2020-07-07: News Headlines

pip.hinman (2020-07-07). 'Solidarity selfie' campaign draws support for persecuted Kurdish mayors, MPs in Turkey. greenleft.org.au

RT (2020-07-07). US still 'knee-deep' in FIRST wave of Covid-19, Fauci warns. rt.com Unlike countries in Europe, the US failed to get the first wave of Covid-19 under control and is now 'knee-deep' in a new surge of it, according to the country's top epidemic adviser Anthony Fauci. | The coronavirus situation in the US is "not very good," Fauci

Dave Lindorff (2020-07-07). Private: Why the High Dudgeon over Alleged Russian Bounties for Taliban Slaying of US Troops. counterpunch.org Democratic politicians like presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden and House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi and liberal media pundits are all screaming for "action" against Russia based on an article in the New York Times that relies on anonymous sources in the "military" and "US intelligence." The article, picked up by most major media unquestioningly, asserts base on

Andrew Korybko (2020-07-07). Britain Is Following Its Big Brother By Imposing So-Called Humanitarian Sanctions. thealtworld.com The UK's imposition of so-called "humanitarian sanctions" against 49 individuals from Myanmar, North Korea, Russia, and Saudi Arabia that it claims are supposedly involved in "human rights abuses" is nothing more than London following its "big brother's" lead from "across the pond" in…

WSWS (2020-07-07). Dozens of immigrants drown in eastern Turkey's Lake Van. wsws.org Migrants traveling from Central Asian war zones are reportedly forced to travel by boat over Lake Van to bypass police checkpoints on land.

yenisafak (2020-07-07). Spanish PM Sanchez to discuss EU recovery fund with Germany's Merkel. yenisafak.com Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel ahead of a July 17-18 summit to discuss a planned European Union recovery fund, government spokeswoman Maria Jesus Montero said on Tuesday."Spain's future is at stake in the coming days," Montero said regarding the negotiations over the fund, from which Spain hopes to receive around 140 billion euros.

yenisafak (2020-07-07). EU exports 2.2M tons of chocolate in 2019. yenisafak.com EU countries exported 2.2 million tons of chocolate and chocolate bars in 2019, the 27-member bloc's statistical authority said on Tuesday.Germany was the largest chocolate exporter, selling 640,000 tons of chocolate in 2019, followed by Belgium (300,000 tons), the Netherlands (290,000 tons), Poland (230,000 tons), and Italy (180,000 tons), Eurostat announced.These countries were also the top five chocolate exporters globally, according to a report.Meanwhile, 220,000 tons of chocolate were imported by member states from non-EU countries last year, Eurostat said.

yenisafak (2020-07-07). Russia digs trench around Siberian village to enforce COVID quarantine. yenisafak.com Russian authorities have dug a trench around a remote Siberian village to enforce a quarantine, after dozens of residents contracted the coronavirus, which local officials believe was spread at a traditional shaman ritual.The village of Shuluta, located some 30 kilometres south east of Lake Baikal in Siberia's Buryatia region, has 37 confirmed cases of the virus among its 390 residents.Ninety-five other people are believed to have been in contact with those infected and are also required to quarantine, said the head of the local administration, Ivan Alkheyev.Alkheyev said the outbreak started after dozens of vill…

yenisafak (2020-07-07). Air Serbia announces more flights to Turkey. yenisafak.com Serbia's flag carrier on Tuesday announced it will operate at least eight charter flights to Turkey's southern coastal city of Antalya in July.The first such flight by Air Serbia flew to the resort city on Sunday with 144 passengers on board. Another aircraft left for Antalya today.The flights on Airbus A319 and Boeing B737 planes are next scheduled for July 9, 11, 15, 17, 18, and 19."I am extremely pleased that in cooperation with our partners and travel agencies, we have resumed charter flights," Bosko Rupic, a senior manager of corporate sales at Air Serbia, said in a written statement.Turkey remains one of th…

RT (2020-07-06). Georgia governor declares emergency & deploys National Guard as Atlanta violence skyrockets amid Black Lives Matter protests. rt.com Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has ordered National Guard troops to deploy in Atlanta, after rioters sacked the state police headquarters. Shootings in the city have doubled in the wake of protests against police brutality. | Some 1,000 soldiers will be deployed to protect the state Capitol, the governor's mansion, and the Department of Public Safety building that was vandalized over the weekend, Kemp announced Monday. | "Peaceful protests were hijacked by criminals with a dangerous, destructive agenda. Now, innocent Georgians are being targeted, shot, and left for dead," Kemp said. "This lawlessness must be stop…

RT (2020-07-06). Afghan President Ghani to host online conferences, seeking 'global consensus' on Taliban talks. rt.com Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani was expected to start pushing on Monday for a global consensus on peace talks with the Taliban. Ghani is hosting three online conferences with representatives of some 20 countries this week, AFP reported. | They aim to "build a consensus" for the peace talks at both a regional and international level, according to the Foreign Ministry in Kabul. | The United States, Russia and the United Nations will take part, officials said. Other participating countries include Pakistan, India, Iran, China, Egypt, and Qatar. | However, just hours ahead of the first online meeting on Monda…

_____ (2020-07-06). Shield of the Union: How the Russian Navy Protected America in the Civil War. strategic-culture.org Strange things happen in civil wars: During the Russian Civil War in 1919, 13,000 U.S. troops were dispatched by President Woodrow Wilson to occupy the cities of Archangelsk in the Arctic and Vladivostok on the Pacific. | Half a century earlier, thousands of Imperial Russian Navy sailors and their officers flooded the cities of San Francisco and New York. But the circumstances were very different. They were there to defend the United States from foreign invasion — not to threaten it and they brilliantly succeeded in their tasks. | The incredible story is well told in "Friends in Peace and War: The Russian N…

