2020-08-15: News Headlines

Eds. (2020-08-15). On right-wing violence in Texas, media's silence sends message. mronline.org Hank Gilbert, the Democratic challenger to Rep. Louie Gohmert in Texas' 1st congressional district, held a rally in Tyler, Texas, on July 26 against federal law enforcement agencies' recent intervention in Portland, Oregon. But armed participants of a "Back the Blue" counter-protest crashed the event, beating and robbing attendees in the park.

WSWS (2020-08-15). Hawaii Schools to reopen August 17 as opposition grows. wsws.org In a fight for their lives and those of thousands of students, educators and parents oppose the new reopening plan that has students and teachers reporting to school sites for in-person instruction for one week prior to full distance learning.

Abdullah àñcalan (2020-08-15). Turkey, Syria, and the Kurds. zcomm.org For over two decades, Kurdish leader Abdullah àñcalan has been held in the Turkish prison on ƒ∞mralƒ± Island. In this op-ed for Jacobin, he calls for a "democratic nation project" able to unite citizens of different ethnic backgrounds and cultural traditions.

The Canary (2020-08-15). Transport union marks anniversary of overturning racist recruitment policy at Euston station. thecanary.co Union leaders have praised the "brave actions" of a railway worker who overturned a racist recruitment policy in the 1960s. | The Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) marked the 54th anniversary of the breaking of the 'colour bar' at London's Euston station by pledging to continue its campaign against racism. | Asquith Xavier‚Äé: | On 15 August 1966, the colour bar at Euston station was defeated when West Indian guard Asquith Xavier was allowed to start work after initially being refused a job. | British Railways had announced, after negotiations with local leaders of the National Un…

yenisafak (2020-08-15). Harris not likely to change Indo-US relations; Experts. yenisafak.com The first American of Indian origin to be featured on a major US national ticket as a vice presidential candidate will not change US-Indian relations if Democrats take the White House, according to experts. | Kamala Harris, whose mother was Indian, and was born and raised in the US, was named as the running mate to presumptive US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. | The decision delighted those in India and experts see her nomination as important. | "The Indian American community feels being represented," Sylvia Mishra, a Washington-based researcher and expert on India and US relations told Anadolu Agen…

news.un (2020-08-15). Real Life Heroes: the Syrian film-maker cleaning COVID wards in the UK. news.un.org Hassan Akkad, an award-winning Syrian film-maker, fled the war in his country four years ago and now lives as a refugee in the United Kingdom. Following the outbreak of COVID-19, he decided to help those affected by the pandemic, by becoming a cleaner at a London hospital.

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-08-14). 'Big News': GAO Says Top Trump DHS Officials Wolf and Cuccinelli Appointed Illegally. commondreams.org Democratic lawmakers said the GAO decision "paints a disturbing picture of the Trump administration playing fast and loose by bypassing the Senate confirmation process to install ideologues." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2020-08-14). Headlines for August 14, 2020. democracynow.org U.S. Records 1,000+ Daily Coronavirus Deaths Again as 2,000+ Quarantined at Schools, Georgia Governor Drops Lawsuit over Atlanta Mask Mandate, CDC Director Warns U.S. Risks Worst Fall in Public Health History, Senate Adjourns Without Deal on New Coronavirus Aid as Millions Face Hunger and Eviction, Coronavirus Cases Surge in India, Peru, Spain, France and Elsewhere, Israel to Normalize Relations with United Arab Emirates Despite Palestinian Protest, Unexploded Missile Found at U.N.-Run School as Israel Attacks Gaza Strip, Trump Admits He's Undermining the U.S. Postal Service to Thwart Mail-in Voting, USPS Confirm…

Staff (2020-08-14). Rashid Khalidi: Israel & UAE Deal to Normalize Relations Is New Chapter in 100-Year War on Palestine. democracynow.org In a deal brokered by the United States, Israel and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to fully normalize relations after years of secretly working together on countering Iran and other issues. Under the deal, Israel has also agreed to temporarily halt plans to annex occupied Palestinian territories in the West Bank, which had already been on hold due to international condemnation. We speak with Rashid Khalidi, the Edward Said professor of modern Arab studies at Columbia University, who says the agreement is being falsely characterized as a peace deal. "I don't see that it has anything to do with peace," he say…

