carnage. | The suspect left behind a manifesto citing the shooter at a Christchurch, New Zealand, mosque in March as the inspiration for his massacre. Similarly, the document made repeated reference to the "great replacement," a theory among white nationalists that immigration threatens the demographic future of their race. As "Proud Boy…

Paul Street (2019-08-09). Nothing Less Than a Revolution Can Save Us. counterpunch.org Is there no limit to the lethal and authoritarian absurdity of America, land of mass gun massacres like Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, Aurora, Orlando, Las Vegas, Parkland, and now El Paso and Dayton among other pockmarked sites? Here is a society that claims to be the beacon to the world of civilized decency and democracy More

Daniel Beaumont (2019-08-09). Hate, Murder and Perversity: El Paso 2019, Mississippi 1964. counterpunch.org Hate, Lacan observed, is—like love—a career without limit.[1] The massacre on Saturday August 3 in an El Paso Walmart ended with the arrest of 21 year-old Patrick Crusius, a white supremacist from Dallas. Crusius was likely the source of what the media began to call a "manifesto" posted on the website 8chan, a site linked More

Mark Gruenberg (2019-08-09). Barber: "Words" of white supremacy "lead to acts of physical violence" peoplesworld.org EL PASO, Texas—Five religious leaders who journeyed to El Paso to investigate — and discuss — awful conditions migrants face, just before the white supremacist terrorist massacred 22 people in that Texas border city, unveiled an open pastoral letter to the entire nation linking racist words and policies to the murders, and demanding a massive …

Mike Ferner (2019-08-09). "Culture Of Violence?" You Betcha, Mr. Trump, But It's Not The Video Games. counterpunch.org On the day after America's weekend shooting rampage that killed 31 people and wounded dozens more in El Paso and Dayton, president Trump told the nation in a 10-minute address, what he sees as the causes of and cures for gun violence in the U.S. As causes, he mentioned: + "Racism, bigotry and white supremacy" More

Louis Proyect (2019-08-09). How Real is the "Eco-Fascist" Threat? counterpunch.org In a manifesto that was posted to 8Chan just before he carried out his murderous attack on Walmart shoppers in El Paso, Patrick Crusius expressed "Green" values that are widespread on the left: The American lifestyle affords our citizens an incredible quality of life. However, our lifestyle is destroying the environment of our country. The More

Margot Patterson (2019-08-09). U.S. Imperialism, Iran and the Context for War. counterpunch.org The Trump administration's efforts to collapse Iran's economy can't be divorced from the history of U.S. imperialism. If Americans remember the 1979 student takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and the 444 days in which 52 U.S. diplomats and embassy staff were held hostage, Iranians remember the 1953 CIA coup that brought down the More

Padraig McGrath (2019-08-09). How Pervasive Is Saudi Penetration of Western Political Systems? globalresearch.ca When the Royal Marines seized the Iranian-owned Grace 1 supertanker off Gibraltar on July 4th, then British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt hailed the seizure as a sign that Iran had "no place to hide." On July 19th, when the Iranian …

Gregory Shupak (2019-08-09). The NYT's Pro-War Arguments Against War With Iran. fair.org by Gregory Shupak Once you're debating who ought to start a war, you've abandoned the anti-war argument (New York Times, 6/20/19). | The New York Times has published five editorials since the beginning of May that are ostensibly critical of a possible military war between the United States and Iran. As anti-war arguments, however, they are woefully lacking—vilifying Iran without subjecting the US to comparable scrutiny, and hiding US aggression towards Iran. | The editorials regurgitate the same anti-Iran demonology pro-war voi…

teleSUR (2019-08-09). France Fires Back at Trump Over Iran Comments. telesurenglish.net France's Foreign Ministry has fired back at U.S. President Donald Trump over his recent comments about Paris' relationship with Iran, which the American leader criticized in a Twitter rant. | RELATED: | France: Police Repress Yellow Vest Protest in Nantes | In a written statement on Friday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that his country does not need Trump's opinion on Iran. | "France speaks for itself on Iran as a sovereign power," Le Drian stated. "France is deeply committed…

Ulson Gunnar (2019-08-09). US Leaves INF Because of "Russia Violations," Now Encircles China with Offensive Missiles. globalresearch.ca We're told that the US withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty singed in 1987 between the US and Soviet Union was based on claims that Russia had violated it. | While we continue waiting for Washington to provide evidence …

The Canary (2019-08-09). Nagasaki mayor hits out at nuclear powers on 74th anniversary of bombing. thecanary.co The mayor of Nagasaki has criticised nuclear states including the US and Russia as the city marked the 74th anniversary of the atomic bombing which ended the Second World War.Tomihisa Taue said nuclear powers are undermining the survivors' efforts towards building a nuclear-free world.The mayor lamented that the idea of "useful" nuclear weapons appears to be gaining traction.People attend a mass at the Urakami Cathedral in Nagasaki to mark the 74th anniversary of the world's second atomic bomb attack (Kyodo/AP)He said both the US and Russia are returning to the development and deployment of nuclear weapons, as th…

Chris Gelardi (2019-08-09). The Tragic Story of Jimmy Aldaoud, Deported From the Streets of Detroit to His Death in Iraq. theintercept.com Aldaoud was targeted as part of an ongoing ICE crackdown on Iraqi communities. His family and supporters say the agency bears responsibility for his death.

teleSUR (2019-08-09). Guatemala Cannot Be 'Safe Third Country', US Congresswoman Says. telesurenglish.net U.S. Congresswoman Norma Torres (D-CA) said Thursday that Guatemala does not have the capacity nor the conditions to become a "Safe Third Country" (STC) because it is not able to accommodate asylum seekers that the United States would send to stay there while they process their immigration requests. | RELATED: | Guatemala Farmers Strike Against US Migration Deal | "I believe that I have been very clear in my opinion about this … Guatemala is not prepared to receive thousands of people,"

Marilyn Bechtel (2019-08-09). On anniversary of Hiroshima, demands for end to nuclear weapons. peoplesworld.org LIVERMORE, Calif. — Determined to oppose the Trump administration's drive to develop new nuclear weapons and to strengthen the fight to eliminate nuclear weapons worldwide, some 200 demonstrators gathered here on Aug. 6 to rally against what they term "Designing Armageddon" at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Over three dozen peace, justice and faith-based organizations …

Staff (2019-08-09). New IPCC Report Warns of Vicious Cycle Between Soil Degradation and Climate Change. therealnews.com Greenpeace's Diana Ruiz discusses the new IPCC Climate report, "Climate Change and Land," which issues a dire warning about how climate change and destructive land use reinforce each other, leading to serious threats for human survival…

Stephen Lendman (2019-08-09). US vs. China: A Clash of Civilizations? globalresearch.ca In promoting destructive "Western values," hardline academic Samuel Huntington once said the following: | "The West must exploit differences and conflicts among Confucian and Islamic states to support in other civilizations groups sympathetic to Western values and interests — to strengthen …

Stephen Lendman (2019-08-09). US and Turkey Collude to Steal Northern Syrian Territory. globalresearch.ca Troops of both countries illegally occupy northern Syrian territory bordering Turkey, including its oil rich area. | On the phony pretext of protecting Turkey's security, President Erdogan is intermittently battling Kurdish YPG fighters cross-border in Syria — despite their posing no …

Ralph Nader (2019-08-09). Big Pharma: Gouges, Casualties, and the Congressional Remedy! counterpunch.org The Congress can overturn the abuses of Big Pharma and its "pay or die," subsidized business model for its drugs. Big Pharma's trail of greed, power, and cruelty gets worse every year. Its products and practices take hundreds of thousands of lives in the U.S. from over-prescriptions, lethal combinations of prescriptions, ineffective or contaminated drugs, More

WSWS (2019-08-09). John Pilger warns: "Do not forget Assange. Or you will lose him" wsws.org The well-known journalist outlined the WikiLeaks founder's deteriorating health, and the draconian conditions in which he is being held in a British prison.

Marcus Colchester (2019-08-09). Bolsonaro's War on the Amazon: Mass Mining Invasion of Yanomami Lands in Brazil Threatens Their Survival. globalresearch.ca Acting in response to public statements from the President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, on the need to open up indigenous lands in the Amazon Basin to extractive industries, an estimated 20,000 illegal miners are reported to have invaded the …

teleSUR (2019-08-09). European 'Fridays for Future' Movement Takes to Swiss Streets. telesurenglish.net Thousands of environmental activists from 38 European countries brought their "Fridays for Future" movement to the Swiss city of Lausanne, calling for swift action from politicians and businesses to reduce emissions linked to global warming. | RELATED: | Endangered Condors Face Fragile Existence in Andes | "We are all united coming from different countries, and despite the fact it's holidays we are ready to sacrifice our time to have politics change, to raise awareness about what's happeni…

RT (2019-08-09). 'Arm to the teeth & pretend to be Canadian': McAfee's savage tactical advice for next US Civil War. rt.com Scandalously famous tech millionaire John McAfee has offered some cheeky advice for both blue and red states in case a civil war erupts in the US: hoard guns, pretend to be Canadian, and sell useless states to Mexico and Cuba.

