Daily Archives: August 28, 2019

2019-08-28: News Headlines

Mehdi Hasan (2019-08-28). When Ilhan Omar Is Accused of Anti-Semitism, It's News. When a Republican Smears Muslims, There's Silence. theintercept.com Rep. Ilhan Omar participates in a panel discussion during the Muslim Collective For Equitable Democracy Conference and Presidential Forum at the The National Housing Center in Washington, D.C., on July 23, 2019. | tweet from my colleague Glenn Greenwald decrying "how much time U.S. political leaders spend defending a foreign nation" — namely, the state of Israel. Then, when a journalist followed up by asking Omar who she believed was "paying American politicians to be pro-Israel," the congresswoman tweeted: "AIPAC!" | The freshman Democrat from Minnesota Ramzy Baroud (2019-08-28). Systematic Palestinian Isolation: What Is Missing from the Omar, Tlaib Story. mintpressnews.com This is the story of Palestinian isolation by Israel that we must not allow to die out, long after the news cycle covering the two Congresswomen's story move on beyond Omar, Tlaib and Israeli transgressions.

Andre Vltchek (2019-08-28). Israel Has Attacked Lebanon and Syria — So What? globalresearch.ca On August 25th, 2019, Israel attacked Lebanon. It has done it again. | Just as it attacked Syria, the same night. | RT reported the same day: | "Israeli drone flights were "an open attack on Lebanese sovereignty" and an …

South Front (2019-08-28). Video: "Dawn of Idlib": Syrian Army's Offensive in Northwestern Syria. globalresearch.ca August 2019 was marked by important changes on frontlines in northwestern Syria. | The month started with a declaration by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham leader Abu Mohammad al-Julani that his group, the most powerful faction in Idlib and formerly the official branch …

Staff (2019-08-28). Israel's Airstrikes in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq Mark Escalation in Aggression. truthout.org | | Tensions are mounting across the Middle East following a series of Israeli airstrikes in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. Lebanese President Michel Aoun likened the recent Israeli attacks to a "declaration of war." Israeli drones bombed targets in Lebanon on both Monday and Tuesday. Meanwhile, some Iraqi lawmakers are calling on the United States to fully withdraw its troops following a series of air raids conducted by Israel. Israel has only claimed responsibility for an attack on Syria Saturday,…

South Front (2019-08-28). Video: Syrian Army (SAA) Works to Secure Recent Gains in Idlib. globalresearch.ca The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Tiger Forces are conducting active security operations in the recently liberated parts of northern Hama and southern Idlib. The goal of the effort is to remove mines and improvised explosive devices, uncover weapons …

Fight Back (2019-08-28). Israeli drone attack on Beirut suburb. fightbacknews.org Washington, DC – Israel launched a drone attack in Beirut's southern suburb, Dahiyeh, August 24, targeting the media offices of the national democratic political party Hezbollah. Lebanese politicians denounced the attacks as "acts of war," and Hezbollah stated it will respond. | Hezbollah reports that one of the Israelis drones exploded and the other did not – due to a technical failure. Of the drone that failed to blow up, Hezbollah stated "it was laden with a bomb which was professionally wrapped and isolated," made up of C4 explosives. | In recent days, Israel has launched attacks on Syria, Iraq, Gaza, and ea…

Staff (2019-08-28). New "Dark Money" Group Devotes Millions to Ads Helping Establishment Democrats. truthout.org | | A new "dark money" group funded by secret donors plans to spend almost all of its $10.4 million budget on ads helping Democrats in House races heading into 2020. | House Majority Forward was quietly incorporated in March but operated under the radar until its public launch in July as a new 501(c)(4) arm of House Majority PAC, the Democrats' flagship super PAC for congressional races that is c…

