2020-08-07: News Headlines

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-08-07). Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook: The Big Four High Tech Oligarchs Appear Before the US Congress. globalresearch.ca 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' …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-08-07). America had first Contemplated Nuclear War against both China and North Korea in 1950. globalresearch.ca America's use of nuclear weapons on a first strike basis is no longer considered as a weapon of total annihilation. Quite the opposite, the preemptive use of nukes is upheld as a means to ensuring global peace and security. This is the doctrine which prevails today under Trump's "fire and fury"

Staff (2020-08-07). Headlines for August 7, 2020. democracynow.org Study Predicts U.S. Coronavirus Deaths Could Reach 300,000 by December, Georgia High Schoolers Suspended for Sharing Images of Unmasked Students in Crowded Halls, India's COVID-19 Cases Top 2 Million as WHO Warns of Worsening Outbreaks in Africa, Peru's Health System in Collapse as COVID-19 Death Toll Reaches 20,000, Congressional Talks on New Coronavirus Stimulus on Brink of Collapse, "Make Billionaires Pay Act" Would Tax Richest 0.001% to Fund Healthcare for Millions, Police Fire Tear Gas at Anti-Government Protesters as Anger Rages over Beirut Blast, New York Attorney General Files Suit to Dissolve NRA over Ex…

RT (2020-08-07). AOC-narrated Green New Deal clip nominated for Emmy for… news analysis? rt.com Democratic socialist New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been nominated for an Emmy award for "news analysis" for a video envisioning how the implementation of the Green New Deal solves all the US' problems. | Ocasio-Cortez revealed the seven-and-a-half minute video she narrated, produced by the Intercept and illustrated by Molly Crabapple, was shortlisted for an Emmy for News and Analysis in the Editorial and Opinion category on Thursday. Initially published in April 2019, the clip outlines the environmental disasters facing the world and describes how the proposed 'Green New Deal' will solve…

Jeffrey St. Clair (2020-08-07). Roaming Charges: Every Which Way to Lose. counterpunch.org "And through the fog of the plague, most art withered into journalism." — Pete Hamill + Four years of Trump, the most precipitous collapse of the US economy in history and one killer pandemic later and we're right back to where we were in the late summer of 2016… Joe Biden's national polling lead is

Eds. (2020-08-07). Ask an expert: Congress plans to spend billions on dangerous, unnecessary nuclear weapons. mronline.org This week is the 75th anniversary of the U.S. bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the only time nuclear bombs have been used in a conflict—and one could only hope the last time. To commemorate the anniversary, I thought it would be appropriate to devote this column to taking a hard look at current U.S. nuclear …

Vijay Prashad (2020-08-07). Do not reach for the sky just to surrender. mronline.org The novel coronavirus continues its march through the world, with 18 million confirmed cases and at least 685,000 deaths. Of these, the United States of America, Brazil, and India are the worst-hit, harbouring about half of the world's cases.

T.J. Coles (2020-08-07). Fighting Over Kashmir Could Blow Up the Planet. counterpunch.org Jammu and Kashmir, widely referred to as Kashmir, has had many designations since India and Pakistan were partitioned by Britain and gained their respective independence from the Empire: a Princely State, a State, a Union Territory. The 86,000 mile, Muslim-majority region sits in the Himalayas on the border with China. It is of strategic significance

Staff (2020-08-07). DNC Platform Condemns BDS But Not Israel's Occupation of Palestine. truthout.org Due to a series of decisions by the Democratic National Committee's (DNC's) platform committee, progressives are concerned that the Biden-led Democratic Party's foreign policy toward Israel and Palestine will more closely resemble that of Republicans than that of the Democratic rank-and-file. | There has already been much consternation among party activists over

Jeff Jurgens (2020-08-07). Meet the Candidates — Senator Ed Markey (D-MA). peaceaction.org Wednesday, August 5th 2020, Peace Action kicked off our new series of "Meet the Candidates" webinars with Senator Ed Markey (D-MA). Sen. Markey has provided steadfast leadership on issues of peace and justice and has been among our strongest allies in Congress. A long-time advocate for nuclear arms control and nonproliferation, he has stepped up …

Chuck Collins — Helen Flannery (2020-08-07). Time for an Emergency Charity Stimulus. counterpunch.org We are living through a time of unprecedented challenges: a major public health crisis and a deepening recession. Congress has already authorized trillions in stimulus funds. But millions of Americans are still relying on the support of local nonprofits such as food banks and human services. These nonprofits are going to need major infusions of

