2020-08-02: News Headlines

_____ (2020-08-02). Are Russia And US Different When It Comes To Election Meddling? popularresistance.org On this week's installment of "Scheer Intelligence," Robert Scheer challenges guest David Shimer on the fundamental conclusions of his new book, "Rigged: America, Russia and 100 Years of Covert Electoral Interference," regarding the "intentions" for US covert operations versus those of the Soviet Union/Russia. | Excerpted and lauded in the New York Times and elsewhere in the mainstream media, "Rigged" outlines covert operations in various countries by both nation-states, including American interference in 1970s Chile and post-World War II Italy, among others, but has been best reviewed for its deep dive into Russ…

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-02). Army Ground Force signs MoU to receive geographical data. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 02 (MNA) — National Geography Organization and the intelligence branch of Iran Army's Ground Force signed an MoU to develop cooperation in the fields of science, education, and research interactions.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-02). Intelligence min. dismisses speculations on Sharmahd's arrest. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 02 (MNA) — Iranian Ministry of Intelligence has categorically dismissed any speculation on the arrest of the ringleader of a US-based terrorist group "Jamshid Sharmahd".

RT (2020-08-01). Portland man faces up to 20 years in prison after throwing explosive at federal courthouse, ID'd by vest his grandma bought him. rt.com A young man in Portland faces up to 20 years in prison on arson charges, accused of hurling a bomb at a courthouse amid ongoing police brutality protests. He was identified by a tactical vest gifted to him by his grandmother.

RT (2020-08-01). Iran says leader of US-based 'terror group' arrested in intelligence operation. rt.com Iran has nabbed the alleged ringleader of a group of Iranian exiles in California accused of carrying out terrorist attacks against the Islamic Republic, the country's ministry of intelligence announced. | The leader of Tondar (Persian for 'thunder'), identified as Jamshid Sharmahd, was captured in an intelligence operation, state media reported on Saturday. The US-based group seeks the overthrow of the Iranian government and the return of the country's monarchy that ruled the country prior to the Revolution and the fall of the Shah in 1979. | Sarmahd was apprehended while "leading armed and sabotage operation…

RT (2020-08-01). UAE becomes first Arab country to harness nuclear power following successful reactor launch. rt.com The United Arab Emirates has become the first nation in the Arab world to produce nuclear energy, following the start-up of a newly constructed plant in Abu Dhabi. | The Barakah Nuclear Power Plant's Unit 1 is now using nuclear fuel to produce energy after the facility successfully executed initial tests on Saturday. Three other reactors are still under construction and the plant still needs to be connected to the country's power grid, local media reported. | The

Tom Coburg (2020-08-01). A UK-funded contractor is providing intelligence support to Trump's protester-attacking paramilitaries. thecanary.co Paramilitary units deployed by Donald Trump to the US city of Portland, in response to Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests, have been identified. Interestingly, intelligence for one of the units is handled by a multinational corporation that recently won a UK contract to manage NHS data. | Federal units identified: | Units engaging with protesters in Portland have been identified in a New York Times video. They

Walden Bello (2020-08-01). Could the Duterte Regime Be COVID-19's Next Victim? zcomm.org Like Trump in the U.S. and Bolsonaro in Brazil, the Philippine strongman's utter failure to contain COVID-19 may kneecap his authoritarian ambitions…

WSWS (2020-08-01). Department of Homeland Security assembles intelligence reports on US journalists covering Portland protests. wsws.org Such reports have been traditionally used to share information regarding wanted criminals or terrorists across federal and local law enforcement agencies.

WSWS (2020-08-01). Department of Homeland Security assembles "intelligence reports" on US journalists covering Portland protests. wsws.org Such reports have been traditionally used to share information regarding wanted criminals or terrorists across federal and local law enforcement agencies.

yenisafak (2020-08-01). Iran arrests head of US-based anti-regime group. yenisafak.com "Jamshid Sharmahd, the ringleader of the Tondar terrorist organization, was arrested by Iranian security forces," the Iranian Intelligence Ministry said in a written statement that did not contain more details of the arrest.Tehran accuses the US-based pro-monarchy organization, known in English as Kingdom Assembly of Iran, of conducting attacks and sabotage acts in Iran, including an April 2018 terror attack in the city of Shiraz that killed 14 people and injured 215 others.Sharmahd, who was based in the US state of California, was also reportedly responsible for anti-Iran media coverage. | * Writing by Zehra Nur…

sputniknews (2020-08-01). Russian Foreign Intelligence Chief Hopes Incident in Belarus Resolved for Friendly Ties. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russia's Foreign Intelligence Chief Sergey Naryshkin said on Saturday he hoped the incident of Minsk's detention of 33 Russian nationals will be resolved in the interest of fraternal relations between the two countries.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-01). Iran dismantles US-based terrorist group. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 01 (MNA) — Iran's Ministry of Intelligence announced on Saturday that its forces have dismantled a US-based terrorist group.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-01). Intelligence forces dismantle intl. drug smuggling band in NW. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 01 (MNA) — Iran's Intelligence forces have identified and dismantled an international drug smuggling band in West Azarbaijan Province, northwest Iran.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-01). Enemies cannot believe Sharmahd arrested inside Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 02 (MNA) — Iran's Intelligence Minister said that some enemies do not believe that Jamshid Sharmahd, the ringleader of a terror group supported by the US, has been arrested inside Iran.

Staff (2020-08-01). Mass Arrests in 2020 Echo the Brutality Endured by RNC Protesters 20 Years Ago. truthout.org Police surrounded a West Philadelphia warehouse on the afternoon of August 1, where more than 70 protesters were making puppets. Multiple Pennsylvania state police officers

Bill Lueders (2020-07-31). Comment: The Case for Nonviolence. progressive.org Most protests against police brutality have been peaceful, but the few acts of violence that have occurred are worthy of our consideration.

Asad Ismi (2020-07-31). Journalism Under Attack in Assange Case. globalresearch.ca In a letter to the New York Times in 1970, British historian Arnold Toynbee said the United States "has become the world's nightmare." It turned out they were just getting started. Through its many wars, covert operations and economic destabilizations, …

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

Eliza Egret (2020-07-31). UK prisoners are stuck in solitary confinement in extreme heat as UK temperatures reach 37 ∞C. thecanary.co While parts of the UK basked in As the Independent

_____ (2020-07-31). It's Not Assange Who Should Be Facing Prosecution. popularresistance.org On 27 July two court hearings took place — one in the UK, the other in Spain. Both concerned WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. From their proceedings, it became clear that it's not Assange who should be facing prosecution, but the current office holder of the US presidency and his associates. At the 27 July 'administrative hearing' at Westminster magistrates court, Judge Vanessa Baraitser stated that the prosecution had failed to present its latest 'superseding indictment'. That superseding indictment was first made public on 24 June, just prior to the last court hearing, though the prosecution failed to su…

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.

_____ (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…