commondreams (2019-08-28). Government Watchdogs Urge Congress To Hold Hearings on Documented Threats to Election Security. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-08-28). As Alabama GOP Calls for Ilhan Omar's Expulsion From Congress, Minnesota Dem and Her Allies Hit Back. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-08-28). Airstrikes in Lebanon, Syria & Iraq Mark Dangerous Escalation in Decades-Long Israeli Aggression. democracynow.org Tensions are mounting across the Middle East following a series of Israeli airstrikes in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. Lebanese President Michel Aoun likened the recent Israeli attacks to a "declaration of war." Israeli drones bombed targets in Lebanon on both Monday and Tuesday. Meanwhile, some Iraqi lawmakers are calling on the United States to fully withdraw its troops following a series of Israeli air raids conducted by Israel. Israel has only claimed responsibility for an attack on Syria Saturday, which they said targeted an Iranian-operated base that was preparing to launch a drone assault on Israel. We speak wi…

Anthony DiMaggio (2019-08-28). Trump's Trade War and the Emerging Corporatist-Fascist State. counterpunch.org President Donald Trump's fit over China speaks to the rise of neofascism in American politics, at a time when neither Congress nor the courts are showing any interest in rolling back presidential power. Trump's unique brand of neofascism first emerged in the form of his attempt to crack down on journalistic critics for "treason," and More

Robert Inkalesh (2019-08-28). Recent Israeli Attacks "Significantly Weakened" Syria's Air-Defense Systems. mintpressnews.com While an attack of this scale on virtually any sovereign nation aside from Syria would likely provoke a major response from the international community, this Israeli attack has barely registered.

Mike Miller (2019-08-27). From Protest to Power. counterpunch.org August, 1964, fifty-five years ago, the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party presented itself to the national Democratic Party Convention seeking to be seated as the official party from that state. The predominantly black delegation wanted to deny seating to the all-white "regulars" who had earlier in the year denied Mississippi African-Americans the right to participate in precinct, county, congressional district and statewide meetings that nominated these delegates. More

Staff (2019-08-27). DNC Kills Climate Debate Compromise. therealnews.com Days after rejecting the proposal to sanction debate focused on the climate crisis, the DNC voted 222-137 against allowing candidates to participate in even a non-sanctioned one…

Andre Vltchek (2019-08-27). Israel has attacked Lebanon and Syria: So what? dissidentvoice.org On August 25th, 2019, Israel attacked Lebanon. It has done it again. Just as it attacked Syria, the same night. RT reported the same day: Israeli drone flights were "an open attack on Lebanese sovereignty" and an assault on UN Resolution 1701, which ended the 2006 Israel-Lebanon war, Hariri said on Sunday, just hours after …

Al Neal (2019-08-27). Pan American Games protest: Imboden and Berry get 12-month probation. peoplesworld.org To think of the lengths the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee took in covering up decades of sexual abuse— just to save face, is absolutely stunning. A Senate investigation into the USOPC back in July found that: "Repeatedly, institutions failed to act aggressively to report wrongdoing to proper law enforcement agencies. Repeatedly, men and women …

Aaron Maté (2019-08-27). Israeli attacks provoke Iran, Hezbollah — and could help jihadists. thegrayzone.com With its bombings of Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon, is Israel trying to stop an attack from Iran and its allies,…

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies (2019-08-27). Are Sanders and Warren Throwing a Lifeline to the Military-Industrial Complex? counterpunch.org Among the frontrunners in the Democratic Party presidential primary, Senators Warren and Sanders not only have the most progressive domestic agenda, but also the most anti-war, pro-diplomacy foreign policy agenda. The sharpest distinction between them is that Sanders has voted against over 80% of recent record military spending bills in the Senate, while Warren has voted for More

Calvin Trillin (2019-08-27). Trump Pressures Israel to Deny Entry to Two Members of Congress. thenation.com Trump Pressures Israel to Deny Entry to Two Members of Congress…

Thomas Knapp (2019-08-27). Will the DNC Snatch Defeat from the Jaws of Victory Yet Again? counterpunch.org President Donald Trump faces an exceedingly narrow path to re-election in 2020. In order to beat him, the Democratic nominee only needs to pick up 38 electoral votes. With more than 100 electoral votes in play in states that Trump won narrowly in 2016 — especially Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Florida — all the Democrats More

United Nations (2019-08-27). 'Complete political deadlock' over Middle East peace risks more violence, regional escalation, warns UN envoy. un.org Tangible steps "can, and must, be taken" to urgently reverse the "negative trajectory" of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and revive the peace process, a senior United Nations envoy told the Security Council on Tuesday.

