Daily Archives: July 17, 2019

2019-07-17: News Headlines

Ryan Grim (2019-07-17). Maureen Dowd Asked Rahm Emanuel to Weigh In on an Immigration Debate. His Record Is Abysmal. theintercept.com When it comes to immigration, both the politics and the policy, perhaps no Democrat has been more destructive over the past 25 years than Rahm Emanuel.

Monica Moorehead (2019-07-17). Congresswomen condemn White House racism. workers.org As we go to press, the House of Representatives passed a resolution saying that Trump's tweets were racist. All Democrats and four Republicans voted for the resolution. More to come. The white supremacist and misogynist Trump has opened up another vicious, racist verbal war. This time it is against four . . . | Continue reading Congresswomen condemn White House racism at Workers.org

The Canary (2019-07-17). US House votes to condemn Trump's tweets against congresswomen. thecanary.co The Democratic-led House of Representatives has voted to condemn US president Donald Trump's "racist comments" against four congresswomen, despite protestations by Trump that he has not got "a racist bone in my body".Two days after the president tweeted that four Democratic politicians should "go back" to their home countries — although all are citizens and three were born in the US — Democrats muscled the resolution through the chamber by 240-187 over strong Republican opposition.The rebuke was an embarrassing one for Trump, and he had appealed to Republican politicians not to go along — but four…

RT (2019-07-17). Election-meddling & 'good censorship': Google 'pushes the boundaries till its hand gets slapped'. rt.com Senate Republicans tore into Google during a hearing, demanding accountability for its biased, election-skewing algorithms, while Democrats ran interference, denying the company was censoring anyone — and suggesting it should.

Peoples Alliance (2019-07-17). 2nd Anniversary of Charlottesville: Act Against White Supremacy. indybay.org Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi's Office | Federal Building | 90 7th St | San Francisco, CA…

RT (2019-07-17). '4 horsewomen of the apocalypse': Trump renews attack on 'Dem Squad'. rt.com US President Donald Trump has tweeted out comments made by a Republican senator who branded the 'squad' of four freshman Democratic congresswoman who accused him of racism as "the four horsewomen of the apocalypse."

Staff (2019-07-17). Trump's Racist Rhetoric is Deliberate — Will it Lead Us to Fascism? therealnews.com Henry Giroux dissects how the potential path to fascism is laid bare in Trump's rhetoric and policies. The voices of the four Congresswomen speak to another American future…

RT (2019-07-17). Twitter CEO maxes out donations to Tulsi Gabbard… conspiracy machine kicks into overdrive. rt.com Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has donated thousands of dollars to anti-war Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard — and Twitter users and mainstream media journalists are (rather ironically) up in arms about it.

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

Staff (2019-07-16). 2020 Hopeful Julián Castro Vows to Break Up ICE & Calls Trump's New Asylum Rule Unconstitutional. democracynow.org As Trump faced national rebuke for his racist comments against four progressive congresswomen, his administration announced a new rule essentially banning most immigrants from seeking refuge in the United States. The rule, which the ACLU has already vowed to challenge in court, would deny asylum to any migrant who failed to apply for protection in another country they passed through on the way to the U.S. border—including children traveling alone. If enacted, the law would effectively block people from Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, as well as Haitians, Cubans and many people from African countries, who…

The Canary (2019-07-16). Corbyn criticises Hunt and Johnson for failing to call Trump's attacks 'racist'. thecanary.co Jeremy Corbyn has criticised the Tory leadership candidates for failing to label Donald Trump's attacks as racist after the US President told four congresswomen of colour to "go back" to where they came from.Trump continued his belligerent remarks against the four Democratic politicians, ordering them to get out of the US "right now".The doubling down came after he told them to return to the "broken and crime infested places from which they came". All but one of the women were born in the US.Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez struck back at the president (J Scott Applewhite/AP…

Staff (2019-07-16). Senate Panel Casts Skeptical Eye on Facebook's Digital Currency Plan. truthdig.com An official with the social network pledges to work with regulators to achieve a system that protects the privacy of users' data.

