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2021-07-26: News Headlines

WSWS (2021-07-26). Flood victims in Ahrweiler: "We are the Baghdad of Germany. Totally bombed, totally destroyed" wsws.org A team of reporters from the World Socialist Web Site visited the area hit by the catastrophe and spoke with those affected about their experiences and their anger at the complete failure of civil protection and any state aid.

WSWS (2021-07-26). Germany's grand coalition presses ahead with military rearmament. wsws.org In its last sitting of the legislative session, the parliamentary budgetary committee approved spending for 27 rearmament projects with a total value of close to €20 billion at the end of June.

John Buell (2021-07-26). Living on a Newly Unrecognizable Planet. juancole.com Southwest Harbor, Maine (Special to Informed Comment) — Germany is a wealthy nation. Its business and political leaders accept the reality of climate change and have made at least modest progress to prepare for and mitigate its effects. How then to respond to such events as a family moving to the roof of their house …

Max Blumenthal (2021-07-26). Cuba's cultural counter-revolution: US gov't-backed rappers, artists gain fame as 'catalyst for current unrest'. thegrayzone.com Painting itself as a grassroots collective of artists fighting for freedom of expression, the San Isidro Movement has become a key weapon in the US government's assault on the Cuban revolution. "My people need Europe, my people need Europe to point out the abuser," Yotuel, a Spain-based Cuban rapper, proclaimed in an EU parliament event convened by right-wing legislators before handing the mic over to Venezuelan coup leader Juan Guaidó. Days later, Yotuel held a Zoom call with State Department …

Staff (2021-07-26). #BoycottPuma campaign in Toulouse fights corporate complicity in Israeli apartheid. samidoun.net On Friday, 23 July, the Collectif Palestine Vaincra, a member organization of the Samidoun Network, organized a Palestine Stand in Toulouse, France, at the Bagatelle market. The stand took place as part of the international campaign to boycott athletic wear manufacturer Puma due to its sponsorship of the Israeli Football Federation. üáµüá∏ En direct du marché de Bagatelle à Toulouse, nouveau Stand Palestine afin de promouvoir la campagne #BoycottPuma tant que cette entreprise sera sponsor des équipes de football de l'apartheid israélien ! #BoycottIsrael pic.twitt…

Doctors for Covid Ethics (2021-07-26). °Yo acuso! Las "vacunas" están matando personas. Los Gobiernos de todo el mundo le están mintiendo a usted, a la gente a la que supuestamente sirven. globalizacion.ca Carta abierta urgente para la información de: | Todos los ciudadanos de la Unión Europea (UE), el Espacio Económico Europeo (EEE) y Suiza | Todos los ciudadanos del Reino Unido de Gran Bretaña e Irlanda del Norte (Reino Unido) | Todos los ciudadanos…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-26). Hesitant about COVID-19 vaccine development? newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Some people may be hesitant to be vaccinated for COVID-19 because they think COVID-19 vaccines were developed too quickly. But today's successes are the result of many years of coronavirus research. "To say that these messenger RNA vaccines were only developed in the past year would be erroneous," says Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group. "I know some people are hesitant and they might be fearful over some of the headlines they…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-26). Unvaccinated people at highest risk of being infected by delta variant. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org A highly transmittable form of COVID-19 known as the delta variant is spreading globally. Now a subvariant known as delta-plus has been identified. "Delta-plus just means that there's been an additional mutation in the delta variant," says Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases physician and researcher at Mayo Clinic. "We have not really seen that take off yet. And that's probably because it's being outcompeted by the delta variant. If you look at the original virus and…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-26). Respiratory illnesses on the rise with symptoms similar to COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org A respiratory infection prevalent mostly in the winter has been increasing in parts of the U.S."Particularly in the South part of the U.S., we have seen an increase in what's called RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus. It's a virus that causes a cold much like influenza causes a cold, though it can be severe in very young children and elderly adults," says Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases physician and researcher at Mayo Clinic. Watch: …