Norman Stockwell (2019-08-09). How We Learned to Hate the Bomb. progressive.org For nearly three-quarters of a century, "The Progressive" has been a consistent voice against nuclear madness.

Rob Urie (2019-08-09). Democrats and the Politics of Change. counterpunch.org With the political season underway, the question of an effective politics is the subtext of the debates and speeches intended to motivate constituencies and movements. This should read as odd: in the U.S., it is the act of getting elected that defines effective politics. But as neoliberalism has crept into every aspect of modern life, elections have become an anti-politics, a way of working against the democratic will. More

Andrew Levine (2019-08-09). Where Have All The Racists Gone? counterpunch.org When people in his base hear Donald Trump say that he is "a very stable genius" or that he is not a racist do they believe a word of it? Or do they simply not care that he lies and spews nonsense? I am not thinking about the Trump supporters at the very bottom of More

John Kendall Hawkins (2019-08-09). The Sixties: De-tripping, Yeah. counterpunch.org I had intentions of watching Quentin Tarantino's new film, Once Upon A Time … in Hollywood, and then writing a review, keened up, like most of his aficionados, with the anticipation it might be his last film, and eager to see how QT handled the Sixties, with limited retrospection, given that he was only six More

Anthony DiMaggio (2019-08-09). The "Trump Recovery": Behind Right-Wing Populism's Radical Transformation. counterpunch.org Trump's unique brand of right-wing populism has long been sold in "mainstream" discourse via a narrative that his supporters are angry as hell over mounting personal and economic insecurity, in an age that affords fewer and fewer opportunities to the "working class." This story was popularized in part because of Trump's rhetoric, and because of More

Timothy Braatz (2019-08-09). Atomic Bombs Are Not Lifesavers. counterpunch.org One shouldn't have to state the obvious. It is well known that two atomic detonations, in early August, 1945, killed over 100,000 Hiroshima and Nagasaki residents, revealing the unlimited human capacity for atrocity in wartime. But it seems many U.S. history teachers are still telling students that the atomic bombings somehow saved lives. Whence cometh More

Alvaro Huerta (2019-08-09). The Mexican as Endangered Species. counterpunch.org Mexicans have official become members of an endangered or hunted species in the U.S. (I'm not referring to our enormous demographics, as we'll continue to multiply in el norte—where individuals of Mexican origin represent over 40 million citizens/residents—despite the racist fantasies of Donald J. Trump and his immoral ilk. Throughout the early 1800s to the More

Ron Jacobs (2019-08-09). The Global Lockdown. counterpunch.org When a visitor to the United States enters the airport they plan to leave from they expect to show their passport and declare their baggage. However, it used to be that most passengers expected these interactions to be conducted by customs officials only in their own country. This is often no longer the case. Instead, More

David Price (2019-08-09). Militarized Observers: Institutional Daydreams of Ethics End Runs to Weaponize Culture. counterpunch.org A significant limitation facing scholars studying US military uses of anthropology and other social sciences is that while the existence and activities of various military programs are known, and some related documents are available, there is much about these programs that remains unknown to outsiders. Yet, even with these gaps in knowledge, it is possible More

Richard Moser (2019-08-09). Climate Crisis Means the Ruling Class has Failed. Can the Working Class Inherit the Earth? counterpunch.org The climate crisis is proof positive that the ruling class is an utter failure — but it will not fall on its own. Can the working class rise to the challenge? It sure will help if we understand that our class interests are not merely the economic needs of working people — no matter how important More

Michael Simmons (2019-08-09). Paul Krassner: Nun Smooching In America. counterpunch.org When I was 12-years old in 1967, my father Matty Simmons published Cheetah — a slick magazine designed for what the press called "hippies." It was a fine publication — top-shelf scribes like Tom Nolan, Robert Christgau and Ellen Willis contributed, editor Jules Siegel ran his legendary "Goodbye Surfing, Hello God" profile that announced to More

Jo Allen-Eure (2019-08-09). 'I Am My Own Mother' shows finding birth families an awkward business. peoplesworld.org What child would not want to know their DNA origins? In the experience of adopted children, most of them do want to know, Where do I come from? That was the case with Dionne Audain, playing the part of Esther, the lead character in I Am My Own Mother, written and directed by Andrew Zox, …

Mark Gruenberg (2019-08-09). Unions, workers, EPI back Warren bill to crack down on 'private equity' funds. peoplesworld.org BOYNTON BEACH, Fla.—So-called "private equity" investment funds, one of the worst manifestations of anti-worker corrupt corporate capitalism, left Madelyn Garcia and her co-workers without jobs. And she came to Washington in August to help launch legislation to curb their robberies. Garcia, you see, spent 30 years at a Toys "R" Us store in Boynton Beach, …

RT (2019-08-09). 'Hispanic man armed with AR-15' guns down 2 in Texas rush hour, flees as witness fires back. rt.com A typical Houston rush hour has turned into a major gun battle after a gunman armed with a semi-automatic rifle killed two people and was forced to flee the scene when one of the witnesses opened return fire.

RT (2019-08-09). Heavily-armed man in body armor arrested after casually walking into Missouri Walmart (PHOTOS). rt.com A man strapped with "tactical weapons," sporting body armor and carrying 100 rounds of ammunition has been arrested at a Missouri Walmart just days after another heavily-armed man killed 22 people at a Walmart in Texas.

Staff (2019-08-09). How Israel's Erasure of Palestinian History Perpetuates Occupation. therealnews.com Prof. Ilan Pappe discusses why Israel's agency in charge of nuclear security hid documents about the Nakba, the catastrophe in which Palestinians were driven from their land in 1948, explaining that it was an effort to eliminate the Palestinian narrative…

WSWS (2019-08-09). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. wsws.org Ryanair pilots in Britain have given an 80 percent strike mandate while south African bank workers plan to protest massive job losses and Kenyan workers struck the multi-billion-shilling Thwake Dam construction project.

Staff (2019-08-09). The Right Wing Is Trying to Make It a Crime to Oppose Fascism. truthout.org | | Conservatives in the U.S. have long sought to reframe grassroots political activism as dangerously radical, but efforts to criminalize protests have rapidly intensified since Donald Trump's election. Most recently, Senators Ted Cruz and Bill Cassidy introduced a resolution that names "Antifa" as a "domestic terrorist organization." | "This was a move designed to punish dissent against both racist groups and policies of the government," David Rose, a member of Portland's Rose City Antifa, told Truthou…

Staff (2019-08-09). Defense Contractor Builds Lobbying Team With Firms Tied to Mueller Probe. truthout.org | | A Kuwaiti defense contractor that pleaded guilty to stealing U.S. government funds is assembling a team of lobbyists and foreign influence operatives from high-profile, and sometimes controversial, firms. | Agility Public Warehousing recently inked contracts with three firms to represent its interests through lobbying and foreign influence campaigns, the first time the Kuwaiti defense contractor has been listed as a foreign principal under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. All of the fi…

Anna Massoglia (2019-08-09). Embattled Kuwaiti defense contractor building foreign influence operation with firms tied to Mueller probe. nationofchange.org A Kuwaiti defense contractor that plead guilty to stealing U.S. government funds is assembling a team of lobbyists and foreign influence operatives from high-profile, and sometimes controversial, firms. Agility Public Warehousing recently inked contracts with three firms to represent its interests through lobbying and foreign influence campaigns, the first time the Kuwaiti defense contractor has …

Jonah Raskin (2019-08-09). David Horowitz's Hate Group, Civil War and the White House. counterpunch.org "People are scared and frightened. The country is on the verge of a war between people of color and law enforcement, and the White House seems to be spurring it on." — Greg Sarris, Chairman the Federated Indians of the Graton Rancheria Last month, I wrote an article about the 1970s clandestine organization, the Weather Underground, More

Gloria Oladipo (2019-08-09). Trump's New Coal Rules Will Bury Rural America. counterpunch.org New coal standards proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are threatening to permanently undermine the federal government's power to control power plant pollution. The new rule — which would empower states to decide how much they want to reduce their emissions, if at all — will be devastating for all Americans. Especially vulnerable are More

Gary Leupp (2019-08-09). Mass-Shootings as Expressions of U.S. Racism. counterpunch.org Nineteenth century U.S. racism, resting in part on biblical myth (the curse of Ham) and Social Darwinist notions of racial hierarchies, focused on the defense of slavery and suppression of uppity blacks. Its cruelest, most terrorist tool was the lynching. Twenty-first century racism rests on the myth of a lost golden era of white ("White") More

Richard Rubenstein (2019-08-09). Resolving the Democrats' Dilemma. counterpunch.org When it comes to thinking about the 2020 presidential election, a dominant theme among both commentators and candidates is the "Democrats' Dilemma": an alleged contradiction between the party's ideological interests and its electoral ambitions. Energized by a new crop of progressive lawmakers, the Dems are leaning left on issues ranging from "tax the rich" and More

John Steppling (2019-08-09). Blood in Our Eyes. counterpunch.org "As the business grew, Sturm Ruger CEO Michael Fifer lobbied personally against a Connecticut ban on high-capacity magazines, commonly used with the company's semi-automatic rifles. "The regulation of magazine capacity will not deter crime, but will instead put law-abiding citizens at risk of harm," Fifer wrote to state lawmakers in early 2011. The legislation died More

