Monthly Archives: August 2021

2021-08-29: News Headlines

New Atlas (2021-08-29). Afghanistan: Chinese Reconstruction vs. US Sanctions. newatlas.report August 29, 2021 (Brian Berletic — NEO) — Beijing now has a key opportunity to demonstrate the stark contrast between its brand of foreign policy and Washington's through its own plan to aid in the reconstruction of Afghanistan. A Global Times piece titled, "China to offer 'genuine' aid in Afghanistan's economic reconstruction amid chaotic transition," in title …

Simon Butler (2021-08-29). The Red Deal to save Earth. greenleft.org.au The primary inspiration for The Red Deal was the People's Agreement of Cochabamba, adopted at the World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in 2010, writes Simon Butler.

Bob Moses (2021-08-29). Returning to 'Normal' in Education is Not Good Enough. zcomm.org The nation needs a federal civil rights bill for education, one that opens up the funding and policies needed to assure full access for all students…

Anonymous669 (2021-08-28). US-led Coalition, SDF To From New Arab Tribal Force In Northeastern Syria. southfront.org Illustrative image by: sdf-press.com | The US-led coalition and its proxy, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), are forming a new tribal force in northeastern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on August 28. | According to the London-based monitoring group, the new force, which will be called "Liwa al-Faz'ah" [the Rescue Brigade], will be tasked with guarding northeastern Syria's border with Iraq from ISIS. Recently, the terrorist group's cells have been fairly active in the border area. | Liw…

Anand Naidoo (2021-08-28). The Heat: Latest on Kabul airport bombing + Huawei executive detained 1,000+ days in Canada. america.cgtn.com Fear and desperation in Afghanistan following this week's terror attack at the airport in Kabul. And after one-thousand days in Canadian custody, is a top Huawei executive any closer to being released?

Pip Hinman (2021-08-28). Campaign secures release of last family from Darwin detention. greenleft.org.au After a heroic effort by the Darwin community, the last family of refugees was freed from unjust detention. But they are not stopping there. Pip Hinman reports.

_____ (2021-08-28). 58 Years After Historic Rally, Thousands March on Washington for Voting Rights, DC Statehood. commondreams.org The Pentagon reported that Friday's drone strike killed two ISIS-K targets, while an elder in Jalalabad said several civilians had been kiiled.

Daniela Jimenez (2021-08-28). Commercial Flights Between US and Venezuela to Resume? (Illegal Sanctions). orinocotribune.com There have been many speculations on the possible renewal of certain bilateral relations between the United States and Venezuela; and now there have been some new statements. There is a probability of the reactivation of commercial flight routes for Venezuelan airlines to the United States, and the lifting of sanctions that prohibit US airlines from engaging in direct flights to Venezuela. | In March 2019, American Airlines had indefinitely suspended its flights to Venezuela due to prohibitions imposed by the US government and its unilateral coercive measures. | Donald Trump's administration also illegally sancti…

Roger Harris (2021-08-28). Venezuelan Diplomat Alex Saab Fights Latest US Extradition Maneuvers. orinocotribune.com By Roger D. Harris — Aug 27, 2021 | Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab remains defiant after over 14 months under US-ordered arrest in the African archipelago country of Cabo Verde. A special envoy of the Venezuelan government, he is fighting extradition to the US for the "crime" of trying to procure humanitarian supplies of food, fuel, and medicine from Iran in violation of illegal US sanctions. To date, Saab's legal appeals for freedom have been either denied, rejected, or ignored as his extradition to the US is becoming increasingly imminent. | The legal case | Saab continues to fight this flagrant attempt of…

Prabir Purkayastha (2021-08-28). Chip wars or the crisis of late capitalism? mronline.org If the U.S. wants to be a world leader, it has to match China in investing in knowledge generation for future technology. Why then is the U.S. taking the sanctions route? Sanctions are simpler to implement; building a society that values knowledge is much more difficult. This is the crisis of late capitalism.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-08-28). Fear in Bolivia over potential escape of Jeanine àÅñez. peoplesdispatch.org àÅñez is responsible for the massacre of 37 people in Sacaba and Senkata and the persecution and torture of hundreds of other people was arrested in March this year.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-08-28). Brazil: On the Road to Dictatorship? libya360.wordpress.com Frei Betto The military has published 13 manifestos in favor of Bolsonaro in the last two weeks. Where there is smoke, there is fire, goes the popular saying. Most Brazilians and world public opinion know that Brazil is governed by a man of fascist convictions. Bolsonaro always praises the torturers of the military dictatorship implanted…

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2021-08-28: News Headlines

Anand Naidoo (2021-08-28). The Heat: Latest on Kabul airport bombing + Huawei executive detained 1,000+ days in Canada. america.cgtn.com Fear and desperation in Afghanistan following this week's terror attack at the airport in Kabul. And after one-thousand days in Canadian custody, is a top Huawei executive any closer to being released?

