2020-07-01: News Headlines

_____ (2020-07-01). Spain's Zapatero: There Are Governments That Regret Having Recognized Guaido. popularresistance.org Former Spain Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero believes that there are governments that regret having recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó as interim president of Venezuela back in early 2019. | "I do not know if they will say it in public, but that reflection is there," Zapatero said during an interview with the Argentine radio station Radio La Pizarra. | His statements are based on the global disappointment that Guaidó has created, whose leadership has been overshadowed after his participation in the failed Operation Gideon, intended to assassinate Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. | The Spanis…

Vijay Prashad (2020-07-01). Venezuela's borderlands have been assaulted by COVID-19. peoplesdispatch.org Over 70,000 Venezuelan migrants have returned to the country due to the uncontrolled coronavirus outbreaks in the neighboring countries. Venezuela has welcomed them and provided free testing and treatment…

RT (2020-07-01). NYT columnist Paul Krugman wins internet's 'unhinged old crank' award for remarks on Covid surge hitting Florida. rt.com New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has been accused of exhibiting "symptoms of psychopathy" after seemingly cheering the possibility that a growing number of elderly Floridians could fall victim to coronavirus. | The acclaimed wordsmith and economist had a rather unusual take on the rise in Covid-19 cases in Florida. | "Reality is coming for white supremacists driving golf carts," Krugman declared in response to a Bloomberg report detailing how Florida's elderly population was likely at increased risk of perishing from the virus. | The provocative remark was possibly in reference to a viral video in which m…

Michael Welton (2020-07-01). "Into the World of Bad Spirits": Slavery and Plantation Culture. counterpunch.org Between 1500 and 1880 ten to eleven million Africans were moved by force and terror into "new worlds." Sir Philip Sherlock and Hazel Bennett write of the immensity of the "physical suffering, anguish of spirit and unbearable cruelty" of their lot "from the time of … capture" (The Story of the Jamaican People [1997, p. 122]).

WSWS (2020-07-01). Record 47.2 percent of working-age Americans without jobs. wsws.org According to the employment-population ratio, a more accurate measure of joblessness than the unemployment rate, a postwar record number of Americans were without work in May.

_____ (2020-07-01). Venezuela Slams Interpol Arrest Of CLAP Contractor In Cape Verde. popularresistance.org Alex Nain Saab Moran, 48, was arrested on the archipelago island while on a technical stop-over in his private jet on Friday. He was allegedly en route to the Islamic Republic of Iran to negotiate food import contracts on behalf of the government's subsidized CLAP food program, as well as medicine and other imports needed to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza denounced Saab's arrest as "illegal," claiming that no Interpol warrant existed at the time of detention. He also accused the French-based international policing organization of violating "the diplomatic immunity which international…

_____ (2020-07-01). Manitos Children's Fund To Support Venezuelan Children Despite Sanctions. popularresistance.org Manitos Children's Fund grows out of the decades old Latin America solidarity movement which has worked to change US policies toward Latin America for over 60 years. Because of our history we are most focused on the effects of sanctions on the children of Latin America, with Venezuela being the most targeted by illegal sanctions currently. | Democratic and Republican administrations have both issued sanctions against the democratically-elected government of Venezuela, but since taking office in 2017, President Trump has ratcheted up the pain factor with an aggressive attack on the Venezuelan economy. In August 20…

sputniknews (2020-07-01). Venezuela's National Electoral Council Sets December 6 as Parliamentary Elections Date. sputniknews.com Venezuela's National Electoral Council on Wednesday set December 6 as the date for parliamentary elections.

Seymour Center at Long Marine Lab (2020-07-01). Sunday 7/19: Stranded: A Window into the Health of Marine Mammal Populations. indybay.org Online…

Ricardo Vaz and Lucas Koerner (2020-06-30). Venezuela's Maduro Expels EU Ambassador Following New Sanctions. venezuelanalysis.com The Venezuelan president demanded "respect" from European countries.

