Daily Archives: August 16, 2019

2019-08-16: News Headlines

Paul Street (2019-08-16). Uncle Sam was Born Lethal. counterpunch.org One of the occupational and intellectual hazards of being a historian is that current events often seem far less new to oneself than they do to others. Recently a leftish liberal friend told me that the United States under the Donald Trump had "become a lethal society." My friend cited the neofascist Trump's: horrible family separations and concentration camps on the border; openly white-nationalist assaults on four progressive nonwhite and female Congresswomen; real and threatened roundups of undocumented immigrants; fascist-style and hate-filled "Make America Great Again" rallies; encouragement of white suprema…

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-08-16). Iran's Dangerous Deterrence Policy: Trading Tankers and Another Partial Withdrawal from the JCPOA. globalresearch.ca The UK acknowledged its first defeat by Iran when it released the Iranian super tanker "Grace 1" captured by 30 Royal Navy commandos in the first week of July in response to a US request, as the Spanish Foreign …

teleSUR (2019-08-16). Israel Reverses Ban on US Congresswoman Tlaib. telesurenglish.net Israel has decided to reverse the ban on U.S. congresswoman Rashida Tlaib Friday after she agreed to just visit her family in the occupied West Bank on humanitarian grounds. | RELATED: | Israel Confirms Banning Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib from Visiting Palestine Over BDS Support | Tlaib, a critic of Israeli policy towards Palestinians, has agreed to respect the restrictions imposed on her during the occupied West Bank trip and will not promote the Boyco…

Staff (2019-08-16). Bernie Sanders: If Israel Bans Members of Congress, It Shouldn't Receive US Aid. truthout.org | | Sen. Bernie Sanders told MSNBC Thursday night that perhaps Israel should not be receiving billions of dollars in U.S. military aid after the right-wing government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu barred Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from entering the country. | "I wish I could tell you…that I am shocked. I am not," Sanders, a 2020 Demo…

WSWS (2019-08-16). A dictatorial move: Trump blocks travel to Israel by two congresswomen. wsws.org The intervention by the president to block travel by representatives Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar is another blow against the US constitutional framework.

Fight Back (2019-08-16). Israel bans Representatives Omar and Tlaib from entering Palestine. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – U.S. Representatives Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) have joined the ranks of thousands of human rights activists and millions of diaspora Palestinians who have been denied entry to Palestine by the occupying Israeli regime. | Reps. Omar and Tlaib had planned a congressional trip to the West Bank for next week, initially agreed to by the Israeli regime "out of respect for the U.S. Congress and the great alliance between Israel and America." However, on August 15 Israel announced a reversal of its previous decision and banned the delegation's entrance. | The announcement came…

Cat Bell (2019-08-16). Haight Ashbury Peace Vigil. indybay.org Corner of Masonic and Fell at the Golden Gate Park Panhandle…

Kioni Dudley (2019-08-16). Statehood Questioned at Hawaii's 60th Anniversary. globalresearch.ca August 16, 2019, marks the 60th Anniversary of Statehood for Hawai'i. It will go little noticed. This article offers new information on illegalities and fraudulence regarding the statehood vote, and why it should not have been accepted by the …

Zaha Hassan (2019-08-16). Palestine: Dangerous Bill in US Congress to Crush the PLO and the PA. globalresearch.ca A bipartisan US bill currently being considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee puts at stake the ability of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) to engage diplomatic and legal channels to support Palestinian national aspirations and to seek accountability through international …

Nozomi Hayase (2019-08-16). The Prosecution of Julian Assange Affects Us All. counterpunch.org With the indictment of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and the imprisonment of whistleblower Chelsea Manning, we are seeing the US government's blatant attack on the First Amendment. This assault now is officially acknowledged by a US federal court, where the judge dismissed a Democratic National Committee (DNC) civil suit against WikiLeaks on the grounds of More

Richard Rodriguez (2019-08-16). DCCC Is Out of Step With Democratic Values. commondreams.org DCCC Chair Cheri Bustos announced a "blacklist" policy, which sought to stifle the people-powered democratic process by requiring political consultants to sign a loyalty pledge to incumbent Democrats. (Photo: Greg Nash) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/bustoscheri_092818gn_lead.jpeg

Staff (2019-08-16). Bernie Sanders Fires Back at Netanyahu and Israel. truthdig.com In a new interview with MSNBC, the Vermont senator calls the decision to bar two U.S. congresswomen from entering the country an "outrage."