The Canary (2020-08-14). UK must 'stop demonising people and consider its own role' in the refugee crisis, campaigners say. thecanary.co The UK must stop "demonising" refugees and consider its own role in creating the circumstances they are escaping from, campaigners say. | Many refugees have risked their lives to reach the UK this year by crossing the English Channel in everything from kayaks to a paddling pool. | The list of countries they hail from is diverse, but many have left nations wracked by conflicts the UK has played a part in. | Places like Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Libya have all seen direct British military involvement. | Meanwhile, a small number of migrants have been seen coming from Yemen. It is suffering the worst humanitarian…

Medea Benjamin and Ariel Gold (2020-08-14). Don't be Hoodwinked by Trump's UAE-Israel "Peace Deal" dissidentvoice.org "HUGE breakthrough today," crowed Donald Trump on twitter as he announced the new peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The deal makes the UAE the first Gulf Arab state and the third Arab nation, after Egypt and Jordan, to have diplomatic ties with Israel. But the new Israel-UAE partnership should fool …

_____ (2020-08-14). Poor People's Army To Protest At Biden's Headquarters During DNC. popularresistance.org Protestors have declared that irrespective of permits, they plan to march on Presidential Candidate Biden's national headquarters on August 17th at 4pm from the Liberty Bell. Upon arrival demonstrators will present the DNC and Biden offices with a list of demands. They include: | ‚óè Unite immigrant families and children | ‚óè Transfer the war budget to provide healthcare, housing, and food for people | ‚óè Meet with PPEHRC homeless families that are forced to live in abandoned houses…

Staff (2020-08-14). Congress, Trump-appointed CEO battle it out over latest purge at federally-funded network. therealnews.com Having fired and suspended top leadership at USAGM , CEO Pack is one step closer to turning VOA and other federally-funded broadcast networks into Trump propaganda machines.

Eds. (2020-08-14). Anti-laundering bill targeting shell companies stalled in Senate as big banks caught cooking books. mronline.org The Anti-Money Laundering Act would expose the owners of shell companies now sits alone on a shelf in the U.S. Senate while the Federal Reserve shrugs its shoulders in the face of blatant manipulation by the too-big-to-fail banks.

People's World (2020-08-14). People's World to co-sponsor Sunday town hall forum on unemployment crisis. peoplesworld.org Unemployment is at Depression levels, and with the new surge in COVID-19 infections, joblessness may grow still worse. The important HEROES Act, if passed over GOP objections in the Senate, will relieve only the crisis' most severe symptoms. Meanwhile the Trump administration, when not declaring the country "pandemic free" and attempting to bully workers back …

Anand Naidoo (2020-08-14). The Heat: UAE-Israel agree to normalize relations. america.cgtn.com The UAE and Israel announce an historic peace deal establishing diplomatic relations after more than four decades.

_____ (2020-08-14). With Harris Pick, Dems Cede Election to Trump. strategic-culture.org We haven't even reached the DNC convention in Milwaukee next week and the election season is already over. Former Vice President and (presumptive) Democratic Party Nominee Joe Biden picked Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate. | She is the first non-white woman to be so 'honored.' | But that's not a pick designed to win an election, that's a white flag of surrender. | Harris ran one of the worst primary campaigns in recent memory, trying desperately to be the 'black' Hillary Clinton. She crashed out in spectacular fashion. If there is a better example of being tone-deaf to what voters want in a woman candida…

