2020-08-26: News Headlines

_____ (2020-08-26). Chris Hedges: How Corporate Tyranny Works. popularresistance.org The persecution of the attorney Steven Donziger is a grim illustration of what happens when we confront the real centers of power, masked and unacknowledged by the divisive cant from the Trump White House or the sentimental drivel of the Democratic Party. Those, like Donziger, who name and fight the corporate control of our society on behalf of the vulnerable see the judiciary, the press and the institutions of government unite to crucify them. | "It's been a long battle, 27 years," Donziger said when I reached him by phone in his apartment in Manhattan.

Editor (2020-08-26). Abolish the police! workers.org The recent Republican convention — led by the white-supremacist-in-chief, current U.S. president and enemy of the people — rallied its troops with racist scare tactics about "civil unrest" by Black Lives Matter protesters and left-wing activists. The Democratic convention offered an alternative, but not a solution. This party nominated for . . . |

Mike Walter (2020-08-26). The Heat: Republican National Convention. america.cgtn.com The first night of the Republican National Convention was largely all about…. The Democrats. We will take a look at the U.S. Presidential race.

Matthew Stevenson (2020-08-26). Notes From the Great Democratic Infomercial. counterpunch.org I can't say I was surprised that the Democrats led off their four-day Zoom summer jamboree with one of the Desperate Housewives acting as the moderator. On the same day there appeared a newspaper picture of former president Bill Clinton getting a back rub from a young blonde while both were waiting to board pedophile

Patrick Martin (2020-08-26). The CIA Democrats in the 2020 Elections. More Military-Intelligence and FBI Candidates. globalresearch.ca In the course of the 2018 elections, a large group of former military-intelligence operatives entered capitalist politics as candidates seeking the Democratic Party nomination in 50 congressional seats—nearly half the seats where the Democrats were targeting Republican incumbents or open …

WSWS (2020-08-26). Trump continues assault on democratic norms at Republican convention. wsws.org The event marks the evolution of one of the two major parties of American capitalism into an instrument for the development of a personalist and authoritarian movement with increasingly fascistic characteristics.

Labor Video Project (2020-08-26). DeJoy Resign! SF Postal Workers/Supporters Of USPO Protest Privatization & Attacks. indybay.org Postal workers from APWU SF and the Mail Handlers as well as supporters of the US Post office rallied in San Francisco against the shutdown of postal sorting machines and the continued privatization of the public services that also threatens a democratic election. | The rally took place on August 25, 2020 as part of a national day of action to protect…

WSWS Repost (2020-08-26). The Republican convention: Four nights of fascist filth begin. indybay.org While the Democratic Party is running the 2020 election with the same strategy as 2016, Trump has a program—the forcible suppression of social contradictions using fascist methods.

_____ (2020-08-26). Organizing Call: After The DNC And RNC — We Can't Breathe! popularresistance.org The Democratic and Republican Conventions are not confronting the crises of our times – the economic collapse, COVID pandemic, lack of access to healthcare, inequality, racism, the cost of education, and never-ending wars and more. | No matter which corporate-funded party wins the election, the people must rule from below. | The national uprising against police violence and the hundreds of wildcat strikes and rent strikes are a few examples among many that show once again that the only way to challenge this racist, militarized system is with the explosive power of people making demands and shutting the system dow…

_____ (2020-08-26). The Most Cynical Campaign In History. strategic-culture.org Peter Van BUREN | With the Democratic convention history and the Republican one lurching forward, excitement among voters ranges from lukewarm to semi-lukewarm. Political cynicism scrapes at the nation like a sleeping man being shaved by a drunk barber. | Both conventions make one thing clear as a slug trail: the Democratic candidate is Not Trump. Just vote for the one named "Trump" or the one named "Not Trump." It's easy. In fact

yenisafak (2020-08-26). Biden | campaign says China's treatment of Uighur Muslims is 'genocide'. yenisafak.com A spokesperson for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden issued a statement on Tuesday referring to China's oppression of Uighur Muslims and other ethnic minorities in the western Xinjiang province as a "genocide," according to the U.S. publication

