2018-08-12: News Headlines

teleSUR/jc-CM (2018-08-12). Uruguay's Mujica: Fight for Democracy is a Fight 'for Civilization'. telesurtv.net "Fighting for democracy is not only to fight to vote from time to time and choose a ruler," said former Uruguayan President Jose Mujica.

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-08-12). Progressive Democrat Mike Siegel Challenges Wealthy Right-Wing Rep. Mike McCaul in Texas. therealnews.com We speak to Austin City attorney Mike Siegel, who took Texas to court to stop the "anti-immigrant" show me your papers law. He is running a strong campaign against Republican incumbent Mike McCaul in 10th Congressional district

Robert Reich (2018-08-12). The Biggest Threat to Our Democracy That You Haven't Heard Of. truthdig.com There is a very real possibility of a rogue Constitutional convention—empowering extremists to radically reshape the Constitution, our laws, and our country.

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-08-12). Watch: Rev. Al Sharpton Corners Confederate-Loving Senate Candidate Who Calls Him a 'Race-Hustler'. alternet.org "Do you consider yourself the candidate for white nationalists in the state of Virginia? " Sharpton asked. | Corey Stewart, the Virginia Republican nominee for Senate who once praised southern succession, on Sunday spoke with Reverend Al Sharpton on MSNBC's "Politics Nation" — and repeatedly deflected when asked. . .

Catherine Shakdam (2018-08-12). Nuclear Deal: Is The MEK Playing Into Anti-Iranian Sentiments? iranian.com Speaking at the Ronald Reagan Library in July, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a scathing critique of Iran and its policies — a knee-jerk reaction, one could argue, to Washington's debacle in both Iraq and Syria. If America's distaste for the Islamic Republic has always run deep, Washington's grandstanding on national security and […]

Sputnik News (2018-08-12). Iran To Receive Second Batch Of Enriched Uranium For Tehran Nuclear Reactor. iranian.com Iran will soon receive a second batch of 20 percent-enriched uranium which has been kept in Russia under the nuclear deal and now will be used at the Tehran nuclear reactor, Behrouz Kamalvandi, the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization spokesman, said on Saturday. [dropcap]U[/dropcap]nder the Iran nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) […]

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-08-12). Facebook Taps Militarist Think Tank Atlantic Council to Police its Content (Pt 1/2). therealnews.com From Alex Jones to alleged Russian trolls, major internet companies are increasingly policing content on their platforms. Max Blumenthal of the Grayzone Project says the partnership between Facebook and the Atlantic Council highlights "the merger of the national security state and Silicon Valley."

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-08-12). Russiagate Frenzy Targets Leftist Sites (Pt 2/2). therealnews.com Russiagate has deepened the partnership between Washington and Silicon Valley, and leftist websites are among the first casualties. After falsely accusing an anti-white supremacist rally event page of being a fake, Facebook shut down the page of VenezuelaAnalysis.com for several hours without explanation. We speak to VA founder and TRNN host Greg Wilpert, as well…

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2018-08-12). Russia, China Nearing Alliance Conditions. iranian.com The Chinese Communist Party Politburo member Yang Jiechi is visiting Moscow on August 14-17 at the invitation of the secretary of the Russian national security council, Nikolai Patrushev to participate in the 14th round of Russian-Chinese consultations on strategic stability. The forthcoming event in Moscow will be closely watched since the two countries are fast nearing a situation […]

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-08-11). Can Maryland be at the forefront of Third Party Organizing? therealnews.com Executive Producer Eddie Conway speaks with Andy Ellis, Green Party Candidate for State Delegate MD-45, who argues that some of the most popular ideas in the post-Bernie Sanders era emanate from Green Party organizing

Ryan Grim (2018-08-11). Tom Carper Agrees to Debate Kerri Harris as Reinforcements Arrive for Insurgent Challenger. theintercept.com Delaware Senator Tom Carper has agreed to debate his Democratic challenger, Kerri Evelyn Harris, as the primary contest has heated up. | With most primaries across the country over, attention is now shifting to the remaining few challenges playing out, with a marquee race in Delaware that pits Carper, who has been in statewide elected office since the 1970s, against Harris, who was born three years after Carper first took office. | It will be Carper's first primary debate in a generation, and comes as reinforcements are arriving from Michigan and elsewhere around the country. Claire Sandberg, who was deputy campaign manager for Abdul El-Sayed's gubernatorial campaign and was a key digital player on the campaign of Bernie Sanders, is teaming up with Harris, as is Winnie Wong, founder of People for Bernie. | Sandberg and Wong will join Alexandra Rojas and…

Staff (2018-08-11). Facing Indictment, GOP Rep. Chris Collins Won't Seek Re-Election. truthdig.com The New York congressman says he will fill out his term but retracts his earlier vow to stay on the ballot. He faces charges of insider trading involving a biotechnology company.

