Daily Archives: August 7, 2019

2019-08-07: News Headlines

Staff (2019-08-07). Will Germany Become the Military Power it Once Was? therealnews.com Annette Groth discusses the three demands by the U.S to Germany to increase its military power and presence overseas, and the new right-wing minister of defense Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. For now Germany is loathe to send troops or ships to Syria or Hormuz, but Kramp-Karrenbauer has already announced her intention to increase military spending to 2%…

Mark Gruenberg (2019-08-07). Demonstrators take battle against white supremacy to Trump's front door. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Upset and energized by President Trump's inadequate tele-prompted words on white supremacy, racism and the mass murders in El Paso and Dayton, hundreds of people gathered opposite the White House Aug. 6 to link Trump to the massacres — and to vow continued campaigning to get Congress to act, plus retribution at the polls next …

Arabi Souri (2019-08-07). Syrian Security Confiscates Armored Vehicles, Weapons, Captagon, Drugs. globalresearch.ca Syrian security units and Syrian Arab Army units operating in Hama northern countryside, northwest of Syria, and Daraa countryside, south of Syria, had a busy day busting, discovering, and confiscating large stashes of weapons, munition, gears, armored vehicles, illicit drugs …

Sarah Abed (2019-08-07). Erdogan Announces Military Operation East of Euphrates River to Push Back Kurds, US Urges Him to Reconsider. globalresearch.ca In what would be Turkey's third cross-border military operation in Syria since the war began, in as many years, Erdogan announced on Sunday that he would be launching a military operation east of the Euphrates river, to push back Kurdish …

South Front (2019-08-07). Video: Collapse of Ceasefire, Syrian Military Vows to Resume Operations Against Al Qaeda Militants. globalresearch.ca The new ceasefire agreement designed to cease hostilities in northwestern Hama and southern Idlib has just collapsed. | On August 3, the leader of Hay'at Tahir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra), Abu Mohammad al-Julani, announced that his group would not withdraw …

Staff (2019-08-07). Headlines for August 7, 2019. democracynow.org Dems and Grieving Communities Voice Resistance to Trump Visits to El Paso and Dayton, FBI Investigating Gilroy Mass Shooting as Domestic Terror, Dems Call on Congressional Leaders to Pass Bills Addressing White Supremacy, Civil Rights Groups Rally Against Gun Violence and White Supremacy at White House, Walmart Workers Plan Walkout to Protest Gun Sales, Toni Morrison, Visionary Author and Nobel Laureate, Dies at 88, Nigerian Journalist and Political Activist Omoyele Sowore Arrested After Calling for Revolution, U.S Warns Turkey Against Syria Attacking Kurdish Forces in Syria, 25% of World's Population Under "Extr…

Stephen Lendman (2019-08-07). Trump Regime "Maximum Pressure" High Crimes Against World Peace. Illegal Embargo against Venezuela. globalresearch.ca Maximum pressure is a Trump regime euphemism for unlawful political, economic and financial collective punishment against a sovereign state, its leadership and population — for not bending to Washington's will. | Binding international law Fourth Geneva's Article 33 prohibits it, stating: …

John Atcheson (2019-08-07). The DNC Confederacy of Dunces Is Back at It for 2020. commondreams.org Democratic presidential hopeful Former Vice President Joe Biden (C) gestures as he speaks flanked by US Senator from California Kamala Harris (R) and US Senator from New Jersey Cory Booker during the second round of the second Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season hosted by CNN at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan on July 31, 2019. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/cnn_debate_democrats_2020.jpg

Staff (2019-08-07). In the Face of McConnell's Inaction, Progressives Call for Gun Reform. truthout.org | | As the nation calls for gun control in the wake of two mass shootings in 14 hours over the weekend, Democrats and activists are taking aim at Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for refusing to take action on the continuing gun violence crisis. | McConnell has refused to move forward on a number of bills from the Democratic Party-controlled House that currently sit on his desk awaiting a Senate vote. | "This is actually, literally in the hands of one person in terms of this legisl…

Habib Ahmadzadeh (2019-08-07). This Iran War Vet Has Some Advice for Trump: Don't Play Checkers with the Grandmasters of Chess. mintpressnews.com War is not our business, but negotiations and diplomacy are. War is not our purpose. Peace is our mission. Peace is our philosophy in life, and you are right, diplomacy is our art.

