Daily Archives: July 9, 2021

2021-07-09: News Headlines

Anonymous103 (2021-07-09). Protecting Eden: Pornography and Age Verification Down Under. southfront.org Illustrative Image | Written by Dr. Binoy Kampmark. | Sex on the screen and on the page has often incurred the wrath of Australian censors. Over the years, the opaquely functioning Office of Film and Literature Classification has been guarding Australians like the children of Eden, fearful that their sensibilities might be corrupted. But Australian politicians and various advocacy groups have broadened their interest over the years to focus on the Internet and how best to regulate both posted content and access to it…

Juan Cole (2021-07-09). Israeli Supreme Court affirms Apartheid law limiting Sovereignty to Jewish Israelis, excluding 20% of Population. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — The Israeli newspaper Arab 48 reports in an article edited by Mahmud Mujadalah that the Israeli Supreme Court on Thursday refused to strike down the basic law passed by the parliament or Knesset in 2018 declaring Israel a Jewish nation such that sovereignty is solely invested in the Jewish population. …

_____ (2021-07-09). Objection To Geoengineering Spurs Debate About Social Justice In Science. popularresistance.org It was February in northern Sweden and the sun was returning after a dark winter. In the coming months the tundra would reawaken with lichens and shrubs for reindeer to forage in the permafrost encrusted Scandinavian mountain range. But the changing season also brought some unwelcome news to the Indigenous Sámi people, who live across northern Scandinavia, Finland and eastern Russia. | The members of the Saami Council were informed that researchers at Harvard planned to test a developing technology for climate mitigation, known as solar geoengineering, in Sápmi, their homeland. "When we learned what the idea of s…

Maria Paez Victor (2021-07-09). The Eurocentrism Curse. counterpunch.org As I write, it is Canada Day and this beautiful northern country, that has been my home for more than forty years is reeling from the appalling finding of two secret cemeteries containing about a thousand bodies, believed to be of children, on the grounds of former indigenous "residential" schools. This gives evidence to the

Cesar Chelala (2021-07-09). The Duty of Aiding Central Americans. counterpunch.org In 1992, I visited Guatemala on a United Nations-sponsored mission to assess the health situation of Central American refugees and displaced people in Central America. I was in Quetzaltenango, home to many indigenous Mayans. There, I learned a lesson. I had gone to visit the town's historic cathedral when I saw an old Mayan woman

sputniknews (2021-07-09). Taliban Says It Will Not Target Afghan Interpreters Who Used to Work for Americans. sputniknews.com Earlier, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that the Biden administration will fly Afghan interpreters to third countries in August where they can wait until their special immigrant visas are approved.

sputniknews (2021-07-09). Fighting Ongoing in Kandahar District as Taliban Militants Enter the City, Source Says. sputniknews.com US President Joe Biden earlier stated that it is not inevitable that the Taliban (banned in Russia) will take over Afghanistan following the US withdrawal from the country.

Anonymous007 (2021-07-09). Taliban Claim Capture Of Border Crossing With Iran, Other Border Areas. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On July 8th, Taliban seized control of a key district in western Afghanistan that includes a major border crossing with Iran, Afghan security officials said. | Two senior security officials told Reuters on condition of anonymity that the Islam Qala border crossing with Iran, located in Herat province, had fallen to the Taliban and that Afghan security and customs officials had fled across the border. | In the last week, the Taliban has overrun areas bordering five countries…

Kathy Kelly (2021-07-09). Why Whistleblower Daniel Hale Deserves Gratitude, Not Prison. counterpunch.org "Pardon Daniel Hale." These words hung in the air on a recent Saturday evening, projected onto several Washington, D.C. buildings, above the face of a courageous whistleblower facing ten years in prison. The artists aimed to inform the U.S. public about Daniel E. Hale, a former Air Force analyst who blew the whistle on the

Karen J. Greenberg (2021-07-09). Torture, Wars of Aggression, Violations of Bill of Rights: Will there ever be accountability for America's Orgy of War Crimes in the 21st Century. juancole.com ( Tomdispatch.com) — America has an accountability problem. In fact, if the Covid-19 disaster, the January 6th Capitol attack, and the Trump years are any indication, the American lexicon has essentially dispensed with the term "accountability." This should come as no surprise. After all, there's nothing particularly new about this. In the Bush years, those …

David Swanson (2021-07-09). Biden Defends Ending a War He's Not Fully Ending. warisacrime.org It's been a dream of peace-loving people everywhere for over 20 years now for a U.S. government to end a war and to speak in support of having done so. Sadly, Biden is only partially ending one of the endless wars, none of the others having yet been fully ended either, and his remarks on …

Jeffrey St. Clair (2021-07-09). Roaming Charges: Flaming Patriots. counterpunch.org On almost every issue that matters, including the future of life on the planet, the US government, if not the entire US culture, has become a real time case study of the Dunning-Kruger Effect, where the more incompetent it becomes, the less able it is to realize that what it's doing isn't working. The less you know, the less you know what you don't know.

