2019-08-19: News Headlines

Khubaka, Michael Harris (2019-08-19). Inaugral Teff Day helps prepare for California Addis Ababa Sister State. indybay.org "California Grown" Teff Field Trials – A Taste of Africa at UC Davis will showcase the global commercial opportunity of our ancient super grain of antiquity.

Middle East Eye (2019-08-19). Sudan's Bashir "Took Millions in Cash From Saudi Crown Prince," Trial Hears. theantimedia.com Detective tells court the deposed president was handed the money by Mohammed bin Salman's envoys.

Staff (2019-08-18). Sanders' Criminal Justice Plan Would Radically Cut Prison Population. truthdig.com COLUMBIA, S.C. — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is proposing a criminal justice overhaul that aims to cut the nation's prison population in half, end mandatory minimum sentencing, ban private prisons and legalize marijuana. He says the current system does not fairly treat people of color, addicts or the mentally ill. | "We have a system that imprisons and destroys the lives of millions of people," Sanders told The Associated Press before the planned released of his proposal Sunday. "It's racist in disproportionately affecting the African American and Latino communities, and it's a system t…

Vic Ryan (2019-08-18). Google Is Deepening Its Involvement With Egypt's Repressive Government. theintercept.com Google is set to re-staff its Cairo office, which more or less went dormant in 2014, following the military coup that brought Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to power.

teleSUR (2019-08-18). Spain Offers Port to Stranded Migrants, Salvini Claims Victory. telesurenglish.net Spain on Sunday offered Algeciras as a port to disembark more than a hundred migrants on a charity rescue ship stranded off the coast of Italy after the vessel had spent more than two weeks waiting for a safe port to be made available. | RELATED: | Open Arms Allowed to Land 27 Minors at the Lampedusa Port | The migrants, most of whom are African, were picked up by the Open Arms boat off the coast of Libya and have been waiting to disembark on the southern Italian island of Lampedusa…

Staff (2019-08-18). Israeli Illegal Arms Trade in South Sudan Was Disguised as "Agriculture" therealnews.com Investigative journalist Sam Mednik revealed that the agricultural company Green Horizons was a front for former Israeli general Israel Ziv's security company CST who were supplying arms to South Sudan, violating a UN Security Council arms embargo…

Staff (2019-08-18). Israeli Arms Trade in South Sudan Was Disguised as "Agriculture" therealnews.com Investigative journalist Sam Mednick revealed that the agricultural company Green Horizon was a front for former Israeli general Israel Ziv's security company CST who were supplying arms to South Sudan, fueling the conflict by selling arms to both sides…

Andrew Korybko (2019-08-18). The War on Yemen: How Far Will the Saudi-UAE Confrontation Go? globalresearch.ca Saudi Arabia and the UAE, increasingly wary allies of one another in the War on Yemen, are poised to sharpen their competition in the Red Sea-Horn of Africa region to the point of becoming "frenemies" amidst both parties' efforts to …

The Canary (2019-08-17). Sudanese protesters sign transition deal with army. thecanary.co Sudan's army and the country's pro-democracy movement have signed a final powersharing deal at a ceremony in the capital Khartoum.The move paves the way for a transition to civilian-led government following the overthrow of president Omar al-Bashir in April.Sealing the deal established a joint military and civilian council to rule for a little over three years until elections can be held.A military leader will head the 11-member council for the first 21 months, followed by a civilian leader for the following 18.Pro-democracy supporters headed to the capital Khartoum to celebrate (AP)The agreement will also establ…

United Nations (2019-08-17). Terrorism survivors: 'I lived in fear that I would be killed'. un.org To mark the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism this coming Wednesday, UN News travelled to Chad and the Far North region of Cameroon in West Africa to interview people who have personal stories to tell about how terrorism has shattered their lives.

