2020-07-15: News Headlines

Eva Bartlett (2020-07-15). US Sanctions Are Part of a Multi-front War on Syria, and Its Long-suffering Civilians Are the Main Target. globalresearch.ca The US is waging multiple fronts of war against Syria, including brutal sanctions, while claiming concern over the wellbeing of Syrian civilians — the vast majority of whom are suffering as a direct result of US policies. | On June 17, …

Marwa Osman (2020-07-15). Hezbollah's New Battle—MES EP.62. thealtworld.com 1st Segment | Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah stressed that Lebanon must explore all options to rescue the country's economy while announcing Hezbollah's new front by saying that the Resistance party has decided to be in the heart of agricultural and industrial battle. To discuss this issue with us in Beirut is Dr. Bilal Farhat former Member of Parliament with the Loyalty of the Resistance Bloc, Hezbollah. | 2nd Segment | The U.S.-backed Separatists militias of the anti-Damascus Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), has been impeding the delivery of flour to bread facilities in the northeastern provi…

Staff (2020-07-15). Headlines for July 15, 2020. democracynow.org U.S. Sets Another Single-Day Record with 67,000+ Coronavirus Cases, Trump Admin Orders Hospitals to Bypass CDC on Reporting COVID-19 Data, GOP Convention in Jacksonville May Move Outdoors, as COVID-19 Skyrockets in Florida, U.N. Chief Warns Pandemic May Set Back Global Economy by "Decades", Trump Admin Rescinds Plan to Strip International Student Visas, Jeff Sessions Loses Bid to Reclaim Alabama Senate Seat, Democrats Pick Challengers to GOP Incumbent Senators in Texas & Maine, Progressive Challenger José Garza Unseats District Attorney of Travis County, TX, Joe Biden Unveils $2 Trillion Clean Energy and Jobs Pla…

Staff (2020-07-15). Corporate Greed Drives COVID-19 Pandemic Inside Peruvian Amazon. therealnews.com Peru's lawmakers are weighing a vote on crucial legislation, which, if passed, will declare large areas of pristine Amazon rainforest off limits to drilling and mining projects—a clear showdown between Big Oil and corporate mining interests and the rights of Indigenous peoples of the Peruvian Amazon. | Peru's Congress was expected to vote on the draft bill Thursday, July 2. But the proposal did not make it into the legislative agenda, prompting questions about whether corporate dollars are pulling the strings behind the scenes. | The proposed amendment has revived bitter decades-old social divisions in the…

Brasil de Fato (2020-07-15). Bolsonaro's crimes: social movements file a new impeachment request. peoplesdispatch.org Social movements filed in Congress an impeachment request against President Jair Bolsonaro, on Tuesday, July 14th. In the document, these entities put forth an array of possible crimes committed by the former army captain. | According to these organizations, since the beginning of his term Bolsonaro has "gravely and systematically infringed upon the Constitution of the Republic. By adopting this standard of constant disrespect towards the constitutional directive, the head of State seems to be pushing for the normalization and acceptance of these violations." | Furthermore, these organizations allege that by comm…

Vanessa Beeley (2020-07-14). As Syria Struggles Under COVID-19 Lockdown, America's Scorched Earth Policy Ensures Food Insecurity. mintpressnews.com Infuriated by a failed military campaign to remove Syria's leadership, the US is now turning the economic screws on a nation that has endured a brutal 10-year war of attrition waged by extremist mercenaries.

Father Daniel (2020-07-14). Syria: Hope Is Gone, Evil Has Taken Over, We Are at War with the Western Leaders. globalresearch.ca Dear Friends, | A deep disappointment and a fatigue together with the regular and unanimous will to deal with this increasingly difficult situation continue to help each other, that is, as far as I can tell it, the predominantly sense of …

