Daily Archives: July 3, 2020

2020-07-03: News Headlines

_____ (2020-07-03). Bounty-Hunter Hoax to Kill U.S.-Russia Relations. strategic-culture.org Relations between the United States and Russia have already been badly wounded during recent years, largely as a result of baseless allegations such as Moscow interfering in American elections, colluding with President Donald Trump, or regarding other international developments, from the downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine, to purported war crimes in Syria, to the alleged poisoning of British double-agent Sergei Skripal in England. | But the latest U.S. media effort claiming Russian military intelligence involvement in sponsoring Taliban assassins or "bounty hunters" to target American troops in Afghanis…

RT (2020-07-03). WATCH: Police 'army' blasts non-lethal rounds at BLM protesters in Portland as riot declared. rt.com For the second night in three days, Portland police have declared a riot in the city, opening fire on protesters with non-lethal munitions outside the Multnomah County Justice Center. | The demonstration had remained peaceful throughout the night but then all hell broke loose when, at 11: 45pm local time, a group of protesters set fire to a piece of wood, prompting a police response which escalated as people refused to leave the area and continued protesting. | @PortlandPolice central precinct, police responded and were promptly surrounded by an angry mob. pic.twitter.com/y…

Lee Camp (2020-07-03). Connecting the Dates — US Media Used To Stop The 'Threat' of Peace. counterpunch.org This is not a column defending Donald Trump. Across my career I have said more positive words about the scolex family of intestinal tapeworms than I have said about Donald Trump. (Scolex have been shown to read more.) No, this is a column about context. When The New York Times reports anonymous sources from the intelligence community

South Front (2020-07-03). Video: Syria Prepares for Military Confrontation with Turkey in Northeast. globalresearch.ca The Syrian Army and the National Defense Forces have put their forces on high alert in response to the new round of aggressive actions by the Turkish Army and its proxies in northeastern Syria. | Several convoys of government forces, including …

Ellen Taylor (2020-07-03). The US Military Has Its Knee on the Throat of the World. counterpunch.org The 2021 Defense Budget is making its way through Congress. The annual drama of this event has always been of particular interest to residents of the north Pacific Coast, as the US Navy's nursery lies only twelve miles off our coast. This is where many of the weapons purchased by Congress take their first baby

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2020-07-03). Cal Democrats Not Paying Unemployment Claims; Pro-War Feinstein. indybay.org From the home front, with the California Supermajority Democratic Legislature & Governor contracting out to process millions of unemployment claims, many unpaid for months, to California Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein voting to continue the blood for oil illegal occupation and war in Afghanistan, the Democratic Party insists with every move it is the same as the Republican Party.

Brett Wilkins (2020-07-02). New ICC Complaint Filed Over US-Israel War Crimes in Palestine. commondreams.org Since illegally occupying the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip in Palestine and the Golan Heights in Syria during the 1967 Six-Day War, over 200 Jews-only settler colonies have been built in the West Bank. (Photo: MOHAMMED ABED/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2020-07-02). Mueller report redactions unlikely to be revealed before presidential election after Supreme Court agrees to hear Trump appeal. rt.com The US Supreme Court agreed to hear the Trump administration's bid to keep parts of prosecutor Robert Mueller's report on alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election redacted, likely ensuring the material won't sway 2020 votes. | Tuesday's Supreme Court decision hands congressional Democrats at least a temporary defeat in their effort to force disclosure of secrets that they hope can be used to damage President Donald Trump politically. The case won't be heard until the court's next term, which begins in October, so it won't likely be decided until after the November 3 election. | The Democrat-controlled US…

Lee Camp (2020-07-02). Lee Camp: How the Media Used the Bounty Scandal to Stop the 'Threat' of Peace in Afghanistan. mintpressnews.com This is not a column defending Donald Trump. | Across my career, I have said more positive words about the scolex family of intestinal tapeworms than I have said about Donald Trump. (Scolex have been shown to read more.) | No, this is a column about context. When The New York Times reports anonymous sources from the intelligence community say Russia paid Taliban fighters to kill American soldiers, context is very important. | Some of that context is that