Steven Sahiounie (2019-08-09). Pentagon Warns of Resurgence of ISIS in Syria and Iraq. globalresearch.ca A recent report issued by the U.S. Pentagon's Inspector General warns of conditions in Syria and Iraq which potentially could allow for ISIS to spread once again. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had not read the report but recalled the …

South Front (2019-08-09). Video: Syrian Army Makes Fresh Gains in Battle for Northern Hama. globalresearch.ca On the morning of August 7, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Tiger Forces advanced on positions of radical militants in northwestern Hama. During the day, units of the SAA and the Tiger Forces liberated the villages of Arbeen …

Andrew Korybko (2019-08-09). Crisis in Kyrgzyztan: Another Color Revolution or Even Civil War? globalresearch.ca The historically unstable Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan was suddenly thrown into yet another crisis after the former president and his supporters opened fire on the special forces that were dispatched to serve a warrant for his arrest on corruption …

F. William Engdahl (2019-08-09). Will China Trigger Next Financial Tsunami? globalresearch.ca With the US decision to impose added tariffs on more than $300 billion of China trade, and the US Treasury declaring China a "currency manipulator", global financial markets have reacted with sharp selling. The question is whether this is the …

Makia Freeman (2019-08-09). US Empire: The Reality of the "Greater United States" globalresearch.ca The US Empire is not a term you will commonly hear when people refer to the United States of America. Nor is the Greater United States, American Empire or even just Empire. There is something of a taboo quality …

Michael Snyder (2019-08-09). "Worst Year Ever": The Chinese Ban on U.S. Agricultural Products Will be a Death Blow for Countless U.S. Farms. globalresearch.ca U.S. farmers have never experienced a year quite like this. During the first half of 2019, endless rain and unprecedented flooding were the major problems. As a result of the incredibly wet conditions, millions of acres of prime farmland didn't …

Fidel Castro Ruz (2019-08-09). Conversations with Fidel Castro: The Dangers of a Nuclear War. globalresearch.ca "In a nuclear war the collateral damage would be the life of humankind. Let us have the courage to proclaim that all nuclear or conventional weapons, everything that is used to make war, must disappear!" "It is about demanding that the world is not led into a nuclear catastrophe, it is to preserve life." (Fidel Castro, 15 October 2010)…

Ellen Brown (2019-08-09). Neoliberalism Has Met Its Match in China. We're in a Trade and Currency War. globalresearch.ca When the Federal Reserve cut interest rates on July 31st for the first time in more than a decade, commentators were asking why. According to official data, the economy was rebounding, unemployment was below 4%, and GDP growth was …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-08-09). Mobility and Maginot Lines: China Hysteria Down Under. globalresearch.ca The blinkered security establishment is standard fare in politics. From Washington to Manila, we hear of terrors and concerns which tend to more spectral than not. Legitimate concerns such as catastrophic environmental failure, or a nuclear accident, are treated with …

Matt Field (2019-08-09). A Cross Taken from a Nagasaki Cathedral after the Atomic Bombing Gets Returned 74 Years Later. globalresearch.ca Short on time and fuel, the crew members of the B-29 bomber Bockscar flew over Nagasaki, Japan, scanning for an opening in the clouds. They had already abandoned their initial target, the city of Kokura, due to low visibility. Over …

teleSUR (2019-08-09). Trump Endorses Bolsonaro's Son as Brazilian Ambassador. telesurenglish.net The U.S. administration announced on Thursday that they have formally endorsed Eduardo Bolsonaro's nomination to the Brazilian embassy in Washington, as reported by Folha de Sao Paulo. | RELATED: | Brazil's Bolsonaro Calls Convicted Torturer 'National Hero' | "Besides being an act of nepotism, it is the appointment of someone who will lead a strategic sector of the country's foreign relations [by assuming] a view in which Brazil must subordinate itself to the U.S. geopolitical and ec…

Peter Breschard (2019-08-09). Heroes in their Own Minds. dissidentvoice.org There are thousands of faceless heroes out there on the Internet and on the airwaves. It's about time they came forward and claimed the recognition they so justly deserve. These brave soldiers battle for their and others' freedoms each and every day. When events occur which will forever justify their labors, they are all too …

James Wright (2019-08-09). Jeremy Corbyn is at a crossroads. The decision he makes now will change everything. thecanary.co Jeremy Corbyn is at a crossroads. And with scientists warning we have 18 months to begin a green industrial revolution to avoid climate catastrophe, the stakes have never been higher. The decision the Labour leadership makes now will change everything. | The stakes: | Britain may be a small country, but if it elects Corbyn as the prime minister of a genuinely progressive government on the promise to deliver a green new deal, that will have global repercussions. It will be a tu…

Ed Kilgore (2019-08-09). Surging in Polls, Elizabeth Warren Now Has a Path to the Nomination. commondreams.org Elizabeth Warren, looking more and more viable. (Photo: Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2019-08-09). Australian High Court scraps free speech for workers. wsws.org The judges' support for the sacking of a public servant is part of an assault on free speech under conditions of escalating social, geo-strategic and war tensions.

WSWS (2019-08-09). Jacksonville, Florida officials move forward with electrical utility privatization plan. wsws.org The Jacksonville Electrical Authority board has laid the groundwork for the approval of the sale of the largest public utility in the state through months of crisis mongering.

The Canary (2019-08-09). Malaysia charges 17 Goldman Sachs figures over 1MDB scandal. thecanary.co Malaysian prosecutors have filed criminal charges against 17 more current and former directors at three Goldman Sachs subsidiaries over their role in the alleged multibillion-dollar ransacking of state investment fund 1MDB. | Malaysian and US prosecutors allege that bond sales organised by Goldman Sachs for 1MDB provided one of the means for associates of former Malaysian leader Najib Razak to steal billions over several years from a fund that was ostensibly set up to accelerate Malaysia's economic development. | The government filed criminal charges in December against Goldman Sachs and two former executives for…

Amos Toh (2019-08-09). Facebook Settlement Breaks a Record, But Not the Cycle of Exploitation. progressive.org For years, Facebook engaged in a pattern of deceptive conduct that misled users about how their data was being handled. Now, despite a $5 billion fine imposed by the U.S. government, it promises to do little to guarantee a change in behavior.

Stephen Lendman (2019-08-09). Trump's EPA Sued for Not Banning Brain-Damaging Pesticide. globalresearch.ca Chlorpyrifos producer Dow Chemical falsely claims the pesticide "protects." It's been poisoning the earth and people for nearly half a century. | The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) "for a healthy planet and safer world" said Dow is the main beneficiary …

Jeffrey St. Clair (2019-08-09). Roaming Charges: Small Stains on the Pavement. counterpunch.org Many of the liberals talking the loudest about "white supremacy" on MSDNC have only known its privileges, thus they would have us believe white supremacy resides only in the vile minds of the KKK and Aryan Nations, instead of the racist forces operating inside the banks, the school boards, the police, the FBI, the Pentagon that degrade, impoverish and kill people every single day. More

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-08-09). Example of 'Unknown Unknowns,' Study Detailing 'Almost Instant Mortality of Corals' Suggests Crisis Worse Than Previously Understood. commondreams.org As the human-caused climate crisis drives up ocean temperatures at a rate that has scientists worried, a study published Thursday in the journal Current Biology reveals that warming waters are an even bigger threat to coral reefs than experts previously realized. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Manlio Dinucci (2019-08-09). A 'gaffe' nuclear da NATO. globalresearch.ca Que os EUA mantém bombas nucleares em cinco países da NATO — Itália, Alemanha, Bélgica, Holanda e Turquia — está há muito comprovado (em especial pela Federaàßà£o dos Cientistas Americanos). No entanto, a NATO nunca o admitiu oficialmente. No entanto, …

Manlio Dinucci (2019-08-09). Gaffe nucleare della Nato. globalresearch.ca Che gli Stati uniti mantengano bombe nucleari in cinque paesi della Nato — Italia, Germania, Belgio, Olanda e Turchia — è provato da tempo (in particolare dalla Federazione degli scienziati americani). La Nato perà≤ non l'ha mai ammesso ufficialmente. Qualcosa …

Staff (2019-08-09). UN Human Rights Chief Condemns Trump Embargo Against Venezuela. truthout.org | | The United Nations' high commissioner for human rights on Thursday condemned the Trump administration's embargo against Venezuela and warned the far-reaching sanctions could deny food, medicine, and other necessities to millions of people. | "I am deeply worried about the pote…

Joe Sims (2019-08-09). Is armed community self-defense the answer to white supremacist terrorism? peoplesworld.org Trump's hate speech and actions have resulted in horrific casualties in recent days and weeks. Violent words have begotten violent acts. Time and again, domestic terrorists have been encouraged and set loose upon the land. Grief, fear, and intimidation have followed, but so have outrage, determination, and indignation at the deliberate incitement of white supremacist …

Edel Rodriguez (2019-08-09). USA Homegrown Terrorism. thenation.com USA Homegrown Terrorism…

United Nations (2019-08-09). Friday's Daily Brief: Indigenous Peoples' Day, Yemen food aid, IDs for Rohingya, protect fleeing Malians, Nagasaki Peace Ceremony. un.org Our main stories: 'Promote' indigenous peoples' languages urges Guterres; WFP resumes Yemen food aid; 500,000 Rohingya ID cards issued; Malians fleeing violence need protection; Nagasaki Peace Ceremony message…

Staff (2019-08-09). Supersizing Climate Change: U.N. Says Meat Production Destroys Land & Diminishes Key Water Sources. democracynow.org The United Nations' top panel of climate scientists warns that humans are consuming land and water resources at an unprecedented rate, with the destructive effects of the climate crisis increasingly threatening the planet's biodiversity and the food security of hundreds of millions of people. In its latest climate change and land special report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that without dramatic action, extreme weather and rising temperatures will turn even more fertile land into desert, shrinking the global food supply, even as the world's population rises to more than 7.5 billion people.

