2019-07-20: News Headlines

Fridays For Future Sacramento (2019-07-20). Peace Strike for Climate & Amazon Rainforest in State Capital. indybay.org California State Capitol Museum, West Steps | 1315 10th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814…

Peoples Alliance (2019-07-20). 2nd Anniversary of Charlottesville: Act Against White Supremacy. indybay.org Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi's Office | Federal Building | 90 7th St | San Francisco, CA…

DLI (2019-07-20). 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.

Staff (2019-07-19). Attacks on Ilhan Omar Rooted in Belief "America Is for White People" truthout.org | | On Thursday, President Trump attempted to distance himself from the racist chant of "send her back" about Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar at a Trump campaign rally Wednesday in North Carolina. The chants rang across the rally in response to Trump's own verbal attack against the congresswoman. He did nothing to intervene. On Wednesday, the House of Representatives narrowly passed a resolution condemning Trump's racist remarks against Congressmembers Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley and Alexan…

Mike Arney (2019-07-19). Republican Senate + Republican president = Extreme right-wing federal courts. peoplesworld.org I sometimes hear activists say building and sustaining "the movement" is more important than achieving political and legislative victories. But what is the desired outcome of the movement if it isn't, at least in the short-term, to improve the lives of working people through better legislation? The extreme right never pledges to build a movement …

Mark Gruenberg (2019-07-19). Union leaders laud house vote to repeal 'Cadillac tax' on health care plans. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Union leaders, notably Laborers President Terry O'Sullivan, lauded the bipartisan and overwhelming U.S. House vote to permanently repeal the so-called "Cadillac tax" on high-cost high-value health insurance plans. The 419-6 vote on the repeal (HR748) on July 17 sent the measure to the GOP-run Senate, where O'Sullivan urged senators to swiftly agree. He said the …

teleSUR (2019-07-19). Gibraltar to Detain Iranian Oil Tanker for Another Month. telesurenglish.net Gibraltar has been granted the power to detain Iran's Grace 1 oil tanker for another month after a private Supreme Court meeting was held on Friday. | RELATED: | Trump: U.S. Navy Destroys Iranian Drone in Strait of Hormuz | Gibraltar said the Iranian vessel, seized by marines in a daring landing in darkness off the coast of the British territory on July 4, was suspected of smuggling oil to Syria in breach of European Union sanctions. | Iran has repeatedly called for the ship's re…

Mark Gruenberg (2019-07-19). $15 by 2025: House OK of minimum wage hike cheers women's groups, unions. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Women's groups and union leaders cheered as the Democratic-run U.S. House voted to raise the U.S. minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025. The 231-199 vote, virtually along party lines, presages a tougher struggle in the GOP-run Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is completely hostile to raising the wage—or any other progressive …

Stephen Lendman (2019-07-19). Nigerian Political Prisoner Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky. globalresearch.ca Nigerian rule is tyrannical, headed by military dictator/turned politician Muhannadu Buhari and his so-called All Progressives Congress party (APC). | His February re-electoral triumph was dubious at best, critics citing voter-suppression and vote-buying. | Political violence occurred in the run-up to the …

Kim Petersen (2019-07-19). Is Trump a Racist? dissidentvoice.org President Donald Trump has once again stepped into the doggy-doo of comments that point to being a racist. Tweeted Trump: So interesting to see "Progressive" Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a …

Global Research (2019-07-19). "Voices from Syria" and "The Dirty War on Syria": Mark Taliano and Tim Anderson Analyze the War on Syria. globalresearch.ca Voices from Syria by Mark Taliano and The Dirty War on Syria by Tim Anderson: two essential books on Syria for . | *SPECIAL OFFER: Voices from Syria + The Dirty War on Syria: …

Ed Sykes (2019-07-19). How Trump and the US have been destroying Ilhan Omar's 'home' country for decades. thecanary.co Donald Trump has been attacking progressive congresswoman Ilhan Omar for months. But his rhetoric stepped up this week when he told her — a ref…

Jake Johnson (2019-07-19). Just hours before Trump unleashed more racist attacks at rally, 137 house Democrats joined GOP to kill articles of impeachment. nationofchange.org Just hours before President Donald Trump took to the stage in Greenville, North Carolina and unleashed more racist vitriol against Rep. Ilhan Omar and other progressive members of Congress, 137 House Democrats joined a united Republican caucus on Wednesday to kill articles of impeachment that sought to hold the president accountable for sparking "fear and hatred of new Americans …

Robert Mackey (2019-07-19). Trump Praises Supporters Who Want to Deport Ilhan Omar as "People That Love Our Country" theintercept.com The president first disavowed and then praised a baying mob that responded to his rant against a Somali-American congresswoman by chanting, "Send her back."

