Daily Archives: July 30, 2019

2019-07-30: News Headlines

RT (2019-07-31). No, YOU are 'Russian asset': Meme war turns tables on Washington Post. rt.com With the Washington Post stuck in a mud-slinging meme war with Senate Republicans and President Donald Trump, the capital's paper of record has found itself on the receiving end of internet trolls' meme-cannons.

Arabi Souri (2019-07-30). Trump's Coalition Commits New Massacre in Syria's Deir Ezzor Countryside. globalresearch.ca The illegal coalition led by the United States of America outside the United Nations and without the approval of the Syrian state added a new massacre to its long list of ugly crimes against the Syrian people today by bombing …

Stephen Lendman (2019-07-30). US Stealing Syrian Oil. Controls About 30% of Syrian Territory. globalresearch.ca Imperial adventurism is grand theft on a global scale — seizing, controlling, and looting the resources of targeted nations, along with exploiting their people. | Operating from illegally constructed military bases in northern and southern parts of Syria, platforms for war …

San Diego PSL (2019-07-30). San Diego rallies in solidarity with the Mauna Kea protectors. liberationnews.org On July 27, several dozen people gathered at Mission Bay in San Diego to show solidarity with the current struggle taking place in Hawaii to defend Mauna Kea, a place considered sacred by the Hawaiian people.

Staff (2019-07-30). Trump's Intelligence Pick Is 'Least Qualified … Ever,' Senator Says. truthdig.com Sen. Ron Wyden issued a scathing statement late Monday warning that President Donald Trump's pick to serve as director of national intelligence is so unqualified that he could put lives at risk. | Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas), an ardent Trump loyalist, "is the most partisan and least qualified individual ever nominated to serve as director of national intelligence," said Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon and a senior member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Staff (2019-07-30). Trump's Intelligence Director Nominee Is a Defense Industry Favorite. truthout.org | | Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas), congressman from one of the most conservative districts in the country, will be the next director of national intelligence pending Senate confirmation, President Donald Trump announced in a tweet Sunday. | The Texas representative is seen as more ideologically aligned with Trump than his predecessor, Dan Coats, who came into conflict with the president over issues including North K…

teleSUR (2019-07-30). US Senate Fails to Overturn Trump's Veto on Saudi Weapons Ban. telesurenglish.net The U.S. Senate failed on Monday to override President Donald Trump's veto of the legislation passed by Congress that would have banned the sale of certain weapons to Saudi Arabia. | RELATED: | Alleged 9/11 Mastermind Open to Testify Against Saudi Arabia | In the first attempt to overturn the U.S. President's decision, the Senate was unable to reach the two-thirds majority that was needed to reinstate their weapons ban bill. | According to the Senate session report, the supporter…

Staff (2019-07-30). Headlines for July 30, 2019. democracynow.org Gilroy, CA Shooter Touted White Supremacist Text, Posted Racist Content Before Massacre, Trump Renews Attacks on Rep. Cummings, Lashes Out at Al Sharpton, Senate Fails to Override Trump Vetoes on Bills Blocking Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia, Saudi Air Raids Kill At Least 10 in Northern Yemen, 5 Teenage Students Killed by Security Forces in Sudan, Brazil: At Least 57 Killed in Prison Riot, 164 Environmental Activists Killed in 2018, Indigenous Activists Protest Real Estate Development in New Zealand, Greenland's Ice Sheet at Risk of Record Melting, CNN and MSNBC to Host Climate Crisis-Centered Events, Kamala Harris R…

teleSUR (2019-07-30). Trump Claims Iran has Never Won a War in New Twitter Rant. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted on Monday evening that Iran had never won a war, adding that they had also "never lost a negotiation. | RELATED: | US Senate Fails to Overturn Trump's Veto on Saudi Weapons Ban | "Just remember, the Iranians never won a war, but never lost a negotiation!" | Trump' would not elaborate after this bizarre tweet, but his remarks seem to follow U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's latest rant about Iran's unwillingness to hold talks with the Ameri…

Staff (2019-07-30). Trump Administration, Democrats Make Progress on New NAFTA. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats appear to be moving from "no way" to "maybe" on President Donald Trump's rewrite of a trade pact with Canada and Mexico. House Democrats have met four times with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, most recently on Friday, and both sides say they are making progress toward a deal that would …

Amy Goodman (2019-07-30). Baltimore residents: Trump's attacks on the city are rooted in "racism and white supremacy" nationofchange.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 Ba…

