2020-07-19: News Headlines

RT (2020-07-19). 'Not comfortable having them in our space': Portland mayor orders feds to be kicked out of police incident HQ as riots grip city. rt.com Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said he has banned federal officers, who were deployed to the city to protect federal property, from sharing headquarters with police amid claims they whisk "peaceful protesters" away in unmarked cars. | "Earlier today I directed that staff who are part of federal agency operations are no longer allowed to co-locate with the police bureau's incident command," Wheeler tweeted on Saturday. | Although the Democrat mayor acknowledged that "sharing a space" advanced cooperation between local and federal law enforcement, allowing for clearer communication, he said that "recent actions" by…

RT (2020-07-18). Dem off the deep end? Former DNC chairman Dean calls for ARREST & JAIL TIME for DHS chief amid Portland riots. rt.com In the competition among prominent Democrats to see who can show the most outrage over the role of federal law enforcement in trying to help quell anarchist riots in Portland, former party chairman Howard Dean may be the winner. | After Oregon's largest city was subjected to its 50th straight night of violent unrest, Dean focused his ire on acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) chief Chad Wolf. "This guy needs to be arrested, prosecuted and, if convicted, imprisoned for a very long time," Dean tweeted on Saturday. | This guy needs to be arrested, prosecuted, and if convicted, imprisoned for a very long…

RT (2020-07-18). 'I don't think they're even trying anymore': Arizona state rep. makes waves after casting vote from BOAT. rt.com A Democratic state representative from Arizona found himself on the stern-end of mockery after he was seen casting a remote vote while apparently on a boating trip, drawing as much laughter as he did criticism. | The freshman rep, Greg Stanton, appeared in a live video feed during a vote in the Arizona state house on Friday. When his turn came to vote, it became apparent the congressman was not on land, with a fellow lawmaker heard asking "is Stanton rowing a boat?" as others struggled to contain their giggles. | incredible day for boaters, as Rep. Greg Stanton (Dem of AZ) powerfully casts his committee vote f…

RT (2020-07-18). 'White penises jeopardize your melanin': Boston BLM leader and Democrat organizer unleashes RACE MIXING tirade against opponent. rt.com A video of BLM campaigner Monica Cannon-Grant, who's been honored by Democrats in Boston, shows her unleashing a racist rant against a black Republican politician, telling her to shut up because she "rides white penises." | Cannon-Grant's work on the Black Lives Matter cause has seen her honored by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy, and even former presidential candidate

RT (2020-07-18). Thousands join fresh rally in Russia's Khabarovsk over arrested governor Furgal (PHOTOS, VIDEO). rt.com An unsanctioned large-scale rally has taken place in Khabarovsk, the largest city in Russia's Far East. Crowds again took to the streets of downtown to protest the detention of Governor Sergey Furgal on contract-murder charges. | Furgal, a highly popular local politician and member of Russia's Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR) was arrested earlier this month on suspicion of orchestrating the murder of business rivals back in the 2000s. Shortly after he was detained and transferred to Moscow to face official charges, several massive rallies rocked Khabarovsk, a city of more than 600,000 people. | This Saturday, p…

RT (2020-07-18). As violent protests grip Portland for weeks, Dems call for an investigation of 'horrific' tactics by federal law enforcement. rt.com With Portland plagued by weeks of violent protests, including attacks on police, Oregon's leaders are demanding an investigation into federal officers who they branded an "occupying" force assaulting "peaceful protesters." | Four Democratic lawmakers from the state — US Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, as well as US House members Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici — called for the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to probe the "violent actions of federal forces in Portland" on Friday. | Like Mayor Ted Wheeler, who said on Tuesday that his biggest wo…