United Nations (2019-08-09). Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders ready for talks with UN chief on improved relations. un.org Leaders of the Greek and Turkish parts of the divided island of Cyprus have agreed to meet with the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, in order to "plan the way forward", and improve the daily lives of all Cypriots, a statement from the UN Mission in Cyprus, declared on Friday.

WSWS (2019-08-09). UN: Global food and water crisis threatens 3 billion people. wsws.org A new report by the United Nations warns that anthropogenic climate change, if left unchecked, will render a steadily increasing portion of Earth essentially uninhabitable.

United Nations (2019-08-09). UN food aid to Yemen will fully resume after two-month break, as Houthis 'guarantee' delivery. un.org Life-saving food aid distribution is set to resume to 850,000 people in the Yemeni capital, Sana'a, following guarantees by Houthi opposition forces that the supplies will reach those who need them most, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday.

Hannes Hofbauer (2019-08-09). Judiciary as Continuation of Warfare: How the West Uses Srebrenica to Implement Thought-crime Legislation. globalresearch.ca The battle over Srebrenica in the 1990s was part of the Bosnian civil war, which had been brutally waged from both the Serb and the Muslim side. To use the definition of genocide exclusively for the killing that took place …

Ramzy Baroud (2019-08-09). The War on Innocence: Palestinian Children in Israeli Military Court. counterpunch.org On July 29, 4-year-old Muhammad Rabi' Elayyan was reportedly summoned for interrogation by the Israeli police in occupied Jerusalem. The news, originally reported by the Palestinian News Agency (WAFA), was later denied by the Israeli police, likely to lessen the impact of the PR disaster that followed. The Israelis are not denying the story in More

Consortiumnews (2019-08-09). New Fears for Julian Assange. globalresearch.ca Legendary journalist John Pilger has been to see Assange in Belmarsh Prison in London and his report is not encouraging. | Journalist John Pilger visited imprisoned WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Tuesday and has raised an alarm about Assange's "deteriorated" health….

pip.hinman (2019-08-09). Peace for Colombia. greenleft.org.au Latin American solidarity activists rallied for peace and justice in Colombia, in Sydney on August 3. | Speakers called for an end to the killings of social leaders. More than 600 social leaders, including indigenous land rights activists and human rights advocates, have been killed since 2016. | Photos and stories of many of the activists were displayed in Sydney's iconic Circular Quay. | The action was organised by United for Colombia and included a cultural festival of music, dance, theatre and poetry. | international solidarity

pip.hinman (2019-08-09). Coalition seeks to further unleash fossil fuel industry. greenleft.org.au Lock the Gate Alliance has warned that a recently announced federal government review of current mining assessment regulation will further reduce regional communities' ability to fight inappropriate and unwanted resource exploitation. | Federal resources minister Matt Canavan announced at the NSW Minerals Council conference on August 5 that the government had asked the Productivity Commission to hold a 12-month review into what he thinks is the over-regulation of the resources sector. | He said there had been "far too many delays" in the approval of mining projects, singling out Adani's contested Carmichael coal…

pip.hinman (2019-08-09). Socialist seminar discusses anti-capitalist solutions. greenleft.org.au Socialism. Today. was the theme of a lively day-long seminar about critical issues facing the movements for social and ecological change, hosted by the Socialist Alliance on August 4. | Extinction Rebellion and Student Strike 4 Climate activist Parker Craig said support for the September 20 student climate strike is growing, despite attempts by some school authorities to stifle it. | Maritime Union of Australia activist and author Penny McCall Howard said the recent student climate strikes had helped shift politics, including in the union movement. | She said: "We now face the task of building a class-conscious e…

pip.hinman (2019-08-09). NSW one step closer to decriminalising abortion. greenleft.org.au "It is simple, straight forward: stay out of the lives of women", implored one Liberal MLA as debate in the NSW Legislative Assembly on a bill to decriminalise abortion entered its second day on August 7. | Eventually, after eleven and a half hours of debate, the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019 was passed in the lower house 59 to 31 on August 8. | Speaking to Green Left Weekly the day after, NSW Greens spokesperson for women Jenny Leong said it was clear from "listening to more than 60 speeches and 12 hours of debate o…

2019-08-09: Social Media Postees

Poultry towns devastated as workers and students disappear after ICE raids
Jeff Amy, Rogelio V. Solis | peoplesworld.org | 2019-08-09
MORTON, Miss. (AP)–Effects of the largest immigration raid in at least a decade are likely to ripple for years through six Mississippi small towns that host poultry plants. A store owner who caters to Latino poultry plant workers fears he will have to close. A school superintendent is trying to rebuild trust with the Spanish-speaking …
peoplesworld.org/article/poultry-towns-d…

This Week's ICE Raids Show Trump's Tacit Support for El Paso Shooter
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-09
| The Trump administration cares about optics. It always has. So we can assume it was no accident that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents were conducting one of the largest immigration raids in U.S. history this Wednesday, even as Trump traveled to El Paso to supposedly honor and comfort the victims of the explicitly racist and anti-immigrant mass shooting perpetrated by a gunman whose manifesto echoed Trump's own words decrying the bogeyman of an "invasion" of Latinx immigrants. | T…
truthout.org/articles/this-weeks-ice-rai…

Mass ICE Raids in Mississippi After Workers Fought for Better Conditions Leave Kids Without Parents
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-09
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents swept through seven poultry processing plants in Mississippi this week and arrested 680 people. It was the largest single-state raid in U.S. history.The mass arrests also came on the first day of the school year, and some children walked home from school only to find their doors locked and their family members missing. Wednesday's raids targeted chicken processing plants operated by Koch Foods, one of the largest poultry producers in the U.S. Last year, the company paid out $3.75 million to settle an Equal Employment Opportunities Commission class-action suit charging th…
www.democracynow.org/2019/8/9/mississipp…

This Is How We Defend Immigrants From Trump
Sonali Kolhatkar | truthdig.com | 2019-08-09
There is seemingly no limit to the cruelty President Trump inflicts on immigrants. Just days after a horrific mass shooting claimed the lives of 22 people in the immigrant-rich border town of El Paso, Texas, the Trump administration carried out the largest workplace raids in the nation's history. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents rounded up nearly 700 people in cities…
truthdig.com/articles/this-is-how-we-def…

Mississippi ICE Raids Targeted Workers Who Fought for Better Conditions
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-09
| Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents swept through seven poultry processing plants in Mississippi this week and arrested 680 people. It was the largest single-state raid in U.S. history. The mass arrests also came on the first day of the school year, and some children walked home from school only to find their doors locked and their family members missing. Wednesday's raids targeted chicken processing plants operated by Koch Foods, one of the largest poultry producers in the U.S. Last ye…
truthout.org/video/mississippi-ice-raids…

ICE Raids on Undocumented Immigrants Create Fear and Enable Exploitation
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-08-09
The recent ICE raids that detained 680 food workers in Mississippi not only strike fear and terror in the hearts of immigrants, but are a calculated move to enable greater exploitation of immigrants because it increases their insecurity and makes organizing more difficult…
therealnews.com/stories/ice-raids-on-und…

The Mississippi raid: Trump's attack on immigrants and his Democratic enablers
wsws.org | 2019-08-09
Hundreds of children have been traumatized by having their parents ripped away from them and, in many cases, shipped to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement prison 150 miles away.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/09/pers…

A Lack of Migrant Labor is Forcing Farmers in the US to Stop Growing Crops
CGTN | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-08-09
The immigration policies of the U.S. government are once again igniting opposition. This time from members of the agriculture industry who say that blocking immigrants from entering the country is doing more harm than good. U.S. farmers who depend on migrants as "guest workers" for their harvest are facing considerable financial losses. It's the result …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/08/a-lack-of-mig…

This Is How We Defend Immigrants From Trump
Sonali Kolhatkar | commondreams.org | 2019-08-09
Handcuffed workers at the Koch Foods Inc. plant in Morton, Miss. await transportation to a processing center following an Aug. 7 raid by U.S. immigration officials. (Photo: Rogelio V. Solis / AP) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/08/09/how-we…

