2020-08-08: News Headlines

Jon Queally, staff writer (2020-08-08). 'Friday Night Massacre' at US Postal Service as Postmaster General—a Major Trump Donor—Ousts Top Officials. commondreams.org "America is in a dead sprint to authoritarianism. The man is pulling out all the stops to prevent the citizens of this country from holding a legitimate election in which he might face removal from office." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/friday_night_massacre_postal_service.jpg

_____ (2020-08-08). 'Russiagate' Hoax Unravels, but Their Anti-Russia Sanctions Don't. strategic-culture.org Eric ZUESSE | It was reported only on 'fringe' media (such as "Disobedient Media" now gone from the Web) until recently. However, the evidence that the entire "Russiagate" charge — that Russia's Government had "hacked" the Democratic National Committee in 2016 — is an Obama Administration hoax (which was continued into Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report), is now starting to come out into public view and be endorsed publicly by retired U.S. intelligence professionals who can't be fired. It's not yet published in any mainstream U.S. news media, however. So, in this place will be chronologically pre…

Miko Peled (2020-08-07). Susan Abulhawa Embodies the Spirit of Palestinian Resistance in Her New Book: Against the Loveless World. mintpressnews.com Writer and political activist Susan Abulhawa weaves a daring tale of a Palestinian woman's defiant experience in solitary confinement at an Israeli prison.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-07). Brazilian movements intensify "Out Bolsonaro" campaign. peoplesdispatch.org The authoritarian nature of the Bolsonaro government has rapidly intensified. Bolsonaro, acting against all public health specialists, as well as international entities and protocols, has denied the pandemic and adopted incorrect and disastrous measures. His grave mismanagement of the virus has made Brazil the global epicenter of COVID-19.

WSWS (2020-08-07). Violent, secretive fascistic networks operating inside California police stations. wsws.org Alongside rampant brutality, a secretive police culture has emerged featuring tattoos, occult rituals and symbols, codes of silence, and barbecues to celebrate murder.

teleSUR (2020-08-06). No Extradition: New Documentary On Julian Assange. telesurenglish.net On the eve of the premiere of his documentary about the founder of WikiLeaks, British-Chilean filmmaker Pablo Navarrete said Thursday in London: "I want people to have an idea of the injustice being done to Julian Assange." | RELATED: | The filmmaker and journalist followed John Shipton, Assange's father, over several months as he campaigned to prevent his son from being extradited to the United States (U.S.) and secure his…

RT (2020-08-06). Blade Runner & HAL 9000 racist? 'Whiteness' of artificial intelligence 'exacerbates racial inequality,' new study suggests. rt.com A University of Cambridge study examining the depiction of artificial intelligence in film, television, Google searches, images, and voices, suggests it is yet another area that showcases racism. | While most would likely assume a machine cannot have a race, the researchers said that they do indeed have "racial identities" influenced by "real world" stereotypes. | These "racial identities" can be found in both the fact that AIs and depictions of AIs have caucasion features and also typically talk in "standard white middle-class English," including voices given to smartphone technology. The study suggests "blac…

_____ (2020-08-06). The Department of Homeland Security: The Ideal Authoritarian Tool. strategic-culture.org Bymelvin GOODMAN | In the wake of 9/11, the Bush administration made a series of blunders that have created havoc in U.S. governance. The invasion of Iraq in 2003 was the worst of these decisions, but not far behind was the creation of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The DHS has turned out to be the perfect authoritarian tool in the hands of a corrupt administration, and there is ample evidence of the department's role in degrading public life in America in the past several weeks. The department has become Trump's tool for targeting "anti-fascists," the label that he has broadly applied to all protesto…

Media Lens (2020-08-06). "A Perpetual Motion Machine of Killing" dissidentvoice.org On August 1, a rare in-depth investigative piece appeared on the BBC News website based on credible and serious allegations that UK Special Forces had executed unarmed civilians in Afghanistan. The BBC article was produced in tandem with a report, '"Rogue SAS Afghanistan execution squad" exposed by email trail', published by the Sunday Times. Special …

Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (2020-08-06). Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS): To Nancy Pelosi — Did Russia Hack the DNC Emails? globalresearch.ca The lack of detail demanded by Pelosi may simply mean the absence of credible evidence of Russian interference as well as the absence of Clapperesque officials to conjure it up. | *** | MEMORANDUM FOR: Speaker Nancy Pelosi | FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals …

yenisafak (2020-08-05). Turkey stresses import of European watchdog reports. yenisafak.com Turkey values the Council of Europe's independent monitoring mechanisms and its cooperation with them, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.The assertion was part of a statement announcing the release of reports by the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) on its 2017 and 2019 visits to Turkey.The ministry stressed that the reports, available on the CPT website, were released with Ankara's authorization and include the Turkish government's responses."Turkey attaches importance to the independent monitoring mechanisms of the Council of Eur…

WSWS (2020-08-04). Stricter lockdown reimposed in Philippines as cases top 100,000. wsws.org The Duterte administration has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic with authoritarianism and anti-scientific nonsense.

Raul Diego (2020-08-04). Federal Government Releases Bipartisan Anti-China Plan for Artificial Intelligence. mintpressnews.com A Washington think tank and Congress issued a bipartisan plan for AI, which utilizes the veneer of technology to formally cast China as the number one obstacle to US hegemony…