2019-06-06: News Headlines

Ted Rall (2019-06-06). Hacking Dirty Government Secrets Is Not a Crime. counterpunch.org British goon cops acting at the request of the United States government entered Ecuador's embassy in London, dragged out WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and prepared to ship him across the pond. After this event last month most of the mainstream media reacted with spiteful glee about Assange's predicament and relief that the Department of Justice More

WSWS (2019-06-06). The global war on journalism. wsws.org The arrest of Julian Assange has set a precedent for the state persecution of journalists, triggering police raids in Australia and France against reporters documenting government crimes and corruption.

WSWS (2019-06-06). UN Special Rapporteur on Torture warns Julian Assange could die in prison. wsws.org The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture said in an Australian radio interview on June 1 that Julian Assange could die in jail if his persecution is not ended here and now.

Gregory Shupak (2019-06-06). In Media's Looking Glass, US Doesn't Threaten Iran But Merely Responds to Iranian Threats. fair.org by Gregory Shupak | US leaders have been threatening Iran for years, but US corporate media persistently and wrongly paint US escalations against Iran as defensive countermeasures. | George W. Bush said in 2008 that "all options are on the table" in terms of the policies the US will consider toward Iran, which was a way of saying that the US might militarily attack Iran—even a nuclear first strike would fit under "all." (Oddly, when officials talk about "all options," options that involve killing people seem to be the only kind they have in min…

Joshua Cho (2019-06-06). WSJ Says CIA Chief Wouldn't Do Anything 'Inappropriate'—Despite Record of Torture and Coverup. fair.org by Joshua Cho A Wall Street Journal report (5/25/19) by Warren Strobel whitewashed CIA Director Gina Haspel's career and put a positive spin on the CIA's insulation from public accountability with its turn towards its greatest opacity "in decades." While one might expect CIA officials to support greater secrecy around the organization, it's odd that …

Robbie Conal (2019-06-06). John Bolton, Warmonger. thenation.com John Bolton, Warmonger…

W. T. Whitney Jr. (2019-06-06). U.S. government tightens Cuba travel prohibitions, targets tourism industry. peoplesworld.org The U.S. government under President Donald Trump on June 4 announced new restrictions on U.S. citizens traveling to Cuba. They took effect on June 5. National Security Advisor John Bolton, speaking to Cuban-American Bay of Pigs veterans in Miami on April 17, had set the stage. He mentioned upcoming travel restrictions plus the implementation of …

Michael T. Klare (2019-06-06). The Pentagon's Spoiling for a Fight … But With China, Not Iran. counterpunch.org The recent White House decision to speed the deployment of an aircraft carrier battle group and other military assets to the Persian Gulf has led many in Washington and elsewhere to assume that the U.S. is gearing up for war with Iran. As in the lead-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, U.S. officials have More

Pepe Escobar (2019-06-06). Why Trump Now Wants Talks with Iran. globalresearch.ca Unlike Deep Purple's legendary 'Smoke on the Water' — "We all came out to Montreux, on the Lake Geneva shoreline", the 67th Bilderberg group meetings produced no fire and no smoke at the luxurious Fairmont Le Montreux Palace Hotel. | The …

Ivan Kesic (2019-06-06). The US is Waging a Quiet Scientific War Against Iran. mintpressnews.com Not so long ago, scientists were true diplomats of pacifism, but today they became a favorite target to decelerate the national progress and discourage future generations of scientists.

Stephen Lendman (2019-06-06). The US/UK "Special Relationship": Anglo-American "Common Values and Shared Interests" Threaten World Peace? globalresearch.ca In his 1946 Fulton, Missouri "Iron Curtain" address, Winston Churchill coined the US/UK "special relationship" term. | Until its 1776 declaration and war of independence, Britain colonized the US. Now it's the other way around. | The same is true for post-WW …

CFJPIME (2019-06-06). Islamophobia and the 2017 Quebec City Mosque Massacre: Motion M-153 Does Not Honour Mosque Victims. globalresearch.ca Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) is deeply concerned that Motion M-153— which purports to honour the victims of the January 29, 2017 Quebec City mosque massacre — is an attempt to avert a proper tribute …

Stephen Lendman (2019-06-06). Fundamental Palestinian Rights: Trump's "Deal of the Century" "No-Peace/ Peace Plan", Derogating "The Right of Return" globalresearch.ca From what's known about the scheme, subject to change, Trump's so-called "deal of the century" has nothing to do with regional peace or treating Palestinians equitably. | It has everything to with serving US and Israeli interests at the expense of …

teleSUR (2019-06-06). African Union Suspends Sudan After Army Crackdown on Protests. telesurenglish.net The African Union (AU) has suspended Sudan Thursday from the regional bloc in response to its brutal crackdown by the military on protesters. | RELATED: | UN Calls for Probe Into Sudan Army's Killing of 35 Protesters | The AU's Peace and Security Department said on Twitter that Sudan's participation in the AU is immediately suspended "until the effective establishment of a civilian-led transitional authority" is established as the only way to "exit from the current crisis." | Si…