RT (2020-07-06). 'You can't blame it on police', Atlanta mayor says after 8yo black girl shot dead during protest. rt.com The mayor of Atlanta, Georgia gave an impassioned plea to disclose any information on the gunmen who shot up a car, killing an eight-year-old black girl inside, during a BLM protest. | The shooters need to be brought to justice, because as long as they are roaming free, they pose a threat to everyone, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said during an emotional press conference on Sunday. Staying silent regarding people like them will not keep people safe, and violence undermines the cause that has gained momentum in the past weeks, she said. | "In the civil rights movement there was a defined common enemy. We are figh…

Pedro David Wendel Garcia, Thierry Fumeaux, Philippe Guerci, Dorothea Monika Heuberger, Jonathan Montomoli, Ferran Roche-Campo, Reto Andreas Schuepbach, Matthias Peter Hilty, RISC-19-ICU Investigators (2020-07-06). [Research Paper] Prognostic factors associated with mortality risk and disease progression in 639 critically ill patients with COVID-19 in Europe: Initial report of the international RISC-19-ICU prospective observational cohort. thelancet.com The European RISC-19-ICU cohort demonstrates a moderate mortality of 24% in critically ill patients with COVID-19. Despite high ARDS severity, mechanical ventilation incidence was low and associated with more rescue therapies. In contrast to risk factors in hospitalized patients reported in other studies, the main mortality predictors in these critically ill patients were markers of oxygenation deficit, renal and microvascular dysfunction, and coagulatory activation. Elevated risk of bloodstream infections underscores the need to exercise caution with off-label therapies.

Nicolas J S Davies (2020-07-06). Key US ally indicted for organ trade murder scheme. nationofchange.org Is this the final unraveling of the Western narrative of "humanitarian intervention" in Kosovo, and a crack in the "accountability-free zone" of impunity for U.S. and allied war crimes?>

Nicolas J. S. Davies (2020-07-06). Key U.S. ally indicted for organ trade murder scheme. mronline.org If the people of Kosovo can hold the CIA-backed gangsters who murdered their people, sold their body parts and hijacked their country accountable for their crimes, is it too much to hope that Americans can do the same and hold our leaders accountable for their far more widespread and systematic war crimes?>

Andre Vltchek (2020-07-06). Why is China Painted as "Capitalist" by Western Propaganda? dissidentvoice.org Let us start with the punchline: "Mass media in the United States, Europe, Canada, and Australia is depicting the People's Republic of China as 'capitalist' because 'capitalist' is now a dirty word. Even people in the West see 'market economy' as some sort of filth." To call China 'capitalist' is to smear China. It is …

Alan MacLeod (2020-07-06). In 'Russian Bounty' story, evidence-free claims from nameless spies became fact overnight. mronline.org Based upon a bombshell New York Times report (6/26/20), virtually the entire media landscape has been engulfed in the allegations that Russia is paying Taliban fighters bounties to kill U.S. soldiers.

Melvin Goodman (2020-07-06). Foreign Election Interference: Who is to Blame? counterpunch.org he New York Times has always taken the view that U.S. election interventions have "generally been aimed at helping non-authoritarian candidates" whereas Russia has "more often intervened to disrupt democracy or promote authoritarian rule." Too bad the Times could not interview Iran's Mohammed Mossadegh, Chile's Salvador Allende, or the Congo's Patrice Lumumba, who were targeted by the Central Intelligence Agency and replaced by brutal regimes that ruled for decades.

RT (2020-07-06). 'It is not clear': Putin says Russian tourists are no closer to going abroad as world governments can't figure out what to do. rt.com Russian President Vladimir Putin has no idea when countries will open their borders to Russian tourists, because the world's governments can't work out what they want to do — and other Europeans don't even agree with each other. | That's according to the president himself, speaking with Vitaly Savelyev, head of Russia's flag-carrying airline Aeroflot. | "It is not clear what our partners in many countries of the world will do, including in Europe, as they still can't figure out between themselves," he said. "And it is not clear when they will open their borders and territories to third-country nationals,…

RT (2020-07-06). Bus driver left BRAIN DEAD after being BEATEN for refusing to allow passengers to board without masks in France. rt.com A bus driver in France was declared brain dead after being beaten by a group of people he had refused to let on board because they were not wearing mandatory face masks amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. | Police in the city of Bayonne have France made face masks compulsory on public transport in April. The driver, who is in his fifties, abided by the rule and refused to transport…

RT (2020-07-06). Country music legend Charlie Daniels dies at 83. rt.com 'Devil Went Down to Georgia' singer Charlie Daniels has died at 83 after suffering a stroke. Messages of love for the man's music and his political activism, especially against Hillary Clinton, have been flooding social media. | Don Murry Grubbs, the publicist for Daniels, confirmed the passing on Monday. The country singer is survived by his wife, Hazel, and son, Charlie Daniels Jr. He passed away at the Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, Tennessee. | Daniels was best known for his 1979 hit 'Devil Went Down to Georgia,' which he continued to play at concert venues. Before that early hit, however, the skilled…

RT (2020-07-06). UK sanctions head of Russian investigative committee, following US lead. rt.com As part of rolling out the UK's own sanctions agenda for alleged human rights abuses around the world, London has blacklisted 25 Russian nationals, including the head of the Investigative Committee, Alexander Bastrykin. | Bastrykin has led the law enforcement agency — the Russian equivalent of the FBI in the US — since January 2011. In that capacity, he was sanctioned by the US in 2017, ostensibly over the death of accountant Sergey Magnitsky in a Russian prison in 2009. | While the sanctions, announced Monday by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, are supposed to be the first autonomous foreign policy i…

Stephen Lendman (2020-07-06). Provocative US Military Drills Near Chinese Waters. globalresearch.ca Imagine how the US and world community would react if Chinese, Russian, or Iranian warships conducted military exercises in the Gulf of Mexico or off America's east or west coasts. | Bipartisan hardliners in Washington and establishment media might consider this …

_____ (2020-07-06). Russian Bounties: Here We Go Again. strategic-culture.org In case you've been living in a cave the last few weeks, here's latest news scoop riling the United States: Russia has been paying the Afghan Taliban bounties for American scalps. | How do we know? Because the New York Times tells us so, and the Times is not the kind of paper to make stuff up. But how does the Times know it's true? Because sources say so, sources so super-sensitive and high up that it can't reveal their names. All it can say according to in a front-page