Reframing the Issues and Taking Direction of the Nation
Charles McKelvey | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
In El Paso, Texas, twenty-two persons were killed in a Walmart store, allegedly by a white supremacist gunman who had posted online a manifesto that railed against immigrants and an "Hispanic invasion of Texas." The attack has been described by Richard Parker, in an editorial in The New York Times, as the worst massacre of…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/09/reframing-th…

Indo-Pakistani conflict sharpens with New Delhi's assault on Kashmir
wsws.org | 2019-08-09
In response to India's aggressive and patently illegal moves to tighten its control over disputed Kashmir, Pakistan has taken a raft of retaliatory measures and issued thinly-veiled war threats.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/09/kash…

Emergency doctor to Trump: You are wrong, mental illness is not to blame for gun violence epidemic
Nermeen Shaikh | nationofchange.org | 2019-08-09
President Trump went to Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, Wednesday, where he was met by hundreds of protesters condemning his presence after the mass shootings over the weekend, which killed at least 32 people. Prior to his visits, Trump hinted at the need to strengthen background checks for gun purchases, and doubled down on …
nationofchange.org/2019/08/09/emergency-…

Is Trump Building a White Ethnostate?
Robert Scheer | truthdig.com | 2019-08-09
On Saturday, a 21-year-old white man entered a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, with an automatic rifle and opened fire. By the time he was finished, 20 people were killed and dozens of others were gravely wounded. Two more would die as a result of the injuries they suffered during the carnage. | The suspect left behind a manifesto citing the shooter at a Christchurch, New Zealand, mosque in March as the inspiration for his massacre. Similarly, the document made repeated reference to the "great replacement," a theory among white nationalists that immigration threatens the demographic future of their race. As "Proud Boy…
truthdig.com/articles/is-trump-building-…

Nothing Less Than a Revolution Can Save Us
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
Is there no limit to the lethal and authoritarian absurdity of America, land of mass gun massacres like Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, Aurora, Orlando, Las Vegas, Parkland, and now El Paso and Dayton among other pockmarked sites? Here is a society that claims to be the beacon to the world of civilized decency and democracy…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/09/nothing-less…

Hate, Murder and Perversity: El Paso 2019, Mississippi 1964
Daniel Beaumont | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
Hate, Lacan observed, is–like love–a career without limit.[1] The massacre on Saturday August 3 in an El Paso Walmart ended with the arrest of 21 year-old Patrick Crusius, a white supremacist from Dallas. Crusius was likely the source of what the media began to call a "manifesto" posted on the website 8chan, a site linked…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/09/hate-murder-…

Barber: "Words" of white supremacy "lead to acts of physical violence"
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-08-09
EL PASO, Texas–Five religious leaders who journeyed to El Paso to investigate — and discuss — awful conditions migrants face, just before the white supremacist terrorist massacred 22 people in that Texas border city, unveiled an open pastoral letter to the entire nation linking racist words and policies to the murders, and demanding a massive …
peoplesworld.org/article/barber-words-of…

"Culture Of Violence?" You Betcha, Mr. Trump, But It's Not The Video Games
Mike Ferner | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
On the day after America's weekend shooting rampage that killed 31 people and wounded dozens more in El Paso and Dayton, president Trump told the nation in a 10-minute address, what he sees as the causes of and cures for gun violence in the U.S. As causes, he mentioned: + "Racism, bigotry and white supremacy"
counterpunch.org/2019/08/09/culture-of-v…

How Real is the "Eco-Fascist" Threat?
Louis Proyect | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
In a manifesto that was posted to 8Chan just before he carried out his murderous attack on Walmart shoppers in El Paso, Patrick Crusius expressed "Green" values that are widespread on the left: The American lifestyle affords our citizens an incredible quality of life. However, our lifestyle is destroying the environment of our country. The…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/09/how-real-is-…

U.S. Imperialism, Iran and the Context for War
Margot Patterson | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
The Trump administration's efforts to collapse Iran's economy can't be divorced from the history of U.S. imperialism. If Americans remember the 1979 student takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and the 444 days in which 52 U.S. diplomats and embassy staff were held hostage, Iranians remember the 1953 CIA coup that brought down the…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/09/u-s-imperial…

How Pervasive Is Saudi Penetration of Western Political Systems?
Padraig McGrath | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-09
When the Royal Marines seized the Iranian-owned Grace 1 supertanker off Gibraltar on July 4th, then British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt hailed the seizure as a sign that Iran had "no place to hide." On July 19th, when the Iranian …
globalresearch.ca/how-pervasive-saudi-penetration-western-political-systems/5685979

The NYT's Pro-War Arguments Against War With Iran
Gregory Shupak | fair.org | 2019-08-09
by Gregory Shupak Once you're debating who ought to start a war, you've abandoned the anti-war argument (New York Times, 6/20/19). | The New York Times has published five editorials since the beginning of May that are ostensibly critical of a possible military war between the United States and Iran. As anti-war arguments, however, they are woefully lacking–vilifying Iran without subjecting the US to comparable scrutiny, and hiding US aggression towards Iran. | The editorials regurgitate the same anti-Iran demonology pro-war voi…
fair.org/home/the-nyts-pro-war-arguments…

France Fires Back at Trump Over Iran Comments
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-09
France's Foreign Ministry has fired back at U.S. President Donald Trump over his recent comments about Paris' relationship with Iran, which the American leader criticized in a Twitter rant. | RELATED: | France: Police Repress Yellow Vest Protest in Nantes | In a written statement on Friday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that his country does not need Trump's opinion on Iran. | "France speaks for itself on Iran as a sovereign power," Le Drian stated. "France is deeply committed…
telesurenglish.net/news/France-Fires-Bac…

US Leaves INF Because of "Russia Violations," Now Encircles China with Offensive Missiles
Ulson Gunnar | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-09
We're told that the US withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty singed in 1987 between the US and Soviet Union was based on claims that Russia had violated it. | While we continue waiting for Washington to provide evidence …
globalresearch.ca/us-leaves-inf-because-russia-points-missiles-china/5685995

Nagasaki mayor hits out at nuclear powers on 74th anniversary of bombing
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-08-09
The mayor of Nagasaki has criticised nuclear states including the US and Russia as the city marked the 74th anniversary of the atomic bombing which ended the Second World War.Tomihisa Taue said nuclear powers are undermining the survivors' efforts towards building a nuclear-free world.The mayor lamented that the idea of "useful" nuclear weapons appears to be gaining traction.People attend a mass at the Urakami Cathedral in Nagasaki to mark the 74th anniversary of the world's second atomic bomb attack (Kyodo/AP)He said both the US and Russia are returning to the development and deployment of nuclear weapons, as th…
thecanary.co/global/world-news/2019/08/09/nagasaki-mayor-hits-out-at-nuclear-powers-on-74th-anniversary-of-bombing/

The Tragic Story of Jimmy Aldaoud, Deported From the Streets of Detroit to His Death in Iraq
Chris Gelardi | theintercept.com | 2019-08-09
Aldaoud was targeted as part of an ongoing ICE crackdown on Iraqi communities. His family and supporters say the agency bears responsibility for his death.
theintercept.com/2019/08/08/ice-deportat…

Guatemala Cannot Be 'Safe Third Country', US Congresswoman Says
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-09
U.S. Congresswoman Norma Torres (D-CA) said Thursday that Guatemala does not have the capacity nor the conditions to become a "Safe Third Country" (STC) because it is not able to accommodate asylum seekers that the United States would send to stay there while they process their immigration requests. | RELATED: | Guatemala Farmers Strike Against US Migration Deal | "I believe that I have been very clear in my opinion about this … Guatemala is not prepared to receive thousands of people,"
telesurenglish.net/news/Guatemala-Cannot…

New IPCC Report Warns of Vicious Cycle Between Soil Degradation and Climate Change
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-08-09
Greenpeace's Diana Ruiz discusses the new IPCC Climate report, "Climate Change and Land," which issues a dire warning about how climate change and destructive land use reinforce each other, leading to serious threats for human survival…
therealnews.com/stories/new-ipcc-report-…

On anniversary of Hiroshima, demands for end to nuclear weapons
Marilyn Bechtel | peoplesworld.org | 2019-08-09
LIVERMORE, Calif. — Determined to oppose the Trump administration's drive to develop new nuclear weapons and to strengthen the fight to eliminate nuclear weapons worldwide, some 200 demonstrators gathered here on Aug. 6 to rally against what they term "Designing Armageddon" at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Over three dozen peace, justice and faith-based organizations …
peoplesworld.org/article/on-anniversary-…

US and Turkey Collude to Steal Northern Syrian Territory
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-09
Troops of both countries illegally occupy northern Syrian territory bordering Turkey, including its oil rich area. | On the phony pretext of protecting Turkey's security, President Erdogan is intermittently battling Kurdish YPG fighters cross-border in Syria — despite their posing no …
globalresearch.ca/us-turkey-collude-steal-northern-syrian-territory/5686053

US vs. China: A Clash of Civilizations?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-09
In promoting destructive "Western values," hardline academic Samuel Huntington once said the following: | "The West must exploit differences and conflicts among Confucian and Islamic states to support in other civilizations groups sympathetic to Western values and interests — to strengthen | …
globalresearch.ca/us-china-clash-civilizations/5686024

