Daily Archives: July 29, 2019

2019-07-29: News Headlines

Miri Wood (2019-07-29). NATO Terrorists Bomb Syrian Towns, SAA Bombs NATO Terrorists. globalresearch.ca The flood of tears from NATO media journalists over the impending liberation of Idlib has completely blinded them to facts on the ground in Syria. Over the past weeks, they have missed the mortar, missile and IED attacks on civilians

Staff (2019-07-29). Baltimore Residents: Trump's Attacks on the City Are Rooted in "Racism and White Supremacy" democracynow.org President Trump is facing widespread outrage after describing Baltimore as a "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess" in tweets attacking Congressmember Elijah Cummings, one of the most prominent African-American lawmakers in Washington. Trump tweeted that Cummings's district is "considered the Worst in the USA," and said "no human being would want to live there." Trump's initial tweets came after Fox News ran a story about Baltimore and after Cummings criticized the conditions of immigration jails along the Mexican border. Officials across Baltimore and Maryland denounced the president's remarks, and The Balti…

Staff (2019-07-29). Mass Protests in Colombia and Abroad Decry Killings of 500 Activists Since Peace Accords. democracynow.org Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets on Friday in more than 50 cities and towns across Colombia to protest a surge of lethal attacks on indigenous, Afro-Colombian and environmental leaders in recent years. Solidarity marches were held in dozens of cities around the world, from Mexico City to Athens. In 2016, the Colombian government and FARC rebels signed a historic peace accord to move the country forward after a half-century of armed conflict. But since then, nearly 500 human rights activists, many from the Afro-Colombian community, have been killed, targeted for their work combating illegal m…

Stephen Lendman (2019-07-29). US/UK Militarization of Persian Gulf Waters Risks War. globalresearch.ca Britain is an appendage of Washington's belligerent imperial agenda. Israel, the Saudis, UAE, and other regional regimes hostile to peace operate the same way. | Sending more US and UK warships to Persian Gulf waters has nothing to do with regional …

Stephen Lendman (2019-07-29). Israeli Deadly Force Against Palestinian Civilians. globalresearch.ca For over half a century, Occupied Palestine has been and remains a deadly undeclared free fire war zone. | Time and again, Israeli forces gun down Palestinians engaged in peaceful demonstrations threatening no one. | Gazans under more than 12 years of …

George Burchett (2019-07-29). For a Peaceful and United Korea. counterpunch.org I have watched live on TV all three meetings between Chairman Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump: the first one in Singapore on June 12, 2018, the second one in Hanoi (where I live) on 27-28 February 2019, and the last one at the DMZ on June 30, 2019. All three meetings were moments More

If Americans Knew (2019-07-29). The Israel Anti-Boycott Act: The Bill that Could Imprison "Israel Boycotters" for 20 years. globalresearch.ca In a recent post on the Mondoweiss website, Journalist Philip Weiss examines the Israel Anti-Boycott Act that would punish those boycotting Israel with a minimum civil penalty of $250,000 and a maximum criminal penalty of $1 million and 20 years …

Dr. Gary G. Kohls (2019-07-29). Ike's Warning About America's Threat to World Peace: The 15 Biggest Pentagon Contractors that Make Up the Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex. globalresearch.ca "Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of ploughshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well…We have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions."…

Ed Sykes (2019-07-29). Anger as Boris Johnson lets Tory MP Mark Field off the hook for attack on peaceful protester. thecanary.co Conservative MP Mark Field attacked a peaceful protester in late June. But just over a month later, new prime minister Boris Johnson has let him off the hook. And for many, Johnson's inaction shows he "really doesn't give a hoot about misconduct". | Letting a thug off the hook: | On 20 June, Greenpea…

teleSUR (2019-07-29). Colombian Social Leader Shot a Day After 'Defend Peace' March. telesurenglish.net Yisella Trujillo, a social leader from Colombia was murdered Saturday, less than 24 hours after a march took place against the mass murders of Colombian social and community leaders including members of the People's Alternative Revolutionary Force of Colombia (FARC). | RELATED: | 100s of Cities Around World Join to 'Defend Peace in Colombia' | Trujillo…