RT (2020-07-18). Rep. John Lewis, iconic civil rights leader, dead at 80. rt.com Longtime congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis has passed away at the age of 80 after a months-long battle with cancer, his family announced. | The Georgia Democrat, who served in Congress for more than three decades, was diagnosed in December with stage-four pancreatic cancer. "He dedicated his entire life to non-violent activism and was an outspoken advocate in the struggle for equal justice in America. He will be deeply missed," Lewis' family said in a statement announcing his death. | Lewis, a colleague of Martin Luther King Jr, was one of several keynote speakers at the 1963 March on Washington f…

The Canary (2020-07-18). Civil rights icon John Lewis dies aged 80. thecanary.co Civil rights hero John Lewis has died aged 80. It was Lewis's bloody beating by Alabama state troopers in 1965 that helped galvanise opposition to racial segregation,House speaker Nancy Pelosi confirmed Lewis's passing late on Friday 17 July. She called the veteran politician "one of the greatest heroes of American history". Both Democrats and Republicans sent Lewis tributes when he announced in December 2019 that he had advanced pancreatic cancer.Civil rights activist: Lewis was the youngest and last survivor of the Big Six civil rights activists. This was a group led by Martin Luther King Jr that had the…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-07-18). Slovenian Left faces opposition to pro-worker bill. peoplesdispatch.org The parties in the Slovenian parliament supporting the re-opening of the economy postponed the Slovenian Left party Levica's bill to ensure a mandatory holiday on Sunday for workers in private shops across the country. On July 16, the pro-market parties in the National Assembly decided to postpone the final vote on Levica's pro-worker bill which was expected to have been approved on Thursday with bipartisan support. | Meanwhile, an amendment was put forth by the Modern Centrist Party (SMC) and received support from the right-wing incumbent Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) and opposition party SAB to hire students…

WSWS (2020-07-18). Neo-Nazi network in police covered up at highest levels of German state and politics. wsws.org The threats are intended to intimidate the widespread opposition to the right-wing policies of the grand coalition of the Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU) and Social Democrats (SPD).

_____ (2020-07-18). Bolivians Take To The Streets Against The Añez Government. popularresistance.org Bolivia's Workers Central (COB) Tuesday called for tens of thousands of people to hold a mass protest in several cities against the coup-born regime led by Jeanine Añez. | "The Bolivian people, the Indigenous groups, and educational organizations raised their voice of protest today," the COB Secretary-General Juan Carlos Huarachi said in La Paz. | One of the demonstrators' main calls is the definitive confirmation of the general elections for September 6. | "We ask for a democratically elected government that resolves the country's economic and health crisis caused by COVID-19," Huarachi added, adding that citize…

_____ (2020-07-18). The Post Office Belongs To The Public. popularresistance.org On June 15, Louis DeJoy of Greensboro, N.C., began his new job as Postmaster General of the United States. | We are postal worker union activists who also hail from Greensboro (and are now American Postal Workers Union president and solidarity representative, respectively). For decades we have defended the interests of the public Postal Service and postal workers, and we bring a much different perspective than that of multi-millionaire businessman DeJoy. We are concerned that DeJoy, a mega-donor to Republican Party causes and to President Trump, has been tapped to carry out the administration's agenda.

sputniknews (2020-07-18). Florida Senator Marco Rubio Lambasted for Honoring Memory of John Lewis With Wrong Photo. sputniknews.com US Democratic Representative John Lewis, a prominent civil rights advocate, died of cancer on Friday at the age of 80. Flags at the White House were lowered to half-mast in memory of the lawmaker, and President Donald Trump sent his condolences, receiving a wave of criticism for the comments.

sputniknews (2020-07-18). Wave of Condemnation Hits Trump as He Tweets Condolences Over Death of Dem. Rep. John Lewis. sputniknews.com Democratic House Representative John Lewis was a civil rights leader awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and famous for playing a key role in ending legalized racial segregation in the United States. He was a part of the "Big Six" – a group of prominent civil rights leaders behind Washington's 1963 March for Jobs and Freedom.