Thomas Knapp (2019-06-06). Instead of a US Peace Plan for the Middle East, How about a US Peace Plan for the US? counterpunch.org US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo describes the Trump administration's plan for peace between Israel and Palestinian Arabs as "unexecutable." President Trump says Pompeo "may be right." Good! As addiction counselors say, the first step is admitting you have a problem. With addiction, the way out is not "if at first you don't succeed, try, More

Fréa Lockley (2019-06-06). Theresa May and Donald Trump accused of peak 'hypocrisy' on D-Day. thecanary.co Theresa May and Donald Trump stand accused of peak hypocrisy on the 75th anniversary of D-Day. A leading pacifist group said they spoke "of peace while preparing for war" and failed to honour the memory of those who died. | "Abusing the memory of people who died on D-Day": | A press release from the Peace Pledge Union (PPU) accused May and Trump of "abusing the memory of people who died on D-Day". Instead, the peace group said they used the "75th anniversary to ramp up support for military force today".

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-06-06). New Greenpeace Report Breaks Down Why Next US President Has No Choice But to Prioritize Total 'Fossil Fuel Phase Out'. commondreams.org As public demands for the Democratic Party to allow a 2020 primary debate centered solely on the climate crisis ramped up Thursday, Greenpeace USA released a new report that implores the next president—whoever it is and with help from Congress—to enact ambitious policies that urgently phase out oil, gas, and coal production to prevent planetary catastrophe. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Justin Podur (2019-06-06). Sanctions Are Genocidal, and They Are the US's Favorite Weapon. commondreams.org U.S. sanctions against Venezuela have already killed 40,000 people between 2017 and 2018, according to a report by Mark Weisbrot and Columbia University's Jeffrey Sachs. (Photo: Courtesy of the authors) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

teleSUR (2019-06-06). Trump Threatens to Hit China With $300 Billion in Tariffs. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to hit China with "at least" another $300 billion of tariffs but said he thought both China and Mexico wanted to make deals in their trade disputes with the United States. | RELATED: | China, Russia Will Support Stabilization in Venezuela: Putin | "Our talks with China, a lot of interesting things are happening. We'll see what happens… I could go up another at least $300 billion and I'll do that at the right time," Trump told reporters…

Paul Dobson (2019-06-06). Venezuela: Pompeo Exposes Frustration Over Opposition Divisions as China, Russia Call for Non-Interference. venezuelanalysis.com The US Secretary of State claims efforts to unify the opposition have been "devilishly difficult."

teleSUR (2019-06-06). Putin: US Army Intervention in Venezuela Would Be Disaster. telesurenglish.net Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Thursday that a U.S. military intervention in Venezuela would be a disaster and said even Washington's allies did not support such a course of action. | RELATED: | China, Russia Will Support Stabilization in Venezuela: Putin | "We are against intervention into interior political affairs of other countries. We think it causes drastic, if not tragic consequences. The cases of countries like Libya, Iraq are the best proof to that," the Russia l…

teleSUR (2019-06-06). Guaido Relies on Personal Astrologer for Political Guidance. telesurenglish.net The self-proclaimed 'President' of Venezuela, Juan Guaido, does not travel without his personal astrologer and spiritual guru, Jon Lee Anderson of The New Yorker recounted in a new article. | RELATED: | Desperate Guaido Asks EU To Impose More Sanctions On Venezuela | According to the article, a "man in owlish glasses" introduced himself to Anderson as 'David' during the author's visit to Venezuela in March of this year. | David then proclaimed that Venezuelan President Nicolas…

MAIL (2019-06-06). Headlines for June 6, 2019. democracynow.org U.S.-Mexico Immigration Talks Continue as Trump's Tariff Deadline Nears, Trump Admin to Cut School, Legal Aid and Recreation for Migrant Children, Mexican Police Arrest Immigration Activists Cristóbal Sánchez and Irineo Mujica, Trump Visits Normandy, France, on 75th Anniversary of D-Day Invasion, Trump Compares Future Irish Border to U.S.-Mexico Border Wall, Irish Protesters Decry Trump's Racism, Misogyny and Climate Denial, Pressed on Climate Change, Trump Says Weather "Changes Both Ways", Yemen's Houthi Rebels Claim They've Seized Territory in Saudi Arabia, CNN: Trump Admin Withheld Intelligence on China-Backed…

splcenter (2019-06-06). SPLC sues Trump administration for detaining immigrants who cannot afford bail. splcenter.org The SPLC and its allies sued the Trump administration today for holding people in Georgia immigration prisons just because they do not have enough money to pay for bail.

WSWS (2019-06-06). Lutheran student pastor Betty Rendón deported back to Columbia less than a month after being detained by ICE. wsws.org Pleas from community members and family fell on deaf ears as the Trump administration escalates its war on immigrants.

