Sunday’s news links – Aug. 23,2020

An inmate firefighter pauses during a firing operation in California in 2018.

California 

‘They Have Nowhere To Run’: Inmate Families, Advocates Push for Prisoner Release as California Wildfires Engulf State Common Dreams

Northern California ‘drastically short’ of firefighters while an onslaught of blazes rages SF Chronicle

In just a week, wildfires burn 1 million acres in California AP

Farm Bankruptcies And Tainted Wells In The Dairy State Capital & Main

How “Defund the Police” was Blocked in Minneapolis Counterpunch

Portland police allow Proud Boys and antifascists to spar with guns in the crowd Washington Post

How U.S. Policy Turned the Sonoran Desert Into a Graveyard for Migrants NYTimes

Tennessee to Strip Right to Vote from Protesters Common Dreams

‘Brutally Killed’: Outrage Grows Over Police Killing of Trayford Pellerin as He Walked Away Daily Beast

Video footage shows police firing more than 10 rounds at the 31-year-old Black man as he was walking away.

Donald Trump’s sister says he has ‘no principles’ and ‘you can’t trust him’ Daily Mail Online

Postal service

Washington Postal Workers Defy USPS Orders And Reinstall Mail Sorting Machines Forbes

Mnuchin Paved Way for Postal Service Shake-Up NYT

Coronavirus

Only Medicare For All Can Beat Covid Counterpunch

Syria

US Sanctions Starve Syria Grayzone

‘A choice between bread and masks’: Syrians face calamity as Trump’s new sanctions combine with surging coronavirus Independent

Mali

No to the Embargo Against the People of Mali Internationalist 360°

China

As Western nations close doors to Huawei, Chinese telecoms giant finds warm welcome in Africa SCMP

Huawei’s deep roots put Africa beyond reach of US crackdown Nikkei

Poverty elimination in China: achievements, experiences and challenges Beijing Review

China reduced its poverty rate (US $3.2 per capita/day) from 99.7% in 1978 to 4.7% in 2018, but inequality has increased
Along with economic growth, the government mobilized its institutional mechanisms and people towards eliminating absolute poverty by 2020, but Gini index rose from 0.28 (1980s) to 0.41 (2015)

Anatomy of a Photograph: Authoritarianism in America The Atlantic

When the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff shows up at a peaceful protest in battle fatigues, it’s time to pay attention.

RAY McGOVERN: Catapulting Russian-Meddling Propaganda Consortium News

Solar Panels Are Starting to Die, Leaving Behind Toxic Trash Wired

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