2020-07-17: News Headlines

Ann Danaiya Usher (2020-07-18). [World Report] New funds proposed to prevent pandemics. thelancet.com A new fund to prevent future pandemics has been proposed by the US Senate, and another by the World Bank. But some global health leaders have criticised the plans. Ann Danaiya Usher reports.

South Front (2020-07-17). Video: Unidentified Warplanes Struck Turkish-led Forces in Syria. Turkish Spy Plane Crashed Near Iraqi Border. globalresearch.ca Early on July 16, unidentified warplanes conducted at least 3 airstrikes on the Turkish-occupied town of al-Bab in the Syrian province of Aleppo. The strikes destroyed a large building in the town center and led to multiple casualties. Pro-Turkish sources …

Eric Zuesse (2020-07-17). Does Sanders Have a Secret Deal with Biden? globalresearch.ca Though Bernie Sanders is less dishonest than any other of the U.S. political leaders who have contested in the 2016 and 2020 U.S. Presidential primary campaigns, no one should trust his endorsements of the DNC's choice (which was what it …

RT (2020-07-17). Jamaal Bowman's victory over 16-term centrist continues Dems' drift leftward as fight over House Foreign Affairs chair heats up. rt.com Progressive Jamaal Bowman's electoral victory over 16-term New York congressman Eliot Engel has been confirmed by the AP after a month of mail-in vote counting, kicking off a battle over Engel's foreign affairs post. | The AP called the election for Bowman on Friday after receiving absentee vote totals from Westchester County, a section of which comprises the richer, whiter portion of the state's 16th District. The totals showed Engel slightly ahead among mail-in voters, but not by nearly enough to overtake Bowman's election day landslide. The final results had Bowman ahead by 16 points. | Also on rt.com

Stephen Lendman (2020-07-17). Dems and GOP to Debate Extended Stimulus Benefits Next Week. globalresearch.ca Current federal unemployment benefits expire in days. | In May, House-controlled Dems narrowly passed a new $3 trillion stimulus package. | So-called Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) legislation extends current federal benefits through at least yearend. | Senate Majority Leader …

Zephyr Teachout (2020-07-17). Congress Has the Legal Power to Investigate Silicon Valley. zcomm.org Lawmakers are about to undertake their first major antitrust hearing in 50 years. They should make tech companies squirm…

Lindsay Koshgarian (2020-07-17). Cut the Pentagon Budget 10 Percent and Invest in Public Health. counterpunch.org It feels like the world is falling apart. But with a pandemic raging and an eviction crisis looming, the Senate is preparing to spend three quarters of a trillion dollars… not on public health or housing, but on the Pentagon. The United States may be going down, but we're going down well-armed. At a time

South Front (2020-07-16). Video: Syria Sends Pantsir Air Defense Systems to Counter Turkey in Libya. globalresearch.ca The Syrian government seems to be deploying Pantsir-S1 air defense systems to Libya to assist forces of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar in their battle against the Turkish-controlled Government of National Accord. | An unusual Pantisr-S1 air defense system was for the …

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 …

news.un (2020-07-16). UN independent expert welcomes UK court decision to allow Shamima Begum to fight for citizenship. news.un.org Radicalized on British soil as a London schoolgirl, an independent UN expert welcomed a Court of Appeal ruling in the United Kingdom on Thursday, to allow 20-year-old Shamima Begum to return home from Syria to challenge the Government's removal of her citizenship.

WSWS (2020-07-16). Canada refuses to repatriate illegally jailed citizens accused of ISIS ties. wsws.org Trudeau's politically motivated refusal to repatriate children and others illegally detained in Kurdish military prisons in Syria is an attack on the citizenship rights of all Canadians.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-16). Iran's military diplomacy challenging US, Israel comfort. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 16 (MNA) — The new phase of Iran-Syria military cooperation will be the strengthening of Syria's air defenses, which could be a serious countermeasure against the US and Zionist threats in the region.

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 . . . |

Heidi Shierholz (2020-07-16). With Unemployment at Historic Heights, Congress Must Extend $600 Lifeline to Workers. commondreams.org Letting the $600 expire won't just hurt UI recipients and their families, it would hurt millions more. (Photo: Andrew Cashin / MTA New York City Transit / flickr / cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2020-07-16). Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approves anti-encryption EARN IT Act. wsws.org The bipartisan vote passed to the floor of the Senate a redraft of the bill which exploits online child sexual abuse as a cover to attack free speech and encrypted electronic communications.

WSWS (2020-07-16). Trump and Democratic Party establishment retain grip in primary contests. wsws.org Air Force helicopter pilot and war veteran Mary Jennings Hegar, a former Republican, will be the Democratic candidate for US Senate in Texas.

_____ (2020-07-16). 'Attempted Murder Of Your Post Office'. popularresistance.org Postal workers and their allies in Congress are vowing to fight back after the new head of the U.S. Postal Service—a major donor to President Donald Trump and the Republican Party—moved this week to impose sweeping changes to the popular government agency as it faces a financial crisis manufactured by lawmakers and exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. | The Washington Post reported late Tuesday that Postmaster General (PMG) Louis DeJoy, who took charge last month, issued memos announcing "major operational changes" to the USPS "that could slow down mail delivery, warning employees the agency would no…

sputniknews (2020-07-16). Trump Administration Reportedly Exempts European Students From COVID-19 Travel Ban. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – International students from Europe are exempt from US travel restrictions imposed due to concerns with the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the Wall Street Journal reported citing a memo the State Department sent Congress.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-07-16). Over 200 National DNC Delegates Call for Withholding of US Military Aid to Israel if Further Annexation Goes Forward. commondreams.org More than 200 delegates to the Democratic National Convention said Thursday that the party must support efforts to withdraw Israeli military aid if the further annexation of the West Bank moves forward. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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…

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…

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 <...

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). 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.

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…

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…