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2020-08-05: News Headlines

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-05). Iran to send 2000 humanitarian packs to Beirut. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 05 (MNA) — "2,000 packages weighing 9 tons of food, as well as medicine and medical supplies, will be sent to Lebanon by IRCS", Iranian Red Crescent Society spokesman announced.

yenisafak (2020-08-05). Turkey 'neutralized' more than 100 terrorists in July. yenisafak.com Turkish security forces "neutralized" more than 100 terrorists in July, a government official said on Wednesday.Speaking at a monthly news briefing, Turkish Interior Ministry spokesman Ismail Catakli said the country "neutralized" 105 terrorists, including 80 PKK/KCK, 23 Daesh/ISIS, two leftist terror group members.Catakli added that five of them were on the gray category of the Interior Ministry's wanted terrorists list with up to a bounty of 500,000 Turkish liras ($71,246) on each head.The wanted list is divided into five color-coded categories, with red as the most wanted, followed by blue, green, orange and g…

pip.hinman (2020-08-05). After a lifetime of discrimination older women slip into poverty. greenleft.org.au

Ramzy Baroud (2020-08-05). Apartheid or One State: Has Jordan Broken a Political Taboo? zcomm.org Since the two-state solution is no longer workable, Palestine and Israel are now left with one of two options: a protracted, racist and violent apartheid or coexistence in a modern, democratic, and secular state, for all of its people…

Arabi Souri (2020-08-05). Massive Explosion Destroys Beirut Harbor, Hundreds of Casualties. globalresearch.ca A massive explosion rocked the Lebanese capital Beirut this afternoon Tuesday 04 August 2020, the center of the explosion was in the Beirut harbor. | The Lebanese people who lived through a lengthy civil war and several confrontations with Israel and …

WSWS (2020-08-05). Massive explosion in Beirut kills dozens and injures thousands. wsws.org A deadly explosion in the port district of Beirut, Lebanon Tuesday evening flattened buildings in the immediate vicinity and sent a shock wave across the city.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-05). Iran, Afghanistan ink MoU in transit field: official. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 05 (MNA) — The Director General of Sistan and Baluchestan Ports and Maritime Department General revealed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Afghanistan's private sector in the field of transit via Chabahar Port.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-05). Survey suggests 10m infected with COVID-19 in Afghanistan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 05 (MNA) — A survey conducted by Afghanistan's Ministry of Public Health suggests that some 10 million people may have contracted the novel coronavirus disease in the country.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-05). 2,697 new COVID-19 cases registered in Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 05 (MNA) — The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has infected 2,697 people and claimed 185 lives in Iran in the past 24 hours, a senior health official said.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-05). Iran standing by Lebanon: Ghalibaf. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 05 (MNA) — Parliament Speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf said that Tehran stands by the government and nation of the Lebanon for getting through this crisis.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-05). Zarif says Iran ready to assist Lebanon after explosion. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 05 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif expressed the country's full readiness to render any necessary help to Lebanon after a massive explosion rocked the Lebanese capital of Beirut.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-05). Lebanon rejects Trump's claim over deadly blast in Beirut. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 05 (MNA) — Lebanon rejects President Trump's claims that the Tuesday's massive blast in Beirut was caused by enemy action rather than an industrial incident.

yenisafak (2020-08-05). Demilitarize Kashmir for plebiscite: Diaspora groups. yenisafak.com The Kashmiri diaspora around the world has demanded the demilitarization of Jammu and Kashmir to pave way for a plebiscite in the disputed Himalayan region.In a joint statement marking a year since India scrapped the region's special constitutional status, 56 groups representing Kashmiris living overseas vehemently condemned New Delhi's "pernicious tyranny" and "imperialist" aims."[The Indian government] has unleashed a well-designed imperialist plan that seeks to forever change the political nature of the Kashmir dispute through demographic changes, political maneuverings, and administrative machinations," read…

yenisafak (2020-08-05). Pakistani envoy calls for raising awareness on Kashmir. yenisafak.com Pakistani citizens living abroad should raise awareness about the plight of people in Jammu and Kashmir, which was annexed by India and reduced to a centrally administered territory a year ago, Pakistan's ambassador to Ankara said on Wednesday.Muhammad Syrus Sajjad Qazi's comments came at an event held in the Pakistani Embassy in Ankara where Youm-e-Istehsal, or Day of Exploitation, was marked with participation of officials, journalists and diplomatic representatives.The Pakistani administration declared Aug. 5 as Youm-e-Istehsal to protest against the Indian government's actions in Jammu and Kashmir, which Isla…

yenisafak (2020-08-05). Over 352 killed in Jammu and Kashmir in last 1 year: Report. yenisafak.com At least 352 people, including civilians and Indian soldiers, were killed in clashes and search operations across Indian-administered Kashmir in the last one year, according to a new report.The Kashmir's Statehood Abrogated — Legal Fact-Finding Report said New Delhi's Aug. 5, 2019 move, which revoked the disputed region's special status, dragged the valley into fresh violence.It said that 75 civilians and 196 militants — referred as "freedom fighters" — were killed at the hands of Indian security forces during the said period.Some 81 Indian soldiers and paramilitary personnel were also killed during clash…

yenisafak (2020-08-05). France's Macron to travel to Beirut on Thursday. yenisafak.com Macron, who spoken to Lebanese President Michel Aoun shortly after the blast, has already ordered French emergency assistance be sent to Lebanon, a country with deep historical ties to France.

