2019-07-18: News Headlines

United Nations (2019-07-18). Carnage must stop in northwest Syria demands Lowcock, as attacks intensify. un.org After 80 days of intensifying attacks, many on health facilities, "the carnage must stop" in northwest Syria, said the UN relief chief on Thursday, noting that more than 70 civilians had been killed this month alone across the last rebel-held enclave of the country.

Staff (2019-07-18). Congress Hammers Big Tech on Competition, Money, Power. truthdig.com Big Tech faced tough questions this week as federal lawmakers focused on issues of potentially anticompetitive behavior by technology giants and expressed bipartisan skepticism over Facebook's plan for a new digital currency. | Companies such as Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon have long enjoyed nearly unbridled growth and a mythic stature as once-scrappy startups — born in garages and a dorm room and a road trip across the United States — that grew up to dominate their rivals. But as they've grown more powerful, critics have also grown louder, questioning whether the companies stifle competition an…

Staff (2019-07-18). "It Is Not Just War. It Is Life": Acclaimed Doc "For Sama" Offers Rare Glimpse into War-Torn Syria. democracynow.org We look at the award-winning documentary feature titled "For Sama," a devastating account of war-torn Syria told through the eyes of director Waad al-Kateab. She filmed hundreds of hours of footage in her native Aleppo to create a stunning depiction of life during wartime. Amid airstrikes and attacks on hospitals, Waad falls in love with one of the last remaining doctors in Aleppo, gets married and has a baby girl, Sama, to whom the film is dedicated. When protests against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad first began in 2011, Waad al-Kateab was a young economics student who began filming on a cellphone. Fo…

Sonali Kolhatkar (2019-07-18). Why I'm Glad About Trump's Latest Twitter Tirade. truthdig.com People of color in the U.S. have experienced many variations of the "go back to where you came from" sentiment. In the wake of President Donald Trump's racist Twitter tirade aimed at "the Squad" of four recently elected women of color in Congress, the Los Angeles Times asked its readers to share their own stories. The anecdotes were painful to read and yet all too familiar to me. Social media threads are filled with similar stories, a…

South Front (2019-07-18). Video: Waiting for New Idlib Offensive. US Continues to Provide Syria Rebels with Weapons and Military Supplies. globalresearch.ca The situation in northwestern Hama and along the entire contact line around the Idlib de-escalation zone has remained stable but tense during the past week. The Syrian Arab Army, the Tiger Forces and their allies have repeatedly engaged in local …

Staff (2019-07-18). Headlines for July 18, 2019. democracynow.org House Lawmakers Vote to Table Trump Impeachment Resolution, Trump Renews Racist Attacks on Four Progressive Congresswomen, Rep. Ilhan Omar Introduces Bill Affirming the Right to Boycott, House Votes to Bar Trump's Planned Weapons Sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE, U.S. to Deploy 500 Troops to Saudi Air Base, Sudan's Military Rulers Agree to Share Power with Civilian Protesters, United Nations Declares Global Health Emergency as Ebola Spreads, Puerto Ricans Demand Resignation of Governor Ricardo Rosselló over Hateful Messages, AG Barr & Commerce Secretary Ross Held in Contempt of Congress, Sen. Rand Paul Blocks Vote on S…

Ryan Grim (2019-07-18). Chuck Schumer, in Meeting With Progressive Caucus, Said He Was Surprised House Democrats Waved Through the Senate Border Bill. theintercept.com The Senate minority leader said he had expected the House to pass a stronger bill, after which the two chambers would negotiate a compromise.

Ali Harb (2019-07-18). How Iranian MEK Went from US Terror List to Halls of Congress. globalresearch.ca As soon as Maryam Rajavi, her face beaming across a giant screen, finished speaking, the sky above hundreds of her supporters in the United States filled with red, white and green confetti — the colours of the Iranian flag….

Bonnie Castillo (2019-07-18). Nurses Stand in Solidarity With Congressional Women of Color. commondreams.org We are impressed with the strength and resilience of the women of "the Squad." (Photo: National Nurses United) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/46836811015_a2d1a57f79_z.jpg

Staff (2019-07-18). Henry Giroux: Will Trump's Deliberate Racist Rhetoric Lead Us to Fascism? truthout.org | | Henry Giroux dissects how the potential path to fascism is laid bare in Trump's rhetoric and policies and how the voices of four new progressive Democratic congresswomen in the U.S. House of Representatives speak to another American future. | TRANSCRIPT: | MARC STEINER Welcome to "The Real News Network." Good to have you with us. I'm Marc Steiner. We're about first to watch some clips from two press conferences that were held yesterday. One by Donald Trump, and the other by the four congressio…

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-07-18). Diplomacy Instead of a Disaster in Iran. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — July 18, 2019 — In response to reports of the U.S. shooting down an Iranian drone, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: "Because of the Trump administration's policy of maximum provocation towards Iran, America stands on the precipice of another blunderous …