Binoy Kampmark (2021-07-09). Rotten at the Core: the US Appeal of the Assange Ruling. counterpunch.org It took over half a year, but the US government's case against Julian Assange continues its draining grind. Even the Biden administration, which claims to tolerate a free press and truthful dialogue with the fourth estate, has decided to exhaust its legal options in seeking the publisher's scalp. On July 7, the UK High Court

_____ (2021-07-09). 95 Greek Parliamentarians Tell Biden: 'Drop All Charges Against Assange'. popularresistance.org As part of the international mobilisation to apply pressure on the US government to end the persecution of Julian Assange, MeRA25 invited members of Greece's Parliament to co-sign the letter below, addressed to President Biden. | The letter reminds the US President that, as Obama's Vice-President, he took the decision not to prosecute Julian. Indeed, the prosecution — and request to the UK authorities that he be extradited to the US — went ahead under President Trump. The letter also reminds Mr Biden that Julian is fading daily in solitary confinement because his Department of Justice chose to appeal…

sputniknews (2021-07-09). Russia Concerned About Reports That Suspects in Haitian President's Assassination Are US Citizens. sputniknews.com President Jovenel Moise was shot dead in his private residence on Wednesday morning, and his wife was injured in the attack. The Haitian police have reportedly identified 28 suspected perpetrators.

sputniknews (2021-07-09). The Settler-Colonialism is Too Damn High. sputniknews.com Calls for intervention in Haiti begin; Alex Saab's detainment another attack on Venezuela; Fight to end solitary confinement renewed; Celebrity journalism doesn't help the revolution…

Marco Aquino (2021-07-09). Another pink tide? zcomm.org Latin America's left galvanized by rising star in Peru…

WSWS (2021-07-09). Biden administration capitulates to Republican attacks on voting rights. wsws.org The Democratic Party leadership has largely dropped efforts, either in Congress or the courts, to overturn restrictive new state laws.

Indivisible Yolo County (2021-07-09). Thursday 7/8: Davis Rally for Voting Rights. indybay.org Sidewalk outside office of Congressman Garamendi, 412 G St, Davis, CA 95616-4158 | Please wear a mask. This is a peaceful event.

Leon Kunstenaar (2021-07-09). Rallies in Bay Area for Voting Rights. indybay.org Bay Area residents mobilizing to demand Congress fight voter suppression and pass the For the People Act…

Sonali Kolhatkar (2021-07-09). The Trump Charges Obscure a Bigger Story of How the Rich Legally Avoid Taxes. counterpunch.org After many months of anticipation and nearly three years of investigation, the Manhattan district attorney's office has charged the Trump Organization and its chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg with 15 offenses related to tax fraud. According to the lengthy indictment, former President Donald Trump's namesake corporation engaged in a 15-year scheme to "compensate Weisselberg and

Lee Camp (2021-07-09). America's Impressive History of Bioweapons Attacks Against Its Own People. counterpunch.org The Biden Administration, the mainstream media and pretty much all the politicians in our country continue to throw fuel on the Sinophobia fire initially stoked by former President and current Mar-a-lago "fungineer" Donald Trump. (Word to the wise, "Sinophobia" means anti-China hatred, not anti-cinema hatred as I had thought. So I apologize to all the

_____ (2021-07-09). How One Union Uses Kitchen Table Economics To Advance Medicare For All. popularresistance.org Using kitchen table economics is critical for winning workers over to Medicare for All. Before this training, members may be wary of trading something they're familiar with for something that's unknown. But in the workshop, they see for themselves that what they have now is robbing them blind—and that Medicare for All would bring them real economic gains. | What threads its way through much of our conversation is that the insurance companies are a big part of why we pay so much for health care. For example, a Center for American Progress study shows that more than 8 percent of U.S. health care spending goes…

Alan MacLeod (2021-07-09). Saagar Enjeti: The Pseudo-Populist Mainlining Neocon Ideas into Progressive Politics. orinocotribune.com By Alan Macleod — Jul 2, 2021 | While he is undeniably a charismatic and confident host, Saagar Enjeti's schtick is remarkably similar to that of his former employer Tucker Carlson, who also rails against elites while being one of them. | WASHINGTON — Saagar Enjeti and Krystal Ball are the new king and queen of alternative media. After having just quit The Hill to go fully independent, their new show "Breaking Points" immediately

Ramzy Baroud (2021-07-09). The People vs. Mahmoud Abbas. zcomm.org Are the Palestinian Authority's Days Numbered?>

Norman Solomon (2021-07-09). In 18 Months, Republicans Are Very Likely to Control Congress. Being in Denial Makes It Worse. counterpunch.org Since the Civil War, midterm elections have enabled the president's party to gain ground in the House of Representatives only three times, and those were in single digits. The last few midterms have been typical: In 2006, with Republican George W. Bush in the White House, his party lost 31 House seats. Under Democrat Barack

Norman Solomon (2021-07-09). In 18 Months, Republicans Are Very Likely to Control Congress. indybay.org Being in Denial Makes It Worse.