Yetta Stein (2019-07-30). Trump's Disregard for Public Lands and Outdoor Heritage: Releases Management Plan for Illegally Reduced Bears Ears National Monument in Utah. globalresearch.ca The Trump administration released a management plan for the illegally reduced areas of Bears Ears National Monument in Utah today. With Congressional recess right around the corner, the timed release of the proposed management plans and Final Environmental Impact Statement …

teleSUR (2019-07-30). One Sector Blocks Peace in Colombia: Ex-FARC Guerrilla Leader. telesurenglish.net Rodrigo "Timochenko" Londoño, the leader of the demobilized Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla group, said in an interview with EFE that one economic power sector was blocking the peace achieved after half a century of war in Colombia. | RELATED: | Colombian Social Leader Shot a Day After Global March Against Activists' Killings | Despite signing the peace agreement on Nov. 24, 2016, he said it did not achieve "a complete peace and, unfortunately, there still…

RT (2019-07-30). Not a drill: Hawaii missile false alarm caused surge in anxiety with lasting effects, report says. rt.com A false alarm 'incoming missile' alert sent to people in Hawaii in January 2018 had a lasting effect on anxiety levels, a new study has shown. People who were less anxious beforehand were most affected by the incident.

Global Research News (2019-07-30). Selected Articles: Billionaires Invest in Outer Space. globalresearch.ca A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer" | . | . | | | If, like us, this is …

Kate Zeller (2019-07-30). Disaster Food Assistance Funds Distributed in Puerto Rico. indybay.org The Government of Puerto Rico began distribution of emergency disaster food assistance Monday. In May, Congress approved $600 million for the Puerto Rico Nutrition Assistance Program (NAP) as part of disaster relief measures to benefit Americans recovering from disasters such as wildfires and hurricanes.

Party for Socialism and Liberation (2019-07-30). Socialist Analysis & Discussion – The War on Immigrants & the Fight Back Movement. indybay.org San Jose Peace & Justice Center, 48 S. 7th St., San Jose…

RT (2019-07-30). 'Moscow Mitch' sells out to the Kremlin: Same old voter access debate with Russian dressing. rt.com Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been labeled a "Russian asset," and "Moscow Mitch" after he blocked a raft of election security bills, which in fact contain old partisan sticking points.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-07-30). Led by Ted Cruz, GOP Senators Call on Trump to Bypass Congress to Give Rich Americans Another Tax Cut. commondreams.org "This is the GOP long con in a nutshell. Trump blazes away with raw and hideous racism. Meanwhile, he and his party look for ways to ship yachtloads of cash to the super wealthy." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2019-07-30). Trump names ultra-right congressman as intelligence chief. wsws.org Trump named Representative John Ratcliffe to replace Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, who resigned effective August 15.

RT (2019-07-30). Rules changed mid-game: Andrew Yang campaign slams DNC for debate disqualification. rt.com Andrew Yang has confirmed that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) has rejected a poll he submitted to qualify for the presidential debate in September, and his supporters are crying foul play.

RT (2019-07-30). Dismissed! Judge throws out Democrat lawsuit against Trump campaign, Russia & WikiLeaks. rt.com Arguments by the Democratic National Committee in a lawsuit against Russia, WikiLeaks and the Trump campaign over the 2016 election were "entirely divorced" from facts, a federal judge in New York said as he threw out the case.

Doug Johnson Hatlem (2019-07-30). Can Biden or Any Democrat Avoid a Brokered Convention? counterpunch.org My #10at10 2020 Democratic Primary Model is now live. It includes delegate projections down to the state and Congressional District level (State Senate District in Texas) for every state voting from the Iowa Caucus on February 3rd through to Super Tuesday, when thirteen states vote a month later. The Model uses a variety of factors in More

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 …

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…

Scott Ritter (2019-07-29). There's One Way to Stop Trump From Acting on Nuclear Threats. truthdig.com A trusting Senate and policy changes leave the door open for the president to launch such a unilateral attack on Iran. Congress must act.

