Friday’s news links – Aug. 14, 2020

Postal Service

Trump says Postal Service needs money for mail-in voting, but he’ll keep blocking funding Washington Post

An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Make Election Mail Free Save the Post Office

U.S. Postal Service Counters Trump Attacks On Mail-In Voting With A New Blockchain Patent Forbes

Tennessee lawmakers target protesters by making camping at capitol a felony Washington Post

Economic Justice Is Necessary to Stop Murders of Trans Women of Color Truthout

Federal Judge Sets Out to Bring Down Law Shielding Police From Legal Liability Truthout

Wall Street Banks Sell Off in Midst of Largest Treasury Auction in History Pam Martens and Russ Martens

 

Coronavirus

I’m a COVID-19 long-hauler and an epidemiologist – here’s how it feels when symptoms last for months Margot Gage Witvliet

Spain: Galicia Bans Public Smoking to Prevent COVID-19 Spread teleSUR

Vietnam donates 10,000 masks to Maryland to fight COVID-19 People’s World

The True Coronavirus Toll in the U.S. Has Already Surpassed 200,000 NYTimes

Capitalist crisis

Another huge unemployment wave is coming—and there’s an obvious way to stop it Sara Nelson

$400 Unemployment Supplement Is Really $300, and Won’t Arrive Soon NYTimes

Some people are still waiting for a stimulus check to arrive: What’s the holdup? USA Today

The coronavirus recession is over for the rich, but the working class is far from recovered Washington Post

The Mercury News: California judges lift coronavirus eviction ban

Iran

U.S. Seizes Iranian Fuel Cargo for First Time WSJ

Trump administration expects seizures will deter shipping companies from dealing with Iran and Venezuela

Venezuela

As the Crisis in Venezuela Intensifies, Brazil-Venezuela Tensions are on the Rise Orinoco Tribune

Bolivia

Jeanine Añez:  So Far From God and So Close to the United States Resumen

China

‘No world peace without changing China’: Hong Kong’s Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai calls for American support SCMP

The media mogul, who was arrested over alleged collusion with foreign forces before being released on bail, sought US support in a live-streamed session organized by the Heritage Foundation, an American think tank based in Washington.

PLA drills a warning to ‘Taiwan secession’ forces: Global Times editorial Global Times

The US must not overestimate the deterrence it could pose by military intervention in the Taiwan Straits. The Chinese people generally no longer believe that US military could dominate the battlefield once a war breaks out there. The Chinese people have enough courage to safeguard their national sovereignty by engaging in the military showdown with the US across the Straits, when all the other options fail. And we are confident we will win. We don’t want to go that far, but no country should think about separating Taiwan from China using salami-slicing tactics or intimidating the mainland.

Taiwan authorities can choose between a peaceful developing island and a place filled with severe military confrontation

Xinjiang And Uyghurs – What You’re Not Being Told World Affairs

Chinese rail speeding towards exciting future by doubling network length within 15 years & introducing 600kph maglev trains

Palestine

Palestinian Rights Advocates Refuse to Applaud Israel-Trump-UAE Deal That Upholds ‘Ongoing, Devastating Apartheid’ Common Dreams

United Arab Emirates Betray Palestine Moon of Alabama

The Russian Interference Report, Without Laughing Craig Murray

France Deploys Jets, Warship To East Mediterranean Amid Turkey Gas Tensions

The Bakken Boom Goes Bust With No Money to Clean up the Mess DeSmog

More than a decade ago, fracking took off in the Bakken shale of North Dakota and Montana, but the oil rush that followed has resulted in major environmental damage, risky oil transportation without regulation, pipeline permitting issues, and failure to produce profits.

Now, after all of that, the Bakken oil field appears moving toward terminal decline, with the public poised to cover the bill to clean up the mess caused by its ill-fated boom.


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