Daily Archives: July 9, 2019

2019-07-09: News Headlines

plenglish (2019-07-09). Venezuela Advocates for Peace in Political Dialogue with Opposition. plenglish.com Caracas, Jul 9 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan government ratified on Tuesday its commitment to a peaceful solution to the dialogues with the opposition, led by Norway based in Barbados.

San Jose Peace & Justice Center (2019-07-09). The Coming Renewable Energy Revolution. indybay.org San José Peace and Justice Center | 48 South 7th Street | San José, CA 95112 | Bus routes: 22, 522, 23, 11, 63, 64, 72, 73, 81, Hwy 17 Express, MST 55, Dash, LRT, 181…

Howard Lisnoff (2019-07-09). The D.O.A. Peace Movement Ain't Marching Much Anymore, But We Did. counterpunch.org We won't be erased or airbrushed out of history. Even though there appears to be no life in anything resembling a vibrant antiwar movement, especially on college campuses, the endless wars the U.S. now fights go on with lives lost and trillions of dollars of so-called national treasure thrown away. In 2018, I received an email from More

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-07-09). CBO Analysis Shows $15 Federal Minimum Wage Would Raise Pay for 27 Million Workers and Lift 1.3 Million Out of Poverty. commondreams.org "It has been more than 10 years since congress raised the minimum wage—the longest stretch in history. This is a shameful benchmark. Congress should immediately pass the Raise the Wage Act." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/fight_for_15_4.jpg

Patrick Cockburn (2019-07-09). The Seizure of an Iranian Tanker and the Lethal Toll of Sanctions. counterpunch.org The seizure of an Iranian oil tanker allegedly bound for Syria by British Royal Marine commandos off Gibraltar is the latest episode in the long and disastrous history of economic sanctions in the Middle East. The UK claims that it is implementing EU sanctions on Syria, but the act will be seen by Tehran — and most other states — as the British enforcing US sanctions on Iran that the EU said it opposes. An Iranian official said a British tanker should be seized in retaliation. More

Global Research News (2019-07-08). Selected Articles: UN Report on Human Rights in Venezuela Faulty by Design. globalresearch.ca A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer". | . | . | | | If, like us, this is …

teleSUR (2019-07-08). Chinese VP Says World Cannot Shut China Out. telesurenglish.net Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan took an indirect jab at the United States during his opening address to the World Peace Format Beijing's Tsinghua University. | RELATED: | 'Pacific Alliance' Reaches Out To Other Regional Trade Blocs | The Chinese Vice President pointed out the faults of the U.S. administration's pressure on China, while highlighting the fact that Beijing plays a critical role in the world's economic development. "China's development can't shut out the rest of the…

teleSUR (2019-07-08). Venezuelan Delegation in Barbados for Dialogue With Opposition. telesurenglish.net A Venezuelan delegation arrived in Barbados on Monday to continue the process of peace dialogue with the opposition, which has been supported by the Government of Norway since last May 14. | RELATED: | Venezuelan Gov't and Opposition to Continue Negotiation Talks in Barbados | The sectoral vice president of Communication, Tourism and Culture, Jorge Rodríguez, through an official statement, disclosed on his Twitter account about the arrival of this group to the Caribbean nation to a…

teleSUR (2019-07-08). Peruvian Gov ¥t Approves Open-Pit Mining Project Amid Opposition. telesurenglish.net The right-wing Peruvian government has authorized United States (U.S.) firm Southern Copper to begin the major open-pit mining construction project "Tia Maria" before the environmental permit runs out, despite strong social resistance by environmental groups and local residents. | RELATED: | Peruvian Congressman Sentenced to Five Years on Collusion | "The government has finally decided to grant the construction license" reported the newspaper Gestion, citing government sources, aft…

Staff (2019-07-08). As Congress Stalls, States Are Countering Digital Deception. truthout.org The federal government has done remarkably little to counter digital deception in our democracy. Even now, three years after the 2016 election exposed the extent of digital threats, Congress hasn't passed any bills that substantively address the issue. The state level, however, is a different story. There, legislators are taking decisive action against digital threats to democracy via transparency laws, privacy protections, and more. | State-level legislation protects statewide elections and provides a preview of how lar…

Staff (2019-07-08). NY Gov. Cuomo OKs Release of Trump Tax Returns to Congress. truthdig.com A law designed to give Democrats a way around the president's refusal to release his returns is expected to face months of legal challenges.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-07-08). 'Any Further Delay Is an Injustice': Given Green Light by Cuomo, Rep. Richard Neal Urged to Request Trump's New York Tax Returns Immediately. commondreams.org "New York has provided Congress a new route for getting answers. Chairman Richard Neal should immediately request Trump's state tax returns as he is now legally entitled to do." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/richard_neal_0.jpg

WSWS (2019-07-08). Trump aide threatens one million immigrants with deportation. wsws.org While the White House escalates its attacks on immigrants, congressional Democrats are deepening their collaboration with Trump.