teleSUR (2019-08-16). Rashida Tlaib Blasts Israel for 'Oppressive Conditions'. telesurenglish.net U.S. Representative Rashida Tlaib blasted Israel on Friday for imposing "oppressive conditions" on her visit to the occupied West Bank. | RELATED: | Israel Reverses Ban on US Congresswoman Tlaib | Israel, who was conditionally allowing Tlaib to visit the occupied West Bank, issued a list of demands for the U.S. congresswoman that prohibited her from promoting the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) during her stay. | The U.S. congresswoman, in turn, said she would not visit her family there…

susan_p (2019-08-16). Rojava an example of ecosocialism. greenleft.org.au Make Rojava Green AgainIssue 1233 Northern Syria Rojava revolution ecosocialismIn 2011, in the context of the Arab Spring, a civil war began in Syria, pitting various armed groups against President Bashar al-Assad's regime. | Rapidly, a Kurdish-majorit…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-08-16). Sanders Says If Israel Wants to Ban Members of Congress, It Should Not Receive Billions in US Military Aid. commondreams.org "The idea that a member of the United States Congress cannot visit a nation which, by the way, we support to the tune of billions and billions of dollars is clearly an outrage." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/bernie_sanders_16.jpg

Staff (2019-08-16). What Is Israel Trying to Hide? Reps. Tlaib & Omar Blocked from Taking Official Trip to West Bank. democracynow.org Israel sparked outrage Thursday when it banned two freshman Democratic congresswomen of color — Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota — from entering the country. Following outcry from Democratic leaders and Palestinians, Israel granted permission for Tlaib to enter the country on "humanitarian" grounds to visit her family in the West Bank — though Tlaib said Friday she will not visit her family under such conditions. Israel originally denied entrance to Tlaib and Omar after President Donald Trump tweeted, "It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep.Tl…

Ralph Nader (2019-08-16). With the Boeing 737 MAX Grounded, Top Boeing Bosses Must Testify Before Congress Now. counterpunch.org Two Boeing 737 MAX crashes, one in Indonesia last October and one in Ethiopia this past March, took a combined 346 lives. Steady scrutiny by the media reported internal company leaks and gave voice to sidelined ex-Boeing engineers and aerospace safety specialists. These experts have revealed that Boeing's executives are responsible because they chose to use an unstable structural More

RT (2019-08-16). Citing 'oppressive conditions,' Rep. Tlaib signals she won't visit Israel after entry ban reversal. rt.com US congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) has indicated that she will not travel to Israel to visit relatives, after Tel Aviv reversed its earlier decision to deny her entry. The US lawmaker had requested that the ban be lifted.

John Bachtell (2019-08-15). Changing world balance of forces in new stage of globalization. peoplesworld.org This is part 7 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 …

Paul Rockwell (2019-08-15). Aloha from Dr. Martin Luther King and Tulsi Gabbard. mintpressnews.com "Aloha," says Gabbard, "is a powerful force that motivates us to take action for the well-being of others and our country." In King's famous words, "The arc of the moral universe is long, but bends toward justice." Gabbard seeks to bend the arc of history away from war toward peace.

Jesse Jackson (2019-08-15). End endless conflict and bring peace to Korea. peoplesworld.org July 27 marked the 66th anniversary of the signing of the Korean War armistice, which brought an end to hostilities that killed nearly five million people, including almost 40,000 U.S. service members. The war ended in a temporary cease-fire, which is why the United States still maintains 28,500 troops in South Korea. Nuclear missiles ring the …

Steve Sweeney (2019-08-15). Turkey: Women's group offers solidarity to Syrian refugees. peoplesworld.org Women in Turkey have come together and sent a message of solidarity with thousands of Syrian refugees being deported as authorities crack down across Istanbul. The Yoƒüurtàßu Women's Forum met in Turkey's largest city to discuss the plight of the country's 3.6 million Syrian refugees as the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government implements a …

RT (2019-08-15). Russians everywhere! Biden aide cries 'spy plane' about normal treaty flight over US. rt.com A routine Russian flight to Hawaii under the Open Skies treaty has been invoked by a former senior Obama administration official to stir up panic among the 'Russiagate' holdovers, proving some conspiracies just refuse to go away.

Akela Lacy (2019-08-15). 26-Year-Old Gun Violence Prevention Activist Is Taking on 26-Year Incumbent Rep. Bobby Rush. theintercept.com A 26-year-old organizer in Chicago is mounting a primary challenge to Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., who has been a member of Congress for 26 years. | Robert Emmons, whose best friend, high school classmate, and freshman roommate was shot and killed in 2015, is making gun violence prevention a cornerstone of his campaign. The Windy City experiences gun violence at alarming yet not uncommon rates, as compared to other metropolitan areas — but the number of fatal shootings is in some ways unique to Chicago, where Emmons's 21-year-ol…

Aaron Maté (2019-08-15). Top scientist denounces smears of Tulsi Gabbard on Syria. thegrayzone.com Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has been smeared as an Assad apologist for her efforts to end the US-backed proxy war and…

United Nations (2019-08-15). Three more humanitarian workers killed in Syria, with civilian death toll 'rising every day'. un.org An attack in the south of Syria's restive Idlib province that led to the deaths of a paramedic, an ambulance driver and a rescue worker, were added to the grim total on Thursday of more than 500 civilian fatalities documented in the country by the United Nations, over the past three and a half months alone.

