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2019-07-22: News Headlines

Gregory Glover (2019-07-22). Hawaii's Mauna Kea Protectors Fight for 'Our Right to Exist'. truthdig.com The survival of an indigenous people and the fate of a crown jewel of world science are at stake atop the world's tallest volcanic mountain.

Staff (2019-07-22). "If Not Now, When Will We Stand?" Native Hawaiians Fight Construction of Telescope on Mauna Kea. democracynow.org A historic indigenous resistance is unfolding on the Big Island of Hawaii, where thousands have descended on Mauna Kea, a sacred Native site, to defend it from the construction of a $1.4 billion telescope. Scientists say the Thirty Meter Telescope will help them peer into the deepest corners of space, but indigenous resisters say the construction was approved without their consent and will desecrate their sacred lands. Last week, police arrested 33 people—most of them Hawaiian elders—as they blocked a road to prevent work crews from reaching the site of the telescope being planned atop Mauna Kea. And…

The Canary (2019-07-22). Probe into Facebook cryptocurrency 'being considered by MPs'. thecanary.co A probe into Facebook's digital currency plans is being considered by MPs, it has been reported.Concerns have been raised over the social network's intentions to start a cryptocurrency called Libra, which will be run by a number of firms including Mastercard, Visa and PayPal.Facebook will incorporate the currency into its digital wallet called Calibra, while other companies will be able to use Libra in their own apps.Last week, US senators expressed their reservations about the project, as Libra chief David Marcus gave evidence to the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee.Facebook hopes to launch Li…

Fréa Lockley (2019-07-22). A powerful protest highlights the ongoing tragedy of DWP deaths. thecanary.co On 22 July, disability rights activists staged a peaceful protest outside the head office of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in London. The action drew attention to the rising number of deaths as a result of DWP benefit cuts. Ahead of the protest, artist and activist Dolly Sen wrote to Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt to draw attention to this situation. Both failed to respond. | "Broken Hearts for the DWP":…

teleSUR (2019-07-22). Protests Called Against Murder of Colombian Social Leaders. telesurenglish.net The Defenders of Peace Movement said Monday that in the last one month at least 10 social leaders were killed in Colombia and called for an international march on July 26 in protest of the murders. | RELATED: | Colombia: Revered Social Leader and Activist Killed in Colombia | "We invite all citizens to walk with us and make a presence in the events scheduled for that day for the life of those who defend life and peace in the territories," the organization said in a statement.

Staff (2019-07-22). Native Hawaiians Fight Construction of Telescope on Mauna Kea. truthout.org | | A historic indigenous resistance is unfolding on the Big Island of Hawaii, where thousands have descended on Mauna Kea, a sacred Native site, to defend it from the construction of a $1.4 billion telescope. Scientists say the Thirty Meter Telescope will help them peer into the deepest corners of space, but indigenous resisters say the construction was approved without their consent and will desecrate their sacred lands. Last week, police arrested 33 people — most of them Hawaiian elders — as…

teleSUR (2019-07-22). US Cop Suggests Ocasio-Cortez Should Be Shot. telesurenglish.net A social media post by a police officer from Louisiana, United States suggesting that Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) should be shot received criticisms Sunday. | RELATED: | Ocasio-Cortez: 'Time to Open Impeachment Inquiry Against Trump' | The officer, Charlie Rispoli, a 14-year veteran of Gretna police department wrote on Facebook Thursda…

Tim Weiner (2019-07-22). Mueller Gave Congress All It Needs to Defend the Rule of Law. thenation.com Mueller Gave Congress All It Needs to Defend the Rule of Law…

Staff (2019-07-22). Illinois GOP Posts Facebook Meme Calling Four Congresswomen "The Jihad Squad" truthout.org | | Top leaders of the Illinois Republican Party sought to reverse damage on Sunday after posting and then deleting a movie-style poster on Facebook that depicted four progressive congresswomen who have been repeatedly attacked by President Donald Trump in recent days as "The Jihad Squad."