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…

yenisafak (2020-08-05). Turkey: Auto sales rise 387.5% year-on-year in July. yenisafak.com Turkey's passenger car and light commercial vehicle (LCV) sales surged by 387.5% year-on-year in July, according to an industry group on Wednesday.Vehicle sales in the country totaled 87,401 last month, up from 17,927 in July 2019, the Automotive Distributors' Association (ODD) said in a statement.Some 17,974 light commercial vehicle and 69,427 passenger-car were sold in the month, rising 350.9% and 610.7% respectively year-on-year.In January-June, the automotive market also expanded 60.3% on an annual basis to 341,469.Passenger car sales posted a rise of 58.9% to 273,022, and LCV sales soared 65.8% year-on-year…

yenisafak (2020-08-05). Turkey rescues 74 asylum seekers in Aegean. yenisafak.com Turkey on Wednesday rescued 74 asylum seekers, who were pushed back by Greek forces into Turkish territorial waters, according to security sources.In a rescue operation, the Turkish Coast Guard rescued the asylum seekers, who set off for the Greek island of Lesbos, off the coast of Ayvalik district in the northwestern Turkish province of Balikesir.They were on board two rubber boats that were pushed back to Turkish territorial waters by the Greek Coast Guard, said the sources, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.Turkey has been a key transit point for asylum seekers aiming to cr…

Paul Ham (2020-08-05). Did the Atomic Bomb End the Pacific War? zcomm.org The use of the atomic weapon must be seen as a continuation and a start: the nuclear continuation of the conventional terror bombing of Japanese civilians, and the start of a new "cold war."

Andrew Korybko (2020-08-04). Armenia's Risky Tovuz Strategy Dramatically Backfired. thealtworld.com The latest clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan occurred along their shared border in Tovuz, north of Nagorno-Karabakh. Both sides blame one another but a compelling argument can be made that Armenia was the aggressor. Azerbaijan has no dispute with Armenia over this territory and has nothing to gain by destabilizing this strategy region through which important international energy pipelines and the BTK railway pass. The Mingachevir Dam is also located nearby, and if Armenia attacked it during another war, then the consequences would be disastrous for the millions of Azerbaijanis downstream. | It's actually…

MBNJSD (2020-08-04). U.S. Cold War China Policy will isolate the U.S. not China. dissidentvoice.org CODEPINK (Credit) Tensions between the United States and China are rising as the U.S. election nears, with tit-for-tat consulate closures, new U.S. sanctions and no less than three U.S. aircraft carrier strike groups prowling the seas around China. But it is the United States that has initiated each new escalation in U.S.-China relations. China's responses …

news.un (2020-08-04). Philippines: UN and partners launch major COVID-19 response plan to aid 5.4 million. news.un.org Prioritizing the safety and well-being of women and girls, the UN and partners launched on Tuesday a COVID-19 humanitarian response plan to assist some 5.4 million of the poorest and most marginalized people in the Philippines.

John Pilger (2020-08-04). John Pilger: Another Hiroshima is Coming, Unless We Stop It Now. mintpressnews.com 75 years after Hiroshima, the US is making many of the same dangerous mistakes it did in the run-up to that disastrous moment, this time, with China.

Lawrence Wittner (2020-08-04). China and the United States Could Avoid an Unnecessary War. zcomm.org Although few Americans seem to have noticed, China and the United States are currently on a collision course—one that could easily lead to war. Their dispute, which has reached the level of military confrontation, concerns control of the South China Sea. For many years, China has claimed sovereignty over 90 percent of this vast, island-studded

Cameron Hughey (2020-08-04). As fall semester approaches, students fret about their institution's safety. peoplesworld.org NEWMARKET, N.H. — Students across the nation are preparing for the most turbulent semester of their lives. Post-secondary school administrators have started rolling out their strategies to combat the surge of COVID-19 cases and prevent a public relations disaster as the result of subsequent cluster outbreaks on their campuses. While it's safe to say that …

MintPress News Desk (2020-08-04). Shadow Wars: Leaks by Mossad Point to Israeli Involvement in Deadly Attacks on Iran. mintpressnews.com The drumbeat for war with Iran seems to be intensifying as 2020 reaches its halfway point and the narrative that cyberattacks are to play an inciting role in the coming conflict is being drilled into the collective mind.

Consortium News (2020-08-04). ATOMIC BOMBINGS AT 75: Scholars speak out against 'unnecessary' attacks. mronline.org Japan was ready to surrender, making the atomic bombings of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, and Nagasaki two days later, totally unnecessary and morally indefensible, say a panel of scholars in two video discussions.