Anonymous669 (2021-08-28). US-led Coalition, SDF To From New Arab Tribal Force In Northeastern Syria. southfront.org Illustrative image by: sdf-press.com | The US-led coalition and its proxy, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), are forming a new tribal force in northeastern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on August 28. | According to the London-based monitoring group, the new force, which will be called "Liwa al-Faz'ah" [the Rescue Brigade], will be tasked with guarding northeastern Syria's border with Iraq from ISIS. Recently, the terrorist group's cells have been fairly active in the border area. | Liw…

Pip Hinman (2021-08-28). Campaign secures release of last family from Darwin detention. greenleft.org.au After a heroic effort by the Darwin community, the last family of refugees was freed from unjust detention. But they are not stopping there. Pip Hinman reports.

Daniela Jimenez (2021-08-28). Commercial Flights Between US and Venezuela to Resume? (Illegal Sanctions). orinocotribune.com There have been many speculations on the possible renewal of certain bilateral relations between the United States and Venezuela; and now there have been some new statements. There is a probability of the reactivation of commercial flight routes for Venezuelan airlines to the United States, and the lifting of sanctions that prohibit US airlines from engaging in direct flights to Venezuela. | In March 2019, American Airlines had indefinitely suspended its flights to Venezuela due to prohibitions imposed by the US government and its unilateral coercive measures. | Donald Trump's administration also illegally sancti…

Prabir Purkayastha (2021-08-28). Chip wars or the crisis of late capitalism? mronline.org If the U.S. wants to be a world leader, it has to match China in investing in knowledge generation for future technology. Why then is the U.S. taking the sanctions route? Sanctions are simpler to implement; building a society that values knowledge is much more difficult. This is the crisis of late capitalism.

Roger Harris (2021-08-28). Venezuelan Diplomat Alex Saab Fights Latest US Extradition Maneuvers. orinocotribune.com By Roger D. Harris — Aug 27, 2021 | Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab remains defiant after over 14 months under US-ordered arrest in the African archipelago country of Cabo Verde. A special envoy of the Venezuelan government, he is fighting extradition to the US for the "crime" of trying to procure humanitarian supplies of food, fuel, and medicine from Iran in violation of illegal US sanctions. To date, Saab's legal appeals for freedom have been either denied, rejected, or ignored as his extradition to the US is becoming increasingly imminent. | The legal case | Saab continues to fight this flagrant attempt of…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-08-28). Fear in Bolivia over potential escape of Jeanine àÅñez. peoplesdispatch.org àÅñez is responsible for the massacre of 37 people in Sacaba and Senkata and the persecution and torture of hundreds of other people was arrested in March this year.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-08-28). Brazil: On the Road to Dictatorship? libya360.wordpress.com Frei Betto The military has published 13 manifestos in favor of Bolsonaro in the last two weeks. Where there is smoke, there is fire, goes the popular saying. Most Brazilians and world public opinion know that Brazil is governed by a man of fascist convictions. Bolsonaro always praises the torturers of the military dictatorship implanted…

_____ (2021-08-27). Pro-Palestine Activists Rally Against Israeli Prime Minister Visit. popularresistance.org Washington D.C. – Dozens of pro-Palestinian demonstrators rallied near the White House on Thursday to denounce a visit by Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to Washington. | Protesters rallied near the White House lawn to call for an end to US military and diplomatic support for Israel, citing Israel's human rights violations against Palestinians. | US President Joe Biden was set to meet Bennett at 15: 30 GMT, but the talks were moved to Friday following developments in Kabul where two suicide bombers killed and wounded scores of Afghans who had amassed outside Kabul airport. | Shortly before departing Israel…

Binoy Kampmark (2021-08-27). The Neocons Speak: Afghanistan as Political Real Estate. dissidentvoice.org When the tears dry, it is worth considering why there is so much upset about the fall of Kabul (or reconquest) by the Taliban and the messy withdrawal of US-led forces. A large shield is employed: women, rights of the subject, education. Remove the shield, and we are left with a simple equation of power …

