Daily Archives: July 1, 2020

2020-07-01: News Headlines

WSWS (2020-07-01). New York Times' Charles Blow demands the removal of monuments to Washington and other "amoral monsters" wsws.org The Times' latest assault on the American Revolution is a part of the effort by the Democratic Party and its operatives to derail the popular multiracial protests against police violence in the wake of the murder of George Floyd.

sputniknews (2020-07-01). 'No Summer of Love': White House Says Seattle CHOP Zone Was a 'Failed Democrat Experiment'. sputniknews.com During a Wednesday news briefing, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said that the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) zone in Seattle, Washington, was a "failed Democrat experiment."

Staff (2020-07-01). Jamaal Bowman on NY Primary Upset, Rent Strikes, Police Brutality & Opposing West Bank Annexation. democracynow.org As a surge of a progressive candidates of color see victories in Democratic primaries across the country, we speak with former Bronx middle school principal Jamaal Bowman about his upset victory over New York Congressmember Eliot Engel, the 16-term Foreign Affairs Committee chair. Bowman ran on a Green New Deal, Medicare for All platform and recently joined protests demanding an end to racism and police brutality. He says his upset over Engel came down to mobilizing people who are "disenfranchised and ignored" by the political establishment. "We didn't just target those who consistently vote in primaries. We targ…

sputniknews (2020-07-01). House Speaker Pelosi Calls For 'Immediate' Sanctions on Russia Over 'Taliban Bounties' Reports. sputniknews.com Earlier, Democratic Senator Bob Menendez formally requested new sanctions be imposed on top Russian officials, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, over unconfirmed allegations that Russia offered reward money to Taliban-linked militants to assassinate US soldiers.

sputniknews (2020-07-01). Trump Ramps Up Attack on NYT, Says Russia Bounty Story's 'Secret Source Probably Doesn't Even Exist'. sputniknews.com Democrats have asked Congress to consider new sanctions against Moscow over media claims that Russia has been paying Taliban-affiliated militants to kill American and other coalition troops serving in Afghanistan. Russian officials have vocally denied the allegations, and accused those pushing them of trying to further undermine Russia-US ties.

Carl Gibson (2020-07-01). Booker's Loss Was Devastating. But We Can't Lose Sight of Defeating McConnell. commondreams.org It's tempting for progressive Kentuckians to want to check out of this election, as many of us have after the corporate wing of the Democratic Party threw a wet blanket on Bernie Sanders' post-Nevada momentum to circle its wagons around Joe Biden. (Photo: @Booker4KY/Twitter) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2020-07-01). Headlines for July 1, 2020. democracynow.org Dr. Anthony Fauci Warns U.S. Could Soon Record 100,000 Coronavirus Cases a Day, Dozens of Healthcare Workers Died of COVID-19 After OSHA Dismissed Pleas for PPE, 627,000 in Western Hemisphere Will Die of Coronavirus by October, Warns WHO, Hickenlooper Wins CO Senate Primary; Oklahoma Voters Approve Medicaid Expansion, Amy McGrath Narrowly Defeats Charles Booker in Kentucky Democratic Senate Primary, Oglala Sioux President Says Trump "Doesn't Have Permission" to Visit Mt. Rushmore, Top Republicans Break from Trump, Recommend Masks to Slow Coronavirus, New York Court Blocks Publication of Tell-All Book by Donald Tr…

Jordan Davidson (2020-07-01). House Democrats unveil strong climate plan linked to racial justice. peoplesworld.org

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2020-07-01). Government Attacks Media as People's Media Reveals the Truth. dissidentvoice.org An Omaha police officer escorts freelancer Megan Feeney, a camera dangling from her zip-tied hands, on June 1, 2020. (Aaron Sanderford/Omaha World Herald). Government attacks on the media are escalating as the battle for the narrative grows in importance. For the last decade, stories produced and amplified by the democratized media have put the power …

RT (2020-07-01). 'We all miss Roger!' Trump recalls late 'friend' Roger Ailes in attack on Fox, gets schooled on his death by #Resistance. rt.com In his latest salvo against Fox News, US President Donald Trump invoked the memory of the network's late CEO, Roger Ailes, to say the outlet had declined, drawing astute critics armed with Google to remind him the man had died. | Trump took to his favorite social media venue on Tuesday to decry a Fox panel discussion featuring disgraced CNN contributor Donna Brazile, who was caught passing debate questions to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton during the 2016 race, as was revealed in a WikiLeaks publication the same year. | "She gets fired by CNN for giving Crooked Hillary the debate questions, and gets hire…