Renee Parsons (2019-07-08). 5G Complexities and National Security. counterpunch.org In case you missed the kickoff, there is an unprecedented 'must win' wireless race for the US to cross the 5G finish line before China as alluded to during the recent Senate Commerce Committee oversight hearing on the Federal Commerce Commission. The details were thin with no real discussion on the need for 5G or More

Arabi Souri (2019-07-08). Nobody Is Talking About the Sanctions Against Syria! globalresearch.ca In the news: The smart US regime discovered an oil shipment heading from Iran to Syria and ordered their British ever-loyal servants to steal a large Iranian oil tanker carrying oil to Syria and crossing half of the world …

The New Arab (2019-07-08). US Call for German Troops in Syria Angers Berlin. globalresearch.ca Discord broke out in German Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition Sunday, after the United States urged the country to send ground troops to Syria as Washington looks to withdraw from the region. | "We want ground troops from Germany to …

The Saker (2019-07-08). Debunking the Rumors about Russia Caving in to Israel. dissidentvoice.org ‚Ä¢ Author's Note: This analysis was written for the Unz Review ***** This Spring saw a sudden increase in the volume of articles in the so-called "alternative media and blogosphere" about Putin "selling out" Syria or Iran to the Israelis and their US patrons, or both. What was particularly interesting about this campaign is that …

Firas Samuri (2019-07-08). Could Trump's Tricks Boost His Ratings and Settle the Syrian Conflict? globalresearch.ca Recently the U.S. President Donald Trump formally launched his 2020 re-election campaign in front of a large crowd in Orlando, Florida. The campaign is gaining momentum. We have already seen the celebrities and politicians speeches, preliminary ratings and even the …

Charles Davis (2019-07-08). Donald Trump's Fake Isolationism. commondreams.org At a minimum, U.S.-led conventional airpower killed over 5,000 civilians in Iraq and Syria in the first two years of MAGA foreign policy, according to the monitoring group Airwars. (Photo: U.S. Army photo by Sean Kimmons.) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/donaldtrump_6.jpeg

Staff (2019-07-07). As Activists Push Democratic Climate Debate, DNC Donors Profit from Oil, Gas. therealnews.com For Democrats, the presidential primaries will end in Milwaukee at its convention in July 2020. It will be heavily funded by fossil fuel investors, Wes Edens and Marc Lasry, who also own the Milwaukee Bucks.

RT (2019-07-07). AOC wants victorious US women's world cup team to be paid twice what male players get. rt.com Outspoken Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez congratulated the US women's football team on their World Cup victory by calling for the players to be paid double the men's rate. |

Staff (2019-07-07). More Details Emerge About Horrible Conditions at Immigration Detention Centers. therealnews.com A DHS Inspector General report and a visit by members of Congress to detention centers, the inhumane conditions become clearer and spark more outrage…

United Nations (2019-07-07). Syria: At least seven children killed in yet another airstrike. un.org According to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), at least seven children were killed in an airstrike against displaced civilians on Saturday on the village of Mhambel, in the outskirts of Idlib, in northwest Syria. News reports state that over 20 civilians were killed in this attack led by Government forces using missiles and barrel bombs.

RT (2019-07-06). 'Now it's the Democrats begging for war?' Lee Camp demolishes critics of Trump-Kim peace overtures. rt.com Diplomatic headway made between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un is unacceptable because it could lead to peace, Lee Camp said, poking fun at those criticizing the US president for meeting with Kim.

CGTN America (2019-07-05). What's really happening in Sudan? cgtn.com On the latest episode of The Heat Podcast, guest host Mike Walter joins columnist and activist Azaz El Shami to discuss the uprisings in Sudan and the road toward peace.

Staff (2019-07-05). Anti-Trump 4th of July Protest in DC Features 'Baby Trump' Blimp. therealnews.com The peace group CodePink organized a protest on the Washington DC Mall, just prior to Trump's militarized Independence Day extravaganza. The protest featured the 'Baby Trump' balloon from London, many speakers, and a reading of Frederick Douglass' speech, "What To The Slave Is The 4th Of July?"

Tyler Durden (2019-07-05). Iran Threatens Seizure of UK Oil Tanker if Iranian Oil Tanker Not Released. theantimedia.com (ZH) — Iran has called for the "immediate release" of its oil tanker after British Royal Marines boarded and seized it off Gibraltar a day ago after it took a long 90-day trek around the tip of Africa, presumably to evade sanctions enforcement en route to Syria. Authorities had accused the Grace 1 supertanker of illegal smuggling …

pip.hinman (2019-07-05). Labor votes for Coalition's billions in tax cuts for the rich. greenleft.org.au It is an image that captured Labor's class betrayal on July 3, the first day of the new federal parliament. | A division had been called in the House of Representatives over the Coalition government's bill for huge tax cuts, which will disproportionately benefit the rich, erode progressive income tax by making marginal tax rates flatter, and force more cuts to public health, education and welfare. | On one side sat the sole Greens MP Adam Bandt and independent MP Andrew Wilkie. On the other, Labor and Coalition MPs. | The tax cuts then passed through the Senate the following day, with only Greens senators voting…

pip.hinman (2019-07-04). Freedom, justice and peace for Sudan. greenleft.org.au The Sudanese community and supporters turned out across Australia on June 22 and 30 in support of the revolution in Sudan. | Rallies in Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Sydney have featured energetic dancing, poetry and singing, with protesters chanting "Peace, justice, freedom in Sudan" and "End the killings now". | Dozens of protesters have been killed by the military regime in Sudan. One of the victims was 26-year-old engineer Mohamed Mattar, whose favourite color was blue. This prompted #BlueForSudan, with people wearing blue clothes at rallies around the world to remember the victims. | Speakers call…

susan_p (2019-07-04). Palestine: Trump's 'deal of the century' rejected as more of the same. greenleft.org.au Palestinian leaders have criticised US President Donald Trump's much-hyped and long-awaited vision for Middle East peace, unveiled on June 25 in Bahrain, as more neo-colonialist containment. | Trump has touted the plan as the "deal of the century". Jared Kushner, Trump's son in law and architect of the plan, described it as the " opportunity of the century". | The proposal, "Peace to Prosperity", is the latest in a <...