Staff (2019-07-16). "We Love All People in This Country": AOC and the Squad Respond to Trump. truthout.org Congressmembers Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar condemned President Trump's spate of racist attacks against them in a news conference Monday. Their public rebuke followed Trump tweeting Sunday telling them to "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came." The comments have been widely condemned as racist and xenophobic. We hear from the progressive congresswomen in their own words. | TRANSCRIPT: | JUAN GONZÁLEZ: President Trump is doubling down after he was widely condemned for his racist attack on four progressiv…

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 partyàÜs leaders have been unable to summon.

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…

Staff (2019-07-16). "Our Squad Is Big": Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Tlaib and Pressley Condemn Trump's Racist Attack. democracynow.org Congressmembers Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar condemned President Trump's spate of racist attacks against them in a news conference Monday. Their public rebuke followed Trump tweeting Sunday telling them to "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came." The comments have been widely condemned as racist and xenophobic. We hear from the progressive congresswomen in their own words.

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). We Must Be More Active in Defense of Migrants: Rigoberta Menchu. telesurenglish.net Guatemalan Indigenous leader and 1992 Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu expressed Tuesday that one must be energetic to defend human rights and considered that the raids in the United States are an offense to the migrants of the world. | RELATED: | Trump Bars Asylum Seekers at US Southern Border | "What happens in the U.S. can be replicated in other parts of the world and this is not good news, because it is confining young people and mothers, it is humiliating people, so who we are to t…

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 …

Prof. Stuart Rees (2019-07-16). Cruelty Prompts Trump's Deal of the Century in the Middle East. globalresearch.ca If there's one thing real estate moguls understand it's the value of land. Which begs the question why Donald Trump's plan to broker peace in the Middle East is so spectacularly ignorant of reality. Stuart Rees weighs in. | The …

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

Staff (2019-07-16). Trump's Racism Is Not Blundering — It Is Tactically Deliberate. truthout.org Donald Trump is a giant flapping racist and doesn't give a single damn if that bothers you. Given this reality, it is important to note that when Trump dispensed with all pretense and held a one-man Sunday morning Klan rally on Twitter, it was not a blunder on his part. | When he dug his heels in on Monday morning an…

teleSUR (2019-07-16). House Condemn Trump Over 'Racist Comments' to Congresswomen. telesurenglish.net The U.S. House of Representatives voted Tuesday to condemn President Donald Trump for " racist comments" against four Democratic congresswomen, a symbolic vote aimed at shaming Trump and his fellow Republicans who stood by him. | RELATED: | Progressive Women 'Squad' Decries Trump's 'White Nationalism' After 'Go Back Home' Comments | The…

Staff (2019-07-16). Sheriffs' Association Targets Trump With Ads to Stop Prescription Drug Imports. truthout.org Bringing in prescription drugs from other countries to reduce prices is an idea that has gained traction across the political spectrum, from Sen. Bernie Sanders to President Donald Trump. | But the proposal, generally criticized by pharmaceutical companies, has faced additional opposition on the airwaves in recent weeks from a different kind of…

Juan Cole (2019-07-16). Top 4 Ways the Squad of Young Congresswomen Represent More Americans Than Trump. commondreams.org The parents of these women were blue collar or service workers, and that is the real point. That's 85% of the country. (Photo by Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-07-16). Julián Castro: Trump's Asylum Ban Is Unconstitutional. truthout.org As Trump faced national rebuke for his racist comments against four progressive congresswomen, his administration announced a new rule essentially banning most immigrants from seeking refuge in the United States. The rule, which the ACLU has already vowed to challenge in court, would deny asylum to any migrant who failed to apply for protection in another country they passed through on the way to the U.S. border — including children traveling alone. If enacted, the law would effectively block people from Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, as well as Haitians, Cubans and many people from African countries,…

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.

RT (2019-07-16). Senators demand Congressional approval for ANY plan to loosen Huawei sanctions. rt.com A bipartisan proposal in the US Senate would require the White House to seek the approval of Congress before it can eliminate or relax the trade limitations imposed on the Chinese telecom giant Huawei.

RT (2019-07-16). Congress investigating possible secret 'bioweaponization' of insects by the Pentagon. rt.com The US Congress has backed an amendment to the 2020 US Defense budget which could force an investigation into allegations that the pentagon had weaponized insects, including ticks, in a secret program.

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.

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." |

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…

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 …

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?"

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."

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.

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…

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.

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.

