Daily Archives: August 5, 2019

2019-08-05: News Headlines

Conn Hallinan (2019-08-05). Rivers of Dust: Water and the Middle East. counterpunch.org Syria and Iraq are at odds with Turkey over the Tigris-Euphrates. Egypt's relations with Sudan and Ethiopia over the Nile are tense. Jordan and the Palestinians accuse Israel of plundering river water to irrigate the Negev Desert and hogging most of the three aquifers that underlie the occupied West Bank. More

Aboulfotouh Kandil (2019-08-05). Stuck abroad: U.S. child begs Trump and Congress to save his life. peoplesworld.org On Sun., July 7, 2019, Egyptian authorities arrested a U.S. citizen, Reem Desoky, and her child Mustafa Hamed when they arrived at the airport in Cairo. The mother and her son live in Lancaster, Penn. Reem was sent to jail and Mustafa was given to his uncle Noor Desoky. Reem was arrested over Facebook posts, …

Aída Chávez (2019-08-05). Texas Democratic Senate Candidate M.J. Hegar in 2017 on Gun Control: "You'll Have to Take Mine First" theintercept.com While critics wondered if Beto O'Rourke was too progressive for Texas, Hegar remained ambiguous on most policy, including gun violence, in her 2018 House campaign.

Staff (2019-08-05). After Dayton Shooting, Gun Violence Reporter Says Misogyny "Clear Link" Between Many Mass Shootings. democracynow.org Over the span of 13 hours, the country was shaken by two mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, where a total of 29 people were killed. Shortly before the attack, the El Paso gunman posted an anti-immigrant manifesto on the far-right message board 8chan, while there is still no clear motive for the Dayton shooting. Senator Bernie Sanders and other Democratic leaders are calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to hold a special session of the Senate to vote on two gun safety bills recently passed in the House. This all comes as the National Rifle Association is imploding. We speak with Alex…

Renee Parsons (2019-08-05). Tulsi Gabbard, the Mainstream Media and Treason. globalresearch.ca In case you had not noticed, there is an existential crisis going on within both the MSM and Democratic party that has been on full display during the June and July DNC sponsored presidential debates — and today the DNC …

Eva Bartlett (2019-08-05). A Syrian Leader Tells His Country's Story: An Interview with SAA General Hassan Hassan. mintpressnews.com For years, international headlines spotlighting Syria have claimed that the Syrian government, army, and its allies were guilty of a variety of atrocities. Yet as time has passed, many of the accusations levied at government and its allies have been shown to have been either falsified, staged (as in the case of allegations of chemical attacks in eastern Ghouta), or actually committed by the myriad terrorist groups operating in the country. | For their part, Syrian leadership has maintained from the start that the uprising…

Staff (2019-08-05). Beto O'Rourke Minces No Words About Trump and El Paso. truthdig.com The former Texas congressman and 2020 Democratic hopeful sounds off after being asked what the president can do to "make this any better."

Dave Zirin (2019-08-05). A Soccer Player's On-Field Message to Congress: 'Do Something Now. End Gun Violence. Let's Go!'. thenation.com A Soccer Player's On-Field Message to Congress: 'Do Something Now. End Gun Violence. Let's Go!'

Staff (2019-08-05). Federal Authorities Have Downplayed White Supremacist Violence for Too Long. truthout.org | | According to The New York Times, white extremist shooters have now killed at least 63 people in the United States over the past 18 months. Late last month, FBI Director Christopher Wray told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee that crime driven by racism and white supremacy was on the rise compared to the past nine months. But former FBI agents say there is reluctance within the agency to tackle white nationalist violence in part due to President Trump's rhetoric. We speak with Mike…

Jessica Piper (2019-08-05). Debate rules drive 2020 Dems' digital ad spending over $31 million. nationofchange.org THE DNC requires candidates to garner at least 130,000 individual donors and hit 2 percent in at least four qualifying polls in order to participate in the upcoming debates.

