2020-08-06: News Headlines

RT (2020-08-06). Democrats drifting to extreme left because they are 'owned by George Soros,' claims former House speaker Gingrich. rt.com The Democrat Party continues to drift radically leftward, and its leadership will never rebuke militant elements like Antifa, because it's controlled by billionaire leftist George Soros, former US House speaker Newt Gingrich said. | "All of these Democrats are now basically owned by the left," Gingrich said on Wednesday in an interview on Fox News. "They are not going to pick any fights. They are owned by people who are financed by George Soros." | Gingrich made his comments after Democrats in a US Senate hearing on Tuesday refused to directly criticize the conduct of Antifa, whose members have been accused of…

Martin Hart-Landsberg (2020-08-06). Seeking peace on the Korean Peninsula. mronline.org Although the date drew little notice in the U.S. media, July 27, 2020 marked the 67th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice Agreement, an agreement that ended the fighting but not the war between the United States and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea).

Binoy Kampmark (2020-08-06). Big Tech Antics: The Data Robber Barons Appear Before Congress. dissidentvoice.org Silicon Valley continues to sprawl in influence, and its modern robber barons bestride the globe with a confidence verging on contempt. The technology giants that mark that region of California are praised as "virtuosos of ingenuity," to use Steve Forbes' words, "creating and supplying products and services that were once unimaginable and that have been …

Abayomi Azikiwe (2020-08-06). Legacies of African American Struggle: Rev. C.T. Vivian and Rep. John Lewis Efforts to Dismantle "Legalized Segregation" globalresearch.ca Two luminaries in the African American struggle which emerged during the 1950s and 1960s, Rev. C.T. Vivian and Congressman John Lewis, passed away on July 17. | Both figures played a prominent role in the efforts to destroy legalized segregation,…

Canadian Peace Congress (2020-08-06). On the Enduring Significance of Hiroshima after 75 Years. globalresearch.ca Seventy-five years ago, an act of international criminality and infamy took place, the consequences of which have posed an existential threat to humanity ever since. For the first time ever, a species had created the capacity to not only bring …

Max Elbaum (2020-08-06). Staring into the Economic Abyss. zcomm.org It will take an across-the-board combination of militant protest, get out the vote, and doing whatever is necessary to protect the results to best position partisans of justice, peace and saving the planet for the bitter battles that lie beyond November…

Steven Sahiounie (2020-08-06). There Is No Political Solution to the Syrian Conflict. globalresearch.ca US Secretary of State, John Kerry, of the Obama administration, created a mantra for the media: "There is no military solution to Syria." He said it so many times, he seemed to convince everyone. However, after 9 years of …

TRT World (2020-08-06). Trump Administration Approves the "Stealing" of Syria's Oil. globalresearch.ca Months after US president Donald Trump…

yenisafak (2020-08-06). 'India not releasing jailed critics despite virus risk'. yenisafak.com India is among several countries where human rights defenders and activists imprisoned for criticizing the government have been kept in jail despite the risk of COVID-19, Amnesty International said in a report released on Thursday.The new briefing, Daring to Stand up for Human Rights in a Pandemic, states that India is one of the countries that has "left prisoners of conscience to languish in appalling conditions despite widely publicized prisoner release programs."According to the report, 131 people who speak up for human rights have been harassed, prosecuted, killed, or imprisoned on COVID-19-related pretexts i…

Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (2020-08-06). Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS): To Nancy Pelosi — Did Russia Hack the DNC Emails? globalresearch.ca The lack of detail demanded by Pelosi may simply mean the absence of credible evidence of Russian interference as well as the absence of Clapperesque officials to conjure it up. | *** | MEMORANDUM FOR: Speaker Nancy Pelosi | FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals …

Andrew Korybko (2020-08-05). 5 August 2019: The Kashmir Conflict and the Aksai Chin Border Clash, A Dark Day for India-China Relations. globalresearch.ca Most observers at the time regarded India's de-facto annexation of Jammu & Kashmir on 5 August 2019 as being a defining moment for either India's internal affairs or Indian-Pakistani relations, but in reality it was a defining one for Indo-Sino …

