2020-07-09: News Headlines

Aaron Morrison (2020-07-09). 'Strike for Black Lives': Planned July 20 walkout unites BLM and unions. peoplesworld.org NEW YORK (AP)—A national coalition of labor unions, along with racial and social justice organizations, will stage a mass walkout from work this month, as part of an ongoing reckoning on systemic racism and police brutality in the U.S. Dubbed the "Strike for Black Lives," tens of thousands of fast food, ride-share, nursing home, and airport workers …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-07-09). Movements in the US continue on the streets in demand of structural changes. peoplesdispatch.org Protesters across the US have remained on the streets for over a month to demand justice for victims of police brutality and immediate structural changes to the capitalist racist system…

Yves Engler (2020-07-08). Canada's membership in the Five Eyes alliance promoting conflict with China. mronline.org It is time Canadians debate whether they want to be part of an intelligence group driving hostile relations with China.

Mark Gruenberg (2020-07-08). Trump in 'free trade' talks with Brazilian right-wing authoritarian President Bolsonaro. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Even as he celebrates forcing one so-called "free trade" pact down Mexico's throat, President Donald Trump is pursuing another, with his right-wing Southern Hemisphere compadre, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. Of course, the talks may have hit a medical snag: Bolsonaro, who's been even more outspoken than Trump in denouncing the coronavirus as a fabricated threat, …

Gareth Porter (2020-07-08). How the Pentagon failed to sell Afghan government's bunk 'Bountygate' story to US intelligence agencies. thegrayzone.com Another New York Times Russiagate bombshell turns out to be a dud, as dodgy stories spun out by Afghan intelligence…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-07-08). Macri is further implicated in the case investigating an illegal spying network. peoplesdispatch.org Former Argentine president Mauricio Macri is eagerly watching the progress of a lawsuit in which 22 people were arrested on June 30, including former officials of his government, which links intelligence agents to political power…

Alec Connon (2020-07-08). What Do the Racial Wealth Gap, Police Brutality, and the Climate Crisis Have in Common? Wall Street. commondreams.org "The fossil fuel corporations funded by Wall Street cause vast harm to black communities," writes Connon, "yet, black communities reap almost no benefit from the industry." (Image: Flood Wall Street) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/image.jpg_0.jpg

yenisafak (2020-07-08). FBI chief says China greatest threat to future prosperity of US. yenisafak.com Joining the anti-China chorus in the country with blistering remarks, the FBI Director Christopher Wray has designated China as the greatest future threat to economic prosperity of the US."The greatest long-term threat to our nation's information and intellectual property, and to our economic vitality, is the counter intelligence and economic espionage threat from China," Wray said at the US-based think tank Hudson Institute on Tuesday.China denies allegations of intellectual property theft and slams the US for interfering in its internal affairs from Hong Kong to South China Sea.Wray explained that confronting t…

Dave Lindorff (2020-07-07). Private: Why the High Dudgeon over Alleged Russian Bounties for Taliban Slaying of US Troops. counterpunch.org Democratic politicians like presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden and House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi and liberal media pundits are all screaming for "action" against Russia based on an article in the New York Times that relies on anonymous sources in the "military" and "US intelligence." The article, picked up by most major media unquestioningly, asserts base on

Stephen Lendman (2020-07-07). Iran Vows Retaliation Against Cyber or Other Attacks on Its Legitimate Nuclear Facilities. globalresearch.ca Iran's legitimate nuclear facilities have no military component, according to the IAEA nuclear watchdog organization and annual US intelligence community assessments of global threats. | Days earlier, Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif explained that legitimate Iranian nuclear sites are subject to unprecedented …

RT (2020-07-07). Seven TORTURE CHAMBERS & cells inside shipping containers discovered in Dutch police raid after crack of encrypted chat app. rt.com Six Dutch men have been arrested after a Franco-Dutch police operation to crack the EncroChat encrypted text app led authorities to seven shipping containers outfitted as grisly torture chambers and cells near the Belgian border. | Police arrested six men after snooping on their alleged plans to kidnap and take hostage fellow criminals, discussed in detail over EncroChat for months, Dutch authorities revealed on Tuesday. The kidnappers were apparently quite meticulous in their planning, with several "teams" preparing to snatch up their victims and one "observation team." The authorities conducted their raid on…

RT (2020-07-07). CNN's Don Lemon clashes with actor Terry Crews: Is BLM about police brutality, or problems in the black community? rt.com Actor Terry Crews faced an angry backlash after voicing concerns about the radicalization of the BLM movement. His clash with CNN's Don Lemon on why black-on-black crime is not part of the agenda split society even further. | Last Saturday, Crews, who is also a human rights activist, tweeted that he saw good people as allies regardless of the color of their skin, adding that he was "prepared to die on this hill." He previously expressed concern that the Black Lives Matter movement might slide into black supremacy. | Are all white people bad? | No. | Are all black people good? | No. | Knowing this reality- I st…

RT (2020-07-07). If China seeks world domination, should the US keep doing business with it? FBI chief Wray seems to want it both ways. rt.com If the picture of Chinese 'malign influence' in the US is as dire as FBI Director Chris Wray painted it, the two nations ought to be at war. Yet Wray doesn't advise that, suggesting it's all just Russiagate-like fear-mongering. | "China is engaged in a whole-of-state effort to become the world's only superpower by any means necessary," Wray argued on Tuesday, speaking at an event hosted by the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC. | In addition to being able to execute its malign influence projects with "authoritarian efficiency," China is "calculating, they're persistent, they're patient and they're not subject…

