2020-08-03: News Headlines

RT (2020-08-03). Chicago Dunkin' Donuts employee loses job, faces battery charges after trooper finds 'thick piece of mucus' in cup. rt.com A Dunkin' employee in Chicago has been arrested on several charges, including battery to a peace officer, after he allegedly spat into a coffee cup he then gave to an unsuspecting state trooper. | The incident that cost Vincent J. Sessler, 25, his job at Dunkin' took place on Thursday evening, when a Chicago trooper decided to treat himself to a large cup of black coffee. | Also on rt.com | | When the officer was handed the cup, the drink was stea…

RT (2020-08-03). Chicago Dunkin' Donuts employee loses job, faces 'battery' charges after trooper finds 'thick piece of mucus' in cup. rt.com A Dunkin' employee in Chicago has been arrested on several charges, including battery to a peace officer, after he allegedly spat into a coffee cup he then gave to an unsuspecting state trooper. | The incident that cost Vincent J. Sessler, 25 his job at Dunkin' took place on Thursday evening, when a Chickago trooper decided to treat himself to a large black cup of coffee. | Also on rt.com | | When the officer was handed out the cup, the drink was…

Maureen Smith (2020-08-03). Socialist Gloria La Riva Nominated by Peace and Freedom Party Convention. indybay.org On August 1st, the Peace and Freedom Party State Central Committee nominated Socialist/Labor Activist Gloria La Riva to be on the California ballot in November as their candidate for U.S. President…

WSWS (2020-08-03). Congress of millionaires robs the unemployed. wsws.org Allowing federal supplemental benefits to expire for 30 million jobless workers shows the class character of both the Democratic and Republican parties.

yenisafak (2020-08-03). 'Talks between India, Pakistan, China vital for peace in Kashmir'. yenisafak.com Former Indian government interlocutor Mohammad Mukhtar Ansari (MM Ansari) has said that India's last year's decision to annex Jammu and Kashmir was tantamount to breaching a sacred trust and understanding between the two sovereign states.In an exclusive conversation with Anadolu Agency a year after Indian government's last year Aug. 5 decisions, he said while the constitutional provision was rescinded to ensure faster development and containing militancy, the objectives have not been realized."The objective of restoring peace has therefore not been realized. Likewise, socioeconomic activities have also suffered d…

yenisafak (2020-08-03). Nobel laureate, former N.Ireland party leader John Hume dies. yenisafak.com Nobel peace laureate and former leader of Irish nationalist Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDPL) John Hume has died on Monday, according to a statement from his former party."We are deeply saddened to announce that John passed away peacefully in the early hours of the morning after a short illness," a statement from the SDLP said.Hume was born in Northern Ireland in 1937 and he was regarded as an important figure in recent political history in the region.Hume, as the leader of the SDLP, was one of the key architects of the 1998 Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement that ended decades of sectarian violence in North…

yenisafak (2020-08-03). Turkey regrets US firm's signing oil deal with YPG/PKK. yenisafak.com Turkey Monday denounced a US firm's signing a deal with YPG/PKK-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to extract, process and produce oil in northeastern Syria."We deeply regret the US support to this step, disregarding international law, violating territorial integrity, unity and sovereignty of Syria, as well as being considered within the scope of financing terrorism. This act, which cannot be justified by any legitimate motive, is utterly unacceptable" the Foreign Ministry said in a written statement.Turkey's remarks came after media reports that the US-based company Delta Crescent Energy LLC signed a contract wi…

RT (2020-08-02). Trump is Mussolini, riots are peaceful, but federal agents are terrorists — top black Democrat turns to trite #Resistance rhetoric. rt.com Rep. Jim Clyburn was a key figure behind securing Joe Biden's nomination, and will be instrumental in picking his running mate. However, his views of late are show denial of reality and falling back on #Resistance tropes. | Jim Clyburn's name carries gravitas in both Washington and his home state of South Carolina. Clyburn's endorsement is considered to have pushed Joe Biden ahead of Bernie Sanders in the state's primary election, securing him the black vote. The veteran lawmaker and House Majority Whip is expected to vet Biden's eventual choice of running mate, given Biden has promised to consider a black wom…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-08-02). 'The Clock Is Ticking': Bernie Sanders Calls on Senate to Act Quickly on Covid Relief Bill. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Liberation Staff (2020-08-02). Gloria La Riva Nominated by Peace and Freedom Party in CA. liberationnews.org Longtime San Francisco labor and anti-war activist Gloria La Riva was chosen Aug. 1 as the Peace and Freedom Party nominee for U. S. President.