Monterey Peace and Justice Center (2019-08-05). Challenging the Border. indybay.org Monterey Peace and Justice Center | 1364 Fremont Blvd. | Seaside, CA 93955…

Aurora Jiminez (2019-08-05). Western Addition Peace Festival, August 24, 2019. indybay.org Buchanan Mall between McAllister St. and Golden Gate Ave.

Peace Action of San Mateo County (2019-08-05). The U.S. and Venezuela – A Closer Look. indybay.org Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo | 300 E. Santa Inez Avenue | San Mateo, CA 94401…

Staff (2019-08-05). Ex-FBI Agent Speaks Out: Federal Authorities Have Downplayed White Supremacist Violence for Too Long. democracynow.org According to The New York Times, white extremist shooters have now killed at least 63 people in the United States over the past 18 months. Late last month, FBI Director Christopher Wray told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee that crime driven by racism and white supremacy was on the rise compared to the past nine months. But former FBI agents say there is reluctance within the agency to tackle white nationalist violence in part due to President Trump's rhetoric. We speak with Mike German, fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law. From 1988 to 2004, German served as an FBI agent…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-08-04). 'This Is On You': Democrats Demand McConnell Reconvene Senate to Vote on Universal Background Checks After Months of Stalling. commondreams.org Progressive senators on Sunday said they would welcome an opportunity to return to Washington, D.C. in the midst of Congress's August recess, in order to vote on gun control reform following two mass shootings in the course of a day. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

splcenter (2019-08-03). Weekend Read: The SPLC fights an internal threat to our democracy. splcenter.org In his recent testimony before Congress, Special Counsel Robert Mueller pointedly warned the nation about Russia's ongoing attempts to meddle in our nation's elections.

Fight Back (2019-08-03). Protest against police violence at Inland Port sit in. fightbacknews.org Salt Lake City, UT — "Protect and serve, that's a lie! Speaking up is not a crime!" chanted protesters, outside the SLCPD Public Health and Safety Building, July 23. More than 60 people had gathered for a Utah Against Police Brutality (UAPB) rally held in response to the excessive police violence used against the peaceful protesters occupying the Chamber of Commerce in downtown SLC on July 9, in response to the proposed Inland Port development. | At the Inland Port protest, police responded to protesters with violence, pushing and shoving community members, including those in the designated ADA section, inj…

susan_p (2019-08-03). Humanitarian crisis in Maxmur refugee camp. greenleft.org.au The Maxmur (Makhmour) refugee camp, in Iraqi Kurdistan (Bashur/Southern Kurdistan), is home to over 13,000 Kurdish refugees and is located in a town 60 kilometres south-west of the capital, Erbil. Many of the camp's residents were forced to flee their homes in 1993-1994 as the Turkish state pursued a brutal campaign of aggression against the Kurdish people, destroying thousands of villages and displacing hundreds of thousands of people. | In August 2014, as ISIS was overrunning large parts of Iraq and Syria, the terrorist organisation targeted Maxmur as a step to advancing on Erbil. ISIS invaded and occupied the…

Liberation Staff (2019-08-02). Palestinian refugees in Lebanon struggle for justice. liberationnews.org This guest statement on the Lebanese government's recent restrictions on work permits for Palestinian and Syrian refugees is by Al-Awda, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition.

Akela Lacy (2019-08-02). Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Chief of Staff and Communications Director Will Depart Her Office. theintercept.com Two of Rep. Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez's top staffers are leaving her office. | Saikat Chakrabarti, her chief of staff, and Corbin Trent, her director of communications — who, through their work with Justice Democrats, have been alongside Ocasio-Cortez since her primary run — will leave the lawmaker's office. Chakrabarti will go to New Consensus, a nonprofit focused on climate issues and promoting the Green New Deal. Trent will direct communications on Ocasio-Cortez's 2020 campaign, the same role he played during her first congressional run. | "Saikat has decided to leave the office of Rep. Ocasio-Corte…

Ali A. Taj (2019-08-02). Tulsi Gabbard Challenges Foreign-Policy Assumptions and Moves the Overton Window. mintpressnews.com Tulsi Gabbard has moved the Overton window on what is acceptable discussion when it comes to U.S. foreign policy. She has punctured the rose-tinted narrative being constructed around establishment favorites like Senator Kamala Harris.

