Daily Archives: July 23, 2019

2019-07-23: News Headlines

Andre Vltchek (2019-07-23). March of the Uyghurs. dissidentvoice.org Important note: The Uyghurs have managed to create a very old and deep culture. Most of them are good, law abiding citizens of the PRC. Also the great majority of followers of Sunni Islam are peaceful people. This work is addressing terrible problems related to extremism and terrorism, most of them crafted and then fueled …

Patrick Cockburn (2019-07-23). Why Boris Johnson is Even More Dangerous Than Trump. counterpunch.org Is the rise of Boris Johnson to be the next prime minister the product of a soft coup? Does Donald Trump's racist demonisation of four non-white congress members prove him to be a "fascist" leader like Mussolini and Hitler? The two questions should be answered together because political developments in Britain tend to emulate those in the US, More

Gary Leupp (2019-07-23). Minnesota, White People, Lutherans and Ilhan Omar. counterpunch.org Interesting that Trump's current opportunistic vilification campaign focuses on a congresswoman from Minnesota. My late mother was from Minnesota. Daughter of an immigrant Swedish father and a mother born of Norwegian immigrants, she had a kind of Ingrid Bergman look. The hospital record describes her as "comely" (as though this were a technical term) at More

Thomas Knapp (2019-07-23). Peckerwood Populism is About Political Strategy, Not Personal Belief. counterpunch.org The controversy around President Donald Trump's recent tweets targeting "The Squad" — four Democratic members of Congress who are all women, all people "of color," and all of whom Trump seems to think aren't "from America" (one came from Somalia as a young woman and became a US citizen at 17; the rest are "natural More

John Nichols (2019-07-23). Trump Cannot Declare War—Especially on Iran—Without Congress. thenation.com Trump Cannot Declare War—Especially on Iran—Without Congress…

Tim Weiner (2019-07-23). Mueller Gave Congress All It Needs to Defend the Rule of Law. thenation.com Mueller Gave Congress All It Needs to Defend the Rule of Law…

Fridays For Future Sacramento (2019-07-23). Peace Strike for Climate & Amazon Rainforest in State Capital. indybay.org California State Capitol Museum, West Steps | 1315 10th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814…

RT (2019-07-23). Black helicopters over DC? Pentagon accidentally reveals 'classified' domestic Black Hawk mission. rt.com The US Army apparently plans to swarm the nation's capital region with Black Hawk helicopters as part of an ongoing "classified flight mission" that the Pentagon accidentally exposed while requesting funds from Congress.

WSWS (2019-07-23). How the pharmaceutical companies, Congress and the DEA made the opioid epidemic a billion-dollar industry. wsws.org Previously undisclosed government information shows how drug manufacturers and distributors responded to the emerging opioid epidemic by pumping more pills into the hardest-hit regions.

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2019-07-22). Rising Resistance And Solidarity In The Americas. dissidentvoice.org "If there isn't justice for the people, there won't be peace for the governor." Protesters in Old San Juan on Tuesday call for the resignation of Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, who has vowed to remain in office (Thais Llorca/EFE/Zuma Press) This weekend marks the 40th anniversary of the Sandanista Revolution in Nicaragua. Hundreds of thousands …

Staff (2019-07-22). "If Not Now, When Will We Stand?" Native Hawaiians Fight Construction of Telescope on Mauna Kea. democracynow.org A historic indigenous resistance is unfolding on the Big Island of Hawaii, where thousands have descended on Mauna Kea, a sacred Native site, to defend it from the construction of a $1.4 billion telescope. Scientists say the Thirty Meter Telescope will help them peer into the deepest corners of space, but indigenous resisters say the construction was approved without their consent and will desecrate their sacred lands. Last week, police arrested 33 people—most of them Hawaiian elders—as they blocked a road to prevent work crews from reaching the site of the telescope being planned atop Mauna Kea. And…

