2020-07-16: News Headlines

Ajamu Baraka (2020-07-16). Building Power to Win Is the Revolutionary Approach to "Bourgeois Electoralism" globalresearch.ca We must make clear that it is imperialism that degrades and destroys the earth, makes water a commodity, food a luxury, education an impossibility, and health care a distant dream. | The following is excerpted from a presentation by Ajamu Baraka …

Vijay Prashad (2020-07-16). Laos Has Tackled COVID-19, But It Is Drowning in Debt to International Finance. counterpunch.org On June 11, Laos (Lao People's Democratic Republic)—a country of 7 million in Southeast Asia—said it had temporarily prevailed over COVID-19. Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith said that his country had "gained an important victory in the first campaign against this vicious enemy." The first cases of COVID-19 detected in Laos were registered on March 24; a total of 19 people had been infected with the virus by April 12, and—after 58 days of no new cases—the last patient was discharged on June 9. There were no new cases of COVID-19 in Laos since April 12 (93 days of no new cases as of July…

Ramzy Baroud (2020-07-16). Good News from Washington: AIPAC, Israel Losing to Progressive Democrats. dissidentvoice.org While the US administration of President Donald Trump remains adamant in its support for Israel, the traditional democratic leadership continues to employ underhanded language, the kind of 'strategic ambiguity' that offers full support to Israel and nothing but lip service to Palestine and peace. Trump's policies on Israel and Palestine have been damaging, culminating in …

William rivers Pitt (2020-07-16). Republicans Are Afraid to Attend Their Convention But Want Your Kids in School. zcomm.org The hypocrisy is breathtaking, perhaps literally so if you're a teacher who catches COVID in homeroom. Fortunately, the Trump administration's permanent policy of brazen shamelessness is not having the desired effect…

Staff (2020-07-15). Headlines for July 15, 2020. democracynow.org U.S. Sets Another Single-Day Record with 67,000+ Coronavirus Cases, Trump Admin Orders Hospitals to Bypass CDC on Reporting COVID-19 Data, GOP Convention in Jacksonville May Move Outdoors, as COVID-19 Skyrockets in Florida, U.N. Chief Warns Pandemic May Set Back Global Economy by "Decades", Trump Admin Rescinds Plan to Strip International Student Visas, Jeff Sessions Loses Bid to Reclaim Alabama Senate Seat, Democrats Pick Challengers to GOP Incumbent Senators in Texas & Maine, Progressive Challenger José Garza Unseats District Attorney of Travis County, TX, Joe Biden Unveils $2 Trillion Clean Energy and Jobs Pla…

WSWS (2020-07-15). German Green Party programme: Police-state repression and militarism. wsws.org Germany's Green Party presented a draft party programme in Berlin on 26 June entitled "To care and protect …"

Nikki Carvajal (2020-07-15). Trump Struggles to Say What He Would Do With Another Term for Second Time in a Week. anti-empire.com Editor's note: Despite the Democrats doing everything in their power to throw the election by nominating a vegetable, tacitly getting behind looting and riots, and carpet-bombing the economy and civil liberties (a severe flu season somehow required it) Trump is still losing. The Democrats somehow managed to put together an even weaker case for their ticket than in 2016, but Trump still looks likely to lose to it. | Why? Because Trump 2016 and Trump 2020 are not the same proposition. Where in 2016 it could only be strongly suspected that Trump won't stand or fight for anything, in 2020 that is crystal clear. Trump…

WSWS Repost (2020-07-15). Newsom: allowing SEP candidates on ballot would "frustrate democratic process." indybay.org Democratic Party officials argue that the Socialist Equality Party should have been collecting ballot signatures in California during the dangerous COVID-19 lockdown.

Marwa Osman (2020-07-15). Hezbollah's New Battle—MES EP.62. thealtworld.com 1st Segment | Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah stressed that Lebanon must explore all options to rescue the country's economy while announcing Hezbollah's new front by saying that the Resistance party has decided to be in the heart of agricultural and industrial battle. To discuss this issue with us in Beirut is Dr. Bilal Farhat former Member of Parliament with the Loyalty of the Resistance Bloc, Hezbollah. | 2nd Segment | The U.S.-backed Separatists militias of the anti-Damascus Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), has been impeding the delivery of flour to bread facilities in the northeastern provi…

Margaret Kimberley (2020-07-15). Propaganda Will Not Be Enough to Win Joe Biden the White House. mintpressnews.com The biggest threat to Biden's chances is the continuing suppression of black votes and the refusal of the Democrats to do anything about it.

sputniknews (2020-07-15). Trump Says Cities Run by Dems Are 'Out of Control', Like 'War Zones', Vows to Take Action Next Week. sputniknews.com On Monday, US President Donald Trump said that federal forces could be sent to major cities to quell a wave of criminal violence, which, he said, is "worse than Afghanistan, worse than any war zone", accusing Democratic lawmakers of exploiting resentment caused by nationwide anti-racism and anti-police-brutality protests for political gain.