Nino Pagliccia (2020-07-06). Venezuela Is on a Path to Make Colonialism Obsolete. globalresearch.ca On June 29 the European Union (EU) slapped

Peoples Dispatch (2020-07-06). Croatia's ruling HDZ wins parliamentary elections amid lowest ever voter turnout. peoplesdispatch.org Prime minister Andrej Plenkovic's current term was due to end in October. However, he chose to call for early elections riding on the popularity over his handling of the early phase of COVID-19 outbreak…

_____ (2020-07-06). Washington Threatens Military Action Against Iran After UN Meeting. popularresistance.org "The international community in general – and the UN Security Council in particular – are facing an important decision: do we maintain respect for the rule of law, or do we return to the law of the jungle by surrendering to the whims of an outlaw bully?" Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said of Washington's recent moves. Several delegates at the Security Council meeting criticized US President Donald Trump for pulling out of the Obama-era nuclear accord, challenging its ability to legally trigger the deal's sanctions "snapback". Russia's UN ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, called the US campaign "a maxim…

_____ (2020-07-06). Russia, Afghanistan And The Big Lie. popularresistance.org There is no end to the Russiagate fraud. All major charges have been disproved. No one was convicted of the dreaded "collusion" that was reported endlessly for the last four years. Damning information is now declassified and casts doubt on the veracity of the whole story. CrowdStrike, the Democratic National Committee cybersecurity firm, admitted under oath they had no proof of hacking by Russia or anyone else. Robert Mueller ended his two-year-long, multi-million-dollar investigation with nothing except convictions for process crimes. | Why then did the New York Times print a story with an unnamed intelligence a…

yenisafak (2020-07-06). Germany has only a few hundred doses of remdesivir, says health minister. yenisafak.com Germany has only a few hundred doses of COVID-19 antiviral remdesivir, the country's health minister Jens Spahn told European Union lawmakers on Monday, urging to move production of the drug to Europe."We do not have a huge inventory now, (it's) a few hundred doses that we have," he said at a video-conference hearing organised by the European Parliament.Spahn said he was working to ensure the drug could be produced in Europe. Its manufacturer Gilead Sciences Inc has no production facilities for remdesivir in Europe.

yenisafak (2020-07-06). Russian church leader says calls to turn Hagia Sophia into mosque threaten Christianity. yenisafak.com Patriarch Kirill, the leader of Russia's Orthodox Church, said on Monday that calls to convert Istanbul's Hagia Sophia into a mosque posed a threat to Christianity.Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has proposed restoring the mosque status of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, an ancient building at the heart of both the Christian Byzantine and Muslim Ottoman empires and now one of Turkey's most visited monuments.The proposal has been criticised by several religious and political leaders, including the Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarch, spirtual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, as well as Greece, France an…

yenisafak (2020-07-06). Greece closes its borders to Serbia amid pandemic. yenisafak.com Greece has temporarily closed its borders to Serbian citizens on Monday morning in response to the rapid rise of COVID-19 cases.Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic described the decision as "unfortunate.""The decision will be periodically reviewed by Greece… we hope that other facts will be taken into account. It is obvious that Greece has an interest in foreign tourists coming, and most tourists are just coming from Serbia," said Dacic.Tourist operators in Serbia have also expressed frustration over the decision, describing it as unfair, and calling on tourist organizations in Greece to react.Greece's decisio…

yenisafak (2020-07-06). England to face Ireland and Pakistan in packed summer schedule. yenisafak.com England will host Ireland in a three-match one-day international series starting on July 30 before taking on Pakistan in a packed summer calendar, the England & Wales Cricket Board announced on Monday.The Ireland squad will arrive in England and set up their base at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton on July 18, before facing world champions England in three ODIs at the same venue.The second and third ODIs between the two sides will be on Aug. 1 and Aug. 4 respectively.Ireland have only beaten England once in their 10 ODI encounters.Pakistan, who arrived in England on June 28 to quarantine themselves ahead of the bilate…

yenisafak (2020-07-06). Spanish antibody study shows 5% of population exposed to coronavirus. yenisafak.com Results from the final stage of a nationwide antibody study showed some 5.2% of Spain's population has been exposed to the coronavirus, health officials said on Monday, confirming findings from earlier stages.The study, which tested nearly 70,000 people across Spain three times over the past three months, found the virus' prevalence had not altered significantly since preliminary results were published in May.

yenisafak (2020-07-06). Turkish protective clothing, mask exports hit $573M. yenisafak.com Turkey's protective clothing and mask exports reached $573.4 million in the first half of this year amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Istanbul Apparel Exporters' Association (IHKIB) on Monday."We saw a record high year-on-year growth in the figure with 986% in January-June," said Mustafa Gultepe, the head of IHKIB.Gultepe said Turkish companies accelerated works to meet the strong global demand for masks and protective clothes.The country exported $144.7 million worth of masks and $428.7 worth of protective clothes in the first six months of this year, Gultepe said.He underlined that the share of th…

yenisafak (2020-07-06). Traces of history fascinate Turkey's Patara visitors. yenisafak.com The ancient city of Patara in Turkey's Mediterranean coast fascinates its visitors with traces of history and stories of people who once lived there.Located in the Kas district of southwestern Antalya province, Patara is known as the capital of the ancient Lycian civilization, which consisted of 23 cities in the middle of the first century BC.Chief excavator Havva Iskan Isik of Akdeniz University told Anadolu Agency that famous names from history frequently set foot to Patara.Isik said the first important person to come to the city was Tudhaliya IV, the king of Hittite Empire.Alexander the Great, she added, after…

yenisafak (2020-07-06). Turkey busts gang coordinating with drug sellers. yenisafak.com At least 59 suspects have been remanded in Turkey as part of an operation to bust a large gang that was coordinating with drug sellers on streets, according to the country's interior minister on Monday."Blow to 'Albaylar Gang' coordinating street sellers as a result of one-year surveillance…" Suleyman Soylu said on Twitter, adding the gang was active in the Aegean province of Izmir.Soylu thanked all officials who took part in the operation.Crackdown on drugs, has, over the years, helped Turkey deal with narcoterrorism, or profits for terrorist groups from the illegal trade.

