Monthly Archives: August 2020

2020-08-31: News Headlines

Staff (2020-08-31). White Supremacist in the White House: Ibram X. Kendi on Trump's Calls for "Law & Order" in Kenosha. democracynow.org In Part Two of our interview with Ibram X. Kendi, director of the Center for Antiracist Research at Boston University, we air excerpts from the families of Jacob Blake and George Floyd at the massive protest marking the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington, and discuss President Trump's planned visit to Kenosha, Wisconsin, as he blames Democrats for violence during protests there and in Portland, Oregon. "Racism has spread to every part of the body," says Kendi, comparing U.S. racism to cancer, "and then we have a president who is claiming that it doesn't exist."

Muhammed Shabeer (2020-08-31). India's Communist youth raise $1.4 million for COVID relief with recycling drive. peoplesworld.org KERALA STATE, India—Ever since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, leftist youth organizations around the world have been in the forefront of both providing relief and resisting attempts to attack the rights of people. An instance of this has been the "Recycle Kerala" initiative launched by the communist Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), which …

Mark Gruenberg (2020-08-31). Massachusetts primary pits progressives Markey and Morse vs. Kennedy and Neal. peoplesworld.org BOSTON—The Sept. 1 Democratic congressional primaries in Massachusetts feature what may be the last two rounds pitting progressives against challengers around the country—but with a twist. In one race, the progressive is the incumbent, Sen. Ed Markey. The challenger, Rep. Joe Kennedy III, claims it's time for a new generation of politicians in the Bay …

Marshall Auerback — James Carden (2020-08-31). The Rotten Alliance of Liberals and Neocons Will Likely Shape U.S. Foreign Policy for Years to Come. counterpunch.org The emergence in recent weeks of a coalition of neocon Republicans and former national security officials who have thrown their support behind the candidacy of Joe Biden is an ominous development to those who believe U.S. foreign policy should be guided by the principles of realism and military restraint, rather than perpetual wars of choice.

_____ (2020-08-31). The Democrat Gambit to Destroy Trump Has Failed. Their Only Hope Now Is to Destroy America. strategic-culture.org Since 2016, the Democratic Party has been preoccupied with the single-minded goal of ousting Donald Trump, a political outsider who promised to drain the fetid swamp. But now that the Democrat's efforts have failed, the left seems perfectly content embracing a scorched-earth policy rather than face the prospect of defeat, or jail time, in 2020. | "In politics, nothing happens by accident," observed Franklin D. Roosevelt, the four-term Democratic president who certainly knew a thing or two about political predetermination. "If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way." | FDR's quote perfectly sums up the la…

Ralph Nader (2020-08-31). Democrats Must Demolish Trump's Delusional Law-Breaking Dystopia. counterpunch.org Donald Trump continually breaks multiple laws. Yet the serial lawbreaking, lying Trump is playing the "law and order" card against street protestors reacting to fatal cases of police brutality. Armed pro-Trump provocateurs are attending civic protests and generating casualties and property damage, as was the case recently in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Trump uses such mayhem to

Christopher D. Cook (2020-08-31). New People's Party Rises Amid Grim Election Options. progressive.org Facing an election between a centrist Democrat and a fascist, the new Movement for a People's Party aims to prevent such sparse electoral choices in the future.

Timothy Alexander Guzman (2020-08-31). Who Will Win November's US Presidential Elections? … Israel? globalresearch.ca The US presidential elections coming this November will determine whether the current President Donald Trump or the Democratic nominee Joe Biden (if his mental capabilities are still intact) will run the White house. | But whether Trump or Biden becomes president, …

WSWS (2020-08-31). US military will not be involved in election crisis, top general claims. wsws.org The extraordinary statement by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff came in response to a letter from two Democratic congresswomen.

sputniknews (2020-08-31). Filmmaker Michael Moore Predicts Repeat of 2016, Claims Donald Trump Headed to Win 2020 Election. sputniknews.com Renowned filmmaker Michael Moore predicted in 2016 that Donald Trump would win the presidential election despite all leading US polls claiming otherwise and tipping Democrat Hillary Clinton as the hot favourite.

sputniknews (2020-08-31). Biden Accuses Trump of 'Fanning The Flames of Hate' Amid Continuing Portland Unrest. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – US Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has condemned the recent violence in Portland, blaming US President Donald Trump for fueling tensions.

sputniknews (2020-08-31). Law & Order: How BLM Protests Can Improve Trump's Election Odds Instead of Axing His 2020 Bid. sputniknews.com Months of often-violent anti-racist protests which have engulfed the US from May threaten to pull rug out from under the Democrats, who closed their eyes to looting and rioting, say American observers outlining how Donald Trump can raise victorious and even receive a large share of the African American vote.

sputniknews (2020-08-31). Vote for Joe Biden or Democrats Would 'Conflict' with True Belief in Jesus Christ, Claims Pastor. sputniknews.com Earlier, Los Angeles County moved to hold John MacArthur, Grace Community Church pastor, in contempt of court after hosting three indoor services in August in defiance of a court order that his church must comply with California's coronavirus restrictions.

