2019-06-04: News Headlines

Peter Koenig (2019-06-04). The Murdering of Julian Assange. globalresearch.ca If a lie is repeated often enough it becomes the truth in the minds of the braindead listeners. Its indoctrination of the public to demonize somebody or a group of people, or a country, who could become dangerous for the empire's vicious and criminal endeavors. That's what they are doing with Julian Assange.

Rep. Ron Paul (2019-06-04). Hey Trump: Remember Wikileaks? globalresearch.ca Last week in an episode of my daily Ron Paul Liberty Report we discussed whether the US and British government were actually trying to kill jailed Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange. More than seven years ago Assange was granted asylum …

George Szamuely (2019-06-04). Strange Defenders: Assange and the Press. globalresearch.ca In recent days, in response to the Trump administration's issuance on May 23 of a 17-charge indictment against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a number of prominent liberal columnists and Democratic politicians have come out with highly critical comments. Understandably, …

Global Research News (2019-06-04). Selected Articles: The Murdering of Julian Assange. globalresearch.ca Global Research has over 50,000 subscribers to our Newsletter. | Our objective is to recruit one thousand committed "volunteers" among our 50,000 Newsletter subscribers to support the distribution of Global Research articles (email lists, social media, crossposts). | Do not send us …

Patrick Cockburn (2019-06-04). Why the US is Persecuting Assange. counterpunch.org I was in Kabul a decade ago when WikiLeaks released a massive tranche of US government documents about the conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Yemen. On the day of the release, I was arranging by phone to meet an American official for an unattributable briefing. I told him in the course of our conversation what I had just learned from the news wires.He was intensely interested and asked me what was known about the degree of classification of the files. When I told him, he said in a relieved tone: "No real secrets, then." More

Binoy Kampmark (2019-06-04). Findings of Torture: The UN Rapporteur and Julian Assange. counterpunch.org Another crude and sad chapter, yet more evidence of a system's vengeance against its challengers. Julian Assange, like they dying Roman emperor Vespasian, may be transforming into a god of sorts, but the suffering of his mortal physical is finding its mark. While some in the cynical, narcissistic press corps still find little to commend More

Peter Koenig (2019-06-04). The Murdering of Julian Assange. dissidentvoice.org Julian Assange is being slowly murdered by "Her Majesty's Prison Service" at Belmarsh prison in the south-east of London. The prison is notorious for holding people who have never been charged with a crime indefinitely. It is also called the British version of Guantanamo, and, typically used to detain so-called terrorists, thus called by the …

WSWS (2019-06-04). SEP Australia meetings on Labor's election debacle and the defence of Assange. wsws.org The leftward movement of workers and youth can find no way expression within the present political framework. It must be developed into a conscious political movement, based on a socialist perspective.

Ben Norton (2019-06-04). Top US Journalists Spread Fake News Claiming North Korean Official Was 'Purged' — Then He Shows Up on TV. globalresearch.ca Virtually every major Western corporate media outlet and a who's who of pundits circulated a blatantly false report that North Korean nuclear negotiators were killed and imprisoned, exposing their non-existent editorial standards on Official Enemies. | *** | The corporate media's editorial

Manuel E. Yepe (2019-06-04). Bolton's Dangerous Psychopathology. counterpunch.org John Bolton has been saying for years that he wants to overthrow the Iranian government, but this time he seems to have gone too far, writes Joe Lauria, editor-in-chief of Consortium News and former correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Sunday Times of London and many other newspapers. "I met John Bolton and More

teleSUR (2019-06-04). Iran Sues UK for $1.6B over Wrongful Sanctions. telesurenglish.net Iranian Mellat bank's trial against the United Kingdom is expected to start on June 17 where judges will hear that Britain's actions "substantially damaged the bank's reputation" and led to the loss of profits, customers and access to international banking services for which the lender is demanding US$1.6 billion in compensation, Iranian Press TV reported Tuesday. | RELATED: | If US Refrains from Bullying, Iran May Initiate Talks: Rouhani | The bank says the U.K. government also…

teleSUR (2019-06-04). French Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia Increased 50% in 2018: Report. telesurenglish.net Despite a national call to end Yemen's "Dirty War," in 2018 French weapons sales to Saudi Arabia skyrocketed by 50 percent, a federal report revealed Tuesday. | RELATED: | US to Sell Arab Allies $8B in Arms to 'Deter Iran': Pompeo | According to the annual report, France's arms sales rose to 91 billion euros (US$102 billion) or 30 pe…