Mark Taliano (2019-08-07). The War on Syria: Lightning Flashes in the Dark Night of War Propaganda. globalresearch.ca The war on Syria is a war against children, and men, and women. | It is a war against Christians, and Muslims, and civilization itself. | It is a war for terrorism and sectarianism and extremist ideologies. | It is a war for …

RT (2019-08-06). Brother of Democratic presidential candidate doxxes Trump donors, says they're 'fueling hate'. rt.com Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) twin brother and campaign chair of Julian Castro, tweeted out a list of 44 individuals who donated to President Donald Trump's campaign, accusing them of "fueling hate" against Hispanics.

Staff (2019-08-06). Puerto Rico in Political Crisis: Senate Sues over Appointment of New Governor Pierluisi. democracynow.org The political crisis in Puerto Rico continues as its Senate has sued against the appointment of Pedro Pierluisi as the new governor following Ricardo Rosselló's resignation last week. Pierluisi was sworn in despite not having been confirmed by the Puerto Rican Senate. But he argues that he is in the line of succession for governor after being nominated as secretary of state by Rosselló last week. San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz also sued after his swearing-in. We speak with Democracy Now! co-host Juan González for his analysis of the current political climate.

RT (2019-08-06). Protesters threaten to stab Mitch McConnell outside his home (VIDEO). rt.com A mob of angry gun control protesters gathered outside Senator Mitch McConnell's Louisville home and chanted death threats in a bid to gain the Senate majority leader's attention.

Turkish Minute (2019-08-06). Pentagon: Any Operation by Turkey into Northern Syria 'Unacceptable'. theantimedia.com (TM) — US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday any Turkish operation into northern Syria would be "unacceptable" and that the United States would prevent unilateral incursions, as tensions between Washington and Ankara simmer, according to Reuters. On Sunday President Recep Tayyip Erdoƒüan said Turkey, which already has a foothold in northwest Syria, will carry out …

Ted Rall (2019-08-06). Here is Exactly Why Congress Won't Act on Gun Violence, Climate Change, Impeaching Trump or Anything Else. counterpunch.org I'm from Dayton so I'm thinking about this today: Why hasn't Congress done anything to address our national epidemic of mass shootings, namely reviving the assault weapons ban? People—Democrats and not a few Republicans—ask me that all the time. I bet all left-leaning pundits get that question. The answer is simple. But it's not something most people want to More

Staff (2019-08-06). Republican Retirements in Texas Could Finally Mean Change to Gun Laws. truthout.org | | Seven House Republicans have announced plans to retire in the last two weeks. Four are from Texas and their departures may be enough to turn the once Republican stronghold from red to purplish — and drastically change the long-stalled gun debate in America. | What was once a reliably Republican state has been steadily trending away from the Grand Old Party in recent years. Republicans lost more than a dozen state legislative seats in Texas in the 2018 midterms when former congressman an…

teleSUR, ao -EF (2019-08-06). Workers March in Brazil Against Government Pensions Reform. telesurenglish.net Workers marched Tuesday through the streets of Sao Paulo against the pension reform proposed by the president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro. | RELATED: | 'Criminals Must Die Like Cockroaches': Brazil President | The demonstrations, organized by Brazilian unions and social organizations, seek to prevent the approval of the pension reform, as Congress gets set for a second round of debates regarding the controversial bill. | The unions affirm that the bill violates workers' rights and, ther…

Staff (2019-08-06). Headlines for August 6, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Condemns White Supremacy After El Paso Massacre Despite His Own Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric, Trump Supporter Who Sent Pipe Bombs to CNN and Democrats Sentenced to 20 Years, Tensions Mount over Kashmir as Pakistan Reacts to Revocation of Special Status, Puerto Rican Senate, San Juan Mayor Sue over Pierluisi's Appointment as Governor, China Weakens Currency, Halts U.S. Crop Imports as Trade War Ratchets Up, U.S. Imposes Economic Embargo Against Venezuela, Drone Attack Kills 42 People in Libya, R. Kelly Charged with Prostitution and Solicitation of a Minor, Galveston Police Apologize for Shocking Photo Showing Mou…

