2020-07-01: News Headlines

Tim Wheeler (2020-07-01). Imogene Williams, 89; A gentle soul with an iron will. peoplesworld.org SEATTLE—Imogene Williams, a gentle soul with an iron will to win progressive change died peacefully at her home May 24, surrounded by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In her years as a political activist, she was arrested for worthy causes dozens of times. She door-belled for progressive candidates in Seattle including for Rep. Pramila Jayapal, …

sputniknews (2020-07-01). Trump Ramps Up Attack on NYT, Says Russia Bounty Story's 'Secret Source Probably Doesn't Even Exist'. sputniknews.com Democrats have asked Congress to consider new sanctions against Moscow over media claims that Russia has been paying Taliban-affiliated militants to kill American and other coalition troops serving in Afghanistan. Russian officials have vocally denied the allegations, and accused those pushing them of trying to further undermine Russia-US ties.

RT (2020-07-01). New York Times calls for punishing Putin over anonymous bounty claims but advised Trump to let ISIS kill Russian troops in Syria. rt.com The same New York Times reporting anonymous claims of Russian bounties on US troops in Afghanistan opined in 2017 that President Trump should let ISIS "bleed" Russian forces in Syria rather than help defeat the terrorists. | Thomas Friedman, who has won three Pulitzer prizes as a journalist and columnist for the Times, argued in an

RT (2020-07-01). Gun-lover & presumed QAnon-believer unseats 5-term Colorado congressman in Republican primary upset. rt.com Lauren Boebert, a mother of four with outspoken views on guns and fringe internet theories, has uprooted Colorado Rep. Scott Tipton. Her primary victory is part of a larger political insurgency taking shape across the country. | An unapologetic political outsider, Boebert was declared the winner of Colorado's 3rd congressional district Republican primary on Wednesday. Tipton, the incumbent, had served five terms in Congress and was endorsed by Donald Trump. Apparently unbothered by her victory, the president took to Twitter to congratulate Boebert on her "really great win." | Boebert's colorful political ads a…

Staff (2020-07-01). Jamaal Bowman on NY Primary Upset, Rent Strikes, Police Brutality & Opposing West Bank Annexation. democracynow.org As a surge of a progressive candidates of color see victories in Democratic primaries across the country, we speak with former Bronx middle school principal Jamaal Bowman about his upset victory over New York Congressmember Eliot Engel, the 16-term Foreign Affairs Committee chair. Bowman ran on a Green New Deal, Medicare for All platform and recently joined protests demanding an end to racism and police brutality. He says his upset over Engel came down to mobilizing people who are "disenfranchised and ignored" by the political establishment. "We didn't just target those who consistently vote in primaries. We targ…

Staff (2020-07-01). Headlines for July 1, 2020. democracynow.org Dr. Anthony Fauci Warns U.S. Could Soon Record 100,000 Coronavirus Cases a Day, Dozens of Healthcare Workers Died of COVID-19 After OSHA Dismissed Pleas for PPE, 627,000 in Western Hemisphere Will Die of Coronavirus by October, Warns WHO, Hickenlooper Wins CO Senate Primary; Oklahoma Voters Approve Medicaid Expansion, Amy McGrath Narrowly Defeats Charles Booker in Kentucky Democratic Senate Primary, Oglala Sioux President Says Trump "Doesn't Have Permission" to Visit Mt. Rushmore, Top Republicans Break from Trump, Recommend Masks to Slow Coronavirus, New York Court Blocks Publication of Tell-All Book by Donald Tr…

yenisafak (2020-07-01). Merkel stresses 'strategic ties' with Turkey. yenisafak.com German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday stressed the importance of "strategic ties" with Turkey, also vowing to enhance dialogue with Ankara to help resolve conflicts in Libya and Syria.Speaking on the day Germany assumed the EU's six-month rotating presidency, Merkel said she shares the view that EU member states should take a more "coherent strategy" towards Turkey, stressing that this strategy should involve both cooperation and criticism."We have strategic ties [with Turkey], as we are [both] members of NATO. Moreover, addressing the refugee question is only possible with the EU-Turkey agreement, if we m…