Serge Halimi (2019-06-04). US Gears Up for War With Iran. counterpunch.org Can a state that condemns, without real justification, an international disarmament treaty it spent years negotiating then threaten a co-signatory with military aggression? Can it order other countries to fall into line with its capricious, bellicose stance or face punitive sanctions? The US can. It's pointless trying to argue with the Trump administration's claimed reasons More

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-06-04). Trump's Bellicosity Sells Weapons but Also Boosts Iran and the Palestinian Cause. globalresearch.ca When the "Islamic State" (ISIS) occupied large territories in Iraq and Syria, it shifted Middle East and world attention to it, moving the focus away from the Palestinian cause. The countries affected by the ISIS horror concentrated on recovering their …

Eds. (2019-06-04). Constitution — Title I: Fundamental Principles (Art. 1-9). mronline.org Article 1: The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is irrevocably free and independent, basing its moral property and values of freedom, equality, justice and international peace on the doctrine of Simón Bolívar, the Liberator. Independence, liberty, sovereignty, immunity, territorial integrity and national self-determination are unrenounceable rights of the Nation. | Source

teleSUR (2019-06-04). Former Jamaican PM Urges for Caribbean Integration on Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Former Prime Minister of Jamaica, Percival James Patterson called on Monday for Caribbean nations to support a united stance on the situation in Venezuela, reminding regional leaders that they had reached a common position repudiating external intervention in the country's internal affairs. | RELATED: | Caribbean Nations Call For and Recommit to Peaceful Solution in Venezuela | "We expect all our leaders to act in accordance with that decision and not to veer off in…

teleSUR (2019-06-04). Sudanese Military Scraps All Agreements With Protesters. telesurenglish.net Sudan's ruling party, the Transitional Military Council (TMC), announced on Tuesday that they were canceling all of the agreements they made with the main opposition, vowing to hold elections within nine months. | RELATED: | Death Toll Climbs to 9 in Sudan After Security Forces Attack | This move by the Transitional Military Council came on the same day that the Sudanese military stormed a protest camp in Khartoum, killing at least 35 peaceful protesters. The group had earlier sa…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-06-04). Sudan's Pro-Democracy Opposition Urges 'Total Civil Disobedience' After Soldiers Massacre 35 People at Peaceful Sit-In. commondreams.org Condemning a "bloody massacre" which killed at least 35 peaceful protesters at a sit-in in the Sudanese capitol of Khartoum, pro-democracy leaders urged "total civil disobedience" on Monday to rise up against the military council currently running the country. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-06-04). 'Blatant Attempt to Intimidate': Trump Administration Proposal Threatens Pipeline Protesters With Up to 20 Years in Prison. commondreams.org "This dangerous proposal threatens to undermine Americans' right to peaceful assembly and free speech." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Stephen Lendman (2019-06-04). Dubious Report on Russia Withdrawing Defense Support to Venezuela. globalresearch.ca With attribution to Mark Twain's remark about false reports of his death, a Wall Street Journal report on Russia withdrawing defense support to Venezuela is greatly exaggerated. See below. | Trump is Exhibit A proof that all politicians lie, and nothing …

Paul Dobson (2019-06-04). Canada Closes Venezuela Embassy as Guaido Promises Maduro Out by End of Year. globalresearch.ca Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland has announced the "temporary" closure of her country's embassy and the withdrawal of diplomatic personnel from Venezuela, claiming Ottawa had "no choice." | In a Sunday press statement, Freeland accused the Maduro government of having …

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-06-04). Washington Office on Latin America Gets Behind US Regime Change Agenda in Venezuela. mintpressnews.com WOLA's hawkish stance on Venezuela may seem surprising for a "human rights" organization, but it is less of a surprise for those familiar with WOLA's history.

WSWS (2019-06-04). Military massacres protesters in Sudan. wsws.org Dozens were killed and hundreds wounded Monday after troops broke up a sit-in in Khartoum with live ammunition.