WSWS (2019-06-06). Lutheran student pastor Betty Rendón deported back to Colombia less than a month after being detained by ICE. wsws.org Pleas from community members and family fell on deaf ears as the Trump administration escalates its war on immigrants.

Editor (2019-06-06). When a drink of water becomes a felony. workers.org Many people hike for pleasure through the beauty of the Sonoran Desert near Ajo, Ariz., as you might visit a state park near where you live. While hiking in the desert, Scott Warren discovered the brutal reality facing migrants at the U.S. border as he began to run into people . . . | Continue reading When a drink of water becomes a felony at Workers.org

Philip Giraldi (2019-06-06). Tulsi Gabbard Pushes No War Agenda — and the Media Is Out to Kill Her Chances. globalresearch.ca Voters looking ahead to 2020 are being bombarded with soundbites from the twenty plus Democratic would-be candidates. That Joe Biden is apparently leading the pack according to opinion polls should come as no surprise as he stands for nothing apart …

Special To The Black Star News (2019-06-06). 2017 US OPEN CHAMPION SLOANE STEPHENS SET TO PLAY FOR NEW YORK EMPIRE WORLD TENNIS TEAM THIS SUMMER. blackstarnews.com US Open champion Sloane Stephens, who is up for Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian of the Year Award, is slated to play for New York Empire… | The New York Empire presented by Citi announced today that 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens will play for the team on Thursday, July 18 at Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning when the Empire take on the visiting Orange County (Calif.) Breakers. The match begins at 6: 30 p.m. and tickets are on sale now. It's the first of back-to-back nights of must-see tennis as seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams will play for the Washington Kastles in New York the followi…

MAIL (2019-06-06). "Massacre" in Sudan: Protesters Continue Call for Civilian Rule After Military Kills 100+ at Sit-in. democracynow.org The death toll in Sudan has risen to more than 100 following a deadly military raid on a nonviolent sit-in in Khartoum Monday morning. According to doctors who have been taking part in the ongoing anti-government uprising, at least 40 bodies were dredged up from the Nile River in the aftermath of the carnage. Meanwhile, the state news agency reported Thursday that the death toll was no more than 46. On Wednesday, the Transitional Military Council said it had launched an investigation into the violence and offered to resume a dialogue on a transition to democracy, just a day after scrapping all agreements with an…

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2019-06-06). Whitewashing War Crimes Has Become the American Way. truthdig.com Just after dawn on March 16, 1968, a company of U.S. Army infantrymen, led by Capt. Ernest Medina and spearheaded by Lt. William Calley, entered the small hamlet of My Lai in Quang Ngai province, South Vietnam. The villagers, mostly women and children, had no idea what was coming that day. If they had, they'd have fled. | Despite facing zero resistance and finding only a few weapons, Calley ordered his men to execute the entire population. In all, some 500 Vietnamese civilians were executed, including more than 350 women, children and babi…

Shane Quinn (2019-06-06). Pentagon Nuclear War Plans: Fallout Would Have Wiped Out Many More Countries than Previously Estimated. globalresearch.ca By 1961 the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, a group of senior military figures advising the president, had concluded that proposed nuclear attacks across China, the USSR and Warsaw Pact allies would result in over half a billion deaths. Approximately …

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-06-06). Alarm as Trump Energy Dept Redefines 'High-Level' Nuclear Waste to 'Low-Level' in Order to Save Disposal Costs. commondreams.org Rolling back safety standards that have been observed for decades, the Trump administration will reclassify nuclear waste in the interest of saving money and time when disposing of the material. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Ramzy Baroud (2019-06-06). Facing the Facts: Israel Cannot Escape ICC Jurisdiction. mintpressnews.com The Chief Military Advocate General of the Israeli army, Sharon Afek, and the US Department of Defense General Counsel, Paul Ney, shared a platform at the 'International Conference on the Law of Armed Conflict', which took place in Herzliya, Israel between May 28-30. | Their panel witnessed some of the most misconstrued interpretations of international law ever recorded. It was as if Afek and Ney were literally making up their own law on warfare and armed conflic…

Andrew Korybko (2019-06-06). Trump's Visit to the United Kingdom: The "Special Relationship", Post Brexit Future, Upholding "Western Civilization" … against Russia. globalresearch.ca Trump's first-ever state visit to the UK was a monumental event that celebrated the history of these two Great Powers' "Special Relationship" and also hinted at what…

Steven Sahiounie (2019-06-06). US Forces Destroy Syrian Oil While Enforcing Sanctions. globalresearch.ca The U.S. military attacked three Syrian oil tankers, destroying all and killing four of their drivers. The tankers were carrying Syrian oil, pumped from Syrian oil wells, and driving on Syrian territory. The U.S. justified the attack and murders …

Barbara Nimri Aziz (2019-06-06). Reinterpreting History and Reality, Retrospective Exhibition of Simone Fattal, New York Museum of Modern Art PS1. globalresearch.ca Even in New York, it's not often one has an opportunity to view a sculpture exhibit on the scale of Simone Fattal's 50-year retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art PS 1. It's a splendid assemblage of work—247 …