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-07-15). 'Bye Bye Senator Collins': Victory for Democrat Sarah Gideon in Maine Sets Stage for Crucial US Senate Battle. commondreams.org "We will fight every day to take back our senate seat and ensure Susan Collins never pretends to represent us again." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2020-07-15). Texas and Arizona Request Refrigerated Trucks as Morgues Run Out of Space. truthout.org Refrigerated trucks are en route to Texas and Arizona as morgues struggle to deal with the rising number of deaths resulting from Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, a Democrat, told reporters that at least one morgue in Maricopa County, home to nearly 60% of the state's population, was "near cap…

Fight Back (2020-07-15). Terrorist regime vilifies human rights organizations and victims of human rights violations as terrorist. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement by Jose Maria Sison, National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) Chief Political Consultant. | While it is frenziedly engaged in state terrorism and suppression of democratic rights in the Philippines, the Duterte regime has submitted to the UN Human Rights Office a 137-page report entitled "The Philippine Human Rights Situationer May 2020" to achieve two malicious purposes: | 1) to make false accusations against the Communist Party of the Philippines, New People' Army and the National Democratic Front; and | 2) to slander and vilify the human…

yenisafak (2020-07-15). Fresh Ebola outbreak raises concern in DR Congo. yenisafak.com Nearly a month after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Ebola-free, a fresh wave of the epidemic has hit the western part of the country.Confirming that 48 new cases have been detected in DRC's Equateur province, Mike Ryan, the WHO's top emergency expert admitted that this is still a very active outbreak and a great cause of concern.This could be the 11th Ebola outbreak in the country. On May 14, the WHO and the DRC government had declared the country free from the 10th outbreak of the epidemic.Ebola discovered 40 years ago, known as a hemorrhagic fever virus is sp…

Staff (2020-07-14). Shahid Buttar Mounts A Serious Congressional Race Against Speaker Of The House Nancy Pelosi. therealnews.com Democratic Socialist Buttar is challenging Pelosi as a progressive-sounding centrist who pushes a conservative agenda that enables Trump.

_____ (2020-07-14). Green Party Nominates Two Workers For The White House. popularresistance.org The Green Party of the United States held its presidential nominating convention, a virtual convention, this past weekend. The nominees are Howie Hawkins, a co-founder of the party and the first candidate to bring the Green New Deal to the US, for president and Angela Walker for vice president. Both are members of the working class – a retired Teamster and a truckdriver. Both are also lifelong socialists who are working to build the Green Patry and build unity among the Left in the US. We speak with Howie and Angela about the times in which we live, why they are running and what they hope to accomplish through th…

Staff (2020-07-14). Texas Progressives Eye GOP House Seat That Got Away in 2018. truthout.org The primary race between Democratic candidates Mike Siegel and Pritesh Gandhi is coming down to a competition between progressive endorsements and a well-funded opponent in Siegel, a former civil rights attorney and public school teacher, is considered the progressive in the race with his support of hallmark progressive policies, such as universal healthcare and a Green New Deal. He won endo…

_____ (2020-07-14). Truth And Justice: Green's Trailblazing World Peace Platform. popularresistance.org The Green Party believes that economic development is only environmentally sustainable globally when it's rooted democratically in social and economic justice. As a superpower, our government's domestic militarism is tied to international militarism. Thus, our foreign policy of attacking, through overt and covert warfare, the sovereignty of nation-states to acquire their natural, financial, and human resources to maintain geopolitical supremacy must end if we are to protect ourselves and the people of the world against the corporate hijacking of our foreign policy. Our interests are best served in respecting inte…

Alexandra Jaffe, Ellen Knickmeyer, Will Weissert (2020-07-14). Biden introduces climate change plan with energy revamp. peoplesworld.org WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Joe Biden released a plan Tuesday aimed at combating climate change and spurring economic growth in part by overhauling America's energy industry, with a proposal to achieve entirely carbon pollution-free power by 2035. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee discussed the proposal Tuesday near his home in Wilmington, Delaware. It marks his …