Bill Press (2019-06-04). Mueller Must Be Called to Testify. commondreams.org Even if Mueller does nothing more than read the most damaging parts of his report out loud, on national television, he would still have made the strongest case yet against Trump. (Photo: Bill Press) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Tom Tomorrow (2019-06-04). Robert Mueller, American Sphinx. thenation.com Robert Mueller, American Sphinx…

Andrew Korybko (2019-06-04). South Asia's Role in the Pentagon's "Indo-Pacific Strategy Report" globalresearch.ca The US' recently released "Indo-Pacific Strategy Report" envisages India playing a key role in this vast transregional space in order to "contain" China, while Pakistan is conspicuously absent from the text despite being one of the few nuclear weapons states, …

Jonathan Cook (2019-06-04). A Second Israeli Election Proves Netanyahu's Grip on Power Is Slipping. globalresearch.ca In a sign of how politically vulnerable he has rapidly become, prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu plunged Israel into new elections last week — less than two months after his far-right bloc appeared to win at the ballot box. | Netanyahu was …

teleSUR (2019-06-04). UK's Khan Fires Back, Calls Trump 'Poster-Boy' for Far-Right. telesurenglish.net The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has fired back at U.S. President Donald Trump for his insults prior to landing in Great Britain for his short visit. | RELATED: | Trump Begins UK Visit by Insulting People, Endorsing Far-right | Khan called the U.S. President the 'poster-boy' for the far-right, pointing out that Trump has a large support base among the Alt-Right. | "Surely we should be saying 'listen, you know, you do realize you're a poster-boy for the far-right movement around t…

Eds. (2019-06-04). Revealed: the far right networks of deception. mronline.org In total, Avaaz reported over 500 suspect pages and groups to Facebook, which were followed by nearly 32 million people and generated over 67 million "interactions" (comments, likes, shares) in the last three months alone. | Source

teleSUR (2019-06-04). 'Our NHS Is Not for Sale': Corbyn at Anti-Trump Rally. telesurenglish.net The U.K.'s Labour party Leader Jeremy Corbyn stood on Tuesday in front of about 75,000 protestors at the Together Against Trump rally in Whitehall to defend the country's National Health System, after U.S. President Donald Trump suggested the system is "on the table" in a post-Brexit trade deal. | RELATED: | UK's Khan Fires Back, Calls Trump 'Poster-Boy' for Far-Right | "Our NHS is not for sale," Corbyn said, pledging that "we will fight with every last breath of our body to defend t…

teleSUR (2019-06-04). EU-Mercosur Free Trade Agreement Expected Before August. telesurenglish.net The president of the Brazil-Spain Trade Chamber (CCBE) Jose Gasset Loring expects the Southern Common Market (Mercosur) and the European Union (EU) sign a bilateral free trade agreement before August. | RELATED: | Argentina's Macri to Meet With Bolsonaro, Mercosur On Agenda | "I am an optimist and I think it could be closed before August," Loring said and added that the EU-Mercosur Free Trade Agreement (EMFTA) could be signed before the European Commission's newest members in Octob…

WSWS (2019-06-04). Workers Struggles: The Americas. wsws.org Mass protests are continuing in Brazil against education cuts by the right-wing Bolsanaro administration while striking Honduran teachers and doctors held protests against privatization of healthcare and education.

South Front (2019-06-04). Video: Israeli Military Intensifies Attacks on Syria. globalresearch.ca Overnight on June 2, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) carried out a missile strike on Syrian Arab Army (SAA) targets in the southern part of the country. According to the IDF, the missiles hit 2 artillery batteries, observation and intelligence …

Firas Samuri (2019-06-04). Israel Continues Its Interference in the Syrian Crisis. globalresearch.ca On June 2, the Syrian Arab News Agency reported on Israeli aggression on the T4 airbase, located in the eastern countryside of Homs province. It's recognized that the Syrian Air Defense System managed to destroy two missiles. The remaining rockets …

Bill Van Auken (2019-06-04). Pentagon Fires Guantanamo Prison Commander for Calling Attention to US Crimes. globalresearch.ca The Pentagon has announced the abrupt firing of the commander of the infamous US prison camp at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. | In a statement released Sunday, the US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), which oversees the extra-legal detention center, …

Manlio Dinucci (2019-06-04). As mà£os desmedidas do grupo Bilderberg. globalresearch.ca Três italianos foram convidados este ano para a reunià£o do grupo Bilderberg, realizada em Montreux, na Suíàßa, de 30 de Maio a 2 de Junho. Ao lado de Lilli Gruber, a apresentadora televisiva do La7, agora convidada permanente do Bilderberg, …

Paul Antonopoulos (2019-06-04). Saudi-led Air Strikes Destroyed Nearly 400 Hospitals in Yemen. globalresearch.ca Nearly 400 hospitals and medical facilities in Yemen were destroyed during the four-year war period as a result of the Saudi-led coalition air strikes, Health Ministry spokesman Youssef Hadiri said in an interview with Sputnik News, on Thursday. | "More than …