yenisafak (2020-07-06). Turkish official becomes plasma donor after beating COVID-19. yenisafak.com A local official in the Turkish metropolis Istanbul donated immune plasma twice after beating COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.Mukhtar Fatih Ekiz in Kartal district won his fight against the virus after a 40-day treatment, which he says was painful.Speaking to Anadolu Agency about the process, Ekiz said when the first coronavirus case was announced in Turkey on March 11, mukhtar offices were assigned to provide social assistance, which drew 3,000-4,000 people daily to his office.Ekiz said that in April, he started to show the symptoms of the disease — high fever, diarrhea, headache, weakness…

sputniknews (2020-07-06). Video: US Sandwich Chain Fires Employees, Manager Seen Performing Mock Lynching. sputniknews.com Jimmy John's has fired at least one manager and several employees after staff members at a Georgia franchise were viewed using the sandwich shop's bread dough to perform a mock lynching on social media, which many have deemed racist.

sputniknews (2020-07-06). US State Department Approves Lithuania's Request to Buy 6 Black Hawk Helicopters. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The US State Department has approved a potential $380 million sale of six Black Hawk helicopters and designated equipment to Lithuania, the Defence Security Cooperation Agency said in a press release on Monday.

en.mehrnews (2020-07-06). Azerbaijan rejects rumors its airspace used to attack Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 06 (MNA) — Azerbaijan has dismissed the rumors on the use of its airspace by unknown military aircraft to deliver airstrikes on Iran.

en.mehrnews (2020-07-06). Russia opposes launch of JCPOA's 'dispute resolution'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 06 (MNA) — A senior Russian diplomat said that the launch of dispute resolution mechanism in JCPOA is not a good idea.

en.mehrnews (2020-07-06). 'The World's Last House' to go on screen at Riurau Filmfest. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 06 (MNA) — Iranian short piece 'The World's Last House', by Amir Gholami will take part in the 9th Riurau Film Festival in Spain.

_____ (2020-07-06). Netherlands 'Justice' Is Totally Corrupt: MH17 Case as Example. strategic-culture.org On Friday, July 3rd, the judge in the Netherlands court case against Russia as having fired a Buk missile that brought down the Malaysian Airlines plane that Ukrainian Air Traffic Control had instructed to fly over Ukraine's civil-war zone on 17 July 2014 ruled out any consideration of evidence from Russia.

en.mehrnews (2020-07-05). Baghdad to turn to UNSC to protest Turkey's attack. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 05 (MNA) — Referring to the recent Turkish attacks on northern the country, Iraqi Foreign Ministry spokesman said that it is possible for Baghdad to turn to the Security Council to protest Turkey's attacks on its territory.

RT (2020-07-05). 'We're in your house': Armed black protesters march through Georgia Confederate park. rt.com Scores of armed black protesters marched through Stone Mountain Park in Georgia, calling for the removal of an infamous Confederate monument and warning "redneck" militias that "we're in your house." | Footage from the march, which brought out 100 to 200 demonstrators, showed heavily-armed black protesters marching through the park on Independence Day, leading some on social media to react with worry at what appeared to be a volatile situation as protests across the country have descended into violence. | "Threat. Counter threat. Because threats don't mean s**t to us. Ya'll been threatening us since Birmingham…

The Canary (2020-07-05). Christopher Columbus statue toppled in Baltimore amid Black Lives Matter protests. thecanary.co Protesters in Baltimore pulled down a statue of Christopher Columbus and threw it into the city's Inner Harbour. They used ropes to topple the statue on 4 July near the Little Italy neighbourhood, news outlets reported. | Protesters mobilised by the Black Lives Matter movement and the police killing of George Floyd have called for the removal of statues of Columbus, Confederate figures and others. They say the Italian explorer is responsible for the genocide and exploitation of Indigenous peoples in the Americas. | According to the Baltimore Sun, the city owned the statue. It was dedicated in 1984 by former mayor…

RT (2020-07-05). Russian citizen arrested in Austria over shooting of 'Chechen refugee', sparking media speculation of 'contract killing'. rt.com A Russian citizen and a possible accomplice have been detained in Austria as part of a probe into the killing of their countryman, who was an asylum seeker. The case has sparked media speculation of a politically motivated murder. | The incident took place on Saturday evening in the parking lot in the small town of Gerasdorf, north of Vienna. | A 43-year-old male asylum seeker, believed to be originally from Russia's southern republic of Chechnya, was shot in the head. He died on site, according to police. | The suspected attacker fled the scene, sparking a massive manhunt involving dozens of police cars an…

RT (2020-07-05). Turkey successfully tests its first homegrown anti-ship cruise missile (VIDEO). rt.com Turkey's domestically built anti-ship cruise missile has passed its final test, hitting a target some 200km away, the country's defense industry has said. It's expected to be adopted by the military shortly. | Footage of the ATMACA missile trials has been shared on Twitter by the head of Turkey's Defense Industries, Ismail Demir. | The short video shows the missile being launched from a test ground ashore and scoring a hit on a mock target. | "ATMACA flew a long distance this time. It successfully hit a target over 200km away and is ready to enter the weapons inventory," Demir wrote. | The video also shows…

F. William Engdahl (2020-07-05). Is Washington Provoking India into a War with China? globalresearch.ca US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a recent video conference suggested that the US might move some of its troops from Germany to the region around India, citing growing US security concerns in the Asian region. Given the dramatic …

