2020-07-09: News Headlines

South Front (2020-07-09). Video: Turkish Proxies Create Chaos in Northeastern Syria. globalresearch.ca Chaos is spreading through the Turkish-occupied part of northern Syria. | Late on July 7, a car bomb explosion rocked the town of Tell Abyad killing at least seven people. Pro-Turkish sources immediately accused the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) of …

Howard Lisnoff (2020-07-09). The Long Goodbye to Organized Religion. counterpunch.org It was the notice of an online meeting of a local chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace that made me think of my long and troubled relationship with organized religion. I grew up during a time in the 1950s and 1960s when membership in a temple or synagogue was a given for most Jews. And

A Guest Author (2020-07-09). Deadly new sanctions on Syria. workers.org By Judy Bello This slightly edited guest article was originally published June 12 on the web site of the United National AntiWar Coalition (unac.notowar.net). On May 20, President Trump signed into law the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Embedded in this bill, a housekeeping bill of sorts where yearly . . . |

Mark Gruenberg, John Wojcik (2020-07-09). Supreme Court rules today: Trump is not above the law! peoplesworld.org President Trump took to Twitter in a rant today after the Supreme Court, in two 7-2 decisions. said the president is not entitled to immunity from congressional and grand jury subpoenas for his tax and financial information. In his rant, Trump called the rulings rejecting his claims that he is essentially above the law "unfair." …

Mark Gruenberg (2020-07-09). Trumka rips Senate GOP and its leader, McConnell. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has had it up to here with the U.S. Senate's ruling Republicans and specifically with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Listing the three big crises facing the country, Trumka wants the GOP majority to get off its butt and help the nation's workers. "Numbers of coronavirus infections are rising across large …

pip.hinman (2020-07-09). Peace network: Increase in military expenditure 'unjustified and destabilising'. greenleft.org.au

_____ (2020-07-09). Economic Justice Rally Pushes For City Level Reparations. popularresistance.org St. Paul, MN — After weeks of intense protests following the murder of George Floyd by police, Minnesota organizers are pushing legislative changes to bring forth justice for the Black community. One of those items is a bill that would distribute reparations for descendants of slaves in Minnesota's capital city of Saint Paul. The St. Paul Recovery Act, spearheaded by Minnesota Green Party spokesman Trahern Crews and Ward 7 city councilor Jane Prince, is what the pair call "economic justice". The Recovery Act was created out of H.R. 40 which was passed in 2019 by Congress and commissioned research on discrim…

_____ (2020-07-09). US: American Journalist Has No Right To Challenge Decision To Assassinate Him. popularresistance.org The US Government has asked the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to affirm the dismissal of American journalist Bilal Abdul Kareem's challenge to his Government's apparent decision to assassinate him without telling him why, or affording him the constitutional right to due process. | Mr Kareem is a recipient of the Edward R. Murrow and Peabody Awards, who grew up in Mount Vernon, New York, and used to be a stand-up comedian in New York City. He has been reporting on the conflict from Syria since it began. In 2016, he narrowly escaped being killed on five separate occasions, including two s…

yenisafak (2020-07-09). 'Negative trend in EU-Turkey relations must stop'. yenisafak.com Negative trend in EU-Turkey relations must stop, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Thursday.Speaking at a European Parliament session called by the conservative European People's Party, Borrell said: "Turkey is an important partner, candidate country, and a NATO ally. The current negative trend in our relations needs to be stopped and reversed."Borrell said he recently visited Turkey after visiting Greece and the Greek Cypriot administration, adding that "stability and security in the Mediterranean requires collective engagement."Conflicts in Syria and Libya directly affecting the security and interes…

yenisafak (2020-07-09). UN sends 71 truckloads of aid to Idlib, Syria. yenisafak.com The UN on Thursday sent 71 truckloads of humanitarian aid to northwestern Syria, where millions of people are in need of assistance due to internal conflict in the country.The trucks carrying supplies entered Idlib province through the Cilvegozu border gate in Turkey's south.The aid will be distributed among residents of Idlib and nearby rural areas.Syria has been ravaged by civil war since early 2011, when the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protesters.Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and more than 10 million displaced, according to UN estimates.Idlib falls within a de-escalation zone…

yenisafak (2020-07-09). Pompeo says US continuing to work to establish dialogue with North Korea. yenisafak.com U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday that Washington is continuing to work to establish dialogue with North Korea and is very hopeful the conversation can continue, though he declined to comment on timing or specifics."We continue to work to establish dialogue and have substantive conversations about how we might deliver this really good outcome, this outcome of delivering peace and stability to the entire peninsula," Pompeo told reporters following U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun's three days of talks in Seoul.