Big Pharma: Gouges, Casualties, and the Congressional Remedy!
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
The Congress can overturn the abuses of Big Pharma and its "pay or die," subsidized business model for its drugs. Big Pharma's trail of greed, power, and cruelty gets worse every year. Its products and practices take hundreds of thousands of lives in the U.S. from over-prescriptions, lethal combinations of prescriptions, ineffective or contaminated drugs,…
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John Pilger warns: "Do not forget Assange. Or you will lose him"
wsws.org | 2019-08-09
The well-known journalist outlined the WikiLeaks founder's deteriorating health, and the draconian conditions in which he is being held in a British prison.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/09/pilg…

Bolsonaro's War on the Amazon: Mass Mining Invasion of Yanomami Lands in Brazil Threatens Their Survival
Marcus Colchester | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-09
Acting in response to public statements from the President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, on the need to open up indigenous lands in the Amazon Basin to extractive industries, an estimated 20,000 illegal miners are reported to have invaded the …
globalresearch.ca/bolsonaros-war-on-the-amazon-mass-mining-invasion-of-yanomami-lands-in-brazil-threatens-their-survival/5686008

Militarized Observers: Institutional Daydreams of Ethics End Runs to Weaponize Culture
David Price | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
A significant limitation facing scholars studying US military uses of anthropology and other social sciences is that while the existence and activities of various military programs are known, and some related documents are available, there is much about these programs that remains unknown to outsiders. Yet, even with these gaps in knowledge, it is possible…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/09/militarized-…

European 'Fridays for Future' Movement Takes to Swiss Streets
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-09
Thousands of environmental activists from 38 European countries brought their "Fridays for Future" movement to the Swiss city of Lausanne, calling for swift action from politicians and businesses to reduce emissions linked to global warming. | RELATED: | Endangered Condors Face Fragile Existence in Andes | "We are all united coming from different countries, and despite the fact it's holidays we are ready to sacrifice our time to have politics change, to raise awareness about what's happeni…
telesurenglish.net/news/European-Fridays…

'Arm to the teeth & pretend to be Canadian': McAfee's savage tactical advice for next US Civil War
rt.com | 2019-08-09
Scandalously famous tech millionaire John McAfee has offered some cheeky advice for both blue and red states in case a civil war erupts in the US: hoard guns, pretend to be Canadian, and sell useless states to Mexico and Cuba. | …
rt.com/usa/466119-mcafee-guns-civil-war/

How We Learned to Hate the Bomb
Norman Stockwell | progressive.org | 2019-08-09
For nearly three-quarters of a century, "The Progressive" has been a consistent voice against nuclear madness.
progressive.org/dispatches/how-we-learne…

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa
wsws.org | 2019-08-09
Ryanair pilots in Britain have given an 80 percent strike mandate while south African bank workers plan to protest massive job losses and Kenyan workers struck the multi-billion-shilling Thwake Dam construction project.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/09/work…

The Right Wing Is Trying to Make It a Crime to Oppose Fascism
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-09
| Conservatives in the U.S. have long sought to reframe grassroots political activism as dangerously radical, but efforts to criminalize protests have rapidly intensified since Donald Trump's election. Most recently, Senators Ted Cruz and Bill Cassidy introduced a resolution that names "Antifa" as a "domestic terrorist organization." | "This was a move designed to punish dissent against both racist groups and policies of the government," David Rose, a member of Portland's Rose City Antifa, told Truthou…
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Defense Contractor Builds Lobbying Team With Firms Tied to Mueller Probe
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-09
| A Kuwaiti defense contractor that pleaded guilty to stealing U.S. government funds is assembling a team of lobbyists and foreign influence operatives from high-profile, and sometimes controversial, firms. | Agility Public Warehousing recently inked contracts with three firms to represent its interests through lobbying and foreign influence campaigns, the first time the Kuwaiti defense contractor has been listed as a foreign principal under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. All of the fi…
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Embattled Kuwaiti defense contractor building foreign influence operation with firms tied to Mueller probe
Anna Massoglia | nationofchange.org | 2019-08-09
A Kuwaiti defense contractor that plead guilty to stealing U.S. government funds is assembling a team of lobbyists and foreign influence operatives from high-profile, and sometimes controversial, firms. Agility Public Warehousing recently inked contracts with three firms to represent its interests through lobbying and foreign influence campaigns, the first time the Kuwaiti defense contractor has …
nationofchange.org/2019/08/09/embattled-…

Trump's New Coal Rules Will Bury Rural America
Gloria Oladipo | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
New coal standards proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are threatening to permanently undermine the federal government's power to control power plant pollution. The new rule — which would empower states to decide how much they want to reduce their emissions, if at all — will be devastating for all Americans. Especially vulnerable are…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/09/trumps-new-c…

The Sixties: De-tripping, Yeah
John Kendall Hawkins | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
I had intentions of watching Quentin Tarantino's new film, Once Upon A Time … in Hollywood, and then writing a review, keened up, like most of his aficionados, with the anticipation it might be his last film, and eager to see how QT handled the Sixties, with limited retrospection, given that he was only six…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/09/the-sixties-…

Blood in Our Eyes
John Steppling | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
"As the business grew, Sturm Ruger CEO Michael Fifer lobbied personally against a Connecticut ban on high-capacity magazines, commonly used with the company's semi-automatic rifles. "The regulation of magazine capacity will not deter crime, but will instead put law-abiding citizens at risk of harm," Fifer wrote to state lawmakers in early 2011. The legislation died…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/09/blood-in-our…

Mass-Shootings as Expressions of U.S. Racism
Gary Leupp | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
Nineteenth century U.S. racism, resting in part on biblical myth (the curse of Ham) and Social Darwinist notions of racial hierarchies, focused on the defense of slavery and suppression of uppity blacks. Its cruelest, most terrorist tool was the lynching. Twenty-first century racism rests on the myth of a lost golden era of white ("White")…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/09/mass-shootin…

David Horowitz's Hate Group, Civil War and the White House
Jonah Raskin | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
"People are scared and frightened. The country is on the verge of a war between people of color and law enforcement, and the White House seems to be spurring it on." — Greg Sarris, Chairman the Federated Indians of the Graton Rancheria Last month, I wrote an article about the 1970s clandestine organization, the Weather Underground,…
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Tweeting Publicly Available Information isn't "Shameful and Dangerous"
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
On August 5, US Representative Joaquin Castro (D-TX) posted an infographic to Twitter naming and shaming his city's most generous supporters of President Donald Trump's re-election campaign:…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/09/tweeting-pub…

The Global Lockdown
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
When a visitor to the United States enters the airport they plan to leave from they expect to show their passport and declare their baggage. However, it used to be that most passengers expected these interactions to be conducted by customs officials only in their own country. This is often no longer the case. Instead,…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/09/the-global-l…

Where Have All The Racists Gone?
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
When people in his base hear Donald Trump say that he is "a very stable genius" or that he is not a racist do they believe a word of it? Or do they simply not care that he lies and spews nonsense? I am not thinking about the Trump supporters at the very bottom of…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/09/where-have-a…

Paul Krassner: Nun Smooching In America
Michael Simmons | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
When I was 12-years old in 1967, my father Matty Simmons published Cheetah — a slick magazine designed for what the press called "hippies." It was a fine publication — top-shelf scribes like Tom Nolan, Robert Christgau and Ellen Willis contributed, editor Jules Siegel ran his legendary "Goodbye Surfing, Hello God" profile that announced to…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/09/paul-krassne…

Climate Crisis Means the Ruling Class has Failed. Can the Working Class Inherit the Earth?
Richard Moser | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
The climate crisis is proof positive that the ruling class is an utter failure — but it will not fall on its own. Can the working class rise to the challenge? It sure will help if we understand that our class interests are not merely the economic needs of working people — no matter how important…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/09/climate-cris…

The Mexican as Endangered Species
Alvaro Huerta | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
Mexicans have official become members of an endangered or hunted species in the U.S. (I'm not referring to our enormous demographics, as we'll continue to multiply in el norte–where individuals of Mexican origin represent over 40 million citizens/residents–despite the racist fantasies of Donald J. Trump and his immoral ilk. Throughout the early 1800s to the…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/09/the-mexican-…

The "Trump Recovery": Behind Right-Wing Populism's Radical Transformation
Anthony DiMaggio | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
Trump's unique brand of right-wing populism has long been sold in "mainstream" discourse via a narrative that his supporters are angry as hell over mounting personal and economic insecurity, in an age that affords fewer and fewer opportunities to the "working class." This story was popularized in part because of Trump's rhetoric, and because of…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/09/the-trump-re…

Democrats and the Politics of Change
Rob Urie | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
With the political season underway, the question of an effective politics is the subtext of the debates and speeches intended to motivate constituencies and movements. This should read as odd: in the U.S., it is the act of getting elected that defines effective politics. But as neoliberalism has crept into every aspect of modern life, elections have become an anti-politics, a way of working against the democratic will.
counterpunch.org/2019/08/09/democrats-an…

