Daily Archives: July 28, 2019

2019-07-28: News Headlines

South Front (2019-07-28). Video: Russian, Syrian Warplanes Bomb Al Qaeda Positions in Western Aleppo. globalresearch.ca On July 25, warplanes of the Syrian Air Force and the Russian Aerospace Forces bombed positions of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) and its allies near the villages of al-Bawabiya, al-Atarib, Qammari, al-Barqoum, Urem al-Kubra, and Kafr Halab, and …

Steven Sahiounie (2019-07-28). Turkey Deports Syrian Refugees to Idlib During Airstrikes. globalresearch.ca Syrian refugees in Turkey are facing an uncertain future. Turkey did not grant them citizenship, or permanent residency; but, instead a 'temporary guest' status, which can be revoked at any time. For many, that time has come, and hundreds have …

Barbara Nimri Aziz (2019-07-28). Intimacies from an Awful War. "For Sama" by Waad Al-Kateab and Edward Watts. globalresearch.ca If you think you've seen enough of conflict, especially the war in Syria, you haven't. From love of nation and loathing of military rule, from inchoate hope of redemption and improbable determination, indebted to lost friends and seeded in the …

Staff (2019-07-28). Senate Finance Committee Deals Blow to Big Pharma. truthout.org | | The Senate Finance Committee advanced a blockbuster drug pricing bill to the Senate floor Thursday while shooting down amendments supported by the pharmaceutical companies, dealing an unlikely blow to the influential industry. | The bill, co-sponsored by Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-I…

teleSUR (2019-07-28). Peru President Vizcarra Calls Early Elections for 2020. telesurenglish.net Peru's President Martin Vizcarra announced Sunday that his country would bring forward legislative and presidential elections, cutting his term short one year early, a measure he says to end "institutional crisis" after Congress declined to approve all the requested political reforms. | RELATED: | Peru: Doctors, Health Workers Begin Nationwide Strike | Vizcarr…

Staff (2019-07-28). Hawaii Protectors Block the TMT Telescope to Respect Tradition and Science. therealnews.com What are the implications of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project that is at the center of the growing protest in Hawaii for indigenous Hawaiians, and for science? We discuss the issue with Katie Kamelamela, who is informing the conversation in Hawaii…

Center for Biological Diversity (2019-07-28). 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.

RT (2019-07-28). 'Disgusting, rat infested mess!' Trump triples down on criticism amid #WeAreBaltimore Twitterstorm. rt.com President Trump has unleashed a Twitterstorm on Rep. Elijah Cummings, advising the congressman to clean up the "worst" congressional district in the US instead of criticizing the treatment of migrants at the border.

RT (2019-07-28). Standing Rock Sioux Tribe builds huge solar farm next to controversial pipeline. rt.com The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has launched a huge solar farm near the controversial North Dakota Access pipeline they opposed in vain. Democrat Tulsi Gabbard arrived on horseback to show her support for the project.

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…

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 …

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…

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). 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…

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.

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.

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 …

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.

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 …

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 …

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.

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.

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

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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). 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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.

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.

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). 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.

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…

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…

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…

2019-07-28: Social Media Postees

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Video: Russian, Syrian Warplanes Bomb Al Qaeda Positions in Western Aleppo
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-28
On July 25, warplanes of the Syrian Air Force and the Russian Aerospace Forces bombed positions of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) and its allies near the villages of al-Bawabiya, al-Atarib, Qammari, al-Barqoum, Urem al-Kubra, and Kafr Halab, and …
globalresearch.ca/video-russian-syrian-warplanes-rain-hell-militants-western-aleppo/5684841

Intimacies from an Awful War. "For Sama" by Waad Al-Kateab and Edward Watts
Barbara Nimri Aziz | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-28
If you think you've seen enough of conflict, especially the war in Syria, you haven't. From love of nation and loathing of military rule, from inchoate hope of redemption and improbable determination, indebted to lost friends and seeded in the …
globalresearch.ca/intimacies-awful-war-sama-waad-al-kateab-edward-watts/5684715

Turkey Deports Syrian Refugees to Idlib During Airstrikes
Steven Sahiounie | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-28
Syrian refugees in Turkey are facing an uncertain future. Turkey did not grant them citizenship, or permanent residency; but, instead a 'temporary guest' status, which can be revoked at any time. For many, that time has come, and hundreds have …
globalresearch.ca/turkey-deports-syrian-refugees-idlib-during-airstrikes/5684834

Peru President Vizcarra Calls Early Elections for 2020
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-28
Peru's President Martin Vizcarra announced Sunday that his country would bring forward legislative and presidential elections, cutting his term short one year early, a measure he says to end "institutional crisis" after Congress declined to approve all the requested political reforms. | RELATED: | Peru: Doctors, Health Workers Begin Nationwide Strike | Vizcarr…
telesurenglish.net/news/Peru-President-V…

Senate Finance Committee Deals Blow to Big Pharma
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-07-28
| The Senate Finance Committee advanced a blockbuster drug pricing bill to the Senate floor Thursday while shooting down amendments supported by the pharmaceutical companies, dealing an unlikely blow to the influential industry. | The bill, co-sponsored by Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-I…
truthout.org/articles/senate-finance-com…

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe builds huge solar farm next to controversial pipeline
rt.com | 2019-07-28
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has launched a huge solar farm near the controversial North Dakota Access pipeline they opposed in vain. Democrat Tulsi Gabbard arrived on horseback to show her support for the project. | …
rt.com/usa/465252-standing-rock-solar-fa…

Senate Advances Bill That Would Gut Environmental Review of Oil Pipelines, Other Large Infrastructure Projects
Center for Biological Diversity | indybay.org | 2019-07-28
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…

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe builds huge solar farm next to controversial pipeline
rt.com | 2019-07-28
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has launched a huge solar farm near the controversial North Dakota Access pipeline they opposed in vain. Democrat Tulsi Gabbard arrived on horseback to show her support for the project. | …
rt.com/usa/465252-standing-rock-solar-fa…

Hawaii Protectors Block the TMT Telescope to Respect Tradition and Science
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-07-28
What are the implications of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project that is at the center of the growing protest in Hawaii for indigenous Hawaiians, and for science? We discuss the issue with Katie Kamelamela, who is informing the conversation in Hawaii…
therealnews.com/stories/hawaii-protector…

'Disgusting, rat infested mess!' Trump triples down on criticism amid #WeAreBaltimore Twitterstorm
rt.com | 2019-07-28
President Trump has unleashed a Twitterstorm on Rep. Elijah Cummings, advising the congressman to clean up the "worst" congressional district in the US instead of criticizing the treatment of migrants at the border. | …
rt.com/usa/465230-trump-attacks-baltimor…

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…

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

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-…

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-…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 …
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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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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…
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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 …
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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/

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.
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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…
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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…

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 …
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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…

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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'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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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…
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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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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…

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.
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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…

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…

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-…

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…

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…

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

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. | …
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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. | …
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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…