2019-07-16: News Headlines

Patrick Hilsman (2019-07-16). How Israeli-Designed Drones Became Russia's Eyes in the Sky for Defending Bashar al-Assad. theintercept.com Last summer, Israel shot down yet another military drone near the line that separates the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights from the rest of Syria. The confrontation would have been business as usual, if not for a twist: Images of the destroyed drone showed Cyrillic tail markings and other identifiable components of a Forpost belonging to Russia. The findings presented an awkward geopolitical moment: Syria and Russia are allies, and Syria and Israel are bitter enemies — but the Russ…

Robert Mackey (2019-07-16). Watch Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib Answer Donald Trump's Racist Lies. theintercept.com The congresswomen offered a passionate defense of the nation's highest ideals, voiced with the conviction their party's leaders have been unable to summon.

Gary Leupp (2019-07-16). What Right Has Britain to Seize an Iranian Tanker Off Spain? counterpunch.org "We have reason to believe that the Grace 1 was carrying its shipment of crude oil to the Banyas Refinery in Syria. That refinery is the property of an entity that is subject to European Union sanctions against Syria." — Fabian Picardo, chief minister of Gibraltar "[Praise for Gibraltar and the British marines] for this More

Hans Stehling (2019-07-16). Trump, Netanyahu, Pence and Bolton: The Four Horsemen of the Nuclear Apocalypse. globalresearch.ca These are the demented Gang of Four who are determined to destroy 74 years of international cooperation for peace by waging a completely unwarranted war against Iran in a bid for global supremacy, and oil, that will provoke nuclear war …

Nicky Reid (2019-07-16). Nukes For Peace? counterpunch.org Surrounded by trigger happy Tonkinesque gunboats and drowning in debt, the Islamic Republic of Iran has made the risky decision to play the last card left in their deck; to defy the P5+1 Deal in order to save the P5+1 Deal. It's a hell of a gambit but it already has those pussies in the More

Howard Lisnoff (2019-07-16). Everybody Must Get Stoned. counterpunch.org I recently wrote on these pages about the Vietnam Peace Commemoration Committee. Reading an article that the committee references on the Pentagon's past commemoration of the war, I was not surprised to find pure and unabashed vitriol hurled at the peace movement of the 1960s and early 1970s. Yogi Berra might have observed that "It's like déjà vu all More

teleSUR (2019-07-16). US Jeopardizes Peace Talks With North Korea Over New Drills. telesurenglish.net The U.S. may have hurt its chances at convincing North Korea to abandon their nuclear program following Washington's decision to break a promise not to hold military exercises with South Korea. | RELATED: | Australian Student Expelled From North Korea For 'Spying Acts' | According to North Korea's official news agency, U.S. President Donald Trump revitalized efforts to persuade them to give up their nuclear weapons last month when he arranged a spur-of-the-moment meeting with No…

RT (2019-07-16). Even the ADL thinks Trump is abusing 'anti-Semitism' accusations. rt.com The Anti-Defamation League has pleaded with US President Donald Trump to quit "throwing around accusations of anti-Semitism" in his attacks on four progressive congresswomen — two of whom the ADL has also smeared with the term.

Text: R.R. Photos: Teri Vershel (2019-07-16). Mountain View Vigil Protests Immigration Camps. indybay.org On June 30, 2018 in Mountain View 2,000 people demonstrated to send a clear message to Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress: Families Belong Together! They demanded an end to cruel and unjustified treatment of immigrant children and their families. A year later, on July 12, 2019, members of Together We Will once again called upon the people to gather on the streets, for the situation has not improved. Quite the opposite, it has only become more dire. | Photos by Teri Vershel, Pro Bono Photo. Please credit the photographer.

RT (2019-07-16). House Dems slap Trump with resolution condemning 'go back' tweets against congresswomen of color. rt.com House Democrats have rushed to table a resolution condemning Donald Trump for a series of angry tweets against four freshman congresswomen of color, which they said was a "blatant racist attack." |

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-07-16). 'Impeach This President': Target of Racist Attacks, Rep. Ilhan Omar Vows to Hold Trump Accountable for His Crimes. commondreams.org Among progressive lawmakers urging the American people not to play into Trump's hateful hands, Omar says Congress should be focused on "doing the work that will get us the country we all deserve, one that is truly functioning for all of us, one that sees and values every single person in it." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/ilhan_omar_2.jpg

Staff (2019-07-16). Trump's Racist Tweets Fan Hatred, Defining the Coming Election. therealnews.com Professors Gerald Horne and Kimberly Moffit examine how Trump's targeted tweet storm against progressive women of color who serve in Congress works to further divide the Democratic party, while dredging up America's racist settler-colonial past…

RT (2019-07-16). AOC & Omar's 'squad' bashes Trump for 'distracting' tweet — by devoting entire conference to it. rt.com The four freshman congresswomen President Donald Trump told to leave the US if they didn't like it have hit back with a grandstanding press conference, feeding the #Resistance back its own warmed-over talking points.