Staff (2019-08-02). Headlines for August 2, 2019. democracynow.org Pentagon to Receive $1.48 Trillion Under Two-Year Budget Deal, Russia Declares Nuclear Arms Treaty "Formally Dead" as U.S. Withdraws, Trump Threatens to Impose Steeper Tariffs on Chinese Goods, Puerto Rico Faces Succession Crisis as Disgraced Governor Resigns, Video Shows Dallas Police Mocking Man Who Died in Their Custody, Dozens Killed as Two Attacks Rattle Yemen's Port City of Aden, Four Killed as Sudanese Soldiers Fire on Peaceful Pro-Democracy Activists, Third Case of Ebola in Congolese City Sparks Fears in Neighboring Rwanda, U.S. Prepares to Withdraw Thousands of Troops Amid Peace Talks with Taliban, July…

pip.hinman (2019-08-02). Fund Newstart not US wars. greenleft.org.au More than 700,000 Australians are struggling to survive on $40 dollars a day while $200 billion is being set aside over the next 10 years for Australia's military, largely to support US wars, according to the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN). | IPAN spokesperson Shirley Winton said: "In the past five years, government spending on social and community services has been severely cut back while the Australian governments' military spending on supporting US offensive wars and the military-industrial complex has increased exponentially. | "Over 700,000 Australians depend on Newstart unemployment benef…

Ralph Nader (2019-08-02). Trump's Effective Intimidation of the Powerful Federal Reserve. dissidentvoice.org The Federal Reserve (the Fed) — the United States' version of a Central Bank — is a strange duck. It is the U.S. government's most powerful regulatory agency. It, after all, regulates money and interest rates. Yet, its budget comes entirely from the banking industry and relationships with the financial industry. So Congress, which appropriates …

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…

unitedEditor (2019-08-01). Recent statements from Minister of Defense Hulisi Akar on Syria. uwidata.com "If we do not reach a consensus, we will be forced to form a security zone alone." There had been intense discussions between Turkey and the United States for several months over the S-400 issue. They were full of hard mutual accusations and threats from every side. Turkey did not back down, and Russia began …

Staff (2019-08-01). "You Owe Them an Apology": Tulsi Gabbard Slams Kamala Harris on Her Record as California AG. democracynow.org During Wednesday's debate, Hawaii Congressmember Tulsi Gabbard confronted California Senator Kamala Harris about her record as California attorney general. Gabbard accused Harris of blocking evidence that would have freed an innocent man from death row—until the courts forced her to do so. Harris defended her record, saying she significantly reformed the criminal justice system. We speak to Dolores Huerta and Cornel West.

Staff (2019-08-01). "You're Dipping into the Kool-Aid": Booker Accuses Biden of Helping Drive Mass Incarceration. democracynow.org In one of the most heated exchanges of the debate, Senator Cory Booker criticized Joe Biden's role in backing several key crime bills during his time in the Senate. Biden fought back, attacking Booker's record as mayor of Newark, New Jersey.

Caitlin Johnstone (2019-08-01). Propagandists Are Freaking Out Over Tulsi Gabbard's Destruction of Kamala Harris. theantimedia.com Tulsi Gabbard took on Kamala Harris over her record on criminal justice reform, the death penalty, and the war on drugs.

Eoin Higgins (2019-08-01). Kamala Harris Team Accused of "Inventing Conspiracies" About Tulsi Gabbard. theantimedia.com The Kamala Harris' campaign jumped to tie Gabbard and her campaign to a nebulously defined and unclear Russian conspiracy.