RT (2020-08-02). Members of Congress returning to DC from Lewis funeral in Georgia won't have to follow quarantine rule made for everybody else. rt.com Politicians who attended the funeral of Congressman John Lewis in Georgia won't have to worry about Washington's new quarantine rules as they return to the city because they're deemed too essential to lock down. | A 'Who's Who' of Democrat politicians attended Thursday's funeral in Atlanta, despite a state ban on gatherings of more than 50 people. Some 50

RT (2020-08-02). Syria says US 'stealing' oil after American energy firm signs deal with Kurdish rebels. rt.com The Syrian government has accused the US of "stealing" the country's oil reserves, which Washington claimed to be protecting from terrorists. American lawmakers admitted that a deal has been signed with Kurdish rebels. | When President Donald Trump pulled US troops out of Syria last October, it was not the full withdrawal promised in his anti-interventionist campaign speeches. Instead, a contingent was left behind in areas of north Syria controlled by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, ostensibly to protect the region's oilfields from Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) terrorists. | Also on rt.com

South Front (2020-08-02). Video: Turkey Cries Foul About Deployment of Egyptian Troops in Idlib. What's Going On? globalresearch.ca The Egyptian military has deployed about 150 troops on the frontline in the Syrian region of Greater Idlib to support forces of the Damascus government, Turkish sources claimed on July 30. | "The troops were later deployed in the Khan al-Asal …

Stephen Lendman (2020-08-02). Congress Fails to Agree on Extending Aid to Jobless Americans. globalresearch.ca On Thursday, I emailed the information below to a retired physician/health and fitness expert friend I've known since the 1940s, explaining the following: | Like earlier coronavirus outbreaks (SARS-Cov 2002-04, MERS 2012), SARS-Cov-2 hysteria will pass in time. | Of far greater …

Stephen Lendman (2020-08-02). Deteriorating Sino/US Relations: From Engagement to Containment and Confrontation. globalresearch.ca On Thursday during testimony before Senate Foreign Relations Committee members, Pompeo continued his militantly hostile war of words on China. See below. | *** | Commenting on his Chinaphobic remarks last week, former US diplomat who accompanied Richard Nixon on his 1972 …

yenisafak (2020-08-02). Afghan government releases over 300 Taliban prisoners. yenisafak.com On the third and last day of a cease-fire with the Taliban, the Afghan government on Sunday announced that it had released over 300 prisoners of the militant group in connection with ongoing peace efforts.Announcing the development, the Office of the National Security Council (ONSC) said in a statement that the government had released 317 more Taliban prisoners from Parwan and other provincial prisons, bringing the total to 4,917.Prisoner releases will continue until the total reaches 5,100 — 100 more than required by the US-Taliban peace deal signed in February, it said.The Taliban vowed to have already complet…

Newsclick (2020-08-02). 'Titans of tech' face grilling in US Congress. peoplesdispatch.org Newsclick's Prabir Purkayastha talks about the deposition of the heads of Alphabet, Amazon, Apple and Facebook before the US House of Representatives Committee that deals with anti-trust issues.

_____ (2020-08-02). COVID-19 Crisis Failure, People Must Save Themselves And The Economy. popularresistance.org The US is at a moment of truth. This week, Congress has to face up to a pandemic that is out of control and an economy that is collapsing. The Republican's and Democrat's proposals show they will fail this test. The people will need to protect themselves and lead from below. Our actions need to be about building a people's movement that grows in power before and after the November elections. No matter who is elected, the people will need to resist, create new systems and rule from below.

yenisafak (2020-08-02). India's interior minister tests positive for coronavirus, hospitalised. yenisafak.com India's Interior Minister Amit Shah said on Sunday that he had tested positive for coronavirus and had been admitted to hospital.Amit Shah, a close aide to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and one of the country's most powerful politicians, heads a key ministry that has been at the forefront of managing India's coronavirus outbreak."I request all of you who came in contact with me in the last few days to isolate yourselves and get tested," Shah said in a tweet.

yenisafak (2020-08-02). Does all of India approve of the Kashmir annexation move? yenisafak.com Describing Aug. 5, when India annexed Jammu and Kashmir region, a day of "betrayal" and "blackest day", a pro-India Kashmiri politician said people were seething with anger against the move.A member of Indian parliament, representing Kashmiri's oldest political party the National Conference (NC), Hassnain Masoodi said oppressive machinery has prevented people to show their anger in streets."The disapproval continues. The state may choose not to see the anger but it is there. Oppressive machinery in place does not allow people to exercise their right to demonstrate and hold meetings. Hundreds of people are still j…

sputniknews (2020-08-02). 'President Is Going to Win': White House Says No Election Delay As Trump Opposes Mail-In Voting. sputniknews.com In his rejection of mail-in voting in the upcoming US presidential election, Donald Trump has claimed that it will "rig" the contest, and suggested moving the date of election. His idea was met with opposition, however, by both sides of the political aisle in Congress – the only body legally able to move an election.