Staff (2021-07-26). Headlines for July 26, 2021. democracynow.org France Approves COVID Health Pass; Germany Considers Restrictions for Unvaccinated People, COVID Cases Skyrocket in Southeast Asia, with Children Making Up 12.5% of Indonesian Death Toll, Fauci Says U.S. "Going in the Wrong Direction"; St. Louis Reintroduces Indoor Mask Mandate, 4,000 Homebound Detainees Could Be Sent Back to Prison After Pandemic Emergency Order Lifted, Tunisia's President Sacks Prime Minister, Suspends Parliament Following Protests, Afghanistan Sees Record Number of Casualties in 2021; U.S. Could Continue Airstrikes Beyond August, U.S. Launches Second Drone Strike in Somalia in Under a Week, Is…

Newsclick (2021-07-26). Can the Nord Stream 2 pipeline bring Russia and Europe closer? peoplesdispatch.org Newsclick's Prabir Purkayastha talks about the importance of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline that will deliver natural gas from Russia to Germany. He explains the economic significance of the pipeline, why Ukraine is opposed to it, and the prospects for greater cooperation between Russia and European countries once it begins functioning.

Clean Energy Wire (2021-07-25). Climate activists demand faster energy transition after flood disaster hits Germany. juancole.com By Charlotte Nijhuis | — ( Clean Energy Wire) — Activists are protesting for better climate protection measures after catastrophic floods hit several parts of Germany last week. On 23 July, environmental group Robin Wood kicks off a three-week raft tour from Berlin to Hamburg in order to push for a faster energy transition. "We …

Anonymous103 (2021-07-25). In Videos: Protests Against COVID-19 Restrictions Around The World. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On the weekend, thousands of anti-lockdown and anti-vaccination activists took to the streets of cities all over the world to protest new restrictive measures and the vaccine passport initiatives. | Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets of French cities for the second week in a row. According to French Interior Ministry, a total of 161,000 people took part in 168 protest actions across France, including 11,000 demonstrated in Paris alone. | Massive demonstrations led to clashe…

Anonymous007 (2021-07-25). Military Situation In Syria On July 25, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On July 24, Russia reported that Idlib militants violated the ceasefire regime in Greater Idlib 32 times: 19 — in Idlib province, 8 — in Latakia province, 4 — in Hama province, 1 — in Aleppo province | On July 24, Russian warplanes attacked positions of Turkish-backed forces in the Duwayr al-Akrad area | On July 24, SDF arrested three people in the first section of Al-Hawl camp | On July 24, a Turkish Army vehicle was targeted by ATGM near Hazwan vi…

Anonymous103 (2021-07-25). Two Soldiers Killed, Two Wounded In Attack On Turkish Vehicle In Northern Syria. southfront.org Turkish Army Kirpi MRAP on duty somewhere in southern Turkey. | Two Turkish soldiers were killed and two others were wounded in an attack on an armored vehicle in northern Syria. | Turkish MRAP Kirpi was targeted with a guided missile on its way to a military base in the vicinity of the town of al-Bab, northern Aleppo province."In an attack carried out by terrorists against our Kirpi vehicle in the Operation Euphrates Shield zone, two of our fellow hero soldiers were martyred and two of our friends were injured," the Ministry…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-25). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: On the verge of predicted surge with COVID-19 delta variant. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The delta variant is being blamed for hot spots in the U.S. where cases of COVID-19 are on the rise. These hot spots account for most cases in the U.S. They are also the geographical areas that tend to have the lowest vaccination rates. "It's no surprise that the two go together," says Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group. "This (delta variant) is the bad actor that…

_____ (2021-07-25). On Contact: The Life And Work Of Susan Sontag. popularresistance.org On the show this week, Chris Hedges discusses the writer and intellectual Susan Sontag with her biographer Benjamin Moser. | Susan Sontag, who wrote about art, feminism, politics, celebrity, style, homosexuality, illness, fascism, and war, was that rare species in American society — an intellectual celebrity. She traveled to Cuba as a naive political pilgrim, North Vietnam during the war, now older and more skeptical, and was in Germany when the Berlin Wall was breached and eradicated as a barrier between East and West Germany. She was in Sarajevo when the city was being hit with hundreds of shells a day an…

sputniknews (2021-07-25). Videos: Over 160,000 People Demonstrate Against Coronavirus Passes in France. sputniknews.com PARIS (Sputnik) – More than 160,000 people took to the streets across France on Saturday, protesting against new coronavirus restrictions, with violence reported in some cities and at least nine arrests made.