South Front (2019-08-15). Video: Syrian Army Reached Khan Shaykhun. globalresearch.ca Government forces are developing their advance in the southern part of the Idlib de-escalation zone. | The Syrian military has deployed a new batch of reinforcements, including battle tanks from the 4th Armoured Division, to the frontline. According to pro-government …

Robert Mackey (2019-08-15). As Warren and Sanders Swiftly Condemned Israel for Barring Congresswomen, Pelosi and Biden Hesitated. theintercept.com Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders were quick to criticize Israel for blocking Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar. Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden took more time.

Lorraine Chow (2019-08-15). We ignore thousands of threatened plant species at our own peril. nationofchange.org Kokia drynarioides is a small but significant flowering tree endemic to Hawaii's dry forests. Native Hawaiians used its large, scarlet flowers to make lei. Its sap was used as dye for ropes and nets. Its bark was used medicinally to treat thrush. But Kokia drynarioides—commonly known as Hawaii tree cotton, or kokio and hau hele'ula …

Kaitlin Grable (2019-08-15). Why Mauna Kea needs your protection. nationofchange.org I was born on the island of O'ahu, 98 years after the U.S. supported an illegal coup in my hometown of Honolulu to overthrow Queen Liliuokalani and steal Hawaiian land. I was born in a Hawai'i that is radically and tragically different from the Hawai'i of my ancestors. The Hawaiian word for land is 'aina. This word …

Staff (2019-08-15). Hickenlooper Ends White House Bid, Mulls Senate Run in Colorado. truthdig.com The ex-governor says he's giving "serious thought" to challenging Sen. Cory Gardner as he ends his longshot bid for Democratic nomination.

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-08-15). 'Perfect Illustration of Israel's Racist Apartheid Policies': Netanyahu Denounced for Barring Muslim Congresswomen Omar and Tlaib. commondreams.org "It is an affront that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, under pressure from President Trump, would deny entry to representatives of the U.S. government." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/tlaib_omar_0.jpg

Ilana Novick (2019-08-15). Prison Guard Drives Truck Into Crowd of Peaceful Anti-ICE Protesters. truthdig.com Activists who were sitting at the entry to the detention facility's parking lot in Rhode Island are shaken but remain as committed as ever.

Eds. (2019-08-14). Tulsi Gabbard vs Google goliath. mronline.org Tulsi Gabbard was the most-searched person on Google during the first debate—so the giant corporation shut down her account. | Source

Staff (2019-08-14). United States and Turkey Agree to a Syrian "Safe Zone," Betraying the Kurds. therealnews.com Baris Karaagac discusses how the U.S allowed the Turkish government seize land in northern Syria to counter Russian and Iranian influence in spite of former Kurdish allies…

RT (2019-08-14). Steve King does it again: Iowa congressman's 'rape and incest' remarks spark frenzy. rt.com Representative Steve King (R-Iowa) has once again touched off a media firestorm with remarks opposing abortion that seemed to imply humanity wouldn't exist without rape and incest.

Ralph Nader (2019-08-14). With the Boeing 737 MAX Grounded, Top Boeing Bosses Must Testify Before Congress Now. dissidentvoice.org Two Boeing 737 MAX crashes, one in Indonesia last October and one in Ethiopia this past March, took a combined 346 lives. Steady scrutiny by the media reported internal company leaks and gave voice to sidelined ex-Boeing engineers and aerospace safety specialists. These experts have revealed that Boeing's executives are responsible because they chose to …

United Nations (2019-08-14). Gender equality, education and the environment at the forefront of new SDG Advocate campaigns. un.org Back in May, six innovative public figures joined the battle to push the world towards reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. Each of the new official SDG Advocates committed themselves to pursue the 17 goals on behalf of "peace, prosperity, people, planet, and partnerships." | As we inch closer to the SDG Summit in September, UN News caught up with some of them.

Gary Leupp (2019-08-13). MSNBC and the Next Election: Racism is the Issue. dissidentvoice.org After Donald Trump unexpectedly won the 2016 election, the Democrats and the mainstream media they shape sought to explain the disaster as a result of Russian meddling. Such meddling, which had been alleged for months, was documented in an (unconvincing) intelligence report prepared by the lame-duck Obama administration, made public Jan. 6, 2017; Congress followed …

United Nations (2019-08-13). 'Act with restraint' UN human rights chief urges Hong Kong authorities and protestors, following airport disruption. un.org After two consecutive days of chaos at Hong Kong International Airport, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Michelle Bachelet expressed her concern and condemned "any form" of violence or destruction of property and urged the demonstrators to "express their views in a peaceful way".