RT (2020-07-14). US sharply divided on reopening schools amid Covid-19, as Democrats & Republicans flip long-standing positions. rt.com Schools closed by the pandemic in the US may not open in the fall. Student and teacher safety is the latest issue to become politicized in the presidential election campaign, as both parties insist science is on their side. | "We have to open our schools," said President Donald Trump, who on Tuesday called the decision of the biggest school district in California not to reopen for in-person classes a "mistake." | "You should find yourself a new person whoever is in charge of that decision because it's a terrible decision," Trump told CBS News. | WATCH: POTUS says re-opening of schools is about the welfare of k…

RT (2020-07-14). Anti-Trump Lincoln Project co-founder says past tweets shouldn't define him, then cans employee for offensive messages a day later. rt.com The Lincoln Project, an anti-Donald Trump organization founded by Republicans, has fired its video editor Ben Howe for years-old tweets using female anatomy as an insult — despite one of its co-founders engaging in similar antics. | "Based on these unacceptable and offensive posts, and those that came to light last week, Ben Howe is no longer affiliated with the Lincoln Project, effective immediately," Keith Edwards, a spokesman for the group, said in a statement on Tuesday. | The tweets in question were emailed to the organization by the 19th News, a non-profit media outlet, and had been highlighted by…

WSWS (2020-07-14). Democratic California Governor Newsom argues that allowing SEP candidates on the ballot would cause "frustration of the democratic process" wsws.org Joseph Kishore and Norissa Santa Cruz are suing California for enforcing a 200,000-signature requirement. Yesterday, the candidates appealed a Michigan judge's ruling against them to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

WSWS (2020-07-14). New York City releases dangerous school reopening plans. wsws.org The announcement last week by Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio that public schools would reopen on an alternating-day schedule has provoked concern and opposition among parents and educators.

Jeff Cohen (2020-07-14). Let Us Name the System: "Racial Capitalism" zcomm.org It's fascinating to see pundits on CNN, MSNBC and other networks now discussing "systemic racism" after they'd spent months during the Democratic presidential primaries in panicked overdrive propping up "the system."

WSWS (2020-07-14). Teacher unions support drive to reopen US schools as pandemic explodes. wsws.org As COVID-19 cases soar across the country, the AFT and NEA are striving to channel teachers' anger over the forced reopening behind the right-wing presidential campaign of Democrat Joseph Biden.

William rivers Pitt (2020-07-14). Trump Elevates a Game Show Host's Views on COVID While Stifling Fauci. zcomm.org Source: Truthout "The most outrageous lies are the ones about Covid 19," read the Monday morning retweet on Donald Trump's Twitter page. "Everyone is lying. The CDC, Media, Democrats, our Doctors, not all but most that we are told to trust. I think it's all about the election and keeping the economy from coming back,

Staff (2020-07-14). Republicans Seek Immunity for Employers From Lawsuits Related to Pandemic. truthout.org Congressional leaders are squaring off over the next pandemic relief bill in a debate over whom Congress should step up to protect: front-line workers seeking more safeguards from the ravages of COVID-19 or beleaguered employers seeking relief from lawsuits. | Democrats want to enact an emergency standard meant to bolster access to protective gear for health care and other workers and to bar employers from retaliating against them for airing safety concerns. | Republicans seek immunity for emplo…

yenisafak (2020-07-14). Nearly 50 confirmed Ebola cases in DR Congo. yenisafak.com At least 49 new infections of the Ebola virus have been recorded as a part of an outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced Tuesday."The latest Situation Report from the 11th Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak in #Mbandaka, Équateur Province #DRC (reported 13 July 2020). 49 cases (46 confirmed, 3 probable). 20 deceased and 11 recovered," WHO African Region tweeted."This is still a very active outbreak, and I would say it is still a great concern," Mike Ryan, the WHO's top emergency expert told a news briefing Monday.The WHO expressed concern last month about the outbreak…

Mitch Jones (2020-07-13). Better-Than-Before Climate Plans Still Aren't Good Enough. commondreams.org Sunrise Movement campaigners call on Democratic House members to back a Green New Deal. (Photo: Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Fight Back (2020-07-13). On the growing economic crisis, unemployment and Marxist political economy. fightbacknews.org Fight Back! interviews Masao Suzuki, professor of economics and a leading member of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization. | Fight Back!: Republican Senator Lindsey Graham once said that extending the extra $600 a week in unemployment insurance would happen "over my dead body." Why are Republicans so opposed to helping out the millions of workers who lost their jobs during the current crisis? | Masao Suzuki: A common view is that the Republican party leadership is cruel and uncaring – and of course this is true. But underlying this inhumanity is the logic of capitalism, which needs what Marx called a "reserve a…

Gerald Sussman (2020-07-13). The Russiagate Spectacle: Season 2? counterpunch.org If it's an election year, there must be a Russiagate story. The Clintons and their neoliberal progeny, including the current standard bearer for corporate liberalism, have turned the Democratic Party into a branch office of the Deep State Inc., whose propaganda drones, the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, and MSNBC act like hired guns for the Office of War Information.

