Daily Archives: August 22, 2019

2019-08-22: News Headlines

Staff (2019-08-22). Money Is Pouring Into Race for Susan Collins' Senate Seat. truthdig.com Observers predict the race will set a Maine spending record, although Collins has yet to officially announce that she's seeking reelection.

Staff (2019-08-22). DNC Rejects Call for a Climate Debate. therealnews.com Democratic National Committee (DNC) officials reversed the previous ban on candidates participating in non-sanctioned climate forums, but Carmen Bouquin of the Sunrise Movement says that's not enough…

Ahmad Al Khaled (2019-08-22). No Agreement on Idlib: So-called "Militants" (aka Al Qaeda) Continue to Kill Syrian Civilians. globalresearch.ca The 13th round of negotiations on Syria in Astana format was held in the capital of Kazakhstan on the 1st and 2nd of August. As the result, three guarantor states — Russia, Turkey and Iran — accepted a statement which …

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-08-22). Al-Golani's Defiance of Turkey Leads to Syrian Government Control of Khan Sheikhoun. globalresearch.ca During the first week of this month of August, the ex-ISIS commander and current head of Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra) Abu Mohammad al-Golani held a press conference in the occupied northern city of Idlib. He declared …

teleSUR (2019-08-22). Syrian Army Opens Humanitarian Corridor For Terror Victims. telesurenglish.net Following the defeat of Al-Qaeda linked jihadists in Khan Shaykhun, The Syrian Arab Army has opened a 'humanitarian corridor' between Idlib and Hama to allow residents to leave areas still held by foreing-backed terror groups. | RELATED: | Assad Vows to 'Liberate Every Inch of Territory from Terrorists' | Syrian state media outlet SANA reports that the town of Suran will become a 'humanitarian corridor' that will allow civillians in Southern Idlib and Northern Hama to flee Jih…

Ralph Nader (2019-08-22). They Don't Make Republicans Like the Great Paul Findley Anymore! dissidentvoice.org In his 22 years in Congress (1960-1982), Paul Findley achieved a sterling record for fundamental positions, proposals and breakthroughs that revealed a great man, pure and simple. He never stopped learning and applying his knowledge to advance the right course of action, regardless of political party, ideology or pressure from various groups. Findley, a courteous, …

UCSC Resource Centers (2019-08-22). UCSC Resource Centers Statement on Thirty Meter Telescope. indybay.org The UCSC Resource Centers stand in solidarity with the Native Hawaiian community in their opposition to the building of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawai'i. This 18-story telescope will destroy sacred lands and cause substantial impact to the ecosystems of the island overall.

teleSUR (2019-08-22). Jesus Santrich Given Interpol Red Notice. telesurenglish.net Interpol have officially issued a red notice for the arrest of FARC leader Jesus Santrich, following his no-show at a scheduled court appearance in Colombia, and failure to inform authorities of his whereabouts. Santrich helped negotiate the 2016 peace agreements which many say are breaking down due to the state not meeting its obligations. | RELATED: | Colombian Indigenous Peoples Declare Emergency in Cauca Valley | While at a FARC reintegration ca…

Cesar Chelala (2019-08-22). A Palestinian/Israeli Experiment for Peace in the Middle East. counterpunch.org Changing dynamics in the Middle East make peace between Israelis and Palestinians more elusive than ever. Both sides have rights, and both sides made wrongs. How to overcome these wrongs is what two professors, a Palestinian and an Israeli, have been trying to do for over two decades. Their work may represent one of the More

commondreams (2019-08-22). Sanders, Gillibrand Tied for Lead in New Greenpeace Climate 2020 Ranking. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2019-08-22). Grassroots Pressure Forces DNC to Allow Multi-Candidate "Discussions" on Climate Crisis. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2019-08-22). DNC ADVANCES RESOLUTION TO REVERSE BAN ON 2020 CANDIDATES' SIDE-BY-SIDE PARTICIPATION, ALLOW MULTI-ISSUE CLIMATE "DISCUSSION" commondreams.org ______________________________…

CA Democratic Progressive Caucus (2019-08-22). Strategy Meeting: Pass the DNC Resolution for a Presidential Climate Debate. indybay.org Parc 55 Hotel, Ballroom | 55 Cyril Magnin Street | San Francisco, CA 94102…

Jud Lounsbury (2019-08-22). Steve King: Confederate Soldiers Died 'Putting an End to' Slavery. progressive.org Thankfully, this Iowan Congressman isn't into creative anachronism.