Howie Hawkins (2019-07-29). The Threat of Nuclear War: Nuclear Disarmament Should be a Top 2020 Campaign Issue. But It's Being Ignored. globalresearch.ca Two years ago on July 7, 2017, 122 nations approved the text of the Treaty on the Prohibition of NuclearWeapons (TPNW). The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017 for spearheading this achievement. …

teleSUR (2019-07-29). At Least 20 Killed in Suicide Bombing in Afghanistan. telesurenglish.net Several people were killed on Sunday when a suicide bombing was carried out inside Afghanistan's capital city of Kabul, the government said in a statement on Monday morning. | RELATED: | US-Taliban Deal To Precede Intra-Afghan Talks in Peace Process | According to reports, t least 20 people were killed and 50 injured in Afghanistan's capital Kabul on Sunday in a suicide bombing and gun battle at vice presidential candidate Amrullah Saleh's office. | Saleh, a running mate of A…

Fight Back (2019-07-29). Nicaragua celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Sandinista Popular Revolution. fightbacknews.org Managua, Nicaragua – On July 19, 500,000 Nicaraguans filled Managua's Plaza de la Fe to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the triumph of the Sandinista Popular Revolution and Nicaragua's liberation from the U.S.-imposed Somoza dictatorship. | President Daniel Ortega, Vice President Rosario Murillo, Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodríguez and international representatives electrified the crowd – many in attendance had traveled hours in packed caravans from all over the country – with calls for peace, continued economic and social progress, and the defense of Nicaraguan sovereignty in the face of U.S. aggression.

RT (2019-07-29). Trump blasts Baltimore crimes stats, says Reverend Al might 'show up to complain & protest'. rt.com US President Donald Trump has ripped into Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings on Twitter once again, saying Baltimore has the "worst" crime statistics in the country and Reverend Al Sharpton might "show up to complain & protest."

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 …

Turkish Minute (2019-07-28). Turkey Mulling (Another) Military Operation in Northeastern Syria. theantimedia.com (TM) — Turkey's top military brass and Defense Minister Hulusi Akar held a security meeting on Thursday and discussed a potential military operation in northeastern Syria, immediately after three days of talks with a US delegation over setting up a safe zone along the Turkish-Syrian border. The Anadolu news agency reported that the meeting took place …

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 …

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 …

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). US to Have a Loyal Trump Supporter as New Intelligence Chief. telesurenglish.net United States President Donald Trump announced Sunday he would nominate Congressman John Ratcliffe (R) to replace Daniel Coats as the country's Director of National Intelligence. | RELATED: | From Boeing to Raytheon: A New Lobbyist to Run the Pentagon | As soon as the tweets went out, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D) criticized Trump's choice, saying that "it's clear that Rep. Ratcliffe was selecte…

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…

teleSUR (2019-07-28). US-Taliban Deal To Precede Intra-Afghan Talks in Peace Process. telesurenglish.net The United States special envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, announced Sunday that intra-Afghan negotiations between the government and key players will take place after the U.S. reaches a deal with the Taliban. | RELATED: | Kabul Seeks Explanation on Trump Talk of Wiping out Afghanistan | "To clarify, those negotiations will occur after we conclude our own agreements and they will take place between the Taliban and an inclusive and effective national negotiating team consisting of senior…

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…

RT (2019-07-28). Trump taps Rep. John Ratcliffe to replace Dan Coats as Director of National Intelligence. rt.com US President Donald Trump has nominated Congressman John Ratcliffe (Tx-R) for the position of the Director of National Intelligence, confirming that the incumbent DNI chief, Dan Coats, is set to leave the office in two weeks.

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.

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…

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…

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). 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.

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.

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.

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 …

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.

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 …

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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). 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.

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.

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.

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…

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…

2019-07-29: Social Media Postees

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US/UK Militarization of Persian Gulf Waters Risks War
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-29
Britain is an appendage of Washington's belligerent imperial agenda. Israel, the Saudis, UAE, and other regional regimes hostile to peace operate the same way. | Sending more US and UK warships to Persian Gulf waters has nothing to do with regional …
globalresearch.ca/usuk-militarization-persian-gulf-waters-risks-war/5684963

Israeli Deadly Force Against Palestinian Civilians
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-29
For over half a century, Occupied Palestine has been and remains a deadly undeclared free fire war zone. | Time and again, Israeli forces gun down Palestinians engaged in peaceful demonstrations threatening no one. | Gazans under more than 12 years of …
globalresearch.ca/israeli-deadly-force-against-palestinian-civilians/5684898