Ben Norton (2020-06-30). Trump used looted Venezuelan public money to build border wall with Mexico. mronline.org Around $24 billion of Venezuelan public money has been looted, and the Trump administration has used at least $601 million of it to construct a militarized wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Yves Engler (2020-06-30). How Venezuela helped defeat Canada's Security Council bid. mronline.org Was Canada defeated in its bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council because of Justin Trudeau's effort to overthrow Venezuela's government? Its intervention in the internal affairs of another sovereign country certainly didn't help.

_____ (2020-06-30). Trump's Second Thoughts On Juan Guaido Are Not Enough. popularresistance.org After nearly a year and a half of all-out efforts at regime change in Venezuela which took a major toll on the Venezuelan people, Donald Trump now tells the world he was never big on the strategy in the first place. On Friday, the U.S. president appeared to shove the blame onto advisers, and added "I think that I wasn't necessarily in favor" of the policy of recognizing Juan Guaidó as president, but "I was OK with it." | Trump's statements made it seem as if Guaidó's only sin was that he did not manage to seize power. This might-makes-right mindset belies what is happening on the ground in Venezuela which is much…

Andre Vltchek (2020-06-30). Why is this Ongoing American "Revolution" Bound to Fail? dissidentvoice.org Observed from outer space, the United States is in a revolutionary turmoil. Fires are burning, thousands of people are confronting police and other security forces. There are barricades, banners, posters, and there is rage. Rage is well justified. Grievances run deep, through the veins of a confused and socially insecure population, in both cities and …

Brasil de Fato (2020-06-30). Brazil: App delivery workers ask general population for help in national strike. peoplesdispatch.org Without the right to a Deliveryman Mineiro, who is one of the strike's organizers, explains that beyond the immediate interruption of random suspensions, a minim…

news.un (2020-06-30). Harmful practices rob women and girls of 'right to reach their full potential'. news.un.org Urgent, and accelerated action is needed to end female genital mutilation, child marriage, and other "harmful practices" and abuses carried out against women and girls, the UN sexual and reproductive health agency (UNFPA), said on Tuesday, in its latest major report on the state of the world's population.

WSWS (2020-06-30). Germany: Police powers stepped up after "Stuttgart's Night of Violence" wsws.org The violence does not emanate from the population, but from the police against the population—especially against workers and young people.

Yves Engler (2020-06-30). How Venezuela Helped Defeat UN Canada's Security Council Bid. globalresearch.ca Was Canada defeated in its bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council because of Justin Trudeau's effort to overthrow Venezuela's government? Its intervention in the internal affairs of another sovereign country certainly didn't help. | According to …

_____ (2020-06-30). Restrictive Immigration Boomerangs Against The United States. popularresistance.org The European Union has prepared a preliminary draft of its new border regulations, outlining who can visit after July 1, and that this list depends on how the countries of origin of the prospective travelers are dealing with the new coronavirus. People from the U.S., at this point, will be excluded. "This viewpoint is a severe blow for U.S. prestige in the world and a rejection of the management of the virus in the U.S. on the part of President Trump," the Times added. Among the acceptable travelers for the European Union are those from Cuba, the country against which the U.S. began to build economic, financial,…

RT (2020-06-29). 'Enough of European colonialism': Maduro says EU envoy to be expelled after block sanctions 11 Venezuelan officials. rt.com Venezualan President Nicolas Maduro has expelled the EU ambassador to the country, giving the diplomat 72 hours to pack up and leave, after Brussels imposed sanctions on Venezuelan officials, including on members of parliament. | Maduro's decision to banish Isabel Brilhante Pedrosa comes after the European Council decided to spap a flurry of punitive sanctions on about a dozen of high-ranking Venezuelan officials. | The 11 Venezuelans that have been hit in the latest crackdown include lawmaker Luis Parra, who replaced opposition figurehead Juan Guaido at the helm of the National Assembly in January. | "I have…

