2019-07-12: News Headlines

teleSUR -EF (2019-07-12). Palestine: US Relations Resume When D.C. Committs to Peace. telesurenglish.net The Palestinian Authority says diplomatic relations with the United States can be resumed on the condition that Washington is committed to the peace process in the region. | RELATED: | Israel's Apartheid Wall Stands 15 Years After UN Deemed it Illegal | Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesperson for the government, said in a Thursday statement that the Palestinians have never rejected any negotiations or initiatives for Palestinian-Israeli peace. | "Peace can only be established in accordanc…

Staff (2019-07-12). Glenn Greenwald Becomes Focus of Brazil Press Freedom Debate. truthdig.com RIO DE JANEIRO—Several weeks after publishing explosive reports about a key member of Brazil's far-right government, U.S. journalist Glenn Greenwald was called before a congressional committee to face hostile questions. | "Who should be judged, convicted and in prison is the journalist!" shouted congresswoman Katia Sastre, an ally of President Jair Bolsonaro. | And by some accounts that wasn't an empty threat: A conservative website reported that federal police had requested that financial regulators investigate Greenwald's finances. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and his Brazilian husband also say t…

RT (2019-07-12). Republicans & Democrats agree: No war on Iran (without Congress at least). rt.com The House of Representatives has adopted the 2020 military spending bill, but with an amendment that blocks war on Iran without congressional approval — backed by President Donald Trump's outspoken critics and supporters alike.

RT (2019-07-12). Most US vets think Middle East regime change wars weren't worth fighting, survey finds. rt.com US veterans are just as war-weary as the general public, according to a recent poll which found nearly two-thirds believe the war in Iraq "was not worth fighting" and more than half think the same about Afghanistan and Syria.

Party for Socialism and Liberation (2019-07-12). Socialist Analysis & Discussion on U.S. War Threats Against Iran. indybay.org San Jose Peace & Justice Center, 48 S. 7th St.

Urs P. Gascha (2019-07-12). Venezuela and International Law. indybay.org International law professors explain a US military incursion in Venezuela would violate the UN Charter. "All nations must desist from any threat or use of force in their international relations. The media and governments denounce violations of international law very selectively. International norms promote peaceful coexistence, not the right of the stronger.

Kathy Kelly (2019-07-11). Activists Walk "Cease and Desist" Order into Nuclear Weapons Base. dissidentvoice.org Media Advisory/For Immediate Release/July 10, 2019 BàúCHEL, Germany — Eleven international peace activists entered the Bàºchel Air Base southwest of Frankfurt early this morning to deliver what they called a "Treaty Enforcement Order" declaring that the sharing of US nuclear weapons at the base is a "criminal conspiracy to commit war crimes." Upon entering the …

Peace Action (2019-07-11). Peace Action Endorses 'the Squad' — Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Pressley and Tlaib for Congress. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — July 11, 2019 — Peace Action, the nation's largest grassroots peace organization, has endorsed four progressive champions for the House of Representatives in the 2020 election, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for New York's 14th district, Rep. Ilhan Omar for Minnesota's 5th district, Rep. Ayanna Pressley for Massachusetts' 7th district, and Rep. Rashida Tlaib …

Miri Wood (2019-07-11). Ongoing Atrocities in Syria. Missile Attacks Directed against Civilians. globalresearch.ca 9 July was a particularly lethal day for Syrians in their homeland. As is their tendency, the choreographs of the warmongering, military industrial complex media have busily diverted eyes on the undiplomatic row between Trump and newly resigned British ambassador; …

Roy Eidelson (2019-07-11). Give Peace a Chance: Don't Believe the War Profiteers. counterpunch.org In late May, Vice President Mike Pence was the commencement speaker at West Point. In part, he told the graduating cadets this: "It is a virtual certainty that you will fight on a battlefield for America at some point in your life. You will lead soldiers in combat. It will happen…And when that day comes, I know you will move to the sound of the guns and do your duty, and you will fight, and you will win. The American people expect nothing less." More

Staff (2019-07-11). "Unconscionable & Unacceptable": Rep. Barragán Decries Detention of Migrant Children in Prison Cells. democracynow.org Yazmin Juárez, the Guatemalan mother whose child died from a lung infection after being held in an ICE detention center, testified before members of a congressional panel Wednesday. She shared the story of her daughter, 19-month-old Mariee, who died last year shortly after being released from the South Texas Family Detention Center in Dilley, Texas. Juárez filed a $60 million lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customs and Border Patrol and the Department of Health and Human Services. The House subcommittee convened to examine the treatment of refugees in U.S.

