Daily Archives: August 1, 2019

2019-08-01: News Headlines

B. Nimri Aziz (2019-08-01). Intimacies From an Awful War. counterpunch.org 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 birth of your child, comes an intimate demonstration of how war happens to you and More

teleSUR (2019-08-01). Tulsa Gabbard Blasts Kamala Harris Over Her Prosecutor Record. telesurenglish.net U.S. congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard blasted her opponent Senator Kamala Harris at the Democratic presidential debates over her record as a prosecutor. | RELATED: | Tulsi Gabbard, Squad's Ayanna Pressley Vote in Favor of AIPAC Bill Condemning Pro-Palestine BDS | During the second night of the Democrat debates in Detroit, House Representative Gabbard said that Harris owed an apology to the people who "suffered under your reign," pointing out that the Senator fro…

Barbara Nimri Aziz (2019-08-01). 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 …

Miri Wood (2019-08-01). Idlib and NATO's War of Terror against the Syrian People. globalresearch.ca UN Bullies in meticulous suits have launched another hospitals bombing psywar campaign to support NATO's last terrorists in Idlib. It should be scandalous, international news, that key members of the United Nations continue to ignore the Geneva Agreements on hospitals, …

Harry Blain (2019-08-01). Calls to "Send Them Back" are Mainstream in Israel. counterpunch.org President Trump and his supporters have exploited the state of Israel for two shifty rhetorical maneuvers: accusing their opponents of racism, and concealing their own. The rebuttal to Trump's many flirtations with anti-Semitism and anti-Semites is his overflowing love for the Jewish State, while the Muslim women mildly supporting Palestinian rights in Congress are smeared More

Kate Zeller (2019-08-01). 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.

San Francisco-Bay Area Veterans For Peace (2019-08-01). Vigil to Expose Monsanto. indybay.org Union Square, Downtown San Francisco. Bordered by Geary Blvd. and Post Street; and Powell and Stockton Street.

susan_p (2019-08-01). Seventh anniversary of the Rojava Revolution. greenleft.org.au July 19 marked the seventh anniversary of northern Syria's Rojava Revolution. On that day in 2012 the nascent People's Protection Units (YPG) took control of the Kurdish-majority city of Kobanê. The outnumbered forces of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad surrendered and were allowed to depart (without their weapons). Other Kurdish cities and towns in the north were soon liberated as well. | From these beginnings, the liberated zone has grown into the General Council of the Self Administration in Northern and Eastern Syria (NES). Together with civic councils in towns liberated from the Islamic State (Manbij, Tabqa,…

RT (2019-08-01). Baltimore's Democrat Rep called his city 'infested', just like Trump (VIDEO). rt.com Democratic congressman Elijah Cummings has called his own Baltimore community a "drug-infested area" in Congress in the past, proving his and allies' condemnation of Trump's similar comment to be hypocritical virtue-signaling.

Staff (2019-08-01). UN Report on Child Casualties Blacklists only Muslim Perpetrators. therealnews.com Secretary General Antionio Guterres presented the report on child casualties in war to the Security Council on Friday. Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen are the areas with the highest numbers of child casualties, followed by Palestine. Nearly all the children killed were Muslim…

pip.hinman (2019-08-01). Rojava Revolution celebrated in Sydney. greenleft.org.au Kurdish community members and supporters gathered on July 27 to celebrate the 7th anniversary of the Rojava Revolution in northern Syria. | Greens MLA for the seat of Balmain Jamie Parker addressed the function along with the Socialist Alliance's Susan Price. | Parker pledged to continue supporting the campaign to remove the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) from the Australian government's list of proscribed terrorist organisations and recognise them as an organisation fighting for freedom. | Price praised the Rojava Revolution as a "beacon of hope" in the Middle East, and remembered the martyrs from the People's P…

RT (2019-08-01). Tulsi Gabbard dismantles Kamala Harris over her prosecutor record during Dem debate. rt.com Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard slammed rival Kamala Harris for her actions as California's top cop during the second round of debates, winning over viewers across social media.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-08-01). Latest Proof Trump 'Unwilling and Incapable' of Engaging in Peace Talks as US Sanctions Iran's Top Diplomat. commondreams.org "Again, President Trump has chosen an action to push Iran away from the negotiating table, isolate America on the world stage, and take diplomatic options off the table." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/javad_zarif.jpg

RT (2019-08-01). Racist or visionary? Democrats purge white staffers in quest for more equitable party. rt.com Top staffers for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee have resigned to make room for more "diverse" replacements amid complaints that the group's leadership is too white. Analysts said that the DCCC has gone too far.