Steve Sweeney (2020-08-04). U.S. using Kurds to steal Syria's oil. peoplesworld.org Kurdish forces were accused of "aggravated theft" and stealing from the Syrian people today after the semi-autonomous region known as Rojava signed an oil deal with the U.S. last week. The move, which has been portrayed as a necessity by Kurdish officials, has been widely criticized as evidence of support for the U.S. regime-change agenda …

RT (2020-08-04). Both Israel AND Hezbollah deny devastating Lebanon blasts were a rocket attack. rt.com The Israeli Defense Force has denied responsibility for two massive explosions in Beirut that killed at least 10 people on Tuesday and injured hundreds more. Hezbollah has also denied the blasts were the result of a rocket attack. | The huge explosions took place shortly after 6pm local time in a port area of Beirut where highly explosive materials are stored, according to Lebanon's internal security chief. Local media have reported the explosion took place at a fireworks depot near the port, while Lebanese Health Minister Hamad Hassan initially said a ship carrying fireworks exploded in the port. | In a st…

RT (2020-08-04). Netanyahu calls anti-govt rallies 'BIZARRE' as he defends his son Yair's 'alien protesters' comment. rt.com Yair Netanyahu didn't mean to be offensive when he called anti-government protestors "aliens," Benjamin Netanyahu said, jumping to his son's defense. The Israeli PM added that some rallies against him have taken a "bizarre" form. | "There are also strange phenomena there, apart from on the political side, and, really, the relentless incitement against me, against my wife, against my family…" Netanyahu said of the ongoing demonstrations, which have been attended by thousands of people demanding his resignation. | I think [the protests are] a political thing which also has bizarre phenomena, and I think that's…

RT (2020-08-04). BEIRUT BLAST AFTERMATH: Parts of Lebanon's capital lay in ruins after explosions leave dozens dead & buildings destroyed (VIDEOS). rt.com Videos obtained by RT show areas around Beirut's port reduced to rubble and ruins after explosions near the city's docks destroyed nearby buildings and blew out windows more than 10 kilometers away. | Free-lance journalist Owen Holdaway sent videos from Beirut Thursday evening showing the aftermath of the blasts. "A large part of the area has been completely devastated,"

RT (2020-08-04). 'Catastrophe': Lebanese PM pleads for help as 70+ confirmed dead & thousands injured in Beirut blasts. rt.com Lebanon's health minister has confirmed over 70 deaths following explosions in the country's capital, with thousands more injured. The blasts are under investigation with early reports linking it to stored fireworks and chemicals. | Two blasts struck the port area of Beirut, with the first hitting at around 6pm local time. The second appeared much stronger, sending a huge mushroom cloud-shaped plume of smoke and debris high overhead. | Also on rt.com | | Sp…

RT (2020-08-04). Hundreds injured in Beirut explosions so powerful they turned streets into wasteland (VIDEOS). rt.com Huge explosions in the Lebanese capital Beirut have killed at least 10 people, local security and medical sources told Reuters. The blasts smashed buildings and turned the city's streets into a debris-strewn wasteland. | An explosion rang out at Beirut's port shortly after 6pm local time on Tuesday, followed immediately by another, deafening blast. The explosions obliterated buildings at the port and shattered windows several kilometers away, sending a mushroom cloud towering up into the sky. Health Minister Hamad Hassan has blamed the explosion on a fireworks accident. | As the dust settled, Hassan ordered al…

RT (2020-08-04). Ticking time bomb? Explosive stash that devastated Beirut was there since 2014, PM says, vowing to punish those responsible. rt.com As Lebanon's PM Hassan Diab picked through the rubble in his Beirut office, he promised that those responsible for a devastating warehouse explosion that destroyed much of the city would "pay the price." | A devastating explosion rocked Beirut on Tuesday evening, killing more than 70 people and injuring at least 2,700. Large swathes of the Lebanese capital were damaged by the blast, including the offices of Prime Minister Hassan Diab. | Pictures of the damage at Lebanon's PM Hassan Diab's office

RT (2020-08-04). 'Erotic mind control community has a racism problem': BLM activists go after hypnotists in latest bizarre witch hunt. rt.com As street battles between murky federal agents, Antifa and various mom'n'pop protest groups over systemic racism continue in Portland, it appears a similar, but more insidious war is underway… in the erotic mind control community. | A seemingly never-ending thread, posted to Twitter by a self-professed 30-something white woman, who is part of the ultra-niche sexual "So, I want to address something that will probably surprise no one: The…

RT (2020-08-04). Back to normality? With Covid-19 measures removed, Russian demand for cash falls to pre-crisis levels. rt.com When Russians saw the destructive potential of the Covid-19 pandemic, many rushed to the bank to take out their cash. Now, just a few months later, the demand for physical money is back to levels last seen before lockdown. | In July, about 179 billion rubles ($2.4 billion) were put into circulation — a steep drop from the whopping 700.9 billion ($9.5 billion) in March. | Banks began to experience a rapid outflow of customer funds in March after a collapse in oil prices, the Ruble exchange rate, and the first phase of Covid-19 measures. According to Russia's Central Bank, the combination of financial crisi…