South Front (2020-07-02). Video: Internal Tensions Do Not Stop Militants from Provocations in Southern Idlib. globalresearch.ca Late on June 30, fighting resumed near the villages of Kansafrah, Al-Ruwayha and Bayanin in southern Idlib between the Syrian Army and Turkish-backed militants. Intense artillery shelling also targeted positions of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham across the Jabal Al-Zawiyah area. Pro-militant …

news.un (2020-07-02). Protect ordinary Afghans ahead of peace talks, urges UN Mission chief. news.un.org Ahead of hoped-for peace talks between Afghan Government and Taliban negotiators, UN peacekeepers in Afghanistan have urged parties to "redouble" their efforts to keep civilians safe.

_____ (2020-07-02). US Media Used To Stop The 'Threat' Of Peace. popularresistance.org This is not a column defending Donald Trump. | Across my career I have said more positive words about the scolex family of intestinal tapeworms than I have said about Donald Trump. (Scolex have been shown to read more.) | No, this is a column about context. When The New York Times reports anonymous sources from the intelligence community say Russia paid Taliban fighters to kill American soldiers, context is very important. | Some of that context is that Mike Pompeo said, "I was the CIA director — We lied, we cheated, we stole. We had entire training courses." So we know for certain that U.S. intelligence ag…

_____ (2020-07-02). Anti-Russia War Fever Spreads On Capitol Hill. popularresistance.org Groups of congressional Republicans and Democrats have visited the White House over the past two days for briefings on allegations that the Russian military intelligence agency GRU offered bounties to Taliban fighters who killed American soldiers in Afghanistan. | They have emerged bristling with demands for retaliation, with one Republican senator declaring, "I want to hear their plan for Taliban and GRU agents in body bags"—in other words, for military action by the United States against Russia, possessor of the world's second largest stockpile of nuclear weapons. | The "Russian bounties" campaign is a fa…

Staff (2020-07-02). Markey Bill Backed by Sanders and Warren Seeks to Abolish Qualified Immunity. truthout.org In the wake of the recent killings of George Floyd in Minnesota and Breonna Taylor in Kentucky — which sparked a national uprising against racial injustice and police violence — Sens. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Wednesday introduced a new bill in the U.S. Senate that would end "qualified immunity" for law enforcement officers accused of excessive force and violating the constitutional rights of civilians. | An antiquated legal doc…

sputniknews (2020-07-02). US Amb to UN Claims Russia's Position on Syria Cross-Border Aid Program Will Lead to 'Mass Graves'. sputniknews.com A UN resolution adopted in January envisaged a reduction of border crossings under a program of cross-border humanitarian aid to Syria, from four to two, as the Assad government regained control over the country's territory and made possible aid delivery from inside Syria.

IMEMC Staff (2020-07-02). Israeli Troops Crackdown on Peaceful Protest in Hebron, Cause Many to Suffocate. imemc.org Israeli troops in the city of Hebron, south of the West Bank, cracked down, on Thursday morning, on a peaceful Palestinian protest, by firing dozens of tear-gas canisters and rubber-coated steel bullets. Local Palestinian sources said that dozens of peaceful demonstrators, including youths, took to the streets of the Alzawy …

news.un (2020-07-02). COVID-19 fast becoming protection crisis, Guterres warns Security Council. news.un.org The COVID-19 pandemic is "profoundly affecting" peace and security across the globe, the Secretary-General told the Security Council on Thursday, pressing the 15-member body to use its collective influence to protect the millions of people either trapped in, or fleeing conflict, and already facing acute vulnerabilities.

Tristan Guyette, William D. Hartung (2020-07-02). Congress Could Rubber-Stamp a Defense Spending Spree. thenation.com Congress Could Rubber-Stamp a Defense Spending Spree…

Ricardo Vaz (2020-07-02). Venezuela Sets Parliamentary Election Date, Increases Number of Lawmakers. venezuelanalysis.com Venezuelans will elect 277 deputies to congress this December.