United Nations (2019-08-27). Tuesday's Daily Brief: UN envoy on Middle East peace process, child labour in Nepal, latest deadly Mediterranean shipwreck, DRC's Goma 21-days free of Ebola transmission, UN chief urges ban on nuclear testing. un.org A recap of Tuesday's stories: UN envoy says tangible steps 'can, and must be taken' to reverse the 'negative trajectory' of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict; child labour case in Nepal highlights 'widespread and systematic' abuse; some 40 people drowned off the coast of Libya in Mediterranean shipwreck; DR Congo's Goma passes key 21-day period free of Ebola transmission; and UN chief calls for global support in putting an end to nuclear weapons testing.

United Nations (2019-08-27). With ISIL down but not out, continued vigilance is key, UN Security Council told. un.org Despite ISIL's territorial defeat in Syria, the terrorist group, also known as Da'esh "continues to aspire to global relevance", the United Nations top counter-terrorism officials told the Security Council on Tuesday.

Global Research News (2019-08-27). Selected Articles: Nestlé and the Privatization of Water. 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 …

United Nations (2019-08-26). Sudan: New political transition, bolstered by peacebuilding, could bring long-term stability to Darfur, Security Council told. un.org "Important developments" under way in Sudan since midsummer, including a pledge to end the country's outstanding conflicts, and the establishment of a new transitional government, could serve to edge the country's people closer to stability, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix said, briefing the UN Security Council on Monday.

Staff (2019-08-26). "The Situation Was Very Bad": Feminist Activist Kavita Krishnan on What She Saw in Kashmir. democracynow.org In Kashmir, residents have entered their fourth week of a severe lockdown after India revoked the special status of the Indian-controlled part of the Muslim-majority territory. On August 5, India imposed a curfew and cut off all communications to the region. More than 4,000 people, including many political leaders, have been detained, while local residents report facing increasing shortages of food and medicine. Over the weekend, India blocked a delegation of Indian opposition politicians from visiting Kashmir, including Rahul Gandhi, the former president of the Indian National Congress. India's actions have led…

Staff (2019-08-26). Headlines for August 26, 2019. democracynow.org World Leaders Pledge Amazon Help as Trump Sends Mixed Signals About China at G7 Summit, Iran's Foreign Minister Zarif Makes Surprise Appearance at G7 to Hold Talks with European Officials, Protesters Call Out G7 Leaders over Corporate Ties, Climate Inaction and Inequality, Wildfires Continue to Consume Amazon as Public Outrage Grows, Police Deploy Water Cannons, Fire a Live Warning Shot at Hong Kong Protesters, Attacks in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq Add to Mounting Tensions in Middle East, EU Countries Say They Will Relocate Migrants Stranded on Ship After 2-Week Standoff, 200,000 Rohingya Refugees March for "Genocid…

Eds. (2019-08-26). Syria: A new low in nasty propaganda. mronline.org It may be a new low in propaganda. National Public Radio (NPR) used the news that Syrian First Lady Asma Assad had overcome breast cancer to mock her and continue the information war against Syria. They interviewed a Human Rights Watch staffer named Lama Fakih who is an American from Michigan now based in Beirut. | Source

Eds. (2019-08-24). Media Availability: Prabir Purkayastha on How Big Data's Threat to Elections and Democracy Is Quickly Becoming a Global Problem. mronline.org The cost of the 2016 U.S. elections was $6.5 billion if we combine the presidential and congressional elections. The Indian Parliamentary election of 2019 outspent the 2016 U.S. 2016 election, costing about $8.6 billion. | Source

Mehdi Hasan (2019-08-24). It's Time to Indict Aung San Suu Kyi for Genocide Against the Rohingya in Myanmar. theintercept.com Aung San Suu Kyi, a 1991 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, is an essential part of the decimation of the Rohingya Muslims in Burma. She should face trial.