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…

Rose Ramirez, Dedrick Asante-Muhammad (2019-07-29). Trump housing proposal on mixed status families could evict 55,000 kids. peoplesworld.org In 1968, just a week after Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination, Congress passed the Fair Housing Act, or FHA. The law secured everyone's right to housing regardless of race, national origin, disability, familial status, sex, or religion. The FHA protects people from discrimination when they're renting, getting a mortgage, or seeking housing assistance—including applying for …

Staff (2019-07-29). Doubts Emerge About Trump Pick for U.S. Intelligence Chief. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's pick for national intelligence director has been mayor of a small Texas city, a federal prosecutor and a member of Congress. But questions were already emerging Monday about whether those qualifications are adequate for the position as the nation confronts threats that include foreign election interference, North Korea's nuclear ambitions and the risk of war with Iran. | Rep. John Ratcliffe is also known as a Trump loyalist, which makes his lack of relevant experience even more striking at a time when current and former government officials expect Russia to interfere in…

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 …

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 …

ACLU (2019-07-29). Supreme Court Order No 'Big Victory' For Trump's Border Wall. The Fight Continues. aclu.org The Supreme Court has not yet decided the case, or given Trump's abuse of emergency powers the stamp of approval. | Late Friday evening, the Supreme Court gave the Trump administration a temporary green light to begin construction of the border wall using military funds Congress denied. The order, while temporary and limited to specific wall projects where fencing already exists, threatens to permanently damage border communities, the environment, and our Constitution's separation of powers. | But it's not the "big victory" President Trump q…

teleSUR (2019-07-29). AOC, Harris Unveil Climate Equity Act To Support US Poorest. telesurenglish.net U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris and U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez introduced a bill Monday that would ensure any climate change legislation considered by Congress prioritizes low-income and vulnerable communities. | RELATED: | In Climate Apartheid World's Poor Will Be Left to Suffer: UN Report | The Climate Equity Act would ensure that Congress and the White House are held accountable for putting low-income and Indigenous commu…

Staff (2019-07-29). Trump's Attacks on Baltimore Are Rooted in Racism and White Supremacy. truthout.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 j…

Howie Hawkins (2019-07-29). Nuclear Disarmament Should Be a Top 2020 Campaign Issue But Is Being Ignored. dissidentvoice.org 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. Few Americans are aware of it and none of the major presidential candidates are informing …

Staff (2019-07-29). Mass Protests Decry Killings of 500 Activists Since Colombian Peace Accords. truthout.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…

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. …

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…

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). Not just Baltimore: American cities have a HUGE rat problem. rt.com Amid the war of words between President Donald Trump and Congressman Elijah Cummings over tweets about Baltimore, an uncomfortable truth is emerging: many American cities have a problem with rats, lots of them.

Ed Sykes (2019-07-29). People notice a clear pattern as Donald Trump continues racist assault on Black politicians. thecanary.co Donald Trump has sought to deflect criticism of his recent dog-whistle Twitter attacks by labelling a leading Black congressman as "racist". But many people see right through his transparent and cynical attempt to appeal to racist voters by attacking prominent Black politicians. | Holding Trump to account: | Trump insisted his weekend comments referring to Representative Elijah Cummings' majority-black Baltimore district as a "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess" where "no human being would want to live" were not racist. He tweeted: "If racist Elijah Cummings would focus more of his energy on helping…

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."

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 …

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.

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.

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…

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…

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.

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.

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.

2019-07-30: Social Media Postees

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No, YOU are 'Russian asset': Meme war turns tables on Washington Post
rt.com | 2019-07-31
With the Washington Post stuck in a mud-slinging meme war with Senate Republicans and President Donald Trump, the capital's paper of record has found itself on the receiving end of internet trolls' meme-cannons. | …
rt.com/usa/465431-trump-washington-post-…

No, YOU are 'Russian asset': Meme war turns tables on Washington Post
rt.com | 2019-07-31
With the Washington Post stuck in a mud-slinging meme war with Senate Republicans and President Donald Trump, the capital's paper of record has found itself on the receiving end of internet trolls' meme-cannons. | …
rt.com/usa/465431-trump-washington-post-…

US Stealing Syrian Oil. Controls About 30% of Syrian Territory
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-30
Imperial adventurism is grand theft on a global scale — seizing, controlling, and looting the resources of targeted nations, along with exploiting their people. | Operating from illegally constructed military bases in northern and southern parts of Syria, platforms for war …
globalresearch.ca/us-stealing-syrian-oil-controls-about-30-of-syrian-territory/5685056

Trump's Coalition Commits New Massacre in Syria's Deir Ezzor Countryside
Arabi Souri | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-30
The illegal coalition led by the United States of America outside the United Nations and without the approval of the Syrian state added a new massacre to its long list of ugly crimes against the Syrian people today by bombing …
globalresearch.ca/trumps-coalition-commits-new-massacre-deir-ezzor-countryside/5685015