DLI (2019-07-22). 33 brave senior(kupuna) protectors on Hawaii's Mauna Kea detained by police. indybay.org On Wednesday morning, State police removed 33 senior(kupuna) protectors from a human chain that had blocked–for 3 days–access to the Mauna Kea Road, by construction equipment that are slated to begin the Thirty Meter Telescope(TMT). The protectors are part of the hundreds-strong peaceful activists that had been up at the Mauna(mountain) since last Sunday, July 14.

RT (2019-07-22). 'Jihad Squad' meme with Omar & co. on Illinois GOP page angers Democrats. rt.com A Republican group has distanced itself from an altered movie poster that appeared on its Facebook page, depicting four progressive congresswomen as 'The Jihad Squad'.

Staff (2019-07-22). Yemen's Houthis Maintain Upper Hand, as Peace Talks Proceed. therealnews.com A UN-brokered ceasefire to protect the port of Hodeidah appears to be holding, while the United Arab Emirates are withdrawing, having achieved their objectives, says Patrick Cockburn. Also, US Congressional effort to stop US support for the war is having an effect…

RT (2019-07-22). As Mueller's 'book' becomes a live show from The Hill, is America sick of 'Russiagate'? rt.com With former special counsel Robert Mueller set to testify before two Congressional committees and Democratic lawmakers talking impeachment, has America finally moved on?

Fridays For Future Sacramento (2019-07-22). Peace Strike for Climate & Amazon Rainforest in State Capital. indybay.org California State Capitol Museum, West Steps | 1315 10th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814…

Staff (2019-07-22). Republicans Are Transforming Federal Courts for the Next Generation. therealnews.com The Nation's Elie Mystal says Conservative think tanks and Senate Majority Leader McConnell are creating a right-wing federal court system with Trump's help that will affect generations to come…

CP Editor (2019-07-22). "If Not Now, When Will We Stand?" Native Hawaiians Fight Construction of Telescope on Mauna Kea. counterpunch.org

teleSUR (2019-07-21). Trump Calls Supporters Patriotic For Anti-Ilhan Omar Chants. telesurenglish.net The United States President Donald Trump praised the crowd at his rally who shouted racist chants against Congresswomen Ilhan Omar. On Friday, a day after he tried to distance himself from the widely condemned event, Trump came out saying the crowd was full of "incredible patriots." | RELATED: | Progressive Women 'Squad' Decries Trump's 'White Nationalism' After 'Go Back Home' Comments | The president was also "unhappy with the fact that a congresswoman can hate o…

Sarah Abed (2019-07-21). Washington's Bully Tactics Have Failed to Persuade Tehran to Negotiate a New Nuclear Deal. globalresearch.ca Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif is in New York this week for high level talks at the UN. He has been confined to a six-block radius. It's not uncommon for Iranian diplomats along with envoys from North Korea, Syria …

teleSUR (2019-07-21). Israel Arrests More Than 900 Palestinians in Jerusalem. telesurenglish.net More than 900 Palestinians , including several minors, were arrested by Israeli forces in the city of Jerusalem during the first half of 2019, according to the Palestinian Prisoners Center for Studies (PPCS). | RELATED: | Ilhan Omar Introduces Bill Backing Pro-Palestine BDS Movement | This figure represents a considerable increase, according to a PPCS report presented on Saturday. | The PPCS spokesperson, Riad al-Ashqar, said that last February…

Strategic Culture Foundation (2019-07-21). Mark Esper, New US Pentagon Chief, Vested Interest in War and Conflict. globalresearch.ca Mark Esper is expected to be confirmed in coming days as the new US Secretary of Defense. His appointment is awaiting final Congressional approval after customary hearings this week before senators. The 55-year-old nominee put forward by President Trump was …

Staff (2019-07-20). "The Squad" Keeps the Focus on Bold Policies to Fight Inequality. truthout.org | | "We are one of the wealthiest countries in the history of this world. And yet millions of adults in the United States still don't have health insurance," Rep. Ilhan Omar told an audience of her Minnesota constituents on Thursday evening. | A day after the president of the United States incited rallygoers to chant "send her home," the congresswoman was in her home district, hosting a policy-heavy…

RT (2019-07-20). War with Iran as 2020 election boost? Ron Paul optimistic Trump may tell Bolton 'to get lost'. rt.com With tension between the US and Iran running sizzling hot, some fear President Donald Trump may see war as a potential boost for his re-election campaign. Ex-congressman Ron Paul told RT he is optimistic that Trump won't.