Rick Sterling (2019-07-31). Tulsi Gabbard vs Google Goliath. dissidentvoice.org Introduction The Tulsi Gabbard presidential campaign has filed a major law suit against Google. This article outlines the main points of the law suit and evidence the the social media giant Google has quietly acquired enormous influence on public perceptions and has been actively censoring alternative viewpoints. Tulsi Now vs Google Tulsi Now, Inc vs …

South Front (2019-07-31). Video: The War on Syria and the Next Loop of the Great Game. globalresearch.ca After the defeat of ISIS, the war in Syria entered a low intensity phase. However, the conflict is in no way near its end and the country remains one of the main points of instability around the world. | In August …

Editor (2019-07-31). Food security vs. 'border security'. workers.org As the whole world knows by now, Trump has launched major racist attacks on four congress members known as the "Squad" over the past couple of weeks. He ordered the women to "go back where they came from." Trump targeted the four because of their courageous and outspoken public criticism . . . | Continue reading Food security vs. 'border security' at Workers.org

Gregory Glover (2019-07-31). Mauna Kea Protectors Get Assist From the Weather Gods. truthdig.com The protectors of Hawaii's Mauna Kea are getting a timely assist from Mother Nature. | Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Tuesday lifted the July 17 emergency order that supercharged protests against construction of a giant telescope at the 13,803-foot summit of Mauna Kea, which native Hawaiians consider sacred ground. Ige said the approach of a pair of hurricanes helped convince him to cancel the order. | In the coming week, hurricanes Erick and Flossie are expected to pass close to the Big Island, home to Mauna Kea.

Rick Sterling (2019-07-31). Tulsi Gabbard vs Google Goliath. globalresearch.ca Introduction | The Tulsi Gabbard presidential campaign has filed a major lawsuit against Google. This article outlines the main points of the lawsuit and evidence the the social media giant Google has quietly acquired enormous influence on public perceptions and has …

South Front (2019-07-31). Video: Syrian Army Advancing in Northern Hama. globalresearch.ca On the evening of July 28 the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the Tiger Forces and their allies renewed their advance on militant positions in northern Hama. In the ensuing series of clashes, government troops eliminated at least 5 units of …

Ahmed AbdulKareem (2019-07-31). As US Beefs Up Military Presence in the Gulf, Yemen's Houthis Turn to Russia for Support. globalresearch.ca 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. | *** | Yemen's Houthi movement has reacted with concern …

Staff (2019-07-31). DNC Won't Create Oversight Panel to Review the Millions It Spends. truthdig.com This article was produced by Voting Booth, a project of the Independent Media Institute. | A proposal to bring unprecedented oversight to the way that the Democratic National Committee spends the billion dollars it raises between presidential elections was rejected by the DNC Rules and Bylaw Committee Tuesday, after a spirited debate highlighting that there is no independent oversight reporting back to the DNC's 450 members. | The decision did not come without some Rules Committee members saying that the oversight issue was legitimate. But they di…

John Nichols (2019-07-31). Last Night's Debate Produced a Clear Winner: Medicare for All. thenation.com Last Night's Debate Produced a Clear Winner: Medicare for All…

George Ochenski (2019-07-31). What's Wrong with Corey Stapleton? counterpunch.org Three shocking events concerning foreign interference in state and national elections were revealed last week. The Senate Intelligence Committee released a report detailing "unprecedented" Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election in all 50 states; Robert Mueller testified before two House committees that Russia and other foreign nations were "doing it [election inference] as we sit here, More

Patriotic Millionaires (2019-07-31). 'Democracy for all' constitutional amendment would "wipe clean the dark stain citizens united has left on our democracy" nationofchange.org Today, Senate Democrats introduced the Democracy for All Amendment, a proposed Constitutional amendment that would overturn the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. FEC among other key court rulings concerning money in politics. The amendment, led by Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), would affirm the right of Congress and state legislatures …

Staff (2019-07-31). Senate Confirms Kelly Craft as U.S. Ambassador to United Nations. truthdig.com The current ambassador to Canada and major GOP donor is confirmed, 56-34, to fill the diplomatic position vacant for more than seven months.

