Daily Archives: July 26, 2019

2019-07-26: News Headlines

Reese Erlich (2019-07-26). Foreign Correspondent: Elizabeth Warren on War and Peace. progressive.org Warren's troubling foreign policy history includes uncritical support of Israel, supporting sanctions on Venezuela, and vilifying Russia and China as national security threats. But her views are also evolving.

Philip Weiss (2019-07-26). It's About the Benjamins — Trump's Smearing of Congresswomen Demonstrates Israel's Influence in US Politics. globalresearch.ca Donald Trump has brought up Israel again and again in his racist tweets aimed at the four Congresswomen he says should leave the country. He says that "the Radical Left Congresswomen" "hate" Israel and the United States and should "apologize" …

The Canary (2019-07-26). Thousands of civil servants on strike in Northern Ireland over pay increase. thecanary.co More than 4,000 civil servants have taken one-day strike action in Northern Ireland on Friday over pay. | Trade unionists promised a "fightback" against Tory austerity. | Noisy picket lines formed across the country from early on Friday to protest against years of what workers derided as "unsustainable" increases. | Major rallies were held in Belfast and Londonderry. | Veteran campaigner Eamonn McCann said: "This is the beginning of a real challenge from the trade union movement to the priorities of the Tory government. | "I think that nothing but good can come from it." | Owen Reidy, from the Irish Congress of T…

John G. Russell (2019-07-26). By Any Other Name: American "Frustrationism" counterpunch.org "C'mon, of course the President's not racist, but he's frustrated like so many Americans are." — Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) Well, I certainly do not think the President's a racist. I believe the President shares a lot of American's frustration with Congress, particularly those four women congressmen…." —Rep. James Comer (R-Kentucky). "There's nothing that is More

Center for Biological Diversity (2019-07-26). Senate Advances Bill That Would Gut Environmental Review of Oil Pipelines, Other Large Infrastructure Projects. indybay.org WASHINGTON, July 24, 2019 ― A Senate committee today approved a bill that would side-step environmental review to fast-track large infrastructure projects, including oil pipelines and natural gas export terminals.

WSWS (2019-07-26). Despite Mueller debacle, Democrats step up call for crackdown on "foreign meddling" wsws.org Wednesday's testimony by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller before Congress, staged by the Democrats in the hope of reviving their discredited anti-Russia campaign, blew up in their faces.

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2019-07-26). AIPAC's Anti-BDS Resolution Easily Wins Bipartisan Support. indybay.org Palestine remains the litmus test issue and once again, the Democrats showed their true colors on July 23, 2019 with 209 Democrats joining 189 Republicans in voting for pro Zionist Israel AIPAC's HRes 246, Roll Call 497 opposing the Boycott Divest Sanctions Movement of the Palestinian Liberation Struggle. See http: //clerk.house.gov/evs/2019/roll497.xml. The bill may be found at www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/hou…

Mark Taliano (2019-07-25). Imperial Duplicity and Mass Murder. globalresearch.ca A staple of Western war propaganda is what Prof. John McMurtry calls "Reverse Projection". The U.S. Empire, for example, projects its own crimes against prey nations. | So, it projects the lie that President Bashar al-Assad of Syria is a "brutal …

James Risen (2019-07-25). Congress and the Press Should Pick Up Where Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller Left Off. theintercept.com The anticlimactic end of the Trump-Russia investigation is partly due to decades of bitter political battles over what powers to grant special prosecutors.

Staff (2019-07-25). Ryan Grim: Tom Perez Was Elected Head of DNC Thanks to a "Silent Coup" in Puerto Rico in 2017. democracynow.org As Puerto Ricans celebrate the imminent departure of disgraced Governor Ricardo Rosselló, we speak with Intercept reporter Ryan Grim about how Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez benefited from what's been described as a "coup" within the Democratic Party in Puerto Rico. In his recent book, Grim revealed pro-statehood politicians—including some Republicans—quietly took over the Puerto Rico Democrats in 2017 and then offered full support for Perez in exchange for his support for statehood. This helped give Perez enough delegates to beat Keith Ellison in the race to head the DNC.

Tony Cartalucci (2019-07-25). US Puppet Wants Help Making Thailand Like America. globalresearch.ca The US is involved in regime change worldwide — from Venezuela in South America, to Ukraine in Eastern Europe, to Syria in the Middle East, to Afghanistan in Central Asia. | But these headline-grabbing wars, coups, color revolutions, and interventions are …

teleSUR (2019-07-25). Tulsi Gabbard, Ayanna Pressley Votes in Favor of Anti-BDS Bill. telesurenglish.net The 2020 U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard came under fire for voting in favor of condemning the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. | RELATED: | Ilhan Omar Introduces Bill Backing Pro-Palestine BDS Movement | The U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday passed (398-17) a nonbinding resolution condemning the BDS…

Arabi Souri (2019-07-25). Aleppo Rebuilding Its Infrastructure, 1216 Projects Since Eliminating Terror. globalresearch.ca As hundreds of thousands of Aleppo residents returning to their homes since the Syrian Arab Army and its allies cleaned it from US-sponsored terror, the infrastructure must be rehabilitated and whatever needs to be rebuilt must be completed at the …

Fight Back (2019-07-25). Israel launches missile attack on Syria near occupied Golan Heights. fightbacknews.org Washington D.C. – Early Wednesday morning, July 24, Israel launched another missile attack on Syria, this time striking near the occupied Golan Heights. According to a report from the Syrian Arab News Agency, "about 01: 30 a.m., the Israeli enemy launched an aggression in Daraa western countryside causing only material damages." | The Golan Heights are a part of Syria and have been illegally occupied by Israel since 1967. In a move that garnered no international support, on March 25, President Trump proclaimed the U.S. viewed the Golan Heights as a part of Israel. | Syria vow to liberated its territory.