Staff (2019-08-01). Headlines for August 1, 2019. democracynow.org Presidential Hopefuls Take Aim at Joe Biden During Second Night of Debates, Protesters Confront Joe Biden over Immigration Record, Protesters Confront NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio over Eric Garner's Death, NY Medical Examiner: Layleen Polanco Died of Epilepsy in Solitary Cell, U.N. Warns 21st Century's Worst Humanitarian Crisis Unfolding in Syria, Trump Administration Sanctions Iran's Foreign Minister, Sudan Schools Closed After Soldiers Massacre Students, Greenland Ice Melts at Rapid Pace as Temperatures Climb 30 Degrees Above Normal, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee Promotes Climate Justice Proposal, 66 Seek Medical Care…

Reese Erlich (2019-08-01). Why Is Russia in Syria? progressive.org It's for many of the same bad reasons used by the United States.

United Nations (2019-08-01). Thursday's Daily Brief: Climate emergency, call to support breastfeeding, rising political heat and new investigation board for Syria. un.org Today, our main stories include: UN chief's warning on climate and global politics; UNICEF's call to bolster breastfeeding and new Board of Inquiry in Syria…

Peter Kornbluh (2019-08-01). Congress Finally Challenges the Cuba Travel Ban. thenation.com Congress Finally Challenges the Cuba Travel Ban…

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…

susan_p (2019-08-01). Rojava Revolution – seven years on. 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,…

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 …

unitedEditor (2019-07-31). The mountain gave birth to a mouse. uwidata.com After Ankara began to receive the S-400 missile systems they had purchased from Russia, Trump gathered republican senators for a meeting in the White House to discuss possible retaliatory actions against Turkey. Members of Congress have been unhappy with Turkey's decision to buy the long-range missile defense systems, but have not yet decided what measures …

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.

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.

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…

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…

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…

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.

Joe Hunter (2019-07-25). 'People's State of the Nation' events counter lies of President Duterte. liberationnews.org On July 24, the president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, delivered his fourth annual State of the Nation Address to the nation's Congress, speaking live to the nation from the Session Hall of the House of Representatives, Quezon City.

ACLU (2019-07-25). Hawaiians are Taking to the Streets and Exercising their First Amendment Rights. aclu.org We're ensuring the right to protest and cultural access at the world's tallest mountain. | Driving up Daniel K. Inouye Highway on the Big Island of Hawai'i at 4: 30 in the morning is a sight few will forget: a silent, pitch-black road, with black lava and sparse trees. The dark air is a chilly 50 degrees. In our backpacks are packaged tuna, crackers, water, walkie talkies, and a voice recorder. However, the most important items are without a doubt our blue ACLU of Hawai'i legal observer vests and first aid kit, which is stocked with goods like antacid (to rinse our eyes of pepper spray) and earbuds. Sitting in the…

patrick (2019-07-19). BDS Movement welcomes U.S. Congress resolution affirming right to boycott. bdsmovement.net BDS Movement welcomes U.S. Congress resolution affirming right to boycott: UpdateIn a historic move, Congress members Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and US civil rights veteran John Lewis introduce resolution affirming the right to boycott. | Right To BoycottJuly 19, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-07-18). Diplomacy Instead of a Disaster in Iran. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — July 18, 2019 — In response to reports of the U.S. shooting down an Iranian drone, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: "Because of the Trump administration's policy of maximum provocation towards Iran, America stands on the precipice of another blunderous …

Peace Action (2019-07-11). Peace Action Endorses 'the Squad' — Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Pressley and Tlaib for Congress. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — July 11, 2019 — Peace Action, the nation's largest grassroots peace organization, has endorsed four progressive champions for the House of Representatives in the 2020 election, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for New York's 14th district, Rep. Ilhan Omar for Minnesota's 5th district, Rep. Ayanna Pressley for Massachusetts' 7th district, and Rep. Rashida Tlaib …

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-06-28). Most Senators Oppose War with Iran Without Congressional Approval. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — June 28, 2019 — In response to the Senate voting 50-40 in favor of an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to block funding for military action against Iran without congressional approval, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: "Because …