Resolving the Democrats' Dilemma
Richard Rubenstein | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
When it comes to thinking about the 2020 presidential election, a dominant theme among both commentators and candidates is the "Democrats' Dilemma": an alleged contradiction between the party's ideological interests and its electoral ambitions. Energized by a new crop of progressive lawmakers, the Dems are leaning left on issues ranging from "tax the rich" and…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/09/resolving-th…

Atomic Bombs Are Not Lifesavers
Timothy Braatz | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
One shouldn't have to state the obvious. It is well known that two atomic detonations, in early August, 1945, killed over 100,000 Hiroshima and Nagasaki residents, revealing the unlimited human capacity for atrocity in wartime. But it seems many U.S. history teachers are still telling students that the atomic bombings somehow saved lives. Whence cometh…
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Pentagon Warns of Resurgence of ISIS in Syria and Iraq
Steven Sahiounie | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-09
A recent report issued by the U.S. Pentagon's Inspector General warns of conditions in Syria and Iraq which potentially could allow for ISIS to spread once again. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had not read the report but recalled the …
globalresearch.ca/pentagon-warns-resurgence-isis-syria-iraq/5686002

Video: Syrian Army Makes Fresh Gains in Battle for Northern Hama
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-09
On the morning of August 7, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Tiger Forces advanced on positions of radical militants in northwestern Hama. During the day, units of the SAA and the Tiger Forces liberated the villages of Arbeen …
globalresearch.ca/video-army-makes-fresh-gains-battle-northern-hama/5685981

Crisis in Kyrgzyztan: Another Color Revolution or Even Civil War?
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-09
The historically unstable Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan was suddenly thrown into yet another crisis after the former president and his supporters opened fire on the special forces that were dispatched to serve a warrant for his arrest on corruption …
globalresearch.ca/will-kyrgz-crisis-lead-another-color-revolution-even-civil-war/5685994

"Worst Year Ever": The Chinese Ban on U.S. Agricultural Products Will be a Death Blow for Countless U.S. Farms
Michael Snyder | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-09
U.S. farmers have never experienced a year quite like this. During the first half of 2019, endless rain and unprecedented flooding were the major problems. As a result of the incredibly wet conditions, millions of acres of prime farmland didn't …
globalresearch.ca/chinese-ban-u-s-agricultural-products-death-blow-countless-u-s-farms/5686041

US Empire: The Reality of the "Greater United States"
Makia Freeman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-09
The US Empire is not a term you will commonly hear when people refer to the United States of America. Nor is the Greater United States, American Empire or even just Empire. There is something of a taboo quality …
globalresearch.ca/us-empire-reality-greater-united-states/5686035

Mobility and Maginot Lines: China Hysteria Down Under
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-09
The blinkered security establishment is standard fare in politics. From Washington to Manila, we hear of terrors and concerns which tend to more spectral than not. Legitimate concerns such as catastrophic environmental failure, or a nuclear accident, are treated with …
globalresearch.ca/mobility-maginot-lines-china-hysteria-down-under/5685983

A Cross Taken from a Nagasaki Cathedral after the Atomic Bombing Gets Returned 74 Years Later
Matt Field | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-09
Short on time and fuel, the crew members of the B-29 bomber Bockscar flew over Nagasaki, Japan, scanning for an opening in the clouds. They had already abandoned their initial target, the city of Kokura, due to low visibility. Over …
globalresearch.ca/cross-taken-nagasaki-cathedral-after-atomic-bombing-gets-returned-74-years-later/5686030

Will China Trigger Next Financial Tsunami?
F. William Engdahl | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-09
With the US decision to impose added tariffs on more than $300 billion of China trade, and the US Treasury declaring China a "currency manipulator", global financial markets have reacted with sharp selling. The question is whether this is the …
globalresearch.ca/will-china-trigger-next-financial-tsunami/5686006

Neoliberalism Has Met Its Match in China. We're in a Trade and Currency War
Ellen Brown | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-09
When the Federal Reserve cut interest rates on July 31st for the first time in more than a decade, commentators were asking why. According to official data, the economy was rebounding, unemployment was below 4%, and GDP growth was …
globalresearch.ca/neoliberalism-met-match-china/5685992

Conversations with Fidel Castro: The Dangers of a Nuclear War
Fidel Castro Ruz | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-09
"In a nuclear war the collateral damage would be the life of humankind. Let us have the courage to proclaim that all nuclear or conventional weapons, everything that is used to make war, must disappear!" "It is about demanding that the world is not led into a nuclear catastrophe, it is to preserve life." (Fidel Castro, 15 October 2010)…
globalresearch.ca/conversations-with-fidel-castro-the-dangers-of-a-nuclear-war/21892

Trump Endorses Bolsonaro's Son as Brazilian Ambassador
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-09
The U.S. administration announced on Thursday that they have formally endorsed Eduardo Bolsonaro's nomination to the Brazilian embassy in Washington, as reported by Folha de Sao Paulo. | RELATED: | Brazil's Bolsonaro Calls Convicted Torturer 'National Hero' | "Besides being an act of nepotism, it is the appointment of someone who will lead a strategic sector of the country's foreign relations [by assuming] a view in which Brazil must subordinate itself to the U.S. geopolitical and ec…
telesurenglish.net/news/Trump-Endorses-B…

Unions, workers, EPI back Warren bill to crack down on 'private equity' funds
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-08-09
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla.–So-called "private equity" investment funds, one of the worst manifestations of anti-worker corrupt corporate capitalism, left Madelyn Garcia and her co-workers without jobs. And she came to Washington in August to help launch legislation to curb their robberies. Garcia, you see, spent 30 years at a Toys "R" Us store in Boynton Beach, …
peoplesworld.org/article/unions-workers-…

Jeremy Corbyn is at a crossroads. The decision he makes now will change everything
James Wright | thecanary.co | 2019-08-09
Jeremy Corbyn is at a crossroads. And with scientists warning we have 18 months to begin a green industrial revolution to avoid climate catastrophe, the stakes have never been higher. The decision the Labour leadership makes now will change everything. | The stakes: | Britain may be a small country, but if it elects Corbyn as the prime minister of a genuinely progressive government on the promise to deliver a green new deal, that will have global repercussions. It will be a tu…
thecanary.co/opinion/2019/08/09/jeremy-corbyn-is-at-a-crossroads-the-decision-he-makes-now-will-change-everything/

Jacksonville, Florida officials move forward with electrical utility privatization plan
wsws.org | 2019-08-09
The Jacksonville Electrical Authority board has laid the groundwork for the approval of the sale of the largest public utility in the state through months of crisis mongering.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/09/priv…

Heroes in their Own Minds
Peter Breschard | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-08-09
There are thousands of faceless heroes out there on the Internet and on the airwaves. It's about time they came forward and claimed the recognition they so justly deserve. These brave soldiers battle for their and others' freedoms each and every day. When events occur which will forever justify their labors, they are all too …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/08/heroes-in-the…

Surging in Polls, Elizabeth Warren Now Has a Path to the Nomination
Ed Kilgore | commondreams.org | 2019-08-09
Elizabeth Warren, looking more and more viable. (Photo: Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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'I Am My Own Mother' shows finding birth families an awkward business
Jo Allen-Eure | peoplesworld.org | 2019-08-09
What child would not want to know their DNA origins? In the experience of adopted children, most of them do want to know, Where do I come from? That was the case with Dionne Audain, playing the part of Esther, the lead character in I Am My Own Mother, written and directed by Andrew Zox, …
peoplesworld.org/article/i-am-my-own-mot…

Australian High Court scraps free speech for workers
wsws.org | 2019-08-09
The judges' support for the sacking of a public servant is part of an assault on free speech under conditions of escalating social, geo-strategic and war tensions.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/09/high…

'Hispanic man armed with AR-15' guns down 2 in Texas rush hour, flees as witness fires back
rt.com | 2019-08-09
A typical Houston rush hour has turned into a major gun battle after a gunman armed with a semi-automatic rifle killed two people and was forced to flee the scene when one of the witnesses opened return fire. | …
rt.com/usa/466121-texas-houston-freeway-…

Heavily-armed man in body armor arrested after casually walking into Missouri Walmart (PHOTOS)
rt.com | 2019-08-09
A man strapped with "tactical weapons," sporting body armor and carrying 100 rounds of ammunition has been arrested at a Missouri Walmart just days after another heavily-armed man killed 22 people at a Walmart in Texas. | …
rt.com/usa/466118-walmart-armed-man-arre…

Malaysia charges 17 Goldman Sachs figures over 1MDB scandal
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-08-09
Malaysian prosecutors have filed criminal charges against 17 more current and former directors at three Goldman Sachs subsidiaries over their role in the alleged multibillion-dollar ransacking of state investment fund 1MDB. | Malaysian and US prosecutors allege that bond sales organised by Goldman Sachs for 1MDB provided one of the means for associates of former Malaysian leader Najib Razak to steal billions over several years from a fund that was ostensibly set up to accelerate Malaysia's economic development. | The government filed criminal charges in December against Goldman Sachs and two former executives for…
thecanary.co/breaking-news/2019/08/09/malaysia-charges-17-goldman-sachs-figures-over-1mdb-scandal/

