Daily Archives: August 1, 2018

2018-08-01: News Headlines

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-08-01). General Elections in Zimbabwe: Results Uncertain but Seventy Percent of Eligible Voters Turnout. therealnews.com From the ousting of Mugabe to the unprecedented voter turnout for this election, it is clear that the people are engaged and demanding change says Prof. Horace Campbell

Ajamu Baraka (2018-08-01). Trump and the Politics of Neoliberal Destruction. counterpunch.org With the outrageous decision by the Trump White House to bar a CNN propagandist posing as a reporter, more people are now starting to make the connection between press freedom and the issue of the "right to know" and of unimpeded information. But we have to ask once again, where was this concern when democrats under Obama were using the espionage act to jail whistleblowers and prosecuting journalists? More

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-08-01). Sanders' Plan to Eliminate Bail Could Hit Corporate Roadblock. therealnews.com Local advocates who have fought to eliminate bail at the state level say the well-funded bail lobby will fight to keep a system that monetizes criminal justice

teleSUR/LJS (2018-08-01). Argentina Marches For 'Disappeared' Activist Santiago Maldonado. telesurtv.net Santiago's brother said: "Tomorrow we summon everyone to Plaza de Mayo… to demand truth and justice for Santiago and for all the disappeared in dictatorship and democracy."

Herbert Dyer, Jr. (2018-08-01). It Really Is Open Season on Black People. counterpunch.org "It just feels like they're coming for us. It's not paranoia. It's objectively just looking at what is happening…It used to be people felt shame for being a racist or saying the word 'nigger'. Not now." — Eva Patterson, founder of Oakland's Equal Justice Society, on the murder of 18-year-old Nia Wilsonby a white supremacist More

Dr. Vandana Shiva (2018-08-01). The Seeds Of Suicide: How Monsanto Destroys Farming. globalresearch.ca Control over seed is the first link in the food chain because seed is the source of life. When a corporation controls seed, it controls life, especially the life of farmers.

Vicky Peláez (2018-08-01). The Prison Industry in the United States: Big Business or a New Form of Slavery? globalresearch.ca This incisive and carefully researched article was first published by Global Research ten years ago in March 2008. | Human rights organizations, as well as political and social ones, are condemning what they are calling a new form of inhumane exploitation …

Faramarz Davar (2018-08-01). Can Iran Legally Close the Strait of Hormuz? globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | This article was first published on GR on July 9, 2018 | On Tuesday, July 3, President Hassan Rouhani implicitly threatened to close the strategic Strait of Hormuz and prevent countries from …

Kevin Ryan (2018-08-01). Former FBI Director Robert Mueller's History of Cover-Ups. globalresearch.ca Former FBI Director Robert Mueller has been in the news lately due to his inquiry into Russian alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. elections. | After a 12-year stint leading the Bureau, the longest ever since J. Edgar Hoover, Mueller is …

Samantha Borek (2018-07-31). Remembering Ron Dellums Who Fought Against War, Apartheid and Poverty. truthout.org Legendary anti-war activist, former Oakland mayor and longtime Democratic congressmember Ron Dellums of Oakland, California, died on Monday at the age of 82. A self-described socialist and radical, Dellums served in the House for 27 years, leading the congressional opposition to the Vietnam War and apartheid in South Africa. His activism landed him on President Richard Nixon's enemies list. Ron Dellums opposed bloated military spending throughout his career, instead pushing for increased investment in housing, health care and education. We remember Ron Dellums by airing part of a 2015 Democracy Now! interview with the famed congressmember. | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, Democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I'm Amy Goodman with Juan González. | JUAN GONZàÅLEZ: We spend the rest of the hour remembering former Democratic Congressmember Ron Dellums of Oakland, California, who died on Monday at…

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-07-31). 'Shameful Moral Weakness': Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Says NFL Move to Deny Players the Right to Kneel Is a 'Disgrace to the Constitution'. alternet.org "If it were white people suffering those same statistics, you wouldn't even play the national anthem," he wrote. | National Basketball Association legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Tuesday published an open letter to the National Football League, writing that to deny players the right to protest "is a disgrace to the Constitution, the opposite of patriotism and shameful mora. . .

Samantha Borek (2018-07-31). Boston Globe Exposé Reveals TSA Is Secretly Surveilling Thousands of Travellers. truthout.org A Boston Globe investigation has revealed the existence of a domestic surveillance program run by the Transportation Security Administration, or TSA, which has been shadowing US citizens on planes and in airports since 2012. Under the program, called "Quiet Skies," federal air marshals collect information about US travelers, including common behavior like using the bathroom repeatedly, sleeping on flights or sweating heavily. In the wake of the Globe investigation, TSA officials have bowed to pressure from Congress and plan to meet with the House and Senate Homeland Security Committees. We speak with Jana Winter, the Boston Globe Spotlight Fellow who broke the story. Her investigation is headlined, "Welcome to the Quiet Skies." | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, Democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I'm Amy Goodman. | JUAN GONZàÅLEZ: And I'm Juan González. Welcome to all of…

TeleSur English (2018-07-31). Venezuelans Mark 1st Year of National Constituent Assembly. venezuelanalysis.com Monday's celebrations marked the anniversary of the ANC's founding, which brought peace to Caribbean country by ending the violent guarimbas.

