Daily Archives: August 1, 2020

2020-08-01: News Headlines

ANSWER Indiana (2020-08-01). Black Lives Matter Coalition calls for termination of 21 officers involved in 2019 drowning of Keshawn Stewart. liberationnews.org We demand an end to the war on Black America!

RT (2020-08-01). Federal agents won't leave Portland until 'anarchists and agitators' are properly dealt with — Trump. rt.com Portland must be free of violent protesters before federal officers operating in the city can leave, Donald Trump has warned, after the Oregon government announced that agents would be replaced by state police. | "Homeland Security is not leaving Portland until local police complete cleanup of Anarchists and Agitators!" the US president Local media reported that Friday night's protest in the city was attended by several thousand people and was largely peaceful. | Department of Homeland…

RT (2020-08-01). WATCH 'peaceful' Portland protesters burn Bible & flag, 24 hours after torching pig's head in cop hat. rt.com Demonstrators in Portland set Bibles and US flags on fire amid protests that have spanned nearly 2 months. The day before, protesters torched a pig's head with police clothing, though they still claim their movement is peaceful. | Footage published by RT's Ruptly video agency shows a group of protesters on Friday night gathered around a burning Bible, with several individuals mockingly warming their hands around the fire. Laughter and shouts of "F**k Trump" can be heard in the background. | US flags were also burned by the protesters, who were seen crowding around the fire and taking photographs. | The prov…

WSWS (2020-08-01). The global pandemic, the class struggle, and the tasks of the Socialist Equality Party. wsws.org This resolution was adopted unanimously by the Sixth National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party in the US, held July 19—24, 2020.

WSWS (2020-08-01). Socialist Equality Party (US) National Congress adopts resolution on the coronavirus pandemic and the fight for socialism. wsws.org The Congress resolution provides an unequaled analysis of the crisis triggered by the pandemic, directed toward the development of socialist class consciousness and the independent action of the working class.

WSWS (2020-08-01). US unemployment supplement expires, setting the stage for mass hunger and homelessness. wsws.org The congressional stalemate over an extension of the unemployment pay supplement, which is certain to result in the total elimination or a major cut in the benefit, is a declaration of war against the entire working population.

Barbara G. Ellis (2020-08-01). A Portland 'Sit-Down' Can Rock Trump's Boat. zcomm.org Where used, the sit-down has always instantly, clearly and visually separated the oppressed from the oppressors, the peaceful from the violent…

Brasil de Fato (2020-08-01). Lula and other international personalities join call to give Nobel Peace Prize to Cuban doctors. peoplesdispatch.org The solidarity of Cuban doctors, once again, has gained international recognition. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, 1,800 healthcare professionals have been sent by the island's government to 27 countries to help contain the spread of the virus. | In response, everyday the campaign to award the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize to the Cuban doctors gains strength, through Among those who have signed the petition a…

David Edwards (2020-08-01). acism, Sexism, Classism — The Necessary Incoherence Of 'Mainstream' Ethical Debate. zcomm.org What does it mean when journalists who spent the last two decades promoting wars of aggression on brown- and black-skinned people in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen take a knee?>

_____ (2020-08-01). The Kurdish Freedom Movement, Rojava And The Left. popularresistance.org The revolution in the Kurdish region of Syria called Rojava has generated significant enthusiasm among broad segments of the left in Europe and North America. The heroic resistance by Kurdish forces in Kobane, Syria during the siege by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in late 2014 and into early 2015 proved to be a pivotal moment. Images of revolutionary fighters, and particularly of armed women, engaged in a life-and-death struggle, bravely resisting the vicious onslaught by Islamist thugs, caught the attention and imagination of many on the so-called international left.