Matt Sedlar (2020-07-02). Counterpoint: Unemployment Benefits Should Depend on the Pandemic. cepr.net Tribune Content Agency, July 2, 2020 InsideSources, July 2, 2020 Bozeman Daily Chronicle, July 2, 2020 Killeen Daily Herald, July 2, 2020 Hoopeston Chronicle, July 2, 2020 See article on original site In recent weeks many members of Congress have been arguing against extending the $600 weekly supplement to unemployment insurance benefits that was put …

commondreams (2020-07-02). Senate Judiciary Committee Passes Controversial EARN IT Act. commondreams.org ______________________________…

WSWS (2020-07-02). Senate votes unanimously to extend CARES Act loan program despite businesses' plans to lay off thousands more. wsws.org The corporate-government fraud known as the Payment Paycheck Protection program has done little to stave off massive job losses or small business closures while large banks and well-connected industries have profited handsomely…

commondreams (2020-07-02). Progressive Groups Urge Senate Passage and Strengthening of Moving Forward Act. commondreams.org ______________________________…

_____ (2020-07-02). New Democratic Climate Action Plan Is Woefully Inadequate. popularresistance.org "This is not an emergency response." | That is how Laura Berry, director of research and policy at the Climate Mobilization (TCM), responded to reporting on a congressional "action plan" for the planetary emergency from the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, which the panel and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) unveiled Tuesday. | The climate roadmap features hundreds of policy proposals under 12 key pillars. Specifically, the 538-page plan calls for selling only zero-emissions vehicles by 2035, net-zero greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector by 2040, and net-zero U.S. emissions economy-wid…

Fight Back (2020-07-02). SDS challenges University Senate vote for unrepresentative Campus Safety Committee. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – A proposal to amend faculty senate bylaws and create a new Campus Safety Committee failed to garner enough votes to pass during a June 29 University Senate meeting, open only to voting members. The proposed committee would "advise and consult with the President, the responsible senior administrators, and the Vice President for University Services on policies and major decisions relating to campus and public safety at the University," and would be made up of faculty, academic professional members, students, civil service members, and ex officio representatives. | Critics of the proposal from Stud…

Fire Drill Fridays, Greenpeace, others (2020-07-02). Friday 7/3: Virtual Independence Day Rally: Climate Change & Systemic Racism in America. indybay.org Online via livestream: www.facebook.com/firedrillfriday/

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-07-02). 300+ Law Professors Agree: Congress Should 'Pass a Bill Tomorrow' to End Qualified Immunity for Police. commondreams.org More than 300 law professors from universities across the U.S. on Thursday signed a letter imploring Congress to pass legislation to fully abolish qualified immunity for law enforcement officers and hold local governments accountable when their officers violate a person's constitutional rights. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Tim Wheeler (2020-07-01). Imogene Williams, 89; A gentle soul with an iron will. peoplesworld.org SEATTLE—Imogene Williams, a gentle soul with an iron will to win progressive change died peacefully at her home May 24, surrounded by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In her years as a political activist, she was arrested for worthy causes dozens of times. She door-belled for progressive candidates in Seattle including for Rep. Pramila Jayapal, …

RT (2020-07-01). New York Times calls for punishing Putin over anonymous bounty claims but advised Trump to let ISIS kill Russian troops in Syria. rt.com The same New York Times reporting anonymous claims of Russian bounties on US troops in Afghanistan opined in 2017 that President Trump should let ISIS "bleed" Russian forces in Syria rather than help defeat the terrorists. | Thomas Friedman, who has won three Pulitzer prizes as a journalist and columnist for the Times, argued in an

RT (2020-07-01). Gun-lover & presumed QAnon-believer unseats 5-term Colorado congressman in Republican primary upset. rt.com Lauren Boebert, a mother of four with outspoken views on guns and fringe internet theories, has uprooted Colorado Rep. Scott Tipton. Her primary victory is part of a larger political insurgency taking shape across the country. | An unapologetic political outsider, Boebert was declared the winner of Colorado's 3rd congressional district Republican primary on Wednesday. Tipton, the incumbent, had served five terms in Congress and was endorsed by Donald Trump. Apparently unbothered by her victory, the president took to Twitter to congratulate Boebert on her "really great win." | Boebert's colorful political ads a…

RT (2020-07-01). Senate kills bipartisan bill to end conflict in Afghanistan & repeal 2001 'War on Terror' authorization. rt.com The US Senate has voted to defeat a bill that would have ended the war in Afghanistan and repealed the 2001 law authorizing the War on Terror, shooting down a rare attempt to wind down the longest conflict in American history.