Staff (2020-08-31). Trump Signals to His Followers That Violence Is His Best Hope for Reelection. truthout.org President Trump was having a normal one on Sunday morning, tweeting and retweeting 89 times over the course of three and a half hours. Many of them were tweets of polling numbers from obscure firms showing him in the lead after the Republican convention. But most of the tweets and retweets were incitement to violence among his true believers and complaints about "Democrat cities," an ongoing mantra which he seems to think is a slam dunk to get him re-elected. | He repeatedly insulted and mock…

Staff (2020-08-31). Trump Is Denying the US's Racism While Stoking Its Flames in Kenosha. truthout.org In Part Two of our interview with Ibram X. Kendi, director of the Center for Antiracist Research at Boston University, we air excerpts from the families of Jacob Blake and George Floyd at the massive protest marking the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington, and discuss President Trump's planned visit to Kenosha, Wisconsin, as he blames Democrats for violence during protests there and in Portland, Oregon. "Racism has spread to every part of the body," says Kendi, comparing U.S. racism to cancer, "a…

Staff (2020-08-31). Republicans Praise "Citizen Soldiers" Waging Violence Against Protesters. truthout.org Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) has appeared to endorse violence against protesters while appearing on CNN, saying that "citizen soldiers" are needed to quash anti-racist protests across the country. His statement comes days after 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse was charged with murdering two Kenosha, Wisconsin, protesters and shooting a third. | Protests erupted in Kenosha about a week ago when Jacob Blake, a Black man, was shot in the back seven times by police officers as he was getting into his car…

yenisafak (2020-08-31). Ankara slams terrorist YPG/PKK-affiliated visit to Moscow. yenisafak.com Turkey on Monday slammed a visit to Moscow by a terrorist YPG/PKK-affiliated group, saying Russia should avoid steps that serve the interests of terrorists who threaten both Turkey and Syria."We are concerned that a group consisting of elements of the so-called 'Syrian Democratic Council,' led by the terrorist group PKK/YPG, will be invited to the Russian Federation and accepted at a high level by Russian officials," the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.Reports since the statement indicate the meeting may have already happened."We expect the Russian Federation to act in accordance with the spirit of A…

yenisafak (2020-08-31). Trump slams Biden's response to 'anarchists'. yenisafak.com US President Donald Trump has criticized Democratic nominee Joe Biden for not controlling the "Anarchists, Thugs Agitators in ANTIFA," underlining the necessity of National Guard in protests-rocked states and cities that are mostly under the rule of Democrats. "When is Slow Joe Biden going to criticize the Anarchists, Thugs Agitators in ANTIFA?" Trump tweeted late Sunday. "When is he going to suggest bringing up the National Guard in BADLY RUN Crime Infested Democrat Cities States? Remember, he can't lose the Crazy Bernie Super Liberal vote!"Antifa, short for "antifascist," is a far-left anti-fascist political ac…

yenisafak (2020-08-31). N.Macedonia gov't wins confidence vote. yenisafak.com North Macedonia's parliament has approved a new left-wing coalition government.The Social Democrats had declared victory in snap elections held on July 15, and late Sunday, after two days of debate, lawmakers voted 62-51 in favor of the new government led by Social Democrat leader Zoran Zaev, while seven members were absent.Zaev and his coalition partners won 62 of the parliament's 120 seats in the election which returns Zaev back at the prime minister's office.According to the power-sharing deal with the ethnic Albanian Democratic Union for Integration party, Zaev will hand the office over to an ethnic Albanian…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-08-31). 'A Necessary Step': House Democrats to Subpoena Postmaster General Louis DeJoy for Withholding Documents. commondreams.org "He has repeatedly demonstrated an unwillingness to share documents and information with Congress, and we don't have time to wait for him to find a moral compass." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Fight Back (2020-08-30). Kenosha march demands justice for Jacob Blake and victims of killer Kyle Rittenhouse. fightbacknews.org Kenosha, WI – On the evening of August 28, more than 200 people gathered outside the Kenosha Municipal Court building to demand justice for Jacob Blake and the victims of killer Kyle Rittenhouse. The rally was called for by the Milwaukee Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, with support from UW-Parkside Students for a Democratic Society, Kenosha EquiTeens, Wisconsin Freedom Road Socialist Organization, and the Chicago Alliance. Many in the crowd held signs that read "Stop police crimes! Demand a civilian police accountability council!" | "I am tired. I am tired of seeing my people dying at the hands…

yenisafak (2020-08-30). Montenegro holds parliamentary polls amid pandemic. yenisafak.com More than half a million voters are expected to cast their ballots on Sunday in Montenegro's fifth parliamentary elections since independence.Candidates from 11 coalitions, six alliances, and five parties are vying for a place in the 81-seat parliament.The main contest is expected between President Milo Djukanovic's pro-West Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS), which has ruled the country for 30 years, and the opposition Democratic Front (DF), which leans more towards Russia and Serbia.However, neither of the two is projected to win a majority in parliament.Montenegrins can vote at 1,217 polling stations until 8…