The Ocean Legacy Foundation (2019-06-06). Plastic Waste and Pollution: Environmental Organizations Call on Canadian Government to Take Immediate Regulatory Action. globalresearch.ca Twelve leading ocean conservancy and environmental groups have requested that Canada's environment and health ministers take immediate regulatory action on plastic waste and pollution, under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act 1999, and call on the Government of Canada to add …

Food & Water Watch (2019-06-06). The Fracking Endgame: Locked into Plastics, Pollution and Climate Chaos. globalresearch.ca In the mid-2000s, the oil and gas industry accelerated the use of the controversial hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") technique to extract formerly inaccessible natural gas from shale rock and other geologic formations. Fracking has threatened communities near drilling rigs with water …

Mark Taliano (2019-06-06). Coalition Airstrikes against Syria and Iraq: "Counting" Civilian Casualties, Fake Atrocity Narratives. globalresearch.ca Washington-led Empire is a global gangster state[1]. It corrupts all organizations that stand in its way, including supposedly "non-governmental" agencies[2]. | These agencies are government and/or foundation-funded. They are not neutral. They serve and advance Empire's crimes. They fabricate consent by …

Dr. Gary G. Kohls (2019-06-06). A Third Brazilian Mine Tailings Dam Disaster Is About to Occur. The Dangers of Experimental Copper Mining in Minnesota. globalresearch.ca I plead with the readers of this column to click on the following links and read about the Vale Mining Corporation's warning of an impending dissolution of yet another Brazilian mine tailings dam. Here is the link to the developing

Gareth Porter (2019-06-06). How the U.S. Navy Sold the Vietnam War. globalresearch.ca Dr. Tom Dooley, whose best-selling book "Deliver Us From Evil" helped create a favorable climate of opinion for U.S. intervention in South Vietnam, has long been linked to legendary CIA officer Edward G. Lansdale and his black operations in …

Manlio Dinucci (2019-06-06). The Long Arm of the Bilderberg Group. Created by the CIA and MI6. globalresearch.ca Three Italians were invited to this year's meeting of the Bilderberg Group, which was held in Montreux, Switzerland, (30 May to 2 June). Another journalist was invited with Lili Gruber, the host of the TV channel La7, and now the …

Hans Stehling (2019-06-06). Boris Johnson as Interim Prime Minister Could be a Disaster for the UK and British Interests. globalresearch.ca Boris Johnson as interim Prime Minister — even for a short period up to the next UK General Election — could prove extremely dangerous for both democratic government and for Britain as a sovereign, independent power. | Johnson is not only …

Middle East Eye (2019-06-06). 'We Will Soon Pray There': Israeli Minister Urges Jewish Settlers to Enter Al-Aqsa (The Temple Mount). globalresearch.ca An Israeli minister has called on settlers to continue entering Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa compound and thanked security officials for making their visits possible after hundreds broke into the mosque during the final days of Ramadan. | In a video released on Monday, …

John Kozy (2019-06-06). The Root of All Evil: "People No Longer Matter" globalresearch.ca How primitive human beings dealt with the harsh conditions of life can hardly be imagined. I suppose humans emerged in racial and ethnic groups that then merged to some extent, sometimes easily, sometimes not. All, however, face the same hardships …

Caoimhghin àì Croidheáin (2019-06-06). Romanticism and Music: The Conversion of Music into a "Mass Narcotic" on a Global Scale. globalresearch.ca " Narcotic: drug that produces analgesia (pain relief), narcosis (state of stupor or sleep), and addiction (physical dependence on the drug). In some people narcotics also produce euphoria (a feeling of great elation)." | Introduction | Romanticism is a philosophical movement …

Jim Miles (2019-06-06). Modern Apocalypse. The Human Condition. globalresearch.ca The following text is a selection from Jim Miles book entitled Modern Apocalypse | The entire text of Jim Miles book is available in E-book pdf format | The Human Condition | Within the universe I am completely insignificant. Insignificance opens up the …

Sonali Kolhatkar (2019-06-06). The GOP's White Supremacy Now Has a Smoking Gun. commondreams.org Immigration activists rally on April 23 outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. as the justices hear arguments over the Trump administration's plan to ask about citizenship on the 2020 census. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite / AP) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

WSWS (2019-06-06). Military junta launches counter-revolution in Sudan. wsws.org The counter-revolutionary bloodbath has killed some 100 people, including an eight-year old child, and injured hundreds more since Monday.