2019-08-05: Social Media Postees

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Tulsi Gabbard, the Mainstream Media and Treason
Renee Parsons | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-05
In case you had not noticed, there is an existential crisis going on within both the MSM and Democratic party that has been on full display during the June and July DNC sponsored presidential debates — and today the DNC …
globalresearch.ca/tulsi-mainstream-media-treason/5685583

Rivers of Dust: Water and the Middle East
Conn Hallinan | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-05
Syria and Iraq are at odds with Turkey over the Tigris-Euphrates. Egypt's relations with Sudan and Ethiopia over the Nile are tense. Jordan and the Palestinians accuse Israel of plundering river water to irrigate the Negev Desert and hogging most of the three aquifers that underlie the occupied West Bank.
counterpunch.org/2019/08/05/rivers-of-du…

A Syrian Leader Tells His Country's Story: An Interview with SAA General Hassan Hassan
Eva Bartlett | mintpressnews.com | 2019-08-05
For years, international headlines spotlighting Syria have claimed that the Syrian government, army, and its allies were guilty of a variety of atrocities. Yet as time has passed, many of the accusations levied at government and its allies have been shown to have been either falsified, staged (as in the case of allegations of chemical attacks in eastern Ghouta), or actually committed by the myriad terrorist groups operating in the country. | For their part, Syrian leadership has maintained from the start that the uprising…
mintpressnews.com/syria-interview-with-s…

Stuck abroad: U.S. child begs Trump and Congress to save his life
Aboulfotouh Kandil | peoplesworld.org | 2019-08-05
On Sun., July 7, 2019, Egyptian authorities arrested a U.S. citizen, Reem Desoky, and her child Mustafa Hamed when they arrived at the airport in Cairo. The mother and her son live in Lancaster, Penn. Reem was sent to jail and Mustafa was given to his uncle Noor Desoky. Reem was arrested over Facebook posts, …
peoplesworld.org/article/stuck-abroad-u-…

Beto O'Rourke Minces No Words About Trump and El Paso
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-08-05
The former Texas congressman and 2020 Democratic hopeful sounds off after being asked what the president can do to "make this any better."
truthdig.com/articles/beto-orourke-comes…

A Soccer Player's On-Field Message to Congress: 'Do Something Now. End Gun Violence. Let's Go!'
Dave Zirin | thenation.com | 2019-08-05
A Soccer Player's On-Field Message to Congress: 'Do Something Now. End Gun Violence. Let's Go!'…
thenation.com/article/alejandro-bedoya-s…

Federal Authorities Have Downplayed White Supremacist Violence for Too Long
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-05
| According to The New York Times, white extremist shooters have now killed at least 63 people in the United States over the past 18 months. Late last month, FBI Director Christopher Wray told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee that crime driven by racism and white supremacy was on the rise compared to the past nine months. But former FBI agents say there is reluctance within the agency to tackle white nationalist violence in part due to President Trump's rhetoric. We speak with Mike…
truthout.org/video/federal-authorities-h…

After Dayton Shooting, Gun Violence Reporter Says Misogyny "Clear Link" Between Many Mass Shootings
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-05
Over the span of 13 hours, the country was shaken by two mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, where a total of 29 people were killed. Shortly before the attack, the El Paso gunman posted an anti-immigrant manifesto on the far-right message board 8chan, while there is still no clear motive for the Dayton shooting. Senator Bernie Sanders and other Democratic leaders are calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to hold a special session of the Senate to vote on two gun safety bills recently passed in the House. This all comes as the National Rifle Association is imploding. We speak with Alex…
www.democracynow.org/2019/8/5/el_paso_da…

Texas Democratic Senate Candidate M.J. Hegar in 2017 on Gun Control: "You'll Have to Take Mine First"
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2019-08-05
While critics wondered if Beto O'Rourke was too progressive for Texas, Hegar remained ambiguous on most policy, including gun violence, in her 2018 House campaign.
theintercept.com/2019/08/05/gun-control-…

