2020-07-30: News Headlines

RT (2020-07-30). Ilhan Omar roasted for idea to replace police at schools with mental care workers; What if there's a shooting? people online ask. rt.com US Democratic Party Congresswoman Ilhan Omar was blasted on Twitter for proposing that police officers be swapped with mental health staff at schools. Many argued online that the idea would make the schools even less safe. | Omar tweeted that "over-policing doesn't make them safer — it criminalizes Black and brown students." Along with fellow Representative Ayanna Pressley, Senators Elizabeth Warren and Chris Murphy, she proposed a bill to replace police officers at schools with mental health professionals. | Over-policing our schools doesn't make them safer — it criminalizes Black and brown student…

Subodh Varma (2020-07-30). Why is govt. unable to control COVID-19 surge in India. peoplesdispatch.org More testing but weak contact tracing, and no protection to workers is causing the surge but the Indian government led by prime minister Narendra Modi is living in la-la land…

RT (2020-07-30). Big Tech hearing: Much posturing, no meaningful answers for the American public. rt.com While a much-awaited antitrust hearing was billed as an Inquisition for Big Tech kingpins, the CEOs were largely able to skirt questions and talk circles around lawmakers looking to bring web platforms under partisan control. | Wednesday's House antitrust subcommittee hearing saw representatives face down the billionaire heads of four tech giants — Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Apple's Tim Cook, Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Alphabet's Sundar Pichai — who fielded questions in nearly six hours of virtual testimony. Though countless empty slogans and assurances were offered in that time, little was actually sa…

Charles Pierson (2020-07-30). How Bad is the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act? counterpunch.org Somehow, Congress couldn't find the time last week to renew extended unemployment benefits or the federal moratorium on evictions. Congress had something more pressing to think about than 30 million unemployed Americans: the Pentagon budget. On July 21 and 23, the House of Representatives and the Senate approved their versions of the Pentagon's annual spending

Lawrence Davidson (2020-07-30). An Attack on Edward Said's Legacy. counterpunch.org I traveled to Israel and the Occupied Territories in the early 2000s with the progressive group Faculty for Israeli-Palestinian Peace. We made an effort to gain insight into most of the players in the conflict, and so a series of interviews was arranged with members of the Israeli right wing. I remember that one of

yenisafak (2020-07-30). Canada's Trudeau to make rare testimony to parliamentary committee amid ethics probe. yenisafak.com Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will make a rare appearance before a parliamentary committee on Thursday amid questions over a government decision to task a charity with ties to his family to administer a major student grant program.Testimony by a Canadian prime minister before a parliamentary committee is very unusual. It last happened in 2006 when then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper appeared at one to speak about Senate reform.Trudeau is scheduled to appear at 3 p.m. (1900 GMT), while his chief of staff, Katie Telford, is to follow him at 4: 15 p.m. The committee voted late Wednesday to extend Trudeau's te…

sputniknews (2020-07-30). Border Tensions: Why India Won't Become Washington's Bulwark Against China. sputniknews.com The US foreign policy establishment is deluding itself if it plans to use the India-China border conflict to pit New Delhi against Beijing while the US State Department is ramping up tensions with the People's Republic, says Suvam Pal, a Beijing-based Indian journalist and author.

sputniknews (2020-07-30). Smuggled 10th Century Statue of Lord Shiva to Return to India From the UK After 22 Years. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): The exquisite statue of Lord Natesh Shiva, the king of dancers, was in the possession of a private collector in London, who returned the idol to the High Commission of India in the UK in 2005. It was stolen in February 1998 from India's Ghateshwar Temple in Baroli, Rajasthan state.

sputniknews (2020-07-30). 'China Not Strategic Threat to India', Beijing's Ambassador to New Delhi Assures. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): Bilateral relations between India and China have touched a new low after a violent face-off between the armies of the two countries on 15 June, resulting in the death of 20 Indian soldiers.

sputniknews (2020-07-30). 'She Handled This Very Well': 105-Year-Old Indian Woman Recovers From COVID-19 in 9 Days. sputniknews.com COVID-19 is considered to be particularly dangerous for the elderly, who are seen as one of the high-risk groups and are advised to be particularly cautious, sticking to enhanced social distancing guidelines and even self-imposed quarantines.