Staff (2019-07-19). Anti-Racist Historian: Attacks on Rep. Omar Rooted in Belief "America Is for White People" democracynow.org On Thursday, President Trump attempted to distance himself from the racist chant of "send her back" about Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar at a Trump campaign rally Wednesday in North Carolina. The chants rang across the rally in response to Trump's own verbal attack against the congresswoman. He did nothing to intervene. On Wednesday, the House of Representatives narrowly passed a resolution condemning Trump's racist remarks against Congressmembers Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. We speak with Ibram X. Kendi, founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at A…

RT (2019-07-19). US House chaplain holds EXORCISM after 'spirits of darkness' engulf proceedings. rt.com The House chaplain has staged an emergency prayer intervention in Congress to cast out the "spirits of darkness" he blames for the turmoil that seized the chamber during the vote to condemn the president's tweets for 'racism.'

Staff (2019-07-19). Will the Afghan Peace Agreement be a Face-Saving Fig Leaf? therealnews.com Afghanistan is making progress for a peace agreement, but such an agreement will not necessarily mean an end to war or even assure the Afghan government's survival, says Matthew Hoh…

Ed Sykes (2019-07-19). Trump doubles down on Ilhan Omar attacks, praising racist crowd as 'incredible'. thecanary.co Donald Trump has yet again doubled down on his recent racist attacks against progressive congresswoman Ilhan Omar. And despite previously claiming he was "not happy" when his fans responded to his attacks by chanting "

Evaggelos Vallianatos (2019-07-19). How the Trump Administration is Eviscerating the Federal Government. counterpunch.org The federal government is by no means a perfect organization. It mirrors society. Yet it is the only saving grace that prevents the collapse of society under the stress of capitalism. It funds the military establishment and provides socialist medical care to its veteran soldiers — and members of Congress. The federal government also employs More

Staff (2019-07-18). "It Is Not Just War. It Is Life": Acclaimed Doc "For Sama" Offers Rare Glimpse into War-Torn Syria. democracynow.org We look at the award-winning documentary feature titled "For Sama," a devastating account of war-torn Syria told through the eyes of director Waad al-Kateab. She filmed hundreds of hours of footage in her native Aleppo to create a stunning depiction of life during wartime. Amid airstrikes and attacks on hospitals, Waad falls in love with one of the last remaining doctors in Aleppo, gets married and has a baby girl, Sama, to whom the film is dedicated. When protests against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad first began in 2011, Waad al-Kateab was a young economics student who began filming on a cellphone. Fo…

Staff (2019-07-18). Headlines for July 18, 2019. democracynow.org House Lawmakers Vote to Table Trump Impeachment Resolution, Trump Renews Racist Attacks on Four Progressive Congresswomen, Rep. Ilhan Omar Introduces Bill Affirming the Right to Boycott, House Votes to Bar Trump's Planned Weapons Sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE, U.S. to Deploy 500 Troops to Saudi Air Base, Sudan's Military Rulers Agree to Share Power with Civilian Protesters, United Nations Declares Global Health Emergency as Ebola Spreads, Puerto Ricans Demand Resignation of Governor Ricardo Rosselló over Hateful Messages, AG Barr & Commerce Secretary Ross Held in Contempt of Congress, Sen. Rand Paul Blocks Vote on S…

Michele Willens (2019-07-18). Travels in the South. thenation.com Travels in the South…

RT (2019-07-18). Ilhan Omar's bill backs Americans' right to boycott Israel. Here's why it will fail. rt.com Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has introduced a bill that would protect the right to boycott Israel, apparently related to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. We look at why the legislation is bound to be dead on arrival.

