2019-08-20: News Headlines

N. Calif Hong Kong Club, ÂåóÂä Â∑ûȶôÊ∏ØÊúÉ (2019-08-20). Protest against police brutality to support the people of Hong Kong. indybay.org Embarcadero Plaza, Market St &, Steuart St, San Francisco…

WSWS (2019-08-20). Australian prime minister elevates pro-US militarists to top cabinet, intelligence positions. wsws.org Shearer's role will be to advise Morrison and other ministers on how to publicly promote the US-led preparations for war with China.

Staff (2019-08-20). Living in Two Worlds: Capitalism Pretends All Is Well While the World Is Burning. truthout.org | | Global capitalism demands we pretend all is well, while climate and political realities already reveal the end game we are living in. The U.S. government, along with many others in the western world, has lurched into overt authoritarianism, while climate chaos accelerates at a breakneck pace. | How do we live in both worlds? | In this column, each of us reflect on our own process of coping with this existential schism, in hopes that our experiences might be of some help in grappling…

Staff (2019-08-20). DHS Was Tracking White Supremacist Terrorists, but Nobody Wanted to Listen. therealnews.com No one listened when the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI sounded the alarm about the rise of white supremacist and far-right domestic terrorism, says former DHS intelligence analyst Daryl Johnson and Greg Huffman of Facing South…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-08-20). Lawsuit on Behalf of 55,000 Migrants Accuses Trump Administration of Torture in ICE Detention Centers. commondreams.org "Tens of thousands have suffered as a result of the federal government's abject failure to provide basic medical care. More will suffer, and more will die, without court intervention." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/trump_ice.jpg

Staff (2019-08-19). Activist on the Front Lines Discusses the Historic Protests in Hong Kong. therealnews.com We had to blur her image but she talks about police brutality, the struggle for a transparent democracy, the Chinese army at the border, and hope for the future…

Gareth Porter (2019-08-19). U.S. States: We Weren't Hacked by Russians in 2016. globalresearch.ca A "bombshell" Senate Intelligence Committee report released in July repeated the familiar claim that Russia targeted the electoral websites of at least 21 states—but statements from the states themselves effectively undermine that narrative. | It turns out the reality is dramatically …

WSWS (2019-08-19). Trump administration calls for permanent restoration of bulk phone communications surveillance. wsws.org The outgoing director of National Intelligence appealed to Congress for the restoration of the surveillance program that was exposed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

Palestinian BDS National Committee (2019-08-19). Kashmir and Palestine: Solidarity and Unity in Opposing Global Militarization. globalresearch.ca The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC), the largest coalition in Palestinian society, shares the shock and anger of Kashmiris and democratic forces in India and across the world over the authoritarian decision of the Bharatiya Janta Party-led …

Alex Anfruns (2019-08-17). "In the US Prison Industrial Complex, slavery can be used as form of punishment" dissidentvoice.org On the 31st July 2019 a group of incarcerated people at Scotland Correctional, North Carolina, started a hunger strike in order to protest against the use of torture in the correctional facility. In the United States, there are more than 2 million people incarcerated. To know more about the hunger strikers' conditions, Alex Anfruns has …

United Nations (2019-08-16). Friday's Daily Brief: Education key for Rohingya, DR Congo violence continues, Zimbabwe protest latest, women's rights in Iran, environmental protection. un.org Our main stories today: Two years in, Myanmar's Rohingya youth need more education; DR Congo testimonies highlight armed brutality; appeals for Zimbabwe to 'stop cracking down' on protesters; Iran urged to release women jailed for protesting veiling laws; and new human rights agreement on environmental protection.

United Nations (2019-08-16). Displaced by DR Congo violence, survivors' testimonies highlight brutality of armed militia. un.org Two months since hundreds of thousands of people fled violence in north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), UN humanitarians warned on Friday that armed militia continue to make their safe return impossible.

Staff (2019-08-13). Ibram X. Kendi: IQ Tests, SAT Scores and Other "Intelligence" Tests Propagate Racism. democracynow.org Author and professor Ibram X. Kendi joins us to discuss his new book, "How to Be an Antiracist." He talks about the racist development of intelligence tests that blatantly discriminate against people of color under a veneer of scientific objectivity. "Even when we talk about antiracism, when most people think of who needs to be an antiracist, they think of Southerners. They think of people who voted for Trump," says Kendi. "They don't think of people who are advocating for the maintenance of these tests, which are denying access to some of the best schools in New York City to black and Latino kids."

