2019-08-09: News Headlines

RT (2019-08-10). Biden & AOC lead Democrats to land where facts don't matter and truth is make-believe. rt.com From Joe Biden announcing he chooses "truth over facts" and Congresswoman AOC more concerned about being "morally right," their frustration with President Donald Trump is making Democratic Party luminaries run afoul of reality.

Staff (2019-08-09). New IPCC Report Warns of Vicious Cycle Between Soil Degradation and Climate Change. therealnews.com Greenpeace's Diana Ruiz discusses the new IPCC Climate report, "Climate Change and Land," which issues a dire warning about how climate change and destructive land use reinforce each other, leading to serious threats for human survival…

Marilyn Bechtel (2019-08-09). On anniversary of Hiroshima, demands for end to nuclear weapons. peoplesworld.org LIVERMORE, Calif. — Determined to oppose the Trump administration's drive to develop new nuclear weapons and to strengthen the fight to eliminate nuclear weapons worldwide, some 200 demonstrators gathered here on Aug. 6 to rally against what they term "Designing Armageddon" at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Over three dozen peace, justice and faith-based organizations …

Michelle Zacarias (2019-08-09). Wanda Vásquez, Puerto Rico's third governor in a week, facing criticism. peoplesworld.org After public outcry and protests brought on the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rosselló, Puerto Rico received its third governor in less than a week. Rosselló's initial successor, Pedro Pierluisi, was forced to step down after Puerto Rico Supreme Court unanimously decided that an appointment as governor without Senate confirmation was unconstitutional. Now, the former secretary …

Steven Sahiounie (2019-08-09). Pentagon Warns of Resurgence of ISIS in Syria and Iraq. globalresearch.ca A recent report issued by the U.S. Pentagon's Inspector General warns of conditions in Syria and Iraq which potentially could allow for ISIS to spread once again. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had not read the report but recalled the …

Stephen Lendman (2019-08-09). US and Turkey Collude to Steal Northern Syrian Territory. globalresearch.ca Troops of both countries illegally occupy northern Syrian territory bordering Turkey, including its oil rich area. | On the phony pretext of protecting Turkey's security, President Erdogan is intermittently battling Kurdish YPG fighters cross-border in Syria — despite their posing no …

South Front (2019-08-09). Video: Syrian Army Makes Fresh Gains in Battle for Northern Hama. globalresearch.ca On the morning of August 7, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Tiger Forces advanced on positions of radical militants in northwestern Hama. During the day, units of the SAA and the Tiger Forces liberated the villages of Arbeen …

Ralph Nader (2019-08-09). Big Pharma: Gouges, Casualties, and the Congressional Remedy! counterpunch.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, More

commondreams (2019-08-09). DNC Chair Tom Perez Introduces Weak Resolution Attempting to Put Brakes on Climate Debate Momentum. commondreams.org ______________________________…

United Nations (2019-08-09). Friday's Daily Brief: Indigenous Peoples' Day, Yemen food aid, IDs for Rohingya, protect fleeing Malians, Nagasaki Peace Ceremony. un.org Our main stories: 'Promote' indigenous peoples' languages urges Guterres; WFP resumes Yemen food aid; 500,000 Rohingya ID cards issued; Malians fleeing violence need protection; Nagasaki Peace Ceremony message…

teleSUR (2019-08-09). Guatemala Cannot Be 'Safe Third Country', US Congresswoman Says. telesurenglish.net U.S. Congresswoman Norma Torres (D-CA) said Thursday that Guatemala does not have the capacity nor the conditions to become a "Safe Third Country" (STC) because it is not able to accommodate asylum seekers that the United States would send to stay there while they process their immigration requests. | RELATED: | Guatemala Farmers Strike Against US Migration Deal | "I believe that I have been very clear in my opinion about this … Guatemala is not prepared to receive thousands of people,"