Thomas Mountain (2019-07-18). Africans Solving African Problems; Bringing Peace to Sudan. counterpunch.org The recent peace deal being implemented in Sudan was brokered by African leaders without any interference or even input by non African players ie the UN or western countries. As a matter of fact the deal was made in Asmara, Eritrea where the head of the Sudanese military that had overthrown the long time despot More

Michele Willens (2019-07-18). Travels in the South. thenation.com Travels in the South…

United Nations (2019-07-18). Stronger partnerships with post-conflict countries needed to ensure 'path towards durable peace': UN chief. un.org As UN missions are drawn down and eventually closed, stronger partnerships are needed to ensure that countries recovering from conflict can transition successfully to a phase of durable peace and development, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council on Thursday.

United Nations (2019-07-18). Yemen: UN Envoy 'guilty' of optimistic hope that war is 'nearing the end'. un.org With Yemen once again at a "crucial moment" the UN Special Envoy trying to facilitate peace there told Security Council members on Thursday that despite the dangers of being over optimistic, he could not help thinking the country could finally be "nearing the end of its war."

Robert Weissman (2019-07-18). Beware Facebook's Libra: A Corporate Surveillance Leviathan With No Precedent Outside the Realm of Science Fiction. commondreams.org David Marcus, Head of Calibra at Facebook, testifies about Facebook's proposed digital currency called Libra, during a Senate Banking, House and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, July 16, 2019. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/facebook_libra.jpg

RT (2019-07-18). Ilhan Omar brands Trump 'FASCIST' after 'send her back' chants at his rally. rt.com Rep. Ilhan Omar has accused the US president of being "racist" and of "spewing fascist ideology" after Donald Trump's supporters were heard chanting "send her back" during a rally as he was lambasting the Democratic congresswoman.

susan_p (2019-07-18). Challenging capitalism is the ultimate climate mitigation strategy. greenleft.org.au The climate movement both at the international level and within specific countries is quite disparate, meriting a distinction between climate activists per se and climate justice activists. | Representatives of the former include organisations such as the Climate Action Network, Greenpeace, and Al Gore's Climate Reality Project, which emphasise the need for renewables, energy efficiency, and other techno-fixes and attempt to work within the parameters of global capitalism. | Others, such as Friends of the Earth, Climate Justice Action, and various socialist and anarchist groups, are attuned to the enormous social…

DLI (2019-07-18). 33 brave senior(kupuna) protectors on Hawaii's Mauna Kea detained by police. indybay.org On Wednesday morning, State police removed 33 senior(kupuna) protectors from a human chain that had blocked–for 3 days–access to the Mauna Kea Road, by construction equipment that are slated to begin the Thirty Meter Telescope(TMT). The protectors are part of the hundreds-strong peaceful activists that had been up at the Mauna(mountain) since last Sunday, July 14.

RT (2019-07-18). 'Crisis in Queens': Immigrant from Jamaica announces Republican challenge to AOC in 2020. rt.com A new contender has entered the ring for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's House seat in New York, vowing to take the young congresswoman's spot in 2020 and condemning her for seeking self-promotion over public service.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-07-18). With Support of Just 3 Republicans, House Democrats Pass 'Historic' Raise the Wage Act to Guarantee Workers $15 Minimum Wage. commondreams.org Progressives in Congress were joined by workers, business owners, and labor rights advocates in celebrating the "historic" passage on Thursday of the Raise the Wage Act, aimed at guaranteeing all American workers a minimum wage of $15. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/fight-for-15_2_1.jpg

WSWS (2019-07-18). Trump praises Democratic Party on impeachment, denounces congresswomen as a crowd howls, "Send her back!" wsws.org Continuing his fascistic campaign against socialism, Trump denounced "left-wing extremists who reject everything our nation stands for."

RT (2019-07-18). House votes to block Saudi arms sales in face of Trump's veto threat. rt.com The US House of Representatives on Wednesday sided with the Senate in passing three resolutions to ban sales of precision-guided munitions and other weaponry and technology to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan.

RT (2019-07-18). '4 horsewomen' of Dem 'squad' poll low amid Trump tweetfest, but their party is doing even worse. rt.com The four Democratic congresswomen feuding with US President Donald Trump are not polling well nationwide, suggesting the president is right that "a lot of people love" his criticism of the women as anti-American "whack jobs."

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-07-18). After House Passes $15 Minimum Wage Bill, Bernie Sanders Demands McConnell Let Senate Vote. commondreams.org "If Senator McConnell wants to vote against that bill and explain to the people of Kentucky why he believes a $7.25 minimum wage is acceptable to him that is his prerogative," said the 2020 presidential candidate | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/sanders_mcconnell_mitch_mcconnell.jpg

RT (2019-07-18). Schumer, DNC up in arms over face manipulation app created by 'the Russians'. rt.com Accusations about FaceApp, a service for manipulating portraits, have graduated from racism and transphobia to a bona fide national security threat, with Chuck Schumer calling for a formal FBI probe. Because Russia is behind it!