yenisafak (2020-07-14). Russia says joint patrol with Turkey hit by bomb attack in Syria. yenisafak.com A roadside bomb planted by Syrian militants detonated near a joint Russian-Turkish patrol in northern Syria on Tuesday morning, injuring three Russian soldiers, the Russian Defence Ministry said.Russia called off the patrol following the blast near the town of Ariha in Idlib province, which damaged one Russian and one Turkish armoured personnel carrier, the Russian ministry said.The Russian statement said an unspecified number of Turkish troops were also hurt. Two sources said there were no Turkish casualties in the attack.Russia was evacuating its equipment from the area and moving its troops to the Hmeimim air…

yenisafak (2020-07-14). Turkey-Russia joint patrol in NW Syria hit by explosive. yenisafak.com A terrorist explosive hit a joint patrol of Turkish and Russian troops in northwestern Syria, causing damage but no casualties, Turkey's National Defense Ministry announced on Tuesday.Troops carrying out their 21st joint patrol in the Idlib, Syria cease-fire zone had their vehicles targeted by a roadside explosive, said a ministry statement.There was no loss of life but two vehicles in the convoy suffered partial damage, it added.The joint patrols will continue with determination and all necessary measures, it stressed.The terrorist group was not named, but the YPG/PKK has been active in the region.In its more th…

Staff (2020-07-14). Shahid Buttar Mounts A Serious Congressional Race Against Speaker Of The House Nancy Pelosi. therealnews.com Democratic Socialist Buttar is challenging Pelosi as a progressive-sounding centrist who pushes a conservative agenda that enables Trump.

commondreams (2020-07-14). People's Action Proudly Endorses Rep. Ilhan Omar for Reelection to Congress. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-14). Penatgon to hide realities behind warship incident. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 14 (MNA) — American analyst Stephen Lendman said that the realities behind USS Bonhomme Richard incident will never be determined as the the Pentagon is a lying machine like the White House, Congress, and press agent media.

Matt Sedlar (2020-07-14). Trump's Tax Returns Remain Hidden. Blame Richard Neal. cepr.net The American Prospect See article on original site Don't let the headlines fool you. The Supreme Court's decision last Thursday in Trump v. Mazars doesn't deserve much celebration. Although the Court upheld Congress's right to investigate the president as a general matter, it placed new restrictions on that power and punted on the specific question …

Nan Levinson (2020-07-14). More Veterans in Congress Could Mean Fewer Wars. thenation.com More Veterans in Congress Could Mean Fewer Wars…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2020-07-14). Lawmakers Rebuke Dept. of Veterans Affairs for Using 'Taxpayer Dollars to Fund Cruel, Painful Experiments on Dogs'. commondreams.org "Congress needs to pass legislation to permanently ban these gruesome experiments." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-07-14). 'Violence by Number Tampering': Trump Manipulated Government Estimates of Climate Costs, Says GAO Report. commondreams.org A nonpartisan congressional report released Tuesday reveals how the Trump administration manipulated data to justify deregulating carbon emissions, drastically understating the costs of allowing fossil fuel extraction—and the resulting climate crisis—to continue. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2020-07-14). Republicans Seek Immunity for Employers From Lawsuits Related to Pandemic. truthout.org Congressional leaders are squaring off over the next pandemic relief bill in a debate over whom Congress should step up to protect: front-line workers seeking more safeguards from the ravages of COVID-19 or beleaguered employers seeking relief from lawsuits. | Democrats want to enact an emergency standard meant to bolster access to protective gear for health care and other workers and to bar employers from retaliating against them for airing safety concerns. | Republicans seek immunity for emplo…

George Wuerthner (2020-07-14). Shrinking Wilderness in the Gallatin Range. counterpunch.org The recently released Custer Gallatin National Forest Service plan shrinks interim wilderness protections for the 155,000-acre Hyalite Porcupine Buffalohorn Wilderness Study Area (HPBH WSA). The HPBH WSA was established by Senate bill S. 393 in 1977. Among the mandates in the Act: SEC. 3. (a) says: "Except as otherwise provided by this section, and subject

yenisafak (2020-07-13). Erdogan, Putin discuss Libya, Syria over phone. yenisafak.com President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin agreed to maintain coordination for regional peace, security and stability.The presidents also discussed steps to be taken to strengthen economic relations, and cooperation against COVID-19.Libya has been torn by civil war since the ouster of late ruler Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. Libya's new government was founded in 2015 under a UN-led agreement, but efforts for a long-term political settlement failed due to the military offensive by warlord Khalifa Haftar's forces.The UN recognizes the Libyan government headed by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sar…