2020-07-06: News Headlines

_____ (2020-07-06). Shield of the Union: How the Russian Navy Protected America in the Civil War. strategic-culture.org Strange things happen in civil wars: During the Russian Civil War in 1919, 13,000 U.S. troops were dispatched by President Woodrow Wilson to occupy the cities of Archangelsk in the Arctic and Vladivostok on the Pacific. | Half a century earlier, thousands of Imperial Russian Navy sailors and their officers flooded the cities of San Francisco and New York. But the circumstances were very different. They were there to defend the United States from foreign invasion — not to threaten it and they brilliantly succeeded in their tasks. | The incredible story is well told in "Friends in Peace and War: The Russian N…

RT (2020-07-06). 'You can't blame it on police', Atlanta mayor says after 8yo black girl shot dead during protest. rt.com The mayor of Atlanta, Georgia gave an impassioned plea to disclose any information on the gunmen who shot up a car, killing an eight-year-old black girl inside, during a BLM protest. | The shooters need to be brought to justice, because as long as they are roaming free, they pose a threat to everyone, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said during an emotional press conference on Sunday. Staying silent regarding people like them will not keep people safe, and violence undermines the cause that has gained momentum in the past weeks, she said. | "In the civil rights movement there was a defined common enemy. We are figh…

Nicolas J. S. Davies (2020-07-06). Key U.S. ally indicted for organ trade murder scheme. mronline.org If the people of Kosovo can hold the CIA-backed gangsters who murdered their people, sold their body parts and hijacked their country accountable for their crimes, is it too much to hope that Americans can do the same and hold our leaders accountable for their far more widespread and systematic war crimes?>

Stephen Lendman (2020-07-06). Provocative US Military Drills Near Chinese Waters. globalresearch.ca Imagine how the US and world community would react if Chinese, Russian, or Iranian warships conducted military exercises in the Gulf of Mexico or off America's east or west coasts. | Bipartisan hardliners in Washington and establishment media might consider this …

Alan MacLeod (2020-07-06). In 'Russian Bounty' story, evidence-free claims from nameless spies became fact overnight. mronline.org Based upon a bombshell New York Times report (6/26/20), virtually the entire media landscape has been engulfed in the allegations that Russia is paying Taliban fighters bounties to kill U.S. soldiers.

_____ (2020-07-06). Russian Bounties: Here We Go Again. strategic-culture.org In case you've been living in a cave the last few weeks, here's latest news scoop riling the United States: Russia has been paying the Afghan Taliban bounties for American scalps. | How do we know? Because the New York Times tells us so, and the Times is not the kind of paper to make stuff up. But how does the Times know it's true? Because sources say so, sources so super-sensitive and high up that it can't reveal their names. All it can say according to in a front-page

Melvin Goodman (2020-07-06). Foreign Election Interference: Who is to Blame? counterpunch.org he New York Times has always taken the view that U.S. election interventions have "generally been aimed at helping non-authoritarian candidates" whereas Russia has "more often intervened to disrupt democracy or promote authoritarian rule." Too bad the Times could not interview Iran's Mohammed Mossadegh, Chile's Salvador Allende, or the Congo's Patrice Lumumba, who were targeted by the Central Intelligence Agency and replaced by brutal regimes that ruled for decades.

RT (2020-07-06). Country music legend Charlie Daniels dies at 83. rt.com 'Devil Went Down to Georgia' singer Charlie Daniels has died at 83 after suffering a stroke. Messages of love for the man's music and his political activism, especially against Hillary Clinton, have been flooding social media. | Don Murry Grubbs, the publicist for Daniels, confirmed the passing on Monday. The country singer is survived by his wife, Hazel, and son, Charlie Daniels Jr. He passed away at the Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, Tennessee. | Daniels was best known for his 1979 hit 'Devil Went Down to Georgia,' which he continued to play at concert venues. Before that early hit, however, the skilled…

Nino Pagliccia (2020-07-06). Venezuela Is on a Path to Make Colonialism Obsolete. globalresearch.ca On June 29 the European Union (EU) slapped

Peoples Dispatch (2020-07-06). Croatia's ruling HDZ wins parliamentary elections amid lowest ever voter turnout. peoplesdispatch.org Prime minister Andrej Plenkovic's current term was due to end in October. However, he chose to call for early elections riding on the popularity over his handling of the early phase of COVID-19 outbreak…

Nicolas J.S. Davies (2020-07-06). Key US Ally Indicted for Organ Trade Murder Scheme. commondreams.org Kosovo President Hashim Thaci in 2018. (Photo: Eric Baradat/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/kosovo_.jpg

_____ (2020-07-06). Russia, Afghanistan And The Big Lie. popularresistance.org There is no end to the Russiagate fraud. All major charges have been disproved. No one was convicted of the dreaded "collusion" that was reported endlessly for the last four years. Damning information is now declassified and casts doubt on the veracity of the whole story. CrowdStrike, the Democratic National Committee cybersecurity firm, admitted under oath they had no proof of hacking by Russia or anyone else. Robert Mueller ended his two-year-long, multi-million-dollar investigation with nothing except convictions for process crimes. | Why then did the New York Times print a story with an unnamed intelligence a…

_____ (2020-07-06). Washington Threatens Military Action Against Iran After UN Meeting. popularresistance.org "The international community in general – and the UN Security Council in particular – are facing an important decision: do we maintain respect for the rule of law, or do we return to the law of the jungle by surrendering to the whims of an outlaw bully?" Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said of Washington's recent moves. Several delegates at the Security Council meeting criticized US President Donald Trump for pulling out of the Obama-era nuclear accord, challenging its ability to legally trigger the deal's sanctions "snapback". Russia's UN ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, called the US campaign "a maxim…

yenisafak (2020-07-06). Germany has only a few hundred doses of remdesivir, says health minister. yenisafak.com Germany has only a few hundred doses of COVID-19 antiviral remdesivir, the country's health minister Jens Spahn told European Union lawmakers on Monday, urging to move production of the drug to Europe."We do not have a huge inventory now, (it's) a few hundred doses that we have," he said at a video-conference hearing organised by the European Parliament.Spahn said he was working to ensure the drug could be produced in Europe. Its manufacturer Gilead Sciences Inc has no production facilities for remdesivir in Europe.

