Saturday’s news links – Aug. 1, 2020

Hundreds of protesters marched through downtown Albuquerque to protest the deployment of federal agents in New Mexico.

People in Albuquerque are protesting Trump’s deployment of federal agents to the city as local leaders condemn the show of force Business Insider

Trump Threatens to Use ‘Strong Offensive Force’ in Portland If ‘Absolute Anarchists’ Don’t Clear Out Sputnik

A DHS intelligence report showed the department had collected and analyzed messages between Portland protesters, a new report says Business Insider

Hundreds of pitchfork-wielding protesters gathered outside billionaires’ Hamptons mansions to demand a wealth tax Business Insider

Warrant Squad In Protest Video Has History Of Aggressive Tactics, Previously Secret Data Shows Gothamist

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Indigenous Peoples

Trump’s Pick To Manage Public Lands Has Four-Decade History Of “Overt Racism” Toward Native People Intercept

Execution scheduled for Arizona man, who is the only Native American on federal death row

Taking on the ‘fearsome foursome’ and ‘market power’ Michael Roberts

Last Thursday, the US-based global tech giants reported their quarterly earnings simultaneously. On the same day, the US economy recorded the biggest quarterly contraction in national output ever (-9.5% yoy or -32.9% annualised).

In contrast, the ‘fearsome foursome’: Alphabet (Google) – the world’s largest search engine; Amazon – the world’s largest online distributor; Apple – the world’s largest computer and mobile phone manufacturer; and Facebook – the world’s largest social media provider, posted double-digit revenue growth for the three months ended in June, raking in a combined $33.9 billion in profit in the second quarter alone. While the US and world economy have been plunged into the deepest slump since the 1930s by the lockdowns from the COVID-19 pandemic, the world’s most prominent tech companies have prospered.

Labor

Billionaires Want to Reopen Schools Amid a Pandemic. They Might Unleash a Teacher Strike Wave. Jacobin

Is the National Day of Action for Safe Schools (Aug. 3) a Precursor to a Nationwide Teacher Strike? Ed Notes Online

To Reopen Schools Safely, We Need to Fund Teachers — Not Cops Truthout

With Trump Donor in Charge, USPS May Shut Locations, Cut Service Before Election Truthout

Inside the NewsGuild’s fight to save journalism from hedge funds and pandemics The Strikewave

Hearst Magazines Staff Votes Overwhelmingly To Unionize With WGA East Deadline

‘George Floyd All Over Again’: ICE Guard Drove Knee Into Detainee Daily Beast

Bill Clinton Used John Lewis’s Funeral to Disparage the Black Freedom Struggle Truthout

The Supreme Court Built America’s Broken Policing System And It’s Working Just As Intended HuffPost

Average Age of Cars & Trucks on the Road Sets Record, Will Jump During Pandemic as New-Vehicle Sales Plunge to 1970s Level Wolf Street

Coronavirus

What are coronavirus risks from riding trains? A new Chinese study analyses passenger data South China Morning Post

Pompeo Says U.S. Will ‘Do Everything’ To Stop Nord Stream 2 Project Radio Free Europe

A “brazen giveaway” GOP HEALS Act is a $30 billion bonanza for the Pentagon Monthly Review

China

The heart of the matter in the South China Sea Pepe Escobar

White House condemns Hong Kong election delay after Trump floated postponing US vote TheHill

Pentagon Admits Risk Of ‘Mistakenly’ Firing Land-Based Nuclear Missiles In Rare Memo Tyler Durden

We have entered the “end game” for oil — with “permanent demand destruction” Oil Change

When Corporate Power Is Your Real Government, Corporate Media Is State Media Caitlin Johnstone


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