Hatim Kanaaneh (2019-06-04). Ancient Plants: Reflections on Palestinian Life from the Galilee Mountains. globalresearch.ca I always like my beer on the bitter side. Recently, I discovered the wild variety of plant behind the delicate taste. | On the afternoon of our 79th (combined average) birthday, my wife and I took a lengthy hike in the …

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (2019-06-04). President Lopez Obrador of Mexico's Letter to Donald Trump. "I Don't Want Confrontation…" globalresearch.ca President Donald Trump, | I am aware of your latest position in regard to Mexico. In advance, I express to you that I don't want confrontation. The peoples and nations that we represent deserve that we resort to dialogue and act …

Andrew Korybko (2019-06-04). From the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit to the G20: United Eurasia Stands, Divided It Falls? globalresearch.ca This month's SCO and G20 Summits will see Eurasia first make a pretense of unity in Bishkek prior to Trump exploiting its preexisting fault lines in Osaka, with the US attempting to play Russia, India, and China off against one …

Manlio Dinucci (2019-06-04). Le lunghe mani del gruppo Bildenberg. globalresearch.ca Tre italiani sono stati invitati quest'anno alla riunione del gruppo Bilderberg, svoltasi a Montreux in Svizzera dal 30 maggio al 2 giugno. Accanto a Lilli Gruber, la conduttrice televisiva de La7 ormai ospite fissa del Bildelberg, è stato invitato un …

Kim Petersen (2019-06-04). Video: "Plutocracy V: Subterranean Fire". Capitalism and the Historical Trampling of the Working Class. globalresearch.ca Plutocracy V: Subterranean Fire, written and directed by Scott Noble, continues the run of quality documentaries by Metanoia Films. The film provides the historical context that allows the viewer to understand why inequality reigns while social justice and …

William Astore (2019-06-04). The American Cult of Bombing and Endless War. commondreams.org Relatives mourn next to bodies of Iraqi residents of west Mosul killed in an air strike targeting ISIS on 17 March 2017. (Photo: AFP/Getty) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-06-04). Nearly 100 Animal Rights Activists Arrested for Protesting 'Torturous Practices' at Duck Slaughterhouse. commondreams.org "The real criminality is the systemic torture and slaughter of billions of animals in the cruelest, filthiest, most sadistic conditions. But the police protect the corporate criminals." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Mark Weisbrot (2019-06-04). Puerto Rico's Botched Disaster Relief, Unsustainable Debt and Economic Failure Linked to Its Colonial Status. counterpunch.org Here is a scandal: Puerto Rico has a Financial Oversight and Management Board (FOMB), created by the US Congress and appointed by the president of the United States, in charge of its finances. Its budget, financed by Puerto Rico's taxpayers, is $1.5 billion over five years, or $300 million a year. How much money is More

Jesse Jackson (2019-06-04). Donald Trump Confuses Bluster With Strength on Trade. commondreams.org President Donald Trump speaks in late May in support of farmers and ranchers hurt by the ongoing U.S.-China trade war. Farmers hurt by Trump's tariffs will get additional $16 billion bailout to those most affected. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

WSWS (2019-06-04). Warnings mount that trade war could bring recession. wsws.org Morgan Stanley said a global recession could start within nine months if the Trump administration goes ahead with its threat to impose a 25 percent tariff on an additional $300 billion worth of Chinese goods and Beijing retaliates.

RT (2019-06-04). Former UK spy and author of dossier that sparked Russiagate to give US testimony — report. rt.com The former British intelligence agent who authored the infamous dossier on President Trumpler's alleged Russia ties has agreed to speak to American authorities, according to a UK media report.

RT (2019-06-04). Collusion enthusiast Adam Schiff warns of Russian 'deep fake' videos in 2020. rt.com One of the chief Russiagate conspiracy theorists, Congressman Adam Schiff, is at it again, warning that the Kremlin will try to "influence" the 2020 presidential election in new and nefarious ways.

WSWS (2019-06-04). At least 116 injured in Russia factory explosions. wsws.org The blasts at the factory, which produces explosives for the Russian military, shattered windows in hundreds of buildings over a radius of at least 3 kilometers.

WSWS (2019-06-04). As Trump lands in UK, US threatens break in NATO alliance over EU army. wsws.org US officials have indicated that if the plans of Berlin and Paris for an EU army proceed, Washington might not defend the EU against a hypothetical Russian attack.

WSWS (2019-06-04). The fight against Trump must become the struggle for socialism. wsws.org Workers and young people wanting to fight against the growing danger of war and dictatorship, spearheaded by Trump's threats against China and Russia, must reject all calls for an alliance with rival capitalist powers and parties.