Consortiumnews.com (2018-08-11). Election Results Could be Good for Pakistan, Bad for US. consortiumnews.com The election of Imran Khan as Pakistan's new president further underscores America's futile military strategy in the region, argues Graham Fuller. By Graham Fuller A bold new political face has come to power in the recent Pakistani elections, possibly offering… Read more →

Mojmir Babacek (2018-08-11). Psychotronic and Electromagnetic Weapons: Remote Control of the Human Nervous System. globalresearch.ca This article was originally published on January 31, 2013. | In March 2012 the Russian defense minister Anatoli Serdjukov said: "The development of weaponry based on new physics principles; direct-energy weapons, geophysical …

RT (2018-08-11). Virginia GOP senate candidate relieved Michigan didn't vote for 'far left ISIS commie' for governor. rt.com Michigan nearly elected an ISIS-loving communist as its next governor, according to a GOP senate candidate, who offered up his illuminating analysis after a liberal Muslim lost the state's Democratic gubernatorial primary.

RT (2018-08-11). 'Spineless': Furious democrats denounce DNC vote to reverse ban on fossil fuel donations. rt.com The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has overwhelmingly elected to backtrack on its ban on donations from fossil fuel companies, just two months after the committee prohibited the donations, by unanimous vote.

RT (2018-08-11). Here we go again! US lawmaker says he was told Moscow played role in Charlottesville riots. rt.com A lot has happened on the one-year anniversary of the Charlottesville riots. Donald Trump has said he condemns racism, his critics have criticized him and, true to form, someone in Washington found a way to blame the Russians.

wsws.org (2018-08-11). Missouri referendum vote kills "right-to-work" law. wsws.org The more than two-to-one margin of the vote surprised union officials and shocked the Republican right.

Jimmy Tobias (2018-08-10). These Democratic Socialists Aren't Just Targeting Incumbent Politicians. thenation.com These Democratic Socialists Aren't Just Targeting Incumbent Politicians appeared first on The Nation.

RT (2018-08-10). Ocasio-Cortez v Ben Shapiro: Dem candidate refuses 'catcalling' debate offer. rt.com Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has declined Ben Shapiro's challenge to debate him for $10,000, likening the conservative host's offer to catcalling.

Ted Rall (2018-08-10). Corporate Democrats Would Rather Lose Than Include Progressives. counterpunch.org When 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez upset a ten-term incumbent congressman in Queens, New York in a set of Democratic primaries that saw self-proclaimed democratic socialists in the Bernie Sanders mold pick up seats across the country, The New York Times (which, true to its institutional establishmentarianism, didn't bother to cover her campaign) predicted that her victory More

Zaid Jilani (2018-08-10). Democrats Complain About Green Party "Spoilers," but Few in Congress Back a Solution: Ranked-Choice Voting. theintercept.com Recent Midwestern election results have generated criticism of so-called spoiler candidates. A bill in the House could help, but only five in Congress have signed on.

Robert Fantina (2018-08-10). Pity the Democrats and Republicans. counterpunch.org It is a rare occasion when one can only pity both the Republican and Democratic Parties. The GOP (Generally Opposed to Progress) has hitched its rather dilapidated wagon to a racist, sexist, narcissistic man-child of a star who has only the most tenuous grasp on reality. But it is not them we are here to More

PW Readers (2018-08-10). The latest Letters to the Editor. peoplesworld.org Cut the hyperbole Re: A people's diplomacy for a dangerous world Please edit this article to cut out the hyperbole. The Republican Party is the most dangerous party in history? Please. What about the Nazi Party, the Italian fascists, the Spanish fascists, not to mention the Democrats prior to the U.S…

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-08-10). Here Are 5 Important Issues Voters Are Likely to Be Furious About in November. alternet.org There's a lot to be mad about under this administration. | Although President Donald Trump has been boasting that Republicans will be increasing their majority in both the U. S. Senate and the U. S. House of Representatives in the November midterms, not all Republicans share his optimism. Former Florida Rep. David Jolly and GOP strategists Alex Castellanos and Rick Tyler have been asserting that Democrats are likely to Democracy Now! (2018-08-10). Headlines for August 10, 2018. democracynow.org Puerto Rican Government Admits At Least 1,427 People Died After Hurricane Maria, Judge Threatens to Hold Sessions in Contempt of Court over Asylum Seekers' Deportation, Trump Admin Has Still Not Reunited 559 Separated Children with Their Parents, Trump Travel Ban Preventing Iranian Woman from Seeking Life-Saving Treatment in U.S., Melania Trump's Parents Become U.S. Citizens Through Process Trump Wants to Eliminate, Fox's Laura Ingraham Faces Backlash After Going on Racist Tirade, Pence Calls for Military Space Force to Maintain "American Supremacy" in Outer Space, New Details Emerge About U.S.-Backed Bombing of…