RT (2019-07-18). 'I disagreed with it': Trump distances himself from 'SEND HER BACK!' chants. rt.com US President Donald Trump has sought to distance himself from supporters who erupted into a chant of "send her back" about Somali-American Congresswoman Ilhan Omar at a Wednesday rally, saying he "disagreed" with their sentiments.

Peoples Alliance (2019-07-18). 2nd Anniversary of Charlottesville: Act Against White Supremacy. indybay.org Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi's Office | Federal Building | 90 7th St | San Francisco, CA…

RT (2019-07-18). Hawaiian protesters arrested trying to block telescope on sacred lands. rt.com Police have arrested dozens of elderly protesters in a crowd of thousands blocking a road to the highest mountain in Hawaii, an ongoing effort to halt the construction of a giant telescope on land considered sacred by natives.

RT (2019-07-18). 'SEND HER BACK': Trump crowds have new MAGA chant after 'racist tweet' row. rt.com The crowd at Donald Trump's campaign rally in North Carolina erupted in a raucous chant of 'Send her back!' after the US president fired a fresh broadside at Somali-American Congresswoman Ilhan Omar.

RT (2019-07-18). Ilhan Omar's bill backs Americans' right to boycott Israel. Here's why it will fail. rt.com Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has introduced a bill that would protect the right to boycott Israel, apparently related to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. We look at why the legislation is bound to be dead on arrival.

Fréa Lockley (2019-07-18). Right-wing Labour MPs use Trump's racism for their own advantage. thecanary.co Donald Trump and his supporters have sunk even further into vile racism. On 14 July, Trump issued a series of racist tweets. He told four progressive congresswomen of colour to "go back and help fix" their "broken and crime infested" countries. | Since then, his supporters have pushed the racist attacks against congresswo…

Mark Gruenberg (2019-07-17). House to vote on impeaching Trump, again. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Al Green is again trying to get his U.S. House colleagues to impeach Donald Trump. The Democratic congressman from Houston tried twice before, in GOP-run Congresses, to get the House to impeach the Republican president for his racism, xenophobia, sexism, and incitement of hatred nationwide. Green failed, getting around 60 votes each time, out of …

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.

David Swanson (2019-07-17). Is Tulsi Gabbard Qualified? dissidentvoice.org I want Tulsi Gabbard in the Democratic Presidential debates because she speaks out against wars. She raises the topic unasked. She wants various wars ended or not launched. She wants impeachment made automatic for presidents who launch wars. What's not to love? I also want Mike Gravel included for the same reason. If anything, he's …

teleSUR (2019-07-17). Louvre Discreetly Removes Sackler Name Amid Opioid Scandal. telesurenglish.net The Louvre museum in Paris has removed the name of the Sackler family from one of its wings, amid a sanitory scandal that has seen the billionaire donors accused of pushing a highly-addictive opioid blamed for tens of thousands of deaths, reported local media on Wednesday. | RELATED: | Purdue Corrupted WHO to Boost Opioid Sales: Congress' Report | Louvre p…

United Nations (2019-07-17). Wednesday's Daily Brief: Ebola now an international Public Health Emergency, young peacemakers, defining moment for Sudan, war crimes fugitives, migrant 'crisis' in Hungary. un.org In today's Daily Brief: the DR Congo Ebola outbreak is officially declared an international Public Health Emergency; UN Youth Envoy briefs Security Council; an 'exciting and potentially defining' moment for Sudan, says UN adviser; more cooperation's needed to secure arrest of war crimes fugitives; and politicizing the migrant 'crisis' in Hungary…

United Nations (2019-07-17). 'Young people care about peace': UN Youth Envoy delivers key message to Security Council. un.org After visiting refugee camps in Jordan, UN-backed schools in Gaza, municipalities in Kosovo and Youth Councils in Denmark, the UN's Youth Envoy visited the Security Council on Wednesday with a simple message from the field that "young people care about peace".

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). Trump up in the polls, thanks 'vicious young socialist Congresswomen'. rt.com A Rasmussen poll shows President Donald Trump's approval has risen to 50 percent, after the president verbally locked horns with a cohort of female Congresswomen — making comments about their origins that some say were racist. |

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.

RT (2019-07-17). Not yet: Vote on Trump impeachment fails in Democrat-controlled House. rt.com The US House of Representatives has overwhelmingly voted against a resolution to impeach President Donald Trump, sponsored by those hoping to capitalize on the backlash to Trump's attacks on four progressive congresswomen.

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 congresswomen who accused him of racism as "the four horsewomen of the apocalypse."

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…

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.

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…

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."

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