yenisafak (2020-07-01). 'Priority in Syria political unity, territorial integrity'. yenisafak.com Protecting the political unity and territorial integrity of Syria is a priority, the Turkish president said Wednesday."Maintaining the political unity and territorial integrity of Syria, the establishment of calm on the ground and a lasting solution to the conflict are our priority," Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a Turkey-Russia-Iran summit under the Astana process via video conference."We'll continue to do our best to provide peace, security and stability in our neighbor Syria," he said.The trilateral meeting is ongoing with the attendance of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Puti…

yenisafak (2020-07-01). Turkey, Russia, Iran commit to Syria's unity, independence. yenisafak.com Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Vladimir Putin, and Hassan Rouhani released a 14-item statement after a videoconference where they discussed the current situation in Syria.The leaders reviewed the developments following their last meeting in Ankara last September and "reiterated their determination to enhance the trilateral coordination in light of their agreements," according to the statement.The leaders "emphasized their strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic as well as to the purposes and principles of the UN Charter," the statement said.They also…

en.mehrnews (2020-07-01). Caesar sanctions 'economic terrorism': Iran's envoy to Brussels. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 01 (MNA) — Addressing the IV Conference on 'Supporting the future of Syria and the region', Iranian ambassador to Brussels Gholamhossein Dehghani named the US Caesar sanctions against Syria as 'economic terrorism'.

en.mehrnews (2020-07-01). Iran to continue to support Syrian government, people with greater vigor. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 01 (MNA) — Condemning any sanctions against nations in the world, especially Syria, President Rouhani stressed Iran will continue to support the Syrian government and people with greater vigor.

MDKLPG (2020-07-01). As Monuments to War Generals Come Down, Let's Replace Them with Monuments to Peace. counterpunch.org The monuments to Confederate generals and to those who fought to maintain slavery are coming down. That's a good thing and long overdue. It cannot stop there, however, as we move not only to eradicate their symbolism, but the very real systemic racism they represent, and which sadly persists in this country. But should some

Josue De Luna Navarro (2020-07-01). The Victory of DACA Is a Reminder that Nothing Will Put Us Down. commondreams.org The decision on DACA is a huge victory for our undocumented communities, but it's also a reminder to the present administration, and future administrations, that we won't stop mobilizing and organizing for people's collective freedom to move—and stay—in unity and peace. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2020-07-01). Anti-Russia war fever spreads on Capitol Hill. wsws.org Without providing a shred of evidence, the corporate media, congressional Democrats and many Republicans are demanding US retaliation against alleged Russian targeting of US soldiers in Afghanistan.

Mandy Smithberger (2020-07-01). COVID-19 Means Good Times for the Pentagon. counterpunch.org In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Washington has initiated its largest spending binge in history. In the process, you might assume that the unparalleled spread of the disease would have led to a little rethinking when it came to all the trillions of dollars Congress has given the Pentagon in these years that have in

commondreams (2020-07-01). Progressive Groups Call on Senate to Pass $3.6 Billion for Election Assistance Funding Before Recess. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2020-07-01). Progressives Must Reckon with U.S. Senate Primary Losses. commondreams.org ______________________________…

sputniknews (2020-07-01). Hong Kong: Boris Johnson Promises BNO Passport Holders a Route to Citizenship. sputniknews.com On 30 June, the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress (NPC) approved the National Security Law that provides from three years to life imprisonment for conspiring with foreign states or foreign organisations to undermine national security.