Debate rules drive 2020 Dems' digital ad spending over $31 million
Jessica Piper | nationofchange.org | 2019-08-05
THE DNC requires candidates to garner at least 130,000 individual donors and hit 2 percent in at least four qualifying polls in order to participate in the upcoming debates.
nationofchange.org/2019/08/05/debate-rul…

Western Addition Peace Festival, August 24, 2019
Aurora Jiminez | indybay.org | 2019-08-05
Buchanan Mall between McAllister St. and Golden Gate Ave.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/02/1882516…

The U.S. and Venezuela – A Closer Look
Peace Action of San Mateo County | indybay.org | 2019-08-05
Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo | 300 E. Santa Inez Avenue | San Mateo, CA 94401…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/04/1882521…

Challenging the Border
Monterey Peace and Justice Center | indybay.org | 2019-08-05
Monterey Peace and Justice Center | 1364 Fremont Blvd. | Seaside, CA 93955…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/03/1882517…

Ex-FBI Agent Speaks Out: Federal Authorities Have Downplayed White Supremacist Violence for Too Long
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-05
According to The New York Times, white extremist shooters have now killed at least 63 people in the United States over the past 18 months. Late last month, FBI Director Christopher Wray told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee that crime driven by racism and white supremacy was on the rise compared to the past nine months. But former FBI agents say there is reluctance within the agency to tackle white nationalist violence in part due to President Trump's rhetoric. We speak with Mike German, fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law. From 1988 to 2004, German served as an FBI agent…
www.democracynow.org/2019/8/5/white_nati…

'This Is On You': Democrats Demand McConnell Reconvene Senate to Vote on Universal Background Checks After Months of Stalling
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-08-04
Progressive senators on Sunday said they would welcome an opportunity to return to Washington, D.C. in the midst of Congress's August recess, in order to vote on gun control reform following two mass shootings in the course of a day. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/08/04/you-dem…

Weekend Read: The SPLC fights an internal threat to our democracy
splcenter.org | 2019-08-03
In his recent testimony before Congress, Special Counsel Robert Mueller pointedly warned the nation about Russia's ongoing attempts to meddle in our nation's elections.
splcenter.org/news/2019/08/03/weekend-re…

Protest against police violence at Inland Port sit in
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-08-03
Salt Lake City, UT — "Protect and serve, that's a lie! Speaking up is not a crime!" chanted protesters, outside the SLCPD Public Health and Safety Building, July 23. More than 60 people had gathered for a Utah Against Police Brutality (UAPB) rally held in response to the excessive police violence used against the peaceful protesters occupying the Chamber of Commerce in downtown SLC on July 9, in response to the proposed Inland Port development. | At the Inland Port protest, police responded to protesters with violence, pushing and shoving community members, including those in the designated ADA section, inj…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/8/3/protest-a…

Humanitarian crisis in Maxmur refugee camp
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-08-03
The Maxmur (Makhmour) refugee camp, in Iraqi Kurdistan (Bashur/Southern Kurdistan), is home to over 13,000 Kurdish refugees and is located in a town 60 kilometres south-west of the capital, Erbil. Many of the camp's residents were forced to flee their homes in 1993-1994 as the Turkish state pursued a brutal campaign of aggression against the Kurdish people, destroying thousands of villages and displacing hundreds of thousands of people. | In August 2014, as ISIS was overrunning large parts of Iraq and Syria, the terrorist organisation targeted Maxmur as a step to advancing on Erbil. ISIS invaded and occupied the…
greenleft.org.au/content/humanitarian-crisis-maxmur-refugee-camp

Tulsi Gabbard Challenges Foreign-Policy Assumptions and Moves the Overton Window
Ali A. Taj | mintpressnews.com | 2019-08-02
Tulsi Gabbard has moved the Overton window on what is acceptable discussion when it comes to U.S. foreign policy. She has punctured the rose-tinted narrative being constructed around establishment favorites like Senator Kamala Harris.
mintpressnews.com/tulsi-gabbard-foreign-…