Staff (2020-07-01). Jamaal Bowman on NY Primary Upset, Rent Strikes, Police Brutality & Opposing West Bank Annexation. democracynow.org As a surge of a progressive candidates of color see victories in Democratic primaries across the country, we speak with former Bronx middle school principal Jamaal Bowman about his upset victory over New York Congressmember Eliot Engel, the 16-term Foreign Affairs Committee chair. Bowman ran on a Green New Deal, Medicare for All platform and recently joined protests demanding an end to racism and police brutality. He says his upset over Engel came down to mobilizing people who are "disenfranchised and ignored" by the political establishment. "We didn't just target those who consistently vote in primaries. We targ…

Staff (2020-07-01). Jamaal Bowman Calls for Rent Cancellations and Defunding the NYPD. truthout.org As a surge of progressive candidates of color see victories in Democratic primaries across the country, we speak with former Bronx middle school principal Jamaal Bowman about his upset victory over New York Congressmember Eliot Engel, the 16-term Foreign Affairs Committee chair. Bowman ran on a Green New Deal, Medicare for All platform and recently joined protests demanding an end to racism and police brutality. He says his upset over Engel came down to mobilizing people who are "disenfranchised and ignore…

Staff (2020-07-01). Headlines for July 1, 2020. democracynow.org Dr. Anthony Fauci Warns U.S. Could Soon Record 100,000 Coronavirus Cases a Day, Dozens of Healthcare Workers Died of COVID-19 After OSHA Dismissed Pleas for PPE, 627,000 in Western Hemisphere Will Die of Coronavirus by October, Warns WHO, Hickenlooper Wins CO Senate Primary; Oklahoma Voters Approve Medicaid Expansion, Amy McGrath Narrowly Defeats Charles Booker in Kentucky Democratic Senate Primary, Oglala Sioux President Says Trump "Doesn't Have Permission" to Visit Mt. Rushmore, Top Republicans Break from Trump, Recommend Masks to Slow Coronavirus, New York Court Blocks Publication of Tell-All Book by Donald Tr…

sputniknews (2020-07-01). Trump Ramps Up Attack on NYT, Says Russia Bounty Story's 'Secret Source Probably Doesn't Even Exist'. sputniknews.com Democrats have asked Congress to consider new sanctions against Moscow over media claims that Russia has been paying Taliban-affiliated militants to kill American and other coalition troops serving in Afghanistan. Russian officials have vocally denied the allegations, and accused those pushing them of trying to further undermine Russia-US ties.

yenisafak (2020-07-01). 'Priority in Syria political unity, territorial integrity'. yenisafak.com Protecting the political unity and territorial integrity of Syria is a priority, the Turkish president said Wednesday."Maintaining the political unity and territorial integrity of Syria, the establishment of calm on the ground and a lasting solution to the conflict are our priority," Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a Turkey-Russia-Iran summit under the Astana process via video conference."We'll continue to do our best to provide peace, security and stability in our neighbor Syria," he said.The trilateral meeting is ongoing with the attendance of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Puti…

yenisafak (2020-07-01). Turkey, Russia, Iran commit to Syria's unity, independence. yenisafak.com Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Vladimir Putin, and Hassan Rouhani released a 14-item statement after a videoconference where they discussed the current situation in Syria.The leaders reviewed the developments following their last meeting in Ankara last September and "reiterated their determination to enhance the trilateral coordination in light of their agreements," according to the statement.The leaders "emphasized their strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic as well as to the purposes and principles of the UN Charter," the statement said.They also…

yenisafak (2020-07-01). Merkel stresses 'strategic ties' with Turkey. yenisafak.com German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday stressed the importance of "strategic ties" with Turkey, also vowing to enhance dialogue with Ankara to help resolve conflicts in Libya and Syria.Speaking on the day Germany assumed the EU's six-month rotating presidency, Merkel said she shares the view that EU member states should take a more "coherent strategy" towards Turkey, stressing that this strategy should involve both cooperation and criticism."We have strategic ties [with Turkey], as we are [both] members of NATO. Moreover, addressing the refugee question is only possible with the EU-Turkey agreement, if we m…

en.mehrnews (2020-07-01). Caesar sanctions 'economic terrorism': Iran's envoy to Brussels. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 01 (MNA) — Addressing the IV Conference on 'Supporting the future of Syria and the region', Iranian ambassador to Brussels Gholamhossein Dehghani named the US Caesar sanctions against Syria as 'economic terrorism'.