yenisafak (2020-07-06). Russian church leader says calls to turn Hagia Sophia into mosque threaten Christianity. yenisafak.com Patriarch Kirill, the leader of Russia's Orthodox Church, said on Monday that calls to convert Istanbul's Hagia Sophia into a mosque posed a threat to Christianity.Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has proposed restoring the mosque status of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, an ancient building at the heart of both the Christian Byzantine and Muslim Ottoman empires and now one of Turkey's most visited monuments.The proposal has been criticised by several religious and political leaders, including the Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarch, spirtual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, as well as Greece, France an…

yenisafak (2020-07-06). Greece closes its borders to Serbia amid pandemic. yenisafak.com Greece has temporarily closed its borders to Serbian citizens on Monday morning in response to the rapid rise of COVID-19 cases.Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic described the decision as "unfortunate.""The decision will be periodically reviewed by Greece… we hope that other facts will be taken into account. It is obvious that Greece has an interest in foreign tourists coming, and most tourists are just coming from Serbia," said Dacic.Tourist operators in Serbia have also expressed frustration over the decision, describing it as unfair, and calling on tourist organizations in Greece to react.Greece's decisio…

yenisafak (2020-07-06). England to face Ireland and Pakistan in packed summer schedule. yenisafak.com England will host Ireland in a three-match one-day international series starting on July 30 before taking on Pakistan in a packed summer calendar, the England & Wales Cricket Board announced on Monday.The Ireland squad will arrive in England and set up their base at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton on July 18, before facing world champions England in three ODIs at the same venue.The second and third ODIs between the two sides will be on Aug. 1 and Aug. 4 respectively.Ireland have only beaten England once in their 10 ODI encounters.Pakistan, who arrived in England on June 28 to quarantine themselves ahead of the bilate…

yenisafak (2020-07-06). Spanish antibody study shows 5% of population exposed to coronavirus. yenisafak.com Results from the final stage of a nationwide antibody study showed some 5.2% of Spain's population has been exposed to the coronavirus, health officials said on Monday, confirming findings from earlier stages.The study, which tested nearly 70,000 people across Spain three times over the past three months, found the virus' prevalence had not altered significantly since preliminary results were published in May.

yenisafak (2020-07-06). Traces of history fascinate Turkey's Patara visitors. yenisafak.com The ancient city of Patara in Turkey's Mediterranean coast fascinates its visitors with traces of history and stories of people who once lived there.Located in the Kas district of southwestern Antalya province, Patara is known as the capital of the ancient Lycian civilization, which consisted of 23 cities in the middle of the first century BC.Chief excavator Havva Iskan Isik of Akdeniz University told Anadolu Agency that famous names from history frequently set foot to Patara.Isik said the first important person to come to the city was Tudhaliya IV, the king of Hittite Empire.Alexander the Great, she added, after…

yenisafak (2020-07-06). Turkish protective clothing, mask exports hit $573M. yenisafak.com Turkey's protective clothing and mask exports reached $573.4 million in the first half of this year amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Istanbul Apparel Exporters' Association (IHKIB) on Monday."We saw a record high year-on-year growth in the figure with 986% in January-June," said Mustafa Gultepe, the head of IHKIB.Gultepe said Turkish companies accelerated works to meet the strong global demand for masks and protective clothes.The country exported $144.7 million worth of masks and $428.7 worth of protective clothes in the first six months of this year, Gultepe said.He underlined that the share of th…

yenisafak (2020-07-06). Turkish official becomes plasma donor after beating COVID-19. yenisafak.com A local official in the Turkish metropolis Istanbul donated immune plasma twice after beating COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.Mukhtar Fatih Ekiz in Kartal district won his fight against the virus after a 40-day treatment, which he says was painful.Speaking to Anadolu Agency about the process, Ekiz said when the first coronavirus case was announced in Turkey on March 11, mukhtar offices were assigned to provide social assistance, which drew 3,000-4,000 people daily to his office.Ekiz said that in April, he started to show the symptoms of the disease — high fever, diarrhea, headache, weakness…

yenisafak (2020-07-06). Turkey busts gang coordinating with drug sellers. yenisafak.com At least 59 suspects have been remanded in Turkey as part of an operation to bust a large gang that was coordinating with drug sellers on streets, according to the country's interior minister on Monday."Blow to 'Albaylar Gang' coordinating street sellers as a result of one-year surveillance…" Suleyman Soylu said on Twitter, adding the gang was active in the Aegean province of Izmir.Soylu thanked all officials who took part in the operation.Crackdown on drugs, has, over the years, helped Turkey deal with narcoterrorism, or profits for terrorist groups from the illegal trade.

en.mehrnews (2020-07-06). Azerbaijan rejects rumors its airspace used to attack Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 06 (MNA) — Azerbaijan has dismissed the rumors on the use of its airspace by unknown military aircraft to deliver airstrikes on Iran.

en.mehrnews (2020-07-06). Russia opposes launch of JCPOA's 'dispute resolution'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 06 (MNA) — A senior Russian diplomat said that the launch of dispute resolution mechanism in JCPOA is not a good idea.

en.mehrnews (2020-07-06). 'The World's Last House' to go on screen at Riurau Filmfest. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 06 (MNA) — Iranian short piece 'The World's Last House', by Amir Gholami will take part in the 9th Riurau Film Festival in Spain.

_____ (2020-07-06). Netherlands 'Justice' Is Totally Corrupt: MH17 Case as Example. strategic-culture.org On Friday, July 3rd, the judge in the Netherlands court case against Russia as having fired a Buk missile that brought down the Malaysian Airlines plane that Ukrainian Air Traffic Control had instructed to fly over Ukraine's civil-war zone on 17 July 2014 ruled out any consideration of evidence from Russia.

en.mehrnews (2020-07-05). Baghdad to turn to UNSC to protest Turkey's attack. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 05 (MNA) — Referring to the recent Turkish attacks on northern the country, Iraqi Foreign Ministry spokesman said that it is possible for Baghdad to turn to the Security Council to protest Turkey's attacks on its territory.