Vaughn Golden and Jessica Piper (2019-07-31). Intelligence nominee Ratcliffe a favorite of defense industry, conservative groups. nationofchange.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 …

teleSUR (2019-07-31). Recording Reveals Reagan Calling African UN Delegates 'Monkeys'. telesurenglish.net The late United States President Ronald Reagan has become the center of a racial scandal after a recording released by the National Archives revealed the president calling African U.N. delegates "monkeys." | RELATED: | Trump Under Fire for Telling Black Congressman to Clean His 'Rat, Rodent Infested' District | While on the phone with President Richard Nixon in 1971, Reagan — who was governor of California at the time — said: "To watch that thing o…

Robert Reich (2019-07-31). Where your tax dollars really go. nationofchange.org Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress claim that America spends too much on things like food stamps, welfare, and foreign aid. But let's look at how the government actually spends your federal tax dollars each year. We're going to look at what's known as the "discretionary budget," which has to be reappropriated by Congress each year. Start …

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.

The Canary (2019-07-31). Failure to hold Irish reunification vote after no-deal Brexit 'unthinkable'. thecanary.co A failure to hold a vote on Irish reunification in the event of a no-deal Brexit is "unthinkable", Sinn Féin has told Boris Johnson.Party president Mary Lou McDonald and senior colleagues pressed the case for a border poll during a bilateral meeting with the prime minister at Stormont.Under the terms of the Good Friday peace accord of 1998, the incumbent Northern Ireland secretary must call a referendum on ending partition if there is evidence of a shift of public opinion in the region in favour of Irish unity.Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald and deputy leader Michelle O'Neill after speaking to…

John Bachtell (2019-07-30). Defeating the extreme right — An opening for transformative change. peoplesworld.org This is part 5 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 national …

United Nations (2019-07-30). 'Do something'; UN relief chief urges Security Council action to stop the Syrian carnage unfolding 'in front of your eyes'. un.org Bombing and shelling in Syria for more than 90 days by the Government and Russia have led to "carnage in the so-called de-escalation zone" of Idlib, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator told the Security Council on Tuesday, in his seventh update since the "current onslaught" began.

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…

Trevor Aaronson (2019-07-30). Trump's Pick for Top Intelligence Job Bragged of Experience as Terror Prosecutor — But He Doesn't Have Any. theintercept.com Texas Congressman John Ratcliffe has long exaggerated his role in the Holy Land prosecution as a way of bolstering his national security bona fides.

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.

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…

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.

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 …

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…

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 …

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…

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.

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

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

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

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

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Intimacies From an Awful War
B. Nimri Aziz | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-01
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 birth of your child, comes an intimate demonstration of how war happens to you and…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/01/intimacies-from-an-awful-war/

Intimacies from an Awful War. "For Sama" by Waad Al-Kateab and Edward Watts
Barbara Nimri Aziz | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-01
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

Idlib and NATO's War of Terror against the Syrian People
Miri Wood | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-01
UN Bullies in meticulous suits have launched another hospitals bombing psywar campaign to support NATO's last terrorists in Idlib. It should be scandalous, international news, that key members of the United Nations continue to ignore the Geneva Agreements on hospitals, …
globalresearch.ca/un-hospitals-bombing-psywar-save-natos-last-stronghold-idlib/5685250

Tulsa Gabbard Blasts Kamala Harris Over Her Prosecutor Record
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-01
U.S. congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard blasted her opponent Senator Kamala Harris at the Democratic presidential debates over her record as a prosecutor. | RELATED: | Tulsi Gabbard, Squad's Ayanna Pressley Vote in Favor of AIPAC Bill Condemning Pro-Palestine BDS | During the second night of the Democrat debates in Detroit, House Representative Gabbard said that Harris owed an apology to the people who "suffered under your reign," pointing out that the Senator fro…
telesurenglish.net/news/Tulsa-Gabbard-Blasts-Kamala-Harris-Over-Her-Prosecutor-Record-20190801-0003.html

Calls to "Send Them Back" are Mainstream in Israel
Harry Blain | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-01
President Trump and his supporters have exploited the state of Israel for two shifty rhetorical maneuvers: accusing their opponents of racism, and concealing their own. The rebuttal to Trump's many flirtations with anti-Semitism and anti-Semites is his overflowing love for the Jewish State, while the Muslim women mildly supporting Palestinian rights in Congress are smeared…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/01/calls-to-send-them-back-are-mainstream-in-israel/