Staff (2019-07-04). Danny Glover & Ta-Nehisi Coates Make the Case for Reparations at Historic Congressional Hearing. democracynow.org On June 19, a subcommittee of the House Judiciary held a historic hearing on reparations for slavery—the first of its kind in over a decade. The hearing coincided with Juneteenth, a day that commemorates June 19, 1865, when slaves in Galveston, Texas, finally learned that the Emancipation Proclamation had abolished slavery. This year marks the 400th anniversary of the transatlantic slave trade. Lawmakers are considering a bill titled the "Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act." It was introduced by Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Houston, after former Congressm…

Tyler Durden (2019-07-04). US Congressman Justin Amash Quits the Republican Party. theantimedia.com (ZH Op-Ed) — Update: That was quick. President Trump has apparently taken a quick break from preparing for today's festivities to take one last swing at Amash on his way out the door. In a tweet, Trump called him "the dumbest & most disloyal [man] in Congress". Trump insisted Amash "knew he couldn't get the nomination to run again …

Staff (2019-07-04). Ta-Nehisi Coates: Reparations Are Not Just About Slavery But Also Centuries of Theft & Racial Terror. democracynow.org We speak with renowned writer Ta-Nehisi Coates on the lasting legacy of American slavery, how the national dialogue about reparations has progressed in the past five years and his testimony in favor of reparations at a historic hearing last month, in which he took direct aim at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Coates says, "It is absolutely impossible to imagine America without enslavement."

Jason Ditz (2019-07-04). British Marines Seize Oil Tanker Suspected of Bringing Iranian Oil to Syria. theantimedia.com British Royal Marines have seized an oil tanker they suspected was headed to Syria, which would be a violation of US and EU sanctions.

Eva Bartlett (2019-07-04). Voices from Syria's Rukban Refugee Camp Belie Corporate Media Reporting. mintpressnews.com Eva Bartlett visited refugees in Syria escaping the horrid conditions in the Rukban Refugee Camp, a desolate outpost in the US administered deconfliction zone. What she found was very different than the 'reality' depicted by the Western press.

CGTN America (2019-07-03). Could Huawei help US — China relations? cgtn.com On today's episode of The Heat Podcast, guest host Mike Walter joins Huawei Chief Security Officer Andy Purdy to breakdown the looming trade war between China and the U.S., and how Huawei could play peacemaker.

Quashon Avent (2019-07-03). From North Carolina, a Cautionary Election Tale. progressive.org With accusations of political machinations, exorbitant spending by outside political groups, and a demographically shifting state, is North Carolina's Congressional District 9 election a sign of things to come?

United Nations (2019-07-02). Tuesday's Daily Brief: Hunger crisis in DR Congo, Swine Fever in Asia, Venezuela death investigation call, updates on Eritrea and Syria. un.org This Tuesday, UN News covers: Growing food crisis in DR Congo; Swine Fever threatens millions of livelihoods in Asia; Human Rights Council told of persistent violations in Eritrea; and the humanitarian impact of on-going fighting in Syria.

susan_p (2019-07-02). If war breaks out with Iran, it won't be an accident. greenleft.org.au Some things are still unclear about US President Donald Trump's recent decision to bomb Iran — and his rapid-fire follow-up decision not to. | We still do not know what he or his bomb-Iran cheerleaders — National Security Adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo — thought the bombing would actually accomplish. | We also do not know why Trump decided to recall the bombers. (Trump claimed it was because a general told him 150 people would die in the attack. But given Trump's indifference to civilian c…

Staff (2019-07-01). Headlines for July 1, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Sets Foot in North Korea in Historic First, Hong Kong Protesters Take to Streets, Enter Gov't Building, U.S. and China Ease Trade Tensions, Trump Lavishes Praise on MBS at G20 Summit, At Least 10 Killed in Sudanese Anti-Gov't Protests, Afghanistan: Violent Attacks Kill 100s in Recent Days as U.S.-Taliban Peace Talks Resume, Italian Police Arrest Captain of Migrant Ship After She Rescues 53 Refugees, Senate Rejects Effort to Prevent Trump from Attacking Iran Without Congressional Approval, Charles Koch and George Soros Team Up to Fund New Anti-Interventionist Think Tank, SCOTUS Rejects Alabama Ban on Most Co…

Lecia Brooks, SPLC Action Fund (2019-07-01). SPLC Action Fund: Congress should adopt NO HATE Act to neutralize growing threat from white supremacists. splcenter.org Members of Congress recently introduced new legislation that would improve reporting on hate crimes and expand assistance and resources to hate crime victims.