Staff (2019-07-19). Anti-Racist Historian: Attacks on Rep. Omar Rooted in Belief "America Is for White People" democracynow.org On Thursday, President Trump attempted to distance himself from the racist chant of "send her back" about Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar at a Trump campaign rally Wednesday in North Carolina. The chants rang across the rally in response to Trump's own verbal attack against the congresswoman. He did nothing to intervene. On Wednesday, the House of Representatives narrowly passed a resolution condemning Trump's racist remarks against Congressmembers Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. We speak with Ibram X. Kendi, founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at A…

United Nations (2019-07-19). First men on the moon 'came in peace' to UN Headquarters 'for all mankind'. un.org As the world remembers Saturday's 50th anniversary of the "giant leap for mankind" made by all those involved in the pioneering Apollo 11 space programme, we take a look back at the visit made by astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins, to UN Headquarters in New York, just a few weeks after their historic mission.

United Nations (2019-07-19). 'Firmly united' Security Council can bolster Colombia's efforts to secure lasting peace, says UN envoy. un.org The Colombian peace process is an outstanding example of how much support the United Nations can provide when the Security Council is 'firmly united', a senior UN envoy said on Friday, calling for the 15-member body's continued commitment as the country works to overcome secure lasting peace.

John Atcheson (2019-07-19). Trump's a Racist—But We Knew That. Now What? commondreams.org Trump's racist rant about four freshman congresswomen of color is getting a lot of play in the press and from Democrats. They're doing everything they can to get the fact that Trump is a racist into the headlines and on the news. But really, didn't we already know this? Trump threw the dog whistle away a long time ago, and he's been making explicit what had been for 40 years the implicit racism of the Republican Party.

Staff (2019-07-19). A Trump Plan Would Throw 55,000 Children Out of Their Homes. truthout.org | | In 1968 — just a week after Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination — Congress passed the Fair Housing Act, or FHA. | The law secured everyone's right to housing regardless of race, national origin, disability, familial status, sex, or religion. The FHA protects people from discrimination when they're renting, getting a mortgage, or seeking housing assistance — including applying for public housing or housing vouchers. | Now the Trump administration is going against that legacy, propos…

Derek Royden (2019-07-19). "We are what America looks like": The trials of 'the Squad'. nationofchange.org "Our squad is big. Our squad includes any person committed to building a more equitable and just world and that is the work we want to get back to." -Ayanna Pressley One of the most disturbing things about the harsh criticism directed at four new members of the U.S. Congress is where the most recent …

Staff (2019-07-19). Will the Afghan Peace Agreement be a Face-Saving Fig Leaf? therealnews.com Afghanistan is making progress for a peace agreement, but such an agreement will not necessarily mean an end to war or even assure the Afghan government's survival, says Matthew Hoh…

RT (2019-07-19). US House chaplain holds EXORCISM after 'spirits of darkness' engulf proceedings. rt.com The House chaplain has staged an emergency prayer intervention in Congress to cast out the "spirits of darkness" he blames for the turmoil that seized the chamber during the vote to condemn the president's tweets for 'racism.'

susan_p (2019-07-19). Venezuela: Trump diverts Central America aid to Guaido as EU threatens more sanctions. greenleft.org.au United States President Donald Trump's administration is reportedly diverting more than US$40 million in aid destined for Central America to the Venezuelan opposition. | According to the Los Angeles Times, a memo from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) was handed to Congress on July 11 saying that $41.9 million was being handed to self-proclaimed "Interim President" Juan Guaido and his team. The memo argued that there is an "exigent" crisis involving US "national…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-07-19). With Petition to Congress, 100,000+ People Demand Green New Deal 'That Fixes Our Food System'. commondreams.org A coalition of environmental, farmworker, public health, and food safety advocacy groups on Thursday delivered to Congress a petition signed by more than 100,000 people which calls for a Green New Deal "that fixes our food system" to combat the climate crisis. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/farmers_0.jpg

Ed Sykes (2019-07-19). Trump doubles down on Ilhan Omar attacks, praising racist crowd as 'incredible'. thecanary.co Donald Trump has yet again doubled down on his recent racist attacks against progressive congresswoman Ilhan Omar. And despite previously claiming he was "not happy" when his fans responded to his attacks by chanting "

Evaggelos Vallianatos (2019-07-19). How the Trump Administration is Eviscerating the Federal Government. counterpunch.org The federal government is by no means a perfect organization. It mirrors society. Yet it is the only saving grace that prevents the collapse of society under the stress of capitalism. It funds the military establishment and provides socialist medical care to its veteran soldiers — and members of Congress. The federal government also employs More

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…

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…

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 …

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.

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.

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 …

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.

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

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."

teleSUR (2019-07-18). Hawaii: Hundreds Protest Telescope Project. telesurenglish.net Hundreds of Hawaiian protesters, led by a group of Native Hawaiian elders, were able to deter the construction of a giant telescope by gathering Wednesday at the entrance of the site where the observatory is supposed to be built. | RELATED: | US: 11 Die in Hawaii Plane Crash | "We are here on the slopes of Mauna Kea doing what is necessary to protect our land, our sacred space," protest organizer Andrew Perez told a local media. | "This mountain represents more than just their building they want to build.

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.

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). '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."

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

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). '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.

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). 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). 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.

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…

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…

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 …

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.

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