Daily Archives: July 27, 2019

2019-07-27: News Headlines

Renee Parsons (2019-07-27). Presidential Candidates Kamala Harris or Tulsi Gabbard. globalresearch.ca It has been decades since a bona fide anti-war candidate ran for US President; that is, a candidate who 'felt' peace in their bones rather than a political calculation to be exploited. By my reckoning, that last campaign would be …

Sarah Aziza (2019-07-27). A Syrian Mother's Letter to Her Daughter, "For Sama" Shows War in an Unusually Intimate Light. theintercept.com For the majority of Western audiences, the region known as "the Middle East" is conceived as a vast swath of constant and inscrutable chaos. In this imagination, diverse conflicts, insurgencies, and civilian revolutions are flattened into a single horrorscape, represented by ubiquitous images of billowing smoke and colorless destruction. Violence, it would appear, is endemic to the region, as natural and inevitable as the endless, hostile desert. | This lack of historicity — and subsequent denial of responsibility — can be partly blamed on Western media that rewards sensationalist, reductionist headli…

teleSUR (2019-07-27). North Korea Tests New Missile in Warning Message to South Korea. telesurenglish.net The firing of two "new-type tactical" weapons from the DPRK has prompted worries from South Korea and the United States. But Washington said it still wants "diplomatic engagement." | RELATED: | US Jeopardizes Peace Talks With North Korea Over New Drills | In a report released Friday, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said the DPRK move a d…

Staff (2019-07-27). These Three Bills Could Help Rein in Executive Pay. truthout.org | | Here's one sign of the unpopularity of overpaid corporate and banking executives: Shortly before heading home to face constituents during the summer recess, members of Congress introduced three bills to crack down on excessive compensation. | Stop Wall Street Looting: | The new Stop Wall Street Looting Act would protect workers and communities against the vulture-like private equity firm…

Staff (2019-07-27). Mauna Kea Protests Are Part of a Long Fight Against Colonialism. truthout.org | | Something big and beautiful is happening in Hawaiʻi. Currently, hundreds of Native Hawaiians and allies are camped at the base of Mauna Kea, a mountain located on Moku o Keawe, or Hawaiʻi Island. They are organizing to protect the summit of Mauna Kea from the construction of a proposed Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT). | This project has been in the works for years, and has drawn opposition from Native Hawaiians who object to the environmental and cultural impact of a massive 18-story, five-a…

Center for Biological Diversity (2019-07-27). 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.

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2019-07-27). 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…

United Nations (2019-07-26). Friday's Daily Brief: Libya mass drownings response: Syria 'carnage' denounced, food aid doubled for Ebola-affected in DR Congo. un.org Our main stories today: UN leaders call for a return to sea rescues in the Mediterranean, following Libya shipwreck; UN human rights chief denounces indifference to victims of Syrian airstrikes; World Food Programme doubles supplies to those affected by Ebola outbreak in DR Congo, and WHO urges more investment to eradicate hepatitis.

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.

John Bachtell (2019-07-26). Political and constitutional crisis: The extreme-right threat to democracy. peoplesworld.org This is part 4 of the full main report, "Unity to save people and planet; For full equality, democracy, peace, and green socialism," to the 31st National Convention of the Communist Party USA held in Chicago, Illinois, June 21-23, 2019. Other installments available here. The abbreviated oral presentation is available here. John Bachtell served as CPUSA …

Eric A. Gordon (2019-07-26). Can Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter keep his Southern California seat? peoplesworld.org Can a Congressman who used $250 of his campaign funds to fly Eggburt cross country on a family vacation hope to retain his seat? For those who have not been following the news on Duncan D. Hunter, GOP U.S. Representative from California's C.D. 50 in San Diego County, Eggburt is the family's pet rabbit. The …

Rick Nagin (2019-07-26). Impeach Trump—A template for writing your member of Congress. peoplesworld.org Following the testimony of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller, which again repeated the evidence of Trump's obstruction of justice and other crimes, People's World correspondent Rick Nagin in Ohio wrote to his member of Congress, Marcy Kaptur. He encouraged her to push Congressional leaders to begin impeachment proceedings against the president. We share his letter …

Brian Becker (2019-07-26). Trump the Magician: the real function of racism and xenophobia. liberationnews.org Trump's carefully chosen racist tirades against four first-term Congresswomen — Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — borrows a tactic used over and over again throughout history.

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-07-26). As US Beefs Up Military Presence in the Gulf, Yemen's Houthis Turn to Russia for Support. mintpressnews.com Houthi attempts to engage the UN to broker a peaceful solution to the war on Yemen have stalled. Now, out of options, the movement may have found a willing partner in Moscow.