Eric Zuesse (2019-08-13). Reality-Denial Among America's Democratic Party Faithful. dissidentvoice.org I used to be a Democrat, until the majority of Democrats in the U.S. Senate voted in 2002 for George W. Bush's 2003 catastrophic invasion of Iraq, even though everything that Bush and his Administration were alleging the invasion to be based on were mere lies, by him and his Administration. A Senator or Representative …

patrick (2019-08-13). BDS movement condemns U.S. Congress' anti-BDS resolution. bdsmovement.net BDS movement condemns U.S. Congress' anti-BDS resolution: UpdateThe resolution is based on lies and aims to to demonize peaceful resistance to Israel's military occupation and apartheid. | Right To BoycottJuly 23, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)

Aída Chávez (2019-08-12). Former Beto O'Rourke Organizers Rally Behind New Texas Senate Candidate. theintercept.com In April, Becky Bond and Zack Malitz left Beto O'Rourke's staff, less than a month after they'd helped the former Senate candidate rake in $6 million in the first day of his presidential campaign. It was seen, at the time, as a strategic shift for O'Rourke — away from the "big organizing" vision that drove his unexpectedly impactful 2018 Senate run. Now, Social Practice, the firm created by Bond and Malitz, who also worked on Sen. Bernie Sanders's 2016 campaign for president, is turning its "big organizing" vis…

unitedEditor (2019-08-10). TURKEY AND US COME TO AGREEMENT ON CREATION OF SECURITY ZONE. uwidata.com Turkey and the United States seem to have finally reached some level of agreement regarding the creation of a security zone in Syria, an issue which had long strained the already tense relations between the two countries. Nonetheless, the decision likely doesn't mean the end of the conflict over the issue. Following three days of …

Fight Back (2019-08-10). Milwaukee: Victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki remembered. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI – On the evening of August 9, over 50 anti-war activists, peace advocates and community members gathered at the Urban Ecology Center in Washington Park on Milwaukee's north side to remember the victims of the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima (August 6) and Nagasaki (August 9) in 1945. Additionally, victims of recent and prior mass shootings across the U.S. were honored. | The program began with an opportunity for attendees to create their own Japanese lanterns, including drawing or writing messages or images on the wrappings. Many custom designs feature messages such as "No more war!" and "Denu…

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…

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…

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). 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.

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…

2019-08-16: Social Media Postees

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Uncle Sam was Born Lethal
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
One of the occupational and intellectual hazards of being a historian is that current events often seem far less new to oneself than they do to others. Recently a leftish liberal friend told me that the United States under the Donald Trump had "become a lethal society." My friend cited the neofascist Trump's: horrible family separations and concentration camps on the border; openly white-nationalist assaults on four progressive nonwhite and female Congresswomen; real and threatened roundups of undocumented immigrants; fascist-style and hate-filled "Make America Great Again" rallies; encouragement of white suprema…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/16/uncle-sam-was-born-lethal/

With the Boeing 737 MAX Grounded, Top Boeing Bosses Must Testify Before Congress Now
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
Two Boeing 737 MAX crashes, one in Indonesia last October and one in Ethiopia this past March, took a combined 346 lives. Steady scrutiny by the media reported internal company leaks and gave voice to sidelined ex-Boeing engineers and aerospace safety specialists. These experts have revealed that Boeing's executives are responsible because they chose to use an unstable structural…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/16/with-the-boeing-737-max-grounded-top-boeing-bosses-must-testify-before-congress-now/

Israel Reverses Ban on US Congresswoman Tlaib
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-16
Israel has decided to reverse the ban on U.S. congresswoman Rashida Tlaib Friday after she agreed to just visit her family in the occupied West Bank on humanitarian grounds. | RELATED: | Israel Confirms Banning Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib from Visiting Palestine Over BDS Support | Tlaib, a critic of Israeli policy towards Palestinians, has agreed to respect the restrictions imposed on her during the occupied West Bank trip and will not promote the Boyco…
telesurenglish.net/news/Israel-Reverses-Ban-on-US-Congresswoman-Tlaib–20190816-0001.html