Katrina vanden Heuvel (2019-08-06). The Battle for the Senate Demands Democrats' Fierce Focus. thenation.com The Battle for the Senate Demands Democrats' Fierce Focus…

commondreams (2019-08-06). 'This Is Big': House Democrats Praised for Requesting Kavanaugh's Concealed Bush Admin Records. commondreams.org Progressive activists and groups praised two House Democrats Tuesday for formally requesting that the National Archives and Records Administration release records related to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's service in the George W. Bush White House which were not part of Kavanaugh's Senate confirmation process last year. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/snarl_kavanaugh_0.jpg

Staff (2019-08-06). Puerto Rico's Senate Sues Over Appointment of New Governor Pierluisi. truthout.org | | The political crisis in Puerto Rico continues as its Senate has sued against the appointment of Pedro Pierluisi as the new governor following Ricardo Rosselló's resignation last week. Pierluisi was sworn in despite not having been confirmed by the Puerto Rican Senate. But he argues that he is in the line of succession for governor after being nominated as secretary of state by Rosselló last week. San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz also sued after his swearing-in. We speak with D…

teleSUR (2019-08-06). Israel Approves 2,300 Settler Homes in Occupied West Bank. telesurenglish.net Israel's Higher Planning Committee (HPC) approved Monday and Tuesday the construction of 2,304 illegal housing units for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank, according to Israeli NGO Peace Now. | RELATED: | Israel Approves 6,000 New Illegal Settler Homes in West Bank | The organization reported that 838 housing units for validation (second and…

teleSUR (2019-08-06). A Pact is Reached in Mozambique, Yet Peace Still Uncertain. telesurenglish.net After fighting on opposite sides of a civil war that erupted following independence from Portugal and killed more than one million people between 1977 and 1992, the ruling Frelimo party and former guerrilla movement Renamo signed a ceasefire that ended the worst of the bloodshed. | RELATED: | Powerful Explosion Hits Somalian Capital, Gunfire Reported | President Filipe Nyusi and Renamo leader Ossufo Momade smiled broadly and embraced after signing the deal, which encompasses a perma…

pip.hinman (2019-08-06). Activists ask US Marines to leave Darwin base. greenleft.org.au More than 60 peace activists gathered outside the Robertson Barracks, which houses 2500 United States Marines, to ask them to leave on August 3 . | The action, which included asking the marines to share tea and biscuits, took place during the "Australia at the Cross Roads" conference organised by the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN). | The barracks was set up under an agreement between the Australian and United States governments that lasts until 2040. | Many activists joined the action in a hard-to-…

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, …

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…

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.

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 demonstr…

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!'

splcenter (2019-08-05). New Civil Rights Memorial to be installed on 54th anniversary of Voting Rights Act. splcenter.org Jimmie Lee Jackson was beaten and shot by Alabama state troopers during a peaceful voting rights march on Feb. 18, 1965.

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…

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). "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.

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'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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

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…

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…

2019-08-07: Social Media Postees

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Erdogan Announces Military Operation East of Euphrates River to Push Back Kurds, US Urges Him to Reconsider
Sarah Abed | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-07
In what would be Turkey's third cross-border military operation in Syria since the war began, in as many years, Erdogan announced on Sunday that he would be launching a military operation east of the Euphrates river, to push back Kurdish …
globalresearch.ca/erdogan-announces-military-operation-east-euphrates-river-push-back-kurds-us-urges-him-reconsider/5685820

Will Germany Become the Military Power it Once Was?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-08-07
Annette Groth discusses the three demands by the U.S to Germany to increase its military power and presence overseas, and the new right-wing minister of defense Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. For now Germany is loathe to send troops or ships to Syria or Hormuz, but Kramp-Karrenbauer has already announced her intention to increase military spending to 2%…
therealnews.com/stories/will-germany-become-the-military-power-it-once-was