teleSUR (2019-08-09). Peru: Lawmakers Criticize Official Management of Mining Strike. telesurenglish.net Congressmen from Peru's leftist party Frente Amplio (FA) Thursday criticized President Marin Vizcarra for deploying the Latin American nation ¥s military to Arequipa to contain the population's protests against the Tia Maria mining project. | RELATED: | Peru: Army Deployed to Port Amid Protest Against Mining Project | "President…

commondreams (2019-08-09). Congress Must Immediately Address Gun Violence in the U.S. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Staff (2019-08-09). Headlines for August 9, 2019. democracynow.org Mitch McConnell Says Senate Will Take Up Gun Bills, But Not Until September, President and First Lady Pose with Infant Orphaned in El Paso Massacre, Man with Guns and Body Armor Sparks Panic at Missouri Walmart, Home of Interracial Couple in Ohio Torched in Apparent Hate Crime, Over 100 Immigrant Hunger Strikers Tear-Gassed Inside ICE Jail, ICE Releases Some of the 680 Immigrants Swept Up in Massive Mississippi Raid, Mentally Ill Michigan Man with Diabetes Dies After Deportation to Iraq, ICE Agents, Lacking Warrant, Denied Entry to Brooklyn Homeless Shelter, Hundreds of Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Protesters Occupy A…

Jeffrey St. Clair (2019-08-09). Roaming Charges: Small Stains on the Pavement. counterpunch.org Many of the liberals talking the loudest about "white supremacy" on MSDNC have only known its privileges, thus they would have us believe white supremacy resides only in the vile minds of the KKK and Aryan Nations, instead of the racist forces operating inside the banks, the school boards, the police, the FBI, the Pentagon that degrade, impoverish and kill people every single day. More

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-08-09). 'Unacceptable': Tom Perez, DNC Accused of Trying to Stifle Climate Debate for 2020 Dems. commondreams.org "Why is Tom Perez trying to kill the momentum for a climate debate?" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/perez_0_0.jpg

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-08-09). House Finance Chair Maxine Waters Wins Praise for Prioritizing Public Policy Over Raising Wall Street Cash—and Corporate Dems Are Miffed. commondreams.org Rep. Maxine Waters won praise Friday from critics of the political system in which powerful congressional committee leaders are expected to prioritize doling out campaign cash to other lawmakers, amid reports that some Democrats on the House Financial Services Committee are frustrated at her refusal to do so. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/48010610548_34b1013b5d_o1.jpg

pip.hinman (2019-08-09). Peace for Colombia. greenleft.org.au Latin American solidarity activists rallied for peace and justice in Colombia, in Sydney on August 3. | Speakers called for an end to the killings of social leaders. More than 600 social leaders, including indigenous land rights activists and human rights advocates, have been killed since 2016. | Photos and stories of many of the activists were displayed in Sydney's iconic Circular Quay. | The action was organised by United for Colombia and included a cultural festival of music, dance, theatre and poetry. | international solidarity

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.

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

RT (2019-08-08). That'll show them! Republicans BOYCOTT Twitter ads over McConnell censorship. rt.com The Republican Party has halted advertising on Twitter after the campaign account of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was locked for quoting death threats made against him. It is unclear if this will change Twitter's mind.

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?

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 …

United Nations (2019-08-08). In wake of 'collapsed' agreement, new wave of violence threatens millions in Syria's Idlib. un.org Following the collapse of the latest truce in Idlib 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.

United Nations (2019-08-08). Thursday's Daily Brief: Climate crisis and food risks, fresh violence threat for millions of Syrians, calls for calm in Kashmir. un.org Thursday's top stories: food security risk from climate crisis, fresh violence threat for millions of Syrians, UN chief urges "maximum restraint" in Jammu and Kashmir, calls for investigations into "brutal abduction" of Libyan politician.

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…

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.

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…

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 (2019-08-07). 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%…

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, …

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.

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.

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). 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.

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.

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…

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 …

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…

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…

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…

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.

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.

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…

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.