2020-07-22: News Headlines

Dave Welsh (2020-07-23). 'Pivot to Peace with China and the World' says San Francisco labor. workers.org San Francisco The following is based on a webinar presentation given on the July 18 Workers World Party webinar: "Why We Defend China." It can be viewed on Facebook at tinyurl.com/y2fevsmx. Military veterans tend to have a deeper understanding of the human costs of war. So it was not surprising . . . |

South Front (2020-07-22). Video: Israel Responds with Force to Iranian Plans to Deploy Air Defense Systems in Syria. globalresearch.ca Late on July 20, the Israeli Air Force carried out a new wave of airstrikes on the southern countryside of the Syrian capital of Damascus. According to Syria's state-run news agency SANA, Israeli warplanes launched missiles from the airspace over …

Alan Macleod (2020-07-22). As Congress Blocks Defunding the Pentagon, Here Are Ten Things We Could Have Spent the Money On. mintpressnews.com The National Priorities Project has put together a list of ten better uses for the $74 billion than giving it to one of the world's largest bureaucracies.

Staff (2020-07-22). Headlines for July 22, 2020. democracynow.org As U.S. Records 1,000 More COVID-19 Deaths, Trump Admits "It Will Get Worse Before It Gets Better", California Surpasses New York in Total Coronavirus Cases, COVID-19 Death Toll at San Quentin State Prison Reaches 12, HRW: 14 Egyptians Have Died of COVID-19 in Overcrowded Prison, Brazilian COVID-19 Death Toll Surpasses 80,000; Bolivian Police Recover 400 Bodies, Israel Authorities Demolish Coronavirus Testing Center in West Bank, U.S. Military Infection Rates Soar, Raising Concerns for Areas Near Overseas Bases, Trump Moves to Exclude Counting Undocumented People in Drawing Congressional Districts, Massachusetts…

Jason M. Thornberry (2020-07-22). Junior Murvin's Vision of Police Brutality. dissidentvoice.org Despite the sustained protests and pleas for justice and peace, demonstrations, and riots, George Floyd's murder continues to resonate because it accompanies an interminable chronicle of shame connecting it to other recent events. It becomes another tragic entry in the Book of Disgrace. In this sense, Floyd becomes other victims of the police. He becomes …

Mark Gruenberg (2020-07-22). Bringing empty shoes to honor the dead, nurses descend on Capitol. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Bringing 160 pairs of empty nurses' shoes to memorialize colleagues lost to the coronavirus pandemic, National Nurses United members descended on the U.S. Capitol to demand Congress order their bosses to provide them with personal protective equipment (PPE) as part of the next economic stimulus law. The nurses carefully arrayed the shoes on the Senate …

Tim Libretti (2020-07-22). GOP says workers are lazy, don't deserve HEROES Act unemployment help. peoplesworld.org Are the majority of Americans lazy and averse to work? Would they prefer not to work and to enjoy a free ride from the government? How we answer this question, or how congressional leaders answer it, shapes what is really life-or-death legislation coming out of Washington, particularly with regards to COVID-19 relief packages. Republicans have …

Bill Julian (2020-07-22). Weaponizing Intellectual Property: the Scientist and the Spy. counterpunch.org China is the latest in the long list of post-World War II villains who threaten the American way of life, or America's deserved spot at the head of the table, or the peace and prosperity of America's allies, or the values of the West. China's particular threat is its ambition to replace the US at

Stephen Lendman (2020-07-22). US Exports Russian Election Meddling Hoax to Britain. globalresearch.ca Britain is an appendage of US imperial policy, complicit in its high crimes of war and against humanity — the supreme crime against peace. | Both countries are also united in waging war by other means against sovereign independent countries free …

Nick Licata (2020-07-22). Trump Plays Economy Card Hoping to Win the Game. zcomm.org Expect Trump and the Republican controlled Senate to push for something akin to Trump's 2018 Tax Cut Act after labor-day, when the swing voters will finally focus on the election…

yenisafak (2020-07-22). US: Armenians attack peaceful Azerbaijani protestors. yenisafak.com A large group of Armenians living in Los Angeles, California attacked and injured a much smaller group of Azerbaijanis and Turks who gathered to peacefully protest recent Armenian aggression in border towns of Azerbaijan. The incident took place on Tuesday in front of Azerbaijan's Consulate in the city when thousands of Armenians verbally and physically assaulted some 70 Azerbaijanis and Turks across the street, despite tight security measures by the L.A. Police Department."Acts of violence by Armenian radicals against a much smaller group of Azerbaijani-American counter protesters in front of the Consulate Gener…