RT (2020-07-01). 'We all miss Roger!' Trump recalls late 'friend' Roger Ailes in attack on Fox, gets schooled on his death by the #Resistance. rt.com In his latest salvo against Fox News, US President Donald Trump invoked the memory of the network's late CEO, Roger Ailes, to say the outlet had declined, drawing astute critics armed with Google to remind him the man had died. | Trump took to his favorite social media venue on Tuesday to decry a Fox panel discussion featuring disgraced CNN contributor Donna Brazile, who was caught passing debate questions to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton during the 2016 race, as was revealed in a WikiLeaks publication the same year. | "She gets fired by CNN for giving Crooked Hillary the debate questions, and gets hire…

WSWS (2020-07-01). Ireland's Greens agree to join austerity coalition government. wsws.org Almost five months after Ireland's February 8 general election, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have formed a coalition government after the Green Party voted to come on board.

WSWS (2020-07-01). Anti-Russia war fever spreads on Capitol Hill. wsws.org Without providing a shred of evidence, the corporate media, congressional Democrats and many Republicans are demanding US retaliation against alleged Russian targeting of US soldiers in Afghanistan.

_____ (2020-07-01). Manitos Children's Fund To Support Venezuelan Children Despite Sanctions. popularresistance.org Manitos Children's Fund grows out of the decades old Latin America solidarity movement which has worked to change US policies toward Latin America for over 60 years. Because of our history we are most focused on the effects of sanctions on the children of Latin America, with Venezuela being the most targeted by illegal sanctions currently. | Democratic and Republican administrations have both issued sanctions against the democratically-elected government of Venezuela, but since taking office in 2017, President Trump has ratcheted up the pain factor with an aggressive attack on the Venezuelan economy. In August 20…

IADL (2020-06-30). IADL Calls on UK Court to Grant Bail to Julian Assange, Ill and Vulnerable to COVID-19. globalresearch.ca The International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL) is a non-governmental organization with consultative status in ECOSOC and UNESCO. Founded in 1946 to promote the goals of the United Nations Charter, IADL and its affiliated organizations throughout the world have consistently …

Judy Greenspan (2020-06-30). Black Organizing Project wins campaign to dismantle school police department. workers.org Oakland, Calif. In the midst of a dangerous pandemic, the Black Organizing Project has won an unprecedented victory for the entire Oakland community. On June 24, the Oakland School Board voted unanimously to completely defund, dismantle and terminate their own Oakland School Police Department. This action came from a school . . . |

Mark Gruenberg (2020-06-30). House OKs anti-redlining bill, 230-178. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—GOP President Donald Trump's regime wants to let banks redline communities of color. The Democratic-run U.S. House doesn't—and with backing from organized labor, civil rights, and community groups, the Dems won a 230-178 straight party-line vote on the issue. Technically, what was on the table on June 29 was a joint resolution, HJRes 90, to …

Norman Solomon (2020-06-30). Defying "the Madness of Militarism" zcomm.org Co-chairs of California's huge delegation, Ro Khanna and Barbara Lee, have an opportunity to directly challenge the Democratic Party's default embrace of what Martin Luther King Jr. called "the madness of militarism"

Moustafa Bayoumi (2020-06-30). As Netanyahu Annexes the West Bank, Where Are the Democrats? thenation.com As Netanyahu Annexes the West Bank, Where Are the Democrats?

John Wildermuth (2020-06-30). Gavin Newsom left out as California Democrats pick convention delegation leaders. zcomm.org Rep. Ro Khanna of Fremont and Rep. Barbara Lee of Oakland will join Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis as the co-chairs of the 495-member state delegation rather than Newsom…

Bianca Mugyenyi (2020-06-30). Grassroots Voices Key to Reimagining Canadian Foreign Policy. globalresearch.ca The international community's rejection of Justin Trudeau's UN Security Council bid should be a catalyst for a fundamental reassessment of Canada's foreign policy and spur a corresponding drive to democratize international affairs. | In recent days, many commentators representing different …

yenisafak (2020-06-30). Belgium expresses regrets for brutal DR Congo rule. yenisafak.com Belgium's king on Tuesday expressed his "deepest regrets" over the country's brutal colonial rule over the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)."I would like to express my deepest regrets for these injuries of the past, the pain of which is now revived by the discrimination still too present in our societies," King Philippe wrote in a letter to President Felix Tshisekedi on the 60th anniversary of the DRC's independence."I will continue to fight all forms of racism. I encourage the reflection that has been initiated by our parliament so that our memory is definitively pacified."He said global challenges demand tha…