Staff (2019-07-17). Trump's Racist Rhetoric is Deliberate — Will It Lead Us to Fascism? therealnews.com Henry Giroux dissects how the potential path to fascism is laid bare in Trump's rhetoric and policies. The voices of the four Congresswomen speak to another American future…

Staff (2019-07-16). 2020 Hopeful Julián Castro Vows to Break Up ICE & Calls Trump's New Asylum Rule Unconstitutional. democracynow.org As Trump faced national rebuke for his racist comments against four progressive congresswomen, his administration announced a new rule essentially banning most immigrants from seeking refuge in the United States. The rule, which the ACLU has already vowed to challenge in court, would deny asylum to any migrant who failed to apply for protection in another country they passed through on the way to the U.S. border—including children traveling alone. If enacted, the law would effectively block people from Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, as well as Haitians, Cubans and many people from African countries, who…

Staff (2019-07-16). "Our Squad Is Big": Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Tlaib and Pressley Condemn Trump's Racist Attack. democracynow.org Congressmembers Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar condemned President Trump's spate of racist attacks against them in a news conference Monday. Their public rebuke followed Trump tweeting Sunday telling them to "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came." The comments have been widely condemned as racist and xenophobic. We hear from the progressive congresswomen in their own words.

Lecia Brooks, SPLC Action Fund (2019-07-01). SPLC Action Fund: Congress should adopt NO HATE Act to neutralize growing threat from white supremacists. splcenter.org Members of Congress recently introduced new legislation that would improve reporting on hate crimes and expand assistance and resources to hate crime victims.

2019-07-22: Social Media Postees

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Protests Called Against Murder of Colombian Social Leaders
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-22
The Defenders of Peace Movement said Monday that in the last one month at least 10 social leaders were killed in Colombia and called for an international march on July 26 in protest of the murders. | RELATED: | Colombia: Revered Social Leader and Activist Killed in Colombia | "We invite all citizens to walk with us and make a presence in the events scheduled for that day for the life of those who defend life and peace in the territories," the organization said in a statement.
telesurenglish.net/news/Worldwide-Protests-Called-Against-Murder-of-Colombian-Social-Leaders-20190722-0010.html

A powerful protest highlights the ongoing tragedy of DWP deaths
Fréa Lockley | thecanary.co | 2019-07-22
On 22 July, disability rights activists staged a peaceful protest outside the head office of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in London. The action drew attention to the rising number of deaths as a result of DWP benefit cuts. Ahead of the protest, artist and activist Dolly Sen wrote to Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt to draw attention to this situation. Both failed to respond. | "Broken Hearts for the DWP":…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2019/07/22/a-powerful-protest-highlights-the-ongoing-tragedy-of-dwp-deaths/

"If Not Now, When Will We Stand?" Native Hawaiians Fight Construction of Telescope on Mauna Kea
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-07-22
A historic indigenous resistance is unfolding on the Big Island of Hawaii, where thousands have descended on Mauna Kea, a sacred Native site, to defend it from the construction of a $1.4 billion telescope. Scientists say the Thirty Meter Telescope will help them peer into the deepest corners of space, but indigenous resisters say the construction was approved without their consent and will desecrate their sacred lands. Last week, police arrested 33 people–most of them Hawaiian elders–as they blocked a road to prevent work crews from reaching the site of the telescope being planned atop Mauna Kea. And…
www.democracynow.org/2019/7/22/mauna_kea_thirty_meter_telescope_resistance

"If Not Now, When Will We Stand?" Native Hawaiians Fight Construction of Telescope on Mauna Kea
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-07-22
A historic indigenous resistance is unfolding on the Big Island of Hawaii, where thousands have descended on Mauna Kea, a sacred Native site, to defend it from the construction of a $1.4 billion telescope. Scientists say the Thirty Meter Telescope will help them peer into the deepest corners of space, but indigenous resisters say the construction was approved without their consent and will desecrate their sacred lands. Last week, police arrested 33 people–most of them Hawaiian elders–as they blocked a road to prevent work crews from reaching the site of the telescope being planned atop Mauna Kea. And…
www.democracynow.org/2019/7/22/mauna_kea_thirty_meter_telescope_resistance