United Nations (2019-07-26). UN human rights chief fears world has grown numb to Syrian carnage. un.org The relentless campaign of airstrikes in Syria has been met with a "collective shrug," the top United Nations human rights official said on Friday, denouncing the world's apparent indifference to the mounting civilian casualties as a "failure of leadership" by the world's most powerful countries.

United Nations (2019-07-26). Voices of Afghan women 'must be heard at the table in the peace process and beyond' UN deputy chief tells Security Council. un.org Afghan women have "paid a high price" during their country's nearly four decades of conflict, the United Nations deputy chief said on Friday, addressing the Security Council a day after Kabul had been hit with a fresh round of "horrific" bomb attacks.

teleSUR (2019-07-26). 100s of Cities Around World Join to 'Defend Peace in Colombia'. telesurenglish.net Over 100 cities around the world held demonstrations Friday to support Colombian social organizations that are demanding President Ivan Duque guarantee the safety of human rights defenders and social activists. | RELATED: | UN Visits Colombia to Review Failing Peace Accord | "In Colombia, workers have always sought that governments guarantee the right to the exerc…

teleSUR (2019-07-26). Colombia: Ex-Farc Killed, Justice Protests Staged Around World. telesurenglish.net Six bullets ended the life of a former guerrilla of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) Thursday night, Colombian police reported Friday. | RELATED: | 100s of Cities Around World Join to 'Defend Peace in Colombia' | Carlos Alberto Montaño Mosquera was ambushed outside a welding workshop in Cali, Valle del Cauca by armed men riding motorcycles. | "It all happened when a subject arrived on a motorcycle, called him to the front yard and triggered six shots," said Sant…

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

teleSUR (2019-07-26). US House Panel Reaches out to Court To Assess Trump Impeachment. telesurenglish.net The Democratic-led U.S. House Judiciary Committee asked a federal court on Friday for access to grand jury evidence from the Mueller probe as lawmakers there move one step closer to impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. | RELATED: | Mueller Hearing: Trump Would be Indicted if He Weren't President | Democratic lawyers from the House of Representatives filed a 53-page petition to the U.S. District Court seeking permission to review evidence involving interaction…

Danielle Allen (2019-07-26). We Are in Our Articles of Confederation Moment. commondreams.org Congress has no ability to check the executive branch in any meaningful way. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-07-26). Pelosi, Ocasio-Cortez Show Unity After One-on-One Meeting. truthdig.com "I don't think there ever was any hatchet" to bury, the House speaker says as she and freshman congresswoman emerge smiling from their talk.

Kim Wehle (2019-07-26). The Question Isn't Whether Trump Obstructed Justice, But Whether Congress Even Cares. commondreams.org Congress either needs to exercise its oversight prerogative, or voters need to elect a different president in 2020, so that the criminal justice system can be brought to bear on private-citizen Trump. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst – Pool/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-07-26). Critics Charge New Trump Plan 'Recklessly Weakens Protections' for What Remains of 'Illegally Reduced' Bears Ears Monument. commondreams.org Conservation groups and congressional Democrats slammed the Trump administration Friday over its destructive new management plan for the "illegally reduced" Bears Ears National Monument in Utah. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-07-26). 'Our Pressure Is Working' Says Sunrise Movement as CNN and MSNBC Announce Climate Events for 2020 White House Hopefuls. commondreams.org The Sunrise Movement celebrated Thursday as CNN and MSNBC announced climate-focused events featuring 2020 Democratic presidential primary candidates, but reiterated its demand that the Democratic Party sponsor a debate solely focused on the White House hopefuls' plans to tackle the global crisis. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-07-26). Over 1400 Jewish Clergy Deliver Letter to Congress Demanding Right to Asylum for Refugees. commondreams.org "As Jews we understand the heart of the refugee, and the current actions of our government echo some of the darkest moments of our own history." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-07-26). McConnell Dubbed 'Moscow Mitch' for Blocking Debate on Election Security Bill Just As Senate Report Details 2016 Russian Interference. commondreams.org Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell earned the nickname "Moscow Mitch" Friday after blocking lawmakers from taking action to prevent foreign interference in U.S. elections—just as the legislature he leads concluded that Russians meddled in the 2016 elections in all 50 states. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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.

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.

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…

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.

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.

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…

Aaron Maté (2019-07-25). Mueller hearing is another Russiagate dud. thegrayzone.com Aaron Maté recaps Robert Mueller's Congressional appearance, which delivered no new bombshells; more unhinged Russia-baiting; and only more doubts about…

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). 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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

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.

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.

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".

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 about 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…

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…

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.