Michael Arney (2020-06-29). Bronx's first gay city council member likely wins in NY-15. peoplesworld.org Progressives and liberals in the NY-15 congressional district can take a deep breath. Self-identified "conservative Democrat" Rev. Rubén Díaz, Sr., probably will not succeed Rep. José Serrano and destroy his legacy. Instead, the new representative probably will be Ritchie Torres, the youngest and first openly gay Bronx member of the City Council. Rep. Serrano has …

Mark Gruenberg (2020-06-29). Biden backs strikers at Bath Iron Works. peoplesworld.org BATH, Maine—Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and a parade of other prominent politicians are supporting the 4,300 Machinists Local S6 workers forced to strike by their bosses at the Bath Iron Works shipyard in Maine. "A job is about a lot more than a paycheck. It's about dignity. I urge Bath Iron Works to …

John Feffer (2020-06-29). The De-Trumpification of America. counterpunch.org Let's assume that Donald Trump loses the election in November. Yes, that's a mighty big assumption, despite all the polls currently favoring the Democrats. If the economy begins to recover and the first wave of Covid-19 subsides (without a second wave striking), Donald Trump's reelection prospects could improve greatly. The Republican Party has a huge

RT (2020-06-29). Trump calls erasure of Woodrow Wilson, John Wayne from landmarks 'incredible stupidity'. rt.com Princeton's decision to drop the name of President Woodrow Wilson and calls for a similar move with the John Wayne Airport in California are "incredible stupidity," President Trump believes. | Trump lashed out at "Do Nothing Democrats" on his Twitter account, apparently after learning about recent moves in the nationwide effort to erase the names and images of historical figures — who people behind the campaign see as problematic — from public spaces. | Can anyone believe that Princeton just dropped the name of Woodrow Wilson from their highly respected policy center. Now the Do Nothing Democrats wan…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-29). France's ruling LREM fails to make an impression in local body elections. peoplesdispatch.org As per the results declared so far, the Europe Ecology-The Greens (EELV) party already has claimed victory in eight major cities, including Lyon, Strasburg and Bordeaux. Local body elections were held in over 4,827 cities and towns across France on Sunday…

WSWS (2020-06-29). Autoworkers initiate new wave of struggles in fight against COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org Workers are forming new democratic organizations in order to protect their lives.

WSWS (2020-06-29). Republicans introduce Senate bill to abolish strong encryption on consumer devices. wsws.org Three Republican Senators introduced a draft bill that would force tech companies to decrypt private consumer data on-demand for law enforcement.

Staff (2020-06-29). 116 California DNC Delegates Demand Pelosi Hold Floor Vote on Medicare for All. truthout.org Urging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to "forego political expediency and incrementalism" in favor of a bold solution to the healthcare crisis exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, 116 delegates elected to represent California at the Democratic National Convention issued an

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-06-29). Progressive Challenger Kreibich Slams Right-Wing Democrat Gottheimer for "Trump Values" Voting Record. commondreams.org "Josh Gottheimer should be ashamed of his pro-Trump record," Kreibich said. "NJ-5 deserves a real Democrat who will stand tall for health care for all and bold climate action." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

_____ (2020-06-28). The Struggle To Protect The Sacred Place Where Life Begins. popularresistance.org As the Trump administration neared the end of its first year in office in 2017, it seemed environmental activists had lost one of the most hard-fought battles in the movement's history. Thanks to a last-minute maneuver by Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Congressional Republicans succeeded in passing legislation allowing oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, or ANWR. Some of the worst fears of environmental and Indigenous rights groups for what might happen under the administration appeared to be coming true. | However, two and a half years later, no drilling or seismic testing has taken place in the re…

en.mehrnews (2020-06-28). UN privileges status quo over both peace and justice: American scholar. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 29 (MNA) — Kevin Barret who has been known as one of America's best-known critics of the war on terror, says the United Nations cannot be considered as "a genuinely democratic international organization", arguing it has instead been as an "instrument of American and Western soft power".

