2020-07-16: News Headlines

Vanessa Beeley (2020-07-16). Syrian Christians Respond to Erdogan's Neo-Ottoman Agenda. globalresearch.ca The steadfast city of Al Sqeilbiyyeh responds strongly to the move of neo-Ottoman would-be-Emperor, Erdogan, to convert the historic church of Hagia Sophia from a secular, inclusive museum into a Mosque. | According to Turkish media (Hurriyet) changes will be applied …

South Front (2020-07-16). Video: Turkish Proxies in Syria Went Out of Control, Attack Joint Turkish-Russian Patrol. globalresearch.ca On July 14th and 15th, Syrian Army artillery units and warplanes of the Russian Aerospace Forces conducted extensive strikes on positions of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, the Turkistan Islamic Party and other radical groups in northern Lattakia and southern Idlib. The …

Editor (2020-07-16). Capitalist system is 'not above the law'. workers.org Big Media headlines trumpeted "Supreme Court says Trump not above the law" when SCOTUS ruled on July 9 that the president's tax returns had to be revealed to — practically no one. The verdict gave narrow access only to New York state criminal prosecutors — and definitely not to Congress . . . |

yenisafak (2020-07-16). Azerbaijani group slams 'pro-Armenian' US lawmakers. yenisafak.com Calling Representatives Adam Schiff, Brad Sherman, Judy Chu, TJ Cox and Senator Andreas Borgeas "pro-Armenian" on Twitter, the community accused the lawmakers of "supporting invasion and ethnic cleansing of Azerbaijan by Armenia."The community urged "all" friends of Azerbaijan to condemn such remarks.The members of the Congress described the tension between the two countries as "provocation of Azerbaijan," claiming Armenia is suffering the violence.On Sunday, the Armenian army attempted to attack Azerbaijani positions with artillery fire in the northwestern Tovuz border region and withdrew after suffering losses…

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…

Gregory Shupak (2020-07-15). Media Conceal—or Celebrate—Depriving Syrians of Food and Medicine. commondreams.org Children with a container of drinking water in a street in the city of Tadmur, near Palmyra during the Syrian civil war. (Photo by Andrei Gryaznov\TASS via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Elijah Magnier (2020-07-15). When Hezbollah flags up the China and Iran options, the US trembles. thealtworld.com Hastily and under the watchful eye of Israeli and US drones, Hezbollah is storing hundreds of tons of food stock, supplied by Iran, in dozens of improvised warehouses on the Syrian-Lebanese border. This new and unusual step by Hezbollah reflects Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah's recent promise to prevent the starvation threat looming for the Lebanese population. | The US-Israel war against the "Axis of the Resistance" continues but with different tools. It is progressing from waging wars with armies on the ground as the US did in Afghanistan in 2001 and in Iraq in 2003, and as Israel did in Lebanon in <...

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, …

ahtribune (2020-07-15). Under the Pretext of Searching for Wanted, "Al-Nusra" Storms Two Towns Northern Syria. ahtribune.com Militants of "Al-Nusra Front" stormed the towns of "Sarmada" and "Sarmin" in the northern countryside of Idlib, northern Syria, under the pretext of searching for wanted persons charged with belonging to ISIS. | According to local sources, "Al-Nusra" members raided several sites and headquarters in the two towns and arrested a number of people on charges of belonging to "ISIS", while they clashed with other gunmen who refused to surrender. | The sources pointed out that those raids and security campaigns for "Al-Nusra" do not target the cells of "ISIS" as Al-Nusra claims, but rather they target the militants o…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-07-15). 101 Organizations Call on Congress to Enact $1.5 Trillion Student Debt Jubilee as Part of Covid-19 Relief. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-07-15). 'Bye Bye Senator Collins': Victory for Democrat Sarah Gideon in Maine Sets Stage for Crucial US Senate Battle. commondreams.org "We will fight every day to take back our senate seat and ensure Susan Collins never pretends to represent us again." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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 …

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.

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…

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…

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…

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.

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

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 …