RT (2020-08-04). All volunteers in Russian Covid-19 trials in good health as tests suggest new drug 'Avifavir' capable of suppressing virus. rt.com Some good news in the fight against coronavirus. A vaccine trial in Novosibirsk has reported that none of its participants have suffered side effects. Meanwhile, a new Russian medicine appears to be effective against Covid-19. | All volunteers inoculated by the Vector State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology, in the Siberian capital, are in good health, it was announced on Tuesday. Shortly afterwards. Russian medics revealed the results of the pilot part of phases two and three of clinical trials of Avifavir, a domestic favipiravir-based drug capable of suppressing the coronavirus. | Avifavir accele…

_____ (2020-08-04). Truman's 'Human Sacrifice' to Subdue Moscow. strategic-culture.org Peter KUZNICK | Sumiteru Taniguchi was one of the "lucky" ones. He lived a long and productive life. He married and fathered two healthy children who gave him four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He had a long career in Japan's postal and telegraph services. As a leader in Japan's anti-nuclear movement, he addressed thousands of audiences and hundreds of thousands of people. He traveled to at least 23 countries. The organizations in which he played a prominent role were nominated several times for the Nobel Peace Prize. | Many of the more than 250,000 who lived in Nagasaki on August 9, 1945 were not so…

Ramzy Baroud (2020-08-04). 'Optimism of the Will': Palestinian Freedom is Possible Now. counterpunch.org In a recent TV discussion, a respected pro-Palestine journalist declared that if any positive change or transformation ever occurs in the tragic Palestinian saga, it would not happen now, but that it would take a whole new generation to bring about such a paradigm shift. As innocuous as the declaration may have seemed, it troubled

Stephen Lendman (2020-08-04). "ChinaGate" in the Making: US Hostility Toward China Is Bipartisan. globalresearch.ca A key factor behind Trump regime hostility toward China is election year politics. | But what's going on largely relates to China's growing political, economic, industrial, technological, and military prominence on the world stage. | The US dominated the 20th century — …

Nicolas J S Davies (2020-08-04). China, the New Cold War Threat That Wasn't. progressive.org The United States manufactures reasons to keep military spending as high as it can be.

Jacob G. Hornberger (2020-08-04). Empire Is the Root of U.S.-China Hostilities. globalresearch.ca The biggest factor that has led the U.S. government to initiate a hostile relationship against China involves the concept of empire. An empire wants to be the only empire or at least the dominant empire. That is, it wants to …

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…

Thierry Meyssan (2020-08-04). Imperialist Iran becomes anti-imperialist 1/2. thealtworld.com The history of Iran in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries corresponds neither to the image that Westerners have of it, nor to the image that the official discourse of Iranians gives of it. Historically linked to China and for the past two centuries fascinated by the United States, Iran is struggling between the memory of its imperial past and the liberating dream of Rouhollah Khomeiny. Considering that Shiism is not only a religion, but also a political and military weapon, it hesitates between proclaiming itself the protector of the Shiites or the liberator of the oppressed. We publish a two-part study by…

MBNJSD (2020-08-04). U.S. Cold War China policy will isolate the U.S, not China. nationofchange.org The U.S. must stop pursuing its counterproductive effort to undermine China, and instead work with all our neighbors on this small planet.

Junaid S. Ahmad (2020-08-04). Reckless President Trump: Escalation of US Aggressive Posturing against China. globalresearch.ca The dramatic escalation in America's aggressive posturing was not to be unexpected. On the question of relations with Beijing, there certainly have been intra-elite battles on whether to treat China as an essential trading partner massively bolstering the US economy …

Simon Watkins (2020-08-04). Despite Official Reports, China Has Been Importing Millions of Barrels of Iranian Crude Oil. globalresearch.ca A number of high-profile reports last week cited data released on 26 July by China's General Administration of Customs (GAC) as clear evidence that China did not import any crude oil from Iran in June 'for the first time since …

WSWS (2020-08-04). ArcelorMittal lays off hundreds of steelworkers in Indiana, Ohio. wsws.org The layoffs in Indiana and Ohio are part of an ongoing global assault on steelworkers' jobs.

Thierry Meyssan (2020-08-04). L'Iran impérialiste devient anti-impérialiste 1/2. thealtworld.com

| L'histoire de l'Iran du XXème et XXIème siècles ne correspond ni à l'image que les Occidentaux en ont, ni à celle que les discours officiels des Iraniens en donnent. Historiquement lié à la Chine et depuis deux siècles fasciné par les États-Unis, l'Iran se débat entre le souvenir de son passé impérial et le rêve libérateur de Rouhollah Khomeiny. Considérant que le chiisme n'est pas qu'une religion, mais aussi une arme politique et militaire, il hésite entre se proclamer protecteur des chiites ou libérateur des opprimés. Nous publions une étude de Thierry Meyssan, en deux volets, sur l'Iran moderne.

