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JULY 1 THROUGH 12

JULY 13, 2020

National Review Is Trying to Rewrite its Own Racist History . ... Stuart Stevens, who has gone from running Mitt Romney’s campaign for president in 2012 to a perch as a leading Never Trumper, is out with a new book: his mea culpa of sorts, It Was All a Lie: How the Republican Party Became Donald Trump. Intercept

Trump’s Leadership Is Tested In Time Of Fear, Pandemic. ... The Trump show may be losing its allure, exposing the empty space once filled by the empathy and seriousness of presidents leading in a crisis. HuffPost

Democracy and the Illusion of Choice. ... The neoliberal logic of everything for the rich is now so deeply embedded in American political economy that its base assumptions appear untouchable, except in rare and extraordinary circumstances. CounterPunch

ELECTION NEWS

Florida Democratic Candidates Organize to Protest Florida Democratic Party. Intercept

The Corporate Media Convinced Millions That Bernie Was “Unelectable”. ... There is overwhelming evidence a surge of mostly older, Trump-fearing voters decided the Democratic primary — and that Bernie Sanders failed to counter an establishment messaging campaign that Trump would beat him in a general election. Jacobin

We Must Understand the Sordid History of Voter Suppression to End Its Use. TruthOut

Conservative group backing Colorado’s national popular vote measure fueled by out-of-state money, tied to Democrats ... The campaign manager for Conservatives for Yes on National Popular, which is running ads in Colorado in support of the controversial law, declined to name a Republican in the state who has endorsed the measure. Colorado Sun

Supreme Court says presidential electors may be forced to support winner of popular vote. ... Thirty-two states have laws addressing 'faithless electors', though only 16 of those penalise or cancel such votes. Independent

Foreign Election Interference: Who is to Blame?. ... Ever since the Russian election interference in 2016, the New York Times has been blaming Russian President Vladimir Putin for the new Cold War with the United States. CounterPunch

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US News Falsely Reports That North Korea Threatened to Nuke US. FAIR

The utterly shameless Betsy DeVos. Digby

Is the Latest Purge of Journalists an Attempt to Appease Netanyahu? ... Even if the prime minister isn’t behind the firings, the atmosphere of suspicion serves him well. Haaretz

'Completely Out of Control': China Says 'US Epidemic' Threat to Rest of the World. ... 'In the coming fall and winter, the US epidemic will likely run rampant, and more countries and regions will be forced to suffer because of the US.' CommonDreams

Fox News Edits Trump Out Of Jeffrey Epstein Photo -- Leaves In Melania Trump once called him a “terrific guy” who likes them on the “younger side.” HuffPost

Facebook and Its Big Tech Cronies Are Upgrading Their Anti-Union Tools. TruthOut

Open Letter: An Anti-Racist West Point Is Possible. ... We hope Academy leadership will agree we are espousing the same values West Point seeks to instill in its graduates. ScheerPost

Trump’s Niece Says He Paid a Friend to Take the SAT For Him in High School. TruthOut

MONDAY JULY 13, 2020
REBELLION NEWS

‘Reject the lies of history’: Washington reckons with tributes to racist past. ...The US capital is adorned with monuments to American history, but as schools change names and statues are toppled, legacies are under scrutiny. Guardian

On Disposability and Rebellion: Insights From a Rank-and-File Insurgency. CounterPunch

George Floyd told officers 'I can't breathe' more than 20 times, transcripts show. ... Derek Chauvin, the officer kneeling on his neck, replied: ‘It takes a heck of a lot of oxygen to talk’ Guardian

Civil Rights Groups Sue NC City Over Law That 'Effectively Bans Any Protest'. ... Ordinance in city of Graham "sends a clear message that racist monuments are valued more highly than Black lives and our constitutional rights.” CommonDreams

James Averhart Oversaw Chelsea Manning’s Brutal Imprisonment. Now He’s Running for Congress as a Democrat. ... James Averhart led a push to track down and punish soldiers who deserted the Vietnam War in an attempt to stop similar desertions in Iraq and oversaw Chelsea Manning's brutal imprisonment at a Quantico jail. He's now vying for an Alabama House of Representatives seat -- as a Democrat. Jacobin

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QWEEKEND OF JULY 10-12, 2020

Weekend Read: Political Suicide: The Fight for the Soul of the Democratic Party by Ted Rall ... There’s a split in the Democratic Party. Progressives are surging with ideas and candidates like Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. 72 percent of Democratic voters are progressives. But centrists like Tom Perez and the Clintons still run the DNC party apparatus–and they don’t want to compromise. Intraparty warfare exploded into the open in 2016. It’s even bigger now. Rall.com

The Pathology of the Rich - Chris Hedges on Reality Asserts Itself. YouTube Part 1.  Part 2

Trump Threatens to Cut Funding for Schools If They Don’t Reopen in the Fall. TruthOut

What Buddhism and science can teach each other – and us – about the universe The Conversation

WEEKEND JULY 10-12, 2020
ENVIRONMENT

Dominion (2018) - The definitive documentary on the multi-faceted evils of animal agriculture. Everyone should at least be informed about their choices and the reality of the industries which our governments protect: YouTube

Energy Companies Cancel $8 Billion Appalachian Trail Pipeline Project. .. The Atlantic Coast Pipeline was going to be built under the Appalachian Train through West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. HuffPost

Biosphere Warming in Numbers. CounterPunch

New Report Finds Economic Benefits of Protecting 30% of Planet's Land and Ocean Outweigh the Costs 5-to-1. ... "Protecting nature halts biodiversity loss, helps fight climate change, and lessens the chance of future pandemics. This is sound public policy, economically, ecologically, and morally." Commondreams

How Black & Indigenous Groups Won the Fight to Stop the Atlantic Coast Pipeline DemocracyNow  Related: “A Dream That Comes True”: Standing Rock Elder Hails Order to Shut Down DAPL After Years of Protest. DemocracyNow

How We Stopped Trump From Trashing a Critical Montana Roadless Area in Grizzly Habitat. CounterPunch

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As Colleges Resort to Online Learning, ICE Issues 'Needlessly Cruel' Rule Pushing International Students Out of US. ... "The Trump administration is using ICE to threaten universities into teaching in person by threatening international students with deportation if they're all online." CommonDreams

An Interview with Nancy Pelosi Challenger Shahid Buttar and a Look at the History of Fascist Movements in the U.S. Intercept

It’s Now Ghislaine Maxwell’s Turn. CounterPunch

The mechanics of Israel’s annexation in the West Bank. ... How will annexation impact the legal status of Israeli settlers and the Palestinians that live in the areas that are annexed? Mondoweiss

Trump Health Secretary Says US Healthcare Workers 'Don't Get Infected' With Covid-19 (94,000 Have Contracted the Virus). ... While the true toll Covid-19 has taken on healthcare workers is not yet known, one investigation found that more than 760 have died from the virus. Commondreams

The Problem With Israel’s Annexation Is Its Brutality, Not Its Optics. ... We need strong condemnation of Israel’s annexation plans, not handwringing over bad P.R. ITT

WEEKEND JULY 10-12, 2020
REBELLION NEWS

If Governments Believe So Much in Nonviolence, They Should Try It. TruthOut

Is free speech under threat from 'cancel culture'? Four writers respond. ... Nesrine Malik, Jonathan Freedland, Zoe Williams and Samuel Moyn/ Guardian

Trump Campaign Ads Mislead Viewers About Black Protesters Who Stopped Violence. Intercept

“California Is Ripe for a Revolution”. ... Jackie Fielder, a Democratic Socialists of America–backed candidate for California’s State Senate, is refusing to take money from police unions, real-estate interests, and the fossil fuel industry. For her, the connection between capital and police violence is clear: “Our communities face intense repression from the state because it is profitable.” Jacobin

Two more car ramming attacks target Black Lives Matter protests. ... Violent incidents in New York and Indiana follow a deadly car ramming in Seattle – and other vehicular attacks at recent protests. Independent

Three Books on the 2020 Presidential Election and Their Relevance to the Black Live Matter Protests. CounterPunch

Far Right Reading List Shows Link Between Its Literature and Real-World Violence. TruthOut

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JULY 9, 2020

Will the ICC Investigation Bring Justice for Palestine? CounterPunch

The Pathology of the Rich - Chris Hedges on Reality Asserts Itself. YouTube Part 1  Part 2

The US Should Stop Lying About Its History. ... Not only should statues celebrating Columbus be removed, but textbooks should reflect his murderous legacy. TRN

JULY 9, 2020
WAR IS WHAT DEFINES US

The War on Logic: Contradictions and Absurdities in the House’s Military Spending Bill. CounterPunch

US News Falsely Reports That North Korea Threatened to Nuke US. FAIR

Afghanistan: What is to be Done? CounterPunch

Key U.S. Ally Indicted for Organ Trade Murder Scheme. AntiWar

US approves $7.5 billion in foreign weapons sales in one day Defense News

Afghanistan and the Endless War Caucus. ... The immediate response to a story that U.S. forces were being targeted is to keep fighting a losing conflict. AntiWar

On Contact: Hedges and Maj. Danny Discuss New Investigation of Patriotism. ... Sjursen's latest book asks whether there is a proper space for patriotism that renounces entitled exceptionalism and narcissistic jingoism. ScheerPost

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Annexation is going forward, and Democratic/European opposition is toothless without concrete penalties. MondoWeiss

Fearing Israeli sanctions, banks refuse to pay out Palestinian terror stipends. ... Military decree set to take effect, applying anti-terror law to West Bank and holding banks liable for PA payments to attackers and their families. The Times of Israel

You Are Not Guilty. ... America, let’s talk. ... you can stop hiding your face in shame: you are not guilty. Trump didn’t win in 2016. And I’m not talking about Trump losing the popular vote. Greg Palast

Supreme Court Says Employers May Deny Birth Control Coverage Over Religious Objections. ... The case concerns Obamacare’s birth control mandate, which requires most private health insurance plans to cover contraceptives without a copay. HuffPost

US officially notifies World Health Organization of its withdrawal. ... Trump administration letter comes despite virtually no international support for the move amid pandemic. Guardian

Personal Protective Gear For Medical Workers Fighting Coronavirus Runs Low -- Again “We’re five months into this and there are still shortages of gowns, hair covers, shoe covers, masks, N95 masks,” said the president of National Nurses United. HuffPost

“A Dream That Comes True”: Standing Rock Elder Hails Order to Shut Down DAPL After Years of Protest. DemocracyNow

Antiracism Must Be a Priority in Every Newsroom. TruthOut

'A Shameful Moment': Trump Announces Formal Withdrawal From WHO as Covid-19 Cases Climb. ... "This won't protect American lives or interests—it leaves Americans sick and America alone." CommonDreams

