2021-07-26: News Headlines

Anthony Cartalucci (2021-07-26). Why the US is Picking a Fight with China in the South China Sea. thealtworld.com Why is the US trying to turn ordinary, long-standing maritime disputes in the South China Sea into a regional or even international crisis? | I take a look at the US-led effort to bring China's claims regarding the South China Sea to an international tribunal on the Philippines "behalf." | I also explain the long-standing US strategy of encircling and containing China, and how this outdated plan sought to turn Southeast Asian states against China. It's outdated because today, these nations all count China as their largest trade partner, major investor, and a partner in modernizing their military and building regi…

WSWS (2021-07-26). UK-led Carrier Strike Group heads for South China Sea. wsws.org The Carrier Strike Group, with its main warship the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier, was launched in May, beginning a 28-week deployment spanning over 26,000 nautical miles.

teleSUR (2021-07-26). Typhoon in-Fa Lands in East China, Second Landfall Expected. telesurenglish.net Typhoon In-Fa made landfall in east China's Zhejiang Province at noon on Sunday, packing winds of up to 38 meters per second at its center, according to the provincial flood control headquarters. | RELATED: | The typhoon — the sixth of this year — hit land in Putuo District, Zhoushan City, at approximately 12: 30 p.m. Weather authorities have forecast the typhoon will make a second landfall in coastal areas b…

WSWS (2021-07-26). New Zealand PM aligns with Washington over Indo-Pacific. wsws.org The NZ government has faced increasingly strident demands to fall into line with the US-led build-up to war, regardless of the impact on economic relations with China.

_____ (2021-07-26). More Protests In Brazil Over COVID Crisis. popularresistance.org Protesters have taken to the streets across Brazil once more to demand far-right President Jair Bolsonaro step down over his government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic as well as recent corruption allegations. Demonstrators marched in Rio de Janeiro and several other cities nationwide on Saturday in the latest display of public anger and frustration to hit the South American nation in recent weeks.

_____ (2021-07-26). UN Food Systems Summit: Here Is Why We Are Boycotting It. popularresistance.org Yet, the organised peasant and indigenous movements from Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas that collectively represent most of the world's small-scale food producers have called for a total boycott of this summit. In April this year, scores of scientists, researchers, faculty members, and educators who work in agriculture and food systems, also issued an open call to boycott the event. To understand why social movements and scientists are staying out of a UN-sponsored summit, it is important to know how the world's food system works today.

_____ (2021-07-26). Palestine Welcomes Decision To Investigate Israeli Violations. popularresistance.org On Thursday, Palestine welcomed a decision by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNCHR) to form an independent international commission to investigate Israeli violations of Palestinian rights. The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that the council's decision "reflects the international community's persistence to implement international law and protect Palestinian human rights," said the Palestinian Foreign Affairs Ministry.

_____ (2021-07-26). Bob Moses: Organizer And Civil Rights Pioneer. popularresistance.org At a time when voting rights are under assault, it is important to remember the legacy of Bob Moses, a brilliant community organizer who died on Saturday at age 86. Moses was a key architect of the movement to enlist Southern Black workers and sharecroppers to register to vote, a campaign that eventually pressured Congress to pass the 1965 Voting Rights Act, a momentous victory which the Republican Party has steadily sought to erode.

_____ (2021-07-26). Global Call On Banks To Stop Financing Fossil Fuels. popularresistance.org To stop the world descending into full climate chaos, the continued burning of fossil fuels must be brought to an end as soon as possible. Even burning all coal, oil, and gas reserves already in production will push global temperature rise far beyond 1.5 ∞C and likely beyond 2 ∞C, the stated goal of the Paris Climate Agreement. This leaves no space for further exploration or extraction, yet many fossil fuel companies plan to vastly expand their operations, posing a true existential threat to people and planet.

_____ (2021-07-26). Families Wait Years For Housing Vouchers Due To Inadequate Funding. popularresistance.org Due to limited program funding, families struggling to afford housing that manage to get off the waiting list for a Housing Choice Voucher must typically wait for years before receiving a voucher, CBPP analysis of Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) data shows. Among the 50 largest housing agencies, only two have average wait times of under a year for families that have made it off of the waiting list; the longest have average wait times of up to eight years.

_____ (2021-07-26). Cleveland MLB Team Renamed The "Guardians" popularresistance.org "I have seen first-hand the harm that mascot names and imagery cause to the self-esteem and self-confidence of our young people. I know only too well what the research proves about the harm the imagery does to them. By selecting a team name and image that reflects a city's shared values and celebrates all its citizens, the Cleveland Guardians have set a welcome and higher standard for how change can be managed by listening to all community members, including all voices in a shared vision, and helping a city, an enterprise, and citizens grow as they move forward."