Josue De Luna Navarro (2019-08-22). For True Climate Justice, Abolish ICE and CBP. counterpunch.org Last month, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Senator Kamala Harris released their Climate Equity Act — the first draft of a critical component of a Green New Deal. The act aims to protect marginalized communities as Congress attempts to "address" climate change by creating a system that gives environmental legislation an equity score based on its impact More

teleSUR (2019-08-22). Police Killings Reaches Historic Record in Rio de Janeiro. telesurenglish.net The mega-city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil recorded a 49 percent increase in civilian deaths at the hands of police in July compared to the same month last year, making it the highest number of deaths by security forces on record since tracking began in 1998, official sources say. | RELATED: | Brazilian Congress Committee Approves US to Use Alcantara Base | A total of 194 people were killed by the police in July – that's more than six deaths per day, on average, that took place…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-08-22). Protests Break Out After DNC Committee Votes Against Holding 2020 #ClimateDebate. commondreams.org Sparking immediate protests at the Democratic National Committee's summer meeting in San Francisco Thursday, the organization's Resolutions Committee voted down a resolution that called for a climate-focused debate among 2020 presidential primary candidates. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Michael Welton (2019-08-21). That Couldn't Be True: Restorying and Reconciliation. counterpunch.org The Canadian nation-state presents itself to the world as a benign peacekeeper and benevolent force for good in the world. This myth washes over us and leaves us unwilling and reluctant to face up to our past as a white settler colonial state. If we did a few nasty things in the past, well, that More

unitedEditor (2019-08-21). Italian Prime Minister Conte resigns, but what comes next? uwidata.com On Tuesday, Giuseppe Conte, the Chairman of the Italian Council of Ministers, announced his resignation. In a speech before the Senate, he declared his intention to ask President Mattarella for permission to leave his office early. Conte was all but forced into the decision by Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, who was about to initiate …

Naomi Klein (2019-08-21). Why the Democratic National Committee Must Change the Rules and Hold a Climate Debate. theintercept.com A girl holds a sign that reads "pull the emergency brake" at a ceremony to commemorate the Okjà∂kull glacier in Iceland, on Aug. 18, 2019. | recorded in human history. You are meeting on the same week that smoke from a record number of wildfires in the Amazon rainforest turned day into night in the Brazilian megapolis of Sà£o Paulo. And you are meeting just days after Iceland's prime minister led her country in its first Martha Grevatt (2019-08-21). Jewish activists support Congressperson Tlaib. workers.org About 60 members of Metro Detroit's Jewish community held a rally and Shabbat service Aug. 16 to support their congressperson, Rashida Tlaib. Israel recently denied Tlaib permission to meet with Palestinians living in the occupied West Bank, along with Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. Tlaib had also planned to visit . . . | Continue reading Jewish activists support Congressperson Tlaib at Workers.org

RT (2019-08-21). Trump calls Jews who vote Democrat 'uninformed or disloyal'. rt.com Jews who vote Democrat are lacking in either knowledge or loyalty, US President Donald Trump has declared, slamming the party for criticizing Israel's decision to bar two Democratic congresswomen from entering the country. | "Where has the Democratic Party gone? Where have they gone when they are defending these two people over the state of Israel?" the president wondered aloud to reporters on Monday. | I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty. | "I can't even believe we're having this conversation!" Trump continued, seemingly lef…

RT (2019-08-21). MSM hurls FAKE 'anti-Semitism' charge against Trump, rather than question his REAL loyalty to Israel. rt.com The media has willfully misinterpreted Donald Trump's words to portray the most pro-Israel US president in history as an anti-Semite. It makes more sense to chide him for sacrificing US interests to please Benjamin Netanyahu. | Here is the full Trump quote from Tuesday, in which he rejected Democrat Bernie Sanders' idea that Israel should stop accepting American aid, after its reluctance to let in congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, who have publicly endorsed the BDS campaign. | "The concept of even talking about this — even three years ago — of cutting off aid to Israel because of two people…

John Bachtell (2019-08-21). At mass rallies, the nation cries out: 'Do something' about gun violence. peoplesworld.org CHICAGO —"Do something!" has become the nationwide rallying cry in response to the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, and an eruption of violence that left seven dead in Chicago the same weekend. Recess Rallies were held during the summer Congressional break August 17-18 in over 100 communities in all 50 states …

South Front (2019-08-21). Video: Syrian Tiger Forces Advance to Encircle Khan Shaykhun. globalresearch.ca Government forces are rapidly advancing in southern Idlib inflicting large casualties to radical militant groups. | During the weekend, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the Tiger Forces and their allies have liberated the villages of Khirbat Abidin, Hursh al-Tawilah, Mughr Hunta, …

teleSUR (2019-08-21). Assad Vows to 'Liberate Every Inch of Territory from Terrorists'. telesurenglish.net Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad reiterated his government's commitment to '"liberate every inch of territory from terrorists," following a victory for the Syrian Arab Army in the key Idlib town of Khan Sheikhoun. | RELATED: | China Warns of Reemergence of Islamic State Group in Syria | President Assad made the statement while receiving a delegation from Russia's Douma, headed by lawmaker Dmitry Sablin. At the meeting, Sablin congratulated Assad for the army's recent military vic…