yenisafak (2020-07-09). We know how to keep the peace, says Serbian president. yenisafak.com Serbia's president on Thursday attested that his government would be able to maintain peace and stability in the country amid a second day of violent protests.In a video message recorded while en route to Paris, Aleksandar Vucic likened Wednesday's riots in the northern city of Novi Sad to an incursion of fascist units into the city in 1941. Vucic urged people in Novi Sad and the rest of the country to avoid confronting the "thugs.""We, as the state, will do that. We will work and we will win. We will preserve peace for our country. Surrender was never an option," Vucic said."I am now flying to Paris to fight for…

Michael Harris (2020-07-09). California Reparations Bill AB 3121 – Senate Process in flow… indybay.org The signs and symbols surrounding the California State Capitol are coming down and few know the reason they were put in place. Reparative Justice hidden, cloaked in secrecy and does not mention Slavery thoroughout the State of California… limited narrow focus may do additional harm… yet not sure it matters because the Black Lives "in the building" is all that matters.

Stephen Lendman (2020-07-08). UN So-called Committee of Inquiry (COI) Casually Blames Bashar Al-Assad for US-Sponsored High Crimes Committed by Terrorist Proxies Against the People of Syria. globalresearch.ca Launched preemptively in March 2011 by the Obama regime, escalated by Trump, US direct and proxy aggression in Syria will likely continue indefinitely no matter which right wing of its war party is in charge ahead. | Formed in September 2011, …

Andrew Korybko (2020-07-08). China-India Onset of "Cold Peace"? Mutual Disengagement Decision, Pull Back from the Line of Control. globalresearch.ca China accepts that India already made its geopolitical choice to become the US' proxy in "containing" the People's Republic, but it would prefer for their seemingly inevitable "decoupling" to be as manageable as possible, hence why it's helping its rival …

John Bachtell (2020-07-08). Separation of Trump and state: Blocking Republicans' evangelical election strategy. peoplesworld.org On Monday, June 1, President Donald Trump stood in front of St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C., awkwardly clutching a Bible. Moments earlier, military police had forcibly cleared peaceful demonstrators from Lafayette Park with pepper spray, flash and smoke grenades, truncheons, and rubber bullets. Outraged religious leaders across denominations immediately condemned Trump for his …

RT (2020-07-08). UN Syria commission never went to Idlib, obsessed with blaming Damascus — Lavrov. rt.com The UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria relied on unverifiable third-hand sources and is obsessed with blaming Damascus, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after the Syrian government was accused of 'war crimes' in Idlib. | "This so-called independent commission uses facts drawn from social networks and from some sources that have asked to remain anonymous, citing security concerns," Lavrov said on Wednesday. He was commenting on the findings of three UN officials, who never bothered actually visiting the war-torn province. | While the Russian Foreign Ministry seeks to address the Syrian conflict, or an…

Alan Macleod (2020-07-08). Democratic Candidate James Averhart Personally Oversaw Solitary Confinement of Chelsea Manning. mintpressnews.com Alabama congressional candidate James Averhart led a campaign to punish soldiers who deserted the Vietnam war and personally oversaw the brutal imprisonment of whistleblower Chelsea Manning.

