2020-07-28: News Headlines

John Feffer (2020-07-28). Feds Attack! Trump's Paramilitaries Invade American Cities. counterpunch.org Federal agents poured into Portland, Oregon this month to crack down on anti-racism protests. They beat up peaceful protesters and fired impact munitions at demonstrators, seriously injuring one of them. They drove around the city in unmarked vans pulling people off the street. Oregon officials at every level — the city, the state, and congressional

Staff (2020-07-28). Headlines for July 28, 2020. democracynow.org Senate Republicans Unveil Plan to Slash Unemployment Benefits as Pandemic Rages, Moderna Late Stage Vaccine Trial Starts, as Trump's NSA Tests Positive for Coronavirus, WHO: COVID-19 "Most Severe Global Health Emergency" as Global Death Toll Tops 654,000, AG Barr and National Guardsman to Testify Before Congress with Battling Narratives, John Lewis Lies in State in Capitol Rotunda as He Is Honored by Fellow Lawmakers, 100s of DNC Delegates to Oppose a Party Platform Without Medicare for All, DNC Members Vote to Support Israel's Illegal Annexation of West Bank, "Free Them All!": Immigrant Rights Activists Chain Th…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-07-28). House panel grills Barr on sending Trump's troops to cities. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Trump regime Attorney General William Barr faced tough grilling July 28 from congressional Democrats who hate the GOP president's schemes to send troops to the nation's cities. And Barr also must contend with an eyewitness to Trump's first deployment, in Washington's Lafayette Square. Army National Guard Major William DeMarco flatly testified Barr ordered U.S. Park …

Vanessa Beeley (2020-07-28). Syria — challenging Caesar. thealtworld.com Conference of small businesses to combat sanctions and Caesar Law. | Two weeks ago, I attended a two day conference in Damascus, Syria. The initiative is the brainchild of Syrian businessman and entrepreneur, Dr. Hani Barakat who gathered together a selection of young and enterprising business people to discuss the obstacles facing the youth of Syria when they try to establish any kind of business initiative. | Their path to success has been harshly affected by the illegal US Coalition sanctions (and precedeing sanctions on Syria since 1979) and further impacted by the newly introduced and punitive Caesar Law [md…

RT (2020-07-28). 'An assault on the US govt': AG Barr says anarchists hijacked 'legitimate protests' to sow chaos & destruction. rt.com US Attorney General Bill Barr said that "violent anarchists" have transformed peaceful anti-police-brutality protests into riots, singling out ongoing demonstrations in Portland as an outright "assault" on the government itself. | The comments came in Barr's "In the wake of George Floyd's death, violent rioters and anarchists h…

RT (2020-07-28). Dems, media allies cry foul after GOP leader 'hijacks' Barr hearing with video showing violent side of protests. rt.com A US House hearing meant by Democrats to excoriate Attorney General William Barr got off to a rocky start Monday as ranking Republican Jim Jordan showed a video montage of violent protests raging across the country. | The video began with clips of more than a dozen media outlets and Democrat leaders describing the wave of anti-racism demonstrations as "peaceful protests," followed by the widow of retired St Louis police captain David Dorn speaking about the murder of her husband by a looter on June 2. Video of rioting, looting and arson then begins to play with the widow's speech continuing. | Immediately a…

The Canary (2020-07-28). Mayors want US agents blocked from Portland and other cities. thecanary.co The mayors of Portland, Oregon, and five other major US cities have appealed to Congress to make it illegal for the federal government to deploy militarised agents to cities that do not want them."This administration's egregious use of federal force on cities over the objections of local authorities should never happen," the mayors of Portland, Seattle, Chicago, Kansas City, Albuquerque, New Mexico and Washington wrote to leaders of the US House and Senate.Portland mayor Ted Wheeler and city commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty called for a meeting with acting homeland security secretary Chad Wolf to discuss a ceasefire…

yenisafak (2020-07-28). Israel turning mosques into synagogues, bars. yenisafak.com In 1743, the Ottoman-era ruler of Palestine, Zahir al-Umar al-Zaydani, built a mosque in his name in the northern city of Tiberias. | The Umari Mosque remained a magnet point for worshippers until 1948 when it was abandoned following the Nakba, a term used by the Palestinians to describe the creation of the state of Israel on the rubble of Palestine. | One of the landmarks of Tiberias, the mosque, also known as the Zaydani mosque, was built on the Mameluke architecture, with a big dome and a minaret. | "Like most Palestinians, the Tiberias residents have fled to Syria and Lebanon following the Nakba," Kamal Khati…