San Diego rallies in solidarity with the Mauna Kea protectors
San Diego PSL | liberationnews.org | 2019-07-30
On July 27, several dozen people gathered at Mission Bay in San Diego to show solidarity with the current struggle taking place in Hawaii to defend Mauna Kea, a place considered sacred by the Hawaiian people.
liberationnews.org/san-diego-rallies-in-…

Can Biden or Any Democrat Avoid a Brokered Convention?
Doug Johnson Hatlem | counterpunch.org | 2019-07-30
My #10at10 2020 Democratic Primary Model is now live. It includes delegate projections down to the state and Congressional District level (State Senate District in Texas) for every state voting from the Iowa Caucus on February 3rd through to Super Tuesday, when thirteen states vote a month later. The Model uses a variety of factors in…
counterpunch.org/2019/07/30/can-biden-or…

Trump's Intelligence Pick Is 'Least Qualified … Ever,' Senator Says
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-07-30
Sen. Ron Wyden issued a scathing statement late Monday warning that President Donald Trump's pick to serve as director of national intelligence is so unqualified that he could put lives at risk. | Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas), an ardent Trump loyalist, "is the most partisan and least qualified individual ever nominated to serve as director of national intelligence," said Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon and a senior member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
truthdig.com/articles/trumps-intelligenc…

Trump's Intelligence Director Nominee Is a Defense Industry Favorite
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-07-30
| Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas), congressman from one of the most conservative districts in the country, will be the next director of national intelligence pending Senate confirmation, President Donald Trump announced in a tweet Sunday. | The Texas representative is seen as more ideologically aligned with Trump than his predecessor, Dan Coats, who came into conflict with the president over issues including North K…
truthout.org/articles/trumps-intelligenc…

Can Biden or Any Democrat Avoid a Brokered Convention?
Doug Johnson Hatlem | counterpunch.org | 2019-07-30
My #10at10 2020 Democratic Primary Model is now live. It includes delegate projections down to the state and Congressional District level (State Senate District in Texas) for every state voting from the Iowa Caucus on February 3rd through to Super Tuesday, when thirteen states vote a month later. The Model uses a variety of factors in…
counterpunch.org/2019/07/30/can-biden-or…

Trump's Intelligence Pick Is 'Least Qualified … Ever,' Senator Says
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-07-30
Sen. Ron Wyden issued a scathing statement late Monday warning that President Donald Trump's pick to serve as director of national intelligence is so unqualified that he could put lives at risk. | Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas), an ardent Trump loyalist, "is the most partisan and least qualified individual ever nominated to serve as director of national intelligence," said Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon and a senior member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
truthdig.com/articles/trumps-intelligenc…

Trump's Intelligence Director Nominee Is a Defense Industry Favorite
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-07-30
| Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas), congressman from one of the most conservative districts in the country, will be the next director of national intelligence pending Senate confirmation, President Donald Trump announced in a tweet Sunday. | The Texas representative is seen as more ideologically aligned with Trump than his predecessor, Dan Coats, who came into conflict with the president over issues including North K…
truthout.org/articles/trumps-intelligenc…

Trump Claims Iran has Never Won a War in New Twitter Rant
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-30
U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted on Monday evening that Iran had never won a war, adding that they had also "never lost a negotiation. | RELATED: | US Senate Fails to Overturn Trump's Veto on Saudi Weapons Ban | "Just remember, the Iranians never won a war, but never lost a negotiation!" | Trump' would not elaborate after this bizarre tweet, but his remarks seem to follow U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's latest rant about Iran's unwillingness to hold talks with the Ameri…
telesurenglish.net/news/Trump-Claims-Ira…

US Senate Fails to Overturn Trump's Veto on Saudi Weapons Ban
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-30
The U.S. Senate failed on Monday to override President Donald Trump's veto of the legislation passed by Congress that would have banned the sale of certain weapons to Saudi Arabia. | RELATED: | Alleged 9/11 Mastermind Open to Testify Against Saudi Arabia | In the first attempt to overturn the U.S. President's decision, the Senate was unable to reach the two-thirds majority that was needed to reinstate their weapons ban bill. | According to the Senate session report, the supporter…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Senate-Fails-…

