2020-07-30: News Headlines

WSWS (2020-07-30). Plainclothes NYC police grab protester and throw her into unmarked car. wsws.org The illegal seizure of the protester in broad daylight signaled the readiness of the New York Police Department to use the authoritarian methods made infamous by Trump's paramilitary forces in Portland.

Jeff Abbott (2020-07-30). The Other Americans: Salvadoran Military Official on Trial for 1989 Killing of Jesuit Priests. progressive.org The brutality was known by the Reagan and Bush administrations, but they lied to cover up the massacres for their own political gain.

_____ (2020-07-30). Foreign Interference in Elections: Is it Real or Just Political Noise? strategic-culture.org A recently concluded British Parliamentary inquiry has determined that Russia may have The Parliament's Intelligence and Security…

Kenneth Surin (2020-07-29). The UK's Russia Report on the "Londongrad Laundromat" counterpunch.org The UK parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC), drawn from MPs and peers of all parties, last week published its report on possible Russian interference in UK politics. The report's release had been delayed by 9 months after it had been blocked by Boris "BoJo" Johnson in the run-up to the December 2019 general election.

The Canary (2020-07-29). US officials claim Russia is behind the spread of virus disinformation. thecanary.co US officials say Russian intelligence services are using a trio of English-language websites to spread disinformation about the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.The officials alleged Russian operatives have acted in seeking to exploit a crisis the US is struggling to contain ahead of the presidential election in November.Two Russians who have held senior roles in Moscow's military intelligence service known as the GRU have been identified as responsible for the effort to reach American and western audiences, according to the US government officials, who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity.The i…

RT (2020-07-29). Libya-born diplomat Richard Moore to head MI6 intel service. rt.com Britain's overseas spy agency — better known as MI6 — has installed diplomat Richard Moore as its new chief, the UK Foreign Office announced on Wednesday. | Libya-born Moore succeeds Sir Alex Younger, who will relinquish duties as head of the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) in the autumn. The 57-year-old will also be known as 'C' — a role made famous in the James Bond movies. | Moore's current role is Director General for Political Affairs in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), a position he has held since April 2018. He has previously worked in other director roles in the SIS and has…

WSWS (2020-07-29). Attorney General Barr aggressively defends violent attacks on protesters in Portland. wsws.org The White House remains the cockpit of a conspiracy to destroy democratic rights and establish authoritarian rule in the United States.

Binoy Kampmark (2020-07-29). Julian Assange's Political Indictment: Old Wine in Older Bottles. dissidentvoice.org The book of hours on Julian Assange is now being written. But the scribes are far from original. Repeated rituals of administrative hearings that have no common purpose other than to string things out before the axe are being enacted. Of late, the man most commonly associated with WikiLeaks' publication project cannot participate in any …

_____ (2020-07-29). Video: NYPD Officers Throwing Protest Leader Into Unmarked Van. popularresistance.org NYPD officers dragged a protest leader into an unmarked minivan van and doused onlookers with pepper spray during an anti-police brutality march in Manhattan on Tuesday night. | The individual, who friends identified as an 18-year-old trans woman named Nicki, was grabbed from the group by plainclothes officers at 25th Street and Second Avenue. Video shows a man in an orange shirt marked "Warrant Squad" helping to push the woman into a silver KIA minivan before driving away. Witnesses said the arrest came as roughly 200 people were leaving a small plaza on 26th Street where they had stopped for a skateboarding eve…

_____ (2020-07-29). Preparing For A November Surprise. popularresistance.org Nationwide protests against police brutality following George Floyd's murder are the broadest and most persistent in US history. They have laid bare the racism that pervades American society—and demonstrated the willingness of Americans to take to the streets and resist oppression, even in the midst of a pandemic. Americans must continue demanding an end to white supremacy and follow the lead of Black organizers to galvanize a similar flexing of civic muscle to help ensure democratic continuity come November. With elections four months away and the rule of law under steady attack, people power could prove d…

Staff (2020-07-28). A Story That Shows The Depth Of Police Corruption And Brutality. therealnews.com Authors Baynard Woods and Brandon Soderberg wrote "I Got A Monster: The Rise and Fall Of America's Most Corrupt Police Squad," a Baltimore story that is a warning to the nation.

Aidan Jonah (2020-07-28). Who's behind the Canadian Think Tank Pushing for Sanctions against China and Iran? dissidentvoice.org The "independent" think tank, the Macdonald-Laurier Institute recently called for China and Iran to be severely punished for allegedly covering up the original outbreak and failing to respond to COVID-19 in time. This was done in ignorance of both Canada's PM Justin Trudeau and US President Donald Trump's failure to listen to military intelligence warning …

RT (2020-07-28). 'An assault on the US govt': AG Barr says anarchists hijacked 'legitimate protests' to sow chaos & destruction. rt.com US Attorney General Bill Barr said that "violent anarchists" have transformed peaceful anti-police-brutality protests into riots, singling out ongoing demonstrations in Portland as an outright "assault" on the government itself. | The comments came in Barr's "In the wake of George Floyd's death, violent rioters and anarchists h…

RT (2020-07-28). Turkey wants to reopen all schools on August 31 if coronavirus cases keep receding — report. rt.com Turkey plans to reopen schools nationwide on August 31 to free up students' working parents, assuming a recent stabilization in coronavirus cases holds. The daily infection rate may need to dip below the more than 900 seen recently to allow Ankara to execute its Plan A, government sources told Reuters. | Schools shifted to distance education in March, when Turkey identified its first case and began restricting movement. Much of the economy reopened on June 1, after the school year ended, but masks and other hygiene measures are still required in public. | "If the number of cases decreases, all schools will be…

Adam Mo (2020-07-28). Reno: Housing crisis and police brutality. liberationnews.org Despite continued increases in COVID-19 cases, Nevada is now looking to reopen the economy. Casinos have already begun operating again across the state.