Rep. Ron Paul (2020-07-28). Fedcoin: A New Scheme for Tyranny and Poverty. globalresearch.ca If some Congress members get their way, the Federal Reserve may soon be able to track many of your purchases in real time and share that information with government agencies. This is just one of the problems with the proposed …

South Front (2020-07-28). Video: Israel Reinforces Troops Near Golan Heights Fearing Hezbollah Retaliation to Strikes on Syria. globalresearch.ca The Middle East is rapidly moving towards a new round of confrontation between the US-Israeli bloc and Iranian-led Shiite forces. | On July 26, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) deployed M109 Doher howitzers near the separation line with Lebanon. The deployment …

Stephen Lendman (2020-07-28). The Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools (HEALS) Act. The GOP's Let 'Em Eat Cake Stimulus Plan'. globalresearch.ca On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced the so-called Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools (HEALS) Act. | It's long on benefitting US business interests, woefully short on helping tens of millions of jobless, homeless, food insecure, and other …

Stephen Lendman (2020-07-28). Heightened Tensions Along the Lebanese/Israeli Border. globalresearch.ca By its own admission, Israel's IDF conducted numerous airstrikes on Syrian targets in recent years. | Last week, Lebanon's Al-Manar television reported that an Israeli strike near Damascus International Airport killed Hezbollah fighter Ali Kamel Mohsen and four others. | In response, …

Thierry Meyssan (2020-07-28). Jean Castex's first three errors. thealtworld.com

| Without a doubt, Jean Castex is a brilliant senior civil servant. But that does not make him the right man to become Prime Minister of France. He has not thought about how to restore the social pact in the face of financial globalisation and is satisfied with measures to buy social peace in the short term. As soon as he was appointed, he showed that he did not want to reform the political class, that he was content to fight the pandemic by doing as others did, and that he supported the Maastrichian project conceived during the Cold War. | The French administration works very well on its own. In this s…

Fight Back (2020-07-28). Republicans propose $400 a week cut from unemployment benefits. fightbacknews.org San José, CA – After months of delay and weeks of infighting, on Monday, July 27 the Trump administration and the Republican Senate put forward their proposal for more economic relief from the pandemic and recession. With the $600 a week in additional benefits expiring, the Republicans want to cut this by $400 a week, down to $200. With the national unemployment benefit averaging about $350 a week, this would mean a more than 40% cut in their benefits. | To make matters worse, it will hit the unemployed who have low-paying jobs the hardest. For example, a full-time worker in a small business that earns the minimu…

_____ (2020-07-28). Killing Democracy In The United States. popularresistance.org I fear that it either can't or won't end because, as Martin Luther King, Jr., pointed out in 1967 during the Vietnam War, the United States remains the world's greatest purveyor of violence — and nothing in this century, the one he didn't live to see, has faintly proved him wrong. Considered another way, Washington should be classified as the planet's most committed arsonist, regularly setting or fanning the flames of fires globally from Libya to Iraq, Somalia to Afghanistan, Syria to — dare I say it — in some quite imaginable future Iran, even as our leaders invariably boast of having the world's greatest fir…

yenisafak (2020-07-28). Floods, coronavirus hobble two of India's poorest states. yenisafak.com The Brahmaputra river in the northeastern state of Assam is flowing above the "danger level" in many places, while heavy rains that began this week in Bihar in the east will last until Wednesday, officials say.Since the start of the monsoon season on June 1, Assam has received 15% more rainfall than a 50-year average and Bihar 47% more, according to the country's weather department.The floods in Assam, where at least nine one-horned rhinos have drowned in an inundated national park, have so far affected 5.7 million people, more than 45,000 of whom are still sheltered in makeshift relief centres.In Bihar, floods h…

sputniknews (2020-07-28). India Imposes Prohibitive Orders Around Ambala Airbase Ahead of Rafale Jets' Arrival. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): The much-anticipated first batch of five Rafale jets took off from France on Monday, beginning their 7,000 km journey to India. The three single-seater and two twin-seater fighter jets will touch down at the Ambala Airbase in Punjab, close to Ladakh and the Pakistani border, on Wednesday.

sputniknews (2020-07-28). Gaming is Not a Crime: Hilarious Memes Flood Twitter Over Speculations of Ban on PUBG in India. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): The Indian government last month banned 59 Chinese apps over security concerns. The government has issued a list of 250 apps which might be banned in the near future over the same reasons. After the TikTokers, it is the gamers who are going to be hit hard with the ban as the list includes PubG.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-28). Resistance countries has right to respond Zionist aggression. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 28 (MNA) —The Popular Resistance Committee issued a statement stressing that "It is the right of Hezbollah, the Palestinian Resistance, Syria, and Iran to respond to any aggression by the Zionist enemy."