Victor Grossman (2019-07-25). Playing tug-of-war in world politics can make everyone lose. peoplesworld.org BERLIN — Tug-of-war is an innocent sport but in world politics, it's a dangerous game, especially if played like some of the Vikings did — across a fiery pit awaiting the losers. Two developments this week are cause for concern by anyone who values world peace. One is the U.S. Senate's confirmation of Trump's pick, …

Stephen Lendman (2019-07-25). Mueller's Congressional Testimony Lays an Egg. globalresearch.ca His 7-hour Wednesday Q & A spectacle was much ado about nothing. | Undemocratic Dems wanting grist for their rage to impeach Trump got nothing to make their case. | The charade was an embarrassment to the maestro of malign intent, unable …

Staff (2019-07-25). Robert Mueller Testimony Disappoints Democrats Who Bet on Special Counsel to Help Sink Trump. democracynow.org Special counsel Robert Mueller gave his much-anticipated testimony on Capitol Hill Wednesday, where he spoke for the first time about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential elections. Over the 7-hour hearing, Mueller stressed to the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees that despite Donald Trump's claims, he had not exonerated the president of obstruction of justice. Mueller's report was handed in 124 days ago, but only a redacted version was made available to the public. Ahead of Mueller's testimony, the Justice Department warned Mueller in a letter to "remain within the bound…

CFJPIME (2019-07-25). Lebanon's New Work Permit Laws, Directed against Palestinians and Syrian Refugees. globalresearch.ca Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) condemns the Lebanese government's new work permit laws which discriminate against Syrian and Palestinian refugees working in the country. CJPME urges the Lebanese government to put an end to its …

Joe Hunter (2019-07-25). 'People's State of the Nation' events counter lies of President Duterte. liberationnews.org On July 24, the president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, delivered his fourth annual State of the Nation Address to the nation's Congress, speaking live to the nation from the Session Hall of the House of Representatives, Quezon City.

Kurt Nimmo (2019-07-25). End Forever War? Divest Zionism. US Congress Passes Resolution which Violates Constitution. globalresearch.ca On Wednesday, the US House of "Representatives" passed a resolution that violates both the Constitution and natural law. | . | . | . | BREAKING: 398 House members just voted for H.Res.246 in a powerful statement opposing the global BDS campaign and its …

teleSUR (2019-07-25). Trump Admin Reinstates Federal Capital Punishment. telesurenglish.net The U.S. Justice Department announced Thursday it was reinstating a two-decades long-dormant policy to resume the federal government's use of capital punishment and immediately scheduled the executions for five death row federal inmates. | RELATED: | What's Hidden Behind the Walls of US Prisons? | "Congress has expressly authorized the death penalty through legislation adopted by the people's representatives in both houses of Congress and signed by the President," Attorney General William Barr…

Michael Winship (2019-07-25). Mueller at the Congressional Ramparts. commondreams.org Trying to protect us from the rude tyranny at 1600 Pennsylvania.

teleSUR -EF-mrs (2019-07-25). Maduro: 'Colombians, Venezuelans Must Seek Solidarity, Peace'. telesurenglish.net In a show of diplomacy, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro urged all Colombians and Venezuelans "together … to seek our common destiny of independence, justice, solidarity, peace in the 21st century." | RELATED: | Venezuela Hosts 25th Meeting of Leftist 'Sao Paulo Forum' | During a ceremony marking the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Vargas Swamp, the Venezuelan president urged for peace and unity between his nation and the people of neighboring Colombia. | During a speech Thu…

ACLU (2019-07-25). Hawaiians are Taking to the Streets and Exercising their First Amendment Rights. aclu.org We're ensuring the right to protest and cultural access at the world's tallest mountain. | Driving up Daniel K. Inouye Highway on the Big Island of Hawai'i at 4: 30 in the morning is a sight few will forget: a silent, pitch-black road, with black lava and sparse trees. The dark air is a chilly 50 degrees. In our backpacks are packaged tuna, crackers, water, walkie talkies, and a voice recorder. However, the most important items are without a doubt our blue ACLU of Hawai'i legal observer vests and first aid kit, which is stocked with goods like antacid (to rinse our eyes of pepper spray) and earbuds. Sitting in the…

RT (2019-07-25). Tulsi Gabbard sues Google for 'election meddling' over blocked campaign ads. rt.com Google is already interfering in the 2020 US presidential election, Democratic candidate Tulsi Gabbard claims — and she's suing the search behemoth for blocking her campaign ads from appearing after the first primary debate.