The Canary (2020-06-29). China 'carrying out demographic genocide' against Uyghur Muslims. thecanary.co The Chinese government is taking draconian measures to slash birth rates among Uyghurs and other minorities as part of a sweeping campaign to curb its Muslim population. This is taking place even as the government encourages some of the country's Han majority to have more children.While individual women have spoken out before about forced birth control, the practice is far more widespread and systematic than previously known. This is according to an AP investigation based on government statistics, state documents, and interviews with 30 ex-detainees, family members and a former detention camp instructor.The campa…

_____ (2020-06-29). How Palestine Advocates Can Support Black Struggle. popularresistance.org Black people are one of the first and largest victims of Western colonialism and racial capitalism. We have never received justice for 500 years of racist violence and exploitation. | The US and most Western countries built their empires through profits from the Atlantic slave trade. | As an illegitimate settler colony that was built on the ethnic cleansing of the indigenous population and enslavement of Africans, the US requires the continuous subjugation of Black and Indigenous people to maintain its imperial domination abroad. | Accordingly, the greatest internal threat to the US empire is that of a Black revo…

Lynn C. Klotz (2020-06-29). The Pandemic Risk of an Accidental Lab Leak of Enhanced Flu Virus: Unacceptably High. globalresearch.ca According to the World Health Organization, seasonal influenza viruses spread throughout the world in a year or two, infecting 10 to 25 percent of the world's population and causing some 290,000 to 650,000

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2020-06-29). Sudan Holds Donors Conference to Salvage Its Economy. globalresearch.ca During several years of the Omar al-Bashir administration, Sudan's economy was largely shattered due to political tyranny, deep-seated corruption and poor policies. Sudan has a population of 43 million (2018 estimates), nearly 80% live far below the poverty line despite …

Paul Dobson (2020-06-29). Venezuela Tightens Quarantine in COVID-19 Hotspots amid Record Daily Case Count. venezuelanalysis.com Thirty percent of the country returns to total lockdown as the national tally increases to 5,530.

_____ (2020-06-29). Empire Files: Afghanistan War Exposed. popularresistance.org The perpetual occupation of Afghanistan has become so normalized and mostly serves as background noise to Americans. It's even jokingly referred to as the "Forever War," accepted as just a constant reality. A soldier dies now and again. A couple of dozen civilians get killed in another bombing. It's never enough to stir the population to pressure Washington to stop it. The endless war drags on. | Since 2001, almost one million US troops have been deployed to Afghanistan. Many repeatedly. Of those, 2,300 have died and the new revelation that nearly 4,000 mercenaries have also died fighting in Afghanistan, almost d…

yenisafak (2020-06-29). Cuban medical team in Guinea-Bissau to combat COVID-19. yenisafak.com North Caribbean country Cuba has sent a medical team to Guinea-Bissau, a tropical country in West Africa to help in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, said media reports on Tuesday.A 21-member medical team — 11 doctors and 10 nurses — arrived in the African country, where Cuba has already extended assistance in fighting the deadly Ebola epidemic from 2014-2016, the Africa news website reported.According to US-based Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resources Centre Guinea-Bissau has reported 1,614 COVID-19 cases so far with 22 deaths."Today we received this Cuban team who came to join another team already present her…

RT (2020-06-28). GOD TV is dead? Israel kicks US-based evangelical Christian channel off air. rt.com Israel has ordered US-based evangelical GOD TV off air, accusing the obviously religious broadcaster of concealing its missionary agenda which allegedly targeted the Jewish population of the country. | The seven-year broadcasting contract secured by GOD TV and Israel's main cable provider earlier this year proved to be very short-lived. The broadcaster's Israeli subsidiary, Shelanu TV, was taken off air after a review by the Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Council, the regulator's chairman Asher Biton announced. The channel must now stop broadcasting in Israel within seven days. | The channel's license agreem…