sputniknews (2020-08-02). Iran Imposes Sanctions Against Former Aid to John Bolton for 'Economic Terrorism'. sputniknews.com Relations between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran have become increasingly strained in recent years, following the 2018 withdrawal by the Trump administration from the 2015 joint agreement pledging a peaceful development of nuclear power.

sputniknews (2020-08-02). Israel Thwarts 'Terrorist' Attempt to Place Explosives on Syria-Israeli Border, IDF Says. sputniknews.com The Israeli Defence Forces noted that it "considers [the] Syrian regime responsible for any action taken in its territory", adding that "it will not allow" any violation of the sovereignty of the state of Israel.

ANSWER Indiana (2020-08-01). Black Lives Matter Coalition calls for termination of 21 officers involved in 2019 drowning of Keshawn Stewart. liberationnews.org We demand an end to the war on Black America!

RT (2020-08-01). WATCH 'peaceful' Portland protesters burn Bible & flag, 24 hours after torching pig's head in cop hat. rt.com Demonstrators in Portland set Bibles and US flags on fire amid protests that have spanned nearly 2 months. The day before, protesters torched a pig's head with police clothing, though they still claim their movement is peaceful. | Footage published by RT's Ruptly video agency shows a group of protesters on Friday night gathered around a burning Bible, with several individuals mockingly warming their hands around the fire. Laughter and shouts of "F**k Trump" can be heard in the background. | US flags were also burned by the protesters, who were seen crowding around the fire and taking photographs. | The prov…

RT (2020-08-01). Federal agents won't leave Portland until 'anarchists and agitators' are properly dealt with — Trump. rt.com Portland must be free of violent protesters before federal officers operating in the city can leave, Donald Trump has warned, after the Oregon government announced that agents would be replaced by state police. | "Homeland Security is not leaving Portland until local police complete cleanup of Anarchists and Agitators!" the US president Local media reported that Friday night's protest in the city was attended by several thousand people and was largely peaceful. | Department of Homeland…

WSWS (2020-08-01). The global pandemic, the class struggle, and the tasks of the Socialist Equality Party. wsws.org This resolution was adopted unanimously by the Sixth National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party in the US, held July 19—24, 2020.

WSWS (2020-08-01). Socialist Equality Party (US) National Congress adopts resolution on the coronavirus pandemic and the fight for socialism. wsws.org The Congress resolution provides an unequaled analysis of the crisis triggered by the pandemic, directed toward the development of socialist class consciousness and the independent action of the working class.

WSWS (2020-08-01). US unemployment supplement expires, setting the stage for mass hunger and homelessness. wsws.org The congressional stalemate over an extension of the unemployment pay supplement, which is certain to result in the total elimination or a major cut in the benefit, is a declaration of war against the entire working population.

Barbara G. Ellis (2020-08-01). A Portland 'Sit-Down' Can Rock Trump's Boat. zcomm.org Where used, the sit-down has always instantly, clearly and visually separated the oppressed from the oppressors, the peaceful from the violent…

Brasil de Fato (2020-08-01). Lula and other international personalities join call to give Nobel Peace Prize to Cuban doctors. peoplesdispatch.org The solidarity of Cuban doctors, once again, has gained international recognition. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, 1,800 healthcare professionals have been sent by the island's government to 27 countries to help contain the spread of the virus. | In response, everyday the campaign to award the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize to the Cuban doctors gains strength, through Among those who have signed the petition a…

David Edwards (2020-08-01). acism, Sexism, Classism — The Necessary Incoherence Of 'Mainstream' Ethical Debate. zcomm.org What does it mean when journalists who spent the last two decades promoting wars of aggression on brown- and black-skinned people in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen take a knee?>

_____ (2020-08-01). The Kurdish Freedom Movement, Rojava And The Left. popularresistance.org The revolution in the Kurdish region of Syria called Rojava has generated significant enthusiasm among broad segments of the left in Europe and North America. The heroic resistance by Kurdish forces in Kobane, Syria during the siege by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in late 2014 and into early 2015 proved to be a pivotal moment. Images of revolutionary fighters, and particularly of armed women, engaged in a life-and-death struggle, bravely resisting the vicious onslaught by Islamist thugs, caught the attention and imagination of many on the so-called international left.