NATO Terrorists Bomb Syrian Towns, SAA Bombs NATO Terrorists
Miri Wood | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-29
The flood of tears from NATO media journalists over the impending liberation of Idlib has completely blinded them to facts on the ground in Syria. Over the past weeks, they have missed the mortar, missile and IED attacks on civilians…
globalresearch.ca/nato-terrorists-bomb-syrian-towns-saa-bombs-nato-terrorists/5684958

Baltimore Residents: Trump's Attacks on the City Are Rooted in "Racism and White Supremacy"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-07-29
President Trump is facing widespread outrage after describing Baltimore as a "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess" in tweets attacking Congressmember Elijah Cummings, one of the most prominent African-American lawmakers in Washington. Trump tweeted that Cummings's district is "considered the Worst in the USA," and said "no human being would want to live there." Trump's initial tweets came after Fox News ran a story about Baltimore and after Cummings criticized the conditions of immigration jails along the Mexican border. Officials across Baltimore and Maryland denounced the president's remarks, and The Balti…
www.democracynow.org/2019/7/29/donald_tr…

Ike's Warning About America's Threat to World Peace: The 15 Biggest Pentagon Contractors that Make Up the Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex
Dr. Gary G. Kohls | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-29
"Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of ploughshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well…We have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions."…
globalresearch.ca/americas-threat-world-peace-15-biggest-pentagon-contractors-make-up-military-industrial-congressional-complex/5684980

Mass Protests in Colombia and Abroad Decry Killings of 500 Activists Since Peace Accords
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-07-29
Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets on Friday in more than 50 cities and towns across Colombia to protest a surge of lethal attacks on indigenous, Afro-Colombian and environmental leaders in recent years. Solidarity marches were held in dozens of cities around the world, from Mexico City to Athens. In 2016, the Colombian government and FARC rebels signed a historic peace accord to move the country forward after a half-century of armed conflict. But since then, nearly 500 human rights activists, many from the Afro-Colombian community, have been killed, targeted for their work combating illegal m…
www.democracynow.org/2019/7/29/colombia_…

For a Peaceful and United Korea
George Burchett | counterpunch.org | 2019-07-29
I have watched live on TV all three meetings between Chairman Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump: the first one in Singapore on June 12, 2018, the second one in Hanoi (where I live) on 27-28 February 2019, and the last one at the DMZ on June 30, 2019. All three meetings were moments…
counterpunch.org/2019/07/29/for-a-peacef…

Nicaragua celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Sandinista Popular Revolution
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-07-29
Managua, Nicaragua – On July 19, 500,000 Nicaraguans filled Managua's Plaza de la Fe to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the triumph of the Sandinista Popular Revolution and Nicaragua's liberation from the U.S.-imposed Somoza dictatorship. | President Daniel Ortega, Vice President Rosario Murillo, Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodríguez and international representatives electrified the crowd – many in attendance had traveled hours in packed caravans from all over the country – with calls for peace, continued economic and social progress, and the defense of Nicaraguan sovereignty in the face of U.S. aggression.
fightbacknews.org/2019/7/28/nicaragua-ce…

At Least 20 Killed in Suicide Bombing in Afghanistan
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-29
Several people were killed on Sunday when a suicide bombing was carried out inside Afghanistan's capital city of Kabul, the government said in a statement on Monday morning. | RELATED: | US-Taliban Deal To Precede Intra-Afghan Talks in Peace Process | According to reports, t least 20 people were killed and 50 injured in Afghanistan's capital Kabul on Sunday in a suicide bombing and gun battle at vice presidential candidate Amrullah Saleh's office. | Saleh, a running mate of A…
telesurenglish.net/news/At-Least-20-Kill…

Anger as Boris Johnson lets Tory MP Mark Field off the hook for attack on peaceful protester
Ed Sykes | thecanary.co | 2019-07-29
Conservative MP Mark Field attacked a peaceful protester in late June. But just over a month later, new prime minister Boris Johnson has let him off the hook. And for many, Johnson's inaction shows he "really doesn't give a hoot about misconduct". | Letting a thug off the hook: | On 20 June, Greenpea…
thecanary.co/trending/2019/07/29/anger-as-boris-johnson-lets-tory-mp-mark-field-off-the-hook-for-attack-on-peaceful-protester/