JULY 9, 2020 - REBELLION NEWS

Tucker Carlson Accused Of Echoing White Supremacist Talking Points On Fox News
Fox News host’s on-screen graphic is being compared to the infamous “14 words.” HuffPost

Trump’s Racism May be Blatant, But the Culture He Defends Comes Out of the Civil War and Goes Well Beyond Racial Division. CounterPunch/Cockburn

Cop Pulled A Gun On Woman’s Unarmed Son, Then Used Facebook Posts Against Her In Court. ... Erica Hamlett's fight for accountability for an off-duty officer who pulled a gun on her child while he waited for a bus. TRN

Two more car ramming attacks target Black Lives Matter protests. ... Violent incidents in New York and Indiana follow a deadly car ramming in Seattle – and other vehicular attacks at recent protests. Independent

What does community control of police look like?. GrayZone

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JULY 8, 2020

CIA Manual on trickery and deception. Internet Archive

Centenarian study suggests living environment may be key to longevity. ... Washington State University Summary: Where you live has a significant impact on the likelihood that you will reach centenarian age, suggests a new study. New research suggests that people who live in highly walkable, mixed-age communities may be more likely to live to their 100th birthday. Science Daily

JULY 8, 2020 - FACIAL RECOGNITION

Algorithmic Justice League. ... Technology Should Serve all of us . Not just the privileged Few. AJL

Facial Recognition Legislation in the Hopper. GovTrack

Boston Bans Gov't Use of Face Surveillance. EFF

Statewide Moratorium on Use of Facial Recognition Technology. EFF

EFF Positions on COVID-19 Policy. EFF

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The Invasion of America. .. The Age of Disappointment? Or How the American Century Ends. Tom Dispatch

The War Zone Is America. ... The threat of armed violence shapes the major life decisions of so many people of color today. ScheerPost

Uranium Mining at Grand Canyon: Havasupai Sacred Site & Diné Communities Face Imminent Threat. Clean up the Mines

The Politics of Contraband (from Gangster Planet). MadCow

2020 is our last chance to avert climate catastrophe, says energy chief. ... The International Energy Agency releases its Sustainable Recovery Plan and says governments have a 'once-in-a-lifetime opportunity' to reduce global emissions. Independent

Armed Extremist Groups Aren’t Lone Wolves ... They Were Galvanized by the GOP. TruthOut

JULY 8, 2020
REBELLION NEWS

No, We’re Not All Antifa Now. But We Should Be. CounterPunch

What We Know About the Killing of Elijah McClain. The Cut

The Pathology of the Rich - Chris Hedges on Reality Asserts Itself YouTube Part 1  Part 2

White woman who called police over black birdwatcher is charged. ... Amy Cooper charged with filing a false report. Guardian

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JULY 7, 2020

Julian Assange extradition hearing with Marjorie Cohn
Chris Hedges

'A Scandal': Contracts Show Trump Giving Big Pharma Free Rein to Price Gouge Taxpayer-Funded Coronavirus Drugs. ... "The amount of money the government is throwing at companies is unprecedented. Normally when you write bigger checks, you should have more leverage, not less leverage." CommonDreams

JULY 7, 2020 EASY MONEY
It's all about cash

Federal Regulators Are Mortgaging The Country To Wall Street. ... What could possibly go wrong? ... Federal regulators quietly shredded the most significant banking reform enacted after the 2008 financial crisis last month. When they were done, they patted banks on the back for continuing to shovel cash to their shareholders. HuffPost

Wall Street billionaire talks Trudeau into changing course to benefit private investors. Rabble

'The Swamp Is Alive and Well': Trump-Connected Lobbyists Raked in $10 Billion in Covid-19 Aid for Corporate Clients. CommonDreams

As Markets Crashed, DeVos Sold Shares in Secretive Cayman Island Fund. ... Billionaire Education Secretary Betsy DeVos sold up to $5 million in securities through an offshore fund that appears in the Paradise Papers. Sludge

As Covid-19 Takes Toll, DeVos Denounced for New 'Craven' Public School Privatization Scheme. ... "With our country dealing with a pandemic, an economic recession, and structural racism, she's spied an opening to exploit this crisis to resuscitate her failed agenda." CommonDreams

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Chief Justice John Roberts Is Carrying Out Corporate America’s Long-Term Plan Perfectly. ... In 2005, Chief Justice John Roberts was nominated to the Supreme Court because the business lobby believed he would turn the court into a corporate weapon — and that's precisely what he has been doing ever since. Jacobin

Connecting the Dates – US Media Used To Stop The ‘Threat’ of Peace. CounterPunch

Fourth of July Musings: The Curse of Exceptionalism and the Perils of Patriotism. .. Our messianic belief that we are the chosen nation has been disastrous for so many here and abroad. ScheerPost

In the Name of Anti-Trumpism, Media Elevate a Lying Warmonger. FAIR

Revolutionary Possibilities: Could U.S. Capitalism Turn Nationalist?. CounterPunch

JULY 7, 2020 - REBELLION NEWS

Voices from an uprising. ... Portraits from Los Angeles’ Black Lives Matter demonstrations. HCN

The People Must Rise Up and Remove Trump-Pence From This Horror Show Handling of the Pandemic. ... The citizenry must quickly mount irresistible pressure for Trump and Pence to step aside. CommonDreams/Nader

NYPD’s Culture of Impunity Sees an Officer Repeatedly Accused of Physical and Sexual Abuse Rising Through the Ranks. ... On a late January morning in 2015, Carletto Allen was sitting in a car parked in front of his house in the Bronx, when two men ran up to the car, guns drawn. Intercept

Police Reform Hasn’t Stopped the Killings Before. It Won’t Now Either. TruthOut

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JULY 6, 2020

Federal Regulators Are Mortgaging The Country To Wall Street. ... What could possibly go wrong? ... Federal regulators quietly shredded the most significant banking reform enacted after the 2008 financial crisis last month. When they were done, they patted banks on the back for continuing to shovel cash to their shareholders. HuffPost

Ghislaine Maxwell arrested by FBI on charges related to Jeffrey Epstein. .. Maxwell had kept a low profile and her whereabouts were unknown since Epstein’s arrest last July on sex trafficking charges. Guardian   Related: FBI tracked Ghislaine Maxwell as she ‘slithered away’ to luxury New Hampshire property. ... Prosecutors say they would ‘welcome Prince Andrew coming in to talk to us’ as charges handed down . Independent

ELECTION NEWS

The Data is Clear: Progressives Should Boycott Biden. ... Once again the Democratic Party is asking progressives to vote for a presidential nominee who says he disagrees with them about every major issue. CounterPunch

Killer Lines, Killer Cops, and Trump’s Vote-Heist Dress Rehearsal. ... The hidden, ugly story of the new Jim Crow tactics tested in the recent primaries -- and coming soon to a state near you. Craig Palast

The Corruption of the Democratic Party: Talking to Ted Rall about his new book. CounterPunch

Alumni of George W. Bush administration launch pro-Biden super PAC. TheHill

Beware of Anti-Trump Republicans Who Endorse Joe Biden. TruthOut

Democratic Senate Candidates Are Lining Up Against The Filibuster. ... Every leading candidate in a race targeted by the Democratic Party is at least open to reforming the Senate’s 60-vote threshold. HuffPost

New COVID Infections Surge in US as Trump Fixates on His Election Prospects. TruthOut

Beware of Anti-Trump Republicans Who Endorse Joe Biden. TruthOut

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Chelsea Clinton denies she was ever close friends with Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged ‘madam’. ... The former First Daughter joins her father in attempting to distance herself from the disgraced financier and his associates, Mercury News

How the UK Labour Party Lost the Working Class. ... More low-income voters backed the Tories than the Labour Party in the 2019 election for the first time ever. Labour’s decision to side with the establishment rather than the voters over Brexit pushed them into the Tories’ arms. Jacobin

The ‘Threat’ of Peace and Media Dupes: Connecting the Dates on Russia Bounties Bombshell. ... Leave a Comment on The ‘Threat’ of Peace and Media Dupes: Connecting the Dates on Russia Bounties Bombshell. Peace seems to have exceedingly, ridiculously, laughably bad timing, this latest time in Afghanistan. ScheerPost

In ‘Russian Bounty’ Story, Evidence-Free Claims From Nameless Spies Became Fact Overnight. FAIR

There’s a War Going On Over Kamala Harris’s Wikipedia Page, with Unflattering Elements Vanishing. Intercept:

Cattle-feed crops, which end up as beef and dairy products, account for 23% of water consumption in the US. Guardian

Ron Kovic and Maj. Danny Sjursen: The Great Con of American Patriotism. ... The two veterans trace the United States' violent trajectory since the Vietnam War. ScheerPost

New studies show that men are worried masks are not masculine. Are masks becoming the ‘condoms of the face’? Guardian

MONDAY JULY 6, 2020
REBELLION NEWS


1 Dead After Car Hits 2 Seattle Protesters On Closed Freeway. ... A 27-year-old man was taken into custody for the early morning incident that left a second woman hospitalized. HuffPost

Baltimore Protesters Tear Down Christopher Columbus Statue, Dump It In The Harbor. ... A spokesman for the mayor said it was part of a “reexamination” of monuments and statues that may “represent different things to different people.” HuffPost

Police Unions Are Racist Power Brokers in Opposition to Movement for Black Lives. TruthOut

Police Foundations Scrub Corporate Partners and Board Members From Their Websites. ... In at least four major U.S. cities, foundations affiliated with police departments have taken down information on their partners and board members after activists began calling on them to cut ties. Sludge

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Weekend of July 3-5, 2020

Weekend Read: Propaganda and the Public Mind by Noam Chomsky. In this collection of interviews with David Barsamian, Noam Chomsky interrogates the institutions that shape the public mind in the service of power and profit. Whether discussing U.S. military involvement in Colombia, the attack on Social Security, the rise of HMOs, or growing inequality worldwide, Chomsky shows how ordinary citizens have the power to make meaningful change. Alternative Radio

Important Feb 2013 documentary:
Obey': Film Based on Chris Hedges' 'Death of the Liberal Class' by Temujin Doran. YouTube

The Kafkaesque Imperium: Julian Assange and the Second Superseding Indictment. CounterPunch  Related:  US Government Expands Assange Indictment To Criminalize Assistance Provided To Edward Snowden. ShadowProof

As COVID Burns Through the South and West, Trump Fans the Flames. TruthOut

Chomsky: We Must Not Let Masters of Capital Define the Post-COVID World. TruthOut

WEEKEND JULY 3-5, 2020
ENVIRONMENT


The Trump Administration Is Reversing 100 Environmental Rules. Here’s the Full List.. NY Times

Trump To Nominate Anti-Environment Extremist As Permanent Public Lands Chief. ... William Perry Pendley says his personal views and past actions are “irrelevant” when it comes to leading an agency that manages more than one-third of all federal land. HuffPost