Miri Wood (2019-07-15). More Families Freed from US Controlled Rukban Concentration Camp in Northern Syria. globalresearch.ca While the partisan, fake faction fight over usage of concentration camp persists domestically, American politicians and US media continue to ignore the US Rukban concentration camp in Syria. US occupation criminals continue as illicit armed guards, dictating which Syrians may …

Miri Wood (2019-07-15). Syria Calls on Civilized World to Intervene in Turkey Cultural Aggression. globalresearch.ca Turkey has a long history of criminal aggression against Syria. Even before the NATO Spring was imposed in March 2011, Turkey had built tent cities for refugees, before they felt the need to flee. It has housed various terrorists, fraudulent …

Staff (2019-07-15). Pressley, AOC, Tlaib and Omar Hit Back at Trump's Bigotry. truthout.org After President Donald Trump on Sunday directed a series of racist tweets at Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley, the group of freshman congresswomen known as the "the Squad" rebuked the president for his bigoted remarks and vowed to continue fighting his cruel attacks on immigrants and other vulnerable communities. | "This is what racism looks like," tweeted Pressley, a Massachusetts congresswoman, after Trump said the freshman Democrats should "go back" to the countries "from which they came." | Trump's attack was met with a flood of outrage. By Monday morning, the…

Natasha Hakimi Zapata (2019-07-15). I Know What It's Like to Be Told to 'Go Back' to My Own Country. truthdig.com As the daughter of Iranian and Mexican immigrants, the president's racist attacks on four congresswomen of color have struck me to my core.

Kathy Kelly (2019-07-15). Remnants of War. counterpunch.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 a massive More

Eric A. Gordon (2019-07-15). Voting matters: How are your Congressmembers doing? Ask the NAACP. peoplesworld.org Voting matters. That simple but evocative sentence could sum up whole epochs of American history. It certainly helps to define what happened in 2016. And the midterm elections of 2018 prove it. As we head into the presidential election season and the fateful date of November 3, 2020, let's take a look at how Congressmembers …

teleSUR (2019-07-15). Anarchist Activist Killed for Fighting US 'Concentration Camps'. telesurenglish.net United States Anarchist and anti-fascist activist, Will Van Spronsen, was killed Saturday by the police in the state of Washington while trying to take direct action against a migration concentration camp, by setting up migrants deportation buses on fire. | RELATED: | Small Scale Immigration Raids in US as Migrants Hide in Fear | The killing occurred a few hours after a peaceful demonstration against the migrants' detention camp when four police officers shot the 69-year-old campaigner in t…

teleSUR (2019-07-15). US 'Veterans for Peace' visit Nicaragua, Establish Chapter. telesurenglish.net "I would like to underline the importance that your visit to Nicaragua has at this moment, not only for July 19, which is a very important date for us, and not only for the Sandinistas, but for the people in general", senior member of the ruling FSLN, Doris Tijerino said.

teleSUR (2019-07-15). Venezuelan Delegation Arrives in Barbados to Continue Dialouge. telesurenglish.net The Venezuelan delegation arrived in Barbados Monday to continue the negotiations with the spokesperson of the country's opposition. | RELATED: | Venezuela: US Trying to Destroy Political Dialogue in Barbados | Jorge Rodríguez, the Vice President of Communication, Tourism, and Culture of Venezuela informed about their arrival on Twitter. | "We have arrived at generous Barbados to continue the dialogue of peace. Together with Pope Francis, we hope that all of us will commit our…

Ai-jen Poo (2019-07-15). The Workers in Our Homes Deserve Rights. commondreams.org Congress should quickly pass this bill so these precarious and undervalued jobs can become good, dignified ones. (Photo: thinkprogress.org) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/domestic.jpeg

Middle East Eye (2019-07-15). Trump Tells US Congresswomen to "Go Back" to Countries They Came From. theantimedia.com "Why don't they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came?"