_____ (2021-07-26). Top US General Won't Commit To Ending Afghanistan Airstrikes. popularresistance.org The war in Afghanistan is meant to be effectively over, with the last US troops leaving by the end of August. McKenzie, however, suggests that the US intention to continue to support its partners means that they'll continue to "offer" airstrikes to Afghanistan. McKenzie didn't want to admit to intentions to carry out more airstrikes, but did concede that the US has been stepping up airstrikes, and believes they've had a "good effect" in the fighting.

_____ (2021-07-26). In Pre-Sentencing Letter, Drone Whistleblower Daniel Hale Says Crisis of Conscience Motivated Leak. strategic-culture.org By Brett WILKINS | "I came to believe that the policy of drone assassination was being used to mislead the public that it keeps us safe… I began to speak out, believing my participation in the drone program to have been deeply wrong." | Attorneys for drone whistleblower Daniel Hale—who faces sentencing next week after

_____ (2021-07-26). Drone War Whistleblower Daniel Hale Remains Steadfast As Federal Prosecutors Demand Nine-Year Sentence. popularresistance.org In a 20-page sentencing memorandum in the case of the United States v. Daniel Everette Hale published on July 19, federal prosecutors argue vindictively that the former Air Force analyst stole classified information in order to "ingratiate himself" with journalists and that a "significant sentence is necessary to demonstrate that the unauthorized disclosure of classified information is a serious crime with significant consequences."

Tom O'Connor (2021-07-26). China Backs Cuba in Saying US Should Apply Sanctions to Itself. anti-empire.com China has supported Cuba's argument that the United States should consider applying sanctions to itself for alleged human rights abuses before taking on other countries. | Speaking Friday at a press conference in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian asserted that his country "firmly supports the efforts of the Cuban government and people to maintain social stability" as President The latest measures, unveiled Thursd…

Anonymous103 (2021-07-26). The 'Incomplete' Map That Has China Fuming At NBC's Olympic Coverage. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | Originally published at A mere two days into the Tokyo Summer Olympic games and geopolitical controversy centering on China has already erupted. Beijing has angrily denounced major US network NBC for displaying an "incomplete" map of the country, slamming it as the news channels attempt to "play political tricks" which has resulted in 'hur…

teleSUR (2021-07-26). China Urges The US To Change Misguided Mindset. telesurenglish.net The China-U.S. relationship is in a stalemate, fundamentally because some Americans portray China as an "imagined enemy," said Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng, urging the United States to change its highly misguided mindset and dangerous policy. | RELATED: | Xie made the remarks on Monday during talks with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, who is on a visit to Tianjin City from July 25 to 26. | For…

_____ (2021-07-26). Advocates Condemn Biden Plan to Send 4,000 Inmates Back to Prison After Pandemic. commondreams.org "May his light continue to guide us as we face another wave of Jim Crow laws."

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-26). Keeping translational science on the fast track to curb COVID-19 pneumonia. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org At the beginning of the pandemic, experimental therapies were the only options available to help patients. Turning them into standard care required clinical and translational research. Experts in the Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science helped make that happen. ____________________________________ "I think we've accomplished in this year what normally would take seven years," says Saad Kenderian, M.B., Ch.B., a Mayo Clinic cancer researcher. Claudia Lucchinetti, M.D., director of Mayo Clinic's Center for Clinical and Translational Science,…

_____ (2021-07-26). DeSantis Under Fire as Florida Now Accounts for 1 in 5 New US Covid Cases. commondreams.org Many see COP26 as our last, best chance to prevent global temperatures from spiraling out of control.

_____ (2021-07-26). VIDEO: Whither Afghanistan? Getting Out Is Harder Than Getting In. strategic-culture.org Getting out of Afghanistan will be a lot trickier than going in. Watch the video and read more in the article by Philip Giraldi.

_____ (2021-07-26). The 'Harm Reduction' President Keeps Killing People. strategic-culture.org By Caitlin JOHNSTONE | * * * | The "harm reduction" president just * * * | As total mass media blackouts on important news stories…

_____ (2021-07-26). Nicaragua's Sandinistas Battle 'Diabolical' US Empire And Poverty. popularresistance.org The Grayzone Reports From Nicaragua On The 42nd Anniversary Of The Sandinista Revolution. Nicaraguans Discuss Their Improved Quality Of Life, President Ortega Condemns The Dictatorial US "Empire That Wants To Dominate All Countries," And Vice President Murillo Declares Poverty An Imperialist "Crime Against Humanity."

_____ (2021-07-26). House Dems Ask ExxonMobil Lobbyist to Testify About Climate Misinformation. commondreams.org "COP26 negotiators: take note."

