2019-07-21: Social Media Postees

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Bernie calls McConnell "afraid" for refusing to take up $15 minimum wage in Senate
Andrew Emett | nationofchange.org | 2019-07-21
"A $15 minimum wage would raise wages for 39 million people and lift millions of Americans out of poverty. Why is McConnell afraid to let us vote on it?"

How ridiculous is Trump's border stand?
Jim Hightower | nationofchange.org | 2019-07-21
| The most ridiculous thing about Donald Trump's xenophobic, demagogic assault on Central American amnesty seekers is that his frantic demand to build a $5-billion-dollar border wall is not his most ridiculous ploy. | Even more ridiculous is his panicky political assertion that the caravans coming north through Mexico are gangs of rapists, murderers, and terrorists out to slaughter and conquer us! Never mind that the migrants he demonizes are overwhelmingly women, children, and peaceful families who're fleei…

33 brave senior(kupuna) protectors on Hawaii's Mauna Kea detained by police
DLI | indybay.org | 2019-07-21
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.

2nd Anniversary of Charlottesville: Act Against White Supremacy
Peoples Alliance | indybay.org | 2019-07-21
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi's Office | Federal Building | 90 7th St | San Francisco, CA…

Peace Strike for Climate & Amazon Rainforest in State Capital
Fridays For Future Sacramento | indybay.org | 2019-07-21
California State Capitol Museum, West Steps | 1315 10th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814…

"The Squad" Keeps the Focus on Bold Policies to Fight Inequality
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-07-20
| "We are one of the wealthiest countries in the history of this world. And yet millions of adults in the United States still don't have health insurance," Rep. Ilhan Omar told an audience of her Minnesota constituents on Thursday evening. | A day after the president of the United States incited rallygoers to chant "send her home," the congresswoman was in her home district, hosting a policy-heavy…

We Got to the Moon. We Can Overcome War and Capitalism
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-07-20
| "For me, the most ironic token of [the first human moon landing] is the plaque signed by President Richard M. Nixon that Apollo 11 took to the moon. It reads, 'We came in peace for all Mankind.' As the United States was dropping seven and a half megatons of conventional explosives on small nations in Southeast Asia, we congratulated ourselves on our humanity. We would harm no one on a lifeless rock." — Carl SaganMy little girl loves the moon. When she sees it, whether full in borrowed light or a waning…

War with Iran as 2020 election boost? Ron Paul optimistic Trump may tell Bolton 'to get lost'
rt.com | 2019-07-20
With tension between the US and Iran running sizzling hot, some fear President Donald Trump may see war as a potential boost for his re-election campaign. Ex-congressman Ron Paul told RT he is optimistic that Trump won't. | …

Anti-Racist Historian: Attacks on Rep. Omar Rooted in Belief "America Is for White People"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-07-19
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…

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

"Voices from Syria" and "The Dirty War on Syria": Mark Taliano and Tim Anderson Analyze the War on Syria
Global Research | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-19
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: | …

Trump doubles down on Ilhan Omar attacks, praising racist crowd as 'incredible'
Ed Sykes | thecanary.co | 2019-07-19
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 "

Nigerian Political Prisoner Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-19
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 …

Attacks on Ilhan Omar Rooted in Belief "America Is for White People"
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-07-19
| 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…

Trump Praises Supporters Who Want to Deport Ilhan Omar as "People That Love Our Country"
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-07-19
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."

Is Trump a Racist?
Kim Petersen | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-07-19
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 …

Trump's a Racist—But We Knew That. Now What?
John Atcheson | commondreams.org | 2019-07-19
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.

How the Trump Administration is Eviscerating the Federal Government
Evaggelos Vallianatos | counterpunch.org | 2019-07-19
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…

$15 by 2025: House OK of minimum wage hike cheers women's groups, unions
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-07-19
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 …

Union leaders laud house vote to repeal 'Cadillac tax' on health care plans
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-07-19
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 …

Republican Senate + Republican president = Extreme right-wing federal courts
Mike Arney | peoplesworld.org | 2019-07-19
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 …

'Firmly united' Security Council can bolster Colombia's efforts to secure lasting peace, says UN envoy
United Nations | un.org | 2019-07-19
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.

First men on the moon 'came in peace' to UN Headquarters 'for all mankind'
United Nations | un.org | 2019-07-19
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.

US House chaplain holds EXORCISM after 'spirits of darkness' engulf proceedings
rt.com | 2019-07-19
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.' | …

Will the Afghan Peace Agreement be a Face-Saving Fig Leaf?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-07-19
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…

Venezuela: Trump diverts Central America aid to Guaido as EU threatens more sanctions
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-07-19
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…

With Petition to Congress, 100,000+ People Demand Green New Deal 'That Fixes Our Food System'
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-07-19
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

Video: Waiting for New Idlib Offensive. US Continues to Provide Syria Rebels with Weapons and Military Supplies
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-18
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 …

"It Is Not Just War. It Is Life": Acclaimed Doc "For Sama" Offers Rare Glimpse into War-Torn Syria
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-07-18
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…

Carnage must stop in northwest Syria demands Lowcock, as attacks intensify
United Nations | un.org | 2019-07-18
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.

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

Diplomacy Instead of a Disaster in Iran
Paul Kawika Martin | peaceaction.org | 2019-07-18
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 …

Yemen: UN Envoy 'guilty' of optimistic hope that war is 'nearing the end'
United Nations | un.org | 2019-07-18
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."

Stronger partnerships with post-conflict countries needed to ensure 'path towards durable peace': UN chief
United Nations | un.org | 2019-07-18
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.

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

Ilhan Omar's bill backs Americans' right to boycott Israel. Here's why it will fail
rt.com | 2019-07-18
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. | …

Ilhan Omar brands Trump 'FASCIST' after 'send her back' chants at his rally
rt.com | 2019-07-18
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. | …

Challenging capitalism is the ultimate climate mitigation strategy
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-07-18
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…

'I disagreed with it': Trump distances himself from 'SEND HER BACK!' chants
rt.com | 2019-07-18
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. | …

Schumer, DNC up in arms over face manipulation app created by 'the Russians'
rt.com | 2019-07-18
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! | …

Wednesday's Daily Brief: Ebola now an international Public Health Emergency, young peacemakers, defining moment for Sudan, war crimes fugitives, migrant 'crisis' in Hungary
United Nations | un.org | 2019-07-17
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…

'Young people care about peace': UN Youth Envoy delivers key message to Security Council
United Nations | un.org | 2019-07-17
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".

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…

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…

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.

"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.

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…

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."

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?"

Trump Tells US Congresswomen to "Go Back" to Countries They Came From

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…

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