teleSUR (2019-07-25). 'Puerto Rico's Fight Not Over': Martin Supports Push for Rights. telesurenglish.net Puerto Rico is celebrating, after 12 days of protest, the island's governor, Ricardo Rossello, finally announced his resignation late Wednesday to be effective as of August 2, 2019. | RELATED: | Puerto Rico's Governor Announces Resignation Effective Aug. 2 | "Puerto Rico did it. And we achieved it in peace. Without weapons, like Gandhi. We demanded respect and they listened to us. Respect for Puerto Rican girls, for the women of Puerto Rico, respect for the LGBT community, respec…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-07-25). Americans Must Do More Than Simply Reject Trump's Racism, Ilhan Omar Argues in 'Absolute Must Read' NYT Op-Ed. commondreams.org "Not enough to condemn the corruption and self-dealing," says Democratic Congresswoman. "We must support policies that unmistakably improve working people's lives." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-07-25). Alleging Censorship and Condemning Outsized Power, Tulsi Gabbard Sues Google for 'Threat to Free Speech, Fair Elections, and Democracy'. commondreams.org Arguing that Google's total control over internet searches presents a danger to democracy, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard filed a lawsuit in California against the tech giant on Thursday over its alleged censorship of her campaign. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-07-25). Russiagate devotees bemoan Mueller's deflating testimony… but at least Maddow liked it. rt.com Robert Mueller's testimony to Congress failed to live up to the expectations of many Russiagate-peddling pundits, with one notable exception being MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, who had glowing praise for the former special counsel.

Staff (2019-07-25). Headlines for July 25, 2019. democracynow.org Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló Resigns Amid Mass Protests, Trump Vetoes Pave Way for U.S. Weapons Sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE, Robert Mueller Tells Congress His Report Did Not Exonerate Trump, Federal Court Puts Trump's Asylum Ban on Hold, Federal Regulators Fine Facebook $5 Billion for Massive Privacy Breaches, New U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson Downplays Threat of Hard Brexit, Thousands Protest as Boris Johnson Begins Term as British Prime Minister, North Korea Test-Fires Missiles Ahead of U.S.-South Korea War Games, House Lawmakers Approve Resolution Opposing Boycotts of Israel, China's Military Warns It…

RT (2019-07-25). Time to forget the word Russiagate & look into FBI-gate instead — Ron Paul. rt.com The Democrats' dream of impeaching President Trump over the Russiagate scandal has "totally failed," its fate confirmed by special counsel Robert Mueller's disastrous showing in Congress, former congressman Ron Paul told RT.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-07-25). 'No One Should Retire Into Poverty': At Historic Hearing, Progressives Make Case for Expanding—Not Cutting—Social Security Benefits. commondreams.org "Social Security's modest benefits should be expanded. When President Franklin Roosevelt signed Social Security into law, he called it 'a cornerstone' on which to build. Yet the last time Congress enacted increases was 1972." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

susan_p (2019-07-25). Syria: Assad fails to recapture Idlib. greenleft.org.au The Bashir al Assad regime has made little progress in its attempt to recapture rebel-held territory in northwestern Syria. Rebels continue to control most of Idlib and parts of adjacent provinces, writes Chris Slee.

Aída Chávez (2019-07-24). Activists Camped at Hawaii's Mauna Kea Face Government Opposition as They Attempt to Block Telescope Construction on Sacred Land. theintercept.com Gov. David Ige gave law enforcement more authority to remove activists and ensure delivery of materials to the Thirty Meter Telescope construction site.

Mark Gruenberg (2019-07-24). Mueller: Only Justice Department ban stopped indictment of Trump. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Only a 20-year-old Justice Department ban on indicting a sitting president for any crimes while in office stopped Special Counsel Robert Mueller from indicting GOP President Donald Trump for obstruction of justice, Mueller told Congress on July 24. Testifying in a nationally televised four-hour hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, which is pondering whether to …

Staff (2019-07-24). Headlines for July 24, 2019. democracynow.org Robert Mueller Testifies Before Congress, Trump Rails Against Squad, Mueller Report in Speech to Teenagers, Disgraced Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló Expected to Step Down, ORR Says Unaccompanied Migrant Children Could Be Detained for Years, Immigration Agents Detain Texas Teen for 3+ Weeks Despite Being a U.S. Citizen, Tennessee Community Blocks ICE from Taking Neighbor by Forming Human Chain, Trump Threatens Guatemala with Tariffs and Other Penalties After Failure of Immigration Deal, DOJ Pursues Antitrust Probe into Big Tech, Reports: FTC to Accuse Facebook of Misleading Consumers on Personal Data Use, F…

John Nichols (2019-07-24). Mueller Has Provided Congress With Everything It Needs to Impeach Trump. thenation.com Mueller Has Provided Congress With Everything It Needs to Impeach Trump…

Robert Mackey (2019-07-24). Key Moments From Robert Mueller's Congressional Testimony. theintercept.com Robert Mueller, the former special counsel, testified on Wednesday morning to the House Judiciary Committee and on Wednesday afternoon to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on his report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, and President Donald Trump's efforts to obstruct that inquiry. Updates on key moments in the hearings appear below. | Did Mueller's Replies to Rep. Adam Schiff Provide Enough Cover for Democrats to Impeach Trump?: | At the end…

Stephen F. Cohen (2019-07-24). Peace in Ukraine? thenation.com Peace in Ukraine?

United Nations (2019-07-24). Wednesday's Daily Brief: Switzerland leads on innovation, UNICEF 'lifelines' for Yemen, Ebola latest, Liberia peacekeepers. un.org Our main stories today: the latest Global Innovation Index ranks Switzerland the world's most innovative country, the head of the UN Mission in DRC warns of a 'deadly environment' for health workers, UNICEF delivers cash for 9 million vulnerable Yemeni families, acting head of UNAIDS says battle against HIV/ AIDS is "far from over".