Fight Back (2019-08-21). Representatives Omar and Tlaib speak out against being banned from Palestine. fightbacknews.org St. Paul, MN – On August 19, Representative Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) held a press conference in the State Capitol in Saint Paul to a packed room, with an overflow of 100 people, on the human cost of the Israeli occupation of Palestine and travel restrictions. | On August 16, the Israeli government denied the representatives visas to visit Palestine. Their visas previously had been approved, but after a tweet by Donald Trump denouncing Omar and Tlaib's visit, the approval was revoked. Congresswoman Stacy Plaskett, delegate to House for the Virgin Islands, was to join them on th…

Alex Emmons (2019-08-21). Taliban Peace Talks Must Not Ignore CIA-Funded Afghan Militias, Report Says. theintercept.com "If cut loose by the CIA," the report notes, militias "may be reborn as private armies or 'security guards' in the service of powerful individuals."

teleSUR (2019-08-21). Venezuela: About 4 Million Sign Petition Against US Blockade. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's government announced that the petition to collect signatures calling on the United States to lift the unilateral blockade under the "#NoMoreTrump" campaign has reached four million rubrics with about three weeks still to go. | RELATED: | Venezuela: Arreaza Denounces Blockade to UN Security Council | "We already reached four million signatures. Do not be left behind, go out to sign, in the Bolivar Squares of the country, for the defense of Venezuela, for the peace of th…

teleSUR (2019-08-21). Brazilian Congress Committee Approves US to Use Alcantara Base. telesurenglish.net The Foreign and Defense Committee of the Brazilian Congress has just approved by majority vote the U.S.' commercial use of the Alcântara Base along Brazil's north Atlantic coast. | RELATED: | Brazil: the Far-Right's Lawfare Now Aims at Professor Haddad | This move comes just months after President Jair Bolsonaro inked a deal with his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump to allow the Americans access to this satellite launching base. | As a result of this move by the Foreign and Defense C…

Global Research News (2019-08-21). Selected Articles: Mainstream Media Betrayal of Assange. globalresearch.ca A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer". | . | . | | | If, like us, this is …

Editor (2019-08-21). In defense of Palestine. workers.org The issue of occupied Palestine once again took center stage in the world press when two women members of the congressional Squad — Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) — were initially denied the right to enter Israel by its fascistic Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Aug. 15, at . . . | Continue reading In defense of Palestine at Workers.org

RT (2019-08-20). Make love, not war? Department of PEACE plan unveiled by Marianne Williamson, and Twitter loves it. rt.com Democratic presidential hopeful and spiritual guru Marianne Williamson has revealed a proposal for a new "Department of Peace," a project devoted to "ending the scourge of violence" around the world. Twitter felt the good vibes. | The proposal was rolled out on Monday night in a post on Williamson's website, calling for a new cabinet-level department. The plan lists a lofty series of goals, ranging from addressing "white supremacy" and domestic gun violence, to developing "restorative justice programs" and "new structures of nonviole…

Jason Ditz (2019-08-20). Pentagon Officials Eager to Present a Recovering ISIS, but Facts Don't Support It. theantimedia.com The Pentagon clearly wants this to be true, because they are using it to spin a US military withdrawal from Syria as dangerous.

United Nations (2019-08-20). 'No time to lose' UN envoy tells Security Council, 'Yemen cannot wait'. un.org One month ago, the United Nations top Yemen envoy told the Security Council the country was facing "a crucial moment" in the course of its long and bloody conflict, and on Tuesday, he again urged members to acknowledge that recent infighting around the Government stronghold of Aden were "a clear sign" that the conflict must be brought to a swift, peaceful end.