Angela (2021-07-09). Sunday 7/11: Q&A Discussion of film Gaza Fights for Freedom. indybay.org

Deirdre Griswold (2021-07-09). Koreans tell it like it is. workers.org From 1950 to 1953, the U.S. government waged a horrendous war against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (the northern half of Korea), in which nearly 5 million people died. Despite this scorched-earth strategy, the U.S. ruling class failed to undo the Korean Revolution, which had triumphed in the north . . . |

Global Voices (2021-07-09). 'A pandemic of impunity in a tortured land': Stalemate in Yemen War Worsens Human Rights Crisis. juancole.com By Saoussen Ben Cheikh | — (GlobalVoices.org ) — The latest peace talks in Oman fell apart apart, and for Yemenis, that means going back to square one. Escalations in Marib have worsened the dire humanitarian situation and the suffering of civilians in a conflict that has entered its sixth year. An activist speaking to …

Marie Kelly (2021-07-09). On the Picket Line. workers.org Municipal workers hit the picket lines Service Employees Union Local 73 announced a strike of 2,000 Cook County, Ill., workers June 25 at Cook County Health Care. Members include clerical workers, civilian workers in the sheriff's office, maintenance and service workers, medical technicians and physician assistants. (Chicago Sun-Times, June 29) . . . |

Staff (2021-07-09). European Union Exploratory Mission Already in Venezuela Preceding 21N Regional Elections. orinocotribune.com This Thursday, July 8, the Foreign Ministry of the Bolivarian Republic reported that an exploratory mission from the European Union (EU) arrived in our country. The delegation has scheduled a series of meetings with Venezuelan authorities and various political actors in advance of the regional elections that will take place on November 21, 2021. | The Ministry's official account, @CancilleriaVE, posted the following announcement on the social media network Twitter: "The exploratory mission of the European Union that arrived in #Venezuela will hold meetings with the Public Powers and political actors with a view t…

Minnie Bruce Pratt (2021-07-09). Alabama coal miners: Solidarity forever! workers.org Members of the United Mine Workers (UMWA) Local 2245, in Brookwood, Ala., entered the fourth month of their strike against global coal company Warrior Met July 1. That day they were joined by local activists from federal workers' union American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), who came to show solidarity . . . |

A Guest Author (2021-07-09). Pandemic devastated U.S. working class. workers.org By Tamarai This lightly edited article was originally published in the July issue of Workers Resistance, the web magazine of the All India Central Council of Trade Unions. Tamarai is a physician and a longtime friend of Workers World Party. She supports struggles for justice for workers and to end . . . |

Anonymous669 (2021-07-09). In Video: Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham Shelling Government-Held Towns In Greater Idlib With Improvised Rockets, Artillery. southfront.org Screen grab from footage released by HTS news agency, Iba'a. | On July 8, al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) shelled government-held areas in the southern part of the Syrian region of Greater Idlib. | The terrorist group fired a barrage of locally-made improvised rocket-assisted munitions (IRAMs) at Syrian Arab Army (SAA) positions in the town of Kafr Nabil. The IRAMs were apparently a new type, smaller than the ones used before by the terrorist group. |

Anonymous669 (2021-07-09). Iranian-Backed Forces Deployed Decoy Rocket Launchers In Syria's Deir Ezzor. southfront.org Illustrative image. | Iranian-backed forces have deployed decoy rocket launchers in the government-held part of the eastern Syrian governorate of Deir Ezzor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on July 9. | According to the London-based monitoring group, Iranian-backed forces in southern Deir Ezzor also redeployed and camouflaged a number of real rocket launchers which are aimed at US bases on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River. | "The Abu al-Fadl al-Abbas militia set up fake rocket launchers near the a…

Anonymous007 (2021-07-09). Spanish-Lithuanian Press Conference Interrupted By Fighter Jets Scrambling To Intercept Russian Warplanes. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On July 8th, a news conference with Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez at a NATO airbase in Lithuania was interrupted, when Typhoon fighter jets were scrambled to intercept two Russian warplanes. | The two leaders were three minutes into a news conference, televised live from the Siauliai airbase in northern Lithuanian, when flight crews responded to an alarm and scrambled their jets. The leaders and the…

Anonymous669 (2021-07-09). Central Syrian Insurgency: Iranian Revolutionary Guard Commander Killed In ISIS IED Attack. southfront.org Illustrative image. | On July 9, a commander of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) was killed in an attack by ISIS cells in central Syria. | Syrian sources claimed that the commander, Reza Safdari, was killed when his vehicle was struck with an improvised explosive device that had been planted by ISIS terrorists. The incident reportedly took place in the eastern countryside of Homs. | Late IRGC commander Reza Saf…

Anonymous669 (2021-07-09). Russian Warplanes Hammered Militant Positions In Southwestern Idlib, Northern Lattakia (Photos). southfront.org FILE PHOTO: Sukhoi Su-24 attack aircraft before departing for its permanent base in Russia from Khmeimim Air Base in Syria. © Vadim Grishankin / Sputnik | On July 9, warplanes of the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) carried out a series of airstrikes on the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib in what appears to be a response to recent ceasefire violations. | Several airstrikes targeted hills surrounding the town of Kabani in the northern countryside of Lattakia. The town is an infamous stronghold of al-Qaeda faction…

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Zero Hedge (2021-07-09). Tesla Sells 33,155 China-Made Vehicles in June, Down Sequentially, as Chinese Passenger Vehicles Slip 5.3%. asia-pacificresearch.com

Allan Fisher (2021-07-09). Saturday 7/10: Protest US financed oppression in Palestine/Israel. indybay.org Corner of Water and Ocean Streets, Santa Cruz…

WSWS (2021-07-09). US sees a rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations as the Delta variant becomes the dominant strain. wsws.org Cases of COVID-19 across the US are climbing again, specifically across the Southeast and portions of the Midwest, where vaccination rates are relatively low in comparison to the national average.

WSWS (2021-07-09). European states scrap social distancing as COVID-19 pandemic surges. wsws.org EU officials are opposing social distancing policies, even as officials warn the spread of the Delta variant could mean many millions of new COVID-19 infections this year.