Lee Siu Hin, Immigrant Solidarity Network (2020-07-28). Thursday 8/6: 8/6 5-7PM PST Please Join Our D2K LA 2000 – 20th Anniversary Zoom Webinar. indybay.org 8/6 5-7PM PST Please Join Our D2K LA 2000 – 20th Anniversary Zoom Webinar | Time: August 6th Thursday at 5-7 PM PST. | Zoom Webinar Registration: us04web.zoom.us/meeting/register/upwrcOm… | August 2000 will be the 20th anniversary of the D2K LA 2000, a week-long moralization that shocked the country: DNC LA, march to Staples Center, The Rage concert, the convergent center at the MacAuthor Park, the LA Independent Media Center at the Patriotic Hall, Mumia march, direct action at the Rampart Police Station, midnight special law collective, jail solidarity action in front of the T…

Lee Siu Hin, Immigrant Solidarity Network (2020-07-28). 8/6 5-7PM PST Please Join Our D2K LA 2000 – 20th Anniversary Zoom Webinar. indybay.org 8/6 5-7PM PST Please Join Our D2K LA 2000 – 20th Anniversary Zoom Webinar | Time: August 6th Thursday at 5-7 PM PST. | Zoom Webinar Registration: us04web.zoom.us/meeting/register/upwrcOm… | August 2000 will be the 20th anniversary of the D2K LA 2000, a week-long moralization that shocked the country: DNC LA, march to Staples Center, The Rage concert, the convergent center at the MacAuthor Park, the LA Independent Media Center at the Patriotic Hall, Mumia march, direct action at the Rampart Police Station, midnight special law collective, jail solidarity action in front of the T…

Staff (2020-07-27). "Don't Simply Yoke Him to Dr. King": Eddie Glaude on How Radical Student Activism Shaped John Lewis. democracynow.org Memorials for John Lewis, the civil rights icon and 17-term congressmember, are highlighting the bravery he and others showed in the face of police violence as they fought for the right to vote. We highlight the radical early years of Lewis, when he was chairperson of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. His political upbringing as a youth and student organizer and "the movement that he came out of" can't be ignored, says Princeton professor Eddie Glaude. It's important that people "don't simply yoke him to Dr. King, [and] understand him as a product of this student activism." Glaude is chair of Princet…

Staff (2020-07-27). Headlines for July 27, 2020. democracynow.org Florida, Texas and California Grapple with Mounting Infections as U.S. Caseload Tops 4.2 Million, Protesters in Puerto Rico Call for Halt to Tourism to Curb Mounting Coronavirus Cases, Judge Denies Trump Request to Delay Deadline for Releasing Immigrant Children, Senate to Unveil New Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Cutting Unemployment Benefits, U.K. Reinstates Spain Quarantine; N. Korea Declares Emergency; Cases Mount Across Latin America & Africa, BLM Protesters Face Attacks from Federal Agents, Police, and Other Violence in Cities Across the U.S., John Lewis Crosses Edmund Pettus Bridge for Last Time as Family and S…

Ralph Nader (2020-07-27). Fed Guarantees Unproductive Debt and Perilous Speculation. counterpunch.org The Federal Reserve Board — our unaccountable Central Bank — needs more citizen and Congressional supervision. Fees from financial institutions fund its operations, not Congressional appropriations. It is as secret as it wants to be and that's plenty. (See Secrets of the Temple: How the Federal Reserve Runs the Country by William Greider). Plus, the

Mark Gruenberg (2020-07-27). GOP maneuvers to block Heroes Act will bring the roof down. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON — Unless Congress acts, acts fast, and acts the way the Democratic-run U.S. House wants it to act, millions of people will fall off a cliff—financially and otherwise—after Friday, July 31. But Senate Republicans and GOP President Donald Trump are standing in the way. July 31 is the date of the last $600 weekly …

Staff (2020-07-27). New DNC Platform Could Make The Bleak Climate Forecast Even Worse. therealnews.com The DNC's proposed 2020 platform leaves the fossil fuel spigot on. The Senate tucks a bill promoting enhanced oil recovery and geoengineering into the defense budget. "McMansions" face climate scrutiny.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-07-27). Leftist leaders call for cancellation of debts owed by developing countries. mronline.org A statement signed by former Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff and Indian Kerala State's finance minister Thomas Isaac, among others, highlights the inadequacy of the measures announced recently by the G20 and IMF to postpone debt repayment.