The Canary (2019-08-20). Stormont leaders clash over PM's backstop demand. thecanary.co Political leaders in the north of Ireland have clashed over Boris Johnson's claim that the backstop will damage the peace process.Sinn Féin accused the prime minister of "rank hypocrisy", insisting a no-deal Brexit is what could endanger the peace, while the DUP said the EU had to accept that political unionism in the region would not accept the contentious measure.The Alliance Party accused Johnson of being "reckless and disingenuous".The prime minister outlined a number of reasons for his demand for the EU to ditch the backstop in a letter to European Council president Donald Tusk.One of them was the ass…

Rick Sterling (2019-08-20). NPR Mocks Cancer Survivor in Drumbeat of Syria Propaganda. dissidentvoice.org Asma al-Assad, First Lady of Syria (from released Syrian Presidency Facebook page) It may be a new low in propaganda. National Public Radio (NPR) used the news that Syrian First Lady Asma al-Assad had overcome breast cancer to mock her and continue the information war against Syria. They interviewed a Human Rights Watch staffer named …

Staff (2019-08-20). Deadly Bombings Devastate Afghanistan as U.S.-Taliban Peace Talks Continue Without Afghan Government. democracynow.org In Afghanistan, a series of bomb attacks devastated restaurants and other public spaces Monday in the eastern city of Jalalabad, injuring at least 66 people. The explosions took place on Afghanistan's 100th Independence Day, following Saturday's bloody suicide bombing at a wedding in Kabul that killed 63 people, wounding around 200 others. ISIS claimed the attack, which was the deadliest this year in Afghanistan. The bombings came as the U.S. and Taliban are reportedly close to a peace deal after months of talks between the two parties. Top issues in the negotiations include a U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanist…

Ryan Grim (2019-08-19). Democrats Have an Open Senate Seat in New Mexico. Will They Elect a Progressive, or the Former Head of the DCCC? theintercept.com With Sen. Tom Udall retiring, the Democratic Party establishment is unified behind Ben Ray Luján. The Working Families Party endorsed Maggie Oliver.

Tyler Durden (2019-08-19). Turkey-Syria War on the Horizon: Airstrikes Target Invading Turkish Army Convoy. theantimedia.com Turkey and Syria could be headed for war as their armies increasingly clash on front lines in southern Idlib.

Fight Back (2019-08-19). Anti-War Committee denounces Israel's ban of Omar and Tlaib. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following August 15 statement from the Twin Cities based Anti-War Committee. | The Minnesota Anti-War Committee condemns the Israeli government's August 15 decision not to allow US Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from entering occupied Palestine, to which the Israeli state controls all access. Reps. Omar and Tlaib join the thousands of peace activists, human rights officials and people of conscience around the world who are denied entry over their support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel and its Zionist policies of occu…

ACLU (2019-08-19). Trump is Taking More Money for Raids and Detention. Congress Should Stop Him. aclu.org Without congressional checks, ICE and CBP will continue to overspend and overstep. | The budget for Trump's turbo-charged immigration enforcement and border militarization is now larger than ever. And just last week, we learned that ICE plans to redirect even more money to further expand immigration detention and enforcement. The plan is currently being reviewed by congressional appropriato…

Ryan Grim (2019-08-18). Amy McGrath's Senate Campaign Manager Helped Get Her Potential Primary Opponent Fired. theintercept.com WLEX, a Kentucky TV station, fired host Matt Jones, who has been pondering a primary challenge to Amy McGrath, at the urging of her campaign manager.

Fight Back (2019-08-17). Milwaukee VA workers fight union busting. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI – Fifty Veterans Affairs workers and supporters rallied outside the Zablocki VA hospital August 12 to protest union-busting, attacks on high-quality public veteran healthcare, and bad faith bargaining by the VA administration. | The rally was organized by the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 3 and supported by the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO, Milwaukee Area Labor Council, Veterans for Peace and elected leaders including Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, U.S. Congresswoman Gwen Moore and U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin. | AFGE members and representatives detailed shocking accounts of the ex…

Staff (2019-08-16). North Korea Suspends Talks With South Korea Because of U.S. Sanctions. therealnews.com While U.S.-North Korea nuclear talks fail to proceed because of a lack of unanimity within the Trump administration, the North suspended peace talks with the South because of the U.S.'s refusal to lift economic sanctions, says Tim Shorrock…

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 imm…

United Nations (2019-08-16). UN Security Council discusses Kashmir, China urges India and Pakistan to ease tensions. un.org The Security Council considered the volatile situation surrounding Kashmir on Friday, addressing the issue in a meeting focused solely on the dispute, within the UN body dedicated to resolving matters of international peace and security, for the first time since 1965.

Hatewatch Staff (2019-08-16). Marjorie Taylor Greene: How an Outspoken MAGA Fan Built a Following in a World of Extremists. splcenter.org Originally a MAGA supporter but now an emerging MAGA star, Marjorie Taylor Greene has deftly leveraged social media and confrontations in public to increase her visibility. Now she's entering politics as a GOP candidate for Georgia's 6th Congressional District.

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…

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.