United Nations (2019-07-01). Monday's Daily Brief: US-DPRK relationship reset, 'Horrific' Kabul bombing, Anti-conscription plan in Syria, Climate change heat stress, Security Council in Iraq. un.org This Monday, we cover: Guterres welcomes possible US-DPRK diplomatic upgrade; Taliban attack hits schools; UN-Syria action plan on child soldiers; Climate change heat stress impacts economy; and first-ever Security Council visit to Iraq.

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-06-28). Most Senators Oppose War with Iran Without Congressional Approval. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — June 28, 2019 — In response to the Senate voting 50-40 in favor of an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to block funding for military action against Iran without congressional approval, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: "Because …

Staff (2019-06-28). Headlines for June 28, 2019. democracynow.org Supreme Court Says Partisan Gerrymandering Can't Be Challenged in Federal Courts, Trump Threatens to Delay Census After Supreme Court Blocks Adding Citizenship Question, Kamala Harris Takes on Joe Biden over Working with Segregationists and His Opposition to Busing, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Decries New Border Bill as an Unacceptable Betrayal, U.S. Helps Block Progress at German Climate Summit as Europe Sizzles in Record Heat, With a Smile, Trump Tells Putin at G20 Not to Meddle in U.S. Elections, Trump's Chief of Diplomatic Protocol Resigns After Accused of Carrying Whip at Work, Brazilian Air Force Officer…

CGTN America (2019-06-28). How Trump's arms deal impacts US — Saudi relations. cgtn.com While the Congress will take up an arms deal with Saudi Arabia next month, President Trump has already vowed to veto any legislation. On the next The Heat Podcast we talk with Joel Rubin, professor and the U.S. State Department's former senior official to the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Staff (2019-06-28). Kamala Harris Challenges Biden on Opposing Busing & Integration in 1970s: "That Little Girl Was Me" democracynow.org The second night of the first Democratic presidential debate was billed as a face-off between front-runners former Vice President Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders, but it was California Senator Kamala Harris who took command of the stage Thursday night. Harris sparred with Biden over his recent comments about working with segregationists in the Senate and for his opposition to Delaware's attempts to bus students in an effort to integrate its schools in the 1970s. "There was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public schools, and she was bused to school every day. That lit…

ACLU (2019-06-26). I've Lived on the Border My Entire Life. The Courts Must Shut Down Trump's Border Wall. aclu.org Communities, public lands and property are threatened by the president's abuse of emergency powers. | The ecological destruction of Arizona, New Mexico, and California hangs in the balance as courts decide whether to block President Trump's abuse of emergency powers to secure funds for a border wall Congress denied. | On Feb. 15, 2019, President Trump declared a national emergency so that he could raid the military budget for billions of dollars for border wall construction. The declaration came after the president put the country through the longest government shutdown in U.S. history over Congress's refusal to…

Peace Action (2019-06-25). Peace Action Endorses Ilhan Omar for Congress. peaceaction.org Washington, DC — June 25, 2019 — Peace Action has announced its endorsement of Ilhan Omar for Congress in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District. Peace Action is a national grassroots organization working to advance nuclear disarmament, promote government spending priorities that support human needs, encourage real security through international cooperation and human rights, and support nonmilitary …

Dan Cohen (2019-06-25). How Sen. Rick Scott became Big Oil's point man on Venezuelan regime change. thegrayzone.com The US oil cartel has given Florida's Rick Scott 500 million reasons to be one of the Senate's most fanatical…

Peace Action (2019-06-24). Peace Action Endorses Kara Eastman for Congress. peaceaction.org Washington, DC — June 24, 2019 — Peace Action has announced its endorsement of Kara Eastman for Congress in Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District. Peace Action is a national grassroots organization working to advance nuclear disarmament, promote government spending priorities that support human needs, encourage real security through international cooperation and human rights, and support nonmilitary …

2019-07-09: Social Media Postees

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The D.O.A. Peace Movement Ain't Marching Much Anymore, But We Did
Howard Lisnoff | counterpunch.org | 2019-07-09
We won't be erased or airbrushed out of history. Even though there appears to be no life in anything resembling a vibrant antiwar movement, especially on college campuses, the endless wars the U.S. now fights go on with lives lost and trillions of dollars of so-called national treasure thrown away. In 2018, I received an email from…
counterpunch.org/2019/07/09/the-d-o-a-peace-movement-aint-marching-much-anymore-but-we-did/

Venezuela Advocates for Peace in Political Dialogue with Opposition
plenglish.com | 2019-07-09
Caracas, Jul 9 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan government ratified on Tuesday its commitment to a peaceful solution to the dialogues with the opposition, led by Norway based in Barbados.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=44172&SEO=venezuela-advocates-for-peace-in-political-dialogue-with-opposition

The Coming Renewable Energy Revolution
San Jose Peace & Justice Center | indybay.org | 2019-07-09
San José Peace and Justice Center | 48 South 7th Street | San José, CA 95112 | Bus routes: 22, 522, 23, 11, 63, 64, 72, 73, 81, Hwy 17 Express, MST 55, Dash, LRT, 181…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/07/07/18824539.php