Fire Drill Fridays, Greenpeace, others (2020-07-01). Friday 7/3: Virtual Independence Day Rally: Climate Change & Systemic Racism in America. indybay.org Online via livestream: www.facebook.com/firedrillfriday/

Philip Giraldi (2020-06-30). The Fall of Eliot Engel: Israel-Firster Defeated in Congressional Primary. globalresearch.ca Sometimes listening to the morning news on television is a bit like entering into an alternate universe. Last Wednesday, the day after primary elections in New York State, CBS News reported that New York Congressman Eliot Engel was "facing a …

yenisafak (2020-06-30). Pompeo: US told Taliban not to attack Americans. yenisafak.com US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo had a video conference with Taliban Deputy and chief negotiator Mullah Baradar, the State Department said Tuesday.The two men discussed Monday the implementation of the US-Taliban peace agreement, according to a statement by spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus."The Secretary made clear the expectation for the Taliban to live up to their commitments, which include not attacking Americans," said Ortagus, who did not provide information about reports of Russian payments to Taliban militants for targeting American troops in Afghanistan.The New York Times reported late last week that a Russ…

Thierry Meyssan (2020-06-30). How the Big Two can establish peace in the Greater Middle East. thealtworld.com

| To make peace, it's quite simple: you just have to stop making war with each other. But in the Greater Middle East, it is much more complicated, because there are a multitude of actors for whom a solution, whatever it may be, must satisfy conflicting claims. Under these conditions, no peace can be totally just, but it can at least, and must, guarantee the security of all. | This article is a follow-up to : " Throughout 2011 an…

RT (2020-06-30). Pentagon says Trump greenlit 'redeployment' of 9,500 US troops from Germany as Congress seeks to challenge plan. rt.com US President Donald Trump's plan to draw down the US contingent in Germany has been set in motion, with the Pentagon saying that 9,500 troops out of 34,500 stationed there will be removed pending consultations with allies. | "The Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff briefed the President yesterday on plans to redeploy 9,500 troops from Germany," Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said in a statement on Tuesday, noting that the proposal had already been approved. | Pentagon statement on U.S. troop levels in Germany:

Staff (2020-06-30). #OccupyCityHall: Mayor's "Tone Deaf" Pledge to Move $1B from NYPD Budget Fails to Satisfy Protesters. democracynow.org New York police have closed in on peaceful protesters camped outside City Hall who are demanding $1 billion be cut from the police department's $6 billion budget, as the city approaches its July 1 budget deadline. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a budget deal that would move $1 billion in NYPD funding in an apparent nod to protesters' demands, but organizers say they're not satisfied. "All they've really done is shifted money from the NYPD budget over to school safety officers," says Bianca Cunningham with the #OccupyCityHall encampment, who adds that school safety officers still contribute to a school-to-prison p…

David Swanson (2020-06-30). Hey Congress, Move the Money. zcomm.org Moving money from militarism to other investments can be economically beneficial, and certainly all necessary steps to assist people in the transition would cost a small fraction of the money involved.

Fight Back (2020-06-30). Palestinians will resist annexation and occupation and fight for national liberation. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – Israel already controls the entirety of Palestinian life in the occupied territories, even in the areas that are supposedly run by the Palestinian Authority, but this annexation plan codifies the expropriation of Palestinian land and may secure Israeli sovereignty over 30% of the West Bank, including the border with Jordan called the Jordan Valley. | Annexation is illegal under international law, but that has never stopped Israel before. The occupation of the West Bank and annexation of Jerusalem and the Syrian Golan Heights is illegal as well, and Israel has also violated the majority of so-called…

news.un (2020-06-30). Syria: Top UN officials appeal to donors to help end 'shocking' scale of suffering. news.un.org The UN chief called on the world to step up "financial, humanitarian and political commitments", to help end nearly a decade of brutal conflict and suffering across Syria, in a video message delivered to the fourth Brussels Donor Conference on Tuesday.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-30). Saudi Arabia's false claims against Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 30 (MNA) —Faisal bin Furhan Al Saud, Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia has claimed that Iran is a big danger for the Identity and future of Syria.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-30). Leaders of Astana Process to hold virtual meeting. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 30 (MNA) — Kremlin Spokesman announced on Tuesday that the Iranian, Russian, and Turkish presidents will hold a videoconference on the Syrian crisis tomorrow.

news.un (2020-06-30). Iran nuclear deal still best way to ensure peace, DiCarlo tells Security Council. news.un.org The UN regrets that the future of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is in doubt, but notwithstanding current challenges, that landmark deal is still the best way to ensure that Iran's nuclear programme proceeds along a peaceful path, the UN's top political official said on Tuesday.