Tulsi Gabbard dismantles Kamala Harris over her prosecutor record during Dem debate
rt.com | 2019-08-01
Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard slammed rival Kamala Harris for her actions as California's top cop during the second round of debates, winning over viewers across social media. | …
rt.com/usa/465523-tulsi-trending-attacks-harris-twitter/

Disaster Food Assistance Funds Distributed in Puerto Rico
Kate Zeller | indybay.org | 2019-08-01
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/2019/07/30/18825064.php

UN Report on Child Casualties Blacklists only Muslim Perpetrators
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-08-01
Secretary General Antionio Guterres presented the report on child casualties in war to the Security Council on Friday. Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen are the areas with the highest numbers of child casualties, followed by Palestine. Nearly all the children killed were Muslim…
therealnews.com/stories/un-report-on-child-casualties-blacklists-only-muslim-perpetrators

Seventh anniversary of the Rojava Revolution
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-08-01
July 19 marked the seventh anniversary of northern Syria's Rojava Revolution. On that day in 2012 the nascent People's Protection Units (YPG) took control of the Kurdish-majority city of Kobanê. The outnumbered forces of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad surrendered and were allowed to depart (without their weapons). Other Kurdish cities and towns in the north were soon liberated as well. | From these beginnings, the liberated zone has grown into the General Council of the Self Administration in Northern and Eastern Syria (NES). Together with civic councils in towns liberated from the Islamic State (Manbij, Tabqa,…
greenleft.org.au/content/seventh-anniversary-rojava-revolution

Racist or visionary? Democrats purge white staffers in quest for more equitable party
rt.com | 2019-08-01
Top staffers for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee have resigned to make room for more "diverse" replacements amid complaints that the group's leadership is too white. Analysts said that the DCCC has gone too far. | …
rt.com/usa/465549-democrats-race-lgbtq-diversity-crisis/

Baltimore's Democrat Rep called his city 'infested', just like Trump (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2019-08-01
Democratic congressman Elijah Cummings has called his own Baltimore community a "drug-infested area" in Congress in the past, proving his and allies' condemnation of Trump's similar comment to be hypocritical virtue-signaling. | …
rt.com/usa/465520-cummings-infested-hypocrisy-baltimore-trump/

Rojava Revolution celebrated in Sydney
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-08-01
Kurdish community members and supporters gathered on July 27 to celebrate the 7th anniversary of the Rojava Revolution in northern Syria. | Greens MLA for the seat of Balmain Jamie Parker addressed the function along with the Socialist Alliance's Susan Price. | Parker pledged to continue supporting the campaign to remove the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) from the Australian government's list of proscribed terrorist organisations and recognise them as an organisation fighting for freedom. | Price praised the Rojava Revolution as a "beacon of hope" in the Middle East, and remembered the martyrs from the People's P…
greenleft.org.au/content/rojava-revolution-celebrated-sydney

Latest Proof Trump 'Unwilling and Incapable' of Engaging in Peace Talks as US Sanctions Iran's Top Diplomat
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-08-01
"Again, President Trump has chosen an action to push Iran away from the negotiating table, isolate America on the world stage, and take diplomatic options off the table." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/javad_zarif.jpg
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Vigil to Expose Monsanto
San Francisco-Bay Area Veterans For Peace | indybay.org | 2019-08-01
Union Square, Downtown San Francisco. Bordered by Geary Blvd. and Post Street; and Powell and Stockton Street.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/07/31/18825112.php

Tulsi Gabbard vs Google Goliath
Rick Sterling | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-31
Introduction | The Tulsi Gabbard presidential campaign has filed a major lawsuit against Google. This article outlines the main points of the lawsuit and evidence the the social media giant Google has quietly acquired enormous influence on public perceptions and has …
globalresearch.ca/tulsi-gabbard-vs-google-goliath/5685139

Tulsi Gabbard vs Google Goliath
Rick Sterling | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-07-31
Introduction The Tulsi Gabbard presidential campaign has filed a major law suit against Google. This article outlines the main points of the law suit and evidence the the social media giant Google has quietly acquired enormous influence on public perceptions and has been actively censoring alternative viewpoints. Tulsi Now vs Google Tulsi Now, Inc vs …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/07/tulsi-gabbard-vs-google-goliath/