Staff (2019-07-22). Deal Sealed on Federal Budget, Ensuring No Shutdown, Default. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and congressional leaders announced late Monday they had struck a critical debt and budget agreement. The deal amounts to an against-the-odds victory for Washington pragmatists seeking to avoid politically dangerous tumult over the possibility of a government shutdown or first-ever federal default. | The deal, announced by Trump on Twitter and in a statement by Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, will restore the government's ability to borrow to pay…

Ryan Grim (2019-07-22). He Was Told to Go Back to Africa. Instead, He May Go to the U.S. Senate. theintercept.com Helena, Montana, mayor Wilmot Collins was reminded by Donald Trump's recent comments of the racism he faced when he first came to the U.S. from Liberia.

teleSUR (2019-07-22). Trump Lacks Authority to Tell Anyone to Leave US, Haaland Says. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Donald Trump and his followers lack authority to tell anyone to leave this country because they are not indigenous to this land, according to a US congresswoman. | RELATED: | Trump Calls Supporters 'Patriotic' For Racist Chants Against Ilhan Omar | In an opinion piece published on Monday in The New York Times, Rep. Deb Haaland of New Mexico condemned Trump ¥s last week words who recently told four Congre…

The Canary (2019-07-22). Probe into Facebook cryptocurrency 'being considered by MPs'. thecanary.co A probe into Facebook's digital currency plans is being considered by MPs, it has been reported.Concerns have been raised over the social network's intentions to start a cryptocurrency called Libra, which will be run by a number of firms including Mastercard, Visa and PayPal.Facebook will incorporate the currency into its digital wallet called Calibra, while other companies will be able to use Libra in their own apps.Last week, US senators expressed their reservations about the project, as Libra chief David Marcus gave evidence to the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee.Facebook hopes to launch Li…

Andrew Emett (2019-07-22). Elizabeth Warren issues statement opposing Trump's nominee for Defense Secretary. nationofchange.org After recently voting 'no' during an executive session to consider Mark Esper's nomination to be Secretary of Defense, Sen. Elizabeth Warren issued a statement opposing his nomination due to a potential conflict of interest with the major defense contractor, Raytheon. As an ex-vice president at Raytheon from 2010 to 2017, Esper directly refused last week to recuse himself from any financial decisions involving his former employer. | As the Senate prepares to confirm Esper as Defense Secretary, Warren issued a statement Thursday noting that if confirmed, Esper would become the fourth current Trump Administratio…

teleSUR (2019-07-22). Haitian Prime Minister Jean Michel Lapin Resigns. telesurenglish.net Haitian Prime Minister Jean Michel Lapin presented Monday his resignation, according to a high-ranking official who asked for anonymity. | RELATED: | Over 2.6 Million Haitians Face Food Insecurity | "I have made a choice for Haiti," Lapin said in an interview with local newspaper "Le Nouvelliste". | In a letter released by local media, President Jovenel Moise called a meeting with the presidents of the Chamber of Deputies, Gary Bodeau and the Senate, Carl Murat Cantave, to appoint Fritz Will…

Staff (2019-07-22). Native Hawaiians Fight Construction of Telescope on Mauna Kea. truthout.org | | A historic indigenous resistance is unfolding on the Big Island of Hawaii, where thousands have descended on Mauna Kea, a sacred Native site, to defend it from the construction of a $1.4 billion telescope. Scientists say the Thirty Meter Telescope will help them peer into the deepest corners of space, but indigenous resisters say the construction was approved without their consent and will desecrate their sacred lands. Last week, police arrested 33 people — most of them Hawaiian elders — as…

United Nations (2019-07-22). UN peacekeeping in Mali boosted with addition of 250 UK troops. un.org The United Kingdom is to send a contingent of 250 troops to Mali next year, to support the UN's peacekeeping operation in the country, MINUSMA.

teleSUR (2019-07-22). Protests Called Against Murder of Colombian Social Leaders. telesurenglish.net The Defenders of Peace Movement said Monday that in the last one month at least 10 social leaders were killed in Colombia and called for an international march on July 26 in protest of the murders. | RELATED: | Colombia: Revered Social Leader and Activist Killed in Colombia | "We invite all citizens to walk with us and make a presence in the events scheduled for that day for the life of those who defend life and peace in the territories," the organization said in a statement.