yenisafak (2020-08-01). Erdogan says Eid more joyous with Hagia Sophia Mosque. yenisafak.com The president of Turkey on Saturday said the reopening of the Hagia Sophia as a mosque made the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha even more joyous."The reopening of the Hagia Sophia grand Mosque — an 86-year wound in the heart of our nation — has added to the joy of our Eid," Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, greeting local officials of his ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party for the holiday via video-link.Erdogan said he sought to hold an upcoming party congress as a "new resurrection, a new rising milestone."The next AK Party congress is expected to be held towards the end of 2020 while observing health and safet…

yenisafak (2020-08-01). 'Kashmiri feel humiliated by India's annexation move'. yenisafak.com Former Indian government mediator for Kashmir Radha Kumar has said that Kashmiri people are feeling humiliated by India's decisions taken last year on Aug. 5, involving repealing the special status and dividing of the region into two centrally administered territories.She said there was a great deal of fear in the Kashmir Valley.In an exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency, she said the Indian government's arguments that revocation of special status will accelerate development and end militancy have not come true."There is hardly any development on the ground and militancy continues to remain there. Figures for…

yenisafak (2020-08-01). Ten crushed to death in Indian crane collapse. yenisafak.com Ten people died on Saturday when a crane collapsed, trapping them underneath, at a state-run shipyard in the southern Indian city of Visakhapatnam, a senior police officer said.The incident at the Hindustan Shipyard Ltd site occurred when a new crane collapsed during a weight-bearing trial, Suresh Babu, a deputy commissioner of police, told Reuters.Rescue workers were trying to cut the crane and remove its pieces, Babu said. He added that if anybody was trapped alive under the crane, they would only be found once it was lifted.There was no immediate comment from Hindustan Shipyard. A company official said senior…

yenisafak (2020-08-01). Kuwait bans flights to 31 'high risk' countries due to coronavirus. yenisafak.com Kuwait has banned until further notice commercial flights to 31 countries it said that it regarded as high risk due to the spread of the coronavirus, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation said on Saturday.The countries include India, Pakistan, Egypt, the Philippines, Lebanon and Sri Lanka, which all have large numbers of expatriates in Kuwait. The list also includes China, Iran, Brazil, Mexico, Italy and Iraq.The ban was announced the same day Kuwait began a partial resumption of commercial flights. The authorities have said Kuwait International Airport would run at about 30% capacity from Saturday, gradually…

yenisafak (2020-08-01). 'India's actions in Kashmir, part of majoritarian agenda'. yenisafak.com The annexation of the disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir on Aug. 5 last year has evoked international anguish against India, said Pakistan's former top diplomat.In an interview with Anadolu Agency on the eve of the first anniversary of India's revoking the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, former Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said this controversial move has violated international law embodied in the UN Security Council resolutions."There is a growing international reaction to Indian atrocities in the occupied Kashmir. The UN Human Rights Commissioner has published reports documenting the violat…

yenisafak (2020-08-01). Environmental disasters across world in July 2020. yenisafak.com Numerous environmental disasters occurred across the world in the month of July which included forest fires in Ukraine, a storm in Russia, landslides in Myanmar, Nepal, China and many flash floods caused by heavy rains.Here is a timeline compiled by Anadolu AgencyJuly 1: – Powerful floods affect over 1.4 million people in the state of Assam, northeast India, according to the country's disaster authorities.July 2: – At least 110 miners are killed in a landslide, caused by heavy rain, at a jade mine in the state of Kachin, northern Myanmar, according to the country's emergency services.July 3: – At least eight people…

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-01). Iran plays important role in Afghan peace as global actor. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 01 (MNA) — The Secretary-General of National Authority Party of Afghanistan said that Tehran has been Afghanistan's important neighbor in the past 40 years, stressing it will play a key role in securing the country.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-01). Iran hopes inter-Afghan talks would lead to peace. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 01 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani hoped that inter-Afghan talks with the centrality of the Afghan government would lead to peace.