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…

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…

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 …

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…

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 …

2019-07-17: Social Media Postees

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US House votes to condemn Trump's tweets against congresswomen
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-07-17
The Democratic-led House of Representatives has voted to condemn US president Donald Trump's "racist comments" against four congresswomen, despite protestations by Trump that he has not got "a racist bone in my body".Two days after the president tweeted that four Democratic politicians should "go back" to their home countries — although all are citizens and three were born in the US — Democrats muscled the resolution through the chamber by 240-187 over strong Republican opposition.The rebuke was an embarrassing one for Trump, and he had appealed to Republican politicians not to go along — but four…
thecanary.co/us/us-news-us/2019/07/17/us-house-votes-to-condemn-trumps-tweets-against-congresswomen/

Congresswomen condemn White House racism
Monica Moorehead | workers.org | 2019-07-17
As we go to press, the House of Representatives passed a resolution saying that Trump's tweets were racist. All Democrats and four Republicans voted for the resolution. More to come. The white supremacist and misogynist Trump has opened up another vicious, racist verbal war. This time it is against four . . . | Continue reading Congresswomen condemn White House racism at Workers.org
workers.org/2019/07/17/congresswomen-con…

Twitter CEO maxes out donations to Tulsi Gabbard… conspiracy machine kicks into overdrive
rt.com | 2019-07-17
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has donated thousands of dollars to anti-war Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard — and Twitter users and mainstream media journalists are (rather ironically) up in arms about it. | …
rt.com/usa/464340-jack-dorsey-tulsi-gabb…

'4 horsewomen of the apocalypse': Trump renews attack on 'Dem Squad'
rt.com | 2019-07-17
US President Donald Trump has tweeted out comments made by a Republican senator who branded the 'squad' of four freshman Democratic congresswoman who accused him of racism as "the four horsewomen of the apocalypse." | …
rt.com/usa/464377-dem-squad-trump-horsew…

2nd Anniversary of Charlottesville: Act Against White Supremacy
Peoples Alliance | indybay.org | 2019-07-17
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi's Office | Federal Building | 90 7th St | San Francisco, CA…
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Trump's Racist Rhetoric is Deliberate — Will it Lead Us to Fascism?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-07-17
Henry Giroux dissects how the potential path to fascism is laid bare in Trump's rhetoric and policies. The voices of the four Congresswomen speak to another American future…
therealnews.com/stories/trumps-racist-rh…

Election-meddling & 'good censorship': Google 'pushes the boundaries till its hand gets slapped'
rt.com | 2019-07-17
Senate Republicans tore into Google during a hearing, demanding accountability for its biased, election-skewing algorithms, while Democrats ran interference, denying the company was censoring anyone — and suggesting it should. | …
rt.com/usa/464349-google-hearing-censors…

How Israeli-Designed Drones Became Russia's Eyes in the Sky for Defending Bashar al-Assad
Patrick Hilsman | theintercept.com | 2019-07-16
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…
theintercept.com/2019/07/16/syria-war-is…

Watch Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib Answer Donald Trump's Racist Lies
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-07-16
The congresswomen offered a passionate defense of the nation's highest ideals, voiced with the conviction their partyàÜs leaders have been unable to summon.
theintercept.com/2019/07/15/watch-ilhan-…

"Our Squad Is Big": Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Tlaib and Pressley Condemn Trump's Racist Attack
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-07-16
Congressmembers Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar condemned President Trump's spate of racist attacks against them in a news conference Monday. Their public rebuke followed Trump tweeting Sunday telling them to "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came." The comments have been widely condemned as racist and xenophobic. We hear from the progressive congresswomen in their own words.
www.democracynow.org/2019/7/16/trump_rac…

What Right Has Britain to Seize an Iranian Tanker Off Spain?
Gary Leupp | counterpunch.org | 2019-07-16
"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…
counterpunch.org/2019/07/16/what-right-h…