WSWS (2021-07-09). NEA teachers union convention ignores a year of COVID-19 deaths and teachers' resistance, salutes Biden. wsws.org In a remarkable display of callousness, the NEA's convention concealed every issue of substance facing educators, including work-related COVID-19 infections and deaths, while toeing the line of the Democratic Party on all fronts.

WSWS (2021-07-09). Scientists demolish "Wuhan lab" conspiracy theory of coronavirus origins. wsws.org On Wednesday, 21 of the world's leading experts on the origins of infectious diseases published a preprint paper demolishing the conspiracy theory promoted by the Biden administration and the US media that COVID-19 was a man-made virus.

WSWS (2021-07-09). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. wsws.org Spanish unions sell out bank workers' strike, agree 6,452 job losses at CaixaBank; warning selective strikes continue in German retail and mail order sector; driver and vehicle registration staff at UK centre in Wales continue stoppages ongoing since April over Covid safety; strike by 25,000 Tunisian finance workers over pay and conditions…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-09). Sharing Mayo Clinic: Receiving care for COVID-19 while pregnant. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Last September, Kim and Lloyd Harter of Fairchild, Wisconsin, along with their daughter Eleanor Jacobo, tested positive for COVID-19. While they recovered, they also waited for a special new addition to their family: Kim was eight months pregnant. With pregnancy being a risk factor for complications due to COVID-19, a member of the COVID-19 Front-Line Care Team at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, called Kim to discuss her risks, as well as provide information about…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-09). Mayo Clinic Q and A: COVID-19 vaccination and precautions. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am due to get my second dose of COVID-19 vaccine in a few weeks. I understand this is an important step for me and my community, but I'm unsure what guidelines I should follow. Some of my friends are traveling, and they seem to have thrown all caution to the wind. What can I expect after being vaccinated for COVID-19, both physically and when in public? ANSWER: It is completely normal to have…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-09). Guide to safe grilling practices. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The July Fourth holiday weekend often means gatherings. Keep your gathering safe by following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's COVID-19 guidance for activities. If you are looking forward to a weekend cookout, make sure to keep foodborne bacteria and germs off your guest list. Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse, a Mayo Clinic pediatric infectious diseases physician, says warmer temperatures are when foodborne germs thrive and illnesses peak. Watch: Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse talks about safe grilling practices. www.youtube.com/watch?v=19v4oRLW-hw&t=3s Journalists: Broadcast-quality sound bites are…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-09). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: The new work-life balancing act. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The COVID-19 pandemic has altered the way people work. As vaccination rates increase, some people are returning to the office. But many companies have opted to keep their employees working from home permanently. This change has positive and negative side effects, including the mental health aspects of working from home. "Any time there are changes, it can be challenging for people, particularly when you're not used to working from home," says Dr. Greg Couser, a…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-09). What holiday travelers need to know about COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The July Fourth holiday is a time when many people travel or host summer parties. While the number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is on the decline, health experts say with stagnating vaccination rates and the circulation of the more contagious Delta variant, the nation is not out of the woods yet, and everyone should still be cautious if they're planning a trip or getting together in large groups. "Anyone planning to have a…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-09). New vaccine platform invented by Mayo enters COVID-19 clinical trial. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org A Mayo Clinic lab member is purifying an adenovirus vector for preclinical testing. A novel single-cycle adenovirus vaccine platform developed by Mayo Clinic will be used to target multiple infectious diseases and cancer indications, beginning with a phase 1 clinical study using the platform as a vaccine for COVID-19. Developed to enhance the expression of target antigens, the single-cycle adenovirus platform is under investigation for its ability to amplify immune responses. In contrast to replication-defective…

Animal Liberation Press Office (2021-07-09). Bipartisan Proposal Would Ban Mink Fur Farms Over COVID, Cruelty Concerns. indybay.org Twin concerns of cruelty and protection from COVID-19 are behind a new bipartisan proposal in the U.S. House of Representatives that would ban the sale, purchase, import and export of mink.

Medea Benjamin (2021-07-09). Carlos Lazo: The Cuban American Leading the Charge to Transform U.S.-Cuba Policy. counterpunch.org Carlos Lazo and a small band of Cuban Americans are on a 1,300-mile pilgrimage from Miami to Washington, D.C., to end the U.S. blockade of Cuba. Despite the blistering summer heat and occasional death threats (including a trucker who tried to run them off the road), the marchers persist. Lazo's group is called Puentes de

Medea Benjamin (2021-07-09). How One Cuban Is Leading the Charge to Transform U.S.-Cuba Policy. towardfreedom.org Carlos Lazo and a small band of Cubans are on a 1,300-mile pilgrimage from Miami to Washington, D.C., to end the U.S. blockade of Cuba.

No Nukes Action (2021-07-09). Friday 7/23: Fukushima, The Pandemic & Olympics On The Opening Of the Olympics. indybay.org LaborFest…

Matt Haubrick (2021-07-09). Australia Post workers fight pay cuts during pandemic. greenleft.org.au The Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union is preparing for industrial action after Australia Post cut worker's pay. Matt Haubrick reports.