Fight Back (2020-08-30). Tampa protest demands justice for Jacob Blake and community control of the police. fightbacknews.org Tampa, FL – On August 28, around 70 protesters demanded justice for Jacob Blake at an event by Tampa Bay Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and Tampa Bay Community Action Committee (TBCAC). Blake was a Black man shot seven times in the back by Officer Rusten Sheskey in Kenosha, Wisconsin. His murder sparked a massive rebellion in Kenosha and protests in other cities across the country. | In addition to demanding justice Jacob Blake, demonstrators also demanded justice for victims of police brutality in Tampa, including justice for Jonas Joseph, Josiah Pinner and Andrew Joseph III. | David Jones, member of TB…

_____ (2020-08-30). Senate Democrats' New Climate Report Disappoints. popularresistance.org Senate Democrats released a climate action report earlier this week leaving green groups, environmental activists, and progressive campaigners disappointed. | Critics of the report are saying there is not nearly enough action involved to fight the threat of global heating that is caused by human activity. "The report fails to address the vital need to end the extraction, processing, and burning of fossil fuels, and instead sees a future for fossil fuels tied to the false promise of carbon capture."

_____ (2020-08-30). Ghosts of the American Republic. strategic-culture.org Let us update the wisdom of Sigmund Freud to the Age of Marshall McLuhan and Philip K. Dick: Sometimes the image, or label of the cigar is far more important than any petty real cigar — especially if there are no cigars left in the world. | American democracy in the third decade of the 21st century is but a vague, fading shadow, a dimly receding echo of whatever it even was 40 or 50 years ago. The acclaimed "success" of the Democratic convention that was supposedly held "in" the city of Milwaukee in the Midwest state of Wisconsin is a perfect example of this strange post-reality echo. | The classic American…

sputniknews (2020-08-30). Trump Crows Over New Poll Predicting Landslide Victory in November. sputniknews.com Previous polls have put Democratic candidate Joe Biden in the lead, but the new results show Donald Trump scoring heavily among "shy voters" who hide their intentions from Pollsters. The poll predicted a big victory for Trump in a repeat of the 2016 election which Hillary was hotly tipped to win.

yenisafak (2020-08-30). Burst of success for progressive challengers in US congressional races may fizzle in Massachusetts. yenisafak.com A solid year for progressive Democrats who have defeated at least three incumbents in the U.S. Congress in primaries could fizzle out this week in Massachusetts where three party stalwarts were set to fend off challengers.The progressive model for success has seen an array of mostly young candidates, sometimes minorities, toppling older establishment incumbents. But the most prominent race on Tuesday turns things upside down with an older, veteran lawmaker claiming the progressive mantle from his younger challenger.Senator Ed Markey, 74, appeared to be holding off 39-year-old Representative Joe Kennedy III by tou…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-08-30). Michael Moore Provides 'Reality Check,' Warning Swing State Polls Signal Trump Could Pull Off Electoral Victory in November. commondreams.org Pointing to polls in swing states and the wide gap in enthusiasm between President Donald Trump's supporters and voters planning to cast a ballot for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, progressive filmmaker Michael Moore warned Friday of signs that Trump may win the November general election. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-08-30). Democrats Condemn 'Shocking Abdication' of Responsibility as Intelligence Officials Scale Back Election Security Briefings. commondreams.org House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) indicated on Sunday that his committee may subpoena intelligence officials, following Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe's announcement that regular election security briefings will be scaled back ahead of the general election. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-08-30). Amid Violence in Portland, Biden and Progressive Critics Blame 'Trump's America' for Chaos. commondreams.org Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has consistently called for peaceful protests and condemned violence, but still faces accusations that he's allowed Trump to claim the "law and order" mantle. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eva Galanes-Rosenbaum (2020-08-30). Progressive Foreign Policy and Ending Endless War: What Democrats Want. commondreams.org A protester holds a placard that says Nobody Wants a War during the demonstration. (Photo: Whitney Saleski/Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

_____ (2020-08-29). Dem Convention Made No Mention of Russiagate or Impeachment, Because Those Were Fake Things. strategic-culture.org Caitlin JOHNSTONE | Despite their dominating mainstream news cycles for years on end, at no time during the four-day Democratic National Convention was the word "impeachment" ever uttered, nor was any mention made of the Mueller investigation into allegations of collusion between Trump and the Russian government. | Politico Eight months after Democrats mounted a historic effort to remove Donald Trump from office, not a single speaker uttered the word "impeachment" du…

Philip Giraldi (2020-08-29). Vote-By-Mail Issue Could Lead to Violence. thealtworld.com The debate over voting by mail in America in November generally is defined by the interests of the two major political parties. Democrats insist that such voting enfranchises large numbers of citizens who would not otherwise be able to vote and is also secure. The Republicans argue that a large volume of voting by mail will guarantee that

Ralph Nader (2020-08-29). Democrats Must Demolish Trump's Delusional Law-Breaking Dystopia. commondreams.org President Donald Trump speaks on the fourth and final night of the Republican National Convention with a speech delivered in front a live audience on the South Lawn of the White House. (Photo: Jonathan Newton /The Washington Post via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2020-08-29). Republicans defend Kenosha gunman as nationwide protests continue. wsws.org The Democrats and the media are covering up the direct line that can be drawn between the fascistic statements of Trump and the vigilante killings in Kenosha perpetrated by Kyle Rittenhouse.