"If Not Now, When Will We Stand?" Native Hawaiians Fight Construction of Telescope on Mauna Kea
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2019-07-22
counterpunch.org/2019/07/22/if-not-now-when-will-we-stand-native-hawaiians-fight-construction-of-telescope-on-mauna-kea/

Hawaii's Mauna Kea Protectors Fight for 'Our Right to Exist'
Gregory Glover | truthdig.com | 2019-07-22
The survival of an indigenous people and the fate of a crown jewel of world science are at stake atop the world's tallest volcanic mountain.
truthdig.com/articles/hawaiis-mauna-kea-protectors-fight-for-our-right-to-exist/

Native Hawaiians Fight Construction of Telescope on Mauna Kea
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-07-22
| A historic indigenous resistance is unfolding on the Big Island of Hawaii, where thousands have descended on Mauna Kea, a sacred Native site, to defend it from the construction of a $1.4 billion telescope. Scientists say the Thirty Meter Telescope will help them peer into the deepest corners of space, but indigenous resisters say the construction was approved without their consent and will desecrate their sacred lands. Last week, police arrested 33 people — most of them Hawaiian elders — as…
truthout.org/video/native-hawaiians-fight-construction-of-telescope-on-mauna-kea/

Probe into Facebook cryptocurrency 'being considered by MPs'
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-07-22
A probe into Facebook's digital currency plans is being considered by MPs, it has been reported.Concerns have been raised over the social network's intentions to start a cryptocurrency called Libra, which will be run by a number of firms including Mastercard, Visa and PayPal.Facebook will incorporate the currency into its digital wallet called Calibra, while other companies will be able to use Libra in their own apps.Last week, US senators expressed their reservations about the project, as Libra chief David Marcus gave evidence to the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee.Facebook hopes to launch Li…
thecanary.co/discovery/news-discovery/2019/07/22/probe-into-facebook-cryptocurrency-being-considered-by-mps/

US Cop Suggests Ocasio-Cortez Should Be Shot
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-22
A social media post by a police officer from Louisiana, United States suggesting that Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) should be shot received criticisms Sunday. | RELATED: | Ocasio-Cortez: 'Time to Open Impeachment Inquiry Against Trump' | The officer, Charlie Rispoli, a 14-year veteran of Gretna police department wrote on Facebook Thursda…
telesurenglish.net/news/united-states-cop-suggests-aoc-to-be-shot-trump-20190722-0012.html

Mueller Gave Congress All It Needs to Defend the Rule of Law
Tim Weiner | thenation.com | 2019-07-22
Mueller Gave Congress All It Needs to Defend the Rule of Law…
thenation.com/article/mueller-report-congress-barr/

Illinois GOP Posts Facebook Meme Calling Four Congresswomen "The Jihad Squad"
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-07-22
| Top leaders of the Illinois Republican Party sought to reverse damage on Sunday after posting and then deleting a movie-style poster on Facebook that depicted four progressive congresswomen who have been repeatedly attacked by President Donald Trump in recent days as "The Jihad Squad."
truthout.org/articles/illinois-gop-posts-facebook-meme-calling-four-congresswomen-the-jihad-squad/

Illinois GOP Posts Facebook Meme Calling Four Congresswomen "The Jihad Squad"
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-07-22
| Top leaders of the Illinois Republican Party sought to reverse damage on Sunday after posting and then deleting a movie-style poster on Facebook that depicted four progressive congresswomen who have been repeatedly attacked by President Donald Trump in recent days as "The Jihad Squad."
truthout.org/articles/illinois-gop-posts-facebook-meme-calling-four-congresswomen-the-jihad-squad/

Peace Strike for Climate & Amazon Rainforest in State Capital
Fridays For Future Sacramento | indybay.org | 2019-07-22
California State Capitol Museum, West Steps | 1315 10th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/07/19/18824857.php