RT (2019-06-04). Senate unanimously passes bill to deny entry to non-citizen 'election meddlers'. rt.com The Senate has unanimously approved a bill barring individuals "who improperly interfere" in US elections from entering the country, in a display of legislative virtue-signaling. It's unclear who the act is supposed to affect.

Norman Solomon (2019-06-04). Why Joe Biden Was Afraid to Face California's Democratic Party. counterpunch.org Joe Biden's glaring absence from the California Democratic Party convention has thrown a national spotlight on his eagerness to detour around the party's progressive base. While dodging an overt clash for now, Biden is on a collision course with grassroots Democrats across the country who are learning more about his actual record and don't like More

Evaggelos Vallianatos (2019-06-04). My Father's Hidden Weapon: Reflections on WW II. counterpunch.org It must have been late 1943 and I was about ten months old. A woman who hated my father told the Germans in the village that my father was hiding a pistol at his house. In the German-occupied Greece of World War II, this was an accusation that could lead to death, indeed the murder More

CP Editor (2019-06-04). 1986 Videos of Chernobyl Disaster. counterpunch.org

Howard Lisnoff (2019-06-04). "One, Two, Three Strikes, You're Out…" counterpunch.org Just when those who think the situation vis-à -vis U.S. militarism and empire can't get any worse, there are visible signs they are. Such was the visit to the militarized and right-wing government of Japan by Donald Trump. With new calls for impeachment—a grand waste of time at this point in Trump's disastrous presidency—readers might think More

Michael Welton (2019-06-04). Education in the Service of Assimilation: The Founding Vision of Residential Schools in Canada. counterpunch.org Many of us can scarcely comprehend why a teacher might smack a child across the mouth with a ruler for "speaking Indian" (one of thousands of cruel acts perpetrated on Native children). They were stripped of their clothing and given a number upon entering the residential school. They were separated from their siblings by gender and removed from parental contact and community bonds. They were fed lousy food in lousy buildings. Around 6000 children died of various diseases, particularly tuberculosis. Their own spiritual traditions and practices were attacked mercilessly. Spiritual desolation awaited them down the r…

Robby Sherwin (2019-06-04). An Assault by Any Other Name. counterpunch.org The legal definition of assault: An assault is the act of inflicting physical harm or unwanted physical contact upon a person or, in some specific legal definitions, a threat or attempt to commit such an action. It is both a crime and a tort and, therefore, may result in either criminal and/or civil liability. I believe it More

David Swanson (2019-06-04). You Can Almost Count on Each New Mass Shooter Being a Veteran. counterpunch.org "He enlisted in the Virginia National Guard in April 1996, according to spokesman A.A. Puryear. He was assigned to the Norfolk-based 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team as a 13B cannon crew member. He was discharged in April 2002 and held the rank of specialist at the time, the spokesman More

Sara Roy (2019-06-04). On Equating BDS With Anti-Semitism: a Letter to the Members of the German Government. counterpunch.org To the Members of the German Government: I write to you regarding the motion recently passed by the Bundestag that equated BDS with anti-Semitism. I also write to you as Jew, a child of Holocaust survivors and as a scholar of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. My mother, Taube, and father, Abraham, survived Auschwitz among other horrors. More

teleSUR (2019-06-04). Indonesian Suicide Bomber Wounded After Botched Attempt. telesurenglish.net An Indonesian militant was seriously wounded on Tuesday when he attempted to blow himself up outside of a police station, the local authorities stated. | RELATED: | Indonesia's Mount Agung Volcano Grounds Flights After Splurting 4,600-Meter Ash Cloud | The unnamed militant was believed to have been influenced by the Islamic State terrorist group after investigators found information proving the 22-year-old's exposure to the organization. | "This was a suic…

WSWS (2019-06-04). Germany: Investigation into October Festival bombing to be concluded. wsws.org After the bombing attack, the investigating authorities sought to bury the links between the bomber and neo-Nazi and far right terrorist networks.

RT (2019-06-04). Pompeo says US intel only OCCASIONALLY 'gets things wrong', after bragging about 'lying' CIA. rt.com US intelligence agencies occasionally make mistakes but should still be trusted and taken at their word, according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who once famously boasted that the CIA "lies, cheats and steals."