en.mehrnews (2020-07-01). Iran to continue to support Syrian government, people with greater vigor. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 01 (MNA) — Condemning any sanctions against nations in the world, especially Syria, President Rouhani stressed Iran will continue to support the Syrian government and people with greater vigor.

MDKLPG (2020-07-01). As Monuments to War Generals Come Down, Let's Replace Them with Monuments to Peace. counterpunch.org The monuments to Confederate generals and to those who fought to maintain slavery are coming down. That's a good thing and long overdue. It cannot stop there, however, as we move not only to eradicate their symbolism, but the very real systemic racism they represent, and which sadly persists in this country. But should some

news.un (2020-07-01). Stalled Security Council resolution adopted, backing UN's global humanitarian ceasefire call. news.un.org The Security Council on Wednesday echoed the Secretary-General's call for a worldwide ceasefire, to combat the coronavirus pandemic that has already claimed more than half a million lives. The UN chief welcomed the long-awaited move, calling for countries to "redouble their efforts for peace".

Josue De Luna Navarro (2020-07-01). The Victory of DACA Is a Reminder that Nothing Will Put Us Down. commondreams.org The decision on DACA is a huge victory for our undocumented communities, but it's also a reminder to the present administration, and future administrations, that we won't stop mobilizing and organizing for people's collective freedom to move—and stay—in unity and peace. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Fight Back (2020-07-01). AFL-CIO urges cut U.S. aid to Philippines, endorses Philippine Human Rights Act. fightbacknews.org Washington DC – Last week, the largest federation of unions in the United States joined the growing call in the United States to cut U.S. military aid to the Philippine government under President Rodrigo Duterte. | The AFL-CIO, made up of 55 national and international unions, together representing more than 12 million active and retired members, voted to endorse the Philippine Human Rights Act (PHRA). The PHRA calls on the U.S. Congress to "suspend United States security assistance to the Philippines until such time as human rights violations by Philippine security forces cease and the responsible state forces a…

Mandy Smithberger (2020-07-01). COVID-19 Means Good Times for the Pentagon. counterpunch.org In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Washington has initiated its largest spending binge in history. In the process, you might assume that the unparalleled spread of the disease would have led to a little rethinking when it came to all the trillions of dollars Congress has given the Pentagon in these years that have in

commondreams (2020-07-01). Progressive Groups Call on Senate to Pass $3.6 Billion for Election Assistance Funding Before Recess. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2020-07-01). Progressives Must Reckon with U.S. Senate Primary Losses. commondreams.org ______________________________…

sputniknews (2020-07-01). Hong Kong: Boris Johnson Promises BNO Passport Holders a Route to Citizenship. sputniknews.com On 30 June, the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress (NPC) approved the National Security Law that provides from three years to life imprisonment for conspiring with foreign states or foreign organisations to undermine national security.

sputniknews (2020-07-01). China's Ambassador in UK Summoned to Foreign Office Over 'Deep Concern' About Hong Kong Law – Report. sputniknews.com The national security law for Hong Kong was unanimously passed by the top Chinese legislative body, the standing committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), on Tuesday, later signed by President Xi Jinping. The law aimed at strengthening security and safety, is seen by Hong Kong residents as a violation of their liberties.

Thierry Meyssan (2020-06-30). How the Big Two can establish peace in the Greater Middle East. thealtworld.com

| To make peace, it's quite simple: you just have to stop making war with each other. But in the Greater Middle East, it is much more complicated, because there are a multitude of actors for whom a solution, whatever it may be, must satisfy conflicting claims. Under these conditions, no peace can be totally just, but it can at least, and must, guarantee the security of all. | This article is a follow-up to : " Throughout 2011 an…