BCSCF (2018-07-31). NATO is a Goldmine for US Weapons' Industries. mintpressnews.com Countries of the NATO military alliance have been ordered by President Trump to increase their spending on weapons, and the reasons for his insistence they do so are becoming clearer. It's got nothing to do with any defence rationale, because, after all, the Secretary General of the US-NATO military alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, has admitted that " we don't see any imminent threat against any NATO ally" and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute recorded in its 2018 World Report that "at $66.3 billion, Russia's military spending in 2017 was 20 per cent lower than in 2016." | Even Radio Free Europe, the US government's anti-Russia broadcaster, records that Russia has reduced its defence spending. | There is demonstrably no threat whatever to any NATO country by Russia, but this is considered irrelevant in the context…

Democracy Now! (2018-07-31). Ron Dellums (1935-2018): Organizing for Peace Forces Us to Challenge All Forms of Injustice. democracynow.org Ron Dellums, the legendary politician and anti-war activist who fought against U.S. intervention around the globe, apartheid in South Africa and the Vietnam War, has died at the age of 82. During his nearly three decades in Congress, Dellums opposed every major U.S. military intervention except a bill in 1992 to send troops to Somalia. This legacy began when Dellums pushed for the House to conduct a probe into U.S. war crimes committed in Vietnam shortly after taking office in 1970. When this effort failed, Dellums held his own ad hoc war crimes hearings. The celebrated congressmember once said, "I am not going t…

Middle East Monitor (2018-07-31). Israel's Takeover of Freedom Flotilla Was Not 'Peaceful'. mintpressnews.com The International Committee for Breaking the Siege of Gaza expressed its concern for the safety of the international solidarity activists who were on board the Gaza-bound Al-Awda (Return) boat which was boarded by the Israeli navy on Sunday. | Activist on board on the boat were reportedly assaulted by masked Israeli soldiers. They were then detained by the Israeli naval forces and held at Givon prison in Ashdod. Among those assaulted was 69-year-old British activist and orthopaedic consultant Dr. Swee Ang. | New Zealand Unite Union leader Mike Treen was also among those attacked and unlawfully detained by the Israeli military. | Treen was tasered repeatedly and subsequently tightly handcuffed, Unite Union confirmed. He is currently recovering from injuries to his face and head sustained as a result of the violent Israeli takeover of Al-Awda. | The union also confirmed…

Valentina Pereda (2018-07-31). A Family Faces an Impossible Choice: Reunite Child With Her Detained Mother or Undocumented Father? theintercept.com Jhoseline was still in detention and likely to be deported, while Miguel could end up deported himself if he engaged with the system.

Samantha Borek (2018-07-31). How American Islamophobes Peddle Falsehoods. truthout.org Anti-Muslim activists in the United States were operating in a "post-truth era" and putting out "alternative facts" long before those phrases entered the language. For the last decade they have been spreading provable falsehoods through their well-organized network of publications and websites. | A major theme of those falsehoods is telling the US public that Islam is inherently dangerous and that American Muslims, even if they do not embrace extremist religious beliefs or violent actions, are still a threat to national security. To back up that conclusion, the well-funded Islamophobia publicity machine incessantly repeats two specific assertions. | The first is that Muslims in this country have been engaged in a "stealth" or "civilizational jihad" — a long-term, far-reaching conspiracy to infiltrate the US legal system and other public institutions and bring America under Islamic law. The companion claim is that mainstream Muslim-American…

Justin Anderson (2018-07-31). Reporting on Medicare for All Makes Media Forget How Math Works. fair.org CBS News (7/30/18) | "Medicare for All," a federally funded universal healthcare plan championed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vermont—Ind.), has quickly become a key issue for progressive voters evaluating Democratic Party candidates for the 2018 midterm elections and the 2020 presidential race. The plan would provide coverage for the 40 million currently uninsured in the United States, a gap that is estimated to cause tens of thousands of deaths annually. Despite this, Medicare for All has received no shortage of negative coverage in the media, all revolving around the same question: Just how are we going to pay for it? | A study on the cost of Medicare for All was recently conducted by Charles Blahous for the libertarian-leaning Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Blahous' study projected that Sanders' Medicare for All system,…

pacbi (2018-07-31). Team Justice Scores. Adidas No Longer Sponsoring Israel Football Association. bdsmovement.net Team Justice Scores. Adidas No Longer Sponsoring Israel Football Association: Update Cultural Boycott Red Card IsraelFollowing a global campaign, Adidas is no longer sponsoring football teams in illegal Israeli settlements. Palestinians call on new sponsor Puma to end complicity with Israel's violations of international law. | July 31, 2018 | By: | | Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI)

Lisa Thompson (2018-07-31). BRICS and Civil Society 2018: Social Justice versus the Diplomacy Game. counterpunch.org The annual BRICS Summit at the Sandton Convention Centre attracted much hype and generally affirming media coverage. Part of the reason for relentless positivity towards the Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) alliance is press coverage in the country's leading newspaper chain arranged by Iqbal Survé. As head of the Independent newspapers as well as the BRICS Business More

Democracy Now! (2018-07-31). Headlines for July 31, 2018. democracynow.org Judge Orders All Children Transferred Out of Texas Detention Center over Abuse Claims, Trump Praises Italy's Far-Right Anti-Immigration Policies, Trump Administration Proposes $100 Billion Tax Cut for the Rich, Trump Says He'd Meet with Iranian President Without Preconditions, Top FEMA Official Resigned amid Sexual Harassment Investigation, Robert Wilkie Sworn In as New Veterans Affairs Secretary, States Sue to Block Blueprints for 3D-Printable Guns from Going Online, Tens of Thousands of California Residents Flee Deadly Wildfires, Justice Department to Create "Religious Liberty Task Force", Former Trump Campaign…

Ed Simon, History News Network (2018-07-31). Does the Arc of the Moral Universe Really Bend Toward Justice? alternet.org Ours is a despairing moment, but not one without a certain amount of hope. | Almost a year before the Confederates fired on Ft. Sumter and a bookish, bald, kind-faced minister and professor named Theodor Parker would die while being treated for tuberculosis in temperate Florence, being very far from his birthplace of Lexington, Massachusetts. Rev. Parker was of the New England intellectual vanguard; conversant with the transcendentalism of. . .