DLI (2020-07-22). Secret police in Portland violated human rights of peaceful protesters. indybay.org Videos showing U.S. Federal secret police(with no badges and riding in unmarked vehicles)inflicting massive violence on mostly peaceful protesters are running viral across the Globe. Yet the Federal governing regime brazenly avows that this will be the "new normal" in major cities from now on…

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2020-07-22). Democrats Vote for War; S.F. Democrats Oppose Public Advocate. indybay.org On 7/21/20, the House of Representatives voted 93 to 324 to oppose cutting the $740 billion military budget by 10% which was proposed by the Lee-Pocan Amendment No. 9 to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Roll Call Vote 148, with 139 Democrats joining 185 Republicans in voting to oppose this very small, but very necessary, cut to the war machine. See http: //clerk.house.gov/cgi-bin/vote.asp?year=2020&rollnumber=148. On the same day, the House of Representatives voted 129 to 284 to oppose withdrawal of US troops from its illegal occupation of Afghanistan proposed by Rep. Omar's Amendment No. 5, Roll Cal…

Posted By Lynda Carson (2020-07-22). NAACP Mourns the Death of Civil Rights Icon, Congressman John Lewis. indybay.org

South Front (2020-07-21). Video: Drone Wars Open New Phase of Conflict in Syria. globalresearch.ca Early on July 20, positions of the Syrian Army came under shelling by militants in the villages of Furu, Bahsa and Beit Hassno in the southern part of the Idlib de-escalation zone. In response, government forces struck positions of Hayat …

yenisafak (2020-07-21). Turkey arrests two Daesh terrorists in N. Syria. yenisafak.com Turkish security forces arrested two terrorists linked to Daesh terror group in northern Syria, just south of the Turkish border, the Turkish National Defense Ministry said on Tuesday."2 DAESH terrorists, who were found to be carrying out terrorist activities in order to disturb the environment of peace and security in the Euphrates Shield region, were detained in an operation," the ministry said on Twitter.Separately, Turkish security forces arrested two people allegedly linked to terrorist organizations along the Turkish-Syrian border in Hatay province, the ministry said in a statement.Since 2016, Turkey has la…

Staff (2020-07-21). Trump to Send Federal Troops to Protests in Chicago & Seattle Amid Violent Crackdown by Local Police. democracynow.org As mayors in six cities call for the immediate removal of the president's rapid deployment units and for Congress to investigate the tactics of federal authorities against antiracism protests, Trump says he may send troops to Chicago this week. "We're looking at the infringement on our rights that is just escalating," says Chicago activist Jitu Brown, national director of the Journey for Justice Alliance. We also speak with Jesse Hagopian, a history teacher in Seattle, where Trump has also vowed to send federal officers to quell ongoing demonstrations.

Staff (2020-07-21). Headlines for July 21, 2020. democracynow.org Coronavirus Spikes Across U.S. as Tensions Mount over Plans to Reopen Schools, Labs Show Promising Results in COVID-19 Vaccine as Cases Surge in Countries Around the World, Trump Threatens to Send More Feds into Cities Across U.S. to Crack Down on Protests, Georgia Dems Select State Senator Nikema Williams to Run for Late John Lewis's Congressional Seat, Suspect in Killing of NJ Judge's Son Is Found Dead, Was an "Anti-Feminist," Racist Lawyer, U.K. Suspends Extradition Treaty with Hong Kong, Iran Executes Man Convicted of Spying, After Halting Killing of Protesters Following Public Outcry, Rights Groups Call for…

RT (2020-07-21). 'F***ing b**ch!': Republican congressman goes off on AOC over her 'justifying' New York's crime wave. rt.com All decorum was reportedly thrown out of a Congress window when a Republican Representative confronted Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a hostile and very personal way, for seemingly vindicating New York's crime wave. | Ted Yoho, a lawmaker from Florida, had a very colorful exchange with New York Representative Ocasio-Cortez, which has been overheard by a reporter for The Hill. | At first Yoho called the congresswoman "disgusting" for suggesting that the recent spike in New York City crime is the result of the coronavirus-driven rise of local poverty and unemployment. | "You are out of your freaking mind,"