RT (2020-07-05). 'We're in your house': Armed black protesters march through Georgia Confederate park. rt.com Scores of armed black protesters marched through Stone Mountain Park in Georgia, calling for the removal of an infamous Confederate monument and warning "redneck" militias that "we're in your house." | Footage from the march, which brought out 100 to 200 demonstrators, showed heavily-armed black protesters marching through the park on Independence Day, leading some on social media to react with worry at what appeared to be a volatile situation as protests across the country have descended into violence. | "Threat. Counter threat. Because threats don't mean s**t to us. Ya'll been threatening us since Birmingham…

The Canary (2020-07-05). Christopher Columbus statue toppled in Baltimore amid Black Lives Matter protests. thecanary.co Protesters in Baltimore pulled down a statue of Christopher Columbus and threw it into the city's Inner Harbour. They used ropes to topple the statue on 4 July near the Little Italy neighbourhood, news outlets reported. | Protesters mobilised by the Black Lives Matter movement and the police killing of George Floyd have called for the removal of statues of Columbus, Confederate figures and others. They say the Italian explorer is responsible for the genocide and exploitation of Indigenous peoples in the Americas. | According to the Baltimore Sun, the city owned the statue. It was dedicated in 1984 by former mayor…

_____ (2020-07-05). The Truth About Russian-Taliban Ties. popularresistance.org The New York Times' latest fake news provocation alleging that Russia's military-intelligence agency GRU solicited the Taliban (officially designated as "terrorists" by Moscow) to assassinate American soldiers in Afghanistan has brought a lot of attention to Moscow's ties with the militant group. The truth, however, is just as intriguing than the fake news about them. On the surface, it's surprising enough that Russia has diplomatic contacts with the Taliban considering that the latter grew out of the 1980s Mujahiddin that defeated the USSR. | Casual observers could be forgiven for thinking that Russia still hold…

F. William Engdahl (2020-07-05). Is Washington Provoking India into a War with China? globalresearch.ca US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a recent video conference suggested that the US might move some of its troops from Germany to the region around India, citing growing US security concerns in the Asian region. Given the dramatic …

RT (2020-07-05). Russian citizen arrested in Austria over shooting of 'Chechen refugee', sparking media speculation of 'contract killing'. rt.com A Russian citizen and a possible accomplice have been detained in Austria as part of a probe into the killing of their countryman, who was an asylum seeker. The case has sparked media speculation of a politically motivated murder. | The incident took place on Saturday evening in the parking lot in the small town of Gerasdorf, north of Vienna. | A 43-year-old male asylum seeker, believed to be originally from Russia's southern republic of Chechnya, was shot in the head. He died on site, according to police. | The suspected attacker fled the scene, sparking a massive manhunt involving dozens of police cars an…

RT (2020-07-05). Turkey successfully tests its first homegrown anti-ship cruise missile (VIDEO). rt.com Turkey's domestically built anti-ship cruise missile has passed its final test, hitting a target some 200km away, the country's defense industry has said. It's expected to be adopted by the military shortly. | Footage of the ATMACA missile trials has been shared on Twitter by the head of Turkey's Defense Industries, Ismail Demir. | The short video shows the missile being launched from a test ground ashore and scoring a hit on a mock target. | "ATMACA flew a long distance this time. It successfully hit a target over 200km away and is ready to enter the weapons inventory," Demir wrote. | The video also shows…

Common Dreams staff (2020-07-05). Stone Mountain, Georgia: The Flashpoint Now at Center of Confederate Monument Removals. commondreams.org The mountain, known for its massive Confederate memorial carving, was the location of the rebirth of the Ku Klux Klan in 1915. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/stonemountain-blm-955px.jpg

ACU (2020-07-05). Video: Germany's Extra-parliamentary Inquiry on COVID-19. globalresearch.ca Dear fellow citizens, | Welcome to the ACU, the Extra-Parliamentary Corona Investigation Committee. If the Parliament does not do it, then we citizens are called upon to do it ourselves. | Extra-parliamentary Corona Committee of Inquiry, we will investigate why these …

Eric Zuesse (2020-07-05). Netherlands 'Justice' Is Totally Corrupt: The Malaysian MH17 Court Case against Russia. globalresearch.ca On Friday, July 3rd, the judge in the Netherlands court case against Russia as having fired a Buk missile that brought down the Malaysian Airlines plane that Ukrainian Air Traffic Control had instructed to fly over Ukraine's civil-war zone on …

yenisafak (2020-07-05). Turkey sends medical aid to Azerbaijan amid COVID-19. yenisafak.com Turkey has sent medical supplies to Azerbaijan to contribute to country's fight against the novel coronavirus, Turkey's Embassy in Baku said on Sunday.The shipment included 30 ventilators, 55,000 overalls, 50,000 N95 face masks, 100,000 surgical masks, 5,000 glasses, 200,000 gloves, and 40,000 boxes of various medicines, said the embassy statement.It stressed that the aid sent to Azerbaijan is a "strong manifestation of the brotherhood" of the two countries' presidents Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Ilham Aliyev.The fight against the pandemic will only succeed if all countries show cooperation and solidarity, it added.

yenisafak (2020-07-05). Iran records highest daily COVID-19 fatalities. yenisafak.com Iran on Sunday confirmed 163 more fatalities from coronavirus, the largest daily spike in the country since the outbreak, caused by the novel coronavirus, bringing the nationwide death toll to 11,571.A further of 2,560 people tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, raising the overall count to 240,438, Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said.She added that 3,168 patients remain in critical condition in the country.Since first appearing in China last December, the novel coronavirus has spread to at least 188 countries and regions. The US, Brazil and Russia are currently the countries hardest hi…

yenisafak (2020-07-05). Spain imposes second local coronavirus lockdown in two days. yenisafak.com People living in A Marina along Spain's northern coast in the region of Lugo will not be able to leave the area from midnight on Sunday until Friday, two days before regional elections in Galicia on July 12.The regional government said people will be allowed to move around A Marina but only those who need to travel for work will be allowed to leave or enter the area.Regional Health minister Jesus Vazquez Almuina told a news conference on Sunday that the biggest outbreaks were linked to several bars in the area. Regional health authorities said there were now 258 cases in Galicia, of which 117 were in Lugo.Capacit…