Palestinian refugees in Lebanon struggle for justice
Liberation Staff | liberationnews.org | 2019-08-02
This guest statement on the Lebanese government's recent restrictions on work permits for Palestinian and Syrian refugees is by Al-Awda, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition.
liberationnews.org/palestinian-refugees-…

Trump's Effective Intimidation of the Powerful Federal Reserve
Ralph Nader | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-08-02
The Federal Reserve (the Fed) — the United States' version of a Central Bank — is a strange duck. It is the U.S. government's most powerful regulatory agency. It, after all, regulates money and interest rates. Yet, its budget comes entirely from the banking industry and relationships with the financial industry. So Congress, which appropriates …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/08/trumps-effect…

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Chief of Staff and Communications Director Will Depart Her Office
Akela Lacy | theintercept.com | 2019-08-02
Two of Rep. Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez's top staffers are leaving her office. | Saikat Chakrabarti, her chief of staff, and Corbin Trent, her director of communications — who, through their work with Justice Democrats, have been alongside Ocasio-Cortez since her primary run — will leave the lawmaker's office. Chakrabarti will go to New Consensus, a nonprofit focused on climate issues and promoting the Green New Deal. Trent will direct communications on Ocasio-Cortez's 2020 campaign, the same role he played during her first congressional run. | "Saikat has decided to leave the office of Rep. Ocasio-Corte…
theintercept.com/2019/08/02/alexandria-o…

Fund Newstart not US wars
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-08-02
More than 700,000 Australians are struggling to survive on $40 dollars a day while $200 billion is being set aside over the next 10 years for Australia's military, largely to support US wars, according to the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN). | IPAN spokesperson Shirley Winton said: "In the past five years, government spending on social and community services has been severely cut back while the Australian governments' military spending on supporting US offensive wars and the military-industrial complex has increased exponentially. | "Over 700,000 Australians depend on Newstart unemployment benef…
greenleft.org.au/content/fund-newstart-not-us-wars

"You Owe Them an Apology": Tulsi Gabbard Slams Kamala Harris on Her Record as California AG
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-01
During Wednesday's debate, Hawaii Congressmember Tulsi Gabbard confronted California Senator Kamala Harris about her record as California attorney general. Gabbard accused Harris of blocking evidence that would have freed an innocent man from death row–until the courts forced her to do so. Harris defended her record, saying she significantly reformed the criminal justice system. We speak to Dolores Huerta and Cornel West.
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Kamala Harris Team Accused of "Inventing Conspiracies" About Tulsi Gabbard
Eoin Higgins | theantimedia.com | 2019-08-01
The Kamala Harris' campaign jumped to tie Gabbard and her campaign to a nebulously defined and unclear Russian conspiracy.

Kamala Harris Team Accused of "Inventing Conspiracies" About Tulsi Gabbard

Propagandists Are Freaking Out Over Tulsi Gabbard's Destruction of Kamala Harris
Caitlin Johnstone | theantimedia.com | 2019-08-01
Tulsi Gabbard took on Kamala Harris over her record on criminal justice reform, the death penalty, and the war on drugs.