Stephen Lendman (2018-07-31). Trump Willing to Meet with Iran to Improve Ties? Public Relations Amidst Hostile Threats. globalresearch.ca US relations with Iran have been dismal since its 1979 revolution, Trump more hostile than his predecessors. | Longstanding US policy calls for regime change. A joint US/Israeli working group was established to destabilize the Islamic Republic by orchestrating anti-government protests …

Ellen Brown (2018-07-31). Central Bank "Independence": Trump Takes on the Federal Reserve. globalresearch.ca The president has criticized Federal Reserve policy for undermining his attempts to build the economy. The best way to make the central bank serve the needs of the economy is to make it a public utility. | For nearly half a …

Freedom Flotilla Coalition (2018-07-31). Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Violently Board and Attack the Freedom Flotilla Al Awda and Participants. globalresearch.ca The statement made by the Israeli authorities that the Freedom Flotilla Coalition's Al Awda boat was intercepted, boarded and redirected from Gaza, Palestine to Ashdod, Israel on 29 July without incident is false. According to first hand evidence that we …

Leonid Savin (2018-07-31). Washington In The Maelstrom Of Current Global Politics. globalresearch.ca The past few weeks have been busy with events that have had a powerful impact on the security of the world, and key roles in those incidents have been played by the US and directly by the US president. Those …

Dr. Swee Ang (2018-07-31). Dr. Swee Ang and Palestine: the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza. globalresearch.ca Update: "The International Committee for Breaking the Siege of Gaza expressed its concern for the safety of the international solidarity activists who were on board the Gaza-bound Al-Awda (Return) boat which was boarded by the Israeli navy on Sunday. | Activist …

Dana Visalli (2018-07-31). Afghanistan: The Legacy of the British Empire. A Brief History. globalresearch.ca Relevant article selected from the GR archive, first published on GR in March 2013. | A brief review of the recent history of Afghanistan explains some of the background pertaining to today's crisis in the country. | To begin with, Afghanistan is …

The Conversation (2018-07-31). Religion Does Not Determine a Person's Morality. alternet.org People take or leave religious morality according to some internal moral compass they already have. | Most religious people think their morality comes from their religion. And deeply religious people often wonder how atheists can have any morality at all. I'm going to use Christianity as my example, not because it's representative of religion in general, but because there's a lot of research on Christians, and because many readers will like. . .

Andrew Korybko (2018-07-31). BRICST: Turkey Wants to Join BRICS, Weighing The Pros And Cons. globalresearch.ca The Turkish President's proposal for including his country in BRICS sounds very promising but might end up being a challenge to implement, though one should ask if it ultimately matters whether it joins the bloc or not. | The Turkish President …

Shane Quinn (2018-07-31). Global Species Extinction: Humans Are Now the Asteroid Hitting the Earth. globalresearch.ca The rate of global species extinction is today roughly what it was 66 million years ago, after an asteroid six to nine miles across careered into south-eastern Mexico, quickly wiping out the dinosaurs and much else. The force of the …

Junaid S. Ahmad (2018-07-31). Pakistan's Elections and the Rise of Political Consciousness by the Pakistani People. globalresearch.ca The fever-pitched aura around this year's elections in Pakistan was for good reason: a palpable feeling of transition from the old to the new was in the air. Meanwhile, the Western mainstream (and alternative) media, as well as much of …

William Blum (2018-07-31). "US-Gate"? Overthrowing Other People's Governments: The Master List of U.S. "Regime Changes" globalresearch.ca GR Editor's Note | This incisive list of countries by William Blum was first published in 2013, posted on Global Research in 2014. | In relation to recent developments in Latin America and the Middle East, it is worth recalling the history …

South Front (2018-07-31). Damascus Is One Step Away From Liberating Entire Southern Syria. globalresearch.ca ISIS members retreated from the town of Shajarah and the villages of As`arah and Ma`rabah east of the Golan Heights under pressure from Syrian government forces. Thus, the terrorist group remained in control of only 3 villages in the area….

True Publica (2018-07-31). US Intensifies Campaign against Iran to Incite Unrest. globalresearch.ca Iranian military officials have warned of extracting "revenge from foreign intelligence services", as Reuters reported that an aggressive campaign against Tehran has been launched by Washington. On Sunday, the Reuters news agency said that senior officials in the administration of …

Bryant Brown (2018-07-31). The Subservient Role of Governments. How Economics Changed to Work against Us. globalresearch.ca Do you wonder; | • Why is there so much national debt? | • Where has the middle class gone? | • Why do my kids have less opportunity than I did? | If so, this book by Gordon Bryant Brown is for you!…

Randi Nord (2018-07-31). The US-Backed Coalition in Yemen: Triggering Another Massive Cholera Epidemic. globalresearch.ca The U.S.-supported Saudi-led coalition in Yemen carried out multiple airstrike attacks across Yemen on Friday, Islam's holy day. Although the raids were not absent of casualties, today's airstrikes appeared to target vital civilian infrastructure rather than human life. The continual …