Ryan Grim (2018-08-10). How Bad Are Things for the GOP? A Democratic House Candidate Got 30,000 Write-In Votes in Michigan. theintercept.com Matt Morgan will face off against Republican incumbent Rep. Jack Bergman in the November election in Michigan's 1st Congressional District.

Elliott Gabriel (2018-08-10). As Denuclearization Talks Stagnate, North Korea's Foreign Minister Heads To Iran. iranian.com Pyongyang may be realizing the lessons it can learn from the fate of the JCPOA, namely that any ground ceded by Washington may well be a tactical retreat that doesn't veer from a strategy steeped in hostile intent. [dropcap]I[/dropcap]ran welcomed the Foreign Minister of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK, as North Korea is […]

Democracy Now! (2018-08-10). "All for One": U.S. and Russian Filmmakers with Disabilities Collaborate in Powerful New Documentary. democracynow.org While tensions between the U.S. and Russia continue to heat up, one group of filmmakers has found a way to strengthen ties between the two countries through a common bond: their disabilities. A new film premiering tonight in New York follows the Media Enabled Musketeers, American and Russian filmmakers with disabilities, as they make original films to tell their stories. "All For One" tells the story of 35 Russians and 13 Americans who collaborated to create films about everyday issues to empower themselves, educate the public and provide more opportunities for people with disabilities. These include films about…

Jeff Bryant (2018-08-10). Scott Walker's Gubernatorial Opponent Will be the Democrat Who Embraces Public Education. progressive.org Tony Evers leads in polls among the slew of Democratic candidates vying to take on Walker. But is he pro-public school enough to win?

Democracy Now! (2018-08-10). Meet Gustavo Petro, Colombian Former Guerilla & Leftist Who Mounted Historic Campaign for Presidency. democracynow.org In Colombia, right-wing politician Iván Duque has been sworn in as Colombia's new president. Duque was hand-picked by former right-wing President àÅlvaro Uribe and has vowed to roll back key parts of Colombia's landmark peace deal with FARC rebels. Just before Duque's inauguration, Democracy Now! spoke to Gustavo Petro, who placed second in this year's presidential race, receiving 8 million votes in his attempt to become Colombia's first leftist president. In the 1980s Petro was jailed and tortured for being a member of the M-19 guerrilla movement. He later went on to lead efforts in Colombia's Congress to…

Mark Sumner, Daily Kos (2018-08-10). Roger Stone Aide Faces Contempt Charges After Refusing Grand Jury Subpoena in Mueller Probe. alternet.org He could be sent to jail until he agrees to testify. | The Washington Post reports that Andrew Miller, a longtime aide to Trump adviser Roger Stone, has refused to appear before the grand jury serving in the special counsel investigation of the 2016 election. Miller went to court rather than appear when first called. . .

Melvin Goodman (2018-08-10). The CIA's Double Standard Revisited. counterpunch.org The Central Intelligence Agency has practiced a double standard for many years. Former CIA director David Petraeus escaped a jail sentence despite providing eight notebooks of highly classified information, including names of covert operatives, to his biographer-mistress. Conversely, Reality Winner, a former Air Force linguist, has been in jail for the past year, awaiting sentencing for leaking a classified report about Russian interference in the 2016 elections. Everyone in the United States is talking about Russian interference in the U.S. elections. Andrew Levine (2018-08-10). No Attack on Iran, Yet. counterpunch.org American elites have long had it in for the Islamic Republic. They have many reasons, but high on the list is a point of honor: years after it happened, they still want payback for "the hostage crisis," the government supported humiliation that revolutionary Iranian students inflicted upon the American Empire in the final 444 days of the Carter administration. Nearly everything disappears down the memory hole in "the United States of Amnesia" — except affronts to American authority, which are never forgotten. More

PCKC (2018-08-10). Economic Reforms and Workers' Rights in the People's Republic of China. globalresearch.ca China's economic reforms started exactly forty years ago. Labour scholars today are debating the extent to which labour relations and the labour movement in China have changed, and where they may …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-08-10). Is Turkey Sleeping with the Enemy? The Russia -Turkey -Iran "Triple Entente" globalresearch.ca While US-Turkey military cooperation (including US air force bases in Turkey) dates back to the Cold War, Turkey is sleeping with both Iran and Russia. Trump's response takes the form of both military threats and economic sanctions coupled with financial manipulation of foreign exchange markets directed against Turkey's Lira.

