2019-07-13: News Headlines

Party for Socialism and Liberation (2019-07-13). Socialist Analysis & Discussion on U.S. War Threats Against Iran. indybay.org San Jose Peace & Justice Center, 48 S. 7th St.

Staff (2019-07-13). House Passes Bill to Halt US Support for Yemen War, UAE Withdraws Troops. therealnews.com The war in Yemen could end, if U.S. and United Arab Emirates' support for Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen is truly over. However, the House NDAA bill still faces a major hurdle in the Senate. If those who want US military involvement to end pressure Congress, it can be done, says CodePink's Medea Benjamin…

WSWS (2019-07-13). Police crack down on undocumented workers occupying Paris Pantheon. wsws.org Late yesterday afternoon, approximately 700 undocumented immigrant workers held a peaceful demonstration and occupied Paris' historic Panthéon building, demanding an immediate recognition of their right to reside in France.

United Nations (2019-07-12). Friday's Daily Brief: UN chief meets cyclone survivors in Mozambique, Human Rights Council investigates Philippines state violence, UN weather agency tracks Arctic fires. un.org In today's Daily Brief: UN chief António Guterres condemns airstrikes on Syrian hospitals and meets survivors of Cyclones Idai and Kenneth in Mozambique; the UN Human Rights Council votes to investigate the "war on drugs" in the Philippines; and UN weather agency tracks fires…in the Arctic.

Kathy Kelly (2019-07-12). Remnants of War. dissidentvoice.org Intense fighting and hideous attacks battered Afghans throughout their country last week as negotiators in Qatar weighed the benefits and costs of a peace agreement that might stop the bloodshed. In Kabul at least 40 people, including one child, were killed in a complex Taliban attack. Dozens of children whose school was partially collapsed by …

United Nations (2019-07-12). UN's Guterres condemns ongoing airstrikes on Syria's hospitals, medical workers. un.org Reports that airstrikes have hit several health facilities in north-west Syria have been strongly condemned by the UN Secretary-General.

Mark Gruenberg (2019-07-12). Amazon forces Shakopee, Minn., warehouse workers to walk out again. peoplesworld.org SHAKOPEE, Minn.—Amazon is forcing its workers at its monster warehouse in Shakopee, Minn., to walk out again. The 1,500 workers, one-third of them migrants and refugees from Somalia and other nations of East Africa, plan to peacefully walk off the job for six hours on July 15. That's the first of the monster distributor and …

Alex Emmons (2019-07-12). House Says Trump Can't Go to War With Iran Unless Congress Approves. theintercept.com Democrats in the House of Representatives on Friday passed an amendment that would sharply restrict President Donald Trump's ability to attack Iran without congressional authorization, attaching the language to an annual must-pass defense bill. | The measure, which was sponsored by California Democrat Ro Khanna and Florida Republican Matthew Gaetz, would prohibit the Pentagon from spending money on any military action against Iran unless Congress has declared war or passed a resolution authorizing the administration to use force. The bill contains an exception for emergency situations in which U.S. armed forces a…

commondreams (2019-07-12). Congresswoman Barbara Lee Applauds the House's Historic Vote to Repeal the 2002 Iraq Authorization for the Use of Military Force. commondreams.org ______________________________…

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…

teleSUR (2019-07-12). US Extradites Ex-Colombian Agriculture Minister for Corruption. telesurenglish.net The United States has extradited the Colombian ex-Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Andres Felipe Arias Leiva to his native country after a five-year legal battle over embezzlement charges. | RELATED: | UN Visits Colombia to Review Failing Peace Accord | The Colombian official arrived in El Dorado, Colombia at 8: 20 Friday morning to serve his 17-year prison sentence for corruption and embezzlement during his tenure in the previous decade. | Leiva was convicted for diverting fe…

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…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-07-12). Progressives Push Back After Congressional Black Caucus Attacks Justice Democrats Over Primary Challenges. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/ayanna_pressley_workers_0.jpg

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-07-12). "Endless War Isn't Inevitable": House Votes to Stop Trump From Launching Unauthorized Attack on Iran. commondreams.org "Congress must continue using every available tool at its disposal to ensure that Donald Trump and John Bolton's march to war is fully blocked." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/ro_khanna_iran.jpg

susan_p (2019-07-12). Rojava conference calls for regional security and stability through self-administration. greenleft.org.au An international conference hosted by the Rojava Center for Strategic Studies in the city of Amude in Kurdish-liberated northern Syria from July 7-9 called for international support for the establishment of self-administration in areas liberated from Islamic State of Syria (ISIS) terrorist rule. | The "International Forum on ISIS: Dimensions, challenges, and confrontation strategies" was attended by more than 200 people, including politicians, researchers and representatives of civil society institutions from several countries. | Conference participants discussed various aspects of ISIS' terrorism, including poli…

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.

WSWS (2019-07-12). Germany's Grand Coalition intensifies war policy in the Middle East. wsws.org The German government wants to step up the German army's war mission in Syria.

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.

United Nations (2019-07-12). UN Human Rights Council stands firm on LGBTI violence, Syria detainees and Philippines 'war on drugs'. un.org The 41st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council ended on Friday with measures taken to address worrying developments in Eritrea, Syria and the Philippines, along with other issues of global concern, such as violence and discrimination against the LGBTI community.

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.

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 …

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 …

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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.

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 …

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). 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…

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."

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?

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.

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 …

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 (2019-06-25). 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 …

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 …

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-06-20). Senate Votes to Block Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. peaceaction.org 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 …

Jon Rainwater (2019-06-20). Striking Iran Now Could Spark a Major War. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — June 20, 2019 — In response to reports that the Trump administration is considering strikes on Iran in response to the downing of a U.S. surveillance drone, Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action, released the following statement: "The United States has stumbled into a perilous situation. If, for example, the U.S. …

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-06-19). House Casts Historic Vote to Repeal Authorization for Endless War. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — June 19, 2019 — In response to the House of Representatives passing H.R. 2740 (Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Legislative Branch, Defense, State, Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2020), which includes language to repeal the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) eight months after …

Peace Action (2019-06-17). Peace Action Endorses Ayanna Pressley for Congress. peaceaction.org Washington, DC — June 17, 2019 — Peace Action, the nation's largest grassroots peace organization, and its affiliate Massachusetts Peace Action, endorsed Ayanna Pressley for Massachusetts' 7th 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 …

Jon Rainwater (2019-06-17). Sending More Troops to the Middle East is Adding Fuel to the Fire. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — June 17, 2019 — In response to the Trump administration's decision to send an additional 1,000 troops to the Middle East amidst escalating tensions with Iran, Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action, released the following statement: "Rather than pursuing diplomatic off ramps to avert conflict with Iran, the Trump administration is …

Jon Rainwater (2019-06-14). High Tensions in the Persian Gulf Require 'Maximum Restraint,' Not 'Maximum Pressure'. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — June 14, 2019 — In response to heightened tensions in the Persian Gulf resulting from recent attacks on oil tankers and escalatory U.S. policies towards Iran, Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action, released the following statement: "Recent attacks on oil tankers in the Persian Gulf and the resulting increase in tensions …