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-07-08). Patriotism Is Bullshit, And Other Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix. thealtworld.com It is 2021. The Biden administration has launched a full-scale invasion of Syria and the US and Russia are at a nuclear standoff unseen since the Cuban missile crisis. All top Twitter trends relate to the widespread debate over whether or not Sesame Street is guilty of kink shaming. | ~ | A vote for Kanye is a vote for Trump. | A vote for the Green Party is a vote for Trump. | A vote for no one is a vote for Trump. | A vote for Joe Biden is a vote for Trump. | Everything is a vote for Trump. | Everything is Trump. | You are Trump. | I am Trump. | Trump is all there is. | There is no escape. | ~ | Leaving aside th…

yenisafak (2020-07-08). Landmines in Syria's al-Bab pose risk to civilians. yenisafak.com Civilians in the northern Syrian city of al-Bab are awaiting help from authorities to clear the area from landmines, planted by Daesh/ISIS terror group.The landmines and other explosives are strewn across and have limited agriculture activities, besides endangering humans and livestock.Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Muhammed Kalso, whose son was injured from a landmine explosion last week, has urged for a large-scale mine-clearing operation in the area.His son was injured while walking in the middle of the village."If we had known there was a mine in the middle of the village, we would not have taken the kids out. I…

sputniknews (2020-07-08). UNSC Blocks Russian Draft on Syria Aid Delivery Via 1 Border Crossing, Diplomatic Source Says. sputniknews.com UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) – The UN Security Council did not support a Russian-drafted resolution that would have authorized the delivery of humanitarian aid into northwest Syria through one checkpoint in Turkey for half a year, a diplomatic source at the United Nations told Sputnik.

en.mehrnews (2020-07-08). Gen. Soleimani played key role in Lebanon's victories. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 08 (MNA) — Sheikh Naim Qassem said that Martyr General Soleimani had a significant role in the victories of Lebanon and Syria against terrorist groups.

WSWS (2020-07-08). US Border Patrol deployed against anti-police violence protestors. wsws.org Federal law enforcement agencies under the direction of the Trump administration are currently working with the Portland Police Bureau to suppress peaceful protests.

Fight Back (2020-07-08). Oneida Nation holds memorial ride, rally, for indigenous man killed by Green Bay police. fightbacknews.org Green Bay, WI – On Sunday, July 5, the Oneida Nation held a memorial ride and rally for Jonathon Tubby, an Oneida man killed in police custody nearly two years ago. Jonathon's family, which has filed a civil lawsuit against members of the Green Bay Police Department, had requested a one-year mourning period before beginning public advocacy. That one-year period ended in November 2019 and the family has been pursuing justice ever since. | Approximately 100 vehicles were in a procession through the Oneida reservation with signs reading, "No justice – no peace" and "Justice for Jonathon." They made stops in residen…

news.un (2020-07-08). Time is running out for Libya, UN chief warns Security Council. news.un.org With battle lines shifting, foreign interference growing, thousands fleeing their homes and COVID-19 cases on the rise, time is running out for bringing a peaceful end to the conflict in Libya, Secretary-General António Guterres says.

Steve Phillips (2020-07-08). This Is the Perfect Moment to Push for Reparations. thenation.com This Is the Perfect Moment to Push for Reparations…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-07-08). US starts process of withdrawing from WHO. peoplesdispatch.org The process of withdrawal will take a year and if not reversed, the US will cease to be a member of the WHO from July 6, 2021. It is unclear if the president has the power to withdraw from a global organization without approval from Congress…

Fight Back (2020-07-08). A new Michigan rally for 'HEROES Act now' set for July 15. fightbacknews.org Grand Rapids, MI – After a lively rally on June 24 with nearly 100 workers, the stagehands union IATSE is calling a new rally on the steps of the Michigan State Capitol for July 15. The stagehands and other gig workers are demanding the passage of the HEROES (Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions) Act by the U.S. Senate. July 25 is looming as the $600 per week unemployment boost that keeps people paying their bills is set to run out. Tensions are rising not just in Michigan, but also for stagehands from New York City to Hollywood, across the whole country. | "The U.S. House of Representatives…

Thom Hartmann (2020-07-08). To Keep Americans Safe, We Have to Get Billionaires Out of Politics. commondreams.org President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) speak to the supporters during a rally in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo: Preston Ehrler/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Black Lives Matter Scotts Valley (2020-07-08). Thursday 7/9: Scotts Valley: Black Lives Matter Peaceful Protest. indybay.org 5: 30pm: Meet at Skypark, 361 Kings Village Rd, Scotts Valley | March to MacDorsa Park, 1 Civic Center Drive, Scotts Valley…

