2020-08-04: News Headlines

Staff (2020-08-04). Headlines for August 4, 2020. democracynow.org Concerns Mount over Politicization of COVID-19 Vaccine, as Trump Lashes Out at "Pathetic" Dr. Birx, WHO Warns There May Never Be a Coronavirus "Silver Bullet", Trump Threatens to Sue Nevada After It Expands Voter Access, Leaked Video Shows George Floyd Pleaded for His Life, Cooperated with Police, Before He Was Killed, Video Shows LAPD Shot Peaceful Protester in the Head as He Held His Arms in the Air, Prosecutor Clears Arkansas Officers Who Pushed Black Man into the Ground for 6.5 Minutes Before He Died, Census Bureau Cuts Short Collection Efforts by One Month, Mexican Man Dies After Falling from Border Wall, Me…

_____ (2020-08-04). Truman's 'Human Sacrifice' to Subdue Moscow. strategic-culture.org Peter KUZNICK | Sumiteru Taniguchi was one of the "lucky" ones. He lived a long and productive life. He married and fathered two healthy children who gave him four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He had a long career in Japan's postal and telegraph services. As a leader in Japan's anti-nuclear movement, he addressed thousands of audiences and hundreds of thousands of people. He traveled to at least 23 countries. The organizations in which he played a prominent role were nominated several times for the Nobel Peace Prize. | Many of the more than 250,000 who lived in Nagasaki on August 9, 1945 were not so…

Raul Diego (2020-08-04). Federal Government Releases Bipartisan Anti-China Plan for Artificial Intelligence. mintpressnews.com A Washington think tank and Congress issued a bipartisan plan for AI, which utilizes the veneer of technology to formally cast China as the number one obstacle to US hegemony…

Robert Fantina (2020-08-04). Censorship. Does the U.S. Military Assassinate Journalists? globalresearch.ca As the cries of United States' 'exceptionalism' are heard from the hallowed halls of Congress, one of the alleged hallmarks is freedom of the press. No nation, the breathless masses are told, protects press freedom like the United States. This …

WSWS (2020-08-04). Trump installs ex-general and anti-Islam bigot in top Pentagon post. wsws.org The appointment of retired Gen. Anthony Tata was carried out by means of a maneuver designed to bypass opposition from both Democrats and Republicans in the Senate.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-04). Israeli warplanes bomb targets in Syria. peoplesdispatch.org Israeli air force fighter jets, attack helicopters and other attack aircraft conducted airstrikes in southern Syria late on August 3, Monday. Israel claimed that the airstrikes were in retaliation to an attempted attack on Sunday along the northern Israel-Syria border in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. | The Syrian government is yet to confirm the specific locations targeted by the Israeli bombings. The official Syrian SANA news agency stated that the airstrikes caused significant material damage to Syrian government property, adding that no Syrians, civilian or military, were injured. | Syrian state media la…

Monterey Peace & Justice Center (2020-08-04). Saturday 8/8: 75th Annual Hiroshima-Nagasaki Remembrance & Virtual Peace Lantern Ceremony. indybay.org Online via YouTube livestream or Zoom…

_____ (2020-08-04). 28 Million Evictions Loom As Houses Sit Empty. popularresistance.org Congress's inability to actually represent the real-live human beings of America, combined with an economic system that rewards lack of empathy and an excess of greed, has brought us to a dark time when an oncoming tsunami of financial ruin, destitution and evictions towers over our heads, blocking out the sunlight. | The impending evictions may soon kick 28 million people/families out of their homes. To put that in perspective, only ten million people lost their homes during the 2008 economic crisis, and that was considered by anyone paying attention to be the craziest thing to ever happen.

_____ (2020-08-04). United States Stealing Syrian Oil. popularresistance.org The Kurdish-led Autonomous Administration of Northeast Syria has signed an agreement with an American oil company, well-placed sources with close knowledge of the deal told Al-Monitor. One of the sources said the agreement to market oil in territory controlled by the US-backed entity and to develop and modernize existing fields was inked last week "with the knowledge and encouragement of the White House." The sources named the company as Delta Crescent Energy LLC, a corporation organized under the laws of the state of Delaware. The sources gave no further details about the company but would only say they had been…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-08-03). 'Worst Possible Person': 300+ Groups Demand Senate Reject Trump's Pick to Manage US Public Lands. commondreams.org "When a nominee is clearly unfit for a position, it is the Senate's constitutional and moral duty to reject the nomination." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2020-08-03). COVID-19 Crisis Failure, People Must Save Themselves and the Economy. dissidentvoice.org Positive COVID-19 Test (Shutterstock) 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. …

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…

RT (2020-08-03). Israel strikes Syrian military targets near Damascus, IDF calls it 'response' to failed border attack. rt.com Israeli jets bombed several Syrian military sites south of Damascus late on Monday, the IDF has confirmed, saying that the attack had been launched in response to the attempted planting of a bomb in the Golan Heights. | The airstrike took place in the countryside southwest of Damascus, SANA news agency reported, describing explosions being heard in the city. | The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) then said in a statement the attack was a response to an attempted provocation on the Syrian-Israeli border, targeting a fence in the occupied Golan Heights. | The IDF said the strike targeted Syrian army's observation pos…

Global Research News (2020-08-03). Selected Articles: The Anti-China Rhetoric. globalresearch.ca By The implications of the pandemic for US-China relations are relevant for global peace and prosperity, well beyond the Asia-Pacific. Rather than joining forces …

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…

Stephen Lendman (2020-08-03). Exempting Big Pharma from COVID-19 Vaccines Liability. globalresearch.ca House and Senate leaders are discussing whether to include this exemption for COVID-19 vaccines under development in new legislation likely to be passed and signed into law in the coming days. | Most likely, tort liability protection for Big Pharma will …

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.

Dr. Giulio Pugliese (2020-08-03). COVID-19 and the Reification of the US-China "Cold War" globalresearch.ca Abstract | The implications of the pandemic for US-China relations are relevant for global peace and prosperity, well beyond the Asia-Pacific. Rather than joining forces against the pandemic, COVID-19 is among the factors that have widened the rift between the United …

S. Brian Willson (2020-08-03). Nicaragua Targeted for US Overthrow in 2020-21. globalresearch.ca The USA failed State continues to seek destruction of Nicaragua (among other nations such as Venezuela, Cuba, Syria and Iran, who refuse to obey US demands for neoliberal privatization that enrich the already rich. | Introduction | George Washington, who waged …

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…

Bill Moyers, Heather Cox Richardson (2020-08-03). Oligarchy and Democracy From the Civil War to the Present. commondreams.org The Battle of Bull Run, Battle of Bull Run, Va. July 21st 1861, Currier and Ives. (Drawing: Library of Congress) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2020-08-03). Sierra Club Launches Massive Ad Campaign Calling on Congress to Support Clean Energy Workers in Next COVID-19 Relief Bill. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Paul Buchheit (2020-08-03). Comparing Poverty in India and America May Surprise You. commondreams.org A homeless man sleeps under an American Flag blanket on a park bench on September 10, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

John Buell (2020-08-03). Republican Senators Commit Political Suicide by Holding Up Stimulus in Election Year. commondreams.org Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) arrives at the Senate chamber as the Senate impeachment trial of U.S. President Donald Trump continues at the U.S. Capitol on January 30, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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.

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). 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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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). 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). 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). 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.

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…

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…