Makia Freeman (2018-07-31). ISIS Is a US-Israeli Creation. Top Ten "Indications" globalresearch.ca Relevant article first posted on GR in April 2016. | ISIS is a US-Israeli creation, a fact as clear as the sky is blue. It's a truth as black and white as the colors on their flag. For many alternative news …

Greg Guma (2018-07-31). Dawn of the Decadent: Breakdown of Culture, Emerging Psychic Assault on Humanity. globalresearch.ca Long before Donald Trump's malignant narcissism plunged the United States and the world into a hall of mirrors, thought leaders like Christopher Lasch warned about an emerging psychic assault on humanity and a breakdown of culture. | Most of the population …

Jo-Shing Yang (2018-07-31). The New "Water Barons": Wall Street Mega-Banks are Buying up the World's Water. globalresearch.ca Mega-banks and investing powerhouses such as Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, UBS, Deutsche Bank, the Blackstone Group, Allianz, and HSBC Bank, among others, are consolidating their control over water.

Freedom Flotilla Coalition (2018-07-31). Freedom Flotilla to Gaza: Most Participants Still in Prison: Grave Concern for Safety and Cargo. globalresearch.ca Two people from Al Awda (The Return) have been released, but most of the crew and participants are still in unlawful detention at Givon prison in Israel. We are still gravely concerned for their safety and well-being as we had …

Manlio Dinucci (2018-07-31). VIDEO — "Die Kunst des Krieges". Die Kriegsreaktion auf die Verhandlungen. globalresearch.ca "Sie haben unsere Demokratie angegriffen. Wir kümmern uns nicht um Ihre Dementis, wie heruntergekommene Spieler. Wenn Sie diese Haltung einnehmen, werden wir es als einen Akt des Krieges betrachten ". So hätte, laut Thomas Friedman, bekannter Kolumnist der New York …

Brian Cloughley (2018-07-31). NATO Is a Goldmine for US Weapons' Industries. globalresearch.ca Countries of the NATO military alliance have been ordered by President Trump to increase their spending on weapons, and the reasons for his insistence they do so are becoming clearer. It's got nothing to do with any defence rationale, because, …

Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya (2018-07-31). Saddam Hussein's Last Words: "To the Hell that is Iraq!?" globalresearch.ca The barbaric lynching of Saddam Hussein was a carefully staged U.S. sponsored PSYOP, with a view to triggering social divisions and fomenting sectarian violence.

Samantha Borek (2018-07-31). Top Interior Officials Ordered Parks to End Science Policy, Emails Show. truthout.org As deputy director of the National Park Service, Michael Reynolds played a key role in developing a sweeping new vision for managing national parks. The new policy, enacted in the final weeks of the Obama administration, elevated the role that science played in decision-making and emphasized that parks should take precautionary steps to protect natural and historic treasures. | But eight months later, as the first acting director of the Park Service under President Donald Trump, Reynolds rescinded this policy, known as Director's Order 100. Newly released documents suggest that top Interior Department officials intervened, ordering Reynolds to rescind it. | A memo addressed to Reynolds states: "Pursuant to direction from (Interior) Secretary (Ryan) Zinke, I hereby instruct you to rescind Director's Order #100." | Reynolds, now the superintendent of Yosemite National Park, did not respond to requests for an interview. | The…

RT (2018-07-31). Texas cops notch up another bizarre call-out as fish-lover masterminds shark-nap from aquarium. rt.com A man has been arrested in connection with the theft of a horn shark from a public aquarium in San Antonio, Texas. The suspect and his accomplices wheeled out the animal wrapped in a blanket and in a baby carriage.

RT (2018-07-31). Openly anti-Trump academics hired to fix Twitter's 'conversational health' — the Right not impressed. rt.com For the sake of "healthy conversation," Twitter has put together a research team to combat prejudice and discrimination. Soon, conservatives noticed the new task force was staffed with #Resistance members and Trump haters.

Human Rights Watch (2018-07-31). China's Victims of Sexual Harassment Denied Justice. hrw.org A vendor sells #MeToo badges a protest march for survivors of sexual assault and their supporters in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California U.S. November 12, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters | Among the over 50 million court verdicts from 2010…

Max Blumenthal (2018-07-30). How Washington and Soft Power NGO's Manipulated Nicaragua's Death Toll to Drive Regime Change and Sanctions. grayzoneproject.com Did Nicaragua's Sandinista government really kill 300+ peaceful protesters? A forensic analysis of the death toll exposes the claim as…

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Trump and the Politics of Neoliberal Destruction
Ajamu Baraka | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-01
With the outrageous decision by the Trump White House to bar a CNN propagandist posing as a reporter, more people are now starting to make the connection between press freedom and the issue of the "right to know" and of unimpeded information. But we have to ask once again, where was this concern when democrats under Obama were using the espionage act to jail whistleblowers and prosecuting journalists?
counterpunch.org/2018/08/01/trump-and-th…

Sanders' Plan to Eliminate Bail Could Hit Corporate Roadblock
Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-08-01
Local advocates who have fought to eliminate bail at the state level say the well-funded bail lobby will fight to keep a system that monetizes criminal justice | The post Sanders' Plan to Eliminate Bail Could Hit Corporate Roadblock appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/sanders-plan-to-…