Arctic Heat Overwhelms Green Infighting Issues. ... Michael Moore and Jeff Gibbs’ controversial film Planet of the Humans (Rumble Media) serves as an opening salvo, exposing a green movement that has turned a light shade of brown. The film paints a painful picture of a movement that, in certain instances, has gone off the rails. CounterPunch

Siberian Heat Wave Is A ‘Warning Cry’ From The Arctic, Climate Scientists Say “This is what this heat wave is doing: It makes much more fuel available to burn, not just vegetation, but the soil as well.” HuffPost

The secretive government agency planting 'cyanide bombs' across the US. ... Wildlife Services kills thousands of animals at ranchers and farmers’ behest. But it operates with little oversight – and critics describe it as out of control. Guardian

Conservation Groups Sue Trump Administration to Halt Massive Logging in Steelhead Critical Habitat. CounterPunch

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Hundreds Of Former Bush Officials Form New Super PAC To Help Elect Joe Biden. ... Republicans who served in the George W. Bush administration unite to form 43 Alumni for Biden. HuffPost

Saudis Bankroll Taliban, Even as King Officially Supports Afghan Government. NY Times

Biden Compared Indicted War Criminal to “George Washington” CounterPunch

Sanders Files Amendments to Force Pentagon to Pass Clean Audit, Require Mass-Production of Free Masks for All. ... "National security," said Sen. Bernie Sanders, "means doing everything we can to improve the lives of our people, many of whom have been abandoned by our government decade after decade." CommonDreams

Trolling Trump, the Lincoln Project Also Peddles Militarism. ... The Never Trump super PAC makes entertaining ads that get under the president’s skin—but progressives should take a closer look at their agenda. The Nation

When US Backed A Mass Murder Program In Indonesia: Interview With Vincent Bevins On ‘The Jakarta Method’. ShadowProof

Biden Now Up To 106 Billionaire Donors; Trump Has 93. ... Joe Biden extended his lead over Donald Trump in the race for the most billionaire donors in May, according to a review of documents filed with the Federal Election Commission Forbes

Giant Pandas Finally Mate After Being Married In Catholic Ceremony. Onion

Plague Journal #15: What Bats Can Teach Us. ... Solving overwhelming problems begins with repairing the damage done. ScheerPost

Big Pharma Trade Group Blasted as 'Morally Bankrupt' for Suing to Block Minnesota Insulin Affordability Law. ... The law is named for Alec Smith, an uninsured 26-year-old who died in 2017 after rationing his insulin. CommonDreams

NYT Erases US Occupation’s Role in Prolonging Taliban Insurgency. NY Times

WEEKEND JULY 3-5, 2020
REBELLION NEWS


The Police Aren’t Very Good At Their Main Job: Solving Crimes. .. What the statistics -- and my personal experiences -- show about how little we should expect when we are crime victims. HuffPost

Congress Urged to Repeal Program That Transfers 'Weapons of War' to Local Police. ... "In response to the national outrage, armored vehicles, assault weapons, and military gear once again filled our streets and communities, turning them into war zones." CommonDreams

De-Militarizing the United States. CounterPunch

What Defunding the Police Can Look Like. ScheerPost

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July 2, 2020

(2012) Chomsky on Civil Liberties, Obama and the Future of Progressive Politics. CounterPunch

'Deplorable Act in Face of Global Crisis': Trump Condemned as US Buys Up Nearly Entire Supply of Covid-19 Drug. ... "It's a very concerning precedent because if we see the vaccine coming from a U.S. company, we're likely to see the same type of behavior and hoarding by the U.S. and other developed countries." CommonDreams

De-Militarizing the United States. CounterPunch

JULY 2, 2020
WAR IS WHAT DEFINES US

Sanders Files Amendments to Force Pentagon to Pass Clean Audit, Require Mass Production of Free Masks for All. ... "National security," said Sen. Bernie Sanders, "means doing everything we can to improve the lives of our people, many of whom have been abandoned by our government decade after decade." CommonDreams

Afghanistan Bounties: Pot, Meet Kettle (and Turn Off the Stove!). CounterPunch

Trump’s Record on Foreign Policy: Lost Wars, New Conflicts, and Broken Promises. ... Donald Trump claims he’s ending the “era of endless wars.” But over the course of his first term, he has come closer to starting new wars than ending the wars he inherited. Jacobin

The War That Time Forgot. ... The most crucial decision of this century was the vote to go to war against Iraq. ... At a minimum, the US is spending about $52 billion a year waging war in Afghanistan. CounterPunch

Biden Bashes Trump For Being Too Soft on Regime Change in Venezuela. ... Joe Biden criticized President Trump’s willingness to meet with Venezuelan president Maduro, attacking him from the right and showing that U.S. imperialism is a bipartisan affair. Left Voice

The Korean War Atrocities No One Wants to Talk About. ... For decades they covered up the U.S. massacre of civilians at No Gun Ri and elsewhere. This is why we never learn our lessons. American Conservative

Bill Clinton’s Serbian War Atrocities Exposed in New Indictment. CounterPunch

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Puerto Rico’s Troubled Utility Is A Goldmine For U.S. Contractors. ... Billions of dollars in contracts have been awarded to politically connected Americans, even as Puerto Ricans suffer electricity outages. HuffPost

In Buried Report, U.S. Government Admits Major Failures in Confronting Domestic Terrorism. Intercept

For Many Young People, Socialism Is as American as Apple Pie. ... Bernie Sanders may never make it to the White House, but, just when we need them most, socialists like “Bigger than Bernie” co-author Megan Day have picked up his torch. ScheerPost   Related: (2015) What It Means to Be a Socialist. TruthDig

Bombing People Is Not Feminist, No Matter How You Spin It. FAIR

Revealed: Covid-19 outbreaks at meat-processing plants are being kept quiet. ... Testing has found positive cases at North Carolina facilities, but officials refuse to release the information. Guardian

Trump’s Record on Foreign Policy: Lost Wars, New Conflicts, and Broken Promises. ... Donald Trump claims he’s ending the “era of endless wars.” But over the course of his first term, he has come closer to starting new wars than ending the wars he inherited Jacobin

Supreme Court Rules State’s Denial Of Funding For Religious Schools Violates Constitution. ... The case, Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, concerned a school choice program that provided taxpayer dollars for private school scholarships. HuffPost

JULY 2, 2020 - REBELLION NEWS

"You become fatalistic, you strive against a monolithic evil knowing that whatever you achieve is Pyrrhic, that the system flourishes despite your efforts. And yet, what binds you, what keeps you going, are these relationships."

Victory! Boston Bans Government Use of Face Surveillance. EFF

After Weeks of Allowing 'Autonomous Zone,' Seattle Police Clear CHOP Amid Violence, Growing Complaints. ... As the city's police chief said, "Enough is enough," one organizer lamented that "it didn't end how it started and that's the tragedy of the situation." CommonDreams

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July 1, 2020

Bill Clinton’s Serbian War Atrocities Exposed in New Indictment. ... President Bill Clinton’s favorite freedom fighter just got indicted for mass murder, torture, kidnapping, and other crimes against humanity CounterPunch

Bolton and the Pandemic. ... The corporate media is obsessing over John Bolton’s views with regard to Donald Trump, but it is worth examining what they’re not asking. CounterPunch

Apologizing for Solidarity with the Palestinians Has Only Fed the Smears Against the Labour Left. Jacobin

Economic Update: Dark Times, Hard Truths. Video

COVID NEWS

Absolute Robbery': Gilead Announces $3,120 Price Tag for Covid-19 Drug Developed With $70 Million in Taxpayer Support. ... "Taxpayers provided funding for the development of this drug. Now Gilead is price-gouging off it during a pandemic. Beyond disgusting," said Sen. Bernie Sanders. CommonDreams

The Airline Industry Blocked Disclosure of Trade Data, Helping Conceal the Airlift of N95 Masks From the U.S. to China. Intercept

'Not Even Close to Being Over': WHO Chief Says Despite Some Progress, 'Pandemic Is Actually Speeding Up'. ... The warning from Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus came after global Covid-19 cases topped 10 million and the death toll passed 500,000. CommonDreams

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Trump used looted Venezuelan public money to build border wall with Mexico. ... Around $24 billion of Venezuelan public money has been looted, and the Trump administration has used at least $601 million of it to construct a militarized wall on the US-Mexico border. GrayZone Related: Is the Deep State Attempting a Hybrid War in Mexico? CounterPunch

The Blundering British Political Class has Shown the Same Incompetence in Both Fighting Wars and Coronavirus. CounterPunch/Cockburn

We’ve got to learn how to take care of our own vote. ... If we want to ensure our ballots count in November, we’re going to have to learn how to take care of our own vote. Craig Palast

Even AIPAC: Mainstream U.S. Jewish Groups Struggling to Defend Israeli Annexation. ... Having argued for decades in favor of a two-state solution and no unilateral moves, AIPAC, ADL and AJC are facing a potential Israeli move that could scupper both of those claims. Haaretz

On “White Fragility” ... A few thoughts on America’s smash-hit #1 guide to egghead racialism. Taibbi

JULY 1, 2020
REBELLION NEWS

Western police are geared up for war
But who’s the enemy? HCN

Infiltrating Black Lives Matter: Cops, Feds, and White Supremacists. CounterPunch

Aurora Police in full riot gear end up pepper spraying peaceful protestors. ... Police in Colorado were seen walking into a peaceful protest to remember Elijah McClain wearing full riot gear and spraying protesters with pepper spray. Times Famous

Whole Foods Is Quietly Telling Workers Not to Show Black Lives Matter Support. TruthOut

'Outrageous and Chilling': Police Condemned for Charging Peaceful Environmentalists With 'Terrorizing' in Louisiana. ... "This is a clear instance of the law and law enforcement being used to protect corporations, profit, and property over people." CommonDreams   Related:  Louisiana Environmental Activists Charged With “Terrorizing” for Nonviolent Stunt Targeting Plastics Giant. Intercept

Trump Shares Video of Couple Pointing Semi-Automatic Weapon at Protesters. TruthOut

Livin’ on Tulsa Time: Infiltrating ‘Trump Country’ to Fly a Different Flag. ScheerPost

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JULY 14 THROUGH 22

JULY 22, 2020

Donald Trump Listens to His Gut. And It’s the Gut of a Racist.. Mother Jones

Trump consults Bush torture lawyer on how to skirt law and rule by decree. ... John Yoo wrote memo used to justify waterboarding. Trump keen to use executive orders and circumvent Congress. Guardian

22% of Mail-In Votes Never Get Counted
Jim Crow is Hiding in the Mailbox. Craig Palast

The UK and US are Starting a New Cold War with Russia and China, So What are These Governments Trying to Hide? CounterPunch

America faces a historic choice -- "ugly corporate tyranny" or revolution. Salon

Trump Won’t Say Whether He Will Accept 2020 Election Results: ‘I Have To See’. ... During an interview with “Fox News Sunday,” the presiden. HuffPost