Staff (2020-08-25). RNC Opens with Baseless Trump Claims of Rigged Election & Warnings About Socialism and Unions. democracynow.org The Republican National Convention opened in Charlotte, North Carolina, with dire warnings that a Joe Biden presidency could destroy the country. We feature excerpts from President Trump's surprise speech after he was formally nominated for a second term, claiming without evidence that Democrats are planning to steal the election, and other speakers throughout the evening who repeatedly praised Trump's handling of the pandemic even as the U.S. coronavirus death toll passes 177,000.

Staff (2020-08-25). Trump Is No Aberration: Veteran GOP Strategist Stuart Stevens Says Racism Is Party's "Original Sin" democracynow.org As party loyalists gather for the Republican National Convention, a group of veteran Republican operatives who want to defeat President Trump have launched a $4 million advertising blitz targeting voters in swing states. The anti-Trump ads are funded by The Lincoln Project, a super PAC that can raise and spend an unlimited amount of money. We speak with longtime Republican political consultant Stuart Stevens, a senior adviser to The Lincoln Project who worked as a strategist on five Republican presidential campaigns, about Trump's takeover of the party and efforts by so-called "Never Trump" Republicans to prevent…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-08-25). 'Underwhelming and Inadequate': Green Groups Slam New Senate Democrats' Climate Report. commondreams.org The Green New Deal is mentioned only once in the 263-page report—in the footnotes. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Scott Remer (2020-08-25). The Only Real Leftist Argument for Voting for Joe Biden in November. commondreams.org "If Biden wins the presidency, we will need to pursue an 'inside' and an 'outside' strategy, mobilizing the grassroots to organize and push the Democratic establishment leftwards," writes Remer. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2020-08-25). Nikki Haley fuels speculation of 2024 run with GOP convention speech. rt.com Former US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley has sparked rumors that she is eyeing the White House, after using her address to support US President Donald Trump while also laying out her own vision for the country. | Haley accused Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his party of "blaming America first," and pushed back on the notion that "America is racist." | "That is a lie. America is not a racist country," Haley said. "This is personal for me." | As the daughter of Indian immigrants, Haley argued that she was able to excel despite growing up as a "brown girl in a black and white world." She noted that So…

Staff (2020-08-25). Trump warns of a rigged election as he undercuts the post office. therealnews.com Postmaster General Louis DeJoy was grilled by Democrats over his undermining of the U.S. Postal Service's ability to deliver ballots on time.

C.J. Atkins (2020-08-25). Republicans' rabid anti-communism is a sign of their political weakness. peoplesworld.org Joe McCarthy would fit right in at this year's Republican National Convention. Denouncing communists—both real and, more often than not, imaginary—was the bread and butter for the 1950s red-baiting senator from Wisconsin. At the dawn of the Cold War, the bogeyman of the Soviet Union was the stick used to beat back a strong labor …

RT (2020-08-25). 'Hear me roar!' Trump Jr's girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle steals show at RNC with high-volume speech (VIDEO). rt.com Former Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle made a loud impression on viewers of the Republican convention, delivering a high-decibel speech in support of President Donald Trump which was deemed ear-splitting by critics online. | Guilfoyle, former host of Fox's 'The Five' and the girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr, took the stage on the first night of the Republican National Convention on Monday, where she addressed a virtual audience due to coronavirus concerns. | "Don't let the Democrats take you for granted. Don't let them step on you," she boomed to an empty hall, closing the speech with a promise for a second Trum…

RT (2020-08-25). Cuban-born businessman Maximo Alvarez compares Joe Biden to Fidel Castro in RNC address. rt.com Maximo Alvarez, a Cuban-American businessman, told the Republican National Convention that the Democrats were emulating the ideas espoused by the communist government that his family had fled from when he was a boy. | The Florida resident and founder of Sunshine Gasoline Distributors accused Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden of mainly being interested in power for himself, exposing the United States to policies that "destroyed" his native country of Cuba. | "I have seen people like this before. I've seen movements like this before. I've seen ideas like this before. I am here to tell you — we canno…