_____ (2021-07-25). End the 'National Security' Excuse for Racial and Religious Profiling. commondreams.org We urgently need European governments to invest in a geographically robust and accessible railway system for everyone everywhere, not just those routes with the highest demand.

Rick Rozoff (2021-07-25). U.S. shoots down two ballistic missiles in Pacific test. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com From the U.S. Missile Defense Agency. USS Ralph Johnson is an Aegis Combat System Arleigh Burke-class destroyer equipped not only for the Standard Missile-6 Dual IIs used today but also for the Standard Missile-3 IIBs currently land-based in Romania and to be stationed in Poland. Four other Arleigh Burke-class destroyers (soon to be raised to …

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2021-07-25: News Headlines

Clean Energy Wire (2021-07-25). Climate activists demand faster energy transition after flood disaster hits Germany. juancole.com By Charlotte Nijhuis | — ( Clean Energy Wire) — Activists are protesting for better climate protection measures after catastrophic floods hit several parts of Germany last week. On 23 July, environmental group Robin Wood kicks off a three-week raft tour from Berlin to Hamburg in order to push for a faster energy transition. "We …

Anonymous103 (2021-07-25). In Videos: Protests Against COVID-19 Restrictions Around The World. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On the weekend, thousands of anti-lockdown and anti-vaccination activists took to the streets of cities all over the world to protest new restrictive measures and the vaccine passport initiatives. | Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets of French cities for the second week in a row. According to French Interior Ministry, a total of 161,000 people took part in 168 protest actions across France, including 11,000 demonstrated in Paris alone. | Massive demonstrations led to clashe…

Anonymous007 (2021-07-25). Military Situation In Syria On July 25, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On July 24, Russia reported that Idlib militants violated the ceasefire regime in Greater Idlib 32 times: 19 — in Idlib province, 8 — in Latakia province, 4 — in Hama province, 1 — in Aleppo province | On July 24, Russian warplanes attacked positions of Turkish-backed forces in the Duwayr al-Akrad area | On July 24, SDF arrested three people in the first section of Al-Hawl camp | On July 24, a Turkish Army vehicle was targeted by ATGM near Hazwan vi…

Anonymous103 (2021-07-25). Two Soldiers Killed, Two Wounded In Attack On Turkish Vehicle In Northern Syria. southfront.org Turkish Army Kirpi MRAP on duty somewhere in southern Turkey. | Two Turkish soldiers were killed and two others were wounded in an attack on an armored vehicle in northern Syria. | Turkish MRAP Kirpi was targeted with a guided missile on its way to a military base in the vicinity of the town of al-Bab, northern Aleppo province."In an attack carried out by terrorists against our Kirpi vehicle in the Operation Euphrates Shield zone, two of our fellow hero soldiers were martyred and two of our friends were injured," the Ministry…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-25). Respiratory illnesses on the rise with symptoms similar to COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org A respiratory infection prevalent mostly in the winter has been increasing in parts of the U.S."Particularly in the South part of the U.S., we have seen an increase in what's called RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus. It's a virus that causes a cold much like influenza causes a cold, though it can be severe in very young children and elderly adults," says Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases physician and researcher at Mayo Clinic. Watch: …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-25). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: On the verge of predicted surge with COVID-19 delta variant. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The delta variant is being blamed for hot spots in the U.S. where cases of COVID-19 are on the rise. These hot spots account for most cases in the U.S. They are also the geographical areas that tend to have the lowest vaccination rates. "It's no surprise that the two go together," says Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group. "This (delta variant) is the bad actor that…

_____ (2021-07-25). End the 'National Security' Excuse for Racial and Religious Profiling. commondreams.org We urgently need European governments to invest in a geographically robust and accessible railway system for everyone everywhere, not just those routes with the highest demand.