Evaggelos Vallianatos (2019-08-16). The War on Nature. counterpunch.org Ancient Greeks, Persians, Egyptians, Mesopotamians, Chinese and Indians respected or worshipped several gods. Those gods were usually forces of nature, which opened the mind, eyes and hearts of human beings to the mysteries, beauty and truth of the natural world. The vast human majorities of the ancient world were peasant farmers and shepherds who cultivated More

RT (2019-08-16). US Customs and Border Protection systems down, airports affected nationwide. rt.com Hundreds of passengers were stranded for hours at Los Angeles, New York and Washington international airports, as US Customs and Border Protection systems were plagued by 'technical 'issues.' | Around two hours after the technical issues were first reported, the CBP said that the crippled systems were "coming back online." The agency added that there was "no indication the disruption was malicious in nature at the time." | The affected systems are coming back online and travelers are being processed. CBP will continue to monitor the incident. There is no indication the disruption was malicious in nature at thi…

RT (2019-08-16). US Customs and Border Protection systems down, airports affected nationwide. rt.com Hundreds of passengers were stranded for hours at Los Angeles, New York and Washington international airports, as US Customs and Border Protection systems were plagued by 'technical 'issues.' | Around two hours after the technical issues were first reported, the CBP said that the crippled systems were "coming back online." The agency added that there was "no indication the disruption was malicious in nature at the time." | The affected systems are coming back online and travelers are being processed. CBP will continue to monitor the incident. There is no indication the disruption was malicious in nature at thi…

United Nations (2019-08-16). Friday's Daily Brief: Education key for Rohingya, DR Congo violence continues, Zimbabwe protest latest, women's rights in Iran, environmental protection. un.org Our main stories today: Two years in, Myanmar's Rohingya youth need more education; DR Congo testimonies highlight armed brutality; appeals for Zimbabwe to 'stop cracking down' on protesters; Iran urged to release women jailed for protesting veiling laws; and new human rights agreement on environmental protection.

United Nations (2019-08-16). Displaced by DR Congo violence, survivors' testimonies highlight brutality of armed militia. un.org Two months since hundreds of thousands of people fled violence in north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), UN humanitarians warned on Friday that armed militia continue to make their safe return impossible.

Nikos Konstandaras (2019-08-16). The Truth Behind the Assassination of the South African PM. thenation.com The Truth Behind the Assassination of the South African PM…

United Nations (2019-08-15). Terrorism survivors: Forced to farm, fish, fight, 'they slaughtered three of my friends'. un.org To mark next week's International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism, UN News travelled to Chad and the Far North region of Cameroon in West Africa earlier in the year, to interview people who have personal stories to tell about how terrorism has shattered their lives.

Ralph Nader (2019-08-14). With the Boeing 737 MAX Grounded, Top Boeing Bosses Must Testify Before Congress Now. dissidentvoice.org Two Boeing 737 MAX crashes, one in Indonesia last October and one in Ethiopia this past March, took a combined 346 lives. Steady scrutiny by the media reported internal company leaks and gave voice to sidelined ex-Boeing engineers and aerospace safety specialists. These experts have revealed that Boeing's executives are responsible because they chose to …

United Nations (2019-08-14). Wednesday's Daily Brief: Help for Venezuelans, Burundi Ebola vaccine drive, Paraguay poison probe urged, talking disarmament in Geneva, Libya violence down. un.org Our main stories today cover: Scaled-up assistance for Venezuelans; Ebola vaccinations for Burundi health workers; reports of civilian deaths following an Afghan-sponsored security operation; agrochemical spray probe urged in Paraguay; Libya violence abates during truce, and disarmament conference's first woman chief urges Governments to "overcome their differences".

United Nations (2019-08-14). 'Palpable reduction' in violence following Eid truce says Libya Mission, as UN investigates deadly bombing which left 3 staff dead. un.org A UN call for a humanitarian truce over this week's Eid al-Adha religious holiday led to a "palpable reduction" of violence around the embattled capital of Tripoli, the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said in a statement released on Wednesday.

United Nations (2019-08-14). Terrorism survivors: 'The terrorists killed many people in front of us'. un.org To mark the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism, on 21 August, UN News travelled to Chad and the Far North region of Cameroon in West Africa earlier this year, to interview people who have personal stories to tell, about how terrorism has shattered their lives.

United Nations (2019-08-13). UN warns of spike in grave violations against children in Mali as 'the new normal'. un.org Voicing great concern over a sharp increase in the killing and maiming of children in Mali due to ongoing fighting and instability, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and partners on Tuesday, called on all warring parties to stop attacks and "keep them out of harm's way".