Staff (2020-08-05). Headlines for August 5, 2020. democracynow.org Massive Explosion Tears Through Beirut, Leaving Hundreds Missing and Thousands Injured, Lebanon's PM Says 2,700 Tons of Ammonium Nitrate Sparked "National Catastrophe" in Beirut, Mississippi Becomes Biggest U.S. Coronavirus Hot Spot as Governor Mandates Masks, Georgia Prisoners Livestream Video From Prison Uprising Amid Coronavirus Outbreak, Chicago Schools Cancel September Classes as Union Threatens Strike Over Coronavirus Safety, U.N. Warns Coronavirus School Closures Have Impacted Over One Billion Students, Brazil COVID-19 Deaths Approach 100,000 as Infections Surge in India, Black Lives Matter & Ferguson Acti…

Lee Camp (2020-08-05). Why Housing Is a Human Right. counterpunch.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

John Catalinotto (2020-08-05). Republicans sabotage as negotiations delay pandemic relief package. workers.org Aug. 3 — Talks between the Republican administration and its majority Republican Senate with the Democratic Party House and Senate leaders have failed so far to reach agreement. This impasse holds up the emergency relief, which Republicans call CARES-2, beyond the date when vital unemployment supplements expired and the rent . . . |

Gordon Duff (2020-08-05). Israel Hits Beirut with Nuclear Missile, Trump and Lebanese Govt. Confirm (continually updating). thealtworld.com Trump confirms this was a bombing, not an accident and is immediately scourged by pro-Israel press…starting with the Daily Beast | #Breaking #Syria President Assad orders all borders and ports in the country open to #Lebanon, orders caravans of ambulances to head to #Beirut and ferry injured to hospitals in #Damascus, and launches an air bridge of medical and food supplies between the two cities | Israeli Delilah missile carrying 6 kiloton (6000 tons of TNT equivalent) nuclear missile (unretouched photo via VT Damascus) Ti…

RT (2020-08-05). Former nurse defeats veteran congressman in another victory for the left wing of the Democratic party. rt.com Cori Bush has unseated Democratic Party congressman William Lacy Clay, defeating a political dynasty that has represented its district in St Louis, Missouri, for more than half a century. | The race ended on Tuesday night, though far from a landslide, with Bush, a former nurse,

RT (2020-08-05). Former acting AG Yates says she signed bogus FISA requests to spy on Trump campaign because it's not her job to do fact-checking. rt.com Former acting attorney general Sally Yates continued clinging to the possibility that President Donald Trump colluded with Russia to get elected in 2016, testifying in the Senate that she couldn't opine on whether he's guilty. | Asked on Wednesday by Louisiana Republican John Kennedy whether Trump violated the law by somehow colluding with Russia, Yates said the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller found

Vijay Prashad (2020-08-05). "People of Kashmir are living in shock" peoplesdispatch.org In 2019, India's ruling BJP finally enacted what what its fascistic ideological parent, the RSS, had wanted 66 years beforehand – the abrogation of special status of Jammu and Kashmir. Communist leader M.Y. Tarigami talks about the past year…

Matt Sedlar (2020-08-05). The Big Tech Hearings Could Be a Model for Corporate Accountability. cepr.net The American Prospect See article on original site In 2018, Democrats ran and won on a platform to hold President Trump and his cronies accountable. Many observers expected to be treated to a full schedule of oversight programming in the succeeding Congress, with a nearly endless stream of smug incompetents being caught in their lies …

Thomas Knapp (2020-08-05). Ten Years After Lieberman's "Internet Kill Switch," the War on Freedom Rages On. counterpunch.org In 2010, US Senators Joe Lieberman (D-CT), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Thomas Carper (D-DE) introduced their Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act. Better known as the "Internet Kill Switch" proposal for the emergency powers it would have conferred on the president, the bill died without receiving a vote in either house of Congress. A

Robert Fantina (2020-08-05). Kashmir, India and Human Rights. globalresearch.ca It is one year since the Indian government revoked article 370 of their constitution, thus rendering Kashmir an oppressed colony of India. This is not to imply that Kashmiris enjoyed any semblance of independence prior to August 5 of 2019, …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-05). What has changed since Kashmir's special status was revoked? peoplesdispatch.org It has been one year since the far-right Indian government led by the Bharatiya Janata Party revoked the special status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The last one year has been described by the people of Kashmir as one of utter distress and helplessness.

news.un (2020-08-05). Independent rights experts call on India to remedy 'alarming' situation in Jammu and Kashmir. news.un.org UN-appointed independent human rights experts have called for urgent action in India's Jammu and Kashmir, amid concerns of ongoing abuses against civilians there.