2020-08-04: News Headlines

Andrew Korybko (2020-08-04). Armenia's Risky Tovuz Strategy Dramatically Backfired. thealtworld.com The latest clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan occurred along their shared border in Tovuz, north of Nagorno-Karabakh. Both sides blame one another but a compelling argument can be made that Armenia was the aggressor. Azerbaijan has no dispute with Armenia over this territory and has nothing to gain by destabilizing this strategy region through which important international energy pipelines and the BTK railway pass. The Mingachevir Dam is also located nearby, and if Armenia attacked it during another war, then the consequences would be disastrous for the millions of Azerbaijanis downstream. | It's actually…

MBNJSD (2020-08-04). U.S. Cold War China Policy will isolate the U.S. not China. dissidentvoice.org CODEPINK (Credit) Tensions between the United States and China are rising as the U.S. election nears, with tit-for-tat consulate closures, new U.S. sanctions and no less than three U.S. aircraft carrier strike groups prowling the seas around China. But it is the United States that has initiated each new escalation in U.S.-China relations. China's responses …

Consortium News (2020-08-04). ATOMIC BOMBINGS AT 75: Scholars speak out against 'unnecessary' attacks. mronline.org Japan was ready to surrender, making the atomic bombings of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, and Nagasaki two days later, totally unnecessary and morally indefensible, say a panel of scholars in two video discussions.

RT (2020-08-04). 'Erotic mind control community has a racism problem': BLM activists go after hypnotists in latest bizarre witch hunt. rt.com As street battles between murky federal agents, Antifa and various mom'n'pop protest groups over systemic racism continue in Portland, it appears a similar, but more insidious war is underway… in the erotic mind control community. | A seemingly never-ending thread, posted to Twitter by a self-professed 30-something white woman, who is part of the ultra-niche sexual "So, I want to address something that will probably surprise no one: The…

_____ (2020-08-04). Truman's 'Human Sacrifice' to Subdue Moscow. strategic-culture.org Peter KUZNICK | Sumiteru Taniguchi was one of the "lucky" ones. He lived a long and productive life. He married and fathered two healthy children who gave him four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He had a long career in Japan's postal and telegraph services. As a leader in Japan's anti-nuclear movement, he addressed thousands of audiences and hundreds of thousands of people. He traveled to at least 23 countries. The organizations in which he played a prominent role were nominated several times for the Nobel Peace Prize. | Many of the more than 250,000 who lived in Nagasaki on August 9, 1945 were not so…

Ramzy Baroud (2020-08-04). 'Optimism of the Will': Palestinian Freedom is Possible Now. counterpunch.org In a recent TV discussion, a respected pro-Palestine journalist declared that if any positive change or transformation ever occurs in the tragic Palestinian saga, it would not happen now, but that it would take a whole new generation to bring about such a paradigm shift. As innocuous as the declaration may have seemed, it troubled

Stephen Lendman (2020-08-04). "ChinaGate" in the Making: US Hostility Toward China Is Bipartisan. globalresearch.ca A key factor behind Trump regime hostility toward China is election year politics. | But what's going on largely relates to China's growing political, economic, industrial, technological, and military prominence on the world stage. | The US dominated the 20th century — …

Jacob G. Hornberger (2020-08-04). Empire Is the Root of U.S.-China Hostilities. globalresearch.ca The biggest factor that has led the U.S. government to initiate a hostile relationship against China involves the concept of empire. An empire wants to be the only empire or at least the dominant empire. That is, it wants to …

Junaid S. Ahmad (2020-08-04). Reckless President Trump: Escalation of US Aggressive Posturing against China. globalresearch.ca The dramatic escalation in America's aggressive posturing was not to be unexpected. On the question of relations with Beijing, there certainly have been intra-elite battles on whether to treat China as an essential trading partner massively bolstering the US economy …

Simon Watkins (2020-08-04). Despite Official Reports, China Has Been Importing Millions of Barrels of Iranian Crude Oil. globalresearch.ca A number of high-profile reports last week cited data released on 26 July by China's General Administration of Customs (GAC) as clear evidence that China did not import any crude oil from Iran in June 'for the first time since …

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…

Ali Salam (2020-08-04). Army Halts Construction Of Nine Palestinian Homes Near Salfit. imemc.org The Israeli occupation army issued, Sunday, orders halting the construction of nine Palestinian homes in Kafr ad-Deek town, west of Salfit, in central West Bank. Several army jeeps invaded the village and handed local residents the stop-work orders against the nine homes as a prelude to demolishing them, local sources …

Raul Diego (2020-08-04). New Reports Suggest Libyan Warlord Khalifa Haftar Is Working with Mossad. globalresearch.ca Reports of Israeli support for the Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar are nothing new, but as the apartheid state gains ground among Arab nations, the need to hide Mossad's role in the destabilizing of oil-rich Libya may be disappearing. | *** | The …

Ali Salam (2020-08-04). Israeli Settlers Attack Palestinians, Soldiers Set Fire to Palestinian-owned Crops. imemc.org A large group of illegal Israeli settlers, on Saturday evening, assaulted Palestinian families, north of Ramallah, in central occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Information Center reported. According to local sources, a large number of armed illegal colonists with dogs, attacked Palestinian families, including Sheikh Mohamed al-Hajj and his family in …

IMEMC News (2020-08-04). Soldiers Demolish Barns Near Bethlehem. imemc.org Israeli soldiers invaded, Tuesday, Kisan Palestinian village, east of Bethlehem south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank, and demolished several barns. The army also delivered orders for the demolition of residential sheds near Hebron. Ahmad Ghazal, the deputy mayor of Kisan, said several army vehicles and bulldozers invaded the …

IMEMC News (2020-08-04). Updated: PPS: "Israeli Soldiers Abduct Fifteen Palestinians In West Bank" imemc.org Updated: The Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers abducted, overnight until dawn hours Tuesday, fifteen Palestinians, including a young woman, during extensive and violent searches of homes across the occupied West Bank. The soldiers also shot two Palestinians in Jericho.