_____ (2020-08-29). Colombian President Duque Authorizes The Return Of US Troops. popularresistance.org Colombia's Defense Ministry Thursday informed that President Ivan Duque allowed the resumption of the U.S. Army's cooperation work in the country after it was suspended by a court order. | In July, Cundinamarca's Administrative Court ordered to suspend the U.S. Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) activities after several senators' complaints. | Over 20 lawmakers claimed that Duque had violated political controls because he did not ask the Senate's authorization to allow the transit of foreign troops in the national territory. Alternative Democratic Pole Party (PDA) Lawmaker Ivan Cepeda urged the government t…

_____ (2020-08-29). Democrats Are Officially Republicans. popularresistance.org The Democratic Party has ended any debate or dispute about its true nature. It is a party representing neo-liberal interests and international gangsterism, just like their putative opposition, the Republican party. | Even a cursory observation of the recent Democratic National Convention proves that this assessment is correct. There were paeans of love to the late warmonger John McCain and even an appearance from his widow. A special segment was set aside for Republicans like John Kasich whose speech was used in part to beat down progressives and make clear that Joe Biden wants nothing to do with them. Not to be…

sputniknews (2020-08-29). Wisconsin Dems Became 'Less Approving' of BLM Protests Before Kenosha Riots, Poll Shows. sputniknews.com By throwing their support behind the cause of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement and anti-racism protests, Democrats may have picked the wrong social trend trend to chase after, recent poll data suggests.

Erik Molvar (2020-08-28). William Perry Pendley Must Go. counterpunch.org William Perry Pendley's nomination to lead the Bureau of Land Management has been withdrawn and while President Trump offered no explanation for withdrawing Pendley's nomination, it seems he didn't have the votes necessary for Senate confirmation. The Senate Democrats were united against him and a few GOP Senators found themselves in an election year hot

Julie Varughese (2020-08-28). "Kamala Auntie": On the Vulgarity of Bourgeois Identity Politics in 2020. dissidentvoice.org Joe Biden picking Kamala Harris for his running mate kicked off a flurry of think pieces in the media. Some of these opinions have attacked the anti-Black and casteist attitudes still prevalent among South Asians in the subcontinent and in the global diaspora. The former prosecutor and attorney general-turned-2020 Democratic vice-presidential nominee has been propped …

Thomas Knapp (2020-08-28). Nick Sandmann: GOP's Poster Child for Fake Victimhood. counterpunch.org A common complaint among Republicans is that their opponents are mainly in the business of manufacturing victims and turning those victims into Democratic voters. That complaint is true as far as it goes. Yes, Democratic politicians work overtime to get out the vote for their party by portraying society at large as having wronged members

Morning Star (2020-08-28). Second Trump term would mean disaster for U.S. and the whole world. peoplesworld.org Socialists around the world are recognizing the danger posed by the re-election of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency. Despite reservations about Democratic nominee Joe Biden, the fascist turn of the Trump administration is prompting a recognition that Trump must be defeated at all costs. On this topic, People's World presents the following guest editorial …

Muhammed Shabeer (2020-08-28). How a communist youth organization in Kerala raised USD 1.4 million for COVID-19 relief. peoplesdispatch.org Cadre of the Democratic Youth Federation of India in the State of Kerala raised USD 1.4 million by running a recycling campaign where they collected scrap from across the State and sold in to recyclers…

Reese Erlich (2020-08-28). Foreign Correspondent: Biden's Troubling Foreign Policy. progressive.org An important behind-the-scenes battle is being fought over the Democratic nominee's conservative positions.

Finian Cunningham (2020-08-28). Trump and Dems take turns playing 'Russian card' — which only proves it's the joker. thealtworld.com As the White House stakes pile up, both sides are playing the "Russian card" and claiming Moscow's interference. Yet at the same time, both sides are apt to deny their opponents' claims of such interference — when it suits them. | And what that proves is the fingering-Russia game is a charade. So, can both the Republicans and the Democrats be simultaneously right and wrong? | President Donald Trump earlier this month

Kollibri terre Sonnenblume (2020-08-28). The Quadrennial Clusterfuck. counterpunch.org I don't see Republicans and Democrats… I see European civilization killing everything. ~Conrad Justice Kiczenski Here we are again, in…

news.un (2020-08-28). Myanmar: Upcoming elections an opportunity to take a new inclusive democratic path. news.un.org The Government of Myanmar should embrace upcoming national elections, scheduled for November, as an opportunity to take a new and fully inclusive democratic path, and to address the root of causes of abuses suffered by ethnic minorities, the UN human rights office (OHCHR) has urged.