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-06-04). Extreme Flooding Across Midwest 'Exactly In Line' With Scientific Warnings of Climate Crisis: Experts. commondreams.org Farmers and residents across the Midwest are currently "living climate change," according to climate scientists who are observing catastrophic flooding that's resulted from one of the rainiest springs on record. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-06-04). 'Existential' Risk of Climate Crisis Could Lead to Civilizational Collapse by 2050, Warns Report. commondreams.org "The world is currently completely unprepared to envisage, and even less deal with, the consequences of catastrophic climate change." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

commondreams (2019-06-04). Greenpeace: Elizabeth Warren's $2 Trillion Plan to Kickstart the Clean Energy Economy is a "Win-Win" commondreams.org ______________________________…

teleSUR (2019-06-04). UN Calls for Probe Into Sudan Army's Killing of 35 Protesters. telesurenglish.net The United Nations' rights agency (OHCHR) Tuesday called on Sudanese security forces to halt attacks on Khartoum protest camps and to allow for negotiations for a transition to civilian-led power in the nation to continue. | RELATED: | Sudan Transitional Gov't Bans Al Jazeera, Revokes Staff Permits | OHCHR spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said between 30 and 35 people have been killed and several others injured in the violence. She called for a "de-escalation" in the country, warni…

Robert Kuttner (2019-06-04). Elizabeth Warren Presents Unparalleled Plan to Bolster American Workers and Manufacturing. commondreams.org The latest policy framework from 2020 candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, explains Kuttner, "proposes that every tool of American national policy be directed towards the goals of reclaiming domestic industry and producing good jobs for American workers." (Photo: ElizabethWarren.com) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Earth First! (2019-06-04). Earth First! Journal Tour in Arcata. indybay.org Outer Space | 1100 M Street | Arcata, CA…

CGTN Africa (2019-06-04). Senegal's opposition calls for inquiry on BP gas deal. cgtn.com A group of opposition politicians in Senegal is demanding an investigation of two major offshore gas blocks run by British Petroleum (BP) after a report alleging fraud involving President Macky Sall's brother Aliou Sall. | Aliou Sall, brother of Senegalese President Macky Sall, speaks during a news conference in Dakar, Senegal June 3, 2019. REUTERS/Christophe Van Der Perre | The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on Monday published an investigation alleging that in a previously unpublished arrangement, BP agreed to pay Timis Corporation, a company run by Romanian-Australian tycoon Frank Timis, around $10 bil…

Stephen Lendman (2019-06-04). House Democrats Laying Groundwork to Impeach Trump? globalresearch.ca According to Speaker Pelosi's aides, impeachment proceedings against Trump may be coming though nothing is certain at this point. | Third-ranking House Dem Jim Clyborn said the groundwork is being laid. "I think we've already begun," he said on Sunday, dubiously …

plenglish (2019-06-04). Cuban Vice President Meets with Russian Agriculture Minister. plenglish.com Moscow, Jun 4 (Prensa Latina) The vice president of the Cuban Council of Ministers, Ricardo Cabrisas, has met on Tuesday with Russian Agriculture Minister Dmitri Patrushev and Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov to review bilateral economic cooperation.

plenglish (2019-06-04). US Government for a New Discredit Campaign against Venezuela. plenglish.com 04 de junio de 2019, 10: 20Caracas, June 4 (Prensa Latina) The United States Government is on Tuesday insisting on bringing Venezuela into disrepute through a new campaign so as to further alienate global public opinion regarding the harsh situation in the South American nation, the Venezuela Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza stated.

ILWU Local 10 May Day Committee (2019-06-04). Support ILWU Local 10 In Their Fight Against A's Stadium In The Port of Oakland Howard Ter. indybay.org The ILWU Local 10 May Day committee is calling for support in the fight against the construction of the A's stadium on the Port of Oakland's Howard Terminal.

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-04). CAF to hold emergency meeting in Paris following Champions League chaos. cgtn.com CAF President Ahmad Ahmad | The Confederation of African Football (CAF) is set to hold an emergency meeting today in Paris following the events that marred the CAF Champions League final on June 1. | The match pit Tunisian side Esperance against Wydad Casablanca. Chaos ensued when the match officials declined to award Wydad a goal and did not also seek the assistance from the VAR to verify their decision. This angered Moroccan football fans and observers, who strongly argued that the decision of the referee was unjust. | The situation prompted wide backlash from football fans across the continent and worldwide.