_____ (2021-07-09). Re-Lighting The Night After The City Repossessed Their Streetlights. popularresistance.org The City of Highland Park, a predominantly Black city surrounded by Detroit, Michigan, has had most of its residential streets in the dark for the last 10 years. In 2011, the city owed $4 million to utility company DTE Energy. | An agreement was made between DTE and city officials to remove roughly 1,200 streetlights to settle the debt. Reports suggest the repossessed lights were sold for scrap. Since then, Highland Park remained in the dark figuratively and literally. Residents had no clue what happened. | "And it was just really a sad day actually seeing the poles, the trucks came to take the poles out, and it…

WSWS (2021-07-09). UK universities cut arts, languages, humanities and social science degrees. wsws.org The cuts are driven by a deep-rooted assault on higher education. The ruling class views expanded access to science and culture as an intolerable encroachment on the wealth of the oligarchy.

Raouf Halaby (2021-07-09). Biden Kneels Before Israeli President's Chief of Staff. counterpunch.org I thought I've seen it all! On July 5, 2021, Alison Weir, the daring and indefatigable Executive Director of If Americans Knew, posted a photograph of Joe Robinette Biden prostrating himself in front of outgoing Israeli President Reuven Rivlin — right smack in the White House's Oval Office — the world's nerve center of supreme

Victor Grossman (2021-07-09). Donald Rumsfeld: RIP (With Maybe a Bit More P Now He's Gone). counterpunch.org Don't speak ill of the dead, they say, but if I were to choose candidates for a Hall of Evil Fame, I'd have to ignore such advice; the late Donald Rumsfeld would be close to the top of my list. Starting off as just one more conservative congressman from a conservative Chicago district, he joined

Lawrence Davidson (2021-07-09). The Democracy vs. Freedom Dispute. counterpunch.org In the United States, there is a dispute over whether democracy and freedom are compatible. Some, such as Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, have questioned their compatibility, and even asserted that freedom, rather than democracy, is what the U.S. really stands for. These terms are often used out of context and the dispute often suffers

WSWS (2021-07-09). Australian university union celebrates "voluntary" job losses as "resounding success" wsws.org The "victory" at the University of Queensland consisted of the NTEU convincing five academics to quit their jobs in order to satisfy the cost-cutting demands of management.

Robert Koehler (2021-07-09). The narrow borders of militarism. counterpunch.org An end to war? It's certainly necessary, but is it politically possible? The fate of House Resolution 476, introduced by Rep. Barbara Lee, will give us a clue how close "we," by which I mean the leading military power on the planet, are to transcending our suicidal certainties. The wording of this bill concludes thus: Congress

WSWS (2021-07-09). Ukraine, UK to carry out "Cossack Mace" military exercises. wsws.org While Ukraine and NATO often declare that their military exercises are "defensive" in nature, "Cossack Mace" differs in that it openly states that its forces are practicing for an offensive.

Debra Merskin, Carrie P. Freeman, Alicia Graef (2021-07-09). Why We Should Change How We Talk About Nonhuman Animals. counterpunch.org Happy has to be one of the most ironic names for an Asian elephant whose living conditions have prompted groundbreaking legal action on her behalf. Her advocates are certain that she is not happy at all and are seeking to free her from her current confines. Happy was born in the wild but was captured

STEVE O'KEEFE (2021-07-09). Why Capitalism Sucks. counterpunch.org Capitalism sucks because employees are considered a cost to be minimized whereas owners are considered a cost to be maximized. Corporations struggle to reduce their costs, especially their costs for human labor. Machines don't sue their employers, so all things being equal (as economists love to say), employers prefer machine performance to human performance. Hiring

Fred Gardner (2021-07-09). Malcolm Gladwell's Beige Skin Privilege. counterpunch.org Would the New Yorker have launched Malcolm Gladwell's ascent to Billionairehood if he wasn't a person of color? Would the white liberal decision makers have let him use their pages to attack Susan Love, MD, the UCLA breast-cancer specialist who warned about the dangers of Hormone Replacement Therapy? Would those lovers of pelicans and terns have published

Editor2 (2021-07-09). Who's in Charge? Most Americans, Including Nearly a Third of Democrats, Don't Think Biden's Fulfilling Duties of President — Poll. orinocotribune.com A Trafalgar Group poll showed that 57% of Americans believe Joe Biden isn't fully executing the duties of president — and it's not just a right-wing view. Nearly one in three Democrats think someone else is running the country. | With about 7% responding as 'not sure,' only 36% of Americans believe their president is actually performing the full role of his office, Just 59% of Democra…

Robert Jacobs (2021-07-09). Nuclear Stockholm Syndrome. counterpunch.org the civilian operation of nuclear power plants also places future generations at military risk. I have written that, historically, nuclear reactors were "born violent." That is to say, they were invented by the Manhattan Project in the early 1940s to manufacture plutonium for use in nuclear weapons, and were instrumental in killing almost 100,000 people in 1945. The "first" American commercial atomic plant in Shippingport, PA that went critical in 1958, was actually the 14th industrial nuclear reactor built in the United States, the other 13 only manufactured plutonium, which by then formed the fissile cores of t…

Susan Block (2021-07-09). Good Riddance to Bad Rummy. counterpunch.org They say that history is written by the winners. But what if you wage a war that nobody wins? That's the Iraq War (also the Afghan war). Everybody lost (except maybe Iran and Israel) and continues to lose, 20 years later, as a defeated America fitfully attempts an ignominious, dangerous, but better-late-than-never withdrawal. One of

Mahboob A. Khawaja (2021-07-09). America- Led NATO in Afghanistan: Crimes against Humanity Call for Accountability. counterpunch.org "We Are Going to Lose the War in Afghanistan and it will Help Bankrupt us. One of our major strategic blunders in Afghanistan was not to have recognized that both Great Britain and the Soviet Union attempted to pacify Afghanistan using the same military methods as ours and failed disastrously. We seem to have learned

WSWS (2021-07-09). A response to a Vale Sudbury Striker: USW doubles down on contract vote recommendation lie. wsws.org USW officials have tried to explain away their support for a concessions-filled tentative agreement with lies, including the claim they had "no choice" but to endorse it.