Propagandists Are Freaking Out Over Tulsi Gabbard’s Destruction of Kamala Harris

Thursday's Daily Brief: Climate emergency, call to support breastfeeding, rising political heat and new investigation board for Syria
United Nations | un.org | 2019-08-01
Today, our main stories include: UN chief's warning on climate and global politics; UNICEF's call to bolster breastfeeding and new Board of Inquiry in Syria…
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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…
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Why Is Russia in Syria?
Reese Erlich | progressive.org | 2019-08-01
It's for many of the same bad reasons used by the United States.
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Recent statements from Minister of Defense Hulisi Akar on Syria
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-08-01
"If we do not reach a consensus, we will be forced to form a security zone alone." There had been intense discussions between Turkey and the United States for several months over the S-400 issue. They were full of hard mutual accusations and threats from every side. Turkey did not back down, and Russia began …
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Congress Finally Challenges the Cuba Travel Ban
Peter Kornbluh | thenation.com | 2019-08-01
Congress Finally Challenges the Cuba Travel Ban…
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"You're Dipping into the Kool-Aid": Booker Accuses Biden of Helping Drive Mass Incarceration
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-01
In one of the most heated exchanges of the debate, Senator Cory Booker criticized Joe Biden's role in backing several key crime bills during his time in the Senate. Biden fought back, attacking Booker's record as mayor of Newark, New Jersey.
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Rojava Revolution – seven years on
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,…
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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

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 …
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The mountain gave birth to a mouse
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-07-31
After Ankara began to receive the S-400 missile systems they had purchased from Russia, Trump gathered republican senators for a meeting in the White House to discuss possible retaliatory actions against Turkey. Members of Congress have been unhappy with Turkey's decision to buy the long-range missile defense systems, but have not yet decided what measures …
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'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.
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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-ratclif…

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.
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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

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…
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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_…

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

'People's State of the Nation' events counter lies of President Duterte
Joe Hunter | liberationnews.org | 2019-07-25
On July 24, the president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, delivered his fourth annual State of the Nation Address to the nation's Congress, speaking live to the nation from the Session Hall of the House of Representatives, Quezon City.
liberationnews.org/peoples-state-of-the-…

Hawaiians are Taking to the Streets and Exercising their First Amendment Rights
aclu.org | 2019-07-25
We're ensuring the right to protest and cultural access at the world's tallest mountain. | Driving up Daniel K. Inouye Highway on the Big Island of Hawai'i at 4: 30 in the morning is a sight few will forget: a silent, pitch-black road, with black lava and sparse trees. The dark air is a chilly 50 degrees. In our backpacks are packaged tuna, crackers, water, walkie talkies, and a voice recorder. However, the most important items are without a doubt our blue ACLU of Hawai'i legal observer vests and first aid kit, which is stocked with goods like antacid (to rinse our eyes of pepper spray) and earbuds. Sitting in the…
aclu.org/blog/free-speech/rights-protest…

With the Right to Boycott Under Attack, Some Members of Congress Are Pushing Back
aclu.org | 2019-07-23
In a sea of anti-BDS legislation, a resolution championing the right to political boycotts emerges. | More than 250 million Americans, some 78 percent of the population, live in states with anti-boycott laws or policies. With the right to boycott under attack across the United States, some members of Congress are pushing back against these dangerous and unrelenting attacks., , Last week, Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN), along with Representatives John Lewis (D-GA) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), introduced a…
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BDS Movement welcomes U.S. Congress resolution affirming right to boycott
patrick | bdsmovement.net | 2019-07-19
BDS Movement welcomes U.S. Congress resolution affirming right to boycott: UpdateIn a historic move, Congress members Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and US civil rights veteran John Lewis introduce resolution affirming the right to boycott. | Right To BoycottJuly 19, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) …
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Diplomacy Instead of a Disaster in Iran
Paul Kawika Martin | peaceaction.org | 2019-07-18
Washington, D.C. — July 18, 2019 — In response to reports of the U.S. shooting down an Iranian drone, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: "Because of the Trump administration's policy of maximum provocation towards Iran, America stands on the precipice of another blunderous …
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Peace Action Endorses 'the Squad' — Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Pressley and Tlaib for Congress
Peace Action | peaceaction.org | 2019-07-11
Washington, D.C. — July 11, 2019 — Peace Action, the nation's largest grassroots peace organization, has endorsed four progressive champions for the House of Representatives in the 2020 election, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for New York's 14th district, Rep. Ilhan Omar for Minnesota's 5th district, Rep. Ayanna Pressley for Massachusetts' 7th district, and Rep. Rashida Tlaib …
peaceaction.org/2019/07/11/peace-action-…