Fréa Lockley (2019-07-22). A powerful protest highlights the ongoing tragedy of DWP deaths. thecanary.co On 22 July, disability rights activists staged a peaceful protest outside the head office of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in London. The action drew attention to the rising number of deaths as a result of DWP benefit cuts. Ahead of the protest, artist and activist Dolly Sen wrote to Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt to draw attention to this situation. Both failed to respond. | "Broken Hearts for the DWP":…

Johnny Dwyer (2019-07-22). Citing Intense Public Interest, Judge Unseals Files in Case of Trump Associate Felix Sater. theintercept.com A federal judge in Brooklyn ordered the unsealing on Monday of previously secret portions of the court record involving the criminal case of Felix Sater, a former associate of President Donald Trump who was convicted on racketeering charges prior to his work with the president. The decision came after The Intercept sought access to the filings, some of which have remained under seal for two decades. | Sater, who has appeared before both Congressional investigators and the special counsel's office to address his involvement in a failed effort to launch the proposed Trump Moscow project, was a longtime government c…

John Lindsay-Poland (2019-07-22). The U.S. Is Flooding the World With Guns. Congress Can Stop That. commondreams.org People look at handguns as thousands of customers and hundreds of dealers sell, show, and buy guns and other items during The Nation's Gun Show at the Dulles Expo Center which is the first major gun show in the area since the Oregon shooting in Chantilly, VA on Saturday, October 03, 2015. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-07-22). Illinois GOP Posts Facebook Meme Calling Four Congresswomen "The Jihad Squad" truthout.org | | Top leaders of the Illinois Republican Party sought to reverse damage on Sunday after posting and then deleting a movie-style poster on Facebook that depicted four progressive congresswomen who have been repeatedly attacked by President Donald Trump in recent days as "The Jihad Squad."

commondreams (2019-07-22). Tell Congress to Support Free Speech, Oppose Anti-BDS Resolution Denouncing Right to Boycott. commondreams.org ______________________________…

teleSUR (2019-07-22). US Cop Suggests Ocasio-Cortez Should Be Shot. telesurenglish.net A social media post by a police officer from Louisiana, United States suggesting that Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) should be shot received criticisms Sunday. | RELATED: | Ocasio-Cortez: 'Time to Open Impeachment Inquiry Against Trump' | The officer, Charlie Rispoli, a 14-year veteran of Gretna police department wrote on Facebook Thursda…

RT (2019-07-22). As Mueller's 'book' becomes a live show from The Hill, is America sick of 'Russiagate'? rt.com With former special counsel Robert Mueller set to testify before two Congressional committees and Democratic lawmakers talking impeachment, has America finally moved on?

Staff (2019-07-22). Yemen's Houthis Maintain Upper Hand, as Peace Talks Proceed. therealnews.com A UN-brokered ceasefire to protect the port of Hodeidah appears to be holding, while the United Arab Emirates are withdrawing, having achieved their objectives, says Patrick Cockburn. Also, US Congressional effort to stop US support for the war is having an effect…

Staff (2019-07-22). Republicans Are Transforming Federal Courts for the Next Generation. therealnews.com The Nation's Elie Mystal says Conservative think tanks and Senate Majority Leader McConnell are creating a right-wing federal court system with Trump's help that will affect generations to come…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-07-22). As Trump Tweets More Racism on His Way To 'Pay Respect' to Justice Stevens, Ilhan Omar Calls for Cancelling Student Debt in US. commondreams.org "Trump continues to foment hate and racism that is endangering the lives of women of color in Congress and so many others. We all need to call it out. And it must end NOW." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-07-22). Native Hawaiians Continue Protest a Week After Telescope Construction Was Set to Start on Sacred Land. commondreams.org A week after construction was scheduled to resume on a long-delayed $1.4 billion telescope at the summit of Mauna Kea—a dormant volcano on Hawaii's Big Island—thousands of Native Hawaiians who consider the mountain sacred continued to protest the planned observatory. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-07-22). 'Jihad Squad' meme with Omar & co. on Illinois GOP page angers Democrats. rt.com A Republican group has distanced itself from an altered movie poster that appeared on its Facebook page, depicting four progressive congresswomen as 'The Jihad Squad'.