_____ (2021-07-09). Exxon's Senate Puppets. popularresistance.org Montana is a very long ways from the Senate chambers in Washington, D.C. Yet, like every other state, we send two senators to represent us in what used to be called "the greatest deliberative body on earth." We are continually flooded with self-congratulatory press releases promising they're "fighting for Montana." | But a sad reality was revealed in last week's bombshell news that Montana's Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester and Republican U.S. Steve Daines were named by Keith McCoy, Exxon's senior director of federal relations in Washington, as two of 11 senators who he says are "crucial" to ExxonMobil. In truth,…

WSWS (2021-07-09). Pentagon cancels JEDI contract and plans more advanced cloud-based warfare platform. wsws.org The US Defense Department has canceled the cloud computing solicitation known as JEDI and replaced it with a request for a more advanced IT platform that will enable imperialist warfare to be fought with artificial intelligence and unprecedented information gathering and processing power.

WSWS (2021-07-09). Striking Virginia workers defiant as Volvo issues threats, Volvo Cars workers walk out in Belgium. wsws.org Volvo Trucks management made a last-ditch effort Thursday to bully workers into accepting a six-year labor agreement worked out with the United Auto Workers (UAW).

WSWS (2021-07-09). Families picket road to prevent the sealing of New Zealand's Pike River mine. wsws.org Families have picketed the road to Pike River coal mine, demanding that the Labour government reverse its plan to end the underground investigation into the 2010 disaster, which killed 29 people.

WSWS (2021-07-09). Striking Topeka Frito-Lay workers: Form a rank-and-file strike committee to expand the fight for higher wages! wsws.org The brutal conditions striking Frito-Lay workers are fighting against are the very ones agreed to by the BCTGM Local 218 union over decades, posing the necessity of a new organization for workers to take their struggle forward.

_____ (2021-07-09). Fascist Plots: Contemporary Lessons From The 1934 'Business Plot'. popularresistance.org Six months ago, on January 6, 2021, a racist mob, incited by outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump, stormed the U.S. Capitol in a chaotic attempt to prevent the congressional certification of the 2020 presidential election results, a necessary step before the inauguration of Joe Biden. | The assault on the Capitol was led by militarized fascist groups composed of many current or former military and police.[1] Some of the leaders of the organizations involved, such as Enrique Tarrio and Joseph Biggs of the Proud Boys, had direct ties to U.S. intelligence agencies, having served as FBI informants.[2] Only one fifth…

WSWS (2021-07-09). SEIU-affiliated trade union imposes 3-year sellout contract on 460 Amcor workers who voted "no" twice. wsws.org Kathy Hanshew, Chicago leader of the poorly named "Workers United" union, said ramming through the deal was "the best decision for the entire membership." Union officials who shut down a potential strike, she said, showed "courage and leadership."

WSWS (2021-07-09). Australian Postal workers support striking Volvo workers in the US. wsws.org The stand taken by Volvo workers "is a beacon of light for all workers seeking to break out of the isolation imposed by the unions everywhere."

Danny Haiphong (2021-07-09). Critical Race Theory debacle signals the collapse of the American empire. mronline.org Whatever the strengths and limitations of Critical Race Theory, the debate over its usefulness to establishment circles is indicative of the American Empire's rapid decline | July 9, 2021 | Newswire…

WSWS (2021-07-09). Australian school support workers condemn worsening conditions and union's role. wsws.org As a result of previous agreements struck by the Australian Education Union, education support staff face insecure employment, continued funding cuts and growing numbers of disadvantaged students.

Kristin Henderson (2021-07-09). Make Police Obsolete. counterpunch.org The summer of 2020 was the largest protest movement for civil rights and racial justice in a generation. As Americans flooded the streets demanding justice and accountability for police brutality, police departments responded in force. By October 2020, five months into the protests, there were nearly 1000 instances of police brutality recorded. I was one

Eve Ottenberg (2021-07-09). Suing to End Autocracy. counterpunch.org Democrats must become as litigious as Trump, what with the GOP serving up dicey laws about state legislators replacing electors. In the next election, the minute a state legislature does this, the Dems must sue. If they can sue in advance, even better. As of late June, what steps had our fearless leaders in the

WSWS (2021-07-09). Steven Soderbergh's No Sudden Move: Many intriguing sights and sounds, except the important ones. wsws.org No Sudden Move is set in Detroit in 1954. To what extent the film, a gangster drama with only passing reference to the auto industry, has something meaningful to say about the city and its subsequent decline is another matter.

WSWS (2021-07-09). Biden administration rolls out red carpet for Saudi prince implicated in Khashoggi murder. wsws.org The reception for Prince Khalid bin Salman, a key accomplice in the savage assassination of Jamal Khashoggi, lays bare the hypocrisy of Biden's "human rights" imperialism.