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-04). UNHCR appeals for additional funding to mitigate effects of Somalia drought. cgtn.com The United Nations refugee agency has appealed for additional support top help people affected and displaced by drought in Somalia. | UNHCR says Somalia has been hit by a worsening drought in many parts of the country following failed rains in the "Deyr" (October — December 2018) and "Gu" (April-June 2019) rainy seasons. | The agency says that some 5.4 million people are expected to be food insecure by July. Of these, 2.2 million will be in severe conditions needing immediate emergency assistance unless aid is urgently scaled up. | The drought in the Horn of African country has also forced more than 49,0…

Consortiumnews (2019-06-04). Reclaiming Billionaires' Wealth. consortiumnews.com Looking beyond classical economic models, Vince Taylor sees vast, private fortunes that belong mostly to society at large. By Vince Taylor Znet Hundreds of commentators have warned that extreme concentration of wealth threatens democracy and social stability. Not a day… Read more →

Henry Debnam (2019-06-04). Ukraine provides information on Russian net of agents in Kosovo. indybay.org Mass arrests in the framework of fighting illegal trade in Serbian enclaves in Kosovo drew attention of all international media.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-06-04). Warren's New $2 Trillion Green Manufacturing Plan Welcomed as 'Win-Win' for Climate and Workers. commondreams.org As new polling showed Tuesday that public support for Sen. Elizabeth Warren's presidential campaign has continued to rise as she's introduced a series of ambitious policy proposals, the Democratic candidate unveiled a $2 trillion renewable energy and green manufacturing plan welcomed by climate campaigners as a boon for both the planet and U.S. workers. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

CGTN Africa (2019-06-04). Sudan military council calls for election in 9 months. cgtn.com Sudan's Transitional Military Council (TMC) on Tuesday announced it had cancelled all previous agreements with the main opposition coalition and called for snap elections following deadly violence in the capital Khartoum. | Sudanese protesters gesture as they chant slogans along a street and demanding that the country's Transitional Military Council hand over power to civilians in Khartoum, Sudan, June 3, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY | This is after security forces moved to disperse the main protest camp outside the Defence Ministry. | The announcement came as the military faced mounting internati…

Jason Ditz (2019-06-04). Israeli Military Intensifies Attacks on Syria, Killing 15. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — After killing ten people in a flurry of attacks early Sunday, Israeli warplanes continued with a second round of strikes into the evening, killing at least five more, and bringing the death toll to 15. Overall, four Syrian soldiers have been confirmed killed in the attacks, while seven others from the early attacks were described as foreign …

Staff (2019-06-04). U.S. Prepares Sanctions to Block Food Subsidy for Millions of Venezuelans. therealnews.com Over half of Venezuelans currently receive a direct food subsidy delivered to their neighborhoods. Trump officials say that they are looking for ways to sanctions these. Mike Fox reports from Venezuela about the program…

Human Rights Watch (2019-06-04). Netherlands Takes Big Step Toward Tackling Child Labor. hrw.org | | "Peter," 15, working alongside a teenage girl at an artisanal and small-scale mine in Odahu, Amansie West district, Ghana. | © 2016 Juliane Kippenberg for Human Rights Watch | People are becoming more and more aware that the things they buy — like clothes, mobile phones, or even vegetables — could be the product of child labor. Consumers in the Netherlands may soon be able to buy goods with new-found confidence, thanks to a law that tackles child labor in companies' supply chains. | On May 14, the Dutc…

CGTN Africa (2019-06-04). Kenya to host Africa dairy conference in August. cgtn.com A shop steward arranges dairy products at the Quick Mart Lavington supermarket in Nairobi on January 24, 2019. (Photo by SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images) | Kenya will host the 15th African dairy conference from Aug. 14 to 16, organizers announced on Tuesday. | Peter Ngaruiya, executive director of Eastern and Southern Africa Dairy Association, said in Nairobi that more than 600 delegates from 45 countries in Africa will attend the event to review ways to address the challenges affecting the dairy sector. | "Over 100 companies from China, India and Europe will also showcase the latest technology in the dairy industry…

teleSUR (2019-06-04). UN Assembly President Espinosa Should Lead OAS: Antigua PM. telesurenglish.net United Nations General Assembly (PGA) president, Maria Fernanda Espinosa, would provide better leadership to the Organization of American States than current OAS Secretary General, Luis Almagro, Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne said Tuesday. | RELATED: | Almagro Against Venezuela Dialogue, in Favor of Use of Force | During the dedication of the…

plenglish (2019-06-04). China Issues Warning on Tourism Travels to US. plenglish.com Beijing, Jun 4 (Prensa Latina) The Government of China on Tuesday issued a warning to those who want to visit the United States, claiming security issues related to frequent shootings, assaults and robberies in public places in that country.

