2020-07-12: News Headlines

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-12). A closer look at Iran-Syria military cooperation agreement. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 13 (MNA) — The agreement on military, defense, and security cooperation between Iran and Syria has sent a wave of fear through the Zionist camp.

Staff (2020-07-12). Trump Commutes 40-Month Sentence of Longtime Ally Roger Stone. truthout.org Government ethics watchdogs and congressional Democrats were among those outraged late Friday after President Donald Trump announced his commutation of his longtime associate Roger Stone's Trump

Matthew Ehret-Kump (2020-07-12). Kissinger's Adoration of the 1815 Congress of Vienna: A Master Key into Universal History. globalresearch.ca The incredibly shrinking Henry Kissinger is known for many things, but a revolutionary is not one of them. Over the years of service to the empire, the career geopolitician has been consistent in his unfailing commitment to | 1) destroy the …

news.un (2020-07-11). BREAKING: Security Council extends for one year, lifesaving cross-border aid to Syria. news.un.org On its fourth attempt this week, the Security Council has on Saturday, authorized for one year, cross-border humanitarian aid from Turkey into northwest Syria.

en.mehrnews (2020-07-11). Iran opposes OPCW's decision over Syria. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 11 (MNA) — Iranian ambassador to the Netherlands called the new decision of the Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) over Syria unbalanced and a step towards politicizing the organization.

sputniknews (2020-07-11). UNSC Adopts Resolution to Continue Cross-Border Aid Deliveries to Syria Via 1 Crossing. sputniknews.com UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) – The UN Security Council (UNSC) has adopted a resolution to extend the work of one Syria-Turkey cross-border point for one year in order to ensure humanitarian aid deliveries to Syria, German Ambassador to the United Nations Christoph Heusgen has announced.

_____ (2020-07-11). The First NATO: British and French Joint Aggressions in the Mid-19th Century. strategic-culture.org The two most militarily powerful nations in the West, both free to project naval power and maritime domination anywhere in the world, get together to punish and overthrow regimes they find guilty of human rights abuses and political repression in the name of human rights and promoting democracy: What could possibly go wrong? | It is of course NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg's new call for NATO, which has already over the past decade exercised its nation-building and promotion of enlightened regime policies with such brilliant success in Ukraine, Libya, Syria and Afghanistan to spread its mantle of protect…

RT (2020-07-11). Not the same thing, Nancy: Pelosi calls for law restricting presidential pardons after Trump commutes sentence of Roger Stone. rt.com Nancy Pelosi has been accused of harboring misinformed and constitutionally dubious opinions, after arguing that Donald Trump's commutation of Roger Stone is proof that presidential pardon powers need to be reined in. | Stone, a former aide to Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, faced more than three years behind bars for obstruction of justice, witness tampering, and making false statements to Congress. The political operative's sentence was commuted by the president just as he was preparing to report to prison. | Unsurprisingly, the Democratic House speaker used the occasion to rehash the long-debunked consp…

RT (2020-07-11). Trump wants Christopher Steele, UK spy behind 'Russiagate' dossier 'tried and thrown into jail'. rt.com US President Donald Trump has called for the extradition, trial and imprisonment of disgraced British spy Christopher Steele, whose scandalous allegations against the president helped kickstart the 'Russiagate' investigation. | "This man should be extradited, tried, and thrown into jail," Trump said of Steele on Saturday, calling the British snoop a "sick lier [sic] who was paid by Crooked Hillary & the DNC!" | This man should be extradited, tried, and thrown into jail. A sick lier who was paid by Crooked Hillary & the DNC!

Peoples Dispatch (2020-07-11). Government crackdown on press continues in Philippines as Congress denies a license for ABS-CBN. peoplesdispatch.org The Philippines Congress denied a new franchise license for ABS-CBN. In a vote, held on Friday, July 10, among the 85-member Committee of Legislative Franchises in the House of Representatives, 70 members voted against the motion for a new franchise and 11 voted in favor. | After a week-long deliberation in the House of Representatives, supporters of president Rodrigo Duterte accused the media house of financial irregularities and political bias, effectively blocking its bid to resume operations on air. | The ABS-CBN Corporation that runs the channel employs over 11,000 workers across the Philippines, both as per…

Maggie Mills (2020-07-11). A Vote for American Healthcare is a Vote for Violence. commondreams.org To protect profits, the private health insurance industry and their Congressional supporters continue strongly opposing Medicare for All. (Photo: National Nurses United/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-07-11). 'Trump At His Most Corrupt': President Commutes 40-Month Sentence of Longtime Ally Roger Stone. commondreams.org Government ethics watchdogs and congressional Democrats were among those outraged late Friday after President Donald Trump announced his commutation of his longtime associate Roger Stone's 40-month sentence, in what Democratic leaders called a "transparently corrupt" move. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

news.un (2020-07-10). Syria: Authorization to continue lifesaving cross-border aid remains in limbo. news.un.org With the deadline just hours away, the Security Council has failed on its third attempt this week to extend its authorization for lifesaving food, medicine and shelter to cross into northwest Syria from Turkey.