IMEMC News (2020-08-04). Israel Confiscates 200 Dunams Of Palestinian Lands Near Bethlehem. imemc.org The Israeli occupation authorities confiscated, Monday, 200 Dunams of Palestinian agricultural lands in Kisan village, east of Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank, in addition to issuing an order for demolishing a barn. Ahmad Ghazal, the deputy-mayor of Kisan village, stated that a large military force invaded …

BIICFHRIOT (2020-08-04). B'Tselem: "If You Build It, They Will Come" imemc.org B'Tselem — The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories: While the news is full of the plans to annex the West Bank and legalize construction in settlements — Israel is busy creating facts on the ground, as usual. Annexation or not, Israel has been demolishing homes in …

IMEMC News (2020-08-04). Israeli Colonists Burn Two Palestinian Cars Near Nablus. imemc.org Several fanatic illegal Israeli colonists infiltrated, on Tuesday at dawn, into Far'ata Palestinian village, west of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and burnt two cars in addition to writing racist graffiti. Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors Israel's illegal colonialist activities in northern West Bank, said …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-04). Israeli warplanes bomb targets in Syria. peoplesdispatch.org Israeli air force fighter jets, attack helicopters and other attack aircraft conducted airstrikes in southern Syria late on August 3, Monday. Israel claimed that the airstrikes were in retaliation to an attempted attack on Sunday along the northern Israel-Syria border in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. | The Syrian government is yet to confirm the specific locations targeted by the Israeli bombings. The official Syrian SANA news agency stated that the airstrikes caused significant material damage to Syrian government property, adding that no Syrians, civilian or military, were injured. | Syrian state media la…

IMEMC News (2020-08-04). Israel Confiscates 327 Dunams Near Bethlehem To Build Colonialist Units. imemc.org The Israeli occupation authorities have issued orders from the confiscation of 327 Dunams (80.8 Acres) of Palestinian lands to build hundreds of units in an illegal colony east of Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank. Hasan Breijiyya, the head of the Bethlehem office of the Colonization & …

WSWS (2020-08-04). Teachers protest Jordan government's closure of union and harsh crackdown. wsws.org As poverty and social unrest rise, the government has used the draconian emergency laws introduced in March to curtail democratic rights.

_____ (2020-08-04). United States Stealing Syrian Oil. popularresistance.org The Kurdish-led Autonomous Administration of Northeast Syria has signed an agreement with an American oil company, well-placed sources with close knowledge of the deal told Al-Monitor. One of the sources said the agreement to market oil in territory controlled by the US-backed entity and to develop and modernize existing fields was inked last week "with the knowledge and encouragement of the White House." The sources named the company as Delta Crescent Energy LLC, a corporation organized under the laws of the state of Delaware. The sources gave no further details about the company but would only say they had been…

_____ (2020-08-04). Washington's Campaign Against China Could Lead to War. strategic-culture.org When prominent U.S. personalities such as Secretary of State Pompeo speak critically and scornfully about leaders and other prominent figures of countries with whose policies they disagree, they ignore or even welcome the fact that such attacks are heard not only by the persons at whom they are aimed. The citizens of the country concerned are unlikely to disregard such criticism, and even if they may agree with some of it — perhaps all of it — on a purely practical or individual basis, they do not accept the premise that their countries are in the wrong because some foreign representative sounds off a…

Shane Quinn (2020-08-04). World War II: US Military Destroyed 66 Japanese Cities Before Planning to Wipe Out the Same Number of Soviet Cities. globalresearch.ca The number of Japanese cities destroyed was the exact figure that the Pentagon compiled when finalizing plans, in mid-September 1945, to eviscerate the Soviet Union. Indeed, 66 Soviet cities were earmarked to be wiped out — with 204 atomic bombs — less than 2 weeks after Japan's surrender.