CBO Analysis Shows $15 Federal Minimum Wage Would Raise Pay for 27 Million Workers and Lift 1.3 Million Out of Poverty
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-07-09
"It has been more than 10 years since congress raised the minimum wage—the longest stretch in history. This is a shameful benchmark. Congress should immediately pass the Raise the Wage Act." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/fight_for_15_4.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/07/09/cbo-analysis-shows-15-federal-minimum-wage-would-raise-pay-27-million-workers-and?cd-origin=rss

The Seizure of an Iranian Tanker and the Lethal Toll of Sanctions
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2019-07-09
The seizure of an Iranian oil tanker allegedly bound for Syria by British Royal Marine commandos off Gibraltar is the latest episode in the long and disastrous history of economic sanctions in the Middle East. The UK claims that it is implementing EU sanctions on Syria, but the act will be seen by Tehran — and most other states — as the British enforcing US sanctions on Iran that the EU said it opposes. An Iranian official said a British tanker should be seized in retaliation.
counterpunch.org/2019/07/09/the-seizure-of-an-iranian-tanker-and-the-lethal-toll-of-sanctions/

Selected Articles: UN Report on Human Rights in Venezuela Faulty by Design
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-08
A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer". | . | . | | | If, like us, this is …
globalresearch.ca/selected-articles-un-report-on-human-rights-in-venezuela-faulty-by-design/5683026

Venezuelan Delegation in Barbados for Dialogue With Opposition
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-08
A Venezuelan delegation arrived in Barbados on Monday to continue the process of peace dialogue with the opposition, which has been supported by the Government of Norway since last May 14. | RELATED: | Venezuelan Gov't and Opposition to Continue Negotiation Talks in Barbados | The sectoral vice president of Communication, Tourism and Culture, Jorge Rodríguez, through an official statement, disclosed on his Twitter account about the arrival of this group to the Caribbean nation to a…
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuelan-Delegation-in-Barbados-for-Dialogue-With-Opposition-20190708-0009.html

Chinese VP Says World Cannot Shut China Out
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-08
Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan took an indirect jab at the United States during his opening address to the World Peace Format Beijing's Tsinghua University. | RELATED: | 'Pacific Alliance' Reaches Out To Other Regional Trade Blocs | The Chinese Vice President pointed out the faults of the U.S. administration's pressure on China, while highlighting the fact that Beijing plays a critical role in the world's economic development. "China's development can't shut out the rest of the…
telesurenglish.net/news/Chinese-VP-Says-World-Cannot-Shut-China-Out-20190708-0001.html

'Any Further Delay Is an Injustice': Given Green Light by Cuomo, Rep. Richard Neal Urged to Request Trump's New York Tax Returns Immediately
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-07-08
"New York has provided Congress a new route for getting answers. Chairman Richard Neal should immediately request Trump's state tax returns as he is now legally entitled to do." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/richard_neal_0.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/07/08/any-further-delay-injustice-given-green-light-cuomo-rep-richard-neal-urged-request?cd-origin=rss

Trump aide threatens one million immigrants with deportation
wsws.org | 2019-07-08
While the White House escalates its attacks on immigrants, congressional Democrats are deepening their collaboration with Trump.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/07/08/immi-j08.html

As Congress Stalls, States Are Countering Digital Deception
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-07-08
The federal government has done remarkably little to counter digital deception in our democracy. Even now, three years after the 2016 election exposed the extent of digital threats, Congress hasn't passed any bills that substantively address the issue. The state level, however, is a different story. There, legislators are taking decisive action against digital threats to democracy via transparency laws, privacy protections, and more. | State-level legislation protects statewide elections and provides a preview of how lar…
truthout.org/articles/as-congress-stalls-states-are-countering-digital-deception/

Peruvian Gov ¥t Approves Open-Pit Mining Project Amid Opposition
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-08
The right-wing Peruvian government has authorized United States (U.S.) firm Southern Copper to begin the major open-pit mining construction project "Tia Maria" before the environmental permit runs out, despite strong social resistance by environmental groups and local residents. | RELATED: | Peruvian Congressman Sentenced to Five Years on Collusion | "The government has finally decided to grant the construction license" reported the newspaper Gestion, citing government sources, aft…
telesurenglish.net/news/Peru-Approves-Open-Pit-Mining-Project-Tia-Maria-20190708-0017.html

NY Gov. Cuomo OKs Release of Trump Tax Returns to Congress
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-07-08
A law designed to give Democrats a way around the president's refusal to release his returns is expected to face months of legal challenges.
truthdig.com/articles/ny-gov-cuomo-oks-release-of-trump-tax-returns-to-congress/

5G Complexities and National Security
Renee Parsons | counterpunch.org | 2019-07-08
In case you missed the kickoff, there is an unprecedented 'must win' wireless race for the US to cross the 5G finish line before China as alluded to during the recent Senate Commerce Committee oversight hearing on the Federal Commerce Commission. The details were thin with no real discussion on the need for 5G or…
counterpunch.org/2019/07/08/5g-complexities-and-national-security/

Could Trump's Tricks Boost His Ratings and Settle the Syrian Conflict?
Firas Samuri | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-08
Recently the U.S. President Donald Trump formally launched his 2020 re-election campaign in front of a large crowd in Orlando, Florida. The campaign is gaining momentum. We have already seen the celebrities and politicians speeches, preliminary ratings and even the …
globalresearch.ca/could-trumps-tricks-boost-his-ratings-settle-syrian-conflict/5682988