Sarah Farley (2019-08-12). Shot in the back: Colorado Springs police kill De'Von Bailey, community fights cover-up. liberationnews.org On Aug. 3, 19-year-old De'Von Malik Bailey was shot in the back as he fled from two Colorado Springs police officers.

Aída Chávez (2019-08-12). Former Beto O'Rourke Organizers Rally Behind New Texas Senate Candidate. theintercept.com In April, Becky Bond and Zack Malitz left Beto O'Rourke's staff, less than a month after they'd helped the former Senate candidate rake in $6 million in the first day of his presidential campaign. It was seen, at the time, as a strategic shift for O'Rourke — away from the "big organizing" vision that drove his unexpectedly impactful 2018 Senate run. Now, Social Practice, the firm created by Bond and Malitz, who also worked on Sen. Bernie Sanders's 2016 campaign for president, is turning its "big organizing" vis…

United Nations (2019-08-11). FROM THE FIELD: 'Eco-warriors' fight climate change in South Africa. un.org Schools in South Africa have been designating students as "eco-warriors" as part of an initiative supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), to drive environmental and climate change awareness amongst the young and old in their communities.

United Nations (2019-08-10). Three UN workers killed following Benghazi car bomb attack, as Security Council meets in emergency session, honours their 'ultimate sacrifice'. un.org Secretary-General António Guterres on Saturday condemned a car bomb attack in front of a shopping mall in the Libyan city of Benghazi, which left three UN workers dead, and three others injured, with dozens of civilians also wounded.

CounterSpin (2019-06-14). Sandy Cioffi on Nigerian Oil, Riki Ott Looking Back at Exxon Valdez Spill. fair.org Media…

2019-08-19: Social Media Postees

Inaugral Teff Day helps prepare for California Addis Ababa Sister State
Khubaka, Michael Harris | indybay.org | 2019-08-19
"California Grown" Teff Field Trials – A Taste of Africa at UC Davis will showcase the global commercial opportunity of our ancient super grain of antiquity.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/15/18825503.php

Sudan's Bashir "Took Millions in Cash From Saudi Crown Prince," Trial Hears
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-08-19
Detective tells court the deposed president was handed the money by Mohammed bin Salman's envoys.

Sudan's Bashir "Took Millions in Cash From Saudi Crown Prince," Trial Hears

Spain Offers Port to Stranded Migrants, Salvini Claims Victory
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-18
Spain on Sunday offered Algeciras as a port to disembark more than a hundred migrants on a charity rescue ship stranded off the coast of Italy after the vessel had spent more than two weeks waiting for a safe port to be made available. | RELATED: | Open Arms Allowed to Land 27 Minors at the Lampedusa Port | The migrants, most of whom are African, were picked up by the Open Arms boat off the coast of Libya and have been waiting to disembark on the southern Italian island of Lampedusa…
telesurenglish.net/news/Spain-Offers-Port-to-Stranded-Migrants-Salvini-Claims-Victory-20190818-0001.html

Google Is Deepening Its Involvement With Egypt's Repressive Government
Vic Ryan | theintercept.com | 2019-08-18
Google is set to re-staff its Cairo office, which more or less went dormant in 2014, following the military coup that brought Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to power.
theintercept.com/2019/08/18/google-egypt-office-sisi/

Sanders' Criminal Justice Plan Would Radically Cut Prison Population
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-08-18
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is proposing a criminal justice overhaul that aims to cut the nation's prison population in half, end mandatory minimum sentencing, ban private prisons and legalize marijuana. He says the current system does not fairly treat people of color, addicts or the mentally ill. | "We have a system that imprisons and destroys the lives of millions of people," Sanders told The Associated Press before the planned released of his proposal Sunday. "It's racist in disproportionately affecting the African American and Latino communities, and it's a system t…
truthdig.com/articles/sanders-criminal-justice-plan-would-radically-cut-prison-population/