Alan MacLeod (2020-07-31). A "Brazen Giveaway" GOP HEALS Act Is a $30 Billion Bonanza for the Pentagon. globalresearch.ca On Monday the Senate GOP released their

_____ (2020-07-31). Here's How We Remake The Economy. popularresistance.org To defend the $600 unemployment payments as both morally and economically necessary is not to suggest that the CARES Act is a sufficient solution to our economic problems. Nor, says Pavlina Tcherneva, Associate Professor of Economics at Bard College and a Research Scholar at the Levy Economics Institute and advisor to Bernie Sanders's 2016 presidential campaign, is the Democratic-led HEROES Act, which would extend the payments through January 2021 if Senate Republicans and the Trump administration would support it. Dr. Tcherneva studies the impact of unemployment on growth, income inequality and public health, an…

Staff (2020-07-31). Barack Obama: Honor John Lewis by Renewing Voting Rights Act & Ballot Access in the U.S. democracynow.org In his stirring eulogy at the funeral service for Congressmember John Lewis, President Barack Obama said expanded voting rights would be the greatest way to honor the civil rights icon's legacy. In a speech that condemned the status of American democracy without ever naming the sitting president, Obama called for election day to be declared a national holiday, full Congressional representation for Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, and the end of the filibuster, which he called a "Jim Crow relic." "You want to honor John? Let's honor him by revitalizing the law he was willing to die for," Obama said in reference…

Staff (2020-07-31). Headlines for July 31, 2020. democracynow.org U.S. Coronavirus Deaths Top 1,000 for Fourth Consecutive Day, U.S. Economy Recorded Worst Quarterly Drop on Record as Coronavirus Spread, New Orleans Protesters Block Eviction Court Proceedings as Rent Comes Due, Brazil's First Lady Tests Positive for COVID-19 as Deaths Top 91,000, Coronavirus Cases Spike in European Countries that Lifted Lockdowns, Donald Trump Suggests Election Delay, Sparking Bipartisan Outrage, U.S. Postal Delays Spark Fears Over Mail-In Ballots in November Election, Civil Rights Icon and Georgia Congressmember John Lewis Laid to Rest, Herman Cain, Co-Chair of Black Voices for Trump, Dies of…

Staff (2020-07-31). Civil Rights Hero John Lewis Remembered at Funeral as "Patriot Who Risked His Life" for Democracy. democracynow.org As family, friends and dignitaries paid their final respects at the Atlanta funeral of John Lewis, the civil rights leader and 17-term Georgia Congressmember was remembered as a singular force for equality and justice. The funeral took place at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, once led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., where senior pastor Rev. Raphael Warnock contrasted Lewis' legacy with "some in high office who are much better at division than vision," and described the late politician as "a true American patriot who risked his life and bled for the hope and promise of democracy."

Staff (2020-07-31). Rev. James Lawson: John Lewis's Life Is Call to Action Against U.S. Violence & Plantation Capitalism. democracynow.org As mourners gathered at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta to honor the life of Georgia Congressmember John Lewis, among those who spoke was civil rights icon Rev. James Lawson, who helped to train John Lewis in nonviolence when Lewis was a student in Nashville. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once described Rev. Lawson as "the leading theorist and strategist of nonviolence in the world." Lawson invoked John Lewis's life as a call to action. "We will not be quiet as long as our nation continues to be the most violent culture in the history of humankind," Lawson said. We feature his extended remarks.

_____ (2020-07-31). How AFRICOM Is Working To Destabilize Africa. popularresistance.org This episode we were joined by the editor of the Pan African Newswire, Abayomi Azikewe. Mr. Azikewe gave detailed critical analysis regarding the ongoing imperialist wars waged on Africa by way of Western nations like the US and France. This is an absolute must listen for anyone interested in humanity, peace, justice and an end to western aggression and imperialism on the Global South. This is a MUST LISTEN!