Thomas Knapp (2019-06-06). The First Amendment Protects Ex-Politicians Too. counterpunch.org Most Americans loathe "lobbyists," and most Americans think "bi-partisanship" sounds like a good, moderate idea representing compromise and common ground for the public good. So a surprise "bi-partisan alliance" between US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and US Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), with the proclaimed goal of passing a bill to ban politicians from working as More

John W. Whitehead (2019-06-06). Technotyranny: The Iron-Fisted Authoritarianism of the Surveillance State. counterpunch.org "There will come a time when it isn't 'They're spying on me through my phone' anymore. Eventually, it will be 'My phone is spying on me.'" ― Philip K. Dick Red pill or blue pill? You decide. Twenty years after the Wachowskis' iconic 1999 film, The Matrix, introduced us to a futuristic world in which More

Philippe Marlière (2019-06-06). France: The Yellow Vests' Missed Opportunity. counterpunch.org The Yellow Vests movement (Gilets jaunes) began in November 2018. Prior to the first occupations of roundabouts across France, a petition taking a stand against the rise of fuel prices was posted on line by a member of the public. Almost a million signed the text which was the springboard for the launch of the longest social movement in post-war France. (At the time of publishing the piece, the weekly demonstrations across France were still going on). More

Daniel Warner (2019-06-06). Does Truth Matter? counterpunch.org Donald Trump has told 4140 false stories, made 12,538 untrue statements, and proposed 1177 unfulfilled promises as of late May 2019, according to PoltiFact, The Washington Postannounced that Trump reached the "unthinkable milestone" of 10,000 bogus claims on April 29, 2019. Yet, Trump continues to have 42% popularity ratings and a Yale economist, who predicted More

Lawrence Davidson (2019-06-06). Cover Ups and Truth Tellers. counterpunch.org In a 22 May 2019 appearance in the White House Rose Garden, President Donald Trump declared that "I don't do cover-ups." Various news outlets immediately started to enumerate a long list of bona fide cover-ups associated with the president. What can one say about this bit of Trumpian nonsense? Can you accuse a person of lying who actually seems not to know the difference between truth and untruth? Trump's inability in this regard is demonstrated daily, and the Washington Post fact checker puts the running count of presidential lies at 10,111, with no end in sight. When it comes to reality, the president appears t…

George Ochenski (2019-06-06). What Will It Take to Stop Trump's Climate Policy Insanity? counterpunch.org The smoke began to roll into the Helena Valley late Thursday evening and by Friday morning it was so thick the surrounding mountains were invisible. It was coming from massive wildfires burning in Canada's far north between Edmonton and Yellow Knife, and flowing inexorably down the east side of the Continental Divide and out into the plains. And no, all the phony excuses of "a century of wildfire suppression" or not enough logging and thinning have nothing to do with it. More

Binoy Kampmark (2019-06-06). Cults of Impeachment. counterpunch.org It is a giddy intoxicant, and making all who partake fall over in puddling nonsense. The Mueller Report is not turning out to be the cleansing agent any of its readers were hoping for. Originally encouraged to identify the cause behind Trumpland and its dark side, the agent of disaffection, the root of madness, it More

Kani Xulam (2019-06-06). A Saint, a German and the Kurdish Quest for Freedom. counterpunch.org First about a shop that serves falafels at Adams Morgan neighborhood in Washington, DC. On one of its walls hangs a sign with a quote: "I love my country… but I think we should start seeing other people." For Americans who have a country, the quote is whimsical. But for Kurds, who are forced to More

Dean Baker (2019-06-06). The Wonderful World of Free Market Drugs. counterpunch.org I write about the possibility of producing drugs without patent monopolies frequently for several reasons. First, drugs can be essential for people's health or even life. It should not be a struggle for people to pay for them. Second, there is a huge amount of money at stake, way more than in almost any other More

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-06-06). Warning of 'Surveillance Capitalism' Nightmare, Big Tech Investor-Turned-Critic Pushes Toronto to Abandon 'Smart City' Waterfront Development. commondreams.org American venture capitalist Roger McNamee, an early investor in big tech companies including Google and Facebook, urged Toronto officials this week to abandon a proposed "smart city" waterfront development—adding his voice to a growing chorus of people who have raised privacy and data collection concerns about the project. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

John Buell (2019-06-06). From Guatemala to Moscow to Washington, Neoliberalism and Privatization Driving Our Crises. commondreams.org These exculpatory views survived even amidst the elevation of Elliott Abrams, the war criminal architect of brutal Central American policy late last century. (Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-06-06). Does Biden Have Wrong Position on Anti-Choice Hyde Amendment? Warren: 'Yes… It's Been Wrong for a Long Time'. commondreams.org "Under the Hyde Amendment and every one of these efforts to try to chip away or to get rid of Roe v. Wade, understand this: Women of means will still have access to abortions. Who won't will be poor women." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Fight Back (2019-06-06). Filipino trade union condemns imprisonment of labor leader. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following June 4 statement from the militant trade union Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU). | Court decision on Maga's case, unjust, anti-union | We protest the guilty verdict handed down by the San Mateo Regional Trial Court against trade unionist and political prisoner Maoj Maga. He was convicted yesterday on the case of illegal possession of firearms and was sentenced to prison for a minimum of eight years and one day. | The court's decision is biased against trade unionists and is leaning towards the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippines National Polic…