I Know What It's Like to Be Told to 'Go Back' to My Own Country
Natasha Hakimi Zapata | commondreams.org | 2019-07-16
Reps. Rashida Tlaib, left, Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley respond to remarks by President Donald Trump after his call for the four Democratic congresswomen to go back to their "broken" countries, during a news conference. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite / AP) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Corbyn criticises Hunt and Johnson for failing to call Trump's attacks 'racist'
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-07-16
Jeremy Corbyn has criticised the Tory leadership candidates for failing to label Donald Trump's attacks as racist after the US President told four congresswomen of colour to "go back" to where they came from.Trump continued his belligerent remarks against the four Democratic politicians, ordering them to get out of the US "right now".The doubling down came after he told them to return to the "broken and crime infested places from which they came". All but one of the women were born in the US.Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez struck back at the president (J Scott Applewhite/AP…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2019/07/16/corbyn-criticises-hunt-and-johnson-for-failing-to-call-trumps-attacks-racist/

"We Love All People in This Country": AOC and the Squad Respond to Trump
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-07-16
Congressmembers Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar condemned President Trump's spate of racist attacks against them in a news conference Monday. Their public rebuke followed Trump tweeting Sunday telling them to "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came." The comments have been widely condemned as racist and xenophobic. We hear from the progressive congresswomen in their own words. | TRANSCRIPT: | JUAN GONZÁLEZ: President Trump is doubling down after he was widely condemned for his racist attack on four progressiv…
truthout.org/video/we-love-all-people-in…

Everybody Must Get Stoned
Howard Lisnoff | counterpunch.org | 2019-07-16
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…
counterpunch.org/2019/07/16/everybody-mu…

We Must Be More Active in Defense of Migrants: Rigoberta Menchu
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-16
Guatemalan Indigenous leader and 1992 Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu expressed Tuesday that one must be energetic to defend human rights and considered that the raids in the United States are an offense to the migrants of the world. | RELATED: | Trump Bars Asylum Seekers at US Southern Border | "What happens in the U.S. can be replicated in other parts of the world and this is not good news, because it is confining young people and mothers, it is humiliating people, so who we are to t…
telesurenglish.net/news/Rigoberta-Menchu…

Cruelty Prompts Trump's Deal of the Century in the Middle East
Prof. Stuart Rees | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-16
If there's one thing real estate moguls understand it's the value of land. Which begs the question why Donald Trump's plan to broker peace in the Middle East is so spectacularly ignorant of reality. Stuart Rees weighs in. | The …
globalresearch.ca/cruelty-prompts-trumps-deal-century-middle-east/5683734

Trump, Netanyahu, Pence and Bolton: The Four Horsemen of the Nuclear Apocalypse
Hans Stehling | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-16
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 …
globalresearch.ca/trump-netanyahu-pence-bolton-4-horsemen-nuclear-apocalypse/5683687

Nukes For Peace?
Nicky Reid | counterpunch.org | 2019-07-16
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…
counterpunch.org/2019/07/16/nukes-for-pe…

Top 4 Ways the Squad of Young Congresswomen Represent More Americans Than Trump
Juan Cole | commondreams.org | 2019-07-16
The parents of these women were blue collar or service workers, and that is the real point. That's 85% of the country. (Photo by Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/07/16/top-4-…

House Condemn Trump Over 'Racist Comments' to Congresswomen
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-16
The U.S. House of Representatives voted Tuesday to condemn President Donald Trump for " racist comments" against four Democratic congresswomen, a symbolic vote aimed at shaming Trump and his fellow Republicans who stood by him. | RELATED: | Progressive Women 'Squad' Decries Trump's 'White Nationalism' After 'Go Back Home' Comments | The…
telesurenglish.net/news/House-Trump-Over…

2020 Hopeful Julián Castro Vows to Break Up ICE & Calls Trump's New Asylum Rule Unconstitutional
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-07-16
As Trump faced national rebuke for his racist comments against four progressive congresswomen, his administration announced a new rule essentially banning most immigrants from seeking refuge in the United States. The rule, which the ACLU has already vowed to challenge in court, would deny asylum to any migrant who failed to apply for protection in another country they passed through on the way to the U.S. border–including children traveling alone. If enacted, the law would effectively block people from Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, as well as Haitians, Cubans and many people from African countries, who…
www.democracynow.org/2019/7/16/julian_ca…