United Nations (2019-07-24). New partnership agreement with Liberia, shows 'clear positive impact of UN peacekeeping'. un.org A formal agreement between Liberia and the UN to supply peacekeeping personnel to serve in the UN Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), marks an "immensely significant" transition for the former war-torn West African nation, its UN Ambassador said in New York on Tuesday.

RT (2019-07-24). Mueller's sluggish testimony turns out to be 'disaster' for disappointed Democrats. rt.com Former special counsel Robert Mueller's testimony to congress was supposed to bring new clarity to the Russiagate drama — but Americans tuning in quickly realized the much-hyped event was turning into a "disaster" for Democrats.

RT (2019-07-24). One hearing down, 'Shifty Schiff' to go: Trump mocks Democrat Intelligence Chairman. rt.com As former Special Counsel sat down to his second Congressional hearing of the day, President Donald Trump mocked House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, calling him an "embarrassment to our country."

United Nations (2019-07-23). Tuesday's Daily Brief: Situation critical for Libya migrants, 'dangerous paralysis' in Israel-Palestine conflict, 'shocking escalation' in Syria, record heatwaves. un.org Our main stories today: UN officials warn of desperate situation for migrants and refugees in Libya; the UN peacebuilding chief calls for 'tangible steps' to alleviate the crisis in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and keep two-State solution alive; Idlib in Syria suffers more deadly attacks on civilians; Europe and Bangladesh deal with extreme weather events; and Angry Birds take on the climate crisis.

Gary Leupp (2019-07-23). Trump vs. the Squad, or the Fascist Use of Zionism. dissidentvoice.org The strategy is clear. Whether Trump confronts Sleepy Joe, Crazy Bernie, Pocahontas or some other Democratic opponent in the presidential race, he will target the "Squad" of newly elected freshman congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley. Trump has decided to (1) depict them as the real face of the Democratic Party; …

Staff (2019-07-23). Headlines for July 23, 2019. democracynow.org Half a Million Puerto Ricans Take Over San Juan Streets to Call for Gov. Rosselló to Resign, Boris Johnson Becomes New British Prime Minister, Trump Admin Expands Deportation Powers, Putting 100,000s of Undocumented Immigrants at Risk, ICE Now Using DNA Testing on Asylum-Seeking Families, DOJ Tells Mueller His Testimony Must "Remain Within Boundaries" of Redacted Report, Trump Says He Can "Wipe Afghanistan Off the Face of the Earth" as He Meets Pakistani PM Imran Khan, Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte Calls for the Death Penalty for Drug Offenders, Syrian Airstrikes Kill At Least 50, Amid Ongoing Violence in Id…

United Nations (2019-07-23). 'Tangible steps' needed to alleviate crisis in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, keep two-State solution alive: DiCarlo. un.org The "dangerous paralysis" that prevails in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is fuelling extremism and exacerbating tensions, leading to a "loss of hope" that peace can ever be achieved through negotiation, the UN's Political and Peacebuilding chief told the Security Council on Tuesday.

United Nations (2019-07-23). Libya: Renewed commitment to Mediterranean rescues encouraging, but 'overriding priority' must be 'lasting peace', say UN officials. un.org The heads of the two key UN agencies championing refugees and migrants have called for an end to their "arbitrary detention" across Libya, following an agreement on Tuesday by European Union countries to offer those fleeing across the Mediterranean a safe berth through a new distribution mechanism.

Fight Back (2019-07-23). San Francisco protest: Oust Duterte! Stop the killings in the Philippines! fightbacknews.org San Francisco, CA – On July 22, more than 300 people packed the street in front of the Philippine consulate in San Francisco. Chants of "People power now!" and "No justice, no peace! Stop the killings in the Philippines!" rang out as protestors called for the ousting of Philippine President Duterte, who has killed thousands in his so-called 'war on drugs.' The occasion was the "Peoples' SONA" on the occasion of the official State of the Nation Address given by the Philippine president each year. | Speakers from the BAYAN/Anakbayan of San Francisco, Migrante, and other organizations including the Arab Resource and…

Fight Back (2019-07-23). FRSO sends delegation to the Sao Paolo Forum. fightbacknews.org Caracas, Venezuela – From July 25 to 28, delegates from the Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) will be participating in the 25th Sao Paolo Forum, held this year in Caracas, Venezuela. Over 1000 delegates from around the world will be attending, under the slogan "For Peace, Sovereignty and the Prosperity of the People: Unity, Struggle, Combat and Victory!" | The FRSO delegation will be led by Tom Burke, the Organization Secretary of Freedom Road. | Much has happened since the Sao Paolo Forum first began in 1994. At that time, the international left was trying to summate the overthrow of the Soviet Union a…

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Foreign Correspondent: Elizabeth Warren on War and Peace
Reese Erlich | progressive.org | 2019-07-26
Warren's troubling foreign policy history includes uncritical support of Israel, supporting sanctions on Venezuela, and vilifying Russia and China as national security threats. But her views are also evolving.
progressive.org/dispatches/foreign-corre…