Serge Halimi (2020-08-28). Restoration in Washington? counterpunch.org In 2008, when Barack Obama chose veteran centrist Joe Biden as his vice-presidential running mate, it seemed a prudent choice: Democrats had already expressed their desire for change by choosing a progressive African American who opposed the Iraq war to succeed George W Bush. In November, it's Biden's turn to run for the top job.

Labor Video Project (2020-08-28). Post Office Privatization Scams, Corruption & Politicians With Author Peter Byrne. indybay.org Journalist and author Peter Byrne discusses the privatization of the US post offices and the role of Diane Feinstein's husband Richard Blum. He also talks about Democratic politicians including Senator Kamala Harris who is now running for Vice President with Joe Biden.

_____ (2020-08-28). Biden Offers Nothing But More War, Austerity And White Supremacy. popularresistance.org The corporate Democrats are once again running as the Not-Trump Party, the second consecutive election in which they have succeeded in suppressing every issue except the fitness for office of one very wretched man. The only way a party wholly-owned by oligarchs can deflect attention from its own culpability in dragooning its constituents into a Race to the Bottom amid never ending war, is to set up a straw man to be knocked down, leaving the machinery of racial capitalism and armed-to-the-teeth imperialism intact — Hillary Clinton's gambit in 2016.

2020-08-30: News Headlines

yenisafak (2020-08-30). Montenegro holds parliamentary polls amid pandemic. yenisafak.com More than half a million voters are expected to cast their ballots on Sunday in Montenegro's fifth parliamentary elections since independence.Candidates from 11 coalitions, six alliances, and five parties are vying for a place in the 81-seat parliament.The main contest is expected between President Milo Djukanovic's pro-West Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS), which has ruled the country for 30 years, and the opposition Democratic Front (DF), which leans more towards Russia and Serbia.However, neither of the two is projected to win a majority in parliament.Montenegrins can vote at 1,217 polling stations until 8…

_____ (2020-08-30). Senate Democrats' New Climate Report Disappoints. popularresistance.org Senate Democrats released a climate action report earlier this week leaving green groups, environmental activists, and progressive campaigners disappointed. | Critics of the report are saying there is not nearly enough action involved to fight the threat of global heating that is caused by human activity. "The report fails to address the vital need to end the extraction, processing, and burning of fossil fuels, and instead sees a future for fossil fuels tied to the false promise of carbon capture."

_____ (2020-08-30). The Two Parties Have Failed Us, But The People Can Succeed. popularresistance.org The Republican and Democratic Party conventions showed that both major parties are failing to control the pandemic and protect people, address the climate crisis and clean up the environment, support families and businesses during the economic collapse, prevent police violence or deal with any of the other major problems we face. | These were two substance-less conventions. The Democrats focused on criticizing Trump without putting forward an agenda while the Republicans claimed Biden was a front for socialism when he is a deeply embedded corporate Democrat.

_____ (2020-08-30). Ghosts of the American Republic. strategic-culture.org Let us update the wisdom of Sigmund Freud to the Age of Marshall McLuhan and Philip K. Dick: Sometimes the image, or label of the cigar is far more important than any petty real cigar — especially if there are no cigars left in the world. | American democracy in the third decade of the 21st century is but a vague, fading shadow, a dimly receding echo of whatever it even was 40 or 50 years ago. The acclaimed "success" of the Democratic convention that was supposedly held "in" the city of Milwaukee in the Midwest state of Wisconsin is a perfect example of this strange post-reality echo. | The classic American…

sputniknews (2020-08-30). Trump Crows Over New Poll Predicting Landslide Victory in November. sputniknews.com Previous polls have put Democratic candidate Joe Biden in the lead, but the new results show Donald Trump scoring heavily among "shy voters" who hide their intentions from Pollsters. The poll predicted a big victory for Trump in a repeat of the 2016 election which Hillary was hotly tipped to win.

yenisafak (2020-08-30). Burst of success for progressive challengers in US congressional races may fizzle in Massachusetts. yenisafak.com A solid year for progressive Democrats who have defeated at least three incumbents in the U.S. Congress in primaries could fizzle out this week in Massachusetts where three party stalwarts were set to fend off challengers.The progressive model for success has seen an array of mostly young candidates, sometimes minorities, toppling older establishment incumbents. But the most prominent race on Tuesday turns things upside down with an older, veteran lawmaker claiming the progressive mantle from his younger challenger.Senator Ed Markey, 74, appeared to be holding off 39-year-old Representative Joe Kennedy III by tou…