CP Editor (2019-07-22). "If Not Now, When Will We Stand?" Native Hawaiians Fight Construction of Telescope on Mauna Kea. counterpunch.org

Sarah Abed (2019-07-21). Washington's Bully Tactics Have Failed to Persuade Tehran to Negotiate a New Nuclear Deal. globalresearch.ca Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif is in New York this week for high level talks at the UN. He has been confined to a six-block radius. It's not uncommon for Iranian diplomats along with envoys from North Korea, Syria …

United Nations (2019-07-21). Inclusive peace in Afghanistan means 'women at the centre' urges UN deputy chief in Kabul. un.org The UN deputy chief issued an impassioned plea on Sunday for Afghans to reconcile with the past and put "women at the centre" of all efforts to forge a durable peace, and a truly inclusive political process where women's voices are truly heard.

unitedEditor (2019-07-20). Why did Argentina declare Hezbollah a terrorist group? uwidata.com Argentina has officially declared Hezbollah a terrorist organization. The declaration created a considerable amount of controversy given the strong feelings on the issue in various countries. Background Argentina has received more immigrants than any other Latin American nation. While they are mostly of European origin, many have also come from Syria and Lebanon. There are …

RT (2019-07-20). War with Iran as 2020 election boost? Ron Paul optimistic Trump may tell Bolton 'to get lost'. rt.com 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.

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 …

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). '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.

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.

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…

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…

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). "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…

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.

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."

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.

2019-07-23: Social Media Postees

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Minnesota, White People, Lutherans and Ilhan Omar
Gary Leupp | counterpunch.org | 2019-07-23
Interesting that Trump's current opportunistic vilification campaign focuses on a congresswoman from Minnesota. My late mother was from Minnesota. Daughter of an immigrant Swedish father and a mother born of Norwegian immigrants, she had a kind of Ingrid Bergman look. The hospital record describes her as "comely" (as though this were a technical term) at…
counterpunch.org/2019/07/23/minnesota-wh…

Why Boris Johnson is Even More Dangerous Than Trump
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2019-07-23
Is the rise of Boris Johnson to be the next prime minister the product of a soft coup? Does Donald Trump's racist demonisation of four non-white congress members prove him to be a "fascist" leader like Mussolini and Hitler? The two questions should be answered together because political developments in Britain tend to emulate those in the US,…
counterpunch.org/2019/07/23/why-boris-jo…

Trump Cannot Declare War–Especially on Iran–Without Congress
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-07-23
Trump Cannot Declare War–Especially on Iran–Without Congress…
thenation.com/article/khanna-trump-war-i…

Mueller Gave Congress All It Needs to Defend the Rule of Law
Tim Weiner | thenation.com | 2019-07-23
Mueller Gave Congress All It Needs to Defend the Rule of Law…
thenation.com/article/mueller-report-con…

Peckerwood Populism is About Political Strategy, Not Personal Belief
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2019-07-23
The controversy around President Donald Trump's recent tweets targeting "The Squad" — four Democratic members of Congress who are all women, all people "of color," and all of whom Trump seems to think aren't "from America" (one came from Somalia as a young woman and became a US citizen at 17; the rest are…
counterpunch.org/2019/07/23/peckerwood-p…

How the pharmaceutical companies, Congress and the DEA made the opioid epidemic a billion-dollar industry
wsws.org | 2019-07-23
Previously undisclosed government information shows how drug manufacturers and distributors responded to the emerging opioid epidemic by pumping more pills into the hardest-hit regions.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/07/23/pers…

Black helicopters over DC? Pentagon accidentally reveals 'classified' domestic Black Hawk mission
rt.com | 2019-07-23
The US Army apparently plans to swarm the nation's capital region with Black Hawk helicopters as part of an ongoing "classified flight mission" that the Pentagon accidentally exposed while requesting funds from Congress. | …
rt.com/usa/464805-pentagon-reveals-black…