Trump Administration Wants to Deprive Cubans of Food. CounterPunch

Veteran Black Panther: Links Between Capitalism and Racism Are in Plain Sight. TruthOut

Attack On Federal Judge’s Family Came Amid Growing Threats To The Judiciary. ... The U.S. Marshals Service said it needs help assessing when to employ “scarce protective resources” to keep federal judges like Esther Salas safe. HuffPost

Arundhati Roy: Our Task is to Disable the Engine. ... Storied author and PI Council member Arundhati Roy on Covid-19 and the "super-surveillance" state. Progress International

JULY 22, 2020
REBELLION NEWS

Chris Hedges Warns That The George Floyd Protests May be The Last Chance to Save America From Corporate Tyranny and Neo-Fascism. Truth Report

“Camouflaged Goon Squads”: Outrage, Legal Challenges in Portland as Federal Agents Snatch Protesters. DemocracyNow

'No Tactics... Just Seemed Like a Gang': Navy Veteran Speaks Out After Attack by Secret Police in Viral Video Viewed Nearly 10 Million Times. ... "They just started whaling on me with batons, and I let them," said Christopher David. CommonDreams

Worker-Run News Outlets Are Good News for the Labor Movement. TruthOut

Federal Agents In Portland Used Tear Gas Against Protesters, Police Say
House Democrats are seeking an investigation into the Trump administration’s use of force against anti-racism demonstrators. HuffPost

Federal agencies can do what they want: True Tyranny Defined: Bush Admin. v. Jose Padilla (written 2005) Greenwald

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Legislation in Congress Would Require Flying Flag With Pentagon on It. CounterPunch

Georgia Governor Orders Statewide Ban on Science. New Yorker

JULY 21, 2020 EASY MONEY
It's all about cash

Warnings Grow: “We are in a Massive Economic Downturn” CounterPunch

Steve Mnuchin Already Wants To Forgive Billions In PPP Loans. ... The Treasury secretary would like to skip compliance checks and automatically turn the loans into grants. HuffPost

Banks Stand to Make $18 Billion in PPP Processing Fees From CARES Act. Intercept

Joe Kennedy, a Top Recipient of Hedge Fund Cash, Declined to Back Tax Fairness Act. ... Unlike his Democratic Senate primary opponent Sen. Ed Markey, Rep. Joe Kennedy has declined in multiple sessions to co-sponsor legislation to end the carried interest tax loophole. Sludge

Why Government Mostly Helps People Who Need It the Least…Even During a Crisis. CounterPunch

On Tax Day, Analysis Shows Billionaire Wealth Growth Since Start of Pandemic Exceeds Total Budget Deficits of 23 US States. ... "Billionaire wealth is booming during the pandemic while states are drowning in red ink." CommonDreams

Company that gave six figures to pro-Trump super PAC got PPP loan worth at least $5 million OpenSecrets

How Trump Is Helping Tycoons Exploit the Pandemic. .. The secretive titan behind one of America’s largest poultry companies, who is also one of the President’s top donors, is ruthlessly leveraging the coronavirus crisis—and his vast fortune—to strip workers of protections. New Yorker

White House Pushes 'Pure Giveaway' to Rich Investors While Urging Cut to Pandemic Unemployment Aid. ... Recipients of the enhanced unemployment benefit could see the aid slashed by more than 50% under a plan being discussed by the Trump administration and GOP. CommonDreams

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Congress Urged to Reject 'Hostage-Taking' as Trump Threatens to Veto Any Covid-19 Bill That Doesn't Cut Social Security. ... "Beware of the payroll tax cut! It is just the administration's attempt to cut Social Security and Medicare." CommonDreams

Trump Now Has Free Rein to Cook the Books When It Comes to COVID. TruthOut

Trump will cling to power. To get him out, Biden will have to win big. ... Only a Democratic landslide can ward off the nightmare prospect of this president simply refusing to leave office. Guardian

FBI Tore Apart NYT Report On Trump-Russia Contacts In Newly Declassified Memo. Daily Caller

The Life-Saving Covid-19 Drugs You’ve Never Heard Of (and Why). CounterPunch

Masks Off: How the Brothers Who Fueled the Reopen Protests Built a Volatile Far-Right Network. Intercept

Did you protest recently? Your face might be in a database. ... In the United States, at least one in four law enforcement agencies are able to use facial recognition technology. The implications are troubling. Guardian

The GOP’s “Southern Strategy” Shows How White Supremacy Fuels Class Exploitation. TruthOut

JULY 21, 2020 - REBELLION NEWS

Portland Protesters: Federal Cops In Unmarked Vans Are Grabbing Us Off The Street. ... Oregon’s governor is accusing President Donald Trump of blatantly abusing his power. HuffPost

The most glaring, indisputable and direct attack on free speech in the US is the dozens of states legally barring Americans who advocate a boycott of Israel from receiving government contracts, along with related sanctions on campuses. That notably receives very little attention. Jacobin

Portland Mayor Warns Trump: Keep Your Troops in Federal Buildings or 'Leave Our City'. News Week

Federal Agents Invade Portland, Citing Trump’s Executive Order Protecting Statues. Mother Jones

After Trump Deploys Secret Police in Portland, 'Imagine What Happens If He Gets Four More Years'. ... "They want to see what they can get away with before launching into other parts of the country." CommonDreams

President Trump Says Portland Police Are Incapable Of Managing Protests. OPB

RS Reports: Progressive City, Brutal Police. ... The paradox of Portland, Oregon, shows why the fight to change police culture takes more than liberal values and good intentions. RollingStone

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JULY 20, 2020

John Lewis: The Purest of the Pure. ScheerPost

Homeland Security Official Defends Portland ‘Kidnappings’ Amid Calls For Investigation. ... Unidentified federal agents in military-style gear are jumping out of unmarked vans to detain protesters, according to videos and personal accounts. HuffPost


It’s Going to be a Long, Hard Recession. CounterPunch/Baker

ELECTION NEWS

Defend Ilhan Omar. Jacobin

The Republicans and Democrats: Two Wings, Same Bird. CounterPunch

Trump Back To The ‘Swamp’ To Pick Up Another $10 Million In Big Checks. ... Five years after claiming he didn’t want rich donors’ money, the president and the GOP have collected hundreds of millions of dollars from them. HuffPost

The People Who Will Draft the Democratic Platform Have a Conflict of Interest Problem. ... Next up after the Biden-Sanders task forces? The Democratic platform drafting committee—and progressives have their work cut out for them. ITT

Brett Kavanaugh’s Confirmation Got a Big Boost From a Mysterious Individual Donation of $15.9 Million. ... When Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court was under fire, a dark money group called Judicial Crisis Network came to his aid. According to recently obtained documents, more than half of JCN’s funding came from one mysterious, unnamed donor who gave $15.9 million towards the effort. Jacobin

Where Have All the Demos Gone? Cappies Killed ‘Em, One By One. CounterPunch

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Calling all NUJ Members. Craig Murray

Trump and GOP Weighing Plan to 'Punish' Schools That Don't Reopen by Withholding Covid-19 Funds. ... "This is getting really dark. The White House and Senate GOP now want to blackmail states and localities into full reopening of schools." CommonDreams

In the 1970s, a Soft Coup Removed Australia’s Left-Wing Prime Minister. ... The 1975 “dismissal” of Gough Whitlam by the Queen’s representative, Sir John Kerr, is one of the defining moments in Australia’s modern history. It also forms part of a Cold War history that saw left-wing governments around the globe punished for daring to break with US hegemony. Jacobin

Majority of Americans Oppose Trump’s Threats to Defund Schools That Don’t Reopen. TruthOut

Time’s Up Israel: Get Your Knee Off Palestine’s neck. CounterPunch  Related: The U.S. Struggle for Justice for Palestine Begins a New Chapter. CounterPunch

After settlers establish outpost, Israeli army blocks road to Palestinians. ... Israeli forces build three-meter dirt mound to cut off Palestinian farmers from their land while violently dispersing protests against new West Bank outpost. 972

Good News from Washington: AIPAC, Israel Losing to Progressive Democrats. ... While the US administration of President Donald Trump remains adamant in its support for Israel, the traditional democratic leadership continues to employ underhanded language, the kind of ‘strategic ambiguity’ that offers full support to Israel and nothing but lip service to Palestine and peace. CounterPunch

The U.S. Struggle for Justice for Palestine Begins a New Chapter. CounterPunch

Beautiful Hagia Sophia: Between the Sacred and the Profane; Turkey Is Condemned, While Israel Gets a Pass. CounterPunch

Disturbing Memo Reveals Trump’s USPS Chief Has Slowed Delivery. TruthOut

JULY 20, 2020
REBELLION NEWS

Chomsky - Future Government (more militarization) a 1970 speech. Helps to explain how Federal Secret Goons Squads end up snatching peodple off the street. Download.mp3

Trump’s Federal Police Are Kidnapping and Brutalizing Protesters in Portland. TruthOut

Trump Condemned for Authoritarian 'Abuse of Power' as Secret Federal Police Snatch Protesters Off Portland Streets. ... "Authoritarian governments, not democratic republics, send unmarked authorities after protesters. These Trump/Barr tactics designed to eliminate any accountability are absolutely unacceptable." CommonDreams

Federal officers respond to Portland protests with gas, munitions Thursday amid growing attention from Trump administration. Oregon Live

Chris Hedges: America faces a historic choice -- "ugly corporate tyranny" or revolution. ... These are "the good times," says Hedges, compared to what may lie ahead. But there's real hope in the streets. Salon

A New Generation of Protest Holds Great Promise for America. CounterPunch/Jackson

Leaked Documents Show Police Knew Far-Right Extremists Were the Real Threat at Protests, not “Antifa” Intercept

87 Breonna Taylor Protesters Arrested During Sit-In Outside Kentucky AG’s Home. ... The demonstrators face felony charges for trying to “intimidate” the prosecutor, the police said. HuffPost

How Protester Occupations Can Succeed. CounterPunch

Hack of 251 Law Enforcement Websites Exposes Personal Data of 700,000 Cops. Intercept

COVID-Stricken Marc Lamont Hill: New Floyd Video Shows Familiar Ritual of Racist Police Terror. DemocracyNow

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WEEKEND OF JULY 17-19, 2020

Weekend Read: Pharma: Greed, Lies, and the Poisoning of America by Gerald Posner. Pharmaceutical breakthroughs such as anti­biotics and vaccines rank among some of the greatest advancements in human history. Yet exorbitant prices for life-saving drugs, safety recalls affecting tens of millions of Americans, and soaring rates of addiction and overdose on pre­scription opioids have caused many to lose faith in drug companies. Now, Americans are demanding a national reckoning with a monolithic industry. Indie Bound