By Any Other Name: American "Frustrationism"
John G. Russell | counterpunch.org | 2019-07-26
"C'mon, of course the President's not racist, but he's frustrated like so many Americans are." — Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) Well, I certainly do not think the President's a racist. I believe the President shares a lot of American's frustration with Congress, particularly those four women congressmen…." –Rep. James Comer (R-Kentucky).
counterpunch.org/2019/07/26/by-any-other…

It's About the Benjamins — Trump's Smearing of Congresswomen Demonstrates Israel's Influence in US Politics
Philip Weiss | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-26
Donald Trump has brought up Israel again and again in his racist tweets aimed at the four Congresswomen he says should leave the country. He says that "the Radical Left Congresswomen" "hate" Israel and the United States and should "apologize" …
globalresearch.ca/its-about-benjamins-trumps-smearing-congresswomen-demonstrates-israel-influence-us-politics/5684662

Thousands of civil servants on strike in Northern Ireland over pay increase
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-07-26
More than 4,000 civil servants have taken one-day strike action in Northern Ireland on Friday over pay. | Trade unionists promised a "fightback" against Tory austerity. | Noisy picket lines formed across the country from early on Friday to protest against years of what workers derided as "unsustainable" increases. | Major rallies were held in Belfast and Londonderry. | Veteran campaigner Eamonn McCann said: "This is the beginning of a real challenge from the trade union movement to the priorities of the Tory government. | "I think that nothing but good can come from it." | Owen Reidy, from the Irish Congress of T…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2019/07/26/thousands-of-civil-servants-on-strike-in-northern-ireland-over-pay-increase/

AIPAC's Anti-BDS Resolution Easily Wins Bipartisan Support
Register Peace & Freedom or Green | indybay.org | 2019-07-26
Palestine remains the litmus test issue and once again, the Democrats showed their true colors on July 23, 2019 with 209 Democrats joining 189 Republicans in voting for pro Zionist Israel AIPAC's HRes 246, Roll Call 497 opposing the Boycott Divest Sanctions Movement of the Palestinian Liberation Struggle. See http: //clerk.house.gov/evs/2019/roll497.xml. The bill may be found at www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/hou…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/07/24/1882495…

Despite Mueller debacle, Democrats step up call for crackdown on "foreign meddling"
wsws.org | 2019-07-26
Wednesday's testimony by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller before Congress, staged by the Democrats in the hope of reviving their discredited anti-Russia campaign, blew up in their faces.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/07/26/pers…

Senate Advances Bill That Would Gut Environmental Review of Oil Pipelines, Other Large Infrastructure Projects
Center for Biological Diversity | indybay.org | 2019-07-26
WASHINGTON, July 24, 2019 ― A Senate committee today approved a bill that would side-step environmental review to fast-track large infrastructure projects, including oil pipelines and natural gas export terminals.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/07/25/1882496…

Tulsi Gabbard, Ayanna Pressley Votes in Favor of Anti-BDS Bill
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-25
The 2020 U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard came under fire for voting in favor of condemning the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. | RELATED: | Ilhan Omar Introduces Bill Backing Pro-Palestine BDS Movement | The U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday passed (398-17) a nonbinding resolution condemning the BDS…
telesurenglish.net/news/tulsi-gabbard-vo…

Israel launches missile attack on Syria near occupied Golan Heights
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-07-25
Washington D.C. – Early Wednesday morning, July 24, Israel launched another missile attack on Syria, this time striking near the occupied Golan Heights. According to a report from the Syrian Arab News Agency, "about 01: 30 a.m., the Israeli enemy launched an aggression in Daraa western countryside causing only material damages." | The Golan Heights are a part of Syria and have been illegally occupied by Israel since 1967. In a move that garnered no international support, on March 25, President Trump proclaimed the U.S. viewed the Golan Heights as a part of Israel. | Syria vow to liberated its territory.
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/7/25/israel-l…

Imperial Duplicity and Mass Murder
Mark Taliano | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-25
A staple of Western war propaganda is what Prof. John McMurtry calls "Reverse Projection". The U.S. Empire, for example, projects its own crimes against prey nations. | So, it projects the lie that President Bashar al-Assad of Syria is a "brutal …
globalresearch.ca/imperial-duplicity-mass-murder/5684559

Lebanon's New Work Permit Laws, Directed against Palestinians and Syrian Refugees
CFJPIME | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-25
Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) condemns the Lebanese government's new work permit laws which discriminate against Syrian and Palestinian refugees working in the country. CJPME urges the Lebanese government to put an end to its …
globalresearch.ca/lebanons-new-work-permit-laws/5684536

Aleppo Rebuilding Its Infrastructure, 1216 Projects Since Eliminating Terror
Arabi Souri | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-25
As hundreds of thousands of Aleppo residents returning to their homes since the Syrian Arab Army and its allies cleaned it from US-sponsored terror, the infrastructure must be rehabilitated and whatever needs to be rebuilt must be completed at the …
globalresearch.ca/aleppo-rebuilding-its-infrastructure-1216-projects-since-eliminating-terror/5684562

US Puppet Wants Help Making Thailand Like America
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-25
The US is involved in regime change worldwide — from Venezuela in South America, to Ukraine in Eastern Europe, to Syria in the Middle East, to Afghanistan in Central Asia. | But these headline-grabbing wars, coups, color revolutions, and interventions are …
globalresearch.ca/us-puppet-wants-help-making-thailand-like-america/5684556