Human Rights Watch (2019-06-04). South Sudan: Government Forces Abusing Civilians. hrw.org

ILWU Local 10 May Day Committee (2019-06-04). Support ILWU Local 10 In Their Fight Against A's Stadium In The Port of Oakland Howard Terminal. indybay.org The ILWU Local 10 May Day committee is calling for support in the fight against the construction of the A's stadium on the Port of Oakland's Howard Terminal.

CGTN Africa (2019-06-04). UN Security Council to discuss Sudan crisis. cgtn.com The UN Security Council will meet behind closed doors on Tuesday to discuss the crisis in Sudan after security forces violently broke up weeks of protests against military rule, leaving more than 30 dead. | FILE PHOTO: Members of Sudan's alliance of opposition and protest groups chant slogans outside Sudan's Central Bank during the second day of a strike, as tensions mounted with the country's military rulers over the transition to democracy, in Khartoum, Sudan May 29, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/File Photo | UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in a statement that he was "alarmed" by reports th…

Human Rights Watch (2019-06-04). Sudan: Halt Attacks on Protesters. hrw.org | | A protester wearing a Sudanese flag flashes the victory sign in front of burning tires and debris on road 60, near Khartoum's army headquarters, in Khartoum, Sudan, Monday, June 3, 2019. | © 2019 AP Photo | Sudan's forces violently attacked protesters, bystanders, and medical workers on June 3, 2019, reportedly killing at least 35 people and injuring hundreds, Human Rights Watch said today. The forces attacking protesters included the Rapid Support Force (RSF),…

WSWS (2019-06-03). Sydney Peace Prize recipients demand Australian government defend Assange. wsws.org The statement was a powerful indictment of the Australian political and media establishment, which has abandoned the WikiLeaks founder or openly participated in his persecution.

Robert Fisk (2019-06-03). The Final Punishment of Julian Assange. counterpunch.org From the start, I've been worried about the effect of Wikileaks, not on the brutal western governments whose activities it has disclosed in shocking detail (especially in the Middle East) but on the practice of journalism. When we scribes were served up this Wikileaks pottage, we jumped in, paddled around and splashed the walls of reporting with our cries of horror. And we forgot that real investigative journalism was about the dogged pursuit of truth through one's own sources rather than upsetting a bowl of secrets in front of readers, secrets which Assange and co — rather than us — had chosen to mak…

Ben Norton (2019-06-03). Top US journalists spread fake news claiming North Korean official was 'purged' — then he shows up on TV. thegrayzone.com Virtually every major Western corporate media outlet and a who's who of pundits circulated a blatantly false report that North…

Ben Armbruster (2019-06-03). How Mainstream U.S. Media Is Failing Us on Trump and Bolton's March to War with Iran. globalresearch.ca The Trump administration and its allies are slow-walking the United States into war with Iran, and, with a few notable exceptions, mainstream U.S. media is helping them. | Much of this assistance has been overt. Just like during the run-up …

Ben Armbruster (2019-06-03). How mainstream US media is failing us on Trump and Bolton's march to war with Iran. nationofchange.org The Trump administration and its allies are slow-walking the United States into war with Iran, and, with a few notable exceptions, mainstream U.S. media is helping them. | Much of this assistance has been overt. | Just like during the run-up to the Iraq war, outlets like CNN, NBC, and | the New York Times have in recent we…

Elizabeth Fischer (2019-06-03). Hawkish Trump White House Endangers our Collective Conscience. counterpunch.org The war drums in the White House have been beating louder in recent months. While Trump has shown himself willing to embrace bellicose rhetoric to further his political ambitions, until recently, it had been mostly all talk. However, the appointment of known war hawk John Bolton as national security adviser signaled a strong shift from More

Wyatt Reed (2019-06-03). Meet the DC tenants' advocacy group taking a stand… for regime change and war. thegrayzone.com The DC Tenants Advocacy Coalition (TENAC) attacked Americans defending Venezuela's embassy from a right-wing takeover and clamored for US military…

Whitney Webb (2019-06-03). Bipartisan Support for Trump's Aggressive Iran Policy Reveals the Hollowness of Russiagate. mintpressnews.com While Russia often serves as a useful "boogeyman" for promoting militaristic policies, the odd moments when those same policies actually benefit Russia and avoid strong opposition from U.S. politicians and media provide a rare glimpse into the real motivations behind Cold War 2.0.

Miko Peled (2019-06-03). For the US and Israel, Iran Works Best as a Perpetual Threat. mintpressnews.com Both Israel and the U.S. need Iran: they need to be able to point to Iran as a threat, as a menace, as the source of terrorism and evil in the world. That threat is also an important part of any election campaign for politicians in both countries. The fact that Iran is none of those things is beside the point.