It Really Is Open Season on Black People
Herbert Dyer, Jr. | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-01
"It just feels like they're coming for us. It's not paranoia. It's objectively just looking at what is happening…It used to be people felt shame for being a racist or saying the word 'nigger'. Not now." — Eva Patterson, founder of Oakland's Equal Justice Society, on the murder of 18-year-old Nia Wilsonby a white supremacist…
counterpunch.org/2018/08/01/it-really-is…

Argentina Marches For 'Disappeared' Activist Santiago Maldonado
teleSUR/LJS | telesurtv.net | 2018-08-01
Santiago's brother said: "Tomorrow we summon everyone to Plaza de Mayo… to demand truth and justice for Santiago and for all the disappeared in dictatorship and democracy."
telesurtv.net/english/news/Argentina-Mar…

The Seeds Of Suicide: How Monsanto Destroys Farming
Dr. Vandana Shiva | globalresearch.ca | 2018-08-01
Control over seed is the first link in the food chain because seed is the source of life. When a corporation controls seed, it controls life, especially the life of farmers.
globalresearch.ca/the-seeds-of-suicide-h…

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller's History of Cover-Ups
Kevin Ryan | globalresearch.ca | 2018-08-01
Former FBI Director Robert Mueller has been in the news lately due to his inquiry into Russian alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. elections. | After a 12-year stint leading the Bureau, the longest ever since J. Edgar Hoover, Mueller is …
globalresearch.ca/former-fbi-director-ro…

Can Iran Legally Close the Strait of Hormuz?
Faramarz Davar | globalresearch.ca | 2018-08-01
Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | This article was first published on GR on July 9, 2018 | On Tuesday, July 3, President Hassan Rouhani implicitly threatened to close the strategic Strait of Hormuz and prevent countries from …
globalresearch.ca/can-iran-legally-close…

The Prison Industry in the United States: Big Business or a New Form of Slavery?
Vicky Peláez | globalresearch.ca | 2018-08-01
This incisive and carefully researched article was first published by Global Research ten years ago in March 2008. | Human rights organizations, as well as political and social ones, are condemning what they are calling a new form of inhumane exploitation …
globalresearch.ca/the-prison-industry-in…

Remembering Ron Dellums Who Fought Against War, Apartheid and Poverty
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-07-31
Legendary anti-war activist, former Oakland mayor and longtime Democratic congressmember Ron Dellums of Oakland, California, died on Monday at the age of 82. A self-described socialist and radical, Dellums served in the House for 27 years, leading the congressional opposition to the Vietnam War and apartheid in South Africa. His activism landed him on President Richard Nixon's enemies list. Ron Dellums opposed bloated military spending throughout his career, instead pushing for increased investment in housing, health care and education. We remember Ron Dellums by airing part of a 2015 Democracy Now! interview with the famed congressmember. | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, Democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I'm Amy Goodman with Juan González. | JUAN GONZàÅLEZ: We spend the rest of the hour remembering former Democratic Congressmember Ron Dellums of Oakland, California, who died on Monday at…
truthout.org/video/remembering-ron-dellu…

'Shameful Moral Weakness': Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Says NFL Move to Deny Players the Right to Kneel Is a 'Disgrace to the Constitution'
Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-31
"If it were white people suffering those same statistics, you wouldn't even play the national anthem," he wrote. | National Basketball Association legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Tuesday published an open letter to the National Football League, writing that to deny players the right to protest "is a disgrace to the Constitution, the opposite of patriotism and shameful mora. . .
alternet.org/shameful-moral-weakness-kar…

Ron Dellums (1935-2018): Organizing for Peace Forces Us to Challenge All Forms of Injustice
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-07-31
Ron Dellums, the legendary politician and anti-war activist who fought against U.S. intervention around the globe, apartheid in South Africa and the Vietnam War, has died at the age of 82. During his nearly three decades in Congress, Dellums opposed every major U.S. military intervention except a bill in 1992 to send troops to Somalia. This legacy began when Dellums pushed for the House to conduct a probe into U.S. war crimes committed in Vietnam shortly after taking office in 1970. When this effort failed, Dellums held his own ad hoc war crimes hearings. The celebrated congressmember once said, "I am not going t…
democracynow.org/2018/7/31/ron_dellums_1…

NATO is a Goldmine for US Weapons' Industries
BCSCF | mintpressnews.com | 2018-07-31
Countries of the NATO military alliance have been ordered by President Trump to increase their spending on weapons, and the reasons for his insistence they do so are becoming clearer. It's got nothing to do with any defence rationale, because, after all, the Secretary General of the US-NATO military alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, has admitted that " we don't see any imminent threat against any NATO ally" and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute recorded in its 2018 World Report that "at $66.3 billion, Russia's military spending in 2017 was 20 per cent lower than in 2016." | Even Radio Free Europe, the US government's anti-Russia broadcaster, records that Russia has reduced its defence spending. | There is demonstrably no threat whatever to any NATO country by Russia, but this is considered irrelevant in the context…
mintpressnews.com/nato-us-weapons-indust…

Venezuelans Mark 1st Year of National Constituent Assembly
TeleSur English | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-07-31
Monday's celebrations marked the anniversary of the ANC's founding, which brought peace to Caribbean country by ending the violent guarimbas.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/13970