Israeli Illegal Arms Trade in South Sudan Was Disguised as "Agriculture"
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-08-18
Investigative journalist Sam Mednik revealed that the agricultural company Green Horizons was a front for former Israeli general Israel Ziv's security company CST who were supplying arms to South Sudan, violating a UN Security Council arms embargo…
therealnews.com/stories/israeli-illegal-arms-trade-in-south-sudan-was-disguised-as-agriculture

Israeli Arms Trade in South Sudan Was Disguised as "Agriculture"
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-08-18
Investigative journalist Sam Mednick revealed that the agricultural company Green Horizon was a front for former Israeli general Israel Ziv's security company CST who were supplying arms to South Sudan, fueling the conflict by selling arms to both sides…
therealnews.com/stories/israeli-illegal-arms-trade-in-south-sudan-was-disguised-as-agriculture

The War on Yemen: How Far Will the Saudi-UAE Confrontation Go?
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-18
Saudi Arabia and the UAE, increasingly wary allies of one another in the War on Yemen, are poised to sharpen their competition in the Red Sea-Horn of Africa region to the point of becoming "frenemies" amidst both parties' efforts to …
globalresearch.ca/allies-frenemies-how-far-saudi-emirati-competition-go/5686234

Sudanese protesters sign transition deal with army
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-08-17
Sudan's army and the country's pro-democracy movement have signed a final powersharing deal at a ceremony in the capital Khartoum.The move paves the way for a transition to civilian-led government following the overthrow of president Omar al-Bashir in April.Sealing the deal established a joint military and civilian council to rule for a little over three years until elections can be held.A military leader will head the 11-member council for the first 21 months, followed by a civilian leader for the following 18.Pro-democracy supporters headed to the capital Khartoum to celebrate (AP)The agreement will also establ…
thecanary.co/breaking-news/2019/08/17/sudanese-protesters-sign-transition-deal-with-army/

Terrorism survivors: 'I lived in fear that I would be killed'
United Nations | un.org | 2019-08-17
To mark the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism this coming Wednesday, UN News travelled to Chad and the Far North region of Cameroon in West Africa to interview people who have personal stories to tell about how terrorism has shattered their lives.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/08/1044331

The War on Nature
Evaggelos Vallianatos | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
Ancient Greeks, Persians, Egyptians, Mesopotamians, Chinese and Indians respected or worshipped several gods. Those gods were usually forces of nature, which opened the mind, eyes and hearts of human beings to the mysteries, beauty and truth of the natural world. The vast human majorities of the ancient world were peasant farmers and shepherds who cultivated…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/16/the-war-on-nature/

Friday's Daily Brief: Education key for Rohingya, DR Congo violence continues, Zimbabwe protest latest, women's rights in Iran, environmental protection
United Nations | un.org | 2019-08-16
Our main stories today: Two years in, Myanmar's Rohingya youth need more education; DR Congo testimonies highlight armed brutality; appeals for Zimbabwe to 'stop cracking down' on protesters; Iran urged to release women jailed for protesting veiling laws; and new human rights agreement on environmental protection.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/08/1044391

Displaced by DR Congo violence, survivors' testimonies highlight brutality of armed militia
United Nations | un.org | 2019-08-16
Two months since hundreds of thousands of people fled violence in north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), UN humanitarians warned on Friday that armed militia continue to make their safe return impossible.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/08/1044341

The Truth Behind the Assassination of the South African PM
Nikos Konstandaras | thenation.com | 2019-08-16
The Truth Behind the Assassination of the South African PM…
thenation.com/article/hendrik-verwoerd-assassination-dimitri-tsafendas/

US Customs and Border Protection systems down, airports affected nationwide
rt.com | 2019-08-16
Hundreds of passengers were stranded for hours at Los Angeles, New York and Washington international airports, as US Customs and Border Protection systems were plagued by 'technical 'issues.' | Around two hours after the technical issues were first reported, the CBP said that the crippled systems were "coming back online." The agency added that there was "no indication the disruption was malicious in nature at the time." | The affected systems are coming back online and travelers are being processed. CBP will continue to monitor the incident. There is no indication the disruption was malicious in nature at thi…
rt.com/usa/466678-customs-border-protection-system-down/