Peace Strike for Climate & Amazon Rainforest in State Capital
Fridays For Future Sacramento | indybay.org | 2019-07-23
California State Capitol Museum, West Steps | 1315 10th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/07/19/1882485…

March of the Uyghurs
Andre Vltchek | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-07-23
Important note: The Uyghurs have managed to create a very old and deep culture. Most of them are good, law abiding citizens of the PRC. Also the great majority of followers of Sunni Islam are peaceful people. This work is addressing terrible problems related to extremism and terrorism, most of them crafted and then fueled …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/07/march-of-the-…

Rising Resistance And Solidarity In The Americas
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-07-22
"If there isn't justice for the people, there won't be peace for the governor." Protesters in Old San Juan on Tuesday call for the resignation of Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, who has vowed to remain in office (Thais Llorca/EFE/Zuma Press) This weekend marks the 40th anniversary of the Sandanista Revolution in Nicaragua. Hundreds of thousands …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/07/rising-resist…

Trump Lacks Authority to Tell Anyone to Leave US, Haaland Says
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-22
U.S. President Donald Trump and his followers lack authority to tell anyone to leave this country because they are not indigenous to this land, according to a US congresswoman. | RELATED: | Trump Calls Supporters 'Patriotic' For Racist Chants Against Ilhan Omar | In an opinion piece published on Monday in The New York Times, Rep. Deb Haaland of New Mexico condemned Trump ¥s last week words who recently told four Congre…
telesurenglish.net/news/Trump-Lacks-Auth…

He Was Told to Go Back to Africa. Instead, He May Go to the U.S. Senate
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-07-22
Helena, Montana, mayor Wilmot Collins was reminded by Donald Trump's recent comments of the racism he faced when he first came to the U.S. from Liberia.
theintercept.com/2019/07/22/wilmot-colli…

Haitian Prime Minister Jean Michel Lapin Resigns
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-22
Haitian Prime Minister Jean Michel Lapin presented Monday his resignation, according to a high-ranking official who asked for anonymity. | RELATED: | Over 2.6 Million Haitians Face Food Insecurity | "I have made a choice for Haiti," Lapin said in an interview with local newspaper "Le Nouvelliste". | In a letter released by local media, President Jovenel Moise called a meeting with the presidents of the Chamber of Deputies, Gary Bodeau and the Senate, Carl Murat Cantave, to appoint Fritz Will…
telesurenglish.net/news/Haiti-officials-…

Deal Sealed on Federal Budget, Ensuring No Shutdown, Default
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-07-22
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and congressional leaders announced late Monday they had struck a critical debt and budget agreement. The deal amounts to an against-the-odds victory for Washington pragmatists seeking to avoid politically dangerous tumult over the possibility of a government shutdown or first-ever federal default. | The deal, announced by Trump on Twitter and in a statement by Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, will restore the government's ability to borrow to pay…
truthdig.com/articles/deal-sealed-on-fed…

Probe into Facebook cryptocurrency 'being considered by MPs'
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-07-22
A probe into Facebook's digital currency plans is being considered by MPs, it has been reported.Concerns have been raised over the social network's intentions to start a cryptocurrency called Libra, which will be run by a number of firms including Mastercard, Visa and PayPal.Facebook will incorporate the currency into its digital wallet called Calibra, while other companies will be able to use Libra in their own apps.Last week, US senators expressed their reservations about the project, as Libra chief David Marcus gave evidence to the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee.Facebook hopes to launch Li…
thecanary.co/discovery/news-discovery/2019/07/22/probe-into-facebook-cryptocurrency-being-considered-by-mps/

Elizabeth Warren issues statement opposing Trump's nominee for Defense Secretary
Andrew Emett | nationofchange.org | 2019-07-22
After recently voting 'no' during an executive session to consider Mark Esper's nomination to be Secretary of Defense, Sen. Elizabeth Warren issued a statement opposing his nomination due to a potential conflict of interest with the major defense contractor, Raytheon. As an ex-vice president at Raytheon from 2010 to 2017, Esper directly refused last week to recuse himself from any financial decisions involving his former employer. | As the Senate prepares to confirm Esper as Defense Secretary, Warren issued a statement Thursday noting that if confirmed, Esper would become the fourth current Trump Administratio…
nationofchange.org/2019/07/22/elizabeth-…