The Canary (2020-07-21). Gun-toting St Louis couple charged. thecanary.co A St Louis couple who brandished guns outside their home as non-violent protesters marched against racial injustice nearby have been charged by prosecutors.Mark and Patricia McCloskey were charged on Monday with unlawful use of a weapon for displaying guns during a protest outside their mansion last month.Footage of the white couple, who are both personal injury lawyers in their 60s, went viral amid worldwide Black Lives Matter protests.St Louis's top prosecutor, Kim Gardner, told the Associated Press the McCloskeys' actions risked creating a violent situation during an otherwise peaceful protest."It is illegal t…

news.un (2020-07-21). Israel-Palestine: Breakdown in cooperation over COVID, now putting lives at risk. news.un.org Cooperation between Israelis and the Palestinians at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic is breaking down, putting human lives at risk as the economy goes into meltdown and the threat of Israeli annexation of parts of the West Bank lingers, the UN's Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process says.

news.un (2020-07-21). Ethiopia urged to allow peaceful demonstrations, investigate protestor deaths. news.un.org Independent UN human rights experts are urging the Ethiopian authorities to allow peaceful demonstrations, in a new appeal for investigations into the deaths of people protesting the recent killing of a popular singer and activist from the Oromo ethnic group.

WSWS (2020-07-21). Democrats, Republicans prepare to slash workers' unemployment supplement. wsws.org Congressional Democrats and Republicans are preparing to slash or eliminate the $600 weekly unemployment supplement that has been a lifeline for millions of workers laid off during the pandemic.

_____ (2020-07-21). Bolivia At The Gates Of An Electoral And Political-Military Coup D'état. popularresistance.org Once the coup d'état was consummated in November, a series of devices were put in place in Bolivia aimed at legitimizing a coup president who came to power in an unconstitutional manner and anointed by the military, who were, together with the police, not the architects but the legitimizers of the coup. | A coup d'état that could have been consummated by a bad decision of the direction of the process of change, which made the third person in the chain of succession, the President of the Senate, Adriana Salvatierra (MAS-IPSP), resign once Evo and Alvaro were out of the country and on their way to Mexico, leaving a…

sputniknews (2020-07-21). Trump Signs Executive Order to Exclude Illegal Immigrants From US Census. sputniknews.com The US president has argued that counting undocumented immigrants in the apportionment process could result in the allocation of two or three more congressional seats in certain US states.

Staff (2020-07-21). Senate GOP's COVID Plan May Raid Social Security and Cut Unemployment Benefits. truthout.org Progressives are pushing Democratic congressional leaders to forcefully oppose the Senate GOP's coronavirus stimulus legislation after

Staff (2020-07-21). Trump to Send Federal Agents to Protests in Chicago and Seattle Amid Crackdown. truthout.org As mayors in six cities call for the immediate removal of the president's rapid deployment units and for Congress to investigate the tactics of federal authorities against antiracism protests, Trump says he may send agents to Chicago this week. "We're looking at the infringement on our rights that is just escalating," says Chicago activist Jitu Brown, national director of the Journey for Justice Alliance. We also speak with Jesse Hagopian, a history teacher in Seattle, where Trump has also vow…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-07-21). 'White Collar Crime Pays': Decade After Dodd-Frank, Executives Still Lining Their Pockets. commondreams.org "It's 2008 all over again. Congress is bailing out Big Business and enriching CEOs while workers scrape by as the economy lurches downward in a pandemic." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-07-21). Amid Tense Primary Fight, Powerful Democrat Rep. Richie Neal Condemned for Supporting Predatory Medical Billing Policy. commondreams.org "Neal is one of the most powerful members of Congress, and it's clear he's using that power to benefit Wall Street fund managers instead of regular Americans." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-07-20). Results of Syrian parliamentary elections to be out on Monday. peoplesdispatch.org The elections for the 250-seat People's Assembly was held on Sunday. The rebuilding of infrastructure and the economy ravaged by the war and sanctions was among the key electoral issues…

Eric Zuesse (2020-07-20). Polls Show Syrians Overwhelmingly Blame U.S. for ISIS. globalresearch.ca We are reposting this important 2015 article by Eric Zuesse | The British polling organization ORB International, an affiliate of WIN/Gallup International, repeatedly finds in Syria that, throughout the country, Syrians oppose ISIS by about 80%, and (in the latest such …

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-20). Iran felicitates Syria on successful parliamentary elections. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 20 (MNA) — The Spokesperson of the Iranian Foreign Ministry congratulated Syria's successful parliamentary elections to the country's government and nation.

