Saturday’s news links – Aug. 15, 2020

Internal USPS Documents Outline Plans to Hobble Mail Sorting Vice

What Really Scares Voting Experts About the Postal Service The Atlantic

No matter what Trump says, the USPS has the money and the capacity to handle a huge surge in mail-in ballots. But new restrictions could disrupt the election.

Trump and Melania Requested Mail-In Ballots for Florida’s Primary: Report

Outrage in Oregon After Federal Agents Teargas Protesters Who ‘Held the Line Against Injustice’ by Blocking Bus With Deportees Common Dreams

Dolly Parton Reminds That White Folks’ ‘Little White Asses’ Aren’t The Only Ones That Matter Blavity News

Yes, the Unemployment System Is Intentionally Designed to Not Help People

Life Sentence For Missouri Woman Convicted Of Assaulting Police Officer Is ‘Extremely Distressing,’ Justice Advocate Says The Appeal

Black Lives Matter Activist Hospitalized After Police Seen Kneeling On Her Neck MSN

ICE guards ‘systematically’ sexually assault detainees in an El Paso detention center, lawyers say Texas Tribune

The end of a strike is in sight at Maine’s Bath Iron Works shipyard.

Labor

The Largest Private-Sector Strike of the Year Is Headed for Union Victory In These Times

Bath Iron Works. After nearly seven weeks on the picket line, Machinists union members will soon vote on a contract that includes everything they’re fighting for.

Coronavirus

Health providers’ scramble for staff and supplies reveals sharp disparities Politico

Are bread riots coming to America? The Week

U.S. sanctions in a time of coronavirus are morally depraved as well as illegal under international law Dan Beeton and Diana Duarte, MarketWatch

US sees embarrassing UN defeat over Iran arms embargo proposal Guardian

Venezuela

US claims seizure of oil supplies bound for Venezuela, Iran contests claim Peoples Dispatch

Bolivia

Bolivia Headed for a Showdown as Mass Protests Erupt Against US-backed Anez Administration MPN

Palestine

Palestinians reject ‘cheap publicity stunt’ by Israel and the UAE TRT World

Namibia

Namibia rejects €10m from Germany as apology for genocide Irish Times

The genocide took place between 1904 and 1908, when German troops killed as many as 100,000 of the Herero and Nama people after they rebelled against colonial rule, according to historians. … One major point in dispute is the terminology used to refer to the payments. Namibia said it is “inadequate” that Germany would not call it “reparations”, saying that the German government wants to call it “healing the wounds” money instead.

Africa

Exclusive: Inside the Secret World of US Commandos in Africa Mail & Guardian

In 2019, US Special Operations forces were deployed in 22 African countries: Algeria, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Côte D’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Somalia, Tanzania and Tunisia.

This accounts for a significant proportion of US Special Operations forces’ global activity: more than 14% of US commandos deployed overseas in 2019 were sent to Africa, the largest percentage of any region in the world except for the greater Middle East.

China

Former NBA Star: I Warned Players Not to Support Anti-China Propaganda radio.com

Climate change

‘Canary in the coal mine’: Greenland ice has shrunk beyond return, study finds Reuters

Funding Hydropower Projects will Not Fight Climate Change Kate Hudson

Writing at a time of plague: Boccaccio, Dante, Petrarca, Chaucer People’s World

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