_____ (2020-08-29). Dem Convention Made No Mention of Russiagate or Impeachment, Because Those Were Fake Things. strategic-culture.org Caitlin JOHNSTONE | Despite their dominating mainstream news cycles for years on end, at no time during the four-day Democratic National Convention was the word "impeachment" ever uttered, nor was any mention made of the Mueller investigation into allegations of collusion between Trump and the Russian government. | Politico Eight months after Democrats mounted a historic effort to remove Donald Trump from office, not a single speaker uttered the word "impeachment" du…

Philip Giraldi (2020-08-29). Vote-By-Mail Issue Could Lead to Violence. thealtworld.com The debate over voting by mail in America in November generally is defined by the interests of the two major political parties. Democrats insist that such voting enfranchises large numbers of citizens who would not otherwise be able to vote and is also secure. The Republicans argue that a large volume of voting by mail will guarantee that

Ralph Nader (2020-08-29). Democrats Must Demolish Trump's Delusional Law-Breaking Dystopia. commondreams.org President Donald Trump speaks on the fourth and final night of the Republican National Convention with a speech delivered in front a live audience on the South Lawn of the White House. (Photo: Jonathan Newton /The Washington Post via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2020-08-29). Republicans defend Kenosha gunman as nationwide protests continue. wsws.org The Democrats and the media are covering up the direct line that can be drawn between the fascistic statements of Trump and the vigilante killings in Kenosha perpetrated by Kyle Rittenhouse.

_____ (2020-08-29). Colombian President Duque Authorizes The Return Of US Troops. popularresistance.org Colombia's Defense Ministry Thursday informed that President Ivan Duque allowed the resumption of the U.S. Army's cooperation work in the country after it was suspended by a court order. | In July, Cundinamarca's Administrative Court ordered to suspend the U.S. Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) activities after several senators' complaints. | Over 20 lawmakers claimed that Duque had violated political controls because he did not ask the Senate's authorization to allow the transit of foreign troops in the national territory. Alternative Democratic Pole Party (PDA) Lawmaker Ivan Cepeda urged the government t…

_____ (2020-08-29). Democrats Are Officially Republicans. popularresistance.org The Democratic Party has ended any debate or dispute about its true nature. It is a party representing neo-liberal interests and international gangsterism, just like their putative opposition, the Republican party. | Even a cursory observation of the recent Democratic National Convention proves that this assessment is correct. There were paeans of love to the late warmonger John McCain and even an appearance from his widow. A special segment was set aside for Republicans like John Kasich whose speech was used in part to beat down progressives and make clear that Joe Biden wants nothing to do with them. Not to be…

sputniknews (2020-08-29). Wisconsin Dems Became 'Less Approving' of BLM Protests Before Kenosha Riots, Poll Shows. sputniknews.com By throwing their support behind the cause of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement and anti-racism protests, Democrats may have picked the wrong social trend trend to chase after, recent poll data suggests.

Thomas Knapp (2020-08-28). Nick Sandmann: GOP's Poster Child for Fake Victimhood. counterpunch.org A common complaint among Republicans is that their opponents are mainly in the business of manufacturing victims and turning those victims into Democratic voters. That complaint is true as far as it goes. Yes, Democratic politicians work overtime to get out the vote for their party by portraying society at large as having wronged members

Julie Varughese (2020-08-28). "Kamala Auntie": On the Vulgarity of Bourgeois Identity Politics in 2020. dissidentvoice.org Joe Biden picking Kamala Harris for his running mate kicked off a flurry of think pieces in the media. Some of these opinions have attacked the anti-Black and casteist attitudes still prevalent among South Asians in the subcontinent and in the global diaspora. The former prosecutor and attorney general-turned-2020 Democratic vice-presidential nominee has been propped …

Morning Star (2020-08-28). Second Trump term would mean disaster for U.S. and the whole world. peoplesworld.org Socialists around the world are recognizing the danger posed by the re-election of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency. Despite reservations about Democratic nominee Joe Biden, the fascist turn of the Trump administration is prompting a recognition that Trump must be defeated at all costs. On this topic, People's World presents the following guest editorial …

Erik Molvar (2020-08-28). William Perry Pendley Must Go. counterpunch.org William Perry Pendley's nomination to lead the Bureau of Land Management has been withdrawn and while President Trump offered no explanation for withdrawing Pendley's nomination, it seems he didn't have the votes necessary for Senate confirmation. The Senate Democrats were united against him and a few GOP Senators found themselves in an election year hot

Reese Erlich (2020-08-28). Foreign Correspondent: Biden's Troubling Foreign Policy. progressive.org An important behind-the-scenes battle is being fought over the Democratic nominee's conservative positions.