Staff (2020-07-30). Lawmakers Warn New USPS Loan Terms "Could Accelerate Demise of Postal Service" truthout.org Leading congressional Democrats are warning that an emergency loan agreement

Eoin Higgins (2020-07-30). Six Mayors Demand Congress Block Federal Agents From US Cities. indybay.org Six mayors from around the country sent a letter to Congress Monday calling for legislation to block President Donald Trump from continuing to deploy federal agents to U.S. cities, calling the administration's use of force "unacceptable, un-American, and unconstitutional." "This provocation is resulting in direct physical harm to our communities and must end," the letter reads.

Leon Kunstenaar (2020-07-30). Facebook Protest Billboard Tours San Francisco. indybay.org Billboard reading "Don't Let Facebook ZUCK UP Our Elections" and other messages tours San Francisco and the Peninsula one day before Mark Zuckerberg testifies in Congress…

Alan Macleod (2020-07-29). A "Brazen Giveaway" GOP HEALS Act is a $30 Billion Bonanza for the Pentagon. mintpressnews.com On Monday the Senate GOP released their

Staff (2020-07-29). Civil Rights Icon Bernard Lafayette on His Friend John Lewis, Freedom Rides & Practicing Nonviolence. democracynow.org We revisit civil rights leader and Congressmember John Lewis's early years of activism with Bernard Lafayette, one of Lewis's closest friends and collaborators. Lafayette participated with Lewis in the first Freedom Rides of 1961 as they attempted to integrate buses and faced brutal beatings by white mobs, and was a fellow leader in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Lewis "knew how to relate to people who were different from him and who had different orientations, different values, different philosophies, and that's why he was such a great leader," Lafayette says. "He found a way to make a way."

Staff (2020-07-29). AG Bill Barr Grilled by House Lawmakers on Protest Crackdown, Voter Suppression & Pandemic Failures. democracynow.org We play highlights from Attorney General William Barr's grilling by the House Judiciary Committee over how he sent militarized federal forces to confront Black Lives Matter protesters, and his opposition to voting by mail, and get response from a close friend of Congressmember John Lewis who is now running for Senate. "In spite of the machinations of Donald Trump and those who do his bidding, including the attorney general, the good news is that we're seeing a multiracial coalition of people pouring out into American streets," responds Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock, "saying that we're concerned about the soul of our d…

Staff (2020-07-29). Rev. Warnock of Ebenezer Baptist Church on Legacy of John Lewis & Ongoing Fight for Voting Rights. democracynow.org We look at the life and legacy of late civil rights icon and Georgia Congressmember John Lewis, who is being mourned across the U.S. and who became the first Black politician to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. "The irony of this moment is that even as we celebrate and honor John Lewis, the patron saint of voting rights, he hailed from the state which in many instances is ground zero for voter suppression," says Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock, who serves as senior pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, was with Lewis in the final days of his life and will preside over his memorial service. "In recen…

Staff (2020-07-29). Headlines for July 29, 2020. democracynow.org U.S. Records Highest One-Day Coronavirus Death Toll Since May, Trump Retweets Doctor Who Warned of Sex with Demons and "Alien DNA", Twitter Suspends Donald Trump Jr. for Spreading COVID-19 Misinformation, Progressives Say GOP Coronavirus Bill Would Bring "Mass Poverty and Mass Hunger", Teachers' Union Prepared to Strike If Schools Aren't Made Safe from Coronavirus, World Health Organization Warns Summer Weather Isn't Slowing Coronavirus, Argentina Reports Record COVID-19 Death Toll as Guatemala Reopens Economy, Attorney General Barr Grilled over Police Violence Against Peaceful Protesters, Portland Demonstrators…

Eva Bartlett (2020-07-29). Impressions From An Informal Meeting With Asma al-Assad, Syria. thealtworld.com I had been sitting in a small entrance room for what seemed less than a minute when the door opened and Syria's first lady, Her Excellency Asma al-Assad, greeted me with a warm smile, welcoming me inside a slightly larger sitting room. In official meetings I had had over the years in Syria, I was accustomed to a secretary or assistant escorting me into the meeting room. Asma al-Assad, however, does things up close and personal. | Over the years in Syria, I had heard from people I encountered that she and President Assad routinely meet with their fellow Syrians in crowded venues, mixing and engaging with the peopl…

