2019-08-08: News Headlines

Staff (2019-08-08). Ralph Nader: Big Pharma Must Be Stopped. truthdig.com Congress can overturn the abuses of Big Pharma and its "pay or die," subsidized business model for its drugs. | Big Pharma's trail of greed, power, and cruelty gets worse every year. Its products and practices take hundreds of thousands of lives in the U.S. from over-prescriptions, lethal combinations of prescriptions, ineffective or contaminated drugs, and dangerous side-effects. | The biggest drug dealers in the U.S. operate legally. Their names are emblazoned in ads and promotions everywhere. Who hasn't heard of Eli Lilly, Merck, Pfizer, and Novartis? Big Pharma revenues and profits have skyrocketed. In 2017,…

Eds. (2019-08-08). The Squad vs. Trump and Pelosi. mronline.org In the past couple weeks, President Trump has gone on a racist, red-baiting rampage against four congresswomen elected in 2018. The four women of color—Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley—are now collectively known in the media as the "squad." | Source

Staff (2019-08-08). Harry Reid Urges Democrats to Nuke the Filibuster. truthdig.com Former Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has a message for his party: if you retake the upper chamber, kill the filibuster to tackle the climate crisis. | Reid, who represented Nevada in the Senate from 1987 to 2017, made the comments to The Daily Beast reporter Sam Stein in an interview published Thursday. | "[T]he number one priority is climate change," said Reid. "There's nothing that affects my children, grandchildren, and their children, right now, more than climate." | Related Artic…

Staff (2019-08-08). A Fossil Fuel Baron Just Bought USA Today. therealnews.com GateHouse Media, a regional digital news network owned by Milwaukee Bucks owner, DNC donor, and fossil fuel investor Wes Edens, has merged with Gannett. It's now the largest regional newspaper network nationwide.

Ali A. Taj (2019-08-08). Obama, Biden, Mattis and Clapper Expressed Skepticism on Syria, so Why Is Gabbard Singled Out? mintpressnews.com Why must Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard be smeared and attacked for questioning the mainstream narrative on Syria when even Barack Obama has done the same?

United Nations (2019-08-08). In wake of 'collapsed' agreement, new wave of violence threatens millions in Syria's Idlib. un.org Following the "deeply regrettable" announcement that the Idlib truce had "collapsed" at the start of this week, the Senior Humanitarian Adviser to the UN's Syria Envoy urged Member States on Thursday to increase their support for "critical humanitarian needs" in the country's last opposition-held enclave.

South Front (2019-08-08). Video: Quitting Cold Turkey. globalresearch.ca Until literally a couple of years ago, courtesy of its enviable position in Asia Minor positioned in direct proximity of USSR (during the Cold War), Iran (after the Islamic Revolution), Iraq, and of course Syria in most recent years, Turkey …

teleSUR (2019-08-08). Syria Slams US-Turkey Safe Zone, Calls it 'Blatant Aggression'. telesurenglish.net The Syrian government said Thursday that an agreement between Turkey and the United States over northeastern Syria represented a "blatant attack" on the country's sovereignty and territorial unity and a "dangerous escalation." | RELATED: | Syrian Army Resumes Operations After Attacks on Idlib | The agreement setting up a joint operation center to manage a strip…

Arabi Souri (2019-08-08). Why SAA Resumed the Military Operation against Al Qaeda to Clean Idlib. globalresearch.ca The latest 13th round of talks in Astana between the Syrian state with Russia and Iran as its guarantors on one side, and Al-Qaeda and the Turkish regime as it guarantor on the other side, would have slowly but steadily …

WSWS (2019-08-08). Amid Turkish war threats, Ankara and Washington to build "safe zone" in Syria. wsws.org The Turkish government is seeking US approval to invade Syria and target Kurdish nationalist militias that serve as key US proxies in the Middle East.