RT (2020-08-25). Pompeo finds himself under investigation after speaking at Republican convention from Israel. rt.com US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's decision to record a speech for the Republican National Convention from Jerusalem has angered Democrats and the US foreign policy establishment, who are calling it unethical and maybe illegal. | Pompeo is currently on a tour of the Middle East. He left Israel for Sudan on Tuesday morning, but not before he recorded a message from Jerusalem that is scheduled to be shown at the Republican party convention later in the day. The message is supposed to be in his "personal capacity" but the Democrats and foreign policy think-tanks in Washington, DC aren't buying it. | "He doesn't…

RT (2020-08-25). 'Hear me roar!' Trump Jr's girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle steals show at RNC with high-volume speech (VIDEO). rt.com Former Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle made a loud impression on viewers of the Republican convention, delivering a high-decibel speech in support of President Donald Trump which was deemed ear-splitting by critics online. | Guilfoyle, former host of Fox's 'The Five' and the girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr, took the stage on the first night of the Republican National Convention on Monday, where she addressed a virtual audience due to coronavirus concerns. | "Don't let the Democrats take you for granted. Don't let them step on you," she boomed to an empty hall, closing the speech with a promise for a second Trum…

RT (2020-08-25). 'You don't recognize my existence!': Former DNC head Donna Brazile has meltdown on Fox News (VIDEO). rt.com Former Democratic National Committee chairwoman Donna Brazile melted down in spectacular fashion on Fox News, accusing fellow commentator Tammy Bruce of racism and demanding she "recognize my existence." | Discussing Monday night's Republican National Convention on Tuesday morning's Fox & Friends, Brazile accused the GOP of "speaking to the choir" with their unabashedly pro-Trump lineup of speakers. Conservative contributor Tammy Bruce shot back, accusing the Democrats of being out of touch with ordinary Americans, and slamming the left for not speaking out strongly enough against the Black Lives Matter riots…

Binoy Kampmark (2020-08-25). Echo Chamber Politics. counterpunch.org It was hard to stomach. The usual suspects, the usual scripts tatty from overuse. The 2020 Democratic National Convention was a prolonged display of avoidance, evasion and theatrical amnesia. There were moments of formality masquerading as promise: Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez nominating Senator Bernie Sanders for presidential candidate. But it was not to be. The decision

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-08-25). Newly Strengthened Albanian Political Power in North Macedonia Will Not Lead to a Greater Albania. globalresearch.ca North Macedonia conducted elections on July 15 that were originally scheduled for April 12 but were postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. On August 18, the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM) and the Democratic Union for Integration (DUI) reached …

Adolf Alzuphar (2020-08-25). A New Republic. counterpunch.org A misuse plagues our republic: the misuse of democracy; instead of building a democratic, and just, society, we simply use democracy to validate and renew the personnel of our oligarchic republic. These days, because the republic is fractured and oligarchic, democracy is being misused to maintain the same republic as the promise of a new

Black Alliance for Peace (2020-08-25). The DNC and the Politics of Betrayal. Political and Moral Bankruptcy of the Democratic Party. globalresearch.ca The political and moral bankruptcy of the Democratic Party was on full display last week. First it was the convention of the Democratic Party, where the progressive wing of the party was pushed to the margins while the victorious, neoliberal …

GTGG (2020-08-25). Joint Statement by the Greens of Turkey and Greens of Greece on recent tension in Eastern Mediterranean Sea. zcomm.org "We, Greek and Turkish Greens, are both deeply concerned about the current build-up of tension in the Eastern Mediterranean."