Staff (2020-07-18). Trump Blocks CDC Experts From Testifying to Education Panel on School Reopenings. truthout.org The Democratic chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee

yenisafak (2020-07-18). US swoops down on Portland protesters after Trump order to protect monuments. yenisafak.com Federal law enforcement officers are cracking down on protesters in Portland, Oregon, under the Trump administration's new executive order to protect U.S. monuments in what the state's Democratic governor has called "political theater."Multiple videos posted online show camouflage-clad officers without clear identification badges using force and unmarked vehicles to transport arrested protesters."It's kidnapping people!" one person said off-camera, as officers marched a protester away.A U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) spokeswoman said on Friday agents had been deployed to Portland to support a newly laun…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-07-17). Biden: Clean energy 'must provide an opportunity to join a union'. peoplesworld.org

Evaggelos Vallianatos (2020-07-17). On the Separation of Church and State. counterpunch.org Once again, the Supreme Court showed its undemocratic and misogynist colors. It came down against women, encouraging employers not to pay for birth control services. The Supreme Court is obviously catering to the fashionable superstitions of religious preachers who resent the struggle of women for dignity and equality. The judges are also woefully ignorant the planet has

Mark Andrews (2020-07-17). Philippine President Duterte signs 'Anti-Terrorism Bill' into law. liberationnews.org National Democratic activists and allies denounce the Anti-Terror Law. Photo: Anakbayan Silicon Valley On July 3, the president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, signed into law the Anti-Terrorism Bill of 2020, commonly known as the "Anti-Terrorism Law." The bill, which broadens the definition of terrorism, takes effect July 18. Historical context The National Democratic movement …

RT (2020-07-17). 'Toronto is in Canada, Laura': Internet goes wild after Laura Ingraham slams Biden & Trump for not caring about Canuck Catholics. rt.com Fox News' Laura Ingraham has been mercilessly mocked for accusing Donald Trump and Joe Biden of not protecting religious liberty, after Catholic churches were advised to suspend communion during the Covid-19 pandemic… in Canada. | Ingraham tweeted on Friday that there is "not a prayer" of a chance that Democrat candidate Biden would do more to protect religious liberties than Trump if elected president. In…

Ramzy Baroud (2020-07-17). Good News from Washington: AIPAC, Israel Losing to Progressive Democrats. counterpunch.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

Reese Erlich (2020-07-17). Foreign Correspondent: Russia Bounty Story Falls Flat. progressive.org Opportunist Democrats and foreign policy insiders drive 'hysteria.'

_____ (2020-07-17). Supreme Court Stopped One Million Floridians From Voting In November. popularresistance.org The Supreme Court all but guaranteed that nearly 1 million Floridians will be unable to vote in the 2020 election because of unpaid court debts in a shattering order handed down on Thursday. Its decision will throw Florida's voter registration into chaos, placing a huge number of would-be voters in legal limbo and even opening them up to prosecution for casting a ballot. The justices have effectively permitted Florida Republicans to impose a poll tax in November. | Florida's ex-felons have a right to vote under both the state and federal constitutions. In 2018, a supermajority of residents approved a constitution…

Robert Fantina (2020-07-17). The Republicans and Democrats: Two Wings, Same Bird. counterpunch.org The Republican and Democratic conventions are still to come, but the election is already well underway. That is obvious from, among other things, the amount of solicitation emails this writer is receiving from Democratic candidates and organizations. These are all basically the same, and follow a pattern which clearly shows that these people and groups

Pan Africanism Today Secretariat (2020-07-17). Farewell Ernest Wamba dia Wamba! peoplesdispatch.org We bid farewell to one of Africa's greatest militant intellectuals Wamba dia Wamba on 15 July this week. Baba Wamba's legacy as a militant Pan Africanist intellectual and organiser will continue to live on through action of the thousands of people, particularly young people his teachings and practice influenced in the last years of his life. Up until the end, his depth of human resilience and rigor of organizing remained rooted in revolutionary praxis. | Baba Wamba was born in 1942 in the Democratic Republic of Congo during the brutal Belgian colonial rule. At the end of his secondary schooling in Swedish mission…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-07-17). Mary Trump Says 'Crushing Defeat' of Her Uncle Needed to Increase Likelihood of 'Peaceful Transition' for Biden. commondreams.org On MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show," Mary L. Trump warned viewers that anything less than a "resounding" victory for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in November will make it all the more likely that President Donald Trump, refuses to leave the White House. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