Rick Rozoff (2021-07-25). U.S. shoots down two ballistic missiles in Pacific test. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com From the U.S. Missile Defense Agency. USS Ralph Johnson is an Aegis Combat System Arleigh Burke-class destroyer equipped not only for the Standard Missile-6 Dual IIs used today but also for the Standard Missile-3 IIBs currently land-based in Romania and to be stationed in Poland. Four other Arleigh Burke-class destroyers (soon to be raised to …

Staff (2021-07-24). Russian star Daniil Medvedev blasts Olympics tennis tournament a 'joke' as players grapple with sweltering conditions in Japan. rt.com Daniil Medvedev, the world's second-ranked men's tennis player, has hit out at organizers of the Olympic tennis tournament, with players being forced to contend with sweltering heat of 33 degrees celsius on the court. | Soaring temperatures in Tokyo have led to Medvedev questioning why the Olympic event affords players just a 60-second changeover period compared to the regular 90 seconds amid blazing conditions and oppressive humidity, leading to several players stripping off courtside and showering themselves with bottled water in a bid to cool down. | Medvedev was one of those who appeared to feel the heat d…

Andrew Korybko (2021-07-24). Russia Is Right To Regard The Taliban As Reasonable. thealtworld.com Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's recent remark that his country regards the Taliban as "reasonable people" prompted a discussion about why exactly Moscow holds this position towards a group that it still officially designates as terrorists. | The Taliban's cautious welcoming into the international community is proceeding apace after Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov recently remarked that his country regards the group as "

Scott Ritter (2021-07-24). Scott Ritter Joins Fault Lines Current & Next Gen Military Hardware & Doctrine. thealtworld.com Scott Ritter joined Fault Lines to discuss the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan and why this is such a failure and a defeat by the US. Scott also talked about what a war with China or Russia would look like and whether or not we should be worried about these superpowers having quite advanced technology.

Binoy Kampmark (2021-07-24). Greenwashing the Tokyo Olympic Games. dissidentvoice.org The gap between rhetoric and reality is a persistent one when looking at the sustainability of commitments of Olympic Games hosts. — Martin Màºller, European Urban and Regional Studies, 2015 The organisers of the Olympics have always been into appearances and grand theatre. And the International Olympic Committee has always been keen in keeping them …

Jesus Rodriguez-Espinoza (2021-07-24). Despite US Blockade Venezuelan Delegation Parades at Tokyo 2020 Opening Ceremony — Broadcasting Rights Secured (Video). orinocotribune.com Caracas, July 23 (Special for OrinocoTribune.com)—This Friday, July 23, 2021, the inauguration of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games was held in the Olympic Stadium of the Japanese capital, Tokyo. As is traditionally done, a delegation from each of the 204 participating countries marched in the opening ceremony, and Venezuela was no exception despite the US and European blockade. The karateka Antonio Díaz and the judoka Karen León were the standard bearers of the Venezuelan delegation. Unfortunately Yulimar Rojas, who had been designated as a flag bearer, could not arrive on time. | Yulimar absent | The Venezuela…

Anonymous669 (2021-07-24). Russian Airstrikes Hit Greater Idlib For Third Day In Row As Militants' Attacks Continue (Video). southfront.org A Russian Su-24 takes off on a combat mission at Hemeimeem airbase, Syria, on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. IMAGE: AP PHOTO/VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV | For the third day in a row, warplanes of the Russian Aerospace Forces have carried out a series of airstrikes on the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib. | The airstrikes, which took place on July 24 noon, targeted the outskirts of the towns of Kabani and Duwayr al-Akrad in the northern countryside of Lattakia. Al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the de-facto ruler…

Anonymous007 (2021-07-24). Military Situation In Syria On July 24, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On July 23, Russia reported that Idlib militants violated the ceasefire regime in Greater Idlib 28 times: 17 — in Idlib province, 7 — in Latakia province, 2 — in Hama province, 2 — in Aleppo province | On July 23, SAA artillery shelled positions of Turkish-backed forces in the Badama area | On July 23, Russian warplanes attacked positions of Turkish-backed forces in the Barah area | On July 23, two Iraqi refugees were killed in al-Hawl camp by the u…

Anonymous669 (2021-07-24). Russian Airstrikes Hit Greater Idlib For Third Day In Raw As Militants' Attacks Continue (Video). southfront.org A Russian Su-24 takes off on a combat mission at Hemeimeem airbase, Syria, on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. IMAGE: AP PHOTO/VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV | For the third day in a row, warplanes of the Russian Aerospace Forces carried out a series of airstrikes on the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib. | The airstrikes, which took place on July 24 noon, targeted the outskirts of the towns of Kabani and Duwayr al-Akrad in the northern countryside of Lattakia. Al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the de-facto ruler of Gr…