33 brave senior(kupuna) protectors on Hawaii's Mauna Kea detained by police
DLI | indybay.org | 2019-07-22
On Wednesday morning, State police removed 33 senior(kupuna) protectors from a human chain that had blocked–for 3 days–access to the Mauna Kea Road, by construction equipment that are slated to begin the Thirty Meter Telescope(TMT). The protectors are part of the hundreds-strong peaceful activists that had been up at the Mauna(mountain) since last Sunday, July 14.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/07/18/18824824.php

'Jihad Squad' meme with Omar & co. on Illinois GOP page angers Democrats
rt.com | 2019-07-22
A Republican group has distanced itself from an altered movie poster that appeared on its Facebook page, depicting four progressive congresswomen as 'The Jihad Squad'.
rt.com/usa/464712-jihad-squad-poster-outrage/

Republicans Are Transforming Federal Courts for the Next Generation
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-07-22
The Nation's Elie Mystal says Conservative think tanks and Senate Majority Leader McConnell are creating a right-wing federal court system with Trump's help that will affect generations to come…
therealnews.com/stories/republicans-are-transforming-federal-courts-for-the-next-generation

Yemen's Houthis Maintain Upper Hand, as Peace Talks Proceed
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-07-22
A UN-brokered ceasefire to protect the port of Hodeidah appears to be holding, while the United Arab Emirates are withdrawing, having achieved their objectives, says Patrick Cockburn. Also, US Congressional effort to stop US support for the war is having an effect…
therealnews.com/stories/yemens-houthis-maintain-upper-hand-as-peace-talks-proceed

Republicans Are Transforming Federal Courts for the Next Generation
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-07-22
The Nation's Elie Mystal says Conservative think tanks and Senate Majority Leader McConnell are creating a right-wing federal court system with Trump's help that will affect generations to come…
therealnews.com/stories/republicans-are-transforming-federal-courts-for-the-next-generation

33 brave senior(kupuna) protectors on Hawaii's Mauna Kea detained by police
DLI | indybay.org | 2019-07-22
On Wednesday morning, State police removed 33 senior(kupuna) protectors from a human chain that had blocked–for 3 days–access to the Mauna Kea Road, by construction equipment that are slated to begin the Thirty Meter Telescope(TMT). The protectors are part of the hundreds-strong peaceful activists that had been up at the Mauna(mountain) since last Sunday, July 14.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/07/18/18824824.php

As Mueller's 'book' becomes a live show from The Hill, is America sick of 'Russiagate'?
rt.com | 2019-07-22
With former special counsel Robert Mueller set to testify before two Congressional committees and Democratic lawmakers talking impeachment, has America finally moved on? | …
rt.com/usa/464784-mueller-testimony-nadler-russiagate/

Trump Calls Supporters Patriotic For Anti-Ilhan Omar Chants
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-21
The United States President Donald Trump praised the crowd at his rally who shouted racist chants against Congresswomen Ilhan Omar. On Friday, a day after he tried to distance himself from the widely condemned event, Trump came out saying the crowd was full of "incredible patriots." | RELATED: | Progressive Women 'Squad' Decries Trump's 'White Nationalism' After 'Go Back Home' Comments | The president was also "unhappy with the fact that a congresswoman can hate o…
telesurenglish.net/news/ilhan-omar-united-states-donald-trump-supporters-patriotic-racist-chant-20190721-0003.html

Washington's Bully Tactics Have Failed to Persuade Tehran to Negotiate a New Nuclear Deal
Sarah Abed | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-21
Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif is in New York this week for high level talks at the UN. He has been confined to a six-block radius. It's not uncommon for Iranian diplomats along with envoys from North Korea, Syria …
globalresearch.ca/washingtons-bully-tactics-have-failed-persuade-tehran-negotiate-new-nuclear-deal/5684139