RT (2020-07-20). Damascus targeted in missile strike, Syrian state media blames Israel. rt.com Syrian air defenses have engaged incoming "hostile targets" in the capital city of Damascus, state media reported. Footage circulating online shows explosions in the skies above the city. | Damascus came under an apparent missile strike late on Monday. Sirens were heard across the city, while air defense systems intercepted incoming projectiles. | The missiles flew from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights region, Syrian state media reported, pinning the blame for the attack on Tel Aviv. | ŸÑÿ≠ÿ∏ÿ© ÿ™ÿØŸÖŸäÿ± ÿ&mi…

Staff (2020-07-20). Headlines for July 20, 2020. democracynow.org Coronavirus on the Rise Around the World, with the U.S. Leading the Charge, Trump Seeks to Block Billions in Federal Funds for Testing as He Continues to Downplay Virus, Civil Rights Icon and Long-Standing Congressmember John Lewis Dies, C. T. Vivian, Civil Rights Legend, Dubbed "Greatest Preacher to Ever Live" by MLK, Dies at 95, Protesters Rail Against Federal Officers' Violent and Covert Attacks in Portland, Charges Dropped Against BLM Protesters as New Info Emerges About Police Killing of Breonna Taylor, Police in Chicago Punch Black Teenage Activist in Face, Knocking Out Her Teeth, Two Men Charged over Racis…

Staff (2020-07-20). "I Felt Like I Was Going to Die": Civil Rights Icon John Lewis Recalls 1965 "Bloody Sunday" in Selma. democracynow.org As the United States mourns the loss of civil rights icon and 17-term Democratic Congressmember John Lewis, we feature his 2012 in-studio interview, when he tears up remembering the historic 1965 Selma to Montgomery march he helped lead in 1965 as a 25-year-old man, when he was almost beaten to death by police in what came to be called "Bloody Sunday" and helped push the country toward adopting the Voting Rights Act. "They came toward us, beating us with nightsticks and bullwhips, trampling us with horses," he told Democracy Now! "All these many years later, I don't recall how I made it back across that bridge to…

Staff (2020-07-20). Rep. John Lewis on the Freedom Rides, Surviving KKK Attacks, 1963 March on Washington & Malcolm X. democracynow.org Civil rights movement icon and 17-term Democratic Congressmember John Lewis, who died July 17 at the age of 80, helped found SNCC, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and was the youngest of the so-called Big Six who addressed the March on Washington in 1963. Before that, he was among the 13 original Freedom Riders who rode buses across the South to challenge segregation laws. He spoke to Democracy Now! in 2012 about his activism and that historic campaign, during which they were beaten and attacked by white mobs and the Klu Klux Klan, including by Klansman Elwin Wilson, who apologized to Lewis decades…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-07-20). Tributes pour in for civil rights icon John Lewis. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—From Barack Obama and Jesse Jackson to Richard Trumka and Black Lives Matter, tributes poured in over the weekend of July 18-19 for Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., the longtime civil rights leader and "conscience of the Congress" who died late at night on July 17 of pancreatic cancer. He was 80, and had represented Atlanta …

Tim Wheeler (2020-07-20). A personal remembrance of two civil rights giants. peoplesworld.org Two giants of the struggle for equality and human rights died this weekend, Rep. John Lewis who represented Atlanta for 17 terms in Congress and the Rev. C.T. Vivian, both lifelong fighters for voting rights. I met and interviewed both of these mass leaders on March 11, 2005, when my wife Joyce and I were …

Staff (2020-07-20). The Battle Over 'Clean Energy' Estimates. therealnews.com With 17% of US energy jobs gone in the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, a recent industry Released by BW Research in partnership with E2 and E4TheFuture, the research maps out the economic impact of the novel coronavirus on clean energy industries and recommends that congress incentivize job creation through "federal stimulus investments in three major s…

Gloria Rubac (2020-07-20). End federal executions, racist death penalty! workers.org In just four days, the U.S. government doubled the number of federal executions since Congress reauthorized the federal death penalty in 1988. Three men were put to death in the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind., on July 14, 16 and 17. After a flurry of last minute appeals, stays . . . |

Forbes West (2020-07-20). Time to defund the Senate. peoplesworld.org Here are some fun facts and figures when talking about the United States of America and the world: The population of California is 39.78 million. The population of Canada is 37.7 million. The population of Los Angeles County is larger than every state with the exceptions of California, Texas, Florida, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, …