2019-08-22: Social Media Postees

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Al-Golani's Defiance of Turkey Leads to Syrian Government Control of Khan Sheikhoun
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-22
During the first week of this month of August, the ex-ISIS commander and current head of Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra) Abu Mohammad al-Golani held a press conference in the occupied northern city of Idlib. He declared …
globalresearch.ca/al-golani-defiance-turkey-leads-syrian-government-control-khan-sheikhoun/5686903

No Agreement on Idlib: So-called "Militants" (aka Al Qaeda) Continue to Kill Syrian Civilians
Ahmad Al Khaled | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-22
The 13th round of negotiations on Syria in Astana format was held in the capital of Kazakhstan on the 1st and 2nd of August. As the result, three guarantor states — Russia, Turkey and Iran — accepted a statement which …
globalresearch.ca/syrians-ask-exemption-militants/5685805

Syrian Army Opens Humanitarian Corridor For Terror Victims
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-22
Following the defeat of Al-Qaeda linked jihadists in Khan Shaykhun, The Syrian Arab Army has opened a 'humanitarian corridor' between Idlib and Hama to allow residents to leave areas still held by foreing-backed terror groups. | RELATED: | Assad Vows to 'Liberate Every Inch of Territory from Terrorists' | Syrian state media outlet SANA reports that the town of Suran will become a 'humanitarian corridor' that will allow civillians in Southern Idlib and Northern Hama to flee Jih…
telesurenglish.net/news/Syrian-Army-Open…

They Don't Make Republicans Like the Great Paul Findley Anymore!
Ralph Nader | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-08-22
In his 22 years in Congress (1960-1982), Paul Findley achieved a sterling record for fundamental positions, proposals and breakthroughs that revealed a great man, pure and simple. He never stopped learning and applying his knowledge to advance the right course of action, regardless of political party, ideology or pressure from various groups. Findley, a courteous, …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/08/they-dont-mak…

UCSC Resource Centers Statement on Thirty Meter Telescope
UCSC Resource Centers | indybay.org | 2019-08-22
The UCSC Resource Centers stand in solidarity with the Native Hawaiian community in their opposition to the building of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawai'i. This 18-story telescope will destroy sacred lands and cause substantial impact to the ecosystems of the island overall.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/18/1882554…

Jesus Santrich Given Interpol Red Notice
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-22
Interpol have officially issued a red notice for the arrest of FARC leader Jesus Santrich, following his no-show at a scheduled court appearance in Colombia, and failure to inform authorities of his whereabouts. Santrich helped negotiate the 2016 peace agreements which many say are breaking down due to the state not meeting its obligations. | RELATED: | Colombian Indigenous Peoples Declare Emergency in Cauca Valley | While at a FARC reintegration ca…
telesurenglish.net/news/Jesus-Santrich-G…

Sanders, Gillibrand Tied for Lead in New Greenpeace Climate 2020 Ranking
commondreams.org | 2019-08-22
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A Palestinian/Israeli Experiment for Peace in the Middle East
Cesar Chelala | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-22
Changing dynamics in the Middle East make peace between Israelis and Palestinians more elusive than ever. Both sides have rights, and both sides made wrongs. How to overcome these wrongs is what two professors, a Palestinian and an Israeli, have been trying to do for over two decades. Their work may represent one of the…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/22/a-palestinia…

Money Is Pouring Into Race for Susan Collins' Senate Seat
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-08-22
Observers predict the race will set a Maine spending record, although Collins has yet to officially announce that she's seeking reelection.
truthdig.com/articles/money-pouring-into…

Grassroots Pressure Forces DNC to Allow Multi-Candidate "Discussions" on Climate Crisis
commondreams.org | 2019-08-22
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Strategy Meeting: Pass the DNC Resolution for a Presidential Climate Debate
CA Democratic Progressive Caucus | indybay.org | 2019-08-22
Parc 55 Hotel, Ballroom | 55 Cyril Magnin Street | San Francisco, CA 94102…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/17/1882552…

DNC ADVANCES RESOLUTION TO REVERSE BAN ON 2020 CANDIDATES' SIDE-BY-SIDE PARTICIPATION, ALLOW MULTI-ISSUE CLIMATE "DISCUSSION"
commondreams.org | 2019-08-22
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DNC Rejects Call for a Climate Debate
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-08-22
Democratic National Committee (DNC) officials reversed the previous ban on candidates participating in non-sanctioned climate forums, but Carmen Bouquin of the Sunrise Movement says that's not enough…
therealnews.com/stories/dnc-rejects-call…

Steve King: Confederate Soldiers Died 'Putting an End to' Slavery
Jud Lounsbury | progressive.org | 2019-08-22
Thankfully, this Iowan Congressman isn't into creative anachronism.
progressive.org/dispatches/steve-king-co…