Boston Globe Exposé Reveals TSA Is Secretly Surveilling Thousands of Travellers
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-07-31
A Boston Globe investigation has revealed the existence of a domestic surveillance program run by the Transportation Security Administration, or TSA, which has been shadowing US citizens on planes and in airports since 2012. Under the program, called "Quiet Skies," federal air marshals collect information about US travelers, including common behavior like using the bathroom repeatedly, sleeping on flights or sweating heavily. In the wake of the Globe investigation, TSA officials have bowed to pressure from Congress and plan to meet with the House and Senate Homeland Security Committees. We speak with Jana Winter, the Boston Globe Spotlight Fellow who broke the story. Her investigation is headlined, "Welcome to the Quiet Skies." | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, Democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I'm Amy Goodman. | JUAN GONZàÅLEZ: And I'm Juan González. Welcome to all of…
truthout.org/video/boston-globe-expose-r…

Israel's Takeover of Freedom Flotilla Was Not 'Peaceful'
Middle East Monitor | mintpressnews.com | 2018-07-31
The International Committee for Breaking the Siege of Gaza expressed its concern for the safety of the international solidarity activists who were on board the Gaza-bound Al-Awda (Return) boat which was boarded by the Israeli navy on Sunday. | Activist on board on the boat were reportedly assaulted by masked Israeli soldiers. They were then detained by the Israeli naval forces and held at Givon prison in Ashdod. Among those assaulted was 69-year-old British activist and orthopaedic consultant Dr. Swee Ang. | New Zealand Unite Union leader Mike Treen was also among those attacked and unlawfully detained by the Israeli military. | Treen was tasered repeatedly and subsequently tightly handcuffed, Unite Union confirmed. He is currently recovering from injuries to his face and head sustained as a result of the violent Israeli takeover of Al-Awda. | The union also confirmed…
mintpressnews.com/freedom-flotilla-israe…

How American Islamophobes Peddle Falsehoods
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-07-31
Anti-Muslim activists in the United States were operating in a "post-truth era" and putting out "alternative facts" long before those phrases entered the language. For the last decade they have been spreading provable falsehoods through their well-organized network of publications and websites. | A major theme of those falsehoods is telling the US public that Islam is inherently dangerous and that American Muslims, even if they do not embrace extremist religious beliefs or violent actions, are still a threat to national security. To back up that conclusion, the well-funded Islamophobia publicity machine incessantly repeats two specific assertions. | The first is that Muslims in this country have been engaged in a "stealth" or "civilizational jihad" — a long-term, far-reaching conspiracy to infiltrate the US legal system and other public institutions and bring America under Islamic law. The companion claim is that mainstream Muslim-American…
truthout.org/articles/how-american-islam…

A Family Faces an Impossible Choice: Reunite Child With Her Detained Mother or Undocumented Father?
Valentina Pereda | theintercept.com | 2018-07-31
Jhoseline was still in detention and likely to be deported, while Miguel could end up deported himself if he engaged with the system. | The post A Family Faces an Impossible Choice: Reunite Child With Her Detained Mother or Undocumented Father? appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2018/07/31/family-reuni…

Reporting on Medicare for All Makes Media Forget How Math Works
Justin Anderson | fair.org | 2018-07-31
CBS News (7/30/18) | "Medicare for All," a federally funded universal healthcare plan championed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vermont–Ind.), has quickly become a key issue for progressive voters evaluating Democratic Party candidates for the 2018 midterm elections and the 2020 presidential race. The plan would provide coverage for the 40 million currently uninsured in the United States, a gap that is estimated to cause tens of thousands of deaths annually. Despite this, Medicare for All has received no shortage of negative coverage in the media, all revolving around the same question: Just how are we going to pay for it? | A study on the cost of Medicare for All was recently conducted by Charles Blahous for the libertarian-leaning Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Blahous' study projected that Sanders' Medicare for All system,…
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Team Justice Scores. Adidas No Longer Sponsoring Israel Football Association
pacbi | bdsmovement.net | 2018-07-31
Team Justice Scores. Adidas No Longer Sponsoring Israel Football Association: Update Cultural Boycott Red Card IsraelFollowing a global campaign, Adidas is no longer sponsoring football teams in illegal Israeli settlements. Palestinians call on new sponsor Puma to end complicity with Israel's violations of international law. | July 31, 2018 | By:
| | Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) …
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BRICS and Civil Society 2018: Social Justice versus the Diplomacy Game
Lisa Thompson | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-31
The annual BRICS Summit at the Sandton Convention Centre attracted much hype and generally affirming media coverage. Part of the reason for relentless positivity towards the Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) alliance is press coverage in the country's leading newspaper chain arranged by Iqbal Survé. As head of the Independent newspapers as well as the BRICS Business…
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Headlines for July 31, 2018
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-07-31
Judge Orders All Children Transferred Out of Texas Detention Center over Abuse Claims, Trump Praises Italy's Far-Right Anti-Immigration Policies, Trump Administration Proposes $100 Billion Tax Cut for the Rich, Trump Says He'd Meet with Iranian President Without Preconditions, Top FEMA Official Resigned amid Sexual Harassment Investigation, Robert Wilkie Sworn In as New Veterans Affairs Secretary, States Sue to Block Blueprints for 3D-Printable Guns from Going Online, Tens of Thousands of California Residents Flee Deadly Wildfires, Justice Department to Create "Religious Liberty Task Force", Former Trump Campaign…
democracynow.org/2018/7/31/headlines

Does the Arc of the Moral Universe Really Bend Toward Justice?
Ed Simon, History News Network | alternet.org | 2018-07-31
Ours is a despairing moment, but not one without a certain amount of hope. | Almost a year before the Confederates fired on Ft. Sumter and a bookish, bald, kind-faced minister and professor named Theodor Parker would die while being treated for tuberculosis in temperate Florence, being very far from his birthplace of Lexington, Massachusetts. Rev. Parker was of the New England intellectual vanguard; conversant with the transcendentalism of. . .
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US Intensifies Campaign against Iran to Incite Unrest
True Publica | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-31
Iranian military officials have warned of extracting "revenge from foreign intelligence services", as Reuters reported that an aggressive campaign against Tehran has been launched by Washington. On Sunday, the Reuters news agency said that senior officials in the administration of …
globalresearch.ca/us-intensifies-campaig…