_____ (2020-07-31). How the Billionaires Control American Elections. strategic-culture.org The great investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald gave an hour-long lecture on how America's billionaires control the U.S. Government, and here is an edited summary of its opening twenty minutes, with key quotations and assertions from its opening — and then its broader context will be discussed briefly: | — | The Intercept, 9 July 2020 | 2: 45: There is "this huge cleavage between how members of Congress present themselves, their…

RT (2020-07-31). Ilhan Omar under fire after campaign paid over $1.6 million to husband's firm. rt.com Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar's re-election campaign paid out more than $600,000 to a consulting firm headed by her husband in July, bringing the total disbursements to the company to over $1.6 million this election cycle. | According to Federal Election Commission (FEC) The payments, which account for 77 percent of the disbursements from the congresswoman's campai…

Andrew Taylor (2020-07-31). GOP sneaks $8 billion for military weapons into coronavirus relief bill. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON (AP) — A new $1 trillion COVID-19 response package by Senate Republicans is supposed to give the government more weapons to battle the surging coronavirus pandemic. But GOP lawmakers have more than just the "invisible enemy" in mind. The Republican measure includes billions for F-35 fighters, Apache helicopters and infantry carriers sought by Washington's powerful defense …

RT (2020-07-31). Political narrative overwhelms hearing on Covid-19 as lawmakers from both parties attempt to pinch opponents. rt.com A Covid-19 related hearing on the Hill saw a vivid clash between GOP congressman Jim Jordan and Dr. Anthony Fauci over the risk of protests, while other Democrats and Republicans didn't miss the chance to score political points. | Steve Scalise (R-LA) began his monologue by deconstructing the title of a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing, which he read as 'Urgent need for a plan'. | "That's not the title of a hearing, that's a political narrative, a false political narrative," he added, because "if there wasn't a plan" there would not have been a hearing. | Rep. Steve Scalise deconstructs…

RT (2020-07-31). War IS a game? US House rejects AOC's amendment to bar Pentagon from recruiting on Twitch as over 100 Dems side with GOP. rt.com Congress has voted to kill an amendment that would have blocked the military from recruiting through streaming platforms like Twitch, with nearly half of Democrats in the House joining the effort to strike down the measure. | A House vote of 196-292 easily quashed the appropriations bill

_____ (2020-07-31). Are the Democrats Plotting a 'Maidan Trap' for Trump at 'Peaceful' Portland Protests? strategic-culture.org By now it is abundantly clear that the Democrats will do just about anything to ensure Trump's defeat in November. That would include the proliferation of violence in major American cities to provide optics to the narrative that the US leader has been an unmitigated disaster for the United States. Will Portland, Oregon become Donald Trump's Maidan? | During the public grilling of Attorney General William Barr on July 28, the Democrat's pushed one argument above all others: Democratic cities had been enjoying their 'summer of love' that saw righteous folks peacefully protesting against police abuse until Darth Tru…

Jordan Uhl (2020-07-31). Congress Refuses to Kick the Military Off of Twitch. thenation.com Congress Refuses to Kick the Military Off of Twitch…

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-07-31). Will Hezbollah Seek Revenge Against Israel? globalresearch.ca Tensions on the Israel-Lebanon border flared up in recent days due to a confusing July 27 incident near the Sheba'a Farms, a Syrian area occupied by Israel since the 1967 war but is also claimed by Lebanon. Tensions erupted when …

South Front (2020-07-31). Video: Syrian Army Uncovers Organ Trading Hub of Turkish-backed Militants in Southern Idlib. globalresearch.ca The joint Russian-Turkish patrol set to be held in southern Idlib on July 29 was delayed due to increased military tensions and the inability of Ankara to ensure the security of the patrol in its area of responsibility. And the …

commondreams (2020-07-31). Progressive Groups To Congress: Election Funds Non-Negotiable in Next Relief Bill. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Matt Sedlar (2020-07-31). The Future of Trust-Busting Is in Joe Biden's Hands. cepr.net The New Republic See article on original site Pigs are flying! Up is down! The public approves of how Congress handled something! After Wednesday's much-anticipated hearing with the chief executive officers of Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple, onlookers in the media and activist community generally thought that the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust members showed …