Karen J. Greenberg (2021-07-09). It's Not Too Late to Prosecute Trump-Era Crimes. thenation.com It's Not Too Late to Prosecute Trump-Era Crimes…

WSWS (2021-07-09). Online meeting: Release young Sri Lankan poet, Ahnaf Jazeem, detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act! wsws.org The Sri Lankan Action Committee for the Defence of Freedom of Art and Expression is holding a public online meeting and discussion to free poet Ahnaf Jazeem.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-09). Newly discovered genetic variants in a single gene cause neurodevelopmental disorder. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic researchers have discovered that genetic variants in a neuro-associated gene called SPTBN1 are responsible for causing a neurodevelopmental disorder. The study, published in Nature Genetics, is a first step in finding a potential therapeutic strategy for this disorder, and it increases the number of genes known to be associated with conditions that affect how the brain functions. "The gene can now be included in genetic testing for people suspected of…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-09). Mayo Clinic first to use next generation 4D ICE imaging to help patients with structural heart disease. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Mayo Clinic recently became the first to use a next-generation 4D intracardiac echo (ICE) device in patients to guide heart procedures such as left atrial appendage closure, mitral valve repair and treatment of tricuspid valve regurgitation. The technology can also help physicians perform procedures without putting patients under general anesthesia. An echocardiogram is a noninvasive test that uses sound waves to produce detailed images of the heart's size, structure and function, as well as detailed images of…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-09). Mayo Clinic Q and A: Kidney stones and calcium. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I have trouble with kidney stones and recently found out they are calcium oxalate stones. While I have stopped consuming all dairy products, I know that I need calcium as I age for bone health. Would adding in almond milk or another type of plant milk help? How do I take care of both my kidneys and bones? ANSWER: It sounds like your concern about milk and other dairy products is that their calcium may spur…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-09). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Taking the fear out of cardiac testing. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org When it comes to the heart, it can be scary to seek care when you think you might be having a problem. Tests may be necessary to evaluate your heart, and the unfamiliar terminology associated with these tests can be confusing and intimidating. Understanding terms like electrocardiogram, echocardiogram, coronary angiogram or stress test may help alleviate the fear. "Whenever we order these tests, we don't want you to have anxiety," says Dr. Christopher DeSimone, a Mayo…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-09). Consumer Health: The importance of sunscreen, sunglasses and protective clothing for adults and children. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org July is UV Safety Month, which makes this a good time to learn more about protecting yourself and your family from the harmful effects of ultraviolet, or UV, radiation from sunlight. Exposure to UV radiation from the sun damages your skin, and increases your risk of developing skin cancer, wrinkles and age spots. Children are especially vulnerable because they tend to spend more time outdoors and can burn easily. Here are four ways you can…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-09). Mayo Clinic Q and A: Keeping your fingernails in tip-top shape. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I have noticed recently that my nails have an unusual color and shape, and I don't understand why. Although I do enjoy gardening, I don't have a job where I use my hands more than normal. I want my nails to be sturdy and healthy-looking. Can you provide some insight on how to achieve this and tips for properly taking care of my nails? ANSWER: For anyone concerned with nail health, the first step…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-09). Mayo Clinic Minute: Should you open your eyes underwater? newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org For many people, the hot summer days are often spent swimming at the pool. But even though the water is usually clear with chlorine, it doesn't mean you should be looking underwater. As reporter Jason Howland explains in this Mayo Clinic Minute, it could cause temporary damage to your eyes. Watch: The Mayo Clinic Minute youtu.be/JDEtRmoq3dg Journalists: Broadcast-quality video (0: 59) is in the downloads at the end of this post. Please courtesy: "Mayo Clinic News…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-09). Mayo Clinic Minute: Tips to pick healthier oils. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Your body needs some fat to function normally. However, not all fats are created equal, and it's wise to choose healthier options whenever possible. Angie Murad, a licensed dietitian and patient educator with the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, offers these tips for selecting cooking oils. Watch: The Mayo Clinic Minute youtu.be/LXCJR38di5E Journalists: Broadcast-quality video pkg (0: 59) is in the downloads at the end of…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-09). Mayo Clinic Minute: Fireworks and grilling safety reminders. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Fireworks, grilling and campfires are part of the summer experience. This holiday weekend, make sure you keep safety top of mind. Dr. Michael Boniface, a Mayo Clinic emergency medicine physician, explains that burn injuries from these activities go up in the summer, and these injuries often can be prevented. Watch: The Mayo Clinic Minute youtu.be/iv3wlwXYAyw Journalists: Broadcast-quality video pkg (1: 00) is in the downloads at the end of…

Sheila Hamanaka (2021-07-09). Sharon Kyle's L.A. Progressive features #MeToo Garrison Keillor: Whither Pacifica? indybay.org Sharon Kyle's for-profit L.A. Progressive is featuring #MeToo MPR reject Garrison Keillor. Is this Kyle's idea of a "New Day" for Pacifica? Vote NO in the Pacifica bylaws referendum if you don't share the #MeToo vision.