Aída Chávez (2019-08-24). National Democrats Endorse John Hickenlooper, a Proponent of Fracking, in Competitive Colorado Primary. theintercept.com In Colorado, nearly a dozen Democrats are vying for the opportunity to take on Republican Sen. Cory Gardner in 2020 — a race widely seen as the party's most promising pick-up in the Senate. One of the leading contenders, former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff, is running on a platform that includes Medicare for All and an aggressive plan to combat the climate crisis — and his campaign has already topped $1 million in fundraising. | But the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has thrown its weight behind former Gov. John Hickenlooper, a pro-fracking moderate. After months of rejecting calls…

United Nations (2019-08-23). South Sudan: UN rights experts see little headway on peace deal amid spike in local-level violence. un.org A United Nations expert group looking at human rights in South Sudan said on Friday that it is "deeply concerned" that, although the overall armed conflict has waned, there has been little progress in adhering to the peace agreement that guided the country thus far.

Staff (2019-08-23). Headlines for August 23, 2019. democracynow.org U.N. Calls for Protection of the Amazon as Rainforest Burns at Record Pace, Indigenous Communities Say Brazil's President Is Encouraging Destruction of Forests, Bernie Sanders Unveils Ambitious Green New Deal to Avert Climate Catastrophe, Democratic Leaders Reject Resolution Calling for Candidate Climate Debate, French Authorities to Crack Down on Protest as 13,000 Police Mobilize for G7 Summit, Syrian Forces Encircle Last Major Rebel-Held Stronghold in Hama Province, U.N.: Burmese Troops Had "Genocidal Intent" in Targeting Rohingya for Sexual Violence, Indonesia Deploys Troops to Quell Independence Protests in W…

Rick Sterling (2019-08-23). NPR Mocks Cancer Survivor in Drumbeat of Syria Propaganda. mintpressnews.com While NPR snorts about Asma Assad "sporting a chic blonde pixie cut", Lilly Martin points out that she was recently bald while fighting for her life.

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…

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.

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 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 …

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."

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.

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…

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.

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. | 08/27/19 Update: Congress made public today a document outlining the Department of Homeland Security's plan to take nearly $280 million in funds meant for FEMA, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the TSA, among other critical priorities. Over $115 million of these funds will go towards President Trump's growing detention and deportations of immigrants, with the rest being used for sham border courts to…

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.

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)

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

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

Eoin Higgins (2019-08-01). Kamala Harris Team Accused of "Inventing Conspiracies" About Tulsi Gabbard. theantimedia.com The Kamala Harris' campaign jumped to tie Gabbard and her campaign to a nebulously defined and unclear Russian conspiracy.

2019-08-28: Social Media Postees

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Recent Israeli Attacks "Significantly Weakened" Syria's Air-Defense Systems
Robert Inkalesh | mintpressnews.com | 2019-08-28
While an attack of this scale on virtually any sovereign nation aside from Syria would likely provoke a major response from the international community, this Israeli attack has barely registered.
mintpressnews.com/lsrael-attacks-syria-a…

Video: Syrian Army (SAA) Works to Secure Recent Gains in Idlib
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-28
The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Tiger Forces are conducting active security operations in the recently liberated parts of northern Hama and southern Idlib. The goal of the effort is to remove mines and improvised explosive devices, uncover weapons …
globalresearch.ca/video-army-works-secure-recent-gains/5687373

Israel's Airstrikes in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq Mark Escalation in Aggression
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-28
| Tensions are mounting across the Middle East following a series of Israeli airstrikes in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. Lebanese President Michel Aoun likened the recent Israeli attacks to a "declaration of war." Israeli drones bombed targets in Lebanon on both Monday and Tuesday. Meanwhile, some Iraqi lawmakers are calling on the United States to fully withdraw its troops following a series of air raids conducted by Israel. Israel has only claimed responsibility for an attack on Syria Saturday,…
truthout.org/video/israels-airstrikes-in…