Police Killings Reaches Historic Record in Rio de Janeiro
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-22
The mega-city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil recorded a 49 percent increase in civilian deaths at the hands of police in July compared to the same month last year, making it the highest number of deaths by security forces on record since tracking began in 1998, official sources say. | RELATED: | Brazilian Congress Committee Approves US to Use Alcantara Base | A total of 194 people were killed by the police in July – that's more than six deaths per day, on average, that took place…
telesurenglish.net/news/Police-Killings-…

For True Climate Justice, Abolish ICE and CBP
Josue De Luna Navarro | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-22
Last month, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Senator Kamala Harris released their Climate Equity Act — the first draft of a critical component of a Green New Deal. The act aims to protect marginalized communities as Congress attempts to "address" climate change by creating a system that gives environmental legislation an equity score based on its impact…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/22/for-true-cli…

Protests Break Out After DNC Committee Votes Against Holding 2020 #ClimateDebate
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-08-22
Sparking immediate protests at the Democratic National Committee's summer meeting in San Francisco Thursday, the organization's Resolutions Committee voted down a resolution that called for a climate-focused debate among 2020 presidential primary candidates. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/08/22/protest…

Assad Vows to 'Liberate Every Inch of Territory from Terrorists'
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-21
Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad reiterated his government's commitment to '"liberate every inch of territory from terrorists," following a victory for the Syrian Arab Army in the key Idlib town of Khan Sheikhoun. | RELATED: | China Warns of Reemergence of Islamic State Group in Syria | President Assad made the statement while receiving a delegation from Russia's Douma, headed by lawmaker Dmitry Sablin. At the meeting, Sablin congratulated Assad for the army's recent military vic…
telesurenglish.net/news/Assad-Vows-to-Li…

Video: Syrian Tiger Forces Advance to Encircle Khan Shaykhun
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-21
Government forces are rapidly advancing in southern Idlib inflicting large casualties to radical militant groups. | During the weekend, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the Tiger Forces and their allies have liberated the villages of Khirbat Abidin, Hursh al-Tawilah, Mughr Hunta, …
globalresearch.ca/video-tiger-forces-encircle-khan-shaykhun/5686755

In defense of Palestine
Editor | workers.org | 2019-08-21
The issue of occupied Palestine once again took center stage in the world press when two women members of the congressional Squad — Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) — were initially denied the right to enter Israel by its fascistic Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Aug. 15, at . . . | Continue reading In defense of Palestine at Workers.org
workers.org/2019/08/21/in-defense-of-pal…

Jewish activists support Congressperson Tlaib
Martha Grevatt | workers.org | 2019-08-21
About 60 members of Metro Detroit's Jewish community held a rally and Shabbat service Aug. 16 to support their congressperson, Rashida Tlaib. Israel recently denied Tlaib permission to meet with Palestinians living in the occupied West Bank, along with Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. Tlaib had also planned to visit . . . | Continue reading Jewish activists support Congressperson Tlaib at Workers.org
workers.org/2019/08/21/jewish-activists-…

MSM hurls FAKE 'anti-Semitism' charge against Trump, rather than question his REAL loyalty to Israel
rt.com | 2019-08-21
The media has willfully misinterpreted Donald Trump's words to portray the most pro-Israel US president in history as an anti-Semite. It makes more sense to chide him for sacrificing US interests to please Benjamin Netanyahu. | Here is the full Trump quote from Tuesday, in which he rejected Democrat Bernie Sanders' idea that Israel should stop accepting American aid, after its reluctance to let in congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, who have publicly endorsed the BDS campaign. | "The concept of even talking about this — even three years ago — of cutting off aid to Israel because of two people…
rt.com/usa/466980-trump-antisemitism-jew…