The Canary (2020-08-14). Belarus authorities free hundreds detained after election protests. thecanary.co Belarusian authorities have released hundreds of people who were detained amid demonstrations contesting the results of the presidential election, in an attempt to assuage public anger over a brutal crackdown on peaceful protests.Scores of detainees were seen walking out of a jail in the capital, Minsk, at around midnight on 13 August. Early on 14 August, volunteers also saw at least 119 detainees being released in the nearby сity of Zhodino.Ambulances arrived to carry those who were apparently unable to walk on their own.Relatives and friends greet people released from a detention centre where protesters w…

Ramzy Baroud (2020-08-14). The Politics of War: What is Israel's Endgame in Lebanon and Syria? counterpunch.org On August 4, hours before a massive explosion rocked the Lebanese capital, Beirut, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, issued an ominous warning to Lebanon. "We hit a cell and now we hit the dispatchers. I suggest to all of them, including Hezbollah, to consider this," Netanyahu said during an official tour of a military facility

WSWS (2020-08-14). Fascistic candidate wins Republican congressional nomination in Georgia. wsws.org Marjorie Taylor Greene, a multi-millionaire businesswoman and supporter of the QAnon conspiracy, will likely enter Congress from the heavily Republican 14th District of Georgia.

Fight Back (2020-08-14). Trump says congressional relief deal 'is not going to happen'. fightbacknews.org San José, CA – With the additional $600 in unemployment benefits gone along with federal eviction protection, President Trump announced that a deal to restore the benefits and protect renters and home buyers "is not going to happen." With tens of millions of people getting government aid, tens of thousands of evictions underway, and record numbers of people short on food, Trump's statement may seem so beyond uncaring as to be almost senseless. | But his opposition to a deal makes sense from the privileged point of view of a man born to wealth who grew up to be a billionaire. The stock market, one of Trump's favor…

WSWS (2020-08-14). Congress adjourns for month-long vacation without action on US unemployment crisis. wsws.org The capitalist politicians will be holding their presidential nominating conventions while millions of workers have been cut off from federal benefits.

Fight Back (2020-08-14). Oshkosh, WI: Coalition to March on the DNC and local partners plan to protest Trump's visit. fightbacknews.org Oshkosh, WI – The people of Wisconsin learned only days ago that President Donald Trump would be making his third visit to the state since the start of 2020, this time to the city of Oshkosh. Each previous time Trump came, to Milwaukee and then to Green Bay/Marinette, he was met by protests. This visit will be no different. | The Coalition to March on the Democratic National Convention led the charge for both of those protests and is doing the same again. Several other organizations and allies have joined in the effort, including rank-and-file trade unionists and United Action Oshkosh (UAO). | UAO is a local orga…

WSWS (2020-08-14). Indiana Faurecia auto parts workers launch Rank-and-File Safety Committee. wsws.org Workers at the Faurecia Gladstone Plant in Columbus, Indiana, roughly 40 miles south of the state capital Indianapolis, have formed a rank-and-file committee in order to fight for safe and humane working conditions.

teleSUR (2020-08-14). Nearly Eight Million People Affected by Floods in India. telesurenglish.net Almost eight million people are currently affected by floods in India's state of Bihar, while heavy rains worsened the situation in neighboring Nepal and discharged the Gandak dam. | RELATED: | The water level of the Nepalese river of Gandak, a tributary of the left bank of India's Ganges River, is rapidly rising. Given the deteriorating situation, authorities advised people living in low-lying areas to shift to higher places.

Scott Ritter (2020-08-14). Trump doesn't even need Israel-UAE peace deal to actually succeed — just keep it viable till election to mark up as a victory. thealtworld.com Trump announced that the US, Israel and the UAE have agreed to a plan that would trade …

Robert Koehler (2020-08-14). Learning from the hibakushas. zcomm.org Waging peace is more complex than waging war, but we've given ourselves no choice but to take on the challenge. At long last…

CJPME (2020-08-14). Israel-UAE Agreement Does Not End Threat of Israeli Annexation. globalresearch.ca In light of today's normalization agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) warns that the threat of Israeli annexation remains as urgent as ever. A widely reported statement published …

sputniknews (2020-08-14). Billie Eilish Set to Perform During Next Week's DNC Event. sputniknews.com Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the United States, the Democratic Party will stage its 2020 National Convention virtually on Monday 17 August. Expected to take place over four nights, until Thursday 20, the event will see former US Vice President Joe Biden officially accepting the party nomination for the 2020 US election.

sputniknews (2020-08-14). UAE-Israel Deal: How Breakthrough Agreement Could Help Keep Netanyahu in Power. sputniknews.com While the deal between Israel and the UAE has received mixed reaction, with Palestinians recalling their ambassador and Turkey threatening to follow suit, experts say that it is only a matter of time until more countries join the chorus for peace.