yenisafak (2020-08-01). Erdogan says Eid more joyous with Hagia Sophia Mosque. yenisafak.com The president of Turkey on Saturday said the reopening of the Hagia Sophia as a mosque made the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha even more joyous."The reopening of the Hagia Sophia grand Mosque — an 86-year wound in the heart of our nation — has added to the joy of our Eid," Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, greeting local officials of his ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party for the holiday via video-link.Erdogan said he sought to hold an upcoming party congress as a "new resurrection, a new rising milestone."The next AK Party congress is expected to be held towards the end of 2020 while observing health and safet…

yenisafak (2020-08-01). 'India's actions in Kashmir, part of majoritarian agenda'. yenisafak.com The annexation of the disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir on Aug. 5 last year has evoked international anguish against India, said Pakistan's former top diplomat.In an interview with Anadolu Agency on the eve of the first anniversary of India's revoking the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, former Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said this controversial move has violated international law embodied in the UN Security Council resolutions."There is a growing international reaction to Indian atrocities in the occupied Kashmir. The UN Human Rights Commissioner has published reports documenting the violat…

yenisafak (2020-08-01). Kuwait bans flights to 31 'high risk' countries due to coronavirus. yenisafak.com Kuwait has banned until further notice commercial flights to 31 countries it said that it regarded as high risk due to the spread of the coronavirus, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation said on Saturday.The countries include India, Pakistan, Egypt, the Philippines, Lebanon and Sri Lanka, which all have large numbers of expatriates in Kuwait. The list also includes China, Iran, Brazil, Mexico, Italy and Iraq.The ban was announced the same day Kuwait began a partial resumption of commercial flights. The authorities have said Kuwait International Airport would run at about 30% capacity from Saturday, gradually…

yenisafak (2020-08-01). Ten crushed to death in Indian crane collapse. yenisafak.com Ten people died on Saturday when a crane collapsed, trapping them underneath, at a state-run shipyard in the southern Indian city of Visakhapatnam, a senior police officer said.The incident at the Hindustan Shipyard Ltd site occurred when a new crane collapsed during a weight-bearing trial, Suresh Babu, a deputy commissioner of police, told Reuters.Rescue workers were trying to cut the crane and remove its pieces, Babu said. He added that if anybody was trapped alive under the crane, they would only be found once it was lifted.There was no immediate comment from Hindustan Shipyard. A company official said senior…

yenisafak (2020-08-01). 'Kashmiri feel humiliated by India's annexation move'. yenisafak.com Former Indian government mediator for Kashmir Radha Kumar has said that Kashmiri people are feeling humiliated by India's decisions taken last year on Aug. 5, involving repealing the special status and dividing of the region into two centrally administered territories.She said there was a great deal of fear in the Kashmir Valley.In an exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency, she said the Indian government's arguments that revocation of special status will accelerate development and end militancy have not come true."There is hardly any development on the ground and militancy continues to remain there. Figures for…

yenisafak (2020-08-01). Environmental disasters across world in July 2020. yenisafak.com Numerous environmental disasters occurred across the world in the month of July which included forest fires in Ukraine, a storm in Russia, landslides in Myanmar, Nepal, China and many flash floods caused by heavy rains.Here is a timeline compiled by Anadolu AgencyJuly 1: – Powerful floods affect over 1.4 million people in the state of Assam, northeast India, according to the country's disaster authorities.July 2: – At least 110 miners are killed in a landslide, caused by heavy rain, at a jade mine in the state of Kachin, northern Myanmar, according to the country's emergency services.July 3: – At least eight people…

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-01). Iran hopes inter-Afghan talks would lead to peace. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 01 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani hoped that inter-Afghan talks with the centrality of the Afghan government would lead to peace.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-01). Iran plays important role in Afghan peace as global actor. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 01 (MNA) — The Secretary-General of National Authority Party of Afghanistan said that Tehran has been Afghanistan's important neighbor in the past 40 years, stressing it will play a key role in securing the country.