Video: Syrian Army Advancing in Northern Hama
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-31
On the evening of July 28 the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the Tiger Forces and their allies renewed their advance on militant positions in northern Hama. In the ensuing series of clashes, government troops eliminated at least 5 units of …
globalresearch.ca/video-syrian-army-advancing-northern-hama/5685213

Video: The War on Syria and the Next Loop of the Great Game
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-31
After the defeat of ISIS, the war in Syria entered a low intensity phase. However, the conflict is in no way near its end and the country remains one of the main points of instability around the world. | In August | …
globalresearch.ca/video-syria-2018-2019-next-loop-great-game/5685124

As US Beefs Up Military Presence in the Gulf, Yemen's Houthis Turn to Russia for Support
Ahmed AbdulKareem | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-31
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. | *** | Yemen's Houthi movement has reacted with concern …
globalresearch.ca/us-beefs-up-military-presence-gulf-yemen-houthis-turn-russia-support/5685195

Last Night's Debate Produced a Clear Winner: Medicare for All
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-07-31
Last Night's Debate Produced a Clear Winner: Medicare for All…
thenation.com/article/dnc-debate-2020-medicare-sanders-warren-cnn/

DNC Won't Create Oversight Panel to Review the Millions It Spends
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-07-31
This article was produced by Voting Booth, a project of the Independent Media Institute. | A proposal to bring unprecedented oversight to the way that the Democratic National Committee spends the billion dollars it raises between presidential elections was rejected by the DNC Rules and Bylaw Committee Tuesday, after a spirited debate highlighting that there is no independent oversight reporting back to the DNC's 450 members. | The decision did not come without some Rules Committee members saying that the oversight issue was legitimate. But they di…
truthdig.com/articles/dnc-wont-create-oversight-panel-to-review-the-millions-it-spends/

Mauna Kea Protectors Get Assist From the Weather Gods
Gregory Glover | truthdig.com | 2019-07-31
The protectors of Hawaii's Mauna Kea are getting a timely assist from Mother Nature. | Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Tuesday lifted the July 17 emergency order that supercharged protests against construction of a giant telescope at the 13,803-foot summit of Mauna Kea, which native Hawaiians consider sacred ground. Ige said the approach of a pair of hurricanes helped convince him to cancel the order. | In the coming week, hurricanes Erick and Flossie are expected to pass close to the Big Island, home to Mauna Kea.
truthdig.com/articles/mauna-kea-protectors-get-an-assist-from-the-weather-gods/

Intelligence nominee Ratcliffe a favorite of defense industry, conservative groups
Vaughn Golden and Jessica Piper | nationofchange.org | 2019-07-31
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 …
nationofchange.org/2019/07/31/intelligence-nominee-ratcliffe-a-favorite-of-defense-industry-conservative-groups/

'Democracy for all' constitutional amendment would "wipe clean the dark stain citizens united has left on our democracy"
Patriotic Millionaires | nationofchange.org | 2019-07-31
Today, Senate Democrats introduced the Democracy for All Amendment, a proposed Constitutional amendment that would overturn the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. FEC among other key court rulings concerning money in politics. The amendment, led by Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), would affirm the right of Congress and state legislatures …
nationofchange.org/2019/07/31/democracy-for-all-constitutional-amendment-would-wipe-clean-the-dark-stain-citizens-united-has-left-on-our-democracy/

What's Wrong with Corey Stapleton?
George Ochenski | counterpunch.org | 2019-07-31
Three shocking events concerning foreign interference in state and national elections were revealed last week. The Senate Intelligence Committee released a report detailing "unprecedented" Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election in all 50 states; Robert Mueller testified before two House committees that Russia and other foreign nations were…
counterpunch.org/2019/07/31/whats-wrong-with-corey-stapleton/

Senate Confirms Kelly Craft as U.S. Ambassador to United Nations
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-07-31
The current ambassador to Canada and major GOP donor is confirmed, 56-34, to fill the diplomatic position vacant for more than seven months.
truthdig.com/articles/senate-confirms-kelly-craft-as-u-s-ambassador-to-united-nations/

Where your tax dollars really go
Robert Reich | nationofchange.org | 2019-07-31
Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress claim that America spends too much on things like food stamps, welfare, and foreign aid. But let's look at how the government actually spends your federal tax dollars each year. We're going to look at what's known as the "discretionary budget," which has to be reappropriated by Congress each year. Start …
nationofchange.org/2019/07/31/where-your-tax-dollars-really-go/

