2020-07-31: News Headlines

Matthew Scully (2020-07-31). The Triple Antagonist of the Police, Policing, and Policy. counterpunch.org In 1967, Chester Himes wrote, "Police brutality toward black people in the United States is of such common usage and longstanding to have attained acceptance as proper behavior." On the one hand, not much has changed. Every day we see the virulent and repressive state violence against Black Lives Matter protestors marching, occupying space, and

Binoy Kampmark (2020-07-31). Julian Assange's Political Indictment: Old Wine in Older Bottles. counterpunch.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

RT (2020-07-30). Russian serviceman working in Crimea arrested for HIGH TREASON, accused of spying for Ukraine. rt.com A serviceman from Russia's Black Sea Fleet has been arrested by the country's Federal Security Service (FSB) on suspicion of working for Ukrainian military intelligence. | If found guilty of high treason, the detained soldier could In a statement

RT (2020-07-30). EU targets Russian intelligence, Chinese, North Korean companies in first ever cybercrime-related sanctions batch. rt.com The European Union has imposed sanctions on six people and three entities, including a Russian military intelligence unit over their alleged involvement in various hacking activities, in the first ever such move from Brussels. | EU officials slapped the "Special Technologies" unit (GTsST) of the Russian military intelligence (also known as GRU) with sanctions, accusing it of being behind several high-profile cyber-attacks — including the infamous NotPetya virus that inflicted $10 billion worth of damage to the world economy in 2017. | The origins of that virus are still unclear. Yet, what is known for ce…

RT (2020-07-30). EU targets Russian intelligence, Chinese, North Korean companies in first ever cybercrime-related round of sanctions. rt.com The European Union has imposed sanctions on six people and three entities, including a Russian military intelligence unit, over their alleged involvement in various hacking activities, in the first ever such move from Brussels. | EU officials slapped the "Special Technologies" unit (GTsST) of the Russian military intelligence agency (also known as GRU) with sanctions, accusing it of being behind several high-profile cyber-attacks — including the infamous NotPetya virus that inflicted $10 billion-worth of damage to the world economy in 2017. | The origins of that virus are still unclear. What is known for…

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.

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.

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…

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…

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.

_____ (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…

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.

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…

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.