Fight Back (2020-06-30). Coalition to March on the DNC endorses anti-Trump protest at RNC. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI — The Coalition to March on the DNC is getting behind the massive anti-Trump protest that is set for the Republican National Convention. | On June 26, a national call was sent out by organizers in Jacksonville, Florida to join them in marching on the Republican National Convention. The main slogan of this action is "We Can't Breathe – Defeat Donald Trump!" – a strong message in the midst of continuing protests stemming from the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many others. | On August 27, Donald Trump will be at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena to deliver an acceptance…

yenisafak (2020-06-30). 'Changing Kashmir demography threatens peace in S.Asia'. yenisafak.com Pakistan's prime minister on Tuesday said the granting of domicile certificates to thousands of Indian nationals in the Jammu and Kashmir region has imperiled "peace and security" in South Asia."First, India's attempt at illegal annexation of Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir, and now its attempts to alter IOJK's [Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir] demographic structure incl[uding] by issuance of domicile certificates to 25,000 Indian nationals are all illegal, in violation of UNSC resolutions, and international law, including [the] 4th Geneva Convention," Imran Khan said in a series of tweets.He was referring to…

yenisafak (2020-06-30). Burundi's new government sworn in. yenisafak.com The newly appointed Burundian government was sworn in Tuesday by the head of state and the senate, local media reported.President Evariste Ndayishimiye promised to combat corruption in public services and the COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, in an address to the nation after the ceremony."Burundi will be managed by its sons and daughters with dignity. A country where all citizens can eat as much as they need, have financial independence to meet their needs," SOS Médias Burundi quoted the president. "Burundi is a nest for everyone. We call on all Burundian refugees to return to their country.

yenisafak (2020-06-30). US could see 100,000 daily coronavirus cases: Fauci. yenisafak.com The US could see as many as 100,000 new coronavirus infections daily, the nation's top infectious disease expert told a Senate hearing Tuesday."We are now having 40,000 new cases a day. I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around," said Anthony Fauci, who is the director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases.He said he was "very disturbed" by the recent spike in the number of the cases that exceeded 40,000 daily this week."I am also quite concerned about what we are seeing evolve right now in several states," said Fauci. "When states start to try and…

sputniknews (2020-06-30). St. Louis Couple Who Pointed Weapons at BLM Protesters Offer Reason Why They Acted in That Fashion. sputniknews.com On Sunday, a white couple in St. Louis, Missouri, stole the spotlight on social media after the appeared in a viral video pointing firearms at unarmed and peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstrators who were passing in the vicinity of the couple's mansion while en route to Mayor Lyda Krewson's house.

James Zogby (2020-06-29). What Jamaal Bowman's Historic Win Represents for the Palestinian People. commondreams.org Bowman's victory against an entrenched incumbent came on the heels of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's 2018 unseating of 10 term Congressman Joseph Crowley in the nearby 14th District of New York. (Photo: Bowman for Congress) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Alan Macleod (2020-06-29). Aurora Police Violently Crackdown on Peaceful Vigil for Black Man Killed in Police Chokehold. mintpressnews.com Police in Aurora, Colorado violently cracked down on a group of peaceful protesters holding a vigil for a young black man killed by police late last year, bringing renewed attention to the push for police reform that has swept the nation.

sputniknews (2020-06-29). 'This Whole Thing is Garbage': Afghan War Vet Dismisses Shaky 'Russian Bounties' Claims. sputniknews.com On Friday, the New York Times reported on a US intelligence report claiming Russian operatives were offering the Taliban bounties to assassinate US soldiers in Afghanistan. However, as US lawmakers demand answers and action, one expert says serious skepticism about the report's veracity is missing, which threatens the increasingly fragile peace.