Video: Collapse of Ceasefire, Syrian Military Vows to Resume Operations Against Al Qaeda Militants
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-07
The new ceasefire agreement designed to cease hostilities in northwestern Hama and southern Idlib has just collapsed. | On August 3, the leader of Hay'at Tahir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra), Abu Mohammad al-Julani, announced that his group would not withdraw …
globalresearch.ca/video-collapse-of-ceasefire-syrian-military-vows-to-resume-operations-against-al-qaeda-militants/5685745

Syrian Security Confiscates Armored Vehicles, Weapons, Captagon, Drugs
Arabi Souri | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-07
Syrian security units and Syrian Arab Army units operating in Hama northern countryside, northwest of Syria, and Daraa countryside, south of Syria, had a busy day busting, discovering, and confiscating large stashes of weapons, munition, gears, armored vehicles, illicit drugs …
globalresearch.ca/syrian-security-confiscates-armored-vehicles-weapons-captagon-drugs/5685732

Trump Regime "Maximum Pressure" High Crimes Against World Peace. Illegal Embargo against Venezuela
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-07
Maximum pressure is a Trump regime euphemism for unlawful political, economic and financial collective punishment against a sovereign state, its leadership and population — for not bending to Washington's will. | Binding international law Fourth Geneva's Article 33 prohibits it, stating: …
globalresearch.ca/trump-regime-maximum-pressure-high-crimes-against-world-peace-illegal-embargo-against-venezuela/5685826

The DNC Confederacy of Dunces Is Back at It for 2020
John Atcheson | commondreams.org | 2019-08-07
Democratic presidential hopeful Former Vice President Joe Biden (C) gestures as he speaks flanked by US Senator from California Kamala Harris (R) and US Senator from New Jersey Cory Booker during the second round of the second Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season hosted by CNN at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan on July 31, 2019. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/cnn_debate_democrats_2020.jpg
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Demonstrators take battle against white supremacy to Trump's front door
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-08-07
WASHINGTON–Upset and energized by President Trump's inadequate tele-prompted words on white supremacy, racism and the mass murders in El Paso and Dayton, hundreds of people gathered opposite the White House Aug. 6 to link Trump to the massacres — and to vow continued campaigning to get Congress to act, plus retribution at the polls next …
peoplesworld.org/article/demonstrators-vow-trump-and-gop-will-face-electoral-retribution-for-hate-speech/

In the Face of McConnell's Inaction, Progressives Call for Gun Reform
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-07
| As the nation calls for gun control in the wake of two mass shootings in 14 hours over the weekend, Democrats and activists are taking aim at Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for refusing to take action on the continuing gun violence crisis. | McConnell has refused to move forward on a number of bills from the Democratic Party-controlled House that currently sit on his desk awaiting a Senate vote. | "This is actually, literally in the hands of one person in terms of this legisl…
truthout.org/articles/in-the-face-of-mcconnells-inaction-progressives-call-for-gun-reform/

This Iran War Vet Has Some Advice for Trump: Don't Play Checkers with the Grandmasters of Chess
Habib Ahmadzadeh | mintpressnews.com | 2019-08-07
War is not our business, but negotiations and diplomacy are. War is not our purpose. Peace is our mission. Peace is our philosophy in life, and you are right, diplomacy is our art.
mintpressnews.com/iran-war-vet-advice-trump-dont-play-checkers-grandmasters-chess/261160/

The War on Syria: Lightning Flashes in the Dark Night of War Propaganda
Mark Taliano | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-07
The war on Syria is a war against children, and men, and women. | It is a war against Christians, and Muslims, and civilization itself. | It is a war for terrorism and sectarianism and extremist ideologies. | It is a war for …
globalresearch.ca/lightning-flashes-dark-night-war-propaganda/5685813