Staff (2020-08-14). Expert: Israel and UAE Deal Is Being Falsely Characterized as a Peace Deal. truthout.org In a deal brokered by the United States, Israel and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to fully normalize relations after years of secretly working together on countering Iran and other issues. Under the deal, Israel has also agreed to temporarily halt plans to annex occupied Palestinian territories in the West Bank, which had already been on hold due to international condemnation. We speak with Rashid Khalidi, the Edward Said professor of modern Arab studies at Columbia University, who says the…

Staff (2020-08-14). McConnell Adjourns Senate for Month-Long Recess Without Deal on COVID Relief. truthout.org Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell adjourned the U.S. Senate for the rest of August on Thursday after failing to come anywhere close to approving another Covid-19 relief package, leaving tens of millions of out-of-work, hungry, and eviction-prone Americans without additional financial aid as the pandemic and economic crisis continue with no end in sight. | "During the worst economic crisis since the 1930s, Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans think they can take a long vacation whil…

Lisa Newcomb, staff writer (2020-08-14). To Halt Fascist March With Progressive Power, Sanders and Omar to Host 'United Against Trump' Town Hall at DNC Convention. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-08-14). 'Exact Right Message': Ed Markey's Must-Watch 2020 Campaign Ad Praised for Highlighting Broken Social Contract. commondreams.org Sen. Ed Markey won applause from progressives Thursday night after releasing a new campaign ad, touting himself as an outspoken Senate leader with working-class roots who is better-positioned to serve Massachusetts families than his Democratic primary challenger, Rep. Joe Kennedy III. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2020-08-14). Beached Japanese cargo ship causes ecological disaster for Mauritius. wsws.org The MV Wakashio began leaking thousands of metric tons of fuel after it collided with a coral reef barrier near the southern coast of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean.

WSWS (2020-08-14). Sri Lankan prime minister admits US is behind Colombo Port deal with India. wsws.org The Colombo Port workers' struggle has demonstrated that the US and India want Sri Lanka tied to their strategic and military moves against nuclear-armed China.

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-08-13). UN Chief: Pandemic Must Be Met With Commitment to Peace. commondreams.org "Covid-19 is a human tragedy, but we can mitigate the impacts by the choices we make." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2020-08-13). Headlines for August 13, 2020. democracynow.org Kamala Harris and Joe Biden Make First Appearance as Running Mates, U.S. Records Highest Coronavirus Death Toll of Summer, NJ Schools Allowed to Reopen as NY Educators Call for Delay to Start of School Year, Florida Sheriff Bans Deputies from Wearing Masks as Coronavirus Cases Spike, New WH Coronavirus Task Force Chief Is Radiologist Who Favors Herd Immunity, New Zealand Imposes New Lockdown as Coronavirus Spreads for First Time in Months, Argentine Doctor Warns of Spike in COVID-19 Deaths as Hospitals Hit Capacity, India Records Record Coronavirus Deaths as Ex-President with COVID-19 Placed on Ventilator, House…

United We Dream (2020-08-13). Wednesday 8/12: Action: Demand Congress Include All Immigrants in the Next COVID Stimulus Bill. indybay.org Online action…

Kathy Durkin (2020-08-13). Fed-up women health workers lead strike of 3.5 million across India. workers.org Workers around the world are demonstrating against their governments' policies in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. From South America to Asia, political protests and strikes are taking place. In many countries, health workers are in the lead, as they are on the front lines in this massive medical crisis. They . . . |