Colombian Social Leader Shot a Day After 'Defend Peace' March
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-29
Yisella Trujillo, a social leader from Colombia was murdered Saturday, less than 24 hours after a march took place against the mass murders of Colombian social and community leaders including members of the People's Alternative Revolutionary Force of Colombia (FARC). | RELATED: | 100s of Cities Around World Join to 'Defend Peace in Colombia' | Trujillo…
telesurenglish.net/news/colombia-social-…

The Threat of Nuclear War: Nuclear Disarmament Should be a Top 2020 Campaign Issue. But It's Being Ignored
Howie Hawkins | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-29
Two years ago on July 7, 2017, 122 nations approved the text of the Treaty on the Prohibition of NuclearWeapons (TPNW). The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017 for spearheading this achievement. …
globalresearch.ca/nuclear-disarmament-should-top-2020-campaign-issue-being-ignored/5684916

At Least 20 Killed in Suicide Bombing in Afghanistan
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-29
Several people were killed on Sunday when a suicide bombing was carried out inside Afghanistan's capital city of Kabul, the government said in a statement on Monday morning. | RELATED: | US-Taliban Deal To Precede Intra-Afghan Talks in Peace Process | According to reports, t least 20 people were killed and 50 injured in Afghanistan's capital Kabul on Sunday in a suicide bombing and gun battle at vice presidential candidate Amrullah Saleh's office. | Saleh, a running mate of A…
telesurenglish.net/news/At-Least-20-Kill…

Trump blasts Baltimore crimes stats, says Reverend Al might 'show up to complain & protest'
rt.com | 2019-07-29
US President Donald Trump has ripped into Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings on Twitter once again, saying Baltimore has the "worst" crime statistics in the country and Reverend Al Sharpton might "show up to complain & protest." | …
rt.com/usa/465302-trump-baltimore-cummin…

Turkey Mulling (Another) Military Operation in Northeastern Syria
Turkish Minute | theantimedia.com | 2019-07-28
(TM) — Turkey's top military brass and Defense Minister Hulusi Akar held a security meeting on Thursday and discussed a potential military operation in northeastern Syria, immediately after three days of talks with a US delegation over setting up a safe zone along the Turkish-Syrian border. The Anadolu news agency reported that the meeting took place …

Turkey Mulling (Another) Military Operation in Northeastern Syria

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

Turkey Mulling (Another) Military Operation in Northeastern Syria
Turkish Minute | theantimedia.com | 2019-07-28
(TM) — Turkey's top military brass and Defense Minister Hulusi Akar held a security meeting on Thursday and discussed a potential military operation in northeastern Syria, immediately after three days of talks with a US delegation over setting up a safe zone along the Turkish-Syrian border. The Anadolu news agency reported that the meeting took place …

Turkey Mulling (Another) Military Operation in Northeastern Syria

US to Have a Loyal Trump Supporter as New Intelligence Chief
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-28
United States President Donald Trump announced Sunday he would nominate Congressman John Ratcliffe (R) to replace Daniel Coats as the country's Director of National Intelligence. | RELATED: | From Boeing to Raytheon: A New Lobbyist to Run the Pentagon | As soon as the tweets went out, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D) criticized Trump's choice, saying that "it's clear that Rep. Ratcliffe was selecte…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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US-Taliban Deal To Precede Intra-Afghan Talks in Peace Process
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-28
The United States special envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, announced Sunday that intra-Afghan negotiations between the government and key players will take place after the U.S. reaches a deal with the Taliban. | RELATED: | Kabul Seeks Explanation on Trump Talk of Wiping out Afghanistan | "To clarify, those negotiations will occur after we conclude our own agreements and they will take place between the Taliban and an inclusive and effective national negotiating team consisting of senior…
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Trump taps Rep. John Ratcliffe to replace Dan Coats as Director of National Intelligence
rt.com | 2019-07-28
US President Donald Trump has nominated Congressman John Ratcliffe (Tx-R) for the position of the Director of National Intelligence, confirming that the incumbent DNI chief, Dan Coats, is set to leave the office in two weeks. | …
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'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…

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…

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…

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…
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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…
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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.
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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…

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

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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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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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…
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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 …
peoplesworld.org/article/can-republican-…

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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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…

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.
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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…

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…

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.
fightbacknews.org/2019/7/25/israel-launc…

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…

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…