_____ (2021-07-26). The Olympic Event We Need: A Race To See Where People Live the Longest. commondreams.org "As a candidate, Mr. Biden said he recognized the problems and injustices of mass incarceration, and he promised to reduce the federal prison population," wrote the Washington Post editorial board. "Here is a chance for him to keep that promise."

_____ (2021-07-26). As Climate Emergency Batters World, Scientists Meet to Finalize Key Report Ahead of COP26. commondreams.org What better way to help Americans understand that inequality is killing us.

_____ (2021-07-26). It's Time for an Urgent Intervention in the Food System Ruining Our Climate. commondreams.org "The United States has now become one of those countries where environmental advocates are attacked, put in jail, or even murdered for doing their jobs successfully."

_____ (2021-07-26). The Privacy Debate Reveals How Big Tech's "Transparency and User Control" Arguments Fall Flat. commondreams.org "Where things go from there is uncertain, but so far there is no credible pathway to compromise and peace."

_____ (2021-07-26). Climate Crisis Will Bring More Record-Smashing Heat Waves in Coming Decades, Study Says. commondreams.org

_____ (2021-07-26). 'A Race Against Time': Doctors Without Borders Implores Rich Nations to Stop Stalling Patent Waiver. commondreams.org "The decisions nations make in the next few months will likely determine whether we will or will not ultimately limit global temperature rise at 1.5 ∞C," said the U.N.'s climate chief.

_____ (2021-07-26). Tributes Pour in for Civil Rights Activist Bob Moses, Dead at 86. commondreams.org "No force on earth can stop an idea whose time has come," Victor Hugo once said. The time for the Farm System Reform Act is now. We can't afford to continue the downward spiral from an unsustainable food system. Here's how we must change it.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-26). Beyond stem cells, regenerative medicine finds exosomes. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Exosomes, a new tool in regenerative research, have implications for cardiac and tendon regeneration, wound healing, and incontinence, as well as many other applications. _______________________________ In the 60 or so years since stem cells were first defined, they've become heralds of a new type of medicine, one that promises to harness the body's healing properties. Stem cells are a sort of cellular blank slate and can be engineered to form any cell in the body….

_____ (2021-07-26). Donziger Slams Criminal Contempt Ruling as 'Message of Intimidation' to Human Rights Lawyers. commondreams.org The Korean Armistice Agreement and the war it holds in abeyance are a "still-present-past"—and the Biden administration must support efforts for a binding peace agreement.

_____ (2021-07-26). 100 Days Before COP26: The Transformative Solutions We Need in November. commondreams.org "As the virus continues to claim millions of lives around the world, we cannot afford to lose more precious time."

_____ (2021-07-25). 'Hello Somebody!' Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Campaigns for Nina Turner in Cleveland. commondreams.org

_____ (2021-07-25). Vaccine Xenophobia Against Immigrants and Refugees Must End. commondreams.org From the very start, the giant retailer's business strategy has relied on dodging taxes and pocketing public subsidies. | None of us can be completely safe if any group or nation is left behind.

_____ (2021-07-25). Meet Toka, the Most Dangerous Israeli Spyware Firm You've Never Heard of. strategic-culture.org The mainstream media's myopic focus on Israel's Pegasus spyware and the threats it poses means that other companies, like Toka, go uninvestigated, even when their products present an even greater potential for abuse and illegal surveillance. | By Whitney WEBB | This past Sunday,

_____ (2021-07-25). Nicaragua's Sandinistas Battle 'Diabolical' U.S. Empire and Poverty on 42 Anniversary of Revolution. strategic-culture.org The Grayzone reports from Nicaragua on the 42nd anniversary of the Sandinista revolution. Nicaraguans discuss their improved quality of life, President Ortega condemns the dictatorial US "empire that wants to dominate all countries," and Vice President Murillo declares poverty an imperialist "crime against humanity." | By Ben NORTON | 42 years after the victory of the Sandinista revolution, Nicaraguans are still celebrating the gains of the leftist movement, and hoping to take the transformative process to another stage. | This July 19, tens of thousands of Nicaraguans flooded downtown Managua, the capital, to sh…

_____ (2021-07-25). UN Chief Reminds Leaders of Need for 'Clear and Unambiguous Commitment' to 1.5 ∞C. commondreams.org "While hospitals in our state were filling up, DeSantis was shouting about 'Freedom over Faucism,'" said one Florida physician.

_____ (2021-07-25). 'Climate Change Is Here,' Says Oregon Governor, 'And We Have to Take Action'. commondreams.org

_____ (2021-07-25). Jeff Bezos Should Have Thanked American Taxpayers for Paying for His Space Ride. commondreams.org As wildfires devour her state, the Democrat declares that the climate emergency is "like a hammer hitting us in the head."

_____ (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.

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