Staff (2021-07-09). Venezuelan Authorities Launch Operation to Defend Caracas Against Criminal Gangs Terrorizing the Population. orinocotribune.com As a measure against the actions that criminal gangs have carried out in the last 48 hours in various sectors of Caracas, the Minister for Internal Relations, Justice and Peace, Carmen Meléndez, announced the "deployment of a new operation to protect and safeguard our people in Caracas, specifically the parishes of La Vega, Santa Rosalía, El Paraíso, San Juan and El Valle." She also issued road restrictions for El Paraíso and its surroundings. | ‚Ä¢ Since the…

Peninsula Open Space Trust (2021-07-09). Friday 7/9: Tracking and Observing Wildlife in the SF Bay Area w/ POST. indybay.org Online webinar (FREE)…

E (2021-07-09). Stop Line 3 call for frontliners to Minnesota. indybay.org There are over 20 river crossings in the headwaters of the Mississippi river, on unceded Anishinabe land, for the Line 3 tarsands pipeline which is currently be built in northern Minnesota. Construction (destruction) is ramping up and frontliners are needed to protect these river crossings and help stop construction of the pipeline.

LaborFest (2021-07-09). Tuesday 7/6: LaborFest Poetry Speaking To Our Lives, History & Struggle. indybay.org The power of poetry in this world is growing and LaborFest hosts this reading in honor of all the people who are struggling for justice and human rights here and around the world.

Root Division (2021-07-09). Saturday 7/10: 'I Am…' 2nd Saturday Opening & Closing Receptions. indybay.org Root Division | 1131 Mission St. | San Francisco, CA 94103…

State of California Department of Justice (2021-07-09). Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans. indybay.org The institution of slavery is inextricably woven into the establishment, history, and prosperity of the United States. Constitutionally and statutorily sanctioned from 1619 to 1865, slavery deprived more than four million Africans and their descendants of life, liberty, citizenship, cultural heritage, and economic opportunity…

Angela (2021-07-09). Thursday 7/8: #SaveJerusalem Webinar & Online Action. indybay.org

Gerd Bedszent (2021-07-09). Criminal banks and criminal capitalism. indybay.org Since the 1970s, the real economy and the financial economy have been increasingly diverging. Gigantic assets vagabond around the globe, desperately looking for profitable investment opportunities and, in the absence of such opportunities, forming ever larger financial bubbles that burst every few years with a mighty bang, leaving behind legions of crying and feeling cheated investors.

Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (2021-07-09). Thursday 7/8: MAH Community Conversations: Storytelling through Murals. indybay.org Free Online Event: | www.eventbrite.com/e/mah-community-conversations-storytelling-through-murals-tickets-161363002083

WSWS repost (2021-07-09). What the growing class struggle in the US reveals about the pseudo-left. indybay.org The development of the class struggle is putting to the test political programs, tendencies and parties.

Keeping Track (2021-07-09). Repealed Law Would Have Prevented FL Condo Collapse, etc. indybay.org For 2 weeks now, we have watched this metaphor for the rotten, collapsing US economy, the Surfside, Florida condominium collapse that perhaps killed 140 people, due to obvious construction defects and lack of maintenance. It turns out this all could have been avoided if a 2008 law was not repealed in 2010 by the real estate lobby requiring reserve studies every 5 years. See www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/collapsed-florida-tower-could-have-been-repaired-faster-under-repealed-n1273310

Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (2021-07-09). Sunday 7/11: Celebramos en Comunidad: Societies Light. indybay.org Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Headquarters 18 W Lake Ave A, Watsonville, CA 95076…

repost (2021-07-09). From PIE: Last Day To Vote NO on New Day. indybay.org From Pacifica In Exile – debunking lies in the latest NewDay mass mailing to Pacifica, (which is also a violation of the Fair Campaign limitations on mailings), such as "Is the sale of the Houston building a disaster?", "Is Pacifica "union-busting" by eliminating a pension plan and some employee benefits? ", and "Did Pacifica "fail" an audit?"

anonymous (2021-07-09). Queers Vandalize Senator Scott Weiner's Beloved Castro Shithouse. indybay.org Why we attacked Wiener on July 5th… and why you should, too!

repost (2021-07-09). Why to vote No: Bylaws easy comparison. indybay.org Comparison of present bylaws with New Day proposed substitute. The New Day bylaws eliminate democratic decision making at Pacifica | See chart – click on Original Image to enlarge…

Jacob G. Hornberger (2021-07-09). Interventionism Gave Us Afghanistan and Iraq. counterpunch.org As the Pentagon and the CIA proceed apace with their withdrawal from their forever war in Afghanistan, the temptation would be to justify this forever war by pointing to the 9/11 attacks. For interventionists, including those who are now acknowledging that the forever wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were "mistakes," history begins with the 9/11

Tim Schwab (2021-07-09). Meet MacKenzie Scott, Our New Good Billionaire. thenation.com Meet MacKenzie Scott, Our New Good Billionaire…

Devin Thomas O'Shea (2021-07-09). The End of the Veiled Prophet. thenation.com The End of the Veiled Prophet…

Maya McCoy (2021-07-09). Physicians Have Duty to Confront Exploitative Industry That Employs Them. zcomm.org It is crucial for the care of patients and the movement toward health justice that physicians align as workers and witnesses; if not, we will be complicit in the structural harms we claim to stand against…

Kerry Smith (2021-07-09). Activists win positions in NSW Public Service Union. greenleft.org.au The Members Coalition team in the NSW Public Service Association has won more leadership positions on the union's federal body, the Community Public Sector Union, reports Kerry Smith.

Amanda Winstead (2021-07-09). Life imitates art: Does diversity in media have any impact on the real world. nationofchange.org Diversity in media is not just impactful, it is essential.

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