Debunking the Rumors about Russia Caving in to Israel
The Saker | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-07-08
‚Ä¢ Author's Note: This analysis was written for the Unz Review ***** This Spring saw a sudden increase in the volume of articles in the so-called "alternative media and blogosphere" about Putin "selling out" Syria or Iran to the Israelis and their US patrons, or both. What was particularly interesting about this campaign is that …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/07/debunking-the-rumors-about-russia-caving-in-to-israel/

Nobody Is Talking About the Sanctions Against Syria!
Arabi Souri | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-08
In the news: The smart US regime discovered an oil shipment heading from Iran to Syria and ordered their British ever-loyal servants to steal a large Iranian oil tanker carrying oil to Syria and crossing half of the world …
globalresearch.ca/nobody-talking-about-sanctions-against-syria/5682949

US Call for German Troops in Syria Angers Berlin
The New Arab | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-08
Discord broke out in German Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition Sunday, after the United States urged the country to send ground troops to Syria as Washington looks to withdraw from the region. | "We want ground troops from Germany to | …
globalresearch.ca/us-call-german-troops-syria-angers-berlin/5682990

Donald Trump's Fake Isolationism
Charles Davis | commondreams.org | 2019-07-08
At a minimum, U.S.-led conventional airpower killed over 5,000 civilians in Iraq and Syria in the first two years of MAGA foreign policy, according to the monitoring group Airwars. (Photo: U.S. Army photo by Sean Kimmons.) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/donaldtrump_6.jpeg
commondreams.org/views/2019/07/08/donald-trumps-fake-isolationism?cd-origin=rss

As Activists Push Democratic Climate Debate, DNC Donors Profit from Oil, Gas
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-07-07
For Democrats, the presidential primaries will end in Milwaukee at its convention in July 2020. It will be heavily funded by fossil fuel investors, Wes Edens and Marc Lasry, who also own the Milwaukee Bucks.
therealnews.com/columns/as-activists-push-democratic-climate-debate-dnc-donors-profit-from-oil-gas

More Details Emerge About Horrible Conditions at Immigration Detention Centers
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-07-07
A DHS Inspector General report and a visit by members of Congress to detention centers, the inhumane conditions become clearer and spark more outrage…
therealnews.com/stories/more-details-emerge-about-horrible-conditions-at-immigration-detention-centers

AOC wants victorious US women's world cup team to be paid twice what male players get
rt.com | 2019-07-07
Outspoken Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez congratulated the US women's football team on their World Cup victory by calling for the players to be paid double the men's rate. | …
rt.com/usa/463602-equal-pay-women-aoc/

Jewish group calls on Congress to make Holocaust education mandatory in US schools
rt.com | 2019-07-07
The World Jewish Congress is pushing US lawmakers to make Holocaust education mandatory in all schools, citing statistics from a 2018 poll revealing half of millennials can't name a single Nazi concentration camp. | …
rt.com/usa/463596-holocaust-education-congress-jwc/

Syria: At least seven children killed in yet another airstrike
United Nations | un.org | 2019-07-07
According to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), at least seven children were killed in an airstrike against displaced civilians on Saturday on the village of Mhambel, in the outskirts of Idlib, in northwest Syria. News reports state that over 20 civilians were killed in this attack led by Government forces using missiles and barrel bombs.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/07/1041971

'Now it's the Democrats begging for war?' Lee Camp demolishes critics of Trump-Kim peace overtures
rt.com | 2019-07-06
Diplomatic headway made between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un is unacceptable because it could lead to peace, Lee Camp said, poking fun at those criticizing the US president for meeting with Kim. | …
rt.com/usa/463522-trump-kim-democrats-war-camp/

Anti-Trump 4th of July Protest in DC Features 'Baby Trump' Blimp
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-07-05
The peace group CodePink organized a protest on the Washington DC Mall, just prior to Trump's militarized Independence Day extravaganza. The protest featured the 'Baby Trump' balloon from London, many speakers, and a reading of Frederick Douglass' speech, "What To The Slave Is The 4th Of July?"
therealnews.com/stories/anti-trump-4th-of-july-protest-in-dc-features-baby-trump-blimp

What's really happening in Sudan?
CGTN America | cgtn.com | 2019-07-05
On the latest episode of The Heat Podcast, guest host Mike Walter joins columnist and activist Azaz El Shami to discuss the uprisings in Sudan and the road toward peace.
america.cgtn.com/2019/07/05/whats-really-happening-in-sudan

Labor votes for Coalition's billions in tax cuts for the rich
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-07-05
It is an image that captured Labor's class betrayal on July 3, the first day of the new federal parliament. | A division had been called in the House of Representatives over the Coalition government's bill for huge tax cuts, which will disproportionately benefit the rich, erode progressive income tax by making marginal tax rates flatter, and force more cuts to public health, education and welfare. | On one side sat the sole Greens MP Adam Bandt and independent MP Andrew Wilkie. On the other, Labor and Coalition MPs. | The tax cuts then passed through the Senate the following day, with only Greens senators voting…
greenleft.org.au/content/labor-votes-coalitions-billions-tax-cuts-rich