Norman Solomon (2019-08-08). The Danger of Nancy Pelosi's Bad Attitude Toward Progressives. commondreams.org From left, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., gather in the Capitol before a rally with House Democrats on their first 200 days of the 116th Congress on Thursday, July 25, 2019. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/pelosi_hoyer_omar_2020_democrats.jpg

teleSUR (2019-08-08). 7 Colombian Soldiers Sentenced For Extrajudicial Killing. telesurenglish.net Seven members of Colombia's armed forces were sentenced Thursday, to 34 years in prison for carrying out an extrajudicial killing. The sentence overturned a ruling last year that absolved the troops of responsibility. The killing was part of the 'false positives' scandal, whereby civilians were murdered and then dressed in guerilla uniforms so that soldiers could claim rewards. | RELATED: | One Sector Blocks Peace in Colombia: Ex-FARC Guerrilla Leader | In 2006, seven soldiers k…

Chelli Stanley (2019-08-08). Visions of Peace: Dreams of a New Way. counterpunch.org After Medgar, Malcolm, and then Martin were killed, people realized there were forces in America that would keep Black people from achieving true freedom "by any means necessary." When the Black Panther Party started to feed children at no cost, opened free health clinics, engaged in free public education, and tried to prevent the police More

teleSUR (2019-08-08). Italy: Salvini Says Governing Coalition Splits, Wants Elections. telesurenglish.net The leader of Italy's ruling North League party, Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, declared the governing coalition to be unworkable Thursday after months of internal bickering, announcing that the only way forward is to hold fresh elections. | RELATED: | Italy Senate Passes Salvini's Security Decree Against Migrants | In a statement, Salvini told Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, who belongs to neither coalition party, that the North League alliance with 5-Star (M5S) had colla…

Staff (2019-08-08). Biden Is Doubling Down on Iraq War Lies. truthout.org | | For the second consecutive Democratic debate, Joe Biden has failed to come to terms about his critical role in supporting the illegal, unnecessary, and predictably disastrous U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq. | There is nothing new about this. Biden has a long history of inaccurate claims regarding that oil-rich country. For example, in the lead-up to the critical Senate vote authorizing the invasion, Biden used his role…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-08-08). Because the Climate Crisis Is the 'Number One Priority,' Says Harry Reid, Senate Democrats Must Kill Filibuster. commondreams.org "There's nothing that affects my children, grandchildren, and their children, right now, more than climate." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/reid.jpg

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 …

Ralph Nader (2019-08-07). Big Pharma: Gouges, Casualties, and the Congressional Remedy! dissidentvoice.org The Congress can overturn the abuses of Big Pharma and its "pay or die," subsidized business model for its drugs. Big Pharma's trail of greed, power, and cruelty gets worse every year. Its products and practices take hundreds of thousands of lives in the U.S. from over-prescriptions, lethal combinations of prescriptions, ineffective or contaminated drugs, …

John Bachtell (2019-08-07). The mass democratic upsurge and the fight for unity. peoplesworld.org This is part 6 of the full main report, "Unity to save people and planet; For full equality, democracy, peace, and green socialism," to the 31st National Convention of the Communist Party USA held in Chicago, Illinois, June 21-23, 2019. Other installments available here. The abbreviated oral presentation is available here. John Bachtell served as CPUSA national …

Staff (2019-08-07). McConnell Resists Pressure to Address Gun Violence. truthdig.com The president is calling for an expansion of background checks for gun sales, but the Senate leader knows such ideas have little GOP support.

RT (2019-08-07). 'Soviet' Bernie Sanders endorses crowd chanting 'Moscow Mitch' at campaign rally. rt.com Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders agreed with the crowd at his campaign rally labeling the Senate leader as "Moscow Mitch," even though he honeymooned in the USSR and fundraised off Trump rally chants against Democrats.

RT (2019-08-07). Truth against the rules? Twitter censors videos of protesters threatening to KILL Mitch McConnell. rt.com After a mob of protesters surrounded Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's Kentucky home screaming death threats at the Republican, Twitter punished those who shared videos and quotes of the incident.