Julián Castro: Trump's Asylum Ban Is Unconstitutional
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-07-16
As Trump faced national rebuke for his racist comments against four progressive congresswomen, his administration announced a new rule essentially banning most immigrants from seeking refuge in the United States. The rule, which the ACLU has already vowed to challenge in court, would deny asylum to any migrant who failed to apply for protection in another country they passed through on the way to the U.S. border — including children traveling alone. If enacted, the law would effectively block people from Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, as well as Haitians, Cubans and many people from African countries,…
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Senate Panel Casts Skeptical Eye on Facebook's Digital Currency Plan
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-07-16
An official with the social network pledges to work with regulators to achieve a system that protects the privacy of users' data.
truthdig.com/articles/senate-panel-casts…

Even the ADL thinks Trump is abusing 'anti-Semitism' accusations
rt.com | 2019-07-16
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. | …
rt.com/usa/464260-adl-begs-trump-antisem…

Senators demand Congressional approval for ANY plan to loosen Huawei sanctions
rt.com | 2019-07-16
A bipartisan proposal in the US Senate would require the White House to seek the approval of Congress before it can eliminate or relax the trade limitations imposed on the Chinese telecom giant Huawei. | …
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Trump's Racist Tweets Fan Hatred, Defining the Coming Election
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-07-16
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…
therealnews.com/stories/trumps-racist-tw…

Congress investigating possible secret 'bioweaponization' of insects by the Pentagon
rt.com | 2019-07-16
The US Congress has backed an amendment to the 2020 US Defense budget which could force an investigation into allegations that the pentagon had weaponized insects, including ticks, in a secret program. | …
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AOC & Omar's 'squad' bashes Trump for 'distracting' tweet — by devoting entire conference to it
rt.com | 2019-07-16
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. | …
rt.com/usa/464257-squad-conference-trump…

House Dems slap Trump with resolution condemning 'go back' tweets against congresswomen of color
rt.com | 2019-07-16
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." | …
rt.com/usa/464282-democrats-resolution-t…

More Families Freed from US Controlled Rukban Concentration Camp in Northern Syria
Miri Wood | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-15
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 …
globalresearch.ca/more-families-freed-us-ss-rukban-concentration-camp/5683558

Before Being Hacked, Border Surveillance Firm Lobbied to Downplay Security and Privacy Concerns About Its Technology
Cora Currier | theintercept.com | 2019-07-15
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."
theintercept.com/2019/07/15/hacked-surve…

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

'If you're not happy, you can leave': Trump stands by his tweets slamming Dem Squad
rt.com | 2019-07-15
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.com/usa/464242-trump-omar-aoc-hate-le…

Minneapolis stands with Iran, Venezuela, Cuba against U.S. sanctions regime
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-07-14
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…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/7/14/minneapo…

UN's Guterres condemns ongoing airstrikes on Syria's hospitals, medical workers
United Nations | un.org | 2019-07-12
Reports that airstrikes have hit several health facilities in north-west Syria have been strongly condemned by the UN Secretary-General.
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Friday's Daily Brief: UN chief meets cyclone survivors in Mozambique, Human Rights Council investigates Philippines state violence, UN weather agency tracks Arctic fires
United Nations | un.org | 2019-07-12
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.
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House Says Trump Can't Go to War With Iran Unless Congress Approves
Alex Emmons | theintercept.com | 2019-07-12
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…
theintercept.com/2019/07/12/trump-iran-v…

UN Human Rights Council stands firm on LGBTI violence, Syria detainees and Philippines 'war on drugs'
United Nations | un.org | 2019-07-12
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.
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Rojava conference calls for regional security and stability through self-administration
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-07-12
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…
greenleft.org.au/content/rojava-conference-calls-regional-security-and-stability-through-self-administration

Peace Action Endorses 'the Squad' — Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Pressley and Tlaib for Congress
Peace Action | peaceaction.org | 2019-07-11
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 …
peaceaction.org/2019/07/11/peace-action-…

"Unconscionable & Unacceptable": Rep. Barragán Decries Detention of Migrant Children in Prison Cells
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-07-11
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.
www.democracynow.org/2019/7/11/nanette_b…

Amy McGrath Is Challenging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. She's Everything Wrong With the Democratic Party
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-07-11
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…
theintercept.com/2019/07/11/amy-mcgrath-…

Vale John Ellis
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-07-11
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…
greenleft.org.au/content/vale-john-ellis

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-carolin…

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-actio…

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…

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-…

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-…

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-…