Massoud Nayeri (2020-07-07). Dishonest Democrats, a Lying President and Fort Hood Crime Base. globalresearch.ca Once again dishonest Democrats have engaged in another embarrassing political food fight against a lying President over an unsubstantiated "Russian bounties" story by the New York Times. Based on a report by an "intelligence operative" in Afghanistan and without any …

Yves Engler (2020-07-07). White Supremacist Intelligence Alliance Pushes China Hostage Standoff. dissidentvoice.org In recent weeks movements in different countries have toppled statues and put the police and other institutions upholding systemic racism on the defensive. But, amidst unprecedented protests against racism, there has been remarkably little interest in the white supremacist foreign policy alliance currently driving conflict with China. The "Five Eyes" intelligence arrangement has faced almost …

Brett Jordan (2020-07-07). The Destructive Response to SARS-COV-2: Maintaining a Dignity of Intelligence in a Time of Social Modification. globalresearch.ca Both scientific and medical debate continues to unfold in not only the dubious nature of what we currently identify as COVID-19, but also — and more intensely perhaps — over the ongoing global response to the virus itself. At the …

Arun Gupta (2020-07-07). On Coronavirus and the Anti-Police-Brutality Uprising. zcomm.org An investigative reporter, Arun Gupta has been consistently ahead of the news. In September 2011, he founded The Occupy Wall Street Journal with the help of the Yes Men to help build support for the fledgling occupation in Zuccotti Park. During the 2016 presidential campaign, he warned that if elected Trump would carry out "the

Staff (2020-07-06). Egyptian Activist Laila Soueif on the Jailing of Her Children & the Fight Against Authoritarianism. democracynow.org Egyptian authorities have arrested scores of people, including doctors, medical workers, journalists, lawyers and activists, as the country grapples with the coronavirus outbreak. "Unlike nearly every other country in the Middle East, Egypt has not released thousands of prisoners as a precaution against the coronavirus. Instead, it's arrested more people and cut off communication," says Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous. One of the most high-profile arrests is that of Sanaa Seif, a film editor and the youngest member of one of Egypt's most prominent activist families. Sanaa's brother, Alaa Abd El…

Melvin Goodman (2020-07-06). Foreign Election Interference: Who is to Blame? counterpunch.org he New York Times has always taken the view that U.S. election interventions have "generally been aimed at helping non-authoritarian candidates" whereas Russia has "more often intervened to disrupt democracy or promote authoritarian rule." Too bad the Times could not interview Iran's Mohammed Mossadegh, Chile's Salvador Allende, or the Congo's Patrice Lumumba, who were targeted by the Central Intelligence Agency and replaced by brutal regimes that ruled for decades.

Gregory P. Williams (2020-07-06). The brutality of capitalism. mronline.org This essay connects police brutality to the brutality of capitalism. Capitalism has long promised a better life for people, a promise that was begrudgingly accepted by elites in…

RT (2020-07-06). Where are the protests? Firearms overtake fireworks as shootings over July 4th weekend leave scores dead in big US cities. rt.com The Independence Day weekend turned deadly across the US as 77 people were shot in Chicago alone, continuing a spate of violence that has plagued largely black neighborhoods amid anti-racism protests focused on police brutality. | Between July 3 and July 5, 13 people were fatally shot in Chicago. The latest violence wasn't out of character in a city that earned the nickname "Chiraq" — likening the bloodshed to that in war-torn Iraq — and where around 80 percent of homicide victims each year are black, according to police data. | Father's Day weekend last month saw 104 shootings and 14 dead. | Also on…

RT (2020-07-06). 'Keep this s**t in f**king New York': California woman faces vandalism charges after VIDEO shows her painting over BLM mural. rt.com Martinez, California police have asked the public to help them identify a woman filmed covering a Black Lives Matter mural (which was greenlit by the city) while her partner argued that the "narrative of racism" is a liberal lie. | The incident took place on July 4th in front of the local courthouse, where a giant yellow-lettered 'Black Lives Matter' mural popped up earlier that day. | The mural in support of the ongoing protests against police brutality was approved by the city. However, it was in urgent need of restoration only a couple of hours into its existence after a woman, armed with cans of paint and…

_____ (2020-07-06). Russia, Afghanistan And The Big Lie. popularresistance.org There is no end to the Russiagate fraud. All major charges have been disproved. No one was convicted of the dreaded "collusion" that was reported endlessly for the last four years. Damning information is now declassified and casts doubt on the veracity of the whole story. CrowdStrike, the Democratic National Committee cybersecurity firm, admitted under oath they had no proof of hacking by Russia or anyone else. Robert Mueller ended his two-year-long, multi-million-dollar investigation with nothing except convictions for process crimes. | Why then did the New York Times print a story with an unnamed intelligence a…

en.mehrnews (2020-07-06). Israeli regime launches new spy satellite Ofek 16. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 06 (MNA) — Electro-optical reconnaissance satellite will provide surveillance for military intelligence, Israeli regime claims.

Staff (2020-07-06). Antiracism Must Be a Priority in Every Newsroom. truthout.org As journalists in the United States reported on racial injustice and police brutality amid the murder of George Floyd, there was another story about racism brewing in the newsroom. In this case, journalists became the story. | After publishing a column originally titled "Buildings Matter, Too," The Philadelphia Inquirer received intense criticism not only from readers, but their employees, too. Journalists of color at the publication spoke out against the column and organized a "sick and tired day" to protest racial inju…