Umer Beigh (2020-08-05). In Kashmir, India's policies echo Israeli atrocities. peoplesdispatch.org A year after the abrogation of Kashmir's special status and the imposition of a harsh lockdown, the parallels between India's policies and that of Israel are all the more stark…

WSWS (2020-08-05). Indian PM Modi to lay cornerstone for Hindu temple at site of razed Ayodhya mosque. wsws.org Facing mounting popular anger over its ruinous response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the BJP government is doubling down on its Hindu supremacist agenda.

news.un (2020-08-05). 75 years after the bomb, Hiroshima still chooses 'reconciliation and hope'. news.un.org In a video message delivered to a Peace Memorial Ceremony in Japan on Thursday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has paid tribute to the victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, which devastated the city in 1945.

Raul Diego (2020-08-05). Shadowy US Firm Run by Former Diplomat Cinches Syria Oil Deal with Kurds. mintpressnews.com A Delaware-based company formed by a former American diplomat, a CEO of a private mercenary company and an old hand in the oil business has inked a deal with U.S.-backed Kurdish rebels to develop crude in Syria.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-05). Syria criticizes US deal with SDF over its oil fields. peoplesdispatch.org Syrian oil fields in the north-eastern part of the country have been under the control of the Kurdish-led rebel group, Syrian Democratic Forces, since the defeat of ISIS in 2017…

Congressional Black Caucus (2020-08-05). Tuesday 8/4: Black America Counts: Emergency Town Hall on the 2020 Census. indybay.org Online via Zoom…

Monterey Peace & Justice Center (2020-08-05). Saturday 8/8: 75th Annual Hiroshima-Nagasaki Remembrance & Virtual Peace Lantern Ceremony. indybay.org Online via YouTube livestream or Zoom…

_____ (2020-08-05). I Was Wrong: Congress Isn't Cowardly; It's Evil! popularresistance.org Now that Congress has shown the "courage" of its combat-continuation "convictions," expect a repeat performance enabling the next (potentially extinctive) war — this time in Europe. As I noted with exasperation here last week, congressional majorities are appalled, just appalled, by Trump's plan to withdraw 12,000 troops from Germany. It doesn't matter that the Europeans can capably handle their own defense in the event of a future war that America's expatriate-soldiers shouldn't risk, can't win, and mustn't be fought. At least if our species-mates would like to meet their prospective grandkids. After all,…

sputniknews (2020-08-05). Militants Shell Localities in Syria's Idlib, Aleppo Provinces, Russian Military Says. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Hayat Tahrir al-Sham* terrorist group has attacked settlements in Syria's provinces of Idlib and Aleppo, Rear Admiral Alexander Shcherbitsky, the head of the Russian Defence Ministry's centre for Syrian reconciliation, said at a briefing.

_____ (2020-08-05). Water Wars and America's Fate. strategic-culture.org India versus China, Egypt versus Ethiopia, Israel versus the Palestinians — the Water Wars are already here with U.S., yet American and European policymakers remain disastrously blind to them. This is certain to have catastrophic consequences for the wealthy, arrogant and ludicrously complacent elites of the West. | The problem is particularly acute in the United States: Indeed, it has been growing for half a century but has reached such enormous dimensions in the 21st century that neocon imperialist Republican, neoliberal imperialist Democratic and Green policymakers are all oblivious to it. | How can this…

yenisafak (2020-08-05). Pakistani envoy calls for raising awareness on Kashmir. yenisafak.com Pakistani citizens living abroad should raise awareness about the plight of people in Jammu and Kashmir, which was annexed by India and reduced to a centrally administered territory a year ago, Pakistan's ambassador to Ankara said on Wednesday.Muhammad Syrus Sajjad Qazi's comments came at an event held in the Pakistani Embassy in Ankara where Youm-e-Istehsal, or Day of Exploitation, was marked with participation of officials, journalists and diplomatic representatives.The Pakistani administration declared Aug. 5 as Youm-e-Istehsal to protest against the Indian government's actions in Jammu and Kashmir, which Isla…

yenisafak (2020-08-05). Over 352 killed in Jammu and Kashmir in last 1 year: Report. yenisafak.com At least 352 people, including civilians and Indian soldiers, were killed in clashes and search operations across Indian-administered Kashmir in the last one year, according to a new report.The Kashmir's Statehood Abrogated — Legal Fact-Finding Report said New Delhi's Aug. 5, 2019 move, which revoked the disputed region's special status, dragged the valley into fresh violence.It said that 75 civilians and 196 militants — referred as "freedom fighters" — were killed at the hands of Indian security forces during the said period.Some 81 Indian soldiers and paramilitary personnel were also killed during clash…