Israel bans Representatives Omar and Tlaib from entering Palestine
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-08-16
Minneapolis, MN – U.S. Representatives Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) have joined the ranks of thousands of human rights activists and millions of diaspora Palestinians who have been denied entry to Palestine by the occupying Israeli regime. | Reps. Omar and Tlaib had planned a congressional trip to the West Bank for next week, initially agreed to by the Israeli regime "out of respect for the U.S. Congress and the great alliance between Israel and America." However, on August 15 Israel announced a reversal of its previous decision and banned the delegation's entrance. | The announcement came…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/8/15/israel-bans-representatives-omar-and-tlaib-entering-palestine

Bernie Sanders: If Israel Bans Members of Congress, It Shouldn't Receive US Aid
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-16
| Sen. Bernie Sanders told MSNBC Thursday night that perhaps Israel should not be receiving billions of dollars in U.S. military aid after the right-wing government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu barred Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from entering the country. | "I wish I could tell you…that I am shocked. I am not," Sanders, a 2020 Demo…
truthout.org/articles/bernie-sanders-if-israel-bans-members-of-congress-it-shouldnt-receive-us-aid/

A dictatorial move: Trump blocks travel to Israel by two congresswomen
wsws.org | 2019-08-16
The intervention by the president to block travel by representatives Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar is another blow against the US constitutional framework.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/16/pers-a16.html

Haight Ashbury Peace Vigil
Cat Bell | indybay.org | 2019-08-16
Corner of Masonic and Fell at the Golden Gate Park Panhandle…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/14/18825492.php

Statehood Questioned at Hawaii's 60th Anniversary
Kioni Dudley | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-16
August 16, 2019, marks the 60th Anniversary of Statehood for Hawai'i. It will go little noticed. This article offers new information on illegalities and fraudulence regarding the statehood vote, and why it should not have been accepted by the …
globalresearch.ca/statehood-questioned-hawaii-60th/5686579

Palestine: Dangerous Bill in US Congress to Crush the PLO and the PA
Zaha Hassan | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-16
A bipartisan US bill currently being considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee puts at stake the ability of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) to engage diplomatic and legal channels to support Palestinian national aspirations and to seek accountability through international …
globalresearch.ca/dangerous-bill-congress-crush-plo-pa/5686582

The Prosecution of Julian Assange Affects Us All
Nozomi Hayase | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
With the indictment of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and the imprisonment of whistleblower Chelsea Manning, we are seeing the US government's blatant attack on the First Amendment. This assault now is officially acknowledged by a US federal court, where the judge dismissed a Democratic National Committee (DNC) civil suit against WikiLeaks on the grounds of…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/16/the-prosecution-of-julian-assange-affects-us-all/

DCCC Is Out of Step With Democratic Values
Richard Rodriguez | commondreams.org | 2019-08-16
DCCC Chair Cheri Bustos announced a "blacklist" policy, which sought to stifle the people-powered democratic process by requiring political consultants to sign a loyalty pledge to incumbent Democrats. (Photo: Greg Nash) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/bustoscheri_092818gn_lead.jpeg
commondreams.org/views/2019/08/16/dccc-out-step-democratic-values?cd-origin=rss

Bernie Sanders Fires Back at Netanyahu and Israel
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-08-16
In a new interview with MSNBC, the Vermont senator calls the decision to bar two U.S. congresswomen from entering the country an "outrage."
truthdig.com/articles/bernie-sanders-fires-back-at-netanyahu-and-israel/

Rashida Tlaib Blasts Israel for 'Oppressive Conditions'
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-16
U.S. Representative Rashida Tlaib blasted Israel on Friday for imposing "oppressive conditions" on her visit to the occupied West Bank. | RELATED: | Israel Reverses Ban on US Congresswoman Tlaib | Israel, who was conditionally allowing Tlaib to visit the occupied West Bank, issued a list of demands for the U.S. congresswoman that prohibited her from promoting the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) during her stay. | The U.S. congresswoman, in turn, said she would not visit her family there…
telesurenglish.net/english/bloggers/Rashida-Tlaib-Blasts-Israel-for-Oppressive-Conditions–20190816-0001.html

Citing 'oppressive conditions,' Rep. Tlaib signals she won't visit Israel after entry ban reversal
rt.com | 2019-08-16
US congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) has indicated that she will not travel to Israel to visit relatives, after Tel Aviv reversed its earlier decision to deny her entry. The US lawmaker had requested that the ban be lifted. | …
rt.com/usa/466652-tlaib-israel-visit-grandmother/

Rojava an example of ecosocialism
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-08-16
Make Rojava Green AgainIssue 1233 Northern Syria Rojava revolution ecosocialismIn 2011, in the context of the Arab Spring, a civil war began in Syria, pitting various armed groups against President Bashar al-Assad's regime. | Rapidly, a Kurdish-majorit…
greenleft.org.au/content/rojava-example-ecosocialism