Pentagon: Any Operation by Turkey into Northern Syria 'Unacceptable'
Turkish Minute | theantimedia.com | 2019-08-06
(TM) — US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday any Turkish operation into northern Syria would be "unacceptable" and that the United States would prevent unilateral incursions, as tensions between Washington and Ankara simmer, according to Reuters. On Sunday President Recep Tayyip Erdoƒüan said Turkey, which already has a foothold in northwest Syria, will carry out …

Pentagon: Any Operation by Turkey into Northern Syria ‘Unacceptable’

Here is Exactly Why Congress Won't Act on Gun Violence, Climate Change, Impeaching Trump or Anything Else
Ted Rall | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-06
I'm from Dayton so I'm thinking about this today: Why hasn't Congress done anything to address our national epidemic of mass shootings, namely reviving the assault weapons ban? People–Democrats and not a few Republicans–ask me that all the time. I bet all left-leaning pundits get that question. The answer is simple. But it's not something most people want to…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/06/here-is-exactly-why-congress-wont-act-on-gun-violence-climate-change-impeaching-trump-or-anything-else/

Workers March in Brazil Against Government Pensions Reform
teleSUR, ao -EF | telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-06
Workers marched Tuesday through the streets of Sao Paulo against the pension reform proposed by the president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro. | RELATED: | 'Criminals Must Die Like Cockroaches': Brazil President | The demonstrations, organized by Brazilian unions and social organizations, seek to prevent the approval of the pension reform, as Congress gets set for a second round of debates regarding the controversial bill. | The unions affirm that the bill violates workers' rights and, ther…
telesurenglish.net/news/Workers-March-in-Brazil-against-Governments-Pensions-Reform-20190806-0035.html

Republican Retirements in Texas Could Finally Mean Change to Gun Laws
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-06
| Seven House Republicans have announced plans to retire in the last two weeks. Four are from Texas and their departures may be enough to turn the once Republican stronghold from red to purplish — and drastically change the long-stalled gun debate in America. | What was once a reliably Republican state has been steadily trending away from the Grand Old Party in recent years. Republicans lost more than a dozen state legislative seats in Texas in the 2018 midterms when former congressman an…
truthout.org/articles/republican-retirements-in-texas-could-finally-mean-change-to-gun-laws/

Brother of Democratic presidential candidate doxxes Trump donors, says they're 'fueling hate'
rt.com | 2019-08-06
Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) twin brother and campaign chair of Julian Castro, tweeted out a list of 44 individuals who donated to President Donald Trump's campaign, accusing them of "fueling hate" against Hispanics. | …
rt.com/usa/465931-castro-slams-trump-donors/

The Battle for the Senate Demands Democrats' Fierce Focus
Katrina vanden Heuvel | thenation.com | 2019-08-06
The Battle for the Senate Demands Democrats' Fierce Focus…
thenation.com/article/the-battle-for-the-senate-demands-democrats-fierce-focus/

'This Is Big': House Democrats Praised for Requesting Kavanaugh's Concealed Bush Admin Records
commondreams.org | 2019-08-06
Progressive activists and groups praised two House Democrats Tuesday for formally requesting that the National Archives and Records Administration release records related to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's service in the George W. Bush White House which were not part of Kavanaugh's Senate confirmation process last year. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/snarl_kavanaugh_0.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/08/06/big-house-democrats-praised-requesting-kavanaughs-concealed-bush-admin-records?cd-origin=rss

Puerto Rico's Senate Sues Over Appointment of New Governor Pierluisi
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-06
| The political crisis in Puerto Rico continues as its Senate has sued against the appointment of Pedro Pierluisi as the new governor following Ricardo Rosselló's resignation last week. Pierluisi was sworn in despite not having been confirmed by the Puerto Rican Senate. But he argues that he is in the line of succession for governor after being nominated as secretary of state by Rosselló last week. San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz also sued after his swearing-in. We speak with D…
truthout.org/video/puerto-ricos-senate-sues-over-appointment-of-new-governor-pierluisi/

Protesters threaten to stab Mitch McConnell outside his home (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2019-08-06
A mob of angry gun control protesters gathered outside Senator Mitch McConnell's Louisville home and chanted death threats in a bid to gain the Senate majority leader's attention. | …
rt.com/usa/465904-mitch-mcconnell-protest-threats/