Conn Hallinan (2020-08-07). What's Driving the Simmering Conflict Between India and China. counterpunch.org Chinese and Indian forces have pulled back from their confrontation in the Himalayas, but the tensions that set off the deadly encounter this past June—the first on the China/India border since 1975—are not going away. Indeed, a combination of local disputes, regional antagonisms and colonial history have brewed up a poisonous elixir that could pose

teleSUR (2020-08-07). India: A Plane Crashes At Landing During Monsoon Season. telesurenglish.net An Air India Express aircraft Friday overran the runway and crashed during landing at Kozhikode airport in Kerala. | RELATED: | Airline officials said that the plane "skidded off the runway and plunged deep into a valley, where it then broke into two pieces." | The aircraft carried 184 passengers, including 10 children and seven crew members. As of this afternoon, authorities have reported at least 16 people dead. | Pre…

Fight Back (2020-08-07). Washington DC deadlocked as 30 million have their unemployment benefits cut. fightbacknews.org San José, CA – Talks between Democrats and Republicans about extending economic aid remained deadlocked as of Thursday morning, August 6. In May, Democrats passed their HEROES act to extend the $600 additional unemployment benefit, known as FPUC, or Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, as well as other economic aid for renters, state and local government, and others. But Republican senators and the Trump administration did nothing, hoping that the COVID-19 pandemic would go away, and the economy would recover in short order. The Republicans have also been hampered by divisions in the Senate, where a large…

Peace Action, PPC, & peace partners (2020-08-07). Friday 8/7: 75th Anniversary Hiroshima and Nagasaki Remembered Ceremony (PPC & Peace Action). indybay.org Online via livestream…

_____ (2020-08-07). Consequences Of Inadequate Action By Congress. popularresistance.org Without federal aid to state and local governments, millions of jobs in the public sector will be lost by the end of 2021, severely impacting Black workers, women, and veterans, who are disproportionately employed in these jobs. Additional jobs will be lost—in both the private and public sectors—if Congress fails to reinstate the $600 weekly unemployment benefit that expired last week. EPI experts weigh in on what could happen if Congress fails to act to prevent further economic shock. | (1) The coronavirus shock was historically large—and the bounceback has already likely stalled. (2) UI claims…

_____ (2020-08-07). The Smartest Guy in His West Point Class. strategic-culture.org The imaginary inner world of a fool is a dangerous place, especially if he happens to be the Secretary of State of the United States of America. | Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's July 23 speech on U.S. policy with China exposes the vast empty realm between his two ears. This man, who also served as a veteran congressman and ran the CIA for a year and a half reveals himself as so ignorant of diplomacy, history, competence and commonsense that in assessing his comments and their dire consequences it is difficult to know where to start. | First, Pompeo imagines that the United States, guided of course by him can "c…

_____ (2020-08-07). War and Pandemic Journalism: The Truth Can Disappear Fast. strategic-culture.org The polio epidemic in Cork supposedly ended abruptly in mid-September 1956 when the local press stopped reporting on it, but that was at least two weeks before many children like me caught it. In a similar fashion, right now, wars in the Middle East and north Africa like the ongoing disasters in Libya and Syria that once got significant coverage now barely get a mention much of the time.

Staff (2020-08-07). Right-Wing Groups Took Millions in COVID Aid and Spent It Lobbying Against Aid. truthout.org Conservative groups whose board members have taken in tens of millions in coronavirus relief from Congress have spent millions to lobby lawmakers to cut aid for unemployed workers. | Negotiations over the next phase of

yenisafak (2020-08-07). Landslide kills 15 in southern India, more than 50 feared trapped. yenisafak.com A landslide caused by torrential rains killed at least 15 tea garden workers in the southern Indian state of Kerala on Friday, and rescue workers were searching for more than 50 people thought to be trapped under soil and debris, officials said.The landslide hit in the early hours as workers slept, in Idukki district, district collector H Dineshan told Reuters.Fifteen bodies had been recovered so far and another 51 people were feared to be trapped, he said."One team of National Disaster Relief Force have reached the site. Helicopters cannot be deployed as the climate is very misty," he added.Nearly 20 cm (7.9 inc…

yenisafak (2020-08-07). Turkey's first martyred pilot: Cengiz Topel. yenisafak.com The first martyr of the Turkish Air Force, Pilot Captain Cengiz Topel, was remembered on Friday, 56 years after his plane was shot down on Aug. 7, 1964, during a warning flight on Greek Cypriot soldiers opening fire on Turkish civilians on the island.Topel was among the Turkish civilians' first line of defense against the Greek Cypriot soldiers, amid attacks that would escalate over the coming decade until Turkey's peace intervention against a Greek Cypriot coup attempting to topple the internationally recognized government of the Republic of Cyprus.Topel's legacy lives on both in Turkey and the Turkish Republic…