Video: "Dawn of Idlib": Syrian Army's Offensive in Northwestern Syria
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-28
August 2019 was marked by important changes on frontlines in northwestern Syria. | The month started with a declaration by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham leader Abu Mohammad al-Julani that his group, the most powerful faction in Idlib and formerly the official branch …
globalresearch.ca/video-syrian-army-offensive-northwestern-syria/5687469

Israeli drone attack on Beirut suburb
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-08-28
Washington, DC – Israel launched a drone attack in Beirut's southern suburb, Dahiyeh, August 24, targeting the media offices of the national democratic political party Hezbollah. Lebanese politicians denounced the attacks as "acts of war," and Hezbollah stated it will respond. | Hezbollah reports that one of the Israelis drones exploded and the other did not – due to a technical failure. Of the drone that failed to blow up, Hezbollah stated "it was laden with a bomb which was professionally wrapped and isolated," made up of C4 explosives. | In recent days, Israel has launched attacks on Syria, Iraq, Gaza, and ea…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/8/28/israeli-…

Israel Has Attacked Lebanon and Syria — So What?
Andre Vltchek | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-28
On August 25th, 2019, Israel attacked Lebanon. It has done it again. | Just as it attacked Syria, the same night. | RT reported the same day: | "Israeli drone flights were "an open attack on Lebanese sovereignty" and an | …
globalresearch.ca/israel-attacked-lebanon-syria/5687390

Systematic Palestinian Isolation: What Is Missing from the Omar, Tlaib Story
Ramzy Baroud | mintpressnews.com | 2019-08-28
This is the story of Palestinian isolation by Israel that we must not allow to die out, long after the news cycle covering the two Congresswomen's story move on beyond Omar, Tlaib and Israeli transgressions.
mintpressnews.com/palestinian-isolation-…

Trump's Trade War and the Emerging Corporatist-Fascist State
Anthony DiMaggio | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-28
President Donald Trump's fit over China speaks to the rise of neofascism in American politics, at a time when neither Congress nor the courts are showing any interest in rolling back presidential power. Trump's unique brand of neofascism first emerged in the form of his attempt to crack down on journalistic critics for "treason," and…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/28/trumps-trade…

Government Watchdogs Urge Congress To Hold Hearings on Documented Threats to Election Security
commondreams.org | 2019-08-28
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New "Dark Money" Group Devotes Millions to Ads Helping Establishment Democrats
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-28
| A new "dark money" group funded by secret donors plans to spend almost all of its $10.4 million budget on ads helping Democrats in House races heading into 2020. | House Majority Forward was quietly incorporated in March but operated under the radar until its public launch in July as a new 501(c)(4) arm of House Majority PAC, the Democrats' flagship super PAC for congressional races that is c…
truthout.org/articles/new-dark-money-gro…

As Alabama GOP Calls for Ilhan Omar's Expulsion From Congress, Minnesota Dem and Her Allies Hit Back
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-08-28
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Airstrikes in Lebanon, Syria & Iraq Mark Dangerous Escalation in Decades-Long Israeli Aggression
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-28
Tensions are mounting across the Middle East following a series of Israeli airstrikes in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. Lebanese President Michel Aoun likened the recent Israeli attacks to a "declaration of war." Israeli drones bombed targets in Lebanon on both Monday and Tuesday. Meanwhile, some Iraqi lawmakers are calling on the United States to fully withdraw its troops following a series of Israeli air raids conducted by Israel. Israel has only claimed responsibility for an attack on Syria Saturday, which they said targeted an Iranian-operated base that was preparing to launch a drone assault on Israel. We speak wi…
www.democracynow.org/2019/8/28/israel_ai…

Israeli attacks provoke Iran, Hezbollah — and could help jihadists
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-08-27
With its bombings of Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon, is Israel trying to stop an attack from Iran and its allies,…
thegrayzone.com/2019/08/27/israeli-attac…