South Front (2020-07-10). Video: Iran to Support Syria with Air Defense to Repel US, Israeli Attacks. globalresearch.ca Iran will help to strengthen Syrian air defense capabilities as part of a wider military security agreement between the two countries, Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri said on July 8. …

Francesca Freeman, George Batah (2020-07-10). For Some Students, ICE's Visa Announcement Is Life or Death. thenation.com For Some Students, ICE's Visa Announcement Is Life or Death…

RT (2020-07-10). Russia & China veto Western resolution on keeping Syria-Turkey border crossings open, but Moscow's counter-proposal fails. rt.com A Russian UN Security Council resolution on Syrian-Turkish border crossings has been rejected, after Moscow and Beijing vetoed a draft by Western members who sought to reopen the checkpoints outside of government control. | The international body, working in an online format due to the coronavirus pandemic, rejected the Russian proposal with four votes in favor, seven against, and four abstentions. It is the fourth time that a vote on the rival measures has failed, with the council struggling to reach a compromise as the mandate of the border crossings expires on Friday. | Earlier on Friday, 13 out of 15 Secur…

sputniknews (2020-07-10). UNSC Fails to Adopt Russian Draft Resolution to Deliver Syria Aid via 1 Crossing for One Year. sputniknews.com The previous resolution submitted by Russia was also blocked in the UNSC, with the United States, UK, Germany, France, Estonia, Belgium, and the Dominican Republican voting against the measure.

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-07-10). Ilhan Omar Demands Pentagon Acknowledge, Compensate US Drone Strike Victims 'Illegally Killed' in Somalia. commondreams.org Congresswoman's call, says one rights advocate, "is an important acknowledgment that civilians unlawfully harmed have a right to redress." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Nathan Tankus (2020-07-10). Congress is a month away from cutting the economy's fiscal life support. mronline.org The most important economic problem the United States is facing is the failure to contain Coronavirus and the unethical decisions politicians have been making to reopen without the administrative capacity to limit the virus's spread.

G. Dunkel (2020-07-10). Labor union begins struggle against COVID-19 layoffs. workers.org New York City On the last day possible, June 30, the City University of New York announced it was going to lay off 3,000, or more than 20 percent, of the 13,000 adjunct teaching staff, who are represented by the Professional Staff Congress, American Federation of Teachers Local 2334. The . . . |

RT (2020-07-10). Trump commutes sentence of ally Roger Stone, sentenced to 6 years in 'Russiagate' probe. rt.com US President Donald Trump has commuted the 'Russiagate' sentence of Roger Stone, a political operative who briefly worked on his 2016 campaign, just as Stone was ordered to report to prison to serve time behind bars. | Judge Amy Berman Jackson sentenced Stone in February to 40 months in prison for obstruction of justice, another 18 months for witness tampering, and 12 months for making false statements to Congress — but the sentences are to run concurrently, so the maximum time Stone would have spend behind bars is three and a half years. | The charges stemmed from the investigation by special counsel Rob…

RT (2020-07-10). Trump commutes sentence of ally Roger Stone, jailed for 6 years in 'Russiagate' probe. rt.com US President Donald Trump has commuted the 'Russiagate' sentence of Roger Stone, a political operative who briefly worked on his 2016 campaign, just as Stone was ordered to report to prison to serve time behind bars. | Judge Amy Berman Jackson sentenced Stone in February to 40 months in prison for obstruction of justice, another 18 months for witness tampering, and 12 months for making false statements to Congress — but the sentences are to run concurrently, so the maximum time Stone would have spent behind bars is three-and-a-half years. | The charges stemmed from the investigation by Special Counsel Rob…