Recording Reveals Reagan Calling African UN Delegates 'Monkeys'
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-31
The late United States President Ronald Reagan has become the center of a racial scandal after a recording released by the National Archives revealed the president calling African U.N. delegates "monkeys." | RELATED: | Trump Under Fire for Telling Black Congressman to Clean His 'Rat, Rodent Infested' District | While on the phone with President Richard Nixon in 1971, Reagan — who was governor of California at the time — said: "To watch that thing o…
telesurenglish.net/news/Recording-Reveals-Reagan-Calling-African-UN-Delegates-Monkeys-20190731-0024.html

Food security vs. 'border security'
Editor | workers.org | 2019-07-31
As the whole world knows by now, Trump has launched major racist attacks on four congress members known as the "Squad" over the past couple of weeks. He ordered the women to "go back where they came from." Trump targeted the four because of their courageous and outspoken public criticism . . . | Continue reading Food security vs. 'border security' at Workers.org
workers.org/2019/07/30/food-security-vs-border-security/

Failure to hold Irish reunification vote after no-deal Brexit 'unthinkable'
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-07-31
A failure to hold a vote on Irish reunification in the event of a no-deal Brexit is "unthinkable", Sinn Féin has told Boris Johnson.Party president Mary Lou McDonald and senior colleagues pressed the case for a border poll during a bilateral meeting with the prime minister at Stormont.Under the terms of the Good Friday peace accord of 1998, the incumbent Northern Ireland secretary must call a referendum on ending partition if there is evidence of a shift of public opinion in the region in favour of Irish unity.Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald and deputy leader Michelle O'Neill after speaking to…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2019/07/31/failure-to-hold-irish-reunification-vote-after-no-deal-brexit-unthinkable/

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-russian-asset/

'Do something'; UN relief chief urges Security Council action to stop the Syrian carnage unfolding 'in front of your eyes'
United Nations | un.org | 2019-07-30
Bombing and shelling in Syria for more than 90 days by the Government and Russia have led to "carnage in the so-called de-escalation zone" of Idlib, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator told the Security Council on Tuesday, in his seventh update since the "current onslaught" began.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/07/1043471

Defeating the extreme right — An opening for transformative change
John Bachtell | peoplesworld.org | 2019-07-30
This is part 5 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 national …
peoplesworld.org/article/defeating-the-extreme-right-an-opening-for-transformative-change/

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-solidarity-with-the-mauna-kea-protectors/

Headlines for July 30, 2019
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-07-30
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…
www.democracynow.org/2019/7/30/headlines

Trump's Pick for Top Intelligence Job Bragged of Experience as Terror Prosecutor — But He Doesn't Have Any
Trevor Aaronson | theintercept.com | 2019-07-30
Texas Congressman John Ratcliffe has long exaggerated his role in the Holy Land prosecution as a way of bolstering his national security bona fides.
theintercept.com/2019/07/30/john-ratcliffe-director-of-national-intelligence/

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-russia-wikileaks/

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-disarmament-should-be-a-top-2020-campaign-issue-but-is-being-ignored/

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/nicaragua-celebrates-40th-anniversary-sandinista-popular-revolution

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_protests_against_social_leader_assassinations

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_trump_elijah_cummings_baltimore_tweets

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-court-order-no-big-victory-trumps-border-wall-fight-continues

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

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-protectors-block-the-tmt-telescope-to-respect-tradition-and-science

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-documentary-for-sama/

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-correspondent-elizabeth-warren-on-war-and-peace-erlich-190726/

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-the-real-function-of-racism-and-xenophobia/

UN human rights chief fears world has grown numb to Syrian carnage
United Nations | un.org | 2019-07-26
The relentless campaign of airstrikes in Syria has been met with a "collective shrug," the top United Nations human rights official said on Friday, denouncing the world's apparent indifference to the mounting civilian casualties as a "failure of leadership" by the world's most powerful countries.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/07/1043241

Friday's Daily Brief: Libya mass drownings response: Syria 'carnage' denounced, food aid doubled for Ebola-affected in DR Congo
United Nations | un.org | 2019-07-26
Our main stories today: UN leaders call for a return to sea rescues in the Mediterranean, following Libya shipwreck; UN human rights chief denounces indifference to victims of Syrian airstrikes; World Food Programme doubles supplies to those affected by Ebola outbreak in DR Congo, and WHO urges more investment to eradicate hepatitis.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/07/1043311

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-gulf-yemen-houthis-turn-to-russia/260792/