Dan Beeton (2021-08-27). New Report on Human Rights Violations in Bolivia in 2019 Sheds Light on the Role of the OAS. cepr.net On August 17, the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI in Spanish) released its report on human rights violations committed in the context of the 2019 coup d'état that overthrew President Evo Morales and installed the de facto government of Jeanine àÅñez in Bolivia. The 468-page report, based on eight months of research, sheds light …

Sahand Yazdanyar (2021-08-27). Biden says he's prioritizing Human Rights, but is welcoming an Israeli Prime Minister who boasts about War Crimes. juancole.com ( Otherwords.org ) — Biden can't say he's putting human rights first and then welcome a prime minister who boasts about war crimes to the White House. By Sahand Yazdanyar | August 25, 2021 In April 1996, Israeli artillery shells rained down on a United Nations compound where hundreds of civilians were taking refuge. As …

_____ (2021-08-27). Biden Urged to Push Israeli PM to End 'Systematic Human Rights Abuses'. commondreams.org Insurance companies' opposition to comprehensive coverage, said one lawmaker, is "all the more reason, in my opinion, that we need to do it."

Anonymous007 (2021-08-27). Ethiopian Government Claims Ethnic Massacre Took Place Earlier In August. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission says it has received reports from residents that some 150 people were killed earlier this month in an alleged attack by the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA). | A statement by the government-created rights group said the killings in East Wollega in the Oromia region on August 18 were followed by a revenge attack the next day that left another 60 people dead. | The statement said the first attack occurred a day after security forces stationed in the area left. The c…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-08-27). Amnesty underscores Qatar's failure to investigate workers' deaths in new report. peoplesdispatch.org Human rights group Amnesty International heavily criticized Qatar, the host of the 2022 FIFA football world cup, for the deaths of thousands of foreign migrant laborers in the country. A majority of these workers' deaths remain unexplained and the cause of death in the death certificates remains vague and unclear. Amnesty called upon the Qatari government to order a thorough and credible investigation into the causes of deaths of foreign workers in the country. | Various other human rights groups, the United Nations, and foreign governments including Germany have repeatedly urged Qatar to make sure that the right…

Morning Star (2021-08-27). Indigenous Brazilians converge on Supreme Court ahead of crucial land rights case. peoplesworld.org Thousands of Indigenous Brazilians marched to the country's Supreme Court Thursday, calling on judges to confirm their right to their ancestral lands. At least 6,000 demonstrators from 173 different ethnic groups sang and danced on the route from behind the National Theatre, where they have been camping for a week, dressed in traditional outfits including …

Staff (2021-08-27). Florida judge shoots down Republican governor's ban on mask mandates in schools. rt.com A Florida judge has handed a victory to critics of Governor Ron DeSantis by ruling that the Republican's controversial ban on mask mandates in schools was an overreach. | Leon Circuit Court Judge John Cooper ruled on Friday that the rights of parents to decide whether to mask their children is not enough to impose a blanket ban on mask mandates meant to curb Covid-19 cases. | There can be medical opt-out options though, the judge said. The ban, however, doesn't "pass constitutional muster" as school boards are within their right to mandate masks if it means protecting the health of the students as a whole. DeS…

Mark Gruenberg (2021-08-27). Poor People's car caravan demands Manchin junk filibuster, back voting rights. peoplesworld.org CHARLESTON, W. VA.—Snaking through the hills of West Virginia, a caravan of cars carrying leaders of the Poor People's Campaign, its Mountaineer State members, and their allies arrived in Charleston to demand Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin junk the filibuster and back both strengthening voting rights and directing federal dollars to poor and near-poor people. "Where …

Anthony Pahnke (2021-08-27). To Protect the Rights of Nature, the Fight against Line 3 Must Continue. counterpunch.org People who grow and harvest food know the many ways that nature communicates. For instance, if you plant corn, but no cobs appear, then you are being told that there's probably a lack of nitrogen in the soil. Likewise, when your tomato plants turn yellow and die before they should, you may have a problem

splcenter (2021-08-27). Defending Democracy: SPLC calls on Senate to swiftly pass John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. splcenter.org

WSWS (2021-08-27). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. wsws.org Danish government announces bill to break nurses' pay strike with support of Socialist People's Party; Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency staff in Swansea, Wales in fourth week of month-long strike, the only union sanctioned UK dispute over Covid safety; strike by more than 300,000 Nigerian doctors over pay arrears enters fourth week.

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