"If Not Now, When Will We Stand?" Native Hawaiians Fight Construction of Telescope on Mauna Kea
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-07-22
A historic indigenous resistance is unfolding on the Big Island of Hawaii, where thousands have descended on Mauna Kea, a sacred Native site, to defend it from the construction of a $1.4 billion telescope. Scientists say the Thirty Meter Telescope will help them peer into the deepest corners of space, but indigenous resisters say the construction was approved without their consent and will desecrate their sacred lands. Last week, police arrested 33 people–most of them Hawaiian elders–as they blocked a road to prevent work crews from reaching the site of the telescope being planned atop Mauna Kea. And…
www.democracynow.org/2019/7/22/mauna_kea…

Native Hawaiians Fight Construction of Telescope on Mauna Kea
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-07-22
| A historic indigenous resistance is unfolding on the Big Island of Hawaii, where thousands have descended on Mauna Kea, a sacred Native site, to defend it from the construction of a $1.4 billion telescope. Scientists say the Thirty Meter Telescope will help them peer into the deepest corners of space, but indigenous resisters say the construction was approved without their consent and will desecrate their sacred lands. Last week, police arrested 33 people — most of them Hawaiian elders — as…
truthout.org/video/native-hawaiians-figh…

"If Not Now, When Will We Stand?" Native Hawaiians Fight Construction of Telescope on Mauna Kea
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2019-07-22
counterpunch.org/2019/07/22/if-not-now-w…

Protests Called Against Murder of Colombian Social Leaders
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-22
The Defenders of Peace Movement said Monday that in the last one month at least 10 social leaders were killed in Colombia and called for an international march on July 26 in protest of the murders. | RELATED: | Colombia: Revered Social Leader and Activist Killed in Colombia | "We invite all citizens to walk with us and make a presence in the events scheduled for that day for the life of those who defend life and peace in the territories," the organization said in a statement.
telesurenglish.net/news/Worldwide-Protes…

UN peacekeeping in Mali boosted with addition of 250 UK troops
United Nations | un.org | 2019-07-22
The United Kingdom is to send a contingent of 250 troops to Mali next year, to support the UN's peacekeeping operation in the country, MINUSMA.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/07/1…

A powerful protest highlights the ongoing tragedy of DWP deaths
Fréa Lockley | thecanary.co | 2019-07-22
On 22 July, disability rights activists staged a peaceful protest outside the head office of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in London. The action drew attention to the rising number of deaths as a result of DWP benefit cuts. Ahead of the protest, artist and activist Dolly Sen wrote to Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt to draw attention to this situation. Both failed to respond. | "Broken Hearts for the DWP":…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2019/07/22/a-powerful-protest-highlights-the-ongoing-tragedy-of-dwp-deaths/

Tell Congress to Support Free Speech, Oppose Anti-BDS Resolution Denouncing Right to Boycott
commondreams.org | 2019-07-22
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Illinois GOP Posts Facebook Meme Calling Four Congresswomen "The Jihad Squad"
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-07-22
| Top leaders of the Illinois Republican Party sought to reverse damage on Sunday after posting and then deleting a movie-style poster on Facebook that depicted four progressive congresswomen who have been repeatedly attacked by President Donald Trump in recent days as "The Jihad Squad."
truthout.org/articles/illinois-gop-posts…