Mueller's Congressional Testimony Lays an Egg
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-25
His 7-hour Wednesday Q & A spectacle was much ado about nothing. | Undemocratic Dems wanting grist for their rage to impeach Trump got nothing to make their case. | The charade was an embarrassment to the maestro of malign intent, unable …
globalresearch.ca/muellers-congressional-testimony-lays-egg/5684599

Trump Admin Reinstates Federal Capital Punishment
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-25
The U.S. Justice Department announced Thursday it was reinstating a two-decades long-dormant policy to resume the federal government's use of capital punishment and immediately scheduled the executions for five death row federal inmates. | RELATED: | What's Hidden Behind the Walls of US Prisons? | "Congress has expressly authorized the death penalty through legislation adopted by the people's representatives in both houses of Congress and signed by the President," Attorney General William Barr…
telesurenglish.net/news/Trump-Admin-Rein…

End Forever War? Divest Zionism. US Congress Passes Resolution which Violates Constitution
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-25
On Wednesday, the US House of "Representatives" passed a resolution that violates both the Constitution and natural law. | . | . | . | BREAKING: 398 House members just voted for H.Res.246 in a powerful statement opposing the global BDS campaign and its | …
globalresearch.ca/end-forever-war-divest-zionism-us-congress-passes-resolution-which-violates-constitution/5684548

Robert Mueller Testimony Disappoints Democrats Who Bet on Special Counsel to Help Sink Trump
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-07-25
Special counsel Robert Mueller gave his much-anticipated testimony on Capitol Hill Wednesday, where he spoke for the first time about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential elections. Over the 7-hour hearing, Mueller stressed to the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees that despite Donald Trump's claims, he had not exonerated the president of obstruction of justice. Mueller's report was handed in 124 days ago, but only a redacted version was made available to the public. Ahead of Mueller's testimony, the Justice Department warned Mueller in a letter to "remain within the bound…
www.democracynow.org/2019/7/25/robert_mu…

Mueller at the Congressional Ramparts
Michael Winship | commondreams.org | 2019-07-25
Trying to protect us from the rude tyranny at 1600 Pennsylvania.
commondreams.org/views/2019/07/25/muelle…

Today's Congressional Hearing Is A Huge Milestone In The Fight To Expand Social Security
Nancy J. Altman | commondreams.org | 2019-07-25
Reprensetative John B. Larson (D-Conn.), accompanied by members of the House Ways & Means Committee and Social Security advocates, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill to announce the introduction of the Social Security 2100 Act. (AP Photo/Molly Riley) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/07/25/todays…

'People's State of the Nation' events counter lies of President Duterte
Joe Hunter | liberationnews.org | 2019-07-25
On July 24, the president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, delivered his fourth annual State of the Nation Address to the nation's Congress, speaking live to the nation from the Session Hall of the House of Representatives, Quezon City.
liberationnews.org/peoples-state-of-the-…

Congress and the Press Should Pick Up Where Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller Left Off
James Risen | theintercept.com | 2019-07-25
The anticlimactic end of the Trump-Russia investigation is partly due to decades of bitter political battles over what powers to grant special prosecutors.
theintercept.com/2019/07/25/robert-muell…

Maduro: 'Colombians, Venezuelans Must Seek Solidarity, Peace'
teleSUR -EF-mrs | telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-25
In a show of diplomacy, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro urged all Colombians and Venezuelans "together … to seek our common destiny of independence, justice, solidarity, peace in the 21st century." | RELATED: | Venezuela Hosts 25th Meeting of Leftist 'Sao Paulo Forum' | During a ceremony marking the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Vargas Swamp, the Venezuelan president urged for peace and unity between his nation and the people of neighboring Colombia. | During a speech Thu…
telesurenglish.net/news/Maduro-Colombian…

Playing tug-of-war in world politics can make everyone lose
Victor Grossman | peoplesworld.org | 2019-07-25
BERLIN — Tug-of-war is an innocent sport but in world politics, it's a dangerous game, especially if played like some of the Vikings did — across a fiery pit awaiting the losers. Two developments this week are cause for concern by anyone who values world peace. One is the U.S. Senate's confirmation of Trump's pick, …
peoplesworld.org/article/playing-tug-of-…

Maduro: 'Colombians, Venezuelans Must Seek Solidarity, Peace'
teleSUR -EF-mrs | telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-25
In a show of diplomacy, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro urged all Colombians and Venezuelans "together … to seek our common destiny of independence, justice, solidarity, peace in the 21st century." | RELATED: | Venezuela Hosts 25th Meeting of Leftist 'Sao Paulo Forum' | During a ceremony marking the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Vargas Swamp, the Venezuelan president urged for peace and unity between his nation and the people of neighboring Colombia. | During a speech Thu…
telesurenglish.net/news/Maduro-Colombian…

Hawaiians are Taking to the Streets and Exercising their First Amendment Rights
aclu.org | 2019-07-25
We're ensuring the right to protest and cultural access at the world's tallest mountain. | Driving up Daniel K. Inouye Highway on the Big Island of Hawai'i at 4: 30 in the morning is a sight few will forget: a silent, pitch-black road, with black lava and sparse trees. The dark air is a chilly 50 degrees. In our backpacks are packaged tuna, crackers, water, walkie talkies, and a voice recorder. However, the most important items are without a doubt our blue ACLU of Hawai'i legal observer vests and first aid kit, which is stocked with goods like antacid (to rinse our eyes of pepper spray) and earbuds. Sitting in the…
aclu.org/blog/free-speech/rights-protest…