Oakland Greens (2020-08-25). Sunday 10/25: When An Afro-Latina Woman Ran For Vice-President And Nobody Knew Her Name. indybay.org Online ZOOM Event…

By the Company They Keep (2020-08-25). Republican Party O.K. with COVID19 Deaths & Economy. indybay.org Some 57% of Republicans believe 180,000 American deaths from COVID19 is acceptable and 75% of Republicans believe the USA is better than 4 years ago. This a death cult. See www.cbsnews.com/news/republicans-economy…

sputniknews (2020-08-25). 'Loch Ness Monster of Swamp': Donald Trump Jr Attacks Biden at RNC as Twitter Wonders If He's 'High'. sputniknews.com Slamming Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden appears to be the main point in the ongoing Republican National Convention, where the incumbent President Donald Trump was re-nominated as GOP presidential candidate for the 2020 November election.

sputniknews (2020-08-25). Nikki Haley Delivers Speech at RNC, Slamming Biden, 'Radical Left'. sputniknews.com The Republican National Convention is taking place from 24 and 27 August, re-nominating the incumbent President Donald Trump as GOP candidate for the November election to face Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

Staff (2020-08-25). DeJoy Must Step Down — He "Doesn't Know the Basics of His Agency," Lawmaker Says. truthout.org Democratic lawmakers ramped up their demands for Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to step aside or be removed after the Trump megadonor on Monday demonstrated flippant ignorance of basic U.S. Postal Service operations,

Morris Pearl (2020-08-25). Why the DNC's Platform Will Guarantee a Loss If Democrats Don't Do More. commondreams.org Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris confer on stage outside the Chase Center after Biden delivered his acceptance speech on the fourth night of the Democratic National Convention from the Chase Center on August 20, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2020-08-25). Democrat's Climate Report Misses the Mark. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2020-08-25). Senate Democrats Walk Back From Demand to End Fossil Fuel Subsidies in New Report. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Joan Walsh (2020-08-25). Democrats Are Winning Their Fight for the States. thenation.com Democrats Are Winning Their Fight for the States…

Paul Craig Roberts (2020-08-25). Trump Pro and Con. thealtworld.com Trump is a mixed bag. Unlike the Democrats, Trump is for the working class. Unlike Kamala, he is not anti-white. Unlike Democrats, Trump supports law and order. | But he is opposed to independent governments in Latin America such as Venezuela. Trump should leave Venezuela alone. How can anyone believe he is going to stop Washington and Israel's wars in the Middle East when he is trying to start a war with Venezuela? | Trump should stop causing trouble with China. It was America's own greedy and short-sighted corporations, such as Apple, Nike, and Levi, that gave China the economic advantage over the US by relocat…

WSWS (2020-08-25). After the Sri Lankan election, president moves towards dictatorial rule. wsws.org The SEP warns workers and youth that they face real dangers as the Rajapakse government prepares an all-out offensive against the social and democratic rights of working people.

Elie Mystal (2020-08-25). At the RNC, Republicans Go All-In on Police Impunity. thenation.com At the RNC, Republicans Go All-In on Police Impunity…

Staff (2020-08-24). "The Damage Has Been Done": Historian Says Trump's Postmaster Has Undermined Faith in 2020 Election. democracynow.org The battle over the future of the United States Postal Service is intensifying, with a record number of mail-in ballots expected to be cast in the 2020 presidential election, and Democrats and Republicans locked in a fight over the future of the agency. Historian Philip Rubio, who teaches at North Carolina A&T State University and worked as a mail carrier for two decades before that, says decades of political interference have caused a "manufactured crisis" at the U.S. Postal Service. "The damage has been done," Rubio says of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's changes. "I think he's discouraged a lot of voters who…