Trump Elevates a Game Show Host’s Views on COVID While Stifling Fauci. TruthOut

Assange’s father speaks out, calls oppression of WikiLeaks founder a “great crime of 21st century”. ... An extended interview with Julian Assange’s father John Shipton, who condemns the US, UK, and Australian governments for their “11 years of ceaseless psychological torture” of the WikiLeaks publisher. Gray Zone

WEEKEND JULY 17-19, 2020
ENVIRONMENT

'We Will Sue,' Vow Green Groups After Trump Guts Nation's Key Environmental Law. ..."We're not going to sit back and allow a decision that could harm public health during a public health crisis go unscathed," said Earthjustice. "We'll be seeing them in court." CommonDreams

Wolf culls do not protect caribou, new study suggests. ... Habitat degradation inflicts far greater harm on caribou populations than wolves, say researchers. Guardian

'Privatize the Profit, Socialize the Mess': Abandoned Fracking Wells Left Spewing Climate-Killing Methane Nationwide. ... "Are we going to be responsible for the mess that these companies leave behind?" CommonDreams

Capitalism, Coronavirus and the Road to Extinction. The Bullet

Trump To Gut Key Environmental Law That Gives Communities Of Color A Voice. ... The new rule is expected to limit public input on infrastructure projects and allow federal agencies to ignore how development impacts climate change. HuffPost

Failing Test for Green Recovery, Tracker Shows G20 Nations Pumping $151 Billion Into Fossil Fuel Industry Amid Pandemic. ... "G20 leaders keep lying to themselves and their citizens as they prop up coal, oil, and gas with public money in the name of private financial return." CommonDreams

Shrink-Wrapped: Plastic Pollution and the Greatest Economic System Jesus Ever Devised. CounterPunch

Species Extinction List Signals 'Urgent Action Needed to Save Life on Earth'. CommonDreams

New Report Finds Economic Benefits of Protecting 30% of Planet's Land and Ocean Outweigh the Costs 5-to-1. ... "Protecting nature halts biodiversity loss, helps fight climate change, and lessens the chance of future pandemics. This is sound public policy, economically, ecologically, and morally." CommonDreams

Back on the List: A Big Win for Yellowtone Grizzlies and the Endangered Species Act, a Big Loss for Trump and Its Enemies. CounterPunch

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Forging Greater Israel: Annexation by Any Other Name. CounterPunch

Senate Democrats’ Machine Spent $15 Million To Destroy Progressive Primary Candidates. ... The Democratic establishment has successfully blocked progressive Senate candidates in primaries, with the help of labor unions, Wall Street tycoons and corporate interests. Sirota

Moment of Clarity: New Proof Oil Industry Collapsing. ... The latest example being that Dominion & Duke Energy decided to cancel the Atlantic Coast Pipeline simply for economic reasons. ScheerPost

Trump Stuns Observers as His Press Conference Goes off the Deep End: ‘Self-destruction of the President’. Smirking Chimp

'Beans for Brains': Critics Say Trump Photo Promoting Goya Makes Clear Ivanka's Tweet Was No Mistake. ... "This is an official campaign by the Trump administration to support Goya." CommonDreams

Trump Now Has Free Rein to Cook the Books When It Comes to COVID. TruthOut

How to Debate Libertarians on Taxes -- And Destroy Them. ... On Tax Day, here’s a guide to arguing with libertarians about redistribution. Jacobin

Warnings of Possible Cover-Up in Progress as Trump Orders Hospitals to Stop Sending Coronavirus Data to CDC. ... "While many governments suppress the virus, the U.S. suppresses information about the virus." CommonDreams

Republicans Are Afraid to Attend Their Convention But Want Your Kids in School. TruthOut

CNN’s Jim Acosta: Trump White House ‘Down to Kool-Aid Drinkers and Next of Kin’. ... “Is there anyone around the president who shakes their head when they hear rambling in the Rose Garden like this?” Anderson Cooper wondered aloud. Daily Beast

Deregulated Under Trump, Nursing Homes Are Becoming COVID Morgues. TruthOut

The Real Masters of ‘Cancel Culture’ – The Pro-Israel Lobby. The Bullet

WEEKEND JULY 17-19, 2020
REBELLION NEWS

Revealed: Phoenix officer brutalized woman during minor traffic stop, then took her to jail. ... Body-cam footage shows an officer with a history of misconduct claims slammed 23-year-old Mariah Valenzuela to the ground within seconds of traffic stop. Guardian

The Revolutionary Life of Paul Robeson: Scholar Gerald Horne on the Great Antifascist Singer, Artist and Rebel. Intercept

For Immediate Release, Statement by Kailee Scales, Managing Director of BLM Global Network. BLM

Homeland Security Worries Covid-19 Masks Are Breaking Facial Recognition, Leaked Document Shows. Intercept

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JULY 16, 2020

Damage to the Soul. ... The imprisonment of Julian Assange has been a catalogue of gross injustice heaped upon gross injustice, while a complicit media and indoctrinated population looks the other way. Craig Murray

Trump Shares Tweet Calling CDC, Doctors Liars After Surpassing His 20,000th Lie. TruthOut

JULY 16, 2020
WAR IS WHAT DEFINES US

Foreign Correspondent: Libya, the Forgotten War. ... Though it has disappeared from headlines, Libya’s humanitarian crisis continues unabated. ScheerPost

How the House Armed Services Committee, in the Middle of a Pandemic, Approved a Huge Military Budget and More War in Afghanistan. Intercept

The BBC World War Two Porn Page. Craig Murray

How Congress Maintains Endless War - System Update with Glenn Greenwald. YouTube

Biden’s vision for Venezuela is virtually indistinguishable from Trump’s ... A campaign event demonstrated that when it comes to Venezuela, policies of regime change, sanctions, and refusal to engage in dialogue, Biden and Trump are two sides of the same coin. Gray Zone

Trump Is Trying to Hide US and Israeli War Crimes by Attacking the International Criminal Court. TruthOut

How the Pentagon failed to sell Afghan government’s bunk ‘Bountygate’ story to US intelligence agencies. ... Another New York Times Russiagate bombshell turns out to be a dud, as dodgy stories spun out by Afghan intelligence and exploited by the Pentagon ultimately failed to convince US intelligence agencies. Gray Zone

NYT Acknowledges Coup in Bolivia -- While Shirking Blame for Its Supporting Role. FAIR

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Attempted Murder of Your Post Office': Outrage as Trump Crony Now Heading USPS Moves to Slow Mail Delivery. ... "The deliberate delaying of Americans' mail delivery would be a stunning act of sabotage against our Postal Service." CommonDreams


Boris Johnson’s “Blundering Brilliance”…Now Only the Blundering Remains. CounterPunch

“Release Is Only Way to Save Lives”: Migrant Families Face Separation as COVID Spreads in ICE Jails. DemocracyNow

The COVID-19 Crisis Is Exploding Inside ICE Detention Centers. ... Thousands of guards and detainees are testing positive in facilities where safety and social distancing are impossible. HuffPost

Embedding Trump’s tweets into news stories could boost his voter support, study finds. Journalist's Resource

There’s absolutely every need to swear, the science proves it. ... Swearing is even older than human beings, in fact some researchers believe it’s our version of a dog’s yelping, and it helps, it really does. Independent

“The Ruling Elite Has Lost All Legitimacy”. w/Chris Hedges. YouTube/Dore

Ayanna Pressley to Betsy DeVos: ‘I Wouldn’t Trust You to Care for a House Plant Let Alone My Child’ The Nation

JULY 16, 2020 - REBELLION NEWS

Sound of the police: how US law enforcement uses noise as a weapon. ... Potentially harmful military-grade weapons such as flashbangs are being utilized with accelerating regularity at US protests. Guardian

The Microsoft Police State: Mass Surveillance, Facial Recognition, and the Azure Cloud. Intercept

How the Medieval Jacobins of Bohemia Fought Against -- and Terrified -- Europe’s Aristocracy. Jacobin

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JULY 15, 2020

The Far-Right Revolution Was Waiting for an Opportunity. Now, It’s Here. Intercept

Israel Hawks Are Spending Big To Unseat Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar. ... They’re fundraising for Antone Melton-Meaux, Omar’s primary challenger. HuffPost

JULY 15, 2020 - CANCEL CULTURE

(What started it all) -
A Letter on Justice and Open Debate. Harper's

Chris Hedges: Don’t be Fooled by the Cancel Culture Wars.... The politically correct speech and symbols of inclusiveness, without a concerted assault on corporate power, will do nothing to change the system. ScheerPost

Canceling the Cancel Culture: Enriching Discourse or Dumbing it Down?. ... The “cancel culture” has been all the rage in U.S. media over the last week. Depicting colleges as hotbeds of intolerance, Donald Trump threatened to remove their tax-exempt status if they don’t stop engaging in “radical left indoctrination.” CounterPunch

Max Blumenthal: ‘Cancel Culture’ hypocrites cancel open debate and foreign countries. ... (he) says that signatories of the “Cancel Culture” letter fail to practice what they preach, while fueling an internecine liberal debate that sidelines vital issues and cancels foreign lives. Gray Zone

Should We Cancel “Cancel Culture”?. CounterPunch

‘Cancel Culture’ Letter is About Stifling Free Speech, Not Protecting It. CounterPunch

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A Professional Weighs In on Donald Trump’s Alarming Mental Condition. ... His Malignant Narcissism Is a Problem for All of Us. DC Report

Trump Has Only Had One Job In His Entire Life: Celebrity. Will It Work For Him in November? Thom Hartman

Boris Johnson Should not be Making New Global Enemies When His Country is in a Shambles. CounterPunch

Donald Trump’s Corruption Is Killing Americans
The government’s coronavirus response is just another example of quid pro quo. Mother Jones

New report alleges deep co-operation between Microsoft, Google, Amazon and US military. ... Microsoft has reportedly thousands of subcontracts with law enforcement, while Amazon and Google have several hundred each. Independent

Trump Is Trying to Hide US and Israeli War Crimes by Attacking the International Criminal Court. TruthOut

Outcry from environmentalists as Brazil fires official monitoring deforestation. ...Dismissal came days after release of new data showing increasing deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. Guardian

Under Trump, Federal Watchdogs Get Muzzled
The administration is purging inspectors general from U.S. agencies. But these oversight officials have faced a slow strangling since Trump took office. HuffPost

Sanders Had Already Endorsed Biden’s Candidacy -- Now He’s Endorsed Biden’s Program. Left Voice

A Niece’s Book Reveals the Donald Trump That Only His Family Has Ever Seen. ... Lying, Cheating, Amoral to His Core; Still a Child Fearing a Wrathful Father. DC Report