_____ (2020-07-10). Supreme Court Rules Against Oklahoma In Creek Nation Case. popularresistance.org Above photo: BB/PA Images. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Muscogee (Creek) Nation's reservation was not officially terminated at Oklahoma statehood, as justices issued a decision that may upend state jurisdiction in much of eastern Oklahoma. "The federal government promised the Creek a reservation in perpetuity," the 5-4 decision states. "Over time, Congress …

commondreams (2020-07-10). Congressman Ted Lieu, Lead Plaintiff in Lieu v. FEC Discusses Lawsuit Seeking to End Super PAC Spending in U.S. Elections. commondreams.org ______________________________…

_____ (2020-07-10). A New Tonkin Gulf Incident In The Making? popularresistance.org While the American public, the media, and Congress have largely been focused on the Covid pandemic, demands for racial justice, and other domestic concerns in recent months, the US military has been mobilizing all of its capabilities for a massive show of force in waters abutting China. Every Pacific-based US submarine is now deployed in the area; two nuclear-powered carriers and their escort ships are conducting naval maneuvers there; the Air Force has sent B-1 bombers overhead; and the Army is practicing to seize Chinese-claimed islands. | In the most provocative of these efforts, the carriers Nimitz and Ronald…

Staff (2020-07-10). 80+ Lawmakers Demand Trump Rescind Plan to Force International Students Out. truthout.org More than 80 members of Congress late Thursday demanded that the Trump administration immediately withdraw a "cruel, senseless, and xenophobic" Issued earlier this week by Immigration and Cus…

yenisafak (2020-07-10). Japan to buy $23B worth of F-35 fighter jets from US. yenisafak.com The US on Thursday approved a planned purchase by Japan of 105 F-35 joint strike fighters estimated to be worth $23 billion amid escalating tension in the South China Sea between China and US allies.The approved package includes 63 F-35A conventional takeoff and landing aircraft and 42 F-35 short takeoff and landing variants as part of a December 2018 decision by Japan to increase its procurement of F-35s from 42 to 147.Japan does not have a coast to the hotly-conflicted South China Sea, but views it as strategically important due to its role as a vital trading route.If the sale goes through from congress, it wil…

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 …

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 . . . |

en.mehrnews (2020-07-09). Assad praises Iran-Syria strategic agreement. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 09 (MNA) — Chief of Staff for the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran Major General Mohammad Bagheri met and held talks with President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Thursday.

_____ (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…

sputniknews (2020-07-09). Militants Shell Settlements in Syria's Latakia, Aleppo, Idlib Provinces, Russian Military Says. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Hayat Tahrir al-Sham* terrorist group shelled settlements in the Syrian provinces of Idlib, Aleppo and Latakia, the head of the Russian centre for Syrian reconciliation, Rear Admiral Alexander Shcherbitsky, said during a press briefing on Thursday.

sputniknews (2020-07-09). Russia Submits Draft UNSC Measure to Deliver Syria Aid Via 1 Crossing for 1 Year – Envoy. sputniknews.com UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) – Russia has introduced another UN Security Council draft resolution that seeks to authorise the cross-border humanitarian aid delivery mechanism in northwestern Syria from Turkey through one crossing for a year, Russian Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Dmitry Polyanskiy said in a statement.

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 ers.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). '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…

_____ (2020-07-09). Economic Justice Rally Pushes For City Level Reparations. popularresistance.org St. Paul, MN — After weeks of intense s 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…

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 …

commondreams (2020-07-09). Supreme Court Rejects Trump's Arguments for Withholding Financial Records From NY Prosecutors and Congress. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-07-09). 'No One Is Above the Law': Supreme Court Allows New York Prosecutor to Subpoena Trump Financial Records. commondreams.org The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that Manhattan prosecutor Cyrus Vance can obtain President Donald Trump's financial records as part of an investigation into hush-money payments made to women during the 2016 election, but blocked Congress from seeing the records for the time being. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

sputniknews (2020-07-09). General Milley Tells US Congressional Panel No Evidence of Russian Bounties in Afghanistan. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The United States has no direct evidence of the alleged Russian bounties offered to Taliban* militants to kill US soldiers, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley said in congressional testimony.

Shayna Strom (2020-07-09). Lives are at Stake. Will Congress Act? aclu.org As COVID-19 infection rates soar across the country, Congress is running out of time to take further actions to protect us all. Our government must do more: Lives are at stake. Black and Brown communities are

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.

Staff (2020-07-09). Sanders: "Richest 1 Percent Is Responsible for 70 Percent of All Unpaid Taxes" truthout.org A Congressional Budget Office

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.

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…