Editor (2020-07-29). Impasse in Congress over CARES 2. workers.org As COVID-19 spreads exponentially in most of the United States where the ruling class has rushed to "open" the capitalist economy, unemployment has again exploded. Personal economic disaster looms for most working people. Congress must pass new emergency measures to aid the tens of millions of workers — disproportionately Black, . . . |

Quell Nessuno (2020-07-29). U.S. 'war games' threaten COVID spread in Hawaii. workers.org RIMPAC, the World's largest Naval war practice that with COVID endangers Hawaii and the world. Despite the ongoing global pandemic, the U.S. military has no plans to cancel RIMPAC (Rim of the Pacific Exercise), the largest international military exercise in the world. Beginning in 1971, and held every two years . . . |

Melvin Goodman (2020-07-29). Trump's War on the Environment and Its Inhabitants. counterpunch.org Trump's climate denial has made the United States an environmental "pariah state" in a global community committed to addressing the problem of climate change. Trump's withdrawal from the Paris accord made the United States the only nation in the world to reject the climate accord. The two original outliers—Syria and Nicaragua—have joined, and Nicaragua stayed out initially because the agreement didn't go far enough. Trump has undermined the rich legacy of the Obama administration in the environmental field, which included getting the world's other major polluters—particularly China and India[mda…

RT (2020-07-29). Trump demands Congress 'bring fairness to Big Tech' or he'll do it himself, ahead of antitrust hearing with four CEOs. rt.com US President Donald Trump has threatened executive orders to "bring fairness" to major social media platforms, minutes ahead of a congressional hearing featuring the bosses of Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google. | Shortly after noon on Wednesday, as the hearing was about to start, Trump blasted Congress for being "all talk and no action for years," and said he would use his executive powers to deal with the tech giants if the lawmakers once again fail to do so. | If Congress doesn't bring fairness to Big Tech, which they should have done years ago, I will do it myself with Executive Orders. In Washington, it h…

RT (2020-07-29). Zuckerberg admits Facebook suppresses 'hate speech' BEFORE it's seen by anyone. rt.com Facebook censors almost 90 percent of 'hate speech' before it's allowed to circulate, CEO Mark Zuckerberg told Congress at Wednesday's Big Tech hearing, responding to pressure from Democrats to submit to the advertiser boycott. | "We're able to proactively identify 89 percent of the hate speech that we take down before, I think, it's even seen by other people," Zuckerberg told the Antitrust Subcommittee of the US House of Representatives on Wednesday. | The statement was in response to Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Maryland) pressuring Facebook to "join the civil rights movement" by submitting to the demands of the Sto…

RT (2020-07-29). Ok, boomer: Congressman demands Facebook's Zuckerberg explain why Donald Trump Jr's TWITTER ACCOUNT was suspended. rt.com Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisconsin) gaffed his way to meme status after grilling Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg about Donald Trump Jr.'s Twitter suspension, forcing the CEO to explain the platforms are, in fact, different. | "If I may ask a specific of you: it was reported that Donald Trump Jr. got taken down for a period of time… why did that happen?" the rep asked during a House antitrust hearing on Wednesday. | "Congressman, well first, to be clear, I think what you might be referring to happened on Twitter, so it's hard for me to speak to that," Zuckerberg replied politely, adding "but I could tal…

RT (2020-07-29). Barr directs agencies to 'significantly increase resources' in Cleveland, Detroit, and Milwaukee to combat uptick in violent crime. rt.com After a tense congressional hearing where Democrats excoriated the US Attorney General for deploying federal agents to cities like Portland, Bill Barr announced an expansion of a program to tackle rising violent crime in the US. | The FBI, US Marshals Service, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) have all been directed to "significantly increase resources" in Cleveland, Detroit, and Milwaukee — three cities newly added as part of an expansion of Operation Legend, which launched on July 8. | Operation Legend — named after four-year-old Le…

RT (2020-07-29). Police quit agreements to provide security at DNC convention over tear gas & pepper spray ban as mass protests are feared — report. rt.com Democrats who have been clamoring to defund police and "reimagine" the force may soon get a small taste of what they're asking for, after scores of law enforcement agencies reportedly refused to protect their convention. | At least 100 law enforcement agencies around Wisconsin are reportedly canceling agreements to help provide security at next month's Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, raising concerns over whether forces will be adequate to deal with potential protests. | At issue is a new policy banning Milwaukee police from using tear gas or pepper spray during protests, which was ordered last we…