Ryan Grim: Tom Perez Was Elected Head of DNC Thanks to a "Silent Coup" in Puerto Rico in 2017
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-07-25
As Puerto Ricans celebrate the imminent departure of disgraced Governor Ricardo Rosselló, we speak with Intercept reporter Ryan Grim about how Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez benefited from what's been described as a "coup" within the Democratic Party in Puerto Rico. In his recent book, Grim revealed pro-statehood politicians–including some Republicans–quietly took over the Puerto Rico Democrats in 2017 and then offered full support for Perez in exchange for his support for statehood. This helped give Perez enough delegates to beat Keith Ellison in the race to head the DNC.
www.democracynow.org/2019/7/25/ryan_grim…

'Puerto Rico's Fight Not Over': Martin Supports Push for Rights
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-25
Puerto Rico is celebrating, after 12 days of protest, the island's governor, Ricardo Rossello, finally announced his resignation late Wednesday to be effective as of August 2, 2019. | RELATED: | Puerto Rico's Governor Announces Resignation Effective Aug. 2 | "Puerto Rico did it. And we achieved it in peace. Without weapons, like Gandhi. We demanded respect and they listened to us. Respect for Puerto Rican girls, for the women of Puerto Rico, respect for the LGBT community, respec…
telesurenglish.net/news/Puerto-Ricos-Fig…

Time to forget the word Russiagate & look into FBI-gate instead — Ron Paul
rt.com | 2019-07-25
The Democrats' dream of impeaching President Trump over the Russiagate scandal has "totally failed," its fate confirmed by special counsel Robert Mueller's disastrous showing in Congress, former congressman Ron Paul told RT. | …
rt.com/usa/464996-ron-paul-mueller-russi…

'No One Should Retire Into Poverty': At Historic Hearing, Progressives Make Case for Expanding—Not Cutting—Social Security Benefits
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-07-25
"Social Security's modest benefits should be expanded. When President Franklin Roosevelt signed Social Security into law, he called it 'a cornerstone' on which to build. Yet the last time Congress enacted increases was 1972." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/07/25/no-one-…

Russiagate devotees bemoan Mueller's deflating testimony… but at least Maddow liked it
rt.com | 2019-07-25
Robert Mueller's testimony to Congress failed to live up to the expectations of many Russiagate-peddling pundits, with one notable exception being MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, who had glowing praise for the former special counsel. | …
rt.com/usa/465037-russiagate-maddow-test…

Tulsi Gabbard sues Google for 'election meddling' over blocked campaign ads
rt.com | 2019-07-25
Google is already interfering in the 2020 US presidential election, Democratic candidate Tulsi Gabbard claims — and she's suing the search behemoth for blocking her campaign ads from appearing after the first primary debate. | …
rt.com/usa/465093-tulsi-sues-google-ads-…

Americans Must Do More Than Simply Reject Trump's Racism, Ilhan Omar Argues in 'Absolute Must Read' NYT Op-Ed
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-07-25
"Not enough to condemn the corruption and self-dealing," says Democratic Congresswoman. "We must support policies that unmistakably improve working people's lives." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/07/25/america…

Alleging Censorship and Condemning Outsized Power, Tulsi Gabbard Sues Google for 'Threat to Free Speech, Fair Elections, and Democracy'
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-07-25
Arguing that Google's total control over internet searches presents a danger to democracy, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard filed a lawsuit in California against the tech giant on Thursday over its alleged censorship of her campaign. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/07/25/allegin…

Syria: Assad fails to recapture Idlib
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-07-25
The Bashir al Assad regime has made little progress in its attempt to recapture rebel-held territory in northwestern Syria. Rebels continue to control most of Idlib and parts of adjacent provinces, writes Chris Slee.
greenleft.org.au/content/syria-assad-fails-recapture-idlib

Key Moments From Robert Mueller's Congressional Testimony
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-07-24
Robert Mueller, the former special counsel, testified on Wednesday morning to the House Judiciary Committee and on Wednesday afternoon to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on his report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, and President Donald Trump's efforts to obstruct that inquiry. Updates on key moments in the hearings appear below. | Did Mueller's Replies to Rep. Adam Schiff Provide Enough Cover for Democrats to Impeach Trump?: | At the end…
theintercept.com/2019/07/24/updates-robe…

Mueller: Only Justice Department ban stopped indictment of Trump
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-07-24
WASHINGTON–Only a 20-year-old Justice Department ban on indicting a sitting president for any crimes while in office stopped Special Counsel Robert Mueller from indicting GOP President Donald Trump for obstruction of justice, Mueller told Congress on July 24. Testifying in a nationally televised four-hour hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, which is pondering whether to …
peoplesworld.org/article/mueller-only-ju…

Mueller Has Provided Congress With Everything It Needs to Impeach Trump
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-07-24
Mueller Has Provided Congress With Everything It Needs to Impeach Trump…
thenation.com/article/mueller-report-tru…