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…

2019-07-27: Social Media Postees

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Presidential Candidates Kamala Harris or Tulsi Gabbard
Renee Parsons | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-27
It has been decades since a bona fide anti-war candidate ran for US President; that is, a candidate who 'felt' peace in their bones rather than a political calculation to be exploited. By my reckoning, that last campaign would be …
globalresearch.ca/kamala-tulsi/5684695

A Syrian Mother's Letter to Her Daughter, "For Sama" Shows War in an Unusually Intimate Light
Sarah Aziza | theintercept.com | 2019-07-27
For the majority of Western audiences, the region known as "the Middle East" is conceived as a vast swath of constant and inscrutable chaos. In this imagination, diverse conflicts, insurgencies, and civilian revolutions are flattened into a single horrorscape, represented by ubiquitous images of billowing smoke and colorless destruction. Violence, it would appear, is endemic to the region, as natural and inevitable as the endless, hostile desert. | This lack of historicity — and subsequent denial of responsibility — can be partly blamed on Western media that rewards sensationalist, reductionist headli…
theintercept.com/2019/07/27/syria-war-do…

North Korea Tests New Missile in Warning Message to South Korea
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-27
The firing of two "new-type tactical" weapons from the DPRK has prompted worries from South Korea and the United States. But Washington said it still wants "diplomatic engagement." | RELATED: | US Jeopardizes Peace Talks With North Korea Over New Drills | In a report released Friday, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said the DPRK move a d…
telesurenglish.net/news/North-Korea-Test…

These Three Bills Could Help Rein in Executive Pay
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-07-27
| Here's one sign of the unpopularity of overpaid corporate and banking executives: Shortly before heading home to face constituents during the summer recess, members of Congress introduced three bills to crack down on excessive compensation. | Stop Wall Street Looting: | The new Stop Wall Street Looting Act would protect workers and communities against the vulture-like private equity firm…
truthout.org/articles/these-three-bills-…

Mauna Kea Protests Are Part of a Long Fight Against Colonialism
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-07-27
| Something big and beautiful is happening in Hawai?i. Currently, hundreds of Native Hawaiians and allies are camped at the base of Mauna Kea, a mountain located on Moku o Keawe, or Hawai?i Island. They are organizing to protect the summit of Mauna Kea from the construction of a proposed Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT). | This project has been in the works for years, and has drawn opposition from Native Hawaiians who object to the environmental and cultural impact of a massive 18-story, five-a…
truthout.org/articles/mauna-kea-protests…

AIPAC's Anti-BDS Resolution Easily Wins Bipartisan Support
Register Peace & Freedom or Green | indybay.org | 2019-07-27
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…

Senate Advances Bill That Would Gut Environmental Review of Oil Pipelines, Other Large Infrastructure Projects
Center for Biological Diversity | indybay.org | 2019-07-27
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…

Elizabeth Warren on War and Peace
Reese Erlich | commondreams.org | 2019-07-26
"Warren's foreign policy positions have shifted a fair amount in recent years, particularly during the past few months." (Photo: Marc Nozell/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/07/26/elizab…

UN human rights chief fears world has grown numb to Syrian carnage
United Nations | un.org | 2019-07-26
The relentless campaign of airstrikes in Syria has been met with a "collective shrug," the top United Nations human rights official said on Friday, denouncing the world's apparent indifference to the mounting civilian casualties as a "failure of leadership" by the world's most powerful countries.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/07/1…

Trump the Magician: the real function of racism and xenophobia
Brian Becker | liberationnews.org | 2019-07-26
Trump's carefully chosen racist tirades against four first-term Congresswomen — Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — borrows a tactic used over and over again throughout history.
liberationnews.org/trump-the-magician-th…

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…

Friday's Daily Brief: Libya mass drownings response: Syria 'carnage' denounced, food aid doubled for Ebola-affected in DR Congo
United Nations | un.org | 2019-07-26
Our main stories today: UN leaders call for a return to sea rescues in the Mediterranean, following Libya shipwreck; UN human rights chief denounces indifference to victims of Syrian airstrikes; World Food Programme doubles supplies to those affected by Ebola outbreak in DR Congo, and WHO urges more investment to eradicate hepatitis.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/07/1…

Colombia: Ex-Farc Killed, Justice Protests Staged Around World
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-26
Six bullets ended the life of a former guerrilla of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) Thursday night, Colombian police reported Friday. | RELATED: | 100s of Cities Around World Join to 'Defend Peace in Colombia' | Carlos Alberto Montaño Mosquera was ambushed outside a welding workshop in Cali, Valle del Cauca by armed men riding motorcycles. | "It all happened when a subject arrived on a motorcycle, called him to the front yard and triggered six shots," said Sant…
telesurenglish.net/news/Colombia-Ex-Farc…

100s of Cities Around World Join to 'Defend Peace in Colombia'
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-26
Over 100 cities around the world held demonstrations Friday to support Colombian social organizations that are demanding President Ivan Duque guarantee the safety of human rights defenders and social activists. | RELATED: | UN Visits Colombia to Review Failing Peace Accord | "In Colombia, workers have always sought that governments guarantee the right to the exerc…
telesurenglish.net/news/100s-of-Cities-A…