Israel has attacked Lebanon and Syria: So what?
Andre Vltchek | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-08-27
On August 25th, 2019, Israel attacked Lebanon. It has done it again. Just as it attacked Syria, the same night. RT reported the same day: Israeli drone flights were "an open attack on Lebanese sovereignty" and an assault on UN Resolution 1701, which ended the 2006 Israel-Lebanon war, Hariri said on Sunday, just hours after …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/08/israel-has-at…

Are Sanders and Warren Throwing a Lifeline to the Military-Industrial Complex?
Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-27
Among the frontrunners in the Democratic Party presidential primary, Senators Warren and Sanders not only have the most progressive domestic agenda, but also the most anti-war, pro-diplomacy foreign policy agenda. The sharpest distinction between them is that Sanders has voted against over 80% of recent record military spending bills in the Senate, while Warren has voted for…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/27/are-sanders-…

From Protest to Power
Mike Miller | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-27
August, 1964, fifty-five years ago, the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party presented itself to the national Democratic Party Convention seeking to be seated as the official party from that state. The predominantly black delegation wanted to deny seating to the all-white "regulars" who had earlier in the year denied Mississippi African-Americans the right to participate in precinct, county, congressional district and statewide meetings that nominated these delegates.
counterpunch.org/2019/08/27/from-protest…

Trump Pressures Israel to Deny Entry to Two Members of Congress
Calvin Trillin | thenation.com | 2019-08-27
Trump Pressures Israel to Deny Entry to Two Members of Congress…
thenation.com/article/tlaib-omar-israel-…

Will the DNC Snatch Defeat from the Jaws of Victory Yet Again?
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-27
President Donald Trump faces an exceedingly narrow path to re-election in 2020. In order to beat him, the Democratic nominee only needs to pick up 38 electoral votes. With more than 100 electoral votes in play in states that Trump won narrowly in 2016 — especially Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Florida — all the Democrats…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/27/will-the-dnc…

DNC Kills Climate Debate Compromise
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-08-27
Days after rejecting the proposal to sanction debate focused on the climate crisis, the DNC voted 222-137 against allowing candidates to participate in even a non-sanctioned one…
therealnews.com/stories/dnc-kills-climat…

'Complete political deadlock' over Middle East peace risks more violence, regional escalation, warns UN envoy
United Nations | un.org | 2019-08-27
Tangible steps "can, and must, be taken" to urgently reverse the "negative trajectory" of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and revive the peace process, a senior United Nations envoy told the Security Council on Tuesday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/08/1…

Tuesday's Daily Brief: UN envoy on Middle East peace process, child labour in Nepal, latest deadly Mediterranean shipwreck, DRC's Goma 21-days free of Ebola transmission, UN chief urges ban on nuclear testing
United Nations | un.org | 2019-08-27
A recap of Tuesday's stories: UN envoy says tangible steps 'can, and must be taken' to reverse the 'negative trajectory' of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict; child labour case in Nepal highlights 'widespread and systematic' abuse; some 40 people drowned off the coast of Libya in Mediterranean shipwreck; DR Congo's Goma passes key 21-day period free of Ebola transmission; and UN chief calls for global support in putting an end to nuclear weapons testing.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/08/1…

Pan American Games protest: Imboden and Berry get 12-month probation
Al Neal | peoplesworld.org | 2019-08-27
To think of the lengths the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee took in covering up decades of sexual abuse– just to save face, is absolutely stunning. A Senate investigation into the USOPC back in July found that: "Repeatedly, institutions failed to act aggressively to report wrongdoing to proper law enforcement agencies. Repeatedly, men and women …
peoplesworld.org/article/pan-american-ga…

With ISIL down but not out, continued vigilance is key, UN Security Council told
United Nations | un.org | 2019-08-27
Despite ISIL's territorial defeat in Syria, the terrorist group, also known as Da'esh "continues to aspire to global relevance", the United Nations top counter-terrorism officials told the Security Council on Tuesday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/08/1…

Selected Articles: Nestlé and the Privatization of Water
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-27
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-nestle-privatization-water/5687342