Wednesday's Daily Brief: Switzerland leads on innovation, UNICEF 'lifelines' for Yemen, Ebola latest, Liberia peacekeepers
United Nations | un.org | 2019-07-24
Our main stories today: the latest Global Innovation Index ranks Switzerland the world's most innovative country, the head of the UN Mission in DRC warns of a 'deadly environment' for health workers, UNICEF delivers cash for 9 million vulnerable Yemeni families, acting head of UNAIDS says battle against HIV/ AIDS is "far from over".
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Peace in Ukraine?
Stephen F. Cohen | thenation.com | 2019-07-24
Peace in Ukraine?
thenation.com/article/peace-in-ukraine/

New partnership agreement with Liberia, shows 'clear positive impact of UN peacekeeping'
United Nations | un.org | 2019-07-24
A formal agreement between Liberia and the UN to supply peacekeeping personnel to serve in the UN Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), marks an "immensely significant" transition for the former war-torn West African nation, its UN Ambassador said in New York on Tuesday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/07/1…

Activists Camped at Hawaii's Mauna Kea Face Government Opposition as They Attempt to Block Telescope Construction on Sacred Land
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2019-07-24
Gov. David Ige gave law enforcement more authority to remove activists and ensure delivery of materials to the Thirty Meter Telescope construction site.
theintercept.com/2019/07/24/hawaii-mauna…

One hearing down, 'Shifty Schiff' to go: Trump mocks Democrat Intelligence Chairman
rt.com | 2019-07-24
As former Special Counsel sat down to his second Congressional hearing of the day, President Donald Trump mocked House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, calling him an "embarrassment to our country." | …
rt.com/usa/464977-mueller-trump-adam-sch…

Mueller's sluggish testimony turns out to be 'disaster' for disappointed Democrats
rt.com | 2019-07-24
Former special counsel Robert Mueller's testimony to congress was supposed to bring new clarity to the Russiagate drama — but Americans tuning in quickly realized the much-hyped event was turning into a "disaster" for Democrats. | …
rt.com/usa/464982-mueller-testimony-demo…

Tuesday's Daily Brief: Situation critical for Libya migrants, 'dangerous paralysis' in Israel-Palestine conflict, 'shocking escalation' in Syria, record heatwaves
United Nations | un.org | 2019-07-23
Our main stories today: UN officials warn of desperate situation for migrants and refugees in Libya; the UN peacebuilding chief calls for 'tangible steps' to alleviate the crisis in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and keep two-State solution alive; Idlib in Syria suffers more deadly attacks on civilians; Europe and Bangladesh deal with extreme weather events; and Angry Birds take on the climate crisis.
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Trump vs. the Squad, or the Fascist Use of Zionism
Gary Leupp | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-07-23
The strategy is clear. Whether Trump confronts Sleepy Joe, Crazy Bernie, Pocahontas or some other Democratic opponent in the presidential race, he will target the "Squad" of newly elected freshman congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley. Trump has decided to (1) depict them as the real face of the Democratic Party; …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/07/trump-vs-the-…

With the Right to Boycott Under Attack, Some Members of Congress Are Pushing Back
aclu.org | 2019-07-23
In a sea of anti-BDS legislation, a resolution championing the right to political boycotts emerges. | More than 250 million Americans, some 78 percent of the population, live in states with anti-boycott laws or policies. With the right to boycott under attack across the United States, some members of Congress are pushing back against these dangerous and unrelenting attacks., , Last week, Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN), along with Representatives John Lewis (D-GA) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), introduced a…
aclu.org/blog/free-speech/right-boycott-…

Libya: Renewed commitment to Mediterranean rescues encouraging, but 'overriding priority' must be 'lasting peace', say UN officials
United Nations | un.org | 2019-07-23
The heads of the two key UN agencies championing refugees and migrants have called for an end to their "arbitrary detention" across Libya, following an agreement on Tuesday by European Union countries to offer those fleeing across the Mediterranean a safe berth through a new distribution mechanism.
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San Francisco protest: Oust Duterte! Stop the killings in the Philippines!
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-07-23
San Francisco, CA – On July 22, more than 300 people packed the street in front of the Philippine consulate in San Francisco. Chants of "People power now!" and "No justice, no peace! Stop the killings in the Philippines!" rang out as protestors called for the ousting of Philippine President Duterte, who has killed thousands in his so-called 'war on drugs.' The occasion was the "Peoples' SONA" on the occasion of the official State of the Nation Address given by the Philippine president each year. | Speakers from the BAYAN/Anakbayan of San Francisco, Migrante, and other organizations including the Arab Resource and…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/7/23/san-fran…

'Tangible steps' needed to alleviate crisis in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, keep two-State solution alive: DiCarlo
United Nations | un.org | 2019-07-23
The "dangerous paralysis" that prevails in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is fuelling extremism and exacerbating tensions, leading to a "loss of hope" that peace can ever be achieved through negotiation, the UN's Political and Peacebuilding chief told the Security Council on Tuesday.
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FRSO sends delegation to the Sao Paolo Forum
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-07-23
Caracas, Venezuela – From July 25 to 28, delegates from the Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) will be participating in the 25th Sao Paolo Forum, held this year in Caracas, Venezuela. Over 1000 delegates from around the world will be attending, under the slogan "For Peace, Sovereignty and the Prosperity of the People: Unity, Struggle, Combat and Victory!" | The FRSO delegation will be led by Tom Burke, the Organization Secretary of Freedom Road. | Much has happened since the Sao Paolo Forum first began in 1994. At that time, the international left was trying to summate the overthrow of the Soviet Union a…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/7/23/frso-sen…