Kollibri terre Sonnenblume (2020-08-28). The Quadrennial Clusterfuck. counterpunch.org I don't see Republicans and Democrats… I see European civilization killing everything. ~Conrad Justice Kiczenski Here we are again, in…

Finian Cunningham (2020-08-28). Trump and Dems take turns playing 'Russian card' — which only proves it's the joker. thealtworld.com As the White House stakes pile up, both sides are playing the "Russian card" and claiming Moscow's interference. Yet at the same time, both sides are apt to deny their opponents' claims of such interference — when it suits them. | And what that proves is the fingering-Russia game is a charade. So, can both the Republicans and the Democrats be simultaneously right and wrong? | President Donald Trump earlier this month

news.un (2020-08-28). Myanmar: Upcoming elections an opportunity to take a new inclusive democratic path. news.un.org The Government of Myanmar should embrace upcoming national elections, scheduled for November, as an opportunity to take a new and fully inclusive democratic path, and to address the root of causes of abuses suffered by ethnic minorities, the UN human rights office (OHCHR) has urged.

Serge Halimi (2020-08-28). Restoration in Washington? counterpunch.org In 2008, when Barack Obama chose veteran centrist Joe Biden as his vice-presidential running mate, it seemed a prudent choice: Democrats had already expressed their desire for change by choosing a progressive African American who opposed the Iraq war to succeed George W Bush. In November, it's Biden's turn to run for the top job.

Labor Video Project (2020-08-28). Post Office Privatization Scams, Corruption & Politicians With Author Peter Byrne. indybay.org Journalist and author Peter Byrne discusses the privatization of the US post offices and the role of Diane Feinstein's husband Richard Blum. He also talks about Democratic politicians including Senator Kamala Harris who is now running for Vice President with Joe Biden.

_____ (2020-08-28). Biden Offers Nothing But More War, Austerity And White Supremacy. popularresistance.org The corporate Democrats are once again running as the Not-Trump Party, the second consecutive election in which they have succeeded in suppressing every issue except the fitness for office of one very wretched man. The only way a party wholly-owned by oligarchs can deflect attention from its own culpability in dragooning its constituents into a Race to the Bottom amid never ending war, is to set up a straw man to be knocked down, leaving the machinery of racial capitalism and armed-to-the-teeth imperialism intact — Hillary Clinton's gambit in 2016.

_____ (2020-08-28). Trump/Biden… Two Candidates Both Standing for War Party. strategic-culture.org How do we know there will be no change from the election of Donald Trump or Joe Biden? Because they are essentially two faces on either side of the same coin. This is more self-evident after the Republican national convention this week officially nominating Trump for the presidency which followed the Democratic convention last week putting forward Joe Biden as their candidate in the November election. | Both parties are wrapping themselves around the flag in a competition of jingoism and chauvinism. Literally. Speakers for either party have as mandatory backdrop, the ubiquitous stars and stripes bristling with na…

yenisafak (2020-08-28). Japan's Shinzo Abe: 'Tired not retired'. yenisafak.com The motto "politics demands producing results" has been the hallmark of top Japanese politician Shinzo Abe until he announced his resignation from the office of prime minister on Friday. "I have decided to step down as prime minister as poor health should not lead to wrong political decisions," said Abe, who has led the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) as the country's longest-serving premier, besting the previous record of 2,798 days held by his great uncle, Eisaku Sato (1901-1975).He added: "I will continue [my political work] and will run [for parliament] in the next elections."Abe, also Japan's youngest prime m…

yenisafak (2020-08-28). Top Turkish diplomat regrets Japan PM's resignation. yenisafak.com The Turkish foreign minister on Friday expressed sorrow at the resignation of the Japanese prime minister due to health issues.In a Twitter post, Mevlut Cavusoglu said Shinzo Abe made a great contribution in the sense of improving diplomatic ties between Turkey and Japan.Cavusoglu thanked Abe for his efforts in this regard and wished him recovery.Earlier, the 65-year-old Japanese premier announced his resignation due to health concerns, saying: "I have decided to step down as prime minister as poor health should not lead to wrong political decision."The ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) will hold a poll of se…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-08-28). 23 AGs Sue Trump Council Over 'Reckless and Unprecedented' Gutting of Bedrock US Environmental Law. commondreams.org "This administration's insidious attack on one of our most important environmental laws is an attack on the democratic process itself." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Miko Peled (2020-08-28). Biden's Campain and the DNC Make a Mockery of Jews, Israel, and of Course, Joe Biden. mintpressnews.com Reading through the Biden campaign's website, one wonders if the leader of the Democratic Party is in touch with the rest of the country, not to mention the rest of the world when it comes to Israel.