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%…

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…

United Nations (2019-08-07). Wednesday's Daily Brief: Syrian detainees, Zimbabwe hunger crisis, Kabul attack, Mexico disappearances, new tech to feed the world. un.org Wednesday's top stories: Syrian detainees "failed by Security Council"; Zimbabwe experiencing "worst-ever hunger crisis"; Guterres welcomes new Mozambique peace accord; deadly Kabul attack; Mexico "responsible for enforced disappearances"; indigenous languages at risk; and how innovation should be used to feed the world.

Ed Sykes (2019-08-07). Author sums up new US-Turkish intervention in Syria perfectly. thecanary.co Turkey has recently been threatening to invade northern Syria. And it has now reached a compromise with its NATO allies in the US to set up a controversial "safe zone" there instead. So far, there seem to be few specifics for this plan, but one author and journalist familiar with the region summed up the situation perfectly: | When a repressive, murderous fascist who's locked up 1000s and eliminated all press freedom, says he can't "feel safe" as long as a ful…

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 …

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 …

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 …

United Nations (2019-08-07). UN Security Council 'utterly failed' Syrian detainees; a victim voices her plea to 'end impunity and stop this horror'. un.org The Security Council has "utterly failed Syrian detainees and their families", Amina Khoulani, Co-founder of Families for Freedom, told the Security Council on Wednesday, during a meeting focussed on those who have been jailed or gone missing across Syria, during years of brutal conflict.

Ralph Nader (2019-08-07). Message to Congress: Big Pharma's Trail of Greed, Power, and Cruelty Must Be Stopped. commondreams.org Medical professionals, medical students, ACTUP New York and their supporters held a rousing protest rally outside Pfizer World Headquarters in New York one of the worlds largest drug companies. At the beginning of this year, the corporate giant announced price increases for 40 of its drugs. (Photo: Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/big_pharma_medicare_for_all.jpg

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: …

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.

teleSUR (2019-08-07). Caribbean Movement for Peace: US Destabilizing Region, Dialogue. telesurenglish.net General Secretary David Denny of the Caribbean Movement for Peace and Integration released a statement Wednesday afternoon condemning the United States-backed coup d'etat attempt on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro last April. | RELATED: | 'The KKK in White House Doesn't Want Talks, They Want Violence: ' President Maduro | The Barbados-based organization says the Donald Trump administration's mounting economic strangle on the South American nation is both "desta…

teleSUR (2019-08-07). Haiti President Impeachment Trial Cancelled Due to Lack of Quorum. telesurenglish.net A hearing in the Haitian lower house Aug. 7 to decide whether or not to proceed with an impeach process for President Jovenel Moise was cancelled because a quorum was not reached. Only five of the necessary 80 legislators were present at the hearing. | RELATED: | Haitian Prime Minister Jean Michel Lapin Resigns | Last June, members of the House of Representatives presented a letter to the head of the Senate and to Vice President Gary Bodeau, urging them to officially accuse the president of corru…

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…

teleSUR (2019-08-07). 'We'll Enter Italy if Necessary' Open Arms Rescue Vessels Says. telesurenglish.net After spending six days at the Mediterranean Sea, mostly waiting for Malta to allow the landing of 121 African shipwrecks, the rescue vessel Open Arms announced that it will enter Italian territory if the humanitarian situation worsens on board. | RELATED: | Italy Senate Passes Salvini's Security Decree Against Migrants | "If the situation worsens, we will enter Italy," Oscar Camps, the founder of Proactiva, the NGO owning the ship, told Catalunya Radio on Wednesday morning.

Aída Chávez (2019-08-07). Democrats Are Resurfacing a Gun Control Bill That Contains an Anti-Immigrant Amendment. theintercept.com This weekend, there were back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. The accused shooter in El Paso, who appears to have published an anti-immigrant manifesto on 8chan declaring the attack a response to a "Hispanic invasion," killed at least 22 people and injured dozens more at a Walmart in what seems to be the worst anti-Latino attack in the country's history. On Monday, in light of these massacres, House Democrats called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to take up their gun control bill. Tucked into the bill, however, is an anti-immigrant amendment promoting deportation that Republ…

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

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.

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.

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.

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…

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…

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…