RT (2020-07-20). St. Louis couple charged with illegal use of arms for 'threatening peaceful protesters' who crashed their private community. rt.com The St. Louis couple who confronted Black Lives Matter protesters with firearms after they breached a gated community have been hit with weapons charges, with a city attorney insisting the demonstration was peaceful. | The two residents, Mark and Patricia McCloskey, were charged on Monday following an incident late last month in which the couple met protesters outside their upscale home wielding firearms after demonstrators entered their private community to protest at the home of Mayor Lyda Krewson. | 1/ Statement from Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner – Today my office filed charges against Mark and Patri…

RT (2020-07-20). St. Louis couple charged with illegal use of arms for 'threatening peaceful protesters' who crashed into their private community. rt.com The St. Louis couple who confronted Black Lives Matter protesters with firearms after they breached a gated community have been hit with weapons charges, with a city attorney insisting the demonstration was peaceful. | The two residents, Mark and Patricia McCloskey, were charged on Monday following an incident late last month in which the couple met protesters outside their upscale home wielding firearms after demonstrators entered their private community to protest at the home of Mayor Lyda Krewson. | 1/ Statement from Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner – Today my office filed charges against Mark and Patri…

RT (2020-07-20). Zuckerberg's sunscreen PHOTO in Hawaii sets Twitter alight, as petition to stop him 'colonizing' island gains traction. rt.com An eerie photo of Mark Zuckerberg sporting a thick layer of sunblock while surfboarding in Hawaii has sent Twitter into overdrive, giving a boost to a petition launched to bar him from "colonizing" Native Hawaiians' land. | The Facebook CEO became the butt of jokes on Twitter on Sunday evening after photos of him holidaying in Hawaii were leaked to the media. The images show Zuckerberg braving the ripples on an electronic surfboard while wearing a copious amount of sunscreen as well as his famous hoodie. | Netizens pulled no punches, tearing into Zuckerberg's appearance, noting his striking resemblance to othe…

RT (2020-07-20). Democrats cry 'foreign meddling' in 2020 election in letter to FBI, reportedly over probe of Biden dealings in Ukraine. rt.com A probe into former VP Joe Biden's dealings in Ukraine is reportedly the 'foreign interference' in US elections that prompted Democrats to demand an urgent defensive briefing from the FBI for all members of Congress. | "We are gravely concerned, in particular, that Congress appears to be the target of a concerted foreign interference campaign, which seeks to launder and amplify disinformation in order to influence congressional activity, public debate, and the presidential election in November," says a letter by four Democrats on the congressional 'Gang of Eight' that deals with intelligence matters. | The let…

RT (2020-07-20). Viral video shows Rep. Maxine Waters rush to rescue black motorist pulled by police. rt.com LA county police, who pulled a black motorist as part of a burglary investigation, unexpectedly found themselves subject to some high-profile oversight, after California Congresswoman Maxine Waters stopped her car and intervened. | Waters was filmed by a witness next to her SUV, with a police cruiser behind her vehicle. "They stopped a brother, so I stopped to see what they were doing," the 81-year-old lawmaker explained to people filming her. | The deputies told her that she may be issued with a ticket for parking in a wrong spot "but that's OK," Waters said. Her interlocutors agreed, with one cheerfully sayi…

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-07-20). Brazil Is About to Become An "Unofficial" NATO Member. globalresearch.ca The Brazilian government on Friday made an announcement on its so-called Defense legal base, a set of documents comprised of the National Defense Policy, National Defense Strategy and White Paper on National Defense. Every four years Brazil's Congress must approve …

Loretta Graceffo (2020-07-20). Community peacemakers in Chicago offer a proven alternative to policing. zcomm.org As calls to defund police grow, peacemakers on the frontlines of Chicago's gun violence epidemic have dramatically reduced homicides and shootings…

Fight Back (2020-07-20). Historic day in Florida: Black Lives Matter actions in Gadsden, Wakulla and Leon Counties. fightbacknews.org Tallahassee, FL – Coinciding with a National Day of Protest initiated by the National Alliance Against Racism and Political Repression (NAARPR), independently-organized actions took place on Saturday, July 18 in Quincy, Crawfordville and Tallahassee, Florida, representing Gadsden, Wakulla and Leon counties respectively. | In Quincy, which recently saw the removal of a Confederate monument, around 30 people attended a "Peace and Prayer for our Community" march in response to recent local gun violence, with the heading, "Black Lives Matter To Us." | In Crawfordville, Kendra Smith was the lead organizer of a 100-plu…

commondreams (2020-07-20). Sunrise Movement Announces Endorsement of Cori Bush for Congress. commondreams.org ______________________________…