Bill Richardson undertakes private mission after State Dept abandons families of mercenaries detained in Venezuela invasion. ...The brother of Luke Denman, a former Green Beret detained after a failed invasion of Venezuela told The Grayzone ex-US diplomat Bill Richardson has embarked on a private mission after the State Department failed to assist his family. Gray Zone

JULY 15, 2020
REBELLION NEWS

I was arrested, jailed and assaulted by a guard. My ‘crime’? Being a journalist in Trump’s America. ... In his 30-year career, The Independent’s Chief US Correspondent Andrew Buncombe has filed dispatches from across the world. Last week, while reporting on protests in Seattle, he was arrested for the first time. What he saw next throws the spotlight on a broken criminal justice system. Independent

Solidarity Should Be the Basis of White Anti-Racism, Not “Allyship” ... The great black freedom struggles of the past have been joined by many white people — not just out of a sense of moral obligation or sympathy for the oppressed, but out of a sense of shared interest and a desire for collective liberation. That spirit of solidarity should be central to anti-racist struggle today. Jacobin

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JULY 14, 2020

Chris Hedges: Don’t be Fooled by the Cancel Culture Wars.... The politically correct speech and symbols of inclusiveness, without a concerted assault on corporate power, will do nothing to change the system. ScheerPost

COVID-19 Exposes the Weakness of a Major Theory Used to Justify Capitalism. CounterPunch

JULY 14, 2020 EASY MONEY
It's all about cash

Donald Trump's labor secretary Eugene Scalia has been busy lately: 1. helping money managers shift workers’ retirement savings into high-risk private equity schemes to enrich Wall Street, 2. relaxing rules dictating that money managers work in clients' best interests, and 3. stopping the moving of workers’ savings into low-risk, environmentally sustainable investments. Jacobin

Company that gave six figures to pro-Trump super PAC got PPP loan worth at least $5 million OpenSecrets

Charter Schools May Have Double-Dipped as Much as $1 Billion in PPP Loans. ... One network alone, the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP), appears to have pulled somewhere between $28 million and $69 million in taxpayer dollars. TruthOut

'An Absolute Outrage': Sanders Rips 'Wealthy Tax Cheats' as CBO Estimates $381 Billion in Annual Unpaid Taxes. ... "The richest 1% is responsible for 70% of all unpaid taxes ... Congress is leaving hundreds of billions of dollars in taxes uncollected from the wealthy." CommonDreams

Banana Republic Corruption ... The Ayanda Capital contract to supply £250 million of PPE to the NHS has not caused anything like the stir it should, because UK citizens appear to have come to accept that we live in a country with a Banana Republic system of capitalism. Craig Murray

The Catholic Church Siphoned Away $30 Million Paid to Native People for Stolen Land. ... Free, government-funded schools were rarely built on reservations -- meaning that for many Native families, Catholic mission schools were the only option. ITT

Evangelical Megachurch With Close Ties To Trump Approved for Millions In Pandemic Aid. ... Religious organizations -- mostly Christian -- received a total of $7.3 billion in pandemic aid from the Small Business Administration. CommonDreams

Monopoly Mayhem: Corporations Win, Workers Lose. SmirkingChimp

EXPOSED: Reps Pass Bills That Benefit Their Own Private Companies. ... Nearly 100 House representatives hold positions at private companies. There's nothing stopping them from using their legislative power to pad their bottom lines. Sludge

Jared Kushner, Trump’s Golf Buddy and McConnell’s In-Laws Cashed In on PPP Loans. ... The White House released figures this week detailing which businesses received funds from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), revealing a number of controversial payments made to lobbyists, political organizations, and Trump-linked businesses. TruthOut

Justin ‘No Bailouts’ Amash’s Company Received Up To $2 Million in Coronavirus Bailout Funds. ... Amash was one of the only representatives to oppose the CARES Act, which established the PPP program. He also voted against the TRUTH Act, which sought to increase transparency around companies that receive PPP funds. Sludge

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International Racketeering: ‘Godfather’ Donald’s Mafia War on the ICC. ... Faced with an investigation of possible U.S. war crimes, the administration’s 'enforcers' retaliated with textbook mob tactics. ScheerPost

10 Reasons I Won’t Vote for Biden. Ted Rall

The Pandemic's Lesson About Capitalism.
Democracy at Work

'An Outrage': Trump-Appointed Head of Global News Agency Won't Extend Visas for Foreign Journalists. ... "It is appalling that the VOA's new boss could be so reckless about the safety of journalists," said PEN America. CommonDreams

The Long Goodbye to Organized Religion. ... It was the notice of an online meeting of a local chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace that made me think of my long and troubled relationship with organized religion. CounterPunch

California Bill to Establish Nation's Second Public Bank Applauded as 'Historic Challenge to Wall Street Domination' ... "If California is serious about addressing racial and income inequities, we must create a banking system that centers people not profits." CommonDreams

“I Could Live With That”: How the CIA Made Afghanistan Safe for the Opium Trade. CounterPunch

JULY 14, 2020 - REBELLION NEWS

Racism in America: Police Choke-hold is Not the Issue. CounterPunch

Police Surveilled George Floyd Protests With Help From Twitter-Affiliated Startup Dataminr. Intercept

Lincoln’s Paramilitaries, the “Wide Awakes,” Helped Bring About a Political Revolution. ... Throughout the 1860 election, the Wide Awakes, a novel paramilitary-style organization, held mass rallies, marches, and demonstrations to combat slave power. These “young working-men for Lincoln” successfully combined new media and unrepentant partisanship to mobilize hundreds of thousands against the Southern planter class. Jacobin

Chris Hedges w/ Linh Dinh - The Plight of the Underclass. YouTube

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JULY 23 THROUGH 31

WEEKEND OF JULY 31 - AUGUST 3, 2020

Weekend Read: Pharma: Greed, Lies, and the Poisoning of America by Gerald Posner. Pharmaceutical breakthroughs such as anti­biotics and vaccines rank among some of the greatest advancements in human history. Yet exorbitant prices for life-saving drugs, safety recalls affecting tens of millions of Americans, and soaring rates of addiction and overdose on pre­scription opioids have caused many to lose faith in drug companies. Now, Americans are demanding a national reckoning with a monolithic industry. Indie Bound

Noam Chomsky: Decades of “the Neoliberal Plague” Left U.S. Unprepared for COVID-19 Outbreak. DemocracyNow

Trump Suggests Delaying Presidential Election Due To Mail-In Voting. ... President Donald Trump floated delaying the November presidential election -- which he can’t do -- warning that mail-in voting will create a “fraudulent election.” ... President Donald Trump on Thursday suggested delaying the November presidential election while baselessly warning that mail-in voting will lead to “the most inaccurate and fraudulent election in history.” HuffPost

WEEKEND JULY 31-AUGUST 3, 2020
ENVIRONMENT

Grim Report Shows How Many Environmental Activists Were Killed Last Year. Four people die defending planet Earth every week, a new Global Witness study finds. HuffPost

Paying The Land. Popular Resistance

How bad can deep sea mining be? Coronavirus is going to look like a picnic compared with what's coming. Guardian

Record 212 land and environment activists killed last year. ... Global Witness campaigners warn of risk of further killings during Covid-19 lockdowns. Guardian

Trump’s War on the Environment and Its Inhabitants. CounterPunch

Ocean plastic could triple by 2040 and outnumber fish by 2050, study says. ... The volume of plastic entering the ocean annually could nearly triple in the next 20 years and by 2050 lead to more plastic in the planet's waters than fish, according to new analysis. . Independent

Fracking at greater depths can lead to ten times the risk of earthquakes, study finds. ... Earthquakes linked to fracking have been triggered around the world, including in multiple US states. Independent

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Crisis in Portland Did Not Start with Trump’s Shock Troops — And Likely Won’t End As They Leave. ScheerPost

This Week, Democratic Leaders Rejected Medicare for All Again. ... This past week, the committee in charge of setting the Democratic Party's platform decisively rejected Medicare for All — even as millions of Americans are poised to lose their health insurance. It's just another sign pointing to the moral bankruptcy of the political order. Jacobin

Wisconsin’s Voter Suppression Could Swing 2020 Election in Trump’s Favor. TruthOut

Chomsky on Cuba’s “Internationalist” Response to Pandemic & Need to Make Vaccine Globally Accessible. DemocracyNow

Think federal cops in Portland are scary? Cops use 'jump-out boys' all the time. ... Plainclothes police ‘jump-out boys’ terrorize American cities. Sometimes they become all-out criminal gangs. Guardian

Why It Matters That Seth Rogen Spoke Out Against Israel. ... Seth Rogen grabbed headlines this week for saying he thinks the state of Israel “makes no sense.” He’s right -- and his strident words signal a broader shift among young American Jews against Israel’s oppression of the Palestinians. Jacobin

Chomsky on Israel’s Hindering of Palestinian Pandemic Response & Threat to Annex Occupied West Bank. DemocracyNow

Trump’s Secret Police Are Waging a War on American Cities. Jacobin

WEEKEND JULY 31-AUGUST 3, 2020
REBELLION NEWS

Federal agents show stronger force at Portland protests despite order to withdraw. HuffPost

Abusive Fed Officers to Leave Courthouse, Joe Biden's Pick Coming Soon, and Trump Vows to "Clean Out" Portland. Portland Mercury

“Unrest” Is Not the Enemy. Fascism Is. TruthOut

I want to stand up to Trump’: Portland protesters unleash fury over BLM, Covid-19 and economy. Guardian

The Heart Of Darkness In Portland. Popular Resistance

DHS agents have reportedly injured at least 30 journalists in Portland. FPF

Hateful incidents against Americans of color surge amid pandemic. ... Four in 10 Black and Asian adults reported increase racial tension since the pandemic began. Guardian

Outcry in New York after police force protester into unmarked van. ... Video shows plain-clothes officers carrying the protester away while uniformed police stand guard, actions criticised as ‘abusive and indefensible’ Guardian

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JULY 30, 2020

Democratic Leaders Have Blocked Real Healthcare Reform for Decades. Time to Give ‘Em Hell. CounterPunch

Pompeo’s Commission on “Unalienable Rights” Prioritizes Property Over People. TruthOut

JULY 30, 2020
WAR IS WHAT DEFINES US

Churchill’s secret chemical war. ... Had the German invasion of Britain gone ahead in 1940 – with Churchill deploying mustard gas – the Second World War would have taken a very different turn. Independent/Cockburn

The Pentagon Confronts the Pandemic: Or How to Make War, American-Style, Possible Again. CounterPunch

US Deploys B-1B Bombers to Guam Bombers participated in joint operations with Japan en route. Anti-War

Time to Stop Bankrolling War and the Wealthy. ... A jubilee moment in pandemic America? The poetry of a movement to change this country. ScheerPost

The U.S.-Supported Coup in Bolivia Continues to Produce Repression and Tyranny, While Revealing How U.S. Media Propaganda Works. Intercept