Sanders Says If Israel Wants to Ban Members of Congress, It Should Not Receive Billions in US Military Aid
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-08-16
"The idea that a member of the United States Congress cannot visit a nation which, by the way, we support to the tune of billions and billions of dollars is clearly an outrage." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/bernie_sanders_16.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/08/16/sanders-says-if-israel-wants-ban-members-congress-it-should-not-receive-billions-us?cd-origin=rss

What Is Israel Trying to Hide? Reps. Tlaib & Omar Blocked from Taking Official Trip to West Bank
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-16
Israel sparked outrage Thursday when it banned two freshman Democratic congresswomen of color — Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota — from entering the country. Following outcry from Democratic leaders and Palestinians, Israel granted permission for Tlaib to enter the country on "humanitarian" grounds to visit her family in the West Bank — though Tlaib said Friday she will not visit her family under such conditions. Israel originally denied entrance to Tlaib and Omar after President Donald Trump tweeted, "It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep.Tl…
www.democracynow.org/2019/8/16/ilhan_omar_rashida_tlaib_israel_trump

Aloha from Dr. Martin Luther King and Tulsi Gabbard
Paul Rockwell | mintpressnews.com | 2019-08-15
"Aloha," says Gabbard, "is a powerful force that motivates us to take action for the well-being of others and our country." In King's famous words, "The arc of the moral universe is long, but bends toward justice." Gabbard seeks to bend the arc of history away from war toward peace.
mintpressnews.com/aloha-from-dr-martin-luther-king-and-tulsi-gabbard/261363/

Top scientist denounces smears of Tulsi Gabbard on Syria
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-08-15
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has been smeared as an Assad apologist for her efforts to end the US-backed proxy war and…
thegrayzone.com/2019/08/15/top-scientist-denounces-smears-of-tulsi-gabbard-on-syria/

Turkey: Women's group offers solidarity to Syrian refugees
Steve Sweeney | peoplesworld.org | 2019-08-15
Women in Turkey have come together and sent a message of solidarity with thousands of Syrian refugees being deported as authorities crack down across Istanbul. The Yoƒüurtàßu Women's Forum met in Turkey's largest city to discuss the plight of the country's 3.6 million Syrian refugees as the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government implements a …
peoplesworld.org/article/turkey-womens-group-offers-solidarity-to-syrian-refugees/

Video: Syrian Army Reached Khan Shaykhun
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-15
Government forces are developing their advance in the southern part of the Idlib de-escalation zone. | The Syrian military has deployed a new batch of reinforcements, including battle tanks from the 4th Armoured Division, to the frontline. According to pro-government …
globalresearch.ca/video-syrian-army-reached-khan-shaykhun/5686426

Three more humanitarian workers killed in Syria, with civilian death toll 'rising every day'
United Nations | un.org | 2019-08-15
An attack in the south of Syria's restive Idlib province that led to the deaths of a paramedic, an ambulance driver and a rescue worker, were added to the grim total on Thursday of more than 500 civilian fatalities documented in the country by the United Nations, over the past three and a half months alone.
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As Warren and Sanders Swiftly Condemned Israel for Barring Congresswomen, Pelosi and Biden Hesitated
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-08-15
Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders were quick to criticize Israel for blocking Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar. Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden took more time.
theintercept.com/2019/08/15/israel-omar-tlaib-trump-netanyahu/

Changing world balance of forces in new stage of globalization
John Bachtell | peoplesworld.org | 2019-08-15
This is part 7 of the full main report, "Unity to save people and planet; For full equality, democracy, peace, and green socialism," to the 31st National Convention of the Communist Party USA held in Chicago, Illinois, June 21-23, 2019. Other installments available here. The abbreviated oral presentation is available here. John Bachtell served as CPUSA national …
peoplesworld.org/article/changing-the-world-balance-of-forces-in-the-new-stage-of-globalization/

End endless conflict and bring peace to Korea
Jesse Jackson | peoplesworld.org | 2019-08-15
July 27 marked the 66th anniversary of the signing of the Korean War armistice, which brought an end to hostilities that killed nearly five million people, including almost 40,000 U.S. service members. The war ended in a temporary cease-fire, which is why the United States still maintains 28,500 troops in South Korea. Nuclear missiles ring the …
peoplesworld.org/article/end-endless-conflict-and-bring-peace-to-korea/

Prison Guard Drives Truck Into Crowd of Peaceful Anti-ICE Protesters
Ilana Novick | truthdig.com | 2019-08-15
Activists who were sitting at the entry to the detention facility's parking lot in Rhode Island are shaken but remain as committed as ever.
truthdig.com/articles/prison-guard-drives-truck-into-crowd-of-peaceful-anti-ice-protesters/