Ralph Nader (2020-06-29). Congress Must Hold President Trump Accountable! counterpunch.org Here is an abridged version of a letter sent on June 22, 2020, by me and two constitutional law experts Bruce Fein and Lou Fisher, to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerald Nadler, and the Committee's Vice Chairman, Jamie Raskin. It touches on where Congress has not exercised its constitutional authority to

Michael Arney (2020-06-29). Bronx's first gay city council member likely wins in NY-15. peoplesworld.org Progressives and liberals in the NY-15 congressional district can take a deep breath. Self-identified "conservative Democrat" Rev. Rubén Díaz, Sr., probably will not succeed Rep. José Serrano and destroy his legacy. Instead, the new representative probably will be Ritchie Torres, the youngest and first openly gay Bronx member of the City Council. Rep. Serrano has …

Stephen Lendman (2020-06-29). Suing China for COVID-19 Damages Rears Its Ugly Head Again. globalresearch.ca According to Courthouse News, Senate Judiciary Committee members discussed "amending the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) in order to hold China accountable for injury, losses and damages related to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus." | More on this below. | ***…

news.un (2020-06-29). Extend cross border 'lifeline' into Syria, Lowcock urges Security Council. news.un.org With COVID-19 cases in Syria multiplying, its economy in freefall, and some households cooking weeds to eat in order to survive, the UN's emergency relief coordinator is pressing the Security Council to extend its authorization for cross-border aid deliveries from Turkey.

Elijah J. Magnier (2020-06-29). US-Iran Confrontation in Lebanon: Counter-measures and Escalation. globalresearch.ca It's looking like a long, hot summer, as tensions increase between Washington and Tehran, US elections approach, and the "maximum pressure" exercised by the US escalates. After Syria, it is Lebanon's turn. The country's financial failure has reached the point …

yenisafak (2020-06-29). Turkish FM to attend conference on Syria. yenisafak.com Turkey's top diplomat will participate in a teleconference Tuesday on the future of Syria and its region.Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and his international counterparts will take part in the IV Brussels Conference, to be co-chaired by the European Union and the UN, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement."During the conference, which is the main platform for financial pledges for Syria, and regional countries hosting Syrians, including Turkey, donor countries and other stakeholders will declare their financial contributions for the period ahead," the statement said.The meeting aims to support effort…

news.un (2020-06-29). Water cooperation between States 'key' to Blue Nile dam project. news.un.org The Blue Nile is "critical for the livelihoods and development" of Egyptians, Ethiopians and Sudanese, the top UN official for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs told the Security Council on Monday, urging those States to reach a construction agreement on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

Sara Bakhtiar (2020-06-29). How to Reverse the US's Shockingly Low Global Peace Index Ranking. commondreams.org The U.S. insistence on global military domination has actively undermined both domestic and international peace. (Photo: bgrocker / Shutterstock.com) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

news.un (2020-06-29). First Person: Looking to the skies to understand the climate crisis. news.un.org Could studying the cosmos help us to fight the climate crisis? Two astronomers at the University of Hawaii think that knowledge of the solar system may help to slow down the warming of the Earth's atmosphere.

Rachel Stohl (2020-06-29). Defense Industry Cheers as the Trump Administration Is Poised to Loosen Restrictions on Drone Exports. commondreams.org Congress could also seek to require that all drone exports would have to go through a congressional approval process, rather than forcing a resolution of disapproval to stop a sale. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrew Emett (2020-06-29). Bernie: Cut Pentagon by 10% to invest in education, health care, and housing. nationofchange.org "And when we talk about real change it is incredible to me the degree to which Congress continues to ignore our bloated $740 billion defense budget—which has gone up by over $100 billion since Trump has been in office."

WSWS (2020-06-29). Republicans introduce Senate bill to abolish strong encryption on consumer devices. wsws.org Three Republican Senators introduced a draft bill that would force tech companies to decrypt private consumer data on-demand for law enforcement.