Juan Lopez (2020-07-27). Trump threatens democracy with militarized police as polls suggest he's in trouble. peoplesworld.org By sending federal militarized units in fascist-like fashion into major cities to attack peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstrators, President Donald Trump is assaulting democracy and setting a dangerous precedent less than 100 days before the November elections. Clearly, it is a desperate move to shore up his far-right base and divert public attention away from …

Arnold August (2020-07-27). Black Left Views on American Elections Matter. counterpunch.org Netfa Freeman is an organizer for Pan-African Community Action and the Coordinating Committee of the Black Alliance for Peace. He is also a radio talk-show host of the popular D.C.-based Voices with Vision and an active supporter of the Cuban and Bolivarian revolutions. In an exclusive online interview for teleSur from Washington D.C., Freeman asserted

RT (2020-07-27). Where are the fact checkers? Rep. Jerry Nadler claims Antifa violence in Portland is a MYTH (VIDEO). rt.com Congressman Jerry Nadler has been raked across the coals by social media after insisting that there is no protester-instigated violence in Portland. The lawmaker has spearheaded efforts to discredit federal police in the city. | The New York Democrat was approached by pundit and internet personality Austen Fletcher, who asked the House member if he "disavows the violence from Antifa happening in Portland right now." | "That's a myth that's being spread only in Washington, DC," Nadler responded. | Clearly amused by the lawmaker's answer, Fletched clarified: "About Antifa in Portland?" | "Yes," the NY representa…

RT (2020-07-27). 5 French fighter jets head to India after controversial purchase. rt.com The first five of a batch of French Rafale fighter jets, purchased by New Delhi in a controversial multibillion-dollar deal, headed to India on Monday. They are expected to be rapidly deployed amid tensions with China. | The deal, estimated to be worth $9.4 billion, has been overshadowed by corruption allegations leveled by the opposition Congress party although Indian PM Narendra Modi has rejected the claims, AFP reported. | The jets, built by Dassault Aviation and piloted by officers from the Indian Air Force (IAF), took off from Merignac in southwest France, the company said in a statement. | By Wednesday,…

yenisafak (2020-07-27). Nearly 30,000 back US campaign seeking Nobel for Cuban doctors. yenisafak.com Nobel Peace Prize for Cuban Doctors campaign has been endorsed by prominent intellectuals, artists, politicians, and citizens worldwide, according to the campaign's website.Prominent endorsers include Nobel Peace Prize winner Adolfo Perez Esquivel, former President of Ecuador Rafael Correa, actors Danny Glover and Mark Ruffalo, writers Alice Walker, Noam Chomsky, and Nancy Morejon, filmmakers Oliver Stone and Petra Costa, musician Tom Morello, and singer/songwriter Silvio Rodriguez, among numerous others.The campaign launched on June 16 describes its mission "to promote the nomination of the Cuban International M…

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-07-27). Yankee McYeehaw: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix. thealtworld.com Hi I'm Yankee McYeehaw. My government assistance during the pandemic consists of $1200 and a dick pic while congress passes a $740 billion annual military budget and trillions are funneled to giant corporations, so obviously I'm very very angry at Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping. | ~ | Opposing the most destructive behaviors of the most powerful government on earth should not be an unusual and controversial position. | ~ | Arguments for western interventionism always remind me of the beginning of Edward Scissorhands when he's trying to move around the suburban house and make things right but he keeps destroying eve…

WSWS (2020-07-27). $600-per-week jobless benefit expires for 20 million US workers. wsws.org The Trump administration and Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress are condemning millions of workers to destitution, hunger and homelessness.

Adriel I. Cepeda Derieux (2020-07-27). D.C. Statehood is a Racial Justice Issue. aclu.org As the movement for D.C. statehood gains undeniable momentum, anxious cries from its detractors are reaching a fever pitch. Following the House of Representatives' recent approval of the Washington, D.C. Admission Act, H.R. 51, which would finally grant statehood and full voting representation in Congress to over 700,000 people living in our nation's capital, critics emerged in the Wall Street Journal, the National Review, and elsewhere to wring their hands over the alleged "

WSWS (2020-07-27). This week in history: July 27-August 2. wsws.org 25 years ago: Congress ends hearings on Waco siege On August 1, 1995, the United States Congress completed week-long hearings on the Waco siege of 1993, designed to both placate and legitimize extreme right-wing groups—from the Christian Coalition to paramilitary militias and neo-Nazi tendencies—which had made the Waco assault a cause célèbre .