Marshall Auerback (2020-08-28). Time for Democratic Deficit Hawks to Go the Way of the Dodo. thenation.com Time for Democratic Deficit Hawks to Go the Way of the Dodo…

Sasha Abramsky (2020-08-28). GOP Convention: George Wallace Meets 'Duck Dynasty'. thenation.com GOP Convention: George Wallace Meets 'Duck Dynasty'

Jesse Jackson (2020-08-27). The Democrats and the Agenda Test. counterpunch.org In last week's Democratic National Convention, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris passed the character test. Now as Trump rolls out his virtual convention, they must ace the agenda test. They need to argue the case for the bold agenda that this country desperately needs, and challenge Trump for his policy failures. The Democratic National Convention

The Canary (2020-08-27). New leader Davey admits a Liberal Democrat revival will not be easy. thecanary.co The Liberal Democrats have "lost touch" with voters, Ed Davey admitted as he set himself the goal of turning the party around as its new leader.The former Cabinet minister said the Lib Dems have to "wake up and smell the coffee" after a series of disappointing general election results.The Kingston and Surbiton MP, who has been acting leader since Jo Swinson lost her seat in the 2019 general election, defeated Layla Moran to win the leadership by 42,756 votes to 24,564. | I am so proud to lead the party that I love. I am determined to rebuild our party, and fight for a greener, fairer and more caring society. Than…

Editor (2020-08-27). Not being Trump is not enough. workers.org Once every four years, the two major capitalist parties in the United States get unlimited prime-time media, with much hoopla, to promote their candidates for U.S. president and vice president. The four-day Democratic National Convention that ended Aug. 20 offered far less than usual, which cannot just be blamed on . . . |

Philip Giraldi (2020-08-27). Let's Talk U.S. Foreign Policy: It Is the Root Cause of Many Evils. thealtworld.com As the United States sinks deeper into a multi-faceted global crisis that no politician seems able or even willing to address, one hears more and more often demands for radical change in who runs the country and to what end. Of course, Donald J. Trump offered such a dramatic shift in priorities four years ago, but he has been unable to deliver due to his own inability to execute and the ill-conceived machinations of those whom he has chosen as advisers. The Democrats for their part are offering little beyond a repeat of their 2016 pander to grievance groups in an effort to cobble together an unassailable majority…

David Sirota (2020-08-27). Corporate Dems Want You To Shut Up While They Get Loud. zcomm.org Progressives are told to keep quiet until after the election — meanwhile, corporate Dems are blasting out divisive ideological messages that could demoralize Democratic voters and depress turnout…

Hana Kiros (2020-08-27). A Tale of Two Teens: When White Killers Are Treated Better Than Black Victims. progressive.org Trayvon Martin, a Black teenager, was killed for walking home at night—Kyle Rittenhouse, a white teenager, is being defended by Republicans after murdering two BLM protesters.

Labor Video Project (2020-08-27). 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…

_____ (2020-08-27). For Democracy And Transparency In The Plurinational State Of Bolivia. popularresistance.org We are witnessing the systematic destruction of democracy at the hands of the de facto government of Jeanine AnÃÉez and its allied forces of repression in the streets, on the highways, and the communities across Bolivia. | Through this letter, the members of the Progressive International demand that you take urgent action within your mandate to restore the fundamental rights of the Bolivian people to peace, protest, and democratic self-determination. In our message to you, we emphasize the urgency of your action to protect the integrity of the electoral process in the Plurinational State, to prevent…

sputniknews (2020-08-27). Democrats Wage #TrumpChaos 'War' Campaign via Billboards in DC Amid RNC Convention. sputniknews.com The Democratic National Committee (DNC) launched the Twitter hashtag #TrumpChaos, fueling both offline and online campaigns against US President Donald Trump, attacking the president for how he uses the coronavirus pandemic and condemning him for attempting to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

sputniknews (2020-08-27). Joe Biden Ignores Nancy Pelosi's Advice, Says He Will Debate Trump and 'Fact-Check' Him on Floor. sputniknews.com The 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, whom Trump has repeatedly alleged to be losing cognitive abilities, promised he would act as a POTUS fact-checker, as Democrats accuse the president of distorting facts and giving misleading information.

Staff (2020-08-27). Top Democrat Demands DeJoy Turn Over All Secret Trump Campaign Communications. truthout.org A top Democratic congressman is Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), chairma…

yenisafak (2020-08-27). Britain's Lib Dems elect former minister Davey as new leader. yenisafak.com Britain's opposition Liberal Democrats elected Ed Davey as their fourth leader in five years on Thursday, with the former minister pledging to rebuild a party that has been sapped of support and suffered losses at last year's election.The Liberal Democrats, long Britain's third party, relied on its opposition to Brexit at last year's election to try to win over voters, but instead ended up with just 11 seats, with their then leader Jo Swinson losing her place in parliament.But they have been kingmakers in the past, entering the 2010 coalition government with the Conservative Party under former prime minister Davi…

Stuart Schuffman (2020-08-27). I'm a Lifelong Progressive Voting for Joe Biden—Here's Why. commondreams.org Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden appears with his running mate, Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) at Alexis I. DuPont High School in Wilmington, Del., on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. (Photo: Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Elie Mystal (2020-08-27). We Need to Talk About the GOP's 'Black Friends'. thenation.com We Need to Talk About the GOP's 'Black Friends'

_____ (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.

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.

WSWS (2020-08-26). Who are the Republican spymasters and war criminals who have endorsed Biden? wsws.org Republican former security officials, virtually all of whom were involved in war crimes and domestic spying, have announced that they will be voting for the Democratic presidential nominee.

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.

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 …