Jonathan Cook (2020-08-04). Can Israelis Broaden Their Protests Beyond Netanyahu? globalresearch.ca Israel is roiling with angry street protests that local observers have warned could erupt into open civil strife — a development Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears to be encouraging. | For weeks, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv have been the scene of …

Andrew Korybko (2020-08-03). Poland's "Lublin Triangle" Will Create Lots of Trouble for Russia-Belarus Relations. globalresearch.ca Poland's ambitions to restore its long-lost Great Power status in Europe received a fresh impetus following the establishment of the so-called "Lublin Triangle" between itself, Lithuania, and Ukraine that de-facto aims to revive the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth as the core of …

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies (2020-08-03). US Cold War China Policy Will Isolate the US, Not China. commondreams.org "The sad truth is that 30 years after the supposed end of the Cold War," write Benjamin and Davies, " the U.S. military-industrial complex has failed to reimagine itself in anything but Cold War terms, and its 'New' Cold War is just a revival of the old Cold War that it spent the last three decades telling us it already won." (Image: CodePink) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/china_us_policy.jpg

Staff (2020-08-03). Headlines for August 3, 2020. democracynow.org White House's Dr. Birx Warns U.S. Has Entered New Phase in Pandemic as Death Toll Tops 155,000, Lawmakers at Standstill over Coronavirus Bill as Democratic Rep. Grijalva Goes After GOP Response, Worldwide Cases Top 18 Million as Countries Across the Globe Hit Grim New Milestones, Border Patrol Raid Arizona Humanitarian Camp for 2nd Time in 2 Days, Detain 30 Asylum Seekers, SCOTUS Rules Trump Can Move Forward with Border Wall Construction, Trump Admin to Start Charging Fees for Asylum Applications, Islamic State Claims Attack on Afghanistan Jail Which Killed At Least 29 People, Award-Winning Author Tsitsi Dangarem…

Ali Salam (2020-08-03). Israeli Army Fires Missiles Into Khan Younis. imemc.org The Israeli Air Force fired, on Monday at dawn, several missiles into areas in Khan Younis and Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, causing damage. The Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA) has reported that an Israeli drone fired at least two missiles into an area, west …

Miko Peled (2020-08-03). New Report Reveals Israel Demolishes Over 2,000 Palestinian Bedouin Homes per Year. mintpressnews.com Today Israel only allows indigenous Palestinian Bedouins to live on 12% of their ancestral homeland in the Naqab, transferring them to camps and crowded villages reminiscent of Native American reservations.

Juan Cole (2020-08-03). Iran's Khamenei: Not going to help Trump get Reelected by Negotiating. zcomm.org Khamenei said that even if Iran met all of Washington's demands, that would just encourage the insatiable American elite to start making new demands…

RT (2020-08-03). Former president Medvedev warns Russia set to make it harder for migrants to get work permits as Saudi-style system on cards. rt.com In a surprise move, Russia may tighten visa rules for foreign workers. Former President Dmitry Medvedev says the measure is being considered in response to law and order issues exposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. | He told a meeting in Moscow that the possibility of moving to the system favored in Saudi Arabia, where the employer is fully responsible for labor migrants, is being discussed. | "[The expert community] proposes changing the order of entry for migrant workers to Russia," Medvedev explained, the TASS news agency reported. "This means giving such permission to a foreign citizen only in the case of an u…

Vijay Prashad (2020-08-03). Trade and tensions between the U.S. and China. mronline.org The Donald Trump administration uses every mechanism to cut China out of the global supply chain, but nothing seems to be working as a resolute China is unwilling to back down and dismantle its technological gains.

Quell Nessuno (2020-08-03). Record-breaking heat waves: Urgent alert to need for socialism — a WW commentary. workers.org As Muslim worshippers prepared for the holiday of Eid al-Adha during the last days of July, the Middle East was rocked by record-breaking heat waves. In Baghdad, the mercury rose to over 125‚Å∞F, the highest temperature ever measured in the Iraqi capital. These heat waves are not an extreme, unpredictable . . . |

RT (2020-08-03). 'Stop politicizing economy': Beijing blasts US for threatening to ban TikTok & other Chinese apps. rt.com Threatening to restrict Chinese apps on groundless claims that they're feeding data on Americans to the government in Beijing only exposes Washington's hypocrisy, China's Foreign Ministry said. | Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin has called on the US to "provide an open, fair, just, and non-discriminatory environment for market entities of other countries to invest and operate in the US." | Stop politicizing trade and economic issues, and stop promoting discrimination and policies of exclusion through abusing the concept of national security. | Washington has been threatening TikTok and other Chinese software co…

RT (2020-08-03). France won't ratify extradition treaty with Hong Kong, Foreign Ministry says. rt.com Paris has decided not to ratify an extradition agreement with Hong Kong after China's central government in Beijing imposed a new national security law on the city. "In light of the latest developments, France won't proceed with the ratification" of the 2017 extradition agreement with Hong Kong "as it stands," AP quoted the French Foreign Ministry's spokesperson as saying in a written statement on Monday. | Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the US suspended their extradition treaties with Hong Kong last month amid fears that the central Chinese government was infringing on the city's freedoms and loca…

RT (2020-08-03). Netanyahu's son calls Israeli protesters 'aliens,' says daddy laughs at them. rt.com Thousands of Israelis who have been protesting against Benjamin Netanyahu are "aliens" who make the embattled prime minister laugh, his son, Yair Netanyahu, told a local radio station. | During his appearance on Galey Israel Radio on Monday, Netanyahu Jr was asked if he and his father had watched clips of the large-scale rallies demanding the PM's resignation. | "I let him see select parts," Yair