As US Beefs Up Military Presence in the Gulf, Yemen's Houthis Turn to Russia for Support
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2019-07-26
Houthi attempts to engage the UN to broker a peaceful solution to the war on Yemen have stalled. Now, out of options, the movement may have found a willing partner in Moscow.
mintpressnews.com/us-beefs-up-military-g…

Political and constitutional crisis: The extreme-right threat to democracy
John Bachtell | peoplesworld.org | 2019-07-26
This is part 4 of the full main report, "Unity to save people and planet; For full equality, democracy, peace, and green socialism," to the 31st National Convention of the Communist Party USA held in Chicago, Illinois, June 21-23, 2019. Other installments available here. The abbreviated oral presentation is available here. John Bachtell served as CPUSA …
peoplesworld.org/article/political-and-c…

Voices of Afghan women 'must be heard at the table in the peace process and beyond' UN deputy chief tells Security Council
United Nations | un.org | 2019-07-26
Afghan women have "paid a high price" during their country's nearly four decades of conflict, the United Nations deputy chief said on Friday, addressing the Security Council a day after Kabul had been hit with a fresh round of "horrific" bomb attacks.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/07/1…

The Question Isn't Whether Trump Obstructed Justice, But Whether Congress Even Cares
Kim Wehle | commondreams.org | 2019-07-26
Congress either needs to exercise its oversight prerogative, or voters need to elect a different president in 2020, so that the criminal justice system can be brought to bear on private-citizen Trump. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst – Pool/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/07/26/questi…

Impeach Trump–A template for writing your member of Congress
Rick Nagin | peoplesworld.org | 2019-07-26
Following the testimony of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller, which again repeated the evidence of Trump's obstruction of justice and other crimes, People's World correspondent Rick Nagin in Ohio wrote to his member of Congress, Marcy Kaptur. He encouraged her to push Congressional leaders to begin impeachment proceedings against the president. We share his letter …
peoplesworld.org/article/impeach-trump-a…

We Are in Our Articles of Confederation Moment
Danielle Allen | commondreams.org | 2019-07-26
Congress has no ability to check the executive branch in any meaningful way. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/07/26/we-are…

Can Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter keep his Southern California seat?
Eric A. Gordon | peoplesworld.org | 2019-07-26
Can a Congressman who used $250 of his campaign funds to fly Eggburt cross country on a family vacation hope to retain his seat? For those who have not been following the news on Duncan D. Hunter, GOP U.S. Representative from California's C.D. 50 in San Diego County, Eggburt is the family's pet rabbit. The …
peoplesworld.org/article/can-republican-…

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).
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Pelosi, Ocasio-Cortez Show Unity After One-on-One Meeting
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-07-26
"I don't think there ever was any hatchet" to bury, the House speaker says as she and freshman congresswoman emerge smiling from their talk.
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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/

'Our Pressure Is Working' Says Sunrise Movement as CNN and MSNBC Announce Climate Events for 2020 White House Hopefuls
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-07-26
The Sunrise Movement celebrated Thursday as CNN and MSNBC announced climate-focused events featuring 2020 Democratic presidential primary candidates, but reiterated its demand that the Democratic Party sponsor a debate solely focused on the White House hopefuls' plans to tackle the global crisis. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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McConnell Dubbed 'Moscow Mitch' for Blocking Debate on Election Security Bill Just As Senate Report Details 2016 Russian Interference
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-07-26
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell earned the nickname "Moscow Mitch" Friday after blocking lawmakers from taking action to prevent foreign interference in U.S. elections—just as the legislature he leads concluded that Russians meddled in the 2016 elections in all 50 states. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Critics Charge New Trump Plan 'Recklessly Weakens Protections' for What Remains of 'Illegally Reduced' Bears Ears Monument
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-07-26
Conservation groups and congressional Democrats slammed the Trump administration Friday over its destructive new management plan for the "illegally reduced" Bears Ears National Monument in Utah. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/07/26/critics…

Over 1400 Jewish Clergy Deliver Letter to Congress Demanding Right to Asylum for Refugees
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-07-26
"As Jews we understand the heart of the refugee, and the current actions of our government echo some of the darkest moments of our own history." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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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…

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…

Mueller hearing is another Russiagate dud
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-07-25
Aaron Maté recaps Robert Mueller's Congressional appearance, which delivered no new bombshells; more unhinged Russia-baiting; and only more doubts about…
thegrayzone.com/2019/07/24/mueller-heari…

'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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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

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…

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-…

Peace in Ukraine?
Stephen F. Cohen | thenation.com | 2019-07-24
Peace in Ukraine?
thenation.com/article/peace-in-ukraine/

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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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.
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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 about 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…
theintercept.com/2019/07/24/updates-robe…

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…

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…

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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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-…

'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…