Lisa Newcomb, staff writer (2020-08-24). Progressives Call on Democrats to 'Do the Opposite' as Rahm Emanuel Advises Biden to Shun Medicare for All and Green New Deal. commondreams.org The two policies are popular with the American public, but the Democratic Party refused to embrace them in its 2020 platform. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Mike Whitney (2020-08-24). Glitzy Convention Conceals Emerging One-Party Tyranny. globalresearch.ca Here are a few takeaways from the Democratic Convention: | The Democrats are running on the same platform they ran on in 2016. | The Democrats put style above substance, flashy optics above ideas or issues. | The Democrats think that hollow tributes …

Tim Libretti (2020-08-24). Democrats seek a new language of working-class identity. peoplesworld.org Is Trump the 2020 candidate who best represents the American working class? Did the Democratic Party fail to encompass working-class interests, issues, and people at last week's convention? What does the working class think? Washington Post columnist Marc Thiessen seems to think the working class heard nothing of interest from the Democrats and their convention …

Staff (2020-08-24). As Democrats Hedge on Fossil Fuel Subsidies, Biden Misleads on Plan. therealnews.com Welcome back to TRNN's Climate Crisis News Roundup. We are in the dog days of summer, with record heat waves and extreme weather events happening throughout the United States and the world. Meanwhile, one of the global oil majors has a professed climate solution: powering its oil drilling with wind and solar energy across the…

RT (2020-08-24). Pelosi calls Trump & Republicans 'enemies of the state' in diatribe about elections and postal service. rt.com House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, labeled US President Donald Trump and the Republican party "domestic enemies" and "enemies of the state," escalating the rhetoric about voting by mail in the upcoming election. | "Sadly, the domestic enemies to our voting system are right at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with their allies in the Congress," Pelosi (D-California) said in an appearance on MSNBC on Monday afternoon, referring to the address of the White House in Washington, DC. | "They're doing everything they can to suppress the vote, scare people by intimidation," she argued, calling Trump and the Republicans "

RT (2020-08-24). 57% of Republicans think US Covid-19 death toll of 175,000 is 'acceptable', 68% of Democrats say it is underreported, poll finds. rt.com A majority of Republicans — as opposed to only ten percent of Democrats — said the Covid-19 death toll in the US is at "acceptable" levels, according to a new poll, exposing a deep partisan rift over the handling of the pandemic.

RT (2020-08-24). Alt-right Richard Spencer is 'on team Joe' now: Sabotage or strange bedfellows, people wonder. rt.com Notorious right personality Richard Spencer has declared he will be voting for the "more competent" Democrat ticket in November, getting a rebuke from team Biden and mass disbelief in response. Yet he has a record of voting blue. | Spencer, a popular speaker with hard-right ideology, was a vocal supporter of Donald Trump in 2016, but this time around his sympathies may be on the other side. He said on Twitter that he plans to vote for the Democrats in November, because "the liberals are clearly more competent people". | I plan to vote for Biden and a straight democratic ticket. It's not based on "accelerationi…

RT (2020-08-24). 'Indoctrination': Republicans reveal plan to 'teach American exceptionalism' if Trump re-elected, critics slam idea's bankruptcy. rt.com President Donald Trump's second term agenda includes a list of 50 points covering a variety of topics, but the goal to "teach American exceptionalism" has his critics especially outraged. | In a bullet-point press release put out just before the Republican National Convention, where Trump will officially accept his party's nomination, education is actually the least focused with only two goals, compared to the many that accompany other areas like "Drain the Swamp" and "End Our Reliance on China." | The two points that will be the administration's objectives for education are: "provide school choice to every ch…

Fight Back (2020-08-24). MN demands 'End aid to Israel' during the DNC. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – On August 20, activists held banners from five bridges along Interstate 35W to highlight the role the U.S. plays in endorsing and funding the Israeli occupation of Palestine. The protest took place during the Democratic National Convention to draw attention to the need for the Democratic Party to break with the apartheid state of Israel. | Drivers saw banners on the 35th, 36th, 38th and 40th Street bridges on I-35W in South Minneapolis and on a bridge in Lakeville over I-35. The protest was initiated by the MN Anti-War Committee. Many groups signed on and helped make banners and organized their…