Day After Voting Down 10% Pentagon Cut, 37 Senate Dems Join GOP to Approve $740 Billion War Budget. ... "I don't want to hear anyone tell me that we can't afford to expand enhanced unemployment benefits when we spend more on endless wars than the next ten countries combined," said Rep. Ro Khanna. CommonDreams

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No Paper Trail: Migrant Children Secretly Held in Hampton Inn Hotels Before Expulsion from U.S. DemocracyNow

New GOP Stimulus Bill Shows McConnell and Trump Are Perfectly Happy to Watch You Die. TruthOut

Bolivia’s Coup Government Just Suspended Elections for the Third Time. Jacobin

Now is the Time for All Good Men… Craig Murray

Venezuela Moves Toward Elections: US Seeks To Undermine Them. ... Venezuela will be holding its legislative elections on December 6, 2020. The US government and their puppet, Juan Guaido, are doing all they can to undermine the election. Popular Resistance

Gaza 2020: Worsening conditions lead more Palestinians to take their own lives. ... An increase in suicides in the first half of 2020 illustrates the dire psychological impact of the Israeli siege on Gaza residents. MEE

JULY 30, 2020 - REBELLION NEWS

Operation Diligent Valor: Teargassing Nurses, Shooting Medics, Attacking Veterans Who've Seen Their Own Atrocities, Thanks. CommonDreams

Feds Attack! Trump’s Paramilitaries Invade American Cities. CounterPunch

Ex-Philadelphia Cop Charged With Assault For Pepper-Spraying Kneeling Protesters. ... Richard Paul Nicoletti was fired after he was filmed removing one protester’s goggles before spraying her in the face. HuffPost

The Portland Military Policing Model Isn’t the Beginning of a Trend — It’s the Culmination of One. Jacobin

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JULY 29, 2020

The Media Manipulator: Why Trump’s Distractions May Not Save Him This Time. CounterPunch/Cockburn

Tom Cotton Thinks Slavery Was a “Necessary” Evil. Here Are Some Others. ... By calling slavery necessary, Cotton was following in the banal footsteps of apologists for all of history’s worst acts. Intercept

JULY 29, 2020 - DEMOCRATS

The DNC platform proposal that was overwhelmingly rejected -- the one conditioning aid to Israel on not annexing the West Bank -- also included the word "occupation." So the DNC refuses to describe Israel's Palestine policy the way the whole world does. ... Biden has *refused to comment* on whether or not Israel is in occupation of Palestine!

Joe Biden's campaign removes 'racist' anti-Palestinian language from platform. ... Passage saying BDS lets Palestinians 'off the hook for their choices' has disappeared from Biden's plan for Jewish-American communities. Middle Eastern Eye

'History Will Not Judge This Kindly': DNC Platform Committee Votes Down Medicare for All Amendment. CommonDreams

Even If Biden Wins in a Blowout, the Economy Still Isn’t Coming Back CounterPunch

The Democratic Party’s Most Confounding Primary
$20 million has been poured into a race for a solidly blue seat between Sen. Ed Markey and Rep. Joe Kennedy in Massachusetts. Are they really that different? Intercept

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Many Terms That Are Frequently Used to Describe Capitalism Simply Don’t Hold Up Under Scrutiny. CounterPunch/Wolff

Killing Democracy in America. ... This country’s 'forever wars' have become a kind of global pandemic all their own and, like a cytokine storm, are strangling the vital organs of democracy. ScheerPost

What if Trump loses but refuses to leave office? Here's the worst-case scenario. ... The risk of an electoral meltdown is ordinarily rather small, but this November promises a combination of stressors that could lead to epic failure and chaos. Guardian

Progressives Applaud AOC Proposal to Ban 'Insidious Practice' of Military Recruiting in Schools.... "It's important that our youth understand that joining the military isn't the only way to pay for college or find stability in life." CommonDreams

Trump’s Federal Police Surge Could Provoke an Election Day Constitutional Crisis. ... If courts don’t stop Trump’s police, feds could bolster the ranks of 50,000 poll watchers or be called upon if he loses. TruthOut

JULY 29, 2020
REBELLION NEWS

White House continues building 13-foot high ‘anti climb’ wall after protests. ... Twice as high fences will reduce views from iconic Pennsylvania Avenue, one month after anti-protest barricades. Independent

If We Don’t Want Armed Feds Occupying Our Cities, We Must Hit the Streets. TruthOut

Ex-Philadelphia Cop Charged With Assault For Pepper-Spraying Kneeling Protesters. ... Richard Paul Nicoletti was fired after he was filmed removing one protester’s goggles before spraying her in the face. HuffPost

Police Declare Seattle Protest A Riot, At Least 45 Arrested. ... Thousands of protesters had initially gathered peacefully in a show of solidarity with fellow demonstrators in Portland, Oregon. HuffPost

The Supreme Court Built America’s Broken Policing System And It’s Working Just As Intended. ... For over 50 years, the court has provided “super powers” to American police that free them to stop and frisk, use deadly force and evade accountability. HuffPost

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JULY 28, 2020

The Unbearable Violence of Being American. ...Generations of US soldiers have been funnelled through unwinnable wars. Some come home with an urgent new perspective to share. ScheerPost

Lawless State: Go Ask Donald, Joe, and Barack. CounterPunch/Street

JULY 28, 2020 EASY MONEY
It's all about cash

Elon Musk's growing empire fueled by $4.9Billion in government subsidies - LA Times

Fed Guarantees Unproductive Debt and Perilous Speculation. CounterPunch/Nader

Police Punish And Wall Street Profits. ... Taxpayers are paying double for police brutality settlements thanks to local governments buying bonds from Wall Street to cover payouts. San Diego cop watcher Kat from Irate Productions discusses recent police harassment of unarmed residents. TRN

The Pentagon Is Giving Billions to Corporate Criminals. ... As the Senate considers defense budget cuts, a new government report says the Pentagon is giving billions to companies “cited for willful or repeated safety, health or fair labor standards violations.” Jacobin

Major Trump Donors Received At Least $41 Million In PPP Loans For Their Companies
The 15 donors gave Trump and the GOP $1.4 million this spring, in a process that critics say lacked basic transparency. HuffPost

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Credible Messengers. ... Baltimore’s Violence Interrupters Confront Shootings, the Coronavirus, and Corrupt Cops. Intercept

The Ugly Terror of a Fascist Abyss Lurks in the Background of This Pandemic. TruthOut

The Media Manipulator: Why Trump’s Distractions May Not Save Him This Time. CounterPunch

An inside look at Nicaragua’s Sandinista Revolution on its 41st anniversary. ... The Grayzone reports from inside Nicaragua’s capital on the 41st anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution, covering a speech by President Daniel Ortega, showing how the leftist government has responded to the coronavirus pandemic, and surveying the rising tide of US and corporate media disinformation. Gray Zone

If you’re not terrified about Facebook, you haven’t been paying attention. ... Facebook and America are now indivisible, says the Observer journalist who broke the Cambridge Analytica scandal -- – and the world is a sicker place for it. Guardian

How a police spy’s stunning testimony threatens the official US-Israeli AMIA bombing narrative
Revelations by a former police spy upend the official story blaming Iran for the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, and suggest a cover-up by dirty war elements may have let the real culprits off the hook. Gray Zone

Sky News Miss the Story. Craig Murray

Reform Prosecutor in Kansas Excluded From “Objective” Task Force on Policing. Intercept

The Food Industry Puts Profits Over Public Health Using Big Tobacco’s Playbook. TruthOut

JULY 28, 2020 - REBELLION NEWS

Homeland Security Claims Shields And Gas Masks Are Weapons. ... DHS’ Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli claimed that defensive tools like Shields and Gas Masks were evidence that protesters were making “preparations for violence.” Jacobin

Seattle protests: Nurse hit with pepper spray while trying to help man pushed over by police. ... 'I've seen footage from Hong Kong of how you have to get people away from the cops because once they get them, they arrest them, they brutalise them, they beat them'. Independent

Before Portland, Trump’s Shock Troops Went After Border Activists. Intercept

Trump’s Reelection Strategy Involves Terrorizing Us With Secret Stormtroopers. TruthOut

Marjorie Cohn on Portland Secret Police. Some corporate media appear agog that militarized federal agents—deployed with a mission reflected in Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s comment that city streets are a “battlespace,” filled with what acting Homeland Security chief Chad Wolf called “violent mobs”—would go ahead and tear gas protesters in Portland, Oregon, even though Portland’s Democratic mayor, Tom Wheeler, was among them.FAIR

Chad Wolf: who is the Trump official leading the crackdown in Portland? ... Trump’s fifth homeland security secretary has denied there’s a systemic problem in US law enforcement and overseen extreme immigration restrictions. Guardian

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JULY 27, 2020

AOC’s Anti-Sexism Speech Yesterday Was a Triumph. ... AOC's blistering speech powerfully connected her experience of sexism with the broader issues of patriarchy and workplace harassment. It was proof, once again, that it’s very nice having democratic socialists in office. Jacobin  Related: AOC Gave The Most Important Feminist Speech In A Generation. ... Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks were an eloquent dismantling of the playbook men have used to keep women in their place for centuries. HuffPost

Noam Chomsky on Trump’s Troop Surge to Democratic Cities & Whether He’ll Leave Office if He Loses. ... “President Trump is desperate,” says world-renowned dissident Professor Noam Chomsky in an extended interview that begins with President Trump’s vow to send a “surge” of federal agents into major Democrat-run cities across the United States. “His entire attention is this one issue on his mind: that’s the election. He has to cover up for the fact he is personally responsible for killing tens of thousands of Americans. It’s impossible to conceal that for much longer.” DemocracyNow

ELECTION NEWS

New Mexico secretary of state worries Trump's federal troops will disrupt the elections. DailyKos

William Barr is already subverting the 2020 elections. News Day

MSNBC Analyst Says Feds in Portland a 'Trial Run' to 'Steal the Election'. PJ Media

Fascism Expert Warns Trump’s Deployment of Feds Could Suppress Election Turnout. TruthOut

McConnell Accused of 'Doing Everything He Can to Suppress the Vote' by Proposing $0 in Election Assistance. ... "It is outrageous that this proposal contains not one penny to help states conduct safe elections during a global pandemic." CommonDreams

Trump Administration Redacts Meeting Minutes on the Presidential Transition. ... “If there’s anything that needs to be redacted that’s a sign that there’s something that shouldn’t be going on,” said New York University’s Paul Light. Government Executive

“How Trump Stole 2020?— An Interview With Greg Palast. CounterPunch

Revealed: US spends millions of taxpayer dollars on ineffective voting restrictions. ... The Guardian has found that millions have been spent to implement and defend laws widely regarded to be discriminatory. Guardian

Trump Threat to Unleash Secret Police in Other US Cities Slammed as Scheme to 'Steal the November Election' CommonDreams