RT (2020-07-29). India to allow foreign universities to open campuses in country. rt.com India on Wednesday approved a plan to allow foreign universities to open campuses in the country. The move is part of efforts to boost education to strengthen the economy as it struggles with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. | Politicians affiliated with the left as well as PM Narendra Modi's ruling party have opposed several attempts by previous administrations to open up the sector to overseas institutions. However, many government officials have been pushing the move as more than 750,000 Indian students study abroad. | The country will allow "entry of top world ranked universities to open campuses in…

RT (2020-07-29). 'They never tell you there WERE people there': Seth Rogen stirs hornet's nest after saying Israel 'makes no sense'. rt.com Jewish actor Seth Rogen has courted controversy after saying that Israel's existence "doesn't make sense," and that young Jews are misled to believe the state was created peacefully, without displacing thousands of Palestinians. | "If it is truly for the preservation of Jewish people, it makes no sense, because again, you don't keep something you're trying to preserve all in one place especially when that place has proven to be… pretty volatile," Rogen told comedian Mark Maron on his 'WTF' podcast on Monday. | Rogen — who has been promoting his upcoming movie, 'An American Pickle,' a comedy-drama which…

sputniknews (2020-07-29). GOP Functioning as 'Mouthpiece of Business' Amid US' Dangerous Push for Jobs, School Openings. sputniknews.com Professor Richard Wolff of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, tells Sputnik that despite the US being far from containing the spread of COVID-19, the struggles of the nation's economy and business sectors appear to be more of a concern for Republicans in Congress than the health and well-being of their actual constituents.

Stephen Lendman (2020-07-29). Iranian Military Exercises Prepare to Counter Aggression if Occurs. globalresearch.ca Iran is the leading Middle East proponent of peace, stability, and cooperative relations with other countries. | It hasn't attacked another nation in centuries, threatening none now except in retaliation against aggression by a foreign power if occurs — the right …

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-29). Iran considers three-day Taliban ceasefire positive step. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 29 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi said that Iran considers the three-day Taliban ceasefire a positive step towards peace in Afghanistan.

WSWS (2020-07-29). Congress prepares to scrap $600 weekly unemployment payment. wsws.org The expiration of the enhanced federal unemployment benefit this week will drive millions of working class people across the US into desperate financial circumstances.

Elie Mystal (2020-07-29). Congrats, Dems: You Just Let Trump's Chief Henchman Off the Hook. thenation.com Congrats, Dems: You Just Let Trump's Chief Henchman Off the Hook…

news.un (2020-07-29). How do you define lawful peaceful protest? The UN Human Rights Committee has a clear answer. news.un.org People have the right to demonstrate peacefully and Governments should respect international law and let them do so, senior UN-appointed independent rights experts said on Wednesday.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-07-29). Genocide of Colombia's social leaders continues unabated. peoplesdispatch.org On July 27, Colombian organizations including the Institute of Development and Peace Studies (Indepaz), the Marcha Patriótica (the Patriotic March) platform of social movements and the Agrarian, Peasant, Ethnic and Popular Summit, a platform of Indigenous, peasant and Afro-descendant organizations, held a press conference to denounce the growing violence against Colombian movements. They denounced that almost 1,000 social leaders have been killed since the signing of peace agreements in 2016 between the former government of President Juan Manuel Santos and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerril…

Alex Lawson (2020-07-29). Operation Eternal Vengeance: We Pledge to Defeat Any Politician Who Uses Covid-19 to Attack Social Security. commondreams.org Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) speak to each other during a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing on the government's response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on March 5, 2020 in Washington, DC. COVID-19 has taken hold in the United States and national and local governments are rushing to contain the virus and finding a cure. (Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

news.un (2020-07-29). Security Council: Poverty deepens, along with need, across Syria. news.un.org Humanitarian operations across war-shattered Syria are reaching 6.8 million people a month, but a worsening economic crisis is deepening poverty and pushing more and more Syrians into humanitarian need, the Security Council heard Wednesday.