Puerto Rico in Political Crisis: Senate Sues over Appointment of New Governor Pierluisi
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-06
The political crisis in Puerto Rico continues as its Senate has sued against the appointment of Pedro Pierluisi as the new governor following Ricardo Rosselló's resignation last week. Pierluisi was sworn in despite not having been confirmed by the Puerto Rican Senate. But he argues that he is in the line of succession for governor after being nominated as secretary of state by Rosselló last week. San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz also sued after his swearing-in. We speak with Democracy Now! co-host Juan González for his analysis of the current political climate.
www.democracynow.org/2019/8/6/juan_gonzalez_puerto_rico_pedro_pierluisi

Israel Approves 2,300 Settler Homes in Occupied West Bank
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-06
Israel's Higher Planning Committee (HPC) approved Monday and Tuesday the construction of 2,304 illegal housing units for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank, according to Israeli NGO Peace Now. | RELATED: | Israel Approves 6,000 New Illegal Settler Homes in West Bank | The organization reported that 838 housing units for validation (second and…
telesurenglish.net/news/Israel-Approves-2300-Illegal-Settler-Homes-in-Occupied-West-Bank-20190806-0026.html

A Pact is Reached in Mozambique, Yet Peace Still Uncertain
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-06
After fighting on opposite sides of a civil war that erupted following independence from Portugal and killed more than one million people between 1977 and 1992, the ruling Frelimo party and former guerrilla movement Renamo signed a ceasefire that ended the worst of the bloodshed. | RELATED: | Powerful Explosion Hits Somalian Capital, Gunfire Reported | President Filipe Nyusi and Renamo leader Ossufo Momade smiled broadly and embraced after signing the deal, which encompasses a perma…
telesurenglish.net/news/A-Pact-is-Reached-in-Mozambique-Yet-Peace-Still-Uncertain-20190806-0032.html

Activists ask US Marines to leave Darwin base
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-08-06
More than 60 peace activists gathered outside the Robertson Barracks, which houses 2500 United States Marines, to ask them to leave on August 3 . | The action, which included asking the marines to share tea and biscuits, took place during the "Australia at the Cross Roads" conference organised by the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN). | The barracks was set up under an agreement between the Australian and United States governments that lasts until 2040. | Many activists joined the action in a hard-to-…
greenleft.org.au/content/activists-ask-us-marines-leave-darwin-base

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 demonstr…
mintpressnews.com/syria-interview-with-syrian-arab-army-general-hassan-hassan/261146/

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-soccer-gun-violence/

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-s-child-begs-trump-and-congress-to-save-his-life/

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_dayton_gun_violence_america

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-policy-texas-senate/

New Civil Rights Memorial to be installed on 54th anniversary of Voting Rights Act
splcenter.org | 2019-08-05
Jimmie Lee Jackson was beaten and shot by Alabama state troopers during a peaceful voting rights march on Feb. 18, 1965.
splcenter.org/news/2019/08/06/new-civil-rights-memorial-be-installed-54th-anniversary-voting-rights-act

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_nationalist_terrorism

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-read-splc-fights-internal-threat-our-democracy

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…
fightbacknews.org/2019/8/3/protest-against-police-violence-inland-port-sit

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-policy-assumptions-overton-window/261103/

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-in-lebanon-struggle-for-justice/

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-effective-intimidation-of-the-powerful-federal-reserve/

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-ocasio-cortez-saikat-chakrabarti-corbin-trent/

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.
www.democracynow.org/2019/8/1/seg_2

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…
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/08/1043631

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.
progressive.org/magazine/why-is-russia-in-syria-erlich-190801/

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 …
uwidata.com/4677-recent-statements-from-minister-of-defense-hulisi-akar-on-syria/

"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.
www.democracynow.org/2019/8/1/youre_dipping_into_the_kool_aid

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,…
greenleft.org.au/content/rojava-revolution-seven-years

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

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/

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

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/