Mark Esper, New US Pentagon Chief, Vested Interest in War and Conflict
Strategic Culture Foundation | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-21
Mark Esper is expected to be confirmed in coming days as the new US Secretary of Defense. His appointment is awaiting final Congressional approval after customary hearings this week before senators. The 55-year-old nominee put forward by President Trump was …
globalresearch.ca/new-us-pentagon-chief-vested-interest-war-conflict/5684166

"The Squad" Keeps the Focus on Bold Policies to Fight Inequality
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-07-20
| "We are one of the wealthiest countries in the history of this world. And yet millions of adults in the United States still don't have health insurance," Rep. Ilhan Omar told an audience of her Minnesota constituents on Thursday evening. | A day after the president of the United States incited rallygoers to chant "send her home," the congresswoman was in her home district, hosting a policy-heavy…
truthout.org/articles/the-squad-keeps-the-focus-on-bold-policies-to-fight-inequality/

War with Iran as 2020 election boost? Ron Paul optimistic Trump may tell Bolton 'to get lost'
rt.com | 2019-07-20
With tension between the US and Iran running sizzling hot, some fear President Donald Trump may see war as a potential boost for his re-election campaign. Ex-congressman Ron Paul told RT he is optimistic that Trump won't. | …
rt.com/usa/464643-ron-paul-war-iran/

Anti-Racist Historian: Attacks on Rep. Omar Rooted in Belief "America Is for White People"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-07-19
On Thursday, President Trump attempted to distance himself from the racist chant of "send her back" about Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar at a Trump campaign rally Wednesday in North Carolina. The chants rang across the rally in response to Trump's own verbal attack against the congresswoman. He did nothing to intervene. On Wednesday, the House of Representatives narrowly passed a resolution condemning Trump's racist remarks against Congressmembers Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. We speak with Ibram X. Kendi, founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at A…
www.democracynow.org/2019/7/19/donald_trump_ilhan_omar_racist_attacks

Trump doubles down on Ilhan Omar attacks, praising racist crowd as 'incredible'
Ed Sykes | thecanary.co | 2019-07-19
Donald Trump has yet again doubled down on his recent racist attacks against progressive congresswoman Ilhan Omar. And despite previously claiming he was "not happy" when his fans responded to his attacks by chanting "
thecanary.co/trending/2019/07/19/trump-doubles-down-on-ilhan-omar-attacks-praising-racist-crowd-as-incredible/

Anti-Racist Historian: Attacks on Rep. Omar Rooted in Belief "America Is for White People"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-07-19
On Thursday, President Trump attempted to distance himself from the racist chant of "send her back" about Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar at a Trump campaign rally Wednesday in North Carolina. The chants rang across the rally in response to Trump's own verbal attack against the congresswoman. He did nothing to intervene. On Wednesday, the House of Representatives narrowly passed a resolution condemning Trump's racist remarks against Congressmembers Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. We speak with Ibram X. Kendi, founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at A…
www.democracynow.org/2019/7/19/donald_trump_ilhan_omar_racist_attacks

How the Trump Administration is Eviscerating the Federal Government
Evaggelos Vallianatos | counterpunch.org | 2019-07-19
The federal government is by no means a perfect organization. It mirrors society. Yet it is the only saving grace that prevents the collapse of society under the stress of capitalism. It funds the military establishment and provides socialist medical care to its veteran soldiers — and members of Congress. The federal government also employs…
counterpunch.org/2019/07/19/how-the-trump-administration-is-eviscerating-the-federal-government/

US House chaplain holds EXORCISM after 'spirits of darkness' engulf proceedings
rt.com | 2019-07-19
The House chaplain has staged an emergency prayer intervention in Congress to cast out the "spirits of darkness" he blames for the turmoil that seized the chamber during the vote to condemn the president's tweets for 'racism.' | …
rt.com/usa/464525-house-chaplain-exorcism-trump-tweets/

Will the Afghan Peace Agreement be a Face-Saving Fig Leaf?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-07-19
Afghanistan is making progress for a peace agreement, but such an agreement will not necessarily mean an end to war or even assure the Afghan government's survival, says Matthew Hoh…
therealnews.com/stories/will-the-afghan-peace-agreement-be-a-face-saving-fig-leaf