Aaron Maté (2019-08-12). What do we know about Russia's alleged influence campaign? thegrayzone.com What have US intelligence officials proven to date about their claims of a sweeping Russian interference effort and Russian government…

Aaron Maté (2019-08-12). Trump's intel shake-up reveals lingering tensions. thegrayzone.com With the resignation of Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and the withdrawal of President Trump's chosen replacement, Rep. John…

Staff (2019-08-12). Hong Kong Grounds Flights as Mass Sit-in Shuts Down Airport After Weekend of Protests. democracynow.org All departing flights were grounded as chaos engulfed the Hong Kong International Airport Monday, after thousands of pro-democracy protesters filled the travel hub to protest police brutality. Many eventually left the airport, fearing threats of more police action, but hundreds of activists remain. The latest escalation follows a weekend of bloody clashes between the police and protesters. Confrontations turned especially violent on Sunday night as riot police fired tear gas inside a subway station and were filmed beating protesters with batons. Meanwhile, Beijing has escalated its rhetoric against the protesters…

Kolectif Anakawon (2019-08-08). Haiti: Chase Those Crazy Baldheads Out of Town. liberationnews.org Resisting the Rise of Authoritarianism in Occupied Haiti…

Lucas Koerner and Ricardo Vaz (2019-07-12). Venezuela: 'Progress' Reported in Gov't-Opposition Talks as US Sanctions Counter-Intelligence Agency. venezuelanalysis.com The agenda of the talks has not been disclosed but the topic of elections is reportedly being left for last.

2019-08-20: Social Media Postees

Protest against police brutality to support the people of Hong Kong
N. Calif Hong Kong Club, ÂåóÂä Â∑ûȶôÊ∏ØÊúÉ | indybay.org | 2019-08-20
Embarcadero Plaza, Market St &, Steuart St, San Francisco…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/16/18825518.php

Australian prime minister elevates pro-US militarists to top cabinet, intelligence positions
wsws.org | 2019-08-20
Shearer's role will be to advise Morrison and other ministers on how to publicly promote the US-led preparations for war with China.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/20/shea-a20.html

Living in Two Worlds: Capitalism Pretends All Is Well While the World Is Burning
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-20
| Global capitalism demands we pretend all is well, while climate and political realities already reveal the end game we are living in. The U.S. government, along with many others in the western world, has lurched into overt authoritarianism, while climate chaos accelerates at a breakneck pace. | How do we live in both worlds? | In this column, each of us reflect on our own process of coping with this existential schism, in hopes that our experiences might be of some help in grappling…
truthout.org/articles/living-in-two-worlds-capitalism-pretends-all-is-well-while-the-world-is-burning/

DHS Was Tracking White Supremacist Terrorists, but Nobody Wanted to Listen
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-08-20
No one listened when the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI sounded the alarm about the rise of white supremacist and far-right domestic terrorism, says former DHS intelligence analyst Daryl Johnson and Greg Huffman of Facing South…
therealnews.com/stories/dhs-was-tracking-white-supremacist-terrorists-but-nobody-wanted-to-listen

Lawsuit on Behalf of 55,000 Migrants Accuses Trump Administration of Torture in ICE Detention Centers
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-08-20
"Tens of thousands have suffered as a result of the federal government's abject failure to provide basic medical care. More will suffer, and more will die, without court intervention." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/trump_ice.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/08/20/lawsuit-behalf-55000-migrants-accuses-trump-administration-torture-ice-detention?cd-origin=rss

Activist on the Front Lines Discusses the Historic Protests in Hong Kong
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-08-19
We had to blur her image but she talks about police brutality, the struggle for a transparent democracy, the Chinese army at the border, and hope for the future…
therealnews.com/stories/activist-on-the-front-lines-discusses-the-historic-protests-in-hong-kong

U.S. States: We Weren't Hacked by Russians in 2016
Gareth Porter | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-19
A "bombshell" Senate Intelligence Committee report released in July repeated the familiar claim that Russia targeted the electoral websites of at least 21 states–but statements from the states themselves effectively undermine that narrative. | It turns out the reality is dramatically …
globalresearch.ca/u-s-states-we-werent-hacked-russians-2016/5686657