Staff (2020-08-06). Headlines for August 6, 2020. democracynow.org Beirut Blast Destroys Grain Silo and Leaves 300,000 Homeless, Adding to Humanitarian Crisis, COVID-19 Deaths Surge in Florida and California as New York City Erects Quarantine Checkpoints, India Records Its Highest One-Day Coronavirus Toll, Facebook Removes Video from Trump's Account Citing COVID-19 Misinformation, Security Team Assigned to Family of Dr. Anthony Fauci Amid Death Threats, Gilead Accused of Neglecting Coronavirus Drug Research in Bid to Maximize Profits, Kodak Under Investigation for Insider Trading Tied to Massive Government Loan, Deutsche Bank Gave Trump Financial Records to New York Prosecutors…

Fight Back (2020-08-06). Coalition to March on the DNC responds to Biden's decision to stay home. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI – While Joe Biden shelters himself from COVID-19 and the movement for Black lives in Milwaukee, the Coalition to March on the Democratic National Convention (DNC) will be in the streets. Regardless of whether Biden comes to Milwaukee or not, the Democrats will hear from the people on the front lines fighting police crimes, especially the families who have lost loved ones to killer cops. | "Our main goal as a group is to defeat Donald Trump. He is the key figure in promoting racist killings of Black, Latino and indigenous people, whether by vigilantes or the police," said Ryan Hamann, one of the co-…

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…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-08-06). GOP fiddles as jobless cavalcade continues and pandemic rages. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Congressional Republicans fiddled and made no moves to help the unemployed, as the cavalcade of jobless workers continued in the week ending August 1. And the fiddling may come back to haunt them in November, polls show. In those seven days ending August 1, another 984,192 people sought state jobless benefits, the Bureau of Labor …

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).

RT (2020-08-06). Chief US campaign watchdog can't even CALL A MEETING as bureaucratic gridlock threatens 2020 vote. rt.com The Federal Election Commission, the nonpartisan body tasked with enforcing campaign finance laws, has been effectively sidelined, throwing the resolution of hundreds of cases — let alone November's election — into question. | Of the six seats on the FEC, just three are currently occupied, meaning the group couldn't call a meeting even if it wanted to — a quorum of four commissioners is required for that. | The LA Times reported on Wednesday that the president's nominee to fill the critical fourth vacancy hasn't even been submitted to the Senate for approval. Given that the last nominee &#150…

Morning Star (2020-08-06). Hiroshima survivors hammer Japanese government for not signing anti-nuke treaty. peoplesworld.org Survivors of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima 75 years ago confronted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe today over his refusal to support nuclear disarmament. On the anniversary of the U.S. atom bombing, which killed an estimated 140,000 people, survivors gathered before the Hiroshima Peace Memorial—the bombed-out ruin of Hiroshima's prefectural industrial promotion hall—for a minute's …

La Riva 2020 (2020-08-06). 75 years: Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki—the struggle for peace continues. liberationnews.org Today our hearts go out to the Japanese people.

sputniknews (2020-08-06). Congress Fiddles While the Unemployed Burn Through Life Savings. sputniknews.com On today's episode of Loud & Clear, Brian Becker and John Kiriakou are joined by Pete Dolack, an activist and writer with Trade Justice New York Metro, who focuses on human rights, social justice, and environmental and trade issues and is the author of "It's Not Over, Learning from the Socialist Experiment."

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,…

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 …

teleSUR (2020-08-06). Mexican State Bans The Selling Of Junk Food To Children. telesurenglish.net The Mexican state of Oaxaca banned on Thursday the sale of sugary drinks and high-calorie snacks to children, an unprecedented decision aimed at tackling obesity. | RELATED: | The state congress approved the reform to article 20 of the children and adolescents' rights law, with a majority of 31 votes. The decision turns Oaxaca in the first state ever in Mexicos' history to legally prevent the consumption of junk food…

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 …

WSWS (2020-08-06). Gold price surges to record high. wsws.org A major gold trading fund now holds gold equal to a quarter of that held at Fort Knox in the US and has more than the gold reserves of the Bank of Japan, the Bank of England and the Reserve Bank of India.