We ignore thousands of threatened plant species at our own peril
Lorraine Chow | nationofchange.org | 2019-08-15
Kokia drynarioides is a small but significant flowering tree endemic to Hawaii's dry forests. Native Hawaiians used its large, scarlet flowers to make lei. Its sap was used as dye for ropes and nets. Its bark was used medicinally to treat thrush. But Kokia drynarioides–commonly known as Hawaii tree cotton, or kokio and hau hele'ula …
nationofchange.org/2019/08/15/we-ignore-thousands-of-threatened-plant-species-at-our-own-peril/

Why Mauna Kea needs your protection
Kaitlin Grable | nationofchange.org | 2019-08-15
I was born on the island of O'ahu, 98 years after the U.S. supported an illegal coup in my hometown of Honolulu to overthrow Queen Liliuokalani and steal Hawaiian land. I was born in a Hawai'i that is radically and tragically different from the Hawai'i of my ancestors. The Hawaiian word for land is 'aina. This word …
nationofchange.org/2019/08/15/why-mauna-kea-needs-your-protection/

Russians everywhere! Biden aide cries 'spy plane' about normal treaty flight over US
rt.com | 2019-08-15
A routine Russian flight to Hawaii under the Open Skies treaty has been invoked by a former senior Obama administration official to stir up panic among the 'Russiagate' holdovers, proving some conspiracies just refuse to go away. | …
rt.com/usa/466591-open-skies-plane-scare/

Progressive Candidates Are Carving a Path to the Senate in 2020 — No Thanks to Chuck Schumer
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-08-15
If Democrats manage to seize the Senate and make Schumer the majority leader, it will be in large part due to the work of an organized left.
theintercept.com/2019/08/15/senate-democrats-2020-chuck-schumer/

Hickenlooper Ends White House Bid, Mulls Senate Run in Colorado
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-08-15
The ex-governor says he's giving "serious thought" to challenging Sen. Cory Gardner as he ends his longshot bid for Democratic nomination.
truthdig.com/articles/hickenlooper-ends-white-house-bid-mulls-senate-run-in-colorado/

26-Year-Old Gun Violence Prevention Activist Is Taking on 26-Year Incumbent Rep. Bobby Rush
Akela Lacy | theintercept.com | 2019-08-15
A 26-year-old organizer in Chicago is mounting a primary challenge to Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., who has been a member of Congress for 26 years. | Robert Emmons, whose best friend, high school classmate, and freshman roommate was shot and killed in 2015, is making gun violence prevention a cornerstone of his campaign. The Windy City experiences gun violence at alarming yet not uncommon rates, as compared to other metropolitan areas — but the number of fatal shootings is in some ways unique to Chicago, where Emmons's 21-year-ol…
theintercept.com/2019/08/15/chicago-gun-violence-democratic-primary/

'Perfect Illustration of Israel's Racist Apartheid Policies': Netanyahu Denounced for Barring Muslim Congresswomen Omar and Tlaib
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-08-15
"It is an affront that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, under pressure from President Trump, would deny entry to representatives of the U.S. government." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/tlaib_omar_0.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/08/15/perfect-illustration-israels-racist-apartheid-policies-netanyahu-denounced-barring?cd-origin=rss

Tulsi Gabbard vs Google goliath
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-08-14
Tulsi Gabbard was the most-searched person on Google during the first debate–so the giant corporation shut down her account. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/08/14/democratic-presidential-candidate-tulsi-gabbard-sues-google-for-suspending-her-ad-account/

United States and Turkey Agree to a Syrian "Safe Zone," Betraying the Kurds
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-08-14
Baris Karaagac discusses how the U.S allowed the Turkish government seize land in northern Syria to counter Russian and Iranian influence in spite of former Kurdish allies…
therealnews.com/stories/united-states-and-turkey-agree-to-a-syrian-safe-zone-betraying-the-kurds

With the Boeing 737 MAX Grounded, Top Boeing Bosses Must Testify Before Congress Now
Ralph Nader | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-08-14
Two Boeing 737 MAX crashes, one in Indonesia last October and one in Ethiopia this past March, took a combined 346 lives. Steady scrutiny by the media reported internal company leaks and gave voice to sidelined ex-Boeing engineers and aerospace safety specialists. These experts have revealed that Boeing's executives are responsible because they chose to …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/08/with-the-boeing-737-max-grounded-top-boeing-bosses-must-testify-before-congress-now/

Gender equality, education and the environment at the forefront of new SDG Advocate campaigns
United Nations | un.org | 2019-08-14
Back in May, six innovative public figures joined the battle to push the world towards reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. Each of the new official SDG Advocates committed themselves to pursue the 17 goals on behalf of "peace, prosperity, people, planet, and partnerships." | As we inch closer to the SDG Summit in September, UN News caught up with some of them.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/08/1043601