Zero Hedge (2018-08-10). Economic Warfare against Russia: Moscow Condemns New "Draconian" Sanctions, Weighs Banning Rocket Engines to US. globalresearch.ca A furious Russia condemned a new round of U.S. sanctions as "draconian" on Thursday and threatened to retaliate as news of the measures sent the ruble tumbling to two-year lows and …

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-08-10). New US Sanctions on Russia and Iran Raise Tensions, May Backfire. therealnews.com The US has imposed a new round of sanctions on Russia over the Skripal poisoning in Britain, despite the absence to date of evidence. This follows the reimposition of Iran sanctions following Trump's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. The sanctions will further bleed the targeted countries, but could they backfire? We speak to journalist…

Andrew Korybko (2018-08-10). Russia-Pakistan Relations: Towards a Strategic Partnership? globalresearch.ca Russia and Pakistan are well on the their way to reaching a strategic partnership with one another in light of four very high-profile events from the past two weeks, and sticking …

Elliott Gabriel (2018-08-10). Torrent of New US Sanctions on Russia Reflect GOP Midterm Concerns, Helsinki Fallout. mintpressnews.com With their sanctions "diplomacy," U.S. officials are succeeding thus far only in frustrating global players who find the space to do business in heavily sanctioned countries like Iran, Russia, and Venezuela increasingly hemmed in by the domineering politicians in Washington.

Prof. Patrick Bond (2018-08-10). BRICS Leaders Are Reinforcing, Not Replacing, the Global System of Power. globalresearch.ca Can the Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) bloc rise to the occasion, as Donald Trump jerks Western imperialism out of traditional alignments? With war-talk against Iran blowing through Trump's tweets, and with Washington's …

Pavel Kozhevnikov (2018-08-10). Cold War in the Sauna: Notes From a Russian American. counterpunch.org I had just finished exercising and went to the sauna. The gym I go to is a modern facility with new equipment and is very popular in our city. My favorite parts are the sauna and the steamer. Both remind me of my old country — Russia. Though, to be politically and geographically correct — I never lived in Russia: I was born and raised in one of More

Andrew Korybko (2018-08-10). Trump's "Space Force" Is About to Take Off in a Huge Way. Strategic Threat to Russia and China. globalresearch.ca Popularly derided by critics from the Mainstream and Alternative Medias as a delusional dream of a megalomaniac president, Trump's Space Force is actually an initiative to be reckoned with and poses …

Stephen Lendman (2018-08-10). Economic Warfare: New Trump Regime Sanctions on Russia. globalresearch.ca Illegally imposed sanctions by one country on others is war by other means. If too harsh, they can be as devastating as conflict between standing armies. | Washington is waging economic and …

RT (2018-08-10). Give Pelosi a (4th) chance, Trump urges Democrats. rt.com President Donald Trump is trolling the opposition Democrats, urging them to continue supporting House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California), who is "trying very hard" even though her ideas and policies "may be bad."

wsws.org (2018-08-10). Arrest of Republican congressman on corruption charges heightens political conflict in Washington. wsws.org The prosecution of Chris Collins is a political shot by the US intelligence agencies across Trump's bow.

wsws.org (2018-08-10). Teamsters for a Democratic Union-linked Facebook page censors Amazon worker's video calling for a united struggle with UPS workers. wsws.org The Teamsters for a Democratic Union, a dissident faction of the union apparatus, is terrified of Amazon and UPS workers linking up in a common struggle.

RT (2018-08-10). Democratic congressman 'jokingly' wishes GOP Senate candidate would jump off a bridge. rt.com Rep. Steve Cohen, a Tennessee Democrat, told a gathering that he hoped Donald Trump — the "big orange president" — would tell GOP senate hopeful Marsha Blackburn to jump off a bridge, expressing confidence that she would comply.

wsws.org (2018-08-10). New round of US sanctions against Russia. wsws.org Russian commentators have warned of a full-scale economic war between Russia and the US.

RT (2018-08-10). The Russians are coming… to hit Florida's midterms, Democratic senator claims. rt.com Florida election officials say they have "zero information" about a threat of Russian hacking in the midterm election, after Senator Bill Nelson claimed the Ruskies have already penetrated the election systems of some counties.

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