Michael Berkowitz (2020-07-13). New documentary film on Congresswoman Barbara Lee: She speaks for me! peoplesworld.org On September 14, 2001, three days after New York City's Twin Towers were leveled by two hijacked airliners, with the building ruins still smoldering, 3000 dead, over 6000 injured, Congress met to consider President George W. Bush's request to wage war against the perpetrators. On the floor of Congress, speaker after speaker echoed the hurt, …

Ralph Nader (2020-07-13). The Enduring Case for Demanding Trump's Resignation. counterpunch.org Today's New York Times headline boldly exclaimed, "PRESIDENT IS 'NOT ABOVE THE LAW,' JUSTICES DECIDE." But then the Supreme Court majority found a way not to apply the law to Trump's defiance of Congress. Didn't this question get decided in 1776 and more formally in 1787 by our Founders? In obtaining information for overseeing the

Michael T. Klare (2020-07-13). Congress Wants More Unnecessary Anti-China Weapons Programs in Annual Defense Bill. globalresearch.ca "Emergency Funding to Thwart Chinese Communist Party Military Aspirations and Protect the United States Defense Industrial Base." That is the ungainly title of a measure

James Zogby (2020-07-13). Is AIPAC Losing Its Grip on Democrats? commondreams.org While there are a number of principled souls serving in Congress, for too many Members raising money and getting reelected become ends in themselves. (Photo: AIPAC/Screengrab) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2020-07-13). China Sanctions US Lawmakers Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Chris Smith. telesurenglish.net China's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying Monday announced that his country will sanction four U.S. congressmen, including Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, following the U.S. hostilities over Beijing's treatment of ethnic and religious minorities in Xinjiang province. | RELATED: | Beijing's sanctions are a response to the U.S. penalties imposed last week on four China's Communist Party and government leaders in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region for alleged abuses.

Global Research News (2020-07-13). Selected Articles: The Pentagon's "Anti-China Weapons" and "The New Silk Roads" globalresearch.ca We hope that by publishing diverse view points, submitted by journalists and experts dotted all over the world, the website can serve as a reminder that no matter what narrative we are presented with, things are rarely as cut and …

Elijah Magnier (2020-07-12). Iran to Assad: Don't worry about the "Caesar Act" when you have Israel on your borders. thealtworld.com An Iranian military delegation led by Chief of Staff Major General Mohammad Bagheri met in Syria with President Bashar al-Assad and his Defence Minister Major General Ali Ayyoub to

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.

sputniknews (2020-07-12). Air Defence Systems Repel Militant Drone Attacks on Hmeimim Airbase, Russian Military Says. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Militants in Syria have attempted to launch a drone attack on the Khmeimim airbase, although the unmanned flying vehicles were shot down by air defence systems, Rear Admiral Alexander Shcherbitsky, the head of the Russian Defence Ministry's centre for Syrian reconciliation, said on Sunday.

RT (2020-07-12). Why is crime spiking in NYC? 'People can't pay their rent' and need to shoplift to feed their children, says AOC. rt.com Comments from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on her theory about crime spiking in New York City have gone viral and are being slammed relentlessly, as the congresswoman believes it all boils down to people being broke and hungry. | Asked about the increase in crime in her city during a recent virtual town hall, Ocasio-Cortez connected the stats to a bad economy putting people in desperate situations. | "Do we think this has to do with the fact that there's record unemployment in the United States right now? The fact that people are at a level of economic desperation that we have not seen since the Great Recession?"

sputniknews (2020-07-12). Senate Judiciary Chairman Graham Says Mueller Will Be Called to Testify About Russia Investigation. sputniknews.com The statement comes after former special counsel Robert Mueller published an op-ed supporting the prosecution of Roger Stone, who was convicted following his investigation into alleged US-Russia collusion.

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 …