_____ (2020-07-17). Losing the Plot Again… Trump's Anti-EU Rant Has Dangerous Implications for China. strategic-culture.org It was a barnstorming speech even by President Donald Trump's dubious standard when he gave a press conference this week from the White House Rose Garden. | In typical self-promotional style, he lashed out at everyone and everything under the sun, it seemed, from his Democrat presidential rival Joe Biden to China, from coronavirus to illegal immigrants, and much more besides. Here's the It would be charitable to call Trump's electioneering rant "entertaining" so replete was it with vitri…

yenisafak (2020-07-17). Turkish court remands nine PKK/KCK suspects. yenisafak.com A Turkish court remanded nine suspects in the country's southeastern Gaziantep province over links to the PKK/KCK terror group, security sources said Friday.Those remanded include Musa Aydin, a provincial head of the opposition Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), and two aldermen from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP).Earlier, prosecutors had issued warrants for the suspects in a probe against the terror group, following which 33 were arrested on Thursday.In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and EU — has…

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 …

Norman Solomon (2020-07-16). 'Not Him… Us': On the Ultimate Meaning of the Bernie Sanders Campaign. commondreams.org Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) addresses supporters during a campaign rally on March 8, 2020 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Sanders covered his policy agendas for immigration, women's rights, healthcare and economic inequality. (Photo by Brittany Greeson/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

sputniknews (2020-07-16). Republicans Roll Out Resolution Accusing Ilhan Omar of 'Anti-American' Remarks. sputniknews.com Minnesota House of Representatives Democrat Ilhan Omar has been accused by members the Republican party of violating her oath to defend the US Constitution, following a speech earlier this month in which she called on the US public to tear down "systems of oppression" and fight racism and inequality.

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…

news.un (2020-07-16). WHO concerned about growing Ebola outbreak in DR Congo. news.un.org The World Health Organization (WHO) and partners are concerned about the growing Ebola outbreak in the northwestern province of Equateur, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), as they face critical funding gaps amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN health agency said on Thursday…

WSWS (2020-07-16). Lawsuit claims Washington, DC police participated in June raid on Lafayette Square protest. wsws.org The latest amendments to the lawsuit filed by the ACLU implicate the Democratic administration of DC Mayor Bowser in the June 1 assault ordered by President Trump.

WSWS (2020-07-16). Trump and Democratic Party establishment retain grip in primary contests. wsws.org Air Force helicopter pilot and war veteran Mary Jennings Hegar, a former Republican, will be the Democratic candidate for US Senate in Texas.

Riva Enteen (2020-07-16). Desperate Times, Desperate Measures: It's Time to Dump the Democrats. mintpressnews.com As in 2016, you'd think it would be easy to beat the Orange Menace, but the Democrats are challenging him with somebody even worse than Clinton, a man in steep cognitive decline.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-07-16). Social Democrat-led coalition leads in North Macedonian polls, Left enters parliament. peoplesdispatch.org The Social Democrat-led We Can coalition has established a slender lead in the polls in North Macedonia that were held on July 15. This is likely to strengthen the pro-EU bloc in the country…

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…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-07-16). Over 200 National DNC Delegates Call for Withholding of US Military Aid to Israel if Further Annexation Goes Forward. commondreams.org More than 200 delegates to the Democratic National Convention said Thursday that the party must support efforts to withdraw Israeli military aid if the further annexation of the West Bank moves forward. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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…

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.

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…