Iran Threatens Seizure of UK Oil Tanker if Iranian Oil Tanker Not Released
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-07-05
(ZH) — Iran has called for the "immediate release" of its oil tanker after British Royal Marines boarded and seized it off Gibraltar a day ago after it took a long 90-day trek around the tip of Africa, presumably to evade sanctions enforcement en route to Syria. Authorities had accused the Grace 1 supertanker of illegal smuggling …

Iran Threatens Seizure of UK Oil Tanker if Iranian Oil Tanker Not Released

Palestine: Trump's 'deal of the century' rejected as more of the same
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-07-04
Palestinian leaders have criticised US President Donald Trump's much-hyped and long-awaited vision for Middle East peace, unveiled on June 25 in Bahrain, as more neo-colonialist containment. | Trump has touted the plan as the "deal of the century". Jared Kushner, Trump's son in law and architect of the plan, described it as the " opportunity of the century". | The proposal, "Peace to Prosperity", is the latest in a
greenleft.org.au/content/palestine-trump-deal-century-rejected

Freedom, justice and peace for Sudan
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-07-04
The Sudanese community and supporters turned out across Australia on June 22 and 30 in support of the revolution in Sudan. | Rallies in Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Sydney have featured energetic dancing, poetry and singing, with protesters chanting "Peace, justice, freedom in Sudan" and "End the killings now". | Dozens of protesters have been killed by the military regime in Sudan. One of the victims was 26-year-old engineer Mohamed Mattar, whose favourite color was blue. This prompted #BlueForSudan, with people wearing blue clothes at rallies around the world to remember the victims. | Speakers call…
greenleft.org.au/content/freedom-justice-and-peace-sudan

US Congressman Justin Amash Quits the Republican Party
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-07-04
(ZH Op-Ed) — Update: That was quick. President Trump has apparently taken a quick break from preparing for today's festivities to take one last swing at Amash on his way out the door. In a tweet, Trump called him "the dumbest & most disloyal [man] in Congress". Trump insisted Amash "knew he couldn't get the nomination to run again …

US Congressman Justin Amash Quits the Republican Party

Danny Glover & Ta-Nehisi Coates Make the Case for Reparations at Historic Congressional Hearing
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-07-04
On June 19, a subcommittee of the House Judiciary held a historic hearing on reparations for slavery–the first of its kind in over a decade. The hearing coincided with Juneteenth, a day that commemorates June 19, 1865, when slaves in Galveston, Texas, finally learned that the Emancipation Proclamation had abolished slavery. This year marks the 400th anniversary of the transatlantic slave trade. Lawmakers are considering a bill titled the "Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act." It was introduced by Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Houston, after former Congressm…
www.democracynow.org/2019/7/4/ta_nehisi_coates_danny_glover_make

Ta-Nehisi Coates: Reparations Are Not Just About Slavery But Also Centuries of Theft & Racial Terror
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-07-04
We speak with renowned writer Ta-Nehisi Coates on the lasting legacy of American slavery, how the national dialogue about reparations has progressed in the past five years and his testimony in favor of reparations at a historic hearing last month, in which he took direct aim at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Coates says, "It is absolutely impossible to imagine America without enslavement."
www.democracynow.org/2019/7/4/ta_nehisi_coates_reparations_are_not

British Marines Seize Oil Tanker Suspected of Bringing Iranian Oil to Syria
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-07-04
British Royal Marines have seized an oil tanker they suspected was headed to Syria, which would be a violation of US and EU sanctions.

British Marines Seize Oil Tanker Suspected of Bringing Iranian Oil to Syria

Voices from Syria's Rukban Refugee Camp Belie Corporate Media Reporting
Eva Bartlett | mintpressnews.com | 2019-07-04
Eva Bartlett visited refugees in Syria escaping the horrid conditions in the Rukban Refugee Camp, a desolate outpost in the US administered deconfliction zone. What she found was very different than the 'reality' depicted by the Western press.
mintpressnews.com/voices-syria-rukban-refugee-camp-media-reporting/260197/

Could Huawei help US — China relations?
CGTN America | cgtn.com | 2019-07-03
On today's episode of The Heat Podcast, guest host Mike Walter joins Huawei Chief Security Officer Andy Purdy to breakdown the looming trade war between China and the U.S., and how Huawei could play peacemaker.
america.cgtn.com/2019/07/03/could-huawei-help-u-s-china-relations

From North Carolina, a Cautionary Election Tale
Quashon Avent | progressive.org | 2019-07-03
With accusations of political machinations, exorbitant spending by outside political groups, and a demographically shifting state, is North Carolina's Congressional District 9 election a sign of things to come?
progressive.org/dispatches/north-carolinians-prepare-for-a-do-over-avent-190703/

Tuesday's Daily Brief: Hunger crisis in DR Congo, Swine Fever in Asia, Venezuela death investigation call, updates on Eritrea and Syria
United Nations | un.org | 2019-07-02
This Tuesday, UN News covers: Growing food crisis in DR Congo; Swine Fever threatens millions of livelihoods in Asia; Human Rights Council told of persistent violations in Eritrea; and the humanitarian impact of on-going fighting in Syria.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/07/1041782

SPLC Action Fund: Congress should adopt NO HATE Act to neutralize growing threat from white supremacists
Lecia Brooks, SPLC Action Fund | splcenter.org | 2019-07-01
Members of Congress recently introduced new legislation that would improve reporting on hate crimes and expand assistance and resources to hate crime victims.
splcenter.org/news/2019/07/01/splc-action-fund-congress-should-adopt-no-hate-act-neutralize-growing-threat-white