Caitlin Johnstone (2019-06-06). New 'Call Of Duty' Encourages Support for Syria's White Helmets. theantimedia.com (CJ Opinion) — The official trailer for the latest Call of Duty was released a few days ago, and it features the Syria narrative management operation known as the White Helmets depicted in heroic roles. Characters wearing the organization's signature headgear are seen clearing rubble in part of the trailer for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. To give you an idea how popular the …

Rebecca Gordon (2019-06-06). Clemency for the Lowly, Free Passes for the Mighty. commondreams.org If the crime is big enough—like creating or countenancing a U.S. torture archipelago that stretched from Thailand to Poland to Guant√°namo Bay, or lying to the world to justify launching an aggressive war on Iraq—the risk of trial is nonexistent. No pardons required. (Photo by Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Eoin Higgins (2019-06-06). Journalist and Educator Among Those Caught Up in YouTube's Attempt to Purge Online Hate Speech. theantimedia.com (CD) — Free speech advocates who warned of the predictable consequences of allowing powerful tech companies to police online discourse seized on YouTube's attempt Wednesday to purge hate speech from their video platform after creators performing public service journalism and education were swept up in the effort. Wednesday's purge came after days of sustained criticism over YouTube's …

teleSUR (2019-06-06). China Grants 5G Licenses for Commercial Use Amid Cold Tech War. telesurenglish.net China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) announced Thursday that authorities granted 5G commecial use licenses to four national companies: China Telecom, China Mobile, China Unicom and China Broadcasting Network. | RELATED: | Huawei To Help Russia Get 5G Network | "The 5G technology will establish a new, fast, mobile and secure information infrastructure," MIIT Minister Miao Wei said and explained that his country welcomes foreign companies to "participate actively" in its market.

Erin Schwartz (2019-06-06). 'The Sopranos' Is the Id of New Jersey. thenation.com 'The Sopranos' Is the Id of New Jersey…

WSWS (2019-06-06). A gathering of warmongers marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day in Portsmouth, England. wsws.org Nothing could obscure the fact that the commemoration was held against the backdrop of a historic breakdown in relations between the major powers.

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-06-06). Warren and Jayapal Launch Probe into 'Rapid, Cynical, and Unethical' Profiteering Off Trump Child Detention Policy by Former Top Aide John Kelly. commondreams.org The former White House chief of staff and former head of DHS is specifically advising the company on child detention | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Emma Fiala (2019-06-06). YouTube Just Fired the First Shot in a New War on Journalism. theantimedia.com (TMU) — Wednesday morning, news began circulating warning that YouTube was about to delete thousands of accounts in the platform's latest wave of censorship. This time, the massive video sharing platform claimed to be targeting hateful content, "supremacists," conspiracy theorists and anything that promotes discrimination or segregation based on sexual orientation, religion, race, gender, age …

Glen Black (2019-06-06). Hammond threatens school and NHS funding in a 'staggering lack of analysis' about climate breakdown. thecanary.co Chancellor Philip Hammond wrote to Theresa May about tackling the UK's carbon emissions. But he didn't throw his support behind large-scale efforts to fight one of the leading causes of climate breakdown. Instead, he warned that the cost would cut into funding for schools and hospitals. | The cost of climate breakdown: | The Financial Times reported on 6…

splcenter (2019-06-06). Louisiana law will increase transparency in public school discipline and policing. splcenter.org Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a bill today that will help ensure schools are transparent in their student disciplinary practices and school policing programs.

WSWS (2019-06-06). Bernie Sanders answers attacks on socialism with defense of capitalist "democracy" wsws.org In response to attacks on socialism from within the Democratic Party as well as by Trump and the Republicans, Bernie Sanders has published a cowardly op-ed piece in the New York Times that omits the "S" word and makes clear he was no intention of challenging the profit system or the property of the ruling class.

Robert C. Koehler (2019-06-06). The Quiet Killer at the Core of Patriotism. commondreams.org Johnstone describes this debate as "fighting to control the position of an on/off switch that isn't connected to anything." (Photo: Flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Rebecca Santana (2019-06-06). Fighting Hitler and Jim Crow: The forgotten Black soldiers of D-Day. peoplesworld.org BATON ROUGE, La. (AP)—It was the most massive amphibious invasion the world has ever seen, with tens of thousands of Allied troops spread out across the air and sea aiming to get a toehold in Normandy, France for the final Western assault on Nazi Germany. And while portrayals of D-Day often depict an all-white host …