Priyanka Singh — Sujeet Singh (2020-08-06). Time to Empower the Invisibles: India Awaits a Mental Health Revolution. counterpunch.org Mental health is an inherent and the most paramount aspect of our well being, without it a qualitative life is barren to imagine. These 'Covidnary Times' are extremely turbulent, where 'Normality' will be more sidelined with 'Abnormality.' The side-effects of Covid-19 will keep hunting our World for ages to come. Surging mass layoffs, transcendental change

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…

teleSUR (2020-08-06). US Senate Hearing Unveils Trump's Plans Against Venezuela. telesurenglish.net The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Wednesday held a hearing to discuss Donald Trump administration's policy towards Venezuela. The U.S. Special Representative for Venezuela Elliot Abrams was summoned to answer questions about it. | RELATED: | At the meeting, Republican Senator Mitt Romney and other Democratic lawmakers referred to the failure of the U.S. actions carried out to prompt a government change i…

teleSUR (2020-08-06). Bolivia: Senate Legalizes Chlorine Dioxide as COVID Treatment. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's Senate has passed a bill that includes chlorine dioxide in the COVID-19 treatment protocol on Wednesday, despite World Health Organization warnings. | RELATED: | The bill allows public and privately owned labs to produce a chlorine dioxide solution, under pharmaceutical quality regulations. | Besides, physicians can administrate the drug with the consent of the patients or sufferer's relatives. According to the no…

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

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 …

_____ (2020-08-06). Does The US Military Assassinate Journalists? popularresistance.org 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 belief is similar to Santa Claus: pleasant, comforting, but having no basis in truth. | The government only allows news to be reported that is favorable to the U.S. Censorship has accompanied all its major wars, with the government actually writing articles for news outlets. Historian William Clayton Mullendore, in commenting on censorship during World War I, said…

sputniknews (2020-08-06). Daesh 'Exploited' COVID-19 Restrictions, Ramped Up Attacks in Iraq – IG Report. sputniknews.com Daesh forces stepped up attacks in Iraq during the holy month of Ramadan while also managing to exploit COVID-19 restrictions that have impacted Iraqi security forces, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and US-led coalition forces, according to a new report issued from the US Department of Defense Inspector General's Office.

_____ (2020-08-06). The DNC Convention Is the Election. strategic-culture.org For nearly a year it has been my primary thesis that the DNC nominating convention would determine the fate of the presidential election here in the states. These four days may, in fact, be more dramatic than any Democratic convention since 1860 when incumbent James Buchanan was tossed aside to ensure a lawyer with railroad ties from Illinois, Stephen Douglas, squared off against Republican Abraham Lincoln. | Lincoln was also a railroad lawyer from Illinois. Just sayin'. | The convention is less than two weeks away and serious questions about the Democrats' strategy should be plain to see for anyone who pays even…

Staff (2020-08-06). New Sanders Bill Would Tax "Obscene" Pandemic Windfall of Billionaires. truthout.org Sen. Bernie Sanders plans to introduce legislation Thursday that would heavily tax the "obscene wealth gains" America's billionaires have accumulated during the Covid-19 crisis to help fund the U.S. recovery from the pandemic and resulting economic collapse. | In a speech on the Senate floor Wednesday, Sanders said "if we taxed 60 percent of the windfall gains these billionaires made from March 18th until August 3rd, we could raise over $420 billion." | "That's enough revenue to allow Medicare to pay…

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…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-08-06). On 55th Anniversary of Voting Rights Act, Advocates Call on Congress to Fully Restore Law to Honor John Lewis's Fight for Justice. commondreams.org Civil rights advocates on Thursday marked the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, both in celebration of the hard-won victory of activists in the 1960s and in honor of the late Rep. John Lewis, whose tireless organizing helped pressure lawmakers to sign the legislation. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Rev. John Dear (2020-08-06). Life Under the Bomb Means a Life of Resistance. commondreams.org "Our message over the years has been simple and urgent: Nuclear weapons have totally failed us. They don't make us safer; they don't provide jobs; they don't make us more secure—these are age-old lies. Instead they bankrupt us, economically and spiritually." (Photo: Courtesy of Rev. John Dear) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Robert Dodge (2020-08-06). 'Still Here': Honoring Hibakusha 75 Years After. commondreams.org Japanese people pray in front of the Cenotaph for the Bomb Victims before the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on the day of the 71th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 2016 in Hiroshima, Japan. Japan marks the 71th anniversary of the first atomic bomb that was dropped by the United States on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, killing an estimated number of 70,000 people instantly with many thousands more dying over the following years from the effects of radiation. Three days later another atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, ending World War II. (Photo…

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 …