The U.S. Is Flooding the World With Guns. Congress Can Stop That
John Lindsay-Poland | commondreams.org | 2019-07-22
People look at handguns as thousands of customers and hundreds of dealers sell, show, and buy guns and other items during The Nation's Gun Show at the Dulles Expo Center which is the first major gun show in the area since the Oregon shooting in Chantilly, VA on Saturday, October 03, 2015. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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US Cop Suggests Ocasio-Cortez Should Be Shot
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-22
A social media post by a police officer from Louisiana, United States suggesting that Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) should be shot received criticisms Sunday. | RELATED: | Ocasio-Cortez: 'Time to Open Impeachment Inquiry Against Trump' | The officer, Charlie Rispoli, a 14-year veteran of Gretna police department wrote on Facebook Thursda…
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Citing Intense Public Interest, Judge Unseals Files in Case of Trump Associate Felix Sater
Johnny Dwyer | theintercept.com | 2019-07-22
A federal judge in Brooklyn ordered the unsealing on Monday of previously secret portions of the court record involving the criminal case of Felix Sater, a former associate of President Donald Trump who was convicted on racketeering charges prior to his work with the president. The decision came after The Intercept sought access to the filings, some of which have remained under seal for two decades. | Sater, who has appeared before both Congressional investigators and the special counsel's office to address his involvement in a failed effort to launch the proposed Trump Moscow project, was a longtime government c…
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As Trump Tweets More Racism on His Way To 'Pay Respect' to Justice Stevens, Ilhan Omar Calls for Cancelling Student Debt in US
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-07-22
"Trump continues to foment hate and racism that is endangering the lives of women of color in Congress and so many others. We all need to call it out. And it must end NOW." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Native Hawaiians Continue Protest a Week After Telescope Construction Was Set to Start on Sacred Land
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-07-22
A week after construction was scheduled to resume on a long-delayed $1.4 billion telescope at the summit of Mauna Kea—a dormant volcano on Hawaii's Big Island—thousands of Native Hawaiians who consider the mountain sacred continued to protest the planned observatory. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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'Jihad Squad' meme with Omar & co. on Illinois GOP page angers Democrats
rt.com | 2019-07-22
A Republican group has distanced itself from an altered movie poster that appeared on its Facebook page, depicting four progressive congresswomen as 'The Jihad Squad'.
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Republicans Are Transforming Federal Courts for the Next Generation
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-07-22
The Nation's Elie Mystal says Conservative think tanks and Senate Majority Leader McConnell are creating a right-wing federal court system with Trump's help that will affect generations to come…
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Yemen's Houthis Maintain Upper Hand, as Peace Talks Proceed
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-07-22
A UN-brokered ceasefire to protect the port of Hodeidah appears to be holding, while the United Arab Emirates are withdrawing, having achieved their objectives, says Patrick Cockburn. Also, US Congressional effort to stop US support for the war is having an effect…
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As Mueller's 'book' becomes a live show from The Hill, is America sick of 'Russiagate'?
rt.com | 2019-07-22
With former special counsel Robert Mueller set to testify before two Congressional committees and Democratic lawmakers talking impeachment, has America finally moved on? | …
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Washington's Bully Tactics Have Failed to Persuade Tehran to Negotiate a New Nuclear Deal
Sarah Abed | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-21
Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif is in New York this week for high level talks at the UN. He has been confined to a six-block radius. It's not uncommon for Iranian diplomats along with envoys from North Korea, Syria …
globalresearch.ca/washingtons-bully-tactics-have-failed-persuade-tehran-negotiate-new-nuclear-deal/5684139

Inclusive peace in Afghanistan means 'women at the centre' urges UN deputy chief in Kabul
United Nations | un.org | 2019-07-21
The UN deputy chief issued an impassioned plea on Sunday for Afghans to reconcile with the past and put "women at the centre" of all efforts to forge a durable peace, and a truly inclusive political process where women's voices are truly heard.
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Why did Argentina declare Hezbollah a terrorist group?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-07-20
Argentina has officially declared Hezbollah a terrorist organization. The declaration created a considerable amount of controversy given the strong feelings on the issue in various countries. Background Argentina has received more immigrants than any other Latin American nation. While they are mostly of European origin, many have also come from Syria and Lebanon. There are …
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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. | …
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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."
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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…
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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.
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'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.
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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 …
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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…
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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…
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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.
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"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…
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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.
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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."
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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 …
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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.
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