Ryan Grim (2019-07-11). Amy McGrath Is Challenging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. She's Everything Wrong With the Democratic Party. theintercept.com Amy McGrath is everything wrong with the Democratic Party. She launched her high-profile campaign Tuesday with a multimillion-dollar burst of fundraising, with Democrats across the country eager to see her upend Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. By Wednesday, she was apologizing for a bizarre flip-flop-flip on a question — Brett Kavanaugh's fitness for the Supreme Court — that seemed like a layup. In between, she told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that she was running on the mind-bending rationale that McConnell needs to go because he has been obstructing the agenda of Donald Trump. | Perhaps the strang…

teleSUR (2019-07-11). Brazil: Greenwald Accuses Moro of Threatening Press Freedoms. telesurenglish.net Brazilian Justice Minister Sergio Moro is a threat to press freedom, Intercept journalist Glenn Greenwald said Thursday before the nation's Senate Justice Commission. | RELATED: | First Audio of Brazilian Prosecutor Published in Lava Jato Case | "The climate that the minister is trying to create is a threat to the free press," Greenwald told Brazilian…

Staff (2019-07-11). Can Amy McGrath Take Down Mitch McConnell? Maybe Not — But Democrats Still Could. truthout.org Former fighter pilot Amy McGrath's Tuesday announcement that she would run against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for his Kentucky seat R-Ky., was welcomed by more than $2.5 million in donations in the first 24 hours — and near-universal dismissal from election forecasters and political pundits. | As New York Times statistician Dave Wasserman tweeted: "Folks, there is just no amount of $$$ that is going to elect a Dem to federal office next…

teleSUR (2019-07-11). UN Visits Colombia to Review Failing Peace Accord. telesurenglish.net This week, United Nations Security Council members will visit Colombia to review the implementation of the 2016 Peace Agreement that ended the armed conflict between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the state. | RELATED: | Colombia: EU Pledges $2M to Investigate Social Leaders Killings | However, the administration under Ivan Duque has left thousands of the ex-combatants without protection in rural areas, as promised by the accord. Even prior to Duque's inau…

teleSUR -EF (2019-07-11). Nicaragua: 4,800 Local Peace Commissions in Place for Dialogue. telesurenglish.net Nicaragua's government announces that it has created over 4,800 peace commissions throughout the country that allows the population to dialogue to reach peace. | RELATED: | Nicaragua Has Lowest Murder Rate in Central America: UN | The government of Nicaragua reported Thursday that 4,802 Reconciliation, Justice and Peace Commissions have begun throughout the Central American nation that are working to promote discussions toward peace among all sectors of the population. | During the J…

commondreams (2019-07-11). Peace Action Endorses 'The Squad' — Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Pressley and Tlaib for Congress. commondreams.org ______________________________…

teleSUR (2019-07-11). Venezuelan Armed Forces Guarantee a Free Venezuela, Maduro Says. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ratified on Thursday the cohesion in the ranks of the Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB) as a guarantee for the defense of peace and sovereignty of the country. | RELATED: | Venezuela: US Trying to Destroy Political Dialogue in Barbados | In a message published on Twitter, the President assured that the military corps is made up of men and women prepared in a civil-military union to protect the r…

Staff (2019-07-11). Some States Are Expanding Taxes on the Wealthy. truthout.org States from Hawaii to Connecticut responded to extreme wealth concentration this year by expanding taxes on the assets of the very wealthy — such as stocks, bonds, real estate, boats, and jewelry — while closing loopholes and ending other special tax benefits that shield many of these assets from state and local taxes. | These taxes are important because America's wealth is concentrated in the hands of a relative few. The top 1 percent of households owns roughly 40 percent of the wealth, while the bottom 90 percent owns just 21 percent. This top-heav…

commondreams (2019-07-11). Congress Must Do More to Address Conflicts of Interest After Insider Trading Scandal. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Staff (2019-07-11). Representative Barragán Decries Detention of Migrant Children in Jail Cells. truthout.org Yazmin Juárez, the Guatemalan mother whose child died after being held in an ICE detention center from a lung infection, testified before members of a congressional panel Wednesday. She shared the story of her daughter, 19-month-old Mariee, who died last year shortly after being released from the South Texas Family Detention Center in Dilley, Texas. Juárez filed a $60 million lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customs and Border Patrol and the Department of Health and Human Services. The House subcommittee convened to examine the treatment of…

teleSUR (2019-07-11). US to Be the World's Second Spanish-Speaking Country in 2060. telesurenglish.net By 2060 the United States will become the second most numerous Spanish-speaking country after Mexico, according to "The future of the Spanish Language in the World", a study released Thursday by the Cervantes Institute in Madrid, Spain. | RELATED: | Record Number of Women Legislators Join US Congress | According to this research, potential users of Spanish exceed 580 millon, a figure which includes native speakers, limited competition speakers and foreign language learners. This prospect…

pip.hinman (2019-07-11). Vale John Ellis. greenleft.org.au Friend and comrade John Ellis died suddenly on June 15. | An activist and photographer, John was passionate about social justice. He worked for The Herald and Weekly Times (HWT), where he was an active member of the Printing and Kindred Industries Union. | He was known for his letters to the editor. Former HWT chairperson Sir Keith MacPherson knew him by reputation. | In retirement, his letters were compiled in a volume called Letters to the Editor. The first dated from 1968 and related to the Vietnam War. One extract states: "I will continue to demonstrate, peacefully or violently if necessary, to prevent our so…

Urs P. Gascha (2019-07-11). Venezuela and International Law. indybay.org International law professors explain a US military incursion in Venezuela would violate the UN Charter. "All nations must desist from any threat or use of force in their international relations. The media and governments denounce violations of international law very selectively. International norms promote peaceful coexistence, not the right of the stronger.