yenisafak (2020-07-29). Quo Vadis, Aida? by Bosnian director to vie in Venice. yenisafak.com With Turkey's state broadcaster TRT among co-producers, Bosnian director's film Quo Vadis, Aida? will compete for the grand prize at the Venice Film Festival this year.Set in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1995 during the Serbian occupation of Srebrenica, where one of the world's most horrific genocides took place in the heart of Europe, the drama will be among 18 films in the main competition of the festival which will be held between Sept. 2-12.A film by Bosnian director Jasmila Zbanic, Quo Vadis, Aida? tells the story of Aida, a translator for the UN peacekeeping task force in Bosnia. It is co-produced by Bosnia, T…

sputniknews (2020-07-29). Will GOP Distance Itself From Trump to Save Congressional Seats as President's Poll Numbers Slide? sputniknews.com As the November election day nears speculations are swirling about Donald Trump's plummeting poll numbers which threaten to ruin the Republican Party's bid to keep control of the US Congress. Political scientists have discussed whether the GOP is really breaking ranks with the president and who might be Trump's most likely successor in the party.

sputniknews (2020-07-29). India Celebrates Induction of Five French Rafale Jets to Its Depleting Air Fleet. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): The Indian Air Force has a shortage of around 10 squadrons of combat aircraft after phasing out its MiG-21 and MiG-27 fighter planes. The induction of French Rafale jets on Wednesday was the first to take place in two decades – last time, India bought 270 Su-30 MKI from Russia in staggered contracts in the late 1990s.

sputniknews (2020-07-29). Iranian Missiles Land Near UAE Air Base Where India's Rafale Jets Were Stationed: US Media Reports. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): The first batch of Rafale fighter jets are set to arrive in India's Ambala Air Base on Wednesday afternoon after covering the 7,000 kilometers from France. The jets were stationed overnight at the Al Dhafra Air Base in the UAE. The same air base houses US and French troops and aircraft.

sputniknews (2020-07-29). Rafale Jets to Boost Morale of Indian Air Force Amid Rising Tensions With China, Ex-Pilot Believes. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): India on Wednesday welcomed five French Rafale fighter jets out of the 36 it had ordered in 2016 at a cost of $8.7 billion. The procurement was made on an emergency basis by the federal government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address the worrying slide of combat capabilities of the Indian Air Force.

sputniknews (2020-07-29). Surprise for the Enemy: What to Know About Rafale Jets as India's Air Power Receives Major Boost. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): India purchased 36 Rafale fighter jets from France in a 2016 government-to-government deal at a cost of $8.7 billion. The delivery of the jets, which began in October 2019, will be completed by 2022. India urged France to expedite the delivery amid heightened tensions with China along the border.

sputniknews (2020-07-29). India to Deploy 35,000 Troops Along China Border Amid Disengagement Talks – Reports. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): Earlier in July, India and China agreed to pull back their troops to ensure a complete disengagement in the high-altitude Ladakh region following the worst clash between the two South Asian nations in nearly 50 years. The troops of two countries engaged in an intense standoff that killed 20 Indian soldiers.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-29). US harassment of Iranian airliner disgraceful: Vaezi. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 29 (MNA) — In reaction to the US harassment of an Iranian airliner in Syria, Iranian President's Chief of Staff Mahmoud Vaezi said that the US act is disgraceful and contrary to international standards.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-29). Iraqi official urges removal of ISIL in Iraq-Syria border. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul.29 (MNA) — A spokesman for the Iraqi Armed Forces stressed the importance and necessity of protecting the border between Syria and Iraq reporting that more troops and military equipment have been sent for protection of this area.

Staff (2020-07-29). Bill Barr Grilled by House Lawmakers on Protest Crackdown and Voter Suppression. truthout.org We play highlights from Attorney General William Barr's grilling by the House Judiciary Committee over how he sent militarized federal forces to confront Black Lives Matter protesters, and his opposition to voting by mail, and get response from a close friend of Congressmember John Lewis who is now running for Senate. "In spite of the machinations of Donald Trump and those who do his bidding, including the attorney general, the good news is that we're seeing a multiracial coalition of people…

Staff (2020-07-29). Congressman Who Refused to Wear Mask Tests Positive for COVID, Blames Masks. truthout.org Rep. Louie Gohmert, a Republican from Texas who frequently refuses to wear masks or facial coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19, tested positive for the disease on Wednesday. | Gohmert was screened for COVID-19

Lee Siu Hin, Immigrant Solidarity Network (2020-07-29). 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…