RT (2020-08-03). Israel strikes Syrian military targets near Damascus, IDF calls it 'response' to failed border attack. rt.com Israeli jets bombed several Syrian military sites south of Damascus late on Monday, the IDF has confirmed, saying that the attack had been launched in response to the attempted planting of a bomb in the Golan Heights. | The airstrike took place in the countryside southwest of Damascus, SANA news agency reported, describing explosions being heard in the city. | The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) then said in a statement the attack was a response to an attempted provocation on the Syrian-Israeli border, targeting a fence in the occupied Golan Heights. | The IDF said the strike targeted Syrian army's observation pos…

RT (2020-08-03). Russia could produce MILLIONS of Covid-19 vaccines every single month by 2021 — Trade & Industry Minister. rt.com Production of Russia's homegrown coronavirus vaccine is due to begin in September, and by the start of 2021, the country could be creating several million doses a month. That's according to Russia's Minister of Trade and Industry. | Denis Manturov told news agency TASS that the vaccine will be produced in three Russian regions – Vladimir, Yaroslavl and Moscow Oblast – with a view to a widespread immunization campaign starting in October. | Moscow's Gamalei Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, which led the research of the domestic drug, has partnered with companies Generium, R-Pharm, and Binnopharm, wit…

RT (2020-08-03). Putin signs law legalizing Bitcoin & other cryptocurrencies, lifting them out of Russian legal 'grey-zone'. rt.com Digital financial assets, including cryptocurrencies, will be permitted to —Åirculate legally in Russia soon, but if you're planning to go shopping with bitcoin, or other variants, forget it. They won't be legal tender. | According to the new rules, due to come into force in January 2021, Russian citizens will be allowed to buy and sell bitcoin and other digital denominations. Until now, various cryptocurrencies have been in a "grey zone," as the state did not recognize their existence, but no penalties for mining or buying them existed either. | The law signed by President Vladimir Putin on Friday…

RT (2020-08-03). Singapore to tag visitors with electronic monitoring devices to ensure Covid-19 quarantine compliance. rt.com New arrivals to Singapore won't necessarily have to quarantine at a government facility during the pandemic — some, including residents, will receive an electronic monitoring device that will alert authorities if they leave home. | Singapore announced on Monday that it will track incoming travelers coming from a select group of countries — including residents and citizens — with electronic monitoring devices, starting on August 11. | Authorities framed the trackers as a positive for travelers, noting they would allow recipients to self-isolate at home instead of quarantining in a government fac…

Global Research News (2020-08-03). Selected Articles: The Anti-China Rhetoric. globalresearch.ca By The implications of the pandemic for US-China relations are relevant for global peace and prosperity, well beyond the Asia-Pacific. Rather than joining forces …

Ramzy Baroud (2020-08-03). Human Rights Defenders: Palestinian Eyewitness Testimony of the Execution of Abdul Fattah al-Sharif by Israeli Soldier, Elor Azaria. counterpunch.org As illegal Jewish settlers increase their attacks on Palestinian civilians in the occupied city of Al Khalil (Hebron), the people of the Palestinian city continue to mount a campaign of popular resistance. One of the channels of resistance is Human Rights Defenders, "a grass-roots, non-partisan Palestinian organization, working to support nonviolent popular resistance through popular

WSWS (2020-08-03). Vote for SEP candidates in the Sri Lankan national elections! Fight for a workers' and peasants' government and socialist internationalism! wsws.org The SEP is the only party in the elections advancing an international socialist program to fight the crisis created by COVID-19, defend democratic rights and oppose imperialist war.

Stephen Lendman (2020-08-03). Escalating Trump Regime Cold War on China. globalresearch.ca Until unparalleled US economic collapse occurred this year, Trump's reelection campaign likely planned to focus on the twin pillars of economic growth and rising equity market valuations. | Since January, the latter disconnected from collapse of the former. | Since early 2020, …

Paul Dobson (2020-08-03). Blacklisted Iranian Consortium Defies US to Open Caracas Superstore. venezuelanalysis.com Venezuelan and Iranian officials claim the commercial deal is part of a "win-win" relationship between the sanctioned countries.

Dr. Giulio Pugliese (2020-08-03). COVID-19 and the Reification of the US-China "Cold War" globalresearch.ca Abstract | The implications of the pandemic for US-China relations are relevant for global peace and prosperity, well beyond the Asia-Pacific. Rather than joining forces against the pandemic, COVID-19 is among the factors that have widened the rift between the United …

Matthew Ehret-Kump (2020-08-03). The Spirit of Apollo-Soyuz Is Alive… With the Russia/China Space Alliance. globalresearch.ca Forty five years ago, Cold Warriors in the Pentagon and CIA shook their fists angrily at the stars- and for good reason. | On July 17, 1975 the first international handshake was occurring in space between Russian Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov and …

WSWS (2020-08-03). White House engineering a takeover of TikTok by Microsoft. wsws.org Under the White House's direction, Microsoft is preparing to acquire the video-sharing app TikTok in a forced-divestiture from its China-based company ByteDance.