WSWS (2019-07-11). Fed signals it will bow to Wall Street's demands. wsws.org Fed Chairman Powell's testimony to Congress yesterday was warmly welcomed by the financial markets, with Wall Street's S&P 500 index at one point surpassing 3,000, a new record.

Party for Socialism and Liberation (2019-07-11). Socialist Analysis & Discussion on U.S. War Threats Against Iran. indybay.org San Jose Peace & Justice Center, 48 S. 7th St.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-07-11). Majorities of Both US Veterans and Public Believe Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan 'Not Worth Fighting'. commondreams.org The majority of American veterans and members of the general public agreed in a new survey that the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the U.S. military campaign in Syria were all "not worth fighting." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/afghanistan_peace.jpg

Staff (2019-07-10). Headlines for July 10, 2019. democracynow.org Children Recount Mistreatment, Sexual Abuse at Yuma, AZ Migrant Jail, Scabies, Shingles & Chickenpox Spreading Among Children at Clint, TX Migrant Jail, Jewish Activists Arrested After Protesting Migrant Detention on Capitol Hill, Judge Rejects DOJ Move to Replace Legal Team Charged with Census Citizenship Battle, Court Says Trump Cannot Block Critics on Twitter, U.K. Ambassador Resigns After Leaked Cables Scandal, Afghan Peace Talks Close as Deadly Attacks Continue, Appeals Court Hears Arguments on Constitutionality of Affordable Care Act, Megan Rapinoe to Trump: "Your Message Is Excluding People", Calls Grow fo…

Andrew Korybko (2019-07-10). China's Belt and Road, Trump's Trade War and the Future of the Global Economy. globalresearch.ca Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan told the audience at this year's World Peace Forum that "development is the key to resolving all issues", remarking in the run-up to his conclusion that "China's development can't shut out the rest of the …

United Nations (2019-07-10). Peace operations benefit from improved cooperation between the UN and troop-providing countries, says peacekeeping chief. un.org Cooperation between the UN Secretariat; Security Council; and countries contributing troops and police to peacekeeping operations; is "a crucial factor" to enhancing those operations, the UN peacekeeping chief told the Security Council on Wednesday.

George Ochenski (2019-07-10). Speaking Truth to Power. counterpunch.org Last week Rep. Justin Amash, formerly a very conservative Republican member of Congress and the right-wing House Freedom Caucus, declared he's no longer a member of either the party or the caucus. He is also the only Republican member of Congress to call for the impeachment of president Trump after he actually read the entire More

Staff (2019-07-10). Honduras Now Ruled By A "Criminal Gang" — With Western Government Support. therealnews.com Honduran Congressman Ramón Soto Bonilla says it is now more dangerous in Honduras to be a land defender than a narco-trafficker…

RT (2019-07-10). Ilhan Omar is a cautionary tale about US immigration — and so was I. rt.com After a TV host called the congresswoman Ilhan Omar a poster child for US immigration troubles, her response — calling him a racist — proved his point. Yet she is only the latest such case. I should know, having been one myself.

Glen Black (2019-07-10). Faith in humanity restored after fellow passengers kicked a man off a bus for being a massive racist. thecanary.co Passengers "ejected" a man from a bus because of his reportedly "vile racist" behaviour. And while police are still searching for the abuser, the online response shows the strength of community action. | "The woman… remained calm and collected": | Brighton and Hove News reported that passengers "ejected" a man from a bus in Brighton for launching a racist tirade. The man, who hasn't yet been identified, shouted: "f***ing Syrian…

Lee Fang (2019-07-10). Protesters Collect Secret Cash to Oppose Fur Ban Proposed in California, Documents Reveal. theintercept.com The fur industry is relying on a small phalanx of vocal supporters who have rallied across the country to prevent a ban on fur products, often inflaming the debate with accusations of hypocrisy and racism. | Many of the impassioned defenders of fur hats and mink coats, however, have received undisclosed financial support for their activism. | At a hearing in Sacramento on Tuesday morning, a parade of opponents appeared before the state Senate Judiciary Committee panel at a pivotal hearing over California's proposed ban on fur products, AB 44. Many of the same individuals appeared at another hearing before the Cal…

RT (2019-07-10). Ilhan Omar brands Tucker Carlson a 'racist fool' in scathing tweet. rt.com Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar called Fox News host Tucker Carlson a "racist fool" for saying she is "living proof" that US immigration policy is a danger to the country. |

United Nations (2019-07-09). Threat from petty criminals who turn to terrorism, a growing concern, Security Council hears. un.org The less predictable threats represented by small-time criminals who have opportunistically embraced terrorism, are a source of growing concern, the UN Security Council heard on Tuesday. That warning came from Tamara Makarenko, an International Consultant, who works with the UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), speaking at an open debate on threats to international peace and security.

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.

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…

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.

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…

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.

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.

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 …

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 <...

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?