Steve King does it again: Iowa congressman's 'rape and incest' remarks spark frenzy
rt.com | 2019-08-14
Representative Steve King (R-Iowa) has once again touched off a media firestorm with remarks opposing abortion that seemed to imply humanity wouldn't exist without rape and incest. | …
rt.com/usa/466506-steve-king-rape-incest/

'Act with restraint' UN human rights chief urges Hong Kong authorities and protestors, following airport disruption
United Nations | un.org | 2019-08-13
After two consecutive days of chaos at Hong Kong International Airport, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Michelle Bachelet expressed her concern and condemned "any form" of violence or destruction of property and urged the demonstrators to "express their views in a peaceful way".
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/08/1044141

BDS movement condemns U.S. Congress' anti-BDS resolution
patrick | bdsmovement.net | 2019-08-13
BDS movement condemns U.S. Congress' anti-BDS resolution: UpdateThe resolution is based on lies and aims to to demonize peaceful resistance to Israel's military occupation and apartheid. | Right To BoycottJuly 23, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) …
bdsmovement.net/news/bds-movement-condemns-us-congress-anti-bds-resolution

Reality-Denial Among America's Democratic Party Faithful
Eric Zuesse | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-08-13
I used to be a Democrat, until the majority of Democrats in the U.S. Senate voted in 2002 for George W. Bush's 2003 catastrophic invasion of Iraq, even though everything that Bush and his Administration were alleging the invasion to be based on were mere lies, by him and his Administration. A Senator or Representative …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/08/reality-denial-among-americas-democratic-party-faithful/

MSNBC and the Next Election: Racism is the Issue
Gary Leupp | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-08-13
After Donald Trump unexpectedly won the 2016 election, the Democrats and the mainstream media they shape sought to explain the disaster as a result of Russian meddling. Such meddling, which had been alleged for months, was documented in an (unconvincing) intelligence report prepared by the lame-duck Obama administration, made public Jan. 6, 2017; Congress followed …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/08/msnbc-and-the-next-election-racism-is-the-issue/

Former Beto O'Rourke Organizers Rally Behind New Texas Senate Candidate
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2019-08-12
In April, Becky Bond and Zack Malitz left Beto O'Rourke's staff, less than a month after they'd helped the former Senate candidate rake in $6 million in the first day of his presidential campaign. It was seen, at the time, as a strategic shift for O'Rourke — away from the "big organizing" vision that drove his unexpectedly impactful 2018 Senate run. Now, Social Practice, the firm created by Bond and Malitz, who also worked on Sen. Bernie Sanders's 2016 campaign for president, is turning its "big organizing" vis…
theintercept.com/2019/08/12/texas-progressive-senate-candidate/

TURKEY AND US COME TO AGREEMENT ON CREATION OF SECURITY ZONE
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-08-10
Turkey and the United States seem to have finally reached some level of agreement regarding the creation of a security zone in Syria, an issue which had long strained the already tense relations between the two countries. Nonetheless, the decision likely doesn't mean the end of the conflict over the issue. Following three days of …
uwidata.com/4836-turkey-and-us-come-to-agreement-on-creation-of-security-zone/

Milwaukee: Victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki remembered
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-08-10
Milwaukee, WI – On the evening of August 9, over 50 anti-war activists, peace advocates and community members gathered at the Urban Ecology Center in Washington Park on Milwaukee's north side to remember the victims of the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima (August 6) and Nagasaki (August 9) in 1945. Additionally, victims of recent and prior mass shootings across the U.S. were honored. | The program began with an opportunity for attendees to create their own Japanese lanterns, including drawing or writing messages or images on the wrappings. Many custom designs feature messages such as "No more war!" and "Denu…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/8/10/milwaukee-victims-hiroshima-and-nagasaki-remembered

Friday's Daily Brief: Indigenous Peoples' Day, Yemen food aid, IDs for Rohingya, protect fleeing Malians, Nagasaki Peace Ceremony
United Nations | un.org | 2019-08-09
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…
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/08/1044081

Obama, Biden, Mattis and Clapper Expressed Skepticism on Syria, so Why Is Gabbard Singled Out?
Ali A. Taj | mintpressnews.com | 2019-08-08
Why must Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard be smeared and attacked for questioning the mainstream narrative on Syria when even Barack Obama has done the same?
mintpressnews.com/skepticism-syria-why-tulsi-gabbard-singled-out/261257/

Thursday's Daily Brief: Climate crisis and food risks, fresh violence threat for millions of Syrians, calls for calm in Kashmir
United Nations | un.org | 2019-08-08
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.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/08/1043971

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’

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