Terrorism survivors: Forced to farm, fish, fight, 'they slaughtered three of my friends'
United Nations | un.org | 2019-08-15
To mark next week's International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism, UN News travelled to Chad and the Far North region of Cameroon in West Africa earlier in the year, to interview people who have personal stories to tell about how terrorism has shattered their lives.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/08/1044261

With the Boeing 737 MAX Grounded, Top Boeing Bosses Must Testify Before Congress Now
Ralph Nader | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-08-14
Two Boeing 737 MAX crashes, one in Indonesia last October and one in Ethiopia this past March, took a combined 346 lives. Steady scrutiny by the media reported internal company leaks and gave voice to sidelined ex-Boeing engineers and aerospace safety specialists. These experts have revealed that Boeing's executives are responsible because they chose to …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/08/with-the-boeing-737-max-grounded-top-boeing-bosses-must-testify-before-congress-now/

Wednesday's Daily Brief: Help for Venezuelans, Burundi Ebola vaccine drive, Paraguay poison probe urged, talking disarmament in Geneva, Libya violence down
United Nations | un.org | 2019-08-14
Our main stories today cover: Scaled-up assistance for Venezuelans; Ebola vaccinations for Burundi health workers; reports of civilian deaths following an Afghan-sponsored security operation; agrochemical spray probe urged in Paraguay; Libya violence abates during truce, and disarmament conference's first woman chief urges Governments to "overcome their differences".
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/08/1044231

'Palpable reduction' in violence following Eid truce says Libya Mission, as UN investigates deadly bombing which left 3 staff dead
United Nations | un.org | 2019-08-14
A UN call for a humanitarian truce over this week's Eid al-Adha religious holiday led to a "palpable reduction" of violence around the embattled capital of Tripoli, the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said in a statement released on Wednesday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/08/1044201

Terrorism survivors: 'The terrorists killed many people in front of us'
United Nations | un.org | 2019-08-14
To mark the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism, on 21 August, UN News travelled to Chad and the Far North region of Cameroon in West Africa earlier this year, to interview people who have personal stories to tell, about how terrorism has shattered their lives.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/08/1044191

UN warns of spike in grave violations against children in Mali as 'the new normal'
United Nations | un.org | 2019-08-13
Voicing great concern over a sharp increase in the killing and maiming of children in Mali due to ongoing fighting and instability, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and partners on Tuesday, called on all warring parties to stop attacks and "keep them out of harm's way".
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/08/1044151

Former Beto O'Rourke Organizers Rally Behind New Texas Senate Candidate
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2019-08-12
In April, Becky Bond and Zack Malitz left Beto O'Rourke's staff, less than a month after they'd helped the former Senate candidate rake in $6 million in the first day of his presidential campaign. It was seen, at the time, as a strategic shift for O'Rourke — away from the "big organizing" vision that drove his unexpectedly impactful 2018 Senate run. Now, Social Practice, the firm created by Bond and Malitz, who also worked on Sen. Bernie Sanders's 2016 campaign for president, is turning its "big organizing" vis…
theintercept.com/2019/08/12/texas-progressive-senate-candidate/

Shot in the back: Colorado Springs police kill De'Von Bailey, community fights cover-up
Sarah Farley | liberationnews.org | 2019-08-12
On Aug. 3, 19-year-old De'Von Malik Bailey was shot in the back as he fled from two Colorado Springs police officers.
liberationnews.org/shot-in-the-back-colorado-springs-police-kill-devon-bailey-community-fights-cover-up/

FROM THE FIELD: 'Eco-warriors' fight climate change in South Africa
United Nations | un.org | 2019-08-11
Schools in South Africa have been designating students as "eco-warriors" as part of an initiative supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), to drive environmental and climate change awareness amongst the young and old in their communities.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/08/1044101

Three UN workers killed following Benghazi car bomb attack, as Security Council meets in emergency session, honours their 'ultimate sacrifice'
United Nations | un.org | 2019-08-10
Secretary-General António Guterres on Saturday condemned a car bomb attack in front of a shopping mall in the Libyan city of Benghazi, which left three UN workers dead, and three others injured, with dozens of civilians also wounded.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/08/1044111