yenisafak (2020-07-05). Turkey brings back 90,000 citizens from 130 countries during pandemic. yenisafak.com Turkey has brought back more than 90,000 citizens from 130 countries so far as part of its evacuation efforts during the coronavirus pandemic, the country's top diplomat said on Sunday."We have successfully carried out the largest evacuation operation of the history of the Republic of Turkey, we brought back more than 90,000 citizens from 130 countries to our country," Mevlut Cavusoglu told a local tourism meeting in the Mediterranean resort city of Antalya.His country also helped 90 countries to evacuate their 230,000 citizens from Turkey, Cavusoglu added."Thanks to the measures we have taken, we have become one…

yenisafak (2020-07-05). Jets hit Libya's al-Watiya airbase where Turkey may build base, sources say. yenisafak.com Warplanes struck overnight at an airbase that was recently recaptured by Libya's internationally recognised government from eastern forces with help from Turkey, a military source with the eastern forces and a resident nearby said.The strikes were carried out by "unknown aircraft", the military source with the Libyan National Army (LNA) of eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar said.A resident at the nearby town of Zintan said explosions were heard from the direction of the base.Watiya's recapture in May by the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli marked the start of a sudden collapse of the LNA's 14-mo…

yenisafak (2020-07-05). Turkey extends condolences to Japan over deadly floods. yenisafak.com Turkey on Sunday extended condolences to Japan over the deadly floods."We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of lives and extensive damage caused by floods and mudslides in Kumamoto and Kagoshima prefectures, Japan," the Foreign Ministry said in a written statement."We extend our sincere condolences to the people and Government of Japan as well as to the relatives of those who lost their lives and wish a quick recovery to the injured," the ministry added.On Saturday, at least 15 people in the Kyushu island were killed, nine were missing and one was injured after heavy rain triggered floods and landslides in…

yenisafak (2020-07-05). Turkey seizes large amount of PKK ammunition in N.Iraq. yenisafak.com The Turkish military seized a large amount of ammunition as part of its anti-terror operation in northern Iraq, said the Turkish National Defense Ministry on Sunday.The ministry said in a written statement that search and sweep activities by commandos as part of the Operation Claw-Tiger seized four AK-47s, 40 hand grenades, as well as ammunition for RPG-7 rocket launcher and mortars, grenade throwers along with many others.The operation is successfully ongoing, it said.Turkey's operations Claw-Tiger and Claw-Eagle were launched last month to ensure the safety of the Turkish people and borders by neutralizing the…

yenisafak (2020-07-05). Over 20 kg of heroin seized in eastern Turkey. yenisafak.com Police seized over 20 kilograms (44 pounds) of heroin in eastern Turkey on Sunday, according to officials.Anti-drug police in the southeastern Gaziantep province launched an operation in the Ibni Sina neighborhood, the provincial security directorate said in a statement.During the operation, over 15 kg (33 lb) of heroin and 6.4 kg (14 lb) of methamphetamine were seized and a suspect arrested.Separately, more than 5.6 kg (12 lb) of heroin was seized in the Ipekyolu district of the eastern Van province.A sniffer dog found three packs of heroin hidden in three bags in a cargo distribution center.Two suspects, identi…

yenisafak (2020-07-05). Turkey: 114 exit hospital after fireworks factory blasts. yenisafak.com A total of 114 patients have been discharged from hospital after receiving treatment for injuries from blasts in a fireworks factory in northwestern Turkey, said a local official on Sunday.Speaking to reporters following inspections at the site of the blast, Sakarya Governor Cetin Oktay Kaldirim said eight people are being treated in hospital, including one seriously wounded.Friday's explosions killed four people, and two of them have been laid to rest on Saturday, Kaldirim said."The two other people killed in the incident were identified, and our prosecutor's office is working to deliver them to their families."

sputniknews (2020-07-05). Dutch Government to Eliminate Gender Field From IDs. sputniknews.com Gender remains a requirement on passports due to existing EU regulations. At the same time, the Netherlands is not the first European state to manipulate gender options in domestic documents.

_____ (2020-07-05). Russia's Political Stability Ensured While the West Sinks. strategic-culture.org Despite what American and European commentators may think, there really is a deep desire among people to vote for their own sovereignty. And that impulse was on full display last week with the announcement of the results of Russia's public vote to approve the changes to its constitution. | The final tally put the vote at 78% in favor with a 65% voter turnout for the referendum. These are the most sweeping changes to Russia's constitution since it was ratified back in 1993, which vested the President with immense power. | And while the final package of reforms differed in one important aspect from the original one…

IMEMC News (2020-07-04). No To Israeli Annexation — Palestine Solidarity Protest — Derry, Ireland, July 4 2020. imemc.org For IMEMC News, Niall àì Brolcháin: Some of the crowd who gathered in Derry to protest against Israel's proposed illegal annexation of the West Bank and Jordan Valley. Photo:…

Andrew Harmer, Anja Leetz, Ben Eder, Remco van de Pas, Sophie Gepp (2020-07-04). [Correspondence] Time for WHO to declare climate breakdown a PHEIC? thelancet.com At the opening plenary of the World Health Assembly in May, 2019, Richard Horton urged member states and the Secretariat of WHO to recognise climate change as a planetary emergency. A few days later, during a side event on air pollution, climate change, oceans, and health sponsored by the Government of Sweden, the Minister of Health for the Seychelles Jean Paul Adam argued that climate change has to be recognised as a public health emergency at the international level. Johan Giesecke1 once stressed that as public health emergencies of international concern (PHEICs) evolve into more complex forms, it becomes neces…

Dave Lindorff (2020-07-04). Why the high dudgeon over alleged Russian bounties for Taliban slaying of US troops. nationofchange.org Certainly they want Trump to look bad for not loudly condemning the Russians for this alleged atrocity.