South Front (2020-07-07). Video: Syrian Army Fights ISIS in Homs. SDF Rejects Deal with Damascus. globalresearch.ca Clashes between government forces and ISIS terrorists have continued in central Syria since July 2, when ISIS cells stormed army positions in eastern Homs. In response, the Syrians supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces launched a security operation in the …

Harry Levine (2020-07-07). Frank Stearns, Veterans for Peace leader and CPUSA activist, felled by coronavirus. peoplesworld.org NEW YORK—Frank L. Stearns, a long-time activist and leader in Veterans for Peace who worked in the national office of the Communist Party USA, died of COVID-19 at Cornell Medical Center in New York City on April 9, 2020. Frank joined Veterans for Peace shortly after it was founded in 1985 and became especially active …

Richard Eskow (2020-07-07). The War on Logic: Contradictions and Absurdities in the House's Military Spending Bill. counterpunch.org The House Armed Services Committee just passed a defense appropriations bill filled with moral contradictions and illogical absurdities. Consider: It removes some racist symbols in the military, but preserves Trump's ability to use the military against anti-racist demonstrators. It abdicates Congress' responsibility to declare war, but prevents the executive branch from moving toward peace.

Staff (2020-07-07). Headlines for July 7, 2020. democracynow.org Judge Rules Dakota Access Pipeline Be Shut Down Pending Review, Trump Admin Moves to Deport and Bar International Students If Colleges Go Online in Fall, Coronavirus Surges Across Country as Dr. Fauci Warns U.S. Still "Knee-Deep" in First Wave, Jair Bolsonaro Gets Tested for COVID-19; WHO Warns AIDS Deaths in Africa Could Rise Amid Pandemic, Congressmembers, Trump Associates Among Beneficiaries of Coronavirus Stimulus Funds, Anti-Asian American Hate Crimes Have Been Soaring Since the Start of the Pandemic, Indiana Civil Rights Activist Says He Was Victim of Attempted Lynching, Video Shows Police Officers Fatally…

news.un (2020-07-07). Fresh evidence of war crimes committed by all sides in Syrian conflict, probe finds. news.un.org Hospitals, schools and homes have all been targeted during Syria's brutal and long-running conflict, said UN-appointed investigators, who on Tuesday condemned likely fresh war crimes committed by all parties.

yenisafak (2020-07-07). Arabs call for int'l stance against Israeli annexation. yenisafak.com Nine Arab countries on Tuesday called for an effective international stance against an Israeli plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank. | The foreign ministers of Jordan, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Morocco, Tunisia, Oman and Kuwait held a virtual meeting on Tuesday. | A statement issued following the meeting called on the international community to take "clear and effective measures to prevent the implementation of the Israeli annexation plan to safeguard international law and peace".It also underlined the need to return to serious and effective talks for solving the Pal…

news.un (2020-07-07). Human rights through peacekeeping essential factor in beating coronavirus. news.un.org The UN human rights chief is calling for greater investment in the human rights components of peace operations – not least to monitor the impact of efforts to contain the global COVID-19 pandemic.

WSWS (2020-07-07). As cutoff of $600 weekly benefit and wave of evictions loom, Congress takes a holiday. wsws.org The $600 weekly federal supplement to unemployment benefits is set to expire July 25, while moratoriums on evictions have already expired in 20 states.

Dean Baker (2020-07-07). Unemployment Benefits Should Depend on the Pandemic. counterpunch.org In recent weeks many members of Congress have been arguing against extending the $600 weekly supplement to unemployment insurance benefits that was put into the original pandemic relief package. Some members of Congress have even argued for extra payments to encourage unemployed workers to return to work. These proposals miss the logic that led Congress

Richard Eskow (2020-07-07). The War on Logic: Contradictions and Absurdities in the House's Military Spending Bill. commondreams.org Congress seems to approach military interventions as if it were building mousetraps. It makes it easy to get into them, but almost impossible to get out. (Photo: Scott Nelson/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2020-07-07). Tomorrow, July 8: Nationwide #SenateFail Day of Action Demands Action on COVID While Senators Go On Vacation. commondreams.org ______________________________…