Karma Samtani (2020-07-31). Congressional Primary Challengers Seek to Keep Progressive Tide Going. progressive.org Two leftwing, underdog candidates in Missouri and Massachusetts have a real chance of unseating their corporate-funded Democratic opponents.

teleSUR (2020-07-31). WHO Reports Record Daily Rise In Global Covid-19 Cases. telesurenglish.net The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases, with the worldwide total rising by 292,527 on Friday. | RELATED: | According to a daily report, the most significant increases were from the United States, Brazil, India, and South Africa. The four countries have dominated global headlines with large outbreaks, while India recorded its highest daily infection rate, with more th…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-07-31). India's COVID-19 strategy: A story of missteps. peoplesdispatch.org India has third highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world and is recording close to or over 50,000 cases a day. What explains this relentless surge in cases in the country?

commondreams (2020-07-31). New Federal Lawsuit Challenges Indiana Ballot Deadline. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Sanjali De Silva (2020-07-31). Police Divestment Efforts Must Include Universities. aclu.org Despite their intended role as peacekeepers, private university officers are often responsible for violence against students and local residents alike. In July 2015, a University of Cincinnati police officer

Jim Miles (2020-07-31). "The War That Ended Peace". How the West Stole Democracy from the Arabs. globalresearch.ca Having just read

Bill Lueders (2020-07-31). Comment: The Case for Nonviolence. progressive.org Most protests against police brutality have been peaceful, but the few acts of violence that have occurred are worthy of our consideration.

Tim Shorrock (2020-07-31). 'We Need to Move From a Wartime Mentality to a Peacetime Mentality'. thenation.com 'We Need to Move From a Wartime Mentality to a Peacetime Mentality'

Steven Sahiounie (2020-07-31). Syrian Christians in Aleppo, Victims of US-EU Sanctions. globalresearch.ca St. Elijah Maronite Cathedral in Aleppo re-opened after years of disuse due to the severe destruction the 18th century cathedral endured during battles in the period of Aleppo had been Syria's largest city and its …

Media Lens (2020-07-31). Racism, Sexism, Classism: Incoherence of 'Mainstream' Ethical Debate. Obfuscating Crimes against Humanity. globalresearch.ca What does it mean when journalists who spent the last two decades promoting wars of aggression in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen take a knee? | The Observer 'There is a dreadful familiarity about the killing of an …

Press TV (2020-07-31). Syria: U.S. Move against Iranian Plane is a Terrorist Act. dissidentvoice.org Top Syrian diplomats slam harassment of Iranian plane as a double threat.

Amberin Zaman (2020-07-31). US Oil Company Signs Deal with Syrian Kurds. globalresearch.ca Sources told Al-Monitor the agreement to market oil in territory controlled by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces was signed "with the knowledge and encouragement of the White House." | *** | The Kurdish-led Autonomous Administration of Northeast Syria has signed an agreement …

Media Lens (2020-07-31). Racism, Sexism, Classism: The Necessary Incoherence of "Mainstream" Ethical Debate. dissidentvoice.org What does it mean when journalists who spent the last two decades promoting wars of aggression on brown- and black-skinned people in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen take a knee? The Observer commented: 'There is a dreadful familiarity about the killing of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, by white police officers in Minneapolis …

Staff (2020-07-31). Barack Obama: End the Filibuster to Restore Voting Rights Act. truthout.org In his stirring eulogy at the funeral service for Congressmember John Lewis, President Barack Obama said expanded voting rights would be the greatest way to honor the civil rights icon's legacy. In a speech that condemned the status of American democracy without ever naming the sitting president, Obama called for election day to be declared a national holiday, full Congressional representation for Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, and the end of the filibuster, which he called a "Jim Crow relic." "You want to…