Middle East Eye (2019-06-06). Saudi Arabia Secretly Purchased Ballistic Missile Technology From China: Report. theantimedia.com (MEE) — Saudi Arabia has "significantly" expanded its ballistic missile programme through recent purchases from China, CNN reported on Wednesday. The purchases expanded both its missile infrastructure and technology, the news agency said, citing three unidentified sources with direct knowledge of the matter. Key Congressional Democrats discovered the weapons expansion programme outside of "regular US government channels", …

teleSUR (2019-06-06). AOC Slams FBI for Racial Prejudice in Handling Terrorism Cases. telesurenglish.net Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (AOC) questioned an FBI officer over not charging white supremacists' acts of violence as domestic terrorism in the United States but doing the same for violence carried out by Muslims. | RELATED: | Ocasio-Cortez: 'Time to Open Impeachment Inquiry Against Trump' | During a hearing before the House Oversight subcommittee on civil rights and civil liberties on "Confronting White Supremacy," various Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) officia…

teleSUR (2019-06-06). Cuban Doctors Restore Sight to Brazilian Community in Bolivia. telesurenglish.net One of Bolivia's Brazilian communities is one of the main recipients of Cuban ophthalmologists' medical talents since the clinic was erected in Guayaramerin city, Prensa Latina reported. | RELATED: | Cuban Doctors Praised for Their Work in Post-Cyclone Mozambique | Since opening the clinic in 2006, thousands of Bolivians have had their sight restored both in the city of Guayamerin, but also with its sister-city across the Mamore river, Guajara-Mirim. | According to the Cuba-B…

Eric A. Gordon (2019-06-06). Comprehensive retrospective of African-American artist Charles White at LACMA. peoplesworld.org LOS ANGELES—Right now, the critical thing to say about the magnificent Charles White retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is that it closes June 9! Sorry, the time flew and I did not get to it until a couple of days ago. A retrospective exhibition aims at a universal glance back …

Craig Gordan (2019-06-06). An analysis of the 2019 Oakland teachers strike. mronline.org The recent seven-day strike by the Oakland Education Association (OEA) was eerily similar in key ways to its 26-day strike in 1996. What happened in both cases was that union members and community allies won on the picket lines and in the streets but got a draw, at best, at the bargaining table. | Source

G. Dunkel (2019-06-06). Niger's students demand U.S. and French bases close. workers.org On May 25, at the call of the Union of Nigerien Students (USN), a few thousand students marched through Niamey, the capital of Niger, chanting, "Down with foreign military bases," "Down with the French army" (Niger is a former French colony), "Down with the American army," and "Down with the . . . | Continue reading Niger's students demand U.S. and French bases close at Workers.org

RT (2019-06-06). 1 killed, 22 injured in West Point, NY cadet training accident. rt.com One US Military Academy cadet was killed and 22 cadets and soldiers were injured when their tactical vehicle rolled over on a dirt road, during a summer training exercise southeast of West Point in New York.

teleSUR (2019-06-06). Huawei To Help Russia Get 5G Network. telesurenglish.net The Chinese company Huawei has just inked a deal with the Russian telecom firm MTS to develop 5G technology inside the Russian Federation. | RELATED: | Mexico and China Can Be Stronger Together: Mexican Gov't | The deal will see "the development of 5G technologies and the pilot launch of fifth generation networks in 2019 and 2020," MTS said in a statement, according to AFP. | According to the BBC, Huawei will help the Russian firm develop the 5G technology over the next year, giving t…

Nadezhda Azhgikhina (2019-06-06). Is Russia Waking Up? thenation.com Is Russia Waking Up?

Staff (2019-06-06). Clemency for Lowly War Criminals, Free Passes for the War Architects. truthout.org Memorial Day has come and gone and President Trump did not issue his pardons after all. There was substantial evidence that he was planning to use the yearly moment honoring the country's war dead to grant executive clemency to several U.S. soldiers and at least one military contractor. All have been accused, and one already convicted, of cri…

Julia Conley (2019-06-06). Don't Call Latest Abortion Bans 'Heartbeat Bills,' Doctors Say. indybay.org Doctors warn of medically inaccurate right-wing talking points. | Via Common Dreams under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. | Photo of No Bans Demonstration in Palo Alto by Stephanie Stilwell, Stilwell Photography.

CGTN Africa (2019-06-06). UN allocates $45 million to avert famine risk in Horn of Africa. cgtn.com The United Nations on Wednesday allocated 45 million U.S. dollars to help stave off famine risks in the Horn of Africa region. | Mark Lowcock, under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator said the funds from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) will scale up urgent humanitarian support to drought-affected people across parts of Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya who are facing acute food problems following another season of failed rains. | "We need to move to a system where we act much earlier on the warning signs of drought and hunger so that we can cut response time and c…

CGTN Africa (2019-06-06). African Union suspends Sudan for violence against protestors. cgtn.com Sudanese protesters set up a barricade on a street, demanding that the country's Transitional Military Council hand over power to civilians, in Khartoum, Sudan June 5, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer | The African Union's Peace and Security Council voted on Thursday to suspend Sudan from all AU activities until a civilian government has been formed. | The council made the announcement after a meeting in Addis Ababa of the member states of the pan-continental body. | The decision follows an upsurge in violence in Sudan that erupted on Monday, as its ruling military council and opposition groups vye to take charge of the tr…

kathy_f (2019-06-06). Manus Island, Nauru refugees appeal for help. greenleft.org.au Prime Minister Scott Morrison famously awarded himself a trophy for stopping the boats in the lead-up the recent federal election. That trophy looks a little odd now, with recent reports of several boats full of asylum seekers fleeing Sri Lanka and attempting to reach Australia. | However, since the election the situation on Manus Island and Nauru has become even more dire. Dozens of people have attempted suicide in the past few weeks and there were reports of guards beating up sick refugees in a hospital in Port Moresby on May 31. | A young Sudanese refugee, Fares, wrote a note before he attempted to hang himsel…