NATO Is a Goldmine for US Weapons' Industries
Brian Cloughley | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-31
Countries of the NATO military alliance have been ordered by President Trump to increase their spending on weapons, and the reasons for his insistence they do so are becoming clearer. It's got nothing to do with any defence rationale, because, …
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Saddam Hussein's Last Words: "To the Hell that is Iraq!?"
Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-31
The barbaric lynching of Saddam Hussein was a carefully staged U.S. sponsored PSYOP, with a view to triggering social divisions and fomenting sectarian violence.
globalresearch.ca/saddam-hussein-s-last-…

Pakistan's Elections and the Rise of Political Consciousness by the Pakistani People
Junaid S. Ahmad | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-31
The fever-pitched aura around this year's elections in Pakistan was for good reason: a palpable feeling of transition from the old to the new was in the air. Meanwhile, the Western mainstream (and alternative) media, as well as much of …
globalresearch.ca/pakistans-elections-an…

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Violently Board and Attack the Freedom Flotilla Al Awda and Participants
Freedom Flotilla Coalition | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-31
The statement made by the Israeli authorities that the Freedom Flotilla Coalition's Al Awda boat was intercepted, boarded and redirected from Gaza, Palestine to Ashdod, Israel on 29 July without incident is false. According to first hand evidence that we …
globalresearch.ca/israeli-occupation-for…

Religion Does Not Determine a Person's Morality
The Conversation | alternet.org | 2018-07-31
People take or leave religious morality according to some internal moral compass they already have. | Most religious people think their morality comes from their religion. And deeply religious people often wonder how atheists can have any morality at all. I'm going to use Christianity as my example, not because it's representative of religion in general, but because there's a lot of research on Christians, and because many readers will like. . .
alternet.org/news-amp-politics/religion-…

The New "Water Barons": Wall Street Mega-Banks are Buying up the World's Water
Jo-Shing Yang | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-31
Mega-banks and investing powerhouses such as Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, UBS, Deutsche Bank, the Blackstone Group, Allianz, and HSBC Bank, among others, are consolidating their control over water.
globalresearch.ca/the-new-water-barons-w…

Trump Willing to Meet with Iran to Improve Ties? Public Relations Amidst Hostile Threats
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-31
US relations with Iran have been dismal since its 1979 revolution, Trump more hostile than his predecessors. | Longstanding US policy calls for regime change. A joint US/Israeli working group was established to destabilize the Islamic Republic by orchestrating anti-government protests …
globalresearch.ca/trump-willing-to-meet-…

VIDEO — "Die Kunst des Krieges". Die Kriegsreaktion auf die Verhandlungen
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-31
"Sie haben unsere Demokratie angegriffen. Wir kümmern uns nicht um Ihre Dementis, wie heruntergekommene Spieler. Wenn Sie diese Haltung einnehmen, werden wir es als einen Akt des Krieges betrachten ". So hätte, laut Thomas Friedman, bekannter Kolumnist der New York …
globalresearch.ca/video-die-kunst-des-kr…

Central Bank "Independence": Trump Takes on the Federal Reserve
Ellen Brown | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-31
The president has criticized Federal Reserve policy for undermining his attempts to build the economy. The best way to make the central bank serve the needs of the economy is to make it a public utility. | For nearly half a …
globalresearch.ca/central-bank-independe…

BRICST: Turkey Wants to Join BRICS, Weighing The Pros And Cons
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-31
The Turkish President's proposal for including his country in BRICS sounds very promising but might end up being a challenge to implement, though one should ask if it ultimately matters whether it joins the bloc or not. | The Turkish President …
globalresearch.ca/bricst-turkey-wants-to…

Freedom Flotilla to Gaza: Most Participants Still in Prison: Grave Concern for Safety and Cargo
Freedom Flotilla Coalition | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-31
Two people from Al Awda (The Return) have been released, but most of the crew and participants are still in unlawful detention at Givon prison in Israel. We are still gravely concerned for their safety and well-being as we had …
globalresearch.ca/freedom-flotilla-to-ga…

"US-Gate"? Overthrowing Other People's Governments: The Master List of U.S. "Regime Changes"
William Blum | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-31
GR Editor's Note | This incisive list of countries by William Blum was first published in 2013, posted on Global Research in 2014. | In relation to recent developments in Latin America and the Middle East, it is worth recalling the history …
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Afghanistan: The Legacy of the British Empire. A Brief History
Dana Visalli | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-31
Relevant article selected from the GR archive, first published on GR in March 2013. | A brief review of the recent history of Afghanistan explains some of the background pertaining to today's crisis in the country. | To begin with, Afghanistan is …
globalresearch.ca/afghanistan-the-legacy…

ISIS Is a US-Israeli Creation. Top Ten "Indications"
Makia Freeman | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-31
Relevant article first posted on GR in April 2016. | ISIS is a US-Israeli creation, a fact as clear as the sky is blue. It's a truth as black and white as the colors on their flag. For many alternative news …
globalresearch.ca/isis-is-a-us-israeli-c…