Trump administration calls for permanent restoration of bulk phone communications surveillance
wsws.org | 2019-08-19
The outgoing director of National Intelligence appealed to Congress for the restoration of the surveillance program that was exposed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/19/surv-a19.html

Kashmir and Palestine: Solidarity and Unity in Opposing Global Militarization
Palestinian BDS National Committee | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-19
The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC), the largest coalition in Palestinian society, shares the shock and anger of Kashmiris and democratic forces in India and across the world over the authoritarian decision of the Bharatiya Janta Party-led …
globalresearch.ca/kashmir-and-palestine-solidarity-and-unity-in-opposing-global-militarization/5686675

"In the US Prison Industrial Complex, slavery can be used as form of punishment"
Alex Anfruns | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-08-17
On the 31st July 2019 a group of incarcerated people at Scotland Correctional, North Carolina, started a hunger strike in order to protest against the use of torture in the correctional facility. In the United States, there are more than 2 million people incarcerated. To know more about the hunger strikers' conditions, Alex Anfruns has …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/08/in-the-us-prison-industrial-complex-slavery-can-be-used-as-form-of-punishment/

Friday's Daily Brief: Education key for Rohingya, DR Congo violence continues, Zimbabwe protest latest, women's rights in Iran, environmental protection
United Nations | un.org | 2019-08-16
Our main stories today: Two years in, Myanmar's Rohingya youth need more education; DR Congo testimonies highlight armed brutality; appeals for Zimbabwe to 'stop cracking down' on protesters; Iran urged to release women jailed for protesting veiling laws; and new human rights agreement on environmental protection.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/08/1044391

Displaced by DR Congo violence, survivors' testimonies highlight brutality of armed militia
United Nations | un.org | 2019-08-16
Two months since hundreds of thousands of people fled violence in north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), UN humanitarians warned on Friday that armed militia continue to make their safe return impossible.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/08/1044341

Ibram X. Kendi: IQ Tests, SAT Scores and Other "Intelligence" Tests Propagate Racism
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-13
Author and professor Ibram X. Kendi joins us to discuss his new book, "How to Be an Antiracist." He talks about the racist development of intelligence tests that blatantly discriminate against people of color under a veneer of scientific objectivity. "Even when we talk about antiracism, when most people think of who needs to be an antiracist, they think of Southerners. They think of people who voted for Trump," says Kendi. "They don't think of people who are advocating for the maintenance of these tests, which are denying access to some of the best schools in New York City to black and Latino kids."
www.democracynow.org/2019/8/13/ibram_x_kendi_intelligence_tests_education

What do we know about Russia's alleged influence campaign?
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-08-12
What have US intelligence officials proven to date about their claims of a sweeping Russian interference effort and Russian government…
thegrayzone.com/2019/08/12/what-do-we-know-about-russias-alleged-influence-campaign/

Trump's intel shake-up reveals lingering tensions
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-08-12
With the resignation of Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and the withdrawal of President Trump's chosen replacement, Rep. John…
thegrayzone.com/2019/08/12/trumps-intel-shake-up-reveals-lingering-tensions/

Hong Kong Grounds Flights as Mass Sit-in Shuts Down Airport After Weekend of Protests
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-12
All departing flights were grounded as chaos engulfed the Hong Kong International Airport Monday, after thousands of pro-democracy protesters filled the travel hub to protest police brutality. Many eventually left the airport, fearing threats of more police action, but hundreds of activists remain. The latest escalation follows a weekend of bloody clashes between the police and protesters. Confrontations turned especially violent on Sunday night as riot police fired tear gas inside a subway station and were filmed beating protesters with batons. Meanwhile, Beijing has escalated its rhetoric against the protesters…
www.democracynow.org/2019/8/12/hong_kong_grounds_flights_as_mass

Haiti: Chase Those Crazy Baldheads Out of Town
Kolectif Anakawon | liberationnews.org | 2019-08-08
Resisting the Rise of Authoritarianism in Occupied Haiti…
liberationnews.org/chase-those-crazy-baldheads-out-of-town/