commondreams (2020-07-27). National Nurses United on Senate Republicans' Stimulus Proposal: 'Senate Republicans Have Abandoned Nurses and Patients'. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Masha Gessen (2020-07-27). Homeland Security Was Destined to Become a Secret Police Force. zcomm.org We are watching the perfect and perhaps inevitable combination of a domestic-security superagency and a President who rejects all mechanisms of accountability, including the Senate confirmation process…

teleSUR (2020-07-27). Israel and Hezbollah Trade Fire Across Lebanon Border. telesurenglish.net Israel and Lebanon Monday exchanged fire in their border zone, a week after Shiite Hezbollah militia threatened to take revenge for one of their members' death during an Israeli attack in Damascus, Syria. | RELATED: | "We detected an ongoing battle at Mount Dov, in the north of the country," Israel Army's spokesman Jonathan Conricus reported and ordered residents to remain at home. | This is a "security inciden…

_____ (2020-07-27). More Federal Officers Deploying To Portland. popularresistance.org Several dozen additional out-of-town federal law enforcement officers are deploying to Portland as they look to make additional arrests in the coming days, while also shifting tactics from the use of tear gas, according to multiple federal law enforcement sources. | The federal response has so far sparked four civil rights lawsuits, a Department of Justice inspector general investigation, proposed legislation in Congress limiting the role of federal law enforcement in American cities, and has injured a number of protesters. Rather than quell the protests as was the intent, it's served to reenergize and strengthen…

_____ (2020-07-27). Using Chemical Agents On Peaceful Protesters In A Pandemic. popularresistance.org Remember the protestors with guns walking into statehouses and protesting the stay at home orders? Do you remember a single case where teargas or pepper spray was used against those nearly all white protestors who were protesting in the sense of trying to encourage reopening which is what the Executive has been imprudently pushing? | Fast forward to this last week. Were teargas and pepper spray used on looters? No. It was used on peaceful protestors who were protesting after the murder of George Floyd. | Now, given teargas and pepper spray have the nefarious quality of causing people to cough and sneeze and rub t…

sputniknews (2020-07-27). Will Global Protests, Clashes With Police Lead to Voiceless Being Heard? sputniknews.com Political uprisings from Israel to Portland, Oregon, have governments racing to gain control, and even the Democratic National Committee (DNC) is going through an internal rebellion. Are people everywhere fed up with business as usual?

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-27). US cannot tell India what to do in Chabahar port: Indian ambs. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 27 (MNA) — India has told the Americans that the United States "cannot tell the country what to do" in the strategic Iranian seaport of Chabahar.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-27). VIDEO: Prof. stresses 'illegality' of US presence in Syria. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 27 (MNA) — In an interview with Mehr News Agency, Colin S. Cavell, a full professor of political science at Bluefield State College, highlighted that US presence in Syria is a violation of international law and Syrian sovereignty.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-27). VIDEO: 6 killed in terrorist blast in Idlib. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 27 (MNA) — A terrorist blast in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib has killed 6 people and injured 13 others.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2020-07-27). 'Red Line for a Humane Society': 360+ DNC Delegates Vow to Oppose Democratic Platform If It Doesn't Support Medicare for All. commondreams.org "Democrats who understand the profound need for Medicare for All don't want a pat on the head. We want a genuine political commitment to healthcare as a human right." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-07-27). 'We Have Never Endorsed You,' Sunrise Movement—Which Backs Ed Markey—Reminds Joe Kennedy III. commondreams.org "It is now day 309 of trying to figure out why Kennedy decided to run for Senate. He obviously doesn't even know either." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2020-07-27). GOP Plan to Slash Unemployment Benefits by $1,600 Per Month Condemned as 'Absolutely Unacceptable'. commondreams.org "The country is on fire and the chief concern for Senate Republicans is that unemployed people have too much money." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Subodh Varma (2020-07-26). Record harvest, record stocks: Yet, why are India's people hungry? peoplesdispatch.org It is beyond belief and understanding why the Indian government led by prime minister Narendra Modi is refusing to distribute the mountain of food grain stocks sitting in its warehouses…

RT (2020-07-26). Federal forces stretched thin? Triple whammy of pandemic, riots and now hurricanes puts Trump administration to perilous test. rt.com US Homeland Security officials have added hurricane relief to a to-do list already crammed with responses to the Covid-19 pandemic and riots across the nation, calling into question how far federal resources can be stretched. | Hurricane Douglas is approaching Hawaii and is forecast to skirt or pass over the islands through tonight, "bringing a triple threat" of damaging winds, flooding rain and dangerously high surf, the National