Fight Back (2020-06-28). Coloradans demand justice for Elijah McClain. fightbacknews.org Aurora, CO – Denver Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) joined thousands in Aurora on June 27 to demand justice for Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man murdered by police in August of 2019. In the wake of weeks of protests for George Floyd, as well as numerous call-ins, intense social media pressure, and petitions involving millions of signatures, McClain's case was reopened by Colorado Governor Jared Polis and his story has gone viral, garnering national attention. | The three officers who killed McClain had come in response to a call of a 'suspicious person,' who, it was made clear on the call, was unar…

sputniknews (2020-06-28). Joe Biden Election Campaign Discloses Over One Third of Staff People of Colour, Majority Female. sputniknews.com White House hopeful Joe Biden has been evading questions over the diversity of his campaign staff since the Democratic primaries, with the issue now pushed to the forefront amid the continuing protests against racism and police brutality erupting across the country in the wake of the death of black man George Floyd in police custody.

sputniknews (2020-06-28). Trump Tax Cuts Architect Says Nancy Pelosi Will Be Biden's 'Co-President' if He Wins. sputniknews.com On Thursday, presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden surged ahead of Donald Trump in battleground states crucial for a 2020 victory in 19 different polls by four pollsters, with the president's flagging approval ratings thought to be connected to his handling of coronavirus and the protests that followed the death of George Floyd.

RT (2020-06-28). Trump deletes tweet showing supporter yell 'WHITE POWER,' claims he didn't hear it. rt.com After provoking a furious response from both the left and the right, President Donald Trump has deleted a tweet in which he shared a video showing a supporter yell "white power" while arguing with protesters. | "Thank you to the great people of The Villages," the president tweeted on Sunday morning. "The Radical Left Do Nothing Democrats will Fall in the Fall. Corrupt Joe is shot. See you soon!!!" | The video showed supporters of the president riding golf carts with pro-Trump signs at The Villages, a Florida retirement community, and arguing with counter-protesters. A barrage of insults are exchanged, and a ma…

Robert Scheer, Meagan Day (2020-06-28). For Many Young People, Socialism Is as American as Apple Pie. commondreams.org Democratic presidential hopeful Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders raises his fist as he addresses the Democratic Party's 61st Annual McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club dinner at SNHU arena in Manchester, New Hampshire, on February 8, 2020. (Photo: Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2020-06-28). It's not about Trump: Berlin says relations with US are so bad even Democrats back in White House cannot fix them. rt.com The days of the good old 'transatlantic partnership' have passed, Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has admitted, adding that even the Democrats returning to power is unlikely to automatically bring those days back. | "Anyone, who believes that the transatlantic partnership will once again be what it once was with a Democratic president, underestimates the structural changes," the minister told German news agency dpa, hinting that relations between the two allies will never be the same even without President Donald Trump at the helm in Washington. | Still, he also admitted that Berlin is not ready to give…

RT (2020-06-28). Yuge difference! WaPo corrects Trump on most 'dangerous' cities, says not all, but 17 OUT OF 20 are run by Democrats. rt.com In its drive to debunk the latest Trump-fact, the Washington Post has published an exposé saying that not all, but just 17 out of 20 most dangerous US cities are Democrat-run. Readers weren't impressed by the desperate nitpicking. | The newspaper ran a long piece digging into Donald Trump's remarks in which the president noted a correlation between party affiliation of mayors and city "danger" levels, claiming that the entire Top-20 are run by the Democrats. | "Every one of them is Democrat run. Twenty out of 20. The 20 worst, the 20 most dangerous are Democrat run," Trump said on Thursday. Admitting it was no…

_____ (2020-06-28). Biden's Basement Strategy: Just Say Nothing. strategic-culture.org Patrick J. BUCHANAN | Some polls now have Joe Biden running ahead of Donald Trump by 10 points and sweeping the battleground states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. This vindicates the strategy Biden's advisers have adopted: | Confine Joe to his basement, no press conferences. Trot him out to recite carefully scripted messages for the cameras. Then lead him back to his stall. | This enables Biden to avoid the blazing questions that are dividing not only Democrats and Republicans but liberals and leftists. And most of these issues touch on the explosive subject of race. | Consider. California's legislature…

_____ (2020-06-28). Impeachment Reminder of Our Toxic Foreign Aid. strategic-culture.org James BOVARD | Foreign aid to Ukraine helped spur the Democrats' effort to impeach and remove President Trump earlier this year. Ukraine was supposed to be on the verge of great progress until Trump pulled the rug out from under the heroic salvation effort by U.S. government bureaucrats. Unfortunately, Congress has devoted a hundred times more attention to the timing of aid to Ukraine than to its effectiveness. And most of the media coverage pretended that U.S. handouts abroad are as generous and uplifting as congressmen claim. | U.S. foreign aid has long fueled the poxes it promised to eradicate — especial…