_____ (2020-07-07). Black Militia Marches On Stone Mountain, Demands Removal Of Confederate Monument. popularresistance.org About 1,000 heavily armed militia, all of whom were Black, marched through Georgia's Stone Mountain Park on Saturday, challenging white nationalist groups in the area to either come out and fight or join them in demonstrating against the government. Stone Mountain State Park officials said the Black militia group was peaceful, orderly and escorted by police as they called for the removal of the country's largest Confederate monument near Atlanta. The Black militia is calling for the removal of the Confederate monument etched into Stone Mountain, GA. In 1915, the United Daughters of the Confederacy. It has been a…

Khubaka, Michael Harris (2020-07-07). US Senate poised to pass National Juneteenth Holiday Bill S.4019. indybay.org Since that final summer military campaign in Texas beginning June 18, 1865, people of Pan African Ancestry throughout the Diaspora have always celebrated Juneteenth in a big way.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-07-07). 'Neal Is in Trouble': $300,000 Ad Campaign Targets Powerful Congressman Over Stonewalling of Anti-Surprise Medical Billing Proposal. commondreams.org A new $300,000 ad campaign launched by an anti-monopoly non-profit group is taking aim at longtime Rep. Richard Neal, airing in his home district in Western Massachusetts and drawing attention to his stonewalling of anti-surprise medical billing legislation—in favor of a proposal that would have benefited one of his top donors. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Max Parry (2020-07-06). The Battle of Seattle was Fought by the Pro-war "Left" in Northern Syria. dissidentvoice.org The ongoing series of protests, riots and unrest following the death of George Floyd culminated in the establishment of a self-declared "autonomous zone" by activists in Seattle, Washington, after police abandoned a local precinct in the city's Capitol Hill district. Lasting just three weeks until law enforcement retook the six block territory from occupants on …

Michael Berkowitz (2020-07-06). 'John Lewis: Good Trouble': A fine new documentary about a courageous life. peoplesworld.org When Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis was a kid, his parents brought him up to be religious and mindful of society's rules. But his grandfather also told him to engage in "good trouble, necessary trouble." Elder Lewis told his young grandson that sometimes good trouble would be needed to do what is right. …

calvin deutschbein (2020-07-06). North Carolina activists oppose legal shield of cop violence. workers.org Raleigh, N.C. At 1: 01 a.m. on June 26, the Senate of the North Carolina General Assembly passed Senate Bill 168 and sent it to the governor to sign. The bill was 17 pages of regulations attacking most remaining forms of oversight in custody deaths by law enforcement. Street art classified . . . |

RT (2020-07-06). Afghan President Ghani to host online conferences, seeking 'global consensus' on Taliban talks. rt.com Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani was expected to start pushing on Monday for a global consensus on peace talks with the Taliban. Ghani is hosting three online conferences with representatives of some 20 countries this week, AFP reported. | They aim to "build a consensus" for the peace talks at both a regional and international level, according to the Foreign Ministry in Kabul. | The United States, Russia and the United Nations will take part, officials said. Other participating countries include Pakistan, India, Iran, China, Egypt, and Qatar. | However, just hours ahead of the first online meeting on Monda…

yenisafak (2020-07-06). Libya arrests Daesh/ISIS cell west of Tripoli. yenisafak.com Libyan forces have dismantled a Daesh/ISIS cell in Az-Zawiyah city, west of the capital Tripoli, according to the Interior Ministry on Monday. | A ministry statement said the cell was planning "to carry out terrorist attacks and plots to harm security and stability and spread chaos in the country". | The statement, however, did not specify how many cell members were arrested. | On Sunday, the Joint Security Operations Room in Misrata city, 200 km east of Tripoli, announced the arrest of a Daesh/ISIS militant, who arrived in the country from Syria in 2016. | Earlier Monday, local Syrian sources said 300 mercenarie…

yenisafak (2020-07-06). PKK/YPG forcing children to join terror group in Syria. yenisafak.com The PKK/YPG terrorist organization has been trying to forcibly recruit children who lost their parents in the Syrian civil war, Turkish security sources told Anadolu Agency on Monday.Having suffered severe blows in recent years, the PKK/YPG has established teams to seek out and brainwash such children and teenagers, threatening them to join the terrorists' ranks if they did not cooperate.According to reports by security forces, these teams have pursued Syrian orphans between the ages of 10 and 15 and kidnapped them to terror camps to indoctrinate them with their ideology and train them for armed combat after turn…