RT (2020-07-13). Donald Trump Jr is lambasted on Twitter for his book cover — and it's not the title, 'Liberal Privilege,' that did it, but a TYPO. rt.com The US president's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr, has triggered Democrats once again. But not, as you might think, with the title of his new book, 'Liberal Privilege,' but over what looks to be a glaring typo on its cover. | "Joe Biden and the Democrat's Defense of the Indefensible," reads the subtitle of the book, an image of which the author shared online over the weekend. | Unless Trump Jr is using "Democrat" to refer solely to Biden, or the political party as a category, the apostrophe should come at the end of the word, as a possessive plural — as legions of detractors on social media were quick to poi…

RT (2020-07-13). 'Everyone is lying': Outrage after Trump retweets TV host who said there's a Covid-19 conspiracy to make him lose election. rt.com TV personality Chuck Woolery ignited uproar after claiming there was a conspiracy afoot to distort the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in order to make Donald Trump lose November's election, a tweet the president then reposted. | "The most outrageous lies are the ones about Covid 19," the game-show host tweeted on Sunday, adding that "everyone is lying" about the pandemic. | According to Woolery, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Democratic Party, the media and "most" doctors are all in on the anti-Trump conspiracy. By exaggerating the direness of the pandemic, they are trying to "keep…

RT (2020-07-13). Trump calls on police to 'take a stronger stand' with 'Radical Left' Democratic city governments…meaning what, exactly? rt.com US President Donald Trump has urged police officers across the country to fight back against the "disrespect" coming from the "Radical" Democrats running major cities. What exactly he meant was open to interpretation, as usual. | "Never in history have Police been treated so badly as they are in Democrat run cities," Trump lamented on Monday via Twitter, calling on cops to "take a stronger stand with the Radical Left politicians that are treating them so badly, and so disrespectfully!!!" | Never in history have Police been treated so badly as they are in Democrat run cities – and these cities are a mess. Polic…

WSWS (2020-07-13). Demands mount for racial quotas at elite US universities. wsws.org There is nothing democratic or progressive about the mandating of quotas of different races at schools or workplaces.

Robert Mackey (2020-07-13). Trump Manages to Wear a Mask and Undercut Mask-Wearing at the Same Time. zcomm.org In many states run by Democratic governors, Trump supporters, including anti-vaccine activists, have staged angry protests against mask orders.

Peadar O'Cearnaigh (2020-07-13). John Bolton's belief that Trump isn't 'a Conservative or a Republican' could play into Democrat hands. thecanary.co John Bolton's Meanwhile,…

teleSUR (2020-07-13). Democratic Republic Of Congo: WHO Reports A New Ebola Outbreak. telesurenglish.net The World Health Organization emergencies expert Dr. Mike Ryan reported a new Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Monday. | RELATED: | "As for the 12 of July, we have 48 confirmed cases and three probable cases reported from Equateur province in DRC. We have 17 deaths from confirmed cases and three from probable cases and 11 survivors," Dr. Ryan briefed. | In late June, WHO decreed the se…

_____ (2020-07-13). One Of The Wealthiest States Might Pass An Opportunity To Tackle Housing Segregation. popularresistance.org Despite its liberal reputation — and Democrats controlling the legislature for the last 23 years and the governor's mansion for nine — Connecticut is one of the most segregated places in the country. And with thousands of residents pouring into the streets this month to protest racism, housing advocates and progressive Democrats saw an opportunity to change that, calling for an overhaul of the state's exclusionary housing laws. | That opportunity, however, appears to be fading. | At the state Capitol, Gov. Ned Lamont and legislative leaders have shelved a raft of proposals that could spur more afforda…

_____ (2020-07-13). In the Face of Mass Unemployment, We Need a 21st Century WPA. popularresistance.org In the Great Depression of the 1930s the Works Progress Administration was one of the main New Deal agencies that put millions of unemployed back to work on public infrastructure projects. The WPA and Civilian Conservation Corps together employed over 10 million total over the course of their existence. | The WPA also put some of America's greatest artists, writers, and musicians to the task of telling a more democratic history of the country, painting murals in public spaces, teaching art and music to young people, and documenting and uncovering untold histories, including those of slavery. | The WPA, the larges…