The Subservient Role of Governments. How Economics Changed to Work against Us
Bryant Brown | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-31
Do you wonder; | • Why is there so much national debt? | • Where has the middle class gone? | • Why do my kids have less opportunity than I did? | If so, this book by Gordon Bryant Brown is for you!…
globalresearch.ca/the-subservient-role-o…

Damascus Is One Step Away From Liberating Entire Southern Syria
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-31
ISIS members retreated from the town of Shajarah and the villages of As`arah and Ma`rabah east of the Golan Heights under pressure from Syrian government forces. Thus, the terrorist group remained in control of only 3 villages in the area….
globalresearch.ca/damascus-is-one-step-a…

Global Species Extinction: Humans Are Now the Asteroid Hitting the Earth
Shane Quinn | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-31
The rate of global species extinction is today roughly what it was 66 million years ago, after an asteroid six to nine miles across careered into south-eastern Mexico, quickly wiping out the dinosaurs and much else. The force of the …
globalresearch.ca/global-species-extinct…

The US-Backed Coalition in Yemen: Triggering Another Massive Cholera Epidemic
Randi Nord | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-31
The U.S.-supported Saudi-led coalition in Yemen carried out multiple airstrike attacks across Yemen on Friday, Islam's holy day. Although the raids were not absent of casualties, today's airstrikes appeared to target vital civilian infrastructure rather than human life. The continual …
globalresearch.ca/the-us-backed-coalitio…

Washington In The Maelstrom Of Current Global Politics
Leonid Savin | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-31
The past few weeks have been busy with events that have had a powerful impact on the security of the world, and key roles in those incidents have been played by the US and directly by the US president. Those …
globalresearch.ca/washington-in-the-mael…

Dr. Swee Ang and Palestine: the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza
Dr. Swee Ang | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-31
Update: "The International Committee for Breaking the Siege of Gaza expressed its concern for the safety of the international solidarity activists who were on board the Gaza-bound Al-Awda (Return) boat which was boarded by the Israeli navy on Sunday. | Activist …
globalresearch.ca/dr-swee-ang-and-palest…

Dawn of the Decadent: Breakdown of Culture, Emerging Psychic Assault on Humanity
Greg Guma | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-31
Long before Donald Trump's malignant narcissism plunged the United States and the world into a hall of mirrors, thought leaders like Christopher Lasch warned about an emerging psychic assault on humanity and a breakdown of culture. | Most of the population …
globalresearch.ca/dawn-of-the-decadent-b…

Top Interior Officials Ordered Parks to End Science Policy, Emails Show
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-07-31
As deputy director of the National Park Service, Michael Reynolds played a key role in developing a sweeping new vision for managing national parks. The new policy, enacted in the final weeks of the Obama administration, elevated the role that science played in decision-making and emphasized that parks should take precautionary steps to protect natural and historic treasures. | But eight months later, as the first acting director of the Park Service under President Donald Trump, Reynolds rescinded this policy, known as Director's Order 100. Newly released documents suggest that top Interior Department officials intervened, ordering Reynolds to rescind it. | A memo addressed to Reynolds states: "Pursuant to direction from (Interior) Secretary (Ryan) Zinke, I hereby instruct you to rescind Director's Order #100." | Reynolds, now the superintendent of Yosemite National Park, did not respond to requests for an interview. | The…
truthout.org/articles/top-interior-offic…

Openly anti-Trump academics hired to fix Twitter's 'conversational health' — the Right not impressed
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-31
For the sake of "healthy conversation," Twitter has put together a research team to combat prejudice and discrimination. Soon, conservatives noticed the new task force was staffed with #Resistance members and Trump haters.
rt.com/usa/434687-twitter-academics-resi…

China's Victims of Sexual Harassment Denied Justice
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-07-31
A vendor sells #MeToo badges a protest march for survivors of sexual assault and their supporters in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California U.S. November 12, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters | Among the over 50 million court verdicts from 2010…
hrw.org/news/2018/07/31/chinas-victims-s…

Texas cops notch up another bizarre call-out as fish-lover masterminds shark-nap from aquarium
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-31
A man has been arrested in connection with the theft of a horn shark from a public aquarium in San Antonio, Texas. The suspect and his accomplices wheeled out the animal wrapped in a blanket and in a baby carriage.
rt.com/usa/434689-shark-theft-aquarium-t…

No Peace in Colombia as ex-FARC Guerrilla Sonia Awaits Release From US Prison
W. T. Whitney | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-30
On joining the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in 1990, Anayibe Rojas Valderrama, became "Sonia." By then the insurgency had already, for 26 years, been fighting Colombia's rich and powerful over their control of land. Colombian soldiers captured her onFebruary10, 2004. Charged with drug trafficking, Sonia was extradited to the United States on March9,…
counterpunch.org/2018/07/30/no-peace-in-…

Headlines for July 30, 2018
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-07-30
Eight Die as Wildfires Rage Across California, India: More than 500 People Have Died in Monsoon Season So Far, North Korea Returns Remains of U.S. Soldiers Killed During Korean War, Trump Threatens Government Shutdown over Funding for $25 Billion Border Wall, Judge to Appoint Independent Monitor to Oversee Detention Centers with Children, "Quiet Skies: " Boston Globe Reveals TSA Domestic Surveillance Program, Ruth Bader Ginsburg Says She Plans to Serve 5 More Years on Bench, U.S. Officials Hold Direct Peace Talks with the Taliban, Gaza: Israeli Soldiers Kill 3 Palestinians, including 11-Year-Old Boy, Palestinian A…
democracynow.org/2018/7/30/headlines

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