Trump Claims Iran has Never Won a War in New Twitter Rant
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-30
U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted on Monday evening that Iran had never won a war, adding that they had also "never lost a negotiation. | RELATED: | US Senate Fails to Overturn Trump's Veto on Saudi Weapons Ban | "Just remember, the Iranians never won a war, but never lost a negotiation!" | Trump' would not elaborate after this bizarre tweet, but his remarks seem to follow U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's latest rant about Iran's unwillingness to hold talks with the Ameri…
telesurenglish.net/news/Trump-Claims-Ira…

Baltimore residents: Trump's attacks on the city are rooted in "racism and white supremacy"
Amy Goodman | nationofchange.org | 2019-07-30
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 Ba…
nationofchange.org/2019/07/30/baltimore-…

Trump's Disregard for Public Lands and Outdoor Heritage: Releases Management Plan for Illegally Reduced Bears Ears National Monument in Utah
Yetta Stein | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-30
The Trump administration released a management plan for the illegally reduced areas of Bears Ears National Monument in Utah today. With Congressional recess right around the corner, the timed release of the proposed management plans and Final Environmental Impact Statement …
globalresearch.ca/trumps-disregard-for-public-lands-and-outdoor-heritage-releases-management-plan-for-illegally-reduced-bears-ears-national-monument-in-utah/5685070

Trump Administration, Democrats Make Progress on New NAFTA
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-07-30
WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats appear to be moving from "no way" to "maybe" on President Donald Trump's rewrite of a trade pact with Canada and Mexico. House Democrats have met four times with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, most recently on Friday, and both sides say they are making progress toward a deal that would …
truthdig.com/articles/trump-administrati…

One Sector Blocks Peace in Colombia: Ex-FARC Guerrilla Leader
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-30
Rodrigo "Timochenko" Londoño, the leader of the demobilized Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla group, said in an interview with EFE that one economic power sector was blocking the peace achieved after half a century of war in Colombia. | RELATED: | Colombian Social Leader Shot a Day After Global March Against Activists' Killings | Despite signing the peace agreement on Nov. 24, 2016, he said it did not achieve "a complete peace and, unfortunately, there still…
telesurenglish.net/news/One-Sector-Block…

Socialist Analysis & Discussion – The War on Immigrants & the Fight Back Movement
Party for Socialism and Liberation | indybay.org | 2019-07-30
San Jose Peace & Justice Center, 48 S. 7th St., San Jose…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/07/29/1882505…

Rules changed mid-game: Andrew Yang campaign slams DNC for debate disqualification
rt.com | 2019-07-30
Andrew Yang has confirmed that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) has rejected a poll he submitted to qualify for the presidential debate in September, and his supporters are crying foul play. | …
rt.com/usa/465417-andrew-yang-poll-democ…

Led by Ted Cruz, GOP Senators Call on Trump to Bypass Congress to Give Rich Americans Another Tax Cut
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-07-30
"This is the GOP long con in a nutshell. Trump blazes away with raw and hideous racism. Meanwhile, he and his party look for ways to ship yachtloads of cash to the super wealthy." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/07/30/led-ted…

Not a drill: Hawaii missile false alarm caused surge in anxiety with lasting effects, report says
rt.com | 2019-07-30
A false alarm 'incoming missile' alert sent to people in Hawaii in January 2018 had a lasting effect on anxiety levels, a new study has shown. People who were less anxious beforehand were most affected by the incident. | …
rt.com/usa/465400-hawaii-missile-anxiety…

Trump names ultra-right congressman as intelligence chief
wsws.org | 2019-07-30
Trump named Representative John Ratcliffe to replace Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, who resigned effective August 15.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/07/30/coat…

Selected Articles: Billionaires Invest in Outer Space
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-30
A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer" | . | . | | | If, like us, this is …
globalresearch.ca/selected-articles-space-lunacy/5685092

Disaster Food Assistance Funds Distributed in Puerto Rico
Kate Zeller | indybay.org | 2019-07-30
The Government of Puerto Rico began distribution of emergency disaster food assistance Monday. In May, Congress approved $600 million for the Puerto Rico Nutrition Assistance Program (NAP) as part of disaster relief measures to benefit Americans recovering from disasters such as wildfires and hurricanes.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/07/30/1882506…

Dismissed! Judge throws out Democrat lawsuit against Trump campaign, Russia & WikiLeaks
rt.com | 2019-07-30
Arguments by the Democratic National Committee in a lawsuit against Russia, WikiLeaks and the Trump campaign over the 2016 election were "entirely divorced" from facts, a federal judge in New York said as he threw out the case. | …
rt.com/usa/465430-dnc-lawsuit-trump-russ…