Jeffrey C. Isaac (2019-07-15). Trump's Latest Tweets Are Not Just Racist, But Part of a Broader Reactionary Attack on the Left. commondreams.org U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks during his 'Made In America' product showcase at the White House July 15, 2019 in Washington, DC. Trump talked with American business owners during the 3rd annual showcase, one day after tweeting that four Democratic congresswomen of color should "go back" to their own countries. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/trump_racist_tweets.jpg

Sarah Anderson, Scott Klinger (2019-07-15). How Congress Manufactured a Postal Crisis—And How to Fix it. commondreams.org Rather than the story of a Postal Service facing dire financial straits, it is time we see…

teleSUR (2019-07-15). Trump Says 'The Squad' Hates the US, Asks Them to Leave Again. telesurenglish.net The United States President Donald Trump Monday defended his attacks against four Democratic congresswomen, saying he was not concerned if people thought his tweets toward them were racist and accused the U.S. lawmakers of hating America. | RELATED: | Nancy Pelosi 'Salty' as Progressive Congresswomen Vote Against Right-wing Border Bill | "As far as…

The Canary (2019-07-15). Trump's tweets against progressive congresswomen branded racist. thecanary.co US president Donald Trump has shrugged off sharp criticism over tweets branded as racist in which he said four Black, progressive congresswomen should "go back and help fix" their "broken and crime infested" countries. | All are US citizens, and only one is foreign-born. | While Democrats have condemned Trump's remarks, Republicans have remained largely silent. ….and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don't they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come b…

teleSUR (2019-07-15). The Forum of Puebla: A New Latin American Progressive Space. telesurenglish.net 30 political leaders representing 10 Latin American countries gathered on Saturday in Puebla, capital of the state of Puebla in Mexico, as a part of a project called ProgressiveMind (ProgresivaMente), aimed at uniting progressive forces from the continent. | RELATED: | US Labels Anti-Pakistan Baloch Army a 'Terrorist' Organization | Ex-member of the Mexican Congress and current Governor of Puebla, Luis Miguel Barbosa Huerta hosted the meeting which was attended by prominent lead…

Cora Currier (2019-07-15). Before Being Hacked, Border Surveillance Firm Lobbied to Downplay Security and Privacy Concerns About Its Technology. theintercept.com The CEO of Perceptics, which makes license plate readers, claimed that "CBP has none of the privacy concerns at the border that all agencies have inland."

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-07-15). Trump Denounced for 'Incitement to Violence' Against Ilhan Omar After Latest Racist Attack on Congresswoman. commondreams.org Democrats in Congress condemned President Donald Trump Monday after he defended and doubled down on his weekend attacks on progressive women of color in the House, this time focusing his racist comments on Rep. Ilhan Omar. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/ilhan_omar_0_0.jpg

RT (2019-07-15). 'If you're not happy, you can leave': Trump stands by his tweets slamming Dem Squad. rt.com US President Donald Trump ramped up his Twitter feud with four Democratic congresswomen who he says 'hate America,' accusing one of them of supporting Al-Qaeda and saying they are welcome to leave the country if they so wish.

RT (2019-07-15). Trump calls on 'Radical Left Congresswomen' to apologize to US & Israel in fresh Twitter attack. rt.com US President Donald Trump escalated his war of words with a group of progressive Democrat congresswomen in an early-morning tweet Monday, in which he called for them to apologize to the US, Israel and to his office.

John Shafthauer (2019-07-15). The US politicians Trump told to 'go home' hit back, and get widespread support. thecanary.co Donald Trump has drawn a lot of criticism for telling four US congresswomen of colour to "go back" to where they came from. The women in question — three of whom were born in the US — aren't taking this lying down. | "Complete and total catastrophe": | Trump tweeted the following on 14 July: ….and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don't the…

Fight Back (2019-07-14). Minneapolis stands with Iran, Venezuela, Cuba against U.S. sanctions regime. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – "Workers of the world, unite! Not 'workers of America unite' or 'workers who look like us, pray like us or love like us unite.' It's all workers," said union organizer David Gilbert-Pederson of Minnesota Workers United. "We have more in common with the tailor in Tehran than the bankers who crashed our economy. We have more in common with the bus driver in Caracas than the politicians locking kids in cages." | Gilbert-Pederson spoke to a protest on Lake Street, July 13, of over 80 people gathered to oppose recent U.S. war threats against Iran and Venezuela. Organized by the Minnesota Peace Action…

RT (2019-07-14). Go back to your crime infested countries and Pelosi will pay for it — Trump to progressive Dems. rt.com In a three-tweet tirade, President Donald Trump told progressive congresswomen to go back to their "totally broken and crime infested" countries of origin and sneered at the infighting rocking the Democratic Party. |

RT (2019-07-14). US lawmaker Rashida Tlaib compares 'racist' Israel's anti-Palestinian policies to Jim Crow laws. rt.com Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) has denounced Israel's treatment of Palestinians, describing that country's policies as an affront to human rights and comparable to racial segregation in the American South. |

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…

RT (2019-07-13). 'We did bad, evil things there' — Vet turned peace activist on growing dissent with US forever wars. rt.com A recent opinion poll shows the majority of American veterans think foreign wars were not worth fighting. RT spoke to one such person, who says his tours in Iraq and Afghanistan served weapons manufacturers and not people.

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). 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.

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.

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…

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.

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…

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 …

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…

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…

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