Monday's Daily Brief: US-DPRK relationship reset, 'Horrific' Kabul bombing, Anti-conscription plan in Syria, Climate change heat stress, Security Council in Iraq
United Nations | un.org | 2019-07-01
This Monday, we cover: Guterres welcomes possible US-DPRK diplomatic upgrade; Taliban attack hits schools; UN-Syria action plan on child soldiers; Climate change heat stress impacts economy; and first-ever Security Council visit to Iraq.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/07/1041702

Most Senators Oppose War with Iran Without Congressional Approval
Paul Kawika Martin | peaceaction.org | 2019-06-28
Washington, D.C. — June 28, 2019 — In response to the Senate voting 50-40 in favor of an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to block funding for military action against Iran without congressional approval, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: "Because …
peaceaction.org/2019/06/28/most-senators-oppose-war-with-iran-without-congressional-approval/

Headlines for June 28, 2019
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-06-28
Supreme Court Says Partisan Gerrymandering Can't Be Challenged in Federal Courts, Trump Threatens to Delay Census After Supreme Court Blocks Adding Citizenship Question, Kamala Harris Takes on Joe Biden over Working with Segregationists and His Opposition to Busing, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Decries New Border Bill as an Unacceptable Betrayal, U.S. Helps Block Progress at German Climate Summit as Europe Sizzles in Record Heat, With a Smile, Trump Tells Putin at G20 Not to Meddle in U.S. Elections, Trump's Chief of Diplomatic Protocol Resigns After Accused of Carrying Whip at Work, Brazilian Air Force Officer…
www.democracynow.org/2019/6/28/headlines

How Trump's arms deal impacts US — Saudi relations
CGTN America | cgtn.com | 2019-06-28
While the Congress will take up an arms deal with Saudi Arabia next month, President Trump has already vowed to veto any legislation. On the next The Heat Podcast we talk with Joel Rubin, professor and the U.S. State Department's former senior official to the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
america.cgtn.com/2019/06/28/how-trumps-arms-deal-impacts-us-saudi-relations

Kamala Harris Challenges Biden on Opposing Busing & Integration in 1970s: "That Little Girl Was Me"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-06-28
The second night of the first Democratic presidential debate was billed as a face-off between front-runners former Vice President Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders, but it was California Senator Kamala Harris who took command of the stage Thursday night. Harris sparred with Biden over his recent comments about working with segregationists in the Senate and for his opposition to Delaware's attempts to bus students in an effort to integrate its schools in the 1970s. "There was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public schools, and she was bused to school every day. That lit…
www.democracynow.org/2019/6/28/kamala_harris_challenges_biden_on_opposing

I've Lived on the Border My Entire Life. The Courts Must Shut Down Trump's Border Wall
aclu.org | 2019-06-26
Communities, public lands and property are threatened by the president's abuse of emergency powers. | The ecological destruction of Arizona, New Mexico, and California hangs in the balance as courts decide whether to block President Trump's abuse of emergency powers to secure funds for a border wall Congress denied. | On Feb. 15, 2019, President Trump declared a national emergency so that he could raid the military budget for billions of dollars for border wall construction. The declaration came after the president put the country through the longest government shutdown in U.S. history over Congress's refusal to…
aclu.org/blog/immigrants-rights/ive-lived-border-my-entire-life-courts-must-shut-down-trumps-border-wall

Peace Action Endorses Ilhan Omar for Congress
Peace Action | peaceaction.org | 2019-06-25
Washington, DC — June 25, 2019 — Peace Action has announced its endorsement of Ilhan Omar for Congress in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District. Peace Action is a national grassroots organization working to advance nuclear disarmament, promote government spending priorities that support human needs, encourage real security through international cooperation and human rights, and support nonmilitary …
peaceaction.org/2019/06/25/peace-action-endorses-ilhan-omar-for-congress-2/

How Sen. Rick Scott became Big Oil's point man on Venezuelan regime change
Dan Cohen | thegrayzone.com | 2019-06-25
The US oil cartel has given Florida's Rick Scott 500 million reasons to be one of the Senate's most fanatical…
thegrayzone.com/2019/06/25/how-sen-rick-scott-became-big-oils-point-man-on-venezuelan-regime-change/

Peace Action Endorses Kara Eastman for Congress
Peace Action | peaceaction.org | 2019-06-24
Washington, DC — June 24, 2019 — Peace Action has announced its endorsement of Kara Eastman for Congress in Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District. Peace Action is a national grassroots organization working to advance nuclear disarmament, promote government spending priorities that support human needs, encourage real security through international cooperation and human rights, and support nonmilitary …
peaceaction.org/2019/06/24/peace-action-endorses-kara-eastman-for-congress-bold-champion-for-peace-and-security/

Senate Votes to Block Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE
Paul Kawika Martin | peaceaction.org | 2019-06-20
Washington, D.C. — June 20, 2019 — In response to the Senate voting to block arms sales involving Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other countries, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: "When Trump vetoed legislation earlier this year to end U.S. involvement …
peaceaction.org/2019/06/20/senate-votes-to-block-arms-sales-to-saudi-arabia-and-the-uae/