'Moscow Mitch' sells out to the Kremlin: Same old voter access debate with Russian dressing
rt.com | 2019-07-30
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been labeled a "Russian asset," and "Moscow Mitch" after he blocked a raft of election security bills, which in fact contain old partisan sticking points. | …
rt.com/usa/465415-moscow-mitch-mcconnell…

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

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

There's One Way to Stop Trump From Acting on Nuclear Threats
Scott Ritter | truthdig.com | 2019-07-29
A trusting Senate and policy changes leave the door open for the president to launch such a unilateral attack on Iran. Congress must act.
truthdig.com/articles/theres-one-way-to-…

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…

Supreme Court Order No 'Big Victory' For Trump's Border Wall. The Fight Continues
aclu.org | 2019-07-29
The Supreme Court has not yet decided the case, or given Trump's abuse of emergency powers the stamp of approval. | Late Friday evening, the Supreme Court gave the Trump administration a temporary green light to begin construction of the border wall using military funds Congress denied. The order, while temporary and limited to specific wall projects where fencing already exists, threatens to permanently damage border communities, the environment, and our Constitution's separation of powers. | But it's not the "big victory" President Trump q…
aclu.org/blog/national-security/supreme-…

AOC, Harris Unveil Climate Equity Act To Support US Poorest
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-29
U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris and U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez introduced a bill Monday that would ensure any climate change legislation considered by Congress prioritizes low-income and vulnerable communities. | RELATED: | In Climate Apartheid World's Poor Will Be Left to Suffer: UN Report | The Climate Equity Act would ensure that Congress and the White House are held accountable for putting low-income and Indigenous commu…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Lawmakers-Unv…

Trump housing proposal on mixed status families could evict 55,000 kids
Rose Ramirez, Dedrick Asante-Muhammad | peoplesworld.org | 2019-07-29
In 1968, just a week after Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination, Congress passed the Fair Housing Act, or FHA. The law secured everyone's right to housing regardless of race, national origin, disability, familial status, sex, or religion. The FHA protects people from discrimination when they're renting, getting a mortgage, or seeking housing assistance–including applying for …
peoplesworld.org/article/trump-housing-p…

People notice a clear pattern as Donald Trump continues racist assault on Black politicians
Ed Sykes | thecanary.co | 2019-07-29
Donald Trump has sought to deflect criticism of his recent dog-whistle Twitter attacks by labelling a leading Black congressman as "racist". But many people see right through his transparent and cynical attempt to appeal to racist voters by attacking prominent Black politicians. | Holding Trump to account: | Trump insisted his weekend comments referring to Representative Elijah Cummings' majority-black Baltimore district as a "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess" where "no human being would want to live" were not racist. He tweeted:…
thecanary.co/trending/2019/07/29/people-notice-a-clear-pattern-as-donald-trump-continues-racist-assault-on-black-politicians/

Doubts Emerge About Trump Pick for U.S. Intelligence Chief
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-07-29
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's pick for national intelligence director has been mayor of a small Texas city, a federal prosecutor and a member of Congress. But questions were already emerging Monday about whether those qualifications are adequate for the position as the nation confronts threats that include foreign election interference, North Korea's nuclear ambitions and the risk of war with Iran. | Rep. John Ratcliffe is also known as a Trump loyalist, which makes his lack of relevant experience even more striking at a time when current and former government officials expect Russia to interfere in…
truthdig.com/articles/doubts-emerge-abou…

Trump's Attacks on Baltimore Are Rooted in Racism and White Supremacy
Staff | truthout.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 j…
truthout.org/video/trumps-attacks-on-bal…

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.
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/7/28/nicaragu…

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_…

Mass Protests Decry Killings of 500 Activists Since Colombian Peace Accords
Staff | truthout.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…
truthout.org/video/mass-protests-decry-k…

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…
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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…

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/

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

Nuclear Disarmament Should Be a Top 2020 Campaign Issue But Is Being Ignored
Howie Hawkins | dissidentvoice.org | 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. Few Americans are aware of it and none of the major presidential candidates are informing …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/07/nuclear-disar…

Not just Baltimore: American cities have a HUGE rat problem
rt.com | 2019-07-29
Amid the war of words between President Donald Trump and Congressman Elijah Cummings over tweets about Baltimore, an uncomfortable truth is emerging: many American cities have a problem with rats, lots of them. | …
rt.com/usa/465332-not-just-baltimore-rat…

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

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

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. | …
rt.com/usa/465267-ratcliff-coats-nationa…