Sudan: New political transition, bolstered by peacebuilding, could bring long-term stability to Darfur, Security Council told
United Nations | un.org | 2019-08-26
"Important developments" under way in Sudan since midsummer, including a pledge to end the country's outstanding conflicts, and the establishment of a new transitional government, could serve to edge the country's people closer to stability, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix said, briefing the UN Security Council on Monday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/08/1…

Syria: A new low in nasty propaganda
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-08-26
It may be a new low in propaganda. National Public Radio (NPR) used the news that Syrian First Lady Asma Assad had overcome breast cancer to mock her and continue the information war against Syria. They interviewed a Human Rights Watch staffer named Lama Fakih who is an American from Michigan now based in Beirut. | Source…
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"The Situation Was Very Bad": Feminist Activist Kavita Krishnan on What She Saw in Kashmir
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-26
In Kashmir, residents have entered their fourth week of a severe lockdown after India revoked the special status of the Indian-controlled part of the Muslim-majority territory. On August 5, India imposed a curfew and cut off all communications to the region. More than 4,000 people, including many political leaders, have been detained, while local residents report facing increasing shortages of food and medicine. Over the weekend, India blocked a delegation of Indian opposition politicians from visiting Kashmir, including Rahul Gandhi, the former president of the Indian National Congress. India's actions have led…
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Media Availability: Prabir Purkayastha on How Big Data's Threat to Elections and Democracy Is Quickly Becoming a Global Problem
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-08-24
The cost of the 2016 U.S. elections was $6.5 billion if we combine the presidential and congressional elections. The Indian Parliamentary election of 2019 outspent the 2016 U.S. 2016 election, costing about $8.6 billion. | Source…
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It's Time to Indict Aung San Suu Kyi for Genocide Against the Rohingya in Myanmar
Mehdi Hasan | theintercept.com | 2019-08-24
Aung San Suu Kyi, a 1991 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, is an essential part of the decimation of the Rohingya Muslims in Burma. She should face trial.
theintercept.com/2019/08/24/aung-san-suu…

National Democrats Endorse John Hickenlooper, a Proponent of Fracking, in Competitive Colorado Primary
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2019-08-24
In Colorado, nearly a dozen Democrats are vying for the opportunity to take on Republican Sen. Cory Gardner in 2020 — a race widely seen as the party's most promising pick-up in the Senate. One of the leading contenders, former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff, is running on a platform that includes Medicare for All and an aggressive plan to combat the climate crisis — and his campaign has already topped $1 million in fundraising. | But the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has thrown its weight behind former Gov. John Hickenlooper, a pro-fracking moderate. After months of rejecting calls…
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NPR Mocks Cancer Survivor in Drumbeat of Syria Propaganda
Rick Sterling | mintpressnews.com | 2019-08-23
While NPR snorts about Asma Assad "sporting a chic blonde pixie cut", Lilly Martin points out that she was recently bald while fighting for her life.
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South Sudan: UN rights experts see little headway on peace deal amid spike in local-level violence
United Nations | un.org | 2019-08-23
A United Nations expert group looking at human rights in South Sudan said on Friday that it is "deeply concerned" that, although the overall armed conflict has waned, there has been little progress in adhering to the peace agreement that guided the country thus far.
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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…

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…

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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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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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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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

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

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. | 08/27/19 Update: Congress made public today a document outlining the Department of Homeland Security's plan to take nearly $280 million in funds meant for FEMA, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the TSA, among other critical priorities. Over $115 million of these funds will go towards President Trump's growing detention and deportations of immigrants, with the rest being used for sham border courts to…
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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.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/08/16/marjo…

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) …
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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-…

Kamala Harris Team Accused of "Inventing Conspiracies" About Tulsi Gabbard
Eoin Higgins | theantimedia.com | 2019-08-01
The Kamala Harris' campaign jumped to tie Gabbard and her campaign to a nebulously defined and unclear Russian conspiracy.

Kamala Harris Team Accused of "Inventing Conspiracies" About Tulsi Gabbard