Brett Wilkins (2020-08-13). Teaching Torture: The Death and Legacy of Dan Mitrione. counterpunch.org In the pre-dawn darkness of Monday, August 10, 1970, Dan Mitrione's bullet-ridden body was discovered in the back seat of a stolen Buick convertible in a quiet residential neighborhood of Montevideo, the Uruguayan capital. He had just turned 50, and he had recently started a new dream job, although it was thousands of miles from his home in Richmond, Indiana. Who was Dan Mitrione, and what work was he doing in Uruguay that led him to such an early and violent end? |

Anand Naidoo (2020-08-13). The Heat: U.S. congress investigates Big Tech companies. america.cgtn.com Are America's big tech companies TOO big? So much so that they violate antitrust laws? We will take a look at the U.S. Congressional inquiry that could force Silicon Valley giants to break up.

RT (2020-08-13). 'No change' of West Bank annexation plans after Israel-UAE deal, Netanyahu says. rt.com Israel is still committed to annexing parts of the occupied West Bank, PM Benjamin Netanyahu said, after a peace deal with the UAE was reached. As part of the deal, Tel Aviv agreed to suspend the annexation. | The revelation was made by Netanyahu in a televised speech on Thursday. | "There is no change in my plans to apply sovereignty over Judea and Samaria, withfull coordination with the US," Netanyahu said, referring to parts of the West Bank region by their biblical names. | The remark came shortly after the peace deal between the United Arab Emirates and Israel was unveiled. Among other things, it contains…

Olivia Rosane (2020-08-13). The environmental legacy of Kamala Harris, Biden's newly-announced running mate. peoplesworld.org Former Vice President Joe Biden made a historic announcement Tuesday when he named California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate in the 2020 presidential election. Harris is now the first Black woman and the first person of Indian descent to run for national office for a major political party in the U.S., the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) …

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-08-13). Palestinian Rights Advocates Refuse to Applaud Israel-Trump-UAE Deal That Upholds 'Ongoing, Devastating Apartheid'. commondreams.org "The Trump administration hit upon the Nobel Peace Prize-winning idea that you can supposedly solve the Israel-Palestine conflict by pretending Palestinians don't exist." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

yenisafak (2020-08-13). Landmine blast kills 5 from single family in Afghanistan. yenisafak.com A landmine blast in Afghanistan's Kandahar province on Thursday killed at least five civilians and injured six others, all members of a single family, officials confirmed.Jamal Nasir, spokesman for the local police command, told Anadolu Agency the incident took place in the province's Panjwai district. He said women and children are among the dead and wounded.There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, apparently aimed at the family members of a local police commander.Condemning the attack, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani urged the Taliban to respond positively to calls for peace and to stop pl…

news.un (2020-08-13). 'Urgent need' to stop erosion of nuclear order, major UN disarmament forum hears. news.un.org The lack of trust and cooperation among States, and the diminished faith in "the very multilateral institution that was designed to maintain global peace and security", must be overcome, a high-level UN official told a prominent disarmament conference on Thursday.

news.un (2020-08-13). UN rights experts express 'outrage' at Belarus police violence against peaceful protesters. news.un.org UN human rights experts on Thursday, strongly criticized the level of violence being used by security forces across Belarus against peaceful protesters and journalists, following five days of demonstrations over the disputed presidential election.

news.un (2020-08-13). Deaths of children in northeast Syria 'could have been averted': UNICEF. news.un.org The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has expressed "deep alarm" over reports that eight children — all under the age of five — have died in Syria's Al Hol camp, where several thousand children are languishing in dire conditions.

Ali Harb (2020-08-13). Kamala Harris: Where Does Biden's Running Mate Stand on Middle East Issues? globalresearch.ca The American constitution does not grant the vice president much power. Other than the ability to cast a tie-breaking vote in the Senate, the VP's main responsibility is to assume the presidency in case of a sudden vacancy in the …