CGTN Africa (2019-06-06). CAF orders replay of African Champions League final. cgtn.com The second leg of the African Champions League final will be replayed after the original fixture was abandoned and the match awarded to Esperance. | The Confederation of African Football's executive committee, meeting in Paris on the fringes of the FIFA congress, decided on Wednesday to re-stage the match at a neutral ground in a decision that could spark an immediate legal challenge. | Tunisian club Esperance was initially handed the title after Moroccan side Wydad Casablanca walked off an hour into last week's return match. | At the time, Esperance was ahead 1-0 in the second leg and 2-1 overall. Wydad Casab…

teleSUR (2019-06-06). LGBTQ in Israel Protest Anti-Gay Laws in Mass Marriage. telesurenglish.net An unofficial mass wedding was held in Tel Aviv by 23 gay couples to protest Israel's discrimination against homosexual unions. | RELATED: | BDS Activists Go on Trial in Germany over Protesting Israeli 'Pinkwashing' | "Struggle is not only about demonstrations and protests," organizers said in a statement before the Tuesday event. "It is also about loving the one we want, the way we want," they said | "So in a place where it is forbidden to us to marry, we will marry…

Medea Benjamin (2019-06-06). Travel to Cuba falls victim to John Bolton's wrath. nationofchange.org John Bolton hates the governments of Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua, calling them the "troika of tyranny" and the "three stooges of socialism," and is determined to use his time as National Security Advisor to eliminate the vestiges of socialism in our hemisphere. He has openly stated that the 1823 Monroe Doctrine is "alive and well," convey…

Staff (2019-06-06). Has Indonesia Bucked the Global Rightward Trend? therealnews.com The conflict between incumbent and winning president Jokowi and his conservative challenger Prabowo has led to violent protests, 8 deaths, and hundreds of injured, but Prabowo's challenge to the election result has largely failed. Does this mean that the rightward shift has been halted?

United Nations (2019-06-06). Syria: Urgent, concrete actions needed, to protect children too young to 'make sense of this senseless war'. un.org New firsthand reporting by UN staff in Syria reveals "increasingly horrific brutality" by all parties in the de-escalation area of the country's northwest, causing "significant civilian causalities" and hundreds of thousands displaced, a senior humanitarian official said on Thursday.

Staff (2019-06-06). Trump Targets Cuba's Tourism and Small Businesses. therealnews.com Trump administration sanctions that impose new travel restrictions on Cuba are aimed at Cuba's economy and will have no effect on Cuba's support for Venezuela, says Nefta Freeman of IPS…

Staff (2019-06-06). Sudan Protesters Call for Civilian Rule After Military Kills Over 100 at Sit-In. truthout.org The death toll in Sudan has risen to more than 100 following a deadly military raid on a nonviolent sit-in in Khartoum Monday morning. According to doctors who have been taking part in the ongoing anti-government uprising, at least 40 bodies were dredged up from the Nile River in the aftermath of the carnage. Meanwhile, the state news agency reported Thursday that the death toll was no more than 46. On Wednesday, the Transitional Military Council said it had launched an investigation into the violence and offered to resume a dialogue on a transition to democracy, just a day after scrapping all agreements with…

Staff (2019-06-06). Cuba Is Feeling John Bolton's Wrath. truthdig.com John Bolton hates the governments of Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua— calling them the "troika of tyranny" and the "three stooges of socialism"—and is determined to use his time as National Security Advisor to eliminate the vestiges of socialism in our hemisphere. He has openly stated that the 1823 Monroe Doctrine is " alive and well," conveying that the United States will dictate th…

plenglish (2019-06-06). DPRK Accuses US of Violating Sovereignty and Dignity. plenglish.com Pyongyang, Jun 6 (Prensa Latina) The Democratic People"s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Thursday accused the United States again of flagrantly violating the country"s sovereignty and dignity…

Staff (2019-06-06). What Happens When Native Women Come Forward With Harassment Complaints. truthout.org Most women who contacted Indian Country Today in order to share their stories of sexual harassment and assault were too fearful of repercussions to come forward publicly; they asked for anonymity. In the interest of shining a light on what Amanda Takes War Bonnet describes as Indian Country's "resounding silence" towards harassment within their communities, Indian Country Today has agreed not to disclose the identities of survivors or perpetrators. One woman, however, consented to come forward publicly. Naming herself and her perpetrator, she…