Representatives Omar and Tlaib speak out against being banned from Palestine
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-08-21
St. Paul, MN – On August 19, Representative Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) held a press conference in the State Capitol in Saint Paul to a packed room, with an overflow of 100 people, on the human cost of the Israeli occupation of Palestine and travel restrictions. | On August 16, the Israeli government denied the representatives visas to visit Palestine. Their visas previously had been approved, but after a tweet by Donald Trump denouncing Omar and Tlaib's visit, the approval was revoked. Congresswoman Stacy Plaskett, delegate to House for the Virgin Islands, was to join them on th…
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Venezuela: About 4 Million Sign Petition Against US Blockade
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-21
Venezuela's government announced that the petition to collect signatures calling on the United States to lift the unilateral blockade under the "#NoMoreTrump" campaign has reached four million rubrics with about three weeks still to go. | RELATED: | Venezuela: Arreaza Denounces Blockade to UN Security Council | "We already reached four million signatures. Do not be left behind, go out to sign, in the Bolivar Squares of the country, for the defense of Venezuela, for the peace of th…
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Taliban Peace Talks Must Not Ignore CIA-Funded Afghan Militias, Report Says
Alex Emmons | theintercept.com | 2019-08-21
"If cut loose by the CIA," the report notes, militias "may be reborn as private armies or 'security guards' in the service of powerful individuals."
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That Couldn't Be True: Restorying and Reconciliation
Michael Welton | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-21
The Canadian nation-state presents itself to the world as a benign peacekeeper and benevolent force for good in the world. This myth washes over us and leaves us unwilling and reluctant to face up to our past as a white settler colonial state. If we did a few nasty things in the past, well, that…
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Italian Prime Minister Conte resigns, but what comes next?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-08-21
On Tuesday, Giuseppe Conte, the Chairman of the Italian Council of Ministers, announced his resignation. In a speech before the Senate, he declared his intention to ask President Mattarella for permission to leave his office early. Conte was all but forced into the decision by Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, who was about to initiate …
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At mass rallies, the nation cries out: 'Do something' about gun violence
John Bachtell | peoplesworld.org | 2019-08-21
CHICAGO –"Do something!" has become the nationwide rallying cry in response to the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, and an eruption of violence that left seven dead in Chicago the same weekend. Recess Rallies were held during the summer Congressional break August 17-18 in over 100 communities in all 50 states …
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Brazilian Congress Committee Approves US to Use Alcantara Base
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-21
The Foreign and Defense Committee of the Brazilian Congress has just approved by majority vote the U.S.' commercial use of the Alcântara Base along Brazil's north Atlantic coast. | RELATED: | Brazil: the Far-Right's Lawfare Now Aims at Professor Haddad | This move comes just months after President Jair Bolsonaro inked a deal with his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump to allow the Americans access to this satellite launching base. | As a result of this move by the Foreign and Defense C…
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Trump calls Jews who vote Democrat 'uninformed or disloyal'
rt.com | 2019-08-21
Jews who vote Democrat are lacking in either knowledge or loyalty, US President Donald Trump has declared, slamming the party for criticizing Israel's decision to bar two Democratic congresswomen from entering the country. | "Where has the Democratic Party gone? Where have they gone when they are defending these two people over the state of Israel?" the president wondered aloud to reporters on Monday. | I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty. | "I can't even believe we're having this conversation!" Trump continued, seemingly lef…
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Selected Articles: Mainstream Media Betrayal of Assange
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-21
A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer". | . | . | | | If, like us, this is …
globalresearch.ca/selected-articles-mainstream-media-betrayal-assange/5686812

Pentagon Officials Eager to Present a Recovering ISIS, but Facts Don't Support It
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-08-20
The Pentagon clearly wants this to be true, because they are using it to spin a US military withdrawal from Syria as dangerous.

Pentagon Officials Eager to Present a Recovering ISIS, but Facts Don’t Support It

'No time to lose' UN envoy tells Security Council, 'Yemen cannot wait'
United Nations | un.org | 2019-08-20
One month ago, the United Nations top Yemen envoy told the Security Council the country was facing "a crucial moment" in the course of its long and bloody conflict, and on Tuesday, he again urged members to acknowledge that recent infighting around the Government stronghold of Aden were "a clear sign" that the conflict must be brought to a swift, peaceful end.
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Make love, not war? Department of PEACE plan unveiled by Marianne Williamson, and Twitter loves it
rt.com | 2019-08-20
Democratic presidential hopeful and spiritual guru Marianne Williamson has revealed a proposal for a new "Department of Peace," a project devoted to "ending the scourge of violence" around the world. Twitter felt the good vibes. | The proposal was rolled out on Monday night in a post on Williamson's website, calling for a new cabinet-level department. The plan lists a lofty series of goals, ranging from addressing "white supremacy" and domestic gun violence, to developing "restorative justice programs" and "new structures of nonviole…
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Stormont leaders clash over PM's backstop demand
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-08-20
Political leaders in the north of Ireland have clashed over Boris Johnson's claim that the backstop will damage the peace process.Sinn Féin accused the prime minister of "rank hypocrisy", insisting a no-deal Brexit is what could endanger the peace, while the DUP said the EU had to accept that political unionism in the region would not accept the contentious measure.The Alliance Party accused Johnson of being "reckless and disingenuous".The prime minister outlined a number of reasons for his demand for the EU to ditch the backstop in a letter to European Council president Donald Tusk.One of them was the ass…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2019/08/20/stormont-leaders-clash-over-pms-backstop-demand/