"It Is Not Just War. It Is Life": Acclaimed Doc "For Sama" Offers Rare Glimpse into War-Torn Syria
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-07-18
We look at the award-winning documentary feature titled "For Sama," a devastating account of war-torn Syria told through the eyes of director Waad al-Kateab. She filmed hundreds of hours of footage in her native Aleppo to create a stunning depiction of life during wartime. Amid airstrikes and attacks on hospitals, Waad falls in love with one of the last remaining doctors in Aleppo, gets married and has a baby girl, Sama, to whom the film is dedicated. When protests against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad first began in 2011, Waad al-Kateab was a young economics student who began filming on a cellphone. Fo…
www.democracynow.org/2019/7/18/for_sama_award_winning_documentary_syria

"It Is Not Just War. It Is Life": Acclaimed Doc "For Sama" Offers Rare Glimpse into War-Torn Syria
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-07-18
We look at the award-winning documentary feature titled "For Sama," a devastating account of war-torn Syria told through the eyes of director Waad al-Kateab. She filmed hundreds of hours of footage in her native Aleppo to create a stunning depiction of life during wartime. Amid airstrikes and attacks on hospitals, Waad falls in love with one of the last remaining doctors in Aleppo, gets married and has a baby girl, Sama, to whom the film is dedicated. When protests against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad first began in 2011, Waad al-Kateab was a young economics student who began filming on a cellphone. Fo…
www.democracynow.org/2019/7/18/for_sama_award_winning_documentary_syria

Travels in the South
Michele Willens | thenation.com | 2019-07-18
Travels in the South…
thenation.com/article/national-memorial-peace-justice-montgomery-alabama/

Ilhan Omar's bill backs Americans' right to boycott Israel. Here's why it will fail
rt.com | 2019-07-18
Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has introduced a bill that would protect the right to boycott Israel, apparently related to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. We look at why the legislation is bound to be dead on arrival. | …
rt.com/usa/464519-omar-bds-bill-analysis/

Trump's Racist Rhetoric is Deliberate — Will It Lead Us to Fascism?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-07-17
Henry Giroux dissects how the potential path to fascism is laid bare in Trump's rhetoric and policies. The voices of the four Congresswomen speak to another American future…
therealnews.com/stories/trumps-racist-rhetoric-is-deliberate-will-it-lead-us-to-fascism

"Our Squad Is Big": Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Tlaib and Pressley Condemn Trump's Racist Attack
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-07-16
Congressmembers Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar condemned President Trump's spate of racist attacks against them in a news conference Monday. Their public rebuke followed Trump tweeting Sunday telling them to "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came." The comments have been widely condemned as racist and xenophobic. We hear from the progressive congresswomen in their own words.
www.democracynow.org/2019/7/16/trump_racist_attacks_congresswomen_of_color

2020 Hopeful Julián Castro Vows to Break Up ICE & Calls Trump's New Asylum Rule Unconstitutional
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-07-16
As Trump faced national rebuke for his racist comments against four progressive congresswomen, his administration announced a new rule essentially banning most immigrants from seeking refuge in the United States. The rule, which the ACLU has already vowed to challenge in court, would deny asylum to any migrant who failed to apply for protection in another country they passed through on the way to the U.S. border–including children traveling alone. If enacted, the law would effectively block people from Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, as well as Haitians, Cubans and many people from African countries, who…
www.democracynow.org/2019/7/16/julian_castro_trump_racist_attacks

SPLC Action Fund: Congress should adopt NO HATE Act to neutralize growing threat from white supremacists
Lecia Brooks, SPLC Action Fund | splcenter.org | 2019-07-01
Members of Congress recently introduced new legislation that would improve reporting on hate crimes and expand assistance and resources to hate crime victims.
splcenter.org/news/2019/07/01/splc-action-fund-congress-should-adopt-no-hate-act-neutralize-growing-threat-white