Facebook Settlement Breaks a Record, But Not the Cycle of Exploitation
Amos Toh | progressive.org | 2019-08-09
For years, Facebook engaged in a pattern of deceptive conduct that misled users about how their data was being handled. Now, despite a $5 billion fine imposed by the U.S. government, it promises to do little to guarantee a change in behavior.
progressive.org/dispatches/facebook-sett…

How Israel's Erasure of Palestinian History Perpetuates Occupation
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-08-09
Prof. Ilan Pappe discusses why Israel's agency in charge of nuclear security hid documents about the Nakba, the catastrophe in which Palestinians were driven from their land in 1948, explaining that it was an effort to eliminate the Palestinian narrative…
therealnews.com/stories/how-israels-eras…

Trump's EPA Sued for Not Banning Brain-Damaging Pesticide
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-09
Chlorpyrifos producer Dow Chemical falsely claims the pesticide "protects." It's been poisoning the earth and people for nearly half a century. | The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) "for a healthy planet and safer world" said Dow is the main beneficiary …
globalresearch.ca/trump-epa-sued-not-banning-brain-damaging-pesticide/5686021

Roaming Charges: Small Stains on the Pavement
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
Many of the liberals talking the loudest about "white supremacy" on MSDNC have only known its privileges, thus they would have us believe white supremacy resides only in the vile minds of the KKK and Aryan Nations, instead of the racist forces operating inside the banks, the school boards, the police, the FBI, the Pentagon that degrade, impoverish and kill people every single day.
counterpunch.org/2019/08/09/roaming-char…

Example of 'Unknown Unknowns,' Study Detailing 'Almost Instant Mortality of Corals' Suggests Crisis Worse Than Previously Understood
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-08-09
As the human-caused climate crisis drives up ocean temperatures at a rate that has scientists worried, a study published Thursday in the journal Current Biology reveals that warming waters are an even bigger threat to coral reefs than experts previously realized. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/08/09/example…

Gaffe nucleare della Nato
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-09
Che gli Stati uniti mantengano bombe nucleari in cinque paesi della Nato — Italia, Germania, Belgio, Olanda e Turchia — è provato da tempo (in particolare dalla Federazione degli scienziati americani). La Nato perà≤ non l'ha mai ammesso ufficialmente. Qualcosa …
globalresearch.ca/gaffe-nucleare-della-nato/5686059

A 'gaffe' nuclear da NATO
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-09
Que os EUA mantém bombas nucleares em cinco países da NATO — Itália, Alemanha, Bélgica, Holanda e Turquia — está há muito comprovado (em especial pela Federaàßà£o dos Cientistas Americanos). No entanto, a NATO nunca o admitiu oficialmente. No entanto, …
globalresearch.ca/a-gaffe-nuclear-da-nato/5686062

Is armed community self-defense the answer to white supremacist terrorism?
Joe Sims | peoplesworld.org | 2019-08-09
Trump's hate speech and actions have resulted in horrific casualties in recent days and weeks. Violent words have begotten violent acts. Time and again, domestic terrorists have been encouraged and set loose upon the land. Grief, fear, and intimidation have followed, but so have outrage, determination, and indignation at the deliberate incitement of white supremacist …
peoplesworld.org/article/is-armed-commun…

USA Homegrown Terrorism
Edel Rodriguez | thenation.com | 2019-08-09
USA Homegrown Terrorism…
thenation.com/article/usa-homegrown-terr…

UN Human Rights Chief Condemns Trump Embargo Against Venezuela
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-09
| The United Nations' high commissioner for human rights on Thursday condemned the Trump administration's embargo against Venezuela and warned the far-reaching sanctions could deny food, medicine, and other necessities to millions of people. | "I am deeply worried about the pote…
truthout.org/articles/un-human-rights-ch…

Friday's Daily Brief: Indigenous Peoples' Day, Yemen food aid, IDs for Rohingya, protect fleeing Malians, Nagasaki Peace Ceremony
United Nations | un.org | 2019-08-09
Our main stories: 'Promote' indigenous peoples' languages urges Guterres; WFP resumes Yemen food aid; 500,000 Rohingya ID cards issued; Malians fleeing violence need protection; Nagasaki Peace Ceremony message…
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UN: Global food and water crisis threatens 3 billion people
wsws.org | 2019-08-09
A new report by the United Nations warns that anthropogenic climate change, if left unchecked, will render a steadily increasing portion of Earth essentially uninhabitable.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/09/clim…

Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders ready for talks with UN chief on improved relations
United Nations | un.org | 2019-08-09
Leaders of the Greek and Turkish parts of the divided island of Cyprus have agreed to meet with the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, in order to "plan the way forward", and improve the daily lives of all Cypriots, a statement from the UN Mission in Cyprus, declared on Friday.
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The Media Have Missed a Crucial Message of the UN's Biodiversity Report
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-09
| This article was originally published by The Nation magazine and is republished here with permission. Read the full text of the author's article here.Earlier this summer, the United Nations released a report warning of the immine…
truthout.org/articles/the-media-have-mis…

Supersizing Climate Change: U.N. Says Meat Production Destroys Land & Diminishes Key Water Sources
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-09
The United Nations' top panel of climate scientists warns that humans are consuming land and water resources at an unprecedented rate, with the destructive effects of the climate crisis increasingly threatening the planet's biodiversity and the food security of hundreds of millions of people. In its latest climate change and land special report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that without dramatic action, extreme weather and rising temperatures will turn even more fertile land into desert, shrinking the global food supply, even as the world's population rises to more than 7.5 billion people.
www.democracynow.org/2019/8/9/ipcc_repor…

UN food aid to Yemen will fully resume after two-month break, as Houthis 'guarantee' delivery
United Nations | un.org | 2019-08-09
Life-saving food aid distribution is set to resume to 850,000 people in the Yemeni capital, Sana'a, following guarantees by Houthi opposition forces that the supplies will reach those who need them most, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/08/1…

Judiciary as Continuation of Warfare: How the West Uses Srebrenica to Implement Thought-crime Legislation
Hannes Hofbauer | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-09
The battle over Srebrenica in the 1990s was part of the Bosnian civil war, which had been brutally waged from both the Serb and the Muslim side. To use the definition of genocide exclusively for the killing that took place | …
globalresearch.ca/judiciary-continuation-warfare-how-west-uses-srebrenica-implement-thought-crime-legislation/5685687

The War on Innocence: Palestinian Children in Israeli Military Court
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-09
On July 29, 4-year-old Muhammad Rabi' Elayyan was reportedly summoned for interrogation by the Israeli police in occupied Jerusalem. The news, originally reported by the Palestinian News Agency (WAFA), was later denied by the Israeli police, likely to lessen the impact of the PR disaster that followed. The Israelis are not denying the story in…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/09/the-war-on-i…

New Fears for Julian Assange
Consortiumnews | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-09
Legendary journalist John Pilger has been to see Assange in Belmarsh Prison in London and his report is not encouraging. | Journalist John Pilger visited imprisoned WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Tuesday and has raised an alarm about Assange's "deteriorated" health….
globalresearch.ca/new-fears-julian-assange/5686028

Peace for Colombia
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-08-09
Latin American solidarity activists rallied for peace and justice in Colombia, in Sydney on August 3. | Speakers called for an end to the killings of social leaders. More than 600 social leaders, including indigenous land rights activists and human rights advocates, have been killed since 2016. | Photos and stories of many of the activists were displayed in Sydney's iconic Circular Quay. | The action was organised by United for Colombia and included a cultural festival of music, dance, theatre and poetry. | international solidarity…
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Socialist seminar discusses anti-capitalist solutions
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-08-09
Socialism. Today. was the theme of a lively day-long seminar about critical issues facing the movements for social and ecological change, hosted by the Socialist Alliance on August 4. | Extinction Rebellion and Student Strike 4 Climate activist Parker Craig said support for the September 20 student climate strike is growing, despite attempts by some school authorities to stifle it. | Maritime Union of Australia activist and author Penny McCall Howard said the recent student climate strikes had helped shift politics, including in the union movement. | She said: "We now face the task of building a class-conscious e…
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Coalition seeks to further unleash fossil fuel industry
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-08-09
Lock the Gate Alliance has warned that a recently announced federal government review of current mining assessment regulation will further reduce regional communities' ability to fight inappropriate and unwanted resource exploitation. | Federal resources minister Matt Canavan announced at the NSW Minerals Council conference on August 5 that the government had asked the Productivity Commission to hold a 12-month review into what he thinks is the over-regulation of the resources sector. | He said there had been "far too many delays" in the approval of mining projects, singling out Adani's contested Carmichael coal…
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NSW one step closer to decriminalising abortion
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-08-09
"It is simple, straight forward: stay out of the lives of women", implored one Liberal MLA as debate in the NSW Legislative Assembly on a bill to decriminalise abortion entered its second day on August 7. | Eventually, after eleven and a half hours of debate, the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019 was passed in the lower house 59 to 31 on August 8. | Speaking to Green Left Weekly the day after, NSW Greens spokesperson for women Jenny Leong said it was clear from…
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