yenisafak (2020-08-05). Demilitarize Kashmir for plebiscite: Diaspora groups. yenisafak.com The Kashmiri diaspora around the world has demanded the demilitarization of Jammu and Kashmir to pave way for a plebiscite in the disputed Himalayan region.In a joint statement marking a year since India scrapped the region's special constitutional status, 56 groups representing Kashmiris living overseas vehemently condemned New Delhi's "pernicious tyranny" and "imperialist" aims."[The Indian government] has unleashed a well-designed imperialist plan that seeks to forever change the political nature of the Kashmir dispute through demographic changes, political maneuverings, and administrative machinations," read…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-08-05). 'Dangerously Bad': Coalition Accuses Adam Schiff of Throwing Dreamers Under the Bus to Ensure Trump Retains Unaccountable Spying Powers. commondreams.org "Schiff has been trying to sneak ratification of such surveillance through Congress." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2020-08-05). Advocates Call on Congress to Fund Elections Immediately. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Lisa Newcomb, staff writer (2020-08-05). After 75 Years, Last Survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bombings Says Nuclear Abolition Still 'Starting Point for Peace'. commondreams.org "Hell is probably like what we went through. It must never be allowed to happen again." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Robert Reich (2020-08-05). Mitch McConnell's GOP Is Destroying America. commondreams.org "For the bulk of this crisis, McConnell called the Senate back into session only to confirm more of Trump's extremist judges and advance a $740 billion defense spending bill," writes Reich. "Throughout it all, McConnell has insisted his priority is to shield businesses from Covid-related lawsuits by customers and employees who have contracted the virus." (Image: Inequality Media) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2020-08-05). House Speaker Pelosi signals readiness to cut unemployment benefits. wsws.org Congress continues to quibble over a new bill as the crisis deepens for millions of workers and their families.

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…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-08-04). Elliot Abrams Confirms to Senate Hearing That US Still 'Working Hard' to Overthrow Maduro in Venezuela. commondreams.org Admission was latest sign that high pressure campaign on Venezuela's leftist government—including crushing economic sanctions—remains. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-08-04). Nurses to hit the streets, again, for protective coronavirus gear. peoplesworld.org OAKLAND, Calif.—The nation's nurses will hit the streets, again, on August 5, to demand Congress force the GOP Trump administration to order U.S. industry to make enough personal protective equipment (PPE) against the coronavirus, and to force firms to protect their workers on the job. The demonstrations will be at 200 hospitals, half of them …

Shawn Fremstad — Nicole Rodgers (2020-08-04). COVID Stimulus Checks Shouldn't Penalize One-Parent Households. counterpunch.org Both the HEROES Act passed by the House in May and Senate Republicans' HEALS Act announced this week would provide a new round of stimulus in the form of one-time cash payments to most Americans, but with some major differences. One of these differences is in how the bills treat one-parent households with children, the

Steve Sweeney (2020-08-04). U.S. using Kurds to steal Syria's oil. peoplesworld.org Kurdish forces were accused of "aggravated theft" and stealing from the Syrian people today after the semi-autonomous region known as Rojava signed an oil deal with the U.S. last week. The move, which has been portrayed as a necessity by Kurdish officials, has been widely criticized as evidence of support for the U.S. regime-change agenda …

_____ (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…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-08-04). New Poor People's Campaign to McConnell: Pass the Heroes Act. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON — Taking their protests right to the key source of the problem, the New Poor People's Campaign flooded Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office with calls on August 3, demanding he let lawmakers pass the Heroes Act, to aid the poor and workers nationwide, before people get evicted, starve or die. The "Digital March …

teleSUR (2020-08-04). Peru's Congress Denies Approval To The New Cabinet. telesurenglish.net Peru's Congress rejected on Tuesday the new ministerial cabinet proposed by President Martin Vizcarra as the decision unleashes a political crisis amid the COVID-19 outbreak, one of the largest in Latin America. | RELATED: | On July 15, president Vizcarra renewed half of his cabinet since his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic has mainly been criticized, and his popularity is plummeting over four consecutive months according to a survey by…

Adam Shah (2020-08-04). The 1 Percent's Attack on Unemployment Benefits is a Sign of Our Broken Democracy. counterpunch.org Members of the One Percent, such as former restaurateur Andrew Puzder, have urged Congress to not renew the $600 a week unemployment supplement Congress enacted as part of the CARES Act. They argue, in Puzder's words, that "this $600 per week bonus is discouraging work" for low-wage earners. No one receiving unemployment benefits will make themselves