NPR Mocks Cancer Survivor in Drumbeat of Syria Propaganda
Rick Sterling | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-08-20
Asma al-Assad, First Lady of Syria (from released Syrian Presidency Facebook page) It may be a new low in propaganda. National Public Radio (NPR) used the news that Syrian First Lady Asma al-Assad had overcome breast cancer to mock her and continue the information war against Syria. They interviewed a Human Rights Watch staffer named …
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Deadly Bombings Devastate Afghanistan as U.S.-Taliban Peace Talks Continue Without Afghan Government
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-20
In Afghanistan, a series of bomb attacks devastated restaurants and other public spaces Monday in the eastern city of Jalalabad, injuring at least 66 people. The explosions took place on Afghanistan's 100th Independence Day, following Saturday's bloody suicide bombing at a wedding in Kabul that killed 63 people, wounding around 200 others. ISIS claimed the attack, which was the deadliest this year in Afghanistan. The bombings came as the U.S. and Taliban are reportedly close to a peace deal after months of talks between the two parties. Top issues in the negotiations include a U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanist…
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Turkey-Syria War on the Horizon: Airstrikes Target Invading Turkish Army Convoy
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-08-19
Turkey and Syria could be headed for war as their armies increasingly clash on front lines in southern Idlib.

Turkey-Syria War on the Horizon: Airstrikes Target Invading Turkish Army Convoy

Anti-War Committee denounces Israel's ban of Omar and Tlaib
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-08-19
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following August 15 statement from the Twin Cities based Anti-War Committee. | The Minnesota Anti-War Committee condemns the Israeli government's August 15 decision not to allow US Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from entering occupied Palestine, to which the Israeli state controls all access. Reps. Omar and Tlaib join the thousands of peace activists, human rights officials and people of conscience around the world who are denied entry over their support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel and its Zionist policies of occu…
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Democrats Have an Open Senate Seat in New Mexico. Will They Elect a Progressive, or the Former Head of the DCCC?
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-08-19
With Sen. Tom Udall retiring, the Democratic Party establishment is unified behind Ben Ray Luján. The Working Families Party endorsed Maggie Oliver.
theintercept.com/2019/08/19/democrat-pri…

Trump is Taking More Money for Raids and Detention. Congress Should Stop Him
aclu.org | 2019-08-19
Without congressional checks, ICE and CBP will continue to overspend and overstep. | The budget for Trump's turbo-charged immigration enforcement and border militarization is now larger than ever. And just last week, we learned that ICE plans to redirect even more money to further expand immigration detention and enforcement. The plan is currently being reviewed by congressional appropriato…
aclu.org/blog/immigrants-rights/immigran…

Amy McGrath's Senate Campaign Manager Helped Get Her Potential Primary Opponent Fired
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-08-18
WLEX, a Kentucky TV station, fired host Matt Jones, who has been pondering a primary challenge to Amy McGrath, at the urging of her campaign manager.
theintercept.com/2019/08/18/amy-mcgrath-…

Trump's 'Deal of the Century': A plan for peace, or destruction?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-08-17
Trump's 'Deal of the Century' bills itself as an effort at establishing peace between Israel and Palestine, but in reality aims at advancing Israel's interests, and fundamentally altering the geopolitical balance of the Middle East. THE US' TRUE MOTIVATIONS The US established a new strategy in the Middle East after the end of World War …
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Milwaukee VA workers fight union busting
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-08-17
Milwaukee, WI – Fifty Veterans Affairs workers and supporters rallied outside the Zablocki VA hospital August 12 to protest union-busting, attacks on high-quality public veteran healthcare, and bad faith bargaining by the VA administration. | The rally was organized by the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 3 and supported by the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO, Milwaukee Area Labor Council, Veterans for Peace and elected leaders including Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, U.S. Congresswoman Gwen Moore and U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin. | AFGE members and representatives detailed shocking accounts of the ex…
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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 imm…
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UN Security Council discusses Kashmir, China urges India and Pakistan to ease tensions
United Nations | un.org | 2019-08-16
The Security Council considered the volatile situation surrounding Kashmir on Friday, addressing the issue in a meeting focused solely on the dispute, within the UN body dedicated to resolving matters of international peace and security, for the first time since 1965.
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North Korea Suspends Talks With South Korea Because of U.S. Sanctions
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-08-16
While U.S.-North Korea nuclear talks fail to proceed because of a lack of unanimity within the Trump administration, the North suspended peace talks with the South because of the U.S.'s refusal to lift economic sanctions, says Tim Shorrock…
therealnews.com/stories/north-korea-susp…

Marjorie Taylor Greene: How an Outspoken MAGA Fan Built a Following in a World of Extremists
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2019-08-16
Originally a MAGA supporter but now an emerging MAGA star, Marjorie Taylor Greene has deftly leveraged social media and confrontations in public to increase her visibility. Now she's entering politics as a GOP candidate for Georgia's 6th Congressional District.
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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_oma…

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.
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