Binoy Kampmark (2020-07-28). Revisions on China: Abandoning the Nixon Legacy. counterpunch.org There is little doubt about it. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is the puffed-up hawk of the Trump administration, talons at the ready, beak protruding. While the president coos at the prospect of seeing, or admiring, the next strongman of international relations, Pompeo hovers over selected authoritarian targets. This Jekyll-Hyde appraisal of foreign policy

news.un (2020-07-28). Human rights report details 'heartbreaking' accounts of women detained in DPRK. news.un.org Women forcibly returned to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) are subjected to torture, ill treatment, sexual abuse, and other violations, according to a report published on Tuesday by the UN Human Rights office.

WSWS (2020-07-28). Assange appears in court, as lawyers warn case may be delayed by new US indictment. wsws.org As it stands, the UK courts are continuing with Assange's extradition process based on an outdated indictment.

yenisafak (2020-07-28). Turkey plans to reopen all schools as long as virus keeps receding. yenisafak.com Turkey plans to reopen schools nationwide on Aug. 31, to get students back into classrooms and free up working parents, assuming a recent stabilisation in coronavirus cases holds.Teachers and administrators are preparing on-site health precautions, but two government sources told Reuters that the daily infection rate may need to dip below the more than 900 seen recently to allow them to execute what they called Plan A.Schools shifted to distance education in March, when Turkey identified its first case and began restricting movement.Much of the economy reopened on June 1, after the school year ended, but masks an…

sputniknews (2020-07-28). Barr's Denial of Police Violence, 'Systemic Racism' Highlights Presence of US Authoritarianism. sputniknews.com The United States' top cop denied US police have a problem with either racism or violence during congressional testimony on Tuesday. One civil rights lawyer told Sputnik the data shows a different story, driving more and more demonstrators into the streets.

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2020-07-27). Popular Movements Can Overcome Authoritarian Policing. dissidentvoice.org Portland protests say Go Home Feds as protests grow (by Noah Berger, AP) Today is the 60th day of protests since the murder of George Floyd. This weekend, people marched in cities across the country in solidarity with Portland and in opposition to the US becoming a police state. President Trump sending troops to cities added fuel …

WSWS (2020-07-27). Stop Trump's coup d'état! Mobilize the working class against authoritarianism and dictatorship! wsws.org The Trump administration's deployment of paramilitary forces throughout the United States is a major escalation of the attempt to organize a coup d'état in advance of the November presidential elections.

Henry A. Giroux (2020-07-27). The Ugly Terror of a Fascist Abyss Lurks in the Background of This Pandemic. zcomm.org Amid the corpses produced by neoliberal capitalism and COVID-19, there are also flashes of hope, a chance to move beyond a contemporary resurgence of authoritarianism…

teleSUR (2020-07-27). Assange Suffers Political Persecution, Lawyer Garzon Says. telesurenglish.net During a hearing at Spain's National Court, Julian Assange's lawyer Baltasar Garzon Monday denounced that his client has suffered "political persecution" from the U.S. government. | RELATED: | Garzon was called to declare over the alleged espionage by the Spanish company UC Global, which was responsible for the security of Ecuador's embassy in London from 2015 and 2018. | During the hearing were displayed rec…

IMEMC News (2020-07-27). Two Female Detainees Remain In Solitary Confinement, Face Harsh Conditions. imemc.org The Palestinian Commission for Detainees' Affairs has reported, Sunday, that the Israeli authorities are still forcing two female detainees in solidarity confinement under inhumane and harsh conditions. In a press statement, the Committee said that the two detainees, Fadwa Hamada and Jihan Hasheema, are in solitary confinement in the al-Jalama …

sputniknews (2020-07-27). Meet Eddy, 'War Correspondent' for High School Newspaper in US City of Portland. sputniknews.com PORTLAND (Sputnik) – The youngest journalist covering the protests in Portland writes for a high school newspaper. Press badges, slight build, and being 17 years of age has proven insufficient to protect Eddy Binford-Ross from police brutality. Yet, almost every night she ventures back to report from the frontline.

_____ (2020-07-27). VIDEO: If Anyone is Involved in Forcing Nations to Pick Sides it is Pompeo and His State Department. strategic-culture.org China is "making" Europe choose between a "free world" and an "authoritarian vision", said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to his European counterparts. But is it really China forcing the world to make moral "choices" at the barrel of a soft power gun? Watch the video and read more in the Editorial article.