_____ (2020-07-31). Here's How We Remake The Economy. popularresistance.org To defend the $600 unemployment payments as both morally and economically necessary is not to suggest that the CARES Act is a sufficient solution to our economic problems. Nor, says Pavlina Tcherneva, Associate Professor of Economics at Bard College and a Research Scholar at the Levy Economics Institute and advisor to Bernie Sanders's 2016 presidential campaign, is the Democratic-led HEROES Act, which would extend the payments through January 2021 if Senate Republicans and the Trump administration would support it. Dr. Tcherneva studies the impact of unemployment on growth, income inequality and public health, an…

Staff (2020-07-31). Barack Obama: Honor John Lewis by Renewing Voting Rights Act & Ballot Access in the U.S. democracynow.org In his stirring eulogy at the funeral service for Congressmember John Lewis, President Barack Obama said expanded voting rights would be the greatest way to honor the civil rights icon's legacy. In a speech that condemned the status of American democracy without ever naming the sitting president, Obama called for election day to be declared a national holiday, full Congressional representation for Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, and the end of the filibuster, which he called a "Jim Crow relic." "You want to honor John? Let's honor him by revitalizing the law he was willing to die for," Obama said in reference…

Staff (2020-07-31). Rev. James Lawson: John Lewis's Life Is Call to Action Against U.S. Violence & Plantation Capitalism. democracynow.org As mourners gathered at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta to honor the life of Georgia Congressmember John Lewis, among those who spoke was civil rights icon Rev. James Lawson, who helped to train John Lewis in nonviolence when Lewis was a student in Nashville. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once described Rev. Lawson as "the leading theorist and strategist of nonviolence in the world." Lawson invoked John Lewis's life as a call to action. "We will not be quiet as long as our nation continues to be the most violent culture in the history of humankind," Lawson said. We feature his extended remarks.

Staff (2020-07-31). Headlines for July 31, 2020. democracynow.org U.S. Coronavirus Deaths Top 1,000 for Fourth Consecutive Day, U.S. Economy Recorded Worst Quarterly Drop on Record as Coronavirus Spread, New Orleans Protesters Block Eviction Court Proceedings as Rent Comes Due, Brazil's First Lady Tests Positive for COVID-19 as Deaths Top 91,000, Coronavirus Cases Spike in European Countries that Lifted Lockdowns, Donald Trump Suggests Election Delay, Sparking Bipartisan Outrage, U.S. Postal Delays Spark Fears Over Mail-In Ballots in November Election, Civil Rights Icon and Georgia Congressmember John Lewis Laid to Rest, Herman Cain, Co-Chair of Black Voices for Trump, Dies of…

Staff (2020-07-31). Civil Rights Hero John Lewis Remembered at Funeral as "Patriot Who Risked His Life" for Democracy. democracynow.org As family, friends and dignitaries paid their final respects at the Atlanta funeral of John Lewis, the civil rights leader and 17-term Georgia Congressmember was remembered as a singular force for equality and justice. The funeral took place at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, once led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., where senior pastor Rev. Raphael Warnock contrasted Lewis' legacy with "some in high office who are much better at division than vision," and described the late politician as "a true American patriot who risked his life and bled for the hope and promise of democracy."

_____ (2020-07-31). How AFRICOM Is Working To Destabilize Africa. popularresistance.org This episode we were joined by the editor of the Pan African Newswire, Abayomi Azikewe. Mr. Azikewe gave detailed critical analysis regarding the ongoing imperialist wars waged on Africa by way of Western nations like the US and France. This is an absolute must listen for anyone interested in humanity, peace, justice and an end to western aggression and imperialism on the Global South. This is a MUST LISTEN!

_____ (2020-07-31). How the Billionaires Control American Elections. strategic-culture.org The great investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald gave an hour-long lecture on how America's billionaires control the U.S. Government, and here is an edited summary of its opening twenty minutes, with key quotations and assertions from its opening — and then its broader context will be discussed briefly: | — | The Intercept, 9 July 2020 | 2: 45: There is "this huge cleavage between how members of Congress present themselves, their…

RT (2020-07-31). Ilhan Omar under fire after campaign paid over $1.6 million to husband's firm. rt.com Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar's re-election campaign paid out more than $600,000 to a consulting firm headed by her husband in July, bringing the total disbursements to the company to over $1.6 million this election cycle. | According to Federal Election Commission (FEC) The payments, which account for 77 percent of the disbursements from the congresswoman's campai…

Andrew Taylor (2020-07-31). GOP sneaks $8 billion for military weapons into coronavirus relief bill. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON (AP) — A new $1 trillion COVID-19 response package by Senate Republicans is supposed to give the government more weapons to battle the surging coronavirus pandemic. But GOP lawmakers have more than just the "invisible enemy" in mind. The Republican measure includes billions for F-35 fighters, Apache helicopters and infantry carriers sought by Washington's powerful defense …