22% of Mail-In Votes Never Get Counted
Jim Crow is Hiding in the Mailbox. Craig Palast

The People Who Will Draft the Democratic Platform Have a Conflict of Interest Problem. ... Next up after the Biden-Sanders task forces? The Democratic platform drafting committee -- and progressives have their work cut out for them. ITT

Twenty-One State Attorneys General File Suit to Stop 'Illegal' Effort by Trump to Skew the Census for Political Gain. ... The effort by the president to thwart the counting by excluding undocumented immigrants, said New York AG Letitia James, is "another election-year tactic to fire up his base by dehumanizing immigrants and using them as scapegoats for his failures as a leader." CommonDreams

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Noam Chomsky: Trump Is Using Pandemic to Enrich Billionaires as Millions Lose Work & Face Eviction. DemocracyNow

The Pentagon Is Giving Billions to Corporate Criminals. ... As the Senate considers defense budget cuts, a new government report says the Pentagon is giving billions to companies “cited for willful or repeated safety, health or fair labor standards violations.” Jacobin

Tech-enabled 'terror capitalism' is spreading worldwide. The surveillance regimes must be stopped. ... Terror capitalism uses tools such as facial recognition to extract profits from marginalized people. Big tech and governments are collaborating. Guardian

Trump and DeVos’s Plan to Reopen Schools Hides a Sinister Agenda. Turning schools into hotbeds of infection is in line with Betsy DeVos’s plan to undermine the public school system. Intercept

Dems Voting Against Pentagon Cuts Got 3.4x More Money From the Defense Industry. ... The Pocan amendment, rejected by defense-backed Democrats and all Republicans, would have cut next year's military budget by 10%. Sludge   

JULY 27, 2020
REBELLION NEWS

Massive Protests in Portland Continue After Judge Denies Request for Restraining Order Against Federal Agencies. ... "If the state of Oregon does not have standing to prevent this unconstitutional conduct by unidentified federal agents running roughshod over her citizens, who does?" CommonDreams

Armed militias converge in downtown as Louisville protests continue. Courier Journal

Police in riot gear clear New York's Occupy encampment in dawn raid. ... Officers with helmets and shields entered City Hall Park shortly before 4am and arrested at least seven people. CommonDreams

“Her Front Teeth Were Knocked Out”: Chicago Teen to Sue Police Officer Who Hit Her at a Protest. DemocracyNow

Trump is using federal agents as his 'goon squad', says Ice's ex-acting head. ... John Sandweg says the deployment of homeland security officials is a ‘manufactured crisis’ stemming from ‘a failure of leadership’. Guardian

These officers used to terrorise immigrants. Now they go after US citizens. ... Long before US Customs and Border Protection agents targeted Portland moms, they stalked immigrant communities. This escalation is no surprise. Guardian

Paramilitary-Style Tactics in Portland Mirror Decades of U.S. Violence on the Border & Abroad. DemocracyNow

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WEEKEND OF JULY 24-26, 2020

Weekend Read: Baseless: My Search for Secrets in the Ruins of the Freedom of Information Act. ... A major new work, a hybrid of history, journalism, and memoir, about the modern Freedom of Information Act – FOIA – and the horrifying, decades-old government misdeeds that it is unable to demystify, from one of America's most celebrated writers. IndieBound

New Mexico’s thin blurred line. ... Police in the state have long flirted with radical right-wing vigilantism. HCN

'Cruelty of the Occupation Knows No Bounds': Israel Demolishes Covid-19 Clinic in Epicenter of West Bank Outbreak. ... "There is no humanity in destroying grassroots attempts to support an already deprived health system suffocated by occupation." CommonDreams

Bill Binney on Russian “Hacking". ... former Technical Director of the and the world’s foremost expert in cyber-surveillance, explains why it is impossible that Russia hacked the DNC and Podesta emails for Wikileaks. Graig Murray

DeAnna Lorraine Claims That ‘God Does Not Want Us Wearing Masks’ Right Wing Watch

WEEKEND JULY 24-26, 2020
ENVIRONMENT

It’s Always the Ranchers. CounterPunch

Save the Saffel Wolf Pack. ... There’s an old saying about the definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. In the West, this could easily apply to public lands ranching and predator management. CounterPunch

The Forest Service Has Failed to Protect Wilderness. CounterPunch

Charlie Russell, Grizzly Whisperer. ... Charlie Russell had a magical way with grizzly bears. In his presence, wild grizzlies seemed to shed their wariness of humans, some even napping beside him or leaving their offspring with him to tend. CounterPunch

Global Warming and Ocean Acidification Accelerate. CounterPunch

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Israel’s Annexation Plan Is the Latest Stage in a Long History of Violent Dispossession. ... Benjamin Netanyahu’s government has missed its first deadline for annexing part of the West Bank, but this Trump-backed scheme for land theft is still firmly on the table. The goal of Netanyahu and his US sponsors is simple: they want to liquidate Palestinian national aspirations. Jacobin

103 Democrats Join GOP in Voting Down Omar Amendment to Accelerate US Withdrawal From Afghanistan. ... "There are people saying that we shouldn't be too hasty in leaving. Too hasty? It's been two decades.". CommonDreams

Weak State: How the Coronavirus Pandemic Exposed America’s Dysfunctional Democracy. Intercept

Chris Hedges: America’s Social Hell. ScheerPost

WEEKEND JULY 24-26, 2020
REBELLION NEWS

CBP has deployed 2,174 personnel, 46 aircraft and 2 drones to assist dozens of police departments across the country since June, per CBP document

Moment of Supreme Danger: Trumpism-Fascism Rears its Head. ... “What He Wishes He Had: Total Power” CounterPunch

Trump’s “Shockingly Dangerous” Fed Squads Expand Their Reach. TruthOut

Indefinite Detention, Endless Worldwide War and the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act. ... On December 31, 2011, President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), codifying indefinite military detention without charge or trial into law for the first time in American history. The NDAA’s dangerous detention provisions would authorize the president -- and all future presidents -- to order the military to pick up and indefinitely imprison people captured anywhere in the world, far from any battlefield. ACLU

NYPD Disappeared Black Lives Matter Protesters Into Detention For Days at a Time. Lawmakers Want to End the Practice. Intercept

Philadelphia DA Says Trump’s Police Will Be Arrested If They Assault Protesters. TruthOut

Portland Protests Grow Despite Violent Crackdown from Militarized Federal Agents & Local Police. DemocracyNow

Trumpfen Sturmabteilung (Trump’s Stormtroopers). CounterPunch

Policing the Police Is a Strategy Doomed to Failure. ... Prior restrictions and checks on police behavior have failed completely and police power is greater today than ever. ScheerPost

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JULY 23, 2020

“Credible Open Source Reporting”, the Intelligence Services and Scottish Independence. Craig Murray

State Dept-funded Transparency International goes silent on jailed transparency activist Julian Assange. ... For over a year, the West’s top anti-corruption NGO, Transparency International, has not said a word about the world’s most prominent jailed transparency activist, Julian Assange. Is UK and UK government funding a factor in the organization’s silence? Gray Zone

JULY 23, 2020
WAR IS WHAT DEFINES US

Bats With Napalm Vests and Other Great American Innovations. CounterPunch

The UK and US are Starting a New Cold War with Russia and China, So What are These Governments Trying to Hide?. CounterPunch/Cockburn

Pentagon’s Own Map of U.S. Bases in Africa Contradicts Its Claim of “Light” Footprint. Intercept

Hiroshima and Nagasaki as Collateral Damage. CounterPunch

Collateral Murder video. ... Hedges talks to journalist, Dean Yates, who, 13 years ago, was the head of Reuters’ Baghdad bureau. On July 12, 2007, Yates learned two of his employees, Saeed Chmagh and Namir Noor-Eldeen, had been fired on and killed by the US Army. Their deaths, and those of others, were the focus of the now-infamous video Collateral Murder, leaked by Chelsea Manning and released by Wikileaks. Chris Hedeges or YouTube

The Pentagon Confronts the Pandemic: Or How to Make War, American-Style, Possible Again. CounterPunch

Robert M. Gates’ “Exercise Of Power”: More Confessions From a Windsock. CounterPunch

The Iraq War Is the Skeleton Key. ... Bush’s war on Iraq is central to understanding our world today. Yet the war has largely been flushed down the memory hole. Remembering how we came to start the war and who sold us it is critical to stopping us from being dragged into similar bloody conflicts in the future. Jacobin

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Trump Administration Wants to Deprive Cubans of Food. CounterPunch

"The Fight Isn't Over," Say Anti-War Groups as 139 House Democrats Vote With GOP to Reject 10% Pentagon Budget Cut. ... "Though our amendment didn't pass, progressive power is stronger than ever. We will keep fighting for pro-peace, pro-people budgets until it becomes a reality," said Rep. Mark Pocan. CommonDreams

America faces a historic choice -- "ugly corporate tyranny" or revolution. Salon

Trump Won’t Say Whether He Will Accept 2020 Election Results: ‘I Have To See’ .. During an interview with “Fox News Sunday,” the president. HuffPost

Influential DC-based Ukrainian think tank hosts neo-Nazi activist convicted for racist violence. ... The US-Ukraine Foundation hosted notorious neo-Nazi militant Diana Vynohradova in a webinar this month. While legitimizing Ukrainian white supremacists, the think tank has forged close ties with foreign policy elites in Washington. Gray Zone

Joe Kennedy, a Top Recipient of Hedge Fund Cash, Declined to Back Tax Fairness Act. ... Unlike his Democratic Senate primary opponent Sen. Ed Markey, Rep. Joe Kennedy has declined in multiple sessions to co-sponsor legislation to end the carried interest tax loophole enjoyed by hedge fund and private equity managers. Sludge

Arundhati Roy: Our Task is to Disable the Engine. ... Storied author and PI Council member Arundhati Roy on Covid-19 and the "super-surveillance" state. Progress International

JULY 23, 2020 - REBELLION NEWS

Portland is the New Crimea: Trump's Little Green Men. ... The Trump/Barr administration has been deploying federal law enforcement officers in Portland without approval of local or Oregon state authorities, without clearly identifying who they are, and without a clear law enforcement mandate. Dorf on Law

As Trump Threatens Secret Police Deployment Nationwide, Democrats Debate Expanding Surveillance Powers and New Money for DHS. Intercept

Federal Agents, Local Streets: A ‘Red Flag’ In Oregon. ... Constitutional law experts said the federal officers’ actions are a “red flag” in what could become a test case of states’ rights. HuffPost

Protesting Native Deaths by Police. ... Amid protests against police violence nationwide, a march was held in remembrance of a Native man who died in police custody while suffering a mental health crisis. ITT

Chris Hedges Warns That The George Floyd Protests May be The Last Chance to Save America From Corporate Tyranny and Neo-Fascism. Truth Report

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