2020-08-08: News Headlines

Vijay Prashad (2020-08-08). How the US failed at its foreign policy toward Venezuela. peoplesdispatch.org US Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Venezuela confirmed this week the overt efforts over the last year of the US government to carry out a coup d'état against president Nicolás Maduro…

RT (2020-08-08). 'Why not a diverse Latino?' Maxine Waters claims Biden 'can't go home without black woman VP,' gets mocked for 'racism'. rt.com Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters was roasted online after saying 2020 presidential hopeful Joe Biden has no other choice but to pick a black woman as his running mate, suggesting he owed a debt to African American voters. | "We know that we're going to have a black woman as vice president," Waters said in an Let me guarantee you this, based on everything…

RT (2020-08-08). 'This is a peaceful protest!' Trump rebukes journalist who mask-shamed crowded press conference. rt.com US President Donald Trump sparred with a reporter who observed that dozens of people at a press conference in New Jersey were flouting the state's health guidelines, arguing the crowd was engaged in a "protest against fake news." | During a presser at Trump's golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey on Friday, a journalist challenged the president's contention that the coronavirus is "disappearing," pointing out that even the crowd attending the press event was not adhering to the state's restrictions. The question drew audible groans from the audience. | "No, they don't have to, this is a political activity. You…

RT (2020-08-08). 'Lebanese people have suffered too much': US encourages 'peaceful' regime change as protests rage in blast-ravaged Beirut. rt.com The US embassy has expressed its solidarity with anti-government protesters in Lebanon, urging all sides to "refrain from violence," after clashes in blast-devastated Beirut left some 500 people injured. | Thousands of people gathered in Beirut on Saturday, demanding government resignation over corruption and negligence that they believe led to the horrific explosion this week. | Also on rt.com | | Amid clashes with riot police, protesters stormed severa…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-08). Workers, farmers give the call to "Save India" peoplesdispatch.org On August 9, trade unions and farmers' organizations across India will conduct a protest against the Narendra Modi government's anti-worker policies which have intensified during the lockdown…

Badri Raina (2020-08-08). Towards Theocracy: the ignominious collapse of Secular Democracy in India. zcomm.org The constitution of India is there, like many other artifacts in the archives, but, like the human appendix, it may now be vestigial…

yenisafak (2020-08-08). Death toll from Indian passenger aircraft accident rises to 18. yenisafak.com The death toll from an Indian passenger aircraft accident has risen to 18, while 16 people have been severely injured, a senior government official said on Saturday.The Air India Express plane, which was repatriating Indians stranded in Dubai due to the coronavirus pandemic, overshot the runway of the Calicut International Airport in heavy rain near the southern city of Kozhikode on Friday. This was India's worst passenger aircraft accident since 2010.The flight was carrying 190 passengers and crew.The plane's pilot and the co-pilot were killed in the accident, K Gopalakrishnan, chief of the Malappuram district…

yenisafak (2020-08-08). At least 43 Syrians among people killed in Beirut blast. yenisafak.com At least 43 Syrian nationals were among those killed in a massive explosion in the port of Beirut on Tuesday that destroyed parts of the Lebanese capital, Al-Mayadeen TV channel said on Saturday, citing the Syrian embassy in Lebanon.Al Mayadeen is a Lebanon-based channel close to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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

RT (2020-08-07). 17 dead, 173 hospitalized after Air India Express flight skids off runway in Kerala with 191 people on board, splits in two. rt.com An Air India Express passenger flight en route from Dubai with 191 people on board overshot the runway during landing at Kerala's Kozhikode airport. Police officials confirmed 17 deaths with another 173 injured. | Officials also confirmed that both the pilot and co-pilot perished in the disastrous crash landing. | Media reports said the plane overshot the runway, fell into a valley and broke up. Images and video circulating on social media showed the aircraft broken into two pieces with rescue operations underway. | There were total 184 passengers, including 10 infants and 6 crew members, including 2 pilots on…

RT (2020-08-07). WATCH: Rescuers comb Air India Express crash site in desperate search for survivors. rt.com Rescue operations are underway after an Air India Express passenger flight carrying over 190 people overshot the runway and broke into two, killing at least 14 people and injuring 123 more in the southern Indian state of Kerala. | Videos and photos circulating on social media show the serious damage to the plane, as rescuers comb through the wreckage to find survivors. Rescue vehicles can be seen on site in footage that shows a hectic scene, with many running around and frantically talking into cell phones. | There were total 184 passengers, including 10 infants and 6 crew members, including 2 pilots onboard <...

RT (2020-08-07). Deadly crash-landing of Air India Express flight renews concerns over 'dangerous' TABLETOP location of Kozhikode airport. rt.com The crash of an Air India Express plane in Kerala, killing 14 and injuring dozens more, has renewed concerns over the airport's location on a raised plateau that would seem to invite accidents like the one that befell the flight. | News of the fate of Air India Express flight 1344 has prompted fresh complaints about the airport's precarious location — a 'tabletop' plateau that puts planes at risk of serious accidents like the Friday crash landing. | Google Earth depiction of It's a Tabletop runway which…

RT (2020-08-07). Israel shot down drone on Golan Heights overnight — military. rt.com Israel's military said on Friday it had shot down a drone overnight that crossed into Israeli airspace near Mount Hermon in the Golan Heights. The strategic plateau is at the frontier with Syria. | The army said the incident was not connected to the triggering of sirens later in the day by a false alarm regarding a drone infiltration, Reuters reports. | Israel has been on high alert as tensions have escalated with the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. Earlier in the week Israeli aircraft attacked targets in Syria. | Most of the Golan Heights were captured by Israel from Syria in a war in 1967.

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-08-07). DNC Appears Ready to Sideline Progressive Standout Ocasio-Cortez at Upcoming Convention. commondreams.org "You want Bill Clinton to speak but maybe not AOC. Okay, dummies." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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

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…

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

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…

sputniknews (2020-08-07). Trump Promises to 'Act Under My Authority' if Congress Won't Pass Economic Stimulus Bill. sputniknews.com US President Donald Trump has vowed to use his executive powers to get an economic stimulus bill into legislation if congressional Democrats and Republicans fail to reach an agreement in the near future.

_____ (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…

Mike Lofgren (2020-08-07). Remind Me, What Was the Civil War About, Anyway? commondreams.org Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) enters a Senators Only elevator before attending the Weekly Senate Policy Luncheon on June 25, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Tom Brenner/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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…

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.

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 …

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."

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 …

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 …

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…

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,…

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