José Manuel Blanco Diaz (2021-07-24). Venezuela Condemns New Attack on Alex Saab by United Kingdom. orinocotribune.com The government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has categorically condemned a decision of the government of the United Kingdom to impose unilateral sanctions on Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab, who is currently already a subject of judicial persecution by the United States administration. | The Venezuelan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jorge Arreaza, posted the official statement of the government of Venezuela in his Twitter account, and stated that the measures taken against Alex Saab violate international law and reflect the immorality of the British government, which has set itself up as a supposed anti-cor…

WSWS (2021-07-24). Hunger strike of hundreds of undocumented migrants in Belgium. wsws.org Over 430 undocumented migrants have staged a hunger strike for more than two months against their brutal treatment by Belgian authorities throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Camille Gijs (2021-07-24). A migrant hunger strike is shaking Belgium's government. zcomm.org Once a local issue, the residency-seekers are gaining global attention…

Rick Rozoff (2021-07-24). Commander says U.S. Space Force can cooperate with Azerbaijan. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com ==== New war brewing: three Armenian soldiers shot by Azerbaijani invaders Azerbaijan's defense chief tells commanders, troops to be ready for new war ==== US wants to cooperate with like-minded people in space exploration — General John Raymond for AMI Trend BAKU, Azerbaijan — The United States wants to cooperate with like-minded people in the …

Olivia Riggio (2021-07-24). As US broils and Europe floods, media dismiss EU climate plan as 'ambitious'. nationofchange.org When humans seek to take aggressive action against this aggressive reality, reporters frame those goals as lofty and unlikely to succeed.

_____ (2021-07-24). 35 Years Later, Looking Back at the Founding of FAIR. commondreams.org A new study shows that for Europe and North America, in only 10 years electric cars will be as much as three-fourths less carbon intensive over their life-cycle than internal combustion automobiles.

WSWS (2021-07-24). ECB set to open the financial spigots wider. wsws.org The ECB meeting on Thursday demonstrated the continuing support for an ultra-easy monetary policy against opposition from Germany and other northern European representatives on its governing council.

Rick Rozoff (2021-07-24). President endorses urgent measures on Ukraine's NATO integration. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com ==== Ukraine calls for further NATO buildup in Black Sea Ukrainian conscripts kill kin to preserve monarchy in Europe U.S. delegation visits Ukraine war zone, pledges continued assistance ==== Zelensky signs decree on urgent measures on Ukraine's NATO integration Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has signed a decree enacting last month's National Security and Defense Council …

WSWS (2021-07-24). US, Germany strike deal over controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. wsws.org Despite the aggressive statements against the Kremlin contained in the deal, the agreement has provoked an uproar in sections of the American and German ruling class, and angered the Polish and Ukrainian governments.

Rick Rozoff (2021-07-24). U.S., NATO warships, warplanes hunt sharks (Russian subs) in North Atlantic. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com ==== Battle of the Atlantic: Citing Nazi Germany as model, U.S. military chief hails new NATO command NATO practices sinking Russian submarines in the Arctic ==== U.S.-led Anti-Submarine Warfare Exercise Shark Hunt 21 Kicks off in the Northern Atlantic with allies and partners ATLANTIC OCEAN — Commander, Task Force 69 (CTF-69) kicked off Exercise Shark Hunt …

WSWS (2021-07-24). Exponential rise in Germany of new coronavirus infections. wsws.org On Thursday, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported almost 2,000 new cases and the nationwide seven-day incidence rate rose to over 12 per 100,000. The reproductive number (R) is 1.19, which means a strong exponential increase.

Rick Rozoff (2021-07-24). Senegal, Brazil being prepared for NATO partnerships? antibellum679354512.wordpress.com The following excerpts are from the website of the U.S. National Guard concerning Senegalese troops being trained in Louisiana. Senegal has recently participated in the U.S. Africa Command-led African Lion multinational military exercise in Morocco and in the U.S./Ukraine-hosted 32-nation Sea Breeze war games in the Black Sea. Also participating in both was Brazil. In …

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